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11/23/14 10:27 P

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Dianne...sounds like your crazy weather is headed here, has been the strangest November. 2 days ago it was 4 then today was 50, rained rained and rained, got very foggy tonight now has turned to snow and the wind is howling, temperature dropping. snow and 35 mph winds tomorrow! ICk
Do you guys grind your own sausage? We butchered 3 hogs this morning, a lot of work but great to have meat in the freezer. threw a fresh roast in the crockpot and had that for dinner. wish we had beef but decided to sell ours instead of butchering, timing wasn't right....hoping to get a small deer to grind up into burger, then we will be set for the winter!
Scary stuff with Hannahs cholesterol so high at such a young age, thank goodness she had it checked and can be proactive about it now!!
Stay warm up there!

Brenda...how was your weekend away?

Kare...How was your weekend?

Denise...thinking of you! praying you are finding some peace in your heart. how are kelly and Tommy doing?

Nettie...how are you?

Tina....thinking of you! miss you

Cori....How are you feeling?

lisa.... :) What's new with you?

Dh already asleep, think i will head that way myself! we got up so early this morning and it has been a busy day! My cold is slowly going away and energy level coming back, want to do some more decorating tomorrow!
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happy Sunday everyone - we've got that darn wind again - gusts up to 40, chairs blowing across the deck..put lights on the rail the other day - good thing they are wrapped around or they'd be gone to the neighbors today. Suppose to get a wintery mix today and tomorrow - hoping it misses us. Told Alex to watch the weather and leave early - he is taking his grandpa's desk home and I don't want it to get wet. Weaned calves the other day - one time I am glad I am not on the home farm to listen to those poor babies beller for their moms. Got my nativity scene out of the barn yesterday - it belonged to my MIL's grandparents so it's quite old but still in good shape. Most pieces stand about 5 ft tall, made out of plywood. Then I have this snowmobile pulling a sleigh with Santa driving that my grandma made when I was about 10 - that is about 7 ft long and 5 ft tall....Can't wait to get that up! We are getting a real tree this year - DH wants around 15 ft....I said ok but your putting the lights on it! Can't believe how hard it is to find one over 6ft!

Got all the cows home and today the neighbor calls and says you know there's still one cow out there? ah - no we didn't! So tomorrow we get the fun task of trying to bring one cow home - told DH to have Darcy come with his horses...might be easier. There is an old corral there so maybe we can get her into that.

Hannah had a check up a few weeks ago and her cholesterol is 209....with heart disease and high cholesterol running in my family I told her don't take it lightly....exercise and watch your fats in you diet. She has been going to the gym and this gave her more motivation to go. I've been doing pretty good with my elliptical. Got CBS on my iPad so I watch my crime shows with no interruptions from DH...he hates those shows.

Soup on the stove, DS should be home soon - they are cutting up deer - got 2 yesterday (finally), will make sausage next weekend. Have a relaxing night girls!

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11/22/14 6:57 P

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Been a quiet day here, went out and played with my kittens for a bit, otherwise have been inside power cleaning, like the house to be all tidy before I start decorating. Got a few strings of garland up and lights in antique blue fruit jars on top of my cupboard.. Look so pretty the garland is kind of frosted with 'snow' and has nice real looking pinecones. The cupboard is over 100 years old so I try to match the mood! Going to start on top of the fridge next, thinking of putting my snowman collection there.....

kare...How did your volunteer session go? Hope you were steady, makes the time go fast.
Is Dwayne excited for Christmas to come?
What is your favorite tea for this time of year? I have been doing a cinnamon apple herbal tea with a spoon of honey in every night before bed, seems to calm my lungs and throat a bit. Am feeling a little better tonight, think just some down time has been good and have faithfully been taking mucinex to stay ahead of it. hope you enjoyed your day and have a relaxing one tomorrow? Any snowy day plans?

Just wanted to pop in and say hi, have a blessed Sunday everyone
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11/22/14 9:11 A

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Morning! Hope you are all enjoying your Saturday morning. Snowing lightly here, it's so pretty and peaceful but won't last. Supposed to get over 12 inches of snow in the next 2 days along with freezing rain and ice pellets. Have to go get some gas for the snow blower just in case the guy who does our drive way gets snowed in himself.

Working a 2 hour shift for the Salvation Army this morning before heading to the gym. My shift at the kettle is 10-12 so should be busy. Nothing worse than sitting at the kettle and the store is dead. I'm a people watcher so at least traffic gives me something to watch.

Hope you have a good day. Off to feed the dogs and get Dwayne ready for his outing with Callen.

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just a quick check in and wishes for everyone to have a safe happy weekend!

Brenda....is the show you are going to like a craft show? Sounds fun, whatever it is. we have just been working sleeping, working sleeping. DH asked me this morning why are we so dang busy? am focused on getting that apartment done, we are getting ready to butcher 3 hogs and it just seems like the little stuff in between is piling up. Did take part of the morning off and play with Luke they were on their way thru to go see other grandparents so we did the normal farm tour checking all the animals and we played our letter game.Am power cleaning now hope to decorate this weekend! seems early but geesh Christmas is only 5 weeks away! Are you feeling better? I have tried Alka Selzer Cold medicine and now am switching to Mucinex. I hate the lung stuff cause it always turns into bronchitis for me. DS DDIL an SGS also have the crud in all different forms, mostly the nasal!

Kare...How are you feeling? bitter cold here also, 4 degrees F this morning then throw in a 20 mph wind and it is bone chilling, soooo early for this cold. might have hit 17 today, I just don't even look anymore!

break time better be over or will lose my momentum!
Have a fun filled weekend
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11/20/14 8:19 P

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Hello and Happy Thursday to you all.....

Feeling a lot better...but now Aiyden has a touch of what I had....so last night was a lonnnnng night of getting up and checking on him...he seems a little better today so hoping his is very short lived!!!

Jeanette....you sound like you have exactly what I have been battling...feel better my friend!!!!

Kare..that's such a bummer about the heater knobs especially this time of year....:( I sure hope all of this legal and financial stuff gets all handles soon so you can close that chapter and just push forward...(((HUGS))

Hello to everyone else checking in....I hope you're all doing fantastic....I'm going to pack for our weekend get away....staying in near the Cleveland airport and going to the big Christmas show full of vendors...so excited!!!

Quote of the day :

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11/19/14 9:01 P

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Hope you are feeling better Jeanette. Glad you have some time off coming up. Sounds like you need some downtime.

Brenda, yay for another grandbaby!

Bitterly cold here, steady north wind coming off the lake. It's bone chilling. Last night Dwayne decided to pull all of the knobs off the van's heater controls so I had no heat until I got ot the garage this morning. They need to find a whole new system but at least they got me some heat. Wasn't very happy with my boy last night....

Feeling a lot of stress the last few days. I think most of it has to do with the lawyer going back to court on Friday. Sure would like to get this mess out of the way. Next Friday we have to o to Brandon as Brian has to attend a four hour assessment by the alcoholism foundation to determine if he needs further counselling. This costs $600! I feel like this whole system is a money making grab. Even though he can't drive it will cost $1200 to renew Brian's licence, and it goes on and on. I realize this is supposed to be a deterrent to driving drunk but it's cost me plenty too and I did nothing. What can you do?

Off to put a load of clothes in the dryer and then I have to pick Brian up from work. Have a nice evening everyone!

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11/18/14 7:32 P

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Greetings~
Relaxing a bit waiting to see what DH wants for dinner, am coming down with an awful head cold, lungs feeling a little tight and nose is so plugged! Came home last night made a quick dinner and curled up in bed. Was zonked out by 730 and slept till 630 this morning, Today was my last day at work for the month, was hoping to squeeze in a trip to Philadelphia for Thanksgiving but nothing working out so that won't be happening.

Brenda.....congratulations on grand baby #12! Hope you feel better soon!

Just wanted to pop in and say hello to everyone......have a great night
Sleep well
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Hello and Happyb Monday to you all...

We got hammered with a lot of snow...Friday I had an AWFUL time getting to work...actually came to a complete stop in the middle of a big hill heading to the salon...OMG I was freaking out but by the grace of God I turned off my track button and the van finally grabbed and half in by half inch it felt like I made it up the hill. I went and got tires as soon as I got off of work!!

Jim and I had a nice weekend...got a lot of stuff done around the apartment ...went out with friends Sat night...Sunday we went and visited Jim's Mom and then over to see his Dad.

Jeanette....the older I get the worse driving in the snow is getting for me...I despise it!!!! I hope you find a sense of calm soon ...(((HUGS)))

Cori...I feel your frustration....so hard when you don't feel well but they can't find a reason...praying you'll feel 100% soon.

Dianne....Hope the job search goes well for your daughter...:) Who all is coming for Thanksgiving ??

Kare...Hope you had a good weekend.....

Aunt Flo was 10 days late ...showed up for a day and is gone now...change of life I'm hoping....lol

I've got some type of a bug..slight fever...miserable cough ...yukka!!!!

Samantha called Jim today to let us know that Grandbaby #12 is a bun in the oven ;) We're not putting it on FB or anything until she does but love being able to tell all of you :)

Hello to anyone I missed....((((HUGS))) to all

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Happy Sunday evening !

got about 4 inches of snow yesterday, roads got treacherous quickly. There was a 3 vehicle accident on my main route home, so did a sketchy U-turn headed back to work and called Dh to come get me with the 4 wheel drive. i haven't been feeling the best, am wildly stressed and the thought of driving home in the dark on icy roads was more than i could handle yesterday. Don't even really know what is bugging me just feel a little crazed, overworked, overstimulated! trying to get some extra rest and relax but not a good combination for me! Worked outdoors most of the day, scooped sidewalks at the apartments so got a good workout in, then winterized the bunnies cage made a few extra straw lined snuggle spots in the wood shed for kitties. Supposed to be 10 for a high tomorrow and crazy winds...brrrrrr and grrrr! We quit early tonight, ate dinner at 5 which is so nice but the nights are so long. need to find a project/hobby.
thought I had weight thing leveled off but another 2 gone, have my yearly checkup in less than a month so will see what she recommends. Glad the pounds are gone but a little unsettling how fast and effortless it came off, very unusual for me!

Cori.....so sorry to hear you aren't feeling any better! hope your day with Amelia was wonderful!

Dianne...good to hear you are done with harvest! felt like it would just not end this year, Will you be having a big Thanksgiving celebration, think you were just getting ready to move last year about this time weren't you?

Taking a long time to get this post finished, thoughts are wandering everywhere so gonna just say goodnight
Stay warm everyone!
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Hi girls. Trying to stay warm here. Canít believe we had snow flurries the last couple days. But I am thankful we havenít had the snow I have seen some have received. So not ready for winter. Brrr!

Quick medical update: Happy to report so far almost all my lab work and MRI results are normal. I am waiting on results for a test I just had yesterday. It is checking for Addisonís disease since my cortisol levels came back very low. I am not expecting it to come back positive since I only have about half of the symptoms. I have literally every symptom for thyroid disorders yet all my tests came back normal. My family dr canít explain it so now he wants me to do a sleep study in search of an answer for my extreme fatigue and poor sleeping. He also hinted at experimenting with anti-depressants. Thatís where I draw the line. I am leaning toward just stopping now. No sleep study and definitely no anti-depressants. No one seems to know whatís wrong so I am just ready to quit with all the testing and just learn to live with it. My reasons I waited so long to seek medical help was because I was afraid of 1) finding out something was wrong or 2) finding out nothing was wrong. Please don't misunderstand me, I am VERY thankful nothing major is wrong, but still don't know why I feel so bad. So frustrating! emoticon

Kare, congratulations! So, so very proud of you! Such an awesome accomplishment!

Tomorrow we have Amelia over to celebrate her 6th birthday. My mom is coming over too so it will be a full day. Getting ready to go to the store now to pick up a few things. Hello to all my girls and try to stay warm and dry. Love to you all!


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Jeanette - corn on the ground - yes we've seen that toooo many times this year - more than the past 9 years! Mostly because of break downs (augers quitting) and one because DS decided to pull away while I was unloading on him....we still laugh at that one. We have about 100 acres left - yesterday we almost filled the last bin and then the auger broke - we can rent one but we have 10,000 bushels contracted so we're just going to haul to the elevator today - bad thing is it's 35 miles away. (back!) had to leave my post and hit the field....we finished! Started at 10 am yesterday and finished by 7 ..so glad to be done and even thought the trucks were traveling 35 miles away it worked out pretty good. We have 4 trucks and 3 drivers so DH called around to the co-op places and found another driver. We also hired 4 trucks to haul corn out west to an Ethanol plant (Richardton) which is about 170 miles from here. They are hauling sunflowers this way so on their way back they pick up our corn...works for all of us!
Got 3/4 the cows home - Monday we will bring the rest home - hoping if will be warmer!

Hannah did not get the permanent job at the Probation office - she's bummed but 2 of her co-workers and trying to help her find a job. She said she has gotten emails from one gals husband (works as a special agent with BCI in homeland security) asking for her resume. Another opening is with the FBI...could be intereting! Her office said they will keep her on through the calendar year. Matt (boyfriend) works at the State Pen and is also helping her look.

Lazy day here but I suppose I should shower and dress...DH will be home to go for coffee soon...have a wonderful weekend!

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11/14/14 8:57 A

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Good Morning and happy Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiday to you all....

Getting more snow today....I'm ready for spring....lol

Jeanette.....Love the bond you have with Luke....he's a blessed little boy. Aiyden is still loving Doc McStuffins so I found a few things in that theme that were boyish...so much of that stuff is aimed at girls which really makes no sense since she's just a "doctor" helping toys... He's LOVING all the Christmas stuff I have up....he loves the animated stuff!!

Kare....have a great weekend!!

Dianne....stay warm!!!

Lisa....Happy Birthday....Love you lots!!

Denise....missing you!!

Cori...How's your medical stuff going??

Tina...Hope you're doing ok...we miss you

Colleen....Hi there :)

Hello to everyone checking in ...I hope you have a great weekend.

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good morning.....
Just sipping a really hot cup of coffee, only 9 degrees this morning. Was out in the dark throwing wood in the wood stove, the sky is crystal clear and beautiful. the only good about the cold is those crisp night skies...love that. Took the new kitties out warm milk, they were all curled up in the straw, boy did that make their motors run!LOL so sweet, don't know if I told you girls got 3 from a local pet rescue, then 2 weeks later they called and had 3 more, couldn't say no. I love cats.....they are farm kitties so all outdoors in the wood shed with a nice bed of straw, lots of places to curl up and snuggle. i put extra bale in there for Luke and I to sit on when we play with. am trying really hard to teach him animal kindness at a very early age, this is what I did with my kids. Taught them how to pet "nice" always, and to pick them up by the tummy, so funny cause the tail rubs his nose and he makes the funniest face.
talk to him about feeding them and let him help, my children always had animals and still to this day have a softness in their hearts for little creatures. Walked in last week and there was Will, this big strong tough man sitting on the floor with Luke on his lap and kitties climbing on them both. don't know whose smile was bigger, brought tears to my eyes!
Gotta say girls i am not ever going to quit missing those days of having the kids here at home, Some of you are just entering that phase, some of you been there for awhile but can't tell you it gets any easier, at least not for me. my heart tugs every time Will pulls out the driveway!

Brenda...Was listening to Christmas music yesterday on the way to DIL's, was thinking about you. wondering when you start decorating and boom here you are almost done! I am going to cave and buy a fake tree this year, want to put it up soon can not wait for Luke to see it :) Don't want to risk a real one and then end up not being here and having to dismantle it!
What is on Aiyden's interest list this year? i like to buy things ahead of Luke's age level so he is challenged, but no clever idea right now!

Kare...safe travels to the city today! How is Brian feeling? Hope you guys have a pleasant weekend together...any tea parties planned in the future?

good morning to everyone checking in...coffee cup is empty and hear Dh stirring so going to sign off.
have a blessed day~
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Hi Girls....and Happy Thursday to you all....

It's been a busy week....got all of my Christmas decorations up ...just need to wrap the pics on the wall and decorate the outside door and then I'm done :)

We got our first blast of real snow at the salon today...not so much at home though...was very happy to drive out of it on the way home!!!!

Kare....way to go girl...soooooooo much to be proud of!!!!

Jeanette...How much snow did you get?? Some area's north of us got almost a foot!!!!

I got a box of Christmas gifts in the mail today...time to start wrapping.....trying to get on top of it this year...:)

Hello to all of you checking in....hope you're doing great!!!!

Hugs to all,
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11/12/14 9:54 P

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Kare.....HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!
You have accomplished so much in such a short time emoticon
that is soooo awesome, 140 pounds...WOW
I am very, very, happy for you!
Did you ever dream of being a gym junkie??? I love that!
WOOHOO!

Just keep putting 1 foot in front of the other, 1 day at a time! Hugs Hugs and more Hugs!
Thinking of you....
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Been deluged in snow since yesterday, almost 10cm. Drive 15 minutes east and west and it's not snowing - slowing down now but getting windy.

Been looking back on the last year - tomorrow will be one year since my weight loss surgery. I have regained my health, I'm no longer diabetic, have no blood pressure problems, I have no prescription meds and pretty much pain free. I am down 140 lbs from my highest weight and although I still have about 60 lbs to go, I am happy with where I am. I've become a gym junkie and in a little over a month I am going on the trip of my dreams.

Even though we still have some tough things to get through, I have a lot to be thankful for!

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Hello and Happy Monday to you all.....

We had a great weekend....the winery was alot of fun for Mom's birthday...always enjoy listening to that band...sad that they are breaking up at the end of the year :( Saturday I went and got my nails done and a pedicure...then grocery shopping and the out to dinner with my brother Tim and his fiance Sharon...that was really nice ....there is some family drama brewing and it's making me ILL ....Tim is engaged to Sharon but I've hear through the grapevine that he's texting and seeing my sister behind her back...MAKES ME SICK!!!! They've been divorced for years and my sister cheated on him then and she will cheat on him again so I just can't imagine WHY is he digging this up again and chancing losing a great lady....just makes NO sense...I told my Mom they better get it all sorted out for the holidays because I don't want stress and drama when we're all together....YIKES ...craziness....lol

Kare...we're getting snow this week too...guess we've known it was coming but just never ready for it. Hope Brian's chest pains let up. That'll be a nice time for Dwayne....is he enjoying his getaways??

Dianne....glad you got a much need break from the fields...lol Are you totally done now?

Jeanette....Glad you guys got all of your crops in....that's got to be such a great feeling. My Dad, Step Dad, and Jim were all in the military too...makes ya proud

Colleen...nice seeing you check in :) Hope your hubby can shake the negative and start being positive like you're doing.

Tina...What are your Turkey day plans??

Nettie...How was your weekend??

Denise...missing you

Lisa...hope you're all settled into your new place

Cori...How was your weekend.....how are you feeling?? Mike doing ok?

Hello to everyone else checking in....

Quote of the day

" All gave some and some gave all "

Hugs,
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WEll, winter has arrived! The ground is now covered in snow, it's actually very pretty but it's always too soon.

Had a very nice Remembrance Day service in school. A couple of my grade 5's said they almost cried. It's nice to see that they get the reason for the service. I told them about Brian's parents who were both WWII veterans. Brian's dad was a medic for the Canadian army and his Mom was a nurse in the British army. They met when his Dad was injured. They fell in love and got married. Brian's Mom was disowned by her family for the marriage. She was one of the first English war brides to arrive in Canada after the war. She brought Brian's oldest brother with her from England and the rest of the brothers and sisters were born in Canada.

Tomorrow we will watch the service from the Parliament buildings in Ottawa and then I may head to the gym. Brian came home from work early today with chest pain. He's had the stomach flu for the last few days and I think he got dehydrated and that caused the chest pain. I've been feeding him soup, jello and tea all afternoon and he is feeling a bit better. My parents were going to come for lunch tomorrow but I asked them to stay home so they don't get sick too....

Heading for a shower and going to read a couple chapters on my book. I've been reading The Heretic's Daughter which is about the Salem witch trials - so far pretty interesting...

Night

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gosh don't know where this week went......been a busy one! sounds like that is the case for everyone!!!

Dianne..hope things straighten out there for you guys, we finished.....yes there is that word I have been waiting for FINISHED corn last night. it wasn't with out breakdowns, but done, done, done. we were loading semis last night and the auger on the wagon snapped and about a hundred bushel ran on the ground before we got it shut off. Still have some messes to clean up and repairs to be done but at least the crop is out of the field. Be safe, hope you finish soon too!
Not sure there is any correlation between menopause and cholesterol, just know that is when mine really spiked and I had not ever had a problem prior to that!

Nettie...I am soooo happy that you are here checking in with us. OMG I have missed you!
my little sweet pea Luke is 18 months. I love every moment I spend with him. Being a gramma is divine :)
geeze I cannot believe your grand babies are that old already...wow how did that happen? LOL
My DD and DSIL eat a total Paleo diet, they both look and feel phenomenal. Is that author you mentioned part of a whole 30 diet or something like that? The name sounds familiar. I do a lot of paleo recipes, have not committed 100% but am going that direction more and more. "Well Fed" is a great Paleo cookbook, wonderful easy recipes, a wealth of information and substitutions. My new fave!! It helped me lower my cholesterol, get a handle on my hot flashes and shed some pounds.

Colleen~ good to hear things are getting better for you! Maybe the new puppy will help your husband not be so negative. He is probably struggling with the fact that you are getting happier and things are going a more positive direction for YOU. Stay positive and don't let his crappy attitude suck you back down.

Brenda...hope you had a great weekend, how did moms birthday celebration go? Was the winery fun?

Kare....brrrrr ice on the lake that just makes me feel cold :) much cooler here too has been so windy! Big cold front thru tonight and then highs only in 30's and lows in the teens for a couple weeks (more like 5 months...lol) How are you feeling? Enjoy your couple extra days off this week...hope you get some quiet time by yourself to enjoy! Thinking of you!!

Denise....((HUGS)) Prayers to you and the kids! I think of you so often!!! Hope you are doing good!!!

Lisa...oh Lisa...where are you? hope you are taking good care of yourself and finding a good place in your heart and mind!! Miss you

Cori...How are you feeling?

Tina.....Are you doing your traditional holiday baking this year? Hope your family is well and your days are filled with good work and happy times with those you love! Miss you!

emoticon Happy Veterans Day, Remembrance Day, Armistice Day whatever it is called where you live...please thank all those you know who have served to keep our countries safe! Also please take a moment to quietly remember those who have passed and or gave their life in the line of duty!

My dad, grandfather and 2 uncles served in WWII, my brother-in law in Vietnam! My dads brother lost his life in the war. I think of my dad at 17 leaving his family and going off to war, I am very proud that he served to keep this country free.

Nettie...I know Jesse served, please thank him for me!

Share with us who you know and love that served!

Love you girls...
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Happy Sunday. Another windy day here and so cold. Had lots of flurries today too. Light covering of ice on the lake this morning and it looked like the geese were standing on the water this morning.

Another busy week has come and gone and the week coming up is just as busy. We are off school for Remembrance day on Tuesday and Parent teacher interviews on Friday. Friday we head into the city as Brian has a Dr appointment. Dwayne will be at respite from Thursday evening until Saturday afternoon.

I hope you are all doing well! I need to go finish folding laundry and getting ready for work tomorrow.

Take care everyone!

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Sorry I haven't been here. Wow it's been a whole month. Life happens. I am doing pretty good.Mentally anyway. Let's see catch you guyz up. Finally got the settlement from Walgreen's .Not exactly what I wanted but still happy at the out come. I did get a car out of the deal so that was a plus. Still getting 40 hours at work and still enjoying it.I have made it up the chain to even get weekends off but hubby isn't happy go figure. He has been so negative lately.I lost my beloved dog "Mud" she was 11. she went peacefully in her sleep. Hubby has taken it a lot harder than me but I always am expected to be the strong one so I keep it in and cry at night or in the shower, I have turned two of my co workers on to my almond smoothies. which is a good thing since one is pregnant and the other is extremely overweight. And we got a puppy last week. she is tiny just 10 weeks old.of course she was suppose to help me deal with not being able to spoil my grandchild. both pup and hubby became attached to each other almost instantaneously. it's cute. and I am glad but I have mixed feelings.
So that is about it. now that I am close to having a normal schedule I hope to be on the computer more often. Hugs.

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Hello!

Long week but here I am! Still doing corn...uffda but this is taking awhile - went until 9:30 Friday night as it was suppose to rain - which it didn't....started yesterday about noon, filled one truck then the combine broke a belt - had to run to town (10 miles) - got that fixed then something else broke - run get parts - fix that then something else went - after that DH called it quits for the day - 5 hours and filled 2 trucks. And there was only 20 acres left in that field. DS Andy offered to drive cart today if I wanted to watch the twins - didn't take long to decide that! So we have baked chocolate chip, date and maple cookies today. They have been so good. Even ran to the store with them - took pizza out to the field and now they are reading books. Deer season opened yesterday but everybody's in the field....but DH did get a pig today - sad...it was the neighbors and for some reason was sleeping in the corn field and DH hit it with the combine. He was even crying when he called the guy and told him.

Jeanette - never thought about menopause and cholesterol....am going to look into that. Yes I would much rather control it with diet and exercise...have been logging food and am down 3 lbs this past week. Our hired hand's is 247 and he said I'll just pop a pill....doesn't like to exercise and would rather eat what ever he wants. We just shake our head.

Mom had been having sharp pains in her left rib so they did an X-ray....they found the start of fluid on her left lung. Will do a CT scan next week. I was kinda thinking it wasn't good before they did this. I wish she would have just stayed home....now she's down in AZ and I can't go to Dr with her. I hate not knowing what's going on and her Dr doesn't return phone calls. She doesn't understand what they tell her or doesn't even hear them! But on a good note they asked a neighbor (home health nurse) if she would go with when they go to Dr appointments to help them understand and remember...that is a plus.

well the munchkins have disappeared and are not answering me so I'd better go see what's happening....have a great weekend!

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Good Morning and Happy Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiday to you all....

Had a busy day at the salon yestserday and then came home and watched the Browns game....happy to report THEY WON...WOOOHOOOOO...love football season.

Today is my Mom's birthday so we're taking them to hear Hartick at a winery we've never been too...just a few of us going...it will be awesome!!

Nettie...I'm SO glad to have you back with us...hope we'll continue to see you here....maybe next October you can meet me in Vegas while we're there....that would be AWESOME!!!

Jeanette.....I LOVE that Aiyden still wants to snuggle when he's with me....at home he has a little couch and when he's tired he just goes and lays on that....makes my Mom sad because he won't really snuggle there...I told her ..." get rid of the couch..." LOL

Dianne.....Hope you've had a great week :)

Cori....How's your week going??

Denise...think of you often my friend...hope you're doing okay.

Lisa....we miss you ...looks like your new place is very nice...can't wait to come visit

Colleen...how are you doing?

Kare....Any plans for the weekend?? Is Dwayne giving Christmas ideas yet?

Tina...Hope you're doing great.

Time to head to the salon....everyone have a fantastic weekend...make good choices :)

Quote of the day:

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life....It goes on!!"

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Jeanette:

How old is your little Luke?
I'm So So happy for you!!!
I have missed so much :(

I'm so happy to hear your stress has calmed. 12 lbs lost due to stress is probably stressful on your body :(

We have had a couple really really stressful years lately. We closed our company after 10years etc.... But yes, we have a good foundation and faith to get through some of this crud. We still have our family and we get through a lot on faith.
I know you do also :)
((Hugs)) my friend.

Hi Brenda, Kare, Cori, Dianne, Tina, Lisa :) Hope I'm not forgetting anyone- I'm sure there
are others I have not met.


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Hi again Ladies- surprise! lol

thank you for the nice welcome back, that warmed my heart.

I attended an event tonight (very small) given by a co author of a book( It starts with food) I am working on reading. It's on health and was informative and interesting. I have a g/f that has lost 60 lbs in about 8 mos. mostly doing Paleo. She has been inspiring me long distance. Just so happens this Author (Melissa Hartwig) and her husband live here in Salt Lake. So I had her sign my book :) It's an intense program,

My Becca has been working my butt off, doing weight training some cardio and I'm sore. Trying to improve my health.

Some of you, have had new grand babies since I had been on sp more regularly. Isn't it the most wonderful thing in the world?!!!! I really miss my little grand daughter's so much.
Isabelle just turned 11 & Madelyn is 5 and started Kindergarten this year.
We plan on being here for possibly a year before moving back to Reno. We still have our home there. We are here for work. Becca & Jesse live here they are both going to school, still no babies but two enormous grand dogs!! lol.

I hope to catch up with you girls and learn more about what's going on in your lives :) looking forward to that.

ps one thing I really wish SP would improve on is: being able to read your posts while replying. I forgot to copy your posts so I can't remember what to reply to each of you! Darn it SP get it together!! lol

night for now, nettie ;)


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Just put Luke down for the night and poppa is asleep as well! going to watch a few minutes of the CMA awards and then head off to bed myself. Arms and back are a little stiff tonight so looking forward to climbing into the warm bed.
Was an odd day weather wise, temp was 60 but cloudy and windy so felt more like low 40's then sun would come out for a few minutes and would have to peel off a layer. Has been lovely to be outdoors even if working, the fresh air just makes me feel like a different woman. hate being cooped up inside!
Hopefully can get combine put back together tomorrow and move forward with corn harvest.

Brenda....I didn't want to put Luke to bed tonight, we were snuggling reading stories. Love that feeling, he is a little cuddlebug for now...hope he doesn't out grow it for awhile! That was quite a nap for Aiyden......mmmm wish I could do that!lol
Love the quote for the day.....so very true!!
When will you start decorating for the holidays? Think we will be home this year so I am thinking of getting a fake tree just so I can put it up early...can't wait to see Lukes eyes. he says" ta-dah" when we plugged in the pumpkin lights!

think I have finally got the stress level under control, weight has stopped falling off, although I am 12 pounds lighter. just going to stay aware of it and make sure I don't lose anymore for a couple weeks. Seems like a strange problem but it was a little worrysome just cause it went so fast and couldn't seem to work up an appetite. Seems to have leveled off for now!

eyes getting tired and yawning a lot so gonna hit the bed while feeling tired....
have a blessed Thursday everyone...
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Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all....

What a lazy day I've had....Aiyden stayed last night and got up at 6 this morning so we played and watched Doc McStuffins...he went down for a nap at 11:30 so I thought good we'll go for a walk when he wakes up....he slept until 3 so now we're getting lunch in him and I think we might ride out to the lake with Jim for the meeting....such a BEAUTIFUL day and I didn't get out to enjoy it...shame on me :( but LOVE the time with Aiyden :)

Jeanette....SO glad to see you...always miss you when you're not here......Hope Jenn's trip to London goes by quickly for you....:) Vegas was awesome.....next year we'll be there a week earlier so the weather should be even nicer!!

Hello to everyone checking in....I hope your week is going great!!!!

Quote of the day:

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change.

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Hello everyone....
Our router went out last week and have just not had a spare moment to run get one, The 'local' stores were 3 times the price it should have been. love to shop local but really? finally got one on Friday and got it hooked up earlier tonight.
has been one thing after another with harvest, corn finally got dry enough to get rolling and had a major breakdown on Wednesday, got it back up and running late Friday, rained yesterday so got 2 days in then came home tonight and It is down again....of course nothing simple have to tear the rear sieve out. Has been a long fall!!

Nettie...Oh dear girl, I was so happy and shocked to see you here! I think of you so often!! That is a major move for you! WOW i know you are making the very best of whatever the situation is. You have a great faith foundation, a positive mindset and those things along with love of family can conquer most trials of life! I have determined that time does not heal all things but time does give us a chance to accept our new "normal". please stay in touch, I miss you sooo much!

Kare...hope you enjoyed your day away! Sometimes a change of scenery and surroundings, a great visit with a child is just what we need to get back in a more positive mindset. Hope you are taking really good care of yourself. (HUGS)

Cori...OMGoodness i can not believe all you have been thru lately. It is just insane all of that going on!Praying for good health to return soon for you, hope you able to get some answers from the MRI.
Thanks for asking about DD, she was home (PA) for 10 days then left for London again last night. My heart hurts having her so far away, i miss her so very much!

Denise...Thinking of you! Hope you are finding strength in each passing day, praying your memories of Jim and happy family times bring you comfort and joy in your heart. Love you!!!

Dianne...sounds like you are having a long harvest too! We most generally finish up around Halloween.....huh not this year...ready for it to be over but so not ready for Winter....aggghhh!
Kids are doing well, hope DD gets the full time position! Are you feeling settled in your new home? good luck getting your cholesterol down, I got mine under control with diet but it is tough. I just don't want to start taking pills so I am willing to sacrifice a lot of dietary things. Mine really spiked during menopause, not sure there is a correlation but went from being really good to horrible in 12 months, Dr, couldn't believe it and retested but it was still way out of whack.

Brenda...Was Vegas awesome? Hope the weather was great for some pool time. Thanks for the Halloween pics, I have been so out of it this past week I forgot to respond to you.
I am still just working 2 or 3 days, only doing 8 total this month, my heart just isn't there any more! Last day is approaching, don't have it figured out for sure just know it is within next 4 months. we so wanted to get to Philly again this fall but it isn't looking promising, harvest has just went on and on and on. Now DD is gone till Thanksgiving, missed all of Jakes games, late summer and fall have been a blurr...agghhh!I told her next football season i am just moving in with them! lol She is contemplating going back to school to get a 2nd Masters next Spring so we shall see.

eyes are getting sleepy so think I will see if I can nod of for a bit. Sleep has been brutally erratic lately, have been sleeping hard for about 2-3 hours then wide awake! i hate the long nights and lack of daylight!
painting again tomorrow at the apartments, DS and I are painting the exterior, then have Luke tomorrow overnight so better get some rest! He is in high gear at all times like his daddy was! (But I love it!!)
have a great Wednesday....take a break out of the busy day to take a deep breath and do something good for yourself!

Did everyone vote today?
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Good Morming and Happy Monday to you all.....

We had a fantastic weekend.....Friday our cousins came in from Wisconsin, Saturday I worked and then got ready for our Halloween party...we had a fantastic time....so many cute costumes this year!! Sunday we were invited to go the Browns game with Jim's boss and sit in one of the loge's and we got to go down on the field....it was amazing!!!!

Today I need to tackle laundry and getting the apartment cleaned up. This weekend we only have one thing on our schedule and that's my Mom's birthday on Friday....we're going to go hear our favorite band at one of the wineries....but the rest of the weekend is quiet...actually the whole month of November is quiet for us....that's a switch...lol

Cori....oh my goodness girl I sure hope you start feeling better and that the test will help give answers....Love you!!!

NETTIE...Yeah...SO nice seeing you here....our little group keeps plugging along...some weeks are pretty quiet but I refuse to give up on keeping this thread up and running...we need each other....sometimes life just pulls us away and we just need to remember where we find unconditional love and support and for me it's always here with all of you. We'll be going back to Vegas again next October :)

Kare....Are you feeling better??? How much longer until your trip? How was visiting Meghan...did you get some shopping done? I've gotten a few Christmas gifts bought..still have a lot to do. I'll be decorating for Christmas in a few weeks. How was Dwayne's overnight visit?

Jeanette....Hope you and your family are finding more peace and healing....(((HUGS))) to all of you....Are you still working less hours?? Any trips East anytiime soon...lol

Dianne....sounds like life is keeping you busy...Mom get settled in AZ? I love your deck pics...such a peaceful view!!!

Colleen...hope you're doing well :)

Lisa...we MISS you ....come back soon :)

Tina...we MISS you too...sure hope to see you checking in more during the winter...How's your family??

Hello to everyone checking in.....have a wonderful day

Quote of the day:

"Every choice you make has an end result"

Hugs,
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Nettie, so nice to hear from you again. Come back soon.

Cori, I hope you get some answers and start feeling better. I am wondering in hormones are playing a part in how I am feeling. Very emotional, not sleeping etc. I have an appointment to see my Dr on the 26th so going to ask him to do some bloodwork. I haven't had a visit from Aunt Flo since April but that isn't unusual for me so hard to tell if it's stopped for good.

No school today, staff inservice but as an Ea we have lay off days. Getting some stew going in the slowcooker, finishing up laundry and then heading to the gym. Elvis and I have dog school tonight, only 2 more weeks left. Hope he passes. Need to get out this afternoon and practice, with having the flu last week we didn't get out much, I was too tired after work.

Hope you all have a nice day everyone.

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Hello Ladies :)

not sure what exactly motivated me to check in here @ sp tonight, because it has been forever. I miss you all! So much has happened in all of our lives since my last check in here. It's so strange....how fast life can change in the blink of an eye. I have read back a few posts from some of you. Sounds like everyone has something they (we) are dealing with. Life is a challenge. Good, bad, or ugly we get up each day and carry on. That is exactly how we get through it, one day at a time.

I have seen a few things some of you have posted on facebook of course, but not too much. Since I never can figure out my settings on there and things are always changing. I get bits & pieces from time to time. Nothing like you share here in this private group. So I am sorry for that.

The struggle to lose weight and be healthy through all of life's ups and downs it quite the challenge-isn't it? Then before we know it several years have passed and we are still trying we never give up the fight! That is why I am so glad to see the small handful of you, still here posting and encouraging each other.

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Cori- Wow!
I'm so sorry you have had so many medical problems! You have really been through a lot. Hormones really are not fun I hope they get that figured out for you. and the Provera helps you. I'm so sorry to hear of your headaches also. It sounds terrible to deal with that! I hope your upcoming MRI will help resolve and its a simple hormonal issue. I pray your health can turn around quickly and feel wonderful again!! (hugs)
p.s. I LOVE your anything OCEAN posts!! I feel like even tho we are on opposite coasts we have the love of the ocean in common! ;) It is truly healing.

Jeanette- My heart always gravitates toward you.. and your loving words of support here for your spark friends. My heart hurts for you, because I could feel your pain in your words. I believe you are such a special person! I know for a fact your family would be so lost without your love and support. I hope you are taking care of your own health! Because I know what a dedicated wife and Mother you are, sometimes we get too busy taking care of everybody else we forget about us. So take care of YOU!! (((HUGS))) I really miss you.

Denise- Your little angel is so precious! I know she is bringing you joy. I was so shocked at the loss of your Dear heart...I actually cried.
My jaw dropped when I had read the condolences on FB. I had no idea.
I pray you find strength and comfort. I could not imagine how hard it must be. Thank God for your family. (((HUGS)))

Dianne- I always enjoy your positive posts on FB. And pictures you post. You really are one hard working lady! :) I admire your strength and Love for your family.

Kare- I'm not sure what is going on where your at? but hope you are well!! And I'm so glad you are still here posting with this fine group of supportive ladies :)

Brenda- I loved seeing your Vegas pictures!! You know I have lived in Reno almost 20 years and still have never stayed in Vegas? lol
I have only passed through.
We are now living in Salt Lake City, UT- Hubby says maybe we should plan a weekend to Vegas. Good grief!! lol
So maybe sometime soon? hopefully. I Love the warmer weather down there!!! Glad you had a great time :)
You are the glue to this team! you ROCK!!

Take care all of my spark friends!! good-night

Nettie (Jeanette)

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Hi girls. Sorry I havenít been here in a couple weeks but life has been a little off since I was here last. I will try to condense as much as possible.

I have just been feeling very bad physically for a while now. So I went to my gyno and had my hormones checked. I am not menopausal but not ovulating. So now I am on Provera 10 days a month to trick my body into thinking I am ovulating to even my hormones out some. I go back in December to recheck since he thinks I may have other hormonal issues but we had to get a handle on this first. Then I had my thyroid checked since I literally have every single symptom of thyroid disorder. That came back negative. In the meantime of all this, I had a bleed in my right eye that kept re-bleeding for about 6 weeks. I ended up at the ophthalmologist who thought I had a bleeding/clotting disorder. Did labs for that and was negative. So I figured out on my own what the culprit was; I have always had headache issues but it has really intensified in the last year or so. A couple weeks ago I had a headache that literally lasted for 8 days. I have been taking Excedrin Migraine almost daily for several months to try and find relief. I didnít realize the amount of aspirin in each tablet and I had thinned my blood so much that it created the bleed and wouldn't allow it to heal. I havenít taken the Excedrin for over 2 weeks now and the bleed has finally healed. So I went to my new family doctor yesterday (I was dismissed from my old one in Kokomo because I hadnít seen him in over 5 years.) Anyway, the new doc agrees with my self-diagnosis about the Excedrin. So we now need to find out why I am having the headaches in the first place. My biological father died of a brain tumor, so to rule that out that I am having a MRI and getting a complete lab work-up. In the meantime, I am now taking a non-aspirin med daily that will help with the headaches and a bonus of helping me sleep. I go back to him in a couple of weeks for the results of everything. This has all kind of turned my world upside down. Between this and my knee issues I have gone to more doctors and more often in the last 4 months than I have in the last 15-20 years. Iíve always been very blessed to be healthy and I donít really know what to think of all this.

Jeanette, that quote is very accurate. I know I have been changed by many things beyond my control; sometimes for the better and sometimes not. I try to react as positively to any change as I can, but sometimes the change that happens is not good and I havenít been able to find a positive in any reaction to it. I think that is why when we are young we are so optimistic and as we age and go through life, we become more realistic in our expectations. Is Jen back home yet? Still sending healing thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Brenda, so glad you enjoyed your trip. The pics were great!

Kare, thinking of you and all the tragedy happening there. Praying for healing and peace.

Denise, glad to see life is moving forward and your Bree is adorable! Love the tiger pic!

Dianne, you are such a busy woman! Prayers for your mom and hope the tracking can bring that cholesterol down. Congrats on the weight loss!

Hi to anyone I may have missed. Sorry for the extremely long post, but just wanted to update you all. Love to all of you!


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hello girls - have some time to myself for awhile - Alex got home from college and took over in the grain cart...its just been one of those weeks...

Got the fields down south done, our two days turned into 4 because of break downs - first the combine blew a belt and then the auger quit in the cart - on the good side I spent the afternoon puttering around in the shop down there - going through "stuff"...see so many neat projects on pinterest and I have all that stuff down there! just need the time to do it.

Mom and Dennis left for AZ last week, she has been feeling good but I can see her strength is not there...I just hope she makes it through the winter. Sometimes I think she will and others - not so much. Dennis said she throws up a couple of times a week and they don't know what is causing that. She was so happy today because Alex called and has a nice long conversation with her - she said he hasn't talked that much since he was 3! Really made her day.

Hannah is still working at the US Probation office - she is still part-time until the position is filled. Her interview was the 30th but she won't know if she has the job for a few more weeks. Keeping fingers crossed and trying to keep her positive!

Adrian is still plugging away at college - first nursing than agribusiness and now she's talking nursing again...uffda I wish that girl would decide! But she will graduate in May and then decided what to do.

I had my yearly checkup last week - my cholesterol is up another 5 points (237)...even after losing some weight...but I haven't been logging so now I am being faithful and logging and keeping track - and happy to say I lost 2 lbs this week. Heart disease runs in my family, I'm hoping I can get it down and keep control of it without taking meds. Will give it another 6 months and see what happens.

Jeanette - sending healing prayers your way - can relate to the feelings. Hope your harvest goes well and that corn dries down for you! Love your quote...and how true it is. so many things have happened in our family that I can't change but they have changed me. It's not easy and some days are a struggle but I think I am able to handle the things I can't change better.

Kare - hope your feeling better and have a wonderful weekend!

Brenda - Vegas looked wonderful! We are going "somewhere" this winter....just not sure where yet. Was planning a cruise but with moms health I thought it best to wait just incase something happens. Cool weather is here ...12 degrees this morning!

Take care everyone - got little goblins coming up the driveway - have Jacie and Brinley over night.

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Glad you had a nice vacation Brenda! Sounds like you are busy busy again.

Cold weather is here. Flurries all day yesterday and probably tomorrow. It's supposed to be very windy on Friday so probably not the best night for the little kiddies to be out. Dwayne is going to respite Friday evening for one night and then Callan will pick him up at noon on Saturday and keep him for the afternoon. I am heading into Winnipeg to spend some time with Meaghan and shop for some Christmas presents. Just really wanted a break from the boys for a day.

I was home with the stomach flu yesterday and still not 100% today. It will be an early night as I didn't sleep well last night. I was able to eat a little bit of supper tonight without my stomach rebelling so that's a good sign. We all got our flu shots tonight too, so that is nice to get over with, Dwayne hates going so it's always high stress until it's over.

Hope you are all doing well. Going to tuck Dwayne in and head for a shower and my warm bed.

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Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all....

We just got home from the airport ....so wanted to check in with my favorite ladies.....I wish they'd make SP as easy to check in from my phone as Facebook is....We had a GREAT time in Vegas....the weather was glorious!!!!!! Not looking forward to the 37 degree high coming here on Saturday. My step Dad's cousin is coming in from Wisconsin Friday and they need a place to stay for 2 nights so guess I'll be figuring out how to clean Austin's room, work tomorrow and trick or treat tomorrow night before they get here Friday...lol

Jeanette...I love that quote....I think in many ways we let situations try and re mold how we think and who we are......we have to stay true to who we are all the time and just learn that we just can't control everything all of the time. I miss you girl we need a meeting soon....lol

Kare...I bet this cold weather is coming down from up your way...stay warm !!!!

Hello to everyone checking in....have a wonderful night......

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I think it is an awesome quote and most times that is very true!

Forecasting colder temperatures with the possibility of snow tomorrow. Guess I will need to find my mittens this weekend. I always have cold hands this time of year.

59 days until our trip. Hoping to pick up some toiletries etc this weekend. I told Brian I was going to buy him pjs etc for Christmas so he has new stuff to pack and asked him to do the same for me. I don't want anything but he has a problem with that.

My tummy is still not happy but it seems to be going around the workplace. Hoping a good nights sleep will help.

I hope you are all doing well. Take care.....Kare

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"Sometimes the things we can't change end up changing us"

Have been picking a quote to reflect on each week and wanted to share this one with you!
My reflection for the week is how i have let the trials in life change the woman i am and if that change is a positive one!

Would love it if you shared your thoughts on this quote!

have a good Monday~
love you girls, sending warm thoughts and prayers to each of you!
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good evening...just finishing up for the day and wanted to pop in quick. Week has flown by!
Worked thurs, fri, sat, then had Luke overnight and most of day today. We helped combine, cleaned out the wood shed and made a nice straw bed for our 3 new kittens. It was a gorgeous fall day and we are trying to embrace every minute of sunshine and warmth that we can.
harvest is going slow, corn is still so wet, but we are just knocking out a few acres at a time and doing some other odd jobs before old man winter sets in!

kare...hope you are feeling better!

brenda...have a great time in Vegas

dianne...how is harvest going your way?

denise...hope you had a very relaxing weekend! Did you get a little Aubree time in?

cori..how was your weekend?

Going to go hit the shower, have a hot cup of tea and call it quits for the day!
Have a great monday
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Have a wonderful time in Vegas Brenda!

Another beautiful fall day here, a little windy but that's ok. No school here, province wide inservice so Dwayne and I had a lazy morning which I really needed. Started having vision issues last night and the migraine finally arrived about 1 in the morning. Feeling tired now but the headache is gone, thank goodness. Took Dwayne to the dollar store and then picked up some baking supplies at Walmart. Had a quick coffee with Brian on his break and now home puttering around. Getting ready to make Halloween cookies for school. A friend is stopping in for coffee shortly so it will be nice to catch up with her too.

Hoping you all have a wonderful Friday. Off to get a load of laundry started and my cookie dough made so I can refrigerate it for awhile...

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Good Morning and Happy Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiday to all.....

Finishing up on the computer....now I REALLY need to pack for Vegas....lol

I hope you all have a fantastic day and weekend...depending on the internet at the resort I'll check in when I can....

Love you all

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Hi Girls...late check in for me ...but here I am :)

Had a great day at the salon...came home to a wonderful dinner that Jim prepared ....and Andrea brought Aiyden over for another visit before they leave tomorrow for TN :)

I still haven't packed a thing for Las Vegas....I don't have to go into work until 11 tomorrow so I'll get it done then...we leave at 5:30 Saturday morning for the airport...fly out at 8:30. My friend Shelley got me a BEAUTIFUL sweater that I'm going to take since the evenings could be cooler.

I did get more water in but not all 4 bottles so will try to do better tomorrow. I will be getting my gallbladder taken out the first of the year..they originally scheduled me for Nov 19th but I just don't have time with everything else going on so since the pain isn't unbearable we're holding off...that way the salon will be less busy and I can take the week off :)

Jeanette...that is just so sad....I pray for comfort for all of you!!! Safe travels to Jenn!! Andrea's website is : Www.Andreabracken.mypremierdesigns.com access code is 0717 they have beautiful jewelry.....I love it !!!

Kare...so sad to hear of the unrest in your country ...I hope it's isolated and contained quickly....this world is so scary any more!!! I hope you feel better tomorrow.

Hello to anyone else checking in....I hope you had a great day!!!

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Just home from work, starting dinner, house is quiet so thought I would pop in and say hi!
Difficult day at work, brain just wasn't fully there and then the simplest things become difficult task.
Homemade pizza on the menu tonight, can spare the calories this week and we haven't had it in so long.

kare....OMG that is awful about the babies...and so sad to read your words of terrorism in Canada, what a crazy world we live in! Hope you got some extra rest and were able to get ahead of that cold. hate to think of that season being here!!

DD comes back to states tomorrow from London, another additive to my stress mixture! Will be glad when she is back stateside for good.
Better get back to the pizza or won't get it in the oven
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Feeling kind of headachy today. Been fighting a cold for a couple of weeks and today it feels worse, hoping it won't get into a full blown cold. Rainy here today and very dreary.

Election day in our province but everything has been over shadowed by 2 days of attacks on military personal in our country. Yesterday a soldier was run down by a Islamic extremist and today a soldier guarding our war memorial was shot by another gunman while another gunman was in our Parliament building. You always feel empathy for other countries that this has happened to but I never thought it would happen here. Canada is more known for it's peace keeping missions that fighter missions...I feel so bad for the families who have lost these soldiers and I watch some of my co workers struggle as their husband are RCMP or military men.

The other topic at work today was the discovery of up to 6 babies in a storage unit. They have arrested a woman but for concealment of the bodies. At this point they aren't saying what may have happened to the newborns but so tragic. In my workplace alone there are 3 of us who had fertility issues and we all said how sad that someone had to do that when so many families want and can't have children...

Having a cup of cafť mocha and listening to Dwayne chatter about his day, which was a lot happier than most of ours today. In some ways it is a blessing that he doesn't have to deal with all this stress and sadness.

Well I promised Dwayne perogies and sausages for supper so I better get moving. Talk to you all tomorrow.

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good morning....
trying to get back to some sense of normal and for me checking in daily is part of the process, so here I am!

Thanks for your kind words Brenda and Kare.....it has been a journey!

Kare...so glad the gym takes some stress out of your body! I slept so good last night, had a really physical day of tearing out plaster and ripping up carpet, the workout makes me de stress. So keep it going girl, hit the gym and take care of yourself!!

Brenda....She was 16 weeks, I think! we had a heartbeat but things don't look right, then no heartbeat but lets wait another week and be sure, yup we have a heartbeat but it could be maternal. it was awful for them. Then once the heartbeat was determined to not be there......
her body didn't want to release the baby so had to have an emergency d&c. My heart just wept for her and I couldn't help her other than hold her hand, make dinner and give Luke a safe enviornment for a few days. I took some extra time off to help, tried so hard to keep that tough exterior but then I crashed. funny how the thought of a baby puts a spring in our step a joy in our hearts, they are the promise of tomorrow. So many families deal with this, but I was so naive to the emotion and process of it all, really caught me off guard!
i would love to see Andreas website, always looking for pieces...I unfortunately love jewelry and so does Jenn.

Drink that water Brenda!!

Love you girls...
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday to you all....

Had a good day yesterday ...didn't get my water in like I had hoped....have to try again today!! I am going up to the salon this morning so Andrea can color my hair for me and I can color my Mom's hair....I see the surgeon today at 1:45 to find out what to do with my gallbladder ...then I really have to get laundry done...think I'll take it to the laundry mat so I can get it done faster.

Jeanette... I am SO sorry your loss :( How far along was she?? Such a heartbreak :( (((((HUGS))))) Andrea sells Premier Design Jewelry ....she has a website if you're ever interested in checking it out just let me know.

Kare...Glad you got to the gym....way to go!!!!

Hello to everyone checking in....have a great day!!

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Jeanette, so sorry for you and your family. It is always hard to lose someone...hugs to you too!

Brenda, enjoy your trip! Went and bought a suitcase yesterday for our cruise. Starting to feel more real, down to 2 months this weekend!

Denise, glad to see you here. I am glad you have family and friends to give you support.

Got home about an hour ago from the gym - always feel so much better after I have been. IT's a great way to relieve stress. Probably won't get there tomorrow as the van is going to the garage but hoping to get there Thursday and Friday.

Heading to bed shortly. Have a good night everyone!

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good evening everyone

Kare...Thinking of you! ((HUGS))

Brenda...what brand jewelry does Andrea sell? You had a busy weekend but sounds like you had a great time!WOOHOO. In case I don't make it back on for a few days have a great time in Vegas.....

Denise...so glad to see you pop in once in awhile, I think of you often, so glad you have such a great network of friends and family. Sharing stories is a great way to keep Jim's memory alive. ((HUGS))

Dianne...Wow your corn is really dry, hard to find anything around here less than 22% moisture, combines are just sitting in the fields waiting for it to dry naturally. weather hasn't been real great for drying here. we are doing a little at a time and drying it down in the bin, but that really just cuts the profit margin way down!

Cori...Hope you are doing well, been to zumba lately?

Finally feel like i can breathe a little again, been a really long sad few weeks. DS and DIL suffered a stillbirth,.My heart is broken, for the loss of a beautiful little baby that I will never know, The agony for the 2 of them has been almost more than I could bear, watching the stress and then sheer sadness in their eyes. It hurt so bad not to be able to fix it for them.
then just so many stupid things happened, nothing life threatening just a series of major breakdowns and frustrations for DS. Today I actually spent the entire day with him, of course we worked cause it is what we do when we are stressed. But I see a brighter look back in his eyes, so now I can breath! Tomorrow I am going to see Luke and Beck, I encouraged her to schedule a massage and haircut and just a little day of pampering and of course volunteered to watch my little sweety.

have a blessed week
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Happy Tuesday everyone....

Had a great day yesterday....got some errands done....had a great jewelry party last night....Andrea does such a nice job with her presentations!!!

Today I have to work at the salon ...I have a some what busy day but not too bad....Tomorrow I'll get to the laundry I didn't get done yesterday lol....and I need to pack ...the weather is looking FANTASTIC for Vegas....can't wait!!!!

I hope you all have a great day......my goal today is MORE water!!

Quote of the day:

"If your path is more difficult it's because your calling is higher"

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Good Mormning and Happy Monday to you all....

We had a fantastic weekend.....went to the winery on Friday night...Saturday we helped with the benefit for my friend from high school ..then went to my cousin's halloween party. Sunday we had the Dawg Walk fundraiser for the soccer team....SOOOOOO much fun!!!!! Today I'm getting ready for my jewelry party tonight and doing laundry...running to Walmart and trying to start getting ready for Vegas since we leave Saturday :)

Kare...I'm so sorry your so are so stressed sounds like you need to take the cruise by yourself ;)

Denise..I'm glad you have family and friends near by to lean on.....remembering the good times helps with healing.

Dianne....How'd the birthday celebrations go??

Jeanette...how was your weekend??

Cori....How are you doing??

Colleen...hope you're doing well :)

Tina...we miss you

Hello to everyone checking in...hope you're doing great!!

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Been a couple of tough days since the lawyer. I found it very emotional having to live that night over and over again for the lawyer.
At this point the lawyer is now Brian's representative so he is now trying to get the arrest report etc because what he was told he was charged with and what's on the forms we have are different. I don't know if I mentioned that the forms say he is charged with assault with a weapon yet the report I heard from the justice when I went to court to get my van back stated he never had any knives in his hand when they arrested him, so the lawyer thinks the charge is due to him ramming the police cruiser. Long story short, the lawyer said they probably can't make that charge stick since Brian doesn't remember anything about that night. He doesn't feel that we should have any problems with our trip. We won't have to go to court until everything gets sorted out.
I m feeling very overwhelmed and teary the last couple of days and have no patience with anyone. I really just want to be left alone but unfortunately that doesn't happen. Brian keeps asking what's wrong and I don't really know. I just know that I am not sure how many more catastrophes I can handle with him. I think I just need some space and time to deal with my emotions but just when I start to put this all away it resurfaces because he has to see the lawyer or another piece of info comes about his licence etc.
I hope you all have a nice day. Going to keep myself busy and try to take Elvis for a walk later.

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Hi girls.....went tub to dinner with my cousin last night.....ate and drank lots, but it was so fun..we went to one our Jim and my favorite restaurants, so I shared some stories and it felt good.
Kare...hope the lawyer appt went well.

Dianne...busy on that farm...hope everyone get rested and healthy.
Enjoy your family dinner!!

Brenda...always celebrating good times...good for you..

Hanging out here today...should get some cleaning done.

Have a nice day....hi to all

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hello everyone! Been a long week! Yes beans are done - so glad..that last day was a long one - guys sat at the elevator for 2 1/2 hours before they got unloaded - we were thinking we wouldn't be able to finish but then DH called another elevator a few miles farther and they said send those trucks over! So we did that and finished quicker than using the close elevator. Was still after 10 pm when we got home. As Mike (hired hand) was sitting in line his mom called and said his sister had been hit by a semi - thankfully she was not seriously hurt but was still life flighted to a larger hospital...broken ankle and wrist. Semi ran a yield sign in front of her and she hit him and they are trying to say it was her fault. Haven't heard how things are going yet.

So we got done with beans and then everyone (almost) got sick - colds and flu - so glad we haven't started corn yet - some fields are 17 moisture but the elevators around here don't want any yet. So everyone is trying to get healthy and catch up on sleep!

Alex's birthday yesterday - Adrian was home so we all went out for supper - will have the whole family here tomorrow and also celebrate granddaughter Brianna's birthday also. So busy making BD cakes and food tonight. Looking forward to tomorrow..our last get together was Labor day.

ok - need to finish the "chocolate lasagna" for Alex then bed early - have a wonderful Sunday girls!

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Good Morning and Happy Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiday to you all....

Had a very busy day at the salon...makes the day go by so fast I love it!! I'm really busy there today too and then leave at 1:30 to go to the nursing home to do a perm for one of my customers there :)

Tonight we're going to a winery to hear our favorite band (rumor has it they're not going to stay together after the first of the year) so we're trying to catch a few more shows. Tomorrow I'm helping with a benefit for a friend from high school who was paralyzed in an accident..trying to get her a wheelchair accessible van...then we have a party to go to after that. Sunday we're doing a fundraiser Dawg walk (Browns themed poker run that you walk instead of ride) always such a good time...we have a big group going so we're REALLY looking forward to it!!

Need to start thinking about packing for Vegas we leave a week from tomorrow:)

Kare...I hope the lawyers visit goes good...thinking of you!!!

Hello to everyone checking in...hope you're all doing well.

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Morning! Another sunny fall day here although it's supposed to rain later.

Brenda, so glad it's nothing worse than gallstones. I know once I had my gallbladder removed, I felt so much better..

Heading onto Winnipeg today. Brian has his lawyer's appointment this afternoon so hopefully we will get some answers to our questions.

Hope you all have a nice day! I will check in later.
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday to you all....

Had a great day yesterday....I had Aiyden all day so that's always awesome! Yesterday was my Mom & StepDad's 20 year anniversary.....we took them to dinner lastnight they thought it was going to be just 6 of us and we had almost 30 people there....it was wonderful, they really enjoyed it!!

Finally got word from the doctor yesterday that there are gallstones that they think are causing my issues....I see the surgeon on Wednesday to see where we go from here:)

I have to work today...I have a pretty busy day I like it that way:)

Denise....SO happy to see you here....our little group is struggling lately to have everyone check in....hoping life slows down a little so everyone can get back into a groove:) I'm SO glad you're getting a lot of Bree time....so much fun!!!!

Kare....how's your week going??

Cori...love seeing you here.....glad you're getting back to Zumba...take it easy though...no over doing!!

Lisa..Miss you xoxo

Jeanette....Hello to you my friend....How's your week going??

Dianne...YEAH for crops being done....what's the next project??

Colleen...hope you're doing well.

Hello to everyone else checking in...I hope you have a wonderful day.

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Don't let a bad yesterday rob you of a great today!!

Hugs,
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Hi girls....just popped in to say hello. I was thinking of you all last night when I entered a new weight loss challenge. My SIL's mother challenged me to join it. It's a small group that will meet once a month..paying $5. We will share recipes and just chat...not exactly sure who the winner is calculated, but don't care that much..figured it may motivate me, and it will be company too. I weighed in with her last night, and the next meeting is November 2nd.

My SIL is away in CA til November, so kelly and Bree are here most of the time...that makes me very happy:) Bree is getting so big..she is crawling around like a maniac..her la latest feat is clapping her hands!! She's learning so much at her little daycare group ..kelly is so happy about that..

We are doing the best we can...I think it's harder for my kids cause I gave so many friends who are supporting me...they have good friends, but not as many, lol

Brenda, hoping for good results, and soon....I'm thinking of you.

Jeanette, thanks for reaching out...hoping your problems get resolved soon....please don't stop eating, girl!!

Happy thanksgiving Kare....happy you are doing well.

Cori....hope the knee gets better soon...wish I could do Zumba with you!!
I need to talk walking soon...

Hi Dianne...hope all is well...

Hello to everyone else..I'll try to stop in again soon

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers;)). Love you girls!

Wow...just noticed my weight loss since last time I was here...down about 9 lbs;)

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Hi girls. Settling into fall here. Had some storms move through last night but fortunately no severe weather. My knee is a little sore from Zumba but I fully expected that considering the length of time not using those muscles. I am wearing a very stiff knee brace and being very cautious doing jumps and other movements. Baby stepsÖ

Jeanette, I am sorry family stress is affecting you. I am all too familiar with that so I understand the toll it can take. Hoping it will all resolve soon with a happy ending for all involved. Please take care of yourself in the meantime. We love you and care about you so much! In answer to your question, we are looking at Sarasota/Bradenton for our target area in Florida. But we will consider the greater Tampa area if need be.

Brenda, sending thoughts and prayers your way for a good report with the ultrasound. You are so giving and generous with yourself and your time that I have to believe that good karma must make its way back to you. Hope you have an answer soon sweetie, especially before Vegas! I have been going through some health issues myself and so far they canít figure out whatís wrong. I have an appt with an endocrinologist on Nov. 3 so hoping to get some answers from her.

Kare, Happy Belated Thanksgiving! Glad your school celebration went well and that you had a good visit with your family. We have done the no turkey Thanksgiving dinner many times. Sometimes you just have to change things up. So proud of you with your continued weight loss!

Denise, just want you to know I am thinking of you often and continue to pray for you as you adapt to this new phase in life. emoticon

Hi to everyone else checking in. Time to head to bed soon. It's been a long day. Take care girls.


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Good morning and Happy Tuesday to you all....

Kind of a grey day today but the leaves are beautiful so that helps :)

Heading to the salon soon...not a very busy day but a good one :)

Still waiting on the doctor to call with results of my ultrasound on my abdomen...it's been a week yesterday....so dislike the waiting game :( Praying for good results

Kare...I'm glad you had a nice weekend...hope you're day is great!!!

Hello to everyone checking in....enjoy your day...

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Beautiful restful weekend here! It was exactly what I needed after the stress and bustle of the last few weeks. Did a bbq Here instead of a turkey dinner with lots of veggies and lemon meringue pie for dessert.

Managed to go for a walk withnElvis to practice for obedience school. He is such a scary cat! The bags of leaves on the curbs were all boogeymen as he tried to get on my right side and he doesn't likr the crunchy leaves either. He can't figure where the geese noises are coming from so that spooks him too, we have hundreds pass over twice a day as they move from the marsh North of us to the lake and then back in the evening. They get quite loud at times...

Jeanette, hope your stress settles down. I gave myself a good talking to about stress eating
and trying to stay on track.

Brenda, sounds like a nice day.

Heading to bed, busy day tomorrow putting everything from the dinner away for another year. Gave a great week!

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Hi Girls....

Had a great day today with Andrea....ran to beauty supply, Kohls, a Halloween store, Applebees for lunch, then a quick stop at Walmart then home for a little more Aiyden time...all in all a great day....oh and got 2 loads of laundry done too.

Jeanette....girl you better be eating....have to keep fuel in that fire ya know......hope the family stress passes quickly. Glad the harvesting is coming to an end. Don't ever think you're talking to yourself on here...even if I can't check in I'm always reading....I'm trying to just get back to checking in everyday during the week and when I can on the weekends.....my walking has been SO bad...need to get back to that asap!!!

I work tomorrow....have a busy day but not too crazy...off Wednesday to finish laundry and start thinking about what to take to Vegas...we leave a week from Saturday.

Everyone have a wonderful night....Love to all
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Kare.....Happy Thanksgving!
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Hope you had a wonderful relaxing weekend with family!
Congratulations on another successful school dinner! and CONGRATULATIONS on your great results on your weight loss journey. I am so very happy for you that you are feeling so good and finding you have more energy/endurance! emoticon

Brenda...fun weekend stuff!
I agree so quiet on here lately. It bothers me that we are all drifting off, Some days I just end up having conversations with myself on here...lol
been struggling with some family stuff so I have just stayed away a few days, angry at the world right now but working thru it, harvest has been a little busier than other years, just al and I so kind of running myself ragged.

Dianne...We finished beans last night at this end, BIL still has about 100 acres. raining today and maybe for the next 4 so may be awhile before we start corn. okay with that we could use a little break to tie up some other lose ends before the cold crap sets in. Thikn from your pics you were doing beans right? much left? have you started corn yet? continued wishes for a safe harvest!

Denise...thinking of you....continued prayers, well wishes and love coming your families way!

Lisa....hope you are well! ((HUGS))

Tina...Hope you are having a beautiful fall and enjoying as much outdoor time as you can! Hope your family is well

Cori....How did the zumba class go? Hope you had a relaxing weekend.

Colleen...did you get your new puppy yet?

Down another 1.4 pounds, think it is strictly stress induced so not sure it will stay off easily, waiting till Tuesday to see if scale still there. Decided today that instead of eating because I am stressed I now go the opposite and stop eating, not a good habit just traded one bad habit for another. Didn't even realize it till Dh asked me when the last time I had eaten was...had to stop and go back thru the days.... answer wasn't pretty kind of shocked myself!
So goal for the week is to take better care of myself!

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Hi Girls ....Happy Sunday to you all....

SO quiet on here lately....sure makes me a little sad...hate that life is getting in the way of our little group...

We had a great weekend....Friday we watched our little homecoming parade ....Austin drove one of the fire trucks and Aiyden & Andrea rode in another one...very cute. We went over and watched the game until half time. Saturday I worked and then we went and watched Steve's son Ryan play football...stopped at Steve's grave...then home for a relaxing evening. Today we went and watched our grandson play football and then came home to watch the Browns/Steelers game....SO excited the Browns WON!!!

Tomorrow I have to go to beauty supply and get laundry done....should be a good day :)

Kare....I'm so glad the dinner went so good for you.....glad you're noticing the changes in your body with the weightloss ....what a great feeling!!!!

I hoep you're all doing great...I'll check in tomorrow:)

Quote of the day:

Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't

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Hello to everyone checking in and Happy Thanksgiving from Canada. Actually Thanksgiving is tomorrow for us, but may not be on tomorrow.

Dinner at school was a huge success! I have to say that being 80lbs lighter than last year sure made a difference in how tired and sore I was after being on my feet for 3 days straight. We had just enough food to feed 400 people and were able to send about 10 meals home with some of our needier families.

Meaghan came home with Robyn and Anthony on Friday night and we had a nice ham dinner to celebrate Thanksgiving. Tonight we are having a BBQ and probably tomorrow as well as it is so nice out. Not doing a turkey since I've seen enough of it for awhile. I made a big pot of potato soup today and I promised to make pumpkin pancakes for breakfast tomorrow.

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the fall weather..

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Well, tomorrow is our big Thanksgiving dinner at school and I think we are ready. My turkey is all cooked and just waiting for it to cool a bit so I can carve it to take to work in the morning. I am amazed at the difference in how I feel physically this year. Usually I am exhausted by the end of today and even worse tomorrow but I feel pretty good today after being on my feet all day preparing food.

Weather here is cooler than normal but still pretty nice. Glad to hear that everyone is almost done harvest, always a good feeling...

Not much to say just wanted to check in. Doing Thanksgiving dinner with Meaghan and Robyn tomorrow as well as both girls work all weekend. I think Dwayne and I are helping with a dinner at our church for new immigrant families that are having their first Thanksgiving in Canada. I think Dwayne will be door greeter.

Take care everyone...Kare

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Hey girls - just waiting for the guys to come and eat - early lunch so we can hit the fields early - hoping to be done done by next Tuesday. Weather looks fantastic! No rain! Everything has been running good and no break downs (major anyway), I would think with all that bouncing across the field I would shed a few lbs...guess we'll see!

Hello to everyone checking in and prayers for everyone that needs them - seems there is always something going on! Happy birthdays and anniversaries to everyone celebrating!

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Happy Wednesday everyone.....

Had a busy day at the salon...came home to hang out Aiyden ....:) Aunt Flo showed up a day early ....so ready for her to just go away forever.

I have gotten dishes and laundry done today....went and had lunch with my cousin...going to dinner tonight at our friends ...crab legs....YUM!!!!! The weather has been nice here....I have to work Saturday half a day but then I think we'll head to the lake over night....perfect sitting by the fire weather!!

Jeannette....wowser that's a lot of hours...glad the weekend went good. Enjoy your days off!!

Colleen...bummer when they keep prolonging the court stuff...hang in there.

Cori....you be careful doing Zumba...don't over do it.

Denise...think of you often

Tina....we miss you

Dianne....weather cooperating ? How much more to go on the crops?

Kare....How's the dinner planning going??

Hello to everyone checking in....have a wonderful day

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happy Wednesday!
Up super early, watching the lunar eclipse in various stages ot totality. so amazing. Just went out and took some pictures as the sun was coming up, gorgeous crisp fall morning.

Cori...hope the zumba class with friend worked out, knee must be getting stronger every day. What an awful experience that has been for you! When you guys move to Florida do you have a specific area you are thinking about?

Brenda.....(hugs) hope your ultra sound results come back clear, scary stuff!
How is Jim's hip, I always forget to ask?

Coleen....maybe you can just trade a shift with some one instead of having to miss the day of work. think the courts in this country are notorious for delays and postponements :( hope it all works out for you!

Dianne....how sweet of Adrian, bet you loved having a riding partner as well!! gives me shivers to think of someone so young with cancer,......Continued wishes for a safe harvest for you and your gang!

xbrew... saw your post and just wanted to welcome you to our little group!

Kare...are you and Brian feeling better? Eating out is awful, unless we go to a steakhouse and just do steak and salad I just feel gunked up for days. All the over processed foods, my tummy just can't handle it anymore, have gotten so used to eating whole real food, the other stuff just doesn't settle well. How did your lawyer appt go, praying it is good news for you guys!

Denise...thinking of you! Praying you and your kids are healing and adjusting to a new normal! remember we are here whenever you need to vent!

Lisa....Hope you are well and becoming stronger in your new life everyday! How are Brody and Bre doing?

Tina.....Hope you and your family are well, I think of you often!

better get moving, need to leave here by 9 and have to help DH relocate equipment this morning. We unloaded trucks and wagons last night, decided to wait till morning to move to next field, everything just easier in the light of day!

Make good choices and remember to hydrate today! Changes of season can be so tough on our skin and body and the extra water helps!
have a healthy, safe day
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hey hey girls...just taking a quick break indoors to get dinner started and in the oven between loads of beans. i am cleaning off the garden as well, partly sunny so am enjoying the outdoor break today.
the weekend was so ridiculous at work, put in 47 hours in 4 days....record number of people and record sales so it was all good. Spent yesterday trying to get shelves filled and quickly ordering more product. Weather was cool and cloudy so was surprised at the amazing turn out! Am off the next 3, today and Thursday are harvest days and Wednesday I go to watch Luke for part of the day.

just wanted to pop in and wish each of you a great day! Make it a good one!
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well they did it again.we get all the way to court just to find out they asked for a week extension,now I have to go and ask for another day off and I think the schedule is already made. I'm so tired today I think my depression is trying to creep up.I have been working hard to keep it at bay.
Anyway thank you all for the well wishes.

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Happy Anniversary Colleen! Enjoy your dinner and congrats on the job promotion.

Brenda, glad you had a good trip.

Cori, glad to see you on here. Hope you get to go to Zumba. Not ready to try that yet but have been thinking of trying a beginners bootcamp in the New Year.

Much colder here, feels like winter. Brian is battling a cold and I feel like I am getting one too. Just hoping to hold off until after the Thanksgiving dinner on Friday.

Ordered pizza tonight which isn't my favorite but I ordered some wings so I can have something to eat. Eating out has to be the most frustrating thing since the weight loss surgery. Elvis has obedience school tonight - think he has ADD because he just can't focus when we work on the exercises. I'm hoping he will do well in class...

Have a good evening everyone....Kare

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Hi girls. Weather has cooled down quite a bit here and Mike finally broke down and turned the heat on. I was holding out but he couldnít take it anymore. Sure hate to see fall come because it means winter is just behind. Oh well, just one more winter to get through and then no more. Counting the days.

Brenda, so good to see you enjoyed your birthday trip.

Dianne, it breaks my heart to hear of a child with cancer. So happy he is cancer free.

Colleen, Happy Anniversary and congrats on the promotion.

Jeanette, hope things arenít getting too crazy busy for you there.

Kare, glad Dwayneís weekend went well. Hope you still get to go on your cruise.

Denise, still thinking of you my friend.

Found a wonderful Zumba class with a great instructor. Unfortunately it is at the Subaru Fitness Center and I can only go with my coworker whose husband is employed there. Unfortunately she keeps flaking out on me. I am doing some Zumba DVDs at home and still doing the rower, although I only made it 1 day last week. Shooting for 3-4 times this week. Take care ladies and keep warm.


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Today has been a great day. Cold and breezy but it isn't bothering me. 10 year wedding anniversary. Going to Logan's Steak House for dinner but nothing fancy. I got a promotion at work of sorts but hubby doesn't see it as such. He has a hard time look at things positively. I'm still happy. Still worried about tomorrow. Court for the eviction. :( we talked to a lawyer and he seems to think it will go in our favor but the past is telling me differently. you know..... everything that goes up MUST come down and I have been up higher than I have been in years. Well it is thundering and want to get out before the rain. I hate sitting in a restaurant wet.
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Hello and Happy Monday to you all.......

We had a FANTASTIC time in Niagara Falls....the weather cooperated nicely...few spurts of rain but nothing terrible.....:)

Went this morning for an ultrasound on my upper abdomen area...keep getting this pinching pain and just can't shake the feeling that something isn't quite right so for my own peace of mind looking into it further :)

Dianne....what a nice thing for Adrian to do....those are memories that little one will hold onto :) Good luck getting all those fields done :)

Denise....How was your weekend??? Everyone staying strong? What did ya do for your Dad's birthday .

Colleen....I have a lot I should be doing today on my day off too but just can't seem to get myself motivated either ...that's ok though...I'll get to it.

Lisa....hope you're doing great...miss you xoxo

Tina....any shooting time this weekend??? Sure miss having you here .

Jeanette...How did the weekend go.....I know it's one of your busiest times..hope it went smoothly :)

Kare..Hope you had a good weekend :)

Hello to everyone checking in....I hope you're doing fantastic :)

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Hello! Busy week for everyone! Guess that is good though but wow does the week fly by!

Getting fields done here...some days in off and on rain showers but we keep moving! Think we're down to 1400 acres now...hubby just wants o get into the corn! Many fields are looking ready. Helped both DS's get their beans done over the weekend. Adrian was home and brought her roommates son with, her dad had a stroke, her husband is gone for the weekend plus she has a newborn so Adrian said she'd bring Shayden here...such a sweetie! He's 2 1/2, was diagnosed with Leukemia this past March ... Adrian moved in with them about this time so has been a big help with his meds. They say they caught it early and right now is cancer free but will be doing chemo for 3 yrs. Rode with me in the tractor and loved it! Goes on and on about the big green tractor and combine.

Brenda..happy birthday! Looks like you had a great werkend! Love the pictures.

Kare...thinking if you and hoping everything works out. Good luck with the supper!

Tina..hello! Getting any winter weather your way?

Denise...hugs

Colleen...so sorry about Mud, always hard when we lose a member of the family.

Jeanette...work, harvest, grandson, apartments - you do keep busy!

Hello to everyone checking in!

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