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Didn't get any painting done today. Went to the gym for about 90 minutes - biked 7 miles and did my lunges, squats and leg exercises. Skipped the crunches today as my back is a little twitchy. Then I went and got some groceries. By the time I got home, Dwayne was acting up and that pit an end to any plans I had to paint. Not sure what his problem was but he was very agitated.

Just enjoying a café mocha and then heading to bed. Have a good night all!

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Good Morning ...Happy Tuesday to you all....

Another hot day here in Ohio today...going to head out and get my walk in before it gets to warm.

Had another on track day yesterday....got a lot of stuff done yesterday....met with the seamstress...the sleeves are going to look awesome on my dress for Sam's wedding...can't wait to see it finished ....ran to the mall for new tennis shoes....bought Brooks this time...see how those do....bought Jim a pair of Nike's but they don't fit so back they'll go. Last night I got a lot of stuff done in our bedroom....putting boxes back in the closet, hanging up clothes..etc.

Jeanette.....So glad Ohio is the half way point to your daughters....happy to hear you'll be coming this way again ...if we come that way in Sept, Cori & Mike might be joining us :)

Cori....How's your knee feeling???

Lisa...Have a great day...enjoy those dogs:)

Kare...back to painting today?

Tina...hoping you get some rain.

Dianne...crazy dust in your video...kinda cool to see.

Denise...Happy Birthday!!!!1

Colleen...Hope you're good.

Hello to everyone checking in.

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7/21/14 10:33 P

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been yet another beautiful Iowa summer day, think I am enjoying it because I am home more this summer than I have ever been (except when kids were ity bitty) Sitting out on the deck listening to the frogs.
Mowed rentals and then touched up our yard today and unloaded yet one more load of wood , took it easy, over did it yesterday and am in pain, back is bothering me. It will work itself out, was just lifting logs heavier than I should have. Sometimes I forget that I am not 20 anymore:)

Tina....I have lots of green tomatoes but no red ones yet, garden is kind of sparse, didn't get things planted because of all the rain, then got kind of late so gave up. My pumpkins look good, and basil dill rosemary and oregano growing like crazy. Lost all my brussel sprout plants, peppers look okay. I have been thinking about you...wondering if out of harms way. Such crazy hot weather you have been getting. Stay safe! (Hugs)

Brenda...that would be sooooo awesome, I will firm up our schedule and see what works. DD bought a house on Friday, if inspection goes well, they will take posession aug 22 so we will be going that way for the end of aug and first part of sept. She wants me to strip and refinish the floors and paint before hey move in. We were planning end of aug anyway to catch a Villanova football game, we will just be expandind the length. They will know hopefully this Friday about inspection issues or not.

Kare...so glad Dwayne is processing and moving thru it. Know that is so tough on you when he is hurting.....you are an amazing momma! Glad your weather is straightening up! Hope you have a great week, enjoy your early morning workout!

Mmmm bugs are starting to invade my space, and they are nibbling on me. Think I will call it a day
Sleep well dear friends
Jeanette

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7/21/14 8:08 P

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Hi Girls and Happy Monday to you all.......

Hard to believe it's Monday again...time flies.....Friday we had Aiyden overnight so Andrea could go to the concert...she had a great time...Saturday I worked til 1 then off to Samantha's bridal shower...it was nice..her Mom did a good job on everything....Samantha got me a beautiful necklace that says " Anyone can be a Mom but it takes someone special to be a Step Mother" I thought that was very sweet of her :) Sunday I had calling hours to go to...not sure if you remember me talking about going and cutting hair for a local lady that had been diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer...well any way she passed away so felt I needed to go...only 47 years old...just got diagnosed at Easter :(

I am still having great success stringing days together.....feels SO good to be back on track...the scale is the lowest it's been in a while and that's with Aunt Flo being here....funny how once you get moving it finally kicks in and becomes a little easier to stay on track....we're going to the camper for the weekend and I've already come up with lots of healthy meals, snacks ...etc....taking my bathing suit will hopefully get some pool time (if it's not too crowded" will get some walking in either way...have my case of water to take....not wanting to get off track being away so trying to be very pro active!!!!

Lisa....Sorry about Bre and Billy....Mr. right will come along. Don't worry about the shower...it's all good!!

Jeanette....yeah on stringing together some days too....we've got this girl!! How busy is the month of Sept for you guys....Jim is trying to plan a bike trip your way (just a long weekend type thing) would go by way of Indiana...then to you guys...but not sure if that's a good time for you or not ...if it's not DO NOT hesitate to say so.....we'll plan another time :)

Dianne....Hope you're walking is going good too.....we can do this!!!

Denise...Hope your b'day week is going great!!

Tina...prayers for all in your area...stay safe my friend.

Kare....Hope you had a good weekend....How's the remodel project going??

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

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" If you are feeling sad you're living in the past, if you are feeling anxious you are living in the future, if you are feeling at peace you are living in the present"

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7/21/14 8:53 A

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Good morning gals!

I took a vacation day today! Loved sleeping in and cuddling with Lennie and my brothers dog Dudley! I am watching him for a week while they are at Myrtle Beach! Having 2 dogs is really keeping me busy!
Seeing how on track a lot of you are makes me WANT to get on board, but I still struggle so much with the lonliness and stress eating, that I start to do it, then I give in to food and laziness. The meds I am on really help with the anxiety and "noisy head" (as my counselor refers to it), but I am thinking it is making me just not care about anything...I tend to just want to lay around and I actually fell asleep at work one day last week! I wasn't out for very long, a co worker shouted at me, but I just felt the need to sleep! weird!

Bre's boyfriend broke up with her Friday and she was devastated! so it was a pretty rough weekend around here. I felt so bad for her...she (we) really thought this was the one!

Brenda i am still so sorry that I missed Sam's shower! It was such a crazy weekend. It would be strange that the Father of the Bride is not involved with the wedding plans!

Tina I have been seeing your posts and likes to pics about the fires! How awful! Praying for rain your way!

ok well, I need to get moving...I took the day off to get some stuff done, so I had better take advantage of that! It's going to be a nice day to do it all!

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7/21/14 12:50 A

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Hi girls,

As you may all be aware of: Washington State has wildfires everywhere. We have been in a blanket of smoke for about a week. It's so sad- about an hour either way we go there are wild fires...so sad. Over 100 homes burned in an area that we like to camp....basically three towns were burned down (small rural timber towns). Tragedy! Hopefully the fire burns itself out soon.

Dianne,

Sounds like VERY encouraging news! I will keep my fingers crossed for you!

Denise,

Enjoy the beach girl! You deserve R and R.

Brenda,

Great job walking!

Jeanette,

We could sure use some rain here.... I don't usually hope for it, but we need it. Our weather has been crazy hot (100's). I think that's what lead to the forest fires. We are suppose to cool down this week and I seen thunderstorms in the forecast- not good! Let's just hope that rain comes with the thunder.

How is your garden doing? I have some cucumbers and tomatoes but their not ready. I can't believe it's already July 20!!!! Where is my summer going lol. Too close to Christmas already- and I'm still dealing with the same five pounds uugghhhhh. Well at least we keep trying....right?

Kare,

I'm glad that Dwayne is feeling better. Sometimes I'm just not sure how important it is to share that type of information with children who "don't/can't" understand it. I'm sure it's no an easy decision to make, but regardless- I'm so happy to hear that he's doing better.

Love that your going to be working with a personal trainer....how exciting for you. GREAT job!

Tina


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Way to go Jeanette! You are doing great!

A hot weekend here and finally no rain. Spent most of the weekend working on my room. Got my accent wall done - it took 3 coats to cover it. It is a deep aubergine colour. I have one other wall done in a lighter purple grey. Hoping to get it finished this week.

Dwayne is pumped to get back to his activities this week so that is a good sign that he has processed and dealt with his stress. We went to a fish fry tonight and he really enjoyed himself. The pickerel was very good I have to say and lots of protein in fish.

Just got out of the shower and heading to bed. Want to get to the gym before Brian goes to work so I don't have to take the van.

Have a good week everyone!

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Gorgeous day........we worked outdoors all day.Cut loaded and hauled more wood, sprayed remaining bean acres, cleaned up branches from fallen maple tree, weeded and cleaned up around our wood burner and little pig shed. cleaned out my crazy bunny's cage.
Had a very good on track day, think that made 5 in a row, lost track but hoping to see good results this week on scale. have been really ramping up water intake and eating clean, whole foods.
Splurged today at a little garden market, bought melon, summer squash, baby zukes and sweet corn. Had a lovely dinner outdoors, perfect end to a good day....
hope everyone had a great weekend....................and feeling revived and ready to tackle the week ahead!

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Happy Friday
Sitting in a hotel watching the river flow by my sindow. We are heading off to a concert in a bit. Dh is off getting our tickets and I am relaxing for a bit. Been a hectic but productive day. Got some things done around the farm this morning then hauled about 57 thousand pounds of wood, a friend by the lake needed to cut down a cherry and locust tree, so we hauled 5 dump trailers full of logs back to the farm. We will cut up in small pieces and/or split and burn this winter. The cherry is beautiful, and smelled so good. Want to find a food grade finish, making a few maple trivets or lazy susans out of the maple we lost. Thinking a good gift for the kids. Might make cutting boards out of a few pieces of the cherry. I have a log picked out already.

Oops DH here better run,
Have a great weekend
Jeanette

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Happy Friday....finally getting to the beach today...woo hoo!
As my dh and ds said last night, I have awesome friends...a bunch of us (teachers) are meeting in Ocean City....getting a ride and lunch...just grabbed a dessert, and I'm in..not even driving;))
I also finagled 2 days next week w ny uncle and cousins at his house in OC too. So hopefully I'll get to spend my birthday on the beach!!

Dianne, hoping for a positive result for you...great work!!

Brenda, keep trying to get me walking again, so I can lose some weight. Dh lost about 60 lbs since his crazy scare this winter...seems he just gave up drinking a gallon of milk each day...god I hate that it's so much easier for men!!

Our weather has been pretty nice this week.

Had a great visit w dad too, Bree came along and she always makes them all smile there;))
He did have another fall last night, poor guy....

Well, I'm off to get ready...hi to everyone.
Gave a fab Friday;))


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7/18/14 7:59 A

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

Had a really busy day at the salon...and another busy one ahead today...LOVE being busy!!!

I'm so excited that I've been able to string TWELVE days together of being on track...WOOO HOOOO!!!! Heading out to get my walk in as soon as I'm done checking in.

Dianne....I'm glad my posting's give you a little nudge to go walk...:) That's very encouraging about the lawsuit...will keep our fingers crossed.

Jeanette....Did ya get to the fair?? Did Luke enjoy seeing the animals??

We have Samantha's bridal shower tomorrow afternoon....it's SO strange to be so removed from her wedding.....she hasn't included us in anything...told Jim it feels like we're just "guests" of someone else's big day...very strange...but it's all good...less stress on us...lol

Hello to everyone checking in I hope you have a fantastic day and weekend!!!

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"If you're tired of starting over.....stop giving up" (boy do I need this one!!!)

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Hey everyone...

Jeanette..yes I love my technology...just like my dad and it seems Alex is taking after me...lol
Got a couple of 90 degree days coming our way, and a few shots of rain..could we get a perfect week? Fingers crossed!

Brenda...your inspiring me to walk in the mornings...I got a notification this morning about your walk so I grabbed Spooky and off we went down the driveway. Got one in before it got too hot out.

Some news on our rock case...DH wrote a letter to the editor and also emailed it to our local senator and the head of Game n Fish. Well he got a call from the senator and talked for about an hour. Game and Fish here has been under alot of scrutiny for unaccounted guns used in hunter safety course among a few other stuff...ironically our email reached them on the same day as the special session about this at the capitol. It was discussed among 15 or so representatives and they all agreed that the action taken was uncalled for. Encouraging part is they are going to petition the governor for a full parden! Now we dont want to get our hopes up but we don't think he would say anything if he wasn't pretty sure it would happen. So keeping fingers crossed and saying lots of prayers!

Have a great night girls!

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Good Morning!!
ahhhhh Thursday already, this week is flying by. Actually summer is flying, cannot believe it is the middle of July already!

Have had a couple good on track days, trying to tie a few of those together to see some downward results on the scale. so frustrated that my clothes just fit and feel different. first goal is to get back to ticker weight! no big goals just one day at a time right now.

off today, heading out to get some weeding done in the garden, then mowing this afternoon after the heavy dew burns off. These cool temps really make everything damp! Hopefully DS and grandson coming out today, think we are going to the county fair tonight. Want to take Luke to see all the animals, little neighbor boy is showing his calf as well.

Hello to everyone checking in......
have a great Thursday
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Good Morning and Happy Hump Day to you all....

Had a really busy day at the salon yesterday...I've been so blessed to be so busy all the time there.

I had another wonderful on track day...that makes 9...today will indeed be 10.....loving being on track!!!! I was able to move my ticker back down...I had gone up to 234 AGAIN and am happy to be down to 224...it's a start!!!!

Jeanette....I'm glad your weather has finally leveled out....enjoy enjoy enjoy!! The walking is so fun when I have Aiyden...he ads some resistance for sure going up those hills!!! He and I are about to head out now.

Dianne..glad you got some twins time :) I'm loving the walking app...just nice accountability :)

Kare...so sad for Dwayne hard enough for us adults to process death...so much harder on kids.

Tina..hope you're having a great week

Lisa...We're going to be going down to our camper the last weekend in July and probably the first weekend in August if you want to come sit by the fire...you can bring Lennie....just have to bring his shot records :)

Denise....Hope your week is going fabulously !!!

Got sad news last night the lady that I went and shaved her hair for her a month or so ago passed away last night...she just got diagnosed at Easter...her son is starting his senior year in the fall and her daughter is a sophomore in college....SO sad

Quote of the day:

Yesterday you said "tomorrow"

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Happy Wednesday......

going to have to get a sweater this morning, chilly but WONDERFUL!
emoticon is shining and nearing 74, only 48 right now. The birds are singing, glad the rain has stopped as well!

roofers coming today to finish up storm damage on our out buildings, the wind broke a couple of the rafters and tore off a section of the roof, we were so busy cleaning up the tree that we didn't notice it for a couple of days.......

Brenda...i am so proud of you for finding the spark again and get moving! emoticon
Know you feel so much better when you walk, and bet it goes so much faster when you have Aiyden with you:) I have had 2 good days, working on a third today and scale is at least leveling off....Thank you for all your support and input you put into this sight!! LOVE ya!

Kare....(HUGS) can't even fathom what you are feeling seeing Dwayne hurting and not being able to comfort him. Hope the doctors visit is productive!!! Death is so frightening even when we partially understand it......Hugs, prayers and good energy to you and your family during this difficult transition!

Dianne......i now you would put more thought into the phone than I did....we have earlier established that you are a tech-girl...lol.... not me, just a dang phone...other than a bit of texting I don't need all that other stuff. It was a pretty easy process once the sales guy realized I was not buying a smart phone, narrowed my choices considerably..... emoticon I love modern technology but I hate how people are so attached that they can't function without phone in hand....
How old are the twins now? Sounds like fun and full of energy, reminds us what matters in life right?? Scary bug bite.....hope she feels better soon!

need to get ready for work, so gotta run...
have a great day everyone!
jeanette

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Hi girls - Happy Tuesday! Sun is shining...hoping it will warm us up! Temps just can't get up past 75 lately...corn likes it warm! But they are saying 90's by this weekend.

Jeanette - we were way too wet but now we could use a little. Hoping your weather improves. Bummer about the phone! Sometimes hard to get a new one that you like - we do too much research (as per DS) and takes us so long to be one.

Brenda - love when you post your walks...makes me get out there (sometimes anyway!)...great job on staying on track...I am so struggling with weight this summer.

Denise - hope things get better for your dad, glad he is close enough that you can see him.

Kare - how's the painting? I keep putting it off but really want some color on these walls. So hard when a family member is struggling - emotions hard to deal with. I hope they can keep her comfortable.

Tina - I just don't understand why people leave their pets in cars...if it's that hot out leave them at home while you run errands! They might be happier! Glad to hear your enjoying life.

We had the twins yesterday and today...having such fun and they have changed so much! Always saying please and thank you, sharing and playing so good together. But kinda scary as to why we have them - Jamie (mom) got bit by a bug last thursday while riding bike. Friday morning broke out in a rash and went to the Dr. Saturday hives broke out pretty bad and she was back in...Monday morning she called and said she was going in again and could we come get the kids - hives are worse, throat was swollen and stomach upset. They gave her a high dose of something that they said would really knock her out. Talked with her this morning and she is feeling somewhat better. Told her the kids are fine and just rest and get better.

Sounds like we're all struggling with this weight thing! Brenda will have to send us all a text when she walks and we can "walk" together! DH bought me an elliptical last week...I love them so let's hope this is the piece that works for me!

Have a great day and get out there and walk!

Dianne

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7/15/14 9:35 A

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Morning! Sun is finally shining here. Supposed to be hot for the next few days. Maybe things will start drying up and growing.

Jeanette, enjoy your visit with Luke!

Brenda, good job on the choices you are making!

Denise, so sad when our parents are lonely. My Dad gets like that too, he has been dealing with depression since winter. My Mom makes sure she gets out everyday but doesn't think of my Dad, I try to phone when I know she is out just to talk to him.

Dwayne still not coping with the news of his Auntie's illness. He's been ripping toys, swearing, pushing and generally being a not so nice boy. I know he is processing things and the news brings up fears of me dying and I think too with Brian's scare in the fall, the fear of losing Dad. Trying hard to be patient but wow it is hard when he is being so difficult. We have a meeting tomorrow with the mental health worker, care workers and behavioral psychologist to see if we can find a way to help him. He pushed Callen the other day so we want to make sure she is safe too. She is coming today but they are staying in the house where either Brian and I will be and having a shorter day. Dwayne slept 13 hours last night so I am hoping that will help too.

Still trying to get my room washed and taped. Not so easy when my boy is upset. Going to get another section done once Callen comes. Have to take Scout to get groomed after lunch so I will head to the gym then.

Hope you all have a wonderful day! Off to find some breakfast

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7/15/14 8:58 A

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Morning....

Brenda.... emoticon Great job on the consecutive walking days. I am trying very hard to put a couple good days together and get that spark going again!
Sometime in the near future send me a text so I have your phone number again, we weren't able to recover info in old phone and of course I didn't back up with a list :(

Dianne....glad you had a good trip, sounds fun. So beautiful out there! How is DH feeling now that some time has passed since "the rock incident"?

Denise.....So hard to hear your dads loneliness and sadness in his voice, but at least he calls you to say he is lonely....
.how was your beach day? emoticon hope it was a relaxing, gorgeous day!

Tina.......sounds like you were very justified in being upset with the irresponsible pet "owner" grrrrr......I just cannot conceive how they think a pet (or child as Brenda stated) will be okay in a boiling hot car.
DH gets really mad at me, but I giggle their door handle so the car alarm goes off, sometimes it helps, sometimes not!

Lisa.....i always think about getting things ready for a garage sale, but so much work involved for no guarantee it will sell, then what??? I would have to pack it back up in a box and would probably still keep it, so hard to get rid of good things. emoticon
i have been selling some of my Anne Klein jewelry on craigslist and doing pretty good, You might try that......

Kare.....Hope your week is going good!! how is your painting project progressing? Hope you are getting some emoticon , know it has been very rainy there too, so hard to stay ahead of the grass and weeds!

Colleen...any news on the new job?

A cool 53 degrees here this morning....AC off and windows open, slept so good last night!!
Heading off to work, going to take a trailer to DS tonight and I might sneak out a little early.....
yeah I get to see Luke

have a great day!!

THANK YOU Brenda for the motivation!!!
jeanette

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

SO happy to report 7 consecutive days of walking...water AND good food choices!! The scale is moving downward...slow and steady but I'll take progress of any kind!!!! I'm waiting for Aiyden to wake up and then will get todays walk in :)

Dianne....so glad the trip went well....Jim and I head South on the bike 3 weeks from tomorrow...can't wait !!

Jeanette...hope that rain lets up!! Bummer about the phone :( Weightloss is just SO frustrating....I wouldn't change anything about my life but man I sure would LOVE to not have the weight battle to deal with!!!

Denise....Glad you're able to get with your Dad when he needs you and nice that he's good to tell you when it's ok to leave. Hope you get to the beach!!!

Kare...SO sorry to hear your SIL isn't doing well....((((HUGS))) Hope Dwayne's mood is better for you today :)

Tina...that's awful when people do that to pets....even worse is all the stories I've seen recently of CHILDREN being left in the car :(

Lisa....bummer that the yard sale didn't go well :( We have on FB Portage County barter and trade site...people are selling stuff there all the time...maybe try something like that like Kare mentioned :)

Hello to everyone checking in....going to jump off here...have a fantastic day!!!

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been another soggy weekend here.....3.8 inches on Saturday. water is literally bubbling up out of a crack in our basement floor. ground is so saturated no place for it to go. Supposed to be drier and cool here this week so hopefully we will get some sunshine and dry things up.
Cell phone crapped out on me Thursday, the power button just stopped working so couldn't disconnect a call.by Friday it was just fried, So that is on the agenda today as well as a grocery stock up run.
weight is UP and I am wildly frustrated,,,did not want to lose those pounds again. Stress eating, know it but just can't seem to get a grip on it.

So good to see everyone checking in.....
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Oh Jeanette that would have been wonderful if you could have been there. It turned out ok - at least no drama....DS got his food trailer inspected and passed...he let us know he was really bummed because they had to sell their rental house in order to finish the trailer...I'm thinking you should have done that in the first place! Like how about coming up with your own money first!
Then he wanted us to stay and have lunch with some friends that "have a business proposal for him" which in my mind is saying hey dad can you loan me some money to invest again? thank goodness Don said we were leaving Thursday morning. Had breakfast then took off. DIL's folks were there also - such nice people so had a good time there. Wonderful ride home, went north through Wyoming and into Montana. Got home Friday morning - this place really looked different! They did a terrific job leveling everything, one pile of black dirt left which they will do when Brent gets done putting rock on the bottom of the house. Nice to be able to look down the driveway except now the corn blocks the view which I'm NOT going to complain about. The rock should be done next weekend. Brent is YDS's friend and is doing this on his own on weekends but he's here at 6 am and works almost non-stop until after 6 pm. Hard working and does a good job.

DS grilling brats for supper so I'd better get the table ready. Wind blowing hard again so didn't get much yard work done. Hopefully tomorrow!

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Morning! Sunny here right now but rain coming again. So much water everywhere. Drove over the bridges by the diversion yesterday and the water is up to the bottom of the bridges and right to the top of the dikes. If the second crest that is coming this week is larger than they think, there could be problems. Went to Brandon (my hometown) yesterday and the same thing.

Spent the day with Brian's sister and husband. She is in palliative care now. I can't believe how much she has gone down in the 6 weeks since we last saw her. She unfortunately has pneumonia and was very tired so we spent more time visiting with my BIL and his sister than with her.

Been a tough couple of days with Dwayne. Upset, rude demanding you name it he was that. Some of it I think was we had to tell him about Dianne and he doesn't understand. We told her she was dying so he thought he was going to her funeral. We bought flowers and he thought they were for her grave. He wants dates of when she will die and of course we don't know that. The joys of autism! Seems like a happier boy this morning.

Denise, I am reading Dan Brown's new book and it is really good. Have you read I am Malala yet? Our library always has a book sale in the summer and gets rid of seconds and older books Spent $12 the other day and got 8 books.

Lisa, if you have good stuff to sell does your community have a sale page on fb? That's how I have sold a lot of my clothes. You don't make a lot of money but every little bit helps.

Started my new exercise program with personal trainer last week and I was so stiff after Thursday workout I was still in agony yesterday. Good thing I am less stiff today as I am heading back to the gym to do it again. It was the lunges and squats that got me....

Hello to everyone else checking in. Have a wonderful day. Off to start laundry and get a chicken cooking for supper. Hoe to get my room primed today. Dwayne's behavior that last few days has put me behind in that project.

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Happy Sunday, girls;)

Let's make it our new goal to have a fun MHD ( mental health day) each week..it's something I plan to do that won't cost much.
Friday was a nice day...dryer got fixed..$180 later, but cheaper than a new one, right?
Then 3 of us spent the day chatting, snacking..low fat taco dip, and chilling in the pool. Believe it or not, no alcohol was consumed...Lol
This week, I am hoping to go to the beach...finally..on Thursday. My friend has a condo near Ocean Ciry, and that's where our MHD will take place;))

Lisa...I know, yard sales are so much work and usually not a big profit, but we just keep on trying..haha.

Tina, I bet it was hard not to say anything to that pet owner...poor pup;(

Got another S.O.S. Call from dad yesterday...his mornings are just the hardest part of his day.
I brought him some pretzel bites for a treat, and when I was there for a bit...he said " I'm okay, you can now" He's so sweet, but he just breaks my heart at times!

Today looks like a rainy day, but that's good. I'll catch up on laundry and some cooking.
Finished a good book, now desparately trying to find another.

Going to get started, so hi to all....have a great day;))

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Good morning!

Tina...I would have been upset as well! People that do that are STUPID! I would have probably said something to the owner...If you know you have to stop somewhere...Dont Take Your Pet!!!

Well my sale didn't go well at all! I only made $28 LOL I don't even know why I try those things anymore...It's never worth the effort. Oh well, so now today I have to put it all away. NOt much goin on today...My new meds kind of make me queezy , so I am hoping I just need to get used to them. Just going to take it easy today.

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HI girls,

What a HOT week we are having. It's been up in the 100's all week. In fact, I got my mama dog feathers ruffled today because some "stupid" person (don't like that word usually) left their dog in their truck with one window barely cracked. That's just not very smart or caring (in my book). I called both stores and asked them to announce overhead. Eventually the pet owner came out- took everything I had to not say anything. Just hurts my heart for pets that are left in vehicles when it's hot outside. Sorry to go into a preaching moment, but it really hurt my heart for that sweet baby. It's just wrong....

Anyyyyyywaaaayyyy.... I got up early and weeded, mowed, sprayed, and watered my yard. It felt so good to do that early in the morning- I loved every minute of it. One with Mother Earth. Then Art and I went to town and finished up some loose ends. Finished it off with some quiet time in side with AC on (where it's cool).

Jeanette,

I agree with you dear. There should be at least one day for fun! I know, you know, that life is too short but it's funny how we get caught up in the trap of "getting things done" and we lose days of "fun". Thus, like you said, lets create that day from here on out. I'm with you!!!!

Brenda,

I hope your visit with your doctor has made a difference and that all is good. Also: I can't wait to be a grandma too! Just can't wait.

Kare,

I have nwords.... other than...how amazing are you!!!!! I can't imagine how many times you have had to stand in your own light while you feel eyes upon you. Yet, you forge forward....Dwayne by your side. You go girl! You go....because I think your amazing. Crying /screaming child and all!

Dianne,

Love the pictures!

Okay girls....off to relax some more- feels so good!



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Had a good day today! going to go out to dinner with my brother and sister in law and then get my stuff together for a garage sale tomorrow! Dont have long to say much, but I read through all your posts! I LOVE YOU GUYS! KEEP ON KEEPING ON!!!!!
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Forecasting another stormy night here. Thunderstorm warnings out to the west of us so it's on it's way. River crested last night and thankfully the diversion and dikes seem to be holding. One more crest on it's way next week. Crazy summer....

Jeanette, so glad you are ok. How scary with your truck. Your dinner sounds lovely. Hope you both enjoyed it!

Dianne, looks like a nice trip!

Cori, glad your knee is doing better!

Denise, hope you enjoy your day tomorrow!

Tina, so nice to see you back!

Colleen so sorry that things aren't going well! Hang in there...

Brenda, you are a walking wonder! Keep up the good work

Lisa, you can do this! Good job cleaning out the shed

Sure hope I didn't miss anyone.

Started a new program at the gym today for 12 weeks. PT has me doing lunges and squats and lost of weights with my arms. Feeling it in my sides tonight.

Brian's sister is getting weaker. He says he could hear in her voice that she isn't doing well. We will be heading in to see her on Saturday.

What a circus tonight. After posting Dwayne's video I was making supper. Someone came to the door to pick something up, Dwayne took a bite of a pepper that apparently was very hot and was crying because his mouth was burning, then his lips and his eyes. Poor guy, I felt so bad. Dogs are barking etc...people must have thought they were at a nut house. Got Dwayne's eyes soothed and got him calmed down. He says I can never feed him peppers again. Funny thing is he eats hot peppers all the time, so I thought he would enjoy them. Guess not!

Have a great evening everyone. Going to bed to read for awhile...

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Happy Thursday!!

Denise...I think that is a wonderful goal, having fun 1 day a week. You deserve it!!
so glad you had fun visiting your dad and got to see 2 very special people in the same day!
I bet he just lights up when he sees her!!! I am celebrating "thirsty thursday"...just enjoying a glass of Merlot waiting for dinner to finish!! have a fun day out tomorrow.

Dianne...hope Colorado is going well, if only DD was still there i would have met you and we could have gotten lost for a couple days...lol!

Lisa...So happy to see you here emoticon emoticon I miss you when you are not here!! Yeah on your good health report, you can get those pounds off, you did it once and can do it again!!

Tina....I miss you, so glad to see you popped in! Glad to hear all is going well! Sounds like you are busy with work and enjoying your free time! What a good life!!

Brenda...I am so tempted to come to Vegas....i need to figure a couple things out though. Don't want to rent a car and think you are a bit of distance from the strip. Tell me again where you stay, I think last time I checked it was ridiculously high priced for a room....maybe I had the wrong place! i have gotten really good at holding down those chaise loungers by the pool! LOL

Cori.....Know you just had a blast with Brenda, Jim and Lisa....they are 3 of the nicest people you could meet......your get away to Indianapolis sounds perfect! Enjoy

Coleen,,,,i hear ya on the rain...enough already!! 2-4 inches predicted here for tomorrow, kind of glad it is one of my work days...so hard for me to be indoors when so nice outside

Having a late dinner tonight, Dh sprayed crops and is now out selling our older combine. A guy drove about 4 hours, told him he must have it listed to cheap,haha Making lemon pepper/garlic crusted chicken breast and wild rice with red/ yellow peppers that I sauteed in chicken stock and lemon juice...hope it taste half as good as it smells!!!

I was just thinking about what Denise said about making it a priority to have fun at least one day each week....isn't that just a great idea girls......
Life at times just gets way to serious and what an awesome plan to take care of our mental health!! thank you Denise for reminding me that it needs to be a priority! ((HUGS))

I was just telling DH between cutting my hand, listening to my entitled son tell me how rough he has it, not getting to go to Brendas and then nearly wrecking the truck I just feel like life has kicked my butt this summer.....I just don't want life to be like this and know i am the only one that can make it turn around. Today I took 1 step forward...................came home decided to make a healthy good dinner, get out the china and the candles and enjoy TODAY!!

gotta run Dh calling
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Hi Girls and Happy Thursday to you all....

Had another fantastic on track day today.....got a 5.25 mile walk in, drank all my water and was on track with food....SO good to be FINALLY getting my act together...the scale has moved back down to my ticker weight so now it's downward from there...I can do this!!!!

Denise....So glad you're Dad enjoyed his visit with Aubree....babies sure have a way of bringing smiles. Enjoy your "you" day!!!!

Cori...I'm SO glad you guys made it to the party....wish I could have visited more...we'll come that way again soon so we can spend more time :)

Lisa...YEAH for having a new plan to help with your depression....I hope it works out GREAT....we can do this too with the weightloss...we've got this girl!!!

Kare...I loved hearing Dwayne singing on FB...adorable!! I LOVE Johnny Cash.

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

Colleen...Hope you're doing good.

Dianne...How's the trip going? How long are you gone for??

I had a busy day at the salon but a short day...was nice getting home a little early....tomorrow I have a busy day but a little longer...money's money though :)

Everyone have a wonderful evening...

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Hi girls...can't believe this week is almost over..guess I was busy!

Jeanette...thank god you're okay!! That's so scarey.....hope you are good today!

Tina...good to hear from you....great picture with your son. Yes, being a grandma is amazing;)

Dianne...hope you're enjoying the trip!

Hi Cori...you guys look like you had so much fun. Brenda, Jim, and Lisa are awesome;))
Wishing you luck w your knee.

Got a call from dad today that he was lonely, so I picked up my baby girl and went to visit him. He's like a lost pup in that place sometimes...I feel so bad;( Bree got lotsa smiles from him though!!

Waiting on a dryer repairman tomorrow then taking a mental health day with my girlfriend. My goal is to have one fun day for me each week this summer.

Hi to everyone else...going to finish reading my book tonight....
Take care!!

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Hey gals!

I went to my doctor yesterday and she took a lot of time with me and we discussed my depression and loneliness and she put me on a new antidepressant and gave me a new game plan to work together with my counselor! I feel really good about everything we discussed. She said that everything looks great health wise except for my weight gain of 25 lbs! I am a stress eater and i had no one to blame but myself.
Tonight I tackled cleaning out the shed! EEEWWWWWW!!! that was gross, dirty and full of junk! But I survived and feel better about accomplishing it!!

Jeanette, How scary!!! I was scared for you just reading the post! So glad you are safe.

Brenda & Cori! I am so glad I got to get together with you guys! I had a blast and so did Lennie! He was asleep before we even got to the main road!

Well, I have to go get a shower! I STINK! LOL Good night girls!
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Hi girls! Finally have a moment to check in. Been on a dead run basically since the 4th. We had such a blast with Brenda, Jim and Lisa at the party. I haven’t laughed that much in quite a while. Mike and I both needed that. We spent Saturday with Nick and Ashley and enjoyed ourselves there too. Sunday was the long drive home, then back to work on Monday. Since Mike is on shutdown he brought me Subway for lunch… and then my car wouldn’t start at the end of my lunch hour. Mike spent the rest of the day getting it towed and checked out. We had a bad battery; which wasn’t covered by the warranty. We were both pretty upset we had to spend $120 for a battery when our lease is up in 3 months. But on the bright side, we were very thankful that it didn’t happen over in Ohio. That wouldn’t have been good.

My knee is finally getting better. Back to PT today and I have full range of motion now, but I need to work on strength and rebuilding muscle. Therapist did say it will be a while before I can pivot or kneel. I really want to be able to pivot because then I can play tennis and do Zumba. So my goals are strengthen, pivot and kneel.

I am taking Friday off and Mike and I are going to take a day trip to Indianapolis. Going to do a lot of window shopping, a little actual shopping and just enjoying the day together.

Jeanette, I am so thankful you are okay! I had that happen once when I was a teenager and it scared me to death! Hope you were able to calm your nerves.

Brenda, thank you again for hosting such a wonderful party! I am so glad we could spend some time with you!

Lisa, I was thrilled to get to meet you! I enjoyed talking with you and sharing some laughs! Lenny is such a cutie!

Well, going to watch some TV with Mike and then head to bed. Shout out to all the rest of my girls! It is so great seeing everyone on here!


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Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all....

SOOOOOOO excited to see so many checking in...I sure miss everyone when they're gone...LOVE LOVE LOVE you girls!!!

Jeanette....OMG how absolutely terrifying....I am SO glad you're ok....I assume the truck will be in the shop asap??? I'm sorry your son causes you pain :( We booked our flight for Vegas today we will be out there Oct 25-29...27th & 28th Jim will be in classes I think you should come help me hold down the chairs by the pool ;)

Kare....How fun for Dwayne to be a part of the group with the cards...that's awesome. Sounds like a fun day for you and Brian.

Dianne....I'm enjoying that app...I haven't figure it all out yet...but I'll get it...today I forgot to pause it when I stopped at the laundromat and ran into a friend along my walk so it made it seem like I was crawling...lol Enjoy your trip.

Tina...Can't wait for you to be a Grandma...you will LOVE it!!! Do they talk about starting a family soon?

Colleen....Hope you're weather improves.....hope you're energy jumps up too....I'm loving getting back to my walking....only takes a few days to make it become a habit and my energy is climbing....Love it!!

Lisa....Hope you are having a good week ....any luck with your phone?

Denise...Almost Thirsty Thursday ;) I think you and Kel and your beautiful Grand daughter should come to Aurora soon so we can hook up ;)

Had to take Aiyden for shots this morning ...he was not a happy camper but snapped out of it pretty quickly....we took a 6.4 mile walk today...I got 10 waters in and food was on the money...so feeling pretty good....just have to keep it going!!!


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

Quote of the day:

The finish line is just the beginning of a whole new race

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I am so tired of the weather.Sunday night we had a tornado touch down close by. Flooding. the works. lost power at Meijer that was fun.not I am struggling. been 'pigging out' but on on fruits not so bad but not eating meals because of it. haven't had the energy to do anything really bummed.

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Jeanette,

OMG....that sounds so scary. That could have ended so bad. I too feel blessed that it all worked out in your favor. My goodness.

I sure hope the situation resolves with ODS....sure is hard on a mama. Dang....life is just way too short- if only "our children" knew how much they are loved and how much we want them to be happy. Hang in there my dear friend.... Sure can be painful when it involves our children.

On the flip side- sounds like grandma is have some great fun and getting a full cup of LOVE. So happy for you Jeanette. Mike and Jen just haven't had any luck in that department. We'll keep our fingers crossed.

Brenda,

I love that you Cori and Lisa got to meet up- how FUN! You really do live a life that demonstrates joy and happiness.... You are a great example. I need to do that a little more :)

I also see you spending some quality time with your grandson...you, Jeanette, Cori, and Denise are such great examples of grandma love.

Kare,

Sounds like you guys scored today...I love that Dwayne scored some great books/cards!!!! Sounds like you have a project in line too- it can only get more fun now that it's ready to be primed. Happy painting.

Dianne,

I'm so sorry for the lawsuit! Just doesn't seem right. It is my hope that it gets better from here. Also: I love that your moving forward with your house projects and allowing the system to take it's course- that's all you can do. Keep moving forard girl! Also: loved the pics of the girls on their trip- what lucky girls they are! A memory maker for sure.

Cori,

Hope the leg gets back to 100% soon. Sounds like your having some fun with your grand daughter- love that.

Hello to everyone else!

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Hello from Fort Collins....beautiful weather! Had a good ride here, sunny most of the way. Wind blowing on the face and the wide open spaces does wonders! Eating has been good, trying to get the water in..especially riding as the wind sure dries you out.

Brenda..I saw your "mapmywalk" on FB so I put that on my phone this morning and took a walk...pretty cool! Don is off getting new tires on the bike so I have some time to myself. dS is having an " inspection" on his food truck so will see them later.

Jeanette...oh my gosh I am so glad your ok! I think I'd walk home after that! I hear ya on getting older and putting up with family matters. I've decided even though we don't want to be here dealing with this we're going to enjoy our time away! I just hope I can get Don to relax.

Kare...I see where you guys are battling too much water also, things looking better? Good luck painting...I'm thinking of doing some of that too

Maids are here to clean room so I think I'll take another walk...catch ya later!

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So wonderful to see all of you here!
Been kind of a long week here, some unnecessary family crap that is wearing on me with our oldest son. It comes and goes with him, but the older I get the more it wears me down and the more agitated i become. Such an insane waste of our time, to spend days like this!

had a frightening experience today.........the accelerator on our truck stuck while I was driving. Had just hit the gravel section and all the sudden I was going almost 80mph swerving back and forth.. I have no idea how I kept it on the road, hit the brake as hard as i could and threw it in park. It happened so fast there is just no time to use logic. I eventually got it shut off. Scared the crap out of me! DH was about 4 miles ahead of me pulling a trailer, thank god no one was coming the other direction and probably a good thing the roads were soft from all the rain or I think I would have just lost control and slid off the road and flipped in the ditch. No way I would have kept it upright as fast as I was going. banged my head and shoulder against the door/window but other than that feeling pretty blessed to be sitting here.
Dh and I had planned to go out tonight but we decided to just stay in, feeling a little more emotional than normal and I don't do well in "public" when I am feeling that way.

kare...sounds like you found some great bargains. Isn't that fun when you find good stuff that you actually need on sale!! what color are you painting your room?

brenda...so happy your party was fun! great job on the walking and getting your water in! Woohoo! Its the start of something good!

Dianne...have fun in Colordo, know it wouldnt be your 1st choice, but enjoy!

Dh is heading to bed, think I will follow.
will catch up more tomorrow
love you girls
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Evening! another sunny/stormy day here, getting tired of the rain.

Brian and I went to the city today and went to Costco, Superstore and the CNIB store where we got Dwayne some braille playing cards. The kids working in the canteen have been playing cards and he can't play without help. With the braille cards everyone can use them as they still have the pictures on them. He is very excited about that. We also scored a huge box of braille books that a client returned and they were looking for a home for them. Braille books are very expensive so it is a nice treat for him.

Picked up some good deals, lots of produce and stopped at CAA and picked up a LUG bag for me for my carryon luggage and a suitcase for Brian. I still need to get a suitcase but I have lots of time. WE managed to get the suitcase for 1/2 price which is nice. We stopped at Olive Garden for lunch. I had some salad and a breadstick and then not quite half of my chicken parmagiana and spaghetti. I brought it home for tomorrow. Pasta really fills me up now along with the breading on the chicken.

I'm hoping to start priming my room tomorrow. Didn't seem to matter what I used the wallpaper came off in tiny pieces but it is done now. Brian is going to patch some holes by the window but I can start on another wall. Also need to go strawberry picking as the season started yesterday and they are always so much better than store bought.

Just relaxing after getting all the groceries away and having a late supper. Hope you all have a nice evening!

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Hi Girls and Happy Tuesday to you all....

What a crazy busy 4th of July and weekend to follow....the party was amazing..we had such a good time...The band did an amazing job!!! It was SO much fun getting to see Lisa and Cori BOTH...YEAH me!!!!!

Saturday we cleaned up from the party...took and nap and then went up to the winery for some relax time and to listen to the band again. Sunday we did pretty much nothing except I did get a walk in....that felt great!!

Monday I had Aiyden...I did get another walk in...got all my water in and ate well....Today I worked but had a short day so came home and got another walk in...finished all my water again and had another on track day with food......hoping to keep this going....just tired of feeling the way I do in my own skin!!!

Lisa....I know you're struggling now...but I hope you'll check in here more often for a pick me up....we love you and we're ALL here for you!!!

Denise....So glad to see you here more again...miss my girls when they're MIA....that granddaughter of yours is adorable!!

Dianne....I see on FB you're off on the bike...where ya off to?

Kare....Hope your home improvement project is coming along...did the fabric softener help with the wallpaper??


Tina....YEAH so nice to see you here again....glad to have you pop in. Sounds like you're doing great!!

Colleen...hope you're doing well.

Hello to everyone checking in....I have Aiyden for the night and tomorrow....will take him walking with me since the weather looks good :)

Have a great night!!!
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Hi girls,

Wow....it's been a long time. Life has just been busy for me, but I never forget you girls. I've just had to take out a few things that I do in life to give me back some free time. I'm on computers all day and when I get home- I just don't have the motivation to log on to Spark- I'm sorry, because that in no way is a reflection of my connection with you. Just burned out on technology by the end of the day.

We've been enjoying our summer- going to shoots in between working. Keeps us hopping, but happy. MIke and Jen are doing good- both working- no babies yet :( Other than that- not too much to share.

I will read through the post when I get a chance. If you post on Facebook- I pretty much keep up with you on my phone- I get instant posts.

Okay girls...off to read. I hope all is well with you!

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Kare....hope things get better soon. Wish I had your motivation...I should be painting this summer, but I hate that job;(. Good luck with the walls! And happy belated birthday.

I finally did "gardening" today..by that I mean getting rid of the sky high weeds in my front "flower " bed. My son helped w the clean up thankfully, but I counted it as my exercise! Ha

Jeanette, you're cute... It's my birthday month!! Lol, it's the 22nd...
Bree came today, so I did get happy;)) she's 5 months today, and prettier than ever!

Giving myself a pedi tonight...I got a gift certificate from one of my kids, but saving it til my b-day week;). Hubby won me $100 gift card for a massage, so I'm saving that one too...I'll be pampered on my birthday w/o spending much money...

Dianne, when are you going away? I see you're packing.

Hi Brenda and Cori...lucky you two had a nice visit w Lisa too!

Tina..loved seeing your pretty, smiling face on fb...miss you, friend. Hope all is well.

Fisherwife...hope you're doing okay these days!

Talk soon girls
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Hey there...long time no see! I am alive and doing fairly well!
I am so glad I got to go to Brenda's 4th of July party and finally meet Cori! we had so much fun! I wish we could all meet in some central location and just have one big party!

In 2 days it will be 1 year since the dissolution was final!! I can't believe it! It has been a very stressful, emotional, powerful, strengthening, sad, crazy year of my entire life! I have gone out with a couple guys...but I am just not finding anyone that meets my standards...I don't understand where all the good guys are! I am beginning to think there are none left and I'm going to end up a crazy old dog lady! I am still in therapy for depression and figuring out how to deal with the loneliness....that's been the hardest part for me. I used to be needed and my life was so fulfilling...now everyone is gone, no one to cook for or do anything for and I feel so empty. I feel like I am the one that is suffering through this whole thing....blah blah blah
OK enough sad talk...

Brody got a new job working for the city sanitation department as a driver! He now has government benefits and is working full time! in 60 days he will be in the union and will get even more perks! I am so proud of the man he has become. Still engaged and living with Katie...but that's a different story! LOL
Bre is doing great! She will FINALLY graduate from Kent State in December! WooHoo!!! 5 1/2 years is crazy, but she is doing what she loves to do! She had an awesome boyfriend, Billy, who will graduate from Akron U in August! they are getting kind of serious, she has told me that he is the one...so we shall see! i really like him!

I have read back a few posts to do a little catching up, but i will try harder to get on here more and be with you guys! Love ya all!

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Hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend! If your weather was like ours here it was hot!

Jeanette, thanks for the b day wishes, it was June 5th!

Flood situation here is no better. They are preparing to breach the dike in a controlled manner to try and keep the dikes from bursting from the water. They are now saying the levels here in Portage will be higher than in 2011 which must be so scary for the people along the river. Didn't help that we got lots of storms yesterday. My home town which is west of us and where the water is coming from got 38mm9about 1.5 inches) in 15 minutes. Now that the river has crested there, they will know more about what will happen here.

AFter a week I have one tiny section of wallpaper left to take off. Taking a break until after supper, my legs and arms are getting tired. Tomorrow I will wash the walls so Brian can patch holes on Tuesday when he is off. Hopefully I can start painting on Wednesday. Whoever invented wallpaper should be shot....

Hope you are all doing well. Brian has just gone outside to bring the food in from the BBQ. Have a nice evening!

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Denise....is this your birthday week? My crazy brain tells me july 5th or 6th, which means yesterday or today....or am I way off????
If right .......Happy Birthday emoticon

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And if not happy happy Sunday!
Hope Bree stops by, I know what you mean about her cheering you up.
Al and I come down weekly to see Luke and get our happy fix!
Wait till you hear her call you grandma, melts your heart!

Kare ....missed your birthday too know it is in June, think close to mine so
Happybelated birthday to you emoticon

Luke is awake so gotta run
Enjoy the day
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Hi girls...our 4 th was nice...just the 6 of us, but it's been a long time, so it was very nice. Bree really brings us all together, and that makes me happy!
Spent the afternoon w dad..got him to sit outside w me..it was so nice out. He's trying hard to adjust to his new surroundings, but it still breaks my heart to see him so down. Came home feeling very melancholy. Having a glass of wine w peaches, watching Pretty Women, my fav movie.
Dianne, I missed the story about court ..sorry it didn't go in your favor . Where are you off too?

Brenda...love your life..glad you got to see Cori and Lisa this weekend. Your party sounded so fun!

Hoping to get out of my funk tomorrow, maybe Bree will come by...

Have a great Sunday, girls;)


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Hey girls..hope everyone had a great 4th...ours was pretty good. Picked up chicken and spent the afternoon at the park, rained some but then quit. Grilled burgers and brats, DS bought a good display of fireworks (well, Bear Farms actually)... Hot today, not much wind...DH trying to bale but alfalfa is too dry.

Thinking of taking off sometime Monday..slowly packing today so I'll be ready! Not much else going on...happy Sunday everyone!

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Dang it, had a post all ready to go and poof there it went!

Just wanted to wish each of you a happy and safe Independence Day!
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Hi girls - well not so good news here either ....court came back guilty - yes we know we put the rock there but it was not put there with the intention of blocking traffic or causing an accident! We are appealing to the Supreme Court - basically now our insurance will not cover the damage - the judge even said it should have been in civil court, then why didn't he dismiss the criminal and make it civil! And actually we did have permission from the county to put the rock on the section line - there are rock piles are all over the county and the county commission says nothing - in fact when they needed rip rap during floods they take those same rock piles that are on the section lines to help with the levies - but if a government employee hits one than I guess it's criminal. DH is not taking this very well...being called a "criminal" isn't an easy thing to swallow. Especially when you never meant to hurt anyone. I have talked him into taking off next week on the bike - hopefully weather will stay nice - unfortunately we will be going to Colorado as his oldest son found another "restaurant" he wants to buy...too long of a story to get into that but his OS quit work last October because DH said he would loan him money to buy/start a restaurant and nothing has happened except DS has spent a lot of "borrowed" money on nothing. Another stress factor DH is trying to deal with.

On the good side the backhoe guy is here! Getting piles of dirt and rock moved and the yard leveled off. Will be nice to be able to see down the driveway finally! Trying to get them to leave the bigger rocks and DH keeps telling them take them! and then I stop them....kinda comical out there.

Angel food in the oven so I'd better close and check on it...trying to get some stuff done for the 4th, no big plans, few of the kids here is all. No one really feels like celebrating so I'm trying to do the best to cheer them up. Have a great and safe 4th!

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well so much for going back to work at Wal-Mart.... they haven't called back, haven't even check with my references or past employers.Very disappointing. then more we got more bad news..... hubby's weight loss surgery is going to cost $400 which we don't have so now hubby is bummed out and I am stressed. Don't know what we can do. trying hard to keep it together but the depression is getting strong. but I am keeping to my diet. of course with the heat and rain I have enjoyed some ice cream (sugar free and low fat) 1/2 cup is more than enough. down a 1/2 pound.so now you know and i am going to end on a good note. see you guyz tomorrow.

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Stay dry Denise, some communities here evacuated, floodgates reopened to deal with all the water coming from the west of us.
Having an emotional day. Always have a bit of a funk when work is over, it's like I lose a bit of myself. Don't see my co workers, etc but this year with having care for Dwayne every day for 8 hours I kind of feel obsolete as a parent too. I know it's good for both of us but I was really counting on a job for the summer as a way of dealing with this and that hasn't happened. This too shall pass, I know I will get into a routine.
On a positive note, I stayed on track and did 55 minutes of cardio at the gym and leg and core exercises. Really hoping the scale is going to move soon. I am debating whether to get up early and go to the gym before Brian goes to work or have him drop m e off and walk home as part of my cardio. I promised myself to get to the gym as many days as possible.
I went to a normal clothing store for the first time in probably 20 years and bought clothes. It was a little overwhelming but I got $146 dollars worth of clothes for $53. I bought pants for the fall and a nice sweater. Hoping they will work for our cruise as well.
Hope you are doing well. Haven't slept well the last couple of nights so I'm heading to bed shortly.
Nite!
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Hello, girls. The rain is headed our way...got in before it tonight, but the next 2 days don't look good.
Spent the afternoon w Bree and Kelly..my niece was in from TN and hadn't seen the baby yet..we had Chinese ...general tsao's chicken...oops! Then my friends were meeting for ice cream tonight, and i did make that healthy choice...had sugar free/ fat free fudge swirl..yummy! Tracked calories and went over by 50.... Not too bad, I guess. Need to get my exercise in more

Diane, how did it go??

Brenda....hope the weather is good for you;)

Jeanette and Karen...hope things are better today.

Hi Cori;))

Going to read some..hubby just gave me some cantaloupe...and no! It's not mixed w wine tonight...

Have a good night all!

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

SOOOOO nice seeing so many checking in :)

Had a busy day at the salon yesterday....got off worked picked up Aiyden..zipped home where I picked up 2 more of the Grandbabies and Jim..then off to visit Jim's Mom...she's doing ok..pretty out of it though in some ways.....she likes the nursing home she's in...she has her own room but she's getting ready to move into a room with another lady...I think it'll be good for her to have someone with her more.

Today I have a few things to do for the party...need to run to Aldi's to get ice cream..then will go to Mom's to scoop it into the bowls. Tonight my niece Courtney and nephew Colin are coming for dinner....she wants crab legs...haven't done those for a while...:) They are using our condo in Myrtle so we need to go over some of the details with them and give them a plan to avoid the storm heading up the coast.

Jeanette...OMG that's a lot of rain....So sorry you're getting so hard....would LOVED to have seen you for the 4th but totally understand that it's just not going to work....give our love to Al...hang in there!!

Dianne...Life does get crazy....always happy to see you popping in :)

Cori...woo hooooo almost party day!!!

Kare....hope your weather straightens out soon too....How was Canada Day??

Colleen...hope you're doing well.

Tina...thinking of you !!

DENISE.....WOOOHOOOOOOO I knew you'd find your way back...so happy to see you here....look forward to seeing you more :)

Hello to everyone checking in...have to get the Grandbabies up and moving they have reading club this morning.

Quote of the day:

Think about how GOOD you feel when you're DONE!!

Hugs,
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Sorry many of you are having bad rain these days....we've been hot and sunny this week.

Spent the majority of the day at the doctors with dad..a 2 hour wait for a 10 minute visit..hard to understand, but all is well with this visit. Got to spend some time with him, so that's a plus;)
I took him lunch from chick-fil-a and had a salad...it's a new one and was only 220 calories...wow a wise choice for me for a change..it's was delicious too..strawberries blueberries and apples too..

Dianne...good luck tomorrow!!

Jeanette, thanks, Aubree's the light of my life!!

Hoping our sunshine reaches you all;)

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Hello everyone! I keep meaning to check in daily or even every other but it never seems to happen! Running around this morning just trying to find a bra to wear! Maybe I'll go without...lol

Sounds like we are all getting this nasty weather - just when we think we can do something in the yard or field it rains again....and the wind...never slows down. gusts close to 50 for the past few days.

Jeanette - I sure hope things improve in your area - sorry about the tree! Those large trees are so precious to our lives...with no trees here I'm feeling your pain at the loss of your large one. We planted 5 trees right in back of the house - the wind is really whipping them around - poor things...staked them but they are really taking a beating. My 4 apple trees are down the hill some so are doing ok - one (snow sweet) even has some apples! I'll be praying that the rain quits and the water goes down for everyone around you!

This weight is frustrating - up and down every week - seems the harder I work the more I gain! Stopped weighing myself last week...on the plus side I am still down 10 lbs from my Dr's appointment in April.

Court tomorrow - talked with lawyer last night for about an hour ... lots of inconsistencies in the reports that the law enforcement has submitted. One quoting witnesses that were never interviewed (what?), and the game wardens report has his activity for the afternoon and where he was watching the hunters and everything he did (even submitted a map)...problem is he's in a totally different field! And he didn't write this "report" until the state's attorney asked for one - 5 months later. Will be interesting.

Rainy and windy again....guy to move our dirt is suppose to come today but I have a feeling it will be too wet. I did work on my rock in front of the house over the weekend - pleased with how it's coming. The back rock retaining wall is coming - slowly...DH gets tired of moving rocks! But it gives him something to do other than drive around and look at the corn turning yellow.

OK better get moving - maybe I can get something done in the house. Have a great Tuesday!

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Oh my God Denise!
Aubrey is BEAUTIFUL!!! It is the first photo i got to see of her! Isn't being a grandma the best, and only more fun awaits you! I am so happy to see you here, I miss you!!! Hope you are all doing well!

Feeling a little less overwhelmed this morning, thanks for this great place to vent!

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Jeanette...so sorry for your loss;( glad you are safe, sound ,and dry...will keep you all in my prayers...

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Things a little crazy here and i am feeling the stress of the week! This darn weather, rain just will not stop, had over 5 inches while we were gone, another 1.4 inches yesterday and then today another 3.3 inches. Having very strange storms with it this week. Al is stressed cause he can't get to the fields to spray beans (too wet) I took him on an overnight getaway last night but we had to evacuate the dang hotel because of tornado spotted in the area. We had to go hang out in the lobby for 45 minutes with crazy people who just wouldn't shut up, non stop chatter...so what should have been a quiet evening away turned in to be nothing close to that.
Then we get home and this nasty storm hits, 85 mph winds, took down one of our huge trees, probably 13 or 14 feet around the trunk. Think the extension office told me a few years ago it was 75 or 80 years old. fortunately it didn't fall on the house but we have a horrible mess. wiped out my asparagus patch and all my new black raspberries that I planted.
Our corn fields are flat from the wind, Dh thinks it is resilient enough to straighten back up, so we shall see. It just makes me sick because it looked so good, was shoulder high already and just a beautiful shade of green.
My daughter told me today I am as sad when a tree dies as I am when I lose a pet! She is right, I feel all the life and memories our family and families before us shared in front of around and in that tree.
We have been in to check sump pumps 3 times today, the one group of apartments we own is in a town that is flooding, streets are full there is just no place left for the water to go.
The roads here are starting to collapse, 2 different places within 45 minutes of here have sunk in the last 2 days, getting very concerning. 1 person seriously hurt.
YDS apartments are near the river, it is set to crest Thursday at noon, waaaaaayyyy over what the banks and berms will hold/ We are all just holding our breath, he just finished and rented the last 2 basement apartments, takes such great pride in his work and it makes me sick to my stomach to see him pacing and fretting so much.

The upside to all this crap is that we are all here, family intact, healthy and have cozy DRY homes to sleep in......and I know how very blessed we are as a family....guess I just needed to vent.

Brenda...Al made the decision today that we aren't/can't go East for the 4th. We were looking so forward to celebrating with you guys and of course excited to meet Cori and Mike. I am really really sad and frustrated! :(

better go try to get some sleep, only got about 2 hours sleep last night and about 20 minute nap on couch at 630 tonight, work tomorrow, then heading to DS to take some extra pumps his way. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers
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Lol...Brenda...how did you know I'd be stopping in tonight??
How I would love to come to one of your parties!!

Summer is finally here...this will be my first week off....I'm going to be busy, between my baby girl, tutoring , and keeping up with my dad..it's going to be a fast one..

Life is hectic here...dad is in assisted living and very depressed about it..it's only been 1 month so we're hoping he gets used to it....it's a nice place, and he knows another man there....he had been falling a lot and lost all confidence, and therefore wouldn't go out anymore...that led to loneliness and depression...so that's what happened...my heart is heavy, but he is safer there..

Aubree is an absolute joy....such a good baby..she'll be 5 months this weekend..I see her so much, she stays with us almost every weekend..I'm so lucky..she keeps me sane;))

I've been looking at apps for keeping track of food and support for me in this horrid journey, and I realized I had a good plan here and good friends...so here I am again...
I'll try to check in as often as possible...

I hope you've all been well and survived that dreaded winter we had...
I look forward to catching up with you all!

Take care, girls...thanks for having me;)

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A stressful few days here in Manitoba. We have had huge amounts of rainfall and about 25 municipalities or towns are in states of emergency. Some places got 180mm of rain over the weekend. WE are okay for now and our sump pumps are keeping up but I feel for the people who have lost their homes and businesses.

Got one wall completely stripped of wallpaper. Not coming off too easily but it's keeping me busy. Once Dwayne has Callen it will be easier as I have to get up and down ladder everytime he wants something.

Tomorrow is Canada Day but not sure if we will be going to any festivities. Supposed to be very windy and rainy so not my idea of fun to be outside.

Hope you are all doing well. Brenda, sounds like you are having a big party! Enjoy!

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Hello and Happy Monday everyone....

We had a great time this weekend at our town's Summerfest...it was bittersweet...we're so used to having our fun party place at the lawn and garden...just wasn't the same this year but still enjoyed it.

Today Aiyden and I ran a few errands for the 4th of July party...SO looking forward to this...the weather is looking AMAZING..mid-hi 70's full sunshine...Woooo Hooooo!! Going to be a great time! Any of you who want to hop a plane, train or auto and join us here in Ohio...what a blast that would be!!!


Kare...Did Dwayne find any treasures at the thrift store?? How's the remodel/paint project coming along?

Jeanette...How was your weekend? New worker catching on any faster??

Dianne...Love seeing the progress on the yard...did the rain finally let up??

Tina...hope you're doing well...sure do miss ya when you're not here.

Cori...How's that knee doing?? Can't wait to see you!!!

Colleen....Hope things are going well for you....having the job to look forward to has to be a relief :)

Denise...hope you're doing good...wish you could head to Ohio for the 4th :)

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

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Happy Sunday Girls......have a great day...will check in tomorrow :)


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Morning! Sun is shining now but we are on to day 2 of intense thunderstorms and rain. I've had a headache since yesterday and I think the weather is the cause.

Cori, sorry to hear about the knee, but at least you can do some exercises. I hope your healing goes quickly. I still have problems doing inclines on the treadmill but it is easier than before the weight loss so I'm hoping I can move up. Dealing with aggravating the bursitis in my right arm, so only doing leg weights and hand weights with my left while it settles down. Supposed to see personal trainer next week, so we will see what happens.

Jeanette, hope your day at work goes fast. Brian has a co worker that sounds like your guy. One job at a time and can't serve customers and do stock etc...

Brenda, have a great weekend! You are one busy lady!

Colleen, congrats on the job! My hubby works at Walmart now and for the most part enjoys it. Some days are pretty busy and he gets frustrated, the life of a retail worker. I'm guessing your hubby is going for weight loss surgery? Don't know if you knew I had gastric bypass in November of last year and it was the best decision I ever made. It has given me back my life and instead of sitting on the sidelines, I am getting back in there and trying new things.

Off to take Dwayne to the thrift store around 10, and hopefully for a haircut. Want to pick up some paint for my bedroom as well. Hoping to get my eyebrows waxed too. Funny, my eyebrows never bothered me until my face got thin and now I feel like Oscar the Grouch!

Since I haven't found a job I've decided to do some projects around the house. We have never done our bedroom in the 10 years we lived here so I will be stripping wallpaper and painting. I have picked a dusty purple and grey - we will see what Brian thinks about that. I also have 2 decks to stain and a bench to refinish as well as some yard work. I need to go through clothes and cupboards and purge as well. I think I might also volunteer at the thrift shop a few hours a week, just to get out of the house. I've also decided to use this time to work on my fitness and health so I can feel all that much better when I return to work in September and for our trip. It involves a lot of walking and I don't want to be too tired to enjoy the sites.

Dwayne is quite excited about spending 8 hours a day with Callen. He is sure going to miss her when she goes to school in the fall. I hope the new worker does as well with him as Callen has. It will be different for both of us that we aren't together everyday but also good for us to have a break.

Well, off to feed the dogs and get myself presentable for the day. Once more load of laundry to do and then a spree of folding to follow. Have a great day!

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Hi girls. It’s going to be a rainy, gloomy day here, but I am off work so it’s still not a bad day. Mike has to work today but he is off tomorrow, so we can enjoy one day together. I have been having some issues with my knee this week. I had told the therapist that I wanted to get back to Zumba, tennis and working out as soon as possible so they have been assigning me some more aggressive PT, squats, lunges and the like. Problem is they were unaware that the surgery included shaving the back of my kneecap as well as the meniscus. My knee is still very swollen and painful. So long story short, I have overworked my knee. I went to ortho dr yesterday and he prescribed me a more potent anti-inflammatory drug and has basically told me to back off. I am back to square one almost. I can use the elliptical, bike ride, walk and do the basic PT exercises. I am now told it will be at least late July before I am back to normal. That’s about 4-6 weeks longer than I was originally told. I am not happy about that and it is going to be a struggle to meet my weight and fitness goals, but I am still going to try. I guess I will concentrate on upper body and core workouts for now.

Brenda, less than a week now and I am so excited! Nick is talking like they might come, which is surprising because he is very shy and I really expected him to say no. Maybe he is trying to step out of his comfort zone.

Jeanette, I knew you were going to FL but like Brenda, I missed that you were going when you did. I am so glad you had a nice, relaxing time with family. Only thing better would have been a healed, healthy hand to go along with it! Are you going to be able to make it to Brenda’s on the 4th? I hope you can. I would love to see you in person! Take care of that hand.

Dianne, glad you got a chance to get away too. Saw the pictures of your driveway on fb. Are you getting a lot of flooding there?

Kare, Happy Summer! Glad Dwayne is enjoying his respite time as well as yourself. I think it is good for all of you to have some time for yourself. Did you find a part time job for the summer?

Colleen, wow sounds like your garden is really doing well! We just have some tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and green peppers growing in containers and they are finally coming on now.

Hi to everyone else. I need to get on the elliptical for a bit. Have a wonderful weekend girls!


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Morning...coffee time here! Relaxing for a bit before I head off to work. Going to be a long day...the guy my boss hired is just not catching on, very 1 task focused and that is a difficult thing to overcome in a busy retail environment. The transition from not using my hand while on vacation to now over-using it has caused some issues. My thumb is now swelling and feeling bruised. the wound itself is healing well, so that is a positive.

Brenda....oh my that must have been heart wrenching for Jim, glad Samantha came to a favorable decision! Is Aiyden loving his swim lessons? how is the town celebration going this year after the fire?

Kare....Hope your breakfast with coworkers was enjoyable! I was thinking about you when reading your post about Dwayne going out and about with his helper, I'm sure you have very mixed emotions, his independence is a good thing but can also be an odd feeling for a parent.
Hope your weekend is a peaceful one!

Colleen...Wow, you have been busy! Isn't that a great feeling to get so much crossed off the list! Hope all with hubby moves along in the right direction, congrats on the 3 pounds gone!
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Dianne...How is the rock project coming? Know you are dreading this next week cause of the court date, but it will sure feel great to have it behind you, no matter what the outcome! Keeping my fingers crossed for you guys!

Lost my focus, Dh chatting about machinery so signing off for now!
Have a great Saturday
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had a very productive two days. confirmed hubby's 1 st step appt for his surgery. finally finished kitchen cleaning and rearranging. did 4 loads of laundry and got it put it away. got the tomato plants tied up, moved the blueberry plants and transplanted the blackberries, mowed the lawn,vacuumed and even took time in the shower to shave my legs(hahaha) I am down another 3 pounds. Good for me.
well I heard from Wal-Mart. I have a job but don't know what it is yet. They don't know where to put me to utilize my talents and experience. I'll know by the 30th I hope. They open Aug.1st so by then for sure.

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Evening! Today was our last day of school. always kind of bittersweet, but glad for a rest.

Didn't eat well this week. 3 field trips and a day today of lots of treats and not enough water. Getting back on track tomorrow. Hitting the gym then all the education assistants are meeting for breakfast. Hoping to get my summer to do list started.

Brenda enjoy your weekend Brenda. Our town fair is next weekend but we don't usually go - too expensive. We will however go to the Canada Day celebrations on Tuesday as long as it isn't raining.

Heading to bed, my eyes are heavy from fatique and the the darn white fluff that makes it look like we having a snow storm. Take care

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Happy Thursday Everyone....Hope you all had a wonderful day!!

I was busy at the salon...then home for a nice extra visit from Aiyden and a relax night with Jim....life is good.

Tomorrow starts our Summerfest here in Garrettsville....tons of GREAT bands and activities....we have So much fun!!!

Hello to everyone checking in....make tomorrow a great day!!!!


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Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all.....

Had a nice day today....took Aiyden to swimming lessons....then off to the beauty supply...then laundry...finished off by going down to get Jim & Austin fitted for their tuxes for Samantha's wedding...only 2 months away...SO mad at myself that the weight just hasn't come off like I had hoped...no one to blame but myself...just not getting active as I need too...will still try and kick it in for the next couple of months until the wedding.

Samantha FINALLY has made a decision that ONLY Jim will walk her down the aisle she had originally said that both her step Dad and Jim would and that just wasn't sitting well for Jim...SOOOOOO after MUCH talking and explaining some things she finally sees that it just isn't fair to ask her Dad to do that.

Jeanette...How did I miss that you were going to Florida???? I'm glad you had a great time!!! Jim and I were just talking tonight about maybe trying to take a bike trip to Iowa in Sept...but there 's SO much going on we're just in the "wouldn't it be awesome" stage...will keep you posted.

I hope everyone is doing great....love summer but dislike how quiet it gets on here....missing you all....

Have a wonderful night
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Hey girls......back this morning from our family vacation to Florida. We had a great time, did some sight seeing, spent lots of time at the beach and in our pool. We rented a private residence so had a entire house and private pool to ourselves. It was lovely, so wonderful waking up in the morning and having the kids there. Oh my gosh I just soooo enjoyed my time with Luke, he is learning new things daily and it was so fun just having so many days in a row with him. i can feel the bond growing and I love it. He just melts my heart!!
My hand is doing okay, had to be really careful not to get it wet and keep it clean so as to not get infected. timing was pretty bad but wasn't going to let that break my happy time with family!

mowed our lawn this afternoon and then headed to our apartment building and mowed, checked units for any damage from storms, had a couple issues while gone! Dh and I just finished grilling a nice dinner. Our flight left at 830am so we were up at 430 to make a smooth transition to the airport and we are feeling like it might be an early bedtime tonight!

just wanted to pop in and say good night,
have a great Thursday~
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Hi Girls and Happy Monday to you all :)

We had a great weekend....Went to the grad party on Saturday and then off to Geneva...always so much fun!! Sunday I did a perm at noon and then we took Mom and Andy to the new Rocksino Casino for a little while...they had a good time we went to dinner and had a couple of drinks...very nice time out with them!!

Cori...SO glad your doing ok with your knee...I hear the PT can be tough but worth it...can't wait until the 4th....be sure your son knows they are welcome to join the party too :)

Kare...almost done for the year...how was the pool today?

Dianne....wind therapy...nothing like it!! Glad you guys had a good ride!!!!

Jeanette....Missing you...hope you're doing well!!!

Aiyden started swimming lessons today...he did so good....so much fun watching him :)


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


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Hello girls...gewat weekend here..took off on the bike yesterday. Went into MN, beautiful scenery and weather. Ended up in Park Rapids...nice town..found a small restaurant and had awesome prime rib..got back to the hotel and enjoyed the hot tub. Got home anout 4 today now just relaxing.

Colleen...oh I wish my garden was growing..I have a small strawberry plant..about 3 strawberries a week! Hope you hear from Walmart.

Need to find some food for my guys...hard when I'm not hungry!

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Colleen, you must love lettuce! Our garden is just coming up. We have lots of strawberry farms here but it will be another 2 or 3 weeks before they are ready.

Another stormy few days here so we've been in the house most of the day. Brian and I took Dwayne to the thrift store and then he went out with Callen for awhile. I went to a garage sale and got a bag full of clothes for $3 and won some pottery at their silent auction. We went out for coffee and then headed home.

4 more days of school and it will be a busy week. Pool on Monday, field trip to the planetarium on Tuesday and a day full of activities on Wednesday. Thursday morning is awards and report cards and the afternoon will be cleanup etc. I have my office almost ready for speech in the fall, so I can help the teacher pack up her classroom as she is moving to another school.

Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the weekend!

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Hello friends! Sorry I have not been on the computer much. I have been doing lots of gardening. No I don't like it but it makes hubby happy so I do it. The lettuce ( 5 kinds) has gone crazy and we have been enjoying very fresh salads. Strawberries are small this year but they are plentiful and extremely sweet.
Brenda I am sorry to say that a trip to Ohio may not be happening.Politics is getting in the way. Both hubby and his father have strong views about things and right now they are on opposite sides of gun control and P.O.W's.
I am holding my breath for a call back from Wal-Mart they just built one here and I need a full time job.
Hubby's dr.'s finally agree that surgery will be the only way for him to start his weight loss program. We start the process July 12th. I have started slowly cutting down on his food and if he notices I just say portion control weight loss. I promised him I would work harder at my weight loss as he goes though his. It's kind of cool that being his "care giver" allows me to be in on all his education classes and I can ask questions too.
Well I have a few things to get done. Have a great day everyone.

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Hi girls. Busy week here; working, doing PT, and just life. Knee is coming along. I have been doing relatively easy therapy exercises this past week but starting yesterday it is more intense. Now along with the others I am doing squats, lunges, and exercises with a resistance band. My knee felt almost back to normal until I did those yesterday and I had to come home and ice it after PT yesterday. Aching this morning but I hope it will improve as my knee strengthens and gets used to the motion again.

We had Amelia last weekend. With my bum leg and Mike's broken finger it was quite a challenge to stay up with her. We took her to the city park which has a mini zoo and she couldn't get enough of the animals. They had wallabies, river otters, bald eagles, giant tortoise, singing dogs, monkeys, prairie dogs, and a petting zoo with a miniature horse, bunnies, llama, and goats. She kept wanting to go back to the goat petting section (there were so many cute little baby goats) but when we would go back she was afraid of them. Never could get her to hold still long enough to get a picture with the baby goats. Then we came home and she wanted to play baseball, keep away ball and badminton. We finally got her to settle down with some sidewalk chalk drawing in the driveway. She wore us out. But we all had a good time together.

Brenda, I am counting the days until the 4th. So excited!

Kare, hope Dwayne enjoys his new activities! I think you will all benefit from it!

Jeanette, any chance you are going to be at Brenda's on the 4th? Keeping my fingers crossed!

Hi to everyone else! Gotta get going here. Have a great weekend.

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Happy Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiday.....

Busy day at the salon....got off earlier then normal...went to get my nails done but they were SO busy I couldn't wait so I'll go back Monday instead. Tomorrow we have a grad party and then off to Geneva....can't wait!!!

Kare.....Glad your school year is winding down....hope you get feeling better :)

Hello to everyone checking in....missing you all :(

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