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BRENDA I too,hope you find # 5!j I like to organize---wish i could just pop in & help you!

MARY I am going to read Luke---God needs MY help, too! emoticon Not worry? I alno need to get out of the driver's seat!

Off to read my book I am reading a Henning Mankel oook He is a swedish author. really like him!

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Ha, ha, I have you both beat! I feel 110, lol! One of these days I will catch up and start feeling like I have a life other than being a teacher. We'll see how THAT turns out the first of June!

Brenda, I do hope you find the 5th person to be on your board. Having people to discuss and follow up with the rules, etc. would be a boost for you!

I went to confession and the priest was one I've never heard/seen before---he was behind the little screen but I didn't recognize his 'outline' or his voice. I did tell him how discouraged I get at times and especially in December and he told me to read Luke 12:22-34 about how God doesn't want us to worry. HA! He laughed when I told him that I always think God needs me to 'help Him!' I feel better, at least for now! Maybe I just need to 'let go and let God' and just let things fall into place. It could always be worse!!

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Well,

I really don't know if we will find the 5th person to make a council. There has to be five or it won't work. Our problem is the age,health and physical being of people plus their attitudes so we may be up a crick without a paddle. We sent Roxanne to talk to Peggy, our new resident, to see if she wants to be the secretary. Elinor could do it but she doesn't always follow through because she gets tired and has to rest all the time. I'm not going to worry about it. If it happens, it happens.

Betty,

We are only as old as we feel and I think I am still 18 but am 72. How did that happen?

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Betty, I think we can classify you as 'Young/Mature!' You are so active and get a lot done. Never underestimate yourself.

Brenda, hooray for your 'complex'. They are so fortunate to have you at the helm. I'll bet you will have a much better place to live once rules and regulations are in place. I hope you have great people to back you!

Michele, going to the pool must be a cold thing for you right now. Did you celebrate your birthday other than going out over the weekend? I hope Tad is very attentive. You are a special person to do all you do, especially for HIS family. Will you be able to go see YOUR family soon? I don't rmember if you said that worked out or not.

I vacuumed and mopped last night after Jazzercise and went to the grocery store after school. I had a healthy dinner and will go to confession in a few minutes...clean house, clean soul!!

One and a half days left....can't wait!!

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Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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TO ALL MY DEAR, DEAR FRIENDS emoticon !!! for the wonderful birthday wishes!

BETTY you are still young! you are sooooooooo blessed ! to be 78! I hope I get there, and am as healthy as you are! My cousin in Detroit died 10 years ago from brain cancer. he was 38, & left behind 3 small kids, all under 6 years old. Since then, I have learned to appreicate (most) of my life!

MARY you & I grew up nearly the exact same way!!!! I am one of 6 girls, & my parents too, were always saving, saving....they grew up during WWII when thing were poor & tight. We learned that way as a result. I hated it then, but now realize that dad, with his dementia, & mom with her physical problems are the dearest, most wonderul!! parents I could ever have!

DORIS I think these kids will most likely like whatever it is you get them----so do not worry. It is all about giving anyhow, not how many or what kind of presents we get!

BRENDA I think what you are doing is great! It is long overdue!!! I am behind you 100%! Go girl!

TOday my piano lesson was cancelled so I am going to go to the pool. I have my leftover Starbuck's coffee from yesterday teaching DH's cousin, so I am enjoying that with my newspaper!

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Happy Birthday, Michele! emoticon emoticon

Good luck with your new venture, Brenda! emoticon

Mary, hope these days pass quickly for you. It's hard for the children to stay focused when Christmas vacation is just ahead. Your dedication to the exercise is great. I need to get started back but decided to wait until January.

I had to make another trip to Walmart today. Last night I discovered we did not get everything we planned for the kids yesterday, so another trip to finish this AM. I hope they like what we bought, but if not, WalMart is good about exchanging things.

We are having a dreary day with some showers and cool weather in the 40's. Can't complain since it is mid-December!

Hope you're all having a good one.

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12/17/14 11:45 A

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Good Morning Everyone,

Just a quick hello for now. We are starting a new council here in our building and Suzanne and I are heading it. That means that I will be running our meetings. Yikes! Now I really have to step out of my comfort zone for the next year. We will make the policy's and rules along with three more residents and have the final votes. This will all start in January. Our new lady in the office, Roxanne, is helping us do that. This means we will be having having our bazaars and raffles to raise money for our activities. We have a lot of new, younger residents so we are hoping this will work and there are no arguments.

Will check back with you later. Wish me luck!

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I had trouble posting the msg. below. So will add onto this one.

Brenda, thanks for the nice card.

Have a great day everyone.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHELE
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Michele, 54 is sooo young. I am the oldie here. My oldest daughter is 55, and my youngest is 49. I am way over the hill. I am the oldest one here at 78! Yikes, did I say that? Somehow I don't feel that old, but dates don't lie! My DH is younger than me at 74. Anyhow, hope you have a good day. Does your DH take you out or do any thing special for your Birthday. I hope someone does something nice for you. You deserve it.

My scales weren't friendly this morning. I wasn't losing so went back to Stevia, instead of sugar. Not working-so back to sugar. I am getting sooo frustrated trying to get this weight off.

Today we have a guy coming in to fix a sofa that we bought 3 yrs ago, and the material is cracking-peeling. They told us it's the humidity in basement TV room that has done it. So today he is replacing the arm and side where it has happened, we are just hoping he does a good job so it doesn't look like a patch up. My DH bought another dehumidifier for that room(have one in basement) to keep that from happening with the rest of it..The material isn't leather, but sofa was expensive. I think they should tell you that when you buy furniture. This one is very nice looking and so comfortable so decided to have it fixed. They are charging us $200.00 to fix it. But my DH decided it looks too bad to let it alone and then could continue peeling. We have no idea how he is going to sew on a new one! ok, need to get our breakfast. Dh is starving as he was up at 4:30am and I got up at 7am! can't post this.

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Doris, Yes, big families are rare today! I was one of 5 girls and my parents made us very aware of how expensive it was! We grew up thinking we were 'poor' because our family just never did things like other families. We took quick weekend vacations to the beach, not wonderful big trips like friends did. My parents had us show them our crayons when we asked for new----then my father would decide if the old ones were 'bad enough' to get new ones. I started sewing when I was in the t6th grade because my mother could hardly sew on buttons, lol. We all babysat from 6th grade on and learned to be extremely thrifty. When my parents ended up with Daddy in the Alzheimer unit and Mama is assisted living, my husband took over their finances because my parents just couldn't do it. My sisters and I were amazed to find out that, thank goodness, my parents were very well off after all! Daddy made good investments and Mama has enough left to live comfortably in the assisted living, but we never had much fun when we were little! We were comfortable, though. It's so nice that you are helping get the gifts for this family but I'm glad you're not spending only yOUR funds!

Michele, my heart just goes out to you. I hope your dd will move out soon for your peace of mind. I will put in extra prayers! You are a baby!!! Only 54! I will be 64 on the 26th...and sometimes feel like my mother at 94, lol! Jazzercise was good and my knee isn't too bad this morning. I htikn the cartilage is breaking up where it was starting to get stiff again and that's a good thing...but I get so winded while I'm doing it. It's way more exercise than I'm used to. I am paying for my gym and will stick with that at least to the end of the school year!!

Two and a half more days til Christmas break!!

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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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BRENDA i just got your Christmas card today emoticon it is beautiful!!!!
I am not really wishing my life away but rather the stress! that is going along with it. esp the stress of dd right now---in MY HOUSE! My house is supposed to be my safe place. I'm not so sure about that today emoticon

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Very busy day and tomorrow is my volunteer day. Will be back on Thursday

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Michele,

emoticon You have a long way to 60 so don't wish your life away. Have a great day!

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thank you all. I am letting GOD handle it! It hasn't ruined my day---just got it off to a rocky start! She will most likely be moving out next year in2015. It is not that simple just to move out or kick one out in this country. She doesn't talk to DH that way. I am told that I am the only one (is this a compliment here?!) that she can "vent" on, but I get tired of being the ventee! emoticon When she finall does move out, I'm sure she'll get a real taste of REAL LIFE & come to appreciate ALL that both Tad & I are doing for her. Again, thank you all, for your support! emoticon emoticon

DORIS you are an angel with all that you do for your church & HH! I really admire your work & dedication.

Tomorrow (Thursday) is my 54th b-day. I can't belive I'mgetting close to 60.

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Mary, our church is sponsoring this family. My friend and I just did the shopping and contributed a part, not the whole thing by any means. I told my DH it was expensive having a family of 6 kids! Since we only have the two daughters, I never really thought of what it would cost just trying to buy something for each child. No wonder there's not many large families any more!

Did your knee feel better after you got home for a while? I hope it's OK now.

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I decided not to try to get to confession tonight----I was soaking wet from Jazzercise and traffic was terrible getting home. It is SUCH a workout. Yes, the moves are quick and I am such a klutz! I don’t really enjoy it, but I know it’s good for me, and even though my knee was hurting I think I’m okay. I will go to church tomorrow and hope to get in!

Michele, please let Tad talk with your daughter. I’m not a diagnostician by any means but it sounds like your daughter has some mental health issues. Anyone who is an adult—and she is, isn’t she?---should be ACTING like an adult and not a small child. Her anger at you is way out of proportion to the ‘offense’ of you telling her she can’t take her dad’s bike. I wish he would have been the one to talk to her. Make her move out if she acts up again. It’s not fair to you to have to put up with that. Prayer is powerful and do hold that close…but you may need to be proactive for your own sake!

Brenda, you aren’t too far off, lol. My birthday is the day after Christmas, the 26th. So it’s coming up but hasn’t passed yet. I will think of my birthday as your ‘liberation day’ from Nelson, lol! I hope y’all can get him evicted and that he gets the help he needs.

Doris, you’re taking on a family of 6 by yourself for Christmas? Wow…that’s something! We have people come and ask for assistance all the time and at Christmas the church takes names/ages, etc. and the church members donate whatever kind of toys they want. A huge amount of people go through the toys and organize the gift giving.


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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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Michele, please don't accept any of this for truth. Just because you relay a message doesn't make you bad. If she hates you, that's her problem and only prayer on your part can help that to change. Maybe she will move soon and see what she should have been appreciating all along. Try to think on good things and let God work on her.

My friend from church went shopping with me for a family of 6 children that our church is sponsoring for Christmas gifts. It was both fun and stressful since we were not sure what to buy. We liked what we bought and hope the kids will!

I seem to be getting very little accomplished here at home. It's good that the family will be in Dallas rather than at our house this year. Sounds as though the rest of you are busy too. Mary Ann, I hope you can avoid taking your DH's flu.

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Michele, Please don't beat yourself up! Does she talk that way to her Father? Possible for him to sit down with her and discuss the way she treats you isn't fair? She should just move out if that is the way she feels. emoticon emoticon


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Michele,

Let go and let God handle it. Maybe He can get to her where you can't. Take a deep breath and have a good day. When she starts in on you, turn your back on her.

I just got out of the shower and Sam called and said she is going to a store in the next town where they repair jewelry. She is picking me up at noon and I am taking my two gold necklaces that I broke to get them fixed. I miss wearing them.

Quick breakfast and I am outta here.

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BRENDA that is good news about Nelson. Now, finally the residents will hopefully get some peace!

MARY how was jazzercise? Are the movements fast & quick?

DD is worse than ever. Her bike, that she bought from a friend has a flat tire. She said (I don't believe it) that she took it to the bike shop to be fixed & thethey told her it couldn't be fixed which is probably not true. This morning at 3:30 (she works the 4 a.m.shift at aeon--like walmart) I got up & told her she couldn't use dad's bike & she said she's be late for work. I am a terrible person & on & on & on. , What's wrong with me? don't you care? etc I tried to tel her to take care of it herself buy a new bike etc but she just won't listen.

Now I am gong to have h--- to pay when she gets home. She really believes she hates me, that I am a terrible person. I didn't do anything wrong here, ladies. I was just the messenger for DH . How in the world did things ever get to be like this?! we didn't raise her to be like this. I just don't know what happened......It is only 4 a.m. & a really bad start to my day.

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Betty,

Your fudge sounds wonderful. I have been buying little tins of Original Gourmet cookies on sale for a dollar the last couple weeks. Good to have on hand if I need a quick little gift. The last two I got at Safeway have a Christmas design on them. Very cute.

It is just plain gray today and a little colder. Good for sleeping.

Another quiet night, no noise from Nelson. He got a new caregiver yesterday, a young man. I heard him knock on Nelson's door and N yelling at him because he didn't call first. Well. most of the time he won't answer his phone anyway.

Laurie faxed all the paper work to the lawyer yesterday. He is taking Nelson to court December 26th. So the wheels are turning. He has run out of complaints from the residents. Usually it is four but he has been given chance after chance to change his ways. Very sad situation. I think he needs to go to Detox before assisted living will accept him. I do feel bad for him but enough is enough.

Elinor's granddaughter came to our Bible Study last night and told us all about her recent missionary work in Australia. She will be going back in two weeks to teach classes to young people. They go for various reasons, some to learn about finding God, others to surf but end up finding God along the way. I think they have to be 18. She and the other teachers live with the students and they do everything together while they are at the school. Most go back home changed people, some sign up to be a missionary. It is an amazing thing they are doing. I signed up for her newsletter so I can keep track of her. She only comes home once a year for the holidays. She is doing fifty hours of observing in a classroom while she is here.. Her mother's friend is a teacher and said she can come to her school. It is mandatory that she does that. She also has to raise her own money for her living expenses so she stays quite busy. She gets donations when she speaks. She is just 23. The organization is called Youth With a Mission (YWAM).

Michele,

I hope your DD gets over her snit soon. emoticon

Mary,

You keep so busy, how do you do it all? emoticon . I can't remember if you already had it or it is coming. Too much has been going on here and my mind is mostly gone for now.

Doris,

I think about making a pie and then think I won't. One time I tried to take a dessert to potluck I was told they had too many so switched to salads. They did like my pumpkin dump cake for Thanksgiving and none was left.

Marielle,

I hope you got your walk in today. Counting down to day 0 when you can retire from the water board.

I slept late this morning and here it is 10:30 sitting in my recliner in my nightgown. We are supposed to go around on our bus at 6 to look at the Christmas lights and decorations IF we have enough people signed up. We need 5 minimum.

Have a good day. Sorry if I missed anyone.

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Good Foggy rainy morning friends,

Michele, I get the tins from the Dollar Store. They are only $1.00 a piece and they have smaller ones and medium size ones. Just the right size for fudge. Then I put a layer of wax paper on bottom, then a layer over the fudge after filling one layer. You get 2 layers of fudge in them. They also are decorated with Christmas decorations this time of year. They hold a good bit of fudge, so I only give mostly the smaller ones.

Doris, the recipe I have makes 5lb of fudge. Your pecan pie sounds good. I love Pecan pie. I saw King Arthur has a jar of pecan mix and thought abpot getting it, as feel it would be just as cheap to buy that way since pecans are so expensive.

Mary ann, take care that you don't get the flu.

Ok, DH has dental appt. so have to get off and make him breakfast (poached eggs) before he leaves. Have a good day everyone. emoticon

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Welcome home, MaryAnn. Sorry you came home to a sick husband, though. My sweet CA DIL called last night to say hello and said that the rains weren't bothering Y'ALL but others. I know it's well needed, though.

Michele, I am so sorry about you having to ride in freezing temps! I wish you had better transportation. I try to think of that kind of thing when I start to complain about this or that. You are one special woman. I hope Tad realizes that! I got your airmail birthday card yesterday...you didn't have to do that! Thanks so much. I've enjoyed all the cards from so many of you!

I have Jazzercise this evening, then will go to confession afterwards if the timing works out! If not, I can go tomorrow night. I thought this was going to be an easy week, lol! I never got the house cleaned up. Tomorrow is another day...

Mary

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emoticon HOME SUNNY Hope your DH feels better soon. At least he is getting the flu over with BEFORE the holiday starts!

Difficult DD plus a cold, 32 degree weather rain is making my Tuesday very uncomfortable! emoticon

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I love pie!!!

Home in my own bed. The DH got the flu while I was gone. He was glad to have me back to take care of him. Raining again good news bad news. We need it but the mud slides continue

Off to bed back tomorrow

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DORIS I think those pies sound wonderful, too! I only bake appe & pumpkin pie. I'm not a big pie eater, but everyone else in my family is!

BETTY I never even thought of giving fudge as presents. I'm going to have to get busy today starting it! You made so much! Where do you get the tins from? Do you buy them?

MARY, mary! Quite contrary! How do you keep so busy! emoticon (rememeber the old mother goose nursery rhyme?) I hope you hve a restful day tomorrow

it ws freezing riding my bike to grocery shop this morning. My fingers were so frozen despite my gloves that I couldn't feel them. Boy did they sting when I went to wash my hand with warm water just to warm them up!



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I hope you have a wonderful time tonight, Doris! The pies sound amazing. I am not a pie baker but I love to eat them, lol. I think the dad who takes his child to see the mom every couple of weeks has stars in his crown! That IS dedication!

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Mary, we are already fully booked at HH for this weekend and the next two. Some people do try to keep a schedule. One father says he has to come every two weeks or his toddler forgets who her mother is. And he has a really long drive to do that. That's dedication!

I did some cleaning today and had baking to do for my friend's dinner party tonight. One pie is a cherry cheese cake and the other is pecan. Hope they taste good! We leave in about 15 minutes. It should be good conversation. There are only 10 of us that are supposed to be there. I like smaller groups better than large ones.

Betty, that's a lot of candy!!

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Hi, friends! What a busy day yesterday was! I called my little sister before I left Houston because I was afraid she might have decided to go, too, and it would be such a shame to take 2 cars if we could ride together. We had some financial business to discuss, too, and I was about 15 minutes late leaving the house. I called the middle sister and left 2 messages telling her when I would get Mama and get to the restaurant. Well, she called as I was getting to the Assisted Living, asking where I was because they had been at the restaurant for 20 minutes and I wasn’t there yet! She didn’t see that I’d called twice AND she didn’t even think about going to get our mother! Oh, well, it worked out. I got home in time to go to Mass at 5:30. It was Gift Giving Sunday and the amount of presents for poor children was just unbelievable! Such good will!

Brenda, thanks for the good wishes. Mama is a sweet 94, not difficult at all. She is losing her sight, which is so sad, because she loves to read. But she’s in good health otherwise and we are so glad for that. Your potluck sounds like a great gathering. I’m so glad you have good friends and people to be around. Well, with the exception of Nelson!!

MaryAnn, enjoy the time with your family. I haven’t seen Mulan either. I guess even though I’m still teaching, all the cute Disney films that came out after my kids were older are things I hear about but haven’t seen. Now that I have the girls I guess I will see the next go-round!

Happy Early Birthday, Michele! I have 2 other friends and a nephew on the 18th so you’re in good company. I’m sorry you have such harsh weather. In the pool with freezing temps isn’t fun. Bundle up!

Betty, what a huge amount of fudge! My FIL made good fudge but it’s something I’ve rarely tried. Giving it as gifts is a wonderful idea!

I hope the friend’s 80th birthday was a fun time for everyone, Doris. I hope I will have one someday, too! Do you think you will have a large crowd at the Hospitality House during the holidays or do people space their visits out? I guess it might be a case of certain people can have visitors on certain days?

I will go to Jazzercise tomorrow with my daughter. I came home from school and need to get my house vacuumed and mopped!!


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Gee you are all so busy this week!

I have to go Christmas shopping today, despite the pouring rain!

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Thanks Brenda, received your card. Happy you went to the potluck.

Finished up all my fudge making today. Think I did 35 lbs. Now it's all wrapped in xmas tins and ready to go. We went to Christmas party Sat. night so delivered theirs., stopped at Beauty Salon and dropped off there also. The rest is family. Time to cook dinner. Can't bake cookies till next week or this weekend so they will be fresh. My one DD want peanut butter kisses. I always have to get special container for those as because of the kisses can't pile on top of each other. They are yummy! ok, gotta go.

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Wow, you're all busy today. After church we went to a friend's 80th birthday reception, then back to church tonight, and on to play 84 at our friends' house. It has been a good day. I need to be busy tomorrow cleaning house.

Hope everyone has a good week!

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BRENDA I can't & don't indulge in such treats anymore. My health will pay the price. Glad you enjoyed yourself. I would love to go to one of your potlucks!

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Michele,

Yes, I did go to the potluck after all. I had a big tub of cottage cheese so added a small can of crushed pineapple and stirred it up. I also took a bowl of red grapes that I pulled off the stems. Only a couple tablespoons left. Man, you should have seen all the desserts people brought. Five different kinds of pie, cookies and chocolate candy and warm apple crisp with a scoop of ice cream. I had the apple crisp, yum!

The main dishes were enchiladas, sliced beets, veggie trays, shrimp and noodles, a cold noodle salad, coleslaw and olives. Plenty for everyone and all homemade. We had a good turnout.

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Busy day chasing the GS. Made pot roast but we are going to the Zoo to see Christmas lights and then out again. DD will have dinner for several days so she is happy.

No time to read thread today. Going home tomorrow.

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BETTY no, you didn't tell me that. thank you I am going to buy the ingredients on Wed at our "national" supermarket here. I will let you know how it turns out!

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Michele, Thanks for all the nice comments .

On another note, if you haven't made the fudge yet-be sure you let it come to a hard boil before timing for 7 minutes. If you want a harder fudge cook for 8 minutes. I also spray my pyrex with a cooking spray before adding fudge. It comes out easier. I am not sure I told you that.

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BRENDA did you go to your potluck? I haven't been to one of those in a long, long time!

MARY hope yo uhad a good timewith your mother. Great that you can spend time with her.

We went out to sizzler last night to celebrate my middle son's & my b-days. His is on the 10th, my oldest son, whose is on the 13th was out with the in-laws, & mine is on the 18th. Then Christmas, & New years, the big holiday here. It's so busy this time of year!

Pool day for me, this cold 32 degree Monday!

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Sunny,

I guess I am out of the loop of Disney movies these days. Thanks for the info.

Potluck at 1 but I haven't decided whether or not I will go. I don't have any salad makings unless I go to Safeway. Busy weekend and I didn't get to the grocery store, just Rite Aid yesterday to take my neighbor so I bought a lot of things on sale that I will need in the next few months. Buy one get one free things.

I cleaned out my pantry Friday and gave a big box of canned goods to Sam to distribute at her building. I get so many canned things from the food bank that I don't eat. There are people in her place who need food and she knows who they are. They don't get the foodbank foods delivered to them because no one wants to do the work. I am in charge of the pantry here to keep things neat and check the dates, rotate the stock and help set up, clean up every third Friday when Barbara's daughter brings the food here.

I prefer to cook things fresh or frozen. Suspicious of the cans and the lining they use, am hearing that is not healthy for us.

Mary, emoticon to your dear mom. You are so lucky to have her and be able to visit her when you can. You have such a busy schedule, I don't know how you do it but you are about ten years younger than me. Your GD's should have voice/music lessons and they may be famous someday and support you in your old age.

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Happy Sunday morning! I came home from babysitting and was in bed before midnight---earlier than I expected! Those girls were such a hoot! I was telling my daughter about Annalise singing to the theme songs on the Disney shows. She said she lets them watch that channel for breakfast so the shows 'rotate' all the time and Annalise will copy anything you say, sing, etc.! It was so darling to hear her humming on key and saying some of the words. Grace hums on key, too but doesn't sing yet, lol. Too much going on all the time.

Michele, my mother says that and I guess I have too, at times! I'm so glad I'm not out in the crowds trying to shop. I got out and went to CVS before I babysat yesterday and found out they have stamps so I didn't have to go to the grocery store and stand in line for that! So happy to know that and thought I'd pass it along!

I will have breakfast, a quick shower, and off down the highway for a day with my mother and one of my sisters.

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MARY hope you have a chance to slow down, now!

BRENDA glad you enjoyed your play. Mulan is an old Disney movie, by the way.

We just came home from running errands all day; "Every Tom, Dick & Harry is out today" as mom would say! I am exhausted!

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Enjoy your time with your family! I hope you're resting up tomorrow, lol!

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Still in Phoenix and chasing after the 2 1/2 year old. Went to a birthday party in the park and spent the whole time running. Then after he had a nap went to a train park then out yo dinner. Turning in early tonight

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Here I am, finally---your sometimes friend!! I can't believe it's been almost a week since I was online here. I had something every night last week except for last night so I started my Christmas cards then and finished up today by the time I had to leave to babysit! Be on the lookout! I have gotten several lovely cards from y'all. Thanks so much!

I had such fun with the girls. They are so musical, even at 21 months. They sing and hum tunes either from TV shows or from noisy instruments they have at home! I love to hear them...and they are mostly on key!! I fed, bathed, diapered, and jammies them, lol. They always go stair aight to sleep. I am glad I have time to post now that things are quiet.

Brenda, what a huge mess with Nelson, but I am so glad you and some others were able to get someone to look into his situation. You shlouldn't have to deal with that. I hope he gets taken away and gets some help. Congrats on your Christmas decorations being chosen the contest winner! I'm sure everyone enjoys seeing what you do!

MIchele, I fel guilty when I see all the clutter I have and all the extra space I have that never seems like it's enough. You deal with so much all the time with little complaint. How wonderful that you took care of your MIL and FIL. That says so much about you as a person. One of my school moms is from Indonesia and told me the other day that when they move back next year she will have to be "the dutiful Asian wife" and be subservient to her mIL! She is really Americanized now and said it will be so hard. Her husband cuts his mother's meat for her when they have dinner!!

MaryAnn, enjoy the trip tp Phoenix. You did has celiac's? She was so thin when I met her...I guess she has to be so careful. One of my niece's daughter's has it and the whole family eats gluten free. I joined you in a pizza yesterday, lol! I am glad you didn't have trouble with the rain. Cathy and John said y'all were fine. But I saw that some people in Camarillo were evacuated. I emailed jan bit haven't heard back. I hope they're okay.

I am on my iPad and can't go back to see what everyone else said...and I can't remember what I read. Please forgive me! I will try to check back tomorrow night. I am seeing my mother tomorrow for her 94th birthday and have a 2 hour trip first thing in the morning!
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Michele,

Nelson has been given his 10 day compliance paper by the manager yesterday. That means he has to do stop doing everything on the list that is bothering others and if he doesn't comply he will be evicted. It is hard to get someone to move out, there are so many rules and regulations and laws to follow. In the end he might have to be taken to court and removed by the judge and sheriff.

I was gone all afternoon but Carlene told me he was back to his old tricks while I was gone. He is quiet for now.

The play at the high school was great and it was a full house. Turned out it wasn't the Little Mermaid. The information on their webpage is wrong. That was a year ago. What we saw was Mulan and it was great. I had never heard of it but the kids did a great performance.

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MARIELLE how did you like your parties?

BRENDA it sounds like Nelson should be removed from his apt He is just too disturbing! I hope he was quiet for you today.

It is only 35 outside. Must be only around 40 in my house! BRRRR!!!

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Marielle,

Pauline and I are going to the high school today for a 2pm musical featuring music from The Little Mermaid. I never saw that film but I do like music. Tickets are $7. Ruth was going to go with us but she has to go with her son to the Cowlitz River where she has a trailer for when they go fishing there. Last year a tree fell on her porch roof but it didn't damage the trailer. Some people live there year round and they will call her if something happens.

I won one of the prizes here for my door decoration. There were five categories and I won for The Most Clever decoration. I used Christmas cards from the residents and formed a Christmas tree on my door. There were five categories. We each got $5. Then we had a dessert potluck and oh my! there was a lot of goodies. Pies and cakes and cookies and ice cream. I hadn't had breakfast so it was all right and I didn't eat much and brought half of it home and it will probably go in the trash. It was a fun afternoon.

Nelson has been acting up and out of control. We have had the medics here two days in a row but he refuses to go to the hospital. Last night he scared Margie in the laundry room and she ran up the stairs and came and got me. Nelson had painted his nose with a red marking pen because he was Rudolph the red nosed raindeer. She thought his head was bleeding. I went down and told him to go home and then called his son and he came right over. He can't get him to seek help either.

A little while later Joice took her dog out for a walk and got her wheel stuck in the mud and called the police for help but the medics came. I went and told Tim the medics were here and he should go talk to them about Nelson. Well after they got Joice out of the mud they came up to talk to him and he went balistic. They told him if they come back here he WILL BE taken by force to the hospital. Earlier in the day an officer came with the medics and he was yelling at them and was told by the officer he should not yell at him so he did quiet down. Tim told me that he thinks Nelson has a chemical imbalance because his meds were changed. Well, Nelson was quiet last night and I was able to get some sleep. Tim is Nelson's son.

Nelson has the Ukraine couple who live beneath him very upset. Their friend who translates for them came to talk to me yesterday afternoon and I explained what is happening with Nelson and that I am sorry they were disturbed. It is so hard to try to talk to them because they speak very little English. The manager was gone by the time she came here. People tell me all their problems--I am a good listener, sometimes annoying for me but it's all right.

I have a sign outside my door that Sam gave me that says "A Good Friend is Cheaper Than Therapy" and another one that says "Misery Loves Company, that Might Be My Sudden Surge in Popularity" also from Sam.

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Just a quick post. The District had another "special" meeting Friday at 6pm (Aker night in Prescott so traffic and parking were terrible. Aker night is a music festival in the downtown area with musicians performing in stores and on the streets). The meeting lasted about an hour, then my friend & I went to eat. She made a delicious soup............ got home after 10:30 (I am not a night owl. Just got up after 8am) Now for minutes and a party late this afternoon at another friend's. I'm not a party person, but really like this lady.



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I am in Phoenix so I missed the storm. No problems I our little community but some houses in a nearby hillside community were hit hard. The road along the coast to LA is closed. More rain is coming on Monday. Although it is sad for some people it is really great that the reservoirs are getting water along with the farmers.

My DD and my DH her father have full on Celiac disease. We never eat pizza because the gluten free ones are just not the same. My son in law and I do not have the issue. So he and I went out to lunch for pizza by ourselves. I would never go for pizza but he asked so I went. Since it was just the two of us I ate pizza . Really good but I am sure the scale will be up tomorrow . I really like him and am so glad he likes to have me around.

Tomorrow is filled with activities. Sunday is still I scheduled.


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Sorry haven't been back. This is a busy time of year. I just made my first batch of fudge yesterday. I don't cut it till the next morning and then put it into christmas tins that I buy every year from the dollar store. So that batch gave me 2 tins of fudge.

Michelle, sorry about your friend's Father. It is hard this time of year. I sent my yearly card and letter to a friend I have had since my freshman year in High school. We have kept in touch all these years. In fact this Christmas I was going to call her on the phone and surprise her. Well, yesterday I received a short letter from her husband, and she passed away. So that makes 2 close friends I have lost these past few months. So I understand why you are sad. emoticon

Doris, received your card. Thanks. I understand why you don't want to see the Dr while all this flu is going on. I need a checkup but think I'll wait till spring. I have a poor immune system so need to keep away from sick people.

Mary Ann, see you have left home. Is your home in danger with all the flooding?

Brenda, see your having problems with electric. I think the weather is bad all over. We had snow yesterday, and before that rain-rain-rain.

Going to make this short as don't want to lose it again. Marielle, sure you will have a lot less stress come Jan.

God Bless Everyone. ps Michele, I will put the fudge recipe in your mailbox.

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brenda GLAD you didn't lose your power!

DORIS emoticon good night to you!

I am off to bed, too! emoticon

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II PM and the lights are still on and the wind has died down so I am going to bed now. Nitey Night.

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Here it is 8:30 pm and the lights are still on. The Thursday night Bingo is going on downstairs. I never go because I don't like to play at night. I only play when we have Big Time Bingo once a month at 1.

Most everyone is walking around with a flashlight. We do have security lights that come on (or are supposed to anyway) but they are battery and don't last but a couple hours.

Will check back before I go to bed if the power stays on. Winds are supposed to blow harder between now and 11 pm.

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Michele, sorry about your friend's dad and that you aren't able to be with her. I'm glad the card arrived. And I didn't go to the doctor since it is some better. I thought it was OK yesterday but then it popped up this afternoon and I took meds so I think it's down again.

Brenda, I hope your power stays on. But you sound prepared!

Mary Ann, I'm glad you were able to get away before the storm hit. Hope the flight was good. Will you be there through Christmas?

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MARY Ann DID I thank you for the lovely card? I have it haning up! Have a good trip!

BRENDA I hope you didn't lose your electricity!

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Lights are flickering so it doesn't look promising the lights will stay on. Wind is 35 MPH with gusts who knows how hard they are. We went out and brought the plastic chairs inside because they were threatening to blow away.

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Michele so sorry about the loss.

Waiting for my plane to Phoenix. I will be away when the weather hits LA tonight.
Bay Area is getting hit pretty hard shouldn't be as bad in LA

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BRENDA thank you. Yes, this is definitely the hardest part of living in this country!

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Michele,
I am so sorry about your friends father. This is the time of year that a lot of people pass on. The worst part is that you are so far away and can't be with her.

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GO MARIELLE! emoticon emoticon emoticon !!! that is my cheering you on!

DORIS did you end up going to the dr? I just got your christmas card thank you! it's beautiful
How is your BP today?

My best friend's father in Detroit just died at 79 of pancreatic cancer. I can't stop crying. Oh I am so sad today..... emoticon

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Marielle, emoticon You're on the countdown to the end. And those qualities you mentioned like honesty, integrity, etc. are still very valuable in today's world. Besides that, it means you can live with yourself, too! Keep up your good work and go out with pride.

Brenda, please let us know how your storm plays out. And stay safe.

I went this morning to do a little shopping, but came home exhausted. I'm not sure what's going on but my BP has been doing crazy ups and downs this week. I may have to break down and go to the doctor, but I really don't want to go in where all the flu patients are. This area has been hit hard already with flu. They say the hospitals are full of really sick patients. Hope we miss it this year! And all of you, too!

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Good morning all. Sorry for not posting for the past several days.

Wow! I am still overwhelmed with the stuff that has to be taken care of before going off this Board. We now have a well issue along with an encroachment issue that have been taking up a lot of my time; also getting information out about the incoming board members to our contractors; responding to emails; etc. On and on. I guess I am obsessive compulsive because I want to make sure things are done with honesty, integrity, legally, with "best practice", etc. It really takes work. After December I should have more time again to relax as I will have NO responsibility to the District Board then.
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Michele,

Sorry you lost your post. I just hate that.

The rain has started in earnest again this morning and I think it is going to be a wild day. I boiled a pan of eggs yesterday and I have a lot of canned tuna, salmon and cheeses, bread and Wasa bread and crackers and peanut butter so there is plenty to eat if I can't cook. We have a big BBQ grill on the patio.

My Christmas cards are done and on the way so I am ready for Christmas.

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I just also lost my message! What in lands sake is going ON HERE?!!!!



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I was going to wait and go to the PO in the morning until I heard on the news that we could have 60-80 MPH gusts tomorrow so I threw on my coat and ran out to my car. It wasn't raining too hard when I left and was only in the PO a few minutes. By the time I went back out it was a Monsoon. Luckily it is only a few blocks away. I could have walked but not in that mess.

I mailed all my cards and bought a stamp for Michele's card, $1.15 so I didn't think that was so bad to go all the way to Japan.

Mary Ann I hope you don't run into problems with the plane.

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Brenda stay safe, the storm sounds BIG

I am going to Phoenix just ahead of it. I hope there are no problems with the plane.

Getting packed tonight so I can get a walk on before I leave tomorrow.

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Betty,

I just hate it when our messages go Poof! Never to be seen again. I can't figure out what key I hit that deletes them.

Yes, Doris, I know everyone here very well except for the new residents. I drew Sallie downstairs and she is close to 90. I am going to get her some kitchen towels, dishcloths and potholders and dishsoap. We don't have dishwashers here. She is teaching her caregiver how to bake pies. The caregiver is from the Phillipines and baked her first pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and it was really good.

We used to play that gift game at get tgethers many years ago.

I have all my cards done now and ready to take to the post office in the morning.

It is still raining.

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UGH UGH!!!!1 I just lost 2 pages I wrote. Where do they go???? I can't do this again tonight.
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Brenda, it sounds as tho your Santa party will be fun. Do you know everyone well enough to get something they would like or do you get gag gifts? Our family does the Chinese Christmas where everyone brings the number of gifts in their family and we draw numbers for the order we open the gifts, where you have the option of a new gift or one that was previously opened. I'm still trying to decide what I'm getting.

Michele, hope you find a way to get you one of the Christmas sweaters. It would be fun wearing it!

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BRENDA we are sharing the same weather---the rain has already started here, 6 there is going to be strong southernly winds! Off I go!

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Michele,

The thrift stores here have lots of Christmas sweaters. If you want a really 'ugly' one they are at the thrift stores, not new from what I have seen.

Boy, did we have some strong winds this morning, everything was rattling. Tomorrow will be worse from what the weather people are saying. It is going to rain most of today.

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BETTY did you get your exercise in? How did he fudge turn out?

BRENDA we don't have space much for dressers, so no. The rooms are too small to put a lot of furniture into. I like thoese ugly Christmas sweaters! WE can't get any of those over here, so I would love to have 1. I wish I could order one on line.

I also love the thrift shop!

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My husband always worked in outside sales so he always had to wear dress shirts and ties so I always had to iron his shirts. I really don't mind the shirts but now have only a few of my tops to iron. When he decided to become a truck driver I didn't iron any of his clothes because his dress code of the day was jeans and T and sweatshirts in a duffel bag.

Michele,

You must not have any dressers for folded clothes? I bought an old long bureau with 8 drawers and gave away my two smaller ones when I moved here. I only have two small pieces of furniture left from my former life with my husband. Everything I looked at that gave me bad memories, I got rid of. I either sold things or gave them away. This is my new life here and it is very nice.

We are supposed to have some strong winds the next couple days. The tree branches behind our building are starting to sway. Keeping my fingers crossed that our power will stay on. The city was out the other day checking the limbs around the power lines and cleaning out the leaves from the storm drains. Living on the hill, all the water goes down to the main street at the bottom of the hill and floods the roads in places. I am well stocked with plenty of food and water so am ready for most anything.

We are drawing names today for our Secret Santa Party. The gift is to be worth $10 and it is a lot of fun. Our party will be on the 23rd and we are having an ugly Christmas sweater/top or hat contest. I just bought an ugly Christmas vest for $3 at the thrift store.

Well,I didn't get any Christmas cards done yesterday because people kept coming in to visit. Today I will put a Do Not Disturb sign on my door and get them done and on their way.

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Just reading about the ironing. I hate ironing, but do it. DH flannel shirts in winter always need a touch up. I always hate it when he puts one on that I haven't touched up. I wear mostly sweaters in winter so no ironing there. Sometimes I have to touch up a pair of slacks. By the way have any of you ever used dryer balls? I get mine (they last 2 years) from I Herb.com and get the Nellie's dryerballs, which are on sale now, as I just replaced mine and got all the girls a pair. they were only 14.99. They save a lot on water softners plu the clothes dry faster, so save on electric also.

Off to start my day. First coffee, while watching news. Then treadmill, shower and starting my first batch of fudge as we have Christmas Party for Sat. night, which I will take to the Hostess.

Yes, Michele, I will send you the recipe. I will post it on your mail. I will try and do that today. It is a no fail recipe if you follow the directions.

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since we don't use dryers here much, i have to iron everything! i usually iron what I am planning to wear for the next day. there are not many closets to hang clothes in b;c of lack of space. so everything goes into boxes or "space savers" as they are called here.

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Brenda, it seems that men's jeans need ironing more than women's. I can smooth mine when they come out of the dryer but DH's don't have a crease unless I press them with starch. Pain!

I did get some of my cards ready to mail tomorrow but still not finished!

Yes, Michele, the HH efforts will be ongoing. We meet once a month as the board for business matters and I usually go at least once per week to do some kind of work on the house--usually laundry. Last Sat. night DH and I and some friends served the night meal to our guests. You meet some really nice people that way.

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Doris,

I have never ironed jeans. I just fold them while they are warm and smooth them out. I have a few tops that need ironing. Sam iron's everything. She loves to iron but then she has no hobbies other than helping others all the time.

Faith made Taco soup for lunch but I had a late breakfast. I did take a bite of it and was going to bring a bowl home but it was way too spicy for me so I just stayed and visited a while. So much for me doing cards this morning because Alma came to visit while I was eating my breakfast. I hate it when she does that but at least she didn't come to ask me to take her anywhere because the answer would have been "no".

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BRENDA you apt sounds like something very simple that I could live in---I don't like clutter & am not very materialistic myself. I have learned to down-size a lot! since coming to live here in Japan!

BETTY that fudge sounds heavenly! Could you send me the recipe?

DORIS I hope you had agood productive day. Are you still busy with HH?

I am going to go to Tokyo to teach DH's cousin this Wed. morning. It means a free Starbuck's coffee for me. I never buy them for myself as they are just too expensive!

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Brenda, I still have quite a bit of ironing since DH wears jeans and cotton shirts most of the time. For clothes he wears to work around the place, no ironing, but for other places he gets the ones I've pressed. I hate doing jeans, but I'm not willing to pay the cleaners to have them do the jeans, so I do them.

Hope you're making better progress with your cards than I am. I feel a little better--more energerized when it's sunny-- today so I've done some vacuuming also and thank you letters to people who have contributed to HH in the last month. I recently became the secretary who gets to do that little job, too!

Have a good finish to your day!

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Yes Doris, this is an ideal location, right in the middle of the shopping district for grocery and pharmacy and hardware needs. Those of us who can walk can walk to the stores if we are not buying very much. There is the hill to consider coming home. Plus our light bills are all under $50 a month and rent is 30% of our income. It would be nicer if our apartments were a little larger but we can't have it all. We do have security cameras and door codes.

It is raining now and the wind is coming up at just after 9 AM.

I bought a new iron but haven't used it yet. I don't have many clothes that need to be ironed so I iron when I sew and that isn't very often. Nor do I have tablecloths anymore because I sold my table just after I moved here because I had too much in here. Plus I don't like to sit at a table to eat alone anyway. Too lonely for me. I eat in my recliner with a placemat in my lap to catch any droppings. I also gave away my curtains because they block the light. No one can see in here anyway. We do have mini blinds that are open most of the time. We only have two windows.

Have a good day. I need to get busy with the cards.



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Brenda, I'm glad to hear things are improving with Nelson. We will see how much he values being there. It sounds like an ideal location for those who want privacy and companionship, but don't want to live where they have to take care of a yard, etc.

I, too, need to work on Christmas cards. I sent about half of them last week, but got side-tracked before I finished.

The sun is coming out of the fog and that's so good since I am more productive on sunny days. I really need to be productive!! I've already ironed several pieces but have more in the drier now. Have a great day!

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Good Morning-Not Raining Yet but it will. The streets are wet from overnight. This is going to be a wild week and I hope our rivers stay in their banks and our power stays on.

Nelson told me his caregiver wouldn't do his laundry and she told me he wouldn't give her the quarters to wash. I believe her before I do him. I told her I wouldn't take care of him at all the way he treats her. I hope she does quit as she told me she put in her two week notice. I have heard him yelling at her.

The halls already smell the better since yesterday morning so he must have dumped his bucket and washed more clothes in preparation for the meeting with the powers that be yesterday morning. He was doing laundry at 1AM Monday according to Barbara. We can do laundry anytime because there are no apartments down at that end of the first floor.

Once the Elder Care people get involved, things will change for the better. Our manager doesn't like to confront anyone but we forced her into doing something with the petition I took around. We could have gone to the Elder Care group but we thought it was up to her, being the manager. We do know our rights and we will get things changed one way or the other.

Betty,

Your fudge sounds really good. I used to make fudge when the children were small but not anymore. We have too many goodies here. Yes, I do have a lot of willpower. All I have to do is look around at all the obese people here and that is an instant turnoff for me.

Today is the day I will get my cards in the mail. I just haven't been able to settle down and do them with all the madness going on here. I went down to Rite Aid and bought some more yesterday afternoon and I have my card list ready so I'd best get busy.

Michele and Doris and everyone else, have a good day.

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Good Rainy Morning,
At least that's how it is here.Rain-sleet-and cold. It is supposed to get to 40, so maybe warmer. This is to last till Thursday. At least it's not snow.
Michele, yes my fudge is homemade. It doesn't get real hard, has more of a softer texture. I freeze it and you can eat it right from the freezer. A long time ago when I was in my twenty's & worked for the Diamond State Telephone Co. in Wilmington, Delaware, a lady friend gave me the recipe. It just requires boiling for exactly 8 minutes-no candy thermonitor- My family and friends tell me it is the best fudge ever. We used to have the best mailman(he retired this past April) so always gave him a tin of it,plus our good UPS guy-the beauty shop-and close friends +family, so involves making a lot. i will do it every day for 2 weeks before it is all done.

Brenda, feel for you. That guy sounds like he should be in assisted living. The complex there shouldn't allow him to do that. You have a lot of will power Brenda since everyone always has sweets around. It's just the same old story "everything in Moderation". I have joined the valentines forum now as need everyday help.
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BRENDA I hope it will all work out for you! You poor dears! The urine smell also reminds me of Tad's (DH) mom when she was bedridden with diabetes. Her 5th death anniv. is coming up this Christmas Eve day---it was '09. She used to poop all over even before she was bedridden & the helper or Tad or I used to have to clean it up. It was worse when she was bedridden! I hated changing her diapers while she was pooping but it coulsn't be helped. It was the 1st smell we could smell in the house---& the entire hosue smelled of it.

Now it is his dad I don't think he is aware that he "misses" when he uses the toilet & there is urine all over. I clean it up on Wed. the helper does the other days.


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Oh Brenda, Nelson reminds me so much of my mother's 2nd husband. As he developed Alzheimer's, he developed an awful smell where he wet himself. After he was out of the house, we had to remove carpet, pad, and all the bedding and repaint to remove the odor. I wish you success, but I'm guessing he will have to move before you get relief.

We had our board meeting for HH today and then our Christmas party. Everyone had brought food and it was all very good. Enjoyed the fellowship too. We are already operating near capacity most Saturday nights.

I sure need to have a productive day tomorrow. For some reason my BP has been too high and when I have to take additional meds, I have no interest in cleaning or spending any energy. I hope I get over this soon as I have things I need to do!

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Well, Nelson has been given a month to shape up or ship out. The other odor coming from his apartment is urine. He had a bucket of it in his bedroom and he wouldn't let his caregiver empty it. His son is getting him a new mattress and bedding and all new clothes. He is getting his carpet cleaned Wednesday.

Nelson stopped by to talk to me in the hall a little while ago and told me he gets so engrossed in his drawings (he's an artist) that he waits too long to go to the bathroom and then he wets himself. Very gross. I told him that I am tired of his smell permeating my apartment and the halls and elevator. We can tell everywhere he has been in the building just from the smell. He doesn't seem embarrassed about it. I think his mind is too far gone. I don't know what he was told about his marijuana use. But it is not permitted in any HUD building in any form even if they have a doctors prescription. There was a lady at the meeting from Area Aging dealing with elder abuse. We are not abusing him. he is abusing us with his actions

I will continue writing him up if he doesn't conform to what he was told to do. The rest of us have tenants rights too!

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BRENDA I also agree with mary. Has anything changed yet?
I suppose in the future, I won't hang a lot of decoratons, either. It is a lot of work putting them all away! emoticon

MARY Glad for you that there was no drama. YOu don't need that right now! I hope you find some time to rest & take care of you, however

Off to have lunch---steamed veggies & milk. I do this almost evrey day.


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12/8/14 9:30 P

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Brenda, I hope you get help with the Nelson situation. On the other hand, do you get a 'vicarious experience' from the fumes in your bathroom, lol? I guess I led a sheltered life: no experience there! HUD should step in to help. If the govt. is involved you'd think they would give you some help!

Michele, I worry about you riding home all wet from the pool! I did go to water aerobics last night and was proud of myself. I will go to Jazzercise with my daughter tomorrow, then to her house for dinner again.

All the Grandma Trauma was averted, lol. She and her husband realized that this is not the time to try to have the girls sleep over here when they've never really been here for more than a couple of hours. I worry about carrying them up the stairs, too. If one is up or down, what do I do with the other one?? So all is well. I will babysit at their house and all will be fine.

My life is such a whirlwind right now. I have something every night this week! I can't wait until the holidays!!

Mary

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12/8/14 1:57 P

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BRENDA we are also getting rain here by thursday. Very unusual for December! I don't eat sweets the way I used to. I can't anyhow or my wt. will skyrocket!

BETTY I just got your card---thank you! I miss fudge. There was a good fudge made in Franemeuth, Mi. that we alwasy bought from. You make it homemade yousay?

MARIELLE hope you are resting better today. Just hink---you are almost finished! It will be a great way to start your new year.

MARY is your day any less busy today? Good for yo for getting to those water aerobics. And yes, I will be bracing the wind today ( a north wind that I have to ride home against!) when I go to the pool! emoticon

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12/8/14 11:17 A

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Betty,

We are also expecting high winds and lots of rain the next few days. North of Seattle in Skagit County will no doubt have lots of flooding, normal for that area. Not the bitter cold we had earlier tho. It is 55F here in Chehalis this morning

Thanks for the offer of fudge if we lived closer. You would not believe the amount of sweets that go through here on a daily basis. The ladies love to bake and they take the goodies down to the Community room and put it on the table for all to share. The plate of banana bread I took down yesterday didn't last very long and they had just finished eating lunch.

There is a big meeting today with Nelson, his son, his caregiver and her boss and our managers and a woman from the DSHS office to tell Nelson he either has to shape up or ship out if he wants to continue living here. He keeps breaking out HUD rules about his Pot use in his apartment and stinking up the halls and elevator plus my apartment. He lives next door to me and the stench from his apartment comes in through the bathroom vents. Not a pleasant situation.

I circulated a petition against him and most of the residents signed it. Rules are for everyone, not just certain ones.

I don't decorate my apartment anymore. I just hang Christmas cards on the outside of my hall door. There are plenty of decorations downstairs.

Brenda

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