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DORIS that is great about the bargains you found. with your VP Yes----what DID you do with the old bunk beds? j

BRENDA hip, hip hooray! I'm, so glad for you that you not only had a GOOD check up but your dentist appt went well AND you don't have to pay so much! Almonds are so good for you---I eat them most every day

MARIELLE when is the truck going to be fixed? That' s is awful about the heater. I had a volks wagon car once & there was absolutely NO heater. They were famous for lack of heat. Don't know why.

MARY glad you enjoyed your late birthday present. I am not one for surprises, either. Glad that your weather is better, too.

My pool was good. The snow never did appear, although it's only 40 out . We had a few "hard " flakes come down & that was it. It still looks like rain, however.

Tomorrow, I am going to go to Abe-chan, the restaurant that Tad's grandma had started way back about 60 years ago ( it's now run by Tad's uncle, uncle's son & other workers ) for dinner with Tad's friends & my students plus husbands from my once a month Saturday English lessons.

Abe-chan ( pronounced ahhh-bay-chun ) makes lots of yakitori, which is like a shiskabob on a stick. There will be a lot of drinking going on---I do not drink. I won't stay late as I'm NOT a night person, so after around 7 pm will come home. Tad will come home later on.



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We must have been posting at the same time, Marielle. I'm glad your heart is strong..so sorry your BP was high, though. White Coat Syndrome?! Sorry the heater is messing up, too. My son has spent hours and lots of money fixing his wife's car. Like Brenda's, hers is from the 90's and still going strong at over 200,000 miles. At some point though they will have to get a new car.

Brenda, I watched a little of tonight's festivities. The music was good, it was great to see so many people supporting our new president, and I loved the fireworks. Maybe your friend Kathy will pray for peace in the country and that things will all work out for the best! Your salad sounds very healthy. I need to have more of that myself!

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Doris, that is so good that your doctor was happy with how things are going for you, What are/did you do with the bunk beds?

I am being very good per recommendations from my doctor and eating a dark leafy green salad with chopped tomatoes. cucumbers and fresh mushrooms and a serving (1 ounce) of baby carrots and a little dab of Cilantro Ranch Dressing. I even bought two bags of organic non salted almonds. An ounce of them is 27 almonds.

I am going to set my alarm for 7 am so I can watch the inauguration in the morning. I think it starts at 9 am here.

Kathy said she has never seen an inauguration and here she is 70 something. I asked her where she had been that she had not seen one. She said she didn't always have a TV. She spends a lot time in her apartment reading her Bible and praying for people. She is very different and very insecure. She even put an alarm on her apartment door. Half the time I don't even lock mine and I have never had a problem. She was married once but he beat her so she divorced him. No children.

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Hi, friends! We had such a busy day and a big surprise for me! Ashley went to the gym this morning and Chris and I played with David. When she got home they both told me that they had a surprise for my belated birthday and Christmas. I don’t really ‘like’ surprises for some reason and was leery…they wouldn’t tell me anything! They took me to a specialty oil and vinegar shop about 30 minutes from my house and the woman there was very knowledgeable about what went together. I got several tasty ones and will have to hone my cooking skills! After that we went to a Turkish grill…another thing that was totally new to me. You should have seen baby David eat!! He had chicken, lamb, beef, rice, hummus, eggplant, and some great bread. The waiters kept coming and asking ‘Master David’ if he was enjoying his food…he laughed and clapped! He refused to nurse or nap this afternoon and we had quite a time getting him to calm down tonight. Chris and Ashley have gone out to dinner with Chris’s good friends from grade school and high school. I hope Mimi will have a quiet night!

Brenda, I’m glad you could figure out about the serger. I don’t have one but they look interesting. I need to start sewing more! I’m thrilled for you about both the dental and doctor visits. How wonderful that you have such a smaller dental bill and that you ‘only’ have to adjust your diet for the other doctor. Hugs as you head towards spring and much better health: fiscally AND physically!

Doris, what a wonderful bunch of excellent ‘coincidences’ to help your HH and the church! I love the story and all the benefactors. I hope all the blessings continue! I’m glad your doctor visit went well, too, and that you were able to get the regular twin beds. You try so hard to accommodate the people who come to stay.

Way to go, Michele, turning the negatives into positives about the tone/chime stuff. I hope you will get much more out of it than you have to ‘deal’ with! I haven’t been to the pool in probably 2 months..I really need to go. Hope you have a good swim.

I hope the heart doctor appt. will be fine, Marielle. Wow, that guy is in independent living and has a live-in gf?! I guess that keeps him young, lol!

If all goes well and the weather straightens out, we hope to go to the downtown aquarium tomorrow. Then tomorrow night we will have dinner with my younger son and his wife. The kids go home on Saturday…I will clean and clear and probably miss the clutter SO much!


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1/19/17 9:16 P

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Heart doctor appt went okay I guess: BP was 158 (very high for me)/78. pulse 57. He changed one of my meds-replaced the anti-angiotensin with a calcium channel blocker. He kept me on the beta blocker and said my heart was strong.

DD's truck's heater didn't work so well. We just spent $2500 on the truck 4 months ago and the two problems we went in for did not get fixed. I called. Anyway they will look at it on Tuesday. I'll be really pissed if they don't make it right.

I made spaghetti for dinner and rushed to the store for some groceries. We got some snow today in the afternoon. We are supposed to get 8-12 inches tomorrow. I am tired.

I'll talk more tomorrow.

Marielle
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The world suffers. But most men have their eyes and ears closed. They do not see the unbroken stream of tears flowing through life; they do not hear the cry of distress continually pervading the world. Their own little grief or joy bars their sight, deafens their ears. Bound by selfishness, their hearts turn stiff and narrow. – On Compassion, Ven Nyanaponika


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Brenda, that's great news about the dental bill! And good news at the doctor's too! Even lunch! This was your day!!

Marielle, how did your heart appointment go? I hope it was good.

My "well woman" exam was good. The surgery I had 2 years ago is still doing what it was supposed to and she was pleased at my weight, BP, etc.

We had beautiful weather again today after the sun came back about 9. I was glad since I was running errands in Waco. We ( our VP and me) went to Sears' mattress sale and bought 4 twin beds for HH to replace 2 of the bunk beds we had put in earlier. They were difficult for some of our older people to get into, even on the bottom. We are having less families needing the bunk beds than we had anticipated and more handicapped people who can't stay in the rooms with upper bunks due to their inability to crawl under the upper bunks. This should go a long way toward making the rooms more user friendly. We will still have 5 rooms that will accommodate 3 or more people and 4 of them have doors that open to become a suite. Nothing fancy. Just clean and attractively decorated on the walls.

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Michele, My dential appointment went really well. It was just for a deep cleaning and my cost was $65.. Before the girl did the cleaning she took x-rays to check my teeth for cavities. Well, the dentist came in to look at the x-ray pictures and found out that I was in-advertently charged last June for a procedure that was not done. So when I was finished the girl took me to the front counter and told Cynthia (dentist's wife and bookkeeper) what happened so she looked it up and she took the charge off my bill. Now my balance is only $199 instead of $500. I am so happy because I was worried about being able to pay my car insurance next month and the dentist. I can pay him the $199 and my car insurance no problem out of my next check. I did not have to pay them anything today because I paid them $300 two days ago.

I came home after the dentist and there was a big pot of vegetable soup made for lunch downstairs so I didn't even have to make my lunch.

My doctor's visit went well and I am doing fine without any medication other than taking my baby aspirin everyday. She does want me to add more dark leafy green salads, fresh carrots and yams and sweet potatoes to my diet. Cut back on butter and eggs. My cholesterol is a little high so I will work on that. My next appointment will be in six months so I am a happy camper. I am very healthy for the most part.

It only rained a little bit today and it is 50 something degrees.

Did you make the second trip to the pool?

I stopped at Safeway on the way home and stocked up.

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BRENDA as I post this, I imagine that you are at your dentist appt. How did it go? Are you able to pay for this one? I really hope that you don't get all of that flooding!

MARIELLE did you get your snow? how did your appt go?

I am going to go to the pool again for my 2nd time this morning, IF it DOESN'T rain. Rain is predicted now--snow in Tokyo--so we'll see

as for the other tone chime members, they are mature, & keep their mouths shut! As do I.

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Marielle, we are not getting the heavy rains here in the valley but we could get some flooding from the snow melting in the mountains. It is amazing how much water is flowing over Snoqualmie Falls.

Right now I-90 is all iced up, trees are across the roads and hundreds of semi's are stuck there until they can get the trees cleared and the snow plows can get back out. Truckers have to pay to park in a big lot plus they have to keep their rigs running so it is costing them hundreds or dollars to sit idle.

I-90 leads to all the mountain passes. Ski lodges are closed.

Last night they cancelled the alert that the Newaukem River will overflow it's banks. That river is just a few miles up the highway from us.

Have a good day everyone. I have to get some breakfast and get ready for my dental appointment at 11. Going to be a busy day for me.



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Good morning everyone,

We are supposed to get snow here for 5 days. There were a lot of people at the grocery stores on Wednesday stocking up. People don't drive very well here in the snow. Used to be better when I moved up here but we've gotten so many people from out of state and everyone drives differently.

Doris, how wonderful about HH. You all have done such an awesome job with the whole project.

Michele, the chime group sounds chaotic with all the "in-fighting". How do the other members feel? Do they tend to side with Junko or Amaya? It can get tiring and frustrating to be in that kind of energy.

Mary-I know you'll miss everyone and everything will get quiet again. What a wonderful time with everyone.

Brenda, time just continues to move on. Glad that Al and Leonard are doing better. I have a friend whose dad is 91 and in independent living. He has macular degeneration and glaucoma and can barely see. He still tries to cook and take care of himself. He does have a lady friend living with him and between them and a lot of visits from my friend, he seems to get by. His heart and veins are very bad so may pass soon but he keeps on truckin'.

Bonnie keep hanging in there.

I go to my heart doctor appt today. I am leaving in about 1 1/2 hours so need to get going. Take care all!

Marielle
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The world suffers. But most men have their eyes and ears closed. They do not see the unbroken stream of tears flowing through life; they do not hear the cry of distress continually pervading the world. Their own little grief or joy bars their sight, deafens their ears. Bound by selfishness, their hearts turn stiff and narrow. – On Compassion, Ven Nyanaponika


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1/19/17 5:19 A

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BRENDA you are most likely in bed as I write this---it is 7: 15 pm Thursday, my time, 5:15 a.m. Detroit time, so it must be around 2:15 a.m. Thursday youritme.

Heard from Annie just this morning. She went to Phoenix b/c she was bored---she had time off---& didn't want to stay in rainy Houston.

It appears that she may come back to Japan for about 5 days at the end of next month. It would be nice to have here, but I am fine without her too.

Hope that Al figures out that he has to use his card!

I am off to bed, too. But you will probably be getting up as I am way off in Dreamland! emoticon

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Michele, Al told me he was given one of those cards that he can buy food with and he doesn't need it. I told him it is a food stamp card and he had better use it or it will be taken away from him. I don't think he realizes that he is getting it is because he is low income and deserves it.

Have you heard anymore from Annie? Is she still in Arizona?

I think you made a wise decision to stay with your lessons with Junko and learn all you can.

It is going on 10 pm and I am on my way to bed shortly.

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DORIS that is an AMAZING story! definitely one of Our Lord's miracles, for sure! Just like feeding the bread & fish to the thousands that Jesus did!

BRENDA thanks for the update. Where would he get the extra food to donate?

MARY I am glad that the flooding hasn't affected you. Is the hospital where George H.W. Bush is hospitlaized anywhere near you?

I am biding my time on the tone chimes. Most likely will eventually quit. But for now, as TAd & I talked about, I am learning a lot of music. AND using the "Line" function on mysmart phone am also learning a lot of Japanese phrases & kanji.

In other words, I am USING them for my own benefit! When they run out of their usefulness or something better comes along, out the door I go!!!! emoticon

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Doris, What an amazing story that is. Thank you for sharing.

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Brenda, HH is funded entirely by donations--no government funds at all. Most of our money has been donated by individuals or churches. Our building cost over $850,000 and we had about 3 large gifts of $100,000 or more. The rest was smaller gifts like $10,000-20,000 each. One man walked up to our development director at the grocery store on a Sunday afternoon and asked what he was doing these days. Our director told him raising money for CTHH. The man said he would have a check in a few days. He did and it was $125,000. We believe God was at work providing all that we needed. The land worth $300,000 was given to us by a church that originally planned to build there, but was on the favorable end of another deal for a furnished church that someone else defaulted on. They no longer needed this land and felt it wasn't theirs to make a profit on, so they gave it to us to build on. We have other examples of God's hand at work. And the people who stay at HH feel a special peace and love there.

More than you asked for, but it's been a neat experience to be a part of!

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Michele, I answer to your question about Al and Leo. Both are doing much better. Leo has been out walking the halls with his walker but I have not seen him downstairs. Al is walking all the halls like his PT suggested. This evening he was downstairs walking and asked me what kind of food people here need. I told him if he has anything he can take it downstairs and put it in the pantry and people will take what they need.



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I wrote a long post this morning and lost it then did not have time to write it over. Laurie called and said if I took my surger downstairs she would thread it for me and show me how to use it. I have had it for 15 years and never knew how it worked.

I spent the rest of the day downstairs making purses to sell. It is so much fun using the surger on the edges of the seams.. Now I have a new compulsion. It is very dark and still raining at just about 5:30 pm/ Am very tired and started getting rum dumb so had to quit. I will not be able to help them tomorrow because of my dental appointment in the morning and doctor appointment in the afternoon. I brought some purses home to finish.

Mary, I am glad the flooding in Houston didn't bother your area. It is fun to have the family around but also good to have them go home. I don't like a lot of clutter around.

Doris, do you get any help from the government or are all the funds to run it donations? You put in a lot of time helping to keep things running smoothly.

Michele, have you ever tried to talk to Junko about being so free to volunteer your time? Maybe you could just keep taking the lessons and be too busy to go to the volunteer activities. I can see where you want to stay but if it is causing you too much stress, that is not good for you. I know what a hard decision it would be to quit altogether.

Time to get busy and make my package of ground beef into patties and get them in the freezer.

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Michele, sorry for the "politics" of the tone/chimes! It seems you are weighing the benefits against all that's going on. Only you know whether it's time to depart or to stay. I would say Junko needs to get input before she commits the group to these performances.

I got over half of the thank you's done today for HH, and will try to finish in the morning. We had more than usual due to end of year giving. We got some very nice gifts that will help us operate in this new year. Last year we served 1884 people! Last night we saw our year end spending for 2016 was a little over $77,000. That's not bad considering it includes the salary of our director and his wife plus food, insurance, and utilities.

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The flooding didn't cause any issues near me, Doris...just in many other places in Houston. I was glad not to get out. four times in 2 years of flooding...not a good thing, and it's the same places that flood. The city says they are 'doing someting' and certainly charging us but it's not working. I'm sorry your back isn't feeling good. Bending over writing notes can do that but it's sweet of you to take on that chore. You do so many nice things!

Marielle, I think I've seen that type of chair. It's good for your back, isn't it? I have never been able to get my legs/knees to cooperate even when I was thin so I could never do a good yoga/meditation position. I can bend one leg at a time but the other one has to be out! My house will be my own again Saturday night...all is fine, just cluttered!

Michele, do consider whether you are getting a benefit from staying with the tone/chime group. If they continue to be rude to you and the in-fighting is so tiresome, I wouldn't consider staying. Being under stress isn't fun ever, much less if you are PAYING for it!!

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MARY I too, understand about wanting to clean---I like organization! I can't be tripping over a lot of stuff! Glad you enjoyed your visit.

MARIELLE I too, used to do karate back when I was in my 20's I remember losing about 15 lbs in a month from all of the warm up work before the actual karate!

My DD is in Phoenix right now; she said that it is rather warm. She sent a few pictures to my phone. My goodness! how the sky is so blue! Rare a day is Japan like that!!!

BONNIE I agree with the others---go to Tucson! I also agree with Mary--is it possible to start all over on your meds? Have you been overtreated over the years?

BRENDA your weather sounds bad like ours is going to be: we are supposedly getting snow tomrrow! Just what Tokyo / Yokohama does NOT need! We are not prepared for snow here. The city panics & everything closes down!

How is Al? And what about leonard? Do you see much of them?

Today is my 1st day back to tone chime practice after the holiday. There is a lot of ";politics" going on between Junko ( my usual piano teacher & tone chime leader/ owner---we do everything at HER house ) & Amaya who said she wants to quit the tone chime group b/c Junko just does too much volunteering & EXPECTS that everyone is simply going to put down their own lives & follow HER! There was a big ( and I mean BIG ) discussion at last thurdays new years luncheon that we had at the Sheraton Hotel.

I feel like I am in the middle of the 2 of them. Tad advised me NOT to quit tone chimes ( I was thinking of it b/c I do not like all of this politics stuff going on ) b/c not only am I learning music, I am also learning Japanese! Lots of good,local expressions that I did not know. So.... for now. I stay!

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It's good to hear from you, Marielle and Bonnie.

Bonnie, so sorry you're still in pain and being ignored on your need for PT. Hope you can get started soon.

Marielle, I'm with you about no early appointments. I try for afternoon when possible. That way I can sleep late, get my shower, do laundry, and cook our lunch before leaving the house. Once I leave, I don't want to do much when I return. Today we went into Waco, leaving about 11, ate, and ran a few errands. When I came back, I started on the HH thank you letters, but only got part of it done before my back was complaining, so I'm taking a break. There's still a bunch to do, even though I basically use a form letter (different each month) and just change addresses and the amount of each contribution. I will need about another hour or 2 to finish.

Mary, I hope the flooding has receded and that it didn't impact you. I SO understand about all the clutter that occurs when the family visits. It drives me crazy, but I try to ignore it. First thing I do when they leave is gather all the laundry and get started putting things back in place, and vacuum the floors. Hang in there a few more days!!

Brenda, sorry your weather has been so confining for you. I know you are prepared, but I just hate knowing I have to stay home, even when it's by my choice not to brave the elements. The framers have not been able to work much this week so progress on the house has been minimal. Maybe tomorrow they can.

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Hi all! I have not been getting messages about posts so I am behind. I just read everything since I last posted so I think I am caught up.

Mary & Doris--wow the weather sounds very nasty where you all are. It is suppose to snow here starting tomorrow for five days, but is sunny and 50 today. I have a heart doctor appt tomorrow so hopefully I'll get there and back before the snow starts. I have to be there about 9am.

I am not an early riser either and like my appointments around 10 or 11. I can go without rushing through getting ready.

Mary I am so glad you are enjoying your childrens' visit. I do understand the happiness to clean up and not have messes all over. I cleaned the downstairs bathroom this morning.

Michele, hope you enjoyed your coffee. I used to be a stickler about time. Not so much anymore. I do make doctor's appts on time but have gotten lax about eating, doing errands, chores, etc. I used to get up early, do chores, shop, etc early in the morning--no more. I do it when I feel like it.

I can't really sit seiza style either. We used to have benches to sit on but my feet, toes, and shins cramped up so I sit crosslegged to meditate at home. I have a Nada Chair (a band for the back and slings for the knees) to keep me in position. I sit in a chair when I go to meditation because I cannot easily get up and down from the floor anymore. I don't do prostrations either since it requires bowing all the way to the floor and back up in a rhythmic series of movements. When I was young I sat that way when I practiced Shotokan (Japanese Style) Karate.

Brenda, your weather sounds not so good too. I understand not wanting to get out in it when you don't have to. Since I haven't been working, I've slowly gotten used to not going out if it snows, or rains, or I just don't like the weather/roads.

Bonnie, sorry your back continues to give you pain. I agree about you leaving your family for Tucson. I know you are so close to them as well as your community that moving without them all would perhaps create a hardship you would not be willing to submit to.

Doris I hope your well woman check is a good one tomorrow.

Enjoy the day!


Marielle
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The world suffers. But most men have their eyes and ears closed. They do not see the unbroken stream of tears flowing through life; they do not hear the cry of distress continually pervading the world. Their own little grief or joy bars their sight, deafens their ears. Bound by selfishness, their hearts turn stiff and narrow. – On Compassion, Ven Nyanaponika


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Good morning, friends! The baby has gone down for a nap and Chris and Ashley are down for the count, too. Houston is under water in many places and they want to visit a grade school friend of Chris's after lunch if the water recedes. I sure hope they won't get caught in anything. It's rained every day since they've been here, but not as bad as it was last night and early this morning. Cars are under water all over the place!

Brenda, I can't wait to get back to cleaning and clearing. Having all this extra stuff lying around has spurred me on, lol. When my parents would come to spend the night they traveled with grocery sacks rather than suitcases and they lined my living room with their bags....my house has bags, sacks, toys, clothes, etc. all over! I love these kids so much but it's hard to even walk. Cleaning corners will be fun!!

Michele, I could never sit like you do, even when I was younger. Yoga was hard because of that, too. My feet would cramp and I would be miserable. I also could never enjoy the total peace and quiet! But that's what makes the world go round...being different!

I'm sorry you are still in pain, Bonnie. Would the doctors ever just take you off all your pain meds and start over? Could your poor body just be so overloaded with a variety of different meds that it masks what you might really need? THere are spine clinics here in Houston that advertise 1 day surgery and people are pain free. Maybe there might be something similar where you are? I couldn't take the cold....that would factor into my joints being miserable, too!

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BRENDA good that you got that dentist paid A little at a time is good.

Unlike you & Mary, I do not have my TV on all of the time, either I do not like the noise---there is just too much of it outside & I enjoy the silence & solitude.

BONNIE I too, hope that you will be sent to PT you seem to really need it at this point!

My lessons went well this morning. I end up having to sit on my feet, "seiza" style, as it's called here b/c the joint where my left thigh meets my hip bone gets so sore that I have shooting pain down my leg & I can not stand on it. If I sit Seiza style then it is ok

Now, I have afternoon lesson to get to....

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Michele, I am only cleaning my corners a little at a time. I do have the one at the end of my bed all organized now.

I am not a morning person and do not schedule morning appointments as a rule. I did get to the dentist to make a payment on my bill and made an appointment on Thursday at 11 am to have my free teeth cleaning done. Then I have a doctor's appointment at 1:20, just a check up to see how I am doing with not taking any BP meds. I have a record of my BP's from Dec 1st to now to give to the doctor so she can see how it has been staying low for the most part.

When I left it just started to rain and the wind was brutal and cold. On the way home I stopped at Rite Aid for some baby aspirin and gum and at check out they told me I have a $7 credit for things I have bought in the past so that was a nice surprise. So it was like I got my gum free. I take a baby aspirin everyday, nothing else.

I hope your lessons went well.

Mary, I am glad you had a nice get-together. At least your weren't the last to arrive.

My TV is on all day long. That would drive me crazy with it off because I like to keep up with the news and alerts.

Bonnie, I don't blame you for not wanting to move away from your family at this time. But it would be nice if you could visit your cousin and check things out but that would be an expensive trip. Travel costs and hotel and food bills.

Last year Jeanette had her son and three others come to visit and they all stayed in her tiny apartment and slept on blow up mattresses. At that time she slept in her living room on a futon. Two slept on the blow up mattress's beside the futon, one in the sewing room on another blow up mattress. The last one was a very nice young man from India and he wanted to just sleep on the kitchen floor with a blanket for a mattress. It was wall to wall people and her little dog, Teddy, did not know what to make of it all so he hid in his carrier.

They all flew up here from California so I loaned her my Jeep to go to Portland, OR to pick them up at the airport. At that time she just had a little two seater car.

I hope your doctor sends you to a PT. I think this has gone on far too long. Sending prayers for some relief from your pain.

It will rain the rest of the day so I will just putter around here.

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BRENDA

Hope you had a nice enough day that you could get to the Dentist to pay your bill.

MARY

CONGRATULATIONS on your new grandchild. Glad you are getting rested up.

My niece Angie, one of the twins, was born with "Positional Club Feet" Mary, the mom of Angie and Christy, weighed 99 pounds when she delivered the girls. Angie weight 6 pounds and Chris weighed 5 pounds 1 ounce. That was a lot of baby for such a very small woman, so Angie's feet were under Mary's ribcage for most of the pregnancy. Mary is about 4 ft 8 or 9 inches tall.

We did not even know she was having twins, a big surprise. Almost 41 years ago things were not so advanced.

She had to have the bar, casts, major surgeries, etc. But, if she had been born 20 years before that, she would never have walked.

She was a cheerleader, and did all of the tumbling stuff. Now she is an aerobics and spin instructor, she runs, etc. One of her feet is a bit smaller than the other, and you can see the deformity, but it never stopped her.

I am sure for your grandson, there are many great things they will be able to do for him.

MICHELE

So sorry about the loss of your cousin. Prayers for the family.

MARIELLE

I do think of moving to Tucson, but the thought of leaving my great nephew and nieces is too much.

As long as my mom and dad are alive, I also can not leave.

I would take an extended vacation, but my cousin does not have enough room for me to stay with her. It is a thought, though.

DORIS

Glad your heart test came back that your heart is strong.

I am trying to decide what course of action to take with my back. Right now I am kind of in a holding pattern.

I am not ready to do anything to my spine yet. I did not go and see the new pain management dr yet.

I will be done with the show that I am working on now, on Thursday. That will be my last rehearsal.

Next week, when I feel my head is free, if that makes any sense, I will call my dr and probably make an appointment to go and talk to him. No one has sent me to a physical therapist yet, and I am tired of waiting. I expected not to hear from anyone until after the holidays, but now, I feel that someone has dropped the ball.

I am also having trouble sleeping. I am trying not to take so many muscle relaxants, and am not taking the pain pills. I think that stuff builds up in your system, and then you get more effect from it.

Slept better last night, so that was good. I am just on hold until the end of this week.

Have a good week all. I will try to check in when I can.

God Bless.

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We had a wonderful get together yesterday at my daughter's house. Three of my sisters, my sister in law, and an aunt came, as well as both my boys and their families. We were there for 5 hours----and I didn't take pictures!! One sister took several and I shared them on FB...we will try for a family dinner on Friday night and I want to get a picture of all the grandchildren and my own kids together. We were 2nd to the last to arrive at the party instead of first, though!

I was Story Lady today...first time I had to set my alarm in a month! It's cold and raining today and I was freezing! Had no idea about the weather because my son/wife don't really like the TV on. I have it on all the time so I'm having to adjust to different 'strokes' for different folks! I'm tired but happy to have my kiddos at home!

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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

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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Doris, we are having ice storms now but they are staying in the mountain passes and they say the roads are treacherous. Snoqualmie Pass is the main route for the truckers. They are all chaining up and wearing spiked shoes so as not to slip in the ice. Expecting at least 2 inches of ice even with the snow plows out and trucks spreading sand and salt.

Here in the valley we are just going to have a lot of rain this afternoon so the rivers will be running high and some overflowing. When I got up this morning it was 35. We will have a high temp of 45 today.

I did not sleep much last night. It was almost 4 am when I finally was able to turn off the light and sleep. I woke up at 8:30 am.

I'm leaving shortly to go pay my dentist some money on my bill. I think I still owe him $900. I want to get it paid off because it really bothers me to owe all that money.

Enjoy the rest of the day.

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DORIS your taco soup sounds good! How did you make it? It is probably a good idea for you to "rest" & get those thank yous done. GOod luck on your drs. appt.

And yes! I was rather put out---- I could have been doing something else. Not to mention, what a waste of very good shampoo!

BRENDA did you get your room ( or was it a closet? ) all straightened up by now? Hope your weather is warming up a bit Has the ice all disappeared?


It is only 4:08 a.m. this morning. I got up at 3:30 this morning; I have to take the 5:07 a.m. train out of my neighborhood to get to Tokyo for my Wed. a.m. lessons today. I usually go to Tokyo by car with Tad---we leave at 5:30 a.m. but he stayed over night at his office b/c of a drinking party that he had.

If I don't take the 1st train out of the neighborhood, the other trains have too much rush hour traffic & I'll be stuck on a train, packed in it like a can of sardines!

Since I am such a morning person, gettingup early doesn't really bother me. It's staying up at night that I've never been able to do! Always was the 1st one to go to bed of my 6 sisters, my girl scout troop etc. LOL!

Off I go. Today will be yes! my free Starbucks day!

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Our crazy weather is bouncing all over the charts. Sunday night--tornadoes and rain in the area. Yesterday --sunny and warm--beautiful day. Today--rainy and dreary and in the 40's. Then a couple of days predicted to be in the 70's. And I'm ready for spring!!

I slept in this morning-almost 9 when I got up. I've done laundry and made a pot of taco soup with corn bread for lunch. It was good on this cool day. I'm not planning to get out, but I do have thank you letters to write for HH so they can be mailed in the morning. In the past year we served over 1800 people at HH. They are so appreciative of having a place where they are not judged because they have someone in prison.


I have my "well woman" check up on Thursday. I would much prefer to skip this appointment but she is the one who prescribes my estrogen patches, so I will go. UGH!

Mary, how are you managing this week? I would think you will be exhausted by the time the week is over. But enjoy!

Michele, doesn't it aggravate you to have to clean up a mess that could have been avoided! It does me.

Brenda, you may have to set the alarm to remind you of lunch! My internal alarm always sounds but it seems your body is better at going without food than mine is!

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Michele, what a mess with your shampoo. Last year I was cleaning out my bathroom cabinet and I found an empty can of hair moose that was stuck to the shelf. The can was empty. Somehow the can leaked all the moose out the bottom of the can. It was a new can when I put it in there. I have never had that happen before. It took me quite a while to clean up the shelf.

I think all the people shopping this afternoon were stocking up in case we get some flooding. Usually the stores are packed on Friday, never on a Monday.

I'm going to bed shortly. I did sleep the whole night last night but I have been a little tired all day. emoticon

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BRENDA you really got a lot of good bargains! Sometimes the grocery stores here are crowded like that. There is no choice but to wait...

I got my med from the ENT dr. did grocery shopping. I spilled a filler bottle of shampoo all over the inside of the downstairs batheroom cabinet! boy! was that a job trying to clean it all up. Serves me right for putting the leftover filler bottle among the other stuff in the cabinet. Now I'll keep the future ones in a place where they can NOT spill.

Time to teach English!

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Here it is 4 pm and I just had lunch. I have such a problem remembering to eat lunch. For breakfast I just had two boiled eggs so was not hungry.

I went to the grocery store at 2 and there were not too many cars in the lot but the shoppers were really stocking up. There was only two checkers and the lines were getting longer so they finally called three more checkers. I thought I was going to be in that line for an hour,

I had a coupon for a case of bottled water for 99 cents and $10 off an order of $40. My bill came to $54 so my groceries were only $44 with the coupon. I came home and sold the case of water to Laurie because I didn't need it. I just got it because it was on sale. I forgot my shopping list but I did manage to get most of it.

It is a very cold wind outside.

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BRENDA that is a relief that your back is better! Your body was talking to you---you over did. I would not want to go out in the rain either, if I could avoid it! Rest up!

I am going to sweep out front of our house, eat my breakfast---natto, lemons & milk & then do my piano practice I have to leave for the ENT dr. in an hour.

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Well, Doris, at the rate I am going it will take me a year to get through everything. I cleaned out a little utility drawer a little while ago and now my back hurts. Before that I repaired my little water fountain that turns on when there is a noise. It plays ocean noises and sea gulls calling.

The batteries that were in there were very corroded so I took the back off and cleaned it all out. The water used to run over a little water fall but I think the water pump died. Oh, well, it is just another dust collector. Cute though.

The sun is out this afternoon and it has warmed up. Monsoon rains will start tomorrow for the next couple days.

I am a stickler for being on time. There is no reason for being late for anything unless something happens like a flat tire or the car won't start.

My back is feeling better after sitting in my recliner for a little while.

I am going to go to the grocery store. I was going to go pay my dentist some money but they are closed for MLK holiday. I really didn't want to go tomorrow in all the rain.

I will check back in later.

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MARY
I too, hope that you got out the door! My kids are like that, too. TIme seems to mean nothing to them! Tad is a stickler for time! Mostly being ON TIME! What kind of cake did you make? I only make cake when it's someone's birthday. Enjoy the rest of your time with your kids!

DORIS how busy you are at HH! did you get everything done/ how was the board meeting? You are so good to Donna! Typical, kind you!

BRENDA I also have what 's called "dust bunnies" in my corners, too! How in the world they get there is beyond me. You are so good to your friends! Alma is lucky to have you. Have you tackled the rest of that room?

MARIELLE How was your day? Already up into the 40's? What a way to suddenly get sick.

It is actually going to be 40 here today; yesterday's high was only 35. I didn'T even have to turn on the heater this morning! I have to go to the ENT dr. for my allergy meds, then onto grocery shopping. THere is no pool on the 3rd, & 4th Tuesdays of Jan, Feb, & March. Good chance for me to get a lot of things done. Including piano!

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Mary, your kids and time sounds like mine, especially the ones living here. We learned several years ago that on Sunday we just get up and get ready and leave for church. Then they can come whenever without us getting fidgety and stressed. I hope you all got out the door in time to see the others and have lunch!!

Today is my double day at HH. I went this morning to do beds and dusting. Then at 4 we have our board meeting. I will pick Donna up on my way so she doesn't have to drive with her sore knee.

Brenda, when your place is clean, you can come on down and motivate me to clean my closets. There are things I no longer wear that I need to contribute to the abuse center. They have a resale shop and use the money to maintain a house for abused women and their kids.

Last night we had storms come through the area. Some small tornadoes touched down about 30-50 miles from here, doing some damage but no loss of life. This morning we finally saw sun after several days of fog and it's nice--in the 60's with little wind. It really helps my motivation to do things. North of us in Kansas and OK there are ice storms, many wrecks, and power outages. We are on the warm side of that front today.

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Oh, no, no argument at all! The boys are really close and they just didn't communicate what was going to happen. We'll all be together today and I'm sure each will 'spin' the story for one-upmanship! All in good fun, though. My kids all get along very well and my daughter is thrilled to see both brothers at the same time. It's been over a year since she's seen the CA son and no one in my family has met David yet!

But...time means nothing to them, lol! We were supposed to leave the house in an hour and they just now put the baby down for a nap. i'm dressed and ready, have my cake, and am done. They haven't showered or thought about 'the day.' Ah, to be young? Nope!

Mary
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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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Brenda, you are energetic. It is hard to get in the corners and clean everything up, even in a small place - I dusted everything in my room the other day and it was definitely work--picked up everything, dusted under it and put everything back.

Michele, I hope you enjoyed your swim at the pool. Sounds soooo cold where you are. We are getting up to the 40's and even a couple of 50's during the day. It has been cloudy for several days and raining. Supposed to snow soon. We'll see what happens.

Mary, glad you are enjoying your kids and grandkids. What a great time for you. Hope the sons' argument did not get too bad.

Today the sun is out some this morning. Hope it stays for a while. It is Martin Luther King Jr. Day here, called Civil Rights Day in some places. Enjoy the day everyone.

Marielle
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Brenda, good for you getting into the corners...I think that's what I need to do: tackle small parts instead of starting with the big things and running out of steam! I'd hoped with both boys being here last night they would take some of my packed boxes to the garage, change an outside light, and change the filter in the AC. But since Greg didn't come, Chris watched the fight until after midnight and my little extra chores are still undone! I need to make a cake for today's gathering and need to get on it. You are so helpful with things you do for your friends!

Mary
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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

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

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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Mary, what a wonderful time you are having with your family. Aren't babies so much fun? I hope you don't fall off the merry go round of people. Sounds exhausting.

We are expecting a lot of rain, I think on Tuesday when temps will be up to 51F.

I worked in my bedroom this afternoon and got a corner cleaned out. I had to move the furniture out of that corner and got it dusted and the carpet vacuumed. What a mess it was. I do not know how these apartments can get so dusty when the windows are not even opened.

I would have got the whole room done but Alma came in to have me put minutes on her phone and then stayed an hour talking. By that time it was getting dark and I didn't want to do anymore.

Tomorrow I will tackle another bookshelf. I have seven of them and they are all full.

I am tired now so as soon as Madam Secretary is over I am going to bed.

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I'm off to bed...we were waiting on my younger son to join the middle one to watch an MMA fight on TV...he decided not to come and didn't say anything! Fights aren't my thing so I'm heading upstairs!

I'm really enjoying the baby. He's crawling and is such a happy little thing. He's only having to wear the corrective shoes with the bar at night and his club foot has really changed for the better with careful help from my son and DIL. He has a wonderful appetite and eats pretty much what they do after they introduce a new food group.

Tomorrow we have a family get-together so the new granddaughter and David can be introduced to my side of the family. I'm looking forward to that. I took a nice almost 2 hour hap yesterday and slept well last night. We took a walk this morning along the bayou trial but got caught in a rain storm and got drenched. David seemed to enjoy it, though.

Happy beginning of a new week!

Mary

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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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MARIELLE that is indeed sad news. Like my cousin, Anne, who was also always partying & drunk it seems.

DOgs are a lot of work I do agree with Brenda that dogs need a big space to run free. That is 1 of the reasons that I don't have one,. Most people here have to take their dogs on a leash only, & there is no place for them to run!

I will be going to the pool shortly. IT is also only 30 here, Brenda. Today is actually going to be 35 It will feel so warm compared to yesterday!

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It's a cold Sunday morning here, 20F outside and 72F inside my apartment with no heat turned on. The sun is trying to come out so hopefully, it will warm up some like they say.

If we get the heavy rains then there is potential for river flooding.

Marielle, I agree that dogs are indeed a lot of work and I do miss mine that I had to give up when my husband had his stroke and I didn't know where I would end up. I had to give my cats away too. I don't believe in keeping dogs in apartments. They need a yard to run free.

That is sad about your DD's friends younger brother. Another wasted life.

I have been doing a little house cleaning everyday. Did I tell you that I finally found my crochet books? For some reason I moved them and put them in the bottom of my hall bookshelf instead of with my yarns. Now maybe I will start crocheting again. I am out of dish cloths.

Have a good day everyone. More later.


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1/15/17 10:28 A

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Good morning everyone, Happy Sunday, Monday Michele

Yesterday I walked the dogs twice--once around the block and then to the woods. They enjoyed it. My DD Brandi went down to Phoenix again. Her friend that was just here from Moab, Utah for Christmas had to come back. Her younger brother passed away from complications of alcoholism. I think he had cirrhosis of the liver. Anyway everyone was very sad to lose him.

I did a little house cleaning. I am waiting for Ex to get me clear measurements for the little Min Pin Prince who he took of our hand a few years ago. He wants belly bands. Prince is another small dog house pee'er. I'll send him a packet with a couple of made for him belly bands, pads for the pee and an empty package for pads so he can see where to get them.

It rained off and on yesterday and day before so ground is wet outside--possible rain today so I have to walk Bonnie & Pugsley to make sure them pee and poop! And clean up the yard. I sure spend a lot of time on dogs! LOL.

Michele sorry about your cousin. My prayers.

Marielle
Prescott, Arizona

The world suffers. But most men have their eyes and ears closed. They do not see the unbroken stream of tears flowing through life; they do not hear the cry of distress continually pervading the world. Their own little grief or joy bars their sight, deafens their ears. Bound by selfishness, their hearts turn stiff and narrow. – On Compassion, Ven Nyanaponika


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1/15/17 4:18 A

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BRENDA I did finally turn on the electric heater. AND I sat on my warm hot carpet & turned on the kerosene heater. It really helped.

Had a nice bike ride with Tad in the cold. Now, it's kindle time & then off to bed!

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1/14/17 11:26 P

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Doris, I plan my shopping trips around the weather and buy extra. I have no reason to go anywhere. I did have a doctor appointment this last Thursday but I cancelled it. I will go next Thursday, weather permitting. I don't mind the rain because it is only wet. Ice and snow on our hills is another story.

I haven't done much today but putter around my place and watch movies and play Jewel Quest on my laptop.

Brenda

Chehalis, WA


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1/14/17 10:53 P

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We've had a dreary, foggy day all day with temps in the low 40's. It's supposed to rain tomorrow and Monday. I did make a quick trip to the grocery store and bank this morning. Then we had a Baylor Men's basketball game this afternoon (on TV) which they won. I really haven't accomplished much today--just some laundry and our noon meal. It's been quiet around here. DD and SIL are in San Antonio for the weekend.

Michele, sorry about your cousin. It's sad that she wasted much of her life.

Mary, I hope you got a good nap.

Brenda,Maybe your weather will warm soon. And it's great that you don't have to get out while it's bad.

Doris
Oglesby, TX (near Waco)
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1/14/17 10:43 P

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Michele, I am sitting here in my recliner with no heat one and it is 75 degrees. I have an old sweatshirt that I cut open down the front and use it for a jacket inside. It was too tight at the neckline to put on over my head.

When I cut the sweatshirt it does not fray so it needs no trim but it could be sewn on for decoration. I started doing that when I was in grade school to use as a lightweight jacket because I did not have one.

I wish you could stay warmer in your house. I don't know how you stand it.

Brenda

Chehalis, WA


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1/14/17 9:48 P

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BRENDA it certainly was a wasted life. Anne had been adopted, along with her younger brother, Mike. Somehow, MIke turned out ok. I bet Anne was hit by a car b/c she was either walking drunk or driving drunk. She was always the party-person!

It is cold here in my house, but I am bundled up in 3 layers a blanket over my shoulders & one thick futon on my lap.

I did get my a.m walk in!

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1/14/17 6:25 P

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Michele, that was surely a wasted life. Too bad she didn't have better guidance growing up.

The sun is out this afternoon, I am ready for some warmer weather. I hope you can get some sleep tonight.

Brenda

Chehalis, WA


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