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I was wondering about Candy's relatives, too. And Michele, there was a lot of rain in Willis. How is your sister?

Marielle, I hope the orthopedic doctor will be able to give you an idea of what you're in for. Good luck!

Brenda, Houston has so many low spots and way too many places that are overbuilt. People all along the freeways have left their cars and are only now seeing the tops of them. It's so treacherous! Our underpasses all have water level indicators and those were under water. At one point there was a freeway sign that said 13.7" maximum height for trucks...and the water was right at the sign! Gas pumps are under water in some places...will be a huge mess to clean up, for sure. Manhole covers get washed away and these people who are waving at the reporters and going up and down the street may be stepping into a hole, then down the sewer before anyone can help them. So sad!

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

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Mary,
People have no clue what to do when it floods and think they can go about their normal business. Not! I have a lot of respect for the water and know how powerful it can be. Driving through a flooded street is not only stupid, it is very dangerous. I think it is six inches that can sweep a car away. If you cannot see the road under the water, it may not even be there. I know you are smart enough to stay put..

I know people who were stuck in their upstairs for four days until the helicopters could rescue them, Some were on their roofs.

Marielle,

It is good to hear from you. Are you able to drive? The hardest part would be just getting in the car. I have a Jeep and have enough trouble getting in as it is.

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Mary, i am so sorry about all the flooding in Houston. Glad your house did not flood.

Candy let us know how you and family are doing.

Michele can't you get a BD gift of dryer sooner?

Brenda when I had to use a laundromat, washers were $2/30 min and dryers 50 cents/10 min. now am back to home washer and dryer..

writing is slow. calling ortho dr. today for follow up appt

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Many parts of the city have drained...but unfortunately, people are getting out and about and all of a sudden the freeway comes to a screeching halt because the underpasses are still flooded and cars are submerged. So even though much of the freeway is passable, people will be stuck for hours once again. And there's a 30% chance of rain later today. Right now it's bright and sunny, though.

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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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Mary stay safe

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I'm glad you had a good report from the doctor, Michele. Here's to easier, lighter weights to life and less pain. I'm with Brenda, life's too short to wait. You drink day old coffee, for goodness sake! You need a dryer and need it NOW!!

Houston is submerged. My street flooded overnight but has drained off now. No water in my house, and I'm so grateful for that! It is terrible all over the city. All schools are closed, thank goodness, so I have an unexpected Retirement Gift of a day off! I will be productive. I had friends in Wimberley that I was really worried about but they are fine. Others in their neighborhood lost their homes and evertying in it. Such a sad thing to happen.

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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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Michele, I would love to be able to hang clothes outside in nice weather but we are not allowed to have clotheslines so all apartment houses have dryers. I hope you do get your dryer! I don't understand why you have to wait until you are 60. I would go buy one myself if I were you. But I know your husband has a different culture and he is the man of the house.

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BRENDA Oh! I do envy that dryer! I miss NOT having one They are not popular over here. But tad did promise for my 60th b-day (I will be 55 in Dec) that he is going to put a gas, not electric dyer in for me If he happens to forget his promise, by george! i am going to have someone else do it for me! emoticon

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Michele, I am glad that is all it is and you didn't get hurt with the last bike accident. Whew!

My day was good, I did four loads of laundry, still a couple more to do when I change my sheets tomorrow. We have four washers and four dryers and it is a dollar to wash and a dollar to dry. When I do two light loads a half hour apart I can dry each one a half hour and get two loads dry for a dollar. The washers run for a half hour and the dryers for an hour so that works out.

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Oh, I did forget to mention that, didn't I?

and yes I did. Dr Nishiyama said that I am over-doing on the wt lifting ; when my shoulder / right bicep muslce hurts it's my body tellingme to take a break! & as long as I can lift my shoulder up---which I can, it's still ok & I do NOT need to go to the local ortho. dr. He did mention the "frozen shoulder" that you talked about. He went on to say that if I can no longer lift my shoulder then therapy might be needed. He told me to keep stretching the shoulder/ bicep muscle, which I do.

How was your day, BRENDA?

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Michele,

Did you ask the doctor about your shoulder?

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CANDY & DORIS both of you are in my prayers. Please keep us posted!

MARY I can only say "yea" for you!!!!

BRENDA it is so good that all of you can share! COstco does have good stuff, doesn' tit?!

My back dr. appt went well. Now, onto the ENT to FINALLY get my allergy meds!

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CANDY, HAVE YOU HEARD FROM YOUR HUSBAND BY NOW?

PRAYERS FOR ALL OF YOU.

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CANDY

PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY. PLEASE KEEP US POSTED WHEN YOU KNOW SOMETHING, AND KNOW THAT WE ARE ALL PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOURS. GOD BLESS.


BRENDA

I have sheer curtains on all of my windows, and no window treatment at all on my kitchen windows. I, like you enjoy the sun as much as I can possible get.

Prayers and blessings to all of the rest of you and your families who are in the areas of the natural disasters.

God Bless all.

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Mary,

Most of us share but some take. We have a table in the computer room that we call "
The Free Table. Anything that is on it is up for grabs, first come, first served. I have found some neat things on there. When I first moved here I took all my old curtains down there and now I got into apartments and see my curtains hanging on their windows. I didn't hang any in here because I want all the light I can get. We have mini blinds so I do close them in my bedroom at night. I don't care about window treatments.

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I'm hoping you have had word from your husband and his family by now, Candy. Doris, my daughter said it was barely drizzling in Grosbeck this weekend. I hope they made it home without incident.

How nice that you shared your old hangers, Brenda. I can't wait to go through my closets and drawers and start being picky about what I get rid of and what I keep.

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:
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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prayers to all. candy for your family. doris prayers for all near you. take care all.

Marielle
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5/25/15 7:18 P

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PLEASE PRAY FOR MY FAMILY THE LEHNERT JUST FIND OUT THE TORNDO WENT THROW MY HUSBAND UNCLE PLACE .MY HUSBANDS UNCLE AND ONE OF HIS SISTER WERE IN THE TORNDO IN CAMERON WE DONT KNOW IF THEY ARE ALL RIGHT .FRIEND THAT WORKS FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN CAMERON TX TOLD A FRIEND TO GET IN TOUCH WITH MY HUSBAND TO TELL US TORNDO HIT WERE HIS UNCLE AND SISTER WAS WE ARE STILL WENTING OF WORD IF THEY ARE OK

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Candy,

Sending prayers that your husband and brother? Son? are all right. How horrible.

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I am so happy to hear that everyone is dry and safe. When will this crazy weather end? It has gone on too long as it is.

It has rained a little bit today. Been very quiet here today. A man from the Master Gardeners was here this morning talking to the gardeners about composting.

I got my laundry done and traded out my old plastic hangers with my new padded hangars I bought at Costco. They are thinner and sturdier and they don't take up as much room in the closet as the plastic ones. I put the plastic ones on the rack in the laundry room for people to take and use.

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TORNDO TORNDO !!! BETWEEN CAMERON TX HIT MY HUSBAND DAVID LEHNERT AND RONNIE LEHNERT WAS ON THE HWY BETWEEN CAMERON TX THE TORNDO HIT KNOTED DOWN LIGHT POLES TREES THROW ACROSS HWY,MY HUSBAND NOT HOME YET PLEASE PRAY FOR THEM ,PHONE IS NOT WORKING. IF YOU NOW ANYONE IN ROSEBUD TELL THEM TORNDO IS COMING THERE WAY TOWARD WACO TOO




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There is a large amount of flooding in the Waco area and points east. We have had tornado activity and heavy rains with high winds but it has now moved to the east. The ground in this area is saturated and rivers are out of their banks. Many are without power. Fortunately, we are at home with power and dry. And we just got word that our GD is back in Dallas safely. She had been flying home from her India trip today, leaving London this AM. I'm very thankful that she's back safely!

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Oh, hooray! I was able to reach my friend's husband. They lost power and had no internet and only his phone was working but they are fine! They are 1200 feet above the Brazos River, one of the ones that is roaring out of control. He said that when you open up the back door it sounds like you are right on the beach with crashing waves. One neighbor asked to come with her family and extra people last night--their house took on 5 feet of water. The bridge is covered at more than 41 feet of water...that's when the gauge was washed away! One of their friends showed a house that was visible across the river....the house that had been there for years was washed away and now ANOTHER house was deposited right there on the slab!! No one knows where that house came from. My friend's sister was visiting and her husband had a massive heart attack a few days before this happened. He's had triple bypass in a hospital miles away and they can't go see him! It's a huge mess but I am so glad they are all okay!

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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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SO glad to hear you're okay, Michele! That was scary. I haven't heard from my friend in Wimberley so I'm going to call her now.

About half of my awards certificates are done...I left some important info at school so I will have to stay late tomorrow and get it finished in order to give the awards on Wednesday!! But it's my last time to do this!!

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:
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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MARY I too, hope your friend is ok!

BRENDA we must be posting at the same time. It is only 3:15 a.m Tuesday morning here; I have to catch the 1st train into Tokyo at 4:30 & I wanted some peaceful time so I got up early!

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Michele, am so glad you are all right. Be careful of the aftershocks.

Mary, Ten miles from you is just too close. I hope your friend is all right.

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thank you everyone emoticon , Yes. I am ok Just a bit of shaking. But not as bad as '11 The earthquake was centered right up north ofus.

I have my back dr. appt today Should go well Enjoy the rest ofyour holiday!

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Oh, my goodness...I just saw a 'crawler' on the bottom of the tv screen about an earthquake in/near Tokyo and came here to see about Michele. I see that it was going on right as she was typing! Michele, prayers for your safety!! Please let us know how you are.

Brenda, the tornado was only 10 miles or so from me. That area has a lot of Chinese, and Vietnamese and I'm glad they had a place to go. The mayor said that there will be Red Cross help available and the apartment complex is looking for places for the people to relocate. I also am worried about my former principal and dear friend who lives in Wimberley, TX. Over 300 homes were destroyed by flooding yesterday and a family's mom and 2 children are missing. I will call my friend in a bit.

Marielle, I'm so very sorry about your wrist. You've had so much to deal with lately. Prayers for your recovery, too. How long will you be in a cast? Maybe 6 weeks? Do come and just read what's going on. Type hi with one hand and know we are thinking of you!

I went to water aerobics again, have had lunch, and will begin my LAST SCHOOL WORK of my life!! Four days to go!

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:
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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michele i hope you are ok. let us know


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According to the internet, Michele's earthquake was 9 hours ago, a 5.3,. As I am writing this it is 7:22 am on the Westcoast of WA State.

That isn't a big quake but depending on how her house is constructed, she could have some damage. Most places here are built to withstand them.

Sending prayers for her and her family's safety as well as everyone else there.

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HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY EVERYONE. emoticon


Michelle, I just read your msg. Let us know if your ok.

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Michele, are you OK?

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emoticon MARIELLE!!!

OH NO!!! AS I AM WRITING THIS TO ALL OF YOU----WE ARE HAVING AN EARTHQUAKE RIGHT NOW......!!! MY WHOLE HOUSE IS SHAKING!!! emoticon

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Oh No Marielle

I am so sorry that you broke your wrist. Hope it is not terribly painful. Prayers for healing from me as well.

God Bless Sweetie.


MARY

Glad you had a good day. I am not the one who walks to the pool, that is Michele, or she rides her bike.

the Y is only 2 miles from my house, but I could never walk it or ride my bike right now.

Wish it was me!

Actually, I probably wouldn't ride my bike if I could, because there is a lot of traffic.



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Sorry Marielle--hope it heals quickly.

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Marielle, sending healing prayers to you that you heal quickly. You did not need this to happen, especially at this time. You can at least stop by and read our comments so we can send you messages. emoticon

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just a quick post. fell this am at about 10. have scaphoid wrist fracture. typing with left hand. awkward. i probably wont be posting for a while.

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Mary,

The news just told about a tornado in SW Houston that took the roof off an apartment building full of people who did not speak English or spoke very little. They went to a Chinese building to shelter. Everyone had to evacuate the apartment building. I hope you weren't very close to it.

I didn't go to the potluck. I watched war movies all day long.

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The daylong rain never materialized and once the bad weather this morning passed over, it's been nice! The sun is even peeking from behind the dark clouds. I went to water aerobics so that's 2 days in a row. I hope to go again tomorrow. I'm about 3 miles from my gym, but unlike you, Bonnie, I could never walk there and back! You are amazing to do that!

Brenda, you are always prepared for things coming up. That's a great way to be. I will be sure not to 'hide' in the upstairs big closet if there's a tornado!. If you decide to go to the potluck I hope you have a good time.

Michele, do you ever get to celebrate any American holidays like Memorial DAy? I'm not doing anything special but I am going to enjoy the day off. I'm not done yet---not til Friday!

Marielle, when will you find out about whether or not you can sign the papers for buying the house? Now that the septic tank is fixed, is it a done deal?

So glad to be home...check with y'all again tomorrow, I Hope!

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MICHELE

Hope you are having a wonderful MONDAY!

Just back from the Y to go swimming. It has taken me a long time to get back, but now I think I can begin going once more.

The walk to and from the pool, actually back out was the worst because my knees were tired and sore from swimming, but I made it.

Before, I could have gone swimming, but not make the walk.

Here's hoping my knees and back are not too sore tomorrow.

I will preserver!

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All this talk about the weather & floods & tornados! Growing up in Mich. we did have a few tornados, 1 close to our house. NEver experienced onepersonally. Here in Japan it is definitely earthquake country. After the 1 we had 4 years ago, I hope never to have another! But the media etc keep saying that "the big one is coming to Tokyo within the next 50 years" I don't sit & fret about it as there is nothing I can do.God will decide when my time is.

MARY how wonderful that you are finally done! Did you ever findout who your replacement will be?

BONNIE hope you had a relaxing day.

BRENDA I do like garage sales, flea markets. What kind of things have you collected so far? Wish I could be there.

It is Monday here; I am off to the pool. Dentist appt after that for my root canal, & then tomorrow, Tuesday is the back dr. day. Hopefully can get this arm taken a look at, too!

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I would be afraid to live in tornado alley--I would never feel safe. I've seen so many tragedies from tornadoes and hurricanes over the years. I don't think anything would bring me to move there.

Blessings and safety to all who live in the danger area(s).

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For you girls in Texas, stay safe. I am so sorry that you are having such terrible weather.

My cousins live in Oklahoma City. They have quite severe tornadoes often. My cousin's granddaughter lost everything a few years back and had to start all over. I think they live in the area they call "tornado alley".

We have the potential for tornadoes here as well. A few years ago, there was a tornado that took out a high school and the police station in one small town, with other damage to homes etc, and another small community was pretty much completely wiped out.

My niece's neighbors had family that was killed, all except a young girl of about 8 or so. She was badly injured, but did survive. Her mom, dad and small brother all perished. The little girl went to live with my nieces' neighbors, It made a huge impression on my great nieces and my great nephew. They knew the family, so it was really brought home to them. The little girl came to live with the neighbor as the mom was the sister of the mom who died.

Throughout my lifetime, I have seen some other pretty bad ones. I think this one was one of the worst.

I am having a stay at home day today. Have had a great time this weekend, so am just not pushing myself with doing other activities right now.

Enjoy your holiday all of you God Bless

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How terrible for you and everyone else. I am glad you are safe. Prayers coming your way that you stay safe.

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Mary, never get in an upstairs closet during a tornado. You need to be as close or on the ground as possible. If you are outside, hit the ditch if you can find one.

I have flashlights all over. One is always beside my bed. We do have emergency lighting in the halls and stairwells but they only stay on for about an hour and they go off. They have battery backup. I bought a little plug in emergency light for the bathroom. When the power goes out the light goes on and it can be used as a flashlight. It also has an alarm that will go off when the power goes out. I found it at Ace Hardware for just under $20. I also have an oil lamp. Jeanette carries a tent and other camping gear in her trunk and has emergency food packets.

I kept my sleeping bag but what I really need to do is prepare an emergency food/water pack and put it in a backpack by the door or in the car for whatever emergency comes along. Jeanette has her backpack ready to go. I also have coins and small bills. If the power goes out, ATM's and cash registers and things don't work. It is surprising how many people don't carry cash. I always have at least $100 in my back jeans pocket.

Marielle, I don't crochet now as much as I used to because I don't need the extra money because my rent is so low and I have enough. Where I used to live was where I sold most of my crocheted stuff. Here it is hard to sell them. Rent was sky high and I needed money to get my car fixed, which I did.

As far as doing a lot of outside walking here, some sidewalks are very difficult, broken and uneven from earthquakes and tree roots. Some of the sidewalks slope towards the street. Plus we have a lot of hills. Walking to the store is all right but getting up the hill with a bag of groceries is very hard. A gallon of milk itself is 9 pounds.

We don't have bike lanes in our towns here. That seems to be for the big towns north of us. We have a lot of winding two lane back roads but no sidewalks there. We have pretty good bus service but I have my car so have never ridden the bus. Lots of homeless people do.

As of June 1st there will no longer be free bus rides for 70+ people. They will have to pay $20 a month for a bus pass.

Not sure if I will go to the Potluck. I am watching all the old war movies all weekend. They always make me cry, especially some of the music. Hamburger Hill is on right now. It's about Viet Nam.

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WE LIVED THROW THE BAD STROM LAST NIGHT AND EARLY THIS MORNING I LIVE IN CAMERON TX ARE HOUSE IS ON A HILL .LAKE ARE FLOOD OVER 40 FEET IN SOME PLACE BEFORE IT GOT TO CAMERON TX.TAKE CARE AND BE SAFE MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS emoticon


TO EVERYONE THAT WAS IN THE BAD STORM IN TX TAKE CARE GOD BLESS

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Brenda, by the time I finished writing y'all this morning, the rain had stopped and the warnings were over but there was an apartment complex that was hit by a tornado probably 10 miles from me. When I first moved back to Houston in '79 a tornado hit about a mile from my current house but nothing else in all these years. It really has been strange with all the rain after our long draught. No, no one has a basement here. Most houses are built on slabs. I have 2 interior closets that I could get in...one upstairs and one down. Thankfully, I've never had to do that! Your next sale sounds like a good one. You always seem to have something to work towards or look forward to.

I would have liked to have known about my replacement, Marielle. I offered to help acclimate her to first grade but I am not really willing to come in on my own time in the summer and do that. My offer was for during school time! I hope they get someone familiar with young children and not just a 'warm body' to fill a space. I don't want my partner to be left in the lurch and it seems like that might be the case.

It's overcast and only 70 but not raining/flooding right now. I will go to church at 12:30, then to the grocery store. I doubt that they will have water aerobics. But maybe! I have plenty to keep me busy.

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Welcome Candy Cane!

Michele, actually I think you are lucky for a more active lifestyle. We in the USA get used to driving everywhere, a lot of people fight for the closest parking space so they don't have to walk and extra few feet. Everyone seems in a hurry all the time & they speed, weave in and out of traffic to get places a minute or two early. I know they do a lot of walking and biking in Europe too and probably most countries. Things seem to be built here to promote vehicle use--few bike lanes, few sidewalks, and it's a danger to walk or bike on roads with cars going 50+ miles per hour. I understand though how sometimes it gets VERY tiring. emoticon emoticon

Mary it is so exciting that your retirement is finally here. The school principal doesn't seem to be on the ball with replacing you. That is too bad. I hope it doesn't affect the children next year--hope they get their ducks in a row before then.

Brenda, it is so cool that you can earn money using your skills. I haven't crocheted in a long time--when I was young I did do baby things and either give them away as presents or used them with my kids. I keep thinking I will go back and do it, & just can't seem to get my act together. Congrats on all the ribbons you earned!!

Doris, I don't live as far from things as you do but feels too far to walk to me. If there was a nice flat space instead of up and down hill like here and it was safe from the highway, I might try it as I think I am only about a mile from the Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Subway, etc. But there is no walk way--and the path that is on open land seems to far to me. Think I waited too long to start my walking.

Bonnie, I am sorry about your back problems. You seem so strong, taking care of people and do so much. Doesn't seem like you let anything stop you. I admire your spirit and courage.

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Mary,

A tornado warning in Houston? How very scary. We have had a couple small ones over the years on our side of the state but hardly any damage. The last one damaged a barn and another one I remember touched down beside the freeway in Federal Way on the other side of Tacoma midway to Seattle. Do you have a basement?

I just heard on Sunday Morning that flooding in Texas is historic. We have had a few historic floods here since I have been here in the Valley the last 15 years. Not fun. I never lost anything but many lost their homes and vehicles and farm animals. Lots of them stayed in the same place but raised their houses. I would be too scared. Just think of watching everything you own wash down the river. That happened to my gurardians twice when they retired and settled beside the Skagit River in the early '70's.

The best thing to do is get in an inside closet or the bathtub and cover yourself with pillows. Of course, I could not get into one of my closets, there is barely room for clothes and things, much less me!

We are having a garage sale the second week of July so am looking for things to sell. Our group will be collecting donations from residents to sell to put into our treasury. We use the money to buy supplies for our downstairs kitchen, plus coffee and paper plates and napkins, paper towels. Then we have a few local charities we donate to. We will also have a bake sale. Residents will also be renting a table for $5 and selling their own things.

Have a good day. Will check back later.

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I will be very happy to share my retirement with you, Bonnie! By Friday, I hope to be in a huge sharing mood...so much to sort through and give away, lol!

Michele, great advice about talking to the spine doctor about your arm and shoulder. When my sciatic nerve acts up I will be mildly numb from below my knee all the way up to my temple at times and down my arm. It goes away but always gives me pause. I hope you will get answers.

I had a terrible time getting to sleep last night even though I was tired. It was after 3:00 before I finally fell asleep and woke up at 6:30 to huge lightening and thunderstorms. Worried about losing power, I got the flashlights out, then realized it's daytime, lol. So I made coffee and turned on the tv to see how bad it was. Houston was under a tornado warning! This was very unusual but it's over now and the sky is getting brighter. It's been such a wet and weird spring!

I had a nice afternoon with my teaching partner yesterday. We worked on our awards certificates then went to dinner. Today I will try to finish that up and start clearing off the kitchen table with my school stuff. It will probably take all summer to organize what I've brought home and I haven't gone through my cabinets yet!! All in good time!

Happy Sunday to everyone and Monday to Michele!

Mary

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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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BONNIE thank you. I am going to do just that. The dr. I see is at the "spine center" but there is also an ortho. dr. at the hosp.

To the rest of you---have a good Sunday!

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I am so incredibly excited for you. I will be so glad to share retirement with you. lol

CANDY

I am so sorry that you have such pain,and cannot get any relief. Welcome here with us, and we will be glad to have you. God Bless

The fact that my back was SO bad actually ended up being in my favor. Because the surgeon had to fuse 5 discs together, made my back stronger. I still am careful about the discs above my surgery, because if I am not careful, they could become a problem, but I am good for the most part. Have some bad times, but am getting less of those

DORIS

I understand about waking up from surgery, and feeling that you are no longer in pain. My Surgeon became a bit frustrated with me because I would not take the pain pills. He just did not understand that once the pressure was relieved from my sciatic nerve, that I felt such relieve. I had 37 staples in my back, a six hour surgery, and I was on Tylenol for pain by the third day after surgery.

I was lucky.

I am learning to do the right things, and NOT do the wrong things to keep my back in pretty good shape.

MICHELE

I will put my 2 cents in about your shoulder. When you go to the your Back Dr, mention it to him. Sometimes I have issues with my arms from my upper back issues. So, just to be safe, see what he says.

God Bless all, have a wonderful rest of your weekend.


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Doris, I never thought about them removing a disk...I guess I truly have no idea! Glad you are better over the years, though. I hadn't really thought about this being my Last Working Weekend! I actually did that today. I spent a couple of hours with my partner going over what 'categories' we will be putting kids in for our Award's Ceremony. Then we quit and went to dinner, lol! She has been a delight to work with and it really makes me sad that there is no one who has been hired that we know about yet. I feel like I'm leaving her in the lurch but I gave the admins over 2 months notice!

Yes, Michele...it's a great time right now!

I think it's great that you won prizes for something you learned and enjoyed doing, Brenda! I tried to knit years ago and enjoyed it but it just doesn't really get cold enough to have that many knitted sweaters! I loved sewing back in the day and hope to start on baby clothes!! Well, sundresses...not really baby clothes for the girls any more.

If it doesn't rain I will go to water aerobics again tomorrow after church. Then more school work, but the last weekend for that!!!

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Congrats, Mary. Last weekend that you're employed!! Hope you enjoy your retirement as much as I do. You asked about my back surgery--it's been so long I'm not sure, but I think they removed a disc. I did get arthritis in my back, but I also have it other places too, so I don't think the surgery caused it.

Michele, I'm glad you're going to have the shoulder checked out next week. It may be something a shot of cortisone would even help. And enjoy your day off from exercise! I wouldn't go anywhere if I couldn't drive since there's not any public transportation in our area and I'm 7 miles from the nearest grocery store and 12 or 20 from those I prefer. What will you do when you get to be our age? I wouldn't trust myself with a basket of groceries on a bicycle now days.

Hope you all have a great Sunday!

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MARY wonderful!  now, the next stage of yourlife begins! emoticon emoticon

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I am sorry to hear about everyone's accidents over the years plus all the operations. How terrible.

So, Mary, Friday is your last day! Wow, the days sure went fast. You will be at loose ends for a while until you can get into some sort of schedule. When I first retired I taught myself how to crochet and made a doll dress that I later entered into the Fair and got second place on it because I finished the skirt inside out. I did not know there was a right and wrong side and had no one to ask. Just the book, "Learn How to Crochet in Just One Day". Over time I earned a lot of money making and selling things and got more blue ribbons.

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Hi, friends! It's raining AGAIN!! I made it through the first 80 minutes of water aerobics before thunder struck and they made us get out of the pool. I also vacuumed and mopped this morning, washed my sheets and sent some thank you and bday cards to family and friends. Lots done already and I'm having dinner with my teaching partner. We have end of the year awards and certificates to do! Only two full and 2 half days left!! I put a message on Facebook this morning about my retirement and am finally at peace. We had our end of the year banquet on Thursday night. The owner gave me a 50th anniversary edition of The Giving Tree and 'most' of the teachers had signed it. It was a special sendoff and I really appreciated it. I've told most of the parents in my room now and a lot of former parents. I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life.

I have had back pain off and on since a kindergarten child greeted me in the grocery store in '89. I bent down to give her a hug and she grabbed me around my neck---and dropped her whole weight on me. She was quite overweight and it caught me totally off guard. I went down to the floor and couldn't get up without help. But for the most part I am okay. I'm so very sorry for all the pain many of you continue to endure. I have a Spark friend on another thread who is always in pain. Her doctor wants to do surgery but she's already had several and they didn't work. Her back issues make exercise really difficult.

Doris, what kind of surgery did you have that DID work? Please don't go to Twin Peaks if you go into WAco, lol....my daughter is in Grosbeck this weekend and promised they would not drive by!

Brenda, I hope that you can get the rest of your life story down on paper. I'm very sorry that some of your children didn't respond. My mother wrote several 'pieces' of family history and 'lore' over the years and it was very much appreciated. I do still find it amazing how much you've endured over the years and yet you are still 'standing' and such a kind, caring person. What a shame about Faith's granddaughter. Cancer is so awful.

Bonnie, I'm so glad you were able to get the pool removed. I'm sure it is bittersweet since you enjoyed it but the upkeep of some things is just too much. so you can't get a bigger bed up the stairs? I have queens in 2 bedrooms but I don't remember if it was hard to get them upstairs or not. The last one I bought around Christmas but it came in a long cardboard box and after my son got it up the stairs he cut the box open and it 'came to life!' It was weird and exciting to see the thing rise up and become a mattress!

Marielle, you have had so many trials and tribulations, too. I'm so sorry your daughter has had such terrible issues. Chronic pain must be terrible to endure. I'm glad the house is now ready for you to move forward on. I hope it all works out.

Michele, I had no idea that the Kindle wouldn't be available in English. I can change the language on my iPad. Sometimes it changes without me doing anything, lol. I have French or Spanish accents and words that are in another language at times and have to go back and reset it! I wish there was something in your life that was easy!! Please get your shoulder looked at. It might be the rotator cuff, as some have suggested.

I have some errands to do before the school meeting. I did get my last report cards finished after school yesterday and before the graduation Mass. Small accomplishments are adding up! But you ought to see my kitchen table and dining room, lol. I'm overloading all the surfaces and floor with my school stuff!

Mary

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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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you for sharing that----I had never known that you had been in so much pain! Yes, you are indeed lucky to be where you are today And as for any kind of therapy---if it works for you, then it is right! How is your new furniture? Is there any way that you can take pics, likeyou did of your house, so that i can see what it looks like?

DORIS my goodness! YOu too, have had it rough! Do you still have a lot of pain now?I hope you are not too affected by thefloods.

BRENDA Faith & all will be in my prayers. I wish there were something that could be done to ease their pain! And thank you for the input about my shoulder---now at least I will have something to go on when I see a dr. which I plan to do, probably this week. I have put this painful shoulder off for nearly 5 months. Began to feel it back right after my 54th b-day last Dec.

TOday, Sunday, is my one day off from exercise. I usually don't do anything--no bike riding, no walking Exercise is a way of life over here, & I swear, sometimes I get tired of it & wish I could just live "American" style where I could take a car everywhere!

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So many folks with back pain. So here's my story My ex, DD, and I were driving back from my mom & dad's on the Sunday before Memorial Day (1987). DD (20yo) was in the back seat (lap belt) and ex in passenger seat & I was driving. A woman came directly at us, going the wrong way and I couldn't stop! She died in the accident. I had black eyes, and a compressed disc; ex had crushed left wrist, shoulder belt cut across his neck (couldn't talk for a week); DD had a broken back (L3 broke in the middle & separated into 2 pieces), hematoma across her belly where the lap belt was; but we all survived. DD has had 5 operations over the years including one where they cut her down the backbone, and then from the backbone across the back, around the side and to the front of her body--basically cut her in two almost. She too suffers with pain everyday and taken very strong meds to maintain some peace from excruciating pain. She takes fentanol, oxycodone (?), anti depressants, plus has to take other meds because of her stomach and intestine issues. The doctor told her that there was another operation but it could leave her paralyzed--she chose not to have the surgery. She has lived with this for 28 years. I only have bouts of pain now and then when I get stressed or strain my back lifting. I feel so very lucky. I had craniosacral therapy about in about 2010 and it lasted for 5 years--no pain but has just begun to come back. Even if folks don't believe in craniosacral therapy and even if it had a "placebo" effect. It worked. Massage stops it for about a week at a time. Acupuncture helped some, but the craniosacral therapy was the best. I can't take NSAIDS and don't take other pain pills so I am stuck with alternative therapies.

I'll write more later. I feel for everyone who suffers from back pain--so many people have it and medicine hasn't really figured out how to help very well. All they do is worry about the DEA if they give out narcotics to pain sufferers.

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emoticon Candycane Sorry about all your pain. Movement does seem to help.

Bonnie, I, too, have had the excruciating back pain. When I was in my 30's, I fell over a tree root as I was running and ruptured a disk. Within the week I lost the ability to walk. I was in traction long enough for some healing to begin, but after I was out the pain returned and eventually they did surgery. It was such a relief to get the nerve freed. I could tell the first time I stood up that the surgery was a success.

We are having another wet day, and it's supposed to get heavier as the day goes on. Flash flood warnings are out for a large area around us.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

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Michele, It sounds like it is your Rotater cup in your shoulder that is causing you pain. It is probably from your bike crashes. I went through that pain once and it was extreme pain. Could not hook my bra, comb my hair and could hardly zip up my jeans with my left hand. That was when I was hauling my stuff down to the sale barn every weekend selling my overflow. People kept telling me I needed to go to the doctor and have surgery. I told them no way and it eventually did heal and the pain stopped. You should probably see a doctor. It was also my right arm. I ended up sending a lot to the auction or donating to Visiting Nurses when I moved here.

Welcome Candycane. I am so sorry to hear about all your pain but admire your fortitude at keeping going and doing what you can. You can talk about anything here that you choose, no judgement. Talking about life's difficulties is also helpful when working on making healthy choices to make a better life for yourself. Keep posting as you can. We care.

Marielle, isn't it great to get new furniture? Seems some things just turn out to be a real challenge. I am glad you finally got the bed upstairs.

Asking for more prayers for my neighbor, Faith. She and her daughter left yesterday afternoon for Eastern Washington. Her 28 year old granddaughter is not expected to last the weekend. At first she was given about six months but the cancer is spreading quickly. So very sad. Kathy next door gave her a Prayer Shawl to give to her granddaughter. The last person who had it was healed so this is all we can do now. The saddest thing is her children, a daughter a year and a half and a seven year old son who is devastated. I gave Faith a little Canadian Beanie Baby Hockey boy doll to give to him.

It is probably going to rain all weekend. No plans to go anywhere. Freeways were jammed all day yesterday with travelers leaving town for the weekend. Faith will wait until Tuesday to come home.

Bonnie, sorry I can't send you any sunshine today. Maybe you can make a fish pond in your yard to fill the hole. Stock it with trout. emoticon

Have a good day.

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emoticon CANDYCANE it is nice to have you with us! post often & we will get to know you better.

BRENDA I am only claustrophobic when I have an MRI (yearly) for my back. I am so terrified that b/c we have earthquakes, we'll have 1 while I'm in that machine, & everyone will run away, leaving me!

BONNE & CANDYCANE I too, have back issues. I have 3 slipped disks in my back (BONNIE you beat me here!!! emoticon ) so I do know the sciatic pain & NOT being able to get into a comfortable position. I am evaluated by one of the top surgeons in Tokyo/Yokohama areas (he has operated on famous actors over here) every 3 months. My next appt. in fact,is next Tuesday. I have good days & bad ones.

My latest issue is my rt. arm, I think in the joint where the arm is joined in the socket. IT hurts all of the time recently .I haven't had it looked at yet b/c I am so busy going to the dentist weekly for this darn root canal, my mammorgram last week & now the back dr. coming up. When they are finally all finished, I am going to have my arm looked at. I can't lift/ hold anything heavy anymore!

MARIELLE that is great about your house! How excited you must be! I still have the pics you sent me & keep them so I can feel like I am a part of your house project! My starbuck's coffee day is on Wed. not today ,Saturday.

I am tired after all of the teaching in Tokiyo today so I am going to just relax..

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I KNOW HOW IT FEELS WHEN NO ONE UNDERSTAND WHEN PAIN NEVER STOPS. THERE ARE NO DOCTOR OR PAIN PILLS THAT CAN HELP ME I LIVE WITH BACK PAIN EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY AND JOINT PAIN TOO. I ONLY GET 3 HOURS SLEEP EVERY NIGHT. CAN MOVE FAST I WILL FALL, CANT STAND LONGER THEN 5 MINUTES ON MY FEET , MY LIFE IS HELL IN PAIN ,BUT I WILL KEEP TRYING EVERY DAY TO EAT HEALTH AND MOVE 5 TO 10 MINUTES DAY. emoticon emoticon emoticon


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Glad you were able to figure out a way to get your furniture in the house. I can not have any size bed except single or full unless I have a split box springs. I do have a queen upstairs because the mattress can bend, but do have a split box springs. The ceiling up the stairs is way too short.

I feel your pain. LOL

The last MRI I had about 4 years ago for my lumbar region of my back prior to the back surgery, I forgot to ask for the open MRI. At that time I was in such excruciating pain that even getting to the hospital for the test was so difficult. The tech put me in the tube, and once my head was in I started saying "get me out" over and over. She pulled me out and we talked about having to reschedule an open MRI. God Bless her, I was so grateful because she figured out a way to put my knees over the headrest, and to put me in backwards so that my head was not in the machine. To me she earned her place in heaven.

I had 5 herniated discs and had to go to a surgeon thus the MRI. When I went into the surgeon's office, he told me "You have the worst back I have ever seen". The odd thing is, that for me that was so validating. I could do nothing for a good 10 months or more before the surgery and had had issues since I was quite young. But other people don't understand back pain if they have not experienced it. Many folks will have a sore back from straining etc, so they don't realize how painful it is to have 5 discs just collapsed upon each other.

My surgeon was highly recommended and had a great reputation. It took him six hours to put me back together. It has been such a godsend. I truly think I would have been in a wheelchair for a the rest of my life without him, and still in such pain

There I go off on another tangent LOL

The show tonight was very entertaining and cute. It was a musical derived from the game of CLUE. Not great music, the cast did well, but the writing was very clever and entertaining.Had a good time.

Have a good weekend all. God Bless.

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Hi all,
Busy day again today. They delivered the furniture and we had to call a locksmith because they couldn't get the bed to the upstairs bedroom except through the outside door. It was kind of an all day thing: preparing, then receiving, then cleaning up. It rained today too and is still cold to me. It got up to 62 and now is 50 degrees. It is supposed to warm up and be in the low 80's by next Friday.

Bonnie and Brenda, I have claustrophobia too. I had to meditate while in an MRI machine a few years ago-didn't think I was going to make it, but managed to get through it.

Brenda, sounds like the neurologist gave you a thorough exam.

Michele, hope your time in Tokyo was enjoyable. Is this the Starbucks day? I forget.

Doris, I hope everything has quieted down in Waco so you can shop safely.

Have a great weekend everyone! emoticon

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I too have the issue with claustrophobia. That is the main reason I have so much trouble getting to sleep at night when I put my face mask on for the Cpap. Once I get to sleep with it on I am ok. Right now with the anxiety I am having, a couple of nights I am up until 5 or 6 am. Seems that I can go to sleep by 2:00am several nights a week. I just sleep in late because I have to have that sleep.

Good evening my friends. Going to the theater now.

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My visit to the neurologist went well. When I went to see my doctor for a follow up after coming home from the hospital, she arranged the appointment with the neurologist and it was a three month wait, they are so busy. At least it is just in the next town at the hospital 5 miles away. He explained that as we get older our small blood vessels in our brain get clogged and cause memory problems. He did a lot of test for my motor skills and coordination. I cannot walk a straight line by putting one foot in front of the other. Never could do that except when I was in grade school. He checked my eyes and tested my memory. He sent me to the lab for some blood tests to find out what vitamins I need to take. Vit-B12. It is good for memory. I already take that but have not been taking enough. I guess they will call me to tell me what I need to take or else I will find out next month when I go back to see him..

I also need to keep taking a baby aspirin everyday.

I need to write the rest of my story for my family before I forget it. The worst part of the appointment was the long wait in the office to see the doctor. Twenty minutes to check in, then over a half hour in the next little cubicle, then almost another half hour waiting in his office. They recently remodeled the office and painted and there is no air in those little cubicles. I finally opened the door and told the girl it was too stuffy in there I couldn't get enough air no matter how much square breathing I did. She said I could just leave the door open, I am very claustrophobic in the first place.

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BONNIE you are truly blessed to have those dear friends to help you! How was your theater?

BRENDA how was the dr. appt? Hope all went well.

DORIS did you get your new printer? i am reading a book by the author Joe Brown--he is a local guy out of N. C. & writes about his life experiences. Right now is "Little Farm on Brown Road". He has a whole series of stuff that he writes. An easy read but I enjoy hearing/ reading about others' lives.

Today, Saturday will be another day to go to Tokyo to teach english conversatin to DH's cousin's wife, followed by some of the cousin's kids.



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They are out in the yard taking down the pool right now. There are segments to the sides, so they are unscrewing them at the top, and taking it apart piece by piece. They seem to know what they are doing, so that is a good thing. Now I am just ready for it to be done.

Going to The Village Players theater tonight to take tickets and then see the show. My friend Chris always calls me to take tickets at least once during the run of the show so I get to see it for free. Diana is going to work the concession stand, so I am picking her up and we are going together.

It is a bright and sunny day here today with the promise of that continuing until Sunday evening or Monday. Then rain for a few days. Good the pool will be out before it rains again.

BRENDA

Praying for good news at the Dr.

MICHELE

That is funny that Japan does not keep the electronic advances for home.

All government is just crazy.

Have a lovely weekend my friends. God Bless

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Brenda, is this related to the trip to the hospital earlier? Hope you get a good report!

We're having another rainy day. First it was fog, then showers. I may start growing moss!

I need to make a trip into Waco to get a new printer. Mine had been acting strange and then Wed. the printing head hung and paper jammed where we can't get to it. I think it may be 15 years old or so. Guess it's time for a new one. And I need it soon since I have HH thank you's to print. Hope I can install it without too much frustration.

What book are you reading, Michele? It would be a good day for that here.

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I finally have my appointment to go see the neurologist this morning. Actually, I totally spaced out that it was this morning so it is a good think the nurse called yesterday afternoon to remind me.

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BRENDA it's not that we have t rouble with electronics here; it's trying to use other countries' electronics that don't fit the system here. Japan is probably 1 of the most technicological countries in the world, but they tend to send their products overseas, not use them here. Why, I don't know!

Your life as you tell it is so interesinng.


BONNIE I never knew how to take a pool down. my friend in Mich. also had an outdoor pool on the ground. I had always wondered how they took it apart.

I am really tired after my swim today Think I'll just go & read my book!

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Yes, Doris, the $9,000 came in handy because I had just got my divorce a few days before and my husband never knew anything about it or he would have taken it. It was September, 1979 and $9,000 then was a year's wages for me. I was running concessions in the Fieldhouse at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma then. I hired all my friends and their teenagers plus my four teenagers so we all made money. It was nights and weekends except for the State A basketball tournaments. Then a few years later the city built the Tacoma Dome and all the events went there so I quit and worked food service at the college.

Your friend's doctor no doubt got your friend Medicare/Medicade. That's what I have because I am so low income and the State of Washington pays the rest of my medical bills plus they give me foodstamps and $40 cash a month. I only go to the doctor every six months normally, occasionally a trip to the hospital with my thumping heart and BP

Michele, I didn't know you would have that much trouble with electronics in Japan. How interesting.

Marielle, keeping my fingers crossed that your final papers for the house will soon be signed and everything is approved.

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It has been a long and arduous journey, but you are getting close to the finish line. YIPPEE!

God bless all of you my friends.

I am very tired tonight, so not able to talk to each of you, but I did read the posts.

So glad that we are here for each other.

Rode my stationary bike for 30 minutes today. My knees have been doing really well, and my back has been a lot better. I am grateful.

When I came home, my friend Ron had left the pump in the pool to take out what water was left after most of it went out with the leak. So, I worked on getting the pump moved around to get to the water so the pump did not burn up from not being in enough water.

I worked out there for about an hour and a half, on my feet for a lot of that time.

So, I expect to be sore tomorrow. Should not be too bad.

Ron came over while I was out there, and jumped over the side of the pool to get the leaves out and cut up the winter cover and cut up the liner. His friends are coming over tomorrow to take the pool and they are planning on putting in a new liner anyway. So, it is very dry by now and overnight it will dry out a bit more. They will take the sides down first, and then clean up all of the trash and haul it away for me. I am so grateful that Ron found someone to take it and still be able to use it.

I was sad, but so relieved that I don't have to pay someone to take it out, and that it will be used, that overrode the sad part. I have had that pool since 1989.

Had Ellee and Gracee this afternoon after school. we had a nice time together.

Feeling pretty good today. one day at a time.

Have a great Friday all.

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MARIELLE that is great news!

I can get a kindle in English---that is no problem But b/c the technology system is different here, it is difficult to get service in Englsih. That goes for computers, video machines, cell phones etc.

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Hi all. I got a call from my realtor so since the septic is done and doesn't need to be replaced they will probably go forward and have the appraisal done and then we'll set a closing date for the house.

Brenda, hopefully you can tell the rest of your story so that it doesn't "badmouth" your ex, as you said. You have definitely been through a lot in your life. How strong you are to come through it and still be healthy emotionally.

Michele, I am like Doris I had no idea you couldn't get a Kindle in English in Japan. I seem to learn something new each day.

Take care everyone!!

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Brenda, It's nice that #3 thought of you. I'm sure the cash came in handy. My friend had neck surgery when her spine closed in on her nerves. It has been 3 months and the feeling has not returned to her hands. I think her walking is getting better. Her doctor turned her in to the disability office (maybe SSI?) before she even thought about it. I just hope she will have some money to tide them over until it kicks in since she can't work.

Hope you enjoyed your time at the pool, Michele.

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BRENDA again I say----I am always interested in your stories! What a hard, but amazing life you have had! You are such a great person in my eyes. I too, hope you can write well dull the s harpeness of the bad stuff.

DORIS I will keep your friend in my prayers. My parents were also very private people It was always hard to talk to them.

I am going to go to the pool,this Friday mornig!

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Doris,

Mom's last husband (number five, (the truck driver) walked out on us when he found out mom had cancer and was dying. They fought all the time anyway so that may not have been the reason, I have no idea. He did come to the fish market where I worked and made sure the car was in good working condition but I never told my mom. When she was finished with a man, I was not supposed to keep in contact. They were all good to me as long as they were around. Mom's number three husband left me $9,000 when he died. I always kept in contact with him and wrote him letters all the time.

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Brenda, I'm sure you will find a way to write about their dad that will both be kind for their reading but yet accurate in what you had to endure, telling the truth with love for them helping to dull the sharpness with which it could be told. The others who didn't respond may have cared, but were so shocked they had no words to convey that to you. Sometimes we just pretend it didn't happen when we don't know what to say. Right now, I'm facing a situation where a younger friend of mine's husband just moved away and left her and a 14 year old son after she became disabled. I know I need to be supportive, but I don't have clarity yet on how I can help her. She's a really private person. I will try to get in touch with her tomorrow before her son gets out of school.

Michele, I never dreamed the Kindle did not work world-wide for whatever language one chose. Show how much I know about technology!!

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MARIELLE yes that is so good about that septic tank! It's like you can FINALLY get started now!

DORIS even if I get a kindle I can't get the "AMerican reading things" that all ofyou have. The japaese kindle is not the same, & American kindle won't work over here.

BRENDA you are definitely an inspriation to me having grown up so rough the way you did! You keep me going!

MARY hope you had a good day today. You're almose there!

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Marielle, Yes, I had a rough growing up but it just made me a stronger person. It was my reality and I didn't know anything else. I thought it was normal.

I am so happy for you that your septic is all finished and flowing like it should. Is the tree cut down? I can't remember.

It looks like another warm day. None of the gardeners have even started to plant their raised beds here. They are busy turning over the soil and adding fertilizer and whatever else they do. I am not a gardener but I do get a lot of produce from those who do.

I printed out my life story to edit and send to my son. I have only written up to the day mom died. I need to write about when I met the children's dad and our life next. That is difficult because I have never bad mouthed their dad to them. He died on Halloween, 2010 at age 73. The age I am now. He was an alcoholic and heavy smoker and a woman chaser and never took care of himself. He continued even after two triple by passes.

Have a good day.

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Doris, I did write about my life until I was 18 and sent it to four of my children. I will send a copy to Jon now that I know where he is. My middle son told me that was the saddest story he ever heard. I told him it was my life and my reality. The other's didn't respond because they evidently didn't care. Growing up like I did, I thought everyone lived like that until I started going to other peoples houses and found out they lived much different. But that's another story. I have many.

I can't believe it is Memorial Day weekend coming up. Holidays anymore are just another day but I have a lot of memories of past event that were fun.

No rain today. The sun came out yesterday and it got pretty warm.

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Good Morning Everyone!

The lid is back on the septic. The one leach line is good to go - it took 700 gallons in about an hour to two hours so is flowing well. Michele, I spelled it wrong before but the leach line is a pipe that comes out of the septic tank (in my case a 1000 gallon cement tank in the ground) and removes the water etc. into the underground area that will accept the moisture and "sludge" and purify it back into the earth. I have pictures on my phone but not sure how to upload onto my computer.

Doris I am glad it is cooler where you are. We have had a really cool spring this year. They say don't plant til after Mother's Day here, but it seems really too cold to plant still unless you have a green house.

Mary congrats to your nephew for his graduation. Whoa--one more week-Yea emoticon

Michele, it must feel weird to read in National Geographic about where you grew up.

Brenda-you definitely have led a hard life. You are a bright star and have dealt with your experiences so well!! I wish lots of joy to you.

Bonnie, how wonderful to be able to be a part of the "theater". It must really be fun helping to put together a play.

Off to the grocery store to get food for the grandkids! Take care all.

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It's a lot cooler here this morning with no rain. YEA!

Brenda, your life story is amazing. It should be "required reading" for those growing up in similar circumstances to give them hope that life can be much better. Have you ever considered writing it down with your feelings at the time?

Marielle, is everything complete now so that you can sign the papers on your house? I hope you can get closure on that soon.

Bonnie, just work your way through where you are on the grief process and don't worry about being on someone else's time line. Having the play to think about will be good. Enjoy!

Michele, did you get a Kindle? That makes finding books so much quicker and easier. I am on BookBub and get an email everyday listing free books. I have a year's worth of reading stacked up there!

Mary, glad you're so close to the start of your new life. My daughter who is a speech pathologist would love to join you, but she still has tuition to pay for one more child. She is putting in unreal hours just getting this school year finished, what with ARD's, etc. Working at school til 7 PM and taking a 2 hour break before starting again and working to midnight, plus weekends just to get the paperwork done for all these meetings. She rarely gets to just enjoy a day. So sad. And they wonder why burn-out occurs!

Mary Ann, are you having a busy week? Hope everything is good with you.

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Just a quick hello because when I was in the shower I realized that something I was asked to do for school today should have been done in a different way. I will get the redo printed out and finished at school but it needs to be done. They still throw things at us at the last minute and want instant compliance. I wont miss that at all!!!

Bonnie and Brenda, the losses you have had are real and make a difference in your lives in different ways whether you are close to the people or not. If its family, you mourn the loss of what could have been if circumstances were different. My first 3 sisters and I never felt close to our father. He did the right thing for us but wasnt nurturing at all. But by the time the youngest sister came along he and Mama had mellowed a bit and she remembers a wonderful childhood that the rest of us dearly wanted. Daddy died not quite a year after my husband, and although I visited regularly all my adult life and he eventually learned (with my prodding!) to say I love you I never really felt it. When he died I didnt miss a wonderful relationship, but I mourned that there would never be the opportunity to find out why he was so uninvolved with 4 of his 5 daughters. You just never know how you will respond. Just go with it!

Michele, maybe someone in your family can get you a gift subscription to your local newspaper! Would that even be possible? Or a digital subscription to any magazine would be much cheaper. That way you can keep up with whats going on in your hometown!! Just a thought!

Doris, I hope your blood pressure can be regulated. Has this just started? It sounds like you might have to walk a fine line with drug interactions. If you feel like bible study, go. If not, take care of yourself and just stay home! Reruns are great.. Hugs to you.

Marielle, hooray on both counts: your septic tank will be running smoothly and so will your sisters care!! I hope things will even out for you. So much going on at the same time is so stressful.

There is a 60% chance of rain again today. Ive been so glad for 2 full days of no rain here! I have my youngest sisters oldest sons graduation tomorrow nightthe Mass is inside and the next night graduation is outside! I have no other plans for Memorial Day weekend. I will post a FB message about my retirement this weekend. Stay tuned for more stories, lol!


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DORIS just 1 day at a time It takes at least double the time to recover from a major surgery. Do check with your dr. about those BP meds.

BRENDA & BONNIE

I love to hear about stories from your past. IT gets me to know you better . It helps me to cope with what I need to do as well.

BONNIE good luck with the new play. It will probably be good for you!

Now, time to read my National Geographic. This month's issue is all about Detroit! I never knew it was the poorest city in all of the U.S. I have so many memories about living there.
I wish I could just buy up one of those wrecked houses & live in it!!!

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Brenda, my "fog" lifted about 4 PM today, so I'm not taking it until tomorrow and that will be a half dose. The BP did stay down this afternoon--don't know if it was the meds or it just didn't go up. Who knows why?? I like to keep it under 140, but just not too low or I'm a couch potato. Don't have time for that! Another thing we have to try to do is slow down my heart rate which usually stays between 85 and 90. I need to get back on the organized exercise now that I'm over my surgery.

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Bonnie, my brother was 66 when he died. I miss his calls. We didn't see each other very often but I was emotionally close to him. He lived in Buckeye, AZ and had a lot of old cars and belonged to a car club. Before he was buried, his club members tied his casket into the short bed of his 1939 Canary yellow Chevvy pickup truck for one last ride around town. He had a huge Tweety Bird that rode around with him and he was very proud of that truck. I wish I could have gone to the funeral but we didn't have enough money. My sister flew down to meet that side of the family because she wanted to find out who they were. She didn't even know our brother when he occasionally came for a visit. He was in the Navy when mom died so he wasn't around much and she was too young to remember.

It will be so good for you to get back with your theater group.

Michele, it was Nora who didn't tell Ruth where she was going. I took Jody to the foot doctor this afternoon. She has arthritis in her feet plus diabetes and is in a lot of pain on the top of both feet. Nothing to do about it unless she want to have surgery.

This in Independent Living so we do not have any check out/check in policy but most people do tell neighbors when they are going out so someone knows. Nora told Ruth that she thought she told her she was going out with her daughter for dinner. She just told Ruth that her daughter was coming over. Earlier she was all excited to be having the fish for dinner. She said to Ruth. "well I could just heat up the plate of fish for tomorrow. . Ruth told her it was too late because she gave it to me. I don't think Nora remembers things these days.

Doris, I hope you get your BP meds worked out. I would not like walking around in a fog all day long.

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DORIS

Do keep in touch with your Dr about your BP meds. They may want you to do just what you are doing, but it is always a good idea to be in contact with them throughout.
Good luck. Hoping you feel better soon.

MARY, BRENDA, MARIELLE, MICHELE

Thanks to all of you for sharing the wisdom of your personal experiences. I have lost family and friends in the past, and that has been difficult. My brother and I were not very close, and I really thought I would be ok, sad, of course, but not this constant feeling of loss. I have to realize that no matter what, he was my brother for 63 years. Really all of the life I can remember. It keeps hitting me that now I only have one brother.

I was definitely in denial. I am so grateful to have all of you, and this place to be able to express myself and have no one judge me, but all of you there for me.

I thank God for all of you.

Went to the grocery store and took a little walk today. Otherwise, just watched TV and crocheted.

Mom and I went to the fabric store the other day and I got quite a bit of yarn for half price. I think they are closing the brand out. Five and six ounces of yarn, for $2.49 a piece. Two of them, the only variegated I could find, were only $1.49 a skein. I am enjoying making an afghan. I like to experiment with patterns, so that is what I am doing with this one. It gives me a creative outlet.

My friend Chris, from the theater called me last night from the board meeting. He asked me to be on the play reading committee for the 2016-2017 season. I think I will enjoy doing that. It is a good way for me to have some involvement.

I am going to help my friend Kate with the show that she is doing, "Lion in Winter" in September. We will have auditions on June 27 and 28th. I always really enjoy the casting. Fingers crossed that we will get a lot of good actors to audition.

A couple of things to look forward to.

God Bless you all

Bonnie

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I hope you do get your energy back! Can you talk to your dr. about chainging the med or lessening the prescription? My sister in Raleigh also said the temps are so high with high humidity. The humdity is such an energy zapper!

Good luck with your bible study!

I am off to piano lesson & tone chime practice! emoticon

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I picked up my new prescription from the pharmacy yesterday that is supposed to help keep my blood pressure from going so high in the afternoons. Took one yesterday and I'm pretty limp today. I think it may have leached out some of my nutrients that I need. Now I don't know if I'll even take it again. At least I won't today and maybe take a 1/2 tomorrow. I just hate dragging around! I do have Bible study tonight that I plan to go to. I feel like I need a big caffinated drink of Coke, but I'm trying not to drink any since my glucose was borderline high.

Marielle, that's good news that your septic should be covered today. Will it pass inspection without the 2nd line working? Hope you enjoy the new furniture!

Michele, I'm glad your energy is improved today.

Our temps are going up--89 this afternoon with high humidity makes it feel even warmer. I'm not ready for summer yet!! They're saying we may have storms tonight. Hope not.

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you got your fish! Thank heavens Jody turned out . Not very responisible, I might add! Maybe there should be a check in / check out system like we have here at the rehab hosp for Tad's dad so everyone knows where everyone else is?
You have been through so much in the last 10hears or so. You are so strong, & I admire that. That is 1 of the reasons I feel so comfortable with you----I can tell you anything!

MARIELLE that is wonderful news about your sister! What is a "leech line"? How do you like your new furniture? Good for you for splurging!

BONNIE Everything MARY has said is what I would have liked to say to you---I do not speak well. Others speak so eloquently! You have been through so much more than me! One moment at a time, dear, dear friend! emoticon Here are morer emoticon emoticon for you!

I also agree with BRENDA about finding SP----If I hadn't, I truely think I might just have "called it quits" after last Aug's events.

MARY how is your weather today? I think some of your rain has floated our way---we are having severe thunderstorms Not the flooding type, but just too much rain!

My feet & energy are back to normal today I think this sudden humidity is zapping my energy . My body does not adjust so easily anymorE!

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