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8/23/14 3:18 A

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BRENDA thank you good night.

I just hope the pain will go away. Everyone can see she is wrong except forher.



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8/23/14 12:55 A

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I'm calling it a night and going to bed shortly. I hope things are better for you all tomorrow , Michele.

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8/23/14 12:33 A

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BRENDA thank you for sharing that with me; I never thought I'd have a child be like that towards me. It always seems to happen to someone else, not me. I have always been a goody two-shoes, & told extremely kind to others. I hurt so much right now, I just can't eat. Can barely get out of bed. I keep taking naps. She is going to be graduated in 6 months, & most likely out the door by then. She has no real place to go. Mental illness runs in both sides of my dad's family. I always thought it was my middle son who was a bit slow. But come to think of it, I think it ismy daughter instead.

Tad has told me the same thing as you have said---just live my life the best I can. As soon as I feel a little bit better, I will do just that. Thank you for being there.

I await the next adventure chapter of your interesting life!

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Michele,

My youngest daughter hasn't talked to me in 20 years and I don't know what she got mad about. She will be 49 Sept. 20th. My middle son knows but he wouldn't tell me. Now he won't talk or send me a FB message. He;s 48. My youngest son won't friend me on his FB page, I don't even know where he lives except in the Tacoma area. It's been at least 25 years since I last talked to him when he called me. He's 43. My oldest daughter is 52 and she unfriended me on her FB page. See, I don't know what their dad told them about me and they believed all his lies. He died in 2010 So yes, it hurts but I can't do anything about it so I just put up a good front and live my life.Christmas is really hard but each year it seems to get a little easier. have no expectations about much of anything anymore so I am never disappointed.

I'm not trying to tell you and Tad what to do but I would not let your daughter stay with you because she sounds dangerous to have her in your home. She is like a bomb waiting for her fuse to burn down to the charge and explode. You don't know when that could happen. emoticon

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Michelle, I just got here and read the posts. I'm so sorry that you're experiencing this pain. I agree with what the others have said. Tad has given you good advice about saying nothing to her. All you can control is your reaction and thoughts. Please know we care about you and keep us updated on how you're doing.

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MARIELLE Tad supports me 100%. Tad was rather put off, b/c the policeman who told me that the next time I slap her I would be arrested was rather young. They were following "the book".
I wished I lived in Az.!

tad said yes, we can kick her out now, but she is "already gone" only here physically. And the next time she gets mouthy the way she was, that I was to call the police first, not wait. I only slapped her---hard, several times. It had been over 1 year since ilast hit her. I do not make it a habit of hitting my kids. I know that hitting was wrong---but what parent hasn't ever lost their temper when they were pushed to the absolute limits?!!! She will be gone in a less than a year anyhow. She is nearly 22 & looking for full time employment.

I never ever in my wildest dreams thought I'd have a realationship with one o my kids like this!

In the meantime, my heart is breaking, & I don't think it will ever heal. I had always wanted to havae one of those wonderful mother-daughter realtionships & now she has chosen to ruin it. If & when she ever figures out that she is wrong, I will probably already be long dead & gone.

thank you all for listening.

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Michele, we still posted at the same time. I just saw your latest post. I agree with your husband. Do not speak to her or respond to her. Avoid her as if she had the plague. Your heartbreak will lessen over the years but she may stay in her negative, mean, ugly place and not change. Put a barrier up between you and her. It may sound like you are losing, but believe me you are winning. You must take care of you first. We love you!

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Michele, I just got home. I saw your post. We must have posted at the same time. I am so sorry. How old is she? What can your husband Tad do? He seems to know how the law works in Japan. I would not speak to her and if she attacks you, call the police on her. Would they arrest her? or are you just the target because you are the "elder"? How do you protect yourself in Japan? Are you responsible to take care of her by Japanese law? If not your husband should kick her out. Does she do these things when he is gone, because she can get your goat? Can you go visit your parents in the US to get away from her, if you can't do anything else. I am so sorry this is happening to you. In the US/Arizona it is different. A boy across the street got hit in the head with a lamp by his mom. He called the police and they told him she had to right and there was nothing he could do. Please take care of yourself!


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BRENDA no, we (tad & I ) do not pay for her phone. Tad has advised me, very logically NOT to say 1 word to her. She twists EVERYTHING I say. She has already "moved out" her body is still just here. Tad told me that we (he & I) must live on a higher level, breaking heart or not.

Thank you all for being here for me. I thought troubled families were something that only happened to others ----- I never in my short 53 years imagined such a thing would happen to me.

BRENDA & MARY having trouble kids you can probably understand really well. My only question is-----does thepain ever lessen? Does the hurt ever go away?

Have a good Friday all. I am okay, thanks to ALL of you! emoticon emoticon

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Michele,

Just wondering if you pay for her phone. If so, tough love, turn it off and let her pay for her own. You do not owe her anything at this point. I have been there, done that with my oldest son.

The statement you signed said you cannot touch her, right? Did it say you can't talk to her? Of course, if I were you, I would not want to talk to her, She knows so much,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,let her find out.

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MARY maybe Tad can ask her to leave. I am afraid to do so for fear that she'll call the police again, & if she does I will arrested & go to jail. That is what the policeman said.



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Michele.

Ok, your daughter needs to move out right now. Pack her things and put them outside your door and do not let her in your house. Get a restraining order against her. She needs to have tough love from you and Tad. You have to get a handle on her actions and hateful talk.

I had to kick my oldest son out (1986, he was 21) because he would not follow our rules and stay sober. I went and talked to a mental health guy and he told me to kick him out, To do it in person but he didn't come home from the bar, he called me and I told him he had to move out the next day. He did. He moved in with a friend and continued his self destructive life of drinking and drugs. He is now 53 with mental issues and lots of problems. He is on Social Security disability because he is so screwed up he can't work anymore. He called and threatened to come and kill my husband, his stepfather. He had nothing to do with me turning him in for drinking while going through a court ordered drug and alcohol program. The judge ordered him to go to a year long drug treatment facility. Well, he did and it worked for a while but now he is back to his old habits. I gave up a long time ago.

We are all here for you. Hang in there!

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Michele, good people can still raise irresponsible, selfish children who give them grief. I have friends who are overwhelmed with the problems of their adult children, just like you, and they also have no idea of where to turn. You did the best you could and your daughter still hasn't figured out 'how to be.' She is old enough to be responsible for her words and actions. Right now, she thinks she has the upper hand. Her response to your old fashioned 'corporal punishment' was childish and scary. But that's how it works in these days and times. Maybe you can file a police report stating that she has mental health issues and refuses to seek help. Especially if you enlist the help of your/her doctor, that might go a long way to keeping YOU out of trouble. I'm so very sorry. But I'm glad your husband is standing with you. She needs to be gone from the house and not come back, at least until she either seeks help or demonstrates that she's no longer a threat to you.

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MARY my husband Tad does stand up for me. Hopefully she will be leaving soon. And yes, I am staying far, far away from her. We didn't raise her like that so I don't know how she ever became like that. I told God today that maybe He just gaveme the "leftover" kids that no one wanted. But the mistake He made was in thinking I could handle it, b/c I can not. At least not anymore.

thank you always for supporting me.At least someone out there likes me.

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Michele, you must have been posting when I did. Please get your husband to stand with you and make her leave. I think she needs some serious help. For your own sake you need to stay far away from her. She should be thankful that you care about her so much. Can you get your husband, father, doctors to give you help? Can you get her some medical help? I am so very sorry. Every parent gets extremely upset but it seems that she is acting like a very young, spoiled child. Maybe you need to expedite the passport if you can and just stay away with your parents for a while. I am so very sorry for this. Please seek help for yourself and maybe get your priest or doctor to vouch for YOU! You need protection from her.
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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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Michele, Please take care of yourself!! Whatever your daughter's problem is, it is her problem. It had nothing to do with you. You are the strength and joy of your family. Please hang on. You are important and wonderful. Like Brenda said she needs counseling. My heart goes out to you. I am faced with the same issue & sometimes I feel it is too much, but I was told by my hypnotherapist to focus on the feelings I want to have so instead of anger and sadness to focus on the feelings I want to have: joy, love, happiness, respect, etc. I will place you in my prayers. Do not let her drag you down with her negativity and anger. You are worth so much more! You bring so much to others.
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Michele, please check back with us and let us know what's going on and how you are doing. Go ride your bike, take a walk like Brenda says. Talk with your husband...he should be your ally. Go to church and talk with the priest, a friend, anyone in person if you can. Then let us know how you are. We are with you!

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


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MARY & BRENDA thank you both. Something changed in Annie when she went to Boise; she just pushed my buttons so badly last night that I gave her a goodslap! All of my kids had at least 1 good slap in their growoing up years. After I slapped her, she ran out of the house & called the p;olice. TAd said it was a very "American" thing to do----when something goes wrong----call the police! & Sue! sue sue! I had to sigh a statement----does that make me a criminal now?! that I would never touch her again.

I am deathly afraid of her now; what if I say the wrong thing? or she tries to use something on
me? The police said if I touch her again I will be arrested. That is the law over here in Japan.

IF I had called the police every time my dad slapped me, he would have lived out the rest of his life i jail!

My heart is so broken. She wanted to "win" & she did. She wanted to "break\" me, & she did.

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Michele,

Take a deep breath and take a walk until you cool off. What your daughter does and says is her problem, not yours and you can do nothing to change her feelings. She is the only one who can do that. She needs some serious counseling, it seems to me. She is very unhappy about something. Maybe she needs to move out and live by herself or move in with a friend. I don't know the answer but I don't want you even thinking of harming yourself because it won't change a thing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Oh, Michele, you are a woman of deep faith. It has sustained you for a long time. Your daughter is the issue, not YOU. You are a wonderful, sweet person who puts everyone else first. Please know that you are worthy and worthwhile. You are our friend. Please know I am praying as I type. Please get back with us and call the hotline if you have doubts. We love you!

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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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I have not read the posts today; I am not mentally well. Bad relationship with my daughter---I won't even call her "dear" anymore. There is a suiicide hotline here & I was actually thinking of calling them. Need lots of prayers, please..,...

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I did a stupid thing with the new computer yesterday. It worked out okay but I was really scared. I needed to redo some documents before Monday and decided that since I was able to get the printer to work I should be able to load the software for Word. I tried over and over. Then I decided to go online and find out how to fix it. BAD MOVE. I clicked on what I thought was Microsoft Office help. A chat box opened and a 'nice woman' said she was 'there to help me.' I chatted with her for over 30 minutes and she told me that my new computer wasn't updated and that the drivers were outdated, etc. She would fix this for me AND she could fix Word so it would open for me. I was so glad and repeatedly said thank you. After this part o the chat she put in a long paragraph that hadn't been in the 'chat' before and I saw something that said I would be charged $249 for her assistance!! I was so scared! I typed NO NO NO over and over and said that she had never said fixing Word was going to cost me and wasn't she with Microsoft? She gave a totally different name of a company I didn't know and it really threw me. I finally clicked off and packed up everything, went to Best Buy and got a sweet young Geek Squad guy to help me. I cried!! He took care of it and loaded the Word. As I left a woman touched my arm and told me she couldn't help but overhear what I said...and that she and her husband were there for the same thing! The husband said, 'I am the idiot who GAVE my credit card for the same thing you are here for!' I laughed along with them and my guy said to both of us that he tells his mother and aunt NOT TO DO ANYTHING to the computer until he comes home. I learned a big lesson. I can do a few things but fixing something and doing searches to fix something are things I will not do again!!

Marielle, my printer that I had successfully set up wasn’t working this morning and although I totally agree that technology has really helped so much, it causes me so much grief, too! I know just enough to get myself in trouble, as explained above! I tried so hard and thought I could be grown up and efficient but that’s not at all how it turned out. You have had a wide and varied career! I need to get a big filing cabinet for my documents, too, and get rid of Dave’s big office desk.

Michele, it’s just a thought, but if you get an iPad, Kindle, or Nook, you can download free or nearly free books AND email on it. I think you can get SP on the Kindle, too. You might investigate that. I love reading on my iPad and most of my books come from BookBub.com. I get new offers every day.

Now that my little Geek Squad guy got Word put on this new computer I find that if I ‘hover’ over the Word icon or IE, I can see all the pages that are opened, Brenda! So I’ve toggled back and forth that way and haven’t even had to minimize. It might have always worked like that but it’s new to me! Thanks for the advice! I probably do have the cable to hook up to the printer because when I had the desktop that ‘s what I did. But with wifi and the laptop I haven’t had to even think about that. I do have a computer file folder with all my info in it. But I do like the gallon bags idea to hold everything.

You are good to be able to handle the tech issues, Maryann! My thought was the same about the printer. It only cost around $79 and I could easily get another one at some point. Good for you getting more workouts in and watching your intake. I have lost 2 pounds since I started back to school. No time for snacking!

This morning I got my bloodwork done and then had breakfast with my partner. We had Meet and Greet today and all my kids came. My old Wild Child came and gave me a hug and my new potential wild child did, too....a good start! I have nothing pressing for the weekend and Dinner for Eight on Sunday night. It will be a good, quiet time for me and maybe water aerobics tomorrow.

I need to wash a bunch of clothes and get myself ready for school this weekend. I am looking forward to getting things in order and underway. I hope it will be a good year. Thanks for letting me vent so often!

Mary

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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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Michele, it's gotten hot and humid again here too. The rain has stopped for a couple of days and even though it is only at about 55 and only going up to 70-something today, it feels hot because it is so humid. I used to enjoy reading biographies, but I agree they aren't exactly bedtime reading. What type of books do you like to read to make you relax and sleepy?

Sunny, I too agree about technology. It has made things so much easier for us. With the internet, I have gotten spoiled by being able to look anything up and get instant answers. It used to be that I'd see an actor & not be able to place him/her and think about it for a while and then just let it go, but with the internet, I can look up the program, find all the cast members, find the person, then look them up on wikipedia. I can fill my mind with a lot of useless things.

Brenda, I have a whole file cabinet drawer dedicated to computer booklets, cds, electronic wiring etc. I am not sure what half of it is. Some could belong to older electronic devices etc. When I did get rid of my paperwork when I replaced my CPU a few years ago. AND I managed to shred a lot of old paperwork that probably no one would ever care about. When I got my last computer I received all the back-up cd's but nowadays it is my understanding that they aren't giving those things out so when something happens and the computer has to be totally (what do they call it?) redone. I had to have everything wiped off and I had a back-up thumb drive that got all my documents put back on with, but the computer guy had to reinstall all the drivers, etc. It was an ordeal. So I back up my documents on a regular basis. But I was really happy to have all the cd's for him to re-install programs. (I have microsoft office, Malwarebytes [anti-virus], and Acrobat PDF maker). I love my microsoft office and use the PDF maker a lot for the District (bought it back in 2009 and it is still working).

Mary, you know, I thought that you can either wire a "wireless" printer directly to your computer. It is all in how you set it up. I chose to have mine wired. You just need a usb cord to set it up and all the cords should come with the printer when you buy it. But the cd or online program will walk you through everything. My big problem is that I don't understand the techie wording a lot and get "scared" when I think I may be doing something I don't want to, then I get "scared" to delete it.

Doris, I am so excited about HH opening up!! It's getting close: September 14th!! Yea! I'm sure you are so busy with all the last minute preparations. Once it is "opened" do you have to get it licensed or something before you can do the overnights? Or get people hired to be there. Does someone have to be there 24/7 when folks are there? Will you have a live in staff or will they work shifts. The Domestic Violence Shelter I ran for a while (back in the 1980's) had staff 24/7 and someone always on phones to receive the calls and if we were full route people to other shelters, etc. I know this is nothing like that and it is probably more about people reserving space when they come to visit their loved ones. What a wonderful thing!! I used to visit my foster son (in the 1970's) when he was at Wilmot Prison (don't know the real name-that was the road it was on). Anyway it was down past Tucson going east on Interstate 10 and I would drive down from Phoenix (about 2+ hours, visit, then drive home 2+ hours) so it can be an ordeal.

Have a great day everyone!! I wish for sunshine and joy in your lives............

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BRENDA I too, am impressed with your ability to do your own technology! Good for you. Maybe next time my computer breaks down, I'll just ask you!

MARY no, a book about Alexander Hamilton is just ok---it is not nighttime reading! I do like to read biographies, but when I read at night I want something light & entertaining!

SUNNY I am struggling today too. I have decided to be a bit more kind & forgiviing to myself.

Another hot, humid day. I have a child student this morning (Friday) & then maybe I'lljust go out for another walk! I already did my 4 a.m. walk!

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I love technology but it is really a drag when it doesn't work. We had problems with a wireless printer just couldn't get it working even with help. Had to buy a new one.

Struggling with the eating. I keep choosing things that are too high in calories. Upping my exercise minutes and hope that helps with my choices.

Take care off to do errands

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Mary,

I keep all my computer and printer booklets and DVD in gallon size freezer bags. My DVD packet goes in the pouch that goes with my digital camera and those are stored in my file cabinet or in the desk drawer so I know where they are. Too easy to lose otherwise among all the other things we save.

When you open up another window to get to a second screen and AOL comes up, you need to sign into your email account again. Then you have another window that you can click back and forth to read what other's have said. My Toshiba laptop is Windows 8 and quite complicated until I finally figured out the program. So on mine when I go back to inbox and don't close out (X out) the page I am reading I can bring the new page up and it will be another tab to click back and forth. You minimize the page you are on. Don't know if I explained it correctly. Hope so.

Yes, I also wish we could send you a Kuerig and some coffee Michele. They probably charge a lot to ship something like that from the states. Maybe when you come to visit, you could get one?

I hope your meetings were successful. I slept in until 9 this morning, was very tired last night and it was nice that no one came into visit. I put a "resting" sign on my door when I came home yesterday. No one will knock or walk in if there is a note. I get so tired of people bothering me in the evenings. They are lonely, I am not. It is all in my horoscope right now and it says not to tell people off. emoticon

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Well, Brenda, I'm impressed with you redoing your printer, too. I can't find the CD so that was an issue. I'm so glad it worked without it! I'm sure there is a cord to go with the wireless printer, too, but where is it??!! So far, this computer is working...sad that I get excited over something that is SUPPOSED to work! I tried to open the reply window in a new tab but it just brought AOL up again. I will try to go through 'File' and 'Open new window' next time. Thanks for the tip. Congrats on the great bloodwork. I will get mine done tomorrow!

Michele, I wish you could get a boatload of new books and your own Keurig! I ordered more coffee last night and felt bad. I should buy you one and send it!! Are there book stores with books in English? I wouldn't think reading a book about Hamilton would really keep you occupied, lol! Hugs to you. You are so easy to please!

I have meetings all day at our owner's house so I need to get going.

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The strangest thing happened to my printer. I was trying to print a recipe and nothing would work . I finally found out that my printer wasn't even installed anymore. How that happened is beyond me because no one else uses my laptop. Maybe my apartment is haunted by the ghost of the previous tenant. emoticon emoticon

I dug out the installation DVD and uninstalled the old program and then re-installed my printer and now it is working. I do remember that I got a message on my screen a while back that my laptop needed to be updated so I clicked on that to update it. So who knows what happened.........Hmmmmmmmm

My doctor gave me a good report on my bloodwork today. A few numbers were a tad high but nothing to worry about. She wants another blood test in three months to compare them and see if the numbers are better. She thinks it may be connected to the rash I am getting over. She said it is probably a fungi instead of a virus and it could take months to get over it. And to keep using the Cetaphil I bought at Costco. She also told me I am very healthy and that I look much younger than 72 and to keep making healthy choices and eat lots of fruits and veggies, which I already do. I don't have to see her for six more months. She will call me about the bloodwork results. We have a doctor shortage at the clinic, they need two more. So she told me not to get sick. I told her I am not one to run to the doctor with every little ailment because I know my body and how to treat it most of the time.

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MARY you are great! I dono't know if I could have done such a thing myself!

Time to read my book; I found a used book about Alexander Hamilton at church!

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Mary,

I just open another window and flip back and forth. I don't have word on my laptop, it has to be paid for from Microsoft. Would probably never use it anyway. My printer is wireless but never set it up that way, it sounded too complicated for my brain so I just plug it into my laptop when I want to copy something.

I also don't use apps because I don't know anything about them or how they work. Not real computer savvy on a lot of things.

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Girls, I still don't have Word installed so I can't toggle back and forth and Marielle, YOUR memory and MINE at the end of the day are both shot, so you're not alone! I am proud to say that I worked a bunch last night and for about an hour when I got home from school trying to figure out how to hook up my wireless printer (and you DON"T hook it up, lol! But you know what I mean...) so I can print. I did a diagnostic test on the printer and reset it, turned it off and on, and VOILA! I can print! I am SO proud of myself for being able to do that. And that being said, my technology presentation wasn't too bad but it didn't go as I expected. The teacher who went before me used QR codes, something like the codes you see at the grocery store but they are square. I'm sure you've seen them. You scan them with your phone or iPad and it sends you to a website or tells you 'hidden' info. That's great----except that at the end of her presentation she said to get onto the app that I was supposed to present---and she used MY app to add to her stuff. So when it was MY turn the teachers were playing on that app and not really paying attention to what I was telling them. Not really anything I could do about that. I guess it was okay and I did have a handout. But I was disappointed that it didn't go as I had planned. Oh, well, it's DONE!

I will try to install Word tonight or tomorrow and hopefully I will be able to toggle back and forth soon.

Hugs to all.

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DORIS hope you got your ironing done!

I wish using a car was a way of life here, esp when the weather is so hot, cold or rainy here! I get tired of always having to endure & put up with such conditions. If I don't however, I wouldn't be able to leave my house! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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It's hot here too, Michelle, with the thermometer at 99.4 just now. It may break 100 before the sun goes down!

I've been lazy today and catching up on a few of those things you need to do but would rather put off!

Guess I'd better get the iron and work on that for an hour or so.



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It is hot & humid here today; have to bike ride to Junko's (piano teacher) house for just a piano lesson this am

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Michele teaching one on one must be tiring. 4 hours sounds like a long time did you get any breaks? I think it is marvelous to be able to speak two languages. My thoughts are with you about your father. It must be hard to be so far away.

Doris your project is moving along so well. The details take such a long time to pull together. It must seem like it is in slow motion

Brenda I like the way you get out. My mom only leaves the place she lives if one of us takes her out. I am not sure if she just get too confused on the bus

We went off to LA again to see an art exhibit and then went out to lunch. It is fun being in LA and see all the different types of people Back later

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MARIELLE I am no dr. of course but it sounds to me like your whole body rhythm is off. Maybe you need to put yourself on a schdule. I always tell Annie (DD) that when she can't sleep to at least lie down, as if she is telling her body it is "rest time". No phone, no doing anything. Rest in the lying down position for at least 6- 7 hours. She is actually sleeping better now!

MARY how was our conference, or reference or whatever it was ? Have you invested in a new computer yet?

DD How exciting about hh! Decorating!

My lessons went well in Tokyo today. I was beginning to lose my concentration at 4 straight hours of sitting, which made my legs start to hurt---nerve pain---& looking at someone's face without looking at anything else!

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Brenda, I agree it was pretty unconscious of your aunts to decide not to tell you about your dad, whether they thought you wouldn't be able to go or not. Sometimes I think people don't have a clue. I am very sorry that it went down that way. Thanks for clarifying about "Frosties". Sounds like an interesting and fun place to go.

Michele, hope Tokyo went well. Sounds like you enjoy your outing--lesson, coffee, McDonalds. A good day. I am having a little bit of a strange day. My brain (mind) didn't seem to be working well--I kept losing thoughts and having strange sensations--no my BP was down (140/64) so that wasn't a problem. Maybe I am just on overload. Of course I just don't sleep well anymore. 5-6 just doesn't seem to be enough for me-but last night after several days of 5 or 6 hours sleep, I did get 8 hours, but seem groggy all day, took a nap and then was even more groggy. Could just be sleep problems. The board is just the board. I don't believe it will ever change. Always something coming up.

Mary, your computer problems sound awful. I hope the Asus laptop works for you. $229 is not a bad price. My grandson said Asus makes good computers. Sorry about the violent storm where you are. It hasn't been violent here--the only violence is from the water. There were several folks down in New River, Carefree and even south of Phoenix that got stranded in flash floods trying to go through what they thought was just a little water across the road. One poor lady got stuck in her car and before the MCSO (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) got her out, the water was up over the hood of her vehicle. Some folks had to be rescued from their houses. This is pretty typical of how heavy rain affects the desert. I lived in the valley (Phoenix area) since 1951 and every time we got rains like what we are having now, it flooded-one year it took out two bridges and so there was only one way to get from the east valley to the west valley. It took people up to 4 hours to get to work and to get back home. Truly an ordeal. It took months for ADOT (AZ dept. of transportation) to repair/replace the bridges.

Doris, HH is getting close now. How exciting for you. It would be so nice to be able to see the pictures of "her" when "she" is finished. Don't know why I think of a house/facility as a her, but maybe because women are nurturing and this really sounds like it will be a nurturing place for folks to come.

I have had to just take my dog for short walks because it has been raining off and on all day. I'm sure the dog park is flooded. It is raining now. I am happy I live on top of a hill. Might not be able to get out if it floods because both ways out of my area go downhill into areas that water drains across the road, but I don't think it will get that bad.


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To those asking about HH, we are still in the decorating stage, buying bedspreads, pictures, tables, lamps, etc. for the rooms. Most of the rooms are almost there! A local church had a shower Sunday night and we received pillows, sheet sets, towels, two rocking chairs for the front porch, cash, and assorted other items we needed. That was very nice of them.
Our open house/dedication is Sept. 14, 2-5, with day ministry beginning the next weekend and overnight stays around Nov. 1. We still have to hire the director so everything is being done by the board at this point. The room I'm sponsoring is almost complete.

Michelle, hope your lessons were good today.

Mary, I'm glad you got the new computer. Now to get familiar with how it works!

The flooding sounds dangerous. Please be careful.

Brenda, it sounds as if your group had a good time at Frosties. It's been so warm here that the ice cream version of Frosties would be appropriate!! It's only 95 today, but that's still too hot for me to be comfortable!!

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Well, I tried 7 times this morning and 4 times this afternoon...I can't even get the computer to show options to connect. So I went to best buy and bought the $229 Asus. It has a cd drive and great reviews. They even gave me a free antivirus. I have a really good one that I just bought so I will save this one for another old computer. I hope it works. I plugged it in and am charging it. I have no clue as to where to go from there. It said there was a manual but I sure didn't find one!

Michele, hooray for your starbuck's coffee and the lessons. I hope you dad will hang on until you can get to visit. You're in my prayers.

Brenda, that just isn't right that no one gVe you the info about your dad's death. I know people in similar situations, though. I wionder what makes people play God like that?

Marielle, I heard about all the AZ flooding. I'm glad you're okay. We had a violent rainstorm yesterday, very unexpected. I have downed limbs all over my heard. I was at school and not out in it but when I got home from school my power was out. Thank goodness it came on shortly after I called it in!

I did a reference paper for my technology presentation tomorrow. I think it will be okay. Wish me luck. Techno Mary, I am not, lol.

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thank you all for the computer suggestions. I usually work from my desk top here at home. But I am going to be going to Raleigh, probably no later than Nov. & spend about a month or so with mom & dad. Dad is 84,, 100% blocked arteries. He will not be around much longer.

MARIELLE how are you today? How is the board?

MARY, yes, I do agree with Brenda----you DO NEED a new Computer! HAve you decided anything?

DORIS what is the latest on HH?


BRENDA I am so sorry to hear about what happened to you when your dad died. That was definitely not fair, not right for those family memebers to decide that for you, no matter what your relationship was to him! Glad you enjoyed frosties. Do you always get a hamburger?

I will be in Toikyo today, teaching English conversation to a lot of students. I have DH's cousin first at Starbuck's---yea! a free coffee! And then the rest will be at McDonald's.

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Marielle,

When I say we went to Frosties, I am talking about an old Logger tavern who has a special every evening. Monday is $2 burgers. Frosties are sold at Wendy's but I am not much of a fan of them. Too sweet for me. Anyway our dinner at Frosties last night was really good, they have a new cook. Ten of us went so we had a full bus. I always order a burger, onion rings and a tall iced tea w/lemon, no sugar. I share the onion rings, they are hand made and huge rings. Yum!

I would never intentionally drive through a flooded street but one morning driving my catering truck, I went under the freeway overpass around the corner and found myself in a flood. All I could do was get as far to the left of the road (the high side) to the next underpass and out of the flood and back to my garage. Very scary. Those ten years of driving, I had to go out in all kinds of weather because my customers depended on me for their snacks and lunch. We did not go out in snow and ice, tho, because most businesses were closed.

Mary,

I hope you get a new computer soon. Nothing more irritating than things that don't work.

Michele,

You could also check out a notebook, they are like a laptop but smaller, bigger than a Kindle or something similar. Many options out there. Do you have a computer store near you so you could go looking? They do have a plug in keyboard so a person doesn't have to type on the tiny one.

Sending prayers and good wishes for you and your family. Aren't you glad you just got to talk to your dad? Precious memories.............when my dad died, I didn't find out about it for several months. Of course, I hardly knew him and he was in TN and I was in WA state and my aunts decided I didn't need to know because I probably couldn't afford to go back for the funeral anyway. I was really upset with them. He was 67 I would not have been able to go to the funeral anyway but it was the principal of the thing. I had four preschoolers.

Doris,

How is HH coming along? Did they make a lot of progress while you were gone on vacation?

Have a good day everyone.

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Good morning, we have gotten tons of rain for Arizona. There are lots of flash floods down in Phoenix, Carefree, New River and even down to folks in South Mountain. It rained all night where I live and the ground is totally soaked and we have puddles everywhere. We definitely need it and Mother Earth or Father Sky are doing their thing but it is causing lots of anguish for folks down in Phoenix--their homes are flooding and everything. So far no deaths, but people are pushing it going through flooded roadways with their vehicles. We have a flash flood warning til 9am our time.

Mary, wow laptop for under $250. I'll have to at least check it out--since it probably would mostly be for internet connection. I had an interesting thing yesterday. We have all the District "official documents" on a flash drive. I tried to download it on to the computer at the office and it failed, probably because it was so much info and the computer didn't have enough memory. I had to call the computer guy so it will have to be fixed.

Michele, I know you wanted to get to visit with your dad before he passed. I am sure he knows you love him and whatever happens it sounds like he will have loving family around him. It is hearfbreaking for those of us left behind but sometimes I think those making the transition are ready and let go of their physical body with relief. I am sending my love and prayers for your dad.

Doris, sounds like you are back in the swing of being home after your summer trip to Colorado. Take care.

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Marielle, it IS because you are so conscientious that you throw yourself into the water board. I hope whomever takes over will not be one of the 'stupidest!' But I hope it comes sooner than later.

Michele, right now Walmart and best buy have an Asus laptop for under$250. I am going to look today, I thinki. Look online. They ship in 24 hours...

I have restarted my computer 6 times in less than an hour. I can't stand my computer...

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MARIELLE I do not think of it as a "sucker" phase, but rather a "kindness" phase! THose who tend to be very kind & gentle (I am included here!) tend to get ourselves into such situations. When I pass on, I would like to be remembered as being overly kind!

MARY thank you for the info about the IPad. I have heard that before, that they are hard to use for those of us who have bad eyes. I may just end up getting a laptop computer. But I will need something when I go to Raleigh.

It is dad's time; he is 84, has taken care of all of us---aunts, his own parents, mom,his kids.... his job on this earth is done. I only hope that God has saved him a place in line for Heaven. I have been through this phase with Tad's mom, when she died of diabetes complications 5 years ago----Christmas day '09, It was just a waiting game. It was actually a relief when she was finally gone.

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Michelle, sorry your dad is not doing well. I hope your passport is processed quickly.

Marielle, I'm glad you're analyzing how you can continue without internalizing everything. All you can control is your own reaction, but not that of the "stupids" who come to your meetings.

Mary, wishing you a great school year--the last one!


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Michele, my prayers are with you and your father. I am so sorry he is not doing well. Please take care.

Mary, don't feel bad about the "sucker" phrase. I do feel like a sucker, I think I am just way too conscientious. I have had some recent advice from the county--that we represent the District and that what we say goes and that the people who didn't stand up before we passed everything really have no say. So I guess I need to "toughen up". I care too much what some of these stupid (I say this believing stupidity is hearing but not listening--remember the Simon and Garfunkel song Sounds of Silence) people just want to be negative and angry and I don't need to listen to them even though I have to hear them sometimes. You have great feedback!!!

Brenda I am glad Jim is feeling better. I love frosties and haven't had one in a long time! They sound so good to me. We have a new teacher-I will have to get used to the change. She is very nice but teaches differently than the other lady we had. Good for me to deal with change as it is the only constant!!

Everyone have a good evening. Michele hope your morning is better than today. Rest and take care of yourself.

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Saying a prayer for your dad as I type, Michele! I hope you can get your passport expedited. My sister is trying to get one for my nephew right now.

I have an iPad that my sister in law gave me. So portable and does a lot but I hate typing on it. The print is tiny and I make loads of mistakes. That being said, it's ALWAYS 'hooked up' to the internet which is certainly more than I can say about my computer! I can print from it, too.

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I posted something & then lost it. Read all of the posts Don'T feel like chatting today; dad isn't well & my passport isn't done yet---may not be ready for 4-6 weeks.

I am looking into a laptop or IPad if anyone has any suggestions I' d like to hear them. I am getting all of this stuff ready as I will bed coming State-side hopefully next month.

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Maryann, your art shows must be fun! I'm so glad to hear that your husband is feeling better right now. Yes, do take advantage of those good days. But going into LA must be a chore. The traffic was really tough. So nice that the church can use the historic houses! Good for you, losing the weight! I am starting back with my PT exercises. I hate the bad hip feeling!

Marielle, I didn't at ALL mean to make you feel like a 'sucker!!' I always joke that I have it tattooed on my forehead. I just worry that you are such a responsible person and you take this job seriously. And they are causing you so much grief! The one man does sound like he might be someone to worry about. It would be hard to find out about the volunteers, I guess? I hope someone does step up and relieve you regardless of how they are, though. I worry about your health!

Brenda, so good to hear that Jim is better and looking forward to the picnic! I hope Frostie's was a fun 'field trip!' I have spent way too much money this month and will be looking for bargains myself. Two dollars for lunch is a great deal!

We have big meetings tomorrow and after today's work day I am ready for school. We have meetings all week and Meet and Greet for the kids on Friday. Let the Games Begin, lol!

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Well Monday has arrived and it will be a busy week. We are going into LA to see an art exhibit on Tuesday which will take the whole day. Today I am doing an extra day as a docent for some one who is on vacation.

The art show this weekend is a small gallery run by one of the local Lutheran Churches. There is a small old historic house on the grounds and instead of tearing it down when they built the church they use if for small group meetings,and keeping a small library in one of the rooms. Then they use it for an art gallery for local artists. It is really nice because we have met some of the artists at the openings and it is always neat to talk with them. Lots of art groups in our area and this is a nice place for them to show their work.

Near us is a historic spanish adobe house. They have a really large courtyard/outdoor space enclosed inside the walls. Several Saturday nights during the summer they have groups come and perform. These are not big famous people but usually very good musicians. The group this last Saturday was a Neil Diamond tribute band. It was fun to hear songs from the 60's and 70's and there is a dance floor set up so we had a good time. We see people from the community we know there.

You can take picnic dinner but it is only 10 minutes from our house so we just take dessert.
There is one more concert which is Cajun music The group is a regular and it is just a lot of fun.

My DH is feeling good right now so we are going a lot of the things we like to do around the area. He has been ill on and off since the Spring, nothing life threatening but just zapps his energy.

Marielle I really understand about the committee. I took on the leadership of a group for several years where I worked because the alternative people really had some personal agendas. I finally had to give it up but it was always a struggle. It seems that in more recent years people feel they have the right to be really mean. This is especially hard when it is such an important topic.

On the weight front, I am working on the vacation weight and it is slowly coming down. It seems to me that eating a lot of vegetables and really keeping the portions of everything else small is working. It is easy to stay on track when life is not complicated but events and parties really do disrupt my commitment. Looking to Labor Day and the DD and family are coming.

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Marielle,

Yes, that one man does sound like a basket case, What is this world coming to these days? So many wacko's out there that think they know better but don't look at the facts but like to talk just to listen to themselves.

Yay for your new class! I hope it helps you relieve your stress. I do understand why you don't just walk away from the water department and want to step down the right way. Only you know when the right time will be.

The food bank does need to be very organized or there will be fraud because some are always trying to get something for nothing. What gets me is some people who go for free food are smokers and it really irks me, especially when a pack of cigarettes cost upwards of $10 a pack in our state.

Mary,

Your computer issues are very annoying so I hope you get it solved soon.

We are going to Frosties on our bus for $2 burgers for dinner this evening so that will be fun. My monthly outing for sure.

Update on Jim: He seems to be stronger these days. He even made a goulash for the potluck yesterday and he hasn't been able to do that for the last few months. I didn't go to potluck but he called me Saturday to see if I had any tomato juice and he needed some macaroni from the downstairs pantry. I had a bottle of Mott's Vegetable juice that I gave him and went down and got the noodles for him. He really enjoyed out indoor picnic last Thursday.

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Mary, cancer is still such a scary disease. Your husband's illness and death happened so quickly, it must have been devastating for you. You are a survivor, though and seem to have a lot of support and love from your family. I hope school is still going well for you.

Brenda, I really enjoyed hearing about the food bank. We have a couple here in the Prescott area and Catholic Social Services also provide food baskets to folks. It was very interesting. I am sure they must be very organized to make sure that the food goes to the most in need and the system where you live sounds like they do just that.

Michele, how is everything going with you? You sound so busy. Is your daughter still home in Japan or has she returned to the US for school yet? How is your FIL doing? Does he require a lot of your time? Does he live with you or live close or do you have to travel to take care of him? How are your sons?

Sunny, I hope you enjoyed the art show and had a nice weekend. How is your DD, SIL, and GS in Phoenix doing?

Yes everyone I know I am a sucker to stay on with the Board. Right now I am taking things one day at a time. I hate to let our manager and the other Board member down, or I would have already quit the Board. But we maybe have two men who said they wanted to come on the board. They haven't followed through on anything, but both of them seem a little off (whackadoodle, not rowing with both oars - LOL). Anyway one of them is a little scary as I think he could possibly be the threat person. Anyway-one kept saying how "open" he is, but no matter what he said, he maintained and continued to argue his "opinion" and justify his "opinion" no matter what anyone said to him (the manager and other Board member spent a lot of time trying to explain things after the meeting and I did not see that he even listened, but continued to harp on his points. Enough of the craziness. I have a lot going on today. Must take DD to mechanic for her car, then to work. Then I'll have to pick her up. One wonderful thing is that I start my Stretch and Flex class today!!!!! YEA.
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I have a full week of meetings and will meet the students on Friday...reality hits, lol.

Michele, Dave was 59 when he died. He had prostate cancer the year before and came through with no problems. Then he developed a bad backache that wouldn't go away. Once he went to the hospital for the 2nd time for X-rays they found lesions on his liver. He was hospitalized for 5 days and died from a liver melanoma...very rare. He had a skin cancer melanoma when we were 26 and had had various skin cancers over the years but this cUght us all off guard. Yes, he was way too young!

Brenda. The food bank sounds very organized. My church has a food pantry. Maybe I will volunteer once I retire. I am so glad you get such a great variety of things.

Marielle, it's heartbreaking that you should have to take meds to calm you down from a volunteer position!! You are causing yourself so much grief. I wish you would step down, it's not worth the trouble it cAuses you. I am so sorry.

The art show sounds nice, Maryann. I'm glad you had a nice weekend.

My Internet is down again. I should have gone to buy a cheap computer when I had nothing to do yesterday. Maybe late today!!

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SUNNY how was your concert? What did you go & see?

BRENDA I'm glad you explained the food bank to me. Gets me To know you better. IT does sound very organized. A good system for those who really need it.

MARIELLE maybe you should really consider getting out of the W.Board. It is not good for your mental health! Yourlife should have more quality than that!

MARY how old was your DH when he died? SIxty-three?!! That is soooo young! Tad will be 60 next March. I am 53. I plan on being around for a while longer. HOw ice that DD made his favorite meal. What a great way to remember him!

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Saturday is busy, we are going to an art show this afternoon and then an outdoor concert at one of the local parks. Nice walk this morning and now I need to get going. Back tomorrow

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The Food Bank: It is very hard to abuse the system these days because it is all on the computer. We have to print our name, sign our name and put in our address and how many in our family. Then they check to see if the person is on the list. Pretty foolproof. I know most of the workers at the food bank and they are very nice. We are given a number and then sit down until they call our number. Then we go to the warehouse and can choose a few things off the shelf (they tell us how many) and how much bread we can get. We can take as many bags of rice, dried beans, and oatmeal as we can use. Then any produce they get, we can usually take as much as we need or they will tell us how many. There are volunteers who take the food to the cars and put it in. The boxes can be pretty heavy sometimes. They are filled ahead of time with canned goods, pasta, frozen veggies, sometimes we get some meat or chicken. eggs, margarine, a few granola bars, cereal, peanut butter, Sometimes a roll of TP or paper towels. Sometimes a bar of soap or shampoo. Yesterday we all got a gallon of milk. Once a year, in July, we have to take our light bills or rent receipt in to prove our residence. They do not take a driver's licence for proof because they last for five years and I just heard they are now extending it to six years. It costs $9 a year. Mine expires next year. So that's the food bank rules in a nutshell.

Food boxes are filled ahead of time. Families get one box for each person living at their address. Food that I get that I don't eat, I pass it on to someone else who needs it so nothing goes to waste.

I will check back later. I need to get dressed and ready to take Lura shopping. If I am not down there when she goes down, she will call me. She gives me $5 to take her. I take her groceries to her apartment when we get back. She can't lift much.

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Brenda, I agree that keeping a kitten and having a litter box can be difficult. Our cats (all three of them) are pretty much indoor-outdoor and go where they want, when they want. We have doggie doors so it would be impossible to keep them inside anyway. They have caught or killed everything from moths to rats and brought them in for show and tell. I am not at all unhappy about the rats and mice they have annihilated but I don't like it when they bring in lizards and other little critters that don't bother us.

Mary your DD sounds like such a sweetheart. What a nice idea to still celebrate your DH's birthday in his honor. He passed so young to be only 63 today. But it is hard to lose loved ones whether they're young or old. We miss them so much. I still miss both my mother and father deeply and it has been many years (29 years for my dad and 22 for my mom). Family is our anchor and they keep us grounded.

Michele, I hope English class went well. It is Saturday morning here and I am going to do weekend things. Regarding the water district: the manager and I both nearly had nervous breakdowns I think and we talked about it and decided very strongly that we would not think about (I am working on that one) or do any water district business before 8 am or after 5 pm Monday through Friday and not at all on the weekends. That should help to maintain our sanity. As for the crazy folks giving me huge anxiety, I will be seeing my doctor on the 29th of August and I am going to ask him for prozac or something like that. It is an antidepressant and I've had several people, including a friend who is a nurse tell me that this drug just "takes the edge off". We'll see if he wants to prescribe something else, but this one is something called an SSRI (selective seritonin reuptake inhibiter). A lot of people have taken it when they are in a bad situation and then go off it when their external situation gets better and others take it for very long periods of time. I hate that I have to take the three little pills that I need already so one more pill doesn't really solve the problem, it just lets me not care so much I guess.

Hope everyone has an absolutely fabulous weekend.

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I'm sure you are 'counted' over and over, Michele! I always love going to Mass on Holy Days because it's not crowded (sadly!) and I feel like I'm doing something very special.

Brenda, I'm sure you follow all the rules...and others rarely do. I hope the good food goes to those who are truly needy. On the other hand, having to make time and get there would mean people who don't qualify have to find out about it, etc. You do so many healthy things.

Today would have been my husband's 63rd birthday. My daughter will fix one of his favorite 'family chef' meals tonight in his honor. She's so sweet about that! He would have been so proud of how the kids have turned out and he would have been a wonderful grandfather.

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BRENDA I wonder how many people abuse the system, however?

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There is no charge for the food at the foodbank so yes, the price was very right! People in need or low income can go, no questions asked, however, a person does have to produce a letter or something mailed to the person at their current address. It is every Friday but we can only go once a month. If people say they have six people living with them, each one has to have the letter mailed to their name at the same address as the person getting the food.

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BRENDA how great to get all of that fresh produce! And good prices, I bet?

MARY the Holy Days of Obligation aren't celebrated here in Japan, don't know why I did say my Rosary however. So I'm sure that counts for Our Blessed Mother's assumption into Heaven, I think,!



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The produce sounds great, Brenda~ I love it that you are able to have fresh fruits and vegetables at a good cost. I hope the trip to Safeway will work out. Your weather sounds great. It was 96 again today and so hot! But not quite as humid as it could have been.

It's amazing that your friend Lura is still doing all her own housework! That's one thing my mother said she loved about the idea of assisted living: someone cooked, cleaned, and did her laundry!

I need to get my bloodwork done, too. I probably will go on Monday before our work day! Good luck with the outcome, although is sounds like you are doing just fine.

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Mary,

I just wrote a post, hit the wrong button and poof! it disappeared. emoticon Will try again.

My friend Joice has one of those pups on the pillow. She used to have a toy cat that meowed but her granddaughter took it home, she loved it so much. Joice also has a real dog, Stictches. She moved here from where I used to live, there are five of us here from there now.

Maria went to the food bank with me today and boy, did we get a lot of food and fresh produce from people's gardens. Lots of zucchini and yellow squash, beautiful plump carrots, cucumbers and a gigantic cabbage. I couldn't get anymore in the back of my Jeep. I finally just got them all in the refrigerator after putting some leftovers in smaller containers.

Temps are a lot cooler and no more rain now so it is comfortable. Lura just called asking if I will take her to Safeway in the morning. She is 96 and does most of her housework herself. Her family comes to see her often and a lady comes in to do her laundry and change her bed and do the heavy cleaning. She buys those bags of premade cookie mix and bakes the cookies for potlucks. Chocolate chip. Sometimes she takes a cake.

Next Wednesday is my doctor appointment so I went in and had a blood draw this morning to check cholesterol and whatever else they do. Will get the results Wednesday. I always get a good report.

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Michele, I hope the lessons go well. I just got back from Mass...holy day today! I always ask for blessings for all my sweet friends for whatever anyone needs.

Brenda, my mother in law had a cute little puppy in a bed and he moved when you touched his back. He looked so real and people always thought she had a dog in assisted living! I guess having a pet in a small place would be hard. I'm glad you have a chance to play with other people's pets!

I want to stay up late and watch mindless tv, read some, and wake up when I'm ready tomorrow. It's wonderful not to have an agenda this weekend! Water aerobics at noon, then my sweet daughter is having dinner in my husband's honor. It would have been his 63rd birthday tomorrow.

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Mary,

Yes, I have considered getting a kitten but these apartments are too small and no good place to put a litter box except the bathroom (they are very small) and there is no window there. Not to mention the litter that spills on the floor. So I am content with my stuffed animals and have two kittens sleeping in baskets. I found them at the flea market. There are several cats here to pet, plus some dogs so I am fine without my own.

I took Maria to the food bank with me and we got so much food there is hardly room to store it in here. Lots of fresh veggies and we could take as much as we wanted/needed.

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MARIELLE I do agree with Mary & Brenda!

It is Saturday here; have to teach English!

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Thanks so much, Maryann! I actually enjoy the initial conversations with the parents because they have no issues...YET, lol. Then when they get like marielle's group, I cave! I know you can do the walk. You'll be fine.

Marielle, I like Brenda's suggestion of a doctor's note about getting off the board.

Brenda. Since people can have pets at your place have you considered getting a cat? That might give you a lot of pleasure.

I have more conferences today but am glad it's Friday!!

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Brenda what a terrible situation you were in. You have come through do much and still have a helpful nature

Mary the reason people come is because of your cheerful helpful and caring personality. Get enough sleep

Michele I have been timing my walks and I can do the 5k. I have the worst problems with direction so I am sure I would need to walk the course a couple of times. They block off a couple of our streets when they have the races.

We went to see Magic in The a Moonlight. Cute fluff movie.

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Marielle,

I would get a letter from your doctor stating that because of health issues or something like that, you can no longer serve on the board. Well, if they can't have a meeting without you there, I guess they would have to get someone to replace you. You could also start throwing tantrams when people start acting stupid. emoticon

Mary,

I had to give up two dogs and my two cats during that time. I cried all the way to the Shelter and all the way home when I had to take the cats there because no one in town wanted any more cats. I miss them more than the dogs. I never cried when my husband had his stroke. I really think I was in shock.

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Thank everyone for your support. I feel like I am in a no-win situation! By Arizona law I have to keep serving until a replacement is found for me. I can choose to not go to meetings and if so then they can't do business without a quorum. Per our attorney, Yavapai County said they would put pressure on the board members to keep serving. I really don't know why I am taking it so hard. I guess I am just really thin skinned. I really feel that no matter what I do it will be the wrong thing--sort of "between a rock and a hard place". We made the newspaper after the 7/28 meeting-I'm definitely not a politician. I have no idea how all those legislators, mayors, governors, presidents,etc. actually do it. I really don't. They must get something out of it. I'm not sure what though. One day at a time. It's pretty depressing.

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Marielle, PLEASE step down from this VOLUNTARY position right now. You have given it so much time and effort and we all are worried FOR you and about you. It's not worth your health!

Brenda, it must have really been sad to have to give up your little dog at a time when things were so uncertain. You have such a great attitude and acceptance of life's curves that are thrown. No wonder your BP and sugars are fine!

Maryann, I've done several 5K charity walks and it's not hard. I'm sure you can do it in an hour or less. I have one of the Walk Away the Pounds dvds that is '5K Your Way' or something like that. You do it in 45 minutes...of course, in air conditioning at home, lol! Totally different from doing it outside, humidity or not. Good luck!

I had a long but good work day after CPR at school today. Tomorrow I have more conferences. Then I have to try to figure out when I will conference with the 3 families who didn't sign up. Oh, well, I have a better record than many of the other teachers so far. Some have had only a small number of people come to visit.

I am off to bed. Hugs to all!

Mary

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Marielle,

It sounds like you need to walk away before you get really sick. Your health just isn't worth all the stress. emoticon

Brenda

Chehalis, WA


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