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WELCOME CINDI

We do the best we can to be here for each other, and as Marielle mentioned, most of us are learning to love ourselves and enjoy every day as best we can.

We will be glad to have you join us.

MARIALLE

I am sure it is difficult for you to go through your sister's things. God Bless dear.

I began to answer you all, and realized that I am just too tired.

Had Gracee and Ellee today, then went straight to rehearsal, did not get home until after nine.

Wishing you all a great evening and a lovely day tomorrow.

God Bless my friends.

Bonnie

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7/29/15 11:05 P

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Thanks for the welcome! Yes I have been around Spark since 2007. I lost about 30 pounds back then. Spark is very good. Then I changed careers and now I am in a stressful job that keeps me pretty sedentary for 8 or more hours a day. When I lost my weight I walked several times a day as my schedule allowed. On the positive side of things it took me 8 years to regain all the weight. I know stress is a real factor in my weight not wanting to come off. Also, not being as active throughout the day like I would like to. Another factor is entering menopause in the midst of the last five years. Lots of factors. Right now I am working at getting back to the basics of Spark along with things I've learned over the years.
Thanks for the feedback.
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I'm back from Zumba and am SO hungry but I'm waiting on the AC guy to come back for payment. Yes, it's working well and hopefully it will ease my bill. Tomorrow is water aerobics and more cleaning and clearing of 'stuff!'

Mary
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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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7/29/15 6:15 P

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Michele, the dogs are doing fine. We now have 8 animals: i have 3 dogs (with Linda's two) and 2 cats (with Linda's one) - quite a jump in animal care. DD Brandi has 1 dog and 2 cats. Yes I'm sure we will sell her property once it is cleaned out.

Mary, hope the a/c is better now. I'm so glad you decided on the Supplement plan. Relax, I am sure everything will go fine.

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MARY so is your a.c. running better now? I do hope too, that the bill will be less for you! Good for you for getting that Medicare out of the way! emoticon

BRENDA emoticon That is great that you are finally letting someone else do the work! Do what brings you joy, that obviously wasn't it! I hope that J. is also more relieved now, too, that she doesn't have that responsibility!

MARIELLE one step at a time! You will eventually get your sister's house all figured out. Wil you sell it as well? How are the dogs today?

CINDI emoticon

My child lesson went well yesterday, tho. she couldn't concentrate too well b/c of being hot.
I did use the a.c. by my afternoon student.

Today is piano lesson &tone chime practice!

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I'm sure it's still so hard for you to clean out your sister's things, Marielle. Will you be able to sell her house when you are through? I've forgotten the circumstances of where/how she lived. Just do a little at a time and hopefully it won't be too overwhelming. That's how I'm doing with my house. I'm making slow but steady progress.

My AC people have been here since 9:30. One asked for the key to the outdoor unit! I told him that their company installed it 9 years ago, serviced it in late March, and no one has ever asked about a key! So I have no idea about that! So far, it's not very cool but I hope it will be okay.

My Biggest Accomplishment of the Day today has been: TA DA----I called and cancelled the two extra Medicare supplement policies iwth Advice and Life. The most recent paperwork still had my name misspelled and had info that wasn't factual. I supposedly am getting confirmation in the mail from one company and got email confirmation from another so I hope that's all I need to do. I will keep the Aetna Plan F that I originally signed up for and go with Part D from my own State Farm agency. That way I have someone watching out for me where I've known them for 15 years or so. So.....I hope my anxiety level will ease off!

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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7/29/15 11:59 A

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Hi everyone
Welcome Cindi - emoticon I agree with Mary you probably know more than us all since you are a leader. I just keep focusing on loving myself and caring about my body as a "temple" for my consciousness (soul).

Michele, I can't remember the specific book where Thich Knat Hahn talked about gratefulness, but he is a wonderful teacher. Such compassion and knowledge.

Sunny-have a fabulous trip. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Bonnie, so sorry to hear about your mother's cousin's grandson Brian. Addiction is a really tough one to beat.

Brenda, emoticon emoticon emoticon for quitting! They will get along without and who knows, maybe their complaints will be about how hard they have to work to put things together.

Mary, I'm sure that the new coils will help with your bill. Anything that is not working up to par seems to put more electricity.

My DD has a really bad toothache so I am going to take her to the DDS today. It probably is an abscess. I worked at my sister's yesterday - left at 7am got there about 8 and worked til about 12 noon. I cleared out the bathroom and the rest of her clothing in her drawers. Still so much to do!!

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Welcome, Cindi! I know we would all agree with you that it's SO hard to lose! Focus on one area at a time if it seems overwhelming. I see you are the leader of several teams so you are probably as 'well versed' on SP as any of us, but we try to give as much support as we can to each other as we make our way through life.

I do have my AC people coming in a little while and I needed to be up at 7 this morning---that's probably why I hardly slept! I know I fell asleep around 4:30 but woke up at 6:40. I hope I get a nap after the AC people leave. I have Zumba tonight. I will drink my water and have a big salad for lunch. I have a new bag of lettuce and spinach that needs to be worked on!

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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7/29/15 1:13 A

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Sunny,

Have a great time in Maui even tho you will be taking care of the GS.

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Hello again
A neighbor friend is having her roof replaced because it leaked during the last rain we had. She has been hanging out at my house while the roofers are banging away. We managed to chat and go shopping. I did manage to get the floors washed. So I have not had much time to be on the computer. Did I tell you I have a computer again? I like the iPad but I do not like to post without a keyboard. It took my DH 3 weeks to get the new computer working with everything he needs. So I finally got his old one. Mine just died.

Bonnie what a nice post about the friendships. I found SparkPeople because I wanted something to help with keeping the weight off. WW just didnt have the support and I didnt like paying for the online part. I read a lot before I started posting and getting to know all of you. I find that just coming and reading and talking about dealing with life is the best way to stay healthy.

Bonnie Sounds like you are going to be busy with the new play.

Michele I agree with everyone you need to make sure you dont get too hot or let your nutrition get away from you. The heat sounds brutal.

Mary Hope your air conditioner is getting fixed. You are really having to dig into a lot of different things by yourself right now. Do go slow and dont fret too much. Glad you are having fun meeting up with people and getting out to exercise. Nice to know that school is going to start without you.

Brenda I agree that people who do a lot just get asked to do a lot more. It is so miserable when you do your best for the good of the group and people complain. I agree that it is better to just leave.

I am leaving for Maui tomorrow to meet up with my DD, GS, SIL and my son-in-laws Mother. It is a family vacation. We are all staying in condos together so I am not sure how quiet and relaxing it will be. Taking the iPad so I can check in but I just hate doing any long postings.

Everyone take care


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I have been frustrated how hard it is to lose weight at this stage of my life. I do have a pretty sedentary and stressful job that probably isn't helping me. Would love to hear what works for others here.
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Yes, Bonnie,

Jeanette and I are very relieved that we quit. She has diabetes and it has really caused her blood sugar to spike and she ended up in the hospital also. She had to go to the ER at midnight the last day of the sale because she couldn't get it to go down. She didn't have to stay there though. Barbara took her and waited for her and brought her back home. I didn't find out about it until the next day.

She was concerned about the few hundred dollars we have in the treasury but I told her to just forget about it, let it go and let them (whoever they may be who take over) have it. It is only money and not worth worrying about. She finally saw my logic. Because if we tried to have a vote there would be all sorts of arguments and I will not go through that again. I would have ended up telling them to take it and shove it where the sun don't shine and walked out.

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7/28/15 10:01 P

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MARY

In the past, I have only gambled when on vacation. This casino has been here for quite a few years, but I have never gone.

Now that I am able to get around better, I may go back sometime. It was fun.

BRENDA

I am very relieved that you and your friend are done. I know you will feel better.

MICHELE

Please use the air so you don't get sick.

Hope you had a good day with your lessons.

Bonnie

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"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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7/28/15 8:18 P

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Mary,

I sure hope your electric bill will go down with the new coils. Keeping my fingers crossed that it does.

Michele,

At least you will never run out of children to teach so that is job security. Yes, anxiety attacks are very scary. I started having them when my husband had his stroke and I lost my life as I knew it that day.

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Independence Day for Dr. Brenda!!! I'm so proud of you! It's like when Marielle resigned from the water board. You do so much for everyone and they expect it. Now you can just do what you want to do and someone else will either have to step up and take your place or at least think of all you've done in the past. Good for you.

Michele, I hope the teaching will be okay for you today. I have the AC guys coming tomorrow. Thank goodness, my AC has been running ever since they told me I needed the new coils. But it's not running efficiently. I hope the new coils will give me a break on my electric bill.

Mary
Houston, TX.


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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DR BRENDA ( I like that one! ) emoticon
I thnk my dizziness was due to the heat---I feel like 30, but my body keeps tellling me that I am 54! I had only 1 panic/anxiety attack in my life a couple of years ago; I was in the mall near Christmas time & suddenly I got dizzy, my heart was pounding & I was pushing people out of the way to get out of the mall I could barely breathe! I haven't felt like that since.

MARY did your "coil guy" get there? You must have your ac. You will get sick withoutit!

I am getting ready to teach my child student her English.

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Today Jeanette and I turned our keys to the kitchen and she gave back the bus key, went to the bank and took her name off the account.and we resigned from doing things here. We talked to the manager after we turned in keys and told her we are not mad or anything, just tired of doing everything and others complaining all the time and not helping us. Now we shall see what happens.

I feel a big weight off my back. Now I have six chicken legs in the oven.

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7/28/15 6:37 P

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What a fun lunch you had, Bonnie! The only time I've gambled has been on cruise ships and once in Vegas. I would go to the quarter slots with a roll of quarters and play on that as long as possible. If I won, I usually cashed out, lol, went and found my husband to 'crow' over my winnings, watch him for a while, then go play again. I was a cheap date, lol!! So glad you were a WINNER!

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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Thanks for all of your good thoughts. From what I understand,Brian was quite young when his battle with heroin began. He has fought it for years. I am praying for peace for him and all of the family.

MICHELE

Hope you are better today. BRENDA Glad you are feeling better.

MARY

Hope you had a fun day.

I met my friends from work today at the "Hollywood Casino" here in Toledo. I have never been before. I am kind of cheap and don't gamble much, I do enjoy it, but get mad if I lose $20.

After lunch, I sat with my friend, she is a VIP, so we all got to sit in the VIP section of the restaurant.

She made sure I knew what I was doing, and I promptly lost $13. Well, I will usually lose $20 to $30, so I went to the ATM and got some money. It cost me $5 to get my own money, and I would never have done that anywhere else, but I did.

She went her way, and I went mine. Found a machine that I thought would be fun. As I sat down, some lady had a voucher for !8 cents, for luck, she said.

I put the voucher in and a $20 bill, and had a ball.

I kept winning free games, and small amounts that kept me playing pretty much of their dime for the most part.

Then, I won $37.50! I was so excited. Again I won $15. Now, I was play about 5 cents to a quarter at a time, so that goes a long way, I won at least 80 free games.

I was well over 60 dollars. Yay me.

I told myself I would play until I had only $50. Well, I then went to $45, and kept winning to put me back over the 50 dollar mark.

It was much fun. Finally, after a couple of hours, I cashed out with $45. I had spent, $33.18, plus the $5 I paid to get my money at the ATM, so I actually came home with enough money that it had paid for almost half of my luncheon!

That was fun.

I probably won't go again for awhile, but when I do, I am going back to that machine. Didn't make a fortune, but it is fun to hear the ding, ding the machine makes!

LOL

Have rehearsal in 45 minutes, so must get moving.

Wishing that you all have a good day, and feel really well.

Bonnie

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I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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Thanks for the list, Brenda! We all had salads: three of us had the black bean orzo pasta salad with chicken and one had chicken salad. I bought V8 just the other day...love it and hadn't had it in a while!

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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Great idea, Mary. The hospital sent me home a list of potassium foods to buy

Bananas, Oranges and orange juice, Tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato juice, Green leafy veggies, including spinach, salad greens, collards, and chard

Melons (all kinds), Peas, Beans Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes

Avacados, including guacamole, Vegetable Juices, such as V8, Fruit juices, All nuts and seeds

I always thought that an apple a day keeps the doctor away but I guess it is only for the fiber. But I will continue to eat my apples along with the rest. Now, mind you, you don't eat all that food above in one day. emoticon It is all a balancing act. Using the Nutrition tracker helps me keep track and make sure I am getting enough of what I need.

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Thank you, Dr. Brenda! I love your 'prescription' lol! At some point today, chips it will be! Maybe a banana to balance that out!!

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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Hi Everyone,

I just rolled out of bed at 8. Slept very well. The sun is shining and it is going to be a hot day, first day of our new heat wave. I haven't heard how long it is supposed to last. It is 75F in my apartment at the moment. I just turned on the AC out in the hall to get a jump on the heatwave. Jeanette is always up very early and turns it on downstairs in the Community Room and TV room.

Mary,

I was just reading some literature from the hospital it is says if you get a headache and leg cramps, your body wants some salt. Interesting....................so I guess you should not take a tylenol and have a few chips instead?

Michele,

I hope you are not dizzy today and feel better. Don't you be getting anxiety attacks. They are very scary.

Have a good day.

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Michele and Brenda, I do hope you both can find a nutrition balance that will make you feel better. Those queasy up and down days can cause anxiety even though it's a 'bodily function' issue. The heat certainly doesn't help. Please put on your AC, Michele!! And taking the Xanax when you need to is a good thing, Brenda. I hope today will be an easier day for both of you.

How very sad about that young man, Bonnie. I have had a bad headache and kept putting off even Tylenol, so it's hard to understand the pull that drugs have over some people! But seeing the homeless asking for handouts, the young people who get caught in that grip, it's just plain sad. I wonder what gets them started in the first place. I hope you will enjoy the reunion and be able to give support when needed.

I have lunch with church friends and will vacuum and mop today. Tomorrow the AC people are coming to put in a new coil. I have paperwork that needs attention, too! It's a never ending battle! I enjoyed Zumba last night and will most likely go to the gym today....can't do water aerobics this morning because of picking up the friends for lunch. The times overlap for this morrning class.

Mary

Edited by: TEACHING1ST at: 7/28/2015 (09:51)
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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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BRENDA I am glad thatyou are feeling better! Yes! Do please take it easy.

BONNIE that is so sad about that young man! I will keep them in my prayers.

I am rather dizzy right now, notsure why. I am guessing b/c of the heat. I have been eating my salt, & bananas, drinking my water I am going to go to bed early. Maybe a good nights' sleep will help.

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Bonnie, that is so sad about that young man taking his life over drugs. That is why my youngest son is in prison but his drug of choice was meth. He tried to rob Kmart four times and now he is a registered felon.

That is something I cannot understand is all these drugs people are taking. Why do they do it? Such a waste.

I am sending prayers to the family.

I had a rough morning, started getting short of breath and feeling strange. Took my BP and it had gone up this morning and I realized I hadn't taken my pill yet so took that and a baby aspirin. A little while later it went up more and then it started going back down and my breathing was better. In the meantime I took a xanax (.5 mg) , took a catnap and felt much better this afternoon. I went down to check my mail and sat and visited with Donna who lives at the end of my hall, then came up the stairs and I wasn't even breathing hard. I am going to figure this out. That xanax I took is the first one I have taken myself. they gave it to me in the hospital but it was stronger and I didn't like how it made me feel. I promised the hospital doctor that I would take this weaker tablet when I need to because he said I don't need to keep going to the hospital because my heart and lungs are fine. It is just anxiety.

I have been using the nutrition tracker the last couple days tracking my salt and potassium and the amounts are coming up everyday a little higher. And not overdoing the water. It is all a balancing act, it seems.

It's late so am heading to bed. See Ya tomorrow.

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MARY

That is funny, because I realize I feel the same way.


MICHELE

Prayers for help with your decision for your father in law.


Received a phone call this morning that one of my mother's cousins lost her grandson to a heroin overdose. This young man has fought this for many years. Very sad.

It is bittersweet especially as our family reunion is this coming weekend, and I suspect that they will be unable to attend as that is probably when the funeral will be. I was not as close to the grandson, but close to the parents and grandmother. The parents live in St Louis. One of his sisters lives in New Zealand, and has to make that long trip back to St Louis with this pain on her, and his other sister lives in South Dakota and also has to get to St Louis. She was just married a couple of months ago. At least they all had some time together. The authorities are not releasing his body until Weds.

He went to his mom and dad a couple of weeks ago and said he wanted help he did not want to live with this anymore. They all went to SD and had a 10 day vacation. He was clean for those 10 days.

When he came home, he succumbed to his addiction, and because he had been clean, his body gave into the drugs and quit.

Heroin has become such a presence It has really gained a foothold in so many places.. So very sad. I understand it is a big problem in Toledo as well.

Life is not for the weak of heart. God Bless all

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BONNIE MARY BRENDA & MARIELLE you have all said what I have wanted to say! I too, will never leave this group, as long as I have all of you!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Today, Tuesday, we are going to have rain. It will only be 88 today---chilly, compared to what we have had.

I also have to teach 2 adult housewives in the morning, & then rush out to the rehab. hosp to have a conference with FIL's dr. He is due to be out of that hosp by the middle of Sept as there is only a 5 month stay limit, & he went into the rehab 4-1, when the hosp newly opened. After the conference, we have to make a final decison of which nursing home to put him into. DH (tad) is leaving the final decision up to me, & I'm not sure yet.

Have a good rest ofyour Monday,friends!

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It's funny...regardless of whether we have pictures in our profiles or on our Spark pages, in my mind when I'm reading all of your posts, I 'see' everyone at a 'normal' weight---whatever that might be, lol!!! You are more than a number on a scale, sweet friends! We all offer parts of ourselves to each other when needed. That spills over into success in many of life's aspects.

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I also agree with Brenda, Well said Marielle.

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I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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I have been with Spark People since May of 2008. I initially lost 70 pounds and kept it off. I felt that had a lot to do with the support and attitudes of Spark People and I really was happy with having this as a resource.

But, emotionally, I think I have found the most help after 2010 when all of my physical issues became so acute.

Having all of you for the emotional support during all of those years has meant so much to me. I didn't want to complain all of the time to the people in my life, I did, but I hated it.

It was so much easier to bring my pain here, and get the support and encouragement to take it all one day at a time, and to be able to talk to people who had been through some of the same, and for everyone who just took care of me with no judgement or recriminations.

Gaining most of my weight back has been very difficult, but thank you all for just being here for me.

God Bless all of you.

Bonnie

Toledo, Ohio, USA TIMEZONE 0. we do go on daylight savings time in the summer.

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"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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Well said, Marielle. Have a great day.

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I found Spark People maybe in 2010. Can't believe it has been that long. I, too, was searching for a "chat group" to connect with. I really can say that this is the only one I have been consistent with because of you all. I came to Spark because I got really tired of paying Weight Watchers. Their program definitely works but it has been so hard to lose and keep it off that I was constantly unhappy over my weight. I am spending more time loving myself and being okay with where I am at since of Spark People. I really care about you all and am so happy to have a group to talk to who don't judge, berate, or otherwise make me feel bad about my weight when I am not at my goal.

Thank you all.

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You hit the nail on the head, Mary. I will never leave this team if I have any say about it. Yes, there is something for everyone. Here, we have to do it ourselves when we get the knowledge to help ourselves. Some come here wanting a magic fix and other to tell them what they should do instead of doing their own research. The information is all here if we want to take the time to do our research.

Our cool temps are ending and the 90's are coming back this week. I didn't want to hear that. Our state is so dry, we need more rain.

I did sleep pretty good last night, my BP is up a bit but don't know why. Not going to worry about it. We are having our monthly meeting and birthday party this afternoon but haven't decided if I will go or not. Depends........................will probably just stay in and chill. Am tired of the complaining.

Have a good day everyone.

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One of the great things about Spark People is that there IS something for everyone. I know people drop in here and don't want to chat. This thread started off with the trials and tribulations of us going through many different ways to try to break that plateau or to get started, etc. It evolved over many years to more of a support/chat thread. That's what friends do: support each other! I have made wonderful friends over the years here and have had the pleasure of meeting many in person---a real treasure! As Michele said, in your darkest hour----and at any time of the day or night---there is someone who cares about you and will offer whatever comfort we can. I am blessed to be part of this wonderful group!

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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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I found SP Ithink in '09. I was originally on this thread, but there were too many people to keep up with,so I just stuck with the other thread. I don't know what made me come back here, but I am so glad I did! I am so grateful every day, just like Marielle said, that I have all of you!

After living here for nearly 30years----it will be 30 in Oct of this year, I suppose I have changed. I am not completely "American" nor am I "japanese" I guess I am somewhat like a National Geographic person, emoticon I do however, feel more comfortable with the American lifestyle that we live here at home And we only speak English at home to each other---hence my kids are totally bilingual. It is really hard to explain my life to Americans who have never experienced anything but American life, & it is just as hard to explain my life to those Japanese who have never met a "foreigner" in this country!

I am more comfortable with my American values, however.

And you are all so dear to me---esp after the darkest moment I had in my entire 54 years last year, on Friday, Aug 22nd---the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I was actually contemplating suicide. Dale was one who talked me out of it right away, & between her & the rest of you, well, let's just say, if it weren't for all of you, I would probably already be gone...

I am truely blessed to have all of you in my daily life! Thank you, big emoticon and emoticon to each & everyone of you!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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You are right, it is great that we are all here.


Bonnie

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I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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I have kept touch with AD some.

I see Pamela, Jan, and Diane a bit on facebook.

Bonnie

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"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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Bonnie,

I can't remember when I found this thread nor a lot of the others who used to be here. What is important, though, is that we all found each other.

I have kept in touch with Auntie Darling on and off over the years via Spark Mail or reading her blogs.

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Bonnie,

I found Spark People the winter of '06 on one of those dark nights of winter when I was snowed in and so lonely I could hardly stand it. I moved to Papa John's Mini Storage into the 16'x20' party room the day before Thanksgiving '06. I probably had a frozen turkey dinner all alone. My husband was living in an Assisted Living home in Olympia and I knew only my landlord and his wife and boarder across the yard. They didn't invite me for dinner. So sometime after that was when I was surfing the net and came across the site and met you then. You were my savior on those dark nights.

You all are my family in more ways than one and have lifted my spirits so many times and I am so grateful I found you.

Mary, I found this thread another of my surfing days. I was intrigued by the name and have been here since. I don't know what year that was but I am so happy to be here with everyone.

It has been raining on and off all day. The sun is out now at almost 6 pm. When I went to Safeway I was happy to see that the rain had washed all the dust off my car. We are not allowed to wash our cars here so it doesn't get washed very often. I don't like the car washes, I have to wait for the students around town to have a car wash and come across them at different times. Never know when they are having them but usually down at Ace Hardware. If it is really hot I don't want to wash it because the heat and cold water could crack the windshield so it is hit and miss. Not as I would like it though in this less than perfect world but good enough.

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I wasn't sure, my memory is not what it should be. So glad to know you no matter how long!

Actually, then you were here when I came on. When Pamela, Jan, Diana, Auntie Darling, to name just a few off the top of my head, you were already here.

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I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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Oh, sweet Michele, I certainly dont know all the answersI guess Fartherst station would be the one, perhaps!! You certainly need the AC if its over 80. Try to stay cool. I have wonderful memories from childhood of my grandparents and some of their relatives that we would go visit on Sunday afternoons. My mother wrote an account of both grandparent and how the met/their early years and a little bit of her history with my father. Daddy went to Kinko and got the papers bound and gave each of my sisters and I copies probably 15 years ago. I still like to pick her brain about various old relatives and am so glad I can still do that.

Bonnie, I have been on this thread since it began, I think! I was on the regular chat thread off and on, but I couldnt keep up with so many people. Its easier to keep track now that Im retired, lol. Everyone here is special and I love the back stories that everyone has. Thanks for your reminiscing! Our friendships here are so wonderful.

Maryann, how great that your daughter was so responsible at a young age and could help you out. Im sure that was an important part of her maturing. Its wonderful that you are able to go to her as often as you do.

I just got back from water aerobics and am making dinner. Tomorrow I have a phone appointment with Social Security. It seems this stuff never ends, lol!

Mary
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MARY ANN

How lovely that your daughter was so mature when she was young. And it is great that you can afford to fly to her, and be a part of the family life.

MARY

Glad you are making progress on your list of things to do. I know it is probably a bit difficult for you to clean out Dave's office.

BRENDA

I am so glad to have been able to watch you blossom over these years since we have been friends. You are a good and lovely person. I appreciate that you have always been here for me for such a long time.

MICHELE

I am glad you are allowing yourself to take better care of you. You too have been with me and Brenda for a very long time. I have to believe that we three have known each other for at least over 5 years. I am so glad to have you too

I know you were both with me when I had so much pain before my back surgery, and that was 5 years ago in Feb when that began, with the surgery being in Oct of 2010.

MARY

I know that our acquaintance has been quite a few years as well, with a bit of a 'hole" somewhere in the middle. So glad to have you back on the boards. I missed you when you were gone.

MARY ANN

Not sure how long we have know each other, but am sure it has been at least several years. Another good and kind friend.

I appreciate all of you so much

MARIELLE

You have not been around nearly as long, but you are just as important and I am glad that you too are here.

You have had a bit of tough time, and I am glad you are here with us so that we can all be here for each other.

Ok, I guess enough of the "love feast", but I am so glad to have you all. There are others who just have not posted at this time, but this is when I am feeling it.

MARIELLE

I too enjoyed your grateful list. That may be what got me started, but I think being appreciative of your support for Ronnie, and his quick recovery have contributed to this mood.

Had our play reading committee meeting at noon today, and that went well. Then we all went into the theater and watched auditions for one main stage show, and one staged reading. Our friend Jeffrey is directing, and Debbie, who is also on play reading committee, is stage managing.

We are going into rehearsal for "Lion in Winter" tomorrow at 6:00pm. That will be Monday through Thursday every week.

I will be an even busier girl soon, but I am looking forward to it. It will be a challenge, but a good one I am sure.

Have a wonderful week my friends.

God Bless.

Bonnie

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MARIELLE I too, love your grateful list! What is this book that you are talking about? I am really interested in it! Buddhism is the big "religion" over here, & I tend to think it runs along the lines of the Catholic beliefs as well.

MARY & BRENDA---to both of you---I agree with both of you. I long for the days when we could live closer/together with our families, but! I also have to have my "alone" time like you, Mary! So living WITH my kids just simply would not work out! It is good that you'll be living closer to your DD & your grandkids. They are good for us as we get older.

MARYANN I think that the way you are giving back to your DD is wonderful! You are on a straight path to Heaven!

I was just reflecting with Tad (DH) yesterday, that I wish I had known the things I do now back when I was in my 20's: I did not spend enough time with my grandpa in Detroit, My great aunt in Detroit nor my great aunt/Uncle who lived on a farm in Canada. All of the "old" stories died with them. The things I could have learned from them...the experiences I could have had! I did spend some time with them, did write them letters, but how I would change things now.....

The 40C (104F) that we are having seemed to be only yesterday; today it will be back down to 95. My sister In Willis, Tx, only said that it is "wicked!!!" where she is at, so Mary, I hope at least you are taking care.

I am NOT pushing the way I used to even up to 1 year ago---I do not walk from the furtherest (is that a word, or do I have it wrong here---someone please correct me---I hate to misspell! Teacher Mary, help me here, please!) station on really hot or pouring rain days. I am using the a.c. sooner than 4 pm like I stated when I am either feeling very tired or hot. So yes, all dear friends, I am taking care! Thank you for asking!!! emoticon

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We are having warm weather for us but nothing like Michele. That sounds brutal.

When my daughter was in high school I got a chance to get training to be a top level administrator. It took a lot of time and she really helped by cooking dinner, keeping herself organized after school and keeping high grades. And staying out of trouble. I have always been grateful for her support. So I use part of my retirement to pay her back. Before the baby she didn't need anything from us. Now she needs time from me so she can keep working at a job she loves.

Bonnie it is amazing how quickly they send people home from the hospital. But having been in one last Fall for elective surgery I think getting out sooner is better. The food was awful and the place was so noisy it was hard to rest.

Well off to clean house

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Don't stay down, every storm runs out of rain. Just like every night runs out of dark and turns into day.

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Likewise, Brenda! I want to be like you when I grow up!! emoticon

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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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Marielle,

I also love your gratefulness list. Last week residents were complaining about our light bills going up $5 and I told them I didn't care, I was grateful that we HAVE electricity and they pretty much stopped. Some are not happy unless they are complaining and it gets very tiresome for me hearing that.

When my husband had his stroke nine years ago, I was longing for the days when families lived together like I saw when we went to TN for a year. No one, except my friend Steve, came or called to help me. I didn't know where to go, what to do or how I was going to survive on my own. But I did and I am and life is good. It was very lonely the first year because I didn't know anyone in this town. I just needed to get back to town.

I think that is why I feel the need to help someone when they need it. I do things for others that I wish they would do for me but that seldom happens. You know, what goes around, comes around. I will continue to do what I do. Thank you for being my friend.

I am grateful everyday that I have a safe, warm place to live and enough money to support myself and a car that still runs and my health is pretty good. Plus food in my pantry and refrigerator and freezer to keep it in. And a stove to cook it.

I didn't go to the breakfast yesterday morning because by the time I started moving around it was over. I just had a bowl of Corn Flakes instead. That was healthier than cake anyway.

Mary,

You know I was just joking about you moving in with your daughter. It is nice, tho, that they have a place for you. I hear you about your alone time. I could not do that either but it is very nice to know you could and feel wanted. You are so lucky. That is a good plan to move closer to them. I am grateful to have you as a friend, also.

Have a good day everyone. I need to get dressed and eat something so I can go to the store.

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Marielle, we were posting at the same time: I love your list of things for which you are grateful (doesn't that sound teacherish, lol?!) I always try to say that to myself as well. Every time I grip and complain about something I hear of what others are going through and it plops me back into my own reality that despite many obstacles, my life is good! Good for you!

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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Happy Sunday morning! I had a great 2.5 hour dinner with my former teaching partner. We agreed that our friendship far surpasses just school and we have weathered so much over the years that we wont lose touch. It was a fun evening.

MaryAnn, I would never agree to be the babysitter and most of my friends, even those who HAVE been the babysitter for a year or so, said that it was really hard being older and always on. To NOT be married and CHOOSE to have a baby, then to expect his mom to sit was so presumptuous. Im glad that couple moved out and let her be! I love my daughter, son in law, and those sweet babies, but I am starting to see that being available and retired does have its limitations! I couldnt afford to be the kind of grandmother you are though. Those plane tickets would ease me out of that game in one or two shots!

Brenda, there IS a Mother in Law suite in the new house and my daughter calls it your room when talking about it! But to actually live there in one room would be a stretch and I like my alone time too much. They are a wonderful family but too much closeness would not be good for any of us. I will probably move somewhere within a half an hour from them sometime in the next year or so. I love my neighborhood and my friends but as I get older I think I would enjoy the security of having someone closeby. My younger son lives about 30-40 minutes away and teaches 5 minutes away but he tutors at his home every afternoon during the school year and to come here to do little chores or to visit, he has to not be doing something at home so I dont see him often.

Michele, your weather sounds like Houston! It might even get to 100 today! The humidity makes it feel like youre just out of the shower and still wet. Not fun. Stay inside when you can.

Bonnie, wow, thats quick to get out of the hospital for someone as sick as Ronnie was. A friend told me about her friend who had a benign brain tumor removedand was sent home the next day and told to come back every other day for a check up! The family had to get a hotel room in Houston for over a week until the family member was actually allowed to go home. It was such an inconvenience because she wasnt able to be on her own but they wouldnt keep her in the hospital and they lived far enough out of Houston that coming and going every other day would have been too much for all the family. The hospitals and doctors just arent like they used to be! I think my mother stayed for 10 days when she had me!! I hope you continue to enjoy all your activities. You sound really chipper right now!

I will go to church in a bit, call my mother, and go to water aerobics this afternoon. I was on a roll yesterday, decluttering Daves office and reorganizing my own business papers on the bookshelves. I will put our joint stuff away and find out from the accountant what I can shred/store. I have found so much stuff that I totally forgot was stuck on those shelves for me to come back and file away! Bad Mary!

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I am doing the Balanced Life Challenge and am on Day 7 which is to express gratefulness. There are so many things to be grateful for. I started my gratefulness page a long time ago when I was reading from one of Thich Nhat Hanh's books. He is a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk who lives in France and is a peace advocate. I added 5 things to my page today-gratefulness for the money to fix up my house, grateful for the septic tank that takes my waste and returns it to the earth, grateful I was able to take my sister's dogs, grateful for the trees, plants and wildlife around my house and grateful for the deck and storage unit I was able to build.

Bonnie I am so glad to hear that Ronnie is home after surgery. Another thing to be grateful for.

Michele, your weather sounds very harsh. Many people die when the heat is that bad. Is this normal during the summer to have days like this? Please take care of yourself.

Sunny, it does seem as if more and more families are living together. It is often very difficult to set boundaries and take care of oneself with so many needs and demands on our time and energy by others. I have been working for a long time on not feeling guilty about taking care of myself first, be assertive not passive and being calm during the many crises that arise from life. My women's support group and meditation help me with those challenges. Also working on just accepting things as they are and people as they are without trying to change them to the way I want them to be. A very hard task indeed.

Brenda, hope you enjoyed the breakfast yesterday. Yes, I think things are working out as they should and I am pleased as things move along. Not so harried and worn out.

Mary great work organizing your office. It does feel good after one is finished-but so overwhelming before we start!

Off to begin the day!!!





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Today's weather said it was going to be 95; the ground temps however, is at 104. Combine this with 65% humidity I am miserable!!!

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MICHELE

Hope you are feeling more rested and feeling better. I know you are having a tough time.

BRENDA

Glad you slept in. You had quite a spell, please take care of yourself, we all need you.

I think it is raining outside. As far as I know we weren't to get rain until Weds. Oh well, too lazy right now to get up and see for sure.

We have had a pretty hot week, not like normal summers, but we have hit ninety, but it is all good with me.

You have all heard me B^%^*ing about winter so often, you know you won't catch me complaining about summer.

Here is a shocker, Ronnie came home from the hospital this evening. I was so surprised. I spoke with him this morning, and he said he felt a lot better. Then at 5:50pm, I received a text from Ang that they were home.

I am sure that all of the prayers have brought him home so quickly. Not what the Dr's were predicting.

Such good news. Thank you all for your prayers and good thoughts.

MARIELLE

Glad you are pacing yourself. You have so much to do. I am sure I would be very overwhelmed. Prayers for you my dear.

For those of you babysitting from afar. I am very lucky.

MARY

I think your daughter has been waiting for you to retire. LOL

I have two groups of friends from work that I meet with about every month. We are all retired though.

Years ago. even before I was retired, we had a group of retirees, and sometimes those of us still working would get together. I joined them when I retired. We called ourselves the "Survivors Club" because we had survived working at the water dept.
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Now one of the groups, the larger one, calls us the "City Chicks", because we worked for the City of Toledo. It is nice to be able to carry on some friendships from my working life. I am sure you will enjoy it too.

Had a good day today.

Breakfast with Laura and Derek, had 3 plays to read for play reading committee at noon tomorrow and dinner and a show at my friends bar/restaurant/venue. We had a lovely time and saw people I have not seen for awhile, and enjoyed the show.

I am home and tired now but will be fine tomorrow.

Well, I guess it is raining, because I just heard thunder!

God Bless my friends. Have a great Sunday.

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BRENDA I agree with you for Mary & Sunny!

Another hot day. Will get a bunch of housework done!

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Sunny, I seldom took care of my grandchildren because I was still working long hours. Children have to understand that it is their responsibility to take care of their own.

Have a good day.

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Hello again. The baby sitting grands is definitely a negotiation. Being so far away I have to schedule trips. I do not buy them anything for the GS, no presents on holidays or birthdays. Just the cheapest plane tickets I can find.

A friend's son and girlfriend decided to have a baby. They lived in the apartment over her garage and after the baby came the son expected his mom to take care of the baby. She is still young and has an active work and social life and refused. The son and girlfriend moved out. She is really sad but did not want to the primary caretaker.

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Mary, I just figured out a solution to the babysitting "problem". Move in with your daughter! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I did sleep pretty good last night, just getting up a half hour ago. It is much cooler this morning so maybe you will get some of our cool weather, Michele. I have been trying to send it to you but it is not cooperating. I went to bed just after 10 last night, could hardly keep my eyes open and my ankles were swollen a little. Not this morning tho.

The Breakfast Club is having a birthday party at ten in the Community room this morning for Sallie. Don't exactly know how old she is but in the 90's. I don't know how they can eat birthday cake at 10 am. I don't go anymore, too many sweets. I'm in charge of putting the happy birthday signs on door the night before the person's birthday. Only four this month.

Marielle,

You will soon get everything as you want it to be. If you just set a block of time everyday to do things it won't seem so daunting. At least that's what the experts say to do for decluttering and organizing.

I have very dry skin too.

Bonnie,

I hope Ronnie heals soon. How awful for you all. emoticon emoticon
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Sunny,

How fun getting to go to Maui. I have never been to Hawaii and never will.

Have a good day everyone.

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i've joined you in organizing already today too, Marielle! After my morning post I tackled a hodgepodge of stuff on two shelves in Dave's office...or as my friends are telling me, MY office! I put old tax info and old bank statements in a crate and will take that upstairs until I call the accountant (on Monday, I promised myself!) to see what to keep and what to shred. Some of the bank statements are from banks that have changed names twice already!

I also have to laugh and shake my head. I have now been asked to babysit 3 different days next week! Twice THERE and once at my house for a dental appt. down the street from me. I need to have a chat with my daughter and see what we can do about organizing all these 'needs!'

Off to water aerobics and I will have dinner with my former teaching partner at our favorite Italian restaurant. I need to catch up on the school junk, lol!!! Still interested, but glad I don't have to deal with it!

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Good morning everyone. Today I think I will continue to "organize". I am having to reorganize my file cabinet with all my sister's stuff and the old house & new house with all my stuff I have gotten way behind. I have two boxes sitting on the floor--with things to go thru and find a place for. UGH! Yesterday I took the dogs to the woods and did some shopping and got over 6000 steps-Yea......

Bonnie--hope all is going well with Ronnie. My ex-Brother In Law collapsed on the sidewalk in high school and it was appendicitis (that was over 50 years ago). Dangerous stuff.

Mary, I know it's hard to let your kids know that you love babysitting but need something to help with the costs as you are no longer working. If you decide to tell them in a loving way I am sure they will understand. You and Sunny travel to baby sit--I just have my grandchildren in the same house-sometimes very good - sometimes a little hard.

Brenda, I have had a very itchy rash on my legs for a long time. It comes and goes. I forget what the dermatologist called it, but it is not harmful other than getting infected from itching and scratching it. I also have very dry skin which doesn't help.

Michele, I don't like the extremes in weather either. Too much hot or cold, or dry here in Arizona is wearing. Hope all is going well with FIL and that Tad's cold or flu has subsided.

Sunny, Maui should be great fun, even babysitting!! Enjoy. Sorry about DH-will he be able to go to Maui? Bless his heart-it is hard as we get older to have our bodies not do any more what they used to be able to and to watch them slowly break down. My thoughts are with him.

Take care everyone--off to make coffee and feed animals. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Quite a crew

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It's not really 'that' big of an issue, I just 'report it' lol!! Now that the friend spent the afternoon with my daughter she's not going to the funeral so my weekend is back to being mine alone. I will sit here at my house one day next week because she has a dentist appt. near my house. It's not really an option to sit here most o the time because so much of my sitting has been combined with going to the new house and meeting with contractors, etc. Their house is less than a mile from the apartment and MY house is 40 miles away on the other side of town. It will all work out...we're just easing into a new type of pattern now!

I will go to water aerobics and maybe do some errands today. I was a lazy bum and never left the house yesterday. I made a bunch of phone calls, paid bills, and made some cards yesterday...easy and fun!

Happy Saturday!

Mary

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BONNIE have you found out how Ronnie is yet? You are all in my prayers. I do not like the heat & humidity. I don't like the cold much either anymore. The extremes seem to affect me negatively!

MARY I also agree with BONNIE & BRENDA about the babysitting situation. THere must be a solution!

MARY Ann it is good to have you back! Ihope too, they find out what is wrong! Keeping you in my prayers as well.

I did have a burst appendix back in Feb '91. I thought it was just a mentral cramp pain, so I put off going to the dr. for 3 days. Thank heavens forDH! He noticed right away that something was "wrong"! I went to an emergency hosp & was operated on immediately! I was in the hosp for 2 weeks, with drainage tubes etc.

Too tired to respond anymore.

BRENDA I am glad your rash is nearly gone. I too, hope you sleep well again tonight. That cool weather hasn't arrived yet, emoticon

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I agree with Brenda, maybe your daughter and her husband would pay the tolls and gas if you mentioned it They are just not thinking

My nieces pay me. I told them years ago that I would retire to babysit, but that they would have to pay me, or I could not afford to retire.

It has been a big help, but soon, they won't need me as the kids get older. I may have to get some kind of a job. I will hate that, so hopefully things will change. I have made it for over 11 years, so we shall see.

Is there no way that your kids could bring your grands to you? I find it so much easier at times to have the kids here.

MARYANN

As far as the heat is concerned, I don't mind it too much. We have actually had a mild summer. We have not reached 90 degrees once, and that is unusual.

All this week it has been lovely, NO RAIN,( which is a blessing because we have been having so much rain), and this week the humidity has been low.

Today the humidity was a bit higher. Amy does not handle the heat and humidity well. I actually do better than she does with it.

I hate winter so much, that I really love the hot weather. It has been nice not to be quite so hot this summer, but I never complain about the heat.

I am getting tired from my busy day so I hope I have not confused my answers to your posts. LOL

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Have a good sleep tonight

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Mary,

I guess you will gently have to start telling your daughter that you can't really afford the tolls and gas to baby sit for her. They are lucky to have you available but you have your own life to live. I never had any family to help me when my children were little. I did trade babysitting with neighbors that pitched in when I'd be in the hospital having another baby. I was the neighborhood babysitter so I usually had a full house during the day.

Yes, Sunny, my rash has gone on for a very long time but it is finally almost gone. Don't know what caused it. I told my doctor about it but she never really bothered about it. I bought some Cetaphil lotion at Costco and it helped a lot. My friend had the same rash and she went to a dermatologist and he never did find out what caused hers and she spent a few hundred dollars buying different creams and lotions. Hers was worse than mine. She won't go to him anymore.

Bonnie, sending prayers and good thoughts to Ronnie and everyone that he heals quickly. I always heard that if the appendix bursts, the patient usually dies. I had mine taken out when I was in 6th grade. It was just on the verge of bursting.

No sign of rain here so far. They are still saying it is coming Sunday. Today the temps were just right.

I am doing laundry and have three loads drying so I'd best go down and wait until they are done. I don't like to forget that I am doing laundry so others don't have to wait.

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It's great to have you back, Maryann! You will be turning right around and going on another fabulous trip really soon, though. Will your husband be going, too? I certainly hope you can find out what's wrong. I'm sure you're worried about it.

I love my daughter and the sweet girls and if they were at their old house still, I wouldn't hesitate at all. But now that they are 'far away' as far as I'm concerned, it's quite a trip to go just to sit for a couple of hours. Gas alone and tollway fees if that's the route I take really has been adding up. I need to figure out how to handle these spur of the moment requests. She is never 'expecting' me to sit and always asks if there is something I have planned or if I 'want' to sit. But the other grandparents sit, too, and their house is being renovated so the girls have to be outside in the heat or in the pool and that's a lot to ask of grandparents!! So we shall see how things turn out.

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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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Hello I am back.

I have been checking in but not doing much posting. But now I have a computer again. Mine died and so we bought a new one for the DH. However it has been a crazy three weeks and he is finally getting the new computer installed. I just hate how hard it is to replace electronics. He has it working with all of his software so I now have access to his "old" one which is a lot newer than my dead one.

I spent 2 weeks at DD's house while they were on vacation. The DH was there for 3 days but he had to leave. I had a great time with the 3 year old but I was glad to get home and just spend a day resting quietly. He did go to his playgroup every morning and there are lots of places to take children in Phoenix. I slept well every night.

Next week we are all meeting up in Maui. So I will be babysitting but not all of the time. I have been there before so I don't need to go out sight seeing. We are staying in nearby condos so at least it will be quiet at night. The DD had vacation she had to take or lose so she planned out several different trips.

The DH had a consultation and evaluation visit at Stanford University Medical center. That was the reason he couldn't stay. It was scheduled after the Phoenix trip was planned and you need to take the appointment when it is offered. Nothing definitive but they did some tests and are going to refer to ANOTHER specialist. He cannot walk very far for very long without his legs becoming painful. We really cannot do to much.

I did pretty well on the eating while I was in Phoenix. I just filled the refrigerator up with salad fixings. Cooked a lot of chicken breasts before the DH left and put them in the freezer. But it was Phoenix in the summer so exercising was not a fun thing to do. I am sure if I lived there permanently I would figure something out during the hot summer. But I am not used to the heat. And it rained several days so it was hot and HUMID. I really have a lot of sympathy for Bonnie and Michele.

MARY
It is amazing how much children need the Grandparents for babysitting. Bonnie has stories to tell also. I know my DD really appreciate the time I spend with them and I just love being around the GS. But I do find that the parents often expect too much without asking. Gentle communication is really important.

BONNIE
Glad Ronnie is doing better. What a serious situation
You have been having really hot weather. It is nice to get outside in the shade. But I agree the heat just takes it out of you.
You are so good to be available for the kids. And from your descriptions they like having you there.


MICHELE
Walk early and take a closer train sounds like a wise decision. You must just be struggling with the high heat and humidity.
The recital went well which is good. Keeping a picture of your dad is a really great way to keep him with you.

MARIELLE
Sounds like the house is moving along. Lots of projects to be done and you are really working at them one by one.

BRENDA

It is difficult for the healthy spouse when one is sick. You get to depending upon each other and suddenly part of your support is gone. Glad that Pastor Bobs wife is doing better.

So glad your rash is going away. This has really taken a long time.

Also I agree you need to be careful when making commitments. You are very able and capable lets keep it that way.

Well I am signing off because the dog wants to go for a walk.

Everybody take care.




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And there's another twist: my daughter's friend wanted to get together this afternoon for a good visit one one one, so she will let me know tonight if she will go to the funeral after all. A close visit is so much better than an 'appearance' and it's out of town where she's not been before. I can't stay the night, I found out, because there is a cousin staying with them and helping with some of the demolition of the walls in the new house. It remains to be seen how things turn out. I will sit or not sit once I know!!

Bonnie, you had a nice afternoon at the arboretum. I would think the heat would be prohibitive. Glad you sat down and rested. A friend had her appendix burst years ago and had all kinds of complications. I hope Ronnie will be fine eventually!

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Good idea to walk early and take a closer train. Hope it was a good day.

MARY

I was just thinking that I hope you are enjoying your free weekend when I saw your post about going to your daughter's. I am sure that you feel as I do that I am glad to be blessed to be able to help out in these emergencies. So sorry for your daughter. Be safe.

MARIALLE

I am sure your daughter's hoarding illness is difficult for all of you. It is tough.

I hope your shopping was fun!

BRENDA

Glad to hear that Pastor Bob's wife is going to be ok. Very scary.

Thanks to all of you sending prayers and good thoughts for my Ronnie. I stopped up to see him this afternoon. He is in a lot of pain.

It turns out, that his appendix actually ruptured about a month ago. He has scar tissue grown around the appendix, and around his intestines, etc. The were able to do the surgery laproscopically, but they were close to having to cut him. I suspect that they did not want to cut him if they did not have to because of the chance for infection.

The surgeon said that he had NEVER seen a stone as big as Ronnie's in anyone's appendix. Very strange.

Amy and I met Debbie this morning at a restaurant in a small town near an arboretum. We were all to have breakfast then go to the park where Debbie had ordered a golf so that I could see all of the area. She met us for breakfast, but had to leave because her boyfriend was taken to the hospital this morning with abdominal pain. What a coincidence.

Haven't heard from her yet as to how Doug is, but praying he is ok too.

Amy and I went to the park, and took the tour. Then I sat in my chair and read and she walked a bit. I did do some walking, but I could not have walked all around. It was hot enough that she didn't even walk too far.

We walked to a small area on the little pond and sat in the shade for awhile. It was a nice time, and I did get quite a bit of exercise just walking aroud.

It was a nice day, but glad to be home. Glad I saw Ronnie and go to hug Angie.

THanks for all of your good thoughts and prayers

Bonnie

Toledo, Ohio, USA TIMEZONE 0. we do go on daylight savings time in the summer.

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"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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7/24/15 2:18 P

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MARIELLE I do agree with MARY----weeding outour stuff ourselves before we are not able to do it anymore! It is so muchwork! You are so busy recently & work so hard. I do hope you are giving yourself a break!

MARY so sorry for the circumstances that you have t babysit! But at least you will be able to babysit---& that is the postive side of it!

I have to go to Tokyo today to teach English but I am not walking from the far-away station today---it is going to be over 90 & the humidity isjust too high. So instead I am going to do my 4:30 a.m. walk now & go to tokyo from the closer station!

Michele in Yokohama, Japan


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Marielle, it's all the more reason for us to start weeding out our 'stuff' before we just aren't able to do it ourselves. I'm sure you aren't happy with this dd's attitude and it will make things harder on you if she wants to bring it to the new house.

Bonnie, so much for my 'weekend off!' My daughter called to say her very dear friend and college roommate's father has passed away and the funeral is tomorrow. Her husband, dad, and a cousin are all working on their new house to be with demolition and her MIL can't help out. So I am driving back there to babysit while she goes to the funeral. I'm beginning to feel like MaryAnn's clone!! Except I'm not going as far as Phoenix, lol!! Oh, well, I love it anyway. Cherilyn Facetimed me last night because both girls were calling "Mimi....Mimi!" It was so cute!

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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7/24/15 1:00 P

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Brenda, my oldest DD is also a hoarder. She has a full storage unit in Tempe(AZ-close to PHoenix) which she hasn't touched in years; a full storage unit in Prescott that she hasn't touched since 2008 (when she moved up here; and the current garage full of stuff that we are going to put in the storage unit it had built on the property. She says she wants to get rid of stuff, but when asked to go thru things, she is either too tired because of her disability or doesn't want to part with it. My heart goes out to Pastor Bob--he sounds like he depended on his wife a lot! My thoughts are with he and his wife for her speedy recovery and no complications.

Bonnie, I hope Ronnie will be okay. I've never heard of a stone in anyone's appendix either. It's good they are taking it out--my thoughts are with him.

Dale welcome. I love this group. The older I get, the harder it is to lose weight and the longer it takes. I am just focusing on loving myself no matter what I weigh!!

Michele, I so admire your fortitude--walking at 4:30 in the morning--A lot of mornings I struggle to get out of bed. Once I am up it is good, but it hard to wake up. I probably just don't sleep sound enough...

Mary, enjoy your weekend off. You won't know what to do with yourself. Pamper yourself.

I'm going to do some shopping today. Have fun everyone.

Marielle
Prescott, Arizona

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Bonnie, that is so scary. I hope Ronnie will be okay. You are wonderful to take on that many kids in such a short notice!

I have nothing on the agenda for the whole weekend and am really looking forward to just 'piddling around' doing things that I want or need to do!!

TGIF...
Mary

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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BONNIE
Yes, I am sending prayers for all of you!

BRENDA that is awful, too! That is how John Ritter, the actor died as well. My aunt also died that way back in '09 I will keep them in my prayers!

Michele in Yokohama, Japan


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