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Marielle,

Will the sellers fix the things that are wrong with the house to make it livable? Why is it way under market price? Did you check to see if it was a meth house? Am sure you know what to check for but just a thought................ Good luck with the results. Keeping my fingers crossed for the house that will be affordable for you all.

Our manager, Laurie, decided that we should bake heart cookies and decorate them for our Valentine party and put them in the freezer because this is the last chance she will have before the day. Her sewing class begins next Tuesday. She is buying the cookie dough. Now I am thinking that she will buy the canned frosting too. That is not baking as far as I am concerned. She was a Home Ec teacher and doesn't know how to cook. emoticon

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Just a quick note. The house was inspected yesterday--lots of things wrong with it. It is considerably under market but it has to have a few things fixed before it can be lived in. Off to the dog park with Charlie..

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1/27/15 12:20 A

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BONNIE I'M so happy that you are on this thread! I really like this thread. There is sooooo much support here.

I just got home from Tokyo---went to pick up my Vit. D & now I have to go to the dentist to have my new cap put on my tooth. I am so tired from all of the funning around!

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AD

Are you getting the really bad storm, or just the spillover? Stay safe my friend.

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I went to the chiropractor and got an adjustment and he worked on my sinuses so they are some better.

MARY,

Yes, you and AD are old friends I don't see too often. I see Brenda, Michele and Sunny on other threads, but have missed both of you, so I will continue on this thread as well.

I just read a couple of posts, so hopefully, I will get to know the rest of you better as we go on.


Wishing you all a good week, and will talk tomorrow.

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Hi, friends. It’s amazing how sunshine makes me feel happy…I sound like a John Denver song, lol! We had OUTdoor recess, snack , and even lunch…it was 55 but bright and sunny. By the end of the day it was 62 and still lovely. It should warm up to the 70’s for a few days then back to rainy and cooler this weekend. But I will take the nicer weather now.

Brenda, I’m so glad you were able to lower your cable bill. I hope it does stay down. I hate those dreams where you are so ‘discombobulated!’ I will wake up all twisted in the covers and my heart is just pounding. I hope you sleep better tonight. I have some dreams that I do like where I discover a new room in a house! I have those every once in a while and wish I knew what they meant! Some sort of opportunity is presenting itself, I guess?!

Thanks, Marielle, it is wonderful to be around these precious girls. Lee Child is a man. He writes mysteries and collaborates at times with another guy named Preston. I can’t remember his first name. They have wonderful mysteries with an FBI investigator called Aloysius Penderghast! The reader has a wonderful old New Orleans accent, or something similar. Child has a series about a former Army guy called Jack Reacher, a Jason Bourne type of character. I love their books and audiobooks.

I hope you got your prescription, Michele. I used to take Vitamin D as a prescription, too, but now I get it from regular OTC at Walgreen’s or CVS. NatureMade, etc. It’s still expensive but I can usually get 2 for 1 and that really helps.

Betty, that’s supposed to be a great way to eat. My parents and grandparents started having their big meal at noon once retirement came about and they both had cereal or oatmeal for dinner. I remember as a child I thought that was funny. My sweet grandmother would cook something good for me at night when I stayed with them but they would still have a very light evening meal. My grandparents didn’t have a weight problem….they also didn’t have a car and they walked so many places or took the bus and then walked. Times were different!!

Hi, Bonnie, I knew you from the 50’s chat thread! I just can’t keep up with everyone there so I only ‘do’ 3 Spark threads now! Welcome and you probably know a bunch here! Sorry about the sinus headache. It’s crazy weather and that never helps.

I am not doing school work today…woo hoo! I will try for the gym again tomorrow. Happy evening to all.

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Yep, I got my Comcast bill lowered significantly so I am a happy camper. After calling the billing department and being transferred a couple times I was finally transferred to the Downgrade department and got Tony who lives in Minnesota and after telling my tale of woe again he gave me the Economy package for $37. 50. My bill is now $63.60 and that includes the $37.50 so when I pay that I won't have a bill until March. I lost a few channels but I get the main ones that I watch. Now Barbara downstairs is going to call the: it is supposed to stay the same forever. We shall see.........................

Bonnie,

Hi there. Glad you found us so try to stop by often.

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I just discovered this thread. I did not know that so many of my friends were here. Guess this is why I haven't seen some of you.

I have a sinus headache today, so I will try to catch up a bit tomorrow. Glad to see you all.

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Just a cold snowy day here. Very gloomy. I am not in a very good mood as have been trying so hard this month to get this weight off and it just isn't happening. Right before Christmas I was 156 and just cannot get it back. Keeping my calorie count at 1300, but guess I need to go lower. So today I told DH we are going back to eating our dinner meal at noon, and just a bowl of cereal or nutritional drink at 5pm.

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BRENDA I tend to think that when we are under a lot of stress, we tend to have strange dreams! Were you able to get a hold of comcast?

MARY how was your day?

I am off to the GYN dr. this a.m. to pick up my Vit. D med. I have a prescription since my body does not seem to absorb Ca. very well.

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Brenda, I have lots of weird dreams like you just did. A lot of time I am in the house I grew up in only it is today and strange things are happening. One of my DD's is a hoarder and the other is a minimalist.

Mary, your GD's sound very interesting and fun. What a great grandmother you are. What a joy it is to have grandchildren.

Michele, I am not familiar with Lee Child, what kind of books does she write? I hope that Japanese houses are built with the idea of small spaces. Did your children have their own bedrooms or cubicles? I think it would be interesting to see floor plans of how Japanese houses are laid out.

Doris. today is inspection day. The inspector started at 11:00 and I will go over at 2:30 for the last hour to hear what he has to say.

Sunny, hope you are home safe and napping by now.
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Michele,

I will call Comcast this afternoon after our Monthly birthday party/activity planning meeting. They are open until 8 pm and it is just 10 am right now. I had weird dreams all night, I was walking around carrying my dog ( I don't have a dog) and I was lost and couldn't find my house. I was so glad when I woke up and found myself in my bed. I hate nights like that.

The sun is shining brightly and another warm day while the East is gearing up for a blizzard. I hope everyone stays safe.

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Michele, I love Lee Child. Are you reading one of the Jack Reacher books or something else? I love his books with Preston, too. I just love to read, period!! Glad the English lesson went well.

Yes, Doris, having twins makes for an interesting situation. The girls entertain each other easily---and get into double trouble at times, lol! They got some little children's bibles when they were baptized last September and Cherilyn put them up since they were too little to even look at them. She got them down recently and Annalise goes to the closet every day now and says "Jesus....books! Jesus...books!" The girls look at the pictures and yell 'apple' for Adam and Eve, ;Elephant' for Noah's Ark....and 'belly button' for the Crucifixion! They name anything they recognize and Cherilyn said it's a brand new take on the bible, lol! She did a cute video of the girls 'reading' the pictures. So cute!

Brenda, you are trying your best to get the excess cleaned up from others but I'll bet it's a losing battle. My parents were young kids during the Depression and rarely threw anything away. They had newspapers and magazines all over the house, piled up so high. My mother washed Baggies and saved aluminum foil. Her tiny little apartment in assisted living is crowded with things and she tries to be neat but there's not much room and she likes to have her 'stuff' around. You are so fortunate to be a 'neatnik' type rather than a hoarder!!

I got all my stuff done and will go to school, do what I need to do, and try for the gym this afternoon.

Happy Week, everyone.

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BRENDA I also agree that is it a sad state of affairs when the group steal from each other! Whathave you decided about Comcast? What a runaround you are gettting!

MARY hooray that you got a lot done! You deserve to watch your tv Hope you enjoyed it.

DORIS good that you have finally found some new recipes. Smoothies are so healthy as it is.

My swim day went well Taught all of my children students English conversation, & am now going to read my Lee Child book

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Yes. Doris,

We have a lot of hoarders living here. Their apartments are overflowing, then there are some who have hardly anything in their apartments and like it that way. I've been trying to get Elinor to throw away her newspapers, they are piled all over her couch and chairs and tables. I told her the other day that I don't like visiting her in her apartment because of all the clutter. She won't throw much out and thinks just because her family gives her things that she has to keep them whether she wants/needs them or not. When I tried to help her pack to move here she wouldn't let me throw out anything so I quit and came home. She gave me a key to her apartment so when she goes out shopping or whatever, if she is going to be gone a few hours, if the building catches fire, I am to go get her dog. I told her if there is a fire in here it will be in her apartment. She didn't even get mad at me.

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Good job, Mary! Getting that exercise to start the week off right. I'm thinking that when you have twins, they team together to be more brave than if it were only a single child. I bet your daughter has interesting days!

Yes, I guess some people will take things just to hoard even though they may not even use them, but when you steal from the group that is helping you, it makes no sense. Sorry it all has to be protected so much, Brenda.

Have a great week!

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Hooray…I did go to the pool and did the 90 minute class. A woman who had her children in my old school came at 5:25 with her daughter and was miffed because she thought the class started at 5:3o! I remembered her because she brought her youngest child to school each morning in a reeking diaper that she refused to change before school. The child was in pj’s every day and the teachers had to change her from the skin out. This child is now probably 10 and very overweight. It was interesting to say the least!

Doris, it’s a good thing to learn new recipes and ‘techniques’ to tide you over. Glad you were able to enjoy the smoothies and add it to your new diet.

Michele, raising 3 children in a tiny space is amazing. You have done more than most people in your life and you are so good about all the trials and tribulations you've encountered.

Brenda, what a shame that people steal from the group in general. I guess it’s a common thing but so sad that the very ones you help would do that. I’m glad some of you are responsible enough to take care of some of the supplies. When you call Comcast back, ask for the Customer Retention area. That will get their attention and I hope you can get the bill lowered. I pay $171 for cable, internet, and my house phone. Way too much, but Chris helped me lower the bill from $220!

Cherilyn is waiting until they move to put the girls in toddler beds, MaryAnn. She tried it months ago and it was okay but the girls would get out at nap time, although not in the middle of the night. She herself was wonderful: she could climb out of her crib and over the top at 9 months (she was a gymnast for years, lol!) and we put her in a twin bed at a year, with rails on the sides. She would crawl to the end of the bed in the morning and just sit there, waiting for me to get her out of the big bed. Not so, the girls!

I just got the week’s language arts lesson plans done and will watch The Good Wife and Sister Wives in a bit, then go to bed! Ah, Sunday night!!



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Marielle, hope all goes well on the inspection. That's great that you will all have more space to spread out.

Mary, it's really sounding like you made a great decision to retire with all this extra stuff having to be done. I'm thinking those who make the decisions about what "we" will do in a school often have no idea how long it takes the people who actually have to implement them.

My sister and her DH brought their makings for smoothies for breakfast so now we learned a new trick for something we will both enjoy. It's made with pea protein, Greek yogurt, V-8 grape fusion, and apples, oranges, banana, blueberries, strawberries, and spinach so it should be OK on our new diet. We had one this afternoon and I'm hoping that is our night meal.

Tomorrow is our HH cleanup day so I'll check back tomorrow after lunch.


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Mary,
Nothing is safe in the common room fridge's or freezers. There are people who prowl at night looking for goodies. After Faith's party yesterday they left two unopened bags of chips on top of the refrigerator for the potluck today and they were gone this morning. We bought a huge roll of aluminium foil the other day and I brought it to my apartment. Lately things have been missing from the downstairs kitchen. It is a sad state of affairs. We are getting a couple locks on the cupboard's to store our supplies in. Waiting for the locksmith to bring the new locks and keys. Right now Virginia still has all the paper products in the trunk of her car because none of us have room to store them in our apartments. We had John take the paper towels to his apartment. They were locked in our store room and have been disappearing. Supposedly all the extra keys were turned in but evidently someone still has one. Our council pays for all the kitchen supplies our of the money we collect from donations and fund raisers from residents. I have all the extra coffee in my apartment and take it down as needed.

I always thought that the poor didn't steal from the poor but here that is not the case. There is usually leftover desserts on the table for people to take and they know that whatever is on that table is up for grabs.

Michele,
I didn't get anything resolved with Comcast. The lady said she couldn't find my bill and I told her I was looking at it on my laptop. She finally told me to call the Billing department tomorrow because they are closed in our area today. I told her I might just cancel my Comcast. She told me not to do that because they might give me a really good package price. What the other guy told me I was getting and what she said I have is two different things. Many here have canceled their Comcast and gone to Net Flix or just watch movies on my Kindle Fire. I can always get the news on the radio or internet.

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Taking a break from playing with the GS. He starts at 6:30 with out a stop. No naps because they are transitioning into a regular bed and he is having trouble staying in bed all night.

Home tomorrow. I will miss him but I will take a nap

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MARIELLE that is great news about a new house! I do know how cramped it can be----we live in 900 sq ft. THere were 5 of us at one time. Japanese live like this all the time. They think small American houses are mansions! Where about are you looking for a new house?

MARYANN How exhausted you must be with the GS not taking naps! I made my kids take naps right up until kindergarten just so mommy could have her quiet time. I wouldn't have been able to function without them!

BRENDA did you get your comcast changed? That is a lot for a monthly fee!

PAM I know what it is like to live apart from your loved one in another country---Tad & I were apart---he in Japan me in MIchigan. Then he moved to Candad & we were still apart. Great on all of those steps you got in!

MARY I can barely follow what you are doing with all of that techonology you have to use! I thnk teachers in general are so dedicated & overworked as it is. It is very similar like that here & they don't get paid extra overtime for it. Did you get to the pool?

It is Monday here, & I'll be going for my usual swim Then piano practice & students to teach all afternoon!


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Boy, Brenda, that does sound like spring for you today! It's just gorgeous out here in Houston and I will certainly go to water aerobics in an hour. It's only 55 here, although it's sunny and really nice! Neighborhood children are outside barefooted, lol.

I still haven't done my regular lesson plans. I have procrastinated and took a brief nap but it wasn't long enough. I guess I will have to finish up after water aerobics. If you got more Cool Whip and put your name on it, could you keep it in the common fridge's freezer downstairs in the kitchen? You fruit salad sounds delicious. I'm having an apple as a snack before going to the pool.

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Good Morning,

Marielle, I am so happy for you and your family deciding to find a larger home. Keeping my fingers crossed that the inspection will be for your benefit. Is it in the same town where you are now? Our friend, Helen, moved to Glendale a few months ago and is in Senior housing close to her family. She will be 90 in a few days. We miss her so much but she was here alone.

Today is just like Spring and it is supposed to get up to 60F! I didn't need my extra blanket last night and am running around in my short shirt sleeves.

Mary, your new technology program sounds quite complicated so good luck with that. I hope it turns out for the best for you and your students.

I made a fruit salad for potluck. I bought sugar free cool whip at Safeway, It was on sale for a dollar a tub. I should go get more while it is on sale but yesterday I didn't know how much room I had in the freezer.

Sunny, all you can hope for now that your grandson will calm down as he gets older and you won't be chasing him all day. At one point I had four under four and never got any rest and no extended family to help. But I did have friends and we all took turns babysitting for each other whenever we needed help.

I will be back later, I need to call Comcast and change my TV program. They are now charging me $146 a month. They seem to arbitrarily up our bills every few months but this one was a whopper.

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Oh, Marielle, how exciting! Great news for everyone. If you could get along in that tiny place it will be wonderful to be able to spread out and have some privacy! I hope all goes well with the move. My son refinanced his Austin home right before leaving for CA. His rate was 2.7%, I think....so great!



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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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Gosh, I thought I had written and posted after my last one-guess I didn't post or somehow messed it up.

Today has been busy--have to take Charlie for a walk soon or he will chew everything up. Yes he is a lab and the lab traits are strong.

My DD and I decided finally to go in together and buy a larger house. We will both be on the mortgage. I have to sell my house, but with 6 living in a 2 bedroom we have to get out before we can show it for sale. We have toyed with this for that past few years, but something always came up. We've all lived together for 6 years in this tiny place so if we get something larger we already know how we get along. I have been packing the last few days because we found a 4 bedroom + that will meet our needs. It is being inspected Monday to see if everything is kosher enough that we want to go ahead. We are buying under market/as is so if it has too much work, we will have to back off--but together we can afford the payments..

Gotta go for now. More later.

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Thanks, Pam! This is a private school so whatever the owner wants, we do! We gripe and complain, but we do it. I know it will all get done and turn out fine. But if I had plans to go out of town this weekend I couldn't have enjoyed myself. I don't think she realizes how many hours are spent at night and on the weekends doing 'school stuff' that we are never compensated for.

I'm so sorry your first marriage was so hard. I'm sure being in another country with or without a job, was really a trying time. Chris and Ashley knew each other in college, worked together and didn't even like each other! She married someone and they lost touch. Three years ago they ran into each other again and she was getting a divorce and asked Chris about various apartments he'd lived in. His were horrible and he offered to let her stay in his extra bedroom the size of a small closet! She, in turn, cooked and cleaned up a lot. They never dated that whole 9 months---they went out to dinner and to movies, etc. but not as boyfriend/girlfriend. She accepted a good job in an area of California near her parents and moved away. She invited Chris to come for a visit since he had never been to CA. They realized they missed each other and wondered if they should 'start dating long distance!!' It worked!! And the rest, they say, is history! I'm so happy that they will finally get to be together. But I will miss his every other month visits! They are 35 and 37 and have a whole new life ahead of them.

I hope you get your workout done. I will go to the pool since it's sunny and nice outside!

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Mary I can never understand why everyone thinks teachers have all the time in the world. You sound like a wonderful teacher and the teachers in Texas are very unappreciated. Why are they stomping all over you to add more stress. I'm glad you got a couple of nights of good sleep. Good luck with all those directives.

As far as long distance relationships I'm terrible at them. My first marriage was to a good man in Germany but when the Army sent me back to the US I was getting out in 4 months in 1984 when the economy was garbage. So while the Army would have paid for my husband to come with me the thought of 2 of us unemployed sounded difficult at best. After about 6 months of me being back here we decided we needed to move on and divorced. At that point I had met Jim and the rest is history. My ex now lives in Spain and I would love to visit him before I die. Hopefully a very long time from now.

Now I'm thinking of popping in a video for a workout. I haven't decided what yet but I did get dressed for one. I need to do something before I drive to work this afternoon. It's snowing today so I really don't want to walk.

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Oh, girls, two nights of good sleep and not getting up for potty breaks makes Mary a happy camper!! I had a good day yesterday. Yes, the technology thing was a lesson plan. I did it for Social Studies and used my Texas unit as a jumping off part. It was told to us last Monday at our teacher’s meeting that we were to look ahead in our plans (no one does plans a month to 6 weeks ahead!!!) and plan to incorporate some sort of technology over and above what we already use that comes with our curriculum. Our language arts program has videos, games, all that we could see in a book is online, etc. The school’s owner wants us to ‘expand’ what we do with the kids to go farther and give them more experiences. I have no real objection to that----it’s the timing of it. We have Open House and Math Night this coming Thursday and no one has mentioned that!! It’s another one of those ‘Show the parents and potential parents how great we are’ situations and it’s important to the owner but she never even brought it up. Then on Wednesday at our regular teacher’s meeting where we figured we’d finally get some guidelines, we spent our whole hour listening to a company rep tell us how we are going to implement a new math program that the kids will use at home to boost their math scores. AND we are to monitor their progress and give them little certificates, a lanyard if they are the ‘best’ student of the day, etc. When will there be time to do all that? If my kids sit in the car and play these math games on their phones or ipads, then come to school, I won’t have time to look up their data, print out a certificate, if a student surpasses another one and ‘should’ be the Lanyard Kid and I don’t recognize him/her, I’m sure I will hear about it from some parent. It’s not how I want to end my year, for sure. Okay…off my rant for now. I’m sure you’re all glad, lol!

Brenda, I’m so glad Faith had her family come and was so surprised to have them and all of you to help her celebrate! That’s so sweet. You are careful with your food and always seem to moderate what you have as a balance with special treats. I had a big grocery shopping trip yesterday and got a lot of fruit and vegetables. I will have asparagus at dinner tonight…don’t know what the main meat will be, plus a salad. Good for you getting in your steps. I was close to 5,000 myself.

Doris, do you like seafood? I buy bagged shrimp and love porkloin. Venison is very lean….you are in deer country. Does your husband hunt? There are some great recipes on Spark for egg dishes…you could use Egg Beaters and do an egg, spinach, Feta cheese dish for dinner then have it for breakfast, too. Turkey breasts are lean and you can do casseroles with that, too! Hope this helps. Going back to see where you grew up must have been bittersweet! So much of my hometown has changed dramatically over the years. There truly IS no place like home….

OH, MaryAnn…no naps!! I’ll bet you’re exhausted! Cherilyn’s girls are so iffy on them right now. Sometimes they are ready a couple of hours after getting up and on other days they resist all day. She says those are the days where she’s wearing her pj’s or workout clothes from 6am til Steven comes home from work..she can’t leave them to their own devices in order to shower and change, lol. Try to get in a nap yourself IF he goes down.

Wow, Michele, that was a long and long-distance courtship! Were you in college, or later? Dave lived in the next little town from me, but it was long distance. My mother was horrified when he would call me at night---I’m sure it was a few dollars each time! Good things times have changed! I just saw on the Today Show that at least one of the Japanese hostages has been murdered by ISIS. I’m sure the government is going ballistic. So sorry this is still going on. Such senselessness.

I am planning on an easy Sunday. Having gone to church last night, I will clean the house, do regular lesson plans, and go to water aerobics if it’s at least 50….and sunny!

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The GS has given up his naps. So our days are filled with him from early morning to when he goes to bed. Not on the computer much and tomorrow will be the same. Everyone take care

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Mary,

I am so glad your son is on his way to CA and be with his wife finally. Yes, you will miss him but life goes on and it is his turn now to settle down and start his new life.......................

What was that technology report you had to do? It must be regarding lesson plans on computers?

Faith down the hall turned 70 today and her family tried to have a surprise party for her but at the last minute she decided to take her trash and drop it down the trash shoot. Well, she heard a lot of laughter outside and she looked out the window and there was her family welcoming her son who had just arrived from Eastern Washington. For the last couple days she had been bummed out because she had not heard from any of her family and thought they forgot about her. So she went downstairs and then she was surprised when she saw all of us in the Community room with it all decorated and more of her family in there. It was a fun afternoon. I had a small piece of cake and a little scoop of ice cream and called it lunch.
We ate our cake and then left and closed the doors so her family could visit with her.

A few of us stayed down in the lobby and visited until 6 then decided we needed to find something for dinner. I came home made myself a veggie burger on a skinny bun
and a green salad and tub of Activia.

I did manage to get almost 5000 steps in in spite of all the sitting. Elinor needed to go to the grocery store so when I got my shopping done I walked around the perimeter of the store a few times and then we stopped at Ace hardware and exchanged my steam iron I bought recently. It only worked for a few minutes then it wouldn't heat up anymore. I hope this one works.

Marielle,

You sound so much more relaxed since you retired from the board and can sit back and watch what they do with it. I just hope they don't mess up the water system.

Have a good Sunday everyone. Michele, a good Monday to you.

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Been a busy day. My sis and her DH are here. We had a meeting at noon, then went to the area where we grew up to see changes. Good day. We even managed to squeeze in part of our Baylor teams BB games this afternoon on TV.

Marielle, I'm glad you are taking the posture of sitting back and not trying to intervene. You did your best to improve things so now they will take blame for the mess they're getting into.

Mary, I hope the weather cooperates for your kids to have outdoor recess next week. You need a break! I need to follow your lead and get back to the fitness center. Our eating is so-so with the new diet. DH is doing so well, but we're beginning to get very tired of chicken and beans! I've tried several different ways to fix it, but need to figure out a way to make some casseroles that don't contain canned soup or lots of cheese. I'm still working on adjusting to more reliance on spices to make things tasty.

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MARY that explains a lot! Tad & I were long distance---he was either in Canada or japan for nearly 6 years before we gotmarried, so I understand the long commute!

Time to read my book & take a nap!

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Michele, Mass was fine. I had a coughing fit halfway through...the first all week! So I didn't shake hands again! I always see so many people I know, regardless of whether I go on Saturday night or Sunday. I came home and had soup for supper and am so glad to be warm and cozy again.

Chris got married on Dec. 7 last year...and the next day is when I ended up in ICU with the blood clots! He had a good job in Austin and Ashley had a good job in CA. They had been commuting for over a year and he proposed on that Friday night---they went to Vegas for a long weekend and they decided to get married while they were there! Thus the continued long commute to see each other for over a year! He got a job with an app company, a great sendoff from Yellow Cab in Austin with a bonus, and he's going to be working from home in CA at least for the first few months so it will be a blessing not to have to relocate and find his way into LA every day...a 2 hour commute! He will be about 40 minutes from MaryAnn and his inlaws on Ashley's dad's side and another 30 minutes from her mom. He won't be home until late May or early June but said both sets of inlaws want me to visit so if that happens I can stay in MaryAnn's neighborhood and visit with her, too!! Woo hoo!

I did finish the technology lesson plan and emailed it to the owner who said it was great and she was looking forward to seeing it in action! I'm not in Word now so if I told you all this before, please forgive me! I'm so glad it's done and I can just 'be me' tomorrow and go to water aerobics in the afternoon.

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MARY how was church? Why is your son going to Ca? Is it a permanent move or just for work?

MARIELLE good for you! You are such a good mom, too, to be able to help your daugher

Well I have to get my vacuuming done, then onto grocery shopping!

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Good for you just being the fly rather than the go-to guy, Marielle! You did a wonderful job for so many and I guess someone will mess all that up. Glad you helped your daughter with her important work. I did my technology lesson plan and emailed it to the school's owner. Now to wait and see if it was adequate!

I will go to church in a bit and have tomorrow to finish up lesson plans and just be me. I will go to water aerobics if it's as pretty a day as today was.

I had a phone call from my no longer in Austin son! He is on the road to California and will have a week in Arizona for corporate meetings. He was highly stressed from a king the car so tightly that he didn't even use a suitcase!! I wonder how he's going to do getting all this mess into a hotel room...I was worried about someone ransacking his car at night. But he is so excited about getting to actually live with his swwet wife. This year of back and forth every six weeks or so was hard on them. Maybe there will be another grandchild one they are finally settled!!

Yes, gendun, this thread has been around since probably 2007-08! People come and go but many check back every once in a while. We give support, offer advice, and much hand holding! We celebrate wins and losses...and there have certainly been losses! I don't know if there is a way to change the name of the thread or not. It's so much more than that title!


Happy Saturday!
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Welcome Gendun, I think that the thread started and there are several people who just connected. It seems that the focus of the thread isn't about our weight but about our personal interactions and "on-line" friendships. Mary & others have even been able to even visit each other on occasion.

Mary, the District is charging ahead. They have undone most of what we accomplished as a board and are saying they are no longer going to replace the underground infrastructure. They have had 4 meetings already in January-with one more to come--just to unravel everything: change managers, fire the attorney, fire the project manager, etc. etc. But I am free. they will face the consequences of their decisions just like we did. Many people are angry they aren't going forward. Many people are saying if they aren't replacing the system, then give them (the consumers) their money back from the raise we did in July to cover the cost of the system replacement. I expect that in 2017 the water loss will be the same and the ADEQ & ADWR (Arizona Dept of Water Resources) will start getting on their case, possibly with penalties. But it is what it is. I am now the fly on the wall, just watching, no invested interest other than receiving daily clean potable (drinkable) water.

I helped my DD with the last assignment for her masters. It is turned in so hopefully things will go super well for her.

Take care all! Have a happy day!

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Oh, I wasn't offended in the slightest. It's not a personal issue. I was merely commenting that it's kinda funny to find a doughnut recipe in a thread about not being able to lose even a pound. I mean, an emphasis on needing sweets may well be part of the problem in the first place. Just sayin'.

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Brenda thanks for the recipe. And yes I have a serious sugar addiction but try to tame it by moderation. Working around fresh baked cookies and donuts are my problem. Plus when I get them at work they are only $.44. But I do try to keep it down to 1 a day. Darn those smells.

As far as walking to work it's only 1/2 mile (6 blocks) so my only concern tends to be when I have to do it. Working til 11pm is the only worry I have. And the good news is I'm moving to a mostly day shift next week so I think walking will be a lot safer at 5:30 am and 2-3 pm. Plus if I'm short on steps I could be real nice to keep going. emoticon emoticon

As far as bumming a ride home it was from one of our regulars so it was kinda safe. Better than walking on potential ice. Well I have to go eat lunch then off to work. Talk to you all later.

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Gendun,

Welcome to our group. I am sorry if you were offended by my donut recipe but we make healthy choices here and you can choose to make it for a special occasion or not. We have 40 residents here, Twenty came, It was a birthday party for one of our managers and everyone had a great time. I only ate three donut holes and it didn't hurt my calorie count or weight in the least. I seldom eat sweets and do not have a sugar addiction.

I don't eat processed foods and cook my meals from scratch and am one of the healthiest people here in my community. A treat once in a while doesn't hurt a thing.

You can make the recipe with Splenda and there won't be any sugar in it. I was asked to post the recipe by my friends here.

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Girls night was a blast. We had our meal and then we played a friendly game emoticon (not my hubby's opinion) of Spin UNO. If you have never played this game I really suggest you go to Amazon as that is the only place it seems to be able to be found and get the game. Play with your friends. It takes a few rounds to get the idea of the game but then it will be your go to for a fun night. Each time I had UNO someone would spin and I would have to pass my cards to the left and then that person would go out and I ended up with lots of points. emoticon Last night I had to pass my UNO three times and when one of the girls went out I had 150 points. emoticon We are so bad we get loud when that happens we threaten them " you better not go out till I get rid of these cards". Boy my hubby said it's a good thing we don't drink emoticon when we play he said it could then become a crime scene. emoticon hahahahha.

Today we are getting snow. We have 3 inches so far. I'm suppose to be getting dressed and ready to go out and shovel with my hubby. But as you can see where my priorities are at this moment Spending time with my Sp friends. hahha Maybe he'll be done before I get out there.

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Oh, my sweet Spark Friends….it’s been a whole week since I checked in! I have just been swamped with ‘school crap’ as my husband used to call it!! And there are new things heaped on us that need to be addressed right away in spite of the fact that we have Open House/Math Night on Thursday! I will spare you the details but it has sent a bunch of us into a tailspin and I have just been hanging on, waiting for the weekend. I will try to jump back in. You have all been prolific with your postings, as usual!

Brenda, as always, you are in the middle of something special going on at your place. I’m glad the breakfast went well. You eat so healthily all the time and I’m sure the donuts were a hit for those who seldom get treats. I love the sewing ‘fest’ angle, too. I hope I can be ‘of service’ when I retire! You do so much to help others.

Welcome, Gendun! We have all been Losers and are all on the path downward again! Brenda lives in a senior housing place where she helps so many residents who can’t/won’t/aren’t able to ‘do’ for themselves. They have community meals where she makes extremely healthy options most of the time! This particular event sounded like something special and they called on her to make a special treat. No one here indulges a lot, and certainly not all the time! It’s so strange: I can go for weeks and not have dessert or candy, etc. and it doesn’t bother me. Then I will have something at school or out for dinner/a party with friends and it tastes so good once again! I never use artificial sweetners and don’t put sugar in coffee or tea. I have maybe 1 or 2 Cokes or Sprites a year. But sometimes a good Crème’ Brulee will call my name and I come running, lol!

Michele, I’m sure you will be anxious to see your family. Do let them know how sorry we all have been about you losing your daddy. You have a big family, don’t you? How long will you stay? I hope you can ship a lot of things home. I never considered the doses of medicines being different for the smaller Japanese people! I guess you could take an extra dose but that’s iffy.

Doris, it’s 38 here today and at least it’s not raining for once this week! We’ve had indoor EVERYTHING and the kids and I have been going crazy. Indoor PE is the worst…I have all the boys come to my room since my partner’s classroom is next to the 2 yr. olds who take an afternoon nap. She gets the girls, playing quiet games and drawing! I get the boys and the louder PE teacher. UGH! I hope your outdoor grilling was a good thing. How is the diet change going? Is your husband feeling better? I have a good blueberry, bran, and banana muffin recipe that makes a dozen or so and it’s healthy…from another online diet/exercise group I was in long ago. If I find it I’ll post it!

MaryAnn, you traveled again! How is the grandson? I hope you’re over the cold/flu and it sounds like your TaiChi class fits the bill. We have a yoga teacher for the kids in an after school class and she started one for the teachers last week. Even those who had taken it before said she went way too fast and it was too complicated for most. My gym offers classes as part of the plan but I’m afraid, like you, that my knee/ankle situation would get me in trouble! I can get down, then not be able to easily get up! I hope you have a good time with the little one.

I’ m so glad you went to the doctor about your toe, Pam. Sorry it’s going to be crooked, though. I can’t imagine trying to negotiate slippery streets at night---do you always walk home? Is it far? Where do you live?? I’m glad someone gave you a ride but that sounds so dangerous. I can’t believe you can get in all that walking with the bad toe, too. You are Super Woman! Getting a job closer to home might be a great thing.

Auntie, I remember you from the original chat thread, I think! Thanks for your Spark Message! I am soooo much better now. I was really feeling terrible last week and it was quite a stretch to get to school. I’ve had 2 kids out all week with a diagnosed flu. Other kids came one day, stayed home for 2, then came back and went home at lunch…that’s been the pattern for a couple of weeks. I’m sure we’ll get through. I learned to sew when I was in the 6th grade and made most of my clothes, then sewed for my children for years. Once I retire I hope I will be able to start sewing again. I miss it! Hope your Girls’ Night was a hit.

Your support group sounds really good, Marielle. Any fallout from the water board yet? I’m hoping you are happy to be done with it! Peace of mind and less stress.

Betty, cooking for husbands who are resistant to your good effort is a pain! I hope he will come around. Just maybe try to add some vegetables (shredded, maybe?) into the chili or spaghetti sauce and that not only adds to the volume but will ‘beef up’ the vitamins! What kind of volunteering online do you do? I hope to volunteer at my church once I retire…can’t wait!

Okay, I think I went back and addressed everyone at least a little. I did go to the gym yesterday and did the treadmill at 3.2 mph…the fastest since I broke my kneecap! Then I did a variety of machines. Just the idea of getting into the pool in this weather is daunting but I know I need to get back to a good routine. I hope the schoolwork won’t keep me down all weekend. I need to go to the grocery store and finish up the laundry…I slept very well last night and wouldn’t you know it….on a Saturday, I woke up at 5:30…5 minutes past ‘school time!’ Have a great Saturday, friends, and I will try to get here more often. I’m not getting notices once again.

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Hi. I'm new to the main group and just noticed this thread. I'm curious why a thread like this would contain a recipe for doughnuts.

I'm a 3rd generation chef, and I can tell you that you CAN change your palate so you don't crave stuff like that. The trick is to wean yourself off the sugar addiction and stay away from situations where it will tempt you until you do. Sugar is addictive, but the intense cravings go away after 2-3 days and then altogether after about 2 weeks. There are several good books on sugar addiction. It's hard at first, but your palate changes and you start to enjoy less sweet taste. You also start to taste more subtle flavours in whole grains etc.

There are a few good reasons to shun this stuff. Sweets raise your insulin levels and make you a lot hungrier later. The energy just doesn't last. It's also true that if you're counting calories and you eat the number of calories in a doughnut, there's no way you can be eating enough healthy stuff to be well nourished and stay under that calorie goal.

So try it. Stop trying to find replacements for sweets - it won't make wanting them go away. Overcome the addiction, change your taste buds and so many things will change, including your ability to lose that SINGLE pound. :)

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PAM & AUNTIEDARLING sounds like you're both doing really well! How was your girl's night out AD?

BRENDA that donut recipe sounds so good. I love donuts.

It is Saturday here already. I have to go to Tokyo to teach DH's cousins English conversation today

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Scroll down and you will see that the donut recipe is posted.

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Welcome back Dede even though I never chatted with you before. I would like that donut recipe as well it sounds like it would be good. I love the cake donuts they make at work but they use a mix and the donut robot (heavy with grease). Plus they only change the grease every 2 weeks.

Well I'm still in the surgical shoe after my doctor visit yesterday. I got to see the x-ray with the break on the toe. He told me his only concern is that I don't stub the toe but it will heal on an angle. What can you say it's only a toe.

I woke up in a great mood with the song zippity do da in my head. To bad it didn't last. Wal-Mart online makes me mad almost everytime I use it. Now it won't track my order. So besides running at the speed of molasses in January (the last order I placed took 3 days to put in) the customer service reps say there is no problem. What will it take emoticon and our vet seems to be ripping us off as well. Last month we took Ashley in for some shots and said we wanted all the shots done which would have saved us about $50 but for some reason they didn't now we have to take her back. I sure hope today improves soon. I did my 30 minutes dancing/walking thru the house today and I'll walk to work and back also so my 10,000 steps should be in the bag.

Yesterday I treated myself to a massage and walked the mall for 11,000 steps for the day. after a trip to the grocery store for a couple of sales.

I'm going to start to think positive and see the up side to everything now that I've had my chance to vent a little thanks for listening and have an emoticon day

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Cake Donuts

Makes 2 dozen plus donut holes

Flour 4 cups
Baking Powder 4 teaspoons
Salt 1 teaspoon
Nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon
Cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon
Shortening (not oil) 2 tablespoons
Sugar 1 cup
Eggs 2 large or 4 egg yolks
Milk 1 cup

Sift the flour; measure; add the baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon, sift again.

Cream shortening; add sugar gradually; continue beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs or egg yolks one at a time, beating after each addition.

Add milk and flour mixture alternately, stirring until blended. You may have to add another tablespoon or so of milk if it is too stiff. It will look like biscuit dough.

Roll or pat out on lightly floured board about a half inch thick. Cut with floured donut cutter and let stand for 20 minutes, uncovered. I take the holes out and cook them separately.

Drop into deep fat (365 to 376 F) and fry 3 to 5 minutes or until golden, turning as they rise to the surface: drain on absorbent paper towels. I use a chopstick to turn them. Just poke the chopstick through the middle of the donut hole and lift and turn over.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar or frost them or make a glaze or mix up some cinnamon sugar. I like to shake the holes in powdered sugar as they come out of the fryer and then put them on the paper towels.

Caution: Be careful when you are putting the donuts in the hot oil that you don't stick your fingers in at the same time. It takes a little patience to get your rhythm going when doing this.

I don't know the nutrition count but I suppose you can put the ingredients into the Nutrition page and find out that way. I don't worry about it at this point,

Enjoy! This is out of The Woman's Home Companion, 1942.

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Well thank you to all who remember me. It's nice to be welcomed back. emoticon

Brenda- I can sew. The dress in my picture I made myself. I learned how to sew when I was ten. I used to carry a machine on a city bus to a sewing class to learn how. I taught my boys how to sew when they were young and they can do a quick repair if they put their minds to it. I also taught my granddaughter to sew she made her first Christmas dress when she was 7 with lots of help. But she can do it if she puts her mind to it.
I also love to bake and cook. I'd love the donut recipe if you care to share. emoticon

I'm driving a school/van bus for a living. Not to bad but I miss the office work (not the pettyness but the adult conversation).

Tonight is girls night emoticon . I made a sausage soup and it's in the crock pot cooking. We will have potato rolls(bought at the store) and a fresh salad. For appetizers I'm making Chinese dumplings(bought at the store) and cucumbers with season salt, cheese and crackers. One of the girls will bring dessert and then after dinner we will play Spin Uno for a few hours. It's suppose to be a friendly game but my hubby and my dad(when he was alive) said we sound like we are out for blood and big money. Worst part is we don't play for money. We gather every 6 weeks. It's a blast

Now I need to go make a lunch because I'm due back on the bus for 1pm.

My exercise is doing good. I go to planet fitness 3 days a week and do 15 min on the elliptical and 45 min on the treadmill . emoticon I get in 2-3 miles that way and when I stop the bus at the school in the afternoon I walk for 33 min and that gives me another mile.

Weight - going no where- emoticon Michele do you want to stop here and pick it and and leave it in Raleigh. emoticon

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BETTY you're making me hungry! I havegiven up bread, since it's only white that can be found here. I eat oatmeal, tofu & natto a lot!

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Yes, Brenda, still snow here. It has stopped, after only getting an inch, but snow heavy predicted for Sat., and I wanted to go to Big Lots as they are giving 20% off Sat. and Sun.

Doris, I find that Arnold breads are very tasty, and if you like white bread they have a Country White which is made from whole wheat and you cannot tell. They have different varieties that I like, 7 whole grain, 12 whole grain, oatnut, etc.

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Michele, I'm sure a little sun will be helpful and we're supposed to have some by the weekend!
Goodnight to you.

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DORIS hope your mood, as well as your body! picks up for you soon. The weather does affect our moods, so that has something to do with it, I'm sure. We eat a lot of oatmeal here, too. I don't buy a lot of the white bread which dates back to WWII here.

It'S 12:45 a.m. Friday morning here: Time to go back to bed. Night all! emoticon

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Brenda, we have a cold wind blowing today--very gusty. It had rained overnight and is just miserable out so I'm staying in today. Maybe tomorrow will be better! I've had a bad case of the "don't wanta do nothins" this week. My knee, hip, and back are complaining if I stay on them very long so I keep returning to my chair. I went ahead and made an appointment to get another shot in the knee, but it's not until Feb. 5th, so I may have a couple of weeks of sitting much of the time. The cardio doctor told DH that NSAIDS are really bad for your system so I'm trying to get by with Tylenol. I'm not sure how much good it's doing.

We are not big whole wheat fans, but I have started buying the 12 grain bread and whole wheat flour to use in some healthy muffins I'm making for DH (and me). They have 2 cups of oatmeal in 12 muffins, along with dates and pecans. Yum!

Better get busy! Be back later.

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PAM you can cook for me anytime! I do not like to cook & as a result I eat lot of plain veggies & fruit not getting enough protien or even starch sometimes. I think that is one of the things that holds my weight.

BRENDA what did you buy at Walmart? My dd works at Aeon (which is owned by Walmart here) at 4 a.m so I'Ve been getting up a lot at 3:15 a.m when she gets up. Whose b-day party are you planning for?

well it is 12:20 a .m. friday morning here already. I can not sleep, but I am going to go back t bed. Have a good thursday all!

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I'm impressed by anyone who can work with yarn, thread or whatever and create. I'm not one of you. My mother does a lot a creative work like that along with her yoga and water aerobics. She's my inspiration. I got my steps in yesterday barely. I went to walk home from work and discovered it was very slick. So back into the store to have them put some salt down and I got lucky a regular was there and gave me a ride home. If your parking lot/driveway is slick I can't imagine what the sidewalks will be. We had a store meeting yesterday and it was very productive lasting over an hour. And the new guy I've been training for the kitchen is working out great! I told the boss he should be full time asap.

Cooking is one of my favorite activities most of the time so the time in the kitchen would be good for me and I love trying new recipes when I have the time. Today I'm doing some light shopping and going back to the foot doctor.

I hope everyone has a great day!

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Michele,

How awful that you can't get anything whole wheat. Now they have come out with a white whole wheat bread but I have not tried any and don't think I will. I love whole wheat everything. The only white bread I eat is garlic French bread.

I don't actually know how many coasters we made because people were taking extras to buy as we were making them but there are forty in the box right now. I haven't finished the rest of the ones I brought home to finish. Jeanette has the list of those extra ones.

Yesterday was busy with our Board Meeting to get ready for our monthly meeting here the last Monday along with our Birthday party. I need to go through what fabric I have left and see if I have any cute patterns. I did have a lot of fabric but gave most of it away last year because we weren't sewing.

I'm going to go to Walmart on our bus this morning while my car is getting detailed. I feel really lost without my car sitting in it's parking place out front. It should be ready by about noon. Jeanette takes people shopping on the bus twice a month. I can get a lot of steps in that way.

There's a rain storm coming in today and I guess it will last all weekend but our temps are going to rise to the 50's. It was cold in here yesterday morning so I turned on my little heater for a little while to take off the chill.

Betty,

Is it still snowing? BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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BRENDA I'm not good at sewing but I can certainly needlepoint & crossstitch! It sounds like it was a lot of fun. I am not good at cooking either but then, I'm not interested in cooking! How many did you make overall?

BETTY how did the rolls turn out? What a great idea. I wish we could buy whole wheat anything over here! White bread is so popular, & I don'T like DH to have that, but he MUST have his toast in the morning. I am okay with oatmeal & tofu.

MARIELLE yes, you did tell me about that support group before. How forgetful I am!

I am going to do my needlepoint right now & watch an old black & white movie on the youtube! emoticon

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We lost our internet yesterday and all night. Finally it got fixed this morning. We don't know what happened to it but those with Comcast land phones couldn't use their phones. Luckily, no one had a problem and needed to call for help.

We had an impromptu sewing blitz all day yesterday. I went down to talk to Laurie in the office early and she showed me a coaster she made and said we should make a bunch to give to the residents for valentine's day at our dinner and bingo party. She called a few people to come down but most of the ones who helped just wandered in to see what we were doing and sat down to help. Many don't sew but they can assemble, cut and iron while sitting down/ We made well over 40. We will sell the leftover ones and put the money in our treasury. Anything to do with sewing, Laurie is "Johnny on the spot" and will sew all day but cooking is not her forte and she was a Home Ec teacher! We give her a hard time about that. I brought home the last few to finish. We made a lot of Seahawks coasters

Aaron, our janitor, just opened his own business doing car detailing in the old fire department garage down the street. I asked him when he could do mine and he told me to bring it to him at noon and he'll have it all spiffed up by tomorrow. He will steam clean it inside and out, paint my tire rims and steam clean the engine and wash the outside. It will cost me about $125 but I don't care, it needs a good cleaning. Apartment living, there is no place to wash a vehicle so I just wait until summer and the car washes the kids hold to earn money for uniforms. They don't do all that good a job but it is better than nothing. My headliner is tearing so he is going to cut it all out and it will look much better than the ragged edges.

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Michele, my group is a woman's support group. People talk about their problems, issues, etc. and the counselor and others offer support and ideas.

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Hi everyone, Snowing here today-an inch predicted but we have that already. Like you Doris we shopped yesterday at BJ's warehouse, and then again today just stocking up on healthy foods. So now we should be ok for a while. Of course, Shop rite was having their Can-can sale, so did get a dozen cans of different varieties of tomatoes. DH concerned I will be giving him too much pasta with all those! I only use whole grain spaghetti and today took a large can for chilli. He is so naive about nutrition. He thinks chilli is bad for him ! LOL Well I also am making hard rolls (of course with unbleached flour) they have a few minutes yet to finish rising before popping them in the oven. I like making them rather than Italian or french bread as this way I can freeze what we don't eat and they defrost nicely for whenever. They are good with chilli or spaghetti-or any soup really.

Brenda, If i made cake doughnuts I would have to eat several! They are my favorite.

ok, gotta go. Time to bake rolls.



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MARIELLE what "group" is this? My hands are so cold it is hard to use the keyboard!

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Sorry I've been so remiss in keeping up. Things seem to be pretty busy here.

Sounds like everyone is getting over the flu/cold thing. It is cold and rainy today. Great for the plants and forests! I lit the wood stove this morning so it is toasty and warm inside.

I will go to group this afternoon at 4pm. I was unable to go last week because of being sick. There are about 8 women in the group and it is great to keep up with what's going on.

Hope everyone else is doing well-safe, sound and enjoy the day.

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IT is Thursday here. I have a piano lesson, but tone chimes doesn't start until next week.
It is a cold rainy day---my liquid sunshine. Much easier to handle than snow! Ho! Ho!

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SUNNY I like tai chi & do it a lot to a TV program we have here.

DORIs hope you enjoyed your haircut! Did you get all of your stuff put away?



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Everyone sounds busy and the flu/cold bug seems to have gone away. We had a busy weekend with our friends. We did a lot of walking on the beach and checking out some of the cute main street stores in our area. The weather cooperated and was just beautiful.

Today was my exercise class and then Tai Chi. I tried yoga several times and just didn't like it. The Tai Chi is not on the floor and you don't have to be upside down. The movements are very choreographed and not easy. The people in the class are really nice and answer all my questions and really help.

I will be off to the volunteer at the museum tomorrow and then on to Phoenix to see my GS on Thursday. Seems like it is a really short week.

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Brenda, you really find lots of ways to serve the others there where you live, and make it fun, too. That is such an admirable quality and leads one to feel fulfilled.

Yesterday was our HH day for cleaning so I did that in the AM and was pooped in the PM--didn't get lunch until 1 and I never fully recovered from that! I seem to burn my food rapidly and need to eat again in a few hours. We had been eating things here at home that were lacking in flavor for several days. Today is beautiful weather so DH got out the grill and we had a tasty grilled pork chop plus cooked chicken for freezing where all I'll have to do is warm it when we need it. That's such a big help in putting together a tasty, healthy meal. I do miss getting to have the red meat we were so in the habit of eating. That's now a once per week event--better if we only do it monthly! But overall he is doing great with watching what he eats.

Glad to hear those of you who've had colds, etc are doing better. It really helps to have the sun shining for a few days.

My sister and her DH will be here over the weekend so I have things to put away before they get here. I have my paperwork from the cemetery association to put away and assorted other things--my Christmas tree box is still in my study and needs storing, but I was waiting for DH to heal completely before I had him help me stash it in the attic.

Off to get a haircut and enjoy the beautiful day--rain returns tomorrow night. I'm sure we need it, so I'll not complain. Have a great afternoon.

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BRENDA donuts are my one "I can't control myself" foods. I could eat an entire box! I love them. Glad you had a good time.


ILOVEJIM that is still a lotof steps! goodfor you!

I am off to Tokyo to teach DH's cousins today

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Brenda I'm glad you had fun with the donuts. I hate it when someone volunteers my time without any help and I'm outgoing enough to call them on it if not when it happens then the next time they want something done. So Laurie would get an earful from me. You are so forgiving.

I gave myself a lazy day yesterday only putting in 6500 steps. Mostly grocery shopping. I should get it together again today. Back to work this afternoon. Gee I'm getting to really dislike the 3-11 shift. Maybe it's time to move on they are opening a new Fareway close to home maybe I should apply there. Sundays are usually quiet at work but it ended up being very busy. I blame the football games. Oh well it pays most of the bills.

We had a minor warm-up the last few days yesterday into the 40's today is upper 30's and falling after that welcome back parka.

Anyway I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

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Good Morning Everyone,

Busy day yesterday. Laurie, our manager, decided Friday that "WE" were going to make donuts yesterday morning for a surprise birthday party for our new office helper, Roxanne, who is a Social Worker. She is here 20 hours a week. Sunday night I loaded up my cart with all the ingredients and mixer and the recipe. Monday I was down in the kitchen making the dough at 8:30. Faith mixed up the toppings. It was a fun morning. I made two batches and everyone got their fill, I guess about 20 came. They were cake donuts and turned out really good. I had not made them since my children were in grade school and they are now middle aged.

Laurie ran around taking pictures, never helped with the donuts, which we knew would not happen. I told several people to go tell her thank you for making the donuts, just to give her a hard time. She laughed. She is an airhead.

Jeanette helped me set up, cook, and clean up while many played cards and visited. I did get many thank you's and it was fun. I spent the afternoon downstairs visiting and then at 4:30 six of us went to Frosties for hamburgers. I was really tired last night and went to bed early. Woke up at 5.

Our weather has been so strange with cold and warm spells. Daffodils are coming up, they think it is Spring. Last night was really foggy coming home. Wind and rain all weekend and there was even a tornado in Gig Harbor Sunday right when the Seahawks game went into overtime. No injuries but lots of power outages.

Have a good day everyone.



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BETTY how was your voluteering today? Good that your foot is better, but don't overdo!

AUNTIE good to see you here. how was your day?

MARIELLE glad that you're feeling better. Are you now again in charge of Charlie?

Yes, I will be leaving for Raleigh, via Detroit on 2-9. Will fly back into Tokyo on the 19th. Haven't even thought about packing, etc. have to teach a lot of students today. My plate if sull. here I go......!!!!!!

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