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10/31/14 1:22 P

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Finally a day at home to work on the house. It's been a busy morning of cleaning, but I have enough stuff left to do that I can work until I give out today and tomorrow, too! I have a month's worth of throwing away things that are no longer needed.

Have a great day-- we have beautiful day here.

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10/31/14 11:50 A

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Michele, I am very proud of you for continuing your piano and chimes study. As you said those other ladies sound unconscious and not malicious. Hang in there.

Doris, I hope you were able to get all of your shopping done for HH. You sound very busy with all the last minute set up for receiving guests.

Brenda, so glad about your get together for Jill. Sorry about Nora. I hope her break heals well.

Mary, sorry about the accident at work. It sounds like a real mess. Sounds like your weekend will be a nice break.

Betty, you sound like you know how to deal with your muscle pain. Hope it heals soon.

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10/31/14 6:00 A

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DORIS good that you got all of that shopping done. I don't have any musical talent. I just practice hard. I started 5 years ago, back when I was 48. I am better now than then.

BRENDA also great to you that your coffee was a success! I don't like driving in the rain, either. We must be on the same weather pattern---it is raining here today & again tomorrow. I was planning to go to my student's flower arrangement exhibition, but with the pouring rain I may not go.

MARY you are so busy! Are you able to pay all of your bills? As for the tone chime women: they aren't really mean. Just thoughtless, I guess. My piano teacher, Junko who is the leader of the tone chime group & actually OWNS the chimes is really nice, very thoughtful. The others tend not to be. I am included insome situations, left out in ohters. I like playing the tone chimes, however. i am doing it fo rme. And for God. That is why I continue. NOT for these other women! They are all veteran piano teachers so they are good at music. I am the only "student". I have been playing for 4 years only.

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10/30/14 10:08 P

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Another busy day shopping at Sam's for what I hope is the last of the needs for HH just now. My SUV was loaded to the max and we didn't even buy much food--just paper goods, cleaning supplies, bottled water, etc. Then it all had to be carried in while we were still tired from shopping. I was so glad to get home to my chair!

Mary, I'm glad you are ahead of the game with your schoolwork. Sounds like you have a nice weekend coming up.

Brenda, again, you're always doing for others. It must give you a good feeling to bring so much happiness to them.

Michelle, I wish I had your musical talent. I enjoy music but am not gifted to make music.

Marielle, did you finally get a break today? Don't work too hard on this water stuff.

Betty, I hope the pulled muscle begins to improve soon.


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10/30/14 9:40 P

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Hi Everyone,

Our coffee with Jill this morning was really nice and we had a good turnout. It was planned at the last minute so I plastered the building with posters advertising the coffee. No one cried except maybe Carlene might have shed a few tears. I asked Jeannette to present Jillss card to her and give a little speech. I knew I could not without breaking down. I really think Jill was a little embarrassed that we gave her so much money but I told her that we love her and didn't want to buy her something because she is trying to weed out her house. Anyway it was very nice.

Nora came in from her lunch at the senior center and sat down to visit. Well for some reason she got up and went over to Barbara's door to look at something and she tripped and fell, her right hand took the brunt of the fall. Missy who comes here to clean for people ran over and Dick ran over and they both helped her up and sat her back on the couch. Her right wrist was already starting to swell so we called 911 and they came and checked it over and told her she needed to go get an x-ray. They put a splint on it and a cold pack. I was going to take her but then remembered I had loaned my car to Janie to go to her singing group practice so we called Ruth to take her. Well, I called Ruth a couple times and she said Nora's wrist is badly broken and was getting it x-rayed and casted.

All in all it was a good day except for Nora.

Driving home it poured down and it was half dark and I didn't like driving in it with the glaring lights.

Ruth didn't get to go to dinner with us after all. I don't know what time they got home but Nora'
s son is with her in her apartment now. Nora is 85.
Five us us took her to dinner at Appleby's and it was pretty good. I got the Oriental chicken salad and it was very tasty. I brought half of it home for lunch tomorrow.

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10/30/14 6:32 P

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Hi, friends! A very busy day at school, but I did get a lot done. A child used a pencil sharpener on my desk and got kind of wild and crazy...upended my travel mug and spilled the last remnant of my coffee all over next week's papers. It was SUCH a mess! no apology, no anything. In fact, everyone got REALLY quiet and I had to ask what the matter was: the child had gone back to his seat and didn't say a word. Then someone else tattled on him, he got mad, and I got busy. I will have to make new copies...such a waste of paper and energy. Ugh.

Betty, a muscle strain does take a while to heal. I hope you'll be okay soon. Do you have a muscle relaxer or a cream you can use? I voted last week and am hopeful that things will change!! So glad to hear that your husband had joined you in a healthy quest. I love my Fitbit Zip and the company replaced it when I thought I lost it.

Brenda, you and your friends are so good about helping each other out. I Hope the lunch was a success and that Jill will enjoy wherever she is going.

Michele, swimming in the rain? Or is the pool indoors? I hope the piano/chimes group is nice to you. Have they been lately? I remember last year they were mean.

I have made a lot of important phone calls this week and now have big bills to pay. I will have a fun card making party on Saturday and will have a quiet, peaceful Sunday. I have almost finished my lesson plans for next week, have graded a bunch of papers ahead of time and have high hopes that this will be a good weekend. I even slept well last night! I'm on a roll!

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10/30/14 4:51 P

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BRENDA so how was your coffee? Were there a lot of tears? Oh my.

BETTY in that case---not going to the dr. I guess it will just take time to heal, won't it? Be careful. Myself----I have pulled some kind of muscle, or maybe it's my joint in my rt elbow. I am a regular 12lb wt lifter, but I have taken the last 2 weeks off for it to get better Now I will go back to it today, but cut down to about 1/2 of the wt--5-6 lbs. I do hope you are feeling better! It's great that your DH is doing this along with you! I wish mine were, too. It seems that evenings are the hardest to control snacking. I was told it is b/c our seritonin (the hormone that controls our "feel good" feeling) is at its lowest point.

MARIELLE did you ever find your tracker? At least you have a new one. And don'T forget just today---NOT TO TAKE PERSONALLY others' opinoins. It's not between you & them anyhow, only you & God or your Higher Power!

Despite the rain, I am off to the pool emoticon

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10/30/14 11:56 A

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Good morning everyone,

I have spent the last two days door knocking here taking donations for Jill and I collected $203,
very good for being the end of the month. All our plans have changed. We are having a coffee for Jill this morning at 10:30. I made signs last night and put them on all the stairwell doors and inside the elevator so hopefully we will have a good turnout.

Ruth and I went to the store and bought some assorted sweet breads and a few cookies, oranges and I have grapes. At four five of us are taking her to an early dinner at Berry Fields in the next town. Quaint little restaurant that bakes all their breads and meats and makes their soup from scratch.

We are all going to miss her so much. It really was mind blowing talking to all the residents and finding out how our manager has been treating each of them. It is not a good report.

Gotta hit the shower so will try to check back later. Going to be a busy day. Jill is in good spirits and seems to be relieved that she finally made the decision to leave all the madness in the office. Constantly hearing "I can fire you any time I want to".

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10/30/14 10:57 A

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Michele, thanks for the support. I agree. This thing with the Board is work-simple but not easy (in fact the hardest thing I have ever done). But it spreads out to all people as well-the guy who cuts you off in traffic, family members like my DD's, sister, etc. It means every time I have an interaction I am trying to listen to the person, not take things personally (as it is not about me) and practice Christ's or the Buddha's (etc. ) teaching-send loving kindness and compassion to that person, breathe, etc. etc. Hard work but good practice.

I lost my activity tracker. BooHoo!! I really miss it-looked at the dog park, in the car and at home. No where to be found. I'm pretty sure I lost it at the park-had it when I went--gone when I got home. So I went out and bought another one (at half price--that was helpful). So I should have it soon.

Hope everyone has a great day. Sorry for not taking the time to answer posts but I have been reading.

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10/30/14 9:38 A

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Trying to keep up with all your posts here. Still hurting. If I don't sit down very carefully it hurts my side.

Michelle, Dr will do me no good. I have done this before in the same spot. It's because I've had too many operations due to Hernias and I hurt easily. It's a pulled muscle (muscle I didn't know I had?) and only time and being careful can heal it. Need to be careful so I can get in the car by Nov. 4th, as is election day. I vote, so if the one of my choice doesn't get in-I can complain about what they are doing emoticon wrong! My Mother always told me if I voted I could gripe-but if I didn't vote, I could not .

By the way, got my DH to log in to Sparkpeople and he is now recording his calories! This helps me when he watches. He kept wanting snacks last night. They and ice cream are his downfall. So I fixed popcorn. He doesn't believe how fast his calories add up through the day! Now he knows what I go through!

Have a good day girls!

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10/29/14 4:22 P

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MARIELLE good for you for commiting yourself to that daily walk with your loved one! Please don't overdo on the board. Rememer NOT to take things people say so seriously your life is not between you & them but rather you & God or the Higher Power!

Off to my piano lesson & tone chime practice this chilly but nice Thursday morning

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10/29/14 12:32 P

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Working on a second very busy day. It took all day to do the minutes for the Monday meeting. Now on to other of the District stuff. After the next day or two I should have time to relax a little.

Charlie got his walk today-yesterday it was the dog park-so my commitment to Charlie's and my exercise is good.

Take care everyone.

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10/29/14 1:07 A

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Oh BETTY! do take it easy. Maybe you should see a dr. about it?

MARY hope you get some rest. You seem rather busy to me, too.

MARIELLE how was your day?

Yes, My weds. are now busy. I have a late afternoon highschool student to teach as well, so I have to get going here.! emoticon

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10/28/14 9:33 P

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Yes sorry. can't sit long enough to post much. Still hurting and made it worse again today trying to get in truck to go with DH to Lowes. I never did go. I have a step stool to get into this high truck(because of hernia a few years ago) but still couldn't get in. Started to hurt so I didn't but still hurt myself again. Been taking ibuprofen to keep pain down.

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10/28/14 8:48 P

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Oh, my gosh...there must be 25 posts in the last 2 days, lol! I am not able to answer them all, but enjoyed reading As the World Turns on the thread, lol!! I do miss that show, too!

I am so glad you're back and feeling better, MaryAnn. Just take it easy. My very heavy sister is having hernia surgery in December...a problem from adhesions from her gastric bypass. She's around 57 and healed well 5 years ago when she had her 'wings' and a boob job after the surgery. I think it gets harder and harder the older we get. Just don't get back to doing anything too soon!

Betty, so sorry you pulled a muscle. I've done that and it really hurts. Who knew that a stomach muscle could hurt like that!

Brenda, a girl died today from that terrible shooting. It's such a waste. I can't imagine getting on the treadmill and trying to do 4mph! I have worked back up to 3 and a 3.5 incline but that's the best I can do now I'm 5'2 also and used to be a pear. Now I'm more of an apple/pear combo. The weight goes all over. I do SO need to be consistent.

Doris, I'm sure it's so exciting to get all those little details taken care of and so many people will benefit from your ministrations for the HH!

Marielle, you are so dedicated. My first thought was NOOOOOOOO! But you know yourself and seem like you have a new plan. Please do check how you feel if things start getting ugly with the board again..promise?

Michele, you will hopefully have a newly fixed stove by now? And another extra teaching job! You stay very busy!

I am trying to do this from memory (laughing uproariously----WHAT memory?!) and if I left anyone out or skimmed over something important, I'm so sorry! I will get to bed early. I always seem to be so tired!

Mary

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10/28/14 8:23 P

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Been very busy today after the meeting yesterday. I spent all day doing minutes (secretary was absent with family emergency--her husband's sister passed away).

More tomorrow when I have more time, but I read everyone's posts. Take care everyone.

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We didn't go to lunch after all, it was so windy and is starting to rain. Jen bought me a pretty squash and told me how to cook it. Pastor Bob was making fresh pressed apple juice and giving it away and another lady had carrot cake in honor of the last day of the market so we didn't want lunch. She has taken me to that restaurant before and it is really good. Jill's last day is Thursday so Jen and I will take Jill to lunch. Residents have asked if we should have a party and she doesn't want one but I know she will agree to go to lunch with us.

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SUNNY glad you are back; don't overdo for a while but do move around. It will help with your recovery.

BRENDA you are such a great friend to many! How was your lunch? What a cute name for the restaurant! It is such a shame about that shooter! The human brain has alimite capacity to understand such events; I have reached mine.

I will be going to teach DH's cousin in tokyo this am Another cousin has also asked me to teach her English conversation as well, so I will be later getting home.

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Sunny,

So glad you are able to be back with us and read the posts. No way can you get through all of them but we have all missed you. Did you have to replace your appliances?

Jen needs to go to the Farmer's Market today, they are only open Tuesdays and this will be the last day. She is almost blind and somewhere about 90, Such a sweetheart. We will go at 11:30 and her bank is right there too. Maybe we will go to lunch at Once Upon a Thyme.

Another wind storm went through over night. We still have our power. Many are still out in the Seattle area from a few days ago.

Michele,

I heard another tidbit about the shooter last night. After his girlfriend broke up with him he texted her a picture of him with a gun. He also texted his family about what to do for him after he was gone. Why he would want to take his cousins and friends with him is a mystery. They were all 14 and 15 year olds.. Students have gone to a lot of church gatherings all week plus they gather at the fence where people have been posting messages, flowers and balloons.
They just want to be together. They will all go back to school next week. None want to go into the cafeteria where the shootings happened so I don't know what they will do about that.

I slept late this morning because I kept waking up during the night. I need to get dressed and some breakfast or Jen will be here knocking on my door before I know it. Will check back in later.

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10/28/14 11:37 A

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Hello I am finally able to read the threads. You all have been busy and I loved reading the stories.

Surgery was a week ago and I am moving about and starting to feel much better. Now I have to watch what I do for a few weeks. Of course the refrigerator had to have some minor issues while I was recovering. Then the washing machine decided to have an issue. Both seem to be better

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10/27/14 11:51 P

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BRENDA that is so awful! What is wrong with people like him? !

What has been decided on Michael?

My stove is temporaily fixed but the manwill come back on Thursday to replace a part. At least I can cook now!

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I just heard on the evening news that the shooter texted his cousins and friends and asked them to come to first lunch and eat with him. He then shot them. How awful. Another girl that was in a coma passed on this morning but the boy who got shot in his jaw is now in satisfactory condition and texting his friends. A couple are still in critical condition.

Michael came home this afternoon and he told Suzanne that he thinks he should go back to the assisted living home, that it is for the best so I don't know what will happen next. I just hope he doesn't decide to try to cook something and starts a fire.

Doris,

You are making a lot of progress quickly with all the help you have. Buying things is so much fun when it isn't your money and you have the funds to buy what is needed.

Betty,

What a way to get out of weed pulling. I hope you didn't hurt yourself too badly.

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DORIS that is wonderful about HH! You too, don't overdo---back off or down when you need to, too!


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It was a good day at HH. We had about 12 workers and got the building ready in about 2 hours. Then we had lunch together. I hope it goes that smoothly once we have the over-nighters. We were still getting organized today in the laundry room where we will have everything ready to grab and go. Then Lou Ann (our co-director) and I made another trip to Wal-Mart, purchasing things we had not been aware of needing prior to this past weekend. This will all be in place soon, I hope, and we can settle into a routine.

Our weather has been beautiful, in the 80's, and very dry. I hope we get some of your rain, minus the storms!

Marielle, I admire you for trying again, but keep alert to the situation and don't let it overwhelm you. Back off when you need to. I know that's easier said than done!



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Oh BETTY! Do take care of that pulled muscle! How is it feeling today? Yes, do let DH pull the weeds for you in the future! I had to laugh---when I first started to read your post I read, "No more wedding for me" And I was thinking---what is she talking about? Getting married again?! thank you for the tidbit on the salad & pasta. I had no idea!


BRENDA how sorry for Michael! Is he home now? I also had to laugh at your treadmill story----sorry! It sounds like it would have made a good comedy show! Is there anymore about the Maryville shooting today? Believe it or not, this news makes it all the way over here!

MARIELLE I too, admire you for facing your fears! Life is not fair, nor is it meant to be easy. It's at the end when God says, "well done my servant" that we hopefully will have it easy.

I can't go to the pool this a.m (tuesday) as the oven man is coming to fix my stoves. The gas doesn't come out of 2 o them, & they are the big ones I cook on. I don'T use processed foods so it is hard to cook right now. I also have given up processed sugar, which I think tastes metallic.

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Guess what girls, No more weeding for me. Instead of kneeling I stood upright and bent over tugging at a stubborn large weed. Well, I hurt my upper stomach above my waist. Had to go in house and put on one of those long line bra type girdle so it wouldn't hurt as much. My hubby says no more. He will do it himself as he doesn't want me hurting myself. Now sitting in my lounge chair, had to put pillow behind me so I can get out of chair! Guess that's why dr said no lifting.

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Brenda thank you for your support!! I am about 5'2" and the "fat" is spread throughout my body: breasts, waist, hips, thighs. I am bigger around too, but too embarrassed to give my measurements yet. I think focusing on healthy eating and the amount you eat is the only way to go any more. I spent way too many years "dieting" and at 70 I am done--don't want to gain any more and do want to lose but I know it is entirely up to me and every decision I make about food.

Doris I like blue grass as well as Cajun music but my favorite is still rock and roll. Take care of yourself as you are taking care of HH. I admire what your group has done for folks who are not normally thought about.

Mary, I like Treat or Treating too. Where we live we get all ages from teenagers down to the tiny ones. A lot of people go downtown Prescott to Trick or Treat-so over the years I've been here the numbers keep dwindling.

Michele it is so nice that your whole family on DH's side could get together to celebrate DS's wedding. Did you DIL's family come too? I know many people who have done the surgery--it is dangerous but it can work.

Betty it is really good that DH is wanting to lose too as it is helpful to have a team working together. I've actually started to like walking--not doing other exercise regularly yet, but who knows--I gotta work on one habit/behavior at a time or I usually don't succeed.

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Marielle

I admire you for facing your fears and going back to the water board as I know how much you liked trying to help despite all the opposition. People will continue to complain and moan and groan over the cost but they have not stopped to think about what would happen if they didn't have any water. They need to stop and count their blessings. Learning to ignore their griping is about all you can do and just state the facts and turn a blind eye to them. emoticon

I haven't heard anymore over the weekend about the shooting in Marysville other than the one girl is still in a coma and probably won't make it. The tribe is all sticking close together. That is a big family the shooter came from. I think they said that three that were shot were his cousins. CBS This Morning will have something about it in a little while.

Betty, I was born in '42 and am 5 ft 1 and carry my weight on my hips and thighs. I have a long body and short legs. Waist is 32, hip 40 and thighs are 22 so I have been maintaining those measurements for the past five years. My weight fluctuates three pounds up and down. I would prefer to be thinner and the only way I will do that is to walk more. My other apartment complex was huge and the halls were long and only one elevator in the middle of the building so I took the stairs and walked the long halls all the time. Halls here are only 202 steps one way and the stairways shorter. The other night I went down and got on the treadmill and almost killed myself. I set the tread speed to 4 to start and then keep turning it up. Well, I never touched the control and all of a sudden the tread stopped and then switched to 30. Luckily I was holding on the the front bar and quickly stepped to the side and turned it off. I guess Maria had put in a program and didn't delete it. She runs on the mill and is 78, walks all over town but she does have a lot of health problems. Anyway, I couldn't remember how to delete the program so the next day I read the instructions and now I know how it works. Silly me.

I could not do a liquid diet. It was bad enough when I had to do that a couple years ago prepping for a colonostomy and thought I would die of hunger.

Michele,

The rain and wind has stopped but they are saying another storm is heading our way. This will no doubt keep up until April or so it seems. Michael is not home from the hospital yet. I hope they find a solution for him. He said he hated the assisted living home and now he hates it here. He is just a lost soul, poor man.

Doris,

Don't work too hard getting the HH ready. It sounds like you have a good group to work with.

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Good morning everyone. I seem to have been very busy over the weekend. I have to tell you all that after getting the antidepressant I have felt so much better. So much so that I decided to stay on that dratted Board. Yes - I did. My decision was based on my practice. I know everyone from you all to my counseling buds, my current zen teacher, etc. said they supported my leaving but I need to sit on the "icy couch" (my Zen teacher who passed in 2011-saying). It means to me be there with the pain and suffering (not to try and hide from it); to look at the thoughts and physical sensations that are generated by the pain and let them be--the brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor said that a thought lasts for 90 seconds and that if we continue with that thought we are re-thinking it over and over. I decided to really look at what I am afraid of and be there with it. Heady stuff I know. I am now practicing everyday-I stop whatever (TV, internet, etc.) and for one hour before bed I listen to the hypnosis tapes, spiritual tapes, read spiritual books including the bible, or meditate. I am sleeping much better and coping with life in a much healthier way. It is not easy to do but very worth it.

Take care everyone and have a wonderful week. Joy to all!!!



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Good day everyone,
Today i already was on the treadmill for 22 min. Yea! That part is over! (can you tell I hate exercise?-not a good thing. Now I don't mind working in flower beds as DH and I are going to do today. I am down another lb. Tomorrow is the verdict to see how much I dropped. Not the 10 lbs as advertised-but since I was 160 when starting I'll take 5 lbs lighter. Now I know I have to be very careful and keep tracking so as not to gain it back. Today this liquid diet is getting to me.

Doris, I agree with you and Mary. Not sure you could do it. I have never tried this before. I admit it is not the diet I like! However, if it works I am trying to convince Den(DH) to go on it again just for sat & sundays for a while till we get our weight down. He is now 221 lbs @5'8 so he needs to get it off also. He goes back to his Dr in 2 months and Dr will have fit if he weighs this. His weight goes to his stomach and chest. Not a good place to have it.

Michelle, just a tidbit for you. I read if you eat salad(and olive oil is the best for you) you can then eat a piece or 2 of pizza and you will not get a weigh gain! In fact any salad is good if you are going to eat pasta after. Of course oil & vinegar are better than the processed ones. I have been studying nutrition lately and reading the low calorie salad dressings are worse than the light ones. Remember back (Brenda think you are old enough as me) when we had no fat free-light-etc.? Younger people didn't have the weight problems they have today. So I recently (past 2 weeks) have given up artificial sugars, working on getting rid of LIGHT products, plus processed foods(which I don't do too much of anyway).

Brenda, if I were your weight I would feel as you. You are eating healthy and not gaining. One thing we do have to admit to ourselves is we probably won't look as we did when we were young-and if keeping a safe weight and eating healthy that is what should matter.

ok have a good one everyone. Oh, one thing I don't have to worry about is getting Halloween candy for kiddos, as we have not ever had anyone for 23 years that we have lived here. It's an older neighborhood and houses are not close together.

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MARY I agree----leave your porch lights off & you should be ok As for the wt and do it, I agree. But it will never be "over" we must keep going day after day.

BRENDA how lucky you are that you didn7t have the power outage! You do make a alot of healthy choices, hence you are healthy. I hope to be as heathly as you as i age.

DORIS I don'T like bluegrass for that long, either. But glad you ar enjoying yourself. Good luck with back to HH



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Mary,

I think as long as you don't turn on your porch light and keep your house lights on low, your house will be fine.

When I lived at the other place, children were allowed to go door to door and all over the building. One year we decided to take our candy down to the social room to meet the children. Well, I put a bowl of candy on a little table outside my door and my tape recorder underneath and it was cute to hear the children telling others. "Only take one candy" and I even had a few left when I went back home. I found out that basically the children are very well mannered.

Doris,

I don't think I could endure a whole weekend of Bluegrass. It is a good thing you took your book to read. Now it's back to the old grind and get HH finished for the guests. That is going to be so nice for the families.

Watching the news about all the power outages last night. Many trees down and many fell on houses. One tree went through the roof and speared the baby crib. Luckily, the baby was downstairs at the time but the dad was in the baby room just before getting pj's and right after he left the tree went through right where he had been moments before. . Now he is feeling very lucky.

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It's been several busy days. DH and I went to a bluegrass festival from Thursday until today. We took the RV and enjoyed a beautiful park with near perfect fall weather, as well as several good bluegrass bands. I'm not big on bluegrass, but about once a year we do one of these festivals. I took a new Lisa Wingate book, The Story Teller, to read when I got tired of just listening and watching the bands. It's really kept my interest. Will finish it soon.

Tomorrow we start our Monday Angels for HH, so I came home and made banana pudding to take for dessert after our light lunch. The group will help prepare the house for guests the next weekend and will meet each Monday.

Sounds as tho you've all been busy. Hope you have a good week!

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I love the community Trick or Treating, Brenda! You DO make healthy choices most of the time and I'm sure that's why you're so healthy! Some churches and neighborhoods nearby have Trunk or Treat---people go to church or neighborhood parking lots and open their trunks. The kids come by and get whatever they want without having to go door to door. I will be with the grandbabies this year and I hope no one will bother my house!

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Mary,

Too bad the spark friends' husband is so rude about her weight. That is so wrong in so many ways. I hope she makes it but if he keeps putting her down all the time. it may be a losing battle for her. Keeping my fingers crossed that she has success.

As long as you know your son is always running late, then you will never be disappointed for your get-togethers. emoticon I'm glad you had a good visit after all.

I went down to Rite Aid and bought a bunch of candy for the trick or treater's who will be coming here. We all go down to the Community room with our candy and have an early dinner. This year they are having KFC but I didn't order any because I don't like it. Will probably make myself a salad. Around 4:30 the children all come is to our different tables and get their candy. They are so cute. It's the neighbor kids and grand/great grandchildren who come to visit us. They are not allowed to go door to door because some residents go to bed early or it is against their religion. They are all very well behaved. By 7:30 they have all gone home or on to parties. A few of the residents dress up but I never do, never have since I was a child. Not my thing to do.

Yes, I could stand to lose about 10 pounds but it isn't a priority. I just concentrate on making healthy choices anymore.

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Brenda, I hope the Spark Friend has great success. Her husband is so rude and ugly about her weight. She has lost 1oo pounds twice and regained it. She sees this as her last chance. I have a sister who did gastric bypass 8 years ago. She did fine for a year, lost 115 pounds, and had a boob job as well as her 'wings' done. Then she started eating like her 400 pound husband and son and has regained it all. It's so sad and disheartening. I was thin until 50 and have been fighting it ever since. I've lost 30 and regained it, lost 20 and regained it. I need to just DO IT like Nike, lol, and be done with it.

Michele, my plans went awry but I did get to see both of my children and THEIR children! The younger son is always late to anything. He had a sleepover for my grandson and called to say please wait until 12:30 to visit since he had a houseful of kids. Well, they were still there when I arrived, but they were cute 11 and 12 year olds and polite! They went outside to play football so Greg and I had a good visit. His wife went to her school to get some work done. Been there/done that! I'm glad you got a family dinner in but it sounds like you didn't enjoy the meal. I rarely pass up the opportunity!

Then I went to my daughter's and played with the granddaughters. I will always have fun seeing them in action! They have expanded their vocabularies in the last 2 weeks and I was amazed at how they 'read' books and did puzzles. Not bad for 19 months. I will go for Halloween and can't wait to see their costumes: Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck. Maybe next year I will make the costumes!!

Now that I'm home, more grading beckons me as well as language arts lesson plans.

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HI all. I have a cousin who did the stomach surgery about 15 years ago; she has managed to keep the wt off for the most part. She is 56 I can't imagine being on a liquid diet, but if it works for you BETTY, then go for it. I agree with mary, that at least you have your husband to do it with!

MARY how was your visit with your son? Do you like the way your hair is cut? My weight has been going up & Down on the same 5 lbs. I am disappointed in myself that I wasted this entire year when I could have slowly, mind you! been at goal wt by now. I have decided to buckle down for real. I am only taking this moment today.

Last night, (sunday) we had a celebration at an Italian restaurant, buffet style,for my oldest son, now married. He was married on the 4th of this month at chu;rch in a very private, family only ceremony, since they didn't have the $ to spend on a big hubbaloo. All of the relatives came which was nice to get together with DH's side of the family. Me, I didn'T eat hardly at all, since the "buffet" was mostly pasta, pizza, & salad drowning in olive oil

Now this monring, onto the pool!

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Mary,

I have met several people who did that gastric sleeve and it didn't work for them, caused a lot of problems and they had them taken out. If the person doesn't follow the instructions and keep eating willy nilly, they will not lose weight. Mary who used to live here kept eating too much then would throw up so what was her point? She thought after the surgery she would wake up thin. Not! We are so glad she decided to move in with her sister as she was a real trouble maker here.

You are so busy all the time, I don't know how you do it all. Of course you are about ten years younger than me. So you go girl while you can! I used to be that way and was thin as a rail.

The big storm that blew through last night didn't do any damage here in the valley but other areas got a lot of downed trees and power outages, flooded streets. The sun is shining brightly this morning.

Have a good day everyone. I need to get dressed and make some breakfast and decide what to make for dinner.

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Michele, I hope you have a good day, too! I know you do a fine job with the piano and I will join you in the house cleaning! It's always in need of a good scrubbing. I did 3 loads of laundry yesterday!

Betty, I just don't think I could ever do a liquid diet but I'm glad it's working for you. A Spark Friend just underwent the gastric sleeve and has been on a liquid diet for 2 weeks now. She's dropping rapidly because of the surgery and will have to introduce solid food little by little within the next few weeks. Having your husband go through something new together will be nice! Here's to dropping those pounds.

I'm with you. My weight is going up and down with the same few pounds...mostly up! I did go to the gym after I got my hair cut yesterday and I was/am hoping for water aerobics today. But I'm seeing my son's family at 11:00 and my daughter's at 1:30. I will pack my swimsuit and see if I can make it to the pool by 4:00. I have loads of schoolwork, too! Sunday is busy. Glad I went to church last night.

Happy week to all,
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Good Morning All,
Today I am starting out feeling pretty good. My DH and I decided we needed to do something to get this weight loss started again. Lately I have been weighing 160 although hadn't changed it on SP. So we went on a 3 day nutrition drink diet-4 drinks a day. I have to admit it was so hard yesterday-I did cheat a little. We both had an apple-I also had a banana-1/4 cup of string beans+1/4 cup of beets that were in the frig from our garden. However this morning I am down to 157 again, so it's working. When we are through will go on our calorie allotment on SP to keep losing. If this works, think I will do the liquid thing once a week. I have a lactose intolerance but found some that are lactose free so not bothering me. Just feel this will give me a start.

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MARIELLE glad you enjoyed your treat!

MARY you too, gld you enjoyed your time out with your friends.

Have a good Sunday, all!

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It's so sad and senseless, these terrible shootings, regardless of whether it's kids or adults. People just don't seem to care what they do and who they hurt. Taking their own lives and/or the lives of others isn't going to solve any problems they're having. It's just such a shame. We have a program at school called the Bucket Filling Project, and it tells kids how everyone has an 'invisible bucket' that needs to be filled in order to make us feel good. When people say or do mean things, it 'dips' into our buckets. When we do nice things for others or when others say/do nice things for us, it fills our buckets. We also talk about 'using our lids' to not say or do ugly things back. It doesn't always work, but we're hoping it will at least make the kids think.

I'm glad you will have a dinner treat, Marielle. I ended up being invited to dinner after Mass tonight. A guy from my Grief Share group saw me and asked if I had dinner plans. I told him I was going to be watching Law and Order reruns, lol! We went to an Italian place near my son's house...farther than I usually go at night. But it was nice. He is still really missing his wife and that was a little over the top but it was different and I enjoyed the evening.

Hugs to all,
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Marielle,

Yes, I have heard all those stories so we don't really know exactly what happened, I did hear that his girlfriend broke up with him. They are only 14 years old. What are things coming to these days and why do the children think they have to take it out on others? When I was 14 we were busy doing group activities and didn't have to worry about boyfriend/girlfriends. Most of us were so shy we could barely talk to the opposite sex.

All I have heard today is the two girls in critical condition haven't been ID'd. One they know who she is but don't want to release her name for one reason or another. I can barely watch it without crying, it is so sad.

It is very windy all day today but not much rain like they said it would be. Leaves are blowing all over the place.

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Hope everyone is having a good weekend. I went shopping with my DD today. Got some household things. Also got some groceries. We are having a roast tonight. I hardly every buy roast or steak because it is so expensive--I stick to organic ground beef and chicken or vegetarian. So this will be a treat.

Brenda I finally did get some news on the shooting. Those poor kids--the stories are conflicting: that he was heartbroken (it doesn't say why), that there was a fight earlier in the week because some said racial slurs to him, that he targeted a particular group including those who were close to him-his cousins. Who knows. I hope it gets sorted out. It won't help him but maybe it can help those who are left behind to understand.

Betty, I know school has changed over the years since I went. Some good things, some bad things. I just hate the violence and bullying that goes on today.........................

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BETTY I agree completely with you! THere are no words....

MARY doing things around the house can be very therapeutic! Hope you got everything done.

I did have a good nap yesterday. Now, onto piano practice & cleaning the house!

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Yes, I heard about the shooting on the news this morning. It's a terrible thing happening to our schools anymore. It mus t make a lot of parents afraid to send children to school. So sad. Why are the children thinking guns are the way out of their problems? How did this ever start? The world is so different now than the one I grew up in.

Despite everything, pray everyone has a good weekend.

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You're right, Michele. I found a prayer for financial issues in my old prayerbook that my grandmother gave me last night and I slept all night! I hope the weekend will be one of renewal. I need to weed the flowerbeds and do a lot around the house. That will be good exercise and keep me busy.

Enjoy your nap. Happy weekend to everyone!

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MARY at least you have someone (or 2 in this case!) to help you through this financial mess. What a wonderful blessing!

BRENDA & MARIELLE isn't it just a shame that b/c of a few strange, crazy people like that that the world has become a more dangerous plaace to live in?! Most of us are just normal folks trying to get along in life!

Off for a nap. I am feeling a bit achy myself this afternoon

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Enjoy the wedding, Nina. I always enjoy those occasions. My nephew is getting married in very late August and for once I won't have to worry about taking off from school. I hope to be retired by then!

Brenda, I haven't heard much about the shooting or the circumstances since I worked late and went to vote afterwards. I'm so sorry to hear all this. What a mess things have turned out to be. So many shootings now, what with the Canada incident lately, too. Such a shame that people go nuts and don't think of all the consequences.

I am looking forward to a restful weekend. I hope to see the babies on Sunday after church. I haven't made any financial decisions but will talk with my son in law on Sunday about it. I hope he and my younger son will be able to visit with the accountants and help me make plans to move forward. I hate this and it messes with my sleep and my stomach!!

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Reporters have been interviewing parents and children but I guess they can't repeat what they say in later reports until they confirm what is true and what is not. They finally just released all the children that were in a class room that were close to the shooter and saw exactly what happened. Many didn't know what was going on and just hit the floor and then ran wildly away.Terrified. It took a long time to interview everyone. The shooter was on the football team. The team they were to play tonight on the playoffs sent word that they would step back and take second place in the game that they had to cancel tonight. School is cancelled all next week and all the events scheduled.

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Worst news reporting--they really said nothing, I was disappointed. I'll keep checking the internet for news. I guess lots going on in Arizona too: two escaped violent offenders, a traffic stop turned into a chase (one officer wounded and in hospital)--several other things, plus all the politics before the election etc........... emoticon

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Brenda, believe it or not so far nothing on tv. The info I got was from the internet, they didn't say anything about him being elected to Prince of homecoming or about a romance. I am so sorry--it doesn't matter though--so much pain and suffering. Oops finally it is on tv here. I'll see what it says!!

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Michele,

I don't think the madness is ever going to end, it will probably get worse. I don't even like to be in crowds anymore.

It has been raining all day, another storm is coming in. I just heard the tornado yesterday was an F1, which means 110 MPH winds. I'm glad it didn't land here. They are still cleaning up there.

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BRENDA the news has made it all the way over here! It is very heartbreaking! Where does this kind of stuff end?!!

It is a nice day here---rare---we've had so much rain! Now I have real sunshine instead of the liquid kind! emoticon

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Oh my God, Marielle, I didn't hear that about the racial slur. He had just been elected a Prince for the homecoming a day or so earlier. One of the newspeople said they heard it may have been a romance gone awry. He must have planned the shooting to have the gun with him and pick the lunchroom for his ambush. I don't understand how a 14 year old could even think that way.

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Brenda, how awful and sad! Such a tragedy. I am so sorry. My prayers are with the victims and students. I will also pray for the shooter. According to one report on the internet, there were racial slurs against him prior to the shooting because he was native American. I will have to turn on the TV to see.

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Another school shooting. This time it is in Marysville, WA. I have been glued to the TV for the last 4+ hours. Six were shot, two died including the shooter who turned the gun on himself, then he shot his cousin and killed her. Four are in the hospital and with head wounds, two girls have yet to be identified because of all the brain swelling. I have been glued to the TV for the past 4+ hours. The shooter was from the Tulalip Tribe so the Tribal police have just arrived there. When the boy started shooting, students hit the floor and then ran out of the building and ran through the woods and into strangers homes seeking safety. It is just so heartbreaking.

I just went to Safeway and was telling the checker about the shooting and she said that the lady before me was on her way to Marysville because her granddaughter was a witness to the shootings. Police are still interviewing students. There are over 2000 and most of them are still at the school. Patents are picking up their children as police are finished questioning them.

It is so heartbreaking.

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NINA enjoy your wedding.

MARY hope your financial woes will work out. What have you decided?

DH is sick today; taking the day off to take care of him

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Hi all! Haven't checked in here for a few days and am going to be gone again for a few more days. Am headed to Tampa for a family wedding and visiting my folks. It should be a lot of fun and good to see cousins and other relatives I haven't seen in a while! The weather is perfect here -- dry with highs in the low 80's and sunny. emoticon

I have to get moving so I can't comment on all of your entries. Hope all of you are well and have a terrific weekend! emoticon

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Hang in there, MaryAnn! We'll see you when you come on back!

Betty, that's great that your husband will be doing the 'health thing' with you! I do think a smaller patio home or condo/townhouse would be good for me. I just can't get my head around getting this house 'mucked out' before I retire. I have 40 years of stuff all over and haven't been in the attic in probably 5 years at least! Time will tell.

Brenda, I hope your joint lunch venture will turn out fine. I love how you all work together and have so many good get-togethers!

Michele, I love your positive attitude. I let rain bother me!!

I had a good field trip yesterday, followed by an impromptu dinner with my teaching partner. We were wiped out but neither of us had 'real food' in the house and decided to go out to a restaurant we always enjoy. I came home, answered a few emails, and crashed. I hope to have a non-busy weekend and crash some more!

My accountant says my CD money that was deposited yesterday into my back account will cost me a lot in taxes...the financial guys where the CD was didn't say anything about a tax issue. So I'm caught between a rock and a hard place once again. I will have to put that money back into the IRA and take money from another account. I wish I knew about these things!!!

Mary, who is so glad it's Friday!!

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MARYAnn we will miss you!

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BRENDA your weather sounds like ours---it poured all night & is cont. to rain this a.m. (thurs) but despite that, I will bike ride to my piano lesson ( no tone chimes on the 4th Thrus of the month) . Rain is my liquid sunshine---so much easier to deal with than snow!

MARY your grandfather sounds like my DH----he LOVES to watch/ listen to weather reports!

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Hi Everyone,

Well, the wind blew all night and the rain poured so I guess there will be flooding north of Seattle as always. The coast is really getting hit and this will continue the next few days. The back lawn is covered with leaves but the trees still have many more hanging on. I doubt I will be going anywhere unless I run out of frozen yogurt. LoL That would be an emergency.

Yes, it is raining all over. The weather map shows mostly yellow (for rain) from the coast towards Canada and on to Portland, OR.

I have a small slow cooker is full of frozen green beans and onions for lunch today. Janie is in a cooking mood and serving spaghetti and dessert. Pauline is making some sort of salad and don't know what anyone else is taking.

Have a good day everyone. I need to get dressed and some breakfast so will no doubt check back later.

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Good Morning,
Guess it's raining all over. Ours started last night with loud thunderstorms and supposed to rain for 2 days. I hope it's through by Friday as would like to grocery shop.

Mary, if lived alone I would definitely move to probably a condo-my kids think I should move in with them if that ever happens. Love them-but don't want to live with them. Not unless I was sick and had to. Hope that never happens. Our house is 22 sq ft. with 2 large bedrooms/2 baths/dining area/kitchen/living rm./ small tv room off from kitchen(it could be dining rm, but we use it as tv/reading rm./ and very large TV room downstairs/laundry area/ and half basement with shelves all around the outside and inside walls. We have extra refrigerator and freezer there also. Our basement is carpeted! LOL

Brenda, I surely understand how you feel about liking it where you are. In between marrages I lived in an apt. bldg like that and it was very nice and affordable as they based it on your income. Then about 2 years before I remarried I bought a townhouse and it had a very small backyard that I could keep up with. So that I would consider again also if I were alone. My present husband & I did live there for about a year before we had this one built. We now have 3/4 acre of ground with wooded area surrounding it. Probably not quite half of it is yard and flowerbeds which I could never keep up by myself. Love it here but would be too expensive to hire people to take care of it. When my husband is near 80 we probably will want to leave here. He says now if he won money about 100,000 he would move into a nice condo.

Marielle, sorry to hear about your DD problems. Pray that works out ok.

Now I am buckling down with this weight problem. Yea, my DH decided to do something also. This will help me. So to jumpstart our loss we just ordered some nutritional drinks that we are going to do for 3 days along with some fruit. Then stick to the allotted calorie count to lose. I need to do something. I have been exercising, tracking, but not losing. Hopefully this will help. I am so sick of being between 155 and 159. ok-time for treadmill.

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I'm so glad you didn't get really wet, Michele! My grandfather was a 'weatherman' as he put it during WWI. He always said, "More rain, more rest!" He always had the radio on for checking the weather on the hour and kept maps around to track hurricanes!

Marielle, I guess my house is about 2100 sq.ft. I have 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, living and den, dining room, kitchen, and breakfast area. I have a big yard, too. Much too much for me now, but it was bursting at the seams when the kids were growing up!

Now I can go back to 'just teaching' for today and Friday. Tomorrow I have a field trip! I feel like my schedule is ridiculous! I am never in the classroom, it seems!!

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MARY I agree---gosh! that is a lot!!! Maybe it is time to think about down-sizing? I enjoy our small house---900 sq. feet. It is almost too big without the kids now; DD will most likely be moving out less than a year from now.

BRENDA I agree with you---if I were by myself, I too, would not want to live in a house--scary & lonely describe it perfectly! How was lunch? Some of that food sounds like stuff I just can't eat without looking like the elephant in the room!

I was lucky---fate? God? that when I walked the train station after my lesson I did not get wet---it was only drizzling. Now it is pouring! I love the sound of the rain, it is so comforting. Why is that?

MAREIELLE how is DD? How are you today?

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Mary, oh my gosh!! I cannot believe how much your house insurance is. It is at least 5 times what mine is. Of course my house is very small, less than 1200 square feet. Glad all your meetings went well.

I agree Brenda, it sounds like you have gotten a very good place to live.

Michele-I hope it doesn't rain too bad. We're back to dry weather here. I really enjoyed the rain, but we get so little, even if it floods we're ecstatic that the rain has come.

Have a good day.

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I love the way all of you at your apartment do for each other, Brenda! I am happy that so many people seem to look out for each other. You are a gift to those around you!

I will do as much clearing out of my junk as I can this year and starting in the summer I will look for a realtor to give me an idea of a good price. Then I can start looking for a smaller place. When I was with my sister, we visited one of her friends who is living in a 3 bedroom townhouse that is 1 story. It was perfect! Just enough extra room for grandkids, an office, and my own room. Now I need to find out where I can get one nearby in Houston! I am not in a rush but I can't delay too long. Yes, the extras do eat up my finances!

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Mary,

It sounds like it will soon be time for you to look for a smaller home or move into a senior community where you only have to worry about rent, lights, TV and phone bills. And no yard work. Before I found this place I was afraid of apartment living but it is fine and we don't need a lot of extra rooms plus they most have security cameras and lots of activities. I could never live in a house again even if I could afford it. I would be too scared and lonely. Here there is always someone to talk to no matter the time.

Yesterday we went to Frosties for burgers and we had to wait almost an hour to get them, They were really busy.

Today our manager bought us corndogs for lunch. I made a fruit salad. Elinor made a cherry dump cake and Pauline made a big pot of chili. Tomorrow for lunch Janie is serving spaghetti, Pauline will make some sort of salad and I don't know yet what I will make. Maybe a pot of green beans and onions.

Janie was saying she needed a crockpot so I gave her my big one that I got from the food bank last year at a cooking class. I have only used it once and is too big for what I make, plus I have a slow cooker and a smaller crockpot that I got from Alma for $3. Janie is cooking and baking all the time and enjoy's it.

Michele,

There is a big wind and rain storm on the way plus flooding in some areas. I guess it is supposed to hang around the next few days. I hope you didn't get too wet going to teach Wednesday. It will be interesting to see what will really happen. They are saying the coast will be hit the hardest. Either way it will be wet.

I wrote a long post yesterday morning and I hit a wrong key and my page went to the print page and I couldn't get it back so I gave up. Sometimes I hit a key, don't know which it is, and my whole message gets deleted.

Marielle.

I hope your DD is better by now.

Sunny,

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers that you are feeling better today.

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I hope you can get to the bottom of the issue with the pain doctor, Marielle. A mother never quits worrying about her children!

Michele, stay dry if you can. I had a thought: when you go home in the fall, you can go to Bed, Bath, and Beyond with a 20% coupon, buy a Keurig, and mail it home. Voila! You can have coffee anytime you want! If you need a coupon I will mail it to your parent's house!!! You need good coffee that's not a day or more old!!

I had my conferences today and all went well. I got the support of the 'wild boys' " parents and they agreed that their children should not be disrespectful to children or adults! Hooray! I was tired but so glad about how it turned out.

I hope everyone is having a good day. Tomorrow I see my accountant again and hope he can alleviate my most recent money concerns. I am never at peace over finances! My homeowner's insurance is $3500 and due in a month! GRR...

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It is gong to rain hee today for 3 days straight. It always seems to rain on Wednesdays, when I have to go to Tokyo to teach English!

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Good morning - hope everyone is getting done what they need to. Sounds like all are very busy. DD's appt with her pain doctor is Friday--we'll see how it goes.

Take care everyone!!



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I too, am very busy until Thurday! See you all then!

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Our lives seem to be so intertwined here, just like my other SP group! Hugs as we all head towards a new week. Mine is exceptionally busy but it will ease after Wednesday, I hope!

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Out for a few days back on Wednesday.

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MARIELLE how did your dd's appt go?

MARY my b-day is on the 18th---nearly 1 week before you! I also have 2 other sisters whose b-days are in Dec. Waht a great month, eh?!

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Mary I am so glad your reunion and trip went so well!

Michele and Mary--I think that DD's withdrawal symptoms from the anti-depressant are lessening. She will have a Dr's appt by Friday so hopefully things will be resolved by then.

Take care. I didn't do much today..... Took a break. LOL

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Michele, I'm the oldest of 5 girls! We are 63,62, 59, 55, and 50....I think!! The 2nd sister was a year behind me in school. The middle one is 5 years younger, the 4th is 8 years younger, and the baby is 13 years and 1 day younger, lol. My father was born on Christmas Day, I'm the 26th and the little sister is the 27th!

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MARY what a wonderful time you had! I didn't realize that you had so many sisters! I have 5----I am #3 of 6 girls, all 1 year apart, except for our youngest sister.

MARIELLE how is your DD today? I have still big issues with my DD. Yes, we do all have our own burdens. emoticon emoticon for you & I am glad that you at least have Charlie to bring joy into your life.

Pool time!

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I don't have time to go through all of your chats but just wanted to say "hi" to all before I leave for the pool; I'll be back!

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Hi, friends! I had a fabulous time at the reunion but I’m so tired and the day isn’t over! My sister and her husband came to my house Thursday afternoon. We met our youngest sister, her family,and her inlaws for dinner. I taught a half day Friday, then we left for Beaumont. We visited our mother, then went to dinner with 2 other sisters! Later in the evening we had a cocktail party at a hotel 2 down from where we were staying. It was so nice to see old friends and “remeet” some we had no idea of who they were, lol! All our classes were small. Mine had 88 in the graduating class. My sister had 70. There were 3 other classes involved and most had brothers/sisters in our grades. I saw old boyfriends and talked with people who never gave me the time of day in high school, lol. Two of the nuns who taught us came for the dinner and dance last night. One is about 70 but the other is 92! They are both still teaching and it was so great to see them again. I think this was one of the nicest weekends in a long time. I will go to church tonight and still have to get the last of the conference forms done. I meet with the parents on Tuesday, all day long.

Marielle, I’m so sorry for your dd’s issues. One of my sisters friends was saying her youngest daughter was bipolar and had ‘disappeared’ for months, just resurfacing yesterday. They never know what she’s going to do and she refuses all help. Another of her sons has been in prison for breaking and entering and also never would get help for a drug habit. It makes me count my blessings, for sure. Some of my friends at the reunion had lost children after long/short illnesses. I guess we all have our burdens and no matter how hard they are, another person has their own terrible things to shoulder as well. Hugs to you as you help her along.

Doris, I join you in knee pain! I wore heels both nights this weekend and my knee/hip is killing me! I saw women in such high heels…and some in shoes that looked like bedroom slippers, lol. I should have gone that route. I hope the shot will help you.

Michele, I thought about your puzzle this morning when we went to visit my mother. NOT that you are old, because I think you’re probably the youngest in this group, but there were 4 ladies in my mother’s assisted living doing a huge puzzle and they were arguing over which piece went where! You don’t have competition--- I was thinking what good mental stimulation it is, too! I don’t have the patience. I go through so much ink, too. Once I’m not teaching I hope the need will go down. I do way too much schoolwork at home. Do you buy the XL cartridges? Sometimes it’s a better bargain.

Nina, Texas weather has been crazy too, and we don’t have the beautiful leaves turning yet. It’s rained a bunch this month—so much that I turned my sprinkler system off and my water bill went down by $100! Such a treat! I haven’t watched the news except for a few minutes yesterday….I saw the hurricane hit outside of Hawaii but didn’t hear how Bermuda fared.

Okay..enough fun on the computer. My laundry and school work is calling my name. I think I will change it, lol!!

Maryann, you are so busy! Is the company family, or friends? Run those errands and have some downtime for you!!


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

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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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10/19/14 12:18 P

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Sunny and Michele, thanks for your support regarding DD.

Today my other DD took Charlie and Zelda (her dog) to the woods. They loved it--ran and ran and ran.

I have to do some clean up today--just going with the flow, sort of organically with whatever direction that takes today.

Have a great Sunday!!!

Marielle
Prescott, Arizona

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MARY ANN glad your day was a good one! Mine is filled with my jigsaw puzzle---doing one of the Notre Dame Cathedral---& reading!

Michele in Yokohama, Japan


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A productive day but busy. Marielle I am so sorry about your DD medical issues. I hope they get straightened out soon

Back tomorrow

Sunny in Southern California PST

Challenges are what make life full of stress and anxiety and overcoming them is what can wear you out. Stay stong.

Don't stay down, every storm runs out of rain.

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MARIELLE glad you had a good walk with Charlie! I am so sorry to hear about yourDD! I know how that is.......I will keep her in my a.m. prayers.

Today, Sunday, I am relaxing with my coffee jello.

Isn't this "turn back the clock " Sunday?

Michele in Yokohama, Japan


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