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My day was busy although I only went to 2 stores and had many more planned that I never got to. My trip to Sam's was exhausting so I just came home after going there. I was buying supplies for the two weeks we will be feeding the cabinet makers--things like paper goods and plastic wear, drinks for break-time, garbage bags, etc. I decided that the local grocery stores would be a better place to get cookies, crackers, and other perishables. I just hope I think of everything they will need since there's no operating kitchen that's already equipped.

The trip to find something to wear to the reception didn't turn up anything at the store I was expecting would have something. I bought some summer tops to wear other places, but may end up pulling something from the closet to wear to the reception.

Marielle, I am so glad you're giving yourself some down time. You'll enjoy the massage a lot more without the equipment in place.

Michelle, swim a few laps for me too! Good job on being faithful to your exercise schedule.

Betty, hope you have a fun time on your trip!

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Hi everyone, I haven't been on here for a while as have been getting ready for my trip tomorrow. First to Sea Isle City till Mon. then off to Williamsburg, Va for the week. I am packed and ready to roll, haven't had time to read your msgs. here yet. Trying so hard to keep losing weight and keep it off on this trip! My weight is finally starting to move in the right direction! LOL

Have a Blessed Happy Easter to all.

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Marielle, they are still trying to clean up the water. While we were on a trip there last week, we were discouraged from buying fresh fruit & veggies still.

Doris & Betty how was your day?

It is Friday here---it's going to rain, but I am going to go to the pool anyhow so I can get my 2x swimming in this week!

Happy Easter, all!

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Brenda, glad you enjoyed R.L. I haven't been there in a long time. I haven't had a nose bleed since that one. It was the day I went to the doctor and my BP was normal, so I have no idea what caused it. So sorry about your manager's parents.

Doris, I have been trying to focus on my exercise too. With everything going on I haven't been as consistent as I like to be. I also am a dirt, spot magnate, so agree I wouldn't choose a white blouse either. Hope your shopping goes well and you find just what you want.

Michele, I've been meaning to ask once I realized how close you were from the power plant tragedy. Has the radiation affected the people and being so close were you all forced to evacuate at all? "The Little Grandmother" (Kiesha Crowther) started a project to send crystals to help heal the earth and water--she was working with a Shinto Monastery. They are testing the effect of crystals on the water and it appears to be helping decrease the radioactivity. (I know a little "woowoo").

Sunny, so glad your mom is doing well and you had a nice visit.

Mary, we've had the weather get warm and then cool down here as well. I was ready to call my friend to start my cooler up for the year and then it got cold again. Last year I didn't start it up til May, I don't think. Hope all is well.

I am getting use to this contraption being attached to my chest and the monitor hanging down. I'll be so ready when the month is up to get it off. I cut down my activities this week - I got so overloaded but next week I plan to get back on my regular schedule. Actually the doctor wants me to try and trigger an "event" so the monitor can check things out. Hopefully it will happen so he can make sure I don't have "A-Fib" which I guess causes strokes. What fun it is to get older. I re-scheduled the hypnosis thing for weight loss til the 25th--and the massage to next month after the monitor is off. I also cancelled two or three other activities this week so I could just relax and take it easy. I am going to get my dog now and go for my daily walk.

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Good morning everyone!

Brenda, I'm glad the RL trip was fun and that you stayed within the calorie budget. When we go to eat somewhere, I try to eat small portions but don't end up tracking that food. I can tell that I haven't been faithful on exercising since my waist area is getting spongey again. I've gained about 5 pounds from the lowest I got to, but the exercise is key for me. Next week is my annual checkup, so I'm curious if my blood work will show signs of the lack of exercise. Gotta get back in routine!

But today I'm off to run errands! Have a great day. emoticon


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Michele, when mom died I went to live with the people who adopted my sister. They were my guardians. Well when my guardians died. she went first, eighteen days later he went.

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Brenda, glad you enjoyed your R.L. So sorry to hear about your manager's mom & now dad. It seems men more often don't do too well without their wives.

Marielle my DD also has nosebleeds. Hers are more related to being overtired & overheated. The minute she relaxes, she feels better.

Doris, I wouldn't do white, either. I would get it stained in an instant! Other colors that wouldn't show the mess/dirt/stain---whatever---might be better.

Piano lesson & tone chime practice went well this Thursday morning here. I have been cross stitching the rest of this afternoon! emoticon


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Doris,

I don't think I would buy a white top for the reception either. I am a dirt target. I would get something with a lot of colors so if you spill something on it it won't show. Colorful top and plain skirt or pants would be nice.

We had a really good time at the Red Lobster. We got there before the lunch crowd, 9 of us. Only Jody had to cancel. It did rain but not hard and traffic was light. The portions were large so I brought half of my hand battered fish and chips home for dinner. I logged the calories and didn't go over my calories for the day, I was surprised. Food was very good. I did want a salad but didn't want to pay $2.95 for a small one. Afterward we went to Target that was next door. I bought a three piece Pyrex storage bowl set, a zester and box of waxed paper.

Then I walked down the hill and picked up my car at the repair shop. It was there for an oil change. He told me a man wanted to buy my Jeep said my Jeep is in very good condition and everything looked really good. Blue book on the Jeep is about $950. I don't plan to sell it. Will drive it until it won't go anymore.There are 198,848.6 miles on it.

Our managers mother died last night at her home in Oregon. She was in a coma the last few days. The whole family was there. Our manager has been gone for about a month now (she has a lot of sick leave she is using) helping her sisters care for mom and dad. Her dad is not doing well either so he probably won't live much longer. He depended on her for everything.

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Marielle, please take care of yourself. It sounds as if your body is trying to tell you to slow down.

Brenda, I hope your trip was fun.

Michelle, I hope you've recovered from all the activity yesterday.

My day tomorrow will be running the errands I didn't get done yesterday when we were messing with the tile and paint colors. I hope I can find a nice outfit for the reception. I'm not really sure what I'm looking for--probably a nice pants outfit since everything here is really casual. If not that, a skirt and top would do. I saw a white long top at Chico's that looked pretty online, but I don't think it would be very practical to buy something I'd have to be so careful with. Wish me luck in my shopping!

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Marielle,

The nose bleeds sound serious. Have you asked your doctor about them? My 86 year old neighbor down the hall gets them sometimes and I guess it gushes. I don't know why she gets them. Is it high blood pressure? Try to rest as much as you can. emoticon

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Thanks everyone. My daughter said the same thing-rest and relax. I have an appt scheduled with a hypnotist to work on reprogramming my mind about food later on today, but with so much going on I am going to reschedule her to at least a couple of weeks down the road-there is so much going on and I am so overbooked that I can't keep up, I had also scheduled a massage, it was okay with the dermatologist but now that I have this monitor hooked up to me I am going to reschedule for after this stuff comes off. I woke up and my nose just started to bleed spontaneously so I am not going to go to my exercise class today. I haven't had a nose bleed since I was a teenager when I had them all the time and no one could figure out why. I used to get them in the summer when it was 100+degrees-walking home from school in the afternoon. I would also have a headache with it. I still have to take my grandson to the college to get his fingerprints done but I am not going to my stretch class because of the nosebleed and headache--will go next Monday.

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Michele,

There are only a handfull of small people here and I don't plan to be part of the bigger ones. All they do is eat sweets that people leave in the Community room that they bake. I seldom eat the junk. At least when Janie takes sweets down, she cuts the cakes and brownies in tiny pieces and makes the cookies two biters. I will take one cookie every now and then.

Darlene is very thin. She is an alcoholic and she fell in her apartment last week and broke her hip. She will be in the Nursing Home, supposedly, for the next three months. Her family say she will be home in a few days. We will see who wins. See, she can't get her booze in the Nursing Home. Her family keeps her supplied. Three of her family members have been staying in her apartment but they got kicked out yesterday. They were told they could not stay here so now the locksmith will be here today to change the locks. They have been coming in after the office closes and leave early in the morning before it opens. They are here from Oregon. People have to pass background checks before they can move in here.

Have a good day everyone. Going to the Red Lobster in Longview, near the Oregon border, for lunch so will check back in later on. It is just starting to get light out.

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Marielle, I do agree with Brenda, slow down & take a deep breath! Join us when you can, & take care of you.

Brenda, what an adventure at Walmart! I didn't realize the women you were chauffering around were so big! I also have a hard time getting into back seats of cars & I am only 5'&" & not nearly as heavy as any of them! Enjoy your red lobster!

I was running around all day today, doing errands, teaching English in Tokyo--- I am exhausted! Tomrrow is piano & tone chimes. I really don't feel like climbing up hills on my bike, but maybe by tomorrow, I'll feel better.

Have a good Wed, all!

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Must be the energy in the Spring air that is making us all busy. Had a lot of catching up to do after being gone for the weekend. The family is all great and my 91 year old mom is doing well. Just a little slower and I think she has some trouble hearing when too much is going on.

Had a nice visit with my three siblings but I did eat some food I usually avoid. Up a pound but that is not too bad.

Off to bed and busy tomorrow.

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Slow down Mariellle and don't worry about us. Do what you need to do. We will be here whenever you have time. The most important thing is for you to get the proper rest and foods. I guess when it rains it pours. You are getting dumped on all at once. Not fun.

Our temps are getting colder today. We had two nice days of close to 70 but it will rain tomorrow when 10 of us take our bus to Longview to go to lunch at the Red Lobster. Jim, one of our residents is busy planning places for us to go and this is one of them. He has cancer. When he moved here he told the manager he wouldn't be here very long but it has been a good year, probably longer, so far. He was supposedly supposed to die shortly after he moved here. He did get really sick and put his car up for sale, then in a few months started feeling better and able to drive again. He was glad he didn't sell the car. I told him in the first place that he should not sell his car so quickly. He is such a nice man, very creative and a very good cook. He calls Bingo here twice a month.

Have a good day tomorrow.

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Hi, all, so much as been going on. I haven't posted since the 8th. I had to go to Phoenix all day on the 10th (2 hours down there, then an hour and a half workshop, lunch, worked on some forms for a couple of hours then the drive back 2 more hours. I was pretty tired. Then on Friday I saw the dermatologist (my doctor referred me for the rash). The rash she said was eczema but she took off two moles(?) and froze a precancerous spot on my hand. Wow! Then I met all afternoon Friday on Water District stuff from about 1pm to about 6 pm.
Just today I went to the cardiologist (my doctor referred me) and he put me on a heart monitor for a month-it's a trip. Too much going on. I am going to call two people tomorrow that I have appointments with (one tomorrow and one on the 25th) and postpone them. I am feeling overwhelmed and need to just slow down.

Hope everything is going well for everyone. Take care! emoticon

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Mary,

We each have an air conditioner in our apartments built in under the living room window. I have been here almost three years and have never turned mine on. There is an air conditioner at the end of the hall so I just open my door and let the cool air in when it is too hot. Free air. My apartment faces the woods on the hill so it never gets as hot as the front facing apartments. I get the morning sun and the front gets the afternoon and they get extremely hot. I am toying with the idea of moving to a front apartment if Helen decides to move to AZ where all her family moved to a few years ago. They want her to move but all her friends and doctors are here. So we shall see. The manager said I can make the change.The front apartments have a beautiful view overlooking the city and the mountains in the distance.

My Jeep is a Cherokee Sport truck model and there is room for three thin people in the back seat. Well, Janie weighs about 200 pounds and she is just under five foot tall. Alma is around 300 pounds and about five foot ten so the two fill up the back seat. Elinor weighs about 180 and about five foot four or so. It was really mean of Elinor to hurry out to the car and sit in the front seat when she knows Alma has bad knees but I didn't say anything to her. I told her before that Alma needs the front seat. Granted, the back seat is hard to get in, I even have a hard time and I am short and much thinner. They barely can click on the seatbelt. I have to fasten them for them. Sigh..................Yesterday was not a fun trip and doubt I will do that again with all of them.

I'm glad your dinner party was a success and that is over now.

I logged over 8000 steps yesterday. I wanted to go for another walk to get the 10,000 but was too tired. I slept soundly from 11 to 3;30, then dozed on and off until 6. Today will be another nice day but colder temps and rain will arrive tomorrow when we go to the Red Lobster for lunch.

Have a good day everyone.

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Good morning! I slept well and woke up freezing…I’ve had the AC on for days and now switched back to the heater! It’s a wonder I don’t have pneumonia. It cleared off late yesterday but is blustery and so cold once again, 75 to 45 in no time. But we really needed the rain.

The dinner was really nice and I think everyone enjoyed the food. My ‘partner’ seems to be pretty pompous and blustery…he pontificated on if his grown children would stop going to church or got married at Disneyland like his nephew, he’d refuse to go to the wedding! All conversation stopped for a moment, then it moved on to another subject! He did know his wine, however…he brought several nice bottles, lol! He helped me clean up and everyone was gone by 8:15…so I got to go to bed in plenty of time.

Doris, it sounds like the HH is coming along nicely! I know you’ll be happy when that’s done. I hope with all the work you've put into this, other churches will do their parts and help with the meals. Let us know!

Yes, Brenda, I am so busy but there’s light at the end of the tunnel. School will be over in about 6 weeks and I have no school plans for the summer so I’m okay. Go get your nails done or a pedicure once in a while…it really makes you feel good! Wow, what a mess at Walmart! But what a story to tell, too, lol. I picture all the people crowded in the Jeep, then waiting and calling! Such a day, but you got in many steps.

Yes, Michele, it never would have occurred to me or my sisters to act up in church. You were well behaved ‘or else!’ These girls were plenty old enough to know better and the grandfather seemed to think they were ‘cute!’ NOT!! I hope your husband will calm down and that you get whatever meds you need to feel better. I can’t wait for allergy season to run its course, lol…

You’ve had quite a lot of visiting, MaryAnn. I know you’ve enjoyed it but will like to come home. Did your husband go too, or just you? And where is this? I’ve forgotten. I will go see my mother in Beaumont again on Saturday then spend Easter with friends in Galveston.

Betty, how marvelous your trip sounds and I hope Paige will do very well with all you have planned for her. That’s a lot to take on but you have such a good heart.

Both Annalise and Grace are toddling around now and Cherilyn put FB videos up yesterday. It’s so much fun to watch but the falls are terrible to see! I will be with them on Good Friday and miss them every day!

The money mess really irritated me but I am letting it go. (I do need to see Frozen, lol!) I got a call and 2 texts from one of the finance guys yesterday and it turns out that the money I authorized for transfer last week won’t go through on time for me to really benefit from it---but HE will get HIS commission. I have worked myself up over so much in the last month with the identity theft, the taxes and this money transfer. There isn’t anything I can do about it now but I will just let it be whatever it ends up being. No more of that last minute stuff, I hope. No more last minute decisions for me, I guess. I tutor after school then might have an early dinner with the daughter of my good friend Sally who passed away unexpectedly last summer. Her girls are selling the house either today or tomorrow and we might go out to celebrate if it goes through as planned.

Happy day!
Mary


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Brenda you are busy, aren't you?!! But really, busy is b etter than not busy sometimes.
I would love to come to your May sale! i like bazaars & flea markets!

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Michele,

There won't be a lot of rest for me tomorrow because I am having a meeting at 1 to sign up residents for a table to sell their stuff at our Spring Sale May 9th and 10th. Then we make a diagram of table placement. It will just be a sale of new and used things we want to find new homes for. Also a bake sale. It will be fun. We will take donations people don't want to sell themselves. That money will go in our treasury to buy coffee and kitchen supplies in our Community room.

Wednesday morning am taking my car for an oil change at 9 and at 10:30 we are taking our bus to the Red Lobster for lunch. That's about an hour ride one way. Janie said she couldn't go because SS took $200 from her $600 check and she is trying to find out why. I told her I will buy her lunch, no big deal.

I can rest the rest of the week. Not usually this busy but everything just came at the same time. I will be able to get my pants shortened by the weekend.

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Doris, glad you got everything all sorted out! You are so dedicated!

Brenda what a great friend you are!!!! That would have worn me out, too. Rest tomorrow!

Sunny glad you got back safe---tell me all about your adventures!

Off to make my Easter Lamb cake.

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Back home and going to bed early. Back tomorrow

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Doris

Good for you not being made director. All that cooking is going to be very time consuming not to mention a lot of being on your feet and all the clean up. How many workers are you talking about feeding?

Yes, the pants are delivered and Sandy was very happy to get them so soon. I took my car in to Les Schwab early this morning to have the brake fixed and it turned out there is nothing wrong and my brakes are in great shape. He said it a dust buildup in the tire well and some rust that is likely causing the noise I hear sometimes. So that saved me a lot of money.

Then I ended up taking three people with me to Walmart and that was an experience. My Jeep is small and the women are large and it is very hard for them to get into the back seat. I almost needed a pry bar to get Alma's foot in the door. She has had knee replacement. It was a struggle but we made it. I told everyone to meet me at the door in an hour. Well, we waited and waited for Janie to come. Elinor and Alma were waiting in the car and it was very warm and Elinor was complaining she had frozen food and I told her I did too but it was in a thermal bag. Anyway I went inside and walked around looking for her and went out and told them I couldn't find her. Elinor said to have them page her. At that point I couldn't remember her last name and then it came to me so I went to customer service and they paged her and told her to come to CS her party was waiting for her. Well she was getting her phone fixed at the back of the store. They called CS and told them she was there. So I found her and she had already checked out her groceries and decided to get some minutes put on her phone. Well, somehow it screwed up and the guy had been on the phone trying to get it straightened out for a half hour. I told Janie I would take the others home and come back because they were too hot. So that's what I did. I am exhausted tonight. I got 7500 steps on my fitbit/zip today. Her phone is still not fixed right and he told her to come back in a few days and he will try again. He gave her his work schedule.

I think it got to 70 today. emoticon

Michele,

I hope your DH gets in a better mood soon. Not fun living with a grouch.

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Betty, good to hear from you. Hope you have a fun trip!

Brenda, I guess the pants are now done and delivered. You are just a good friend for doing this, even if you are getting paid.

Michelle, I think they all go through stress that they don't discuss with us, and we just see the attitude. Mine is usually really even tempered unless he's been pushed real hard. He's put up with me all these years, and I'm sure that hasn't always been easy!!

We had a rather productive meeting of HH tonight. It's coming together. We now have a committee to write the job description and begin looking for our director. (And I managed to avoid being on it!!) Our next big deal will be feeding the cabinet builders who are coming in May 5 to build the cabinets with volunteer labor. We have lots of cabinets so they will be here 2 weeks, with us supplying the noon meal for 11 days. I do have responsibility for getting volunteer churches to adopt them for a meal. That's about half way there now. If no one is signed up, then our board will need to fix the meal. I'm thinking I may do a large amount of cooking that 2nd week they're here. We will pull our travel trailer to the location so I'll have a place to crash in between duties those two weeks. We will come home to sleep and do laundry each night.

Have a good day tomorrow!

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Betty you will be missed while you are gone. Have a good trip! I went to Willamsburg many moons ago---it was great!

Brenda, did you get your pants done yet?

Sunny glad you had a good visit with your family.

My DH is in another "mood". It seems little things just set him off. If it weren't for all of you, I'd go absolutely nuts! Thank you all for being there for me!

Today I will go to the ENT dr. to get my allergy meds. My nose is like a rock without them!
Have a good day tomorrow all dear friends! emoticon

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Betty,

Have a great trip! See ya when you get back.

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Good Morning Everyone,

Doris, thanks for missing me. I am ok-just have had a lot on my plate lately. Now I will be out of here again. This week I'll be busy getting things together for a trip which I am leaving on Fri. I won't be taking computer, so will be out of touch. I'll be back the 26th late in day. I'm taking a trip with DD and family to Sea Isle City for 2 days, then to Williamsburg, VA. for the rest of week. We are taking Sand's newly legal guardian , Paige 9 yrs. with us. She will be fun as she gets excited about doing things like this, due to the fact she never got to go anywhere before. Sandy has had her 1 1/2 yrs now (she does see her Mother-Dad on most weekends for a day) and she is doing so much better. She is now going into the 4th grade-with only problem in reading and math-like 4 months behind..She will probably always have a learning disability, but Sandy has really improved her skills. She has a tutor every Sun. afternoon for 3 hours, plus Sandy helps her a lot. While we are away, she will have workbooks to do for a few hrs.before the fun day. But she also has gotten very good about that. I debated about going on this trip, but having never been there, decided to go. I'm not getting any younger.

So all of you have a Happy Easter and take care of yourselves. emoticon

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Had a nice lunch with my mom, brother and sister yesterday. Visited another sister who could've make it for lunch. Then went back to spend the afternoon with my mom. Going home tomorrow

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Michele,

I have one more pair of pants to do for Sandy so I can take them to her tomorrow afternoon. I still need to do mine. emoticon

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Brenda as far as naughty kids & church---I grew up the same way---one "look" from dad & that was it!

Happy sewing!

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Michele,

There are six pair of her pants to shorten. Working on number three now. I will also shorten mine when I get finished. I have six pair of mine to do also but keep setting them aside to do later and later is slow coming. Then Elinor said she has a pair for me to shorten but don't know when she will get around to bringing them over. She has been talking about them for a few months now.

Our children never did naughty things in Church, they knew better. All their dad had to do was give them the 'look' and they would pay attention.

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Michelle, I'm sure it's no problem for you to fly into Dallas once a month to help!! Wish you were here to help, too. We need all the volunteers we can get.

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Mary how awful those children must have been! DH & I would havenever allowed such behavior in church! HOw did your dinner go?

Brenda did you get the pants finished?

Doris, how was the HH meeting? wish I could be there to helpyou.

Have a good week, all!

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Mary,

You are so busy with school trips and dinners plus everything, I don't know how you can keep up. You need a day at the Spa to totally veg out. I have never been to a Spa,had a manicure or pedicure and rarely go get my hair cut. I cut my own hair. That has always been a luxury not in my budget m whole life. I hope your dinner party is a huge success.

I have one pair of pants finished so have to get back to my sewing so I can take them to Sandy tomorrow after my brakes are fixed. Next week is going to be a busy one for me with all the planned activities here.

Have a good rest of the day everyone.

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I'm sure Little Mary Schoolmarm will do great! After all, you were the one who was willing to say "yes" to being hostess for the night and make all the efforts to get ready. I can't imagine that you will not be appreciated!!

We had potluck lunch at church today. I carried sweet and sour chicken to put over rice. It was all gone except for 2 very small pieces. After I cooked the chicken, I used the crock pot to keep it warm during the in-between time from cooking to eating. It's hard for me to come up with things that can be cooked that early and kept warm that long, but this worked great.

We meet tomorrow night for our HH board meeting. It's time for us to buy appliances,furniture, and advertise for our director to run the place once we open for overnight stays. Hope there's a retired couple who would like to come to Gatesville to do it!!

Betty, we've missed you. Hope everything is OK with you.



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I hope you won’t have too much to do with tutoring on Sunday, Michele. You need ‘downtime’ like everyone else!

I went to church last night for Palm Sunday and the family in front of me had 4 grandchildren probably 8-12. The 3 girls spent the entire time making crosses from the palms. They made a huge mess, acted like small children, didn’t participate at all, and the grandfather just looked at them and smiled, never once suggesting that they do anything but ‘play.’ Finally the older woman next to them told them that the palms had been blessed and the parts and pieces they had stripped and thrown on the floor and the pew needed to be picked up. They sort of looked admonished but kept on making a mess! At least when I left they were picking up. The grandparents acted like there was nothing wrong. Ugh. I am not tolerant of things like that either.

I have cleaned my house and fixed the manicotti for my Dinner for Eight church group tonight. They will be here at 5:30 and I still need to do my lesson plans. I’m tired and I hope it will be fine. All the people are retired for a long time in this particular group and they seem to be wealthy and quite world travelers! Little Mary Schoolmarm will try to have something to contribute to the conversation, lol. Wish me luck!

Hugs to all and have a great Sunday.

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NObagels4me just get back on the wagon & join us! We have all been there.
you do look good in your profile pic!

mary what a busy week you have had! Hope you are getting some rest today!

I am starting to teach new students, 2 children on Sundays. This is only a temporary situation as they are going to move to Kentucky soon. I normally do not work on Sundays, but we so desperately need the $ that I have given in to doing this.

Enjoy your weekend, all!

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Oh, Yvette, you look mah-velous!!! I don't see anything extra, much less 5 pounds. I thought of you recently---my sister and her husband went to the Galapagos (sp?) islands and I remembered from Sesame Street, I think: off the coast of Ecuador! How long were you stateside? I hope you will check back in. Our little group has grown, as you can see!

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Hi All,
I'm just checking in after a long hiatus from SP. We recently went to the states for a few weeks but now back in Ecuador. My self control must have got lost in the luggage area because as soon as I hit town, the eating feast began, and of course, now I'm crying the blues. I started with juicing again but after a few days returned to the popcorn bowl. So today I took my measurements, not too bad but not good, and the scale didn't have any good news for me either. So today I begin again to get rid of about 5 lbs. that I bought while on vacation. Wish me luck.

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Oh, I am sooo tired! I was up at 5:15 and out the door at 6:15, we got to the Zoo for the Epilepsy walk at 7:00, walked for an hour and a half (stroll!) and I was home by 10:45. I went straight to the accountant and signed my tax return, then took it to UPS to mail. I am on the couch…my knee is okay but my hip is killing me. Two days of walking has taken its toll. I’m sure I’ll be fine but I want to rest up. Yesterday was a field trip to the Arboretum. More walking! I’m about walked out. Sure glad I have my new Zip once again!

Brenda, Dave had IRAs from when he worked for Chase Bank and that’s in 2 different places. I will be fine financially (eventually) and wouldn’t qualify at all for assistance. Right now, it’s hard because I don’t make enough at my private school to cover my bills. They don’t offer medical insurance and that’s a third of my take-home pay! Once I get the car paid off—we bought a new one a month before Dave died—and I get Medicare, I will be fine. It’s just hard right now because of a low cash flow. When Dave died my income went down by 75%~ Thanks so much for your concern and your info, though. I turned 63 the day after Christmas so I have a year and a half or so before I want to draw on SS. And yes, the Golden Years NEED gold to get us through, and that’s not in the cards. You are very resourceful. I am learning….

Oh, Marielle, I am so sorry you’re still having so many problems. The water issue sounds serious. Does Prescott have reserve funds for this? I think you have a ‘utility district’ from what you tell us but doesn’t the city have any responsibility to fund the fixes? I’m hoping it won’t be too much for you to handle. You do so much to help!

MaryAnn, your house sounds wonderful but yes, going up and down those stairs must be so hard on your husband. I never gave my steep stairs a thought and would bound up and down with laundry, etc. in my hands with no problem. Now, I am SO deliberate when climbing and I try to be careful. I haven’t gone upstairs after the walk yet…my hip is killing me right now. One thing at a time, lol. Having all those accounts in so many places would worry me, too. I’m glad you were able to consolidate. I keep ‘hoping’ that by going through Dave’s files I will find a pot of gold account, lol. But I think my idea of ‘what we had’ was very different from reality. I need to hold onto what I’ve got. But like Doris said, I’ve made a decision (so very hard for me) and I will live with it.

Doris, what a wonderful testimony to a long and happy marriage! I hope you enjoy your Alaska cruise. Another of my Spark friends hopes to take one in ’15. My mother in law took my middle son to Alaska for his hs graduation and he still talks about how wonderful it was. The video sounds great, too. I’m sure it will be a lovely party!


Michele, good for you getting back with the piano and taking on the chimes! Maybe one day I will get back into the piano, too. I hate to have it sitting around and entertain the idea of selling it once in a while. My Illinois sister has been in Texas for 3 weeks and is on the plane for home right now. She went back and forth from our hometown, to Houston, San Antonio with a friend, and back to Houston. She comes in once a year to visit and ‘makes the rounds’ of family and friends. She’s tired of traveling now and will go to DC in 2 weeks---her husband had a heart attack in December when I was in the hospital and he’s wanting to be on the go all the time now.

I'm ready for a nap before grocery shopping so I'll close!

Mary


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Doris your planned anniv. sounds lovely! Iwould love to see pics of you both through the years!

Marielle, my DH Tad is a plumber---he deals with water tank situations all of the time! I'm sure he would be able to sympathsize!

Time to get ready to make my lamb cake for Easter next weekiend!

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Mary Ann, our daughter and her husband are doing a video of the pictures throughout the years which will be showing at the reception. We are doing the reception in May so that we can take a trip to Alaska at the actual anniversary time. We have friends going with us and should enjoy spending time with them while seeing the area from Anchorage to Seward and to Denali and Mt. McKinley. For our 50th, we went to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the tip of Italy. It was part of a tour group and we felt rushed, so this time we bought a package where we can stay more than one night in several places. We had done the cruise to Alaska several years ago but didn't get to see any of the interior so we're flying to Anchorage this time where all our time can be sight seeing.

Marielle, I'm so sorry your infrastructure is falling apart in the water system. That's exactly what you were telling us about a month or so ago. Hope you all can figure out what to do that's best for the system.

Hope it's a good weekend for all!

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Hi everyone. I have been so busy, I just managed to read everyone's posts. Yes it's the District again. We went to a WIFA meeting in Phoenix--it took all day, then the next day our large tank was being cleaned and found to be in terrible condition ($16K for a bandaid fix; $100K for a refurbishing and and $250K for a new tank that size--what bad news but not unexpected. Not sure what our options to cover the expense are - no more time. I am exhausted!

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Sunny the place we went to has not fully recovered from 3 years ago, & no, it's not an island, it's just on the coastline.

Hope you enjoyed your walk.

Time to work---teach English to adult students on this nice Sat. morning!

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Michele sorry the piano lesson wasn’t so great. Performance does not have a back space key. I love going to live performances just because they have such a varied sound. We went to see a group call Midtown Men. 4 singers who were on Broadway in the musical Jersey Boys formed a group. They were great and the musicians behind them were wonderful.

What was fun about seeing the Jersey Boys musical a few years ago was that we knew all the words to all the songs. The 4 guy group we saw the other night had great voices and sang a lot of songs from the 60’s. They invited the audience to sing along on some of the songs and had us all standing and dancing for some.

Michele has the area in the earthquake recovered? Is it on a separate island from where you are?

Brenda I remember Spring in Seattle. You describe the weather exactly. Some days were cold, rainy and blustery with sun breaks, other days were just cold and rainy with sun breaks and occasionally it was just cold and sunny. But the flowers were just exceptional, the tulips, daffodils, and the lilacs. I am impressed with how well you must be taking care of your car to keep it so long.

So Doris 55 years together are you putting pictures together to share at your reception? Is it going to be big?? In three years it will be my 70th birthday and our 45th anniversary. Instead of a party I plan to be celebrating somewhere fun.

Mary I understand about your being hesitant to move everything into one place. After all the years that my DH and I worked for different school districts, we had money scattered over 10 retirement accounts which would make it ugly when we turn 70. So I went to a reputable financial planner and had them reorganize most of them but let some in their original accounts. It is not a lot of money but all we have. I don’t like all my financial eggs in one basket. We moved into this 3 level house near the ocean 12 years ago to be close to work. I thought we would move after we retired but we are still here. My DH has developed serious arthritis and I know the stairs are a bit of trouble for him. We just cannot think of any place else to move to except maybe Phoenix. Last I looked there was not a nearby ocean. And I agree with Brenda the golden years are a lot of work.


The PT takes up part of the morning and then I need to recover. My hand is getting better, swelling is down and I can pick things up more easily. One thing I cannot do yet is put my hand in a bag of chips and pull one out. Found this out on the picnic last weekend.

Well I am off to walk the dog now because I had PT this morning. He is getting ancy and is looking at me with longing in his eyes

I am going to visit my family this weekend so I am not sure if I will have internet.

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Brenda, yes, you do do a lot for others! How independant you are! I wish you were closer to teach me sewing! I love the Red Lobster! enjoy yourself there.

Mary, you are so busy! Hope you get everything done. How is the visit with your sister going? I have been playing piano for going on 5 years in August; I used to play back when I was in elementary school, then quit when i went to college. There was a 30 year hiatus when I didn't play, & then I started again. My piano teacher also runs a tone chime group so I have joined that as well.

Doris, I think you already mentioned to me those 55 years before. I am so forgetful! Congratulations!

Time to practice my tone chimes.

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Doris,

Alterations aren't my favorite thing to do but I never do anything too difficult. Hems aren't that hard, just getting motivated to do them unless I have a 'need date' then I will just sit down and do them instead of playing games.

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Mary,

I don't know how old you are but here when you are 62 you can move into HUD apartments and they charge you 30% of your income. There is a limit of how much you can get every month and how much you have in savings and such. It was easy for me because I had nothing but my car and furniture and clothing.

For instance, Wilma downstairs has $65 thousand dollars in a savings account in her daughters name. She is moving into assisted living by the end of the month so she qualifies for that because she just claims her SS because that is all that is in her name. Many retirees do that, not very honest but that is what it is. Don't be fooled about this being our Golden Years, it is far from it. Medicare and doctor bills take a big chunk of people's money. I am blessed because I have no major medical problems, knock on wood, so I do have money to spend on myself. I am allowed to have no more than $2000 at any given time or the State will take it. They pay my medical and give me food stamps and $40 a month. Plus I get my SS and $50 a month from my husband's SS.

It sounds like Dave left you with some savings to work with so you are lucky.

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Michelle, we will be married 55 years in June. I was only 16 when we got married and they said it would never last!! We are having a receptionin the afternoon for friends on May 24th, followed by a family dinner.

Mary, you do have a load right now!! Come on summer! I hate having to make big financial decisions, especially when I'm not sure exactly what would be best. My philosophy is just make the decision, live with it, and don't look back!

Brenda, you are so good about helping with the alterations. That's not my favorite thing to do!



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You always seem to face whatever comes your way with grace, Brenda! I am learning how to cope but it takes sooo long to feel like I am on top of things and I let it all get to me. Once I panic, lose sleep, gripe and complain, I'm better, lol. Thanks for letting me vent to y'all. I was always fiscally responsible even when Dave wasn't. Long story short, I have as much fun saving as I do spending and only get bargains, use coupons, etc. I don't do too much for fun for myself because of time constraints. But once I retire I hope to have enough money to go places with friends once in a while without worrying if I can still pay my bills. I will have to move eventually. Two broken bones in 6 months told me a 2 story house with bedrooms and baths upstairs isn't a good thing when you get older! So that's another consideration. If I am not working I will need to have ready money for someplace else to live. Ugh. so many decisions.

I hope everyone appreciates all you do for them. And it gives you satisfaction, I'm sure, that you have so much to offer!

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Mary,

I get tired just reading about all you need/have to do. Make sure you eat healthy to keep your energy level up. I don't have any problems worrying about money because I only have my SS and living here is such a blessing because I have everything I need and some jingle in my pockets. I only charge $5 to hem a pair of pants and I only do that because some would take advantage. I don't need the money that much. Jim asked me how much I would charge him to move his buttons and I told him 'nothing' but he wouldn't hear of it and insisted on paying me so I just told him I charge $5 for alterations so we will both be happy. Jim has cancer and he moved here to die but he seems to be better. He keeps as busy as he can. Thursday nights he calls the Bingo downstairs. He keeps trying to get me to attend but no luck so far. I told him I only play Bingo daytime because I have to watch Wheel of Fortune. emoticon He organized a bus trip to the Red Lobster for lunch next Wednesday. So far 10 have signed up so he is happy. The bus can take 12 and one wheelchair. He was happy I decided to go.

I did get most of my apartment vacuumed and dusted today. The sun is out so some Spring Cleaning is on the to do list.

Check in when you have time.

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Hi, friends. I am better right now but still so very busy…with a glass of wine in my hand and kinda/sorta piece of mind. I talked with both of my financial planners. One wanted me to move a big amount of money into my guaranteed annuity by April 15 because that’s the date they take a ‘snapshot’ of how much money I have and how much I will get once I start drawing. That’s only Tuesday and it made me so nervous to have to make that kind of decision so fast. I have other IRAs in another place and would have to draw money from THEM to send to the other guy. I didn’t want to mess up my relationship with the other guys and/or take so much money out that they wouldn’t be interested in me being a client. I asked for advice from my sons and son in law. They did investigate and said it was legit and they encouraged me to put the bigger amount in for more return. But I just didn’t like the feeling that I had to make a decision so quickly. I spoke with both guys and made an executive decision to move SOME money, but a lesser amount. That way the boys know I listened to them and appreciated their help, I will gain a little more per month once I start drawing from the annuity, but I still have enough in the other institution to have them keep me on as a client. This has been tearing me up. Dave, being a banker, made all the banking decisions. I would go ‘okay…’ and hope that the market would go up! Now I’m in charge and have no idea what’s the best thing to do. But I made the decision and maybe I will be okay a little more. So much is weighing on my mind.

I never did get to rest up, Doris! My Illinois sister is back in town (back and forth from Beaumont 3 times in 3 weeks!) and wants to go to dinner on Friday. The little sister says she wants to go but we have to go to a restaurant near where her middle son is playing ball….another complication! I have a school charity walk at 7:15 am Saturday morning at the zoo, a 40 minute drive from my house. But a teacher in the next subdivision said I can ride with her so at least I won’t have to drive there THEN walk. I have the Dinners for Eight at my house Sunday night. See all the activities?? I want to be able to enjoy them but there’s little time in between for that! I can’t wait for summer. About 6 more weeks and I can breathe again. I hope your anniversary plans will be easy to organize. What a special time!

How was your trip, Michele? Was it for fun or something else? I’m glad you had a chance to get away! How long have you taken piano? I only took for 4 years in grade school but I have my old piano and none of my kids were interested. It’s another thing I think I should sell. I keep thinking I should take lessons again and stick with it. I need to get back to swimming, too. Glad you could go.

Brenda, it’s amazing all you do. I do hope the new alignment will be what your car needs. How wonderful that you can help with your friend’ hemming and moving of buttons. I know they appreciate it. So sorry about your laptop but you’re in good company. The City of Houston still was using xp and had a lot of trouble this week!!


I’ve had friends say that it’s often less expensive than you think to not have dental insurance, Marielle. You pay for what you need them to do, not for what they WANt to do! My obgyn once only charged me $80 when Dave’s insurance plan didn’t go with him. I was so happy because I didn’t want to change doctors. Then he WAS a part of their plan and it worked out. I hope all goes well for you.

It is amazing how your life will revolve around PT, MaryAnn. I had to leave every afternoon open because some weeks I could get time on Monday and Friday…then next week it was Tu-Th. If I booked 2 weeks in advance, it worked out great but that was hard because of other commitments. I am glad I did it and really, really need to get back to doing my exercises but I am so tired all the time it goes by the wayside. I hope you’ll be fine. I would love to see the Jersey Boys. Friends have said it was great.

I have laundry and paperwork to do and an all day field trip tomorrow. Have I said how tired I am and how I need to rest??!!

Mary


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Michele,

If I don't take care of my car, I will be walking and taking the bus. I have no one to help me do things, even when I was with my husband I did everything anyway, he never did much. I have always been very independent, that's the way I grew up. Standing at the stove when I was four years old cooking myself an egg because my mother wasn't home. It's a wonder I never burned down the house. She was at the bar.

It would be nice if you could live in that rural area and have a small yard and flower beds. It's nice to dream.

Doris,

How fun planning your anniversary party. It must be happening pretty soon.

I got a call from a friend from my old place needing me to shorten 7 pair of pants for her. I went over to get them and was so shocked to see her. She has lost 60 pounds and still wearing her old baggy jeans because she doesn't have anything that fits her. She had asked her caregiver to fix them but she never got around to it. She should have called me in the first place. I have done her hemming many times before.,I will do two pair right away and take them to her, then get the rest finished. The next few days will be busy as it is. Then Jim on the second floor asked me if I have time to move his sleeve buttons on a new lightweight jacket he just bought. You know, when it rains it pours.

The Songbirds were here this afternoon when I got back from Sandy's so made myself a quick sandwich and a glass of milk and went down and sang with everyone. Some of the songs they sing, we don't know all the words. Janie got up and did a little dance with one of the ladies doing a dance from Hello Dolly. Janie has done a lot of plays and choral groups. It was fun to watch.

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Doris & Brenda I have never ridden in a jeep in my entire life! Must be a nice ride. I did have a pinto back in the early 80's.

Doris how long have you been married? Did you find the invitations that you wanted?

Brenda we had a great time up north; we had gone to the areas that had had the most damage to the earthquake 3 years ago. Very lovely, rural area! Wish I could live up there, it is so peaceful! You are so independant taking care of your car & computer, good for you!

Today is Friday another pool day today. The wind is wicked this a.m.

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Sounds like an easy fix, Brenda. It's good to hear you've been pleased with the Jeep you have. So far, I've liked mine very well. It rides better than the Buick Ranier I had before.

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Doris,

Knock on wood, I haven't had much trouble with the Jeep mechanically at all over the years. I keep the oil changed. I don't put many miles on it, just around town. Last time I went on the freeway it the steering will started shaking at about 60 so backed off. So yesterday when I stopped to make the oil change appointment I asked about a front end alingnment and he told me he doesn't do them but looked at my tires and told me to first go to Les Schwab and do the tire rotation and balance because I was missing some weights on the tires. He said that should fix my problem. So when I get the brake fixed I will take it on the freeway and see what happens.

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Brenda, we must have been posting at the same time. It sounds as though you had a really busy day and accomplished a bunch. 98,000 is not bad on cars these days. I usually keep mine to around 150,000 since most of it is road miles. We did buy a new Jeep Grand Cherokee just a year ago since the other had some problems that were going to cost several thousand to fix and it wouldn't have been good to sink that much money in a car with the miles I had on it.

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Good morning everyone!

We do seem to have been busy yesterday. I hope all is going well with the water district, Marielle.

Sunny, Hope the weekend visits are good with your family.

Mary, did you get rested somewhat?

Brenda, I hope your rash is completely gone by now.

We are getting ready for our wedding anniversary celebration in May, so I worked on invitations yesterday. I'm going to try to mail them around the 1st of May so I knew that there were some addresses I had to call to get. Part of that was done yesterday!! More to go later. Today I need to run the vacuum while DH is gone. I seem to accomplish more when he's not in the house!!

Betty, hope the weather has improved there.

Michelle, sorry the piano lesson wasn't as you would have liked. Some days things just don't work the way we plan.

Have a good day everyone!

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Michele,

I was wondering where you were and glad you were doing fun things. Did you get much rain on your trip?

Our weather doesn't know what it wants to do, sunshine or rain and the nights are cold. I hope Spring arrives soon. At least the trees are blooming and there are many beautiful flowers blooming in our gardens around our building. The grass is emerald green.

I took my old 8 year old laptop to Staples to see how much it would cost to fix it since Microsoft took away our XP program. They said it would cost more than it is worth so I just gave it to them to send to the recycler. That was hard for me to do but I have a new one and don't need two laptops. I just thought I could make it work but it had a mind of its own and did very odd things.

I took my car to Les Schwab yesterday to have my tires rotated and balanced (a free service when you buy tires from them) and they found my right rear brake is thin so made an appointment to have it fixed Monday morning. Wednesday am dropping off my car to the mechanic down the hill and he will do an oil change and check everything out and see if it needs any attention. Poor thing is 21 years old with 98,000+ miles but runs good. I figure it is good for another 100,000. It is a Jeep Cherokee Sport that we bought brand new. I love that car.

The sun was out so I sat on the back wall waiting for my car and got my vitamin D, then the sun went in and the wind came up so I went inside to wait. It didn't take long for them to do my tires. They don't take appointments for that, so it is on a first come first serve basis.

I stopped at the veggie store on the way home and got a little watermelon. Jim said he bought one the other day and it was mealy so he threw it away. I told him I would let him know so I took a plate down to him and the other scrabble players in the Community Room and they all agreed it was "pretty good" for this time of year. They are from Mexico, the watermelon, that is. emoticon All the bananas were totally green so it will be a few days before I can eat them.

Everyone is busy doing outdoor things, that's good. Have a great day.

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Sunny hope you had a good time with your mom & sisters.

I had my piano lesson today; didn't do too well. emoticon Hopefully next week will be better!


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We are usually a very chatty group but it sounds like the "busys" have hit us all. PT is taking up a bit of time and then there are some just general things taking my attention. We did our regular docent day and to night we are going to a concert. Some of the original cast members of the "Jersey Boys" have formed a group and are on tour. Songs we know all the words to!!!

Tomorrow may be less busy but by Friday it will calm down. Going to visit my mom and sisters over the weekend. Not sure what the Internet access will be.

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Sorry that I have been away for a few days---DH & I went up north in Japan to travel for a few days. Had a great time.

Hope all is well with everyone. Will try to catch up on the posts today.

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Good morning, I am off to the DDS this AM. I am seeing a new dentist because I don't have dental insurance anymore so don't have to go to one the insurance approves of. These guys did an excellent job with my daughter's teeth problems & I really like their office personnel too.

Will post more later.

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Good morning! I will check on Dale when I get back from my haircut, Brenda. Thanks for the info. And Doris, I hope you will have very little issues in the way of finishing the HH for the rest of the time. Hanging sheetrock makes is a real building!!

I did sleep better last night...maybe it was going to water aerobics. I never seem to notice that exercise makes or breaks me but maybe so. For whatever reason I'll take it!

Happy day to all.

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Glad you had an easier day, Mary.

I just got a trim, not a real haircut or change to what it had been, but it should be easier to manage.

At HH, they started hanging the sheet rock today. YEA!

I hope the building will be complete by July 1. If not, we'll probably end up missing part of our Colorado time this year and I do enjoy it a lot.

Hope it's been a good day for everyone--it hasn't been busy here with many posts!

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Click on the team page above this box and then when you get there, scroll down and you will see Up Date on Passiionate Tiger from Sunny and all the information is there. Easier than trying to explain it to you.

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I had school emails early this morning to answer so I didn’t get on here. I had a good, easy day. Things seem to be a little less hectic to me now that the testing is over. I’m going over the tests now to make sure all the little stray marks aren’t going to toss an answer out. One very messy boy scribbled almost all his circles and I have to correct it or they will count against him. He will have enough wrong answers, lol. I did go to water aerobics and it felt good. I had the remainder of my tortilla soup for dinner and am starving but I will try to let it go. Haha, and I didn’t see Frozen, lol!
Maryann, I can SO relate to your teacher/husband’s life, lol. It’s mine. I gave up a trip to Hawaii one year because my school was in temporary buildings and the administration told us we couldn’t go anywhere for Christmas vacation because the new building was being finished and we needed to be ready to move it. Well, it was after spring break before it was finished and my husband was so mad at me for letting the school dictate my life. Right now, now that the testing is over, I’m actually pretty mellow, lol. How wonderful that you can use your hands, even if the ring finger isn’t quite right. I hope that will be fine soon, too. How sweet that you called Dale. I enjoyed our talks when I was down and out. If I can get a grip on my life in general I will try to call you back one day…and Doris called me, too! I hope you will have a good visit with your family. It was fun with my sisters!

I will join you in a haircut tomorrow, Doris! I’m overdo but just didn’t have time to get one and had to cancel last week because of my sisters’ visit. Anything new/special? I am enjoying mine being short. Sooo easy!

I’m sorry you were so stressed, Marielle. It must be so scary. My mother had a panic attack when she was recovering from her hip replacement and my father was going into Alzheimer’s right before our eyes. Her blood pressure was so high and we had to call the paramedics. How did you come out of it? I hope you’ll be okay. It does sound like the circumstances were grave.

Thanks for the update on Dale, Brenda. She was so active. That’s a scary thing and it can come out of nowhere. I wonder if she had warnings?

Michele, the English that you teach is to individual students? How did you get the job? I can’t imagine adapting to a new country and living there forever! You have my admiration!

I need to get ready to go upstairs and watch the Blacklist---and go to bed! I did go to water aerobics today and am so glad I did.

Mary


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Marielle, here's today's post. Sounds promising.
"An Australian ship detected two distinct, long-lasting sounds underwater that are consistent with the pings from aircraft black boxes in a major break in the monthlong hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the search coordinator said Monday."
I hope they can locate it for the sake of all those families who still have no closure.

Glad you were able to talk yourself and the mgr. out of the panic mode. It is a scary thing to know all those people are depending on that one little pump. Do they go on restricted use during this time?

Laundry day again so I'll be busy for several hours--then getting a haircut this PM. Tonight is the finals of the NCAA women's basketball for the year. It is between 2 undefeated teams so it should be good. I'm thinking U Conn will probably win.

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Good Morning,

Sunny was able to talk to Dale on the phone and she is all right but will be about six months until she is 'back to normal'. I'm sure Sunny will post an update here when she has time.

Marielle,

Sorry about your anxiety attack, they can be so frightening and am glad you got calmed down. Not good news about the water pump. Yes, watching the news is very stressful and I need to stop watching so much of it but I do like to keep abreast of what is going on in our world.

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Brenda, it seems like this year there is a lot of sickness going on. I am so sorry to hear about Dale-Passionatetiger. I hope she is recuperating well. I hope you hear from her and can let us know. My heart is with her.

Michele, like Doris I am interested in how you learned Japanese, what it was like when you first moved there vs. now. I have never been to a foreign country (except Mexico) much less lived there for any length of time.

Doris, is there more news about the plane. I am sort of bad, I really don't follow the news. I know I should do it more, but way back in the late 80's I got so involved with what was going on overseas, I had to just let it all go. I became so disillusioned over the Iraqi thing after the horrible attack on 9/11/2001. When we couldn't get the real culprits we went after another country. I don't mean to offend anyone with my views, just so disheartened with the need to attack others in response to our own pain and suffering. I follow more Christ's (turn the other cheek) and the Buddha's teachings about non-violence along with Mahatma Gandhi's ideas rather than the eye-for-an-eye approach.

Mary, I am glad you are taking care of yourself. How exciting and scary to be released from the doctor and PT. But a definite indication of how well you are doing! Yea! I definitely understand needed to have rest.

Sunny, I am so glad your hand is improving. I hope you have a nice trip visiting your mom. The spring is such a hard time for both teachers and students.

I had a panic attack yesterday, but got myself calmed down by the end of the telephone call from our Manager. The pump broke at one of the pump stations and all water from that station is being pumped by the 7 1/2 HP back-up pump. None of the 10 HP pumps sitting around are capable of replacing the one that went out. Also the electric will cost around $14K because it will have to be engineered and along with APS (our electric company) charges. My panic attack was really from the fact the manager thought we were holding a special meeting today and we did not do the necessary stuff to prepare & I was like going off about that it would have to be an emergency meeting and could she give me info to justify that...on & on. I then had to back up and reassure her (mgr.) which helped me to calm my own fears about a total breakdown of the system.

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Mary, it's good to hear that you're OK. I hope you get a good night's rest and that this week will be less stressful.

Brenda, glad you're feeling better.

Michelle, do you give individual lessons paid for by the student's parents or is it part of a group lesson? It amazes me how American students are the ones who don't learn foreign languages well enough to communicate in a different language. When we were in Europe, almost everywhere we went we found someone who spoke English. That was really helpful since we didn't know the German language at all. How did you learn Japanese?

Mary Ann, it seems that you and your DH are always going to interesting places. I'm not sure we have that many things to do in our area!

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Michele red boots!! at least your feet are cheerful. It can get rainy in Northern Calif and when I was in college I wore boots and mini skirts. Amazing I didn't have pneumonia every winter.
How are all your English students doing? I am sure they are glad to have you.

Mary how fun to have your sisters together but the timing is not great for you. I am going to visit my mom(91+) next weekend and stay with my sister, visit with another and hopefully have dinner with my brother. We generally get all together in the summer. Is the testing over? I hated the Spring to the end of the year when my DH was a teacher. We never went anywhere except for Easter week because there was so much to do.

After we retired we went to Yosemite National Park in May. I had never seen the waterfalls full of water. By August they are down to a trickle, this is when we would be able to go.

Brenda you are finally sounding better. That crud really struck you down. With your busy socializing schedule it really kep you inside and somewhat quiet.

We went to the Huntington Library Gardens for a day trip. It is over 1 1/2 hrs from our house on the other side of Los Angeles. What a lovely day and some of the trees and shrubs were still in bloom. All of the spring flowers were gone but the roses were great. I love living in Southern Calif but we do not have seasons, only summer and then winter is just a cooler version of summer.

Off to get a few things done before I fall into bed.

Note: I can use both hands on the computer now, but my ring finger is still not close to full capacity. I notice that some of the words in my posts are spelled correctly but are wrong.




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Yes, Mary, that's our Dale. She hasn't been posting for a while now. She did leave a couple weird messages and then the last one said she was dealing with something. I only know she lives in Maryland in a Condo.

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Thanks, Brenda! I am sorry to see you've still been sick and so sorry about Dale. Passionate Tiger Dale? I hope she will be okay. Has she been sick or was this sudden? I also know so many people who have been having health issues. And one of my sisters who was here this weekend had a terrible time with colitis the whole time...left her meds at home. Not a good thing. I will try to get back here tomorrow. Bath and early bedtime for me tonight! I'm so tired.



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Hi Mary,

It is good to hear from you and that you are all right. I was a little worried about you hearing about tornadoes in Texas and surrounding states. Mostly I thought you were just busy, busy, busy. Stop sometimes and just take a big breath.

Pop in when you have time. Don't worry about trying to catch up with us.

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I am SO very sorry, sweet friends! This was testing week and I was swamped. Then all my sisters (there are 5 girls in my family and I am the oldest) were here at my house this weekend for a get-together! One sister lives in Illinois and comes in for 2 weeks once a year. She visits my mother in Beaumont and the 2 sisters who live nearby, my little sister and me here in Houston, and then visits a variety of friends in the area. She has just now left and will go to see the Bluebonnets for most of the week, then come back next weekend, leaving on Saturday. I haven't seemed to have had a minute to myself in the last 3 weekends and weekdays for that matter! And I have a dinner party for a church group at my house next Sunday. Then I can rest, said the Little Red Hen! My sisters and I had a good time but I am ready for an early bedtime tonight!

I haven't even had time to read all your posts. I haven't been here all week, I think. I hope you will bear with me....I am stressed from all my 'doings' and just can't seem to keep ahead. Two good things but things I have to handle on my own from now on: the surgeon and the PT have 'released me.' So now I have to make sure I have my exercises done and go back to water aerobics for mobility. I have sadly neglected that for the last 2 weeks. I pay monthly and need to be on track again!!

I will try to catch up. I want to be an active part of the group again. I need a vacation, lol!

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Brenda thank you for the info about Dale, I didn't know. I will definitely keepher in my prayers. And yes, rubbers were very ugly, weren't they?!!!

Off to my Monday morning swim!

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Michele,

Yes, rubbers, I remember them well. They fit over the shoe and snapped across the front. Very ugly.

I sent a Spark Mail to Dale so hopefully she will get it and be able to respond. In case you didn't know. Bonnie said Dale is in the hospital with a stroke. No further information.

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Brenda, I don't think it's just older folks like us getting sick----my DD in Boise was sick with the flu for a week, last weekend. She said afterwards that she couldn'T even climb stairs without getting out of breath, & she is only 21! Do take it easy & slow to get your strength back. I told her just 1 day at a time, slow & easy.

Do you remember "rubbers"----those things we put over our shoes when it rained? That's what I used to have when I went to school. That I was able to find a reddish-copperish color boots in this country----"The Land of the LIttle People" was amazing!!!! emoticon

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Michele,

Yes, I am pretty much over the crud, just get tired in the afternoons so take a 20 minute power nap and that refreshes me so I can stay up until 11.

It's been many years since I had/needed rain boots. They only came in black those days but we had yellow slickers to wear to school. Red is a wonderful color for rain boots. Lucky you

Many residents are getting sick now. It seems to last about 10 days..

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Hi all. That time difference makes us all confused, doesn't it? the only reason I know so well is b/c all of my family is U.S. side, & I am always e-mailingor skyping so I have to keep up with the time difference.

Marielle, you are so dedicated about that water bugdet stuff. Wow

Brenda, I also think it's cute about your grandson. Are you feeling any better/

And yes, I did get my boots---red ones. I am glad, b/c it is raining again now (sunday)


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So that makes it 14 hours for us since we're an hour ahead of AZ. It's nice to know and so easy to find out with the internet!

Hope they really have located the ping of the plane. It's sounding promising today. Wouldn't it be difficult living with the uncertainty of what happened to your loved ones?

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Brenda, that is so cute about your friend's grandson!

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Marielle,

I think you are right about the time difference. Michele will no doubt be checking in to tell you. Raining here today. Many here are getting the crud. My friend's two and a half year old GS told her to lay down on the couch and put her finger in her mouth and she will feel better. emoticon

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Doris, I think I may be off an hour. It is 9:45 am Saturday(about) here and in Japan it is 1:45 AM Sunday--I think I got it right--that's 16 (? help am I right) hours difference--


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Marielle, it sounds as if you've been patching the patches!! That seems like a large %-age of water loss that just adds to your expenses each month. YEA! for all of you stepping forward to do it right.

I'm so glad you posted the time difference for Michelle. That makes me about 17 hours behind where Japan is.

Today is laundry day. I've been so busy the last couple of days that I didn't even get towels done, but today all that's on the schedule is a trip to buy groceries and laundry. Feels good after such a busy 2 days Th. & Fri.

Hope it's a good weekend for all of you! emoticon emoticon

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Doris, I am so glad your event went so well. I looked Lisa Wingate up on line (love the internet for that ability-so helpful that "knowledge" is at one's fingertips) and her books sound very inspiring. She is a very prolific writer. I read some of the first pages of The Prayer Box on Amazon. She has an awesome style and gets you right into the story immediately. That is key in a good writer. How wonderful that you met her and were able to experience her first hand.

Michele, did you get your rain boots? It is Saturday morning here, so must be nighttime where you are (maybe around 10 pm as it is around 6 am here. I looked up the time zones-the great internet again & you are about 18 hours ahead of me in Arizona).

Had another meeting for the District (I think I'd be bored without it-but sometimes it is a lot) and we hashed over how we will present the budget and our Manager's request to renegotiate her contract for the coming year. I want to be supportive of her as she has done so much and we've come so far in 6 months. She is working on a list of accomplishments in the last 6 months--we've made unbelievable strides in bringing ourselves forward. Just had to have the right manager and (pat on our backs) the right Board members. We were sort of lead blindly by people who were more interested in making money off of us than fixing the problems--so a patch here and there. One of the contractors recently told our manager "oh you don't need to replace the whole infrastructure, just the main lines here or there and I can do that." That kind of thought has kept us putting money out on a repair here, a new break there, a new pump, etc. without addressing the fact that if we kept patching we'd just have a lot more patches and still have 30-39% water loss in the system. The new underground infrastructure will eliminate the leaks, bring the system up to current standards and give us several years without the repairs we currently have.

Take care everyone. It is supposed to turn warm again here by Tuesday or Wednesday this coming week. emoticon

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Doris and Marielle, good for you for doing all of that work! I would have been pooped out, too! I am also the kind of person who just says (thinks) "just do it & get it done!"

Brenda, I too, wake up at least twice a night; I have heard that the older we get, the less sleep we need. I was up at 3 :10 a.m. this morning!

Today is Saturday morning, have a full load of students to teach English conversation to. Then I am going to go shopping for rain boots! How I needed them on Thursday!

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It's over and it was a success! I'm pooped! The speaker was excellent and the food was good. It amazes me how some people are so creative. Lisa Wingate writes terrific stories that are clean reading. She told how her latest book was interwoven with what was happening in her family at the time, even tho it's not her story in the book, but things in her personal life--like a historical marker and the drought in her area--led to developments in the book. God has blessed her with a fantastic ability.

I'm glad the rashes are going away for both of you, Brenda and Marielle.

Marielle, you are my kind of person. When there's a task to be done, my approach is "let's get it done". It frustrates me to waste time! I admire the time and efforts you put into the water district.

Mary, hope you're OK and have been able to get rested up some after last weekend. We've missed you.

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