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7/30/16 7:45 P

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Sure is quiet here. I wonder if there are storms all over?

It is a lot cooler today. I got Jody to Safeway to pick up her meds and a few groceries. Not much going on here today except the Saturday Morning Breakfast. There was a small dish of apple cobbler left over so I brought that home after Jody and I got back. We missed the breakfast.

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emoticon all A hot Sunday morning here! emoticon

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Michele, Mary probably sent the message to FB from her phone. I just thought she was gone on her trip with her friends.

Thank you for letting us know.. I hope she doesn't get flooded if there is a lot of rain.

I am on my way to bed shortly to read for a while.

Good Night!

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BRENDA I had no idea about the flour & sugar---thank you! I will do that!

Poor Jody! I hope that she is better I can't imagine having that kind of pain: it mist be hard to walk!

I was just on the f.b. site: It appears that MARY has lost power due to a storm---T.V. , phone, computer......everything! That is why we are not hearing from her. She said that AT &T won't be in until tuesday to restore her power .I don't how she even put the message on f. b.

time to read my kindle!

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7/29/16 10:27 P

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Michele, you can store the flour in the freezer until you need to bake again. That keeps it fresh and the bugs can't get in it.

Sugar lasts forever but keep it in a tightly closed container or plastic zip bag so the moisture doesn't make it hard.

Jody came to see me a little while ago and brought me some banana bread that her caregiver baked for her. She needs to go to Safeway in the morning to pick up her meds. She is having a lot of pain and burning in the bottom of her feet so the meds are steroids to help stop the pain. She started crying when she told me about it. I told her to soak her feet in ice water or use a ice bag on the bottom of her feet. That may stop some of the pain. She just turned 80 July 5th. So we will go about 10.

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BRENDA you have the patience of a saint! Wonderful you! emoticon

I would not want to be like that, either Every time I go to eat something that I shouldn't, I think of all of the stuff that you tell us about the residents who live there. It really helps!

I did make 2 batches of my Aunt's banana bread. She passed away back in '93, at 90, but was always making it when I was a little girl. I came across the recipe from a cousin on f.b. & had been promising myself that i was giong to make it!

I usually do not have white flour nor sugar even in my house. I'll keep making more batches of it until the flour & sugar are gone. I rarely have either one in my daily diet.

Time to practice piano.

Brenda, if you look up on google "how to play the ocarina, " you'll see what one looks like The video guy whose name is David, has the very same blue one that I have, & I have been using his videos to do my practice.!

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Michele, Thanks for the recorder lesson. I will have to look it up on line to get a picture of them. I have a good idea what they look like.

I have a Boson's Mate whistle on my key chain but I have never been able to play it. It a brass cylinder is two inches long and has a round hole at one end to blow through and about a half inch from the blow hole there is a rectangle opening on top and another one right below it on the bottom side. Jeanette almost got it to play a little bit. Something about blowing in the blow hole and putting the finger on and off of the rectangle openings. They are used on Navy ships. Not sure if they are used on other ships.

I got Elinor to the store and it took her a long time. I only needed a few things because it is not payday until the 3rd. I ran around the store and got my stuff and put it in the car and went back in and found her still in the produce section. She had been there about 20 minutes. Then I got behind her and followed her all over the store. Older people take a very long time to shop because they have to pick everything up and look them over before they decide to buy it.

She finally decided she was finished and went to the check out so I went through the line with her. We take the groceries out to the car and she decided she was going to go back in and buy the hamburger on sale. So back we go. There was another half hour.

We have four grocery carts here that residents use to get their groceries to their apartments. I went in and got a cart, unloaded my car and pushed the cart up to her door and then she unloaded them.

We left a little after 11 and it was almost 1 when we got back. I am 15 years younger than her and am still very flexible. I vow never to get like her.

She bought a cooked whole fryer and brought me over a nice sandwich plate full.

It is very hot outside but nice inside. It is 85 in here but about 95 outside.

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BRENDA a recorder looks like a long stick with holes. I guess one could say that it looks like a flute. When I was in elementary school, we had music class & had to play the recorder. OUrs back then were black. My kids' in the japanese schools over here were brown & DD had a white one for her music class for school.

But the ocarina is kind of triangle shaped. Mine is light blue.

Being a loner is not bad, as long as you are comfortable & like yourself the way you are. I guess I too, am a loner I do like company at times, but my first love is to read books ( in this case my kindle since I can't find regular books here right now ) stitch---I like cross stitching & needlepoint & I like to watch old black & white movies on the youtube

Today, Saturday, I have 1 adult male student. My 5th grader has cancelled his lesson.

Then I am going to go to Aeon ( it is like Walmart, in fact it is owned by Walmart over here! to buy natto & probably a nother bed sheet to cover my futon ( which is like a quilt )

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Michele, what is a recorder? It makes me think of an audio recording machine that records things.

Yes, I am a good listener. With Elinor that is about all I can do because she just opens her mouth and starts talking non stop. She is so hard of hearing I get tired of yelling so she can hear me. Most of the time I don't know who or what she is talking about and sometimes I feel trapped. I am a loner and sometimes I just want to watch TV and play my mindless games.

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MARIELLE that is great about the rebate ! Any thing is better than nothing at all.

Some drs are walk in clinics that are taken in order Most, however are appts only, including now, hair salons. And yes, I was finally able to get the meds.

BRENDA you are really a good listener! That is so important in today's world. We need more of them. It is the 1 thing that I am trying to work on myself---LISTENING!

I would not want to drive home in the dark, either I don't drive well.

I have only 1 student tomorrow, Saturday & then will probably just get stuff done around the house, practice my piano & ocarina, the new Italian instrument (it is like a small recorder) that Junko is getting all of us tone chimemembers into.


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Yes, Nora does need help and we are not qualified to help her. She tends to forget a lot of things the last few months and she was still driving to the Senior Center for lunch Monday thru Friday but she hasn't the past week. That is the only place she would go. If she needed to go to the grocery store for milk she would ask someone to take her. She will be 87 in a few months.

Elinor didn't go shopping with me yesterday morning because she was shakey. She doesn't know why she was shakey but I told her last night that she may have had low blood sugar. She is not diabetic but she has gained a lot of weight the last three years she has lived here. Too many sweets and not really eating the right foods.

Last night she came in and thought I would take her to Safeway then (at 8pm) but I told her no, we would go this morning. It takes her a couple hours to shop and i did not feel like following her around the store and driving home in the dark even though it is only an 18 block drive. So she sat here and talked for two hours about the past things in her life. I have heard most of them many times before.

It is going to be in the low 90's today. It was hot enough yesterday when I went.

Marielle, great that you got your $50 rebate for the tires. Every bit helps these days.

Michele, did you get your meds? I hate sitting in waiting rooms. I am not a good waiter.

I will check back later. Better get dressed and eat something.

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Brenda, so sorry about Nora. It does sound like depression. Hopefully her son was able to help.. Also maybe some anti depressants would help her for a while.

Michele, were you able to get in to ENT doctor? Too bad they don't make appts. When I was a child the doctor we went to didn't make appts either. People just came in and signed in and were taken in order. That was when Phoenix only had about 50,000 people and in the early 1950's. He was the same doctor who delivered my first child--I was naive, didn't know about all the specialists. Now they have a doctor for everything.

We have come so far in some things and are so archaic in others: we can go to the moon and planning to go to Mars, but still have septic tanks for waste and bad water in places like Flint. Drinkable (potable) water and proper waste disposal should be first priorities for the health of the people.

Yea! I got my $50 rebate for buying those tires. So it was a great deal-bought 3 and got 4th one free plus go $50 back. I'm going to get dog food with it. It takes just over 2 large bags a month to feed them. This will put me ahead for a while.

TAke care all and have a great day!

Marielle
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Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru. --Joko Beck

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BRENDA it indeed sounds like Nora needs help! I hope that her son can help her.

I just went to the ENT dr; it was too crowded ( walk in clinic, no appts ) so I'll go back this afternoon, first thing when they open up aftar lunch break.

MARIELLE the heat often makes me tired & I end up taking hour naps, too. I do hope that you get some extra rest.

I will go& play the piano ( practice ) since I couldn't get my allergy meds this morning!

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Michele, it was Sam who had the open heart surgery. She is doing very well, but she still has to go to the doctor once a week for a blood test to check if her blood is too thick or too thin. I can't remember which it is.

Marielle, I was very tired and sleepy all day too because I did not get a lot of sleep last night because my mouth was so sore. I did doze for a 20 minute nap this morning before I went grocery shopping.

I have had company in here the last two hours. First Elinor came in and then Ruth right after her to talk to me about Nora across the hall. She is getting very weird and sleeping a lot and being depressed and saying she is going to die. She talked to the manager here yesterday and asked her to call some assisted living homes for her. Tonight her son is coming to talk to her. We just keep praying for her to do the right thing for herself.

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Hi all, I took a 2 hour "nap" this afternoon. I only got 5 hours sleep last night and don't do well on that little. I'm still a little groggy, took me a while to wake up.



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Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru. --Joko Beck

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Was it Jeanette who had the heart surgery or was it Sam?

In the continuing day time soap opera of your interesting life, I just can't keep up! emoticon

I was on google maps b/c I was looking up a friend's address. Sometimes the google maps provide a picture of the house or other site. My house used to be on google maps. Don't know if it is anymore.

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Michele, I don't know why Elinor was shakey unless she didn't take her half a Zanax tablet. She has a lot of anxiety and is always tired and having to sit down and rest..She has to take Princess out a few times a day but only walks her around the building. I am not one to tell Elinor to get up out of her recliner and do more walking. Then she says her shoulder hurts and her hands hurt and her favorite words are "I can't. She just turned 89 in June.

Jeanette is very fine and has been busy with her friend who's husband recently died. He was in an assisted living home and was getting very violent and she was afraid to take him home with her. It was a blessing when he passed. The friend lives in a little town called Bucoda about a half hour or so drive from here. Jeanette eats so healthy that she even makes her little dogs food. He is on a raw diet.

I met the new lady, Susan when she came to look at the apartment and she is very nice. Has an old car, just turned 65 and she seems like she will pitch in and help with projects.

I am going to Google Providence Place in Chehalis and see what comes up. What I did was just go to P Place website and didn't find any pictures of buildings.

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BRENDA I was just looking at google maps. It showed 2 different apt bldgs. One was tan-ish with brown trim the other one coal gray with what looked like black trim

I hope that susan works out for you. Does she seem nice at all?

You are being your usual nice self to give rides to everyone. Why was Elinor shaky?



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Michele, what website were you on to see pictures of Providence Place Apartments? I looked and could not find any with pictures of the buildings or inside an apartment. There are many different Providence Place Apartments all over.

Our building is white with brown trim with a forest behind it. It looks more like an Army Barracks since they painted it a few years ago. Our apartments are very plain but are clean and comfortable. They are about 550 square feet and have everything we need except more space. This building was built in '96 by the Franciscan Nuns.

Our parking lot has about 20 parking spaces out front. Most residents here do not have cars.I am very happy here.
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Susan is moving in sometime this afternoon according to our manager. She took Maxine's apartment on the second floor.

Elinor ended up not going shopping with me because she said she was too shakey so I went by myself. I dropped Kathy off at her bank on my way. She sold her car when it broke down and she did not have the funds to fix it. So she walks most places selling her Avon and passing the little catalogs around the neighborhoods.

It is really hot out so I am glad I went shopping earlier. I have AC in my car

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BRENDA dentistry was so primative way back when . I have been going to the dentist since I was alittle girl but the way that dentistry is done now is much better than before.

You are so wise to take care of your teeth! It will save you a host of other health care problems down the line.

My DH's uncle back a few years ago had a false tooth fall out. He never had it put back in & infecton set it. The infection spread to his spine, causing all kinds of back/spinal problems. He had to have numerous surgeries on his spine & nearly died! All b/c of NOT getting a tooth fixed!!!! He is on a cane today. It could have all been prevented.

How is Jeanetter? Do the Ukrainian couple still live there?

I just saw a picture of your apt bldg on the comptuer; one is gray, the other light tan Both are beautiful! There is a parking lot out front. And there were pics of the inside, too. Very very nice!

the weather has just declared that our rainy season is over, 18 days later than last year. The weather is still somewhat dreary, but we're not getting anymore rain. It is so humid that it is hard for the laundry to dry outside.

I am mistaken about my dentist appt. it is not until next Monday. Today will be the ENT dr. to get my meds, after my 9 am student.

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Marielle and Michele, I never had dental care to speak of growing up except to have a tooth pulled if it got infected. My two front upper teeth were dead and a really dark gray for many years. In grade school there was a couple boys who like to push people's head into the drinking fountain and I hit my teeth on the faucet more than once. I never got my front teeth fixed and capped (all four upper front) until 1964 after two children and beginning pregnancy of my third. It cost $150 a tooth in those days. Four hours of constant grinding (after three hours I was sobbing) to get all four ground to points to fit under the caps. Talk about nerve wracking! They are porcelain over stainless steel and 54 years later they are still pretty good. It is just the one that needs a little repair at the gum line.

I have two more teeth to do and I am done with all the repair and fillings. I had not been to a dentist for probably fourteen years. I didn't have jobs with medical paid. So looking at all the money I have put into my teeth since last August I have not spent all that much and I have saved my teeth. I got a printout from the receptionist yesterday with all my visits and costs. I will add it up when I get around to it.

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Michele, good luck with your DDS appt. emoticon Have a good sleep.

Edited by: MARIELLE1944 at: 7/28/2016 (11:02)
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Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru. --Joko Beck

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Oh Brenda, what an awful experience. I am so thankful I haven't had any problems with cavities, etc. for several years now. I have to make a DDS appt to have my teeth cleaned soon. Usually they tell me everything looks fine or I had a little more plaque on my teeth. I had all my work done in my teens, twenties and thirties. (Pulled all my wisdom teeth, one crown, and fillings.) I did have a filling & tooth fall apart in the 2000's and had to have an "overlay" done but not a full crown.

Take care all and have a great day! emoticon emoticon

Marielle
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Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru. --Joko Beck

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MARIELLE your advice is so sound! I am trying day by day, & keep reminding myself of "what Maarielle said" to help me get through him! emoticon emoticon

BRENDA how traumatic! you poor dear! I hope that you are a litltle better now. Thank heavens the worst is over!

I too, have a dentist appt tomorrow at noon. They warned me last time that there was a small cavity-like forming on one of my left upper teeth. I'm sure now it is a full-fledged cavity so I too, will be going through all of that awful stuff! How I hate the dentist!!!!

Off to bed I go, as it is 11:30 pm here now. I was in bed but woke up. I always seem to wake up around this time or midnight & then am awake an hour or so before I can get back to sleep. Good night, all! emoticon

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Good Day Everyone,

I didn't get on here yesterday other than to read the posts. I had a dentist appointment at noon so I ate a late breakfast. I thought he said he was going to fix my upper front tooth but instead he worked on the tooth under my lower right bridge. I was not mentally prepared for that because I was really worried about it that I would lose the whole bridge if the cavity under it was too bad.

He had to tip me way back with my head very low and feet up to get to it. With all the drilling and water suction and the girl spraying water to clean the area, after about and hour I freaked out and he had to let me sit up.. They put that rubber thing in my mouth to hold it open. When the girl was spraying water I felt like it would go up my nose at the back of my throat and I don't think I was breathing.

I could not talk with that rubber thing holding my mouth open so I motioned them to take that rubber thing out and sit me up. Anyway I felt like I could not get enough air and my chest started pounding and my hands were shaking. The girl was all worried and trying to give me some water and I told her I know what to do, just breathe deep and things will settle down. In the meantime the dentist went to work on another patient while I was resting. I was afraid they would call 911. He only had a little more to do to finish my tooth.

I took my BP before I went to the dentist and it was 105/69/57. Anyway I came home and rested and drank about a gallon of water and took a short nap. I don't have much more work to be done but the back teeth are all done now so I won't be having to be tipped back so far anymore.

It could have been the novacaine numbing the side of my tongue and it may have numbed it back too far giving me the feeling I was suffocating. I am very claustrophobic in the first place.

Dinner was two little chicken and cheese sandwiches made out of whole wheat dinner rolls and a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt.
Sleep was sporatic because my jaw is so sore. I was wide awake at four and finally got up at five.

Elinor needs me to take her shopping this morning so we will leave about 11 before it gets too hot. It is supposed to be 88 by late afternoon.

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Bonnie I am glad you enjoyed swimming--hope the new C pap works well for you.

Michele, I am sorry that your DH is under so much stress with everything. Good idea that when he loses it you just kind of back away and let him resolve his stress himself. It is very hard not to try to help but if it just focuses his frustration/anger on you, only taking care of yourself may help. Also if he vents on you, if you can just remember this is about him, NOT YOU. Just breathe through it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru. --Joko Beck

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BONNIE it is so good to hear from you! Hope that your C pap works out for you. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you!

Swimming is fun, isn't it?!

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The other day, I tried to catch up with the posts, and just did not have time.

I have been quite busy.

Wishing you all well.

BRENDA

I did see that you have had a hard time at your home. I am so sorry for that. God Bless.

I don't know if I will ever catch up. so I am beginning here for now.

My friend Nancy and I went swimming at a local quarry yesterday. I loved it. When I was a kid we always swam in quarries.

She wanted to go and swim at Maumee Bay on Lake Erie. I am not so sure about the health of the water, so I asked if she wanted to go to the quarry. I did some investigation, and found one that was easy to get to.

We had a great time. It is about 20 to 25 minutes from my house, but a very easy trip.

Today, I went and picked up a new C Pap machine and supplies. I am hoping I can just put it on and go to sleep, but if there is a problem, I can work with it tomorrow and just put my old one on tonight.

Fingers crossed it goes well.

Will talk to you all a bit later. God Bless

Bonnie

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

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MARIELLE emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon That is fantastic!

See what a little patience & time does! You sound so healthy now.

As for DH, no I don't think that it is mental illness, but rather just simply too much stress! He is an oldest son here. In Japan, the oldest son has A LOT MORE responsibility than other siblings do. He has been the one who took care of his sick mom ( mostly him tho. I did help ) & just recently, his dad who passed in April.

His younger brother though helpful, never really "stepped up to the plate" to relieve ,Tad or various responsibilities. So every now & then he "pops" & of couirse, dumb me tries to fix it. I can not!

I am trying to remind myself of your constant words to take care of me. I will like you, try to improve (I in this case my mental health ) my health little by little.

Today is Thursday here. Piano day. No tone chimes until the 18th of next month. I will bike ride there. I always stop at McDonald's which is 25 min. into the bike ride to change my clothes (very sweaty in the summer time! ) & rest for 20 minutes or so before I continue on with the last 15 minutes of the bike ride. It is relaxing.

I also have leftover Starbucks coffee from yesterday,. Can't wait to finish that!

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Michele I would love to meet you in Tucson! If you can get over there. I haven't been down to Tucson for several years now. It is about 2000 feet elevation I think and somewhat cooler than Phoenix. Let me know if you decide to fly over there and I can meet you. I would probably want to stay overnight in a hotel too, since the drive from Prescott is just a little over 3 hours.

I have a friend who's DH is unstable. She has learned to "survive" by staying away from him when he gets mean and ugly--he is an alcoholic and has mood swings. Do you think that your DH has a mental illness if his mood swings happen every 3 months? There are mood stabilizer drugs like Wellbutrin. Just a wild hair thought.

I have gone off my anti-depressants finally after my "melt down" in 2014 (remember the water board). I hate taking medicines so finally weaned myself off them. I also weaned myself off omeprazole for the gerd & make sure I eat slowly (good for weight too) and don't eat too much. I am doing much better. Also my BP is down-been eating lots of veggies and not much take out (too much salt and fat in fast foods and restaurants). Also my glucose is at 90 not over 100 (pre diabetic readings). My cholesterol is great though (167) so must be my genes. Sorry didn't mean to go on and on.



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BRENDA I am so sorry to hear about your brother, too. My DH is 61. SIxty-three is very young! I too, have never heard of a crushed brain stem. It DOES sound like a serious neck injury!

MARIELLE my dad's parents are buried in Tucson. Maybe I could take a side trip to Tucson & stay in a motel. We could meet up there? And thank you so much for the advice of taking care of me I do forget to do this, & am always trying to FIX THINGS! Many times, things that are beyond my contol!

MARY I am so glad that your son & DIL are safe. To even SEE the thick smoke----how scary is that?! I hope that they continue to be safe.

Enjoy your time in Denver. I have never been to Co. before. Heard that it was beautiful.

Glad that you didn't take that walk in the wild weather. Annie who was in Boston yesterday, siad that the flight was once again delayed---always seems to be delayed either leaving or arriving in Houston---because of the weather! She has been trying to get back from Boston this time, which I imagine that she is back now.

MARY ANN I would love to see your DH's work. He is an aritist, I am hearing?

Do take it slowiy getting back into your routine . You WILL get there! You have traveled so much it is only natural that it is going to take time We are not "spring chickens" anymore! but rather like vintage wine. and that takes time.

I had a good 2 lessons teaching at Starbucks in Tokyo this morning.

I swear, this dreary, humid, cloudy weather is never going to end! It is the end of the rainy season---should be getting up into the 90's by the end of the week.

I am feeling 100% or 110% ???? percent better, thank you to all of you, my dear, dear friends! I had a bad 2 days---don't usally have them but maybe 2-3 times a year.

Tad (DH) goes "off his rocker" about every 3 months. He is like clockwork. He is so predictable. I tend to forget & then let myself get too emotionally involved! When will I learn????!!!!

I am seriously thinking of flying with or without DH to Houston, maybe a side trip to Raleigh to see mom, onto Detroit ( my hometown sort of, I lived in Troy, north of Detroit ) & then back onto Tokyo .

THings are just getting settled down with FIL's house, so I may be able to swing it in Oct. or Nov, when the path is less traveled by passengers.

THe only & I say only problem seems to be the weather in Houston---so unpredictable that so many flights are delayed. Our flight from Tokyo to Detroit/ Raleigh last April was delayed 4 hours b/c the plane was coming from Houston!

Djespite all of that, DD, Annie loves Texas &plans to stay for a while. She &v her housemates are going to go to Austin tomorrow, wherever that is in Texas!

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Micihele, Hey--sure wish I could meet up with you. For me to drive to Houston, Texas would take 20 hours without breaks--so 2 1/2 - 3 days (wow). Not sure I could do that. But it's certainly a thought.

Mary Ann good to hear from you.

Brenda, I have not heard about a crushed brain stem--did he fall?

Mary we didn't get rain today but further west it poured down. It rained so hard that I could hardly see when I was taking GS to Yavapai College for work.

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MaryAnn, I wish our friends here could see how wonderful an artist your husband is!! I was blown away with his paintings! Chris said that although the Santa Clarita(I think that's it) is about 30 minutes away, they see the thick smoke and the air is heavy. He doesn't think they are in any danger with the fires, thank goodness. They still plan on visiting in your neighborhood regularly for grandparent visits!!

Michele, do plan a trip to Texas and let me know when you are coming! I will try my best to help you get somewhere!!

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I haven't time to reply to all of your chats : I am off to Tokyo to teach English.

But I am going to definitely PLAN a trip, either in late Sept or Oct to go back to Houston. Mary I do so want to get together with you! Anyone else game?

I will be back this afternoon!

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Going to Denver sounds like fun. I have been there a couple of times and really liked the area.
I thought the fires were further out of LA than where your sonís house is located. But I am sure they are seeing the smoke. The winds have been light and going away from us so we are not getting any ash. The whole of the southern state is just brown and dry and the worst of the fires usually come in September when the summer winds get going.

BRENDA
I feel like a part of your life at the apartment house. I am so sorry about losing people. There was a nice older man on our street that we all loved talking with who just recently passed away. I find that several of us walk in the neighborhood and check on some of the more elderly people we donít see very often. Many of the people moved into the area in the 70ís and 80ís when the houses were a lot cheaper.

MICHELE
So sorry you are having difficult times. I think that men have emotional issues as they get older and become very cranky and difficult. They of course think they are fine. I am glad you have things that you do like your music and youíre teaching to get you out of the house.

MARIELLE
The heat is definitely much more intense in Arizona. I have been going there regularly for 16 years and really see the difference. We will probably go see Star Trek soon. My DH is a big fan.

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Hope all is well and you are spending time with friends.

I am not sure where the time has gone but I do try to check in a read the posts. Exercise classes and walking have been taking up a lot of time as I try to get back into a routine. There should be lots of time but my DH and I have been struggling to coordinate calendars to go see some art exhibits that end soon. It is not that things cannot be rearranged but sometimes it takes months to get a doctorís appointment for my DH and so we donít like to change those. He has two art groups he paints with or takes classes each week and we try to avoid those times. It is good that he has regular places to go to get out of the house.

I have been getting my office cleaned up. A few months and the paper just piles up. I have a shredder and try to stay on top of it. A few years ago the local homeowners association had a big shredding truck come to the neighborhood. It really helped me to get all of the boxes of old papers cleaned out. But staying on top of the regular stuff is a daily and weekly task.

We have had friends in for a BBQ and it is fun to do the informal gatherings. No one feels compelled to do fancy foods or a lot of decorations.

Well I am off to do some exercise.


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Good advice for Michele, Marielle!! I have not been successful with weight loss at all, but I have done more exercise than ever before. One day it will kick in, right?? We won't give up, though.

Brenda, Memorial Day was in late May. By 'long weekend' I meant that we will be gone Friday through Monday! No special time, just 4 days over the weekend. Only 2 of our friends still work and they couldn't take more than 2 days off to be with us so rather than going in the middle of the week like we've done before, we agreed on a weekend.

I'm so sorry about your brother. I've never heard of a crushed brain stem. It sounds like a serious neck injury or something similar.

It rained and thundered earlier so my WW friend and I didn't get to walk. But I've done a lot of extra housework and spot cleaned places on my carpet. A water aerobics friend has a daughter in law who will be a new teacher in a school where she will have to make all her 'teacher stuff' like in the old days! I have so much of that kind of thing, as well as books that show/tell how. I will give that to the DIL and have more cleaned out school things!

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

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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Mary, I did not realize that this next weekend is Memorial Day. I have heard the news people talking about a long weekend but it did not click. Sept 4th would have been my brother's 77th birthday. He died when he was 63 of a crushed brain stem. It was very sudden and no one knows how it happened.

I also forgot that your son's family were moving into their new house so soon. I am glad the fires are too close to them.

That would be so nice of you to pick up Michele at the airport. What fun!

It is cooler this morning but tomorrow it is going to be much hotter. I heard there was a storm moving in over night from Hawaii but I guess it passed over us and you got it. Thursday and Friday it is supposed to be almost 90. Too hot for us.

I did sleep good last night. I went to bed just after 11 and woke up at 5, dozed until 8. My BP is staying low.


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Good morning all.

Good for you Michele. PS. my advice would be to stop saying you are sorry and go on about your day and your life. Enjoy your piano lessons, chime practice, and meet with friends. If DH continues to act like a child so be it. You are definitely strong to have been alone in a foreign country without family other than DH and children. Pray, meditate and practice caring for yourself. If DD can't come get you in Houston, take Mary's offer of picking you up. October is a long time away but you have us any time you need us!! If you ever come to Arizona I would love to meet you face to face!! emoticon

Mary, I am relieved your son and DIL are safe so far. We had rain here yesterday too. It thundered and lightning'ed and was a beautiful healing rain for the earth.

I am struggling with my weight-lose a little, gain it back. Just can't seem to make it happen yet.

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Michele, if at all possible, I would be very happy to meet you at the airport and take you where you need to go. I say go for it!! You need and deserve a break. Do think about it!

I heard from my son...the wildfires are fairly close to the new house but not a threat, at least now, thank goodness. They are 'in' the house but not unpacked. They had wedding gifts and baby gifts at both parents' houses as well as the grandmothers' houses! For not having much furniture, they had a lot of 'stuff' to move!

It poured late yesterday with power outages and rained steadily very early this morning. I hope my WW friend and I can get our walk in. I had Zumba last night with a way-too-enthusiastic sub who knew nothing about how to conduct the class. It was intense regular aerobics and way too much for me, but I lasted the whole time. I had lunch with a teacher friend and will have lunch today and tomorrow with others from that particular school and dinner tonight with another!! I am waddling already!! But at least I'm working out...I have a session with my trainer before dinner and a walk the next 3 days. Then I go to Denver with Spark friends for a long weekend.

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

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


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MARILLE thank you. I am considering in Oct Many of my children students are on summer vacation & things will just get back to normal in Sept.

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Michele, good for you. You should take a nice long vacation and visit your family and friends.
Remember it is so important to take care of yourself first.

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MARY thank you. I am really thinking of doing just that. In fact, I think now with all of the extra salary that I am making, I may just go back to Houston, stay with Annie & then fly onto Detroit.

Annie would certainly come & get me at the airport; she lives only 20 minutes or so away.

I hope that you have had a good Monday!

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Do seek out others, Michele. There have to be people who are really in need of a new American friend in a 'foreign land!' You have so much to offer. I hope you can go visit your sister or another family member. Maybe taking an extended trip to the US will make Tad realize how much you do for the whole family.

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


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thank you to both of you; unfortunately, mental health counseling, esp in English AND one who is in my situation---japanese husband, is almost non-existant! Japan lags far behind the U.S. in mental health care.

I am ok for now, but I don't know what it is about men, or maybe it's just Tad? that makes them so difficult.

I do have family in the U.S. but not anyone who would be able to put me up for that matter.

I am seeking out other women friends here, AND I have all of you.

I still miss dad so much, & when I talk to him, he somehow makes me feel better!

I am very strong mentally, but I too, have my limits! That is why I do need all of you!



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Dear Michele, I am so sorry. You sound like you are doing better. You know if you really want to leave Japan, is there anyone in your family who would help you. I know you think you wouldn't find a job, but believe me, if things are and have been as bad as they seem you can come back to the US. You can get help! You are definitely worth it. I am sorry that Tad is being so unforgiving and grudge holding. It is really hard when you are alone in another country. Are there not any others from the US who life close to you? It sounds like your DH holds over your head that "he makes the money". Never believe that for a second--does he pay you for all that you do for him? I'll bet not. You deserve to spend whatever you want and need to. Please don't allow yourself to get depressed. You are worth a lot and are a wonderful person!! Don't ever forget that. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Michele, I was so worried to see your post, then somewhat relieved to see that you are better. You are a good person and your family seems to not be very supportive. I'm so sorry for this. But PLEASE don't talk about your life being worthless or 'going to join your dad.' Please seek some sort of help for this! You have so much to offer and when you get down you are very hard on yourself! Do you have a doctor besides the ENT who could suggest a counselor who would listen to you and give you pointers for how to handle your husband and your kids? My heart just goes out to you! Please get that coffee, spend some money, go to the doctor, and keep us informed that you are okay! Hugs to you!

Mary
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BRENDA yes, Tad is a jerk. With a capital J!!

I have decided to snap myself out of it, b/c I only have me over here. I am dressed, fixed my hair, put on my earrings, & will make myself a big bowl of oatmeal.

Then I have to go to the ENT dr for my allergy meds, & I am going to go to Starbucks on purpose---I never do this---to spend Tad's MONEY & buy the biggest ice coffee that they sell.

I wish I had all of you here physcially with me---without my computer I can't stay connected to all of you.

Thank you for the zillion hugs. I really need them. Dad was such a hugger, being the Italian that he was. And I really miss that (and him! ) right now!

I am fine. I am always fine. Mentally I am strong.

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Michele, I am sorry your husband is being such a jerk. My first husband told me he only married me because he felt sorry for me. After 18 years of his running around on me I divorced him and he spread a lot of stories around that was I was doing and it was all lies. I think my children believed him and they will have nothing to do with me. Such is life and I do not feel sorry for myself. I know I am a good person.

You are a good person too so just get on with your life and let your husband sulk.

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thanks for the tip on the broth. I will try that.

I am going back to bed. DH is in a very ugly mood. I hit him on the back & he now claims that he will never forgive me for it, that he is going to hold a grudge. He is so mean & ugly when he is in a bad mood. I cried all night & slept up on my 3rd floor, the "attic" I have begged him & said sorry so many times & he just is unforgiving.

Right now, I wish that I had never come to Japan, but I can't really return to The U.S. as there is nothing there for me now. I have no skill, hence could never get a job. I probably couldn't even get welfare benefits.

Ever since dad died Jan of last year, I have missed him so much, b/c I feel like he was the only one left who really loved me; my kids are just too busy with their own lives & DD doesn't even live here.

I just don't have the mental strength to deal with DH anymore. His mom always said "sorry" to me & "thank you " for marrying him. Well, she'S been gone these past 6 1/2 years. I really miss her, too. She was the only "ally" I had with DH.

I wish I could just go &join dad. My life here on this earth is done. I have accomplished all that I've really wanted to do.


I have already sorted into piles the precious things that I want to give to my kids. DH who sees my boys a lot, said he won't pass them on for me, so I'll just leave them on the table in case that I see them. They are just things to me anyway.

Sorry to go on & on. I am going to just go back to bed today, this Tuesday morning.

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Mary. when is your son's family planning to move into the new house? I guess if it is indeed in the wild fire path, now is the time to find out.

Where is it you are going with your spark friends? I have forgotten.

Our temps are rising this week and it is supposed to be up to 88 by next Friday. That is just too hot for here.

I slept pretty good last night, only waking up once but was able to roll over and go right back to sleep.

Michele, be careful with canned foods, be sure to check the sodium content. Tomato products tend to have a lot of salt. Yes, simmer your own whole fryer to make your own broth. I cook mine first with onion and celery and when the chicken is done I take it out of the broth and refrigerate the broth. The next day I take the fat off the top of the broth and add all the veggies and add the cooked chicken after the veggies are cooked.

Marielle, you sure don't need an alarm clock with those dogs wanting out every morning. I have an appointment next month for my 6 month check up and that will be the last time I see my doctor. She is moving to Seattle in August so I will get another doctor there at the clinic. My BP has been staying very low.

Today is our monthly birthday party and residents meeting at 1. Laurie bought a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting at Costco. Not my favorite, it is just way too sweet. I don't/won't eat any.

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Good morning all, dogs got me up at 5 am. I have a doctor appt this morning, just a general follow up.

Mary, sorry your son is so close to the fires. Has he had to evacuate? Pretty scary.

Michele, is that a typical breakfast in Japan? I am of course partial to eggs and biscuits with bacon. More often eat oatmeal, fruit, nuts and milk. Michele, if you have chicken there you can boil/simmer in water and keep the water as a broth-put in spices if you want for flavor--if you strain it, it will be a clear broth and will have no salt.

Brenda, your soup sounds good. I usually put everything I can into soups when I make them.

Take care, have a great day.

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The soup does sound delicious and adding rolls is my favorite! I am watching about the fires in LA right now. It's not too far from my son's new house. So scary!

I have a very busy week ahead and will go on a long weekend trip with Spark friends on Friday. So much to do before then!

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BRENDA yes, I have heard about those fires! It IS SAD!

I did go to the grocery store, got my natto ( fermented soy beans that look a little like pork 'n beans except that they are sticky ) & also bought some soy powder called "kinako" I usually put that in yogurt & it makes me feel full.

]I am going to make a pot of soup just like you did, Brenda, but most likely I'll put canned tomatoes in the soup for the base We can not get no-salt chicken broth here.

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The last pot of chicken soup got a lot of praise from Faith and Elinor, My soups never turn out the same twice. I always put in frozen peas along with all the other veggies. I have a huge head of cabbage so will put some of that in there. Whatever i have on hand is what I throw in the pot. That last pot I had to use a can of cream of chicken soup for the base because I didn't have any broth.

Elinor gave me a small bag of whole wheat dinner rolls so I took one and made a little chicken sandwich out of it for a snack. I just put a little bit of butter on it. Later I will make a green salad.

There is a big fire outside of LA and many houses have burned up, People had to leave everything in their homes and get out quickly. That is so sad.

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BRENDA I too,love to watch tree branches sway in the wind! How peaceful!
your soup sounds so good, I may try to make some myself.


MARY emoticon on all of that exercise. Maybe the new teacher was just trying too hard to be "good" & she was nervous, maybe trying to get it "right".

I am going to go to the grocery store; have to buy more natto & yogurt. Of course I am bike riding there, but it's only a 10 min. or so bike ride.

Then more students this afternoon .The starbucks is giong to have to wait until tomorrow b/c I suddenly have a 2 pm afternoon student & I'm not sure whether or not I can get back in time! Off I go! emoticon

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Your crock pot soup meals always sound good, Brenda. I have having a Spark friend come spend the night before 8 of us go to Denver next Friday and I will make soup and a salad for when she comes.

My Fitbit isn't syncing with my WW app today...such a pain, especially going on a vacation, I want to be able to count all my steps! It did register with Spark after a while, though. I don't do well with technology, as you all know!

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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

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

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


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Oh how fun to have a club. Thank you for inviting us, Mary. When are the meetings? I will mark my calendar.

Yes, I did sleep very well last night until after 8 this morning. The sun has been out all day and it is 85 in my apartment. I just have the fan running in here.. The AC is on out in the hallways. There has been a breeze all day. I love to watch the tree branches sway back and forth.

I took out two packages of chicken legs and chopped up celery and onion and put them in the slow cooker. One package had six legs, the other had five huge ones. I will get a lot of meals out of that. I didn't even put any water in the pot except a little over a cup with a packet of no salt chicken broth for some more flavor. There is a lot of liquid in the pot. The legs were not thawed all the way when I put them in. It is smelling really good.

Michele, that was so nice to get a gift card for Starbucks. You really are appreciated by your students families.

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If it IS a secret code, you are all included in my new club, lol!!

Michele, I'm so glad you are getting a free Starbucks without having to work for it!! Hooray! Good luck with the students.

Brenda, did you sleep better last night? Hope so!

I got home early from babysitting for my sweet granddaughters so I did go to water aerobics. It was a huge workout with a new teacher half the time. She wasn't fun and didn't have a good personality (new, I guess?) but it was a big workout. I hope to go to Zumba Monday and Wednesday and see my trainer on Tuesday AND walk with my WW friend.

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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

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

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


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Gee, if we're going to have a "secret code club" I want to join, too! emoticon emoticon

I have 2 of my regular afternoon children students coming this morning b/c it's summer vacation right now. SUmmer vacation only started on the 20th of this month, & ends on the 28th of next month.

I am going to go to Starbucks at the mall b/c I received a free gift card from DH's cousin the other day---I think that there is about $20.00 on it. I am going to splurge!

It's still not too hot here, only humid The heat will be back soon.

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Mary, maybe those numbers are a secret code! emoticon

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Haha, I have absolutely no idea of what the numbers are...autocorrect on my iPad, I guess! Makes my posts MOST interesting, right?!!

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

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


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MARIELLE I am not a Tom Cruise fan, either. I do like the Jack Reacher books, but have never seen any of the moivies

MARY what were those numbers?! Glad you h ad a good time babysitting

I just had a good nap this sunday afternoon. I think that I am going to wax the wooden floors in my house. This is the only day that I have to get anything around the house done!

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I don't care for tom cruise, either, marielle, and I think it's terrible that the put him in as jack reacher...he's a small man in many ways and reacher is described as a very large man! I haven't seen the movie, just have read so many of the books. I love all your choices of authors, too!

Brenda, I borrowed a lot of baby things from friends and made most of my maternity clothes. My daughter borrowed so much, too....but she for a lot of baby clothes from showers. She gets clothes from family and friends for the girls as gifts still...I go to Walmart and get the Garanimals tops and bottoms to help out. They are not expensive and are so cute😄.

I love breakfast out, Michelle. Have fun!

I am babysitting while my daughter and SIL went to a wedding. They just got home and I am still up. It was a great evening and I always enjoy my time with them. On the other hand, I think I will sleep well tonight, lol...so tired!

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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

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

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


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MARY emoticon Off to breakfast with DH; I always have fish & miso soup for b-fast at Jonathans, which is like a Dennys

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Mary, I figured she would save the clothes. My friends and I used to pass clothing around, baby furniture and whatever else we needed. I didn't have to buy much when I was having children. One lady saved her crib and loaned it to me.

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Michele, I usually don't drink caffeine after noon either. I do sometimes drink a Snapple in the evening but it doesn't seem to bother me.

Mary do you like the Jack Reacher movies? I am not a fan of Tom Cruise so I haven't seen any of them. Years ago I read all of Agatha Christy's books. I also like the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich. They are quick and easy reads and funny. I used to read Robert Ludlum books too. I love the Bourne movies.

Brenda, I don't like the heat either. Imagine me living in Phoenix for 50 years. UGH. I never went out in the summer. I hated the pool - so hot!! It did not cool me down. I went from air conditioned house to air conditioned car to air conditioned places. Before A/C I was miserable. Once I went barefoot on sidewalk as a kid and I literally blistered the bottoms of my feet: Monster blisters on each heel and front pad. It took weeks to heel. You really can fry an egg on the sidewalk.

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Brenda, Cherilyn saved all the baby clothes! There are lots of 'twin things' but also the same outfit in different colors, that sort of thing! I bought a set of pastel Onesies so she has a small amount of new things to start off with, though! It's not as light early in the day here any more. Yesterday I was up around 6:15 since it was so hot in the house and I slept so fitfully. It didn't get light out for another 20 minutes! I used to hate that but now that I'm not working I no longer feel sad that the day starts for me long before the sun comes up!! Ah, retirement!

Michele, I'm glad you get Bookbub. I have so many books loaded to my iPad and need time to read them all, lol!

Sadly, I regained 1.2 pounds but I feel thinner....doesn't that count?!! I started the day by logging my food so maybe that will get me back on track. I love my Fitbit reminding me to walk every hour. They laughed, then cheered for me as I paced before the WW meeting! One new lady asked how I 'knew' it was time and she had the same Alta...I showed her my message to 'take a stroll' and she said she felt the buzz but had no idea what it meant. So I helped her out!

I'm going to babysit in an hour or so. Lots of steps there, for sure! Happy weekend, friends!

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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

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

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


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BRENDA I can't drink late in the day, either. I hope you sleep better tnoight!

MARY I love those authors, too & thank you! to you, yes!! I did sign up for bookbub & that is where I get a lot of my books from for free!

It is 11:30 pm here now, I am off to bed! Good night! emoticon

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Mary, that is so exciting that your daughter is having another girl. Makes it cheaper for clothing because it can be passed down. Did she save the baby clothes?

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It is going to be in the low 70's today, just right for me. I could not stand those hot temps elsewhere. When it does get hotter here it only lasts for a couple days and I don't go out in it. It is nice not to have to go out to work anymore and choose when I go somewhere.

When I finally got back home yesterday afternoon, I still had hot coffee in my thermos coffee mug so I drank it. Then had a very hard time getting to sleep but when I finally did, I slept hard for five hours. I know better than to drink anything with caffeine late in the day. It starts getting light about 4:30 am these days.

Have a good day everyone.

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Marielle, another Spark friend went to see the Star Trek movie and loved it, too. I'm so glad you can get out and enjoy yourself. Yes, I think over the years the temps have climbed higher and higher. My mother didn't go by the temp, but by the last day of school as to when she turned on the fans...can you believe it? My daddy was such a task master....he probably told her that there wasn't any reason to use the fans until it was officially summer, and that was when school was out! We had a big attic fan and small fans i nthe bedrooms. We would open the sliding door in the den and put a box fan there. Glorious! But it sure wouldn't be enough now!

Michele, I have an eclectic taste! I love mysteries most of all and LOVE Lee Child's Jack Reacher series. They had a new one, I think it's Mind Me, and I grabbed it. Last time I was at the library there were 2 women there and each had at least 6 audiobooks. I thought :Wow! That's why the supply is down so often! I wonder what they were doing with so many and how they would have time to listen. Must be all day activities! Have you signed up for Bookbub.com? You get a selection of free or very inexpensive books sent via email every day. You could get a large inventory for very little money and have fun picking them out!

I have WW this morning, then I'm going to babysit the granddaughters. I can't wait to hear their reactions about the new baby girl to be!

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

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


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I agree that the weather is changing and getting hotter. The lows in the Phoenix area have increased by 2-3 degrees in the past 50 years. We've been having a little reprieve here the past several days--it's been hot-up into the 90's in the mornings and then the clouds come in and it drops to the high 60's in the afternoons.

I went to see Star Trek Beyond today. I really loved it.

Everyone sounds so busy. It seems to take me so much longer to do anything or the time just goes faster. Same effect I guess. emoticon Take care everyone.

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MARY I love your profile picture! You look so young it in! Very pretty, indeed!

I tend to think that the world has become hotter, Mary. It's not only that we're used to it. Also as we age, it's harder to adjust to the extremes in temps. But glad for you that you have your a.c. fixed! and the heat DOES make us tired! Esp the humidity! I hopeyou rest better tonight.

What audio book did you borrow?

I am reading my kindle a lot b/c I can't find regular books here right now . To order them on line is just so expensive!

I just finished "The Rose Legacy" It was book I It was good!

BRENDA yes! what a ;mess that was! I'm so glad for you that you got out of it ok! There are a lot!!!! of such like traffic jams here; DH & I never travel on the holidays nor weekends unless we start early---and I mean around 5 to 5 a.m.

I have finished my morning lessons. I managed to get the shower scrubed before my business man student came, so I feel good about that. I also got part of my piano practicing done & now I'll finish the rest. I am having a very productive day!

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OH, Brenda, what a big mess! I saw several backups when I was coming back from the library today and was glad I was going the opposite way. It's good to be home! I slept so poorly last night that, now that it's cooler in my house, I fell asleep at 6:00 and slept til 7:30! My Fitbit registered it, too! It's 78 here now and it actually feels chilly...such a huge contrast to have the AC fan working, too.

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

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


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Well, the quick trip to the food bank for Jody and the bank and Post Office for Janie and a stop at the drug store for my meds on the way lasted from 1:30 until we got home just before 4.

Jody asked if we could stop at Jeremy's fruit stand not very far from the Post Office. It was a flop.. Wall of a sudden we were in a traffic jam and sat and sat and I was finally able to inch forward to a parking lot across the street, did a U turn and went back where we were and went the back way to The Veggie Store on the back road and got some fruits and veggies.

I just heard on the news that a truck carrying two bulldozers hit the side of the overpass bridge by Walmart so traffic was all messed up. There is still a 14 mile backup at almost 5:30. We were glad to get back home. None of us had had lunch. All the places we went were within an 8 mile round trip.

I am just now eating a loaded tossed green salad with a lot of cheese and chunked ham and walnuts.

As far as helping people here, I pick and choose who I will take in my car and how far I will drive them. I do not do any housework or laundry for anyone. Some here will take advantage of whoever they can con and I know who they are.

Marielle, such tragic news about your DD's X's parents.

Mary, I am glad to hear you got your AC fixed in a timely manor

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That's even sadder that both deaths were part of your DD's ex's family. I misunderstood, Marielle.

Michele, it's now 80 after 2 hours so it's dropped 4 degrees in 2 hours. I am fine with the fans right now, too, so I'm sure I'll be okay tonight. I grew up without AC, with a large attic fan and small oscillating fans in all the bedrooms. But I just don't remember it being in the high 90's for days on end. Of course, I'm sure we were just used to it!

I went to the library and got another audiobook, and now I'm in for the evening!

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

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


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MARIELLE I will keep them all in my prayers. What a tragedy! Enjoy the rest of your Friday! emoticon

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Mary it was my DD's ex who had both parents pass, his mom natural causes and his dad suicide.

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BRENDA I too, am glad for you that you made it to your meeting on time. That is great that there will be others to help so that YOU won't have to do everything!

MARY I am glad for you that you got your a.c. fixed! Now you got a taste of how we LIVE HERE in Yokohama---we endure the heat/ humidity! I do turn the a.c. on by 4 pm in the afternoons. When are you planning on moving?

MARIELLE I didn't know that dog/cat pee lasts forever! I also have a musty smell in this room ( we call it our "bear room" b/c it has bear wallpaper ) I think b/c of all of the years of the kids dirty stuff--clothes, shoes, gym stuff etc on the floor. I use a lot of those sprays & air fresheners when the humidity is bad. I also did not know that it gets that humid by you----I just assumed that ALL of Az. was dry!

Well here it is Saturday already. I have 2 morning students & then I have the rest of the day to myself---yippee! I am going to practice my tone chimes & piano today . I may just take a walk: our heat has taken a temporary break yesterday & today & won't return until tomorrow! Another YIPPEE!

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I'm glad you made it to the meeting in time, Brenda. It's nice that there are many people to help out and you do more than your share.

I am happy to say that the AC guy just came here and fixed the problem. It was a sort of 'starter' issue, a small part in the old unit that was NOT replaced in December. The coils I spent around $1400 were extra...and the old unit, of course, is almost out of warranty! At least he was right on time and my house will eventually be cool. When he left it had gone from 84 to 83...progress!!

Mary
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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

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

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


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Mary, yes I made it downstairs to the meeting and it was pretty interesting. What it is, there are only 6 volunteers here in our area so it is first come first served and people can get help two hours a month. There are two young women running it and they are quite busy. They recruit teenagers to go and pull weeds and simple yard work for those who are not mobile. So it is a very good service.

Volunteers drive their own cars so they cannot take anyone in a wheelchair. Those people have to call paratransit to take them to doctors appointments. Paratransit does not take people grocery shopping.

I am leaving in a few minutes to take Jody to the food bank and Janie to the bank. Jody was on vacation with her family so Ruth and I went last week.

The food bank is only a four mile round trip and the bank is right on our way so I won't be gone very long.

It is very muggy today. Other areas had lightening and thunder storms last night but we did not get them here in the valley.

Sorry to hear you are having AC problems again Mary. I wonder why it is acting up again? Put a tub of ice right in front of the fan and that helps cool off a room a few degrees.

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Well, I had an interesting night. Itís been 98 degrees here most of the week. Remember how my AC went out Christmas Eve and it was 82 in my house? Well, that was DECEMBER. Now itís JULY and my AC went out last night. I had the ceiling fan on and finally turned the AC off. It ran all night and only got hotter. I called my AC guys first thing this morning and someone is coming between 3 and 5. I hopeÖ.I ran errands after my walk with my WW friend and had trouble cooling down. My friend loaned me a nice tower fan and I have it right on me while Iím on the couch typing this. I sure hope itís nothing too big to fix. I have 2 units, 1 a year old and the other since December.

Brenda, it was so sweet of you to help the little boy fix the pie crust! Iím glad you all enjoyed the blueberry treats! My daughter has twin friends who have a blueberry farm. I had fresh blueberries with my cottage cheese this morning! I hope you were able to catch the woman who can give people an idea of services offered. Thatís so good that she comes around. Iím glad you are able to Ďdoí for yourself but what a great gift for those who arenít able.

Michele, I hope your students do well today and that you will have a good time with them.

I smell a musty smell at times in the dining room, Marielle. My dogs have been gone for several years but maybe thatís what it is: dog pee! Ugh. I need to get my carpets cleaned, too, but will do it closer to when I will be moving. How sad that the therapistís exís family had such tragedies and so close together. Iíve never felt so depressed that I had any thought of suicide, thank goodness. But some people have a very difficult time handling the death of a loved one. Iím glad your parents shared stories of their lives with you. Mine just never really did.




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I just woke up and I need to hurry up and get dressed and eat something because a lady is coming from Chore Services to explain what volunteer services are available to us seniors. Cooking. cleaning. shopping, errands and such. I am able to do all my stuff but there are many here who need help. I thought it was 8:30 but its 9:30 when I woke up and she will be here at 10:30. I woke up at 3:30 and didn't get back to sleep until around 5.

She will be here only a half hour so will check back later.

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