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2/27/17 1:40 A

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Marielle, I really think Elinor has put on 50 pounds in the four years she has been here. She is always eating the cakes and cookies and breads down in the community room all the time plus she does not eat right at home. That would help her BP go down but she knows everything so I am not going to tell her. I did print her out a sheet that tells what food she should be eating and she said she read it. That is probably as far as it will go. Her favorite word is "Can't"

I have an electric ice cream maker that works good. It has a bucket that goes in the freezer before making the mixture and then fill it and pop it back in the freezer. No stirring needed. The trick is to have room in the freezer to store the bucket.

I hope if it does snow there that it won't be too much so you can do your appointments and shopping.

As soon as NCIS is over I am going to bed. This was a two hour show tonight.

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Michele, I hope it was a good visit with Annie. Sorry she is having allergies. You are definitely a great mom!!

Brenda, hope Elinor doesn't have a stroke or heart attack, but she sure could with her BP that high. Bless her heart--and yours for dealing with her.

Doris, sorry about your allergies. Great that you made $1,000.

Mary, good luck on selling your house and getting the one you want!!

It has been cold the last couple of days. Still no real snow. I really wish it would snow overnight but the weather people say it won't snow til tomorrow afternoon. I have to get more ice cream salt for the ice cream tomorrow and go with Cindy (DD) to her 2 appts and then I have Zen at 5:30. It will be a busy day!!!

Marielle
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Yes, Michele. I do use my little heater to take the chill off my apartment. I don't want to run it too much because my light bill will go too high.

Elinor did come over tonight and knock on my door and asked me to take her BP. It was 187/78/72.. She said she hasn't had it taken for two days now and it should be lower but it is not. I still don't think she is taking her meds right. She didn't stay very long because she was doing laundry.

It is nice that Annie was able to visit you for few days. Being a stewardess does have its perks.

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BRENDA can you use your little heater to keep your room warm? Good idea to keep your doornot only shut, but locked!

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MARY she has been here since Thursday night, but it is Monday a.m. now. She is miserable with her allergies, says she is bored & is looking to return to Houston on Tuesday afternoon

I am getting ready now to teach my afternoon stuidents.

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Doris, How many pies did you have to sell to make $1000? That is a lot of baking for the bakers to make.

We have had gray skies all day, a little rain but no snow hit our area. It feels very chilly in here so I turned on my little heater for a while.

Keeping my door closed and locked all the time now, I am not getting any of the heat from the halls.

Marielle, emoticon to you your DD.

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Thanks, Doris...I am hopeful that everything will fall into place and if I am meant to get the house I like so much, then I will. If not, then maybe there is another house for me!! Wow, so much money for pies. Do go to bed early...that's my favorite thing!

Michele, I hope you have a good time with Annie home. How long can she stay? Yes, allergies hit so often and for so many things. Mine are acting up since we had the doors open so much yesterday and since I kicked up so much dust!!

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DORIS I
do hope that your allergies settle down! Annie is here visiting---came in on Thurday night---& her hayfever allergies are awful! She has these very same symptoms when she was in Raleigh last month. too.
Raleigh temps & climates are similar to Tokyo. Whenshe is now at "home" in Houston, however she said that she is fine.

That is a lot of $ to take in for pies! A great succes for you!

MARY you will surely sell the house in no time! I would be the same way, getting the big stuff out of the way . Sometimes that extra help is more confusing, but but it will all iron out in the long run

BRENDA how is your weather today? I am like you---I don'T hang on to a few things that I don'T need, or want, & am now cleaning hous again I just like things simple. always have.

I will leave this world with nothing They are just all things.

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Mary, such progress. You will have that house sold in no time, we hope. Then you can get serious about an offer on the new one for you. Hope all goes well tomorrow with the lender. Would they accept this house as collateral for a new loan since they didn't want to make a new loan on the new house?

Well, this year's snake hunt weekend is history. I am SO glad it's over and done. The pie table exceeded $1000 profit for the first time. We had some really pretty pies. The crowds were down this year due in part to cooler weather and today's overcast skies. I think they still made good money for their projects.

I am so tired tonight and my allergies are acting up. I will probably be going to bed earlier tonight since I was wide awake last night when I went to bed and didn't go to sleep for quite a while. Then I had to be up at 7 and will again tomorrow.

Good night, everyone!

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I swept the baseboards in every room, tidied up, and vacuumed. I even halfway mopped the kitchen floor! I will do more after I get back from the lender appt. tomorrow. I did go to water aerobics and stayed for the entire 90 minute class. I am beat...but glad I did it. Home now and will rest up!

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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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Brenda, glad you got a rest from Elinor. When I got divorced the 2nd time, I even got rid of furniture and changed the whole house around. It is not like losing someone to death and sometimes has more "bad memories".

Bonnie, I am so glad you are feeling better. I haven't been having allergy problems yet. Sorry about Joyce's loss. It is so hard especially when suicide or murder are being considered.

Michele, no real snow yet, it tried to have some flurries today but not enough to stick. I'd love it if it snowed all night, but don't think we're going to get it. I'm glad the time with tone chime kids went well.

Boy Mary you are sure working hard. I don't think I could go and go like that. Going from my 60's to my 70's made a big difference. I've been doing exercises and am much more stiff than I was 5 years ago.

My computer had a glitch today. somehow it lost the internet. Finally I turned everything off and did a cold start. Then the settings I needed did come up so I got it back on. Tomorrow is the Tibetan New Year. Tuesday is DD's birthday--youngest, Brandi will be 46. I am doing homemade ice cream for her BD.



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Yes. Mary, it is very confusing when others are helping. I think you got the bulk of the things moved to the garage so whatever you can't find is not important if you don't know what it is.

I often wished that the floods had taken everything I had in those sheds and then I would not have had to worry about it all. Basically I kept things that I did not need or wanted in the first place but I was very confused in the first place with the shock of my husband having the stroke and having to move and not knowing where to go. But it all worked out.

Anything I kept that gave me bad memories went out the door. I either sold them or gave them away, never minding what I paid for them. I replaced things easily.

You are off to a great adventure so enjoy the ride.

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I came home from church and had a quick lunch, then started on cleaning each room now that the boxes and big extra furniture is gone. Boy, the dust is killing me! My daughter suggested putting my 'business stuff' behind closed doors instead of out on the bookcases in my office. I had been using my husband's bookcases downstairs and everything was such a jumble. I was hard pressed to find everything since I had so much 'help' yesterday---people would say 'where do I put this...and that?' And it was something that 'belonged' right where it was and all of a sudden I had to find a new home for it, whatever IT was! We got more done than I had anticipated and it threw me off guard at the last minute. All in all, it was an extremely productive day and now that I am getting a grip on the cleanup, I think I can do it. I have the rest of this week to make things gleam before the realtor takes pictures on Friday!

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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 baby steps forward! You are doing great. One thing at a time!
Did you get to water aerobics?

It is windy here again this Monday morning. I have no plans ( again) except to practice piano & then teach English this afternoon.

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Happy Sunday morning! It's cool, sunny, and bright here today so it's uplifting. I will vacuum, mop, and dust since the furniture and boxes, etc. are all moved to the garage with the exception of my actual 'living' areas. The carpets will get cleaned on Tuesday and I need to be ready.

Bonnie, I missed posting for 5 days, tried to catch up last night, and gave up, lol! We are such a prolific group of writers! I'm sorry you are still not feeling well and for so much tragedy in your family/friends group. You do have so many people that you interact with and I'm sure your support in helping with the kids was greatly appreciated.

Marielle, I like the shrimp pasta idea. Maybe I'll have shrimp grits tonight...trash pickup is tomorrow and I can put the peels outside tonight! I am trying to 'eat from my freezer' now and am making headway. Snow?? It's been in the 80's here for a few days and now back to 59 but all the azaleas have been out for weeks and spring has definitely sprung in Houston!

Michele, helping the kids with the chime and tones was so nice. I'm sure they appreciated your help.

Doris, I hope your dinner last night was great. I haven't made a roast in so long since it's just me. A snake hunt? I didn't read about that until later and didn't get all of the details. I hope that was good too. I remember it from other years of you reporting.

Brenda, I'm glad you are distancing yourself from too much of Elinor's neediness. It's sweet that you gave her the BP articles, though. I hope you stay warm and cozy with YOUR snow, too. I'm cold in my house right now but it's supposed to warm up. If I put the heater on I'll just have to adjust to the AC later. We had the doors opened most of yesterday because of moving the boxes and furniture and it made everything fresh and clean smelling but I'm sure there is extra dust and pollen for me to clean out!

I'm going to church, then do my housework and probably go to water aerobics this afternoon. I haven't been in probably 2 months and need to start the week off right!

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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BRENDA that was a good idea to stick those articles on E's door. Hope she actually READS them!

As for the gelatin granules---sorry I forgot to say---the packages are about 1 1/2 tablespoons, I guess. Everything in this country is small!

DORIS how was the snake hunt?

BONNIE it is good that you are up & ab out & busy again! I'm so sorry to hear about Joyce's niece's sister! Suicide is always the hardest to deal with!

MARIELLE did you get your snow? What a lovely picutre! I have saved it!

MARY emoticon emoticon you are really moving forward! And all of the help---what a wonderful family you have1

The tone chime practice was with little kids that Junko volulnteers to teach. I helped out in a few of the songs. Very easy compared to the group that I belong to.

There was an elderly man--he must have been close to 90---who had a bunch of harmonicas. He plays ( or should I say "played"?) professionally. He was good! Showing the kids how to play, telling us the history of the harmonica & in his youth days. I have always wanted to learn how to play one of those things. I just may yet!

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I see it has been a week since I have posted.

I am feeling better, but it until about Weds. I did go to the theater on Sat night, and see my friends in the play. It was very good. Waited to see them after the show, and then went right home.

I was still a bit weak.

Sunday I went to my mom's and my aunt and several of my cousins were there, and my cousin Holly's daughter, Kayla, and her brand new baby boy. I did not touch anyone.

Brielle was there, she came to help my mom get ready. She is so sweet the other three had activities, so it was nice for Brie to feel as though she was helping. She said she had already had the sickness, so she could hug me. LOL

Sunday night, I felt as though i had been beaten again. Stayed home on Monday and Tuesday, and then picked Ellee up from Volleyball practice.

Joyce and I went to dinner after. Her nieces' step sister, whom they had grown up with, died. It appears to be suicide, but the have not ruled out homicide yet. I think from what I am hearing it is just a formality however.

Joyce was to have three of her grandchildren on Friday as her dil, had to be at Cleveland Clinic all day.

Since the visitation was Friday, I told Joyce I would come over and stay with the kids so she could go to the visitation. It was a very emotional time for all of them. Joyce's son, Jamie, the other son, came and picked her up and took her.

Such a sad situation. The kids were very good for me, no problems.

Then Nancy and I went to dinner, and came to my house to watch a movie. "When Harry met Sally". We had both forgotten what a fun movie that was. We really enjoyed it.

Today, just resting around the house. I did do some purging of places that I just put things. Sorted out and threw a tall kitchen bag, and about another 1/2 bag out. It is so much more organized and that feels good.

Joyce is coming tomorrow to run the sweeper in my bedroom, and move a couple of things around for me.

MARY

You are certainly doing a lot of purging your stuff. Much more than me. Good luck. I think that your house will sell at the right time, and that you will have a new one that you love in due time. It will be ok.

MICHELE

Sorry about the continued drama. I know you will make the right decision.

Maybe your son will be like your daughter, and grow up a bit away from home. Prayers that things work out for him, and that you can develop a better relationship with him, as you have with Annie. Glad you get to visit with her and your mom once a week.

DORIS and MARY

Sorry about the allergies. We have had some up and down, back and forth weather. I seem to have a bit more trouble from that. Had to take a sinus pill, but then I was ok.

MARIELLE
Did you say you were having issues with the pollen too? I did get through all of the posts, but I did not retain it all.

Wishing all of you a great Sunday. God Bless


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Marielle, I haven't seen Elinor the last two days. I stayed in my apartment. I found some spark articles about how to read BP monitors and foods to eat to help lower BP and stuck them on her door so maybe she is reading them. I do keep my door locked.

Now we are supposed to get some snow over night and in the morning but then melt by noon tomorrow.

I usually catch a couple cat naps in my recliner most days.

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Doris, I hope the snake hunt is a success for making money. Sounds like it would wear me out completely. I fell asleep this afternoon for a short nap.

Mary, how wonderful you got so much done! It's nice that family helped you move everything.

Brenda, hope Elinor leaves you alone for a while.

I just put together leftovers for DD. Shrimp and pasta combo. I wasn't hungry so may eat something later.

It was cold but sunny today. Tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday it is supposed to snow. We'll see.

Have a great day everyone.

Marielle
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Wow, Mary, you are really moving right along. Good that everyone is helping you.

Pace yourself so you don't wear yourself out.

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Hi, friends!I'm sorry I've been MIA and haven't ready anything since I last posted a few days ago. Our sweet Doris called me this afternoon and we had a nice chat---I told her about my week and that I would post today! I have now collapsed after a very busy day. My kids, youngest sister, BIL, and nephew came this morning and most stayed until around 3:30. We got all the boxes that I packed earlier in the week and that a Spark friend and I packed up yesterday taken to the garage. What a great help that was!! We also got bookcases moved from Dave's office---the dining room---and my 'Teacher Crap closet, as Dave called it! We were able to use the shelves for storing my boxes!! Win/win! I've taken 3 big boxes of books to Half Price and will bring 3 more later. I need to vacuum, mop, dust, etc. to get ready for the carpet cleaners on Tuesday and on Monday I meet with a new lender. Keep your fingers crossed! The pictures of my house for the brochure will be done on Friday and my house goes on the market the next Friday!

I will try to catch up tomorrow!


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


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Thanks, Marielle! Hope you had a wonderful day!
Ours was cool (in the 50's for high) but beautiful with sun also.

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It is a cold, windy but beautiful day!!

Marielle
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How much gelatin granules go into the coffee?

Nothing going on her this weekend. Just Saturday morning breakfast and pot luck tomorrow. I do not attend because I choose my own meals so I know what is in them. I am suspicious of some of the cooks here as to their cleanliness in the kitchen.

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That's interesting about the coffee jello and gum syrup. What is gum syrup made of?

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This is Lions Club snake hunt weekend here so DH is on duty with the little train pulled by a lawn mower, taking little kids for rides down the street. He will come home tonight completely worn out, if it's like usual. I have to work the pie table tomorrow afternoon, so I took my pies this morning, looked around some, and came home to watch the Lady Bears win the Big 12 conference title. Now the guys are getting ready to play.

DGS and a friend are at DD's so I have a roast in the oven for tonight's meal. We will be making banana pudding when DD gets back from the store with the ingredients. That's one of DGS's favorites, too.

Hope the tone chimes worked out for you, Michele. It's tough when you don't have time to practice.

Brenda, we were cooler this AM also, but not that low. It was in the 30's when I first looked at 8. I did hear the central heat come on before I got up, which meant it was much cooler than it had been.

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Yes, do put those gelatin granules into the coffee. I use about 1 average size cup of coffee, & divide it all into the yogurt cups here,which are about 1/2 the size of the U.S. ones, so Iguess they must be around 3 oz.

I don't add sweetner but rather use "gum syrup" so that I can control the amout of sweetner that I want to use. I also add a pinch of milk to each cup everytime I eat one--- a little extra calcium

It is only 6 a.m. here Sunday morning & I don't start until 9:30 a.m.

Do you have anything else going on this weekend?

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How much gelatin do you add to the coffee? I am assuming it is just the plain gelatin granules. Do you add any sweetener? It sounds like you put the mixture in a 3 ounce cup like salad dressing sides are served in.

The individual yogurt cups here are 6 oz cups. The other thing that you could do with the mixture is to pour it into a square casserole dish and then cut into squares when it is jelled.

I hope you were able to play the tone chime music with no practice.

The sun is out in force but it is still about 40 degrees outside.

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I miss not hearing from Mary! Wonder how she is doing?

BRENDA
coffee jello is simple: I make a strong cup of hot coffee, add gelatin & dissolve it into the coffee. Then I divide the coffee into small cups ( usually 1/2 of a yogurt cup size) & refrigerate them. When they are jelled, I eat them. They make a very good, low calorie dessert.

I hope that it warms up for you. It is cold & warm on & off here. Makes one easily suseptible to colds!


I have to help Junko at the community center this morning ( Sunday) with some volunteer tone chime music. There will be 3 songs, one of which I absolutely can't play since I only received the music on Thursday ( that was my Junko piano lesson day ) & haven't had time at all to practice.

Should be interesting, however!

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It is very foggy this morning and 27F. It feels very cold in here so I turned on my little heater for the second day in a row. Another night of getting 9 hours of sleep, straight through so my sleepless syndrome must be over.

Mary must be very busy packing and sorting because it has been maybe a week since she posted. I hope her house sells quickly so she can get on with her life closer to her family.

Michele, I have never heard of coffee jello. How is it made and what jello flavor is used?

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Sweets in general make me feel sick. I like coffee jello, which is popular over here. other than that, I rarely eat sweets anymore. Must be my age!



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Michele, I am glad your cake turned out good. I made a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting once using the recipe on the Hersheys cocoa powder. It was sooooooooooooooo good, Everyone wanted more.

I don't care for cake that much anymore. It is much too sweet. I would rather have a small piece of apple pie.

We never did get anymore snow or rain today. It is going on 11 pm and am going to bed as soon as Blue Bloods is over.

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Just made my very 1st matcha cake. I am not a big fan of cake, let alone sweets. But really wanted to try this one.



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Thanks for the info Marielle, Elinor is the stubbornist, know it all, negative, oh woe is me, needy person I have ever met and she has been getting worse lately.

There were some young men here this morning giving a presentation about having meds delivered that are packaged for 28 days at a time, doses in individual packets and when they are supposed to be taken. It is a really good thing and there is no charge for anyone because the insurance pays for them.

I only take one low dose aspirin daily so I don't need it. Elinor sure does but she didn't go to the meeting. There were a few others that should have gone as well. I did keep the information for on down the road when my meds may change.



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I definitely agree that getting older has its drawbacks! We also had to take dad's keys away from him when he was about 80: He was NOT happy to have that done!

It is very cold here. At least there is no wind. The wind has been off & on all week.

I've no plans for this Saturday. Will practice piano & teach my morning students.
Brenda glad that you didn't get that snow.

I wonder what has happened to Mary?

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Brenda, we haven't had any flash floods that I know up. Years and years ago, maybe in the 70's they released water in the dams and it caused bridges to go out, but not recently.

You know, getting the elderly the help they need is really hard sometimes. The doctor has to be on board and the patient most of the time has to be willing. Sounds like Elinor is not. Good luck to you. It is like being between a rock and a hard place. And whatever happens, someone always wants to blame someone. Both my mom and sister went into the hospital and that's when the doctors ordered that they could not go home. But it was the family's decision with social workers where they should go and also family had to pay until the person qualified for Long Term Care.

Take care all. Have a beautiful fabulous day!!!



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Doris, Elinor's daughter told me it was up to her doctor to write the order for her to go to assisted living. Me, I have no clue. All I know is she is not able to take very good care of herself, much less little Princess. Her dog.

It will be interesting to see if she does let Missy in to her apartment to clean on Monday. I don't know how many times E has cancelled her.

It only snowed for a half hour so I don't know what it will do the rest of the day. For once the forecaster was right on with when the snow would start.

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I don't think doctors usually make the decision. They may recommend but have no legal authority to "put" someone in assisted living. We tried to get my mother's husband to quit driving because he was getting lost, but got no help at the doctor's office. We finally had to "steal" the car after my mother went into assisted living and he was still at the house. We were afraid of legal liability since the car was in her name and his driving was terrible. We of course had her permission to take the car. It's just sad that life comes down to this stage for some people. And you know they are miserable too.

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Marielle, E's doctor is gone on vacation so the PA gave her a card with his cell phone number on it so she can call him. Yesterday she kept going on about being 90 I told her to stop saying that because she will not be 90 until June 25th. One thing she did yesterday was to only take a half Zanax and by afternoon it had worn off and she didn't know it and she should have just taken another half. Of course I didn't know that until I heard the PA tell her that.

When I take others to doctor visits they like me to go in with them to hear what they are told because they won't remember. E is so secretive and deaf. When I grow up I don't want to be like her. I am not a needy person.

Did you get any flash flooding in your area?

We are supposed to have snow everywhere this morning. It is just 7 am but none here yet. I know it is much colder out because it is only 70 in here. 78 out in the hallway.

Michele, that was a good walk you had. If I tried that I would be huffing and puffing. Jeanette asked me if she formed a Tai Chi class if I would go. Nope. I told her I do not do formal exercises, I just like to walk the halls and stairs and around parking lots. I don't like to have to be somewhere at a certain time. I am a free spirit.

I did sleep the whole night, waking up at 6 because I was cold. I had thrown my blanket off sometime during the night.

OK, I can see some snow beginning to fall. I think I will make a pot of chicken soup.

Have a good day everyone.

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Brenda, seems like you are in a no-win situation. You are kind-hearted. Hope the doctor orders assisted living for her soon. If she bothers him enough he may.

Take care everyone~~


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I also agree with the others! You really should not be putting yourself in that postion anymore. Okay. You helped her out this time. But with the experience I've had with both of Tad's parents, yes! E is definitly suffering from some kind of dementia. She really should be put into assisted living. It should not be up to her anymore, as it seems that she is not capable of making those kind of decisons. emoticon to you for your kindness!

I got my a.m. walk in---did it at a fast pace. I made the length of each stride as long as I could. Boy! did my legs get a good workout!

I got piano done, grocery shopping done & now have to get ready for my children students. From 3-7 pm straight this Friday afternoon.

The north wind is blowing again; it was a south wind yesterday! It's amazing that I don't get sick!

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Doris, her family realizes that she needs to be in assisted living but Elinor will have no part of it. Her daughter Kathy told me it would be up to the doctor to insist on her going to assisted living. They cannot just move her. It is a catch 22.

Management here will not do anything about how full people's apartments are as long as there is no furniture against the heaters and the smoke detectors and sprinkler heads work. And no one smokes in their apartment.

She told me on the way home she is feeling boxed in and it is no wonder because she only has a path to get around her apartment but I cannot say anything to her about the clutter.

Today she asked Missy to clean her apartment next Monday and she said she is going to ask about getting a caregiver. I don't know if Missy has ever been in her apartment.

It is a real problem and I am glad she is not my mother. She is 15 and a half years older than me.

Thank you for understanding.

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Brenda, I do understand that you were the one to do it today, with her daughter out of town, etc. I can't say no when there's a real need. But I do see some signs of dementia in E's actions and hope the family realizes they will need to be more involved so long as she lives there with no care giver. And if she has been a very self-centered person, it may be hard for them to tell the difference in her previous complaints and now. Sort of like the little boy who cried "wolf" in the fable.

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Marielle, I do keep my door closed and locked most of the time but I was downstairs in the community room. I had just finished eating lunch with everyone and E walked in and motioned me to the lobby and asked me to take her to the doctor.

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Brenda, I agree with Doris, it's Elinor's family's responsibility. Rest and relax! Close your door and put a do not disturb on your door.

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Doris, Elinor did call her daughter and she was out of town and the others were working and one does not drive because of medical issues so I was it.

I printed out a couple Spark articles about high blood pressure: understanding your readings and a copy the the Dash Diet I found on Spark. I stuck them on her door.

Her granddaughter told me today that Elinor is very self centered. I told E that her family do have lives. She only cares about herself and is in the "what about me?" syndrome..

I don't mean to be complaining all the time but I have to get the thoughts out of my head before I go crazy. Thanks for listening.

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Brenda, so sorry you're having to deal with this problem with Elinor. It's really her family's place to do it so that the doctor can talk with them. It sounds as if she has dementia and is still aware enough to realize she's losing control and is frightened by it all. She really does need supervision on her meds. Maybe you can relax now that you're back home.

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I just got back from taking Elinor to the doctor because she was having an anxiety attack and arguing with me on the way. I was asking her which doctor what her problem was. She said I was making her nervous and didn't want to talk. I told her if she didn't tell me I was stopping and calling 911 because I wasn't going to have her have a heart attack in my car. It was three hours before we got back. I called her GD at work and told her what was going on. Anyway, Elinor has not been taking the meds right.

She would not let me go in to the exam room with her but later they told me I could go talk to her. She was waiting for the doctor to talk to her. I told her doctor that she thinks she has to get her BP taken at night before taking her other pill. The doctor said that was not right. Just take the pill. Then Elinor told me that she didn't tell me that. She is losing it. I hate it when she argues with me. I do not back down.

Luckily, I got lunch before we left because Debby brought in a pork and rice casserole, salad and dinner rolls.

She was given something to calm her down in the dr's office and it is working.

The sun was out this afternoon but it was a very cold wind.

I hope everyone had a good day.

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DORIS I agree with Brenda that snakes are creepy! Thank heavens you're working the pies. What kind of pies are they going to sell? Tad is a big fan of pie, esp apple pie, his favorite.

BRENDA I swear your weather is so similar to ours! We are also having "wierd" weather here! It is warm, then, cold then warm again! I went to Junko's for my piano lesson & I was sweating to death as if it had been june. When I got home it was still warm, the rain started I took the train to Tokyo yesterday afternoon & it was freezing!

The wind is so wicked here. On & off & on again! This morning it's only 40. Tomorrow will be 35 & then on Monday 60

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Doris, snakes are too creepy. But there is a need to control them and I am glad you will only be making and selling pies.

No snow today, just gray skies.

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Brenda, I agree that's it's weird weather. We are having a May-like day. Beautiful!! It's close to 80 at lunch and they expect it to go to 85+ this afternoon. On the weekend it will cool off and we'll have lows in the 30's!

I had to make a trip to the grocery store this morning for essentials like milk and bread. This weekend is the "Snake Hunt Weekend" where hunters round up rattlesnakes and compete for longest, shortest, etc. I want no part of that, but it is the Lions Club's fund raiser for the year so I will be making 3 pies to contribute to the food sales. There will be vendors on the main street and in the tents around the main building where the snake pit and snake shows are located. They will be selling crafts, leather goods, clothing, etc. There's a team who actually do stupid things like getting in a sleeping bag with rattlers (which do strike sometimes and someone may go to the ER) or in a bathtub filled with snakes. I'm sure I will be exhausted by Sunday night since I will be working the pie sales after going to church Sunday morning. I think our DGS will be at his parents' this weekend also.

Hope you all have a great afternoon.

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Good Morning, Evening to Michele,
I went to bed at ten last night, woke up at 6 and winter is back for a couple days. Last evening I was sitting here thinking I should go get a phone card and some ice cream when all of a sudden it started raining like a monsoon and turned to hail so I threw my coat on and went down to RiteAid. The news caster said we might have snow. Of course it stopped right away and we didn't get any snow.

I just heard that we had a funnel cloud in Toledo, 20 miles or so south of here, right when we had the hail. The sky had turned an eerie color too.

Elinor came over just before 9 last night and nicely asked me to take her BP and then she gave me a cute card with a kitten on it with a thank you note and $25 inside. Then I felt like a butt head for getting mad at her the other day. She is talking about getting her own BP monitor. I did tell her that she should really have her own so she can take it when she needs it.

She is on a kick about the wrist ones are not as good as the arm ones. I told her it doesn't really matter that much because it is just a guide. I also told her when she gets one to take it to the doctors office and have them take her BP and then use hers and see how close they are. Mine and the doctors are the same.

It is 71 in here and 78 out in the hall. There was just a 4.2 earthquake on Hood Canal at the coast about an hour from us. No damage, Weird weather for sure.

Have a good day everyone. Our government food commodities are supposed be delivered at 10:30 this morning. I have to pick up Joice's and Diane's for them.

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that is a good deal! I use my phone for talking & using the "line" app to talk mostly to Annie. Other than that, I use my computer for everything.

The rain & wind are here. I am going to cancel my piano lesson with Junko today---there is no tone chime practice on the 4th Thursday of the month---b/c not only do I not want to bike in rain & wind ( it is a wicked one! ) but the t rain may stop due to the strong winds, & then I'd be stuck either at Junko's or have to walk home from her house, probably a good 2 hour walk.

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Michele, I only use my phone for talking. I can go on line and do all sorts of things with it but I have to pay by the minute so I buy a $30 phone card about every three months. I get triple minutes. I use my laptop to go on line and get weather reports plus do my chatting. I do not want a phone where I have to have a contract and pay $30 or so a month because I don't talk on the phone very much at all.

We get free wireless internet here.

It will soon be 11 so am getting ready for bed shortly.

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DORIS I like the name, too.

BRENDA thank you; I didn't know that I could do that!

My phone has just "told" me that the rain clouds are on their way.

I just for the life of me! can't get warm this Wednesday afternoon! emoticon emoticon

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Doris I like the name you came up with for the "new" thread if it comes to that. It is definitely more cohesive to have it on a thread here on Spark People...



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Michele, after adding everyone's email to your address book you can do a group mailing by clicking on whoever you want to send it to and click send (I think) and it will go to your email you want to send. I seldom send emails these days because I haven't really had anyone to send to these days. Yes. it would be much easier to just send to our boards here.

I am glad Miwa and Akiko bought you a coffee.

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DORIS, BRENDA & MARIELLE
I now have all of your e-mail addresses.
I like your idea, Doris, I just don't know how to go about doing it. I too, think it's easier to see all of your daily goings on here.

I only had 2 students this a.m. ; tad's cousin Mizuho, who always buys me the big Starbucks coffee cancelled today due to work. The other 2 women, however, Miwa & Akiko did buy me small Starbucks coffees since Mizuho was not there.

The rain is coming! Cloudy out now. Should be raining by tonight!


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Just in case my email is: mariellelamar04@gmail.com,

I'll add you all to my email addresses and make a group of us all.

Marielle
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Doris, that sounds like a good idea.

bgailsews@gmail.com

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We can still use this site and "Create A New Topic" with a name we can all recognize. If you would like I can do that and post the new name here. We could call it something like "It's More Than Weight--The Whole You Matters" since we are a support system for each other in all areas, not just weight.

Let me know if you have another idea.

And I don't mind sharing my email, but it's just easier to see on this site.

1942dschraeder@sbcglobal.net

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I willl start since it seems that this site is going to disappear!
My e-mailaddress is

macbt@qk9.so-net.ne.jp

If we all put our addresses together, we can still be in touch the same way we are now!
Rain is on its way here---oh no! emoticon

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If everyone is willing to share their regular email addresses I would definitely be "in" for it. You guys are very important to me!

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DALE thanks for all that you do on the site. How will we know if the thread is gone?

To all of the rest ofyou---if I lose this site, How will we all keep in touch? You are all my dear friends & I NEED ALL of you! Is it possible to start some kind of blog?

BRENDA you are so right about what Annie did to me---& I am working on letting it go. IT's gone. Yes, indeed. I do not discuss it with anyone, & if it pops into my mind, I just pop it right out again!

It is very cold here again this morning; down to 33. It has been wickedly windy for the past 3 days.

This is just a thought to all of you; my sister in Raleigh e-mails a lot of her friends at once. If we all put our e-mail addresses on this stie, maybe we can use one e-mail to talk to each other daily. It would come in as an email, not a SP mail.

How about that? I will be the 1st one to give all of you my e-mail address. Mariellle already has mine, as I have hers, too.

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Well, we could just start a blog and keep in touch that way. I don't like anyone messing with our chats.

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Interesting about the thread maybe going away--anybody have any ideas for a "new" thread to start if that is what we have to do??

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Brenda, if it does go away, we just need to start a new one that we all know where to locate.

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Doris, we were posting at the same time. I certainly hope this thread does not go away. This is the place where we can post things about our daily lives and concerns and keeps my mind in balance.

Dale, thank you for all you do on this site. How are you these days?

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Marielle. all the rain and storms we are having is, in fact, very unusual for us here in Washington. I heard on the news the other day this is the worst since 1961 and in Spring of '63 there was a huge wind and rain storm that did a lot of damage to downtown Tacoma. Like a hurricane. At that time I was living in Nebraska for those storms. I have seen the old news coverage of them.

We do get a lot of rain here but nothing like this with all the landslides and flooding lately. The ocean is wearing away our shoreline and taking the houses with it. One area in Westport is called Washaway Beach. I have seen it. The ocean took another house there a few months ago that used to be about a mile from the beach. They say that Olympia, our State Capitol, is sinking. That is 40 miles away from here. It will not happen in my lifetime.

I think it was in the '60s that it was predicted that Washington residents would have to move and tie up our boats in Idaho. That was a song but can't recall the name of it.

We did not get the wind storm overnight but is did rain a lot. 70% chance of rain today with a high of 45F.

I slept the whole night, 9 hours for a change.

Michele, I am so glad Annie will be visiting you.. You need to forget what she did to you.
She will probably never apologize to you so let it be in the past and go forward. Did you find some good buys shopping? Here we have Safeway's $5 Fridays. Some things are really good deals, some are not.

Mary, you are making a lot of progress. Keep in touch as you can. We are all cheering you on as you begin this new adventure. emoticon

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Dale, there is so much more to us than just what we weigh. All the issues discussed here intertwine with what we eat and why we eat it. And our sleep impacts what we eat and how we process that. I think this thread does a great job of giving an outlet for the other "issues" that impact our eating.

How will we know where the new thread is and will this one go away? Thanks for more info.

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emoticon ATTENTION FINE TUNERS.

I was asked what our thread is about and figure I will restate it here and now.
Within the next few days I hope to change to a fresh thread for us, so please
read below and stick with us.

emoticon Glad you ask.
I will be repeating this explanation better on the motivation thread.

We all are perpetually watching what we eat and how we care for our body. So the idea of failing and then having do overs is not the way to look at this self care.

Ideally we vacillates 3-4 lbs MAX, so see any 2 lb change as a time to fine tune back into better awareness of here and now choices. WIN means a self win, not a beat others win. We want to keep healthy and have our self esteem intact. But life and our feelings are not static. There must be some room to have flexibility within reason.

So food and exercise accountability is best shared on our team home page, in our MOTIVATION/ENCOURAGEMENT section, where we keep our eye focused on what matters most.

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Good morning all, What a beautiful morning here. The sun is shining! The weather man keeps telling us it will snow again but so far it hasn't. The streams are running from all the snow and rain and the ground won't dry us. Very unusual for Arizona.

My printer went out on Saturday. Real bummer. It wasn't the cord so it was the printer itself I guess. It lasted 4 years. I get so tired of things wearing out. It is soooooooooo wasteful.

Michele, I am so sorry for all that's going on with tone chime group, Junko, and Amaya. Seems like they are all be childish and jealous of each other. I hope you find a social group that can be a little more adult about things. I'm sure your son will be fine in Washington. Do you think you and Tad will ever move back to the US with two of your three children here?

Mary you are very energetic and getting a lot done. I really get it about getting behind on the posts though. Life keeps intervening with me too. Can't figure out why. It doesn't seem to me that I've taken too much on, but it seems hard to keep up anymore. Maybe things will change in the future. I know you'll make the right decisions. Things will work out as they should.

Brenda, is it unusually wet this year or does this usually happen this way? We have been getting more rain than usually. The snow is about as usual.

Doris, I am glad your GD is able to use public transportation. It is supposed to be better for the environment than all the cars. Los Angeles is overloaded with traffic. It must be a mess with all the flooding.

Bonnie, I hope you are feeling better. Take care.

Marielle
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DORIS I also have my good nights for sleeping & not so good ones. I usually wake up at midnight & fall right back to sleep. Sometimes I don't.

Our weather was very unsettled yesterday, too. IT was sunny in the morning. THen the south wind picked up---again---& blew in some rain clouds. We had heavy rain by 5 pm No lightening or thunder, however.

MARY I too, think that you're going about this moving in a very organized way. And I know for myself I have to be organized or I'll go crazy. It will be so nice when you're finally close to your kids! I don'T like the idea either of the men workig on the fence in the rain

BRENDA no, none of us know everything. It sounds l ike they all depend on you too much instead of themselves! I bet it gets tiring to be the "leader" all of the time. It sounds like you're themother duck leading the ducklings along. They must become independant some time!

Today, Tuesday, I will walk to Aeon ( like Walmart ) b/c Tuesday is the day when all of the vegetables are on sale. I can get a good 20 minute walk going there, another 20 mintue walk walking home. Of course I'll push my bike.

Annie is going to be flying in from Houston on Thursday afternoon for a week, since she has the time off. IT will be nice to see her. in MY territory, not hers! I still do not trust her at 24, after the stunt that she pulled on me nearly 3 years ago ( it will be 3 years on August 22, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception) . That healing is going to take years.

She doesn't talk about it at all. I wonder if she can not face herself to what she did to her mom?

Anyhow, it will be nice to see her. She bought a lot of new baby clothes for Ben & Kaoru from Walmart & said that she's really excited to give them to the both of them

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I am so confused. John down the hall called and woke me just before 9;30 asking me about the commodity food boxes and I told him they will be here at 10:30 from what I read in the elevator. Then Joice came and said she heard they were going to be here Thursday the 23rd and then asked if I could give her something to eat. She has a dog and forgot to pick up her snack on the way out and could not get back into her apartment because he would insist on going with her. She was on her way to the pain clinic. So I gave her a banana and a cheese stick to hold her until she gets back home around 1.

I put on my robe and went to the elevator and read the note that says the commodities will be here at 10;30 on the 23rd. Well, me not really knowing the date this morning because I was half asleep, did not know the 23rd is Thursday. So I called John back and told him the right day. He never takes the elevator. Now I have to put a note on Joice's door because she asked me to pickup her box for her.

See, what happens here is people think that I know everything that goes on here but I really don't. I am on the 3rd floor at the backside of the building.

Joice also asked me if I knew who put a beautiful bouquet of roses outside her door with a note that says "The weather says snow so I am giving you these to brighten up your day".

She is wheelchair bound and her last name is Snow. I don't have a clue who gave them to her.

Now it is 10 am and I am exhausted from all this activity so early. Am working on a cup of coffee. Whew! Never a dull moment here.

Doris, it is a dull gray morning here today too. The weathermen did say we may be getting some snow this week. Right now it is just light rain and no sun.

I am glad you slept well last night. I was up reading twice until almost 3 am. Benedryl does not make me sleepy.

Mary, I don't think you want the men working on your fence is a rain storm. It might blow back over! Be careful walking in a rain storm because there could be lightning strikes.

Have a good day everyone, I plan to have a better one..

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Mary, I think you've been approaching the move in a very organized way. And it will be nice to be nearer to your daughter and grands. Since our daughter has moved here, it seems that we will have someone to look after us if we get to the point we can't drive ourselves, etc. Hope that's not anytime soon!

Michele, it's always interesting in families to see who steps up to be the primary care giver for parents. I'm glad your mother has someone who sees that all is well with her.

Brenda, I'm sorry your son has chosen to ignore you. I hope he has kept your address because at some point, he will want it. Meanwhile, you have made a place for yourself with friends nearby.

Our weather is very unsettled today. It rained over night and now is just gray and dismal looking. I hope we get sun this afternoon. I didn't set my alarm last night and totally missed going to HH today. I had taken Benadryl last night and slept right through to 9:30 this morning. Guess I needed the rest!

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Michele, my 4th sister is a retired teacher, but a full time sub for long term jobs like maternity leave, etc. She lived about 10 minutes from where my parents were in a facility and she was the 'on call' person. The 3rd sister lived about 20 minutes away and rarely even went to visit unless Mama really needed something. She stepped up at the end, though. The Illinois sister came once a year and spent most of her visit with friends. The little sister and I came monthly to visit and once a week-10 days the last few months of our mother's life. Everyone does what he/she wants to and we all have to live with our choices! Moving i always traumatic even when it's an eagerly anticipated thing. i'll be fine....it's just trying to get everything to fall into place alone that worries me. With the kids helping next weekend, that will be great.

Brenda, I'm with you on the sleep. I have nothing pressing except to sign my contract with the realtor today and I woke up at 4:30, unable to get back to sleep!! I need another cup of coffee, then I will get on with the day. I'm supposed to walk with Susie for the first time in a week but the big rains just blew through. It might let up by the time we're supposed to walk but I'm not at all sure. I hope my fence guy will be able to finish up either today or tomorrow. I hope your food box gives you whatever you need. I'm so glad you get assistance that way!

Happy Monday to all, and Tuesday to Michele!

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Michele, you must be getting the storm that we were supposed to get today. I hope you don't lose your power. We only got a little wind and rain and it was in the mid 40's all day.

It is 10 pm and I will be going to bed pretty soon. I did sleep the whole night through last night. Took one cat nap in my chair this evening. A cat nap is 20 minutes.

We will be getting our government commodity food boxes in the morning. I have a lot of food in here and this is going to save me some money over time.

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I am also glad foryou that you have your sons to help you; when dad & mom were moved from the Detroit area to Raleigh, Annie & I had gone there to help them with the final details. Rescue Treasures came & bought a lot of their stuff. It was a stressful time, but really worth the move---my sister & her husband who were living not 20minutes from dad & mom in the Detroit area did not make the time, hardly ever, unless they had wanted something to take care of dad & mom.

When I think about it even now, it makes me very annoyed. Dad did NOT want to move from his beloved Detroit area, where he was born & grew up all of his life! However my 2 sisters & 1 of the sister's family ( my other sister is single ) are both nurses, & to this day, still take care of mom & dad until his death 2 years ago this past Jan. It was definitely a good move for them

You most likely are makimg a good choice. as scary as it is, especially as we get older, it does help us to "grow" & your family is there to help you

The south wind is blowing fiercely here & blowing in rain clouds. The rain should start by 3 pm when my1st set of children students come. It is 2:20 right now.

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Brenda, I pray every day for strength and the ability to make the right decisions!! You have overcome so much adversity. I hope when I 'grow up' I can be like you! I'm sorry your son hasn't contacted you since you wrote him...his loss. You reached out and it's a good move on your part. I wish your kids knew the 'you' that WE know here!

Michele, the fence is about a third of the way done. The guys quit while there was still daylight so they could clean up the driveway of the next door neighbors so they can go to work tomorrow! My realtor is coming in the morning to have me sign papers and if it's not pouring the fence might get finished!!

My kids will come on Saturday and help carry boxes and bookcases to the garage. I will continue to pack up and hope I can get as much done as I need to. I am Story Lady both Tuesday and Thursday...so I will work hard M-W-F!

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

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Mary, what we did when we put our house on the market in Tacoma was to hire a moving company so quit my catering truck route and started packing and sorting right away. Our house sold and closed withing 30 days so we moved into our motor home and the moving company stored our stuff for three months until we found a place to rent. It cost us $3500 but I guess it was worth it, not having to put things in a storage unit and then move it again. Plus find someone to help us.

I am glad you are getting help from your sons. Yes, it is very scary but hang in there, you will be fine. You are a survivor!!!!

Myself, I could not have moved into another house because of the cost in the first place, but I was also afraid to live in a house alone. I was also scared of apartments because I did not know anything about this town or what was available. But God was with me on the trip and it has all worked out for the best.

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