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Hi all--really tired again tonight. I am not sure why--must be stress.

Brenda so glad you got the toilet fixed.

Michele, I love iced coffee!! Any kind. I like it black, lattes, etc.

Bonnie, glad your rehearsal went well.

Have a great evening all!!

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BRENDA great! aren't the small things in life just wonderful, sometimes?!!

BONNIE Good that your rehearsal went well! When is the show?

And no, I did not melt in the heat, thank heavens! While i was waiting for DH's cousin to show up at Starbuck's, the clerk gave me a small sample of ice coffee! How thrilling it was!!

Now I am home. Will take my daily 20min. nap & then read my book!

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Woo hoo! The plumber has been here and gone and he even had to put a new water shut off valve in at the toilet because mine stripped and died along with the toilet. Now he is down at Janise's to replace a new hand held shower. Next he is going to Carlene's to do her toilet and then on to Toledo (not to see you Bonnie) to finish putting in a water heater. That guy is so busy and does a really good job. I gave him a bottle of water as he was leaving. He really appreciated it. I guess he will stop at a fast food place and grab something on the way.

I am just having dinner, just a cheeseburger on a whole wheat English muffin. I will put everything back in place tomorrow. I had to move some things to the side of the room so he could get through with the toilets. Will vacuum first before I put them back.

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MARIELLE

Glad you are able to get your jobs started around the house. That is very exciting. There is always something to adapt to, though. I hope you love it when it is done.

MARY

Glad you had a great day. Your grands sound like a lot of fun.


BRENDA

This toilet situation is just crazy. Hope it is done by now.

MICHELE

Hope your Starbucks tasted great! You didn't melt in all of the heat and humidity, did you? Poor baby.

We do have family that does not come to our reunions. I have several cousins that I do not know as well as the others. My Uncle Gerald was a high school principal and was not able to get to family reunions because of the school year. They lived quite a ways away so did not see them much.

Others have dropped away, but I am glad for the family I do have. There are some cousins at reunion who we have to work a bit to figure out how far back we go to be actual blood relatives. LOL It is all good.

Had a good rehearsal tonight, it will be a good show.

Have a great Weds all, and you MICHELE whenever it is. LOL


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Mary,

I am glad Greg's surgery is over and he is in recovery. Sending prayers that everything will work as it should. Have the girls seen cats before? Very cute about the scooter. They have such vivid imaginations!

No plumbers in sight. Manager called them and she was told now it will be late afternoon because they have two out of town calls. Carlene is waiting for them too. She can't even use her toilet. So when/if they get here I will send them to her apartment first. She came and asked me where they were. She was gone to a doctor's appointment and has to leave at 7 pm for an overnight sleep study so I do hope they get here.

I cancelled the Taco Tuesday out because I don't know what is going on right now. We can go next week if all is well with everyone then. No big deal.

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BRENDA did you make it to Taco Tuesday? that sounds like fun! I haven't had a t aco in so long! I do so wish that Tad could help you with the toilet issue! He & Ben ( my oldest son, 28) are so good about things like that!

MARY how is Greg today? I am continuing to keep all of you in my prayers & Daily Rosary. It is so cute about the GKs & the next door neighbor's cat! What a laugh!

MARIELLE you do have a big, big family! Yes, it definitely would be hard to keep track of everyone. I do have a hard time myself keeping track of all of my cousins etc!

Today, Wed. is our 5th straight day of 95, 75% humidity! we've had over 2,000 people taken to hosps b/c of heatstorke. I have NOT been 1 of them! I am not pushing in the heat, mind you! I do have to go to Tokyo to teach TAd's cousin, this is my free Starbuck's day! But we always leave the house at 5:30 a.m. & go to Tokyo by car. I wait at tad's parents' house until around 8:30 am & THEN walk 10 min. to Starbuck's to teach. It's amazing how much I can sweat in 10 minutes!!!!

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Thank you for the prayers, friends! My DIL called an hour ago and said the surgery was fine according to the doctor. Greg is slow to wake upso am I after surgery---so it will be a while before he gets home. I will go visit in a couple of hours and get him some Vietnamese soup on the way there. The doctor said a liquid/soft diet for a couple of days and since my DIL and grandson are Vietnamese, they eat a lot of Pho, I think it is.

I had such a fun morning babysitting. Cherilyns dentist appointment only took 30 minutes so we had lunch before she left. We went outside and the girls were thrilled to see my next door neighbors cat. They petted her, then Annalise saw the scooter next to the front door. She got on it and kept saying Go, go! She got off and moved it back and forth. Cherilyn showed her how to put one foot on, then push with the other and she figured out what to do right away! Two years old and she was riding on it! Well have to get them some little trikes for Christmas! I will sit all day tomorrow, but again at my house.

Marielle, Im sorry your family was so scattered. My children all know their cousins but they arent very close. They do get along for the most part, though. Its strange how families do! We didnt have big family gatherings while any of our kids were growing up, just like our own parents. I wish we would have. Im hoping that the grandchildren will get to know each other. So far, the girls have enjoyed each other on the occasions weve gotten together. Im glad you were able to get the house and the walkway fixed up. Thats great to plan ahead just in case.

Brenda, I hope the new toilet will get put in today. I also hope you can use it without a step stool! I saw a funny joke on Facebook today: there was a picture of a step ladder. The caption said something about I only know my step-ladder. I never knew my REAL ladder! Maybe you will get to go to Taco Tuesday after all, too!

It rained briefly a few minutes ago---not really long enough to help, but its the first rain in almost a month. We had 6 weeks of rain in May and June, then nothing! We sure do need it.

I need to go pick up the living room and put all the toys away. Then I will go see Greg and hope that he can start breathing easier!!

Mary


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Good morning all.Yesterday the landscapers finished the south side of my house. I now has a safe walkway and the "pad" that the Electric Co wanted to make it safe to install the new panel. The other landscapers started on the north side today. There was already a problem - some kind of drain pipe buried right where they were going to put the retaining wall. To alleviate any problems, since we don't know what the pipe is for, they will be laying that small area with block that is intended to be installed without a foundation. They rest will be as planned. It may affect the fence I want installed, but better safe than sorry. Once this is all done we will be able to walk from the front yard to the back yard safely and it can even "support" the use of a wheelchair if that ever happens.

Mary, my thoughts and prayers for your son's surgery. I'm sure things will go well for him and how exciting about the coach job.

Brenda, hope the toilet goes in today. Handicap toilets are higher than the regular ones. Hopefully you won't need a stool.

Michele, my family is an interesting one. My half brother had two children; one half sister had 3; and the other one had about 5. I met my two sisters once or twice and brother several times during my childhood. My sister never married or had children. Aunt on my dad's side had 3 (2 girls & a boy) who all had a couple of kids and those kids have kids and maybe even the kid's kids had kids. My dad's sister was born in 1895 and passed many years ago. My dad's mom had two or three sisters who all had families I think. My mom had 2 brothers & 3 sisters so there are several kids there who are around my age so am sure there are lots of cousins, 2nd cousins and 3rd cousins. I really don't know any of them. Lost track after we grew up.

Bonnie, I think it would be wonderful to be able to connect with family. You are very lucky.

Sunny, I am glad you are enjoying Maui...Keep having fun!!

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8/4/15 10:40 A

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Good morning everyone,

Well, the plumber couldn't bring my new toilet yesterday because they must have had an emergency. They will be here mid morning. I moved everything out that would move and scrubbed the base boards, corners and floor so I am ready for him to come. Jeff did come yesterday afternoon after he got finished mowing and I told him Laurie had decided to replace it instead of repair the old one. Now Carlene on the second floor has the same problem that I do so maybe she will get a new one too.

Bonnie,

I do have a step stool in case I need it. emoticon Alma told me she has a new one and it is too low for her so she had to get a riser. But she is much taller than me.

I have a very old picture of my cousins in Tennessee but that is all I know about them. Don't even know their names. That's what happens when we get uprooted and moved clear across the country and grow up not knowing family. I do miss that.

We all got our light bills yesterday. It cost me about $7 for running my AC last month and that was only on during the day. Mind you, I am not complaining, am grateful I have it when I need it. My heat bill doesn't even get that high in the winter. We can always pile on more clothes but we can't all be running around half naked in summer.

I spent yesterday trying to figure out my new phone, I think I may have the problem figured out. If not, I will ask Pauline to help me. She is a whiz on electronics. The new one is a Tracfone and I get double minutes for life. The phone only cost me $50 and it does everything, movies, records, pictures, internet, and whatever else. There are not many instructions that I have found so far but I will get it figured out sooner or later. I do know how to make and answer calls and got the voice mail set up so that is a big accomplishment for me. emoticon

Have a good day everyone. I have to get my head together. Don't know if we are going for Taco Tuesday today. Sam called and said people from her place can't go because of a sick husband so she isn't going either so she can help her friend with him. He has althtzheimers. Not sure if I spelled it right, spell check doesn't know either but you get the point.

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BONNIE my cousins on dad's side number in the hundreds now,with kids having their own kids. I do know a lot of them, however. I don'T even have to write down names, I am that good! Now, if only I had a sense of direction...... emoticon

Well! I guess one can't have everything!!! emoticon

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8/3/15 11:59 P

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MICHELE

Sorry that Tad was cranky with you. Glad you did something for yourself, and what a bargain! Two coffees for almost the cost of one!

MARY
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Prayers for your son's surgery from me too.

Nice that he spent time with you and brought you lunch.

MARY ANN

Glad you are enjoying your visit. Just the right amount of togetherness.

BRENDA

Hope you don't fall off your new toilet. You will have to get a step stool.

MARIELLE

Sorry your daughter was nasty to you. Relationships can be so difficult, especially parent/child.

I am very fortunate to have so much family. It has been this way all of my life, and I never knew any different.

I have several friends who have no family at all. My friend Kate asked me one time when I was talking about my cousins, "Do you know ALL of them?" To me that was a strange question, and to her it is a strange situation.

Have a great day tomorrow all of you

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MARY I will keep your son in my prayers! How lovely & sweet of him to bring you lunch! You are so special that you deserved it for sure!!!

MARIELLE Yes, I do agree with the others---it must be very difficult, both physically & emotionally---to take care of your sister's estate. Do take care of you. Your DD reminds me of mine---but the difference is that Brandi actuallyAPOLIGIZED to you---mine never has! I do know that feeling of not being able to take it. I also used to cry when my DD Annie would be nasty to me. But unlike your DD, she just said that she was so embarassed that her mom was such a crybaby!! How is THAT for nasty?!!! You are also a diamond, & your famiily is so BLESSED to have you!!!!

BRENDA has jeff completed the work? I am in a much better frame of mind today And no, there is no close-by coffee place near my house. I had to bike ride 25 min. to the mall to get that Starbuck's, but it was worth it!

SUNNY Hope your day is going well, too. Please take care ofyou You too, are a diamond &your family is lucky to have you!

I didn't really have an argument with DH on Sunday. It was more of that he was just in a bad mood & like a sponge, I asborbed it! Not anymore.

Today, Tuesday, since it is summer vacation here I have no children students to teach. I will just get some houswork done. I may even start washing the windows, which badly need to be done, before rain sets in next month in Sept!

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Marielle, I hope it won't be too hard to get everything organized with your sister's estate. It will be a load off your mind once it's taken care of. I'm sorry your dd was rude. Never an excuse, in my book!

Bonnie, how lovely to hear that your family has been getting together through generations! My father was an only child of older parents who had stayed home and unmarried to help care for THEIR parents. My mother had a younger brother who was killed in WWII at age 18. My sisters and I never knew him. So basically, both of my parents were only children. We had no first cousins at all....we got together with relatives once in a while but I always wanted those noisy big family gatherings that other friends always talked about. So nice that you get to be surrounded with love.

Brenda, you HAD a 'disabled' toilet, lol...I hope the new one works!! I am short with short legs and do find the taller ones are hard to sit on. My mother is barely 5 feet tall and she's actually fallen off hers trying to 'get her bearings' as she likes to say. I'm glad you were persistent and now will have a good one.

Maryann, I saw bad weather heading towards Hawaii and hoped you were doing okay! I'm glad to hear that you have had time other than just babysitting, too. It's nice just to 'be' wiht the family instead of having a job to do! I enjoyed my day yesterday quite a lot. It was grueling hot, though, and I left after we got the girls down for a nap. We ate outside at a Mexican restaurant and even though there were ceiling fans, it was in the high 90's and so humid. My car had been in the open parking lot overnight and it never cooled down between where my daughter now lives and my house. I don't sleep well on the small blowup bed and I was tired so I took a nap and woke up after water aerobics had started.

Michele, I'm so sorry you and Tad had an argument. I'm glad you did get your coffee, though. I do wish you would just take it upon yourself to do something nice like buy yourself NEW coffee every day and not worry about it. You are the glue that holds your family together and are so self-sacrificing. Hugs!

My sweet younger son came over this afternoon and brought me lunch. He was working at his school to clean out his old classroom and will be moving into the coach's office...he's the new PE coach for next year and is so happy about that. Tomorrow he will have surgery for a severely deviated septum. The ENT specialist said she had never seen one so awful and hopes that the surgery will help not only breathing but sleep apnea, too. Please tuck in a little prayer for a successful surgery tomorrow!

I have the Zumba circuit class tonight and am looking forward to that.

Mary

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Good news!

I am getting a new toilet this afternoon. As soon as the manager came in I went down and told her what was happening and she looked up my file. Mine is an original toilet from when this place was built in 1995. She is in the process of replacing them all with disabled toilets, which are higher. I will need a step stool to use it! emoticon

I have everything moved out of the bathroom that is movable so he can put it right in and be done.

Sunny,

Yes, I do take good care of my car. No way can i afford to buy another one. When we bought it in '93 I said I will never buy another one, little knowing that it would still be running. Peggy called me last night and told me that when I pulled out of my parking spot, she saw anti freeze leaking out. That is probably my overheating issue. Probably a worn out plug in the bottom of the radiator.

Am going to make an appointment with the mechanic down the hill and have him check it out.

I'm glad you are having such a great time.

It is cloudy t his morning and a lot cooler. Hopefully we will get some rain to put out the fires in the state.

Here it is 10 am and I haven't had breakfast yet. Just go finished scrubbing the bathroom floor now that I have everything moved out. Got the corners good.

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The temperatures have come down a bit and the breezes are back so it is feeling much better. Although we go out early in the day and then late in the afternoon. After a day of chasing the GS, being at the beach and swimming in the pool we have been going to bed early. The DD and SIL have been doing some more adventurous things while we watch the GS.

Brenda I hate the toilet problem. One of the toilets in our house had a similar issue. I finally just had it totally replaced and that did fix the problem. I am impressed at how well you take care of your car. it gives you the freedom to get out and go places when you want which is nice for you.

Bonnie what a legacy your family keeps up. I only knew a few of my cousins but we have all drifted apart.

Marielle taking care of your sister's estate is a long process. So many pieces to follow through.

Michele staying safe and healthy is really important. I find it is good to slow down and push too hard. So sorry you are having issues right now.

Mary I agree the just visiting with the DD is great. The SIL has been taking the GS off and it has been nice just talking with DD. the heat and humidity must be keeping you inside.

We will be here to Thursday, the DD and SIL have a few more activities planned so the DH and I will have the GS. He has been enjoying playing in the sand, jumping in the little waved and swimming in the pool. Although we have all been meeting for breakfast and most of the tine eat dinner together and getting together at the pool. So it has been a nice mix. Today the DH and I are going off this morning to see a historical garden and house. GS is still a little young.

Well off to start the day.



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Well,

Now my toilet seems to be working right after I wrote notes to the management and maintenance guy but I will just let him come and check it. At least now the water is turning off by itself without me having to push the lever back up to make the "plug" drop back down into the drain.

Michele,

Good for you getting your free coffee. I am sorry you can't have it everyday. I am spoiled with my Kuerig coffee maker where I can make it when I want it. It is really good coffee. Of course it costs more than making a pot with a regular pot but it is my only vice and I am worth it.

I slept good for five hours straight, then woke up and tossed and turned the rest of the night until my alarm went off at 6:30. Jeff starts work at 8 AM and I wanted to be up and ready when he comes.

I hope you are in a better frame of mind today.

Marielle,

I can't believe your daughter was so rude with you. She is lucky she is able to live with you. I know it can't be easy with all the different personalities. At least with apartment living we can go to our own place and close our doors. A house is much different. I hope things settle down. At least she apologized to you. Yes, it is hard to be gracious when you feel so hurt. emoticon

Have a good day everyone.

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Michele, my DD Brandi was nasty with me yesterday too. I really couldn't take it - started to cry and left the room. She did come down and apologize but I was so upset, I couldn't be very gracious. It just really hurt me.

Bonnie you are very lucky to have such a close family even with the "drama" that you may have. Family can be a wonderful support system.

Brenda I am sorry about your toilet issues. Hopefully they will get it fixed today.

Have a good day everyone.

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BRENDA I wish my DH Tad or my son Ben could be there to help you! They run the family Kobayashi Plumbing business! That is their speciality! Did you ever get it completely solved?

I went out to the mall by bike today---yes! it was very hot! & with the free Starbuck's drink card that I received bought myself a free coffee. They have a deal where if you get a coffee, save the receipt & the second one only costs $1.24! So I actually BOUGHT the second one, of which I am going to save for tomorrow. I decided to splurge after the way Tad was nasty to me yesterday!!!!!!

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Hi everyone,

Had toilet issues since last night. I couldn't get the water to shut off or fill the tank. Finally shut the valve off and went to bed. This morning I went down to the weekend managers apartment and she at least got it to work. I have a work order for the maintenance guy, Jeff. If he had put all new innerds in the tank in the first place, it would have been fixed the first time. He just replaced the float. What is happening is the water leaks out of the tank almost as fast as it fills. Carol found a gasket in the office and installed that for a quick fix. It still is Ghost flushing, which means it flushes by itself every once in a while when the water level gets too low.

It isn't as hot today so I think we are heading for a cool down. The sun didn't come out much today. I sat in the lobby and visited for a couple hours.

Michele,

I hope things are better for you today. Whatever you decide about your piano and tone chime lessons will be your decision only. You have to do what is best for YOU. Too bad you couldn't get one of those little scooters instead of riding your bike. That probably wouldn't be so hard on your back.

Bonnie,

You are so fortunate to have so much family. I don't know any of mine. But I have new friends here and I don't have to travel to see them.

Marielle,

Do you have a time frame to get your sister's house ready to sell? It sounds like you have to do it all yourself. That is hard but we do what we have to do.

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MICHELE

Hope you are feeling better today. God Bless

MARIELLE

Oh believe me, we do have some drama in our family as well. We just work to get over it, or as in every disfunctional family, we just ignore it. LOL

This reunion has been held yearly since 1925. I believe they missed one or two years during world war II. At one time I was the secretary, and had the book of old minutes. I enjoyed reading them greatly.

I do have cousins that rarely get to reunion, and that I do not see often, but I do see lots of them at other times too.

We have a yearly Christmas Party at a small hall that is not quite as large as reunion. We also get together for lunch, or visits. I am very blessed.

Very tired today Having a very lazy absolutely do nothing day.

God Bless my friends

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MARIELLE my family too, has it drama. I think that is why God putme over here---I think if I had been planted U.S. side, I would have had a nervous breakdown or something. I am stronger now & can handle it, but couldn't have handeld it 30years ago when I first came here.

Off to start my English teaching!

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Michele, I hope everything is okay. Make sure you take care of yourself. You are such a wonderful person.

Bonnie, what a wonderful family you have. It is so nice that the whole family continues to get together and sees each other at your reunions. Do they happen yearly or less often? My family is not so close. I have not seen cousins for years. Everyone just sort of drifted away. My mom had 4 brothers and sisters - I am sure all have passed but no idea. Lots of cousins-one set in Michigan, some in Kentucky and some in Arizona. Lost track of everyone. My dad's sister's family in Arizona but some went to Australia. The rest of his relatives I never really knew-most in Missouri, I think. I am happy for your closeness to your family and miss it in mine. My dad also had kids from his first marriage and met my one half sister and half brother (he passed after a stroke and his wife passed too). I tried to contact them once and sent my half-niece some of her father's things when he lived with my mom and dad but never heard back from her.

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I am a little emotionally distraught tonight to respond to anyone

But BONNIE emoticon to you!

MARIELLE I admire your courage! emoticon to you, too!

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Thanks girls, we did have a nice but bittersweet reunion. With the death of my brother, and the death of Brian, my cousin's son, it was good to be with each other.

Kathy and Rick live in St Louis, Brian's parents, and they were unable to get to reunion at all. His mom, Nancy is still in St Louis. She lost her daughter two years ago on Monday, and Brian passed on Sunday. She is having a very hard time.

Rick, of course lost his sister. There are 3 boys in that family, the girls Kathy and Karen are twins Their mom raised them by herself, bot her parents were a big part of their life.

Several of my younger cousins brought new boyfriends, and one announced her engagement, and showed us all her beautiful ring.

It was good. we were able to comfort each other, and revel in the joys we had this year as well.

I was able to see my favorite child in one family, and her husband and new baby. I have been waiting for that baby for several months. She is so cute.

The mom's name is Kayla, and every year at reunion, she found me and spent time sitting with me and on my lap. It was very special.

Brian was her first cousin. Her mom was talking with Kayla and I, and I was saying how special she had been to me, and her mom said, yes, she always sat on your lap, and Brian's lap. Kayla cried because she was so close to him

Well, I could tell all of the stories of the family, but will stop here. My Uncle Jim brought the other 3 guys in his barbershop quartet. They entertained us, and Jarrod, Uncle Jim's grandson has a lovely voice and he joined the others singing.

I love these kids so much.

My kids all had a wonderful time as did the rest of the kids.

This reunion began in 1925, and the children having wonderful memories has kept it going all of these years. We did have 73 people, so I was right in my projection, but it was all good.

Guess I better stop now. I am very, very emotional, and I am just keeping myself going.

God Bless my friends Love ya.

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I took my DD's out for Mexican food--my favorite. The GS's dad took them out so it was just us girls. I had a green chili chimichanga (green chili made with pork in a large flour tortilla that is fried and topped with sauce-it had refried beans and Spanish rice as sides and sour cream topping.). I ate about a third of it & brought the rest home. I ordered a side of guacamole (avocado with seasonings and other veggies like tomato) and brought lots of that home too. Yes I was bad but sometimes you just gotta do it. I usually make my own Mexican food so it is usually much less calories.

Mary, my sister's estate doesn't have to go thru probate because it was worth less than $75,000. I am on her checking and savings account and on the property deed so those revert to me automatically. I will go to a CPA to do her taxes (if necessary) and my taxes this year. She hasn't filed for several years--she retired Dec.2004. She had two small annuities and a truck. So her stuff is fairly simple.

Brenda--sounds like you've taken great care of your car. Consistent oil changes and maintenance really help vehicles. It has been warm here too--some rain off and on but not much.

Michele, good for you to take the closest train station. You definitely deserve it with all the walking and bicycling you do.

Bonnie, glad you enjoyed your reunion--too bad the turnout was low. Love the sparkles on your toes.

Take care all--I feel exhausted even though I got 8 hours sleep last night. It is 8:15 pm here in Arizona.
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BONNIE how interesting about your reunion! august is a popular month for your family! And I LOVE sparkles!!!

MARY I hope you had a good time visiting. It is so much more fun without pressure!

I am always taking my cell phone with me now, wherever I go. And I always have my wallet, too. I try to do my walks or errands when others are around just in case anything should happen.
No plans this Sunday morning, probably just clean house & practice piano!

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200,000 on any car is really a milestone, Brenda. I'm glad your car still runs well. How cool that you were able to see the odometer turn! I hope it continues to be of good service. You certainly do help out your friends. Stay cool and inside as much as you can.

Michele, I'm so glad you aren't pushing yourself as much as you usually do. If you are farther from home and have any problem, that would be terrible. Do you always have a cell phone with you? Especially with all your walking and biking, being proactive is such a necessity. And yes, I will enjoy 'just visiting' a lot. I 'love' babysitting for the girls but need time with my sweet daughter and the family, too. They are so welcoming and for that I am very grateful.

Bonnie, what a lovely group to be around! Even with 5 girls in my family, it is rare that everyone is together. We each have kids and all but the 'little' sister's kids are grown. Still, I don't think the entire group has been together since my daddy passed away in 2011. I hope tonight's get together will be another good one. Your toes sound so pretty. I found a dark grey called Wet Cement when my younger son got married. It's a perfect neutral and I get lots of compliments on it. When it starts to chip and I'm not planning on another 'real' pedicure at a salon, I put a glitter coat on top and it hides the defects!

I slept well last night, thank goodness. I will go to water aerobics at noon, go grocery shopping today instead of when I get back from my daughter's tomorrow, and go to Mass tonight. Then I will make the trek to my daughter's and get there in time for bath night with the girls!

Happy Saturday, friends!

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MICHELE

Glad you are taking no chances.

BRENDA

Glad you had such a great day.

MARY

I remember how complicated it can get with Workers Comp. It has been many years ago, but it seems that for some reason the hospitals are not able to deal with it. Crazy it is not like it has never been done before. LOL

Glad you are getting a day with your daughter. Enjoy your time.

MARIELLE

My reunion was tonight and tomorrow. It is at a campgrounds that is about an hour and 20 minutes from my house, so I just come home at night, and go back early afternoon.

Mom and Dad and the girls and their families did not go tonight. We had the least amount of people on a Friday night that I can ever remember.

The family of my cousin's son who died, were all in St Louis for the wake and the funeral. They just got home this afternoon, and were all tired, so only a few of them were there.

Some people are on vacation this year, because it is kind of an off weekend, with the last day of July and the first of August, normally it would be a bit later.

We generally have around 100 people. I suspect if we have 70 that will be a lot.

One of my cousin's has 4 kids whom I love a lot. They live in Indiana, and I don' t get to see them a lot. Three of the 4 kids and their spouses and friends were with them so it was fun to have one on one time with them.

Jarrod, the only boy, spent quite a bit of time showing me card tricks and visiting with me. He also sang a few songs for me as he is very talented vocally. I love him much, and he kind of likes me too. lol

Actually, I am close to all 4 of them. When they were young, my Aunt Nancy and Uncle Jim would have each of them for one week in the summer, and they would always come to my house to swim. So I had extra time with them.

The youngest girl had to play in the school band, so she could not make it

It is kind of a funny situation. My cousin, Holly and her husband Mark, were married on August 4th. Their two middle, Erica and Jarrod were both BORN on August 4th.

I always get a kick out of that.

Well, I am getting very tired, and I better get some drops in my eyes, as I was sitting quite close to the campfire. I was trying to stay away from the mosquitoes. They are terrible with all of the rain we have had this year They are even biting me, and I normally have no problem with them.

Oh, MARY

I remember that horrible humidity in Houston. One year, many years ago, I went to visit my brother and his family in Houston in May, early May.

At that time, I was doing a lot of walking. You should have seen my trying to walk in that Houston humidity. It was unbelievable. I felt as though I was walking through water.

We have pretty high humidity here, but nothing to compare with Houston. Wheee.

MICHELE

My new toe color is kind of a light tan, with sparkles!

Have a great weekend all

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BRENDA I am glad that you are staying in! I have to go out to Tokyo to teach English today,but I am NOT! going to walk from the cheap far-away station, but rather the station closest to Tad's parents' house. I am getting too up in years to be "proving" to myself that I can still do it!

MARY how nice that you can visit without babysitting! Have a good time!

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Oh Mary, it was not a long walk around my block, only about five minutes if that. I just needed to see if I could do it and breathe normally.

Janie stopped by and asked me if I could take her to Walmart to get minutes put on her phone and said we could go cruising and watch my odometer turn over to 200,000 miles. I had some things to get that I only buy at Walmart. I seldom go there.

After we finished shopping we decided to drive out Jackson because she wanted to show me St. Mary's Church/School she attended when she was in grade school. It was 12 miles out, a nice drive through the trees on the back road. It was great watching the miles turn over. It happened just before Papa Jon's Mini Storage where I first lived when I moved here 8 years ago.

It was very hot but my engine didn't overheat and I really expected it to because it happened when Janette drove it to Portland and John drove it to Kelso. They were on the freeway. So I don't know why it did that. I still have to take it down to the mechanic to find out if the radiator needs flushing out.

Yesterday I looked my Jeep up in the Kelly Blue Book and they say it is worth a little over $1300. I think it will be in the Classic category in a couple more years and will be worth more. At least John is telling me that.

It is staying just right in here with my AC on and the hall door open to get a draft through. Will make a salad for dinner, too hot to turn on the stove.

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Happy Friday, friends. I guess a lot of my week caught up with me. I slept very little last night and was really tired today. I had several errands that I planned on doing that I wanted to do and ended up staying home all day. It was 101 for the 3rd day in a row.Houstons humidity is brutalhigh percentage. I did make another phone call to the ER people who are still charging me for my blood clot issue that was/is a Workmans Comp issue. I left a message, then the woman called back to say that it was a mistake that I was billed. Thats what they have said for the last several months and they are still billing me. I gave her all the WC info and filed this bill with all the others. Such a lack of organization!! This has been ongoing for a year and a half.

Brenda, that was quite a walk for you! Im glad you didnt have any repercussions. So happy that you are feeling better.

Maryann, I hope you have a wonderful trip to Hawaii. Only 59% humidity sounds fabulous! Glad you will be able to check in with us.

Marielle, are you the executrix of your sisters estate? I was able to use any money in our joint accounts after Dave died. People told me that they would be frozen but that wasnt the case. I hope it wont be too much for you to have to deal with. Ive never changed a doorknob. You are a Jill of all trades! I change lightbulbs, lol!

Michele, you dont have much to lose and with your very active lifestyle, you are keeping on top of things! Im glad you arent out and about on your bike today.

Glad you had a pedicure, Bonnie. I will get one at the end of the month before a family wedding. I hope your cast gets well and they can get back to working on the play.

I will go spend the night at my daughters tomorrow and NOT babysit, just visit! I was supposed to sit all day tomorrow but they cancelled the plans for a family stay-at-home and rest day. My son in law has been working on the new house after work and on the weekends and is tired. He has Astros tickets for an early morning game on Sunday so my daughter and I will play with the girls and take them to the pool, I think Im looking forward to getting to chat with her and play.usually I babysit and make the long trip home!

Mary

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BONNIE yes---when is your reunion? What color did you choose for your pediccure?

SUNNY your weather is exactly like mine! Have fun with DD& GS!

BRENDA that is wonderful! Keep up the good work! I amnot out of breath when I walk,but I am being more careful this year of NOT walking or bike riding when it's so terrribly hot!

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Sunny, sounds hot. Hope you can enjoy the beach. Are you going to a luau while you are there?

Brenda, I don't blame you for staying inside. I go from my house to the car with a/c. It's cooler in the car than at home sometimes. It is supposed to rain but so far no water coming down:-( emoticon

Bonnie, when is your reunion? You will definitely be stylin' . Hope your actors are too sick. emoticon


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Made it to Maui where it is 92 and 59% humidity. The temps are way above average. Fun being with the DD and GS. We have internet so I should be able to stay in contact

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It has been very hot today so I stayed home with my AC running all day. I did go out for a short walk, down the hill around the block which includes a very steep hill, then to the next block and down the hill and when I came back in I was not gasping for breath. I have made a huge improvement the past week. Am doing well tracking my potassium and sodium so I am very happy. Before I could barely walk across the room with out being out of breath.

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I too am tired.

We had a production meeting t 6pm for our show, and then were to have rehearsal at 7pm. Two of our actors were going to be late, and a 3rd called and said he was sick. We decided to cancel rehearsal as there were not scenes to rehearse with out the 3 who would not be there.

So, home early.

Had my pedicure today, and really like my new color. Will be stylin' at reunion. LOL

Wishing you all a really lovely weekend. God Bless

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Hi all, I am very tired this afternoon. I've done several errands today. Got coffee (we were completely out); installed a new doorknob to my DD's room (it broke--picked up one at Home Depot); went to DS's (sister's) bank and they advised not to close for at least 6 months; then to Kmart for some items.

Michele, the animals are doing pretty well getting along. Kitties are taking a little longer than the dogs to get along.

Mary, I really admire your energy. Wow, wish I had it.

Going to sit and rest for a while. Take care all.

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MARY you are also as busy as a bee!

CINDI I have never experienced losing that much weight yet----I'm still trying to get there for the 1st time! It is good to hear however, that it IS possible!

I have not been pushing myself in this 95 heat & 60 % humidity----I am just getting to up in years for that. I did exercise again at 4:30 am while it iwas still cool.



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Cindi, your story is my story.....'our' stories!' We've all lost at some point and some have been successful at keeping it off! Others of us, myself included, have put it back on and are on our quest for success again! I just retired from 30 years of teaching. I am going to Zumba/circuit classes and water aerobics at least 5 times a week most weeks and am struggling to get my eating under control. I would love to see the weight I've put back on just drop off...and it just doesn't want to! We offer lots of support and tell of our successes and our downfalls. We welcome you to join us on the journey to good health!

Michele, my AC guy came by at 8:00 last night to check on the work his guys did and for me to pay him. It took my last paycheck but at least it's done. I have a 10 yr. warranty on the coils, a 1 yr on labor, and a year of heating and AC check for free so one less thing to worry about. Does that restaurant not have AC? I never pass up a chance to go out! I hope you're okay. Do you have to ride your bike anywhere today?

Bonnie, you are being a busy bee lately! It's good to hear the optimism in your 'voice!' I hope it's a good day for you.

I have water aerobics in a while then the rest of the day I need to grocery shop and do more organizing. Having taken care of as much of my Medicare Mess as I can until the end of September when I have to make an 'official' accounting, I will carefully put all my information back into a large file folder and put that away. It's been spread out all over my kitchen table for 2 weeks---you'd think it was Parent Teacher Conference time or report cards!! Every time I had a question or made a phone call, I would rearrange my piles and take more notes. I'm done as far as I know and need to reclaim my clean kitchen!

Hugs to all,
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BONNIE what a busy day you had! I hopeyour Thursday is a little slower for you!

MARIELLE you could start your own animal farm! Do all of the pets get along?


MARY did the a.c. guy ever get back? How busy you are too!

I had enough with sweating today. I came home from piano/tone chimes just darn tired from all of the heat/sweating. DH called me & asked me to out to his Chinese friend's restaurant for dinner; my oldest son & his wife were going to be going too. I am just tired of sweating today & don't want to leave my ac. room right now, so I said "no". Besides, I am not hungry. No appetite.. So I am here at home relaxig instead!

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WELCOME CINDI

We do the best we can to be here for each other, and as Marielle mentioned, most of us are learning to love ourselves and enjoy every day as best we can.

We will be glad to have you join us.

MARIALLE

I am sure it is difficult for you to go through your sister's things. God Bless dear.

I began to answer you all, and realized that I am just too tired.

Had Gracee and Ellee today, then went straight to rehearsal, did not get home until after nine.

Wishing you all a great evening and a lovely day tomorrow.

God Bless my friends.

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Thanks for the welcome! Yes I have been around Spark since 2007. I lost about 30 pounds back then. Spark is very good. Then I changed careers and now I am in a stressful job that keeps me pretty sedentary for 8 or more hours a day. When I lost my weight I walked several times a day as my schedule allowed. On the positive side of things it took me 8 years to regain all the weight. I know stress is a real factor in my weight not wanting to come off. Also, not being as active throughout the day like I would like to. Another factor is entering menopause in the midst of the last five years. Lots of factors. Right now I am working at getting back to the basics of Spark along with things I've learned over the years.
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I'm back from Zumba and am SO hungry but I'm waiting on the AC guy to come back for payment. Yes, it's working well and hopefully it will ease my bill. Tomorrow is water aerobics and more cleaning and clearing of 'stuff!'

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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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Michele, the dogs are doing fine. We now have 8 animals: i have 3 dogs (with Linda's two) and 2 cats (with Linda's one) - quite a jump in animal care. DD Brandi has 1 dog and 2 cats. Yes I'm sure we will sell her property once it is cleaned out.

Mary, hope the a/c is better now. I'm so glad you decided on the Supplement plan. Relax, I am sure everything will go fine.

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MARY so is your a.c. running better now? I do hope too, that the bill will be less for you! Good for you for getting that Medicare out of the way! emoticon

BRENDA emoticon That is great that you are finally letting someone else do the work! Do what brings you joy, that obviously wasn't it! I hope that J. is also more relieved now, too, that she doesn't have that responsibility!

MARIELLE one step at a time! You will eventually get your sister's house all figured out. Wil you sell it as well? How are the dogs today?

CINDI emoticon

My child lesson went well yesterday, tho. she couldn't concentrate too well b/c of being hot.
I did use the a.c. by my afternoon student.

Today is piano lesson &tone chime practice!

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I'm sure it's still so hard for you to clean out your sister's things, Marielle. Will you be able to sell her house when you are through? I've forgotten the circumstances of where/how she lived. Just do a little at a time and hopefully it won't be too overwhelming. That's how I'm doing with my house. I'm making slow but steady progress.

My AC people have been here since 9:30. One asked for the key to the outdoor unit! I told him that their company installed it 9 years ago, serviced it in late March, and no one has ever asked about a key! So I have no idea about that! So far, it's not very cool but I hope it will be okay.

My Biggest Accomplishment of the Day today has been: TA DA----I called and cancelled the two extra Medicare supplement policies iwth Advice and Life. The most recent paperwork still had my name misspelled and had info that wasn't factual. I supposedly am getting confirmation in the mail from one company and got email confirmation from another so I hope that's all I need to do. I will keep the Aetna Plan F that I originally signed up for and go with Part D from my own State Farm agency. That way I have someone watching out for me where I've known them for 15 years or so. So.....I hope my anxiety level will ease off!

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Welcome Cindi - emoticon I agree with Mary you probably know more than us all since you are a leader. I just keep focusing on loving myself and caring about my body as a "temple" for my consciousness (soul).

Michele, I can't remember the specific book where Thich Knat Hahn talked about gratefulness, but he is a wonderful teacher. Such compassion and knowledge.

Sunny-have a fabulous trip. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Bonnie, so sorry to hear about your mother's cousin's grandson Brian. Addiction is a really tough one to beat.

Brenda, emoticon emoticon emoticon for quitting! They will get along without and who knows, maybe their complaints will be about how hard they have to work to put things together.

Mary, I'm sure that the new coils will help with your bill. Anything that is not working up to par seems to put more electricity.

My DD has a really bad toothache so I am going to take her to the DDS today. It probably is an abscess. I worked at my sister's yesterday - left at 7am got there about 8 and worked til about 12 noon. I cleared out the bathroom and the rest of her clothing in her drawers. Still so much to do!!

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Welcome, Cindi! I know we would all agree with you that it's SO hard to lose! Focus on one area at a time if it seems overwhelming. I see you are the leader of several teams so you are probably as 'well versed' on SP as any of us, but we try to give as much support as we can to each other as we make our way through life.

I do have my AC people coming in a little while and I needed to be up at 7 this morning---that's probably why I hardly slept! I know I fell asleep around 4:30 but woke up at 6:40. I hope I get a nap after the AC people leave. I have Zumba tonight. I will drink my water and have a big salad for lunch. I have a new bag of lettuce and spinach that needs to be worked on!

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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Sunny,

Have a great time in Maui even tho you will be taking care of the GS.

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Hello again
A neighbor friend is having her roof replaced because it leaked during the last rain we had. She has been hanging out at my house while the roofers are banging away. We managed to chat and go shopping. I did manage to get the floors washed. So I have not had much time to be on the computer. Did I tell you I have a computer again? I like the iPad but I do not like to post without a keyboard. It took my DH 3 weeks to get the new computer working with everything he needs. So I finally got his old one. Mine just died.

Bonnie what a nice post about the friendships. I found SparkPeople because I wanted something to help with keeping the weight off. WW just didnt have the support and I didnt like paying for the online part. I read a lot before I started posting and getting to know all of you. I find that just coming and reading and talking about dealing with life is the best way to stay healthy.

Bonnie Sounds like you are going to be busy with the new play.

Michele I agree with everyone you need to make sure you dont get too hot or let your nutrition get away from you. The heat sounds brutal.

Mary Hope your air conditioner is getting fixed. You are really having to dig into a lot of different things by yourself right now. Do go slow and dont fret too much. Glad you are having fun meeting up with people and getting out to exercise. Nice to know that school is going to start without you.

Brenda I agree that people who do a lot just get asked to do a lot more. It is so miserable when you do your best for the good of the group and people complain. I agree that it is better to just leave.

I am leaving for Maui tomorrow to meet up with my DD, GS, SIL and my son-in-laws Mother. It is a family vacation. We are all staying in condos together so I am not sure how quiet and relaxing it will be. Taking the iPad so I can check in but I just hate doing any long postings.

Everyone take care


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I have been frustrated how hard it is to lose weight at this stage of my life. I do have a pretty sedentary and stressful job that probably isn't helping me. Would love to hear what works for others here.
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Yes, Bonnie,

Jeanette and I are very relieved that we quit. She has diabetes and it has really caused her blood sugar to spike and she ended up in the hospital also. She had to go to the ER at midnight the last day of the sale because she couldn't get it to go down. She didn't have to stay there though. Barbara took her and waited for her and brought her back home. I didn't find out about it until the next day.

She was concerned about the few hundred dollars we have in the treasury but I told her to just forget about it, let it go and let them (whoever they may be who take over) have it. It is only money and not worth worrying about. She finally saw my logic. Because if we tried to have a vote there would be all sorts of arguments and I will not go through that again. I would have ended up telling them to take it and shove it where the sun don't shine and walked out.

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MARY

In the past, I have only gambled when on vacation. This casino has been here for quite a few years, but I have never gone.

Now that I am able to get around better, I may go back sometime. It was fun.

BRENDA

I am very relieved that you and your friend are done. I know you will feel better.

MICHELE

Please use the air so you don't get sick.

Hope you had a good day with your lessons.

Bonnie

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Mary,

I sure hope your electric bill will go down with the new coils. Keeping my fingers crossed that it does.

Michele,

At least you will never run out of children to teach so that is job security. Yes, anxiety attacks are very scary. I started having them when my husband had his stroke and I lost my life as I knew it that day.

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Independence Day for Dr. Brenda!!! I'm so proud of you! It's like when Marielle resigned from the water board. You do so much for everyone and they expect it. Now you can just do what you want to do and someone else will either have to step up and take your place or at least think of all you've done in the past. Good for you.

Michele, I hope the teaching will be okay for you today. I have the AC guys coming tomorrow. Thank goodness, my AC has been running ever since they told me I needed the new coils. But it's not running efficiently. I hope the new coils will give me a break on my electric bill.

Mary
Houston, TX.


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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DR BRENDA ( I like that one! ) emoticon
I thnk my dizziness was due to the heat---I feel like 30, but my body keeps tellling me that I am 54! I had only 1 panic/anxiety attack in my life a couple of years ago; I was in the mall near Christmas time & suddenly I got dizzy, my heart was pounding & I was pushing people out of the way to get out of the mall I could barely breathe! I haven't felt like that since.

MARY did your "coil guy" get there? You must have your ac. You will get sick withoutit!

I am getting ready to teach my child student her English.

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Today Jeanette and I turned our keys to the kitchen and she gave back the bus key, went to the bank and took her name off the account.and we resigned from doing things here. We talked to the manager after we turned in keys and told her we are not mad or anything, just tired of doing everything and others complaining all the time and not helping us. Now we shall see what happens.

I feel a big weight off my back. Now I have six chicken legs in the oven.

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What a fun lunch you had, Bonnie! The only time I've gambled has been on cruise ships and once in Vegas. I would go to the quarter slots with a roll of quarters and play on that as long as possible. If I won, I usually cashed out, lol, went and found my husband to 'crow' over my winnings, watch him for a while, then go play again. I was a cheap date, lol!! So glad you were a WINNER!

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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Thanks for all of your good thoughts. From what I understand,Brian was quite young when his battle with heroin began. He has fought it for years. I am praying for peace for him and all of the family.

MICHELE

Hope you are better today. BRENDA Glad you are feeling better.

MARY

Hope you had a fun day.

I met my friends from work today at the "Hollywood Casino" here in Toledo. I have never been before. I am kind of cheap and don't gamble much, I do enjoy it, but get mad if I lose $20.

After lunch, I sat with my friend, she is a VIP, so we all got to sit in the VIP section of the restaurant.

She made sure I knew what I was doing, and I promptly lost $13. Well, I will usually lose $20 to $30, so I went to the ATM and got some money. It cost me $5 to get my own money, and I would never have done that anywhere else, but I did.

She went her way, and I went mine. Found a machine that I thought would be fun. As I sat down, some lady had a voucher for !8 cents, for luck, she said.

I put the voucher in and a $20 bill, and had a ball.

I kept winning free games, and small amounts that kept me playing pretty much of their dime for the most part.

Then, I won $37.50! I was so excited. Again I won $15. Now, I was play about 5 cents to a quarter at a time, so that goes a long way, I won at least 80 free games.

I was well over 60 dollars. Yay me.

I told myself I would play until I had only $50. Well, I then went to $45, and kept winning to put me back over the 50 dollar mark.

It was much fun. Finally, after a couple of hours, I cashed out with $45. I had spent, $33.18, plus the $5 I paid to get my money at the ATM, so I actually came home with enough money that it had paid for almost half of my luncheon!

That was fun.

I probably won't go again for awhile, but when I do, I am going back to that machine. Didn't make a fortune, but it is fun to hear the ding, ding the machine makes!

LOL

Have rehearsal in 45 minutes, so must get moving.

Wishing that you all have a good day, and feel really well.

Bonnie

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Thanks for the list, Brenda! We all had salads: three of us had the black bean orzo pasta salad with chicken and one had chicken salad. I bought V8 just the other day...love it and hadn't had it in a while!

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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Great idea, Mary. The hospital sent me home a list of potassium foods to buy

Bananas, Oranges and orange juice, Tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato juice, Green leafy veggies, including spinach, salad greens, collards, and chard

Melons (all kinds), Peas, Beans Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes

Avacados, including guacamole, Vegetable Juices, such as V8, Fruit juices, All nuts and seeds

I always thought that an apple a day keeps the doctor away but I guess it is only for the fiber. But I will continue to eat my apples along with the rest. Now, mind you, you don't eat all that food above in one day. emoticon It is all a balancing act. Using the Nutrition tracker helps me keep track and make sure I am getting enough of what I need.

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