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DORIS thank you for clearing up your trip schedule with me! I am such a forgetful bubblehead sometimes!

BRENDA I would be like you, too, helping rather than cooking. Your contribution is so important!

BONNIE I do look rather dazed at 7 a.m, believe it or not!

We will have rain for our 4th celebration,so there will be no bbq. emoticon Not sure what we are going to do.....

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BETTY

WIshing you a very wonderful Anniversary. How lovely of your hubs to buy your beautiful flowers.

MICHELE

That is a very early appointment. I would be standing around looking all dazed at that hour. LOL

BRENDA

What a lovely unexpected gift your outing was. I am glad for you.

You deserved someone to only ask for a hug. Good for you.

Enjoy your party.

DORIS:

Have a lovely trip to Co. Sounds wonderful.

Well, the cookies are all baked. Have frosted some of them, will finish that in the morning.

then I am all ready for my party on Sunday.

Have a lovely day tomorrow my friends.

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Brenda, that was a nice outing for you. I'm glad we haven't made it to 100 yet. We usually do by now, but the rain earlier has cooled us down from out usual temps. We're in the lower 90's.

Michele, you asked when we leave for CO. It's not until the 14th of this month. I have already started putting clothes, etc. in the travel trailer. Groceries have to wait until the last few days because of the heat. I don't like to have canned goods get that warm when they don't have to. I still have some cabinets to unload from the bathrooms in the house so the re-finisher can work while we're gone. Probably do that Monday. Hope the rain doesn't dampen your celebration of the 4th.

Happy 4th to all! emoticon

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Well, I got my car serviced and all the belts, hoses and fluids checked and some topped off and do you know what Kevin charged me? A hug. emoticon He said the car is in top shape and I told him I am on top of it and check everything thoroughly once a year. He loves my 22 year old Jeep. The body looks almost new.

Before I dropped my car off this morning I took John to Napavine to his Kingdom Hall and got lost, sort of, on the way home because you know what an airhead I am at times. Well, I turned out of the driveway to the main street and wasn't sure if I should turn left yet or go straight so I opted to turn left. Well, I'm driving and driving through the country on a two lane road and thinking, this is not what I saw on the way up. Winding roads and then I started climbing and got to the top of the hill and it took a sharp left curve and I was going back down into the valley, then up another hill and finally saw a gas station. Well, I was going to stop and ask where I was but then recognized where I was and went to the main Highway, took a right and came home. It was a very pretty drive. I had often wondered where that road went so now I know.

When I got home Janie had made egg salad sandwiches and applesauce cookies for everyone so I got lunch. Then I cleaned out my pantry and gave Janie all my chocolate chips, cake mixes, oil, Stevia for baking and a cupcake pan that will hold 12 cupcakes. She is going to do all the baking for our garage sale and donate the proceeds to our fund. She does that every year so we all give her ingredients.

Michele,

I have done the shopping for the hamburgers and buns and will supply the condiments and salad dressings and a case of bottles of water, plus I will be setting it up so that is my donation. I will have help with the tables. David will man the BBQ grill. I love setting things up, that is my forte'.

Janise asked me if it would be all right for people to bring their leftovers for potluck Sunday and I told her absolutely. It is a potluck. Janise has brain damage from birth but she is able to help us by setting the salt and pepper shakers and napkins on the tables and puts out the hot pads and serving spoons on the serving table. She will also unload the dishwasher. She knows how to turn on the microwave but we have to remind her that she needs to heat things up a little longer until they get warm.

Everyone have a great 4th and stay safe. It is about a 100F out there today so I am staying inside.

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To you, too, Mary Ann.

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Everyone have a great safe fun 4th

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BETTY emoticon a little eary!

I just hear that cacao prices are going up due to embola & other unrest in Africa. I am not a cholcolate eater, so it doesn't bother me, but for a lot of others!

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DORIS I don't remember---when is your trip to CO? Hope you had a nice day!

BRENDA yes, it is so nice of you to lend your jeep to J! What are you bringing/ making for the bbq? We were planningon bbq-ing here, (and yes, we as a family do celebrate) but we've had 2 straight weeks'worth of rain, & it is going to continue to rain tomorrow, so I'm not sure what we're gong to do. Everyone is working anyhow, as it is not a holidayhere.

MARIELLE did the deck guy come? GOod news about your dogs! How often is the traininer going to come?

MARY hope you had a good Friday.

Off to work for me---I start at 7 a.m teaching a business man!

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Just dropping in to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July. Predicting rain showers here. We are hoping it won't interfere with the fireworks. Going to Daughter's as from her deck the town puts a show of fireworks near the water. We will only be a few hundred feet from the display, so pray no rain.

Monday my DH & I will be married 24 years. How time flies. Thursday he brought me a bouquet of roses for the good times. He's so sweet. I put pictures in my gallery-also some of our deck flowers.
Ok, will not be emoticon here few few days. Haven't read any post here yet. Summer is so busy. Just baked a chocolate cake for the party. I will eat a piece, as haven't had a piece of chocolate cake in years! emoticon

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DORIS

Yes, the cookies are very good, and very much in demand. They are labor intensive, so to prevent my back from hurting too much, I do them in stages. Guess I better get up and begin stage one in a little bit. I have a commercial size Kitchenaid, or I would be unable to make them at all. It is a great help.

Step one, mix the dough and put it in the refrigerator.

Doing laundry now as well.

My house is a terrible mess. Stuff laying around everywhere. My time of having friends and family from out of town last week and the week before was wonderful, but my schedule was crazy for too long, and then with the sleeping issues, I am very lazy.

That's ok, I am the only one who lives here, and I am ok with it. LOL.

If I can't get going on it by next week, I will call my friend Joyce, and she will come over and help me out. She doesn't charge me very much, and when I am like this, it is worth it.

Normally I have been trying to do one room at a time, but it has gotten ahead of me!

Had a nice visit with Amy this morning, and stopped at the Hallmark store to get a couple of cards for my mom and dad's friend who will be 90 years old on July 8th.

Her children are friends of mine as well.

Wishing you all a happy weekend. God Bless



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Marielle, your day sounds quite busy. Hope everyone shows up as planned. You are doing several projects to make the house your own. I'm sure you will enjoy all these additions.

Brenda, it's good you planned ahead. Nice of you to allow your Jeep to make this trip. Your BBQ sounds like a fun time. Probably all we will do is go watch fireworks--maybe go out to eat before that. I'm needing to spend time getting my stuff rounded up for the CO trip. It takes several days to do that.

Bonnie, I bet those cookies are great! I love just about any kind of cookie. Have fun at the party.

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Good morning all,

This will be a busy morning: I have a "deck guy" coming between 9-10 to look at and bid on doing the ramp and deck on north side of house for DD's (Cindy) outside area; between 10:30 and 12:30 the furniture folks are coming to replace a broken slat and reinforce the bunk bed that I got for the boys (2 GS's) room and at 11 I have a contractor coming to bid on the wall and door needed for other DD (Brandi). Then I can "rest".

Take care all

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Good morning girls.

We are having a lovely day, and are expecting a very nice weekend. Good, because I have another 40th birthday party at the park on Sunday. Have to make my cookies again

Will work on them today and tomorrow.

Am meeting Amy for lunch in just a bit, so this will be short. Just wanted to check in and say good morning and have a great day to all of you.

God Bless.

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Marielle,

That is good news about your dogs. At least you are able to give the dogs the attention they need.

It is going to be much hotter today and hotter for the 4th. I got all the grocery shopping done on Wednesday for the BBQ tomorrow. We will have tons of food. People have been signing up so we know how many and what they are bringing.

I have to take my car down the hill to the mechanic this morning and he will check all my belts and hoses and fluids. It is only two blocks away. Jeanette is going to borrow my car Tuesday to go to Portland to pick up her son at the airport. Her car is too small for his luggage and doesn't have AC. My Jeep needs to go on a long drive with me only driving around town. I don't go on the freeway anymore because the idiots on the road bother me too much. Jeanette is a retired truck driver and she drives our bus for our trips.

Yes, Mary, you are so lucky to have the girls to play with to give your daughter a break. Have a great weekend. You deserve it.

Michele,

Do you celebrate the 4th there? In any case, have a good weekend. I hope your FIL's move will go smoothly and that you can find a place for him instead of bringing him to your house.

Sunny,

I don't blame you for staying off the roads this weekend. It is going to be crazy on our roads too. I did all my shopping Wednesday so I am also staying home. My friend Sam left to go to her daughter's house in Gig Harbor yesterday afternoon. Traffic here today will be very heavy between 10 and 3 because many have the day off so will leave town for the 4th. I might go to Safeway later and check out the Friday specials but will walk. It is only 9 blocks. I really hate crowds.

Bonnie,

I hope you slept well last night. I did, like a rock, until 5 and then finally got up just before 6. I left all my windows open wide all night. I can do that living on the 3rd floor. There is a nice breeze from the hill and trees behind our building. It is 78 in here. The sun will pop over the hill in the next hour and I will have to close my blinds until it goes to the other side of our building. The front apartments bake in the afternoon. I am so glad I didn't move to that front apartment even tho there is a beautiful view of the city and great for seeing the fireworks on the 4th. A few of us go out and sit in our parking lot and can see and hear pretty much everything.

Have a good and safe weekend everyone.

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Mary, the twins seem to keep you busy. Sounds like they're lots of fun at this age.

Mary Ann, you are such a sweet grandmother to stay for your daughter and SIL to vacation by themselves. You should be in great shape after chasing a little one for 2 weeks! I remember 2 days did me in!! I'm really glad I'm not doing it now, but you're younger than I am. emoticon

Have a great 4th and be safe! emoticon

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Mary, you are such a great grandmother. It is so sweet to see how much you enjoy the girls.

Sunny, you are wise not to go out tomorrow--it will be a madhouse.

Michele I hope you found what you were looking for at the 100 yen shop. The dog training went well. She gave us some tasks to do with the dogs and thought they were lovely creatures and much better than she expected.

Bonnie so glad you slept well and the medicine helped.

Brenda, I am sad to hear your friend passed away, but if she wanted to go at home. I am glad that she was able to do it how she wanted.

Doris, hope things are well and not too busy for you.

Have a good evening everyone! Sleep well.

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Just a quick check in, then I'm off to bed. The girls and I have had so much fun but I am worn out! I didn't eat my supper until 8:45 after I got them to bed. They are great about bedtime and naps, thank goodness, and nothing is sweeter than hearing " night night, Mimi...love you',

I will be here until latr Saturday and am not very good with typing on the iPad...but I read all of your messages and wish you all a great weekend!

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Marielle you have a lot of issues to deal with. Nothing is ever easy or fast when it comes to houses.

Brenda so sorry about your friend. We have people who start fires here also. It is so dangerous for everyone and it is really sad when people lose everything.

Mary sounds like your family is keeping you busy. Finding "special" mementoes and papers slowed the clearing out process for my DH. There is a lot of emotional clearing out that goes along with the process. Every year there would be fewer boxes, books and piles of papers. But it took 5 years. Give yourself time. Get lots of empty boxes.

Michele this has been a difficult year for you and your family. Warm thoughts to you as take care of your FIL

Tomorrow is Friday and I am staying home, away from the really ugly traffic.

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MARIELLE so how did the 1st day of dog training go? I am curious to hear all about it!

DORIS how was your day today? Are you putting things back in place now?

MARY yes--( or should I say "no") you don't have to go back. And it is great that you are getting all of the stuff organized. Keep going & by next year at this time you'll be simply amazed at yourself!

BRENDA what did you do today?

I am going to go to the 100yen shop (like the dollar store) to find a backing for my recital piece---I have a rectial on dad's 85th b-day on the 22nd of this month & I am not playing by heart as I usualy have done in past years b/c I started this japanese song much too late. So I want the piece to look"pretty" as professional pics will be taken while I am playing! And of course!!! it is raining here! But if I don't go today, I won't have another day free to do this!

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MARIELLE

Hope the dog training went well. So glad you slept last night, and had a walk this morning.

Good luck with all of your projects, especially the dogs.

BRENDA

So sorry for the loss of your friend.

MICHELE

Sending prayers your way for guidance and comfort.

MARY

You sound so well! Enjoy every day. It does take a while to realize you don't have to go back! It is great though.


DORIS

Hope all is well with you.

I slept very well last night. Even took a 2 hour nap this afternoon. I am going take the exact same meds tonight, and if I am still sleepy tomorrow, I may cut one down a bit. It is the new one.

It was great to sleep well last night. Fingers crossed.

Have a great holiday weekend all.

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Michele,How is DH taking everything with his dad. Do they have hospice services in Japan? It is such a difficult thing when end of life begins happening with our loved ones. I will pray that your family can help ease things for FIL.

Today is the day with the dog trainer. We'll see how it goes. Everyone is ruminating over what will happen. I am just trying to stay in the moment and let things unfold as they will. I called another heating and cooling company for an estimate and am also waiting on a screen company and a "deck" builder to get back with me with estimates. I am starting to lose track - It is still very hot, but was able to take dogs for a walk in the woods this morning. I slept well last night & got 8 hours sleep.

Take care everyone. I will try to write more later.

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Good morning! I slept well and late for me, played on the computer, then started 'doing' again. I will go to Cherilyn's after lunch and babysit tonight and tomorrow. Cherilyn and I will go play around tomorrow afternoon and Steven's parents are having a party on the 4th. Lots of fun things planned for me. i can't believe I've been out of school for almost 5 weeks now. Usually by now I'm starting to panic because 'school will be starting for me in 3 weeks!!' Not this time, and I'm so happy not to have that cloud over my head. I actually enjoyed the process of getting the room ready but seriously resented the frantic 'get everything done in June and early July' attitude that most teachers have. Another retired neighbor said the same thing. She is so relaxed and so happy!

MaryAnn, thank you for giving me 5 years to get my school stuff organized, lol!! In actuality, I have really made progress once I MADE myself get going. I spent most of yesterday and the day before cleaning out an upstairs closet so I had room to put my things on shelves. Having what I figure is severe adult ADHD, I got sidetracked at looking/finding family treasures! I decided to get ruthless and toss a lot of papers.and found a WW II obituary for my mothers 18 year old brother who was a gunner in the war. So I backed away from my plan and started being careful. I am putting like things together and will take a large plastic container out to the garage next week. It will have a lot of organized games and activities. The girls can use them when they are older OR I will give them away. Im not there yet!! I hope you have a good trip back with the grandson. You are such a wonderful grandmother. I hope your daughter appreciates how much you do for her. Mine does, thank goodness! I bought a very inexpensive Asus computer last August and after some initial issues, Ive been happy with it. I dont do anything much more than web searching and typing! I hope you can find one you like. And yes, having people over but having them bring something is a great way to entertain. Have fun.

Marielle, getting the plumbing issues under control is great. I hope the house will be exactly what youve hoped for.

Bonnie, I hope you will have a better night. I alternate between good nights and not. I am often tired during the day. Im thrilled that the dogs havent barked early the last couple of days.that just about sends me over the edge! Now 4 neighbors have barking dogs. I may have to move sooner than later!!

Brenda, I thought about you and no/low AC the last couple of days! Ive had mine set on 75 since my tune up in late March. Because they told me I have a leak, I know I need to address that but its half my paycheck and I only have 1 left!! I upped the thermostat to 76 and it barely comes on now! I was so hot yesterday and I usually am too cold! I guess it depends on how bad it is outslde. They have said the feels like factor is well over 100 here. Im sorry about your friends passing. The mother of one of my administrators at the old school passed away 2 days ago and the funeral will be on Monday. I hope your BBQ will be fun for you. YES, those people setting the fires are idiots. Maybe they should suffer the fate of the man Michele had to deal with.

Michele, one of the hardest decisions we ever have to make is end care for our loved ones. It was absolutely necessary to put my daddy where he couldnt harm himself or my mother but seeing how quickly he went downhill with Alzheimers was so sad. Trying to make a sudden decision on Daves care those last 24 hours was terrible, but again, you have to do something. Do you have any kind of hospice advocates who could help you walk through it? I hope so!

Okay, I absolutely have to get going here. Just hope all of you have a great weekend. I will check in on Sunday!

Mary


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Michele, I'm sorry your decision is so tough here on the heels of your own father's death. I will pray for guidance for you to know what is best for all of you.

Bonnie, I hope you got a good night's sleep last night. After 2 short nights, you really needed it.



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BONNIE glad you had a good, private time with G! And isn't funny how they remind us thatwe snore! emoticon

BRENDA I too can not believe that anyone would consider setting fires a good thing! I am so sorry for your loss! I am having such a hard time with FIL, deciding the place where he is going to die---that it makes me so sad. And this after just having lost my dad in Feb. I will pray for all of you!



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Oh BRENDA I too cannot believe how anyone could possibly find setting fires a good thing to do.

Prayers that they can be stopped and that the officials can keep all of the fires under control

I am very tired tonight. I finally was able to sleep about 3:30am. I am hoping that the Dr and I have figured out the best meds for me to sleep. Since I had not slept at all the night before, I was very tired with only about 4 hours last night.

The girls and I had a very quiet day. Mom came and picked up Ellee to take her to her house to make a purse. Each summer, she takes each of the four kids, even Max and does a sewing project with them that they can keep. They all love to work with Gramma

So, Gracee and I were alone. We were both reading our books, and I kept falling asleep. I would wake up and she would say, You were snoring again. That is what happens when I sleep without my cpap, and I then wake myself up.

Hoping ot have a great sleep tonight. Wish me luck

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Sunny,

I hope you get your laptop sorted out so the battery will work as it should. I never take my laptop anywhere and it is always plugged in. Nothing worse than electronics that don't work right.

I have been busy all day, sorting through old cards, pictures and letters and cards plus I went shopping for the meat, buns and other stuff for our BBQ Saturday. Then when I was barely home, Elinor came in to tell me that our mutual friend at our other place died Sunday afternoon at home. She had been in the hospital or assisted living and wanted to go home to die so they moved her. She was somewhere around 90. Funny (odd) thing is I was thinking about her yesterday afternoon. She thought she was dying when I moved out and came here four years ago.. She married a Currier, you know, Currier and Ives', the painters/artists? Well she was very good in her own right and was a very sweet lady and I have missed her since I left there. Elinor stayed to visit for over two hours and I was not too happy about that because I had not had lunch yet. That woman can talk up a storm and never run out of things to talk about. She is 88 this month.

It is around 92 outside. I came home and turned on my AC and it is nice in here now. It was very hot in the car even with my AC.

Michele,

There haven't been any new fires in eastern WA but they will probably flare up. Yesterday two 50 something year old men were setting fires with flares along the side of the freeway yesterday. The police are looking for them. They know what kind of car and are looking for more witnesses. They would drive a ways and then stop, set the grass on fire and go to the next place. People are idiots.

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My laptop computer is trying to die. I had it fixed last year but same battery problem is back. So I have to get a new one. Although the DH will get a new one and I will get his current one. He does a lot of art and photos so he could use a faster computer. I use an iPad but I like a real keyboard for typing long messages and sending out emails to new team members.

Life here is really quiet I am cleaning house (does that ever end) and having some friends in for dinner tonight. We are doing BBQ chicken and strawberry sundaes, they are bringing the sides. Makes it much nicer for all of us.



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MARIELLE yes! that is wonderful!

BRENDA is there any latest news about the fires? Yes, how heartbreaking it is.
the man who set himself on fire on the shinkansen was a 71 year old man, recently laid off from his job. It is an awful mess!

BONNIE how was your day with G&E? It sounds like your play is moving along reallywell.

Today, thursday is my piano lesson /tone chime practice day.

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MARIELLE

Glad things are moving along for you. One day at a time seems to be working out for you.

BRENDA

That is just heartbreaking about those fires. How traumatic

MICHELE

I am so glad that you were not in a position to see what happened, that had to be terrible.

I can't imagine the pain that a person feels to kill himself, but to burn yourself has to be the worst pain of all.

Had a Dr's appt this morning. He changed some meds around to see if I can sleep better. It will take a bit of time to know, but fingers crossed.

Did not sleep at all last night.

Read two and reviewed two plays this afternoon for the play reading committee meeting this evening. We had a good discussion, and then some just fun hanging out.

Going to bed in a bit, have Gracee and Ellee tomorrow.

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Marielle the dust storms in Phoenix on Sat and Sun were not too bad but we did have to rescue the patio furniture.

Michele glad you were not in the train and I also hope there is a good plan for the FIL.

Mary it took my DH 5years to organize and discard his teaching stuff so think of it as a long project.

I cannot believe that we are getting ready for July 4th. It seems like the summer is going yo be over before it begins. I had a great time with the GS and DD. I will go back in two weeks to do a two week stay while the DD and her husband go on vacation.

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So much has happened since I last logged on.

I am so sorry to hear about the fire in WA that destroyed so many homes but blessings that no one died in the fires. I don't read the paper much so I don't see these things a lot.

Also sorry about the man who committed suicide by self immolation. How horrible. Fire is a terrible way to go.

How bad I am about the news that I didn't see the Phoenix dust storm either. Yesterday we had our own little storm--the wind blew things over, we had hail and pouring rain, the electricity went out for about 2-2 1/2 hours. Dogs were barking like crazy at the lightening and thunder.

Michele, I hope things went well with the meeting about your FIL. Sorry you weren't able to make it to the meeting because of the tragedy of the suicide.

I got most of the plumbing issues taken care of yesterday, plumber was here all day.

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Michele,

I forgot to tell you that all those homes that burned are down to ashes. The only thing they may be able to find is jewelry. Cars, tools, and everything is just gone. They have the clothes on their backs and the vehicles they were able to drive away. I think they all got their pets out.

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Michele,

I am sure it took the authorities quite a while to investigate the suicide and clean up the gas and fire damage before the train could continue it's rounds.

Yes, Mary. I also don't understand suicide, much less burning yourself to death. I can't think of a more horrible way to die.

It is another hot day but I am staying cool inside. I did go to the Dollar Store and Michael's craft store with Jeanette looking for bags to put little loaves of bread in that we will bake for our garage sale. We tried to go to the Party Store but when we got there they had moved out. Found the bags at Michael's. Jeanette doesn't have AC in her little car but it wasn't too bad with the windows open.

Have a good rest of the day everyone.

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Michele, how did the meeting go for Tad and your son with regard to your FIL? I hope a decision was made that will be good for all. I'm so glad you weren't on the train when this happened.

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I didn't see this on the news, but it certainly sounds like why the train line was closed. What a terrible thing. I have no frame of reference for people who do those sorts of things. And how awful for the bystander to lose her life because of this man. I'm so glad you weren't able to go there after all, Michele.

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MARY you will get your mess sorted out we can not live on "if only I had......" S phrases. We must move forward in the best way we can!

BRENDA that is so awful about the fires! I hope most people are able to salvage their precious things!

And yes, yesterday (Tues ) a man did douse himself with gasoline & set himself on fire He commmted suicide. One other woman who inhaled carbon dioxide smoke also died. The shinkansens (the fastest trains in Japan, they may be even the fastest trains in the world) were stopped at 11:30 until after 3-4 pm. I had gone to the station at 1:30 pm & I wonder if that was the reason I couldn't get on the train? Hmmm?

Today, We are getting a weeks' worth of straight rain. It seems tho, after this our rainy season will mostly be over. I can't wait for next Tuesday, when the sun will FIN\ALLY come out!

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Mary,
I just heard on the noon news that a man in Japan doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire on the Bullet Train so that;s probably why Michele couldn't get on the train. Of course, he died..

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Good morning, friends. I slept very well and just got back from a 90 minute water aerobics class. After I have lunch I will do a couple of errands, then come back to work on my mess! Yes, I know I will get it done. If I hadn't procrastinated for the first 3 weeks of my retirement I wouldn't be far behind now. Oh, well, I have plenty of time!

Brenda, I saw the tail end of the fire story on the news. That's such a shame. i'm glad it's nowhere near you but hate the thought of the fireworks being a potential source of worry about setting them off. People do that here too, even though it's against the law.

Michele, I hope Tad and your son will be able to sort things out for your FIL's next plan. Did you find out what happened at the station? I hope whatever is going on won't impede you the rest of the day. Read and relax at home!

It looked like it was going to rain today but so far it's sunny and HOT!

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Michele,

How scary for you with all the tape and police and firetrucks at the train. Did you find out what it was all about?

What was decided about your FIL? Too bad you didn't get to go to the meeting but the men can take care of it. You have enough to do.

No, no one has been killed in the wild fires in Eastern WA. Right now they are trying to save another 100 homes. Just look around your house at all your stuff, then to come home and find nothing left but a pile of rubble. What is spreading the fire is the wind blowing burning embers all over the place.

Stay safe.

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MARY I do agree with Brenda----eventually you will make the progress that you are trying to accomplish.

BRENDA you may be a worrier, but you are also cautious, which is a good thing. YOu are loyal, loving & so kind to others. Those qualities are gifts that not too many people have, & those gifts far outweigh any worrysome part of your personality!

How awful for the people who lost everything in that fire. I bet if I check the news, it will be on the news here, too. At least people did not lose their lives, did they?

I was planning on going to the dr/family conference in Tokyo for FIL, however, I couldn't get on the train! All of the streets were yellow-taped off, with many fire engies, police & firefighters in what looked like bomb-gear. I have NO IDEA of what was going on. So DH is going with my oldest son, Ben to the conference. They both work together as plumbers but one of them was going to stay and work. Now I can't help emoticon . Hmm......

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24 homes were burned to the ground in Eastern WA today. Took the whole neighborhood. People only had minutes to get out. Also some businesses are gone.No one was killed or injured. It is so sad for the people. One lady was gone to the ocean and came back to nothing. This was called Sleepy Hollow development in Wenachee. I'm sure it is all over the national news tonight.

We have wild fires on our side of the state in the Olympic Peninsula Forest. That is no where near us. We have plenty of trees here and I worry about the idiots behind us living up the hill shooting off fireworks everyday now.

I went down to the drug store to pick up my prescription and was backing out of the parking space and BOOM someone shot off fireworks across the street. The police station is right down the street but they don't care I guess. I don't know the rules here. Some towns have only designated places to shoot them off but that doesn't stop some from letting them off anyway.

Mary, you will eventually make progress and get all your sorting and tossing finished. I have my bedroom all piled up now with stuff to take downstairs to sell this coming weekend.

Bonnie,

Take as much rest time as you need. It is good for the body.

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It was really hot here again today but I was inside all day. I did more cleaning and clearing but me being me, I made more messes as I went along, lol! I never seem to complete one project before starting something else and end up with a big mess overall. I did clean out my computer area, got rid of old pens that didn't work, set up my own school containers on 'Dave's desk' for me and felt a good sense of accomplishment. I am making progress. I went to the Zumba circuit class, too and was happy about that.

I hope the high temps won't pose a problem for anyone. My electric bill keeps going up. I have balanced billing but I thnk with the AC not working properly it is causing issues. I will have to address that next month.

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After having so much going on for the last couple of weeks, I am enjoying a quiet day today.

It is dreary and a bit chilly, but not much of the rain they said was coming. The longer it stays away, the better chance there is for less flooding if the water already here gets a chance to dair a bit.

Have a lovely week my friends. Sunny, Welcome home.

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It is really hot outside. I just went to the tire shop a few blocks up the street and had them check my tires to see if I need to replace them. The guy said they are fine, just a little bit of crackling on the edges because it sits outside all the time. We bought them in '06 and I was worried that the rubber might be wearing thin but he assured me they are fine. Then I went to my mechanic at the bottom of the hill and made an appointment for him to check all my fluid levels and belts so I don't have to worry about them.

You know I am a worrier at heart, Michele.

It must be about 90 out there. I just came in and turned on my AC. It is about 82 in here.

You and DH have a hard decision to make next month. I don't envy you in the least.

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BRENDA that is too bad that Elinor has such an attitude I keep saying for myself, that as long as I am living, I want to be independant & healthy! I wish we had your weather---we also get the same temps here, but the humidity is the killer! IT starts up in early June, & continues until about the end of Oct. It just zaps my energy so much. We have to put salt in our water in order to balance the chemicals in our bodies...

MARY that is expensive for a a new a.c. part! I hope your a.c. continues to hold out for you!

SUNNY please take care as you go home.

Today, Tuesday, is anotherpool day for me. It is cloudy & dreary, & tomorrow our rainy season rain comes back! I also have a dr/family conference this afternoon for FIL, By the end of next month, we are going to have to decide where to place him. DH & I are going to make the finaly decision.

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Mary,

You have a different heat than we do. With all the hills and trees, we get a lot of breezes from the mountains. plus we don't have the high humidity. 80 inside for me is just right but Elinor comes in and says it is hot. But she wears too many clothes. Always a blouse and a sweater or over blouse to hide her weight she has gained. Well, I didn't tell her it is not working. emoticon She has gained about 30 pounds in the year+ that she has been here. It is all the goodies that are constantly downstairs on the table. I seldom eat them but she tries them all. The other day we had some donuts and she got one and said, "I don't need this but I am 88 now and I can eat what I want". Bad attitude for sure.

It is just after 6 am and 80 in here with my windows wide open and I feel a little chilly with the cool night/early morning air coming in. But it feels good.

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Michele,

I take a melatonin tablet just before bedtime and that helps most of the time. That is a sleep hormone. Glad to hear that bananas and warm milk works for you.

It looks like another cloudy day but now they say the temps will heat back up the rest of the week. I'm not going to worry about it. I am prepared to cook or not to cook. Plenty of food here for either meal.

This afternoon is our monthly council meeting and birthday party. Not many attend anymore. Our garage sale is next Friday and Saturday so I have been digging stuff out to sell. The hard part is pricing things. The formula is if you know how much you paid for it, then mark it down to 25% of that price.

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Good morning! MaryAnn, I just saw the Phoenix dust storm on tv! Did you have any repercussions from that? I have another Spark Friend in Prescott (besides Marielle!) and she said she lost internet all day from the dust. I hope nothing bad happened. Safe travel back home.

Michele, so glad you were able to get to the pool and get the students' lessons out of the way. Enjoy your day. I did need the nap!

Bonnie, what a big mess for all your relatives with the water in the basement! We don't have them here so it's not an issue but water certainly gets into houses during bad flooding. I'm sorry you have had water in your house, too. Are your floors tile? During Hurricane Ike water blew in under one of the doors from the back patio even though there is a storm door. It raised the laminate floor a bit but we put fans on it right away and you can barely tell. It was very worrisome, though. I hope all will be well.

Brenda, 80 seems awfully hot to me! I need to have my AC worked on but keep putting it off. I was told in late March that I need a new coil for over $2300!! It keeps working though and I keep putting off having someone come. I am never too hot or tired to eat, lol. You are so good with planning ahead. I need to do a crock pot meal sometime this week.



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Heading home tomorrow and will get caught up. Phoenix has been HOT and we have been busy. Hope everyone is well

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BONNIE I am so relieved for you! I hope the heavens do hold onto the water!
We are also having excessive amts. of rain here this rainy season!

BRENDA that was a good choice that you made. I have read that drinking a small amt. of warm milk with a few banana slices RIGHT before you go to bed helps to bring out the sleep hormone. Well, I have tried it for the last 2 nights ----and it has worked for me!

MARY your body needed the nap. GOod that you got it. Glad your mom called you.

I did get to the pool. I taught my students this a.m & now I have children students all afternoon

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Fortunately, the water level wasn't high enough to sweep me away, but I was worried about my engine getting wet. There are some places where the water does get that high, mostly when there is an underpass, and the water can get really deep.

Mom and Dad, Angie and Ronnie, and Christy and Grisson all had very bad flooding in their basements. Angie and Ronnie have spent a lot of money refinishing their basement. Because of that, they have flood insurance. The kids all went to mom and dad's and helped to clean up and get things out and thrown away. Bless them, they did than in addition to their own.

Scott called me last night to make sure that I did not need help. Fortunately, my old house is high, and the only time I have had any flooding is when my tree roots get into the sewer line at the street. Fortunately I just had that cleaned out.

I do have a place in the middle of the floor where the water comes through the floor when the ground gets so saturated. This is only the second time that has happened. About a five foot round area with not even an inch of water. I could just mop it up, and turn the air conditioning on low. It was gone quickly.

Many others in this area and at the lake had a terrible time.

We are supposed to get rain again tonight and tomorrow. Prayers that the heavens just hold onto their water.

We were able to cast the play today. There a a couple of questions as to who will do what part, but we did well.

Went to Ben's 40th birthday party after and had a really nice time. He was thrilled with the cookies. There weren't too many people there because many of our friends were in Chicago for the Pride parade, and some others were on vacation.

I had him put some of the cookies in the freezer so they could have some later.

Very tired, but nothing planned for tomorrow. Whew.

Have a good week all. I am quite tired now

Bonnie

Toledo, Ohio, USA TIMEZONE 0. we do go on daylight savings time in the summer.

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"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

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

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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6/28/15 8:29 P

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It has stayed cloudy all day long and it is much cooler than yesterday. So much for the hype about extreme heat today. It has stayed 80 in my apartment all day long. I guess there is some thunder and lightning but I haven't seen or heard any.

Watching movies all day long and opted not to go to the potluck because I didn't sleep good last night and then it was after 9 when I finally woke up. No initiative to figure out about what to take for potluck. I just made myself some egg salad and had that for lunch.

Brenda

Chehalis, WA


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6/28/15 8:16 P

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Marielle, I have found myself to be much more productive in smaller increments! I set the timer on the oven for an hour and know that when it goes off I can stop or reset it. I have made a lot of headway because of that and enjoy the rest periods in between. If you don't want a salad, how about a breakfast supper? That's filling, easy to fix, and comfort food!

I hope you get to the pool, Michele. I drifted off into a nap and had no idea that I'd done it! I woke up 10 minutes past water aerobics time and reached for the phone to call me mother---and she called me! So funny. I am watching a movie now...never do that but for some reason it was appealing!


More cleaning and clearing and Zumba tomorrow!

Mary
Houston, TX.


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6/28/15 5:33 P

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MARIELLE that IS good news aboutyour dogs! LIttle by little, you will get all of that cleaning done! It did not pile up overnight, right? emoticon

Michele in Yokohama, Japan


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Bonnie, I am so glad you got home safe.

I went grocery shopping today, got lots of easy things to make. To hot to really cook. Maybe another salad today.

I cleaned yesterday--couldn't believe but it took all day to finish. Lots of interruptions and rest breaks. It tried to rain last night, but didn't quite make it.

Michele, I have been trying to stay on top of the dogs. Charlie has not attacked Pugsley again.

Marielle
Prescott, Arizona

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MARY & DORIS I also have cast off stuff from my mom. I keep it b/c of the memories. I don't have double of anything b/c mykids live in such small spaces & don't want the stuff.

MARY talking about sprinklers---I used to play in the sprinklers when I was little. We didn't have a pool, so mom would turn them on for an hour or so in the afternoon & the neighborhood kids would join us. It was such fun. I wish we had sprinklers here! Only big companies or places like Tokyo Disneyland have those kind of things.

Today,Monday is our last nice day before the rain sets in again tomorrow.I am off to myusual Monday morning swim

Michele in Yokohama, Japan


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