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Wow! What a day! I decided that my closet had become unusable so yesterday I took all the clothes out and put them on 3 racks to make it easier to sort through them. Today I took out all my shoes, old purses, and the junk like empty bags and boxes that were in it, threw away the junk, and packed things for the resale store. I cleaned out sweaters I never wear any more and things that had been hanging there way too long. I managed to sort through 2 of the racks and return what I'm keeping to the closet today, but my feet and legs gave out before I finished. Now it will be Monday before I get to work on it again, but I do feel I accomplished a lot. My goal is to work through the entire house, getting rid of a bunch of things we no longer use. I can see that will be a long process as I've really let things accumulate this last 2 years.

Hope you all have a great weekend. I will be spending the day as a hostess at HH on Saturday. It's our first day to be open.

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9/19/14 4:04 P

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BRENDA that Bingo sounds like smething I would love! I would definitely stay away from the snacks, however. What didyou win?
GOod for Sam for firing the cleaning lady. When I clean, I like to do it right. It's a shame that some people don't do their jobs well. Whatever one does, one should do it with pride, & do their best!

MARY have a good weekend with your mom & babies!

SUNNY you, too have a good weekend with your sisters.

I have no plans this Sat. morning, so I will probably go to the local "Bookk-Off" the used clothes store & see if there are any bargains. Most of the stuff they sell is usually too small for me (these japanese people are so tiny!) But once in a while I can find something good!

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Mary,

I am a little confused about the rebar that you tripped on. Was there a pile of it or was it just sticking out? Anyway, I am glad you didn't break anything. That's all you need! Watch your step!

Our cooler weather has arrived along with some rain. It feels so good and I am sleeping better. We played Big Time Bingo downstairs yesterday afternoon and had a great time. We all got a chance to win once, then there were three extra games we all played that anyone could win plus the blackout. Our rule is that once you win, you can't win again until everyone has won so the early winners just play along for fun. Laurie put out mixed nuts and miniature candy bars for snacks and I took down more thin pretzel sticks.

Today I'm taking Maria and Elinor to the foodbank at noon. Then later will got those pants shortened for Sandy.

Good news! My BP was 112 yesterday when the visiting nurse was here to take them for us. All my fresh fruits and veggies are paying off. It has been higher than normal the last few weeks so I will keep on doing what I've been doing.

Lura had to go to Seattle to stay with her children for a few days until they get that water leak in her kitchen fixed. The wall and floor got very wet so they have a huge fan running day and night and she had been washing her dishes in the bathroom sink since they shut off her water the other day. Ruth and I went and cleared off her counter top and put everything on a card table in her living room yesterday afternoon. The crew is coming at in a few minutes to rip out her counter top and sink and replace the wall section. She will have a whole new kitchen. Her apartment is above the Community Room.

Lura is 96 and has had a woman come in weekly to clean for her and it is strange that she never told her about the leak under the sink. There was a plastic tub under the pipe that was totally full that Sam found Tuesday when she went to do Lura's pedicure. She fired the woman and now Sam is coming once a week to clean for her. I hate incompetent people!

Have a good day everyone.

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Wow, what a difference a nice, hot Epson Salt bath and a good night's sleep makes! The only leftover residual from my fall are two sore toes...the ones that came in contact with the rebar. Other than that, my well padded self seems to be fine! Michele, thanks for the Goodie!

I slept all night and woke up at 4:30 to more torrential downpours! I was so fortunate that the rain stopped in time for Open House but it's back with a vengeance today. The roads are flooded. Near my school the bayou sometimes overflows its banks but I hope I can get there without a problem. That's why I went ahead and got up. No sense in taking a chance. I get to babysit tonight and will probably go see my mother on Sunday if it doesn't rain.

Have a wonderful weekend and I will check in tomorrow when I get home!

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9/19/14 12:54 A

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Spending the weekend with my three sisters and visiting my Mom. Not sure if I will have time to check in.

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9/19/14 12:38 A

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MARY That is a long day! and I am so glad, young lady! that you were not hurt. Enjoy your babysitting & try to rest this weekend! emoticon

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Oh, Mary, do be careful! I'm glad you were not hurt when you fell. Hope you have fun babysitting. emoticon

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Hi, friends! Please forgive me...I've had a 13.5 hour school day. Open House was fine but it poured all day right up to the time the parents came! Then it stopped raining, thank goodness! I fell getting out of my car...it was raining and I stepped into rebar that was in front of the concrete barrier that the car was parked against. I'm okay, only bruised. But it scared me. I am getting ready to take a hot bath with Epson Salts! I am so tired but glad my LAST OPEN HOUSE is done!!

I am babysitting tomorrow and spending the night. I will catch up with y'all this weekend!

Mary

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DORIS I too, hope your other interviews go well so you can make a decision soon.

I have also heard that sugar is not good for the triglycerides, not good for the chol. mine needs to come down a bit too.

My piano lesson& tone chime practice was only so-so. I really need more practice! I am hanging in there!

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9/17/14 10:36 P

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Hi, everyone is so busy. Doris, glad you interview went well. Hope the others go well too so you can make a decision.

I am going to rest now. Take care everyone.

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Doris glad the interviews are going well. Getting the right people in to manage the facility is really important since it is such a sensitive and emotional time for people. It is a wonderful project for the families.

You mentioned the math. I remember growing up being told that girls were not good in math and not being encouraged to take much of it. I ended up taking some after I had been working because of some computer programming classes work wanted me to complete. At 30 they were time consuming but I actually did well. When my daughter who always got A's in math was being counseled in High School that she didn't need to take Senior level math, I let her know that math was required by her mother. In college she started and did really well and got a great job out of college.

So I agree especially in today's world math is important and having a positive experience is critical.

Going off to visit my sisters and my mother in Northern Calif tomorrow, gone for the weekend.



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Sunny, it sounds as if you're doing the right things. Hope the cholesterol comes down. Isn't sugar bad for the triglycerides which is included in your total? I know that the year I was eating very few sweets I had my lowest chol. score.

Our interview this morning for the Director's position at HH went very well. I would think that this couple would be a great fit for us. We have another interview tomorrow and 2 next week, one of which looks very promising also.

Mary, I hope what the school is doing in math is good for the kids. Basics are so important for later. If they develop a dislike now because they're pushed past their maturity level or if they feel they can't do it, it usually puts a fear of math in them for the rest of their lives. Few people realize what a great responsibility you teachers of the early grades have in setting attitudes!

Hope all is well with everyone. emoticon

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Doris glad you are getting some rest. The support you give will continue but I hope it is less demanding than the last few months. You must be feeling really excited to see the project coming to life.

Mary what a good plan for the math. However it sounds like a lot of planning and evaluating for you. I wish the parents would have conversations with the teacher rather than have unrealistic goals for their children. Is your knee doing better? It sounds like you are getting some exercise in.

Michelle glad your exam went well. And I wish we could exchange some of your rain for sun.
There are no fires near us or any of my family. However, there are some beautiful areas that are being devastated. Also, we are having a serious heat wave and anything that wasn’t dry is now cooked. I hope we don’t get any serious winds over the next month.

I have been doing a NO WINE streak and some days it is harder than others. I am on day 9 of 30. You would think that I drank more than 1 glass a night with dinner. It is just a habit and I really want to see if it makes any difference with my cholesterol tests next month.

I am trying to reduce down the sugar to an absolute minimum. Although I had several drs appointments today and some stressful news about my hand. It is doing well but he is going to do some tests next week. So I went to a wonderful bakery and had a lovely nut tart with coffee. Nice to sit quietly and munch on something sweet. It just goes to show that when the chips are down the fork goes up. I did get myself back on track and ate a healthy dinner.

Knowing I am going to post really does help me to limit my choices and not to go totally off the rails.

Tomorrow I am going to finish up sealing the grout in the entry way. I really needed to take a day off because my back was feeling a little tight. But it feels fine again so I will get the job finished. I find that I need to pace myself and not push too hard if my muscles are starting to complain. Working on the house is a part of my exercise program. Really got off track during the 6 months my hand was incapacitated.

Everyone have a great Wednesday


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Yes, Michelle, it has been busy! I had errands to run this morning, lunch to fix for DH and myself, and then I was called to take a nap!! It has been somewhat overcast today with a few showers, and my busyness of the last few days caught up with me. We also have an early morning interview tomorrow with one of our Director candidates, so I rested while I could!!

Hope all is well with everyone. emoticon

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Just stopping in th say "hi" to all ofyou! I see we have the "busys" again! emoticon

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MARIELLE you sound well!

SUNNY wish I could send you our rain, we just get too much of it here! Not enough sunny days like today!

MARY HOORAY for you! you are heading in the right direction. Such a positive attitude, too! I bet it made the exercise seem better, just knowing that work is going well, eh?

My GYN appt was fine. Now, I have to work!

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Hi, friends! I feel like this was probably the best day yet at school. I was calm and took the bull by the horns: I went to visit the principal and told her that I had formulated a plan for transitioning my kids into the 2nd grade math. I want to teach it Monday through Thursday. Then I will use Friday as a special teaching day for those who need extra help and/or add other activities to ensure that all the kids are doing okay. She said that was a good plan. Another mom from Norway, who is probably talking with the mom from Ireland who threw last week’s fit, approached me this morning and said she wanted more for her child. Interestingly enough, neither of these girls did well on the super easy test last Friday! It should be an interesting transition! I went to the gym and did the treadmill and weight machines for an hour. So glad that’s over. Then I made a corn/chicken soup for supper. I am happy to be on the couch now!
MaryAnn, I’m so glad you’re feeling better. Crawling along doing calking sounds like combat play! You need to count that as heavy exercise! I saw on the news that there are fires again. I’m so sorry. I’m sure it’s scary not having any rain. Ours is the opposite problem but we can’t complain.

Brenda I ‘m so glad you have the new disposal and will get to have a festive time with your friends. I like impromptu gatherings, too. You do what you can and just enjoy what transpires. You do need to get out since you were under the weather last week. Frostie’s $2 menu sounds great!

I hope everything goes well for your annual physical, Michele. Getting a bone scan and mammogram is next on my list, too. They always contact me to make an appointment and I think it will be at the end of this month. Let us know how that turns out!


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Brenda, how nice that your disposal has been taken care of.

Sunny, you are very energetic. I wish I felt more like doing those things.

Michele, I hope your GYN and bone scan appts go well.

Mary, I am so glad that your rash has gone away. I hope it stays gone.

Doris, so glad your dedication went well and you got more volunteers coming on board.

Take care everyone

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Yep, my disposal is all installed and it is so quiet! Mine was the original. Jeff came just before 9. Now I have everything that was under the sink on my kitchen floor to go through and rearrange or toss or give away. I went downstairs got my hair cut. Heidi was supposed to be here last week but she had the Montazuma's revenge. I had her cut off the back of my hair straight across because it was looking scraggly and trim my bangs. Then I went into downstairs kitchen and cleaned the coffee pots and made a pot and then sat a visited. We decided to have a lunch tomorrow. Janie is making a pot of veggie soup and little sandwiches and we told people to bring other things that they have too much of that is still edible. I'm going to make a lemon cake and take crackers and a relish tray. I love spur of the minute events. So I was gone all morning and nothing is done in here except all my dishes are done and put away. I did the few that were in the sink last night so Jeff had counter space.

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Feeling back to normal today. Got in a walk and now I am putting sealer on the grout in the downstairs entry way, guest bath and laundry room. Not aerobic but takes a lot of crawling around on hands and knees.

We are in a heat wave and the fires around the state are very serious. I am not sure what California is going to look like with another year of drought.

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BRENDA did you get your disposal afterall ? Hope Jeff was as good as his word

MARY no, pool water is not good for a rash, but if you washoff right away---are there showers at thepool---it will help. I used to get eye/ ear infections b/c I wasn't rinsing well after a swim. As for the weight--time to get on the band wagon again, so to speak. you did it before so you know you can do it again!

Today, Tuesday is my GYN appt. I will probably have abone test as well, which I expect will be ok, plus my semi-annual pap smear.

Have a good Monday, all!

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Happy Monday Everyone!

It is nice and cool this morning but is going to heat up to 91 today. Dinner at Frosties for their $2 burgers. I am ready to go somewhere as I have stayed in most of last week but feel so much better now. I actually slept the whole night without waking up after two hours.

Jeff is supposed to be here this morning to install my disposal so I hope he has the time.

Doris,

It is so nice to have HH finished and your open house behind you. Whew! You have all worked so hard so now maybe you can relax for a while and so what you want/need to do around your place.

Marielle,

You are sounding so much better now, not so stressed/frantic as in the past. Your meditation is working as well as your 'retirement'.

Mary,

You sure have your work cut out for you this year. Are you saying that the principal wants to skip first grade and go on to second grade? Or is that just for some in your class? Sounds crazy to me or else am I just confused?

Michele,

That is great that you were chosen to teach where you will be well paid for your efforts.

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Happy Monday checkin, friends! I'm glad the meditation was what you needed, Marielle! Good for you. Hooray that people will be helping with the HH now that it's all ready, Doris. I'm so glad you had a nice turnout. And Michele, you get paid for your job! I'm happy it will work out like that. You need to take that money and get yourself a Keurig SOON!

I slept well and woke up rash-free! It's 70 and supposed to rain all week but I am ready. I probably will have to stay at school each afternoon to get ready for Thursday's Open House but I have my gym bag packed and will do th
at rather than water aerobics this week. MAryAnn, I agree that the bacteria and chlorine in the water isn't a good idea for me right now!

Happy Week. I weighed this morning and am so disappointed in myself so I am hoping to be on a new downward trend. I have regained the 1o pounds I lost when I was at home with the knee surgery....all my fault!

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

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


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DORIS what is the next step for you? Are you going to be working at HH? Or do you hire others to do the work now?

MARY just thinking of all you have done makes me winded! Whew! How busy you are! But it does feel good for one to get all of that stuff done!

BRENDA glad you are feeling better We have a house phone too, but to be perfectly honest, we don't use it much. May just get rid of it in the future.

MARIELLE I agree with MARY  t
hat your meditation is just what you needed.  I'm so glad that you are finally feeling better!

I do get paid for working in Tokyo. I am being contracted out to businsess working people. IT is a one time shot only, but the $ is worth it. NO one is going to hand me $ for free! emoticon

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Thanks for asking about the dedication. We had a wonderful crowd and everything looked pretty. Our food was good and several people signed up to help us with various things. We interview one of our best candidates for Director on Wednesday. And yes--I am very tired, but it's a good kind!

More tomorrow.

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I had a good day. At meditation there was a visitor from San Diego that I haven't seen since the last sesshin (several day sit) I went to. He is visiting my teacher, Brenda for a few days. I went by a friend's. Then I ended up falling asleep this afternoon. I still need to pick up a prescription but will do that tomorrow.

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It sounds like just the kind of day you needed, Brenda! I have finished my school work. I have several kids who turned in their paperwork for the week and didn't finish so those will have to go home again and be graded later. Never through with the paperwork, unfortunately!!

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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Everyone is busy sounds like you are staying on track. Mary, my land phone used to be from Comcast, the cable company but when the cable went out, so did the phone so I have always kept a cell phone since my catering truck driving days. Comcast also doubled my phone bill so that's when I cancelled the phone.

Yes, I am much better today, just lazed around all day playing on here and watching old movies.

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I have had a very productive day and am pleased with my accomplishments. It’s also kept me focused and out of the kitchen! I have school work to do but that shouldn’t be but maybe an hour so it’s doable. I’ve been really trying not to bring work home this year and this will be just a little bit to handle.

Maryann, I’m sorry it’s been a hard time for you with not feeling good. I tend to let my housekeeping go for too long then hate the idea of a whirlwind cleaning marathon. But today I rearranged the den and took out a rug that can’t be salvaged. I have cleaned up my desktop in my craft room and set up my grandmother’s secretary desk to be a bill paying desk/end table in the den. It’s cozy and I can watch tv while I pay bills…it will make it easier, lol! I even cleaned the laminate floor! So I am on a roll. I counted 60 minutes of heavy cleaning even though it was 2 hours. My sister in law is now smoking those e-cigarettes. I guess it’s better than the real ones but she was smoking in her car. I didn’t notice an odor but I only traveled with her from my daughter’s house to a restaurant close by. She has ‘indulged’ in most any ‘substance’ you might indulge in over the years…a true hippie from the word go, although she is very smart and has made 2 fortunes! Wild and crazy along the way, though! I did a search for a cholesterol diet on SP but only found articles. Are there specific diets to look at? I hope your next test is better.

I’m sorry you’ve had ‘the bug’ Brenda. It’s not fun to be down and out. I hope you will be okay soon. You are always prepared…good for you letting Margie know to get a car charger for her phone. I bought one last year but it doesn’t work. Maybe with the new battery it will. I plug my cell in every night and keep my house phones in the chargers overnight, too. When my internet was going down so much I lost phone power. Not a good thing.

Michele, I do hope you get your passport and will be able to visit your folks soon. It would be good for you to get away and be with your family. Maybe take an extended vacation and let your kids help out with your FIL. You deserve a break and time off. Just think about it. Will you get paid for your teaching in Tokyo? I hope so! I’m sure you do a great job. Enjoy the Skype with your dad. I’m sure he will enjoy chatting with you. The conference went very well. The parents were receptive and want to be proactive. They now realize that their ‘brilliant son’ has issues that need to be addressed and they want to do whatever they can to help him. I was very impressed with how they handled my advice!

I hope your meditation day will serve you well, Marielle. It sounds more and more like you’re getting back on track. Relief of stress is so important. Ithink stress can cause physical ailments, too, and you’ve had more than your share of worries recently.

I guess by now the Hospitality House opening is under way, Doris. I hope it was a great hit with the community. Did you find someone to be the manager yet? It will be nice for you to have that taken care of soon, I’m sure!

Off to finish the school work…Happy rest of the weekend, everyone.


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SUNNY glad you are feeing better! Have a good time when you visit family.

I normally teach at my home. However a teacher who runs an English conversation school has asked me to teach in Tokyo

As for FIL he is just ok. Suffers from dementia,doesn't walk too well. Between my sons, DH & I we aall take care of him. My parents are also doing ok. Mom just had her 2nd kneesurgery & has lots of people to come in & help. Dad, on the other hand, is in heart failure, 100% blocked arteries Only a matter of time before he is gone.....may still go to Raleigh to see them.

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It has been a crazy three weeks for me. Feeling much better and was able to get out for a walk this morning. I should be back on my regular schedule tomorrow.

Cleaning house is a part of my regular exercise program. I don’t do the whole house at once but plan all of the cleaning over a 14 day period. I find that is keeps me limber getting up and down. Also I can see if there is anything in the house that needs fixing.

Next month is my yearly cholesterol test and if the number doesn’t come down I may need to go on meds. It jumped up three years ago which what is made me more aggressive in losing weight. The next year the weight came down some but the number was still high. So I totally changed what I ate and started following the SP Cholesterol menus. Dropped the weight and the number came down but not low enough. I am focusing on daily exercise, no saturated fats, really limiting sugar and staying off wine for the thirty days. I have been doing pretty well with the saturated fats but sometimes I get cravings for real sour cream or whole milk ricotta. The non-fat is just not the same.

Michele
How are your parents doing? Are you still planning a trip for November? Is your FIL doing well? I am going to drive up to Northern Calif to see my mom and sisters next weekend. I finally found a weekend when everyone was available.
Is teaching in Tokyo a new thing? I thought you did it close to your house?

Marielle
The meditation must really help with lowering your stress. I never thought about doing it as a class.

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I am the same way with the phone. I keep it on the charger if I am in the house. That way I don’t have to worry about it. Remember when there were pay telephones and we had to make sure to carry change? I also remember standing in line waiting for someone to get off.

I read about people who have medical issues that are helped by marijuana. So I am indifferent on the use if it is needed. But I didn’t think about the effect of the smoke and the smell. That would be difficult for me because I am so sensitive to smells. Someone at my DD workplace had one of those e-cigarettes and was using it in a conference room. My DD is also very sensitive. She finally had to go to one of the upper level supervisors and complain. Turns out you can’t smoke anything inside the buildings.

Glad you are feeling better

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Glad your rash is doing better, I would wait on the pool. Not only is there chlorine but there may be bacteria that is not normally harmful but you may be sensitive to it. I keep Baby Shampoo in the house. My DH gets rashes and it does seem to help.

If you think the the little GDs are busy now wait a few months. They get bigger, stronger and faster.

School sounds complicated, trying to do the best for the kids, while making the parents happy.

Brenda the GS is doing fine but the DD is still not completely well. I read about that respiratory disease and it does worry me. He has his shots and the DD is very watchful. He is at a small group daycare at a house so at least he isn’t around a large number of children.

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MARIELLE howwas your meditation? Good that you have something relaaxing to helpyou balance.

BRENDA hope you are feeing better I also charge my phone daily. I like you, like to be prepared as well. "The Big One" -----an earthqake is supposed to be coming to Tokyo in the future, & I too, want to be ready for it.

MARY how did the conference go with the child's parents? you are amazing that you can handle that many kids!

I will be skyping with dad & mom in Raleigh at 5 pm ;; can't wait!

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Doris, probably by the time you check in, HH will have had its official opening. How did it go? I'll bet you are exhausted.

Mary, very interesting about your school and parents. I am glad it is cooler where you are. We get the off and on here too. Cloudy and cool, then sunny and hot. Last night we got a slight chill in the air. Fall is coming.

Sunny, I hope cleaning the floors wasn't too much after being sick.

Michele, who will you start teaching English to next month? How is your FIL doing?

Brenda, my sister got an "emergency" cell phone too. She doesn't use it except if there is an emergency, but after her having to go to the hospital last year her neighbor talked her into it. Her truck got flooded in the heavy rains, but only damage to the floorboards and the insurance company is fixing that--she is relieved she doesn't have to go through getting another vehicle. Glad you are better from the intestinal bug you had.

I am better too. So far no more symptoms. I am going to meditation this morning. Leaving in about 5 minutes. I am happy to go, sit and reflect. I am stopping by a friend's house. She made a roast and then stew and is giving her leftovers to the family. She likes to cook but can't get it down to two people so she makes for a lot and then always has leftovers.

Have to get ready. Have a great day.

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Hi Everyone!,

I can't believe it is the middle of the month already. The sun is shining brightly and it is 77 inside this morning. It did rain some yesterday afternoon. I didn't see it but saw the road behind us was wet. I was sitting here watching old movies all day. Margie came and asked if I have a phone charger that works in her phone because she misplaced hers. Mine didn't work but the charger for my Kindle did. She thinks she left her charger in her sewing bag that she left at her daughters. I asked her if she has a car charger, Well, no. I told her that is the most important thing to have in case of a power outage and to go to Walmart and buy one. She had never thought of needing one. You know me, I am prepared for just about everything.

John stopped by later asking for some black thread and about that time Margie came to check on her phone. We told him her problem. He said, 'wait right here' and came back with a phone charger that fits and told her to keep it. I told Margie that if she asks enough people, someone will have what she needs. She still needs to get the car charger.

When I go to bed, my phone goes on the charger so I never have to worry about it dying during the day. Of course, I am not on it very much. Some days it doesn't ring at all and I don't need to call anyone.

I've had that awful intestinal bug the last few days and I hope it has about run its course. Drinking lots of water and eating light, staying inside.

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Happy Sunday/Monday! It's cooler at 83 today, lol! Yesterday it was 75....overcast and damp, but much cooler. Today and the rest of the week it's supposed to rain but at least it's a little cooler. The rash is just a slight flush on my stomach and back so I think the worst is over! Hooray! I have 2 days left of Prednisone. I don't want to get in the pool yet because I'm afraid the chlorine will be too harsh and don't want to mess myself up again. I slept 9 hours but woke up a bunch dreaming of how to transition these kids to a higher level math without messing up the ones who just can't do it----ugh. I hope there's a solution. I had high hopes for an easier year. That remains to be seen!

I hope it's a good day for everyone!

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SUNNY so glad you are better

MARY I don't know how you do it with al of those little kids! I would be definitely challenged!

How did it go?

I have been out all day; we took care of FIL & went to check out the place in downtown Tokyo where I will be teaching English next month emoticon Really tired now!

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Sorry I missed today. Had lots to catch up on and the floors really needed cleaning. Feeling much better so I expect tomorrow to be almost back

The cute little GS is the germiest and shares it with the adults. I knew that he had a runny nose before I went but my DD really needed help.

We had a lovely day here sunny with a nice breeze.

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Hi, friends! Boy, are y’all prolific writers, lol! I spent last night and most of the day with my daughter and granddaughters. Dave’s sister joined us early this morning and we all went out to lunch. It’s been a delightful day but those babies have so much energy and I’m tired, lol! I went to get my car inspected…it took several days this week to get those 60 miles on the new battery. Then I went grocery shopping and am on the couch enjoying HGTV!

Betty, my Blue Cross Blue Shield policy people have told me that when I start on Medicare, they will transition me to the additional drug plan with no hassle. At least, that’s what I THINK they told me! I am not looking forward to this at all. I have heard so many terrible stories about Obamacare. What a mess. I hope you get what you need very soon.

Michele, I had 4 bags of groceries today and thought of you shopping with the bike baskets! I would really have to think hard ahead of time when shopping. But I’m sure you get what you need and it’s fresh! You teach so early in the day! No wonder you take naps. I love them, too.

Brenda, it sounds like Nelson has some good points. It’s a shame that so many people are addicted to so many substances. What a huge waste of time, money, and talent. Even though I was born in 1950 and was a teen in the 60’s the whole drug scene passed me by, thank goodness! I’ve never even smoked a cigarette! But I do enjoy my wine…and whine, lol! I’m glad you found your thermos. My rash is the best it’s been yet today so I’m very grateful. I have 2 days of Prednisone left and a good byproduct is that my hip hurts less and less. I am hoping that will be good again soon too.

Doris, I’m hoping you find a good manager for the Hospitality House and that the opening will be a good one. You and your friends have done a great service. I will have to check out the website. Good luck tomorrow!

Maryann, are you getting sick from the grandson and dd? I know you said you came back with a scratchy throat. I hope you’ll be okay.

Marielle, are you feeling better yet? I hope the peace of mind will get you through the hump. Taking Charlie to the dog park is a good thing for exercise and to get you out and about.

My principal sent an email last night. A mother whose child I had 2 years ago has a youngest daughter in my partner’s class. But this child didn’t do well on testing so is in my 1st grade math class instead of moving up into the 2nd grade accelerated class. The mom is sort of pitching a fit like she did 2 years ago. The P wants to see if all my kids will go into the 2nd grade class…what a stretch from kindergarten with so little learning to 2nd grade with tons of work. I have no idea how this will 'fly.' Wish me luck as I 'get' to explore this new angle!


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DORIS Great!

BRENDA hope you are more rested.

MARIELLE power naps are good for one's health. I take them daily.

Have a good wekend, all!

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The countdown is underway for our HH open house. I am pooped but our building is clean, decorated, and ready --except for getting the food ready to serve tomorrow. My part was the punch and it's cooling in the frig up there. Now I'm home to try to rest up where I can go again tomorrow after Bible study. I'm sure I'll be on my feet a long time tomorrow, too. It is looking so inviting. God is good!

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Marielle,

Yes, Pot is illegal with the Federal Government so they are watching the pot stores and could come in at any time and shut them all down. The Indians sell cigarettes on the reservations with no tax stamp and the State is constantly raiding their stores because they are not paying taxes to the state. I used to buy my cigarettes at the Reservation, glad I had sense enough to quit 8 years ago, cold turkey.

I had a restless night. Went to bed at 10:30 because I was exhausted from getting up so early. Woke up at 1:30 and finally got back to sleep at 5, then up at 10. I hate that.

The sun is out again today. The wild grass on the banks by the trees behind our building is brown but the leaves on the trees are green. Yesterday our bus took a few residents to Olympia at 9:30 the Farmer's Market, lunch and then to Costco. I didn't sign up for this trip because it makes too long a day and I never know if I will be awake half the night. Elinor and I went to Safeway instead to get the $5 Friday specials,

Sunny,

Glad to hear you are feeling better. Is your family better yet?

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Sunny, glad to hear you are feeling better. I seem to still need a lot of sleep after my bout of whatever. I have been sleeping 8 hours for the last two or three nights. It's good I am sleeping but haven't gotten this much sleep a night for a couple of years.

Michele, I hear you about the nap. For quite a while I was getting so sleepy in the middle of the day I would just drift off and sleep for at least an hour or so. Much more than the "recommended" twenty minute power nap.

Brenda, seems pretty crazy the banks won't let them open accounts, probably because banks are affiliated across state lines and are subject to interstate/federal laws and since pot is not federally legal, they can't deposit money from those stores. Seems like that creates more theft though.

Have a great Saturday everyone! Sunday for Michele!!

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SUNNY glad you are feeling better! you obviously needed that day in bed!

BRENDA & MARIELLE I had no idea that pot was legalized in the U.S. with or without a perscription! If one is caught over here, one will go to jail. Period. Paul McCartney was caught years back with pot & kicked out of the country; he has since been allowed b ack!

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Spent the day in bed and I am feeling better. I will be back tomorrow Saturday

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Marielle,

Yes, Pot is legal here in Washington State. That's why we can't do anything about Nelson having pot in his apartment. Stoned people are on the freeways causing wrecks. They can't get arrested for having the pot even if it's illegal but they can get arrested for stoned driving. The state thought it was a great idea to legalize pot to collect the taxes. Now Pot stores are getting robbed right and left. Keeps the cops busy.

The thing the pot stores are having trouble with is the banks don't want to take their drug money and haven't been letting them deposit the money if they try to open an account with the store's name. They figure out other ways to open accounts. I think the pot stores only deal in cash.

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Brenda, pretty interesting. Is pot legal in Washington? Folks in Arizona are arrested if they don't have a prescription, whether they're smoking, eating pot brownies or what. It sounds different to a hookah which I know is used to smoke.

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Michele,

A vapor pipe is the newest smoking implement that people use to smoke cigarettes or pot or whatever else they smoke. A liquid marijauna or nicotine is put in the pipe and it is smoked like a cigarette but nothing is lit. I don't have a clue how it works but Nelson showed me his one day. That's why so far people can 'smoke' them inside because there is no smoke. However, there is an awful odor from the pot. That's all I know about them.

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BRENDA what in the world is a "vapor pipe"? !

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Marielle,

No, Nelson does not have a prescription for Medical Marijuana. His son brings it to him for his vapor pipe. So far it is not illegal to 'smoke ' a vapor pipe inside the building but we are trying to change the rules. This is a non smoking HUD building so if someone is found to be smoking cigarettes in their apartments, they are evicted.

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BETTY I also agee that you are not a stranger! WE all get busy; post when you can I love to hear the goings on in yourlife! Glad all is well your way!

SUNNY how are you feeling today? Hope you didn't get as sick as your DD &GS!

MARIELLE I don'T have as much energy as it appears. I have no choice but to move around using my bike or walking. It is a way of life here. I do get tired believe it or not! I am in bed by 8 pm, 10 if it's really really late! Just this morning I couldn't sleepso was up at 3 a.m! A first for me! But I always take a nap too, & I don't work full time. When I do work, it's usually at home.

MARY how is your rash today? Yes, it does seem that there are a lot of rashes going around this year----could it be something in the weather, maybe?

BRENDA glad you found your cup! I have a favorite cup too, & I'd hate to lose it. I do not like either when others borrow my stuff & don't return it in the condition of which I left it! I am very reluctant to lend my things to others, b/c I notice that others do not return them.

DORIS has a director been decided for your HH yet? I too am going to check out the website

Yes, it is Sat. morning here. I have 2 business men students to teach English conversation to, 1 at 7 a.m. the other at 9 a.m. No other plans for today.

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Doris,

Thank you for the website. Will check it over later.

Marielle,

I don't often get up that early but couldn't sleep anymore. Sam called me yesterday and told me that Jeff will be here Monday morning to install my new disposal. She is the night manager at our sister apartment building and Jeff does the maintenance there so she told him I want to know when he is coming. It has to be done before he takes off hunting for two weeks.

It was cold in here when I got up but now the sun is out and we have a nice breeze.

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Sunny, so sorry your DD and GS are so sick. I hope you don't get it too bad. Your GS's ear infection doesn't sound so good. My DD has ear infections when she was around 2 yo until 3 yo when the drs. took out her tonsils and put PE tubes in her ears. The PE tubes come out by themselves and after that she didn't get them any more. I hope he doesn't have to go through anything like that and that this is a one time thing.

Betty, never consider yourself a stranger. You are always welcome to post. Sounds like you have been very busy. It's always good to hear from you and find out what is going on with your life. I have been pretty lucky so far with the medicines I take. I have medicare, a medicare supplement and a drug plan. It's kind of a pain but even though I can't change my supplement because I have CKDIII-I can change my drug plan if necessary on an annual basis. The last one I had was pretty awful, but the new one seems to be working for me.

Michele, hope you enjoyed your pool visit on Friday. I also hope you are feeling better. I know exercise helps. Gosh I envy your energy. I did make it to the dog park and walked around it twice--I usually do 3 - 5 times, but today since I didn't get there till almost 10 am it was hot and I just didn't feel like it. Charlie got to run a lot. The dogs there were playful and wanted to run-there were only about 3-4 dogs at a time-folks came and went in short amounts of time. I stayed about 45 minutes for Charlie. The flies are always so bad though.

Mary, I am so sorry about your rash and allergic reaction. Baby Shampoo sounds like a good idea. Back in May when I got that bad virus I had a rash for a week or two after the flu symptoms went away. It seems like lots of people are getting rashes this year for what ever reason. Medicare doesn't really cover drugs. You have to have a separate plan. Some of the medicare advantage plans do cover the drugs. Medicare and Medicare Advantage both have co-pays which is why I chose regular medicare and a supplement plan. It costs but as long as medicare covers it whether it is deductible or co-pay the supplement pays for it. Drug plans are quite different and much more of a pain.

Doris, things are moving right along with HH. How long will it take after you interview for the Board to choose your director? Thanks for the website, I would love to see the pictures of the rooms. Wow! I looked up your website. Great pictures!!! Beautiful website. Sorry about your allergies.

Brenda, whoa you got up early. I did not get up til after 8am. I could not believe I slept so late, must have really needed it. I am feeling better though-so far no stomach cramps with accompanying symptoms, which is a very good thing. I am glad to hear that Nelson is doing better. Is he just a pot smoker or does he take medical marijuana for pain? You seem to be able to make friends with most folks. You have a very kind heart.



Marielle
Prescott, Arizona

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