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BONNIE glad that you had a good time. "Just Us Girls" is such a fun thing to do!

MARY little by little, you ARE getting organized. Good for you. and yes---old habits DO die hard! like Doris said.

BRENDA I like Chinese food Now that you're going to have the BBQ on Friday, you'll have something more to look forward to. And good for you for getting bits & pieces of those purses done

It was sprinkiing the whole time I went to Junko's but did not get wet. And figures---just when i got home, the sprinlking stopped!

Talked to Annie again. She is still in shcck. Said that she doesn't need for me to come so I will not go to Houston afterall. It seems like she is getting stuff done little by little. The insurance Co. is the biggest hassle. I told her again to get a lawyer. Not to go into court blind. She will crumble!

Going to read my kindle now. I'm reading a western called "Back Trail" very good!

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Good to hear you had a great trip, Bonnie. Sorry your back is complaining today.

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5/24/17 11:33 P

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DORIS
Will continue to pray for your baby, and family, but glad to know she is home.

MICHELE

I was trying to just peruse the posts, but saw that Annie had an accident. I too am glad she was not hurt worse. Prayers for her injuries and her troubles.

MARY

Appears as though you are getting settled

BETTY

Good you are getting your heath stuff in order.

I missed about everything else.

Had my girl gang mini vacation on Sunday, Mon and Tues. Had a great time. Lovely weather on Mon and Tues when we wanted to be outside.

It was so much fun.

Today, went to a local Mexican place where part of the gang, Lisa love to go. She lives in Nashville, and has to go there each time she is home.

My back was good for the Island, but today, it is rainy and damp, so it is hurting.

Other stuff, but I am just too tired to talk anymore.

God Bless my friends. Have been just too busy to read all of the posts.




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5/24/17 8:41 P

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That sounds like good information, Marielle. I guess part of the diet has to do with kidney function improvement? And the movement part we all need to do!

Mary, old habits do die hard! I was going to stop drinking Cokes, but today we had a hamburger, chips, and a Coke. And it was SO good. Better habits need to resume tomorrow.

Brenda, congrats on a productive day! I bet you are tired.

Michele, did you get wet going to Junko's lesson? I hate having to get out when it's raining.

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5/24/17 8:02 P

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Hi everyone, we had a good day sewing and now I am tired.. I took my sewing machine down but never set it up because I was busy cutting out the little clutch purses and making kits for Dianne to take home to serge together. She will get them all finished tonight, she is obsessed.

Debby didn't BBQ after all because she did not have any buns so they ordered Chinese food. Only her and Dianne had some because the rest of us didn't want any. Now she said she will BBQ Friday afternoon.

I have read all the posts but too tired to respond right now so will be back tomorrow.

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Doris, that's great news about mom and baby. I'm with you on the pictures. 10 years ago I made scrapbooks all the time and printed out pictures from a real camera through Walgreen's or Shutterfly. Now they are on my phone or ipad and I rarely see real pictures. My daughter has been very good about making the photo books or actually ordering prints. I need to clean up my phone/iPad and do the same. I hope you got that nap. I'm tired from the day outdoors at the zoo.

Marielle, going to the dietitian sounds like it was a good thing to do. I have lost 2 pounds since I moved in...not eating/snacking as much as I formerly did. But I'm sure once I get really settled I will get back into bad habits. But I hope I don't!

Michele, all you've done for Annie all her life should have prepared her for at least a part of this latest to-do. Hang in there and wait for her to come to you. I hope it all works out! Enjoy your time with Junko. I hope you won't get too wet.

I need to start supper. I spent an hour and a half opening more boxes and getting morethings organized.

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


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5/24/17 6:34 P

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DORIS that IS good news about baby & mom! I am so glad! Hope that you got the laundry finished. And yes! you are smart to rest!

MARIELLE how was the dietician visit? What did they recommend for you?

MARY glad that you had a good time at the zoo. I love the zoo! And glad that you are safe from the tornados! My sister in Willis had her roof blown 1/2 way off one year b/c of bad storms.

BETTY how busy you were! And Den, too! Low carb is hard. eat lots & lots & lots of vegetables. They are carbs, too. I usually have my oatmeal in the morning, & only veggies as carbs after that.

BRENDA Faith is going to be with you for a long time . I think it's actually good that you thought about putting milk outside of her door! And the bacon, too!

Thank you all for your advice about Annie. We are only offering her moral support, & financial, IF SHE ASKS. Yes, she created this mess. So SHE ALONE will have to fix it.

I have not rushed to do anything for her at all. We will give her financial support for a new ( used) car if necessary. I am better, but as a mom, as a parent still worry.

Off to Junko's piano lesson now. It was raining up until now, but there should be a break until 6 pm tonight! emoticon


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Hi everyone. The dietitian was very helpful with my diet. She gave me a list of foods I should eat and those I should avoid. She also gave me a calorie and nutrient guideline. I am to limit high potassium or high phosphorus foods. She also told me to move more. 3 30-min. walks a week plus some other strengthening exercises. I'll see her again in about 2 months to check on my progress.

I'll write more later.

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5/24/17 5:32 P

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Marielle, did the dietician give you good help? I have thought that would be a good thing to do--maybe we would eat healthier!

Mary, glad your little ones are getting to visit the zoo that has special memories for you too. It's good you have a bathroom next to the laundry room for times that you're hiding from tornadoes. We were fortunate enough to get almost 2 inches of rain over the last week without any hail or storms.

I slept late this morning and then did laundry and house cleaning. Only got part of it done before I needed to rest. Now I've got to go put the sheets back on my bed! And fold clothes-ugh!

Our baby and mom seem to be having a good day. I'm sure they are glad it's finally settling down for them. I would post a picture but don't know how to get it from a text in my phone to the computer! I'm thinking the next generations may lose a lot of their pictures for that very reason. As technology changes, will they be able to keep transferring to the new one? I'm encouraging my DGD to make a print book of some of the pics of her little boy, and I'll do the same with my DGS's wife.

I'll respond to the rest tonight. Have to run now.

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Marielle, I did have a great time at the zoo today! The granddaughters and one of their boy cousins, as well as the baby, were in great spirits. We saw a lot of animals and the kids were enthralled with the elephants being bathed! The Houston Zoo has been an institution for as long as I remember…my family came to Houston when I was little to go to the zoo quite often! I hope you had a nice time with the dietician. Sounds like a good thing to do! Did he/she make meal plans for you?

Brenda, that’s a great idea about having supplies in the ‘inner room!’ Thanks so much. Not expecting the storm and not having anything where I need it, I only thought of the flashlight! I have 2 large lanterns as well as a good, strong flashlight. But granola bars and water is a wonderful idea. The laundry room and bathroom are next to each other. I should have taken my cell phone and purse, too. Great idea. Thanks for the reminder. I’m sure you will think of Faith very often. I hope it will be with a smile even when you get sad. Her spirit is certainly there! How sweet of you to share your food, too!

Betty, your husband was really busy today! My daughter and her husband have power washed their drive-way and front walk and it looks so nice. Mine is covered with things off the trees because of last night’s storm. I wasn’t prepared for that! I saw that there is an Aldi’s not too far away. I’ve never been because there wasn’t one close to my old house. I’ll have to try that. Your dinner sounds good. I will fix spaghetti tonight. I haven’t had any in months!


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

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

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


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Gee, Betty, I don't know what happened when I was writing the last post that it got so blank in the middle. I went back and corrected it so it is normal now. Thanks for telling me.

I got to Safeway yesterday afternoon and it was really hot. I only needed a few things, mostly the half and half and cauliflower for Diane. She doesn't have a caregiver on Tuesdays or weekends and our bus grocery shopping trip is cancelled this week because of no bus driver is available. They are volunteers.

Today will be cooler but the next five days, temps will go up a little each day through at least next Monday. I get the 7 day weather forecast on my laptop every morning.

Mary, I was worried about you yesterday when I heard of all the tornado warnings in TX. I don't exactly know where you are on the map now. Do you have survival supplies in the room where you went into during the warning? Water, food, extra clothing etc? Did you take your Purse and car keys? The flashlight is a good idea.

How nice that you can be story lady at your GG's school and they will accept your books.

Last night I went to be just after 9 pm, read a little, then slept for an hour, read some more and finally went back to sleep and didn't wake up until 6

We are going to sew today even though Laurie is gone to some HUD meetings in Seattle.
We don't really need her to be with us because we have her extra sewing machine and cutters and tons of fabric in the storeroom. I have the door code to the supplies.

Debbie is supplying our lunch today. It will be something BBQ'd. Dianne will 'man' the grill.
Last time she grilled I told her I saw smoke billowing out of the grill and she went out to check and she had forgotten to take the hot pad off the skillet handle with the onions in it and her hot pad burned up. It was so funny. She made another one.

Yesterday morning I was baking the rest of the pound of bacon and I kept expecting Faith to come knock on my door to ask for some bacon. Her spirit is still here. In our government commodities box we always get two quarts of the milk in a box and I almost took that milk and put it outside Faith's door last Friday. I gave it to June and Ann instead. Ann has two little children so they get most of my commodities. It is all right for us to give it away.

Have a good day everyone, I will check back this afternoon.


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5/24/17 9:49 A

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Good Morning,
As usual it's hard to keep up here. Yesterday I never got on the computer once! Went to the Dentist, had x rays taken, everything was good. That's always a blessing. From there, went to my cancer Dr., paid them a $96.00 deductible that I had. Then I went to Big Lots.They didn't have much of what I needed, but did pick Den up some Bear Creek soup mixes that he likes. It is cheaper than making them myself & as I get older am looking for easy meals. He will eat them for lunches. I can't as they are mostly cream or bean soups which my system can't handle. From there I went to Aldi's & they were packed. Next year they are going to enlarge the store. When they opened 4 years ago, I don't think they ever realized it would be so busy. But produce is so much cheaper there, plus other products. So I mostly shop
BJ's & Aldi's. Sometimes I do go to our local Redner's store as they have certain things I can't get elsewhere. I do very little at Shop-rite anymore since Aldis have expanded their products. I got home around one & Den was still working outside, had power washed the front porch, eves, and furniture we have on it. He didn't come in till 3 to eat, so I fixed chicken, potato, and peas so we had dinner early. Putting away everything I bought was the hardest! lol Today I have ground beef to make up into hamburgers & freeze. I have bought them already made, but Den likes mine better.

Michele, so sorry about you Daughter, but see everyone has given you good advise, so I won't. Just be thankful she wasn't injured severely. About clothes line I do have one we put up & take down if used. We have a cement hole in yard into where it fits, one of the square ones. I do use it but very little. Our dryer is vented out the back of house $ Den always cleans it out every spring so nothing gets clogged up in it.

Mary, I've been seeing those tornado threats all around you. That has to be scary.

Doris, glad Mother & baby are out of hospital. They have been through a lot. I understand about your not driving in that traffic to go see them. There is hardly any courtesy on the roads anymore.

Marielle, I am constantly fighting to hold my weight. I try to stick to low carb, but it's hard. It also gets expensive when you can't eat any pasta, rice, etc.! Yesterday I went to store & forgot cabbage which I fix every week in some form.

Brenda, your last post was blank all in the middle, at least on my site.

ok, I need to get off here, was busy watching the terrible news about the Isis attack in London, now another one has popped up. The world is so sad today. I also need to do about 2 hours work on computer since I goofed off yesterday.

Have a blessed day everyone.

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Good morning everyone,

Doris, so glad Emma and Savannah are home. Is your GS able to take family medical leave to be home with them?

Michele, dinner was good. The chicken was very tender. Since it was a cut up chicken, I ate the wings and liver, letting the boys and daughters have the breast. We had leftovers which I plan to make sandwiches with. I'm sure Annie will figure things out. She sounds like a smart cookie and as you said this is a real world lesson for her.

Mary, have fun at the zoo with your lovely GS's and DD. It is sad about the circus closing, but I also understand about the mistreatment of animals for our amusement. Not good karma. Zoos have had to change over the years to become more like refuges and breed grounds for endangered species because of all the extinctions. How scary about the tornado warning.

Brenda, it is getting hot here too. The high is in the 80's. No rain in sight for us though. June is our worst month-hot and dry even up here. As many don't have A/C in the mountains it can be uncomfortable.

I go to see the dietitian today. Looking forward to new ideas.



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Prescott, Arizona

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5/24/17 7:07 A

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Good morning, Sparklers! Wow, did we have some bad weather late yesterday and into last night! The wind and rain were really bad and there was a tornado watch?warning? I have 2 interior rooms and took a flashlight for 'just in case.' But by 9:00 it was just a slight rain. My house is fine and there is a retention pond behind me so I think that will always guard me from a flood. I do have flood insurance. Sealy, TX, past where I used to live on Interstate 10, had a tornado and huge downed trees. I am not going to go back to the Mother's Day Out. It's not enough money to warrant the toll expenses and the time involved to get there. I might read as Story Lady to my granddaughters' Mother's Day Out once in a while. I will give them many of my children's books when they start a library for the next school year. They have said they would be happy to receive them and I will love to give them away!

Michele, Annie has a lot of growing up to do. Handling this accident and having to face the consequences if she WAS at fault for any reason, might help a lot in her growing up process. I wouldn't rush to get her a new car. Let her try to figure out what's going on for now. Give her moral support, but she needs to access the damage, talk with the insurance company, get the police report, etc. Then she can mail/fax things to you for review. I hope the airline can give her a guideline, too. Hang in there!

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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5/24/17 2:39 A

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BRENDA I do not like the digital stuff, either. I'm with Mary---give me the old fashioned machines where one pushes a button or dial!

Did you get to Safeway? Carrying groceries up hill is hard.

and annie will be ok. She is experiencing life , REAL life in the U.S!

MARY my sister in willis told me about the tornadoes & bad weather. She said a lot of people drive like idiots! It's no wonder Annie had an accident.

Glad that you enjoyed your lucheon & that you're getting settled in.

I am leaving annie up to God. I did ask Hiim to please teach her about how I feel, & I am beginning to seriously wonder if He in fact is doing just that!

Morning a.m. lessons at Starbuck's went well. Now, onto my afternoon ( at home) children students. It looks like rain!

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Mary, when you get settled, you can have a housewarming. Or are you supposed to do that yourself? But if that is not proper to do it yourself, you can have an open house.

I heard about the tornado warnings in TX on the evening news? I hope you are not anywhere near that area. Are you still planning on being the story lady next school year?



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Moving things around so I can get the car back into the garage is on the agenda this week, Brenda! IThe rain was hard for about an hour and we were under a tornado warning. I think it's stopped for now, at least. Yes, I went to the luncheon. It was great to see the sweet people I've worked with for the last 2 years. Several said they want to come see the house. It was a nice afternoon.


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

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

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


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Mary, we are not going to have any rain at least through Sunday according to the 7 day forecast. It sounds like you need to move some boxes around to get your car in the garage. I would protect my car first. Good luck. I hope you don't get hail.

Our cars are parked outside year round because there is no other place to put them. I had a carport at the old place but the rent was four times as high as here.

Did you go to your luncheon? I forgot when it is/was.

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Yes, Brenda, give me old fashioned appliances that you punch a button or turn a dial to get what you want! All the computerized things are hard to understand. I've always had laundry rooms that are at the back of the house and vent to the outside. This interior one is new to me!

We took the kids to the circus a number of times when they were little. I think it's sad that there won't be that wonderful experience for my grandchildren. Of course, if the animals were mistreated, we didn't know. But I hope it was just not as bad as some said.

Looks like the rains are coming again. I have my car outside now until I can get the boxes moved either into the house or to one side of the garage. Ugh. I've always had the car in the garage and I hate the thought of hail damage. My car needs to last for a number of years more!


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

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

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


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Mary, now that makes sense to me that your dryer is vented out the roof. Every house I have lived in had the dryer vented out the wall to the outside. All these modern things can cause a lot of problems.

Have fun at the zoo. It is so sad that the Shrine Circus is no more.

Michele, I am sure that Annie will be able to figure things out for herself. She is a big girl now and out on her own and she has to learn that she can't run to mom and dad for everything. I hope her whiplash isn't too serious.

Ann and June got here this morning around 10:30 and got the car keys from me and went home to rest. It was an all night drive and Ann drove the whole way.

Doris, I have not used the double loader machine yet. Dianne and I tested it out on her bed spread and it did a fine job. I don't have that much laundry to do but some here have bed pads and things that are bulky. I will wash my quilt on my bed in it though. It is very old and the fabric is rotting in some areas and there is not a lot of padding in it.

That is such good news that Emma and Savannah are back home. I hope things go well with her meds.

I went to Safeway this noon to pick up some half and half and cauliflower for Dianna and a few things for myself. Boy was it hot! Not complaining tho. It is only 9 blocks one way but that is not far enough for the AC to work. I cannot walk to Safeway because I can't carry the groceries home up the hill.





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Doris, that's good news that Emma and Savannah could come home. I sure hope all will go well. So great that your daughter will be able to help them. Traffic to get anywhere nowadays is tough! It took me 35 minutes to get to my old side of town today and there was not much traffic!

Brenda, the laundry room is off the side hallway with no outside wall available. I've never had that before. So it vents up to the roof...I hope! I have to get someone to check it if my son in law or son can't. I want everything in working order. Glad your new machine is a big one.

Michele, try not to dwell on Annie's accident. It sounds like she isn't too hurt---so glad about that. If she ran into the car in front of her, even if it was a stop short type of thing, they will consider that she was following too closely. Sadly, that's the law. She has insurance, I hope. So let things settle and then see what comes of it! Good luck!

Marielle, yes, that's the vent situation I have. I can't see up to the roof and have no idea what I'm supposed to be seeing but I guess the boys can figure it out.

I get to go to the zoo with my daughter and granddaughters tomorrow!!

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 I am continuing to send prayers your way! Pleaserest yourself as you justmay be needed!

MARY the dryers here in Japan are also vented up on the rooves, not outward b/c it would bedangerous for the builiding next to it. Clotheslines are very common in Japan. It doesn't matter that the neighbors can see. My mom used to string a clothesline in the house.

BRENDA your chicken sounds good. Did Ann& June ever show up?

MARIELLE your dinner also sounds good. And healthy! How did it turn out?

I am past panic. Tad also said to let Annie figure this one out, too. I can not actually leave now anyhow since she is in no physical danger. I can not get out of the elementary school volunteer for next month on the 5th. She is tryng to rent a car, & we'll see what the insurance Co. has to say!

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Good to hear from you, Marielle!

Michele, I agree with the others. Don't panic now! Wait to see how the insurance pays before rushing in to do for Annie. I'm so glad she was not injured more than the whip lash. That can make one miserable.

Mary, I hope you get the dryer going soon. It's just such an inconvenience. Your place sounds like you will never be at a loss for something to do. That will be nice!

Brenda, have you done any of your laundry in the new machine? It will help to have another one.

They have let Emma come home with meds. My DD spent the night with them so that she could take care of the little girls and let the parents sleep. This is a full week now of interrupted sleep for them and they are exhausted. Hope things level out so that they can find the new "normal" soon. Some one asked--they live in Dallas about 120 miles or so from us. But the traffic to get to their house is something we no longer drive in!

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Good morning everyone, sorry I didn't post yesterday.

Michele, I am so sorry about Annie's accident. She is very lucky she was not badly hurt. If she has collision insurance that should help replace her car. Liability should take care of the other cars if she is at fault. Did she hit someone first? That, according to the law, would make it her "fault". Did they say why it was her fault? I know you don't know much being so far away. I hope no one else was hurt. Glad she has family around to help her. When I was 17 I hit a car-it stopped in front of me. The people all said it was my fault and I "wasn't paying attention". I didn't feel that was true as this car stopped in front of me to turn left and I didn't see any taillights. She will get through this and will hopefully learn some kind of lesson which will help her in the future. I will do prayers for her.

Brenda, the new dryer sounds like a winner and cost effective. I am not much of a pie fan either. I do like cream pies though.

Doris, I am so sorry about Emma. I hope she is okay. My prayers for her health and recovery. Glad Savannah seems okay now. It is hard to watch your loved ones go through such a hard time.

Mary glad your new home is coming together. Sorry about the dryer vent. I had one that went up thru the roof. It was off the kitchen and in the middle of the house. Unfortunately for me the vent was apparently a soft metal and was not able to be repaired according to the repairman. They wound up putting a tray in the dryer area that collected the lint. I'm sure with a lot of money and tearing apart things it might have been repaired. Good luck with yours. I sold that house when I moved to Prescott. My dryer vent now has a cover on the exterior of the house with vents that open when it is on and close when it is not running.

Betty, good to hear from you. I do eat a lot of fruit and vegetables/salads. My weight is holding steady and I'm sure I will start losing if I keep on tracking what I eat which helps to keep me from overeating. Hope the DDS appt went well.

I'm going to cut up a whole chicken and do an "Oven Fried Chicken" recipe that sounds good today. I'll probably have potatoes and green beans with the chicken for dinner.

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Michele, I am glad that Annie wasn't hurt more seriously. Don't panic yet, wait until she contacts her insurance company and see what they will do. This is a hard learning experience for her so first let her do what she can and then see what needs to be done as far as a car.

We only got the one upright Maytag machine. The other three are regular loads.

Mary, I don't understand why a dryer would be vented all the way up to the roof instead of just on the outside of the house. Good luck with getting the vents cleaned.

I had a restless night and didn't get much sleep. I finally got up at six. It is going to be another hot day. I had my windows opened wide all night and it did not cool off much in here. I only covered up with the sheet.

My baked chicken turned out really good. I skinned and boned it after it cooled down, saved the breast to slice for sandwiches.

Doris, I am continuing sending prayers for Savannah and have added Emma as well. I hope they both go home soon.

I will check back later. I need to get dressed before June and Ann arrive. It could be any time now if they left at midnight like Jeanette told me.

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Oh, Michele, I am so sorry this has happened. I'm sure being so far away is terribly hard on all of you. I'm glad your sister in Willis was able to step in to help. Annie needs to rest up and wait a bit to let things settle. She can call her insurance company and give them a full account. She will probably need an attorney to go with her to the court appearance if 'people' are saying it was her fault. I don't know about these things but in Houston I would think that might be common practice. Maybe the airline has someone who could be recommended? Maybe think about leasing a car rather than buying her one....that way, if she gets transferred or something, she might need/want a different type. It will cost you less each month than buying it. just a thought. Prayers are coming your way.

Doris, prayers for Emma and Savannah, too. I'm very sorry all these issues have surfaced during a time that should be only happiness! I don't remember where they are....near to you? Please keep letting us know.

Brenda, I don't have a clothesline. The elderly couple next door has one i nthe back of their house. I thought about stringing something up but it would be in direct sight of my other neighbors. I have a hanging rod in my laundry room. I can drip dry in the bathroom, too. I can continue to do laundry at my daughter's house until the vent can be blown out. It goes up through the wall and ends somewhere on the roof----way too high to get up there!

I will go for a short walk, then have a luncheon with friends from the Mother's Day Out. I have more boxes to unpack. Maybe tomorrow I will go to an exercise class here and on Thursday there is a woman's discussion group. Lots of fun activities here! I got an audiobook from the community library yesterday and saw the bridge groups playing!

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BRENDA I am glad that your new washers are working well. now, if everyone will just USE them the RIGHT way!!!


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I will keep Emma & baby Savannah in my prayers. I hope that they are both all right.

I can not eat. My eyes are so heavy. It appears that Annie is ok. Her car is wrecked. So Tad & I are going to have to buy her a new one ( she can not afford it right now--her salary is too low) so she will pay us back little by little. She needs to call her insurance Co.

My sister who lives near Houston ( in Willis, wherever that is! ) drove to annie's new house to make sure that she was ok. Mary ( sister) 's mother in law is dying of cancer so she didn't really need this hassle, but her family ( or should I say her husband's family ) in Texas is like that--they are willing to help out any other family member when someone needs help. No questions asked.

And then my sister susan in Raleigh, whom Annie relied on a lot when she was in Larenburg N. C. up until last year, has been helping Annie alot.

I feel so helpless over here, not knowing the U.S. system anymore & not able to DO anything fo her!

asking for prayers my way, too. It appears that Annie has whiplash & now the police are saying ( as well as the 5 other cars involved ) that it was HER fault. She has a citation & has to go to court next month! Oh! what to do?! I need to breathe & calm myself.





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Michele, so sorry about Annie. I hope she updates you on how she's doing frequently. Is she having to stay at the hospital? Prayers that she is OK.

Mary, the dryer vent does need to be cleaned frequently. At my house I have a screen on the outside to keep out the snakes that seem to like the dark covered vent pipe so once a week I have to remove the screen and let it blow out while I clean the screen. I know yours won't need to be cleaned that often, but you can put it on your list of things to maintain. Will the guys blow it out with an air hose or suck it out with a vacuum?

I went with my friend Sharon tonight to hear a speaker talking about human trafficking. It was very interesting, but sad to think what is happening to young people. Exploitation to bring in money for those doing the trafficking. And it's everywhere, according to this speaker. Parents need to start teaching their kids early to resist any one molesting them by reporting to their parents or a teacher.

Our new mother Emma had to go to the hospital tonight. Her blood pressure has been way too high so she and baby Savannah are back in the hospital to get that resolved. At least they are letting her have the baby there so she can continue to nurse as needed. I hope it's not a blood clot. Prayers appreciated again!

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OMG Michele, I hope Anne doesn't have any hidden injuries and that she heals quickly. Sending love and prayers to you and Tad.

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We got our new upright double washer this afternoon. A Maytag heavy duty. Laurie had to leave so she left me and Dianne to supervise the installation and get the instructions and key to the money slot. Dianne put her big bed cover in to wash. No water turned on so we called them back. They came back and turned on the water, They also left a big puddle of water on the floor from the hose in the old washer so we had to clean that up before someone slipped and fell. We took the coins out that Dianne put in and used them over again. It works really good with water in it!

Laurie told us it is $2 to wash but it turns out to be $1.75 for a light load, $2 for a medium load, $2.25 for a large load. In the long run it will be cheaper to do our laundry than using the smaller washers. I know there will be a lot of grumbling until they figure out how it works because it is computerized.

June and Ann didn't come back today. I texted Jeanette. They are leaving for home tonight at midnight and will be back around 8 in the morning. That is good because I won't have to wait for them to give June her car keys. Anyway, they got Jeanette all situated but she said she will still be going through some more things and do more downsizing as she goes.

I have that whole fryer in the oven and it is 85 in here with the AC on out in the hall. It was either cook it or freeze it so this way I will have it cooked for a few meals in the next few hot days.

Mary, I hope you get your dryer fixed quickly. Do you have a clothesline? That;s nice they have an end of year luncheon for everyone.


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can't talk much right now; Annie was in a car accident driving home for the airport in the rain. She was knocked unconcious by the airbag that blew up in front of her face.

Texted me from the hospital. She is ok, except for a lot of bruising. Police & others involved (seems that there were about 5 other cars) claimed that it was her fault. but annie said that she was driving straight not on her phone or anything ,

This is really awful. May have to go Houston.....

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I just now saw these posts, but Betty, I'm with you. i don't like driving in the rain. I didn't have a choice today...my brand new dryer has 'issues' and I think it's because my laundry room at the new house is an interior one. I've only had ones that vent to the outside. The new dryer sends a message that says AF for Air Flow. Two sisters and a Spark friend did a search and I think the former owners of this house, who were in their late 80's, never blew out the vent to the roof. So my son in law or my younger son will have to take care of that. In the meantime, I can WASH clothes but not dry them. It could cause a house fire!! Shades of last summer when my dryer was messed up at the old house!

Michele, Dave loved to vacuum and clean. I'd come home from church or errands and he'd have cleaned the whole house in record time! I have slate floors in the kitchen and bathrooms and dark laminate that looks like rough wood in the rest of the rooms now. I miss carpeting tat softens things but I need to do a massive cleaning once I quit carrying boxes in from the garage and tracking! As for church, I was so spoiled that it was 2.5 miles away! I can 'give God an extra few minutes' to get there and back now!

Brenda, yes, keeping gas in the car is a must. I got down to less than 2 gallons and was worried. I left much earlier than needed for church on Sunday to fill up. Do be cautious now!

Betty, I hope your dental visit was okay. I have been so lucky with my teeth---rarely problems!

I have an end of the year school luncheon tomorrow and will do errands on the 'old' side of town! I might drive past my old house for 'old time sake!'



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BETTY good luck with the dentist! Think of rain this way: it is managable. Snow is NOT!!!

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Can't even begin to catch up here. You gals are so busy here.
Mary glad you are getting settled.
Rainy day here & tomorrow. I have dentist in morning & hate driving in the rain! It has gotten cool again with heat on again.
Doris, hope you & Mary are a ways from all the tornado's we are hearing about.

I once more posted a few pictures on my Spark Page if anyone interested,

Now I have to figure out what's for dinner. I have nothing out thawed.Gave Den a stir fry for lunch & I had a half low carb roll with chicken salad & dill pickle. Now he wants light for dinner, but of course has no idea what he wants! I am struggling again to get the weight below 150. Haven't I been saying this the past year?!

ok, have a good day, what is left everyone.

About the sign Brenda, your so funny!

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MARY sounds like you're settling in well. I envy you---only 18 minutes to chruch? It takes me an hour & 15 minutes. If the train is not slow. Wow! I miss those close by churches.

And free flowers, men who help fix things, you really are on your way! Hooray!

BRENDA i wish that there were someone to vacuum my house for me emoticon Tad usualy does the vacuuming on Sundays b/c he like to push it around He doesn't do as good of a job as I would like---he goes around stuff rather than move it. But I'n not complaining, at least it gets done

Today, Tuesday is another 80-ish day It's too early to be getting th is hot already. The humidity hovers aruond 50% which is not too bad yet. We still have June -September to get through, the worst months! emoticon

I will probably just get my piano practicing done, & students this afternoon.

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Mary, I am glad you have some men in the family to help you figure out things in your new home. I would have no clue. Apartment living, we just write up a work order for Jeff and he comes and fixes things for us, cuts the grass and the Master Gardeners come and take care of our landscaping and helps those who have raised garden beds. And the cleaning people come three times a week to clean the building. I wish they would come in our apartments with their vacuum when they go by the door. emoticon

Now that Jeanette has moved away, I started thinking again. When I do have to drive myself to an unfamiliar area, I need to pay attention to where I am in case I break down and have to call AAA. Mostly I don't pay attention.

Jeanette taught me to never let my gas tank get below half full. It is just below half right now so I do need to stop by the gas station. I was going to do that when I went to the dentist last but realized that I was below the gas station I usually go to so I just came home instead of stopping at another one.

I will check back later.

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Hi friends. I started this last night and all of a sudden my computer turned off. So I’ll start again! It was another busy but great day yesterday. I was almost out of gas so I found that my new Kroger has the exact same set up as my last one! Hooray! I hate ‘breaking in’ a new way to do something, lol. I got gassed up and went to my new church. It’s 7 miles away instead of 2.5 like at my old house and took 18 minutes today because I caught most of the lights. Afterwards I went to my daughter’s church and two of my sisters, tow of my son in law’s sisters and his parents all were there for the baptism. The church was packed with 9 babies/children to be baptized and SO many family members. We had cake, cookies, and coffee afterwards at my daughter’s house and then one sister and her family drove back with me to see my new house. My brother in law fixed my disposal. You had to have the power switch turned on in order to press the red reset button. Who knew??? I need large print messages that say “Do THIS, Mary!”

Marielle, I’m with you! I thought it was way too late and too long for all those little ones! No nap per se, but both girls fell asleep on the short ride home after rehearsal. Once they got back home they were droopy but got their 2nd winds later. The automatic flush toilets scared one of them and she wet her pants right before going on stage! But the sweet ‘backstage moms’ ‘padded’ her panties with toilet paper like my mother used to do when we were little, lol, and the Show Went On! They slept well last night and were bright and cheerful today.

Brenda, I did the same as you…I read and my husband drove when we took trips. I’m trying to venture out now that I have no clue as to where I am and where I need to go in this Whole New World! I’m glad you got so much sewing done and had a chance to not have too much talking going on. I totally sympathize with with Jeanette and her ‘not as big as you thought’ place. This new house is wonderful and does have storage, but despite getting rid of whole rooms of furniture, I have so much that needs to go somewhere and no place to put it. I’m making a big pile to send to charity once again! My new washer and dryer are Maytags, but I’m getting a notice on the dryer that says “AF.” I need to find out what to do!

Doris, I do hope that sweet baby can come home today. Glad the weather cooled down some, too. It ‘spit’ here, then has poured a steady rain all night long We are promised rain for the next couple of days.

I hope you get your flowers, Michele, and get them planted before the rains come. I have pretty annuals in all the flower beds, compliments of the seller. I don’t know anything about them except for the knockout roses---I had those in my other house. I need to ‘deadhead’ some of the flowers, I think. Maybe the rain today will revive everything. I need a sprinkler system.

My new dryer sends me a message that says AF. My brother in law looked at it yesterday and says the coil isn’t kinked so I think the vent through the wall and up to the roof needs to be ‘blown out.’ Ugh. I hope someone can help with that. I started setting my little bedroom up as a home office this morning before church. I need to find all my files and get those into my garage sale filing cabinet. Then I can start using it in the right way. It has a nice sized walk in closet and I put one of my husband’s bookcases from his office in there for vertical storage! My house is slowly becoming a home!


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The news was good this morning that baby Savannah will get to go home today. Hope she gets to stay this time. And I bet her "big sister" is ready to have them at home too. She is slightly over 2 so this will be an adjustment for her.

We went to church this morning, then came home to eat. It's a cooler, overcast day so it's making good sleeping weather for DH's nap! Tonight we will go to play 84 at our friend's house. Then tomorrow night some of us are going to hear a speaker talk about the human trafficking problem. I was only made aware of this a few years back, but it seems to be a much bigger problem than I was aware of. And they prey on younger girls, 15 or 16, getting them hooked on drugs in order to keep them working in the sex trade. UGH! I bet I learn a lot more tomorrow, too.

Glad all went well with the recital, Mary!

Brenda, that should have been a pleasant day, even though you really stayed busy.

Marielle, I'm with you on the energy thing. My mind still thinks I have the energy I had 10 years ago, but my body seems to run out of steam!

Michele, I hope your flowers do well. I like the colors on coleus.

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BRENDA wow! What a busy sewing day you had!! It sounds likeyou got a lot done.
I am not a pie fan. Tad loves apple pie, which I make sometimes for him. How is the new washing machine? I don't overload my machine for the simple reason that the clothes don't get clean. If they are overloaded the clothes will still smell. I tell this to my kids all of the time. Maybe one day, they'll actually listen!

MARY you too, had a long day! I bet the recital was nice. I love Whataburger! Tad & I went there last year when we were in Houston for Annie's flight attendant graduation. The other place was the doughnut shop. Can't remember the name. Shipley's maybe?

MARIELLE I love thepictures you put on the posts. I am saving each one, use it as my computer screen.

Today, Monday, I am going to scrub out the shower & then go to Konan ( like an Ace Harware) to buy more flowers. This time, my coleuses. I haven't bought flowers for 3 years b/c I was so busy helping Annie out with expenses.

There is no rain in the forcast, but our rainy season is right around the corner!

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Marielle, I love your beautiful pictures with the different verses. Yes, it was a very busy day yesterday and I slept the whole night for a change.

Tomorrow we are supposed to get our new Maytag front facing double load washer. We have been without it for a few months. It cost $2500. Laurie got a grant to buy it, that's why it took so long. It will be $2 a load. The old one, people kept overloading it and it totally broke the springs on the tub. So, I hope they don't break this one. We have been down to three washers the last few months so laundry was a problem at times. We have to do our laundry around the caregivers because they only have two hours a day with a client. I usually do mine early in the morning or late afternoon.

I brought home a piece of coconut cream pie from the restaurant, gave half to Dianne and it is still a huge piece. I just ate a little bit of it and is it ever sweet. At this rate it will take me 3 days to eat it. It was only $3 a slice. I will never do that again. emoticon We wanted cherry but they were out.

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Good morning all,

Brenda, wow you were very busy yesterday! Got a lot done. I would have been "too pooped to pop". Nice that Debby drove you to dinner. I never go to far from home either. I haven't been down the hill to Phoenix in a very long time!

Doris, how is baby Savannah today. Bless her heart.

Michele, sometimes I feel like I am driving in a maze. I hope the GPS will be helpful for you.

Mary the recital and practice lasted so long. I am surprised the girls made it through, much less you and your DD. I guess when you are young you have much more energy than I do.



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Yes, I had a very busy day yesterday. Dianne, Margie and Ruthie and I were the only ones and we didn't get many interruptions. First I took Jody to Safeway with me and we got our shopping done and she got her meds.

Dianne was putting tote bags together and she got stuck and called Debby to come help her. I cut out a lot of the clutch bags and sewed the zippers, then Dianne did the serging on them.

Ruthie was just learning how to make her own tote bag. I have not finished mine yet but I will get to it. I am going to put pockets inside of mine and that has be be sewn on the lining before attaching it to the outside.

We sewed until almost 5. We were all hungry so Debby took and me and Margie to the Taste of Alaska restaurant for their all you can eat fish and chips and prime rib night. $10.95. Margie had the prime rib. It was all really good. We brought Dianne back fish and chips. She didn't want to go because it is too hard for her to walk very far so she stayed and finished some of the tote bags. She pretty much lives in her wheelchair.

Mary, what a long day at the recital. Did the girls get a nap in at any time during the day? There is no rule that you have to hurry and get things put away and wear yourself out. A couple hours a day sounds like a good plan.

June and Ann stopped by yesterday morning to pick up a rental pick up truck and park June's car here. They went to help Jeanette weed out all the extra things and take them to the Goodwill. She found out that her new place is much smaller than she remembered when she looked at it. They will be back here tomorrow to return the rental truck and pick up June's car.

Doris, I hope baby Savannah gets to go back home soon. Poor little thing. She is off to a rough start.

Marielle, there used to be a bumper sticker that said "Don't follow me, I'm lost." That is me a lot of the time. I have no sense of direction and don't pay attention to landmarks. That's because my husband always did the driving and I was reading.

Have a good day everyone. It is going to get up to about 85 today, hotter tomorrow.

I do not have GPS in my car, don't want it or need it because I never go too far from home. I do map quest to find out how to get to unfamiliar places. Jeanette always took me but now that she is gone I may have to drive myself at times. Mostly I just stay around close to home.



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The rehearsal for the recital lasted all afternoon from 11:30 to 4:30! We went back to my daughter's house and her sweet husband went to Whataburger for lunch/dinner. Then we had to go back to the gym/theater by 7:00 for the actual recital and it wasn't over until 9:30! This is 2 hours past the girls' bedtime! They were cute, but clueless! I think my daughter put pictures on FB. Today is the baby's Baptism and most of my sisters are coming. They want to come see my new house so I have more cleaning up and undoing boxes before I go to church. I realized, with all the 'running around' I've been doing, that I am seriously in need of gas. So I need to allow extra time before church to gas up! So many things going on.

Doris, I'm glad you had a chance to visit with your friend and give your talk. I sure hope the baby's fever will go away and she can come home. I'm sure all of you in your family are worried.

Marielle, I do try to use Mapquest before I use the GPS to get a clear picture of where I'm going. The GPS only shows where you are now...I like a bigger picture! Mazes make me anxious, lol. Not for me!

Michele, I hope you enjoy your Sunday with no plans...sounds wonderful to me! I hope to start this week in actually enjoying my new place! I have an end of the year school luncheon and graduation from the 5th graders who were my first graders a few years ago at my old school, but those are fun to-do types!

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MARY how did the classes go? I don't even know how to use my GPS---Tad is teaching me. I am behind. Slow, that is me.

MARIELLE like the maze picture. As long as I don't have to walk through one of those! Hope that you enjoy you time wtih your family

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Marielle, don't sweat the small stuff, as long as you know how to get home! It doesn't matter what room is above--you have to use the stairs anyway! lol


Michele, I hope the new chime group is more inclusive than the last had been. You seem to enjoy playing.

Brenda, I bet your group is getting a lot of sewing done today. Best wishes for not being interrupted as you work!

Mary, I guess I just don't fully trust a GPS. I've seen them do crazy things with directions. I still prefer a map and use mapquest before I leave home most of the time. Have fun with your grands! It sounds like your plan to do things in an orderly way a couple of hours at a time should leave you well organized once it's done. Maybe I should move so I would be forced to do that too. But no, I don't want to have to move!! I'm content where I am.

Donna and I had a speaking engagement to talk to a women's group about HH this morning. It was about an hour from the house. They provided lunch so I've been home less than an hour. It was an enjoyable time. And Donna and I got to visit on the way there and back. Now it's "chair time" for me.

Bonnie, hope you have fun on the trip!

Baby Savannah is still at the hospital but may get to go home tomorrow, if her temperature stays down without meds.


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Mary enjoy the dance classes. I'm with you on lack of having a good spacial understanding. It has taken me almost two years to get the directions in my house clear so I understand my directions downstairs and how they relate to upstairs. In other words, understanding what room is above me when downstairs and what room is below me when I am upstairs. Crazy I know.



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I hope you have a nice day with daughter and grandson, Marielle! I'm with you...I look things up beforehand, but use my GPS a lot. A Spark friend told me about Google Maps and I've used that twice. But last night, coming home from the graduation Mass, it took me around the same large block 4 times and 10 minutes! Traffic was still pretty tight at 7:45 and I didn't have anywhere to pull in and reset it. So I took a deep breath, delayed people behind me until I saw the freeway entrance, and got up on that even though the GPS didn't tell me to. At least it rerouted me and I got home fine. What a learning curve! I don't know this end of town at all and even got lost coming home from church last weekend! I'm sure it will get better!

I'm off to the ballet and tap rehearsal and recital in a few minutes. What a busy weekend! I've put some more things away in my smallest bedroom that will be a 'working' office. I'm using an armoire that used to hold a TV and Nintendo/Wii gamesets as a computer center. I think I will have a place for all my stuff. I bought a big 4 drawer file cabinet at a garage sale and will organize all my files in the next week or so, once I find my boxes of important info! So much left to do but if I take a couple of hours a day to get unpacked and put things in 'logical places,' I should get it done within a good time frame!

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Morning everyone,

Michele, you are funny. LOL. How is Tad doing with the news? He seemed pretty unhappy with the results. The leaky valve thing is like a heart murmur. I guess a lot of people have it. Not as serious as it sounds. Guess I've had it for years and years. Probably first had a doctor say something about it when I was in my 30's or 40's. Glad your lessons went the way you wanted so you had time later on for yourself.

Mary, sorry you hurt your hands and broke blood vessels carrying things. Because I take 81mg aspirin, I get bruises all the time. I always look like someone has beaten up my arms.

Bonnie-sorry the GPS was a bust. My DD uses it on here phone and Ipad. She is very "modern" (LOL). I haven't got the right kind of phone to do it. I usually look things up on line before I go somewhere and print out the directions to follow.

Today DD and GS's are going to Phoenix to for a tournament (video games). They really are quite good. Gotta go make some tea this morning. Have a great day everyone!!!!
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Michele, you're funny!! I knew the old group broke up but wasn't sure if you had joined a new tone/chime one. Whatever happens, I hope you will be okay with it. Enjoy your book and get the laundry done. I will tackle mine again in a couple of days.

Today from 11:00 this morning to 10:00 tonight, I will be helping with the ballet and tap rehearsal and recital. Tomorrow is Emmaline's baptism, so I will be very busy and might not get back here until tomorrow night.

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you are indeed having new adventures! I too, am a slow learner----I would have needed extra help in you 2nd grade class. I did make good B/C scores when I had help. But I have no sense of direction, either. I fear getting lost! When God said, "brains" I thought I had heard him say "trains" & said "no thank you!" & stepped out of line! emoticon

BONNIE I hope that you enjoyed your outings! you do get a lot of them! I do not like cats. I would never be mean to one, but I just don't like them

jAs for my tone chime group, it broke up after the 4-18 tone chime festival. Lots of politics. Junko ( piano teacher & leader/ owner of the tone chimes) said that she is going to re-group with ONLY people that she likes! In fact, she has already given me new tone chime music to practice, starting next month. THere will be other new members, none of which are veteran piano teachers ( like they all have been )

My Saturday pm lessons went well. Lesson started at noon ( vs 2 pm when it usually starts ) so I was able to get home earlier! emoticon leaving me more time to do the stuff I want to do at home---read my kindle, respond to all ofyou, get laundry done



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Bonnie, it seems you take your 'adventures' in stride! Great job. I'm a very slow learner when it comes to anything new but I am determined to conquer my fear of going places I don't know about. So far, so good! Enjoy your trip. There's nothing short of the C-PAP that you can't buy on the way!

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You are having so many adventures. Good job not letting the unfamiliar streets mess you up. I always say, I am never lost, I am just misplaced. LOL

I have no sense of direction. I am kind of used to have some problems, so I don't get all upset about it most of the time.

My family, cousins, aunts and uncles all decided I needed a GPS after I was "misplaced" when we went to the wedding in Indiana last summer

So, my cousin Nancy, gave me an old GPS. She could not really show me how to use it, and there are no directions. I would get into the car, and it would come on, and I think it was trying to take me back to HER house. It would just come on by itself.

Well, that was a bust.

I will just keep with my wandering ways.

MICHELE

Sorry there are no answers for Tad. Hopefully, it is just some kind of a virus which will wear itself out soon.

DORIS

Prayers for the baby

Sorry about the baby running a temp again. Hoping that can be remedied very soon.

Good that both of your physicals came back good.

MARIELLE

Prayers for the drs to be able to help you with your issues. God Bless.


MICHELE

Hope you enjoyed your trip and your lessons today.

I really enjoy my cat. I have had two most of the time, and one time I had three. But,this little cat is quite content to be an only cat, and I really don't want to take on the expense for health issues, etc for a second cat. We do very well by ourselves.

I am going to Mon Ami, a restaurant for brunch with a group of friends for Debbie's birthday. After that, the 8 of us going to the island will get on the ferry, and be on our way.

I am looking forward to it, but I never feel like I am ready. LOL I have just gotten so that, as long as I have my Cpap, and distilled water for it, I can just buy whatever I may have left home.

Doing my laundry, almost done.

Have a lovely weekend my friends.

I have a party tomorrow evening with at Scott's sister's house, and all of that family will be there. My "granddaughter" will be there too. I will go for awhile, and then stop at the grocery store to pick up my order.

I am getting mostly things to take on my trip, and will just leave them in the car.

God Bless my friends

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Marielle, I sure hope your heart and your kidneys will be okay. My feet and fingers were so swollen all last week. I broke blood vessels in my ring fingers from carrying boxes and gripping things so tightly. I wasn't drinking enough water, either. We need to be so careful as we age bu t's hard to keep up with things!

I hope you had a good lesson with the Italian restaurant people, Michele, and all your other students! How are things with the tone/chimes group? Still taking a break? How did things end with the lessons?

I used Google Maps to get to the graduation Mass. I knew where it was from my old house but had no clue as to where to go from my new house. I got lost coming home from church last Sunday and from the grocery store yesterday! But I am enjoying finding my way and didn't panic when the GPS took me in circles on the way back home tonight for 10 minutes! I knew there was something wrong but not knowing exactly where I was supposed to go, it was a mystery. I finally decided to take a downtown freeway, knowing the general direction of my house from there. The GPS picked me up and rerouted me, thank goodness! I got home just fine. Tomorrow and Sunday I will be at my daughter's church and house---the first time to go there from here! Soooo much closer than the old house. That will be wonderful!


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MARIELLE we must have beenposting at the same time. Hope that your leaky valve(s) can be fixed. Sounds a little scary!

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DORIS I am also so sorry that Savannah had to return to the hospital! how very worried you all must be! I will keep you all in myprayers. Glad that you had a good lunch. You both need to relax & destress that way!

BRENDA good that you are preparing for your sewing. LIke Mary, I am NOT! a cat person. Don't hate them but don't like them. My sister in Chicago used to let her cat roam all over the counters, food etc. Ick! Grross! Like Mary, cringe!!!

MARY what a busy weekend you have! I bet the ballet will be so cute! Enjoy the graduation. Glad that you have help to get you settled in. I am like you---first stress! Panic! Then calm down & figure out WHAT to do!

Today, Saturday, I hve to go to Noel the Italian restuarant where Tad plays jazz twice a month to teach English to the Noel owner's wife & friend. I usually teach on the 1st Saturday of this month, but between Tad's health issues last Saturday & their busy schedules, it has just got pushed aside,.
They are an enjoyable lesson. I also have my business man student at 8 am. this morning

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Hi everyone. Well finally got the word on the echo-cardiogram. It showed I have a "leaky" aortic valve and thickening in the wall. All "caused" by aging and high blood pressure probably. The heart function Is "excellent" though according to the doctor. The doctor will go over it in detail when I see him on the 26th of July. I've known about the "leaky" valves since 2006 so only new thing is the thickening of the wall. I'm sure the nephrologist will call me with the results of the kidney ultrasound when they receive it.

Doris, so sorry about Savannah. I hope everything is okay and she is clear of the infection and able to go home soon.

Bonnie, cats can be a mess. Love them though. We have 4 living in our house. They are a riot and each have a different personality. Glad you can see to drive now.

Brenda, how cute about Dianne's kitty's name. Have a good sewing day.

Michele, age will get you I guess. I'll bet Tad is really not happy with the diagnosis. I hope he doesn't get too upset because you are taking it well.

Mary, I sure hope your headache goes away soon. The reason for all the tests were that my feet were swelling and my GFR (kidney function) dropped from in the 40's to in the 30's. Healthy GFR would be 70+ for a person in their 70's.

Have a great day everyone!!

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Doris, I'm so sorry baby Savannah had to return to the hospital but glad they caught that she was still sick. Prayers for her complete recovery. Please keep us posted. I'm glad your checkups were good and that you enjoyed a nice lunch.

Brenda, yes, a busy but fun and productive time! A Spark friend who is in the widow's group with me came and spent a few hours helping me undo boxes. I now can walk through my new craft room without boxes up to my shoulders! My friend is nice and tall and was able to do things I can't do, even with a stepladder! We had lunch at Olive Garden and ran one errand.

Tonight I have a graduation for a nephew and need to leave my house in an hour...it will probably take most of an hour to get there and it's Friday...so much traffic, I'm sure! Tomorrow the granddaughters have a ballet recital and Sunday is the newest baby's baptism!

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Just got home from DH and me having our physicals. Both of us got good reports. Then we ran errands and had lunch at On The Border. I love their chicken fajita bowls that have grilled chicken, black beans, rice, corn, lettuce, avocado, and salsa.

Baby Savannah had to return to the hospital today. She was running 101 fever, so the infection must still be there. They are running more tests now to see what's going on.

Mary, I hope you have a productive day and a fun weekend.

Brenda, it sounds as though you have a plan for getting some things sewed. Hope you don't get too many interruptions.

Michele, sorry Tad didn't get a quick fix, but maybe he will get over it soon.

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I just lost a long post so will try again later. I need some breakfast.

Wow, I just now saw that I did not lose my post because it showed up when I logged on just a little while ago.

Anyway, I have had a busy day and am ready for a nap at 4 pm. We got our government food commodities just before 1 pm, then I took Jody and her cat, Simon, to the vet for a check up and claws cut. Then she needed/wanted to stop at the plant store for some plants and seeds and she was surprised they still had seeds left that she wanted.

I think it is about 75 out and feeling a little muggy. I have a headache but my BP is low.

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Mary, what kind of foil liner do you have to scrape off the bottom of the oven? I did not know any oven liners stuck. I don't use them but put a cookie sheet under anything that may boil over. I also have the round pie trays with a hole in the bottom to put the pie plate in when baking. If it overflows, it goes into the pie tray. I have had it many years so I don't know if they even make them anymore.

You are going to be very busy the next few days. But a very good busy.

Dianee's cat does not hurt the serger, she just likes to pull out the thread. Dianne is getting really good re-threading it. I have always had cats and yes, they got on top of my dining room table to watch the birds out the window so I made a quilted cover out of scraps for the table. We seldom used it anyway. I sewed on it. Living here, I don't want any animals, there are plenty here to play with if I want to.

I got up at 4:30 but by 6:30 I went back to bed and dozed until 8:30 so I did get my 8 hours in shifts. The sun is shining brightly, no rain in the forecast and it will get to almost 80 over the weekend.

I cleared the top of my long desk off in preparation to get some sewing done here instead of lugging it downstairs. I have a sewing cabinet for my machine. I will figure out a way to get some work done and not be bothered.

Michele, I cannot believe Tad was told his problem is just old age and to deal with it. I do hope it clears up on it's own tho.

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It is nice of your friend to help you unpack boxes.

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Good morning, friends. It's a bright, sunny day and I'm hoping to get a lot accomplished without stressing myself over what does NOT get done! I got my savings account checks via UPS late yesterday and so now both checkbooks have my new address, just in time to pay bills, which I must do today.

Bonnie, I'm so happy that you are able figure out what needs to be done...I am very slowing working on that. I stress and fall apart FIRST, then take a deep breath. I need to go about it so totally differently! I'm hoping the new glasses will give you a totally new, bright eye future!

Michele, how strange, but good that the doctor can't find anything wrong with Tad, considering how worried you all were. I hope things will clear up on their own. I'm glad he saw the doctor, though. At least now there is a record of symptoms to put down on paper.

Marielle, I didn't read down far enough to see what medical issues you were having but I sure hope you're okay. Sorry the ex kept calling you. I hope he and your daughter can get the student loan issues worked out.

Brenda, I am not a cat person..not a BAD person, lol, but have never had or really liked cats. Friends who let their cats onto the kitchen counter or roam on the dining room table made me cringe. I think if a cat messed up my sewing machine I would flip out! I sure hope it will be okay! I know they enjoy messing with yarn and string, etc. I wish you could sew in peace when you want to and with the group when you want to without any worries!

One of my Spark friends is coming to help me get organized today. I think my headache is gone but I still am a little woozy. i hope to start eating regular meals instead of driving through somewhere. Got to get the foil liner scraped off my oven bottom before I use it again, though! I have a very busy weekend: graduation Mass for a nephew tonight, ballet and tap recital for my twin granddaughters tomorrow, and baptism of the baby sister on Sunday! Thus begins my new life!

Mary
Houston, TX.


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

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

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


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