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Hi, friends. My daughter will be interviewed on the 6:00 news! She was concerned when an 'unmarked' SUV parked in front of her house today and a woman got out, waving at her through the front window. She said she wanted to talk with my daughter about 'the incident'. Cherilyn only talked through the screen and wouldn't let her inside because they had no ID. She called her husband, jumped into the shower and put on a cute dress and some makeup. When the girl came back she brought ID and had interviewed some of the neighbors. There was a 'teaser' on the 5:00 news and it will air at 6:00.

I hope you will get good news about your foot, Michele. How did this happen and how long has the doctor been concerned? I wish you had answers. I hope the lessons are good for you today.

Marielle, you have so much still to do for your 'job!' I wish you could divide some of it so you're not swamped. Don't let yourself get run down again! Are you feeling better now?

I totally forgot about my end of the year interview with the principal this morning....so glad I got to hear that another teacher was having hers and it jogged my memory. The principal was complimentary and that was good enough for me!

I have loads of grading, laundry, and bills to pay.

Hugs to everyone.

Mary

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I am being monitored by my dr.

Today is Thursday here already. Time for piano lesson & tone chime practice!

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Mary, how scary about that guy at your daughter's door--thank goodness she has her phone and called 911. The police did good work!

Michele, what does the doctor think about your numb foot, a pinched nerve or ??? Glad your doctor is watching it. Keep us informed.

Doris, I am so glad HH is coming together! You are doing a great job!

I am back on track with my exercise and pretty much everything else. Things are up and down with the Board. Today is the day we post the agenda--so I can start scripting for the meeting on Monday--had a couple of days rest with that, but seems it never ends. Our Manager is now reviewing our insurance to make sure it will be adequate for the project when it starts. I had to contact the company and get her authorized to get the information. It only took about 4 or 5 emails back and forth--providing the ins. co. with the Board's updated information, then the authority for our Manager to get the info as well. That with copying the Manager & Secretary on everything. I feel like I did before I retired, except now the great thing is, I actually have the authority to do things, decide how to do them, and to follow through without needing daily permissions from bosses. We still need full Board approval for out of the "ordinary" things.............



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Michele I hope that your foot is not too serious. Surgery is always difficult. Off to a busy day

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I like the idea of a German Shepard guard dog.

I went to the dr. yesterday for my back; b/c my foot is somewhat numb, I am being monitored more closely. Whether or not I will have surgery in the future waits to be seen.

Have a good day, all!

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She does have an 'attack cat' Brenda, lol....but a dog probably is a good idea. They need to hook their camera back up to Brinks for protection. She's okay, just shaken. It really scares me. I have babysat alone at night and never worried at all!

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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Mary,

Sounds like your daughter needs to get a German Shepard Police Dog to guard her home. How very scary!

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The numbness would really worry me, Michele. I'm so glad you're doctor is on it. I guess it does go hand in hand (foot in foot?!) with back issues, though. My gait is terrible on the right side where the sciatica is worse. I hope you can get some relief.

My daughter said she's fine but I know it's shaken her a lot. There have been breakins in her neighborhood but never at her house...she's on the corner of a busy street. To have this guy come in the daytime and park in her front driveway and act like he's supposed to be there...it was really scary. I hope she scared him off for good.
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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My numbfoot is being monitored. If it continues to worsen, I may need surgery down the road...Dr. Nishiyama said a little pain means the nerves are still "alive & active" so to speak.

Now. time to teach English conversation to my 5th grader! emoticon

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Mary, that was a scary situation. I'm glad they were all OK.

And I agree about the candy at Easter. It encourages a sugar high and has no part in the real meaning of Easter. It's like the commercialization at Christmas.

Michelle, the foot going numb doesn't sound good. That may indeed change your treatment. When that happened to me back in my 30's (after I fell over a tree root), I had to have surgery. It helped immediately. Now I just have arthritis in my spine. And I guess that's part of the problem with my knee. I go next week for another injection in the knee. The doc had said he hoped it worked for at least 3 months and it has been 5 months! I would say it worked.

Marielle, I hope it's been a good start to the week for you--not too stressful now that you're back to your regular schedule again.



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Mary, how scary! I'm so glad that everyone is ok!
Easter is not about candy. As I get older, I really dislike the idea of EAster candy.

Brenda, glad your potluck was good. That chicken dish sounds like something I would love to eat! I'm going to have to look that one up!

Marielle, good for you for getting back to regular scheule. Did you get your exercise in?

Doris, I am also glad for you that your HH is coming along. I did look it up on the internet---very interesting! Wish I could be there to help!

Today Tuesday, I have my dr. appt. with my specialist for the 3 slipped disks in my back.  I hve to see him every 3 months or so.  My left foot is rather numb, &I don't know if this is going to change the treatment or not.

Have a good day, all! emoticon

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I had a good but hectic day at school. The kids were wired…too much Easter candy maybe? I sent four notes home! I went to my doctor after school and his wife assured me that I will get a list of doctors to go to, but next month rather than April like they told me. He will fill my prescription for the Xeralto, too, so I won’t have an issue with a lag there, thank goodness.

I had a scare for sure…Cherilyn called and said she had an Asian man kick their front door and try to get in! She had been sitting on the couch near the door and got up to go get her iPad in the bedroom when she heard this loud bang. She got both babies into her bedroom, got her gun, and called 911. It took the police 11 minutes to come and there’s a substation 2 blocks from her house!!! The camera showed this guy parking in her front driveway, going up to the house, looking in the mailbox, and peering into the dining room window! Steven’s truck wasn’t in the driveway so it looked like no one was home. When she heard the noise she looked around the corner of the room and saw the guy trying the door handle so she hollered that she would be there in a minute…then called the police. I am so thankful she and the girls were fine.

Brenda, my seats are leather so a good scrubbing with Windex and wiping it down seems to have taken care of the smell, thank goodness. If it was upholstery I would have been in big trouble. I’m sorry Wilma has to leave you but asst. living will give her much care, I hope. My mother enjoys her place for the most part. I’m glad your potluck was so well attended!

Marielle, I’m glad you’re doing better and coping is a little easier. You’ve had so much to deal with. Still take it easy! Enjoy your time with your sister.

Things are perking along with the HH, Doris! I’m sure each week you’re more and more excited.
I will eat my leftovers from Saturday night’s dinner then go to water aerobics. Happy night to all.

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, glad you had a good Easter break. Yuk to the spill. Hope the smell goes away soon. And do keep working that knee so scar tissue doesn't accumulate.

Brenda, your potluck sounded like fun. At 96 assistance with living is a good thing. I hope that is enough help. My mother was able to live in one for several years and then had to move to a nursing home. Assisted living is just so much more private that I would prefer to stay there as long as possible, if I ever have to leave home.

We met this morning with the contractor and several board members at the job and got some more decisions made. This is coming together! YEA!! The machines were working to level the ground and grass will be planted soon, hoping it will come up before we get heavy rains that would put gulleys in the dirt.

Happy Spring to all of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I am starting back on my "regular" schedule today after taking a break last week. I feel much less overwhelmed by all the extra stuff I had to take care of or deal with. Today my sister comes up, she is having her car serviced at the dealer and will stay here while they work on it.

I am going ahead and going to my exercise class. I took off Wednesday so really need it.

Brenda, Wilma sounds pretty strong--just moving to assisted living and 96 years old. Great advice on the spill.

Mary, glad Easter went well even with the spill in your car.

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Mary,

How awful your asparagus leaked all over, nothing smells worse. Sprinkle some baking soda on the spill and just leave it and hopefully it will absorb the odor. I'm sure you soaked up the excess when you found it. Do you have a steam cleaner? I wish I had one at times.

Glad you had a good time with your friends and family.

We had 14 for out potluck. A good time was had by all. Wilma told us all goodbye. She is moving to assisted living next week. She is almost 96 and getting weaker everyday, having 24 hour care here the last couple weeks. She was able to come to eat. The place she is moving to is really nice with a big apartment and a bedroom with a garden view. Some of the places are very tiny but she is happy that most of her furniture will fit. They provide a small refrigerator and microwave. No stoves allowed but they have a beautiful dining room with good meals.

Doris,

If I lived near you I would help you with the meals. I am sure you will have lots of help. The workers will appreciate some home cooking.

Marielle,

I'm glad you had a nice birthday dinner with your family.

The sun was out all day yesterday but today will be cloudy. Maybe the sun will appear later this afternoon.

Have a good day everyone.

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Hi, friends! I had a nice Easter....a visit with my mother on Saturday resulted in a very sore knee but it spurred me on to get back to doing some of those exercises. My younger son and his family took me to dinner on Saturday night and that was really nice.

I went to early Mass yesterday then got lost in downtown Houston trying to find a friend's townhouse there! My GPS took me in a way I've not gone before but it's been since before Dave died that I drove myself there...not a fun trip. My jars of pickles and olives overturned and a jar of pickled asparagus leaked all over the car. It wreaks!! Ugh. My friends drove us to Galveston for a late lunch, though, so it was easier on my knee. The house we went to was one that was built in the early 1900's, fully restored and lovely. We had such a nice time but with wrecks coming and going, it was an hour and a half trip both ways. I got home after 8:00 and was so tired but really enjoyed my Easter.

I'm glad y'all had a good day, too!

Onward to the work week!

Mary

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

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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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Have a great Easter and a lovely Spring Sunday.



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Happy Easter everyone. Beautiful day here in Sea Isle City. It wasn't so beautiful Friday after we got here. Several hours later, 3 condo's caught on fire. (If I told you this, sorry! I'll call it a senior moment!) They burnt to the ground. Several homes nearby sidings and roofs were scorched and melted from the intense heat. These condos were doubles right off the beach. Sooo sad. Fortunately, no one was in them so no injuries.

Ok, need to get off. Tomorrow will be leaving for Va., so won't be on here. Thanks for all the good vacation wishes. Easter Bunny was bad and left me a yummy box of chocolates from the chocolate factory in Leviz, Pa. LOL Bye all!

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Happy Easter to everyone! emoticon

We will be going to some of our friends' home for lunch after church tomorrow, pooling our food to make a meal. I have my part done except for cooking the dressing in the morning. Usually we are with our family in Dallas but DH decided he didn't want to drive in the traffic there this year, so we're staying home. We will see all of them in May when we celebrate the anniversary.

Yes, the men coming to build cabinets are volunteers from TX Baptist Men. We pay expenses for the wood and feed them one meal and 2 snacks per day and provide parking for their RV's. It should be a good 2 weeks, although tiring.

Sunny, hope you have a great trip.
Betty, I'm glad no one was injured and that it wasn't where you were staying.
Happy Easter to you, too, Michelle.
Marielle, glad you got to enjoy the late birthday meal. You needed the treat this week.
Brenda, hope your potluck is enjoyable. Your group always does so much to keep the feeling of community going there.
Mary, hope you enjoy Galveston with your friends. You're on the countdown now for school to be finished for the year. It always seemed we got little done after Easter, especially when it came in April.

Have a blessed day!

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Brenda, hope your potluck goes well. Sounds like there'll be enough candy for everyone for a year, at least til Halloween comes around.

Michele, Happy Easter.

Sunny, sounds like you have preparations for your trip under control. What a great idea staying on program by having the dinner at your house.

Betty, So sorry to hear about the disaster but what good fortune no one was hurt.

My daughter took us all out for dinner. It was my "late" birthday dinner. It was very enjoyable.

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Hi Gang, Just a quick note. I did bring computer but will be busy. We arrived in Sea Isle City, NJ on Friday afternoon-and late afternoon had a terrible disaster down here. About 10 blocks from here, 3 condo's burnt to the ground and melted sidings and roofs close by. Fortunately no one was in the houses. Now the entire block is closed off due to investigation.

On a better note: Have a Happy Easter. emoticon

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Happy Easter to you! It is still Saturday afternoon here. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Managed to get out for a nice walk with the dog this morning and then did a fast walk by myself. I need to make a list of things to do and then check them off like I did today. I scheduled SP time so I could check in. I have not gotten into a good schedule with the PT and my exercising. I am trying to remedy that before the pounds come roaring back.

We have been staying quiet while we get ready to go on vacation. It always takes so much to get ready. I have checklists of things to do and to pack and the day is creeping up. I find that I take a much less organized approach to scheduling the days we are sightseeing. I am not always certain how long our energy will last.

Going to have a small gathering for Easter dinner. I like having control of the menu so the calorie count doesn’t get out of control.

Hope everyone has a great day



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Marielle,

Glad to hear you have had no more nose bleeds. Could it be your elevation that might cause them sometimes? It is going to rain all day today and maybe tomorrow too. Normal Easter weather depending on what month it falls in.

We are going to have about 15 for potluck tomorrow. Yesterday the food bank delivered food here for those unable to go get their own. They left 50 pounds of onions and 50 pounds of potatoes on the table in the Community room. Janise helped me bag them up and I put them in a cart so we can use the table tomorrow. I will put the cart in the computer room.

No, our manager will not be back to work until May 5th, maybe a little earlier. If her dad dies before that then who knows when she will return? She is just playing things by ear. Meanwhile Laura and Jill are taking care of the three buildings that they manage. Tomorrow one of the big wigs will be here to help Laura with all the paper work. Jill gave me a humongous bag of assorted candy bars to put out tomorrow but I took them down this morning and Janise hid them around the lobby and Community Room. I still have half the bag left. There is going to be mass amounts of candy around here tomorrow. Plus all the desserts.

Jody just called and asked me to help her fill plastic Easter Eggs to put at every place setting. She said she has a lot of candy. I never eat it. emoticon emoticon

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Mary, Sunny, Betty, enjoy your trips and Easter visits! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Doris, it is so nice to have snacks for the cabinet makers. Are they volunteers or paid workers?

Michele, it's so inspiring you can get out in all kinds of weather and exercise-enjoy your swimming. It sounds like you really enjoy your activities.

Brenda hope all is well. Has your manager returned yet?

I've not had any more nose bleeds. Don't know what that one was about. The only thing I've noticed with this monitor is that my heart either skips a beat or hesitates. No "events" so far, which is a good thing. We are getting close the the climax of the budget issues: On the 28th we meet to approve the "proposed budget"-then it has to be posted in the paper twice/we'll also put it on the web for folks. Then we have an "educational" meeting on 5/12 (sort of pre-public hearing); then the public hearing and the approval for next year to start 7/1/14. Whew!

I cancelled almost everything last week: rescheduled my massage for May after this monitor is off, rescheduled the hypnosis (for my eating) to the 25th, didn't go to exercise class, group or meditation (although they would probably have been a good thing--just needed the rest from everything). Anyway it all starts again this week and I will be going. I guess I just became overanxious and overwhelmed! I should hear next week on the biopsy from the dermatologist-and shouldn't have any more doctor appointments til May. My last exercise class is May 5th- til fall again. I want to find something that will take its place but - I will figure it out.

ENJOY!!


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I'm dropping by myself, MaryAnn....off to drive to my mom's for the day, then dinner with the younger son and his family tonight. Whirlwind weekend with lunch in Galveston for Easter with friends of friends!

I hope your husband feels great for the vacation. Good for you saving the miles. Dave was a Platinum Elite traveler for Continental but I've only flown three times since he died. No miles there for me, lol. One of these days I hope to be able to go see friends and family!

Happy and Blessed Easter to everyone.

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I have not been organizing my days very well . I run out of time before I fall into bed. I think that being away for the weekend threw me off. Also we are going on vacation for 12 days. I am usually planning the trips months in advance. This time I have put most of it off until this past week. My DH health has been so up and down I just didn't want the disappointment of a canceled trip. He seems to be doing well so we will be off to Washington DC and then a few days in New York City. I have been saving points for a year for the trip to celebrate his 65th which was last December.

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I had Good Friday off and woke up at 5:33…5 minutes past my usual school day alarm! Go figure! I spent time with my sweet daughter and the twins. I bought them their first ‘real’ shoes at Stride Rite! Then I came home and have had a relaxing afternoon. I will go to Beaumont and visit my mother tomorrow and my son/wife/grandson will take me out for dinner tomorrow night. They are going to his inlaws for Easter and I have been invited to go to Galveston with close friends. Another busy weekend but fun, too.

Brenda, you have had a hard life, it seems. I always marvel at how well you’ve coped and turned sad circumstances into the best situation you can have. Your friends are quite large and it would seem that they would understand who needs to sit where…especially if you are being so kind as to take them places! I’m glad your friend Jim is doing better. Hope it continues! I’m sorry to hear of the manager’s mother and dad. Lots of times they do go quickly, one after the other. I’m glad my mother is doing as well as she is. If she had gone first I know my daddy wouldn’t have lasted as long as he did. How great that you’ve kept the Jeep in such wonderful condition. I hope it continues to run well.

Did you buy something cute for the reception, Doris? I hate having to find something specific. I do very well for my everyday/casual wear but special occasions are hard to shop for. Oh, I scrolled up to see that you found other things like I do, lol. Maybe something will turn up when you least expect it. It does sound like you have had a busy day.

Enjoy your trip, Betty. Packing is hard for going to different places at times. I hope you will have a good time. It IS hard to stay on track when on vacation. I tend to treat it….as a treat!! Tell yourself that it’s not your Last Supper and that if you don’t have exactly what you want at one meal you can get a little something extra at another. That way you can anticipate a ‘reward’ for good behavior if you want it and try to stay within calorie range for the most part!

Marielle, I’m sorry your health is suffering. Maybe this is a wake up call to stop doing quite so much and take care of yourself! You work so hard for the water district and pour forth your energy. I hope you will be better soon and can rest up. I’m glad you got the precancerous spots taken care of. My husband had them burned off frequently. Stay on top of the nosebleeds and call the doctor if they continue.

It sounds like you had a very good time with your family, MaryAnn. I will see one sister tomorrow when I go visit my mother. My sisters’ reunion weekend was fun a couple of weeks ago, too. How is your hand this week? I went to water aerobics on Wednesday night and it felt good to actually do something since the PT is over.


Michele, it’s wise to slow down and feel better before taking on more big bike trips across town! I still have a hard time visualizing how difficult that must be! Rest up yourself! Swimming isn't nearly so strenuous! I'm so sorry your weather has gone back to winter...one day it's GOT to be better!

Happy and blessed Easter to everyone.

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Betty have a good trip!

Doris do rest up! Hope you find something in the long run

Terribly cold, rainy weather today---feels like a return to winter!

Happy Easter!

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My day was busy although I only went to 2 stores and had many more planned that I never got to. My trip to Sam's was exhausting so I just came home after going there. I was buying supplies for the two weeks we will be feeding the cabinet makers--things like paper goods and plastic wear, drinks for break-time, garbage bags, etc. I decided that the local grocery stores would be a better place to get cookies, crackers, and other perishables. I just hope I think of everything they will need since there's no operating kitchen that's already equipped.

The trip to find something to wear to the reception didn't turn up anything at the store I was expecting would have something. I bought some summer tops to wear other places, but may end up pulling something from the closet to wear to the reception.

Marielle, I am so glad you're giving yourself some down time. You'll enjoy the massage a lot more without the equipment in place.

Michelle, swim a few laps for me too! Good job on being faithful to your exercise schedule.

Betty, hope you have a fun time on your trip!

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Hi everyone, I haven't been on here for a while as have been getting ready for my trip tomorrow. First to Sea Isle City till Mon. then off to Williamsburg, Va for the week. I am packed and ready to roll, haven't had time to read your msgs. here yet. Trying so hard to keep losing weight and keep it off on this trip! My weight is finally starting to move in the right direction! LOL

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Marielle, they are still trying to clean up the water. While we were on a trip there last week, we were discouraged from buying fresh fruit & veggies still.

Doris & Betty how was your day?

It is Friday here---it's going to rain, but I am going to go to the pool anyhow so I can get my 2x swimming in this week!

Happy Easter, all!

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Brenda, glad you enjoyed R.L. I haven't been there in a long time. I haven't had a nose bleed since that one. It was the day I went to the doctor and my BP was normal, so I have no idea what caused it. So sorry about your manager's parents.

Doris, I have been trying to focus on my exercise too. With everything going on I haven't been as consistent as I like to be. I also am a dirt, spot magnate, so agree I wouldn't choose a white blouse either. Hope your shopping goes well and you find just what you want.

Michele, I've been meaning to ask once I realized how close you were from the power plant tragedy. Has the radiation affected the people and being so close were you all forced to evacuate at all? "The Little Grandmother" (Kiesha Crowther) started a project to send crystals to help heal the earth and water--she was working with a Shinto Monastery. They are testing the effect of crystals on the water and it appears to be helping decrease the radioactivity. (I know a little "woowoo").

Sunny, so glad your mom is doing well and you had a nice visit.

Mary, we've had the weather get warm and then cool down here as well. I was ready to call my friend to start my cooler up for the year and then it got cold again. Last year I didn't start it up til May, I don't think. Hope all is well.

I am getting use to this contraption being attached to my chest and the monitor hanging down. I'll be so ready when the month is up to get it off. I cut down my activities this week - I got so overloaded but next week I plan to get back on my regular schedule. Actually the doctor wants me to try and trigger an "event" so the monitor can check things out. Hopefully it will happen so he can make sure I don't have "A-Fib" which I guess causes strokes. What fun it is to get older. I re-scheduled the hypnosis thing for weight loss til the 25th--and the massage to next month after the monitor is off. I also cancelled two or three other activities this week so I could just relax and take it easy. I am going to get my dog now and go for my daily walk.

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Good morning everyone!

Brenda, I'm glad the RL trip was fun and that you stayed within the calorie budget. When we go to eat somewhere, I try to eat small portions but don't end up tracking that food. I can tell that I haven't been faithful on exercising since my waist area is getting spongey again. I've gained about 5 pounds from the lowest I got to, but the exercise is key for me. Next week is my annual checkup, so I'm curious if my blood work will show signs of the lack of exercise. Gotta get back in routine!

But today I'm off to run errands! Have a great day. emoticon


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Michele, when mom died I went to live with the people who adopted my sister. They were my guardians. Well when my guardians died. she went first, eighteen days later he went.

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Brenda, glad you enjoyed your R.L. So sorry to hear about your manager's mom & now dad. It seems men more often don't do too well without their wives.

Marielle my DD also has nosebleeds. Hers are more related to being overtired & overheated. The minute she relaxes, she feels better.

Doris, I wouldn't do white, either. I would get it stained in an instant! Other colors that wouldn't show the mess/dirt/stain---whatever---might be better.

Piano lesson & tone chime practice went well this Thursday morning here. I have been cross stitching the rest of this afternoon! emoticon


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Doris,

I don't think I would buy a white top for the reception either. I am a dirt target. I would get something with a lot of colors so if you spill something on it it won't show. Colorful top and plain skirt or pants would be nice.

We had a really good time at the Red Lobster. We got there before the lunch crowd, 9 of us. Only Jody had to cancel. It did rain but not hard and traffic was light. The portions were large so I brought half of my hand battered fish and chips home for dinner. I logged the calories and didn't go over my calories for the day, I was surprised. Food was very good. I did want a salad but didn't want to pay $2.95 for a small one. Afterward we went to Target that was next door. I bought a three piece Pyrex storage bowl set, a zester and box of waxed paper.

Then I walked down the hill and picked up my car at the repair shop. It was there for an oil change. He told me a man wanted to buy my Jeep said my Jeep is in very good condition and everything looked really good. Blue book on the Jeep is about $950. I don't plan to sell it. Will drive it until it won't go anymore.There are 198,848.6 miles on it.

Our managers mother died last night at her home in Oregon. She was in a coma the last few days. The whole family was there. Our manager has been gone for about a month now (she has a lot of sick leave she is using) helping her sisters care for mom and dad. Her dad is not doing well either so he probably won't live much longer. He depended on her for everything.

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Marielle, please take care of yourself. It sounds as if your body is trying to tell you to slow down.

Brenda, I hope your trip was fun.

Michelle, I hope you've recovered from all the activity yesterday.

My day tomorrow will be running the errands I didn't get done yesterday when we were messing with the tile and paint colors. I hope I can find a nice outfit for the reception. I'm not really sure what I'm looking for--probably a nice pants outfit since everything here is really casual. If not that, a skirt and top would do. I saw a white long top at Chico's that looked pretty online, but I don't think it would be very practical to buy something I'd have to be so careful with. Wish me luck in my shopping!

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Marielle,

The nose bleeds sound serious. Have you asked your doctor about them? My 86 year old neighbor down the hall gets them sometimes and I guess it gushes. I don't know why she gets them. Is it high blood pressure? Try to rest as much as you can. emoticon

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Thanks everyone. My daughter said the same thing-rest and relax. I have an appt scheduled with a hypnotist to work on reprogramming my mind about food later on today, but with so much going on I am going to reschedule her to at least a couple of weeks down the road-there is so much going on and I am so overbooked that I can't keep up, I had also scheduled a massage, it was okay with the dermatologist but now that I have this monitor hooked up to me I am going to reschedule for after this stuff comes off. I woke up and my nose just started to bleed spontaneously so I am not going to go to my exercise class today. I haven't had a nose bleed since I was a teenager when I had them all the time and no one could figure out why. I used to get them in the summer when it was 100+degrees-walking home from school in the afternoon. I would also have a headache with it. I still have to take my grandson to the college to get his fingerprints done but I am not going to my stretch class because of the nosebleed and headache--will go next Monday.

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Michele,

There are only a handfull of small people here and I don't plan to be part of the bigger ones. All they do is eat sweets that people leave in the Community room that they bake. I seldom eat the junk. At least when Janie takes sweets down, she cuts the cakes and brownies in tiny pieces and makes the cookies two biters. I will take one cookie every now and then.

Darlene is very thin. She is an alcoholic and she fell in her apartment last week and broke her hip. She will be in the Nursing Home, supposedly, for the next three months. Her family say she will be home in a few days. We will see who wins. See, she can't get her booze in the Nursing Home. Her family keeps her supplied. Three of her family members have been staying in her apartment but they got kicked out yesterday. They were told they could not stay here so now the locksmith will be here today to change the locks. They have been coming in after the office closes and leave early in the morning before it opens. They are here from Oregon. People have to pass background checks before they can move in here.

Have a good day everyone. Going to the Red Lobster in Longview, near the Oregon border, for lunch so will check back in later on. It is just starting to get light out.

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Marielle, I do agree with Brenda, slow down & take a deep breath! Join us when you can, & take care of you.

Brenda, what an adventure at Walmart! I didn't realize the women you were chauffering around were so big! I also have a hard time getting into back seats of cars & I am only 5'&" & not nearly as heavy as any of them! Enjoy your red lobster!

I was running around all day today, doing errands, teaching English in Tokyo--- I am exhausted! Tomrrow is piano & tone chimes. I really don't feel like climbing up hills on my bike, but maybe by tomorrow, I'll feel better.

Have a good Wed, all!

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Must be the energy in the Spring air that is making us all busy. Had a lot of catching up to do after being gone for the weekend. The family is all great and my 91 year old mom is doing well. Just a little slower and I think she has some trouble hearing when too much is going on.

Had a nice visit with my three siblings but I did eat some food I usually avoid. Up a pound but that is not too bad.

Off to bed and busy tomorrow.

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Slow down Mariellle and don't worry about us. Do what you need to do. We will be here whenever you have time. The most important thing is for you to get the proper rest and foods. I guess when it rains it pours. You are getting dumped on all at once. Not fun.

Our temps are getting colder today. We had two nice days of close to 70 but it will rain tomorrow when 10 of us take our bus to Longview to go to lunch at the Red Lobster. Jim, one of our residents is busy planning places for us to go and this is one of them. He has cancer. When he moved here he told the manager he wouldn't be here very long but it has been a good year, probably longer, so far. He was supposedly supposed to die shortly after he moved here. He did get really sick and put his car up for sale, then in a few months started feeling better and able to drive again. He was glad he didn't sell the car. I told him in the first place that he should not sell his car so quickly. He is such a nice man, very creative and a very good cook. He calls Bingo here twice a month.

Have a good day tomorrow.

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Hi, all, so much as been going on. I haven't posted since the 8th. I had to go to Phoenix all day on the 10th (2 hours down there, then an hour and a half workshop, lunch, worked on some forms for a couple of hours then the drive back 2 more hours. I was pretty tired. Then on Friday I saw the dermatologist (my doctor referred me for the rash). The rash she said was eczema but she took off two moles(?) and froze a precancerous spot on my hand. Wow! Then I met all afternoon Friday on Water District stuff from about 1pm to about 6 pm.
Just today I went to the cardiologist (my doctor referred me) and he put me on a heart monitor for a month-it's a trip. Too much going on. I am going to call two people tomorrow that I have appointments with (one tomorrow and one on the 25th) and postpone them. I am feeling overwhelmed and need to just slow down.

Hope everything is going well for everyone. Take care! emoticon

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Mary,

We each have an air conditioner in our apartments built in under the living room window. I have been here almost three years and have never turned mine on. There is an air conditioner at the end of the hall so I just open my door and let the cool air in when it is too hot. Free air. My apartment faces the woods on the hill so it never gets as hot as the front facing apartments. I get the morning sun and the front gets the afternoon and they get extremely hot. I am toying with the idea of moving to a front apartment if Helen decides to move to AZ where all her family moved to a few years ago. They want her to move but all her friends and doctors are here. So we shall see. The manager said I can make the change.The front apartments have a beautiful view overlooking the city and the mountains in the distance.

My Jeep is a Cherokee Sport truck model and there is room for three thin people in the back seat. Well, Janie weighs about 200 pounds and she is just under five foot tall. Alma is around 300 pounds and about five foot ten so the two fill up the back seat. Elinor weighs about 180 and about five foot four or so. It was really mean of Elinor to hurry out to the car and sit in the front seat when she knows Alma has bad knees but I didn't say anything to her. I told her before that Alma needs the front seat. Granted, the back seat is hard to get in, I even have a hard time and I am short and much thinner. They barely can click on the seatbelt. I have to fasten them for them. Sigh..................Yesterday was not a fun trip and doubt I will do that again with all of them.

I'm glad your dinner party was a success and that is over now.

I logged over 8000 steps yesterday. I wanted to go for another walk to get the 10,000 but was too tired. I slept soundly from 11 to 3;30, then dozed on and off until 6. Today will be another nice day but colder temps and rain will arrive tomorrow when we go to the Red Lobster for lunch.

Have a good day everyone.

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Good morning! I slept well and woke up freezing…I’ve had the AC on for days and now switched back to the heater! It’s a wonder I don’t have pneumonia. It cleared off late yesterday but is blustery and so cold once again, 75 to 45 in no time. But we really needed the rain.

The dinner was really nice and I think everyone enjoyed the food. My ‘partner’ seems to be pretty pompous and blustery…he pontificated on if his grown children would stop going to church or got married at Disneyland like his nephew, he’d refuse to go to the wedding! All conversation stopped for a moment, then it moved on to another subject! He did know his wine, however…he brought several nice bottles, lol! He helped me clean up and everyone was gone by 8:15…so I got to go to bed in plenty of time.

Doris, it sounds like the HH is coming along nicely! I know you’ll be happy when that’s done. I hope with all the work you've put into this, other churches will do their parts and help with the meals. Let us know!

Yes, Brenda, I am so busy but there’s light at the end of the tunnel. School will be over in about 6 weeks and I have no school plans for the summer so I’m okay. Go get your nails done or a pedicure once in a while…it really makes you feel good! Wow, what a mess at Walmart! But what a story to tell, too, lol. I picture all the people crowded in the Jeep, then waiting and calling! Such a day, but you got in many steps.

Yes, Michele, it never would have occurred to me or my sisters to act up in church. You were well behaved ‘or else!’ These girls were plenty old enough to know better and the grandfather seemed to think they were ‘cute!’ NOT!! I hope your husband will calm down and that you get whatever meds you need to feel better. I can’t wait for allergy season to run its course, lol…

You’ve had quite a lot of visiting, MaryAnn. I know you’ve enjoyed it but will like to come home. Did your husband go too, or just you? And where is this? I’ve forgotten. I will go see my mother in Beaumont again on Saturday then spend Easter with friends in Galveston.

Betty, how marvelous your trip sounds and I hope Paige will do very well with all you have planned for her. That’s a lot to take on but you have such a good heart.

Both Annalise and Grace are toddling around now and Cherilyn put FB videos up yesterday. It’s so much fun to watch but the falls are terrible to see! I will be with them on Good Friday and miss them every day!

The money mess really irritated me but I am letting it go. (I do need to see Frozen, lol!) I got a call and 2 texts from one of the finance guys yesterday and it turns out that the money I authorized for transfer last week won’t go through on time for me to really benefit from it---but HE will get HIS commission. I have worked myself up over so much in the last month with the identity theft, the taxes and this money transfer. There isn’t anything I can do about it now but I will just let it be whatever it ends up being. No more of that last minute stuff, I hope. No more last minute decisions for me, I guess. I tutor after school then might have an early dinner with the daughter of my good friend Sally who passed away unexpectedly last summer. Her girls are selling the house either today or tomorrow and we might go out to celebrate if it goes through as planned.

Happy day!
Mary


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Brenda you are busy, aren't you?!! But really, busy is b etter than not busy sometimes.
I would love to come to your May sale! i like bazaars & flea markets!

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Michele,

There won't be a lot of rest for me tomorrow because I am having a meeting at 1 to sign up residents for a table to sell their stuff at our Spring Sale May 9th and 10th. Then we make a diagram of table placement. It will just be a sale of new and used things we want to find new homes for. Also a bake sale. It will be fun. We will take donations people don't want to sell themselves. That money will go in our treasury to buy coffee and kitchen supplies in our Community room.

Wednesday morning am taking my car for an oil change at 9 and at 10:30 we are taking our bus to the Red Lobster for lunch. That's about an hour ride one way. Janie said she couldn't go because SS took $200 from her $600 check and she is trying to find out why. I told her I will buy her lunch, no big deal.

I can rest the rest of the week. Not usually this busy but everything just came at the same time. I will be able to get my pants shortened by the weekend.

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Doris, glad you got everything all sorted out! You are so dedicated!

Brenda what a great friend you are!!!! That would have worn me out, too. Rest tomorrow!

Sunny glad you got back safe---tell me all about your adventures!

Off to make my Easter Lamb cake.

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Back home and going to bed early. Back tomorrow

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Doris

Good for you not being made director. All that cooking is going to be very time consuming not to mention a lot of being on your feet and all the clean up. How many workers are you talking about feeding?

Yes, the pants are delivered and Sandy was very happy to get them so soon. I took my car in to Les Schwab early this morning to have the brake fixed and it turned out there is nothing wrong and my brakes are in great shape. He said it a dust buildup in the tire well and some rust that is likely causing the noise I hear sometimes. So that saved me a lot of money.

Then I ended up taking three people with me to Walmart and that was an experience. My Jeep is small and the women are large and it is very hard for them to get into the back seat. I almost needed a pry bar to get Alma's foot in the door. She has had knee replacement. It was a struggle but we made it. I told everyone to meet me at the door in an hour. Well, we waited and waited for Janie to come. Elinor and Alma were waiting in the car and it was very warm and Elinor was complaining she had frozen food and I told her I did too but it was in a thermal bag. Anyway I went inside and walked around looking for her and went out and told them I couldn't find her. Elinor said to have them page her. At that point I couldn't remember her last name and then it came to me so I went to customer service and they paged her and told her to come to CS her party was waiting for her. Well she was getting her phone fixed at the back of the store. They called CS and told them she was there. So I found her and she had already checked out her groceries and decided to get some minutes put on her phone. Well, somehow it screwed up and the guy had been on the phone trying to get it straightened out for a half hour. I told Janie I would take the others home and come back because they were too hot. So that's what I did. I am exhausted tonight. I got 7500 steps on my fitbit/zip today. Her phone is still not fixed right and he told her to come back in a few days and he will try again. He gave her his work schedule.

I think it got to 70 today. emoticon

Michele,

I hope your DH gets in a better mood soon. Not fun living with a grouch.

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Betty, good to hear from you. Hope you have a fun trip!

Brenda, I guess the pants are now done and delivered. You are just a good friend for doing this, even if you are getting paid.

Michelle, I think they all go through stress that they don't discuss with us, and we just see the attitude. Mine is usually really even tempered unless he's been pushed real hard. He's put up with me all these years, and I'm sure that hasn't always been easy!!

We had a rather productive meeting of HH tonight. It's coming together. We now have a committee to write the job description and begin looking for our director. (And I managed to avoid being on it!!) Our next big deal will be feeding the cabinet builders who are coming in May 5 to build the cabinets with volunteer labor. We have lots of cabinets so they will be here 2 weeks, with us supplying the noon meal for 11 days. I do have responsibility for getting volunteer churches to adopt them for a meal. That's about half way there now. If no one is signed up, then our board will need to fix the meal. I'm thinking I may do a large amount of cooking that 2nd week they're here. We will pull our travel trailer to the location so I'll have a place to crash in between duties those two weeks. We will come home to sleep and do laundry each night.

Have a good day tomorrow!

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Betty you will be missed while you are gone. Have a good trip! I went to Willamsburg many moons ago---it was great!

Brenda, did you get your pants done yet?

Sunny glad you had a good visit with your family.

My DH is in another "mood". It seems little things just set him off. If it weren't for all of you, I'd go absolutely nuts! Thank you all for being there for me!

Today I will go to the ENT dr. to get my allergy meds. My nose is like a rock without them!
Have a good day tomorrow all dear friends! emoticon

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Betty,

Have a great trip! See ya when you get back.

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Good Morning Everyone,

Doris, thanks for missing me. I am ok-just have had a lot on my plate lately. Now I will be out of here again. This week I'll be busy getting things together for a trip which I am leaving on Fri. I won't be taking computer, so will be out of touch. I'll be back the 26th late in day. I'm taking a trip with DD and family to Sea Isle City for 2 days, then to Williamsburg, VA. for the rest of week. We are taking Sand's newly legal guardian , Paige 9 yrs. with us. She will be fun as she gets excited about doing things like this, due to the fact she never got to go anywhere before. Sandy has had her 1 1/2 yrs now (she does see her Mother-Dad on most weekends for a day) and she is doing so much better. She is now going into the 4th grade-with only problem in reading and math-like 4 months behind..She will probably always have a learning disability, but Sandy has really improved her skills. She has a tutor every Sun. afternoon for 3 hours, plus Sandy helps her a lot. While we are away, she will have workbooks to do for a few hrs.before the fun day. But she also has gotten very good about that. I debated about going on this trip, but having never been there, decided to go. I'm not getting any younger.

So all of you have a Happy Easter and take care of yourselves. emoticon

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Had a nice lunch with my mom, brother and sister yesterday. Visited another sister who could've make it for lunch. Then went back to spend the afternoon with my mom. Going home tomorrow

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Michele,

I have one more pair of pants to do for Sandy so I can take them to her tomorrow afternoon. I still need to do mine. emoticon

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Brenda as far as naughty kids & church---I grew up the same way---one "look" from dad & that was it!

Happy sewing!

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Michele,

There are six pair of her pants to shorten. Working on number three now. I will also shorten mine when I get finished. I have six pair of mine to do also but keep setting them aside to do later and later is slow coming. Then Elinor said she has a pair for me to shorten but don't know when she will get around to bringing them over. She has been talking about them for a few months now.

Our children never did naughty things in Church, they knew better. All their dad had to do was give them the 'look' and they would pay attention.

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Michelle, I'm sure it's no problem for you to fly into Dallas once a month to help!! Wish you were here to help, too. We need all the volunteers we can get.

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Mary how awful those children must have been! DH & I would havenever allowed such behavior in church! HOw did your dinner go?

Brenda did you get the pants finished?

Doris, how was the HH meeting? wish I could be there to helpyou.

Have a good week, all!

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Mary,

You are so busy with school trips and dinners plus everything, I don't know how you can keep up. You need a day at the Spa to totally veg out. I have never been to a Spa,had a manicure or pedicure and rarely go get my hair cut. I cut my own hair. That has always been a luxury not in my budget m whole life. I hope your dinner party is a huge success.

I have one pair of pants finished so have to get back to my sewing so I can take them to Sandy tomorrow after my brakes are fixed. Next week is going to be a busy one for me with all the planned activities here.

Have a good rest of the day everyone.

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I'm sure Little Mary Schoolmarm will do great! After all, you were the one who was willing to say "yes" to being hostess for the night and make all the efforts to get ready. I can't imagine that you will not be appreciated!!

We had potluck lunch at church today. I carried sweet and sour chicken to put over rice. It was all gone except for 2 very small pieces. After I cooked the chicken, I used the crock pot to keep it warm during the in-between time from cooking to eating. It's hard for me to come up with things that can be cooked that early and kept warm that long, but this worked great.

We meet tomorrow night for our HH board meeting. It's time for us to buy appliances,furniture, and advertise for our director to run the place once we open for overnight stays. Hope there's a retired couple who would like to come to Gatesville to do it!!

Betty, we've missed you. Hope everything is OK with you.



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I hope you won’t have too much to do with tutoring on Sunday, Michele. You need ‘downtime’ like everyone else!

I went to church last night for Palm Sunday and the family in front of me had 4 grandchildren probably 8-12. The 3 girls spent the entire time making crosses from the palms. They made a huge mess, acted like small children, didn’t participate at all, and the grandfather just looked at them and smiled, never once suggesting that they do anything but ‘play.’ Finally the older woman next to them told them that the palms had been blessed and the parts and pieces they had stripped and thrown on the floor and the pew needed to be picked up. They sort of looked admonished but kept on making a mess! At least when I left they were picking up. The grandparents acted like there was nothing wrong. Ugh. I am not tolerant of things like that either.

I have cleaned my house and fixed the manicotti for my Dinner for Eight church group tonight. They will be here at 5:30 and I still need to do my lesson plans. I’m tired and I hope it will be fine. All the people are retired for a long time in this particular group and they seem to be wealthy and quite world travelers! Little Mary Schoolmarm will try to have something to contribute to the conversation, lol. Wish me luck!

Hugs to all and have a great Sunday.

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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NObagels4me just get back on the wagon & join us! We have all been there.
you do look good in your profile pic!

mary what a busy week you have had! Hope you are getting some rest today!

I am starting to teach new students, 2 children on Sundays. This is only a temporary situation as they are going to move to Kentucky soon. I normally do not work on Sundays, but we so desperately need the $ that I have given in to doing this.

Enjoy your weekend, all!

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Oh, Yvette, you look mah-velous!!! I don't see anything extra, much less 5 pounds. I thought of you recently---my sister and her husband went to the Galapagos (sp?) islands and I remembered from Sesame Street, I think: off the coast of Ecuador! How long were you stateside? I hope you will check back in. Our little group has grown, as you can see!

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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Hi All,
I'm just checking in after a long hiatus from SP. We recently went to the states for a few weeks but now back in Ecuador. My self control must have got lost in the luggage area because as soon as I hit town, the eating feast began, and of course, now I'm crying the blues. I started with juicing again but after a few days returned to the popcorn bowl. So today I took my measurements, not too bad but not good, and the scale didn't have any good news for me either. So today I begin again to get rid of about 5 lbs. that I bought while on vacation. Wish me luck.

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