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Mary, I am happy to hear from you in CA. What a good thing that you are within walking distance to Mary Ann. It is indeed a small world.

Marielle, the water problems in AZ are a nightmare and it will no doubt take twice as long for them to get it fixed if every step has to be voted on.

When I was downstairs yesterday residents started talking about the 4th of July potluck and I now have a list of what people are going to make and I posted it with room at the bottom for others to write down what they will add . We have the main dishes covered so now it is down to fruits fresh veggies and salads and desserts that are needed.

Michelle, how did your piano lesson go? You are lucky to have two teaches so you can get different techniques.

I only woke up once last night because I was too hot so threw off the quilt and read for a half hour and was able to get back to sleep until 9 am. Our weather won't be so hot for the 4th. That is good. The idiots up on the hill were shooting off cherry bombs or something last night, at least they stopped before I went to bed.

Have agood day everyone. I am going to the store shortly before the crowds get there and pick up a few things for Monday.

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Good morning from California! I'm typing on my phone so please forgive the typos. I'm sure autocorrect will make it an interesting post, lol! I had a plane delay with 3 gate changes and race-walked through the Las Vegas airport from terminal B to C in 10 minutes and caught my connecting flight!! I got to hold sweet baby David a bunch ! He had a fussy night so I think we will be staying home today for the most part. I will call our MaryAnn in a bit and maybe walk over for a visit. I love that a Spark friend is actually a few streets away. How cool is that? Happy day to alll

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7/1/16 11:33 A

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PS. Prescott Valley does want our waste water so they can return it to the aquifer rather than have it just being pumped and drained into the ground. Could take a long time for it to make its way back to the aquifer. Also even with all the "leak" detection the water district did after poo-pooing the new system, they still have between 20 and 25% water loss. Not very environmental. LOL

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Good morning all, We've had cooler and wetter weather for a few days. We had 20 wild fires in Yavapai county alone in the past few days: lightning strikes and also one that closed I17 (our main freeway to the north of Arizona) at Cordes Junction that was caused by a "chain"--yes they think someone was driving and as they drove and were pulling something (a trailer)--excess chain kept hitting the road and sparked several wildfires along their route.

I went to a meeting with the District 5 Supervisor on bringing Diamond Valley (area where I live) up to the 21st century by installing sewers and roads and then go thru the process of annexation. My guess is it will taken 10 years minimum. It is so complicated. It has to be "grass roots"-meaning the community has to want it, has to vote on each step, and has to do most/all the work. First step is to create an actual Diamond Valley Sewer District and Board. That takes a minimum of 6 months. According to the engineer from Prescott Valley a road district (needed in order to pave all roads) takes about 2 years. The problems we had with the water district and people eventually stopping the progress to replace the system was a "political nightmare" and got very ugly so I can imagine what this process will do. Just seems crazy to me that when we can send people to Mars we can't give our own people good water, waste water disposal, and good roads if they want and need them.

Enough of that. I'll probably be dead before it happens!

Take care everyone. Happy Friday Morning!!!!



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Michele, sorry I misread your post. Enjoy the lesson with Amaya.

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MARIELLE thank you for the link I'm not sure if I'll be able watch/ listen to the World Peace Summit but I am going to try. I didn't know that there was an actual day in Sept.

I read "trees" at first on your post----and was thinking: "She is going to rotate trees?!" I reread it again & figured out---bubble head me--- that you had written tires! emoticon

I have my 2nd piano lesson today with Amaya. She is a tone chime member, but her specialty is piano. She is teaching me a lot of technique.She is kind & nice, but Junko is definitely MORE personable! I enjoy both lessons

I will bike ride there, but Amaya's house is only 1/2 the diestance of Junko's, hence NOT as much sweating!

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Bonnie the peace talks are called Summer of Peace Summit. www.summerofpeace.net
you do have to register I think. Then it gives you a pin number to listen by phone and an online address. They even sent me an email on the day as a reminder. You can check the times by inputting your time zone (they do it by cities so just pick on closest to you or with your city if it's there. Good luck. I think you can watch the programs that have already happened by clicking on them. It will culminate on September 21 with world peace day (international day of peace). I couldn't get video only audio as speakers are connecting to the broadcast via phone from all over the world themselves. emoticon

Mary good luck and enjoy your trip today!! Yeh hey California!!! (I was born in Salinas--northern California). Love the San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers. emoticon

Michele, sorry I got all complicated with my info when I could have just sent you the internet address. I guess cause you're halfway across the world, I got confused. Enjoy your piano lesson with Junko. emoticon

I just ordered new tires and will have them installed, balanced and 4 wheel allignment on Saturday. Hate the cost but the tires are pretty bald. Safety first!! emoticon
I just love those emoticons. emoticon

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BONNIE what a good time it sounds like that you had!

I have another piano lesson today I am biking there, but it'snot as far as going to Junko's---only 1/2 the distance, in fact!

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6/29/16 6:09 P

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MARY

I am pretty sure that you are right, Laugh in. All of the BEST stuff was on Laugh in.

MARIELLE

I am with on the the ants too. If I had seen that show, they would have probably been in my ramblings. Funny things is, now I am never frightened living alone. I am grateful for that.

I hear noises sometimes, and I think it is the cat, but then I look up and she is lying on the bed sleeping. No one comes and gets me, so I don't worry. LOL This house is almost 100 years old, so wouldn't be surprised if there is a ghost or two. They don't bother me, and I don't bother them.

I have been here for 33 years, so I guess we are good.

I would like to know where you are finding the peace day recitations, on the readio? I would like to try to listen myself. Being an aged hippie, I still am against war

MARY

What a great idea to take the baby pics. I am sure you will all enjoy them.

Yesterday, I was looking at my album from 1987 when Barbara and I went to stay with Kenny and Chris, they were both in the army, in Bitburg, Germany. they took us to several historic places, and I wished I had retained more of my World History.

We also went to Paris, I am sure I have told you all this before, but it was my trip of a lifetime.

Kenny had to play footlball in Spain, so Barbara, Chris and I went to Paris.

Great memories. I am so glad that we had that time so many years ago.

MICHELE

Hope your coffee was very yummy. Most of the time, I like my own coffee the best. But, I am sure I have better access to beans and a coffee pot than you do.

I have a nice coffee pot that has a carafe to keep the coffee warm, so there is not burner under it. I ordered it on line from Penney's about 5 years ago.

Then I buy my whole beans from Trader Joe, and grind them myself. I put some ground cinnamon in with the grounds. I drink my coffee black, so don't need any more than that.

We are having beautiful weather.

Tuesday, Joyce and I went to the Casino, and had a nice afternoon. I went in with $30, and came home with $40. That is a good day to me. Had a little fun playing and came home with a bit of money.

Yesterday, Joyce came over and cleaned my house. Then we went to have dinner, and she came back and we sat on the back deck with she transplanted all of the plants that were in the big arrangement that I have from a year ago in March when my brother died.

We ended up with at least 7 plants. Most of them look good today, but one is a bit dicey.

I am going to go out again and sit in the sun and read a bit.

Have a good evening all, or Michele, night, or morning. LOL

Bonnie

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MARY have a good time, dear friend! You are NOT old---you just know the "best" stuff!

I have mypiano lesson today; no tone chiime practice on the 4th Thusday of the month.

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I know as soon as I post, many posts will show up. The last one here that I see is my last one and I'm sure that's not correct! Spark has been so weird lately...posts lost and typing takes forever. I'm just checking in to say goodbye. California, here I come! I will check in with you as I can.....will be at my daughter's tonight and she will take me to the airport tomorrow morning. I will arrive in 'Beautiful Downtown Burbank' tomorrow afternoon. Was that from Laugh In? I am sooo old, lol!

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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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MARIELLE thank you for that insight. I wish that God had a different plan for me, in regards to my kids. I just have to trust Him. He knows what he is doing!

That broadcast sounds interesing I wish that there were something like that here

I will be going to Tokyo soon, to teach MIzuho (DH's cousin ) English and yes, it is at starbucks. ( her choice ) I did miss my last week's coffee, so I am looking forward to it today.



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Good morning all, I am continuing with my mindful eating for my breakfast and it helps throughout the day. Sunday night only slept 4 hours, no naps but last night I slept 8 hours.

Michele I am sorry that Annie does not embrace the family. She obviously is going through the stage that young people do in the US: disrespecting her elders and lacking courtesy. I am sorry you and her aren’t close. I know how much you love her, even given her behavior. Hang in there. Remember this is not about you at all. It is about her. I remember when my 1st husband and I lived out of state, we’d come home to visit and all he wanted to do was see friends. He is still like that at 72 but he has much guilt for not being there more for his parents when they were alive. It may just be her choice, as Brenda said, to “assert” her independence. Sometimes we can be very hurtful to the ones we love most in our lives. I also remember times I hurt my mother and regret them.

Brenda I am glad to hear Sam is healing and glad Sharon could move closer to her family. Actually I used to be afraid to live alone, but not anymore. In fact it is enjoyable. I think I have the best of both worlds. I have my children and grandchildren in the same house, but everyone is able to have their privacy and peace but also have the support of family. I never liked living on the bottom floor of an apt. My one DD lived in an apt in Prescott with people above and it always sounded like elephants. My house here is the same way a little, I can hear when DD runs on the treadmill, the dog gets crazy and tears through the house, or the GSs fight.

Doris, that is so sad about your mother and her 2nd husband. I hope you trip relaxes and refreshed you and you return to Texas refreshed when you get back.

Mary I hope you enjoy your trip. Know you will. Plane flights bother me. I haven’t been on one in a long time but each time I had to psych myself up for it, do breathing exercises and “bless” every part so I didn’t feel it would “fall down”. It was a relief to touch the ground. But it always turned out to be one of my baseless fears (I have worked hard on not being a worry wart). Glad you are going into Burbank-I guess that’s further from the fires?! I looked up on the internet and they are all over the place. I saw 10 on the map from Klamath National Forest (way north) down to a border fire south of San Diego. Many were contained. Whew I think California gets a lot every summer as does Arizona. We have one in Tonto National Forest, one east of Tucson, Penasco Canyon, north of Peach Springs, etc. We’ve had 20 wildfires in June throughout the state, none near Prescott thank goodness.

Bonnie, I love your stories about your childhood imagination. I saw the movie Naked Jungle, 1954, (about South American soldier ants) when I was about 10 yo and was sure for years that some ants were going to come up from under my bed and kill me. I think Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull used the same concept. I was afraid to look under the bed and also had to cover myself with a sheet no matter how hot it was when I was sleeping or I felt like things were crawling on me. Sometimes I was afraid to go to the bathroom and woke my mom up to turn on the light. LOL Hope your brother gets his AC fixed.

It is 11am here now so I'd better get going. I listened to the Summer of Peace broadcast. It is part of 100 day countdown to Sept 21 World Peace Day. They put on something pretty much daily and talk to peace activists all over the world. Today I pick up CSA vegetables. Have a good one everybody!!!!! emoticon

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BONNIE what an active imagionaton you did have! I'm glad that you're feeling better now.

MARY what a great idea packing baby pictures for your trip! Have a good one

DORIS i hope that you have a good trip, too

I am off to the pool

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/wow, Bonnie, you really did have an active imagination for a little one! I have vivid memories of things that happened when I was little and one recurring dream about owning a cat named Sammy. Strange, because my parents never let us have pets and as as adult, I not only don't like them but am highly allergic! So funny. I'm glad you are feeling better. Time eases our sorrows but take as long as you need to grieve. As for your brother, no AC in Galveston is terrible. I hope he can get it fixed quickly. Galveston is usually a few degrees cooler than Houston because of being on the water but it's been so hot here lately and it's going to be hotter each day.

I did a couple of errands and have pre-packed. I've gone through baby pictures of my CA son and will bring them as well as his baby book when I visit. It will be fun for them to have something to compare David's pictures with!

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

Congratulations on your Anniversary! That is a great accomplishment.

I am doing some better. On Saturday, I went to the park and sat in the sun reading. I know I always do better with some sunshine.

Yesterday, went to my mom and dad's for a visit. We were talking about a house we lived in between the time I was 3 and 8 years old. I had quite an imagination. They said I would always come into their bedroom to sleep. I was telling them, I don't think dad and I have ever talked about it, but mom and I have, about all of the things that I had going on at night.


I always thought that there was a city living underneath my bed, full of little people. They would poke me with spears in the night. I suspect that might have had something to do with growing pains, and I may have seen something of or like, Gulliver's Travels.

Also, there was a monkey man, I guess from the Wizard of Oz, who stood behind the door to the room I had to go through to get to my mom and dad's bedroom

I would have to first, get out of bed quickly enough so that the 'city people" could not grab me and drag me under the bed, and then get past the monkey man behind the door to get to them.

Boy, I was a strange kid.

My brother Terry called while I was there. They live in Galveston, and their air conditioning is not working properly. Hope they can get that fixed tomorrow.

Went to the grocery store, got everything in and put away.

Going to the casino with Joyce today. They are having a special. Buy the buffet for $9.99, and get $10 free slot play.

So, that will be my afternoon.

Mary and Doris, have great trips.

God Bless all.

Bonnie

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This trip I'm flying to Burbank rather than LAX. It costs more to do that but it's only about 40 minutes from where my son/DIL are right now and getting to me easier is the thing right now. Once they move I'm not sure what will happen. I do have to change planes in Vegas...I haven't changed planes but once in my life so it will be Mary's Big Adventure. I'm taking a small carry on bag with essentials just in case my suitcase is delayed. Like you, Brenda, I try to be organized and plan ahead!

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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Good Morning Mary and everyone else who is up,

I have always lived on the upper floors because I don't want anyone above me. People here do have problems with noisy upstairs neighbors. When Darlene lived here her grandchildren ran all over the halls, up and down the stairs and played in the elevators. i would go find them and tell them to get back to their grandmas' apartment and quit doing what they were doing before they knocked someone down. They never did know which apartment I lived in because I would always go down the stairway. It was a girl and boy old enough to know better. The whole family were alcoholics and drug addicts. It is much better since Darlene moved to assisted living.

If this were a perfect world then everyone would be happy. Maybe.....................

They said on the news this morning that the flood in W VA was a 1,000 year flood. It was bad enough here in '07 when it was a hundred year flood. They still are not all cleaned up for some of the damage.

I did sleep very well last night with both my windows wide open. Seems like it is every other night that I have trouble sleeping. It is going to be another hot day today.

Elinor stopped in last night at nine to make sure I had the strawberries thawed for the birthday party this afternoon. She knows better. I am a very good planner. I told her there is a gallon thawed sitting in a bowl in the refrigerator. And the frozen biscuits and a gallon of ice cream in my freezer. I never forget anything like she does.

The CA fires are near LA. I don't think I would be going anywhere near there.

Have a good day everyone.

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Michele, I'm glad I had my kids when I did....things were so much easier 'way back when.' You are younger by about 10 years and things changed then! I am so proud of how my daughter is doing with her girls....they are expected to follow rules and be polite and she is holding fast to that. I hope it works! My teaching partner and I were out to dinner on Saturday night and 3 couples sat nearby with small children who screamed and crawled under the table, chased AROUND the table and caused general commotion. Some parents nowdays just pay little attention to what their kids are doing because they would have to take responsibility for their actions. Sad world. You did your best. Like Doris says, continue to pray and keep up your hope.

Brenda, as always, you do such a great job of coping and moving ahead! As long as people aren't tromping upstairs and bothering you at all hours, I would imagine living in a senior apartment complex wouldn't be too bad. When my daughter was in one before they moved into their new house the people above them had 3 boys. They were SO loud. My grandaughters said 'It's elephants!' one day when they heard them running around and that stuck, lol! We would say "Oh, the elephants are moving!' They got up around 5:00 and stayed up til midnight some nights. You have such a good outlook. Yes, it will be so very easy once both girls are potty trained! But I think Grace will use the 'no thanks' routine until she is good and ready!

Doris, we will miss you while you're on the trip. I will be in Colorado (Denver) with Spark friends the last of July for several days. Maybe I'll see you on the street and we can visit!! Have a safe trip!

I'm going for a walk with my WW friend in a few minutes.I have so much to get done the next 3 days. I will spend Wednesday night with my daughter and get to the airport early Thursday for my flight.



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, I have never been afraid to live alone and take care of myself and am very happy where I am at this stage in my life. I have a wonderful place to live that I can afford and a good mechanic that takes care of my car. Plus many good friends here that come and go. That is the hard part of apartment living. I hope the new ones coming in are healthier and able to get around better than the ones that have moved out.

Soon both the twins will be potty trained. I think the girls are easier than the boys to train.

Don't obsess about your weight, It will come off in due time. Remember, Rome was not built in a day. It is so easy to gain but much harder to take off. I bounce around between 142 to 145. There for a while I got down to 139 and am aiming for that figure again. But when I get there, my jeans bag. I can wear my size 10's but the 12's are a bit more comfortable.

I don't know how any of you can keep all the people here straight that I talk about. Sometimes I get the names all mixed up.

Michele, children in the States are taught that they can call the police and turn their parents in if they don't like the house rules. No one is allowed to punish their children anymore or spank them or the children will call 911. It is a sad state of affairs. Hopefully Annie will come around at some point. I think she is just asserting her independence. So you have to give her more time to figure things out.

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Michele, I am so sorry that your relationship with Annie is still not a warm one. We do live in a fallen world, and ideally these things wouldn't happen, but selfishness comes in in today's world and messes up what was intended to be good. Continue to pray and love her, and in time, maybe she will see you for who you are-a caring, loving mom.

Mary, I hope you have a wonderful trip. Hugs for little David!

I probably will be online in a very, very limited way for the next month. I will think of you often.

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MARY thank you. I think all of this started way back when she was in the 3rd grade & THAT is when all of the bullying had started! If tad & I had known then what we know now, we would have sent ALL of our kids to the schools in Tokyo, not Yokohama, where "foreigners" were scarce. WE thought by sending all of them to private jr. high/high school in tokyo that it would be better, but is was NOT for Annie. And they all went to the very same schools.

Fast forward to college. The college that she went to had a lot of japanese kids whose parents had worked overseas for a few years, (mostly in the U.S. ) hence a lot of the kids could speak pretty good English

Japanese people, kids included, over here who can speak English have an attitude of "I am better than average Japanese b/c I can speak English--you can not!"

MARIELLE mentioned to me after the "incident" that a lot of American kids nowadays are very spoiled & cry "wolf" as soon as they DON'T get what they want from their parents, even calling the police on their parents. I didn't believe her until it happend to me!

These are the kind of kids ( mostly girls but a few boys too ) that Annie was exposed to at the english speaking college ( a big mistake in retrospect! ) that she went to. AND THEN on top of that negative exposure, she goes to of all places---yes! The United States to be FURTHER exposed to bad, spoiled kids!!!!

SO when she came back, Oh, was she so terrible Bad! BAd! Bad!! Yes, indeed!

ON top of all this she didn't ( and still doesn't ) really like herself. She is just beginning to find herself & love herself. We both know that if you don't love yourself, you can not give to others!

I still for the life of me can not understand God'splan for me or her. I am only trusting Him at this point.

I do tell Him daily however, that I am sad. But He will explain it to me in the end.

Have a good rest of your sunday.

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I know you didn't 'do' anything at all to cause the disrespect, Michele..you and Tad seem to be so warm and caring. My heart just breaks for you in that Annie just won't 'warm' to you. I hope as she gets older she will see how important it is to be close to you and will learn from all you've done to guide her. It's the attitude that is 'spoiled' not what you did! I just want her to bow and scrape and tell you how wrong she is!!!! You deserve the best treatment from all your kids. Okay...rant over, lol! I have a number of friends in your situation and I wish I could just wave a magic wand and have things improve.

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MARY Annie was not ( is not ) choosing to be not nice she just wanted to do other stuff. I am hoping /asking God what He is planing & to please straighten out this relationship. He is the "driver" here so I have to depend on him. I was just hoping to spend some precious little time with her. Once again, it's not to be.

My sister in Waco mentioned that she thought Annie was in with a bad group of friends when she first started college back 4 years ago & that is probably where most of it ( the bad behaviour, calling the police on me etc ) started. that & the fact that she had been bullied many years of her school years. And no, at that time, there was no mental health counseling like the little there is now.

How she ever got to be spoiled & a brat is beyond tad & I. We raised all of our kdis the same, & did NOT! spoil them! We are of the "old school" on raising kids!


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I had a great lunch with my kids and an enjoyable afternoon with my granddaughters. We watched Mickey Mouse Club in my bed, did sidewalk chalk on the driveway, took a walk to the end of the street and back, and Annalise went to the bathroom on her own about 6 times! She even climbed up on to the big potty by herself! I think this little one is potty trained in 2 days. Not at night, of course. Grace told me 'No, thank you, Mimi!' when I asked if she wanted me to put HER in panties. Oh, well, in good time!

Michele, I'm sorry Annie isn't being nice to you. I'm glad you went about your business and went to the pool without her. She is a spoiled brat...way old enough to know how to behave and yet she chooses to be stubborn and flaunt her insolence. You are such a sweet and loving mother. I hope she grows up soon. Please try not to let her get you down. You are a special person. It's all on her, not you.

Brenda, I hope you can turn the fan on you tonight and get some sleep. I hate those sleepless nights. I hope the blind lady has a good life with family and the new Ruth will have a good stay.

Doris, how sad that your mother had to divorce in order to get the son to help his dad. It's so awful when adult children aren't able to figure out how to 'be.' Just like our sweet Brenda and Michele, you can't make them do what they should. One of my neighbors lost her husband a few years ago. She very quickly remarried her childhood sweetheart. She found him on Facebook, lol. They were both well into their late 80's. She told me about 6 months after they married that it 'wasn't what it was cracked up to be.' The new husband had a stroke and was in a wheelchair within a few months of the marriage and she told me she was NOT interested in being a nurse! He eventually died. I saw this woman a few months ago getting her hair done...she was 97 and still driving!! Last month I saw that the retirement home had a van and someone drove her!! I'm so glad you found a Keeper!

Yes, Marielle, being in charge of one's own self is a freeing thing...scary, too! But I am learning to make my own decisions and live with the results. You are doing so fine, too.

Tomorrow I walk with my WW friend and will start packing and getting things ready for my trip. I have a jam packed Tuesday and Wednesday before I leave.



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Doris, I have been meaning to wish you and your DH a very Happy Anniversary..you are so very lucky to have a good husband. I was never that lucky. Have a great trip!

It is pretty hot out today and going to be hotter all the rest of next week. Usually it rains on the 4th of July but we may get lucky and have nice weather this year.

Sharon, the blind lady, moved out today and is going to Idaho to live near her family. A whole gang of people came today finally to move her out and we are glad to see them finished. They were quite noisy and rowdy with little children running all over the place.

A new lady named Ruth will be moving in in a couple weeks. That will make two Ruth's living here.

Michele, I think you are asking about how Sam is, the one who had the open heart surgery. Jeanette is perfectly fine. Sam is getting stronger everyday and is out driving around now but she still can't lift anything over ten pounds. It will take about four more months for her to heal completely.

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DORIS we must have been posting at the same time. I am with you about the 2nd partner/ husband. There is not another like my DH!

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MARIELLE I am also going to look for that article I do notice it myself---the weight doesn't go higher, but doesn't go down, either. How is the reflux? Better hope? My sister also has that, 6 says it's quite painful.

As for your being married, I agree with mary that you found 2 people to spend part of your life with. How wonderful is that?

DORIS emoticon to you! I hope that you have agood trip! Your salad does indeed sound very good, not to mention healthy! I am glad for you that your friend is doing better, too. Have been keeping her in my prayers. Now you can go away on your vacation with ease.

BRENDA I had a good nights' sleep. I'm sorry that you're not sleeping well. Our hot weather usually starts in July at the end of our rainy season. it's almost here.
Have you heard about Jeanette recently? Just wonder how she is doing.

MARY enjoy your trip. How wonderful that you can see your GS emoticon on that 1 lb! And your exercise! You are doing so well. ONe baby step at a time
Do you color your own hair? I would never imagine that I could color my own. I don't have much gray for 55: dad's side ( Italian) did not gray very early, not until the late age of 70 or 80's

I had quite the busy Sunday ( it is Monday morning here! )
Annie has come home for 5 days from Houston. She said that everything is so squishy ( her words ) & tiny here. She had just been back from work going to London---was there when they had the Brexit vote & said how thrilled & exciting it all was!

She seems to be on "good behaviour" but I am leaving that one up to God--keep asking him to please just guide me on this one. j
She still doesn't want to do anyting with me, her mom. But she does seem much happier in her new flight attendant job. That is enough for me.
She'll be here until friday, the 1st, then fly back to Houston & have 2-3 days off before she has another flight job.

I am going to go to the pool this morning. I asked Annie to go with me, but of course she \said "no" I was going to stay home from the pool & wait for her to get up to do something together in the morning, but I may be waiting ALL morning, when I could be doing something productive, so I have just decided to do things at my own pace.



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Yes. Marielle, God did send me a "winner". I have been so blessed to have a happy marriage since I had seen my parents have less than a good one. And I'm like you, I wouldn't be looking for another. (Don't want to press my luck if I were widowed. I saw that turn bad too with my Mother when her second husband developed Alzheimer's.I ended up getting a divorce for her since the son of that man would not help take care of his dad and she had to divorce him to get him out of her house and try to make the son responsible.) I like my independence too much, and like you Mary, I wouldn't want to be married for the "nurse or purse" routine!

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Thanks Mary for the insights. I do agree about the older men looking for a nurse. I am certainly not interested in that kind of a relationship. One of my friends has been on the dating internet sites. Either the guys are looking for a younger woman or they want someone to take care of them. I do enjoy being able to please myself and not worry so much about pleasing others or obligations to "take care" of others. I sometimes feel selfish but the stress of trying to please wears me out so I just try to please myself.

Brenda,I am so sorry you are not sleeping well. I've been waking up at midnight and at 4:30 but seem to sleep well when I am asleep. I use my cd for sleep and usually go back to sleep right away.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

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Just a note: I am going to take Jody down to get three bags of dirt in a little while for her raised garden bed. It is only a three mile round trip so I will come back later.

Another restless night, slept 4 hours, read for three and slept for another two. I woke up wringing wet, it was so hot in here. We are at the beginning of a heatwave for the next week or so.

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On the other hand, Marielle, I'm impressed that you found 2 people you wanted to share your life with! I can't imagine 'finding' someone now. I keep saying that if God drops someone in my lap...maybe! I went on a bus trip with the 'over 55 singles' from my church on Monday night. I went with a 75 yr. old friend...she calls the group the 'over 80' people! Not that there's anything wrong with that ( do I sound like a Seinfeld episode?!) but she has warned about any man who is over 60 and looking for a new wife is really looking for 'a nurse or a purse!' So funny, but probably true. I worry about having enough money if I live as long as my grandmothers (99) or my sweet mother (95.) I don't want to 'comingle funds' at this point in my life. AND I have no interest in a man with serious health issues. So that sort of limits the pool.

I hope your quest for easing your painful eating experiences is going to work out fine. And yes, losing as we get older is so hard. I will try to find the article. Thanks.

I'm off to church, then lunch with my kids!

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Good morning, I read a good article on why people lose at different rates, why it's harder for older people, etc. It's called 3 Reasons Why You're not Losing Weight. It and it's on the Best of Spark People Daily. It made me feel a little better about why it is so hard for me to take the pounds off.

Mary, Enjoy your visit with GS and trip to see family. I have been eating breakfast every morning mindfully. Next I guess I have to work on lunch and snacks.

Doris 57 years married. How cool is that!! I was married 17 years, then 20 years. Single for the rest so that would be 53 years including childhood.I guess I didn't make such great choices for my partners. Sounds like you chose a "winner".



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Happy Sunday morning. It's been a busy and productive week for me. I have cleaned out more closets and drawers and gave 8 bags of things away on Thursday to a charity pick up. I lost almost a pound from WW, exercised every day but Friday, too! Next week I go to California to see my sweet new grandson. Life is good!

Doris, Happy 57th anniversary! What a huge accomplishment in these days and times. What a special thing. I hope you have a great trip. I love the salad you described...never fix it myself but I should. It would be great on a hot summer day! My daughter makes it for big gatherings. Safe travel.

I'm glad your trip is going well, MaryAnn. I've wondered about the terrible fires, too. I need a large map of CA to see where the fires are in relation to you and my son/family. Glad they aren't impacting anyone. I have a long weekend get together with my sisters next month, too. We will go through boxes of my mother's things and distribute 'treasures!'

I'm sorry you don't feel well, Michele. Hope it won't interfere with the tone jamboree. You are amazing traveling in all kinds of weather on your bike!

Bonnie, how sad to have more heartaches in your extended family. I'm so sorry for your loss. But what a wonderful tribute to you for your love and comfort you've shown to this special family all your life. I hope Tony will be able to get treatment and come through okay. Too much sadness and loss to contend with.

Brenda, I bought a Fitbit Alta yesterday after my WW meeting. It measures my sleep without me having to use a separate device and buzzes once an hour to tell me to get up and move! I got into bed at 10:00 last night and got out at 7:20. It considers that since I was 'quiet' I was sleeping for that amount! I think as long as I don't get up and get moving it will do that kind of measure. I hope you can get a nap today. I wish I had window washers, lol. Mine are awful. It's been raining so much lately that it doesn't do any good to even consider that, nor would it be wise to get my car washed. Oh, well, summer in Texas is like that.

I love your 'mindful eating plan,' Marielle. I'm sorry for the reflux. I've only had that a couple of times but wow, does it hurt! I hope it's not too hard for you to stay out of your own kitchen and let your daughter have her space!! I hate being a guest for that reason at times. I don' want to be in someone's way but like my own routine, too! It gets so hot here, too. My WW friend and I have decided to go for our walks at 8:00 and so far, it's been a little better than at 8:30 but not by much!

My hair is in desperate need of color...I will do that before church this morning! I always pray for whatever you sweet friends need....I hope it will be a good day for everyone. Usually, as soon as I post, several others post, so if I leave anyone out I don't mean to! I still am not getting notices so that's a pain. Hugs to all.

Mary



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Doris, Enjoy your trip. Great dinner plans.

Michele, glad you are feeling better.

Mary Ann, hope your trip was safe and went well.

Bonnie, hope you are feeling better.

Brenda hope all is well with you.

I'm tired Think I will rest.

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It's been a busy day. The trailer is almost ready to leave--just a few food items and the last minute stuff like makeup and pills. Tomorrow I will make a salad with lettuce, eggs, English peas, bacon and cheese. That way when we stop Monday night and are tired, we can have something ready to eat with little effort.

My friend Marilyn who had the surgery on Sunday is doing so well that she came home yesterday. They told her not to do anything except eat and rest, but the doctor was pleased at how well she has responded. Prayers answered there!

Michele, I'm glad you're feeling better now.

Mary Ann, did you have any travel problems due to the fires? I'm glad they are not near your house.

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Glad you are feeling better.

Maryann

Hope you have no problems getting home. Glad you are having quality time with your sister.

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BONNIE I am feeling better, thank you!

MARY ANN what a kind, loving sister/ daughter you are! I hope you make it back safely, too!

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Spending time with my sister who lost her husband last year. Today we went to visit with our mom and then took her out for pizza. Something she likes but doesn't get at the assisted living place. The temperatures have been ok and we did get in a late evening walk. But tomorrow the temps are going up so it may be too warm for a walk.

Staying until Sunday morning and then heading home. In hope there are no fires along the way there are several large fires in the desert area not near where I drive.



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Thank you all so much.

MICHELE

Hope you feel better.

God Bless my friends.

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Good morning all! It is going to be a very humid, rainy saturday!
I have woken up with a sick stomach. Maybe it was the bread that I ate yesterday? I know that if I eat raisins or prunes now, they seem to give me diarrhea. I am hoping it will settle down as I have students this morning & lots of new student preparation work to do!

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Bonnie my sincerely condolences. It is good that you could grieve and that you were honored. Very heartbreaking. Care for yourself.

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Bonnie, I am so sorry for your loss. It is good that the family honored you as it did. From your writing we can see the love between you and this family.

I am busy trying to tie up loose ends so we will be ready to pull out early Monday. Sunday will be our 57th anniversary, and we will go to eat tonight to celebrate with friends.

For some reason our water supply has been disrupted this morning. I think a utility line that was being put in must have ruptured the pipe. There's a big mess down by the bank where they are working, so maybe it will come on again by lunch time. Hope so. And I'm so glad I got all the bathrooms cleaned yesterday!

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Bonnie, I could barely read your message for all the tears streaming down my face. I can tell how much you love them all and you them. You are so blessed to be so honored. Stop by here when you can, we are here for you.

I barely slept last night. I went to bed just after 10 and was wide awake by midnight. Then read on and off until after 4. It is just after 8 am now.

The Red Cross will be here at 10 this morning to talk to us about Emergency Preparedness. The window washer will be here about 9 to do the outside windows. It is going to be a long day for sure.

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Bonnie, Deepest sympathy. Prayers for you and family.

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BONNIE I am glad that you stopped in. I'm sorry to hear that it is so hard for Barbara & you! I will keep you all in my prayers, dear friend

BRENDA yes! the rain poncho gets hot, but if I wear the rain jacket with the rain pants that is even hotter! AT least there is a breeze flowing through the poncho.

DORIS your place does sound heavenly! I wish that I could join you!!

I am too tired after the jamboree today. I'll be back tomorrow!

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Thank you for the concerns for myself and my friend Barbara.

Neither one of us is doing very well.

The visitation was Sunday, and I saw the extended family that I have not seen for some time.

The children have grown so much.

Kenny's ex wife and their children flew in from Florida. Freddy came from Cleveland,Barb's youngest son, and Anthony and Terry live here.

It was good to see the boys and their families, and we did a lot of hugging and crying.

Sunday was a very hard and exhausting day, but nothing like the wake and the funeral on Monday.

Barbara really honored me that day. She wanted me at the wake at 10:00am with the family, and she and I walked together down the aisle with the rest of the immediate family to say our goodbyes to Kenny. It was so difficult to see him, as he had been so sick and looked it.

She mentioned me in the program as Kenny's "special Mother", and introduced me that way to the church members who did not know me.

She called me the morning of the funeral to make sure I would be there at 10am, and made sure that I knew I was riding to the cemetery in the limo. It was very touching.

He had been in the Army for 17 years, so he had a flag on his coffin, an honor guard at the cemetery waiting. I sat up front in the limo, so I did not have to crawl into the back, so I saw them as we drove up. I began to cry immediately. .

When we got out, we were all having a pretty hard time. I sat on a seat in the gazebo where his casket was.

I was crying very hard. Sheila was Barbara's only daughter who died 5 years ago. Sheila's daughter Glenda, stayed with me and sat with me, then when she stood to watch the ceremony, she stood with her arms around me. I was so very touched.

Because I was unable to go to Sheila's funeral, only to the visitation, 5 years ago, I really felt as though I was mourning her all over again. That was just before my back surgery, and I was in so much pain that I could not have made it through the service.

We then went back to the church for fellowship and dinner.

I talked to Barbara tonight, and thanked her for honoring me so. She told me that there were times when the children were young, that she knew she could never have made it without me to be with them when she was working so many hours.

That was very touching to me as well.

We did spend time with the other kids and their families laughing and talking about those days.

Freddy, her youngest, was talking about the time he called me when he was sick, and I came over to be with him. The older kids were with him, but they were sleeping and he was having a hard time being sick.

He laughed because when I got there, he was asleep. He said he thought I should have been "mad" at him, but I wasn't. I don't even remember.

I told him I knew that as soon as he knew that I was coming over, that he could relax and go to sleep.

Lots of old memories.

I know I am rambling, so I will stop in a minute, but I am just so emotional, and have not been able to actually talk about it much.

The other news is that her oldest son, Anthony also has cancer. So, we don't know just what is gong on with him yet. I told him that I would be able to help get him back and forth for appointments as I am not babysitting any longer.

So, please pray for Tony to have a complete and quick recovery, and pray for the rest of us, Barb, Terry, and Freddy, Tony, and me along with their families.

We have not been as close in recent years as we once were, but this terrible event has brought us back together, and I am praying we can stay closer now.

God Bless you all.


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Doris, that sounds heavenly. No wonder you go there every year to keep cool.

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Brenda, we camp near a river between the mountains. The lodge was built by the Menke sisters back in the 30's. They were in vaudeville and named the cabins after people like Bing Crosby and Gracie Allen. Most of the cabins of that age have been restored or torn down, but the lodge itself is still in great condition. That's where we meet at night to play games and sit by the fire in the fireplace to visit. Because the altitude is 8600 ft, it gets really cool at night. Usually in the upper 30's or low 40's. We have the heater on in our RV's each morning. By 10 AM it's nice to be out, and afternoon temps are usually around 75-80. It is a two-day trip since it's 800 miles and we are pulling the trailer.

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I thought you had a poncho, Michele. I imagine riding your bike wearing it, it gets pretty hot under it doesn't it?

Doris, I heard the weatherman say it was getting warmer in Colorado too. Do you camp in the woods by a lake or river? How long does it take you to get there from your place?

I have some chicken legs cooking in the oven and I just changed the sheets on my bed so I am done for today.

The rain has stopped and the sun is out. It is approaching 7 pm. It won't get dark until about 9:30 now.

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yes, I have a rain poncho that I'll wear when I ride my bike, & also bring my umbrella when I walk from the station to the Lutheran church where we play.

I don't mind the rain so much---it is soooooo much easier to deal with than snow!

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Michele, there is no phone service, TV reception, or internet for us where we stay. By going to a nearby church, last year I was able to get unsecured internet so I would drive up there every few days. If that is still available, I will do that again this year. When we drive into Antonito, we do have cell service. We go out to get service about every 2-3 days. It really doesn't bother us. We stay busy visiting, playing games, reading, and just the basics of living. Yes, I do cook just about every day, but as cool as it stays, I can do soups, etc. to make it easier. We do go out to eat occasionally.

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No Michele, I haven't figured out how to use my basket yet but have several ideas. There are a lot of cubby holes I can sit it in to store sewing supplies or whatever. I could make it into a doll bed. Many options to think about.

The weathermen are talking about thunder storms all night as there are a lot of rain clouds over Western Washington. We have had a steady drizzle all afternoon.

The window washers are going to be here in the morning to wash the outside of our windows. They do them about once a year.

I hope you stayed dry on your way to the Jamboree. Do you have a raincoat?

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BRENDA it feels good to get laundry done!

Did you ever decide how you will use the basket that you bought?

It is going to rain here again tonight. At least there will be a break in it so I can get TO my tone chime jamboree dry. I don't care if I get wet coming home.

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It has been raining all afternoon but it isn't cold out. It is 75 in my apartment with my windows open.

I did 5 loads of laundry this morning while no one else was doing theirs. I am going to strip my bed in a little while and get that done, then all my laundry will be done for another few weeks. I have a lot of clothes so I don't wash them but once a month. It is $1.50 to wash and a $1 to dry so it cost me $12.50 to do those loads. Another $2.50 to do the last load. So $15 for laundry today. It costs a lot more to use the laundromat down the street. Our washers and dryers are downstairs. That fifty cents a load for the washing machines that Laurie put on sure makes a difference and no one is happy about it.

Elinor's gd came and took her to get her drivers' license this afternoon. She will need it for ID. Her birthday is next Saturday.

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DORIS do have a good trip! And be safe! Is there any way that you can stay in touch while you're gone?

MARIELLE I do hope that you're feeling better! Do you have to stay away from those foods permanently?
I also get up anywhere between 3:30 a.m & 5. DH Is always up at 5 so I MUST be up before then!

and yes, it is really called "Tone Chime Jamboree"! I am off!

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Just finished reading all the posts since Sunday, but am overwhelmed by how much was there.

I was one of the early ones for the repairman. He found a wire off down the street, so now my internet is working again. It's surprising how much you would do if only you had service.

We leave Monday for CO so I've been getting everything together. We will load the food on Sunday since I don't like to have the AC running in it for several days and I don't want the food getting so hot. Our temps are running mid-90's this week.

I got started early on cleaning house today. I still have dusting to do and some more floors, but it's progressing nicely.

Time to start lunch. Hope you all have a great day!

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good morning all,

Mary I wake up between 4:30 and 5:30 (sunrise is just after 5 am here so it gets light early). I just don't want to get out of bed. By 8am here it is 80+ degrees and too hot for me unless in the shade.We are at 5300 ft elevation and the sun beats down hard. Maybe you are exercising too much?? Also I've found the older I get, the less I can eat. It is really a drag. Good luck with your weight watcher week.

Brenda, when I get up I make tea, feed the dogs and cats, empty the dishwasher--things like that and then I sit down at the computer for a while, read email, spark people, etc. When DD is here I reverse the process. She's busy in the kitchen and doesn't like other people in there "disturbing" her.

Betty, glad you checked in. I can't do without carbs or go on low carb diet. It's just not satisfying at all to me.If you every read the Diet for your blood type books, I am a type A and could be a vegetarian but I do choose to eat meat/chicken/fish. It's just not my main thing I plan my meals around. Usually it's rice, potatoes, etc. I'm still struggling. Wish I was 152.

Michele, have a great tone chime jamboree. Do they really call it that?

I had a terrible reflux attack last night. I ate a spinach/feta pizza and then an awful burning sensation came up into my throat and it took a good 2 hours to get the burning and pain out of my throat. Never had that before. I don't want to experience it ever again either. Pretty miserable, but it is gone now and throat feels okay. I had oatmeal and fruit for breakfast. I also practiced eating very slowly and blessing every bite of food and drink of tea asking it to nourish and heal my throat, esophagus, etc. and blessing all the persons, animals (bees, etc) and earth involved in its growth and final destination to my table. Maybe if I do that more and eat very slowly it won't do that again. I'm sure I ate mindlessly yesterday encouraging my stomach and esophagus to fight back.

Take care all and have a great day.

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I also can not do a low carb thing! It just zaps my energy when I do for a couple of day!

BETTY it is so good to hear fromyou!

MARY keep doing what you're doing. Someitmes it just takes our bodies a long time, esp. women, at this age to figure out what is going on!

I will be off to my tone chime jamboree today. At least it's not going to rain, but the humidity is up to about 73% so all I do is sweat! I am bringing a change of clothes with me for sure!

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Welcome back, Betty! We posted at the same time. I'm with you on the low carb. I can cut a few things out for a while but a permanent no carb thing isn't MY thing! I would love to be at 152....I'm still stuck around 175 despite what I am doing in the right way. You're not alone!

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I'm glad you slept well last night, Brenda. I forgot about Elinor hoarding...I guess that IS a big part of her personality. I got in 6300 steps on my walk. I would rather watch the news, answer emails, and have a 2nd cup of coffee, but my friend babysits several days a week and going for an early walk is better for her. So that's what we do. I will probably do a late one tomorrow since I am spending the day with my daughter. Or I will be chasing after the girls!

I weighed for the first time since Saturday. Despite logging all my food and all my exercise, I am less than one pound down. This is so discouraging. I was hoping for a 2 pound loss this week as a credit to my efforts. I still have until Saturday morning but I am easily irritated!

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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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Your lost friend checking in.! emoticon

Just a short note. I have been so busy with my low carb group that I hadn't been able to keep up here. Have read nothing, so do not know what's been going o n here. Needless to say, the low carb thing just didn't work out much for me. The only thing I did find out was I do have some type of gluten problem, as when I indulge in breads, etc. I get diarrhea. It also could be just because of my problem. I am planning to get a Dr appt. for physical in near future and will have him give me the test if possible. So anyhow, here I am still fighting at 152. I recently added weight arm lifts every other day and leg aerobics to my schedule-some gardening-but weight just stays on. So today I started logging back on the Sparkspeople keeping calorie count. I just keep up reading all I can and now reading low carb diets give a temp loss, but one gains it back if going off. I cannot bring myself to eat the cauliflower crust for pizza yet! I just want the real thing if I eat pizza. I recently invested in a food scale from Amazon & it helps me. ok, off here for now. Hi to all.

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Michele, we all have assigned parking places and the empty ones are for visitors. I moved my car next to Ruth's because I don't want visitors parking next to me. The spaces are small and some park too close to our driver side door and we can't get in our cars. There are signs at each space that say Assigned Resident Parking or Visitor Parking. Caregivers have to park on the street beside our building because our parking lot is very small.

I slept really good last night. Woke up at 5:30. It is much cooler and windy. Rain is expected all day but it will warm up through the 4th of July. Summer is here.

Hoarders are very secretive so that is one of the reasons Elinor didn't want anyone to know she sold her car. She can tell them. It really doesn't make any difference to anyone what she does, people are just interested and concerned. Many thought her car was in the repair shop.

Mary, I could never go out walking early in the morning. That is the time I do my best writing and I like to watch the morning news. I get my walking done at various times throughout the day up and down the stairs a lot. The sidewalks in our town are too cracked and bumpy and it is too easy to trip and fall.

Have a good day,

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Good morning, friends. I am almost ready for my walk with my WW friend. we've decided to go at 8:00 rather than 8:30. It's so hot and humid but I don't want to get up and go earlier!

Michele, I'm glad you rode the train to the chime practice. You have such stamina! You also have such restraint! I love all food. I don't eat dessert often but chocolate anything is a winner.

Brenda, I wonder why Elinor wouldn't want people to know she sold her car. They can't do anything about it! You are so sweet and wise to 'keep her counsel.' Hope it won't give you any trouble.

Off to start my day! With my exta steps and exercise and watching what I eat, I hope I will lose this week!

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.

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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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