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5/22/15 10:51 P

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Hi all,
Busy day again today. They delivered the furniture and we had to call a locksmith because they couldn't get the bed to the upstairs bedroom except through the outside door. It was kind of an all day thing: preparing, then receiving, then cleaning up. It rained today too and is still cold to me. It got up to 62 and now is 50 degrees. It is supposed to warm up and be in the low 80's by next Friday.

Bonnie and Brenda, I have claustrophobia too. I had to meditate while in an MRI machine a few years ago-didn't think I was going to make it, but managed to get through it.

Brenda, sounds like the neurologist gave you a thorough exam.

Michele, hope your time in Tokyo was enjoyable. Is this the Starbucks day? I forget.

Doris, I hope everything has quieted down in Waco so you can shop safely.

Have a great weekend everyone! emoticon

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5/22/15 6:42 P

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BRENDA

I too have the issue with claustrophobia. That is the main reason I have so much trouble getting to sleep at night when I put my face mask on for the Cpap. Once I get to sleep with it on I am ok. Right now with the anxiety I am having, a couple of nights I am up until 5 or 6 am. Seems that I can go to sleep by 2:00am several nights a week. I just sleep in late because I have to have that sleep.

Good evening my friends. Going to the theater now.

Bonnie

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5/22/15 5:55 P

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My visit to the neurologist went well. When I went to see my doctor for a follow up after coming home from the hospital, she arranged the appointment with the neurologist and it was a three month wait, they are so busy. At least it is just in the next town at the hospital 5 miles away. He explained that as we get older our small blood vessels in our brain get clogged and cause memory problems. He did a lot of test for my motor skills and coordination. I cannot walk a straight line by putting one foot in front of the other. Never could do that except when I was in grade school. He checked my eyes and tested my memory. He sent me to the lab for some blood tests to find out what vitamins I need to take. Vit-B12. It is good for memory. I already take that but have not been taking enough. I guess they will call me to tell me what I need to take or else I will find out next month when I go back to see him..

I also need to keep taking a baby aspirin everyday.

I need to write the rest of my story for my family before I forget it. The worst part of the appointment was the long wait in the office to see the doctor. Twenty minutes to check in, then over a half hour in the next little cubicle, then almost another half hour waiting in his office. They recently remodeled the office and painted and there is no air in those little cubicles. I finally opened the door and told the girl it was too stuffy in there I couldn't get enough air no matter how much square breathing I did. She said I could just leave the door open, I am very claustrophobic in the first place.

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BONNIE you are truly blessed to have those dear friends to help you! How was your theater?

BRENDA how was the dr. appt? Hope all went well.

DORIS did you get your new printer? i am reading a book by the author Joe Brown--he is a local guy out of N. C. & writes about his life experiences. Right now is "Little Farm on Brown Road". He has a whole series of stuff that he writes. An easy read but I enjoy hearing/ reading about others' lives.

Today, Saturday will be another day to go to Tokyo to teach english conversatin to DH's cousin's wife, followed by some of the cousin's kids.



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5/22/15 2:15 P

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MICHELE

They are out in the yard taking down the pool right now. There are segments to the sides, so they are unscrewing them at the top, and taking it apart piece by piece. They seem to know what they are doing, so that is a good thing. Now I am just ready for it to be done.

Going to The Village Players theater tonight to take tickets and then see the show. My friend Chris always calls me to take tickets at least once during the run of the show so I get to see it for free. Diana is going to work the concession stand, so I am picking her up and we are going together.

It is a bright and sunny day here today with the promise of that continuing until Sunday evening or Monday. Then rain for a few days. Good the pool will be out before it rains again.

BRENDA

Praying for good news at the Dr.

MICHELE

That is funny that Japan does not keep the electronic advances for home.

All government is just crazy.

Have a lovely weekend my friends. God Bless

Bonnie

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5/22/15 11:51 A

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Brenda, is this related to the trip to the hospital earlier? Hope you get a good report!

We're having another rainy day. First it was fog, then showers. I may start growing moss!

I need to make a trip into Waco to get a new printer. Mine had been acting strange and then Wed. the printing head hung and paper jammed where we can't get to it. I think it may be 15 years old or so. Guess it's time for a new one. And I need it soon since I have HH thank you's to print. Hope I can install it without too much frustration.

What book are you reading, Michele? It would be a good day for that here.

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5/22/15 11:11 A

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I finally have my appointment to go see the neurologist this morning. Actually, I totally spaced out that it was this morning so it is a good think the nurse called yesterday afternoon to remind me.

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BRENDA it's not that we have t rouble with electronics here; it's trying to use other countries' electronics that don't fit the system here. Japan is probably 1 of the most technicological countries in the world, but they tend to send their products overseas, not use them here. Why, I don't know!

Your life as you tell it is so interesinng.


BONNIE I never knew how to take a pool down. my friend in Mich. also had an outdoor pool on the ground. I had always wondered how they took it apart.

I am really tired after my swim today Think I'll just go & read my book!

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Yes, Doris, the $9,000 came in handy because I had just got my divorce a few days before and my husband never knew anything about it or he would have taken it. It was September, 1979 and $9,000 then was a year's wages for me. I was running concessions in the Fieldhouse at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma then. I hired all my friends and their teenagers plus my four teenagers so we all made money. It was nights and weekends except for the State A basketball tournaments. Then a few years later the city built the Tacoma Dome and all the events went there so I quit and worked food service at the college.

Your friend's doctor no doubt got your friend Medicare/Medicade. That's what I have because I am so low income and the State of Washington pays the rest of my medical bills plus they give me foodstamps and $40 cash a month. I only go to the doctor every six months normally, occasionally a trip to the hospital with my thumping heart and BP

Michele, I didn't know you would have that much trouble with electronics in Japan. How interesting.

Marielle, keeping my fingers crossed that your final papers for the house will soon be signed and everything is approved.

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MARIELLE

It has been a long and arduous journey, but you are getting close to the finish line. YIPPEE!

God bless all of you my friends.

I am very tired tonight, so not able to talk to each of you, but I did read the posts.

So glad that we are here for each other.

Rode my stationary bike for 30 minutes today. My knees have been doing really well, and my back has been a lot better. I am grateful.

When I came home, my friend Ron had left the pump in the pool to take out what water was left after most of it went out with the leak. So, I worked on getting the pump moved around to get to the water so the pump did not burn up from not being in enough water.

I worked out there for about an hour and a half, on my feet for a lot of that time.

So, I expect to be sore tomorrow. Should not be too bad.

Ron came over while I was out there, and jumped over the side of the pool to get the leaves out and cut up the winter cover and cut up the liner. His friends are coming over tomorrow to take the pool and they are planning on putting in a new liner anyway. So, it is very dry by now and overnight it will dry out a bit more. They will take the sides down first, and then clean up all of the trash and haul it away for me. I am so grateful that Ron found someone to take it and still be able to use it.

I was sad, but so relieved that I don't have to pay someone to take it out, and that it will be used, that overrode the sad part. I have had that pool since 1989.

Had Ellee and Gracee this afternoon after school. we had a nice time together.

Feeling pretty good today. one day at a time.

Have a great Friday all.

Bonnie

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MARIELLE that is great news!

I can get a kindle in English---that is no problem But b/c the technology system is different here, it is difficult to get service in Englsih. That goes for computers, video machines, cell phones etc.

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Hi all. I got a call from my realtor so since the septic is done and doesn't need to be replaced they will probably go forward and have the appraisal done and then we'll set a closing date for the house.

Brenda, hopefully you can tell the rest of your story so that it doesn't "badmouth" your ex, as you said. You have definitely been through a lot in your life. How strong you are to come through it and still be healthy emotionally.

Michele, I am like Doris I had no idea you couldn't get a Kindle in English in Japan. I seem to learn something new each day.

Take care everyone!!

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5/21/15 7:48 P

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Brenda, It's nice that #3 thought of you. I'm sure the cash came in handy. My friend had neck surgery when her spine closed in on her nerves. It has been 3 months and the feeling has not returned to her hands. I think her walking is getting better. Her doctor turned her in to the disability office (maybe SSI?) before she even thought about it. I just hope she will have some money to tide them over until it kicks in since she can't work.

Hope you enjoyed your time at the pool, Michele.

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BRENDA again I say----I am always interested in your stories! What a hard, but amazing life you have had! You are such a great person in my eyes. I too, hope you can write well dull the s harpeness of the bad stuff.

DORIS I will keep your friend in my prayers. My parents were also very private people It was always hard to talk to them.

I am going to go to the pool,this Friday mornig!

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Doris,

Mom's last husband (number five, (the truck driver) walked out on us when he found out mom had cancer and was dying. They fought all the time anyway so that may not have been the reason, I have no idea. He did come to the fish market where I worked and made sure the car was in good working condition but I never told my mom. When she was finished with a man, I was not supposed to keep in contact. They were all good to me as long as they were around. Mom's number three husband left me $9,000 when he died. I always kept in contact with him and wrote him letters all the time.

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Brenda, I'm sure you will find a way to write about their dad that will both be kind for their reading but yet accurate in what you had to endure, telling the truth with love for them helping to dull the sharpness with which it could be told. The others who didn't respond may have cared, but were so shocked they had no words to convey that to you. Sometimes we just pretend it didn't happen when we don't know what to say. Right now, I'm facing a situation where a younger friend of mine's husband just moved away and left her and a 14 year old son after she became disabled. I know I need to be supportive, but I don't have clarity yet on how I can help her. She's a really private person. I will try to get in touch with her tomorrow before her son gets out of school.

Michele, I never dreamed the Kindle did not work world-wide for whatever language one chose. Show how much I know about technology!!

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MARIELLE yes that is so good about that septic tank! It's like you can FINALLY get started now!

DORIS even if I get a kindle I can't get the "AMerican reading things" that all ofyou have. The japaese kindle is not the same, & American kindle won't work over here.

BRENDA you are definitely an inspriation to me having grown up so rough the way you did! You keep me going!

MARY hope you had a good day today. You're almose there!

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Marielle, Yes, I had a rough growing up but it just made me a stronger person. It was my reality and I didn't know anything else. I thought it was normal.

I am so happy for you that your septic is all finished and flowing like it should. Is the tree cut down? I can't remember.

It looks like another warm day. None of the gardeners have even started to plant their raised beds here. They are busy turning over the soil and adding fertilizer and whatever else they do. I am not a gardener but I do get a lot of produce from those who do.

I printed out my life story to edit and send to my son. I have only written up to the day mom died. I need to write about when I met the children's dad and our life next. That is difficult because I have never bad mouthed their dad to them. He died on Halloween, 2010 at age 73. The age I am now. He was an alcoholic and heavy smoker and a woman chaser and never took care of himself. He continued even after two triple by passes.

Have a good day.

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Doris, I did write about my life until I was 18 and sent it to four of my children. I will send a copy to Jon now that I know where he is. My middle son told me that was the saddest story he ever heard. I told him it was my life and my reality. The other's didn't respond because they evidently didn't care. Growing up like I did, I thought everyone lived like that until I started going to other peoples houses and found out they lived much different. But that's another story. I have many.

I can't believe it is Memorial Day weekend coming up. Holidays anymore are just another day but I have a lot of memories of past event that were fun.

No rain today. The sun came out yesterday and it got pretty warm.

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Good Morning Everyone!

The lid is back on the septic. The one leach line is good to go - it took 700 gallons in about an hour to two hours so is flowing well. Michele, I spelled it wrong before but the leach line is a pipe that comes out of the septic tank (in my case a 1000 gallon cement tank in the ground) and removes the water etc. into the underground area that will accept the moisture and "sludge" and purify it back into the earth. I have pictures on my phone but not sure how to upload onto my computer.

Doris I am glad it is cooler where you are. We have had a really cool spring this year. They say don't plant til after Mother's Day here, but it seems really too cold to plant still unless you have a green house.

Mary congrats to your nephew for his graduation. Whoa--one more week-Yea emoticon

Michele, it must feel weird to read in National Geographic about where you grew up.

Brenda-you definitely have led a hard life. You are a bright star and have dealt with your experiences so well!! I wish lots of joy to you.

Bonnie, how wonderful to be able to be a part of the "theater". It must really be fun helping to put together a play.

Off to the grocery store to get food for the grandkids! Take care all.

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It's a lot cooler here this morning with no rain. YEA!

Brenda, your life story is amazing. It should be "required reading" for those growing up in similar circumstances to give them hope that life can be much better. Have you ever considered writing it down with your feelings at the time?

Marielle, is everything complete now so that you can sign the papers on your house? I hope you can get closure on that soon.

Bonnie, just work your way through where you are on the grief process and don't worry about being on someone else's time line. Having the play to think about will be good. Enjoy!

Michele, did you get a Kindle? That makes finding books so much quicker and easier. I am on BookBub and get an email everyday listing free books. I have a year's worth of reading stacked up there!

Mary, glad you're so close to the start of your new life. My daughter who is a speech pathologist would love to join you, but she still has tuition to pay for one more child. She is putting in unreal hours just getting this school year finished, what with ARD's, etc. Working at school til 7 PM and taking a 2 hour break before starting again and working to midnight, plus weekends just to get the paperwork done for all these meetings. She rarely gets to just enjoy a day. So sad. And they wonder why burn-out occurs!

Mary Ann, are you having a busy week? Hope everything is good with you.

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Just a quick hello because when I was in the shower I realized that something I was asked to do for school today should have been done in a different way. I will get the redo printed out and finished at school but it needs to be done. They still throw things at us at the last minute and want instant compliance. I wont miss that at all!!!

Bonnie and Brenda, the losses you have had are real and make a difference in your lives in different ways whether you are close to the people or not. If its family, you mourn the loss of what could have been if circumstances were different. My first 3 sisters and I never felt close to our father. He did the right thing for us but wasnt nurturing at all. But by the time the youngest sister came along he and Mama had mellowed a bit and she remembers a wonderful childhood that the rest of us dearly wanted. Daddy died not quite a year after my husband, and although I visited regularly all my adult life and he eventually learned (with my prodding!) to say I love you I never really felt it. When he died I didnt miss a wonderful relationship, but I mourned that there would never be the opportunity to find out why he was so uninvolved with 4 of his 5 daughters. You just never know how you will respond. Just go with it!

Michele, maybe someone in your family can get you a gift subscription to your local newspaper! Would that even be possible? Or a digital subscription to any magazine would be much cheaper. That way you can keep up with whats going on in your hometown!! Just a thought!

Doris, I hope your blood pressure can be regulated. Has this just started? It sounds like you might have to walk a fine line with drug interactions. If you feel like bible study, go. If not, take care of yourself and just stay home! Reruns are great.. Hugs to you.

Marielle, hooray on both counts: your septic tank will be running smoothly and so will your sisters care!! I hope things will even out for you. So much going on at the same time is so stressful.

There is a 60% chance of rain again today. Ive been so glad for 2 full days of no rain here! I have my youngest sisters oldest sons graduation tomorrow nightthe Mass is inside and the next night graduation is outside! I have no other plans for Memorial Day weekend. I will post a FB message about my retirement this weekend. Stay tuned for more stories, lol!


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DORIS just 1 day at a time It takes at least double the time to recover from a major surgery. Do check with your dr. about those BP meds.

BRENDA & BONNIE

I love to hear about stories from your past. IT gets me to know you better . It helps me to cope with what I need to do as well.

BONNIE good luck with the new play. It will probably be good for you!

Now, time to read my National Geographic. This month's issue is all about Detroit! I never knew it was the poorest city in all of the U.S. I have so many memories about living there.
I wish I could just buy up one of those wrecked houses & live in it!!!

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Brenda, my "fog" lifted about 4 PM today, so I'm not taking it until tomorrow and that will be a half dose. The BP did stay down this afternoon--don't know if it was the meds or it just didn't go up. Who knows why?? I like to keep it under 140, but just not too low or I'm a couch potato. Don't have time for that! Another thing we have to try to do is slow down my heart rate which usually stays between 85 and 90. I need to get back on the organized exercise now that I'm over my surgery.

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Bonnie, my brother was 66 when he died. I miss his calls. We didn't see each other very often but I was emotionally close to him. He lived in Buckeye, AZ and had a lot of old cars and belonged to a car club. Before he was buried, his club members tied his casket into the short bed of his 1939 Canary yellow Chevvy pickup truck for one last ride around town. He had a huge Tweety Bird that rode around with him and he was very proud of that truck. I wish I could have gone to the funeral but we didn't have enough money. My sister flew down to meet that side of the family because she wanted to find out who they were. She didn't even know our brother when he occasionally came for a visit. He was in the Navy when mom died so he wasn't around much and she was too young to remember.

It will be so good for you to get back with your theater group.

Michele, it was Nora who didn't tell Ruth where she was going. I took Jody to the foot doctor this afternoon. She has arthritis in her feet plus diabetes and is in a lot of pain on the top of both feet. Nothing to do about it unless she want to have surgery.

This in Independent Living so we do not have any check out/check in policy but most people do tell neighbors when they are going out so someone knows. Nora told Ruth that she thought she told her she was going out with her daughter for dinner. She just told Ruth that her daughter was coming over. Earlier she was all excited to be having the fish for dinner. She said to Ruth. "well I could just heat up the plate of fish for tomorrow. . Ruth told her it was too late because she gave it to me. I don't think Nora remembers things these days.

Doris, I hope you get your BP meds worked out. I would not like walking around in a fog all day long.

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DORIS

Do keep in touch with your Dr about your BP meds. They may want you to do just what you are doing, but it is always a good idea to be in contact with them throughout.
Good luck. Hoping you feel better soon.

MARY, BRENDA, MARIELLE, MICHELE

Thanks to all of you for sharing the wisdom of your personal experiences. I have lost family and friends in the past, and that has been difficult. My brother and I were not very close, and I really thought I would be ok, sad, of course, but not this constant feeling of loss. I have to realize that no matter what, he was my brother for 63 years. Really all of the life I can remember. It keeps hitting me that now I only have one brother.

I was definitely in denial. I am so grateful to have all of you, and this place to be able to express myself and have no one judge me, but all of you there for me.

I thank God for all of you.

Went to the grocery store and took a little walk today. Otherwise, just watched TV and crocheted.

Mom and I went to the fabric store the other day and I got quite a bit of yarn for half price. I think they are closing the brand out. Five and six ounces of yarn, for $2.49 a piece. Two of them, the only variegated I could find, were only $1.49 a skein. I am enjoying making an afghan. I like to experiment with patterns, so that is what I am doing with this one. It gives me a creative outlet.

My friend Chris, from the theater called me last night from the board meeting. He asked me to be on the play reading committee for the 2016-2017 season. I think I will enjoy doing that. It is a good way for me to have some involvement.

I am going to help my friend Kate with the show that she is doing, "Lion in Winter" in September. We will have auditions on June 27 and 28th. I always really enjoy the casting. Fingers crossed that we will get a lot of good actors to audition.

A couple of things to look forward to.

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I hope you do get your energy back! Can you talk to your dr. about chainging the med or lessening the prescription? My sister in Raleigh also said the temps are so high with high humidity. The humdity is such an energy zapper!

Good luck with your bible study!

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I picked up my new prescription from the pharmacy yesterday that is supposed to help keep my blood pressure from going so high in the afternoons. Took one yesterday and I'm pretty limp today. I think it may have leached out some of my nutrients that I need. Now I don't know if I'll even take it again. At least I won't today and maybe take a 1/2 tomorrow. I just hate dragging around! I do have Bible study tonight that I plan to go to. I feel like I need a big caffinated drink of Coke, but I'm trying not to drink any since my glucose was borderline high.

Marielle, that's good news that your septic should be covered today. Will it pass inspection without the 2nd line working? Hope you enjoy the new furniture!

Michele, I'm glad your energy is improved today.

Our temps are going up--89 this afternoon with high humidity makes it feel even warmer. I'm not ready for summer yet!! They're saying we may have storms tonight. Hope not.

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you got your fish! Thank heavens Jody turned out . Not very responisible, I might add! Maybe there should be a check in / check out system like we have here at the rehab hosp for Tad's dad so everyone knows where everyone else is?
You have been through so much in the last 10hears or so. You are so strong, & I admire that. That is 1 of the reasons I feel so comfortable with you----I can tell you anything!

MARIELLE that is wonderful news about your sister! What is a "leech line"? How do you like your new furniture? Good for you for splurging!

BONNIE Everything MARY has said is what I would have liked to say to you---I do not speak well. Others speak so eloquently! You have been through so much more than me! One moment at a time, dear, dear friend! emoticon Here are morer emoticon emoticon for you!

I also agree with BRENDA about finding SP----If I hadn't, I truely think I might just have "called it quits" after last Aug's events.

MARY how is your weather today? I think some of your rain has floated our way---we are having severe thunderstorms Not the flooding type, but just too much rain!

My feet & energy are back to normal today I think this sudden humidity is zapping my energy . My body does not adjust so easily anymorE!

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When my husband had his stroke in '06 I lost my life as I knew it in that instant and it took me about five years to really get over it. I was finally able to turn out my bedroom light and sleep in the dark but I still leave my TV on all night. The first two and a half years I lived in that tiny garage apartment and had no one to talk to and almost went out of my mind, especially in the dark days of winter when I was snowed in. That's when I found Spark People and there were people who would really talk to me. You don't know how much you helped me in those days, Bonnie.

It wasn't until I moved here that I finally came out of my funk and deal with everyday issues. Every holiday gets better and the people here are so much more caring and understand what I went through.

My brother died suddenly from a crushed brain stem in '04 and I couldn't go to the funeral in Arizona. But I am still here and stronger everyday.

I got a good fish dinner last night. Ruth has been helping Nora the last couple months since she fell and broke her arm. Well Nora disappeared and we couldn't find her. Ruth knocked on my door and said she had made Nora's dinner and her door was locked and she didn't answer her phone. I ran downstairs to the night managers door and she came up with the master key and went in. No Nora. What happened was her daughter came and took her out to dinner and Nora forgot to tell Ruth or leave a note on her door. So Ruth gave me Nora's plate. It was fresh Walleye fish she caught in Eastern Washington last week. Yum. Nora is 85. I hope she doesn't do that anymore.

Jody needs to go to the podiatrist this afternoon to see why her feet hurt so much. I am taking her. She recently got new orthopedic shoes and even they are hurting her. She had her back fused over a year ago and has continued to be in pain since.

Mary, I hope you continue to have dry days but from what I am seeing on the news it does not look very hopeful for Texas so far. The wind is coming up and it might rain today. Much cooler than yesterday so far but it is only 7:30 am.

Have a good day everyone.

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Good morning all.

Bonnie, you are so right about your grief, just keep acknowledging to yourself that you are grieving, that you feel a terrible loss and that you are right where you should be with the process. Just keep acknowledging you pain. You are very wise, loving and kind.

Mary, what a compassionate soul you are and what a blessing for those parents and that little boy. Maybe that is why your principal was so weird about you telling parents, etc. that you were leaving because she was afraid of the response from everyone.

Michele, I hope you got some rest. Sometimes with so much going on for me I have to just "zone out". I tried to play the piano so very long ago (teenage years) but never really did get it down.

Brenda, glad you had fun shopping. I too hope that you and your son will be able to have a closer relationship. Perhaps this is what he needs. Your love is your greatest gift to him no matter what his state of mind is.

Doris, I am glad they arrested the lawbreakers. I so hope that this gets "calmed down" soon and things get back to "normal" for the Waco residents and all those affected by this violence.

The plumbers have repaired the leech line and reconnected it to the tank--it is flowing well. The other leech line is "dead" so it will not be used. They said that the other one is doing so well they don't need the dead one. Today they should put the lid back on! Yea. My sister called me yesterday--she qualifies for "home bound" so a nurse will visit her 2 times a week and also draw the blood (Warfarin/Coumadin-necessity) . She is feeling better. My GS is putting off his trip to Canada from tomorrow to July 26 (I am relieved as it was so much stress added to the current sister/house situations).

Oh exciting news, I broke down and bought a dining room set and a chair for my room-even though everything is still on hold--they are delivering Friday.

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Bonnie, after my husband died I had so many days when I thought "This just isn't true..it didn't happen..." then of course, it WAS true. You do have many stages that you go through and I think whatever you are feeling on any given day is how you need to be until you can deal with it and move to another stage. I went to 3 Grief Share groups and learned a lot...but ultimately I realized that I had come to terms with the loss and had learned to deal with it and move to 'another place in life.' You will, too, but it has to be on your terms. Having anyone else tell you to 'get a grip' or that it's been 'x' weeks/months and you 'should' be over it just isn't right. Hang in there! We're here when you need to talk.

Michele, I hope you will be able to play and enjoy the piano today. Some days are just like that, where you just aren't into it. You stay dry today if you can...this will be Day 2 of Drying Out if we're lucky!!

Thanks for the kind words. This little boy has had a lot of trouble not only academically but socially and emotionally since he's been in our pre-K program. The other teachers said a few things to the parents but just let it go. I always feel that it's part of my job to address all the things I'm concerned about, not just the academics. I've been on this all year and the parents are now willing to get him some help but they will need to undo years of issues that haven't been addressed when it would have made life easier for him. I hope it works!

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DORIS yes, thank you for the update aboiut those bikers. Although I have heard the news here, I hadn't known the details. What an awful mess

BRENDA I hope you are going to be able to have a new relationship with your younger son. Wouldn't that be great?! Glad you enjoyed your outing.

Mary I too, hope & pray that your student & parents can find the help they need for him. You are so caring. What a great teacher you have been!

BONNIE I wish that this "this too will pass" episode would hurry up & pass you by! You poor dear! Just take 1 moment at a time.

I am really tired this afternoon. I was practicing piano, but was too frustrated with it so I quit Now I have to work. I'll be back.... emoticon

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I am praying that you student and his family are able to find the help they need.

It is unbelievable about the terrible war between the bikers and others getting dragged into it.

Thank you all for you love and support. I keep thinking I should be able to "pull" myself out of this grief. I guess I am still in the "denial" stage.

Not sleeping very well, high anxiety, low tolerance for frustration, and just plain being "touchy and tender" is about the only way I can explain how I feel.

Very depressed. I am realizing that instead of pretending like nothing happened, I am going to have to experience this grief, and work my way through it.

That is the way of life. I can't change it. Reminder to self, You are not in control.

Thanks for everything my friends

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Brenda, it sounds like your son might just be exactly where he needs to be right now to get a grip on the addiction and to get his life in order! Wow, a 6 page letterthats fabulous. I hope this will be the beginning of a renewed friendship between the 2 of you and maybe with the older son, as well. Its a start, at least!! High hopes for the future. Yes, a boat might be the best bet for us right now, lol. After a couple of years of drought, the rain is welcome but in small doses! Today its been nice and humid and even sunny. Im glad you had a fun outing with Jeannette. Dropping everything and just doing something fun sounds just fabulous to me. Soon, I can do that, too!

I think Willis is north of Houston and yes, is a small town, Michele. I dont remember who, but someone else I know has relatives in Willissmall world, indeed! I wish you didnt have to get out in the rain. Can Tad get groceries on the way home from work? Can you go in his truck once hes home? Good luck with the English lessons today.

Marielle, yes, my daughter is a sweetie! I am very blessed. The boys are sweet, too, but they arent around like she is. Im glad your sister is doing better and that the septic tank is getting fixed. But it sounds like quite an ordeal right now. I am SO looking forward to just figuring out who I am and where Im going once I retire! I told several more parents today about my retirement.

Doris, I totally agree with Brenda, those bikers sound like a terrible lot. I heard about the retaliation, too. Please be careful! My daughter and her husband are going to Grosbeck this weekendisnt that fairly close to you and to Waco? My SILs mom has property there.

I had an hour long conference with the parents of the little boy with all the sensory and behavior issues in my roommy last ditch effort to help him. I even teared up when I told the parents I wont be around to see him make progress but I thanked them for being steadfast in their determination to get some help for him.finally! If his teachers in pre-K and kindergarten would have laid it on the line like I did he might be in much better shape by now But I do hope the parents will do as they said and will continue therapy and will meet with the 2nd grade teachers to see what he needs to do for next y


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Doris, thanks for the update on the bikers. I didn't think about all they have to do in their investigations. Like NCIS and those shows do. That is a lot to have in jail, I hope it's a big one. Yes, it is terrible that innocents have to suffer along with the criminals. Our news casters here don't give a lot of details, just the hype to get people to watch, then we don't find out much.

The sun has been out all day and it didn't rain. Jeanette called and said she was going to the Veggie store and asked if I wanted to go so I dropped everything and we went. I told her I needed to find some small coffee filters for the 4 cup pots for me and Nora. They have them at Shop N Kart but she insisted they carry them at the dollar store. I knew they didn't but we went and they didn't. So we walked down to the Grocery Outlet and they didn't have them either. So then to Shop N Kart and they have all different sizes like I told her in the first place. The to the veggie store. It was a fun trip.

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Michele, We don't have any paid workers at HH except for our directors. All the rest is done by volunteers. I am one of those. On Monday mornings we go prepare the house for the next weekend. I usually do laundry or put sheets on the beds. Sometimes I dust or empty trash cans, etc. There's usually 10-12 of us there so it doesn't take long to get our work done--maybe 1 1/2 hours. Then since I am secretary of the board of directors, I write thank you letters to all who contribute--about 20 or so per month.

If your news coverage has not reported on the biker mess, they have about 170 in jail with $1,000,000 bond for each on charges of engaging in organized crime. Some may later be charged with murder also. All of the bikes and cars there at the bar/restaurant are having to be searched and processed before being impounded. What a mess! Even the innocent who had cars there have them impounded since they have bullet holes in some of them. I would hate to be needing my car to get to work and not be able to get it back. Maybe by tomorrow the stores that are still closed will get to open again and their employees return to work--another case of innocent being hurt by the careless actions of these gangs.
Hope your English lessons went well for you, Michele.

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BRENDA you yourself are also very sweet! What a hard life you have had! Much moreso than anyone else i know! You seem to have a similar situation that I do over here as far as cars go---most people don't have garages. We have made a pkg. space in the front of our house---we used to rent a space in the pkg lot across the street, but that was made into an apt bldg. earlier this year.

MARIELLE I hope they get that stench out of your septic tank soon! One can not live like that. That is good news aboutyour sisiter!

DORIS do you do any work at HH?

I am off to Tokyo soon to teachDH's cousin English! Have a good Tuesday, all!

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Doris, I wish we had garages here. Our cars sit out in the parking lot year round. I wish we could at least have carports but this is a tiny place so there is no room. When they built this place hardly anyone had cars but now the younger seniors are moving in and we all have cars. We do have assigned parking which helps.

Shag Apartments do not have parking for residents, they just have to take their chances on the street these days or rent space in a parking garage. So we are fortunate to have a parking lot. Many of those buildings are built in the middle of towns and they need the space for stores.

My son is 43 but mentally his brain says he is 14 when he started smoking pot and taking speed and whatever else. I still don't understand people doing all these drugs. I had such a hard life and I never did any of those things. I just wanted a home and to be better than my mother. My girls never did drugs, it must be a boy thing trying to be macho men.

I slept much better last night. Woke up once sweating so I opened the window wider and threw off the quilt and slept until 5, dozed until 7, The streets are wet but no rain at the moment.

Yesterday was 35 years since Mt. St. Helens erupted. I remember the day as if it was yesterday.

I hope you don't get anymore bike wars. The news this morning was that rival clubs may seek retaliation for Sunday's war in Waco. Please stay away from those areas where they might congregate. It is all about territory and colors and it is their religion and will do anything to keep their own. Hell's Angels are the worst, so it is said. I do know that some of the clubs are good bikers and do good things for communities but there are always those who like to fight and cause trouble.

Michele, I am so happy you are feeling better emotionally. Yes, you have had too many things happening to you the past couple of years. Hang in there and keep being your sweet self and all you do. You are my friend and I love you for being you.

Bonnie, I didn't realize you went to four wineries. That is a long day and a lot of walking. I don't think I would want to do that much in one day. Going to one would be enough for me. I hope you feel better about things very soon.

Marielle, The stench from your septic sounds horrendous and I hope they get it cleaned out and closed up quickly. Good news your sister and dogs are back home. You sure have a lot on your plate right now. Be sure to take some time for yourself.

I have not heard anything from Betty lately. I hope she is just busy like Mary was.

Mary, maybe you should trade your car in for a motor boat to get around. How long do you think this wild weather will hang around? You all have had enough for a lifetime.

Have a good day everyone.

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Good news, Marielle! Hope your septic system gets repaired quickly so it can be closed soon. I am so glad you are not the one having to pay for these repairs. The inconvenience is bad enough!

Michele, you are such a trooper about traveling in the rain. I'm afraid I would just give up and stay home. We are really spoiled here in the US with our cars parked inside where we just get in and go. Hope it's a dry day for you. (It's wet here, just light rain.)

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Good morning everyone.

Sister is home with her dogs and seemed to feel much better than when she came back from the hospital in Phoenix.. They dug up the septic yesterday--it is now an open pit and the smell is very disgusting. They have taken the whole top off, it is a sludge pit full of roots. They are coming back today to work on it, seal any cracks, do water tests, etc. They will be here between 10 & 11. I have to take GS to MVD this am to get updated drivers license, be back by 10 am to be here for septic folks. They want to do water testing.

Bonnie, I hope things get better for you soon.

Michele, did the grocery store trip go well--not too much rain??

Brenda, I am glad you heard from you son. I hope he does well with rehab and recovery.

Mary - Happy (early) Friday May 29. What an angel your DD is - what a wonderful goodbye to work you will have.

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Brenda, great news about your son writing. It sounds like he is getting the help he needs.

Mary, I'm glad you're so close to the end of this school year. You're doing so good on exercising now. Then you won't feel so rushed as you go to the pool, etc.

Bonnie, I'm sorry you're still struggling. Everyone just grieves in their own way. Please be patient with yourself.

Mary Ann, I would have trouble getting back in routine if I traveled as much as you do. I usually come home tired with dirty clothes, needing to clean the house that's been sitting here getting dusty while I'm gone.

Today was HH day. It didn't take us long to get our work done today. I was glad because I needed to do some grocery shopping and make a trip to the bank.

Marielle, how's your sister doing? You've got me beat on the doggie situation. We have an outdoor dog, but he never comes in, and won't be invited to since he's quite active and not house broken.

Has anyone heard from Betty recently?

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BRENDA that is wonderful news!!! I am so happy for you! emoticon I hope this is the beginning to a new relationship with your son!

MARY emoticon on that exercise! I too, did not know thatHouston was so big! My sister is in Willis, wherever that is. YOu are so busy. The retirement is going to be so good for you!

MARY ANN it is also good that you will only have to work 1x a week at the museum. Hopefully you'll be able to do some of the other stuff you like . Some kids ar like your GS---theyjust don't need a lot of sleep! My middle son was always like that!

BONNIE I still hope you have a better day tomorrow. I am sending more emoticon your way!

It is so dreary out & I have to go to the grocery store by bike to get some groceries. This is the one time when I wish I could live like an American & just drive a car so that I wouldn't get so wet! emoticon I get tired of having to think abou the weather every time I leave my house, but that is the lifestyle here emoticon

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Wow, Mary, I did not realize Houston is such a big state. I live in a small town and don't like it when I go to Olympia and traffic is bumper to bumper around town wherever a person goes.

Michele, I never put whipped cream on strawberries. Just a small dollop of sugar free Cool Whip. Going downstairs for a bowl of soup. Janie made Taco Soup and I hope she doesn't put too much hot sauce in it. I am taking the strawberries down.

Good news. I got a letter today from my youngest son who is in prison in Forks. WA. It was six pages handwritten and very nice. He is not really in the prison section but intensive drug treatment. He was smoking pot and using Meth and broke into KMart 4 times. He said he got fired from his job and got all depressed. He was driving a truck delivering big water jugs and the roof of his truck broke a branch on a tree and he said he didn't know about it so was fired for not turning it in to the company. Seems to me that was pretty harsh and there must have been another reason for them to fire him. Next January he will be doing work release. He has classes all day long so he is kept busy.

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Wow, three posts from me in 2 days..a record! I saw the teacher who posted her retirement on FB over the weekend and asked if she was told not to say anything like I wasshe said she told the principal that she would tell anyone she wanted to!! So I am not making a big to-do about it. I saw 2 former parents today and one asked specifically for me for next year. I told her there wasnt going to be a me and she was so upset!! I told another one when she asked if I was teaching summer school so the news will travel at a reduced rate and I am happy with that!

Marielle, my last day is May 29th, the last Friday in May. The next day my daughter has scheduled a pedicure for us, followed by lunch and maybe a sleepover! I am SO looking forward to that. Im sorry the dogs are a pain. I dont miss that about my own dogs getting older. Dave and I said the cute little blonde had Doggie Alzheimers. She would head out the doggie door and get stuck, not remembering whether she was coming or going! You are so good to take those dogs in.

Im glad you will get more time to yourself, MaryAnn. You have given so much to the community. I waved when I passed the museum when I was there at Thanksgivingdidnt know if you were working that day or not! Im sorry the GS doesnt sleep. My girls are now into one nap a day but if its a good day they sleep for 3 hours or more and 12 at night. Bliss!!

Bonnie, Im so sorry you are not doing well. Prayers for peace for you! Way back in 2000 Dave and I drove to San Francisco from Hermosa Beach where his sister lived and we toured a winery in Napa. We took the wine train, too. I really enjoyed it---but I really enjoy wine, too! My newest DILs mother and step father own a winery near MaryAnn and shes been there!! Small world, indeed!

I love strawberries with Cool Whip, Brenda. Even the fat free CW is tasty. Houston is the 4th or 5th largest city in the US( depending on which stats you see.) We have so many smaller surrounding areas that are a part of Houston, too. Its about 6.5 million people! My part of town, west Houston, used to be the outskirts when I moved here in 79. Literally, a mile from my house, a main thoroughfare now was a dirt road! Things have really changed!!

I hope you can get a handle on the allergies, Michele. I have some but just take OTC stuff when I need to. Right now we are worried about mold with all the rain. I hope youre okay with all the tutoring!

I went to the gym and did a mile and a half on the treadmill and 20-30 minutes worth of my strength exercises, give or take. I get my hair cut tomorrow right after school but I hope to get to the gym at least 2 more times this week, then water aerobics on the weekend!


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There is not much walking to most of the wineries. You just park, get out, taste wines, buy wines and sit at a table drinking wines. I just go for the company, as I don't drink wine very often. I will drink a couple of beers if they have some, but not all wineries do.

Just a very long, long day. We went to 4 different wineries.

MARIELLE, SUNNY, MARY, and several others of you,

You certainly have a lot on your plate

Family and friends being ill and needing help.

God Bless all of you and your loved ones. I didn't go back and reread the posts, so if I have forgotten any of you, I am sorry.

I am just kind of emotionally worn out right now. I thank you all for your support.

Just had a lazy day today. Had to go to the dentist to have a tooth filled this morning. Had to go to the pharmacy earlier as I was to take antibiotics an hour prior to the dental work. Will have to take 2 a day for the next two days.

They are very cautious when your body is filled with metal. No one wants you to get an infection in one of those areas. I have a friend whose mom did get a terrible infection in some old metal in her ankle last summer, and she is still trying to get well from that. She had surgery, and all kinds of issues after.

Have a good week all.

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SUNNY when one has beenout & about for a bit, it is hard to get back into the rountine of things. Eventualy things will settle down for you Good that you could spend some time with your monther. My mother also always says that everything is fine.

MARIELLE sorry to hear about your sister. I too, could not have a dog peeing in my house. Is it nervous or lonely b/ c your sister is not around? Were you able to get your GS to DMV?

BONNIE I Hope you have a better day today How was the winery? Did you get a lot of walking in?

BRENDA good that yourBP is down I like stawberries, but not with whip cream on them. It defeats the purpose of eating them healthy!

It is raining & dreary here today. Lots of students to teach today (Tuesday) & then I just may go to the ENT dr. for my allergy meds.

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Marielle, Thank you for the birthday greeting but it was April 2nd. emoticon Ypu must have read an old post.

I could not have a dog peeing in the house all the time. They do have doggie diapers but are probably expensive. The other things are the pee mats but I wouldn't have them in my house either. YuK! My neighbor bought one of those pee boxes for her dog and she uses it for a bed and prefers to go outside.

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Dear all. I was able to read the last few posts. So much going on.

Bonnie I am sorry you had a bad day. Take care.

Doris, what a nightmare about those gangs in Waco. We get motorcyclist "gangs" here too but so far no craziness like that.

Mary is school out yet? I forgot what your last day was/is but I am thinking the 22nd? Anyway take care and don't get stressed. That is what I keep telling myself.

Sunny, glad you are back home. Sounds very busy! You are an angel of a grandmother and mother to be so loving and helpful to DD & SIL.

Brenda, Happy Birthday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

My sister is still in hospital. Her dogs started getting out so I had to drive down to Black Canyon City to get them. They are with us now. One of them is peeing in the house - twice - may have to take dogs to doggie care if she is in the hospital for any longer than today--we'll see. My friend comes home from her rehab today. The plumbers are supposed to be here today to work on septic. My GS is going to visit a friend in Canada & I may need to take him to MVD to get his driver's license updated and take him to Sky Harbor Airport on Thursday--AAAGGGHHH--when it rains it pours I guess.

Love you all. Take care & be well!!!!!!

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Doris, I saw the bike fight on the news this morning. They said it was all about territory and the fight started in the restroom. The police were there at the restaurant waiting in case of trouble. That is so senseless, worse than Race wars. Where else can you go to shop?

Mary, I think that if you don't check in to SP regularly they won't send you alerts. It is good to have you back and that you got things done for your mom. How big is Houston?

I slept last night straight through from 11 to 5. My BP is behaving itself. Janie is making Taco soup for dinner at 5 today. She is in a cooking mood. I have some strawberries that I will take down. I put them in bowls and top them with Cool Whip, no cake, and everyone loves them that way.

Sunny, maybe because you stayed longer at your DD's is the reason you can't get organized? No activity to egg you on.

Today will be about 75.

Bonnie, did you have to do a lot of walking through the winery? I hope you are more rested today. Yes, this too, shall pass.

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I have been very disorganized this week after getting back from Phoenix. I stayed an extra few days and was busy all the time. The DD and SonIL took time and got out of the house together and separately. The GS is a lot of fun but just a huge ball of energy. He has never been a good sleeper, even as a baby. He is up and awake at 6am and doesn't slow down until he goes to bed at 8:30 pm. I have a few extra weekends planned to go back so the parents can attend some parties.

My sisters husband is having health issues and I may have to go up to northern Calif to help out with my mom. She is fine but seems a bit frail and just needs to have some one check in on her. She is in a great place but it does not provide individual care unless you pay extra. Mom always says everything is fine on the phone even if she needs something.

I have stopped being a regular docent at the museum and have gone on the backup list. I will only have to go once a month instead of every Wednesday. It is going to work out well since I will need the flexibility. Also it gives my DH and I the opportunity to do some other things. we went to an art exhibit on Friday. With the traffic it takes a whole day to go anywhere near Los Angeles anymore. I miss being able to go and see things or attend events frequently. But it just takes so long so we just don't go.

I cannot believe that it is Memorial Day weekend coming up. We are going to spend part of the weekend with my Sister in law. There is a big outdoor Art show and it is fun to go and enjoy the gathering. It is only a few hours away from here so it is an easy drive.

Well I am going to try to get myself organized today.

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Good morning....I thought I'd check to see if I actually had a notice....and I did!! So here I am, starting off the week with a 'hello from Houston!

Doris, I saw this on the news. How terrible. The gangs have no business bothering Waco. I'm hoping you will stay put and stay safe. Think about Flip or Flop...THAT'S what Waco is known for now!! I hope things will be back to normal soon.

Michele, your 60% humidity sounds like Houston! More rain is on the way with lightening and thunderstorms with more flooding. I am high and dry except for my poor back yard. It's starting to hold a lot of water. The good thing is that I've only watered once since October! This has been an extremely wet six months. I hope you can stay inside and rest up today!

Bonnie, I'm so sorry you are not having a good day. Maybe tomorrow will be better. Hugs to you as you go about your business. And as you say, 'This, too, shall pass.' I hope it passes quickly.

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Waco (which is 30 minutes from here) had a horrible situation today where biker gangs congregated at a Twin Peaks bar and grill and 9 people were killed when they got into fights and 18 more were taken to the hospital. The news report says that more gangs are headed toward Waco to help settle the score. None of these gangs are even from Waco. Police and other law enforcement officers are on high alert. I will NOT be going in to shop any time soon!
And I had thought it was a really safe place to shop! Why did they pick Waco to bring their feuds to?

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BRENDA

Glad you are ok, but please be careful.

MARY

Glad to know you are alright as well. Two more weeks, YAY

MICHELE

I had laughed at you about the Crap Machine, but thought it was a typo as well.

MARIELLE

Prayers for your sister and you.

DORIS

Prayers for you as well.

Actually, I am just sending prayers for all of you.

I am having a very tough day today. This too shall pass, but today is a bad day.

Have a good week my friends.

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MARY yes, I was really worried about you, too! Whew!

BRENDA you are certainly lucky to have all of those others aroundyou! YOu are so kind & caring, it's no wonder that small things like cookie cutters thrill others. Lura sounds like an example for all of us! Wonderful!

I am home from the pool. THe humidity is starting to go up here---already 60%. Ick! But it's not real hot yet, so I don't sit & sweat quite yet!

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Oh, Michele, I just figured it was a typo but it was so funny...Dave hated his machine and calling it the #rap machine would be just about how he thought of it! He said he used it for me....but he would quit breathing about 67 times in an hour without using it. I worried all the time that he would not wake up without it.

Brenda, I'm so sorry I worried you and anyone else! I will try to check in better from now on. I'm so glad you have someone you know you can check in with at your place. The heart pounding sounds like maybe an anxiety attack like you might have had before. I'm glad the BP went down and you are feeling better enough to get together with your friends. And it's great that Lura and others have you to help them out. I hope I will always have a support group I can count on, too.

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Mary, I am so happy to hear from you I am jumping with Joy! You don't know how worried I was about you and glad you didn't float away.

Yes, I have many people here I can call plus we have a night manager who lives on the first floor. At potluck I told Barbara (she's a retired nurse) that I almost called her at midnight because I know she stays up late. Faith was there with her watching TV. I can call them anytime. I just did not want to go back to the hospital. I would have called 911 but my BP started going down so I wasn't too worried. The pounding in my chest is the worst part. It feels like my heart will just pop out.

Today I feel perfectly fine after going to potluck and standing there cutting the lemon meringue pie. We had three green salads, one chicken salad, two bowls of hot dogs and sauerkraut, a jello salad, chocolate chip cookies and of course the pie. I ate the salad and a couple small chunks of beef hotdogs. No pie or cookies. I have enough of my salad left for dinner tonight. Will add some chopped eggs and tomatoes and cucumber to it and it will be a full meal.

In the morning I am taking Lura to Safeway to pick up her meds. She is 96 and still going strong. Lives alone, does her own laundry and makes her bed. Sam comes and cleans for her every Friday morning, also takes her to Safeway for her TV dinners that she likes. She bakes premade chocolate chip cookies every Sunday for potluck.

Margie was thrilled with the big bowl of cookie cutters I found for her at the yard sale yesterday.

The sun is out and it is much warmer today.

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MARY ooops!!! emoticon I had no idea that it was called a "CPAP" machine, I personally do not like the word "crap" as I think it is vulgar!

I'm so glad for you that you'll finally be able to do what you want! And what a great way to start!

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Okay, Ive been reading and writing for 30 minutes, lol. Its hard to catch up when its been a week. Its now stopped raining and Im happy about that. My back yard is slushy and the yard guy will have a terrible time when he actually comes to mow!! My two sisters who went to lunch with Mama and me talked to the head nurse after they left and got phone numbers and contact info taken care of . They still had Daves cell phone as a primary contact and even though they call the 4th sister whenever there is a big issue, they had so many old phone numbers! They even had one for my mother and she gave up her cell phone when she went into assisted living in 07! They arent very efficient although they love my mother! After the terrible drive home I am so glad for an easy night. I join many of you in not sleeping well. I have 2 weeks of school left and I hope my sleep issues will go away once I have less stress!

Brenda, Im so glad you heard from your older son. Thats a step in the right direction. Im glad you gave him the info for the younger one. At some point they may realize they need or want to be in touch with each other and with you. I heard MY motorcycle guy again last night and thought of you! This guy comes roaring down my cul de sacIm sure he knows there is nowhere to go but to turn around and go somewhere else!! Wow, the more I read, the more I truly see how remarkable you are. I dont know anyone who has gone through as much as you and still has such a great attitude. You are a very special person. I now see that you had a bad BP spike. DO let someone in your building know when you have something like that happen. My mothers went up to 260/? A few weeks ago and her doctor said that she could have had a stroke. Please be careful!!

Doris, all that you take on is just amazing! It seems like it wasnt that long ago that you were just starting to talk about the HH and now youre looking into an additional building! Im sure everyone is so thankful that you are as organized and interested enough to keep working on it! Thanks again for checking on me. I really appreciate it!

Marielle, it was sisters day rather than Mothers Day for you for the most part. So glad you were able to get your sister home, but how awful that day must have been. When I was supposed to be released from ICU with the blood clots, they went round and round for hours: you will go to rehab. No, you will go to your house. No, you cant go to your house with the stairs. You must go to someone elses houseno you will be moved to a regular room.all day long. Finally released at 4:00 or so. Thank goodness the younger sons home was 10 minutes away. Its so hard to know what to do. Im so glad your other daughter made dinner for you. You were so wonderful. As I kept reading I saw where your back and your hips were hurting. I hope you will be okay soon.

Michele, one of my friends in Guam has been bracing for your storm. She lost power this week but it came back today. I hope you will be fine. The day after I retire on May 29th, my sweet daughter has booked us pedicures! Then we will go to her apartment and her husband will cook hamburgers on the grill. Hopefully it wont still be raining and we can take the girls into the pool. The weather has been warm enough but its rained so much in the last few weeks and the apartment pool hasnt opened up yet. Im still hoping for you to be able to at least buy a pound of Starbucks coffee for yourself to keep at home!! So glad you get your free cup when you teach, though. And I literally laughed out loudyou called it a CRAP machine instead of CPAPDave would have loved that because he hated his machine, lol!!

Wow, Bonnieyou had lots to spare! One of my sisters had a reduction about 5 years ago too. She also had her wings done at the same time. It was brutal. She had gastric bypass and had lost 100 pounds. But sadly, she has regained it all and then some. I hope you feel much better when you go for a mammogram now! I would like a Magic Wand to just go over me from head to toe, lol. As for driving/going through Texas, yes, its huge!! And yes, Houston is about as far south as you can go with the exception of Galveston on this end. Two hours away, where I was today visiting my mother, you drive another 30 minutes and youre in Louisiana. Your boat/trailer experience is like one my husband and I had in the late 70s. Hauling boats across Texas isnt fun!! With so many Texas relatives, youll just have to come this way soon!

Good to hear from you, Eliza! So happy the doctor noticed that youd lost weight. Im afraid mine will be so horrified at my gain. I have high hopes once I retire (in 2 weeks!!) but for now Im not doing well at all. I hope your mom will be fine. Mine has lost a lot of weight recently but she has had many dental issues. Thank goodness the dentist nixed his initial thought about having 7 visits to give her a makeshift bridge. She s 94 and it just wont do to have so much surgery.

I hope to be here again this week. If not, think I'm just busy, not 'lost in space!!'

Mary




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DORIS emoticon !!!

MARY what a relief! Glad you are well. emoticon emoticon

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I am fine...I am fine!! I am SO sorry I haven't checked in. Sweet Doris called me on my cell phone AND my house phone this morning as I was getting ready to leave the house to go see my mother. The rains have been terrible for weeks and especially recently but not too bad on my end of town. I'm only about 3 miles from my school so I can get there and back with little trouble even if some of the streets are flooded.

I have been very busy with the end of the school year. The principal finally told the teachers via a short email that I was retiring, then we had Muffins for Mom on Friday and two of my moms asked me about teaching summer school and what kids might be in my room for next year. I was able to use that as an entry point to let them know I am retiring. So the secret is out!! But I just can't seem to get a grip on all that I am doing!!

Not checking the threads (not getting notices again!), I even lost my wonderful 'check in and spin the wheel' Spark Streak this past week for NOT checking in! I am so touched that you called to check, Doris, and really appreciate how wonderful you all are. I haven't read any of the posts...just literally walked in the back door and got a text from one of my sisters because the rain on my trip home was horrible and she was checking on me....AND the freeway was closed again just like it was 2 weeks ago so I was rerouted to a part of Houston I wasn't familiar with. But I finally took a chance and figured it out. I couldn't get the GPS to show me where I was in relation to what I knew, lol. Soooo not techy! But I made it home and am glad to be me. I will go back and read and respond.

I love y'all!!

MARY

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BRENDA what a relief about your BP! Yes, you could have stroked out! Next time, maybe you should call 911! How was your potluck? Good for you for sticking to those salads. i also eat alot of veggies & tofu & natto (fermented soy beans) they keep my wt in check.

DORIS How is your DH by the way? I am still considering whether or not to get a smart phone.
Good to hear that Mary is all right. Did send her a f.b. message, but never heard back!

It is Monday here, so I'll be going to the pool!

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Doris,

I checked my BP about to minutes after it was 190 and it had started going down so I decided I didn't need to call 911. This morning it was 139 before I took my pill and now it is 127/70/73. I didn't know a stroke could be that close to 190. But just sitting back and square breathing helped calm me down. I wasn't even stressed out at the time.

Thank you for letting us know Mary is all right. That is a big load off my mind. She had said some of the streets were flooding and I don't know how close she is to where it was so bad. Whew!

I', going down to potluck. I made a green salad so will go make an appearance.

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Brenda, please be careful when your pressure spikes like that. Stroke level is not far above that and you sure don't want one of them.

I talked to Mary this morning and she has been very busy, but not affected by flooding. She was on her way to see her mother and sisters who live there. They were to make sure all contact info at the facility was correct so their mother would get the best treatment possible in a timely fashion. she will be back here tonight after she gets home.

Talking about phones made me think about why I got one I could text on. When our GD had her first baby, her mom kept texting everyone to report progress being made. Me--I had to get my info from one of the others. I decided then to change phones, and it really came in handy when DH was in ICU and I didn't want the whole waiting room to know what I was talking about!!

Marielle, please take care of yourself as you do things for your sister.

Hope you have a great Sunday afternoon!

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Marielle,

You have your hands so full with your sister. I hope things settle down for her and they can help her get better. Your shopping trip makes me tired just reading about all the stores you went to. Sam and I left here at 1 yesterday and we got back here to my place at 4:30. I was tired. I saved a lot of money using the coupons I got for buying my Costco membership. The free case of 40 bottles of Kirkland water is very heavy but I managed to stow it in my coat closet. I bought a tray of pork loin boneless chops and cut each one in half and froze them I will get twelve meals out of them, they are about an inch and a half thick. With the coupon each serving is 49 cents. What a deal. I also got six trays of organic chicken legs, gave two packs to Sam.

I spent $160 but $50 of that was for Alma next door. She can't get out to go shopping anymore since she fell so her 85 year old sister does her shopping and laundry and also takes care of her husband who has dementia. I always tell her when we go to Costco.

The leaves on the trees are so pretty with all the different shades of green. It has been cooler the last few days but warm air is on the way.

I had a problem last night. My BP spiked to 190, pulse 102 and I started to get shaky. I considered calling 911 but then changed my mind, took two baby aspirin, laid back my recliner and did some deep breathing and it went back down so I went to bed. This was just before midnight. I did not want to go back to the hospital. This morning BP is back to normal. Scary. I was told that if I couldn't walk a straight line to go back to the hospital but that did not happen. I think I got over tired yesterday.

Michele, I think the Amish life is very hard but simple. I have thought about living like that but I would not want to go without electricity, phones and internet. And of course, my car.

My scale said 145 this morning. I have been eating a lot of salads, fruit and baked chicken. I found a little pork loin roast in the freezer and put it in my slow cooker with onion and garlic and it cooked while Sam and I were at Costco. I'm going to slice and freeze it for another day.

Have a good day.



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DORIS good to hear from you Yes, do join us when you can; you seem so busy all of the time! I hopeyour friend knows what he is doing.

MARIELLE that is good news aboutyour sister! Please try to find some time for you. you have to take care of yourself. How is your house coming along?

BRENDA I also agree with you about the phone prices If I want to use the internet, I just use my computer sitting on my desk here. The screen is bigger anyhow. I lvoe to take back roads &look at scenery! I sometimes wish I had grown up Amish so I could live a country-like life!



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Hi all,
Sister is still in hospital. They did a procedure to check her stomach and colon and found a polyp. They are biopsying it. She is getting better and could go home tomorrow or the next day. I did go grocery shopping yesterday--3 stores: Costco, Trader Joes, and Walmart. I have been extra tired with all the stress.

Take care everyone and have a wonderful Sunday.

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Doris, I hope you win the competition for the building shell. What a great help that would be for those traveling to see friends and family on the weekends. Good news about your friend. He probably should have stayed and got his therapy but some people just don't want therapy and think they can do it on their own. I hope he made the right decision.

Check in here when you can. We will be here. I don't know how you do all that you do for all the committees.

Michele, my phone is ten years old and I don't plan on buying a smart phone. They are too expensive and I will not pay high prices to talk to someone. I get very few calls in the first place and I sure don't want internet on my phone. I can get it but am not interested. I pay just under $18 every two months for 200 minutes and that is plenty for me. I will not have a phone with a contract either.

Weather in the midwest is getting worse everyday. More tornadoes and lots of flooding. Still no word from Mary. Am praying that she is all right and is just without power and can't contact anyone.

Yes, Sam and I got to Costco and had a really relaxing time and got everything we had on our list. I picked up some stuff for Alma next door. I had some welcome coupons from Costco for buying a membership card and used all but one and saved a lot of money on things that I use. I don't just use coupons to buy things I don't use. Some people do.

We went to Subway for lunch, then decided to take the back roads home and look at the scenery. Saw lots of cows, horses and sheep and lots of green rolling fields. We found a yard sale and stopped. It was some children selling stuff to go to camp. I found a little four cup coffee maker for. $5 and a big container of cookie cutters for $1. The little boy told me it was 25 cents but I gave him a dollar and he was so happy and said thank you. Margie has been looking for some so I will give them to her when she gets home from helping her disabled daughter.

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Hello to all!
We've been staying really busy this week. I guess I was still behind from the trip, and I've had things to do for the two boards I'm on.

The cemetery association sends its annual newsletter at this time with reminders that we need gifts to keep the cemetery cared for--mowing, etc.I happen to be the Secretary-Treasurer so I've been getting multiple envelopes each day for the past week with checks I have to acknowledge and deposit. We are having good results so far.

I have also done a grant competition application for an additional building for Hospitality House. We stay full to having waiting lists each weekend. There is such a need. We found a company that is giving away a shell for a 4000 square foot building to some charitable organization, so we joined the competition for that. It would allow us to add more bathrooms and bedrooms for large families. Hope we get it!!

Our friend who had surgery 2 weeks ago is now home from the hospital today. We'll see how it works. He was supposed to be in a nursing facility for therapy, but he checked himself out today after being there 2 days! emoticon

Hope your Sunday is special!

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how was the winery visit? That does sound like fun----DH & I used to do such things. But I do agree with Brenda--the wines are so expensive that we never bought anything. I hope your nervousness is all out now.

BRENDA did you ever make it to Costco? I am like you also---like to get in, get my shopping done & get out. I am not a big shopper---after 1 hour I am done! That new area--Sequim---sounds like a areally lovely place. Would you ever consider moving yourself?

As for my DVD player, b/c there are not a lot of English programs on TV I use it when I buy DVDs for myself I also use it as a teaching material for my children students. DH came home last night, unplugged the machine & replugged it back in & presto! it started to work again! Now, why didn't I think of that?! I have done that with other machines several times. But now the new machine here is callled "Blue Ray". DVDs , like VCRs are "old " now. I just can'T keep up with the new technology.

Does everyone else have a smart phone? I seem to be the only one with the now old-fashioned flip phone

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Bonnie. touring a winery sounds like great fun to me? My husband and I did that a couple times but to buy a bottle of wine was very expensive so we didn't buy any. Anyway, that should give you a good night's sleep.

Sam asked me if I want to go to Costco with her tomorrow afternoon. She always likes to have company. I like to go to Costco with her because she doesn't fiddle fart around. She traded her car in for an SUV a couple months ago so she can buy things at yard sales and haul them home. Plus she may be moving with her daughter up to Sequim (pronounced Squim) near Port Angeles if her daughter gets the job there that would pay her enough to afford to live there. It is a town where a lot of retired people live and the sun shines most of the time. It is a banana belt here in our state. Sam would live with her daughter. It is a very nice town. There is supposed to be a new retirement home being built so if that materializes, her daughter would pretty much run it. The owner would let her and Sam move into one of the new units until they could find a place to live. I am not sure if construction has started yet.

Michele,

Have you looked for a new DVD player yet? I bought one that plays DVD/VCR movies and it was only about $50 at Walmart, about six years ago. I don't use it very often.

I hope your FIL is doing as well as he can these days. You are so good to go to visit him and care for him like you do with your busy schedule.

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Hope you stayed dry today.

BRENDA

I am kind of like you. If I have errands to run, I would just as soon do it on my own. If someone else needed something, I would be glad to get it for them, as so many people helped me when I was down and could not go to the store. But, I agree too, if you are able to go yourself and are out and about, why do you need me to do it? Oh well.

I am feeling so nervous today. I don't know if it is because I am not getting enough sleep, or just stress.

I am going on a tour of a couple of wineries tomorrow with friends for Debbie's birthday, so I think, since I don't have to drive, I might have a few drinks. I don't drink very often, but thinking that right now, it could do me good to just let go and have fun.

Have a good weekend.

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BRENDA at least you could do things at your own pace----I like doing my things MY way. Itgives me a sense of satisfaction.

I am leaving for Tokyo now for work. The rain has stopped temporailry,but it is going to start up again.

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Michele, no I did not end up taking anyone with me to the foodbank. Elinor came over and said she was not feeling all that great and was too tired so would just get the food here. She had to save her energy to drive three miles to the DSHS office to turn in new paper work for her food stamps. I knew she would cancel. she usually does. Jody forgot that she had a doctor's appointment so it was just me going today, which suited me fine. A lot of the food I got didn't make it to my apartment because I gave away what I don't eat or drink to the ones in the lobby. We don't get a choice of what they give us. They just ask how many in my home and give out boxes of food accordingly.

After I put my food away I went to Safeway for dairy products and fruit. And an 8 piece order of fried chicken, 4 legs and 4 thighs for $5. My treat for the week. I have baked chicken pieces in the fridge but the fried smelled so good in the store I couldn't resist. I eat two pieces at a time, add a green salad and call it dinner.

Elinor found out I went to Safeway and told me she wished she knew I was going because she would have had me pick her up some chicken. She went right by Safeway on her way home. Not my problem. She is always wanting others to do things for her and it is irritating.

It has been raining lightly on and off all day. Now our governor is declaring Washington State a Drought region, mostly in Eastern Washington where most of our crops are raised. Not enough snow fall and the rivers and streams are getting very low. Our fish could be in danger as well.

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BRENDA so did you have to make 2 trips afterall?

BONNIE my dad also had a CRAP machine,& had to be evaluated here & there for his sleeplessness issues.

I too, do not sleep as well as I used to when I was younger....I always thought it was just related to menopause & getting older. I 'm definitely not as busy as I used to be when I had all 3 kids at home.

I too, hope that Mary is ok. I will try to contact her on F.b.

It is raininghere today; it feels like rainy season & that is not due to start until the middle of next month! I will be going to Tokyo (to FIL's house) to teach Tad's cousins & cousin children English conversation at noon. I hope the rain will let up by then! emoticon emoticon

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Thanks MICHELE

BRENDA

I hope we hear from Mary this weekend. Hope it is all ok.

I totally get it about the sleeping issues. Have been having issues again myself for the last couple of months. I may have to go and have a sleep study. It has been a very long time since I have had one, and things do change. Think I will have my machine checked out first just to be sure that is not the issue. My suspicion is that it is mostly emotional. But will see.

Have a good Friday my friends

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Bonnie, according to the weather report on TV Houston and that whole area were all red and having a lot of flash flooding and cars floating. I hope it is just hype. That wasn't happening Monday as far as I know. I didn't used to be scared of water and floods but since I've seen them here, I have a lot of appreciation of the rivers and streams and creeks around here. It can be devastating. 2009 was our last one.

Today I am taking Elinor to the food bank, maybe Jody too. I will have to make two trips if Jody goes because they both have to sit in the front seat because of bad backs. My back seat is very hard to get in even with four doors. Not much leg room with the seat pushed back. I have a Cherokee Sport. I don't know why Elinor won't drive her car, it is only a four mile round trip. Jody doesn't have a car.

Another restless night, going to bed at 11, waking up at 1 and tossing and turning until after 4, up at 8. Looks like it might be a rainy day. The sun has not come over the hill this morning. Will check back later.

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BONNIE glad you had a good day with your girls!

Time for my piano practicing: I have a recital coming up July 15th. In the middle of the week! It is usually on a weekend. emoticon emoticon

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MARIELLE

Prayers for you and your sister and family. I am so sorry she is having so much trouble.

BRENDA

We did hear from Mary on Monday, hopefully she is just busy and not having an trouble. Sometimes she has trouble having time to post during the week.

MICHELE

Sorry about your DVD, that is a big inconvenience with all you use it for.

Had a good day today. Had the girls after school, and then Max and Brielle while Angie had to go back to school for a banquet that she had to organize. She is the high school counselor. When I see how hard she works and how much extra that she does, it reminds me that we can never pay our teachers enough.

MARY

It seems to me that your life is another good example of what a difficult and time consuming job it is to be an educator.

Have a good Friday all

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