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3/4/15 9:03 A

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Hi everyone,
Know I am a stranger here. There has been a lot of chaos in our lives in the past week. Nothing about my DH although it affects us. I just don't want to get into it-such a long complicated story. Just praying this can be straightened out.
DH busy painting all the doors in the house-5 upstairs which he is on last one now. Then he is going to do the downstairs-6 down here. Very time consuming. He needed a winter project! LOL More snow headed our way tomorrow about 5 to 8 inches predicted. Right now the ground is frozen with snow and tree branches all over from the freezing rain. When it thaws a little-then we have a lot of picking up to do.

Mary Ann, glad you got to enjoy your family. Have a safe trip home.

Doris, your surgery should be over. I wish you a speedy recovery and be careful!

Bonnie, consider the expense of a dog before you keep this stray. You'll have to get all shots as not knowing if he has had any. I myself do not want a dog as don't want to be tied down with one. Two of my kids have them and "Dogs rule". They always have to be considered when leaving home just for the day. Just my opinion-not wanting to be tied down. My pets are the birds and bad enough worrying about feeding them in the winter! Right now we need to get out and get more food for them-but weather is too bad. DH just filled the feeders yesterday and we have no more feed till we can get out.

Mary, you are so busy with school activities. Sure the musical will be fun.

Hi Michele, Brenda., Michellle. Hope didn't miss anyone. I have been so busy reading about ways to lose this weight, I am finding less time to post. Right now I am trying a lower carb thing to see if it will help. I have joined several health agencies on line to try And help see what my problem is. Keeping calories below 1300 one would think it would help, but not so.

Ok, I am off-have a good week everyone. Betty emoticon

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3/4/15 12:15 A

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Going home tomorrow and will be glad to catch up. Saw all my sisters and my mom this trip

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3/3/15 11:27 P

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OH MARY! that sounds just wonderful! I remember back when I was in the 7th grade, we did the musical "Oliver" & it was just on TV the other day, & all of the memories & songs came back to me!

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Oh, friends, nope, I'm not directing! We have a great music teacher and she does a wonderful job. All our Kindergarten through 5th graders are in the show: The Aristocats, the old Disney one. We have a big musical every spring. There is so much practice and it takes up valuable teaching time. But my school really focuses on the arts and the parents are very involved. It should be cute and the costumes are wonderful Everyone has really worked hard.

I hope something good works out with the dog, Bonnie. I haven't had one in 2 years now and I am quite content with that but I have friends who would never think of not having a pet!

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MARY What kindof a musical is it? Are you directingit?

BONNIE I would love to have the dog! We haven't the spacefor a dog, unfortunately

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MARY

Are you directing the musical? I think you know of my love of theater. Whatever you are doing with it, enjoy.

Movie and popcorn afternoon sounds great too.

Glad the hospital is taking care of the insurance stuff. Can be such a pain.

DORIS

Prayers for you surgery. Get back to us when you can, we certainly understand.

I had a back surgery in 2011, and they kept me in the hospital for 8 days. I was MIA for quite a while then.

SUNNY

Hope you enjoy your day tomorrow.

MICHELE

I think it is like anywhere else, if you are careful you might find a bargain, but not always. I did well yesterday, I think $20 for a nice leather purse is a good deal. I like it too.

Interesting times here at the old homestead.

Last night, Scott found a dog outside, actually she was in the garage as I had left the door open yesterday when I went out, and she must have gotten in then. It is not an attached garage.

To make a long story short, can't find an owner, have contacted all of the agencies, put it on Facebook and her picture on the internet by the vet, and she had no microchip

She is very thin, so she had not been taken care of. She is so very sweet.

I think she may be our new dog. Scott is already getting very attached to her. I think she is sweet, but can't afford a dog, and can't walk her in this kind of weather etc, so it will have to be his decision

We will see what happens. Interesting evening and day.

The kids did not have school today, so I went and stayed with all 4 of them today. We had a nice time. and it means a bit of money for me, so a win/win

Have a good Weds all

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3/3/15 8:26 P

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Michele, I came straight home from school and called the billing office of the ER. I chatted with a nice woman who took all my Workman's Comp info and said she would contact them. I also told her that my Blue Cross Blue Shield private insurance was partially billed and that shouldn't have happened. She said she would take care of that, too. I hope so! I will call BCBS next week to see if anything has come of it. I rarely have claims and I don't want this on my record. It was erroneously billed and I hope they will straighten it out.

MaryAnn, I hope your sushi with the family and the visit with your mom will be fine!

I had a busy but good day at school and we have play rehearsal all morning tomorrow and a popcorn/movie tomorrow afternoon. I am hoping all will go well with our musical.

Mary

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3/3/15 5:36 A

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SUNNY sushi is a lot less harmful that other foods you could have chosen. Good for you!

I am off to bed, all! good night! emoticon

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Busy day with family. Did go out for sushi tonight so scale will up tomorrow. Going to see my mom again tomorrow then have lunch with one of my sisters. Will be another busy day.

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3/2/15 9:45 P

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DORIS I will be thinking of you!

MARY I hope you can get the mess sorted out. When I worked at Univ Mich hospital I often had to deal with the insurance forms of other patients. There was a lot ofmeses to clean up!

TIme to go & visit FIL



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Doris, your sister is about 25 minutes from me! My daughter will be moving not too far from Pearland sometime this summer. Small world! I am hoping to be able to do some of the doctor’s appointments once I retire. The 2 sisters closeby take on all those duties. My husband and I would come in and take both of my parents to appointments in the summer when I was off and I still do that sometimes but Mama likes early morning ones and I shy away from leaving home at 5:30 on a weekday morning in Houston traffic to make an 8:30 doctor visit 2 hours away! I hope all goes well with the surgery tomorrow!

Marielle, get those estimates in writing and investigate their reputations! It will be good to get the appliances organized and taken care of . Setting things up is a pain but someone else will do that for you!

I hope your ‘new to you’ clothes will fit, Brenda. Wow, Kathy must be tiny to have 2’s and 4’s in the wardrobe. I went to the gym today and am hoping to be a Loser this week but I’ve never been that small.

Michele, the last time my parents visited my house was in 2005 and it was during Hurricane Rita. They had evacuated and the storm came right through where they were staying, an hour and a half away from their house. Their roof was damaged and they needed to stay away so they camped out at my house and my younger sister’s house for a long time. It was hard on them because we had to put them on a blowup bed in the living room and ‘hoist’ them upstairs every couple of days for showers. All my bedrooms and full baths are upstairs and my stairs are very steep. Daddy went downhill with Alzheimer’s within 2 years of that and my mother went into assisted living so they never came here again.

Bonnie, good for you getting only the purse you went to the store for! I have a hard time doing that but I also enjoy just looking! I’ve gotten all my school totes at TJMaxx or Marshall’s. My mother in law collected Depression glass and had a huge collection of the pink and green ones. So many pieces. I hope you enjoy your new purchase. I’m glad your parents are in good health. It makes such a difference!

I got a bill for over $7600 from when I went to the ER with blood clots over a year ago! They billed my Blue Cross Blue Shield instead of the Workman’s Comp company and now I have to sort out another mess. I was just thinking it was over and nope, it’s not. I had a good but busy day at school and will have a very busy week. We have our musical, the Aristocats, on Wednesday night and that will be fun. But I’m not getting too much done in class with all the rehearsals.

I will make sure to wait and see if this posts…I’m learning my lessons, lol!

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Thanks for all the positive comments about my surgery tomorrow. We went today to do all the pre-op stuff and they haven't called to say I have a problem with blood work or EKG, so we are go for 7:30 in the morning. Both of our daughters are on the road now to get here tonight and go with us tomorrow to be with their dad while I'm "out". I will post whenever I come out of my pain meds--who knows how many days that will take. I hope not many!

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BONNIE I used to like T.J. Max----now I find it overpriced. I used to buy a lot of clothes from them! It is good to splurge once in a while.

It is going to be sunny here, good day to bike ride to the pool!

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3/2/15 3:56 P

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MARIELLLE

Smart move to have movers help you. No one gets injured, and I am sure you will be very tired, but ok. Good luck with all of that.

BRENDA

Hope your pants fit. I am excited for you to have new neighbor who may actually be a real friend for you Fingers crossed. The tea sounds lovely.

MARY and MARY ANN

I thank God every day that my mom and dad are in such good health, and happy with their lifestyle. I am just so blessed. If there comes a time when they need me, there will be no complaints. I am sure it is even tougher to try to help when you do not live in the immediate area as they do.

MICHELE

Hope you enjoyed your pool day.

It won't take you long to get back in shape.

DORIS Prayers for a good outcome and fast healing from your surgery tomorrow. God Bless.

The sun is out today and all is right with the world. My friend from high school took me out to lunch today and we had a lovely visit. We went to a local lebanese restaurant and had hummus and fatoush, I think that is the salad with veggies and not the parsley salad, and good pita bread. YUM

I went to T J Max after that and walked around in there for a good 15 minutes. I needed a new purse, the handles are all frayed on mine. They have brand name purses at lower prices, but they are still to high for me to buy. But, I did find a pretty nice one, medium size with pockets and zippers, for $20.00. Just right for me. I actually walked around, and did not buy anything except what I went into the store for. That has to be some kind of a record.

I have been spending a bit of money lately since I was able to get straightened out financially. Buying things that I have put off when I was having so much trouble. I am being pretty careful, though and making sure to get a good bargain.

When I went to breakfast on Saturday with Amy and Debbie, I splurged a bit. This restaurant has some knick knacks sitting around for sale. I was just browsing waiting for a table and for my friends.they don't normally have anything nice, so I was just looking. I found a very pretty depression glass pitcher. It has beautiful etchings on the foot, and around the top it is a very pretty peach almost pink color. A very simple shape. I put it down and ate my breakfast. I had decided if I still wanted it when I left, that I could have it. It cost me $10.00. I still wanted it, so I have it sitting on the wall shelf where I can see it as I sit in my chair. I am really enjoying it.

I am not generally a big fan of depression glass, but once in a while I find a piece that is to my taste. I don't like the colors you normally see too much, but have found a couple of pretty yellow pieces, and now this peachy one.

So now, I am sitting here enjoying the sunshine coming in the windows, and just hanging out.

Wishing you all a good week.


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BRENDA how wonderful to have such a nice neighbor! How did the pants fit?

MARY & MARY ANN yes, you are both such good daughters, mothers. Do they ever cometo see you ? I know it is hard---we used to run all over every time we would visit the U.S. & the driving was the most hectic Mary, I can understand about that fog---Michigan has such bad fog sometimes!

MARIELLE won't it be great to finally have more room. You are almost there Can you post pics on your site so we can see yournew house?

I am going to go to the pool again today I imagine today will be a harder swim, my 1st week back

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Mary Ann, you are such a good daughter and sister to your family. Do they ever come to see you? Do you see your brother very often and does he ever come to see you?

Marielelle, moving is so hard, but triple hard for you with your daughters but it will be so nice to get into a larger home. There is no way you could move all your appliances without help.

Doris, I am sending healing prayers to you for a fast recovery with your surgery. Keep in touch as you can.

Mary, sorry to hear you lost your post. I always make sure mine goes through after I send it. You know me, I am a worry wart and have to check things all the time. Pot luck was very good yesterday, we had enough food for three meals. Many of us brought home leftovers for dinner. Barbara's daughter brought over all her leftover pork chops and biscuits and gravy. A family member died and she had everyone at her house for the weekend before and after the funeral. She was tired of eating it and didn't want it to go to waste. It didn't.

We had unseasonably warm weather for February while the rest of the country froze and shoveled. Weather is changing everywhere. The sun will not come out today as far as I can see. It didn't come over the hill behind us this morning. Cloudy today but maybe no rain.

Someone put some really nice pants on the free table yesterday. I think it was Kathy. They were size, 4, 6 8 and 10 petite. Jeans and dress slacks. I brought two pair of the slacks home to try on and I hope they fit or will fit in the next few weeks. I wear a 10 or 12, depending on the style. Being an Avon lady, Kathy dresses up. Here we mostly wear jeans. She is slowly getting her apartment arranged and sorted out. She asked me to help her hook up her computer but won't let me in her apartment until she has it all nice. I told her when I moved here the first thing I did was connect my laptop. She plans on inviting a few of us over to her place for tea and cookies. Lol e We are not used to suck niceities Is that a word?

Have a good day everyone. I need to get dressed and have some breakfast and go downstairs and see what is going on today. Our manager was out sick all last week and she is supposed to be back today.

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Just time for a quick Good Morning to everyone! emoticon

I packed pretty much all day yesterday. Have started on the kitchen and equipment, dishes, pans we don't use often. Still have so much to do Two different movers are coming today to do estimates on their costs and time for moving. Just can't take on the idea of moving refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, etc. etc. any more. Just moving is enough to make me tired.

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Mary and Mary Ann, I'm sure your sisters and mothers appreciate you coming to visit. When I was taking care of my mother and my uncle, I was the only one here to do doctor appointments, etc. My sister lives in Pearland, near Houston. It was always nice if she came and I knew for the weekend that someone else was "on duty" with my mother. She never did anything with my uncle's care, but he was the easy one.

I'm off for appointments at the hospital today to prepare for tomorrow's little fun. May not be online for several days, depending on how long I'm on pain meds.

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Well, I 'posted' last night but it's not here and all I have time for is a quick hello!! I wonder if I have to wait until I actually SEE that it posts before I leave the site and go somewhere else? Maybe it's a slow load or something? so frustrating!!

My visit with my mother and one sister/husband was good but like you, MaryAnn, my drive was hectic. It was a bright white fog and rain, hard to see through. I gripped the steering wheel so tightly that my upper body aches today! Coming home wasn't bad and it was much easier to see. I took Mama to eat and her appetite was good. we had nice chats and then when I took a potty break, I found her sound asleep in her chair!! I wish I could drop off that easily, lol! It wore her out going to lunch and she was ready for her nap so I drove 2 hours, visited for a little over 3, and drove back 2 hours....then I did more lesson plans and gave up on school work. Once I retire my goal is to see her on weekdays and be able to take up some of the doctor appointments that plague my sisters who live nearby!

Happy week to everyone.

Mary

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The thought of packing and moving makes just want to go lie down. I like where I live but it is a two story and at some time that will be too much for the DH arthritis. Good luck Marielle

I normally drive to Sacramento from LA through the center of Calif on a nice straight highway. However a storm moved in Saturday and snowed on the one mountain pass. And brought a high wind advisory, so I had to take the longer slower coast route today. Doing good but a little tired. Tomorrow I will spend the day with sister-1 and my mom. Then will drive and stay with the sister-2 tomorrow night. Go for breakfast with sister-3 Tuesday morning and the back to see my mom for afternoon and evening with sister-2 and home on Wednesday. My brother is a little miffed I didn't plan time with him on this trip.

Sister-1 and sister-2 live about an hour away from each other so it is easier to stay with each of them and visit. Mom's independent living place is between them. Sister-2's husband has cancer and is doing ok but not great. Mom is almost 93 and is slipping more and more memory wise so this trip is to check on everyone. I am the oldest and live the furthest away.

I think I may be doing this drive more frequently this year. Normally three times a year with lots of phone calls has been great, but it seems my mom needs more attention and I want to support my sisters and brother.

I haven't been posting a lot and funny but my weight is up. Probably just letting the eating get away from me. I did eat cookies in the car on the way up. Hard to resist.

Michelle my DH is celiac and cannot eat anything with wheat, has diabetes so he has to watch sugar and starches and has arthritis which is aggravated if he eats certain foods. So I plan all his meals when I am gone. I cooked up a turkey breast so he had dinner and lunch covered. Made gluten free meatballs and put them in the freezer. So if he doesn't want to eat turkey he can have those. Then I leave directions for vegetables for him to cook and eat. He really is good but if it is not easy he will go to the neighborhood Mexican place and eat tacos or go to Outback and get a steak with baked potato.

I am really having a hard time reorganizing my life around the three day a week exercise classes. I can tell that they are helping and that is great. I probably just need to get myself out if bed a little earlier. Isn't next week daylight savings time? That will help since the sun rises on my bedroom window.

Well I am off to sleep.

Everyone take care

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DORIS that is something I do nearly daily. NOt so much study as doing a morning devotion, using my bible.

BONNIE glad you had a g ood day!

Off to the pool I go!

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Thanks, Michele. I will appreciate that. Church was very good. Our pastor left 2 months ago and we have been enjoying our interim's messages. Today it was on the importance of daily Bible study.

Marielle, It really won't be long now until you're in that larger house. Just hang in there with the packing. One good thing about moving is the opportunity to get rid of excess junk. We always accumulate so much!

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I have had a good day, but am tired already. LOL

Had breakfast with Laura and Derek this morning. We spent over an hour and a half over and after breakfast. It was nice

It has been snowing, but no blowing snow, so not so bad. the roads are slippery, but not much traffic so it was ok.

Went to the grocery store, walked around a lot, and bought my stuff. There was no one to help bag, so I helped the cashier, and then of course no one to help me out. The cart was really difficult to push through all of the heavy wet snow. I always take my cart to a corral, or back to the store, but it was just too hard to push so I left it with several others. The store was crowded, so no handicapped spot. Most of the time, I can do without the handicapped space, but this morning it would have made everything so much easier.

That's ok, got lots of exercise.

Wishing you all a great week, and a great MARCH!

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MARIELLE how busy you are! A few more weeks & it will be all over. My friend in Cornville said yes, it's raining there today.

DORIS I will keep you in my prayers on your surgery. I hope it goes smoothly for you. HOw was church today?

MARY what a busy bee you are!

TOday, Monday, the pool is finally open again. It always closes in Feb. for repairs,inspections etc. That was ok, as I was gone most of the time. Then I have lots of children students to teach English conversation to !

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Happy Sunday everyone. Still packing. I know it will be over in two weeks! Then we start unpacking and putting away.

It has been raining all night - there is a flood advisory but nowhere near where I live. Most is near Flagstaff and Williams -- northern Yavapai County and Navajo County. Also at Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona & Cornville (on the east side of the mountains near Cottonwood, Clarkdale, etc down from Sedona. We are on the west side of the mountain range. It is around 33-35 degrees - it rained all night but has stopped a little now May snow tomorrow-what fun! I always say we really need the moisture, but of course for my convenience it could have happened last week. LOL

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Mary Ann and Mary, hope you enjoy the day with your moms and sisters.

Mary, when they get moved and you're retired, you may want to consider moving to the same area too since you've mentioned going to a one story house or apartment. It would make access to the girls so much easier. Do you have a reason to stay in the area where you are now after retirement?

Time to get dressed for church. It's a yukky day out again--only 33 degrees and raining.

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Happy Sunday morning, friends! I had a full but wonderful day babysitting yesterday. Nothing is better than those sweet little girls running around or cuddling on the couch. I sneezed because of the cat (who has actually been outside since they painted!) and Annalise said “Bless you!’ Then she handed me a fake ice cream cone and said “Yummy!” I told her thank you and she responded with ‘You’re welcome!’ not even 2 yet and so polite! Today I will go see my mother and we will meet the 2 of my sisters who live closeby. It’s starting to drizzle and I was hoping that wouldn’t be the case. I am SO tired of cold and rain, although it beats what so many of you are going through!

Michele, how positive of you to label it Liquid Sunshine! I never look at rain that way unless it’s summer…rain in winter brings me down! You are such a positive person.

Brenda, I don’t do online banking but my paycheck is deposited to my bank account. In order to ‘view’ it on Friday I was required to get a password, too. I guess with all the internet fraud various entities are trying a little harder to ‘help us out! How is Karen working out? I hope it was a smooth move. My husband used to have his ears ‘blown out’ as he used to say it once a year. He would get plugged up, too. I need to see the eye doctor---or rather, get a new one. My right eye is giving me trouble…sort of floaters in it but I’m not always aware of it so I need to get that checked out.

Doris, I hope the surgery will be easy on you. How awful about your husband’s poison ivy…I’ve heard, too, that you can get it from the smoke. He might have it inside, too, if he breathed a lot of it in. So hard on the body. Some friends of mine went camping a few months after their wedding and somehow got into poison ivy but didn’t know it. Or rather, one of them did! They shared a sleeping bag and BOTH ended up with it and were miserable! Ah, youth, lol!

MaryAnn, I hope your visit with your mom and sisters will be good. There isn’t a place for me to stay with Mama and the closest sister lives like Hoarders so I can’t stay there. The other closeby sister lives a town away, about 20 minutes, but she acts like it’s hours and hours! So most of my trips are just day trips. I hope your husband will abide by your good cooking! It would be in his best interests, right?!

Marielle, my daughter’s house goes on the market next Monday if all works out. They are looking for a house where his parents live, about an hour from me and about 30 minutes from where they are now. Their current area is highly sought after but they have a remodeled 1950’s bungalow and it’s small, but really lovely. They hope to get a great price, then get a lower priced house in his parents’ area with more bedrooms and more yard. I hate to see them go because it will take me over an hour with traffic. But by the time they move I will be retired and can make the trip easier than I could right now. I am glad you’re getting help with the larger appliances. Having a professional pack them up and set them up afterwards is the right thing. I hope it will be a great move for all of you!

Bonnie, the play sounds like something that really touched you. I can’t wait until I can take the time to reflect on something rather than feeling like I need to rush along to the next thing---fun things included! Like you, I’ve been sleeping well and am so glad about it!

Okay..gotta run. I leave in an hour to head on down the highway. Then when I get back I’m having dinner with friends I used to teach with. I got a start on my report cards yesterday but still have grading and lesson plans to do tonight. At least the laundry is done!




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SUNNY enjoy the tme with your family. What kinds of foods did you make?

BONNIE what a bargain you found! Where did you buy them? I hope that predicted snow is notmuch for all of you

MARIELLE how exciting! things are really moving along. I'll be thinking of you on the 15th this month.

It isjust raining here. that's ok.

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Hi just going to jump in. Did a long walk this morning, then a TaiChi class and then did a lot of cooking. I am going to spend a few days with my mom and sisters so I always cook food and fill the freezer. The DH is mostly good but it is better if he stays away from the taco place.

We went to a lecture by a local artist which was very interesting but I am now running around packing do I can leave early tomorrow.

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Thanks Doris.

We have snow predicted for tomorrow, but I don't even care. The worst of it is over. I always feel if I can make it to March 1st, I can make it through the rest.

Tomorrow is March 1st, and in spite of the snow, I just don't care.


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Marielle, I think you're going to be happy that you got help in moving. We have for the last 2 moves and it really helps for them to have the right equipment to move things.

Bonnie, the day sounds great. Wish we had seen the sun! We had rain, but I'm pulling for the sun! We have rain predicted through Wed. but at least we're a little above freezing now.

Have a fantastic Sunday, everyone.

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I was almost done with my post, and then lost it.

Suffice it to say I had a lovely day, and evening. Great sunshine, sat at the park in the car and read in the sun.

Breakfast with friends.

Shopped, two pair of pants for $21.

Went to a wonderful play tonight. It is called "Pretty Fire". It is a one woman show telling the story of her childhood, life and her career, to make a very short explanation.

It was so emotional that I had to come home and just sit for about 1/2 an hour to pull myself together.

There was a little party after, and I just could not stay. I had no words. You all know how unusual that is.

I will tell my friends on facebook how good I thought it was later.

Have a lovely Sunday my friends.

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We just had the realtor over today and are getting the house listed with her. Our move-in date to the "new" house is the 15th. We are renting til we can sell out and close on that house. Lots and lots of work--still have lots to pack and figure out. Two more weeks of packing-I think we will hire a company to help us (washer, dryer, freezer, fridge plus boxes and furniture), plus getting others to cover what they don't get done.

Brenda, glad you are feeling better.

Have a good weekend everyone!


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BRENDA I am happy for you.

It is raining this Sunday morning My liquid sunshine! emoticon

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Brenda, glad your ear doesn't ache any more. My uncle used to have his ears flushed once a year or so because of his hearing aids and he never complained about it hurting or anything. I was with him when they did it and it seemed easy enough. Best wishes!

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Michele,

I have not had an earache since I started putting the wax softener in my ears Thursday. I have never had my ear wax flushed out so that will be interesting when I go in Tuesday morning.

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I seem to NOT have beengetting noitces here. Hmmm

DORIS goodluck on your surgery I have 3 slipped disks, but drs over here try toput off surgery unless it's absolutely necessary.

MARIELLE when are you moving? Is everything all packed up now? How exciting!

BONNIE hope you are rested today.

BRENDA how is your ear today?

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Bonnie, thanks for reminding me that our checks would be deposited today. I went to my online banking and I thought the page was a fake one. It kept telling me to go to my email and get a special code, ended up calling the bank and it was true. She "walked me through it" and I got my page to open. She said they changed the page Wednesday. I am really suspicious about fraud online.

I had to take a nap this afternoon, I got so drowsy. I think the nose spray made me sleepy.

Doris, I think I heard that poison ivy could be spread by burning it. I hope it heals soon. My brother got it once and it looked terrible. That was about 1954 when we lived in TN for a year and he went into the woods hunting. He was about 14.

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Bonnie, it is ironic about the weather being so cold while he has poison ivy, but we had a new fence put up on the west side of our property where they had to clear vines and trees before doing it. DH is very allergic to poison ivy and he burned the brush last week, so we're thinking it came from the smoke or brush he moved in the cleanup. He was not even aware there had been poison ivy in the brush there. The doctor gave him a shot yesterday. Hope it improves soon.

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DORIS

Feel better soon.

I find it a bit ironic, I am sure your husband will not necessarily appreciate this, that he has poison ivy, and you are having record cold and snowy weather. Hope he is better.

Also hope that you can get done with the things that are on your mind.

MARIELLE

Good luck with all of the work you have to do.

BRENDA

Hope your ear gets better, and that the Melatonin helps. I know quite a few people who say it helps them.

I am more rested today. Did not do much except figure out and pay some bills. My retirement check goes in to my checking account today since the first is a Sunday.

Glad that is pretty much done, paying bills can be somewhat stressful, but better now that I am in a little better position financially it is not as tough.

Thanking God for that.

Hope you have a good weekend all. They are talking about snow here on Sunday. One report says 3 to 5 ", another says 6 to 12". Truthfully, I am just tired of thinking about it. It will be what it will be, and I will cope as best I can.



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Doris, sorry. I wish you good luck with the surgery. You won't be able to lift things for a while. Take care!

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Marielle, thanks, but I'm actually having a hernia repaired instead of my knee. The knee is probably going to have to be done as soon as this is over and we can work it around some travel we are planning to do in April and July. It seems to have a fairly long recovery for the knee replacement therapy. Have fun with your packing!

I've been trying to tie up some loose ends today--finishing getting things for IRS filing to the CPA, etc. We have very bitter cold today, even though the temp is around 29, the humidity makes it feel even colder.

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Mary, where is your daughter moving to? Yes, packing a a daunting task. Both daughters are working on getting their things packed too, but one works and the other can't do too much because of her disability.

Bonnie, take care. Hope you got enough rest.

Doris, sorry about your DH and the poison ivy. That can be pretty miserable. Good luck with knee surgery. I had it on both knees. Right knee in 2008 and left knee in 2011. My left knee still gives me fits. I guess there is not much they can do. It still swells and aches if I do too much.

Brenda, I hope your ears get better. Sounds very uncomfortable.

Off to the races again today. Have to pick up some things from Home Depot, plus dog food and a few other things. I got the kitchen cabinet fixed yesterday along with everything else. I managed to get 9 boxes of Christmas stuff down to 3 boxes! Yea - other boxes can be used for packing. The repairmen showed up at 2pm (supposed to be there between 8-12 (they had to get a different guy to come out). They were very nice and only charged me the service call, not the repair charge. The door handle on the oven was a challenge: needed a tork wrench and had two screws inside the door as well that needed replaced.

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Thanks, Brenda. Hope your ears get straightened out. That's miserable.

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I will try this again and tell you I am wishing for you a speedy recovery. Don't know where my mind was when I thought it was Betty having the surgery.

Marielle, it sounds like you are making good progress with your packing. My friend Sam just called and told me she is sick today with all the same symptoms you described.

My doctor looked in my ears and said the left one (that hurts) hardly has any wax but the right one is 75% blocked with wax. So am using the wax softener drops and will go in Tuesday morning to have my ears flushed out. My ear pain could be an inner ear problem, but there is no infection so it could be from TMJ, or my sinus's from associated pain from them so will just hang in there and see what happens. She prescribed nose spray with steroids to use once a day. So when I came home I put the drops in my ears and sprayed my sinus's. She also told me to buy some Melatonin to help me sleep.

Mary, is your daughter moving very far away? Are they getting a bigger house?

Bonnie, I hope you get rested.

Betty, sorry about the mix-up about Doris' surgery.

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Marielle, it's good to hear things are going well with the packing and repairs. Just take it slow and steady so you don't overdo things.

Mary, is your daughter moving also? I must have missed that.

We're just waiting for the next round of rain, cold, and maybe wintery precip again for the next few days. Sure is nice to just stay in the warm house! Had to go into Waco this afternoon for DH to have the doc look at his poison ivy and give him a shot. While he did that, I made a quick run in to WalMart to pick up ink for my printer. Seems I go through a lot of the cyan color.

Have lots left to do before Monday, but my knee has been giving me fits the last few days so I've not been accomplishing very much. I guess I get done what I can and don't fret over the other.

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Again stopping in for a good night. Very tired again tonight.

Was busy today, and went to the grocery after babysitting.

Hopefully will be more awake tomorrow. I have been sleeping well, and I am fine, just feeling tired.


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I haven't had it yet, but leftover spaghetti, Michele! I made it last night and will heat some up in a bit. I'm warm and cozy on the sofa right now nad loathe to get up. Lazy bum...

Marielle, my daughter is packing boxes and I will babysit all day Saturday while they take things to the storage unit and pack some more. It's a daunting task. Will your daughters help? Did the owner of the home fix up the things that were wrong? I hope so! More room will be such a blessing for all of you!

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We are supposed to get rain or snow tomorrow or next day. I've been packing for new house. Managed so far today to get 7 boxes down to two. I have one box on top that I can't get down by myself. So I have to wait on that one--possibly I can get the last two boxes down to one. I didn't make it to Home Depot today for grout, duct tape, magnets for door closers in kitchen, etc. But I should get there tomorrow. The appliance repair guy came out and replaced the oven door handle which broke a long time ago. I packed while I waited & he didn't show up between 8-12. I had to call twice and they got two really nice guys out to install the new handle--they did have to take the door apart like they said. I called two local moving co's and they will be coming out Monday to estimate how much it will cost if we use them. Also called Realtor as we are moving in effective 3/15 a Sunday & we have to either use movers on Saturday (the day before) or Monday. She will call own to see if we can get in one day early. My house is becoming stacked with boxes everywhere.

Also had some strange flu(?): fever, chills nausea, cramps, etc. Much better now. Hope everyone is doing well.

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HAVE to go to the postoffice now emoticon

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Ahhhh…another day done! I got so much done today and everything graded that needed to be graded so I have nothing pressing for tonight. I was supposed to have a card making workshop but it was moved to next month.

Doris, I hope the surgery will be easy and that you’re back home resting by Tuesday evening. Great that your husband has the presence of mind to cook ahead for you! We will be hoping to hear of your good outcome!

Michele, I know you’ll do well with the chime/tone performance. I know how much you like it! Stay warm while riding to get there.

Welcome to BBONET. It often takes a while to see a change. There was good advice offered already. Just hang in there and drink lots of water. We’ve all either been there or are currently there with you! Your Guardian Angel picture is my absolute favorite! It was on the wall of my first grade classroom and I have loved it ever since!

Betty, being able to take in your clothes is wonderful. I have 3 sizes of mine and need to get back into the medium and smaller sizes. I’m back up and pushing the limits of my ‘fat clothes!’

I need to go see what’s for dinner!

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BETTY 1550 cal.is a good amt to MAINTAIN one's weight, but not to lose don't you agree? As for the cold---at least it's easier to deal with than snow! Or at least I felt that way while we were in Detroit!

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Doris, Pray the minor surgery goes well for you and you are home the same day.

Brenda, Doris for surgery-not me! Just a typo I'm sure.

Mary, Hate to tell you this. You don't have a lot of free time just because your retired! emoticon However maybe you will since you are by yourself. Now I have gotten lazy this winter. I have lots of sewing to do. I just hate starting it. I have lots of cords that I should try taking in instead of getting rid of them. Maybe tomorrow I'll start doing that! My energy level is emoticon

Michele, only 1" of snow today. But we are in a cold zone all week!

Just did my meal tracking for today and it is 1550. I will not lose this way! emoticon

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I am wishing Spring to come for all of you!

BB I agree with Brenda---it may be muscle. Keep tracking your food & you will see results.

I have a lot of errands & house cleaning to get done today. The rain has stopped. But it is still better than the snow!

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Betty,

You are fortunate your DH is helping to fill the freezer before your surgery. Sending prayers for a speedy recovery for you and Spring gets here quickly.

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BB,

Muscle weighs more than fat so maybe that is why your weight is going up. Did you measure yourself before you started this journey? How are your clothes fitting? The scale is only a tool and does not tell the whole story.

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Ok! I have been at the gym everyday this week! Tracking my food and my weight goes up:(((

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BONNIE have a good night

DORIS you'll be in my prayers!

Have a dentist appt this afternoon to have my permanent fillig put in---a tempporary one was put in while U.S. side. It is raining outside but easy to dea with! emoticon

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Busy day here, too. We had snow early today--big fluffy flakes with some sleet--but it melted soon after it stopped since it was only 34. We missed our usual Monday clean up at HH so after the snow melted, we went to make beds for an hour. Then on to WalMart and the grocery store--HEB. It was 1:30 by the time I got home. Then lunch and a trip into Waco to visit a friend at the hospital. By the time I got home I was pooped but the groceries were still needing to be put away and our dinner cooked. I will be having minor surgery next Tuesday so DH grilled chicken, pork chops, and hamburger for us to put in the freezer to have while I'm not cooking much. If all goes as expected, I will be home to sleep in my own bed Tuesday night, but probably won't be online for a few days.

Our Baylor girls team had won 25 straight games (basketball) but lost tonight. Now the guys are playing and they're tied with 6 minutes to go.

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I read the posts, but I see that I am not the only one too tired to respond.

Just stopping to say goodnight. God Bless my friends

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MY goodness! how busy we all are!

I was able to practice my tone chimes for an up-coming performance on Sunday at the mall I missed 2 practice sessions, so it was a good one with my piano teacher/ tone chime leader.



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Another day is done! We had dress rehearsal for the play and the kids looked so cute. Unfortunately the boy who is so disruptive went nuts in my partner’s classroom. He ran around the room slapping the boys on the bottom. I had the girls changing in my room, thank goodness! I’m glad my partner sent his parents a note. They will NOT be pleased.

Brenda, two people at school today told me I should sell my cards. That’s a good idea! We have a church bazaar in the fall and maybe I could get a booth. Or maybe there are other places nearby. We used to have a craft consignment store and that was so much fun but it isn’t there any more. My mother has the Life Alert button. There are call buttons in her apartment too but like your friends, she rarely calls for help. Now that she has a caregiver at night, it’s much better for her. I’m so glad your friend missed the train derailment. She was fortunate!

Do rest up, MaryAnn! That drive is hard for tomorrow but I know you enjoy being a docent. I would love a tour one day….maybe if I visit my son next summer I can go with you to the museum.

Betty, I hope you were able to get all the things you needed. An Aldi’s has opened here but it’s a good 20 minutes away. I have 4 grocery stores within a mile, as well as Walmart, Target, and convenience stores so I’m not going to travel that far to see about bargains! Stay warm as possible!

I’m glad you’re enjoying the book, Michele. I can wait to be able to read whenever I want when I retire. I have so much paperwork all the time that I just don’t read like I want to during the school year.

Yes, Doris, shopping or doing other chores in the middle of the day will be wonderful! I got as much done at school this afternoon that I could, then I hurried to the bank before it closed. So many things to do late in the day! I need my pest control guy to come, too, but that necessitates a clean up and being home at a decent hour!






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Betty, I am glad you were able to get and for groceries today. Are you expecting more snow? I heard there is another storm but can't remember where they said it is. I know everyone is really tired of shoveling and fighting the icy streets.

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Hi Everyone,
I read all your posts but am to tired to respond. Forgive me. Glad everyone seems okay. My DH and I went grocery shopping today at two supermarkets. We have a market here in Md called Aldi's and things are cheaper there than at regular supermarkets. The problem is it's small and mostly they only carry their brand (although lately they are into a lot of organic) The produce however is always fresh and cheaper than others. (In warm weather we have a Farmer's Mkt.) They also have good buys on crackers/cereals/etc-baking needs. There are just certain things I buy there.We also have a Big Lots and I go there about once a month. Well, as I said Aldi's don't have everything we want, so also made a trip to Shoprite in De. No sales tax there either.
So, as I said I am beat! At least got some walking in! It was good just to get out! more snow tomorrow morning so they say! The snow in our lane is still there/just can't melt.
Today I did get some nice strawberries from Fl. yum/ got an angel food cake free for buying berries-so now don't have to bake my shortcake. This one is better for us anyhow! Betty

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BRENDA oh, that is good! I wish there were pull cords at FIL's house. We have a bell that connects to upstairs/ downstairs, but only Christopher, my middle son lives withFIL & durning th day no one is home. FIL ismostly gone to the daycare everyday anyhow. or was, at least, until he went into the hosp.

Today is piano day & tone chime practice after that.

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Michele,

There is a monitor for elders or others who are prone to falling or are physically disabled. It can be worn around the neck or on the wrist and are waterproof. If there is a medical problem, the person just pushes the button and it calls 911. Some of them even detect a fall and will call 911 automatically. 911 will call the person to as what the problem is and if there is no answer, the medics are dispatched to the home. They cost about $40 a month. You may have seen the commercial where the woman is on the floor and yelling. "Help. I've fallen and can't get up".

We have 911 pull cords in our apartments, one in the bathroom, bedroom and living room. However, most people fall in the kitchen. Here, the cords mostly get pulled by visiting children or cats. A light will go on outside the apartment door to alert passerby's. To pull the cord the person has to crawl or however to the cord or they don't remember they can pull it for help. They are required by HUD housing.

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BRENDA that is so good that A is coming home! And what is a button anyhow? She is still alive & healthy, & that is what is important.

Glad you're enjoying your meatloaf.I rarely cook for just myself anymore. But I do eat a lot of raw veggies for lunch & dinner.

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Michele, my meatloaf is really good, am eating it as I am writing to you.

Alma is coming home on Thursday. She went to a meeting to learn about those buttons people wear in case they fall so they can call for help. She never wanted one but now she has no choice, she has fallen too many times and never banged the floor or yelled for help. Had she not been found unconscious when they went in her apartment she would have gone to the morgue instead of the hospital. When she got to the hospital she had a fever of 105F.

I hope your FIL continues to improve quickly.

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BRENDA how did your meatloaf turn out? it sounds so good!

MARY yes, Pagen Babies is a hoot! I keep laughing & laughing.....I also think B's idea of selling your homemade cards is a good idea!

BETTY we had that exacta weather in Detroit! How cruel it was!

I am too tired to write more I think I still have jetlag....

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Mary, I'm glad you had good conferences. Now the count down is really on. I agree about the flexibility to choose what you're going to do on a given day, as you prefer that day. I do have some regularly scheduled events but it's so nice to be able to buy groceries in the middle of the day rather than late in the day with all the others who work or on the weekends. Hope you enjoy your retirement as much as I do mine.

Mary Ann, nice to be home I bet! I enjoy going, but getting home is always good, too.

Michele, how is your FIL? It's good to hear he's beginning to move about again.

Brenda, I bet your friend is exhausted if she spent 31 hours on the train. Glad she wasn't involved in the wreck.

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Mary,

One way you could make some extra money is to make your greeting cards. Maybe you can find a little shop that will sell them for you on consignment or else set up a table if your Church has a holiday sale. I made a lot of money making my doll dress potholders and sold them where I used to live and earned enough to get my car repaired. Just a thought.

The end of school will be here before you know it and you will be able to do as you please, when you please, if you please. You will save money on gas not going to work everyday.

I have a little meat loaf cooking in my little toaster oven. I buy burger in bulk and freeze it in one pound packages or make patties. When I buy a roast I have the butcher cut it in three pieces. I freeze chicken pieces individually. That way it is easy to throw together a meal.

Jeanette left San Diego yesterday morning so she missed the train derailment. She called me this afternoon at 3:30 and was in Portland. The train came into Centralia at 5:50. Mike went to pick her up and is probably taking her out for a burger. I know she is very tired. 31 hours on the train is hard.

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Just got back from Phoenix. No exercise today and off to the museum tomorrow Going to wash clothes and go to bed early

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I'm glad you're feeling better overall, Bonnie. Here's to a good rest of the week.

I know there are opportunities to earn some money here and there. I will look forward to the possibilities. For a while I want to bask in the extra cup of coffee in my robe and watch the Today Show if I want!! I also want to do some volunteer work in my church. Lots of stuff to keep me busy!

Maryann, I saw the train derailment on tv. I called Chris and Ashley and didn't get a call back. I'm hoping YOU weren't out and about at such an early hour and missed it entirely!

I'm done for the evening!

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MARY

I am feeling good now. Have been eating more fruits and veggies, so that helps.

Glad you had a good experience with the parents. Good to go out on a high note!

It will be worth it to leave that stress behind. You can always find something to do to make a bit of money if needed.

I retired to babysit for my twin nieces children, and I would do it over in a heartbeat. The girls and their husbands paid me for babysitting, so that has helped. Don't have the kids as often now because they are in school, just a couple days a week to get the kids off the school bus.

It always works out if I just can keep the faith!

BETTY

Thanks for the info. It seems that much of the country are breaking weather records. I could do with out that.

MARY

It is good that you and your siblings are talking to each other. Having that support system is very important.

God BLess all and have a great evening


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Well, all your good wishes worked out in my favor! I really enjoyed my LAST CONFERENCES!! All the parents were receptive and several thanked me for being a good teacher or exactly what their children needed! So I will go out on a high note! It was a long day but a good one.

Bonnie, every once in a while an overindulgence will take its toll. I hope you will be feeling much better soon. Yes, it very well could be that I will be quite poor for a while…I don’t make much either! But the stress will be less and once I take my husband’s SS and start the annuity, I will be fine. It will just take another year or so of tightening my belt. Literally, lol!

Oh, Michele, I just had a flashback of giving up my milk money to ‘ransom pagan babies!’ I’d forgotten about that! All those old nuns with the best of intentions! What a hoot the book must be! I will have to post the OG recipe. My daughter has the dressing recipe and it’s delicious, too. They are on Pinterest!

Oh, yes, Betty…we had the big cushions, too. They were in the garage when my kids had the Big Garage Cleanup and they got thrown out. They were torn and stretched but I thought they would be good to cover the plants in the winter but I was vetoed! I hope there’s a good solution at least until you decide to buy or replace! 4 degrees is terrible. Do your pipes freeze? Ours freeze around 22 and it always worries me. You won’t find me in the attic with a blow torch or even a hair drying trying to thaw them!! And thanks for the advice about Mama. We sisters are now talking about these things. My sister in law is a nurse and has given good end of life advice as well. It's a sad thing to contemplate but we need to be realistic. We love her but she just might be 'ready to go' and my SIL says we neeed to let her know it's okay. She's lived a long and good life!

Soooo happy to be home!
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Good Morning everyone,

Bonnie, I live in the northeastern part of Md., on the outskirts of a small town called Elkton. Our norm here in winter is usually in the 40's. We have never been this low. It is breaking all kinds of records. Today we woke up at 4 degrees. Our news forecaster said the norm for today should be 47, but is going to be around 18.

Doris, I couldn't eat snake unless I was starving. As far as venison, my Mother used to fix it and it was good. However your right about if it isn't fixed just right, it is not good. Actually it is better for you than red meat. I think my Mother used to soak it in saltwater. But then my Mother was an excellent cook and could cook anything. I'm a pretty good cook, but nothing like her. Of course, she also worked in restaurant's all her working years as she raised 3 children by herself after my adapted Dad was killed in the mines.

Mary, it's not the cushions. They have been put away for the winter. It is the protective covers that one buys to go on top of the outdoor furniture to protect it from the elements of winter. Our deck is exposed, and the furniture is too large to store in garage or basement. In the warm months we have a sun-setter awning that protects it from the rain. Even then, we have a large waterproof container on the deck to put cushions in at end of day or on rain days. About your Mother, my Mother seemed to know she wasn't going to be around as she started giving us children things of hers she wanted us to have-about the last 6 months of her life. So be prepared. Your Mother may feel this way. It is hard losing one's parent, especially your Mother it seems.

ok, time to get off, treadmill, and shower.

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BONNIE That kind of food combination could make anyone sick! I had no appetite while in the U.S. but I think it was mostly due to jetlag, not food combinations. I also sleep with my legs lifedunder a pillow--it is easier for my back. Glad you are better!

MARY I didn't know that one could make Olive Garden foods. I love the O.G!

Well it's time for my nap, then to read my book---sister Susan gve me "Pagen Babies" about a Catholic school upbringing. It is hilarious!

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This is the second time you have posted while I was writing a post. LOL

Hope your day tomorrow will be a good one. I am sure you are a big help to your students.

I grew up in a family that hunts and fishes. I too enjoy venison, and my brother got a bear one time, and it was surprisingly tasty. Yes, you do have to know just how to cook and clean game and fish. It can be nasty if you don't know the right things to do.

Good night now




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I am so excited for you to be retired. I love it. Never had any money when I was working, so not much of an adjustment. LOL

Sad story about your friend's son. Way to young. Glad there was some comfort at the funeral.

Glad your mom is better too.

I do take meds for my GERD. However, when I eat a piece of a fudge brownie, after eating barbeque chicken wings and some french fries, late in the evening, it was just too much.

We did not get very good service, it was really late with we got our food, I had just ordered the chicken wing appetizer, with a small amount of barbeque ribs, it was like a mixed appetizer, not too much of either. However, because the french fries for others were cold, they brought out fresh fries, and Chris did not want his, so I ended up eating some of those. Then, to make up for the service issues, they brought out fudge brownies and ice cream for all of us.

I ate a small piece of brownie, but with the fried and spicy food, it was badddddd!

I do have an adjustable bed, so when I go to bed, I generally begin sleeping with my head lifted and my knees up. During the night, I generally will let the bed down flat, but I do not have such trouble.

It was all of that really bad for GERD food so very late. I don't generally do that, but I was having dinner, supposed to be at 7:00pm but it was much later by the time they seated us etc.

It was just kind of the "perfect" storm. I was ok after a nap yesterday, and fine today.

Went to mom's for dinner. My favorite, meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Had a nice visit with mom and dad.

SUNNY

Glad you decided to rest before beginning your journey.

BETTY

Where do you live that you are having such bad weather? So sorry about the covers for your furniture. That is too bad. Hope your weather gets better. Hope ALL of our weather gets better. LOL

DORIS

Good to know there are no rattlesnake dens in your backyard.

That ice and snow is very bad. Fingers crossed it is not too bad.

Had a pretty good day. Guess I am getting used to the cold weather.

Have a great Tuesday my friends. I guess yours is almost over Michele.

Glad FIL was up and about today.

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Temps dropped from 80 yesterday to 40 this morning…still so very crazy~ I came home after the gym…YES, I went!!...and covered my plants and those my daughter brought over here. It’s not supposed to get to freezing but you never know. I have my conference forms done and will organize everything tonight for tomorrow. I hope it will be a good day. There are certain things that I feel it’s necessary to bring up but I won’t belabor too many points. These parents are very nice for the most part and are doing the best they can. Some of the kids have stubborn streaks that really need ‘tweaking’ but I am doing my very best and that’s all I can do.

Michele, Dave hunted a lot and I loved venison---but it has to be prepared correctly or it will taste ‘gamey.’ I could never sit with my legs under me even when I was younger. So glad that works for you! One of my granddaughters does and it hurts to watch her, lol! I hope your FIL continues to do well and can get out and about.

Betty, I bought new cushions for my patio furniture last year for my son’s wedding reception here and once the party was over I put them in the garage—where they have stayed! I’ve just taken them up every time I use them. The old ones were destroyed by squirrels in less than 3 years and they were expensive ones. I hope yours will be fixable.

MaryAnn, my sisters think Mama is ‘preparing us’ for her decline. She’s been so healthy in many ways and is so alert. It was a big scare and I’m looking forward to seeing her this next weekend but it worries me that this might be the way things will begin to go. Do call your mom!! Glad the birthday was a hit. It must be hard not to have cake and ice cream though.

Oh, Doris…fried rattlesnake! I think I’d pass, too, lol. But I hear it ‘tastes like chicken’ lol!!

I made an Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi knockoff soup and it’s delicious. I finished it up today and will probably make some more over the weekend. It’s supposed to be cold, wet, and ugly all week.

I’m so glad to see The Voice on again! I will veg on the couch now that my work and workout is done!

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DORIS again---I think it sounds interesting. People over here eat whale meat. I have never tried it. When I was still living in Michigan,up north, near the Canadian border, my roomates ate deer meat which I didn't like----it had a funny taste.

BETTY I hope you get more use out of those covers! Your cold sounds like the cold we had in Detroit--near 0 degress! It was cruel

Time for my wt lifting exercise, then onto the hosp to visit FIL. He was up & almost walking yesterday!

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Michele, we hope there's no dens in the backyards. The snakes are often in rocky outcrops in pastures or under the slabs of deserted buildings. Many times the hunters just follow tips given by the ranchers who have seen snakes on their property. Some people eat fried rattlesnake, but I'm not one of those! lol The Lions bought 100 pounds to fry and it was all gone on Saturday. I think people bought it for the novelty of being able to say they've tried it. YUK!

Sorry about your FIL's condition. That must be frustrating to him.

Mary Ann, hope you're rested up and the trip home is easy.

Sorry about your covers Betty.

We are having some snow and freezing rain today. Hope it doesn't ice the power lines.

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Michele, We had to warm the covers up to work on them and cover up the tears. We just put the glider cover back on. We also had to tape it as the new stuff DH got isn't the same and not working as well. I went online and did find a glider cover on sale and has 7 yr. guarantee on it -so should be better than what we have. DH doesn't want me to get it yet. Wants to try and get another year out of these. They are 30.00 off now. If I wait, they will goes back up to 80.00. We have spent a lot this past year on the upkeep of this home. Oh well, I'll wait a while.
Wind is bad here today also.

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BETTY that sounds so cruel! I thought Detroit was bad & THERE WAS ( I hit the caps button here--sorry) no wind! Why do you warm the covers up?

DORIS that snake hunting sounds interesting How do the hunters find the dens? Are there snake dens in one's backyard? Do people eat snake as food?

MARIELLE what a great spiritual experience you had! I can't sit cross-legged on the floor for that long, but we here in Japan sit "seiza" style---where we sit on our legs, with our feet tuckedin back of us. I often sit this way as it is so comfortable for my back. Buddhism & Zen are big over here & I keep saying I want to try Zen.

MARY so sorry for you loss. that is just too young to go. BUt God has His plans, doesn'T he?

SUNNY are you exhausted? What great exercise running around like that! I hope yo uenjoy the rest of your trip!

Today, tuesday, I am just going to grocery shop, go see FIL at the hospital. He is still in bad, bedridden I guess after his surgery last Friday. He will be put i to a rehab facility for a month or so after he is out of the hosp. But as mom always says, "we'll cross that bridge when we get to it!"


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Mary, just read about you Mother. Glad she is ok.

Extreme cold weather here and winds have torn our furniture covers on deck. DH just bought more contact cement glue to try and fix them for the second time. For next winter will have to replace them. Expensive-only 2 yrs old. I suggested putting the new ones we get on first-then covering with the old ones we have. See if that will help. Off to start my day. We brought the covers in to get them warm.

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