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MARIELLE don't wear yourself out over that board! I am also so sorry to hear about your sister! hope she will be better. How scary for you!

MARY how busy you have been. You, too, don't wear yourself too thin! you do your cards the way I cross stitch & do jigsaw puzzles!

DORIS yes, it is great tha you only have to do small dishes. Esp since you're travelling It sounds like a wonderful place to go to! I'm guessing you have been there before?

I managed to get my housework done, piano practiced & I even put in some jigsaw puzzle time. Have a good weekend, all!

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Ahhhh…TGIF, AND it’s the beginning of a week off! So happy about that. I got all my work done, sent so much stuff home, rearranged the seating charts, changed the calendar, and did more lesson plans to get me almost through December! I am hoping to get it all done that first week in December and be done with it. Almost halfway through the year!!

MaryAnn, the little turkeys were just that, lol! My 2 hardest to handle boys fought with each other. They kicked and fought with their fists. I’m sure their parents thought they were sooo cute! It’s so ‘telling:’ One retired teacher was there and asked a current teacher about my former screamer. She said ‘Something just doesn’t seem quite right with that one!’ Ya think?? At least his parents did get him tested a couple of weeks ago and they will make an appt. in December to meet with the principal and me. I need to know what they are hoping to do and what I can do also in class. He wears me down! So glad to hear that your hand is so much better. Ugh on your foot---that sounds painful! I will get with you this weekend and let you know of my firmer CA plans!

Doris, what a delightful time your trip sounds. I hope you have a great mini vacation. Making a few sides is sooo preferable to the whole dinner. I think I will put my Christmas tree up before my flight leaves, too. It would be so nice to have that out of the way!

Oh, Marielle, I am sorry you are still having such difficulty with the board. It sounds like it’s SO wearing. I hope you will last as long as you feel comfortable doing so. Please keep in mind that your health is so important… much more than this board! I’m sorry for your sister’s health problems. I know from my blood clots last year that it is so scary. I spent 5 days in ICU almost a year ago and 8 months on blood thinners. I sure hope she will be okay.

Brenda, what a great idea Ace had! Ours doesn’t do that as far as I know. Food, drinks, wine? Wow! That’s a night of fun. So glad you enjoyed the evening. I had a new modem installed in late summer since my internet was down all the time. Then I bought the new computer and I haven’t had any trouble since. The DVR box didn’t register like it was supposed to so ATT agreed to give me a new one. I opened it today and read the instructions. My heartrate went up, lol. I don’t ‘do’ instructions for equipment well. I need a son or somebody’s husband to put it in for me, and before I leave for California!

My cards are my creative outlet…but not fabulous by any means! I just enjoy doing it. I didn’t send any the first year Dave died and only a few the next year. Last year was more and this year will be almost back to normal. Some friends have dropped off…and I’ve actually added a few! I hope to be done by the first weekend in December. I have another Stampin’ Up workshop then and will make 25, I think.

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11/21/14 6:35 P

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So much going on still.
My Sister went to Dr. today and they found a blood clot in her chest (in the port used when she had chemotherapy) & the dr. put her in the hospital. She will be there at least over night & then they may release her. She has to give herself shots for it for about a week, then she can go on warfarin--for a few months. Then they will put her in the hospital to take the port out. emoticon

District Board is still a nightmare. I think I might get through December. Hope so anyway........ I spent from 6:30am to 7:00pm doing District work on Wednesday. It has been very hectic. emoticon

Hope everything is going well with everyone.

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11/21/14 3:49 P

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Michelle, we will be going to our daughter's lake "cabin" at Possum Kingdom Lake, about 2 hours west of Dallas. We will send Thanksgiving night at the lodge so we can visit both Thursday and Friday, before coming home Friday afternoon. She is having the main part of the meal catered and we just bring side dishes and desserts. Sure takes the load off me, and everyone enjoys being in that setting.


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11/21/14 3:12 P

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BRENDA glad you got those bargains at ACE. I love that place, as does DH! And what is better than a free dinner?! I too, do not make cards. Not only can we not find the great supplies here like the U.S., the the things I would buy to make the cards would cost an arm & a leg!

DORIS your new tree sounds lovely. I always wait until right after T-giving to put up my tree, too. Mine is about 30 years old---got it at a Franks Nursery when they still existed, for $36. after Christmas. I think they are gone now, replaced my Michael's? WHere are you gong out of town?

SUNNY what kind of pies do you make? I made 2 pumpkin pies. The recipe called for brown sugar, which I used, but the pies look so brown! I thnk next year I will just stick to plain 'ol white sugar.

My 7 a.m. student has cancelled this morning (Sat already here!) so I have more time to get stuff done around the house.

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Good Morning Everyone,

Doris, I have not decorated for Christmas for many years. When I moved here three and a half+ years ago I gave all my decorations away because there was no room for them in this tiny apartment. We do have the community room decorated for all the holidays so if I want to look at Christmas it is downstairs.

Ace Hardware Store had their annual Ladies Night Out last night and I went down and it was a lot of fun. I had never gone before. I missed being one of the first 100 to get in and get a gift and didn't win any of the door prizes but they had all sorts of finger foods, coffee, sodas and wine. I just had a veggie plate and a couple cookies. The place was packed. All regular priced items were 20 percent off. I bought a new steam iron and a nifty flashlight. It was from 6 to 8 pm. They closed the store at 5 and people lined up outside. At first I parked down the street at Rite Aid and then when the crowd thinned out I went down and got my car and parked in the parking lot. Ace's lot is small. Last year my friend won the big drawing at 8 and got $250.

Today I am going to the food bank for my monthly food box. We have the food bank delivered here today for those who don't drive or unable to get out. I like to go to the main place as I know most of the workers there and it is fun to sit and visit while we wait our turn.

Temps have warmed up to 36 or so but rain is coming for the weekend. That's ok with me as it has been very dry lately. Rains start at the coast and move inland. We are two hours from the coast.

Have a good day everyone.

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Mary, you are one busy lady! I hope the program was a success.

Marielle, it sounds as though you are really back full time with the water responsibilities. Please take care of yourself, too!

Michelle and Brenda, you are always doing for someone. That's great!

Mary Ann, it's good that you're healing. You must have welcomed the end of therapy, too.

I did something today I've never done before--put up the Christmas tree before Thanksgiving. Many years I put it up on the day after, but this year we will be out of town. I had bought a new slimmer tree this year and wanted to see how it looked in my room. I do like it as it seems full and less see-through. The one I replaced was probably 20 years old or more. This one is only 4 ft. across and 7.5 feet tall. Tomorrow I will try to get the decorations on it after I get back home from buying groceries.

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11/20/14 11:46 P

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Michele

I'm glad to hear your leg is healing. You are so lucky you didn't break anything.

Mary,

Didn't you get a new DVR not too long ago? I don't know if I could hook it up myself either. When I bought one I tried and never could get it to work then my friend came and hooked it up for me. She told me I had it plugged into the wrong place.

The card I send to you will not be homemade. You are so talented.

Ace Hardware had their annual Ladies Night Out from 6 to 8 tonight, regular priced items were 20% off. I bought a handy dandy flashlight and a new steam iron. The store was packed and they were serving veggies and dip, cheese, wine and soda drinks and cookies. I didn't drink any wine, just had the veggies and a couple cookies. Great dinner! emoticon

They had several door prize drawings and a gift for the first 100 people and the grand prize at 8 was $250. I didn't win anything but I had a great time talking to people and found a woman I know there. She used to be a caregiver here but the lady had to go to assisted living. It was fun to go down to the store. Last year my neighbor won the $250. Next year I will go earlier and wait in line.

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Just a few comments as I get back to the thread. I have had a rough time getting back together after last weekend in Phoenix. My energy level is still not up to full speed and it takes me longer to get anything done. And next week is Thanksgiving . I have lots to do and I am trying to get some of it done before Thanksgiving day arrives.

Marielle Open meeting requirements are always such a problem with Boards. People are used to having side discussions and hate to have to have everything out in the open. Sounds like it is still a difficult group of people.

Mary how did the little” turkeys” do ? There is nothing cuter than young school children doing a program.

Michele glad you are up and better. It is finally acting like Fall here. The temps are down but it is sweater weather. Last year was so warm, I never took the coat out of the closet.

My phone announces the name and number also and I never answer unless I know who it is. If you answer the phone, then it tells the robo callers it is a live number and they share it with other groups. Being on the do not call list is a joke.

My hand is great and I am almost recovered from the surgery. I didn’t realize how off balance I was and I managed to smash my foot into a door jam. All black and blue and couldn’t do my walking. Nothing broken and the swelling is down so I am back to walking.

This was a week of some routine appointments and getting a few end of year things signed. Now I am on full planning for Thanksgiving. Although I am going to be doing some supervising instead of actual cooking since I am still on limited activities for another 3 weeks. Standing for too long really strains a few muscles.

Michele I am going to make pies also. My family loves home made ones and I usually do them. I can spread making them up over a whole day. Also store bought pie crusts make it a lot easier.

Well I am going to turn in, so back tomorrow.



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MARY yes, I am ok, just sore left leg after my accident. It's cozy to sit at home at do our hobbies isn't it?!

I am making 2 pumpkin pies for our T-giving dinner on sunday.

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Michele, I can't imagine riding my bike without a jacket when it's cold. Wait----I can't imagine riding my bike period, lol! I guess it made it through the accident okay then? So glad you're okay. Get that jacket out!! Yes, the new DVR arrived via UPS at 5:15 and I was astonished! Two days, max. Several friends have offered their husbands to come install it. My sister and sister in law suggested that I try it myself. It's soooo easy. Ahem....NOT!!

I decided not to go to the alum function. It's colder and rainy and there was a big water main break right where I was supposed to go. The news reported that traffic was a nightmare so I made a dozen Christmas cards! You friends will be on my list!!

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MARY ANN glad that your hand is better. Now, be careful with that foot!

MARY I will look on FB for some pics. Please post a few. Wish there were a video to go with it! Did you get your DVR?

We had some unexpected rain yesterday; news said we had Jan. temps. I wasn't prepared & didn't pull out my winter jacket! I was cold riding my bike to tone chimes & piano!

Will go to the pool today. Left leg is still hurting, but I am able to walk. I too, am grateful for that!

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I guess I missed that you injured your foot, too, MaryAnn! I'm so glad to hear that you're doing so much better with your hand. My kneecap break was a year ago....it still gives me problems when I climb stairs and probably always will, but I'm grateful to be able to get around as much as I do.

Michele, last year one of the moms put my kids on FB for the performance. My partner and I will be holding the sails on the Mayflower, lol....a friend tagged me and said she 'knew' where I was in the video! It might be up sometime today. We're FB friends so you might see the pictures. I'm not sure how the meeting went for Sarah. She is hoping that her brother and sister will stay through the weekend, at least. They have NOT been helpful and she needs them to step up and do something. I'll find out how things are at school today, Ih ope.

I slept well last night---hooray! I made some important phone calls, got confirmation that the new DVR box is being delivered in the next day or so from ATT, and took care of some important financial business after school. I have a college ulum get together tonight at a local restaurant..I've never done that. I have a sorority friend who is supposed to be there and hope to reconnect. If not, I won't stay long unless there are people I know. But it's a stretch for me!

Have a great day, friends.

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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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Just dropping in before turning in. My foot is doing well and I got out for a walk today and plan a longer one tomorrow. Had a review by the hand doctor and he believes that I have full functionality back in my hand (although my right ring finger will always be crooked) and that I am done. Yeah!!! We have had a difficult situation through no fault of our own and it is now resolved after 10 months. Sometimes having a lawyer on your side is a good thing.

So I am looking forward to the holidays which begin next week.
Everyone stay safe and warm

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11/19/14 11:21 P

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MARY I would love to see the performance of your little ones! It sounds really cute!

HOW did your partner't meeting go? What have they decided to do with her mom?

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Wow, Marielle, I never thought about texting stop!! Great idea! I have a cell phone which I rarely use and a house phone which I use all the time. I love that my Caller ID comes through on my tv...well, not right now because the downstairs tv doesn't work, lol. But it does help a lot.

Michele, the Thanksgiving program is really cute. The first and 2nd graders all participate in dances and songs, some have speaking parts and they are either pilgrims, Indians, or turkeys. Mine are turkeys, lol!

I made a great spicy chicken soup for myself and my partner for tomorrow. She got a phone call from her brother halfway through the day. The assisted living where her parents are wanted a meeting to decide what to do with her mom just getting out of the hospital and her dad being there now...at a different one from her mom's!! She is so worn out and it's the least I can do.

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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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MARIELLE I have "caller I.D." on my phone & I too, only answer numbers of which I recognize. I hope you are staying calm & taking care of you in all of this business!

MARY what does the T-giving day program entail?

I have piano lesson & tone chime practice today.

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just another short email. Already bothered, again today, with lots of emails flying back and forth plus folks are breaching Open Meeting Law (required for lots of different government boards, school district boards, etc.

I am so sorry to hear about the scammers. I know most of you probably wouldn't do this, but I don't answer my home phone unless I know who it is. I have messaging, so if they want to really talk to me, they will leave a message. Most do not. I have a friend though, who answers her phone, no matter who it is (ex. ex-boyfriends, unknown phone #'s etc) and talks to them. I just don't - every once in a while I get curious and answer. It is always either requesting donation, bill collector for my kids, offers/advertising, etc. I do have a cell phone and most of the time will answer it-but you get scammers on there as well--these text messages. Verizon told me to text back "stop" and usually that works.



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Yes, those scammers are horrible and have no shame. I get those 'I'm stuck in a foreign country and need money' emails from 'friends' once in a while but I always know it's a scam. But recently one friend WAS in Italy and the email said she was in need of help. No one responded with money and she had no clue what was going on 'in her name.' It's just unconscionable that people do things like that. I love your friend's response, Brenda! At least she caused him to waste his time with her!

We have Thanksgiving program practice all morning and the program is tomorrow. Not much teaching going on because of that, unfortunately. But at least I feel like I've been able to get a lot done with the kids in the last month. Once we get back from Thanksgiving break I have 1 more week of the quarter. This year is going by so quickly, thank goodness!

Happy Wednesday!

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


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emoticon LE yes, we are a good support group!

Talking about scams---my parents were also scammed out of $3,000 twice. I was almost scammed too, if it hadn't been for my oldest son! It happens over here a lot, too!

MARIELLE how cold it is there! I had always thought of Az as a warm place.

BRENDA yes, you are so busy! Are you as cold as Marielle? I just heard that N. Y. got slammed with snow!

I've had a very busy day. Will respond more tomorrow.

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Doris,

That poor lady. I wish she would just hang up on them when they call. Yes, I would change my number but they prey on the elders. What she really needs is caller ID so she can see who is calling and then not answer when they do. Or I would turn the ringer off.

Save me a piece of apple pie, I'm on my way!

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We just had a news report tonight on a scam where a 91 year old woman near us is being harassed by scammers after she responded to a Publishers Clearing House request for money. They call every day and are making her ill from the harassment. The news reporter actually talked to the man who has a foreign accent. The law has been contacted to see if they can stop it. I think I would change my phone number if it had been going on a month!

I had a busy day cleaning house today. I didn't finish but I made good progress. I finished the day by making an apple pie. We had been wanting one for several weeks. It was good! (Just count me as a bad influence on all of you.)

Pleasant dreams!!


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Welcome Le3!

Many of us have been here quite a while and have formed good friendships. Post often and talk about most anything. No judgement on these pages. We accept you for who you are.

If you would tell us a name to call you it it much easier to remember than a sign in name.






















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Mary,

Jody's caregiver told us this morning that she got that microsoft call and pretended she was following the guys directions (he was telling her what to click on her screen) and finally he asked her what she saw on her screen and she asked him what he saw. Then she said, my screen is blank just like yours because I didn't click anything, then she swore at him and hung up. It is so irritating.

Another scam is someone calling pretending to be a grandson or other relative stranded and needing money to get home. Many fall for it and lose their money because they panic. Someone called Sam with that and she told them she would call her grandson and hung up the phone.

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Welcome, LE3in Memphis! Yes, this is a wonderfully supportive group! We all have actually lost, regained, lost again, and/or are in hopes of getting those pesky pounds off for good. In the meantime, we help each other through the trials and tribulations of life in general! Feel free to jump right in!

Brenda. you are always so busy! I appreciate the advice about the scams. I had someone with a terrible Nigerian-type accent call the other day and say he was from Microsoft. I kept him on the line for a while and kept asking questions just to see how he was going to 'be.' After a few minutes I called him names, lol! I hung up on him. What a creep and a jerk. These people need to be locked up. Glad you are helping your friends avoid them!

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Marielle,

Yes, you have much colder weather than we do here. It got up to 34 this afternoon. It is supposed to start raining tomorrow and through the weekend with a storm Friday. A mix of weather for sure.

Well, I ended up just taking Nora to the Senior Center instead of going with her and staying for lunch. She had to sing. She used to play her guitar and sing for them but had to give up the guitar. They do a lot of sitting there and I just could not bare to sit all morning waiting for lunch at noon. I took her at 9:30. I told her I wanted to stay home in case Elinor needed me to help her with something and that I would pick her up at 1:15. She was disappointed but I told her I would go with her another time. On the way home she asked to go to Safeway to pick up her meds and some milk and cereal. When we got back she hugged me and gave me $5 and said she is adopting me for a sister. She is so funny. She is 82 (she thinks) and just had her wrist cast changed to a different one and has to wear this one for the next month. She won't be able to drive until she gets her cast off.

Elinor needed me to get her some ice cubes out of the freezer in the TV room to ice her hand. It is causing her pain now. She was waiting for her daughter to bring her lunch. She talked to Princess on the phone this morning and Princess licked the phone trying to kiss her. I don't know when she will be able to take care of Princess plus it being her right hand makes things double hard for her to do much.

Well, I learned a lot today about printers and mice from Suzanne. She told me when printers and mice act up, just unplug/unhook them for a bit and then plug them back in and they reprogram themselves. Well. now I have two old mice that I thought were dead that are now working and the new one that arrived today in the desk drawer. DUH

Suzanne got a call today and someone told her there was a warrant for her arrest and she had to pay or go to jail. Well, she kept them on the phone a while to get more information. They said they sent her a letter to such and such address and she told them she hadn't lived there for several years. I kept telling her it is a scam and to hang up. What they are trying to do is scare people into getting a gift card and loading a thousand or two onto it and wiring it to a mailbox in Ohio which is a satellite of Nigeria or somewhere. The money is gone and no way to get it back. She is going to call the FBI because they are investigating these scams. The other one is someone calling and saying they are from Microsoft and that there is a problem with your computer and they will guide you through the process of fixing it. Wrong. They will take over your computer or laptop and get all your information. Do not talk to these people if they call you. Hang up immediately. I don't answer calls that are Unknown. If it is someone I know, they will leave a message.

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Just want to tell you guys (well gals actually) are awesome. I went back into the posts by about 2 weeks. I smiled as I read how supportive you are of one another through parent and friend deaths/life ending issues. Then there are the injuries on top of the "normal" aches and pains. Still persevering. As the holiday's approach and I look forward to getting my son "fix" I realize how many family I don't have to spend the holidays with. emoticon

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We were posting together, Marielle! Wow! How cold, and what a hard day you have when you are working for the district. Do keep in mind that you need to take care of yourself. I'm glad you have given them a deadline. It will be a new year for you once it's over!

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It warmed up a little bit today...to the high 40's. I'm so cold still, though! I finally called ATT and had a live chat with a technician. My DVR box is bad and he said they will send me a new DVR box within 2 days. I hope that will fix the problem!

Brenda, you are so sweet to everyone who needs you. They ought to be so appreciative of all you do. I hope the new mouse is just what you need!

My partner and I got as much of our copies done and organized as we can through the end of the year. Her dad now has pneumonia...and she is just beside herself. Neither her brother nor sister has offered to come and do anything. But at least we are on top of things for school.

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Hi everyone. Well I have been overloaded for the past few days, been working for the District anywhere from 6-8 hours per day. Too much. I have told them that I won't continue but I still have til December 31. I am trying to maintain my equilibrium through this. So one day at a time.

It has been very cold here too. Down to 15 deg. Sunday night (my friend said her thermometer on her porch said it was 9 deg. Last night it was around 17 deg... Only got up to the 40's on Monday but a warmer in the 50's.

I'll post more later.

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Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

It's really cold this morning. I have decided that I will just take Nora to the Sr Center and drop her off and then go back and get her instead of having lunch with her. Elinor's little granddaughter came over last night to have me write down my phone number for her. She said Elinor's hand was numb so she wasn't in any pain last night. She had to leave here this morning at 7 to go to school. so I think I should stay home in case Elinor needs anything. Don't know if her daughter can come help her. She has too many other children to take care of right now. It's her right hand they had to fix so that puts a kink in things. They had to cut the tendon because her fingers were starting to curl and were painful. Princess is staying at her brother's house the next few days.

I'm still tired from yesterday's shopping trip and didn't sleep all that well last night.

Sunny,

It is good that you are back home from taking care of your GS. It's nice to go but nicer to come home. You are a great grandma.

Rain is going to start tomorrow and through the weekend. Storm on Friday so am glad I got all my running around done.

My mouse will be delivered today from Staples. It was free shipping so I just went ahead and ordered it to save me a trip. My old mouse is still working. I bought another one just like the broke one, black and red.

Doris,

You and everyone else are working hard with your HH. What a blessing it is for the visitors.

Will check back later. Time to hit the shower.

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Welcome home, MaryAnn! I'm sorry to hear that your mom is starting to slow down. It IS so hard to not be able to do anything. Mine is still plucking along, thank goodness. I hope I will be, too, at almost 94!!

Brenda, you do so many nice things for your friends. I am glad you got the lights fixed in your apartment. Now you're set!

Michele, my middle son's inlaws are in California and since his wife lives there---he has been trying to get a job in CA for over a year so they can be together---they have invited me to spend Thanksgiving with them. I am worried about getting there and getting home. In the summer we had so much trouble with flights that were rescheduled and I am not used to trying to figure that kind of thing out! I hope it will be a smooth transition but I need to be fully prepared for that Monday's work at school in case I don't get home on Sunday!

Off to get ready for the day!

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wait----Imissed something----MARY when are you going to Ca?

BRENDA I was so excited, I just couldn't wait to "talk" to you! I am already preparing my Christmas cards---can't wait to send them to all of you! your life is so full of adventures! I'm going to have to make a "family tree" chart just to keep eveyrone straight! emoticon

SUNNY glad you had a good time in Phoenix. Was it cold? My friend who lives in Cornville, said it gets cold. She is close to Marielle in Prescott, only 1 hour away.

I won'T be able to post tomorrow as I am leaving the house at 4:30 to catch the 5 a.m. train to Tokyo----I have to teach English to DH's cousin & since DH isn't coming home from work I won't have my uusal car ride into tokyo.

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Loved reading all the posts. I am back from Phoenix. I really noted that many if us are caring for aging parents. It is definitely hard to watch my mom slowly lose capabilities. She is in good health but is getting more forgetful.

I am turning in early will be back tomorrow

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Glad your test results were good, Brenda. You seem to eat so healthy that I would be surprised if the chol. was high.

Mary, I hope you enjoy the CA trip. And it is nice to be prepared!

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Michele,

I got your letter today. I was so surprised and happy to get it along with the pictures. Thank you so much!

Another busy day. Alma came over this morning and said she wanted/needed to go to KMart to buy the little chest freezer on sale for $126. It is 3.5 Cubic Ft, the same size mine is but narrower and deeper. It fit in the back of my Jeep. She had a 5 Cubic F that she sold because it took up too much room in her apartment. I told our neighbor down the hall, Donna, we were going and she drove over there too and bought one. She has a van so was able to take her's home.

Alma continued shopping and got a lot of things she needed (and didn't need). She moves very slow so it is always a couple hour shopping trip. She is pretty well stocked up now. We left at 11 and got back at 2:30. I got 6000 steps in. I was going to go home and make me some lunch then someone mentioned the trip to Frosties for burgers. I had completely forgotten about it so I ate a banana instead of lunch because it was almost time to go to Frosties. Busy day. Dick was out talking to Suzanne when we got home so he got the freezer out of my car and up to Alma's and out of the box so that was a big help.

Tomorrow I am taking Nora to the Senior Center for lunch. She can't drive right now because of her broken right wrist. Ruth has been taking her but she is going to the Casino with the bus trip from here. Nora wants to leave at 9:30, why so early I don't know unless she has to sing. Lunch is at 11. I have been there for lunch once and it was pretty good. They serve lunch Mon thru Fri for $3 a plate for those who don't want or can't cook because of various reasons. So it will be another busy day.

It is really cold out tonight but is supposed to start warming up some the next few days.

Mary,

I hope you get your TV working and the X goes away. Very puzzling for sure.

Jeff was here bright and early at 8:15 and installed my new lights in the kitchen. Now I can see what I'm going to burn. emoticon

It isn't even 7 pm and I am ready to go to bed. I am very tired tonight. Cold weather makes me sleepy too.

The results of my blood test found nothing wrong with me. I wasn't worried, my doctor just wanted me to have another one because the last one three months ago said my cholesterol is a little high. Now it is not.

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MARY you are such a good, good teacher!!! I wish I had had one like you back when i was in school!
And if I am a "good trouper" it is b/c of ALL OF YOU! emoticon Between the adventures I have had here, & my DD calling the police on me last Aug 22nd, It's a wonder that I amstill standing! And laughing is always better than complaining or crying!!! emoticon

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Oh, Michele, I am laughing---I guess it COULD be worse…my technology issues could be in Japanese and then I would be worse off, lol! You are SUCH a trooper!! I have to get a new driver’s license this birthday, too. That will be my first thing of the Christmas holidays. I won’t wait too long. I am so glad to hear that Ben, his wife, and you will be going to see your dad. I think that’s a great thing. It will be bonding time for you with the new wife, too.

Brenda, thanks so much for that suggestion. I have unplugged the UVerse box but not the whole tv/box/ whatever! I will do that. There is no blue light on the box and my son hasn’t called me back. Have I said how much I hate technology, lol????

Doris, I’ll bet your sweet little great grandson will love the farm! Like Michele, my kids had the Fisher Price farm at one time. It was a favorite. My granddaughters love going to the farm in Grosbeck. They run out to the pasture and yell’ Cows!!’

I had a good, productive day at school. I’m already starting on my lesson plans for the week after Thanksgiving in case I get stuck in CA and can’t get back on Monday morning. I want everything ready just in case! I have 2 students who will be leaving in early December for various vacations…getting back JUST in time for Christmas vacation! It drives me crazy how they just don’t seem to think that being in school is important. For some, it’s renewing a visa and I understand that. But for getting a good deal at Disneyworld before the crowds come??? Give me a break!

I went to the gym after school and had a good workout. I will try for that again tomorrow. I hate the idea of water aerobics when the high was 40!! It will be below freezing the next 2 nights. This is like February in Texas!!


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DORIS emoticon that your GS is turning 1! And yes, time does go by faster as we get older. I remember when I was younger those Fisher PRice toys. There was a farm set that had cows & tractors on it and farmer people. How I loved those things!

Time for the police station to renew my drivers license!

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Michelle, I think it's great that you will get to see your parents. I would encourage you to go before your father is no longer living. Even if he doesn't remember your name, he will know it's someone he loves who is visiting him.

Mary, I hope S's able to cope with all the things in her life. It's sad that there's no sub who can just take over for her until things calm down. Hope your little girls get past the pain of teething soon. It's hard enough with one, but two whiney children would be really tough!

Our little great GS will turn 1 on the 27th. Time certainly flies. I found a cute little-people farm set with tractor that putt-putts when the farmer sits on his seat and the cow moos when she is in the trailer. I just couldn't pass it up since we have cows, etc. Otherwise, his toys will probably be airplanes since his dad is in the air force and his one grandad is an astronaut.

Hope this is a good week for everyone!

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BFENDA didyou get your kitchen light yet? I am also glad you got to see a few people downstairs & had a good day!

MARY I know nothing of technology, either. Andmine is in Japanese! If DH can't fix it, I will have to ask someone else for help. Your mom's living situaton, well our church is like that---a lot of ex-;pats sent over from other countries, mostly the US they are here for a few years & then poof! they are gone, too. OUr priest said our church is like a highschool: people come & go every few years. I hate it like that!

Today, I am going to go to the police station to renew my japanese driver's license. I don't really drive---haven't a car to use & I hate driving---but if I don't keep it up to date, I can't get an international driver'sl license when I go to the U.S. which might be, by the way in FEb. My oldest son Ben& his now wilfe Kaoru are looking at going to visit my parents in Raleigh to introduce his wife to my parents. I might as well go with them for a few weeks. I'llkeep you all posted!

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Mary,

Try unplugging your TV from the wall (TV and the ATT box) for a few minutes, then plug them back in and that should fix the problem. It sounds like it needs to reboot itself. That happened to Steve down the hall the other night and he came and got me to fix it. You see, Dick thinks I can fix TV's because he has pushed the wrong button sometimes and I go down and push the OK button and it is fixed. Dick has beginning dementia but he still drives and helps his 'girlfriend' with her yard work. Anyway, Steve ended up calling Comcast and they told him to unplug and plug it back in and wait a half hour for it to reboot itself.

Good Luck! I hope it works for you.

It is cold out but no rain here. It is supposed to warm up over the weekend. We shall see.

I am hoping Jeff, our maintenance man, will replace my kitchen light today. It went out Friday. It is the big florescent light overhead. I have a lamp on the counter for now. He only works on Mondays here.

I ordered a new mouse from Staples last night, free shipping. It might be here today. They are only a mile away but too cold to go out right now.

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Michele, my father had no clue where he was from almost the moment my mother had hip replacement surgery. It was the strangest and hardest thing because he seemed so lost when she wasn't home for those weeks of recovery. He went downhill so quickly. I know Mama had been 'covering' for his memory lapses but the rapid decline was scary. Mama is still very sharp and will be 94 Dec. 14! We are so lucky to have her. I'm sure your MIL and FIL appreciate(d) all your help whether they said so or not. I do hope you get to go visit your family. Did you get your visa/passport yet? Do you have plans? Sarah is planning on coming to school today if only to get things organized. We have so much going on this week and we don't know the availability of subs. I hope her mom will be okay. She's only 83, I think, but has gone downhill rapidly, too.

Brenda, I'm so glad you got to visit with everyone and have some soup. I'm sure Princess is cute to play with and you're helping Elinor, too! My mother is in assisted living only because she wasn't able to do all her housework once Daddy wasn't around to do the heavy things....and she says all the time that people come in and it's very evident that they need to be in the Memory Care section...getting lost on the long corridor, not taking a bath or changing clothes, etc. After a while the family is told that the person needs to move to a different section. She will make a new friend and all of a sudden Poof! That person is gone. I guess we will be 'there' at some point, too. I hope today will be a good day for you, too.

It's just above freezing and it's still raining! Not too bad but miserable. My downstairs tv has a big red X and number 1 on the screen. I put out a plea to my son to tell me what to do but I didn't hear back. There's no blue light on the ATT box so I wonder if the box is bad. It's new...not even 4 months old! Technology does NOT like me!!

Mary

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Mary,

Sorry to hear about Sarah's mom. Michael has moved out of here into Liberty House, an assisted living home. His friend came today and got his bike out of the apartment and told me he will come back tomorrow to talk to the manager. He has been assigned a temporary guardian, seeing as how he has no family. But his friend said he is doing well there. He has dementia and didn't know where he was most of the time and had trouble finding his apartment. I don't know why they ever moved him in here. He would try to tell us things but then would forget what he was talking about and move onto another subject.

I took care of Princess today while Elinor went to church and their potluck, then her granddaughter who is a missionary gave a talk. She is trying to raise money for her living expenses. She will come to see us soon. She is a sweet girl and can stand up and talk and tell us about what she does and never has any notes. She was recently in Turkey before all the turmoil happened there. Whatever that was, I don't know.

I went to our potluck downstairs. I hadn't planned on it but Pauline called me and told me to come down so I put Princess in Elinor's apartment and went down and had a bowl of vegetable soup that Jim had made and put it in his freezer. His caregiver was helping Jim's family clean out the apartment so she gave the soup to Janie to serve to us. It was very good. Jim was a great cook. We miss him so much.

Princess was very good but she missed Elinor so was glad to see her come back home. E is going in tomorrow for right hand surgery. P will go to her daughter's house and play with their dogs for a few day.

I had a good day today.

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MARY I am so sorry for S's mom! I remember when we had to take care of Tad's mom---she died almost 5 years ago this up-coming Christmas day. She was bedridden for the last 7 months of her life after having her leg amputated from diabetes. It was soooooooo hard!!! to take care of her & when she was finally gone (Christmas Eve day '09) we were so relieed as well as sad. Now, b/c she is no longer around Tad's dad who is 83 is suffering from dementia, as is my dad back in Raleigh. It is so hard to watch my parents get older, too. I will keep S & her family in my daily Rosary as well as my daily prayers.

Did you get your papers done? I am going to do my Winnie the Pooh jigsaw puzzle. It has 1000 pieces so it is quite challenging. But so relaxing!

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I probably misspelled it too, Michele! Like you, I tend to be the Grammar Police, lol! Oh, well, it smells delicious. I have another 2 hours in the crock pot then we'll see. I did get an email from Sarah, my partner. Her mom now has pneumonia and they want her in the hospital. She's had a rough time. She's in her early 80's but has advanced Alzheimer's and Sarah's dad has finally agreed that she needs more care than the assisted living can give. They have hired extra help but she doesn't 'know' these people and fights them all the time. It's so sad. So Sarah is at home with her son, trying to give him some quality time, hoping that she won't get a call to go up to the hospital! The dad is in his mid 80's and driving back and forth from asst. living to the Medical Center several times a day. That worries her, too.

I have talked with my mother and am on my 3rd load of laundry. I will grade a few math papers and call it a day! So glad to have had the weekend with Cherilyn and the girls but I am still tired despite my long night's sleep!

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MARY what a Florence Nightengale you are! So kind! How did the strogenoff turn out? NOw, I KNOW I misspelled that word, & I hate to misspell!

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Doris, I've had several friends lose family member or friends in the last few weeks. It's always hard. Sorry to hear of your friend's death.

Michele ,I'm glad you leg is better today. What a nasty fall! I haven't had the nerve to call since I got back from Mass...if the girls are sleeping I hope Cherilyn is taking a nap, too! She was washing all the bedding and stuffed animals when I left, we changed the sheets on the cribs and on 'my' bed, cleaned up the kitchen and picked up strewn toys. The girls are great about picking them up but they've been so fussy that we let them get a lot of things out just to keep them busy---so there was a lot to put away! They came into the spare bedroom where I was and opened the closet door---and found the 'annoying toys' that Cherilyn had put away, lol: the big noisemakers, the ones with loads of pieces that have to be put back together a certain way, etc. They were yelling "TOYS! TOYS!" and laughing like it was Christmas morning! So we let them make noise and picked everything up before I left. They were rubbing their eyes and lying on the carpet so I'm sure they were headed for a good nap when I left!

I am making beef stroganoff for dinner and will bring my partner some for lunch tomorrow. Her mom has been I nthe hospital with a bad bladder infection. It caused much disorientation and her dad was beside himself. Her brother came for a few hours...then left! Her sister didn't come at all. My poor friend has been worried about her youngest son who has almost had a nervous breakdown with too many huge classes at his college and has dropped out and moved home....then her mom got so sick. Too much to deal with all at once. We had subs a few times this week but on Friday the school secretary had to come in....and it was a tough day for her! I hope all will be well. At least I ;can fix her a nice lunch!

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leg is still sore, but I am doing ok this Monday morning.

DORIS sorry to hear about your loss!

MARY how busy you are! Hope you can find some time to rest! ARe the girls any better?



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Happy Sunday/Monday for MIchele. I came to my daughter's right after school on Friday and am still here! Both girls are teething, fussy, with congestion so an extra pair of arms has been good. They weren't napping and Cherilyn was exhausted. Her husband is hunting and having me come really worked out. They did sleep all night last night! I will go home in a while and go to church, then grocery shop. I will retread and check back.

MIchele, I a, so very sorry to hear of your bike accident. Did anyone come to your rescue? I hope you and the bike will be fine.

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Doris sorry about the family friend

Michele I am so sorry to read that you were hurt. Also it is very difficult without your bike. Do take care

In Phoenix and this is the land of snowbirds for a reason. Just lovely weather. Spent the day chasing after the GS. Then parents left my DH and I with him while they went out to a big event. We all survived, GS is asleep and I am planning to crash soon. The GS sees us enough that he is ok when his parents go out. But he does expect to see them when he wakes up. Me too.

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Oh, wow! I would consider 20's to be winter here. Hope you stay warm!

Michelle, I'm glad you weren't hurt more than you were. How did your DH assess the damage to your bicycle? It would have been nice if the man who hit you could be held responsible for replacing it.

I don't count steps but I'm sure you gals are out-stepping me by a long way! Congrats for all the exercise!

Hope you all have a good Sunday. I have a burial to go to tomorrow afternoon. It is a family I grew up with, and the older brother has passed away. They had a service last week in Dallas and will be bringing his ashes back to where he grew up for burial on the family plot. He was 85 and had lived a full life with only a couple of weeks of illness here at the end. It will be a celebration of his life.

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Michele, you are lucky!!! that you didn't get hurt worse. I hope your DH can repair your bike. If not can you buy a new one? Did you have a doctor check you out?

Brenda great advice on how to take care of Michele's leg. It is going to get in the high 20's here tonight, windy all day. Definitely fall weather.

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Michele,

I hope you are feeling better quickly. Lucky the swelling is going down and that you flew into the bushes. Yes, they did cushion your fall so hopefully no serious injury. Have you been icing your leg? That will help to get the swelling down. You are supposed to ice for twenty minutes a few times a day for the first three days, then switch to heat. Also 20 minutes several times a day the next three days.. Bags of frozen vegetables work really good for an ice pack. They can be re-frozen, no harm done to them.

I hope your DH can repair your bike. It has been 22F all most of the day with a high of 42. The sun is going down now so it will be a cold night. My new throw blanket I bought at Costco the other day keeps me warm and toasty while I sleep.

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BRENDA & MARIELLE how cold it is by you already! Whoa! It doesn't get quite that cold here, tho. it does feel that cold with no heater in our homes. Also the both of you have gotten quite a lot of steps in ! emoticon

I had a small accident with my bike yesterday (saturday) I was pushing it to the grocery store when an elderly man was backing up his car. He rammed into my bike, sending my flying into the bushes. I must've banged my left shin bone on something, it swelled up to the size of a golfball! My bike was barely ridable after that (if "ridable" is even a word?) but I couldnYT walk my leg hurt so much. In all of the confusion I wasn't able to get his license # & report it. Because I had flown into the bushes, I think they saved me from serious injury. I am rather sore this morning (Sunday) but the swelling on my leg is down. Just a lot of bruises now. DH is looking at my bike to see whether or not it is fixable. I absolutey NEED my bke here in ths country---it is my transportation the way one uses a car in the U.S.!

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Marielle,

I could have got my 10,000 step yesterday if I didn't have slow walking people with me. I have done 10,000 a few times by walking up and down the hills and around the neighborhood and it really isn't that hard to do if I put my mind to it. But haven't done it in the last year. L0L

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Brenda, it is not so cold here. It was about 33 last night. We're supposed to have colder nights from now on. It will get into the 20's and very seldom the "teens". You sounded very busy. I have made it over 6000 steps but not to 8000. Awesome!!

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Marielle,

It is somewhere around 20 this morning but my apartment stays 70 with no heat on. I only use my little ceramic heater but never leave it on at night or when I am gone. Our building is well organized.

I got just under 8000 steps yesterday just taking people shopping. Three different trips for me. My legs were very tired by the time Elinor and I got back on my last trip. Before we left I put a whole fryer in the oven and gave my house key to Ruth to check on it for me. It turned out really good, golden brown and falling apart. I made a salad to go with it. My scale was happy with me this morning.

Have a good day. I am staying in today and using the treadmill downstairs.

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It's cold so I have to finally get on my roof and shut my cooler down for the season! I have put it off long enough. We took Charlie and Zelda (DD's dog) into the woods. Charlie loved it--ran and ran and ran.

Michele, hope your English class with the businessmen went well. Hope your dad is doing okay.

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MARIELLE Ok, I will admit it---I didn't KNOW that Az. even had mountains! But that explains why Az. was always warm when I went there! emoticon

I have a busy Sat. 2 businessmen students to teach, then onto the grocery store---the far one---a 40 minl. walk. That way I can get my daily a.m. exercise in!

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Michele, I do live in the mountains about 5,000 feet. It's much colder in Flagstaff-they are at 7,000 ft. They have skiing and winter sports up there. Phoenix is about 1,000 ft and Tucson is 2,000 ft(I think). So yes they are much warmer than we are. We get snow, depending on the year from one to four or five times. It's really hard to say--we've had a warm spell the last several years. An old time resident (who now lives in Missouri) said when he grew up (50's and 60's) it was much colder.

Sunny, I'm pretty sure you're good - Phoenix is in the 70's I think. When I grew up there it used to get cold enough for coats in the winter especially at night but nowadays, it stays warmer at night so you should definitely be fine.

Brenda, I hope things go well for Sam and she gets what she needs and wants from your complex.

Take care everyone. I just spent from 8:30 to 11:30 on my email following up on District issues. Now I go on to trying to complete the agenda for the upcoming meeting..........

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Whoops! I just spelled "buy " using "by" instead of the correct spelling! MARY what do you do with kids who misspell? I do not like to misspell words! I also missed the word "local" when I was typing! Whoops, again! emoticon

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MARY ANN how is that foot? OUCH! Do be careful. When I miscarried my #5 baby back in '99, I also had a general anesthesia. It took me a while to get back on my feet, & I was only 38 at the time!

MARIELLE does Az. really get that cold?! I used to visit my grandparents in Tucson, & it was always hot. Are you near mountains?

BRENDA did you get to safeway? You are such a good friend to Lura & others. How is Sam?

I mangaged to bike ride back & forth to the mall & I found pajamas for DH for Christmas. I forgot to buy more tulip bulbs! How forgetful I am ! That was one of the main reasons I went!
DD just called me & Told me that dad's bike that she had been using, had a broken chain, so she locked it to a pole at the loca 7-11 store. HEr bike was stolen on the day my oldest son, Ben got married last month on the 4th. She asked to borrow my bike in the future & I told here "no" b/c I don't like the way she takes care of some of her own stuff---she's rather rough & careless of her things. She said she didn't care that dad's bike chain was broken b/c it wasn't her bike anyhow. Hmmph!!! I told her she has 3 choices now: !) get dad's bike fixed herself----of which she most likely WILL NOT do since she'd have to spend her own $! 2) walk to her part time job at Aeon (like Walmart,which owns Aeon anyhow) which she starts at 4 a.m. It would be a 25 min. walk in the dark cold. 3) by herself a new bike. She probably won't do that, either, since in about 1 year she won't live here & doesn't want anyone else to use "her stuff" Tad (DH) said let her handle it herself. She is too dependent on others!

Sorry to go on & on. emoticon I am just venting! emoticon

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Pat glad to see your post. Do take care of your knees, it is always difficult when so me part of your body decides to break down

Marielle hope the cold weather is just in the mountains..not bringing any coats on this trip to visit the DD And GS.

I am feeling a lot better lots of energy. But I managed to hit my toe on the door jam and now my foot is swollen. I think I am still a bit unsteady.

Being under anesthesia really takes a while to recover. It has been three weeks and I am still not very strong. The stamina is just not back.

We have such great neighbors who are looking after our house. I don't worry as much

Well I am going to turn in early and be ready for the rest of the drive tomorrow,


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