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MARIELLE again---I am keeingmy fingers crossed for you for this Dr. on Monday!

BONNIE what a treat! You certainly deserved the pedicure! I hope you go to bed early so that you could rest.!

BRENDA what a successful day! Has the wind/rain storm passed yet? Our rain is gone. but it is chilly now, all of the sudden. My English lessons went well today. Now, I am going to go take a shower & watch "Sponge Bob" on tv; he is my 2nd emoticon favorite animated character, next to my beloved "Winnie the Pooh"!

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MARIELLE

I am so sorry that you are feeling depressed. You have had such a difficult time, I can understand some depression dropping down on you. This health business is just added stress.

God Bless and prayers dear. Glad you were able to get another Dr appt.

MARY

Oh my heart is broken that you are not having anything to do on this trip. I am guess there is no pool to even lounge at. Poor dear.

I am liking the suggestion about finding a prince. LOL Seriously I hope you are having a good time at the wedding. Hopefully better than if your sister and her husband were there.

God Bless.

DORIS

Hope the injection is helpful, and the DH's bloodwork shows how to fix his issue.

MARY ANN

I am so excited for you to get to go to Europe. Hope you have enough time to rest before going.

I was in Germany in 1987, and we went on a bus trip to Paris. I loved it all.

Hoping you have just an amazing time.

Thanks so much for your concern about my show., It will work out, stuff always does, just not always the way you think. We will make it work.

Worked with Jean on lines for a couple of hours today. Had a pedicure, and then dinner with Dianna. I am going to try to get to bed early for me any way.

I am going to be off on Sat and Sun. That will be good, because the next two weeks are sure to be very tough.

God Bless my friends have a great weekend.

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We are having a big wind and rain storm coming in tonight so I am hearing there will be a lot of rain tomorrow and lots of winds.Trees on the hill behind our building are blowing around pretty good right now.

Kathy was very happy with the food she got at the food bank this afternoon. It was still busy when we got there so it was about a 15 minute wait for her to get through the lines. She used to live in Olympia and they could get food weekly. That would be so hard to do here. Most of the volunteers here are retired but they get school children to come and help deliver the carts to the cars. The boxes with the canned goods are heavy. I have thought about volunteering but I can't do all the physical labor.

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DORIS YEs! you can have ALL of it!
What a positve, lovely thought for Mary! I do like that one! I do hope your shot, & DH's blood work are all that you need it to be!

Time to teach! emoticon

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Michele, it usually takes several days before I notice the knee improving. DH has to have blood work because of one of his heart meds, but we will know nothing until next week, if even that soon. That office is slow with paper work.

Mary, maybe you'll meet prince charming tonight since there will be no chaperons with you!

Would you please send us some of your rain, Michele. It's still hot and dry here.

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MARY I am so sorry for your situation! That has actually happened to me when visiting dad & mom while in MIchigan. I just had to grin & bear it, & it actually flew by! Hang in there, before you know it, you'll be home again!

SUNNY what part of Europe are going to go to? How exciting! Have a great time while you are there! Tell us all about your adventures when you get back!

DORIS Is the cortisone shot helping? Hope you re better. now. How is DH?

MARIELLE you poor dear! Great at least you could find another dr!

BRENDA you are your usual kind self. It is good that you finally got all of those pants done!

I ti raining here today. I have students to teach at home to, then I have to go to Tokyo to teach DH' s cousins.

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I hope Monday's eye doctor works out, Marielle.

Doris, will the cortisone shot last and help for a while? I hope so.

Brenda, the grrom's parents have come for my kids' weddings so I wanted to come for them! The only other sister going is the one I am traveling with. She and her DH act like they are very old and infirm although they Ren't even 60 yet! Sister has been in bed all day and now says she isn't able to go to the wedding. Ugh. Not good. I hope I can sit with people who will chat with me...it's been a very lonely and expensive 2 days of nothing to do and I have another two and a half to go!!

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Mary, so sorry you've been stuck in the hotel--not fun!

Marielle, I'm glad you can get in so quickly with the new eye doctor.

Bonnie, how is practice progressing?

Brenda, you're always doing something helpful for others where you live. It's good that your health and car allow you to do all these nice things for your friends and neighbors.

I had to go for my cortisone injection in my knee this morning. DH had to go for blood work, so we managed time to meet and eat breakfast at the coffee shop about 8 miles from the house. Then I did the smaller grocery shopping list at HEB. Found some chicken salad and croissants for lunch--mmm!

Mary Ann, it sounds as though you will have plenty of time to do a thorough job of sightseeing in Europe. We took a tour and raced from one thing to another. It was nice they had the big things planned, but I would have liked more time in one place to explore more on our own. Hope you can have a leisurely pace. Is this alone or part of a tour? And which countries? Have fun!!

Michele, I hope the move of your FIL goes smoothly.

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Mary, what a nightmare. I am sorry you are going through this. Myself, I wouldn't have gone in the first place but that is just me. That is a lot of money to spend when you are retired. And is a long time to be where there is nothing to do. It is their day and I hope the sun shines on them. This will certainly be a wedding to remember!

Hang in there, you will soon be back home.

Sam will be here in a lttle while to pick up all the pants, then I am taking Kathy to the food bank because her car is broken down.

Sunny, you are so fortunate to be able to go to Europe. Do you have family there or are you just going for fun?

Marielle,

We were posting at the same time. I am glad you got another doctor and you can see him on Monday. That was very lucky. I see my doctor on Monday and back to the dentist on Tuesday.

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Hi Mary, I am with you, today. The doctor's office called and cancelled--doctor not in today. Don't know why I feel so depressed about it. I talked with them and no way they could get me in today. I had a long conversation and explained my problem and their only option was an optometrist- I can walk in and see one of those anytime. They just give prescriptions for glasses. Called another doctor and got in Monday.



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Good luck with the eye doctor, marielle.

It's another dull day stuck with nothing to do. Now my sister has decided that SHE needs to stay in bed because her colitis is acting up. I had breakfast with other relatives but they all had plans for today so I am stuck doing nothing. Such a huge waste of money to watch tv and read!! I certainly don't need back to back entertainment but my sister and BIL have sort of thrown in the towel and I am stuck in limbo. I'm not about to take a train alone and explore Baltimore...it's 40 minutes away and it was quite a difficult drive to get to this little town. Sorry I am complaining so much but I could just cry. Not what I had hoped for!

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Mary what a nightmare and boring.

Mary Ann, your vacation sounds like a dream come true.

Michele, do you have to move your FIL again?

Bonnie, I'm sad that Barbara is so disappointed. I'm sure once she is healed she will find another fabulous part to play.

I've got to get ready and then off to see the eye doctor.

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I don't know where yesterday's reply went! That happens so often!

Bonnie, I hope the changes in the play will turn out just fine. You are working so hard on that.

MIchele, I know it's hard on everyone to have to find a new place for your FIL and hope that will turn out okay for him and all of you. Too.

Brenda, I used to have my sewing machine set up all the time and I actually used it! You are great to have that ability to help others and to fix what needs fixing. The weather here in Maryland has been so wonderful...breezy like you have been having. Today it's sunny and 59 right now with a high of 80. The wedding tonight is outside so I hope the weather holds out.

I used to have call backs on my mammogram lots of times, Doris. I have fibrocystic breasts with dense tissue, too. I hope your report will be just fine.

How exciting to have that wonderful vacation, Mary Ann! I hope it's all you have wanted. Where in Europe will you be going? Is it a cruise?

Yesterday was terrible, vacation wise. My BIL decided the drive from the airport was so hard to do that h needed to just stay in bed all day. My sister and I took a shuttle from the hotel to the local mall and wondered around for a while. Then we came back to the hotel. They went and had lunch without me.....not nice! And all I did all day was read and watch TV. Such a waste of time and money. The rehearsal dinner was nice and the wedding is tonight. We will see how the rest of the trip goes!

Mary

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The DD and GS leave in two days. Then I have one week to get ready for a month long trip to Europe. We have been planning this trip for 3 years but kept putting it off because of DH health issues. We have decided to go this time. He still has some walking problems but is doing ok.

I will return in October. Everyone have a great rest of the summer

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MARIELLE

Dr's appts are such a pain. And if they are ever on time, it is a miracle.

Good Luck


DORIS

Wishing you well with the mammogram. Before I had my breast reduction, they would have to use between 12 and 13 slides to get to all of the tissue.

That is why my GYN suggested I have the breast reduction. I am so glad i did.

It is a real blessing. Prayers that everything is ok.

MICHELE

Glad you got a nap in.

I am exhausted. Thanks for all of your kind words about the show.

The worst part is that Barbara is so hurt that she can not play the part. She was so looking forward to it.

Jean has actually had to cancel vacation, etc. to do it. it will work out.

God Bless you all

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MARIELLE I did take a nap & feel better!

I also have months like that where all it is is doctor! doctor! doctor! Amazing how we fall apart as we get older! Hope they all go well for you! emoticon

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Good afternoon. Well today's doctor visit was a trip. I reported the esophogeal spasms and the broken wrist. So aside from the mammogram, he ordered another DEXA scan (for osteoporosis). He said that the fracture would change the scan reading. That is scheduled next week. The following week I see the orthopedist (4 week exam-after cast removal) have the mammogram. Tommorrow is the eye doctor. Then the esophagus testing the 3rd week in September. Then I see the doctor again to hear about all the tests. JOY JOY!!!

Doris, I am sorry you have to have the test done again. I'm sure it will all be okay.

Brenda thanks for the cucumber ideas. Yea for finishing all those hems.

Michele, hope your nap helped with the tiredness. That happens to me a lot.

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DORIS I will keepyou in my prayers. Usually it turns out to be nothing, but I'm sure they want to be really careful

BRENDA emoticon for finisihing the pants! What a hard worker, a good seamstress you are! Your dip/ salad dressing sounds like something I will try!

MARIELLE I am hoping your vision is cataracts, too. When do you see your dr next?

I did not sleep well at all last night. I woke up at 11 pm & finally fell back to sleep around 2 a
m. Now, to say I am tired....well that is an understatement! I most likely will take a mid-morning nap!

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I received notice this morning that I will have to go for further mammography. They said the dense tissue in my breast may be keeping them from an accurate picture in yesterday's shots. They have one spot that needs a better look. Hope it's just a false reading. I am waiting now for the time to go in. I know they do follow up shots on TTH and I'd like to get it over ASAP.

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Marielle,

You can grind up the cucumbers, minus the big seeds and mix it with plain yogurt or sour cream, add some chives and you have a dip or a salad dressing. Maybe if you look at all the recipes here you will find more uses for them.

I hope you sight will just turn out to be cataracts. Jen, on the second floor has macular and what she does see forward, everything looks like fireworks falling down and she cannot make out who we are. She does have a little side vision. She is in her late 80's. It doesn't stop her from her gardening. If I see her out there, I will go help her or if she is trying to insert her key in the mailbox, I will tell her up or down or sideways and then she can open it. It does not stop her from taking her walker and going across the street and through their parking lot to go visit the patients at the drug/alcohol hospital next door. They have graduations every Thursday and she goes to every one and gives the graduates a card. They call her Gramma Jen. She has fallen more than once but she will not stay home. There isn't traffic to speak of in her trek next door.

Your cheesy squash dish sounds really good. All I ever do with it is chunk it up, brush butter all over it and bake it. Never thought about a casserole.

If it gets up to 80 today this will be 50 days this year in the 80's. Unheard of here where it is usually in the 70's. We are supposed to get soaking rains on Saturday. I hope the Eastern side gets some of our rain to help put out those fires.

Every time I see/ hear about those two reporters getting killed yesterday, I just cry. It is so sad. Now this morning parts of I-5 near Olympia are closed because of a shooter. Will hear more at the noon news.

I finished the six pair of pants Sam brought me. Yesterday she brought the missing 7th pair plus a pair of her roommates slacks to shorten. I will get them done here shortly so she can pick them all up in the morning. I'll be glad when I can get the fold up table put away and out of my living room.

Have a good day.

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Doris, your outfits sound really nice. I'm pretty casual-I did get some summer muumuu's, remember them from the 60's or 70's, which help me feel cool and comfortable. I have a few long sleeve tops I bought on sale but mostly blues and blacks. I'm due for a mammogram too--the regular dr. will probably write a script for it.

Michele - the eye thing could be cataracks or macular degeneration or god knows what. Hopefully the doctor will be able to diagnose and to help me see better at night. It rained again in the afternoon and evening so everything is wet outside this morning.

Bonnie, I am so sorry about Barbara's broken ankle--those can be a real trial. My DD broke her ankle in Moab, UT a few years ago-the Moab hospital would not treat her, she drove home with a broken ankle. I made her go to the ER. It still bothers her on occasion and is weaker than the other one. She is a mountain biker so keeps the ankle in shape with exercise. I'm sure your play will turn out well and that Jean will do a fine job, even if it is not up to Barbara's performance.

Brenda, I probably would not have taken the whole afghan apart but would have stopped, put it away and left it there, never to touch it again. :-(

Today is doctor appt, going to take a shower and get ready. We get CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) vegetables and I have lots of squash so will probably make a cheesy squash casserole for a second time this week. I like it, it is bland and sooo tasty that it shouldn't hurt my stomach. I have a lot of cucumbers too so if anyone has any ideas other than just cut up raw or make the cucumber "salad" with onions and vinegar let me know.

Have a great Thursday/Friday for Michele!



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Gee, I should really be in bed---it is 11:30 pm on Thursday night here---but I woke up to go to the bathroom & thought to check Have a good Thursday, all! GOod night! emoticon

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Bonnie, what a nasty turn of events--to lose your "Queen". Hope it all works out by the production date.

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BONNIE how awful! I am glad for all ofyou that things are working out anyhow. I can relate---I broke my ankle 3 years ago, just turned it wrong! I was in a cast for 6 weeks!

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What a terrible thing to happen! It's a good thing you are well now.

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Well, girls, I guess i have been bragging too much about my show.

Tonight, we found out that Barbara, the 'Queen" in our show, has broken her ankle. She just turned wrong. I am so heartbroken for her, because she is so sad.

our friend Jean, is going to play the role, and Barbara came tonight and helped her get through the blocking.

Kate, our director, and I are going to be doing extra rehearsal the next three days with Jean

She may have to go onstage holding the script.

it is live theater after all. This shall be interesting. Jean had actually auditioned for the part, and she will be good, but Barbara was going to be amazing.

Suich is life.

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Doris,

Your outfit sounds beautiful. Just the colors I would wear for Fall. I have a whole closet full of clothes and few of them go together like an outfit. Mostly I wear jeans so any top goes with them. I don't go anywhere anymore that requires dressing up.

When I go for a mammogram it doesn't take very long but it seems like forever with the machine flattening everything. Sam calls the pink pancake office.

I am a perfectionist and can't do anything halfway. I almost had an afghan finished and didn't like the crooked sides so I tore the whole thing apart and put the yarn away to make another day. That was six years ago.

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emoticon DORIS You certainly deserved that treat! I bet you look fabulous in your new clothes!

I am going to practice piano before I head out to the rehab hosp for FIL
Rain is expected again tonight but that is ok---at least we don't have 100 temps anymore!

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Mammogram done--check! It only took 20 minutes from when I went in until I was back in the car. YEA! That was so efficient I went shopping and found 2 tops and a pair of pants that match both. Fall colored--lighter shade of brown for the pants and a sweater over a knit top, as well as a brown and cream top. It's always nice to have something new for the new season. So many of the things I saw were really bright prints, but nothing in that really said "take me home". And I found what I bought for 30% off, which helped.

Mary, I hope your plane was on time since you had plenty of waiting time anyway!

Brenda, I used to sew all our clothes for me and both DD, but now I don't like what I make so it's wasteful to buy everything and then not wear what I've spent hours sewing. I do well to get hems in if they're too long. And I'm no longer a tidy sewer--just get it done attitude now.



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MARIELLE is there a possiblility of cataracts? I have had them---had both eyes fixed back 3years ago. I have very bad eyes &do not see well, esp at night.

I am glad that you are feeling better!

How awsome that you stillhave your grandma's sewing machine! Do you use it?

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Michele, guess I'm feeling a little better--stomach is doing ok. I see my primary care doctor tomorrow and will tell him about my eyes (seeing eye doctor) and about the spasming in my esophagus. I see the eye doctor Friday and at least hope for an answer to why my night vision as made such a huge decline in the past two or three months. Hopefully it is fixable as I don't like being limited to when I can go out and feel comfortable driving.

Brenda, I still have my mother's sewing machine. It was made in 1923 and belonged to my dad's mother. I sewed on it when I was a kid. It's at my sister's house and I am still trying to figure out where I can put it.



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BRENDA Yes, I agree----you have a wonderful gift, a talent with all of your sewing!!! You are so kind to others. I do believe that you have a straight path to Heaven one day! I too, am glad that you are feeling better! Is "little Janise" older like the rest of you?

MARIELLE how are you feeling? better I hope? How is the house settling now? Is most everything done yet?

DORIS We have had some rain that also gave us 70's temps but we too, will be back in the 90's by today!

MARY your sister sounds like my DH! We always get to the airport AT LEAST 2 hours early! But there is a lot of traffic in Tokyo to deal with before we get to the airport, so it is really a good idea/ safe for us to get to the airport early & just putz around! I do hope you have a good time!

Today, Thursday, I have to go to the rehab hosp for the last dr/ family conference for FIL; he is due to be released from the hosp by the middle of next month & today we will find out the exact date of his release. Then the ball will be rolling as we move him, by our car---a 2 hour trip----up north to his hometown to the nursing home. I have my leftover Starbuck's coffee from yesterday's cousin-teaching English lesson & I am going to enjoy that now & read my newwspaper.

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Marielle,

I have an old Singer sewing cabinet that I bought for $10 that included a broken sewing machine. I gave the machine to my friend and told her she can repair it and sell it and keep the money. I just wanted the cabinet. My machine doesn't fit inside as far as I know. It just sits on top in my living room in front of the window and is always ready to sew something. No one here but me. Am thinking about moving it to the bedroom but that involves moving a lot of stuff first so it may never get moved.

Thank you for the compliment on my sewing. Yes, I am good at what I do but I pick and choose who I will sew for and I don't do alterations. I may put a zipper in but it depends who it is.

Little Janise came asking me to put a button on her blouse at the top. On further investigation I found that there wasn't a button hole either. It was a new blouse. She did not want it gaping open at her breast. So I put in a button hole and put on a button and didn't charge her. She had the money to pay me in her pocket. She has brain damage from birth and she does a lot of little things around the building so I don't mind helping her.

Jeanette got rid of her bed and made her bedroom a sewing room and bought a futon and sleeps in her living room. I wouldn't go that far. We have to make do with the room we have and i seldom have company. She recently had three people stay overnight. One on the floor in the sewing room, the other on the floor beside her futon on blow up mattresses and one guy from India slept on a quilt on the kitchen floor. His preference. She had wall to wall people. Her little dog, Teddy, didn't know what to do with all those people he didn't know. Our apartments are 550 sq ft. Crowded to say the least.

See, here I am procrastinating and I need to be sewing so best get at it. Have a good day.

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Mary, wow-2 1/2 hours early - ya think you'll get on the plane on time (LOL).

It was beautifully cool last night--needed a light cover - I love the open window.

Brenda, what a good seamstress you are. I really get lazy and have no place to set up my machine. Probably need to reevaluate my room and get rid of stuff.

Michele, have a great day-you deserve it. emoticon

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At the airport 2.5 hours early!!!!

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Glad you're feeling better, Brenda. We wish our weather would cool down too. Yesterday we got a little shower that kept it in the 70's but today is supposed to be near 100 again.

Hope you have fun, Mary!

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Michele,

The pants I am working on are the original 7 pair order. I didn't get them when Sam was going to bring them because she hadn't received them yet. Sam comes here to clean for Lura every Friday morning so she brings them to me and picks them up. It saves me from picking them up and delivering them. So she brings things to me one week and picks them up the next week.

It is 40 degrees this morning. It feels so good. We set a record for 80 degree weather but I forgot how many days it is. I am sure they will tell us again. We are not used to those temperatures and no rain.

Have a good day. Feeling better but not 100% yet. Working on it.

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Just stopping by to say goodbye. My sister wants to leave earlier than planned. I will check in if I can!

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thank you all for the good suggestions DH&I Have always shown love to him, not been parital, but I guess yes, I will again emphasize that!

DORIS good luck with that mammogram. I hope it goes well for you!

BRENDA you suddenly seem to have a lot of work! That is great. I hopeyou don't overtire your eyes, however.

BONNIE you poor dear, losing your post! That happened to me last week!

Off to grocery shopping!

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Doris,

I am still working on the pants. Three pair are finished, another one should be but had trouble with the hem puckering so will have to open up the bottom of one of the side seams to ease the part in that I turned up. That happens sometimes. They are dark brown so I need daylight to see to pull out the stitches. I turned on all my lights and lamps. I even have an Ott lamp that is very bright for close work. Sam isn't picking them up until Friday morning. Tomorrow she is bringing the other pair that the lady misplaced when she was bagging them up.

I'm glad you enjoyed your birthday.

Bonnie,

Sorry to hear you lost another post. We will try to imagine things that go on in your area.

My stomach didn't cramp up after I ate my dinner so I must be getting better. I sure hope so.

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Thanks for the birthday wishes.

Hugs to you, Michele, and hang in there. The others have already offered good suggestions.

Mary, hope you can hang loose and enjoy your trip.

Marielle, sorry your day was so fowled up. Maybe tomorrow will be better!

Brenda, did you get the pants finished? Hope so.

Bonnie, it's good that your play is going well. Days like today can be sad when it's a birthday or first holiday without your loved one. That's the down side of loving someone!

My day was spent doing laundry and ironing, and then resting from that job! Tomorrow I have to go for a mammogram that I'm overdue for. Then I will probably treat myself to a little shopping.

Good night! emoticon

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I am so very aggravated.

I came back to wish Mary a lovely trip, and then went into an explanation of all of the community theater and other entertainment etc that is available in Toledo. People are not aware of what we have available.

HIT THE WRONG KEY AND LOST IT ALL!

Well, another time.

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Happy Birthday to DORIS and Michele's mom.

I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but today would have been my brother Gary's 64th birthday. i have been pretty emotional all day. This too shall pass.

MICHELE

Maybe you could just write a comment on your son's FB page, saying that you love and support him, and you are sorry for whatever pain you have caused him over the years. Something like Marielle said.

Just a thought

We had a good rehearsal tonight, and I am feeling much better.

MARIELLE

Hope you are getting a rest from your crazy day. Geeeez.

Wishing you all a wonderful Weds

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I'm rushing around after procrastinating on packing. Now my sister wants to leave an hour earlier that we'd planned so I don't want to be messed up tomorrow morning. I will get as much finished tonight and put the final touches on early tomorrow, then out the door to the airport!

Brenda and Marielle, I hope you both will be over your stomach upsets soon. It's not fun at all.
What a day you had, Marielle, with all the changes of plans. Way too much for one day, but i hope that will all work out. too.

Brenda, you are so nice to get the pants worked on in your small space. I hope that will go well.

Michele, I am so very sorry that now your son is heaping more guilt on you. Not fair at all. The others have given you good advice. Ignore his FB rants. Only his friends will give him sympathy, which is what he wants. You are 'being used' and unfortunately, kids do that way too often. You have done your best. Case closed. When he says those things to you just tell him you love him no matter what and you're sorry he 'remembers' hurts that you didn't cause. You can't make him see things differently unless he wants to and right now, he is searching...hugs to you.

Gotta run!

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Dear Michele, I am sorry that MS believes he wasn't accepted as a child and that he now feels he needs to share his pain on facebook. Just love him, let him know you love and accept him. Often perceptions are so different between children and their parents. Just remind him that his sexual orientation is not important to you, that you love him for who he is and will always love him. You are a great parent and will come through your own pain at his public remarks about his perceptions of his family. My DD still thinks that we don't do enough for her because she is disabled, no matter how much I feel I do for her.

Brenda, glad you are doing better--I am still having esophogeal spasming--but see my regular doctor Thursday so will find out what is going on. My stomach is doing better. You are eating right and if it is some bug it will run its course. My GS's are sick-sore throat, stomach ache-so it is definitely going around.

Happy Belated Birthday to Doris and Michele's mom. emoticon emoticon

Today has not gone at all the way I expected it to. First I fed Pugsley so couldn't take him to vet for teeth cleaning and had to reschedule. Then I couldn't make my eye doctor appointment because police had the road blocked off because of a 6 car fatal accident. I called them and they said go home because no one could get in to their office. Then after driving back home the 2nd time, I spoke with the contractor & he made a mistake on the payment amt and wanted to come over to clear it all up. Then the Directv guy called and wanted to come early because he was in the area so he came at the same time the contractor guy did. I made a Friday appt for the eye doctor--hope that goes as planned. Pugsley scheduled for teeth cleaning September 9th. All worked out. It was good practice to pay attention to my frustration at the events and how I used to would have responded to the chaos. I feel so bad for the folks in the accident--guess a couple of cars were drag racing down Willow Creek Road.

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Michele, I know you know that Sometimes we all need a little reminding. Have a great day.

I am feeling some better right now, the cramping has subsided for now. I ate one slice of toast and Skippy Honey Crunch peanut butter and a banana and that seemed to help.

Last night I boned the rest of the baked chicken and chopped it up and put a can of cream of mushroom soup and some frozen peas and carrots on top and heated it up. Then tore two pieces of toast up and put that mixture over the top. It was kind of like a chicken pot pie. It would have been better over biscuits but didn't want to mix any up.Also a tub of Activia yogurt and later a small custard dish of vanilla bean ice cream and that seemed to agree with me. There is enough for a couple more meals.

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BRENDDA emoticon !!! emoticon !! DEAR FRIEND!!!

I already know that, it has just been bothering me! emoticon emoticon emoticon back toyou, too!!!!! emoticon

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Oh Michele, do not pay any attention to what your son says on FB. My oldest son tole me it is my fault he became an alcoholic. I don't pay any attention to what my children say because they don't know what they are talking about and don't really know me anyway.

What they say is their perception because whatever they do they have to blame it on the parents. Remember that old song, "You always hurt the one you love, the one you shouldn't hurt at all"........................ You know deep down you are a good person and we all know that too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Being a parent is all trial and error. They will find that out when or if they ever have any. I had no clue about parenting when I was growing up. My mother was not a good role model and I never had a father figure either. So just ignore the talk and go on your way.

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thank you for telling me that about the pants! Dickees are a really good, sturdy pants & I was actually going to try to alter them myself, & I don't even have a sewing machinel. Now I know NOT TO do it!! It is good that you are feeling better! whatever "bug" has you is passing on! Whew"

MARY that is a great attitude! It will make whatever comes your way much more manageble & enjoyable! Do have a good time!

I am a little upset today: my middle son has declared that he is now Gay, which is neither here nor there for me. I don't care about that at all. But on facebook he went on to say that I used to call some of the stuff he does "feminine" when he was small Totally NOT true. And that his older brohter has always teased him when he was younger for being "girlish" & now, his older brother does not understand him. HE (middle son) will "forgive" alll of us for not understanding him. None of what MS has said is true. But what IS true is that he seems to be pulling AWAY from our family claiming that no one undestands him. It is bad enough that he feesl this way, but he put it all over facebook! How I am beginning to dislike all of this technology !!

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Doris,

A belated emoticon . I turned 73 April 2nd. A few of us went out to lunch instead of dinner. We had Chinese food. I did find several Bday cards on my door, which was very nice.

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Yes, what a great adventure you will have Mary. Just relax and enjoy whatever comes your way. This is a once in a lifetime event.

Michele, don't even think about trying to alter the legs of pants. You can't just take the sides in because it just wrecks how they fit. They need to be taken all apart and re-cut and put back together again. However, I have taken some of the flare out of flare pants because that is a simple thing. Just start at the knee and just sew a straight seam and that will make them straight. Then cut off the excess and iron the seam open. Half of sewing is ironing.

You can check out About (dot com) and learn how to alter pants but that is more trouble than it is worth. I can't write the site address like it should be or SP will probably delete my post.

I am feeling some better today. Not so much cramping and slept better last night. It is "only" going to be 80 today, then it will cool down by the weekend and it will rain. We need all we can get right now.

The fires in Eastern WA will burn for quite some time. In the meantime. I wonder where all those people go who lost everything? Many civilians have been trained and are joining the firefighters. A few areas the people have been fighting the fires on their own because
there just aren't enough firemen to go around. New crews from Australia and New Zealand have now arrived and joined them to help.

I didn't get very far on the pants yesterday so will get back to them today. My living room is very crowded with my extra table up in the middle of the floor. Trying to go downstairs and using the tables down there does not work because people come in and sit down and watch me or want to talk. Very nerve wracking.

Bonnie, I don't intend to go to the doctor. All she will tell me is to eat bland foods and drink a lot of water and probably take Immodium. That does help with the cramping but I don't like taking it everyday. Usually one in the morning will help some.

Try to stay well, everyone.


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Happy belated birthday to Doris and Michele's mom! I hope it will be a wonderful year for both of you.

Bonnie, this is a community theater in your town, right? There used to be one very close to me and I've been to a couple of their productions. I need to investigate to see if they are still around. That area has expanded with loads of upscale shops and they may have moved somewhere else. It does sound like it takes a lot of time and effort but that they appreciate all you do!

I had a wonderful massage and pedicure yesterday, courtesy of one of my sons. Today I get a manicure and a haircut...and pick up my new glasses. I will finish packing this morning after I finish up the laundry. My sister and her husband are coming here later in the afternoon and we leave early tomorrow morning. I'm just not going to worry about how things go for the wedding. It will be Mary's Big Adventure!!

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DORIS emoticon emoticon emoticon You have the same birthdate as my mom---she turned 83 today! (or yesterday for me)

BONNIE I am glad you gave those details about your theater participation! I am always interested in getting to know more about what you do!
I do hope you feel better soon!

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Brenda and Bonnie, so sorry you're still feeling poorly.

Today was my 73rd birthday. It was a low key day--just went to do HH responsibilities this morning, goofed off the afternoon to rest up, went for pizza tonight, and talked to our DDs.

Bonnie, I'm glad you gave us some details about what you're doing with the theater. Very interesting!

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I seems there are just so many crappy viruses around. I truly don't understand what is wrong with me except, I am just not right. My friend from the play that we are working on, Barbara, did not come to rehearsal tonight. i did go, but just long enough to get the door open, the lights on, the air conditioning turned down, and to visit for a few. Everything was under control, so I left.

Next week, Susan, the stage manager, will be on vacation. I will be in charge then because I am the assistant stage manager for this show. After that, it will be tech week, the time when they put the sound, lights, props, set pieces, etc into the production. I do not like to do that, that is why I generally just assist, but Susan will do a good job so no problem. There really is no need for me by then, so unless something comes up that I am needed for, I will not go. Of course, I will go to the invited dress rehearsal on the 10th, and then opening night on the 11th. I am getting excited to see it be a show.

I think I have created some confusion as to what I am doing at the theater. I am working on the current show, as stated above.

But, I am on the play reading committee for the 2016-2017 season. We will read plays, a lot of plays, come to a consensus among those of us on the committee and then present 10 shows to be considered for the mainstage productions in that season, and 6 plays for a series that we do called The Village, after dark, to the board of directors, in the spring.

It is a long process, but it is very enjoyable, and we were all talking yesterday how much we like working with each other. So it is nice. This will go on all winter long.

The board will decide on 5 shows for mainstage, and 3 shows for After Dark. The after dark series are shows that for one reason or another we feel are not suitable for the main season.

They may be more dark in content, or more racy, a show that our stage cannot accommodate for a full production, etc. We have a very small stage.

I am sure that we have already read about 30 plays, at least.

I may work on another show for this season, doing something, but have not decided yet

MARY

i hope your wedding turns out to be so much better than you think, and that you can enjoy the swimming pool and the relaxation away from home. There is nothing there you can do except relax.

BRENDA and MARIELLE

I hope you both feel better soon too.

Well, I wrote too long about the theater, and i am done now.

If I am not feeling better in a couple more days, I will call the doctor, I guess. Although Barbara has been sick longer than I have, so who knows?

God Bless all

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BRENDA that is great about the sewing! I was going to buy a great pair of "Dickees" pants yesterday, but the legs were just too wide, almost like culots, & I didn'T know how to take them in on the sides, so I didn't buy them I wish I could do what you are doing!

MARY I was like that back in Feb. I brought a lot of books & puzzles (I love to do word searches) with me. It helped to pass the time. Plus I took a lot of walks.

MARY ANN your GS does sound wonderful! It is so good that he has such a good disposition!

MARIELLE Glad you are feeling a bit better. Is your weather cooling off at all?

I am going to clean the blinds & behind the piano---there are probably tons of dust bunnies back there today I think we are going have rain, & then Brenda, I may be sending it on to you. Darn! I must get a new keyboard!!!! emoticon

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Brenda, maybe I will meet 'an old duff' and move to Maryland, lol! It will be an interesting time, for sure. I don't know why the bride picked this place. She was looking for something different and I think she found it, lol! They do corporate events, weddings, etc. The hotel is in Hunt Valley, MD, about 45 minutes from Baltimore. I don't know how big or small but apparently there are 2 hotels: Embassy Suites where the wedding party is staying and the Marriott. Nothing else but the mall and movie! I think my sister figured that you just walk out of hte hotel and can go 'do things' even though Sister #2 told her repeatedly that it isn't like that. You can't tell Sister #3 anything...she's a know-it-all. Oh, well, I am just along for the ride and it will give me a lot of juicy stuff to tell y'all when I get back, lol!

MaryAnn, I hope the rest of the visit will go well for your daughter and GS. Just being 'at the beach' makes me smile so that would be something I would enjoy no matter what my age! I hope his sleep patterns improve. Your poor daughter, if he wakes up a lot at night!

I went to the new teacher interview with both directors of the Mother's Day Out this morning. Right before I left, my former teaching partner called me.....they couldn't find my Math Calendar on my computer at school! Thank goodness my church is only 5 minutes away so I went straight to the school and tried to help out. There wasn't an email program set up, the MACs were all configured differently than last year, etc. None of the programs were where they should be, etc. I tried but wasn't able to help. It was funny to see the reaction of teachers to me being there! It wasn't what I expected to do on my very first day 'off' but I was glad I tried to help.

Then I went to get a massage and a pedicure with a gift certificate from my California son and his wife from Christmas. It was sooo wonderful. With the exception of the terrible stock market mess and my retirement security, it was a great day!



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Wow, Mary, it sounds like you are behind a rock and a hard spot. How big is that town? Maybe you can hang out at the mall and do a lot of walking around the town. Go to the bars and restaurants and talk to the old duffs and find out the town's history. emoticon What an adventure!

Are you going to have your own room at the hotel? I don't like staying with people. The rehearsal and the wedding sound like a lot of fun. Those extra days do sound like a little too much unless this wedding trip is supposed to be a vacation. It will definitely be a trip to remember.

I will be working on the pants today. I don't know why I thought I could get them done in two days. Actually there is no rush to finish them. It took long enough to get the measurements and the lady to get them to Sam to bring to me.

No rain in sight until the weekend I guess. They are saying it is going to cool off the next few days. I hope they get some on the other side of the the state where they need it more than we do.

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Good morning all,

Mary Ann, your GS sounds like a very sweet child. Glad you are enjoying him and his visit with his mom. It has been hot here too. The clouds and off & on rain gave us some respite yesterday. Today who knows!

Mary-the whole thing about the wedding, etc. seems interesting but strange that they would choose a place so isolated.

Michele, it's very interesting that you speak English in your home. What a great thing! Just like hispanics speaking Spanish or anyone from a foreign country speaking their language and keeping their traditions.

Brenda, I agree that raw veggies and fruits, except for bananas, aren't so good when your stomach is upset.

Off to clean the kitchen and maybe go to friend's house this afternoon. Have a good day all.


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Everyone is still asleep so the house is quiet. The 3 1/2 year old little boy loves being with us so he is cheerful most of the time. I think he just gets scared when he wakes up at night. Bonnie it sounds like a regular childhood problem. But he is having a great time at the beach and running around the parks near the harbor. But he does mention going home

Sorry that you are not feeling well Brenda, Bonnie and marielle.

Well I hear the little one coming up the stairs

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Today is the first time in 30 years on the first day of school that I haven't joined in! I slept well and am enjoying being at home. Ah, retirement! I do have a new teacher meeting at my church for the Mother's Day Out program.

As for the wedding, it's at a farm that's used for special occasions. The wedding will be in a barn! My Illinois sister and her husband are driving because they don't live anywhere near there. The Texas sister, her husband, and I are flying and driving to the hotel. It's an hour drive to get there from the airport and there will be a bus shuttle for the wedding party to get from the hotel to the venue for the rehearsal and the wedding...such a mess. There is nothing around in the town where the hotel is but a mall and cinema. In order to do anything 'fun' you have to drive an hour or two. My brother in law isn't one for that and my sister is already proclaiming everything that we might do 'too expensive' so I'm just stuck. If I go home early I would have to get myself back to Baltimore on my own....then I wouldn't have transportation back to my house from the airport. It will just have to be whatever it is. I won't get myself into this position again. I'm not looking forward to it but don't really have an alternative! I will bring my swimsuit for the pool and will have my iPad for reading and games. Survival!

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HI girls. I too, love geneaology!

MARIELLE I hope you're feeling better! It sounds like you've some kind of virus It seems that a lot of people get sick at the end of August. I know my DD does. Do you have other things to do to occupy your time since you haven'T TV?

DORIS Hooray! for the new people at HH! I bet you are all relieved! Hope they settle in for you real quick. As for the English----we only speak English at home. Absolutely NO japanese. It is not good for my japanese, but if we had spoken japanese in our home over the years, my kids would not have become bilingual I used to have them do "english homework" every day from the time they were about 2 years old until they hit jr. high school. THere were no "days off" from the homework & now all 3 of my kids can read, write & speak very well. Even DH & I if we argue (which we rarely do anymore) we do it in English!

MARY have a good time when you leave on Wednesday! Yes, you will have to grin & bear it as far as the extra days. I also had planned extra days back in Feb. when I was gong to go visit dad & mom, & then it turned out that dad died. WEll, we had about 5 extra days, & DH was grumpy b/c there wasn't enought to do! We managed ok, tho.

BONNIE I do hope you feel better soon!

I am off to the grocery store now. Lessons are done for today.

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Marielle,

I have been stomach cramps for a good two weeks,some days worse than other's. They seem to have gone away for tonight. I just had a baked potato and a tub of blueberry yogurt for dinner. I think I need to eat more bland foods and less salads for a while. Whatever is causing this, I wish it would hurry up and run its course.

I like to do genealogy in the winter time.

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Michele, the roast, potatoes and carrots were so tasty. I had been craving it for a while.

Mary Ann, hope all is well with you. I think it is hard really to get to know people. Everyone is always so busy.

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Mary from all the tales of relatives we are Scottish, English, Irish, German, Welsh, French and Native American. So we'll see. I found the French, Scottish, Irish, etc. but got stuck a little on my dad's background--apparently his grandparents/or greatgranparents came from Germany and Wales so haven't gone over to Europe yet and have yet to find the Native American. I've gotten a couple of emails from a young man on my mother's side--her brother's daughter's daughter's son(?) or grandson.

Doris, so happy you got your perfect couple for HH.

Brenda, I am going without TV now. It is okay but I am missing the season finales of the shows I watch. I am real up and down about the TV. I assume in the future, young people won't have them because they will stream everything over the internet.

Bonnie, hope you are getting better.I am not feeling too good today. Stomach cramps again, bad back pain and a strange thing with my esophagus--feels like it cramps up and then the pain travels down the back. I'm sure I'll get over it.





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We now have a new director for HH! We are so happy to have someone that we really feel will do a great job. Our reception for the other directors was a success. There was a good turnout and they were so surprised by the money tree.

Mary, will you be staying in a hotel or at your sister's? A hotel could really add to your expenses for the extra days. But try to enjoy your time there. It will mean a lot to her that you came.

Brenda, I hope the smoke blows out soon. A big rain would really help.

Marielle, I can't afford to get started with genealogy. I'm bad about getting totally involved with projects and not doing what I need to do. One of my aunts did a lot of research on my mother's family and gave me a copy, but I've never read it. My sister did some work on my dad's family. We are supposed to have some Indian blood on my dad's mother's side, but my sister hit a roadblock in trying to trace it.

Michele, you really stay busy with those English lessons! At least it gives you a chance to practice English every day. Does Tad speak English or Japanese at home?

Sunny, I'm glad your GS is settling in. How old is he now?

Bonnie, I hope you get your energy back soon.

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Mary,

If that was me I would just come home after a couple days. Doesn't sound like much fun except for the wedding itself.

I guess you will just have to grin and bear it. emoticon

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There's no train that would go from Houston to Maryland that I'm aware of. We are flying. The middle sister and her husband are coming to Houston late Tuesday and we go to the airport early Wednesday morning. She made reservations for more days than necessary. The sister whose son is getting married told the middle sister that there is nothing around to do...it's an hour from Baltimore and anywhere to sight see would be at least an hour or more away but this sister thinks she knows better than anyone else. She booked us air fare for Wednesday and we don't come home until Monday---for a Friday wedding! it's costing me so much to do this but the sister whose son is getting married has come to all my own kids' weddings and I want to be there for her. Still, we could have come on Thursday and left on Saturday with everyone else.

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Mary,

It is good to hear from you. I just thought you were gone was the reason you haven't been posting...

I have gone without TV before and it is really no big deal. I do have my Kindle Fire and I can watch movies on that and get the news on my laptop plus I have radios. If I really want to watch something there is a huge TV downstairs in the library.

The last place I lived I ended up having to cancel my Comcast TV because they raised my rent. Then the last time they raised it I had to move here. I adjust easily. I have a lot of books I can read. No biggie.

I guess a lot of this smoke is supposed to blow to the ocean tonight but the fires are still burning. I have had my windows closed all day and have not gone outside. They showed Seattle a little while ago on the news and the smoke there is so thick you can barely see across the Bay in the downtown area.

I started working on the pants again this afternoon. There are only six pair instead of 7. Someone doesn't know how to count because Sam said there were 7. Oh well, maybe they will pay me for the extra pair as a tip. I doubt it emoticon The guy must have bought them at a thrift store. He should have washed them but you know most single guys, they don't think or maybe they don't care.

Have you got your bags packed for your trip to the wedding? Are you driving? I don't know how far you have to travel. Many here take the train because it is much cheaper than driving their car when they go visit family.



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Hi, friends! Three days with no SP notices and I had been responding a lot...I never know why I get 'dropped' from the emails! I am enjoying my very first Sunday-Before-School-Starts....and I don't have that tremendous upset stomach feeling that always comes the night before!!! First time in 30 years and it feels so good! On the other hand, I do have to go up to my church to meet the new teachers for the Mother's Day Out position at 9:30. Even so, I will be able to sleep in and enjoy the Today Show with a cup of coffee! Then I have a massage and pedicure with a gift card that my son gave me for Christmas and my birthday.

Marielle, one of my brothers in law, who is recently retired, has really jumped on the band wagon for Ancestry.com. He finds all kinds of things about our family. I know that for the most part, I am Irish, French, and German. My husband's side is Irish, English, and as my father in law said, East Texas Redneck! I hope you enjoy finding out new and interesting things.

Michele, I wish you could have nice, hot coffee each morning. I love going out for breakfast, too. How nice that you have a Sunday morning routine.

Bonnie, I hope you start feeling better. Knowing that the plays are now organized must be a big load off your mind. I hope you will enjoy the whole season.

Brenda, I'm so sorry every time I see the news about the fires. It's such a shame. With the better temps, it's a sad thing that you can't open your windows to enjoy the weather, too. One of my friends is Ukranian and there is a big population in Houston They were in Canada before she was born and her Ukranian husband is from Australia! So interesing! I hope Leo and his wife can assimilate. You are so resilient. I hope the sewing and other things you do for people will help ease your finances rather than getting rid of the tv. I have mine on all the time. I love to read and do crafts, but I need that background noise, HGTV, and Law and Order reruns....and the Blacklist, lol!!

I hope the HH reception was good for everyone, Doris. Wow, that was quite a drive and relocation for your GD. I hope it will be a good move for her.

MaryAnn, Chris and Ashley were in your neighborhood this weekend, visiting John and Cathy. I still think it's just fabulous that in all the areas I could have 'in laws' by marriage, it's YOUR neighborhood where they live! I just love that connection. I hope the family will continue to adjust and enjoy their time with you.

Welcome Dee. We have a great supportive group. Some of us are still struggling with trying to lose---again! Other's are maintaining and doing very well. We give and take and love each other!

I went to water aerobics yesterday and today, did the treadmill on Friday, and will most likely do water aerobics tomorrow night and Tuesday. I leave for a Maryland family wedding on Wednesday and won't be back until late next Monday.

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MARY ANN

Glad your GS is getting used to being there. Children can sometimes be unsettled if they are in a different place.

My almost 12 year old great niece came to spend the night a month or so ago, and she had to wake me about 1 or 2am to take her home She just couldn't sleep. I was ok with it. She tried. I would not have wanted here to lay awake all night so as not to disturb me. She likes to sleep in her own bed.

MARIELLE

I am excited for your Gs's adventure. Hope he is having a great time.

I am interested that you are related to LaMar's. My cousin is married to a LeMar. Don't remember hearing that name before I knew Mark.

oh girls, I just wound down. I had something to say to you all, and i just ran out of steam. I need to eat something, but am not hungry. I have not had enough protein today.

God Bless all See you tomorrow

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Hi I have been reading posts but not much time to write. Brenda I have visited some of those little towns and really feel bad for the people. It is such a lovely agricultural area. There are lots of fires in north California
The weather has been very warm here but not any where close to Phoenix temps
Marielle it sounds like the house is coming along. Living through remodeling is very stressful

Michele.
You have been busy with your teaching. I love going out for breakfast. Your choices are very different
Dede. I hope that the new couple work out

We went to a party at a house which is two streets over. I didn't know anyone except the host. It is amazing how few people we know who are not on our street. The other wAy I know people is through walking the dog.
The DD and GS are here for another week. We are all finally settling in and the GS is calming down a bit. I think being in a new place really made him anxious. They hadn't been here for a while

We shaping out for an afternoon adventure to let the GS run. Helps him to sleep at night.

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MARIELLE So how was your roast? I haven't had one of those in a long, long time!

THe ancestry.com fee sounds like the cell phone charges over here---one's contract is automatically renewed unless one lets them know by the expiration date. I didn'T know that for a while. That also happened tomy National Geographic subscription---I thouught it was just for 1 year only, but I had been getting the magazines for a few years now. I finally contacted them & found out! Well I no longer get it. It was just getting to be too expensive!

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Yes Ancestry has a fourteen day trial for free but you have to put your credit card in and they charge you if you don't contact them before the 14th day. It is $19.99 per month or if you want worldwide, I think it is $35 a month. It is very intriging--hours go by and you don't know it. I almost forgot to put on the roast--I put it in the crockpot and hope it turns out okay.

Michele, I hope you find some clothes that fit you. I hate going and trying things on and so I went on line and have bought some things that way.

Welcome Dee-- emoticon

Brenda, your family history sounds interesting. My GGF said that there was native American on my GGM's side but I haven't found it yet--I have to pry more. I am going to do the DNA which should tell for sure.

Take care all. It is Sunday afternoon so the rest days will be over soon.




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BRENDA I hope you are having a good smoke-free Sunday!

I am going to read my newspaper, then I have 2 children studnets to teach today---1 at 8 a.m. & the other at 9 a.m. I may go to the used clothes store here called "Book-Off" to see if there are any summer sales. I usually can't find clothes, although now & then I am lucky---in this "Land of the Little People"! emoticon

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Welcome Mamadee,

Ancestry is somewhere around $90 to join for six months but they may give you a free trial period depending on what specials they have going on at the time.

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emoticon DEE I don't remember seeing you here before. This is a great group of gals.... post more often & we will get to know you!

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Wow. I would also like to try that. I had gone on Ellisisland.com and found the ship manifests for my paternal great grandfather (from Austria, I thought it was Poland) and my maternal great grandmother (Dublin Ireland). I think it would be fun. I have pictures of them, and had my parents write names on the backs, so I wouldn't forget.

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MARIELLE Now that you are doing that, I think that I am going to try it, too! I have always wanted to do that. I do know that I have relatives in Italy. I have also always wanted to go to new Foundland I may just go there yet.

My great aunt & uncle are French Canadian, from Quebec. Their grandparents came over to Canada during the potato famine in Ireland

IT is going to rain today b/c of a typhoon near us I will try to get my walk in early before it does!

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Marielle,

Ancestry is great fun. My dad's side is very interesting. My grandmother is a direct descendant of Pocohantas but I don't know how much Shoshone I have in me. My oldest son has been trying to get a girl from the Puyallup tribe to help him find out about tribal rights. He thinks he can get some money. He will be lucky if he can get a tiny patch of land somewhere. A lady in Florida contacted me and said my grandmother was her mother's aunt and she sent me a lot of information about them and a few pictures.

Another woman contacted me and said my dad was her's also. I kept in touch with her for about 10 years and then she disappeared. Her daughter sent me a message on FB recently and said Alex died last month and asked me if I thought I she really was my half sister. I told her I really don't know. None of my aunts or cousins knew anything about her.

The story goes that Alex's mom was grandpa's housekeeper and she went to him and said my dad was the father of her baby. Well, grandpa, being a preacher in the Church of Christ, put her out and she went to the Unwed Mother's home in Nashville and Alex was born there and lived there until she was 3 and then was adopted and moved to California.

I printed out all our emails over the years and she was quite a character. I finally saw a picture of her on my FB and we do resemble each other I think. It is a video of her dancing in the kitchen with her GS. Little bitty lady, shorter than me. She was born Sept 5, '39 in Nashville, I was born April 2, '42 in Lebanon, TN, twenty miles away. He was not married to my mom when all this supposedly happened. It is a mystery that will never be solved unless I really wanted to get creative and do DNA testing on myself and her daughter. But it really isn't that important.

So have fun with your search on Ancestry.One of these days I will go back on it and trace my mom's side now that I found her birth certificate in a box of old pictures I have been toting around most of my life.

I hope your son doesn't come home with one of those Newfoundland dogs. That sounds like quite an adventure for him.

I forgot to tell you. Yes, Leo is very stubborn and his wife acts like she is afraid of him. She will bring out some pictures to show us but if he comes down the hall she grabs them and hides them under her blouse and hurries home. They are from the Ukraine and I don't know why they moved into our place where no one can really speak to them. They should have moved to Spokane where there is a community of their people. They do have a translator who comes to help them and go shopping with them. I need to get her phone number in case of an emergency. Management is seldom here when we need them. She is very nice and I think she is very lonely. They do have some family here.

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Good morning everyone.

Michele, My GS, Michael went to Canada (Newfoundland) on July 26 to visit a girl he met and has been conversing with on line. He will come back September 2. I'm sure he has had quite an adventure. Newfoundland is a large island on the east coast of Canada--very far from Arizona. Sounds like you and DH had a very nice Sunday morning.

Bonnie, it sounds very interesting and fun to be in your play reading committee. I hope you continue to feel better.

Brenda, Leo sounds very stubborn. Hopefully he will get his car fixed. You are a very good friend and neighbor to all in your complex.

Doris, your party for the couple sounds fun. I love all kinds of fruit--it is so clean and sweet and fresh tasting.

Well-I decided to go on Ancestry.com to trace my lineage. I've been wanting to do it for about 10 years and finally decided to take the plunge. My great-grandfather used to tell us about our heritage and I just really wanted to check it out. I have traced two lines back to Europe (all done last night - it can be addictive). The Stewarts came over from Scottland in about 1774 and the Lamar's came from France in 1650. I'll probably work on all the lines that I can on my mom's side and then go to my dad's. I think it is fun to see where you come from. I had a friend who was adopted and she did the DNA test to find the areas her family came from. It was important to her to find out her lineage. For me it is kind of about verifying all the stories I heard as a kid like "you're related to this one or that one in history". Plus I wanted to find the pirate (haven't done so yet) my GGF told us about but he stopped tracing when he got that far. We'll see what I find. So far the families lived in Maryland, Kentucky and Texas mostly. One moved from the US after he imigrated here to Jamaica where he passed away.

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Michele,

My little air purifier only cost me about $25 new. It's a Honeywell. I bought it a couple years ago when the fires were raging in Eastern Washington and it was really bothering me.. The winds today will be northeasterly so the smoke is supposed to dissipate. I don't know where it will go. We are down in the valley so we are pretty socked in. It looks like a blanket of air. I couldn't open my windows last night so sleeping was sporadic. The just said our air quality is very unhealthy for everyone and people should stay inside. My throat does feel a little scratchy this morning. I don't know how the smokers can sit out there and smoke. Liz coughs and hacks and sounds terrible but she goes out there and puffs away. If they smoke in their apartments they will be evicted.

Have a good day or night or whatever time it is in your area.

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