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BRENDA I ended up NOT going to Dr. Koyama, as he is on vacation. He is my huband TAd7s elementary school friend, & the one who did my cataract surgery 2 years ago. He is very smart, & very good at what he does. I will have to wait until Sept now.

MARY I have learned the hard way----if it hurts DON'T DO IT! I ignored the pain for 4 years thiinking that it would go away---it did not! I ended up with not only 1 but 3 SLIPPED DISKS. I could have avoided these hernias, but no! I had to PROVE how gutsy & strong I was! BIg mistake

I am sitting here sweating to death. Think I will go downstairs where it is cooler!

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Mary, don't do the exercises if it hurts you, You could do more damage. My husband and I went to the Outback with my inlaws many years ago and it was all right. They took us there for my birthday. All I remember about the meal was I ordered hot tea and got tepid water. I am not too fond of eating out in the first place because I am a better cook than what I get at most restaurants.

Michele,

I hope your trip for your eye doctor was uneventful.

Sunny,

I hope you enjoyed your meal.

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Oh, yum...I was daydreaming/drooling about Outback today, lol. I haven't had steak in so long and Outback sounds absolutely delicious! Having stayed well within calories today, food is on my mind!! I did a 1 mile Walk Away the Pounds that concentrates on upper body using weights. I am finding that my right hip/sciatic nerve pain is really bad and I could barely do the exercises where you have to lift your legs. Ugh.

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7/24/14 8:08 P

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I am sure we all have GPS stories. I know that it picks the worst way to go when we are going somewhere new. We tend to ignore parts of the directions which take us the short distance on the street with the worst lights or through parts of town we avoid. It is nice not to have to pull over to read the printed directions.

Got out for a nice walk this morning but I may not get one in tomorrow. Tonight we are going out to dinner with a group of friends to the Outback. I wish we were going to the local fish place instead but one of the group doesn't eat fish.

Nothing much going on today cleaning out some files myself.

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I hope you have a safe trip there and back, Michele!!

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no time to read the posts---I have a long trek in to Tokyo to the eye dr, the one who did my cataract surgery 2 years ago

Mary glad you found your way!

BEtty how exciting aboutyour cabinets What is next?

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Girls, I am back from the Medical Center, all in one piece! I am so proud of myself. I got there in 40 minutes, found the building with no trouble, then turned into the parking garage next to the building I was supposed to go to. Once inside, I had that panic attack feeling because there was no directional sign to say 'park here for building, 'x' or anything similar. I went up to the first floor where there was an available parking space and took it. Then I got out and started roaming until I saw a security guard! He was so nice. I asked what floor I was on because nothing was marked. He apologized and said that I was on the 4th floor but I wouldn't see that until I was actually at the elevator bank. I told him where I needed to go....and he said that I was actually in the wrong parking garage but that I could get to my building by taking the 'walkover' from Level 2. He gave me elaborate directions which went in one ear and out the other, lol. But when I got off the elevator I saw that it was the same building that Cherilyn and I had gone to for Grace's head check. At least it looked sort of familiar. I had 2 nice women steer me in the right direction and when I got to where I needed to go I was 30 minutes early! They took me right away, though. I saw the nicest young intern who asked all kinds of great things and took my history. The doctor came in and he was equally nice. They both got a kick out of my 'journey' story of the day and on Tuesday. They both agreed that you can easily get lost and easily get run over by the Metro train if you don't know where you are going. The best thing: I can get off Xarelto right away if I want or I can take it until I get back from California. They both said since I've been on it for almost 8 months, that should be sufficient. I was so impressed with both of them. With the exception of the long drive in rush hour traffic, I would go to either of them for another visit. But the official doctor was probably in his early 70's so there again, he will probably retire soon! All in all, I am so glad to have gotten there and back with no real trouble and to have the ability to get out of taking the meds. Hooray!


Betty, your house sounds like it’s exactly what you wanted and needed! That’s a big house for only 2 bedrooms. We don’t have basements in Texas…at least not in my part of Texas. But having to go up and down extra stairs would do me in. Just be careful! As for the GPS, it’s in the navigation system of the car, so you have to upgrade the CD periodically. I just did that last month so it should be up to date! It just seems to send me the way it ‘thinks’ I should go. I know there is a way to choose a route and I did what I thought was the easiest. That’s why Tuesday it took me along a very busy city street. But that was with loads of construction and through a part of town that I was somewhat concerned about! Today’s trip was much better.

I hope the dog walk was a good one, Marielle! Yes, it’s not a terribly hard job to get rid of the clothes and I’ve given over half away. I just need to ‘let it go’ like that song from Frozen! The bad memories were taken over by good memories at the end and I will have that, you’re right! Thanks! I’m glad you got some sleep. I was up on ‘school time’ to make sure I could get downtown early enough, and as it turned out I was there in plenty of time.

Brenda, I will have to go see your reply to me! Chat anywhere…I will respond!

I need to work on my exercise. My daughter just called and said she’s been doing the Walk Away the Pounds dvd that Amazon let me keep( and I gave it to her) all week and has already lost 3 pounds. I ‘found’ them---on ME! I didn’t think I would have to weigh in since it was just a consultation to see about getting off the Xarelto. But oh, yes….the dreaded weigh in! I had a nice healthy but full dinner last night and I ate breakfast this morning. So I weighed in even worse than I did last month at my new doctor’s! So it’s back to doing what’s right. I know what to do, I’m just too lazy to follow through as often as I should and I also am way too lenient with myself. Here’s to success from now on!

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7/24/14 10:34 A

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Mary,

I got my boards mixed up and wrote you a message on the A Fine 50+ Chat board. Losing my mind these days but at least I didn't lose the message! emoticon

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Hi Everyone. We had a much needed rainstorm here last night.

Brenda hope Washington gets this rain also. According to weather you should. Thanks, I know you would be here to help me re arrange if you were closer! emoticon

Mary, hope you find your way. Can you trade GPS in for new model or do you just have to totally buy a new one? If I lived alone, I would probably get one. I know it's hard, but you should get rid of all your Husband's belongings. Our home is not much larger than yours at 2400 sq ft.We have a Cape Cod with only 2 bedrooms on top floor- plus full bath. The bedrooms are large. When we were having this built the builder tried to get us to put in 3 bedrooms(said 2 would be hard to sell later)but we weren't interested in selling at that time! Still love the large bedrooms! On the first floor the dining area is open to the kitchen-with a full bath beyond that. There is a smalll room off kitchen we use for a tv room-although downstairs in basement area my DH put in a large TV room with a big screen. He built that a few years after we moved in. In the beginning it was a Pool Table room. Then after retiring seemed less and less people came to play and he then sold Pool Table and put in a Home Theater That started getting expensive replacing bulbs, etc. so then just bought a big screen TV for there. About 3 yrs ago I bought a small TV for the room upstairs as don't always like what DH watches! He watches my TV more than his now! As I am writing this he is watching it! emoticon Mary, the antique sofa/chair I have was given to me by a friend-her Mother passed away and I had always admired her sofa. So Jo ann (friend) called me and asked if I wanted it. So I gave away mine and took hers. Meanwhile I bought glass coffee table and end tables so it wouldn't look so out of place. Then I found some sheer antique looking drapes with tassels. We also put wallpaper behind the sofa to offset it. Could not believe it one day when a 24 yr old commented us on it! One of my girls call it The Granny Room" as it reminds her of my Mother. My Mother has been dead for 26 years this past May. She was my age when she died. She had Angina which today they have a cure for.

Ok, tomorrow they deliver our cabinets! Probably why I can't sleep! So excited. Then next Thursday our guy will start tearing out old cabinets. He is going to take our cabinets (which is big help to us) and install them in his Sister's house. He said they are a lot better than what she has! That works for us as the dump would charge us at least $100.00 to take them there. ok, need to get my day started. I haven't even had my shower yet and it's 10am! most of pain gone so started treadmill very slowly yesterday. Have a good day everyone.

Marielle, hope you get some relief with your anxiety problems. God Bless.

Michelle, No wonder you have all this ambition being only 54.! I have Daughter that age!

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7/24/14 9:42 A

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Hi all I am up early and decided to write before the day starts so I will be more refreshed. I did get at least 6 hours sleep last night so that was good. Oops-already both daughters up and talking about their own issues. I will try again.

Mary, I am glad to see you are able to begin to let go of things that were your husband's. Clothes are usually the easiest things to begin to release from one's possession. You will always have Dave in your heart and material possessions are just a visual reminder. Our heart always remembers. Have a good trip downtown.

Michele, I am so glad you got your glasses back. I would be lost without mine. They have everything: the bifocals (actually they are multifocals-they have the invisible line); the transitions so I don't have to have one pair of inside glasses and one pair of sunglasses. I just stick them on in the morning and take them off at night.

Now I am going to take my dog to the dog park. He has been neglected. Two days this week he did not get a walk and one day just around the neighborhood. On Sunday we went to the woods so that was his last "good time". I feel like I've neglected him.

Please have a wonderful day everyone.

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7/24/14 7:15 A

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Michele, I didn't even think of St. Michael being your patron saint! Of course, with Michele!! How was it without your glasses? I only wear the little 'cheaters' when I read so I have several pair scattered all over, plus some in my purse. I have prescription driving glasses but last year the ophthalmologist said my distance vision had changed and I didn't need them anymore! But since I have that restriction on my license, I wear them. I'm used to driving in glasses anyway! I will do a little at a time getting rid of the rest of Dave's things. I gave away clothes and shoes that I had no real attachment to, but some of the shirts and ties were his favorites. He worked in Westerville, Ohio in the early 2000's and there was a Meyer store at the end of his corporate apartment complex. He would go there and get $7 shirts, take them to the dry cleaners, and they looked super expensive, lol! I always got a kick out of that. But they will help someone else, being all pressed and ready for use.

I will start my downtown trek in an hour or so. I'm sure I will get there just fine. I will follow the driving directions from Map Quest and only plug the address into my GPS when I am well on my way. That way I know I will go where I think I should and get the last few directions when I need that guidance.

Happy Thursday to everyone.

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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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Marielle I pray a lot to Michael the ARc Angel---he is my patron saint! I hope you find the peace you are looking for.

Mary Ican not even begin to imagine haw hard it must be to clean out your loved one's things! It is probably helping t bring some closure, however.

I am back from my bike ride to my piano teacher's house---I had left my glasses at the recttal hall o the 18th, So I went to pick them up! Hot! hot! hot!

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It sounds like the hypnotherapist has given you a variety of things that should give you help in your quest for peace of mind, Marielle. Michael is a formidable opponent of evil, the great protector! I hope the combination of the CD, the oils, and the great surrounding of thoughts and prayers will bring you what you need. No sleep and anxiety takes its toll. I hope you rest tonight!

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


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Hi all, I am exhausted again, sorry for not responding to you all. My hypnotherapist gave me some essential oil for "peace" and the cd today from my session is about ease and flow. She said to place angels around the room when we have our meeting. She especially talked about the arc-angel Michael. My group today, my counselor focused on my lessons coming up about about equanimity--There are 4 "immeasurables" in Buddhist thought and I believe Christ taught the same things and they are: love, compassion, equanimity, and joy. Anyway I guess I will be sitting and be thinking those thoughts. Also AA and Al-anon focuses on "God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." There is my work with this water board in a nutshell. So much more drama today.

OK with all that said, I called my doctor and have an appointment Friday to see if I can get an anti anxiety to take the edge off for a while. Did not sleep again last night. Will listen to the cd before bed and try to meditate and pray.



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Hi, friends. Well, you know how I am with those ‘best laid plans,’ lol. For the 2nd time in 2 weeks, my WW leader cancelled lunch! She called as I was finishing my makeup to say that as she got to the WW meeting her doctor called and wanted to see her at 1:30 to talk about the findings of her most recent knee MRI. I certainly understand that when your doctor calls you, you go! But I sort of drifted this morning after water aerobics, doing fun card making and sort of cleaning a bit in my craft room. So I ran a couple of errands that I’d planned to do after lunch, then came home and started going through old school papers. I cleaned out 6 huge file folders from my old language arts program and saved what I think will be needed. I will leave these at school after this year for whoever wants to use them! Water aerobics only lasted 35 minutes. We heard what we all SAID was a large truck…but it was really thunder! They made us vacate the pool and we all went home since the class was over at 10:30. I will do some strength training tonight before bedtime.

Betty, when we sold my grandmother’s house in 1980 one of my sisters took some of her furniture that sounds like what you will be donating. It’s a gold camelhair sofa and chair. Sadly, she and her husband have sold off most of the family ‘heirlooms’ that she took. There’s a gorgeous old secretary that my husband always wanted. When we helped sell my parents’ home in 2008 we realized we didn’t have any room for it so this sister took that, too. We all hope she hasn’t sold that one! My husband and I made do with cast off furniture until we both had saved enough money to buy a living room suite and a tv when we first moved to Houston. We refinished old things that my mother in law found and even had a horrible old mattress with a hole in it that my husband stuffed with a plastic milk jug! Kids nowadays want everything new. No one wants to have to work for anything. I’m very lucky that 2 out of 3 kids have been very satisfied to do things ‘the old way.’ The son who is married to an ‘older woman’ by 11 years lets her set the pace. She wants a lot to be new and exciting, although I have to hand it to her: she made all her gorgeous drapes and saved a bundle by doing the work herself. She’s a savvy shopper and all her decorations are from Kirkland’s and Hobby Lobby. She makes them look like they are really expensive. I’m sure you will be thrilled with the cabinets and can hardly wait!

Wow, Doris, that’s quite a trip for a Walmart visit! You must be far from anywhere. I hope you continue to enjoy your trip and your friends.

I have seen the Washington fires on the news, Brenda, and it’s so scary. I do hope Levenworth and other towns will be spared. They were saying that with the wet weather coming up they hoped it would really help. Thank you so much for your comments. I think I did a fair job of getting rid of the first go-round of things within a year of Dave’s death. What’s left are clothes and shoes that he loved. I have half a closet full and I know they will benefit others. All the shirts are pressed and back from the dry cleaners! When I gave away the first set to a men’s recovery center sponsored by my church, they were ecstatic! I gave away his CPAP machine and other health aides and that was a good feeling, too. I just need to make the effort and clean them out. I know it will be emotional but I need to do it. AND it will give me more closet space…..I am always practical! I have a small secretary desk that was my grandmother’s ‘working’ desk. It sounds like yours! My mother in law had it…long story! But I got it back when she passed away last December. I have it as an end table but might actually use it when I get things more organized.

Michele, wow, that is SO early. I do understand the want and wonder of early morning solitude, though. I am a morning person, also and get my best thinking done in the AM. I’m sure I will do okay getting to the Medical Center tomorrow but my GPS has failed me several times, even after I updated and PAID for the upgrade last month! It will ‘recalculate route’ once I go the way I want to go. I just need it to get me to the actual building and the parking garage! Be thankful that you don’t have to drive all around. But I know I couldn’t take busses or subways all the time, much less ride a bike to get me places!

I will go to bed rather early tonight since I will be up so early tomorrow to get downtown. I hope I will be able to get off the Xarelto soon!

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BRENDA I love to clean things out. A good destressor for me. And you can adopt me for a sister anytime----my famly, scattered around cities in the U.S. are for the most part difficult to get along with. I think GOd planted me here so that I wouldn't end up with some mental illness which runs rampart in my dad's side of the family. Tad's family is soooo easy to get along with! I will be 54 in December, so I am getting up there i years, however!

MARIELLE good that you will step down. Maybethis will help with your anxiety attacks a little? My DD also has them. It seems at least for now, that I am the only one who can calm her down. But i won't be with her forever, & she is going to have to cope on her own onde day.

MARY that dry run sounded scary! My sister in Raleigh fired her GPS! She siad that her GPS needs to go back to school to relearn her geography! How was your water aerobics? The g-kids sound so cute. that is such an adoralbe age!!!
I have always been a morning person, ever since I was little!
I have been getting up at 4 a.m. for 25 years---since my middle son was born---it was my "free" time to exercise. Now, I don't evenneed an alarm clock to wake up. I do like to get up at that time still, b/c the world is still asleep. It is soooooooo peaceful. It is my time alone with God. And I love to watch the sun rise, hear the birds twitter, hear the leaves rustle....and yes, ido go to bed early---it can be as early as 8 pm, & late would be around 10.l

DORIS how is your trip going today?

BETTY I would love to see your new room done! Are you still in pain?

I have no piano & tone chimes today Thursday, so I am going t clean house. And then relax!



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Good morning everyone,

I woke up to wet streets this morning. There is a storm on it's way today and it will also hit Eastern Washington and hopefully, put out all those fires that are burning up all the homes. One man lost two homes and he is busy cooking meals for others. He set up a soup kitchen and is quite busy. It takes his mind off all that has and is happening. They are all helping each other. I just hope Levenworth doesn't burn up. It is a tiny Bavarian tourist town that is much fun to visit at Christmas for the lighting of the Christmas trees. Busloads of people go and it is wall to wall happy people. The fires are only a few miles from them as of yesterday. There is a lot of smoke and ashes falling on the town but still people go there.

Last night I finally slept through the night. I changed doctors because mine was prescription happy. One time I asked for something to help me sleep and he prescribed Prozac and I threw it away after reading all the precautions and took Benedryl instead. He told me I should quit reading precautions but I quit him and got a new doctor down the street.

Today I am going to clean out my desk, it is such a mess and old papers are threatening to fall out when I open the lid. It is a cute desk that is very old, the kind where the front comes down to form a writing table. The table part is saggy because the hinges are bent from age. There are three drawers under the table part that are full of old pictures. I have been thinking about boxing them up and shipping them to my oldest daughter. Maybe my grandchildren would like to have them. They are no good to me anymore and I can't take them with me when I die. Maybe that way they can get to know me a little bit through pictures. Just a thought.

Mary,

I know what you are going through trying to clean out things that belonged to your husband. It hurts so bad inside seeing all that stuff but when you can dispose of it all, you will feel better. Take pictures of anything you want to remember and tuck them away in an album.

When I had to put most everything in a storage locker I could hardly bear to open it because what I was seeing was 20 years of my life. I would try to find something and couldn't look very long because it hurt too much so I would close the door and go back to my tiny room in the garage and sit in the recliner and log onto SP and find someone to chat with. I moved to this town and didn't know a soul except for my landlord and his family next door. I would talk to the people who would come to buy things from others selling out of their sheds. It was very lonely. I am not lonely anymore and sometimes they bother me and I lock my door.

Marielle,

I hope you get all this water business resolved as much as you can and don't have a nervous breakdown in the process. It is good you have your meditation and exercises and your dog and family.

Betty,

It is going to be so much fun to get your kitchen all finished and organized. Yes, I would be there in a heartbeat if we were neighbors.

Doris,

I miss traveling around our state and Oregon in a motorhome. Those were fun times. You are very fortunate. How much longer will you be camping out with your friends?

Michele,

You are the same age as my sister so I think I will adopt you for another sister. I was basically an only child for twelve years until my sister was born because my brother wasn't around much and mom would send him to his dad in California a lot of the time. Then he joined the Navy when he was 17 and stayed in California after he got out. My sister was four when mom died and she was adopted and I ran off and got married a couple years later.

Have a good weekend everyone. You all are my family now.

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Marielle, hope you can be finished with this unpleasant mess soon. Just remember you've been doing a good thing and there will always be criticism, especially when there's money involved and people are ignorant of the facts.

We're enjoying our time here. Lots of friends and visiting going on. Then we play games most nights. Today we're going about 50 miles to visit the WalMart and a larger grocery store to stock up for the potluck dinner on Sat. night and other things not available at the store 20 miles from here.

Hope it's a good day for all. Time for me to be going.

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Brenda, I don't think people really care whether it's volunteer or not. They just get angry over rate increase and fearful about the $5M loan. They are the same people who have been nasty with the managers whenever there are water outages (all the breaks in the system. We've had 6 mainline and 25 service line breaks since October 1 (9 months), unacceptable by any standards and over 8M gallons of water lost in one year (July 1 thru June 30) and that has been consistent since the District came into being and got the assets in 2008. In fact one year it was 12 million gallons of water lost one year. We only serve 700 homes and every consumer's payments have to pay for all of that. But no matter how much we try to answer their questions or give them information, they are just angry.

Betty, I think that young people don't want to be responsible for something like your beautiful antique sofa and chair. And probably don't have a place to really display them. What a wonderful idea to donate to a museum and allow the community and world, in a way, to see it and that will keep it in the condition you have been keeping it.

Mary, enjoy your water aerobics and thanks for the support. I plan on today being mostly for me!! I am going to hypnosis at 10 am, possibly the the Xray done that the doctor ordered, and then go to my women's support group at 4 pm. My desk/computer table is a mess again with everything scattered, but I will work tomorrow through Sunday to get it back in order and script what I want to say at the meeting!

I have made a doctor appointment for Friday. I am going to talk to him about my "situational" anxiety and see if I can get something (hopefully an anti-anxiety pill) that I can take, to take the edge off so I can sleep at night or just get through the "bad" days. I did that when I was going through my separation from my husband and divorce. I really let that whole thing drive me over the edge too. But we'll see. One doctor once wanted to give me anti-depressants and that I did not feel that I needed. Just need something to calm me down when I get an anxiety attack!!

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Good Morning Everyone, Wow, so much going on here with all of you. I sometimes don't respond to some of you as after reading -since I can't see but the last message temp forget.,

Sunny, you struck home with the comment about the youth not wanting any formal furniture or fancy glassware. We have an antique beautiful gold sofa and chair to match which is over 100 yrs old. It actually has the original fabric and not stained or worn. Between our having 8 girls between us, none are interested in it when we are gone! So my one daughter said she would donate it to a museum in Wilmington, De. that takes old furniture. They display it with the names of the owners., so that seems to be a good idea with us. At least it would be taken care of.

Doris, hope your having a good trip. My husband's parents had a motor home. I have never camped and lived in one.

Brenda, interesting about old letters you found. I still have the last letter my Aunt wrote me from Oklahoma, plus one from a dear friend. Too bad you don't live closer! Ha. I would take you up on your offer to help clear cabinets!

Our cabinets will be delivered this Friday. So we just set up with our installer and he will start installing on Aug 4th. ok have to close.

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Brenda, you are so kind and generous. I'm sure Nelson will appreciate the pictures. I admire artistic talent. Dave was very good, as are my kids. That 'gene' totally passed me by! I can't draw a straight line with a ruler, lol! But I appreciate those who can. I have to go through school files and toss or shred papers, too. I started on it but stopped because it just got overwhelming. I kept finding papers from the old language arts program that I could probably use with the new one and got so bogged down that I quit! I need to get rid of so much. We have recycling once a week so getting rid of the papers won't be an issue.

I have water aerobics, then lunch with my former WW leader. Maybe today will be another cleaning of files day, thanks to Brenda! I had a big salad for dinner last night, too!

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Hi Everyone,

Here it is almost 9 pm and I am finally remembering that I never had lunch except for a fresh peach and Cheetos. Am having a loaded mixed green salad right now. I spent the day clearing out my two drawer file cabinet and shredding old papers. The bottom drawer was all catty wampas so I emptied them out and went through each file, finding old Christmas cards from my aunts in Tennessee (they have all passed on). Some of them I never met but I wrote letters to them from the time I was four years old and could copy the letters that mom wrote for me. She always wrote letters and I wanted to too. That was one thing she did teach me was the love of writing. Anyway, needless to say, it took me forever reading things and many memories flooded my mind. Some were sad, some were happy.

I found a few pictures and a couple old books about the war and derigibles and gave them to Nelson next door. There was a folder I gave him with some beautiful post cards of the San Juan Islands that I thought he'e like to draw. He is quite talented with his art work. He finds pictures and blows them up and then draws them with colored pencils and then takes them to Staples to copy and he sells the prints for $5 each. Some are quite striking. He has given me several and I have bought several from him, framed them and hung them in the hall outside my door. He doesn't trace them like some people like to think he does, he copies them free hand. He also has published a book and written poetry. He was featured in our flyer about our Senior Housing Apartments. There are many talented artists here.

I'm glad everything is working out for everyone with all your projects getting done. Marielle, I am also glad that you have decided to step down. It seems no one appreciates all the volunteer work that you do and I think you should find something more fulfilling to do. Do the majority know that you volunteer? If not, maybe you should tell them when you read your letter to them.

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Very wise plan to work through the end of your term, then get out, Marielle! If things get heated, then you would certainly be within your rights to vacate sooner. Letting the attorneys be in charge will take a big load off your mind, I hope. Shame on those people making trouble when they are not willing to be part of the solution. I actually have seen Tibetan prayer wheels! One of my former principals went to Nepal and Bhutan and showed videos of some of the outsides of the temples. I think on The Little Couple, too, when they adopted their son from Mongolia they had some. You were so brave in your transport! Sadly, the worst part of town that I went through was where Dave and I lived when we first moved to Houston! It's all a big ghetto now, mostly illegal immigrants now. I saw the high schools my kids went to and my first Houston church. All of a sudden, the bad part of that long street turns into mansions and beautiful yards. It's a real switch in a few hundred yards!

I forced myself to do a 2 mile Walk Away the Pounds. I will go to water aerobics tomorrow morning, then have lunch with my former WW leader.

THunder and lightening on the horizon again right now!

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Michele, the meeting with the one attorney went well, the other attorney called and we all came to a decision about how to do things. The attorney gave me feedback on my response to this nasty contractor and I can read it at the meeting. I turned the property/boundary claim over to our attorney, along with the records request, etc. This is going to cost the District (in the long run the consumers) a lot of money, but I am through and am letting the legal folks do it. They know the law-I am angry with all those 60-80 very angry folks who are coming to the 7/28 meeting to "give the Board what-for, and make us answer for ourselves." I am kind of done with it, but I will serve out my term. I hope that there are 3 people who decide to run for the offices so I will be off the Board and they can deal with it. Sorry--ranting.

Sunny, I have a lot of projects in the works and then they keep getting put off, I admire you and your DH for your perseverance.

Mary, your trip to the medical center sound like a disaster and scary to boot. Once I drove some prayer wheels (don't ask-it's a Tibetan Buddhist thing) from Mesa Arizona up to Berkeley California and we wound up off the freeway in a very bad part of Los Angeles. It was pretty uncomfortable. But we found out way back to the freeway, no one attacked us or anything so we were pretty fortunate. It was a comedy of errors though, as the prayer wheels (weighing about 500 pounds each moved during the drive, making opening the moving truck door hard to open when we got there. LOL

Have a good day everyone!!!

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I had a really nice day today. My ‘dry run’ to the Medical Center was sort of a bust. My printed route was totally different from what my car’s GPS said. I started out the way I wanted to go and then followed what the GPS said. What a crock! It took 45 minutes through bad parts of town on city streets. I had planned that the majority of the trip would be on freeways even though it will be during rush hour. There’s no way I would be able to do traffic lights and congestion like it took me today. Then I entered the area going the opposite way I’d envisioned and had to go out of my way to turn around and get back going the right way. But I did it, I found the right skyscraper and the parking garage and hope I can do it right on Thursday.

MaryAnn, I hope to have that secret smile next summer, lol. Tell your husband I am with him. I also can’t wait to not get up at 5:25. I could never get to the gym, shower and change, and get to school at 7am. So I never even considered it. But I do want to up my game this year, so to speak. I gave my daughter my new WATP dvd and she’s done the cardio part as well as the strength training and said it really was hard. The babies danced along with her and made it fun! I just need to be consistent and not eat so much…the golden rule of dieting! Your concerts sound delightful. My Illinois sister saw James Taylor 2 weeks ago, one of my favorite concerts ever! HGTV is my always on channel, too! Thank heavens for that diversion!

Michele, Dave was cremated. He always said he didn’t care what happened to him but if we ever HAD to do something, that’s what he wanted. We didn’t realize the need would arise so early in his life. We scattered his ashes at the lake behind his mother’s house, a place he, his sister, and my own kids loved when they were all growing up. It really will help having the kids come clean up the garage and closets for me. I can’t carry large things down the stairs…I still need to hold on for dear life! They will certainly do me a good turn. I can’t imagine getting in a walk at 4am! Why do you go so early? Is it light enough? Do you go to bed very early? I hope you can rest up and that Tad gets home okay. Men!

After my trip downtown I met my youngest sister for lunch, then went to my daughter’s and played with the babies for several hours. It was a wonderful afternoon! The girls are climbing on everything…Annalise climbed into her high chair and onto the coffee table! She’s at least an inch and a half shorter and 3 pounds lighter than Grace and is a little monkey. She also said “Mimi” a number of times! Grace loves my earrings and always looks from one side to the other, seemingly fascinated that there are two of them! She remembered about my Fitbit Zip, lol….pulled my shirt open and grabbed at the Zip attached to my bra! Such smart girls! Must take after their grandmother, lol!


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It seemed like the weekend was just filled small projects, events and commitments. We spent part of the time working on reducing the water usage in the small garden and walkway around our house. There is a horrible drought and they may be fining people for too much water runoff. What took a lot of time was the running back and forth to the hardware store. While we were at it we needed to fix up a few things around the house like a broken chair and replace a lamp, so we added those in also. So it seems that there wasn’t much time on the computer.

We don’t watch a lot of TV but we had developed a large number of recorded shows so that took up some time. Now there probably won’t be anything interesting on for several weeks. Seems like it is feast or famine, although there is the HGTV channel. So the evenings I usually post were taken up with a variety of shows.

I love outdoor concerts in the summer. There are some near us but this summer they seem to be trying to attract a younger crowd and a lot of the concerts are rock type music. On Saturday, we drove 1 ½ hrs. to a concert because it is a musician we like and had not been to that venue. It was a wonderful evening. A fun thing was the peacocks in the park. They perch in the trees around the meadow area and occasionally squawk during the concert. The musician made comments about their intrusion into the songs. We are not going to go to any other concerts there this summer because we didn’t get home until after midnight. Another place we love is the Hollywood Bowl but it takes hours to get there because of the traffic and takes even longer to get home because of the traffic. So we only go every few years to seem someone special. We saw Sting there the last time we went.

Marielle your post reminds me why I hate being on committees. The amount of paperwork and meeting time just wears me out. The lack of support and people wanting to take over after you have it organized. I went to a political fund raiser for a congresswoman I support. Talking to several of the women I know well about their involvement in the political action committees in the county confirmed my dislike of committee work. I am glad that someone does it. I am happy to attend rallies and events, write letters and give money if I can.

Doris I have never been on an RV trip. My DH likes real beds and real bathrooms. We camped when my daughter was young because we had no money. When friends bought a small condo in the mountains our camping days were over. They let us use the condo and my DH and DD refused to camp ever again. I mentioned renting a large RV when we were near a beautiful beach camping site near Seattle. Both of them made rude remarks.

Mary it seems that people have been busy and in and out of the forum. I know I have not had as much time this past week. We live near the beach and everyone has their windows washed every month. We wouldn’t be able to see out of them if we didn’t. Our house is two stories so there is no way we could do them ourselves. The window washers come and do several houses in a row. Last Spring when we had exceptionally high temperatures, they put off doing the windows by a week. It was really apparent how dirty the windows can get.

Glad you are getting your family to help you with the garage. I keep going through the closets and trying to clean regularly. My daughter has made it clear that there is very little that we have that she wants. I was reading an article that young people these days do not want the large formal furniture or fancy crystal glassware. They like Ikea and ordering things through Amazon. The article went on to say that the upcoming group of young adults do not have collections of things like china or glassware.

Mary Back to school sale signs for the last time Yeah!!!. My retired school teacher DH smiles when he sees them go up at the end of July.

Michele I have a hard time getting up at 6:15 am to get ready on our docent day each week. I do remember getting up at 530 am to drive to the gym to get in the exercise before starting work. Now I can't even imagine doing that.

Well off to do a few things and then get in a walk as it cools down.


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MARY how wonderful that your kids are coming together to help you organize & clean! One of the ressons we have kids, don't you think so? :) Hope your drs. appt goes well for you! Why doesn't Dave have a grave? Was he cremated?

BRENDA hope you are betterrested by now. Gee, if I am the resson you are tired, I need to be more careful, LOL!

MARIELLE Yes, I must agree with Mary----you are such a community asset! How did the meetings with the lawyers go? What has been decided?

DORIS how is your trip going today? Anything new?

I just got my walk in---5:30 a.m. I usually go at 4 a.m. but since Tad didn't come home last night---had a business meeting with lots of drinking so he stayed overnight in his office---I slept in for a change! I have forgotten what getting up atter 5 is like!

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Wow…I haven’t gotten notices and have checked here a couple of times. For some reason it looked like no one had written anything. I ‘came in’ a different way and here are sooooo many posted! Sorry I was MIA. I have been busy doing all kinds of things. My summer is almost over and I have full days penned on the calendar! Most are either fun or necessary things. Today I have a ‘dry run’ to the downtown Medical Center. I have my appointment with a doctor AT LAST to monitor the Xarelto, the blood thinner, on Thursday. It will be early in the morning and I need to know where the building is. After I find it I will meet my little sister for lunch nearby but not right in the middle of skyscrapers! Tomorrow I have lunch with my former WW leader. We will eat at a restaurant near the WW meeting place that has a very healthy menu. Thursday is the doctor’s appointment. Then on Friday my youngest son will come and we’ll start cleaning out the garage! All my kids and their spouses will come for a work day on Saturday but the younger son said he wants to start organizing so we can make the most of the group effort! Hooray! I have asked for this since Dave died. He was so neat and orderly and if he HAD a grave he would be turning over in it to see the chaos I’ve made in HIS garage! I need to the boys to sell the expensive tools and hunting equipment but not from my house. I don’t want strange men coming by to see what I have!

Marielle, it sounds awful with that contractor messing things up for you. You and all the other VOLUNTEERS have put so many long hours and probably years into running the thing and this guy is making a hard job harder. If he succeeds in his ‘mission’ and you end up disbanding can you all work up a statement to be published so the public knows the time and effort that has gone into your tireless work? I have no idea what to do but I am so sorry for it! Whatever your own decision, you have proven to be such a community asset!!

Taking pictures of where things go is a great idea, Betty. I think you’ve gotten a good deal on the cabinets. We only repainted ours, not replaced them. I SO wish we would have. But that would have been a lot more expensive and our refurbishing wasn’t a gut job. The fur downs would have had to come out and that’s more structure redoing. It was a mess as it was. I hope it will be all you’re hoping for.

Doris, I hope you continue having a great trip. That RV is great for 2….I can’t imagine living in that tiny space. You’d have to be a very patient person if ‘conflicts’ arose, lol! It sounds like there are many people around that you are enjoying, too!

Michele, my hat’s off to you! I can’t imaging 5 people in that tiny space. My house is 2100 sq ft. and considered the smallest of the 2 story homes in my neighborhood! It’s way too big for me now but when the kids were growing up it was fine. The 3 of them shared a bathroom but someone was always waiting to shower in OUR bathroom, lol. You are a saint yourself! I hope your swim was good. I have gone to water aerobics a couple of times already and enjoyed the Saturday time at the gym. I am sore, though. I will probably do something again today when I’m back from my running around today.

Brenda, I’m sorry things have been so tough for you for so long. You are so resilient. I don’t like change and find adaptability to be overrated, lol. It takes me a while to come to terms with how things are right now. I really admire how you roll with the punches…literally! Please ask Aaron if he wants to do my windows…it’s been so long and they really need cleaning. Maybe that could be an exercise? It has rained several days in a row, though, and last night it really caught me off guard. I was watching tv around 7:20 and hear a ‘roar’ I jumped up, thinking someone was in my driveway with a diesel engine. Nope…it was a sudden hard rain! So strange, but really a good soaking. I’m glad you got to Frosty’s after all and enjoyed visiting with your friends.

MaryAnn, after a nice day that’s busy, resting up is great! I’m glad you enjoyed the concert! My new DIL emailed yesterday to say that the family was planning on taking us to Santa Monica on Sunday when we’re there. I will certainly call and check in with you. I wish I had a schedule of some sort to let you know when there will be ‘free time.’ But right now I’m kind of at the mercy of the group! I do SO hope we can meet in person! I’m sure there will be some time at some point! It’s only a week and a half!

I am in the process of distributing my beautiful scrapbooks that I made when I was teaching kindergarten. I am contacting parents of special students…I am FB friends with some or ‘real time’ friends. I brought one to the school business manager of my old school. Her daughter will be a senior in high school next year. She was thrilled! It will clear off a couple of shelves for me. More places to store more junk, lol.

I hope everyone has a great day!

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Hi everyone. I am exhausted. Worked 11 hours on District stuff!! Talked with 2 attorneys, met with a man who wants access to records, etc. etc.

Have a good day.

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Hi Michele,

Maybe that's why I was tired when I woke up this morning because we sat up and talked all night when you came to visit me. emoticon

No, Frosties is just a very old tavern that was started by a retired logger and has had several owners over the years. The booth seat covers are all Duck taped and the Duck tape is wearing off, making it difficult to slide in and out of the half circle shaped booths. It is a gold mine,most of the clientele are retired folks and old loggers. They run a different special every night. Even children are allowed on one side of the dining room because it is considered a restaurant now because they sell so much food. Here children are not allowed in taverns but in many of the midwest cities, they allow them with their families.

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BRENDA I had the strangest dream last night-----I had come to wa. & we had met. It was great. Don't remember any other details. Glad you enjoyed Frosties. Do you know whether or not it's a chain?

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Wow, it is quiet today. I slept late and then was in and out. We went to Frosties for $2 hamburger night. Boy, were they busy! Six from our place and two joined us.

Nothing going on here either other that a few of us sat down in the lobby and visited. Elinor and Princess came so we all played with her.

The sun was out all day and it will be going down in about another couple hours. It is pretty warm but nothing like that heatwave we had.



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All is quiet with everyone! We must have a case of "the busys"!!! emoticon

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I Love hearing all of everyone's house stories! I have been humbled, living over here. That everyone is "on top of each other" is normal here!

It looks like rain again---have to get the laundry in!

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We went to an outdoor concert last night which was wonderful. We got home very late and I slept in this morning until 9am. Felt like the whole day was gone and we had errands to run. Hope everyone is doing well back tomorrow.

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We lived in our 37' motorhome for three months when we put our house up for sale and it sold within 30 days and we had no place for certain yet. So we went to a small RV park and paid $100 a month for the space plus electricity. We had our little dog with us. My husband went to work everyday and I stayed home. Many interesting people came to spend weekends. It was really bad tho on 9/11 when I was there alone and no phones worked. Very creepy when no airplanes were flying over, it was eerily quiet. No one came to the park for a while.

The house deal we started fell through so we ended up moving to the tiny town of PeEll into a huge beautiful house built in 1912 by the town banker. Population about 700 and what a culture shock from living in Tacoma! Especially when I found out there was no bus service anymore. I don't know the square footage but it was four bedrooms, two down and two up and a huge attic and huge closets right on the main street though town. A woodstove and a propane fireplace. I loved that house but we decided not to buy it after living there a few months. We just rented. That was the house I lost when my husband had his stroke.

We got our outside windows washed today, now the the weather has cooled. He was supposed to do it two weeks ago but it was just too hot to be working outside crawling up and down the ladder. Aaron, who cleans the inside of our building did it because the other guy didn't want to do it anymore because he said it was too hard. It is a lot of work moving that tall ladder and doing three stories.

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Michelle, we had Japanese exchange students stay with us for a week several times when our daughters were in high school. They were always impressed at the size of things in TX, whether it was the acreage our house sat on in the country or the size of the homes they visited. When you live on an island, land is indeed very limited. But Americans have become very spoiled, too! We could simplify our lives so much by having smaller spaces in which to live, and therefore less "stuff" to have to deal with!!

Marielle, glad you got some things resolved. That helps to relieve stress! Maybe now you can rest a bit.

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Back from meditation. A couple of things were resolved. One that they are not restricting how many RFPs go out and two that I made a mistake reading something and that discrepancy is solved!!

Michele enjoy your swim day. My house is about 1100 square feet with the garage conversion and I share it with 2 daughters and 3 grandsons, I don't think Americans build their houses like the Japanese so small houses are hard to live in because we're on top of each other. I would love to see the design of your house.

Doris, I'm with you. I thought a few times when I was stressing hard that a RV could get me away from all the stress, but LOL probably would just put different stress on me!!! trying to figure out where to park it at night.



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DORIS I am guessing the size of your RV is probably the size of some japanese apt here; families of 3 or 4 would live in such small space. That is how limited the space is over here! mY house is 900 sq ft---considered big for Tokyo/Yokohama. I have learned to really appreciate space over here!

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Hi! to everyone. I finally got service here this afternoon, but I'm not sure how long it will last.
I did catch up with all you busy people!!

We made it here to Menkhaven about noon on Wednesday and have just spent the time visiting with friends and playing games in the lodge at night. Went to church this morning , then to brunch with a bunch of the others who are staying here. Tonight 4 of us will play Spades.

Michelle, our RV is just a mini-home with one bedroom, bath, and a combination kitchen/living area. It's great for a "keep it simple" lifestyle, but I would not want to sell my house and live in it all the time, as a few of the people here with larger ones are doing. I enjoy the larger refrigerator and more counter space at home when I cook.

It sounds as though you've all been busy. I won't go back to comment on the old stuff, but hopefully can keep up from here forward (if the internet service continues).

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MARIELLE hope you had a relaxing day! What did you do?

BETTY yes! how exciting! I would love to see what it looks like! Finished product!

Another Monday, another pool day.

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Michele, Thanks for your support.

Betty, how exciting. It sounds like it is beginning to come together for your new cabinets.

Everyone have a beautiful Sunday. I am off to do something for myself. A relaxing meditation this morning at 10.

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Good Morning Girls, Today is our last day of low 80's and low humidity. Hot weather and humidity coming back this mid week. Rain in forecast for next 3 days. We could use some however. Today the cat (wild one that we are having problems with) knocked down the bird feeder in back yard again, apparently trying to catch a bird. There is a long tree laying there which DH hasn't cut up yet and all sorts of weeds and woods that it hides in. We are having trouble with it in the front yard also where we have feeders. So this morning DH moved the feeder more to the center where the cat can't hide as well to pounce on the birds. The birds are our pets! emoticon I also have hummingbird feeders is front and back. We have a high birdhouse in back yard and the wrens have taken over all 6 apartments! We have birdhouses all around and except for one, the birds fill them up in mating season.

Marielle, you have lots of patience to put up with all those issues. I hope things work out in your favor.

Mary & Michelle, we are expecting a call within this next week telling us they have shipped the cabinets. They have their own 52 ft tractor trailer that usually delivers them, however sine that truck won't fit down our lane, they are transporting them to another smaller truck once near this area. For that reason we had to pay shipping, but it only was $250.00 which isn't bad. We are still under $10,000 even with our installer+ the island countertop that has to be replaced because of adding a center pull out rack-thus making the counter longer. That is a long cry from the 20 to 25,000 from the store quote we had gotten. Plus we know the construction of these. I'm sure the others are built well too since a brand name-but I do know the regular drawers in these are about 2" deeper which is a plus to me. We have taken pictures of these old and will do so of the new and hope I can post them for you to see. I have one picture in my gallery only and haven't been able to post anymore. I get some sort of message about the size. I am not good at figuring something like this out-so have no idea what to do. So I will put them on a disc later and see what I can do. The cabinet Co. would like us to send them pictures also to use on their site which would be neat. Ok, 9am here. I better get off. Have a good day





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Hi Michele, nothing has been resolved yet. I am waiting til Monday--no one around on the weekend. I spent the afternoon with a friend and I know we all will get through this. The complainers are just trying to wear us down. If things don't go well and we don't get this loan because of something one of these folks do, I will probably give up and quit and let them deal with things. But I am not willing to give up yet. I want to do good for the community, now I know what politicians must go through. Never was really interested in being a politician.

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BETTY how are you feeling today? Maybe you should consider going to see a dr. Do take it easy--I agree with the rest! When do your cabinets come?

MARY & MARIELLE you are BOTh! so dedicated. I hope Marielle, that all of that red tape works out! What if anything, has been decided?

MARY how was your day?

SUNNY glad you had a good day You & I should never go anywhere together without a map, don't you think so? emoticon

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Wow a lot going on.

Betty, just take it slow and easy. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Sunny, enjoy the fund raiser. Do you participate a lot in politics?

Mary, you are dedicated, I haven't been to a gym in ages. I am waiting for my Stretch and Flex class to start the middle of August and then I'll get back into the routine.

Michele, I am sorry about your back. Is there nothing they can do when the pain starts up. Does exercise, like yoga, help at all or does it hurt your back when it is in pain?

Well, I had a nauseatingly distressful day yesterday. Yes more of the District. This guy who is one of the contractors approved to do repairs has decided to take the District on. He sent out a letter to the public, he is inciting neighbors to be reactive and now he is giving the Operator/Manager difficulties--but everyone is afraid to "let him go" because they are afraid he'll say it is retaliation. We talked to the Registrar of Contractors office and the guy there said "looks like he has worn out his usefulness". I guess guys don't agonize over stuff like women do. On top of that someone wants to "review our records" which are public and folks do have the right. I have a call into the attorney as to how we are going to accomplish this since we're all volunteers, do not have an office set up yet, and he refuses to specify which records he wants--"ALL records pertaining to replacing the whole system"--could be all the records as all the information and past problems went into this decision. Also the manager said something yesterday that disturbed me and I have to follow up-it is about the RFPs and the Project Manager deciding to stop sending out because we got so many replies--to my knowledge he can't make that decision and as a government entity it must be open to all who reply--gotta solve that one--don't want engineers filing complaints on the board. Also with so many people probably coming to the 7/28 meeting, I am contemplating hiring an off duty deputy to be present in case it gets out of hand. I know, I know, why do I stay on? Because there really is no one else and the board would go defunct and then the Board of Supervisors would hire someone (at additional expense to the public) to run it and oversee the manager/operator--it would be a pretty terrible downward spiral. But that appears to be what this contractor guy is interested in having happen so he can do what he wants.

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Good morning, friends! I hâve hard internet issues again So i'm on m'y iPad. Grrrr. I salpêtre well and Am So gratte-full for that.

Michèle, the pork loin was delicious. I used a bagged sauce and just put it all in the crock pot for 8 hours. I made asparagus and one new potato. So yummy and enough for a lot of meals. I will freeze the rest after tonight.

Betty, getting the organizers will be great. When do you expect the cabinets to be in?

Who will you see in concert, maryAnn? My sister saw James Taylor in Illinois a couple of weeks ago. I love him!

I will have breakfast and go to the gym in a couple of hours. Then I hope to be having a burst of enthusiasm enough to get things done around here. I read a lot yesterday....wonderful, but not too productive!

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Good Morning Girls, Decided I would get on here early or I won't at all. Need to do a couple loads of wash this morning. My own personal clothes. My DH is great about helping out doing the rest. He has kept towels, etc. kept up for me while I've been getting better.

Mary,Brenda, I don;t think I have any broken bones, just started doing too much to early. My soreness started again when I ran vacuum 2 days ago, and it was upstairs when we keep the heavier one. I have a Dyson downstairs which is much lighter and easier to handle. Today I feel better again and didn't hurt in bed, so actually got a decent night's sleep. Brenda, we get all the bad news about those fires in Washington. That has to be hard to lose one's home and belongings to fires.

Michelle, Sounds like you can't purchase Tortillas in Japan.? They have such good ones out now. I bought some the other day along with some baked turkey breast. I put Olive oil mayonnaise on them with the turkey-lettuce-tomatoes. They were good that way. Salsa is good also, but I have problems with gas and need to be carefull what I put on things.

Oh girls, I didn't get lost or lose my way, I just didn't turn when I should have and it took me further away so the short cut turned out to be a longer way! I surely lucked out with that nice policeman. I never speed so guess I just accelerated too fast when I was trying to get my speed up. That is an area where people will run over you if you dally! Guess that's why the cop was there. Did I watch the rest of way home. Everyone was passing me! LOL Ok, have a good day everyone. One more beautiful day here-only to 80 degrees with low humidity so know this can't last. I remember in the snowy winter when I said no complaining about the heat in summer! I am busy now looking for organizers for the new cabinets. We have checked Home Depot and Lowes. Seems I am finding better deals on Amazon, and then I get to see all the comments-pros and cons about the products. If we had gotten the cabinets from Home Depot they would have incorporated all these little things in-for a steep price! I just found some knife inserts I like. I have one now with these cabinets but it is built in. I am going to get 2 so I can free up some counter space and do away withe one knife holder I now have on counter. ok, bye for now. emoticon Ps Trying not to gain-watching what I eat with no exercise. Bought DH an apple pie-I have had none! emoticon

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Michele I am sorry to hear about your back. It does take a while to get relief from the pain.

I had to laugh about getting lost my sense of direction is non existent I sometimes just turn around, go back home and start again.

Going to a fund raiser for our congresswoman, then driving across LA to an outdoor concert. So it will be a busy day. Back tomorrow

Everybody stay safe

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BRENDA wonderful on the bargains! Don't you just love finding them?!!

MARY how was your exercise? And now I can ask----how was your pork loin?

My back is still not good---tends to flare up & will last up to about 2 weeks at a time. If there is no change by next Tuesday (monday is a holiday here) I'm going to call Dr. Nishiyama & get an immediate appt!

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It was so strange the way Beaumont flooded...worse than anything lately, for sure. I'm glad my sister wasn't flooded out. I know conditions around the country are terrible with the lack of rain. I am grateful it's getting better here after last year's drought.

Great shopping, Brenda! You really got a wonderful deal. I use whatever is on sale and like Purex but I've never gotten 2 extras for one!

I will go to the gym with my teaching partner tomorrow. It's only been in the 80's the last 2 days because of the rain and that's really strange for July. But the humidity makes it feel like a steam bath. Not many people walking or jogging around here. I'm glad you stayed in!

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Mary,

I heard about the flooding in Texas and wondered if you are anywhere near it. We need that water in Eastern Washington because a lot of areas are burned up and many have lost everything in a matter of minutes. Communities are reduced to rubble. The Red Cross is there helping with food and clothing and an animal shelter is picking up dogs and cats and taking them to a shelter temporarily. Many have only the clothes on their backs. Count your blessings.

Yes, Betty, you really should go see a doctor after so long. You could have a broken rib and it could poke into your lungs. That happened to a friend of mine who tripped in a hole in her yard and fell.

I went to Rite Aid a little while ago. They have an ad for Purex liquid laundry soap, buy one get two free. I couldn't believe the ad so had to go check it out and it was true so I got three jugs for $5.99. Heck of a deal. I won't need anymore for three years because I have a partial jug plus another full one. Hair spray and shampoo was on sale too. Then I went to Safeway for their $5 Friday specials. It was really hot out.

When I was putting my groceries away Ruth came and asked if I wanted to go walking with her and Sam at the park but I told her it is too hot. She said, Oh, it isn't very hot and I told her I just got back home and it is very hot. Crazy ladies.

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Y’all bring such a smile! Way to go on not telling your husbands about losing credit cards, getting tickets, etc. My face always gave me away, lol! I last had a ticket 4 years ago on June 30, going to church! The female constable waits in the neighborhood where my church is located. I thought I’d stopped ‘enough’ but she said I did a rolling stop and gave me a ticket. I cried and cried. It had been about 12 years since I’d had a ticket and that was because my sister called me on the way home from school to tell me she had just had another baby! I was so excited and talked on my cell phone instead of pulling over. I went too fast on a ‘fast lane’ stretch of road and got pulled over. Before that, I was 16!!!

Betty, if you don’t feel good over the weekend, please go to the doctor. You might have some broken ribs. This is a long time to hurt so much. I’m sorry you’ve had so much trouble. I hate that feeling that you aren’t sure what happened to something important. I always try to retrace my steps. I thought I’d left my small travel jewelry bag at my sister’s house. I called her and she looked all over the place, saying it wasn’t there. I went through my suitcase again. Nothing there. Finally when I looked under some papers on the kitchen table, there it was! I am bad about that kind of thing.

Michele, I’m sorry about your back. Try some gentle bending stretches. I don’t stretch nearly enough, I’m sure. I haven’t had supper yet. There’s another 30 minutes on the crockpot. But it sure does smell good.

Marielle, so glad you got the doggie door taken care of.

Brenda, the breakfast wrap sounds delicious. I have all those ingredients. I’m having breakfast with my teaching partner tomorrow, then we’re going to the gym. But that would be a delicious Sunday morning breakfast. Thanks for the suggestion.

Dreary here, but no bad rains. I’m so glad I went to see my mother earlier in the week. They got 8 inches of rain in 3 hours today and everything was under water. No way could I have made it home!!

TGIF…

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BRENDA yes, emoticon some things are best left alone, not mentioned as they do tend to cause more harm than good! As for the salsas---food choices have really changed since I was last living in the U.S. 29 years ago! emoticon

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Michele,

A wrap is just a tortilla with filling down the center and then folded up a third from the bottom and the sides folded to the middle, one over the other, this making a wrap.

Stores here have all sorts of different salsa flavors, it does not have to be out of tomatoes, any kind of soft fruit and chopped celery and onions or whatever. add a little hot sauce if you like.

Betty, I have only had one ticket in my 54 years of driving and it was very scary. When I get lost I usually turn right and eventually get there. If I really don't know where I'm going, I will do a mapquest and that usually works. I wouldn't tell my husband either, some things are best left unsaid that caused no harm.

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And one more thing-----
-BRENDA that you feel younger than your age is GREAT!
What is a "wrap"? And what does "mango salsa" taste like? I always thought that salsa was tomato-based? emoticon

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BETTY you poor, poor dear! Now you can take a deep breath, (sigh!) & relax! If it makes you feel any better, I get lost soooooooo easily! Wherever I go for the 1st time Tad (or now one of my kids, if you can believe it!) will draw me a detailed map of where I need to be----sidewalk crack, trees & their branches----the works! I always said that When God was handing out brains (for the sense of direction part) I thought He said "Trains" & I replied, "No thank you" & stepped out of line! emoticon Gettinglost when I'm midway to someplace is another story! So good that you found your credit cards. you were very cautious to cancel them. GOod head on your shoulders!

MARY great that you had aogood drs. report. How was your porkloin?

MARIELLE, I am assuming that your bedroom is on the 1st floor, right? How would your dear doggie get out of a doggie door from the second floor?

My back is somewhat better today, but not enough to pick up again on my exercise. It will be teacing Englishi to my 2 adult male students, & then rest the rest of today!

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2nd part: Wow, I was upset all the way home. Ok, some things are better off to keep to yourself. No, I did not tell my DH and don't intend to! The worst is yet to come!

Now after putting away groceries, getting lunch, etc. hours later can't find my credit card or my ShopRite card. I looked for hrs and finally decided I must have lost it at ShopRite. As I stuffed both of them in my pants pocket (instead of wallet) upon paying for groceries. So I called store and no one had turned them in. So I went online and told my card co. I felt I had lost it and not to honor any other charges till they heard from me. After that, didn't the store call me and said they had it. Someone found it in parking lot and turned it in. Ok, today I didn't go to pick it up. They told me it was okay till I shopped again they would keep it. So my DH thinks it was only my shopping card I lost, not credit card too! Some things are just better not said. As it is now, when he is with me he always asks if I have my cards! emoticon So that's my tale of woe. Things have all worked out, Than God, but it was so upsetting. Now, I hope to get back to a normal life, but that's not happening soon. Have most of dishes stashed in living room. Cooking is a mess. I seem to always need something I took out of cupboards. If it were up to me, I wouldn't have started this till next week. But my DH doesn't like to wait till last minute. When they call and say they are delivering I could have done it in a day! At least the intense heat left for a few days and we are having low humidly. ok time to start dinner. Leftover night! Yea! Thanks for listening to my tales of woe! Now if I could only sleep. I'm hearing that from a few of you also! emoticon

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Hi to all of you I've been so bad not reporting in here. I have dropped in & read some of your ups & downs! Would you believe I still hurt? I still can't exercise. My worst day was yesterday and not because of pain! I decided to go to the ShopRite store myself instead of dragging DH along. He isn't my kind of shopper as he likes to get whats on list and never mind about going thru isles to see what's on sale. I do spend less when he's with me though! emoticon So I went and on way home decided to take a short cut. Wouldn't you know I missed my turn and ended up a few miles further up than where I wanted to be. Okay, I thought no problem. Well I wasn't familiar with the area too much (even though I knew where I was) and had just gotten through a red light with right turn on red which I did. So guess I stepped on gas too much and pretty soon I saw siren flashing in back of me. Yes, a policeman. I was so upset as had no idea why he pulled me over. First thing I asked was what did I do wrong? He told me I was going 55 in a 45 limit. He had me on radar! I just apologized and told him I had no idea I did that. I was so upset and rambled on how I had only had 1 ticket in my entire life! Meanwhile yes, driver's License, etc. He asked me when that was and I told him in my 30's. This policeman was a very young polite man I should mention. He told me he was going to let me go without even a warning and wished me a good day! I am posting this to continue so I don't lose it. con't

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Mary,

Am glad to hear you got a good report from the doctor. You are doing everything right so keep on keepin' on.

I slept much better last night, took a Benedryl when I went to bed and that helped me sleep better, plus being much cooler the last couple days. The sun is finally coming out at almost noon today.

Breakfast was a whole wheat wrap with two scrambled eggs, shredded cheddar cheese and mango salsa and a fresh peach. Yum!

Marielle,

It's good that your headache is better. It is starting to go around our building now. They didn't get it from me because I stayed home away from everyone.

Did your get the doggy door finished?

Michele,

I went through menopause twenty years ago so that isn't what is causing my sleeplessness. I think it is just plain old age, although I don't feel old but keep wondering who that woman is in my mirror.

Have a good weekend everyone.

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I'm glad you're feeling better, Marielle. Headaches are no fun, as well as back pain!

I usually take the appointment given me....all the doctors I've seen for my knee injury seem to have crazy schedules and when I've tried to make appts. that are convenient for me they are booked. Today I actually saw the doctor I was supposed to see last month. He was very nice and said I looked good....hmm..he only talked with me so I guess that was a compliment, lol! He said I probably will be able to get off the Xarelto soon and that the doctors I see next week will have a better idea of what's going on. I apparently won't need a CT scan or blood work, etc. so that's good too. I was in and out in 30 minutes. SO much better than the 3 hours last month.

Nothing else on the books for today other than cleaning and clearing out more junk. I have a porkloin in the crock pot and will have that with a salad and asparagus for dinner.

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Good morning, I slept a couple of hours and my headache got better. I almost forgot to eat dinner (can you believe that?!!) but at 9pm I had two pieces of cheese and 4 whole wheat crackers. I had a great breakfast yesterday: sauteed bok choy, cabbage, and onions with this really tasty apple chicken sausage I got at Trader Joes. Very tasty. (I know I am getting crazy eating veggies for breakfast but they do fill me up.

Michele, I agree with Mary, your family would not know what to do without you. They are very lucky that they have you. I am sorry about your back. I hope it gets better soon. Back pain is so hard to deal with.

Sunny, it has stayed humid here for the past few days but the sun is out and I am sure it will be in the high eighty's/low ninety's for a while so without rain the humidity should go down. I love having dog doors/I have 3. One to go into the mud room, one from the mud room outside and one from my bedroom to the outside (this is the one I am having replaced).

Mary, I am so glad you got a good night's rest. Sleep deprivation can cause all kinds of things, so it is good it only happens occasionally. Hope your doctor appointment went well. I am lazy anymore and make my dr. appts for between 10 and 2. That way I don't have to get up early or hit the afternoon work traffic and leave those early morning and late afternoon appts for those folks who work and need it.

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Good morning! I have an early morning doctor's appointment with Concentra's PA today so I am up early...but I slept very well and didn't get up all night. I fell asleep on the sofa and dozed off and on until I went upstairs! Bliss!

Both of you, Michele and MaryAnn did a lot yesterday! I hope today will be a day of rest. I walked a lot at the mall and the twin stroller is hard to maneuver. My back feels touchy, too, and my hip muscle is bothering me so I join you in not wanting to do very much!

Take care everyone and remember: TGIF!!

Mary

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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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MARY I hope you enjoyed your shopping. Did you sleep better last night?

BRENDA you too, I hope you do sleep better. I was told tha menopause had something to do with not sleeping well. That, and of course, getting older!

MARIELLE how is your headache now? Did you get help with your doggie door? Maybe your brain/ head just needed a rest.

My back has been really, really bad today! Hasn't been like this in a while. I think not only b/c of our damp, humid weather, but I was pushing the w.c. for FIL, then ran (stupid me!) to the station wearing a heavy backpack in order to get home on time for my student. I have been barely able to move, which is really unusual! Couldn't exercise today. Just laid around for the most part! Now I'Ll watch an old black & white movei on the youtube & stitch!

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Marielle I hired someone to put in the doggie door. It looked too complicated and I didn't want my DH to try doing it. It is nice being able to go out and not worry about the dog.

It has been really warm and humid here for the past week. We are not used to it without AC. Normally we get cool evening breezes but not recently. I have been getting up about 6:30 am to take the dog for a walk before it gets warm. He get hot easily and then spends the rest of the day scratching.

I did an extra shift at the Museum this week for someone who is on vacation. I didn't get in any walking this morning except for the dog. Tomorrow should be a quiet day.



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I have to sleep tonight, Brenda. I have a doctor's appointment early tomorrow morning. I hope you have a better night tonight, too. When I was with my sister she showed me a bunch of jeans and pants that she took the hem up on and turned them into capris! They had shrunk in length enough that she didn't like the way they hung so now she has doubled her capri summer wardrobe. I hope you get the pants hemmed and that Bingo is a hit for Jim.

Michele, yes, you ARE worth it and your family depends on you for everything it seems. Boy, stars in your crown for taking your FIL to the temple during a 45 minute walk! You are SO sweet! Use that AC to 'keep your cool!'

Marielle, I'm glad you will get help with the doggie door. That's what friends are for!

I met my daughter at the mall, we parked in the covered parking, and went shopping for a dress for her for the California wedding reception. The girls were so good and got lots of compliments on how sweet and well behaved they were. It was a fun, unexpected afternoon.

Mary
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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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After I measured everything the hole is not tall enough for the new dog door.. My neighbor came over and I am having him put it in for me. He has all the tools and said it would take about an hour.

I have a really bad headache so I am going to lie down and see if I can get rid of it.

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BRENDA you did give me a chuckle--thank you for that! And you are so CORRECT!!! Yes! my family would literally fall apart without me! Heaven forbid yes! THey can't even take an aspirin & read the label themselves. Haven't the foggiest clue why not!

MARY thank you also for reminding me that I am not spoiled to use the a.c. I did derve it. And yes, Mary & Brenda, i am being very careful about heat stroke! The humidity is what is so awful!

MARIELLE you are so great to put in your own doggie door! I can't imagine doing that myself.

It is raining here this morning. I was going to bike ride to the mall to buy new plant pots for my cacti, but after taking FIL to the temple yesterday ( I was pushing him in a wheel chair) & then running part of the way to the train station to get hone on time to teach my student---my back, onthe lower left side hurts so bad it is hard to sit straight. It hasn't felt this bad in a while! So I'll probably just stay home & relax today! emoticon

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Mary, I didn't sleep well last night either. I think it was because I was drinking iced tea for dinner. I went to bed at 11 and switched on the Movie channel and it was Sally Field about stand up comics. Well I fell asleep for about a half hour and then was wide awake watching the movie, finally at 1:30 I took a Benedryl. The movie was on until 3:30 and I finally fell asleep until 6, then dozed until 9. I should have used the Sleepy Time tea that came with my Kuerig. DUH

The only thing pressing today is to put elastic in Jim's sweats because he needs them tomorrow. He is losing weight and it is easier for him to wear sweats instead of his jeans and suspenders. He is looking and feeling better so he went down for Bible Study yesterday. He said he might even go down for Bingo tonight. He is the caller but hasn't been able to call numbers for the last few weeks. Virginia is going to call the numbers until he is better. She used to but got into a Snit when she joined "the others" who split from the main group and she quit calling, so there hasn't been any bingo. I don't go down for that. I only play Bib Time Bingo here in the afternoon once a month or so. Our manager runs it and gives out prizes. We will have Subway sandwiches before the game.

Michele,

You need to be very careful in that heat that you don't get heat stroke. Don't feel guilty about the AC. What would happen if you get sick? Your household would fall apart and your daughter may have to help out, Heaven Forbid! That would really make her mad.

Marielle,

I hope you can get your doggie door in by yourself. It can't be that hard except for the sawing part. Our temps have dropped to 75 and there is a slight breeze. Our heat wave is over for now.

Even with me not being able to get out and walk the past week, I lost a pound and a half the last few days. I have been making healthy choices and it is paying off finally. I lost a lot of bloat around my middle.

Have a good day everyone.

Have a good day all.

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Good morning! I didn’t sleep very well again last night. I wish I could figure out why! I really wasn’t too tired when I went to sleep but I wanted to relax. I always fall asleep easily but wake up a couple of hours later and never really get back to a deep sleep on those nights. Oh, well, it’s not like today has anything really pressing!

MaryAnn, I rarely do the doctor visits for my mother, being 2 hours away. Most of her appointments are around 8:30 in the morning. I would either have to come in the night before and spend the night at a sister’s house or leave my house before dawn and get caught in Houston rush hour traffic. During the school year I would have to miss a day of school. I HAVE done that before when Dave was alive. We would both take a day off and time it where Daddy had an appointment one day and Mama had one the next. But I just can’t afford that any more. Next year I guess I can go and spend the night and take over some of the duties but most of the appointments are early. My mother still enjoys getting out and she even offers to pay for lunch! But my husband used to really chastise the other sisters for taking advantage of that because the more she spends the more likely WE will be called on to pay bills if she runs out of money and it’s not fair at all for her to pay for US! He was very careful of their finances. I guess he learned the Wrath of Mary was a Might Force, lol!

I would never say that using the AC, especially after a 45 minute walk in the hot sun, Michele! You are such a great daughter in law!

Marielle, I hope you can get the new dog door in. It’s so convenient, although once a neighbor’s cat came into our house through our doggie door!

I love new pillows, too, Brenda, and I always try to get them on sale. I have so many that are supposed to cradle your neck, scrunch better, etc. But the cheaper ones that are the ‘extra’ pillows are easy to replace and once they aren’t fluffy I do that!

I have to grocery shop so I’d better get a move on!

Mary


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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

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Mary--you should look online at Tommie Copper. They have compression shorts--I don't know but they could help. The only thing is they are very tight and very hard to pull on, so don't do like I did if you decide to try them because you don't want them to cut into your waist or thighs - they should just fit like a glove. Have a good day.

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Michele, I got as far as taking the new dog door out of the box, I will have to cut some of the facing around the outside but I'm sure it can be done. I may need to get someone to help me do the cutting, but I'm sure it can get installed. It may take some time.

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MARY you had me laughing (sorry!) with the DDS appt. I would love to see you on TV
I don't rmemeber my Catholic hs.being so hot,either, there was no a.c I have carpets in my house now, but wish I didn't! The ticks & their relatives have a field day in them!

BRENDA glad you are better. Easy does it, though!

SUnny did you get all of your projects done?

MAREIELLE wereyou able to put your dog door in? I can't imagine putting one in myself!

I walked 45 min. in the heat to the train station after taking FIL to a ceremonl;y at a temple in Tokyo. I am using the a.c. right now---I am spoiling myself!

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Mary, what a confusing day with the DDS appointment mix-up with your mom. It's one of those things that they would have happen in a sitcom. Just think you could be on TV.

Brenda, I am glad you are feeling and getting over whatever bug you had. It helps to feel better too when the weather is cooler. We're still having a lot of humidity here, but it is supposed to get sunny again and warm up so our rain is over with for a while.

Sunny, hope your projects are going well. I just bought a new dog door and am going to try and put it in (replacing one already there) so I hope it works, if not I'll have to hire someone to put it in.

Take care all and have a great evening. emoticon

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