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7/23/17 10:44 A

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Just a quick note. I can wear a pair of jeans I haven't been able to get into for a very long time. emoticon The four pair I have been wearing are too big and kind of hang on me. I feel great! Bought one pair of jeans to reward myself!!!
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Hi All: Maryland weather is very much like Virginia weather. Maryland is only about 35 miles from where I live now in the top of the state of Virginia. But my new digs are about 65 miles from here. Presently I live east of a mountain range (Appalachians) and it blocks a lot of storms but we still get enough rain. Maryland does not have mountains close to my home but I think it is not real wet. The area I will live in is quite lush by the standards of other places.

Most of the area is farmland or dense forests. I see lots of vines in the woods. Corn, cattle, horses, and soybeans are what they grow. I have not seen chickens which tend to stink. There is a limestone mine and concrete plant about 5 miles away. They grow chickens in cramped growing houses these days that fill up with chicken scat. When they harvest the chickens they bring in a front end loader and scoop out all the scat. I don't think chickens are raised in a healthy manner. Did you know they feed chicken scat to cattle. Up to 8% of the cattle's feed can be scat. YUCK! But no chicken sheds near me is good.

I am packing and cleaning today and moving again tomorrow.

Eliza: Walking before the heat is a great idea. Keep up the good work.

Brenda: Billy will walk as he usually does. He is used to walking 3 or 4 miles everyday. At 67 he is very energetic. He will have to do more. Like I once said it is easy to help those who need it most.

Not to lecture but as we age we don't do anything quite as well as we once did. Sleep is included. Our brain actually puts our body to sleep. It is an active thing not passive as people think. The brain says SLEEP and the body does. I have a little chronic pain so I take an aspirin sometimes before I sleep but usually I don't have trouble.

I do think conservation or reducing our footprint is a good way to save or make dollars stretch. I know I waste a lot of resources. I could reduce my gas use by up to 90% if I had to. Also my water use cause I run the shower all the time I am in there. TOO MUCH is my malady. I drive to much, eat to much, use to much water, use too much AC and heat, and of course eat too much.

Maybe talk to much too. LOL.

Hello Mary.

Dorris: Good luck with moving the appliances. I feel your pain for sure.

Michele: Enjoy your trip.

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Just stopping by for a quick read and Hi!

We are getting ready for the floor replacers on Monday so had to move the washer and dryer out to the garage along with some shelves in my laundry room. I did all my laundry since it probably won't be back in operation until Friday. Monday morning the refrigerator will have to be moved but we'll plug it back in to keep using it. This is one reason why I hate renovations!! I have to focus on how nice it will be after this week is over. And this is not going to happen again any time soon!! Maybe never in my life time, I hope.

We will be down at DD's tonight to play cards with them and the grand children. We all enjoy playing Spades. And they're so competitive that it makes for a lot of fun.

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what a busy day you've had. Glad that you enjoyed your walkAND the shopping! I hope that your a.c. woes are solved soon. You don't need heatstroke!

Time to leave for Tochigi. we'll be back around 5 pm ( 3 a.m Sunday morning your time, Mary & 1 a.m your timei Brenda)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, friends! emoticon

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Just a quick check in...no time to even read and respond to everyone but I am smiling and waving! I got up late for me and tried to take a walk. I love chatting with my 80 yr. old neighbor but it made me so late for my walk! I realized I needed to do a very quick 'round the block and go home to shower and change. A friend who works at Penney's wanted me and another neighbor to take advantage of a big sale...and boy, did we! I came home and put my purchases away and have been on the phone trying to get the AC woes scheduled for being fixed and get interest off my credit card that should not have been there! It's taken me an hour and a half to get that done and I'm pooped!! Many other things to get done before a Spark friend comes back for a few days visit.

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JOHN
I also agree that one does not need a lot of space as on gets older. My house is 900sq ft & it is more than enough for Tad & I. We raised 3 kids in this house. Our house is huge by Japanese standards. I can no longer understand the American need for a living room & dining room with furniture that is only used once in a while. What a waste.

I am also curious---what is the weather like in Md?

BRENDA
I did not sleep well, either. I went to bed at 9, but was up by 1:30 a.m & it was close to 3 before I finally fell back to sleep.

ELIZA it is so good to hear from you on this site! I am here, & chat much more here than any other site.

THis morning Tad & I are going up north to Tochigi, 2 hours north of Tokyo to see his relatives: 90 year old aunt & her son & a few other cousins. They live in the countryside, grow lots of vegetables & other plants/flowers that we don't have here in Yokohama. Wished I lived there. THe local neighbors also exchange all kinds of vegetables with each other. It isjust as hot there as here, however. Sometimes colder, sometimes hotter.



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Eliza, It is really good to hear from you but sorry to hear about your sty. Make yourself a cup of tea and put the tea bag on your eye after it has cooled down. The Tannin in the tea helps draw the poison out of the sty and makes your eye feel better. I used to get them all the time.

Bonnie, stop by when you have a few minutes. It doesn't matter that you catch up with everyone. It is a lot of reading when you don't feel good.

John,your friend is lucky to have a friend like you to help him haul the refrigerator away. What is he going to do when you move away?

An efficiency apartment is all we need when we get older. We have our little nest and a safe place to live, plus do not have all the yard work and costs associated with a house.

What kind of weather do they have in Maryland? It is going to be in the mid 80's here today. No rain.

What I can't understand is how I can be so tired before I go to bed, then read for a little while and go to sleep for a half hour and be wide awake reading for a couple hours. It was going on 3 am when I finally slept until 7.

Have a good day everyone. I will be sewing downstairs at noon.

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Mary, Michelle, Brenda, John - - GOOD Morning! emoticon

I tried to read all the posts....I did get up at 5 but then went back to sleep... emoticon
got up at 6 to walk before the sun comes out.... emoticon

Humidity is supposed to be worse today.. emoticon might rain..

Michele so happy to read that your reading...I too like to read alot.. emoticon
I hope you all enjoy your weekend... emoticon emoticon emoticon

I have had a small stye on my right eyelid since Thursday ..warm compresses is all I can do right now.. emoticon emoticon


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Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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Hi All: We will get a lot of rain this afternoon and evening. I plan to stay inside after about 12 noon. I have lots of packing and cleaning to do before Monday. I have an efficiency apartment and am glad I did not rent a house. Bigger place more stuff.

I am driving my friend Billy to take a refrigerator to the scrap yard for a few dollars. He doesn't have a truck or car so I am his taxi sometimes. Its tough when you have no transportation and live in the country. In a city it can work well.

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BONNIE it is always good to hear from you whether or not you "catch up" with all of us!

BRENDA I am so glad about margie! I have been keeping her in my prayers, indeed! At least God is listening when I ask for something for OTHERS! but not for MYSELF!

That's good that you were able to get all of that cotten. I bet the aprons will be cute.



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Well, it took me a long time to read all of the posts.

I am wishing all of you well. It would just take too long to answer everyone, but I wanted to at least read what I had missed by not being on for 2 whole days.

Next week, if all goes well, Laura is going to pick up my old tower and my new tower, and take them home to transfer everything to the new one, and fix whatever issues I might have created with my lack of internet smarts. LOL

I will probably not have it back for the whole week. Then she and Derek will come over and put it all together here. I don't think I will ever catch up with all of you if I miss an entire week.

Have a great weekend all.

God Bless



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Thank you all for your prayers fro Margie. They worked! She went to the doctor today and he told her he got all the cancer off her tongue but she will need to see him every three months for a checkup. I told her you are all praying for her and she said she really appreciates the prayers.
She had a big smile on her face all day long and she is happily sewing. She said she does not have time for cancer, she has all the fabric to sew.

Someone left a pile of really nice cotton fabric on our "Free" table in the library. Barbara called me and told me it was there so I went down and grabbed it and gave it to Dianne to make aprons. I get the smaller pieces to make the little purses. Not much goes to waste.

This morning I went downstairs and helped with the food bank for the residents here. I sat at the table and had people sign in and I had a great time. Janice usually does it so I asked her if she would like to trade sessions with me so she doesn't have to do it all the time. She was good with that idea.

Then I went to the main food bank by myself. Jody was in bed. So I guess she won't be going this month. Not my problem. We didn't get very much anyway. Half of what I got I gave away to the residents and put canned goods in our pantry. I just kept a few things. Then our government commodities were delivered and I gave most of that away too.

I got almost 5000 steps just here in the building running up and down the stairs.

Michele, Costco also does eye tests and sells glasses at the one in Olympia. Can;t you order a playpen from Costco? Do you have a membership. I don't because it is too far to go plus I like to shop where I live.

John, be careful going up and down those stairs. You must have most of the big stuff moved. I counted our stairs, there are 34 total for our three floors. I alternate using the elevator and the stairs. If I am carrying something I take the elevator.

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BRENDA that is a good idea to have her watch the tapes. Then she'll see for herself that she is wrong.

MARIELLE hope that you had a good walk with the dogs I didn 't know that Costco sold prescription meds. They don't at ours.

JOHN is there anyone who can help you with Monday's move? Please do be careful this weekend. your body obviously needs to recover!

I just did my 45 minute walk at 5:30 It is now 6:30. I should have been doing these earlier morning walks a long time ago when the heat hadn't set in yet! I used to....

Anyhow, will now bike ride (vs walking) to Aeon ( like Walmart, in fact, Walmart owns Aeon over here) which is only a 10 minute bike ride. very easy.



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John, I checked with my daughter. He does have a Hot Spot for internet and phone service when he is at the family 'farm' near where Doris lives! His work provides it so she doesn't know about pricing but they might have 6 people 'hooked up' to use it at the same time. So it might be something to look into! Good luck with the move. I do hope it's exactly what you want and need. If anything, being able to get medical services will be wonderful. And if it doesn't work out, you've had an adventure. Let the Games Begin!!

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

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


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Michelle: I think I need only pay for the wifi part of it. My landlord already has dish I think. Anyway there is satellite dish in his yard. I will look into it directly.

DeDe: It is great for family to get together. My grandparents did that a lot but no so much my parents. My Grandma used to start fixing food Friday evening and then through Saturday and Sunday morning. After church all the family would get together at her house for lunch with homemade icecream and all. I have fond memories of this. It was HARD work for her.

Hi Mary: It may be cell phone technology. You can access the internet through cell phone technology. Even turn you cell phone or tablet into a hot spot. That is a place for others to connect.

I am packing up my apartment stuff for a move next Monday. I hope to get everything packed and moved by Monday. I will clean up this weekend. I still have soreness from Wednesday's move.

Bets wishes for a good weekend to all. John. emoticon

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Just a quickie to check in--walked the dogs this morning. Chatted with DD Brandi. Will meet DD Cindy at Costco to pick up meds and for her to get coke. Talk more later

Marielle
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Yes, Kathy is the only one complaining of thefts and she says we are all talking about her and saying awful things. Yes, we talk about her as well as everyone else but none of our talks are hateful. Just concerned.

She is in the office right now talking to Tara and Laurie. I told Laurie to have Kathy watch the security tapes to see if she can recognize anyone coming in. We only have two doors where we can get in the building and they both have cameras. We have keyless entry and each fob is coded to residents apartment numbers so Laurie knows who is coming and going if there is a problem. Residents who get one for family members are also coded with the residents apartment.

I will check back in later. I need to get some breakfast before it is lunch time.

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DORIS that is early! When I get up early it is at 3:30 a.m. ( late is 5) but when I do get up that early I MUST have a nap. And the nap is usually about 1/2 hour. It sounds like you do need a nap

MARY you win! Your humidity starts earlier, lasts longer. OUr "bad" humidity sets in around June, & continues until October. That is why I always say I can't wait for October! When we were there April of last year for Annie's flight school graduation, Tad &I thought it was extremely humid, but the locals said it was a dry day!

BRENDA it does sound like Kathy is on the path of dementia. My dad also used to say here & there that something of his was stolen. Not true, but he really believed it. Is there someone to help out Kathy?

I would not want all of that clutter in my home, either.

I have no real plans for today. Tomorrow Tad & I are going up north, 2 hours to a place called "Tochigi" to see his aunt & a few cousins. We do this several times a year. It's only an hour or so drive. His aunt is 90 & acts like she's 50! She walks really fast. Hard to catch up to her sometimes! I made a banana bread for her since she likes sweets.

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Brenda, one of the early signs of dementia is the paranoia and thinking people are stealing, 'doing' things to others, etc. Maybe Kathy is on her way down. So sad. If you aren't experiencing these things, she probably is making it up. Why just her?! My AC guy came and unclogged a drain pipe that was an issue. And he says I'm very very low on freon, although my AC unit is brand new! So he's turned in an invoice to the warranty company and hopefully they will take care of it.

Doris, I am so very tired, too! Maybe a nap is in order for both of us this afternoon. I have no energy but I haven't done anything but water aerobics and waiting for the AC repair! You never know...

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

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


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Brenda, I guess you and I were playing tag team on the sleeping last night! I have done a little this morning and now we have chicken on the grill for lunch. There will be plenty left to freeze and tuck in the freezer of the RV for our trip. I like to have meat that I can just heat and add veggies with while we are there. Yesterday I did a roast and froze 2 meals for there also.

The complaints of theft could be from the early stages of dementia. That is not uncommon. Something gets misplaced and then they think it was stolen. Me--I just lose stuff and know I'm the one who did it!! If others of you have things to disappear, then you might think it's really happening.

And I hope you sleep well tonight too!

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I did not get to sleep until almost 3 after going to bed just after 10. I could not get to sleep and stay asleep so I kept reading my Kindle. Up just before 7 because I was chilly with just my sheet for a blanket. It was muggy all night.

Today will be a high of 79. Jody and I are going to the foodbank at 1. Our government commodities will be delivered to us about noon. The residents foodbank will be delivered here about 11 so it will be a busy day.

Kathy came to my door around 8 last night to tell me she was robbed sometime yesterday and wanted to know if I had seen anyone walk by my door. She has been saying for about a year that someone has been taking things so she got a door alarm. What she said was taken yesterday was her little fancy casserole dish and a pair of $10 earrings.

Many times I don't even bother to lock my door when I go downstairs, nor does Alma next door to me. When I am home, my door is wide open. Maria down the hall does the same thing. Myself, I think she is whacko (how do you spell that?). She is in her early 70's.

I told her to call the police. She has but never let them come to take a report. We all have new locks with deadbolts and no one but management has a master key. She is so paranoid that she sets her alarm when she walks across the hall to put her trash down the chute.

She asked Laurie to change her locks but the higher ups said no, she has to pay for them to be changed because they are new locks and it costs about $60 for the locksmith. If it was me, I would just pay to have my locks changed. She insists that someone has a key to her door. I have never met anyone so paranoid.

If there was a thief in the building they would be targeting others, not just her. We all have things hung on the walls beside our hall doors and no one has ever touched them. Plus we all have deliveries from UPS and no one ever touches the them that are left outside our doors.

And the drama's go on...............................

Doris, I hope you sleep tonight.

Mary, it sounds like you have a good AC company. I hope it was just a fluke that your house got so hot.

Michele, I am reading all the free books from Book Bub. Some are good stories, some are not. I need to figure out how to delete the ones that I have read.

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This is going to be one of those crazy days! I woke at 3:30 and haven't been back to sleep. No idea why, but now I'm exhausted and the day has just begun. And I have lots of things I need to do today. I took my shower at 6:30 and went to breakfast with DH. May have to find time for a nap somewhere, but that doesn't do as much good as sleeping in the night. UGH!

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Good morning, friends! I slept well but woke up at 5:30 and couldn't get back to sleep. I have water aerobics at 8:00 and the AC people between 10 and 1 so I got up and started my day.

Brenda, let me know how the hot bowl things go----I love that idea! So often I reach for my pads and it's awkward to get bowls out of the oven or microwave. Sounds great!

Michele, it's 77 at 5:30AM and yesterday the heat index was 107 at 9:00....if you turn the AC off, then try to cool things down, it might take hours! Mine is on from March through December sometimes....and on some 'spring' days you might need the heater at night and the AC in the daytime!

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:
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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Michele,

Margie and Dianne are sewing in their apartments all the time. I don't sew much of anything in my apartment because I cannot stand all the clutter that it entails--a cutting table, iron and ironing board plus fabric piles.. We have a lot of tables downstairs so I like to go down a couple days a week and sew. That room is used for many things so we just reserve it those two days. Every once in a while if nothing is going on, we will take our machines down.

Next Wednesday we are having a class to learn how to make Hot Bowl Hot Pads. The hot pad is shaped to hold a bowl. The bowl in the pad is placed in the microwave, making it easier to take the bowl out because you don't have to grab hot pads to pick up the bowl. I don't know if I am explaining it right so I hope you get the picture. It doesn't sound too complicated to make.

It is 10 pm and I am on my way to bed.

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MARY that is a good idea to have it checked out anyhow. It should not be acting like that.

DORIS I don't overheat too easily. Maybe it's still b/c of my age? yes, in American houses, it is more economical to leave the heat/ a.c. on rather than on & off. Not so here.

BRENDA I thought that you were sewing every day. Glad I have that one straight. Are you going to eat the taco or save it for later?

I am still looking for playpens, & yes, have looked online. But the mesh ones that I want are all sold out! I will still look. Don't really need one until around December anyhow, when Shaw begins to crawl.

Off to read my kindle. I am reading the entire series of Mark Twain. I have finished Tom Sawyer, The Prince & the Pauper & now, onto Hucklberry Finn.

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Doris, I'm impressed with the warranty service so far. It's after hours and the number I called and left a message to said to call tomorrow during business hours. I left a detailed message with an apology for not being here when the AC guy came! Someone called me back...after hours...and scheduled them to come back tomorrow! I do want it checked out. I'm nice and cool right now but it was like a sauna when I got home earlier in the afternoon!

Enjoy your peace and quiet!

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We had a nice dinner with DD and family, visited a little while, and came home to the quiet again. Tomorrow they are having "visitation day" for all the girls' friends to come in between 4 and 9, except that two of them will stay overnight to see our oldest GD.

Michele, do be careful when out in the heat. It would be very easy for me to overheat if I was out much, so I just stay indoors. We find it is cheaper to run the AC all the time during the summer so that the furnishings in the house don't heat up and have to cool down when we come in. So sorry you had AC problems, Mary. Today was a really HOT day here.

Brenda, it's nice that you had someone who would make your purchase for you so it didn't eat up your time. Hope you're able to continue selling what you're making as quickly as you get them made.

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The welcome meeting was fine...I met some nice new women, both have just moved here in the last few weeks so I'm no longer the newcomer! I came home to a cool house!! The warranty company called an AC company who in turn called me while I was at the meeting, but I had my phone on vibrate and only a number showed up so I didn't answer it! Well, they tried to send someone immediately to fix the AC! I called and texted when I realized that the AC is now working. I do want them to come check it out, though. They have already charged me for a service call!!

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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:
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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Mary, we only sew regularly on Wednesday and Saturday but sometimes we get together downstairs and sew on Monday. depending on what is happening here. This morning I had not planned on going downstairs until noon.

I just went through the sewing totes to see what I had ready to sew. I called Debby and asked her to stop at the fabric store on her way and get me two yards of the iron on batting for the little purses. She goes right past it on the way here.

She usually comes here at 10:30 Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday to help Dianne with her laundry and cleaning but today Dianne went on our bus to Walmart grocery shopping so Debby came when she got back.

We have a wheelchair lift on the bus so she can go there once a month. We are lucky to have the bus for the wheelchairs but it only accommodates one chair.

Elinor gave me half of her baked chicken, that was a surprise! I put it in the refrigerator because I had just had breakfast.Then this afternoon Debby gave me one of her taco's she bought for Dianne and her for lunch. I had already most of the chicken. Dianne will get her new sewing machine that she bought on Ebay. It is exactly like her old one. So she will be in a better frame of mind.

John I hope you can get your internet and TV hooked up and split with the owner. Here we get free secured wireless internet but have to pay for our own TV. It will be so great when you get all settled in your country home.

Mary I hope there is nothing wrong with your AC in those hot temps.

Michele, any luck finding a playpen yet? Why can't you order one online? They have lightweight ones now with nylon mesh and they fold up.

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MARY how resourceful your son is! I didn't know such things existed for the internet, but nowadays, anything is possible.

Enjoy your welcome committee. I am leaving for Amaya's piano lesson right this minute. Can't wait to get home---it's so hot. I bet Mary, your house feels like mine does all the time. We do not run our a.c. constantly. Only when we use it

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I hope you had a good piano lesson, Michele. Glad you enjoy that so much!

John, my son in law has some sort of 'thing' that you plug into your computer to give you internet access in remote places and it only charges you for what you use: a Hotspot, maybe? If the splitting of the cost with the landlord doesnt work out, maybe you can use the next few weeks to investigate that sort of thing. So happy you are getting a new place for yourself!

Brenda, having teamwork like you do for the various jobs for the sewing is wonderful. One of these days I want a 'stay in my nightgown til 10am day!' I'm sure there was a lot waiting for you once the day actually started for you!

Doris, my husband was the banana pudding expert! For one Father's Day, he asked for a footed compote dish so he could 'display' his banana pudding! I have never tried it but I'm sure yours was wonderful. Enjoy all the family---then go back and rest up, lol!

I went resale store shopping with 2 neighbors this afternoon and came home to a hot house. My AC was 4 degrees higher than the thermostat said! I called the home warranty company and they should call me back tomorrow. But now that the sun isn't shining so hot, the house is cooling down. I will still pay for the 'house call' and have them check it out. It got to 97 today and this house was SO hot!

Off to a Welcome to the Neighborhood meeting with friends!!

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:
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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DORIS you are almost there with the kitchen! Do be careful in that heat. It is all over the news here how there is a severe heat wave in the U.S. right now. We only have the low 90's but we are equal in the humidity.

Enjoy your dinner with your family . The pudding sounds good. I love bananas!

Off to Amaya's piano lesson.

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Brenda, the kitchen remodel has 2 down-1 to go. The counter tops and back splash are in, but the floors will begin being replaced on Monday with it taking about 4 days to remove the old floor and replace it. It includes our breakfast area, a bathroom, laundry room, and a hall plus the kitchen. And unfortunately, the RV is not packed. It is 100 degrees today and I really hate to put food out in that heat until we are ready to leave. I will be turning the air on in the RV and doing some prep on Saturday week. Then we can leave the air on to keep it reasonably cool until we leave early Monday, the 31st.

We are having dinner with the bunch tonight at DD's. I made a banana pudding to take. DGS has arrived this afternoon so her entire family is there with the exception of the SIL who is deployed. They came from England, Tennessee, California, and Dallas so it's hard to get them all together at the same time, what with jobs and such distances between them. When we see the oldest DGD after this visit, she will have her baby girl too. She is to be named London Elise and is due in November.

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I hope in the future you'll be able to pay for it, after things settle down for you! Otherwise we won't be able to "talk" to you a lot---& you'll be missed here, believe me!! You have become a good friend to all of us!!! emoticon emoticon

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I could pay for dish and add internet to it. Maybe cost 100 a month or so. My landlord would split it. I expect I need it. Business is conducted with internet these days. Plus research for jobs etc... . I'll put it on my to do list. I don't know which satellite company he uses. He has a dish for tv now. Good idea. Thanks. John.

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JOHN is there any way to install internet in your new place? I haven't a clue about these things so I really don't know.....it sounds like thngs are really falling into place for you. Hooray!

MARY I would be as clumsy as you are for dancing or anything else. But as long as you have fun, then it's all worthwhile. I can not do aerobics---can't follow the steps for the life of me!

BRENDA good that Ruth likes to iron. I had to iron for mom every Monday, that was ironing day. I used to iron a lot of dad's handkerchiefs. They always had to be perfect.
I too, always do things my own way. I was just ranting. I am fine now, as far as cousin MaryAnn is concerned.

DORIS that must have been alot of fun to have so many around you at once, & then you can return home to your peace & quiet. Just the way I too, would like it! It's good that they all live near you!

MARIELLE I love those little posters! Maybe you should try heat on your tailbone now. Please continue to be careful. And yes, I am NOT listening to Mary Ann.

I have Amaya's piano lesson today; she is only a 20 m inute bike ride ( vs 40 to Junko's) so it won't be too bad in the heat.

It is 5:00 a.m & I have to get Tad up for work now. He leaves the house at 5:30 a.m. to avoid the traffic into Tokyo

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HI Brenda: The hardest thing is getting myself up and down. The weight of what I carry is small compared to that. I am a little sore but no painful injury. This is good. The closest store is about 6 miles in a small town. There are more but they are like antique shops, plumbers, etc My new place does not have internet. I will access it when I go to the nearest large town about 12 miles away. Not every day though. I wont be out of my apt here until the end of July but next week I should be able to exit it for the last time.

Mary: Line dancing sounds great. I bet it raises your spirits, is good exercise, and brings you into contact with a great bunch of people. Have fun.

Marielle: I enjoy your funny pictures a lot.

Soon I will be able to get Maryland license and seek medical treatment. Maybe I can win the bog mega million pot this time. I put a dollar or two on it when it is up high.

Have a blessed weekend everyone. John.





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Good Day Everyone, lots of chatting this morning, took me a while to read all the posts. It rained overnight for the first time in well over a month. The air always smells so good after it rains.

John, you have really been busy with your moving. Try not to hurt yourself. Up and down those steps with heavy things can really do some damage to your body. It is hard to sort out your stuff. How many more days do you have to finish the move and get the cleaning done? I never plan to move again except feet first at the end.

Will you have internet at your new place? Are there any little stores or businesses near your new place? You are off to a great adventure. I am very happy for you.

Mary, it is amazing how much we know and retain when we are learning something new. Give yourself credit for helping your friend with the steps.

Michele, do not listen to your cousin because what you or anyone else does is none of the cousin's business. We all have our way to do things. I have always marched to the beat of a different drummer, never followed the crowds because I know my own way. If someone asks me I will give them my opinion. I do not care what others think of me.

Doris, all those children at once would drive me crazy. I am glad they are not staying at your house and you can go home when you have had enough visiting.

How is the kitchen remodel coming along? How much more do they have to do? Is your camper pretty much ready to go on your trip to CO?

Marielle, I hope your tailbone continues to heal and you don't hurt yourself again. My back gives me fits sitting and sewing for long periods, then my feet and legs hurt with all the walking and standing.

With Ruth doing our pressing for us helps so much plus she loves to iron. Joan, who just moved in, gave us her ironing board with a nice padded cover. We have two others but there is not much padding and the covers are old and stained.

It is 10 am and I am still in my nightgown. I need to get busy. Have a good day everyone.

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Marielle, you always seem to have the right words to say and the right 'delivery!' Also, I love your cute posters and sayings! I'm hoping your tailbone will be better with ice and rest. Do you have one of those 'moldable' gel packs? That would be easier to sit on than a baggie of ice! My Prescott Valley Spark friend posted some awful pictures of the mud and water issues. I hope you are far removed from there.

Michele, just continue to do how and what you do. It's the teachings and the way we are with God and towards others that 'show' us the way. Your cousin sounds like a Pharisee! Hugs!

Doris, I'm sure visiting with all these little ones around makes for a fun time---and hooray! You can get away from it and have some down time. I have another Spark friend whose DD, SIL, and GS will be moving onto their property for a couple of years and another whose grown kids and grands LIVE with them. Soooo much togetherness!! In a pinch, yes. For years, no! I hope the CO trip will be wonderful. It's coming soon.

I loved Line Dancing today. I will 'toot my horn' since I am such a slow learner: there was a woman there next to me today who said she tried it a long time ago and wanted to try it again. I told her she was in the wrong spot, lol, because I was NOT a good example! But she stayed there and I was able to 'walk' her through some of the steps for some of the dances! I was so tickled at that, and she gave me a High 5 a bunch of times and thanked me. ME!! Maybe I'm learning something after all! New residents have a Welcome meeting tonight and three of us are going together.

Mary
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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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Michele, I am sorry your cousin was such a putz! "Judge not lest ye be judged." She should practice that quote! Please don't allow an uninformed, ignorant person cause you to lose faith. It is about the teachings. Please maintain faith in your religion and don't let her lack of true faith dissuade you!! emoticon

John so glad you survived your move so far. emoticon Sounds like it was an ordeal. Thank goodness for friends.

Mary, enjoy your line dancing. It is good you are so active. I'm sure you will age well and grow older with grace because of all your activity.

Doris, so glad you have the grands and great grand visiting. I must be nice to be able to go back to your house and rest. The best of both worlds. Don't know if I'll see any great grands before I pass. To watch your lineage as it spreads is a beautiful thing!!

My tailbone is feeling better again. I am still using ice on it which helps. Haven't tried heat yet. I'm sure it will just take time. Lifting heavy things bother it so I am definitely refraining from that.

Have an awesome day everyone!!


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Mary, you do so much exercise that I'm embarrassed by how little I do. I can't imagine you eating so much that you're not losing!! Must be something else besides just food.

John, so glad the big stuff is moved. Hope the other stuff goes smoothly too.

Marielle, I hope most of your soreness has passed by now. Do be careful that you don't have a repeat performance!

Michele, Jesus had some of the strongest criticism He ever offered for the "religious" because He knew their hearts were more focused on keeping the rules than on their relationship with Him. You have your time with God each day--that's about the relationship, so don't worry about the lack of visits to a building! We do gain encouragement from other Christians when we worship with them, but that's not the critical factor.

Our 3 grand daughters who belong to the DD who is here in the new house all made it here last night, along with our DGGS. He was hyper from all the activity yesterday, and he's a 3 year old in a new house! We visited a short time and retreated to our own quiet house. We will see them again today. Just for info, the new house is not complete, but it is livable--has AC, flooring, furniture, appliances--just no crown mold, missing some interior doors, paint touch ups, window coverings, and some of the non-essential furniture is still in storage, but it is nice that they can have the family there for this week. Sure takes the load off me!!

I have things to do for the trip, but I just haven't gotten much accomplished this morning. Slow starter! Hope you all have a great day!

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JOHN & MARY thank you. After what cousin Mary Ann said, it makes me NOT want to be a Catholic anymore: she is too caught up in her "rules" & not being a true Christian.

JOHN I'm so glad that your move is going well so far. Of course you're tired after all of that moving. Don't forget to do something nice for you & that does NOT include overeating! You have worked hard!

MARY I love sales, resales, garage sales..... have a good time at it. Hope that you enjoy your line dancing. It seems to suit you well.

I am off to bed now. Goodnight friends!

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Good morning, friends! Marielle, you're exactly right about the book and movie. It was quite intense and quite the tear jerker. That's why one woman decided she didn't want to watch it after she read the reviews. I really want to see the movie and probably will with my daughter. I wish she would have told us ahead of time...I got to the 'old' side of town for this meeting/movie/discussion at 1:30 and had another meeting a mile away at 6:30!

Michele, John is absolutely right. Don't let the judgment of what someone else thinks cloud your own 'plan or path.' Your cousin has no right to tell you off for anything, much less for not going to Mass. You face trials and tribulations all the time and are doing your very best. Don't lose sight of that---or hope!

John, I'm so glad you were able to make the move. Obviously, you have internet! Yay! I hope you get the rest of your things moved and that you find it is a good thing. I have been so much happier once the move itself happened. It's a stressful thing while you're in the midst of it!

Brenda, I neglected to congratulate you on losing weight AND inches! I always say 'I found them' when friends tell me that, lol! I am staying the same even though I'm exercising a lot because I just am not watching what I eat. One of these days!

I have Line Dancing this morning, then two neighbors and I are going to a large resale shop that is going out of business. One neighbor apparently works there and has told everyone about it. Tonight there is a Welcome party for new residents so several of us are going. I hope to meet more people! My friend will be in the Ausin/Fredericksburg area for a few days then come back here on Saturday night and stay until Tuesday!

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


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Hello Again:

Michelle: I get judged often by others from a conservative religious background. I think it is just an expression of anger or hatred directed at me by someone who is supposed to be Christian. Whatever happened to forgiveness, compassion, and love. It is caused by someone not practicing their christian values thats all. I am into the sweep your own doorstep ethic and let the rest of the world sweep theirs.
I like you just fine as you are.

On my move: I got the big furniture moved into my new place. What remains is two lockers where I have my moms stuff and mine stored. True there are some large items in there. But they are easier to muscle around in the locker and I don't have to go up three flights of stairs. most of my effort now is with small banana sized boxes. That's 10 by 24 by 18 inches, not a banana sized box. lol. A bunch of bananas. I will be concentrating on moving out of the apartment now. Mostly cleaning.

I don't have much to say cause I am just TIRED now.

Wishes for a good weekend to everyone. John.
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Hi All: I survived my first move. A friend and I carried all my large items into the new place. We went up all those steps a bunch of times. It was a LOT of work. No heart attack so I guess my heart is still okay. I took a couple of aspirin before just in case. I am stiff and sore today.

Now on to the small items. I have way too much junk now and it has to go.

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MARIELE thank you for that---I am going to look it up on line.
How is your tailbone today? is Charlie behaving himself?!

I was just told by my bipolar cousin ( who is also a Catholic) that it is a mortal sin for me NOT to be going to church at least weekly. Well! It is people like her who completely turn me off from the Catholic chruch!

I had been unable to go for years, taking care of Tad's mom & then his dad at their home. I was a caregiver. Church for me means travelling by train 1 hour to get there, an hour service & then another hour home.

Most of the church members are ex-pats---people sent by mostly American companies over here to Japan to work a few years & then return to their home country. Most of them are very groupy. My kids & I never did fit in. I sent my kids to CCD (Sunday school) not only for Christian education, but also as another means to learn & be exposed to the English language.

As of right now, I do a daily Rosary, & a daily Devotion. How does me not going to a building to pray---isn't God everywhere? Doesn't He hear prayer everywhere?!!! --mean that I am going to go to Hell?!!

Ok. enough ranting. Off to teach English!

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Hi all-I read The Shack a few years ago. It was originally a self published book that the author William Young wrote for his children. I saw him on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday just the other day. It is a tear-jerker or at least it was for me. It is about a man who loses his daughter to a serial killer and it is about his pain and suffering and his road back from that pain during a weekend visit to the shack. His shack "visit" is basically about his interactions with the Trinity (3 manifestations of God). Very spiritual...

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MARY I have never heard of that book/movie. I am interested in seeing/reading it.

Just walked home from the mall; 45 minutes pushing my bike Time for lunch. the a.c. is ON!!!!

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Mary, I read The Shack about 8 years ago and it was great to read but I cannot remember what it is about. Too bad you could not see the movie after you took the trouble to go to the meeting. That lady should have checked the length of the movie.

At least you got to visit with another friend. Better luck next time. Maybe you could check the book out at the library. I don't remember that it was sad.

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Great news, Brenda, that your doctor released you and that he went along with what you said about knowing how to calm yourself! I'm so glad!

Michele, how will you get the playpen back to your house if you do find one? Do you have a newspaper area where you could post an ad? A friend with a grandbaby who has outgrown one? Keep us posted!

My church meeting was to watch The Shack and have a discussion. One woman didn't think she could watch it without crying so she begged off and left! The other 3 of us who showed up didn't know the movie was so long and the hostess said she had something going in late afternoon so we left! I had 3 and a half hours to kill before my night meeting. I ran a couple of errands and called a neighbor from my old street. She let me come visit for a while. Then I stopped by my old church and went in and said a Rosary! Then I went to the meeting. It was a long day and I'm glad to be home now!

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BRENDA I am so glad for you1

I am out the door on my way now; it is 9 a.m. I 'll keep you posted.

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Dr. Yi released me from his care this afternoon because there was nothing found wrong with my heart from the Echocardiogram.

Everything is fine. I explained to him that I do get anxiety attacks every now and then but I do not take or want to take any kind of pill and he agreed as long as I know how to calm myself.

On the way home I stopped at Walmart and bought some Tums and three individual salad bowls and a small bag of tomatoes. Then I stopped at my doctors office to get the paper work for Debby to fill out to be my advocate in case I can't take care of myself as far as medical decisions go. It is medical power of attorney.

When I came home Dianne and Debby were in the Community room eating their lunch so I sat down and ate one of my salads because I had not had any lunch yet.

Michele, did you find a playpen?



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