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Sorry you did not eat Michele...I know how you feel, if you don't want to eat...you won't..

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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.
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BRENDA how thoughtful Jeanette is! It is good to have friends like her.
It is terribly windy here; it is the 1st wind of spring, as it is called in japanese.
I have no plans for today, sunday, other than to practice piano & read my kindle!

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It has been raining all day. Jeanette borrowed my car to go get her hair cut and get a few groceries. She called this morning to see if I was going to be using my car. I don't mind. She just goes to the store and comes right back, doesn't run all over town like Janie did. To take the bus she has to walk 8 blocks to the bus stop and then try to carry her groceries home. She always gives me gas money too.

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BRENDA I too, like that policy about Bingo I would have done what you are doing---overeat 1 meal, & then behave the rest of the week. Glad that you had a good time, at least!
That is really sad about Darlene. My DH's grandpa was also an alcolhoic. So the rest of us are very careful with alcohol.

DORIS I hope you enjoy your outing at HH. Chicken pot pie is a favorite of mine, but just too many calories I was just telling DH yesterday that as much as I love to eat, I simply can not for gaining too much weight, & if that happens my clothes won't fit. I can not buy clothes here, except now & then. Importing is just so darn expensive.

No plans for this rainy sundday.

The Hawaiian band was great yesterday. Really really good . DH is almost professional with his sax that he plays---he plays jazz, & we had a really good time. As much as I enjoyed the hula dancers, all of the groups, after a while, they all started to look the same. We stayed until DH's cousin finished, & then we left.

We went out to a Denny's-like restaurant but I did not eat; not only was I too tired, it was noisy & filled with lots & lots of young kids, babies etc. Not the kind of environment that I enjoy eating in!

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Brenda, thanks for the tip. We are going to HH tonight to help with the meal, and Cosco's chicken pot pie is the main dish. I have 2 waiting in my refrigerator right now to start cooking at 3. I will remember what you said and eat sparingly on it since I retain fluid so easily. Donna also bought the chocolate cake there at Cosco's, and I'm wondering if it's the same kind you had. Bet it is. My jello may be the healthiest thing there! LOL Sugar, salt, more sugar!

It's nice that the policy is no repeat bingo winners until everyone has won. It seems that otherwise one person gets lucky and would win several while some go home empty-handed.

Have a great weekend!

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I did sleep some better last night. I crashed after the party for about an hour in my recliner. Then stayed up until 11, read for about fifteen minutes and slept until 5:30.

I ate too much yesterday. That chicken pot pie was so good that I ate two servings at lunch time. Dinner was a tossed salad and a small custard cup of ice cream. The scale said I gained two pounds yesterday but I know it is because that chicken pie had a lot of salt in it. I will behave today.

When we play big time bingo, we all win once. The way we do it is when a person wins, they can still play the game but cannot win again until everyone in the game has won once. That way we all go home with something. Our last game is black out and the prize for winning that was $10. I didn't come close. Laurie insists on buying big bags of candy and trail mixes and that is what the residents choose. Me, I always pick the smallest package and usually give it away. She did have some Tide laundry pods and kitchen towels and TP. Those always go first. I also won a package of graham crackers that I gave to Joice. I only picked the tiny heart box of candy because I wanted the box. Will probably not eat the candy.

The piece of chocolate cake I brought home will probably end up in the garbage. I took a couple bites of it but it is so very sweet, it is sickening. I was eating my salad last night when Elinor came in with a piece of cake topped with ice cream leftover from lunch. Sat here and ate it and talked and talked for about an hour, then she finally went home to check on Princess. Deep sigh......................................
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The new lady who will be moving into Darlene's apartment is 80 and has a service dog. Jeff is working on getting the apartment ready for her.

Darlene burned up a burrito on her stove so the whole hood fan and wall behind the stove has to be replaced as well as the stove. See, Darlene is an alcoholic and drank all the time, that is why she only weighs 80 pounds. She has been pretty much bed ridden for the past few months. I don't know why she still has a liver. She kept her booze beside her bed on the floor. She is in a nursing home now. And yes, she is still drinking, If they take her booze away, she will die for sure but at least they will monitor it.

I like jello sometimes. It has been years since I have made it. Elinor makes it quite often with fruit for the potlucks and it always goes fast. I won't be going to the Sunday potluck or the Saturday morning breakfast at 10. All they do around here is eat junk.

Bonnie, that is so sweet of your friend to offer to pay for your treatments. That is a good thing to be able to count on should you need help in the future.

Mary, have a good weekend.


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MARY I am praying for your sister's speedy recovery! My cousin had one of those procedures done more than 15 years ago; she is still doing fine!
Enjoy your sunday!

BRENDA how wonderful that you won ! the prizes sounded so cute. Do have a good time if you decide to go to your potluck.
How are the coasters coming along? Have you started them yet?

MArRIELL I do not do well either on less than 7 hours of sleep! I hope for you too, friend that your DD will behave herself! You too! deserve better!

BONNIE Glad that we gave you all a good laugh! I do not like japanese jello at all; American jello is just so-so, but it does look so pretty! Come to think of it---the only jello that I really do like is coffee jello, which is popular here in Japan!
How blessed you are indeed, friend! to have M& B in your life! Glad you enjoyed your time with your mom.

DORIS I bet your jello will be good! I do like strawberries, so I would be more willing to eat the jello with them & yogurt inside!

I am off to cousin's dance recital now!

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Well, the jello salad is finally made. It had 4 layers and that takes time to congeal, plus a strawberry layer that didn't cooperate very well. Two of the layers had yogurt mixed into the jello. The recipe said to moisten the strawberry slices with jello to make it stick to the previous layer, which I did, but when I tried to cover them with the next jello layer, they floated up. I hope it tastes good.

Gotta go check something for DH. Be back.

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2/12/16 10:24 P

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BRENDA

Glad you had a good party. Also very cool that you will get paid for the work you are going to do.

Good to know that Princess is well, and you don't have to help with the pills now.

MICHELE

I am so glad that you and Tad are going out together. Hoping you have a really wonderful time.

MARY

Be careful driving on your trip. Hope you enjoy your reunion get together.

Prayers for your sister and her surgery.

DORIS

Hope you party goes well.

JOHN

Glad to hear your attitude is good.

Good luck with your training. One day at a time, just like everything else. I have to keep reminding myself all of the time about that.

I am laughing because all of you are liking Doris' Jello Salad. I am laughing, because I think I am the only person in the world who does not like Jello.

It is a texture thing. My friend Amy and I always laugh because when I had my gallbladder out in 1990, I did not eat for 4 days, and then of course they gave me Jello.

Had a nice evening with mom and dad, we went to dinner together, and then to my niece Christy's house so she could cut our hair. Glad to have that done. She went to the supply house, and bought me some shampoo and conditioner. Big bottles, so I will not need that for a while

Wishing you all a good weekend. I am feeling ok. I still have some things to take care of, but I am not going to allow myself to be overwhelmed. One at a time.

I will be closing on my refinance on Thursday next week. I had to go to the office and sign one more paper today. Then I went to Dr Mike for an adjustment.

I think I have mentioned to you about how close I am to Maryann and Betsy at Dr Mike's office.

When I went today, I had to pay for my "wellness". I pay $90 for 4 adjustments. Well,I was about to tell Maryann about refinancing the house, and how much better shape I was going to be in. She started to talk first, so I listened to her. She asked me when I was going to have to make that big payment for my Medicare, and that she was going to pay for my "wellness" for the month that I have to do that. I was so touched. I told her that I was going to be ok, and then told her about the refinance. She was very happy for me. But, told me that if I needed her to pay that $90 next time, I should just tell her. Said she wanted me to know how much she loved me. I am just so blessed in life. Told her I would be fine, but that I loved her too and was so appreciative of her wanting to do that for me.

As my mother always used to say "It's a great life if you don't weaken". LOL She doesn't say it often anymore, but I still remember.
God Bless my friends. You are all blessings to me too.



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Hi all, gosh so many posts. I am tired for some reason. Could be Iíve only gotten 6 hours sleep for the past 3 or 4 days. Iím sure at some point I will crash and fall asleep either during the day or early evening soon. Donít do so well on less than 7 hours sleep.

Bonnie, thanks for the support. It is much less about the money than it is about entitlement and all the anger projected onto me. Iím glad things are progressing with your appraisal. If you feel that you need to hold off on the weight issue until you have the other resolved, Iím sure you know how much stress you want to tolerate. As more me, I hate stress anymore.

Michele, You are wise to let your sister and DD alone. They sound very irritating. So sorry DS is such a buttinski. Your DD sounds like she is projecting her issues onto you. I hope you enjoy your special Saturday night. It really sounds like fun!

John, are you doing your training on line? I wish you good luck in your pursuit.

Brenda, I am glad you had fun at your Valentineís Day party and that you donít have to help with Princessí medication any more. Enjoy your peace and quiet.

Mary I hope things go well for your sister. My friend with RA got a settlement which bought her house because of a hip transplant that didnít work and had been recalled. I hope all goes well for DSís surgery. Good luck on your weigh in. Iím not doing so well right now with eating. Start out great and then donít do well. It will get better.

Doris, your red jello salad sounds delicious. My mom always just made plain jello or jello with canned fruit in it.

Take care everyone and be well.


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Yay, Brenda...it sounds like you had a good time with the residents and enjoyed a very nice dinner and entertainment! I'm happy that you won. The prizes were cute and thoughtful, too. I hope Sunday's pot luck will be equally fun for you if you choose to go. I hope I've lost a little tomorrow but I just hate to weigh now and maybe ruin my mood!! I took a hot bath and will put the clean sheets on the bed. I've started packing and will finish after WW tomorrow. I sure wish my cough would end. I am so rarely sick and this doesn't feel good at all.

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We had a good turnout for our Valentines's party. Laurie bought three huge chicken pot pies at Costco. Jeanette and I each cooked one in our ovens and Laurie cooked the other one down in the kitchen. She also bought a gallon of ice cream and two huge five layer chocolate cakes and a couple bags of oriental chicken salad. It was really good.

Then we played bingo, I won once and picked out a tiny heart box of candy containing four pieces of candy. We all paid $3 to play bingo and she gave that back to us. Laurie also gave me and Jeanette each a kitchen towel and some cooked chicken strips that she bought for the salad. She had some leftover after she tossed the salad because she bought too much. One of the cakes wasn't cut. I guess they will save it until Sunday potluck.

I went to Safeway just before 10 this morning and they weren't busy at all. It was raining pretty hard when I left but quit by the time I came home. I wasn't gone very long. Now at just after 4 pm there are blue skies and sunshine.

Michele, that is so great you got to go to dinner and the show with Tad. You deserve to have some fun and relaxation.

Mary, good luck on your weigh in tomorrow. Have a great weekend.

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Doris, your Jello salad sounds great and I'm sure it will be a festive addition to the celebration. Enjoy the time with your friends and the card game!

Michele, wow, I'm so excited for you. Go to the show and dinner and enjoy every minute. You need to get out and have a great time.

So happy Princess is okay now and you are relieved of 'duty,' Brenda! Rest up and maybe next time Just Say No.

I got a lot done today and just got back from a walk. I am having baked fish and zucchini tonight for supper. Tomorrow I weigh in. We'll see how I do once again. Then I am going to see my mother and attend a college church group reunion. I will stay over night with one sister and see my mother again, thne come home Sunday. i found out that the sister who will have surgery said the doctor said women develop issues with hip replacements and this type of tumor more than men. I wonder why? they will put in a ceramic joint rather than metal and he thinks she will bounce back just fine. I hope so!

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I don't have to help with Princess anymore because she is finished with her meds. I am so relieved........................... I need some peace and quiet.

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DORIS I hope that your jello salad turned out well. Mom used to make a Christmas version of the same thing! I have always wanted to try it---now I think that I will! How was your 84 game? I wish I could be there with you to do it!

BRENDA I always need friends like you---- emoticon to reinforce what I already know. I hope that your coasters are fun to make. They do sound cute! I am glad for all of you too, that Princess is back to her 'ol self! You were very helpful! Just being your usual self!

MARY The Story Lady time sounds just what you need! Good for you! Glad that it is less taxing to you. and the extra money does help!

MARIELLE I also agree with all that Mary & Brenda said about your DS's estate. YOur DD sounds as selfish as mine! However, like me, you are strong! You are not a quitter! And we always bounce back from this nastiness, don't we?! Like Brenda mentioned tome----DO WHAT YOU WANT with that money! YOU DESERVE IT! YOu have earned it!

JOHN emoticon emoticon emoticon You are heading in the right dirction, 1 baby step at a time!

Tonight (saturday here already) I have to teach my students this morning . Then late this afternoon, DH & I have received 2 free, very expensive tickets to see his cousin dance with professional Hawaiin dancers. She is not professional, but her group is just one of many groups who will be dancing with the pros. WE are going to go out to dinner afterwards, have no idea of what I will be eating. I am really looking forward to it!

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Good morning, everyone. Wow! you've posted a lot!

Michele and Marielle, sorry about the DD problems. It sounds as though you both have a handle on it. But it does zap your energy having to deal with it.

Mary, I guess your mom is still about the same? I hope your sister does OK with this surgery. You seem to roll with the changes very well at work. I would not be able to put babies on the floor to change them.

This morning I'm trying to make a pretty red jello salad for tomorrow's HH dinner. Donna is doing the meal and I usually take something too, so this is the 4 layered salad of red jello and yogurt with strawberries between the top 2 layers. Not hard, just time consuming to do a layer and wait, then repeat 3 more times. It should look Valentine themed.

Tonight we will be going to eat and then coming back here to play 84 with 2 other couples. At least the house got cleaned yesterday so all I have to do is pick up what we've left laying out since yesterday.

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Brenda, we were posting at the same time! The school schedule will probably not change...the directors are wonderful people and easy to work with but on serious overload and the teachers seem to take off so often that they are always scrambling for someone to sub. They change my schedule according to the number of people they need to fill in and my story time often gets passed by or changed to a different day. I get paid a little more for the story time than I do for subbing, when it's really a much less taxing job! No changing diapers on the floor when I am reading!! It's not a big deal it just throws me off because I am very organized and like to know ahead of time about changes.

I hope the coaster making will be fun and profitable. It's very nice that you help Elinor with the dog and all the other people who benefit from your great generosity!!

Mary
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Good morning, friends. I woke up to much warmer temps (60ís instead of 30ís!) and bright sunshineÖmy kind of day. I have plenty of things to keep me busy today and will try to get things done that I keep putting off.

Bonnie, all those Ďlittleí things that need to be addressed can add up to stressful situations just by the numbers and by the fact that you think they are taken care of ----and theyíre not. Hang in there. I hope you can get it all ironed out and be able to take a deep breath this weekend.

Michele, you are wise to know that you canít change Annie and even though every time she says or does something mean and ugly, it hurts badly, you and Tad are a unit and need to concentrate on yourselves now. She and your sister seem to be a toxic combo. Iím sorry the 2 of them have banded togetherÖwhat a mess.

Marielle, bravo for you standing up for yourself. Despite her mental health issues, shame on your daughter for chastising you for anything! You are supporting her and the children. Where would she go and what would happen to her family if you didnít let her stay with you? You should be able to enjoy this time in your life with as little stress as possible and her words/actions are so hurtful. If you wanted to take a world cruise and leave her behind, so be it! Instead, you Ďfilled in the blanksí for things that were needed for your family and got a few comfort items for yourself. Stay strong! Maybe the next time she starts in you can calmly tell her that anytime she thinks things arenít the way they should be, she is free to go elsewhere and do differently. Maybe that would shake her up. Hugs to you! And thanks for keeping my mother in your prayers.

John, thank goodness I love salad too! It doesnít have to be just a lettuce mix, either. Try tomato, avocado and shrimp, for example. Be sure to add protein. You need to give your body enough fuel to work efficiently. The Spark nutrition area can give you a meal plan to follow and itís free. That would give you a guide line of the balance needed for a healthy dayís worth of food choices! Thereís a nice salad recipe in the recipe section called ďOh, Boy, Salad!í I enjoy that one, too! Explore and find new things to try. Good luck with the job training, too. What are you trying this time? You can find a head hunter who can steer you towards something in your line of 'expertise' and save yourself a lot of time and effort.

Have a great weekend, friends!


Mary
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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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John,

Good for you eating all that salad. Tip: according to the experts you should not use lite dressing but the regular dressing with full fat because the lite does not let your body get the full nutrients from the salad. So just do the regular dressings but be sure to measure out your serving size. The best way to do dressing is to put it in a small container and dip your fork in the dressing (instead of dumping it over the salad) when you are eating it. That way you get the taste of the dressing without all the calories.

Good luck studying for your new job. That is hard to be self disciplined enough to settle down and actually do the studying. I give you lots of credit for doing that. I taught myself to crochet out of a book about ten years ago and have earned a lot of money when I really needed it to fix my car, even earned some 1st place blue ribbons at the Fair for my hand made items.

Bonnie,

You have a lot of things going on right now with your different issues. I am sure they will all be solved shortly and you can get on with everything else. Once you get the money from your house things will be straightened out for your finances. That would be so great if your friend can get a job in your area and live with you.

Mary,

That is such awful news about your sister. I hope her surgery goes smoothly. Julie on the first floor just had to have her hip replacement done over again. Her son or brother took her to Portland, OR for the surgery and now he is here staying with her for a couple weeks. She will be so much better after she heals from this.She was in so much pain and they kept telling her it was all in her head when in fact a piece of plastic had cracked inside her hip replacement and that's why she couldn't walk anymore.

You need to make those people understand that they need to let you know of any changes in the schedule so you can make appropriate changes to your reading schedule. What happened last year has nothing to do with this year. I know you can "roll with the punches" but it is nice to know what is going on. You are a good teacher. emoticon

Marielle,

Sorry your DD is being such a pill. It is indeed your money to do with what you want/need. After all, it is your sister and her decision to leave it to you. I didn't hear of you getting too much help from the family when you were clearing out her house and taking care of the house sale. Ignore them.

All the improvements you are doing to your new place is for the good of everyone. I am glad you got a higher fence. Is it working?

Michele,

Ignore what everyone says and do what you want. This is your time now to do as you please and you don't have to answer to your children or your sister. I think they are just jealous. You are so lucky to have Tad.

What I miss the most about being alone is having someone to go places with but I have my memories. And my many good friends to use as sounding boards when I need to. I love all of you.

Doris,

What kind of food did you make for the visiting teens? You are so busy all the time with HH but I know how much you enjoy doing it.

All I had to do with Princess when she was getting her meds was hold her still so Elinor could get the pill in her mouth. The other med was in a wide syringe tube that she just squirted into the side of her mouth and she liked that. Did not like that pill. She had to hold her mouth shut until she would finally swallow it. Now she is running around very active and a person would never know she had been sick. Elinor just overreacted is all. I kept telling her to quit worrying, she was not going to die. Elinor is 88 and she should have never got that puppy but that is her business.

I got up at 4:30 this morning. Could not sleep anymore. It is raining torrents in Seattle right now but not down here.

Margie came and showed me a small throw pillow she made yesterday out of some material that Alma gave her. It is so cute and she was so proud of herself because she has never made one before. Alma also gave her a pillow form.

Laurie told me yesterday that she will give me and Margie each a gift card to make those 60 coasters for her. We will start working on them Sunday afternoon. We don't have to have them finished until April so we have time. Margie is a caregiver so she works a few days a week for extra money.

I have almost written a book so better sign off for now. Have a good day everyone.

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I am starting to retrain myself for a good job now. I have done some of this in the past but not in entirety. It will take several months and many hours each day if I get it done. I can do it but may not have the self discipline. We will see. I need to work since I don't have nuf money to retire yet.

Its cold here now. 17/9 F tomorrow with a 20mph strong wind. Not sure what wind chill is but likely well below zero. Glad I have a home.

I had salad yesterday. Okay that sounds silly but its a big step for me. 6 months since the last salad so its a big thing. All I did was buy a bag of salad and a jar of salad dressing, lite. So easy and yet so effective. I ate the whole bag for lunch and then dinner. It was very good and filled a need my body had. I feel different now. I will buy more salad today.

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MARIELLE I am sorry that I did not address you: I did not read the posts carefully IT does sound like we have very similar situations . The details are slightly different. but other than that, similar. I am so sorry foryou, dear friend. and yet I find comfort in knowing that someone else is going through what I am

I do not see a couselor, but it has been mentioned by my cousin in Michigan who is bipolar ( and my DD abuses this word,calling me bipolar , of which I am absoulutely NOT! ) & she is extremely smart, that b/c mental illness runs in both sides of dad' s family that Annie ( DD) is most likley suffering from some mental issues,including but not limiting not liking herself, but perhaps slightly bipolar herself. My cousin here has seen many, many drs, including the best at theUnvi. Michgan hospital. She went on to say that my "frustrations" & stress are defintiley not bipolar symtoms.

I do hope thatyour situation will improve. Good for you for spurging on those meditation items! You are definitly worth it! And since it seems that YOU are the one doing all of the work on your DS's estate, you are entitled to spend the $ the way you see fit!

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BONNIE I am glad for you that the appraisal is going to work out I do pray for you that the health insurance issues will go smoothly as well dear friend!

As for DD & my sister #5 it does seem that you are correct there. Gee, & you have never even met her! She was the one, back in high school, that dad was getting ready to send to boarding school, as he was at the very end of his rope! He was frayed!

Tad (DH) is such a good couselor, psychologist for me! Where would I be without him today? ( I don't even want to answer that one! ) And then I have all of you. Support. It has kept me level. Bringing me peace of emoticon and mind!

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MICHELE

I am glad you are feeling some better. There is always one family member or friend who likes to keep things unsettled for others. I think your sister is that one, and your daughter feeds right into it.

You are very wise to make your life with your husband. You have raised your children, and now it is time for the two of you. Your children will chose how they will relate to your life, and you can take it as it comes.

MARY

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MARIELLE

I think that you also handled your daughter well. You are absolutely right, It is YOUR money. You do not have to spend it on your children, and they really have no claim to it. Take care of yourself.

I think that some children always feel entitled as though they will always be children, and you have to do what they want.

Sorry, guys your parents have done their job.

I know that both of your daughters have issues that make it more difficult, but there is a line to be drawn, and I think you are both doing it well.

God Bless, and prayers that they will get their acts together.

BRENDA

You had a very busy day today. Hope you enjoy your party.

JOHN

Glad you are still with us. Stop as you are able.

I am actually putting the weight loss stuff on the back burner for a few days. I have a few other things to figure out and then I will be closing on the house next Thursday.

I have decided that I don't need any extra stress right now. It is good news, but still stressful. Today I received a call from the bank that I needed to be on a conference call with VW, as they had not finalized the closing of my lease for the 2013 Jetta. So, it looked as thought I had two leases. The bank knew it was a technicality, but I had to tell them to give the bank the info. Just a minor irritation, but still.

I am also still dealing with some things for the changes in my health insurance, and that is very stressful.

The bottom line is that I will be fine, as always, but there are some hoops to jump through. I have learned that I have to limit myself from some of the stressors.

One day at a time. All of the insurance issues will be over by July. Fingers crossed.

One day at a time.

God Bless my friends.

I am tired, did not get a lot of sleep last night, so looking forward to going to bed tonight.



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Michele, boy do I understand the daughter problem thing. My DD (disabled one) lit into me over the fact I was spending some of the money on myself from the sale of my sister's house. We got into a big verbal fight with her telling me all kind of mean things: I'm not a grandmother to my grandsons; I've been horrible to her all her life; her sister and she should get the money; I am selfish and etc., etc. I wasn't very nice back to her. My counselor believes she may have borderline personality traits. Anyway after we got done and I was able to cool down, I basically went out and "compassionately" told her she needs to get her act together; that I cannot change anything that I have done in the past; but that she needs to do what she can to feel better about herself so she doesn't take it out on others. That was last Friday and it wore me out.

I did go out and buy several things: let's see: printer paper, ink for the printer, a cat tower for kitty who stays in my room, a new steam iron, "dog in yard" signs, food (because we were really low on things for the boys to eat), some teas for myself and anyone else who wants to drink tea,and took her out for her birthday to a movie with the boys. I did splurge on meditation supplies: I got some cushions for my knees, a shawl to wear during meditation to stay warm, and a folding table for the altar. One other splurge for me - I got another dna test from National Geographic to trace my genes back to prehistory. As I am a woman it will only trace maternal genes. Anyway I told her it was not her business what I bought and that it was my money (she hated that).I have ranted and rambled enough on that subject. I really have no animosity hanging on-just keep working on having compassion.

Mary glad you enjoyed the dinner and no bad news surfaced. I really don't think I would want to go back to work, even part time. I guess if I had to, I could figure it out, but it would be really hard on me. I think I've gotten really lazy, but there doesn't always seem to be enough time in the day, given my energy, to get everything I want to get done, done.

Take care everyone!

Marielle
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MARY I am glad that you had a good dinner with your friend! And I too, like to be home early & curl up with a good movie or book. Which reminds me, emoticon to you, Mary!
I did join Bookbub. com &have downloaded a few free books. I am so much enjoying my kindle now! And the best part is----that I figured out HOW to use it all by myself!

As for my DD, yes, you are so right, as is Tad (DH) who also said that it's her life & she definitely has A LOT!!! of growing up to do. Unfortunately,if & when she ever grows up & figures it out, neither Tad nor I will most likely be around anymore, of if we are, the quality of life will be much less. So the 2 of us are enjoying other things & just leaving her be. LEtting her go,......

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The parade was put on by the school with the 4 yr olds and the admins throwing beads to the little kids like they do in New Orleans! They had authentic music and masks, noise makers, etc. so it was cute. It just happened while I had kids scheduled to come to me and no one told me. Again today, the directors said things about 'last year' and I had to remind them that this is my FIRST year! They keep saying that it feels like I've been there for a long time! I think so too, sometimes, lol! emoticon I'm sorry your phone call was equally unsettling. That girl has a lot of growing up to do. Being a flight attendant, they will put her in her place if she mouths off to them...might be what she needs and you can smile to yourself with an 'I told you so' thought!

I'm so relieved..dinner with my friend was fine and there was no bad problem. She had some interesting news that she wanted to run by me but nothing bad, thank goodness! I'm home and down for the count!

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MARY so sorry that your schedule was mixed up! I hope that you got through it ok. Did you manage to get to the mardi gras or parade?

as for DD, I did phone, & she was totally rude. Will not apologize she said. It wasn't worth calling her at all.

I am off to my new piano lesson! emoticon

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HI, friends! Story Lady was worn out on Tuesday, lol. No one told me there was a Mardi Gras parade and that my schedule would be totally messed up so that everyone could come for story time AND attend the parade! It all worked out, but I never knew what age group was coming to me at any particular time. Good thing I'm flexible! And today I was with 2.5 yr. olds. So that meant I changed diapers while kneeling on the floor and bent over to tie shoes. My poor knees are killing me!

Bonnie, no matter which surgery you choose if you do decide to go that route, there will be months of discussion groups and meetings with psychologists and dieticians, etc. At least that's what happened when my 4th sister did it. She was so psyched up and did a great job for the first year, losing about 115 pounds. She started out at 315 and we hadn't seen her at 200 since she was in first grade. BUT====and I say this as a caution, you have to keep following the rules. She didn't. She got no support from her husband and son. They are probably 375 each. They bought Kentucky Fried Chicken, never encouraged her in exercise and gave her no support about the loss at all. She started eating a little bit more at each meal and drinking wine/Cokes again which was totally against the rules. Sadly, she has regained all of the weight. It's so hard to lose no matter what way you choose. Just be wise in your decision and get as much info and help as you can! So happy with the reappraisal. I am so grateful that we paid our house off before Dave died. I couldn't afford to live here if I had a house note. It was $850 if I remember and recently appraised for around $275...which in turn raised my taxes to almost $4000. It's scary.

Doris, I'm so glad you had a chance to go visit your friend in the nursing home and recently to have lunch with other friends. Getting out is always a boost! Glad the weather has been so nice for us recently, too!

Michele, I wish your daughter wouldn't light into you for all those trivial things. If you're not home, you can't possibly SKYPE with her! Shame on your sister for getting in the middle of all of this, too. Why don't you just phone her? That way your sister can't be part of the conversation. I hope the new piano teacher will be fun for you.

Brenda, again, you do so much for your friends. I always had trouble getting our dogs to take their meds...doing it for someone else's dog is really a stretch!

Marielle, I am going for 145 this time at WW. If I can get lower, great. I started at 177 this time, my alltime high. I was thin after my kids but started gaining in my late 40's. The first time I got back down to 135 I still had my same shape. After that, I had a totally different body and by now, I KNOW it's not ever going to look good again. I will accept whatever happens but everything has gone south, lol! We are all in this together!!

My former teaching partner texted me that she really, really needed to talk with me and asked that we meet for dinner. We are going to a restaurant that has loads of healthy salads but I was hoping to make it through the week without eating out again! Oh, well...I had a Modern Widow's Club meeting that was way across town and it takes me almost an hour to get there. Now I can have dinner and be home around 7:30! I don't like being out late any more. I am not typing in Word and know I am leaving people out...I'm so sorry! Someone asked about getting together with my sisters....I had a sad email from the one who just got back from Hawaii. She had a hip replacement about 8 years ago and she was only in her 50's. She rolled over in bed last night and popped the hip out! She's done that once before just by crossing her legs! So she has to get that replacement replaced and right away. The doctor has found a benign tumor at the sight of the replacement, too. So that's a scary thing.

I'd better get ready for my dinner out. Tomorrow is Friday....woo hoo!

Mary
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MARIELLE & BRENDA emoticon it has already blown over. DD still doesn't "get it" however, & I just told her now that she has a lot to learn She just thinks that we are over dramatic parents. NOt true

BRENDA glad you like the Valentine. I made it only using scissiors & stickers. Just something to brigten up your mailbox! emoticon

I have a new lesson ( did I mention this already?! ) with a tone chime member (they are all veteran piano teachers, except for me ) who is going to hopefully teach me the ins & outs of piano, something that Junko ( my reguralr piano teacher ) does not do. Junko is a "just about" piano teacher, as one of the other members had said.

Onto get some housework done!

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Michele, Just ignore them, they know not what they do. We all love you, that's what we are here for to cheer everyone on. They are not happy people and you cannot change them.

I have been laughing all afternoon, Michele. that is the cutest valentine I have ever seen. Thank you for thinking about me. I have put it on my door for all who pass by can see.

John, stop by whenever you have time. We are always here.

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Michele, I am so sorry, family can be the biggest pain in our life. Hope it all blows over.

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GOOD to hear from you, JOHN
join us whenever you can! emoticon

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Still kicking just not typing. Have a great day.

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BRENDA Laurie is so lucky to have you! and you are so thoughtful, as usual.

I have a new piano lesson today with one of the tone chime members----she is supposedly a good piano teacher. She lives only 1/2 the way to Junko's house ( my regular piano teacher & tone chime member & owner ) so we'll see how this goes.

My DD has just successfully passed an interview with United Airlines to be a flight attendant. This has been her dream for more than 10 years! She sent us a skpye mail to let us know, & we tried, unsuccessfully, to skype/call her 15 times. After that, DH & I went out sightseeing to another place outside of Tokyo.

While we were gone, she had t ried to skype/call us. She was quite rude on the skype mail saying (or typing ? ) "answer" & then "why don't you answer" and then, "ok, never mind, you'll be the last to know"

When we got home we called her on the skype. Well, who should answer but my budynsky ( as dad always said in Italian ) sister on DD's computer! This sister in Raleigh is single, works from home & hasn't a lot to do at times. She is always on her computer. She has been very helpful to DD, but at the same time butts in where she ( sister) doesn't belong
. She did asmuch when DH helped DD to set her up in Laurenburg last April when she first moved there. He wanted to say a private "good-bye", just between dad & dauighter, but budynsky sister wouldn't leave the 2 of them alone, & DD has been trained to be polite & not tell my sister to back off. So my husband just said "forget it" & left without telling DD good-bye or anything. He was annoyed & hurt, not knowing when he was going to see his daughter again.

Anyhow, when we skyped/called DD yesterday, sister anwers, At first I thought that I called the wrong skype person, but no, it was DD's skype. She started talking--she goes on & on & on all of the time & does NOT let anyone talk ( like Elinor, Brenda? ) except for maybe 30 seconds just to catch her breath so that she can go on again. She does get very annoyed if one tries to get a word in edgewise.

DD must have been sitting right next to her computer b/c budynsky sister was talking to DD while on the skype. I literally said," never mind, I 'll call back later when I can talk to my DD myself" & hung up.

I was so hurt not to mention mad---does sister NOT UNDERSTAND that we, DD's parents live so far away from her right now & wanted to share a golden moment ALONE with DD?! Wellthat moment was spoiled. And I have been mad/ hurt ever since.

I have blocked budynsky sister on my skpye mail/ call. And DD --- did directly tell her how rude she was!

Now, I don't want to think of it anymore b/ c it makes me upset all over again! emoticon emoticon

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Bonnie.

I am so glad that everything is working out so well for you with your appraisal. That is a huge savings on your house payment!

It is good to hear the doctors don't do the lapband anymore. I did not know about those new procedures. I know you will make the right decision for your health.

Yesterday was pretty busy for me. I went down to talk to Laurie and she had a big tub of quarters from the washers and dryers and asked me to roll some while we were talking. Well, I ended up rolling all of them, about $140 worth, took me a couple hours and my hands got very dirty. I just sat in the lobby and rolled and visited. Finally came home after 2 for some lunch then went back down around 4:30 and people kept wandering down so I just stayed and visited with them. Then the delivery guy came at 6 with Joice's heavy duty meds and we told him she was in bed and could not answer the door so he let me sign for them and I took them to her this morning. She cannot get in and out of bed by herself so has to go to bed at 5 when her caregiver goes home.

Laurie asked me to help her make coasters for her church ladies for an event in April. She needs 60. I asked Margie if she want's to help me and also learn how to make them. Laurie told me she will give us gift cards to Walmart or KMart for making them for her. So we will start on them Saturday afternoon. I have made them before and they are pretty simple and cute.

I cooked a package of bacon this morning. They no longer sell pound packages, they are 12 ounces and cost as much as the pound size used to cost. Everything is being downsized and staying the same price as the larger ones. I guess they think we won't notice.

Have a good day. I am going back downstairs and see if I got any mail. Tomorrow we are having our Valentines Day party and lunch and play Big Time Bingo for good prizes. Laurie is getting those huge Chicken Pot Pies at Costco and salad and a cake for lunch tomorrow. $3 for bingo and $2 for lunch.

Have a good day everyone. Back later.

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Bonnie, you really had lots of good news! Glad the appraisal went well and will make you more comfortable financially. And yes, you seem to be approaching the weight loss or surgery very analytically, which is good, since it is a complicated issue. Best Wishes!

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BONNIE I too, wish you well in your decision

MARIELLE I have calmed down now I am still mad, but at least I am calm.

Have a good day all

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Michele, sorry you are upset. Hope things calm down for you. Please remember to take care of yourself.

Bonnie, it sounds to me like you are approaching the possible weight loss surgery with a lot of thought and care. I hope whatever you choose will help you with the weight loss. I am not nearly as overweight as you have been but definitely qualify as obese by the doctors. I have only had a weight problem after having kids and I had the gestation diabetes as a part of my pregnancies. My highest weight was185 and WW said after I reached 45 yo I think that my weight could be 141 max rather than 130 max. so 140 is my goal weight. I hope everything turns out for you. Don't forget to check into body contouring after the weight loss.

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sorry that I can not address each of you right no;w I am very mad, not to mention hurt. I will explain later when I calm down

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Actually, no one does that lap band anymore, at least here. There have been too many issues with it.

Dr White does the Bariatric and the Sleeve. I am still undecided, but I think I will at least go through the dietician and the therapy and see how that goes if my insurance will cover it.


I would very much like to be able to lose weight and keep it off naturally, but it is not in the cards.

I have had a weight problem, since I was 8 years old. The success rate of keeping weight off for the morbidly obese is almost zero.

They were talking last night about all of the reasons, but basically our bodies send out hormones to make us hungry when we lose weight.

I am not saying it is impossible, and I am going to try again, but I may have one of the surgeries. I can't actually have the surgery for at least 6 months or more anyway. There is a rigorous process to be followed. So, I will call my insurance company, and see what they will do to help.

It is a weighty problem. LOL, ok, had to add a bit of levity.

DORIS

I have been friends with INDYGIRL for a long time, but we have lost touch. I guess I should go and check on her. I have not been very good at keeping up over these last years with others who are not on this thread.

I used to go on a thread that looked interesting, and post there for a while. I did meet a lot of other people doing that, but then it was so many to keep up with. I have kind of been just on two of the threads on this team for awhile not. Just what I am able to handle.

Had a very good day today.

Billy, my mortgage broker called me this morning and said, he had good news. Well, he did. My house has appraised at $79,000. That is great. I am able to get my first mortgage paid off, pay off the signature loan at the credit union, and pay off the interest free credit card that would come due in August. I am also able to get several thousand dollars to put in savings to clean up the back yard where I took the pool out, and do some other work around the house.

I only have to take out 75% of the equity in my home for all of that. My house payment will drop from $602 to $290, I will have the extra money from paying off my signature loan, $145, and won't have to worry about paying the credit card off. Such a load off my mind.

Went to the dentist this morning and I have to have a small dental surgery. The muscle below my lower teeth that attaches to my lip is too tight. He is going to cut it and score the bone so it will not grow back. It is pulling on the skin at the bottom of those teeth. It is not a big deal, but will be glad to have it done.

Also went to get a new mask for my c pap, and I think I am really going to like it. I have 30 to make sure, and they will replace it if it doesn't work. My insurance will pay for all but about $4

Found out that Michelle, my liaison at the company is leaving for a different job. I will really miss her, she has been very good to me and gone through a lot with me. But, she is getting a much better job. She was glad that I came in so she could tell me in person.

I also found out that where she is going to work, there might be a job for my friend Trish who lives in Florida but wants to come back home. I got the info and called Trish from the car. Fingers crossed that she will get the job, it is a new agency and they will open April first.

That would be so great, because she wants to come and live with me, and pay me rent.

I am good now, but if I have a tenant, I will be so much more comfortable, and can pay extra on the mortgage and save some money. I won't know how to act.

It will work out as it is supposed to, but it would be good if I could help her get a job and come home.

It will be as it is supposed to be, so I will be good with whatever happens. If not this job, hopefully another better one for her. She is very homesick, and we have a very good time together.

It has been a crazy day, actually kind of a crazy week.

Oh, and I even went the Y today and worked out.

Well, I better settle down so I can get to sleep sometime.

I had a lot to share tonight.

God Bless all and have a great tomorrow.

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Hi all, Iíve been lax at writing. Have checked in but seemed to have no energy. I did make dinner last night: fixed oven ďfriedĒ chicken, baked sweet potato and green beans. I had leftovers tonight. I was better but headache keeps coming back. It makes me tired.

Michele, How nice DD got a job as a flight attendant. Hopefully she will be much happier. Will she be moving? Usually I think the airline has a base city and a lot of pilots live close by. I wish her good luck.

Doris, so nice of you to be so active at church and for HH.

Brenda, it sounds really annoying that she hasnít bathed her dog. I hope, for your sake, that this is the last dose.

Bonnie, yes what kind of surgery are you thinking about? I know there are several kinds. A co-worker had a girlfriend who had her stomach stapled and then when she lost all her weight, she had the surgery where you remove the excess skin. She felt like a new woman, but always had to be very careful about her eating after the surgeries. Another person, daughter of one of our clients had the lap band surgery and got an infection and passed away. It is very serious business whatever you choose. If it is what you want, I know you have struggled for a very long time, we all support your decision whatever you choose to do. I know you will do it with the utmost thought and care. Blessings for whatever you choose!

Mary I have been saying prayers for your mom. Her first name is the same as one of my aunts who passed away a while back. Her name was Edna Lee though. Your mom is blessed with such good daughters to take care of her so well.

Iím tired so will go for now.


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Michele, she should have fun at first as she gets to travel. Does that mean she can fly to Japan as she has time off? Some airlines even let the parents fly free also. (or they used to) Hope she enjoys it.

Did you have a good holiday?

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DORIS you too, are a real trooper! helping out with HH! What a wonderful gift you & Donna are giving others!

I have just found out right now that myDD, who has been translating for a japanese Co. in N. C. has gotten a job with United airlines as a flight attendant! More details later!

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Donna and I just got back from having lunch with 3 of our HH friends. It was no special occasion, but was fun. We just visited and ate and played with her 2 dogs. Now I'm waiting to go help in the kitchen at church, getting food fixed for the kids who will be coming there tonight. We found they were coming hungry and needed something healthy to eat instead of sweets and pop. This will be my first time to help, but I'll probably do it from now through May, when they stop for the summer.

Brenda, You're such a trooper to help get the medicine down Princess. I would be changing my shirt too, and washing my hands and arms thoroughly! Maybe this will be the end of her needing it.

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BRENDA I do agree with you about the surgery. However I had a cousin who had it done & she seems to be at 58 doing well so far. But I still like the oldfashioned idea of eating right & exercising.

DH & I are going to a fishing town today; today is a holiday here (thursday) so I am not going to go to piano lesson & tone chime pracitce---there is none. It shouuld be a good time!

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Bonnie,

Are you talking about Lap band surgery? I know several people here (in my building) who had it and it caused them nothing but trouble and they didn't really lose the weight. That is something to be very careful about. Sam's daughter had it and the band slipped and made her very sick. Myself, I think the old fashioned way of eating right and exercising is the only way to go.

That is a huge decision to make. Praying that you make the right one for you.

I slept like a log last night and didn't wake up until 9:30. Went to bed just after 11. I think there is one more dose of medicine for Princess this morning. I hope so because it is a pain doing it. Elinor keeps saying she is going to give her a bath because she stinks so bad and everytime I have to hold her, I have to change my shirt. Will I say anything to her about it? No, of course I won't, just quietly change my shirt. Elinor is so deaf since she got that virus and it is so hard to make her hear me that I just listen.

Pancakes do sound good. I have always mixed up my own batter but have not done that for many years. Sam gave me a small waffle iron and I haven't made any waffles either. One of these days I might....................................

Have a good day everyone, will check back later. Going downstairs to see what is happening today, if anything.

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Bonnie, I hope you have success with the surgery. Have you decided for sure to do it? I know people who have had much better health because they had the surgery and followed the guidelines afterward. There's one girl on here (INDYGIRL) who decided to do it herself with no surgery and has lost a tremendous amount. It's about choosing what works for you. Best wishes!

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BONNIE good for you, dear friend!

I am off to bed!

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BONNIE good for you, dear friend!

I am off to bed! emoticon

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Glad FIL was awake for a bit, and that you had company with you to go visit.

MARY

Glad you have your sub job to help you out.

Girls, I am wearing out, now I can't think what else I wanted to say and am too tired to figure it out.

I am pretty sure that my appraisal went well today. The young man really like my house. Kept telling me how beautiful it is. Loved all of my golden oak woodwork. Sounded as though he will give me an appraisal that will help me out. Fingers crossed.

This evening I went to a meeting about weight loss surgery. I think I am emotionally worn out from that to tell the truth. So much to think about.

I think I am just going to do it the way we try to do everything, one step at a time.

There will be a dietition, a psychologist, and group meetings. I am going to finish filling out my paperwork, send it in, and make an appointment. They said we can go to a group meeting right very soon. I will have a conference with someone about insurance and procedures, and then the doctor, and just begin. If nothing else, I will lose weight from just starting the process I am sure.

Have a good Wednesday my friends. God Bless

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I do like the ;pancakes that are served in American restaurants. Yes, I can definitely make my own

FIL was basically asleep when I got there DH went earlier ( I went by 10:30 a.m after teaching my lesson ) & he was awake. I had gone with DH's cousin, Mizuho, the one whom I teach English to at Starbuck's. We both ended up just going home.

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Michele, what is missing in Japan that you can't mix pancakes at home--white flour? We have pancake mix that I buy if making them (which I rarely do any more) and all I have to add is egg and milk. Then I cook them in my electric skillet since it gives me more control over the temperature.

I hope your visit today was a good one with FIL. The nurses enjoy you coming, it seems! You do have a perky personality and they probably get a lot of people complaining about what's happening to their family members. You're that breath of fresh air!!

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MARY I hope that you had a good time as Story Lady today! Have a good time with your sisters.

DORIS I miss pancakes. Theones over here just aren't the same. It feels good to have all of the laundry done, doesn't it? I do wish, however, that I had a dryer! I get tired of hanging clothes on the line all of the time.

Today is Wednesday here, my Teach English in Tokyo day to DH's cousin. After I finish, I am going to go to see FIL in the nursing home. My MS toldme that one of the nurses at the home said I am a cheery presence for FIL . I have no idea WHO he was talking about, but I also did not realize that I appear to be that way to others. A nice compliment for sure

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Good morning everyone!

I slept in and got a late start today, but my second load of clothes is washing, the first is drying and my noon meal is planned. We will be going to a pancake supper tonight so I don't have much cooking to do today. YEA!

Mary, I hope you have a great sisters' get- together this week and that your mom at least rallies enough to know you're all there with her.

Bonnie, I hope the appraisal went well this morning.

Have a great day.


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The Story Lady job is what I was really hired to do...read to all the various age groups twice a month. But because there are so many teachers and those teachers seem to be out SO much, they ask me to be a sub almost every Tuesday or Thursday. I don't make very much money but it's enough to make me breathe a little easier! So I usually do accept the sub jobs. Next week I will only work on Tuesday because one of my sisters will be visiting for the latter part of the week and we will all try to get together to visit my mother at the same time.

Gotta go get ready...


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DORIS no, I agree with Mary---you DID NOT derail yourself! In fact, by eating more veggies, you did yourself a lot of good! Think of the damage that you could have done had you eaten all of that other food! emoticon

MARY I am guessing that you are asked to be Story Lady b/c you do it so well! YOu have a gift---you are a natural! Good luck with it tomorrow!

BRENDA we need more friends like you---ones who DON'T go around telling others our business! IT's too bad that more of the new comers don't donate to the food downstairs. ONe of the reasons my DD deleted her f. b. site was that everyone was into her business! she hated it, & she advised me as well to delete mine. I am thinking about it, but for now, I don't even get on it I do not go around telling about others' affairs either. I hate it when everyone knows my business!

The new potential 1st grader did not even show up yesterday to see my lessons; no phone call, nothig to say that she was not coming. Typical of young people over here nowadays---no manners. So that new student will not be worlking out afterall emoticon

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Bonnie,

No wonder you got ambitious and rooted out your basement. I forgot about your appraisal tomorrow. Good luck with that. Sounds like you will have a busy day. I work better under pressure. I keep thinking I am going to rearrange some of the bedroom furniture before the HUD inspections next month. We don't know exactly when they are coming but they will actually go in half the apartments. Last year they only picked 6 to inspect.

Mine is ready to be inspected, everything is moved away from heaters and my emergency pull cords are hanging as they want them. After it is over I will tie them back up again.

We used to have a lot of money in our residents fund but now people don't want to donate to it. I have told them that they need to donate because when that money is gone there will be no more. We used to do fund raisers but the new residents that came in don't want to do that and all the old timers are gone. So I don't really care if they have coffee down in the community kitchen or not. I do not feel entitled like many of them do.

Mary, I am not telling people that Jeanette is borrowing my car simply because she doesn't want them to know her business and I don't tell. She is a retired truck driver and a very good driver. She used to drive our bus but got tired of the BS from the complainers. There is no one else in the building that I would trust with my car anymore. Janie flat took advantage.

As soon as Jeanette's son gets her car fixed, she won't need to use my car anymore.

It sounds like you are the only one who knows what is going on and how to do things with the children. You are doing a good thing with them. I think the others are just there putting in their time.



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Gthat doesn't sound like you derailed yourself, Doris! And you were so honest!!

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OOPs! I was misleading about my eating. Yes, the veggies were a good stopping point BUT that was after I had a chicken salad croissant, chips, and dessert! LOL Then I was good and had a few veggies to stop on!! Wish I could have been as disciplined as you thought!

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I did go to Zumba and will be Story Lady tomorrow. I hope it wonít be too cold. Iím such a wimp. I wore my coat the last timeÖit was 65 degrees in the room!! I had 2 texts asking me to teach on Thursday and Iíd already agreed to that last week. They are usually sort of clueless as to who goes where. I just go where they tell me! They switched my half day to a full day, too. More money, so I canít complain! Thanks everyone for the prayers for my mother! It means so much!

Brenda, Iím sorry people are so nosy. Youíre so rightóif you give an explanation others might want to borrow your car again and you will have another mess on your hands. Maybe everyone who drinks coffee should buy one can a month and give it to the kitchen? I hate old coffee and would guess that if it stands around for the day it would be awful! I knew not to click or call those numbers but they wouldnít let me click out of the program! I had to shut the computer down twice. Then it popped up again. Thatís all okay now, seemingly. I hate when it happens! I have a little book that I keep my passwords inÖbut since I tried to change it over and over again to get into my AOL mail today, I forgot which one worked! I guess the next time I close down and restart Iíll have to pay careful attention!

Doris, you were good to have just the veggies at the Super Bowl party. My friend and I were careful with our dinner points yesterday and I had the rest of it tonight. I am planning my meals better this week and hope to lose at least a pound.

Michele, I hope your new first graders will be good students! Itís a fun age if they do want to learn. I know you and I both wish our parents the best end of life and itís not working out like that, unfortunately. Hugs!

Bonnie, I thought you said you were staying in your house foreverÖis this appraisal for the refinancing? We did that years ago but were able to pay our house off two years before my husband died. I couldnít afford to live here now if I had a mortgage. I hope it works in your favor!

Marielle, I hope you will get the shed and get everything organized to your satisfaction. Also, I hope the pipes will be okay. You were able to get it all fixed, I hope?





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BRENDA I would also naturally think that they ALL should help pay for the coffee! I fail to understand why they don't!

BONNIE Good that you got your house cleaned. Good luck on that appraisel tomorrow! I hope the day doesn't wear you out too much!

Swim was hard. I am going to practice piano now!

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MARY and MICHELE

I am too praying for your families. Such a tough time.

DORIS

Glad your party was a good time, but sounds like you had a very busy day.

I am tired again tonight.

I have all of my laundry washed, hung up or folded and put away. Joyce came and took everything out of the house. Put the garbage in my can and put my cans out, broke down the boxes and is taking them to Kroger, and taking my donations to Goodwill. I am so grateful to her.

I did bag and more stuff this morning, so my basement is really so much clearer. What a relief.

I have a busy day tomorrow. House appraisal in the morning, lunch with my friends from work at 1:00pm, home for a rest, and a meeting at 5:30pm.

I will be tired again tomorrow.

Have a great evening and a lovely day tomorrow my friends.

God Bless

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Michele,

Residents here drink both regular and decaf. The kitchen has been out of decaf for several days now. Virginia, our treasurer was told they needed more but she never got around to buying it. Many here don't make coffee in their apartments, they drink it downstairs because it is free. I never drink that coffee, it is so nasty I can't drink it. I take my own. Margie went grocery shopping this morning and volunteered to buy the coffee. If Virginia doesn't reimburse her, then our manager said she will pay for it. Myself, I think the coffee drinkers should take turns buying the coffee that they drink. They get mad at me when I suggest it. Alma will buy coffee for the kitchen quite often and she hardly drinks any down there.

Yes, many here have nothing better to do than tend to other's business. Seems like we can't move around without someone talking about it.

Have a good day everyone. Will check back later.


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DORIS you deserve a good break after being so disciplined watching the game! good foryou. I bet the warmed over chicken was just great! You do so much for HH!

I am off to the pool. And yes, We allover here wish that FIL There is no quality of life for him, & he so dearly misses Grandma (his wife!) She was the center of his life. Now if God would just be merciful & let him pass to be with her & Him!

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The super bowl party was good. We had so much food that everyone except me talked about how stuffed they were. I had taken a tray of veggies so I ate that instead of multiple sandwiches. It leaves me satisfied better than more sweets, etc. We played "Spades" while the game was on and just glanced at the TV occasionally to check the score. The only bad part was that both TVs were turned too loud and with all the talking above them, I came home exhausted from being over stimulated. I have been tired today, but went to HH this morning followed by a committee meeting with our new HH directors at noon to see how things are going with them. It was 2 by the time I got home, and it feels really good to sit for a while knowing that all I have to do to get our night meal ready is warm it since we had chicken and rice left from lunch yesterday.

Mary, it's good to have you back again. I, too, will be remembering your family in prayer. It is nice to know that your mother is not in pain, but is resting peacefully.

Michele, I will also pray for your family as you wait for your FIL to pass. It is amazing how long one can linger when they're just sleeping most of the time. Did you get the new student to commit to lessons?

Marielle, did I miss that your sister's house is now sold? I remember that you thought it would be soon. Hope your shed is ready to use soon.

Brenda, I guess the people there where you live must be bored with not much to do if they have to worry about where your car is parked! You seem to stay busy even if some of the others are not.

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BRENDA it seems that some of the residents of your place have nothing better to do than gossip,unless I am wrong? You are wise to keep quiet about your car! Is Decaf not the kind of coffee that everyone wants? We too, are going to have a sunny somewhat warm day here.

MARY your mom's name is lovely! I too, am keeping her, all of you, in fact, in my prayers. I do know how hard it is. Did you ever get to zumba?

MARIELLE did you get your shed yet? I wish that I had space for a shed! I would keep more stuff! A lot of people here just keep things on the sides or in the front of their houses. I don't like to keep stuff in the front b/c it makes the house look junky & sloppy.

As for exercise, I will walk a lot, & Jessica Smith, on the youtube has a good, low impact, quiet cardio workout that I like. Not to mention my usual bike riding that I do.


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Mary, when I change passwords I have a piece of paper handy to write down what I wrote because sometimes they reject what we wrote. Then when it is all settled, I write it on an index card with the date I changed it and put it in my little file box.

I need to get a new virus protection but first I need to find out if Windows ten has a free one. I get so confused with all these electronic gadgets.

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I don't watch football. If the Seahawks are playing I might tune it in if I think of it but I can't follow it anyway. Never know which team is which.

The sun is out brightly today and it is kind of warm out.

Jeanette is taking my car today for her dental appointment. She ran to the drugstore for Maria because she is sick and when she came back she parked it in a different spot than mine. Well, Janis came knocking on my door to tell me that Margie bought decaf coffee for the kitchen ( I already knew about it) and said "I noticed you moved your car". I told her not to worry about my car. People here are so nosy always watching and worrying about others. Drives me crazy. I did not tell her that Jeanette is borrowing my car. It will be all over the building and it is nobody's business.

I am going to stay in my apartment until Jeanette comes back. They are getting her mouth ready for her dentures.

Mary, it is good to hear from you. All those warnings you are getting are spam. They are trying to get you to call them to "fix" your virus's and charge you $250. It is not Microsoft. When I get those warnings I shut my laptop down and restart it to get it off the screen. It is very annoying and no place to get them to stop.

I am thinking about getting rid of Windows 10 and going back to 8. I never had all those pop ups before. I did find out that my virus protection expired last May and wondered why I was never notified. Well, I looked up the original paper work and they put in the wrong email address. No wonder.

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Marielle, this is so sweet of you! My mother's name is Edna Mary. I know she would be delighted to know that you/friends are praying for her! Even when she is 'asleep,' if the chaplain comes by, she tries to make the Sign of the Cross and says' Amen' after someone prays...then she goes back to sleep! She's a sweet, gentle, and special person.

I hope you can get the shed and keep things organized. I still have things in the attic that belong to my kids and they've been gone for over 15 years!! I clicked and clicked, explored and changed passwords and finally got AOL back. Now I'm not sure which password I used, lol. I get so frustrated when things don't work like they're supposed to!

I did a few errands and got fresh fruits/ vegetables at the grocery store. I'm set for the week and hope to set myself up for a loss, finally!

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Good morning everyone,

Michele and Mary, it is sad to see oneís parents like that but if they are not in pain, it is a blessing. I keep them in my thoughts and prayers. If you let me know their first names or what they are called by friends, I can place them in my prayer area and say their names each day.

Michele, what kind of exercise will you choose for the two weeks the pool is down?

Mary donít forget to eat enough food and a wide variety as it helps the metabolism to stabilize or increase, I think. Sorry about your computer problems.

Brenda, I am so glad you got a rest from Elinor. Sounds like she is pretty lonely. I would think Princess would help with that.

Doris, I hope the church party was fun. I ďsort ofĒ watched the Super Bowl. I turned it on, did see part of the halftime and then the end where Denver won. I do like Denver (ouch Carolina fans, sorry) and I am glad they won. Of course itís Elway I remember (Denver ). I also always loved Roman Gabriel (Los Angeles and Philadelphia) even though no Super Bowl ring for him. I havenít watched many sports since 2004 when I was divorced. It is okay, but not really my cup of tea. Wish it was sometimes-if I had played sports I might have been healthier and had a better metabolism, but was always in music not sports.

Bonnie, I am much better. Hope all is well with you. Meat loaf sounds good to me too. I had sushi last night and a BLT for lunch. I canít wait for the new storage building so I can actually walk around in the garage. Of course, we house things for 3 families technically. But all the tools and misc will go in the shed.

Have a great day everyone.


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Just since I replied earlier this morning, I can't get into my AOL on my computer again, so I'm on my iPad. Ugh. Here we go again!

Michele, I just finished a Jodi Picoult audiobook, The Storyteller. I love her books and read Lone Wolf last year. It's too cool for me to go to the pool but I will go to Zumba tonight and might take a walk later today! I hope you have a good swim.

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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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MARY it's good to hear from you! Your mom sounds like my DH's dad---he too, sleeps most of the time, only waking for a few minutes He can no longer eat by himself,nor walk His heart is just really strong, so he continues on & on, but there is no quality of life anymore...

I will be going to the pool tomorrow again--the last time for this month. Then it will close for 2 weeks for repairs, inspections etc. I willl have to get my exercise in some other way.



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Hi, friends...remember me, lol? I seem to not ever get reminder emails and I let 'life' get in the way. I've had computer issues off and on all week and haven't been on very much. I finally took my computer in to Best Buy since I have the Geek Squad protection and they figured out (at least for now) that somehow my date/time was off and that made my antivirus tell me that my computer wasn't protected. In turn, THAT probably caused all kinds of weird messages that took over the whole screen when I logged on, turning it blue with ominus warnings of malicious spyware, and wanted me to call 'this number immediately' etc. Soooo not fun. Right now it seems to be okay so here I am.

I didn't watch the Super Bowl. My former teaching partner and I went to see Hail Caesar! It was just okay, but don't waste your money. Then we went to dinner and although we had each logged our WW points they didn't have what I'd planned on having so I had to switch my dinner! I ended up trying something with less points and more money, but I brought home enough for at least one other meal so it was a good substitution.

I didn't lose anything this week although I exercise every day and had salads for lunch or dinner every day! I am determined to get my 30 pounds off and won't give up but if I haven't done any better at the end of 6 months I will quit WW and go back to Spark nutrition logging. Lent starts on Wednesday and I will give up my wine....that should help!

My mother was moved to a different room last Monday. I will go see her next weekend and the following week the Illinois sister will be in for 4 days so all the sisters will get together at some point and try to see her at the same time. My little sister went yesterday and said Mama slept the whole time, never even stirring. We can't figure out how she can still 'be' like this. She doesn't seem to be in any pain, just sleeps 3-4 days, wakes for a few minutes, and sleeps again.

It took me 30 minutes to read and try to catch up...know that I'm thinking of you all and hope to just back in. Happy week to come for everyone!

Mary


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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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my younger sister in Raleigh, is like that! She talks, & talks, & talks! She may take a 30 sec. breather just to catch her breath & then she continues on & on & on...she DOES get very irritated if I try to interrupt & say something. She'llsay something like, "Can I talk now?!" I try NOT to be on skpye whenever she is there! Glad you had a good break from Elinor!

DORIS how was your party? I am taping the Superbowl, which was in the early morning here at 8 a.m for DH He will watch it tonight.

Me, I have to teach Engish pretty soon, allchildren students this afternoon I have a potential new 1st grader coimg to see my already coming first grader. Hope this new potential student works out----can alwalys use that extra $!!!

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I stayed home all day watching old movies. I guess Elinor's daughters came to help her because she didn't come here. It was a big relief for me. She doesn't just come for me to help give P her meds. She sits down and starts talking for and hour or so. It is very wearing on me when she does that.

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DORIS

Hope you party is fun.

BRENDA and MARIELLE, and MICHELE

Hope you are all feeling better.

JOHN

Glad your car is fixed. That can be so stressful.

Pretty tired tonight. Worked in my basement getting rid of clutter most of the day. Accomplished a lot, but my body is tired.

Went to mom and dad's for dinner. Mom made my favorite, meatloaf. Have a meal for another day too.

Was able to blow of my new exercise ball last night, and used it to roll on my back this afternoon after working so hard. Will do it again in a bit.

Have a great week all.

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Just stopping in to say hi before leaving for a super bowl party at church. We are having a game night for those who don't want to watch the football game, along with food, of course! I have to go spread my chicken salad on the croissants in a few minutes. I'm also taking veggies so we can have something besides sweet and salty to snack on.

Be back later.

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JOHN yes, that is good that you got your car back! I hope that you are onto good eating! Your Eagle link is very interesting! thank you for sharing it! I never knew it existed!!

BRENDA I would never let an animal sit in my lap while I eat, either. My dog used to throw up when we gave it people food, too. and as for a table, I don't sit at mine, either b/c it is lonley. I only use it for teaching English to my students. My DH insists that we have it, otherwise, II'd get rid of it & have one of those low , small tables that the Japanese use here.

I hope for your sake that E's daughters do come to visit so that you will get a "break".

Superbowl is popular over but b/c it is in the day time (japan time) I have to always tape it for DH.

MARIELLE I used to have a friend in college who was also hyperglycemic. Do take care. Yes, we do those kinds of things to our bodies, don't we? ! I am workikng on this month being kind to me---I am always doing stuff for others, now, it's high time to take care of me. Me only!

I will be going to the pool this Monday morning. Today & tomorrow are the last 2 days this month that I can go. The pool always closes in the middle of Feb. for inspections, repairs etc. So I will have to walk for the next 2 weeks in order to get exercise in.

Have a good sunday, friends!

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Marielle, I think Elinor has been over feeding P people food. Elinor eats in her recliner with P in her lap. Many of us do that here but I would never let an animal sit in my lap when I am eating. Elinor has a table but it is so piled up she can't use it.

I sold my table because I didn't have room for it and it seems too lonely for me sitting at one and eating alone. My table now is a placemat in my lap. There are plenty of tables downstairs to sit at and visit.

You had long day yesterday. It is no wonder you got sick. We know we shouldn't do that to our bodies but do it anyway. I didn't eat much yesterday either. Toast and PB and a banana for breakfast. Lunch ( a very late one) was three cold baked chicken strips, two macadamia cookies from the food bank, dinner was a baked potato. Elinor kept coming in with Princess and driving me crazy. I hope her daughters come over today.

We have earthquakes here about everyday but they are so small no one feels them. They have earthquake detectors placed all over the state. I don't worry about them. Can't stop them or run away from them. If it is a strong one, by the time I figure out it is an earthquake it is over. A loud bang and some movement is all.

Have a good day. I need to get dressed and some breakfast and ready for the day.

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Good Morning, It is Superbowl Sunday. All the grocery stores were packed with party shoppers yesterday. Carlene's daughter tried to take her grocery shopping yesterday, went to three stores and couldn't find a parking place nor an electric shopping scooter in any of them so they went to McDonald's and came back home.

There will be a party down in the TV/Library room today. I might wander in and out but I am not a fan of football.

I helped Elinor with Princess on and off all day yesterday. ITook them to the vet. I think Elinor is over reacting but it is her dog so I am keeping my mouth shut. She needs me to help her give her the meds, a pill twice a day and a syringe full of medicine an hour after the pill so the last dosage was last night at 10:30. I am hoping P will take the pill wrapped in a bit of food this morning as she was eating some last night. Don't know why E didn't try the food wrap first because she said she wanted more to eat. Drives me crazy. She just needs to let this virus run it's course. P will not die. It is costing her a lot of money that she doesn't have.

E's daughters could not come and help her because they had gone out of town to do their monthly grocery shopping. That's why I will not have any animals because I would not have anyone to help me if I got sick and would not want to impose on others.

I was dizzy when I got up, no fever, no high BP, just a slight headache. I did sleep the whole night as well as dozed on and off through the three hour presidential debates last night. Planning on staying home today. Elinor will no doubt be in and out. Nothing on TV so will watch old movies today.

Have a good day everyone.

John, yay that you have your car back.

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Good morning all. Today is Super Bowl. Do any of you watch it. I am not a sports fan but there is so much hype about it, I might be influenced to watch some.

John, glad you got your car back. Sounds like you have a good mechanic. My DD has a van that leaks terribly, she has spent mega bucks on fixing it and the mechanics didn't fix the problem. Grrrrrrrrr. That's why I gave her my sister's truck when DS passed. Good luck with yours.

Michele, I do feel better--I didn't eat yesterday morning, got an enormous headache--got a McDonald's egg McMuffin because I couldn't get home (I was out with DD from 8:30-12:30 shopping and came down with what I call a "hypoglycemic attack. Nausea, fainting feelings, huge headache. The food helped but didn't make it go away and pretty much felt that way all day). Later I had some sushi--a cream cheese & veggie one. Pretty much no veggies, etc. all day. Not good to myself. I found the new saying on one of the team emails from Earthseame which has inspired me: "Overeating is often an attempt to ground the body." by Anodea Judith. I think, for me, that is pretty much the truth--why I overeat for emotional reasons. Another wake up call.

I looked up the earthquakes in Japan and you all have had 451 earthquakes in Japan in the past year and 2 already today--Whoa is that par for the course of things? Is that really true?? You must do a lot of preparation for them and education about what to do when they happen.

Brenda, so sorry about Princess being sick, I hope she gets better soon. She seems to be such an important little "person" in your community. We have been having good weather here. Sunshine and getting warmer. I hope your weather calms down for a while.

Have a good day everyone!! Plenty of emoticon and nice emoticon .

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Hello Friends:

I got my car back Thursday afternoon and I feel so much better. It works right now but will need another part replaced in a week or two. The mechanic didn't charge me anymore for fixing it the second time. He even apologized for not fixing it the first time. Not having a car is such a big issue for me.

Now back to not eating and exercising.

Wonderful day to all.

I like to watch the eagles if you are interested here is the nest, I mean link. lol.


outdoorchannel.com/eaglecam

Do Not Eat.
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MARIELLE I hope that you feel better, soon. Mine is gone, finally!

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I too have a headache today. I'll come back later.

Marielle
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BRENDA I hope that you are feeling better.

I have an awful headache this morning, & my stomach is doing cartwheels right now.

I'll be back later

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Happy Saturday Morning/Sunday Night to Michele,

I actually slept all night for a change, about 8 hours. When I woke up both my extra blankets were on the floor so that's why I wasn't too hot.

Michele, I am glad to hear you had no damage with the earthquake. There are a lot of power outages around our western side of the mountains this morning from the rain/windstorm overnight but not down here in our area. Now today is supposed to warm up to the 50's. Crazy weather.

Bonnie, yes, Princess is loved by everyone here and she knows everyone and who will pet her and who won't. She "talks" and begs to be petted by certain people. Lately Elinor won't let anyone pick her up because she keeps having the "runs". Elinor keeps a pad on the bathroom floor and P will run in there and use it and then wake up Elinor to tell her. She is such a smart little dog. I hope nothing happens to her because Elinor would be devastated.

My sinus's are all plugged up and my throat is a little scratchy. Not sick tho. I am blowing my nose and sneezing a lot. No fever.

Laurie, our manager, has been home sick since last Tuesday. She came in Monday and seemed to be all right. She is sick a lot from her grandchildren

Have a good day everyone.



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BONNIE
my daughter in law did buy a coffee for me, but we didn't end up at Starbuck's as there was no place to sit, acc. to her. We went to a place called "Honolulu coffee" ( I think that it is from Hawaii) & the coffee was good,but still not of starbuck's quality. I am not complaining----it ws free!

I hope that you can get to bed earlier, as it is better foryour health!

Off to read myJoni Picoult book!

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BRENDA

I do hope the vet can help Princess. She seems to be an important part of your community.

MICHELE

Hope you had a coffee.

Not quite ready to go to bed yet, so thought I would come here for a minute.

See you all much later today.

Bonnie

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BRENDA glad you got your food from the food bank I do hope that princess is better soon! what an expensive bill!

Yes, we did have an earthquake on Friday morning here ( thrusday night for all of you) but it was centered actually in Taiwan! We felt it all the way up here in Tokyo/ Yokohama! I had thought that a truck had backfired & rammed into my house! We are ok here, however.

I am going to go to Tokyo ( to Starbuck's in fact! ) emoticon in a few minutes; my OS 's wife & her 2 friends want an english lesson. I told Kaoru (daughter in law ) that I would NOT take any $ from her, only her 2 friends. I was not able to get myfree Starbuck's this week b/c I had my MRI for my back Maybe I will get 1 today! Anyhow, off I go! emoticon

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Bonnie, I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that your appraisal goes well for you on Tuesday.

It is just before 7 pm and it is raining and blowing really hard. Elinor and I were just downstairs getting ice cubes for Princess and the exhaust fan over the range was really loud from the wind. Princess is sick and has not been drinking water so I suggested Elinor give her ice cubes. She does like them. She has been sick for a few days now and been to the vet twice. Tonight she got some blood tests, x-rays and some medicine. $400 later she brought her home. Margie took her over in Elinor's car. She has been feeding her chicken and rice the last few days per advice from the vet. I gave her some boiled chicken I had in the freezer.

I have some chicken tenders in the oven. Ran out of leftovers last night so now I made some more.

Doris, your luncheon sounded really good. I made a chocolate cake and chocolate frosting once and it was so good. I used the Hershey's dry baking chocolate. Can't remember what they actually call it but I think you know what I mean. The recipe is on the back of the can.

I got a lot of good food from the food bank today. I put what I don't want downstairs on the table and some in the freezer and gave some away.

Marielle, how did your doctor visit go?

Michele, did you have a busy day teaching today? I heard on the news that there was an earthquake in Okinawa ?. I think that is what they said.

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BONNIE I am keeping my fingers crossed for you on tueday.
My a.m lessons went well. Got in some piano practicing, Now I am going to read mylatest book: Joni Picoult: Lone Wolf. I do like her books!

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I have scheduled my appraisal for Tuesday between 11am and 12 noon. Fingers crossed that it will appraise for enough.

I worked in the customer service dept of the water dept for many years, then went to the water meter shop where I dispatched and did customer service and some secretarial work. When I retired, I had been the "water tap " clerk for three years.

I did all of the paperwork for new water taps, for new houses mostly, established the billing account, scheduled the inspections of the new constructions, sent the paperwork to tapping for them to make the tap, and did all of the paperwork for the "water kills", when someone tore down a house, or put in a new tap at an existing home. Many other duties as well It was a lot of work, but I did enjoy it. I don't miss working at all, however.

I gave a lot of advice about water service that I had picked up over the years as well.

Had a good day today, but am tired.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Bonnie

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DORIS you luncheon is something that I think I would have enjoyed. i am always interested in heart issues as heart dieseae runs in my family.

MARIELLE hope that your x-ray was ok.

BRENDA I hope that you sleep better tonight. I can't drink coffee after 3 pm

I am off to work early today!

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