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8/28/14 1:11 A

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Just took it easy today since I will be mowing tomorrow and that will wipe me out again and with the problems that I have been having I need to be careful too

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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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8/27/14 9:57 P

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Hey everyone!
I hope y'all are doing good. I am enjoying my school break. Hubby and I went on a casino cruise last weekend and had a good time.

My daughter just started college. Seems like she was a baby yesterday...awwwww

Yay the long weekend is coming up soon.


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8/27/14 9:58 A

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Melissa, for protein you could consider adding protein powder to your smoothie, or have (unsalted) nuts at snack time. I think you said you make smoothies? I put Vega One in mine. Nuts are high calorie but I try not to worry about that.

Wednesday already! I have a few balls in the air but it'll all work out. Waiting for some other people to participate before I can be complete on some. I'm looking forward to getting out of the city for the upcoming long weekend!

Have a great day!

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8/27/14 7:09 A

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Yes...I downloaded a better ad blocker and now I'm ad free again. The fonts are still too small, but I can change those.
I'm tracking my food here again and too low on protein now that I'm on a GF diet. So I need to tweak things a bit. I may add yogurt to my breakfast.
I squeezed in a workout yesterday but I have a lot of writing to do today and the kids only have a half day here so we'll see how much I get done before they get home. Also have to get laundry done and get started on packing so we can go camping over the holiday weekend.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!
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8/26/14 11:33 P

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I had a hard time finding the sparks points but now I found it. As for the ads I don't have them on my page so the ad blocker must be working with foxfire.

Dorothy

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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8/26/14 6:35 A

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Yes...things are changing again. They are trying to make everything look cleaner and have more white space so the fonts were reduced. So again I've magnified my settings and I'm up to 125% on here now just to read the posts! Oh well. The real problem is that they have to have so many ads in order to help pay for the site and the ads end up being huge on the pages.

Anyway...I have to keep moving today and get some cleaning done, my lesson plans done and do as much writing as I can. Looking forward to day 2 of being gluten free and getting in a workout today!

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8/25/14 10:35 P

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Melissa it is easing some but now it seems to be going to the other side and that does happen to me. I guess it the one side get jealous of the attention the other side gets.

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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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8/25/14 7:37 A

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How is everyone today?
Dorothy I hope this flare will ease up quickly for you so that you can get some rest. That pain sounds awful. I have pain in my right shoulder, but I sleep on my left side or stomach as much as a I can.

Today is day one of going gluten free. We got everything ready for lunches last night and my daughter was happy with all the substitutions I found for her. I definitely have to track my food now because all the GF products are higher in calories and carbs so I have to watch it closely.

I'm also a writer this week so I have to get some ideas down and ready for my conference call this afternoon. Lots to get done so I have to go, but have a great day all!
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8/25/14 12:30 A

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Carla that is great and hope that you had fun too.

Melissa that is good that she will be tracking her food and make sure that if you buy any thing that goes in her and on her body make sure that you read the label since they like to also put wheat in shampoos and toothpastes and other stuff that you put on your body too..

Have not been doing much but did get the stationary bike in and will need to rest some too. Having a flare that is hitting the shoulder blades and makes it hard to sleep at night since I sleep on my side. Not fun to be in all that pain. Wish that the some of the naturals that I take would work on the soft tissues too.

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8/24/14 11:22 P

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Hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Today I walked 4K and ran 3.5K. Yesterday I went on a scavenger hunt for 3 hours, I don't know how far I walked but I got about 12000 steps. It was good fun!

I went to Whole Foods today for a few things. I got beet soup in a jar, it will last for 3 or 4 meals and it looks so good! I also got organic broccoli and a little orange habenero. I went to the farmer's market this morning and got strawberries, blueberries, plums and peaches. I'm trying to eat a lot of fruit while it's in season, especially in the mornings! It's a lot of sugar but I think I should have a lot while my local environment is providing it.

Just today I started taking vegan omega oil. Hopefully it'll make me smarter!


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Dorothy...thank you for the insight...I will pass that along to her. I helped her set up her own sparkpage and she is going to track her food each day using the food tracker. I'm hoping that will help her feel a little more responsible for and in control of everything.

We have a good gluten-free menu planned for the week so I will pick up some groceries after I go back to church for a quick teacher training this afternoon. Then we'll get lunches and snacks prepped for the week.

I'm tired today...did not sleep well...had too much on my mind last night. Hopefully tonight I will be so tired that I can sleep well. Getting ready for another busy week here. I was glad to get some outdoor work done yesterday morning.
Then our family counseling session went pretty well. Then my son and I had agreed to spend some time together just the two of us so we went bowling (my shoulder did not do so well with that!), then out to dinner, then over to a book store to buy him a new book. We had a great time together and I think we'll need to do that more often. And I will have to let him bring a friend along sometimes too. He needs the break from his sister (and so do I).

I have to go rest for a bit before I go back to church...hope you've all had a great weekend!
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8/23/14 10:46 P

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Carla I love eating them. They also give you good fiber too.

Melissa I did get some rest and feel a little better but still have those pains that I feel at night when I lay down.

She might feel worse before she feels better because she may to through a process that also kills the bad fungus in her too. After about two weeks she should start to feel better and to make sure that she drinks plenty of water since that will help flush out all that stuff that is in her system.

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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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8/22/14 11:23 A

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Carla...good for you! I'm not a big fan of dates but I can eat one now and then.

Dorothy...hope you can have a restful weekend.

Still very steamy here...too hot to do much other than go to a pool.
Just doing my usual today...cleaning chores and getting ready for lessons this afternoon and evening.
Dorothy...I'm sure you're right about the diet affecting my daughter's behavior. I think once we eliminate the gluten and peanuts she will start to improve in all areas. I feel bad that she has had to suffer for so long, but I had done a celiac blood test when she was 4 1/2 and it was negative. And all the docs have said no to the possibility of gluten issues. At least I know now and we can begin to help her heal. It's amazing how well she has done despite feeling so crummy most of the time. She is going through the normal emotions and reactions to the thought of not eating some of her favorite foods, but I think once she realizes how it feels not to have chronic pain she will miss those foods less and less.

Back to work for me...have a great weekend everyone!
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8/22/14 10:16 A

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emoticon Hello Butterflies!

I went to a nutrition talk last night and I actually ate the 2 dates the nutritionist gave me! I only had one bite of a date before and I didn't like it, though I like date squares my Mom makes. But I liked them last night, so I'm growing I guess! They're apparently really good to take along on runs because the combination of sugar and fibre gives energy without spiking insulin.

She also gave samples of Hemp Hearts and vegan Omega oil to take home.

The weekend is almost here! I have a few fun things planned and I also want to get some meal planning done!



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8/22/14 2:04 A

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Thanks Melissa and I am feeling better and the pain is not as bad. At least I got the lawn mowed and now to relax until next week again. Sound like you are having a good time with the students and glad that they are working on your daughter and found out that she has all those problems. They could be also what is causing the other problem of her outbursts too.

Carla that is great that you are doing all that running and have fun

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Hello!

My cold is gone, it only lasted 3 days! I slept a lot and ate a lot of fruit, and I took one day off work.

The Spark Solution is so inspiring!

I've been tracking my food on MyFitnessPal and I kind of like it. I'm not abandoning SparkPeople though. At the end of the day when I tell MFP that I've logged everything, I get a message that says "if every day was like today, you'd weigh XXX in 5 weeks." I love that! It helps me visualize a goal in 5 weeks and it helps my mind connect that with how much I ate and exercised today. Of course there are other factors so it's not guaranteed, but it's a hint at which days I'm doing better or worse than others.

I have a couple fitness events coming up. August 30th I'm cycling 35K with my Dad in the Sheenboro Granfondo. Oct 11 I'm doing a 5K walk with my parents for charity called the Turkey Trot. That's Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Oct 19 I'm running 5K for the Toronto Vegetarian Association.

Melissa, your piano classes must be fun! Wow though, the 25 allergens will be tough to adjust to...!



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Dorothy...are you feeling any better yet? I hope you are able to rest. I know how hard it is when you can't sleep because of the pain.

Carla...good for you! Hope your cold is gone by now. You are doing great...such an inspiration for all of us! Do you have any races coming up this fall?

Busy here...but we are slowly starting to settle into our school and work routines. I get very tired by the end of the day! My piano students and I are really having fun so far and I'm so excited to share so many new things with them this year from games to music to new strategies. Almost every student has left saying, "It's time to go already? I was having so much fun!" I couldn't ask for better compliments than that. I'm putting in 1-2 hours of prep each morning to get ready for that day's lessons so I'm working about 30 hours a week now, but I love it!
I'm also practicing more myself and I've committed to learning a new (difficult) piece each quarter. I'm working on a Baroque piece right now which is way out of my comfort zone, but I'm re-learning some great technique and having to work hard when I practice.

Just got the blood work results back from my daughter's food sensitivity testing and she is sensitive to 25 different foods! Peanuts was the big surprise and she is allergic to it (but not the life-threatening reaction). Anyway, I've suspected gluten for a long time and had her tested 5 years ago for Celiac's but she was negative. Well, this test showed high sensitivity to gluten, wheat, rye, etc. So we'll go gluten free completely now. Poor thing...she's been dealing with so much tummy discomfort/pain and I finally have the information I need to help her. The next 2 months will be a little tough to eliminate all 25 foods, but we'll figure it out.

Time for me to go...have to finish my cleaning up here and get some lunch!
Take care all,
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8/19/14 1:38 A

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I had a bad flare last night and had a hard time sleeping because I could not get comfortable on either side because of were it was flaring. Hope for a better night tonight

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8/18/14 9:36 A

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Congratulations Kristy!

I'm not having a flare (haven't had one in years thankfully!) but I have a head cold. The weather turned unusually cold plus I went to a children's birthday party...I guess one of those caused my sinuses to clog and glands to swell. I'm trying to sleep it off.

I finally properly read the intro and first week parts of The Spark Solution, and today is my first day to truly follow the plan. I rode my bike 6K to work and was going to go to yoga tonight but I think I'll get home to bed early instead and hope the cold clears up.

Still doing the daily Expanding Your Happiness meditations from Deepak and Oprah. Today's centering thought is "Living Joy"

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8/17/14 12:01 A

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Know what you mean about having a flare and that is one reason that I think that I am so tired too. Plus this weather does not help either. Take it easy and rest when you can too.

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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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Yes...I'm a little too busy right now. It's that time of year though. Things should settle down in a couple of weeks and we should be adjusted to our routines again!

We have lots of deer around right now so they are really trimming my shrubs, rose bushes :( and they have been eating the figs before they are ripe! so we won't get any good figs this year.
I had to do some online training for our Girl scout troop today and DH got the lawn mowed and trimmed.
I'm also still doing a lot of work in my piano studio...filing, accounting, and doing lesson planning.
Anyway...a lot of sitting today instead of being active outside. But I think I'm starting a flare so I'm really being careful with my activity/rest level right now too. Plus my shoulders really hurt today...might be stress...so I'm trying to take it pretty easy this weekend.

Take care all,
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Melissa you are so busy and also doing lots of things with your children too. Just reading it makes me tired. Take care and don't overdue it.

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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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8/15/14 9:36 A

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Yay Kristy!

Oh I'm so behind here! It has been a full week! I'm back to teaching every day and I have 29 students with one opening left. I'm teaching from 3:30-5:30, then a dinner break, then teach from 6:30-8:30pm, M-F. And I've been doing a lot of prep work during the day so I'm working about 30 hours a week right now. It has been so great to see all my students again this week and to welcome new ones in! I've found so many great new materials, games and music that I can't wait to share it all this year!

My friend Beth had knee surgery yesterday so I took a meal over for dinner last night. The kids and I loaded up yummy Asian pork chops that I had done in the crock pot all day, lots of rice, steamed broccoli, fresh organic grapes, and brownies! I had taken their oldest daughter Erin to school (she goes to a private school about 20 miles away) early yesterday morning so I was glad to be able to help out when they needed it. Our Bible study group is taking meals to them for the next two weeks while Beth will be on crutches and recovering.

The kids are really enjoying their teachers this year and they have had a good week. They are both home sick with colds today and I have a sore throat and congestion, but we'll get extra rest, take some extra vit. C and I'm making chicken soup from scratch today.

With my DH's travel this week I've also had two different babysitters in to help out in the evenings. And it looks like they will each get more babysitting here in the next few weeks. His travel schedule is a moving target right now and it frustrates me. I've told him that I have to just plan things around the kids and me for now and he will have to 'fit it' where he can because his schedule is changing too much. He's not real happy with me, but I have to keep my routines going. It's not that I can't count on him, but I never really know if he will be here or not so I just have to plan without him.

Phew! That's all the news that isn't from here!
How is everyone else doing this week? Any plans for the weekend? Is anyone else starting a flare?

Take care,
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Yay I got an A in my class!!! One more class to go. Now that I am on break I am looking at job announcements. I haven't worked in the yard since we have been getting so much rain but I'll be out there soon. It feels so wonderful to relax mind body and spirit.

Have an awesome day !
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I too did not sleep well last night and yes it is a shame about Robin Williams.

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Hello! I started two things this week that are making me feel better already:

1- started The Spark Solution
It's a book that lays out a 2-week plan to get on track with SparkPeople goals. I've learned so much already and I'm feeling optimistic. I've been yo-yoing my weight for too long.

2- started a 21-day online meditation plan, the theme is Expanding Your Happiness
https://chopracentermeditation.com/

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Didn't sleep well last night so I'm tired today. But I have a few things to get done so I'm moving slowly.
No big news here, just getting into our school and work routines.

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Hope that you get your rest too so that you will be able to do all that you want.

Just picked up a little and with all the rain that we are getting I know that I will have to try to get it mowed on Wednesday and Thursday too.

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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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Trying to get a lot done today. This is my first week back to a full schedule of teaching piano so I know I'll be tired. But I have a lot of great new games and fun things so I am excited to see everyone and get started again!
Saw a great quote when I did my devotion/prayer time this morning:
"For every possibility of stress, there is an equal and lovelier possibility of mindfulness and gratitude."
Vinita Hampton Wright

Have a wonderful day all!
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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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Melissa I got one of those weather radios and they do a good job at informing me of things that are happening where I live. You do program it for your area. It costs about 30-40 bucks and is worth it. I also have an alarm system that also lets me know but If it is in my area it does not go off like the radio does.

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Cleaned my kitchen, answered emails, doing laundry and on to a bathroom next!
As much as I have enjoyed the summer and spending more time with the kids I kind of love having the house to myself for a few hours each day.
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Take care everyone! Stay hydrated!
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Hi everyone!

We are headed to the pool in a bit since today is our last free day of summer!
Met teachers last night and so far so good. The PTA chair (who is a friend) said that both teachers we have are excellent, and that our principal (who was new last year) worked hard to recruit several new teachers for this year. This area is growing so housing is booming again and schools are scrambling to hire teachers, add classrooms and meet the higher demands.

I know what you mean Dorothy about missing weather information. Usually we hear the storm sirens here, but the last time not all of them went off so we could barely hear the warning. We've been thinking about getting a weather radio that will give us a loud beeping and warning, but I know those are not full-proof either.

I start my full schedule of teaching piano next week and I have most everything done now for the studio...just a few more things to find and pull together and some more music to file.

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Melissa I am so glad that I don't have to wake up that early and get the children off to school. No I do not get my son up because he is capable to get up himself unless he has a hard time sleeping and then he will ask me to make sure that I get him up.

Right now I am just trying to keep cool and also watch the weather to make sure that we are not getting a hurricane. Almost missed that one off the coast and am glad that it did not come here. So now I am making sure that I get the weather reports every day.

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Glad to hear from you Kristy and Dorothy!

We have our school open house later today so we'll meet the kids' teachers. Both are new to the school so the kids are a little disappointed that they didn't get who they wanted. But they know a new teacher could bring a lot of new things for them so they are cautiously optimistic.

I am able to fit some new piano students in from my waiting list now so I've been doing consults and continuing to get things done in my studio.
Not looking forward to that 6am wake-up everyday...but it will be good to get back to all of our routines.

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Melissa it sounds like you are busy too and all that school work and then trying to accommodating the wishes of the parents. What a headache to have to do that.

Kristy you're welcome and study hard for the test too.

Not been doing much but resting right now and we been getting storms too so that is one reason that I try to get it done all in one day but now I am going to just take two days for doing the lawn and with it being so hot that does wipe me out the next couple of days. My son is suppose to do it but he is going to class in the afternoon and he can't do it before going to school or he will be too tired to listen to the teacher and I don't want that because he is in the top of his class too.

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Hi Everyone!

I sure like catching up with you all!

Thanks for the info on the natural weed killers Dorothy.

Thanks for the wishes on my final Melissa. I am getting ready to print it and start working on it tonight. It is due on Saturday but the sooner I get it done the sooner my break starts!

I hope everyone has a wonderful night of rest!

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Dorothy...sounds like you have been busy keeping things up around the house and yard! What else is new?
Hope everyone is doing well. Just busy here. Did some school shopping during the tax free days. Volunteered Saturday as a whole family making and delivering meals, food staples, and school supplies to local families in need. Church yesterday and then I worked on piano stuff the rest of the afternoon and evening. Did my invoices and emailed each student with their lesson day/time. Of course then my phone and email exploded with people looking to switch. I have them submit their top 3 choices and try to accommodate as many 1st choices as I can based on seniority. I did a lot of re-organizing, printing and laminating yesterday to get my games and resources ready but I'm not done yet. Anyway...it's a busy and exciting time of year. School starts here on Thursday.

Have a wonderful day all and don't forget to check in and let us know how you are!
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Melissa glad that is is going away and that your body is responding to what you are doing. Sometimes we have to do things that will in the end help so don't feel bad that you recorded your daughter because that will help the therapist also.

Happy Birthday Magnolia emoticon emoticon so sorry it is late. Glad that you had a good time.

Kristy so far I have used vinegar on the weeds and it does kill them but you got to be careful if there are frogs and creatures that you don't want to kill because it will kill them too. I also found out that you are suppose to put dish soap in it too so I might try that after I try using plastic to cover the weeds and roast them with the sun here in FL. If you have any plastic on the ground it will kill the grass and weeds and anything under it by burning them. NOT a real fire but like what we get when we are out too long in the sun.

Well I got the back done and my son weed wacked and used the edger too. I tried to do that but right now I am not strong enough to do that and my hands were having problems with holding it too. I will need to make something for my arm since it gets hot where the engine is and it felt like it was burning my skin. So now I have to figure out what to make to protect my skin from it.



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Hi all,

Getting a lot done here. Did the grocery shopping yesterday, then a lot of cleaning. I'm helping the kids clean out and re-organize their rooms. It's a once or twice a year project where we clean out and help them re-do things. School starts here next Thursday so we're starting to get up earlier and trying to get organized for homework, chores and activities.

I'm deep cleaning my kitchen today and cleaning the dining area, computer area/desk and laundry area. That way I can be close to the kids' rooms and help them when they need it too. Later we have a counseling appt.
Beautiful day here...hope to get outside and enjoy it a bit!

Hope you are all doing well! Kristy...good luck next week on your final.
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Happy Birthday Magnolia emoticon . Sounds like you had a great day.

I hope your bug bite gets better Melissa. Your camping adventures sound wonderful. Great advice on the house cleaning. I try to do something like that too but when I have lots of homework the house gets put to the side.

Glad you are getting some rest Dorothy. What natural products do you use to get rid of weeds?

Vanna how was your reunion! I'm sure it was great to see family.

I'm on my last two weeks of school. This week shouldn't be too bad because no homework is due. Next week is the final. I have been doing Yoga for the last few weeks and I am hooked. I even do it at night to relax and it works wonders. I am sleeping better too.


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Hi all,

Dorothy...I have been using hydrocortisone creme on the rash and it is mostly gone now. I've been taking Benadryl at night and I think the reaction is slowly going away. The swelling is down a lot. I have to pace myself with cleaning too. I have a few daily chores like dishes and a load or two of laundry, and then I also do one area of the house each day of the week. So Mondays I dust and vacuum the living and dining room and entry. Tuesdays I clean bathrooms. Wednesday is my kitchen day. Thursdays is my errand day and I pick up my bedroom. Friday is my day off! I use Flylady and adapt everything so that each week I also try to declutter one zone. Most days I can get everything done in an hour or two. The kids are getting older so they are getting more chores to do too.

I've been busy trying to get all my piano students scheduled according to their preferences and I have a few students that are either quitting or moving on to more advanced teachers. So I'm also working through my waiting list.
The kids and I did the grocery shopping this morning, then cleaned their bathroom. They each have a little bit of work to do in their rooms and then they are free to play outside for the afternoon...perfect day here with low humidity and not too hot...very unusual here.
Time for me to go...have a lot more to do yet today!

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I just need to learn how to pace myself when I clean it because when I get a burst of energy I do it all when I should pace myself and do it several days instead of doing it all at once. Then I crash the next couple of days and sometimes longer, especially with this heat too. Wipes me out and I need to mow the lawn because the grass has not been mowed since about two weeks because of the rain that we have been getting.

Vana glad that you had a wonderful reunion with family.

Kristy not sure if I like either of them since weeds get real stubborn here in FL and when my husband used weed killer that made them stronger too. Now I am trying natural products to see if I can weaken them..

Melissa sounds like you all had a good time with camping and also time with your daughter too. Be careful about that spider bite and watch it carefully too.

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Good Monday morning!

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Yesterday was my birthday. I started it waking up at 6:45 to go to run in a 10K race! I didn't perform well but I did it. Then after a shower met a friend for healthy brunch. I had a smoothie and tofu scramble with veg. I was so full I didn't feel like having dessert, even though it was my birthday! Then we went shopping and poking around, we met the guys who care for Esther the Wonder Pig! Then in the evening I went to see Bruno Mars with some other friends.

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Hi all!

Sounds like everyone has been busy!
Dorothy that is a big house to keep up. I know your husband was a big help to you, so I know it is a tough job now to do all alone. Wish I was close by to help you. Have you heard from your daughter lately?

Vana...hope you had a wonderful reunion with your family! What a beautiful part of the country to be in!

Kristy...I'm the same way...pulling weeds over homework any day ;)

I pulled out last Thursday with the kids and the camper and we headed up to N. Georgia for some camping. I got it set up just fine and we had a great first two days there. We went mini-golfing and canoeing on Friday. Lot's of calories burned paddling for 2 hours! Then my DH and our dog joined us Friday night. I must have gotten some type of spider bite Saturday morning because I developed a bumpy rash. I took Benadryl and rested on Saturday. DH and the kids went canoeing again and then hiked in the afternoon. Sunday morning we packed up and headed home. We got the garage re-organized yesterday afternoon and fit the camper in with just inches to spare. Overall it was a great trip and we were all happy to have such a great camper!

I have a lot to do this week...mostly catching up on paperwork and cleaning/decluttering.
Hope you all have a great week!

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That is great Kris and soon it will be done and you can relax too.

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Happy Sunday. I got my case study done on Friday and I'm still working on my group project paper due tomorrow. I can see the light at the end of tunnel. wooo hooo

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Vana have fun with the family and we will be here when you get back.

Krise I do get rest and it is the next three days that it takes for my body to recover from doing all that work. I still need to finish the fridges and the floors that I did not do because I wanted to do the fridge and that is a messy job too. So now I got to get it done soon too.

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I am getting ready to go to a family reunion on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. I am so anxious to see my family again. Mom and Dad are up from California and my daughter and her family will be joining us. Looks like it should be a great weekend with walking and playing at Lake Kushman.

I might miss a day on SP but it will be worth it!

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Dorothy you are so busy cleaning! I hope you get some rest too.

I love roast in the crock pot and the left over sandwiches too. I may just make one soon.

I am working on a case study due Sunday and a group project paper due Monday. I will be done with this class on 8/9 and then get a month break. Looking forward to some more yard work. My husband asked me if I would rather pull weeds or do homework...uhhhh pull weeds of course. lol

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The crock pot makes those roasts so tender and juicey that is why they liked it and ate so much of it so the next time you need to get a bigger roast if you want to take sandwiches with you. emoticon

Well yesterday I cleaned the house except for the kitchen, the room that has one of the fridges in and two bedrooms and the I was wiped out today and slept most of the day. Will try to get the fridge cleaned tomorrow and then clean the floors in those two rooms. Then I need to get on the other two rooms and straighten them out too.

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Had a good day here yesterday. Got our cleaning done in the morning and then my friend Robin's girls were here for a couple of hours to play with my kids. They had a great time and then I had several piano lessons.
Funny story...I decided to do a beef roast in the crock pot (with veggies) for our dinner last night with the idea that the leftover meat could be sliced, frozen and then used for sandwiches when we go camping. Usually that is a winter meal for us so we haven't had it in a few months. The kids sat down to eat and you would have thought they hadn't had a decent meal in weeks...they went on and on about how good it was! We have enough left for a few sandwiches, but not nearly as much as I thought would be left. Oh well...glad they enjoyed it!

A few chores today, a few lessons, and finishing some laundry. Also have to bake cookies.
Hope you all have a great day!
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It rained yesterday and I think we are supposed to get rain all week. That is great because we need it!

Have a great day y'all

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Got the garage cleaned today and now I need to rest some and hopefully get the back porch cleaned soon too.

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Dorothy...glad you were able to get the lawn done. It's raining all weekend here now too.
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Nothing much going on here but rain. At least I was able to get the grass mowed and now I need to edge it but the storms keep coming so I guess that I will get it done one of these days. Now I need to start on the inside after resting from doing the lawn, it takes me about two to thee days to recoup from doing that. I wish that it did not do that.

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Happy weekend y'all!
I am off this week and we did a ton of yard work. Lots of sweating.
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Hi all!
Hope you are ready for a great weekend!
It's been a busy week here but mostly good. Errands yesterday including the library and I was able to get the camper registered and licensed.

Trying to get a lot of cleaning done today. I also have an arborist coming out to look at a couple of trees that need to come down. Tomorrow my daughter has her company ballet audition...she will do fine but has to be ready to perform so that the teachers can figure out where to place everyone. It is supposed to rain most of the weekend here so we may stop in at the antique mall tomorrow afternoon just to look.

Hope you are all doing well!
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Dorothy...you're right, that's a great idea...thank you!

Met up with my friend Robin and her girls at their pool this morning so all the kids got to swim. Felt good to be in the pool for awhile this morning and swim!
My boys came home earlier from Scout camp than we expected today so it has been fun hearing about all their activities. My son earned a lot of new badges and awards so he is very proud of all he accomplished and got to do.
My daughter and I will go to her counseling appt this afternoon, then hopefully we can all have a good evening.

Have a great week everyone!
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Melissa you can buy those at a boat store and put it on yourself too. That is one thing that I did learn from my husband. And he also change them out when they got too rusty from the salt water.

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Hi all,
Quick check in today...I have a lot of cleaning to catch up on today.
Dorothy...this one does not have a jack on the hitch, but a wheel and stabilizer. It is pretty tough to move and get in place so we'll see. I think we'll have a lot of great camping trips in that camper. This weekend I have to set it up, clean and load it with our gear. Have you been getting rain there?

Finished my writing yesterday finally. I have a lot of cleaning to catch up on today and then we have to get to the grocery store.
I also have to get an email out to all my piano students so they can sign up for fall. Can't believe it is time to do that already, but school starts in early August here so we are already wrapping up summer!

Hope you all are doing ok...and just busy enjoying summer!

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Kristy that is great that you will be done in Nov and then you will be free to go for a job that you want to.

Carla that sounds like fun to be in Sweden. Have you gone skiing there too?

Melissa that camping trip will be fun with that camper popup and I am sure that you will be able to get it off the hitch. Some trailers do come with a type of jack that lays flat while driving but goes down to help get the tongue onto the hitch on the back of the vehicle. That is what is on most boats that help get it up high enough to go over the ball on the vehicle.

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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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Kristy...you are so close to done! Good for you! It has been humid this weekend...hope you have been able to exercise without getting overheated.

Carla...So happy for you that you are in Sweden! Have a fabulous time! I like Dolly Parton too...for all the success she has had she is pretty humble and down to earth.

I posted a few pics in a blog of our camper. I set it up yesterday mostly on my own and took it down today with my daughter's help. Both times I was sweating a lot and getting some good exercise in! I wanted to make sure I could do it on my own so that if I ever need to I can. Or so that the kids and I can go early to get a campsite and let my DH join us later. The only thing I may need help with is setting the front wheel up and getting it off the hitch. Otherwise I was able to get everything up and working yesterday. Next weekend I'll get it cleaned out and loaded with our gear so that we can take it camping for a few days the following weekend.

My boys are off to Scout camp for a few days and my daughter is home now from her Girl Scout camp so hopefully we'll have another good week here.
I have to finish my writing...so I'm off!
Have a great start to the week everyone!
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Hello! I'm on vacation in Sweden with my guy and last night we went to a Dolly Parton concert! She's such an inspiration... she endured a rough childhood, she works really hard and she's beaming with love and optimism!

Other than the plastic surgery, I'd like to age like her. She's active and happy, she didn't get jaded or dull, and she seems sincerely loving. Another thing I like about her is that although she's conservative in some ways, she's very loving and tolerant towards diversity. And she knows how to laugh at herself!

She'd be a great Spark Coach!

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We may go to a movie this weekend. We rarely go either because it is so expensive. We like to go to a matinee to save a few bucks.

Camping sounds exciting Melissa. I'm sure you will make some good family memories this summer.

My class has been super easy this semester. I have gotten 100% on everything. I asked my teacher to double check my grades since we are using a new online site and it is loaded with issues. She said I am good to go. No homework due this weekend. Just have working on some research for a group project. I just signed up for my last class. I will be done on 11/30! Can't wait!


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yes...movies are expensive which is why we rarely go. I had a coupon for the movie tickets so those were half price. You're right that most aren't worth seeing in the theater. I will say that How to Train Your Dragon 2 was wonderful and I'm glad I saw it in the theater...one of the best I've seen in a long time. Dreamworks does a much better job than Disney.

I picked up my daughter last night from Girl Scout camp. She had a great week and is sleeping in today. Hopefully once she can take a good long shower and get some good home cooked food she will start to feel like she's home again.

In a few hours my DH should be back with the camper and we'll get it set up so that we can explore it a little more. I have a campsite booked for us in a couple of weeks and again for Labor Day weekend...can't wait.
Time for me to go...I have to get to my writing!
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emoticon on the movies, they are getting so expensive to just even see but if you wait long enough they do come out and you can see it on TV and then say that you are glad that you kept your money.

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way to go Kristy!

went to a new dinner/movie theater with my son yesterday. it was a good outing for us, but I don't know that I would do that as a date night or anything. the food is okay and most of their films are not in 3D.
I'm still writing...actually more researching still. Have to get a lot of writing done today, then take the van in for an oil change, and tonight I go pick up my daughter from Girl Scout camp.

Keep up the great work everyone!
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Walked the dog this morning for 20 minutes. emoticon

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That is good about the popup camper and they are bigger than they look too!! It is like a house on wheels that pops up and you have you stuff all there. Just make sure that it is on stable ground.

Got the back yard done and tomorrow I will weedwack it.

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emoticon yay team! Keep up the great work!

I swam yesterday. Took my son and a friend to our pool and I did some laps while they played. I have to get my writing done though so I am buckling down today to get as much as I can done.

We bought a pop-up camper this week. My DH will go get it on Saturday morning. Then on Sunday he and our son go to Boy Scout camp for a few days. I will have a few days with my daughter next week so I hope they will go well. We have a counseling appt already set up so that should help.

Our summer is half over now so it is time to start planning for back to school already! Can't believe how fast this one has gone! I have a lot to do to get my piano studio ready for another year, but it will have to wait until my writing is done. I'm a writer this week so not much time to check in here.

Take care all!
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120 minutes mowing the lawn, grass was not mowed in about three weeks because of the rain. Still have to do the back

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Walked the dog for 20 minutes. Should be going to zumba today!

I did yoga yesterday and I forgot how much I love it. I am really excited to get back to it! emoticon

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Son got his stuff out of the rooms and back into his now to start cleaning the house.

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My husband was from FL and he wanted to move back where his family was but not too close and I am glad for that because I don't think that he would of came to Christ if he was down there and we may have divorced if we did go down to where he grew up. He told me that he did not think that he would not have lasted as long with the cancer if I was not by his side either. There was really no one but me by his side and I did not mind it at all, he even told me that he did not like being a burden to me and I told him that he was not a burden but that he was my husband and that is what a wife is suppose to do. That is how you show Christ to a husband or wife that is not a believer too. It is even in the Bible that if a spouse is not a believer that they are to stay with them if that person wants them to stay.

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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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I am originally from Utah but met my AF hubby and we moved to England, then Guam, Alaska and now GA. Once I finish my degree we want to move to Atlanta or Texas.

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I know that I am a northern girl and so does my body knows it too. Just step out in the summer time and all my pores come open and I would of done nothing but step outside. I grew up in PA and now am in FL because I came here with my husband after he retired from the AF. Now he is gone and I can't afford to go anywhere if I wanted to. Miss the country life and not like the suburbs too many people and could do without one that is a neighbor too.

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Welcome back Cocoababy324!

I love those glow in the dark glasses Kristy! Kudos to you for making exercise fun! I've been to Alaska but not lived there. I'm Northern girl temporarily stuck in the South...lol!

Lots of drama here with my daughter. It's been going on for awhile now and we have counseling appts set up again. We did some of the exercises while we were camping that we were given but that got cut short. Now she is packing for Girl Scout Camp. I'll drop her off tomorrow for a week. I'm also a writer this next week so I'm happy for the break from her and I know she is happy to have the break from us.

A quiet 4th here for us...yummy kabobs on the grill last night. We went to the town fireworks the night before and then my son and I watched the fireworks on TV from NYC last night.

Hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!
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Melissa sounds like you had a few good days of camping! When we lived in Alaska we had bears come by our house. I was always afraid about my kids being outside but we never had any run ins, thankfully.

The zumba glow party was a blast. Everyone puts loads of glow bracelets on their arms, legs and necks. I found some heart glasses. I will try to upload a picture. Then we turn off the lights and turn on a few black lights and have our zumba class. It is a blast!

Have a wonderful weekend butterflies!

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Sounds like a good day at camping. We are in their woods and they are curious of us and also looking for food too.,



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"Today is the first day of the rest of my life and it WILL BE fabulous!!"


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Yes...we had about 24 hours of storms and got flooded out of our tent site. emoticon
But we still had a great few days of camping together! emoticon
We were able to do some hiking, fishing and swimming and just enjoy our campsite.
It has taken a few days to get everything hosed off, cleaned up, dried out and put away again, but it was worth it. We're thinking of getting a pop-up camper so that hopefully we wouldn't get rained out like that again.
We also saw a bear cub near our site. We are good about storing our food securely and not leaving anything out, but there has been a lot of bear activity in many of the N. Georgia campgrounds. We were cooking dinner and our son saw the bear so he quickly but quietly told us and we saw it too. I grabbed a few pots and pans and started banging and it quickly turned and ran the other way. We were able to eat our dinner and get most everything put away before the storms rolled in and the flooding started. So it was an exciting night!
Time for me to get back to work here!
Have a great 4th of July all!
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How did it go? Did you get any of the storms that came through up there?

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emoticon Back from our camping trip...lot's of unpacking, cleaning everything off and re-packing for storage.
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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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9 Summer Survival Tools When You Have a Chronic Illness:
www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-copen/9-
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I really like this list! It encourages us to be mindful of our limitations, yet continue to live a good, active life!

Do read the article, but this sums up what I took away from it:

- make priorities
- look at the possibilities
- plan for success
- exercise self-care
- keep an open mind
- enjoy your summer!

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Hello!

July is a new month and I've started a July Challenge thread in the Team Challenges section. I've left it to pick-your-own challenge again. If you're here on SparkPeople, you're likely interested in making changes. A customized monthly challenge can help bring you closer to your goals! I'm feeling a little frazzled about something so I picked daily meditation. I trust this will bring me some clarity.

Kris, tell us more about the Glow Party!!! It sounds fun!

Yesterday was Canada Day so I had the day off work. I went to watch a Canadian Citizenship Ceremony and it was beautiful. I was so moved by what the judge said about being an engaged citizen.

Also yesterday, I went for a short run, bike ride and then I went swimming. It was quite humid so the pool was nice and refreshing!

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Cleaning does that to me too Dorothy! Plus it is a never ending cycle lol.

I hope to go to zumba today. We are having a Glow Party and I have all my Glow Sticks ready.

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yesterday cleaned two rooms and wiped out today

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