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12/26/14 11:49 A

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Hi all,

Sorry I've been gone so long from here. Too much going on and a few things had to get dropped. But I'm back!
We had a good Christmas here with just our family. Opened gifts yesterday morning and then had a traditional Danish brunch. Relaxed and then we made Swedish meatballs for dinner...so good! I am finally catching up on rest...fell asleep at 9pm last night and didn't wake up until 8:30am this morning! Feeling better today so I may go for a run later.

I did end up going to my cousin's memorial service in FL. We decided that since we couldn't find boarding for the dog and my DH really needed to stay and work, that I would take the kids down. So we left last Friday at noon and drove down to my parent's condo. Then went to the memorial service on Saturday which was good but hard. Good to see my other cousins and relatives, but hard to say goodbye. My cousin's husband is a Lutheran pastor in Iowa, but the local pastor in FL let Perry do most of the memorial service which was very special for us in the family. He did a wonderful job. My brother in Orlando also drove down with his wife so it was good for most of our family to be together too.
Last Sunday we did a little Christmas with my parents and then my brother and his wife also came over for dinner. Good to spend a little time with them. Monday we helped clean the condo and did some baking and got packed. We left early Tuesday morning and it was a very long drive back home. The kids did great, but the rain was hard and constant.
Kristy...I thought of you and waved each time we passed by your neck of the woods!
Dorothy...sorry we didn't have time to visit on this trip. Next time I will call you and look forward to getting together again!

For Christmas I put new tires on my van (before I drove to FL) and got a new small laptop/tablet since my old laptop keeps dying. I'm still figuring out how to use this little thing, but so far so good. I really like that it is so light and portable. The kids got new tablets for Christmas, but we gave them early because I knew they would be happier traveling if they had new tablets to use for reading and games.

I still have cards to get out, but will work on them this weekend. Today I need to get some exercise and get some cleaning done. Tonight we'll peel potatoes and get ready to make our traditional Lefse tomorrow (Norwegian). Sunday afternoon we have tickets to the Atlanta ballet's Nutcracker so we are looking forward to that! We got very good tickets (at a very big discount) through a Girl Scout promotion this fall and we're going with 2 other families so my daughter can't wait to see professional dancers in action!

How is everyone else doing? Did you all get together with family?
Is anyone getting any workouts in?
Take care everyone!
Melissa

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12/24/14 11:07 P

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Merry Christmas all!!

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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12/24/14 10:36 A

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Merry Christmas!!
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12/18/14 8:28 A

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I took the day off yesterday to finish up some shopping and I believe I am done. I'll be making cookies for our office Christmas party tomorrow.



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12/17/14 10:23 A

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Oh Melissa, you've got a lot on your plate. Very sorry to hear that. Take good care of yourself as much as you can inside this chaos.

Dorothy, you seem to flare often. Have you mentioned that to your doctor? Maybe you need to get your treatment plan tweaked so you can feel better and be able to do more.

Congratulations on finishing your degree Kristy! Think I said so before. It's so liberating to not *have* to read so much every day!


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Thanks

That is great that you are now done. Looking forward to 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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12/14/14 9:34 A

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Praying for you too Dorothy. I hope you and Melissa get the rest you need and get over the flares. Stress really does bring out the worst.

I am all done with my degree now. I will not be walking because the graduation is in May and in Maryland (I did online classes). I should get my degree in the mail in January. I will post a picture for you all to see. I really appreciate the prayers from all the wonderful butterflies I have here!

God bless!
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Melissa wow you have your hands full right now and yes the flare will come when you are under stress, wish it was not so but I have found that happens to me too when I am under stress so be gentle on yourself and take care with what is going on in the family too. We want you to be here with us but we do know that you also need to take care of yourself and get healthy too. Just make sure that you do pace yourself and not get stretched too far.


Kristy that is great that you are now finished with school. Now are you done all together with school or just this term?

Not really doing much since my lupus is flaring and it is hitting my chest area and makes it painful and also has me out of breath too. Just have to wait until it passes and do more with working out then.


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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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12/13/14 12:01 P

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Praying for you Melissa and your family and friend,

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12/12/14 7:53 P

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Hi all,
Sorry to be absent for two weeks here. It has been a rough couple weeks with lots of sad stuff happening. I'm okay and so is my family but there's been a lot thrown at us so we are trying to adjust to a lot of changes.
A colleague and friend who was on staff at our church was unexpectedly and unfairly fired two weeks ago and I've been helping her through it because unfortunately I went through something all too similar several years ago. We were planning to leave our church anyway after this school year, but now we are done.
This past Sunday my cousin passed away suddenly after finding out about a week ago that she had pancreatic cancer. The blessing is that she did not suffer, but no one had time to prepare. We are making the decision this weekend about whether the kids and I will go to FL for the memorial service.
Then yesterday a former piano family (and friend) of mine got the news that the docs here don't think there is anything else they can do for her cancer. She is suffering greatly right now and they just aren't sure what to do.
It has been a long couple of weeks with many tears and feeling overwhelmed by so much. There have been bright spots too, and moments of joy along with everything, but it has really brought the Scriptures of this Advent season into sharp focus for me.
I know I'm in a flare right now so I'm trying to be extra gentle on myself. Any prayers you can spare would be appreciated for us and for my friend Cheryl whose cancer keeps spreading even after 15 chemos.

I'm not trying to be a downer...just got hit with a few too many things at once. Hopefully this weekend I can sort a few things out and be more like myself again.

Take care everyone and hug the ones close to you,
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Hello Team

How is everyone? I miss hearing from Dorothy, Melissa, Breezy and all the rest! I know it is a busy time of the year.

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emoticon good morning! I went to body combat class before work! I feel great!

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Hello Team!

I hope you are all feeling awesome! I am doing great! So nice to have that school monkey off my back! It's cold here but it always feels great to walk the dog early in the morning. It's my prayer time and my me time.

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emoticon emoticon Keep flying, Team Butterfly! I feel great! I got a lot of nagging chores done over the weekend and I've been eating great food. I'm starting to feel like I don't have to think about calories anymore because I'm not craving high calorie food anymore. It's working, I've dropped 8 pounds since September! I still fit into my clothes though I feel some space in my waistbands. I think it's mostly from cutting way down on sugar and bread, I'm less bloated. I feel super!

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Congratulations on finishing your program and getting a great mark!

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Hello Everyone!

I am done with school! I got a B out of the class and that works for me! We had a wonderful quiet Thanksgiving with so much to be thankful for.

Thanks for the healthy tips and I will check out the DEC challenge. A coworker and myself are going to work out every week day. This will be a challenge for us since they cut out two of our work out classes and the showers are closed until FEB. We are determined to do it and two day already down!

I hope you all are having a wonderful day! I am really relaxed and this is what I was really looked forward to.

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12/1/14 10:58 A

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Welcome to December! Hope you're enjoying the last weeks of 2014!

Check out the Spark the Season Challenge I revived in the Challenges section. You can pick anything you'd like to start a streak for December. It could be going to bed earlier, having a smoothie, meditation, cutting down on office gossip....the choice is yours! Let us know what you choose and check in about your progress throughout the month!

Let's build a bit of momentum in December so we can launch our New Year's Resolutions in January with gusto!

If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one!

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12/1/14 10:55 A

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Healthy holiday tips:

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Healthy holiday tip #1
Drink juice every day

Healthy holiday tip #2
Eat a snack before you go to your holiday parties.

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Bring healthy options to your dinners and parties.

Healthy holiday tip #4
Donít skip meals.

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Focus on the things that matter during the holidays- spending time with your loved ones, having great conversations and making memories rather than the food.

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Remember to exercise. Move your body to encourage detox and elimination.

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Take time out to a nap, meditate and pray.

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Use calming and adrenal herbs, teas and essential oils.

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Organize your schedule.

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If you have a hankering for a dessert, make a flavorful holiday juice or smoothie instead.

If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one!

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11/28/14 1:51 P

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I really like that you're training with your son! You're encouraging him to be active!



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11/28/14 1:31 P

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Thanks Carla!
We had our first gluten free Thanksgiving and it was good ;)
Turkey, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, broccoli, and gf pumpkin bread. And I didn't put too much on my plate! I did miss the stuffing this year, but I can find a recipe for next year.
Just got back from a 5k training run/walk with my son...good to have the company and do that together. Much better than being out shopping today!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
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Thankful for all of you on Team Butterfly!

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Kristy that sounds like a wonderful celebration! Enjoy!
Dorothy...what are you and your son doing? Will you see your daughter too?

It's just us for Thanksgiving too. I've been working with the kids the past two days to clean the house...deep clean. My DH got groceries yesterday and he brined the turkey last night. He also made a gluten free pumpkin bread. I had looked for some gluten free pumpkin desserts but most of them lots of other ingredients we either couldn't have or things I did not have on hand. Anyway we'll do lots of good cooking today and enjoy a good meal.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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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Happy Thanksgiving Team!
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Working on the last question on my final final!!! My professor extended the due date to tomorrow but I am going to have it done today!!! I am so excited to start my Thanksgiving cooking tomorrow. I'm going to make cranberries, sprite cake and the corn bread for the dressing. We'll also brine the turkey tomorrow. My hubby and daughter are a great help with all the cooking and cleaning. I am looking forward to spending time together. We'll put on some music and sing our hearts out. We also talk about all our other Thanksgivings and have some good laughs. I'll just be missing my son but at least he is not deployed and is safe in the states!

God bless you and your families! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

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Melissa that is great and good news to her too.
As always you are so busy and hope that all your family gets better too.

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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11/20/14 10:14 A

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Thank you!
It's cold almost everywhere right now. I'm keeping humidifiers going too. My kids have been sick on and off this week. Yesterday my son tested positive for strep so he is home again today. My daughter went to school but I told her if she didn't feel well that she could go to the nurse's office and I would go get her. So far so good so hopefully she has perked up a bit.
My DH left this morning for Calgary and will be home Saturday morning. We have a very busy few days ahead with my daughter's birthday and her ballet recital on Saturday.
I'm also a writer this week and trying to get Christmas and recital music out to my piano students!
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Thank goodness we can all be home and rest next week!
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Yay for your mom Melissa!!! Congrats to her!!!!

It is freezing here today in the 20's in Southern GA.

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Just got great news! My mom's breast biopsy last week came back benign...the cancer has not returned! She can now finally celebrate being a 5 yr. breast cancer survivor!
Hopefully she can start to rest now and relax. She's in a bad flare so I assume that's what has been making her feel so bad the last several weeks.

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it was very hot today but now that we got that front in it feels better but is suppose to get down in the low 50's

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Let's make it a great week everyone!
A very busy and productive day yesterday. Taught Sunday school, then home to get lots done to get ready for the week. My DH installed a new faucet in the guest bath because the other one had broken. Now I need to go clean in there.
It's a rainy and cool day here and I'll get my cardio in while I clean today. I have a writing conference call this afternoon and then I'll get my writing assignment for the week. So it's going to be busy here! I'll try to check in when I can this week.

Take care everyone!
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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 it is real easy to make and if you have left over ginger you can also put it in a planter and let it grow there too and it won't spoil like it does in the fridge. That is what I did and it keeps growing and I had to transplant it into another container because it out grew the one that I had it in. I even blogged about it, the title is called Ginger going wild.

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Dorothy...that sounds easy...I'll try it! Thank you for the tip about the ginger! Are you staying warm? It was down in the 20's here last night.

Kristy...will definitely pray for you in these final weeks. You CAN do it!

I finally got out yesterday! I got the party supplies we needed for my daughter's party today and got myself a new pair of running shoes. I've never been to a store just for runners so I was excited to have my feet and my gait analyzed. It was very cool to watch the video of my feet running on the treadmill and the computer analysis...the good news is that I can still run correctly! Anyway...I have a new pair of running shoes and can't wait to get back out and run in them.
Made gluten free cupcakes last night and they were awful! So my DH went to the store and bought a different brand mix and I made them this morning and they are fine. Have to frost them soon and then get ready for the skating party.
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I got interrupted and didn't finish this post. So the party was good and I only have 3 sashes left to sew.
hope you all had a great day!



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Melissa if you have some ginger then just cut it in small pieces and pour it over some tea and let it steep. You can add what sweetener that you like but you will have your ginger tea, That is how I make mine.

Kristy glad that you are going good in class and will put you in my prayers too.

Not much happening here and am trying to keep warm and my have to close the windows depends on how low it goes.

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Just a quick check in for me today. I have been busy with school. I did get a 93 on my paper and a 86 on a group paper. I have another paper due next Friday then I will get my final and that will be due on the 25th. Then I am done just in time for Thanksgiving!!! I don't know why but at the beginning of this term I was concerned I may fail this class and have to take it over. I don't think that so much now but I really need prayers I do good on these last two items.

I hope you feel better soon Melissa. The roller skating party sounds like fun.

Hey Dorothy, I hope all is going well with you.

I wish all the Butterflies a wonderful weekend! Miss you all so much!

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Thanks Dorothy. I've been taking Vit. C 1000 mg twice a day and drinking green tea with echinacea. Don't think I have ginger tea on hand right now but I can get it this weekend. Everyone is at school and work today so I was able to go back to bed and get some more rest. For the moment I feel better ;)

My daughter's birthday party is tomorrow at the roller skating rink so I have to get the paper goods and make some cupcakes today. We have been struggling with the elimination diet these past two weeks - been really hard. So now that we are done with 6 weeks we are going to add brown rice flour back in. After that we'll add eggs back in. If we can get just those two things back in without her having problems then life will be a lot easier!

I have to run, but have a great day and a good weekend everyone!
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Try some ginger tea and vitamin C to help with your cold and hope you feel better soon.

Not much happening here but did get the lawn mowed even with the flare but did take my time on doing the lawn.

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Hi all,

I'm still fighting this bad cold. I felt better yesterday but now I'm worse today. My son is home sick today too...strep is going around school so I'll keep a close eye on him. My daughter went to school but was not feeling all that well either. She has her birthday party on Saturday at the roller skating rink so I hope she'll be okay for that. My DH is home today because he is in charge of the Scouting popcorn sales and he and a few others had to go get the pack popcorn order this morning. Then people will be here tonight and tomorrow to pick up their den orders for distribution this weekend.
I have to get him to go to the store later and get some groceries for us...getting bare here right now. Other than taking care of my son today I'm working on sewing the ballet sashes. I may not get them all done today, but I need to finish them up this week.
No exercise for me this week...too sick. But hopefully I can get back on track next week!

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Melissa hope that you both feel better. This weather does not help either with the changes from hot to cold and back again. We still don't have it fixed and I am not sure when they are going to do it but if it goes any longer I will be calling them and letting them know when it has gone passed the 20 business days so that it can be fixed.

Not much happening here and it has been raining Saturday and Sunday and tomorrow is Veterans Day and I will be going to my husband's grave

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Hey all,

You're too quiet here! I hope everyone is ok!

I'm struggling with a bad head cold so I haven't done much the past few days. My daughter is home sick today too, but she's starting to feel better so hopefully she will go to school tomorrow. I just got an email from my editor and they want an issue written about the woman who had terminal brain cancer and took her own life using an assisted suicide medication. I have very strong feelings about the topic and I've emailed the editor that I'm not sure I can write it without being completely biased against assisted suicide. We'll see...I don't have to have topics ready to present until next Monday.

Time for me to go...have to get myself ready for the rest of the day ;)
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So happy for you both. And thank you again for all the sacrifices you have both made to help preserve the freedoms we enjoy. This will be a different Veteran's Day for you this year!
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Tired and sore today, but hanging in there. I did another training run/walk yesterday and did pretty well considering I had hills to go up and down! Today I'm just doing some strength training and stretching. I need to go out and get actual running shoes but I may wait until next week. We'll see...I'm not anxious to spend a lot of money on that right now.

I'm doing the #Fit2Feast challenge and it has been a lot of fun! I'm posting my daily workouts to my twitter account with the hashtag and I'm getting great support from others doing the challenge as well so it's very motivating.

Dorothy...can't believe they are so slow getting that wiring fixed.
Bri...how was your week?

How is everyone else doing?

Have a wonderful day everyone!
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Hello y'all!

Today is my husband's last day in the Air Force after 26 years of service. I am so proud of him! I am smiling like crazy for him all day!

Have a wonderful day and weekend Butterfly Family!
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No they are still above the ground sitting with the tape around it to keep people from going there. Not sure when they are going to fix it,

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Hi all,

Dorothy...glad the ankle is not too bad. Did the electrical wires get fixed yet?

Very productive day yesterday. I had my piano tuned first thing in the morning, paid bills, and got a few phone calls made, then voted, then did a 5k training run/walk with the dog, then showered and got ready for the kids to be home and for piano lessons. This morning I had Bible study, then I just finished an ab workout and yoga stretching. Trying to get into a streak of at least 10min each day ;)

Having a much calmer week and now I'm able to look ahead to holidays.
How about everyone else...how are you doing this week?

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Melissa the ankle is doing good and it is not sore anymore. Some how I just sprang the outside of the ankle and not the whole ankle. Don't ask me how because I am still trying to figure that out myself.

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Hi all,
I posted pics in a blog of our Halloween costumes. It was chilly and rainy here so we were out for about 2 hours and then came home to dry off, warm up and watch the first Harry Potter movie.
Yesterday we processed a lot of apples and made about 15 pints of applesauce and got it canned. I was also working on ballet sashes for my daughter's class. I emailed pictures of the first one to the teacher and she liked them so I'll go ahead and sew the rest.
Today I'm cleaning so I have to get back to work!

Dorothy...how is that ankle doing?
Kristi how was Halloween there?
Bri...how was your week?

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not even sure what some of them are and I don't have any strength to do those yet. Never will get off the floor.

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I am doing this for November. Anyone want to join me?

http://www.dailyhiit.com/hiit-blog/hiit-
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It is better now and does not hurt like it did the first day. It happened because I was taking out recycles and forgot that we moved the wood so that the heater could be put in and stepped out and right on to the wood. The weirdest part is that it only affected the right side of the ankle and not the whole ankle. But I could not walk on it that day and it was really painful and swollen too and I kept ice on it most of the time. The next day at least I could put weight on it. Now is just hurts a little and I was able to get on the stationary and work out with no problems.

Melissa glad that you and your daughter had fun at the camping trip. Now it sounds like you are even more busy too. Have fun with the family.

Kriste now that is the first time I heard of someone relaxing during the holidays!! Have fun relaxing

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Get better soon Dorothy!

Seems like this is a busy time for all of us. I really can't wait to relax during the holidays! And I am seriously going to relax and enjoy my family, kitty and puppy! lol

Yoga yesterday and Zumba glow party today!

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Oh no Dorothy! I'm so sorry to hear about the ankle! What happened?

Bri...love the new profile pic and the hair! Good for you!

Had a fun weekend at girl scout camp with some of the girls from our troop, our troop leader and the other 200 people that were there! It was pretty chilly Friday night but we all made it and had a fabulous day Saturday even though it was jam-packed from 9am-11pm! I walked a LOT all weekend on the the gravel trails around the camp, up and down the hills from one activity to the next ;)

Then I had to get myself into high gear Monday morning and get the house ready for my brother and my parents who pulled in about 1pm yesterday and stayed overnight. They left this morning and should make it to my parents' condo in FL tonight.
It was a brief but good visit.

Today I'm trying to re-group and get ready for the rest of this too-busy week!
How is everyone else doing?
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Got my water heater in and also sprang my ankle too.

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Have a great day everyone! Still plugging away at my short paper, group case study and another case study. I can't wait for thanksgiving!

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The power is going to be fixed by a contract company and so that is probably why it is going to take a while but at least I do have power but hopefully it will be fixed before Halloween, that is when there are children that will be in our area other than that there is no small children to worry about. I did get pictures on my phone but now I have to figure out how to get them on the computer from my phone, emoticon

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Dorthy, I'm shocked at the ineptitude of your power company! To leave such a huge hazard, it's a major liability for them. I hope all the trick or treaters see it and steer clear. Do you have any little solar lights? They are really inexpensive, and two or three around the area could help.
Melissa, insurance policies are so hard to muddle through. I feel for you. Camping sure sounds like fun.
Tomorrow I volunteer at the school. The kids are all going to be in their blue shirts....I can't wait. I'll be sure to take pictures.
Kristie, I'm happy for you. I wish I could go back to school, but it's not in the cards for now.
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It is not a transformer, I am not sure what it is that blew. It is in the ground that is in between the yards of mine and my neighbor's. I will have to take a picture of it and that way you both can see it. I do have power because they jerry ridged it so that we could have power and they have it out on the ground with some type of black cables that are giving us power.

well got the lawn mowed and had to mow around it and make sure that the mower did not go into the whole.

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Melissa glad you got some rest. Your parents will be in my prayers.

Bri your hair color sounds like so much fun, I am too chicken to do anything like that but I may think about it because as long as it covers the grays I'm in lol

Dorothy - I hope your power is fixed right and soon. Sometimes we have to really stay on the repair people. We are just a number to them and they aren't good with customer service.

Took the dog for a 30 minute walk today. Hopefully yoga at lunch time. I'm off today and tomorrow trying to get a jump on some papers and reading due in the next few weeks.

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Hi all,
Wow...Dorothy that is a long time to get everything fixed. But you do have power in the meantime? Is it just part of the transformer or the line they are fixing now?

I'm doing better today...finally got some rest last night. This morning my DH went in a few minutes late so that we could review our insurance enrollment options. We will have to switch insurers in order to keep the coverage we have at a similar price, but it looks like all of our docs will still be covered. We had to switch otherwise our premiums would go up 73%! He has to call about the prescription coverage but otherwise we should be ok.

My plan is to finish cleaning the house today so that tomorrow I can run a few errands and get ready for camping with my daughter this weekend. Packing warm jammies for the cool nights!

Have a wonderful day everyone!
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Melissa it is not fixed and they said it would take up to 20 days before it will be fixed but right now it is a hazard for children when Halloween comes since it is near the sidewalk too. I am trying to think of something to keep the children from accidentally stepping into that and electrocuting themselves. We get allot of children that come to our neighborhood and it is not so much that they leaving my house(I am not giving out candy) but they will be leaving my neighbors house and crossing to get to the sidewalk. It only has those thin posts with caution tape around it. Not safe at all for children.

Kristy that is great on the classes. That is good that the exercise is helping you get your rest too.

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Dorothy...hope everything gets fixed today.

Bri...that sounds so fun! Are you doing class shirts this year? My daughter and I saw a cute thing for her hair for Halloween...put it in a bun, on two bobby pins glue black poms and googly eyes and pin those at the top of the bun, then use black chenille wire to make spider legs and pin those in so that it looks like a spider on the back of the head! We might use some glitter hair spray too! Saw it on Pinterest...very cute!

Kristy...wow that class sounds intense! Good for you for doing it. Glad the workouts are helping you get good rest.

I finally got my van dropped off at the shop yesterday and got a rental. The insurance has messed things up on several fronts so I think we'll be shopping around and re-negotiating our policies and premiums.
I think because I've had so much on my plate lately I haven't been sleeping well and I've not been in the greatest mood. On top of it, my mom had a mammogram last week and they said some tissue was not right so they wanted her to come back...but they couldn't get her in until yesterday...so we had along weekend to get through of not knowing. Last night she told me that there appear to be calcium deposits in the tissue, but there is no way to know for certain unless they do a biopsy. So she will get to Florida and then go to the cancer center there for the biopsy. The doctor felt that the mass was not cancer and was not urgent, but needed to be checked out soon. With her history of breast cancer, they agreed she should have the biopsy done in FL at the cancer center where she was treated 5 years ago. This is a blow for her because she was so sure that she would hit that 5 year mark and be cancer free. She still may be, but everything is on hold for now. My brother is flying up tomorrow to help them pack and then he will drive them down. They plan to stop here next Monday for an overnight stay and then get to their condo on Tuesday.
My dad cannot drive at all now because his eye has not healed. He will have to see another retina specialist in FL to decide what to do next. I know this is hard for him to not see much at all out of one eye and to not do so many things he enjoys doing.
Anyway...it will be good to see them and my brother next week even if only for a short time. I have to run...time to get my cleaning caught up here and get ready for a girl scout camping trip with my daughter this weekend!

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Well they jerry rigged it and was suppose to come back today and fix it but so far they have not come and it is already 9:26 pm so I don't think that they will be coming today. Hopefully they will get if fixed soon.

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I'm in such a great mood. I dyed my hair blue on top, and told the kids at school it happened by mistake when I was working on the shirts. They loved it! Kids laughter is so positive, it fills me with good feelings. And they all loved their shirts!

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Dorothy - I hope they get your power fixed! You never realize how much we need electricity until the power goes out!

Piyo is pilates and yoga mixed. It is really like a fast paced yoga class and it was really intense. My shoulders are really sore today. I will probably try it again next week. I also did zumba last night and ended up going to bed early and sleeping like a baby!

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Melissa gluten will give you the runs and it will make your stomach ache too. Yes you sure are busy and when you only have one car it makes for a very fun time of running all over the town.

Kriste what is Piyo?

Well we were out of power yesterday for about 5 hours and one was because of a transformer and then there were only two without power and that was me and my neighbor that did not have power and it turns out that there was a line that is bad and they will come and fix it later today. So I will be without power again and not sure how long that will take at least it is not real hot. In the lower 80's and maybe rain but I hope that the rain holds off until they get it fixed. It seems that when they opened up the ground that there was a puff of smoke that came up and that would be the noise that I heard right before the power went. I heard a real loud pop then the power was gone and I did not have any way to cook or go on the computer since the cable was also down. What a fun day!

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oh Melissa you are a busy bee. I hope you can get a bit of rest today.

Tried my first Piyo class.. whoa I think I am going to be sore the next few days!

Have a wonderful day y'all

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Hi all,
Sorry I haven't been here since last week...so busy this month!
And the weekend was crazy with one car trying to get everyone opposite directions for activities. And in the middle of all of it my phone was dying so I had to get a new phone...hate having to go through that! But it's taken care of.

Good but busy weekend here. Had to finish getting craft supplies for a craft we're doing in my son's classroom on Halloween so my daughter and I were out Saturday morning, then home to grab a quick lunch, drop the boys off at soccer, then get ourselves to counseling. Then drop my daughter off at a birthday party, pick up the boys and help them get out to sell popcorn for Scouts, then pick up my daughter. And then get my phone figured out. Yikes what a day!
Sunday we slept in, relaxed, went to the late service at church and then went to the Greek festival for lunch and to take in all the fun things there. Then drop the boys at a Den mtg and get home to start cleaning and getting ready for the week!

I woke up sick this morning...I think from the lamb in the gyro yesterday and the gluten. So I'm pretty emptied out now and recovering. :( I was supposed to take my van in this morning for repairs but I called and changed it to tomorrow. Just as well because I have so much to do here at home anyway. My brother is driving my parents down from WI over the weekend so they will be here next Monday and stay at least one night. I'm getting all the bedrooms cleaned and ready and getting laundry done since we were running so much over the weekend.
Hope you all are doing well...keep posting and checking in here...great to hear from everyone!

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Crazy_Breezy they just wanted attention and they found a way to get it. Just think if you had a picture of them doing that while you were trying to due yoga then that would get lots of hits too. The caption could say something like this "kittens try yoga". They do have a video of a man with his dog doing stretches here in the daily videos.

Melissa hope that you and your daughter are feeling good after that accident because sometimes the soreness comes later.

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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, aren't animal friends splendid?
Dorthy, you're always so uplifting and full of atta-boys.
KRISEDMONDSON, I'm always pleased to see how you're doing.
You're all fun to "talk" to.
I spent the day tie dying. Some of the dye got into my gloves so my hands are blue!

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Melissa so glad that you both are fine and the van can be repaired, not so much on humans they take longer to repair. So glad that you both are fine.

It must be fun to have your animals play with you and they are also a great stress reliever 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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those images of kitties and doggies interrupting yoga bring back good memories! My big chocolate lab used to lay down in front of me when I did yoga so that I had to be almost on top of her or move...lol!
Bri, I hope those kitties are bringing you love and solace. Let us know what you find out from your doctor. I have to call and get an appt to the pain clinic here because I've had to take prescription pain meds the last two nights. The rheum cannot prescribe pain meds so I have to see the pain doc for that...so messed up!
Kristy...glad you are staying so active even though you are so busy with classes.

We had parent teacher conferences yesterday for both kids so we had great reports from both teachers. today the kids have a half day again and tomorrow they are off completely so we are planning to go apple picking as a family tomorrow.
Today I'm trying to get caught up on all things paperwork, bills, emails and phone calls! Already talked to insurance co. and have my van scheduled to go in for an estimate on Monday for the repairs. Also have banking to do for our Girl Scout troop...trying to straighten out the mess created by our former treasurer...no money is missing there are just very few records and things weren't done well last year.

Looks like a busy but good fall weekend ahead for us. How about everyone else? What are you all looking forward to?
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Oh I love kittens!! My cat and dog like to bother me when I do yoga too. They think I am on the floor for them. lol

Zumba yesterday. Walked the dog for 20 minutes this morning. Hopefully yoga today!

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Melissa, I'm glad you two are okay, and I hope insurance covers the damage.
I called my Dr.'s office and I'm waiting for a call back. Fun......
My kittens would not let me do yoga today, they took turns getting under me, rubbing against me, and such. Cuteness overload! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Oh Melissa I am so glad you and your daughter are ok. I hate accidents and all the mess you have to deal with later.

Hi Breezy this class is my capstone class for accounting and financial management. I have thyroid issues too that seem to be controlled now that I see a specialist.

I hope everyone is doing great and getting the rest we need!

Have a wonderful day!

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Goofy week here...the kids have half days today and tomorrow for parent teacher conferences and then off on Friday.
Yesterday it poured rain all day and my daughter and I were in a fender bender. We are fine but my van will need work.
Too much to do here as usual, but despite all the activity I'm doing ok. Just tired and a little achy from the storms that moved through yesterday.

Take care all,
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I'm still walking almost daily, too tired for yoga tonight though. We went to town, I had a Dr. appointment. My thyroid medication needs adjusting, but everything else is fine. emoticon
Congratulations on the class! What are you taking?

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emoticon my class is half way over! Six more weeks

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