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7/2/15 10:53 A

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Very hot here today. I'm walking indoors!

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6/24/15 8:02 A

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Yay Nana! When I'm off for summer vacation I will be spending MY spark goodie points!


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6/22/15 9:52 P

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WON A SPARKPEOPLE:
100 SPARKGOODIE POINTS..
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6/18/15 11:14 P

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Sunny and warm in Oregon.

I am debating between remodeling the guest bathroom and doing major landscaping. I am leaning toward the landscaping. Both projects cost more than I imagined when I asked for bids!

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6/18/15 8:50 P

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6/5/15 1:29 P

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Ali, I can imagine how exciting that is! Enjoy your shoes! emoticon


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ALIHIKES's Photo ALIHIKES Posts: 2,262
6/2/15 1:06 P

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Yay I'm in real shoes again! At least for part of the day! We had a great rain storm yesterday and it washed oceans of yellow pollen into puddles on my porch and driveway.

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5/30/15 4:13 P

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Healing from this foot surgery is taking too long! I am trying to adjust to walking without the surgical boot but my foot and ankle swells up like a balloon with little fat toes on the end. So I am phasing it in (5 hours boot free yesterday; 6 hours today etc.) Looking forward to gradual healing!

Beautiful day in Central Oregon -- but my home is covered with yellow pine pollen.

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5/27/15 6:25 P

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5/20/15 3:12 P

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Just heard (from a friend whose husband is being sent to Guam to assist in disaster relief) that there is massive typhoon damage in Guam. I am praying for Jane & family and all others who may be affected.

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5/18/15 7:10 A

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A rainy dreary day, but need to run some errands..

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5/14/15 5:04 P

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Big day for me today. I'm back to work post foot surgery (yay!), got stitches out (yay!), had my first social excursion yesterday (even though I was chauffeured to and from the restaurant, I overdid it a bit -- out too long, walked too far, couldn't elevate foot ...), first post surgery solo driving, first independently driving social occasion tonight (book club!).

Hope you are doing well! We are having some MUCH needed rain here in Oregon.

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5/13/15 1:20 P

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I did 15 minutes the following day; then on Sunday and Monday I did 20. But Tues. my knee was hurting so much that I didn't get on, and today just put in 10.
Friday my class is going to the zoo for a field trip. There will be a lot of walking, but that should be all right (low impact!) especially since there are benches here and there.


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5/12/15 8:08 P

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Congratulations Shel on riding your bike! And Nan it is great that you fixed planters for the cemetary. My brother visited the memorial garden in the church where my mom and dad's ashes are buried, and it really meant a lot to see his photos of the lovely plants and flowers in the planter boxes.

I am recovering from foot surgery; had a full week on non-weight bearing. Now I have a surgical boot and can walk a little. Recovery is slow going! But I want to be able to hike into the future, so the surgery was necessary.

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5/9/15 8:22 A

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Cloudy out there, calling for
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5/7/15 9:49 P

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Had lunch with the gals today, missed last month..
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5/7/15 1:31 P

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I GOT ON MY BIKE TODAY! Just 10 minutes, but it's a start, after not having been on since, when? November? I may get on again when I get home from work...or at least get up a little earlier tomorrow so I can try for 20.


Glitterfairy77 is my daughter!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

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5/4/15 3:34 P

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Fixed some planters for the cemetery..
sunny day here. Enjoy, Nan

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4/30/15 6:09 A

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Thanks, everyone.




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4/29/15 10:25 A

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Jane you are in my thoughts and prayers.
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4/29/15 8:58 A

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The coumadin count was 2.1 so I am heading for the Philippines next week.

Scared in some ways but it is in His hands and I am His child.

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4/28/15 1:02 P

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Best wishes Jane. The blood thinners can be tricky.

Nan, glad you found items for donation! I am taking a bunch of stuff to donate also.

I am just back from a trip to Pittsburgh PA to visit my sister, my other sister flew out too. Highlight was visiting Falling Water home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (and seeing my sisters of course)


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Taking it one day at a time.

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4/27/15 7:08 P

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Gotta watch out for those molds, for sure.

I'm on a slump in my exercise. Sigh.


Glitterfairy77 is my daughter!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

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4/24/15 6:41 A

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Not getting much done but I am getting bills paid and taken care of. Not sure how long I will be gone once I leave. Right now I am waiting to see if the numbers on the blood thinner are where they are supposed to be. Then hopefully things will come together.

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4/23/15 11:11 A

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Started to do some cleaning..

and in doing so, found stuff for Goodwill.

Jane, thinking of you.

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4/22/15 3:16 P

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Jane, best wishes to you on your journey to the Phillipines! Not good to hear about the mold in the other location.

Shel, it IS a shock going back to work! I am now working half time and looking forward to retirement. I already can't imagine going back to work fulltime. And closing out my files is a HUGE project (my replacement doesn't want the huge piles of historical data ...) So I think the shredder will be working overtime!

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4/22/15 8:13 A

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Shel, I remember those days.

Looks like I will be going to the Philippines because the place I considered going to here has mold that must be cleaned out.

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4/21/15 8:43 P

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In less than two weeks I will be returning to work. This time off has been so nice, not having to get up at any particular time or be subject to any one else's schedule!


Glitterfairy77 is my daughter!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

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3/31/2014: 204
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4/19/15 8:22 A

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Taking it one day at a time as of now.

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Oh, dear, Jane, I hope everything turns out all right!
We try to eat right and exercise and make healthy choices, but life still throws us punches now and then.


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I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

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4/18/15 2:13 P

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Jane, so sorry you are facing some unexpected medical trips! Best wishes,
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Looks like I may be taking some medical trips to the Philippines or LA in the next few months. Not what I had planned to do this summer.

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Ali, we definitely need to support farmers!
We can usually tell if it's going to be a dry summer or not by how much water seeps into my basement! Should be all right this year! Some seepage, but no major flooding. The cats complain, of course, if they have to get their feet wet on the way to the kitty litter!


Glitterfairy77 is my daughter!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

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1/30/13: 202
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1/6/2014: 210
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4/17/15 10:06 A

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55, cloudy and forsythia blooming..nice

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4/15/15 11:18 A

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Shel the muffins sound great! We don't have an Aldi's here, but I have heard they have a good variety and pretty good prices.

We got quite the wind storm, and the tree branch broke off at the back of my property (did not damage the house or garage). An arborist will come by today to see if the big tree can can be salvaged; and to remove the huge broken branch that is dangling precariously (tree is on the edge of my property, and I am worried the big branch will drop and damage my neighbor's property). The promised big snow storm and rain never arrived, which is nice in a way -- but we actually really need the moisture here in Oregon. The snow pack in the Cascade mountains is about 20% of normal -- and we rely on melting snow to fill our reservoirs. Several counties already declared a drought emergency, primarily to make the farmers eligible for emergency aid because they will not be able to grow their crops.

Thanks for the good wishes Jane, and sounds like you had a really productive day.



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Yesterday was an exceptional day, getting up to EIGHTY. Today's more seasonal, 65.
Sunday I took a day off from exercise (besides I was sore from Saturday!) And yesterday I was downright lazy. I mean, I set up the computer with the exercise videos, but I just didn't want to. So this morning I though, I reeeeally have to do this. My weight is up, and I just can't let it continue to climb. But my knees do hurt. So I did the seated workout - cardio, core, and resistance.
I also went to Aldi's today for bread, milk, and a few other things. Last night I was so-o-o craving junk food, but thank goodness was too lazy to go to the corner convenience store! Then this morning I breakfasted on the muffins my DD had made - steel-cut oat flour, flax, apples, and walnuts, so they were very healthy and nutritious. So when I passed all the snacks, while I DID pause and consider chips and cookies and such - I PASSED them! It's ALWAYS best to eat before you shop, and I know the more I eat really healthy stuff, the less I crave. Shel


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4/14/15 5:52 A

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Hope you were safe ALIHEKES.

I got a lot accomplished today in many ways. Some of it catching up from where others did not follow through before.

Jane



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It is warm and sunny but very windy today, in advance of a big storm. Snow predicted for tonight! (I hope this wind storm doesn't drop another tree on my house! repairs haven't started yet for the damage to my porch from the last big wind storm)

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Sunny and 73 today..
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No need to apologize Jane, and thanks for writing to me.

It is a lovely spring day here in Central Oregon, the wildflowers have started blooming! and the flowering trees, and the Oregon grape -- it is really nice to see such beauty.

I do hope we get a HUGE rain storm to knock down some of the pollen levels, this has been the longest and worst allergy season since I moved here 24 years ago!

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I apologize if I was offensive. I was tired and wanted to say something but did not want to be offensive.

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My apologies, I wasn't trying to start a debate on a controversial issue. It's just a little scary losing my employer's health insurance now that I am working half time. Jane I am sorry that my comments came out as politically divisive. Because I truly want to be on Spark to be supportive and caring as we each try to get healthier and more fit -- not to debate politics or be raise controversial issues.

And I am trying to get healthier and lose weight by controlling my own actions and behavior. Eating right and exercising will help improve a LOT of health issues. We can do it, one step at a time!



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I am not talking about Obama's stuff because it makes me want to sputter.

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Ugh, Ali, for a time I was also putting in those kinds of hours, working TWO jobs. It's too bad that there are not incentives for a mother to stay at home and raise her OWN child - she would do a much better job! Let us know how the Obamacare goes. I am grateful for the medical coverage through my school, with the union and all. Makes a difference!




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thanks all for the words of encouragement. Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Easter is very different with teens and no little ones.

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Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend!

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I'm 64, my job entails irregular long hours, and I was looking ahead to another VERY crazy period in work. I pretty much decided my health can't take any more 60-70 hour work weeks... I don't get health insurance at half time, so I will pay for my employer's expensive health care for 2-3 months (until I after have a couple of minor surgeries). Then I'll switch to Obamacare until I am eligible for Medicare at age 65 (and personally I am glad to have the Obamacare option). I'm very happy to be working half time and helping the my replacement, so hopefully SHE won't have the 60-70 hour weeks! My job will end when the long hours busy stretch ends, sometime between July 1 and September.

My replacement's biggest challenge has been childcare, she is just coming off maternal leave with an infant. She has had to bring the baby to meetings twice (her husband is a firefighter and works one week on/one week off in a remote location where he has to stay at the fire guard station for a full week). I love seeing the baby, but my how baby care has changed! (I'm not used to having a baby changed on the conference table)

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As a retiree I do miss teaching the children. Teaching the Children's Church class does help with that. Also, I miss some of the teachers I worked with. Many have stayed on island but some have moved back to the states closer to family. I am able to visit some of them each summer but not others.

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Ali, how nice to be able to retire! I'll be 62 this year, so I COULD retire, but I want to get all my "replacement parts" first, using my work's medical benefits. My hip feels great, but now the knee is really giving me grief.

Sima, so glad everything is being resolved! What's that saying, when it rains it pours?


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So glad things are looking up, SIMADOWNNOW!

And I am thrilled that I am now half time (working a couple more months to help my replacement -- after that, RETIREMENT! Woo hoo!)

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Sima...thought I would see "April Fool" after your comments..

However, glad all is going so well with you, Nan

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much better outlook today - Positive in everything.
the car will be fixed by the other girls insurance.
the police found the merchandise in the credit card fraud - a little work to do to get it all back, but at least I'm not out all the money.
even though I had to pay for the yard cleaning and carpet cleaning - it looks GREAT and I love a clean house.
I ate a little better today - and instead of coffee had a vegetable smoothie
I also did a spark video workout for leg/butt

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Simadownow, what a bummer. Hope you get things fixed soon.

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Oh no Simadownow, what a terrible day/week! I hope things improve SOON!!!

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worst day, make that week ever... totally off diet and exercise regime... car got rear ended, sale of house fell through, tenants in our rental are horrible, caught a credit card fraud scheme at work - but still may lose $2,000, having plumbing problems, had to pay yard man and a carpet cleaning guy.... just wondering how to get through the day without eating everything in sight.


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In two more days, my job changes from full-time to part-time. I'm very excited about having more free time! I originally planned to retire on April 1; my employer requested I stay on half time to assist my replacement for 3-4 months. She's here; she's very nice; she would rather learn it on her own. So I mostly working on mundane tasks (filing, updating records, research for the new rep). That's just fine with me!

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Sunny and 48 today,
good day to run some errands..

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I agree that is certainly true, particularly as far as material possessions, clean water and sanitation, and food security.However I have also been impressed when traveling to parts of the world that have less wealth by their strong communities, strong families, -- not perfect, but enthusiastic and engaged and active! (more so than in our possession obsessed society)

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So true! Even the poor in the US have so many more recourses and resources than in most of the world! And much of that is the influence of the faith-based networks. It is something that I want to do eventually in my community in Pucallpa when I return to Peru on a more permanent basis after I retire.


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That is why I call them luxuries. People who have never had to squat over a hole or wash clothes at a river by hand because of lack of power and water do not appreciate that inside bathrooms, power and clean running water inside the house is a luxury.



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There's nothing like having roughed it, to appreciate the modern facilities!

I've found that something like a five-gallon pickle bucket is just the right height for a comfortable commode!


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I have not been a missionary but I have lived where "modern facilities" are not available. Like I said I enjoy the luxuries I have now.

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Unions often serve a very good purpose, but I agree, sometimes strikes are just too much. I do appreciate my union because I can make a living wage (though maybe that's because my mortgage is less than most people's rent!) and have a good health plan.

The most fun adventures I've had on missions have had to do with toilet facilities...in the bushes, in various outhouses, and OCCASIONALLY with modern plumbing!


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Many of my family members are in the Greater Portland area. Cousins on the Washington side and nieces and nephews on the Oregon.

Sometimes I wonder what good a strike really does. We had one here on island with the teachers many years ago. Feelings still run hot from it.

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Jane I have been reading about the west coast docking dispute that impacted you in Guam. Hanjin shipping is bypassing the Port of Portland in my home state (Oregon) because the labor dispute has dragged on so long, and they can't rely on their goods getting shipped. Unfortunately Hanjin provided the Port of Portland over 80% of their business. So our local legislators are urging an end to this dispute -- but they are too late. Hanjin has already taken their business to Seattle and Vancouver. I think a lot of people in Portland will end up losing work because of the slowdown and loss of business. I would not be surprised if the Port closes down.

On another note: enjoyed reading about the different lifestyle for you in Guam, and MamiShel in Peru!

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I enjoy the luxury of power, inside plumbing, refrigerators, washing machines (old fashioned wringer ones are fine), and stoves that do not need to be filled with wood to cook with. I am well aware these are luxuries that many people even in our nation do not have.

To give you an idea of what I mean, go on a camping trip to a primitive for at least two weeks with a couple of changes of clothes and everything else at the bare minimum. Do not leave the camping for anything except a medical emergency. Washing clothes in a stream finding a toilet area that is sanitary, etc., can be daunting.

You will come back with a whole different attitude of what luxury is.



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When my grandkids ask me what it's like, I try to explain that as a developing nation it has a lot of extremes. They have Malls with Payless, McDonald's, Burger King, and KFC


but also people - children included - selling fresh foods from door to door, like these little girls who picked camu-camu which my mother-in-law is buying


I personally love the contrasts! While I love good indoor plumbing, an outhouse doesn't faze me!



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YES!!! We have tropical seas that have beautiful coral as well as ships to explore some of which were sunk at the beginning of WWII. Right now our seas are rough because of Tropical Storm Bavi which is nearer the Philippines than Guam but the aftermath is churning up the ocean. We are also close to the Marianas Trench which is deeper than the Himalayas are high. There are excellent hotels and shopping in American stores for those who may be homesick. We have K Mart and Payless Shoes. emoticon

I do not dive but I do know the diving is great.

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Hi Jane on Guam! We're almost neighbors (I'm in Japan).

I've been to Saipan, but not Guam yet. Do you guys have a lot of good scuba diving there?

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We are having a lovely day here..in the 50's!

Sunshine with spring on the way.

Hope that wherever you are, that
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So glad you made it through the storm safe!

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The tropical storm went by above us closer to Saipan. We did have gusty winds and still having rain. Some people lost power and a few water for awhile. My power went off and on several times but nothing major. The schools were open as shelters for those who live in tin houses or houses with tin roofs so everyone was safe. No school today so classes will need to be made up but that is in the schools calendars. The rain means I do not need to water plants or lawn.

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Hope you all weather things well!

It's just slightly above freezing today, but it's ABOVE. I'm going to church after a long absence, between pain, ice, and snow. It'll be good to see folks again! And a former student from the high school where I used to work wants to come with me. Service starts at 1, since we meet in another church's building and wait until THEIR service is over. Sometimes we have joint services, like for Thanksgiving and Christmas.



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Our pastor has announced that we will be having morning services but not evening. The storm seems to be following the track that was predicted a couple of days ago. As long as it does not slow down in going from east to west and intensifying in strength from around 70 mph in the center to 100 mph or more we should be fine. It is the intensification in the center that does the damage to whatever it goes over.

Jane on Guam where the breeze has picked up a little. emoticon



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Stay safe,,,thinking of you, Nan

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Very scary to be facing a typhoon, Jane, but it sounds like you have a safe and secure home. I am glad the schools are available to others who may need a safe have. Yes camping out after the electricity is gone is not much fun! (here that usually happens after a huge snow storm, so keeping the house heated is challenging if the outage lasts too long)

Shel I love your new hairstyle, very stylish! And glad to hear about your new clay creations, the whales should sell well in Hawaii.

I am looking forward to a rainy weekend. I am hoping it will knock down some of the pollen levels so I can get a break from my allergies. I'm working hard at closing files at work so I will be ready for retirement, not much fun but it is nice to see boxes and file drawers getting emptied one by one. I enjoyed my book club last night, the short novel by native American author Sherman Alexie was somewhat controversial (some readers loved it, some hated it) which led to interesting discussion.

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Guam is under a typhoon/hurricane watch. This really does not happen at this time of year but anything can happen. At this time the storm should be a low grade typhoon as it goes just south of us but it could go over. Typhoons have sustained winds of 70 or more miles per hour and this one is forecast to be 73. So if you do not hear from me your Sunday morning it is because the winds knocked the power lines down...

I should be fine. I live in a concrete house and have metal shutters that cover my windows that are easy to put up. People who feel they will not be safe can go and stay in the schools until the all clear. I have done that many years ago.

People ask me if I like to go camping. After living through the aftermaths of a few typhoons, not really. No power, no water, sometimes no phones and everything is soaked.

Have a good weekend everyone.

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Tues. I got my hair cut, and yesterday I colored it


As I waited for the color to set, I made 10 humpback whales in different poses and sizes, as well as my pastor's departed pug.

Today my therapist didn't recognize me at first. I put in a good 40 minutes, 10 more than on Tues, with some more intense exercises. I took aspirin when I got home!


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There are people who are trying to change the law. Originally it was written because although the people here and in some of the other territories were granted citizenship there were people in the states that did not feel that the indigenous people were smart enough to understand our laws and vote wisely. Many of the locals did not speak English but they did speak their native tongue and Spanish... And many knew other languages also. Times have changed some but not enough yet.

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