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7/25/14 1:13 P

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Morning to all!

The weather is wicked here in Edmonton ~ very heavy winds and rain, rain, rain! Poor doggies haven't even ventured outside yet and I don't blame them. We planned to make a trip to Costco this morning but will have to wait until the weather improves a bit. I can handle rain with no problem, but the wind ~ not so much. emoticon emoticon

I've increased my calorie intake substantially and added more healthy fats (including the dreaded avocado). I just finished reading a book and the author made a comment that people should eat calories for their 'ideal' weight, not the weight they are currently at. The way he explained it made so much sense to me and I hadn't heard that before in any of the millions of diet/weight loss books I have owned. He also said that 20 grams of your fiber should come directly from non-starchy vegetables. The rest can come from whole grains, etc. Tracked my first day yesterday and so far, so good.

I've totally missed all the talk about traveling but haven't done very much myself, other than Toronto, Regina, Winnipeg, BC, San Francisco, and Mexico. Seeing it in print looks like I've been to quite a few places, but this is over a span of 34 years!

Val, congratulations to your nephew! I don't know the show you refer to but if we get to Lethbridge before we move, I'll be sure to go to his restaurant. Nice that you're going to visit your sister in Calgary after not seeing her since 2012, and also getting a chance to join the wedding festivities and meet more of your family!

Stephanie, did you reach a milestone with your weight journey? I think I just read that you are now on maintenance? Congrats to you! Retirement is so great (even with grandchildren), but you'll wonder how you ever managed to keep house while you were working. There's still so much to do and you'll finally be able to get to old projects, etc. that have been put on the back burner. So exciting...

Susan, I agree that it is very heartbreaking to watch the news and see WHAT difficult and sometimes even horrific things people in other parts of the world have to endure. I am also very grateful for all I have. Enjoy the walk with DH ~ Niagara Falls is always so beautiful!

Irene, congratulations on a very strong loss! I think eating at your upper limit was a good part of your success. I think we usually try to lower our calories too much. We did decide to move to the island (Qualicum Beach). I'm just so darn excited, I can barely believe it's really going to happen!

A special 'hi' to Lynette, AJ, Lindie, and any others I may have missed. Just finishing up my oatmeal and will jump into the tub.

Enjoy your Friday!

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Way to go Irene, your success is awesome and it will be your guide to stay determined and on track.
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Just a quick good morning to everyone.

First my news. This week I have been really trying to track again (did it most days, but was often at my upper limit) and to exercise, in some way most days (missed one day) and today I weighed in. I couldn't believe it. I stepped on the scale a few times to be sure. I lost 3.5 lbs! This has not happened to me in a long time. Needless to say, this gives me great motiviation to keep doing the same thing. I really can't believe it. Anyway, I need the motiviation, as we have two potlucks to go to this weekend. But I am really determined to do this!

Lynette, do you know yet when you will be in BC? I still haven't given up the idea of going to see the Viking exhibit in Victoria - and if I do make it, it will be sometime in August. DS is thinking of going, and if he does, I will hitch a ride. Course if I go with him - I won't have any wiggle room on the date. But I do hope that we can get together when you come to BC.

Val, that is really cool that your newphew is on that show - I have watched it. And I understand that once you are on the show - the restaurants do EVEN better. When I was in Calgary last year, DS took me to a donut shop that had been on the show.

Stephanie - way to go on the weight. Although I still have a long way to go, it looks like both of us will be very diligent about what we are eating and drinking these days. And what a big decision you have just made about retiring - I am sure that it was not an easy one to make. However, I don't think that you will become a lady of leisure - not with all you do with those grandchildren. :-)

Deborah, if I remember correctly, you decided to move from Alberta to BC. Which BC community did you end up choosing? Did you go for the island?

Susan, I know that the news is awful these days. And I think that part of it is the news coverage - sensational. But part of it also is that the world is changing - and not in a good way. Like you, I am thankful that I live in Canada, and for all that we have there. Til I was 11, I lived in Northern Ireland, then we came to Canada. If we had stayed, I would have lived through all the bombings and troubles that went on for 30+ years, and haven't really totally disappeared. I am exceedlngly grateful that I live in Canada.

AJ, isn't that great - getting together with an old friend. Have a wonderful time! We don't have forever - these are the things that make life meaningful.

Lindie - as I sit here typing, I am looking out at beautiful sunshine - hope the sun is shining down the road with you too. And if I don't make it to the Viking exhibit - you can tell me about it. :-) Another hint - you might want to purchase your tickets ahead of time online - I have a feeling that it will be a very popular exhibit.

I know that there are other people who read here sometimes too - big hello to you too.

As for me, I had better go make a healthy breakfast and then get out to the gym - I want to keep this weight loss trend going! Have a great day everyone.

Irene in BC

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7/25/14 10:25 A

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Good morning everyone..............trying to NOT watch the news. It is heartbreaking to see what is going on in the other pasts of the world. When I see all this stuff, it is that which makes me emotional so I try very hard to avoid the negativity and focus on the positive things happening.As of late, I do hear too much positive stuff in the media.

I swear the new stations and papers all sell more when they have horrible things to announce and write about. Makes one quite angry not to mention that what is happening is so sad.

On a more positive note................the sun is shining here, the birds are singing and I am thankful to God for bringing me into this world where we are free and can afford such luxuries like homes that are heated and cooled, cars, food, clothing and health care etc.

Today I am planning on walking and hoping to do it down in Niagara Falls. Once DH is home from shopping, I am heading out.

Stephanie, you can do it.................don't go hungry but avoid the evening snacking and keep up with your fitness, you should be able to maintain with no problem.
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emoticon Ladies....but its a struggle now just to keep the weight off.....and no matter how hard I exercise and walk...it was just less eating that finally did it for me.....I cut my portions so I wasn't eating as much....

Val emoticon that your were able to get your flight plans all in order...I am definitely getting the travel bug...but this year until my dh is fully re covered and walking without a cane we won't be going anywhere far...... emoticon

Susan we are getting cooler temps down here too and I am going to try to do yard work again...last time I pulled weeds my back way sore for a week...this time I hope it doesn't act up again.......


Going Fri night to my youngest dd's....she is having a get together in her new home.....so glad I won't have to cook tonight.....

Finally made a hard decision about retiring and this will be my last year here at work.....it will be bittersweet to leave a place I've worked at for 22 years...but its time, so at the end of this year I will be officially a lady of leisure....I hope! (sort of hard to be entirely a lady of leisure with 6 grand kids) emoticon

To all Lynette, Lindie, AJ, Deborah, Irene and anyone I may of forgot...have a great day!



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Morning all.
Yes, Susan, it is very expensive in Denmark. We thought when we ordered the kroner that we would have enough, but we ended up using our credit cards for most of the time... You are lucky to have someone there to show you around. We had to research everything before we left to see what we would like to take in and even then, we didn't get to all the places we wanted to go to. Oh well - next time...

I booked my flight to Calgary last night. I didn't catch the seat sale, so it cost me an extra $80! But that's okay - it'll be worth it to see my sister again. I haven't seen her since 2012... Anyway, I leave on the 14th and come back on the 19th. While I'm there, I'll be going to my great-niece's wedding. I haven't met my nephew's kids, so that'll be nice.

I don't think I mentioned this but do you know the show "You Gotta Eat Here"? Well, my nephew will be on it. On Monday and Tuesday of this week, they taped it and I gather the show will air in the spring of 2015. He owns Two Guys and a Pizza Place. If you ever make it out to Lethbridge, you should try to go there. He makes great pizzas. That's not just his aunt talking, either. He's been getting all kinds of recognition from all over - the town, the Canadian Pizza Magazine, and at the international Pizza competitions to name a few. he's doing really well. (Can you tell I'm a proud aunt??? )

I'd better run. I still have to get dressed and I'm sure my dh is up now so I can turn on the lights... Have a great Friday, everyone.

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Hi Val,
we went to Helsinger to the castle and it was breath taking. We actually saw a few castles but that one was more beautiful in each room that we entered. We are lucky because we have family there in Denmark who took us to several places while we were there for 2 weeks.

Such a shame that everything is so expensive there. My daughter loves coming to Canada and does plenty of shopping here as she gets far more for her money.

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Hope you are all enjoying a nice evening! I've been on a roll with my packing and such, but think I need a break because I tend to get fixated on tasks and sometimes don't even want to stop for meals, much less chatting on the computer.

We're just about to sit down to dinner very late and then settle in front of the tv afterward so I won't be reading everyone's posts until tomorrow morning. I'm going to take a bit of time to catch up with all the news.

Hope you are all doing well and staying healthy and positive!

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HI, well, I just booked my flight to Calgary. I'll be flying there on the 14th (leaving at 7am MB time), renting a car to drive down to Taber to stay with my sister. Then I'll be coming back to Wpg on the 19th (leaving at about 2:30pm). Hopefully I'll be able to see Lynette, but if not, I do have another sister in AB that wants me to visit, so maybe next year...

You're right, Susan. Once you get that travel bug, it's very hard to stop... I checked out Gilleleje. I see it's North of Copenhagen on the island of Zealand. One of the things we had wanted to do was to go to Helsingor to visit the castle there (I think that was Hamlet's castle). We didn't have a chance to do it. Maybe next time... Taking a ferry over to tour Sweden would be a great idea too. Something to think about. Thanks...

Well I must run. Have a good evening everyone. Sleep well...

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Hi everyone, another gorgeous day here in Good old Welland Ontario. I spend a good part of the day cleaning out a closet and repacking some boxes that my daughter has stored here. With my packing I was able to toss out 4 boxes and get things organized for her. I still have a bunch of boxes downstairs but will tackle them after my Danish daughter returns home August 2nd.

Val my daughter is from Gilleleje and she has loved Jutland. She is a teacher over there.
When we visited here we went to Copenhagen which is about an hour and 15 minutes away. We also took a ferry over to Sweden wand took a tour over there for a day. We went to the famous light house where a boat actually crashed years ago.

Hubby and I love to travel but I have to say my best trip was in 2008 when I went on my own to New Zealand and Australia. I lived in New Zealand is a kid for 2 1/2 years and I loved the country so much, I vowed to return. I would love to live there but hubby would not like the change (he is a stay in one place person).

I have told my kids that after I am gone, one of them must take my ashes there and climb Mount Manganui which is in Tauranga. It is an easy climb because there is a walking path. From the top, they must let my ashes blow into the wind as the Mount is surrounded by the ocean and greenery all around. My soul belongs to that country.
Australia was a wonderful place to visit as well with many awesome sights to see . I enjoyed going to Steve Erwin's Zoo while there and was able to pet the kangaroos and their babies which are inside an enclosure that humans can walk through.

One we get the travelling bug, it is very hard to stop.

Stephanie, way to go on your milestone in weight, you are doing so well emoticon . Pelee Island sounds like a lot of found. When I used to live in Windsor b, we went swimming at Point Pelee every simmer and I loved that beach so much because it always had lots of waves.

Well, I better get ready for my power walk. I think my dinner has settled enough. I had 2 fabulous bowls of my home made cabbage and vegetable soup and a small ye of the round steak for dinner. I had some pineapple for dessert which over filled me but I think I am okay for walking now. The weather is ideal so hoping to do 4 miles tonight. Wish me luck.

Sending best wishes to everyone for a great evening and a healthy day tomorrow. emoticon


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Good morning, all.
Go Stephanie, go! It's exciting to approach our goals.
Alicia, I hear you. I have such mixed feelings about "old friends" as my ex was part of my life since about age 6, and I have few memories or relationships that are not tied to him. Very complicated.
I am planning an easy day today with only my volunteer shift as major task. Yesterday I worked as a landscaper and it was HARD work. Bod feels it!
Pretty excited that Valerie and I might get to meet but her time here is when I may still be in BC, where I hope to meet up with Irene and Lindie? R and I haven't had time to make our plans so best get to that soon.
Gotta get a few things done before I head out-- emoticon

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Wow Stephanie - that's great. So happy for you and I'm sure it's very rewarding to make progress.

Nice and cool here today after very humid days. I am off to visit an old friend I haven't seen in years. Looking forward to catching up. Funny how life moves us on and it takes real effort to connect with even good friends of past years. Glad we can do this.

Have a great day everyone.
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Morning, ladies.
Lindie, if you do go to that Viking exhibit, please take lots of pictures. I would love to see it too, but I don't see that in my future.

Next month I have a couple of weeks off and was planning a trip to Alberta to see my sister. It turns out that her granddaughter is getting married on the weekend I was thinking of going, so I've been invited. Now I am pretty sure I will go. I found a seat sale to Calgary, so it won't cost a lot and I'll rent a car so I can get to Taber without a problem. Of course - I'll stop by Lethbridge to visit my nephew's pizza place. (I might just do that on the way back so I can take one home with me. LOL) Of course - since I'll be in Calgary, I'll have to see about meeting Lynette - if she's up to it, that is. What do you think, Lynette? Would you like to meet for coffee or lunch? Not sure of the day yet, but it'll be mid August...

Well, I'd best go get dressed for work. Have a great day, everyone!

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Congrats Stephanie, hard work and determination does pay off, so does not snacking at night, MY big downfall I bet !! GREAT going !!

Irene in BC - thanks for the tip about the museum in Victoria, I am now planning a mini get away vacation - go over night ya ...

Hope everyone is doing ok, we have rain, much needed then back to hot and sticky and humid by this weekend, yea right .... lol

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Stephanie, that is FABULOUS news about breaking that plateau. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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love the Danish connection. My mom was born there and I have been 3 times. Will get into more later but have a job today unexpectedly so gotta run

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Good Morning ladies....

First thank you everyone for all the birthday wishes.....by this time of the month I have had my fill of cake and ice cream.....but I had a pleasant surprise on the scale this morning finally broke another plateau...so now will have less than 5 pounds to go to reach my goal.... emoticon like you Susan I have stopped night time snacking....eating just before going to bed was a bad habit that took me a loooong time to cut out...but now I just have a cup of herbal tea and that helps curb my cravings.....

Susan...I also loved your story about your Danish dd....I love traveling and hope to start doing some traveling next year when I finally retire.....this year we are just going to Pelee Island for the long Labor Day Weekend to a bread and breakfast place along with friends of ours.....so looking forward to this summer get away....

Not sure who mentioned Iceland....but my dd's had a friend who went there this year and the pictures she brought back were amazing...very colorful homes, but also very expensive for food and lodging....she commented that it was the only country that it cost her $30.00 for a bowl of soup.....she is a geography high school teacher and took a year long sabbatical off teaching to travel the world and she has been all over the world....lucky girl....

Well better get back to work...today's a work day for me and its going by quickly...take care all!



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Morning,
That is so great that you are so close with your exchange student and that she's become part of your family. What part of Denmark is she from? One of the islands or the mainland? My Mom was born at Brande, Jutland and it looks like Grandpa was from Norre Snede(?), also in Jutland. But we're not sure about Grandma. It looks like she was from the island of Zealand, near Copenhagen. I can't think of the name of the place just now but it starts with an "F". (Big help, eh? - but it is a long word...Framenham or something like that...). When my sister and I go back in a couple of years, we hope we'll be able to find it...I want to go back so much... emoticon

Irene, I'd like to see Iceland as well as Greenland, but I'm not sure my sister does, so unless I go alone (which is something I do not want to do), I probably wont' get there. I would also like to see Ireland. That would be so cool... You know - come to think of it - when I retire (in 4 years, I hope, maybe I'll be able to find a tour that takes you to these places... Can't hurt to look into it... It's funny isn't it - we travel to all these places around the world, but never seem to be a tourist in your own area. I should see about doing something like that on my holidays in August... Thanks for the idea, Irene. emoticon emoticon (Two thumbs up! LOL)

Well, I'd better go get dressed for work. Have a great day everyone. And remember - it's Hump-Day and all downhill now to the weekend...

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What a lovely story about your honorary daughter Keepitup.

All this talk about travel has me dreaming..... so many places I would still love to go to (or back to) - but don't know how many I will get to.

AJ, you mentioned some friends who just walked Hadrian's Wall - I have a friend in England who did that a few years ago. It is something I would like to do myself. Not the whole wall for me - but even just to walk on a part of it - a wall built by the Romans in England so long ago - how that would feel - I would love to do that.

I so want to go back to Britain and Ireland. And I do want to go back to Paris - to see a medieval museum there. DH and I really want to go to Iceland, and Val, you have me wanting to see Denmark. :-)

Meanwhile, closer to home, I really want to go to Victoria on Vancouver Island to see an exhibit at the museum about Vikings. But the ferry is so expensive, DH and I don't know if we can do it - because it would just be for a day or two, as I would need to do it on a weekend. And I really want to go to Oregon this summer - again just for a few days. Again, may not happen.

But you all have me really thinking..... the lower mainland of BC is also a beautiful place - I should plan to go somewhere I have never been. Travel close to home.

Gotta go dream.....

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Hi everyone, just got back from a sweltering hot 45 minute power walk. The cold shower I just took afterwards felt so good!

I gave into hubby yesterday because he really wanted to take me out for dinner for our anniversary. We went to the Mandarin restaurant which is a buffet but I did so good and when I awoke this morning my paranoia had me on the scale. To my utter amazement I had lost a pound and am finally out of the 150's Perhaps I should stop worrying so much about not being able to control myself when out because I was really so good with my choices last night and left feeling full and satisfied.

Val, I changed my bedtime and made it earlier as well because I had a tendency to eat when I would have my late nights. That was to my demise staying up and chowing down on all the unhealthy snacks. Once I established not eating after dinner I was able to go back to staying up late and I don't even think about grazing any more.

I can't remember all names yet but someone mentioned Denmark. It is a beautiful country that I have been to and right now our honorary daughter who lives in Denmark is over visiting us for 5 weeks. After being here for 2 weeks my son in law pulled a fast one and showed up at my youngest daughter's house when we went there for a barbecue. I was elated and my Danish daughter was stunned . Jacob could not come because he had to work but his boss gave him the time off to come to Canada for 10 days. He leaves tomorrow but we have our daughter for another 2 weeks.

Once they are both home they have told me they are planning on starting a family so hopefully by next year I will become a grandma again. I will go to Denmark just before the baby is born so I can help my daughter out. Her real mom passed away 3 months before her wedding so I am her number 1 mom now.
My husband and I had Majken as an exchange student when she was 15 years old and that was 18 years ago. She still calls us mom and pops and considers us all her second family. We consider her a part of our family so much that we bought her a daughter's pride ring years ago after her student exchange was over.
We are very blessed that Majken has returned to stay with us numerous times and brought her now husband into our lives as well.

Hubby and I love to travel so when people talk about there travels it gets me all excited.
Sorry for rambling on..I just couldn't help myself. Have a great evening everyone.



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Great reading. I will not try to reply/comment on so many things but thanks for sharing everyone! It is so nice to feel like we "know" someone as they tell us what they are doing.
I've had a busy few days, have accomplished lots but so much more to do.Trying to balance everything is a challenge. I got to bed before midnight last night finally. I really need my 8 hours. And since I have a tendency to eat when I am tired, or stressed, emotional ....sometimes I start stuffing my face when I should just head to bed. Being aware of that will hopefully help me develop better habits.
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I'm like you, Stephanie - I have the travel bug. I so-o-o want to go back to Denmark and England, but this time, I also want to take in some of Scotland - probably just the southern part of it. We don't want to go back to France, though. we weren't all that impressed with it, except when we took in Mont St. Michel. It was beautiful! My sister and I are planning another trip there for two years from now, but a lot can happen in those two years, so I sure hope we can do it...

How is everyone else doing? Any plans for holidays or anything this summer? I'll be taking a couple of weeks off in August, but not really doing anything. Maybe I'll go out to Brandon and Killarney for a few days, but that's about all I can think of to do. I'm just taking the time off because I have to use up my holidays...

Later, dudettes!

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Good Morning Everyone. Glad you are getting your sleep situation under control Val. It makes such a huge difference to your day when you can sleep well. And good luck with the pictures. Seems like many people are holidaying right now - I have friends in England and others who just walked Hadrian's Wall and are now in Scotland. I think I'm catching the travel bug again. Cape Cod has been on my bucket list for a while and I am trying to organize a trip there with friends for this fall. Hope it all works out.

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Morning, everyone.
I can't believe it - I've had about a week or so of pretty good sleeps. I don't want to jinx it, but maybe, just maybe, I'll start sleeping better now. I know that I haven't had to use my sleeping pills as often this past year. I've been keeping track (because I didn't want to use them too often and get dependent on them) and I have been using about half as much as when I started. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed...

So - Happy Birthday to little Prince George today. He's a whole year old. They showed a picture of him on BT Winnipeg and he is so cute! And walking as well...come to think on it - my kids were walking at 10 and 11 months, so that's no big surprise...

Well, I must go get my lunch ready. Have a Terrific Tuesday, everyone.

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Just popping for a quick hello. I agree with Val - nice to see all the chatting going on here.

And happy birthday to Vicki and Stephanie.

And happy anniversary to all the anniversary people.

Not a lot to add today - just wanted to say hello to everyone.

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Oh, it is so-o-o nice to see everyone chatting on here. I love it when that happens. That what makes this group so great.

Stephanie, I think I already wished you a happy birthday, but just in case I didn't - emoticon .

I guess I'm a practical person as well because I have never really wanted to do much on our anniversary, but this year, because it was our 30th, I thought I'd like for just the two of us to go out for dinner. It's the first time we've done that in a very long time, so I thought it was time.

As for my pictures, I'm surprised that I can still remember the names of some of the buildings, etc. that we saw. I think I took about 1500 myself and Joanne took the rest. I had mine pretty much labeled and organized and then she gave me hers. Now I'm working on those. It's a very big job, but it gives me something to do in the evenings while I'm watching TV.

Have a good evening, everyone.

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I don't think I've ever been to Welland, but I have been to Niagara Falls. I use to live in Oshawa/Whitby many years ago. Was thinking of going to Ontario for a few days to see my brother, but I don't think that is going to happen.
First day of my vacation, I'll be getting that tooth yanked. emoticon

That's a lot of pictures to organize, Val! You've done well! I love taking photos, I take my camera with me everywhere. Even when I go for a walk around home. A couple of times that I didn't bring it I missed a great photo opportunity. An eagle was flying fairly low and would have made a great picture. So, I make sure I have it with me all the time now.

emoticon , Stephanie! Hope you've had a great day celebrating.
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Birthday wishes to Vicki and Stephanie (and all those others who celebrate in July)!

Happy Anniversary, Susan, and a warm welcome to you! I think your anniversary plans are perfect. I'm also practical in that respect and like to see something tangible for my $$. Sorry to hear that Homer has liver disease but it seems you have it under control. What a sneaky guy sampling those homemade burgers! I hope he really enjoyed them because I'm sure he won't be having anymore for a very long time. emoticon Good job keeping yourself in control at the BBQ.

AJ, I love festivals of any kind and a bonus when the weather cooperates!

Stephanie, I would always take the day off work for my birthday and spend it with my DM. She always liked that and said it was a special day for her too.

Val, that's a lot of photos!! I've never done anything special with our photos and have decided that once we move to the island, that will be one of my fun projects.

Lindie, I love the books by Geneen Roth and have read them all. She sprinkles just the right amount of humor into her writing! I especially liked "When you Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull up a Chair".

Yesterday was very busy for me ~ my DH is quite the procrastinator/hoarder and that does not bode well for getting rid of things we know longer need. He seemed amenable to going through a bunch of boxes (you know the kind ~ the ones with odds and ends from everywhere that you just don't know what to do with), so I took advantage of that and we managed to clear about 7 of them! What a great feeling. He tells me that he could have retired much earlier if I hadn't purchased so many diet and cookbooks that we're now taking in to sell ~ at a fraction of the price. Such a joker! emoticon

Today he is at the office for the morning, both dogs are lounging on the deck, so it's nice and peaceful while I sit at the computer. I'm about to have my breakfast and do a bit of meal planning. Then comes the dreaded dusting and vacuuming. Poor DH has been sneezing ever since we started packing things up again. emoticon I've got to try and keep it under control.

Tomorrow is my regular blood work and Wednesday I have an appointment for a much needed manicure. Otherwise, the week will be more of the same...

Seize the day, everyone!

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Happy Birthday to Vicki and Stephanie, hope your day is awesome and you can enjoy it by having some indulgences in moderation.

For our anniversary today I have opted to stay home and the money that would have been spent on dinner will go to wards having my 2 Shih Tsus groomed instead. I know that doesn't sound very romantic but I am more of a practiacl person and hubby is quite happy with not having to go out for dinner.

On a funny note.................our dog Homer who has liver diease has been on a home made diet that I devised for him months ago. He loves the fresh vegetables mixed with brown rice and white chicken meat or fish which is his favorite. When we had our barbeque yesterday we ate outsdie but had the fixings on the kitchen table. The home made lean burger patties were on a platter with a cover on it.
Some how Homer snuck into the house and when my daughter went in there he was in the kitchen licking his lips and chewing on something. The burger count had been 3 left. When my daughter counted there was only one left and Homer was smiling from ear to ear. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I guess naming him Homer was quite suitable as I believe Homer Simpson loves his burgers too. Homer didn't even show any signs of being guilty. He just kept smiling.
Luckily he did not get sick and I held his breakfast off until a bit later in the morning today.

Well, I am off to tidy up house and plan my day. I think a power walk is in store for me.

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Good Morning Ladies. And emoticon to you, Stephanie.
Susan - nice to meet you.
Vicki - hope your dental emergency gets looked after promptly. No fun, for sure.

The music festival in town here was great. Lovely weather and the park is within walking distance so I got some exercise too. I'm off to a hair appointment and the blood donor clinic today.

Have a grand day everyone... AJ


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Good Morning ladies.....today I'm at work.....beautiful sunny day predicted....

Val hope you get your pictures organized...I'm sure they bring back lots of good memories....

Susan emoticon I always wonder when I celebrate an anniversary "where have the years gone"...seems they go by more quickly every year......

Vicki ...my birthday is today but we are celebrating Fri with my dd birthday (we are one day apart) and I too plan to indulge with a glass of wine....I hope I can just stick to the one! emoticon

Irene so happy to hear about your mom not needing any surgery.....wonderful news emoticon

Hope everyone is enjoying today....being at work on my birthday is great...people buying me coffees, lunch, birthday cake......just better watch what I eat...my weekend eating included lots of barbecued foods..... emoticon emoticon and it will be easy to gain weight today!

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Morning everyone.
It's really nice to see that everyone had such a nice, productive weekend. Susan - you did well at the BBQ; Vicki - a birthday only happens once a year, so I say go for it!; Lindie - you always have such good ideas to help us.

Last night, I started on my pictures from my trip last October once again. I have all of mine labeled, but I was working on organizing the ones my sister gave me. It's taking quite a while to do as in total, we have over 4,400 pictures... I've got the first week done - only 2 more to go... but I am at least getting through them...

Well, I must go get ready for work. Have a great Monday, everyone.

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Hello alll,
Nannyvicki, I am from Welland Ontario which is about 20 miles south west of Niagara Falls and 20 minutes north of the Buffalo border.

Our barbecue went very well with the temps warm and balmy and very little breeze. It was very pleasant to sit outside at the patio for our dinner. I ended up have 2 vodka coolers (Smirnoff Ice) then switched to drinking water. I am not tracking calories from dinner tonight although I only ate a hamburger but prior to dinner I had some scoop chips with my taco dip. I think I had about 6 of them which is well managed for my considering I would have eaten more than a dozen or so in the past. I also had 4 bagel bites but I did not have lunch so I think I am within my calories for today.If not then oh well, it was a great day and I won't let anything spoil that.

Tomorrow it is back to tracking all nutrition and getting some fitness in . I didn't power walk today so that is definitely on the agenda for tomorrow.
We have decided to stay in tomorrow for our anniversary and that is my choice. Hubby is always happy with anything I chose. He loves to stick around home so I will make him a nice steak dinner tomorrow and he will be happy with that.

Well my body is telling me to get to bed. I have been awake since 5:15 am and up since 5:45. Only a few hours sleep last night so tonight I should have a good one.Will be back tomorrow so until then .....be healthy.



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Thanks Susan. Surprisingly, my tooth issue isn't causing me a lot of pain, which I am so grateful for! I will be calling the dentist first thing in the morning. I hope to get in soon to have it extracted.
Which part of Canada do you live in?

I'm up a pound this week BUT it was my birthday week. I guess that's not too bad since I went out for two meals and had a huge piece of chocolate cheesecake. I wasn't planning on the cheesecake, but the restaurant we went to brought it to me with a sparkler on it for my birthday.

Four more days and I'm on vacation! Not going anywhere, at least I don't think I am. I was thinking of going to Ontario for a few days, but not sure the pocketbook can manage it.

Have a great night all!

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emoticon Susan, I think there are a few of us who suffer from emotional eating and tend to feed emotions with food. I am not sure where you are on this but there are some good books out to help you address your particular emotional need - Eat What You Love Love What You Eat addresses this and has several types and how to manage the emotion and eating. Also Geneen Roth has a good book out Breaking free From Emotional Eating - I have both books and refer to them often. Most of the time my emotional eating is stress related - instead of eating I should go exercise !!!

Happy Anniversary as well. Why not go out and try the speed bump theory or share meals? You can look up in advance at what meal you want to have and then order it to your dietary needs. If your not familiar with the speed bump, you put half your food on one plate and put it aside. Eat what is on your plate and if you are full at the end, then put the other plate away - or in the case of the restaurant - take it home or leave it.

A glass of wine is good for you especially if you have it with a meal. I tend to have a glass from time to time ( that's 4 ounces not 8 LOL )

Valerie I am not doing much today - its rainy, cool, love it, and I am cooking preparing meals so I am busy enough with that... most likely won't reach my goals.

You know I was thinking about success with changing eating/behaviour patterns and although you get great support from spark, sometimes you reallyneed that one on one, or group support that is face to face - I think Lynnette is so successful because of her support group, so maybe you or I can find a support group to help put the focus where it needs to be. It just depends on how important this all is to you and to your success .... make a plan of action and then action that plan....

WELL I best mosey on, on my other team, a memeber became a grandma yesterday I think so going to go read the good news of that... Have a good Sunday everyone !

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Happy Anniversary, Susan. (It's nice to know you're name. LOL) Our 30th anniversary was on Monday, the 14th. We went to dinner together for the first time in ages, so it was really nice. but a nice ride in the country sounds lovely.
Enjoy your company today.

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thanks for the welcome back everyone. Please..... call me Suzzy or Susan which is what I go by with friends and family.

Today started off very overcast and wet but now the humidity has returned and with it a bit of sun which is okay by me because we are having a family barbecue today.
Just home made burgers with corn on the cob, taco dip and scoop chips (not for me) , garlic roasted potatoes and coleslaw that I made with low fat dressing.

I went to bed at 1:00 am and for some reason I awoke at 5:30 feeling totally refreshed. I started making everything for today's due and now just waiting for guests to arrive. I would go power walking except it is too humid for that before company comes and I would have to shower and change all over again so will pass until later in the day after company has left.

Tomorrow is our 37th wedding anniversary and so not sure what to do or where to go.
I don't want to go out for dinner because I don't trust myself not to go overboard and so early into the program I don't want to tempt fate when I am doing so well.

I'm thinking that maybe hubby and I can just have a quite dinner at home this year and maybe go out for a drive in the country during the day. Maybe I will allow for a glass of wine tomorrow so we can have a toast at least.

Sending out best wishes for a great day to everyone.



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Good morning everyone.

Welcome back Keepitup62 - I hope that you find this a good place.

Doing nothing yesterday sounds just fine to me, Val - you need that once in a while.

Vicki - all the best with that dental issue being dealt with.

Stephanie, busy birthday time at your place - isn't it odd how birthdays cluster? For us, it's December and February.

emoticon to Lynette and Lindie - it sounds like you both need them right now.

AJ - how is that music festival going? Don't you just love that about summer in Canada - all the music festivals?

Thanks to Deborah and everyone else for the kind words about my mother. And yes, Deborah, it was something big they were checking on my mother - but it turned out to be okay. If she had had to have surgery, it would have been very risky. Meanwhile she goes on, with so many things wrong with her - but she just keeps going, and taking it in her stride. A very good role model.

Big hi to everyone else.

I usually go to church before I go to work on Sundays, but I am taking the church part off today. So after I send this, I will go for a walk, and then make a very healthy lunch, and then head out to work. I am determined to get more weight off. So I am tracking again. It has worked in the past, hope it works this time.

Have a good day everyone.

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Morning, everyone.
Welcome back to Sparks, KEEPITUP62. It's great to have you back again. And thanks for the b-day wishes.

We had a beautiful day yesterday and it looks like another one today. However, yesterday I did diddly-squat! I had better improve on that today. I have got to get that garden weeded! (and do it soon because it's supposed to go up to 30C! It's already 22 out there...) It's just been too long since I last did it. I just can't believe how aggressive the weeds are! I noticed that I've even got some pocking up in the front flower bed, where I put down the landscaping fabric and mulch. Mind you - it's only coming up where I cut the fabric to plant the flowers, so maybe I've slowed it down somewhat...

What are you all going to do today? Whatever it is, I hope you have a great day. Talk with you all later...

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HI everyone, I have just joined this team and very pleased to see faces that I remember from when I was with Spark People before.
I hope to familiarize myself with everyone and hope that new friendships will be made.
If there is anything I can do or say to help , please let me know.

I am back at Spark to get rid of the pounds I gained while away and to re-educate myself about the hazards of emotional eating. I need to connect with others who are living the healthy life style and I plan on getting my back and keeping it this time.

I have decided that I will stay with Spark until Spark no longer exists or I don't because it is a place where everyone is so positive and inspiring and we can all use that.

I too hope to be able to inspire people as I gain more self confidence and make my way to my goals. It feels so good to be back.

Happy birthday to Val!
NannyVicki, I hope your tooth infection is gone soon and you are not suffering with any pain. emoticon

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Happy belated birthday Val! My husband and I went out this evening for supper for my birthday, then we walked around downtown for a bit. They're having a multicultural festival in Moncton. We didn't stay out too long. I worked today and was feeling pretty tired.

I found out from the dentist that I have an infection right in the bone of my tooth. It's not in the pulp of the tooth so I'll be getting it extracted soon. I don't have a date for it yet, but will call them on Monday. I have a lump on my gum the size of a small gumball. emoticon Thankfully, I'm not in a lot of pain, but do feel quite tired. I take care of my teeth, brush, floss and rinse and I guess something like this can still happen. The dentist thinks my tooth must be cracked but it's not showing up on the xray. I'll be glad to get it out!

I'm off to bed, have to get up early for work again.

Night all

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So glad to hear that your mom doesn't need the surgery, Irene.
Lots of action on the thread! Nice to see.
I think I've crashed, too much work, too little sleep, too much arguing with my bf. SO much to do around here, it is kinda depressing. But I don't have any choice, have to pull up my socks and deal with it. So I'll get off my butt and get back to work.
Hope you all have a fab wkend.

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I tend to reach out to food for emotional support too, but I am slowly learning that there is nothing like a good old fashioned hug bear and all - so I am reminding me daily that although my emotions would like the 2 second high - the hug would last a lot longer, so trying to not give in to emotional eating. I tend to do that when I am bored but also lonely .... it does happenl

AJ did you get that lawn mowed? Remember to record that as exercise ! We have rain today !! So happy for cooler temps and rain !

To everyone having a birthday this week/month: emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon its ok to have birthday cake, just remember what you need to do to burn OFF those extra calories.

Anyone here read the China Study?? I am reading this book right now and it talks about body heat burning calories - interesting because my other book, Healing With Whole Foods - talks about not eating cold foods as that would put the fire out - the fire that burns/ digests foods - Chinese thought. Anyone else ??

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Good Morning Ladies. I really enjoyed catching up on posts today -- with the top country hit countdown playing in the background!

Val, I concur with others and truly appreciate your leadership. emoticon Like the rest of us, I'm sure you struggle with your motivation some times but you always keep coming in here to support and encourage us. Thanks for that. Enjoy your dresses. There is a little all-purpose store in a small village near my sister's place that has unexpected 'buys' like that. Love it!

Stephanie, enjoy the birthday party for your Mom. So special to spend time with her and that she is relatively well yet. A blessing.

Irene, so happy to hear your Mom doesn't need surgery and glad you had a nice visit in Ontario. The concert in Harrison Hot Springs sounds nice; especially great that your dh planned it for you. I have been there but not at this time of year. Will have to think about that for another trip. Good luck with the decluttering project!

Lindie, Thomas Haas sounds wonderful to a chocoholic like me! I enjoyed your story about the kids' gilligan's island adventure. I'm sure it would not have been fun at the time but makes for an adventure story after-the-fact! Hope your medical test results are definitive - and positive.

Deborah, nice to meet you. It is surely a big job to ready for a move. Amazing what you find when you really start going through stuff. It's equally amazing to find how much 'stuff' you have that you really don't need -- at least, that's been my experience. Funny how moving is a great motivator to finish all the little projects and upgrades that one has put off for years. emoticon

Vicki, belated Happy Birthday! Thanks for the intro. I have no children but have slews of nieces, nephews and greats and am very close to my 2 sisters and brother; and fortunate to 'share' their children. I have always lived in Ontario but travel to BC frequently to visit friends there. I love to read and garden, envy Irene her library job, am retired, have always struggled with weight and eating issues and see no end to that even if, make that When (!), I reach my goal weight. That why I so enjoy and appreciate the support and encouragement of this site and especially this thread.

Lynette, how is the basement bedroom readiness project going? It seems odd not to be complaining about the heat and humidity here in July but this summer has been wonderful so far. Maybe a week of that stuff but mostly cool evenings and warm sunny days with enough rain to make watering an occasional garden chore. I'm sure we will get our share yet but I'm surely enjoying this for now.

Just realized how lengthy this has become so will stop now. Off to mow the lawn and then plan to walk down to a local park where there is a music festival going on this weekend. Have a great weekend everyone!
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Morning, ladies. I had a great sleep last night - about 9 1/2 hours! I must have needed it...

Thanks, Deborah, for the "crabby" birthday wishes. emoticon

Irene, I am SO glad your Mom doesn't need that surgery. What a relief it must have been for you.

Hi, Stephanie. It's been a while since I saw you. And thanks. I try... And Happy birthday to you, your dd, your Mom and your gs, too. Boy - it is a busy month for you too... Your almost exactly one year older than me, too... We really do need to meet some day...who knows - maybe I'll actually get to Windsor sometime...But in the meanwhile - have fun at that party today.

Well, I must get moving. I want to get out and weed the garden a bit before it gets too hot and humid (if it's not already). Have a super Saturday, everyone.

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Wow so great to get on this thread and read all the posts....loving it!

Can't remember all the comments...but wanted to say Val you are a emoticon team leader....thanks for putting forth the effort!...

Happy belated birthdays to Val & Vicki....I am also a cancer (hate being called that! reminds me of the disease)...my birthday is the 21st of July and my older dd is the 22nd...today we are all celebrating my 93rd year old mom's birthday.....and my gs turned 12 the 16th of this month...so July is a busy month in our house too Val......

Irene so glad that your mom will not be needing the surgery...but I know what you mean about "for now"...seems my mom is always dealing with one aliment or another...but she bounces back quickly and for that I am grateful......

Deborah...I certainly remember you..glad you are back.... emoticon

Vicki...I am turning 62 Mon....and still work 3 days a week in accounting and watch my 6 grand kids 2 days a week and the odd times on the weekend.....my dh is retired and we will be celebrating our 42nd anniversary in Sep.....I live in Windsor ON and as far south of any city you could live in, in Canada......our summers are hot and humid being in the Great Lakes area....I hope one day to get out to all the great cities all these ladies live in.....

Hello to all...Lindie, Lynette, AJ and anyone I have not mentioned.....today I will be extra cautious about eating....there will be many temptations at the birthday party take care ladies and have a great day!

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Irene, the positive news about your DM's tests must be such a relief for you. I hope what the doctors were testing for was not too serious.

Oh, and about the ice cream cone ~ remember that you need your dairy!

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Happy belated birthdays Vicki and Val!

And I just have to share some good news - I talked to my parents on the phone and my mother got the results of that test - and she does NOT have to have the surgery. I am so happy, so relieved. Other things will crop up in the future - I KNOW this - but for right now, things are looking better.

HAVE to stop emotional eating though. Had an ice cream cone to celebrate.

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Happy belated birthday wishes, Val and Vicki! Crabs are okay, being crabby ~ not so much... emoticon

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Belated happy birthday, Vicki! I'm glad you had a good lunch. I guess we're both "crabs" (cancer), eh? Mine was last Friday, Mom's was yesterday, my niece today, nephew tomorrow, and sister next Friday. Besides that, it was our 30th anniversary on Monday! It's a very busy month...

There was a thunderstorm a few minutes ago. It seems to be over already, but it sure pored for a while...However, our plants really needed to have a drink. You wouldn't think so with all the flooding, but it's true!

Have a good evening, ladies, and a great weekend. Later...

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Thanks ladies emoticon It's nice getting to know you better.

My birthday was this past Tuesday so my sister took me out for lunch today. I'm sure I went a way over in calories, but I don't do it too often. So, this evening I went back over to my sisters and we did the Wii dance for an hour. I'm sure we worked off a few of those excessive calories. Now I don't feel so guilty. emoticon

It's nice when someone gives you a pleasant surprise and even nicer when it's your husband that does it. How thoughtful of him!

I've got some laundry on the go and the washer has stopped. I better get back at it.

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LOL Deborah, afternoon naps are very useful, if its just a nap and should not be more then 30 minutes - but yes 10 minutes for napping, organizing something, exercising, anything really ... also a timer works too, Flylady recommends that ...

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Lindie, what is this 10 minute routine you speak of? If it's laying down every 10 minutes, I'm ALL for it! emoticon

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Afternoon all !!! Its my day off today !! Full of blood work and exrays and chocolate !! Went to Thomas Haas - world famous for their 4 generation German chocolate and man is it good, from cookies, that I shoudl not eat to caramel squares I shoudl not eat to dark chocolate I can eat in moderation LOL

No worries all, the DR is still my Dr and finding another in Vancouver might be an issue but the clinics here are very good.

Deborah, welcome back, we all tend to stray from time to time due to life and things we get envolved in. We also get discouraged and sometimes take a break from it all, but the reality is, the break ususally results in coming back and starting over - so take baby steps while you get ready for your move - try the 10 minute routine for things, even Sparkguy has to do this.

Vicki, nice to know you too, I am called Nana by my grandkids, have 2 - a young woman, 19 yrs old now and a grandson who also towers above me. Right now they are in Orlando Florida having a blast at Universal Studio, the Harry Potter part - they LOVED IT !! Val maybe the boys would like that? BUT there are crowds ....

I will tell you a storey about the kids trips so far. One day they decided to take a boat trip to an island to swim with the dolphins. The boat dropped them off on the island in the ocean I think, and no buildings, just palm trees. Anyway. 10 minutes later a tropical storm brewing arrived and no swimming, they got some protection from the strong wind and sheets of rain and then there wa lightening that was getting a little to close. 25 minutes into the storm the boat that took them there came back for them and they were told not to touch anything metal - no swimming with the dolphins !!! BOY talk about a gilligan's island ( by the way when the captain of the boat was dropping them off, he was humming the theme song ) course I only JUST found out by reading their face book post !!! Sheeeshhh

Valerie, the nicest thing about left overs is NO COOKINg and little cleaning LOL enjoy !!

Irene, how nice about the concert at Harrison - don't think we will get out there this year, Gene has been working 6 days er nights a week the last week and next week.....

Have a good evening all !

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Afternoon, ladies.
Irene, you made me blush. Thank you for the praise. I do try, but I haven't been good about keeping up with the new things happening in Sparks, so my plan is to change that and to make an attempt to go to the Leaders page on a regular basis - like at least once a week... And thanks for the trophy. It's very much appreciated.

As for the dresses - my friend wore one of her dresses as well (the one that is almost the same colour as mine!) LOL You should have heard the comments we got. Twins for the day! LOL Actually we did that one other time about 5-6 years ago - we wore the same top! Guess we have the same taste in clothing. emoticon

I'm so glad your dh surprised you like that. You so deserve it.

Thank you, Lynette, for the cheers and the nice compliment.

Hi, Deborah. I can't believe it's been a year already either! It's pretty bad when summer clothes are no longer on the shelves in July, isn't it? I know I usually have a hard time finding anything when I go shopping.

Well, I must get a move on. I think tonight we'll have a smorgasbord of leftovers from earlier in the week. Our fridge is ull and I don't want to throw much of it out... Have a good evening, everyone.

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Good afternoon! It's going to take me a week or two to get back into reading all the posts and making some sense out of them. I cannot believe that it's been a whole year already and now I need to reacquaint myself with all of you once again. I will do some background lurking and make the occasional comments until I find a good 'in'.

Our move is fast approaching and we have been so busy sorting, decluttering, and purging for months now. It's not an easy task and you can't just say "I just won't bother going through that stuff. Haven't used it in a long time so it's just not worth it." I have found more than a few things that I'd forgotten we had.

Sorry to hear about the heat wave a lot of you have been experiencing. We were in Kelowna last summer and I could barely stand it! If rain is on the way, it should cool things off quite a bit.

DH is now taking Fridays and most Mondays off work to help me with sorting through things. He's upgraded the large back yard and it looks great. Now why does it take a move to get him going? It's really nice to have him home more often and I'm looking forward to even more time after we are in our new home.

We made a trip to Costco this morning and I can't believe that there are sweaters and long sleeve tees out now. The tees were nice colours and plain with a v-neck so I bought a few. By the time I'm ready to wear them, the supply at most stores will already be picked over. Such a short summer season here... emoticon

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Irene, I am excited to hear about Jim and Jean coming to your church! I will send you a msg for details, instead of filling this thread.
What a nice surprise that your husband took you out to the concert. Good fellow!
And I will add my thanks to Valerie who is definitely a good team leader. I sure appreciate you!
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Deborah, welcome back to the group, we've missed you.
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Good morning everyone - I am now on my Friday.

I had a nice surprise when I got home from work last night - DH had planned that we drive to Harrison Hot Springs for dinner and a concert. This is a time of year when they have the Harrison Festival of the Arts there. There is a small hall - that holds about 150 people and they get really interesting performers - people that I think come out for the Vancouver Folk Festival. Usually we have never heard of the ones we go to see at Harrison (we usually go once on one of the festival weekends, but I thought I had missed it this year, due to my Ontario trip.) It was a very good performance last night - a group of young men from Zimbabwe. Nice surprise!

Val, I have a bone to pick with you. You said "I have never been a very good team leader." I beg to differ. You are a GREAT team leader. You stepped up when we really needed someone - and you do the most important part of being a team leader - you are the heart emoticon of our team. People always comment on what a welcoming place this is - that is your leadership. Thank you!

So I think that you should have some recognition for this: emoticon for wonderful team leadership!

Also loved the dress story, Val. And I hope that your son's breathing gets sorted out.

Stephanie - way to go on getting so close to goal. Inspiration to all of us.

Lindie - I agree with Lynette, awful as this doctor is, don't move on til you have another one. Finding a new doctor can be problematic. Frustrating visit, to say the least though. As for the mibi - I always look on that philosophically - I say that I glow in the dark after it.

Deborah - welcome back!

Vicki, thanks for the fuller intro to you. As for me, there's lots about me on my blogs. Basically, I am married (41 years now) two adult sons, one leaves near, one lives far. My parents are still alive - but thousands of miles away and I have no siblings.Lots of grandkids - 2 of my sons, and 4 of his wifes from a previous marriage. I love my work (in a library). And I love to read too (but no, we don't get to do that at work, despite what people think.) And I love to walk outdoors. Am relearning how to knit.

Lynette, this next bit will have special significance for you - guess who will be involved in the worship service in a few weeks at our very tiny church - the Strathdees! I will be there very early that day I think. I think the place will be packed.

Big Hi to everyone else.

This month I am yet again attempting to declutter my house. I am a bit of a clutter bug. My DH is a major one. But we are both trying yet again to dig our way through this.

Have a great day everyone.

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Welcome back, Deborah. Yes, I remember you..

I won't be able to type well tonight because I'm really tired so I think I'll read the rest of the posts tomorrow. Have a great sleep

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Hi all,
I may not post every day, but I try to pop in to read everyone's posts to see how everyone is doing.
You all have been very welcoming and reading your posts is a nice way to get to know each of you a bit better.
Since none of you know too much about me I thought maybe I'd share a bit about myself and if any of you would like to share a bit about yourselves that would be nice. Don't feel obligated though.

Obviously my name is Vicki. emoticon I call myself Nannyvicki on here because I have 2 grandsons and they call me Nanny.

My oldest grandson is 14 and already taller than me. My youngest grandson will be 12 next month.

I have a son and a daughter.

I'm originally from Ontario but have lived in NB for 20 years now.

I used to be underweight until I hit 30!

I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

I love to read.

I don't sew, knit or crochet. My daughter does though. It skipped a generation. emoticon

What would you like me to know about you? emoticon

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Hello everyone ~ I'm sure nobody even remembers me because it's been so long since I've used SP. I wish I had an excuse or two so I could at least save face for my lack of motivation. I just stopped caring. I don't know why and won't try to analyze it, but it's in the past and I must move forward. I'm currently struggling a great deal and hope that renewing my commitment to my health and well being, and joining this extremely supportive group again, I will overcome the negative feelings I have for myself because I'm sure that's not helping at all.

Looking forward to chatting with all of you daily. I still see so many familiar faces (and a few new ones too).

Hugs,
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Lindie, I sure agree with Val that you must make sure that you have a doctor. It is often difficult to become an official "patient" and continuity of care is a good thing. My kids are having trouble finding a doc. I started with my doc soon after she graduated and I saw an ad in the paper that she was taking new patients. I think she has been in 4 dif locations now but I keep following her!
The rain never came last night and the heat has not eased. I finally AM getting the bsmt ready to sleep down there. No more procrastinating!
Loved the sundress story, Val! Who knows when and where you can find a good buy? I shopped til I almost dropped yesterday and had a wonderful time. I loooooove thrift store shopping: got a few prs of footwear, some bags/purses, craft supplies, sheets, comforter, curtains, clothes rack, wall prints, photo album, Paris clock, vase in the perfect shade of peacock for my bedroom.... lots of .home stuff. Spent almost $100 which is a lot for me, but this is my fave entertainment/my worst habit, I suppose. Glad I never got into smoking or drinking!
Things to do before my volunteer shift so best get moving again.
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Morning, everyone.
I started a new page called "ANNOUNCEMENTS". I'm hoping to keep it updated for you. I have never been a good team leader as I don't know very much about health things, but I can do a few things for our team to help keep you up to date.

Lindie, before you fire this Dr (which it almost sounds like you maybe should), please make sure you have another one first. I don't know what it's like to find Drs in BC but here in Winnipeg, you're lucky if you have one because a lot of them are full and not taking new patients.

It's supposed to go up to 30C today so I'm wearing a sundress I just bought on Saturday at (get this) a gas station! My friend and I stopped at Timmies just outside Winnipeg when we were coming back from getting our strawberries. The Tims was connected to a gas station. We were walking out and saw them hanging there. They are a very simple dress made of rayon (probably in India) and are really comfy. The great part of it is - they were only $25 each! We both bought two of them. LOL The only thing I feel uncomfortable about is that I can't wear a slip - it's too long. I sure hope you won't be able to see through it...

Anyway, I'd better get moving. Have a great day everyone. Friday is almost here...

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emoticon going on the announcements Valerie, I seldom do points or that but knew where to go before. They always change things, for sure. But cant' complain too much it is a free site.

I went to the Dr's yesterday. It was not a good visit. I had asked him about seeing another DR for my weight and he went bulistic almost. He said I would be waisting my money and just pretty well threw the paper back at me, I did after all ask for his opinion and got it, I doubt he would work with the other Dr. Now he is referring me to a weight loss clinic in WEST Vancouver !

He was really upset when he found out I have not been taking the crestor he prescribed, I guess he never got updated from the happy heart program, and started in on me about my condition and how serious it was. I retaliated that the decisions were made by a CARDIOLOGIST who's field IS the heart. He said he did not agree with what they said and I am to take an asprin every day not just 3 x a week. WELL I told him if he had issues with the direction from the cardiologist to take it up with HIM. NOW I have to spend my one day off on Friday going for freaken tests.... I have half a mind to go find another DR who isn't so pissy about things. I shoudl be able to discuss things with my DR not get lectured.... needless to say its put me in a terrible mood. He says NO exercise, NO riding my bike, NO tredmill, hello the heart needs exercise... I think he's being overly cautious and wants to write a zillion prescriptions for drugs I wont' take anyway or ever get filled. So now I have to go for another MIBI too...yup more radiation .... He didnt' actually address one single thing I needed addressed as he was so focused on being mad about things. I might just send him a letter and fire him...

The heat wave is still going on and I am sweltering but we are not getting an airconditioner - we - Gene does not know how to set it up and our windows are too long for the exhaust board... so suffer it is ...

Irene, welcome home, I sure hope everything is ok with your mom - but always good to have a contingency bank account for things like this, although as they get older these issues do arise, something to learn from.

Hello everyone, hope your day went well !

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I thought I'd post a couple of announcements that I just found out:

1 - Team Wall posts will now have a 140 character limit. The purpose is to encourage people to use the Team Wall for quick updates and comments, and reserve ongoing discussions for the Team Forums.
Members will be able to see a "countdown" of how many characters they have left so that they know how long their message can be.

2 - You can find the team bonus points on the first page, under Step 3, click on the purple bar that says "Spark America Team Bonus Points". It will open the flags so you can give your teams some points...

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Welcome back, Irene. Glad you had a good time and hope your mother won't need that surgery after all.
And thanks for the birthday / anniversary wishes.

Stephanie, happy belated or early birthday. (I'm not sure when it is and I don't want to miss it!) LOL

Took my son to the Dr. Everything is fine, but he's having some problems getting oxygen into his lungs or something... I'm not really sure what his problem is. The Dr gave him a sample Advair puffer to try next time he has some issues. If it works, then he'll get a prescription. If not, then he'll go back and do a breathing test... We'll just have to wait and see.

It's really nice outside - a little on the hot side (25C), but that's okay. I'd rather it be hot than cold... It's supposed to go up to 30C tomorrow and stay between 24 and 30 for the next two weeks. Yeah!! emoticon Summer at last!!

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emoticon back Irene...glad you are also all caught up.....we have had cooler weather down here lately...but I'm enjoying it....still sunny but just not so humid. Hope your mom does not need any surgery...prayers for her.

I'm at work today.....and the day when I'm here goes by very quickly.....on my lunch I have to get get my car license plate renewed.....like you Val I also have a July birthday....this month is very popular in our family, my mom, gs, mine & older dd all celebrate this month.....

To all enjoy your day...the summer is going by way to fast for me......but on a good note my weight is almost to my goal....just need to get these last 5 pounds off now..... that is where I always fail and gain...but this time with all your encouragement and help I plan to stay on track....thanks ladies! emoticon



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Good morning everyone. emoticon I've been back a few days, but have been catching up on a lot of stuff and still in a bit of jet lag. I arrived back in BC late Sunday night, and was at work 9:30 Monday morning. Ouch.

So what happened in BC Lindie - it's so HOT! I hear you! I think it cools down this weekend though. Our house, which usually keeps the heat out, is hot.Poor DH is exhausted with it. And I really appreciate the AC at work.

We decided years ago that AC was not necessary in BC - but weather is changing, so we are not so sure now.

Val - belated happy birthday and happy anniversary! Glad that you DID get out for a keg anniversary dinner. Loved the sister story - you are right - she should NOT travel alone

Stephanie - it's been quite the year for you, hasn't it? But it does sound like your DH is coming along well after the surgery. But still a lot extra on your plate. Wow a 93 year old mother - not many of us have that. I can see the falling asleep. My much younger mother (84) tends to do that mid conversation all the time.

Lynette, sounds like you really enjoyed the Stampede again this year, and congrats on getting the bit of a weight gain off.

Hi vicky! and anyone else currently reading this thread.

So my time in Ontario was mixed. I had a good time with my parents and I think that they picked up on how to use the ipad. (Oh, how I loved using that ipad - but I didn't use it for my stuff, like spark). I think I need to save my pennies. I loved being with them. I also got together for coffees with two old friends - that was great.

However, just before I left, a new health issue came up for my mother again. She is in and out of labs/doctors offices this week. She may need a risky surgery. If she does, I will be back out there asap. I am thinking that we might know at the end of the week. It was really hard coming back, but I needed to. If I need to go out again, I need to get all my ducks in a row out here first. And if she doesn't need the surgery, then I wanted to save the holiday time for later this year - so that I can see them again. It feels like such a juggling act.

Anyway, I am now sort of caught up.

This is my late day. Want to make sure that I get to the gym this morning. I did do a reasonable amount of walking while in Ontario.

Have a great day everyone.

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Val, the spin wheel is now at the bottom of the page with the bonus spin link. Not as easy, but even worse, my sign-in streak was reset to zero for today, even though I did sign in yesterday. I had an over 265 day sign-in streak going and have lost it. I was really looking forward to making it a year. I can't figure out any way to give team points though. That one is a mystery. Its definitely not your computer though -- just another web page thing.

Good that you can adjust your time so you can take your son to the dr.

Have a good day, ladies.
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Morning, ladies.
Hope you all had a good sleep. I didn't. I tossed and turned all night, but I still feel rested so the few hours that I did sleep must have been a deep one...

I've noticed that the little wheel to spin every day has disappeared from my start up page. Has anyone else's disappeared? I can no longer give points to my teams, either. When I go to the Spark-points page and select that one, it just directs me to the front page without putting the flags beside my teams. If I'm the only one, then that means there's something amiss with my computer...

I'm taking my short day today instead of Friday. My son has a Dr appt. and my dh can't take him, so I'm elected. He doesn't drive and I'm not even sure how to get there by bus, so I'll just take him...

Have a good day, everyone.

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That's fabulous, Lynette. I'm really happy for you.
And yes, it was me who mentioned Mrs Brown's Boys. They are truly funny, aren't they? emoticon

How's everyone else doing? Hope you're all doing well...

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Someone on here, maybe you Val, told me about Mrs Brown's Boys and I spent several hours on the computer watching it one day. It is great!
Well, I am a happy Sparker this morning. After 2 days of buckling down after the excesses of Stampede, my scale has shown that hard work pays off. I am down, to report in at my meeting this morning and that makes me very relieved.I was feeling very guilty and it certainly was my own doing but now I can move forward, KNOWING that
emoticon . My bday goal is achievable and in sight!

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Morning. Hope you all had a good night's sleep. I sure did. I watched the show "Mrs. Brown's Boys" on TV, then went to bed at 10:00. I must have dropped right off because I don't remember anything else, and I only got up once! It's so nice when you sleep that well once ina while...

Have you ever seen that show on TV? It's a British comedy and is so very funny. I Googled it and discovered that Mrs. Brown is actually a man dressed as a woman, his wife plays his daughter and everyone else in the show is related in one way or another. We've only recently discovered it and make sure to watch it every week.

Have a great Tuesday everyone.

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We just got back from The Keg. Very good meal, but I am oh, so full! And I didn't let my eyes rule my stomach, either! I ordered the smallest steak I could with an extra helping of veggies. For dessert, we had the mini-desserts. then, when I mentioned that it was our anniversary, the waitress took the cost of the dessert off the bill! I guess when you celebrate your anniversary there, they give you a free dessert. I didn't know that! It was a nice surprise...

How's everyone else's day going? Hope it's a good one.

Have a good evening everyone. Sleep well. emoticon emoticon

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Thanks. Lynette. Yes - they are only 3 days apart. My dh is on his way home now and we'll be going out for dinner. Just the two of us. the kids will have Subway. they're happy with that. LOL He'll be home soon so I'd better get off here.

Have a good evening, everyone.

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emoticon Valerie. I vaguely remembered that you have bday and anniv close together; glad you mentioned it so we can send you our best wishes. Yeah, most guys are not romantic or thoughtful really. I have had a couple of boyfriends thru the years who WERE romantic and it is a different sort of relationship when that is part of the mix. But it certainly doesn't make up for other issues. My ex-husband was an interesting blend of romantic and not. I taught him a lot and it still irks me that all my hard work is paying off for someone else! Ah, well, life goes on.
Was very disciplined yesterday and my weight is coming back down but undoing the Stampede damage will not be a quick fix I'm sure.
emoticon , I just have to get my nose down to that ol' grindstone and work for what I want. Today I have a doc appt, earlier than usual and need to have my steps in before my torture.
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Morning, ladies.
Yesterday I made 9 pints of Strawberry and 6 pints of Strawberry Rhubarb jam! It all jelled properly, so maybe I'm finally getting the knack! LOL My son has been after me to make some more jam, so hopefully this will keep him happy for a while...

Lindie, my dh did feel better last night and said we could go out tonight. It's our anniversary today anyway. I would have preferred yesterday only because we wouldn't be tired from work. But I won't complain. And we'll probably just go to Joey's or The Keg. We've never really celebrated before. To my dh, it's just another day. (Real romantic, isn't he? LOL)

Thanks, Stephanie, for the B-day greetings. And happy birthday to your Mom! It's no wonder she fell asleep with all those people. It probably just played her right out. Good for all those little ones helping her with the candles. My Mom will be 91 on Thursday.
I'm glad your back is feeling better, but I can just picture the two of you helping each other getting dressed. It must look quite funny.

I'd better run and get dressed for work. Have a great day, everyone - even though it's a Monday...


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Evening everyone...Val I loved your sister story and emoticon belated birthday...my mom's celebrated her 93th birthday today......it was hectic with 20 adults and 9 children.....(I guess we are crowd even when its just our family all together)....but when we went to bring my mom the cake with the lighted candles she had fallen asleep in her chair....so after her blowing out the candles (with 9 little ones helping) she went to take a nap.....

Also emoticon Val....30 years is awesome...this year my dh & I will be celebrating our 42nd anniversary....and this year has been like no other....while he has been recuperating from hip surgery I have been helping him get dressed and while my back has been stiff and sore (thanks Lindie for the tips on stretching, I am doing that mornings now) he has been helping me get dressed also.....I certainly hope this isn't a sign of what's to come..... emoticon ...well bedtime for me now...so hope you all have a goodnight..... emoticon



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Valerie, I am really sorry you can't go out to celebrate your anniversary - but maybe DH will be feeling better tomorrow, you really shoudl go to that mansion at 525 for dinner, its fabulous and you would enjoy it = its expensive but oh so worth it, I would love to go again !!

Glad you jam is working ! and tasting good.

I hate this heat, I now have kankles grrrrrrr emoticon

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Hi all, just popping in for a quick hello. I had the weekend off, with gorgeous weather to boot. Didn't do much though. For some reason I was so tired and all I wanted to do was sleep. I did manage to work on the front garden for a bit and got a bit of housecleaning done.

Hopefully when I have almost 3 weeks off from work I will be a bit more adventurous than that emoticon

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Thanks, Lindie and Lynette.

Lynette, I'm so glad you had such a good time at the Stampede. Like Lindie, I don't much like crowds, so I doubt that I'll ever go there, but I can see that you are partying enough for both of us. emoticon

Lindie, I've tasted a drop of the strawberry jam and it is so good! I've made one batch each of the Strawberry and the strawberry-Rhubarb jams. Now I'm taking a bit of a rest and then I'll go out and finish off. I doubt that my dh and I will be going out for dinner tonight because it's raining outside and it's only 15C. Plus, he's been fighting a migraine all day. I guess it'll be another year of not celebrating our anniversary... (it'll be 30 years for us on Monday...) emoticon

well, I guess I'll get back at it. I have everything ready so I might as well finish. Have a good afternoon, everyone. Take care...

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Valerie, what a cute storey about your sister !! Too funny and yes she should not travel alone LOL = and a very very late but very berry happy birthday !! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon your jam sounds delicious !!

Lynnette I've been to the stampeed but never cared for crowds, I did take a ton of pics though LOL Glad you had a nice time.

STephanie, I am not surprised you are sore - most people do not thing about stretching before and after certain activities but really they should. I hope your back is much better, may I suggest that next time you pace yourself, take a break and stretch from time to time? Don't worry, we all make that mistake, I know I have !!

Hope everyone is doing ok, its sweltering HOT here and I do NOT like it, it makes me sick !! But I will live !

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I am officially Stampeded out! Went to our mall breakfast, gsaling, errands, to a Stampede lunch where we ran into a good friend because her daughter was in the band playing, visited with some other friends, and last but not least to a party where a food truck provided the delish sampler plates. Thought about fireworks viewing but we were just too exhausted.
Today will be a quiet "me" day. I have gained weight, no surprise, but I really want to hit my goal weight by my bday Aug 11 so I have to buckle down.
Stephanie, take care of yourself, 2 gimps in one house could be bad!
Valerie, happy belated greetings from me too. Sounds like you are having a busy wkend
Off to get in a bit of a walk before it gets much warmer. No end in sight to the sun, it has been fabulous weather for the Stampede.
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Just dropping by to wish everyone a good morning. Wishing everyone a beautiful Sunday!

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Thanks, AJ. And I think I'm pretty much the same as you on the crowd thing. I don't like them anymore either...

Stephanie, when my back hurts from weeding, I like to put a heating pad on my back. It works pretty well usually. And it's so nice to hear that your dh is getting around so well so soon after his operation. That's great news...

My friend and I picked up the strawberries and stopped for brunch on our way back home. The berries sure smelled good and are so very sweet, too! I've got them all cleaned and hulled. I've crushed and measured out what I need to make two recipes of strawberry jam as well as two recipes of rhubarb strawberry jam. The rest, I just put in a container in the fridge for us to eat. So - guess what I'll be doing tomorrow? If you guessed making jam, you're spot on. All I have to do is find enough jars and lids, wash them, pick and prepare the rhubarb, and can them. It won't take any time at all! LOL

Have a great evening, ladies. Sleep well.

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Looks like everyone is having a busy weekend!

Belated emoticon Val!!! Glad you had a great day.

Stephanie, so sorry to hear you are hurting -- and hope it is a very temporary thing. Glad to hear your dh is doing so well.

Lynnette, enjoy your Stampede. I've never been there and am 'allergic' to crowds so don't see it in my immediate future either. Sounds wonderful though and hey - never say never! Might find myself there one day yet.

Lindie, how is the biking going?

Take care all.... AJ

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Morning ladies......

Lynette enjoy your Stampede breakfast....my niece is there right now and she is posting awesome pictures of the Stampede and surrounding areas...hope someday to experience it...

Val thanks for the C/F temperature calculation....I'm definitely old school and it doesn't help that 90% of our TV viewing is from Detroit MI across the border and they still have F for temps.....

Vicki thanks for mentioning my dh's quick recovery...he is doing so well that he has started driving......I'm so happy about that...he was going stir crazy being in the house ......he is much happier now that he is mobile.....

Irene hope you are enjoying you ON trip.....

Well I'm the one that needs help now...last time I cut the grass I did some weeding and now my back is so sore I can hardly get up and move around......I finally took a muscle relaxant and its helping .....but I hate taking anything.... so I hope this stiffness doesn't last.....well have house cleaning to do today and then going out for a walk.....standing is not as painful as sitting...take care all and have a great Sat!



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Morning, everyone.
Well, I had a pretty good day yesterday. They gave me a cake at work for my b-day, then my work day ended at 12:30 because of flex hours, I picked up my sister at the airport (I have a story to tell about that), we had Chinese food for supper and dh picked up a cheesecake for my b-day for dessert! Today my friend and I are going to get some strawberries. She'll be here in about 20 minutes, so I have to make this quick. We'll be back by about 11:00, so after that I hope to be able to weed my flower beds because we're supposed to be in for quite a thunderstorm this afternoon....

Okay, now for that story I promised...
My sister texted me from the plane, letting me know she was landing. So my dh and I headed for the airport. We expected that she would be waiting at the pickup zone but she was nowhere to be seen, so I went inside. I found her by the baggage area, waiting for her suitcase. We waited there for a while talking, when I noticed that the sign said that this area was for Air Canada baggage. When we walked a little further along, we saw this lonely little suitcase on the baggage turnstile. Guess whose it was? Yup - my sister's. When we came home from Europe, she picked up the wrong suitcase at Toronto. And now, she's trying to pick up her suitcase from the Air Canada area when she flew West Jet. I don't think she should be allowed to be alone at airports. You never know what will happen to her next time. LOL

Well, I must run. My friend will be here shortly. Have a super Saturday, everyone.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Always be yourself, because the people that matter, don't mind, and the one's that do mind don't matter.

Have a great day!
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