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downtown for a focus group ($) and a split volunteer shift filled my day after I spent all of yesterday immersed in the situation in Ottawa. Fortunately all of dd J's friends seem to be doing well, tho at least 2 were on the hill it sounds like. One was in lock-down for 5 hours.
How I long to be at the tomb of the unknown soldier this year to stand with my fellow Canadians and in support of the young man who gave his life ceremonially protecting that hallowed spot. My girls were there together a few years ago and it was powerfully moving for them to participate in that patriotic rite.
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I had nightmares last night so I hope tonight is more restful.
Tomorrow is Friday and we have tix for a play so it should be a great day!
Have a great wkend, ladies.

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What the World needs now is Love Sweet Love, that's the only thing that's there just too little of!

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I agree Susan, it was a statement that was sensationalizing the problems up here and ( immitating the baboon here ) we would have none if the STATES did not have so many enemies that WE have to watch out for ... my opinion only of course ... its just another ploy to try and dictate us into slavery ... of course that sounds harsh but the STATES have always tried to control Canada ... which is sad because we should as neighbours get along better ... now how was that for sensationalizing ?? lol

I like to think of this world with no boarders, and no fences and just plane old fashioned neighbourly kindness ... well maybe one day ....

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You are so right Susan....thanks.....now I'm going to bed in a much better frame of mind..... emoticon

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Geraldo Rivera is a known idiot with the mentality of a baboon. He makes statements all the time of things he knows nothing about.

Try not to be too worked up Stephanie and just consider the source. It;s not worth getting upset about about he has said nothing that means anything.


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Good Evening ladies......

I just read this post on facebook and I am so angry right now......how could that A##?? post garbage like this......

Geraldo Rivera......Journalist.

"Yet another Jihadi terror attack in Canada. Every Muslim extremist attack since 9/11 has come from the Northern not the Southern border. We should get over our obssession with penetrations by undocumented immigrants of the Mexican border and focus on the real threat from the Great White North.
When you hear another politician bitching about the porous southern border, bust them with the truth.
The danger is from homeground or Canada-based terrorists, not from Juan and Maria who just want to wash dishes, mow lawns, baby sit or work in the fields to make a better life for their children."

There are over 3000 replies to this post ....most of them lambasting him on his insensitivities...

Night all....




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Good Evening Everyone. Lovely day here today and spent most of it outside. Plus, I finally went and settled on a new washer and dryer. Then spent an hour trying to give away a perfectly good, but very old, washer. No one would take it until I finally found a guy who sells used appliances and he will pick it up. I thought sure that Salvation Army or the local Interval House would take it but nope!

Irene, good to hear from you and I will keep a note of the online courses you mention. Very interesting. I had friends (from Chilliwack) who walked Hadrian's wall this summer. They had a great time. Lots of history there, for sure.

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Good morning everyone,
the sun is shining here today and temps are 9C right now. A great day for a run or a power walk which I will do shortly.

Irene (WalkingWoman)being in Hamilton you are only about an hour away from me where I live so you should be feeling the warmth of the sunshine today as well.
I love the fall days where the sun is shining and the fall colors are so brilliant in their reds, yellows and oranges.

I want yo wish everyone a fabulous day and may this day be one of peace in Canada and safety for all. God Bless Canada





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Hello everyone - I know that I have been MIA - I am still in Ontario visiting my parents. Pretty quiet time - their days are mostly eating, meal prep, sleeping, tv watching.... I have added daily walks to my days here. And yesterday DS and DIL from Calgary arrived for 2 days. They are doing work related things in Toronto during the day, but coming here in the evenings. We all had a lovely dinner out last night and will be doing that again tonight.

Yesterday a lot of our attention was focused on Ottawa, but then a lot of tv attention on the soldier who was killed - as he is from Hamilton, and of course it is Hamilton I am in.

I have skimmed through the posts but I probably have missed some things.

AJ I see that you are really enjoying your course, and are a source of information to us.

I don't know if I mentioned it, but I am presently taking an online course. It is a MOOC - massive open online course. They are given by universities, but are not equivalent to the kind of course you are doing, AJ. There are online tests and quizes - but this is just for yourself. No essays to write or presentations, or grades at the end. And you can progress at your own speed - which is good for me.

The course I am doing is about Hadrian's Wall and is given by Newcastle University in England. I have set as a goal for myself when I retire - should health and finances allow - to walk a portion of Hadrian's Wall (it is in Northern England and was built by the Romans 2000 years ago.). I thought it would be interesting to learn a bit more about the history of it.

Val, I see that you are planning another Denmark trip in two years - way to go!

Anyway, I had better get back to my visit here. I will try and pop in again. Have a good day everyone. And let us hope that there are no more news incidents today!

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10/23/14 7:33 A

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Morning.
Reitman's has a section for plus sizes, which I didn't really know about until fairly recently. I've also shopped Sears but haven't found anything I like there in the past few years.

Goodness - I just saw the time! I'd better run. Have a great day 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.

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I have a few Jessica, which I like, but I am too fat for them right now !!! I think I should get busy and get loosing !!!! ughhhhh lol

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My favorite place to shop for clothing is at Sears. I can always find anything I need there. If I am looking for casual clothes I go to the Christian Benefit shop because the one I go to weekly always has gently used clothing and housewares and I have got some really nice clothes and thing s there.

Most of my dressy dresses that I have came from the CB Shop and are gorgeous. I got each dress for $10.00 and they are all name brand such as Laura Petites.
A few years ago I wouldn't get caught dead in a second hand shop and now it is a favorite thing to do weekly with my mother.
Sometimes we just like to browse but I always look for housewares with names attached like Royal Dalton etc and many clothes there are Sears brand clothing like Jessica, Alia, Tradition etc.


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Valerie, I have found a couple of things at Reitmen's as well, used to shop there when I was a smaller size, now ... I just hope I can fit into something and that is so discouraging that I have gained bck all this weight, I definitely need to get rid of it once and for all !!! Oh a facebook friend who lives in Fargo recommended a place down town Fargo called Fowlers... gonna mention it to my daughter to go check out !

Yes a young reservist was killed today while on duty, so sad...

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Wow! Everyo9ne is so talkative today! That's great! I love to read what you've all been up to. LOL

AJ - I don't think I have sleep apnea, but then, I've never been tested for it. If I want to get any tests done here, it's something like a minimum of a 2 year wait, unless you want to pay for it at a private clinic. Not sure if I want to bother doing that because it's still a wait after that to see the specialist and get a machine, if it's warranted.

Actually, Lindie and AJ - I've been getting discouraged with the clothes at Pennington's as well. But this time I just lucked out. I don't often find anything there any more... I do find pants at Reitman's, though, and sometimes some tops. They are a subsidiary of Pennington's but they have different clothes.
About October - actually we've been having pretty good weather here for October. Above normal temps this month, while most of the previous 12 months were below normal. Today it got up to 18Cbut the wind was really strong so it was still on the cool side.

Susan, I'm glad to hear that you are watching it. I would really worry about you losing too much.

Stephanie, I heard about that shooting at Parliament Hill. I'm glad your dd wasn't there when it happened. It's pretty scary when things like that happen, isn't it? No place is safe these days...

Deborah, did someone actually die? I hadn't heard that. That's just terrible. I knew that someone had been shot in the leg and that the police had shot one of the shooters, but that's all I heard. I'll have to check it out again...

Well, Doctor who is coming on shortly so I have to go. I missed it on Saturday, so I'm really glad they repeat the show on Wednesday. Have a good evening, ladies. Talk with you all in the morning.

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.

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The Prime Minister has confirmed that this was an act of terrorism, but there is still a lot of unanswered questions. I fear for most Canadians as this world becomes more and more unstable.... what a world for my grand kids ....

Keep striving for peace ....

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No one seems to be safe anymore no matter where you go in this world....terrorism is a selfish act of cowardice. Though it may not be confirmed to be an act of terrorism; it sure feels like it to me and my family. This was a site of complete terror and murder; my heart goes out to the family who have lost a son today.

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I don't think that it has been confirmed that this was a terrorist attack, so far only one gunman has been found - it may or may not be related to other events, but I am not going to assume that it is until I have more facts.

Yes it is a sad sad day, our Country lost its innocence when it gave up the role of peace keepers - and that is just my personal opinion.

Any site or place could be a target, so always be prepared for the unknown. The PM will address Canadians tonight but I do not know what time ....

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It is absolutely horrific what has happened in Ottawa today..this world is going to Hell in a bucket. I am always thanking God for allowing me to live in this civilized and free country but with terrorists wanting to gain power are we really safe? I don't think so any more.

I was at a football game today to watch my nephew's team but thought to myself, this would be a place where a terrorist could make a nasty statement. I actually felt unsettled. We came home at half time and I am glad to be home.

Don't like being afraid to go out of the house in fear of having my head severed or getting shot by some unsuspecting terrorist. Even in Canada eh!



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glued to the tube watching what is happening in our nation's capital. The hall of honor which is dedicated to peace has been the scene of horror today. We stand together Canadians. emoticon

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Afternoon ladies....

I'm at work today and the sun is shining...we are getting sunny skies and warmer temps by the weekend...nice change from the grey cloudy skies we have had.....fall weather is still strong down here. emoticon

Val congrats on finding a dress so quickly...I have a wedding to go to Sat and I can not find a dress I like...I'm short and 5' 2-1/2 " and a lot of dresses overpower me and make me look frumpy..... emoticon

AJ....that class you are taking is giving me many ideas of taking classes I will enjoy taking classes when I retire at the end of this year....so looking forward to having the time to do that....and as far as tracking, for me its the only way I loose weight....so far I've lost 3 pounds and although I do not like doing it .....its seems when I just wing it, I end up eating way too much....the exercising is mostly my weights that I do 3 days a week ...the only thing I do differently is more walking....at least 3 to 4 times weekly.... emoticon

Susan I'm short too and I always think I need to loose more....I now weight 124 pounds...but I always feel its not low enough...I have a round face and no matter how much weight I loose I always have these large cheeks....I guess the older I get the more I'll appreciate the extra fat on my face.... emoticon

Lindie ...have you heard about the news in Ontario recently?...there was a shooter on Parliament Hill.....they put the government offices on lock down......my older dd was just there yesterday....thank God she is back home...but there was one gunman dead and a solider was shot...... emoticon

Irene hope you are enjoying your Ontario trip visiting your parents....

Lynette your walking is giving lots of encouragement to get outdoors.....many thanks for that! emoticon ...also who's Mike?

To all hope you have a great day..... emoticon

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great reading. thanks for the feedback and details of your own lives. I sure like this group, sharing, honesty but not whining.
We have been blessed with an awesome fall and after the scare of the big snowstorm at the beginning of September that is so welcome. Want to get out and walk again today. It cools off at night but our days are beautiful. Grey and rain 9 forecast for Sunday so perhaps we are sliding into ugly. We'll see and take the bad with the good, if we must!
Have a great day, Mike, Mike, Mike...

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Good morning ladies,
Val what a great purchase within 15 minutes. I love it when we can find exactly what we want when we want it. Good for you. Canít wait to see a picture of you in it. I got a gorgeous dress there a couple years ago for a friendís wedding.

I promise, I will NEVER develop anorexia nervosa again. I have learned far too much over the years than to let that happen again. I suffered from dysmorphia back then and when I saw myself in the mirror, I saw nothing but a fat body. I saw a photo of myself and realized then, that I looked like an 80 year old woman. My doctor didn't recognize me when I spoke to him when I was visiting at the hospital. I knew I was in trouble then and started to get better.
I had a terrible loss back then and felt I had lost control; I was dieting at the time because co workers were making fun of my baby fat. With all the stress combined it triggered me to take too much control and I literally was starving myself easting an egg and a piece of lettuce daily with 1 cup of chicken broth. I took laxatives and my husband's water pills. I also left myself with a minor heart condition because of it.

This will not happen again. I am too self conscious of my health. At 5 feet 2 inches, 115lbs by next summer is not an unhealthy weight to reduce to. If I don't lose weight it won't matter. I am happy with the way I am looking now as far as weight, I just want to get nicely ripped muscles in my arms, abdomen and legs now but that will take time and a lot of work.
I spend 1 hour to 1.5 hours per day with exercise so I am not over doing it.
My nutrition is good and I am always making sure to get my required protein needs as well as carbs to get me through my workouts (which are sometimes strenuous) My BMI is 23.1 and healthy. It can go as low as 18.5 but I just want it to be at 20.0

AJ I am not trying to maintain at the moment. I have set a new goal to get my BMI to 20 and still want to reduce my weight to a final weight of 115lbs. I eat normal but I do work out every day. I am only losing 1 pound per week which is what I expect. If I plateau I am not concerned at all.
Yes, I agree about October. It has been a horrible month here in Southern Ontario with a lot of grey skies, drizzly days and cold weather.

Well I must get myself moving as hubby is at his PT job right now and I want to take advantage of the house to myself. I have chilli on the stove that I made this morning and it will simmer a couple of hours and then hubby and I can have it for dinner. It is so yummy with lots of fresh veggies in it and just a small amount of meat. I use mostly kidney and navy beans for the protein in mine but I add tomatoes, corn, and peppers to it as well as a cup of macaroni. Makes it an entire meal so all you need is a side salad to complete it.

Wishing everyone a fantastic day.


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Good Morning Ladies. Nice to hear from everyone and catch up on the posts. I have been very lax in both exercise and consumption since my holiday. As of right now, I am going to change that, starting with tracking again and sticking to only complex carbs. I was eating bread again and I know that messes me up every time and my cravings get right out of control. So - NO bread!

Val, I sure hope your new bed works for you. Are you a sleep apniac? Your experience sounds so much like mine before I got my machine; the frequent waking and especially the memory issues. Sounds like your shopping experience was great. Looking forward to your pics.

Lindie, I am like you as far as Pennington's goes; I can rarely find anything there any more that appeals. Addition-elle is even worse. I do better at Sears. And thanks for all your good advice; really appreciate it.

Lynette, great going on the walking. Inspiration for me to get going again!

Susan, its all about knowing when enough is enough, isn't it. What are you doing differently now to maintain instead of lose? I'm not there yet but have been giving some thought as to how to manage that. I always like to have a plan!

Stephanie, how are you doing with your re-commitment to tracking and exercise? Any tips for me as I return to the same?

Irene? Hope all is well with you and your family and you are enjoying your trip to Ontario.

Does anyone else feel like this October is much more like November so far? Cold and wet and windy; not my idea of October at all. The weather network says it will improve yet and I am ready for that!

Today I have an online presentation scheduled for my Development Studies course. It is very interesting and I am learning a lot about computers! Next mission is to come up with a thesis statement related to Canadian mining and the developing countries. Got some reading to do.

Have a great day everyone. Greetings to all I have missed.
AJ



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Morning, everyone.
Well, it's civic election day today in Manitoba. Is it the same in other provinces as well? If so, make sure you go out and vote - especially if you like to complain about what a sh...ty job the government people are doing! emoticon I know of people who complain but they don't vote, so I figure they don't have any business complaining...

Nothing new here since last night. I think I woke up every hour and sometimes twice in an hour! I really hope this new bed is everything that I expect it to be. I am getting really tired and I'm finding that my memory is starting to be affected - and that scares me! I'm really hoping it's because of lack of sleep and not for other reasons. I plan to talk with my Dr about it the next time I see him...

I'm taking my car to work again today as one of my co-workers is sick. She was off for a week just before the long weekend with sinus and bronchial infections and now she's sick again! This time she's throwing up. I sure hope she'll be okay...

Gotta run. Finished my breakfast now and almost ready for work. So I'll talk with you later...

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

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Its been a long week already and its only the 2nd work day in !!!!!

Lynnette, that is great with the walking, good weight bearing for the bones too. Yes you need calcium but you also need other vitamins and minerals otherwise the calcium goes where it is not suppose to. You can do some google research on that - collagen is what glues calcium to the bones ... so we need that as well, we can get that from Vitamin C for one source, you might want to research that as well.

Susan, great that you are at goal weight, but not a good idea to be too low - are you within your BMI requirements? Its hard to say what weight someone should be, but as long as you are building muscle, you should be ok. As Valerie has said, dont' go too low. Personally I do not want to be any less then 130 - otherwise I WILL be skin and bone and that is not attractive at all, we should have some curves !! And that being said, I hope you are doing some strength exercises, and I see you are avoiding crunches, emoticon because crunches just causes other injuries... you can do bridges to strengthen your tummy muscles and to make it more challenging, use a flat ball and then graduate to a balance ball !! You can also do clams too, they will help to strengthen those tummy muscles, but not sure your skin will tighten up as we loose that "collagen" that gives skin its ability to be firm... I am sure you know what I mean.

Susan, its too bad about your sister, you are right, she will regret it one day, perhaps a few gentle, suttle hints might be in order, those grands should be visiting too, they should never let the events in life keep them from having wholesome family bonding - remind them they get out of a relationship what they put into it...and if they don't bank any, when they realise they need it, it will be too too late. If they are on FB and you too, maybe you can post a pic of you and your mom, or not or do it by email, or in a card in snail mail and ask, if they can guess who is missing, something like that, your creative so I am sure you will come up with something !!!!

Lynnette, maybe try wearing some light ankle weights while walking - not too too heavy and some people wear a weight vest -but personally I think its the kind of walking you do, like 20 minutes of non interrupted walking is what Sam Graci recommends in his book Bone Building Revolution - great tips in there for the bones !

Stephanie, how are things going with you?

All missing members, are you all ok??

Irene (both of you) how are you doing ?

Valerie, do post a pic, I don't shop at Pennington's anymore, i really dislike their material and styles now, I find them.... how can I say this .... not durable !! All the styles I liked they stopped making in the material I liked and I so dislike polyester !!! Lets see that new outfit !!

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Hi, ladies,
Lynette, 15,000 steps is awesome! Way to go!

Susan, I don't think I've EVER weighed less than 100 pounds. Careful you don't lose too much too fast. You don't want to end up getting sick or anything.

On my way home from work tonight, I decided to stop by Pennington's to see if I could find something to wear on Friday - my dh's AGM banquet. I do have something here I could wear, but I really wanted something nicer. Well, I walked in the door, saw an outfit that I really liked, tried it on and bought it. All told, it took me about 15 minutes from walking in the door to walking out again with the clothes. Not bad, eh? That sure doesn't happen very often. I'll see if I can get a picture taken of me in the outfit and post it for you this weekend.

Well, it's 10pm so it's time for bed. Have a great evening, ladies. Talk with you all tomorrow.

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Way to go on the 15000 steps Lynette. That's a great daily goal and one that I am for as well. Can't say I may that many every day but I try.

Hope everyone is having a great day.rather quiet in here today I see.

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another lovely day out there so want to get steps in before my dr appt. It is the one habit I am really pushing at the moment: 15,000/day.
Fall is such a pretty time of year and usually the "starting school" mentality helps us all think that it is time for a fresh start. Great motivation! Go team go!

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Good morning everyone,

Val glad to hear you had a good sleep. A thousand goodie points is awesome! Looks like your friends will be beneficial here at Spark.

I am off to my moms today so she can do her grocery shopping, banking and then then I will cut and color her hair for her. Talking to her last night, she was feeling kind of lonely. She never tells me this but when she tells me that my sister has not come by to visit, I know she is feeling lonely. My sister lives in the same city as my mom but has a very busy life being a full time teacher and raising two teenage daughters who both compete in bouldering (climbing) The youngest one was the one who competed in the World's Youth in New Caledonia last month and now she is competing in Mexico next month.

My sister is always taking the girls either to work after school hours or to rock climbing practice where my youngest niece goes an hour out of town to her trainer.in Burlington.
Doesn't leave much time for my sister to visit my mom and when she does, she is always looking at her watch. I get upset about this but my mom has made me promise not to say anything to my sister so I don't.

Unfortunately my brother lives out in B.C. so I am the one who is my mother's right hand man. I love doing everything with my mom and appreciate the fact that she is stil here to spend my time with.
I hope my sister never regrets the lack of time she has had with my mom.

Ph well.I better get ready so I can figure out what to wear.

I weighed myself yesterday and the scale said 126 which is 4 pounds down from mygoal weight. I figured I wasn't reading it right. So again I weighed myself and sure enough, I have lost another 4 pounds since reaching my goal.

This is okay because ultimately I want to reach 115lbs by next June so it will help me with running being lighter.

When I married my husband, I weighed 98 lbs. I NEVER want to be that thin again....I would look like a skeleton! When I was 30 I developed anorexia nervosa and went down to 92 lbs for a year.
It was a challenge to get back to normal and I totally messed up my metabolism so when I ate, I gained rather quickly and thus began a lifetime of gaining/ losing. That yoyo syndrome is over now and I learned a great deal over the years. I am taking what I learned to live the rest of my life healthy.

I have to move so have a great day everyone and I will check back later on. emoticon





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Morning everyone. Hope you all had a good sleep. I actually had a pretty good one, myself!

It's supposed to go up to 16C today and stay around there for a few days. So that'll be nice to see.

Well, must run and get my breakfast and lunch ready and get moving for the day. Have a great one!

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WOW! I just got 1,000 Spark Goodie Points on the Bonus wheel! Cool!!

Thanks for that site, Susan. I've bookmarked it for further study.
I haven't got my new bed yet. It arrives on November 1st. I can hardly wait!

Stephanie and Susan - way to go on all the tracking. I do it in spurts. I track for a few weeks, then get tired of it. I think the longest I did it for was about 12-13 weeks. Then something stops me from doing it for one or two days and I just don't get back to it. emoticon

I got an e-mail from my cousin's dh in England today. I guess there's another cousin who wants me to get in touch with her. She wishes that she had met us when we were there last year, so is hoping that we can meet the next time we go (23 months and counting! LOL). I've decided that I'm going whether my sister goes with me or not. Besides, I have another sister who wants to go with me, so that'll be great!

Well, I have to help Evan with his assignment soon so I'll wish you all a great evening. Talk with you later.

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I am presently working on getting a smoother and tighter tummy and I am sure many of you would like the same.

I have been researching exercises to do for the abs without doing crunches.......(I can't crunch or it makes me piddle)
Here is a great link with pictures of 25 exercises that you can do to help get that tummy you want....... www.health.com/health/gallery/thumbn
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Good morning ladies,

been up since early this morning as my brother phoned me from his home in B.C. just to chat. It was 7:30 here so only 4:30 there and he wasn't able to sleep so he called me.

Lynette, do you take calcium? You should begetting 5oomg twice a day as well as the vitamin D which assists the bones in absorbing the calcium.
Calcium tablets should be taken on their own after or before taking any other medication.
Has your doctor suggested you take calcium supplements?
Walking is the best exercise to help calcium get into the bones as well. Any weight bearing exercise helps the bones to get healthier.

Lindie, thanks for your words of wisdom about the exercise. I do have a tendency to over do at times but as I tire of one form of fitness, I am finding something new to spark my interest.
By remaining active in fitness, it keeps my fibromyalgia from flaring up. Right now my left hip is giving me some grief with my arthritis because of the damp weather so I have not been running. I have power walked and do stationary cycling instead.

Val glad to hear you got a new mattress. Has it improved on your sleeping any? Hope the insomnia will become a thing of the past for you. I too used to do online crossword puzzles and they are addictive aren't they. But, they help keep your mind sharp.
Just remember to get up and stretch from time to time if you are in front of the computer too long.

Stephanie, I am so proud of you. Getting outdoors is so good for you and the half hour walking sessions will so much good to enhance your over all mood as well as give you a workout. The cooler days makes it a lot easier to stay out and enjoy the nature we are blessed with. Tracking your food is a great idea as well because it helps to keep you accountable.

I track my food and fitness every day to keep me on the straight and narrow. Sometimes I think I don't need to but then I remember that this is my third time back at Spark and it reminds me that it is too easy to fall back to old habits if I don't hold myself accountable.
For now, I will continue to use the trackers as it only takes a minute to track everything and being retired I have that minute to spare.

Well I better move my body before it freezes to this chair. I am aching all over from the dampness and need to get moving to limber up. Have a great day everyone and I am sending best wishes to all for a healthy and memorable day. emoticon









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Morning ladies....

Happy belated birthday to your son Lindie....hard to believe isn't it how fast the years seem to go....my ds turned 41 years old this year and I don't even feel that old yet?.....and yes you are right about loosing inches the older we get...I haven't lost any so far...(I'm still 5' 2 1/2 ", 158.75cm) but my mom is getting shorter every year......

Val...I understand about being on the computer too often...I am trying to limit myself and its hard to do......also really interesting about your sister's bil and his experiences in Honduras.....your new mattress sounds very comfy.....hope it helps with your sleepless nights....

Susan I am so proud of myself.....I have gone outdoors every day for a week walking for at least 1/2 hour or more.....love these cooler days.....

I have also started tracking my foods again...seems that's the only way I can loose any weight....so for a week's worth of tracking I've finally lost that uncomfortable bloated feeling...now if I can only loose the weight... emoticon


Hello to all, Lynette, Pat, Irene and others.... hope your week is starting our great!







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Good morning ladies, I haven't been on here for a while because I've (unfortunately) found a web site that has jigsaw puzzles and I'm hooked... I really should stop, but it's very difficult to do that. I'm the same way with virtual ones as I was with cardboard ones... Just one more piece... sigh... emoticon

Okay, now to catch up. We went to the memorial for my sisters BIL. It was a 3 1/2 hour drive in normal conditions, but because we stopped at Brandon and picked up Mom and one of my sisters, plus a LOT of construction on the highway (you'd think it was an election year or something!) we were 15 minutes late. But that was okay because they didn't start until after we arrived. I was really impressed with all that Wayne (Henry) did for the community in Honduras. He managed the restaurant/bar as well as being a partner in it. Every who went there knew that when you came in, you put your guns behind the bar and were given them back when you leave. He felt of the community as his family because his real one was so far away and since his passport had expired, he couldn't come even for a visit - or even to renew the one he had! He loved it down there and basically lived his dream. At one point he was even on the town council! Everyone loved him. It's just too bad that he tried to get these guys to put their guns away - they shot him once because he was in their way and then emptied their gun into his step son. I don't know the reasons behind it, but I understand that it was a hit on the son and probably had something to do with drugs.

Anyway, what I learned from all of this is - if you have a dream, don't procrastinate. Go for it. After all - you don't know what tomorrow will bring and then it might be too late. Now I am doubly glad that I went to Denmark and will definitely start making plans to return in two years. How about you? Do you have any dreams and if you do, when do you plan on executing them?

Boy, am I modelin today. (not sure how to spell that word, sorry) Snap out of it Valerie! emoticon

Okay, now to try to read and answer a few posts.
Lindie, belated happy birthday to you son. Do anything special?

Susan, you sure do take good care of your puppies. Glad Homer is doing so well...
Oh yes, I stopped by that blog you mentioned and saw your before / after pictures. WOW!! What a difference! I am very impressed.

Lynette, I did find a mattress, but had to purchase the box spring as well since the warranty on the mattress would have been null and void without it. It's a Restonic mattress that conforms to your curves. I lay down on it and found it very comfy. I lay there while we talked it over, so it was more than 5 minutes. Anyway, it arrives November 1st. I could have it sooner, but I had to order one for our older son as well.

I'd better run. I just got a message that I can use my friends parking spot so I can leave for work a little earlier today instead of having to wait for dh to be ready. Talk with you all later.

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Lynnette, you need more then vitamind3 = and I have been looking into this as well. It is natural for our bones to deteriorate as the collagen in the bone is not being produced as it once was - so the collagen that binds the calcium to the bone is lacking... the strength exercises are good and do not have to be done like a cardio routine, do when you want, just stop and curl or what have you.

Diet is important but I disagree with the diet that the dietician recommended the first time I saw them, they had me eating grains and grains may hinder bone growth, I am still investigating but tend to stay away from government recommendations that are encouraged by those companies with the biggest pockets and donations to get the government on their side - good example, eggs ...once we were told not to eat them, now they tell us to get cracking, how do you think they changed their mind ?? An alkaline diet is important as the bones prefer an alkaline environment, there are so many things that can affect digestion as well.

I still refuse to take meds, and I am sure I have lost an inch as I have not been doing hardly any strength .. so I have to get back to it too.

Valerie, how did you make out with the bed shopping?

Susan, enjoy your exercise routine, remember, your exercise routine should fit your life style, otherwise it will eventually become daunting if you fit your life to exercise ... life will get in the way, so allow for that ... great going !!!



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I've had a busy few days since returning home and will try to get to bed early tonight as I didn't sleep all that well on my dd's pull out bed. How did the mattress shopping go, Valerie? Something I will need to do too fairly soon, I think.
My bone density has declined further according to the tests so do any of you have any suggestions for me? I intend to walk even more and have re-started my Vitamin D, as well as ensuring that I have dairy products in the fridge. Need to get back to some weight-training as well but I've had a sore elbow --it is a balancing act to work hard enough to get benefits but not get injured!

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Hello ladies, hope everyone is having a great weekend. Saturday was cold and dreary but today was sunny although very cold with the wind.
I turned our furnace on today as I got up to a house that was only 66F

It's not been a very eventful weekend here,; it started yesterday morning attending a memorial for a friend who lost her mother and then we went to a craft show but didn't buy anything.

I steamed a bunch of veggies for Homer last night and then today got out in the sun for a 6K power walk.My youngest daughter stopped in for a couple of hours and now hubby and I are just relaxing.

A bit boring I would say but with the week ahead I have some plans for new fitness programs and hope to explore that.

Have a great evening and a wonderful week ahead. emoticon







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Valerie, go to where you can actually lay on the mattrice for like more then 5 minutes so you can truly see if its a good fit. Many today are pillow tops and they sag after a while... no matter how much they say they won't .. althoughI must confess mine is not as sag as I thought it would be.

Today is my son's birthday .... 43 years ago today he was born - 3 lbs 2 oz....

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Morning. Hope you all had a great Saturday. gotta go out today to see if I can find a new mattress. I'm pretty sure that's part of my problem with not sleeping.

Have a great day. TTFN!

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Afternoon everyone,

Just returned from spending the morning with my 93 year old mom.....brought my youngest dd with her 2 little ones, (3 year old gd & 17 month old gs)...my mom loves have the gr-grandkids over but they really make a messy house for her....but she is so sweet about it and says not to worry she has nothing else to do all day but straighten up......

Have started tracking my meals as of Wed and already feel less bloated.....even got in a walk earlier this morning.....

Susan we have cooler temps down here too...but you can still go outdoors with a light jacket... enjoyed reading your blogs.....hope everyone is enjoying their Sat...not much planned for later...just walking to mass and then going grocery shopping...take care all.....

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Good morning Val and good morning ladies.

We have a memorial service to attend this morning and then bit is off to our annual craft show at my old high school.Hoping to see some good ideas and or even start some Christmas shopping.

Will drop by later so see how everyone is doing.
It is wet and cold here (9c) and not looking nice at all. Can't wait until Wednesday when they promise the sun will be back. Have a great day everyone.

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Morning ladies. This is just a quick fly-by as we have to get going soon. I'll catch up on the reading later.
Have a Super Saturday, everyone! TTFN

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With having liver disease, Homer must be on lower protein. The brown rice is a nutritional filler as opposed to brewers rice which was in the stuff the vet wanted to sell me. brewers rice has everything removed and it is just a filler.

The first month Homer was on my diet, his liver enzymes went down from 2,000 to 700 and the vest was astonished.

700 is still high but I expect they are even lower now. Homer is doing so well.

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By the way, I buy the fresh leaves to make my tea, I do not buy processed, the site posted is just for information.. its not a recommendation to buy from them...

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Susan, I am surprised that you give him grains, I know grains can cause inflammation for people and would think dogs as well, as they do not have the digestive system to process those foods and their properties .. however, if its working, all the more power. I am glad to see you giving him a raw egg as that has lots of collagen that we all need, especially bones and joints, do you include the shell too?

By the way, here is a link to the moringa tea I am drinking and its nutritional properties :

allthingsmoringa.com/

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Hi Lindie, I am losing it! What can I say.senior moments (too many ) LOL

Lynette, welcome back from your vacation and please excuse my senior senility.

When I make Homer's food, I cook brown rice, sweet potato, broccoli, carrots, pumpkin, lentils, split peas, black eyed peas, barley, celery, cabbage.
For meat protein, I give him lean chicken (no skin) legs that I boil or sometimes breast if it is cheap enough and I also cook fish for him (Alaska Pollack) I give him and egg sometimes for breakfast with his rice and two veggies and a couple tablespoons of low fat cottage cheese. Homer is an 80 pound dog however. He also gets meat and two vegetables for dinner with a cup of brown rice. Before Thanksgiving Wal Mart had turkeys on for 79 cents so I bought 4 of them. I roasted them and when it was still hot I took all the skin off, de-boned it and then put the meat through the food processor like I do with his chicken. I put the vegetables through the food processor as well because it is easier on his liver giving him food that is already broken down for him. When I cook the barley I will mic that in with his rice at times. Barley is really good. The rice needs to be brown rice to be healthy for him just as it is for us. I use long grain brown.

Please don't hesitate to ask if you need any more info on the diet.

I also give him 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed daily along with milk thistle which heals the liver.

I fully understand about Kartmen. I would leave things as they are as well. Those vets are always looking to make money on some tests or another. Homer is doing so well that I am not going to have him tested again unless he shows signs of decline. he looks and acts as healthy as a 4 year old and most people that ask me his age can't believe he is 11. They all think he is just 6 or 7



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Thanks Susan, but it was Lynnette that went away !! I just stayed home and played on the computer all day.

I did get Kartmen's test results and the vet told me that they think he has a heart problem and wants to have a test done at 400.00 ...ya ... no ... not happening, Kartmen seems fine and Gene and I have both decided not to pursue that further and let Kartmen live out his life without all these tests and such. If he becomes in pain or discomfort we will discuss what to do at that time.

They also want to put him on glucosamine .. ha I can't even take that LOL

Susan, I wanted to ask you how you make your dog's food. My friends dog is getting older with health conditions and I mentioned that I have a spark friend who makes their own pet food. I did suggest chicken bits, rice and pumpkin puree - evidently that is good for dogs !! Have you heard of that ?

Valerie, sorry bout the cold weather coming again - but think of all you will accomplish in your basement now that you dont' have to be outside because of the weather LOL

Hope everyone is doing fine, having a good time and chilling and being safe, cheers !

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Hi everyone,

welcome home from your vacation Lindie......

I went to my mom's today to take her to the eye doctor and do some shopping and just socializing. I always have the best time when hanging out with my mother. She is such a hoot.
We never seem to run short of things to chat about.

She was so happy because she got 3 Christmas gifts bought today while we were out.
We went to ur regular hangout for coffee and a sandwich at Tim Horton's before going home. I walked her little dog Benji and finally headed back to Welland at 5:30 By the time I got back it was almost 6:00 pm and almost dark. The days are getting shorter quickly.

I checked my email once home to find that I had numerous emails of Spark members who read my yesterday BLOG. It took my quite a while to send out thank you emails but I felt very blessed to have so many supportive and kind words on my BLOG.

I guess that's about it for now. I need to change inro my workout clothes and get busy on my stationary bike. No weights today because yesterday I increased to 60 pounds and my muscles need the break today.

Have a great weekend everyone and remember to keep it healthy. emoticon




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Morning, everyone.
Glad you had a good time, Lynette. It's really nice to get away for a while sometimes, isn't it?

It's cold out today - only 5C but with the wind from the North at 24KM/hr, it'll be a really cold one, I'm sure.

There is to be a memorial in Virden (3 1/2 hour drive from here) for my sister's BIL on Saturday so we'll be going to that. My dh doesn't think he's ever met him, but we're really going more to support my BIL and his other brother. Since we'll be leaving early in the morning, I may not have time to drop by in the morning, so I'll wish you all a great Friday and have a great weekend!

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Hi
I'm home again after my little vacay. Sure enjoyed it. Will see what the scale says in the morning, gulp.
Off to the doc in the morning for my over-due annual.

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Afternoon, all.
I was too busy this morning to drop by so I'm doing this at lunch time.

Stephanie, no worries on the little 5 pound weight gain. I'm sure it's mostly just water and you'll lose it again in no time. As for me - I've found every pound I lost - but at least I haven't gained more like I usually do! Yeah!!

Susan - no worries on giving the credit for that Word tip to Stephanie. I'm pretty sure I got it from someone else...
Now on your success - big eater - that's me. I really enjoy my food. I also find that I tend to eat faster then others - even when I try to slow down! BUT I do usually drink water with my meals.
Salty snacks - no worries there - I am not a salt craver and I don't even cook with salt very often, so I have no problem trying to lower my salt intake. I also don't like potato chips, etc all that much...
Sweet tooth - I do like to have something sweet after a meal and I try to make it a fruit. However, my dh loves pies and has recently been buying them quite often. I just make sure to not eat much of the crust as I am not fond of the crust from store-bought pies. I find it too heavy. I do however like mine as it's so light and flaky, so I don't make pies very often. (My poor dh... emoticon )
Rice cakes - I do enjoy them but I think I ate too many of them in the past so I got tired of them. I'll have to see about picking them up again sometime...

As for my garden, I have some bulbs I purchase last weekend (tulip and daffodil) that I still have to get planted. It's supposed to rain today (can't see a cloud in the sky though), so I'm hoping to work on planting them and finishing up on Sunday. It'll be a little cooler then, but that's okay.

Well, I think it's almost time to get back to work now. have a great day, 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.

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God morning ladies,
it is wet and very dismal looking outside. This makes me an unhappy camper but I will make the most of it because the rain is much better than snow.
Stephanie, you have had a few social engagements lately and it is only norrmal to gain a few pounds while celebrating them. Weight can fluctuate 5 or so pounds from time to time so don't be beating up on yourself. Try and think of any foods that you can eliminate from your nutrition plan and if there are none, then try to measure your portions out . Be sure to drink water with every meal to help fill you up and then in between meals as well.
My success has only come because I am not a big eater and of course I am so gun ho about my fitness. I literally cut all the salty snacks out of my daily intake and I stopped drinking wine and my Vodka coolers that I enjoy. I was not and never have been a big drinker but in the summer months I could down a couple coolers every other day with no problem. I am also blessed with not have a sweet tooth so desserts (although I do enjoy them) they are not something I crave.

To prevent me from craving salty snacks I eat rice cakes (white cheddar) made with brown rice as my form of carbohydrate as opposed to bread. I put peanut putter or fat free cream cheese on them for breakfast and if I have not had enough calories in the day (usually carbs are too low) I will have one or two with or without a topping to get up to my calorie or carb intake.
They are salty so they keep my craving for chips, Doritos, cheesies and all those other lovely salty snacks away
I'm sure you will take those 5 pounds off Stephanie in a matter of a month so by Christmas you will be back at goal.

If time permits give yourself an extra 20 minutes of hard fitness (the kind that makes you work up a sweat) and those pounds will melt away quickly. emoticon emoticon

Val, sorry to hear you didn't sleep well. I get restless leg when ever I have insomnia and it drives me crazy. I am very proud of my mom for quitting smoking and it only shows that if she can do it after all those years, anyone can. She did use the patch to help her through the withdrawal and she now sucks on sugar free butterscotch candies when she feels the urge. Yes she still craves the cigarettes at time but she says its not constant.
I need to get into my garden as well and get it all weeded before the snow flies. I need some ambition for that first though.

Lynette, glad you are enjoying the time with your family and I bet you got some good steps in with shopping yesterday.

AJ I still need to plant my tulips. Once this rain is gone I will get them in or my garden will be a bit bare come spring. Hope you got your walk in.

Well, I guess I better move my butt if I want to get my house tidied up and get working on my body. I bought two 10 pound weights yesterday to increase from the 8 pounds one I have. I was reading on Spark that to build muscle you need to really challenge yourself so that you should only be able to lift weights for 8-12 reps and do 2-3 sets. I was finding that the 8 lbs were getting to easy and I was able to do 20 reps so now with the 10lbs it definitely does challenge me for the exercises I do with them. To lift them from my sides and hold at shoulder height is demanding to say the least. And to do 10 reps does give a good challenge to the muscles.
I am trying to define my upper arms and get the triceps stronger. Hopefully I will get rid of the flabby wing part by next year or at least make it less noticeable through muscle definition.

Okay this post is long winded so I will wish everyone a fabulous day and remember to make healthy choices emoticon


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Morning all.....

Sound like everyone had a good Thanksgiving .....and Val you are so right as long as your with family and friends that's what important......and I hope your restless leg is getting better.....

AJ I would like to take the credit for that tip on posting your post on Word first....but I think it was Val who mentioned it.......

Susan you are doing so well exercising and eating right...I on the other hand have done nothing but gain....I would like to blame the weather but its just my over eating that's doing it....for some reason I can not seem to get a handle on it.....but I keep reading everyone's post and that gives me the will to carry one....(I hope)...I've gained 5 pounds and feel terrible.....

Big hellos to Pat, Lindie, Lynette, Irene and anyone I've forgotten to mention....I'm at work today and have lots to do to get Sep month end done.... emoticon


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Morning, ladies.
Lynette, I'm glad you're enjoying your holiday. As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't matter what you eat for a Thanksgiving dinner, as long as you are with family.

AJ - I haven't finished my garden yet and it's supposed to get cooler during this week, so I sure hope I can finish it before the snow comes. You certainly did get your exercise in from all the gardening you did.

I didn't sleep again last night. I don't understand why that happens, but I can sure empathize with people who have insomnia. I wonder how my day will be today. As long as I keep busy, I should be okay, though.

I had better go get my breakfast and lunch together. Have a good day everyone.

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Hello Ladies. Gardening day today; it was much to beautiful to be inside unless you have to. I cleaned up pots, hauled away debris, transplanted a few things to move inside and planted 50 daffodils. Now I'm cleaned up and relaxing with a cup of tea before bringing in laundry. No organized exercise today but have certainly moved a lot; stretching and reaching and digging. A walk this evening should get my steps in.

Hope everyone is having a great day.
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Hello busy ladies,
I'm still in Edmonton with my kids, enjoying my little vacation. I am using j's I pad today and I sure like it. Easy typing, esp with my poor eyesight and clumsy fingers. We had steak, host's choice, a dif thanksgiving feast. I just did some veg prep so that was easy.
Going downtown with j this aft when she goes back to work after her physio and then will walk and shop my way back to her apt. Didn't get my steps yesterday so have to put on some miles today!
Life is good, enjoy!

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Morning, everyone.
Well, Thanksgiving is over and it's now time to get back into the work routine. I didn't sleep well last night, even though I was really, really tired. At about 2am, my stupid leg started jumping! Oh that makes me so frustrated! I really need to find a place that sells Vein Sense. My sister says it works wonders on Restless Leg Syndrome. I'll have to wait and see...

I worked in the garden for an hour yesterday. It took almost half of that time digging out this one plant - Cat Mint. It's a pretty plant, but it takes up too much room and crowds out all the others, so I'm moving it. I have 3 of them back there and I've only taken out one of them. Hopefully I can get it finished before the white stuff flies...

Sounds like everyone had a good Thanksgiving. Susan, I'm really impressed with your Mom for quitting smoking after 61 years! I can totally see where you get your determination and energy. You come by it honestly.

I'd better go get my lunch ready for work, but I just wanted to drop by to say hi to you all first. Have a great Tuesday. TTFN!

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Hi everyone,Happy Thanksgiving. Hubby and I enjoyed the day with my mother who is spending the night here with her little dog.
I made a wonderful dinner which we all enjoyed.

We had turkey, cabbage rolls, mashed potatoes, stuffing, steamed carrots in brown sugar and mustard sauce, r\rice with broccoli and cheese. and my home made lemon meringue pie for dessert. I ate modestly and never touch mashed potatoes because I don't really like potatoes.

I did enjoy a small slice of my pie and although I was not going to track my dinner I ended up doing so only to find I still have not gone over in calories and with the fitness I put in, did not have enough according to Spark nutrition. I could not have eaten another bite even if I wanted to .
I had to excuse myself for a half hour while my mom watched jeopardy so I could get a workout in so I went on my recumbent bike for 20 minutes and did my weights for 10 minutes. One good thing when showing my mother the exercise room is she asked to try out the bike. When she started to pedal she really liked the feeling and it didn't bother her knees so we went on line and found a second hand one on sale for her. We are going to pick it up tomorrow.
Being 81 1/2 does not hold her back at all. I am so pleased with my mom's interest in fitness and gaining strength. She began a fitness program in the early summer when I bought her 2 -2 pound weights. She had a hard time lifting them back then but is much easier for her now.
My mom quit smoking 4 years ago and I am so proud of her. She tried 3 times to quit and on the third try she was finally successful. She had been smoking for 61 years. It is my hope that my mom continue to live a good healthy life for as long as she is with us on this earth.

I hope everyone here has been blessed with the good fortune to spend Thanksgiving with a loved one or two or more and I ask that God Bless you all. emoticon

AJ, St. Mary's is only about 2 1/2 hours north west of where I live. Hope you enjoyed your time there.
Stephanie, I will remember to use word if posting a long message next time. Great idea!


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Belated Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Sounds like you all had happy and busy times. I just got back from St. Mary's Ontario where we had Thanksgiving at my niece's home. First time visit there and she wanted to have everyone. Sure involved lots of travel though as everyone else on her side of the family is from eastern Ontario. 7 hour trip for me. St. Mary's is certainly a lovely little town though. It was also nice to see the area as we will all be going back there next June for her wedding.

Have a great week everyone..
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MY thanksgiving dinner is turkey, cauliflower mash, spagetti squash in garlic butter and brussel sprouts for Gene and Asparagus for me !!

Good suggestion, Valerie on using word for a long post ... Hope you have a good time with your friends !!

Lynette have a good time with your girls !

Stephanie, great that the grands can help, makes it go so much smoother = enjoy your time with your family,

Susan, enjoy your time with your family as well !

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Sounds like everyone is having a great Thanksgiving weekend with friends or family. We had a big meal yesterday because we're expecting a call from some friends to meet up with them today. haven't heard anything yet, but I imagine it will happen shortly because I'm about to go out and work in the yard. LOL

Susan, If I suspect that I'm going to have a long post, I'll open Word and type it all there. then all I have to do is copy and paste it onto the message board. That way, I don't have to worry about losing it because of so-called profanity. They wouldn't accept it one time from me either - and it was something that was included in a link I was trying to send! I never did send that link...

Well, have a great Thanksgiving day, everyone. I'm off to work in the yard.

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

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Sounds wonderful! This is such a lovely celebration, all about good food and good company. Enjoy!

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emoticon emoticon emoticon Just wanted to wish all you a Happy Thanksgiving....turkey's is the oven, bread is baking in the bread machine, pies are cooling and just have the appetizers to warm up and a few more dishes....my 2 dd's are bringing mashed potatoes and yams, my dil is bringing the salads.....table is set....courtesy of my 2 gd's.....this is getting easier as my gd's help out now.....but need to watch what I eat today....rainy day , but temps are very warm.....hoping to go for a walk after eating....take care all and have an awesome holiday! emoticon

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Your sunday sounds like my sunday - no I dont' use google chrome for anything but gaming - for everything else I use Mozzilla Firefox and I prefer it for spark too.

No turkey here, we are not making a big deal of it, heavy rain and wind storm rolling through so no outing tomorrow iether !!

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I use Google Chrome and when I hit the back button everything was gone.
Jeeesh! and I was so good to make sure I addressed everyone too.

I am just so tired right now though as I cooked all day. Made our TG dinner for tomorrow as well as cooked a turkey for my dog Homer to put through the food processor.

Wal Mart had turkey on for 79 cents a pound so we got 4 of them for Homer. We already had our own turkey from our favorite meat shop.

I was on my feet from 9 this morning until 8:15 tonight with the exception of sitting down to a home cooked meal my husband fixed us. I was so grateful to him for doing dinner because I was washing dishes all day long and couldn't do another. We have a dish washer but we opt to conserve on the water and do them by hand.
With just the two of us there is no sense to run the dish washer. I forget to use it when I am up to my elbows like I was today.

I definitely will use it after dinner tomorrow. We have my mom coming for dinner.
I have everything cooked for tomorrow except the mashed potatoes......everything else just has to be put in the oven and heated up.

Our children are all doing their own thing and I am just as happy to have a nice quiet day tomorrow.

Good night all .


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Susan Spark does that from time to time, and other messages, I use Mozilla for my browser and I just hit the back button and my post it there. and if I were to close this window with this comment box open, it would open up back to that ...

Happy Thanksgiving !!

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Instead of readdressing everyone, I will just say Happy Thanksgiving to all and may your time with your family, friends, loved one be special.

God Bless you all.
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OMG, I had a long post and had addressed everyone and Spark People took my message away saying it had profanity in it. I mentioned my two little dogs Sassy and Tobi and named their breed..Shi Tsus

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The zucchini noodles turned out great and in the stir fry it was like soup noodles cause there was too much liquid, so note to self, add the noodles LAST - it was still good and I can see me doing alfredo with these !!!

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Wishing everyone Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon emoticon

We celebrate ours tomorrow, with local son and family.

Val - it sounds like you had a great trip!

Best wishes to all.

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Good morning, no sun to wake me this morning, I have black out curtains - however, mother nature woke me up and then when I realised it was 7 it was time to get up, any further sleep would have left me dragging all day !

Valerie, glad you had a great time shopping, I actually enjoy going to ND with my daughter shopping - there are such great places we hit !

Lynnette, you will do fine, you are up and moving and not sitting like a log - so no worries bout that scale !

Laundry in the cooker so best see to it ! Laundry is now larger with having to wear long pants now ... the summer ware has been put away.

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the sun awakened me this morning. Looks like a great day for walking. No scale here so will have to be really well-behaved (who am I kidding, I always eat way too much when I am away from home, esp when someone else is doing the cooking!), and get in lots of movement so that the scale is not a big shock when I get home!
It sounds like you had a fab shopping trip, Valerie. I'm green with envy!
Sharon, I'm excited that you are going to be with your hubby on a great vacation. We'll be waiting to hear about it and maybe see some pics? Have fun.
Hope you all enjoy this holiday weekend.
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Hi, ladies. I'm back home again - all unpacked and in my jammies. Oh, it just feels so good to be here. I am so totally shopped out! (Never thought I'd hear myself say THAT before. LOL)

Lindie, neither colleen nor I really felt like Mexican food, so no problem getting that restaurant name to me. We did stop by the Texas Roadhouse for a steak on Thursday evening. It's amazing the steak you can get there for $20.00 - good tip included!

Sharon, as far as I'm concerned, just having a Thanksgiving meal with the two of you is just as good as having 15 people there for a huge meal. I'm sure you'll have a good time. Hope your dh will be okay out in that Typhoon and arrives home safely to you.

Susan, you are doing so well with that running. I don't run myself, but I have heard that once you start, you can't seem to stop...Glad the new runners are working so well for you.

Lindie, you sound like you're a knock kneed, pigeon toed, weak eyes purple people eater! LOL Remember that song? I always liked it...

Lynette, have a great time in Edmonton with your girls.

Tomorrow, I will have to do laundry, throw the ham into the oven for supper, along with the scalloped potatoes, work in the garden to get it ready for winter (no, I haven't done that yet - it's either been way too cold or too rainy), do the laundry, and anything else that might come along that needs doing. My bff and her dh will be in town on Monday so I'll see them then. this has been a really busy weekend for me.

Well, I'm off the bed now. I am exhausted. Talk with you all in the morning.

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in Edmonton with my girls, well actually without either one of them at the moment as they are doing their own thing. Dinner together will be on Monday. Got to see J's cute new apt today and I look fwd to walking around her neighbourhood to explore. Her housewarming is tonight and tomorrow she has to work so I'm at A's and playing on the computer and raiding her pantry. Off for a walk in this neighbourhood.
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I do not run, but I do a fair amount of walking or did and so far the only shoes that will not give me sores on my toes are new balance. I wear inserts as well, for life, in and out of shoes or slippers ... not suppose to go barefoot at all as I am also knock kneed and a bit pidgeon toed !! and yes I wear glasses too LOL

I will google those shoes and see if they come wide enough .. need a d or e

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Hi everyone, I just returned from a great run on Merritt Island where my favorite path is. I ran 4 kilometers in 28 minutes and 50 seconds. Not a speed race but I think it is pretty good for and old timer of 62 such as myself who is just starting out.

The Saucony runners have definitely made a great difference and the cushioning they have are so easy on my hips when I m running. Now to get my breathing down better so I can increase my running time and be able to run non stop without breaking into a power walk. Today was better than yesterday so I am happy.

Hubby and I spent the morning taking beds apart and moving the double upstairs to the guest room and the single down to the other spare room that we are making into our fitness room. Eventually I would like to add some more equipment to the room but won't make any more purchases until I see that hubby will stay committed to working out.

One thing I have to get is a stability ball. I loaned mine out a couple of years ago and never got it back so lesson learned (I won't be lending any equipment out again). I want to work on making my balance better which I have been doing without the ball but there are so many exercises that you can do with the ball and gain good balance with it.

Well I better move along to start peeling vegetables for dinner. Afterwards I am going to get the pumpkin steaming so I can make my puree and a pie.

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Hello Ladies!
This Thanksgiving is going to be a little different. Everyone is elsewhere except my son and myself. I have a small but healthy meal planned (and of course a small piece of pumpkin pie for myself!) We'll have dinner tomorrow and I have bought a nice bottle of wine for us to tie into.
Today I am doing all my last minute errands, finishing some pickles and of course getting in my steps.
Tomorrow I have yoga, packing and then a lovely dinner at home.
Monday can't come soon enough, however, there is a typhoon heading toward my husband and there is a very real possibility he will be a couple of days behind me for our holiday. Last time a typhoon hit Kolcatta, there were no flights arriving or departing for three days.
Susan, I love my Sauconys! These are the shoes I run in, and I think it's a brand I will be sticking with for a while.
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DARN IT Valerie, I was not able to get the name of the mexican restaurant or address for you as daughter is in Mexico ... with no phone service ... Hope your having a great trip !!

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Susan, I like to make pumpkin pie from fresh pumpkins as well. I think they taste so much better than the canned pumpkin.
Sounds like you're going to have a great TG weekend. I will be cooking a ham tomorrow with either sweet potato or scalloped potatoes. Probably the scalloped.

We had a great day shopping today. I can't believe the amount of money I spent! But then, I don't have any more shopping to do so I will just tag along with my friend and help her spend hers! LOL
We will leave here tomorrow afternoon about 4pm so we don't get to the border too early. We don't want to pay the duty if we don't have to.

Well, I hope you're all having a great weekend so far. Talk with you tomorrow.
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Good evening everyone,

I got my cabbage rolls made today to put aside for emoticon dinner. I have a pumpkin in my fridge to carve and cook so I can make some puree and have it for pumpkin pie and for Homer's food. Homer loves pumpkin.

I have my mom coming for TG dinner and she is going to stay over for the night so we can take her little dog to get groomed the next day. My mom uses our dog groomer who is excellent with the animals.

Stephanie it sounds as if you have a great Thanks Giving planned with your family. We usually go to my daughter's but this year she is having Christmas instead and has opted to stay at home with her hubby and daughter for Thanks Giving.

Lynette hope your plans worked out for you today and you had a good time.

I went to Sears today because they had a huge Black Friday sale on and I got a new pair of running shoes. They are Sauconys and so comfortable. When I put them on I went out running and I was able to run 6 minutes straight before slowing to a power walk. After a 2 minute rest I was back to running and I did 2 miles in 19 minutes. I think these shoes are really going to help me with my 5k training. They have such a good sole on them and support. I am actually anxious to get out running again tomorrow.

I am also blessed with the home gym hubby got for us and we have both put it to good use every night after dinner. I do my cycling for 30 minutes first to warm up then 15 minutes with the machine using 45 pound weights. Next week I will try 60 pound because I do find that 45 is not a good enough challenge. I really want to shed 10 more pounds by Christmas and am determined to keep up with the fitness.
It feels too good not to stop.

I finished my book this afternoon by Danielle Steel and it had a good finish. I always feel so good at the end of her books. I now a new one to start called 44 Charles Street and my mom tells me it is another good one. Her and I share the same reading interest so we share our books as well.

I guess I am babbling on so I will say good night and wish everyone a great evening and a fabulous day tomorrow. emoticon

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Thanks, Lindie. That was really interesting. I learned something new, too!


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Did you know the origins of the Canadian Thanks giving emoticon emoticon

www.kidzworld.com/article/2614-canad
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I learnt something new !!!

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Almost need a paleo style diet today the way the food manufacturers pump sugar, salt and fat into food - I bet that documentary was real eye opener for sure. Children are used by the food industry to find the bliss spot - then they know how much of what to put in,its all explained in the book I mentioned.

Biggest Loser follows 3 children that were over weight and I was glad to see them do that but disappointed at some of the recommendations. In the end, people will note but fall back into old practices because they can not take the time or effort to change them, and I know I am just as guilty of that !!

The zoodle maker is out of the box and all parts are washable !!! It comes with 3 blades and the recommended veggies are carrots, zucchini, egg plant ( still have to figure that one out ) ... but I bet it would do some fruits too if they are not too watery .. although zucchini is a fruit, not a vegetable !!

Glad to see others using the flax seed - I get mine from whole foods - the container is about 14.00 but hey it lasts for sevral months - but I also buy the golden or red flax seeds for cooking or baking and again look for cold pressed ground .. that means the machines do not get hot when grinding and you do not loose any of the oils !!

Lynnette, good luck with what ever you have planned today !

Stephanie, enjoy your thanksgiving, that is the kind my daughter likes to have, but never comes home for .... oh well....

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Yeah...its Friday..... emoticon ....warm and sunny today....perfect for walking but I'm at work today so will have to walk tonight....hoping to get my dh into the walking routine....he is doing so well from his hip surgery in Jun...just walking with a slight limp......

Not much planned this weekend just Thanksgiving dinner at my place Mon with my gang...but that usually means one day preparation and one day clean up......along with the one day cooking.....will have to look up that zoodle maker Lindie sounds interesting....

My dh is making his wine today.....so nice to have home made wine with our meals...this time he will make red and white..... emoticon

Well better get back to my work....nice 4 day weekend planned so I am planning to get lots of outdoor activity in...... emoticon

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Another glorious fall day out there. I have big plans for the day--haha, I always have bigger plans than can be accomplished it seems. That's me!
I just finished reading the story of the Edmonton Grads, the greatest basketball team ever, and it sure was interesting. I love history and heard stories about them all my life. Basketball was extremely big in my small town, partly because of their inspiration.
Weight is doing well and I'm getting in a fair bit of activity tho that is walking for me. Fall is such a wonderful time to walk.
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Good Friday morning everyone!
I think I can breathe this morning. I have been in such high gear this week, I don't know if I can slow down.
I watched "Fed Up" last night, and although it's true that we know all the facts that this movie highlights; I was so sad to see the children profiled in the movie. No matter how hard they worked in exercise, their weight would not move in the right direction. Of course this is tied to the quantity of sugar in their diet. The way that our bodies metabolize sugar is explained, and I think that this would be a wonderful documentary for families that are struggling with obesity and not understanding why they don't see results from their efforts.
I happy to live in a time where we have more information at our fingertips. Now if only there was a way to get this important information into everyone's hands......
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Good morning ladies,

I was up until 1:30 trying to finish my Danielle Steel book that I am reading called The Long Road Home.
This book was published in 1998 however I wasn't reading her stories back then and just getting into reading.

I still have two chapters left to finish the book and can't wait to see how it end. It is a really good story for anyone who wants a good read. The first part is heart wrenching and there are some heart warming parts as well. I'll let you know if it has a good ending or not which I expect it to.

I too use flax seed and I buy it ground at the health food store. I keep it in my freezer. I use 2 tablespoons per day for my dog who I have on my own holistic diet for his liver disease and I also use it myself. And, yes, it has to be kept frozen or refrigerated because it can go rancid if not and it must be ground to get the benefit from it because as a whole seed it does not digest.
I have been using flax seed for about 6 years now.

Well the sun is shining but right now it is a mere 7C outside. That`s cold but I am going to attempt to get out and run today because it is much easier to run in colder weather than hot.
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I have flax seeds in the freezer to keep them fresh. I buy them whole and grind them when I need them.

Morning all. We are both up, and both hungry so I am not staying here long. We want to go eat breakfast. Talk with you all later.


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I have cateracts starting too but they have not worsened since taking flax seed. I buy cold pressed fax seeds and the bottle lasts me for months as I only use the flax as a topping on my yogert - flax is a water hog so you need to drink lots of fluids - also you want the ground flax seeds as the whole seeds do nt break down during digestion ...so what goes in goes out whole and you get no benefit from it ... slays me when I see things with the whole seed in them and classified healthy flax - only to the manufacturer's pocket book !! I do use flax in other foods, such as meatloaf ...

Yes thanks, Valerie, will have fun with the machine, and my new juicer as well !

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Susan, I have only been wearing glasses since I was in my 40's as well. And I am also far sighted with the beginnings of cataracts too. The astigmatism is something new in the past year.

Pat, I am so glad you are feeling better. It may take a while for the insurance people to get back to you. Hopefully it will be soon.

Lindie, how's the zoodle maker? It sounds like a really fun appliance and since you eat a lot of vegetables, I am sure that it will come in handy.

Well, I have already spent a couple of hundred dollars and this is only the first night! I got almost everything that I have on my list. That's okay, though. That just means that I can have more fun shopping!
I think I will go to bed now because it's almost 11pm and I am getting tired. Talk with you tomorrow.


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It's a beautiful day here and I just got back from my coaching session at Curves (the last one for the month!) My poor dog did not get her walk yesterday, so I'm heading out after lunch to take her on a nice long one around the lake.
My last class for the month is tonight too!
So much to do, and the time is flying by. Keep a happy heart, and love the day ahead!

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Good morning ladies,
sun is shining here but only 11C today and won't get much warmer.
Will go out today for a power walk/run down at my favorite path but have to layer my clothes a bit so I won't get too cold. The path is right along the canal so it could be cooler down there by the water.

Stephanie, I am so glad that they have scheduled your daughter's surgery for after the holidays and when you have retired. This has definitely worked in yours and your daughter's favor. You will fin in retirement you will be even busier that you are now. I know I am.

Val sorry you have am astigmatism now. I wonder if it is something that comes with aging. I found out in August that I have the beginning of cataracts in both eyes and is the reason I could not read any longer than a few minutes before my eyes would go wonky on me. My new glasses help but I have been told that once I have the cataracts removed I won't need to wear glasses any longer. I am far sighted and have an astigmatism as well and wear bifocals (ever since I was in my 40's)
Have a good time on your trip......................

Lindie, that zoodle maker sounds like it is a lot of fun. I will have to check it out and see if it is something I may like for a Christmas gift. My kids are always looking for ideas for me.

Irene, a trip to Ontario sounds great. Where about does your parents live. I am in southern Ontario (Welland)

Tuffy hope you get a chance to take Red out. Hope it dries up so you don't need to worry about his feet.

Well I hope I have not forgotten anyone and if I did I apologize. I wish everyone a fantastic day of healthy choices and good weather.
I am off to start my day which has already begun late by sleeping in. emoticon







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Good morning all:

To those who asked how I'm feeling ... much better, thanks. I'm still a bit stiff but that's all. And I got a decent night's sleep so I feel much better.

AJ: On Saturday I have a lesson scheduled at stable #2 (not the one where Red lives) so I'll just have time to pop by and feed him his supplements. Sunday looks good, though.

The weather here has been miserable, cold and very wet. The fields are flooded, the rings are flooded and there is mud everywhere. That is NOT good for horses' feet and they can get all kinds of infections - none of them easy to treat. So far Red has been okay *fingers crossed*

I still haven't heard whether the insurance company is going to fix my car or write it off. I am enjoying the 2015 rental but I think I'm going to have to start chasing.

Have a good day all.

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Good Morning Ladies. Nice and bright here for the moment. Supposed to be rain this afternoon so I guess I'd better not hang out fleece sheets and expect them to dry but maybe I will have a chance to mow the lawn if it dries out a bit. It's long and leaf-strewn so will take a while.

Val, have a fantastic time on your trip. Rest up for resuming chore duties when you get back. emoticon
Lindie, I love the idea of the zoodle maker. Please let us know how it works out for you. After all, Christmas is coming and I can think of some folk who might really like that; myself included! Sorry about your Kobo problems. I am technologically challenged but am blessed with a nephew who has a computer science degree. I'll see him on the weekend and he has a flash drive for me loaded with all the stuff I've begged him to down or upload for me lately!
Susan, hope you have no adverse affects from your near-freezing football game. The wind has been really bitter these last few days.
Lynnette, enjoy your yard-work weekend. Wear off those pumpkin pie calories before you even ingest them!
Stephanie, I have heard from many that the Panama Canal cruise was really great. Maybe it will be my next one. So glad things are working out for your dd's surgery and your retirement. It is amazing how these things happen.
Pat, hope you caught up on your ZZZZZZ's last night. Have you got some 'Red-time' planned for the weekend?
Greetings to everyone else on the thread...
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I'm up early this morning so I thought I'd drop by for a bit.

Lindie, no my Dr didn't recommend any vitamins for me. I'll have to check that one out. Thanks.

Stephanie, I agree with Irene - having your dds surgery moved to January did work out well for you,so I'm taking it as a good sign as well.

Well, I see that my dh is up now so I can go get dressed without disturbing him. This is his last week of holidays. He'll be back to work next week so I'll miss having him cook the meals, etc... Guess my holiday from the daily chores is over now too. LOL

Well, everyone. Have a super weekend. I'll talk with you all again when i get back.

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Just popping in again.

Stephanie - glad to hear that the timing for your daughter's surgery works out well - a good sign, I think.

AJ - wonderful that you enjoyed the cruise so much!

Big hi to all else - am reading.

Irene in BC

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