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Hi, ladies. I just realized that this is 2015 so we should start a new Chit Chat thread.

PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS THREAD FOR MESSAGES ANY LONGER. I'LL START A NEW ONE ENTITLED "CHIT CHAT LOUNGE 2015"

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Happy new year everyone. So nice to see everyone out here chatting.

I was not going to do resolutions, but when we were at our son's last night, our 9 year old grand daughter settled down beside me on the couch, and gave me a piece of paper, so that we could write down our goals for 2015 together. So how could I resist? Of course I included healthy ones - like eat more fruits and veggies, and exercise daily. Part way through I realized that she was borrowing some of my ideas, so that was kind of nice. She included the fruit and veggies and exercise . emoticon And we talked about that. Then she suggested one for me - learn to use all the parts of my new iPad - so it was an equal undertaking.

Lynette, all the best with that new room mate - it will have such an impact on your daily life.

Anyway, all the best to everyone for a happy and healthy 2015. I am having a lazy few days, and then back to work on Sunday.

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Good morning Ladies!
We have some returning guests coming today, but my house looks a whole lot tidier now~
Lynette; good luck with your search for a room mate!
Stephanie; I have also read Unbroken, but have been hesitant on seeing the movie. In the past the movie has always been a let down. Would you recommend it? I'm also going to fight with myself over Wild....
I have a few errands to run today and need to make time for the gym. Life is slowly returning to normal, but sadly that means that my husband's time home will also be coming to an end. emoticon
Have a beautiful day everyone!
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Morning, ladies.
Well, it's a new start to a new year. Here's hoping it's better for all of you than the last one. (Not that the last one was bad - I just hope it's better.)

Lynette, good luck finding a roommate. I've lived with a few different females in my day, and it's very hard. Sure hope it works for you.

Lindie, a theme year is a nice idea. I gave up making resolutions because I always break them anyway. (I think that's why we make them - to break them!).

Stephanie, that's a nice idea about writing down the happy things. Hope it helps you if / when you are sad.

Guess I'd better go get ready for work now. Have a good day everyone.

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Happy New Year.....hope all had a good one....we celebrated by going out to dinner with friends and then a movie....we went and watched "Unbroken"...I had read the book and enjoyed the movie also....it was a nice night but we were home by 10:00 pm and in bed soon after...

Susan glad to hear your son is home...he is very lucky to have you care for him during this time...

Lynnette hope it works out for you with your roommate.....

Lindie I am trying to just eat healthier in 2015.....and get more exercising done .....I also find my resolutions don't stick very long if I make them...so maybe this will work for me.....

Irene glad you son and dil were able to spend the holidays with you.....Fri we are taking my dd, sil and gd to the airport...they are going to Florida for a week....Fort Meyers where the temps will be in the 80's & 90's during their stay.....she wanted one last get away before her upcoming heart surgery later this month.....

Today I'm going to start writing down on a slip of paper one thing that made me happy today and put them in a glass jar...I'll try to do that every day for the year....I 'll read that on the days I am feeling sad hoping that reading these happy notes will cheer me up and remind me of events that I may have forgotten about ....today I wrote that I was happy to have seen all 3 of my children and all 6 of my grandkids......hope I keep it up.....take care all and hope you had a great New Year's Day!

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I am working on a 2015 theme rather then resolutions, people tend to break them where a theme is something you strive for ... at least I hope.. I'll blog bout it later.

Lynnette good luck getting a good roommate, remember it has to be a fit for both of you, is this through your church?

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home alone last night, and this morning I continued cleaning and tidying in preparation for an appointment with a potential room-mate. We had a nice visit and after she views all the places she has lined up, she will make her decision. Either way, my place is looking better for the push!
So not a very exciting new year for me but a productive one. I have optimistic plans for 2015. IF I can get more organized it will make every day easier and more enjoyable so it is time to pursue that goal with gusto.
The busier I am the less I tend to eat so that should be helpful for dropping the few pounds I picked up while I was away.
Happy New Year, all, emoticon

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Evening, my friends. Happy New Year. I see that everyone has been busy while I was away. That's good. We had a great time in Killarney with our friends. We even went to the bar for a drink! I haven't been to a bar in years!! We got our exercise in, too because we walked there. It was only about 5 or 6 blocks, but I figure that's exercise. Right??

I'm very tired tonight. I mean - it's nice to be away fro a couple of days, but I really do like my bed. I have trouble sleeping in other beds. At least this time I took my pillow with me. It really helped...

Have a good evening, everyone. I have to work tomorrow, but at least it's only one day and then it's the weekend. Night, ladies.

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1st day of 2015 - I plan a quiet day as Gene is sleeping or trying to, he does work tonight.

Nothing else planned, back to work tomorrow and then have all next week off. I did stay up to midnight and put up all the new calandars - one is starwars and one is from Tisol pet store.

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Happy 2015...........................I went to bed last night at 10:30. Did not get until a year later. Was too tired to watch the ball drop.
Cheers to a brand new beginning for all.
May all your goals, dreams, prayers, choices be healthy and successful.

Will be spending a quiet day at home working on a new puzzle hubby and I got for Christmas. This is our yearly tradition to do a new puzzle every year.

Have a wonderful day. emoticon

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emoticon emoticon but do so safely and in good health !! SEE ya all next year LOL emoticon

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Happy New Year everyone! Will be back next year to chat.

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Too true Lynette.

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good news: home last night
bad news: got on the scale this morning, and squeaked a little "oh, no"
not news: this is a hard battle and when ya slack off, you pay for it!

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Wishing everyone a healthy and safe New Years. Have a great time in Killarney, Val.

Just took Calgary son and wife to the airport earlier tonight. I will really miss them.

Wishing you all the best for 2015

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All the food and treats are packed up, and my son is dropping them off tonight. I feel so much better having all of it out of the house!

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Just dropping in to wish everyone a healthy, safe, and fun New Years Eve and what not. Thanks for the tips on the turkey soup, I need all the help I can get !

Sharon, do donate that food if you can, there are lots of organizations, ie food bank, homeless shelters etc that could use it, even care homes maybe ... so good luck with that...

Susan, good think you have been exercising so you can keep up with your son's care !!

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Susan, that is so great that your son is out of the hospital already! A very good sign. It will be a job nursing him but worth it.
My ride called, and they are on they are on their way so i will be home this evening.

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Hi Ladies,

Sharon why not donate the food and goodies to your local food bank.
As for the scotch, it will last for years. Put it out of sight like I did with our goodies and then let it disappear through hubby or the kids/grand kids

My granddaughter will be here in a couple of hours which will be a Godsend as I never dreamed of how much work it would be taking care of my son. Hubby is helping me but he is sy\till feeling under the weather with a head cold.

Having to make dog food veggies today and rice was a time stealer. Just got the bed made and hubby vacuumed the floors.
Son is having a lot of upper back pain which I am trying to ease through heat and massage because he does not want to take the heavy pain meds. I did convince he to take a half of a Dilaudid which helped him sleep for a couple of hours. With his diabetes however I have to wake him to eat. so it is a 24/7 task right now. May not be back on line for a couple of days but if time permits I will check in.

Have a great day everyone.



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Good morning Ladies!
I've just been catching up on reading and it sounds like everyone is doing well! Susan, I'm so happy to hear that your son has been discharged and is home recovering. It must be a great weight off of your shoulders, and a wonderful way to start the new year!
Everyone is gone.
I am exhausted and our home is sticky. Our youngest grandson is a bit of a handful, and he's left his mark absolutely everywhere. I'll be cleaning inside today and deal with the recycling and any other outdoor oriented activities tomorrow when it begins to warm up a bit.
I am at an ethical crossroad at the moment. I have all of this food/chocolate that has been gifted, and I did my darndest to give it away. I really hate to throw edible items away, but I know I cannot keep it in the house. sigh. I'll have one last hurrah with the scotch bottle and throw everything away then.
Have a terrific day everyone!
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Morning, ladies. Thought I'd drop by to let you know I won't be on here for a couple of days. We're heading out to Killarney to visit our friends and probably won't be back until next year (Jan 1st). We plan to emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon with them. We haven't done that in years.

Have a fabulous New Year, everyone!!

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Good evening everyone. Susan I am so glad to hear that your son is doing so well. A good way to end the year and start the new one.

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Susan, I am so happy for you that Ryan is doing so well. That is such good news.

Valerie

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Hello Ladies,

my son came home from hospital today! He is staying with us for this week then he will assess his situation at the end of the week. Our granddaughter gets back tomorrow so she can be a good help to her dad as well.

Ryan is doing quite well and I even took him to his apartment to pick up his insulin and blood glucose monitor. He did the stairs quite well although very slow. He is definitely resilient. I have a few appointments to make for him tomorrow and hopefully all will run smoothly this week.
I think my family doctor may be away this week because his phone did not pick up at all today so I can make the appointment to have Ryan's staples removed on Friday. If he is away I will have to take him to emergency I guess.

I hope everyone is having a great start to this new week (the last of 2014)
Looking forward to new Year and a whole list of new things to do and see.


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Puter ate my reply. Grrrr. short re-do:
Good soup tip valerie, will give more flavor.
Going home tomorrow.
doing laps in this lil house

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Just dropping by to wish everyone a good morning.

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Evening, ladies. Just catching up on all the reading.

RE: the soup - before you boil the turkey carcass, place it back in the oven for about 30 minutes until the carcass and meat is browned. It will give extra flavour to the soup.

Lindie, we had a good Christmas. Evan's big gift was a Wii-U. Alex got some DVD's and I got Will one of those back support things that he can put in a chair at home or at work, or even in the car. It wasn't a planned gift but one that I happened across when I was shopping. I got a couple of nice tops.
No - I don't have to work tomorrow. I don't go back until Friday - Jan 2nd. We're heading out to Killarney for a day or two on Tuesday. Not sure when we'll be back...

Susan, I'm so glad your family was able to resolve those differences. I also feel that family is very important in my life, so I try to get along with everyone and don't get involved in the petty differences they may have - and with a family of 7 girls, there definitely are some differences...

I'm off to bed shortly, so I'll say good night to you now. Have a good sleep, everyone.

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Hi everyone,
I went out for another me day today and actually got some good shopping done . I got lots of new workout and casual clothes along with a pair of jeans and happy to say in a petite size 6 is what I am taking now.

I got great news today in that my son may get discharged from hospital tomorrow. He is so anxious to get out and today was a good day for him in spite of the pain. he told me he needs to get a reclining chair however to sleep in because that is what feels most comfortable for him. I will go out and look for one tomorrow for him. and hopefully can get one that reclines with ease. My mom has one not being used but I couldn't get it to recline without getting out of it and pulling the foot part out. When I tried to recline it by sitting in it, the darned chair tipped backwards. Luckily my mom prevented it from going all the way or I would have looked like Jill tumbling out of the back of it.

I have one in my living room so I am hoping to entice him to stay for at least a week until he gets his bearings. I am not about to lug it up his stairs to his place as they are high stairs and hubby and I are not getting any younger to be carting it up there.

Lynnette, your soup recipe sounds just like mine. I got my broth made yesterday and tonight I am going to add my veggies to it. I love turkey vegetable soup although I am not fond of turkey any more. It is so nutritious and a great way to get plenty of nutrient rich veggies into your daily diet.

ell, I better play with the cat for a bit. I am at my son's place now and Ebo is looking at me with his big yellow eyes. Have a great evening everyone emoticon






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Good recipe Lynette. My DH makes soup after Christmas every year. He makes soup once a month for a local organization that helps out abused women. In December he always volunteers for a day after Christmas and makes a very healthy soup. Huge pot of it.

I just signed up for Netflix yesterday on a one month trial and watched Austenland tonight. Loved it.

Back to work for me tomorrow- all the best to those of you who are still on holiday. And of course to others who aren't.

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soup: cover carcass with cold water in a large pot, bring to boil, simmer covered for several hours, strain broth into another container, cool in fridge until you can skim the fat off the top. The stuff that is in the strainer needs to be cleaned (i,e, pick the meat off the bones so you have that to add back into the soup, discard inedible stuff). When you re-heat the de-fatted broth, add chopped celery leaves and carrots and simmer til veggies are tender. Season to your taste. Noodles or rice can be added as well. I wait until shortly before serving to add meat in. If the soup is not tasty enough, you may want to simmer it until the volume is reduced because it will be more flavourful as it concentrates.
I am not much of a recipe person and honestly, not the best cook, so please comment/correct, add your input, ladies.

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It looks like everyone had their Holidays and is getting back to normal and exercising and loosing weight.

Irene, thanks for asking about me, yes I start the new hours Jan 15/15 - although its a Thursday, that monday tuesday following is off and 3 days a week for 2 years now. When a holiday falls on a monday I only work 2 days a week but still get paid for 3 ... look like your grandaughter had the key to getting everyone behaving - no you can't make people like each other but just ask them to be at least civil to each other ... but in the end, you are not responsible for their actions, they are, and you are just really a by stander.

Stephanie, glad you had a good holiday time and that you are enjoying yet another birthday, I am sure you are getting anxious for your dd's surgery as well - I hope everything goes ok.

Valerie, how did your Christmas go, what did you eventually get everyone and what did they get you ? Do you go back to work Monday? I do ! lol

Lynnette, I dont' care for crowds so I dont' shop for things but if I had to have it and wait an hour in a line up, I would have my phone or a book to read while waiting making sure no one is cutting in line ! I agree about the clothes we buy elsewhere, but if you buy Canadian, you need an actual money tree because its so much more money. My girls go shopping in the states as the prices and the sizes are much more reasonable. I know I have gone with them !

Susan, glad you were able to get out and have a run -- the old cat is probubly best left in his environment, he's probubly missing your son and to compound that with moving him to strange surroundings would not work .... good to keep him at his own home.

Is everyone all turkeed out ? OK how do you make soup out of the turkey carcass? I have mine in the freezer for when I want to make turkey soup.... suggestions??

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Hello everyone,

I finally got out for a much needed and deserved run. I did 6.5 kilometers and it felt so awesome. It is 6C out there with sunshine however it is now becoming overcast for the rain which is on it's way. I felt a bit weak during this run but I have been away from it on a steady basis for a couple of weeks now. I will have to slowly easy back into it and it my endurance should return in a couple of weeks .

I am enjoying having this alone quiet time for myself while my hubby and oldest daughter visit our son.
Hoping they bring back news that he is continuing to feel less pain and getting stringer.

Irene, sorry to hear of the difficulty between the DIL's. We had been having some troubles like that with our younger son's live in GF but with all that has transpired with my older son being so ill, we have all resolved the differences and put them behind us. Life is too short to be angry with each other and family is far too important not to have a united front.
Perhaps one day they will resolve their differences as well.

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Hoping it comes in soon.
Well I am going to get a bit of house work done and then when hubby gets home I have to go and spend some time with my son's cat as his home.
I wish the cat wasn't such a recluse so I could just bring him here but the fish still need to be fed as well so I still have to go there.

My granddaughter will return on Tuesday some time and we are expecting Ryan will be coming home that day as well as long as there are no complications that set in.

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Good morning ladies. Glad to hear that most of you had a wonderful Christmas - with some glitches for some. We make the best of it, right?

And especially good that things went and are going, so well for your son, Susan.

As for us, it was a difficult Christmas - daughters in law are totally incompatible - and it is heightened because they live far away and rarely see each other - so when they see each other at Christmas (or avoid while in the same town) it is not easy. Despite this, we had a reasonable Christmas, and some very good moments. The best were with our grandchildren. After Christmas dinner, our 9 year old gd sat down and wrote a brief play, and then directed her uncle and I in it, and then the three of us performed it for everyone else. That was great fun.

Congratulations to all of you who have lost weight over Christmas! Not me, I am afraid - I have been stress eating. So up 2 lbs this week - a combo of Christmas treats at work in the last week, and stress eating. So, time for a change! My good new years habits start today!

There were a lot of posts to catch up on, and I may have missed some. But I take it Lindie that you will be starting that new reduced work week - enjoy!

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great to read about your lovely days, ladies.
My brother has been shovelling snow here and at his gf's, not to mention at his own place. After his heart surgeries and the time I spent nursing him when he was helpless (unlike any other time in his life) I am confident in saying that medical advances give such great hope for a rosy future for your son Susan and your daughter Stephanie. L was literally was at death's door several times and was in an induced coma for awhile. He is careful with a few activities and watches his diet but he has been given a new life.
Our shopping trip wasn't too successful but it is our tradition to hit WEM, as we are keen shoppers. Increasingly, I am finding that the deals are usually just as good before or in January. Stores know that Boxing Day shoppers are intent on buying so they don't have to do much to entice them! I'm too smart to fall for that ploy, so I came home empty handed. At Old Navy, where there were genuine deals, the line up to pay was over an hour long and my time is worth something so we didn't stay there. Will see if the jacket I wanted is still available when I check back there again.
Spent the evening cooking up the carcass so will have turkey soup to show for my effort. Yum.
A leisurely day planned for today. Perhaps I can get some more walking in somehow.
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Morning, ladies.
Well, Christmas is over for another year. How many of you have started shopping for next year now? I know a few people who do that - not me. I don't go anywhere near the stores at this time of the year if I can help it.

Susan - you're right about the clothes that are made these days. My dh has been saying the same thing. Plus - you can hardly find those that are made in Canada anymore. They are now almost all made in places like China or Bangladesh. They also seem to start falling apart the first time you wear them! Very frustrating.
It's also nice to see how well you're son is doing. He'll be out of there in no time.

Hi, Stephanie. We had a quiet Christmas Day as well - only the four of us. But I did cook a turkey with all the trimmings.

Well, I must go have my shower and get my day started. Have a great day everyone!

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Love Boxing Day..today is my gd's 4th birthday but we will be celebrating Sun....and its my name saint's day (St. Stephen's)...an old family tradition....

Susan so glad to hear your son's great progress...gives me hope for when my dd has her heart surgery.....and our weather has been great down here also....sunny and warm today, was able to go walking with just a fall jacket today....love these temps....

Lynette hope your Christmas went well...and that you were able to find great shopping bargains today...

Irene hoping that your family holiday went well too....so hard when we can't control things and have everyone get along.....

Lindie and Val hope you had a great Christmas.....

Our Christmas eve was hectic but for Christmas Day it was just me my dh and mom...we went and had dinner at my db's house with his family and then took my mom home....enjoyed the quiet day.....today went visiting so it was also nice to relax and enjoy.....take care all and enjoy the weekend.....

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Happy Boxing Day everyone,

I went shopping after visiting my son bit di not buy anything. Seems to me there are a lot of cheaply made clothes out there being passed off as expensive. Going to wait to shop for a week .

So happy to read about everyone's Christmas and it sound as if you all have a wonderful time.
I enjoyed having my sister and her family here as well as my oldest daughter and my 2 oldest grand kids. Glad that day is over with however as I was exhausted by the end of the day.

Went up to Hamilton with my mom to visit my son and he has now stepped down to the cardiac support unit instead of Intensive Care. he is still a bit out of it and pain seems to be tolerated fairly well.
He can stand up on his own but needs help getting in and out of bed.. We only stayed for an hour because the meds make him tired. His buddy was to have gone this afternoon as well.
My husband and oldest daughter are going tomorrow. My youngest daughter is sick so she can not go and visit. She has been fighting a flu bug for a week now.

Our weather has been utterly divine. Sunny and 7C today and absolutely gorgeous out there.
Rain is called for tomorrow but hoping to get a run in before that starts. Hubby got me a new piece of gym equipment (an ab machine) which can be used for upper body strengthening as well. Will try that out tomorrow when I have the house to myself.

For ladies that posted later than the 21st on the Lose 5 by Christmas thread, I will get your trophies made tonight and send you the link tomorrow.

Will say goodnight now as I have a hot soak in the tub calling my name.
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Day draws to a close. Just my oldest dd and her bf sitting here in the living room. My oldest bro did not return, my other bro was here but has gone back to his house and my youngest dd and bf have gone to his apartment. In the morning the girls and i will hit wem to try to score some deals along with the crowds. Hope you all had a wonderful day, with those you care about.

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Wishing everyone a merry Christmas.

Susan, I came on to see how your son's surgery went - I am so glad that it went so well. Truly a blessed Christmas for you and your family.

Lynette - you are not alone. Our Christmas has been totally changed at the last minute and we are hosting it today. There could be major issues between sons and wives - or not. I really do not know what to expect. This has been building for the last 10 years. Just hoping to get through the day.

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Got up early, made a lemon meringue pie (from scratch - not a mix), did the dishes, opened our gifts, made the dressing and prepared the turkey, and now it's in the oven so I'm just resting for a bit and watching Doctor Who.

Lynette, it's too bad when family can't get along for one day out of the year, but hopefully everything will be resolved and your brother will go for dinner.

Hope you're all having a great Christmas.


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At my dd's, all is calm for the moment at least. There was some drama yesterday and my oldest brother left so not sure if he will return for xmas dinner. Sending all wishes for a peaceful celebration. Remember to treat yourself kindly.

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Just taking a minute to wish you all a Happy Christmas...have everything done...table set, food all ready to put into the oven, salads all covered in the frig, fruit all cut up and desserts all on the counter ......and I have a few minutes to spare before everyone starts coming over....hope you all have a great evening.....

Susan so glad that your son's surgery went well.....hope he is now on his road to recovery....and that you can now take some time for yourself.....

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Good morning everyone,
I guess this is the big day where everyone does the last minute scrambling to be ready fro Christmas.
I am ready Christmas as much as I can be. Tonight I will bake two lemon meringue pies and set my Christmas table up downstairs so I can enjoy all of the day tomorrow.

Val so happy you only have to work a couple of hours today and I hope the same for the other ladies is you work.
I had a fantastic sleep last night and I have a renewed energy today. My son had a good night and was in humorous spirits this morning with his nurse so she told me. His kidneys are a bit of an issue right now but they are not going to put him on dialysis at this time. His potassium level is high and urine output is low but there is still SOME output. I can't wait to go up and see him this afternoon and give him a big hug and kiss.

I heard the sweetest words last night when I called his nurse to see how he was doing and after they took the breathing tube out, he told the nurse to tell me not to worry that he is doing okay. I will never forget those words as long as I live.

I probably wont get back on line today but want to once again thank everyone for their support and kindness during one of the worst times in my life. I love you all .

Merry Christmas to all and may your day be filled with love of family and friends , good cheer health and peace.

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Morning ladies. It's Christmas Eve Day and I only have 4 hours to work today. YEAH!! The office closes at 12 noon but we all leave by around 11 am, so it'll be a nice short day.

And tonight is the BIG NIGHT. Hope you're all ready for it. I am. I'm actually surprised at that. I'm usually doing all the gift wrapping tonight, but it's already done. It feels really good.

Susan, did you get a good sleep last night? I sure hope so. You'll probably need it for the days ahead.

Have a great day, everyone. And a Very Merry Christmas to you all!
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Susan, I am so glad to hear that your son made it through the surgery okay. I'm sure that even though you didn't see him before it, he knew you were there for him. Now get some rest so that you can be there for him when he needs you.

Sharon, I hadn't heard of the peeping Santa before. That was just so funny!



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Susan, I am glad your son came through the surgery ok - yes he will have to strengthen his heart and the therapy will help do that ! I'da had a melt down too if I had been planing on seeing my son before major surgery and missed it, glad you were able to find some peace ...

Busy day today, one more day to Christmas ...

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UPDATE ON MY SON: my son has come through the surgery and doing well. They did do a quintuple as planned and the surgeon told me his hear is weak. He will have physical therapy after recovery and hopefully this program will help to strengthen his heart.

Thank you so much for all the prayers, kind words of support and for putting up with me over the past couple of weeks. I can now look forward to happier days ahead and just being normal for a change.

Hugs and Love......God Bless you all
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hello ladies,
got to hospital early but without staff around to help us, we missed seeing our son before they took him in for surgery. I had a major melt down and panic attack but am holding steady at calm for the moment. Hubby and I are in the waiting room. They have free Wi-Fi but very slow. Trying to keep busy for the next 4-12 hours (however long it takes)My uncle and aunt were here with us but have left to do shopping then coming back.

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Bahaha! Valerie, years ago, when I lived in Northern BC there was a dude who was arrested very close to Christmas, in a Santa suit creeping around peoples' homes.
I had forgotten about that! Thanks so much for the memory jolt!
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Morning, ladies.
Lynette, post when you are able. Have a good Christmas too.

Lindie, it's a good thing we can be childish on here once in a while, isn't it? Makes for a fun time. My turkey is less than 7kgs, so a small one as well. I enjoy turkey but because there's so much meat on the bird, we don't get it very often. I'm not all that creative on ways to use up the leftovers. Yes, I could make soup, and i have, but it's never a very good one. Kind of bland no matter how many spices and herbs I put in it. emoticon sigh...
Glad your dd likes my lights. They really do look nice on the tree.

Well off to work today for a full day, then only until 11am tomorrow. YEAH!! Have a good one ladies. And remember - Santa is watching you! (hmmm... I wonder if he's ever been arrested for being a peeping tom...LOL)

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Good Morning Ladies.
I have no idea why I'm awake at half-past-stupid this morning. emoticon
Putting my nose to the grindstone has really paid off. I have a couple of errands to run today, and we pick up my inlaws tonight. We are ready and this will be the first Christmas in a very long time that I feel like I can sit back and enjoy the time.
I took the dog for a long walk yesterday and played by the lake until the sun started to set. I feel energized because my mind can make the mental shift, knowing that the days are getting longer again.
In 48 hours my home will be packed to the rafters with company, and if Mary showed up on a donkey I would have to tell her there was no room at the inn. I could offer her the greenhouse or the shed I suppose.....
Susan, you and your family are constantly in my thoughts.
Everyone one else; have safe travels and enjoy your time connecting with family and friends. I wish you all a peaceful and blessed holiday.
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Sorry I have been mia with getting the load ready for the truck last Friday and coming to see my girls. If I can I will post my weight in the right place, but my tablet is still a challenge and my dd's computer has died. I was at 128.6 on sunday morning.
Wishing your son the best possible xmas Susan. Same for all of you buddies.
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Sweet dreams Valerie, NOPE won't let my time off go stale at all, I intend to do other things on those 2 days off ... life is an adventure for sure. Oh I was telling my daughter about your dr who lights, she was impressed !! My turkey is thawing in the fridge too but its a little one, not a biggie lol emoticon right back atcha !!

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Lindie - emoticon (That's me sticking my tongue out at you.) LOL Yes, I would so love to have every Monday off. It would be great - at least for a while. A friend of mine at work was only working a few days a week for a while. she said at first she really enjoyed it, but it soon got stale.

Susan, I sure hope everything goes well for your son. And I think keeping busy like you are is probably the best way to handle the stress. Take care of yourself and hopefully you'll get that much needed rest after Christmas.

Well, today I got all of the gifts wrapped and most of them are under the tree. I'm keeping a few things back and will add them either on Christmas Eve or before the kids get up in the morning. I cooked a really nice beef roast for supper with potatoes and asparagus. I helped Evan with his next assignment. Did the dishes. Boy - I was busy. But I feel ready for Christmas Day. I still have a list of things to pick up at the store for the big meal (I bought a turkey for that and it's in the fridge thawing), but I'll do that on Wednesday afternoon since I get off work at about 11am. It sure does feel good to be ready.

I think it's time for me to go to bed now. Have a great evening, ladies. Talk with you all in the morning.

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Susan, I sure hope you found things to keep you busy and your mind occupied some what . I understand your frustration with our medical system right now but beleive me it could be a lot worse. My friends DH just had knee surgery and had it where the benefits dictated and had to wait for approval first, I am so glad ours with all its faults is not like that, but there is always room for improvement. So when everything is said and done, write your member of paraliment as well - that is how change is made eventually. I remember when my parents first came to Canada there was no health care period.... wishing all the best for your son's surgery and that he also has a good recovery time as well.

Valerie, couldn't you just get used to having every monday off ?? WE WISH - wait I AM soon !!!

Hope everyone is doing ok, TB, Lynnette, Sharon, Sarah, Stephanie, ladies, wishing you all the best incase you don't get back on here before Xmas !!

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Hi ladies,

just taking a much needed rest from housework. My hubby went up to visit our son and when there they sent the Ontario Patient Transfer to take him to Hamilton. I spoke with my son to tell him I would see him in the morning before his surgery.

After hanging up I had a bit of a panic attack as reality is now setting in .
I am going to continue to keep busy with housework ,(washing floors, cleaning appliances, cooking for the dog etc) so when I go to bed tonight I will sleep. I am running on 2 hours of sleep right now as I could not fall asleep last night for nothing.

I'm sure when this is all over I will crash and burn but I need to keep on top until at least after boxing day.
My mother and I will go up and visit my son then and hubby will stay home to take care of the animals. We will both be there tomorrow and Christmas Eve. After that and my visit when I go with my mom, I will stay back home and allow others to go up so I can have a bit of a rest.
Well back to the grind. Hope everyone is having a great day,.

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Good morning ladies, I am up early today (6:00 am)
I have already yaken hubby to work, gone to my son's place to put his clean laugndry away and see the cat then I was off to the grocery store to pick up some things we forget.

Now I am going to make a recipe called skinny monkeys (made with banana, chocolate and oatmeal) and then visit my son who is awaiting word on what time if today he will be transferred to Hamilton Hospital for tomorrows surgery.

I have been told that sometimes they don't get transferred until the day of surgery because if beds are not available they wait to the last minute. I really think our health system has flown the coop.Trying to remain positive so I will say good bye for now and check later in the day or evening.
Val I posted a link so you can pick up as trophy I made you since you were in the challenge. I also have one there for Stephanie and Sharon. Just right click on your trophy and save to your documents then you can upload to your Spark photos if you like.

For the ladies who did the challenge and have not posted your final weights, please do as the contest is over now and I would like to give all the ladies a trophy who participated.

Sharon so far is the biggest loser at 4 pounds. I did not include myself in the challenge since I was the hostess however I have lost 10 pounds since November 1st. I am now completed losing weight and will maintain for the remainder of time.

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Morning, ladies.
Susan, it sounds like you and your son had a good day yesterday. It's nice that you were able to take the time to go to your sons place and have that quiet time alone. It gave you a chance to "regroup" (not sure if that's the word I want) yourself in order to be able to keep going.

It's almost 8am and I just got up. I really enjoy being able to sleep in on a Monday.

Have a great day, everyone. Only 3 more days until Christmas! Hope you're all ready.

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Yes Val, it has been most quiet here today. I have been busy all day as my younger son and GF dropped by this morning for a visit then my daughter my youngest daughter an granddaughter arrived so we could go and visit my son.

I had just finished bathing my son's big dog and trimming his nails and I had already bathed my oldest ShihTsu and given her a hair cut. I still have my other ShihTsu to groom tomorrow.

After the visit my daughter offered to take my granddaughter who has been staying her with our sin in hospital back to her place in Brantford so when her mom picks her up tomorrow, it will only be half the distance.

With my granddaughter gone however, I now have the job of going to my son's place every day to feed and spend time with the cat and his fish.
I went for 3 hours tonight and it was kind of nice being there all alone. It was quiet and tranquil and I realized just how much I needed that. The cat came out a few times to interact but he is a recluse and not very social with strangers. He did however feel that I was not strange and he allowed me to stroke him and he sat with me a for a bit.

Once I came home tonight, I have been doing laundry and cleaning. I don't know if my work will ever be done but at least it is keeping me from thinking about Tuesday,.

My son has a lot of visitors today so he has been kept busy enough not to think about Tuesday as well. We are still waiting to hear what time they will transfer him tomorrow.

My back is aching so I will say good night and wish everyone a great week ahead.

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Very quiet day here today. I've been busy - laundry, rum balls (dough is made but still have to roll them), helping Evan with his homework, shortbread cookies (114 of them!). I think it was a pretty productive day, all in all. Tomorrow, I'll go to the store and pick up the last few groceries I'll need for Christmas dinner on Thursday and I'll wrap all the gifts (hopefully before the kids get up). Then I'll be all ready. I already have the turkey in the fridge to thaw. I think I'll be ready.

Susan, how was the dinner today? Bet your son really enjoyed his time out.

Watching The Librarians now so I'm off. have a good evening, everyone.

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Morning, ladies.
Susan, after all you've been through and all you've done to get this day ready, I think you DESERVE those two little cookies. Enjoy your day! emoticon

Thought I'd get my wrapping done this morning before my sons get up, so I'll just wish everyone a great day and get moving. TTFN!

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My granddaughter and I just finished the Christmas baking. I was naughty and tried 2 of my cookies. That's my treat for the day. I had a pumpkin pie for dessert for my son's 4 hour home coming today but I hate pumpkin pie so the cookies are my little treat for the day.

I didn't add as much sugar as what is called for so it's okay ...right ? LOL



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Sorry Susan. I was going to but I totally forgot. I'll do that now.

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Could the ladies who signed up for the Lose 5 pounds or more by Christmas challenge please put your weights into the challenge . It ended today and tomorrow I was going to award the winner. So far only Stephanie and myself have weighed in.

Come tomorrow I will announce the winner of the challenge. I am not counting myself as a contestant in the tallies since I was the one running the challenge.
I will say that I did lose 10 pounds since November 1st but my last 2 pounds have clearly been stress related which I did not want to lose. Now to keep my weight steady and not lose any more is my challenge.

Hope to see everyone of the other 8 members post on the challenge thread. Thanks.




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Morning,
Thanks, Lindie and Stephanie. I like it as well - all white an blue with just a touch of gold and red. Yes, it does put me in the Christmas spirit.

Stephanie, I think your tree now has character, what with it being bare on the bottom. LOL

My dh has taken Evan out just now to try to find me a Christmas gift. Evan has an idea on what he wants to get me but hasn't been able to find one yet. I wonder what it is??? Guess I'll find out on Thursday...

Well, now that they're out, I should get busy and wrap a few gifts or get some more baking done. Evan does want me to make some rum balls. I think I can do that without too much trouble. Have a good day, ladies. TTFN!

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Good Morning ladies....haven't been able to post lately, as usual I get my Christmas cold and this year was no different...last year it was the flu, but this year I got the flu shot....but I think all the running around I do runs me down.......but today I am finally feeling better.

Susan so glad that your son is going to be home...hope his spirits are lifted.

Val looked at your blog, your tree is beautiful.....I have had my tree up for a few weeks now and it looks worse for wear with my younger gks' always taking the decorations off the bottom...but I'm tired of telling them not to touch it and now the bottom quarter is a little bare looking...

I just have to work Mon next week then I'm off for the balance of the week...I also have just one more grocery shopping trip to make to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, so I feel really organized about this Christmas....still watching my weight eventhough we have have a few holiday celebrations...the scale was even kind to me this morning and I have lost a couple of pounds, go figure!

To everyone take care and have a great Sat......I have been listening all morning to Andrea Bocelli's Christmas music with the CD I bought at the concert we went to last Sun.....really lifts my spirits and puts me in the mood..... emoticon emoticon

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Valerie, your tree is beautiful ! and the lights are fastenating ! I take it getting it togethr has put you in the mood for the holidays !

Susan, I hope your son has a very good visit and it picks his spirits up some what attitude and mind set will have a major role in his recovery, so hopefully, he's on a good mental high when he goes in -- and not from drugs LOL

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Evening ladies.
Well, I finally got my Christmas tree up. I've never put it up this late before but I just didn't feel up to it. It looks pretty good too - mostly all white and blue decorations with just a touch of red and gold. Also, I put on the lights that my son bought for me at Comicon - the Dr Who Tardis lights. They look pretty good! Here's a link to the Blog I posted with the pictures.

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Susan, I am SO glad that your son will be able to celebrate Christmas with you on Saturday. That will give him that little boost that he probably needs to help him get through this surgery. Have a great day!

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Today was a great day all around. I saw my great grand child on the ultra sound moving and it was so awesome. I always wanted to be an obstetrical nurse because every time I see life growing and being born, I just love it so much.Strange how I ended up in geriatrics where life was often coming to an end but I also loved that field as well. I learned a lot from my patients.

I finished my Christmas shopping tonight, hubby and I went to the bowling alley to visit our team that we have put on hiatus for a year and I had a good visit with my son. My cousin came to visit him as well as a good friend and my son got the best ever news from the doctor this afternoon. He is letting him get out for 4 hours Saturday afternoon so he can come home and celebrate Christmas with his daughter before his surgery and before she leaves to go up north where her mom, 2 brothers and step father live. She is spending Christmas with them this year as last year she was with us.

We have not told my granddaughter that I am bringing my son home tomorrow so she will be so happy when he walks through the door.

I hope everyone enjoys this weekend and if you are in the lose weight before Christmas challenge don't forget to post your final weigh ins tomorrow. I will announce the biggest losers on Sunday.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Morning, ladies
Susan, I'm glad you had a good visit with your son. It must be very hard for him with all this waiting and the anxiety of worrying about his condition. But at least you were able to calm him down. That was probably a big help for him.

Well, today is Friday, then I have 3 days off, work 1 1/2 days, then it's Christmas. I can't believe how quickly it comes around every year. Hope everyone is ready. I have the tree and decorations sitting in their boxes in my living room, but they will probably get set up this weekend. I've never left it this long before... I just can't seem to get excited about Christmas this year - and I was even finished shopping earlier than normal! What's with that, eh? emoticon emoticon

I don't really have anything to say so I'll wish everyone a good Friday. Talk with you later...

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Hello Ladies

another gloomy day here but we have been promised sunshine tomorrow and I can't wait to finally see some.

Tomorrow morning I am taking my granddaughter to the vet to have her cat neutered and then her and my daughter are off to the imaging clinic for an ultra sound.

We won't find out the sex tomorrow because she is only 13.5 weeks along and sex usually is determined at 16 weeks.
It will be fun to see the expression on my gd's face when she sees the baby for the first time. Last week she heard the heartbeat for the first time and got very excited.

I better go as my sister will be here shortly to go up and visit my son. Mymom was going to come but she now has a head cold and can't take any chances for Ryan by visiting him. We dont need anymore delays.
I saw Ryan earlier today which he was very anxious and keeps saying he wants to go home for a few hours and then I told him it was Thursday and he settled down. I had a heart to heart with him as to why he can't leave the hospital and I think he felt the anguish I am going through. He suddenly changed his attitude and became more calm and nicer. The visit ending on a good note and not me just walking out. Sometimes he can get me so angry when he talks about going home or why he has to wait so long.

I told him to write his MP and complain about the health system. This surgery should have been done last week but with our cutbacks he and many others must wait on surgery that should have been done immediately.

Have a great evening everyone.
By the way Val..............my energy is like the the pink bunny on TV. I have always been high energy and never seem to sit still. Since I was a child, I never move slowly always at a face pace. I often wonder if my pace will slow when I reach 100 years. Probably NOT!




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Morning everyone.
Wow, Susan, you're amazing! I don't know how you fit it all in! It will be nice for you after Christmas is over and you can relax a little. Your son will have had his operation and will be fine, your guests will have all gone. I don't know where you find the energy to keep going.

Not much happening here. My friend at work is now on holidays. She's leaving for Fort St John today to be with her dd and her family for Christmas. I'll miss her. I'll also have to do all of her work while she's gone. emoticon Thank goodness my desk isn't all that busy right now...

Have a great day, everyone. I'm off to work shortly.

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Good morning ladies, everyone sounds sound rather busy with the hustle and bustle of the season. I was up at 6:00 am today. dropped hubby off at work, came home and had breakfast then dropped my granddaughter off at school, then took my sons dog and went to his house to spend some time with the cat and wash the floors and polish the furniture. My granddaughter goes to the house after school and I am most impressed that she has the house nice an tidy and her bedroom looks really clean. For a teenage girl of the age of 14.5 this is a miracle.

My 17 year old granddaughter's room is not even penetrable. She has more clothes on the floor than in the closet however her wardrobe is as neat as a pin and all orderly. I laugh at that one.

Going to pop in a see my son for a moment this afternoon as my aunt and uncle will be there. They are dropping by here afterwards so I will come back to make coffee and tea and put out some banana bread for them. I will invite them to stay for dinner however I doubt they will stay but I will invite them anyways. They have been so good and supportive and because they live in Hamilton, they have said they will go and visit Ryan on Christmas Day. For us, it would be most difficult with the family all coming here for Christmas dinner. Hamilton Hospital is a good hour and 15 minutes away so it just isn't in the cards to go up that day.

I found out something today that I had been mistaken about. His surgery which I thought would take about 3 hours will take any where from 4-12 hours with 6 hours being the average for a quintuple bi pass. I can't imagine getting through Tuesday very easily. I will be sure to take lots of wool with me so I can knit the day away. If weather is good I will go running outside the hospital.

We will be up Christmas Eve and spend that time with our son then. he will only be post op 1 day so he will most likely be out of it. If so, I will be able to break away early to get back home and start on my Christmas menu and bake my lemon pies.





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Good morning Ladies!
I have been MIA, due to Christmas preparations. The guests start their trek to our home and my visits will become more sporadic. I am sticking to my program though, and I'm feeling really good about the coming holidays.
I keep all of you in my thoughts and commit to popping in from time to time to catch up on all the news.
Have a wonderful week!
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Morning everyone, Valarie, I start that schedule next month and its coming so fast, 8 days to Christmas !!! Is everyone ready?? I am ... looking forward to 4 days off of sleeping IN lol

I woke up at 2:30 and then could not get back to sleep, so I got up, puttered, had something to eat then went back to bed for like 45 minutes ... I am tired, but not as tired as I thought I would be, have to wait and see that the day will bring !

Wishing you all a good day !!

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Morning everyone,
Susan, that is really good news. I'm so glad that people are keeping him busy so he doesn't just sit there and get depressed thinking about it.

Today is Hump day and I sure hope it went by as fast as yesterday did. I wish I was doing the same thing as Lindie and just working 3 days a week. That would be so nice. But we're struggling to get things done now because we lost one of our staff members so I can't imagine doing that to the rest of my co-workers.

Well, it's time to get my breakfast so I'll just wish everyone a good day!

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Hello Ladies,

Val,
Ryan's creatinine level was down today from 347 to 313. I was happy to see the drop. The next blood will be drawn on Saturday and hopefully it will be down even more by then. Yes, the anticipation of next Tuesday is the hard part. So many family and friends are coming to visit Ryan now and that will keep him busy and occupied until he is transferred back to Hamilton General on Monday to prepare him for surgery.
He has had a good day today.


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Oh, Susan, I'm so glad they've set a date and time for your son. That must mean that his creatinine level is back down. That's good. Now it's just the stress of anticipation of the day to come.

I finished my Christmas shopping yesterday. All I have to do now is wrap everything (which I usually leave until the last minute. LOL).

Well, I'd better go get supper started. Have a good evening, all.

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Good morning ladies,

got a call from my son this morning that his surgery date is booked but not until Tuesday the 23rd now. One more day of having to stew but a tleast this is a definite date and time of 8:00 am

It sets my schedule off now that I will rearrange but hey, that's what I do best at. I am the epitome of organization (a trait I learned in nursing) Just trying to make arrangements for someone to look after my son's dog for the day and have someone come in and let my dogs out a couple of times.

It is wet and raining here today but 41F. if only the sun could come out it would be ideal . I want to go running but need dry roads for that. Maybe later it will clear up and I will get out. I have to take my mom to a doctor appointment this afternoon and am grateful for the diversions and business that keep me occupied. It helps me keep my mind off things

Hope everyone is having fun with all the seasonal preparations and gatherings. I am off to do my running around and errands now


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Morning ladies....I've had a sore throat yesterday and today am feeling a bit better...think its been all the running around these last few days....Sun night we went to go see Andrea Bocelli..it was magnificent...I got goose bumps listening to him sing....then last night we had a Christmas concert my 2 gd's were in....so cute and they did a great job all dressed in elves costumes....today I plan to stay indoors and make my Christmas dinner list and all the foods I still have to buy......but I'm mostly on top of the holidays this year.....

Susan hope your son's creatine levels are low so that his surgery can happen.....glad you are getting great family support.....

Well better get my day started all is quiet for now....getting my 18 month gs dropped off soon.



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Morning, ladies. Hope you all had a good sleep.

Irene, that's an excellent idea that Lindie had - get the whole family involved. The gk;s would love it, I'm sure and will be a memory that they'll remember for a very long time. After the decorating is done, have some snacks and drink handy so you can all sit back and enjoy the great job you all did. (I haven't got my tree up yet, either. Planned on doing it yesterday, but it just didn't happen. Maybe tonight when I get home from work...)

Susan, it's great to hear what good spirits your son is in. Here's hoping that test comes out the way you want it to. It would be terrible to postpone a very necessary surgery.

Today is my Monday this week. Guess I'll see what I need to do when I get there. Yesterday, I had to go see the dentist for some repair work, then I came home and cleaned the bathroom (I just hope it doesn't go into shock because it hasn't been cleaned like that for a long time. LOL). I also did the laundry. It took most of the day but when you write it down it really doesn't look like much - oh yes - I also finished my Christmas shopping. YEAH!! So all in all, it was a busy day.

Have a great Tuesday, ladies. Santa will be here in only 9 sleeps, so emoticon "You'd better watch out, you'd better not cry 'cause Santa's on his way...." emoticon

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Hi Irene, thanks, a lot of people are just not ready this year and not getting the decorating done as well. How bout when your son from calgary gets there, you can have a decorating party ?? That way they can be a part of it and it will be special for them and you -- just a thought emoticon

Susan, you are keeping well I see, and staying positive, that is so important right now !!

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