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9/19/14 10:40 A

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Morning all...

First thank you all for the warm anniversary wishes....hard to believe all that time has gone by....

Susan we are getting warm temps down here and a much warmer weekend...temps expected to get into 79f/26c...perfect for walking, which I hope to do tomorrow....

Val....I can tell I'm ready for retirement...having to learn something new at this late stage in my job is not something I would look forward too......so glad that you are still enjoying what you do and learning new things too.....that keeps you young for sure.

Irene & Lindie...heard that 500,000 kids are finally back to school in BC...bet there is many glad parents around......

To everyone hope that your are having a great Fri...I am so glad its the end of the week...not much planned this weekend ....will be watching my gs's hockey games...they have a tournament this weekend so will be going to some of his games in the area.......take care and enjoy your weekend.

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Morning,
It's already 19C here and from what they say on BT TV, it's really muggy out. We are expecting a thunderstorm this afternoon. Hope it holds off until I get home, or is at least finished before I leave work...

Yesterday was a fantastic day at work. I learned so much! I discovered that the Access query that I run for our International stores was not picking up everything that it should, so a friend at work helped me to update it. I created 2 new queries with her help and she explained ot me what she was doing as she went along. It was great because I understood what she was saying and was able to put my 2 cents worth in as we were going along. I even told her about one thing I discovered that would make it even quicker. I was really enjoying myself and she was just happy to have something to do. (Right now, she's in a lull with her job.) I love it when I learn new things...

Last night I went downstairs and flattened a whole bunch of boxes that had been piling up. My goodness - it almost looks like we have room to change our minds down there now. LOL Anyway, they are all ready for recycling so hopefully my dh remembers to take them out when he takes the garbage to the curb...(I'll be upset if he doesn't...)

So how was everyone else's day? I am just so glad it's Friday. What do you have planned for the weekend? I was going to work on the garden and start getting it ready for that dreaded "w" word, but it looks like it's going to rain all weekend, so I'll probably just work in the basement instead. Now that it looks so much better, I'm anxious to get moving on it again...

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

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

Have a great day!
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Rain and damp here, but still mild enough for shorts - although its getting to be light jacket weather ... rats .. oh well it has to go its cycle , right ??

Looks like everyone had a good day today ... have a good nights sleep then. emoticon

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It's been cool all day here and no sun. Right now only 53F but feels like 49F. Thinking of trying out the furnace for a few minutes


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It actually got up to 20C (68F) today! The sun was really warm, but the wind had a bit of a bite to it.

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

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

Have a great day!
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Good morning Ladies,

Thank you for the encouragement Val......I do hope I will be ready for a 5K by next spring.

I am off to my mom's today so just popping in to wish everyone a happy and healthy day.
Waiting for the sun to come out and maybe a little warmth as it is a bit cool right now. emoticon


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Morning. Why is it that I get my best sleep at about 4 in the morning when I have to get up at 5:15? Rhetorical question, but it is so frustrating sometimes...

Susan, you're doing great on that run / walk program. I know you'll be all ready to go for that 5K run next spring.

I don't have anything to say so I'll just wish everyone a great Thursday.

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

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

Have a great day!
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Hi everyone,

Val the weather here in Southern Ontario has been sunny but warm is a mere 62F. I have been so tempted to turn the heat on except last year the gas company got a 40% raise and I vowed to wear coats and boots in my house to save on that greedy utility company. I can't believe the government allowed such a raise when we are already paying high rates as it is.

Retired people such as my husband and I could go utility poor if we aren't careful. Being home owners sometimes is detrimental to the pocket book especially when utility costs keep going up and up and up..........

On a happier note. I did my day 2 of week 2 for the rookie to 5k running program. It was hard to do the last 2 sets but I am so determined and pushed through the agony of it. I have day three to do then on to week 3 where you walk 3 minutes run 3 minutes 6 times.
I am determined to do it.
Want to wish everyone a good night and a great day tomorrow.

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not enough sleep due to a weird situation that I will tell you more about when I (hopefully) find out more, then off to my fave sale of the month. Had discarded almost every pair of pants from my closet so got 2 new pairs, very slim which is what my dd insisted I needed.
Before bed, I need to get more steps in and do some work so ttyl


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Hi, everyone.
Belated Happy Anniversary, Stephanie. I didn't get on here last night and haven't read the posts until just now so I missed that. Hope you had a good one.

Oh, I keep reading about how beautiful the weather is all over Canada and I'm jealous. Our high today was +9. It was really cold out there! One thing, though - we do get lots of sunshine, even though we don't get the warmth that goes with it. It's supposed to be in the low 20's for the next few days, but I don't believe it. It's also supposed to rain and I think that's going to keep the temps down...I am not ready for fall yet. We only just got summer around here. The leaves are still green, but they are fading, so I know it's coming...

AJ - my garden actually didn't do too badly. I did lose one plant so I'll have to think of what I can put there next year. Other than that, it's still green. I just wish it had more flowers so I have to figure something else out...

Irene, my regular hairdresser is closed right now until further notice, so I had to go to a different hairdresser. I know just what you mean. It took me a few weeks to get up the nerve to go. I don't mind the new do, but I'm not quite sure about it yet...

I guess I'd better go. I have to get the boxes ready for CD. They'll be here tomorrow and I have some stuff to give them. I haven't used it in years, so I figure I don't need it.

Have a great evening everyone. Talk with you tomorrow.

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

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

Have a great day!
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Good morning everyone,
day is just beginning here so nothing really to report so I will just wish everyone well.
I sure hope the teachers vote to go back as my great nieces and nephews truly want to be back in class. It is so good to hear this coming from children who manywould rather play than go to school..

Enjoy your day everyone. emoticon

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emoticon emoticon emoticon 42 years, wow Stephanie, congradulations !! I hope you had a wonderful time.

Welcome Alice, this is a good team, full of good ideas and great chat - always ready to support !

Irene, looks like Vince Ready pulled the rabbit out of the hat, but like you said, they have to vote on it ...

Nice cool mornings and warm afternoons, brisk evenings, I can smell the freshness in the air now in early mornings, hard to say good bye to summer, but I do enjoy fall as well... while the leaves change colour !

Have a good day everyone, its my youngest's 39th birthday today and I believe I am taking her out for dinner, UNLESS she got a better offer !!!

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Good morning ladies.
Thanks for the warm welcome.
I must confess I absolutely love the fall weather. The trees are slowly turning color. So pretty.
Susan, my niece is a runner and she has a blog. You can find her as Janice, the Fitness Cheerleader. She has some great stuff on her site. She is currently training for the Boston marathon next year!
Busy day ahead for me. The boss lives in London and comes once a week so that means a week's worth of info crammed into a few hours. My head is spinning by the time he leaves.
Off I go to shower and head to work. Somehow he drives 2 1/2 hours and still manages to beat all of us in.
Enjoy your day!
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Just popping in to say hi. And yes, it is looking good for the school strike ending here. It looks like they have a settlement - teachers still to vote on it, but I think they will go for it.

emoticon Stephanie - that is a good long time. But isn't it amazing how the years slip by?

It was a gorgeous day out here, and the trees are starting to change colour a bit.

Haircut tomorrow - trying a new person. The woman who has been cutting my hair for years just had a baby and is off indefinitely. Fingers crossed - I am always nervous about trying a new person.

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emoticon Stephanie! Enjoy your celebrations.

Beautiful day here. Went with a friend to Kanata for some shopping this morning and this afternoon has been spent outside. I have reading and chores to do inside but it was much to nice too miss an afternoon outdoors today. Some of my baskets and flowers were looking quite sad so I picked and brought in the better blooms and bagged up some of the rest for disposal. I think I enjoy clearing out the gardens in the fall as much as I enjoy building them up in the summer.
How did your new garden come along over the summer Val?

Greetings to everyone....
AJ

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emoticon emoticon Happy 42nd Anniversary Stephanie.....hope you have a wonderful celebration with hubby.

The weather here is awesome and the sun was so inviting when I took Homer out walking this afternoon. yes, it is going to continue and get even warmer on the weekend. emoticon the return of summer for a bit more.


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emoticon Stephanie! Hope you do something special tonight.
I went for another walk last night, lots of tree damage in the neighboring community including at my good friends' house. They are away in Fla. on vacation and her son is trying to cut up branches, etc. He hasn't tackled the damage to the garage, expect they will tend to that when they get home.
I did go to bed earlier last night so that was good. Will try to get a streak going emoticon
Heading downtown for a research group this aft so I will have $ in my pocket! Yay!
Sunshine beckons.
Have a wonderful day everyone.

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Afternoon ladies...can't believe its been 4 days since my last post....but I read all the posts inbetween and sounds like everyone has been busy...

Irene I saw on the news today that the teachers in BC have reached a tentative agreement on their strike...I hope it means the end to the teachers strike....

Susan today is a gorgeous sunny warm day down here and I was able to take my 2 grandkids (15 month old gs & 3 year old gd) for a walk in a bright red wagon.....this nice weather is supposed to continue and then get warmer on the weekend...I sure hope so...and I am so glad Homer is doing better.....

Welcome Alice hope you join us often...these ladies are great motivators on staying on track ....

Lynette hope your area is getting nicer temps.....and no more snow!

Val ...glad you got a good night's sleep....right now I have my gks sleeping and thinking I should take a short nap too.....

To all have a great Tues...today is our 42nd wedding anniversary......who would have thought we would make it this far?...I am so blessed we have good health (my dh is doing great from his hip surgery in Jun)......and 6 healthy grandkids..........take care.

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Good morning everyone,

the weather has warmed up some and the sun is shining brightly! emoticon

Hello Alice, very nice to see you here. Welcome to the team. Wishing you all the best in meeting your goals. My real name is Susan. I have 2 daughters and 2 living sons as well as 3 granddaughters and 1 grandson. We also have 3 dogs and 4 rescued cats that we were able to rescue last November. One cat is the mamma who had 5 kittens of which one was killed by a motorist before we rescued them and one we were able to adopt out.

Sara, my husband used to play slow pitch then he umpired for years. I loved going to the games. We are just a 20 minute drive to Niagara Falls. from Welland here. I do hope your knee will be feeling better soon.

Lynette, glad to see you guys are having good weather. Sure makes for happier days when the weather cooperates.

Val so glad to see you got a good night sleep. I'm sure you will start feeling more revived once you are moving about. Try and get another good sleep in tonight and you should be raring to go by tomorrow.

I did great yesterday with my day one of week 2 training for a 5K. I tell though, I never thought I could run for 2 minutes straight but I just keep looking down the street as I ran and the clocked ticked by faster. I can't imagine how I will feel next week when I have to pump the running part up to 3 minutes walking-3 minutes running. If I can't do 3 minutes, I will do week 2 over again but I am determined to try my best.
Today I will spend cross training.

Well I best get dressed as I am still in my pj's here finishing my cup of morning tea.

Have an excellent day everyone and wishes for you that it is filled with healthy choices and fitness emoticon




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Morning, ladies,
How did it go at work last night? Is your knee still okay? Can they not find you some other position at that company where you don't have to be on your feet so much?
Glad your dh is taking his health seriously and asking you for advice. That will help both od you, I'm sure...

Susan, what a relief for you regarding Homer! Let's hope he stays that way.
Good luck with the running. I know you can do it - you're determined enough to, anyway...

Lynette - did you get to bed early? I did. I was in bed by 9:00 and I'm sure I fell asleep as soon as my head touched the pillow! Mind you, I'm still tired this morning, but not nearly as bad as it was yesterday.

Good morning, AALTJE! I'm Valerie. Welcome to our team! You've found a great group of ladies and here in the Chit chat lounge, we drop by most days to just talk. I have two sons as well - 27 and 20. Both also living at home. The youngest is just finishing up his Grade 12 by doing courses on-line (He actually started his English course yesterday) and the oldest wants to finish, but isn't quite there yet. Hopefully he will be set up by January...

Well, I must get moving. I have to go get dressed. It's supposed to be a beautiful day today, so maybe I'll even wear a dress. I'll see when I get to my closet. LOL

Have a great one, everyone!

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

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

Have a great day!
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Morning everyone. So here I went and introduced myself and then disappeared. Actually I had a busy week last week working 6 days. I am getting too old for that kind of pace. This week should be better. The weight loss is coming off literally one slow pound at a time. And I mean slow. I seriously need to get out and walk. It's just finding the time. O.K. So maybe it's just getting out there and doing it!
Nice to get to know you all as I read your posts. I can relate to pets and vets. We had to put our cat down a few years ago and that was sad. But #1 son rescued a kitten from a tree near his work and she quickly made us her own. That was just a few weeks before having to take our cat of 11 years for her final visit to the vet.
A little about myself: married for almost 37 years, 2 sons, 29 and 23 both living at home (for now) work full time managing 2 Christian bookstores. Hubby works as well in finance.
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I've had a productive morning so far , have a dr appt this aft so must get in lots of steps before that.Weather couldn't be nicer so will get outside today and enjoy the sun while it lasts.
Valerie, I hope you cope well today and then tuck yourself in early and have a solid sleep tonight. Sufficient rest is so important. By telling you, I am saying "Reminder to self: get to bed at a decent hour. " I need my mom chasing me to bed!
Wishing you good luck on the training Susan. That is a challenging goal.
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Good morning ladies,
wishing everyone a happy week ahead and a healthy one as well.

I am so happy this morning because our dog Homer has his appetite back and was waiting with baited breath to be fed. I had to stop him a few times from eating because he was woofing it down too fast. He has had no vomiting or diarrhea so I believe it must have been a bug he had.

Of course I am watching him like a hawk but seems to be okay today and blood work will wait until December as instructed my our vet unless he gets ill again and then I will take him in early.

The sun is out and it looks like it should be a nice day. I am going to get out this morning for a long power walk. Tomorrow I start day one of week 2 of training for a 5K. I already tried running for 2 minutes straight yesterday and was able to but it isn't easy. Don't understand why I can power walk really fast at 4-4.5 miles per hour but find it so challenging to run. But, I want to be able to run 5Ks without walking in between so the training I am doing will get me there I hope. It's my goal to be able to do this by June of 2015 but the program in itself is 8 weeks. If you feel you can't move from one week onto the next, you can repeat the week as often as needed.
We will just have to see what I am capable of.

Val try and get a nap in today to recover some of the sleep you were deprived. You deserve it!

Well I am off to get changed and out the door so sending best wishes for an awesome day. emoticon






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Its been a wk since my cortisone shot, and surprisingly my knee feels good, BUT I have been off work all wk and return tonight so will see how it really is after being on my feet for 8 hrs.

Had a wknd away in Niagara Falls watching my eldest son play slowpitch. Was a great time with family and friends. Rain on Saturday was not the greatest, but over all a fun time.

Today hubby asked what kind of a healthy breakfast he should have. Glad he is taking this seriously.

Have a great day everyone

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Morning ladies.
Oh, am I ever tired. I couldn't get to sleep last night until my dh got home. Then, of course, I was up about every hour running down the hall to the bathroom...

My dh worked all weekend setting up a new server for his office. He started shortly after 7am both days and got home at 9pm Saturday and 11pm Sunday. He did come home for supper on Sunday, but then went back after an hour. Poor man is just exhausted. Thank goodness he has 4 weeks off now... Of course, because he's not home, I can't get to sleep. Weird, huh? I know he can take care of himself, but I guess I worry about him anyway...

Lindie and Susan, I sure hope Kartmen and Homer will be okay. I'm not a pet person myself but I can appreciate how you must worry about them.

Hi to everyone else. I'm just too tired to think any more. Don't know how I'll make it through the day at work, but I've done it before and I'm sure I'll do it again. 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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girls have gone home after a visit to a friend this aft; all in all we had a good wkend, did some work, had some fun. Looking fwd to seeing J's new apartment sometime in Oct.
Weather turned around. I went for a walk in the neighborhood this evening and saw lots of damage, with piles of branches curb-side awaiting pick-up and also trees that the city will have to deal with. Glad I had nothing serious in my yard and we don't have boulevards on our street.
New neighbors moved in: Dad, Mom, little fella (yr and a half old ) and no dogs. They seemed very friendly and it should be much quieter. Nice.
Time to head for bed. Nose to the grindstone tomorrow again...

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Hi

Lindie, my second to last last vet charge was $650.00 for Homer for blood work and xrays which showed exactly what the problem was. It hurt the pocket book for sure but it was necessary. Now if he is still under the weather tomorrow, I will be taking him in for blood work again to make sure nothing else is going on.

I do hope your pet will be okay, it is always such a worry with our pets because they can't tell us what it is that hurts.

Val I hope your hip will feel better for sleeping tonight.You can sure tell that winter is on it's way with the cold damp weather and we are all feeling the aches and pains from it.

Hope the warm weather returns soon so we can have a last hurrah of summer.


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Sign of old age with all these aches and pains but at least there is releif !!

Susan sorry Homer is ill - Kartment's vet visit did not go as well as I wanted, the Dr hears a heart murmur, well that might not be so serious but when doing an abdomen exam, she stated that Kartmen tightened up when she prodded certain areas .. so now blood work and tests up to 400.00 WHAT !!! Debating ....

Valerie, glad you found relief for the hip - I find my left one gets a burning pain from sitting in the same position for too too long ...

Got a pedicure yesterday and watched a digitally remastered Back to the Future, boy was it enjoyable to watch !

Lamb Roast, Chicken and cawliflower rice/mash on the adjenda today !

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Morning, everyone.
I didn't sleep very well last night. For some reason, my hip was really bothering me. I had to get up and warm up the magic bag. That really helped. Good thing I was able to sleep in this morning...

Susan I sure hope Homer will be okay. It's so hard when your pets are sick because they can't tell you exactly how they feel. You have to kind of guess what they are trying to tell you and then, you might even guess wrong. Good idea for you to take him to visit the vet tomorrow...

I've started my laundry, my dishes are being washed, and I've started working on a couple of my kitchen cupboards. I found a cool gadget - it's called the Spicy Shelf. I hate not being able to see all my spices unless I pull them all out of the cupboard when I need one. This little shelf is just the thing I needed! I'll reorganize a couple more cupboards and put these shelves in - much to my husbands discontent, I'm sure. He complains that I reorganize the cupboards all the time, but I've only done it once or twice since we were married! LOL

Well, must go finish my lunch then get back to it. Have a great Sunday, everyone.

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Good morning everyone,
I have been up since 7:30 and just finished cooking some foods for my dog for a week (chicken, barley black eyed peas)

I hope it is not in vain because my beloved Homer has not been feeling well for a couple of days now. He went off his food yesterday and ate only half in small amounts and today has not wanted to eat. He is usually gun ho to eat his breakfast every day. He only drank water this morning then he vomited it all up.
I noticed he has been drinking a bit more the past few days but he had some loose stools for 2 days and I figure he is just replacing what he lost.

Unfortunately with his lover disease, I am afraid something may be going on there.
I will be taking him to the vet tomorrow for blood work and see where we are with that.
He is 11 years old and has never been sick in his life.
I hope this is not serious and just a mild bug.

Hubby wants to go to the Niagara Regional Exhibition today to see the smash up derby and I was going to go as well but I think I will stay back this time and just keep an eye on Homer. My youngest daughter is coming by later in the day so I don't want to miss her visit as we don't have enough time together with her living an hour and 15 minutes away in Brantford.

I will be going up to Brantford on the 27 of this month for 9 days while my daughter and son in law go to Jamaica. I am taking care of my granddaughter and their 2 dogs while they are gone.

Well I better move as my back is giving me grief today and sitting too long only aggravates it.

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I'm up late today (still that sleep thing) but soon I'll be off to the farmers market.

Big excitement of the weekend: my 8 year old GS flew on his own to Calgary to visit his aunt and uncle. He's making a video blog of the trip. :-) So tonight my GD and I will have a girl's night together. She will make a separate solo trip sometime in the future.


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I was up early but the girls are still in bed. I'll start bkfst and then we can get to work. Feeling blessed to have their time and service this wkend!

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We are all busy today !! Isn't that what weekends are for, the things we can't do during the week? I am off to take KArtmen to the vets, by the way I will pick up the info for that vet I was talking about ... so more information to come - and then off to a pedicure... its beautiful here so not gonna complain at all !! Have a good one ladies !

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Morning,ladies. It's time to get up! rise and shine! Time's a-wasting.

I'm off to get my hair cut in 10 minutes, then I have some running around to do and get the groceries. Then I can come home and weed the garden - get it ready for fall. This may be the last nice weekend I'll have to do it, so I think I'd better do it now. Mind you, it's supposed to start raining this afternoon, so I may have to put that one off until tomorrow...

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Just a quick hello and to wish everyone a great day. I am off to visit my mother and spend some girl time with her today.
Hoping to see some sun later or at least for it to stop raining and warm up a bit. I could see my breath outside this morning it's so cold.




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Just popping to wish everyone a great weekend.

And thanks for the kind words on libraries. Lynette, glad you appreciate them so much! Stephanie, I think it is great to live within walking distance of your local library. :-)

As for me, I hold this government responsible for the teachers' strike dragging on so long.

Not caught up on sleep yet.

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snow is almost gone and the forecast is for 11, I think. Cool for outside work perhaps and probably should not paint since things were certainly soaked. Told A she may have to wash walls inside and she didn't seem too upset about that, she just doesn't want to do interior painting.
They will arrive late tonight and tomorrow I hope to crack the whip. Figure this can be their bday present to me emoticon
I just finished the book about the 100 years of the Edmonton Public Library. It was very interesting, amazing actually how entertaining I found it. Libraries are WONDERFUL, plain and simple.
But schools are where kids should be at this time of year and as a parent and a former teacher. I am appalled that this strike is carrying on. Time for the Raging Grannies to get involved? I know a couple of people involved with that group and this would seem to be right up their alley.
Well, time to get a move on for today. Have a wonderful wkend, everyone.

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Good morning everyone. brrrr, it is quite cool this morning (53F) and just perfect for power walking and running.
Stephanie I sure wish I still lived in Windsor so we could walk together. I know there are lots of great places there for walking.

Irene, I hope you finally got some sleep last night...nothing worse than insomnia to ruin a good night's sleep.

My sister is a teacher down in in Niagara and I understand what those poor teachers go through. I don't know why they just don't negotiate a fair deal for them in B.C. and this strike over with.

Yesterday I did day 2 of training to be able to run a 5K and then did strength training afterwards. I'm not going to swear by it but I think it busted my plateau as I was finally down 2 more pounds today bringing me just 6 pounds away fro my goal weight.

Oh.by the way, they caught one of the guys that was an escaped convict from Georgia yesterday and he is back in jail waiting to be sent packing back to the states. Now we just need the the violent sex offender caught and I will feel safer.

Well, I am off to get busy around here and hopefully get out for a power walk early in the day. Wishing everyone a fantastic day filled with healthy choices. emoticon

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Just read all the posts and wanted to wish all a good weekend......we are still experiencing cool temps down here, especially in the mornings...by afternoons the temps are more seasonable......

Wanted to comment on the teachers strike in BC...in Ontario the teachers strike (I think it was in Nov 2012) lasted a long time....and I agree with Lindie its the special needs kids that suffer the most......glad that you are keeping busy Irene at the library...our library just moved into a brand new building...I haven't been there yet, but the best thing about the move is that I'll be able to walk there......

Val I'm glad its Fri too...and Lynette are your temps warmer yet?....Susan I'm not getting outdoors to walk much.....I really could use a walking buddy these days to get me motivated.....

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend...take care all.



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Morning everyone.
Nothing to say but just glad it's Friday.

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Have a great one...

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Up very late tonight. In a bad sleep pattern right now.

Lindie, I am actually happy that the library is so busy right now (although the Tuesday after the long weekend was so busy it was insane) - I like to be busy. And this underlines the fact that libraries are important community resources.

But I really hope that this strike is settled soon - I think that it shows such a disrespect to the kids letting it go on so long.

Anyway, it's late - I need to get some sleep.

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Home teaching is not a bad idea, IF the person has the skills to do this AND the patience. The government is using the 40.00 per child as support for their lack of negotiating fairly and trying to bankrupt the union which they have done by various court issues that they keep going and going ... and of course money talks and bs walks ... so our teachers are loosing ground fast and the biggest loosers are the special needs children who keep getting swept under the financial carpet to be ignored - are we in the dark ages OR what ??? Anyway my 2 cents, and I am very much affected by this by my line of work - nope not a teacher, never wanted to be one ...

Irene, I am sorry its busy at the library but at the same time glad that kids have a safe haven as the library to go to for activities and such. Course some are just home playing computer games... ( that would be me LOL )

Lynnette, be sure to take pictures before and after for your insurance claim against that neighbour/ owner who is being so negligent !!

Stephanie sounds like you are very very busy with family these days, the fall is here now and soon will be difficult to get out to do activities so I sure hope you have some lined up to keep the young ones busy and you too !!



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Hi everyone,

my nieces live in B.C. (3 of them with children) and they are having to home school them right now. The youngest one who was to start JK this year is so anxious to go to school and my nieces are all doing their best with giving lessons. They are getting $40 per child right now to be teaching them at home but I have to say that none of my nieces know anything about spelling or grammar so hope they are concentrating on other subjects.

I certainly hope the teachers strike will be over soon. For everyone's sake.

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I bet things are crazy at the library with school not in, Irene. Sure hope that situation is resolved soon.
Applesauce is bubbling in the CP, tried to get into the neighbor's yard to pick more but branches block the gate. R will be here tomorrow so he should be able to move that branch as well as the one that is wedged in the fence and then we can see if/what damages there are.
Late meal when I do my volunteer shift so best get it going-- had to check in on-line for a few reasons and then I got carried away...

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Just popping in to say hi - quickly read all the posts.

Val - it sounds like you and Evan are getting lots of exercise - way to go!

School has not yet restarted here in BC - still no settlement between government and teachers - it feels like it will never be settled. Meanwhile, the library is humming with families trying to do things on their own for now.

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Afternoon ladies....I've been reading all the posts, but this is the first chance I've had to sit down and post myself....with school started I am hoping to get into a routine that includes walks during my days off......(Tues, Thurs, and the weekend)..my weight has been on the high side and I am taking control.....no more excuses.....

Our weather has cooled down here also....so nice to be able to wash my windows and not have record high temps.....I am not complaining about our weather......the snow, that they have received out west, is not something I want as of yet.......

Well better dinner ready...have my crew coming after school today and there will be 4 hungry grandkids to feed.....now I'm only watching 2 grandkids on my days off.....my 15 month gs and one 3 yr old gd.......the other 3 yr old gd has a birthday in Dec and was able to start jr kindergarten this Sep...needless to say the other 3 yr old gd misses her and keeps asking me where she is.......take care all....

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Good morning everyone, It is cool here today after raining last night but the sunis trying to come out. It keeps peeking.
Hoping it dries up a bit so I can go walking.

Sending best wishes for everyone to have a health day. emoticon

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Good morning Valerie, I sure hope you have a good day today !! Glad you are enjoying the exercise with Evan !! Doing exercise alone is a boring time !!

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Morning, Just popping in to wish everyone a good day.

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

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Hi, everyone.
Lindie, so far Evan is just doing the exercises. He hasn't got to the point yet where he wants to do more. Actually, I'm pretty played out afterwards, too.
As for the mammogram, I had one done last year. I don't like to have them though, because they always hurt so much. Wish there was a gentler way for them to do it.

Susan, I'm glad you're not going out right now until they find those guys. That's pretty scary. Hope they are caught soon.

I'm quite tired tonight so I think it'll be an early night for me. Have a good one, everyone,and enjoy those apples, Lynette! LOL


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computer is acting up but at least I've had power all day, unlike many areas. Sipping a cup of tea and reassuring myself that seasonal weather is in the forecast so this um, "lovely" winter weather will be on hold again. A large branch of the apple tree next door broke off. It doesn't look like it damaged the fence but I am going to pick some of the apples so that they don't totally go to waste. Wonder if the renters there will do anything. They do not take care of things at all, e.g. they left all the leaves on the deck from last fall, so the deck will be deteriorating underneath, yuck. My lilac in the back looks like it may have some damage, will investigate further when the snow is gone. R has a part-time job doing some work around the condo complex where he lived and he has spent much of the day dealing with broken trees and branches. Nasty weather!!!
Best get outside before dark so ttyl. Hope getting over the hump will mean the week will go better as we aim for the weekend!

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Good Morning Ladies. We sure are a microcosm of reality here, aren't we? Over and under weight issues, high and low fitness levels, more and less energy .... and everything in between! Sure makes it easy to understand that no one standard works for everyone -- we are all unique. And all doing the best we can.

Lindie, yes. I do keep up regularly with mammograms, and bone density testing as well. I am borderline osteopenia but am working at exercise and nutrition to build up my bones. Again, family history does have an impact.

Have a great day everyone. I am tackling my winter online course and finding it much more difficult this year because there is extensive online involvement with group work and actual online activities. My online experience is limited and my expertise even less!

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Good morning everyone,

Lindie, you are so right, ladies every 2 years you need your mammograms. I get a reminder from the breast screening clinic so I make sure that I am in there every two years. next year I am due for my next one.

Sara, congrats on the weight loss. I know how incredible you must feel. As for knee replacement, my hubby had his first one when he was 59 and his second one when he was 60. I hope you won't have to wait too long for yours. I believe that it is quality of life we need so doctors should not make people wait if they have knees being replaced. It should not be based on age. We are so lucky my husband had his done when he did but unfortunately he has to go back now and have the knee caps replaced because the first surgeon didn't do that. Long story but we are just waiting on a date now for the new surgery where he will have both done at once.

As for this day, it is humid and the temp is already 68 but feels a lot hotter. I actually turned the air back on this morning.
I decided to start training myself to run a 5K and today was day one of following the Spark People training guide. warmed up 5 mins. ran 1 minute, walked 4, ran 1, walked 4, ran 1 then had a 5 minute cool down. Not realizing hot humid it was out there I was sweating like crazy after getting back but I managed to follow through on that regiment and feel good.
I have always wanted to be able to run 5K and hopefully I will be able to by next June.

I was doing some research to see if there are any hiking trails near me and discovered that there is actually a provincial park about 20 kilometers from here that has 9 hiking trails all of different challenges. Now to find a buddy who will like hiking as much as I do. I refuse to go alone as we have a couple escapees on the lam in this area and wouldn't want to be a woman out on my own on a trail. One of the guys is a violent sex offender.
I sure hope they find him soon because I won't go on one of my favorite paths any longer because of this.

Any way, I am off to shower and start my day. Hubby will be home from his side job in another 40 minutes and I need to get started on my housework.

Have a great ladies and I will check back later today. emoticon


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Yes Valerie, I sure wish I could transfer some of my weight !! My daughter has given Gene some guidelines to follow, the problem is, just as we wish we could loose over night, He wants to GAIN over night and we both know that is not healthy, so with his sister's guidance, he will be fine. Shakes with peanut butter and she recommended a protein powder for gaining weight. However, he needs to exercise as well. Someone who is too thin puts just as much strain on the heart as someone who is over weight. The heart is a muscle that needs to be exercised with cardio activity.

Glad Evan is getting his exercise in, how does he feel afterwards, he is looking at doing more, or just doing ?

I had a mammogram done yesterday. The technician was really good, the machine only 4-5 years old and I got to see the pictures afterward in which the tech explained various parts of the breast that showed up on the pictures. Because I had not had one since 2008, they did all pics. By the way after 50 you should have a mammogram every 2 years, never knew that ! SO are you all getting yours done? I challenge you to do so and October is a great month to do that !

Have a good day everyone !

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Morning.
Almost every day since the 1st of Sept, Evan and I have been working on the Wii and biking together. For the first half hour, while he bikes, I do the Wii Dance. Then for the next half hour, we both play some of the Wii sports. He's already logged in 6 hours of the 75 that he needs for his course. I'm so glad he's doing this. He really needs to do some kind of physical activity...

I didn't have much time on the computer yesterday as I was busy, but I did read the posts.

Sara, I see that you've shed a few more pounds. Way to go, girl!
As for being too young for knee replacement - when you get to whatever age they say you should be, I hope you'll be healthy enough to have it. After all, to my way of thinking, being in pain like that all the time can really affect your health. I wonder why they don't want to do it at this age...

Lynette, one of my contacts at work was saying that it's pretty white out there. I understand you might get some more today. I hope it doesn't stay long... This is just WAY too early for snow...

AJ - I agree with your statement about doctors. We should be interviewing them to ensure that they are a good fit for us. Not the other way around. After all - we are the ones paying them...

Lindie, it's too bad we can't just "transfer" some of our weight to someone else that could use it, eh? That way, you and your son would both benefit. LOL
As for my son at the Dr's - he just needed to be reassured that his heart is fine. I gather his heart doesn't beat very strongly and when he could feel it beat hard some times when he was laying down, it worried him. The Dr said that it was normal for him to feel what he's feeling. That's the gist that I get out of it, anyway...

Well, it's getting late and I'm not even dressed yet so I'd better run. Have a good Wednesday, everyone. Keep warm...

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

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Its important to give your body the rest period that it needs, but its also important to remember to feed your body the fuel it needs, that is why we eat , but why we over eat is because we tend to feed our feelings rather then our bodies. If you are active through out the day, you need to fuel your body so it does not rob your muscles and bones of the nutrients that are needed. My son is learning this trying to GAIN weight while I am trying to LOSE weight !!!

Lynnette - hybernation time !! Grab a good book, put on some good relaxing tunes, have a cuppa and call it a night, and snuggle up !!

I've read the posts but have olders and can't remember what was said, but Valerie how did your son make out at the Dr's?

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Hi everyone, today is a total rest day for me. I am exhausted to the max and decided to take this one day fitness free. Nutrition intake is under my requirements but it won't hurt me to not eat as I am not hungry.

I have been running all day long with errands and visiting my mom. I did walk her dog for her for about 15 minutes or so but after getting back I still had more errands to run. Now I am home and just relaxing and enjoying not doing anything else. Hubby has made me a cup of tea and I will sip and enjoy every moment of this.

Lynette, I think you can probably use a hot cup of tea with all that nasty snow you are getting. I am shaking my head at this. We are still having summer weather and to think we are in the same country. I hope your snow goes away and you will still have a chance to enjoy fall weather and not winter already.
My goodness we sure have been seeing odd weather in the past few years.

Sorry I don't have any more to post I really just want to relax now for the rest of the evening.
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weight retreat was good and we are re-inspired to carry on with this journey.
We were walloped with a record snow fall yesterday and more is on the way.
Valerie, reading about that young man was so sad. My dd's bf's brother was a victim of melanoma and gone before age 40. Cancer is such a sneaky, despicable disease.
Sara, it is awful that the solution you need seems to be something the medical field doesn't want to consider yet. Yes Alicia, finding a doctor is a task these days. My daughters have been having problems finding someone they like/that seems competent.
Time to make something to eat, not feeling very ambitious. This weather is depressing.
Oh, I hope you will read my latest blog: I had an aha that I wrote about.
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Oh no, Lynette -- I'm not ready to hear about snowfalls! Sun shine and green grass here and I am appreciating every minute.
Seems like its been a busy week. I got a letter from my doctor announcing his retirement so have been 'applying' to other doctors to be a patient. Seems so strange to do that. They should be applying to us for the position of doctor, shouldn't they?
Also trying to find a good 'zooming' camera for my trip and getting some bits and pieces ready for that, went to a chirpodist to get orthotics, got my driveway paved and my furnace cleaned .... all manner of chores seem to be coming together this week.
Val, so sorry to hear of the loss of your young friend. Very tough.
Sara, hang in there. Maybe it will work out well if you and your dh are both working on weight loss goals. Support for each other. Sorry to hear of your knee problems and I hope you find a resolution soon -- either in surgery or a new job.
Susan, thanks for the reminder. I have a bag of bulbs downstairs that I can soon plant.
Stephanie, glad the worst of the wind storm missed you. It went around here too -- got it bad in Ottawa but we got off lightly.
Irene, how did your pub dinner turn out?
Lindie, how are you doing? Did you get good results from the testing you had a couple weeks ago? How is the bicycle working out?
Greetings to Vicki, Deborah and anyone else I've missed.
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we are in the middle of major snow fall. Sigh
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Down a few more pounds, but it is very slow going. Hubby has been off work since June, and seems my activity level went down too. Now he is complaining that he needs to lose weight - tried to tell him that some of the things he is eating, should not be in this house. He has started walking a bit, but he is one who wants instant results!! Right now I can't walk with him, as my knee is still not in good form.

Just had another cortisone shot along with extracting of fluid yesterday and am having to stay off my feet another day. Working has become a challenge and when I asked the dr about knee replacement surgery again, he still insists I'm too young (54) and so I told him I was at the point of quitting my job as it is too painful to be on my feet for 8 hrs - he said to go on sick leave - use my benefits, I told him I don't have benefits at work (husband has great benefits, so didn't take any from my work). He kind of looked at me stupid like -

Have been applying to other jobs, but most jobs require you to walk at some point!! Just wish they would schedule me for knee replacement and get it over with.

Enough of my aches and pains - going to try to get my hubby on the right track. Might set him up on this site (not sure if his computer skills could handle it thought - lol) but am going to give it a try. Maybe if he actually kept track of what he is putting in his mouth, he will see where he needs to cut back. WISH me luck girls!!

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Morning,
I'm taking my oldest son to see the Dr this morning so I'll be going into work a couple of hours late. I do wish that at least one of my sons would get a drivers license. But they don't seem to think they need it...They can't take a bus because I'm not even sure if there is one that goes down that way...Anyway, it was a good chance for me to sleep in this morning - and I sure needed it, so I'm grateful for that.

Not much else around here, so I'll just wish you all a good morning and talk with you all later.

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Hi,
I just did a quick glance at the posts - I'm too tired right now to read them thoroughly. But I do want to point out - my dh is taking the 4 weeks off - not me. So the only time we can go away is on weekends. We do have one of those planned for the end of this month.

I found out more about the young man who passed on. He found out in January that he had stage 4 melanoma. He had no clue that there was anything wrong before then. He lived on his own until the last month, and said he thought it was time to go to the hospital the night before he died. Everyone at least had time to say their good byes, so that was good. He will be missed, that's for sure...

Well, it's late and I am tired, so I'm off to bed now. Have a good evening, everyone. Sleep well. emoticon emoticon

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emoticon emoticon emoticon Hi everyone,
today has been fairly quiet so far. It is my oldest grandchild's birthday today and Tori has turned 20 years old. I have no idea how she went from being a baby to a woman so fast but I guess it means I am getting old LOL.

In spite of my aging I am very pleased with myself especially after yesterday. I started out to have my usual 6K power walk and because it was such fantastic weather, I ended up walking 10K. It did take me 95 minutes however as I had to take 3 short rests because my back was aching just below my shoulder blade. The last 30 minutes I was slower than I started but during the lat 10 minutes I found myself running for a couple of blocks. That actually made my feet feel better but my endurance is so low for running that I went back to just power walking until I returned home.

Seems that wasn't enoughfor me because I did 30 minutes of cycling after dinner and also di 15 minutes of strength training.
Today I have not done anything for fitness unless you count working in the garden for 45 minutes pulling up weeds.
As hubby and I prepare for fall weather I want to be sure the garden has no weeds in it before the snow flies. That way next spring won't be so hard on getting the soil ready for more planting. I wil put my tulips in next month

Val, David Wilcox the singer was born in Montreal Quebec and I couldn't find any info on him to see if he moved to Thunder Bay. It would be a hoot if he is the guy you knew back then.

Lynette, glad you like the motivating quotes, I look for new ones every day....alas I can not take credit for coming up with them but I sure try to abide by them.

Sending out healthy wishes to all. I am planning on another power walk after dinner tonight because the weather here is so awesome at 73F and sunny skies.
I keep waiting to see my scale move down again and I gotta say it sure is slow. Maybe tomorrow there will be a change but my regular clothes are definitely too big for me to wear now and I am happy to be wearing my old smaller sizes.

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Stephanie, it sounds like you are enjoying fall with parties galore.
Valerie, you and DH need to party. Maybe check out last minute travel deals, this time is a wonderful gift!
Susan, I keep meaning to say that I like the motivators you put on the daily feed. That little box is a Spark change that has improved the Spark experience for me. I appreciate that they keep trying to make Spark better and better.
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This weekend was a blur...like all of you the days are just going by way to quickly.....thank you to all about your comments on my fall.....other than a skinned knee I am fine and being very careful about what shoes I wear....(when I fell I had runners on...but the shoelaces were untied...will never do that again!)

Susan I am happy to hear about the dr being suspended.....and hoping that you dh is getting the correct treatment he needs for his knees.....my dh is still walking with a cane but getting better everyday thanks to the excellent care his dr and staff have given him......

Val sympathizes for your bff's nephew loss...what a tragedy and so young...makes you stop and realize what is important....glad that you dh is taking some time off....are you planning on going anywhere?

Lynette hope you got outside for your walk....I miss not having the time to bike outdoors...our days are getting shorter and now it get dark around 8:00 pm......

Vicki we had a mini tornado in a small town near us....(Lindie would know Amherstburg)....they had lots of wind damages, but luckily here in Lasalle we were spared.......hope the winds have abated in your area....

Irene how was your dinner/shower for your co worker?....Sun we had a dinner celebration for a nephew who was married in Florida.... they had a small get together here for all his relatives.....it was nice to see many of my nieces and nephews.....along with my sil's & bil's...


AJ hope you are doing well....

Read all the posts this morning and hard to believe some parts of Canada are getting snow....down here its cooler but still warm temps.....79f/26c today....

These days I am up with my weight.....all the weekend barbecues and dinners have added 2 pounds...time to get back on track and start my exercising...take care all and have a great Mon.....

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Just a quick good morning today. I am running a little late and dh is waiting for me to finish breakfast Have a great one, everyone.

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Ohhh Valerie, your DH has 4 weeks off, what will he do, will you take 4 weeks off to and just go on a vacation together ? That would be kewl - but of course not always doable.

ANd yes do send me that snow clowd- we have hot weather, sun still but I am sure rain is a coming !! With cooler temps, the only downside is the C-pap machine will now blow colder air on me ... that might keep me awake.

Glad everyone had a good weekend, I gotta go get in the kitchen and start grilling my meat, I have one of those mini george forman grills - works great for one piece of meat lol

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Morning, ladies.
Hope you all had a good Saturday and will have an even better Sunday! We went to the funeral yesterday, then stopped in at Brandon for a couple of hours to visit Mom and my sisters on the way home.

On the way out to Killarney, my dh informed me that his boss told him he was taking 4 weeks off, starting on the 15th of September. I'm glad because he hasn't had any real holiday in years. I've been worried that he will end up burning himself out. Now with the time off, maybe he will become rejuvenated.

Susan - I used to know a David Wilcox. He was from Thunder Bay and his mother's name was Ruby - one of my Mom's best friends. I keep wondering if it's the same David that I knew. Wouldn't that be cool?

Lindie - I think that after all that chuckling you've been doing at our expense, you should have a nice little snow cloud follow you for a couple of days as punishment! emoticon LOL

Sorry to hear you couldn't watch the balloons, Vicki. that would have been so nice to see. Here's some balloons for you - although they aren't the right kind... emoticon

Hi, Lynette. Glad you had a great day yesterday. I have a bunch of DVDs that are on my "I'd like to..." plans as well. But a lot of other things are further up the list than those...

I'd better go check the laundry. I've almost got it finished and would like to have it completed soon. Have a great day, everyone. emoticon

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well, yesterday was a very full day: fun and work, a good balance. R was here and was such a good partner in it all. The sun is shining again so I will do some more outside and try to get in an outdoor walk.
Yup, that threat of snow is enough to move mountains! I can take it easy when the weather is lousy, I figure. I have a huge stack of old VHS movies to watch, it's one of my "I'd like to...." plans that always seems to get pushed aside, but I intend to move it to the top of the list this winter. Clearing them out would be a major de-clutter achievement so double bonus!
Hope you all have a lovely Sunday, whatever your plans.
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Happy Sunday everyone...........today it is sunny and warm and it feels so wonderful not to have the high humidity.

Decided that we would not go to the Food Festival last night. I am not really a fan of David Wilcox music and was just as happy to stay home and watch a good movie and exercise while watching it. We also doggy sat our granddaughter's little chihuahua Tyson for the night. He is such a good little dog.

Not sure what is on the agenda today, I think we will play it by ear.
Maybe get to St. Catharines to visiti my mom today.

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Crazy weather, huh!? It was so warm here today, but the sky has darkened tonight and it's started to rain. I can feel a change in the air and can feel the coolness in the breeze.

Second year in a row we didn't get to see the hot air balloons launch. They said it was too windy. They must've been talking about the wind higher up because the leaves in the trees were barely moving. Disappointed that I didn't get to take some photos, but enjoyed the scenery on the drive there.

Tomorrow a friend and I will be going to the park for a walk/jog. Trying to stay active. emoticon

Take care all, have a good night.

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YES there is SNOW in northern BC, AB, MB you name it they are getting it. My daughter is nursing in Fort Laird and is sick at the sight of it already - I am just chuckling here LOL I know I am bad.

Lynnette, my hip bothers me as well but the hip flexor exercises on spark really helps - I am not ready for replacement - ever !!!

Everyone enjoy their weekend, if the weather is nice get out there cause it could change over night, like SNOW !!! Bye for now !!

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Good morning everyone, we had a thunderstorm last night and a cold front moved into town. It feels wonderful to be able to have the windows open and no humidity.

Hubby and I are planning on going to th food festival tonight to hear David Wilcox so hoping the weather clears up as the weatherman says it will.

So horrible about the snow out in Alberta.what a nasty thing to happen so early in the year.
Hope it doesn't last and Indian summer will come instead.

Well I am off to make the bed and then the day is all mine to do as I wish.
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Morning, ladies.
We're leaving within the hour for Killarney but I thought that since I'm waiting for dh to get ready, I thought I'd drop by to say hello.

Lynette - snow??? I know it has already snowed in Alberta, but more is on the way? That's just cruel of Mother Nature to bring it on so soon. We only just got something that we could call "Summer"!!!

Have a good Saturday, everyone.

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got some more sleep, showered and headed to the doc to complain about my hip/thigh. She suggested a pain relieving cream but the $ has put me off. Got the forms for tests to be done before I see her for my check-up in a month. It's time for this old gal to have a tune-up.
I took it pretty easy, walked and enjoyed window shopping, picked up a few groceries in the area of the doc.
Finally got to talk to dd #2 about her moving. She is in her new apt but moving to another larger unit on Oct. 1. So I won't go up there this month. Both girls are talking about coming down here in Sept. Lots they can help me with but the forecast is suggesting the possibility of white stuff on Tues, so hope we can still be doing outside tasks. I am so not looking fwd to winter.
R came over tonight and has been working on my cranky laptop. Another item for my wish list....
Wkend weather is supposed to be lovely so I intend to enjoy it. Work will have to wait, other than a bit that MUST be done before the snow flies. emoticon

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Hi everyone,
Today has been busy busy busy as I decided to wash flloors, and do all my cleaning today instead of tomorrow when it will be cooler and nicer to be outdoors. It is absolutely scorching out there today so being inside has not bothered me at all.

Our poor dog Homer has pulled a muscle in his foot peer dear so we are keeping an eye on him. He he is hobbling around the house but is better today than last night when we had to both lift him to take him up and down the stairs to go potty. We live in a raised bungalow so we have stairs to exit the house. I don't want to give him aspirin because of his liver disease but we have been showering him with lots of love and attention which he responds to well. He doesn't wince in pain when we try to find the spot he hurt so we are a bit baffled. If he is not walking well by Monday it will be a trip to the vet to check it out but with the slight improvement today I feel he will be alright.

We are celebrating Welland's food festival this weekend and there will be bands both tonight and tomorrow. Tomorrow David Wilcox will be entertaining so we will definitely go and see him.

We don't bother with the food but hubby usually has a beer when we go. I just like the music.

Tonight hubby goes back to bowling league and he is going to let the team know he is only going to be there for part of the season. With his surgery coming up whenever, it won't be fair to start and then leave the team without an extra bowler so this will give them a chance to find and extra bowler to fill hubby's spot.
I was going to return but I don't want to be around the gang who all enjoy having drinks while bowling. I don't want the temptation because I too enjoy having drinks when with a crowd. I don't need to drink and will be just as happy having Friday night to myself for a couple of hours.

Val: my condolences to your friend and her family on the loss of her nephew.

Well I better scoot so I can finish up as I will take tonight o make a batch more dog food for when I am gone a week at the end of September.

Have a great evening everyone and a fabulous weekend. emoticon

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Good morning everyone. I'm wishing you a great Friday too!

Val,so sorry to hear about your bff's son. Life just doesn't seem fair sometimes.

Lynette, so how is your day going? Is it pity party or Wonderwoman? (I'm rooting for Wonderwoman).

Vicki, have a great time at that balloon festival. Sounds like you are really doing well with your exercise!

Lindie, thanks for those healthy bones recommends. I went to the website, and have signed up for the newsletter. I did the online thing to see what your risk of fracture is, and mine came out low. But I couldn't answer the questions absolutely accurately, as I have not done a bone density test in years. I asked about it a while ago, and was told it is no longer being done free in BC for women under a certain age (but I forget if that age was 60 or 65). I see the doctor in a week and a half, I will ask about it then.

Susan, I am glad to hear that that doctor is on suspension. Just too bad that it isn't for his competency. However, it does just go to show that he is a sleeze all around.

Stephanie - so we are the falling sisters. :-) Glad that you were able to break that fall. Oddly enough although I couldn't break my fall, I have come off pretty unscathed. It is mostly my elbow that is still healing - and that is just the skin. Here is something really odd - but I am happy about it - I usually bruise really easily, but I have had almost no bruising at all from this. Anyway, here is to no more falls for either of us.

AJ, it sounds like you are really on track with your eating and exercise - way to go! And it sounds like you are fully intending to keep at this in September. Me too.

Alice, I think you are new here. Welcome, and hope your week is going well.

Deborah - congrats on the 1lb loss - always good to be going in the right direction!

Anyway, I have had a super slow start to my day. I had better get going and get something done around here. I am going to a dinner/shower tonight for a co-worker who is getting remarried. It is in a pub - I won't be drinking, but I am not sure about the choice of food on the menu. I'll have to be really mindful.

Have a great day and weekend, everyone.

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Morning everyone. Just dropping by to wish you all a great Friday!

Lynette - I see you finally got out of that bathrobe. emoticon

Vicki - enjoy the balloon festival. I'd love to ride in one some day but it's just too expensive for me to even think about it - unless I were to win it like one of my sisters did...

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

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

Have a great day!
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Sounds like you're doing very well, NVicki. Wonderful to have this fun with your sister.
I'm Sparking because I can't sleep but it isn't working to improve my mood. I think today will either be a pity party or a WonderWoman whirlwind. For now, I think I'll just head back to bed and see if a fresh start in an hour (or more if I can fall sleep) makes any difference. TGIF.

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Hi all,
I have today and tomorrow off and find I have much more energy than I use to. So the benefits of exercising are starting to show.
I went over to my sister's this evening and we did 30 minutes of Zumba and boy did we sweat! It didn't feel like 30 minutes, we had so much fun!

Tomorrow we're going to the Sussex Hot Air Balloon Festival and I hope to get some photos. Last year we went, but it was too windy for the balloons to launch. Tomorrow is supposed to be a beautiful day, so here's hoping all goes well.

Enjoy the weekend! Bye for now. emoticon

Do something today that your future self will thank you for!


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I had a very productive day, highlighted by returning the excess roofing materials so that is $400 refund on the Visa bill. Chatted with the bin guy when he came to pick it up and it sounds like the roofer was seriously out to lunch on the probable cost of that so itcould eat up the refund. Oh well, it is what it is.
Lots to do today, incl my volunteer shift and I have a van load to drop there, stuff from my church that we loaded up yesterday after we did the roofing materials.
Lindie, I was just thinking this morning that I need to see my doc and get the annual over with so going to the phone right now to try to book. Thanks for the challenge.
Have a great day everybody.

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HI guys, this is a quick note as I am off to my moms as soon as I finish.
Just want to wish everyone a fantastic day filled with healthy choices.

I will get my fitness in once I come home. Hoping it won't be too awfully hot like they say it will be. Have the air on already.
Have a good one everyone.
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Susan from
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I WILL reach my GOAL!
I WILL fight for it!
I WILL NOT give up!
NOTHING will STOP me!


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