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9/4/13 2:02 P

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Oh what a sweet picture and he truly is an angel. I have had several of my students become care providers and CNA's. They truly are heroes. The gal that took care of my dad was so sweet and never talked down to him even though he didn't know what was going on. I loved her.

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9/3/13 5:00 P

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Just thought I would share a picture I took today.
I was snapping pictures about Careers and thought this one came out pretty cute.
My husband didn't understand what was going on but I thought it was cute.
I still love him to death!!! LOL
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8/30/13 4:22 P

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Interesting and neat!

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8/30/13 12:15 P

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Yeah, one of my artist spark friends turned me on to recycling envelopes into books. Lots of information on you tube. So far I've made two. One I like one I don't.

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8/30/13 11:51 A

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Making books??

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8/30/13 11:23 A

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The only one that I'm really good at so far is photography but I've been at it for years. Now I want to get back to sewing, quilting, making books, and generally experimenting.

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8/29/13 6:30 P

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Wow, quilting!!! Isn't it fun to have several hobbies to switch around with!!
I am that way too!

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8/29/13 5:25 P

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I got a couple of award winners and a few ducks for my website. I'm now sewing up a storm as i got a new quilting machine so I haven't done much with my pics lately.

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How did it go?

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8/17/13 11:36 A

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We have a shoot out today at our local downtown park. I hope to capture an amazing duck image. I'll be happy with some camaraderie and people pics.

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4/28/13 4:41 P

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OH!! That makes my back hurt!!! LOL

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
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4/28/13 11:45 A

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that is the beauty of living in such a mild climate. My daffys and most of the tulips are alreaddy gone. The early iris are now in bloom and I believe all fear of frost is done. I am now full tilt boogie on painting my house!

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4/27/13 3:03 P

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Maybe everyone is out planting gardens!
People are just getting started doing that around here because it has been way below normal temps here. We had three night of hard freezes just last weekend!!
And of course that snow!

I have pictures of my iris blooming this time last year but don't even see buds yet this year!
Love your photos on your photo web site to sell pictures!
JO

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
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4/27/13 12:47 P

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As of yesterday it has been a bust. 2 greeting cards sold.............

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4/26/13 2:44 P

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Sounds relaxing! That is once everything is set up! LOL
Hope you sell a bunch!!!!!!
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Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
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4/26/13 1:52 P

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Sitting here watching the folks walk by and check out our photos at the Mall. I haven't sold anything yet but some nice comments on the show overall.

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4/14/13 6:10 P

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4/14/13 4:07 P

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Hey!!! Good for You!!
I done good the last three days! LOL


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4/14/13 3:56 P

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I am being super good ab out my food I want to lose 5 pounds this week.

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4/7/13 5:29 P

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Spring in Oregon is wet. We have tulips, hyacinths, blue bells and daffodils and a hail storm. Can't wait to get outside again.

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4/7/13 4:42 P

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It is fun to win prizes!! But like you said, I just do it because it is fun!
Daffodils are blooming now but not much else yet. Can't wait to get out and find more nature!!

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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4/7/13 11:58 A

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We went to a Nature Photographers meeting yesterday and had a really good time. I won a prize with my Calla Lily photo! Woo Hoo that felt good. The main event was Frans Lanting who is on a mission to help us all save the natural world. Very inspiring.

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3/26/13 1:37 P

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Congrads on the new eyes. I think we are so lucky to be able to keep our eyesight so much longer without the ordeal my granny went through when she had cataract surgery in the 60's.

Glad you are getting on with enjoying life again. Spring is just around the corner and I can't wait. We have some sunshine today and it feels so good.

I'm trying to get back in the zone of photos for photos sake instead of shows and competitions. If I like it I like it. That's really all that matters. It's nice to have others say nice things but it really isn't the point of making images. I do it cuz I like it!

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3/25/13 11:01 P

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I hate it when I have a project going and something like that happens.
Things are going a bit smoother for me right now although my furnace quit this weekend. But I have great people to help me out and it is working again. Didn't get too cold even though we have another three inches of snow on the ground.

I am enjoying life pretty much again. I have only been going up to see my DH every other day or less anymore. Since he had another heart attach last month he lost a lot of ground and is unable to carry on a conversation now. He is so confused anything he talks about just doesn't even make sense. It gets me upset sometimes so I go up to help him eat dinner and then come back home. I am very content at home!

I am ready for Spring and to go out and take pictures! With my new eyes, (had cataract surgery done this winter), everything looks so bright and colorful!!
Have a great week!!!
JO

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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3/25/13 5:11 P

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Busy week. Trying to get photos ready for a show and my doggone printer went on the fritz. So much time wasted to get it working right again. It's a good printer but if it sits too long it gets temperamental.

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There is a time, just after sunset,
when the earth holds its breath
as if to hear more clearly
the last soft tones of the day.
- Dewitt
This is the magic hour for perfect light. Love this quote.

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We should have a wet spring which would be great. emoticon

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2/17/13 5:12 P

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I can feel Spring in the air!! It is early this year again so may be a hot dry summer.
But it has been two years since I have looked so forward to Spring!
Besides me dealing better with DH and his illness I have also started taking care of me.
In the last three weeks I have had cataracts removed in my eyes.
Wow, what a difference!!!! I can't wait to see the beautiful colors and clarity in all of the Spring flowers!!!! I had no idea how blind I was!! LOL

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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2/17/13 11:51 A

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I hope to get my web page more active but I need to add a ton more images and remoe a few that don't work. I think I need to shoot more "road kill" which essentially is shots of Oregon Coast icons. Looking at some of the stuff for sale around here makes me think people will buy anything LOL

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That is really neat!!
I never thought about the "art" of photography.
So many times I take a picture of something I have taken several times before but still get a real thrill out of doing it!! Now I know why! LOL

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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2/7/13 10:51 P

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I had a wonderful conversation with one of my students today. She was an art major who fell in love with photography. It was nice to talk about photography as an art instead of the old "anyone can take a good picture." It is probably true that anyone can take a good picture but a real photo enthusiast takes them over and over and over again. emoticon

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Very interesting to see the photos! Thanks for sharing!!

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
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nval.org/Photography_Show.html Here is the link to a photo competition I was informed of . Even if you don't care to join competitions the winning images are quite thought provoking.

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Very well thank you! I have been enjoying myself both at work and at home. Today it's off to photograph the Sitkum Mountain area!

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how is everyones new year going so far

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This week has been amazing! Lots of family and fun.

Happy New Year!

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And a Very Merry Christmas to You!!!
I was traveling Sunday and am now in Missouri visiting my sister. We had lots of family here today and what fun we had!!
I love watching my two grandsons interacting with each other! One is a freshman in High School and the other is a freshman in College. They are great friends as well as brothers.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day tomorrow.
JO

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I will be on the road tomorrow so I wanted to take a moment to wish you all the very best of holidays. Merry Christmas to all. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Actually we use plastic bags for umbrellas for our cameras LOL. Hope you have a pleasant drive - winter can wait until you get home. We leave Christmas day to go to California and visit our kids and grands. Short trip but I'll be glad to leave the overcast skies and rain for a few days.

Your babies have been growing up quite rapidly!

MERRY CHRISTMAS Dear friend. Carol

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Sounds like so much fun!! Did you use an umbrella for plastic bags?
My sister and I have tried that and don't always have real good luck! LOL
I wish I had pictures of the two of us one day, in the rain, with us taking turns holding the umbrella for the other one!! We had so much fun and laughed so hard!

We have yet to see winter in Kansas. No snow yet, and fairly warm weather for this time of year.
But I don't want snow NOW!! I am planning to drive to Missouri to spend Christmas at my sister's house with the rest of the family. I missed the last two years.

Have you check my Flickr pictures lately? I have some pictures of my cats! (of course)
In case you want to check them out.....
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Have a Very Merry Christmas!!!!
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Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Great time last night photographing in the rain.

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Wow I can't believe it is full on winter and I've been off Spark for so long. I hope things are going well for everyone else. I'm trying to get back to my normal life! Hugs to all - Carol

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Being busy during the summer, I didn't feel the need to use SparkPeople, but winter in coming on and I think I need something to help me be accountable. My husband is semi-retired so I find that my days aren't my own. Finding time to exercise and eating right is so important and I have to stick to some kind of routine! Geesh, I know this so how is this so difficult? I am going to track my eating and get exercise every day.

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DH and I went for a walk at the beach and then came home and had a quiet ham dinner. It was a very relaxing and sweet day. Talked to my son and grandsons on the phone and just kicked back.

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That sounds like a wonderful resolution!!
I just try to take one day at a time. For a couple of months last year I was down to taking just one hour at a time!! LOL

By the way, Happy Belated Thanksgiving!!
I spent the day with DH at the care home and they had a wonderful turkey dinner with all of the trimmings!
The weekend before I was at my son's house and went to see my grandson in his school play. It was wonderful and had a very fun and relaxing day with them on Sunday.
Being with family sure helps in hard times!!
I am hoping to spend Christmas with my sister in Missouri. Depending on the weather of course!

How was your Thanksgiving?
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I started thinking today of all the new year resolutions I've made and how few I've kept for an entire year. Outside of quitting smoking I can't think of any. I've lost 200 pounds but I've gained 205, I've improved my writing skills but never tried to publish. I've taken a ton of pictures but my website is sadly lacking inventory. etc.

This year I won't make any resolutions except to live in the moment. After all what else do I have?

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You are so smart. I think that is a brilliant idea. I'm trying something new as well. about 50% of my food is plant based. Slowly I will increase it to 75%.



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Hi, You can do it!! Even if we have to start over many times we never give up!
I know both of us will get much healthier one of these days!!

Things going pretty well here too.
DH has had some bad days lately, wanting to come home and not understanding why he can't. One minute he is very sad and the next he is mad at me.
It is so hard, but I try to just take a day at a time.

To help with my eating I am trying something new. I eat a late breakfast and spend lunch time with DH. I don't eat lunch since I am not hungry yet. But now I am having them box my lunch up and I take it home with me in the afternoon when I head home from the Care Home. That way I have a healthy meal for supper without having to cook! And no left overs.
I have lots of fruit around for my snacking habits!
So far so good.

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
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Everything in my life is going well except my eating and exercising. Wish me luck getting back on track.

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That is an awesome idea. Isn't technology great? I am glad to hear you have such a great neighbor. It must be a comfort to have someone that really understands.

I took my neighbor looking at a care facility today. The apartment was so nice I wanted one. Plus housekeeping and 2 meals a day. She can have a pet and they have a community room for socializing. A lady even introduced herself. She loves to play pool and they even have a pool table. She probably won't move but at least she now has options. She is 88 and her 78 year old caregiver has dementia. It is getting very hard for both of them. I don't think her roommate will do anything until she is forced to. So sad.

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I Love Procrastination!!! LOL

Tonight my neighbor is bringing over Pizza and pop for us and I have salad and dessert ready. She and I are such good friends and even more so in the last year and half.
Her husband passed away in the night last summer the same time I was on my way by ambulance with my DH to the hospital. It was a crazy year for both of us!!

I am in the process of getting another lap top so I can leave one at the Care Home for DH. I want to get Skype set up on them so DH and I can chat in the evenings. He has been having more problems with depression. He has been crying a lot in the evenings. I have had to go up to calm him down a couple of times in the last month (a 15 miles drive one way). And that is after spending 3 to 4 hours with him every day. But of course he doesn't remember that.

No one at the Care Home knows anything about Skype and I am just now learning. So once I get it set up and learn it myself I will have to have "computer classes" for the nurse aides!!
But the director and everyone thinks it will be a great asset to the home for others also!!
I am excited about it.

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
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I have a really busy day ahead of me but I'm up to the challenge. No time to procrastinate which is what I love to do. I'm going to get my errands done and then paint some more. This evening is dinner with friends.

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I just want to stay healthy enough to do the things I enjoy without feeling bad. I have about 16 months before I can retire and it is important to me that I am active and healthy so I must watch my intake and keep exercising.

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We have had beautiful days here too lately!!
I love keeping my windows open. This morning I woke up with KoKo and CeCe snuggled up close to me in bed! It had gotten really chilly in the night. They said down to 38 degrees!!
The house was 63 degrees. I was plenty warm with my quilt and the warmth from the cats!! LOL I think they were a bit cold! LOL

I haven't done very much photography lately but still love it.
I am also happy I have been able to start reading books again. I haven't been able to concentrate enough to do that in over a year.
I think I am finally getting my "mo-jo" back!! LOL
Feeling pretty content with my life.
So now weight and exercise is the next hurdle!!!!
JO

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
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Another beautiful day. Hope I can get some sunshine time in. Went photoging yesterday now I have chores to do.

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Me too! Just one foot in front of the other LOL. I can't imagine the heat on a steady basis. I just had enough while we were on vacation in July. I'm going to get my house cleaned today and then paint a bit on the house. That is good exercise I think..

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Weather is getting much better around here too! I couldn't believe the 100 and more degree days we had in July! And no rain.
But things are now about back to normal and have been getting some rain.
I enjoy Spring and Autumn! Great times of the year. But I always say if is wasn't for the summer and winter then we wouldn't appreciate the Spring and autumn as much! LOL

I haven't even gotten back to walking any yet. Seems life just keeps getting in the way. But I haven't given up!! I do feel my life is settling down and am able to start seeing some goals that I think I can work on.
I have been able to start reading books again and that is wonderful. I couldn't keep my mind on a book to even read it until about a month ago.

I do feel good that I am doing great about not putting more weight on. I have kept within a 10 pound amount for six months now.
That is great for me! I have always been gaining or losing it seems!!
Now if I can just start losing a bit at a time I think I can keep it off!
I will get there one of these days.... years?..... LOL
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It is going to be another marvelous day on the coast of Oregon. I am so excited about our lovely weather! I believe this is my favorite time of year.

I actually am now counting steps and found yesterday I was at 5746 - Woo Hoo!

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you can get a free trial at Sparkcoach.com . it is a subscription service to help manage your goals. I may try it for a month but I am so flighty I just don't seem to stick to anything for too long.

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Oh my!!! LOL
Sounds like me! That is why I am hiring my work done now! But I bet you did save lots of money. When they came to dry out my basement there was a charge on the bill for moving the furniture!! At least insurance paid for all that!

My front and back deck are all fixed up now. He did a great job. The back deck is all gray and the front is white with gray flooring.
Still need to get the basement family room fixed back up, but at least it is dry! LOL

I don't know what the Spark Coaching is.....
Tell me more.....
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I feel totally beat up this week. I have been ripping old siding and sheeting from my house and our contractor is putting the new stuff up! I am so clutsy that I have bruises everywhere including a black eye from hitting myself with a crow bar. Sigh what a dunce. anyway we saved a lot of money doing the tear out ourselves.

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It is fun to take butterfly pictures. I love to see how close I can get.
It has been so dry and hot here this summer that I have not seen very many.
Of course I am not spending much time out in my backyard either.

As for working on your house......... I am glad it is you and not me!! LOL
My basement is all dry now but I only have cement floor and 2x4 walls now. The contractor won't be doing it until probably Nov. But that is okay since I am not using it anyway.

I have a man coming that will be repairing and paint both of my decks before too long.
If DH hadn't gotten sick we would have done a lot of this ourselves. But for now I find it just best to have someone do things for me as long as I can afford to.

I am almost done with another afghan. It will be for a raffle at the Care Home to raise money to help with the Activities dept. I am enjoying making them so much!

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
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Had fun taking pictures of butterflies yesterday but back to work on the house today! Almost done painting then it is clean up time.

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Sometimes we wonder why we have insurance and then we need it! LOL It will be better than before for you.

I am going to take more photos next week at the butterfly gardens. It should be fun.
and I hope to get a couple of fab pictures. I'm still having fun with PhotoShop so it is keeping off the streets.


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Funny Carol!!! But it was all most that bad!
But thank goodness for insurance because it is going to pay for all of it except for my $1000 deductible.
The water really did a number on the basement family room! Service Master Restoration is here and have taken out the glued down carpet and are now taking off walls!
The water must have been leaking in for a week! I just don't go down there much anymore and when I do I just go into the utility room usually. So I didn't know anything was going on until the water got to the landing at the bottom of the stairs!! The utility room is to the right and the family room is to the left.

So I guess I have to think positive. I will have new carpet and new, refinished walls!!
Oh well, just another thing to give me stress! ha ha
Love ya........

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Hi Tracy! We are still hanging in. I too hate dieting but I am trying to be healthy etc.

Jo - Maybe you can turn your basement into an indoor swimming pool. No? Well, I was trying to be helpful LOL.

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Hi Tracy!
We don't chat real often but we are here too!!
I am more apt to chat when someone adds a chat! LOL

It has been a rough few days for me. Wed evening I found out my basement was flooded.
It turned out the water was coming in where the water pipe from outside comes into the house. It was running in through the hole where the pipe was. So it has to be a break in the pipe outside of the house.
So that means a backhoe coming and digging up my FRONT yard!!
Sure hope my insurance helps pay for it, I am worried about mildew in the basement!!

Just another "wonderful day in the neighborhood"!! LOL

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HI, remember me! I am still alive. I am thinking about trying to get back to the diet thing but I really hate it at times. I will try to get back to being around here.

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Yes, we have become good friends. I would love to visit in person too but I'll just keep my computer running for now.

I'm not sure what I'd do in your place I guess just take it step by step like you are. I learned to crochet when I worked as a telephone operator many many years ago. I love it but my hands aren't too able to hold the needles for long periods of time. that's why I took up quilting.

I miss your photos but I sure do get the need for a change. DH and I are both lucky to enjoy photography. that helps us both keep it up.

I have to go back to work tomorrow. I really can't wait til I retire it gets harder and harder to go back after vacation.


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It is fine with me too if it is just you and me! I love chatting with anyone but over the years you and I have become great friends I feel!!
It would sure be great if someday I could win the lottery. I would come to see you!!!

Things are pretty much the same here.
My note before my last note on here tells about my starting to crochet and I am really enjoying that. I only do it when I am up at the Care Home but that is most everyday and I usually stay around five hours. I get lots of crochet time in!!
It has been very relaxing for me as well as fun because many of the residents love to come by and see how far along I have gotten. Then they love using them when they are done.
It has been very rewarding. I am taking pictures of them when I am done.
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I am working on number four afghan now and the home plans to have a raffle for it to get money for the activities dept.

The gallery here in town, where I had my photos for sale, sold their building and have closed the store. So I am "out of business" for now. But I haven't been taking many photos lately. I will get back into it one of these days.
And I am doing good about holding my weight at about the same. In other words not adding more, but not doing well at all with losing.
My heart just isn't in it right now. But I not going to give up!!

The first week of Sept. it will be a year that DH has been in the Care Home.
It sure doesn't seem like that long. I feel like I am only now beginning to adjust to the last two years. People use to always tell me to "just take a day at a time". I would tell them it is more like an "hour at a time". But now I think I can handle a week at a time! So it is getting better.

I am putting DH on Medicaid next month so maybe I can get my budget stabilized. It is hard to live on one income. When we retired a few years ago it cut our income in half. Now putting DH on Medicaid it has cut my income in half again!! Crazy world!! LOL

My son and family and my sister and her family all seem to be doing great so that is a blessing! And my life has had many blessing too! The lord is taking care of me!
So great to have you back to spout off to!!! LOL
JO

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
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I know! Most times it is just you and me. But hey that is OK with me. I am really trying to stick with the Spark diet again. I gained most of the weight back but I know I learned a few lessons along the way.

While the boys were here I realized I can be more active than I thought. I've still got the aches and pains but with exercise it is better. If I lose some weight it will be better still.

How is everything going with you?

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Hi, I am glad you are back so you can remind me to chat with you!! LOL
You can see I haven't added a note since you have!! LOL
JO

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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BTW sorry I have been MIA but I am back with a new computer and new motivation. Thanks for your patience everyone. Carol

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Hi.....
I have a few pictures from the Flint Hills Discovery Center but haven't gotten them on line yet. I will try to do that soon.

I have found something really fun and rewarding that I am doing now when I am visiting my husband at the Care Home.
I have started crocheting afghans.
Here is a link to my Flickr page to show a photo of my husband and the afghan I made for him. The thumbnails on the right show another photo of a yellow one I have made also. I am now working on a pink one.
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I feel like I have found my place in this life finally. I am leaving the afghans at the Care Home for the residents to use which is fun and full filling too!! One lady has all ready claimed the pink one!! ha ha
JO

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Please visit my Flickr Page for my photographs.
flickr.com/photos/neelojtsl/
I also have a Blog on Blogspot for my Short Stories.
joreflections.blogspot.com/


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It is a wonderful summer so far! Still have lots of projects but I also am having a good time with my photos. I won and 1st and 2nd at the County Fair in Photography and a 2nd place for a digi based watercolor. Feels good as I worked hard on these images.

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

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You'll have to tell me more about the Flint Hills center; we get out to Council Grove a few times a year (need to go more often but life seems to get in the way.)

I'm renting a car for the weekend as we have to go to Illinois - no way am I doing that without AC. The forecast for the next week or so pretty much scares me.

Hang in there!

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Good to hear from you!! And thanks, I can use all the prayers I can get! LOL
The gardens were really great! We went in the morning and it was getting hot before we got to go to the childrens garden. I thought it would be fun to see the kids playing in it.
We did get a lot of neat pictures.
If you get this way and to Manhattan you need to stop at the new Flint Hills Discovery Center. It is really a great place and so much interesting information! I thought I knew it all (LOL) but I learned a lot!!!

The heat is really bad. My air at home in the car are both working thank goodness. Hope they stay that way!!
I don't get out except to get into the car!!!
JO

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Please visit my Flickr Page for my photographs.
flickr.com/photos/neelojtsl/
I also have a Blog on Blogspot for my Short Stories.
joreflections.blogspot.com/


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I've been away a long time, but trying to get back to both Spark and photography. Jo, I am so sorry to hear about your dh. Thoughts and prayers with you both. I love the Wichita botanical gardens - they have done such a lovely job with them. I haven't been out there in several years - need to get back there one of these days. I'm in the KC area now - and looks like we are back to our triple digits for way too long. UGH! I try not to complain about the heat (you don't have to shovel sunshine) but I'll admit this is pushing my resolve - especially since the ac went out in my car. Cool thoughts to all!

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We have been having a cool wave!! Only in the 90's instead of the 100's! LOL
But it is back to the 100's the rest of this week.

My sister and I just got home from a three day trip. We went to our home town and went to a family reunion and saw some family from the other side also.
Then today we stopped at the Wichita Botanical garden and took pictures.
Then when we got back home we went to the new Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan.
We had such a great trip and time visiting!!

She will go up with me in the morning to see DH and then she will head home.
I love her so much!!!
JO

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Please visit my Flickr Page for my photographs.
flickr.com/photos/neelojtsl/
I also have a Blog on Blogspot for my Short Stories.
joreflections.blogspot.com/


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I was glad to see the rain this morning. I have a lot of studio and house work to get done. I just can't resist being outside on the few nice days we have.

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