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It's cold here too, and too rainy for any mowing which needs to be done. My husband will have to mow another day after the storms pass. I can't drive the mower because of my back and my knees. Getting on and off is difficult now, and the rough ride is too much for me. I worry about him with his back and knees, but he loves to mow and won't give it up. I used to love to mow, but now I love to drive the cart through Walmart because I can't walk there on all the concrete when shopping. I thought I would be having knee surgery at the end of May, but it has been pushed back until I can have some metals testing to make sure I don't have any allergies to the nickel and testing for the glues that are used in total knee replacements.

I met a new psychologist yesterday, and I think she will be beneficial in helping me deal with the anxieties that have plagued me for years, made worse by having had cancer. As a second time around survivor the anxiety never really goes away. One just learns how to live with it. The anxiety of knee surgery and recovery now moves in along with being unsteady on my feet and fears of falling. The joy of growing older comes with a new set of parameters! But every day alive and participating in life is reason to smile and Spark, helping others when I can!

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4/27/16 8:41 A

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It was much cooler yesterday and this morning it is cold. It's going to be a cooler, windy day. We haven't had the rain that had been forecasted though. We could use more rain and I would prefer that it happens over night, but I don't think I have a say in it.

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4/26/16 7:50 A

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Yesterday turned out to be a beautiful day! We did have a couple of sprinkles in the morning, but the sun came out and it really warmed up. I had a really nice run and took in all of the Spring scents. The apple trees are in full bloom and they smell so good! The trees have small leaves on them now and everything is just so green. There was the smell of fresh cut grass too! I love this time of year! It's the time of year when everything comes alive again!

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4/25/16 7:30 A

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Kay-It is fun to be able to work on house projects and see the end result. I'd love to be able to redo our counter tops. Some day! I need a job first.

Yesterday wasn't a total washout. Hit and miss showers. The sun tried to come out at the end of the day. Today will be similar to yesterday. It looks like a cooler week ahead after today. As long as we have sunshine it'll be ok. I still have a lot of things to get done around here so my goal is to work on them this week and hopefully get most of them done!

Have a nice Monday!

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4/24/16 7:58 A

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Hi All,

Inga, congratulations on your new bike. That's a wonderful thing!

Our asparagus is almost over for the season. We got about 10 servings of it this year. It's been fun being able to gather it.

We have been very busy the past week taking out the old tile countertops in our kitchen (that was a mess to remove). The installers came on Thursday and put in new granite countertops. There's some more work to be done before we can put everything back and really use the kitchen. I figure it will be Tuesday or Wednesday before everything is done. While it's been a mess, I am exhausted but happy to be able to work on a big home repair project. It's the first one that I have actively participated in since having cancer. All the other projects since then, I have just been on the sidelines and not really doing much of the DIY work.

Wishing everyone a happy Sunday!

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4/24/16 7:58 A

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emoticon Yesterday the weather forecast said rain, but not till the afternoon. This morning it's now suppose to rain most of the day! Plus it now looks like a very wet week. I need to get a run in today!

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4/22/16 1:25 P

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I'm having a non-meltdown Friday!

Have a good weekend y'all!

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4/22/16 10:51 A

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emoticon TGIF and enjoy the weekend team! emoticon

temps went down a bit, today is not too nice.

I got a new bike this week and look forward to warm weather and nice rides in the woods and on bike paths in my area. emoticon

Hoping to emoticon emoticon do indoor workout. emoticon

Have a super day! emoticon

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Have a wonderful Friday!

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4/20/16 10:53 A

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emoticon Team sending my emoticon wishes to all of you. I have not been here in a while, I hope to be more often now, have to catch up, good health to all. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4/20/16 7:32 A

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It wasn't a total wash out yesterday and this morning is cloudy but dry. I can't believe how the warm temps and then the rain made the leaves on the trees pop out. It is greening up around here and it's so pretty. Flowers are blooming. My bushes have leaves. Our lawn needs mowing again! Everything is alive again and I'm feeling alive again also!

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4/19/16 7:15 A

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We have been enjoying summer weather! This morning we woke up to rain which was very much needed. We have gotten a lot of yard work done and I have one more flower bed to get to and then I will call it quits for that sort of stuff. We should have rain on and off this week so I'm going to continue with my indoor projects.

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4/17/16 1:38 A

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It was a very busy Saturday! We got a lot of yard work done, but there is still quite a bit to do. Today my DH will be painting our bedroom. I have a few things to do inside and then I will shift back outside to get a few more things done.

Have a nice Sunday!

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4/16/16 10:47 A

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Sorry your mom is so upset Kay. I know that you can reassure her and get her calmed down. I talked with my daughter last night and she listened patiently while I talked about my high anxiety. It helps to have a listening ear and your mom know that you listen and help.

A friend and I were just talking about asparagus. I didn't know it took so long to produce a yield. I'll see her tomorrow and share my new knowledge! Thank you for sharing, and enjoy every bite of your fresh spring veggies!

Because of SP I have been able to keep up my motivation to move and get back into the cleaning mode this spring, but my feet and knees are giving me so much pain and I'm anxious about having more surgery and doctors' appointments. The price of getting older and wearing out "parts" is wearing down my resilience. I need to see when I can schedule a knee replacement and some extra counseling appointments. emoticon

Sounds like everyone else is doing well, all things considered. Hang in there everyone!

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Happy Friday morning!

Today, my plan is to go to line-dancing class and go over to assisted living where my mom lives. She's all upset because they want to raise her monthly charge by $500. They sent her a letter saying her level of care has increased. I'm not looking forward to getting this sorted out. I have a feeling I know what's going on, but I won't know for sure until I talk to the LPN that did the "care evaluation."

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4/15/16 7:11 A

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Kay-That's really cool! I love asparagus.

It was quite warm yesterday, but windy. My face and neck got sunburned while I was standing outside the restaurant talking with an ex coworker. Today I'm continuing my cleaning and DH is going to start painting our bedroom. Hopefully it won't take him long and we will get to move outdoors and start working in the yard.

Have a great Friday!

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Becky, I know what you mean about the wind. We had some really windy days this past week where it was downright unpleasant even indoors because it was making so much noise.

Three summers ago when I got cancer, I planted some asparagus plants. When I created the asparagus bed, I had no idea if I'd live long enough to get to eat any. It takes two years before you can harvest the first batch and three years before it really starts to produce. I'm happy to report that hubby and I just had asparagus from our garden for the second time this season last night and there is lots more on the way! It makes me smile every time I look at that asparagus bed and incredibly grateful each time I've been able to gather up some spears.

Wishing everyone a good day!

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4/14/16 6:53 A

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The weather here is almost perfect! We've got highs in the upper 60's. The only downside is the wind. I'm accomplishing things around the house.

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Keepgoing...glad you are feeling "lighter". I'm thinking that's a good thing.

I went to line-dancing class this morning. It's always good for around 5,000 steps on my Fitbit.

Wishing everyone a good day.

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4/13/16 9:47 A

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I am feeling lighter today. The weight of fear has been lifted.It is warmer weather 'today in the high 50's and sunny.That always helps.
Diane

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Way to go KeepGoingGirl! I think the first chemo is the scariest one. I'm glad you have such a nice infusion center. The one I went to (at Vanderbilt) was very nice, but the wait times could be horrible. How are you feeling today? I usually felt good on day 2, but everyone is different. Wishing you the best.

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4/12/16 9:09 P

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I went through my first 6 hour chemo today. The hospital made it feel like a spa. I go every 3 weeks. Not sure what is going to happen as I had HER2 positive,, hormone negative with Pagets Disease all in the same breast.

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Kay-Nice to hear from you! You have been busy with all of your travelling. Maybe the important things have changed and the things that were once important are no longer.

I had a busy day yesterday. I'm hoping for a busy week of getting things accomplished throughout the house and outside. Little by little, I'm starting to feel like my old self again. Hopefully by the end of the week, I will be able to put everything behind me and I will be ready to move on.



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Hi All,

Welcome Stitchingnan and Keepgoing. I'm glad you found this team.

I've been MIA....just not getting onto Spark daily like I used to for years. Things are going good, but I just don't seem to have the spark to do the things I used to consider important to do.....like housework, weeding and even exercise. I'm coming up on the three year mark of my diagnosis date (in 112 days....but who is counting?). For someone with triple negative bc, three years is a big deal. I think it's somehow kind of put me into a tailspin in terms of motivation. It's wierd. I'm happy that things have been "so far...so good," but I think that I sort of let myself off the hook on being a responsible adult when I got cancer. I let my hubby take over pretty much all the responsibilities of running a household while I was in treatment. Don't get me wrong, I'm delighted that he did so much for me during treatment. I'm just having trouble getting up off my behind and being a contributing member when it comes to so many things. I think I was so convinced that I was going to die that I put everything not related to cancer on the back burner. That was okay during treatment and during recovery, but I'm really having a tough time getting re-motivated. It's a "high class" problem in a way. I'm just surprised at this.

Like I say...it's a high-class problem in the cancer world. I'm fortunate and I realize it.

Wishing everyone a great day.



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Birds are singing! It's going to be a beautiful week!

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Have a nice weekend!

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4/8/16 12:52 A

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Counting the days as this time ne t week I will be in hosoital for a mastectomy Irene

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Going for Chemo teaching tomorrow. I start on Tuesday. Still petrified but I am getting my eating back on track. I hope I can start walking on the treadmill again soon.

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I am now unemployed! Time to get back on track with my life and find something I enjoy!

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Another wet day ahead! This is getting so tiring. At least my morning meeting was cancelled. I can now have a normal day. The days have been long lately. (Except for the weekends that is). I am so ready for some days off. I need to see what I can squeeze in.

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4/5/16 11:53 P

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KEEPGOING - I know what you mean about the belly bulge. My breasts were so large they held my shirt out so that I didn't notice the belly bulge hidden under my breasts by my shirt. Without the breasts there my eyes went directly to the bulge below. Losing weight helped immensely, and I also had reconstruction so when the breasts reappeared the eye again went to the breasts, not the bulge below them. Unfortunately I regained the weight so now I have nicer looking breasts, but also an inner tube around my middle. I'm working on the losing that weight again, and in the meantime I wear looser shirts that don't outline my body. My breasts were size 42 H so not having to wear a bra of any kind now feels heavenly. They certainly don't sag like they used to and my back feels much better without all the weight of those heavy breasts.

We have rain possibly turning to snow coming tomorrow... Brr... Ugh!

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I'm tired today. I did sleep in a little which helped. It just feels so good to stay under the covers when it's cold outside. I'm going out for a walk this morning before the rain and snow arrive.

Have a great day!

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Keepgoing-I'm not quite sure about what you are saying. I had a double mastectomy, but didn't have any bulge except for the hernias I had from a previous procedure. The flatness takes a lot to get used to. Are you going to have reconstruction? My intentions were not to have it, but changed my mind after dealing with different issues. Although they are nothing like the originals, they make me feel like my old self.

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Being a recent mastectomy patient I am feeling unhappy about my body. I was unprepared for the prominent stomach bulge under where I once had a breast. Now that the seroma has dried up the flat feeling is uncomfortable with pressure. Has anyone dealt with this. How?

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4/3/16 8:46 A

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Finally the wind has died down. It was extremely windy and cold yesterday. Not a good day to be out. This morning it is just breezy, but the sun is shining and it should be warmer.

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Feeling tired yet can't sleep ! emoticon Irene

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Irene-I'm glad everything went well.

Another rainy day! emoticon I sure hope the forecast is right for the weekend and we have sunshine!

Have a great Friday! emoticon

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Glad my pre op checks went well yesterday , now it's wait for surgery date 15th , Irene

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Windy and rainy this morning and I'm tired. Didn't sleep well last night.

Irene-I hope things go well for you today! emoticon

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Feeling apprehensive about a pre surgery check today at hospital. Irene

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Another beautiful day yesterday. (until we went running that is!) Raining this morning so it's going to be one of those gloomy days. It would be a good nap day if I were going to be home.
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I hope everyone has a nice day! emoticon

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emoticon We had a nice Easter. we went out for brunch which was really good and then went for a nice run in the afternoon and stopped at my moms to help her with a couple of things. Today it's back to work! Hopefully this week won't feel as long as last week did. The weather the next couple of days should be nice which will help.

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emoticon Happy Easter! emoticon

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I had a letter telling me to be at the day clinic by 7 am on surgery day.
I fast from midnight the night before but can have some liquids upto 6 am, I can cope with that, I just want it over . Happy Easter to all. Irene

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Irene-I'm sure they will explain everything to you. It's really not any different then any other surgery. I'm sure you will have to stop eating by a certain time. The time you go in will depend on the surgery schedule where you live. We all worry about these things, but try and focus on doing what you normally do every day to try and take your mind off of it.

We have lost most of the snow we got the other day. Hopefully it will all be gone by the end of the weekend. (Except for the snow piles). We now have rain and thunderstorms coming up next week). Crazy Spring weather! emoticon

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I did have the surgery explained to me in the diagnosis day .Then a nurse sat with me for as long as I needed answering questions. I now have a pre op date to go to be checked over generally But it's the day itself details i want , what time I go in .? do I fast beforehand,? what time will my surgery be , ? It will all click into place I know. I am not in pain now but am feeling tired a lot with no energy. , have a good Easter . Irene emoticon

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The snow has arrived. I'm still hoping we don't get the amount predicted, but it doesn't look good. It started earlier than expected. We did have some rain this evening and I've been told the roads are extremely slippery. Good thing I don't have to go any where in the morning.

Good night!

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Irene-I'm so sorry to hear that. When I had my diagnosis, my Dr. sat down with me and explained everything. I have a big binder of stuff they gave me plus there is a nurse that strictly works with the cancer patients and she is always there when you have questions. Is there someone there you can sit down with and talk to? I was also lucky that my surgery was done quickly and I think that is probably because I live in a smaller city. My Dr. Told me that if I was going to Mayo Clinic, (which is a 45 min drive from me) that I could expect to wait up to 6 months for surgery. I'm glad I didn't have to. I hope when the info arrives, it has a phone number for you to call and talk to someone. emoticon

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Mixed feelings today I now have the surgery date April 15 . I had hoped for an earlier one just so you can get it over. I only had the date told to me. More information will come in by mail, feeling churned up. emoticon Irene

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Irene-I had a bilateral mastectomy a few years ago. Mine went well. I didn't have reconstruction right away so they just removed them and a few months later I went to a plastic surgeon for the reconstruction. I wasn't going to do it, but I found clothing didn't fit well and I didn't want to bother with buying the ones you put in a bra. There is pain, but not as much as I expected until the nerves started regenerating again. The hospital stay is an overnight. They gave me a special bra to wear which was tighter than a reg. bra plus you will probably have a drain or 2 for the fluid. (which I hated and can be very uncomfortable) It is a shock to see yourself after the surgery and it took me awhile to get over it. It's not something you ever want to go thru with, but it's over and I moved on. Luckily I didn't need chemo or radiation. I'm sure others will share what they went thru and we're all a little different.

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Thank you for welcoming me, I am struggling now as I am waiting for a surgery date, I dread it yet need it and want it over ,can anyone tell me more in having surgery for a tiotal breast removal,? Thanks
Oh I use an I pad and dio not know how to add friends , if anyone would like to make me a friend on the team I will be happy,
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Irene-I'm sorry to hear about your husband and then to have to deal with cancer. I'm glad you have family and friends to help you thru this.

I haven't been sleeping well lately so every morning my butt just drags. I would love to wake up feeling rested just once. We will have a couple of nice days this week and then it looks like Winter may return. Not looking forward to all of the snow in the forecast. Was hoping for a nice Easter.

Until then, we will just enjoy it!

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I was feeling alone and sad yesterday My husband died 11th Jan. Two months later to the day I was told I probably had cancer, ,confirmed later, I am a positive person but have bad days as we all do. But yesterday I had a delivery of flowers and chocolates from craft group I am in. My daughter in law arrived to take me out for lunch. Then in the evening I had a weepy time but had three phone calls from family members checking up on me. So I feel blessed and supported now. Irene

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Irene- emoticon emoticon

Woke up to snow this morning. Once the sun comes out (if it comes out) it will melt but still tired of seeing it.

I'm still not feeling the best, but it's the weekend and I'm going to enjoy it! I've got lots of things to do.

Have a great day!

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Stunned by recent diagnosis but positive too, emoticon Irene

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Becky, I hope you have a better weekend too.

We are off to Nashville today for some doctor's appointments. Nothing major. I have a feeling this trip may turn out to be a big waste of time.

Wishing everyone a good weekend.

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emoticon emoticon Hoping for a decent weekend.

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emoticon emoticon Hope some of you had some fun today. emoticon emoticon

TGIF for all our working girls tomorrow. emoticon emoticon

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Another blah day. emoticon emoticon The storms have passed but we still have rain and now high winds. These are good days to stay home and do nothing. Instead I will go to work unless I get blown away trying to get there.

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emoticon Happy to be alive.

I Survived stage 4 breast cancer 24 years ago, I was 45 so I'm 69 now. I had a lumpectomy in 1992 and did chemo and radiation. As far as I know I'm still clean of cancer. I think my positive attitude is what got me through it, thanks to God.

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emoticon sinus's are acting up or I'm fighting a cold. Either way I feel blah! We have thunderstorms and heavy rain and a bit of hail going on. It would be a good day to take a nap! The drains on the streets are full of stuff so we have mini lakes at a lot of the street corners. The joys of fallen leaves that were never cleaned up! At least it's not snow. We would be buried by now! emoticon


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The gloomy weather continues today. The rain held off for a good part of the day yesterday, but once it started it didn't stop. We have showers in the forecast all week now. There are a few chances of snow but nothing major.

I'm back to my reg. Work schedule again this week. It will feel good to not have to rush in the morning.


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Happy spring to you too!

It's been a wet spring here so far...in not too loing, everything will be green.

The mother duck that laid eggs in a flowerpot on our dock last year has come back again this spring. I'm really happy about that.

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We had a beautiful day yesterday. I got a lot accomplished. Today we are suppose to have on and off showers.

I have crocus's blooming everywhere! I saw my first Robin yesterday also. Happy Spring!

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MOONGLOWSNANA, I'm sorry to hear about your friend too.

Things have been quiet in my neck of the woods. Spring is starting to make it's appearance and I'm so grateful for that. Fortunately, we had a mild winter compared to last year.

Last year we had a duck make a nest in our back yard and lay her eggs. She's back again this year doing the same thing. I hope we get to see baby duckies this time around. Last year, we were out of town when the eggs hatched so we missed it.

Wishing everyone a good weekend.

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Sorry to hear that MOONGLOWSNANA! emoticon

It's finally Friday! It has been a long week for me. I am so ready for the weekend!

Have a great day!

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I'm feeling sad. A friend of mine who has lung cancer has a status change to Stage 4.

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emoticon Trying to make myself sleepy!

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