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Good morning Sparkies...

Kathryn - Good luck talking to your new therapist. I went yesterday to meet mine and she is nice. I even brought up my fight with the eating lately and she is going to help me figure out what is going one. So looking forward to that. Hope yours helps you too.

Wanda - Thanks for explaining about the dehydrated foods. we have a dehydrator that we have only used once. hehehe I think Penny has it now and was making some beef jerky for Chopper.

Shirl - No I haven't been out to the pool. It's just so hot out there I can't motivate myself to go out in it. today there is only a very little chance of rain so it's going to feel like 103*. I'm doing well to get some laundry done (my washer and dryer are on the back porch now) and it's terrible out there already. I have a Cyclone fan out there thank goodness. It's helps me so I can get it done. but I keep telling Andy that I really want them inside. But he says the dryer will fight with the AC if we bring them inside. I'm thinking I'll hire someone one of these days and have it done myself. hehehe He can tolerate that heat better than me. lol


I couldn't get to sleep last night. Tossed and turned most the night. Not sure why...
Andy is heading to Kissimmee so thought I'd take the time and make him a Birthday Cake. His birthday is tomorrow. Just can't decide what kind of cake. hehehe Guess I'll do a pineapple upside down cake. It's his favorite. Marie made 2 the other day at the last dinner we had and another lady made one too. So there way 3 at the party and Penny made a chocolate one. lol I really want chocolate one but it's not my birthday. hehehe

ok better get to it...
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Wanda I got a nice note from the library today and thought of you. A book I requested they buy they are going to buy "100 days of Weight Loss". I had heard of the book from a Spark friend who says there is even a Spark team on here that I can get support as I work the program. I need some thing to jump start back on track. Yesterday was a day filled with junk foods. I ate so much I was sick. I don't drink, smoke or do drugs but I am an addict. Junk food is my addiction. I am hitting rock bottom and looking forward to talking to my new therapist on Friday and reading the new self help book.

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9/2/15 7:30 A

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Good Morning all,

Fall has arrived here...we have a cold front moving in but hopefully we will only see some rain and not any of that white stuff!

I managed to get home with only a wee bit of overtime yesterday and hoping for the same today. We did get another shipment in just as I was leaving, but it wasn't a big one, so that should go fast this morning.

Mermaid...with my dehydrated foods, yes I just soak some of them in a bit of water for a few minutes. Depending on what I am making though, I just toss them in as is if it's soup, stew or something that contains lots of liquid. Fruits, we just eat as snacks as is. Dehydrating is just such an easy was to store things without taking up tons of room.
I would like to get a second dehydrator but they can be expensive, so that won't be happening any time soon. Have a great day.

Kathryn...thinking of you.

Shirl...we have had such crazy weather this year. Too hot, too humid, too cold, too wet, not wet enough, it's been all over the place. Hope the humidity is better for you today. We don't have to worry about AC here now, more like when will I have to turn the furnace back on! I still have some items in the garden that I need to harvest, but hoping for a bit more growing time for them. My second crop of celery is almost ready to pick and I have more carrots yet too. If I'm lucky, my two new pumpkins might manage to get a bit bigger. I have one nice size one that was ready to be picked. I'm already planning on what to plant where next year and how much LOL.

Mauri...love the challenges you have been posting. Thank you.

Donna...hope you are continuing to heal.

Have a wonderful day everyone,
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9/1/15 9:10 A

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Good morning. We are back to heat and humidity all this week, high 80's. Margaret and I will probably be walking inside this week. Happy 1st day of September. Will probably turn the AC on when I get back from walking, I have some cleaning projects I want to get done today, and at least the AC takes the humidity out of the air so I can function. I didn't turn it on yesterday and should have as I ended up not feeling so great in the afternoon, we ended up going to Wendy's for supper and we each just had a salad I just didn't feel like fixing anything, won't do that today.

Wanda hope you don't have to work over today, are your long weekends over with now.

Kathy haven't heard you talk about getting in any pool time, or has it just been to hot there. Is this the week you won't be going to Marie's.

Kathryn sorry you have to get use to a new therapist, but try and keep control over your eating, you don't want to undo all the good you've done.

Mauri good luck with your fall challenge, you can do it.

Donna keep getting better.

Eve, Wyndy and anyone else that happens by, wishing all a terrific Tuesday!

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9/1/15 8:37 A

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Good Morning Sparkies...

Happy Tuesday to you all...

Shirl - Too funny that Mario was playing with that cord. I'm glad that they did not charge you too. That was the first thing I thought of. hehehe silly kitty... hehehe

Wanda - Sounds like you are so organized with your dehydrator and all the things you are working on. Happy for you that you got a good crop of potatoes. When you use the dehydrated foods do you just add water? I know you can just eat the fruit as I have dehydrated pineapples, yum apples and bananas... but like your green peppers... what do you do with them? Just ass them to what you are cooking?

As for the storm, yes it's broke up now thank goodness. But I am ready for the next one for sure. I have a nice sized pantry and all the shelves are full. hehehe I don't regret getting all the things I got at all... Except I was forced to buy the kind of water I don't usually buy. But we will use the two cases I got up in no time... Well Andy will. hehehe

Kathryn - I can so relate to what you are going through with your therapist leaving. Mine is gone now too and today I have my first meeting with my new Intern therapist. ugh. Where I go they have a new bunch of Interns that have gone through like 5 years of schooling and such already and need the one on one time to graduate. They do this every August. What a pain... I know what you mean about starting over and regaining trust with them. But I have gotten used to them switching out on me. Good luck to you...

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9/1/15 7:33 A

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Good Morning all,

I have a busy day ahead of me at work today, worked overtime yesterday and hoping to NOT repeat that today.

Kathryn...so sorry that your are starting all over again with having to find a new therapist that you feel comfortable with. Remember though, that only you can keep yourself from eating unhealthy. You need to remind yourself that you are worthy of being healthy and you are in control of your worthiness. Don't allow this set back to put in a space that you don't need to be in. Drop any of us a note if you need to chat, we are all here for you. When you feel the urge to eat something you shouldn't, grab a glass of water first, go for a walk, give yourself positive affirmations, read a book, chat with someone. Thinking of you and asking you to find your positives each day. Hugs.

Shirl...OH my...Mr. Mario certainly caused some excitement in your day! Bless the response teams actions though for following through and making sure that all was ok.
I made myself a banana/peach smoothie to have for breakfast this morning. I used some peppermint extract in it and forgot that it was pure extract...it's a little peppermint strong! On the plus side, it will be good for making sure that my stomach is settled!
Have a great day.

Mauri...I'm rooting for you and your goals for this month. You can do it! Remember that you are important as well as your clients. Hugs.

Mermaid...how you doing?

Have a great day all, I'm off to a busy day...a new shipment to unpack, receive and several carts of orders to input.

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8/31/15 11:49 A

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Positive quote- Every strike brings me closer to a home run

Feeling kind of low lately as I am no longer seeing my therapist, he left the clinic. I had just got to where I was ready to really open up to him and now I have to start all over with someone new.
Mental healthy is very important to one being healthy. Since I have been feeling down I have been eating a lot of junk/comfort foods. I know I am doing wrong but can not help myself.

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Good foggy morning. The fog should be lifting by 10 when Margaret and I go walking. The joys of having a cat, Mr Mario got his claws caught on the emergency pull cord in the bathroom this morning, I hurriedly got him untangled and pushed the button to cancel the call and thought I'd done it quick enough that an ambulance would not come, wrong, as I was putting things away from breakfast we could see an ambulance pull in and yes they came to our apartment, I explained what had happened and they just wanted to know we were ok, I asked the lady EMT if she wanted to take the cat with them, she just laughed and said no. So now the emergency cord is up where Mr. Mario can't get to it. Thank goodness they don't charge when they come and it's a mistake.

Wanda good job on all that reorganizing and harvesting a good crop of potatoes.

Wishing all a marvy Monday!

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Good Morning everyone,

It's the final day of August, school starts around here today, my goals are set for September and I'm going to get back on track!

I got my kitchen drawers all re-organized yesterday. Tossed (to recycle) lots of plastic containers from food items that I really did not need cluttering up the drawers. I have space now to put my dehydrator so that I have easy access to it. Washed the cupboards out and tidied things up.

Headed to Costco to pick up a few items and I am set for the week ahead. I still have canning and dehydrating to do, but need to hit the farmers market first. Dug up all my potatoes with Kaeli's help and thrilled to see a nice crop return. Nothing like fresh potatoes from the garden!

Have a great day today, I will pop back in later if I have time to see what you have all been up to.

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Good Morning all,

The smoke in our air that is effecting our air quality too is actually all coming from that huge fire in Washington state. My heart goes out to all those people. The fires north and west of us are all contained now, not out but at least contained.

I got some peppers dehydrated yesterday and they are all in their jars this morning. I'm planning on picking some more of my peppers as well as picking up some at the market and doing up some more. I was going to just vacuum seal them into bags and put them in the freezer, but I really need to get my freezers defrosted so figured I would dehydrate them instead. Besides it is amazing how much less room things take up when you dehydrate!

I'm planning on doing some drawer re-organizing in my kitchen. Then I can put all my jars of dehydrated things in easy accessible drawers instead of downstairs in the cold storage room. I have more celery that I need to cut soon out of the garden and I'm going to dehydrate that too. I ended up with two crop yields off the celery. I'm going to try leaving the root in the garden bed, winterize them and see if they will re-grow in the spring. If not, then I will plant new again. Figured I'd try my experiment! I'm planning on growing a tomato plant and some peppers in the house over the winter. I will be bring my lemon tree in again as well as my herbs. Not sure where I will put them as I only have one room that actually gets good light and that is the ensuite bathroom! We are planning on re-doing it this winter if we can afford to as it really needs an overhaul.

Mermaid...that hurricane sure did some destruction in the Dominican. Hope it peters out by the time it hits you. Be prepared for emergencies is never a waste of time or money. Everyone should have at least a 72 hours preparedness supply in their home. There are so many disasters occurring now that being able to take care of yourself in the event of one is a good idea. The important things are water (2 litres a day/person) and foods that you can eat without having to cook or having an alternate way of cooking them. Then warmth and shelter. It's a good idea to have something and even with a small space you can still store things, you just have to be creative some times. Keep safe my friend.

Shirl...Have a blessed and wonderful Sunday no matter where you spend it *grin*. You should be having another bake sale coming up soon that you will be preparing for...can I put my order in now? It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is around the corner and then Christmas. This year has gone by so quickly.
My apples should be here soon, so I will be busy processing all of them. I found a great applesauce recipe on Pintrest that I want to try, might even try doing some fruit leather up in the dehydrator. I'm trying to do up several different types of fruits so that I always have snacks that I can grab for my lunches or breaks at work. Our department is always filled with junk food and I want to stay away from it so having dehydrated fruit to snack on works for me.

Kathryn...You always manage to find the perfect quote each day...thank you! Hope that things have cooled down a bit for you and that you are still enjoying your walks. Are you still pushing your friend in her chair?

Mauri, Donna, and anyone else that pops by...wishing you a wonderful day too.

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Shirl - You snuck in there while I was typing. hehehe
Zephyer Hills is a nice little area. But trailers are not a good place to be when a hurricane is coming. It's better to go to a hotel or one of the shelters they open up. But I think all is good for now. Unless that storm gets going again in the Gulf of Mexico. But so far it looks like just lots of rain.
It's great that you found someone that will cut your toenails too. I can't stand mine long. But I go for Pedi's every now and then. It's only $25 and you get to sit in those wonderful massage chairs. hehehe So if you get desperate you can go there and they do your whole feet and massage your legs too. it's wonderful. Oh and you can get your toenails painted too. hehehe If you don't like colors you can get clear or a light color.

Ok off to get me more coffee... Have a great day.


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Good Morning Sparkies...

Kathryn - Enjoy your walks... Hope it don't rain on you...

Wanda - Congrats on eliminating those 2 pounds! emoticon I know what you mean about keeping your hands busy. I need to do that but my back gets in the way. lol
It's great that you know how to do all that canning and all. I'm sure it comes in handy being up there in the Great White North. hehehe
Bummer that you are getting all that smoke in your area. I have a friend that lives in Washington State and they are having really poor air quality with all them fires there. Praying that they get some rain soon to help out with all them fires. They are saying it's the biggest fire ever in that area. They have fire fighters coming from everywhere to help. Even Australia.
Enjoy your Sunday my friend...

Shirl - How are you doing today? What do you have planned for the day? You all are very busy it seems. Enjoying life... Congrats to you on your 2 pounds gone too. Wish I could get back on track. Hate when I fall off that wagon. Hard to get back on. but I will. hehehe Have a great day...

Well looks like that Hurricane broke up on them mountains and so hoping it stays that way. We will be getting lots of rain today and tomorrow, But that is fine with me. Keeps things cooler for us. Bummer that I went out and bought all the extra things just in case yesterday but on the Plus size I'm ready if another one pops up and heads out way. hehehe

Oh and Happy Birthday to my sweet little Keno... She is 9 years old today.
Happy Birthday Baby Girl... lol


Have a great day everyone...


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Good morning. We had rain during the night and it still looks like we might get more, that means our church picnic will be moved to inside the church, I hadn't planned on being at my church today, but the GGK's dedication service has been moved to the second Sun. of Sept., so I'll go to my service this morning but not staying for the picnic. Serenity Sunday is posted.

Wanda how are they doing with containing and getting close to getting those fires put out? It sure has been a bad summer for the fires there and here. Having my toe nails clipped has made a difference in my walking, it's much better. emoticon to eliminating those 2 lbs. It sounds like your canning projects are coming along nicely. Yes, I am praying that Michael's surgery can be moved up.

Kathryn liked your quote from yesterday, it's a good one. You do such a good job of finding just the right ones.

Kathy hope the storm peters out before it gets to you. This would be the first storm for my niece and her son if it actually stays a storm, they are in Zephyer Hills in a small trailer.

Wishing all a serene and blessed Sunday!

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8/29/15 12:16 P

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Wanda and Shril emoticon on the weight loss emoticon

Positive quote-Hard work and good habits can make this the best day ever

Have two long walks planned for today, it is only going to be in the 80's so it will be nice. Took a short walk already to the drug store at 8 am and it felt like it might rain. We have a lot of rain clouds in the sky but they say the rain will skip the valley and hit the hills. We will see if I get caught in the rain this morning.
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Good Morning all,

Yesterday was a busy day. Incredibly hot and humid with poor air quality due to the smoke that is drifting in from the fires. It did mean that my kitchen got mighty warm with the canning that I had started and needed to finish up. On the plus side, I got 5 pints of pickled carrots done and 5 pints of pickled cauliflower. Doesn't sound like a lot, but the prep time was the big time consumer. I will need to do more pickled carrots as those go like crazy around out house. I will hit the Farmer's market again this week and see if I can get more carrots to go with what I can pull from my garden.

It's supposed to be hot, humid and smokey again today, but I just might try and get my salsa made and canned anyway. If not that, then I will do up some dry meals in jars to add to my emergency supply. It's always great to have things that I can grab and prepare if winter or power outages create a problem. I am going to try and get my bell peppers dehydrated today also.

Shirl...I hope that your son can get earlier to have his surgery. I'm sure that would make everyone feel better knowing that it is over. Yay on getting your toe nails done. That must make the walking in shoes feel better. Congratulations on another 2 pounds eliminated. I managed to eliminate 2 pounds too! It is amazing what not eating fast food or sweet things can do to help out. For me I think it's just because I have been so busy with canning. You can't eat when your hands are busy *grin*.
Enjoy the dedication services of your grandchildren. How special that you are able to attend those services.

Mermaid...Hope that you don't have any power outages due to the weather. Good for you for being prepared just in case. I know I am always glad that I only have to go to the cold storage room or freezers if I need to make a meal. We have a wood/gas burning fireplace that helps out. In the winter we don't have to worry about the freezers as they are in the garage and the cold will keep them fine if we have an outage. I have my oil lamps and Garry has his gas bbq if we really need it. We do have a small generator that could run the necessary freezers and fridge if we need it to. It's nice being prepared. Less stress.

Kathryn...How are you doing? Busy reading your books from the library? What has your interest this time in books?

Hope you all have a great Saturday. Enjoy the gift of this day.

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Good Morning Sparkies...

Wanda - Glad that you are feeling better. Hope that whatever you had it gone now. I surely don't want it and you know how easy it is pass them viruses on to everyone online. emoticon
Hope you get to see your Son and his GF... But yes I can imagine that all that canning is really important where you live. It sure is a lot of work which you seem to enjoy. Glad it's all working out for you.

Shirl - Glad you enjoyed the concert. Can't believe that you needed your hoodie. hehehe It's still so hot and humid here. but we may be needing our umbrella's soon.
Enjoy your day...

Kathryn - emoticon emoticon

It is looking like that the tropical storm is breaking up on the mountains of Honduras. And now heading into the gulf of Mexico. The waters there are very warm so it may sit there and work it's self back into another tropical storm or it just may cause us lots of more rain. We will see. But we need to be ready for sure. I do not like hurricane's especially when we loose power. I hate to sweat. lol so say a prayer that it will not become another hurricane.

I'm going to get more water today and some gas for the generator. That was the most important thing plus a few can's of this and that. We already have a pantry full of stuff and tons of meat in the freezer. But Andy needs to get propane for the grill in case we need it to cook it all up before it goes bad. hehehe But with the Generator we will probably be good.

Have a great day everyone...


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Good morning. Getting an early start today. We got a little bit of rain during the night and looks like we'll be getting more this morning. Getting my Spark stuff done and then need to head to the store. Silly Saturday is posted. Hope all have a great Saturday!

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Good evening, thought I'd been on here, but then remembered I hadn't, so here I am. It was a great morning for a nice walk. Talked with DS and the have him on a list that if someone cancels their surgery he'll get moved up for his surgery, he's back at work for right now. Last nights concert was very good, the female vocalist has a great voice. I was glad I took a hooded jacket as it did get cool before the concert was over. When the lady was doing my toe nails discovered both nails on my big toes were coming off, the right one is almost completely gone. my feet sure feel better after she got me all trimmed up, I noticed I walked a lot better today. Oh, I weighed myself this morning and almost fell of the scales, it showed 2 more lbs. gone. It's been 5 days with no fast food.

Sunday is our church picnic, but won't be going as two of our great grandkids are having a dedication service at their church, not going to miss that.

We have rain that's suppose to be moving in tonight and will stay around through Sat. and Sun. morning.

Wanda you sure are busy with all your canning, but all that good stuff will come in handy this winter. Hope whatever you had is completely out of your system now.

Kathy those cakes sure sounded good. Along with leaving fast food alone I am trying to stay away from sweets too.

Donna emoticon on your engagement, your ring is beautiful. Keep up the good work with your PT, you are doing good.

Kathryn WTG on the free coffee.

Hoping all are having a fab Friday!

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Yesterday ended up being a bit of a write off day for me. Whatever I picked up as a bug had not finished its course through my body. I am so seldom every sick but I only managed an hour at work yesterday morning before I had to leave and come home. Just a general feeling of not feeling good. It seemed to come in waves. I would be alright for a while and then feel yucky again. So far this morning things are good!

I am hoping to get my spicy pickled carrots done today as well as do up some pickled cauliflower. I am slowly building up my years worth of food through my canning and dehydrating. I rotate it out regularly so food spoilage is usually not an issue. Having growing up in the north where you got a "barge order" in each fall with enough to last your through the winter months and spring it's a normal way of life for us. Doing my own canning and dehydration of things is a huge savings, especially when I am able to grow some of my own produce. I have a bunch of apples from two sources that will be arriving next month (Garry's mom and a co-worker). I will be making applesauce, dehydrating some and making pie filling. I need to pick up some zucchini too so I can try my hand at canning it. I am hoping to can some more potatoes too. Pretty happy with my first attempt at canning them.

Donna...so wonderful to see your post. You have been in my thoughts frequently and was so thrilled to see your post. CONGRATULATIONS...wishing you and Jim a wonderful future together.You ring is beautiful. Great to hear that your rehab is coming along so well. Our daughter and her husband are hoping to take their honeymoon trip to St.Lucia in the spring...who knows...you might be there at the same time! Keep on getting stronger and do drop in when you have the time. Hugs.

Shirl...How was the concert last night? So hard to believe that summer is pretty much over already. The kids are back to school on Monday here. Our street is becoming more active as parents are checking out where to drop their kids off and teachers are coming and going. We are hoping to go and see Q and Lauren sometime on the weekend. It depends on whether or not we get our projects completed *grin*. Garry is working on digging up and laying down new weed paper and then filling it back in with new river rock, plus realigning the cement blocks for a sidewalk that runs along the side of the house to the back yard. He is trying to get the area between us and the neighbor cleaned up as the weeds were starting to get the upper hand. It is lots of hard work, but he is doing such a great job. I am working on getting more canning done.

Kathryn...how's the Starbucks battle going? Are you managing to be the winner?

Mermaid...I hope that Marie gets her oxygen supply straightened out. My goodness that is concerning for her. Keeping her in my prayers. Are you off to the beach this weekend? Maybe not, if you have hurricane warning happening. Stay safe. Hugs.


Well time to get off my keester and get some work done while I am feeling good. Have a great day all,

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Shirl... Yep always hate them appt too. But no exam this time. YAY and he told me what to do to get off the meds. So I'm gonna try that and see if those nasty hot flashes still happen. hehehe
Brrr on that weather... Still unbearable here still. And there is a hurricane heading this way. Hope and pray that it turns away from us. I had enough of then in 2004...
Enjoy your concert and glad you are taking a sweater.
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Donna - So nice to hear from you and congratulations on your engagement. I'm so happy for you. emoticon I hope that you and Jim will be very happy.
Great job on that shoulder rehab. No fun is it? Well I don't feel so bad I thought it was just me when I was recovering. It took so long and all them stretches and bands and pulley really was hard work. And that just makes it all ache... But sounds like you are moving right on with it all. Some day this will be a memory.hehehe

Kathryn - Lucky you getting a free coffee and sandwich... hehehe Sounds good to me...

We had a great time at Marie's tonight... Lots of good visiting with friends. We were celebrating Andy's and another Friends B-day. So there were 3 different kinds of pineapple cake and a chocolate one too with cherry's in it. I brought a big bowl of fruit and made this baked beans with sausage recipe that we created. hehehe It was good.

I'm heading to the Farm for a while... Oh and yes Kathryn I love my farmville. I play farmville 2. You just feed your animals and grow your crops. And your friends that play can come work your farm and you theirs. And they give you things to do too. it's fun and relaxing too. No rushing needed. hehehe




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Wanda sorry to hear you were having tummy problems, glad it passed quickly, maybe it was the soup.

Kathy I hear that the Farm game on Facebook is really fun. My walking buddy who can't get out much since foot surgery says that is what keeps her sane.

Shril emoticon keep up your not eating fast food streak going strong emoticon

Donna it was nice to see your post, thanks for sharing your photo. emoticon on getting engaged your ring is lovely

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Good morning everyone! Iím doing so much better. Weíve been pretty swamped at work so I still havenít been on SP much, except to do a quick feed update. Thank you to everyone who has continued to check in on me. I really appreciate yíall so much!

Iím in the 3rd phase of my physical therapy: resistance. Weíre working with 2 different colors of bands now, strengthening different areas of the shoulder. Goodness, itís hard work! I just didnít realize how slow the recovery would be. I have very little pain now, just achiness from the exercises, especially when we add or change something. But I am making great progress and feel stronger almost daily. My range is improving and my shoulder blade is beginning to move the way itís supposed to again! Iíve slept in my bed 3 nights in a row now! Woohoo! I never knew how much Iíd miss it. The pillow configuration is hilariously complex to ensure I donít roll around and hurt myself during the night, so Jim will be relegated to the sofa for a little while longer.

Heís been sleeping on the sofa since Iíve been in the living room, but he says he doesnít mind it. He warned me he wouldnít come back to bed right away because he wouldnít be able to sleep for fear of hurting me in the night. Sweet man. Who knows? I may get used to sleeping without the snoring! Hahahaha!!

I hope everyone saw my post that Jim officially proposed to me last Saturday! Here is the ring:


We hope to marry next year, in a small ceremony with a huge reception afterwards! Yíall come on!

I am still scrolling through messages and I see Iíve missed so much of your lives. I hope you know how much Iíve missed talking to yíall.

My tomato plants have been producing slowly but steadily. Iíve still had to buy some but having my 2 plants has been fun. I might add a couple more next year. My zucchini plants, however, have been terrible. All male blooms. You can do whatever you want to a plant, but you cannot make a male bloom produce fruit! Hahaha! I finally Ė JUST NOW Ė have one fruit growing on one of the 3 plants! My goodness. Iím hearing that a few people in town have had this issue. Iíd never heard of that; in the past when Iíve had plants theyíve produced more fruit than I could eat. Thank goodness we have friends with garden who have had a little to share, and we have a small local farmers market. Weíve put up some corn from the farmers market. Yum.

Kathy, I loved reading about your recent trip to the beach. I loooooove the beach and cannot WAIT for our trip to St. Lucia in February! I like everything about it. Jim only tolerates it if he canít be out surf-fishing, so I expect heíll spend most of his time in one of the resort pools (or at a swim-up bar LOL). We are going offshore fishing one day. Thatís extra motivation for working so hard on my therapy! I LOVE THAT BEACH HOUSE!!!

Wanda, I am glad youíre feeling much better today. Weird how that happens sometimes! Enjoy aquacize! Speaking of having an inexpensive pedicure done, if thereís a cosmetology program nearby, be sure to check them out. Theyíre great and a great value.
Itís funny how we have gotten away from what our grandparents (and parents) did Ė storing food. Canning is making a comeback, but in the past everyone had jars of stuff stored ďfor a rainy day.Ē Jim and I are doing more of that, too. We had a tornado here a few years ago and with the electricity out over most of the town, all the stores were closed or there were long lines and they ran out of a lot of things. We now have TP, water, canned goods and some staples set aside that we rotate out of storage on a regular basis. We also have a generator that will run our refrigerator and deep freeze for quite a while so what we have doesnít go bad! Such commonsense things our society seems to have forgotten, because weíre used to running to the local store and grabbing something off the shelf, or turning the tap and the water runs out.
How is Kaeli doing? Iíve missed so much but have thought of her often.

Shirl, so proud of your weight loss and your efforts to kick that fast food to the curb! Iím glad you found someone to take care of your feet for you. Itís so crucial and difficult if you have any issues at all; I just found that out!
Iím very sorry to hear about your son. I pray his surgery will be successful and his recovery swift. It sounds like they caught it early Ė very good sign.

Kathryn, I never would have thought to use bagels for tomato sandwiches! I love both, so Iíll have to try that! Love the quote about the bird & branch. Really good one!
Giving up Starbucks? Wow, that is a huge step for you. I know how you love their sandwiches. Iím proud of you, though; their food really is fast food, and more expensive than making your own sandwiches Ė which, knowing you, will probably be better anyway! As far as the coffee goes, I allow myself a cup or 2 a day, but I always drink mine black, no sugar. Now that I prefer it that way, itís easy to see who has the best coffee. Starbucks and McDonaldís have the worst coffee! Shocker! If you donít put a ton of creams, sugars and flavorings in it, itís practically undrinkable! I donít know if yíall have Sonic where you are, but I like theirs the best, aside from making it myself at home. (Hello, Gevalia.)
You mentioned your dietician asking you to log your daily steps. One of my weight loss rewards was a Fitbit Zip, which I got on Amazon for under $50. I clip it on my bra or waistband, or drop it in my pocket, so I can wear it all the time. It syncs to SparkPeople or you can input your steps from the display into your SP fitness tracker. You can set up a Fitbit account online and set daily step goals so you kind of challenge yourself. I absolutely love it!

Yíall be good and have a great day. Iím off to review a big box of paperwork for a project submittal. The fun just never ends!


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Good morning. It's overcast this morning and we started out at 45, but we are suppose to see low 70's and sun later today, I hope so as tonight's the last concert of the summer. Not walking today as have things I need to get done around here and I'll be leaving earlier than usual as I have to be at my friends apartment at 4:30 for my nails to be cut, DH may have to fix his own supper tonight.

Wanda, yeah on getting your carrots, glad your tummy did settle down, enjoy your "Friday".

Kathy hope Marie can find out who's going to be providing the oxygen service. I hope she enjoys her visit with her brother. Oh yes, that's one appointment we all look forward to, not!

Kathryn good job with the tomato sandwiches.

Mauri, Donna, Wyndy, Eve and whoever else might drop by, enjoy your Thursday (which is Wanda's Friday).

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Good Morning Sparkies...

Wanda - Glad your tummy is better today. Hate that feeling. Enjoy your Aquasizes today. And glad your DD got you your carrots. hehehe I've never had them pickled. Bet they are good.

As for Marie, Her oxygen company lost their government funding so that is what happened. But I agree that they should have communicated with the clients and gave them more warning. So hoping she has heard something by now. Eventually she will need someone to service her electric unit and she will need more travel units too. She needs them to get to her dr's and to grocery shop and any other outings that she takes. She is not in good health and needs this so hope that they get it figured out for her.

I have that dreaded OB/GYN appt today. UGH But need to get my Hormone meds. So have to go. I'm in the process of reducing them pills to see if I even need them anymore. Trying to eliminate them. So hoping I'm I can't quit this one medication. But STILL have to go today... UGH... Positive is I only have to go once a year... YAY! hehehe

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Good Morning all,

I came home yesterday after work with really bad tummy cramps. Not sure why, but it was very uncomfortable. Lasted most of the evening and then just as suddenly disappeared. Might have been something I ate, but that was only soup that I had for my lunch. Not sure, but feeling much better this morning.

My kitchen needs a good sorting out and organizing. I find that when I am canning, things are everywhere. Kaeli picked up my carrots for me on her way home yesterday, so pickled carrots are on the agenda for tomorrow. We have aquasizes to go to tonight. I need to get that scale moving once again and in the right direction!

I made a lovely smoothie with my homemade version of coconut milk, a banana, mango and strawberries. A dash of cinnamon in there too. I will take some to work with me as well as my tea. I'm eating light today to be sure that I don't have a repeat of yesterday.

Shirl...glad you were able to get out for your walk outdoors. Yay on finding a less expensive way to get your toe nails cut. It's crazy what it costs. I'm thinking that I might need to start looking for someone too. It's hard to get my artificial knee bent enough to do that foot. How was the concert last night? Hard to believe that it is all over for this year already.

Mermaid...Hope that Marie is able to find a new supplier for her oxygen. That is crazy that a place like that can go out of business without making sure that their clients are taking care of . Have a great day.

Kathryn...I enjoy making things from scratch to eat, just don't always have the time. I do try to keep pre-packaged things to a minimum though. We don't eat fast food very often. Neither Garry or I like how it makes us feel afterwards. Your tomato sandwiches sounded very good.

Mauri...love your challenges. Thank you.

Have a great and wonderful day. (It's my Friday...so I will *grin*)

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Hi everyone...

I got lost on FB and didn't make it here. hehehe It's hard work all the farming I'm doing on my Farmville2 farm. LOL

Took Penny to the store yesterday and then had to run up again today because I forgot to call Marie to find out what she needed me to bring this week to dinner. So she asked for the Buy One get one free Fruit on sale at my store. hehehe And Penny is going to make a chocolate cake. We are celebrating both Andy's and another friends b-day this week although their b-days are not until next week.
I feel bad for Marie, the oxygen place where she gets her tanks and all went out of business. She called her insurance company and they have no clue who will take over that service. so she is worried about that rightly so. On the positive side, Marie is going to ride to Alabama to visit her brother for a few days next week. I'm so happy that she is doing that too. She has been stuck at home for a while. And also it give us a week off from running to Kissimmee. hehehe It's a late night of driving for me. So I will appreciate the week off. hehehe

Wanda - I think it's great all the things you are doing to insure that you and your family can survive off the land. You are one smart lady. Which reminds me I need to stock up on Hurricane supplies. There is a Tropical Storm heading our way. Gotta be prepared.

Shirl - Congrats to you on them pounds you got rid of. Sounds like you are back on track. Good for you.

Kathryn - WTG on giving up that fast food. You are doing great.

I need to go check on my farm and plant some crops... hehehe Have a great day...


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Shril emoticon on the weight loss and going 3 days without fast food. My dietition says fast food messes with your tummy and mind.I am staying away from the stuff. I am buying things at the bargain store to make my own fast food meals. Today I got bagels and made tomato sandwiches out of them, so yummy.

Wanda enjoy your pay day mine is not until next Tuesday and I can hardly wait for it, I already have my shopping list for the supermarket.

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Good afternoon. Time got away from me this morning and before I knew it Margaret was here to go for our walk, it was a nice morning for it as it's still overcast and temps in the low 60's, it felt good. Not walking tomorrow, I have an appointment at a friends to get my toe nails cut, I am just having a hard time cutting them anymore, just can't get my feet around so I can do them good, my friend, Dorothy, from church has a lady that comes right to her apartment and she'll be doing her's her DD's and mine, she charges $20, which is $30 less than what I'd pay if I went to a podiatrist. I really never thought the day would come that I couldn't cut my own toe nails. Margaret lives in the same apartment complex as Dorothy, so after my nails are done will wander on down to her place and when it's time we'll head out to the last concert of the summer. The group is Life Support and play jazz, classic rock and current hits. I am trying real hard to not eat fast food this week, so far I've made it 3 days, DH is enjoying the meals I am making us and I feel a lot better. I want to keep that scale going in a downward direction. I hope all are having a good Wed.

Wanda you are so good at finding ways of saving money and making your own things.

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Good Morning all,

Yay, it's payday today! Once I get the bills all paid today, I will hopefully have some extra to buying more canning supplies *grin*

It's has been busy at work so far this week. We got another big shipment in yesterday that I will need to start on when I get in this morning. So much nicer when it's busy. Lots of new books coming in that I want to read LOL.

Kathryn...giving up eating fast food can be hard, especially when it is so quick and easy. I'm trying hard to make more of our meals from scratch so that I have more control over what is in everything. Mostly it is just changing the way that I do things. Making from scratch (at least in Canada) saves so much more money too. Keep on working towards your goal. Hugs.

Mermaid...I really am finding so many wonderful DIY things on Pintrest. With our economy in the tank right now, food and living costs have sky rocketed. So blessed to have the bit of garden that I do and that I have some canning supplies in order to preserve things. I'm going to try and make it to the farmers market tonight to get some fresh carrots for pickling. It's payday, so that makes it easier *grin*.
Thanks for the video that you shared, loved it!

Shirl...Woo Hoo on eliminated 2 of those pounds. I'm hoping to see the scale start moving once again with picking up aquasizes on Thursday nights. I would love to go a couple of times a week, but will see how that fits into the budget. I like walking outside too rather than indoors. Soon it will be too cold and icy out! Have a great day,

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Good afternoon, I was here earlier but ran out of time as I needed to go meet Margaret at ALIVE so didn't get a post done. We walked inside today, also ran the sweeper this afternoon so even got a little more exercise in. Margaret and I will be walking again tomorrow, depends on the weather if it's an inside or outside walk. The rain is suppose to move out tonight so we'll see, I'd just as soon walk outside while it's still nice. Almost time to start supper, need to check DH's blood sugar first. I was happy when I got on the scale this morning and had dropped 2 lbs. of the 5 I had put back on. I am getting back on track and it's about time.

Wanda you were just wanting to get to Thursday quicker and that long weekend, lol, don't blame you. I am not sure but I think DD makes the liquid, next time I talk with her I'll ask.

Kathy glad you enjoyed your beach get away. No, I was not expecting went came out of the water, it's like oh my gosh!

Kathryn I like sandwiches whether at home or out, but too many aren't good for us as it's too much bread so I try and limit how often I have them.

Donna, Mauri, Eve, Wyndy and whoever else might come along hope you're having a terrific Tuesday!

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I put that wrong yesterday I am not giving up coffee-I'm giving up Starbucks. I had gotten in the habit of buying their sandwiches that we all know are just fast food. We all know that is bad for us.

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Good Morning Sparkies...

Happy Tuesday...

Not Wednesday yet Wanda. hehehe You must be wanting this week over so you can get back to your DIY things you are working on. I'm learning so much about all this by listening to you and what all you are doing. Thanks. And YES I would love to sit on your deck with you and listen to your Ocean. hehehe Sounds very peaceful... Enjoy your day.

Kathryn - Good luck giving up coffee. You know they are saying it really helps with a lot of things now. Now a lot of coffee probably isn't good for you but a few cups a day is. So I'm gonna keep on drinking my 2 to 3 cups a day. I used to drink it all day long when I worked.
I only drink the iced coffee once in a great while. Have a great day. You walking with your friend today?

Shirl - Did you take a down day yesterday? I saw that your reaction was about the same as mine with that video I posted on FB of the cheetah and the gator... I did not expect that to happen at all. hehehe Have a great day...

I'm taking Penny to Walmart today. Looks like it's going to be another really Hot humid day. Can't wait for October as we start to cool down at that point. August is really one of the hottest months of the year. So will stay in the AC as much as possible. emoticon

I'm going to try to post a video of the ocean with all the pelicans again today. Didn't work last time. And not sure you can even see them all. But I counted over 30 of them in the water that day... They were diving for little fishes and even ran some on shore as they were trying to get away from the pelican.

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Good Morning all,

Happy Tuesday to everyone. I got up this morning thinking it was Wednesday! Jumping ahead of myself I guess.

Kathryn...Those iced coffees can sure be addictive, especially when it is hot outside. I have been trying to keep some low-cal smoothies made up and in the fridge for those moments of when I want something other than water. I make mine with coconut milk or almond milk and fresh fruit. (Hence, why I was trying my hand at making some of my own coconut milk in the blender the other day *grin*). My Aloe Vera plant did it's job and I only have one small spot that was still red yesterday and a bruise where the lid hit my arm...crazy!

Mermaid...I was thinking of you as I sat out on my deck yesterday listening to my "ocean waves". I thought you would get a giggle of hearing them too! Did Andy get the ramp built yet at the beach house? Thankfully the snow in Alberta has confined itself to just the mountains now and melted down lower. We are actually supposed to get up to plus 27 today!

Shirl...Does your daughter make liquid laundry soap or powdered? I found a recipe on Pintrest for Liquid and thought I would give it a try. I am trying to make many of my own things from scratch as I want to see how easy it would be, whether it makes sense to do, and what would I need to have on hand for supplies all the time. I have been experimenting with making my own spice mixes instead of buying things like "taco mix, chili mix etc." It is actually quite simple and certainly less cupboard space. I can control what goes into the mixes too (no salt). I've been dyhdrating things like celery leaves, tomatoes and peppers and making my own powders by grinding them after they are dried and that makes really nice spices. So many things to try and not enough time *grin*.

Have a great day everyone. It's time to head to work .


Hugs,
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Kathy hope your computer problem clear up soon. I had problems with mind yesterday when I hit a wrong key. I shut it off twice before it cleared. Sounds like you and Andy had a nice time at the beach.

Wanda so sorry to hear you burned yourself. Thanks for sharing about the blender I will watch that.

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Good Morning Sparkies...

Happy Monday to you all.

Wanda - Oh my. Hope your arm is ok. That is your 2nd burn lately. Glad you have that Aloe plant. We have some giant ones that I have used a lot on my poor arms. Be careful with that hot stuff my friend.
So happy for you that you have your driveway back. That is great!!!!! Maybe your call about it helped expedite it. hehehe emoticon
Oh and can't believe you all have snow up there already... but it is hope that this hot summer will cool off soon. Even though it takes a while to get to us. hehehe
Have a great week ahead.

Shirl - Prayers for your Son. Hope that surgery goes well and they get it all.
Glad you enjoyed that concert and the yummy food too.
I'm with Wanda and think you need some down time just for you.

Kathryn - Good for you going to the dietitian. Hope they help you. Good Luck!

My weekend was great. We went to the beach after we got over there on Saturday. Spent a couple hours there just enjoy it all. I sat under the umbrella most of the time. But did get a little sun. I put my feet in the water but the undertow was too rough and so I didn't get in. I'm so out of balance that I'd probably drown. hehehe
There was probably 30 Pelicans out in the water feeding when Andy was out in it and a Manatee went right past him. It was funny seeing him jump.

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Good morning. We have sun, but suppose to get rain this afternoon. It's a good morning for a walk outside, it's only 60 out so will be comfortable walking. Good Monday challenge Wanda. Breakfast dishes are done, made some SF pudding for lunch, load of laundry is going and Margaret will be here soon for our walk. We need to go to the store later today. Yesterday we went to Lansing for lunch and then picked up a beautiful bouquet of pink glads to take to the cemetery for dad & mom's anniversary, it was looking real stormy and on the way home it poured down rain and there was some more problem with places flooding again, but we didn't have any problems, they needed that rain out West.

Wanda hope you get a more restful night tonight. Our youngest DD makes her own laundry detergent and she says it does save her money.

Kathryn good quote. It sounds like you had a good appointment with your nutritionist.

Kathy how was the beach?

Wishing all a good Monday.

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Good Morning all,

A new day and new work week. Lots of trouble shutting down my active brain last night, so sleeping well was not in the cards. Oh well, I'm blessed with a new day of life and can trust that I will have the necessary energy to get through the work day.

Kathryn...love your quote...I will keep on going. Hope you had a good weekend and a great day today.

Mermaid...how was your weekend at the beach?

Shirl...What's on your agenda for this week?

Monday's challenge is posted, take some time to look it over.

My Aloe Vera plant is minus a couple of leaves, but they certainly did their job of keeping my scald from blistering. Now I know that putting hot liquid into the blender, securing the lid and then turning it on is not so good. The pressure from the boiling water caused the lid to blow off and unfortunately my arm was still in the way. I do believe that there may very well be little pieces of coconut in nooks and crannies that I haven't discovered yet! On the plus side, I learned a valuable lesson, I have made my own coconut milk and once I strain the milk, will have leftovers that I can dry and then grind for coconut flour. My Aloe Vera plant works well and my arm is ok.

Well, I'm off to begin another week at work. Have a wonderful day all,
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Good Morning all,

Well no carrots done this weekend, but will make an attempt to get some at the market this week. I did pull several from my garden, but we are eating those fresh for snacks *grin*. So good.
Leaving the potatoes in the ground yet for a bit, likely next weekend or the following one we will dig them up. I hope to get some fruit to do some canning too. I have the promise of lots of apples from Garry's Mom's tree as well as from a friend's tree. I'm going to make lots of apple sauce this year. Then I can use it in baking too rather than oil.

I was looking at some homemade recipes on Pintrest yesterday and want to try my hand at making my own laundry soap. I like the liquid recipes better than the powder ones, but will try out both to see how they work. I'm working on trying to be less reliant on the stores for my needs.I know I still need to get the supplies to make my own recipes, but the cost will be a lot less and the money I save can be put towards other things. Our goal is to have our mortgage paid off in the next 5 years.

Kathryn...It's great that you are still seeing your dietition and that you making whatever adjustments are needed. I'm going to try making my own yogurt in my crockpot. I found a great recipe for making some, so thought I would give it a go.

Shirl...have a blessed and wonderful day today. Hope you are getting the chance to relax and enjoy just being. You have been so busy of late. It's so nice to be able to drive in my own driveway. Now I don't have to be concerned about walking in the dark to my car in the mornings when I go to work!

Mauri...have a wonderful technology free day!

Happy Sunday.
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Taking a long walk this morning pushing my walking buddy. My appointment with the dietition went well yesterday. I am doing most things right but have let my portion size get out of hand. She also wants me to stop skipping breakfast, keep a log of the steps I walk and increase them, eat Greek yogurt and workout with my weights again. I got a good deal on the yogurt at the bargain store across the street so I am all set for the rest of the month.

Wanda so glad your road is done

Shril good to hear your son is going to be okay

Kathy don't let Andy over work, I know like we have control of our hubby's emoticon

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Good morning. Well we started out sunny, but clouds have moved in now. I think next week it's going to feel fallish, well Aug. is almost gone. Silly Sat. is posted come and read and hopefully have a laugh and maybe add your own funny.

Wanda, yeah on the road being paved and you're back to being able to get in your own driveway. Good luck at the farmer's market. I am thankful that they found the growth, if they hadn't done a CT scan they wouldn't have found it, so that was a blessing. I am glad things are settling down and getting back to "normal".

Kathy enjoy your weekend at the beach house.

Kathryn are you walking today.

Wishing all a good weekend.

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Good Morning all,

Well we have sunshine today, temp is only plus 4 but is supposed to warm up during the day.
Here was our Alberta weather from yesterday.
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Our street is finally done and it only took 8 weeks! We can finally park in our driveways again. SO NICE!

Shirl...the concert sounds like it was great music. I hope that your weather warms up too. I'm sure some of that cold front was coming from Canada! Keeping your son in my prayers for a complete and speedy recovery. It is good that they have been able to determine what the issue is and that it sounds like they can get is all. Pretty scary none the less. On the plus side, it is slow growing and you can live very well with one kidney if need be. YAY on the new lenses...and being able to see properly. The aquasize classes we go to are a real workout for sure...you start off thinking OMG I have to do this for an hour and then you start telling yourself, OK...I've made it this far, I can do this LOL. I at least feel like I am getting back on track.

Mermaid...enjoy your weekend at the beach house. I'll think of you in the sunshine and listening to those waves!

Kathryn...how's it going? Hope you are managing the stress levels with walking rather than eating. Hugs.

Have a great day all. Garry and I are going to try and hit one of the Farmers markets in the city today so that I can pick up some carrots. Hopefully some peas also.

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We're off to the beach for the weekend... Thanks for all the nice comments about the beach house. I's not big but we don't need a lot of room over there. Maybe more bed's for when we have company though. hehehe

Have a nice weekend. I'll check in when we get back.

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Good afternoon, the day sort of got away from me I guess. I was suppose to get my new lenses at 9 this morning, got there and they had to reschedule me for 1:30, but finally have them in my frames and am seeing much clearer.

The concert was so good last night, the E-Z Street Band played, it's music from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's, but it was cold, as it was in the low 60's and a very gusty wind. I had worn a sweater but wish I'd had something with a hood on and a little heavier, Margaret had to run home and get something to wear as she only had a long sleeve top and that wasn't warm enough. Last night was also the Taste of Charlotte. Margaret and I ended up getting a chicken salad wrap, a couple cranberry, white chocolate chip cookies, later we went back and both got a piece of homemade raspberry pie and a piece of pizza. Next week we are going to start back up walking again, lol. Only one more concert left.

Talked with my sis today and her DH did ok while she was down here, so she hopes to maybe make it back down again sometime in Sept. I am so glad she was able to make it down for the party.

Son went to the kidney doctor on Wed. and the growth is cancer, but it's a slow growing kind and he'll be having surgery sometime in Oct. and they won't have to take the whole kidney just the lower right lobe, I was glad to hear that. He said the surgery will take 4-5 hrs.

I saw Ben today while I was getting my new lenses and asked him how his mom was doing, he said it's real slow going, that she had taken a couple little steps, I told him not to give up hope as it'll probably be a slow recovery.

Wanda glad your road is finally getting paved, that'll be nice when you can pull in your own driveway again. Your water classes sound like torture, but a great workout. Yesterday felt like a fall day, lots of dark clouds, windy and temps in the low 60's and into the low 50's during the night, it's suppose to be 80's tomorrow and then all next week in the 60 and mid 70's, we've hardly had any real summer like weather, and it'll soon be going into fall, which I don't mind as fall is one of my favorite times of the year.

Kathy, yes I meant to mention what a great job Andy did on those cupboards, they are beautiful. That ramp will come in handy for everyone. I hope he's careful not to get overheated again. Glad you enjoyed your dinner at Marie's, it sounded good.

Kathryn just try and block that lady out and don't pay her any attention. Good luck with your weigh in.

Wishing all a fab Friday.

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Did not stress eat last night. I go to see the dietition today and know she will weigh me. I am skipping breakfast. I know not good idea but I want a true weight. I am not even having my coffee this morning. To me that is the hardest part. I am going to push my friend in the wheel chair to the supermarket this morning after my appointment. It is not going to be hot today only in the 80's. It started cooling off yesterday with delta breezes. Hubby went to a minor league baseball game last night with a friend and they came home early because it got to cold.

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Good Morning all,

I am so glad that I don't have to go to work this morning. Kaeli and I went to aquasizes again last night and boy oh boy did we get a workout. It feels good to work so hard, but it also feels good to be done that hour! It takes a bit before your body relaxes enough to fall asleep and moving is a bit slower this morning as my muscles are taking awhile to gain some strength back in them. All good though.

Lots of rain during the night again last night. Made for a nice cool evening of sleeping. It's still very overcast this morning. Supposed to be a nice weekend though. Hopefully they will finish off the paving of the street today or tomorrow. YAY! Parking in my own driveway will be so nice.

Shirl...So glad that all the celebrations for Clenton turned our so well. You put a lot of hard work and effort into it. I hear you on the cake. How was the concert last night? Who was playing this time? Nice to hear that your new lenses are in and you can get them fit into your frames. Hopefully they are the right ones this time. It's laundry for me today as well as doing some gardening if the rain holds off. I need to organize my kitchen once again as I have canning supplies all over the place waiting to be used and jars needing to be filled.

Mermaid...love the pictures...thank you so much for sharing them. What a lovely little beach house. You will enjoy the time that you get to spend there. I'm so envious of the beach! Andy did a great job on the kitchen cupboards and the new flooring looks so nice and easy to maintain. Having the ramp will definitely make access easier for everyone. Enjoy your lasagna night at Maries.

Kathryn...that's too bad that the neighbor lady is causing problems again. She really needs some help and intervention. Don't let her be your reason for stress eating. You are doing so well. Thinking of you both. Hugs.

Donna, Mauri and anyone else that pops by today...hope you have a great Friday.

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Good Morning Sparkies...

Happy Friday!

Dinner was nice at Marie's last night. I only sampled all the different Italian dishes... But my plate was full. UGH But it was surely good. Marie made a Olive Garden Salad which was the best! I went back for more of that. I love their salads. I need to get me some of that dressing she got from Sam's Club when I go. Loved it. She made a Canoli Cake too. Yep had a small piece of that. And Yep it was yummy.
I was so tired I was planning to leave early but then the STORM hit big time Rains and Lightening. So had to wait about a half hour to be able to get to my car without getting soaked. Had a lightening show all the way home. It was pretty scary too.

Shirl - glad the birthday party went well and now you don't have to have anymore cake for a while. hehehe Can't believe the weather is dropping already for you. Hope you enjoyed the Concert and food last night.

Kathryn - Oh no she's at it again huh? try not to let her upset you into eating too much. Read through all the positive quotes while she is at it to get your mind off it. hehehe Good luck.

Wanda- Did you get all your things harvested? How about them carrots and peas? Did you get to the farmers market? I like baby peas not them big fat ones. But I think I could live without them. hehehe Oh and Spinach too. Only Popeye should eat Spinach. hehehe

Glad you all enjoyed the pic's... Penny sent me some of the ramp... It's coming along nicely.





And yes Marie will appreciate it for sure but so will our SIL who just broke his leg. He's still in a wheelchair and can't be on his leg. And yes It will come in handy for us too since I don't do stairs very well either.
gonna try to go over this weekend and hangs some curtains and injoy the beach a little. But Andy's not feeling well. He was out in that hot sun and heat too long and got a bit of heat stroke yesterday. so we'll see.

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Good afternoon. It's on the cool side, only in the mid 60's, it's suppose to get up to 70 by 5:00, but if the sun doesn't come out from under all these dark gray clouds, I don't think it'll make it. If it doesn't rain and the concert is held outside tonight will be wearing a sweater. Tonight is also the Taste of Charlotte, where a lot of the local food establishments will have their food for sale, they usually have a great variety to choose from, so that's where I'll be having supper tonight.

We had a nice turnout of residents for the cake & ice cream yesterday, just a small amount of cake left, I think I am caked out for a while.

I didn't realize I'd missed getting on here the last couple of days. Finally got a call from the eye glass place and my lenses are in so will go at 9 a.m. tomorrow and get them cut down to fit my frames, I've been waiting two weeks for them.

We need to run out to Walmart in a little bit.

It really feels like a fall day today, Clenton's ready to put a long sleeve shirt back on.

Wanda glad they are finally making some progress on the paving job. That was scary about the lighting, glad there was no explosion.

Kathy love your pics of the beach house, that floor looks great, what a neat little place, the beach and the water sure look inviting. That's so nice that you guys are thinking about Marie and how much easier the ramp will make for her to come visit, what great friends.

Kathryn congratulations on being Motivator for the day, good job.

Wishing all a great Thursday!

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Kathy thanks for the photos every thing looks so inviting. I think it would be so nice to spend some time there. Oh and Andy's lasagna sounds so yummy think I will make a small one for hubby and I soon, I love lasagna.

Wanda so good to hear they are working on your road. I know what you mean about getting out of your bra and into your jamies, that is the high light of my day.

Crazy woman upstairs is at it again. Now I'm under stress and have to keep from stress eating.

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Oops I hit the wrong button... I wasn't done with pictures...

Here's a little path Andy found to another beach down the street. I can't wait to check it out.


This is the master bedroom with the new flooring. Please excuse the posters on the wall. I think Andy is going through his second childhood. hehehe But the floor looks great. Much better than what was there.


Here's another view of that floor. We still need to get bed frames to get the bed off the floor and I have curtains that I will be getting up this weekend I think.


This is a pic of the outside of the house. I think Andy is putting the ramp off that porch you see. Hoping I have a good pic to share soon on that.


This is the front porch. They have replaced most of the landing boards as they were rotten.


This is the kitchen cabinets that Andy built from scratch. Not bad huh? He has put the sink in the middle under the window. I need to get a good pic of that now. Very small kitchen. hehehe


This is the other bedroom wall that Andy decided they needed this mural on the wall. Cool huh? Well it is Our Beach house. So why not. hehehe I swear he is living his childhood over again. hehehe Whatever makes him happy. I told him that this would be my room. It's the Blue room which is my favorite color. hehehe


So there you go... When I get more pics I will post them. Hope you enjoyed the show... lol

Today I go to Marie's for dinner again. It's Italian night... so I'm bringing my fave Lasagna and Andy made one too. (Spinach and mushroom) They are meeting us there at dinner time. I need to get them in the oven later and get them both baked. I made mine up yesterday so it wouldn't be some much work for me today. My back is still not recovered from last week. I just over did it at Marie's last week and suffered all week. But on the plus side... I won't have to do as much this time. Hoping the younger ones help more.

Have a great day everyone...



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Good Morning Sparkies...

Kathryn - Love your quote from yesterday I think it was... And I can relate to changing my bra because of the heat. it's terrible. And I's sure your Hubby enjoyed the show. hehehe Too funny!
Hope all went well at the dentist. Or is that today?

Wanda - Wow that gas line must of scared everyone. Wonder what set it off? Great news that they are paving your street. How exciting to see that the end of all that mess is near. Good luck with that. And enjoy that rain that is coming.
As for the beach Yes there is lots of sand... I will post a couple of pictures for you. And Penny sent me a couple pic's of the Master bedroom floor that they finished a couple days ago. And they did start the Ramp. I'm so glad. The stairs are hard on Andy and I now too. And Marie will be able to come over soon. Plus when DD Rachael and her Hubby Donny come in Nov. (he is the one that fell and broke his leg when they were camping) He will have a easier way in.

This is the local Wabasso Beach, Vero Beach, FL and that is Andy waving at everyone. hehehe


Here's another pic of the beach...




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Good Morning all,

Supposed to rain today and tomorrow and then nice for the weekend.

Woo Hoo, they finally started paving the street yesterday. Now if it rains today and tomorrow they won't be finished by this weekend, but at least they have started. Maybe we will be able to park in our driveways next week!

Shirl...hope the cake and ice cream was a hit and now you can relax and enjoy not being so busy *grin*.

Mermaid...your beach house sounds like a great place to sit back and enjoy. So looking forward to seeing some pictures. How nice that you will be adding a ramp so that Marie can enjoy the visit there too. Is the beach a nice sandy one?

Kathryn...are you still walking with your buddy? I love getting home from work and putting my jammies on...NO BRA!

Have a great day everyone. It's my FRIDAY! (and no, I didn't make to the market last night as the kids came over. Tonight is aquasizes so won't make it to the Thursday night one either)

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Kathy looking forward to seeing photos of the beach house.

Wanda scary about that gas line. We had a man hole cover blow the other day and sure scared the whole neighborhood. They never did tell us what it was all about, but I don't step on covers anymore.

Shril enjoy your cake and ice cream a birthday only comes around once a year, wish your hubby emoticon from me and mine.

In the 90's today. I have a dental appointment I have to go to this afternoon right in the hottest part of the day but I had to make the appointment months ago, they are so booked up. I go to the same clinic for my dental, family doctor, and therapist. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow but that is at 8.

Positive quote-Every time you are able to find some humor in a difficult situation you win
emoticon had to change my bra two times today because of the heat, hubby enjoyed the show

You can love your body and still what to improve. Those two things do not have to be opposing forces.
A bird sitting in a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because her trust is not on the branch but on her wings

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Good Morning Everyone...

Shirl - Happy birthday to Clenton. I hope that he enjoys even more cake today. hehehe I saw the pic's of everyone in the pool. Looked like fun for all for sure. Kids love playing and Splashing. hehehe So do I sometimes. hehehe
My friend in Nebraska said there way snow coming in the mountains of Wyoming so cooler weather might be heading your way too enough. I can so relate to all the humidity you are having as we have that daily here. Enjoy your day my friend.

Wanda - Hope you made it to get your carrots and peas. Happy canning to you. hehehe
Did you hear back from the council on your road yet? Hope they get it fixed soon.

Kathryn - Hope your day is a good one. Are you walking with your buddy today? Stay cool...

I'm up early to say goodbye to Andy. He is heading back over to the beach today. They are going to finish up the last room of flooring. And he got some green shade cloth looking stuff that he is going to put along the fence for a little privacy. I think he said that there is still a leak he has to fix too. I was hoping he'd wait until Friday to go but he said he'd go back over with me on Friday or Saturday if I wanted. So I may go over there then and get the curtains hung that I've bought. The are nothing fancy just cheap Walmart ones to cover the windows. I wanted to get the black out ones for the master bedroom but they are like $20 a panel and I needed 4 panels for the 2 windows... Decided I wasn't paying that much on them windows. All them windows need to be replaced and still feel like we could get robbed while we are away. So just don't want to put a lot of $$ in there.

Things are getting fixed up a little at a time. There is still some floor tiles in the kitchen that he needs to fix and little things here and there but the place is looking better and better. They did replace a lot of the deck last time so that will be a big improvement. I told him that there I no way that those old boards would hold Marie. So he got to changing them out. And he just mentioned that the Ramp will be coming soon so that we can invite Marie over. She wants to go put her feet in the sand at the beach. Once she sees that there is a ramp all the way down she might make it to the water. But we will see.
I will take some more pictures of our little beach house to share while I'm over there the next time. It's a small place but when you're just there for the beach who needs a lot of room right? hehehe

As for today... I think I will get my laundry done today. Oh and Andy made a big Spinach lasagna last night for Marie's. And I will make mine tomorrow. And reheat his and bring them both over tomorrow. He and Penny will head over and be there for dinner time.

Have a great day everyone...


Kathy

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