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STEADING
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I am going to start a new thread -- Fast Flying Flerd -- hope you will join me there!



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As of today I am renewing my commitment to clean eating. I have finally distributed or thrown out all the sugar gifts we received over the holidays, taken all the white carbs to the trashcan and set myself to the fresh and local veggie track.

Today, it's hard. Tomorrow will be easier.





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All who lost the generation ahead of us know that, regardless of marital affinity, there is a sobering signal to the next. I hope that Colleen and her dh are able to give each other comfort in the "moving up" aspects of this loss. For the specifics of this situation, it is clear that she had a legion of caring and doting people in her waning years -- a pleasure we would all envy. And for the loss to Colleen and Tom, I hope that the sadness is tempered wit the kowedge that you provided love and support in your MIL's final years that others only dream of.

Sadness for your loss, but also celebration for a long life and the gift of loving family she enjoyed.



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Colleen, I'm sorry to hear of your mother in law's death and (I see from FB) your travel problems. I reiterate that if you need anything when you get there, I'm only 1/2 hr. away from Santa Maria. I know that you are probably on an short timeline, but if you have the time I would love to drive down to SM to see you. Hugs!

I'm doing much better. Thanks to everyone's good wishes. Still have a cracked rib that is just going to take time to heal (yep, X-rays showed a "fractured rib with no complications"!). Am still clearing out the bronchioles too, which doesn't help the rib. At least I'm not coughing continuously. Unfortunately, I don't think a flu shot would have helped this. Will really appreciate being completely healthy again!

Happy New Year all Flerdettes! Have we come to any kind of consensus on a Flerdfest in Seattle (or somewhere) this summer?
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Thank you for the birthday wishes! My birthday was spent in Central Florida furnishing a small apartment my husband and I are going to use when we go to Winter Garden. It's a very simple space but works quite well.

How was your Alabama trip, Tracy? Hopefully you weren't caught in any of the storms that seemed to be delaying people over the holidays.

Katrina, let me know which audio books you particularly enjoyed. I also like listening to a story when I drive but need to find some good books. For some reason the few books I've started lately bored me.

Macke, I'm so happy your dogs are becoming more mannerly! What do you think of the class? I'm assuming there are no doggie couches and you don't whisper affirmations to them twice a day?

Kathi, have you finally recovered? There have been several local reports about how bad the flu is this season. My dd said the number of patients coming to the ER(with the flu) this year is very high.

Flaps to all,

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Home again, home again jiggity jig------just got in an hour ago, and realized that Penny's birthday wishes and New Years greetings are in order .Hope your day was every bit as special to you, as you are to us, Penny. And Happy New Year to all ! Got to go love on the animals, and unpack the car.



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Happy New Year, my dear friends!
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Happy New Year!


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Extra-sweet birthday greetings to our Miss Penny!!!

May you shower your world with your grace for many years to come.



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Wrapping up 2012 this weekend....

I was reminded by my SweetMan that this time last year we were flat on our faces in Indianapolis with food poisoning and mostly missed our nephew's wedding. From that inauspicious launch, the rest of the year was at least vertical which was a big improvement.

We are seeing improvement in the dogs as far as obeying us when they are out of the house. They still need work on walking with a loose leash but we are happy with their progress. We have noticed that Sugar is now actually calmer when she sees other dogs at a distance than Scout, but we haven't chanced a close encounter with either. We've signed up for a class in January "Unconfident Dogs" that we hope will help them be more at ease around other dogs. And it is especially helpful that none of the other dogs in the class will be from our neighborhood, so if things go badly at first, we won't subject our friends' pets to the experience.

Kathi, your description of your cough sounds awful. Even if the bone isn't cracked, there's still a lot of soft tissue that could have been hurt. Did your doctor tell you to bind your ribs or would that restrict your breathing too much. Hope the weekend of rest brings you back to the road to recovery.

Penny, I hope you also have the chance to recharge this weekend. What with the crisis with your mother, your concern for your father, the long drives back and forth on top of the regular parts of your life, it's no wonder you are feeling a little crispy! Perhaps some time walking out on the beach in the early morning would be refreshing?

Katrina, you sound quite wise to "try out" the new arrangement with your brother before making a decision. When home is not a sanctuary, it really takes a toll. I spent a summer once holed up in a room furnished with nothing but a waterbed and a bunch of baskets for my clothes. The frustration and boredom of it all drove me to take up running! LOL

Susan, do you have an ipod? With all the funny things you've been posting on FB, I bet you have some real amazing playlists on your mp3. Would love to know.

Colleen, how are you enjoying your break? The photos of your holiday program looked quite cute; it looks like it took enormous amounts of time and effort to arrange. What nice experiences for the little ones. Hope your days during the break are unscheduled and relaxed.

Tracy, wishing you safe journeys to and from Alabama. I am very glad you and your children will be able to spend time as a family with family in a setting that offers respite from the routine. What has happened with your menagerie of dogs and cat? I have lost track, and wonder if they are with you or at home?

Lisa, vertigo -- yuk! The only possible upside is that you have a legitimate claim to being waited on, though that's hardly compensation for the spins and nausea. Did your doctor offer you the "hang off the bed and then throw your head over your knees" solution? It's supposed to break up the little crystals in your inner ear that cause the dizzyness.

Karin, nice to hear you have been invaded by family for the holidays. Christmas through the eyes of a child... I went to the "family service" on Christmas Eve and it was pure bedlam. I could see your point about "happy now and will be happy later..."!

Lorena, other than a gingerbread smackdown, how are you spending the holidays? I've been curious to know how the new staffing at your workplace has changed the workload and the office dynamics. And how is your own writing going? I just read a blog by a best-selling author aimed at getting 20-something slug boys off the Game Box and actually doing useful things; the one line that surprised was his admission that he wrote nights and weekends around a boring must-work-to-live job for 8 years before he had much external success, but that he never waivered from his goal -- not of publishing, but of writing well. It made me think of your dicipline and dedication to reaching your goals. I am sure you will succeed as well.

I am fiendishly determined to survive the holidays without a weight gain. I am still 2 pounds away from my goal. I must confess, the focus is not as laser-like as I would have it, and the motivation to go steam it up at the gym flags when it's 40 degrees (sorry, Karin, you must think me a complete princess!). I should find some new exercise routine to help me set new short-term goals that will make the last few pounds of weight loss incidental. (Also should give away this trove of homemade biscotti that sings to me each afternoon!)




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Penny: what a wonderful turn of events for your mom. It's amazing what love and family can do to raise both the spirit and the body. I'm glad you and your family were able to enjoy time together. Is it time for a quiet New Year for you? Or will you be on the road again? I found that good music or a good story helps the time go faster when driving. Since I drive the same path, I've memorized landmarks (like the best places to potty) and where the police like to sit and wait. Hopefully, you don't get to that point!

Tracy: I hope your trip to Alabama is uneventful, but full of happy time together. I'm glad you were spared the snow and ice of the storm. We just had cold weather and wind here. I too am hoping for another 100,000 on my van. It just hit 200,000. The playground incident was a wonderful example of your kind and loving spirit. I'm afraid I would have chewed out the boys too. The real life example of the flock of geese was powerful. I bet those kids remember that for many years.

Kathi: Wow, that is some cough you are experiencing, rough enough to fracture ribs! I hope the doctor was able to prescribe something to either knock out the cough or at least to knock you out so you can heal.

Lisa: minus the vertigo, your time with family at Christmas sounded wonderful. Is the vertigo better yet? If it isn't, please be sure to see the doctor. No need to keep taking old (possibly expired) medicine.

Karin: it's nice to have a little noise when it's evidence of the many people we love filling the house. It also allows you to enjoy the quiet when they are gone a little bit too. However, the echoes will linger to help keep you company.

Everyone, thank you for the congratulations on passing the A+ certification. I am so relieved to have that done and ready for the next class, starting Jan. 7.

As for living, I'm house sitting for my brother right now. I have been invited to stay, so I will try it out for about 2 weeks after my one week vacation in Greensboro next week. I don't want to commit and then regret it like I do now. If this doesn't work out, I'll be apartment hunting.

And I have successfully finished my 3 weeks gluten, dairy, and sugar free. Again. This time with a cold. That is going away, I hope. No more rebounds. I have officially dropped 4 pounds in the first 2 weeks of the new lifestyle my doctor is monitoring. My energy is better, but is it the diet? The medical food? The new supplements? Too many factors to know, but hey, whatever works. Once I'm back to "normal" I'll try to figure it out. Hopefully, the doctor will be able to figure it out for me.

Macke: your wishes were so sweet. May you also have the grace of calm to renew your spirit. And may your doggies have the blessing of calm also!

My dh and I have some fireworks to explode for New Year's Eve. Anyone else?
Katrina

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Penny , what an amazing testament to the power of love in your mom's life. Now I know where you get some of your spitfire from! I know it made for a very special holiday ( several holiday celebrations, from the sound of it), and I am happy for all of you.

Lisa--so sorry to hear you are having to deal with vertigo again. Just when you get to slow down and relax a little---darn it! I hope it ends quickly, and you can enjoy some of your off time.

Katrina---I congratulated you on passing your cert exam in my post that disappeared----so I will do it again---Congratulations!! Happy dance---you have worked very hard. Hope you can find a living arrangement that suits you better--so sorry this one isn't working for you, because it sounded so good. I remember my commuting days when I would essentially "board" a few days a month with people on either end of a trip. Although it didn't cost a whole lot, it wasn't an entirely comfortable situation---despite the level of hospitality or friendship involved.

Kathi---it is time for you to start feeling good again. This has been a very tough time for you, hasn't it? I can hear how worn out with it you are----I vote for another visit to the dr. to check on your ribs, and to see if you can find something to knock the cough out so you can have time to heal.

Macke--how are the dog walks going? I laughed at the "too bad" comment prior to the time-out. I think I will adopt that as my new mantra! Hope she is getting the hang of it, and that you are seeing some improvement.

Got to go run errands, and then come home to pack .The kids and I are driving to Alabama, for a short family visit. We didn't get the snow that was predicted for Christmas day, so the roads should be clear. I got new tires on the old van, and did the maintenance flushes, so she should have another 100,000 miles in her---woohoo!



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I love the gift of calm silence, Macke.

Penny - its always great to hear about people who (as my pharmacist friend call it) "flunk out" of hospice. What a great lift your family gave to your Mom (and you all).

Tracy - I can just hear your calm, caring discussion with the kids on the playground. Taking the time to explain, comparing the the geese and the "V" will hopefully have a lasting impact on them.

I woke up Monday with a whopper dose of vertigo. It seems to be manageable and I did have some meclizine left over from a couple of years ago when it hit last time (probably expired). So I had a lowkey Christmas Eve in my chair watching Christmas movies and shows. I'm ok sitting, lying down & walking around but the in between those positions is a little tricky. It seems to be less than it was originally so hoping it will just fix itself. I've tried some home remedies but whew, doing something to knowingly bring on the spinning room is not real popular to me :)

We ended up at my brothers again this Christmas for dinner and it was quite a gathering. We had a bigger crowd than normal with one of my sister-n-laws families joining us. My brother has a big home, they love to host and the home can accomodate the crowd so it worked out just fine.

Hugs to all of you through the holidays :)
Lisa



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Wow! That's good news about your mom, Penny. Amazing what a lot of love will do. Hope you get some rest soon.

Katrina, I don't think I congratulated you on your certification. Congratulations!

I have a dr. appt. this afternoon. I don't think there is a whole lot that they can do except treat my various symptoms. But I truly want a dr. to know what I'm suffering from and if there is anything else I could be doing. I think I should get an x-ray for my ribs (did I tell you that I think I cracked a rib from all the coughing?). Wish me well! I'm really tired of coughing and hurting!

We had a fun visit with dh's family. Drove back in the torrential rain on Sunday. My dh was a sweetie and did all the driving. Christmas was quiet. We had reservations for a favorite restaurant Christmas eve, but both of us were sick so stayed home and took it easy.

May this new year be an absolutely wonderful, fabulous, fantastic one for all of us!
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Merry Christmas Dear Flerdettes! As you may have seen on Facebook I received the best Christmas gift in my Mom's improved health! She went from hospice and only a "few days to a week" to live to coming out of hospice and into rehabilitation to now being able to sit in a wheelchair and go to the Lodge and to the apartment on short visits. We believe the fact that all the children and several grandchildren flew in to be by her side helped her come back - even though the doctors said so much of her brain was destroyed that there was no hope.
Somehow she found a way to reconnect neurons. She's always been at her best when surrounded by family.

The driving back and forth has been exhausting. Although it is only a 4 1/2 hour trip it seems much longer. I haven't been home for a weekend yet and feel like I'm constantly playing catch up. And yet we managed to enjoy a Christmas celebration with Mom in Mt. Dora, Shannon in Sarasota and Joseph in Miami. All very simple - just celebrating being together.

I'm supposed to go back to Central Florida again this weekend. Can't wait to have a weekend home (Macke how do you DO it??)

Tracy, thank you for sharing the meditation. And the empathy, understanding and leadership you showed in sharing the geese story with your children was inspiring. I'd have probably scolded the boys - a much weaker approach than the one you chose!

Macke, thank you for the beautiful Christmas wishes. I'm going to print and keep close along with Tracy's meditation. Both resonate deeply.

I'm so sorry you're struggling with your doggies. Our girl doggie used to nip when she was a puppy. We brought in a trainer and he stopped the behavior. She is now supersweet.

Congratulations Katrina on passing the certification exam! I hope both you and Kathi start feeling better soon.

Karin, I'm sorry you are suffering from excess Mercury in your system. Have you had your drinking water tested?

Flaps to all,

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So much wisdom in this group. Macke, your post was beautiful. Thanks. And Tracy, thanks for the meditation. With 4 kids 5 and under and 4 extra adults here for a week I am not getting much silence! Not complaining though, I am feeling really blessed to have my family here.

I got up early before everyone to read for a bit and then went ou to shovel new snow and play with the dog. Lovely.




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Opened my daily meditation email that a friend sends me from Unity church---and here is what it says:

Silence

I am a whole and holy being.


The Silence is sacred. In the Silence, there is no confusion, no doubt, no fear. Resting in God, I am aware that the Holy Presence surrounds me and is within me. Any mistaken thought or belief that I am separate from my Creator dissipates.

In the Silence, I discern this sacred message: “Be still and know that I am God.” My heart responds, “Yes, I know,” and with this knowing, my soul is uplifted. I feel a gentle ebb and flow as all regret and sadness wash away, and I am filled with joy.

I nurture myself with times of sacred silence. Resting fully in the presence of God for even a few moments, I receive the assurance that I am one with the Holy Presence. I am a whole and holy being.

Peace! Be still!—Mark 4:39


You are in the flow, Macke!




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Lovely lesson! And lovely that you were able to find a way to prompt the response, Tracy.
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oh Macke, you are the sacred and I am the profane!
Thank you for the beautifully written wishes. I wish the same for you, only I wouldn't have said it so good:)
I talked to my kids at school the other day, after witnessing some really bad sportsmanship on the playground. I have a 1st grade girl, who has some severe physical limitations---she can walk, even run, but she gets botox every few months in her legs to encourage underused muscles to develop, and as a result she has a very unsteady gait, poor coordination, and moving takes great effort and concentration on her part. She loves football. So do two of my 3rd grade boys. We have a rule that you "can't say you can't play", but after seeing one of them rip into her after she missed a pass, I knew we had to address it. She isn't the only one that doesn't play up to their expectations, but she is the one that wants to play the most. She also is the child who has the least ability to fend for herself emotionally---she basically has no barrier between herself and anyone else, and doesn't seem to understand when someone is being mean to her. Anyway, I was trying to figure out how to get them to discover the wrongness of their response, without me telling them----so when we sat on line after playground, I started talking about geese. I found out what they knew, and then started talking about how the strong goose is the one that takes the lead while the others get a break by flying behind----and then they switch as they tire, each taking a turn. We also discussed how when one goose is sick or weak or can't fly for whatever reason, another goose always stays with it until it is able to take flight again. They were pretty impressed by this. And then one child made the connection---and started talking about our classroom community, and how we take care of each other ---and then the ways that we take care of each other----and the ways that we sometimes don't. Sure enough, the two boys who were so frustrated and vocal on the playground, got it----and immediately addressed it themselves, complete with owning their anger, and apologizing to the rest of the class , specifically this little girl,for expecting everyone to know as much about football as they did. It was so impressive to me to watch these kids work it out, without me ever prompting an apology or fussing at anyone for being mean. So my flerdfriends, you have given me a recipe for support and insight that can be applied to any situation and any age---and just like my students, after enough time, I get it. What a wonderful gift to receive.

Merry Christmas eve to all----snow expected here tomorrow, so it will be a magical day!



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Macke, I choked up reading your Christmas wish for us. I wish the same back to you.
Merry Christmas to the Flerd, you are very special to me.
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The Flerd has been scarce lately. Surely it's the hectic pace of the season, the accelerating beat of modern living.

My Christmas wish for all of you is the pleasure of quietude. I hope it comes in the early dawn light, with clouds streaked with gentle color. I hope it comes in the smell of fresh rain on moist earth. I hope it appears in the rising curls of warm tea or coffee. Or the softness of infant breathing at the end of a day.

In the small measures of quiet, I wish for you the certain knowledge that you are loved and valued, that you serve a holy purpose on this Earth and that you are worthy of the highest respect for a life that is lived with purpose and integrity.

Merry Christmas, dear Flerd friends.



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Go figure:)



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okay guys---just had this post that I tried to send,and it said it couldn't post it because "no profanity was allowed"---so I doublechecked---no curse words----rewrote because I had used words like "keystrokes' and "feminizing" and "pampering" and "hirsuteness" and thought maybe the powers to be were having a rough day----but again---no post. Now it is gone. Damnit.



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Congrats to Katrina on passing the cert exam.

I bet there's a huge business in providing tech services to women. Geek Squad is...well... so geeky.

But a Spa service for your computer network?!?! Banking off of people's endless willingness to pamper their pets, what better than to pamper your network? Including optional shaman or meditative riffs, I am predicting a huge annual revenue.

Or not...





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Kathi: I soooo understand having no energy for decorating. You will feel better if you only set up a table top tree. It really helps bring on the festive spirit. I hope your bronchitis is getting better. Sounds like no fun at all.

The cold that I thought I had licked came back and is lingering. I can't seem to get rid of the congestion and cough. Made it tough to sit through the play A Christmas Carol on Saturday. I felt bad for the poor lady sitting next to me. She just leaned away the whole time.

I am contemplating moving again. I still feel more like a boarder than a friend and roommate so I'm not real happy where I'm at. I feel the need to confine myself to my room most of the time. My sister-in-law has invited me to move in to her big house. Although there are MANY reasons (including no rent), I need to clear up some personal issues first. I plan to talk to her on Friday and hopefully we can work it out. If not, I'll be apartment hunting again.

I'm well into week 2 of gluten, dairy, and sugar free. I can tell I've lost a little weight, my clothes are a little less tight.I'm back to logging food and it's really helping me see how those calories add up. I check in for a quick appointment on Thursday and I hope there will be good news.

I am avoiding much of the news from Connecticut. My heart just can't take it. Fortunately my radio station is family friendly so there is no news about that situation so the kids don't get upset. Helps me out too!

So here we go, less than a week to Christmas! I am looking forward to spending time with my family. I have all my christmas presents purchased and have only two more to wrap (both came in since the weekend). I am ready to relax and enjoy the rest of this season. My daughter has an elf on the shelf watching over the grandsons. GS4 has already asked if he could send the elf home!

The fiscal cliff looms ahead. Hey, it might be a good reason for me to retire and not worry about working in June, right?! That will keep the household income under the threshold.

I have been enjoying an advent calendar someone sent me. It's been a lot of fun. I will miss it when Christmas is done. Funny how little things like that can be so relaxing.

Did I mention that I passed my A+ certification test? Ready for the Geek Squad now!
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So sad for the victims of the Newton shooting...it is beyond comprehension...


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Wow! Seems like we're all busy elsewhere right now! I'm having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit, feeling like like do. I went back to the dr. last week and the nurse practitioner gave me prednisone and antibiotics and they seem to be helping. Antibiotics are done, prednitsone 2 more days. But I have pulled a muscle in my side from coughing so much so coughing is excrutiating sometimes. Slogging along though.

I want to decorate my house (have just now decided not to get a tree), but have no energy and my side hurts. Dh is not into it, so it may not happen at all. But I am looking forward to going to my SIL's next weekend then have the next week off. 12 days off - 4 holiday days, 2 weekends, so only 4 vacation days to use. Have almost all shopping done.

I had an interview with the Performing Arts Center (same position different dept.) last week. It is an on campus recruitment and they have to interview everyone on campus for any recruitment, so it's not like I know I'm at the top of the list. I thought it went well though; some things they asked about I had not had experience in., but overall good. We'll see.

(sorry all about me!!)

I hope all is well with all of you. Wishing you the best parts of the season!
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Greetings from Omaha!

Lovely city, serious problems, not the least of which is that it's freakin' freezing!! But have had a 2-day series of policy briefings, which are the fun part of what we do. Brought along my chief policy wonk and she's just hitting it out of the park. So happy for her.

Still struggling with the Little Girl Dog. I was away, but SweetMAn called last night all in distress. She jumped at a pedestrian on the evening walk, but he couldn't tell if it was happy jumping (she's still a puppy in Lab years) or aggression. So it was a sleepless night for me trying to figure out a test to see what the story might be. Ithink it's a geography problem. Six feet of distance is not a problem but two feet might be. I'd just like to fully understand the situation so we can do a better job on solutions.

Sorry this is all about me. Personals next time.





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12/7/12 12:48 P

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Macke: we use a chest led halter for our "puppy" of 60 pounds. I was amazed at how much our walks changed after a trainer worked with her (and us). No more pulling or choking, a real civilized walk. The tug at the chest redirects without harm. I hope it will work for you.

Kathi: The lingering cough from a virus can be a real nuisance. I hope it works it's way out of your system soon. I was down with a nasty cold earlier this week and am much better now. Now my dh has the cold. Apparently it has been wiping out his department and he was the last man standing, but he too fell yesterday. I hear reports that the flu is running rampant now too, earlier than usual. I hope we all miss that nastiness.

I too, will keep Penny and her family in my thoughts and prayers. I can't imagine how tough it must be for her.

Tracy: talk to your lawyer about ways to protect your money. Open an account in your name only, or better yet open an account in your children's name so he can't access it. Not all of it, just enough to prevent him from being able to launch a prolonged legal attack. It's unfortunate that he is unable to see how his actions would harm the children. Stay strong. We are here whenever you need us. Whining is reasonable in your situation, so don't stay away for that reason.

Going back to a no gluten, no dairy, no sugar diet again for 3 weeks on medical advice. Fortunately, my doctor granted a 24 hour reprieve for Christmas. Trying to get a handle on my fatigue and new symptom of all-over tenderness episodes. Found out my cortisol is extremely high due to my adrenal system trying to keep up with the demand. The (new) doctor asked if I were under a lot of stress and I just laughed. Hopefully, the adrenal support supplements will give me some relief from the fatigue. I got a better understanding of why the sugar is hurting me, so maybe I can be more successful in staying away from it. Good news is my cholesterol and A1C levels are great. I am basically healthy (?!).

I am at the heaviest I have ever been, pushing 200. Fatigue prevents exercise, there's only so much you can do with a limited amount of energy. Unhappiness in my current living situation (work, travel, separation from dh) encouraged a turn to food and goodies for momentary pleasure. Nasty combination. This must change. 1st up: restoral of energy.

I'm so glad you ladies are here to encourage and inspire. It really helps!
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12/6/12 10:45 P

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Hello sweet geese. I am adding my thought and prayers for Penny's mom. Thank you for letting us know, Macke. Praying for her dad as well---he has been such a steady support to her.

So sorry to hear about your pups and their aggressive behavior on walks. That had to be a very startling discovery, when they made the first snarl or lunge. Like Moo, I have used the gentle leader on my dogs, primarily because big, old, goofy Charlie Brown would take off like a banshee, and drag me behind him---and Pearl would just about choke herself with her leash and collar ( so much for graduating from doggy school) when we would go out for a walk. I was not wanting to take them, because it required so much effort. The gentle leader really worked, even on the first walk, and they didn't seem to mind it at all. Sheridan dogsits for a lady that uses a body harness and I know what you mean----what a contraption!---it took several visits before she figured out the right way to put it on. I bet your dog trainer will be able to help you work it out with your new pups. It sounds like they just get threatened and respond. The place that you got them from had other dogs, correct? Is this new behavior or were they like this in their foster home? ((hugs))

Karin--wow--no more metal. How did your naturopath determine that your fillings were causing problems? Interesting stuff---I would like to hear more. I hope the procedure is less painful than you think, and remember.....you don't have to chew tequila.

Kathi---everyone around me seems to have the respiratory infection you have. It sounds horrible, and the coughing alone is violent. I hope you continue to heal, and get your strength back. Also sending good wishes for the transition at work.

Colleen--you are almost to goal----good for you---and Macke too----congrats to both of you!! What a great way to go into the holidays and start the new year.

I know I have been absent from the thread, and I apologize. It has been for such mixed reasons. Part of it is pride---I don't want to come here and whine or bemoan this sucky time in my life---I want to offer something positive, and I just haven't had alot to offer. I feel like I have complained for so long, that the easiest thing in the world should be for me to walk away from this marraige, but the truth is, I second-guess myself every other day. I am witnessing first-hand the powerful denial mechanism I have---and the ability I have to alter reality in a way that I think will make life easier. Maybe wonderful coping skills, but horrible moving-beyond skills. I will have moments where I know I am not alone, and that all will be well----but I want details, particulars, guarantees, and a straight-forward plan----none of which are available to me at this time. I've just worn such a groove in my fear, that it is the most comfortable place for me to land---but a horrible place to be. It is what it is. Another parenting planning meeting set for Dec. 20, and if no agreements are reached, then a temporary order hearing is set for mid-Jan. At which point a judge decides who goes where, when. And then, my dh has informed me that he plans to spend the remaining resources we have, on fighting me. Ugly stuff.

I think it might be time to call Hugo in-----





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Hi,

Kathi, being sick for a long time, especially with a lung-bruising cough, can be so draining. Wishing you get better quickly and find soft air in the meantime. I think lavender is supposed to help sooth the brochii. Leadership transitions are tough on those left behind, but it sounds like you are at least neutral about the interim choice, so perhaps things will improve beyond your expectations.

Moo, thanks for the advice on Cesar. The trainer we work with likes him a lot, but had concern that the dogs are so manic when they get triggered that a gentle leader might create nerve damage in the neck. We've got a body harness for each of them, though I must admit I can't figure out how it goes on! They've got the look of some S&M wear I saw in a Chicago shop window years ago (can you tell it scarred me for life?!?) so I will await the trainer's visit tomorrow to learn how to use them.

Sending Penny wing beats. We're here for you.

Karin, are you done with the dentist?

What is everyone else up to?





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12/6/12 2:01 A

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For some reason I hadn't gotten the most recent posts. Sending thoughts and prayers for Penny and her mom. Thanks for letting us know, Macke. And wishing you good doggie vibes.

I've been suffering from bronchitis the last few weeks and it's taken a lot out of me. The doctor tells me it is a virus and just has to run its course. I wish it would hurry! I'm tired of coughing, wheezing, the whistling in my throat...coughed so hard yesterday that I gave myself a sore throat.

My boss' last day was Monday. So sad. Fortunately, the interim department head chosen was the the best of the three faculty candidates. We'll see how it goes...
Honk (cough!)
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12/5/12 4:44 A

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Just a quick reply to Macke on the dog behavior - either use "Halti" or "Gentle Leader" rather than just a collar, you can then do the whole Dog Whisperer bit where you make a distracting noise and sort of "jerk" (but not too hard) their head back toward you and then with calm assertion continue the walk. At least it works for me and my 100 lb lab. They don't want to cross you when you've got the muzzle-looking things on them, trust me!

Cesar Millan has a great newsletter that I get with links back to his methods and such. Highly recommended.

Back later with personals.


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Folks,

I had a call with Penny today and she shared the news that her mother has had another stroke. She was in Central Florida when we spoke and said that hospice is involved. She is uncertain the course of things, so she asks for your prayers and support and understanding if she is not active on the thread for a while.

Caring also welcome, I am sure, for Karin of the de-metalizing mouth and Tracy as she faces the holidays in transition mode.

Others want to pile on to the Cares and Concerns list?

I too can use your good vibes. turns out our sweet labbies are great in the house and relatively good on walks...until another dog appears. All is OK at a safe distance but close in, they turn into raving banshees of aggression. It's truly frightening. I know Colleen knows exactly what is going through our minds: we have engaged a professional behaviorist and are willing to try and modify their behavior. It helps a little to know that the behavior is fear-based, and we know that we can provide a safe and caring setting for them. But what we don't know is how ingrained the behavior is, has it been going on for weeks? Months? Years? The good news is that we are setting new behavior standards in THIS environment, which is still new. So the gamble is whether we can positively reinforce new substitutes for the ugliness and get them turned around. SweetMan is fairly supportive of the attempt but has made it abundantly clear that he isn't willing to contemplate 10 years of dangerous dogs. Can't blame him and hope with my heart that it isn't the scenario that we end up facing. For their little doggie sakes, I want a better life for them.

Sorry to run on so but this is one of the few places where I can let it all out.





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11/29/12 9:56 P

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Macke, not gruesome but not fun either. My naturopath doc told me I show signs of mercury damage and I have several old fillings plus a bridge and crown that I am having replaced with non metal material. Controversial studies regarding how much mercury actually gets released by fillings but I'm being proactive. I'll let you know how it goes..

I think there are 1000 geese on the river right off my back yard. Man, we are a loud bunch.

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11/27/12 11:30 P

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Karin, what does this procedure involve? Does this mean you can't listen to "Heavy Metal" music any more?

Sounds gruesome, so please provide excruciating details! :)




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I'm in too. I'm still trying to eat by my blood type but it was really hard over Thanksgiving.. Back at it now.

Next week I start silver filling removal so maybe I won't be hungry or able to chew. Not really my favorite way to lose weight.

We had a great time in MPLS. Those little boys are growing so fast. Very entertaining - and exhausting.




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Great, Kathi! Always glad for company on the journey.

I am 5 pounds away from my goal. The biggest gift this holiday would be to have accomplished the last push without sabotaging myself.

All helpful suggestions and support welcome.





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11/27/12 12:57 A

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I'm in!
Kathi


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Happy Black Monday everyone!

I hope you all had good holidays. We're in the final stretch to the year, difficult as that is to believe.

Colleen and I are on for a focused push on healthy but modest food and exercise. Who's with us?

M



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11/23/12 12:57 A

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Happy Thanksgiving flerd friends! I am thankful for each of you. As life continues to wind around me, I am aware that you all are my counterbalance----gently cushioning when I tip too far in one direction,helping me right myself with a phone call or an email or a post, modeling what strong, smart, capable, joyful, caring women look like so I have a blueprint to follow. I am very blessed.




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Happy Thanksgiving to all the Flerd -- especially grateful for the collective commitment to positive thinking, compassionate support and deliberate living. I am honored to know you.



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11/22/12 10:39 A

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Happy Thanksgiving dear flerdettes!

I've shampooed my carpet, and simmered ingredients for stuffing, and now have a few moments to relax before the clan arrives.

The weather has been cool and beautiful. Love this time of year!

Very sad news about Turkey, Macke. Radical elements seem to arise and sometimes thrive during tough economic times. Hopefully, there will be opposing leaders to keep the country from "turning back" too far. BTW, your package is ready to go. Went to the UPS store yesterday but the line was too long. Will send this weekend.

Has anyone seen Lincoln? I don't go to the movies often anymore but I'm looking forward to Lincoln. Also Les Miserables.

Off to complete a few more preparations....

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Happy Thanksgiving ladies. I too, am grateful to have you special women in my life.

Looking forward to a feast prepared by my lovely daughter. Turkey breast, homemade sugar-free cranberry sauce, "faux" mashed potatoes (made from cauliflower), wilted spinach salad, etc. Bless her heart, she's even a vegetarian (mostly) who can't/doesn't eat dairy, but she told me a month ago she wanted to cook for me today. Who was I to disagree? I would have been fine with a rotisserie chicken and some green beans from Kroger or Wal-Mart, or just going out to eat, but she's the best kiddo in the world, so I'm going to feast like a queen later today! Yay me.

I hope that each and every one of you has a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Day.

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Back atcha, Lisa! I am grateful such a wonderful group of women in my life!
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11/19/12 9:42 A

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Please forgive the obvious mix-up in reports from my trip. I composed my posts in my hotel early one morning on my iPad, In the rooftop breakfast room, looking out over the confluence of River and the bay as the sun rose. But then was unable to get it connected to the Internet for the remainder of my trip.

But the feeling still lingers, so I thought I would share from the cozy comfort of my kitchen.





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Greetings from Istanbul.

I have only a few hours left here in this great city where East meets West. It's also a place where social custom, culture and heritage interlace; at times to stunningly beautiful effect and sometimes in such jagged and twisted ways that, quite literally, threaten to rip apart the delicate fabric of society. Still, there is an atmosphere that is hard to describe -- as if there is an invisible spice rising from the earth and enveloping all in its magic.

As I learned at the conference yesterday, despite efforts to expand compulsory education and provide greater access for all children, Turkey is drowning in a sea of growing illiteracy, unemployment and poverty. Tradition puts pressure on girls to leave school at puberty in much of the country, and the levels of skills of the students who complete high school is declining. It's not hard to see that the conditions for frustration, desparation and social unrest are on the rise, and several of the people I have visited with this week have spoken openly about thei decline of social order. It's evident in little things -- the police don't bother with traffic accidents unless there is serious injury or death, and without a police report, insurance companies won't consider claims and courts won't permit lawsuits. Recognizing the legal impunity, drivers have stopped getting licenses or car registrations, viewing both as simply opportunities for heavy taxation they'd prefer to avoid. The streets are a free for all for motorists. Crosswalks are a mere suggestion, or perhaps target practice.

But it's evident in large ways as well. The current government is pushing hard on pro-Islamic policies, in a direct contradiction to the promised directions during the last political campaign. They have deferred setting the date for the next election and have used the military instead of the police as the instrument of enforcement. There has always been a fragile balance between secular and religious pressure, between democratic and authoritarian leadership and between social equality and social division -- all of which are now extremely precarious.

People are nervous in the street. There is great care taken not to bump each other as they walk, there is hushed talk of terrorists from neighboring countries. Those who can are moving assets out of the country. None of this bodes well for stability in Turkey or in the region.

It's a pity, because the pleasures of Turkey, especially Istanbul, are abundant and accessible. In the late afternoon light of Autumn, the minarets of the great mosques gleam and the glaze of the domes's tiles takes on a warm glow. As you walk the gnarled cobble streets and alleys, ancient shops of glass and ceramic unfold around each turn. The rug shops -- up rickety stairs or down in basement stalls -- hold the equity of hundreds of villages within their walls. Rugs stand like fabric bolts or are stacked flat until the entire space takes on the feel of a landscape of rug-hills. The colors and textures and designs are dizzying. Add in the mental image of mountain women hnched over looms for months to make each one and it's easy to get swept away.

The historic and cultural center of Istanbul is Hagia Sofia, the mosque-turned-church-turned-mosque-turned-museum. In the days of Byzantium, it occupied the center of religious and social life. The village organized around its perimeter, in expanding circles of declining social importance to the Sultan. Today, cafes and tourist centers stand in their place. But some of the building remain, and I was treated to a visit to one of them. will tell you about it in my next post.






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Just a quick pop in to get you ladies in my inbox. Will catch up shortly.
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Jumping in quickly for inbox goodness.

Katrina, I'll do my best to catch up with you. My time is usually a bit limited, but I might be able to swing an extra day just for a mini-flerdfest - lol. I honestly forget that you're so close!

In just under an hour I'm going to go to the bank and pay my Fiesta half off. Yeehah! If I make sure they put the whole amount on the principle/principal (never could keep those straight, sorry), then it ought to make a bit of a difference, at least I certainly hope so!

Gotta get back to work. Flaps to all.


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Is anyone else both excited and dreading the holidays? I love the chance to be with family and honestly, I love the holiday food. However, I dread the extra calories and the inevitable clash of personalities.

Dh and I are spending our Thanksgiving by ourselves in NC, but we are still planning on a feast. Our open range turkey is growing fat without a care on a local farm. We ordered him/her (?) over a month ago when the lady who runs the curbside booth on Saturday mornings asked if we were interested. She hand raises the chicks on the family farm along with the grass-fed cattle and pigs. Talk about eating closer to the earth and local!

Christmas will find dh and I sharing my room in GA and the annual Christmas Eve gathering at my mom's. My brother's family will be absent this year, so it will be a smaller gathering. Christmas day with the gs's of course, then back to work for me on the 26th and dh will travel back to NC. I managed to score New Year's week when they opened up three slots after some folks left, so I will travel up to NC and get to spend our anniversary (Jan 1) with dh without one of us having to use it as a travel day. Dh gets 2 weeks at the end of the year, but my work plows on through.

I passed my first A+ class last night. We have 3 more classes and then the second A+ test at the end of the month. I have another class, fiber optics, that overlaps that last week, but is on different days. The fiber optics class will take me to the end of the year. Since it is on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, dh will be traveling down on the weekends (after the first) in December. My DeVry class starts January 8. My degree will be Network Communications Management.

Fortunately, AT&T has a wonderful tution program. Unfortunately, it is a reimbursement, so I have to pay up front. Now I get to apply for financial aid and go through the same headache my kids went through for years. The FAFSA is drudgery and difficult. The results are worth the effort; it will give me the upfront payment in a lower interest loan that I can pay off when I get reimbursed.

Moo, if you are ever in the ATL area when you travel to see your dad, I would love to meet up with you. I'm sorry that he is declining. I can't imagine how hard that is to see. I'm glad you have settled the car situation so nicely. I hate to see you give up the t-bird, but it's good the financial obligation is gone.

Macke: congrats on the new furry companions! Two can be better than one, for sure. I hope the initial training period goes well. I love your travelogues. I can really get a sense of the places you go. Vicarious travel! Sorry if I tipped off your picture in Facebook. How awesome that they put you in as keynote speaker. Good to get that stroke of approval!

Penny: I got the CDs but haven't taken the time to listen. I bought the Food That Grows book and have been enjoying the recipes tremendously. Saturday mornings we hit the local farmer's market and Whole Foods and the afternoon we cook up a storm. Plenty to keep us in good food for the week and sometimes weeks to come. Good thing we have a freezer in the garage! Unfortunately, I have slid back into my old ways and my weight has zipped back up.

Colleen: I hope the flu lets go of you soon and you are feeling better. I loved your post in Facebook and I hope those "goodies" required far too much effort to acquire and the rescue children were attentive. I look forward to meeting you.

Kathi: by now your little meltdown is long done, but a little cry every now and then is not a bad thing. My dh doesn't know what to do when I cry either, and I think sometimes he just wants to join along. Hopefully, things are better and the stress is manageable. This too shall pass...

Tracy: the financial stuff is so hard to look in the face. Don't hurry into anything, ask for help (don't think you are a bother), and know that this is going to be a process. Stay in the house, by all means. It will provide some stability for you and the children. Anger is running high right now, but as the days and weeks and months go by, it will start to dissipate. Hang in there. You are just as tough as you are tender.

Lorena: Somehow I am missing out on your blog. My laziness keeps expecting things to just drop into my mailbox, but apparently I need to exude a little effort. Point me in the right direction. I hope all is going well for you. I bet your work is crazy busy at this time of year.

Karin: I bet you are busy quilting. The long nights and short days and cold weather would make staying inside with a warm fire and a quilting frame a great way to pass the time. I'm sure it's probably not quite so peaceful, but I'm holding on to the image...lol.

Lisa: are you doing any yarn crafts, bombing, over the holidays? I remember going to craft fairs and church bazaars as a kid and oohing and aahing over the yarn work. I know how to do basic knitting and crocheting, but the things people like you do leave me in awe. There is a lot of artistic talent in the Flerd.

Ok, one more time with feeling: WHEN IS THE FLERDFEST IN SEATTLE? Someone email me!
Whew.
Katrina


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