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12/5/13 8:31 P

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I can only assume that most of the members on this team are readers and writers -- and do not take the time to "chat" on various teams they may belong to.

For myself, I have not had the time to indulge in reading the last couple of months, but now that winter has actually set in and the days are shorter with longer evenings, I'm hoping to get back into my usual routine of reading a book every week or so. I find that I really miss having a good book at my side, but other things have taken priority lately.

Why not get into the habit of choosing at least one day each week to stop by and let us know what you've been up to, how your life has been, and just generally getting better acquainted.

For me, my house (summer home) burning down the end of June was a trauma I hope to never go through again. Construction has not yet begun on the new home and after all this time I am no longer frustrated or impatient -- I'm numb! I've never seen things move so slow in my entire life.

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9/15/13 1:47 P

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Since I last posted on here I've had some minor surgery. I call it minor because they did it as an Outpatient; seems like if it was serious they would have kept me overnight. Anyway, the Dr said no exercise except walking for 6 weeks. Believe me, I'm frustrated with it. It has been so hard to stay under 140. For me, 140 is the magic number that I just CAN'T go over!

I love fall though, and unfortunately fall comes a bit later to Arizona. Maybe by the end of October we will start to see it.

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7/11/13 1:05 A

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Losing your house in a forest fire is bad enough, viewing the demolition of the surrounding area is worse. Especially when I know so many of the older people were retired, and many, I heard about 30%) did not have any insurance to help out. If we had one of those families with no insurance I think I would have spent a lot of time crying and being depressed.

OK, we had insurance, but it's still a real hassle. We are back in the area of AZ where the temperature hits 105 to 120 routinely. And we started checking on manufactured homes, and also stick-built. After much debate and comparing, we finally bit the bullet and went with the stick built. For me it's exciting to look at floor plans and model homes, but I guess I'm really showing my age because I can't remember when I've been so tired. I'd just like one day off where I can be lazy and do nothing (except maybe go to the gym).

10:00 p.m. and I can hardly keep my eyes open. Didn't sleep well last night because too many decisions to make, and then no nap today on top of it. Talk to you all later, and thank you for your prayers, well wishes, and just plain comfort and support.

Hugs, Eve

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6/30/13 3:53 P

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There are 51 members and very few birthdays have been recorded. Right now I do not show even one person having a birthday in July. When is yours? Have you posted your birthday on our "When is your birthday" topic? Please do it now before you forget.

And if you've already posted yours, thank you for being one of the "active" members!

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4/4/13 11:03 P

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I know what you mean, even when a person is in the hospital and it's right down the street, it seems like by the time you get ready, go over, spend some time with them, then come home, half the day is gone - zip! just like that. So when you have to travel I can just imagine how exhausting it can be.

You really have a lot on your plate every day -- lots of people don't realize how hard it is to live/work on a farm and still keep up with all the other social obligations that kids incur! You are doing an amazing job!

It seems I don't have nearly as much time to read lately, do you?

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4/1/13 9:00 A

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Thanks Eve. The trip is 4 hours round trip, 2 hrs there and 2 back, but still that is 4 hours away from home, plus visiting time. Yes, we live on a farm and we are calving right now. Busy times. Plus my sister in law has a 2 wk old baby, so she can't help with their dad right now either. We're hopefully bringing him home for swing bed in our "home town" hospital 25 miles away, the town where his doctor is. 1 hr of driving is much better than 4 hrs. He is steadily getting better, but will probably be moving into assisted living after this hospital stay.

Life is busy with the kids too. Today alone is an orthodontist appointment at 5 for my son and my daughter's 6pm dance class, plus she has volley ball practice this morning and he has swing choir practice this afternoon. Thankfully we have people helping with rides and the kids are going to the sister in law's house when they are done. She is looking forward to having a couple of extra hands to help with the baby! :)

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3/30/13 12:56 P

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I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad -- and when you have to drive for 4 hours, visit, then turn around and go back home it is especially tiring! Of course the ideal thing would be if you could just go there, get a motel and stay for a few things. Unfortunately, until a person is retired, sometimes that just isn't possible. Also, can't remember if you live on a farm or not. Animals like to be fed "every" day!

Going to help my daughter out would have been almost impossible if I didn't have DH to take care of Amber & Luci while I was gone. Cats don't travel well, in fact Luci seems to go bezerk!

Do hope that your Father-in-law gets better. Hugs to you! (and to your hubby)

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3/30/13 9:32 A

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Have a wonderful time Eve. I am headed to visit my father in law in the hospital 120 miles away. This is the 3rd time in 4 days we've driven down there to see him. 4 hrs in the car and a few hours in the hospital make a long day. He's getting better and home soon, we hope.

Happy Easter!

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3/27/13 3:59 P

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Well, I'm at my daughters -- so far my packing has been her extra clothing and stuff out of the bathroom. I'm just trying to clear one spot at a time and see how it goes.

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11/27/12 10:30 A

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I thought I was pretty smart when it came to Word -- but guess I still have a few things to learn. As long as we keep learning, we keep living. Thanks again.

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11/27/12 8:28 A

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*laugh* Anytime. I work with Word for a living, so anytime you want to know something, just ask.



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11/26/12 12:46 P

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OMG! That is the best news I've heard in over a week! THANK YOU ABBY!

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11/26/12 9:01 A

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Eve, keep CTRL + Z in mind the next time that happens. It's the UNDO function and puts things back where they belong. I can't tell you how many time it's saved my butt.



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11/24/12 1:03 P

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I just wrote about 3 paragraphs and then clicked something wrong and it disappeared. I hate that so much! Aaargh! Feel my pain?

Anyway, vacation over and now we've made it through Thanksgiving -- with not too many big plans for Christmas. With trepidation I stepped on the scale this morning, prepared for the worst, but hoping for the best. 139. I was almost shocked, but pleased. I've stayed in the 130's through a big holiday meal. And when I'm at my daughter's for some reason I'm always tempted to eat things I shouldn't.

Also started a book by Tami Hoag, a new author for me. It's called Dark Paradise -- one of those that start off with a scene that apparently seems to have nothing to do with the story. You don't know who they are writing about and how the scene ends. And then the actual book starts. Will have to see how it goes from here.

Hope everyone enjoyed a terrific Thanksgiving!

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11/24/12 9:02 A

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I have a Kindle Fire and love it. I still read lots of regular books, not just on there. :)

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11/20/12 9:49 A

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I'll check them both out. I don't think Amazon.com will take over the world, but Obama might.

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Noooooo! Not the Kindle! Get a Nook. :)
I have fears of Amazon TAKING OVER THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!



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11/19/12 2:18 P

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Yes, I've been thinking about getting a Kindle, just so I could have more books with me in a smaller space.

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11/19/12 1:49 P

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I much prefer books to ereaders, but ereaders do have the advantage of holding multiple books with no extra space.



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11/19/12 11:15 A

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I just noticed that we don't have an official place on this team to "chat" -- a place where we can talk about anything and everything without having to make a new topic. So now we have one.

I just wanted to tell you I'm happy to be back home and getting back to normal. I took only one book with me -- finished it and had about 4 days with nothing to read. Really miss being able to read at least a few pages before going to sleep. So now I can start a new book too!

Have a great day! Hugs, Eve

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