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Oooh. decluttering ... I know I could use that. and should take a little time each day to do something. I get in resistance sometimes. I will go do the tea shelf when this is done... see you either motivated me or guilted me into doing something....LOL

Jill ... oh know, so sorry you are sick ... people over here are getting sick even though they have had a flu shot. Too many viruses and different strains running around. Get well soon. Sorry you had to cancel Brent's appts.

CJ - LOL thanks for the reminder of Bob... Loved his humor.

Thanks for all your prayers and good wishes .... I do appreciate them. Sending you all love and prayers as well for your healing and well-being.

Barbara -- I need a private email address to send your crockpot recipes too. Just SparkMail me with it.

SA went well, continue to work on Christmas songs... though more than 1/2 of the chorus was out sick. At least we will all be better before Christmas! I have a meeting tonite with the Boards of the other 3 choruses that we are combining with to finalize the program logistics. Then tomorrow has got to be my day .. wait ... I have a dentist appt. for the 2 crowns and assessment on possible root canal.... Well there is always Saturday....

Take care everyone ...

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Good morning Sparkies. Another gorgeous morning here in southern Illinois! Cool, crisp and sunny. There are some beautiful trees on my street that have filled the yards with gold and red leaves. I love driving down the street and seeing it. I canít help but smile. Abby likes the orange ones best. I said me too - and the red ones, and the yellow ones, and those yellow/green ones, and . . . Iím out of control with the beauty of this fall. Itís been exceptional.

Tomorrow is the last day of the Spooktacular Challenge. Have you been howling, spreading your bat wings, stirring a cauldron, or doing anything at all thatís ghoulish??? Iíve been working on it. I had my yoga book out yesterday morning and did some yoga stretches following Megan Garcia. I really like the book. Itís specifically for Ďfluffy grandmas!í

Oh, CJ, I definitely remember Bob and I too miss his cheery morning greetings. He was always so positive, supportive, cheerful and motivating! I pray heís doing well and his wife too. He was so devoted to her. Iím so glad youíre doing the Ďfun stuffí this morning and that Iím just at work. Of course, youíll have clean clothes and Iíll have a laundry basket full of clothes ready for the washer! (Sigh)

Linda, happy decluttering. Actually it always feels so good once itís finished.

Oh, Jill, so sorry that you are still not feeling well. Now Brent isn't feeling well - and still not doing well. I pray that you're both well enough to go to his appointment today. However, if you're sick - it isn't good to go. You could spread the virus to others there OR pick up something else from someone at the office. Life is so unfair sometimes. prayers and hugs

And now on with my work day friends.

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10/29/14 9:08 P

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Just wanted to let you know I've been sick since Sunday night. . I'm not sure if it's the flu or something else. I meant to get a flu shot but never did & now wish I had. I have to have a bathroom close by. . .so might have to cancel an appointment tomorrow with the DMV and Brent's Psychiatrist. I especially hate canceling Brent's Dr's appointment as probably won't be able to reschedule it for a another couple of weeks due to his Dr's busy appointment schedule. He's not doing very well either this week both mentally and physically & today he started saying he felt sick and did unfortunately throw up a couple of times today. When it rains it pours here at my house. . .

I just read the busy chat back to Sunday when I was last here & chatted. I hope to feel well enough to chat again soon & on other Team threads very soon. Being sick sure makes me appreciate feeling well. I'll be praying for everyone sick, overwhelmed or that needs more peace of mind, support, etc. I sure can relate to needing to de-clutter my bedroom closets as I swear some of my clothes in them went out of style many years ago. I probably even still have a few mini-dresses in one of them as I just can't bear not to keep a few of them to remember the happy times in my youth.

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Babs & Joanna, I too have been de-cluttering as I empty boxes. Joined the de-cluttering posts on Sparkpeople, it is interesting.

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HEY, HEY, HEY, Thought I would give you a blast from the past, for those of you who remember Bob, I still miss him. He was a real encouragement to all of us. So HAVE A HAPPY HUMP DAY and don't forget that pesky camel. (WHOOT, WHOOT. emoticon

Babs: you are SOooooooo right, it is getting dark so early, Its dark at 5:30pm after the time change, but I too still love fall.So many fun things to see and do, I love all the different colors.

Jeanie: I thought a lot about you last weekend during our sale, I bet Richard knows everything he has and how much it would sell for. emoticon I'm sure glad its done.

Its good to hear from all of you, I did get a post from Kay or Rubydoodle for those of you who remember her, She is such an encouragement to me, her and her DH are leaving today on a camping trip to Huntington Beach State Park (south of Myrtle Beach) from Nov. 3 and leave Dec. 8th, its 425 miles from there home in Tenn., They have to make one trip home for her chemo on Nov 12th, then will return to camping. I think these two love to travel. (you think)

Ladies I love you all, but I really do have to get busy with all the fun stuff. Laundry, (ugh)

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Wow. Is it ever getting dark earlier and earlier. It was almost dark last night at 6. Of course, this weekend it will be dark at 6. Thatís the downside of fall. Itís OK. Itís still my bestie.

Where has everyone been lately? I just cannot believe youíve fallen out of love with us. Weíre really quite adorable, loving and fun.

I hope everyone on our Ďsick listí - and thatís extensive - is feeling better these days. This has been a bad year for health problems. I do remember all of you each day in my prayers.

Linda, like you I have thrown some things out rather than return them. Iím not going to do that any more. Food is so darn expensive. $7.99 for a jar of PB is high, but we like it. Itís healthy. We definitely eat it and itís a good source of protein. Last week I threw out a bag of chopped lettuce that I had not even opened. Bought it on Friday. Threw it out on Sunday. The Ďused byí date was a week away. Thatís just not right. Enjoy your neighbor girl.

Way to go, Nola!! You are really accomplishing a lot.

Joanna, glad youíre feeling better. Youíre decluttering too. Itís amazing what we have packed away and have forgotten. I need to go through things in my attic and in the basement. Yuck!

Jackie, so happy that youíre back with SA last night. Iíll bet that was better for you than any meds.

Karen, glad the hand is healing. Youíre such a young chick!! Iíll be 68 before 4 years. Iím still hoping for partial retirement. I really like that idea. I keep my benefits.

Hi, Barbara. Youíll love the crockpot recipes.

Jeannie, how fun your little group sounds. Interesting how it worked out the 2 knew each other from HS. Small world. Glad you had such a nice time with them. Now today you get to relax.

I do believe I have plenty of work waiting for me. I'll check in later. I like to read various Spark articles while I have lunch.

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Good morning, my Special Sparkies! I seem to have gotten into this thing of posting every couple of days. Hmmm...my memory isn't what it should be to remember what you all have shared, but I'm sure you'll bear with me. emoticon

Barbara, sure glad you stopped by. Are you still working 2 jobs? Seems like I remember that from the past, but as I said...my memory! Hope you are hanging in there and keeping a positive attitude about your upcoming procedure. Prayers coming your way!

Babs, so cute about Abby/Joe. It's fun to still be able to surprise the kids once in a while. If she's anything like my 8 y.o. GS, she's 8 going on 16 (or more)! Sounds like you had a fun weekend, but tiring, too...glad you had at least one good night's sleep. So refreshing!

CJ, really happy to hear the sale went so well for your SIL. I can't imagine how happy she must be to have such good help with you and your DH. That is awesome of you both to do!

Goodreads...have thought about signing up. It might be a better way keep track of the books I've read. Seems like a good idea, but like lots of things, it might end up taking more time than my current system: a small purse-sized notebook where I keep a running list of books I've read from year to year.

Joanna, good advice from Jackie. Hope you're feeling better soon, too!

Nola, I know you love your books and sharing them with others. What a great past-time! I seldom buy a book anymore, as our library isn't far away and I just borrow and return. I'm a frequent visitor, though...love it!

Had a wonderful time yesterday visiting with dear friends. We met at a local restaurant for a late breakfast, then they came here to see our "new" house, before one had to get on the road. She drove 2 1/2 hours one way to get here. It's an interesting little group of 3 of us. I knew each of them independent of the other and in totally different settings. Many years later learned that the 2 of them graduated high school together and knew one another, too. So, now the 3 of us get together. They're both my age, and like this team, each has a few health issues and many family responsibilities that they are dealing with. Funny (not really) how that works, isn't it!

Hope each of you has a healthy, happy day and that those of you not feeling well soon will be. Please take care of yourselves! You're the only YOU we have!! Hugs and love, Jeannie XOXO



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Jackie, could you please send me the crockpot recipes Babs mentioned? I would love it. Also that is pretty neat about where you are singing. I didn't realize Barnes & Noble did that! The Christmas show should be really neat.

Joanna, glad you. were feeling a bit better.

Nola, my son belongs to Goodreads too.

Linda, I feel the same way as you political about both parties and the ugly commercials. I deliberately won't vote for anyone who does a nasty ad, but unfortunatley, it works the opposite for most people. I figure anyone who stoops to that level doesn't deserve my vote. So don't feel like you are alone.

Babs so true about sleep! We haven't had rain lately - thank goodness! It's still been lovely weather! woohoo...going to get cold Friday and afterwards. Cute about Abby and the class!

CJ, less than 2 months...geez!!! But its more important about the 24 days till your birthday...hope you have a WONDERFUL day.

Jeannie, I will post something there per your information.

Hello to everyone else!!!

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Hi Sparkers! Back at work today, migraine gone. Cut on hand doing better, lol. Work was stressful, but what else is new? I keep thinking of the retirement thing, and I have come to the conclusion that it might be in four years. I will be almost 68 then. Sounds like a good time for it......
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Hi all quick chat before Adelines. Glad you enjoyed the crockpot recipes for those who requested them! Good idea about a recipe chat for those who want to do that!

Babs - oh Abby sounds adorable ... what a fun dance class -- As adults when I took dance we did that too to Thriller! I miss seeing Halloween through a child's eyes...

Joanna - from I experience ... please don't push thru the pain and cause more damage to your body. I took a lot of pain pills when I did karate and have paid for it now with my body structure issues/muscles. When we do this, my massage therapist said it creates a lot of scar tissue on the muscles and then we get more aches/pains, and lack of movement...

CJ .. I can't bear to think about the Xmas countdown .... Thanksgiving is coming faster than I can get ready for it!

Barbara ... yes we sing at Barnes & Noble, senior citizen places, and caroling maybe this year in addition to our Christmas Show with 3 other barbershop groups (2 men & 1 other SA group).

Well gotta go and ring some chords... good evening to all!



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On a good note I am feeling a little better today. I have started taking pain pills just to get through the day. My lower back and ankle seems to be getting worse as time goes by. I have been eating better or so I think....it doesn't seems to be doing anything for my weight. I don;t weigh myself but I do make assumptions and it sure doesn't seem to be falling off the weight that is.

I was taking advantage of the last of the good weather yesterday and decided to give one of the horses a bath. By the time I was finished my lower back hurt so bad. I had to tie her up to dry and was hoping to get back to braid her mane and tail but unfortunately I was not up to it so I am going back out today to finish her up.

I sit while working and oh my gosh it was so hard to get through the night. It was a pain to get up and down in and out of the chair before the night was over. I sure hope this is not an example of days to come as the weather get colder.

I plan to get to warmer weather but not until after January thus making it a miserable time while here. Enough with the negative side of life. Lets go for the positive. I have re-joined Planet Fitness hoping to make it a regular routine but so far I have not even made one visit. (hehe)

I did get my closet cleaned out. Deciding to donate 1/3 of the clothing to a good cause and packing away all the things I will not wear for the winter left me with a very clean and roomy closet. I put all the purses, shoes, and so forth away that I will not be using. I just hope I remember to open it in the spring before I go out buying new things. When I went into the attic I noticed a whole lot of things I put up there and forgot about. Decoration items for the house....that I have changed over time and stored away and forgot about. Out of sight out of mind is a true statement. My sister was overwhelmed...saying she could furnish two houses with all my junk. It's not junk but might as well be since I am not using it. I have some wonderful paintings....statues....table settings and just little nic-nacs that could be used..... Winter scenes for the colder weather....Spring scenes....well all weather scenes. I use to decorate my home given the season. There is a couple of wonderful pieces of wood furniture...I simply forgot about. We found a whole box of dog toys...that of course she decided to get out again. She has one little Boston Terrier what she wants with the complete box I have no ideal but we will see. She will be bending over picking them up not me.

Ok...time to go I wanted to check in and keep my running going...but I have many things to try to get done today. It's a rainy day but that doesn't keep me out of the barn and away from the horses. Love you all....take care today and enjoy life for as it goes....it's here today and gone tomorrow. We can't get it back to enjoy it while you can.

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The Bookshelves are done! The filing is done! Now to the next project. I have 77 books to read and review before the end of December to reach my Goodreads goal. emoticon

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Babs, you are right $7.99 is a lot of money. I have made the decision to overlook some problems like that only to have it eat at me and I threw product away in the end.
Kindle is my downfall too. It auto corrects and if I don't catch it, I have to go back and edit post so it makes sense.
I'm sure Abby was adorable. Can't wait to see my little neighbor Hannah dressed as a kitty cat again. Funds were short so she will be wearing an older costume. This is one I love of course!!
Jeannie, I also voted early. It is hard to stand in line leaning on a cane.
Of course my son, who disagrees with my choices, went off on me (just s tad) and I again told him I love him but political conversations were out. I too have been so disappointed in both parties, I am not really sure what anyone is for, only what trash they could find or make up on the other guy. Oh well, I voted hopefully on the lesser of two evils. How sad is that??? We have bumper stickers here in Howard Co MD that read " try civility" wish politicians could read.

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10/28/14 10:40 A

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What a difference sleep makes!! I was going on a restless night of sleep yesterday. Today Iím Ďon top of the world!í I woke up, but it was nothing like Sunday night.

We had heavy rain during the night. Now that has tapered off and is supposedly finished. We are to have a cool front moving in. Fine with me.

I had to stop at the grocery store this morning after dropping Abby off. We eat PB at my house. Itís a staple for sure. I opened a new jar and the seal that should have been on top of the jar was not there. It was stuck in the lid. Yes, I saw that it was Ďstuck in the lid.í She agreed with me. Donít take any chances regarding tampering. Plus, PB is not cheap. That jar was $7.99!! All 3 of us like it and eat it. Toast, sandwiches, on celery and itís even a little protein (if you need more) slapped on a banana or apple.

Thatís my tale of woe for this morning. Actually not so Ďwoeful.í

Abby dressed for Halloween for her dance class last night - hip hop. Talk about cute kids. Thereís a window where you can see in the classroom. They ask that we not step close to it in order not to distract the kids or the teachers. We couldnít help but hear ďThrillerĒ when it started. They were darling. It was Ďfree danceí and when the music stopped, the goblins all stopped too! Funny faces and poses. So much fun! She showered and crashed almost immediately when we got home.

Mona, I donít post well from my Kindle either. I need a big keyboard! Glad youíre back and had a good time.

Nola, congratulations on all those steps!! Youíre really Ďbookiní it.

Barbara, if you want good crockpot recipes, send an email to Jackie. I did and she sent me the WW crockpot recipes. I skimmed through them already and - yum!! They look Delicious.

Jeannie, have fun with your visitors today. Finished voting - I have that to look forward to yet.

CJ, glad the sale went well. Lots of work but Iím sure your help was greatly appreciated.

Jackie, thanks so much for the recipes. I know Iíll be using them.

Well my friends I must get cracking here on this Ghoulish Tuesday.

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emoticon emoticon The BIG Sale is OVER at my sil's. emoticon I'm not complaining, I know it had to be done, I'm just super glad its over. we went down on Thursday and had the sale on Friday and Saturday. It went very well and we sold all of her late husbands wood working equipment except two items, she has a few lawn tools and some ladders and etc, she will probably have a spring sale to get rid of the rest. emoticon

HEY LADIES: 57 more days until Christmas, emoticon emoticon Did you hear me, 57 more days, That said there is only 30 more days until Thanksgiving. WOW, time is really moving along, and I guess since I'm counting its only 24 day until my 70th Birthday. Now since I have got up from this chair 3 times and walked over to the calendar to count days I get to add some time to my exercise list. emoticon emoticon

Hope you all are having some good days: I have been reading the posts and sounds like some of you are having some not so good days.

Alice: A BS of 32, sounds really scary to me, Hope you can get that under control.

A BIG emoticon TO ALL OF YOU. I've got to get busy now on my own fun stuff, you know Laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping. (UGH)

LOVE YA: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Good evening, All!! Hope you've had a good day. We were busy running errands and trying to get some cleaning done around here. I'm with the others who commented on that...have lots that needs to be done, just don't get around to doing it.

Barbara, that's a great idea about the recipes. In fact, the team already has a forum for healthy recipes, although I think a few that aren't so healthy have "snuck" in there. Here's a link for it...look through and see if anything looks good to you and be sure to add whatever you think would work well for us. I love new recipes: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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We just got home from early voting. So glad to say I've finished it up. I'm hating this election cycle more than any other I've ever experienced. It's been brutal, for sure. Anyway, only a week left and we'll be back to the routine ads that we don't understand for cars, personal products, and lawyers looking for clients. Ahhh...the good old days! LOL!

I'm going to cut this short...have a few more things I want to do tonight and then it's early to bed. I have to get up and finish with some cleaning tomorrow since a couple friends are coming by who haven't been to my house before. That means showing them around to places we normally wouldn't take visitors!! emoticon

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Hello,

Okay from all the posts on CROCK POT cooking, I think we need to have a recipe once a week from whomever wants to be a part of it. We could make a list and take turns? Or something to that effect. Listing the exact ingredients like on SP recipes! Just an idea.

Nola, really, really fantastic on the 5000 steps...woohoo on your crockpot!

Mona, how funny...the best buy hospital...I always wondered how good they are on fixing things...let me know?

Babs, that is really cute about Joe and Abby. I LOVE crockpot cooking too. I joined the crockpot group, but really didn't get much from it. Have you tried that? If you know any recipes with meat (my son loves stew types of things) let me know.

Jackie, will you be singing more during the holidays?

Karen, OMG, I hope you are okay?! Another crockpot adventurer.

Theresa, my dear, I have to clean too...gosh I really dislike it! I have so much to do. Another crockpot lover!

Alice, another crockpot lover!

Jeannie and Jill, thanks for your kindnesses to me. Hope all is going well with you.

Jeanne, sorry about the turmoil! Have a great spooky week yourself!

Linda, OMG, what a scary story and incident. Life is so strange - isn't it? Thank God you were not hurt. I was one of those people like you looking around and being frightened at the gas station.

Hugs
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Today is my third day of 5000steps. I am almost finished with the bookshelves. emoticon It has been tedious but fun!
Mona, I hope that they get your computer working without many problems.
You all have me thinking more and more about the crockpot again!
I guess I had better finish Sparking and get back to the book shelves. I have about 150 books still on the floor and my helper comes tomorrow.

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Computer is not working. I don't do well on my KINDLE. Had a great weekend in. VA with my son and family.

TAKING COMPUTER to Best Buy Hospital tomorrow. Hope it isn't too bad.

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Monday, Monday . . . It comes fast.

It was a good weekend. It was a busy weekend. I did get in some extra exercise. I even managed to get in a walk yesterday.

Joe the Bear! It got warm here Saturday. I knew he would get hot in a costume. Then I saw Ďthe bearí and thought - yikes! He has to be sweating bullets. Heís going to be wiped out before he gets home, showers and leaves for work. I was right. He came home and said: That was hot! He showered, grabbed something to eat and left. It was a new costume and they needed someone big to wear it. Funny - he couldnít wear his shoes in it because they wouldnít fit! Size 14.

Took Abby to get her picture taken with the bear and she smiled. The bear did not talk. She came over to me and I said ĎAny idea who that bear is?í No, grandma. I said, you know him real well - itís Joe. She said, no. It isnít Joe. I said well - think Iíll go hug the bear, which I did. My nieceís friend said ĎCome here, Abby. Look in through the eyes.í She did, and she said, Joe!! Cute.

It was a wonderful event. They closed the streets off for it. Itís been years and I didnít know that. Very nice and Iím glad I took her. Wish it would have been cooler.

Very sad news about Oscar Tevaras and his GF. So young, 22, and had his whole life/career ahead of him. The Cardinals will miss him too.

I'm behind reading messages. So I just 'wrote!' Busy morning and now I'm getting into a busy afternoon.

I do know there are posts on crockpot cooking. You all know I love it. The meat is always tender. As Karen said, you can't burn it. The seasonings mingle and smell so darn good all day. In the summer, it doesn't heat up the house. In the cooler months, the whole house smells good. What's not to love about it!!

I'd love the recipes, Jackie. I'll send you a message. Thanks.

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Hey everyone ... I was in the middle of a long post and lost it. I think what happens sometimes is when someone else posts (Karen just did) - it occasionally deletes the post! if you hit your back button to check on another post for example.

In a nutshell - too long to recreate -- we have a new leaf blower for Mike (now why didn't we buy one years ago).

I have a WW Crockpot REceipes PDF - if you'd like to receive it - Spark Mail me with your private email address - 107 receipes, 121 pages.

Theresa - please come over & clean MY dust bunnies!

Nola - congrats on the 5000 steps... WTG!!

Jeannie - glad your arm is better.

Jill - hope you relaxed yesterday! Yes, trying to learn Xmas music with a scratchy voice is difficult!

That is All I can Remember .. other than Joe was dressed up as a Bear - Hope Abby was surprised, Babs!

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Hi Sparkers! This is why I should never be allowed in the kitchen.....I was slicing some cheddar cheese for lunch and sliced my hand. I am now sporting a two inch gash running horizontally an inch below my thumb on the side of my hand. Go figure!
.....and that is why I am better off making reservations for dinner!
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I need to eat more soups so I am thinking of finding some recipes with things that I can eat for the crockpot. I have a very small one now and it would be perfect to use.
I have several Slow Cooker recipe books left and may go through them this week.
Have a Super Monday!

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Good Monday everyone! Trying to get my act together and clean the living room & dining room. Way too much stuff accumulates there, forcing me to straighten up ~ before I can clean. And lately I only do the sorting, tossing, straightening part..and then skip the actual cleaning part! But, I want to wash windows, and vacuum, then wash the whole floor...although it does have a sort of Seasonal ambiance going, with the cob webs, emoticon and mongrel dust bunnies! Needs heavy duty cleaning!
We had a busy Friday and Saturday...lots of errands, Foot Dr. appt., shopping, Pyne did a 5K Walk with Finch at "Bark In The Park" Saturday morning..I watched. Made some good buys.
I bought 2 Scentsy Warmers...the Creepy Crawly - Spider Halloween themed one, and a plainer one for everyday. The dealer is selling her whole line for half price. Also stopped at a Craft Sale, few cute items. Bought a new scarf. And the best FREE find was 2 lotus bowls, and set 6 "French Crystal" dessert plates, 2 other clear glass plates, a cookie cooling rack and one of those big, heavy plastic, handled serving trays..(like from the Dollar store!) we hit an end of the day yard sale on the way to 5pm Mass Saturday- everything marked FREE!. Big benefit of all this was the walking..a lot for me.
I love Crock Pot cooking..kind of got away from it for years, so it's like rediscovering it for me. Back when the girls were young I used it once or twice a month, mostly in the cold weather, and it was big stews, soups, saucy things. This time around I've been using it once or twice a week..much more varied recipes, smaller things, soup about once a week.
I too am ashamed and embarrassed by how little I've lost, and how SLOW I am losing it! Up and Down and Up again! Feel like tossing the scale! emoticon

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The Crockpot recipes sound wonderful. I have three different sizes and before the GP I cooked in them a lot. Jill, do you use a Crockpot because I could always throw a cookbook in with the other books! emoticon
I have been playing with my books all day and with the book shelves in the community room. I am moving my books around so that those I will enjoy reading most are at reachable level. Last time I redid them I arranged by author but this time it will be by genre. I made my 5000 steps yesterday and think that I will do it again today but nothing but short walks to and fro.
the weather is going to cool off tomorrow and I look forward to the cooler temps although the last few days have been beautiful! emoticon

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Hello everyone! I have been MIA for awhile now but I am back now! You are interested in slowcooker adventures? I have one going right now. I had a bag of mixed beans with a flavor packet in it. The beans went in the slowcooker and I threw the flavor packet away. Who knows what is in those things! I then added a quartered onion and a packet of onion soup mix. Chicken broth (one container) and the rest with water. Have been cooking it on low this evening and by tomorrow I will add some shredded cabbage and some ham. Maybe I will add frozen mixed vegetables, who knows! I did not soak the beans or cook them on the stovetop either. I am anxious to see what it is like. My husband will be eating it as I am on a liquid diet. Dr wants me to lose 60lbs by March. I will let you know how it turns out. It is going to take me a bit to get back in the swing of things....I hope to reacquaint myself with y'all soon! emoticon

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Hello to All ~ Reading through all the posts. Life is a turmoil again, nothing to do but pray for Devine Intervention. Thinking of everyone and sending prayers for good test results, healed shoulders, and speedy recoveries for all other sicknesses.

I think of all the team members so very often. I keep thinking I'll write my thoughts in this thread when I can write without sounding like I'm throwing a huge pity party for one. In the meantime...Have a great spooky week. Be safe on goblin night!

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Hi Sparkers! Jill, you asked about my crockpot adventures? Today was a pork loin roast, apple cider, two large cans of sauerkraut, brown sugar and at the tail end of cooking I added some crushed ginger snaps. It was really good. I served it over egg noodles. The thing is, since there are just two of us, we will be eating this for most of the week, lol!
I also have some frozen meatballs, a lot of Prego or Ragu and two pounds of Italian sweet sausages. Later this week I will throw all of that and some spices into the crockpot first thing in the morning and have the sauce, etc. over pasta for dinner.
I like cooking like that partially because I can do it first thing in the morning and come home to a hot meal, and partially because it is almost impossible to burn a crockpot meal!
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Good Morning Dear Friends, Truthfully not very much new with me since I last chatted. . .But, I enjoy reading what everyone has been chatting about, expect our friend Barbara. Jeannie is an RN so I agree what her message to you. . .I know you're probably anxious to get this over and done with, it's hard waiting so long. I admire how well you've handled being so sick for a very long time. . .and still taking the time to chat with us.

Babs, I bet Abby was very happy and surprised when she found out the "Bear" was none other than her darling big Brother. What a good sport Joe is to help out as a lot of young men I know wouldn't have been very happy about wearing that probably very hot costume. You'll have let us know how the Carnival and the Church Dinner was.

Jeannie, So happy to hear your shoulder is feeling better and better. I'm so glad you were hurt any worse or broke a bone, etc. Have you seen your baby GGD recently. I'd love to see a recent picture of your Beautiful Baby GGD McKenzie. .

Linda, I need a good laugh this morning and new Garfy antics would do it. That Garfy was a big Dominant personality & some of them make me laugh out loud. I do feel sorry sometimes for Miss Crisy as he often seems to step on her paw. When we adopted our dog Snoopy they told us he was an Alpha dog and he certainly is and thinks he runs the show at our house.

Karen, I hope you're enjoying a restful weekend. . .Any new crockpot recipes as for awhile there I was beginning to think you were become "Julia Child".

Jeanne, Are you taking some time off work now that your precious GGD is living with you?

Nola, I know you had a "Ball" picking out some good books to read and share. . .What a nice and thoughtful friend to pay for your book purchases. . .that would have make my day. Happy Reading my sweet friend.

Jackie, Are you back to singing and gearing up to performing during the Holiday Season? I bet you'll be super busy during the upcoming Holidays.

Theresa, I hope you're computer will be running well again soon. Maybe give a big hint to Pyne for "Santa" to put a new one under the Christmas Tree for you. . .I wonder if a good used one that's not very old would be the way to go, not really sure as I need new one myself?

I'm looking forward to a relaxing day, hope to read and maybe watch some of the World Series tonight. . .Enjoy your day. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Wishing all a week of positives. Praying for all with health issues that you have a week of healing and low pain. For those with family and relationship issues I pray for a week of love and laughter. For those with feeling down I am wishing you lots of joy and fun in your lives this week! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Good Sunday morning! I'm sorry to have been MIA for a few days. Various and sundry reasons, but suffice to say, I've been around reading the posts. It's just that it was yesterday when I read them, and you know what that means! Naturally, I can't remember much.

Babs, I'm wondering if Abby was super surprised to find Joe in the bear costume. Good for you for having a salad. We actually had chili here, too, but I know how I make it and I know how many calories there are in each serving, so it works for me. Happy to hear the exercise is going well for you, too.

Nola, I think you've had a fun time at the library book sale. How nice that your friend bought more books for you. You must have an entire library in your apartment!!

Karen, it was great to see you stop by to say hello, too. Yep...we've all been where you are with regards to the weight ticker. I've been having those issues myself. Well, we're still here, so I think there is hope yet!

Barbara, chin up, friend!! I always say to prepare for the worst, but plan for the best outcome (I know that's not original to me, but it fits me). The docs will be extra careful knowing the risks involved. I hear the same "warnings" every time I have a colonoscopy and believe me, I've had many, I'm sad to say. I forget if it is scheduled for you yet? Sorry about the prep...that is the worst part for me.

Jill, I saw on another thread you weren't feeling well. Hope you are better today.

Jackie...feeling better and getting back into the swing of things, it sounds. Hope Mike is better now, too.

Hello, Linda, Mona, CJ, Theresa, Jeanne...everyone!

My arm is doing much better. I can raise it to straight out in front of me now without much trouble, and there isn't much discomfort unless I move it wrong or try to lift something. I think it is a deep bruise and that nothing is broken. My eye? Well, sometimes I think it is better than it was, but not much yet. I guess that's why they give you three shots to start with, as it must take that long at least to determine the effectiveness. And, yes...my ankle is still swollen some, but it, too, is improving. It feels much better most of the time. So, all in all, I think I'm healing and I'll live!! LOL! Thanks for asking...I'm sorry I don't remember now who it was.

I'm off to get a shower...it's past time, as almost 9:30 and I'm still sitting in my robe. It looks like a beautiful day and I'm looking forward to having it be a restful and relaxing day. Have a good week, everyone!! Hugs and love, Jeannie

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Happy Sunday all ... Sunny for the next couple of days ... going to try to get some fresh air today as I am way too cooped up!

I am teaching a Sunday class as well as Wednesdays so my next break will be after November 23rd. It's been exciting as I have a student from Hawaii and one from Japan! So now you can say I am international teacher ... LOL

Good for you Babs ... I am still looking for motivation. Tried a little movement yesterday but the coughing got me down. So, back to taking it easy. We're all still sleeping lots here. I feel like I am already doing winter hibernation!

Wishing you all a very pleasant Sunday indeed!

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Happy Sunday AM.

This will be short. Going to Mass this morning and that's at 9:30. So I've got to scoot!

Went to the chili cook-off yesterday, but I had salad!! Went to gym and water walked last night. I'm feeling better about exercise. I've got to keep it up.

Have a great day. I'll write more tomorrow.

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I have read the posts but will not try to catch each one here. My thoughts and prayers are going out to all of you who have been in harm's way. Stay safe and be aware of your surroundings. I have not been in a high crime area but had a stalker for three years that was terrifying.
My thoughts to all of you who are having health issues. You are included in those prayers also. I thought I had a tooth infection for a week and it turned out to be a sinus infection. emoticon I am better now and feeling pretty normal today. I found a Fibromyalgia book at the book sale yesterday and think it has some information that will be useful. My DR. wants me to do 30-45 minutes of cardio 3 times a week.
I hit the library sale last night and then my neighbor bought my books. emoticon I was so excited and we talked about our adventures at the sale to our neighbors today. They are all jealous! emoticon

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Barbara, our thoughts and prayers are with you on your colonoscopy. Try not to worry stress can make it seem worse.
Babs, the little girl upstairs is adopted by a single mom. She stops by to see me a couple of times a week on her way upstairs. In ten years I have begun to feel like she is an extra grandchild. This year again due to funds, she will be a cat. My favorite animal. Kids don't need new all the time, just love. When I was young we were poor, but I remember my mom taking me to the Washington Zoo, the Smithsonian and all of the art museums in DC. A wonderous but free trip every time. All for the price of a bus token. I am 67 and I still see these as the happiest times in my life.
Karen, after I first came on to spark, I gained 10 lbs and have gone between 8 and 5 lbs down. My butt is also sore. A lot to do with condo flood and unemployment. I am a stress eater. I always tell people in passing, be good or the equivalent. Meaning don't over do it.
Your family has definitely had close calls in the violence dept. A few years ago in the DC area, we had a sniper. He seemed to attack every area that I lived or worked and actually hit a dealership that I had worked at. I had had an abusive husband who had been a sniper in the marines. I was still hiding from him after the divorce. I was moved to call the Montgomery County police Dept to give his info. I was sure it was him. My son was worried about me stopping at gas stations because he hid in the woods and shot several people at those locations. One night just off of 270 I stopped for gas and was looking around the way you do when worried. Two people, a young man (teen) and an older guy I took to be his father were out and out laughing at me. At the time everyone thought the shooter was driving a white van, so the older beat up car they were leaning on did not alarm me. A few months later, that car was surrounded off of 270 just miles from that gas station, and the snipers were taken into custody. My son kept saying over and over that I could have been shot. Strangely, it was an angry ex husband trying to cover up his intended victim by shooting a lot of other people. His ex lived near my son 50 miles away. And yes, he was a marine sniper. Just not my ex. Life is strange.




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Babs...not to worry. Well behaved women rarely make history, lol. I have no intention of being well behaved in anything except eating. My friend will be very, very happy to hear that!
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Sensational Sparkling Saturday, Sparkies!

Joe left a few minutes ago to turn into a bear. Abby still doesn't know her brother will be a bear at the festivities today. Funny. She's excited to go. She would like me to buy a costume. Nope. Don't think so. They're only good for one time/one year. I'm not wasting the money. She has plenty of things here to choose from - witches hats (at the horrendous price of $1 that I paid!!) witches broom (another grand total of $1), I believe she has a witch dress that was the neighbor's one year. BUT, alas, she remains with her favorite - Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. She picked out a dress, hair in pigtails, a basket and her stuffed dog. Doesn't matter to me. She'll enjoy walking around. I'll take her into the furniture store to say 'hi' to everyone who works on Saturdays. I'm talking about our retail furniture store.

I did a 'little/as in very little' cleaning yesterday and started laundry. Joe vacuumed for me. I ordered pizza and Abby's friend came over and they ate and played. I stripped the beds this morning and all of that is in the dryer and the dishes are done. Where does the morning go?? It's already 9:50 AM. This starts at 10. I plan to get there around 11. I want to fold the laundry first. I will pronounce my work 'finished' for today.

Tomorrow it's Mass, religion class, and a big pot of spaghetti for the kids. Possibly the pool. I'm not sure. It just depends. I'm leaning towards the pool later today too.

Karen, please. I beg of you. Do not behave. Life would be boring if you do that. So your rear end is in great pain too. Sorry, my friend!! Mine is just now getting over the kicking.

I'm with you on beautiful, peaceful Canada. What a nightmare our world is living in. Children harming children. I do not understand. I can't grasp what enters a person's mind to cause harm to anyone else.

Barbara, you have my prayers. I'm so sorry you're going through all of this.

Jackie, I'm glad you're getting to where you're feeling better and able to do some things. You and Mike have really had a rough year or so with health and problems around your home - I 'think' it was sump pump, heating, so much snow and neither one of you can shovel the driveway . . . So happy to hear you're singing. Christmas songs no less! I love every one of them.

I've got to get the load out of the dryer and get 'Dorothy' moving, take Jasmine out and we're on our way. I'm tired thinking about. I know she'll have fun, but it isn't my idea of a fun day.

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Good luck, Barbara. I hope the colonoscopy turns out just fine. Now that you know you have to have one, it is hard to wait until that date comes around, isn't it?
Yes, Jackie, new beginnings. I am disgusted with myself and my lack of willpower. I have been on SP for close to five years and actually I believe I weigh more now than when I first started. At one point, I actually got down by 40+ pounds (I think last year at this time when I was sick), and now I am right back up there again. I know a lot of my eating problems are stress driven and are from a "sense of entitlement" mode. You know how it is...."I was so good today, just one (fill in the blank) won't hurt. Wrong! Or...."I am so happy today that I think I can just have one of these as a reward". Or...."I had a hard day today, I deserve to eat one of these". Sound familiar, anyone?
So, Babs, now my backside is hurting as well from kicking myself in the butt! I think it was you who said that a few days ago. It gave me a giggle when I read it, but it is so true!
Jeannie...how is your eye doing? And your foot?
For those of you who remember Gail, she posted yesterday that two of her grandchildren go to that school in Washington where the shooting happened yesterday. Her grands are fine, but how sad is it that this scenario keeps repeating itself? What is wrong with our society that we cannot find the resources to help a struggling person before they reach the end of their rope and do something like this? I know I am on my soapbox, but really? I guess this hits close to home for me as well having both Jim and my oldest daughter involved in teaching--both at high schools. Also, for Jess, she had just moved out of Sandy Hook a few weeks before the shootings and there were several children from her neighborhood who were slain. Her husband was on call at Danbury Hospital waiting for injured students to arrive. There weren't any. This was very traumatic for both of them. On 9/11, Jess worked at an elementary school in Stamford CT. The teaching staff remained at the school with the students waiting for parents to come. Stamford is very close to NYC and a lot of the parents work in the city. Several students did not have anyone come to pick them up. Can you imagine how horrendous that was for the students and the teachers?
The area in Ottawa where the shooting happened a few days ago is exactly where we are when we visit. The War Memorial is visible from our hotel window. Wellington Street, where Parliament is located is like a second home to Jim and I. We have been in Parliament many times in the corridor where the gunman was eventually killed. It is sad to see such a horrendous act happen in such a friendly nation.
Today we are just spending some time and doing errands and maybe some grocery shopping. First I have to look for some crockpot recipes for dinners. Eventually I will settle down and knit or read and try to stay out of trouble. Not an easy task for me, I am afraid!
Jill, I am glad that Brent appears to be doing better. Hopefully the new counseling team will be the right fit. I know this has to be so difficult for you and I admire you so much for what you do.
Theresa, I can't imagine what it must be like for your daughter's family to live where they are and always having to keep their eyes open for that nut job. I hope he is located soon and their lives can get back to normal.
I know I have missed saying hello to so many on the team. It is not intentional, I assure you!
CJ....thanks for letting us know how many Friday's until Christmas! I need to get those knitting needles working overtime!
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Thank you all - Because of the results of the CT scan, the new doctor wants to do a colonoscopy so one is set for November 10th in the morning. Please, please pray because with infection can come a perforation and that is my scare. I have had plenty of colonoscopies and they are fine, but the infection makes it dangerous.

Praying everyone here is well and good.

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Jackie, see ST's flatter face. That's a British Shorthair. Unless you saw the front of him, we could not tell which cat was which when I lived with my son. His cat is an American Shorthair. That's how Garfy got the name Street Thug. My DIL would catch him teasing the little old dog or his cousin cat Willy to the point of tears. The female cat there would slap the heck out of Garfy and he fell in love with her. She would tease and chase him 1/2 of the day. My little lady Chrisy Miss would shyly keep to herself most of the time in my bedroom. But of course Garfy took over the house except for Callie the female. She ran the whole house. Dogs, cats and people. Don't we just love em!!

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Good day - nice chatting everyone - so I;m not rehashing .... Glad to hear Jeannie you had fun at the reunion, Jill/Brent are doing so much better, and Babs saw some magical deer. I love them too! Praying for you, Barbara ... hope all is well.

I know Theresa & Karen are talking about new beginnings ... that's what I need as well. I had truly gotten discouraged about the long plateau (over a year now) and then I got sick and indulged in comfort foods. It is hard getting back on track. I do fine for a few days, then at the upper end of my cals & way too many fats which will keep me from losing and maybe gaining. I haven't gotten on the scale in 4 weeks, but plan to on Tues.or Wed - my normal days. (whatever normal is).

Ooh, Linda - Street Thug looks so cute -- an orange tabby? Kind of looks like my Sasha!

Still way too busy with work and life in general... Here it is 2:44 PM and I am still in jammies. I got to get dressed and work around the house just a little! I also need to learn some more Xmas Music... Still coughing, though not as much. I picked up a decongestant tea and that has helped.

Good Friday to all... take care....

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Itís Friday. Iím smiling and Iím absolutely thrilled to have 2 mornings when I can get up, OD on coffee and not watch the clock!!

Yesterday morning I decided to give myself a treat. I knew I had the funeral yesterday morning and would be leaving by 10:30. So I decided not to make coffee at work but to stop for a cup of coffee. I was going to go to Starbucks or Panera - but opted for McDís because it was Ďright there.í Got my coffee. Started on my way to work through a residential area to avoid all the stop lights. Wow!! Right in front of my car there were 2 deer. I looked to the right side and there were 4 more. Absolutely beautiful creatures and they were standing still staring at me. Another car coming in the opposite direction stopped and was watching too. I love seeing them. They seem to be plentiful this year. So we do have to be careful. They cause a lot of accidents and damage.

This morning Iím extremely upset with some Ďcreaturesí - raccoons!! Itís trash day and guess what was in my yard. You got it. I was leaving for work and to drop Abby off at school. I told her - halt!! Trash detail. Had to pick up what they pulled out. Iím going to buy a new trash can that locks or that I can tie up with bungee cords or something. Darn raccoons.

Theresa, so glad to see a post. I heard in the news the other night that the shooter had been spotted again. It must be a worry for all of you. Prayers that they catch him soon and no one else is harmed. Darn that laptop!!

Barbara, prayers for good results on the CT scan.

Linda, you and Garfy are quite a pair!! Time out - thatís funny.

Jill, Iím so glad that Brent is feeling better. Maybe if he continues to Ďfeel better/be happierí during the day, it will help him at night. OR possibly something will prescribed for him to help him sleep better at night when he gets into this new program. Lots of prayers that the new program is helpful and he makes progress. It will be a blessing for both of you. Interesting that the store you shop at is usually less crowded on a Saturday. I hate shopping on Saturday because itís always more crowded. I have to stop on my way home tonight.

Jeannie, love your summary of the ĎOver 60 Teamí chatter! Falling is a horrible thought. I hope your arm is OK. I usually Ďbreakí when I fall. Frightening. Sounds like you did have a fun time at the planning meeting. I love planning meetings. In my opinion the planning is the best part.

Tomorrow I'm going to take Abby 'downtown or uptown' depends on how you want to refer right here where I work. The stores will pass out candy for Halloween. There is a costume contest if you want to take part. You can take your pets. Oh, no, Jasmine stays home. She's too big and I wouldn't be able to manage her with all the other dogs roaming around. Chili cook-off. Who knows what else. It's from 10 - 3. No way will I spend 5 hours here, but I'm sure Abby will enjoy it.

My niece sent Joe a text and asked if he's busy tomorrow - working or whatever? He does work but not until 5:30 PM. She is a wedding planner, her own business. Here she is:

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She is involved and works very hard for '3 Little Birds 4 Life.' They're having a booth at the festival here tomorrow and she asked Joe if he would be willing to dress in a bear costume. He agreed. So he's going to be a bear tomorrow, but we're not telling Abby. Won't she be surprised! He's happy to do it for her. She won't be able to stay but she'll be there to set up and no doubt give lots of instructions. She's great at 'running the show' - in many ways. But she is good and she does like to give instructions. emoticon Gotta love her. She has a wedding tomorrow though. So she won't be staying. It'll be fun for Joe and fun for Abby.

Sunday I'm not making big plans. I am staying home.

I printed the '5 K Your Way' program. It's time for me to start working on that again. I've never completed it. I think it's about time.

Have a great weekend.

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I'm home again! Just tried to do a quick read-through to see what all is going on. I see that Brent is doing better (yea!!!), CJ is off to help with the SIL's sale, Karen checked in (bout time, girlfriend), Jackie likes nuts (LOL), and Rocket came home (awesome). Barbara mentioned some elevated lab work and the doc says it could be from IBS (yes, indeed) and sounds like Linda lives with it maybe fairly well?? Babs and Jeanne are our devoted Grandmothers doing double duty as Mom to darling grandchildren. You have my deepest admiration! Theresa's DD and her family are still living with a dangerous nut in their backyard. I hope and pray he is caught soon. Who did I forget? Someone, I'm sure.

We had so much fun yesterday at our reunion meeting. There were 7 of us there. Many of the details are arranged by the alumni association, but putting the memory book together and that kind of thing is what we're working on. It was good to see our friends, too, but neither of us slept well. It's off to bed early for me tonight. My upper arm hurts, too...I was looking out the window here in our den...okay little bedroom where we keep the computer, etc) and I turned around to bring something out to the kitchen. My toe caught on the plastic mat we have under the chair by the desk and down I went. Landed right on my upper arm among other body parts that seemed to have more padding. I'll give it a few days before I get too concerned about it and then maybe see someone if I need to. Anyway, that's what happens when you're not paying attention and/or are a klutz on top of it. Sigh...always something, isn't it!! emoticon

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Busy day, as usual. . .Brent & I went to a small Warehouse Market (Smart & Final) as we were very low on healthy food and other essentials. We arrived there around 11:30 am and it was the busiest I've ever seen this store. I usually go there on a Saturday and it's actually less crowed than it was today. Overall Brent is doing better but didn't sleep well last night. . .But, he's still wide awake and probably will be until late tonight.

Linda, I agree with Babs your "sweet" Garfy has you wrapped around his finger. . .as my Snoopy also does me. Sometimes I feel he rules the Roost here . . .and believe me I'm not just kidding. I would be lost without him and do worry a bit as he just turned 9 years old and unless Brent is walking with him he sleeps most of the day. I love how our precious pets make our lives more interesting, fun & happier but with less money (due to food & vet bills) emoticon . . .

Karen, I'm glad you're feeling good and it's wonderful hearing from you. You say your a Wild Child in an Old Body, so please fess up about yourself emoticon . Believe me I've heard just about everything & nothing much would shock me as old as I am. emoticon

Barbara, Linda is right that IBS is treatable and like your Dr. told you there is a good chance that's what your dealing with. I'll be praying for you to feel better and better.

Babs, I know the family of the retired man's funeral you attended will be touched by your being so thoughtful & kind to attend his Funeral. . .your presence there will be noticed and very appreciated by his family. emoticon emoticon

Theresa, I read on the Friend Feed your cooking dinner in your crockpot, it sounds absolutely delicious, may I join you for dinner my friend-- or if you've had dinner then I'll drop by for leftovers if any are still left. emoticon So sorry to hear how this criminal on the loose is really affecting your DD and her family. If it was me my poor dog wouldn't get any walks. . .What a terrible situation for them and the beautiful area they live in. Praying he'll be caught very soon.

Jackie, Glad you're singing voice is back, only can imagine how much you missed being able to sing. Praying for you and Mike. I'm really sorry to hear how difficult things are for Mike to do. . .that has to be very hard on him and you.

CJ, I know you're helping with the yard sale will help make it a big success. Is this for your Church and a family one. I hope you make a lot of emoticon

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Barbara, you are correct IBS is better. it can be handled I've done it for years. Hoping you are problem free in any case.
Pynetree, these nuts in the news are delighted to ruin the day to day life of everyone else. It is all about them after all. The world revolves around them. It's enough to make you sick!!
Babs, you are right, Garfy is lying on my desk at this moment telling me to type the days news about him. He just got out of another 5 min time out for teasing his sister. He doesn't really hurt her, just drives her to scream her head off several times a day.
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Just a quick note to say hello. Had my 3rd CT scan this morning...ugh...hope it shows something.

My C-reactive protein is at 26.5. Its supposed ot be between 0-5. So that is v. high and means an infection. I freaked out after reading that it could mean an imminent heart attack or cancer. I called my internist who said it could also be because of the inflammatory bowel disease. Believe it or not that made me feel better.

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Just popping in to say HI! I read up on all your postings..but know if I try to comment personally, that I'll be shut out by this laptop, and lose it. So frustrating!

My daughter Meredith, lost yet another day of school, shutdown due to the search for the guy who shot 2 State Troopers. Yesterday they were searching house to house on the road that leads into hers, and combing through her back woods. They have been keeping her boys inside...and not letting the boys take the dog out...she or Mark do it. Over 40 days now, and costs are heading into the $4 million mark. Not to mention the school closings, Scout meetings, Games,CCD and night school cancellations, and all the tourist money lost. Tourism is big business, and the Foliage viewing trips are a huge part of the Hotels, Motels, Inns, and restaurants, gift shops..and the casino's $$year ...LOST! emoticon
Hope they get this guy soon, and life in the Poconos can get back to normal.

Are you ready for Halloween? emoticon emoticon Let's put the big push on for the end of October! We can do this!

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This will be brief, but I do try to check in as often as possible. I have to leave around 10:30 to go to a funeral of a former employee. Heís been retired for at least 20 years. So itís important that a few of us show up. Iíll be one of them.

Jackie, youíre feeling better, out and about and singing again. Thatís wonderful news. It is a shame that Mike isnít able to do so many things he used to do. How wonderful that he has found something he can do in helping out with political campaigns. Itís that time again too! So Rocket returned and resumed his former position. Cats are so territorial. Happy that youíre on the mend.

Linda, I do believe Garfy rules at your house! Hope you heard about your friend and that heís doing well.

Karen, nice to see a post from our AWOL friend! When I heard the news about Ottawa I did think of you since you love going there so much. I just donít understand why thereís so much hatred and mean-spiritedness in our world today. I just donít get it.

CJ, have a great time!

Karen, woohoo - you lost weight. Youíre feeling better. Actually nothing else matters; right?

Have a great day.

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Don't get excited, lol. I did not really lose ten pounds. I was readjusting my goals again and it is ugly. In the almost four years I have been a part of Spark I have only lost 10 pounds, at least on paper. I have probably lost 150 up and down during that time!
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Well Ladies, this is the weekend for our big sale, so I will be out of pocket for a few days. I will be home late Saturday. I will try to get back with you on Sunday if I can get to the computer.

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Karen, I agree with you regarding political ads. Guess we are asking too much to want to know what the candidate is for.
Jackie, the Street Thug is pictured to your left. Garfy may be my downfall, he is currently in another timeout, but I love him to death.
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Hi Sparkers! Sorry to be so AWOL. I try to read the posts, but don't often get a chance to respond.
Things here are doing well, or as well as they are going to get, lol. My friend and I are meeting next month for three days. Jim knows about it and although he doesn't like it, he knows I am going to do what I want to do. Interesting life.
As I posted in my status today I am a wild child in an old body.
Work is still bugnuts, but I think I am feeling a little bit better.
So sad about what happened in Ottawa today. We were there three weeks ago. The War Memorial is my favorite monument in the city. It is right down the street from the hotel we always stay in....we are very familiar with that area. It is just so sad.....
It is extremely windy and rainy this evening and it feels a bit chilly. I think the temp right now is around 35F.
I think it was Jeannie who was venting about political advertisements recently. I agree--where I live is right on the border of NH. Our television stations (mostly out of Boston and two from NH) have been running nothing but political ads. Who knows what to believe? The candidates will say anything to get elected. What really bothers me is that they spend way too much time smearing their opponent and not much time telling why they would be the better choice. It is infuriating.
Off my soapbox, lol!
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Babs, Garfy the Street Thug keeps me young that's for sure. The only punishment handed out in this household is 5-20 mins time out in the bedroom. By the way, he has his birdy DVD on the TV and two trees by the windows to look down from the second floor to the woods. It is soooo stressful for him.
Jill, so glad to hear about Brent doing better. It is not easy for any of us to change our routines, but it is so exciting. Hopefully it will help him out of his depression.
Hey to everyone. I am awaiting news on my friend who had a pacemaker installed today. The hospital will not tell me anything. Hoping his sister will call soon. I am feeling a little antsy and uneasy.

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Hello - still nursing that cold - sipping Yogi Detox Tea and Lemon Zinger all day today. But I do feel better - just want my voice back!

Off yesterday because I went to get my hair done, to the dentist, to a lunch, to a coffee, then to Sweet Adelines! Oh am I tired today.

Those who know me ... I have more dental issues - I broke a crown (the Dentist will repair that at no charge) and then they found I have a decayed tooth under another crown!! So it's a new crown again (this one is at least 14 years old) and maybe a root canal. No wonder my teeth have been so sensitive and achy for the past NINE months (We thought it was just because my teeth had shifted, which they did).

Ok ..Babs - I'm with you on the soapbox... how simple was that problem. I swear they are educating a nation of non- thinkers. In honor of National Nut Day I just ate 15 almonds. Sometimes you feel like a nut ...

Jill - so happy there's promise for Brent and that you've had sometime to relax and read a magazine or two! Will keep you and Brent in my thoughts/prayers! Are you reading any good books or just getting caught up?

Mona - please keep doing the happy dance for the 7 # loss and maintaining.., you're doing great.

Jeanne - I learned long ago to stop praying for patience...LOL. Glad you have such a wonderful blessing in your life.

Linda - sounds like 10/31 is a good day to stay in! Falling off your broom! I Love it! I bet your little kitty is adorable!

I see from the friend feed, Jeannie is busy being a Road Warrior again and that Karen is a wild child in a old body - I can relate to that!

Theresa - hope your dinner went well and that Pyne is enjoying his job. I wish Mike could find something part-time. I feel bad for him as it is too hard to stand/walk since his stroke & edema. He sometimes does phone calls for political candidates, though.

Jeannie - thanks for asking - Rocket appeared out of the blue yesterday! I am so happy. He was very clean, didn't smell of the outdoors, but extremely ravenous. I don't know what in the world happened. Glad to have him back (but the other cat lost his spot on the kitty tree). These cats come in/out every 2 hours so it was strange he didn't return for supper even.



Well back to work and the emails...

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Today is ĎNational Nut Day.í Interesting holiday. I love nuts!

Linda, too funny - you broke your hip falling off your broom. Ouch!! Glad Sir Garfield is doing somewhat better. He does keep you busy, active, and always on your toes. Thatís good for you; right????

Jeanne, ahhh, an active 6 yr old has entered your home. Children definitely give new meaning to the term Ďtired.í Mine is 8 yrs old. She lives with her brother and I in my home. Her mother has not actually lived with us for over a year now. Abby sees her mom, but Iím the caregiver/provider of all things. Iím not complaining either. I know exactly what you mean. She makes me smile every day. Oh, there are those times Iím not smiling but they donít last. Hugs to you and yours.

Mona, staying the same after losing 7# is good. Nothing to sneeze at. Have safe travels and a wonderful time at the confirmation and visiting with family.

Jill, terrific news on Brent - sleeping better, new and more programs. Thatís wonderful for him and for you. It would be nice if thereís some transportation, even if itís part of the way - like a bus that drops off/picks up at a mall, church or school. It would be excellent. I hope you are getting more rest too. Hope those temperatures drop soon.

Joe is still around quite a bit. Theyíre both watching their pennies. Heís working and making money but he has a car now - insurance, maintenance, gas, and he plans to return to school next semester. He did not register for this semester. He spent the summer traveling to/from the Ozarks to visit and spend time with his grandpa. Amanda works PT at Taco Bell and she attends classes 3 days a week. Seems like they spend most of their time at my house, with a trip here and there to shop, go to a movie, or grab a quick Starbucks!! Heís hooked on the pumpkin latte.

Jeannie, have fun making plans for next yearís reunion. Sounds like a great time to me. You have posted some beautiful fall pictures on FB of Iowa sites.

I'll finish 'Lost Symbol' tonight and begin 'Inferno' tonight or tomorrow. Since school started I don't have as much time to read. Third grade homework is time consuming and . . . difficult!! Everything is so weird. They don't memorize math like I did. Those nuns would have been heck to deal with if I didn't know my multiplication tables., etc. Everything has an 'array' or some nonsense. I asked her why they don't memorize things? She said she doesn't know. Well, I guess she doesn't. I can see her some day when she's shopping and there's something $5 each or 6 for $24. What's the better buy? Pull out a piece of paper and pencil and draw an 'array' and figure it out. Crazy.

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Overall Brent (my son) is doing quite a bit better this week. Like I mentioned giving him a Tylenol PM at night seems to help him get some sleep. He's already sound asleep so I might just thumb through a few new magazines before I head for bed. Yesterday my younger Sister came and we spent most of the day together. Her DH is retiring, again, in April so they are seriously thinking of moving to Costa Rica mainly because it's beautiful there and the cost of living is very low. I'll miss her like crazy as I'm airplane shy and can't imaging how long of a flight it would be emoticon

I did call the potential new program and Brent was right there and they talked to him. It sounds very promising that he might be able to join some of their programs, classes, etc. He's going there in about 2 weeks for a 2 1/2 hour assessment and interview. He has to bring lots of personal documents and other ID type items with him. He's really excited but later on today he said he was a little nervous about moving forward with this. That's very understandable as he's been a client in the Social Services Agency he's in for almost 20 years. I wonder if their is any chance they have some kind of transportation for their clients as it's completely on the other side of town with very limited parking--that would be more than icing on a Cupcake emoticon .

Mona, enjoy your trip with your DD and family. How old is your GD who's Confirmation you're going to? Mona, You're such a caring Mom and Grandma & I know they're very happy you'll be there. Will you be gone long? Enjoy every minute you can with your beautiful family--it'll be good for you to get away for awhile. emoticon emoticon

Barbara, I also love to read but recently I'm lucky if I'm able to read a few magazines. Since Brent's doing better very soon I hope to have more time and the concentration to read more. I hope you're feeling much better, infections can be very difficult to treat and some infections take lots of time. Good for you for starting another Linda Spangle Book group. emoticon emoticon

Jeanne, I know your GGD will be happy living with you & your DH. You're such a loving, caring person and she will thrive with your TLC. If she's the one with the pigtails (in a picture on your SP page) she sure looks like a cutie with a sweet/happy disposition. Will she be able to attend the school where you teach? emoticon emoticon

Linda, I love your great sense of humor and I understand that Halloween just isn't the same anymore or much fun now. I'm glad Garfy is feeling better but tell him to keep his darn paws to himself, poor Miss Crissy. emoticon emoticon

Theresa, How was the Legion Spaghetti dinner tonight? I'm glad to hear Pyne is happy as a "Clam" with his new job. It's important to like what we're doing as many people strongly dislike their jobs. Is Mere and the boys scared at all with all that continues to go on there with the criminal on the loose in the Area where they live? I hope & pray they catch him very soon. emoticon emoticon

Jeannie, Enjoy your time with your longtime friends who all attended the same Nursing School as you did. Will you stay overnight there? I hope you all "brain storm" and come up with lots of good ideas and plans for your 50th Graduation Reunion. It doesn't sound like a really easy task but I'm not creative at all. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Babs, Our low temps here are your highs. Today it was in the low 80s but still a beautiful day for us on the West Coast. I honestly feel very cold when it dips into the 40s here at night which it will if our continuing Summer weather ever ends. In a couple of weeks Daylight Savings time will end here. Then it'll be dark here between 4:30-5 pm. I don't like or trust my driving at night so the new time will limit my going out. I wish (like some States) that Daylight Savings time was all year, really no point in keeping it in my humble opinion. Any fun plans with Abby this weekend? I wonder if you see very much of Joe these days with him working and a wonderful GF to go out with. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Late getting here today and it looks like I missed a few. I am on Day #17 and after my 7 pound weight loss I stayed the same yesterday. Going to try and do "really" good at my son's this weekend.

My oldest daughter, Lori and I are driving to Fairfax VA for my granddaughter's confirmation. Lori is her Godmother and with all the kids have been dealing with the divorce we decided we really needed to go. Looking forward to seeing them all.

Theresa~~I see where some of the schools were closed again because someone spotted that guy in the area again. I pray they get him soon. What a terrible situation for so many.

Tomorrow morning I have to go out but then I think I will be home until we leave Friday morning.

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Hello to the Team ~ I've been reading the threads, but I think it's been a while since I've posted. Right now, life is unbelievably insane. I'm so grateful that God trusts me enough to add additional responsibility to our lives, but I wish He would give a clue now and then. I've been praying for patience, and, I think God decided I needed practice, so He placed an active 6 year old in our home. Big Smile! This is not a complaint, just a statement of fact. But it is an adjustment. By the time we have a bath, supper, and finish homework, there's not much time left for sparking, or anything else for that matter. I'm glad I ordered the Tracker. At least now when I see the steps I've taken, I understand where "tired" comes from. Another Big Smile. Today, I thought that maybe Spark was part of the Greater Plan. Had I not found Spark and this team, there's no way I would have been healthy enough to keep up with this beautiful child.

I think of everyone and miss being an active part of the chat. I try to read the posts every day. I can do that from my phone at work. Responding by phone is another matter. Positive blog posts, both posting and reading, have been a big help, too.

Happy Tuesday!! See you soon.

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Babs, I broke out hip on October 31 1998, so Halloween had not been one of my favorite days. I tell everyone that I fell off of my broom. Some people believe that to be true. Wonder why? 2 yrs ago I adopted Sir Garfield aka the Street Thug on Halloween. That should have told me something right there but he melts your heart than wrings it a couple of times a day. To people who have asked, yes he is doing better but I think I stopped giving him his eye meds and Lysine too soon, so we are back to two times a day. He is still teasing my little old Chrisy Miss like crazy but seems ok to spend a little time out on the deck today. Hugs to everyone. I'm still a little under the weather so I read all posts and say little.

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This is it. Itís the day I get my groove back. Iím positive and Iím taking the time to focus on ME. I have the ability to make things happen regarding my health. So itís about time I just ĎDo It!í Thatís my story and Iím stickin to it.

Itís just so beautiful again today. Right now itís 46 degrees, but it will warm up to about 70 today. Isnít this just perfect though? No heat. No A/C. Iím lovin it.

Barbara, ďThe Lost Symbolí is good. I would love to spend more time reading, but Iím determined to get up and move! Youíre right. I can do one thing different today, make one little change, and it will be my beginning. I want to begin a Streak! 10 minutes is not too difficult. I can and will do it. Iím in the driverís seat.

Theresa, itís wonderful that Pyne is enjoying his CG job. Iíll bet he is kicking himself for giving clothing away that he could use now. But what the heck - who woulda thunk heíd need them; right? Is Finch adjusting to being left at home? Hope that computer of yours stops acting up. I would love to play around with a family tree, get into some genealogy. I believe thereís a group that meets at our local library. Itís interesting.

Jeannie, I just might have to try that DiGiornoís pizza for Ďthe kids!í Sorry the trip didnít work out so well and that your mom was Ďcrabby.í I do understand that giving up the van will be difficult for her. Vent - why not vent here. Itís the safest place of all for venting.

I hope everyone who has been feeling under the weather is feeling better today.

Are all of you posting about your howling at the moon? Walking through cemeteries? Stirring those cauldrons?? I am.

Have a Ticklingly Tantalizing Tuesday.

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Good morning! It's another bright sunny day here. I think our good weather is supposed to last through the weekend and even warm up some by then. Right now it is 37. I suppose one of these days we'll have to turn the heat on, but even with it cooler outside, it is still 67 inside...that's where we set the thermostat for the furnace anyway, so need to turn it on yet. The longer I wait, the more we save. emoticon

Theresa, as Ashley found out, the library in SLC is fantastic. I had planned to go to a week long genealogy trip this fall to SLC with some others doing Swedish genealogy, but money is tight this fall and I'm pretty sure they'll do it again. It's been going on for quite a few years. But, the library is awesome and they have such wonderful volunteers and resources. I'm not surprised she enjoyed it.

By the way, has Pyne thought about going back to Goodwill to see if he could find some of those white shirts to buy back? Over the years I've had pretty decent luck finding really cheap things. Haven't been lately...I'm still trying to get rid of a few things myself.

Barbara, good to hear from you. I see we have another reader in our midst. Seems like most of us enjoy a good book...whatever "good" is to each of us is the key. I find that I have more trouble following the complicated and deep plots sometimes...in fact, over the years I've even kept a notebook by my side so I could keep track of some of the characters! LOL! Just went to the library yesterday and picked up a couple books. The new releases are always gone...I think people reserve them way ahead, but that's okay. I take them when they are on the shelf.

Babs, glad your appointment went well with the doc. Those pesky pounds have a way of hanging on. I agree...exercise is important. But for me (speaking for myself only), I know that I have to cut my calories in order to lose, too. If I don't stay in my range, I never lose anything, and if I go over...you can bet i'll be gaining. What's worse, I think my metabolism is slowing down more all the time. Sheesh...you'd think we'd get a break on something, wouldn't you? You'll figure it all out and do well again soon!!

Babs, you asked about DiGiorno's pizza. I actually like it as well as any frozen (maybe better) pizza. Richard doesn't like onions and I don't care for straight pepperoni, so we usually go for the all meat or 3 meat in the original or thin crust (he likes the crust, I'm usually trying to save on calories). Trouble is, lots of carbs and chock full of calories. Sigh...what isn't??

Hi, CJ! I think you must have the cleanest house in Oklahoma!! You are always cleaning and ironing. LOL!! If I drag the iron out once every 6 months, it's a lot!! I don't even mind ironing...learned at a very young age how to iron from my Grandma who took in washings/ironings to make a little money. We don't mind being home alone on Thanksgiving either. It's still a wonderful day to give thanks for all our blessings.

Joanna, great photos of the wedding. Thanks for sharing.

Hi, Linda. Is Garfy better now?

Jill, so nice your family could visit over the weekend and then your sister yesterday. I know you treasure your time with all of them and appreciate having them spend time with you. I surely hope and pray that everything is going better for you and Brent. Does he have any followup appointments any time soon? Continuing with many prayers and virtual hugs!!

So glad to hear you are beginning to feel better, Jackie.!! Have you seen anything of Rocket? I'm so sorry to hear he's been AWOL. Is he a hunter? I think you said he rarely strays. I'm so sorry. I hope you've had good news by now.

The trip to my Mom's Sunday wasn't the best. She was crabby and out of sorts. I'm not sure if she didn't feel well physically, or if it is more of her "down" personality that sometimes get the best of her. She admitted she'd been "down for the last month or so." She asked met to go to the doctor with her, but honestly, I'm not sure it will do any good. I hope she will listen and try a new med if it's prescribed, but she has a history of getting a prescription, bringing it home and reading the inserts, and then deciding not to take it b/c it might make her dizzy. What's the point? Money down the drain and she doesn't feel any better. I'm sorry to be venting agian. Seems like that's all I do these days. When I asked her if there is anything specific bothering her, she said "everything...can't do what I want to anymore and I have to give up the van." Oh my...she'll be 93 in February, can hardly walk, but still that van is so important to her. I know...like giving up the last bit of independence she has, but I'm so worried she'll decide to drive it somewhere and cause an accident or harm someone. Thankfully, she rarely drives it. She has friends to take her places and access to all kinds of services, but to her it isn't the same. Well, we'll work it out one way or the other. Her appt. to see her doctor is on the 5th. Now I have to decide if I need to go up before then, too. My apologies, friends...I'm done with it. Thanks for listening!!

Hello to all of you...you are so precious to me and I appreciate each of you. Jeanne, you mentioned your DGD coming to live with you. Thinking of you and hoping it all works out. Alice, where have you been? I miss seeing you now and then. Starr, not sure you read the chats, but I hope you found the pan and recipe you are looking for that you mentioned on the Goal for today thread. New members...drop us a note!! Hugs for everyone!! XOXO Love, Jeannie

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Well, the frost was on the pumpkin, and the car windshield, both yesterday & today.

Pyne has been working his crossing guard gig, so he is into layering up in the mornings. He loves this job. But the not having a steady post is annoying him. They don't usually schedule him ahead, and the few times that he has known where he'll be, they call and change it. So it's a lot of 6;30am phone calls from "Haverford Police Dept". But he didn't apply till the week school went back, and knew he'd be a Sub, therefore he moves around. They have "uniform" of sorts, should wear a white shirt, black or dark pants. So he has just suit pants..as he lives in khakis. And over the last 3 years of retirement he has Good Willed about 8 -10 white dress shirts..keeping only one white dress shirt to wear with his Legion dress jacket. So he has been mostly wearing that to work, coming home taking it off, and putting it on again for the afternoon shift. But now he is in a white sweatshirt. He had a white/ash grey, heavy lined sweatshirt jacket..that he just gave away last year, and now wishes he hadn't! Plus he HATES to buy clothes. But, said this morning, " we better just get him some white shirts & black slacks, make them Christmas gifts." We've been noticing most of the other CG's don't take this uniform too seriously.

Our daughter, Ashley, was in Salt Lake for the last week, at the Girl Scout Convention. So yesterday she went to their Ancestry Library to do some searching of our roots. I have been interested in, and researched both sides of the family. And have spent a $$ on Ancestry.com, letting up on it since I have issues with this computer. Ashley had a great time, wishes she'd gone to their place earlier, said she could have spent the day. She does fly into Salt Lake once or twice a yr. on business, definitely plans to go back to their Library.

I have read up on all your posts, wish I could make some more personal comments, but this laptop has threatened to shut down, and I've twice shut it off to cool down since I started this post. Takes me hours to get a post in, gave up on bloging. Hard to even chart my food.
So just know I'm thinking of all of you. Wishing you well! ((Hugs)) Theresa

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So Babs don't be so hard on yourself. The key is to do one thing different tomorrow to get you back in the swing of things...like take a 10 minute walk or something? Gosh, that is a Fall festival I would love to go to.

Also, I read all of his books because my husband bought them for me - with the exception of Symbol - because I don't remember it. If you tell me it is good, I will pick it up. He's a good writer...to weave fact and fiction so closely that people question their status quo beliefs indicates his writing ability.

CJ, you are my timetable for Christmas - how can it be so close?!!!

Joanna, a 200 guest list...wow...sounds great...my sister bought a 7 day cruise for her son and DIL, but they took her up on it. haha

This is where my last post stopped so I will say hello to Jill, Jeannie, Jeanne, Mona, Linda, Karen, Jackie, and everyone else.

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Gorgeous morning again.

Started the day off with an 8 AM appointment with my internist. Regular check-up. Bloodwork - fantastic. Weight - not so fantastic. Iíve gained 3# in the last 4 months. That is not good. Itís going in the wrong direction. One of those pounds is from last week.

What does that report tell me? My food plan is working. My cholesterol and blood sugar, etc. would not be at the great nos. theyíre at if I wasnít Ďdoing the right thing.í Iím moving and getting exercise, but Iím not getting enough exercise. I get plenty of steps in. But I need some of those steps to be Ďwalking exercise steps.í I need to make more time for water walking. I love it. Exercise should be something I love to do or - guess what - I wonít do it.

My rear end hurts from kicking myself. Would you care to join in? emoticon

Now I got that off my chest. I need to move forward.

Linda, hope youíre feeling better today. Enjoy hearing about Garfy the ĎStreet Thug.í Funny.

Barbara, too bad your car died and you had to change your plans. As you said, there will be another time. Great attitude!! Right now Iím reading ĎLost Symbolí by Dan Brown. I read the ĎDaVinci Codeí years ago, as well as ĎAngels and Demons.í I havenít read this one or ĎInferno.í Itís next.

Jeannie, how is the DiGiornoís pizza? emoticon We havenít tried it. I had a baby by age 22 also. Serious? I just donít know. They certainly seem to spend a lot of time together and enjoy each other. I heard Abby fuss at her brother last night and say: Well, Joe, Amanda isnít just your friend you know. Sheís my friend too!! With that comment, he told her come with us upstairs (his lair - computer, games, 2 (or is it 3?) televisions, microwave, small dorm size fridge, love seat, and so forth. They worked it out and I could hear Amanda giggling.

Nola & Mona, congratulations on the exchange of TENS!! How wonderful that it worked out like this for you, Nola.

Jackie, Iím so glad you and Mike are feeling better. Thatís great news. So sorry about Rocket. Ah, and Chris will be there for T-giving. Wonderful. Where do I get my energy? I donít have any actually. I just do what I have to do. An 8 yr old requires a lot of energy, but thank goodness she isnít a toddler. Iíd never keep up. I have to get up early or I donít have any time whatsoever to myself. Of course, that means that by 8:30 or so Iím whipped! Of course, sheís young enough that she has to get to bed at a decent time too. Sheís not a morning person and she requires sleep. She canít be tired and learn at school. Thank goodness!! Sheíll relax and fall asleep watching television or something on her Kindle. She has twin beds. So sheíll lay in one and Iíll lay in the other one. Of course, quite often grandma zones out in that Ďother one!í Itís OK. I just have to sleep.

Hi, CJ!! Great seeing a Ďhelloí from you. So your 21 yr old GS has a b-day very close to my 22 yr old GS. Cool! We share a favorite holiday. Thereís something about Thanksgiving that is special to me. emoticon

Jill, glad you and Brent go a little sleep. On top of that you had a fun day with the grands. Sounds good.

You asked about the Fall Festival. There was a chili cook-off. They give us very small (like medicine cup size) tasters. Each pot is numbered. Love seeing all those crockpots lined up!! There were several soups too. So they were included in the cook-off. Taste how many you want, get a slip of paper and write down the number. Fun. There was hot dogs, sausage/crackers, lasagna, a couple Mexican dishes, salad, lots of desserts, water, lemonade, punch, coffee . . . In other words, lots of fun. I enjoyed visiting with different friends. Abbyís happy there with her friends from religion class. She took part in the costume contest. She was Dorothy from the ĎWizard of Oz.í Her little friend, Elisha, was a bumblebee! A Ďdollí won the contest her their age group. There were different age groups. They played Minute to Win It, hayride, bonfire and made símores. I was dragging by 9. I told her ĎI canít take any more, Abby.í We left and she crashed, slept until almost 9 on Sunday. Alleluia!! It was very nice.

Joanna, congrats on the GSí wedding. Iíll check out the blog. emoticon

Lunch is over. TIme to get this show on the road!!

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HAPPY MONDAY TO ALL:

Joanna: Sounds like a fun time and a wonderful place for a wedding.

Jill: I'm glad Brent is home and I do hope he continues to get better, prayers and thoughts are with you.

Well its Monday and all the fun stuff that has to be done, I'm thankful to be able to do it.
We had a great Sunday, went to church at my daughters church in Glenpool OK, where my sil is pastor, that's always a great blessing and then had a little Birthday party for there 21 yr old daughter who was home from school. I really can't wrap my head around the fact that she is 21, this is my youngest daughters child. (where does the time go)

Speaking of time, 9 more Fridays until Christmas, emoticon emoticon , But first we have to remember Thanksgiving, 5 1/2 weeks away, My favorite holiday, lots of Family and good things to eat. But this year I really do think as many Kids and GC and GGC as I am blessed with, Pop and I are going to be spending Thanksgiving at home, just the two of us with a couple of T-Bones on the grill and lots of my favorite thing, (FOOTBALL) My children are all going to their childrens and so on. I'm really kind of looking forward to it.

Well, I blabbed enough, got to get busy with Monday stuff: I did put up a new photo of my 7th GGC that was born on Sept 9th, growing and filling out fast.

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I have been so busy and it just doesn't seem to want to stop, but if it keeps me busy I guess I am Okay with it. My grandson the oldest one just got married...we had a nice country wedding on the property out by the lake. Just a little over 200 guest came for the event. The weather held up and it was a wonderful day. Late in the evening it got a bit chilly but over all I don't think the ones that lasted that long minded. They were all a few sheets into the wind by then. Things broke up finally about 2 in the morning. My silly grandson refused to go on a cruise with his new wife. Her father bought them a 7 day cruise for a wedding gift. My James said that if she wanted to go out on the water he would take her for a boat ride on the lake. He said he was not going on a boat away from his work and his house for 7 whole days. He gave a whole list of why not and in the end she let him have his way. This boy has a slight touch of OCD and does not like to stay still for any time at all. But, he is a wonderful person with a huge heart. They have been together for 4 years...so it was time for him to settle down. He just bought his first house last year.

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Jackie. I am glad you and your hubby are feeling better. This weather here in Michigan has been rough; but then it is Michigan after all.

Jill I am glad to hear you are getting a little bit of rest. You needed it. I hope things are working out with you and your son now.

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Linda, you are right about the Mormon Temple being beautiful at Christmas or so I have heard. I have never gone - just see it from the outside driving the beltway.

Jill, so glad you got some rest finally. I wish you got more peace than you do.

Jackie, my heart goes out to you about Rocket. I, too, would be heartbroken, but there is always a chance to come home. My cat has been sneaking out now the front screen door because it has this time delay gap before it closes. I have had him 11 years and love him so that I get batty when he does not come when I get home...

Jeannie, ditto what Jill said!

Everyone else - hello

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Jill, No, The Morman Temple is not very scary, just very beautiful at Christmas. It's a go-to place at that time of year here in Maryland. One that we take out of town visitors to. Maryland has to compete with DC in tourism so we have a few casinos and a few neat places to visit, but not a lot. emoticon

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Jackie, my prayers are for Rocket this morning. Hopefully something just caught his attention and he will return home. He has been fixed right?
I don't have any alcohol in the house and feel too bad to go get some. Not a prude, just don't usually have any unless I think I may like some. Sometimes it is 2 yrs or more, sometimes a month. It is usually wine or a nice beer to have with a pizza. Guess I picked up a flu but got the flu shot Sept 30 so it is just a very mild version. Of course even a mild version gets me down at my age. I have arthritis so the aches and pains are kind of magnified. Still dehydrated and a little fever and sore throat but getting better. I am sleeping like a trooper and lost 2 lbs so there is a silver lining in even this mess.
Garfy has his cold back again. Guess I should have medicated him for a longer time. Don't want to take him to the vet, but will if it doesn't clear up soon.

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Good Morning, I'm loving & appreciating our cooler beautiful weather here today. I was thankful to get a little more sleep as Brent and I are sleepless in CA. I did buy a bottle of Typenol PM and Brent did sleep almost 5 hours last night, which I'm very thankful for. I'm still very achy and my arthritis has been worse than ever, unfortunately. I honestly think there is a good chance I have Fibro but don't have the time right now to be tested and checked out for that.

Linda, I hope you're feeling much better today as a day or so ago you thought you might have the flu so hope that's gone now. You were smart to get a Flu shot and I plan to get one soon myself. I'm just curious as you mentioned the Mormon Tabbernacle is that in regards to how beautiful it and the music is there? I can't image that do any Scary type night there, but you never know. . .

Jeannie, Have a wonderful time with your Mom and Sis at the Church Fair and activities this afternoon. You are such a thoughtful DD and Sister. I know they love to get out and you make sure they do. You're a Blessing to them as well as myself and many others.

CJ, You mentioned you're getting ready for a Big Sale is that a Family one or for an organization? I must have missed your telling about that. I envy your large family and how you're there for each other and enjoy getting together as often as possible.

Nola, Have you had a chance yet to talk to your dil about how to use the Tens Unit? If so I hope soon you'll use it and it'll help put your pain levels a lot lower. You're such a Beautiful Person and seem to think a lot about helping others, you love to give of yourself.

Mona, It was so kind of you to let Nola have your Tens Unit. I hope it's easier for you since your loss was difficult at best. I pray it's slowly becoming easier to handle and that you're taking good care of yourself. I have to admit I've come to hate paperwork and my kitchen desk is so full of bills, forms, etc. I need to go through everything myself as my right hand doesn't know what my left hand has been up to recently. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Barbara, I'm happy you lost weight while doing the 100 Day Challenge and followed through the 100 days and learned a lot. . .I'm sorry you didn't make it to the Ghost Town Tour so maybe next year you'll have fun doing that. Thank you my sweet friend but like Jeannie said I have and love Linda Spangle's books but soon I think I'll start it myself and not join another Team. Like others I can't seem to keep up with the ones I'm already on. I hope you're feeling better and better.

Babs, You'll have to share with us what Abby & you did at the Festival last night. It sounds like a fun thing for the two of you to do together. I hope you are able to rest up some today and enjoy whatever you like & feel like doing today.

Yesterday having my son, dil and GC over for a visit was the highlight of my day. Noah is getting so tall and Emma is also growing up fast. They both are happy, beautiful and the Loves of my Life. emoticon emoticon emoticon I always love seeing & being with them. . .

Well, I haven't even had breakfast yet and it's almost 10 am here. I hope everyone is feeling well, thinking positive and that we'll all enjoy a beautiful Sunday. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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