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hi every\one I have been struggling and gone for a while my coach has kept me from quitting so I have come back for support I have missed all of you Hope you all are doing well do not have time to go back and read all the post I am still see sawing with my weight but I am starting to eat better just because it makes me feel better I am going to join the challenge Have a great day tomorrow Lou

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Good day all - we also got a trace of snow and the cold weather back. BRR. After 60 degree days, 25 degrees is positively ARTIC! LOL

I'm catching up on data work today. Am still feeling better day by day. Good thing! I have a coaching class going on currently that i'm happy with (my spiritual/healer classes). And Sweet Adelines coaching has been very beneficial even though I coughed through a lot of it. I learned a lot to think about and incorporate.

Mike and I will probably have a later lunch and catch up on some TV shows in a bit. His plantar fasciitis still gives him a lot of trouble - but he is feeling better overall.

Happy to hear about Abby's birthday and dance costumes. I bet she looks adorable.

Jeannie - when I read you are going to KC to see the cousins, I first misread Kentucky Fried Chicken, LOL - Kansas City, right?!

I'm going to start organizing as well now that I'm feeling better. First out is going to be those clothes that I keep saying I'm going to wear (yes, they even fit) - but I don't. I'm doing better in not keeping clothes that don't fit - but things I don't wear means I don't like them. Why in the world hang on to them?!

Hope you are doing better this week Lois.

Hi CJ - Karen - Pam - Ellen - Bobbie ... anyone else, forgive me for not remembering just now. Hope you're all healthy and happy.

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Happy Saturday! We have snow!! Not very much...just enough to cover the ground, but it looks very winter-like. There's some north wind, too, and it's a balmy 20*!! So much for the warmer days earlier this week...a pleasant memory!

Just finished cutting Richard's hair. It's a job I hate, but when I think about all the money we've saved over the years, I can't complain. I have a few other chores to take care of today, but mostly we'll be doing basketball again today. Ian, the youngest grandson (10--soon to be 11, he reminds us) has his last games of the season this afternoon. They play at 2-4-6. Odd times, but they didn't ask my opinion. LOL! Anyway, really happy we get to see him play one more time this year.

Our plans to go to KC to see the cousins fell through again, as they are all sick there with flu, colds, etc...viral things. That's okay. We'll go when they feel better.

Happy Birthday to Abby, Babs. I remember when she was just starting school! They sure seem to grow up fast. I can't believe our oldest GS will be 14 in April, either and starting high school in the Fall. He's getting so tall. Over 6' now and he hopes he'll grow taller. I keep telling him if he gets too tall, he'll be hitting his head all the time. Babs, I bet Joe can relate to that. Most of the guys in our family have all had that problem.

I've had a pretty good week overall. My back is still bothering me some, so I decided to start doing the PT exercises I was given a few years ago. I think it is helping, so will continue to work on them. Still getting things organized around the house, too. These warmer days had us thinking about what we might do for a garden this year, as well. We shall see.

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2/24/17 8:17 P

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Just wishing everyone a great weekend.


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Well I have laundry going. The bed is stripped and ready to be made again. Paid bills. Need to go to the bank now!!

Looks like we're going to get some rain today. Drats! I haven't had the furnace on in a couple of weeks. The windows are open and it's wonderful.

Abby got all 5 (yes, 5!!) of her dance costumes this week. I have a couple favorites. She's going to be a cute pink panther! She is officially 11 years old now, as of yesterday. Those years have flown by.

Ellen, sounds like a nice birthday for your DH.

Jeannie, you're right. Now being at a workplace (where one gets paid to perform "work!") certainly doesn't mean we aren't working. What I enjoy about my 'days off' is that I don't have to rush so much anymore. That's a blessing.

The new challenge has been posted. It begins in another week. Please think about joining us. It helps us and it might help you too.

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2/23/17 9:17 P

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Jeannie, Thank you for hubby's birthday and yes we had a wonderful day,
yesterday was awesome and was nice getting out even in the rain.

Everyone else hope you all had a wonderful Thursday and your doing alright.

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Good afternoon! After several really, really nice days, it's been gloomy and not so nice today. There's snow predicted tomorrow for the northern part of the state, I think we'll miss it here.

I haven't accomplished too much today, but there's hope yet! LOL! I did get over to the high school to pick up the scholarship applications for this year. (It's a memorial for our oldest son who passed away 23 years ago this spring.) Anyway...it's an all time high of 46 applications! We've never had that many before. I wish there was a way we could give them all something, but unfortunately, it isn't possible. We have 6 weeks to make a decision, but our work is cut out for us.

Richard puttered around downstairs in the basement in his "workshop." I think he is just moving things around, but that's okay. Gives us both a little space when he's working...or doing whatever it is he does. LOL

Bobbie, happy birthday to your hubby. Sounds like the two of you had a nice day.

Babs, hope you're enjoying your days off...even though I know you're not really off. Just because we're not in the office or at work doesn't mean we're not working. Especially when there is family to take care of.

Ellen, hi...good to see you. Good luck with making those changes. I hear you on the fitness topic...that's my biggest issue ever.

PamZ, guess what...I don't have any DVDs!! Well, I take that back...our DD gave us some DVDs of some programs that she knew we enjoyed when they aired on TV. I seldom think about popping them in, although I should have. We got the TV up and running yesterday afternoon. Watched before bed last night and wouldn't you know...couldn't get to sleep then. I think there might be something to the recommendation to not be stimulating your brain with bright/flashing/action light and movement right before bed.

Greetings to everyone! Hope your day has gone well and that the rest of the week and weekend is terrific! See you again soon! Hugs and love, Jeannie



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2/23/17 12:00 A

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Wanna say hello to everyone was busy with hubby today since today was his,
birthday and we went out to the salad bar and also ate Jell-O instead of cake and,
ice cream out choice we made this is what hubby wanted not just because of me,
but because this is what he wanted as well.



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Pam, I think every family has ‘one of those.’ It’s not easy, but I sure try to just accept it. Do what I want and that’s that!!

Jeannie, quiet time. I love it. Maybe I should say ‘I’d love to have it!’ To the younger people in my home that means ‘boring.’ What I do love is the Hallmark channel, especially at Christmas! Great movies.

Bobbi, hello to you and your lovely posts.

Ellen, how nice to see that you popped in to say ‘hi.’ Hope you feel better soon.

It was sooooo foggy this morning when I left for work. It's pretty out now.




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Haven't been in here in couple weeks didn't realize it had been that long. The past week just haven't felt all that great. Still don't but trying to get back on track with exercise which suffered the most.

2017 MY YEAR OF NO MORE EXCUSES.
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Jeannie -
Laundry and getting back to a normal routine... It's really nice to get away, but it sure feels good to get home and settled again. But... no TV for now? Get out that DVD collection!

I find my DVD collection is aging. It's not that I don't buy new titles, it just seems there are fewer titles each year that I deem worthy to purchase. I do weed out some older DVDs each year, "I bought that for my teenagers and they haven't lived here in how many years?" But there's nothing like the classics. They never go out of style.
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"Wishing everyone a great day today on this Tuesday"


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Hello everyone! We started out really foggy this morning, but not the sun is shining and it looks to be another gorgeous day.

PamZ, I thought I was the only one who has the SIL from hell. It's so bad even my DH (her brother) won't talk to her unless coerced! LOL. So much drama, so many inappropriate and crazy things over the years. The only peace her hubby ever got was after he passed away a few years ago. So, I'd say you are entitled to be snarly if you feel like it.

Finishing up the last of the laundry today. Feeling great about being home and back into a more normal routine. I do have some cleaning I need to do since a bit of dust has collected since we've been gone for several months. We've been without TV since we got home, so have been going to bed earlier than usual and sleeping really well. Maybe that's the secret for us??? They can't come to get us back up and running until tomorrow afternoon. In the meantime, I'm enjoying the quiet.

Hope you all have a good day today. I'm still trying to get back to read some of the posts I missed. Hugs and love, Jeannie

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Just wanna say goodnight to everyone and have a great night.


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Positive attitudes? Hah! I give myself permission to be snarly today. It's one of those days, and I still have to talk to my sister-in-law. She means well, but she always tries to restructure my life according to what SHE thinks is best for me (and does this to others too) without finding out what MY wishes & concerns are. She's created some interesting drama over the years...

My son says, "Oh Mom, 'She means well?' What do you think 'The road to Hell is paved with good intentions' means?"
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Happy Monday. Let's move forward with positive attitudes and goals for this week. We're a great team.

Happy to see everyone's home safe and sound and hopefully everyone is feeling better.

Work, work, work. Back to work for me for now.

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Good Monday morning! Yes, we're home! No, we're not all unpacked (but getting there). Some laundry done. A few groceries picked up on our way into town, but more to get today. Weather was outstanding yesterday...70*!! Amazing. Today it is a little cooler and cloudy, but not bad at all.

I haven't read your updates yet, but hope to get to that soon. All is well here, but we are tired and moving in slow(er) motion! Love and hugs to all!! xoxo Jeannie

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Struggle: to make strenuous efforts, or a task or goal requiring much effort to accomplish or achieve.
Not always a bad word, it sometimes seems to be a great struggle to get healthy and stay on track, but everyday we get a little stronger. (YEAH) emoticon emoticon
Just a good thought for today.

Jeannie: emoticon home, Its not like we haven't heard from you, but just that now you are where you are safe and sound. I guess that's what Normal means.

Well its Monday so I have got to get busy with ALL the Monday stuff.

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"Wishing everyone a great Saturday Night"


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Happy Saturday - warm weather and sunshine today - so rare for February!

I have some work to catch up on (database) and then I will just take it easy. Feeling better - but still nursing that cold which leaves me dragged out.

Sweet Adelines Private Voice Instruction tomorrow from our coach and then coaching Monday for the chorus. Excited, but nervous.

Babs - good for you for not gaining. Spring is coming - I can see all our pounds just melting off now....

Have a good day all.

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Happy Saturday Sparkies.

I stayed the same. Could be worse. Has been worse. It will improve.

I have some shopping to do later. I'm not thrilled with that but sometimes there's no avoiding it.

I think I'll make a bean salad today. It just sounds good. Haven't made that in age. I make it so simple too. Definitely not a fancy chef.

I hope everyone is feeling better and I hope our CA friends aren't getting hit too hard with all the rain in their area.



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Thanks Babs,
And I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday night. :)



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Hi, Bobbi.

Jackie, stayed within your range!! Woo Hoo! Great job. You enjoyed yourself too. I saw the previous of Hidden Figures. It looks fantastic.

CJ, good news on your sister. So happy to hear she's doing well.

I went to the eye doctor this morning. Check up time. Time for new specs. It's been 7 years with what I'm wearing now. So I honestly cannot complain. I see!! That's important.

Beautiful weather. Upper 60's. How on earth can that happen mid-February? Strangest winter we've had that I know of.

Have a fantastic weekend friends. Jeannie will be home this weekend!!

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TGIF, Here we are at Friday again, Been a busy week for all of us seems like. February is over half gone. (YIKES). emoticon emoticon emoticon almost St Patties Day. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I guess that's called moving right along.

Jackie: Its good to see you enjoying yourself and not being sick, hope Mike is doing ok also, I know what you mean about sewing, I had 5 sisters and they all sew, not me either, I can put on a loose button,(maybe). Glad you enjoyed your Movie. I'm not a movie person, I have seen a few in my lifetime. But I just can''t set still long enough to enjoy them.

Jeannie: I hope you are having a good trip home. I know your sister will be glad to see you.

Speaking of sisters, I talked to my sis that has been so sick and she seems to be getting a little better each day. Still having a little trouble eating, but if she can't eat what her daughter fixes for her family she eats a baked potato and enjoys that. Her stump is almost all healed up, just one little place, so maybe she will be able to get her new one soon.

Guess I better go for now, HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.
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Hi All - enjoyed Valentine's Day AND stayed within my range! Took 1/2 of meal home (chinese). The movie Hidden Figures was fabulous. I was so moved to tears several times and at the end of the movie, the theater audience cheered & clapped. There was a feeling of pride in being American and pride in the challenges the women overcame to accomplish their dreams. I highly recommend the movie.

Sewing - my Mom, Sis and Grandma were incredible - not me. Sigh I wish I had that knack as it would make life easier when seams are torn, hems are needed, etc. I send my sewing out to a friend who is a whiz at it. (in Sweet Adelines, of course).

Have fun with your machine, Lois!

Have a nice evening, friends.

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"Wishing everyone a great Wednesday"





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Sounds like the perfect Valentine's Day, Jackie. I'm sure you enjoyed it.

Lois, I'll bet it's a Bernina. I don't really 'sew.' My mom did and loved it. I have sewn things and I'm not good at that at all. We have a shop here in town that sells Bernina machines and gives classes. Does a fantastic business.

My MiL gave me her used Pfaff. She sewed and bought a new one. I used it to make curtains and made Barbie clothes for Jackie when she was little. Oh boy - that was a major undertaking.

Hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday.



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Lois, what kind of sewing machine? Trying to remember which one is made in Switzerland. Bernina, Janome, Pfaff? Just curious.....
Hugs, Karen

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A great day, because I made my list and accomplished many things on my list. That is a gift to me for Valentine's Day!!
I'm excited .... I picked up my new sewing machine today, which had been on back order. So I will have things to keep me busy and keep my hands busy, something so important to me to curb my eating. I thought it was German made, but in reading the literature, found out it is Swiss made. :) I'm going to have fun experimenting with it -- it has 700 stored stitches in it :)
I will have sewing classes every week for awhile.
So sewing along with bookkeeping, tax preparation, and general activities with families, I'm focusing on eating right and getting some more weight OFF and learning, really learning how to KEEP it off..... Man, that would be the biggest gift I could give myself!

I'll have to read all the posts, but love all the Valentines greetings and pictures and seeing how others have celebrated Valentine's Day.

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"Happy Valentines Day Friends" :)
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Happy Valentine's all. Mike got me a small heart-shaped cake. So, I will have a small piece today then hopefully I can stay away from it the rest of the week.

WE are doing a afternoon movie - Hidden Figures then an early dinner. So have a good day all!

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Happy Valentine's Day friends. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Glad to see everyone posting. I don't remember much of it.

Nice to see you back posting, Joanna.

Jeannie, good news that the weather will be good for your traveling.

CJ, beautiful smiles on those boys!

Bobbi, beautiful Valentine. Thanks.

Jackie, hope your cold is improving.

Lois, it's hard coming back to reality and getting life back in order!

I do need to get busy again. I have a meeting this afternoon, and one again tomorrow morning. Such is life!!

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Its time for bed, here is two big smiles from my GGS's should make you smile and sleep better, I did talk to my sister tonight and she is doing much better. Thank you Jesus. and Thank you for all your prayers.

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One week later, I'm trying to work on my "to do" list, but there are additions every day and doesn't seem like I get enough checked off and it just grows and grows....
A week of slipping and sliding... and back to the food journal today....
The weather is getting wonderful. We set a huge record on Sunday of 80 degrees, 8 degrees higher than the record in the past. It's just I can't figure out if it going to be warm or cold -- but thankful for the indoor outdoor thermometer I got for Christmas. but when the temps are in the twenties.... I want to stay under the covers!
Back to my weigh-in tomorrow and getting back on track!

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Tom, I learned something new today!! I had no idea that's how the zips work. I think I thought they were in alphabetical order or similar. Interesting...thanks for helping to keep my brain cells a little more active. LOL!

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When I worked for the USPS (in the mid 60's), I sorted parcels going all over California. I had to learn where all the larger cities were located. I learned the major zip codes and from there I could locate a smaller city. (i.e. L.A.=900**, San Diego=920**, San Francisco=945**, Fresno=930**, etc.). Once you know this, it's easy to know where things are.

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Good evening! It's been a few days so I'd better drop by for a few minutes.

Joanna, hope you're enjoying your winter in Vegas. You buy and sell more properties than anyone I know. Didn't you buy a ranch or two in northern Arizona a few years ago, too? Hope it all works out for you exactly as you want.

Bobbi, I see you changed your name again! You change your name about as often as Joanna buys a house! LOL!! Cute cartoon.

Jackie, I haven't had a good belly laugh in a while. I agree! It feels good to just let them roll out there. There's something about it that just enervates me. Keep laughing, friend!!! Hope you and Mike are both feeling much better.

Babs, I wondered where you'd gotten off to...so glad you had a nice visit with your sister. We all need to get away now and then. Good for you!

CJ, you make me blush. It's easy to be a leader for this team. Nothing like it! Thank you, friend!!

Karen, are you all snowed in? I've been watching the national weather/news and it sounds like there will be plenty of snow to keep you amused for awhile. Stay safe!!!!! Hope you've had a nice anniversary today, too!

Tom, working at the USPS in the LA area...isn't that a long way from Fresno? Did you get to know most of the zip codes in CA? I know a bunch in Iowa, but we're way, way, way smaller than even one of the bigger cities in CA.

We are beginning to get organized. Richard will start packing tomorrow, but will do most of it on Wed along with some laundry. We'll take off early Thursday. Right now it looks like we'll have good weather (and warmer temps) all the way home. In fact, it's supposed to be 64 at home on Sunday. That's pretty warm for us for February.

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Good Afternoon Sparkers

It’s been a while since I was on but to be honest I have been way too busy to find time to sit down to the computer to exchange thoughts or information.
I am back in Las Vegas and even though I am here there are big changes happening. As most of you know I bought a house here a couple of years back. Unfortunately, it did not turn out to be the perfect place for me. Well I have just sold that house and signed papers on a new home. Now this will be the home of my dreams or at least the dreams of being in Vegas. It’s in the perfect neighborhood, bigger than the last and all on one level. I so tired climbing up and down the steps of the previous house. I close on it the 28th of February….and I think I got a good deal on it. But who knows when it comes to things I don’t always make the right decision on financial cost.
The bad news is that my furniture which I spent a fortune on is not fitted for the new home and as I hate to take a big loss…I am going to get the hubby out here to take it across the states back to Michigan and put it in storage out there to go into one of the homes there. I just haven’t told him that yet (hehe). He is back home renovating the lake house. We gutted it down to the 2/4s … new drywall and everything else. Just the windows were so expensive. It cost me a little over 40,000 just for the dang windows. This hopefully will be the last renovation I will go through in my life time.
I have decided to move out of the farm…not sell it but move out and let the grand-daughter move in. It’s time I turn over the horses to the younger generation. The hubby and I need to finally get a break and just enjoy life a bit as we get older. Not that he will do that since he is a work acholic. I plan to stay on the lake during the spring and summer months…of course I will continue to go to the horse shows and visit the farm then during the cold winter months I will come here to Vegas and spend the time here with my son.
I am going to get into a good walking routine here in Vegas…before the weather gets to hot. It’s perfect right now to get out and get things done…and I do have a walking buddy. A little dog we adopted here last year. She was so excited to see me when I got back…she peeeeeed all over the place. But now she is back to normal and just won’t leave my sight.

I went out and bought a car here too…I was renting one and I feel for that much I could buy a used car to get around in. I picked up a Dodge Durango….not a small car but I really like it and it gives me plenty of room to shop and take the dog with me.

I have not been doing too well with my weight but as least I am not gaining. I need to get on a routine and keep on trying.

Have a great day and I will try to continue to get on here.

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Oh, no, Babs - tired brains are not a good thing! Get some rest!

CJ - always enjoy your pictures, thanks for the well wishes.

How many of you have at least a good belly laugh a week? I was thinking about that from my get together with some of my chorus. I laughed so hard tears were running down my face. I got to thinking I could sure use more laughter like that. Good for the soul and chases away ills!

Yours for smiles and laughter! Jackie

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Hello. Returned from my sister's late yesterday afternoon. Fun time. I miss her already!

I skimmed the posts but don't remember much. I think Jeannie returns (or begins her trip to return) home later this week. Safe travels. Jackie has been sick and is finally getting over a bad cold. Thank goodness.

Tom has figured out where Farmersville (is that it?) CA is. I don't have a clue. But I think that's where Bobbi lives. Actually I'm remembering more than I thought I would!

CJ has posted more wonderful pictures.

OK. My mind is drawing a blank. Oh, wait. Karen has had snow and today is her anniversary.

My brain is tired. I feel refreshed today though. I really needed to get away. Now I have to work.

Have a wonderful week!

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Good Morning my SP friends. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY WEEK. emoticon

Jackie: Glad to see you back, so sorry for all the sickness for you and Mike. Hope you have a better week. Glad the shot's are up to 10 weeks apart.

emoticon emoticon , Just wanted to let you know that my sister is doing better, she told her daughter Saturday night that the baked potato she had for dinner really tasted good. First time in 3 months. emoticon emoticon

Babs and Jeannie: emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Just wanted to tell you again what a great job you do on being our leaders, WHAT A GREAT TEAM. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
emoticon emoticon As you know I have a lot of family and they are all fun and supportive, but I love my Spark family and all of you have been a support and encouragements these past 3 month in the loss of one sister and the sickness of another sister. emoticon emoticon emoticon .

Guess I better go and get started on my Monday stuff.

Love you all: CJ from OK.


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Hi All, I am back ... Mike was sick then I got hit pretty hard. Was sick the week before we left for our Harmony weekend, Had anitbiotics, and bounced back. Then the week we left, Had some meds so I could perform for our SA show, but spent a lot of time sleeping and coughing during the weekend. I am still doing that, though I am better. Had an eye shot Wednesday - not too bad. In fact, I am now going to 10 weeks (was 4 weeks, then 6 weeks, now 10) so that is great news.

Got to catch up with you all ... Have a very Healthy Sunday everyone.

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Wishing everyone a great Sunday and hope you all are having some healthy,
choices today as I speak and knowing we can do this friends.



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Yes, Near Visalia and close to Exeter as well.

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So it's SE of Fresno, CA. near Visalia?

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Hi Tom,
Farmersville zip code is 93223

Hello to everyone and hoping you all are having a wonderful weekend. emoticon



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Hi Sparkers! I have been AWOL again. Babs, I have had auditors again, lol. They finished yesterday, thank goodness.
Weather here has been insanely weird. On Wednesday the temp was 55F. On Thursday we had around 18" of snow. Yesterday the temp was -5F. Today we woke up to another 4" of snow and the prediction is for another 18" on Sunday/Monday. Thursday's snow was on top of the foot we already had on the ground from a previous storm. Forecast is for another blizzard on Wednesday/Thursday. Jim and I are due to leave for Ottawa on Friday.
We decided just to stay home this weekend. Truthfully, we should have made the effort to get out this afternoon and do some grocery shopping, but we decided it was a good weekend to use up stuff in the freezer and in the cupboards. I sense some really odd meals this weekend! I am assuming if I get in to work at all in Monday, that it will be in the afternoon. That part I don't like. I don't mind driving in bad weather, but if my street is not plowed at all, there is no way I can get off the steep hill we live on.
So...today I am baking bread and knitting....and watching hockey. Our 45th anniversary is Monday. Where did the time go? Mentally, I swear, I am still in my 30s!
Hope everyone is ok and doing well. I know I am not the only one who has had bad weather recently!
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Four smiles to make you feel better, PaPaw and 3 of our GGS's, the two littlest ones are brothers and the other is a cousin.

Jeannie: I wondered where everybody was the last couple of days, I have been kind of down, with my knees and my sister was back in hospital for a couple of days. Just is still not able to stay well. Her stump is healing really well, she just stays sick and unable to eat much. Doctors are working on it. Glad to see you are coming home next week end, hope you have a good and safe trip.

I'll try and stay a little more caught up with everybody, I don't like it when we don't keep in touch with each other. Bobby thanks for all your pictures and kind notes.

It was in the 70's here in Oklahoma today and suppose to be 85 tomorrow. (AWESOME). I love it, but I'm sure we probably have some more winter to put up with soon.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Bobbi,

I thought I knew California quite well, after having worked for the Post Office near L.A.
What is the zip code for Farmersville, CA? that will tell me where it is.

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Just sayin hello from Farmersville Ca. and hope you all are having a wonderful Friday.





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I haven't been by for a few days and wow...looks like not many people have been. Where are we all these days? I'd love a checkin from everyone...just say "hi" and tell us you're around!

So, today, hello from south Texas. WE're getting organized and will be heading out early next Thursday, the 16th. It's been a good winter, but I truly do look forward to getting home again.

Shoot...it's been several days since I read our posts and now I can't remember everything. CJ, I know a while back you said your sister was in the hospital again. I hope and pray she is recovering and making headway toward better health. She has been through so much and still has much adjustment to make. Thinking and praying for her and her family, including you.

So, it's been incredibly hot here (high 80s and low 90s) with high humidities, but snow storms in the East and dreary days in the Midwest. I wonder what kind of spring and summer we'll have this year.

Take care, everyone, and stay healthy and happy!! Sending my love and hugs to all. xoxo, Jeannie

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Just a Lil hello to everyone here and hope you all have a wonderful night"



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Just a quick note to say Hello, I finally finished going to all my funerals and then today I went to my orthopedic Doctor and got a shot in each knee, so tonight even though the shots made my blood sugar spike to 301 (YIKES) it always does that for about 24 to 36 hours after I have them, but my knees are already feeling better. emoticon emoticon .

Jeannie: You sound like you are having so much fun, I'm so glad you are enjoying yourself. I love shrimp my self, we had some yesterday at RED Lobster, not as good as your fresh ones. But the cheddar bay biscuits were really good, and yes I know not good for my weight loss. but we took some friends out after the funeral. We still had a gift card from Christmas we hadn't used.

OK, folks its bedtime: emoticon emoticon talk to you tomorrow.
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We could use some of your heat up here Jeannie - it might put an end to all this snow.

We are still digging out from all our snow here. Last evening it snowed another 4 inches to bring our total for February to 24 inches. This is 20 inches more that we typically get all winter. Such a change for us west coasters. Fortunately found someone to come and snow blow our driveway yesterday so I don't feel trapped and house bound any more. I haven't ventured out yet, but it is nice to know that I could if I wanted to.

Hope everyone is having a good start to their week.
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Hi, Everyone!! Busy few days here. Sunday we drove over to South Padre and had the most delicious lunch at one of the seafood restaurants. (Fresh shrimp deep fried just the way I like it.) So amazing and the biggest I think I've ever seen. Stayed overnight and went to the boat tour early the next morning. We were out on the water for 4 hours. It was awesome. We went down into the Port of Brownsville to see where all the ships are dismantled and scrapped when they're taken out of service. I love the water anyway, so it was perfect. When we left, we decided to have lunch at the same place we'd been the day before. You can't improve on the best...in fact, I had the same thing I'd had the day before: 9 butterfly shrimp and a tossed salad in place of the fries. Mmmm!

Today we met with people from back home who get together once during the winter. It was at a pizza buffet place. I made up my mind before we went to not eat pizza (I love it, but it's not that great there and why waste the calories when it's just so-so). Instead I had a really large tossed salad and a medium baked potato. Tomorrow it is breakfast with Iowa people from the park (all the states with quite a few people here do this), Thursday it is a dinner fundraiser by the guys who work in the hobby woodworkers shop. Friday noon I'm supposed to meet several other SP members who live here in the valley. That's supposed to be at Olive Garden.

I mentioned all this food activity to our son. He said food brings people together (says the guy who is 6' tall and has never weighed more than 160). I said it brings more horizontal expansion, which I most definitely do NOT need! LOL

Other than eating and trying to stay cool (89 and humid today), we haven't done too much. Next week we'll be getting ready to get back home. Yes, CJ...I remember you said that before about us being home in Iowa. I think my Mom used to feel that way especially!! Actually, I like to go away, but I really love to get home even more.

Hope you're all staying well. I haven't been posting much, but I'm trying to keep up with all your comments. Take care and I'll check back in again soon...assuming I haven't fallen into a food stupor from all this eating!!! xoxox Hugs and love, Jeannie

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Pam, congratulations for sticking with your 'redo' plan. Sounds like fun to me. It's a lot of work, but what a feeling of accomplishment.

Bobbi, hello to you. I agree with you on the commercials. Very good.

Lois, happy to have you back with us and safe at home. To Do Lists are never ending at my house. I too treasure this team. It's fantastic!

Gloomy day here. In the 60's now and will drop into the 30's. Life in the Midwest - cannot figure out the weather!

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wow,,,, it's been a long time since I've been here.... and have a lot to catch up on - which I don't have time to do right now.

I spent from January 8th until January 30th near Panama City, Florida with a friend. She needed someone to take her to Jacksonville to see a doctor twice and to help her with "stuff" around the house. The only problem is that she wanted to go out to eat all the time and I finally gave up and ate more food than I should have, including sweets. So today, I'm back on plan!! completely. I've been "toying around" with what I've eaten for several months now and want to get back on the plan that made me feel so good. UGH! So, so easy to "let go."

I'm at least going to be faithful with my food journal and I'm going to try to get on the treadmill. I have a stack of "to dos" a mile long that I'm trying to do, but most of them requiring sitting... no exercise, except shuffling papers.

I treasure this team... I'll try to catch up!


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emoticon Wishing everyone a great and healthy week.
The commercials on the Super-bowl was awesome and was better,
than the game was Lol.



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Wow! It sure is quiet here. Post game 'hang over' ?

Yes, Babs, Paul and I did watch the Super Bowl. I am not a loyal football fan but since Atlanta had made it this far (and I think it had been 18 years) I knew I was going to watch the game. From what I understand the Falcons is a young team and relatively inexperienced so my hat goes off to them that they weren't intimidated by the legacy of Tom Brady and they did well until the fourth quarter. I think the Falcons may be a team to watch in the future as they learn to avoid penalties and such.

I made sure I was doing something else while watching the game from the corner of my eye it was so tense (at least for me). It really was disappointing though to be so close and then the last part of the fourth quarter everything come undone. I almost cried. I know if it were me I would feel the defeat but they probably felt that they hadn't expected to get that far so they were still feeling the 'glow' of it all. Let's hope so. They played a good game!

I am keeping on my schedule for redoing our entire interior living spaces. I have always loved to put my stamp on wherever I live and I hadn't painted in about 4 years so I knew it was time. I do most of it on the weekend's because then I can enlist my husband's help with the heavier or higher stuff that I can't do ( but used to in the past). Paul (my DH) loaded up my car with stuff to take to the Goodwill store so I can do that later as well helped with moving some furniture. I am giving myself Easter as my deadline (it helps to have a specific date to works toward so I keep on my toes) so I hope I can make it. I will be a little 'tense' (LOL) until I do.

Take care all and have a great week. As Jeannie pointed out in the weekly newsletter-we are gaining 3 minutes daylight every single day. Yea!

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Mahvelous Monday friends!

Did you watch the Superbowl? I didn't but Abby and I did watch Lady Gaga. The woman can entertain!

Starting a new week. It's amazing how quickly these weeks fly by.

It's gloomy here this morning and it was very, very foggy.

Let's make it a great week team.

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"Wishing everyone a great Sunday"



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Just wanna say hello and hope everyone is having a great day,
today is a better day for me...not like yesterday ugh.

Thanks Pam for your comment.

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Sorry I haven't been on here for a few days but had a lot to have to deal with.

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I see sunshine. I'm loving it.

Up 0.8# for the week. OK. There's next week. I had chili last night for dinner. I'm honestly wondering (not looking for excuses, just wondering) if that just might be the culprit.

Yes, as Jeannie said, we do what's best for us. If the challenge here works, great. If another challenge works, great. If doing both works, wonderful. We have to take care of ourselves. That's the bottom line.

Have a Sunny Saturday or maybe a Silly Saturday!

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Just a note to say Hello, I have to go to my friends Memorial service today, the one who was killed in a head on accident last week. Its about a hour and a half away.

Pam: Yes, my sister is getting some depression and they are finally giving her something for depression and anxiety, she is out of the hospital as of last night, and they did put in a port so she can get fluids at home from the home health care nurse. She told me last night she is doing a little better and she ate a half of pancake and a half a piece of bacon. emoticon emoticon Thank you to all of you for your prayers.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Jeannie: I knew you would understand but I wanted to give you a heads up so you wouldn't wonder.

I think it is always surprising where we find 'our people' of ancestry have settled. I have half German and there are towns peppered throughout the south that have a German-influence of sorts. I want to go and see Helen, GA which is modeled to look like an Alpine village and has a great Octoberfest.

CJ: Is it possible that your sister might be depressed (she has ever reason to be) and so she has no appetite or thirst as a result of that? I did pray for her and will continue to do until things are back to 'normal' (again that word) for her and all of you.

Yasso: Keep up your streak. You are doing great!

Well, Paul and I started repainting our living room wall last weekend and so I am hoping to wrap it up this weekend. He does the high parts (I don't dare get on a ladder any more LOL) and I do what I can that just involves me keeping my feet planted on stable ground. LOL I like to have an accent wall (amateur decorator that I am) so we will do that while watching the Super Bowl. I plan on making several new recipes in my also relatively new slow cooker (my old one of 15 years 'died' this past fall). I am anxious to try some potato soup, barbeque chicken and to round it off marbled brownies. I think we should be set for the weekend, don't you think?

I hope everyone has a great and warm weekend

Take care Pam



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I have been a very busy camper and I am tired so I came on here to say hello and,
wishing everyone a great night and we finally made it to Friday already and tomorrow,
will be another busy day so wont be on until later in the evening so I am tired so I am,
off and will come back toward the evening goodnight everyone..

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HELLO to my SP family, not sure if I told you or not but my sister is back in the hospital once again, she just cannot make herself eat and drink, so she is so dehydrated again. So tomorrow they are putting in a port and then they will be able to give her fluids as needed until she can get over this mountain. She needs all your prayers.

Jeanne: I'm so glad you will be home soon, I think I've told you before but it just doesn't seem right for you not to be in Iowa, So enjoy the rest of your time in Texas and have a safe trip home. as far as normal, I think that's just a word that cannot be defined in my world these days. Your trip to the countryside and the (hysterical markers) emoticon sounds really fun.

Have a great weekend to all: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Oh, Pam...not to worry about the challenges. They are there for those who want to participate. No requirements for anyone!! Some people do it and don't chat for a variety of reasons, others do both and whatever works is the most important thing. Some folks are also participating in other challenges. Both Babs and I and I think a few other people, are part of the 5% challenge. Bottom line...whatever works and makes us happy!

Bobbie, I have had a good day, thank you very much!

Went for a very long drive through the SE Texas countryside looking for a Texas Historical Marker (we call them hysterical markers) that is located at a site that was a small Swedish farming settlement. Found it! Had lots of farming to see. Field after field of sugar cane, cotton fields that have been harvested, lots of huge crop farming (carrots, cabbages, onions, as well as other kinds of crops. I just love doing this and we haven't done much of it this winter. Really enjoyed the day.

Made our motel reservations for going home starting on the 22nd. Looking forward to getting back to "normal"....hahahaha...what am I saying!! There's no normal in my life!! Have a great one, friends. Hugs and love, Jeannie

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Thank you Pam for your comment on here and have a great and pleasant night.
wishing everyone a great and awesome day.



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