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I am no Jill so I can't write a nice post like that. I read your posts and send prayers and healing thoughts for all. I took a couple of days off and broke my 92 day Spark Spin streak. emoticon I did need to refresh though and it will happen from time to time.
I have started a genealogy search for my father's family and my cousin on my mother's side is helping me through it as she has done my mothers side. I have been able to go back to the 1790's for both my Grandmother and Grandfather. So many questions and so much information but we are having fun.
I am still sorting books and packing some to send to friends, hopefully in a couple of weeks. I haven't read much in the last couple of weeks. Just sorting and taking many to the library and having fun. Just the feel of books in my hands makes me happy.
Jennie, I love the shopping adventures of you and your family. I can see a book from your excursions. My cousin lives in Glidden. Is that anywhere near you?
I will be off now to have dreams of the adventures of Grandfathers and Grandmothers in my dreams.
emoticon and Healing emoticon for health and peace for all of you.

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My doctor doubled one anti-dep for the morning and added a second one for the night so hoping that the panic attacks and shaking gets under control. He is hoping that the 2 together will balance out and I'll be fine in 6 weeks. This usually happens in February don't know why it hit now.

It cooled off yesterday and today was actually quite cool, had to wear a shirt over my T when I went out. But, I guess if school starts next week then it must be fall!

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Jill, like Karen, I can't imagine remembering all that you did when you posted earlier today! Amazing job. Good work. Makes it easier for the rest of us, too. Sorry your appt. had to be postponed, but glad it is rescheduled. Thanks for the info on the floors...the only place I have tile is in the bathrooms. Too cold here in the Midwest to have tile over the whole house.

Karen, I'm so glad they could go ahead with the biopsy right now. You've been down this road before, but still keeps one on pins and needles. ((Hugs)) and many positive and warm thoughts coming your way!!!

Babs...Happy Tooth Fairy Day! Love it! When our DD was tooth fairy age, the tooth fairy forgot to come one night. Of course, I'd fallen asleep and didn't wake up in time. She was heartbroken. So I said, just write a note and leave it under your pillow for the tooth fairy to get tonight. She did but wouldn't let me see it when she wrote it. When I took it out from under her pillow and read it, we nearly died laughing. She wrote a nice little note and signed it and then added her PS: I'm the one you DON'T bring dollars to. So true...our kids started out with nickels and I think they might have made it up to quarters by the time the fairy didn't come any more, but never a dollar. All her friends got dollars. She was always so disappointed!!

Alice, it's always a good plan to pace yourself on SP. I'm working on not spending so much time here. I love ti, always learn a lot and don't want to miss out on my friends, but something has to give. Plus sitting so much isn't good. So...I'm up and down, on and off, and some days don't do too much here.

Linda, when we moved last spring I was so organized. Marked all the boxes and did pretty well getting everything labeled. Even put bright pink duct tape on the lid if it was to go to the basement. Well...DH...helpful guy that he can be sometimes, stuck everything up on shelves in the back room and promptly pushed a couple of tables in front of the shelves. Now I can't get to my nicely labeled boxes and I'm frustrated. Plus, being in a cast and hobbling around still means that it will probably be awhile. So, even if labeled well...doesn't always mean it works the best! LOL!

CJ, you'll get those triglycerides down in no time at all. Fish oil capsules are good for that. Check with your pharmacist to make sure they don't interact with any of your prescription meds, though.

Trip to Mom's yesterday was not too bad...no locked keys, at least. Mom seemed "weary" and out of sorts. I think she fibs a little now and then, too. Since my Sis is restricted to the nursing home (b/c of the cellulitis), Mom said Marilyn asked if we could bring lunch to her there. Later as I was taking Marilyn back to her room and helping her get settled in her recliner, she said Mom just insisted we bring lunch to her since she couldn't go out. Fortunately, she was feeling a little better and did eat a good lunch. We had to do our usual grocery store run and the list (which Mom forgot) remains about the same, so now I at least know what to ask that she might need. She bought my Sis some new shorts (mail order) and a shirt at Walmart. All UGLY and much too big, but I bite my tongue and let it go. I don't have to wear it and Marilyn doesn't complain too much, so it all works out most of the time. And so it goes...

Greetings to every single one of you! I've got to get some dinner started here, so will cut this short (??) and wish you all a very wonderful and happy weekend! Thinking of you, praying for you, and loving each of you! XOXO Jeannie



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Linda- you are right--do not take a job you cannot love unless you have to.
Karen - I hope your biopsy is benign. my prayers for you.
Babs- I am trying to do this from memory so I know what you mean.
Jill - I hope you keep feeling better. my prayers for you.

I am trying to pace myself on SparkPeople. Yesterday I was frenetic. Today is a lot slower. Thank you very much!

my love to y'all even if I have not mentioned you. Hope you have a great weekend! emoticon

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Hope everyone gets better. I am doing well, just really busy trying to find things in all these boxes. None of them really say what's really in them. I read all of your posts and am amazed at how well you take things. My life very slow and calm for now. Need to go back to work, but am not quick to take a job I will not be happy doing.

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Just checking in. The mammo did show something, so my surgeon did a biopsy (ouchie) and I should know the end of next week or the beginning of the week after. This still could be something benign, so I am crossing my fingers and I am now back at work. Work is good for me, it takes my mind off my very chaotic private life, lol!
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Happy National Tooth Fairy Day!!

Warm and muggy. In the upper 90's with a HI of 100+. emoticon I am dragging. I should not complain. My plans were to return to the gym last night, the pool. I was so darn tired by the time I got home that I couldnít handle it. I laid down with a book around 6:30. Simply could not make myself do anything else. Abby found me and said she Ďmissed me.í She took her shower, grabbed her Kindle and laid down right next to me. I think it wears the little ones out too - even more so because we havenít had a bad summer yet. By next Wednesday the prediction is to go back to cooler temps.

Jill, Iím happy that youíre feeling better, but sorry that your appt. with the psychologist had to be rescheduled for 3 weeks. I would love to get rid of the wall-to-wall carpeting in my LR and DR. I know the floors, hardwood, beneath the carpeting are in good condition. I know this because my aunt and uncle were meticulous - and it was their home. But tearing up carpet, tearing up the padding and getting all of those darn staples out of the padding - weíd end up having to sand/refinish the floors. I love hardwood, but it would be a nightmare. Iíd end up going to an extended stay place for a week or so, put the dog in the kennel - too much money. So Iíll keep them for now anyway.

Speaking of dogs - Jasmineís at the spa today! She needs it. emoticon That doesn't look like here at all. She's a big, black dog, pink collar. Pretty baby.

I didnít take notes today either. I cannot do it from memory. Absolutely no way.

You asked about Abby. Sheís 8 yrs old, 3rd grade. She loves school. What she loves about it the most is music and PE. She could do without the math. Definitely not her strong point but thatís because she prefers to sit back and let me do her homework. Guess what. That doesnít work. So maybe Iím not such an amazing grandma! Sheís tried it several times, failed each time. She begins her hip-hop class Monday and sheís excited.

Honestly, Iím blushing! Iím not as amazing as you think. I can get very cross and cranky. Seriously - I can. You just do what you have to do.

Karen, my prayers are with you! I hope to hear good news later today or tomorrow if possible.

And now for work . . .

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Jill, that is amazing that you can do such a long post without taking notes! I don't have a prayer of doing that--mind my is so scattered sometimes. It isn't scattered at work, but in my private life I swear my mind has a mind of its own, lol. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts.
Even as I speak, I am in the waiting room for the surgeon. I already had my mammo and as I thought, there is an issue. My mammo was at 8:30, and my appt with the surgeon is not until 10:30. I decided not to go back to work in between, so I am here in the doc's office answering work email and sparking. My guess is that we will do a biopsy today. Then again, he might not agree with what the radiologist thought he saw and may just want to monitor whatever is going on for a bit. Always something, but I know I am in good hands.
I will try to check in later in the day or early evening.
I agree, I don't know how Babs does it either! Her GC have one terrific grandmother!
Jackie..I am sending good thoughts your way and to anyone else on this team with any kind of issue or problem.
We are one strong willed bunch of Sparkers, eh?
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Doesn't your day go by faster now, mine sure does. When I was still working time slowed down most days and some days I thought my work day would go on forever. . .So, be careful what you wish for I tell myself. Thank you to everyone for your kind comments and emotional support. Thankfully I'm feeling better these days. . .my appointment with a Psychologist had to be reschedule so now I see him in another 3 weeks. Looking forward to talking to him and hope he helps me be better able to deal with my stress and concerns.

Lois, It's good to have you back. . .it's been a long time but glad you're back with us on Spark again.

Praying for positive results for Karen and Jackie's upcoming tests and anyone who is hurting, in pain, etc. that you'll feel better soon. . .Lots of positive vibes & prayers I'm sending your way. Karen & Jackie, you are very special friends to me & I just wanted you to know I really care about both of you & think you're test results will be good.

Jeannie, I have ceramic tiles throughout my house and love how easy it is to clean them with my light weight Wet Jet Swifter. The only disadvantage is it's hard to get into the corners so I scrub them by hand with a teflon type hand sponge. I have wood floors in my kitchen so no carpets to worry about as my sons are allergic to them. . .and when we first got Snoopy for some reason he always wanted to pee on my wall to wall carpets and since they were very old that's when all the carpets/padding were removed & I had the tiles put in throughout my house. I hope your Mom and Sister enjoyed their Wendys lunch, did you say it was your Sis Birthday? How was your visit with them?. . .I hope your Sis's Cellulitis heals well, I've had that before and it can be difficult to get rid of. . .

Babs, You're an amazing woman. How on earth do you do it all, work full time, take care of your GC and have any free time for yourself? It's great you took time for You & Abby to enjoy some water walking. I hope the pool is nearby you. How is Abby enjoying the new school year? What grade is she in now, just curious (which I usually am). Looking forward to enjoying your virtual Labor Day Party!! Thank you for inviting all of us to it & we'll have lots of Beach Fun there & fabulous things to eat, do, see, etc. Looking forward to viewing all the "eye candy" guys coming, a lot of my favorite good looking men will be there. . .

Barbara. it's wonderful you've been persistent and are almost half through the 100 Day Challenge. I'm proud of you for doing so well in it. After the 100 Days does the Challenge completely end? I'm guessing you wish it would go on even longer. I hope to start it the middle of next month. I see other Team members have joined in it also. I hope you're feeling much better now as I remember if you weren't a lot better soon on the Antibiotics your Dr. was going to put you in the hospital, so glad that didn't happen.

Alice, Happy Farming. . .I hope your chickens lay a lot of eggs soon. Good for you for keeping your DD company while she went to her Dr. appointment.

CJ, I hope your test results are better next time. It's good you know how to lower them so your test results will be better when you're tested again. You're exercising a lot which is awesome, good for you for moving it more. Gail knew Bob as he was on another Team with her & she said he disappeared but eventually came back a long time later. I hope he & his family are doing well. He certainly was a cheerful, happy Fisherman.

Jeanne, I know you are looking forward to the weekend off. You sound crazy busy but happy you make time to be here with us. I hope you can relax & recharge over the weekend. Any fun plans for it?

Wyndy, good luck with your med change. I hope it helps you. Have you had a really hot Summer there? I remember how freezing cold last Winter was for you.

Linda, How's life treating you? Good, I hope.

So sorry but I didn't write down any notes so very sorry if I didn't respond to what you chatted about. Remember I'm a Senior now and my ole memory isn't what it used to be, unfortunately. Just know I love everyone here. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Here is the response from our church's prayer chain leader. I told her I would just let you know instead. take care, barbara

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I have sent the prayer request for both you and Jackie.

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I finally was able to copy and paste the information on the new WL team. It took me forever and 3 people trying to explain it to me. I do not feel real bright right now! I am so looking forward to the Labor Day party!! Did not really get in the swing of things last time. Remember---I am not too bright! emoticon Went with my daughter out of town for her doctor appointment. That is a switch!! I was only along to keep her company. emoticon I really got an earful from my rooster this morning! I am going to post some pictures on my spark page of my chickens, the pigeons and a few of my flowers. Hopefully, tonight. Well, best to everyone of you!! Hope to see you at the party!! emoticon

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Jeannie...I ate a whole sleeve of Ritz while wheat crackers last night! I can't seem to stop eating lately...
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Morning everyone. Looks like rain is coming, feels like it too. Arthritis makes you a weather forecaster. Everyone seems so busy. Right now I'm just chilling. Later will empty more boxes. So far I am doing the easy yoga stretches almost every day. Must return the DVD to the library, so if I don't find them today, will have to purchase more. I will probably find them 1 day after purchasing new. When my ship comes in, I'll be waiting at the airport as they say.

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We were hit with a storm last night. Poured, thunder, lightening - typical summer storm. We just havenít had much of that this summer. Iím not complaining - just sayiní.

Another night of restless sleeping. I am sooooooooo tired.

Latest news in, as I suspected, Ďnew evidence.í Evidence was uncovered on YouTube no less! Itís a recording from the night of the shooting. Itís a different story. Word is also out Ďsnitches get stitches.í How will this ever be resolved?

Linda, I have a Kindle and I love it - but not for posting. I have a difficult time with that.

Wyndy, you missed a couple of days and that means you were missed! Hope your MD has something to replace the non-working pills for you. Darn squirrels - they eat anything and everything. Theyíre always snatching the birdseed.

Jeannie, have a safe trip to visit your mom/sis today. Canít wait to hear about todayís events. Canít help you with your question about Swiffer and ceramic tiles. I donít have a ceramic tile floor. Iíve been meaning to tell you that some of the pics you post on FB of your GrGD are gorgeous. She is such a pretty baby.

Jackie, itís so wonderful that you have found SA and are enjoying it. Has it been around a year? I donít remember exactly when you started singing with them - or I should say trying out. Itís wonderful for you. My 70 min water workout isnít difficult. Itís fun. I just keep moving - up/down the pool walking, or grab some noodles and kick and float. I just make sure that I keep moving. Feels good - wears me out though. I certainly slept Tuesday night - not long enough, but sound enough for sure.

Linda, I Googled and found the same info as Jeannie.

Lois!! Alleluia youíre back. How wonderful.

Karen, I remember the text message you almost sent. Only you - or possibly Theresa - could come up with something like that. Auditors for you again . . . how awful.

Hi there Jeanne.

CJ, hang in there. You can do it.

Goodness Iím tired. I just keep yawning and yawning.

Have a Thriving Thursday. Next Thursday I'll be heading to our Labor Day celebration.

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OK, Barbara here goes, thanks for missing me. emoticon , emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
(haven't done my chair exercise this morning yet, arm waving will help, but I get ere done.

HEY, HEY, HEY, ITS HUMP DAY, for those of you who knew Bob, I wonder if he remembers us. he was doing so well and was such an encouragement to all of us.

I have been reading all your posts, just haven't had a chance to answer all of them, I really do miss getting to spend more time with all of you. All of my lab tests came back fairly good, except my TRIGLYCERIDE was way to high at 228, So that tells me I'm not eating quit right, got to lay off them simple sweets, emoticon I was doing well and then I just got lazy and tired of watching everything I put in my mouth. and fried pork chops instead of grilled or baked, you know etc, etc, etc, excuses. (the skin of a reason, stuffed with a lie.) so I'm back on track and working to get that count down in the next 6 months. and I'm still working on our summer and fall challenge to get below 300 by Christmas, which after tomorrow will be 17 more Fridays, Christmas is on Thursday this year. (just a little food for thought)

Just a big emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon to all of you, if I try to name ever one, I will miss someone important, because ALL of you are important to me.

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY: I WILL TRY TO GET BACK LATER TODAY. CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Just a quick note. I wear Clark's and I find them at JC Penny.

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Linda, your comment about autocorrect reminds me of something that happened recently. A few months ago I broke a bone in my foot and had to use crutches for 6 weeks. The chair of our board at the credit union was having a party at his house to celebrate his partners 75th birthday and their marriage last winter. He sent me a message through Facebook asking if I would need special parking or seating. It is a very good thing that I double checked my reply before I hit send. I thought I said I was going to be crutchless. What did it say? CROTCHLESS! The chair would have thought that was a riot...but I am glad I got to send a corrected message.
Babs, you are turning into an exercise engine! Seventy minutes? Good for you! I have become an exercise slug. Remember my long exercise streak a few years ago? I just don't seem to be able to get back to it.
Theresa...I second what Babs said. I miss you! Hoping your sister gets good news.
Jackie, I hope you have a good visit with your doctor and that you come up with a workable treatment plan if you go that route. I love your spunk and attitude!
Jeanne, special needs teachers are very special people. The students are very fortunate to have you as an advocate.
Jeannie, I love what Babs said about you having drool on your chin. She didn't mention the glint in your eye, but I know it was there! Personally, shirtless guys do nothing for me. A guy in a nice three piece suit, ponytail and an earring does. The most important thing is that a guy would have to be very smart. My friend looks terrific in a three piece suit, but does not have either a ponytail or an earring. I will say he is one of the smartest people I know.
Alice, I am going to have to go back and read all of your blogs. Twenty team points is awesome! I click on that every day as well....sometimes I just get lucky.
I have an Oreck. Now that the treadmill is out of the bedroom, the Oreck makes a wonderful place to hang clothes. (I dislike doing housework!)
Barbara, I am so glad you got to see the doctor and I hope you start to feel better soon.
Jill, I am sending you a boatload of hugs, but maybe you would prefer some of Jeannie's shirtless men?
I wish all of us could spend a day together in person!
Clark's shoes started in the UK and have been around forever. There are Clark's stores, but not many. I buy mine online from QVC. Their prices are good, and I know I can return them within 30 days if I don't like them.
Today was wild at work. Barbara. I had auditors again! All went ok, but I am ready to strangle the security guy who works for me. He is very close to not having a job anymore. I know discharging him will result in a probable lawsuit, but our attorney says we should just do it anyway. We'll see......
Hope everyone has a pleasant evening!
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Sometimes Bed, Bath & Beyond gives 20% couponÖ and their price on a dyson isn't out of this world. Don't know if they carry shark,, But the 20% makes a big difference when it costs 500Ö Thats $100 off! or if it costs 400Ö 80$ offÖ


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Jeannie, Thank you for the quote info. It seems to be the best motto for me. I'm always saying something similar cause 1 yr turns into the next without change. Yup, will have to move. If I had taken a picture of the guys outside it would have been sad. Their feet were hanging out of the truck and one was laying on the curb by the woods after eating. Either you have a pair of rose colored glasses, or I have been dealt a bad hand here.

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Linda, check this out...a little article that says someone named Karen Lamb might be the author.

You'd be welcome to move to my neighborhood any time!

Lois, thanks for the info about the Dyson. I'm afraid my budget won't stretch to a Dyson. I really want something very lightweight, too. So far the Oreck and the Shark (but I haven't looked it up yet) seem to be the most recommended.

By the way, Lois...it was great to read your blog. I hope you'll be around often now!

Later guys...Jeannie

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Jeannie, I am going to have to move to your neighborhood for the scenery. emoticon

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Does anyone know the correct wording and the author of: "In one year, you will wish you had started now".

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Hello all - lost power a bit last night with the heavy storms. But we still had SA practice, which went well. In a few minutes I am leaving to travel to sing with the group at an American Legion Dinner - should be interesting!

Lois - I have a Dyson for the carpets/floors (amazing pick-up) and a Dirt Devil for the 'grub' dirt from the wood stove or the mud room. I love it, but get so confused sometimes in taking apart and putting back together to clean. Luckily there are on-line videos!

Jeannie - you travelin' lady. Thanks for the update on Richard ... gosh these things take so long to heal. I pray he continues to do well.

Babs, 70 minutes of water workout! WOW that is awesome. I need to get going already and stop talking about driving to town for the Y classes. I checked out Curves, but I wasn't impressed with the local program and it looked a little boring for me.

Barbara .. thank you for your heartfelt prayers and concerns, I appreciate it.

Jill - you are in my thoughts and prayers daily. I am praying that you'll be filled with Light Love and healing.

Jeanne - wow, your day starts way too early and you go late I bet with your work. It takes a special lady to be a special educator!

Karen - you are also on my mind and in my prayers.

Waving to Wyndy, Joanna, Theresa, CJ, Linda, Lois, and the rest of the gang. Off to get diva-d up. Painted my nails & toes Diva Red... LOL

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FYI
If I were buying a new vacuum, I'd buy a Dyson, just looked put "best vacuums" and Shark was also listed..
A bag less oneÖ.


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Good Wednesday afternoon! Tomorrow I'll be going up to my Mom's and Sis's again, so probably won't get to post until late tomorrow or even Friday. Depends on how the day goes. And, most of you know how my day goes when I'm visiting them! LOL! I know we won't be taking Sis out to eat, as she has cellulitis of one lower leg and is somewhat restricted now. Mom called this morning and wanted to know if we can get some lunch somewhere (I think it will be Wendy's) and take it over and eat with her. I'm hoping for good weather so we can eat outside. Anyway, it's hard to say what the day will bring. At least I KNOW without a doubt that the keys won't be locked in the car. Richard is staying home!!! emoticon

Linda, no beer bellies here...at least not today. None in my house and none outside! LOL! Almost all the workers I've seen have been slim and trim...I think they work it all off.

Seems like I'm always asking about something or other. Now I have a question about cleaning ceramic floor tile. I usually get on the floor and scrub on my hands and knees...which is not a very good idea. I have trouble getting up!! Anyway, is it safe to use a Swiffer wet mop? I don't have a wet jet, but do have the wet mop things. Just curious. I need to do it today, but just can't make myself get down there. emoticon Funny thing about vacuums, too...most of you who said yours is older and/or heavy also mentioned a Sears/IKenmore. That's what mine is!!! I thought it was about 20 yrs. old, but Richard pointed out when we bought it and it is easily 25 and still going strong. Hard to justify a new purchase when it still works. Still thinking.

Jeanne, I meant to say what some of the others did and forgot when I wrote last. Your job does sound interesting, but challenging, too. You have lots of different responsibilities. At least there is a lot of variety for you. I can only imagine how much you can learn from the kids...very insightful.

Really happy you were able to get to the gym, Babs. I'm fascinated with Yoga but know I'm not physically able to do much of it. Isn't it great that it is being taught to the kids? I think that's amazing and wonderful. I've looked into Tai Chi. It's taught near here, but I can't justify the cost. Not right now, anyway, and they don't do beginning classes at the Y. Well, one thing at a time, and I'm enjoying the pool and exercises. But, I say whatever you want to do and can do...we'd better go for it, as no one is going to do it for us!!

Barbara, you asked about Richard. He's doing pretty well. Goes back to see the Ortho people in 3 weeks and hopefully everything is healed enuf that he won't need the boot after that. It's a hard balance...he needs to have it on for stabilization and healing, but it encloses the wounds too much to let them heal properly. We're trying to get some open air time each day and the spots (down to 2 no) seem to be healing a little at a time. Thanks for asking. Glad to hear you are feeling some better. Sure hope you don't have to be hospitalized!! Wow...that's no fun!

Barbara, you also asked about Francie. She wrote a blog a few days ago. I think they are still waiting on some test results, but it sounded like the docs think the gallbladder cancer has returned. She mentioned that it is treatable, but not curable. I don't know what that means, but I imagine it is concerning that he has jaundice and quite a bit of pain. I know they will appreciate prayers.

Alright, dear friends...those I "spoke" to and those I'm waving to emoticon , have a wonderful afternoon and evening. I'm amazed this week is going so quickly. It's probably b/c I'm desperately trying to find reasons NOT to keep cleaning my house!! LOL!! Hugs, prayers for all ailing, and love, Jeannie

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Missed a couple of days. My pills stopped working so off to the doctor's tomorrow. The thunder has been all around us this week, low and menacing but no rain until last night. Hopefully that will help with the humidity. The humidex has been in the 100's and it's about to do me in. At least we don't have to shovel it. The dragonflies came out last week and the mosquito population has plummeted. The squirrel has started to shell the nuts on the front hawthorn bush. He leaves such neat piles but I am taking that as a sign that winter is once more on the way. This morning there was an awful racket out front, the blue jays were also helping themselves to the nuts and the squirrel was not impressed nor in a sharing mood.

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Hello to everyone. I use a Kindle out on the deck to do most of my sparking. I try to keep it short cause this darn thing corrects my spelling incorrectly which I don't always catch before hitting send. It also cuts off my posts before I finish. So if I don't name you, I am still reading all the posts and enjoying this group more than I can say. It's like having a reunion with all of your best friends. Just letting your hair down and opening up about fears. Some health, some job related, etc. Thanks for letting me be part of a great bunch of people. PS, no good looking guys in my condo yard. Looks like the ones that just drove up have had more than their share of beers by the looks if them. Have a great day all. emoticon

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Wild and Wacky Wednesday already.

Slept like a baby last night. I was determined to get to the gym and do my water workout. I did too - 70 minutes of it! My Ďfitness trackerí on the start page is always for the previous day. I usually donít get my exercise in until the end of the day. So I just record when I ďStartĒ - same thing with my water, etc. Iím a Ďday late and a million dollars short.í

It felt wonderful to make the time to get to the gym. Iím getting it together again. I honestly am. Iíve been, well letís say Ďout of sortsí lately, and just pushing myself for ME makes a world of difference. Abby went with me and loved it. Kids can go in the evening on Tues/Thurs. I might make it after work on Friday if I get out of here on time. Kids can go from 3 - 5 weekdays. The weekends - for sure Iím going. And Iíve talked and read about yoga for years and decided: Iím doing it! Iíll do it by myself. Doesnít matter. I have the DVDs, books. Thatís it. Well guess what - Abbyís doing yoga at school. There are certain days that her teacher does yoga with them. Sheís happy with it too. Actually last week when I was in MO I was talking to Joeís step-mom about yoga and told her Iím going to begin with Abby - really begin, for real, stop the lip service. She is the director of Head Start where they live. She said they do it with the kids 3 days a week and they love it. They usually ask to do it on the other 2 days. She said she just Ďsmiles thinking about it because they enjoy it so much.í

Theresa, thinking and praying for your sister Rita. Hope things are OK with her. Gosh you have been missed. Darn puters!

Jackie, thanks for the hug and the prayers. Iím praying for you too. You have such a wonderful, positive attitude. Iím thinking positive thoughts and sending positive vibes your way.

Jeanne, goodness you have a huge, responsible position. I love it that you readily admit that you learn far more from all of the kids than you could ever teach. I can see that. I honestly can because Iím always amazed at what our kids know. You work with special needs - how wonderful and how gifted you are. The kids are blessed to have you too!

Jeannie, you are still having handsome, young, shirtless men working around your condo! Did you remember to wipe the drool from your chin? Can I come watch too? My goodness it would be such an uplifting day!! Yet, you still manage to accomplish so much. Is the water helping your back? I hope so.

Alice, Iíve been enjoying your blogs too.

Linda, I love it that you pop in. Oreck - Iíve heard theyíre excellent. Mine is so darn heavy. Itís an old Sears model.

Barbara, thanks for the words of encouragement. I am working on things a little at a time. Itís safer for me to work at it that way, and I accomplish so much more.

I've had Jill on my mind too. Prayers and hugs, Jill.

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Oh my what a long list here - have I not posted in that long a time?!? emoticon
I am going to do my best to respond to everyone from my last post. As far as me, I finally got to see the nurse practictioner who brought in and then I saw the doctor. I must have said the magic words to get in. It is so hard around the Bethesda/Gaithersburg area to get emergency appointments with any doctor. They are so busy that they have very few openings. Anyway, I am now on 3 antibiotics that I am overdue in taking since I am on SP! Yes, THREE...I am not thrilled about it, but I felt a difference today. If my blood work, etc. turns out yucky or I am not better by Friday, the doctor said he'll put me in the hosptial. At least they are being proactive.

Jeannie, I love my Shark vaccuum. I got it off the info-commericals and paid so much at a time over a number of months. It is lightweight and really picks up so much. It is quite amazing actually. Before that I always had a SEARS Kenmore, but I actually like this better. How is Richard?

Jeanne, you are one busy bee at school!!! I am so glad you enjoy the kids...they are so lucky to have you.

Alice, enjoying your blogs!

Linda, hello!

Jackie, I know its hard to to not worry. And words don't easily comfort when you are worried, but please try to not worry too much. My sister has been through this too a number of years ago and she is doing well. I will put you on my prayer list and contact our church group to put you on their prayer list as well. Let us know how this goes because we are all behind you all the way.

Oh, Wyndy, sorry you cannot respond, but glad you can at least read the posts. How is Rita doing? Sorry I missed the post to pray for her surgery.

Babs, I rarely read the news anymore because its always bad, but a co-worker has informed me of Ferguson. This kind of behavior, as you say from the outside, is so discouraging. Looting, stealing has nothing to do with what happened...sigh... As far as stress eating, sometimes these things happen...take a deep breath...no one is perfect...and RESTART. Even if you do one little thing to make it happen. Like a 10 minute walk or eat 5 veggies/fruits. Something small for 3 days. See if it works. This team is wonderful because you are wonderful too! And give yourself permission to go off your weight loss program for the virtual party...LOL

Karen, hope your tests go well on Friday and that you get good results. Praying for you also.

Jill, my heart goes out to you with your son and all that goes on to create the stressful situation you encounter. You are such a dear person and we all appreciate you. I hope the psychologist will help you greatly. Yes, they charge an exorbitant amount and its most not covered. So annoying.

Nola, I am looking forward to Babs party also.

Lee, I am so very sorry about your MIL and her prognosis. Uh, so sad.

Gini, in your nightie!!!! sorry it just sounded so cute. Of course this is your favorite because this team is the BEST of all them...truly...and I am working the 100 Day Challenge diligently, but this team with such wonderful people is my favorite. I make no bones about it!

CJ, where were your waves? lol I was looking for them!!!! they are your signature!! hahaha

tada, I am finally finished!!!

EXCEPT, Francie - has anyone heard from her about her husband, Bill?

Goodnight all, sweet dreams, dear Sparkfriends.

Good Night, Good night!
Parting is such sweet sorrow,
that I shall say good night till it be morrow."
(Shakespeare) (OR Barbara - whichever you choose! Yeah...if only!...lol)

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Good evening! I wanted to say to Jackie, first of all, that I hope you aren't in a panic or tailspin right now. I know it sounds alarming, but try to wait until you've had your consultation! Google atypical/abnormal thyroid cells. I think Mayo has an especially clear description...I bet you've already done that. Just know that we're all here behind you and alongside you! I have similar findings every year when I have my annual colonoscopy...and yes, I have to have one every year because I always have polyps that are atypical/abnormal and pre-cancerous. They snip those things out every year and every year I wonder if this will be the time that it has become something else. Thankfully, it hasn't. You're on my list, too, Jackie.

Babs, I know that the situation is not good at all in Ferguson. The first thing that went through my mind is that I bet a lot of the trouble is being caused by outsiders. That seems to happen so often. People looking to cause trouble and being able to do. It's certainly not fair to the law-abiding residents of the area. Praying for peace there, too.

Jill...you're never far from my thoughts and prayers, as well. Goodness...I think I could spend the day saying prayers...wait...some days I do, just off and on all day long!!

Linda, thanks for the info about the Oreck. It was one I was trying to research. I know they are pretty low-frills, which is fine with me. Jeanne, I don't think I've heard of a Shark. I'll have to check it out, too. Of course, it all comes down to whether I can justify spending the money. I have one that is over 20 yrs old and still works fine...I just can't lug it around very well, consequently I don't use it as often as I should.

Alice, I've been enjoying your blogs. For someone who said they didn't think they had anything interesting to say before you wrote your first one, you have done a fine job. Don't forget to stop by here often, too. LOL! 20 points for the team is great! For some reason, we never seem to move off #3, though.

Theresa, so sorry about your computer. Hopefully, it will begin to behave itself soon!! We miss hearing from you. Glad you were able to get her for a minute--we'll take whatever we can get. emoticon

Karen, I've never heard of Clark's shoes either. Is mail order the only thing they have, or are they a "real" store, too. I'd have to know what fits first before buying. I think that's why I have so few pairs of shoes. Be careful on those heels!! And...will be thinking about you on Friday.

Two young men without shirts worked all day long next door. I'm getting worried about them, though. I'm sure they don't give melanoma a thought, but if anyone is going to be at higher risk, it will be them. They worked constantly from 7 a.m., and one was still here at 7 tonight. Got quite a lot done.

Okey dokey, friends...I'm need to get off my bottom and get 1 or 2 more things done tonight. I did get one bathroom and the utility room cleaned today, dusted our bedroom and have it ready to vacuum in the morning, and cleaned the stovetop. But, that's a drop in the bucket for what I need to get done. More tomorrow, I hope!

Sleep tight, sweet dreams and say your good-night prayers! Love and hugs from me to you! XOXO Jeannie

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Hello, All,

It's so sad to read about all the troubles this awesome team suffers. Jeannie says it best and I echo her words, I am praying for everyone and my heart goes out to those who have received bad test results, have to have biopsies and procedures, and those who are ill. The entire team has been added to my prayer list.

Babs ~ I thought about how close you are to Ferguson. Our local newscaster here just said that a warrant has been issued for the other man who helped to rob the convenience store. There seems to be no end in sight for this situation. The University in Columbia, about 30 miles from here, has had visitors come to talk to the students about support for the situation and so far it's been peaceful.

Several of you asked about the school year. Karen ~ I am a special educator with a very small, rural district and wear many hats. I teach middle school math and English Language Art and I teach one high school career and college readiness class. My case load is high school. I am the Teacher Support Team Coordinator. Big title. It just means if a teacher K-12 thinks a student has a disability and might qualify for Sped, I am the first contact. I give all the academic achievement tests to determine eligibility. I am responsible for all the transition paperwork/files that have to be submitted to the State annually. I am the early bird and usually arrive at school between 5:45 and 6:15. My tutoring time starts at 7:00. I also do morning detention for those students who have jobs after school or are responsible for younger siblings and are unable to stay after school. The politics that comes with my job stinks to high Heaven! But the kids are wonderful! I tell anyone who listens that I've learned much more from my students than I could ever teach them...in two lifetimes.

The year started crazy because I didn't get a schedule until the Monday afternoon before the kids returned on Wednesday and it changed on Wednesday in the middle of a class. So it goes! I survived! The biggest thing, for me, is that I didn't stress eat. If I never lose another pound, it's a huge victory!

Jeannie ~ I haven't read any other of the posts on our team yet; I wanted to start here. So I missed the original question/comment about vacuums. I have a Shark and it's light weight and works really good. Even Taylor can use it. She always asks to vacuum when she visits and of course who am I to say no?? emoticon She does a good job and it is a big help.

Thank you to all who have posted comments on my page and to those who have left Goodies. Tonight I didn't check my email first in order to start here. To tell you how much I appreciate the support, love, and friendship found here is a huge understatement. This team rocks big time!!

Loving thoughts, hugs, and prayers to everyone.

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emoticon I am so very sorry for all tests, procedures and bad results. I am praying for y'all. My heart goes out to you during this unhappy time. emoticon

I got 20 points for the team today.

Love y'all!! emoticon

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JackieO, emoticon So glad you are making an effort to stay positive. That's hard to do for 2 weeks. My thoughts are with you and others that are going through rough times right now.

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Dear All .. thanks to Jeanie, Jill, Babs, Karen for wonderful recaps .... and thank you all for sharing part of your life with us/me. Yes, there are far too many dealing with hurts, illness, and sorrow. Makes my heart heavy. For you newbies, I have a prayer group that prays daily for those who need prayers. If you ask for prayers on our chat I add you to my group - or just private message me if you'd like specifics. The prayer list is usually changed weekly.

Sending hugs to all that need one ... there certainly is not enough in this world with all that is going on.

Thought I'd let you know... The thyroid procedure showed atypical/abnormal cells, so in two weeks, I will have a consultation about what that means going forward. Sigh ... I am stunned an trying to stay positive .. one day at a time as they say...

Take care all ... will check back tomorrow...


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Just wanted to let you know that I have been coming in reading posts every day .. but computer issue prevent me from commenting. Yesterday I had a LONG post, lots of personal notes, hit SpellCheck, and Poof! Nothing to check..whole message gone!

So, sending ((Hugs)) ~ I'm still out here! Theresa

Babs, I feel so sorry for those people living near by all this trouble and turmoil. But, I too saw some folks interviewed, and a few do seem to want to incite retailiation, and attacks. Sad!

My sister, Rita, is having an exploratory surgery, to see if there is a leak, or post surgical issue, from her gastric bypass last January. She had to be there at 6:30am for an 8am surgery ..and I still have NOT heard anything, at almost 2:00pm. Really anxious!

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Jeannie, Oreck vacuum cleaners are light weight and last forever compared to the others. Perfect for handicapped who cannot lift and pull weights well. Mine is 10yrs and going strong.

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I made it through Monday - barely. Lots going on. Keeps my life exciting - I guess.

Then there's all this 'Ferguson' business going on. It isn't far from Susan and I at all. Let's see. I think about 25 minutes from where I live in Illinois! I knew the first television broadcast that I saw that there would be trouble but I didn't dream it would come to this. One man they interviewed - and I won't give a description here - but I said "Oh, boy, listen to him!! He's working on getting a riot going. He's referring to himself and the young boy who was shot in a term that got Paula Deen in a world of hurt!" Then Sharpton showed up. Then Jesse Jackson. Then the militia is called in. Tear gas. Guns. Fireworks. Kids can't go to school. How horrible. This is not, from what I see/read/hear, the citizens of Ferguson. They are coming in from all over the US. The cop will be charged - but bear in mind that we don't have all the facts yet and we may never have all of them. He'll never get a fair trial.

Iím tired and working on getting my act together. Like many of you - Iím a terrific stress eater. The problem is it makes me feel sluggish, miserable. So Iím working to get past that and the fact that I gained almost 2#.

I wonít be responding to each of you individually. There are too many posts for that. Iíd have to write a novel.

I met Steveís (Joeís grandfather who passed away) sister last week. I donít know how we missed each other through all these years. My DD and Joeís dad are 42/41 yrs old. They started dating at 17/18. They have been apart now for 9 years, almost 10 yrs. Youíd think through those years I would have met his sister, but I didnít. I guess when they married she was living in Iowa. She is an absolutely fascinating lady! She lives in St. Charles MO now, and has for years now. So weíre not too far apart. She is an adjunct professor at a university in St. Charles. She teachers psych classes/counseling and has a private practice. When she was at the University of Iowa she worked as a scientist in cancer research. She worked for years as an artist and she also sings opera. She didnít tell me about the opera singing, Joeís dad told me. I told him Ďsheís absolutely fascinating and done so much!í His response was ĎWell, sheís been in school or teaching for at least 30 years.í Sheís my age. Thoroughly enjoyed the woman.

The family made me feel so welcome, included me in absolutely everything. His grandma hugged me and said ďIím so glad youíre here. Joe has needed you. Youíll always be part of our family.Ē She wants to pick up her SiL and come to Collinsville to visit me - go to movies, shopping, whatever. I said: Cool! Letís do it.

Joeís 3 step-brothers are darling, ages 14 and the twins are 12. They came up to hug me and they call me Grandma Babs. You know what - Iím a kid magnet. Seriously! Love kids. The oldest is autistic and he told me that when heís 25 heís coming to live with ďJoeyĒ and then he said ďIs that OK, Grandma Babs?Ē I told him Ďsure.í I will forevermore have children in my home. You know what. As Martha Stewart says, ĎItís a good thing.í

Deer. Havenít seen any this week. I love to see them. My neighbor told me Sunday evening that he saw 5 in his backyard. I do not live near mountains at all. Iím 10 mins from downtown St. Louis MO. I have woods at the edge of my backyard. Love the setting of woods with all itís critters. I just happen to be lucky enough to have some woods by me. We have wild turkeys too, but I donít see them as often. Those of you who have bears - keep them!

I read about tests for several of you. Prayers that all results are good. Weíve had a lot of sickness on this team - and sadness - for way too long.

Lee, I see that your MiL is suffering from Stage IV cancer. I am so very sorry. Prayers for her, you and your family.

Goodness gracious - I did a lot of rambling. Now I have to do a lot of work.

Thank you all again for your prayers, kind thoughts and wishes. You are wonderful!

Babs




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Hi Sparkers....Jill, my tests are on Friday morning. If a biopsy is needed, it will be another week or so before I know. Hopefully that will not be needed and there is a logical explanation. I am hoping it turns out to be related to the infection I had a couple of months ago, but who knows!
I am glad you are seeking some outside help for yourself. I think we woman are funny, if we tell someone we know how we are feeling, we feel like we are whining. That isn't the case--sometimes you just need to talk to someone who will really listen. I am proud of you for taking that step!
It is fairly early for me to be posting, I got to work at 7:30! Doesn't mean I will be productive, however, lol. I have been sitting here reading yesterday's Wall Street Journal......
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Truthfully I haven't felt the best the last few days and I hope you understand life for me has become so stressful and at times I feel overwhelmed with all that comes with having a disabled son who only seems to be getting worse. However, he did enjoy his time on Friday with his social worker for an hour and then after that a one hour group therapy session. Just wish they had more to offer him there as he is so bored and unhappy with the lack of resources for him. I continue to hope and pray things for him will get better soon. Unfortunately all his problems have started to affect my health negatively and I'm very stressed out throughout most days. I made an appointment for myself which my health insurance Medicare plan will pay for to talk to a therapist (Psychologist) to figure out ways for me to better deal with him and not let it get to me as much as it does. I guess I'm not as strong of a person as I really thought I was. . .but, then again this has been going on for over 6 months. . .I don't know who can afford to pay out of pocket for a Psychiatrist and when I talked to the Receptionist of one I about flipped when she told me this Dr. charged $375. for one 45 minute sessions. . .I thought it would be in the neighborhood for $150-200 so I was stunned to learn how much seeing a Psychiatrist cost. So, it made me appreciate the one he has as she accepts his Medi-Cal which only a small handful of Drs here do.

I'm so sorry that so many of you are dealing with health issues and I'll continue to pray for good results and good outcomes for all of you. . .Lee, I'm so sorry to hear your MIL is so ill but sounds like her family will share with her happy memories of much happier times and all share how much she means to you throughout the years & help make her last days as happy as possible for her. . .

Karen, When will you know more about your test results? I'm also concerned about you but then 90% of what we worry about I've read never comes true. Positive thought & prayers will continue. . .glad your work load is a little lighter today.

Jeannie, You are #1 in my book and I hope you already know. . .Thank you for your concern but I do feel better than I did this morning. . .You made me laugh about those Shirtless Wonders you've been enjoying watching. . .sneak a few pictures of them and please share them with us. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Babs, Unfortunately your job and family have to come before being here even though I love it when you chat. . .I'm wondering how Joe's GF Funeral was. Praying for his family & Joe to accept that was God's Plan & come to terms with his GF passing to a better World, ie. Heaven. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Jackie, I hope your voice is now 100% good to sing with your Quartet & SA group. You sure are "spreading your wings" and doing awesome things you enjoy. Let us know how your biopsy results turned out, thinking of you my dear friend.

Alice, Your GD is a Beauty and probably looks like you did and still do when you were younger. OMG haven't the years flown by so fast. I can't believe I'm as old as I am but then sometimes with all the aches & pains I sometimes even feel older. . .Let's all enjoy our Life & I'm grateful for every day God gives me. Sorry I haven't read your blogs the last few days but always enjoy reading yours and will catch up soon.

Barbara, How are you feeling today? Much better I hope. I understand why you suggested I read Challenge Day 44 as its just what I needed to read. It seems like you've learned so much about your habits and things that will help you lose weight and be healthier. You are amazing!

Jeanne, How is your new School Year of Teaching so far? It has to be hard to find time to Spark especially with the School Year so new. My GS starts school on Wednesday and he is so excited but he'll be going a much longer day now. I'm a little concerned about that but he does have good friends there at a wonderful Christian School.

Okay, Saying Hello to Nola, Theresa, CJ, Linda, Gini, Wyndy and anyone else I missed. . . The Chat has become so busy and it's hard to believe a few years ago our Team was almost 1/2 the size it is and only 4 or 5 Ladies Chatted most days. . .I love how it is grown to have more & more wonderful members. emoticon emoticon emoticon

We're going to all have some Virtual Fun at the Labor Day Party!! Already dreaming about all the exciting things that will happen there. It's all Virtual but like Jeannie said it's fun to think & dream about and pretend we're all amongst celeb chefs, Singers, Dancers enjoying Babs' beautiful house right on the Beach. . .the waves will put us to sleep at night or maybe we'll Dance the Night Away!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Lee - I am so sorry about your mother in law. I lost a sister and a brother last year to cancer, so my heart goes out to you and your husband.

Babs - I am really looking forward to the party on Labor Day! Good times are to be had!!

Jeannie - I love to watch 'shirtless wonders' also. One of life's little pleasures!

Nola - My prayers to you and your family on your issues this year. Hope it will all improve.

Karen - My icon picture is my grand daughter's graduation picture. Thank you for the compliment. I think she lovely too!

Jeanne - Been missing you girl!!!

I have been spending my evening catching up with all my friends. I cannot let a day go by without reading blogs, emails, teams and my tracking. I do not know what I would do without y'all.

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Tomorrow evening I'll start with this post. Enjoy the remainder of the day.

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Hi Sparkers!
Nola--I hope your family health issues are resolved soon and that your son's disability will come through quickly.
Jeannie--Oh my goodness! "Shirtless Wonders"? You are so gosh darned funny. Enjoy the scenery!
Babs--I will believe you are partially retired when it really happens. I am glad you got a few days off. Getting caught up just doesn't seem to be in our DNA. Actually, it is a little quiet at work for me right now. Gives me time to work on larger projects and think of new avenues for non interest income.
Jeanne--OK, I now understand that you are a teacher! It takes me awhile, honestly, to figure everyone out. What grade/age? My husband is in his 11th year at the local high school working with students on the autism spectrum. He and another man run the job coaching program. Before he did that, he worked with a special needs young man from 6th grade until the student died at age 22. Your school starts early! He doesn't start until August 28.
Gini--it is nice to see you and to read that you had a relaxing day. Those are the best!
Alice--I keep meaning to ask you. I love the picture you use as an icon. Is that someone you know? She is so pretty!
Linda--I loved your joke. I may just have to use it at my next Rotary meeting.
Jackie--I hope your biopsy came out ok. I know all too well what waiting is like. I hope Mike is doing ok too.
Lee--So sorry to hear about your MIL. Cancer is a vile disease. Sounds like she was blessed to have a loving family.
Hi CJ!
Wyndy--have you ever heard of Jann Arden or the Arrogant Worms? We are seeing Jann Arden in Ottawa in September and the Worms in Ottawa next March. Should be fun!
Barbara, are you feeling any better? Scary stuff! My dad was similar to your dad and I totally understand freaking out whenever you have something that reminds you of that. Hugs!
Jill, did you and Brent enjoy the time last Friday while he was at class? Will he go back again? I honestly don't know how anyone with diabetes manages their eating. My BF is a diabetic and she struggles with it. Sometimes she tells me she is eating something "ok", but I fail to see how a piece of 5 layer chocolate cake can be "ok"!
Theresa--how is your foot and ankle? I thought of you this morning, because I am actually wearing high heels today. Two inch heels, but they are stacked heels not skinny heels. I did just order a pair with three inch heels. I love Clark's shoes--I can always order my size online and know that they will fit.
OK..........I know I have missed someone, try as I might not to. I apologize if I did.
Have a nice evening, dear friends.
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emoticon and emoticon for all of those dealing with family and health issues. It has certainly hit my family hard this year. I am looking forward to our emoticon

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emoticon The "shirtless wonders" are busy at work next door to us today. They're pouring cement in the basements of the condos. Lots of activity and watching to do!! LOL!

Babs, welcome back. It is always hard to get things done at work let alone caught up here. First things, first, and that means getting caught up at home and work! Thanks for he info about our virtual Labor Day party! It'll be a great way to wind down from this busy summer. Really looking forward to getting away, even if it is only in my dreams. emoticon

Lee, you and your DH's family will have some rough days ahead, but you are there for your husband and filled with prayers for the family. Never easy. Wishing you all the best and my prayers for an easy passing for her are coming your way.

Jeanne, you are really busy now, too, with being back in school for another year. Hoping you have a successful school year and that you're able to keep yourself at the top of your to-do list!

Gini, so happy you stopped by. How about going for a walk and just walking on by the coffee shop. Or, maybe just getting a coffee? Hard to pass up those treats, but so important for us. I have to think up all kinds of reasons NOT to imbibe. I'm getting better at it, but I think I'm a really slow learner when it comes to this.

Nola and Alice, good to see you, too. Hope you both had a wonderful weekend and now you're all ready to take on another new and fresh week!

Linda, I love that joke you told. Have heard it before, but it is funny every time.

I was scrolling back and back to see when I posted last...early Saturday morning, I guess. Anyway, I know I've missed some of you. Oh yes, Barbara, I love that you happened to meet a "famous" person on your John Wiles Booth tour. I am easily impressed, too. Hope you're feeling better by now.

Jackie, hoping, praying for good results from the biopsy today. Sending positive vibes and thoughts your way!

Have to get busy here and do some housecleaning. That means dragging this horribly heavy vacuum out and running it around. It must weigh a ton! If it weren't so awkward, I'd say I could get a good workout just moving it around, but no...it takes forever to get it from one place to another. Besides, I already went to the pool this morning and that's enough for one day! LOL! Have a great one, friends! Love, Jeannie

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I haven't read any of the posts. I certainly hope to find time to do that - but then my 'realistic mind' tells me that I should 'get real' and realize I'll never make it through 4 days of posts.

Just want you to know that I have returned. I'm pretty busy today. All went well - and I sent you all an email. It's almost Labor Day weekend - our grand finale for the summer!

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My husband's mother has stage 4 colon cancer.up until now she was doing well. She had a colostomy done the a drain tube put in. Now she has stopped absorbing any nutrition she is given and all is being drained instead. There isn't much more that can be done for her and it will be only a short time before she is no longer with us. So yesterday was day of laughter in shared memories and tears for what is going to happen soon. There are six brothers and sisters and over the next week they and their families will be gathering to say good-by. The daughters who have been caring for her in their home will have the hardest time I think because of the day to day care along with hospice they have given their mother. Wish could have helped them more but time and distance has prevented that, so all I can do is add my prayed and be there for when the weight of it all crashes over my husband.

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Thinking of everyone and hope those who are ill or have loved ones who are ill are healing and feeling better. Here's to a calmer work week. It would certainly be wonderful to find time to spend posting.

Have a great week! I'll keep you close in my prayers.

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It's 7pm and I am still in my nightie. A truly relaxing day for me. I napped this morning on and off and then was on Spark quite a bit this afternoon. I am trying to become more consistent with my posting on my few teams. This , of course , is one of my favorites. I feel so welcome and cared for with the members on this team. Hope all who are not well feel better soon and for loved ones, that answers are given to ease our team members worries. I plan to take a more serious approach to my health starting NOW. I need to make many changes but will take my time and go slow and steady as I am easily overwhelmed by my own enthusiasm. For tomorrow I will take my outside walk and NOT stop at the coffee shop, where I always end up eating a huge muffin or cupcake. It is kind of redundant to exercise and then fill my face with sugar and fat. I was involved in the 5% challenge that ended yesterday and while I did not lose my goal of 5%, I did lose 6.6 lbs. I am satisfied and feeling pretty good about completing a challenge and succeeding. Have a wonderful Monday all and for you teachers and care workers, please know how much you are appreciated , as it is not a job for sissies.


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Just resting today. I talked to my sister by phone this morning and then a friend. I have done a lot of nothing except sparking. Energy level is not high but good for a rest day. I read quite a bit last night and hope to finish a book today. I am so far behind in my Goodreads goal for the year. emoticon

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Wow! It seems I have never been on this chat! Y'all have had a lot of things going on in your lives.....especially healthwise! I do not know what to say except to wish you improvements for your health. My goodness, it just does not seem like enough....but I love you all and do hope for the best for you! emoticon

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Jackie o, there is an old joke. The doctor told a man that he needed an operation on his arm. The man asked the doctor if he would be able to play the violin after the operation. The doc said of course.. The man said "that's great because I never have been able to play it before." And I agree with everyone, this is a great group. You can let your hair down and be yourself. Say what you need to get off your chest and find relief in doing so. It is part of our healing. So glad to hear you will not need meds yet. As I said, it is for life. But if there is a nuclear attack or spill, we are taking the meds they give you for it.

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HAPPY SUNDAY MORNING: Have to get ready for church. I will be back later.

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Hello, All,

So much has happened and I'm so far behind! I am so sorry to read about all the health problems. Prayer is so powerful and I will add all of you to my prayer list.

The first week of school was crazy. It always is. Meetings all day on Monday and then open house that night. Tuesday, we had to travel to a town about 20 miles south of our school for a multi-district training. Late Monday afternoon, I finally received my schedule. On Wednesday, mid-class it was changed. I've worked on lesson plans most of today, so maybe I'll be better prepared on Monday.

My problems are so small compared to the health issues some of you face.

Take care of yourselves.

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Hi everyone! Don't have much time to read comments today. Its 11pm my time right now and I had a good day. Did my vendor event in town to day 10:30 am to 7pm. Didn't do many sales but booked 3 parties (we call them Jewelry Bars) and interest in a couple more. Tired and going to bed. Visit with in-laws tomorrow.

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Thanks Linda & Barbara for your perspectives and kind thoughts. Wow, Rod Stewart, eh? Maybe I will get a grammy winning voice out of this, eh?! I'll check with the Doctor again as my head was spinning - he seemed to think that if all is well, I may not need meds since I don't have trouble. His idea is to have another ultrasound in 6 months and then see, since I've had the goiter for almost 20 years and no apparent problems with swallowing, singing, etc. My voice did change - but it's lower than before and actually more mellow.

Any way your that lifted my spirits, so thank you! Yes, this is the greatest board I've ever found. People are very caring and supportive.

Karen - praying for you too... I hope the news is what you want to hear.

Well back to making dinner! Sundays are computer free, so I will check back in on Monday!

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Barbara I am in Saskatchewan, about 600 miles north of North Dakota. We are in the forest above the prairie but we still get some of the prairie weather. We live beside the Saskatchewan River, my husband used to manage the Nipawin Hydro Electric Station.

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Hello all,

Still not feeling well...this stuff is making mincemeat out of my weight loss, but I am not discouraged. My stomach is always in turmoil and bloated. Have to finish my meds which seem to be doing squat except making me sick to my stomach. Will see the surgeon who removed my fistula on Monday and the gastroenterologist on Tuesday. This kind of scares me because my dad died when his diverticulitis (serious infection of the colon) ruptured causing peritonitis. I would appreciate any prayers especially to get a good diagnosis to rectify this.

Jackie, glad you are doing better. That sounded so awful to go through. I agree with your beliefs about prayer. I love you saying "energy is energy...always in perpetual motion. What is sent out goes and returns to us as waves, never ending..." When I was single I dated an electrical engineer who believed in this same thing. He explained it in a way that seemed to confirm your thoughts.

Jeannie, thanks for your good wishes. Rivers in the Civil War. I took the bus tour given by the Surratt House to follow the route of John Wilkes Booth and Harold. It was really neat. Booth and Harold crossed the Potomac River from Maryland into Virginia because he thought Virginia was his saving grace. The river was essential to the confederates in the Civil War. We stopped at the point where they landed (they got turned around big time). The place there now is a cloistered retreat for Catholics. I was running behind the tour group, who were already on their way back to the tour bus, because I had been taking pictures. I ran into a lady walking around praying the rosary. As I was gingerly jogging to catch the bus, I told her I loved the rosary (having been raised a Catholic). She said, "Well, that's good!" As I turned the corner gaining on the bus, she came up behind me and asked me "What tour is that?" I told her, "The John Wilkes Booth tour". She said, "Well, I am the great granddaughter of Dr. Samuel Mudd" (the doctor who was imprisoned and later released for setting Booth's leg). I was so excited I went and got my book for her to sign!!! I was so thrilled...or maybe I just get impressed easily...lol

Karen, I will pray for you...I feel, without knowing the details, how you feel...especially the part about the not-knowing.

Wyndy, Where do you live? It's been so cool here in Maryland that I haven't needed the air-conditioning all week.

Jill, I read a Chapter in the 100 Days book and I thought solely of you. It's Day 44 which is tomorrow for me. Please read that blog cause I am telling you I just thought of you. Or better yet, I remembered you have the book. Read that short Chapter. I think it will make you feel better.

Nola, how wonderful about the sit & tone workout making you feel better. Woohoo! Boy do I understand the GP flareup...ugh...

CJ, I am so pleased you got something out of the list. People are always saying eat more fiber, but I am always thinking "which foods bring more fiber?!?!" So thank you for that. You are v. sweet.

I have posted to everyone since my last post. Everyone else - my best to you.

This team is what makes me happy with Sparkpeople. Eveyrone is so kind, emphathetic, and inclusive of everyone else. Thank you for having me here.

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Jackie, I had 3 nodules in my thyroid in1985. With proper medication daily for all these years, it has shrunk to one. Hoping you have the same experience. It's scary not to know. For the rest of your life you will be taking medication for it. Rod Steward had the operation and sings better than ever so I hope it's the same for you if you need the surgery. Linda

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Jeannie thank you and I live in Maryland, not far from Baltimore. The excel lessons are not a real necessity as I am an accountant and know enough of it to use it for a lot of reports. Right now I am still unpacking from the flood and do not have a lot of time to take classes. I do get a feed from today with a lesson a day emailed to me for free. Looking for a job and 're-setting up my house is almost a full time job in itself. But you are correct a community college is the way to go.

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I had another good nights sleep other than a few worries about how to get my son some money to help with groceries. He can no longer work and is waiting for Disability to come through. I will get it figured out and the money on the way. He was able to get out last night and will be at an event today. He had a performing sideline and misses people. My kids are all people type people. I actually am the only one in the family who can be by myself.
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Good day all ... the biopsy is done. The numbing felt like a 100 bees stinging my throat ... the ultrasound didn't bother me this time as it felt like a different frequency. The goiter is 2x larger than normal with 3 nodules. I will find out the results on Monday afternoon. I feel everything is all right ... the doctor was surprised I've had it so long with no apparent problems and did give me the option of coming back in 6 months instead of the biopsy. I opted to get it over with now.

So my neck is still swollen, couldn't talk for almost 24 hours. Thyroid must be swollen as well as it is a little hard to swallow - cold and hot drinks feel good alternating.'

Sorry to hear the BS is not where it should be Jill ...

Jeannie glad you had a great time with the boys visiting the Aquarium and such!

Reading quickly, I see Theresa, Barbara, and Karen have also been ailing. So sorry to hear that ... hope you all feel better today. I am understanding this 'taking one day at a time' the older I get more and more.

I agree - the power of prayer is amazing ... energy is energy, whether chi, thoughts, words or prayer Ė always in perpetual motion. What is sent out goes out and returns to us waves, never ending. What is important is to keep the energy flowing

Dancin' in the Light today - not sitting in front of the computer too much is right! ... Jackie

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Good Saturday morning! I'm glad to have a quiet day planned, which means that I have basically nothing planned! LOL! Love those kinds of days. I really, really do have to get some housework done one of these days, but right now I'm thinking that might "begin" to happen on Monday! emoticon

Theresa, saying prayers may not be Karen's thing and that's okay, but it sure doesn't keep the rest of us from saying a prayer or two for her, and that's what we'll be doing. Karen, also sending you warm thoughts and well wishes for a good outcome and relief to your concerns. emoticon

Wyndy, as cold as it gets for you in the winter time, I can understand how miserable it must be when it gets this hot for you. Better weather ahead, I hope!

Gosh, Jill, sorry to hear that your doc thinks your fasting BS are not in the right range. I'd think he'd wait to see what the diabetes doc says before making any changes, though. Don't need 2 docs tripping over themselves to "fix" things. Good luck with the next appt. It was sure good to hear that Brent made it to his class and was meeting with his SW. How did he like it? Hope it is something that will give me pleasure and something to "do." Always hard to keep them busy, that I know. You deserved that little break, too!!

Nola, hope you had another good night's sleep!

CJ, what are you up to this weekend? Hope you are getting those aches and pains worked out.

Barbara, hope you are feeling much, much better by now, too. Goodness, you've had a tough week. Be well, friend! We don't want illnesses to keep us down.

Jeanne, how did the first week back to school go for you?

Theresa, I heard about a 13 yr old pitching phenom from the Philadelphia area last night on the news. The best thing? She's a girl!!! I imagine it's been all over your news, too. Hope the nice weather is holding for you. We're supposed to gradually be getting much warmer this week. Ugh!

Linda, good luck on the job front. Where do you live? I know you've told us, but I'm sorry to admit I can't remember! Another thought for building your skills is the local community college. Here they offer classes to anyone in the community and often for just one specific skill, such as Excel.

We had a great day yesterday. Took the boys (11 and 8) to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque. It was wonderful. Lots of hands on stuff for the kids, but plenty of exhibits and lots of fish, turtles, other water creatures (alligator). I would have spent more time looking at some of the exhibits, but you know kids...look and move. There was a wonderful exhibit of how the nation's rivers were instrumental in the Civil War, and another large Mark Twain exhibit. Lots about riverboats, etc. I could have spent the day instead of the 2 1/2 hours we were there. They were getting hungry and it was time o move on. Had a great and fun day.

Okay, I have a couple more things I need to do on the computer and then I'm getting off for a while! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that you find things to enjoy, ways to relax, and if nothing else...a good book to read. Wait...that'my way to relax!! Well, you get the picture. I know I've missed saying hello to many of you, so emoticon to each and every one! Love and hugs, Jeannie XOXO

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Karen..They say "the wait is the worst", and in your case I am hoping it is. Hoping (and Praying ~ even though I know it's not your thing) that after this wait, you only get good, easily cured, easily solved answers to these health issues.

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I know, I did it again. MIA!
Life is busy, strange and busy. Things are ok, but iI not feeling well. I am still working, but I have some health issues. How bad it is and course of treatment will be determined next week. Still hopeful that there is a logical, non life threatening explanation. My appointment is next Friday.
In the meantime, I am just plugging along trying not to get too worried. I have been this route several times before. The difference this time is that it feels really different, lol!
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We have had horribly hot humid weather. We are used to the heat in August but not the humidity. Yesterday it was walking through cotton batting. I even ended up not being able to breathe and having to sit with the inhaler. It was in the 90's but the humidex was in the 100's. It cooled down this morning and was cooler at 3pm then it was at 10am this morning. Now it's in the 80's. Lovely. And the dragon flies are finally out so they are feasting on the mosquitoes that we feasting on us.

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Nola, You're Getting a good night's sleep is wonderful and I hope that happens more often for you. Any new news about how your son or GD are doing? I'm praying for a full healing & recovery for them and you to continue to sleep better & have less pain. You are such a sweet Lady & I want you to feel as good as possible. Enjoy your weekend.

Barbara, How are you feeling today? Much better I hope. When you're sick you need to rest up and I'm glad you took a few days off work to recuperate. Sending lots of love & hugs your way. Thank you for summing up all the healthy things I sure need to eat more of.

Linda, Your Ex-Boss sounds like holding back IRS information from you might be illegal? Every time you share something about him he sounds worse and worse. I don't know the Excel Program either but if you need it to get the kind of job you want you should look into where you could take it and hopefully you'll be well qualified for the job you want.

CJ, Being you asked about how Noah & Emma are doing, they are great. Right now they're on a mini-vacation with their parents, my dil's parents & my dil's brother, wife & two young girls. Noah always loves seeing them and always has more fun when they take these short vacations with them. They went to Solvang which is a very cute and different Danish Town. I used to love going there but there is a lot of walking around the small Danish Stores and restaurants. It's surprising to me how assertive Emma is with her 4 year older brother Noah. Both of them are very strong willed children & give their parents a run for their money. Brent and I enjoyed going to their house last week as we both love being with them. Noah starts back to school next week and seems to be looking forward to going.

Jeannie, What a wonderful GM you are to your two GS, you will all have fun exploring a museum none of you have been to before.

Yesterday, my primary care Dr. called and didn't like how high my fasting blood sugars were. So, he increased my meds and I need to eat more greens and some fruit. I'm still eating too much of the Junky processed foods. I see my Diabetes Specialist Dr. next Wednesday so will know more about what changes I need and will be making.

I got Brent to his program at 11:30 am. and he'll meet his social worker for the first hour. By now he's in a support type group and I'll be leaving soon to pick him up at 1:30 pm. At first I thought he could go to a money management class at 10:30 am but I found out yesterday it finished up in June. It's been so quiet with him away and a real break for me, which I love & appreciate. I hope he'll come back home and tell me he enjoyed his time away. He's so restless and wants to be doing something all the time. Thank you for your continue caring support.

Tomorrow I have an early morning mammogram scheduled so I'll be glad when the push & squeeze is over with for another year.

Wishing everyone a happy and productive weekend. We all need to take care of ourselves first then help others. . .even though I personally know it's hard sometimes for us to do that. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TGIF: Hope everyone has a Great Friday and a WONDERFUL weekend. This will be really short this morning, I have been on this computer for 2hrs. Got to get myself busy.

Barbara: I want to thank you so much for all the Nutrient information. I copied and pasted it onto a word document. Some of them I knew about and some I didn't, but it will be nice to copy paper and carry in my purse to grocery store. Thank You again.

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First, thank you for your prayers and good wishes. I sincerely appreciate it.

So I have been home for 3 days from work and have felt awful for most of it, but every couple of hours, there are good, lucid moments. So I looked up foods that give you the nutrients we all need (if go to tracking, you will find it at the bottom of the page). I am always wondering what foods bring the most nutrients that is required by our bodies. Here is what I found with foods that are highest to lowest in mg and percentages:

Potassium, K white beans (lima, kidney), dark leafy greens (spinach, collards), baked potatoes w/skin (regular and sweet potatoes), dried apricots (peaches, prunes, raisins), baked acorn squash (zucchini, winter squash), yogurt (plain), fish (salmon, halibut, yellowfin tuna, anchoives, mackerel, herring), avocados, mushroom (white, portabella, brown or crimini, enoki, shiitake, maitake), bananas

Calcium, Ca dark leafy greens (watercress, collards, turnip greens), low fat cheese (mozzarella nonfat, low fat swiss, reduced fat parmesan, cottage cheese), low fat milk & yogurt (nonfat milk), chinese cabbage, fortified soy products (tofu), okra (cooked), broccoli, green snap beans, almonds, fish canned (sardines in oil w/bones, pink salmon, shrimp)

Magnesium, Mg dark leafy greens (raw spinach), nuts & seeds (squash and pumpkin seeds), fish (mackerel), beans and lentils (soy beans), whole grains (brown rice), avocados, low-fat dairy (plain non-fat yogurt), bananas, dried fruit (figs), dark chocolate

Folate, total beans (black eyed peas - cooked, pinto, chickpeas, lima, black, navy, kidney beans), lentils, spinach (raw), asparagus (cooked), lettuce (Cos or Romaine), avocado, broccoli (cooked), tropical fruits (mango, banana), oranges, bread (wheat bread, french, italian breads)

Fiber, total dietary bran (corn), cauliflower (raw) & broccoli, cabbage (raw savory, red cabbage, common, chinese), berries (raspberries, elderberries, blackberries, gooseberries, cranberries, stawberries), leavy greens (cos or romaine, turnip, beet, spinach), celery, squash (baked winter hubbard, acorn, butternut, winter, pumpkin, summer), beans (kidney, navy, french, pinto, black, chickpeas), mushrooms (cooked white, shiitake, portabella), oranges

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) shellfish (cooked clams), liver (beef), fish (mackerel/tuna, salmon), crustaceans (crab, shrimp), fortified soy products (silken tofu)

take care
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Jill, you had some really great ideas. The only thing I need more training in is excel and I am doing that with some instructions on the today site. They email a lesson a day and it's free. Thank you and Jeannie and everyone for your kind words. Yes, I believe you are right, his wife needed to vent too. He owes me my Sep-Ira from last year and got an extension from IRS to hold off paying until Sep 1. He had to use money to buy vacation home in Fla.according to a mutual acquaint. Might have to involve lawyer, so not doing more than textes to.Him to inquire as to when I might expect him to deposit in my account.

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Barbara: First of all, I am saying prayers for you to get some much needed sleep. Sorry for your trip to ER, in the middle of the night, I've had to do that a time or two and its no fun anytime. emoticon Hope you are recovering and doing better.

Jeanie: Glad you are getting to spend some time with your GS'S before school starts, Do hope Richards foot heals very soon.

Theresa: Sores on the feet are very scary for a diabetic, hope it heals soon, I will be praying for you. and GP is not good either, mine does fairly well when I take my medication. But it does act up once in a while if I eat to much. Hope the foot doctor has some good news for you today.

Babs: I live in the city, so unless I go out around the lake or back roads to church I never see the deer, we have a golf course here in town where my DH plays and they are up there a lot, I too think they are so pretty. but not when they run out in front of you on the highway. (YIKES). glad you have them in your yard. emoticon

Jill: I hope all your lab work comes out good, I went yesterday and should have all my results back by tomorrow. My A1c was 7.5 a little higher than I wanted it, but doctor said it was good, so I will try a little harder not to eat simple sugars and limit the starches. Hope Brent is getting along better. I haven't heard you say much about Noah and Emma lately. hope they are doing well also.

As I told Jill, I went to the Doctor yesterday and she said I have a bad sinus infection, I had so much pain and pressure a couple of weeks ago it made my eye black and blue. she said when I get rid of this infection, if it does it again she will run a cat scan. Just need to get well.

Guess I better get off this computer and get busy.

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Babs, I agree with Jill...having a deer right in my backyard would be wonderful. Right now there is a farm field across the road from our condo and occasionally we will see deer in the field. Guess they keep the cattle company. I'm afraid that will come to an end this next year as the area is to be developed. One more place where urban sprawl has an effect. But, we're enjoying it while we can.

Jill, sure hope your lab work comes out good for you. This is a newer doctor for you, right? I have to find a new nurse practitioner in my area. I have a name...just need to see if she's taking new patients. You are right, Jill...the week seems to be coming to a close almost before it got here! emoticon

Theresa, I feel for you with your computer. This morning turned mine on. Walked away and about 15 minutes later heard the "music" that indicates it is coming on. Well, then slow-slow-slow. I always worry that it is the computer, but now all is fine and I think it is the ISP. Hope so, anyway. Hope your foot heals quickly. We are battling that with Richard's foot/ankle, too. There are 2 areas located right in 2 of the incisions that aren't healing well...make that as well as I'd like. Then there's another spot that is actually in a scar from a former skin ulcer that has broken down. His skin is fragile. Bet yours is, too. Doesn't take much to break down and then healing takes forever! Good luck to you. Glad you'll be seeing the foot doctor soon.

Linda, finding a job is hard. Jill had some great ideas. Hope it works out for you.

Tomorrow we are planning to take the boys to Dubuque, which is about 70 miles from here. It's actually where my Mom lives, too, although we don't plan to stop to see her. It's the boys' day out before school starts. There is a "living" Mississippi Rive Museum there that they both will enjoy and we've never been, as well as a few other things that will easily fill up a day. We'll be ready for a rest when we get home.

Sending healing prayers, wishes and warm thoughts to everyone ailing!! Hello to all of you who haven't been by in a day or two. Miss seeing your smiling faces, too, but everyone is busy and that is a wonderful thing! Hugs and love, Jeannie XOXO emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Good Morning..it is a really gorgeous sunny, blue sky, only 74į so far, due to go up to 80į. And promises to lead into a beautiful weekend.
I am still having computer issues..that $200 "repair" did nothing - but wipe out my virus program, Spark, my Verizon carrier, etc. So the next plan is to get a new laptop..but right now $$ is stretched too thin. So, using my KINDLE to post - makes for not frequent, and abbreviated posts. ( a gift for you!)
My gastroparisis has risen it's ugly self..so I'm not feeling well. Have a slow healing wound on my foot, since June...blaming my high Blood Glucose numbers..caused by Dr. stopping my Glipizide. But my ankle is mostly healed, still gets achy at times,and that is because I live in flip flops! I do have a foot Dr. appointment tomorrow. So, we shall see what he has to say about this wound. It started out as along scratch from Boomer, the other Granddog, when both dogs, and 2 boys jumped on my bed. Well the cut down the ankle healed, but the scratch on the heel got red, inflamed, then sore, and the skin just peels back, I've been using medicated ointment, and it looks better, but should really be gone by now.

So, just wanted to stop by, catch up, let you know I'm still reading your posts, but don't have the patience to tap a response on this KINDLE.

Jill..I do know Shane candies. A wonderful old fashioned confectionery. My Mom ,especially loved their dark chocolate and made it a point to get there before Easter every year.

Prayers and best wishes to Jackie today on her biopsy, Karen on your upcoming scan test, Dr. visits. Nola, and everyone else with medical issues. I didn't write a cheat-sheat, so I know I'm forgetting some.
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Linda, jobs here (California) are scare & it doesn't seem to matter if you even have a college degree. We're overpopulated and have many immigrants to also compete with now. I think I know why your ex-boss's wife would want to friend you. Maybe she thought you would be someone who she could vent with about her Jerk of a husband. Good riddance to all of them. . .I'm not sure but it seems to me you live in Utah, I could be very wrong as it does happen occasionally emoticon Do you ask friends & acquaintances who are working or have someone they know who owns or manages a company if there are any jobs where they work or know some places that are currently hiring? Here sometimes it's who you know that gets your foot in the door and often they're the ones they end up hiring. It's great you enjoy working. I worked from age 16-60 and that was enough for me. But, my older sister who still works PT says she's never going to retire. Is there a community college nearby where it's possible you could take a short class on how to find a new job or if necessary get some training there to be well qualified for a job you'd enjoy. I used to know several Ladies who worked for a various Doctors transcribing their handwritten notes and comments. Then they had to transcribe as well as figure out the Dr's handwriting. Most of the time they worked from home but did have to pick up these notes and many of the Drs offices weren't close by emoticon

Barbara, I'm also very sorry to hear about your emergency trip to the ER last night. I hope & pray your feeling much better now & glad your son went with you for emotional support and any needed help. If you don't feel up to the 100 Day Challenge take a day or two off then start back on the day where you left off. If you're unable to work I hope your Manager is very understanding about that, after all your health comes first. Take good care. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Babs, How exciting to see a real Deer right in your own backyard. It would also make my day. We've had a few bears come down from the Mountains but doubt a Deer would. Do you live close to the Mountains or a large field? I bet Abby was very happy & delighted with the pictures you shared with her of them. Joe is so caring he probably feels & wants to there to grieve with his Dad and his Brothers about the sudden loss of his GF. I'm glad you'll be there for him and this wonderful man's family. emoticon emoticon

Jeannie, I can understand why you like having your family nearby without too many miles between you. A few months ago I read an article where are the 10 Best Cities to live in if you have children. I was happy to read that the new City where you live was one of them. . .I bet it's beautiful there. Does your son & GS live there also? How was your GD and GGD visit the other day? I hope soon you'll share a picture of them. . . emoticon

Theresa, my neighbor gives me the magazines she subscribes to after she reads them. I was thumbing through the Sept. 2014 issue of Country Living and there was an article & pictures of an old time Candy Store called Shane Confectionery & a few feet away an old fashioned soda shop. Just curious if you heard of them or maybe you've been there? Two brothers now own both of them. Sounds like it would be something I'd love to go to and buy some old fashioned candy for my GC, of coarse I wouldn't eat even one bite of them emoticon emoticon I hope you sleep well tonight. I hate not getting enough sleep as I usually drag around all day. Maybe you were able to take a long nap and are ready for a long evening? emoticon

Early this morning I went to the Lab and had a Fasting Blood Test & a Urine Analysis. Quite a long wait as it opened up at 7:30 but I was there about 7:50 am. By the time I left only one person was in the waiting room. . .so, now I know either to go earlier or get there around 9 am. I see my Diabetes Specialist, M.D. next Wednesday & hope my glucose levels and everything they are testing for are in the normal range.

I hope everyone has a great evening. . .seems like this week is close to being over almost before it has begun. . . Time flies faster than ever for me. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Jill, yes he was and I am sure still is a jerk, but I am glad to get be able to say it occasionally now. I am looking for a new job (not easy at 67, overweight and somewhat handicapped) but I cannot say anything bad about my old boss to a hopefully new one, so it's good to release the urge with you guys. Funny thing is, my ex boss's wife sent me a birthday card and tried to friend me on Facebook. I really don't want anything to do with him, his wife or daughters. I just want to forget the feeling of hopelessness altogether. His wife used to say she understood how difficult he was, but now that's not my problem. I am more hopeful now that my final job can be a happy one. I love to work.

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