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I got mine at Walmart.com. Had it delivered to my house for $.97 but that was about 4 or so years ago. I picked a really inexpensive one cuz I wasn't sure how it would work for me. In the end it worked great!!

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Where should I buy a pedlar??

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Hi Sparkers! Hope our folks in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and all over are safe. In Vermont, we had a splendid day, with the high humidity holding out until tomorrow.
I am up to three days with no gluten and no cravings for anything special (yet)! I am sure it will happen and I will deal with it when it hits.
The hardest thing so far is to resist the temptation to weigh myself. Surely it has been three days and I must have lost at least 50 pounds by now! Right?
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Just heard on the news that there was a huge tornado near Indianapolis.... hope our friends are safe!

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8/24/16 3:04 P

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Jineane, awesome that you feel energized and ready to set the world on fire...or at least make it warmer, right? Had to laugh...mostly I let those cobwebs go, too, but seriously, these covered both corners of the door frame and the little overhang over the door. If I didn't it oftener, they might not be so big and bad!! What a great daughter you are to take care of your mom like that. Mine just passed away in early January (almost 94), but she was living on her own pretty much. Miss her lots, but know it was time for her to move on to the better place.

Babs, we had a storm and rain in the night...not too bad today and starting tomorrow it's supposed to be really nice all through the weekend. It's the nicest start to school that I can remember in years.

Just home from the Y. My water walking buddies and I solved all the problems of the world today...just wanted you to know!

Time for me to get my rear in gear and get something done today! Take care and have a great Wednesday!! Jeannie



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8/24/16 1:27 P

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Morning folks -
I got up early this morning and spent 90 mins at the pool so I am feeling quite energized at the moment. Who knows - I may actually accomplish something today!! There are always projects, big and small, hanging around the house, but fortunately I am able to ignore them on most days.
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I am going out for dinner this evening to celebrate a friend's birthday so I am planning on eating lite during the day. Just finished a big bowl of fresh blueberries for breakfast. They are my favourite berry and soon the season will be over so I am enjoying them while I can. I don't care for them frozen, so I buy them when they are fresh.

Jeannie - if the cobwebs are outside I ignore them.....come to think of it, even if they are inside, I ignore them. In fact I tend to ignore all housework and cleaning.
Hope everyone is having a good Wednesday!

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8/24/16 9:43 A

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Jineane, how nice that you are close enough to a spark friend that you can get together once in awhile. That would be very nice. Your plate is full caring for your mother and a home. It's great that she has you to care for her and a clinic that remains on top of her health issues.

Jeannie, it's that time of year when cobwebs appear more often. I love leftovers. I have some vegetable soup in the fridge. It's time for me to get it into the freezer if it isn't by tomorrow. I don't like to throw anything out. It's still good, but if it isn't moving then it's time for me to move it! I'm always happy to find such a nice surprise in the freezer.

It's pretty this morning but we have rain moving in this afternoon - if the prediction is accurate.

I wish more of our friends would drop by and chat with us. We had so many chatting and now we're getting lonely.

Wonderful Wednesday!

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8/23/16 4:17 P

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Thought it was about time for me to check in with the team.
My weekend was very lazy - wasn't able to get together with a spark friend on Saturday, but am looking forward to connecting next month.

I live with and am care giver for my 96 year old mother, so sometimes my plans do not go as I had arranged. She is getting over a bout a pneumonia and having some trouble with her potassium levels. She has stage 4 kidney failure and the kidney clinic does a great job of monitoring her blood work. Apparently if your potassium levels are too high it can further damaged her kidneys and put her at risk for a heart attack. Thankfully they have started her on yet another medication to help lower her levels. But all in all, she does very well for her age.

I am enjoying the last days of summer. Got up early this morning to take care of some overdue maintenance tasks in my garden. And if I was really energetic I would tackle some more decluttering and organization projects in my bedroom. But alas, I am not terribly motivated today, but I may yet change my mind and accomplish something.
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Hope you all have a good week.


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8/23/16 2:43 P

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Just stopping by for a minute...it's turned into a busy day and here I thought it would be just the opposite.

Babs, anyone can go to our Silver Sneakers...there aren't any age requirements at all. Some get it "free" from their Medicare supplemental insurance, but others of us just pay the monthly gym fees. They have trouble finding people to lead the classes, though. I think the Y doesn't pay much to any of the leaders for any of the classes.

beautiful day. I think we're to possibly have storms and heavy rain tonight, but so far, so good.

I just swept a bunch of cobwebs away from our front door. We usually go in and out of the house through the garage and didn't notice how bad they'd gotten. I hate them...icky things and hard to sweep away.

Hope you all have a good afternoon and evening. We're having leftovers for supper...my kind of cooking!! Love you all. Jeannie



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8/23/16 10:08 A

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Thanks for the encouraging words, Jeannie. You definitely know how I feel.

It is funny - all the talk about bras. I love the 18 hour bras too. Heaven forbid I wear anything with a wire. That's painful.

It's a gorgeous morning again. I love the cool, fresh air. Hey, Karen, our favorite month is in the near future!! Good ole November.

Have fun at Silver Sneakers, Jeannie. My gym has that but I don't qualify just yet. I will!

On with my work day - Happy Tuesday.

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You're entitled, Babs...I always think it's better to acknowledge your feelings and to spend some time just "feeling" and dealing with them. We just don't want to get stuck there. It did get less awful for me as the years went by, but that doesn't mean it is ever "easy."

Karen, you've certainly been giving this a lot of thought! Good for you. I agree with Babs. You have to do what is good and right for YOU...not what everyone else thinks you should be doing. Proud of you for making these changes that feel right...and if it gets stale after awhile, you can just change it up again.

Jackie, you make me think about the pedaler I have downstairs in the basement. I think I should start using it again. Sure glad you didn't have any damage from the tornadoes. So devastating!

CJ, darling little GGD! Such a sweet baby.

I have to laugh at us talking about bras and bra sizes. I buy the Playtex 18 hour (non wire) with the comfort straps. Only $20 at Walmart and they wear well. My size is a 44DD right now...when I had lost before I was down to a 42DD. Some things never change. I'd love to be a 44B. My sister...now she's really large, but I have found the bras online for her, so at least we have a source for her, too.

Lois, you're eating right and doing all the right things. Pretty soon your body will release some of that excess that you are working so hard on. Fitness will help, but you know that the food you put in your mouth is even more important. I've been reading more about that recently and the current thinking is 80% calories and 20% fitness/exercise. Good thing, as I know I'd never exercise it off!!

Gee, Lou...if you ever get to the place where you "don't have to think about it," be sure to let me know how you do it. I'd love to get in that place, too, but I have a feeling I will always have to think about it. LOL

Had a good "swim" at the pool today. Tomorrow is Silver Sneakers. It's a good way to mix it up a little. Definitely need to find time to kick it up a notch.

Have a good evening! Hope you're all doing well. So good to hear from each of you. Love and hugs, Jeannie



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Karen, I like your ideas... Concentrating on what you eat and not worrying about the scale! I hope it's a winner!

Babs.... funks!! rotten!! glad you are posting!!

Monday,,,, the near end of a month and the near end of summer.... if I think about it, that puts me in a funk, because right after fall.... is that dreaded winter (which I hate).

But eating... My NSV was "winning" at what I put in my mouth the whole month of August, in that, it didn't include sugar or things that act like sugar in my body! The scale has been not changing much, BUT remaining the same. Now to add back in exercise! To get stronger and to increase my metabolism.... Another weigh in tomorrow... We will see what my coach says.

Love to follow the affirmations and goals... you all are so encouraging to me!!

Love this team!

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I've been MIA. I'm coming out of my funk. I just had to deal with things in my own way, my own time. The 'first year' has now passed. I pray that it becomes easier with time. Will I always remember him, cry, and relive the day? More than likely. But I pray that the pain lessens. Enough on that -

Karen, congratulations on your NSV. I think your plan sounds perfect. We each have to do what works best for us. It's obviously going to work well for you!

Jackie, good for you and Mike. 10 minutes is a great start. That's a 'streak' right?

Jeannie, hope you're feeling more chipper today too. Dealing with insurance and/or health issues is draining.

The weather yesterday and today is absolutely fantastic. We have cooler temps and the sun is out. I love it.

I'm glad you're ready for another NSV Challenge. That's what you will get! One week from today it will begin.

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8/22/16 8:06 A

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Hi Sparkers! I just had my first very tiny NSV! I didn't check the scales to see if I lost weight from yesterday to today! Feels weird, lol.....
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Karen sounds like you have a great plan I have one for the week sure hope I can keep it at least 80% I am still eating at the couch tracking my food drinking my water and having a menu

I am really being focus and trying to get into a great routine so I really don't have to think about it
we got rain the other day which I need for my tomatoes but I think it was too late even watering them didn't help

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Hi Sparkers! Jackie, you and I take identical bra sizes. Yes, they can be hard to find. I have experienced the same thing and it is frustrating.
I just reset all my statistics AGAIN. I swear this is the last time! I also lowered my expectation for how much weight I intend to lose. When I get there, I will determine if I need to go lower. Considering how much my condition works against me ever losing anything, I will consider any loss a victory. I have also decided to not weigh myself much, if at all, which is a change for me. I am tired of living with numbers--strange coming from someone who is a banker, eh? I am just going to look at NSV. There should be some when I transition into winter-ish clothing. I know at my present weight (267), that the close would be tight if I didn't lose weight. If they are loose, then I know I have lost some weight. I am going to ask my new doctor not to tell me how much I weigh, but just to let me know if I am less than the visit before. I thought at first I would weigh myself once a month, but I don't think I even want to do that anymore.
What diet will I use? Probably something I make up on my own, which is a sensible diet and meets nutritional needs. I know for certain it will be gluten free. I have done that before and felt much better. I don't eat beef as a rule, but I will eat poultry, fish and a little pork. Pork, not bacon. I am going to try to avoid meats that are so heavily salted and preserved that you might as well throw the meat out and suck on a salt shaker, lol. I will continue to eat eggs, all fruits and veggies. No added sugars. Black tea and coffee are fine, and that is good because that is just how I drink it. The hardest decision? Dairy....not milk, I can do away with that and use almond milk. It is cheese. I am not sure I could limit my intake of cheese any better than Jeannie and I could limit crackers, lol. So...for the time being, I think cheese is off limits as well. This is very much like the whole 30 eating plan where after the 30 days is up you start to add back foods you can't live without. You add foods back in one at a time and for each one, the test is for three or four days to see how they make you feel. I have suspected for s very long time that I am lactose intolerant. This should settle that question. Alcohol will also be off limits for the time being. Not really a problem as I am not a high consumer. It will be interesting to see how this works out. Looks like I will have to start cooking again and eating out far less, which is good for my body and my pocketbook.
When I start to feel a little better and I can figure out if this way of eating will help the body and leg aches lessen, then I can think of becoming more physically active. For my condition, swimming is the top rated exercise. I should just bit the bullet and. Up and end of season swimsuit now. There is one hotel in town with a pool for which they allow public use, for a fee, of course. The next closest one would be at a Y 30 miles from home. That would be a lot of hard weather driving in the winter.
Anyway, that is what I am up to. Babs, I am looking forward to a NSV challenge!
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Well, got up
weighed and the scale was lower than it has been... now we will see if that holds!
got the cat litter box cleaned
got my breakfast smoothie made
got my computer points in...
Now shower,,, then off to church,,,, and hopefully pool time later!

The last days of summer :(
Maybe this challenge won't be a total loss after all!!



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Jackie,,, my granddaughter has a problem with size and that one breast is bigger than the other (noticeable). A friend of hers just took her to Lane Bryant and she has the nicest bra she has ever had. They fitted her and I think ordered... She's like a 44DD or something like that. Check it out....

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Hello all - finally got back on. Tornado just north of us and one just SE of us!! It was calm over here, but lots of damage posted on Facebook. I never heard the sirens!

Worked this morning, just stopping to say hi & check in. Cute picture CJ!

Ugh Bras never fit me right. THey don't carry my size (44B) in the stores in colors so I usually order online. I love Bali Bras they are usually more dependable - but can be expensive if you don't hit a sale.

We just got the floor pedal - Mike and I used it once so far.... 10 min - but a start!

Have a good Sunday all - enjoy life.

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HAPPY SATURDAY to ALL of you, a new picture of one of my GGD's, she is 2, just thought I'd share a smile.

Its good to see some of the posts and Babs, I liked the picture of Abby, she is growing up fast, like they all do. I miss talking more to all of you, but still pretty busy with family right now, Probably be another 4 to 6 weeks. We are having a good time getting caught up with each other.

Looking forward to our new challenge for fall, I know it will be good, This one we are on now we only have one more week.

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Good Saturday morning. Just back from a quick run to Walmart to exchange a bra. Bought the right brand, the right size, the wrong style. Should be more careful when I shop (I'm always in a hurry to get it done because I hate it so much)...would save myself time and trouble.

I haven't been around much, either, Babs. Have had a couple of down days...no particular reason unless it was related to a bunch of phone calls I had to make for my sister's Medicaid coverage and also calls to Medicare, Social Security and billing offices for my mom's final hospitalization. Now that I think about it, I'm surprised I didn't have more than just a down day!! LOL!!

Lou, you're doing great with eating at the table. Snacks...always hard. One thing that has helped me is to never eat out of the bag of chips or crackers or whatever it is. It's not a perfect system, but I'm more aware when I count it out or weigh it out and put it in a bowl or napkin. I feel silly for going back for more and more servings, that's for sure.

Lois, glad you enjoyed your trip to Florida and celebrating your GS's graduation. I can tell you are a very proud grandma...rightfully so. Sorry about the experience in the hotel room, but guess you at least had access to the potty and shower that way. Happy to hear you had a safe and great trip.

Time to get busy and get this week's Special Days sent out. Hope you all have a great weekend and that the week ahead is a great one, too! Hugs, Jeannie

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The sun peeks out. Then it hides again. No idea what will happen today.

I haven't been very active for several days. It's time to get up off my buns and get moving. I need to come out of my funk.

One more week of the current challenge. Then it's on to a new one. I'm convinced we need another NSV challenge. It was successful.

Pam just posted a great blog. If you have a few minutes, check it out.

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i have been so busy so I haven't posted much I will try to do better I am still eating at the table and not on the couch It has gotten easier for meals but it is a different story for SNACKS

Babs Abby looks so cute I think the 5th to the 7th grade on the hardest for kids due to all the changes happening

sounda like everyone is doing ok I will check back soon Have a great day Lou

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Personally, I can't imagine going back to school before labor day.... and I LOVED school as a kid. Oh, well,,,
Haven't been here for about a week, so I need to read the posts.
I went to Florida (drove) for my grandson's graduation from Word of Life Bible Institute. All his credits transfer to Liberty University where he will be a student this fall.... I think engineering-I found out business.....
I drove to near Jacksonville the first day (having left here about 3pm) and stayed in a hotel... BUT,,,, I sleep in a recliner and sleeping in a bed was dreadful.. Paid $80 to toss and turn! Then finished the trip to Port Richey the next day. Friday night was Baccalaureate and Saturday was graduation. Then started home. I was so disappointed in my GPS which took me on every back road known in South Carolina on the way down, so I said, I don't care if it's longer, it's freeway ALL the way home.... so 74 to 10 to 95 to Raleigh, to 40 to 29 and back home. (I think those are the right numbers) ALL 4 lane roads (or 6 lane). It was so slick and no stopping, no 2 lane roads to get killed on....
be back later!
NOW, I have to go to Panama City, FL next week. There is no way to get there on Freeway all the way :( Have to go across Alabama - and it doesn't look like there is a way to get there by freeway. But it's only 12 hours from here... so I'll be able to make it all in one day.

Weight, lost a couple of pounds in the last few day,,,, the water weight that I gained while sitting in the car and eating salty food while gone. Slow but sure.... but I stayed on my no sugar, no carb plan....

Not to get some paper work done.... and then back on the road again.

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Back to school picture of Abby...so much fun! Our boys will be back next Tuesday. They both said they're ready to go.

Yes...I'm lonesome here, too!! Hope everyone comes home here soon, too!

Went to the Y this morning. Tomorrow we're off to the museum and an early in the morning hair cut for me. I'm pretty sure we'll have lunch at the Chinese buffet. This is one Chinese restaurant that Richard will go to...lots of shrimp dishes, plus he loves his broccoli and mushrooms, and they always seem to have plenty of that.

No rain to speak of for several days, but possibly storms on Friday. We'll see...this is one of the first Augusts that I can remember where we haven't been as dry as bones. Usually August is when all the lawns turn brown and pretty ugly, but not this year.

I'll catch you all later! Hugs, Jeannie

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Aw, she is so cute, Babs!
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Back to school this morning. She was excited. I was nervous!! emoticon Glad that's over.

Where is everyone? I'm feeling lonely here friends.

I'm still in love with the deer in my woods but I'm upset with them. My brother said they ate all of his tomatoes, with the exception of 4 or 5. What in the world! They even ate his cucumbers, stems, leaves all the way to the ground. We've got some hungry deer - or well fed deer - in our woods.

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Shoot!! I had the best intentions. I was going to send Jim a b-day card too. Guess what - emoticon I forgot.

Your travel plans sound great, Karen. How are you doing? Are the compression hose helping? Apparently they are because you are as active as ever. Yet, I cannot imagine anything tying you down.

Abby actually has her first day tomorrow. She's excited, but she's also a little nervous. It's a new school (intermediate, 5th/6th grades) and she'll ride the bus this year. Lots of kids now, whereas she had 26 in her class from K - 4. Changes.

It's misty out this morning and grey/gloomy. Blah. Again, a pot of soup, movies and a great book and I'd be thrilled to be home - ALONE!! Sigh. A girl can dream; right?

Our WL Challenge, as I said yesterday. will be over in 13 days. I believe I may resurrect the NSV Challenge for our next WL challenge. There was lots of chatting with that challenge, lots of positive feedback, and happy people. As far as I'm concerned, that's all that matters. We did well with it. We've all said we cannot focus on the scale.

Tantalizing Tuesday friends.

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Hi Sparkers! Before I forget Jeannie, Jim was so surprised to get your birthday card! Thanks so much!
As usual, I am way behind in my posting. We were away in NH the weekend before last and stopped at our daughter's new home in northern VT on our way home. We actually spent a quiet weekend this past weekend (actual birthday). This coming weekend of the weather cooperates, we will spend some time at the Deerfield Valley Farmer's Fair in the town we lived in before moving to where we now live 13 years ago. And...we are contemplating going to Canada for Labor Day weekend.
Jackie, are your eyes getting any better? Babs, I think Abby must have already had her first day of school for the new school year? Does she like her teacher?
Gosh, now I can't remember what I wanted to say!
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I don't golf either but I totally agree. They are beautiful!

It's been raining here since early yesterday. Gosh I'd like to see a little sunshine. Guess I can't get happy. The temp is way down. It feels nice out.

I was so lazy yesterday. I didn't have any energy at all. So I didn't do anything. Sort of 'slugged' around, chatted with Abby, had dinner with everyone. I told myself I deserve a day of laziness.

School starts Wednesday. My guess it will be starting all over this week or next week. I hope it brings more of our friends back to chat. I miss everyone!

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CJ, I love golf courses, too...and I am not a golfer, either! I always think of them as grand parks that most of us don't get to use. I guess I could take up golf, but I can tell you I'm not about to do that!! DH likes to golf, though.

Another quiet week on the calendar. I get my hair cut later this week, and have a stint at the museum on Thursday afternoon.

Spoke to my sister last night. She is in good spirits and doing well, I think. She told me she had the flu on Thursday evening/Friday morning, but got over it okay. Good to hear she got over it...the last time that happened she ended up in the hospital...the wrong one!

It's to be another hot day with high humidity...but I was reading this morning that the "dog days of summer" are "officially" over on August 11. Don't know who is the person who decides these things! LOL!

Have a great day, everyone. Hope to hear that you're all doing okay. Sending out hugs and love to all. Jeannie

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I love the golf courses, even through I don't play, they always look so peaceful.

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Jeannie, I've done the same thing! I laughed at myself. Well, it was a good book.

Raining here again today. I shouldn't complain. The poor people in Louisiana are really getting pounded with rain. Horrible.

I think it will be a lazy day here. It's that kind of 'rain.' Now to get everyone else to go along with it.

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Thanks, Babs! Yep...we've had some storms, too, and almost 5 inches of rain night before last. Today is much more pleasant, although it is still humid.

Linda5, good to see you! That's a big challenge with your baby GS, but isn't it wonderful that the treatment for CF is so much better these days. I used to work in genetics at the U of Iowa (back in the dark ages) and it's so awesome to see how things have changed. Glad he's doing well since his hospitalization.

I put 3 qts of tomatoes in the freezer this morning. I'd forgotten what a job that can be...and to think I used to enjoy canning and freezing food. Of course, part of the time it was a necessity. Eating them fresh is best, but when someone gives you more than you can eat, I have to take advantage of it.

I think I'll go to the library this afternoon. I just got 2 books from there a few days ago, but darn it anyway...I've already read both!! Good grief! You'd think I'd recognize which ones I read. I used to keep a little list in my purse, but got lazy.

Have a great weekend, friends. Hugs and love, Jeannie

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Jeannie, so sorry about the loss of your friend. You've really had a lot going on. Sorry about your friend's prognosis too. So much sadness. I hope Marilyn continues to do well.

Homegrown tomatoes - I want some too.

Linda, glad you're back with us. Sorry about your GS. Wonderful news on his improvement though. Very positive. And congrats on the weight loss. Fantastic.

Fresh fruit and veggies are the best part of summer. Love them.

We've had horrendous storms and rain overnight. Cloudy right now with more storms/rain in the forecast. We shall see. I love to get to the pool on weekends, but I'm not so sure that will happen this weekend. BUT I already decided that it will be either yoga or Tai Chi.

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Have been off of spark for awhile.We found out my new grand son has CF.Then at 6 weeks he got a virul infection and spent a week at MASS GENERAL HOSPITAL.It was scary seeing him hooked to so many medical things.And while he was there his heart beat went up to 250 beats.Come to find out he has 3 electodes instead of 2 but it is a normal thing which will he will out grow by 1 year old.

He is out now and doing fine has gained 4 pounds since birth and is hungry all the time.

Finally got over a plateau i have been on and am down to 277.6.I have been in the 280's for months.

Fresh veggies are here at the farm stands so eating a lot of veggies plus my daughter found out she is allergic to milk,egg whites,peanuts,wheat. So we both have been eating more veggies and meat and less garbage.

Off to my grand daughters second birthday party,its going to be at a party area so it will be crazy.
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Thanks, Linda. He will be missed, but we were fortunate to know him.

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Hi, everyone...where are you all? Obviously I've been missing for a few days.

Funeral yesterday...long-time friend of my parents and family passed away and we wanted to be there. Nice service and good visit with lots of people. Don was 87, so younger than my parents, but still close to them. Sad to lose good friends.

Going to meet our good friends today, too...they have too many tomatoes and we'll gladly take them off their hands!

Thanks for the support about my friend, Mary. She is wavering on the "no treatment" plan. We will support her no matter what she decides to do.

Lots of rain last night...the thunderstorm lasted for hours. Haven't heard any totals from right here, but I'm sure it was inches judging by the looks of things.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends, and let's work at making things better for each and every one of us. Today I want to focus on how to be more thoughtful about my choices.

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Jeannie, so sorry about your friend. Friends, when they're good friends like your friend, are like family. emoticon

Jackie, hope your eyes improve and the shots can stop soon. I hope you find some help with the payments too.

Beautiful day here.

Thinking about the next WL challenge. As far as for me, I need to continue to focus on NSV's. The scale is just not my friend. So I need to think more about what I want; how I feel; what I "CAN" do/have rather than what I "CAN'T." Toss those negatives (unless it's pounds and inches!) right out the door.

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so sorry about your friend, Jeannie. Yes, when it is one of the gang, there are no words. Sending you love and light.

CJ - awesome picture - you always find the best or take the best ones!

Jinn - congrats on kicking the soda habit.

I'm just back after my eye shot and my vision is still clearing up, so I will be short today. It went well. I just want to get good enough so it is not so often. It is costly and I spend time looking for foundations to help pay them after Medicare/Blue Cross pays its share.

Love you all - yes the Summer Challenge has flown by... Jackie

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Jeannie, so sorry about your friend. HUGS!!!!!

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Hi everyone! Stopping by to say hello before I head to the store for a few groceries. I hate going and try to put it off as long as possible!

Lou, you're doing great. Just keep telling yourself "one more meal" and pretty soon it will be a habit. Some people say that it takes 21 days, but honestly, it takes as long as it takes. I don't like to eat on the couch or in the living room b/c I'm so messy...don't need food crumbs on top of all the dust already there! LOL! Other reasons, too, of course, but we just never have. It'll become second nature after awhile!

Jineane, good work on the cutting out of pop. I think that's pretty hard to do for people who are used to drinking it often. 7 days is wonderful. Keep up the good work! When I'm trying to do some decluttering, which can be a real pain in the you know where, I've gotten so I tell myself I can do it for 15 minutes (or whatever...10 or 20...whatever seems sensible and doable) and then I even set a timer so I know there's an end in sight. Sometimes I keep working after the timer goes off, but I know I've at least gotten something done...anything is better than nothing in my book! Good luck!

CJ, beautiful picture! You always find such pretty ones. I'll be watching for the ironing. I have a tiny little pile of things to iron, but maybe I'll wait until yours comes and do it all together???

Babs, last week I heard that the days had already gotten an hour shorter since mid-summer in June, but that they will shorten by another hour in this month alone! I, too, dislike that but with it eventually comes the fall and cooler weather. That part will be nice. Not long after that, we'll get the weather than Karen loves so much!!

So far Marilyn is doing better this week. I'm so relieved. Always feel like i'm on pins and needles waiting for the other shoe to drop with her. I also had some really sad news yesterday from my good friend who had the bone marrow biopsy last week. She has acute myeloid leukemia, with 3-6 months to live. She has opted out of treatment, as she says the outcome is the same and won't give her any more time, and certainly no quality time. I'm so sad about it...our smaller group of nursing friends has lost spouses, but this is one of "us" and for some reason feels different. We'll deal with it like we always do, I'm sure, and she is a strong lady with good support from her children. Her hubby died 6 years ago this month.

So, on that note, I'm signing off for today and trying hard to keep in mind that my choices really are my choices...no one is forcing me to eat that treat or buy that junk...so, upward and onward!! Have an awesome and healthy day!! Love and hugs, Jeannie

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Tuesday morning. Sunshine. A little cooler. Doesnít get much better.

Lou, it definitely takes some time to form new habits. But itís worth it. Just do a little at a time. Speaking for myself, if I expect too much, it just doesnít happen. Youíre doing well. Keep up the good work.

Jineane, I too love the pool and working out in the water. Itís easier for me, but itís also a great workout. I move constantly. I have water dumb bells. Have you tried them? They arenít expensive and I love mine. Good luck with the de-cluttering. Itís good to be Ďchallengedí by a friend. It will help both of you.

What a beautiful picture, CJ. I do love mountains! I hear you on how busy you are with your family there. These will be good memories for all of you though. Happy you found a minute to stop in.

We have 2 weeks left of our WL Challenge. Amazing how fast the summer flew by. School starts a week from tomorrow!!

Itís dark later in the mornings and getting dark earlier in the evenings. Fall will be upon us before you know it. My favorite time of year, but darn I hate losing daylight!

Terrific Tuesday friends.

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To ALL of you, things are going well here, My kids will still be with me for about another 6 weeks, they are getting settled in new jobs, and looking for their own place soon, I really enjoying having them here, but mom and pop are getting a little bit ready to have our quiet house back. But it sure is good to see them everyday. emoticon emoticon

Jeannie: Ironing around here has been limited to once a week, my basket is getting really full, emoticon emoticon emoticon If I could I would send it to you and get some help. emoticon

Got to go for now friends, time for all the fun stuff, Laundry, bathroom cleaning, moping, sweeping, (GEE's A Lou,) I'm tired already and its only 9:00 in the morning.
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So far my month/week is going okay - haven't had any soda pop for 7 days now, so that is encouraging to me. I am managing to stay on track with my going to the pool - working out in the water is so much easier on my arthritic joints. I have massage therapy on Thursday and physiotherapy on Friday, so that is something to look forward to. Haven't tackled any organizational tasks yet - I have been playing computer games or reading novels instead. But this morning one of the ladies at the pool and I have challenged each other to do some sorting and decluttering this week, so that will be my motivator to start working on it tomorrow.

I hope all of you are enjoying this month too and are making headway on your goals.

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well not eating on the couch is very very hard but I am stiill doing it How long does it take to form a new habit I hope I can last that long Jeanne hope you have a much slower week Karen that is a story to remember and have a great laugh I am glad that you did not get hurt everyone have a great week I have again got my menu for this week exercise I hope soon I can start Have a sparking week

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Lou, you did a lot of driving! Glad you're home, had a great time AND you are discovering a lot of things. You've got things under control.

Jeannie, wonderful that Marilyn enjoyed her birthday. How nice of your cousins to help share it with her. Let's hope this week is a calm one for you.

Karen, I know it isn't funny but in a way - it's a funny, typical, Karen incident/story!! You do tend to get yourself into some pickles. You and Jim sound like my parents. Mom was 5'1" and dad was 6'4". Poor Jim was probably panicking thinking how he'd get you out without hurting you. You are so resourceful!! Sounds like a dream evening - Jacuzzi, bubbles, relaxing time. Then you were overcome with bubbles! You have such an interesting, fun life! Sounds like a great trip though.

Cooler here. How nice. No idea how long it will last but I'll take it while I can.

On with my work day. Have a Marvelous Monday!

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Hi Sparkers! It was a lovely day in northern Vermont today. We too, a detour from NH to visit our daughter and son in law and see their new house in Vermont. We loved it! The living area is spread over four levels and there is so much potential there. They will have fun redesigning the living areas. Jess says she wants to hire someone to design the landscaping in the back yard. With 35 acres, I think she could do what she wants, lol!
Jeannie, you asked about the jacuzzi. At the inn we were staying at, our room had a jacuzzi. I would never use one in public, but this was located in our bedroom. Heck, I don't even own a bathing suit! Anyway, we decided to give it a try. Please remember that I am barely 5' tall, am very overweight and have trouble with my legs due to Lipedema/lymphedema. I got some of my favorite bubble bath and pour some into the bath, turned on the water and thought I was settling in for an interesting evening. Interesting, indeed! Jim got into the tub, no problem. He is 6' tall and very physically fit. My turn...I struggled to get in. I could get one leg up and over the tub wall, but the other one was a struggle. Finally, it was in and I settled down with a thump! We sat there enjoying the jacuzzi for a while, and then we noticed that the bubbles from the bubble bath were getting out of hand. They were starting to overflow and run onto the floor. We figured we needed to reduce the amount of water in the tub, which we did, but soon realized that the tub was still overflowing with soap bubbles. At that point we decided just to get out of the jacuzzi and call it a night. Jim got out just fine. The floor of the tub was wicked slippery, and I kept trying to stand up to get out, but couldn't. Finally I got on my knees, and tried that way to stand up. No luck, fell back down into the tub. By this time I was starting to think that I would still be in there until the chambermaid came in the morning! Then I remember seeing a rubber bath mat in the cabinet below the sink. Jim got it out for me and I finally got it unrolled and on the floor of the jacuzzi. I was finally able to raise myself up enough to sit on the edge of the jacuzzi so the only thing I needed to do was to swing my legs over the side and stand on the bathroom floor. Struggled, but got the first leg over. Took me awhile, but I finally got the other leg over and onto the floor. Yikes! It was getting a bit scary. Never again, lol......
The rest of our mini trip was just fine. We are driving home in the morning and picking up our dog, Alfie, from the kennel. Back to work for me on Tuesday.
Hope you all had a nice weekend and that you will have a nice week ahead of you.
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Happy weekend!! The temp is really awesome today...loving this milder weather.

Lou, sounds like you made a discovery about yourself in the mindless eating category. Good for you and great that you are working on personal improvements. Fantastic!

Went to Dubuque yesterday. Met 2 of my cousins for lunch at Red Robin. Have you ever eating at one? The prices are a bit high if you're looking for a quick bite and I was surprised at all the families with young kids. Of course, when we had little kids, we never ate away from home, as we didn't have the money to do it. But, I had a great salad that I loved. Richard had a burger that he said was good. They also have "bottomless" fries with the burgers and they will keep bringing them as long as you keep asking for them. He loved that part. LOL

Marilyn seemed so much better yesterday and she was so excited to see the cousins. It was a nice visit. She looked nice. They had fixed her hair the day before. Her legs are really week and I'm wondering if she will ever be able to walk much again. If she can at least get from the wheelchair to the toilet on her own, that would be awesome, but I'm wondering if that will ever happen. She'll call tonight...we have a regular call scheduled for Sunday nights. Works well for her to know we have that planned. Hope she continues to get stronger. One thing i know for sure is that it makes a huge difference when she has her meds. Good grief!! Still can't believe that one!

Karen, I'm waiting to hear the story about the Jacuzzi incident. I read something on the friend feed...what gives?? hope you're okay!

Well, this should be a quieter week, although I heard this morning that we'll have a funeral to attend. A good friend of my parents died early this morning. He was like family to my Mom, but had been ill with Alzheimer's for several years. So, of course, it is bittersweet, as we know it is a blessing, but always sad to think about losing important people in our lives.

Have a good week, everyone! Hugs and love from me to you!! Jeannie

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Karen glad you had a wonderful week end I will be praying for you and your sister friend Jeannie have a safe trip and a great time with your sister and your cousin after I drove 1600 miles last month I am glad to stay home There is a lot to be done here I read an article the other day about mindless eating they had a quiz that I took and scored high so I decides I needed to do something about it I am going to eat only at the table I started yesterday and it is really hard I have been thinking about exercise not doing too bad that thinking doesn't do it If it did I would really be skinny I read this comment that said saying that I don't have time to exercise as an adult is like a kid saying the dog ate my homework Have a great week end Lou

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Karen, your weekend sounds wonderful. It's always great to get away for a few days. So sorry about Michele. She's what I call your 'sister-by-love.' How wonderful for both of you to have each other. Hopefully her stay in the hospital will help things for her.

Jeannie, I've seen pictures of Alexa and her babies on FB when you have been included. Beautiful family. Enjoy your visit with Marilyn on her birthday.

I bought a cantaloupe yesterday. Delicious! As much as I hate the heat/humidity, I certainly love the summer treats. This one was so sweet and juicy.

Our summer challenge will end before we know it. Have you joined us? It isn't 'too late.' Jump right in and join us. I need challenges to get me motivated.

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Crazy day...aren't they all that way? I guess not, but sometimes it seems that way. At least the weather absolutely beautiful and the weekend is to be that way, too. Love it.

Karen, your weekend get-away sounds amazing. How wonderful that you can spend some free time in such a beautiful part of the country. I'm so sorry about your friend, Michele. She is lucky to have a sister like you! That means so much to you both. Prayers and healing thoughts for you all.

Babs, haven't heard from Marilyn since Wed. evening and that usually means things are going okay. I know she's looking forward to having us come up tomorrow. She is pretty social and any break in the routine is welcome, I know. Hope you have a better weather weekend!

Lou, my goodness...dental work is expensive, but that's a lot for 2 fillings. Wow. That would be expensive for any of us...not to mention that I don't care for dental work on top of it. Gives you pain twice that way...when they do the work and when you pay for it!

Paste...I must have a lot of it Cherrie!! Too funny!

Had a visit from our DGD and her two little ones this morning. Both of the little ones are growing so much. McKenzie was 2 at the end of April, so 28 months, I guess. She is talking up a storm, and lots of words we don't understand, but a lot we do. Carson is a chunk, but doing so well, and Alexa is a good mommy...really great with both of them. It was nice they came to see us. Loved it.

Planning on a quiet weekend except for our trip to see Marilyn. That's okay. I like them that way. Hope you all have a good one, too. Hugs and love to all. Jeannie

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Hi Ladies...Lou, I hope your dental work goes smoothly. Yikes! That is expensive!
Jeannie, what a mix up with Marilyn! How does that even happen? Glad she is back on her meds. You will feel relieved when you see her, I'm sure.
Jim and I are at an inn up in Woodstock NH. It is really nice and the breakfast was amazing. We were so full, we decided not to have lunch and just have dinner later. We ate at the in last evening, but tonight we are trying a Greek/Italian/American cuisine restaurant across the street. At least we won't have to drive back!
My friend Michele is back in the hospital. She was admitted on Tuesday and she will be in at least through the weekend. Her chemo treatments have completely burned the lining of her esophagus and she has been unable to eat. She is being fed through an IV asking with taking morphine for pain. Next step would be a feeding tube. She is not a happy camper, poor lady! I was able to see her Wednesday. Her kids have me listed as her sister so I can visit. We are so close we might as well be sisters, lol. Her daughters say we are"sisters by a different mister". They are so funny!
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Jeannie, what a story about Marilyn. Wonder how things like that happen. I'll bet she did feel better once she was back on her meds. She'll be happy to see all of you tomorrow. How nice that a cousin is coming too. You can only do so much. That's that. Richard's appts are important too and Marilyn was in good hands back at the nursing home. Enjoy your visit tomorrow.

Love it. The past helps all of those goodies stick to our hips. I believe it!!

Lou, sorry about your dental problems. Oh, that can be so darn expensive.

Raining here again today. Muggy too.

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Cherrit liked the story makes sense to me Jeannie don.t feel bad about not going to see Sis the day before your plate is really full and there is only so much that you can do like most nurses you want to fix it Today I went to the dentist I have to go back 2 fillings $ 500 a large expense for me I need to get my lunch and get ready for work Have a great day Lou

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Mix water and flour, you get paste.

Add eggs, sugar, oil and a couple other things, bake it and you get cake!

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Just time for a short note...or maybe time, but no energy? Things continue to be hectic and a little frustrating. But, no matter how frustrating, things could always be worse, right? I'm sure we've all hit those high places and probably more than our share of low places. I dream of the day when it is a happy steady medium place.

Babs, I hear you on the ads. There is a way to get rid of them that is free. It's called Ad Block Plus. I downloaded it onto my laptop a few years ago and I never have any ads. There are other benefits to the SP Premium, though, that you and others might get a lot out of. I'm happy where I am, but I think this is always an option.

Back to school...that does seem early for Abby, Babs. I think our GSs go back on the 24th. I know we can always count on back-to-school ads starting up right after July 4.

Lou, what a disappointment with the senior center, but it does sound like that was a good program. I know there is one here nearby, but I'm not sure where it even is. May have to check that out sometimes.

Well, Marilyn went home from the hospital today. Long story made a little shorter...for some unknown reason they (ambulance folks) took her to the wrong hospital. Can you believe it? Thank God there are only 2 in Dubuque and they do a pretty good job of working together. Today I was told that they could access her records, at least. But when I got to her room, it was clear they didn't have a clue about her situation/needs/problems, etc. I spoke with the dr and was told that Marilyn's tests had all come back normal. It's way too long a story to go into, but she hadn't had her meds since Monday morning, was NPO (nothing by mouth, including water) because she had been having trouble swallowing, had a catheter, oxygen, no teeth in...what a mess. A speech therapist came in and helped her with ice, then water, then some juice and yogurt and some milk. She said she thought she could take her meds with pudding, and I"m assuming that's what they did, since she was discharged this afternoon. She sounded better...who wouldn't when you're on as many meds as she is and hadn't had them for days. I should have gone up there yesterday, but Richard had appointments and other things that had to be done. Since we're back to one car, we're a little hampered. Saturday is her birthday and we're going up to see her. Our cousin is planning to come and surprise her, too, so that should be a nice break.

Frankly, my dear friends...and I know I can say this here with all of you, but it does wear me out. Alright, I'm finished with this harangue and I'm ready to move on!! Tomorrow we pick up our new car and then we're going to meet up with some of my nursing friends, minus the one have the bone marrow biopsy today. We'll miss her, but she needs to get rested up after the tests today. It's always fun to get together and we can all let off a little steam.

Have I told you all recently how important you all are to me? I appreciate being able to vent a little and be judged as is possible in some circles! Thank you, everyone! Sending love and hugs to all, Jeannie
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Itís raining again this morning and the temps are dropping some. It actually felt quite nice when I took Jasmine out this morning. If it stays like this, Iíd love to get in a short walk this evening. Maybe dodge those raindrops!!

Jackie, you have a lot of singing engagements coming up. Youíre one busy lady, but the singing makes you happy. Iíll bet it helps keep you upbeat and healthy too.

Jeannie, thanks for the link for Spark Premium. Iím not sure what Iíll do. I might Ďtry ití but I want to take the time to read it again. In my opinion Ďfree is goodí and the article says we can stay like we are too. Free! However, all those advertisements get boring, tiresome and bog things down. Thatís the part Iíd love about the Spark Premium.

Karen, thanks for asking about Abby. Sheíll be in 5th grade. School starts August 17th. So soon! Sheís enrolled in dance classes for the fall and they begin on the 29th. Sheís a little nervous about school. Her school (as the other public schools here) only went from K - 4. Now theyíre all going to be together. Thatís a lot of kids. We have 4 K-4 schools here in Collinsville, and there are 3 other schools with K-4 that will be entering the Intermediate school sheíll begin. So sheís a little nervous. I understand. Itís like when I went from 8th grade (parochial school) to public HS. That meant from 85 kids to over 500. Wow!! That was an eye opener. Iím a ĎBoomer!!í

Lou, sorry the senior center didnít go well yesterday for you and your friend. Only 4 attending is a surprise. We, from what Iím told anyway, have nice turnouts here. Sheís lucky to have you for her friend and to try things to help her out and get her out.

Guess I'll get busy and work - earn my keep!

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Hi Lou...I was wondering how the trip to the senior center went. I have a friend like your friend. I have to try something first and then she will try it. I know you said you work, I just can't remember what you do. You sure sound like one busy lady!
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today has been a busy day for me I took my friend to a senior center What a mistake It was awlful no one greeted hard to find right place there were only 4 people there counting us A good speaker on scams Id theif and very interesting my friend does not want to go back I also worked to day and it was busy Then I went to a friend.s house for dinner Just got home now I did get my garden watered this morning I need to get more things done tomorrow Jeannie sorry about your sister Jackie I got tired just reading about what you are doing Have a good night LouI

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Hi Sparkers....Jeannie, I am sorry to hear Marilyn is under the weather. She sure has hit a rough patch. Sorry also to hear about your friend Mary. My friend Michele is halfway through her chemo but has been really having a tough time of it.
Babs, I am glad you got through your audit unscathed. I had auditors in the building last week, but I didn't have much to do with them. I did have sets of auditors go out and audit a couple of the branches. Happy to say they all passed with flying colors. When does school start for Abby? School shopping coming up! I have lost track of what grade....fourth maybe?
Darn....now I don't remember anything anyone else said, except I know Jackie has been singing a lot!
It has been raining here for the past two days, but it is still a bit muggy and humid. I am waiting for the snow to come!
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Good day ...

Sorry to hear about your down news Jeannie - seems these days a lot of my friends are also facing health concerns. We are in that age group, but I pray for healing and hope for all.

Karen - good for you sorting all that out! My eyes were glazing over reading your post. But that is why you work in finances - you certainly have the smarts for it!

Babs - glad your encounter with the auditor went well - that is good news.

Babs/ CJ - my grandma was born August 26th. That has always been a special day for me.

Well busy SA week - visiting another chorus tonite, singing at the Ballgame Wednesday night, (Star Spangled Banner), Luncheon Thurs... then EYE SHOT Friday ... followed by more singing at the Ice Cream Social Sunday. I'm tired just writing this!

Have a good day, all, Jackie


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Lou, glad things are getting back on track for you. I agree. There's absolutely no reason to stress. Getting out with your friend will be good for both of you.

Jeannie, so sorry that Marilyn is in the hospital again. And now you have bad news about your friend Mary too. Prayers for them and for you. Hopefully things will turn out just fine for Mary and Marilyn will feel better and begin PT. Meds can do crazy things, as you know. Hope car shopping went well for you.

It's raining today and the temp is no where near what it's been. Thank goodness!

Audit. They did what they needed to do here yesterday and they aren't returning!! Hurrah. There will be follow-up issues but we can take care of it via email and regular mail. I am so glad. This one was less painful than previous ones.

Have a Terrific Tuesday.

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If I miss a day, then it goes to 2 and then another sometimes. Somehow I get out of synch these days and I don't like it. But, I'm back today.

Lou, good for you. Stressing about anything usually leads us astray and when it is our food program, that can really get us in trouble. Do the best you can, but don't be downplaying what you're doing...anything is much better than nothing, then add a little more, and when you get on a roll, it'll all come together. I think you're doing great. What a good friend you are for going to the Sr Center with your friend! Thanks for the well wishes on finding a car. Ugh!!! Hate the thought.

Babs...auditors again? Just balancing my check book and keeping track of our account and cards, etc. is enough of a headache for me. I guess you know what to expect by now, but hope it isn't too stressful for you.

CJ, cute little Corbin...he sure is growing and looks like he's doing well. Congrats to your kids on their jobs. I know they are grateful to you for your help and support.

Karen, wow...your kids have faced some challenges with their new house, too. Hope it all works out quickly and to everyone's satisfaction. Hope they got their propane and can now cook and shower with hot water! Yikes...surprises we don't like!

Got a phone call from the nursing home last night telling me they were taking my Sis to the ER for evaluation. She hadn't been feeling well all day and they were concerned about her potassium level, which had been a huge problem when she was in the hospital, They kept her at the hospital, thinking perhaps the cellulitis hadn't resolved completely. I feel so bad for her...when we talked Sunday evening she was feeling so good and was upbeat about starting with PT again yesterday.

Then, I also had an email from a dear classmate from nurses training saying she has to have a bone marrow biopsy on Wed because her labs are all "wonky" and they're trying to sort out what is going on. It's concerning, as a biopsy of that type isn't usually done unless they're thinking something like one of the blood cancers. I'm feeling bad for her, too. She lost her hubby about 4 years ago to pancreatic cancer, but has a pretty good network of friends and family. Our group of nursing friends are supposed to meet for lunch on Thursday. She said she didn't think she'd feel like coming. I wouldn't either!!

Well, that's enough debbie downer for today. I'll be working hard at staying positive and upbeat and saying lots of prayers for Sis, my friend, Mary, and each of you!! Sending love and hugs to all! xoxox Jeannie

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starting to do better at staying on program don,t feel so stressed about it Today I am going to go to a senior center to check it out wjth a friend I don/t know if I will have time for it but my friend will not go unless I go with her at first She sit in a chair all day so she really needs it I have stayed at the same weight Hope everyone has a great day Jeannie good luck shopping for a car Lou

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Happy August 1st.

Auditors just arrived but I am determined to at least say 'hi' to my good friends.

Karen, congratulations on the SS and the weekend coming for you and Jim. Sounds like it might actually be a good thing, as you point out, for Jess and your SiL. It will work out. Frustrating, but somehow it's for the best.

Lou, sorry you're feeling a little down. It happens, but you know you can get on track and come here for help and inspiration. Well, a lot of laughs too!!

CJ, my mom's b-day is August 26th. She would be 91. She's been gone 11 years now. Like you. I certainly do miss her. Can't believe how big Corbin is. I remember the problems when he was born and the concerns. He's done so well.

Jeannie, been car shopping yet? Yuck. I really hate doing that.

I better get busy here. They'll think I've got an easy job!

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Hi everyone today is a lazy day for me I go to church come home and take a nap usually I have tried not to but my internal clocks is still on I have convince myself that Sunday is a day of rest so that is what I do I did make out my menu for next week which will make next week easy for me maybe I will be able to do better HOpe you are all having a great day CJ love your picture Lou




























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CJ...I remember when Corbin was born. Those four years passed by so quickly! It is nice to see his happy, smiling face. Glad too to hear about the new jobs. Looks like things are looking up!
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This is our little Corbin, for those of you who remember praying for him four years ago when he only weighed 2.3 lbs, now he is 4 and is very healthy.

Thought I would try and post a note here tonight, I lost my login in streak a couple of days ago, I was up to 435 days, So now I will start over. Doing well, my son and DIL both got jobs now, so we will try and get a little money put back and find them a house. God is Good, ALL the time.

Miss you all, be back full time soon. send me a note and let me know how you are doing.

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Hi Sparkers! Today I hit 600 consecutive days checking in to SP. Too bad it wasn't 600 consecutive days of weight loss!
Yesterday I finally signed up for social security. My first deposit should be in December. I plan to still work for the next four years and keep my ss deposits in the bank. When I actually retire, I will use those funds to pay off any debt. I also will have my 401K in addition to my ss income.
Gosh, I am with the rest of you. I don't like hot and humid weather. Those of you who know me will not be surprised that I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first snowflakes.
After many delays and quirky things happening, my daughter and son in law finally sold their CT home and had the closing this past Thursday. They were supposed to close on their VT home yesterday, but there was a glitch in the paperwork. It was something that the state needs to subordinate to the mortgage, which happens all the time. The problem is that department within the state has been downsized and they are far behind. Needless to say, the closing did not happen. Poor kids, all their stuff was in a moving van and going to be delivered to the new place. The current owner is allowing them to stay at the place, with a $15,000 deposit which will be refunded at the closing. He is not charging rent. As I said to Jess, in a way that is fine. They aren't pay rent or a mortgage, lol, and will get the $15,000 back. The seller has some pull with the state and hopefully can push things ahead more quickly. He is the former governor of Vermont. Then, the moving van could not get all the way up their steep driveway, so it is parked about halfway up the hill and they all have to lug the stuff uphill. Jess didn't realize that they needed propane for cooking and hot water...she thought it was just for heating, so she didn't get a propane delivery set up. No hot water and no cooking until Monday. Adam starts his new position at the hospital on Monday. She is talking about designing gardens and he is already talking about tearing out a wall and putting in sliders to the deck they plan to build next month. I don't know where they get their energy!
Jim and I are going to the mountains in NH from next Thursday through the following Monday. Yes, we will take the little car. I want to see if I can actually pack all I am going to take in an overnight bag. Let's see how creative I can be!
I am starting that new eating plan on 9/5. It really looks like something I can follow.
Jeannie...now that you vehicle is totaled, you can buy a little car like Jim's!
Jackie...a double! Two anniversaries--how cool is that? Congratulations!
Babs, you are right. When I finally do retire I am not going to miss audits or paperwork, or deadlines!
Hope the apartment creep is caught soon and that he goes away.
Hugs to everyone--keep cool if you can!
Karen

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I am back and struggling to stay on program I want to add some exercise but it is not happening Jeannie I am glad that you did not get hurt Today cars are made to crumble so that you do not get all the force and get injured more Today I am going to have a birthday dinner for my friend I want to make it special I will use my good dishes linen candles I hope she will enjoy I love doing this Have a great day Lou

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With all the papers around me, I'm sitting in the middle of a forest!! I don't know how you do this so often, Karen!

Eating my watermelon, string cheese and some pretzels. Chugging down water.

Totaled. Wow, Jeannie, but it doesn't take much. Now you have to car shop. I hate that too.

What do I like to do? Read. Draw. Play in the water! My favorites - add eating Snickers to that and I'm in heaven.

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Started to write yesterday, got interrupted and never got back here. Just when I think I have everything under control, something else interferes. LOL...all I really want to do is sit in my comfy chair and keep reading a great book from the library.

Babs, you do have wonderful bosses and I know you appreciate them so much. Isn't it great to be able to made adjustments to your schedule! Of course, it works both ways...you're important to your bosses, too, or it wouldn't be possible

So great to see you, Lou, and to know you had a great vacation. I agree that a 3# gain in several weeks of vacation is not bad at all. Good for you!

Jackie, sometimes medications can make a huge difference in heat intolerance. I hope it can be easily figured out. I know you don't have AC, so I'm sure that isn't helping. Singing in that kind of heat? Kudos to you and your group...I couldn't do it, no way, no how. I admire you all.

Hey, CJ...thanks for the daisies! I'm sure you have your hands full with your son and family living with you. Hope the job situation works out favorable and quickly. I'm sure no one would like it better than he and his family.

Lou, has the situation changed at all with the creep in the condo complex? Sounds like everyone plans to keep an eye on him, as it should be!

My sister seems to be doing pretty well. She is not very mobile these days and except for PT spends most of her time in a wheelchair. That means we can't take her out to eat or anythig because there's no way for us to transport the chair. The next time I'm up, I might take her for a ride, though. We wouldn't need the chair for that.

Well, the car is totaled. Honestly, we were hoping it would be. It was less than 3 months old and when there is so much damage, repairing it means you lose tons of value when you need to trade or sell it. But, we don't have a check in hand yet, so there are things that need to be taken care of. Our adjuster (from our insurance co) is on top of it and pursuing the other company. Yikes! Hate, hate, hate having to deal with this, but I am grateful, after all to not have any injuries or damage to my body!! Thank God for seat belts, especially since it immediately restrained me. That was a jolt! LOL! Anyway, all will be well. Thanks, everyone, for asking.

Time to move on and get something done besides reading another chapter! Can you tell I really like to read? Hehe...I used to read way into the night when I was a kid...kept a flashlight under my pillow and covered my head up with blankets so my Mom wouldn't see I was still up and reading. Have a great day, friends...choose happiness and optimism!! We can do it! Hugs and love, Jeannie

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I've been off the past couple of days and will work tomorrow. I switched my days around because Joe & Jaki's schedules were mid-day schedules. Abby's in dance camp and it's over at noon. So I just switched. I'm lucky like that. So I work tomorrow.

It's so darn hot. I honestly wish some of this would melt off of me. Yesterday I had stomach problems and I know it's the heat and sinus issues. Better today but I'm being very careful and drinking even more water. So get my 'fitness' in too if you know what I mean!!

Lou, great to have you home and back with us. Glad your time away was so nice.

CJ, I haven't seen any posts from JoanofSpark either. Glad to hear she's OK.

Sue, sorry you had to perform in such extreme heat. I'm not so sure I could do it. Poor Mike doesn't seem to be able to get a break. Hugs!

Jeannie, hope Marilyn's doing OK. Hope you hear some good news on your car soon too.

I need to get busy. The schedule of yesterday/today puts me off schedule!

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hi everyone I have been on vacation for over 2 weeks so I have not been around I had a wonderful time visiting family and friends I travel over 1500 mile The secenry was beautiful It was so hot but I was in the country and there was always a breeze Now that I am home there is ono breeze and the temp is really hot Stay cool and drink lots of water I gained 3 pounds on vacation I did not think that was bad It is too hot for exercise for me but I really want to get into the habit I went to the pool the other day with my neices and had difficulty getting out of the pool the steps were wobbly and some man came and helped me out I was so embarrassed I won't be going back there again I guess I need to work on strengthing my legs
I was unable to read all the post but looks like everyone is having problems with the heat Jeannie so glad that you did not get injuryed
I will attemp to keep up with all of you now Have a great day Lou

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Hello all, well I didn't completely melt. I am so glad the evenings are cooler again. I was crying Sunday night it was so hot. We had a huge storm, temperature dropped to the 70s, then just before we started to perform (outside, no less) it jumped back up to 95! Aargh. Yes, lots of fans and drinking cold drinks to cool off.

Looks like next week will heat up again and the weather folk say that it will be above average temps through October. So, maybe that mean's high 70s for Oct- that's ok. Just waiting for the humidity to subside.

Been super busy with everything ... SA (in this chorus) is like having a 2nd job! Really active in singouts and fundraisers. I'm doing PR, Performance MGR, and Social Media, so my hands are full. LOL Keeps me interesting to someone...

Mike is doing a little better, though now he has something where his body will not cool off - some kind of metabolic disorder, so more tests are running.

Well, just checking to see how everyone is doing. Take care all. Jackie

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Hello Everyone: Just a note to say I miss all of you, still able to keep my streak going on login's and I do get to read a few posts and try to keep up. The weather has finally cooled off to the 90's instead of 100's helps a little, but boy is it hot and humid in Oklahoma.

I did hear from JoanofSpark this week, It made my day, we have not heard from her in a year or more, or I haven't anyway. It was so good to see her post some again.

My DIL finally got her Oklahoma RN licence renewed and has applied for ICU in all of the hospitals around here so I'm sure she will have a job soon, son is still looking.

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Jeannie, a friend of mine, John, has told a Trooper who lives 3 buildings down. He knows of the guy and is going to keep an eye on our building since we can only call police to run him off from our building. He knows that he gave another address to police as to where he lives. Hoping that we can get him sent back to prison for breaking the law by lying to Probation Off.
In the mean time, I am sharing our info with all women in building and have friends (male retired) who keep an eye out for him entering our building. Thank you guys for your support.

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Good morning! Hope all is well with everyone. It's not as hot here today, Babs, but the heat index is still up there. Better days coming this week. There was quite a bit of really bad weather and some tornadoes not far from us, but fortunately there wasn't too much damage...trees uprooted and some roof and crop damage. Most of them stayed out of towns.

Karen, I can just see you and Jim tooling around in that convertible...but not quite! Wouldn't you like to share a picture with us. Such fun. Love hearing about your excursions. Glad the cane is helpful to you, too. Anything to help us keep active is my motto!!

Babs, yes...too hot for me, too. Not interested in being out in it. I think we'll be right here at home the rest of the day!

Linda, proud of you for taking a stand on the issue of that creep in your building! It is the right thing to do, and you did it! Awesome!!

Went to church this morning and now getting ready for a little lunch. I'm feeling a nap coming on, although I rarely do that. I was restless last night, so that might account for it. I have a couple new books from the library, so reading and snoozing will most likely take up the rest of my day.

Hope everyone who is "missing" is doing well and just taking a little summer hiatus. Be well, take care and have a great week!! Hugs and love, Jeannie

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alleluia. An update friend Karen. Great to see a post from you. You've been busy, as usual.

Been so hot here that I can hardly stand it. A week+ of over 100+ heat index. I'm drooping. I'm not melting (darn!!) but I'm drooping. I hate this weather.

I plan to go to the pool later. I can't stand walking in this. No desire to do any work here either.

Have a Super Sunday.

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There...now I am up to date, more or less. Linda, that is quite a story about the creepy fellow at your apartment complex! Yikes! Hopefully the management company will fare better with the police than the tenants. Sounds like he must be on drugs and that is why he keeps looking for money. I agree about the 12 year old girl too. Gosh, what a sad and dangerous state of affairs.
In my world, I worry about drug addicts as well. I run a credit union and I know someday we will be robbed. We have been fortunate so far, but I think there are only two financial institutions in town which have not been robbed, my main office branch being one of them. It is much the same with the other four branches. Law of averages says it will happen sooner or later and the safety of my staff is what keeps me up at night. They are all instructed to hand over their cash, no heroics and do not trip the alarm until after the robber is out the door. I don't want them causing a hostage situation. Money can be replaced...my staff cannot. I worry more now that I used to...drug addicts aren't thinking straight and are much more volatile. Practiced bank robbers just want to get in and get out.
Jackie, how is Mike doing? And Babs, I am glad you are getting your fairy books out again. Abby will love it!
BTW, has anyone here tried the Whole 30 way of eating? I am thinking of trying it. For 30 days you can eat fruits, veggies, meat (no sausage types), fish, seafood, nuts and eggs. No grains, sugars, bread, pasta, rice, beans, dairy (including cheese). I keep thinking that I could do that. Heck, I beat cancer...why can't I do that program for 30 days?
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Hi Sparkers! It is hotter than a jar of jalapeŮo peppers here in VT! Under a severe thunderstorm watch, and I sure hope one shows up. I swear Jim and I have been on the go since mid June. Last weekend we were in CT enjoying an extremely large (4,000 vendors) antique show out in the middle of nowhere in a very large, hot field. We lasted about an hour and a half. The heat was dreadful and I wanted to avoid a hospital trip like I had several years ago. We did have a great time. Jeannie, I thought of you because we stayed at an old German inn and had a fantastic meal there. I had sauerbraten and it was delish. Jim have a schnitzel. On 8/4 we are going to the White Mts in NH to do a little more traveling around. We are staying at another inn and our room will have our very own hot tub. Looking forward to it.
I have found using a cane has helped a lot, particular getting in and out of the sports car.
I know I have to post so that I can read down and see the most recent stuff, but, I wanted to remember to say that I am very thankful Jeannie was not badly hurt in that accident. I saw a picture of her car on FB, and it was not pretty!
I will post now and be back in a few minutes...
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You definitely did do everything you could. Your son has a valid point too. However, the PD should not (doesn't mean they don't) divulge the name of a person who reports something. Never. Continue to be very careful. There isn't anything else you can do. Pray for the child, of course, that's all we can do.

The heat continues here. Ugh!

I'm down 0.2# this week. Maybe I should go with all fruit and veggies this week, maybe add eggs, tuna and cheese. Leave out bread completely. As a rule I only have it for breakfast. I don't have it for lunch/dinner. I don't eat a lot of red meat either. I know what it is and with the heat I don't know how to get around it. I need to walk more, push myself more in this 'fitness' area. I can't take the heat. Need to dig out my DVDs and workout here in the house.

I'm still noticing changes in my clothing. So something's going on.



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Did all I could, informed Child Welfare services that I found out a child living with his girlfriend and he has told a man in the neighborhood that he is an ex con on probation. Don't know what for, but considering his trying to push his way into women's apts, I think it may mean that the child is in danger. They said they could do nothing but did take all info I had. I have never seen girl,, only was told by truthful person. I called the police officer back and left message that if he gets called back there please check on her safety. I did not sleep last night worried about what to do. Being me, it could not be nothing. My son is worried that the woman and or the man could find out that I did this and get even. He wants me to stop. Told him I did everything I could.

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I'm so glad you're OK. Glad you weren't injured in the accident. I saw the pictures on FB. Looks like it could have been very serious.

Seems like I'm busier now than I was before I went to PT. How in the world did that happen? It isn't suppose to be this way.

I am so tired of the heat. The heat index has been around 110 all week. Right now it's cloudy and a little rainy. What happens is the sun comes out and it's hotter than ever.

Linda, what a horrible thing you have going on in your building. Sounds like harassment. Also sounds like there may be a need for a restraining order. Be careful. I also believe as you do - the 12 yr old is not safe.

Drink lots of water if your weather's like mine.




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Linda, you say you don't have anything to say, but you just did! Oh, my...what a terrible time! I suppose because the condos are owned by private parties, that people think they can do whatever they want. There is something known as harassment, and it sure sounds like that's what is happening with this creep. Glad you're all getting a plan in place and putting it into motion. It obviously takes all of you to get it done. Good for you!!! And, if you have a management company, they definitely need to know about it. Wow...that's frustrating and scary. Good luck.

Trese, good to see you. Sorry to hear you're still having family issues to deal with. That's a real struggle, too. Good luck also to you!

Jackie and Babs...you are hanging in there for us! I've been away for a few days again...not away from home, but MIA here. My sister was finally discharged from the hospital today...it would have been 2 weeks tomorrow! So glad she was well enough to go back to her home (the nursing home). When she called me this morning, she was elated! Almost giddy with excitement. Sure hope she can stay well for a longer time, this time.

I had a car accident on my way to visit her yesterday. A dump truck rear-ended me at an intersection and made a mess of our newer car. I'm fine...a little sore where the seat belt "grabbed" me over the ribs, but that's minor. The car is in the tow lot (not driveable) and we're waiting to hear from the truck company's insurance company. In a way, it was my lucky day even though it was a little unlucky. I'm grateful to not be injured!

A funny...today it's funny, yesterday it wasn't...I had to call Richard to come pick me up (it was in Dubuque where my sister lives, about 70 miles from home) and on the way we bought some fresh sweet corn. Fresh sweet corn in Iowa is like heaven on earth. Anyway, he shucked it all when we got home and then sat down in his chair and started watching TV. Meanwhile, I get supper ready...banging pans and tossing silverware on the table. Finally he "woke up" and asked what was going on. I said I thought I was probably the only person on earth who gets hit by a dump truck in the morning and still has to make supper the same day!! So, tonight he took me out to eat! LOL!!

Sending prayers out for each of you and asking for your good health, safety and happiness!! Love and hugs, Jeannie

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Hi Babs and everyone, I've been reading the posts daily but have not felt that I had anything to say. But I am here. Lot going on at my condo, guy harassing young women and me. I think he thinks that I may have money or something (boy is he dumb) he tried to push his way into my apt. when I came home with groceries and I pretended to tell my son to come to door and he ran off. (ps my son was not here, I was acting) The younger women have tried to force him to leave but he says he won't go. We called the police and made a group complaint and all the cop could do was go to where he lives and tell his girlfriend what he was doing. If I were to J walk, I would be arrested, but when someone seems to be a threat to women, they get a mild warning. We all exchanged #'s and we are compiling as much info as possible on him and girl on top floor contacted management co. We shall see what happens. He lives sometimes with woman in nearby building in same community. She has a dtr about 12 yrs old. No one can tell me he hasn't tried to abuse her. He ran off our lifeguard who was about 17 by hitting on her. Life is always interesting here.

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Just checking in with this great team. Sounds like you all have been busy. Not looking forward to the hot, hot, hot temps this weekend. 110 heat index is horrible.

Sending good vibes to you all. Struggling to exercise and eat well. Too much worry/concern for family issues. I have not been a good contributing member for this team; other than checking in to spin the wheel for the team, I have not been active. Please know that you are in my thoughts.

Happy Trails in your healthy living journey
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Hi, Babs, Sorry I haven't been here for a while, enjoying my son and family, I have been able to spend enough time on here to keep my streak of login days to 425, a great NSV,

It is really hot in Oklahoma this week, heat index's of 110 (YIKES) Staying in and enjoying the AC.

Got lots to do so I will check back as soon as I can.

MISS YOU ALL: CJ from OK.

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Seriously, I just hope everyone is having a great summer, traveling, hiking, swimming, dancing, spending all their money, laughing, enjoying family. I hope you didn't just decide to leave me here all by my lonesome.

We had storms again yesterday evening, again during the night, and again early this morning. It isn't storming now - just raining, raining. All this does it make the humidity even worse.

Time for another hair cut tomorrow. 4 weeks goes by quick. That's how I do these hairs on my head. Can't control them.

I dug out my Fairy Garden books. Getting the basement in order makes me want to play. You don't have to be a child to like magic, fairy dust, and fun things. I don't recall anything about fairy houses as a child. Apparently I'm not the only one because my books talk about it too. But it will be fun to make different things for gardens outdoors and indoors. Abby has an old doll house that was mine. I told her we should paint it pretty colors and make things for it, put it in the sunroom, and change it with the seasons. It will be an indoor fairy house/apartment/hotel! Whatever we decide. Fun. Happy times.

Jackie, I hope everything went well for you driving home from singing the other evening. The deer can be dangerous on the roads. We had one come in the yard last week and get a drink from the bird bath. Beautiful. On the road - different story.

Happy Hump Day.

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HOT~ HOT~ HOT~

"Weather app says we're going to caught in a Midwest 'Ring of Fire' where the temps stay hot day and night (95+/75) ... on joy... as it is the fans are running 24/7.

Good for you Babs - 75 minutes! That is awesome.

Jeannie, glad Marilyn is better. I hear you about driving with the deer. They're all over - I even saw a heard in our little downtown (5)! I have to drive alone tonite to rehearsal because my buddy is on vacation. So, I will be sure to wear my 'night vision - yellow - sunglasses" which amplifies things.

A manic monday of catching up with work, email, phone calls. So I better get a healthy lunch and back to it!

Hope you're all well! Stay cool.

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Goodness. It has definitely been extremely quiet here.

I hope it wasn't as hot at the games as it was here, Jeannie? Horrible heat/humidity here. It was 102 yesterday (HI) and it's predicted to rise to 106 today. Been this way for days. It actually takes my breath away outside.

I went to the pool at the gym yesterday. 75 mins of water walking/exercises. Felt great.

We had homegrown corn on the cob and tomatoes with dinner last night. My lands it was delicious. I didn't want to share. Seriously! I could have eaten every ear of corn and every bite of tomato. Delicious.

I did hear about the shootings in Baton Rouge. Our world is in a sad state of affairs right now. Shootings everywhere and they're senseless and so extremely sad. No one 'wins' in these situations. My heart goes out to all those who have suffered and/or lost someone.

I need to get back to work. Busy time of year.

Enjoy your Sparkling Week. Please stay hydrated. (Not 'de'hydrated like I said last week. See. I was just testing you and Jackie caught that.)

Glad to hear Marilyn's doing better, Jeannie.

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LOL...I came here this morning thinking I'd have pages to catch up on and would never get through them all. I admit, I've been MIA for a few days. I hope everyone else who hasn't been by is okay...I am, just delinquent and busy.

Let's see...Sister is to go home from the hospital today. I went up to see her on Thursday and other than getting tired of being in the hospital, she was making pretty good progress and thought she'd go home Friday. The nurse said she wasn't as positive, as there was still quite a bit of swelling and redness. Friday night she nearly fell in the bathroom. Thank goodness the nurse was with her, but my Sis is a really large woman, and if she'd fallen ON the nurse, it wouldn't have been pretty for either of them. Don't think the staff was totally aware of how unsteady she is at times. Now they are! She was evaluated by PT (again), and the last I heard, is to go home today. She'll call me this evening either way.

On Friday, Richard said he thought we really ought to go watch a couple more baseball games, so off we went...left home about 8:30 and didn't get back until dark. Now we really and truly are done for the season. It's a regional tournament of some kind with teams from all over the midwest. They played teams from Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota so far. Today, I don't know who they're playing. They've had rain delays today, so I'm really glad we didn't think about going!!!

Yesterday...hmm...oh, yes. Last evening there was a special event at the museum in Swedesburg. We were celebrating 30 years of the Swedish American Heritage Society and 25 years of the museum being in existence. All of the docents and other volunteers were invited for dinner, and then the annual Midsummer festival with entertainment was held (a month late due to other events being held in the area). We left before it was over...too far to drive home in the dark! Lots of deer on the road at night even when it isn't rutting season.

Today? A quiet day at home. We both need it. I'm still tired from cleaning those bathrooms the other day, Jackie and Babs!! LOL...I seriously have to do something about the kitchen floor, but that won't happen today. Nope...planning to think about that another day.

Well, since I've bored you to death with all this prattling, I think I'll sign off and try to check in again tomorrow. Be well, everyone...love and hugs, Jeannie

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