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4/23/14 2:25 P

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Babs, I'm so glad it is sunny and nice for you. You're not that much farther south than I am, but it isn't very nice here. Very breezy, especially chilly, and overcast besides. Brrr! We have to take the boys to baseball camp again this afternoon. If it actually rains they'll be inside, so that might be a good thing to hope for.

Congrats on the flowers, Babs, and the tickets to the baseball game. You'll have a great time with 2 very special and important people. How fun for all of you!!

Jackie, I'm sure you'll have a marvelous time Saturday. That will be a long day for all of you. Makeup? False eyelashes? At 5:30 in the morning? I don't do makeup at any hour of the morning, and can't imagine where false eyelashes would end up!! LOL! The main reason I don't do much makeup at all is b/c my vision is so poor...can't see to put it on. At any rate, have a great time and take notes...we want to hear all the details. Hope you have good news from Mike's tests, too. Such a worry. I have him on my prayer list.

Star, thank you for doing such a great job of reviewing everyone's notes for me. I started to reply earlier this morning, too, but just now getting back to it. I second everything you said! LOL! Glad you're working with a different realtor and she seems to be someone you can better relate to. You did great if you managed to avert a splurge on anything other than strawberries! You go, Girl!!! Awesome and amazing!!

My day yesterday was fine. I helped Mom make her bed, although she has been doing it herself. I admit...I like to have help making mine, too. Then we went shopping, stopped for lunch at a Wendy's and each of us had a half salad and senior drinks (free at our Wendy's). Then we went to see my Sis at her nursing home. For some reason, Mom decided not to take her with us and I was grateful for that b/c trying to navigate restaurants, etc. with two of them unsteady on their feet is something else. Yes, Star...Mom uses a cane and my Sis uses a walker, so we make quite a parade! LOL! We stopped for groceries for Mom, too...her shopping list is almost always the same: cookies, ice cream, prune juice, bread, peanut butter (sometimes) and some kind of sandwich meat. She eats her main meal in the dining room, but prefers a sandwich and some soup in the evening. During the course of the day I found out that she had driven over to my Sis's on Easter Sunday, picked Marilyn up and brought her back to Mom's apartment for Sunday dinner. I didn't say a word. I've said all I'm going to on that score...at least for now.

Okay...have to get out of this chair and away from the computer. If I sit for more than 10-15 minutes, my leg really starts hurting. All I have to do is move around a bit and if that doesn't fix it, I lie down for 15-20 minutes. Then I'm good to go again!

Have a great afternoon and evening! Sending special greetings to those I didn't respond to. Will be back! Love and hugs, Jeannie XOXO

PS: Thanks for the great new challenge, Jill. I'm looking forward to it!

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4/23/14 1:57 P

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Beautiful sunny day again. Plus I received (another part of the building) flowers for Administrative Professionals Day! They always include me - how nice. I hear someone is bringing them to me as I type this. Lucky me.

Also, Jill has posted a new Weight Loss Challenge. Thatís something to smile about, get motivated, and get on the road to better health. Thanks, Jill.

Also, I was given 3 free tickets to the Cardinals game on Monday evening. Am I lucky or what?? One of the insurance brokers I work with asked me if Iíd like them. ďYES!Ē was my response. Theyíre right behind (well, a few rows behind that is) the Cardinalsí dugout, near first base. Guess who Iím taking. Thereís no way I could have tickets and not take my GS. I think heíd install bars on every window and door before I returned from the game. Having said that, how can I leave out my GD. It will be fun. Weíll have a good time. Sheíll have to get homework finished immediately. Then weíll head to St. Louis for the game. Go Cards!!

Ahhh, the flowers have arrived. Pink & yellow roses in a gorgeous vase that has etchings on it, of birds no less. I love it. Definitely a Ďkeeper.í My lucky day.

Jill, if knee replacement surgery is what you need, then I hope you are a good candidate for it. Iím happy that you had such an enjoyable time with your family for little Emmaís birthday. My sister lives 125 miles from here. So itís a good 2 hour drive. Her 3 daughters and their kids were there. I missed my Abby, but she had a good time. Thatís all that really matters.

Jackie, I hope all of Mikeís tests turn out OK and that some answers are found to help him heal. Canít wait to see a picture of your new boots. My niece who lives south with my sister loves boots. She just bought her third pair. She bought boots for her son too.

Gini, I am so happy to see your post. However, Iím sorry to hear of your health problems. I pray that you find resolutions. Exciting news about your son. I hope he receives a positive response very soon. Arenít grandkids the best? Mine never c ease to amaze me and bring me so much joy. Iíll check out your page and take a peek at yours.

Cherie, I cannot help you with your questions by providing answers. But I can certainly pray for you. Iím so sorry youíre having such problems.

Starr, Iím so glad you found another realtor. Thatís good news. Ahh, SP can be time consuming. At work, I am on the computer all the time. It is now 12:53 PM, and I started this around 10 or so. Believe me. I havenít spent all that time on SP. No way. Iíve started/stopped and done a lot of work during that time. At home, I canít and donít do that because I have even more interruptions - my GD for one. Glad things are going well for you.

Jackie, I wouldnít want to deal with make-up at 5:30 AM either. Iím up that early, but not for make-up. Itís all for coffee. Like you, Iíd have to cut waaayyy back for something like youíre talking about. No time for potty stops. But I totally agree with you. It will be so much fun. Quite an experience. Canít wait to hear about that.
Now that itís taken so long to write this I really have to stop right here. I need to figure out a quicker way of doing this.

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Yes Starr - there is always so much to catch up with this busy group. Good plan on taking a break... that sometimes helps me, but I can't stay away too long or else those nasty habits resurface.

Hi Gini -- good for you for coming back before things really get out of hand. It's a never-ending battle, I swear.

Thanks to Jill for getting the Work It program going in our challenges. I've got to walk more now that the weather is starting to get better.

Mike's tests ran 3 hours and both of us were tired afterwards - he was poked and prodded and I was bored to tears in the waiting area - even though I took 2 walks. Waiting to hear results.

Had fun at SA - costume check, makeup lessons, practicing our walks (Love it! I feel like I'm in a beauty pageant!) We leave at 6:30 AM Sunday - must be in full makeup... just enough time to drive 3 hours and change to costumes and get on stage! AACK! Putting eyeliner and false eyelashes on at 5:30 in the morning!! I'll need lots of coffee - but can't drink too much as we don't want to keep stopping for the bathroom. We should get back about 9 PM Sunday night ... you know I'll be exhausted but happy. One lady purchased a 15 passenger van so we can all ride together! Amazing!

Cherie - sent you a private message about hip replacements.

Well, email, lunch, awaits ... And I need to put my feet up. As they're usually so swollen after practice.

Have a wonderful day all... Jackie O





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4/23/14 3:21 A

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Okay, team, there is a lot to catch up on here.

But let's talk about me, first.
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I have managed to stay fairly decent, but took a break from lots of daily work on SP because, frankly, I can't get everything done if I do. I quit a few teams, but that hasn't really solved the problem. I even stopped tracking food and exercise for three days. Glad to say it was probably a wise decision. I am back and a bit more refreshed.

I weighed myself today and I think I lost a pound. Unsure, because the scales are not digital, but it looks that way. It doesn't really matter, because I gained a pound last week. It's nice to think it's gone again. I'm trying to get to 310 for my birthday, which is probably not going to happen. Still, I can keep working at it. As long as I'm a bit less than now is what counts, right?
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I found a new real estate person who I think will be able to help me a lot more. She seems to know the area better. We looked at two homes today. The first was a real disappointment, but the second was this really beautiful home that was built in 1921. "Charming" is way overused in the real estate market, but it was charming.

Managed to maintain urges to splurge on food even though I was starving before I got home. Ate a whole carton of strawberries, and they were good. What a good girl I am.
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Well, enough about me. As for the rest of you, I'm thrilled with your ups and wishing I could help you with your downs.

Karen -- your buys sound great. I had a very rich aunt who collected sugar and creamers. She said, and I agree, that they offered beauty, grace, and originality in a very small, concise package. (I had forgotten about that memory from way back, so thank you.) As for your bread machine: itís a good thing it is that away from me. I cannot handle the great aroma of bread, aside from its delicious flavors. Hope you enjoy it. (Iím jealous.) BTW, I didnít know you could make a bad batch of bread.
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As for your future: the world is your oyster, kiddo. Make the most out of it. You must be something else in your field. You have a creative mind. Not everyone would be able to see the merger possibilities.
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CJ -- I love the name of your grandchild. Itís got class.

Jeannie, I hope you enjoyed your visit with your Mom and your sister, and that neither fell. That is scary, isnít it? Do either of them use a cane or a walker? I'm not suggesting it, but wondering. The doctor told my mom to take it really easy when she got up from bed. I guess that's good advice for us all -- except I take it so easy I don't get up for another hour.
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Babs, your ďfindĒ sounds wonderful. I love running into treasures. Thing is, I find so many more treasures than I can afford. Isn't it funny how they just stand there waiting for you to fall in love with them. It's weird how they can do that, isn't it.

Jill, I wish I could say Iím looking forward to the next WL challenge. I really do wish I could say that. However, I will jump right in, and thanks for the work you put into the challenges. It is appreciated. Our bodies love you for it.
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I also hope your knees do better. I have found the knee rehabs help me immensely -- both the knee that has been replaced and the old one that still needs replacing. I would be glad to tell you about them if you want. (Actually, they are available on the internet, but Iíll find an address for you. Theyíre the same ones I had in rehab after surgery.)

Jackie, you sound vibrant and ready for a full week ahead. Amazing what a few days away from electronics will do for you. Good to have you back, though.

Gini, itís nice to meet you. Iím sorry youíve had so much going on, but it also sounds as if youíre getting through it. I swear that grocery shopping is 75% of my battle. If I have the right food available, Iím OK. AND, remember, you only gained 12 pounds, thatís not even half of your overall progress. You will do fine, and itís good to have you back onboard.

I haven't mentioned everyone, so please forgive. It's good to hear from all of you, though.



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4/22/14 7:30 P

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Hi! I haven't been on here much but I have a big problem and I need help. I just came from the orthodox surgeon who said my hip is totally worn out but he won't do the surgery due to my weight. I've lost over 100 lbs but he said I'd need to lose another 150 and weigh no more than 170 before he'd do it. He said to try Mayo or some big teaching hospital. Has anyone had joint replacement while overweight? Especially hip replacement? Please reply via email on SP if you can give me any info. Thanks.

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Hello, I've been away from here for a long time. I have had some wonderful comments from friends here and I do appreciate them.
I am at the beginning of everything all over again. I had lost 30 lbs as of March 1/14 and was happy to be fitting nicely into 3x clothes finally. Since then we have had some trauma and drama with extended family and my come and go depression has come and now gone but not before 12 lbs of damage was done! I have been talking with Ron ( DH) about what we need to do to turn our eating habits back around. Tomorrow is grocery shopping and we have made a healthy menu for the week until next Tuesday. I think I am over the chocolate binge.
DS went for a job interview today. He will find out tomorrow. He is just now finishing his college course in baking and hopes that this job comes through. If so, the school will graduate him even though he doesn't quite finish as part of the course is a co op and his possible employer is willing to report to the school on his behalf as a co op manager would. I think he will get it. It starts at 3am till 11 am but that is a good time for him. He likes to sleep in the late afternoon and through dinnertime so it will work well.
I have had a lot of trouble with osteoarthritis for the last 6 months and have been seeing a specialist for about 3 months. There is a limited amount of exercise I can do as most of it is in my neck and shoulders but this past week I think it has found a new spot in my right knee. I went to the ER on SAturday in such pain and swollen leg and foot. They did an ultrasound in case of blood clots, and found NONE thank goodness. They told me to take Tylenol till I see my specialist on Thursday. HAHA Like Tylenol is a cure for this! I also have an appointment with a therapist on Thursday morning to get my fitting for my walker. I went round and round about this with my PCP but when I saw the therapist she said it would at least give me the ability to go for a walk sometimes which I cannot do without one.
Enough Doctor news. My beautiful darlings are getting so big now. SIMon is 3 1/2 and Paul is 2. Paul has amazing speech and a neverending vocabulary. He is sure he is going to school with SIMon in September. He will be so disappointed when the bus leaves without him and he is left in the daycare. There are pictures from Christmas 2013 on my page of the boys and I have some recent ones to add too.
Well, that's enough for a start. I want to get to know many of you that I do not know and look forward to sharing with all of you. Be well,


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Good afternoon Sparkers - Monday and today are getting away from me. My electronic free weekend resulted in tons of emails for Monday and today was spent at the hospital while Mike underwent more tests, had some x-rays (upper/lower GI). Made lunch, now here I am just starting work for today.

Glad you had a nice Birthday Babs! I know what you mean about getting back to work. I enjoyed just reading and being all weekend, I don't want to do anything today.

Hello Jill - our new social butterfly. I'm glad you're having the opportunities to go out, but so sorry to hear about your knees hurting so much. I do hope that the doctor is able to help you and recommend someone. Do knee stabilizers or wraps help at all? I know my right knee always acts up big time after I've done any walking or standing for any length of time. My 73 year old cousin just had hers replaced and said she healed really fast.

Karen! Wow CEO possibility - you're wise to consider carefully as you certainly don't need more stress. But then again - you may love another challenge. You must be a very logical/analytic thinker as well. Kudos to you girl!

Jeannie - sorry to hear your sister fell. Hope she is doing ok and that there are no residual problems as a result.

Aw, the cowboy boots Jill are just like the red ones, only black. I do need another pix of myself and when the weather is better and the lawn guy get the yard cleaned up a bit - I'll get a new one.

Theresa, Wyndy, Mona, Starr, Joan, Francie, Crissy and the rest of the gang - sending you those good vibrations. I'm off to finish/start some work - then get my gear together for SA as we have a costume check today. Sunday is our pre-competition performance in Perrysburg OH. So it begins...

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Good Morning Friends, I'm enjoying an overcast morning with cooler temps. It's recently been Summer like weather here. A little too much of a good thing to suit me. I can't believe how long it's been since I chatted--no excuse acceptable but I've been quite social recently and going out more. Emma's party was fun and I loved seeing and talking to my Sisters and family. Emma looked like a "Royal Baby" as my British friend had given her the outfit months ago but now it fits her perfectly. All the kids had a blast there and it was fun to see how much they were enjoying climbing and jumping on the play equipment at Emma's BD Party. I can't believe I have plans this Thursday and Saturday to go out to Lunch with two different groups of friends. That rarely happens and I'm hoping my knees feel better as recently there more painful and it's getting harder for me to get around with just my cane. . .at my Dr's appointment next month I'm going to ask to get a referral to an orthopedic Surgeon. I just hope I'm a good candidate for knee replacement surgery and now I wish I would have done it years ago.

OMG, Karen, It's great you have some possible new CEO Position, Challenges, Responsibilities to think and explore. I'd be a little concerned though switching to another Credit Union that is financially struggling. . .I'm also really impressed at your bread baking skills. I've never tried to make homemade bread other than the sweet kind. It's great that even smelling the delicious aroma of fresh bread baking doesn't make you want to overeat it like I know I'd do. It's definitely one of my Trigger foods and I love almost all types of bread.

Jeannie, I'm glad you enjoyed having your DD there. It sounds like you both enjoyed each others company a lot. Your Easter Brunch with family sounds great. How is Richard's ankle feeling? Better I hope. Does he have a date/time set up for his ankle fusion surgery yet? It seems like in Life if it's not one thing it's another. If anyone can handle the extra stress and Concerns, etc. I believe it's You. In my opinion, You're a really strong Lady and it's you I go to for your wisdom, encouragement, inner strength, etc. I'll continue to pray for Richard to heal well and be up and around as soon as possible post surgery.

Babs, I'm so glad you enjoyed your Easter Trip with your GS visiting your Sister & other family members. Did he or you drive there? I know she doesn't live close by so I'm curious as to how long of a drive away from you your Sister is? What did you do to Celebrate your Birthday? emoticon emoticon

Theresa, When is your mini-vacation with Pyne, Meredith and your 3 good looking Grandsons.? I hope it's more Spring like there and you'll have a fantastic time at the new place where you're staying.

Jackie, Did your new Black Cowboy Boots arrive yet? Please take a picture of yourself in them. You wear boots so well and look very fashionable in every single picture I've seen of you. I hope Mike is feeling better these days. Is it starting to warm up there? I sure hope so my friend.

Joann, How was your Vacation in Florida. When you last posted about being there it didn't sound like you were having the best time, or maybe I misinterpreted your post.

Wyndy, I hope you're good today in spite of your Very cold Temps.

Mona, Starr and others, I hope to hear for you and many others soon. . .

Like I mentioned tomorrow I'll post up the Spring Work It Weight Loss Challenge!! Being I just spun my wheels in the last WL Challenge I'm already gearing up to do well in the new Challenge. I hope everyone will join in and Work It Well. Again, thank you Jackie for suggesting this great Challenge name. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Easter egg hunts, cooking outdoors, camping (not for me but some like to), sight-seeing, sitting outside and visiting (I did a lot of that), listening and watching the kids play. Wonderful weather.

And now Iím back to the real work, the world of work. Itís OK. It helps pay for my bad habits, like art supplies, books, antiques (more on that later), paint for the house, you name it.

Had a wonderful time at my sister's, loved every minute of it. On Saturday we went to another very small town near where she lives called Vienna IL. They have a lot of antiques farther south, as well as a lot of farm land. Beautiful area. I bought something for myself. I absolutely love it. It's a hoosier cabinet. I don't know how old it is and I don't even care. I love it. Beautiful furniture in this one store and it looks like it's all been refinished, or mostly refinished. Terrific condition, good prices. Well this is also called 'potbelly.' It's because it has the 2 drawers on the bottom that are rounded. We looked and I was not planning on buying anything like that, just looking. Thought I might find something 'small.' Something that I will need to dust. Well, I will need to dust it but it isn't small. My sister said to offer less. I did and he accepted. How could I pass it up! My bil or niece will bring it up the next time they come. See me smiling??

Mona, happy moving week! Makes me tired just thinking about it.

Oh, Wyndy, Iím so sorry you fell. It is a fear I have too. I hope youíre doing OK.

Theresa, ouch!! I canít stand the thought of someone touching my feet much less cutting on them. Fish isnít much of a sacrifice for me either unless I have to cook it. Then guess what - itís tuna for me and fish sticks for the kids. I hate to cook it because I smell it in the house forever. Sure do like to eat it. I have some salmon in the freezer. I want to grill it. Love salmon. Iíve never had authentic Indian food. I Ďthinkí Iíd like it though. A little spicey - right?

Starr, I hope youíve found another realtor by now. I believe that other house just wasnít the best fit for you. At least that would have been my momís theory, and itís how I learned to look at things. You know what. It too me years but I have discovered that Ďmom was always right!í

Francie, you are a busy lady. But you seem to enjoy every minute of your work.

CJís in Florida with her family. Enjoy!

Jeannie, Easter with your family in your new home! Exciting.

Jill, you had a busy weekend. Emmaís first b-day and meeting a new little member of your family, seeing your sisters, and then thereís Noah, of course! So happy to see that Brentís meds are working and heís happy. What a blessing for him and most definitely for you too.

Joanna, hope you had a nice Easter in Florida. Strange that so many seafood places would be closed.

Karen, pumpernickel bread! I love it. I love to bake bread and I really should bake it more often. We had the perfect winter for it. My problem is that when I bake it I donít the good sense to stay away from it. Itís another one of my addictions. Ahhh, I have so many.

Jackie, good for you - an Ďelectronic freeí weekend. Blessings to you too. I hope you and Mike are both feeling better.

Jackie, I love my birthday song. They did that special for me; right? Impressive. Thank you.

Crissy, hello and welcome back.

Babs

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Good morning, Sparkers! Happy Tuesday to you!
Today is another work day full of meetings, etc. A strange opportunity has come up and I think I could pull it off.......IF I were ready for a new challenge. I am beginning to think "challenge" is my middle name.
The CEO at the credit union just up the street from me was fired by his board of directors last Friday evening. I am not surprised. He was replacing the former CEO who had retired. The thing is, this guy did not have the experience needed to run a credit union. He was a branch manager for a very small branch of a very large branch system. He was in way over his head and despite repeated offers of help from Jeff, myself and one of our senior lenders, he never followed up with us. It might have been pride, who knows, but he was certainly an "odd duck" by anyone's measure.
Yesterday the CEO who had retired visited me at my office. She is a friend of mine and her sister is one of my best friends. You know, the ones who know "where all the bodies are buried". Anyway, Judy and I have know each other for years and back when I was still doing compliance for our credit union I helped her design a compliance program for her credit union. She is taking over the reins again after being retired a little more than a year, during which time she took care of her mother who just passed away at age 96 several weeks ago. Judy made it quite clear to her board that she would do this only until a suitable replacement could be found. She wanted to deliver that message to me personally.
End result? I think if I really wanted to pursue this, that I could and that their board would be more than willing to make that happen. My reservation? I doubt they could meet my present salary, let alone what I would want as a CEO. I have reviewed their last quarter financials and I know they are struggling. And........frankly, I don't need more stress in my life than I already have. The only way I would consider it would be with the clear understanding that as I got closer to retirement (4-5 years), I would be looking to merge that credit union with this one, with the one I am at currently being the surviving entity. At that point, I would retire entirely. We will see--it is an interesting concept anyway. Jeff loves the idea, no surprise there.
Anyway, enough about my crazy life. I am currently at work and need to get back to the pile of paperwork on my desk. I have a large audit coming at the end of next week and that requires quite a bit of prep work. Ugh. No audits--that would be reason enough to make retirement attractive!
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Good morning - barely.

I'm into laundry and several other things. Glad I took today off. I think one of the other 'things' I'm into will be another nap. I'm tired. I woke up before 2 AM. What is it with me?? I did fall back asleep but it isn't the same thing. So I'm tired.

Had a wonderful Easter holiday and a great birthday. Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes and goodies. You're the best!

I haven't read the posts. I might get to that later. If not, I'll do it tomorrow.

I hope everyone else had a wonderful, Blessed Easter too.

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Good Monday morning! Our DD is gone, everything is cleaned up from yesterday's brunch and the temp is in the 60s. Yesterday it was sunny and 82 in the afternoon. Just a gorgeous day. Today I am planning to get a few things done, including our meal planning for the week and several errands. Should be a good day.

Karen, congrats on the new bread machine. I suppose your failures it could be the yeast, as it does get old. Mine will probably get very old before I use it all! Today I'm going to buy some of the bread machine flour and make some bread later in the week. It will be hard, as we tend to sit down and eat it as soon as it is cool enough to cut.

CJ...wow...another GGD has arrived! Congrats to you and the family. She is a nice sized baby! Enjoy your Florida time and we look forward to hearing all about it when you get back.

Jackie, I just loved that Happy Birthday song you shared for Babs! Too funny! My DH couldn't understand why I was listening to a birthday song and I didn't even try to explain! LOL! How is Mike feeling? You?

Christie, it is so great to see you! Thanks for the Easter wishes and for stopping by. Hope to see you around often. I'm pretty sure your weather is about the same as ours, and if so, you had a beautiful Sunday.

Theresa...40 years! Awesome work...and I mean that sincerely, as I know it is work! How close to Easter was the day 40 years ago? I know you'll enjoy your time away with your family. Do you leave later this week?

Jill, how was Emma's birthday party? I think I saw on the simple pleasure thread that Noah really enjoyed his play time there. The little ones get so excited and seem to forget all about the "older" people who only want to hug and kiss them! LOL! Hope it was a success and that you really enjoyed seeing so many of your loved ones.

We're getting a little rain this morning, but so far it isn't amounting to much. I actually like rainy days unless we get too many of them. There's something very calming about the showers and rain hitting the windows...I suppose I'm a little goofy that way, but everybody knows I'm a little goofy anyway. Tomorrow I'm going to my Mom's. She seems to be able to do her laundry, but getting her bed made is a little hard for her, so I'll help her with that and then we'll have to do the usual...pick up my Sis and take her out to eat. I'm always fearful of one or both of them falling. Sis did fall a week ago on Sunday morning. Something about losing her balance when getting out of bed. She hit her head and got a cut, but it wasn't bad enough for stitches. Not sure what that was all about. Hopefully, there will be no more of those episodes any time soon.

Have a great day! Hope it is all you wish it to be. I'm thinking of Mona as she begins her physical move this week, and all the rest of you who have challenges of one kind or another to meet and push through! Sending you hugs, love and many prayers for a successful and healthy day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Congratulations, CJ! Did she come in an Easter basket? Have a wonderful trip........
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Talk to All of you when I get back, just wanted to let you know that we did get our 5th Great Grand Child yesterday on Easter. Her name is Ryker Renee and she weight was 8 lbs and 13 ozs, SHE IS BEAUTIFUL. PRAISE THE LORD. WHAT A WAY TO START A TRIP.

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One more thing...Theresa...40 years is a wicked long time! We are at 42, but you know the rest if that story, lol.
I hope you had a fun day!
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Hi Sparkers....well, I have had two failed loaves of bread. Then I realized that my yeast and maybe the flour wasn't as fresh as it could have been. End result? Loaf #3 turned out well enough that I don't have to use it for a doorstop. My guess is that the culprit was the yeast and also on the first two loaves (my go to wheat bread recipes) that using cold maple syrup probably was not good either. I will pick up a jar of new yeast tomorrow in case I get the urge again in the next couple of days. Next weekend I would like to try to make bagels just for the heck of it. You make the dough, then you make it into balls and ultimately into a bagel shape, boil it and then bake it in the over. Sounds kind of neat. I think I have some sesame seeds to out on them. That reminds me...whenever I order a sesame seed bagel I always get it wrong and ask for a Sesame Street bagel! Goodness I miss have young kids!
Jim and I don't really celebrate Easter, nor do our kids. I think, though, that our oldest daughter is at her SIL and BIL house for dinner. Not sure what Erika and her partner are doing and I know Kevin is working because the Red Sox are playing. I wonder if he is sick of producing baseball games yet? At least the Sox are at home for the next 18 days so he can sleep in his own bed instead of a hotel room.
Christie...he was in Chicago doing a Red Sox game in the snow Wednesday night. Yikes! I think the Midwest got more snow than Vermont this year. There are still five ski areas in the state open for skiing.
OK, I am rambling! I hope everyone who celebrates Easter had a wonderful day, and if you don't celebrate Easter I hope you enjoyed your day as well!
Jill, before I forget...it seems like Emma was just born! Where did that year go?
Jeannie--when is Richard's surgery? Barb, did you have a good time at your sister's house?
Jackie--were there any special Easter performances?
Wyndy?..did your snow melt yet? I know you got more last week!
Last question.....chocolate bunnies. Do you eat the ears or the tails first? Me? I always bit the noses off. Gingerbread men....that is an easy one. I bit the heads off...giggling here....explains my relationship with men, eh?
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Just a quick stop to say Happy Easter to all. May you have a beautiful and blessed day today. The sun is shining brightly here in Illinois and I believe spring is here and summer is on its way!! Hugs!!


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Blessings, Light, and Beauty to all my dear friends. I am on an electronic-free weekend (since Friday), but I wanted to stop by and connect with my 'family'. May you all have a wonderful Easter and be filled with and surrounded by Love. I will be back Monday.

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emoticon Happy Easter Everyone! emoticon

And Thank You all for sweet Anniversary Wishes! It sort of amazes me that it is Forty ! 40!!Years. You know, that is a LONG time to have done anything...we are old!
We had Indian food last night after Church. It was pretty good. Not really sure of any names, but there were these vegetable ball things - Pakoda, a mixed vegetable fritter sort of thing. We liked them, In fact we ordered a second order to have, as a side, with our Easter Ham today. Homemade Sweets and Apples, Broccoli Cauliflower slaw, Spring peas & onions, round out our meal.
Had to just guesstimate on tracking my meal last night. But judging by my Blood Glucose this morning it must have been OK. Not a lot of starch/carbs..just wee bit of spicy rice, and we had a bowl of Badami Kheer , listed as a "cooling rice pudding flavored with cardamom, almonds, with a pistachios garnish" - it was tasty..more liquid, less pudding like, and not very sweet.
Although I am inspired by Karen to get the bread machine out of the basement kitchen and add a loaf of bread. Pulled my collection of bread machine recipes out, now, Pyne will be looking for pumpernickle flour blend and fresh yeast at Trader Joe's, after they visit the Dog Park this morning.

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Kare I can not get the machine bread to work out at all. I've tried every recipe I can find. It is so frustrating.

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Hi Sparkers...just got back from shopping and lunch. I purchased a tray, two coffee mugs, a sugar and creamer by a local potter. A fellow Rotarian owns a very nice gallery and that is where I made the purchase. My daughter, Jess, once did an internship with the potter. The items are for a silent auction during an annual meeting of the credit union league in May. Each credit union donates something in the $275 range. While I was there, I went into the other side of the business which is a kitchen store. They had the bread machine I have been eyeing at $75 less than I have seen it anywhere else, so I bought it. My old bread machine finally died, so this was great timing. I am making pumpernickel right now.
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Here it is Saturday and still have not had the luxury of enjoying Florida and its treasures yet. I picked a pretty poor time to be down here. The granddaughter and her friend Megan did show up and last night they decided to go out to The Paradise Club at Downtown Disney. Yesterday morning the took off for Daytona Beach with Megan's Father...got back pretty late. I think they enjoyed it but they both are still sleep today...and should be out having fun since they go back tomorrow. I leave to go back on Monday.

Jill...awe your granddaughters first birthday how sweet. I wish her Happy BD and hope she has a blast. You will be having Easter with good friends..I will be here in Florida having dinner with my grandson.


Jackie, I was hoping to get some seafood eating in while down here close to the water (you'd think) but no seems more seafood restaurants are closed than open. I can get better in Michigan than here I think. Hope your feet feel better soon...that's the hardest part of the body for aches since we put all that weight on them. At least for me.

Wyndy Ė there is this new series coming out about Alaska and people moving there....when I see it I always think of you. (Go figure) Anyway sorry to hear about the fall...you really need to get that under control girl...put some cushions on your knees to take the blunt force. Just kidding but do be careful.

Mona- it's been a strange winter around the globe this past year. I can tell you this it will mark a huge x for Michigan winters as up and own as Michigan is...it was till a harsh cold winter. Being in Florida now...I heard from the locals that it was hard compared to their expected ones also. I think we are looking at some major changes for all the winters in the future.


Starr if you could keep up with all the conversations that go on around here you would be wonder woman. This is one of the most active teams on the site. That's wonderful in a way and hard in another trying to keep up. It's like if you miss a day...gosh it could be a major event you missed and then you are left out in the cold not knowing why the conversation when this way or that way while you were gone. I love the boards...but I think it would be so much more cooler if you entered the board as a room and everyone was live...so you could chat with those in the room and well...it would make it more interesting. I don't know why the chat rooms are not around since they were such a big deal a few years back.

I am going to check out now...and get on with something interesting to discover down here. I guess I will ask Jacob if there is anything he would like to do ...Have a great day everyone.


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Today has flown by faster than usual and I can't believe it's almost dinner time here. Brent & I took our dog Snoopy to the Vet this morning. Brent had fun "flirting" with all the young Vet Assistants that work there. He actually likes getting out and seeing other people and to think he used to never want to go out to do anything before now. I hope for continued progress but like his Psychiatrist told us yesterday all of us have some issues and problems to deal with some for the rest of our lives. There is truth in her thinking and saying that.

I'm gearing up for my GD's 1st Birthday Party tomorrow. Before the Party starts at 3 pm my Sisters, niece and her 2 children will be visiting for a few hours at my house before we leave for the Party. I've never met my niece's baby son, Brandon, so I'm looking forward to seeing and holding him. He was born on Christmas Day and his Mom (my Niece) is 37 years old and this is her first and last Baby. She has a very pretty young step-daughter who lives with them and is such lovely young sweet Teenager and so helpful and good with her baby Brother Brandon. So, tomorrow will be a busy and fun day -- I bet Noah is looking forward to the party more than his Baby Sister Emma.

Only Easter plans are that a good friend is coming over for a visit. I bought a ham on sale and 3 boxes of cheesy bacon scalloped potatoes and told her she was welcome to stay for Easter Dinner that hopefully will be ready around 5 pm. She said she doubts she will stay that long as wants to come here soon after she's out of Church. My son and dil with the kids might come by for awhile after Church but I'm not 100% sure as they are going to her parents for Easter Dinner.

Mona, So we both have GDs named Emma--love the old fashioned names that are again popular. All your GC are so Healthy, Happy & Beautiful looking per the pictures on your SP page. Are you moving to be closer to your children of down sizing, etc.? Maybe you said and I missed reading that.

Francie, You're sure keeping busy. I hope you're Mom continues to adjust to her new living arrangements. The Wreaths you make are so pretty. . .wish I was good at making nice things myself. . .I like crafts but most things I make turn out to look that something a Toddler made. . .just don't have the artistic knack that you have.

Jeannie, I know you're going to have fun celebrating Easter with your Family. Sounds like you've really enjoying having your Daughter Tammie there with you for awhile. I bet she's enjoyed herself also and has been very happy and had fun with you and her Dad. I bet she adores her 2 young handsome Nephews and they her.

Starr, Another house that you "fall in love" with will soon appear. I hope your Realtor gets his "act" together and starts to work harder for his Commission. If he continues this way maybe you should look for another better Realtor. Most good Realtors I know work hard for their clients to please and find them good buys they really like. They want their clients to recommend them to family & friends

CJ, I know funerals can be sad so I hope today wasn't too difficult for you. Have a wonderful Easter with your family. I'm happy you're excited about soon You'll soon be in Florida with your son and family in the warm sunshine.

Jackie, Continued Prayers and Positive thoughts for Mike and You. I sure wish I could be there to hear and watch you sing and dance with the SA group. It might be worth joining Facebook just to watch the video you posted up recently of the SA group performing.

Babs, I know you're already at your Sisters with your GS. I can't wait to hear what kind of mischief you and your Sister get into. . .Have fun there and enjoy your time away.

Theresa, I saw on the Friend Feed you've had an enjoyable day out today. Glad you and Pyne are enjoying some time out together. How are your GS's doing? Will they be there celebrating Easter with you and Bumpy?

Wyndy, I'm really sorry to hear about your fall. That fear is always with me as I get around with a cane. I'm about ready to make an appointment to see about having my knees replaced. I also love Turkey so that sounds like a very tasty Holiday dinner for you. I hope Spring is just around the corner for you and your DH.

Karen, You've been rather "quiet" recently. But, you always sound so happy so I assume all is well with you and you're busy as you usually are. . .

Well, dinner's about ready so I'm sorry that I didn't reply to everyone but God Bless and Happy Friday to everyone. emoticon emoticon emoticon






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emoticon Stopping by with warmest wishes for a Blessed Easter for Everyone! emoticon

Had a busy day today...starting with foot Dr. appts. for both of us. And he cut again..into my piggy that went to market, and the one that stayed home on my left foot. So I was limping favoring my left foot and my right knee by the time I left there. Then we went for haircuts, to Super Cuts..one of those no appt. necessary places..with a nice senior discount. Then a yummy lunch at Eat At Joe's or Joe's Crab Shack....we both had the Fish & Chips, and left most of the "chips". But the nice white fish was really good.
We were quite a pair hobbling around, all afternoon. Plus it left us really tired by the time we got home.
Dinner was Shrimp and veggies on brown rice...so fasting and abstaining from meat was really not much of a sacrifice ~ not when you have such delicious seafood. But we did fast a bit too, my calories were well under my target window.
We hope to go to Easter services tomorrow night.
And the weather for Sunday promises to be sunny and warmer..almost 60`.
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Drink LOTS of water with that ham. To answer your emoticon if I am doing wreaths. YES. I took two to deliver yesterday. Have 1 more finished to deliver next week. Working on 5 more. And 3 more already ordered for July 4th.

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Oh Wyndy~~I am so afraid of falling! But with me I always land on my shoulders~~two rotator cuff surgeries followed. Sure hope your knee (both of them) feel better soon. We are having ham on Easter~~I love ham but the fluid retention is something else!! Take care! emoticon

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I am sore from another fall, my good knee is bigger than the bad knee so no wonder I was groaning during the night. I may go to the grocery store today. The blizzard stayed in Alberta. Ted was going to go to Saskatoon for the car show but the threat of the blizzard kept him home. In other words, there isn't enough food, or the kind of food, around here that a man will eat. We are going to have turkey on Sunday or Monday though. I took out the Christmas one from the freezer yesterday. emoticon

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Hi everyone

Well the big move is almost here. Monday I start with the boxes and Friday the truck comes. Saturday my computer will be reconnected and then I can take the next week to just check everything here and make sure all is gone and cleaned.

I managed to lost the two birthday pounds and one more this week. So I was happy about that.

Jackie~~Sorry your husband still is having health problems Pray they soon find the answers so he can start getting well.

Jill~~have a great time with your family for Emma's birthday. My granddaughter Emma had her birthday on Apr. 17. She is in VA so I don't get to see her~Can't believe she is 14 this year. Keeping you and your son in my prayers.

CJ~~So very sorry to hear BIL. I am thinking of you and your family as I believe this is the day you said was his funeral. Hugs and prayers. Hope you will have a wonderful time in FL and just rest and enjoy your family.

Joanna~~enjoy the FL sunshine!! It is cold in SC today and we are expecting a lot of rain tonight, tomorrow and through Easter Sunday morning.

Jeannie~~have a wonderful Easter with your family!! Hugs!

Babs~~I missed where you were going but have a GREAT time.

Theresa~~Sure hope your computer will stay up and running. I miss your posts and your adventures!! :)

Star~~Good for you! Stick to getting what you really want.

Francie~~Hello to you. Are you making any wreaths? They are so beautiful.

Karen~~I think Star is right, you are the best at your job and you love doing it. Makes so much difference.

I want to wish you all a wonderful, blessed Easter. I will be with my daughter and family. I am so looking forward to be settled and posting on a regular basis. Love to you all.



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Just a very quick post. I've been movin this morning! I have the 3rd load in the dryer. Dropped Jasmine off at the kennel. Went to the doctor. Stopped by the store. Have the few things I'm taking packed (for myself that is). Now I have a few 'extras' to pack.

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I hope you're all having a Good Friday. We have church tonight instead of this afternoon. It's a special time of year in so many ways.

I decided to try to read down one or two messages beyond where I'd stopped before just to be sure I'm in the "know" on what you're all up to. I might have made some progress. emoticon

Jill, this weekend is Emma's birthday party, I believe. I'm sure you and the entire family will have a grand time, and especially the little ones. Do Emma and Noah have any cousins on Mom's side of the family or are they the "onlies" on both sides? Like Jackie, I'm really looking forward to seeing Noah in his cowboy outfit. By the way, I'm so very happy to hear that Brent is eager and helping with the grocery shopping and other out-of-the-house activities. It sounds as if the new medication is beginning to work well for him. It's a shame the transition is so difficult for everyone involved, but thank God for the progress now!! emoticon

Jackie, I'm so sorry to hear about Mike still having problems. Are they "fishing" with the testing, or are they thinking something specific? I hope things turn around soon for him, as are you, I know. Sending you the very best wishes and I've added him to my prayer list. By the way...Legg's doesn't make Q+ anymore? How terrible is that! I've not had to buy panty hose for ages, but that was my go-to brand when I did. I'm sure your hose will look just fine. I can't imagine that every single person has exactly the same shade, can you?? emoticon

Star, it sounds like things are coming along quite well with your Mom's house. Is it near to where you live or do you have to make a "trip" in order to get there? Good luck with finding that perfect realtor. The main thing is that you can get along, have faith and trust in them, and that he/she is perfectly honest with you. Of course, you already know that. I hope you have fun looking! emoticon

CJ, after the funeral you will be able to focus on your upcoming travels! Be safe on the highways, friend, and enjoy that wonderful Florida weather. emoticon

Babs, I sure hope you're enjoying your mini-vacation/days off! It helps to revive body and soul! Happy Easter to you, to Francie (just saw your post, Francie), and to each and everyone of the people on this wonderful team. DD has gone to visit a friend overnight and then Sunday we'll have her and Paul and his family here for brunch after church. Our weather is improving and I'm gradually getting myself out of my funky mood! Love and hugs are being sent to each and every one of you, as well as prayers for healing, peace and happiness! Jeannie
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Just wanted to let everyone know I haven't disappeared. I'm just devoting time to lots of other things right now.
H ave a Fabulous Friday and a Happy Easter.
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Good Morning Ladies: I want to say a quick Hello, before I go to our family funeral, I'm not sure how much I will be able to be with you this weekend, So for now I will just say HAPPY AND A BLESSED EASTER. REMEMBER THE REASON FOR THE SEASON IS THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD. We can celebrate it everyday.

My son and family from Kansas will be here this weekend and then on Monday I'm leaving for Florida.( emoticon ). I see Joanna is already there. I love each of you and will miss you, Don't forget about me I will be thinking of you, emoticon emoticon

HAVE A BLESSED DAY: CJ from OK.

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I will be missing some of you in my comments, but I think I are all aware that that happens and none of us worry about it, right?
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I have almost hooked up with a real estate agent, but his first charge was to get me back to that condo I wanted. He blew it. It has an offer. He said he could see why I though it was the right fit for me. I was hoping he could get things together and do all of the work for me. I wish I knew how to find a good agent. I donít know this guy at all, and his office is really not close. Iím just saying that heís going to have to find the perfect place for me before I ďtake him on.ď

I have had my weekly weigh-in and GAINED A POUND when I was doing so well. Alas, it is not bothering me. Eventually it will work out. (I remember as a young woman that I could lose 5 pounds by blinking my eyes in the morning.)
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Weíve been at my Momís house again so that they can lay new carpet, flooring, and repaint. Harder to throw things away because there are worthless things (like her handwriting or my dadís handwriting inside a book that should be given away). We are learning to "pitch it," though.

CJ: Sorry you have had another death in your family. COPD, Iím told, is just miserable. While it is a blessing, itís still a loss.

Babs: I didnít see the blood moon, although I should have. Skies were clear in my area, and I have always wanted to see one. I have watched a moon eclipse before, though not a total one, and they do go s - l - o - w.

Jeannie: Youíre not whining; you are expressing a lot of concerns that you rightly have. That isnít whining, thatís working out your problems.

Wyndy, -20 degrees is frightfully cold. Not for much longer, though. It canít stay that cold because we have that incredibly strong sun that just keeps shooting those rays down at us for a longer period every day. Cold weather, eventually, will lose. Glad to hear that your leg is improving.

Karen, Iíve decided that the reason you are so busy is that you do the work better than anyone else in your field. Enjoy the challenges, because I know that you just canít stop excelling.


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4/17/14 1:24 P

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Beautiful morning, but cold. Itís OK. This is it. Iím going to be off for 4 days and Iím thrilled.

Karen, snow for you again. Time getting away - I can relate to that one for sure. Itís after noom here and Iíve been playing around with this for hours. You can see how much Iíve written. Letís see. 5 sentences! Audit - bad word. Another task for you. Well, my friend, apparently you can handle it and handle it well.

I was advised last week that the Asst. HR Director in our St. Louis office is leaving us. That is not a good thing. Sheís very good at what she does. I wondered if this was coming as she recently took a test to be certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. Sheís young - 42. So itís wonderful for her career. I wondered if she would get the bug to try her wings elsewhere. Well, she did and so did our PT employee in HR. This will be fun.

Jill, thatís great news on Brentís progress. When I get Joe to go to the store with me Iím happy because heís a help. That doesnít mean I canít do it alone and donít do it alone. BUT when he comes itís easier for me as he loads/unloads the cart, the car, etc. So I do hope Brent goes with you. I really like Sally Hansen nail polish. I have the same problem you do - chipping. Thereís no avoiding it when you work around home and I chip it here at work getting in/out of the files. I used to paint my nails all the time. Iím beginning to do more things like that for myself at least more often. Sally Hansen is a pretty good brand and itís one of my favorites. Hope you like it.

Jackie, Joeís doing much better. The swelling was partly due to some infection that remained in that jaw, as well as from the tooth that was worked on yesterday. Heís a time of it. The antibiotic is working and he said after the visit for the root canal that he certainly feels better. Thanks for asking about him. Glad to hear you have some relief now with your gums/teeth, but sorry to hear that Mikeís problems continue. I will keep you both in my prayers. Panty hose - yuck! I wore them almost daily for years. Iím so happy that I donít need them anymore. Jeans, T-shirts, slacks, sweaters - thatís what I wear now to work. Depends on whether or not I have appointments. Youíll look great!

Yvonne, hello and Happy Easter to you. I pray that things calm down in your life and you find some peace and contentment, a little time to relax.

I've been messing with this far too long. I'll just post it and get to work.

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I'm in Florida right now trying to get in the sun rays that are missing from my Michigan weather. With this said I will not be commenting to much on the team chats but I am here reading them to stay caught up as much as I can. I will touch base from time to time...until I can get back in the full swing of things.


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Good morning! Just a quick note. DD still here and she's keeping us busy! LOL! Having a great time visiting with her and we are adapting to having her elderly dog (a little shih Tzu...sp?) visiting, too. He's a nice dog, but we're not used to having one around or underfoot, so we're having to take extra care not to step on him. That would not be good for any of us.

I won't take time to respond to everyone. Yvonne, good to hear from you. I know you are most busy with taking care of others. Remember what we always say...don't forget to take care of yourself, too, as you're no good to others if you also get down! By the way, I'm not the one with the ebooks. Several of our members are into writing and publishing now, though. I'm drawing a blank on who has the ebooks...sorry about that.

Okay, I do need to run and try to get a few things done this morning, plus I've got to get going on my exercises. Can't let them go by the wayside!

Have a wonderful Thursday! Love, Jeannie

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Dearest Spark Sisters all of you have been heavy on my mind of late and I wanted to take this opportunity to say hello and wish all of you a blessed holiday season with your loved ones.

Demands on my time have been very difficult and I pray for more time for myself to enjoy things like catching up with all of you here on this site since you are sister's in my heart at all times.

Jeanie - Congrats on your new series of e books coming out and I pray for Richard and your ability to handle taking care of all the people in your life

Jill - Miss talking with you so have a wonderful time with your handsome cowboy

Jackie - Hate the Dentist so for sure I can't believe what your going through and praying it will all be over soon and prayers for a good outcome with Mike also. Hope you win the singing competition.

Babs - Happy to hear your finally getting some fun time

Gail - Have a Blessed Easter Holiday with your loved ones

Just go the high sign I must go......for anyone else that I missed know you are wished only the very best...looking forward to better times to spend with all my Spark Sisters on this site.

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BY DOING THIS I WILL THEN BE THERE FOR MYSELF AND OTHERS.
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Like Karen said - I can't believe how time is getting away from me as well. Karen - ugh, audits. I'm so sorry....

Babs- sorry about your poor GS and his mouth/teeth - I sure hope the Dentist was able to do something today to help him. I deeply sympathize. I saw the Blood Moon as it was rising last night ... even though a day after the eclipse - it was still plenty red. All I could think of was CCR's "There's a bad moon rising." I know the internet has been a-buz with astrologers analyzing that and the Grand Cross that also occurred at the same time.

My gums settled down a bit by the time I saw the dentist; he adjusted my bite guard to see if that was acting like a retainer causing the pain and separation before he does anything else. It feels somewhat better today - though I did take an Aleve because my muscles just ached today.

Mike hasn't improved, being scheduled for more tests, and yes, I am worried about him. Seems as if it is one thing after the other. Just praying that the doctor gets at the cause of his issues.

Jeannie - glad you are having a nice visit! That must lift your spirits.

I'm also busily preparing for pre-competition and competition. Also we have two singing performances also coming up. I had to get my outfits, make-up and jewelry Hardest thing though is to find was off-black L'eggs PantyHose - appears they don't make in Q+ any longer for retail. Ran around to every store in town. Finally paid for priority shipping and to try Just My Size. Found out that Hanes owns L'eggs, JMS, No Nonsense ... hoping my color will match everyone else's.

Wyndy ... I sure pray your leg heals soon..Mike has had that, and yes it does take awhile ... Be well.

CJ, safe travels and as I've already told you, prayers & Light sent to you.

Theresa - I also miss your chats & wit - so many computer problems going on with my friends. My BFF took her computer in and the tech 'mistakenly' WIPED the hard drive. She is beside herself.

Jill - Glad the challenge theme resonated with you. Like Others, I sure need to work it as well. Oh, Noah's pix sounds so cute!! If you can post or send one of him in cowboy attire (you know how partial I am to THAT!) ... I'd love to see it. Please enjoy your special luncheon treat tomorrow. You deserve it! That sounds like a lot of fun!

Well going to do the dishes and run out for a corned beef sandwich for us for dinner. Mike hasn't really felt like eating, but wanted one of these.

Take care ... better days ahead for all... Hugs, Jackie

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My son (Brent) and I shopped most of the morning. I was looking for a few small Easter Presents and cards.etc. I also bought some bags & a Happy Birthday Card for Emma's 1st Birthday party this Saturday. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone there and of coarse the sweet little Beautiful Birthday Girl. My dil sent me the cutest picture ever of Noah on a Pony in western attire. The school he attends had a Photographer who came with a real Pony and all sizes of Western Attire including big Cowboy Hats. It's now my most favorite recent picture I have of him. . .I always love a young good looking Cowboy and this one is going to be "Drop Dead Gorgeous" and his Sister as well. Brent's Shopping with me especially for as long as we were gone would have been completely out of the question for him until recently. It's amazing how being out with other people he doesn't know doesn't seem to bother him anymore. What a Blessing that is. . .he actually seems to enjoy running errands with me. When it cools down some I'm hoping he'll accompany me to the grocery store. He said he would but right now he's sleeping and I want to be back home well before it's dark outside.

On Monday a friend called me and invited me to go out with her to lunch on Thursday as she received a $50 gift certificate for a small excellent Restaurant that she loves to eat at as they make everything fresh right there and have an almost to good Bakery full of wonderful desserts. So, how could I say no to such a delightful unexpected Treat. We're going to get there at 11 am or a little after as this is a small restaurant and gets very crowded. It's only open 4 hours a day for Lunch. It's hard to believe a small restaurant could make enough money by only being open a few hours a day. Maybe they focus on their bakery delights and sell them to other Restaurants or Stores. She told me they have a delicious Chinese Chicken Salad there that is "Our of this World" delicious. So, I think I'll order that and have a small dessert which I rarely order at a Restaurant. So between going out to an early Lunch and Brent's late afternoon Psychiatrist appointment tomorrow I thought I'd stop by to say hello.

Babs, I know you're going to enjoy some wonderful days off and have lots of fun celebrating Easter with your GS, Sister and other family members. I thought of you today as I bought a small bottle of Pearl Pink Nail Polish. I haven't painted my nails the last couple of years mainly because it's hard to keep them looking nice as with doing housework, dishes, laundry it starts to chip off in a few days. The nail polish I bought is Sally Hansen's no chip type. It'll be interesting to find out if there is any truth to this as I've never used a nail polish like this before.

Jeannie, Sounds like your enjoying your DDs visit and are having fun together. I'm really sorry to hear Richard needs to have an ankle fusion. That has to be very hard for you as you'll have to care for him soon as well as your Mom & Sis. Prying for you to be able to do this as well as can be and that Richard's surgery goes well and he heals quickly & is up and walking well again. I hope his "down time" to recuperate won't be really long. June sounds like a good month to have surgery as it's warming up but usually not super hot then.

CJ, I'm also so sorry to hear about the loss of your Bil. I know he's up in Heaven now as happy and healthy as can be. It's the hardest on his Widow and all of those who loved him. I'm glad you're going to be having fun, fun, fun in Florida very soon. You'll have to get some sunscreen, a big floppy hat and some big sunglasses otherwise you'll come back with a Sunburn if you're anything like me. Being I've very fair I burn so easily without all these things--and gosh darn a red Sunburn hurts so much. . .Take lots of pictures so you can share them with us.

Theresa, I also hope you're able to chat more often again soon. And, please don't feel bad at all about the dinner out with Pyne last night. It's good for you to get out and socialize and I almost always overeat when I eat out as I figure it's okay to splurge a little calorie wise as long as we get back on track ASAP. What are you and Pyne doing for Easter. Anything with the GS and Meredith coming up soon?

Karen, I know you're very good at your job otherwise they wouldn't give you so much Responsibility. I know you love your Job but quite Frankly I think I would hate it, especially having to Fire any one and those Audits would sure stress me out. Are any of your kids coming home to celebrate Easter with You?

Jackie O, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the great Challenge name for the upcoming Spring Work It WL Challenge. I love your idea of "Work It" as that's exactly what most of us need to do. I didn't do well at all in the Winter Challenge as lost my focus with all the things going on at home with my son. I'm much more focused now and actually looking forward to doing well in the Spring Work It WL Challenge. Friday is the last day of the Winter WL Challenge and unfortunately many including myself seemed to lose interest and haven't bothered to weigh in for a month or longer. I hope you're feeling well and your Dentist was able to help you today. You sure have a lot of patience with all the times you've had to keep going back to your Dentist. I hope his office is close by. Are you really enjoying the SA Group? Any Easter or Spring Performances coming up soon?

Well, I've got to stop here as I've got to work on a detailed grocery list and I want to be in and out of the Market in about 40-50 minutes max. I'm about ready to pinch myself as I still can't believe Brent actually Wants to go with me there.

PS - Next Wed. or Thursday I will post up the info on the upcoming new Spring Work It WL Challenge. It will start the following Monday & run through June 14. I hope everyone will join in it and follow through to the end. It'll be several weeks shorter than the present one is.

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I cannot believe how the time gets away from me. I woke up to snow on the ground this morning, as so many others have. I saw a poor lonely daffodil being kissed by the snowflakes.
Life sure is interesting. Just when I thought work life had calmed down, I found that I have another audit coming in May. This particular audit is for the deposit side of the credit union which is really my department. Ugh. Additionally, I have been tasked with being the point person for a third party service provider of insurance products, so I will be providing training for the staff and providing education to the members. This should be fun! I always love a new challenge! I may have to delegate down some of the tasks I currently do to my would be successor when I retire in four years or so.
CJ, I am sorry for your loss. This team has certainly had more than our fair share of adversity in the past several months.
Gail--Hello to you in case you are reading posts!
Hello to everyone else as well. Hope to be on tomorrow.
Hugs,
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Another beautiful morning - cold but so pretty, lots of sunshine. Pretty flowers everywhere.

My GD has school today and her other grandparents are picking her up. Sheíll spend the next 5 days with them. Sheís excited because her sister will be in town. She lives in Chicago, and she is bringing her baby here for the family to see. Abbyís nephew Liam. She cannot wait. So sheíll have a nice holiday.

My GS goes to the dentist today and work Ďshouldí begin on the tooth that started the round of tooth problems. Guess what. On Sunday he noticed, or felt, that there was swelling again. He showed me and, yes, it was swelling. It wasnít bad, but swelling. Called the dentist and he said itís more than likely the tooth heís seeing him for today. Started him on another round of Augmentin. If itís too swollen he wonít be able to begin the work. Weíll see. This has been unbelievable.

Jeannie, Iím happy that youíre having a nice visit with your DD. Iíll bet your mom and sister were happy to see her. And she was the first one to try out the guest room! Lucky her.

CJ, itís always sad to lose someone you love. It is a blessing to go peacefully, and with his wife at his side. Hugs and prayers. Happy packing to you for Monday.

Wyndy, your post is a shocker: -21 degrees; your leg is improving and doesnít hurt Ďunless you hit it against the bed; and truck repairs of $16,000!! Goodness. So I hope it warms up. Move the bed or something so that you donít hit it. Thank God you have insurance for the truck. Itís got to get better.

Theresa, I miss your posts!! I love hearing Bumpy stories and stories about going to meetings. Get that blasted computer fixed! Happy Easter to you too.

One more day and I'll have 4 days off. Hurrah. Cannot wait.

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I've been missing you SPARK friends! Still having computer issues, just don't have time or $ to take it for repair. Trying to use the kindle for everything..hard.
Winter has returned..sleet & snow last night. Bitter cold today..freeze warning again tonight.

CJ, sorry for your loss. But you are right it was a peaceful death, for your BIL.

Just want to wish everyone a great Easter. Theresa

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It is -21 with the wind chill this morning. Can you believe that! Oh well, summer will come in July and we will be upset with the temperatures over 100. It's just that it's been so cold all winter long no real breaks at all it seems.

My leg really is still puffed up and yesterday I could hardly bend the ankle to stand. I look so funny, one fairly thin leg and one tree trunk. The cellulitis is starting to move, it takes such a long time to move fluid from the legs. The bite itself is healing much better with that last round of meds. They are done now and I don't think I'll get more unless it starts up again. It only hurts if I hit it against the bed.

Ted got the estimate back from the SGI appraiser. They are going to fix the truck, looks like about $16,000. The air bags themselves are 7,000. Seems kinda high to me but then everything these days seems high to me LOL

Well, off to get ready to drive on the ice downtown to deliver Avon packages.

God bless your endeavours
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Well, I have got part of my exercise done, emoticon emoticon , Just wanted to thank you all for your goodies, Yes it has been a hard few days, but as the old song says, "The sun will come out tomorrow" and it has.

You are right Jeanie, we have had way to many deaths the past few months, emoticon , but you are right again, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon On Monday we will be leaving for Florida, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, and I know the sun will be out there too. My bil has been pretty sick with COPD the past few months, but on Saturday he just laid down for a nap took one breath and that was his last, so he did go very peaceful with my sil by his side.

I'm off to have lunch with my friend who had heart surgery again, we are making up for all the time we lost while she was in hospital. emoticon emoticon

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY. CJ from OK.

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Hello! Yes, I'm still among the living! It's been a busy several days with our DD here visiting, another round of doctor's appts yesterday, and some family time. I apologize for not reading all the way down the page, but I'll try to get a bit better caught up sometime today or tomorrow. I've missed chatting with you.

We're having a really nice visit with Tammie. She is visiting my Mom and Sis today, so I'm not going up this week. That means I won't have to go up until next week sometime. Yesterday she went over to her brother's house and spent time with the boys after school and had dinner with them. Richard and I went to my PT appt. and then he was seen for his second opinion about his ankle. Bottom line: he's having an ankle fusion towards the end of June. I'm not looking forward to this at all. Seems like we just get him healed and good to go from one major surgery (it'll be 2 years in May that he had his shoulder replacement and rotator cuff repair) and then we're looking at another. He's not a great surgical risk b/c of his history with deep vein blood clots in his legs, but he's willing and ready to take the chance, so that means I am, too. Anyway, we do have a little time to get a few more things done around here before that happens. I'm just a little bummed that I'll now have 3 people to take care of...Mom, Sis and DH! Well, I love them all and I'll do whatever is necessary, but it is hard sometimes. So, I've done my whining and now I'm done!!

CJ, I'm so sorry about your BIL. I hope his passing was peaceful and that the family is able to come to terms with the loss. As Babs said, you have had many losses recently, so it has to be very hard for all of you! On the positive side of things, you do have that trip to Florida to look forward to. You'll have a wonderful time!

Babs and Jill...I have not gone to the Y to find out about the pool and other services there yet either. I've been busy and I've just not taken the time, but I still want to do it and I want to do it sooner rather than later. I don't know if my suits fit anymore either, as I've put some pounds back on. So disappointing!

Star, hope you got those taxes done. I try to do mine earlier, too, even if I don't submit until the last minute. I always want to know what is going to have to be paid, if anything. By the way, I did catch your post about your positive rewards and you have some great ideas! How fun for you to be able to enjoy your special treats that don't have a thing to do with food!! Way to go, Girl!!

And, I hope that Mona had a wonderful birthday yesterday!

Okay, I'm stopping here for now and will try my best to get back later. I have some things to take care of before lunch and then a few errands to run this afternoon. Love you all and miss talking with you! Hugs! XOXO Jeannie

PS: Sunny, windy and very, very cold again. We did have snow yesterday, Babs, and lots of rain the day before. 4-7 inches, depending on where you were in the area.

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Sunny and cold this morning. I had the windows open and ceiling fans going over the weekend. I turned the furnace back on yesterday. Abby and her friend from next door said they Ďfelt and tasted snowí outside yesterday. It was predicted. So I guess they probably did. Make up your mind, Spring!

Tuesday. 2 more days of work and then Iím off for 4 days. This could work out very well for me. The carís in the shop for an oil change and tire rotation. Thereís always something that has to be done.

Jill, get that swimsuit out and find a gym as close as possible, with a pool. I have the swimsuit, and itís in my bag. Weíve gone a couple of times lately, but Iím not getting my moneyís worth for sure. I totally lost interest this winter when it was so cold. Taking my GD was more work. She loves to put her whole head in the water, which means drying her hair before leaving. But thatís really an excuse. Sheís quite capable of doing it. I need to get off my duff and go. Now the yoga stretches are good, but I need to increase that too. Love my ĎYoga Journalí magazine, and every word thatís in it. Now ĎBody, get to it and do it!í That should be my new mantra. Deal? Join me? emoticon

Jackie, ĎWork Ití sound like a great title for a challenge. It is work and we do have to work it. That also brings to mind things like ĎThis just isnít working. And ĎI did that but it didnít work.í Yes, it did. I didnít Ďwork.í Great idea! Returning clothes that are too large - wow!! Way to go.

Starr, since you were out late last night did you see the Blood Moon? Darn it. I fell asleep and missed it. My taxes have been filed for a couple months. I like to get it out of the way.

CJ, Iím so very sorry for your loss. This team has experienced a lot of heartache in the past couple of years. emoticon Safe travels.

Yes, I do feel pretty chipper. I've had a talk with myself. The old 'not happy' bit just doesn't work well for me. For one thing, I'm usually a positive, upbeat person. I don't like myself when I'm in a 'frump.' So how could anyone else? It isn't good for my grandkids either. So I need to 'put on a happy face.'

Welcome new members.

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Friends, Just a quick goodnight, Sorry I haven't visited much, we have had another death in the family, on Saturday night our Brother-in-law passed away after a long round with heart trouble and COPD, His service will be Friday and then on Monday I'm off to Florida, will try to get some time in before I leave.

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No time for chatting. I have to finish my taxes. I always love to drop the return off at the post office at midnight. There's a strange community there: postal workers more than happy to give you an April 15 stamp and the rest of us just happy to have it done.
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It's changed since I started filing electronically, but I still don't get it done until five to midnight. I'm glad to pay my taxes because it's a civic duty, but I don't like to do them. Paperwork is not my favorite thing to do, and forget the math, etc.

I just wish they would take it and not make me do anymore.

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Late in the day - been super busy as usual on Mondays. I see the group has been very busy today!

Babs - I love coffee too - but use cinnamon organic creamer (1 tbsp) ... you know coffee helps release the glycogen in the muscles to give us more energy, right?!? Everyone knows to not talk until I've drank my 2 cups of coffee... You sound so cheerful today - Spring flowers will do that eh?! Or is it turning off the computer for the weekend... just sayin!

Jill - as far as slogan -- since Spring is a time for plans and projects - how about "Work It"

After 70 degrees it is now cold, rainy and forecast of snow (2" tonite)! unbelievable!!

Starr - I'm with Jill - I love real Clam Chowder ... reminds me of the clambakes my Grandfather used to host when I was a kid. OOH, and I love the Good Wife as well. Great show. We also like to watch DaVinci Demon's which is on Starz ... the writers there are incredible with fictionalizing fact.

Well - I'm getting a massage, so I better get moving. See you tomorrow. I go to the dentist again then to return some clothes I ordered online that are a bit large (YAY) ... Have a good one all!



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It's a fresh new Start of the Week!! I'm feeling wonderful today but haven't forgotten my scare last week. So, moving a little more than I have been, and I love those short exercise videos. We have some on our Team page that are great and you just click the thread and can access them. I'm still trying to think of a Catchy Spring Challenge Name so if you have any ideas for it & what would help you in this upcoming WL Challenge please let me know. All ideas are Welcomed and Appreciated. I hope to start it next Monday. . .so gear up now for an exciting new WL Challenge!! emoticon

Babs, in so many ways you remind me of myself. I've been meaning to start an aquatics exercise class for years. I bet I've bought 3-4 new swimsuits for the Red Letter Day. I've given all but 1 of them away as began to tell myself what the heck they need them and they've been setting in my drawer for ages. The one I kept is a size 22 and I remember when I bought it--it fit well so I hope it still does. I'm glad to hear you and your GS will go to your Sisters for Easter. I know you're very close to your Sister and you'll have fun catching up (in person) and enjoying being together. So happy your Neighbor has lost 40#s and his insulin has been lowered. Frankly, Having Diabetes, either type 1 or 2, is a very serious disease and the Dummy I am I didn't change my unhealthy ways 12 years ago when my Doctor first told me I had Pre-Diabetes so now I have to live with it. Losing more weight will help me feel better and be able to move better. "Gone with the Wind" is still a big favorite of mine and I hope one day to read the book "Scarlett" that I bought last year. I have piles of new books to read. I'm also a big Coffee Addict and drink way too much of it. I make the instant coffee now and usually use 1/2 de-caff and 1/2 regular coffee. I also try to stop drinking it no later than 4 pm. It's great that Abby and her friend are becoming more aware of what they put in their bodies does make a difference. I hope your neighbor's DD continues to eat healthy and that will help her in not becoming diabetic like her Dad.

Wyndy, I can't believe how cold your weather still is. Did you grow up there or maybe your DH did? I'd say Yikes also to a muffin with 31 gms. of sugar. I try to eat no more than 10 gms at a time but lots of days that's really difficult for me. I hope Ted feels better soon. That accident had to scare him (& you) so much. He sounds like a terrific guy. I hope the Sun will be out very soon with warmer temps so you can put on your Sunglasses. emoticon emoticon

Karen, Happy to hear you and your BFF had a great time together. We all need to get out with our good friends once in awhile. It does our "Soul" good and I always come home with new ideas and feel energized. I used to be a soap and candle fiend (Lover) but now I use shower Gel most of the time, just because it's easier & also smells great and is less messy. I only use candles at Christmas time. But, I'd be happy with a gift of some Yankee candles as love how pretty and fresh they smell. You have some wonderful upcoming trips you're going to enjoy. A few times ages ago you mentioned you might move to Canada when you retire. Do you still think you might move there? I'm just the curious type. . .

Starr, I also wish I could have joined you for dinner last night as I'm a big Clam Chowder Lover myself. I love to buy canned Clam Chowder to have on hand as it makes for a tasty low calorie lunch or dinner. Put it with a healthy salad and your meal is complete and pretty easy to make, and eat. I'm a noisey Lady but are you still working or retired? Somehow if you mentioned it I must have missed it. I love how well you write as it's so clear and flowing. I bet Utah is Beautiful but the closest I've been to Utah is when I took a wonderful trip with my older Sis to Idaho (about 15 years ago) where they have a beautiful second home. Their house is very close to the Tetons and they have wonderful clear views of them.

To be honest it's a super hot day here as it's 90 but we still have to get out & do some grocery shopping. Thankfully the Grocery Store has AC. The worse part is when I first step outside as my house is comfortable right now. I've been busy all morning paying some bills, it's no fun but I'm blessed to be able to pay them. It seems I barely pay one and a day or two later another new one is delivered. That reminds me of the Old Elvis Song "Return to Sender" I sure loved Elvis. What a young handsome guy whose voice was awesome. Not to mention those unmentionable Hips Moving. How shocked my Mom was when she saw him on TV as that was very risque to her. She'd be so shocked to see how those kind of things have changed, for the worse I think. Hey, now I sound like my Mom as what kind of things performers/singers do today (Miley Cyrus comes to mind) is shocking to me. emoticon

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Gloomy Monday. Yet, everywhere I look I see beauty. Magnolias, Bradford pears, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths . . . all blooming. Gorgeous. I canít help but smile.

I gained a pound last week and Iím exhausted. Havenít been sleeping well, but this morningís biggest Ďtiredí problem is that I had blood drawn. That meant I was a couple hours late getting my Ďfixí this morning. I should start CDAA, Coffee Dependent Addicts Anonymous. Itís ridiculous. I cannot function without it. Seriously. Iíve tried the Ĺ and Ĺ - forget it. I want it full blown, dark, and straight. Forget the milk/cream, sugar/sweetener. I love the stuff! My but I feel good Ďsharingí that with you. emoticon

MD appointment on Friday. Thus, the blood work this morning. The weekend was just plain busy, and I never turned on the PC.

Iíve decided to go to my sisterís for Easter. Sheís been asking me to come. I havenít been to visit her in over a year. Sheís been here, but I havenít gone there. Abby will be with her other grandparents. My GS is off work, and he said heís coming with me. So the weekend situation is now settled. Iíll take Monday off too. That way if itís real stormy Sunday we can always leave Monday morning. emoticon

I gave myself a goodie this morning. I havenít done that before. I got 500 Spark points on my bonus spin. Soooooooooo I gave myself a personal trainer. I thought that was a very worthwhile goodie, and Iím a worthwhile recipient!! Now youíll notice the changes in me.

Jackie, yahoo! More new cowboy boots. When they arrive, you know your mission is to take a picture and post it right? Canít wait.

Jill, Iím so thankful that you went to your MD the next day. Iím thankful that you seem to be fine AND that you have a new script for the arthritis. Please do check into the pool. Letís make a pact. OK? You begin and Iíll Ďgo back.í Iíve got the membership, but I havenít been faithful. I make all kinds of excuses. Some days theyíre quite valid. Others itís because I donít push myself. Once it becomes habit Iím fine. I honestly thoroughly enjoy it. Deal??? I see you suggested that I visit my sister. 2 great minds!! Glad Mobic is helping you.

Joanna, youíre enroute now. Enjoy your time away. Relax. Soak up some sun. Drink lots of water. Slather lotion on your skin and eat some good fish. Thatís what I think of eating when I think of Florida!

Starr, I have some books that will never leave my home. ďGone with the WindĒ and ďScarletĒ are 2 of them. My favorites! Then thereís ďThe ShackĒ which is excellent. Clam chowder - yum. SF cherry gelatin - yum. I like what you had for dinner.

Karen, I love candles too. I especially like anything with a cinnamon fragrance or citrus. There are a host of other fragrances that I like too. Glad you had a fun day with your BFF.

Hurrah for Lois and the Internet. Glad to have you back.

CJ, our ray of sunshine, good morning to you. Love the Ďwavingí story. I thought I saw you waving. Did you see me wave back?

Jackie, a juicer - Iíve thought about it but never bought one. If it makes you and Mike feel better, AND you like them, wow - why not! Iím with you thought. Iím not so sure Iíd like cleaning it. Itís one of the reasons I donít have smoothies all the time. But now that I have the Bullet I really should use it more. Love them. I think, no, I Ďknow,í Iím lazy!

Hi, Mona. You donít like rushing through your posts - and I didnít even post for the past 2 days. Shame on me!! Youíre busy right now. Donít worry about it. Just do what you can do.

Karen, I heard the ďSĒ word on the forecast here too. Overnight - thereís that possibility. Shoot. I changed the station, but the dreaded ďSĒ word came up on that station too. I just canít seem to escape it. Woe is me!

Wyndy, it was nice that Ted thought of you. I guess the only thing you can do with the muffin is cut it into sixths - thus, 5 grams each. Not a lot of fun, but then neither is all that snow you have again. When will it end? Isn't it time even for your area for this nonsense to be over?

My grandkids are becoming more conscientious about foods. Alleluia. That will make it easier around my house. My GS has really been careful with sweets since his recent teeth problems. He goes Wednesday for the first root canal visit. Yuck! My GD's little friend next door is in the 4th grade. Her dad is diabetic, insulin. He's had diabetes for years and been on insulin for years. I recall times when he passed out at the gym due to diabetes and they've called paramedics. Passed out at home. Been at my house working with my GS on a new swingset and all of a sudden sat down at the picnic table and said "Sorry, Joe. I have to go in right now. I'm having insulin problems." Mazie, my GD's friend is overweight. She told Abby and she told me that she wants to lose some weight because she doesn't want diabetes. She said, "Babs, I know that I have to be careful because of my dad. So I want to lose weight. I'm watching everything I eat and I'm going to the gym with him." Good for her. She eats treats. I see her, and they're healthy. Actually I've fixed popcorn for the girls and given them bottles of water for snacks too. She's a kid, but she is learning. Her dad stopped me the other day and said he's telling everyone what he's accomplished. He's lost 40# since September AND his insulin has been cut way back. I told him how fantastic that is and how happy I am for him. I also told him "You're an inspiration. Thank you!" Now I hear the girls reading labels on their water bottles, talking about fruits, veggies. I don't want it to go to the extreme with kids. But they aren't babies. Abby's also been learning about healthy foods and taking care of your body at school too. Sort of all fits together.

My goodness. It's lunch time and I'm just finishing up here. I haven't been typing the whole time. Believe me. But I do have to work.

Marvelous, Magnificent Monday to you.

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Holy Smokes, it's -19 this morning. This had better be the last hurrah, if you know what I mean!

Ted is back home, very sore and rather nauseated. I think he's still in shock somewhat. He took my car to work this morning. We have total ice on the streets and his rental has those useless all weather tires. He never would have made it out to the dam with that 6 inches of snow we had Saturday. Goodness, it looks like December out there this morning. Oh well, at least we're not flooding. I hate flooding, too much work and I think it's colder than snow.
He brought me home a treat, a blueberry muffin. Well, fortunately I looked at the ingredient list first, there was 31 g of sugar and I'm allowed a total of 5 in each item. So, no muffin for breakfast this morning. I was shocked at the total, I hardly ever have muffins and haven't really bothered to learn the count. Guess I won't be having any more in the future either!

Today is stay home and start my Avon order. Good day for it.

God bless your endeavours
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Good morning! Star, I actually use the soaps. I used to save all the "good" stuff in my life for later on. Know what? Sometimes "later on" doesn't happen. I wear my best clothes, jewelry, use the special occassion dishes for everyday, use the pretty soaps and even the guest towels. I do, however, do the reward thing you are doing. For me, it was another song downloaded to my ipod. I constantly listen to music, even when I am reading. I love getting new songs. And yes, the reward system really does work.
Today is a regular Monday, which means it will be busy. Meetings, meetings, meetings! That's ok, though, that and love are keeping me a lot younger than my 63 years.
I heard the S word on the weather forecast again! I think Wednesday night we may have snow flurries. Yesterday the temp was in the mide 70s. Overnight tonight and for the next several days we will be lucky to reach 40. I love this weather. It's like being on a roller coaster. What to wear? Summer or winter clothing? Sometimes you can do both, all in the same day!
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Hello, team. It's a lovely Sunday, and I'm proud of myself for all the cooking I have done. What a good girl I have been.
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Even as we speak I have Manhattan clam chowder, put together from my own kitchen stash, in the crockpot. I have made sugar-free gelatin, cherry-flavored, for that priceless very low calorie treat that I sometimes want.

Furthermore, I have managed to eat 4 cups of baby mixed greens. It's not unusual for me to eat as much as 4 cups of salad for a meal, but it's usually romaine or another dark leaved green more to my liking. I really don't like the baby mixed greens, because so much of the mix is bitter, but it was $1.50 off a big container, after all.
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I have learned 2 things from this lunch:
1. I can hide the bitterness of the salad with very a low fat tuna salad, ialong with cauliflower, carrots, fat-free tuna, fat-free dressing, and a few nuts.
2. Don't ever buy salad, no matter how much it is marked down, if you know beforehand that YOU DON'T LIKE THAT SALAD. What was I thinking? If I'm going to buy something that needs to be eaten soon, I had better make sure I like it first.

Karen, I like yarns, books, and yes, wonderful soaps. What I want to know is if you ever actually use the soaps, or do you save them for ďa special time.Ē I end up using plain old soaps everyday, and that special time seldom comes -- if ever. What IS my ďspecial timeĒ anyway? My soaps are beautiful on display, but at least I think I should define my ďspecial timeĒ so I can someday enjoy them. If it is for my next date, I can forget that. I donít see that happening. emoticon

However, I do have some ideas for that "special time" that needs to be rewarded:
1. When Iíve stayed within calorie range for five days. (Or three, maybe.) emoticon
2. When I huffed and puffed in exercises OVER the minimum amount. That really is a ďspecial time.Ē emoticon
3. When I did something nice for myself that didnít involve food. emoticon
4. When Iíve been hurt by someone or something, including myself, and need a ďspecial treat.Ē (Notice please that my ďspecial treatĒ often a food reward. emoticon Even when Iím conscious of calories, I still want to eat. However, maybe the beautiful, incredibly expensive soap might do it. Worth a try.) emoticon

Have a good Sunday, all. I plan to watch my two of my favorite shows this evening, "The Good Wife" and "Drop Dead Diva." I always forget to turn the TV on until they're over, but I have to find out what is happening with both of them. They're taking such twists. I have learned from "Good Wife" that a series can continue if you keep making the audience a bit uncomfortable, just when the audience thought things were going to work out. emoticon







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It seems like I just rush through my posts. Sorry!!! Once I get moved I am planning on doing much better.

Been tracking my food and after my gain last week really being very careful.

Church this morning and now I am relaxing the rest of the day. Back to packing tomorrow. It seems never ending.

Having dinner with my family on Tuesday for my birthday. More cake............ And cake is my biggest downfall. emoticon My daughter will do Easter dinner and again that will present "no-no" foods but plan to enjoy those two days and then keep right on track.

Karen~~I also love yarn and fabric and fancy soaps and candles. Sounds like you had a fun day. I will see my BFF next month so really looking forward to that!

Thank you dear team for the birthday goodies!! Hugs!

Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday

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Happy Sunday to you all!
My friend Michele and I had a good time yesterday with our birthday lunch and shopping at Yankee Candle. I spent far too much, but in my defense I did purchase at least one Christmas gift. I also have to admit that in addition to having a fetish for yarn and fabric, I love fancy soaps and candles. Especially fancy soap!
Not sure what is on the schedule for today, but I hope to do some knitting!
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Good afternoon all ...

emoticon Jill - oh, dear friend. That was so scary ... it's hard to know what to do. I had something like that once and did the same thing - turned out to be the Acid Reflux thing as well. Why are we so afraid of going to the hospital .. For me I think it's about not being foolish and/or spending extra money - but aren't we worth it? Please take care of yourself!

CJ, Starr and you mentioned water aerobics. They are on about that - especially if it is a warm water pool. I've been thinking about doing that again as well now that the snow is gone and it is warmer outside. Trouble is, Like Jill, I really don't like how I look in a suit and the thought of regularly shaving my legs... well I guess I'm a bit lazy, plus it is not as easy to do as it once was. I will have to, though, for my SA costumes and competition.

I'm tired today - had a PM nap yesterday, went to bed early, slept really well - still tired and achy. My Mom would say I need a 'spring tonic.' Remember Geritol? Mom used to give all of us a teaspoon daily in Spring.

CJ - thanks! Sounds as if you've had low Magnesium or know someone who did. I sure hope it helps him. He used to be so active around the house (even after the stroke) and outside, now it seems he just plays solitaire or goes online and blogs about political things.

Hey those of you with Windows XP - did you see Microsoft is no longer supporting with patches/fixes and/or virus issues? They retired that program are only supporting W7 and W8.

Karen - so cool that you and your BFF can celebrate like that. Mine lives in NC and I miss her so much. We used to meet for dinner - have sleep overs at her home, and shop for books together. Have fun!

Well, one of my & Mike's health plans was to get back to juicing so I am going to go make an apple, lettuce, cucumber, honeydew, carrot drink. Love them, hate cleaning the juicer afterwards. LOL

Have a nice evening all...

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Happy Saturday Morning even though it's cold but sun is thankfully out here. For a Saturday or weekend Spark seems busier than usual and that is a good thing. Not much on my agenda but to exercise to some short DVDs soon. I did a 12 minute strength training one last night and it was easy and actually kind of fun. I'm eating healthier and moving more so that is a great start for me. I'm been far too unfocused and lazy doing what I know is best for myself. It's so easy for me to "talk the talk but not walk the walk myself". Unfortunately my darn old arthritis is still very much with me today in spite of the fact I took a Mobic (my first) today and it helped for a few hours so a few minutes ago I took some Ibuprofen and it actually seems to help more by at least taking the edge off my arthritis pain. You don't know how much your nice and encouraging comments means to me. This is why you're all so very special to me. There is no way in the World I'd ever leave this Team. If I got fired they'd have to carry me off here "kicking and screaming". emoticon Knowing all of you and continuing to work on my WL Goals has enriched my life is many ways and I do enjoy my Spark time very much. There is no way in the World I would have lost 70#s without your awesome support and friendship. I'll be Sparking forever until the music "dies".

CJ, It's gearing up time for you to pack those bags and be ready for the warm Florida Sunshine and visit your son and family will be so much fun. Is your DH going with you? What you said about your seemingly "Pseudo" Heart Attack Experience sounds scary and what your Dr. told you about what caused is what I think my Dr. was telling me that happened to me. Thank you making the stomach problems that could cause a scary heart episode much more clear to me than my Dr. did.

Karen, I love those beautiful Scented Yankee Candles. Have a awesome time with your BFF this afternoon. Like Jeannie said it's good for us to re-connect and get together with our friends. Wow, I need to take my own advice on that one.

Lois, I hope with your computer working well you'll come back often. I missed you.

Starr, Lovely Lady, you are very spot on and I'd certainly get lots of benefit and less joint/muscle pain if/when I start to swim in a warm swimming pool. Ideally I hope to find a local indoor swimming pool that has Senior Aquatic's classes or one especially for women who have arthritis. I know I'd love it it's high time I get off my Duff and buy another swimming suit as I gave the last one I bought to my friend's DD, and she loves it! My excuses for not doing it by now are certainly hurting me so a top item on my Today's To-Do List is to find out where a local indoor pool is. I'm so glad you're strong enough about yourself to go to a public pool especially if you see some of your students there. I actually hate the thought of wearing a swimsuit out in public even know I'm very comfortable being in my tiny white string bikini at home. emoticon

Jeannie, Is your DD arriving this weekend? Any fun or interesting things you're planning on doing with her while she's visiting you and her Dad? Wow, you're such a dedicated volunteer at the Swedish Museum as a 75 mile drive sounds like a very long drive to get there. I bet you're the best worker there and I remember how you were the only one who could do much on their computer. I've read doing volunteer work makes us feel good and happy about ourselves. I love how giving you are of your precious time.

Well, I need to return a few phone calls soon, one from my younger Sister and another from a good friend. I keep telling myself I'll have lots of time to read, be on the computer but I've been saying that for days and honestly each day seems to go by faster than the day before.

Take very good care of Yourself, as You're all Special & very Precious Friends to me. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Good Saturday Morning to ALL, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

In case you are wondering why all the Hellos, its part of my exercise, I get to wave at you from North, South, East, and West, you get a great greeting and I get to add some arm and shoulder exercise. This is something our friend SongbirdPaula put me onto, and it has been a real fun time. I can do it as many times a day as I want, and I feel like I'm a little more in tune with all of you.

Lois, I'm so glad you have a good internet service and we all will be able to hear from you more.

Jill: Chest pains like that are really scary, I had a similar thing happen and my Dr. sent me to the hospital in a ambulance. Had the heart stress test and really the only problem was a stomach problem called Gastro Paresis or Delayed Gastric emptying and Acid reflux. I felt kind of silly having to go in a Ambulance but that is one time that the rule better safe than sorry did apply. Will be praying for you, I know you have been under a lot of stress lately and spasms happen a lot of times in those cases too.

Theresa: Glad your computer is working some better, we love hearing from you and Pyne and yes Finch too.

Jackie: Yes, it is good to hear from you, I have missed seeing you on here, Great about your new boots, I love shoes too. Hope Mike is feeling some better, Low (Mag) can make you feel really, (started to write a bad word)so I will just say really Bad.

To All of you I have not mentioned Babs, Mona, Bonnie, Judy, Karen, etc, I do think about all of you and I'm really missing Gail.

Got Work to DO: HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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Good morning! Hope your days have started out well and that you are enjoying a great weekend so far. I've been up for awhile and have gotten a couple things done I've been putting off: cutting Richard's hair and getting that temporary curtain for the guest room finished. In a few minutes I need to leave to go back to the museum to work a shift this afternoon. It's the first I've been back since moving. I am hoping to do this 1-2 times a month. We'll see how it goes. It's about 75 miles one way, so I won't be spending nearly the time there that I used to.

Lois, it's wonderful to see you here. So glad to hear your internet is more reliable and available. That is great news. We look forward to having you check in with us and chat when you can.

Karen, I can only imagine how much fun you have with your BFF when you get together for lunch and visiting. It's so important to have those kinds of folks in our lives. Enjoy your time together and the meal, atmosphere, etc. One of the reasons I'm looking forward to going to the museum today is that I'll get to see some good friends while there!

Star, thanks for the warm wishes, and thanks to all of you who sent Goodies and nice messages. I can't tell you how much it means to me. I used to kind of shut down for about a week on this anniversary and now it is mostly a down day. Jill, I think you mentioned somewhere along the line that maybe Richard's "sitting" was part of his way of coping, and I think you are right. Anyway, we are both back on an even keel, remembering the good times and treasuring the memories!

By the way, Star, I'm with you. Can't bring myself to not have a real book in my hand. I don't buy books any more, though. I'm strictly a library kind of gal these days, except for when we're traveling and I don't feel comfortable taking the library's book with me if there's a chance I might misplace it. I'm loving our new library here where we moved. It's bigger and better supplied, but the old one was nice, too.

Joanna, I'm sure your time away will be well worth it to you and your GS. Hope you both enjoy the relaxing sunshine and rest.

Jill...I'm so sad that I didn't know you had such a scary time recently. (((Hugs)))!!

Okay, friends...I have to stop here and say goodbye for now. I'll try to get back later, but if not, probably in the morning. I have a little story to tell about my Mom and her driving!! Hugs and love to all! Jeannie

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YES, I FINALLY got a good internet at my house, so I can start being a regular "attendee" on this forum and get back and stay on trackÖ. No time right now, but had to say, I'm glad that the internet won't be a hindrance anymore! I'll be back later!



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Good morning, Sparkers!
Jill, dear, you have been through a rough time since the first of the year! I hope your visit to the doctor will ease your worry a bit and that you will follow your doctor's orders. I know, I should follow my own advice, and I won't.
Joanne, enjoy your trip. It sounds like fun. I will be getting away for business in both May and July, planning a get away with a friend in July and will be in Ottawa in August and October. I will take a long weekend for Thanksgiving, and time off Christmas week. I will throw a several days off scattered between now and the end of the year, depending on my friend's schedule and whether he is in Seattle or back east visiting.
Today my best friend and I are planning a day out. My birthday is 12/27 and hers is 4/8. We pick a random day to celebrate both birthdays. We are going out to lunch and then to the flagship store for Yankee Candle. The place is huge and we could spend hours and hours there. Besides candles, they have some housewares and some toiletries. The last time I was there they still carried Crabtree & Evelyn products and I hope they still do. I need to refill my supply of Nantucket Briar and Sandalwood scents. I also wanted to purchase some special candles for July, lilac scented as that is my friend's favorite fragrance. Pretty unusual guy!
It is a beautiful day here. The sun is shining, the temperature might get to 70 and the birds are chirping away. I imagine they are trying to find just the right mate. Aren't we all, lol!
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Good weather, health problems with you and your significant others, and a desire to let loose this weekend. I am right there with all of you.

Karen, Iíve still tried NOT to get eBooks, although I know itís time. emoticon I have gone to NYTimes electronically, though. Will soon do that with two of the local papers that I tend to read. BOYS IN THE BOAT sounds interesting. Amazing how books can really hook us and take us to the strangest places.

Babs, I really have a hard time getting the books out of my place. I have given them to people who, no kidding started used book stores with them. (Iíve thought of starting my own used book store, but I doubt if I could ever really part with the ones I love so much. I can imagine refusing to sell a beat-up precious book, only to me, for $500 from someone who just wants it for some reason. That's not how a business is supposed to be run, for heaven's sake. emoticon (It would give me more space in my place, and the storage could be written off.)

Jackie, Iíve tried really hard not to order books, something about paying postage. But Iíve done it, and sometimes the postage was more than the books!

I think we should start a group called Books Anonymous. I donít know what the 12 steps would be, but I'm sure we can find a book out there that would tell us. emoticon

Jill, you will not regret water aerobics. I have arthritis, too, and Iím a very big person. It hurts to do things, and the only thing that helps, even with the Tylenol and other arthritic medications, is movement. Thatís bad when it hurts to move. Alas, water. It is wonderful. I skip around, dance a lot, etc. I am often there way too long (all shriveled), but I donít regret it, and it feels so good to move again without the pain. (I have even found a way to take an MP3 player into the water with me. It involves condoms and I got the idea from the Navy Seals!

By the way, it was really hard for me to get to a public pool, but I did it. It was even a pool where many of my high school students worked or spent time. I just trudged on through. Actually it was because my mom needed her exercise, too, and that was where she wanted to go. I would never have gone there if that hadn't been the case. I still hate going to a public pool, but it looks like Iím going to have to because the private gym "for women only" has closed. If I had the money, which I donít, I would buy that gym and reopen it.

Jill, I have had many of the same problems you described. Iím not saying water aerobics will solve the problem, but youíll feel so good you wonít even care.

To all of you, enjoy the weekend. You deserve the break. I hope your family membersí health concerns improve, and that you can put your mind on other things. (Easier said than done, I know.)

Jeannie, still thinking of you and hoping you made it through the bad time on Thursday.


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Mona, are you excited about the move or anxious? Hope Cooper has as much fun celebrating his BD and you seem to have had.

Jeannie, hope the day is enjoyable with your mother. I know it's a chore but can be a very fun filled day of enjoying each other's company.

Theresa high five girl...your computer is on a roll. I hope it keeps going.

Babs you know as well as I do we cannot do it all no matter how hard we try. I got tied up with my grand children and the horses. That in itself is a full time job. Just today they kept me out shopping for outfits for the upcoming show. It took half a day and a big chunk out of my check book just to get away from them. (hehe) gotta love em though. Then I paint which I enjoy as much as reading if not more and I work full time besides running the farm. Reading is the last thing on my mind by the time I settle down to bed. I do like the ideal of your swapping books through your hairdressers shop. Keeps things affordable and fun.

Jackie, I hope Mike will be ok...just something that can be dealt with without any issues. Keep us informed about his health.


Jill, I can understand why you are having difficulty with all you have been going through. It's hard to have to deal with everything and it not take a toll on us. You need to take care of yourself even if it means forgetting about us here.

As for me I didn't make it on Friday but I am here early this Saturday morning. Actually I am working and taking a break from working. I am doing some revamping of my accounting programs and trying to set up a new system of billing. I spent most of Friday out with my granddaughters shopping. I have a 4_H meeting here at the house this afternoon. I really don't have anything to do with it...my granddaughter took it over as leader but she brings everyone here to my house to hold it each month...and soon it will be weekly. That shouldn't be too back because they will be outside with the horses practicing to get ready for fair in July. But the monthly meetings are always inside because of the weather. They do little projects and hold their meetings. So unfortunately for me I have to clean up the house before and usually after they leave. Sunday I have to put in some time to watch my youngest granddaughter ride a horse she has never been on before. I will keep my fingers crossed that things go well. Then I will be leaving for the airport early Monday morning about 4 in the morning. I have to get out and pick up a new computer case to carry the new computer my son brought to me last month. I will be using the little one that he brought out. The screen is removable and can be used as a tablet. Should be easy enough to take on the plane since its only a little 14 inch screen and I am use to carrying the big 20 inch laptop. So if I don't talk to you this weekend at least know I am thinking of you all.

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It's a wonderful Friday & even though I no longer work outside the house anymore I love Fridays and always look forward to the Upcoming Weekends as it seems my days are more casual and fun than the week days are. . .Thankfully it's cooled down about 10 degrees here so now it's more Spring like here again. Great Weather to take Snoopy for his short walks throughout the day. . .


Okay Team, here's the scoop about me and it's why I haven't been chatting recently. Thursday night very unexpectedly I started having severe chest pains, became sweaty and this scared me so much. I relaxed as much as possible, breathing slowly in & out, praying the pain would go away and asked Brent to quickly get me the bottle of aspirin and then took 5 or 6 of them. It's a lot to take but I read it's the right thing to do. I kept the phone right by my side trying to figure out if I should call 911 or wait it out. . .well, suddenly the pain was gone so I called my son and asked him if he thought I did the right thing and he wasn't sure. . .so I ended up not calling but was very shook up about what had just happened to me. Yesterday I went to my Dr's office as I was so sure I had a slight heart attack. So, he did an EKG and said there wasn't any sign of any kind of heart episode recently according to this test. He said what I experienced was due to so much inflammation in my body. . .then something about how it could come from your stomach, etc. I've never heard of this before but he's the medical expert and I'm not. He didn't even refer me to a Cardiologist like I thought he would. So, I go back in 6 weeks to see him again and get re-checked. He highly recommends I start some swim exercise classes/programs to help with my arthritis inflammation, pain & stress. It's something I've been wanting to do for well over a year now so just need to get off my butt and look into it, then start a class very soon. I also need to eat healthier with less Carbs than I've been eating recently. I also stopped a very bad habit that was certainly making my health only worse. I went this morning to put the RX in for an arthritis pain reliever he prescribed, Mobic, I think it's called. I've been so full of pain recently so I hope this helps. Otherwise & thankfully I'm fine now, and maybe this was really the scare that I needed to "wake me up" & change some unhealthy ways and habits I have. . .

Brent continues to improve and I'm hopefully this will continue.

It's seems we're all Book-Aholics on this Team. I've got way more books than anyone should and guess what I just received a new one today. It's such a good escape for all of us and helps us learn, dream, think, etc. . .

Jackie, You've sure been a Busy Bee. I hope your dental work will be over with soon as you've been such a good sport in helping to send your Dentist to a Dream Trip to Europe. . .I've done that myself several times as almost every tooth in my mouth is either filled or has a Crown. . .I hope the vitamins and/or pills help Mike as he's suffered with poor health it seems the last few years. I know that has to be also difficult for you. I bet your good at keeping his spirits up. You'll have to take a few new pictures of yourself in your new Boots when they arrive. You'll look great in your New Boots & feel like "Annie Oakley" wearing them.

Babs, Like you I'm not sure how I'm going to celebrate Easter Day this year. Emma's 1st Birthday party is the day before Easter so I'll be seeing most of my family there including my 2 sisters, nieces, etc. I think Emma's Dad might have invited too many people so hope the Baby Gym has lots of seating space. The young children under 5 and Babies will have lots of fun. . .I'm still waiting on the gifts I ordered online for Emma to arrive, hopefully in time for her Birthday Party. Babs, You're such a Special Friend and I love you and appreciate the help and support you give me as well as everyone else here. Thank you for helping keep the Chat alive and Healthy. Love your New Team Challenge and need to get my act together to do what I intent to do to be healthier and make Life more fun. . .Babs, it might be a good get-away for you to visit your Sister in the near futures as I remember you are very close & good friends as well as Sisters. If not on Easter maybe when you're able to get away for a long weekend or maybe a whole week visiting her..

Karen, How wonderful you finally have a little "down time" at work. The book you're reading sounds very interesting. My books are usually either a self-help book or an historical novel. I still haven't read the sequel to "Gone with the Wind", it's called "Scarlett" and I probably ordered it a year or two ago. I bet you're looking forward to a weekend off and hope you enjoy every single minute of your time off. How was your Birthday Dinner with your BFF (same Birthday) or is that coming up soon?

Okay, I need to do some exercising. I love doing the back exercises that Jeannie shared with us. I really appreciate learning what back exercises are good for us with back pain or just want to be more limber and agile. Thank you Jeannie, You're the BFF I could ever have asked for. Thank you for sharing the PT you do for your back pain. It's great doing these are helping you feel less pain and more Limber. Your DD will probably arrive there soon. Have a great time with your DD and do some fun and interesting things.

Enjoy Your Friday my Friends and the Upcoming Weekend. I hope to chat more tomorrow and reply back to more friends as I know I didn't reply back to very many people today. I really do love everyone here and I've learned so much from knowing each and every one of You. You're all Very Special!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Happy Friday All ; Babs is right:" T hey said it was easier going to work every day. They never have extra time, busy every day." Seems to be my life! If it's not phone calls, email - it's upgrading the technology ... Like Karen talked about - never easy! Yesterday my cd player jammed, so I Googled to figure out how to open it - Clue: Turn off, paper clip in tiny whole, pull open and then reboot... LOL And I just finished upgrading/trouble shooting our Cable TV which went to HD and many of the stations didn' t load - that took 40 minutes with Charter. Then my BFF called for help with W7.

Thank you for your kind comments about my mouth ... My dentist is going to Europe in two weeks - I'm sure part of that is from me, LOL.

Well, as you may know I have been a bit down with everything going on. So what does a Gemini do - buy more cowboy boots. Now I have a short black pair (new) to go with my red short ones and mid-calf brown ones. Between that and makeup, I think I'm set until 2020.

Mike's test came back (first round) and found severe magnesium deficiency and high acid (? I think) levels ... so more pills for him. Will be having some x-rays in a couple of weeks for the upper GI issues.

Like Starr, Karen, Babs & others I'm a book-a-holic. I've cut way back, but still order now and then because I like to study esoteric stuff & philosophy. Can't get them at the local library and hard to give away and/or resell. Right now I'm pondering what to do with a box of books I recently cleaned out. I now take my Smithsonians to SAdelines and general mags either to massage or the laundromat.

Jill - when you're done spring cleaning - come on over here. LOL I did a little last week, but have a whole lot more. Tomorrow I need to organize my SA competition makeup/clothes to make sure I have everything.

Well, going back to databases and mailings then will make a late lunch for us. Beautiful here today - 65 degrees!!!

Thinking of all - Theresa, Jill, Jeannie, CJ. Judy, Mona, Joanna - anyone else, I've not mentioned - Have a great Friday!



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Itís FRIDAY!! See me smile.

And itís another beautiful, sunny day here. Next week is Passover and Holy Week. Unbelievable thatís it here already.

I donít know yet what Iíll do for Easter. My GD will be with her other grandparents. Her sister (her dadís daughter) just had a baby boy. That means Abby is already an aunt. She is excited to see her sister and, of course, baby Liam. My DD will be working at night, as usual, and sleeping during the day. My GS is off Saturday/Sunday. Nothing going on at the convention center over the weekend. My sister really wants me to come visit her. I havenít been there in ages. But I know that her 3 daughters and their kids will be there. Thatís great, but Iím not so sure thatís what I want to do. I donít have to decide today. Iíll think about it.

Starr, you have lots of books. I love books. Iím a book addict. No doubt about it. I had so many books and finally gave a lot away to friends and donated to the library. I was overrun with them. Now lucky me - my hairdresser has a book swap in his shop. Itís all free and I donít have to pile up books in my home or buy them.

Karen, youíre right. This is the only Friday this week. Iím enjoying it and I subscribe to the no work outside of work. Too much. Just too darn much. I have other Ďworkí at home, plus I allow myself time for enjoyment.

No major plans this weekend, and that's fine with me. I hope everyone has a terrific weekend and that everyone makes some progress with their health problems.

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Happy Friday to you all! Star....I have the book thing, too. I have finally given up purchasing physical books and now only very rarely do that. I download books constantly on my Nook, though. I am reading a book called "Boys in the Boat", which is about the US Olympic crew team of the 1936 Olympics, their lives leading up to the Olympics and what happened to them beyond. It is excellent and was recommended to me the other day by the architect I am working with.
I have nothing on my schedule for today. I try to do that on Fridays whenever possible. I use the time to catch up on reports and hopefully to spend some time reading trade journals, etc. I also have a week's worth of the Wall Street Journal in my office to go through. I get that on my iPad as well, but I am really trying hard not to work during non-work hours. I am not always successful, but I am doing a lot better than I did a few short years ago. Life is too short to spend constantly working! I have other things to look forward to now........
Have a wonderful Friday, folks! I think it is the only one this week, lol!
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Good morning all. Thursdays are wierd, because there is so much left to do before the weekend comes, but it's still not the drop-dead deadline like Friday is.

Karen, I fight the same thing with yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, patterns. (And thatís not even counting my need to buy every book in a bookstore, because I know Iíll read it and lend it out. A part of one of my storage sheds that Iím cleaning out (and closing in April) includes all that wonderful stuff. No one else understands how important it is to keep that yarn, etc.

Mona, good for you to be back on track. And your little boy is a doll. Sounds way too smart for his own good. Is he the first born?

Jeannie, I will be thinking of you today.

Talk with you all later.






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Aha! I just needed to log in, post and it updated! Now I can find out what everyone is up to today.
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Is it me, or is chat really quiet today?
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Itís another gorgeous morning. The temps are to remain very nice, 60's and 70's. More rain moving in tomorrow through the weekend though, with heavy/severe t-storms on Sunday. I will not complain. It isnít snow/ice/sleet. I can take it.

I have been getting lax with my eating this past week. That is definitely not good. Doesnít take much for me to gain weight. On the other hand, it certainly does take a LOT for me to lose weight. Knowing thatís how it is youíd think Iíd behave myself. Nope. Nadda. I am working on it though and I am back on track.

Joanna, good luck with your writing again. You gave up reading? I could not do that. I love to read. On the other hand, I should read less when Iím home and exercise more.

Jeannie, you are right. I will have fun deciding where to display my wonderful fire extinguisher. Lucky you - 2 kerosene lamps, and they were your grandmotherís! How special. If you had bookshelves or a desk, it would be perfect. However, you just did move in. I think as time goes on youíll figure out the right place. Grilled cheese and tomato soup - delicious and we love it at my house too.

Jackie, so you made millions on Wall Street. My lands I think weíre both so tremendously successful. You with your millions, me with my bilingual abilities - weíre worth a fortune. Iím so sorry to hear about the problems with your gums. You have had such a time of it with them. You sound like several of my friends who have retired, supposedly totally retired. They said it was easier going to work every day. They never have extra time, busy every day.

Starr, congratulations on having such a successful day yesterday. Yahoo!

Karen, upgrades to computers/systems can cause a great deal of stress for me. What a PIA! Hope things get worked out quickly and Ďsafely.í No audits scheduled here for right now. I know of one that will come up in August. I send a lot of documents via secure email also. The less they have to be here the happier I am. Itís a shame I feel that way. The auditors have been very pleasant, no problems. But thereís always Ďone more documentí they need or itís ĎBabs, I need to ask you about . . .í Iím too used to being on my own. Ahh, old age. Thatís it.

Mona, birthdays with grandkids are the best. It was fine to celebrate. Great picture!

Jeannie, may your pain pass swiftly today and may you be filled with wonderful/fun/loving memories. Hugs. Thinking of you . . .

Theresa, so wonderful to see a post from you. I hope things get under control with that darn computer of yours.

Well I started this earlier this morning and it is now 1:20. Unbelievable. Start. Stop. Get into other software. Come back. Oh, yes, and I ate my tuna too!!

Have a Terrific Thursday almost Friday!

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Well, I hope you are all having as beautiful a day as it is here in PA. Windows open, Birds singing, bright blue cloudless sky and the sun is brilliant! emoticon

Today the computer is behaving..hasn't bumped me..or slammed itself off once..so I'll be short with this post.
Lost one here on Tuesday..after taking lots of personal notes and posting, got right to the end, did Spell Check, and as I was about to hit Post Message ~ BAM! Post was lost!!

So I have kept up with all your post..we are a chatty group! Wish you all a Calm, Beautiful , Spring weekend. Theresa

Jeannie..thinking of you and Richard today.



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Good morning, my dear friends. Joanna, sure hope the swelling is resolved for you soon. Must be uncomfortable! Mona, what a sweet picture of you and Connor. It's amazing how fast those little ones grow up and how smart they are, right?? Karen...no...Richard has not found a place for all his stuff. It's just sitting there, but mostly in the back room, at least. There will be another pickup load of "stuff" (to put it nicely) coming tomorrow, too!!

Okay, my sweet teammates...I admit it. I'm down today. It's nothing permanent, mind you. Just feeling blue as I always do right about now. Today marks the 20th anniversary of our son's passing. Anyway, just wanted to stop by, say hi, and wish you all well today. Tomorrow I'll be fine.

Warm weather today, but so very windy. Lots of dust blowing around here. Richard is in the garage sawing something. I'm not even going out to see what, as I'm just glad he's doing something regardless of what it is. emoticon

I'm going to my Mom's tomorrow for her dr's appt. and to help her with laundry, getting groceries, etc. She has been back in her apt. since Monday--glad to be back and sleeping better, although this bout of pneumonia and COPD has taken its toll, I can tell. Anyway, it may be Saturday before I have a chance to come back and chat.

Love to all of you. Keep your chin up, a smile on your face and together we will get to where we want to be! XOXO Jeannie

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Hi everyone~~I am still here but getting down to just two weeks until the movers arrive. Will have family helping at the end of next week but all this packing is my job.

Did celebrate my sweet Cooper's birthday Saturday and last night. Yesterday was his real birthday. He is so much fun and keeps us all laughing. For only being two he talks like he is five and is in constant motion. Doesn't miss a thing!!

I am sure my scales will not be happy tomorrow but I am right back on track today. Think of you all often and trying to check in as often as possible.

Have a great day everyone!! Hugs!

LOVE the meditations!! Thanks Jill!!

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