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As I unpack my books I find myself thinking of Jill and our love of books. I am glad to have had the chance to have her in my life.

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Very quick post. I have to take Abby to a b-day party soon.

Rainy today. Gloomy, rey day.

Jeannie, I'm happy you brought up Noel and her bingo games. I'm smiling again. They'll have a grand time together. "Heaven help them!!" emoticon

CJ, you said it all. Jill would understand our sadness. Definitely. However, she wants us to continue in our journey. Thanks.

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Good Sunday morning, everyone. We're off to church here in a few minutes, but I wanted to say thank you to CJ for her comments this morning. I think we will all be remembering Jill with a smile and warm memories.

Kathryn, it's great to see you. I hope you come back often. You've been missed!

We have a good weather predicted for this entire week, so hopefully we will be able to get out and enjoy some of it. I'll be starting my 3rd week of therapy, but they're in the afternoons, so that should still give me plenty of time to enjoy the sunshine. I hope you all have some good weather where you live, too! With love and hugs, Jeannie XOXO emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon




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emoticon , I know ALL of us have a very sad heart to know Jill is no longer with us, but this beautiful Sunday morning I know also that Jill would want ALL of us to remember her and continue on with our journey together with a happy memory of her. So today even though I'm emoticon I will remember her today and always with a smile. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Enjoy your new home my friend.

HAVE A VERY BLESSED AND HAPPY SUNDAY: CJ from OK.

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A card from here is on the way. She was always there...for everybody. My heart aches.
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So sorry to hear the news of Jill, sent a card. I also like the quote Jackie.
Yes I remember Noel, and I will remember Jill too.

I know I don't post often, but I try to keep up weekly :)

Blessings!

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I love that image too and the saying Jackie offered. Jill finessed me into this group in her interminable way she had.

I have a suggestion for everyone who expressed their love for Jill. If you haven't already, you might want to leave a message on her page. This way her son (the one who got in touch with Babs) will be able to read it or at least I hope he can. Babs or Jeannie would know for sure.

You know I have left my son my Sparkname and Password so hopefully should something happen to me unexpectedly, he can, hopefully, get on there and alert my Spark friends.

Also, I have been wondering about Alice. Has anyone heard from her?

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One more thought...for those of you who knew and remember Noel...whaddya' bet that she has Jill all lined up in a Bingo game ready to have a great time!!! I can just see the two of them having an awesome time! I love the image!

Hope you all have a warm and wonderful weekend with your loved ones. Let's honor Jill's memory by making the most of every day we have available to us! XOXO emoticon

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Just read about Jill. I am very sad about this news. I miss her so much as I know all of you will.

Thanks Babs and Jeannie, I appreciate both of you.

Blessings.


One of my favorite Bible verses: Jeremiah 29:11

:2015 Will be a good year,
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I must admit that I had a difficult time reading the posts. So much sadness.

Then I reread the posts and I could feel the genuine love and care that we all seem to have for each other.

Yes, it is amazing because we 'know and met' via SP. However, we are fairly open and honest with each other. I find every one of you to be very loving, caring and supportive.

Jill will be missed by so many and she was loved by anyone who ever 'talked' to her. I pray that she is at peace. We will always remember her and I cherish her memory.

You are very dear to me - every one of you.

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Like all of you, I can't express how sad I am about losing our dear friend, Jill. Words seem futile at a time like this, but Jackie...thank you so very much for the quote you shared. That is marvelous and certainly something that is very meaningful to me.

With prayers, love, and many hugs for all of you! Jeannie emoticon

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I am very sad, Jill was such a support to everyone. She was always there for you. Babs and Jeannie, thank you for the address. Will send a card. Jill will be greatly missed!

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ďFriends come into our lives and friends leave our lives. But friends never leave our hearts. And best friends always get to stay in the best places in our hearts.Ē
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I will miss you Jill...

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Babs/Jennie, thank you for getting the news to us. I am very sad. She was a source of comfort to all of us no matter how bad life was treating her at the time. Many of us asked her to take care of herself as she was always trying to take care of family first. Thank you too for the address. We can send cards. emoticon

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There are No words I can find this morning to say how SAD I am about Jill, How blessed for her and her new home. Our loss is HEAVENS GAIN. Prayers for Brent, Adam, Scott will be on my heart and lips.
Babs and Jeannie, Thank you for letting us know. Our team has lost a great leader.

Your SP friend: CJ from OK.

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I am stunned to hear about Jill, I did not even know she was that bad off. My head is spinning with so many questions and concerns...but none that will do any good at this point in time. I feel like I have lost a close family member. It's been 5 days for the news to come around. I am hoping that she has found some relief from her stress is cybering from heaven.

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To You Jill, may GOD hold your hand through your journey.


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so sad emoticon RIP Jill emoticon


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So Sad I will miss her terribly. Will definitely send a card.
thanks Babs for letting us know

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Thanks, Babs, for letting us know about Jill. It is so sad, but I hope she is on a much happier place now.
It is funny how you can become friends and quite close to someone you have never met in person. Once in a while you meet a person you connect with on all levels--Jill was that kind of person for me.
I will miss her......
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Terrible news. I am so very sad over this. What will happen to her boys? I have taken the address and will post a card for sure. Thanks for getting that.

barbara

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Sad news regarding Jill -

I have sent you a team message to advise you of Jill's passing. She passed away on Jan. 19th. I posted here also in case you are not receiving notice of your Spark Mail.

I have talked to Jeannie and we think it would be nice Ė if you choose to do so - to let her family know that she was loved and will be missed, as well as offer condolences. If you wish to do that, her address is below.

The Family of Jill Suter
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Pasadena, CA 91107

She will be missed by so many.

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Joanna, will pray for you and Jill. Still thinking of Nola's son, Jeannie's husband and Jackie's husband also.

I have a request and hope it is not too much to ask. I would send the URL but I cannot get it to work. Here is the story: A dog, named Beau, is to be euthanized on January 30th on the word of a small child who said he killed a duck. No one saw the duck. Still he was taken and has been put away for 125 days so far. A behavioral therapist has visited and found him not to be vicious at all. This may sound ridiculous to some, but I cannot forget Gandi's words that "a nation is judged by the way it treats its animals". I think that is so true and this story has touched my hear and almost 80,000 others on Facebook.

My request is that if you are interested and able, please write a short letter and send it to the address below, putting ALL the Alderman's names on the letter. A short letter simply stating:

"Save Beau"! Do not let him be euthanized on or before January 30th. Please vote to withdraw the charges against Beau and Mr. Higgins OR vote to repeal the vicious dog ordinance that is against Tennessee law and is unconstitutional. Beau is being held in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Thank you.

The hope is that the court will dismiss the case with prejudice.

It can be sent to:

Dyersburg City Hall
425 W. Court Street
P. O. Box 1358
Dyersburg, TN 38025-1358

THE ALDERMEN'S NAMES:

Robert Taylor Jr (731) 285-6688
Carolyn Norman (731) 445-3308
Terry Glover (731) 285-5977
Dennis Moody (731) 285-3005
Kevin Chaney (731) 285-2870
Bob Kirk (731) 285-7445
Mike Morgan (731) 286-4302
Bill Escue (731) 287-8122
Mayor Holden (731) 288-7600; (731) 445-8135 (Cell); jholden@dyersburgtn.gov

Unfortunately some of these numbers do not work and only the mayor has an email address.

thanks
Barbara

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Hi I am new to this thread I am trying to lose weight so that I will have more energy and not be afraid of falling Joanna I am a true believer that yogurt with real viruses keep away the problems from antibiotics Lou



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Joanna, sorry to hear about surgeries. Might be better for you to try a probotic and a bowl of strawberries for the new problem. Sometimes those meds will cause their own problems with all you have going on. emoticon

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TGIF plus my top three projects have been completed. Off my plate. I feel more relaxed. Plenty of work, but less pressure.

I had a wonderful surprise this morning. My sister called and said they (she and my BiL) are coming up tonight. Itís for a b-day party for a friend. Theyíll see their GS play basketball tonight and then come stay with me. Her daughter and SiL both work tomorrow. I said - Iím glad!! Iím happy to have you come.

Do I have to hurry home and blow dust bunnies and swish the toilet bowl? Nahhh. Well, it might be nice. My main concern is: need snacks for them. Need breakfast for tomorrow. Theyíre going to her BiLís (husbandís brother) tomorrow before the party and theyíll stay there tomorrow night. His wife just had a stroke and she had to go to rehab this week. Might be there for awhile. So heís upset. Itíll be good for him to have the company too. Iím so excited. So are the kids. Sent our brother a text and told him to come on over for breakfast in the morning! Ope he can, and his wife too.

Karen, Iím working very hard on eating less processed foods. It is hard for me because I run out of time, have it on hand for the kids. Iím so tired at the end of the day. You know what I donít run out of: Excuses!

Jeannie, Iím glad that Richard is doing well. Glad you both made the agreement to head for home if there are serious health concerns. There are the hospital/doctors issues - but also each other. Youíve both had to rely on each other recently. So you have to know whatís going on.

You asked about a trip. Yes, I do have a trip planned. Itís for May, and Abby will have to miss a few days. Itís at the end of the year though and I donít think it will be a big deal for Abby. Joe, on the other hand, Iím not so sure. He did originally plan to go and still said he wants to go. It could interfere with finals for him though. Iím thrilled that he is back in school. I was a little concerned last fall when he didnít return. I understood why. He spent so much time with his grandpa last summer before his passing. It made it difficult to register. And then he passed away right when it was time for school to begin. So he didnít register. Said he needed to work. So heís back in school - part time which for him works well. He wants and needs to work. Keeps him busy. Then thereís the GF who also keeps him busy. She too works and is in school. My sister, 2 of her daughters, 2 of her GC, myself, Abby and Joe will be going to Panama City Beach FL in May. Weíll only be gone for 5 days, but Iím looking forward to it.

Audit - bad word! It will be time very soon. Actually I have a letter already that I will be called soon for a workers comp audit for one of the Fredman companies. Alleluia. I wait with baited breath! NOT.

Barbara, I donít sleep straight through. I wake up off and on throughout the night. I sleep sound for several hours, but once I wake up I lay there for awhile before falling asleep again.

Jillís son - Iíve thought and thought about calling him. For right now Iím sitting tight. He assured me he would keep in touch. The fact that he contacted me in the first place tells me that he knows the things that are important to his mother. He said he knows how much she loves SP and how important it is to her. He is under so much stress right now. If he has a few peaceful minutes I really do not want to disturb him. I wonít call just yet. Iíll give it a little longer. I understand everyoneís concern. Weíre all on pins and needles with worry. We must just keep positive thoughts and lots and lots of love and prayers for her and her family.

Joanna, lots of prayers coming your way too. So sorry for all of the problems youíve been through. I guess the good news is - the surgeries are in the past. Now for the pain of recovery.

I must get back to work. Have a Fantastic Friday and Fabulous Weekend.

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Itís not been an easy couple of weeks. I went into the hospital spent 5 days came out for a day went back in and went through not one but two surgeries. I had my gull bladder taken out and I was operated on my pancreas. I just got home yesterday and am feeling a little out of it. I am trying to stay off the pain meds and handle the pain naturally. Itís the sleeping part that is hurting me most. I want to turn on my face but the pain in my stomach will not allow me to. So far I have not had a bowel movement and itís been over 15 days. Plenty of gas but no waste. I was told that the high narcotics used in pain can prevent that so that is one reason I am trying to stay away from pain meds. I am taking a lot of stool softeners so I guess only time will tell.

I will try to catch up on the reading throughout the next couple of days.


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Still working two jobs, Jeannie. February will be the last of my working on Saturdays. I am telling my boss. I told her I would do it till then. I still will work Sundays but I have done that for years. Saturday is way too much and the truth is for the little I earned, I am ending up owing almost $700 in taxes for federal...sheesh. Thanks for asking.

Babs and Jackie, I usually get 4-5 straight sleep hours and then am up and then go back to sleep. My sleeping habits are a mess honestly. You are both so lucky that you sleep through.

Is there any way Jill's son can be contacted to find out how she is doing?

Hello to all - sorry I am not reading all the posts this time. I feel rather spent.

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You are correct, Jeannie! I have Federal and State examiners auditing us for safety and soundness starting February 9 and going for a week. Then we get a break for a week and our external auditor comes to audit the end of year books. We call it "death by audit". Actually the whole thing starts early in December when the auditors/examiners send their document request. Loads of fun...NOT!
For those new members scratching their heads wondering what kind of business, etc., I run a $85M credit union. It is a challenge for sure!
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Jeannie, Garfy and Chrisy Miss naughty as ever.
Glad Richard doing ok. Hope you guys are able to stay and have fun. emoticon

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Hi, Guys! Going to therapy 3 times a week almost seems like a job for me now!! LOL! It's not real close to where we are, so there is the drive time to/from, as well as the PT session. Not complaining, but we know better than to schedule something for at least 1/2 day. Each day it seems that the therapist is able to get a better stretch to the arm and shoulder. I hope I have the same kind of results that Mona says she has--100%! Jeanne, I'm wondering how you are doing, too. Hope it is going well for you.

Karen, Richard has been fine since that weird episode earlier this week. I "made" him promise to tell me if he feels that way again and I'm not around. I think he will...we've both agreed that if there is enough concern about any health issues for either one of us that we will head for home. No way do I want one of us in the hospital this far from home and with doctors we don't know. Anyway, so far so good. He's been checking his BP a few times a day since then. I guess we're at least getting an idea of what it normally runs.

Babs and Karen, you both amaze me with all the work projects you are responsible for getting done. I'm sure it won't be long before one or both of you are telling us that it is time for an audit again. Babs, don't you have a great trip lined up for sometime this spring? I'm thinking it might be in March and possibly during Abby's Spring Break. I bet you are really, really looking forward to that.

Nola, how is the unpacking going? Did I read somewhere that you have many books that you need to get rid of? That must be hard, especially since you moved them all to your new place. Have you met any of your neighbors yet?

Theresa, are you feeling better by now? How was the spaghetti dinner the other evening?

Jackie, hope Mike continues to show improvement. What a worry for you and I know it isn't easy taking care of a big guy with lots of health issues. Do you have any SA trips coming up, or do they kind of put them off until Spring?

Barbara, I haven't seen you mention lately how you are feeling, too. Hope all is well. Are you still working 2 jobs?

Linda, how are those furbabies doing?

Mona, also hope that you are continuing to feel better. Did you make your chili for your Wed. night family dinner? I bet everyone enjoys getting together with you--especially if you're doing the cooking! LOL!!!

I knew once I started listing names I ran the risk of missing some of you, so I apologize for that. We treasure each of you and hope that you'll be able to leave a note with us soon. Miss seeing you all stop by, but it is hard when people are working/ill/busy/traveling/whatever!! Hugs and love to all, Jeannie
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Hi Sparkers! Same as Babs, I have been really busy at work. There is never an end to projects, personnel issues and all heck breaking loose every once in a while. This is one of those "whiles"!
I am still working on increasing my fiber intake and eating less processed foods. It does seem to be working. I only weigh myself on the 1st and 15th of each month. I am not sure I have really lost anything yet, but I do feel better. Well, I feel better except for a couple of issues, but I am already scheduled to see my cardiologist and oncologist in the near future. Always something!
I keep trying to keep 12/31/18 in the front of my mind. That is the date I have tentatively set for retirement. We'll see!
Jeannie...I hope that was just a weird thing with Richard and nothing more. I am very glad you did not need another shot in your eye!
I wanted to thank everyone who stopped by my spark page or sent a goodie for my 5 year Sparkversary. I can t believe it has been that long!
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I'm sorry for being so neglectful these days but I really do have some big projects at work. I finished one yesterday and the other one is ready to be mailed. Now to finish up on project 3 (1099's) because they have to go today too. Everything at once!!

So my posts are short, but I'm not short on thinking of my fellow Spark friends.

I am enjoying my walking time. I do feel better because of it. Yesterday I didn't really walk much. I was so tired and my knee hurt. I got back out there this morning though. I don't want to fall back into my old pattern of sitting on my 'fluff.' No way.

Still eating healthy and I hope to lose some weight this week.

I'm anxious to hear how some of you are doing. I hope everyone is well and just very busy

Back to work for me my friends. Have a wonderful day.

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Good day all - trying to get moving after SA last night. Lot's of breathin' going on!

Glad, you have good news as well Jeannie! I'm going in for scans at the end of this month so I am hoping all will be well too!

Babs, you need a gold medal for all the walking you're doing. That is wonderful. Should start making a difference in inches if not pounds.

Barbara ... I'm with Babs - I usually wake up at 12:30 or 1 to go to the bathroom (then again at 5 or so). I am so susceptible to sleep ... only time I stay a wake if I'm worried about something. Hope you get some zzzzs today.

Karen - glad you had a peaceful, happy day at work..

Theresa - yes winter & carbs go hand in hand for me. I just had to have a toasted cheese sandwich after rehearsal last night (at 10:00 PM no less).

Mona, nice to see you again.

Well, need to get to work ... I've spent my morning talking with friends on the phone and the internet. Some months, just like to take it easier.

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Good morning SP Friends.

Jeannie, so happy that you received good news yesterday from the retina doctor. Fantastic. What a relief for you and Richard. 3 hours - dreadful.

Monda, I do hope you aren't getting the 'crud' again. I guess all you can do is drink plenty of fluids and get rest.

Barbara, at 12:30 AM I'm already waking up to go to the bathroom! emoticon I can't stay up late anymore at all.

I have several projects going on at work right now. So this will be short. I also have 1099's to deal with and distribution of the W2's for 2014. Retire? I don't have time.

Karen, a peaceful day at work for you - yes, that does seem rare for you.

Hugs, my friends

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Just a quick hello as I am v. late getting on SP today. Didn't go to work today as I was occupied with things at my house. I slept a while during the day to make up for only 4 hours sleep the night before! Now it's 12:30am and I can't sleep!!!! It's supposed to snow here tomorrow morning so we shall see.

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Karen, peaceful at work today? Were you not feeling well?? LOL

Mona, I'm in southern Texas (Alamo) for a few months this winter. The weather has been so-so, but today was gorgeous. Richard likes to golf, but he's only been able to go a couple times in the 5 weeks we've been here. He either has to take me for appts of one kind or another or it has been raining. I agree...you need to be very careful to not catch the crud again!! Good idea to stay in.

Babs, I'm so impressed that you're continuing to get out to walk with Jasmine every morning. I bet she is getting so she loves it more each day, too!

I had an appt. with the retina dr. this morning and after dilating my eyes and doing the picture scans, etc., he decided that he concurred with my dr. at home: no need for an injection today. I was so happy about that. The clinic was incredibly busy. So very many people waiting to be seen. At one point I asked someone sitting next to me where all those patients are going. I kept seeing them taken into the hallway/exam rooms, but never saw any come out. A bunch of folks heard me and started laughing. I guess they come out a different hallway and stop at a window to check out and go out the door from there. We couldn't see any of that! LOL I'd guess that about 90% of the patients are Hispanic locals and the rest are all older Winter Texans from up north. A friend told me they are so busy b/c there is so much diabetes here with the resultant retina problems. It's so sad to see. Many patients brought little lunch bags with their snacks/lunches. I can see why. It took us over 3 hours to get in/get out.

Theresa, how was the spaghetti. It sounds so good...I would go with you, too! I've been to a Trader Joe's a few times in AZ, but none near where we live. I settle for Aldi at home, which is part of the same company. I wish we did have a Trader Joe's. Thanks for the suggesting the low BS, too. I have an idea it was a combination of that and low BP that might go with it. We'll be sure to keep an eye on it and hope that there are no more episodes.

Okay...I need to get ready for bed and say good night. Hugs, love and prayers for each and every one of you! Jeannie
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Jeannie~~where are you?? I have been so lost since Thanksgiving. I do think I remember you were going somewhere. DUH!! Pray Richard is feeling better.

Beautiful weather here too. It was 70 today and yesterday but the rains are moving in Friday and cold is coming with it. I will be staying in. Twice with this "crud" is plenty. I did walk the last two days. Will figure out some indoor exercises if the rain does last all weekend.

Wishing you all a great Wednesday and my prayers continue for sweet Jill and her family!!

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Hmmmm...today was somewhat peaceful at work. What's up with that?
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Tantalizing Tuesday to you.

We have been having some gorgeous weather. I admit that it makes it a little concerned. Itís so unlike our normal January weather. Iím not complaining!

Walked Jasmine again this morning. Itís so very peaceful. The stars are still out that early in the morning. You hear every little leaf move too. Well, Jasmine hears it anyway!

I read a little (very little) of my newest issue of ďBella GraceĒ this morning. I know Iíve told you, but be patient with me as I tell you again: I love that magazine! Itís calming. Itís peaceful. It brings back memories. Itís even stress relieving. For me itís therapeutic.

Karen, your weather definitely did change quickly. Your broccoli slaw with kale sounds very good. Hope you enjoyed your day off.

Brenda, I am truly loving my early morning walks. I could kick myself for getting lazy and getting out of the habit. My neighborhood is an older neighborhood and I carry my cell phone and my Ďscooper!í Who would bother us with the threat of me flinging that thing at them?? Yikes.

Mona, Iím so happy that youíre going to start your Wednesday dinners again. I do remember your posts about them. Always fun, always delicious, and full of family and making memories. Good for you.

Jeannie, what you described happened to Richard had to be terrifying! I wonder if itís allergies. Iím sure youíll be keeping a very close watch on him. Good news about the PT appointments, and good luck with the retina doctor tomorrow.

Theresa, those spaghetti nights always sound so delicious. If I were closer, I'd love to come meet you there and visit.

I do not have any news to report. I'm very anxious to hear something. Yet, I don't want to 'bug Scott.' I know his plate is full right now. I assure you that as soon as I hear something I will share the news with you.

Have a great day.

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Good Tuesday Afternoon Everyone!
Temps here were forecasts to go up to 41` ~ but, very cloudy, and maybe that's what is keeping temps low.

Tonight is Spaghetti Night at Pyne's Legion Post. Not looking forward to it. But I'm only having salad for lunch, so I can save the carbs for tonight. emoticon

Really hoping we get an update on Jill soon. Keeping Jill, her sons and family in my prayers.

Karen, glad we don't have to go so far for our Trader Joe's. We are in there several times a week. But rarely buy any prepared foods. We buy their cut up packages of fresh vegetables, great for stir-frys, soups, salads. And really cheaper - for 2 people, than buying 12 or more vegetables and cutting them up..too much waste. They have a Healthy 8 pkg, that I get every week! And their own low carb, whole wheat soft tortillas, only 45 calories, and they taste great! Pyne is as addicted as I am to Tr. Joe's. LOL!
And that game on Sunday had Pyne shouting out loud.

Jeannie, glad Richard seems OK, after that scare. Maybe it was low blood sugar, I have had that sudden weak, dizzy spell once or twice, and can usually check my BG and it'll be low. Of course now that I'm Medicare, I can only test once a day ~ so now I have to guess!
I hear you on Dr. Appointments, seems that that is what constitutes our social life!

Well, glad everyone seems to have enjoyed the MLK holiday. Pyne was happy to have off, as the morning was especially icy. Not as icy as Sunday..that was the worst!
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Karen, two of Jill's sons live with her: Adam and Brent. The third one is Scott, who lives somewhere near by, but I'm thinking it is probably a 30 minute drive, depending on traffic, etc.

We've heard nothing more from Scott, so I'm guessing not much has changed.

Mona, how fun for you to get back into the swing of Wed. dinners with your family, and chili sounds wonderful. Enjoy your family time.

Brenda, walking in the dark is often not very safe, that is true. So much depends on the area, but I've found that some of the streets here have little dips and tiny potholes that aren't good for walking if you can't see, and busy streets are the worst.

Went to PT again earlier this afternoon. Two more times this week, and tomorrow morning I have an appt. with the retina specialist. I'm hoping I don't have to have another shot in the eye. I'm comfortable (now) with the dr. back home, but I've never met this one here in TX. One thing about all these appointments is that it has helped the days to pass more quickly.

Had kind of a scary thing happen this morning. Richard had been sitting in a recliner, but got up to have a sandwich at noon. I was asking him something and he didn't respond. (Sometimes that happens anyway, but this was different...) When I looked over at him, he was leaning up against the little divider wall by the fridge, almost slumped over. I asked what was going on and he said he was dizzy. I got a stool for him to sit on and a cold cloth, something to drink, etc. It seemed to pass, but I could have kicked myself for not taking his pulse, at least. Not sure what that was all about, but I told him he'd better be honest with me and tell me what is going on...no secrets. I don't need to have him sick/in the hospital/incapacitated...whatever. If he's not feeling well, we will go home ASAP. He's been okay the rest of today.

Okay, have a good evening, friends, and we will let you all know anything when we do. I'm just so grateful that Scott was able to find Babs' email in the computer!!

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I have also been keeping Jill in my prayers. Brent and Scott too.

Had to go for blood work this morning. Starting a new Bible study on Sunday evenings on Daniel, by Beth Moore. So I stopped at Lifeway to pick up the book and then went for fixins' for chili on Wed. The kids decided I am ready for Wednesday night again. emoticon I had to agree. Haven't seen my sweet Cooper since right after Christmas.

Wishing you all a great day. I am going to do some knitting today too CJ and Karen. Hugs to all!!

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I am also home today because of MLK day. Yesterday the weather here was dreadful because of ice, sleet, snow, rain and flooding. The interstate near here was closed for quite awhile and the state highway that my road opens into was also closed overnight. Always exciting here in Vermont. Today it is 40+.... go figure!
I am also hoping that Jill is improving. I am confused, I know about Brent and Scott, but does her other son also live either nearby or with Jill? I don't remember. In any event, this has to be hard on everyone involved.
I watched two football games yesterday and my friend's team will be playing my team in the Super Bowl. Pretty funny! Perhaps he and I should have some kind of outrageous bet?
I am spending the day knitting and planning some healthy meals. Over the weekend Jim and I shopped at a Trader Joe's for the first time. The trip to the store is a 80 mile round trip, but I really liked the store. Yes, they have probably 90% prepared meals, etc., but for two people with no kids it is still cheaper than eating out as much as we do. All foods sold have complete nutritional values on the packages, so tracking is pretty easy. I tried the Broccoli Slaw with Kale and it was delicious.
Anyway, I hope you all have a pleasant day. Keeping Jill and her family in my thoughts....
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Babs and Jeannie,
Thanks for the updates an Jill. Anxious to know what is going on.

I used to get up in the early hours of the morning and go for a walk. It was always pleasant. I can't do than now. I don't feel that my neighborhood is very safe. Also, I live on a busy street that is a pass through street from one main road to another.

Enjoy those walks when you can.




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I'd almost forgotten that today is MLK Day. Glad you have a kind of low-key day, Babs. Your walk with Jasmine sounds wonderful. I went out to walk a bit yesterday afternoon but it is hard here...you can't go more than 10 feet without stopping to talk to someone.

I think we are all on pins and needles wanting to hear some update on Jill. As Babs said, we will continue lifting her and her family up in prayer, love and the warmest thoughts possible. emoticon I know of no team that could do it better than we are. Hugs to all, Jeannie emoticon

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I'm home today, but working from home for part of the day. It's OK. I'm home with Abby. She's off and the daycare she usually goes to has ' staff training' today.

Walked Jasmine early this morning. I really love early morning, dark, peaceful. I take my cell phone with me. Yesterday morning there were 3 deer playing in the neighbor's front yard. Scared the tar out of me at first because I couldn't tell what was there. I knew something was because Jasmine stopped, stood still and stared. She didn't bark. She only barks and goes nuts when their in HER yard! Then I saw the white tails. Better take more than my cell phone I guess. I just love that time of the morning and she's easier for me to handle when there aren't a lot of other people out. She's big and she can pull and it hurts my shoulder.

I have to get back to work and get things accomplished here. Just wanted to check in.

You are all so caring. Please continue with your prayers and love for Jill. Yes, she's an amazing woman.

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Babs is right that Jeannie (I couldn't find the actual post) said it perfectly:

"That's what I love about this team!" You are all so full of love. Yes, with all of us praying for her and her family, if it's God's will, we can help. Just imagine that!" I believe this totally and couldn't say it better.

I can't stop thinking of Jill. She is so on my mind. I know it was a great hardship for her with her one son, but to think of him without her bothers me greatly too.

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This breaks my heart ... just found out. Adding to the prayers and love being sent to Jill - she has gone through so much ... she is one of the most caring people I know. Prayers to for Scott and Brent....

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Saying extra prayers for Jill tonight. She has been a great inspiration to me.

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Hi, I just came from Mass and prayed for Jill and her family and will continue to pray for them. She is such a beautiful person who is always there for everyone when you need support or encouragement. I so believe in the power of our prayers! emoticon

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Good morning dear Spark Friends.

Jeannie said it perfectly. "That's what I love about this team!" You are all so full of love. Yes, with all of us praying for her and her family if it's God's will we can help. Just imagine that!

Her sons definitely do need our prayers right now. Scott has 2 little ones of his own who demand some time and attention from him. He's worried about his mother and brothers.

It's difficult to think of anything but Jill. She is a wonderful, sweet, loving, kind and thoughtful friend - as well as a terrific mother.

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Jill has always been there for us, praying for her health. She has had it so rough for so long it finally took a horrible toll.

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No, Barbara, Scott didn't share that when he emailed Babs, but when we find that out, we can let everyone know. It may be awhile, though, as I imagine Scott has his hands quite full right now dealing with Jill's illness, his own family, and Brent, of course. emoticon

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I am heartbroken over Jill. She has had so much stress in the last year. Please dear God save her for us, her family, friends, and this team, who need her! I will certainly add her and her sons to my prayers.

Do we know a hospital address or somewhere we can send cards?

love and hugs
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You guys are awesome! That's what I love about this team. When you pray for Jill, add her sons to your prayers, please. I'm sure they are all having a hard time right now, too. emoticon

Sending good wishes and prayers for all of you this Sunday morning, too! Love and hugs, Jeannie
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Prayers for Jill. emoticon

Thanks Babs {MASTERPIECE8} for keeping us informed about Jill.

Blessings to Jill and her family.


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I received an email from Jill's son Scott. Her pneumonia returned and last night she suffered a massive heart attack. Definitely not good news.

He said he knows how she loves SP and asked that I post this for him. I assured him that I would and he said will keep me posted on her condition.

We all know this is extremely serious. Please continue to remember our sweet Jill in your prayers.

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Bought emoticon today and went some other places with my PA today. I am doing another load of laundry and getting a few more spots cleaned.
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Mona, emoticon on that 2# loss. Yes, I think you are onto something when you say that perfection is not whats best...for you or for a lot of us! Thrilled for you!! WTG!

Babs, I'm having a mental lapse...do you have special plans for your Monday off? Maybe just being off is special enough. Enjoy your precious time!!

I wanted to start doing some walking today, but Richard has also become more sedentary than I ever thought he would. Probably something to do with his ankle surgery. Anyway, I invited him to come along--we've been having some conversations about how our traveling days are over if we can't get more active. He didn't say a word and I decided I'm not preaching anymore. But, when I said I was heading out he said he was coming along. I was happy to see him making an effort, but even though I don't walk very fast...he walks even slower!! LOL...moving is moving and I'm not complaining. Hope this wasn't a one time deal!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends. I'm almost finished with a book and want to get it wrapped up soon. It's a mystery...as usual. I'm enjoying my reading time this winter. Hugs and love, Jeannie
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The sun came out yesterday and is out again today. emoticon What a joy!! I am 95% better and going to go to church tomorrow~~the good Lord willing!! Treated myself to a haircut and a pedi/manicure yesterday. Lifted my spirits.

Jill~~ emoticon emoticon Prayers each day for you to be well. Also for Brent.

Nola~~also prayers for your son's full return to good health. So glad he is improving.

Wyndy~~have a great holiday in Hawaii.

Jackie~~glad to hear you are feeling better too!!

CJ~~glad you are home safe and sound!!

Jeannie~~continue to feel better and pray that shoulder heals GREAT!

I lost two pounds this week and am quite happy with that. Decided that being perfect isn't always whats best for me. I am excited to move forward this year too, Babs. Hugs.

Have a great weekend everyone. Hugs to all!!

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Quick post before the computer dies or I kill it! I'm absolutely going to have to bite the bullet and buy a new one. This one is old, freezes up, slower than a turtle and drives me crazy. Well, doesn't take much to do that - but still. It's only money; right??

Jeannie, you're right about the texture of spaghetti squash. Could be what makes the kids not want it. I'll be the only one here to eat it, but I'm fixing it. So glad you're making progress since you're immobilizer is off. I can see where it would throw you off balance. Hope it warms up for you.

Nola, I'm so glad that your son is doing better and has more energy. It doesn't matter how old our 'kids' are - they're still our kids.

I've got laundry going. Made mini veggie quiches this morning. I made a few without all the extra veggies for my GS. I knew Miss Picky wouldn't eat them. Fine with me. I ate 2 and put the rest in a ziploc baggie. Now I'm ready for the week!

I feel so energized and excited about my healthy venture. I'm down 0.6# which is hardly anything, but for me it's a lot. I keep telling myself to think: Wow!! 0.6# lost - better than gaining it. That's true too.

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Hello everyone - I've returned to the land of living ... after SA practice on Tuesday, I was up all night in the bathroom with the flu - then spent the next few days in bed. It hit me hard ... I've colds but I think this is the first flu in a long time.

Needless to say there is a lot to catch up and prayers to be said for those who need them. I am sorry I am not more fully present...

Nice to see you all again... Jackie



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Mona emoticon for the continued prayers for my son. He is doing so much better and has so much more energy.
Jeannie, remember when the weather is a little cooler at least it is not Ice and snow. I am a Texas girl born and miss the mild weather even all these years later.
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Hey, Babs...you sneaked in here before I got mine posted! Nice to hear you'll have Monday off. I'd forgotten, but it's a holiday, isn't it!! Have a great day! Now I need to scoot...talk to everyone later. Hugs, Jeannie

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Good morning, everyone! It's another cloudy and cool day in our part of TX. So much for coming south for the great weather! LOL! It is supposed to warm up and get nicer later today and the weekend will be nice, I think. Looking forward to it. I need to get outside so I can walk a little bit now that the immobilizer is off. For some reason, having it on seemed to throw my balance off and walking was hard.

Barbara, please don't worry about including each and every person in all your posts. We all try, but sometimes it is impossible. I don't think anyone takes offense at that. It's just the way it is. It's all good!

Babs, we grew spaghetti squash in our garden one year, but honestly I don't have any memory of fixing it. It was so long ago, but I know there are people who love it. Let us know how it is for you!! I need to branch out and try some new things, too. Our 2 grandsons are miles apart in what they eat. The younger one (Abby's age) is great and will try almost anything, loves fruit and veggies, etc. The older one, now in middle school, has become much pickier and is "sensitive" to textures (his word)...doesn't like chunks of things in foods, etc. But, we get along and they both love cottage cheese and several other things, so I always try to have that on hand.

Wyndy, enjoy that Hawaiian vacation! I envy you!! Love Hawaii and the people, weather, etc. My cousin and her husband will be there for a month visiting his brother. Now that's the way to do it!! It'll be a great break from your Canadian winter, Wyndy!!

Nola, yes...important to pace yourself. You'll get it all done in due time, so no need to push yourself into exhaustion or illness. Cuddling with Keeper sounds nice.

Hi, CJ. Glad you are home safe and sound. Your BIL will have a time adjusting. My Mom always said it was so "quiet" after Dad passed away. No other sounds in the house. Weekends were the hardest for her. Did your sister and BIL have children? Do they live nearby to them? Hugs and prayers!

Okay, need to get going...today we're on our way to do a few groceries. No therapy or other commitments today, but a friend just stopped by and said they are having happy hour this afternoon. I like this little neighborhood happy hour. You bring your own drinks (Richard takes a can of pop and I take my water) and there is never any food served. It was decided a long time ago that there is too much focus on food and eating, so nothing served. Works for me! I love it that way, actually.

Take care everyone and do your best to make today be important to you and I will do the same. I'm afraid I've been slipping badly and it's time for me to take the reins and turn things around. Hugs, love and prayers for all!! Jeannie
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TGIF!!!!!

As Iíve been posting, Iíve been walking more. Walking Jasmine my ever faithful companion - yoga stretches, some water workouts (when it isnít so darn cold), eating healthy. So this morning I decided to Ďsneak a peekí and Iím disappointed. Itís down, but not by much at all. Iím praying that itís just my body adjusting and that Iím building muscle. I feel like Iím fighting a battle with myself!

I have to get back to strict/rigid/mandatory (I know - redundant) nutrition tracking. Important to make sure Iím getting all the nutrients I need too. Did you ever stop and think what a full time job this is? Good grief.

I am taking Monday off. Iíll do a little work (not cleaning, but work from employment) at home, and then Iím not sure what else. Exercise will fit in there. Abbyís dance class will fit in there too.

CJ, Iím glad the funeral is over for all of you. Iím sure it will be very difficult for her husband. 60 years is a long, long time to be together. Heíll be lost without her. Hugs.

Nola, careful with those dizzy spells. Of course, Iím sure you know that. An afternoon of cuddling sounds like heaven to me.

Wyndy, Iím thankful you didnít break your knee. How frightening for you when you fell - and how painful. Happy that youíre feeling better. Enjoy your trip. Iíve never been to Hawaii.

Barbara, I rarely get everyone in on my posts. Youíre trying very hard and doing a great job! How was the family gather and your brother and SiLís - or is that tonight? Sounds like fun.

Have a Fantastic, Fabulous Friday.

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Hello everyone,

Busy day at work today...Looking forward to visiting with my brother and sister in law who are having my sister, nephew, son, and I over. It should be nice as we don't get to see each other often.

I do try my hardest to include everyone in my posts and if I do not it is an oversight and not meant deliberately.

Nola, is Keeper a cat? Still keeping your son in my prayers.

CJ, again, so sorry about your sister...60 years she and her husband were together...such a long time to then lose someone...but I love your beliefs to be joined again!

Hey babs, you are so cute...you know spaghetti squash is really good. It's great that Abby loves salad/veggies and fruit. I remember you mentioned that before...quite different (and fabuloso!) for a youngster!

Jill (in absentia) - you are so missed.

Jeannie, glad to see you are back to being busy! We are supposed to get nicer weather also. Thanks for asking about the 100 Days - I am lagging behind a bit, but still learning its lessons. I just want to LOSE though and it will be hard without exercising. I am really thinking about joining our work gym. I could go for 10 minutes once or twice a day.

Joanna, so sorry about your dog - it has to be so hard especially as she is only 6 years old. OMG, an inflammed gall stone causing all that pain and side effects. I cannot understand about the diabetes appearing like that. I am glad you are seeing your primary who hopefully can re-assess everything. Sorry about your trip.

Theresa, I have been doing the same thing - sleep 4-5 hours getting/staying up and then going back for 2-3 hours - so I know how you feel.

Mona, I must have missed what happen that you say you are finally starting to feel better.

Karen, I find fiber so hard to incorporate and I truly need it with my digestive problems!

Wyndy. have a safe and wonderful trip on Saturday - Hawaii - heard its gorgeous.

Hello to all others

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So chiropractor put sacral joint back in and loosened pinched nerve, then I fell between the car and the truck and smushed my knee. I'm just thankful it didn't break. So now I have a cane but I'm not screaming anymore so I consider that a better condition. The doctor gave us both antibiotics yesterday, mine were very strong. Took 2 yesterday and one this morning and I am feeling much better. Almost like I could function. My suitcase is mostly packed, just last minute stuff. Take the dog out to the kennel about 40 miles from here tomorrow and then off to Saskatoon Saturday morning. We fly out of Saskatoon Sunday morning and arrive in Hawaii Sunday night.

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It is good to read about you all. I am still working on some unpacking. I am having some dizzy spells this morning so I am going to take it easy today.
Keeper is feeling much better since receiving his antibiotic on Tuesday. I think that we need to just spend the afternoon cuddling.

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Good Morning Friends: Just a note to let you know I'm here and reading all your wonderful posts again. My sisters Funeral went well, I guess as well as something like that can go. Her husband of almost 60 yrs is still very much in pain. He has taken such good care of her the last 5 yrs since she's been sick. Going to take a while for all of us to rap our heads and hearts around the fact that she's not here anymore, but we will and we all know we will see her again. Jesus said, let not your hearts be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me. In my fathers house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and RECEIVE you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also. Sis is there and we will see her again. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Jeannie: It was so good to see you able to write the long post again, and I do hope you get some warmer weather this weekend.

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Where is everyone??? Are you out snowboarding? Skiing? Swimming? I miss everyone.

Jeannie, an Iowa breakfast with 36 sounds like a fun event. So glad youíre into your PT now. Thatís a good sign. Iím surprised at the weather youíre having. I hope it warms up and gets prettier for you.

I saw a post from Jill - a quick note type post. So great to see that she was able to do even that. Hugs and prayers dear friend.

I stopped by the supermarket yesterday and bought a spaghetti squash. I have decided that I need to prepare some foods that I want on weekends, that are healthy, and that to me at least are tastey. I do not like to come home from work and have to cook. Itís become a chore. So I havenít been doing it. The problem is fast food, eating out, processed foods are not healthy. We all know that. So this is a new goal of mine - work it out on the weekends or plan for corckpot meals Ďfor me.í Joeís gone quite a bit between work and GF. Next week his classes start again. That means add school and homework to the mix. Abbyís got school, homework and dance. Oh, forgot Ďplaytime.í Joe isnít really picky, but he isnít home at mealtime as a rule. Abby never used to be picky but now she is. So I always have salad Ďfixinsí, carrot sticks, apples, bananas, grapes, cheeses, soups, WW frozen meals or Michelinaís Lean Gourmet meals, pizza rolls (not real healthy, but itís food), deli sliced turkey/chicken, eggs . . . Plenty to pick and choose from - PLUS itís time to start trying different foods. So thatís my plan. Basically they both like Ďhealthy foodsí such as salads. Abby prefers salad or veggies (like carrot sticks) and fruit to most foods.

Iím rambling and what I need to do is get back to work. I have so much to do, and I plan to take Monday off. So Iíd better get busy.

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The weather in deep south Texas is not very nice right now, but we've been out and about the entire day. Started with an Iowa breakfast at a local restaurant (everyone in this park from Iowa tries to attend--think we had 36 there today). Then I had my therapy in the late morning, stopped for a bite to eat after that, stopped at a thrift store (bought nothing) for a few minutes, came back to the park and picked up Richard's computer and went back to the park hall to use the free internet. He's had trouble with the computer and I didn't bother bringing mine along since I spend most of my time trying to be sure he is running okay anyway. Finally, at 4:00, we are back "home"...or what passes for home until mid-March. Tomorrow I'll have therapy again and Friday NOTHING scheduled! Yea!! Temp is in the mid 40s, windy, rainy and generally icky, as the local weatherman seems to like to say. Nice weather coming our way for the weekend, I've heard.

Joanna, don't you buy travel insurance? We almost always do if we're doing any traveling. At our age, anything can happen, so we try to not take too many chances. Of course, I hate traveling anymore anyway, so what are you gonna do. I think Southwest Airlines allows changes, but I'm not sure any of the others do...probably could do something with a re-booking fee, though. Good luck! Sure sorry to hear about your health issues. I hope everything improves very soon.

Theresa, I've done that same thing with forgetting to make our bed. It is now a 2 person job for us, and I like that, so from now on, I will only make it if Richard helps. I can do more and more with my shoulder healing, but I also told him I think it is important that he continue to do his share!! Why should the cooking be all my "job" when he is perfectly capable of helping?? LOL...I don't think he bargained for that!!

Babs, I was going to say the same thing about apartment move-outs. When our kids have moved out of their apartments, they were always expected to do carpet cleaning regardless of how it looked. Anyway, Nola, glad you are moved and soon will be settled in your new place.

Babs, you asked about chia seeds. I have a love/hate relationship with them. To me they don't have any taste, but they have a lot of fiber. They are tiny little blackish seeds. Theresa, you mentioned adding them to all kinds of foods. The only thing that seems to work for me is to put it in yogurt. They have a tendency to swell up a little bit and get kind of gelatinous, so how does it work in soups and other foods? They stick in my teeth, too!! Looks real attractive! haha!

Mona, hope those food/dietary changes are going well for you. Do you have any more travels coming up soon?

Karen, sure glad to know it isn't strictly Metamucil and yarn...but if it is, I hope you're drinking lots of water, too!!

Wyndy, hope you're feeling better by now.

Barbara, how is the 100 day book going for you this time? Hope you are feeling positive about it.

Jeanne, how are you getting along by now? Are you still doing PT? I've had 2 sessions, but will be going 3 times a week for several months. I hope I make good progress, but I think a lot of it will be making sure I do my assignment every day, too. Now, if I could just get comfortable enough to get a good night's sleep, I'd be a really happy person!!

Hey, Lois...how are you getting along? I think it has been snowing again in Virginia. At least our DD in Alexandria said she had another snow day today. Stay safe.

Makes me wonder about Jackie and Mike, too...snow? wind? bad roads? Hope you are staying warm and Mike isn't trying to get outside to do things when it is bad.

Jill, if you happen to read through some of the chats...hello and hugs to you, too!

CJ, hope you and your family made it through the funeral and related things.More hugs!! Matter of fact, I'm sending hugs to everyone!!

I almost forgot...I remember seeing that Darlene had posted several times when I was sort of loitering around and not posting much. How awesome to see you! I know there are others I've missed, but just know that we love you, too, and hope to see everyone again very soon. Time to think about getting a little dinner ready...will be very light tonight since we had 2 meals out today!! XOXOXO Love and hugs to all! Jeannie

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Joanna, so sorry about your gall stone and diabetes. Wow! That would be a shocker. I hope things get scheduled to take care of this soon and that you are feeling better. I'd definitely try to reschedule. You may not be out all of that money if you have medical documentation for the reason you are rebooking. Worth a try anyway.

Theresa, nice to see a post from you. Chia seeds - never thought of that. I put craisins, raisins, blueberries (dried), cherries (dried), slivered almonds, pecans - whatever I can find in salads and sometimes in oatmeal. I like fresh fruit in my salads too. But I never thought of chia seeds, never tasted them. Are they 'nutty' flavored?

Mona, glad you're doing better.

Nola, yes, I do think professional carpet cleaning is pretty much standard on a move-out. We require it too. You're out of there. That's the good thing.

Hello to everyone else. Hope you're all having a Wonderful Wednesday.

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First let me say the obvious, itís great to know that Jill is home and recovering from her fall and phenomena. I as so many of you have been so worried.

Nola that is great news about your son. I am going to pray that his recovery goes well. I am sure you are relieved that the surgery is over.

Jackie O, I also heat with woodÖI have two large wood burners one on each level. It works pretty well for our house and we have a larger home. A little chilly in the bathrooms but once the hot water is going that doesn't seem to matter much.

Lois, loved the receipt

CJ sorry about your loss, but at 78 and being sick for a while you must have kind of expected something. Still it hurts to lose a sibling or family member.

Theresa your Christmas Party sounds like a winter. I think seeing the same group of people and friends each year for 40 years would be great. Unfortunately I never got involved with anything like that. Hope you have lots of years left doing it.

As for me I have been going through a struggle myself. First just about a week ago I found out one of my dogs has cancer and nothing we can do about it. That she is going pretty fast. She is such a sweet and kind dog and only 6 years old. I am letting her be the queen of the house right now. No dog food for that baby. Steak and eggs for breakfast, chicken and mashed potatoes, beef stew. She eats what we eat maybe better. She sleeps up in the bedÖbut I did make her a special handmade bedÖthat is huge so when her joints wonít allow her to jump into the bed she will have something special to lounge on. I think we will only have a couple of months with her so she will get the catís meow for the rest of her life. OkÖ.with that said three days after I found out about Lilly, my stomach began to hurt meÖ.and I laid down only to think that gas lodged into my chest. I tried like heck to get it moved around by rolling on pillowsÖwalking, hot shower, everything I could think of. But, nothing helped it just got worse as the night went on. I could not sleep even for 30 minutes in fact I could not lie down. By two oíclock the next I got the Hubby to take me to the emergency room (it was Saturday no doctor open). Found out that I had a gull stone the size of a fistÖ.so they put me into a room and wanted to do surgery. Unfortunately they could not because the gull bladder was so bad it caused a problem with the pancreas making it inflamed and swollen. I spent Saturday until yesterday in the hospital on IVís and being given unusual meds. The most unusual was insulin. They said my blood sugar was off and that I needed shots of insulin for diabetes control. In all my years I never heard that I had a problem with diabetes. Scary! They sent me home yesterday to give my pancreas time to settle down before they could do the surgery and remove the gull bladder. Back home for the first night you would think I would be happy, but no. I could not sleep last night at all I was up walking the floor having leg spasms all night long if I tried to lie down my legs just went nuts on me but as long as I was up walking they were alright. Whatís up with that? Well tomorrow I have a visit with my primary physician to schedule the surgery hopefully she will give me some explanation of what is happening to me.

I am scheduled to leave for Vegas to visit my son on the 20thÖÖmy plane and accommodations are already booked I am going to try to reschedule but I think over all I am going to lose the all my money. Things are not going my way right now.


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emoticon Good Wednesday SPARK Sisters. I didn't get very much sleep, as I woke at 2am, sick, and then didn't go back to sleep till it was time to get up. So I dozed for 40 min., gave up and got up.

Karen you were talking about adding fiber, and my breakfast this morning was loaded with it. I added chopped apple, sliced almonds, and craisins to a packet of Trader Joe's instant multigrain triple berry with flax and chia seed cereal. I usually add walnuts too, but skipped them today. And get some chia seed- you can add that and sliced almonds to everything - soup, salads, meatloaf, omelets, chicken or ham salad...anything!

Jackie, glad Mike is starting to heal...not like when we were younger. . Slow process now.
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Babs, we had that beautiful sun yesterday, with temp in the 20's. Brrrilliant! And I had to grin at your, stripping the beds and throwing the sheets in the wash - I did that Saturday morning..figured I'd remake our bed with the same sheets later - Well, later turned out to be after Midnight! We went to 5pm Mass, got something light to eat, and went to a party ... got in late, . I got ready to go to bed and realized that I had never gone up to remake the bed! So mad, it was definitely a Senior event!

Jeannie, good to have the immobilizer off! And how wonderful of that thoughtful lady to track you down with John's Ohio basketball game films!

Saw Jill posted a line on the team wall - good to see! Praying for continued healing.


Wyndy, hope you feel better fast - Hawaii on Saturday!!! emoticon

Nola, how petty that the management wants You to pay for carpet cleaning! Seems that getting the apartment ready to rent should be on their cost!
But enjoy your new place, take your time unpacking.

Sending warm wishes to all! Theresa


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I enjoyed reading and catching up with all of the new posts. I am slowly unpacking and getting things put away. My stress was sky high after the walk through at the old apartment. The manager told me I had to pay for a professional carpet cleaning for the next tenant to move in. I knew she would pull something else.

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Made it through yesterday. They say the first two weeks are the hardest. And with all the "bad" foods I have eaten I think it is going to be even more difficult. But I have to do it.

Very cold and rainy here. Haven't been out since going to FL. I did go to the doctor and get meds but that is it. I think I am finally starting to feel better.

Have a great day everyone. Hugs!

Jill~~thinking of you every day. Pray you are feeling better.

Nola~~so glad you are in your new place.

Jeannie~~great job on finishing first phase of PT. And that is so wonderful that those people found you and are sending you the tapes.

Babs~~I am back to the tracker too.

Hugs to all. Have a great day!!

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Cold. 18 degrees. But the sun is shining, which makes the day beautiful! emoticon

I was so tired last night. Mondays tend to wear me out and always have. Returning to work after the weekend can be, and usually is (as most of you know or recall), exhausting! Abby has dance class on Monday evening, which means we get home, get ready to leave again by 5. Then we have Ďour timeí after class. That means we eat somewhere - inexpensive though, like Hardees or Steak n Shake. Both places have very good taco salads. I was hungry enough last night to eat the booth, so I had a cheeseburger rather than salad. I was a good girl and entered it in my nutrition tracker. I was still under my calorie range for the day. Yippee!! Iím being faithful to that tracker, which is something I have needed to do for a long time.

I also managed to get in 2 Jasmine walks yesterday, which gave me 40 mins of exercise. Iím Ďmovingí right along. I feel so much better for it.

Spinach!! Thatís what I need. Thanks, Karen. Itís great in omelets. You are so right. Iím glad you reminded me of that. I always had it on hand when I was faithfully following the Mediterranean Diet Plan. Need to get more.

Karen, youíre right about Noel. She was one of the Musketeers! She was fun. I think I might take Presidentís Day off. Daycare is closed. So I think Iíll take off and make it a play day with Abby. Fun day! Funny diet you came up with! All fiber. What a character.

Jackie, snow again - yuck. Enjoy SA tonight.

CJ, loving thoughts to you and your family.

Lois, your post reminds me that I should be more aware of the NSVís. There are many ways to Ďwiní this battle and they are not all on the scale.

Nola, hurrah for you in your new apartment! Thanks for checking in with us.

Jeannie, so glad that the immobilizer is gone and you are already finished with your first PT! A recliner is not the greatest for sleeping. Itís really good for napping though! How lovely that you were contacted by someone who has tapes of Johnís years playing basketball at Ohio State. It is amazing that she has tried to contact you and finally found you. There are some lovely/good people in our world.

Hi, Barbara. I journal too. I Ďwasí faithful, and now Iím journaling again.

Wyndy, so sorry youíve had flu and a pinched nerve. Safe travels - to Hawaii no less!! Wow.

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Just checking in to say hello. I was kidding yesterday. Yes, I am taking Metamucil as part of my eating plan, but I am also eating a lot of healthy foods. I am trying to incorporate some high fiber foods into what I eat. If any of you have some tried and true high fiber foods to suggest, that would be great.
Jill....hope you are able to read your spark people page and chat. A lot of folks are looking forward to your recovery!
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Sorry I've not been here. Been in bed with cold/flu and pinched nerve in leg. Am up today hoping to figure out what I need to wash to take to Hawaii on Saturday and get the suitcase packed. Kinda weak but am powering through.

Have an enjoyable day
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