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I also do Walmart.
I did a lot of exercise for me today. I started out at the exercise class, then a 5 min ride emoticon after which I emoticon then 10min doing chair dancing! I am so sore!

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Jeanie, Walmart. Cotton, but they do have others. You can buy a bunch cheap. Just My Size and Fruit of the Loom. I don't feel guilty when I toss out a pair.

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Sorry...I forgot something and it was already such a long note, so here goes...I need to ask a very personal question. Where do you buy your underpants? For many, many years I've bought mine at Sears (a brand/style called VIP). But the last few times they have been horrible. Made in China, of course. The size is off...same size, but they don't fit the same at all (some big, some small). They are thinner and less "sturdy" shall we say. I don't care for cotton, but will do that if I have to. Don't want anything fancy, just something that will wear well and feel comfortable. Hope that's not too much information! emoticon Thanks!!!

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Good Tuesday afternoon!! It's another hazy day in Iowa...the sky is still hazy from the smoke from the fires in Canada. I think they said the prevailing winds should be shifting sometime tonight. It's a minor thing...nothing like the problems people are facing where the fires are happening. Wyndy, sure hope all is well with you!!

Journaling...Marie when you mentioned using your goal page here on Spark as your journal, it got me to thinking. I think there must be lots of ways to "journal." Some people don't get excited about writing everything down, but some like it a lot. Some like to have some quiet spiritual time to reflect and meditate on daily life and challenges. Not "journaling" exactly, but I think it serves similar purposes. Regardless, I think we all need to find some way to deal with all those things that bombard us on a daily basis. Babs, I'm happy to hear that is something that really resonates with you. I do a little recording...ups, downs and such, but I don't get into the hard core issues too often. But I do think about them. Oh, yes, I do!! LOL!!

Marie, also glad to hear you won't be sleeping on the ground. I'm with Babs for sure. No sleeping on the ground by this gal. We used to camp a lot. Enjoyed it, but now find it to be more work than fun. Enjoy your time away!!

Nola, I think it's great that you went to the exercise class. Always just do what you can, as that is more than what you'd do if you just sat or stayed at home. Always amazing to me what can be achieved with these "modified" classes that are out there. Love the Silver Sneakers at the Y.

Babs, Leap Second Time Adjustment Day: we get an extra second today!! Spend it wisely! LOL! Sometime about keeping "actual time coordinated with solar time." ??? I didn't know we were missing any, but I've read that they've been doing this since 1972 and have already added 25 seconds over the years. I always knew I wasted time, but didn't know it was so obvious. emoticon

Lou, please don't be discouraged. Sometimes it is the simplest things that can get us back on track and in the losing mode. I've been thinking about that a lot lately and yesterday (start of the new challenge) I re-committed to working on all the things I know will help to get the job done: tracking and staying in my calorie range, adjusting my goals, working in some fitness as much as possible, etc. Stick with what you know will work for you, and above all, reach out to others when you need to.

Tonight it's meatloaf for dinner. I'm excited! Haven't had it for quite awhile and we both love it. It's all ready to go in the oven. This way we'll have leftovers for tomorrow evening. I'm going to my Mom's tomorrow. Hopefully, we'll get along fine and she will be in a good mood. I'm always beat when I come home, so it will help to have something ready to go for dinner.

Hope all of you have a good evening. Sending healing prayers to those not feeling well, and warm thoughts and love to everyone. XOXO Hugs, Jeannie

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emoticon for all of those who are dealing with pains and ill health. Wishing clear skies for those who are dealing with haze or storms or smog.
I did exercises with the exercise class today and then a short ride on the stationary bike and a short walk. That is a lot for me but it feels good right now. I am beginning a Flylady project with a Sparkfriend and we are hoping to help each other with those areas that are hard for us to do daily.
I have logged my food so far today. This is another area that I fall short on. I don't like doing it. emoticon I hope that I can make it past two days.

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It was me, Babs, asking about journaling...glad its 'working'! I have stopped tracking...and am determined to start, again. Today. I think my journaling for right now is my goal page here on Spark. I read it daily...and I go in and change it now and then...

I hear you on the sweaty, ball of dirt that I become when I garden...and I love it. lol...I have a pound and a half before I hit 25...and then I'll have lost all my 'marbles'. That was my first collage. Im giving thought to the second 25 lb 'vision collage'. I liked it!

Yes..sleeping on the ground..no . lol..we have a fold out bed frame (like the fold up lawnchairs everyone has nowadays) with a queen air mattress attached to it. It's amazing ! I could never sleep on the ground now. ...well...I wouldn't be able to get up, I don't think lolol

A camper is in my future!

Im jealous of whoever has tomatoes?? I picked a ton of herbs...swiss chard...kale...etc...and some lettuce and radishes...its so fun to eat what you grow! ..and yellow wax beans...just a few...but yum!

Have a great day!

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Tantalizing Tuesday. Todayís interesting observances are:
Asteroid Day
Leap Second Time Adjustment Day (What does that mean??)
Meteor Day
National Ice Cream Soda Day

National Ice Cream Soda Day. I could have one. Limit the ice cream - or use SF or LF - and use a limited amount of soda or SF soda.

I need to go back to focusing on what I can have - never eliminate. I know that doesnít work for me at all. Fix it so that I can have it and/or limit the portion. Portion control - big issue with me but I have made progress. I always had such a terrible time with night time snacking. Wow thatís a toughie. Iíd sit down to relax and think I needed to shovel food into my mouth - and on top of that it was unhealthy food. I have learned. If I do snack at night itís usually fruit.

Someone asked about journaling and whether or not itís helping. It does help me. I think one of the main reasons it helps me is because I can get out frustration, stress, ideas and happiness too. I donít have to say it or share it - I just write it. Itís mine. Itís personal. So the answer is, yes.

Iíve been saving different things to make a new vision collage. This weekend would be a good time to play around with it. Why? Because my oh my - the prediction is storms!! Plus later at night is a good time to do it. The older I get the less I do much late at night. I get up so early in the morning that I canít. Journaling and Ďcollagingí are relaxing! How about all those Ďings?í

Lois, so sorry about your husbandís fall. It had to terrify both of you knowing that he had suffered from neck surgery a year ago. Prayers! Iím happy to see a post. Please donít worry about Ďhavingí to post. We love it when you find the time to stop by and chat a little. We get to know each other that way, become Ďfriends.í

Wyndy, be safe from those forest fires! That has to be frightening. Hope youíre feeling well. Glad to see a post from you. Been thinking of you.

Goodness, Jeannie, I didnít even think of smoke haze in Iowa from Canada. Do you have any veggies from your garden yet? Jaki gave me some tomatoes from hers. Iím in heaven!!

Lou, I know itís hard not to become discouraged but try as hard as you can. Weíve had several members who went through periods of not losing even though they were diligent with their eating plans. Jackie (Jaotao) is one of them. She has done very well. She has said that sheís had problems recently, but sheís had a lot going on with serious health issues with her husband. My point is that it does happen. Letís just struggle through this together. Weíre a team!

As for the 4th, I donít really have any plans. We havenít had fireworks where I live (Collinsville IL) in several years. Theyíre in St. Louis MO, and they are in a couple cities close to me. But not right here. Abbyís still young enough that she enjoys sparklers and those pop Ďn snap things, or even smoke bombs. So I think Iíll take her to the water park here in town, grill some hot dogs, and let her light sparklers. Sheíll be thrilled.

I used to love the fireworks. I still like to see them, but going to see them no longer interests me. I hate mosquitoes!! I am such a PIA, no longer the fun-loving girl I used to be. I remember though that I enjoyed sparklers until I was older than Abby. The swimming will be her highlight. Plus weíre starting the weekend off with the Cardinalsí game!

Marie, I love nature and I love doing things outdoors - especially if I donít have to be all clean and itís OK to be Ďsweatyí. Because this time of year thatís the way it is when Iím outside. Gardening is terrific exercise, but Iím filthy when Iím finished and one large sweatball! Tent camping - I did that many, many years ago. I love the idea of it. I honestly do, but I canít get up/down to sleep on the ground. Aside from that every single time I tent camped when my kids were little it rained and I got wet. Well, there was the time my sister and I took our kids and it rained, Ďsomethingí got into the trash and it wasnít raccoons! I swear it was cubs. So I donít think Iíll do that again. A rustic cabin will work. Iíve also grown accustomed to A/C. I think itís terrific for everyone who loves it though - that means my family. Have fun.

Health issues and ups/downs, weight loss struggles. Iím my own worst enemy. I realize it. Iíve lost and gained the same weight for many years. Iíve more or less been around the weight Iím at right now for a couple years now. But thatís not good. Iím very determined right now. Iím excited about losing. Iím focused on it and Iím positive.

So letís be like Nike and just ďDO IT!Ē

Boy have I ever rambled!

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Hi Sparkers;) I tried to browse and read a bit...fires? wow...keep safe..I think that was Wyndy?

I still enjoy the man pictures lol First time I saw Tom Selleck was when he appeared on The Young and the Restless...I was hooked...lol Blue Bloods doesn't do it for me, though:)....I'll just live in the past.

Hope your cough has improved, Babs...I always disliked colds in the warm weather...I don't like them at all, of course...feel better:) How's the journaling? Is it hard to get back to?

I read someone's husband fell? Lomaren...don't know your 'real name'...but hope all is ok! Good to keep an eye out to be sure:) Oh..Lois..I see...::) Sorry.

We had our oldest granddaughters open house which went very nice...the weather started poorly and ended up beautiful...and then off to a wedding reception for my nephew that evening...so the weather was great....you never know with Michigan!

Family undercurrents were at a minimum...Im so glad...that can get so old, sometimes. Im past wanting to get into 'discussions' about family members that one or the other is mad at lol...'aint nobody got time for that' !

Now I feel summer can start lol...the obligations are done. We're thinking of camping this weekend. In a tent. Rustic. A handpump for water. We have a fantastic 'porta potti' and a tent that it goes in...it even has a battery flush..it's hilarious and my pride and joy and beats an outhouse. Everyone else has their big honkin' motorhomes...and we're in a tent...lol...only because we just haven't saved enough money to get a small camper..but we will...in the meantime...the weather is supposed to be gorgeous all the way through...and Im going to be on a very large floatie...in the middle of the lake. ..a lot. I stay out there so long...I pack little Ziploc bags with sunscreen...drinks...books...and I only come in for 'potty runs'...Im a water baby..senior one, now lol. It's so soothing being out in nature....even with my somewhat eccentric family....Im going to be 60 in July....and I want to keep 'moving'. ..in any way I can!!

Everyone have a great week....and a great holiday weekend! We're probably leaving on Thursday, if I find the energy to pack lol

I'd love to hear 'progress' on people health journey...! Good, bad or indifferent....I've been struggling...but maintaining. I did not hit 25 lbs for the wedding/open house...I was a few ounces (digital scale) from 24 lbs and I consider it a victory. Hubby and I rode our bikes around the 'big block' in our neighborhood last night...and he remarked how much more in shape I was lolol...he said it nice. ...but he was right... Im thankful ...and even though Im struggling with the basics...Im not giving up...and life has struggles, right? You just keep keepin' on!!....so keep on keepin' on , everyone!!


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good morning sorry to hear about the smoke and fires I hope everyone stays safe
Lois sorry to hear that DH fell and hit his head When your balance is off you never know when it will cause you to fall When I go to the Dr in Aug I am going to ask him what I can do about it I have been so blessed not getting hurt maybe that will take care of some of the weeds It is dreary here but not raining
I am so discouraged as I have not lost anything but have gained I am just going to keep on and try to write down what I am eating and try to walk more
What is everyone doing for the 4th of July I don,t think I am going to do anything
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Wyndy, this was just posted on our local TV weather station facebook page:

If it looks a little hazy where you are today, you're not seeing things. Smoke from fires in Canada has made it's way into Iowa this afternoon. More will move down this afternoon across the rest of eastern Iowa. Be sure to check out the sunset tonight. Occasionally the debris in the sky can enhance the colors in the sky. -Chris

I hope you stay safe and that it can be controlled!! Very scary.

Lois, great to see your post. So sorry to hear about your DH's fall!! Hope there isn't any serious damage there...that is also very scary when someone falls and hits his/her head!! Wasn't it Lou last week who had a "little" concussion? Stay safe, everyone!!

Gotta run...have a couple things I want to get done before it's time for dinner. Hugs, Jeannie

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Forest fires are all around us. We can't see the sun and we can't leave the house the smoke is very dense but about a 100 k away to the north west.

Have an enjoyable day
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Just wanted to pop in to say Hi and to thank you all for your warm welcome. I can't stay today as I've so much to do. The day didn't start off to great as both my husband and myself had an appointment. We were about to leave when my husband lost his balance and fell heavily. Luckily nothing was broken, but it did shake him up pretty badly. He has had trouble with his balance since the operation to fix his broken neck. He hasn't fallen in a very long time and he hurt himself a bit when he hit his head, but he has shaken it off and says he feels okay. I will definitely watch him very closely today to make sure he is okay.
Well I hope you all have a blessed day and enjoy this sunshine while it lasts, I'll try to check in later today, but if I'm not able to post, then I'll check in tomorrow morning for sure.

Looking forward to upcoming Vacation: Need to walk so I can keep up with everyone going. Goal: add steps daily so that by August I'll be walking at least 6000 steps per day.


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Happy Monday. I'm behind this morning. I'm really draaaaagggging.

We had severe t-storms last night. Actually the tornado sirens went off and would you believe I promptly fell asleep! emoticon Kinda like a lullaby I guess. Woke up by 2 AM to go potty and that's that. Laid back down and the coughing began.

I'm not sick. This has to be from the tremendous amount of rain we've had. The news this morning said we set a record for rainfall in the month of June. I believe it. I had a couple days last week where the cough was hurting my chest, but that stopped. I thought I was about over it yesterday. Then it hit again last night. I kind of snoozed in my recliner in the sunroom after I got up. It's exhausting!

Jeannie, the link for the survey works fine. I took the survey.

Sounds like you had a busy weekend. Baseball, church, going out for dinner, a garage sale and rain!!

I have quite a bit waiting for me. Here we are with only one more day and the year is half over!!

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Dear Team: Coach Jen posted this up today. You might want to take a look at it. I don't know if the link will work. I tried to check it out, but it says I already took the survey, so hope it works if you are interested. See below:

Hi everyone!

We've been making a bunch of changes this year to make the SparkPeople experience better. Could you spare five minutes and let us know how you feel? We really appreciate your time and opinions; these surveys help us get an idea of what we're doing well and what we could improve upon.

Thanks for your help!

Coach Jen


www.surveymonkey.com/r/sparkpeople_2015

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Good Sunday evening to all!! These last few days have been busy and for some reason, I feel more behind than ever. We've had more rain, had the garage sale all day Thursday, a shift at the museum and then Midsummer on Friday, plus we've been to more ball games, and last evening we had church. Anyway, I'm looking forward to a calmer and quieter week ahead!! Gee whiz...no wonder I'm tired.

We had a ball game yesterday at 11, then we stopped at Costco for lunch and hurried home to get ready for church at 5. We have finally transferred our membership, which we figured was a good thing to do since it's been 15 months since we moved. We went to dinner with some friends after church...we were all disappointed (new place, very noisy and long wait...guess everyone wants to try it, but don't think we'll be going back). Today we had another game at 9 this morning, but it was raining...delayed about 30 minutes. They won 2 yesterday, but lost this morning. I think they were supposed to play again, but we opted out of that one!!

Have been working on my evening meal menus for the week. I think I mentioned before that I try to get something planned for a week at a time, but often mix and match them later depending on my mood or time. Anyway, I'm set to go for this week. I put meatloaf on the list for this week. I love it and we haven't had it for awhile. Looking forward to that.

Nola, thanks for wishing us well for the rest of this month. Hard to believe it is nearly over.

Babs, you're as busy as ever. Hope you can shake that cough and feel better soon. My ears are plugged up...isn't that weird? Nothing hurts, just can't hear today (Richard would say I can never hear, but in reality it is he who can't hear!!). Did Jasmine enjoy her bath/shower?

CJ, I also love your perky notes and today's is great. Thanks for lifting our spirits, dear sister! Are you staying home for the holiday or visiting one of your children. I hope your sister has settled into her new surroundings and is reasonably happy with being there. Nice for the family to have her closer.

Lou, I think you're right...we're not dead yet!! Thank goodness...I'm hoping to have a new body the next time around, not this same old one that I woke up with today!! Good for you on getting more walking in!! Great work.

Hope everyone had a good weekend and that you're all ready to take on the world again tomorrow!! We have some new members, so if you haven't had a chance to drop them a note or visit their pages, try to sneak a minute in to do that. And, for everyone who hasn't had time to check in with us, be sure to let us know how you are. We miss you!! Hugs and good health to all!! XOXO Love, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon





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emoticon Wishing everyone a emoticon week for this last week of June!

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CJ, thanks for the perky welcome today!! We can always count on you.

Started off sunny here this morning and now it's cloudy and looks like rain.

I gave Jasmine a bath yesterday - with the hose on 'mist' and her shampoo. That's a lot of dog to bathe! She smells better. Now her all purdy.

Being lazy today. I've had a cough and I'm getting ready to take a nap. Cough's almost gone but it hung on for 3 days and made me tired.

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Just a quick note to say emoticon emoticon emoticon this beautiful Sunday Morning. Gentle emoticon emoticon for those of you who are feeling bad due to illness or just plain got the blues. And lots of emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
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Just sneaking in quickly between loads of laundry. It's sunny and warm enough to bathe this big fur ball. That's where I'm headed right now. Just wanted to say 'Hi' to my Sparkies first.

Laundry. Stripped beds. Got some more cleaning to do. So this is short.

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Good Morning I have read all the post and we sure have been busy looking at the cute guys so I don't think we are dead yet Cj you are on the right path the one who loves you and cares for you is the diamond the others are just pictures I am sorry to hear about your sister but I know that that is the best for her and easier for everyone I have a Friend who just moved into a place for seniors and it sure looks inviting no work to keep your house maintenance up
I have been walking a lot more lately but have not loss any wt my clothes are fitting better and I do feel better Just wish some of the pounds would come off Have a safe trip today Jeannie Still raining here in Indiana I better get started for the day Maybe I will get back later Lou



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Ladies, I still love my Norman Reedus. No one in this group liked him, but he still does it for me.
Cj, definitely DO NOT throw that one back! He's got a smile to die for. Your sister is where she and everyone needs her to be. Close to the ones she loves.
I will always love Tom Selleck, but I just don't care for Blue Bloods. I do love his police chief role on Hallmark. (Stone Cold series)
Jeannie, I loved Mark H in that Sandford role. Hope he does more.

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CJ you have a winner. So many of you have been so fortunate to have made so many good choices in partners. emoticon
I just have to be content with photos!

Chris Hemsworth-



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Wet and Wild Friday to you my friends.

I can honestly say that we have fantastic taste in men - including CJ! Whew!!!

Lou, I have a good sized to do list too. Itís just never-ending at my house.

Marie, I hear you loud and clear on those Ďundercurrentsí and various issues within our own families. Theyíre very real and I think very few escape them. Like you. I pray about the problems and turn to God. Enjoy the weekend.

Linda, youíre right. Mark Harmon will never know. Heís adorable though. His pictures make me think heís a very nice man too. I think that makes him a hunk!

Nola, Nola!! Another hunk. Thanks for sharing him too.

Karen, you got that right. He is a hunk! I think he was wonderful in ĎThree Men and a Babyí and ĎLittle Lady.í But then he was wonderful in all of his movies.

Jeannie, as long as you made money at the sale, didnít have to do the advertising or anything much, you are definitely a winner! Enjoy today and this evening. Sounds like fun.

CJ, sorry about your sister. However, it does sound like youíll see her often and her children will be able to see her more often. She needs that, as well as the rest of you. Hugs. Yes, your DH is a keeper!

Now to get on with work. It stormed last night. That means we didnít swim. I was going to do some yoga - yes, the DVD is going to help me. At least thatís my theory right now. I plan to play with it more this weekend, as well as water exercise if it ever quits storming. As I was saying, I was going to get the DVD out again but Abby decided to Ďput on a show for me.í Dance, dance, dance. She absolutely loves it!

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Well Ladies, here is my very best Hunk, of almost 48 yrs and 5 kids, 10 GC and almost 8 GGC.I believe I will keep him, he takes me on those wonderful trips to Florida and takes good care of me.

Jeannie: I'm just the opposite of you, I love Tom Selleck in Blue Bloods and didn't really care for Magnim PI. Now Mark Harmon, he is still my favorite of the two. Enough of that for today.

Karen and Babs: Thank you so much for the pictures of Tom Selleck, and Mark Harmon.
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Well I still have fun Monday stuff to do on Friday, so got to get busy.

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Well, Karen...Tom Selleck was my first love all those years ago, but as I've seen him on Blue Bloods, not so much. Maybe it's the way they have aged him, but I just don't like it, so I've switched my allegiance to Mark Harmon. By the way, I love the pictures of all of them and to be honest, I think Tom looks a little better here than he does in the program. Sigh... emoticon

Oh my, what a busy couple of days. There were neighborhood garage sales on our street and one over. So, Richard and I got busy and pulled out some of the things that we should have sold before we moved. We had a free box, sold some other stuff dirt cheap, took a few odds and ends to the thrift store when we were done and came out $82 richer!! LOL...we didn't have to advertise, just open the door and put some things on a table. Someone did the neighborhood advertising. Yesterday we went digging through the house and basement and marked things up. Today we spent outside visiting with people and enjoying a day without rain! Yea!!!

Tomorrow I have to go to Swedesburg to work a shift at the museum (once a month nowadays) and then we'll stay for the Midsummer celebration in the early evening. Another full day of "stuff." Saturday we have a baseball game. It may be our last for the summer, but I'm not totally clear on that.

Nola, the view is great!!

Babs, that's a really cute picture of Mark Harmon. A few years ago he played the lead role in a made for TV movie from one of the John Sandford books...can't remember the name of it, but he played a detective named Lucas Davenport. I could never wrap my head around why Gibbs would be playing another person! Hehe!! Hope that journaling goes well for you, Babs. I find it to be helpful, although I have to say sometimes it ends up being more of a daily diary than a journal about my feelings, etc.

Hi, CJ! Babs saved the day and found Mark's picture for us!! emoticon

Lou, 4 pages of things to do? I suppose I'd have that many, too, if I wrote them all down. That's not gonna happen!! I usually try to get 2 or 3 down, and like I told someone else the other day, I like to start with my #1 item as "Make a list." That way when I get the list done, I can cross one thing off!!! Glad you got the grass cut between rains.

Marie, I love your post and also your thinking about how you are getting to where you want to be, etc. You clearly have given it much thought. Helps to do that, I think. Actually, I think we all struggle with something...I've always said everyone has a story (actually, lots of people have said that, I just have to agree with it...) and our stories certainly contribute to where we are today, but I also think they don't have to define where we're going in the future. It's just history...in the past and meaningful in many ways, but not the determining factor for our future story. Does any of that make sense? Goofy...too tired to make sense tonight, I think. emoticon

Marie, good luck at those family events. I always tend to get a little stressed out by undercurrents, too. Also often feel like I need to "fix" those things and it generally isn't anything I can fix! Anyway, I hope they turn out to be good events and that you can enjoy your family and have fun, too.

Time to get myself ready for bed. I need sleep...I didn't sleep well last night at all. No reason...just no sleep. I owe some people some emails and will try to get to them soon, too. Isn't it great to be able to connect to people so easily? I want to work harder at being more responsive in that way, too.

Have a great day tomorrow. I'll try to check in in the morning before we leave. Early to bed...early to rise...!! Love and hugs from me to each of you! OXOX Jeannie





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Hi Sparkers! Mark Harmon is nice, but for me, Tom Selleck is the one. He is as handsome now as he was way back when!

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Ladies, Mark Harmon will never know that we are drooling over his pic. What a shame!
He is adorable.
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Wow...now we're posting pictures of cute guys lol....trying to remember last time I said 'cute guy'.

Keeps us young...Im married to a cute guy.!

Love the 'kid' pictures....and lots of storms for everyone, it sounds like....another day, here...not severe,,,but just thunderstorms. Seems we get two days on and one day off...I like it,,,since it's 'free labor' for watering all my 'stuff'!

Great question, Babs...why do we stop doing the things we know that work? There's probably a long, analytical answer for that,,,and I've definitely been digging to find it....but for the short term answer,,,,I think it's just because lol.. We're human.

It's been said a gazillion times, but I'm making myself really listen....it's about the way we think....the way we let our thoughts lead us...and for me it's been negative, when it comes to the health/weight 'stuff'. What I didn't see as clearly, is that it was really affecting all areas of my life and thinking. *Stuff* rolls downhill.

Its great that you are back to journaling. I was and have been away from tracking regularly. Where the struggle for me is....what do I say to myself about not tracking.....and that is where the 'new way of doing this'..comes in for me.

I bet everyone here struggles with those times. In the physical sense,,,plateaus....and I think mental/emotional plateaus happen much more. ..for me it sure does.

Off to exercise...(struggling with that )...and garden. Wedding and Open House this weekend. These are 2 family events that have a bit of 'tension' in them. Some family undercurrents that go on,,,and that stresses me out.

Tension with adult children is not fun. ..and I have an inlaw of my own that has me stressing lol....in the end I believe in prayer and God is very real to me,,so that's where I send my concerns. ..but Im still human lol I just don't like stress. It cramps my style.

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Babs Love love the picture of Mark Harman It is one of the best that I have seen sounds like your summer is busy too I have heard a lot about essential oils also It seems to be the fad for now

Cj hope things are going well for you

the rain is still falling I did manage to mow my grass yesterday Praise the Lord It will need mowed again as soon as the rain quits I took time at work to write down all the things that I need to do and it consisted of 4 pages so I will be able to do only part of them but at least I will ave the list I better sign off and get started on that list Have a great day Lou
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See what you did, Jeannie!!! You've got us all slobbering (I can think of another word too and it begins with 'L') over Mark Harmon.

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Feast your eyes Sparkies!!

Linda, glad the migraines have improved. Sorry you aren't able to continue with the treatments. Insurance can be such a pain!

CJ, hello to you. Hope the chiropractor is helping you.

Hi, Karen. I take you are super busy again/still.

It isn't raining right now. It's in the forecast once again. Goodness.

Can you believe that next Saturday is the 4th? Summer is really going fast. I'm off next Friday too. So I'll have a 3-day weekend.

There's a new Pixar movie out: Inside Out. Abby wants to see it and the previews look good. Funny. Maybe we'll do that tomorrow evening. I love those movies. It's about emotions. - Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley's emotions -- led by Joy (Amy Poehler) -- try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness (Phyllis Smith) to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley's mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust.

I need to work on a new WL Challenge and get it set up too. Are you ready for one? I hope so.

The Summer 5% Challenge begins Saturday. I'm excited to begin that one. I didn't do well in the spring challenge, but that's in the past and I'm leaving it there.

I have my journal out again and I plan to begin journaling again. Why do we stop doing things that work for us? Any ideas? Sometimes I think I'm just lazy. I like journaling and it helps me. I don't know why I quit. I have been working on things for a new Vision Collage too.

Right now I'd better start 'working' or I won't have the money for journals, stickers, colored pens/pencils . . . emoticon

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Well Ladies, I couldn't find a picture of Mark Harmon, But I think I see clearly, that all of us agree that Mark Harmon is AWESOME. We are not to old to dream. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Got a Chriopractor appointment in 10 Minutes, So Got to Go: CJ from OK.

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Hi Sparkers.....I cannot see the most recent posts. I will be able to see them once I post this message. Weird how that works, eh?
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Jeannie, I agree with Babs, Mark Harmon is one guy who makes me wish I were younger and slimmer. I could watch him all day and sometimes I watch several re runs on TBS in a row.
Babs, thanks for the good wishes. I have ocular migraines, and when I was getting acupuncture I never had one. That was for ten years. Since I lost my old job 1 1/2 yrs ago, I have not been able to get the treatments which were for pain all over not the headaches. Without ins to cover it is too expensive. Kaiser has one doctor who does it, but you have to have cancer or be in a lot more pain than I am. I was not told that it would get rid of the headaches, but it did. Of course my acupuncturist was a doctor from China, so he REALLY knew what he was doing. emoticon
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CJ, another adorable GGS. Thanks for sharing your family with us.

Jackie, sorry about the severe storms and canceling practice. Thought of you this past weekend when Joeís dad/stepmom were at the house. She said sheís learning about essential oils and herbs. Her oldest son who is 15 is autistic. He gets migraines. Someone told her to try peppermint oil. Itís working! That is awesome. Sheís diabetic and was told by her MD that if her counts donít drop she will need to go on insulin. Sheís walking more, drinking more water and taking cinnamon tablets. Her numbers have dropped tremendously. Thereís so much to this. I need to study it all. She uses frankincense for something with her son too. It might go with the peppermint. I donít know. She was looking for thieves oil too. She talked about several of them. Essential oils. Something for further study by me, but thought of you as I know you know all about them.

Linda, sending good vibes your way for your new job beginning tomorrow. A fresh start - thatís always nice. Read. Stop in when you can.

Jeannie, good luck with the sale. Mark Harmon - heís a hunka hunka. As far as time off, Iím not real sure yet. I want to paint the sunroom for sure. Fun times - went to Florida and that was fun. Iím not sure about more fun. That means money and Iím ready for PT work. That = save!

Hi, Lou. Fun times with your family. Making memories is always nice. Enjoy VBS. I used to work on that too and enjoyed it.

Well dear friends lunch time is over. Have a Wonderful Wednesday and not a Wet Wednesday!

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Hello i sp friends This summer is going so fast I have just got rested up from my granddaughter family coming and almost got my house back in order My Daughter in law and grandchild come to visit for 2 days I love for them to come We went shopping and t hen to the zoo I was able to walk the whole zoo today with and difficulty emoticon emoticon It was great because I have not been Vb5990nand today over 6000 not bad considering I started at 500 I did VBS today and tomorrow is VBS and work I need to mow my yard tomorrow if it doesn't rain doing the night
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I've read the posts, but it was earlier today. Do you think I can remember them now. I'm lazy...not going back to look at them again. emoticon

I remember that several people mentioned more storms. We've had a gorgeous day today, but sounds like we could have another stormy one tomorrow. We just have to take it as it comes, I guess. By August it will be too dry, although I think about the poor folks in the west...California, for example. So awful to have that kind of drought. I'll do my best to not complain.

Linda, congrats on the new job. I sure hope it is a good one this time. No repeats from the last fiasco!! Good luck...don't worry about keeping up all the time, but if you can just drop a note to say hi and "I'm okay." That would be nice.

I worry about several of our friends who have not been around lately. Barbara and Alice, among them. Sure hope they're doing okay.

Jackie, have fun at SA. I think that must be the very best therapy in the world for you and your fellow singers. By the way, I met a lady at the Y the other day who plays the auto harp!! I thought that was interesting. She "performs" at local places like the nursing homes and senior centers.

Babs, more busy days at work for you! Are you planning to take any time off for "home work" or just plain R&R this summer? You deserve to pamper yourself a little.

Theresa...if you are reading, hope you're feeling better by now. You've been sick for too long. Get well soon!! How is Pyne feeling after his fall at the gym?

Wyndy, I think I read that you've had a root canal. Hope you are feeling better.

Our neighborhood is have garage sales on Thursday. We don't have too many things to try to sell, but there are some things I moved here that I don't need and really don't want. The others are selling Thu-Sat, but we'll just do Thursday, as we have to be somewhere the other 2 days. I'm a little annoyed at Richard and we've had a couple of discussions about stuff he really should be getting rid of, but...he is so stubborn. Anyway, I hope to get rid of a few things. It's nice that we don't have to advertise or do anything special...a lady on the other street took care of all that.

So, time to get some of my PT exercises done and then watch my favorite program (NCIS...just love that Mark Harmon). Hope all of you are having a great evening. Love, Jeannie

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Really bad storm in Baltimore area now. I can hear it coming. I am starting a new job on Thursday, so I guess I will be kind of quiet here. I will attempt to log in daily and read posts, but will not have a lot of time to do much more than log my food and exercise. It is a car dealership, about 30 hrs a week. Not too far away, about 30 minutes. I am looking forward to it. I worked dealerships for about 35 yrs before I went to private industry with my very strange boss for 14 yrs. I stayed with him because I was too old and too fat to find a good job. It has taken a yr and 1/2. But a lot of that had to do with the flood in my building. This gives me a new start. I may be able to pay off bills and go back to the Y for exercise. We shall see. PS very good looking children!!

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Hello all ... had awful storms yesterday afternoon 2x - and again overnight. Had to pull over when I was driving (canceled quartet practice) ... lost power a couple of times. The winds, the hail, the lightening! THough Jeannie - your hail was a lot bigger! Nice 70 degree day today.

Babs - SHOPPING! Love it. Glad you had fun.

CJ - loved the pix of your GGC, she's a cutie!

Marie - almost 25# ... that is wonderful that you are doing so well. Congrats!

Well, enjoy your afternoon ... I am going to work a bit then get ready for SA practice tonite. Though I feel like napping since I didn't get much last night!

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Here you go my sp friends, another GREAT Smile to BRIGHTEN your day, This is my 2nd GGC, he is 4 and about to start to preschool, a big bundle of energy. Enjoy your Tuesday, do something special for yourself.

Theresa, you and Pyne need to do something really special for yourselves, Get better soon, lots of Gentle emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CJ, you do have adorable, beautiful grandchildren. She's a cutie. I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your very dear friend. She has certainly had her share of heartache. Hugs.

Jeannie, that's some good size hail. We haven't had it yet. Hope it stays away. How's your garden doing?

Marie, you are doing so well. Almost at 25# gone. How wonderful. I'm happy for you and proud of you. Lots of hard work. I like that you now 'talk to yourself' more or less and not overthinking it. Makes perfect sense to me. Thanks for sharing what you're doing and how it's working for you.

Cloudy day but so far no rain. Cooler too. Yesterday was a hot one.

Hello to all my Spark friends. Hope you find a minute to stop in and say 'hi.'

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Morning Spark friends:) After a rainy day turning into a tornado watch for several hours,,,today is a picture perfect summer day. Even a tad cooler, which is a nice break from a little humidity.

We had a great 'pool/birthday' party for two of our granddaughters,,,,then the next day Fathers day,,,and the whole fam showed up (well..minus 2) on both days. I do NOT take that for granted! Lots of swimming...good food and lots of laughs.

What a sweet little picture CJ...we have a 'handful' of little ones in our fam that just keep us laughing....we love the big ones, too....they become a different type of fun!!

Everyone sounds busy. Its that time of year.

I hope you're all having a little corner of time for yourselves and enjoy the best parts of the summer holidays. Here in Michigan, we kind of live for the nice weather, so much gets crammed in to such a small amt of time

The last few weeks have been a bit tougher on the health 'scene'. My goal was 25 lbs by the 27th,,,and I think I'll make it. Still,,,it's just been hard for whatever reason. The upside to my 'new thinking'...is Im not overthinking it. I'm just accepting it. Life has it's hard moments...and sometimes it's a breeze....its what makes us strong, right??

So, my strategy for the hard times, is to go back to the beginning ..(feb started Spark) and start fresh. Tweak the leaks lol...u know....getting back to the basics of tracking, staying on the lifestyle changes daily....reading the positives.....I love my goal board...it's written in 'my words'....so when it flashes,,,its me talking to me lol....anyways,,,,that's where the health and fitness are for me. I still am exercising to my dvd's a minimum of 5 days....sometimes 6....that right there is a miracle for me. I'll take it!

Here's to good health...keeping us all in thoughts and prayers for health issues....these golden years bring some not so golden issues:) Have a marvy day!


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You really do have the cutest little ones, CJ!! She is quite the little lady, isn't she!! I'm so terribly sorry to hear about your good and dear friend. Even though we know they are in a better place, it doesn't help us miss them less. Sending you hugs and prayers!!

Babs, some days are just like that no matter what we tell ourselves. It was nice you had a chance to spend a little time with Joe...that must be a rarity anymore with the fiance and work for him. Hope you get some rest tonight and you're set for the week.

Jackie, I can't believe you are thinking about Christmas music already!! Well, yes, I guess I can, as I know it takes a lot of preparation for the special events. First thing you know, CJ will be reminding us how many Fridays there are until Christmas!! LOL!!

Lou, you sound really happy with your new job. I hope it continues to be fun and that it will continue to work well into your schedule. Have fun at Bible school!!

Lynn, the peaches sound wonderful. The peach truck will be coming the first week in July. I have bought 1/2 bushel the last couple years. Very expensive, but we love having them in the freezer. They bring them from Georgia. Before we moved we used to get them from a guy who brought them from the boot heel of Missouri. They were good no matter where they came from!!

Boy, have we had the weather today. Rain, thunder, hail, wind, and then sun and back to the other...we were just outside the area where they had a lot of damage from 90+ mph straight line winds, so we're really grateful for that. The weather is so unsettled in so many areas...I hope everyone can stay safe. If there's a picture here it is of some of our hail that I picked up in the yard...if not, think of hunks of ice falling from the sky!! LOL!!



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This sweet little smile, should start your Monday off right, my 6th GGC, who is about to become 1 yr old in a couple of weeks.

Jeannie: Thank you for posting about Brenda and Kay, I knew about Kay and had sent her a post, what a year she has been through and still keeps going, I'm glad she is going to get to go camping soon, I know they love to do that. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Brenda: Gentle Hugs, emoticon emoticon and lots of prayers to help with Physical Therapy.

emoticon emoticon I am very sad today, My friend and prayer partner of 43 years, went home to be with our Lord on Saturday Morning about 4:30 AM, she has been through a lot this last 12 yrs, she is the one I have told some of you lost her son in March and her husband in June of 2003 and then in about 2009 she lost her leg and was in ICU for 3 months, then on December 1st, 2014 she lost her 2nd and last son, She has been such a fighter and has much pain and for her its a wonderful thing to be at home with our Jesus and her family. I will miss her much, but this is what she has longed for, to just go home.

Well SP friends, this Monday fun stuff is not getting done without my help, so guess I better go and get busy.

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"Monday, Monday so good to me. Oh Monday morning, Monday morning couldnít guarantee.Ē Love the Mamas and the Papas.

Iím tired. I did not want to get up. I did not want to get ready for work and/or come to work. Yet, here I am!! We had a good weekend. I was going to be sort of lazy yesterday afternoon and take a little time with yoga. Didnít work out that way. Joe and I decided to do some shopping - things weíve talking about buying. We didnít get home until 8 PM. His friend called and asked him to help him move, and off he went. Off I went to bed!! Iím too old for that stuff. Yet, it was nice to spend time - just the 2 of us.

Robin, hope things are improving for you and that the boot helps you become just a little more mobile.

Jeannie, we didnít have any hail here. So, yes, you win!

Lynn, our last big flood here in the Midwest was 1993. What a horrible time that was. Iím far enough from the river that it didnít flood my home, but it was devastating that year.

Lou, glad youíre doing OK after your fall. You were lucky. Enjoy Bible school this week.

Jackie, your post sounds upbeat. Thatís good. I hope it means that thereís some progress with Mike. Youíre so busy with SA, but itís a fun/wonderful busy. Enjoy.

This is the last week of our WL Challenge. Have you posted?

Our heat index is predicted to be 100 - 105 today. No rain. Lots of sun. Could probably cook dinner out there! The lazy, hazy (literally) days of summer are upon us.

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Good morning ... Today is Sunny though humid. At least the rain has stopped for now. I need to do some work indoors today, but want to make some time for sitting on the deck if the mosquitos don't get me.

FInished up the Parade of Homes SA fundraiser ... have a meeting in Cleveland this coming weekend. Then I plan for July and part of August to be more relaxing. I hope Mike feels better so maybe we can ride to the beach or even the inland lake for a change of scenery.

I also need to start working on our Quartet Music, and the Chorus Fall Show and Xmas Music! So lots of memorizing and retaining to do. That's the hardest is remembering what I've learned! Though it is easier when I really, really like the song.

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Joe's dad and step mom have left. They're heading home in more rain. emoticon

I really enjoyed their visit. I wish my DD and Mike (his dad) would have been able to work things out. Guess it wasn't meant to be.

No special plans here for Father's Day. I'm sure many of you will celebrate.

Today's the day I am going to make time to practice with my new yoga DVD. I'm determined to do that. I'll keep you posted.

So tired of rain. Yesterday turned out to be a very nice day. Sunny and warm. today is not going to be a repeat.

Have a Super Sparkling Sunday.

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Good evening I have had a very busy day I am still tired from the grand kids being here It has been a week but I am still working slowly Almost back to normal Jeannie I did not have any effect from my fall I am so lucky I know I am tired of falling I just lose my balance so easy I think maybe my core is week I am going to talk to my Md about it I am going to do some core exercises even though I hate excises Work is great this week I am suppose to work Tues and Thurs That is good since there is bible school this week and I am helping in the kitchen
I hope the flooding is going down and that everyone is okay
I forgot who it was who has been unable to do much due to their restrictions I am glad you are as restricted now Be careful not to over do it I know it feels good to be able to do more
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We took a drive to see the flood areas this morning. Even though the water has gone down several feet, there are still miles of land underwater. More than I have seen in about 20 years or more. We also stopped and bought a small bag of peaches. Tomorrow, I may have to make peach cobbler. It seems to be calling me.

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We've got you beat, Babs...sprinkles, rain, wind, hail, and now sunshine with heat and humidity. LOL...weird weather day.

Glad you have yourself so organized today, too, Babs. I'm working piecemeal on this and that. I did get all of the dusting done finally, and Richard vacuumed the steps. Thinking about doing something more, but haven't decided yet. emoticon

Robin, it must be hard to be so restricted for such a long time. So important to follow instructions, though. Hopefully, before you know it, you will be out and about and making terrific progress. I hate being confined, too.

Just checked online to see what the kids are doing for their baseball games today. They won the first one and just lost the second, so now they go into the consolation bracket and play at 9 tomorrow morning. They're a great bunch of little kids and good parents...who are kids themselves, in my opinion!!

Quiet weekend and I'm loving it. I need to get to the store for a few things, but other than that, I'm planning on doing some reading and few other things. I hope you all are having a wonderful day, and those who haven't been well... emoticon We miss you!!! Love and hugs, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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So far today it's only cloudy. That's a step up from what we've had. My home sits in the midst of a jungle. It's too wet to do any mowing yet. I don't year one mower in the neighborhood and it's after 11 already. Unusual for a Saturday morning in the summer.

Laundry is finished. Breakfast is finished. Dishes are done. Vacuuming is finished. I need to get to the store. Joe's dad and step-mom came up last night. So I need to figure out dinner. They went to the zoo a short time ago. Another friend of Joe's from his old hometown came to St. Louis with her husband and baby. She called to tell him and ask him to come meet them. They were friends together all those years ago - not 'all' as he's only 22, but as 'kids.' She's coming to Collinsville to spend the night with Joe's mom (my DD) tonight. So my GD is over there. She's going to be wherever there is a baby! I remember how that was as a kid.

So this is short, but I wanted to check in. I hope everyone is doing well and feel better and not having as much pain.

Super Saturday.

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Good Morning,

Jeannie, I'm a little bit envious - I haven't been able to go to any of my grandchildrens games yet this year.

It rained and stormed here all night here in Coon Rapids it's a suburb just north of Minneapolis. The sun is coming out now and look beautiful - I might be able o do a little weeding.

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Good evening! I've been at more ball games all day (state tourney for the 9 year olds). I feel like it is Saturday, so I'm all mixed up on days now.

The boys won both games. The first one by a lot, the second one by the skin of their teeth. Now they play again in the morning at 8. We aren't going for any more this weekend...they're in Des Moines, which is 2 1/2 hours each way. We've done our duty for this weekend! LOL emoticon

Lou, Babs said exactly what I was thinking! Didn't get hurt...only a concussion!! Seriously? A concussion?? Be careful, my friend. We're in the age category where falls are a higher incidence AND cause problems. I speak from experience, I'm sorry to say. Hope you're feeling okay now!! How did your work go today?

Babs, my home town on the Mighty Mississip (up stream from you quite a ways) is also on the bluffs. Makes it much nicer knowing homes won't be flooded and washed away. There are always some docks and marinas that go under, but it's happened so many times they know what to do and how to protect them for the most part. So sorry to see the terrible flooding so many are having, including the loss of life. So sad when that happens!

Robin, I hope the boot is going okay for you and that you will soon be a little more mobile each day. Take it easy and if something doesn't feel right in the boot, be sure to have someone check it out. When Richard was wearing his last summer, he ended up with a skin ulcer on the ankle. I should have been paying more attention, I guess. It is finally beginning to heal, thank goodness!! What a time of it you've had. It's good to be moving forward again, I'm sure!!

My Mom and a couple of her friends are supposed to come over on Monday for lunch and to see our house. She's never been here and her friend offered to drive her over. My Sis is in the hospital with cellulitis again, so she can't come. If I had to lay money on it, I'd bet that they won't come, but I need to clean house anyway, so this weekend that's what we'll be doing. I generally only clean if someone is coming over. LOL emoticon

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good morning everyone IT IS RAINING HERE BY THE TIME IT STOPs my yard will be a jungle I feel lazy today but don,t have time for that I am working this after noon I still have laundry to catch up on and need do get my house is order not the messy order that it is in rain always pulls me down and my body is aching Arthur (my arthritis ) does not like rain need get busy and get something done before going to work I hope no one is having trouble with flooding take care have a good day and enjoy it This day will not happen again so make the best of it emoticon



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It canít possibly be raining anywhere else. Itís raining sooooooooooo much right here.

Theyíve closed some roads in the St. Louis area and evacuated some people from their homes in Steelville MO. Here on the IL side, where I live, weíre okay. Iím glad I donít live in a low area though. I actually live on Ďthe bluffs.í At least thatís how itís referred to. Itís predicted through the weekend. Fun times.

Jeannie, I hear you on the gas. Every single day itís a new price. Never down. Oh no, and it wonít be this summer. If it drops it will be very little and pop right back up. Itís $2.99 here. I want to get watermelon this weekend too. It should be getting tastey about now.

Lou, you didnít get hurt Ďonly a small concussion!!!í My goodness. I consider that hurt. Thank God you seem to be doing better. Itís easy to fall, at least for me it is. What wonderful news on the job. It sounds perfect and the best part is itís flexible. Good for you!

Robin, nice to hear from you again. Glad the stitches are out and youíre getting into the boot. Hopefully this will all be over and youíll be doing well very soon.

The rain is making me feel tired and itís making my right knee hurt. Drats!! Jasmine was after me to get her out this morning and I knew, just knew!, she would not want it once she found out it was raining. Sure enough. I opened the door and she stood there. I told her - no way, GF. You potty out there. Sheís so good in the house. She went and hurried right back in.

Have a Fine, Fun Friday.

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I'm tired - and ready for bed but I still have to wait an hour to give myself my antibiotics. My Dr. took the last of my stitches out on Tuesday and am transitioning into the CAM boot. very painful but each time I put it on it gets a little better. My first surgery was on April 22nd then the infection and gangerine the second surgery was May 19th. Got to take my first shower in 4 weeks - boy that was nice.

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hello I was going to wait until morning to write but decided now is better I have been missing for awhile My GD and her family was here for about 10 days I had a great time but having 6 extra people in your house with 6different allergies was a challenge I am resting up I was in need of a little extra cash so was thinking about getting a job but did not want to time with my family It is amazing how the Lord works I had this job given to me It is 3 hours 2 x one week and 3x the next week I can take off when ever I want It is great Never had that in nursing I love being with the kids at the pre school that includes the workers I just have to open the locked door for the parents when they come to get their kids I am starting back I did keep up my steps ready to increase them to 300o or 4ooo I fell again at the children museum off the merry go round I was strapping in my granddaughter very embarrassing I did not get hurt at all only a small concussion Glad to be back Lou



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Good morning! It's been one of those " discombobulated" mornings so far!! Up early, no desire to get showered and dressed right away, so I had coffee, wrote in my journal, thought about breakfast, etc. Richard is up by then and ready to have his ankle dressed and wrapped. He headed off to the garden (was back very shortly...too wet to work in it) and I still was "thinking" about breakfast. The UPS guy came with a check that had been mis-directed to our old address (we've lived here for 15 minoths now...). We've been waiting on it for several days, so we headed off to the credit union to deposit it, stopped for gas (up another 10 cents) and then a quick stop at Aldi's to get cantaloupe. Nice surprise there...they were 1.69 last week, but the new circular has them at .99 and lettuce was .89 a head. Got some of each, but the big value this week is milk for 1.69/gallon. I just bought 2 gallons at Sam's yesterday. LOL. Anyway, all that to say we got home a few minutes ago and I still haven't had breakfast. It's almost time for lunch!! And my kids wonder what I do all day!! emoticon

We are also having problems with our internet service (partly internet, partly my computer), so I'm using Richard's laptop, which is very different from mine...he only uses it for reading emails and playing games. Anyway, will try to stay in touch as best as I can.

Marie, your flowers are just lovely!! Do you have a lot of grass to mow, too? Nothing like being able to get ourside and work in a little dirt now and then. Love it!!

CJ, I'm really glad to hear you're feeling better. You (and quite a few other places) have just been swamped with rain and water recently. Hope you all stay safe and are out of the way of the bad storms. I'm sure the two of you enjoyed your lunch with your daughter yesterday, too!!

Linda, that Garfield cartoon is sooo funny! I think that's the way I'd look if I was trying to use a jump rope. I hadn't heard of the Yoga dvd that you mentioned. I'd love to give something like one of these a try someday. The Y here has seated Yoga classes, but they're on the other side of town and too far to make it a regular visit.

Theresa, hope you are feeling better. The same goes for anyone else not feeling well right now!!

Okay...you've heard my story, so I'm going to move on for now and try to collect a few points and either have breakfast...or lunch!! Have a wonderful day, my Sparkling friends! Love and hugs, Jeannie XOXO

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CJ, hope you had an enjoyable day yesterday. I'm sure you did. Ice cream. Oh, yes. Love it!

Marie, beautiful lilies. They're all so healthy looking. Can't wait to see the boat your DH moves around the back yard!

Still sloshing here. Good grief. I'm sick of the rain. It's been muggy too. Humid.

In a couple of weeks we'll be planning 4th of July celebrations. I'm not actually planning anything. A year ago we were painting the LR that weekend. My how time flies. Maybe I'll have another project for this year. Oh, I have them. It's a matter of getting everyone lined up to help. With a home there's always something that needs to be done.

Have a T-riffic Thursday.

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Hi Spark friends:) Beautiful rain happening here. I don't know why I like rain so much. ..of course I love sunshine...more. lol

Glad you had such a great time with your nursing friends, Jeannie. I sure know what you mean about those 'lifetime friends'. I have a few that have been there forever, it seems,,,and the laughs, the talks...all of it...that's something women are good at!

I can't imagine yoga, Babs...definitely not in a class with others...if anyone saw me sweatin to the oldies...well...enough said:)....we've had quite a lot of rain it seems, too....sad we can't control the weather, eh? lol

Eating ice cream even when lactose intolerant...that's true 'like' lol..go for it....I saw a commercial last night while I was eating an ice cream sandwich (150 cal)...it was for yogurt...yadda ...and about it being 80 calories...I like yogurt.....but what I love are ice cream sandwiches....and Im willing to 'sweat' a little extra so that I can enjoy them lol

I will say that in the few months I've re-committed to losing weight...I have definitely become better 'friends' with food. Im not as afraid of it....the tension that is and was always, always there....concerning food,,is so much improved. That motivates me!

I hope everyone is seeing progress in their 'health journey'. Progress comes in sooooo many different forms!!

Jeannie...when Im done, I'll show you the shipping container...I feel like I made it sound like its the size of a boat or something....lol...its' not....!.....I've been enjoying my garden more this year than ever. Who knows why...I'll just go with it:)

Hubby put up the little pool for the grandkids....I love cheap entertainment! I love summer...and all that goes with it...! Have a great day, everyone:) This is a pic of some beautiful orange lilies...love how bright they are!

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Good Morning SP FRIENDS: Hope everyone has a very HAPPY HUMP DAY. Even the old camel.

Linda: I LOVE you picture you put on your post, and I LOVE ice cream too. I think its kind of against the American Law not to love Ice Cream. (you think) emoticon emoticon but I can't have it very often anymore and I'm really trying to be more disciplined and committed to my food program.

Jeannie: Thank for your concern about my fall, the chiropractor is doing a lot of good, I feel like I'm getting put back together and the road rash on my arm from the ruff concrete is healing really well. Still not sure what I did, but I know I don't want to do it again.

Theresa: I am so sorry about you not feeling well for several days. Lots of gentle emoticon and prayers for better health.

Babs: We are Sloshing along here in Oklahoma too, but we need the rain. have had 8 inches in the last 4 days and suppose to get a lot more tonight from tropical storm Bill, Hope you are enjoying your new DVD. Yoga, it does a body good.

Guess I better get busy, We are going to lunch today with our second daughter, she wants to take us out for Mothers day and Fathers day, we were in Florida on Mothers Day and she has to work on Fathers day. So got lots to do before lunch.

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Here I am. Sloshing along.

I really shouldn't complain. The storms haven't been bad and the rain is helpful to the farmers. My flowers are enjoying it. Besides. What good does it do? Of course, I always feel better when I vent. emoticon

Jeannie, having fun until you're worn out tells me it was a fantastic weekend. Good for you. Yes, I'll let you know about the DVD.

Linda, I understand what you're saying about yoga too.

The thing is that I have been interested in yoga for years. I think I've said this before. I am not comfortable in a class. I've tried classes at 2 different places - even when I was about 15 yrs younger and lighter. Not light mind you - but lighter. I am not flexible. Now I have other issues - good ole osteoarthritis, old age, aches, pains . . . But I read that anyone can do yoga. Well maybe yes and maybe no.

I've been doing some yoga stretches and my back feels better. I just 'feel better' that's it. I read about this DVD and the instructor and thought - why not try it. I will definitely let you know what I think. I looked at the website and Ann Pugh is not a heavy woman. Some of the women in her class are heavy. If she's helping them and they can do it, I believe I can do it also. It's worth a try. I'll definitely let you know what I think.

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I wish being lactose intolerant would stop me from eating ice cream. I love ice cream and whether or not it makes me sick, I will eat it if it's here.
The only Yoga I can do is Peggy Cappy's Yoga for Arthritis and then I can only do it sitting. When a pose comes up for crossing your arms in a certain way, I must take the option she gives to cross them over my chest. Now that I have Sciatica, I find that I must sit out the leg exercises too. But I do stand up and walk for a minute in front of the TV. I seem to be getting worse not better in my quest for health.

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I'm back and kind of rested up after my big weekend. It was so much fun and I almost didn't want it to end, but it was time to get back home and face the real world again. I can tell you that we wore ourselves out. It was so much fun.

Aw, Jackie...so glad you and your SA friend can get out and have a little time relaxing and enjoying a break. It is so necessary. None of us probably don't do that often enough.

Babs, congrats on not needing a new script for glasses. That is always a relief and a huge savings. Will you let us know what you think about the Yoga DVD you ordered? I would love to do it, too, but I simply can't do any of the poses. Even the ones that I've checked out for seniors don't seem to fit the bill for me. I hope it is just what you are looking for (and maybe me!!).

RobLee, sure hope that appt went well with the foot surgeon and that you will have more activity! When did you have the surgery? Being restricted on activity sure takes the fun out of almost everything. Good luck!!

Marie, glad you checked in, too. Actually, I'm glad when everyone checks in and we miss people when they don't. What a nice thing to do by writing names, etc. in your journal. Great way to figure out who is who!! How is the shipping container garden coming along?

CJ, sorry to hear about your fall! You must be careful, girlfriend!! Hope the chiropractor helped and that you are feeling better.

Karen, I think the only way I could have ice cream in the house is if I would be lactose intolerant...which I am not. I love it and eat way too much. Do you have an attachment for your mixer or a regular ice cream maker? Either way, it is yummy!! Sorry about that iPad. Are there protective cover screens you can get for them similar to the ones for iPhones?

Wyndy, glad you got to go to Edmonton and visit with family. Sounds like you had a really nice trip. Yes, that old weight loss wagon seems to be elusive at times and runs right past me!!

Theresa, are you feeling better? Sure hope so!! Scary, dear friend...take care!!

So, just as I was writing this I realized I hadn't sent out this week's Special Days list!! Naught me...will go do it right now!!

Have a great evening, everyone. As much fun as it was to be gone, it is great to be home and to be back with all of you, too. Love and hugs, Jeannie







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Enjoy lunch and a movie with a friend, Jackie. It will do you a world of good I'm sure.

I'm happy because I had an eye exam this morning and I don't need a new script. Good news. Even better news is that my eyes are healthy. Hurrah for me.

I ordered a new yoga DVD. It's "Expanding into Fullness, Yoga for Large Women." I keep trying to find something that I can do on my own. I've tried classes, as I've said before, and I'm not flexible enough to feel confident attending the classes. It's me. No one made me feel that way, but it's how I am. This is with Sally Pugh and I read a little about the DVD and her first. So we'll see how it goes. It arrived yesterday.

For now it's back to work.

Namaste. emoticon

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Good morning - a bit of Sunshine from all this rain we've had - flash flood warnings everywhere and another moat around the home ... LOL

Been busy running Mike here/there .... still waiting for insurance news. I see CJ, you have similar issues. I pray for relief for you. The pain, I know is hard.

I am taking off early before practice for lunch and a movie (Pitch Perfect 2) with one of my sweet adeline friends. We're both burned out a little and need some fun!

I keep getting on and falling off the plan... I got back on again this morning. I thought I had this stress eating thing conquered. I guess my Ego has other plans, but I will not back down!

Wishing you all a good day ... Be well, Jackie

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It looks like there has been a lot of traveling back and forth this weekend. Glad everyone is home safe and sound.

I get to get out of the house tomorrow - I have an appt with the foot surgeon. Hopefully she'll take the last of the stitches out and I'll be able to go into a CAM Boot so I can go outside on my own. WhooHoo.

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Hi all...I 'read' quite a ways down...and part of my new goals is to stay connected...That does not happen automatically, does it? I will keep my word to myself...I enjoy reading all the news,,etc,,,and I actually write down names, etc in my little journal...I will be keeping up...and eventually it will 'click' into a better routine!!

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It's almost time for lunch. I've been having way too much fun at work this morning!

Now if I can only remember what I read - forget it. I doubt that I will.

Jeannie, glad you're home safe and sound and that the weekend was a huge success and lots of fun. Get some rest.

Wyndy, glad you're home safe and sound too. I'll have to check out your blogs. Maybe later when I eat lunch (salad today).

Karen, good for you. Giving yourself a day off is always fun. Ice cream maker. I've thought about buying one because I think Abby would have fun with it. Thinking, thinking.

CJ, thank you for cheering and encouraging me. You're right. `1000 ACTIONS' was a positive thing for me to do. I feel great now that it's finished.

I have to scoot on back to work for now.

Have a great Monday.

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(Arm exercise waving is good.)

Good Monday Morning to ALL, we had a great weekend, My kids from Kansas was here, and I mean a bunch, I had my son and his wife, my two adult grandsons and my grandsons wife and one of my GGC. My son was helping his son move from Oklahoma to Kansas with them. ( we had a great time, but its Monday morning and they left about 6:30 am to finish moving and travel back to Kansas, So to make a long story short, I will be doing Laundry and all the fun stuff today.

I do have to go to the Chrio-practor today, I fell Saturday on my front porch which is cement and boy is my arm sore from all the scraping and road rash it has on it, but my back and knees need a little help from the doctor, so I guess I really do have a hard head, because I hit my head on a brick on the house, its a little sore, but no bruise. emoticon emoticon I really am ok, just a little sore, and not sure what I did, stubbed my toe on something.

Jeannie: I'm so glad you had a good time, with all your nursing sisters, what a special time.

Babs: I am still rejoicing with you for finishing your 1000 action challenge. What a wonderful feeling.

Because of all my company I didn't weigh in on Sunday morning, so I will wait until next week, and go from there. I have lost the past 3 weeks but I have a feeling after this weekend I probably need a week to get back on track.

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Hi Sparkers! I am home from Maine and am taking a day off. I realized this is my last opportunity for a day off without Jim home until next September! It is raining hats and frogs today.
I will go out later on and pick up heavy cream and whole milk to use in my ice cream maker. I know, it does not sound very dietetic, does it? I like the idea of ice cream without preservatives. Besides, I do limit myself on ice cream because I am somewhat lactose intolerant. The first ice cream will be strawberry, made with fresh strawberries.
I have ordered myself an iPad Air2. Jim dropped my iPad in the parking lot of the hotel as we were bringing stuff in when we arrived. Smashed the screen to smithereens! Looking forward to the new unit. It weighs less than a pound!
I am going back to bed now. I will check in later.
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I'm back from a holiday in Edmonton visiting relatives and seeing new great nieces Rune 17 months and Shayla 2 weeks.

Time to hit the weight loss wagon again. Healthy eating has gotten a short shift this past winter but now I think I'm ready to organize myself again. I'm getting bored with reading and computer games so must be feeling better. I even got mad at the kitchen counters today and cleaned all the stuff off them, scrubbed them, and then only put back 4 items. I have some counter space. emoticon

We are finally receiving some rain and the grass is growing as well as the dandelions. I love dandelions, my husband doesn't. LOL

Posted 2 new blog entries that you might find interesting, Positive Words starting with A and content of nuts especially walnuts.

Theresa that feeling of weakness doesn't sound good, please go see a doctor, maybe you have something like low blood which can be treated so easily. Finally got one of my friends to go get a sleep test and they gave her a CPAP. Her count was actually dangerous. She can't believe the energy she has after one week of usage. Too bad she didn't do it 4 years ago. Now she admits that she was falling asleep driving home from work. Sheesh. Oh well, we all have to come to the point where we will do things because we don't like the way things are - including me and exercise LOL.

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I'm home, but honestly, friends...too tired to post anything. Just wanted to stop by and let you know I survived the weekend. We had such an awesome and wonderful time. Well-attended and I recognized every single person except 2 and I could never get my mind around who they are. Truth is, I hardly knew them when we were in school. In fact, I can't remember the one at all. At any rate, I'll get some rest and sleep tonight and be back at it tomorrow. I hope you've all been behaving yourselves!! LOL...love and hugs, Jeannie

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Sloppy Sunday rainy and grey this morning.

Funny cat stories. They are different creatures for sure. But so are we; right?

I gained 0.4# this week. The yoyo has been playing away since spring. I've got to reign it in and get this show on the road.

Finished some dishes, cleaning/slicing some peppers and cucumbers. I love cucumbers. Get my munchies ready for the work week. Easy to pack and they aren't messy.

Went to see Jurasic World last night. It was good.

I've got a load of laundry going. Once I throw it in the dryer I'm going to head to the store for 3 things. That's it. 3 things only. I have to get my mind right or I pick up this in case Abby wants it or that in case Joe wants it. That needs to stop for sure.

Have a Super Sunday Sparkies.

Oh, there's only 1 week left in the current WL Challenge. Please post.

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Theresa, as to not disrupt a loving kitty;'s life or yours, why not try to foster through your local kill shelter. Taking back an adoptive cat or dog because it didn't work out, goes against them. People think they caused too many problems . So glad you are thinking of taking a wonderful cat into your life. emoticon You can always adopt your foster.

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emoticon Celebrate Flag Day! Hope you all have posted a Flag today!
This will be brief as 1 - I am down to only using a kindle.
2 - I have sausage scallopini simmering.

I have been having a weird week health wise..feeling weak, exceptionally tired, with all new aches and pains, in new places. After just an hour, or so, working in the kitchen chopping, cooking, dishes (no D/W still) , nothing too strenuous, but it wipes me out--
So I am trying to stretch it out over the course of a day - thus sausage scallopini @ 10am! One of Pyne's "bargain buys", way more sausage than 2 old people need!!
One benefit of standing in the hot kitchen for 2 1/2 hrs., is that I feel weak and sick - so I eat less dinner!

Jeannie, glad you'll be enjoying your Class reunion. And I agree, you might as well tell your Mom how things really are going. I know now, they worry either way!
Reminds me of my malignant melanoma surgery, I was in the hospital for 8days, and when my Mom called, Ed would just say "oh, she is shopping." 5:30am, he told her I just ran to Pathmark,-24 hr. market. Then I just called her from the hospital, easy in the days before caller ID. But I used to stop up home about every other day, and she called multiple times a day. So, she knew something was wrong. Plus when I came home with over 100 big ugly black sutures, and my 8" ace bandaged leg/knee, it was hard to hide!

Karen, hope when you get home today it won't take the rest of the day to unpack!

Jackie Wanted to wish you best BIRTHDAY Wishes!

Babs and Linda, we had a cat named Alice when we were kids, who would go to each of us every morning and kneed our neck to wake us. And she would also kneed her spot to sleep.
Lately I've been thinking I want a cat, not sure how welcoming Finch would be, Pyne really dislikes them, we can't really afford more Vet cost, and, I am still allergic .. but sanity really doesn't rule in things I think I want.

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Babs, I forgot to add note that my Mom used to say our cat was making Biscuits when he would Kneed to make a nest before sleeping. I think it is something that they used to say all the time. Chrisy rarely does it, Garfy does it a couple of times a day for a long, long time. emoticon

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Babs, Thanks for reading my blog and respose. I love the name Biscuit for almost any pet.

I have done the exerices that my physical therapist gave me - I am switching off every other day with SP seated videos for a break in routine.

I've picked up my tatting haven't done it in years, but it's coming back to me. something to do besides TV. I love to read but it's not holding my attention. Have been on here reading & tracking. Dreaming about being on my feet to go out and garden.

Have a great rest of the weekend. Peace and Prayers going out to you. Robin

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Cats in charge; huh? Good one.

Busy Saturday as usual. It's another work day for me, but this one's physical. I guess that's a plus since I've been pretty lazy lately.

I'll bet our Jeannie is having a great time with her nurse friends. Just think. Everyone around them has no idea how lucky they are. They're in great hands today!!

Enjoy your Sparkling Saturday my friends. I'm heading back to my work here. I already changed my sheets, Nola. That means the dryer is calling me.

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Nola, love your cats in charge. emoticon

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emoticon to all of those travelling this weekend. Stay safe and we will hear from you when you return from your adventures. For those in pain sending gentle emoticon . I did some pickup around but need to vacuum but I don't want to wake Dori. This is her favorite time of day to sleep. I actually feel a little sleepy and want to join her.
Pain levels are reasonable today so it was a good day to catch up. I want to change sheets yet today but closer to bed time as Dori will want to play during that process.


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Jeannie, there are so many memories to share with old friends. It gives us a wonderful glimpse of the past. We need moments like that. I have friends that I'v had for 40 some yrs male and female that I talk to a couple of times a yr. We did not go to school together, but we worked in a car dealership in the 60's.
Babs, I love the name Biscuit for a cat, we used to have such a hard time coming up with names for the new cats at the feral farm I helped to support several years ago. That is a cuddly name.
Your time with Abby will be memories for both of you. So glad you take time sharing with her.
Robin, agree with this group being so supportive. I belong to many groups in SP, but none where I feel I can vent and express my thoughts like this one. They are great groups for various reasons, but this is home to me. I think of Jeannie as being our den mother. Our Teddy Bear den mother.
Hugs to everyone, I am breaking as soon as I check out a few things on SP. The steroids are making it easier for me to get things done around here, and I have only one more dose.. Linda

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Jeannie, how wonderful! I can Ďfeelí the excitement in you by reading your post from yesterday. Enjoy your time with your Ďsisters.í Sounds like a great time. Glad your trip to visit your mom/sister went well. You are in control! Enjoy your weekend.

Robin, so happy to see a post from you. I read your blog. Goodness. Youíve had tremendous heartache. I hope things begin moving in a better direction in your life.

I went to Vacation Bible School with Abby last night. It was the Ďfinale.í It was fun. The kids are darling. Ages K - 12 yrs. Singing. Games. A video of what theyíve done this week. Snack time. Outdoor games. Loved it. She had the best time. Iím so glad she went.

Iím Ďsupposeí to have some ME time this weekend. My DD is off work this weekend. So she will stay with her mom. Weíll see. Sometimes she comes back home early because she has more at my house. Her mom rents a small apartment. So if we get real bad weather she gets a little stir crazy. However, her mom rescued a kitten yesterday. She canít wait to go there and see Ďher cat.í She named it Biscuit. Where in the world she came up with that one - I donít have a clue.

I have not been very active this week. Shame on me. The weather changed. I had just said a week ago that the weather is unseasonably cool for this time of year. Shame on me. The heat moved in and I pooped out then. Iíve got to Ďget my groove back.í

Have a Fabulous Friday.

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I think I need to sit down with a pencil and paper when I start reading the daily chat just to keep up with who's who. Or better yet get on every day! (need to make a habit of it). I just entered a blog on what has been going on with me so I'm not going to reenter it all here. But I do want to say thank you to this group for being so active and supportive to each and every person in the group.

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Good morning, All!! I'm almost too excited to write anything. This weekend is the 50th class reunion from my nursing school. I understand that there are 42 of the 62 remaining members of our class registered for all or part of the functions. We have a gathering at noon tomorrow and then all day Saturday. You might think this is a little silly, but these are the same people (all female back in that day and age) that we lived with for 3 years: went to classes, cried together about boy friends, bad grades, grouchy instructors, and celebrated special events like turning 21 or getting engaged, etc. Above all we took care of sick people...back in the day when you stayed in the hospital for 7-10 days after having a gall bladder removed and had to lie in bed for days on end with sand bags on either side of your head after having cataracts removed...all the while, as students, we were in charge of those huge wards you only see "old" pictures of nowadays. Wow...we were sisters and sometimes we argued a little, but above all, we were there for each other. After school many drifted apart, but I was part of a smaller core group of 6-7 classmates who finished growing up together. Some of my closest friends are part of that group. True sisters in every respect. So, besides seeing those close friends, we'll be in touch with all the others. Amazing time, really. So...I guess you could say I am excited! LOL!!!

Trip to Mom's went fairly well. Since we had our little exchange about a month or so ago, she's been a little better and doesn't complain so much. I've decided not to keep things from her, too. She seems to enjoy worrying about something, so when she asks how Richard is, I tell her. Why not? The other way wasn't working.

Yes, have a very nice birthday, Jackie. A massage sounds wonderful.

Nola...I think Kansas is always hotter and drier than we are and it's been bad enough here. Stay in, stay cool and well hydrated. That goes for everyone where it is horribly hot!

Oh, Linda, I agree. This is probably the one place where I am able to vent truthfully. I do my share of venting. I'm glad to have a safe place to do it, and for me, that is with all you wonderful people. You just get me...and if you don't, you don't hold it over me. Love being a part of this team!!!!

Karen, is this a weekend long picnic/meeting? Sounds like you are packing everything except the kitchen sink! LOL! I hope it is a productive meeting for all involved. Love the pics. Fun to look at. Taking a picture of my hair would involve a "selfie" and I have to tell you, the ones I've done for fun, are not good. Most of the time you end up looking up someone's nose, and believe me...no one wants to look up my nose!! LOL! Maybe I'll get someone else to take one for me.

I've got to scoot...things to do and places to be today. I probably won't be chatting until possible Sunday, so just want you all to have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe, be good, and if you can't be good, at least have fun!!! Love and hugs to all. Jeannie

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Going to be another hot one today, low 90's. Then we have 5 days of rain in the forecast. Quite often theyíre wrong. 5 days is a lot of rain.

Jackie, Happy Birthday and enjoy the massage.

Nola, glad to see a post from you and Iím so happy youíre finding ways to deal with your pain. Like you. I donít handle heat well. Actually itís the humidity that wears me out.

Linda, I personally think SP is a terrific place to vent. I do it. I think most of us have at some point. It definitely helps.

Karen, happy travels to you!! I hope the weekend is enjoyable even though it is work related. A purple or blue streak; huh? Now you must post a picture of that too. Glad you were able to figure out how to post pics. Great pictures. I think the moustaches are a riot. Good idea. Looks like everyone had fun. Thatís what itís all about.

Hello to all Sparkies out there. Have a Thirsty Thursday. In other words, bottoms up with those water jugs.

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Hello again! I just figured out how to add a picture to my chat. The picture below is of my friend and I in December 2013. Please note how happy we are!


I also thought I would post a favorite family Christmas photo. I think this was Christmas 2014. I don't know why I figured the mustaches would be fun, but they were a riot!


I will share more photos when I have more time. For now, I still need to pack that kitchen stuff!
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Hello Sparkers! I am almost done packing for the planning session in Maine. I just now have to pack the stuff I am bringing from my own kitchen--napkins, paper plates, plastic cups, plastic wrap, trash bags, vodka and gin, a corkscrew, bottle opener, cutting boards and cheese knives. My clothes are packed. Jim is packing now. We will need to stop by the credit union and pick up a projector and cables since the facilitator does not have one. I do not particularly care for this facilitator, so this should be an interesting weekend. Jim is bringing his golf clubs and has a 8:45 tee time tomorrow morning.
Our board chair is out of the hospital and will be joining the group tomorrow instead of today. He is doing well and the last pathology report showed now cancer. That is the best news I have heard in a long time!
Linda, I am sorry you are having so much trouble with your back. I sure hope those steroids really help.
Jeannie...I am part of the group who wants to see how your hair turned out! Mine is really short and sometimes a bit spiky looking, and SOMETIMES I sport either a purple or teal streak!
Theresa, thank you so much for the goodie! It was very much appreciated.
Baba....National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day? Count me in! I love that stuff!
The kitchen is calling, so I guess I better pack the stuff up. Honestly, you would think this group is going to uncivilized territory with all the provisions we are taking!
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Karen emoticon

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JackieO, what herbs help with sciatica? I will try anything at this point. The pain is better today but the 2 main places it kicks in on top of my hip still hurt when I try to stand up.
Jeannie, You were right about logging food on SP. Once you get the hang of it, it is so much better than logging in a book. I do log in a book like the doc told me to last month, but I convert it to SP and it is so easy to see where I go wrong. I only lost 5 lbs in the month. So I looked back over what I was doing and made a few changes that I think will help. Love the reports you can run. They thought of everything in SP.
Am praying for everyone with problems, you all seems to handle them with grace. Wish I could say the same about me, but I tend to vent to you guys instead. You let me and help me anyway. emoticon

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It is Summer now in Kansas. 95 today and 90s all week. I am staying indoors as it is hard to breathe in the hotter weather. I am hoping to get some laundry done today but I too am dealing with some sciatica. My SI joint has some serious damage and with the Fibro it can be too much some days to do bending. I am doing much better since the last injection. I can't take the oral medications so this is my way of bringing relief. I am gradually adding some exercises that seem to help with the stretching.
I hope that everyone has a good day. I look forward to seeing what you all are up to. emoticon

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