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7/22/14 5:50 P

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Goodness, that was a lot of reading! I can't comment on all the posts, mainly because my mind is like a sieve lately!
But...I did want to congratulate Jill on her good news! I am so happy for yul my friend! I have been worried about you!
So, Theresa.....were the driveway guys handsome and shirtless? Yes, Babs, I remember our Jeannie looking at the landscaping guys too.
Be back in a few days,
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7/22/14 5:33 P

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I am sorry I have been so MIA. I am fine, as far as I know. I will find out in mid August if I am, or if the cancer has returned. I have swelling under my arm right where several lymph nodes were removed 10 years ago. Crossing my fingers.
The good news is that my foot is healed and I do not have to wear the Frankenboot any longer! That is really nice because I am leaving Thursday morning to spend a long weekend with a special person. I can't wait!
I really, really need this vacation time. My husband will be down in Cape Cod during the same time period. Really funny how things work out.
When I come back to work next week, I will be moving my office. Also on Monday, Jim is having his remaining teeth extracted (thank goodness) and will be having dentures. He should look and feel so much better when that is done.
I still have not figured out who is who among our new members. In any event, it is really nice to meet all of you!
I need to go back and read all the posts. My chat does not update if it remains inactive for very long so I have no idea what anyone has posted.
I will not be on chat from tomorrow through Sunday evening. I will be enjoying my time off and the company I am with.
Hope you have a glorious week!
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Karen

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7/22/14 3:42 P

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Hi everyone, just stopping in to give some updates and see how everyone else is doing. Today it was extremely hot out in the 90's. With Michigan weather that's HOT. I put in a good day of exercising just getting around the farm today. I lifted (12) 50lb bales of hay and put them on the tractor and then got up and down off the tractor as I took them out and put them in the fields for the horses. It Fair week this week and the girls are all up at the FAIR with the horses for 4-H so I decided to chip in and do the outdoor chores for them. I might have second thoughts next year....I forgot just how much strength it takes to do that kind of work. But, minus some sweat and dirt I am doing fine. I took a nice cool shower and am waiting on my hair to dry so I have a few minutes to play on the computer.

GOOD news....my Granddaughter took Grand Champion in her riding at the FAIR this morning. I am perking like a peacock with pride. Good job for all the hard work.

Babs sorry to hear about Joes grandfather. Speaking of theatre I love children's theatre but unfortunately we don't have a lot of it around here until something is put on at the local high school. We do have quite a few playhouse groups though. Abby is back in school in three weeks that is early. Ours are out until September.

Thanks Barbara for the complement, but unfortunately for me it's not my first go around with her. I have been taking her in all her life when things go wrong. The problem is that she is bi-polar and it will only last a few months and she will go crazy and leave on her own. But, we are sisters and so I keep trying. I've got a question for you. What does a walking team talk about if not walking? If you are not able to walk are you wishful thinking or closet dreaming? Maybe there is a mobile walker you can get a hold of that will help you get around. I know I have trouble walking any length of time or distance. I did all my therapy in a pool just to get back on track.

Alice thank you for the complement. I love horses as you can see and have raised a horse crazy family. It's all good though just a lot of hard work but that builds character right? Not to mention responsibility. When it comes to my sister pray for me...I am the one in the middle here that will be needing all the prayers I can muster up to keep it smooth between my sister and my family. They are on me already and she hasn't even come back yet. Ruth (my sister) loves to go to thrift stores and buy things. She goes to the Salvation Army and feels like she is in the shopping mall of the state. So to keep her busy I am thinking of opening a little shop in my local town where she can deal in resell items. I am not sure yet, but maybe some kind of consignment shop for her to dabble in and give her an income so she can be a little independent. Who knows if she does good ...I might even make a little money in the end.

Ok off now to see what is for dinner. Have a great evening everyone.
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7/22/14 2:44 P

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It sounds like there is a lot of good news here! emoticon I saw the ENT last week and the left side of my vocal cords are not moving so I have to be sure to stay hydrated and careful not to try to do too much at a time. I am doing my vocal cord exercises and swallowing exercises hoping for some improvement. The weather has an effect so I will see him in the fall unless there is an emergency.
I saw my Primary yesterday and he is concerned about my being on mostly liquids. He does understand about my GP and said nothing about my weight but then I have lost. I managed a soft breakfast this morning and think some of my problem is just being able to swallow the foods. I feel better after talking to both DR.s
Has anyone been on Ridalyn? It has been recommended for the GP but I am very concerned about side effects and just don't think I could handle one more health issue right now.
Wishing everyone a great week! I hope that your weather is comfortable wherever you are. emoticon

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7/22/14 2:34 P

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emoticon emoticon I am so glad to hear all the chatting that is going on!!. I usually miss it because I am on early. But not today! emoticon

Jackie - Prayers for you and Mike. I am so glad you can travel again! Looking forward to your 'tales'.

Babs - The 1000 action challenge sounds interesting. maybe....? emoticon

Barbara - Fantastic! You found a walking team to work towards! I know what you about biting off more than you can chew - I think I am guilty! But I love them all!! emoticon

Jeanne - Love to follow you blogs and I try to keep up with your messages!! emoticon

Theresa - Hope you are getting your blood sugars sorted out. Praying for you. emoticon

Jeannie - as always you are so supportive. You find time with all that you do. You are such a hard worker. I get tired just reading about all that you do! emoticon

Jill- So glad about your home modification. It will make it so much easier for you. I received one about four years ago and it make a big difference. emoticon

Linda - Welcome! Welcome!! Looking forward to getting to know you!

Joanna - I was on your spark page and I love the horses! It was one of the things I used to do! My prayers for your sister.

I had my weekly visit with the wound care specialist for my foot ulcer. It is getting better! I had a bad night last night. I got up around 3am and was wanting to eat. I got on SparkPeople thinking it would keep me on track. Well, I was too weak...I had a slice of bread with peanut butter. emoticon I know it was not much but I hiccupped. So today I am back on track with a vengeance. It is hot here and I am sitting by the a/c. After doing my exercises of course!

I hope y'all have a great day and I will chat with you tomorrow!! emoticon

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7/22/14 12:09 P

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CJ, I forgot to say 'Congratulations' on completing your 1000 ACTIONS!! emoticon

I posted more today. I'm only through 90. So I have a looonnnggg way to go.

We have our WI challenge going and so many of us are really focusing on that. The summer is a difficult time to 'Spark' interest in mini challenges, but we have the 1000 Actions challenge. It's a personal challenge and I think at least I will benefit from completing it. So if anyone would like to join me, please do. I'll work on mini challenges once we get through the summer and all of the activities of summer.

Since we have quite a few new members, I thought I'd post the basics here in case anyone else is interested. Go to the Forum 'Challenges' and you'll find it.


THIS CHALLENGE WILL NOT HAVE A BEGINNING DATE. YOU DECIDE WHEN YOU ARE READY TO BEGIN, IF YOU WANT TO BEGIN. IT WILL END WHEN YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED YOUR 1000 ACTIONS. The following quotation is from our member, Granpattie.

"I listened to an archived radio program on Hayhouseradio.com by Micheal Neill. It was called 1000 ACTIONS.

The premise of the show was that you can set a goal, and breaking it down into smaller steps you can achieve it by WORKING ON it by TAKING ACTIONS.

The Host said though 1000 seems like a lot, it is really 4 ACTIONS a DAY. 4 actions a day seems very doable. I am going to start today, working toward 1000 small steps to get to my goal.

I am hoping others will also want to take ACTION STEPS to get to where you need to go. You can take as many steps a day as you want, it is your journey.

I will be posting my number every day, counting HIGHER and HIGHER as the days, and months go by. Who can get to 1000? The beauty of this challenge is that you can start at anytime, because it really is an individual journey.

I am also hoping by witnessing some of your actions, it will give me ideas for what I can do."

So then, each day, you make a post that lists 4 things you have done or will do that day. Mine for today were:

1. Started this challenge! Yea me!
2. Am in my first active day with Spark Coach! Yea me!
3. Have tracked my food/water and about to start tracking activity.
4. I feel quite motivated.

That's the end of Pattie's message. I think it's a terrific idea and definitely doable.


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Hi All - thanks for the well wishes on my journey to Duluth! I am excited. One of the goals in losing weight was to be able to travel again. Well, I haven't lost all that I intended, but enough to hopefully fit into an airline seat. I know I've gotten stronger to be able to walk through an airport. Last time I traveled was 2009 in a wheelchair ... so like they say I've come a long way baby! Newer members - I had a double hip replacement, spinal stenosis and some karate injuries. Been a long time coming but I'm glad I'm where I'm at now. Even more resolution to keep tracking and hopefully not gain! My son is such a healthy eater (vegetarian/organic) ... that I will hope to LOSE weight visiting him!

Prayers needed for Mike who is taking care of the dog and cats so that I can travel (though, Mike cannot travel due to health/weight issues) and of course safe journey for me.

I will miss you all and promise when I 'land' next week to regale you with some stories.

Today is packing and Sweet Adelines - we continue to work on Christmas music and our 2014 repertoire. I've been asked to join a quartet...so I'm nervous... this group sure challenges me! Keeps life interesting.

Take care, stay cool and healthy ... newbies I am really going to have to start making a flow chart so I can remember you all. So glad you are here! This group is the greatest for support I've ever found!

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We've had lots of lovely recaps. So I'll just 'chat.'

I'm so happy that we have some new members AND that our newbies are chatting with us. I agree with you. We are the best team. We are a wonderful team. We are a supportive team, caring team. We laugh at ourselves - after all, isn't that part of life? Laughter's a huge part of my life.

I can't believe that 3 weeks from yesterday my little one returns to school. I say 'my' little one, but the new members she's my GD. Her name is Abby and she's in the 3rd grade. It's simply way too early to return to school already.

It's warming up here again. It's actually been such a beautiful summer. We only had heat/humidity a few times. Now at the end of July it's warming up again. It's too dry here though. We desperately need rain.

I bought the most delicious seedless watermelon at a local farm over the weekend. It is so sweet. I bought some of their tomatoes too. I have some on my vines now! I'm so excited. I hope they taste good. I've had tomatoes on my vine and then like magic they disappeared. I'll bet it's the deer. My brother's had problems with them. If that's the case, I won't complain as much as I want my maters. I do love the deer.

I have to get busy my friends. It's time to get back to work on the audit!! Love that audit work.

I hope everyone's feeling well today, suffering less pain.

I'll bet our Jackie is so excited. Tomorrow she leaves to see Christopher!

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7/21/14 8:44 P

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Hello,
I joined a walking team today which is kind of ironic since I can hardly walk! emoticon So combine that team with this one (my favorite cause of all of you!) and another team (v. involved with the challenge), I just hope I am not biting off more than I can chew!
CJ, congratulations on the 5 pounds. That is emoticon .
Jill, glad your life has settled down. WoW, that is fantastic that your Home Mod plan was approved. I know that has to be a relief. You certainly deserve this!

Theresa, I am so sorry about the trouble you are having with your blood glucose and the resulting pain that is coming from it. Did you choose to switch your doctor? I don't know where you live, but NIH has clinical trials on all sorts of medical issues and they are really terrific. Sending prayers your way.

Alice, I read one of your other blogs and it was terrific. I cannot wait to read the others.

Linda, welcome and hello to you - congrats on the 2 pound loss!

Babs, your positive nature is infectious. Yep, can't ever forget that crazy perm especially since I was 'tortured' for it...lol

Jackie, wishing you much fun on the Harbor/lake Superior Cruise.

Jeannie, you are such a dynamo!

Joanna, it is v. generous of you to invite your sister in and the cottage seems neat. I live in Maryland (near Washington, DC and Virginia). Where do you live? What do you mean the car is being written off? They won't pay for it? I think yours will be no problem.

Jeanne, I didn't realize that we joined this team right behind each other.

Hope I got everyone since my last post.

take care
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7/21/14 7:05 P

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emoticon and emoticon Linda,
You have your page set to private so I'll send you a "welcome" here. It wonderful to have you as a part of our team. This team is so non-judgemental and so supportive. I can hardly wait to log-on and see what's been happening with the team. This morning our ISP was down and it was late morning before I could read all the motivational and inspirational stories the members have to share.

So sorry for the medical problems some of you are experiencing. DH has type 2 diabetes and some days,no matter what he does, his blood sugar just goes bonkers.

Jill~ So happy that your prayers have been answered.

Babs ~ We all need a break!

A big time weight loss ~ a new driveway ~ toxic people (surely, not on our team!). Some of you I am just meeting, others I feel I we are friends, no matter what the status, I love reading what you have written.

Just wanted to say "hello" to everyone and be a part of the chat.

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emoticon Welcome Linda, so sorry earlier today I sent you a goodie & called you Feral, hope you have a good sense of humor. . .I always feel I'm on the late boat here as it's 2 or 3 hours earlier here as I live on the West Coast. I hadn't read the Chat where you told us your name so I'm sorry about my mistake. Glad you set your Spark Page Up & it looks great. Looking forward to getting to know you & all our other new Members. emoticon emoticon emoticon

It's been a very busy but productive day for me. . .the Chat has sure been busy all day & it took me awhile just to read what everyone had to say. Both Babs & Joanna summed it up well as to just about what I would have said to everyone who has chatted today. . .Most of you are eating dinner by now or at least cooking it but it's just 3 pm here & I know what I'm cooking for dinner & don't need to even think about it until around 5 pm as it's a yummy Mexican dish we all love. I've got to watch my portion size as I love it a little too much. emoticon

Jackie O - Enjoy your trip to see Christopher and live it up my beautiful friend. I look forward to hearing all about what you saw & did there. . . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Theresa, I'm having a hard time believing what your new Dr. has advised you to do to uncontrol your good diabetes Fasting Glucose Levels. It seems to be almost the opposite of what my new Endo wants me to do and he just put me on the RX your Dr. just took you off of. If you don't feel well with the higher glucose levels then I'd get a 2nd opinion from a well recommended new Endo. I know how hard it is to feel awful & enjoy things when your not well. . . Do you have a good family Physician you can talk to & ask him/her what they think? I sure hope you feel better really soon. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Nola, You've got a tough medical problem for you to deal with & my heart & love go out to you my sweet friend. I admire what a strong woman you are and how you keep fighting to be as healthy as possible, WTG. You are Awesome & I continue to pray for better health for you. Staying active certainly helps you as well as all the fun & interesting reading you do, etc. emoticon emoticon emoticon

All the talk about fresh Peaches, Cherries, Watermelon and Iowa fresh Corn has me wanting to buy all 4--lots of them enough to eat, freeze or can. Truthfully produce prices here are still high and that's possibly due to the drought here nothing this Summer has been nearly as inexpensive as it usually is this time of year. I try to buy most of my produce at Sprouts, a kind of TJ but a lot of produce to buy there at better prices & fresher than at my local grocery store. Happy & Healthy Eating & Delicious so enjoy it while it's all in Season!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I've got to get myself prepared for the Debt Counselor's noon call to me tomorrow. I want to have all the facts right before me and look half intelligent to him. This is truly a Dream Come True & My Prayers answered as otherwise I doubt I'd be able to stay in my house the rest of my life, which I hope to be able to do like my dear 86 yo Mom did until she moved onto her next Life in Heaven. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Have a Wonderful & Healthy (& Relaxing) Evening!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Wow! I decided to give myself a break. Hey, I deserve it. emoticon

I tried reading all of the posts. I think it’s impossible right now. You Sparkies were quite chatty this weekend. I love it! I missed it.

Jackie, sorry you’ve been sick. Goodness we’ve had our share of Spark Sickness! How exciting - going to visit Christopher. You really have to get well. I know you’re going to enjoy it.

Joanna, sorry you were involved in an accident but so glad that you ‘seem to be OK.’ How frightening. I can understand why you’re not excited to get behind the wheel right now.

Wyndy, glad to see you posting with us again. I try to avoid ‘toxic people’ but it just isn’t always that easy. Hugs!

Nola, you have really had a rough week! I pray that this one is better for you. Thank goodness your money was returned. Liquid diet - not very appetizing.

Jeannie, I need to get some fresh peaches. I bought a seedless watermelon this weekend and it is so sweet and juicy. One of the best parts of summer is all the fresh, home grown goodies.

Barbara, what a perm story! I can’t imagine getting a perm, walking out and your hair is straight to ‘pop out later.’ Cannot imagine. I definitely know who Bozo the clown is. You poor thing - you had to be mortified!

Linda, hello and welcome to the team. I’m happy to see that you are chatting with us. We love newbies and we learn so much from each other. Old habits are so hard to break. It takes time. Just keep plugging away! I’m glad that today seems a little better.

CJ, WooHoo - 5#. That’s fantastic. So happy for you. Keep up the good work.

Jill, I’m happy to see that positive things are happening in your life. What a lift for you! Noah will be starting school again soon. Is he looking forward to it? Abby’s kind of on the edge. She’s enjoyed her summer but yet she misses her friends.

Theresa, So how does the driveway look? All sealed up? Did Finch behave himself? What about Pyne? Now there’s a hard guy to hold down. You - well, that depends on whether or not they were stud muffins! You may have been peeking out the windows at them just like our Jeannie did at the landscapers. My, my . . . Only having calories in the 800's doesn’t seem like nearly enough to me, Theresa. I tried that before and didn’t lose anything. Plus I was cranky (yep, sure was!) and so darn tired. I hope everything gets worked out quickly for you. I understand that it all takes time, but it’s such a difficult process getting to where it’s regulated.

Joanna, dealing with insurance companies - as you know - is a royal PIA! Just like you said, the problem is you will not get enough to repair it ‘like it was’ and for sure not to replace it. What a nightmare. Thankfully you still seem to be doing OK. You mentioned the play Abby and I went to see - the “Wizard of Oz.” It was wonderful. It was a children’s theater at Southern Illinois University. They have ‘children’s theater’ 3 - 4 times each year, and other plays the rest of the year. A theater group comes in for this. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Someone - was it Jeannie? - asked if Joe’s home now. Yes, he came home yesterday. His grandpa is not doing well at all, as I’ve said already. (For those of you who missed an earlier post - Joe’s grandfather has been dealing with lymphoma for about 4 years and now they have found liver cancer. He has been given 6 months tops. So Joe went to see him and help out for a week last week.) He’s on oxygen, has a feeding tube and is given morphine at times for the pain. It was difficult for Joe to leave. He realizes that he could lose him at any time.

Time to get back to work but I do feel a little more up-to-date with all of my Spark friends.

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Wyndy - I am still waiting to see if they will fix it. My truck also was in perfect condition and I took it to get a estimate on it...well over 10 thousand dollars worth of damage so I guess I will just have to wait and see what the insurance wants to do but April to July and its just being written off...I would have to question my insurance. I expect mine in the shop by the end of the week or I will be screaming at someone. I am excited to see you are going to do two plans at once the 100 days and the 8 week...will be watching for the outcome. Good luck.

Nola you are having a bit of bad luck yourself aren't you. I hope by now things have turned around and are going much better for you. I am glad to see you had a taking care of me day....Good for you.

Jeanne I am doing fine other than feeling a little beat up I am doing ok. We do have some really good cherries here in Michigan in certain areas. The cost of your corn there is really high I see farmers selling it along the road side for 3.00 a dozen. As much as I love sweet corn I try to stay away from it and stick to the greens. Too much weight gain with the corn. It's what I give the horses to keep weight on them.

Barbara, I am not sure where your neck of the woods it but it seems no matter where I go driving is so dangerous. Everyone wants to get there faster than time allows. Not to mention how careless they are going in and out of traffic. I am still at the 55 speed...I just am not in that much of a hurry for anything these days. I want to enjoy the time I have not speed through it.

CJ congratulations on the 5lb loss.

jill I am glad you are feeling chipper and enthusiastic about managing your debts. I know it's hard to do but sometimes we have to take the reins and hang on tight. I am sure you will work all things out for the better. I am happy to hear that you were able to modify your mortgage to better fit your budget. Good luck and God Bless


Theresa 100 feet of drive way is quite a bit but once it is coated it will be a great safety factor. Too bad the insurance won't give you a break for repairing it and refund the cost. That would be asking a bird to cut off its beak though.

Alice I don't really know you but better late than never. So to start things off I big Hello and how's your day going? I haven't read any of your blogs but I am going to go back and take a look since I am hearing so much good about them. Give me a couple of days and I am a talker I will have a lot to say.


Babs, I am happy you enjoyed your weekend to the fullest. Nothing like having everything go perfect without any hitches. I didn't get a chance to see what play you were seeing. What was the name of it and was it local or professional actors. I love the little local playhouses that are around the area. The last play I actually saw with my family was WICKED...which I thought was great...gave me a different perception of the Wizard of Oz.


Jackie - I'm with you I love watching the dancers on so you think you can dance. I tape it so I can watch it when I get a break. Have a great lake date and enjoy your time with Christopher.


As for me. well in a nut shell I am busy as always. The kids are at fair with the horses...4-H and it's been hectic around here getting them there. We got the first cutting of hay in for the horses, but it's always grown and ready for a second cutting. I am hoping to put it off one more week...to get fair out of the way and then tackle it. Another 2500 bales or so to get cut, baled, and stored. Hard work but it's a must to get done. The hubby is still working on my sons game trailer....which I will tell you all about at a later date. I am getting headaches for that project from both the son and hubby. It's not like I have enough on my plate but they both want to complain about what is or is not getting done fast enough. I am contemplating on letting my sister move back in with me. It does not go good for long periods but I keep hoping for a moderate change and that it will last a while longer before her bi-polar personality flairs up and she leaves again. Most of the family is telling me not to do it but well I guess I am all she has left and her kids are not helping her out they don't even talk to her so I feel a little obligated. I can ignore her but others seem to ignite the friction. Where she is at has run its course and she has no money to find a new living arrangement. I have a cottage I build on the lake for my granddaughter as a play house...it's 350 sq feet I am thinking of having her move in there instead of the main house. It will be private but she will still be close for me to keep an eye on her. I just have to convince my granddaughter to give up her space. With her busy schedule and school she will not be spending as much time as in the past out here in the country so it will be a trade off...I am just waiting to see what it will require for me to make this deal. Savanna does not bargain easy she always comes out on top.

Ok ladies I am going to call it a day and get some things done around here. This is the most I have written this year but I felt it was fair to try to catch up on all my spark sisters. I love this team it's my favorite on all of SPARKPEOPLE.

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Ah, Theresa...sounds difficult. If it weren't for the medication change, you might be able to pull it off with a shift in the carbs, it seems like. So sorry it is such a trying time for you. I hope your body works out the kinks soon, but probably not as much as you do. It's no fun to be feeling sick all the time. emoticon

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Well Jennie, my new, very young, Endocrinologist has said that studies show that being in "too tight control" of Diabetes numbers is not beneficial to seniors, some recent studies say it can contribute to an eary death. (Seriously at 65, I think I've passed the "Early" mark!)

I have worked ~ and been successful at keeping my A1c under 6.0, in over 20 years, 4 A1c's a year, it has gone over 6.0 only four times. (always involving being really sick, and long hospitalization.)

Dr. wants my A1c to get up to a 7.0 ! The number I get panicy at!
But since she has taken me off Glipizide , my morning FBG has gone from an average of 83 to an average this month of 135.
Having a hard time adjusting. And do stupid things like one morning it was 140..so I avoided carbs at breakfast. And was going to a baby shower at 1:00pm, so I thought I'd just eat there. But got shakey, sweaty, stupid at 2pm..had only had unsweetened ice tea, had to leave, before they even served lunch, had 1/2 a water ice on the way home - got home tested, and meter just flashed LOW. ate the rest of the water ice and laid down ( was on the verge of passing out, heart beat was fluttery, knew I should have gone to ER..but it was too much of an effort, I just wanted to lay down. Pyne wanted to call 911 - I will NEVER let him do that again) But, got up in an hour or so, took BG again and it had gone to 48, so I ate dinner then, And really didn't feel good even the next day.
And when Ashley was here, we had planned to go out to breakfast, but I woke up with BG at 139, so I didn't go out with them...I knew I'd eat too many carbs, and feel sick all day.
So I am really struggling with these new BG readings. Also doubting that I'll be doing better physically ... already have much blurrier vision, that eye Dr. says has to be my new higher numbers. Also, a dog scratch/cut to my R. heel, taking way too long to heal.
She praised me for having held off all the diabilitating effects that Diabetes brings. Dr. raved about the pulse points in my feet, saying she has never seen someone who has had diabetes over 20 years with such good circulation, and so few problems. But, then telling me to loosen up a bit, let's bring your A1c up. ?!

The last 2 days, I have had only 880, & 834 total calories for the day, and around 1000, for most days....and today my FBG was only 128. OK, except that I don't feel well. I've called Dr. office and left a message about my issue, but her response was "give it time to get regulated", "it takes your body time to adjust to any change ."

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Jackie, you dropped in while I was writing my missive. Duluth is a beautiful area of MN. It will be great. The lake is beautiful and you'll have a great time just seeing Christopher, that I know!! emoticon

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Okay, Special Spark Sisters (and brothers, if there are any of you lurking about out there)...I've started to write a note about 5 times already this morning and now I am determined to get it done! Whew...trying to get a few household things dibe (domestic goddess activities, as Nola puts it...I think it's Nola). emoticon

Linda, welcome aboard! Glad to have you with us. I think I mentioned this before, but I hope you'll soon feel comfortable enough to make your Spark page public. It's such a great way to make new friends and keep in touch. Wishing you all the best as you join us in this journey we're taking together. emoticon

Alice, I'm so proud of you for the great blogs you've been writing and for being willing to share your story with all of us. It's a great thing you're doing for yourself. I see some of the rest of you are writing blogs, too...that's great. I know Jeanne and Barbara have both been keeping up with you! I write occasionally...when the spirit strikes me, I guess. Keep up the great work, ladies!! emoticon

Babs, so happy you had a busy and sounds like fun weekend. Abby may be a budding actress. We know she already takes after her DGM as far as being creative and talented, so now we can add acting and dance to her list of talents! Great job on the 40% off buys! Did Joe get home? emoticon

Theresa, I'm curious. What is the target for your A1C now that things have been changed up for you? Is there some thinking that less control is better? I'm really out of touch with diabetes treatment, and it never was my specialty area when working. I only understand the basic science, nothing about treatment other than what we all know. I hear you on hiring work done that we always used to do ourselves. Sounds like a good idea to get someone to do it for you. Especially since the cost was about the same. We hired someone to move us last March when we moved to the condo. Well worth the money, but it is the first time we ever, ever hired someone to do that for us. So glad we did! emoticon

Jill, your news is terrific and so encouraging. I know you're on cloud 9!! It makes focusing on your health and healthy activities so much better, doesn't it! emoticon Congrats, my friend!!! I know it wasn't easy to get everything together for them, too! emoticon

CJ, you mentioned the 1000 actions. I never did finish it. In fact, I don't think I made it out of July. Glad it was good for you. 5# is emoticon emoticon

Barbara, Jeanne, Nola...good morning to all of you, too! Hope your days are going well! Now, where are some of you other Sparklers...Starr, we haven't seen you for a long time. And Karen...know you have a big weekend coming up. Hope you're feeling well by now. Everyone else...stay true to yourselves and work hard at something...even if it is just one or two little things, they add up to big things. emoticon

I just finished cleaning the kitchen floor and vacuuming everything else. Now to put everything away and I'll have my work done for the day...well, everything except meals and clean up, and I need to do some lawn watering today, but that's easy stuff. Be well, be happy, see you around the team pages! XOXO Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hello all and happy Monday. Just checking in before I hit work. Supposed to be a scorcher for the next 2 days - Ozone Action Alert to boot.

Good for you Babs in taking some time off over the weekend from the computer! Loved hearing about Abby's dance lessons - sounds like so much fun for her! Does she watch "So You Think You Can Dance?" I love watching the dancers & choreography. Lots of sales right now...

Jill - great news on your home/debt modification. Sounds Like it will help put your mind at ease. Isn't CA one the US' thinnest states... maybe that's why! All those movie stars and people trying to look like one...

Welcome new people (more!!) - Linda I think is the newest on the boards. Love your energy!

Jeannie - yes, there is nothing like Iowa Corn, though why is it so expensive? We can get a dozen MI or IN corn for $3 in season! No, never been to Duluth. I'm looking forward to my visit - though they're forecasting rain the whole time. I know Christopher has signed us up for a harbor/Lake Superior Cruise, which sounds fun. And knowing him, we'll shop as well as hike. I'm going to be really tired by the time I get home, but in a good way. Yes, leaving Wed. If airlines go right, I'll be back later Tuesday!

So Sparkers ... have a good start to your week!

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Ladies: I've been on this computer way to long, but I just could not leave without saying GOOD MORNING and HAPPY MONDAY. emoticon emoticon I have read all your posts and I'm enjoying seeing how everyone is doing.

Jill: It is so good to see you back and feeling better about your life, I'm so glad you got your Home Modification approved, GOOD for YOU. Thank you for your comments on my weigh loss this week, and Yes I did do a few jumps and happy dances.

I have really got to GO, I was gone most of the weekend and my house and laundry needs attending to.

HAVE A WONDERFUL LAST WEEK IN JULY, CJ from OK.

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Goodness here it is Marvelous Monday already. I didn't check in even once over the weekend. It just sort of 'got away from me.

Had a wonderful time at the play. Abby loved it and had her picture taken with all of the actors/actresses. She told me she'd like to go again yesterday. I don't think so!!

We went to the dance studio for open house and she's enrolled now in a hip hop class. She went home and 'practiced' with her wii 'Dance 2014.' Whew! That girl has some moves.

Yesterday we went to Mass and went to Kmart. She needs a pair of tennis shoes just for dance to keep the floors nice. The Kmart here in town is closing it's doors. So everything's been on sale for about a month. 30 - 40% off is good. But they're out of anything she likes in her size - shoes that its. She found some clothes on sale. At 40% off I didn't mind buying it for school.

Went home and the day was more than half over with. So I went outside and got in the pool for some exercise!! It was a great weekend, a busy weekend, and now I'm tired.

Hopefully I'll read the posts later.

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Jill, feralauntie is Linda.

I feel more in control today, but that little spree did cost me lbs. So grateful to have found this site. No one I know has this severe weight problem, and it is more easier to talk to people who have had like experiences. Thanks for the encouragement.

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Good Morning y'all!! Theresa - I know what problems you are having with a.m. BG. My endo has done the same thing! Maybe it is in the water!! emoticon I am already on an 1100 - 1200 calorie diet for pete's sake! Now ALL my blood sugars are up! But they are the ones with the degrees, I guess! Hope it works out for you! emoticon emoticon

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Good Monday Morning All my Lovies! emoticon
Really making a strong push to make this last week of July a SPARKling Success. emoticon

Having a bad time with my Blood Glucose, my new Endo has taken me off one of my Diabetes meds, and my Fasting Blood Glucose is High..I'm headachy, I've got an 8 week old cut on my foot that isn't healing, my stomach issues are almost constant daily pain. So I'm just not feeling well. Leaves me kind of depressed, fighting not to slide in too deep. I am struggling to really reduce carbs, and calories, so my BG doesn't get into dangerous levels.

Jill, good to see you're back. And happy for you, that your home modification was approved. I think you'll be happy with the management skills learned from the Debt Counselor. It should put your mind at ease, and let you shake off some stress, and you'll sleep better.

CJ..nice loss! You are really heading for a win on your end of the year goal! As you know, exercise is the key, and like Jill, I too need to start being more consistent in moving every day!

We have a guy coming to reseal the driveway this morning....we have 100' driveway, and his bid was roughly the same as our cost of buying 6 cans of sealer, and we really find it harder to do. Although Pyne has spent a hard, hot, 5 days weeding, trimming around it and getting it ready to be coated. But now, I have to go down and have a good talk with Finch, so he won't be barking maniacally at the sealing guys!

Hope this is a good, healthy, SPARKling week for All!
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Good Afternoon my Wonderful Friends, I had planned on chatting much earlier than now but did enjoy my visit and seeing my son & his family after they got out of Church. It always makes me so happy spending time with them and my two awesome Grandchildren. Just wanted to let you know that my life has finally settled down quite a bit recently as my Home Modification was Approved, that is an answer to my prayers (Thank you God). To quality for this Assistance I agreed to go into a Debt Management Program that will be done via the phone, internet and possibly a few in person visits. I'm more than willing to do that and in fact have already talked once to a very helpful Debt Counselor for almost 2 hours and learned so many good ideas how to better budget & manage my retirement income. I look forward to talking to him again next Tuesday.

emoticon emoticon emoticon CJ, Losing 5 Pounds would have me dancing or at least "Jumping" up & down with Joy. You're obviously doing something right as the scale does Tell us just like it is (like it or not). You're right exercising does help us lose weight. . .and I need to start doing more of those awesome Chair Exercises as I actually kinda enjoy doing them once I'm finished emoticon emoticon

Sorry Barbara to hear about you're upset by something that happened on another Team. Remember no matter what Team you're on there are things & people you might not agree with or they us. . . Just Chalk it up to experience and focus on what you and all of us have to do to lose weight & Be and Feel Healthier. So glad you just joined in the Summer Fall WL Challenge & we all give & get support from others in the WL Challenge Chat.

Jeanne, I love how active you are on SP & our Team. I hope you will join in the Summer/Fall WL Challenge as there are 19 weeks left of it to lose weight. When do you start back Teaching School? Are you looking forward to that or sort of dreading it mainly because you're busier than during your Summer time off? It takes a special resourceful caring person to teach Special Ed. I really admire you for the TLC I know you give and show your students every day. They are indeed Blessed to have such a caring Teacher who also is a great role model for them.

Alice, Thank you for you're saying you missed me that makes me miss you all the more. I'm back now for good and have no plans to even need to take a short break again from here. I love Sparking and all of you too much to be gone very long. But, I sure needed all my time to focus on paperwork, phone calls, etc. But, thankfully it was all worth it but was a very stressful time for me, thank you for understanding. I did love and relate well to your 1st Blog and being I'm behind on SP I plan on reading your next Blog one day early this week ir not sooner. You write very honestly and so many of us have the same type issues as to the whys of being overweight and becoming a healthy weight for us.

Fereal, What is your first name or pick something you want us to call you. . .make it nice my new friend emoticon . Please don't mentally "beat" yourself up because you had a day of overeating, etc. Just move forward again the next day or even your next meal. Believe me, I've done that & worse but my excuse is I've been Sparking for 4 years now and being this is a Healthy Lifestyle not a diet I think most of us do veer off course now and then. I hope you're considering if you would benefit from being in the WL Challenge. The more the Merrier. Check it out & see what you think.

I confess I didn't write down any notes and I can't remember too much about what has been said today so I'll take notes tomorrow before I chat again. . .Enjoy your Evening as most of you already are. I think I'm the only really active person on the Team (Chat) that lives on the West Coast and is on PST, 2 or 3 hrs. earlier here than where most of you live, I find that can of curious as to why but don't know the answer to my own question. . . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Had a little bit of time this afternoon to get on here and chat a minute, My minutes these day don't seem to come around very often. I weighted in a day early this week, and I lost 5 lbs. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I think a lot of it was fluid weight, I really don't care ITS 5 LBS. Hope I can continue to see it go down, I think my chair exercise is paying off, I started about 6 weeks ago with a new goal of 15 minutes twice a day and then I raised it two weeks later to 20minutes twice a day and now I am at 25 minutes twice a day, next Monday I will start 30 minutes twice a day. It has been a real challenge, but I feel better and I'm able to walk a few more steps each day as well. My thyroid doctor has my meds working well and my thyroid count is much better.

Babs has said she would like to start working again on the 1000 action challenge that Grandpattie told us about. we started on it 7/8/2013 and I finished it on 3/27/2014. I can tell you ladies it was a wonderful feeling to finish it. So I would like to see all of you finish it as well.

Guess I better go for now. and get ready for Sunday night worship service. Start this new week off with a resolve to stay on track. HOPE ALL OF YOU HAVE A GOOD ONE AND STAY FOCUSED.

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Oh boy, had a slightly negative experience on another team...it kindda got me down...oh well, that's life, right? Trouble is I am eating more than usual. ugh...

No kidding...thank goodness for all of you on this team!

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Running errands yesterday, I fell into some old habits. Not good ones. Fast food, dessert etc. Back in control today, but less secure in my determination. Although I'm sure I'll get back on track , I worry about my resolve. All I can do is start over again today.

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Hello all,

Iowa corn...I can just imagine how good it is, Jeannie. It reminds me of how we enjoy our crabs in Maryland!

Gosh, Nola, sorry you have been having it rough...especially the esophagus. What is their thinking on this? Prayers are coming your way!

Wyndy, you made me realize how important it is to see if one's insurance pays for a car replacement. I am sooo glad you joined the 100 Days Challenge. I am really excited about it. This team and that team are my two favorites. We have been having a lot of mosquitoes too...they cause such disease...I dislike them even though some of them are pretty.
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There are people out there who enjoy hurting or pushing another's buttons. The best trick is to 1) pray for them 2) pray for yourself and 3) ignore them!! lol

So sorry about your accident Joanna. I can't wait until I retire and hopefully move south because in this area, people just can't drive and yet they are on the road (specifically my part of the road!!!!). Glad you were not hurt.

Jackie, all this time I would see "Jackie O" at the bottom of your posts and I just thought you really liked Jackie Onassis! duh...lol

Alice, I am awaiting your next blog post!!!!

Jeanne, so glad the news is good for your DH. Health is everything or at least my 90 year friend keeps telling me. She and I are going to have dinner with her daughter next Friday. I cannot wait to see her. She is the bestest person - no lie. She is one of those people who genuinely loves me...why I do not know...I just know I love her too!!!

Babs, perms! I can understand that it gives you the bounce you need. Haven't had a perm since I was a little girl. I have to tell you this story. I was about 11 when my mom got me a perm. We walked out of the place and my hair was so straight. My mother took me back and said this was not right - why was there no curl? The hairdresser explained it would pop out later - to just wait, but I guess because of her insistence, they gave me another perm. It still looked straight. This is no lie - when I woke up, I looked like Bozo the Clown and if you don't know who that was, think Ronald McDonald. In school, I was teased from here to kingdom come for that hairdo. Geez.

Pynetree, your husband's remark was hysterical...

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Good evening, my Sparkly friends!! Hope you've all had a good day. I can see a "good day" would be pretty hard for Joanna. I'm so very sorry to hear you were in a wreck and are having problems now. I hope physically it isn't anything serious. The truck can be replaced...you can't. Wishing you all the best!!

Jeanne, that is good news about the cortisone shot. I've heard people say it sometimes takes a while for it to work, but sounds like you had a great night's sleep and have been pain free! Sorry your hubby has to go back for his injection, but lucky you, I guess! Maybe the best news is that there is no tumor or cancer. Awesome!! emoticon

Hey, Barbara...I'm so glad you had fun with those "flags" and getting the extra points!! emoticon

Wyndy, it sounds like you've got your work cut out for you with 2 teams and challenges. Good for you! I know you're enjoying this warmer weather even if it is raining more than you like. Are your mosquitoes like they are in so many places in the upper midwest? As big as birds?? Keep the bug juice handy!

Nola, sorry to hear about more troubles with your esophagus, but thankfully no feeding tube yet from the sounds of things. That's good. Hope you feel better and stronger soon. Your post is upbeat...full of thorns, but also full of roses! Good for you. Great attitude. emoticon

Jackie, get well soon! Hope you feel perfectly well by the time you are ready to leave. Travel safely and enjoy that time you'll have with Christopher. So happy you get to visit him and see where he lives, etc. Have you ever been to Duluth before? emoticon

Finished the peaches this morning. Have 3 in the fridge to eat of the next day or two. We've sure been enjoying the sweet cherries we've been getting at Costco and Sam's. Mmm...most of them have been from Washington, but one batch was from Michigan. All good. I stopped at a roadside stand to check on the sweet corn. There is NOTHING like Iowa sweet corn when it is fresh. Sadly, they all want $6.50 for 12 ears. I won't pay that kind of money for it. Maybe I can find some a little less expensive as the season moves on. I did hear today that the apple crop should be good this year. That means I can make some applesauce for the freezer! Haven't had good home-made applesauce for several years. emoticon

Well, friends, I'm heading off to do one more thing before the British comedies start on PBS. My favorite TV programs!! So silly, but fun. My second favorite are on Sunday afternoon on a channel called ME TV. That's when the old Columbo, Kojack and Rockford Files are on. I can read and watch TV at the same time. No brain work there! emoticon

Have a great rest of the weekend! I'm not even going to try to remember everyone to say hi to...you know who you are! Love you all and hope you're finding time to eat a healthy dinner and move your bodies a little bit! XOXO Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Well, I must say that I am glad this week is over. My bank account was hacked but the money has all now been returned.
My wreath has been stolen off my door but I will just make a new one.
The element in my oven went out, luckily the appliances are furnished by the complex so there is no cost to me.
I had to call the owners of the apartment building and report threats to the residents from the management company. They have stopped.
I saw my ENT on Tuesday and my esophagus is stiff and effecting my vocal cords and swallowing. Going to liquids and very soft foods.
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Oh my goodness Joanna, did you have whiplash? That would have just plain freaked me out after the one that did so much damage. My h was in a turning accident with his truck in April and they just now informed him that they wrote it off. He is so angry because he kept it in virtually new condition and he can't replace it with anything reasonable. Will your insurance pay for a replacement?

Nola, so sorry that your esophagus is hardening. That must be so frustrating for you. Liquid diets are not a great way to lose weight. Well, I guess it depends on what the liquid is - wink wink.

I am getting myself organized with 2 new groups, the 100 days and the 8 week diabetic. I have not done the 100 days on before, the first week was interesting. I have done the 8 week one but never made it past the 2nd week. I have so many restrictions that I give up but this time I am going to work on an exchange program and just ignore their food suggestions on the daily tracker. I think that will help with the frustration.

Yesterday it poured buckets so I expect the mosquitoes will be out swarming over everything today. I was in a big emotional state yesterday and my blood sugars went all over the place so today I am going to be quiet and read and work on my journal and ignore the phone. The person that pushed me over the edge won't be here today thank goodness, in fact I won't see her until Thursday so by then I hope I will have calmed down to the point where I can ignore her. emoticon

Have a great Saturday.

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I was taking my sister home a couple of days ago and pulled over into a turn lane with my blinker on to make a right turn onto a private street off a main one. While turning a security truck came along and hit me in the rear end and sent me 30 feet up on the pavement and crosswalk. It happen so fast I didn't have time to think, but once it was over I couldn't move. My head went back to the awful accident I had back in 2010 what shattered my leg in 17 different places. I was so grateful to be in my big FORD 350 if I was in a smaller vehicle I would have hated to see the damage it did.

I think I am ok, just beat up and battered a little and more shaken up than anything, but my truck needs to be put in the shop and my driving is put on hold. I am scared to get in a vehicle right now.

Can you imagine a tank like truck ramming you from behind. It's like "What were they thinking?"

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Sorry I haven't been around as I have just not felt well and it's taken all my energy to do my work and sleep. Not good as the first time in two years I have not tracked nutrition for several days. Now that I'm starting to come out of the funk (malaise, dizzy, extremely tired - mayb e a reaction from all those x-rays/ultrasounds, I am so energy sensitive), I am back online just now. I'm getting ready to visit Christopher this week, so I will be gone again Wed - Tuesday.

Your hair sounds beautiful Babs ... I know what you mean about the thinning, bums me out as my Mom had really thick hair until she died. I bet the perm looks great on you and good for swimming too! Just remember to rinse your hair right away so that the perm holds.

I see Jeanne has good news from the ortho and Jeannie is ?canning? peaches (or eating them?) my memory is a little fizzled right now apparently too.'

Sorry you had to wait so long at the doctor's Theresa. Glad to hear all is well with Pyne. I got to keep remembering not to stress Mike out too, so I know what you mean!

Kudos to all you newbies for jumping in and chatting away. Nice to see new energy in the group! Anyone live near Kalamazoo and want to join a Sweet Adeline's Chorus?

I went to the art fair for an hour this morning, Mike wasn't up to walking around. It felt good to walk around and look at the creations and jewelery. One lady made purses out of deer skin - just beautiful.

Well, I am working, trying to get caught before I go so that I won't be even more behind than I am.

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emoticon emoticon It is a beautiful day in northern Wisconsin! I slept in this morning and am just getting on to see what you lovely ladies have been up to! I am going to do laundry (again!) It seems to be neverending. My DH has a new hobby. He is raising doves and pigeons! he has a fancy coop he made for them to fly in and out of. And enjoys watching their antics. I like the cooing! emoticon

Theresa - for all the control these insurance companies have and as much as they cost - you would think you be taken better care of. The frames themselves a just unreasonable!

Nola - So sorry about your esophagus. I hope the soft foods are helpful. My prayers to you.

Babs - Good for you on the perm! I had to cut my hair ver short (pixie?) It was down to my waist. But it was falling so much after my bariatric surgery I had to cut it off. So I know about thinning hair. I am glad you are so comfortable with it. I love my short hair (no perm tho)

Jeannie - Peaches!! I love them - anyway I can get them!! At one time I used to do a lot of canning peaches. mmmm!

Gini - How are you? Did you opt for surgery or a cortisone shot? I hope whatever you decide on you get some relief.

Jill - I miss you. Hoping everything is working out for you! emoticon

Wyndy - So glad you didn't get flooded! What a thing to come home to! My DH does not do weeds so if you get yours to - let me know how!! emoticon

Jeanne - So glad the cortisone shot helped and you were able to get a good nights rest.

Anyone I missed I will look for you next time! Hope y'all have a wonderful Saturday!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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It was great news from yesterday's ortho visit. No tumors. No cancer. DH was supposed to get a steroid injection in his shoulder. He neglected to include Plavix on his meds list and he has to be off that medicine for a week prior to injection. My appointment was scheduled for next Tuesday. So...the doctor looked at the results of all the tests from Thursday, and then asked if I wanted to take my husband's place and have my injection right then. He didn't have to ask twice! For the first time in several months, I slept the through the night. No ice packs. No Ibuprophen. No walking the floor waiting for the pain to subside.

Gini ~ You have been in my thoughts and prayers. I certainly hope that you found some pain relief after your visit with your doctor. Continuous pain affects every part of our lives.

Babs ~ We will have to have a chat. Home furniture is where I put a crib on lay-away for our first daughter. I can't believe they are still in business. I remember the bluffs. My dad used to drive along 157 at Christmas time so my brother and I could see all the beautiful light trimmings and displays.

Theresa ~ Your eye doctor visit sounds like a real nightmare! It seems the economy has taken its toll on the small doctor practices.

Nola ~ So sorry to hear about your medical problems. As I said earlier, pain can just consume our lives. Good luck!

Jill ~ So glad your problems were solved and you are back with us. I'm very happy that you didn't have to be away for an extended amount of time.

Hello to anyone I may have missed.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

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Thank you for the kind remarks and all the support. I would not have even tried without you!! emoticon

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Oh my gosh, Jeannie, that was so much fun!!! emoticon

I had all kinds of flags and I never knew what they were...hahaha

thanks again,

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Back home from the funeral. The lady who passed away was 86 and such a sweet, nice person. She will truly be missed. I'm glad I drove down, even though it was quite a drive. I stopped at Costco on the way home. So many temptations, but I find that there are temptations in every single store I go into!

Barbara, I guess I missed the most important instruction for finding the wheel. If you scroll to the top of this page and look at the orange bar, click on the Start tab. That will take you to the Start page, which is where you'll find the other things I was talking about. See if that does it for you. I tend to do a lot of things from my points page, so maybe you are, too. Check out some of the other links in the orange bar, too. Lots of good stuff there.

Theresa, as usual your appointment yesterday was interesting and a huge challenge for you. I dread finding a new dentist and doctor. I'm actually hoping to find a good nurse practitioner that I like, as I've had one for years and find I get such good care. Of course, I'm prejudiced as I practiced as a pediatric nurse practitioner in a specialty clinic for a number of year! LOL!! But, back to you...could they not find another chair that Bumpy could have had to sit in? Seems like 2 chairs in an office where there were only 3 of you waiting could be better managed. Or, maybe there were 3 of you for the same doctor. Whatever, that's a poor way to run things. Of course, I'm not telling you anything you don't know. emoticon

Babs, the peaches are just for eating later. I guess I could do some baking, but we like them just thawed from the freezer. Sometimes I put a little cottage cheese with mine. To me, it's heavenly! Makes me hungry thinking about them. emoticon

Alice, great blog!! Hope you feel like writing more as the days go by!

Have a great weekend, everyone. I will finish up the peaches tomorrow, and hopefully do the housework I didn't do yesterday!! LOL...who wants to do housework, anyway! Love you guys!! XOXOXO Jeannie

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National Caviar Day
Nelson Mandela International Day

It’s TGIF, and there’s so much going on right now - around the world. Sad things going on. More fighting on the Gaza Strip. My employers have family in Israel. One of my bosses has a nephew who is an Israeli Naval officer. It’s serious there. Then there’s the plane that was shot down. So much sadness. So much fighting. Why? I just don’t understand.

I’m getting a perm after work today. So I’ll have my natural curls back. I really do hate to mess with hair and make-up. Guess I’m not much of a girlie girl. I wish I had thick, coarse hair - with a little curl to it. I don’t though. My hair is thinning in the bang area - just like mom’s did! - and it’s thick everywhere else, but so darn fine/soft. No body at all. So I get a perm. Then I just wash it, add a little gel, poof it around a little and off I go. Works for me.

Oh, I mentioned make-up. While I like make-up, and I think it’s wonderful if it looks natural I’m not good with it. A friend just got into Mary Kay because she uses it and that way she gets a deal - buys her own. I saw these ‘Mary Kay Crayons’ that they had - eye shadow and lip. I ordered from her and I love them. Now I get to play with crayons on my face.

Holy cow, Jean ne, I live and work in Collinsville. Unbelievable. I live ‘on the bluffs’ on Sumner Blvd. I work right downtown. Do you remember Home Furniture? My office is in one of their buildings - the one that had all of the appliances. I’m on the 2nd floor. I work for ‘some of the owners’ of Home Furniture, but not Home Furniture. I work for Fredman Bros. Furniture. It sure is a small world. I went to grade school at S.S. Peter & Paul, but I went to Collinsville High School.

Jeannie, your peaches sound delicious. Do you freeze them and then bake with them later, as well as thaw/eat them? Sounds so good. I had plans/visions of canning. So far it hasn’t happened. I haven’t been taking any more subscriptions either. “Bella Grace” is a first, it’s Volume I. I bought it - no subscription. So far I definitely like it.

Alice, I read your blog. Excellent my friend. I am so happy for you that wrote your blog. If it makes YOU feel good, keep up the good work. I felt inspired after reading it. I believe in YOU.

Wyndy, I’ve been thinking about you and wondering how things were going for you. So happy to have you back with us. Now that you’re into summer - isn’t it just great? I was beginning to think it would never stop snowing where you live!!

Barbara, I’m so glad that you’re enjoying this team. I can’t help myself. I just think we’re the BEST! No, I know we’re the BEST. Glad to have you as part of the team.

I think I'd better get moving here and get something accomplished. Fridays are shorter days, but I tend to move at a much slower pace. I'm here alone on Friday!

Have a Fit Friday.

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I have been reading about all of the adventures of you ladies and can only say WOW! I almost don't have the energy to read what you do but am amazed at how much you are able to do in one day.
My back has not had the results we wanted from the last ablation so I am hoping with the epidural they are planning in August that the remain problems will be taken care of and then on to the left side.
I saw my ENT yesterday and there is some stiffening in my esophagus so it is on to the next phase of extremely soft foods and more of my meals being liquid. Not the way I wanted to lose weight but it is what it is. Enjoy your weekend! emoticon

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Well, I am glorying in this SPARKling Friday! Thursday - and it's aggravations done. Friday is new day! Sunny bright, low humidity, windows open. And, I slept 8 hours ~ Eight hours sleep!! Sometimes my weekend total is 8 hrs!
Yesterday started off pretty well, we had Eye Dr. appointments at 12:00 & 12:20pm. We've been going to this eye Dr. for about 20 years. Small office, on a side street, NO computer, park right in front of her door most times. Our insurance covers the glasses, just additional fee for my transition lens, So we come out with 2 full exams, 2 pair glasses, for about $100.00 .
Well, she has joined forces with a group, where she worked one day a week, now there full time. Office right in business district on Rt.30. So we parked when we found someone pulling out, but that meant I had to walk 2 blocks..so I arrived looking like I had survived the Bataan death march! We didn't eat lunch, thought we'd be home by 1:00 or 1:15pm. But got into this swanky, designer names, place, I sat Pyne stood, as the only other chair was occupied by another woman. Well, we waited, and at almost 1 o'clock I asked the woman waiting what time her appointment was ~ and she said 11:00am ~ OMG!!! Her husband was already in with the Dr. for over an hour! So by now I'm anxious, sweaty, shaky..nerves and low blood glucose, never a good combo for me. And Pyne is red faced and cranky! Then we sat/stood with her husband when she went back. And he was a fascinating, 84 yr.old, former professional Jazz musician, and Model! Still very good looking, black, sharply dressed, guy, who we thought was about 70 or so. But if you had to sit and wait ~ he was the guy to sit and chat with! Finally got to see Dr.B., too long a wait. Then had a really stressful time attempting to find frames that were even close to our insurance plans $120. frame allowance. So the ultimate cost was 3 times what we've been paying. All in all, we are not thrilled with this new eye glass place, although they did offer us coffee, tea, or bottled water, as we waited.
So when my stomach started to ache and tighten up as I ate dinner last night, I wasn't surprised. Ended up going up to lay down at about 8pm, nauseous, and in pain.
And that is why I'm glad to see Friday.

Pyne is at his Cardiologist getting hooked up to a 24 hr, Heart monitor. Guess I'll be nice to him..try to NOT be the source of stress he has to list in his log book! One time, years ago..he just wrote one word "Married" on the Stress line. The Dr. got a laugh at that.

Charlene, Exerstart sounds wonderful. I am going to their site after this post. Wonder if there are any near by.

Alice - great Blog. I had to "Friend" you as we are coming down from the same lost life - as in we were not really participating in LIFE. And our journey is the same one.

Jeannie, glad Richard is on the mend. I'm sure I was not cut out to be a maid either! LOL! Peaches sound good to.

Jill, I certainly understand, but will miss you, and will be sending you prayers, and good thoughts.

I told Pyne to pick up some peaches and more plums today, on his stop at Whole Foods for antibiotic free, 92% lean, ground sirloin, it's the Friday special $3.99 lb.~ just for Finch! emoticon

Fresh Salmon for dinner, fresh green beans, anda salad of cucumbers which were left at our door by the vegetable faerie! emoticon
Hope you all have a good Weekend! emoticon Theresa

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OMG Alice, what a GREAT blog and your first one ever!!! Thank you Jeanne for alerting us.

Jeannie, I can't even find Step 1 - duh, duh, duh...I feel like a complete idiot!!! lol
#2 if one of those exercises is hurting you, PLEASE DO NOT DO IT. My PT who is the BEST always stops us if an exercise is hurting because she says she does not want our back to get worse. I have lived by that thought.

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emoticon emoticon Well, I have posted my first blog this morning. I did ramble on a bit. But I did it and was pleased with that! Thank you everyone for your support! I am going to a surgery support class this a.m. I really enjoy them. Gives me a chance to give back. Talk to y'all later!! emoticon emoticon

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Yes, Barbara. Under step 1, don't scroll down at all...look to the far right and you will see a very small wheel with a red link beside it. You can click the wheel or the link and get your spin. I just tried it and see that after the spin, it told me how many total points I have for today.

For the bonus points you do have to go to Step 3. There are 4 choices there for you to pick from and one of them is the SparkAmerica Team Bonus Points. Click on that and the flags will show up. For those 4 choices, the one you used last seems to be the one that will be highlighted or "open" when you go there the next time.

Hope that all makes sense and helps.

Thanks for the links, Barbara. I actually found them yesterday when I was searching. Unfortunately, one of them I had been doing and was getting a little worse. But, I'm not giving up, as I believe mine (after all this reading, etc.) is coming from a muscle doing the pinching, not the spine. I do have some bulging discs, but they're not BAD according to the doctors.

Going to a funeral this morning and have to leave fairly early. Will check in with you all to see if you were good girls today!! I know you will be! Wyndy, sounds like you had a great trip. How nice to be able to visit family as well as some beautiful places in your own back yard, so to speak.

Have a good one, friends!! XOXO Jeannie

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Hello all,

Thanks, Jeannie. I cannot find the spin. I have scrolled to the bottom of the page and cannot find the SparkAmerica Team Bonus Points under Step 3. Could you help me - sorry to be dense!?

Plus Jeannie, I have a GREAT stretch for sciatca I got from a PT. I went online to see if I could find it, but the first URL below does what I do in reverse. She shows a # of exercises but the first one she shows is the only one I have done although she holds it like a figure 4 and I do this in reverse.

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ALk

I found the one my PT gave me one where my knee is over the other thigh instead - this is shown in this URL below (2nd picture)

http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exe
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Wyndy, I am so glad to see you joined the 100 Days Challenge. I love it...woohoo!

Alice, let us know when you start your blog so we can support you on there.

Gini, hope things went well at the doctor's office.

Charlene, thanks for your explanation of Exerstart. I will look at their website www.oasisnet.org. Sounds promising.

Jeanne, its true - this team is so inviting, warm and generous. I have tried to get in on other chats and people tend to gloss over you as if you don't exist. It's a terrible feeling, but not one person here has ever done that. What a great group!!

Babs - I have to laugh...Your mom hit it right on the head. I mentioned my shoulders, but my knee is replaced and the other one is full of arthritis too. I could sing that song, "the hip bones connected to thigh bone..." And then you would know how many things hurt, but I am lucky enough to be able to still ignore it.

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Hello all. I am so far behind I am just going to start here. I had some interesting problems this spring but here it is summer and I'm raring to go. We just returned from a swing through Alberta, 3.058k. Saw both sides of the family, went to the skywalk in the Columbia icefields, and the Royal Drumheller Tyrell Museum of dinosaurs. Now all we have to do is get caught up here. We left just before the floods so fortunately our place in on a hill and although we had lots of rain we didn't flood. Unfortunately, the weeds took advantage of the rain. Now if only I can persuade my hubby to do some summer chores. Wonder what the odds are on that!

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I am running late tonight! But I had to get my fix of chatting with you ladies!! Y'all are just so very positive and supportive. I really think I will start my blog! Thanks for the encouragement!! emoticon

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Good evening, team. It's been kind of a busy day, but I didn't get as much accomplished as I wanted. Happens that way, way too often!

Jeanne, I think it was you who asked about the peaches. I put 9 pts. and 1 qt. in the freezer today. Of course, we've been eating a bunch. These are Georgia peaches. Since we moved this spring, I had to find somewhere else to get them and I was a little worried they might not be as good. Other years we got them from a little rural market and their source was an orchard in the boot heel of Missouri. Kind of your back yard. They were always yummy. Well, the ones we got the other day are great, too. Saturday I'll put the rest up. I'm guessing I'll get another 8 pts. or so.

I spent quite a bit of time on the computer today searching out info on exercises for sciatica. My back is mostly better (had trouble last fall/winter). I found a few stretches specifically for sciatica, so I'll try them. I'm still considering lessons for tai chi, but honestly, I don't want to spend the money for them. They aren't offered at the Y. Have to think about it.

Babs, the magazine you mentioned looks really nice. I might check at the library. I've vowed to not spend any more money on subscriptions, and so far I'm sticking to it. This is just lovely, however.

Jeanne, maybe you know Babs from way back when, too!! Oh my...what a coincidence! You know what...when I first started on this team, that's what I did...kept a list of names/usernames. But don't worry about it...even those of us who have been around a good while tend to get a little mixed up now and then.

Charlene, I looked up the Exerstart information. Sounds like a great program. Unfortunately, non in my area. I will try to search a bit more to see if there is something similar. Good for you in finding something that meets your needs. So important.

Gini, wondering how things went for you today.

Well, ladies...frankly I have to get off my hiney and move around a bit. Sitting is the worst for my sciatica. Have a great evening and don't do anything I wouldn't do. But, if you do, have fun!!! LOL!! Hugs and love, Jeannie

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I love this site!!! Babs~Edwardsville, Illinois!?! Collinsville was my childhood home. Small world. So happy to meet you here. Things happen the way they are supposed to. jeanne
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One other thing I want to mention. Yesterday I received a magazine that I pre-ordered a few months ago. It's a first edition publication. I starting 'thumbing through it' this morning with my coffee. It's a lovely magazine, so upbeat, so uplifting. So I thought possibly some of you might enjoy it too. It's called 'Bella Grace' and I ordered it from Stampington & Co.

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It's about 'discovering magic in the ordinary. . . striking photographs that capture life’s beautiful adventure. . .tales of inspired living, finding poetry in the everyday, learning how to embrace a simpler life, and sinking into stories about living authentically and with purpose. '

It has pages where you can write, journal - it's a lovely magazine. So 'just in case' anyone else might be interested, I posted the link. It's $19.99. You might be able to find it at bookstore near you.

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Happy Yellow Pig Day
Happy Peach Ice Cream Day
Happy Wrong Way Corrigan Day

No idea where these observances come from. Yellow Pig Day?? Oh, well . . .

It remains beautiful here. Temps in the upper 50's at night and it was 60 when I took Jasmine out this morning. It’s going to warm up again by the weekend, but for July these temps are unbelievable.

Alice, you are special. You are interesting. You are Awesome! Please don’t sell yourself short. Blogging has helped many, many Spark Friends. If you can find the time and if you have the desire, ‘just do it!’ (Nike commercial; right?) It doesn’t have to be anything lengthy or ‘tell all.’ Just a statement - whatever works for you. Please. Go ahead. Remember - you’re interesting to me/us.

Jeannie, mending anything is not ‘interesting’ to me. So sorry dear friend - but needles and threads are not favorites of mine. We don’t mix. I have a new sewing machine that I bought for crafting - had a lot of ideas, like a dream pillow for Abby for Christmas, and other ideas. My GS took it out of the box. I haven’t touched it! Hope the instructions are still hanging around. Thanks for the heads-up on the Start Page.

Barbara, arthritis seems to have hit so many of us. You have a problem with your shoulder. Others have knees, fingers - mine is knees. I honestly think it comes with age. Such blessings. As mom always said ‘This getting old business is not for sissies.’

Gini, good luck at the doctor’s today. Let us know how everything goes. The donut - sounds good to me!! I hope something happens so that you are able to get more/better sleep.

Charlene, thanks for the Exerstart information. I’ll check out the website. Maybe they have something in my neck of the woods. Possibly at the Y or something. Who knows.

Jeanne, don’t stress over our names. It eventually comes to you who’s who. Glad you had a good time with your friends. I plan to take my GD to SIUE (Southern Illinois University/Edwardsville) on Saturday afternoon. They have children’s summer theater there and this weekend it’s ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ It’s fun. I’ve taken her to a few of them since she’s older now.

Alas, my work awaits. I have bank reconciliations (4) and the audit to work on, insurance paperwork, etc. No end to it my friends.

Have a T-riffic Thursday!

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Hello, Everyone,

It seems as though I'm never going to master matching the log-in names with the real ones. I have a list next to my computer and add the "real" name as I learn. These daily chats are so friendly; they are very reminiscent of the coffee klatches of days gone by.

Jill ~ Praying that your problems will be quickly solved and you will return to us soon. Mimi's Cafe. For some reason I thought Missouri was the only place to find one. Shows you what I don't know. There is one near St. Louis. We sometimes eat there when we travel to that part of the state.

Gini ~ Good luck with your ortho appointment. Yesterday, was ortho day for DH and me. He returns on Friday for a cortisone injection to help with his shoulder pain. Tomorrow I am scheduled for an MRI and a bone scan. My knee has been swollen and very painful since April. I believe in the power of the mind and I kept telling myself that "tomorrow it will be better" but knee kept saying, "You're a liar!"

This afternoon, two teacher friends and I went to see a live production of Monty Python's Spamalot. Are any of you Monty Python fans? Back in the day, I think I saw every show on PBS, probably several times. My stomach still aches from laughing so hard today.

These daily chats are so wonderful! Everything that everyone writes is of interest. As I said earlier, it's coffee/tea time with a valuable group of friends. I am so glad that all of you are here. I am truly grateful that you have made me feel so welcome and a part of this awesome team.

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What is "Exerstart"? It is an exercise class for seniors 50+. We meet 45-60 minutes twice a week and do aerobics, balance and stretch activity. We also work with resistance bands. The class meets for 20 weeks and is led by a qualified senior instructor. You work at your own pace, it is not a contest as to who can do what. If you need to sit during the class they show the modified version of the exercise. There are about 10 of us in the class, very personal, and we are all at different levels. We range in ages from 65 through 85. It has helped me move from a very sedentary lifestyle. I have walked several 5K's since starting this program.

The program is sponsored by OASIS, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote successful aging through a threefold approach: lifelong learning, healthy living and social engagement. Their website is: www.oasisnet.org

I have been going approximately 2 years now and have noticed a significant improvement. We are tested in the beginning of each session and again after the session ends.

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WHy do they have to keep making changes every other day? It takes so much extra time away from Sparking to figure out what happened to this or that and where the things are that we used to use. - There's my little rant for the day. LOL

Today was a good day for me, although I am sleeping very badly this last 3 or 4 nights. I am hoping for at least 4 hours tonight so I don't feel so drained in the morning. I have to go to the surgeons tomorrow for 9:20am so need to leave for the bus at 8. DH is coming with me and it should be interesting tomorrow morning as he normally sleeps till 8. By that time I have been up for many hours and am sometimes asleep again. LOL

I am nervous about the Dr tomorrow. I guess I can either agree or not to surgery right now if that is his opinion. I am so not ready for the recovery and recoup therapy right now. I hope for a cortisone shot. What a wimp eh?

Today DH and I got out for a drive with SIS in Law. WE went about 30 minutes north to the island and stopped for coffee. ( I had a new donut they have. Chocolate Yeast donut, filled with white cream covered in white icing and dipped in crushed Oreos. I likely shouldn't have told you but OMG !!! Thankfully it is too far away for me to get to without a lot of help. DH forgot, when he went in for my coffee and got regular strength instead of decaf. It was about 1pm so hopefully, I can still sleep tonight. Such as I do.

Jill- Take the time you need to do what you need to do. We don't ever want you to be pressed to be here. Life takes priority sometimes and that is fine. We'll adore it when you are here, just as we do now, and miss you while you are gone. I know when your life settles down, you'll be back. This is your home away from home, after all.

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Here's a message from Coach Jen about a change in format on the Start Page.

Hi everyone!

We'll be making a small change on the Start page tomorrow, and I just wanted to give you a heads up. Some of you asked about the wheel disappearing this week from the left side of the page. We are going to move the link to spin the wheel as well as the total SparkPoints for the day over to the right side of the page under Step 1. It will still be very visible and still serve as a good reminder to spin.

To access your team bonus points, you will have to scroll to the bottom of the page and click on SparkAmerica Team Bonus Points under Step 3.

Thanks!

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Chris, hope you get completely well.

Charlene, where is Exerstart?

Babs, Joe seems like such a good guy.

Alice, yes, thanks for reminding us...I actually need to change the AC filter completely, but its a made to order type. You lost 3 lbs - OMG..how wonderful!!!!

Gini, I am in the same boat with arthritis..ugh...I am going to make an appointment and get a cortisone shot in my left shoulder. They have been really hurting me.

Jeannie, how were your peaches?!??!

Jill, RNs are just the nicest people, it seems, aren't they? I am this team due to you so you cannot leave no matter what! Don't let life rob you of the things you enjoy.

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Alice, you can blog about anything you want, and it isn't meant to impress others. It's for you! So, you use it the any way that is interesting and helpful to YOU! Some people blog every day, some several times a day and some once every now and then or never. Usually it is just your team mates who respond, although sometimes you'll get a comment from a Spark member you don't know.

Jill, Babs and CJ are right. You do what you have to do for YOU! We'll be here. You know that. Take whatever time you need and just know we will always be happy to see you when you do have a minute to stop by. Sending lots of hugs and love your way.

CJ, I agree.. you do need a new name if your name is Ironing. I think you are always ironing something. So, I'm going to send you a few things I have here that could use an iron's touch. Does that sound ok?

Babs, isn't it great that Abby enjoys going to day care, and for it to be part time is perfect. That way she won't get tired of it too soon. Can you believe that the back-to-school ads are out already? In another month or less many of the little ones will be heading back to school.

Was it Alice who said she thinks her life isn't as interesting as everyone else? Guess what...I doubt if anyone would consider my day very interesting: mended my GS's baseball pants, went to the library, washed a bathroom mirror, cleaned around the front door and watered trees and flowers, threw a little lunch on the table...oh yes, now I'm going to start one of those books. Alice, how interesting do you find that? LOLOLOL!! Have you ever seen The Red Green Show on PBS? It's a goofy comedy that comes on here on Saturday nights. He always says, "Keep your puks on the ice. We're all in this together." Well, I don't have any puks, but we truly are all in this together, so we just keep puttering along and doing the best we can!! emoticon emoticon

Okay, I really am out of here now, as this makes two posts in one day!! Enough already. Love to all!! XOXO

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I have to agree with y'all. Jeannie is just great at keeping up with us all. I love reading all msgs from everyone. But it is hard to be so confident to write to y'all. I want to blog but don't feel like my life is as interesting as everyone else. I am mostly home bound so I know how Ginny feels. I really think y'all are wonderful. I just enjoy y'all! emoticon

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Wednesday already. It’s after 1 now and I’m eating my fruit - watermelon/cantaloupe/honeydew, strawberries and pineapple. I had it in the freezer - leftovers from Abby’s First Communion party. Delish. I had a salad too. I made it last night when I made a big salad for my dinner. I should prepare the night before all the time, but I have a tendency to get lazy sometimes.

I just had a call from the PD here in town. I am going to attend a Crime Free Class. I think I told you the corporation I work for has apartments here in Collinsville and in Belleville (IL). We have a management company for them, BUT for the past few years we’re handling more and more of everything - credit approval, maintenance/renovations (my friend Mark), etc. Soooooo it’s time for me to attend a class. I am not thrilled with it because it’s 5 - 8. But that’s life. It’ll be interesting. I used to do things after work all the time. I’ve gotten out of practice!

Alice congrats on the 3# loss.

Hi, Gini. Hopefully you were able to get those Cortisone shots today and that your knees are feeling better.

Chris, so happy to see you posting with us. Water. It really is therapeutic; isn’t it!

Jeannie, so glad Richard’s doing better. There’s always something with a home that ‘needs’ to be done. Gets frustrating. Yes, I’m missing Joe. He stays in touch. Said his grandpa went to work for 30 mins the other day! Wow. I was amazed. But Joe & his dad took him because that’s what he wanted. It’s his business and his life. He is an extremely talented man too. Beautiful woodwork - entertainment centers, kitchens, stair rails/posts. Yesterday was tough for him. Joe said he was in pain a lot. He’s fed by tube and on oxygen.

You asked about Abby. Her other grandparents have kept her off and on, but she’s happier being at home. She enjoys them, but let’s face it. This grandma’s a Pushover!! I actually ‘play with her’ more than others - I guess. My home has been her home for over 6 years now (she’s 8). Her mom was off last night and tonight. So she’s fine and out in her pool with the neighbor girl. Kind of cool - but they get in that pool. I told my daughter ‘She needs to return to daycare. She loved it there and she’s with other kids.’ So that’s what we did Mon/Tuesday and she’ll go on Friday too. You have to send them at least 3 days a week. She’s thrilled. Monday they go to the pool. Tuesday they play outside/indoors. Fridays are field trips. Something different every day. This Friday they’re going to the Magic House in St. Louis. That is an awesome place. So much fun. She’s excited. She’s been at this daycare prior to her school years, went to preschool there. It’s very good.

Jill, enjoy lunch with your friends. Personal/business problems are a great concern. Prayers and hugs to you. You do what’s best for YOU. That’s what keeps us healthy.

CJ, hello to you too. I’m missing some of our good friends too. I know what you mean about Bob. He brightened our days, but he’s been MIA for quite awhile now. Good news on your newest family member.

Jackie, how was SA last night? How is Mike doing? I hope he's feeling better.

Wyndy, Starr, and so many others - you are missed.

Back to work my friends. I hear a whip cracking somewhere!! Yikes.

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Jill: Enjoy your lunch, I love to go to Mimis Cafe, they have the best Muffins of anyone. I sure hope all your problems get resolved soon, Take all the time you need.

I have been missing a lot of our people, Grandpattie, Sheila or JakeNell, and of course for all of you members who remember our special man Bob, who always reminded us it was HUMP DAY, and that pesky Camel would be around, the other CJ , etc.

Jeanie:So glad you keep us all up on everyone, and SOoooooo very glad Richard is doing well and will be back to helping you with dishes and etc.

My new GGD is doing good and at home now, we haven't seen her but once yet, she was having a little trouble sleeping and Mom and Dad just needed a few days at home by themselves to adjust. But she is beautiful and a keeper and I'll get to see her soon.

Have got to go for now, Ironing is calling my name. (yuk, I wish it would learn a new name.)

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Meeting my English Friends for lunch today at Mimis Cafe. I honestly told them my house was a mess so I preferred eating out then afterwards we'll go to my son & dil's house to spend some time with my dil & GC. Brenda, my friend is a really nice Lady & she is a retired RN. Over 20 years ago she remarried to a very well-to-do man and they own 6 luxury Condos a short walk from the Beach. She lives in one of the Condos & he lives in another. So, I'm not really sure what's going on with that. It'll be great to see her, her son & Sister. Brent is going with me which I'm happy about.

I feel the need to say this, right now I'm going through some personal & business problems. I hope to get most of it resolved in the near future. So, if you don't see me Chat as much just know I'm here reading & keeping up with everyone. I'd never leave this Team as love all of you & I still think it's one of the best Teams around, if not the best. But due to my current circumstances I'm going to have to cut back on my Spark time.

Jeannie replied back to many people who have recently chatted & as usual she has a great way with words. Writing well is certainly not one of my strong points but love seconding everything our dear Jeannie just wrote.

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Good morning, friends. Decided to try to stop by a little earlier today. I have several things I need to get done before the day gets away from me, but think I didn't drop in yesterday.

I bought a 1/2 bushel of peaches on Monday. Today there are quite a few that are ready to be worked up for the freezer, so I'll be doing that. I also noticed yesterday that the area around the front door is really dirty outside, so I want to hose that down and wash one tiny little window. Of course, I'm still tending to Richard, who is doing quite well, but not able to help with meals and clean up like he usually does. I'm pretty sure I was never cut out to be a maid. emoticon

Chris, your list of self-nourishing ideas is great! Thank you!

Gini, sure good to see you stop by, too. Good luck at the surgeon's visit. I can't remember. Have you had cortisone shots before? They sure do seem to help a lot of people.

Alice, keep up the good work! You know the experts tell us nothing is off limits as long as we take it into account. That goes for Mound candy bars, too. You are doing great!

Babs, I feel for you. I remember those days well when getting back to work after vaca. Such hard work to get back into the swing of things. I bet you miss having Joe around, too. Who keeps an eye on Abby during the summer?

Wow, Charlene...you have been on the go and having what sounds like a great summer. Now, you'll have to tell us (me) what Exerstart is. Love the name...very encouraging to me for some reason. Good work on getting back to the swing of things for you, too!

Barbara, it's great to hear from you, too. Breathing and rebreathing into a paper bag is pretty much standard treatment for anxiety attacks (when you figure out that's what it is). Glad your boss was understanding and knowledgeable. You will be well prepared when you get the surgery done. I have to take meds before any major dental procedure, too, although I've never had a full-blown anxiety/panic attack.

Well, team, I need to scoot. Sending each of you many well-wishes for a terrific day. Enjoy yourselves and do your best to make today a bit better for yourself and others. Love and hugs, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Wishing everyone a great day! What will you do to nourish yourself today? By healthy foods of course, but also by enjoying nature, interacting with friends and family, meditating, enjoying the soothing effects of water in any way possible..... chris emoticon

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Hi, I hope everyone is having a great day with no pain and no illness and that it continues tomorrow too. I had a difficult day during the rain and storms, with m arthritis. Nothing new though. I see my surgeon on Thursday ( finally ) about my AC knees. Hoping he will do Cortisone shots and that it will get me going again. Have a wonderful tomorrow.


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Hope everyone is doing better.
It is a good thing to get your A/C filter changed. They can be dirty little things! emoticon
Hope you feel better today.
I am glad your GS will coming home. He must be a godsend to his grandparents!
I know how busy things can get. The last two days have speeded by. I have been so busy that I haven't been eating right....in the calorie range but not nutritionally. (translated....I had a Mounds candy bar yesterday!)
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I'm getting there, but still very busy and haven't read all the posts. I confess: I may never make it through all of the posts! But I love the fact that we're 'chatty.'

I hope everyone who has been under the weather is feeling 'on top of the weather' now! No more summer colds, aches, pains, etc. (It was worth a try telling you that anyway.) emoticon

I was exhausted last night, but today is definitely much better. It's just that when I'm away I have bosses who do my work. That's it. No one else. Since they have their own work, mine suffers. I did make it through the mail today and I paid some bills.

The weather here is gorgeous!

Yes, Joe's still with his grandfather. He'll return on Sunday. He took his grandmother to the doctor for an appt. today.

Back to work my friends. Enjoy this Terrific Tuesday!

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Another beautiful day here in St. Louis. Sun is shining. After a six week break, a 2 week vacation, and a weekend in Branson, it's back to Exerstart.

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I am recuperating after a bad sinus problem (with a fever) yesterday. I am taking my car to get the AC filter changed. I really think being in the car for 3 hours 2 days ago gave me te infection. I have no fever today just blowing my nose lots. Yesterday I felt so bad I wanted to have someone put me out of my misery. I took DD home, hence, the 3 hours in the car to and from her home.
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Hello,

Thanks for the good wishes, Karen. I actually had a panic attack in my boss' office today after discussing Friday's events. I didnt even know what it was because it had never happened like that before and certainly not at work. I couldn't breathe. She gave me a baggie to breathe into and was really nice about it. She told me a lot of people were not doing well with each other lately at our place. What a job!

I went to Maine and can't remember if I had lobster, but we did have an amazing clam chowder! How long do you have before you get to retire?

Jeanne, I am glad you and DH had a relaxing and beautiful drive through the countryside! You are such a lovely lady; you deserve it.

Nola, you do you and Jeanne live somewhat near each other?

Babs, hope all is well.

Jeannie, thanks for your ever generous support of everyone.

Jill, please do Day 1 - you will not regret it. What you do is list any negative things that prevent you from succeeding in the past and then make a positive statement of how you are going to change. "I used to be ____, but now I am different because _____. There's a new person who started today and I am sure she would like a buddy to go through with this. It might help to look at the comments from July on up and it will give you ideas if you are stuck?

Everyone else take care

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Thanks, Jeannie. I found it!
Babs, an audit? Ugh and double ugh!
Sorry I cannot post much tonight...I have a lot of things going on.
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I guess it's high time I checked in today. It seems pretty quiet on our chat line today, but that's okay, as I'm sure it means everyone is busy doing something...even if it's wrong! LOL! My cousin always says that and it tickles me when I hear it.

Babs, vacations are so important to our well-being, but gosh, why is it so hard to get back to the "real" world and in the swing of things. Now you have an audit to get ready for, too. Wow! Lots of work for you...I can see why your bosses value you so very much. I, too, wondered if Joe is still with his Grandpa. He will always treasure this time spent with him.

Jill, it's nice to have guests come for a visit, but lots of work, too, as we all know. Sounds like you friends have special feelings for your GC, which will make the visit lots more fun. Are they staying with you? Will you have to do cooking, etc?

Lovebirds? I don't think so...not today, anyway. Richard is still doing well, but gosh I am getting weary of waiting on him. He's not terribly fussy, but...well, we all know how hard it can be to keep your cool when something annoys us, and today he has annoyed me. LOL!! Bless his pea-picking heart! Still love the guy, but I'm thinking I might need some space one of these days. emoticon

Jill and Barbara, it's nice to see you so excited about the 100 Day team and challenge. For quite some time I as signed up to receive emails and blogs from Linda Spangle. Good luck to you both.

Karen, hope you found the place to get the points for the team. Seems like things keep moving around and almost every day I find something I didn't see before...or find it somewhere else! LOL! Glad your trip to Maine was so productive. Yes, your new office sounds wonderful. You probably won't have nearly the number of interruptions after your move. But, I sure remember how much work it was to move offices to a new location!! Trying to find important things took forever for a few weeks, but then it was like it had always been "home."

Jackie, how did your 3 quiet days go? You said you were shutting down the computer, phone, etc. Hope you enjoyed your time and that you got some much needed rest. How is Mike feeling these days? Been thinking about him, and you, of course. I know you're looking forward to seeing Christopher later this month, I think it is.

Theresa, your baby is 30!! Mine is 42!! I'm a real old-timer, I guess. It was great that Ashley was able to come home to celebrate with you and her friends.

Hello to all the rest of you wonderful friends! Here I go out on a limb...trying to remember everyone, but...CJ, Starr, Mona, Wyndy, Brenda, Nola, Carole...who else, who else...sorry guys, my mind has faded away! Hugs and love to everyone!! XOXO Jeannie



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