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hi everyone just a short note today as I need to get some things done I have not got much done the last 2 days I am planning making a menu for next week I always do better with a menu I didn't have one this week so I am not ready for today I need to get my quilt done for my GD graduation next month I don't know why I am so lazy Jeannie I hope your DD makes the right choice It is so hard to let them do that when is means so much to us sounds like everyone is walking and I am getting left behind I will catch up someday My hobbies are sitting ones also CJ glad your test are good every one have a great day Glad the high winds and tornado missed you Lou



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Jeannie, I've tried to grow the grass indoors. They even have little trays for it. But I find that it does not stay fresh and I worry about causing stomach upset for CM. The grass helps her to get her tummy straight. She tosses her cookies too often to be healthy. As I have said, she was a feral and tends to gobble down her food. She does not eat same food that Garfy does and they eat next to each other without problems. Just something she has always done. They sell little grass pots during the winter at PetSmart and Petco. Too expensive to get often. $5.00 each.
Know what you mean about your daughter going overseas to unsure places,. My son is a trucker and was given a great offer to haul government supplies by a big company doing business in Iraq a good many years ago. Over $200, a year. I almost bit through my lip on that one. His wife told him no way, I never said a word, just died inside. Good luck with that one. emoticon

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I've been trying to get here to post something all day. Finally...

I know, Babs...Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday...so much in such a short time, but such a wonderful season. I think it's another reason why Spring is my favorite season. emoticon

CJ, glad the rest of your labs were pretty good. That's important, too. We'll just keep working hard and pretty soon your A1C will be back down, too. How's the walking going? My Fitbit came today, so now I have to get it ready to go. The part I hate! LOL! Then I will get all signed up for the walk4fun.com hike!! Looking forward to it. emoticon

Aw, Jackie...so very sorry about Mike's pain, your eyes and dealing with everything. Christopher is a sweet kid, isn't he! So nice of him to think of his Mom. What a coincidence for you both to get your gifts on the same day. Fun!! Hoping, praying for better days for you and Mike, both. emoticon

Linda, do you grow the grass indoors during the winter? Here's a little mister to keep it going!! emoticon

No news on the Egypt front. I have a bad case of bloody tongue. You all probably know what that is...biting my tongue to keep from speaking out of turn. If I start bad-mouthing Egypt it will send her right to the school to sign up tonight. I will keep still. Nothing against that part of the world except that there is so much unrest and danger. I feel for those who have no choice in the matter.

Positive thing today: went to the Y (finally) and get signed up again for my Silver Sneaker classes. I also found out there are some Chair Yoga classes at another location. It's not that far and they meet Mon and Fri. I think I'll give it a try.

Hope you all have a fun and wonderful weekend planned. My friend, Judy, is coming tomorrow for a short visit before she goes off to a Relay for Life event. She's the one I've stayed with when working on our reunion book and was my roommate in nurse's training. She lost her DH to cancer a few years ago, her sister to cancer about 7 or 8 years ago, and just found out a niece by marriage has stage 3 breast cancer. It's a sad thing. Anyway, mopped my floor, cleaned the bathrooms and in the morning I'll vacuum. Looking forward to a visit from her. emoticon

Take care and remember, be kind and good to yourself! Hugs and love, Jeannie emoticon



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3/27/15 11:06 A

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Jeannie, you are correct I do have a very happy cat and a few confused neighbors. When they ask, I tell them the greens on my porch are grass. Like I said, they sometimes run off before I tell they kitty grass. Oh well! emoticon

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I walked Jasmine this morning around 5:45 or 5:50. I thought it was ‘misting’ and it was ‘misting.’ However, it was snow and not rain. I was surprised. We both enjoyed it.

Daffodils. Yes, my brother has some blooming in his yard. So pretty and ‘yellow’ they just make me smile. I guess the very warm days we had a week or so ago did it. There was nothing, and then all of a sudden we had some flowers. The trees are definitely budding.

I’m glad it’s Friday, but it’s shocking to think that in one week it’s Good Friday. Where did Lent go? I didn’t really do anything for Lent this year. I’m getting old so darn fast.

I’ve been thinking about another mini challenge since April is next week. I had one idea and all of a sudden this morning I came up with a couple other ideas. I don’t know what I’m going to do now! Such a dilemma . . . .

Linda has happy grass, but do you have happy feet too? Have you seen the movie ‘Happy Feet?’ Cute movie.

And then we have Susan who exercises her walker to Jane Fonda workout DVD’s. My goodness - we have such a diverse group! We do have fun, Susan. Hope the pneumonia is leaving you and that you are feeling better.

Jeannie, my goodness - your mom and your sister were sent to their rooms. Well, they probably deserved it. You ‘deserved’ the bear claw. Goodness but they’re good. I love Panera. They have very good food.

Jackie, I hope you are able to take part in the competition. What a wonderful surprise from Christopher. Isn’t that something - received your surprises on the same day. He brings you so much happiness, and obviously he feels the same way about you.

I need to get the whip crackin here and do something. Short days at work do not mean I get to abstain from work. Drats!!

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Good Friday Morning to ALL, Things are kind of settling down after tornadoes and high winds and soft ball size hail in Oklahoma. We were very Blessed, we got a lot of rain and some wind, But about 10 miles from us was a bad tornado and lots of 80 mile an hour winds and softball size hail, in several different places. I guess that's March going out like a lion.

Jackie: It was good to hear from you, I'm so sorry to hear about all the pain Mike is having, Lots of prayers and gentle emoticon for you and him both. Thank you for sharing the same thoughts about gastric surgery. as I said (not going to happen)

Jeannie: So good to hear you are doing well and staying away from sweets and starches, I'm right there with you. I did get the rest of my lab results back and most of them were pretty good, my Cholesterol was down about 25 points since November, and all my Kidney and Liver and etc were good, Just got to work on the Blood sugar. emoticon

Theresa: I do hope you get some spring weather soon, emoticon emoticon lots of sunshine and flowers are being sent your way. emoticon emoticon
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Babs: I been thinking about our GNO, only 59 more days, and in the in between weeks I get to go to Florida. Only 39 more day for that, sounds like a great time for the next 60 days. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Got to get off here and go virtual walking around Lake Tahoe.(beautiful)CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hello - like KAren MIA ... but wanted to check in. My eyes have cleared up for now, though tender. Mike is still in much pain ... they just can't figure out why the protocols aren't working. So it is stressful for him and me as he doesn't sleep well, and therefore I don't. Though last night I finally crashed as I had a massage earlier in the day and experienced a lot of relief from the tension. I am going to try to go weekly again as my body was so out of line I could barely move.

Yes, I did make SA this Tuesday ... we had to record our voices so that the director could make sure we are singing the right notes... not my best recording... I am going to wear sunglasses for competition (if I still go - depending on Mike) ... the chorus will let the judges know I have a medical condition.

My son surprised me with a cute t-shirt, sweater and pull over from his company. They all fit and look great! Funny I had sent him some little gifts as well and both arrived at the same day. We are sure on the same wavelength.

I was trying to find the post about happy grass?!? Sounds like something I need, though it would probably knock me out!

CJ - I agree - gastric surgery is not something I would want either.... I keep working on eating better and tracking.

Babs - how nice that Abby has a passion for writing. What a talented young lady! I always smile when I read your proud stories about her.

Jeannie - Bear Claw sounds yummy. I haven't had one of those in a while. My goodness, your DD certainly has a bit of the gypsy in her. But I agree - Egypt or the ME is not somewhere I'd want to be!

Susan (I think) - you are a doing exercises with a walker? Good for you. I didn't know Jane Fonda had one for seniors out. Are you wearing the leg warmers (LOL) - her old videos had her in a leotard and leg warmers. I remember thinking how cool was that. I think I still have them!

Well, going to see if Mike is willing to go out for lunch after PT... I don't feel like doing anything today....

Have a good one...

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I forgot to mention...some of you might remember that DD (teacher in DC area) has been wanting to go overseas to work. She was looking at a job in Kuwait a couple months ago, but turned them down for the $$. Well...today she interviewed (Skype) for one in Cairo! Good grief...what is that girl thinking??!! I know we raised her to be an independent thinker and decision maker, but Egypt?? Seriously? emoticon

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Susan, I had visions of you just swinging that walker all kinds of different directions: up, down, back and forth. But, I wasn't sure if you'd be moving, too. LOL! Truthfully, I didn't know Jane Fonda had anything for seniors. Learn something every day!! emoticon

Linda, I bet you're just trying to make us believe that grass is for your special kitty friend! I can just see the headlines now.."Senior busted for growing grass and weed(s)...says it is for her cat!" I think you must have a happy cat!

Lou, I agree...hope the snow and cold doesn't damage the buds out there. We have a new tree in our back yard and I don't see a bud anywhere on it. Of course, it's maybe not been warm enough yet. The one in the front has some. Babs, I can't believe how much further ahead you are from us! It's about 6 hours from here to you...but, sounds like another time zone! Daffodils? No way...nothing even close here. I just love Spring and all the flowers, blooming trees, etc. Can't beat it! emoticon emoticon

Babs, I hear you on having interests that involve more sitting than moving. When I was younger, working, taking care of the kids, etc. there wasn't much time for physical activity. Of course, working the hospital floors was maybe action enough. Later I had other jobs and I wasn't very active. Oh well...live and learn. I love to read, too. Hard to read when you're walking, running, etc. I wish I could paint, draw, and do those things. But, yes...hard to do when moving. Well...we will do what we can when we can. Nothing wrong with that! emoticon

Karen, good to hear from you. Enjoy that time away. Hope the paint fumes didn't get to you, but if it meant getting your laundry done, then it's all good! We know how much you love Ottawa!

Hey, Marie...good luck with the 'puter situation and getting everything squared away. Always frustrating to deal with!

So...trip to see Mom was about like usual. We ran all over heck and back. You don't want all the boring details, but I left home at 8 yesterday morning and didn't get home until 5:30. She got her taxes done. Found out the CPA doesn't use the itemized stuff we'd run all over for a few weeks ago. Does better with the standard deduction. Good to know. Next year we won't mess with it. I offered to help her fill out her questionnaire, and she seemed happy about that. You never know about her. Anyway, out to lunch, visit with friends, run all over town, stop at Walmart for meds, pick up and take back my Sis...I had the 2 of them in and out of the car 5 or 6 times. Then Mom and Sis started arguing a little bit...Mom is deaf as a post and Marilyn's speech is difficult to understand. They didn't know what the heck they were talking about. Finally Mom's friend said, "Girls, I'm sending you to your rooms if you don't stop arguing!" We all laughed about that. Anyway, long day, but we got lots done, some that we won't have to do for another year. Yikerooni, but it dang near wipes me out! I caved...stopped at Panera Bread and had a bear claw and coffee. My treat for surviving the day. Calories for the day came in ok, but I was worried it would get me started and not stop.

Enough of this rambling...must be the day for it. emoticon I'm going to bed early tonight! Have a great evening, everyone!! Love you and miss you when you don't stop by to say hello!! XOXOXO Hugs, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon (lawn mower to cut LInda's "grass")



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Jeanie, LOL, when I said I used Jane Fonda videos with my walker, I mean her newest ones geared for seniors certainly not her older ones. Thanks for the smile today!

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Thanks for the welcomes!

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Hi everyone It is a gloomy day again and with snow coming I sure hope that Jamie pypntree and Babs your flowers are bit harmed by the weather MY tulip are up but they seem to tolerate the cold and snow at least they did last year I am not a good gardner Bobs I love your rambling sometimes I do that too Karen and Jim I am glad you are having a getaway and that you will really feel refreshed when you come back Jeannie have a great day with your mom and enjoy every minutes and hope the will not be any little problems I over did it yesterday today I am going to pay more attention to what I am doing I am going to spend the night with my friend tonight on the other side of town We are trying to encourage each other Have a great day I have not gotten any thing done yet today so I better get busy



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Rain, rain, rain. Storms last night and heavier rains. But this morning things look clean and fresh and even more buds are popping up. Lots of daffodils up and down my street, and Abby and I looked for birds’ nests on our way to school. Since the leaves aren’t on the trees yet, they’re easier to see. I love to see ‘life’ like that and so does she.

I bought new lithium batteries for my camera because I decided I should try my hand at photography. After all, it is a form of art if I choose to make it so. We’ll see. Of course, lithium batteries are more expensive. I told my GS - look. I remembered to buy batteries for my camera! So proud of myself. He replied, ‘Grandma, I put rechargeable batteries in your camera. Remember?’ Obviously I didn’t. Ahhhh, such is life. It’s only money; right?

The problem with me - one problem with me! - is that I have so many interests. They’re all along the same lines, but I tend to expand on them. My interests, for the most part, are sedentary too. That’s one reason for the decision to check out photography. I can take it with me on my walks and see ‘wonderment’ as it happens. My hobbies since childhood - you could say my ‘passions’ - are art, reading and dolls. I still love all 3 of them. Does that mean I haven’t grown up? If so, it’s OK. Then I’ll ‘never grow up.’ Call me ‘Peter.’

I like to write too. It’s why I like journaling. It’s also, for me, an ‘art form.’ I journal and use stickers, draw, colored pencils/pens . . . Pretties - ying yangs and woohoos is what we called that sort of thing in my painting classes.

I’m rambling, but it’s a rainy/rambling morning. So I need to get it down in writing as I think of it.

Mom always liked poetry. I never cared much for poetry but then I think when I was ‘young’ I didn’t really understand it. Poetry is a lot of things. For me, it’s feelings that are stated in writing. I can do that. I can play pretty stuff with it too. Why not write poetry.

My Abby loves writing. She brought home her report card yesterday. Her teacher had a comment on it: Abby has advanced this year. She still struggles some with math. I’d like her to put more effort into math and reading. She’s excellent at writing, very creative. (I smiled as I read his note. I wondered if he realizes that - and he probably does since he is a teacher after all - that her reason she writes so well is that she absolutely loves to write. She has several ‘journals’ that she writes in. She does not like math at all. Simply not interested. She doesn’t ‘mind’ reading, but it isn’t what she enjoys.) Does that kid have some of my German traits in her? We all have a tendency to do what we love. It’s human nature.

Goodness but I’m ‘chatty’ this morning. It’s OK. I’m ‘sharing a bit of myself’ with you.

Linda, you like it because it’s pretty and kitty likes it because it helps her. Win. Win.

Karen, glad that you checked in. 2 new vehicles. Confess - does Jim drive like you do???? For our new members, Karen has a love of driving fast and furious! Enjoy your new wheels and your time in Ottawa. Laundry in order to pack - sounds like me. I’ll have a list ready to check off, but I pack the night before. I’ll pick up little things I might want to take before going somewhere but to pack - no way. For one thing I don’t have that much clothing! Glad you’re both getting away and getting some time to relax. So happy that you’re ‘still among the living.’ Enjoy!

Babs

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Hi Sparkers...I have been MIA again. I am feeling fairly well. Tomorrow morning Jim and I leave for a few days in Ottawa. Yesterday, he and I picked up our new vehicles. His is a 2015 Subaru Crosstrek and mine is a 2015 Subaru Forester. We will take his vehicle up north.
There is painting going on in my building at work right beside my office. Wow...I can't take those paint fumes. It is a good thing I was out of the office for a bit picking up my car yesterday. I was going to work all day today, but I may end up leaving around 3ish if I can. I have a pile of laundry to do before I can pack, lol.
I will try to check in later if I can. I haven't even read any posts....I just wanted to say hello and to let you know I am still among the living!
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Babs, I wish it were happy grass, but at my age with all my meds it would probably kill me in 2 puffs. I get a bag at PetSmart every year. It is a gentle mix of grasses for kitty's tummy. Helps her hack up problems. And makes my porch look like I actually have a green thumb.
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Happy grass, Linda! Wow. So you have a perpetual smile. Nice!

Marie, an official bud hunt. That sounds like fun. Did you find any? I love looking for them all over the yard. Fun times.

CJ, beautiful flowers in your post. My dear friend so sorry that your visit with your MD was not all positive. But on the other hand, you are positive! You know what to do and how to do. You can do it. We just have to be patient. Little by little we’ll get there. Come on - get on that Tahoe trail and do a little walking. Sing as you walk. You’ll soon be smiling.

Jeannie, glad your ortho visit went well. I’m with you. No pain is what it’s all about. Safe travels today. Doesn’t sound like a fun trip - taxes! Yuck.

Good morning, Lou. I hate it when my posts are gobbled up by puter gremlins. Happens often enough to me that I know exactly what you mean. Very frustrating. Glad you’re walking. Every little bit counts.

We have more rain in the forecast for today, possible t-storms later today/tonight. It's that time of year. Each season has it's little drawbacks.

Jackie, how was SA last night? Hope you were able to go. Hope Mike's feeling better.

Karen, enjoy your Ottawa trip - I don't remember if you leave tomorrow or Friday. A little getaway will do you both good.

Alice, Nola, Erin, Mona, Marti and everyone - hope your spring is coming alive with color and you're all in good health. It isn't real 'colorful' here yet, but it will be.

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LoL..yes Louie. The marble thing is a bit silly...its a great visual aid for me...at this time! You.re in physical therapy jeannie? Its better if I read correctly..Its nice you spend the day w Mom...I'm sure it can be trying at moments...you're a good daughter! I'm sure she appreciates it.

Thanks cj😀long posts are just how I talk. lol....long...... My puter is in the shop...and then I will be able to activate tracker....I'm using tablet...its OK...but I much prefer my desktop puter!

Everyone have a great day!

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I posted yesterday but it has disappeared I am not one of those good computer people so I probably Did something My leg is doing so much better I am almost able to do what ever I need to do I even walked on my treadmill today only 5 minutes but I did walk I love the marble story at first I could not figure out what you were talking about I usually associate losing your marbles with loosing your mind I like yours better I love all the garden talk and everyone seems to be in better spirits since it is almost spring I want to try that walking thing Have a great day hope this goes thou



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Jeannie, truly my porch has gone to pot just not the fun kind. emoticon
I also have signed up for the walking. Think I said CA for my walk. Wont start today. a few phone calls about work. Unfortunately they want full time. Not sure if I'm up to it but it is a car dealership. I worked dealerships for about 100 yrs. It was better than the clown I worked for last 14 yrs. Might try it.

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CJ, I'm just back from the ortho doctor, too. I had PT first, then saw the surgeon. She didn't seem overly concerned, worried or anything with me...just said to keep up the exercises and see her again in a couple months. By then I should be 90-95% according to her. I'll be happy with that, but I'm sure they think I'll hit 100% at some point. As long as it works and doesn't hurt, I'll be happy.

But, back to you, CJ. Yes, I know you can make things right for yourself. It is hard, hard work and I'm on day 4 of my very reduced sugar/carb intake. I'm finding out how addicted I am to this stuff. Good luck to you, my friend!! I know you will be able to get past this and improve those lab values. emoticon

Marie, loved your post. Glad your SPAT arrived. I think they have a 30 day return policy if it doesn't work out for you. I hear you about the rewards. I think it goes back to the days when we wouldn't dream of buying ourselves anything. Always the kids came first and if there was an extra dime it got saved until they needed the next thing. You know those rewards don't have to be expensive or big. A new bottle of nail polish, a new magazine or book, a little pot of flowers, etc. We have Aldi's grocery stores here, and they always have these pretty little bouquets of flowers for 3.99. They last a long time. I've been buying one every few weeks just to brighten things up. Anyway...you'll figure it out and it is so nice to give yourself a little boost. Oh yes...another teammate who posts on the WL challenge chat thread (Kathy) buys herself a new charm for her bracelet every 5#. Just another idea. emoticon

Kitty cat grass? Linda, I didn't know there was such a thing. That's truly going to pot, isn't it?? LOL. You are so sweet to be sure she has something she likes!

Babs, I never used to like raisins. But, alas...like everything else, I've found that I like them way too much these days, but only when they are wrapped in chocolate! I won't be celebrating National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day today. Maybe next year???

Jackie, glad to hear your vision is a bit better. Hope it's even more better (betterer??) today. Challenges...we all seem to have something. Hope to hear that Mike is doing better, too. emoticon

Karen...when do you go to Ottawa? I'm thinking it is later this week for a long weekend. Hope you enjoy your time away and that you'll come back refreshed, rested and relaxed.

I'm going to my Mom's tomorrow to take her for her tax appt. It involves getting my Mom, picking up my sister at her nursing home, driving about 15 miles and picking up Mom's friend, then another 15 to my old hometown where the person is who does the taxes. We'll go to lunch and visit another friend until it's time to pick up the papers and reverse the process. I am beginning to be a little concerned about Mom's memory. She has never ever been forgetful, not for a minute, but lately she seems to have a little trouble remembering important things. Sigh...hope it doesn't get lots worse. Anyway, I may not be able to stop by until later in the day. Wish me luck...sometimes these days turn into a huge challenge. emoticon

Greetings to all!! Until later...hugs and love, Jeannie

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emoticon emoticon emoticon I don't like sad faces, but I just got back from the doctor and It shows I have not been a good girl, my A1c was 8.1 and my blood pressure is up more than it should be, she did tell me its not all my fault. But had to increase my meds for blood sugar and blood pressure. Told me gastric bypass was about the only thing I could do for my weight, That my friends is not going to happen at my age. (70). I will continue to work on eating right, I have just been fooling around the past 6 months.

Marie: I loved your post, you caught up on a lot of us. I do love my walking4fun.com site. and the Lake Tahoe Rim is beautiful.

Really do have to get busy, I been at the doctors office and lab all morning.

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lol ...on the grass/pot thingy....keep 'em guessing!

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Good Morning, Everyone...I've been practicing going down the page...I even write names down...it helps commit to my memory lol

I saw Susan..you were thinking of the exercise dvd's...wondered if you like them? or had a chance to try them? I think I have 'Leslie' here somewhere lol

I see Linda(feralauntie) finished with taxes? downsizing can be fun...taxes not so much! ..

My 'marbles' are neck and necky, Wyndy...I have 12 in the 'lost marble' jar! ...I love Avon...it's a great product that has been around for years!

I vow to get 'busy' with the walk4.fun...you're doing a Tahoe..Cj? I think? I should get busy...that's as close to Tahoe as I'll get, Im certain...

I received my SparkTracker in the mail...my computer will not download the software...I write all over trying to get help...sparkpeople tells me finally, that my anti virus program is known to not let Sparks software download....guess I wish I had know that before I ordered it.......but...my 'puter is acting goofy....so Im taking to my guy...and having him turn the anti virus off,,,then I'll download..hopefully that will work.....and then turn it back on.....Computers:...LOVE/HATE relationship!!

Jeannie,,,your Iowa weather sounds very similar to Michigan...it's been sunny a lot...a few warm (50) days...but it's still 'brisk'...we hit 60 tomorrow, they say...then down again...I don't care...Im putting 'winter' away! I will think about rewards....I feel hesistant there....whats that about???? I'll figure it out!....You do your own taxes, eh?? I think Im giving it a whirl from now on...just another 'savings' for this old couple!!

hi Babs..I keep hearing ppl have things 'budding'....One of my 3 yr old gdaughters is coming today...told her we were going to walk around....we are officially going BUD HUNTING!!

My parents are back from Florida...Im calling to see how they're settling in...I have a wedding shower for my new soon to be niece...My oldest granddaughter turns 18 on Friday....My husband forgot our anniversary yesterday....don't worry....we have a 'back up'....loved the look on his face...don't worry...isn't near as bad as it sounds....we both laugh a lot!

Everyone...Im working still on getting to know...this is a great team. You guys are consistent!! I like that!! I'm off to Sweat to my Oldies....Yesterday was the first day that the last song played,,,and I realized I wasn't 'looking and begging' for it to get there.....know what I mean? Suddenly it came on and I'm like....what??? Im done? lol...man, its been fun!

Have a great Tuesday:)

Reminds me of summer fun with the Grands....except for that silly 'dish' in there!!

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I live on the second floor of my building. People laugh when they ask what kind of plants I'm growing on the porch. I tell them Grass. Unfortunately it isn't the "happy" kind. My Chrisy Miss has a sensitive tummy and likes to eat her kitty cat grass while on the porch. I grow several pots of it out there. It looks very lush and green so everyone comments on it. I have to finish saying that it isn't "pot" before they run off. emoticon

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Happy Chocolate Covered Raisin Day! I used to really like them. I still ‘like’ them, but Snickers remains #1 in my book.

It is absolutely pouring outside today. The prediction is that it will continue.

Last night I noticed that my peonies all of a sudden popped up! No kidding. They weren’t there Sunday, but yesterday they’re right where they belong and at least 5" tall. How did that happen?

Jackie, happy to see that your vision is improving. So thankful. I hope Mike is improving too.

Where is everyone? Flooded in? Snowed in yet?

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Good Morning ... My vision has cleared up a little so here I am. The shot wasn't as bad this time around..,.. Glad to see your vision is Stable Jeannie - that is great news!

Thank you for your great Recap JEannie & Babs so I can keep up better.

Sorry for those in pain ... seems like so many of our group with health or other stressful issues. Karen - I'm sorry to hear about the continuing health challenges you and Jim are facing. Yes, a good health insurance policy is a blessing.

I see so many new and cheerful faces - nice to see you. I hope to get to know you all a little better ..

CJ - Love your Poster for Monday... borught a smile to my face.

Well, I am on longer than I should b e so I'm taking a break right now. Still trying to work k- told my foundation that they need to hire some virtual helpers to take the load off. Hard to find someone with good computer skills these days it seems. I keep looking!

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It is such a gorgeous morning. More buds on the trees. I hear the birds and see more of them ut and about. It even ‘smells’ different outdoors. Spring is in the air!

Going to try to get a little caught up with all of the posts.

Wyndy, hope today finds you and Dollar feeling better. Did you get the template set up? Love the owls!

Lou, hope today finds you feeling better too. Glad you’re joining us in the challenge.

Trese, enjoy your trip to Williamsburg in a few weeks. It’s so much fun to plan trips. Pretty time of year to travel.

Karen, so sorry that you’ve been plagued with audits! I dread them. Glad you’re planning another trip to Ottawa. Jim must being well with his radiation treatments. I’ve been worried about you, and apparently there’s been reason. I am so sorry you are apparently having problems too. So for you my friend - hugs and prayers. Take care of yourself too.

Susan, welcome to the team. So sorry to see that you have pneumonia. Horrible stuff!

Jeannie, I’m using Saturday as my WI day too since that’s when I have to WI for the spring challenge. I think it’ll be starting soon. I have over 10 miles now on the PCT. Wonder which trail you’ll pick. They have them everywhere - France, Italy. Fun to do, at least I think it is.

Marie, you’ve lost your marbles!! Love your ‘story’ and Happy Anniversary!

Hello, Linda. Happy to see a post from you. Been wondering how you’re doing. Sorry you have a cough. Glad those taxes are done - mine are too. Thank goodness.

CJ, Lake Tahoe hike - good for you!! Happy hiking. Or golfing???

Good luck at the eye doctor, Jeannie.

Jackie & Mike, thinking of you.

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Good morning! CJ, no warm temps here! We woke up to white stuff. I heard the ice/sleet hitting the side of the house in the night, so knew it would look like this. There's not much, just a coating, but it is a windy, cold 29*. Supposed to be in a warming trend by the end of the week. I hope...!

Marie, good for you for thinking about your rewards. I have tried to do it every 10# in the past and I think I will again this time. I'm like a kid. Can't wait for that "present" I give myself. Actually, it becomes two presents...taking the pounds off and a real "gift" to mark the progress. You're doing great!! And by the way: emoticon Do you want us to add it to the Special Days list we keep? Pop over to the thread and let me know if you do.

Wyndy and Linda, glad to hear you have your taxes done. I've been done for about a month now, and it really is a good feeling. I do my own. It's easy. Have done them for years. I just follow the program's prompts, enter the information and voila...done! Paul (DS) came over yesterday to finish up his. Not sure why, but he never does his on his own. His are easy, too. Straightforward and even with the itemizing, no problems. Regardless, it's a chance to spend a little time with him on his own. That doesn't happen often.

Today I have a followup eye appointment. Hopefully no more shots right now. I think my vision is stable, so that's my story and I'm sticking to it!! Seriously, I think everything is fine right now. Jackie, hope you got along okay with yours last week. Thinking of you, too.

I've had a couple of really good days without any added sugars/carbs, so I'm feeling good about that. I do have to remember to keep my fiber intake up...that may become a problem if I'm not careful.

Have a wonderful week, my dear and special Sparkly friends. I don't know where I'd be without you! Hugs and love...XOXO Jeannie emoticon Thinking Spring!!! Trying my hardest to think Spring!! emoticon



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Hope everyone has a GREAT Monday, Its suppose to be 77 here today and 80's on Tuesday and Wednesday. (YEAH). Going to get outside and walk a few times today, I'm unable to walk for very long at a time, but several times a day around my back yard 3 or 4 times a day will be an extra 1000 steps, that will get me more time around my virtual walk at Lake Tahoe.(grin).

Yes Jeannie, In answer to your question about my DH being a golfer, He loves Golf, anything that looks like Golf. He is an average Golfer, but when it comes to wanting to play he gets the Gold Metal. emoticon He is a late sleeper in the mornings unless someone wants him to play golf, than he will get up as early as he needs to. I'm glad he likes to play, it gives him some good exercise, he does use a cart, but there's still a lot of walking involved.

I have got to get busy with all that Monday fun stuff, and today its clean out closet and put up my winter clothes up, we probably will have one more cold spell before Easter, but it won't last but a day and I need to get my clothes changed out before I start getting ready to go see my son and family in Florida.

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good morning, all. Im still working on getting to 'know' people here:) I have everyone on my 'prayer' list. ..when it comes to the health issues...That isn't said to 'toot' my own horn...I say it so you know I give a crap:) and I mean what I say:) ...Had a great weekend...Im looking forward to some more mild weather this week...Im hoping I get outside that day!! So,,,you saw me losing my marbles...it fits me. A reward, eh, Jeannie? I actually have Amazon open right now,,and was going to look at food scales this morning....I think when I reach the 25 mark...it will be clothing of some sort...but I'll be giving it some thought.

I hope everyones health issues are improving. Really. And others lives...spring is such a fun time of 'new starts'. Cleaning, clearing, gardening, painting.....setting new goals,,,or 'sprucing up the old ones'...God made spring for a reason!

Everyone have a marvelous day. It's actually my wedding anniversary. Here's a 'nugget' I'll share with you all. I call it my 'second' anniversary, because my hub and I divorced at one time,,and re-married. ...what's more 'silly'...is that I know today is the anniversary...but would have to look up the years:) The first one is in Feb..that's the one I recall, easier. Everyone has a story, right?

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We had snow all day but only about 2 inches so won't take much to shovel it out in the morning from behind the cars.

Just about have my ledger ready for the accountant for income tax. Just a few items I have to double check on and then enter. Tomorrow I receive 9 cartons of Avon so don't think I'll finish the ledger till later in the week. emoticon


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Hi all! Got my taxes done a few minutes ago. Did not take all the credits for give-aways I could have. They were in good shape but just not listed on my Turbo. Too many things were not paid by insurance but it's just too iffy to write off on taxes. Not worth the hassle. I have more stuff to give away this year. Need to down size a lot. Hope everyone is doing better. End of day, my cough coming back a little. emoticon to all!

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Nice to meet you, Susan!
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Good Sunday morning! Happy to see several of you checking in.

Babs, I totally understand how you wouldn't have time to do much chatting on the weekends. Wow...working full time, housework, caring for a 9 year old, etc etc. You do great to get here as often as you do!!

Linda, actually the Healthometer is what I have. I can move it just a little and get 5 different weights. So, I try not to move it...although it probably isn't weighing too accurately. Oh well...it's close enough for government work (my MIL always used to say that)!!! LOL!

Susan, same here...it's a cold morning. No sun here, either. I'm impressed that you are using a Jane Fonda exercise video. Wow...I don't use a walker and I don't think I could manage that. Good for you! Who cares what you look like. You're not doing it to impress anyone. You're doing it for YOU!

Wyndy, I think I feel like that little bird in your post, although there isn't any snow here at least. Warmer days ahead, right??

CJ, is your DH a golfer? Richard loves to golf, although it's getting harder for him to do since he's had all that trouble with his ankle and the surgery. He did go a couple times when we were in TX, but road a cart this year. Good choice. Love the pic!!

I haven't signed up for the walking4fun.com just yet, but I plan to. Didn't want to sign up and then not do anything. I need new shoes...mine are really worn out. Plus, I think I need to do something to my tracker. Not functioning quite right. I'll have to RUN to catch up to you guys!

Marie, love that you're losing your marbles!! Awesome!! I think I asked on the friend feed, do you have a reward picked out for yourself for when you reach that first goal? Something great, I hope!! My favorite all time reward (so far) was the digital food scale I bought. Use it all the time and just love it.

I have dinner in the oven and need to get a few other things ready. Have a wonderful afternoon, everyone. I love lazy Sundays! DH is planted in front of the TV watching the Iowa women play, and there are more games later today, of course. Love and hugs from me to you!! XOXO Jeannie

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Happy weekend Sparkies. I haven't read the posts this morning. I'm trying to get laundry done, spiffy things up around here - make it 'Sparkle!' - and I want to get some walking in. My hike needs the steps. So I may not catch up on posts until tomorrow. It's why I get to work early. I have time to play a little first.

It's pretty here today. Right now it's a little cool, but it will warm up later.

Have a Super Sunday.

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Sorry I told someone that the Weight Watcher scale was my favorite. Correction it is Health O Meter. Still purchased at Walmart for cheapest! I used to buy WW's.


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Happy Sunday!

Just took the dog out and it is a cold morning. Sure hope the temp rises as the day progresses.

Have a nice day all!
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Reddmarie love your visual and it looks like those two jars are the same. That's awesome

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emoticon emoticon The Tahoe city Golf Course. DH likes this, even if it is a picture, its still a Golf Course.

Just a note to say emoticon emoticon before I go to bed, Its been a pretty day and I got nothing done that I wanted too, guess I was just lazy today. emoticon

I joined the walking4fun.com site and my first trail is the Tahoe Rim at Lake Tahoe, I lived in Reno Nev. about 50 yrs ago and visited Lake Tahoe a lot, it is a beautiful Lake. My son was born when we lived there and he is now almost 51 so that's how long its been. But I still remember how beautiful it was. This free virtual walking site is really fun and helps me get in a few extra steps a day, hope I can improve my walking skills over time.

Susan: So glad you joined our team, its good to hear from our new members and us old ones too.

Marie: I like your loosing your marbles idea. emoticon emoticon .

Good to read all the rest of the posts.

Good Night ALL: CJ from OK.

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Jeannie, if you go to Walmart and buy a Weight Watches scale it is the cheapest but the most accurate I have found. It also keeps track of the last 5 or 6 times you weighed yourself. Shows how much lost or in my case, how much gained. It tracks 4 people I think.
CORRECTION; HEALTH O METER SCALE!!

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Good Saturday morning!

Love the marbles idea!

It's cold here even though it is now 55. I got out early this morning to walk the puppy.
I'm not sure I'm going to keep this dog because she is extremely active and I need to be, but can't walk distances because of breathing issues but I did try to get some activity going. The main reason I probably won't keep her is because I have severe allergies and the dog is not helping matters. She was an impulse decision. We'll see how it goes.

I'm going to try some exercise DVDs later, probably a Jane Fonda or Leslie Sansone. You would laugh to see me doing these walks with my walker. That is a hoot!

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Hello to everyone...I hope to sit down tonight and 'read/catch up'....everyone have a great day and weekend. Be successful in all things:) Make sure you laugh!!

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One of my 'suggested things to do' , to help me reach my goals was make a 'visual'...so I did...in case you can't read it.....Losing my Marbles....One at a Time....Starting with 25 marbles...I have 'lost 12 marbles'!

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Good Saturday morning!! Sun is shining, but it's cold. I don't care. It's not snowing or blowing. It's all good. I'm also a happy Hawkeye today since both the men and women won in their NCAA games yesterday. Also proud of the team from Northern Iowa...they're doing great, too. Lots of basketball games to watch right now. emoticon

Hi, Susan! So happy to have you post here on the chat thread. Sometimes we're really busy chatting away and other times (especially on the weekends), not so much. Sounds like you are looking forward to having a new GC this summer. How fun for you! They're the best. Glad you got a new scale. Something I've been thinking about doing. I can get on mine several times in a row and it never weighs the same. I try to average the weights out. Not very accurate, but cheaper than buying a new scale right now. Anyway, I digress...are you still working for the community college? By the way, we have a few other VA folks on the team and some from MD, etc. Let us know how things are going for you. emoticon

Karen, sounds like you are looking forward to your break in Ottawa. Of course, I'm not surprised. You love it there so much. I imagine it might be a little bit warmer than the last time you were there. Have been wondering how Jim is getting along. I didn't know you could take a "break" from the treatments and then make them up later. There's so much I don't know. I've been worried about you, too, my friend. Your health isn't great, but it's not catastrophic? Good grief...please don't let it get catastrophic!!!! You're too ornery not to be healthy!! emoticon

Trese, I wish I could jump in your suitcase and go to Williamsburg with you! Since we've had kids in the DC area for quite a few years, we've done all kinds of touristy things in and around there, but never have been to W'burg. Oh, how I'd love to go there. Maybe another year. Happy that you'll have a chance to get there, soon. I want to hear all about it!! emoticon

Lou, we've had lots of those gloomy days, too. Today isn't one of them, so I'm doing a happy dance! emoticon Makes things so much easier to deal with when the sun is out. Sure hope you continue to gradually feel better. Sometimes we make progress by inches...the feet come later!

Wyndy, goodness...a tumor on the auditory nerve (or near...I don't remember for sure what I read now). Hope your DH gets his MRI soon. That would be so scary to have to wait. Yes, I can imagine how weak you feel b/c of not doing the walking for awhile. It happens so fast. I've found the same to be true with me. Good luck with all those Avon orders! emoticon

Babs, how fun to see the pics from the PCT. I haven't signed up yet, but I plan to. Have a few things to work out here, but it will happen sooner than later. You've already done 5 miles? I'm impressed. It's probably more by now. Can I borrow Jasmine so I have to take more walks? I don't want a dog to take care of, but I wouldn't mind having one to "have" to walk! LOL!

Jackie, hugs and prayers...hopefully you won't have the same issues with your eye injection, or if so, that they don't last so long. I always looked like I'd been punched in the eye for several days, though. Sure hope MIke is doing okay now. You've had way too many things to deal with, with Mike's health and your own concerns. Yes...prayers for rebirth, renewal and hope!! emoticon

There are a number of you we haven't heard from recently, but I'm sure you'll be here to say hello soon. We miss you!! We love you!! Don't be strangers!! emoticon

Made it to/back from my friend's house and we did get a lot done. I don't think I'll have to go up again for several weeks, which makes me happy. This coming week I have an eye appt, too. Hopefully, all is well and I won't have to have any more injections right now. Tuesday I see the PT and also the ortho surgeon for followup. Not sure if she'll be pleased with my recovery or not. She's a perfectionist. Guess that's a good thing in a surgeon, though! LOL! Richard is doing okay. He hasn't had any more of those episodes of lightheadedness, so we're thankful for that. Still dealing with a skin ulcer on his ankle from way back when he had his surgery last June. They take forever and a day to heal. Other than that, we're doing well...putting one foot in front of the other day and grateful for being able to!!

Oh yes...I have to admit...I bit the bullet, recorded my weight this morning and changed my weight ticker. I do my WI on Saturdays, so I started the new WL challenge today. Don't forget to get on over to that thread and sign up if you haven't already. It is never, never too late! I have a lot of work to do, I know that, and this seems like a great time for me to get started. Happy Spring!! Hugs and love, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Hi all.I'm Susan in Virginia who is again trying to lose the weight just for health and fitness reasons. I just bought a new bathroom scale, the one where the weight still shows once you get off. With my stomach, I can't read the weight when I'm actually on the scale. I'm in high hopes again that this time will be the charm.

I'm retired from the telephone company and have been working the last 17 years for a community college. Both jobs I have really enjoyed. I have (2) grown children and 6 grandchildren and the 7th expected this summer.

We didn't get the snow today, just the rain, thank goodness as I'm so ready for Spring. My favorite times of the year are late Spring or early Fall. I could live with 70 degrees all year round, but who couldn't? LOL!

I'm hoping to get tons of inspiration from this group.
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Hi Sparkers! It is the first day of Spring! It was 12F when I got up this morning and it has been snowing off and on all day. Vermont does have really weird weather. I think summer will happen July 7th and 8th, lol. Actually, with the exception of July and August, I have seen it snow in all the other months. Yes, even June! Then again, two years ago on March 23 it was 83F! Is that nuts, or what?
So many on this team have had health issues themselves or their spouses have, or both have! Jackie, I think you and Mike have been through heck! If I get into naming everyone with health issues, I know I will leave someone out and then I will feel awful! So....good wishes for all those who are ailing.
CJ, thanks for sharing the cute baby picture! As a lot of you know, grandchildren are most likely not in my future, so I love to get to see other people's grands!
Babs...you asked about my health and I think you have noticed that I never answer. I will be honest, it isn't wonderful but it isn't catastrophic yet. Jim is doing ok, although he is really tired. Next Friday we are leaving for Ottawa again and will be back in VT on March 30. Short trip, but I can use a break. I had have nothing but audits since the first of the year. Getting away for a few days will be nice, of course, Ottawa is not in the tropics and it will probably be freezing there, but I don't care. Jim has permission from the radiologist to miss two sessions. He will make them up at the end. I remember doing that near the end of my six week radiation treatments 11 years ago. In fact, 3/25 is my 11 year Cancer anniversary.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
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Hi all! Sorry to have been MIA for a while. Sounds like many of you are dealing with health and personal issues. Prayers and positive vibes being sent. So many of you are so positive in your handling of these challenges. You are inspiration to me.
Spring is coming. It will be greatly appreciated by us all! My husband and I are planning a trip to Williamsburg in a few weeks. Hope Spring has sprung by then.
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well another gloomy day in Indiana I am not complaining it is not below freezing or snowing yea still doing my pt gently and it still hurts but I do have move movement Dr said today to be patient it will take time Babs I am like you no patients Snwyn I hope the tumor removal will help with the hearing Jackie and Mike I will be praying for you you have had a long haul Jeannine have a nice trip Thanks for the warning but I am moving I do not like to be still I am going to do the challenge also



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Wednesday a day off turned out into writing up a new template for my Avon invoices and trying it out on the invoices for the order that is suppose to arrive Monday. I say suppose to become since Christmas they've been arriving Tuesday. It went pretty well, still some quirks to fix but those are basically aesthetic ones. Plus I went for a raindrop massage. It's the same young woman I've been going to for the past year and I'm not that pleased with her. I always leave feeling like she has done something to my hips and not walking correctly for 2 days. She doesn't jerk or pull but she does seem to be able to catch the nerves and slightly pinch them. I don't want to end up like January and on a cane for 3 months again! But I did come home and crawl into bed and sleep like a log for 3 hours. Of course, last night I could only sleep for an hour at a time. LOL. Why does it all average out.

Yesterday was so busy. Took Dollar back to the vet to have his skin checked over again. She wants him to be shaved again, poor thing he starts to shake as soon as we get the leash out now. His back is healing but this underside isn't so she changed his antibiotic and another shampoo without oatmeal in it. He has as many doctor things as I do.
Then we went home changed clothes (there is no way you can take the dog to the vet and not get hair all over yourself) and headed out to the hospital for more tests and inspections. The specialist was in from PA (Prince Albert) to have a look see at our ears and hearing. I will keep my 2 hearing aids and they don't know about Ted's. They've discovered that he probably has a tumor on his auditory canal. They booked him in for an MRI but the waiting period is 9 - 12 months unless someone cancels and they pop him in. They don't know if removing the tumor will help his hearing or not. It's a 50/50 thing.

Today I really really really MUST start getting my ledger ready to go to the accountant for income tax. I am so thankful that Canada's taxes are due April 30 and not in the middle of the month like the US. I would never make that on time. emoticon

I also received some back orders at the post office yesterday so have to figure out who they belong to and arrange to deliver them. I am hoping that the customers will say oh bring it with next week's order. emoticon

I still haven't had the courage to start walking on the machine yet. Am still quite weak from lack of use since January. It's amazing how quickly the body can lose it's tone and energy. I did receive a replacement tracker though so am ready, just need to tell my legs that LOL

I set up my blog again wynswonderland.blogspot.ca to start up the reviews. Now all I have to do is get 30 followers in order to get back onto the review tours. I'm not worried about that, it'll take about 6 months but that will give me time to get back into the groove again.

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Gloomy day here, but it isn’t snowing or freezing rain. I can deal with it.

I decided to treat myself to a light roast Panera coffee on the way to work. While waiting in the drive thru line to pay, I noticed several trees are just full of buds. I’m so happy about that. Now no more freezes!!

Jackie, prayers for you and Mike. You certainly have had your ups/downs - as well as Mike. I’m so sorry for both of you. Hugs and prayers.

Here's the beginning of the Pacific Crest Trail, which is what I am 'virtually hiking.' It's really fun and motivating for me. I log my steps daily. I'm almost at 5 miles which isn't much. During the week I don't get many miles in. I just can't find the energy after working all day and having a 9 yr old with me. There's all the 'other things' with her - homework, dinner, more laundry, dishes, shower before bed, etc. Now it's play outside time. She's definitely old enough to go outside and play with her friend next door, but I have my mind on her. These are different times than when I was a child.

So here's the picture. I hope it comes through OK. It's the beginning, in Mexico, and the trail is 2,689.5 miles from Mexico into Canada. There are trails listed that are around 100 miles - but since I had read about this one I chose it. The US is on the right side of the fence, and Mexico is on the left side of the fence.



We've had so much sickness and I do hope you're all feeling better.

Jeannie, safe travels on your return home today.

CJ, Nola, Linda, Jeanne, Alice, Barbara, Mona, Erin, Wyndy, Marie - all of you - hello to you and have a lovely weekend.

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Hi all - just a quick catch up - Mike came home Sunday - went back in MOnday - came back home yesterday ... I am tired ... with the ups/downs ...

Tomorrow I get my Wet AMD Eye shot so, I won't be on the computer for several days until the vision clears again.

Tomorrow is Spring ... I pray for renewal, rebirth, and hope for all.

I will try to get on the scale and join the challenge so that I can be motivated to track more accurately. Have not been good about that.

Will behind by the time I get back on the boards - but wanted to stay in touch with my Sparkles.

Have a good day all.

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Where did the sunshine go? I really never have learned the virtue of patience. Honesty - yes. Patience - nope! So I have ‘one minor flaw.’ emoticon

I hope many of you join us in our new WL Challenge. They help! At least they help me.

One more full week of March, and then we have Easter. Wow! That’s about all I can say. I know I’m really getting old because the time moves more and more quickly each day, week, month, year.

Mona, I agree with you. Food is way too expensive to throw anything away. When I cook and we’ve had leftovers and I see there’s still ‘a little’ in the fridge, I freeze whatever it is. I’ll eat it - either for lunch or dinner and fix something else for the kids. Glad you got your shopping out of the way and you’re ‘all set’ to GO! Good for you. Ella is a beautiful name for your beautiful baby girl. Congratulations, Mona.

Lou, sorry about your leg. Guess you have to be ‘patient’ - only please, not like ME!

Marie, good luck with the Spark tracker. So you’re joining the Walking4Fun too? Hurrah! Let me know which trail you decide on, ‘if’ you do decide to do that. I absolutely have to push myself, and then when I get out and do it I feel so good. Enjoy!

Oh, CJ, such an adorable baby! Thanks for sharing her picture with us. She’s gorgeous.

Jeannie, enjoy Des Moines and working on the book. I’m sure you’ll be glad when it’s finished, but in the meantime there is fun in it too. Oh, how I love to plan. So Richard will plant potatoes. I just knew he would. Can’t wait for him to send me some. Cantaloupe. Absolutely love it too. I buy a lot of it, but 40 at once - I don’t think I could manage that. I’ve tried to freeze it too and it’s ‘mushy.’ Safe travels.

Happy that many of you are planning on coming to ‘My House’ for the GNO. We’ll have fun. I promise you fun, food, music, relaxation and great memories.

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Heading off in a few minutes to once again work on the book for my nursing class reunion. It's been so much fun, but honestly? I'll be glad when I don't have to travel up there so often. It's about 2 1/2 hrs each way. Fortunately, I can stay overnight at my former roomie's house, and that way we get work done 2 days in a row. We're getting close to the end now. Yea!!

CJ, that's a real sweet Sooner fan! She's a beauty, that's for sure. I agree--a GNO will be fun and I think the Memorial Day weekend will be perfect for us. Babs, thanks for mentioning it. I had kind of been thinking about it, but never got around to asking if we could come to "YOUR" house again!! LOL!

Marie, good for you! It's a great time to add some walking in. That is, if the snow and ice have melted away in your neck of the woods. Ours is finally all gone, so once I can get a "normal" routine re-established, I'm getting outside on a regular basis, too.

Lou, sweetie...you must have taken quite a fall. So glad to hear your leg is improving, but goodness...that is tough. Be sure to get up and move around as much as possible. Even if it hurts, it is important. You don't want to get blood clots from sitting too much and inactivity. So hard, but so important. Glad you'll be joining us on the challenge. Yes...I'm looking forward to having the garden. It's good exercise, too.

Mona, a new baby in the family! And, I love her name. Ella is beautiful. Maybe you'll get a picture for us one of these days. Congrats to you and family!

Babs, yes...I think there will be potatoes in that garden. He mentioned cantaloupe (along with all the other stuff), but I refuse. Well, maybe one hill. It's not that I don't like them, but it is that he won't stop with one hill or one plant. I've seen too many times when we've had a garden FULL of something like cantaloupe that all get ripe at one time. Have you ever tried to eat 40 cantaloupe all at once? One year I froze some, but it wasn't good. Ick! Looking forward to the challenge and also to the PCT...well, that's the one i think I'll be doing right now.

Greetings to all of our other friends. CJ, you mentioned GranPattie and a few other "older" teammates. I know that Francie is not on SP right now. The others are, I think, but I'm not even sure they are still teammates. I should check that out...maybe after I get back from my travels.

Love to all!! XOXO Have a great day. Jeannie

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Good Morning my spark friends. Thought I'd send you a little joy this morning. This picture is of my GGD, and my Boomer Sooner fan. Mommy and Daddy are Sooner grads.

Mona: emoticon on your new baby, I'm assuming its a GGC, they are so much fun.

Babs: A GNO at your place sounds so wonderful, we haven't had one in a while. Looking forward to it. We have a lot of new members that I know will enjoy it too. Thanks again for the new spring challenge. I always think about our sweet Jill when the new challenges come out.

Jeannie: A garden Spot for you and Richard sounds like a lot of fun and good stuff too.

To all of you who have been sick or down with body parts not working, hope things get better soon. I have been missing Theresa and others for a week or so. Wondering where some of our old members are like Grand Pattie, Joan of Spark, Francie, I know some of them have had great losses in their lives.

Guess I had better get back to bed and see if I can get some more sleep, I woke up at 3:00am and its now 4:43am and I still can't sleep. I'm trying to think of something to cook for a friend of mine who has liver cancer. She is doing fair taking two kinds of chemo.

Got to go for now: TAKE CARE: CJ from OK.




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A virtual night sounds pretty good right now...My social life is sorely lacking! ...just the word 'garden' gets my adrenaline going...I can't wait!! It's in the 40's here for a few...which I'll take...and was almost out picking up leaves...soon..soon.

I will be reading many emails since I just figured out how that worked...wow. I'd love to blame it on age,,,lol...

I just ordered the spark tracker thingy. Im excited.

Did I read correctly,,someone had a baby? ..is that grandbaby? ...whatever ...congratulations:) New babies are just so sweet.

Hope your legs keeps improving littlelouie...just don't overstrain yourself!
I checked out that walking page, Babs..that's why I ordered the tracker thing...I decided I'm ready to 'add' some walking ...I've been doing richard simmons dvd for several weeks now...every day but sundays..definitely I am sweating ..and richard is rather entertaining.

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my leg is better but it still hurts a lot especially in the evening I can not sit on a kitchen chair even with a pillow they say it will take a while to get better because it was a bad strain I have not been able to drive for over a week can not sit in the car with out a lot of pain
enough about me I am excited about the challenge and I am going to do it You are right the basics are what is important and then the rest will come along Glad to hear that you got a garden space I have a small 6x8nin my yard and a small herb garden just out side my door It is a raised garden so the weeds are not as much of a problem
Babs I bet you are a good gardener Monamom congratulation on the new baby they are always so much fun to watch them grow Glad to hear that the gout is getting better and that the radiation treatments are going ok H ave a good week Lou



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Did my grocery shopping~~bought all sw approved food. And it all looks SO good. I am going to go over my syns tonight for supper because I have three prepared meals that I am going to eat~~too expensive to throw away. I will be at 12 syns. (Doing the Slim World)

Third day of walking!! Starting slow but joined the Bronze Medal level for this coming week. Being able to post and reading the site really helps me. Now to keep going!! Will weigh on Monday.

I am SO excited with our new baby girl~~8 pounds 6 1/2 ounces. She is Ella Margaret and she is gorgeous. Born Mar. 11. If I can ever figure out how to download pictures off my phone I will post some.

Looks like a couple of rainy days coming up for us. Going to help with our missionary conference at the church tomorrow and Friday. Looking forward to that. I will be working in the book store.

Have a great day eveyone!!

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Good morning dear friends. I hope you all received your WL Challenge email and I hope you all join us. It’s fun and it’s great to have the support. I know I certainly need support!

I don’t know where the morning has gone. Flown by for sure.

Karen, you really had strange weather yesterday. Quite a mix in your heritage too. How are you feeling? You haven’t mentioned how your own health is doing in quite awhile.

Good morning, CJ. Such a cute picture you posted. We have rain moving in here later this afternoon or early evening. It’s OK. Those spring flowers need rain. I’m looking forward to flowers. Winter seem so long.

Jeannie, I’m happy that you and Richard will have a city garden plot. He always had a garden and seemed to love it. I wasn’t going to plant tomatoes again. I just haven’t had much luck with them. But now that spring is coming I keep thinking - I could plant ‘one’ tomato plant. I love home grown maters. I’ll bet Richard plants potatoes too. Yum.

Been thinking that in a couple of months we’ll need another Girls Night Out! It will be Memorial Weekend. Wouldn’t be the same without a GNO.

For newbies: this is a ‘virtual’ Girls Night Out. Everyone can come. You’ll see. The closer it gets I’ll send a note to all of you, an invitation, to ‘my place.’ We dance. We eat (nothing is high in calories no matter what it is). We have some yummy drinks. We swim. We have terrific chefs come. Music - oh, do we have music!! We have Rock Stars come. John Travolta picks us up in his private jet. Plan to be there!! No reason not to be there.

Hello to everyone this morning/afternoon. Gosh I have to get busy!!

Oh, Jeannie, happy to see that you might be on the trail - either the PCT or another one. There are plenty to choose from. I thought about starting with a shorter one and accomplishing that one and moving on. I seem to be working in reverse.

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Good morning! Had a full day yesterday with the visit from our friends. Enjoyed our time together, as always. Even went for lunch at a buffet...something I try to avoid, but it was at a restaurant serving corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and a few other things. It was quite good. Enjoyed every bite and today it is back to basics! LOL! emoticon

CJ, happy you are getting some rain. We could use some, too, but nothing in our forecast. I feel badly for some of the folks to the east of us who have been getting so much. emoticon

Karen, your weather sounds as crazy as ever. I know...just wait a minute and it will be different. That's what we say here, too, but I think you have us beat. It's the ice that I'm not impressed with and want no part of. Stay safe out there. Love corned beef hash. Too much, actually, but I do enjoy it when I have access. Hope you enjoyed it!

Babs, thanks for the new challenge you posted. It looks great and the timing is perfect. I also checked out the Walking4Fun.com website. It looks great and I think I'll sign up, too. I read Cheryl Strayed's book, Wild, a few months ago, and it made me (sort of) want to be healthy enough and young enough to be able to hike the PCT, too. Now I can!! Now that our weather is improving, I want to be able to get outside and take advantage of it. Love Spring weather! emoticon

Marie, it does take awhile to "learn" everyone. I had to keep a cheat sheet for weeks...okay...maybe longer even! People come and go, but there will be a lot of us who are here for the duration. I love what you said about working on the basics. That is what it is all about and that part never changes. It is what I forget sometimes...work on the basics and the rest will begin to fall into place. Good for you! emoticon

Wyndyt, glad you had good instructions from your dr. regarding foods to avoid. A flareup is very painful. I know it can sideline a person, for sure. Good luck, and wishing you good health!

Oh, yes...we have made our way up the list to get one of the city garden plots. Unfortunately, it is 20X40...about twice the size I'd like to have. But, we can plant lots of things, especially the tomatoes!! Can't wait to have some great Iowa tomatoes and quite a few other things. Mmmm!! emoticon

I'm so looking forward to this challenge, Babs. I'm working on myself and working on finding a way to harness this sugar/carb addiction at the same time. Karen, I know you can relate to this...crackers (a big box of them) found their way into the house. It's been awful. I've never thrown food away in my life, but I may have to make an exception. I just can't deal with them. Grrr!!

Okey dokey...let's have a great rest of the week and get all fired up and ready for the newest WL challenge. So many people did so well with the last one. I bet we all can do it if we put our minds and efforts to it. Saddle up, folks...it's time for a great ride!! emoticon



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We are getting some much needed rain today and tomorrow, so I will be walking inside, I enjoy all the sunshine, but we really do need the rain, so I'll just stay inside and pretend its shinning.

Karen: You are having some crazy weather, Hope it clears up soon.

Wyndy: Do hope the gout is doing better and you can get back to a normal life, whatever normal is for you.

Guess I better get off here and do some Bible Study and house work.

HAVE A GREAT HUMP DAY: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hi Sparkers! This morning when I drove to work it was 35 and freezing rain. By noon it was sunny and in the mid 49s. By 3:30 it was back down to 33 and sleeting. By 4:15 it was 32 and snowing! Tonight it is supposed to get down to the teens! Spring in VT this year will be held between July 10 and 11, lol!
I made corned beef hash (from a can, don't get excited), with green poached eggs for dinner. My great grandmother, who I never knew, and her husband were from Ireland. This was on my mother's mother's side. On my grandfather's side, his parents were from England and Italy. On my dad's side of the family, they were all Welsh. I came by my red hair and blue eyes naturally!
Just a quick post. I need to get to bed!
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Spark Friend. Are you wearing green? I have ‘olive green’ slacks on - not exactly the emerald green of St. Patty’s Day but it’s the best I could do!

I am soooooooo excited. I have to share with you. I posted on the 5% blog from the winter challenge. They keep an interim thread going for anyone who wants to continue to ‘check in’ and post how we’re doing. I’ll do anything to keep this momentum going. I didn’t lose a lot. I didn’t lose 5% BUT what I did do was - lose! For me, that’s sufficient.

Anyway I noticed a blog about the “PCT.” I clicked on it and found that there is a virtual walk - you pick the route. I just finished reading “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed - movie, same title and Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed. It’s a great book and the description of the PCT was awesome. What a walk. Gorgeous, but treacherous too. So I was so excited that I too joined the ‘virtual walkers’ and picked the PCT for myself. I am going to begin walking it. I’ll see where I’m going every step of the way - as long as I log my steps.

Anyone interested in taking part in a virtual walk? It’s Walking4Fun.com.

Jeannie, mom gave us an Easter basket every year until she died! No kidding. Same basket each year. She would sit and tie pretty new ribbons on it, find other Easter novelties and tie them on. She gave us fruit with a chocolate rabbit and something for the kids. She did what she could and we all loved it. Memories. It doesn’t matter what it is. The important thing is to remember. Enjoy today with your friends. Very nice idea on the wedding dress.

Wyndy, sorry about the gout issues. I’ve had problems with it and take Allopurinol daily. I don’t ever, ever, ever want that pain again. I do not eat a lot of red meat. No way. That’s exactly what did it for me. Glad today’s better for you.

Marie, I definitely don’t go overboard on holidays/birthdays either. Mom never did. She didn’t have the money. Who does?! But mom’s theory was that we should be good to each other all year long, love each other and the material things/gifts should be secondary. She had a set amount, very little, and that’s the way it was. We always looked forward to it too - through our adult years. So I’m in total agreement with you. It takes time to know all of us and to get down your eating/exercising plan. I think you’re doing great.

Have a wonderful Green Day.

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Good morning, everyone. I browse the boards and really try to remember names and things that are pertinent in your lives. Hang with me:)
I see, Jackie, that your husband is improving. So glad to hear it.
Karen, your husband started radiation. Prayers for your family:)
I try to pay attention to health issues,,,they seem like such a part of life, when we get past 50:)

I see you're working on easter baskets, Babs...I have barely thought of them. March is a busy month for birthdays, etc. 7. ..and all in the first week to 10 days. I have one left,,,our oldest granddaughter turns 18 on the 27th...she also graduates in June. Kennedy. She's my sweetie...well..they all are...I babysat for the triplets, yesterday and our little Jorgia...since schools have conferences...I am so blessed to have 5 of my grown children in the same school district,,,and our neighborhood...I am walking distance to 4 of them. ...and the cousins are all starting to attend the same school....it's such a fun thing!

Anyways..Easter ...Im adhd...so it can be so hard to focus on the holidays. It's like running a small part time business...stockings at Christmas are quite a challenge...I do some pretty creative stuff,,,to handle it financially, of course...and also,,,to just keep it manageable...
with birthdays interspersed all yr long...I find that I have a special 'box' for gifts, goodies..etc..and I have a bank acct for it, also lol..I have to. I don't go overboard, though. I just don't. Im 'old school'. Im happy giving them 'gestures and momentos'...and I try to mark the 'special' years. Turning 13...16...and graduating/18...that may get modified...by the time I get to grandchild nr 23 lol

81 degrees Jeannie? in Iowa? wow...it hit 70 here, in Michigan..yesterday...today...about 40 and getting windy...Im good with wind...I see no snow mixed with it..I'll take it...it's drying up the tons of melting snow!

Thanks for the tips on the 'burning calories', Jeannie...that's why I asked...I kind of felt that way....I lean toward the 'lower' side. .I add it in...but I still watch my 'base calories' which are without the fitness added in.

Im still really working on the basics. A Lot! This is not easy. Its a challenge...Sometimes its hard...and I feel like its all my life is about right now...but Im comparing it to getting a job. That's the kind of attention I need to give to it. This is a life change for me...and I will have to put my full on attention to it. I'm not quick to make announce weight loss, etc...because i have failed myself so many times...Im a bit gun shy...so Im just content with getting the basics to become my daily life. Food prep...moving more...building the habits...day at a time...like learning to make my bed daily...till I just did it...without so much 'thinking'.

Have a marvelous day, everyone. Good luck on all your efforts toward weight loss. Enjoy the awesome break many are getting with the weather:) emoticon emoticon

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I drank black cherry juice all day yesterday. At 3 am my food was swollen and solid and I figured the skin was going to break. At 7 am it was back to normal and didn't even hurt except that the big toe tingled. Amazing. My doctor's appt was this morning to review all the blood work the hospital did. Everything except the uric acid is fine so he said just no fish or shellfish and limit red meat to once a week. Thank goodness. That I can handle much better than trying to figure out all the nutrition in a vegetarian regimen.

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Greetings, dear friends! Can you believe it? We have 81* here this afternoon, but we're to have a cool off and more "normal" temps for the next few days. That's okay. If it stayed 81 now, what would it be like in the summer when it's supposed to be 81? Actually, we could use a little rain. Quite dry and there are fire warnings around.

CJ, what a cute cartoon! Made me laugh this morning when I saw it. Thanks for the chuckle!

Babs, that sounds like the cutest little fairy garden for Abby. Yes, every kiddo needs an Easter basket, and I am sure she'll love hers. When we moved last year, I finally threw away the kids' Easter baskets. I still had 3 out of the 4. We used the same ones every year and just changed out what we put in them. When we started that, we didn't have enough money to buy a new one each year and it just became routine. I think my DD would have liked to keep them, but they weren't anything special at all...cheap little straw or plastic baskets. Just one more thing to lug around and we hadn't used them for years, of course. Good times, though.

Did a little grocery shopping today. Tomorrow our friends are coming by for a few hours. We'll probably go to lunch somewhere. She (my friend) is bringing her DD's wedding dress to give to a charity that takes them apart and makes them into keepsake dresses that are given to parents of stillborns. Our friend's DD is divorced and the dress is not to today's fashion, so she was stuck with trying to figure out what to do with it. I ran across an article in the newspaper about this project, so that's where it's going. It'll be put to good use and out of Barb's closet. The daughter wanted nothing to do with it.

Hope each of you has had a good day and that all of our ailing folks are making some progress day by day. Keeping everyone in my prayers and hoping for better days ahead for all. Sending hugs and love! Jeannie XOXO



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Gorgeous morning. Beautiful weekend. I want to be outside but I’m NOT!! Well that’s the way it works sometimes.

Got some very nice walks in this weekend. While it’s so pretty that’s my main exercise. Why be indoors when I have the option to be outdoors.

I did manage to find things for Abby for Easter. I have never bought just candy. I find little things, bubbles, a cool jump rope, and believe it or not a Fairy Garden! Found that by chance, as I was just nosing around the garden dept. At Target. Right there, amidst things for children like garden tools, watering cans, was the cutest little ‘my own little fairy garden.’ It’s in a big cup - like a soup bowl. She’ll love it. I found a bunny to put in it too, as well as an owl. We’re going to have fun.

Lou, sorry about your fall. I’m terrified of falling. Hope you’re doing well today.

Jackie, thinking of you and Mike. Hope today is a good day for both of you.

Wyndy, hope you’re having a good day. I would have a difficult time with the winters you have to put up with.

Linda, hello to you. I’m with you on your take on getting old! Hard work; right.

Barbara, glad to see a post from you. Sorry about your pains. Yet, off to work we go; right? Hugs and prayers.

Karen, I see that you posted. Hope Jim’s doing well. No more falls for you; right?

Jeannie, I agree with you. So hard to believe we’re half way through March. Does Richard seem to miss the garden he used to have - all those delicious potatoes and tomatoes?

CJ, Love your ‘Happy Monday’ picture! You’re doing today what I did on Saturday. Have fun, pal!! We have similar temps. It’s 64 right now, going up to 77 if they’re correct.

Now I must get back to work.

Last day to post in the WL challenge. A new one will begin soooooooooooon. It’s ready to go.

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Its Monday and all that fun stuff to do, (you know) laundry, sweeping, cleaning the bathroom,(ugh) So HAVE A HAPPY DAY, I'M THANKFUL that I'm still able to do all the fun stuff.

Jackie: I'm so happy to hear Mike is doing some better, I too hope he gets to come home today.

Linda: So sorry to hear about your fall: I fell just two weeks ago again and I think all the pain and problem I had with my back last week was caused from that fall, but thankfully I too did not break any bones. I'm so very sorry, I know falls like that just shake you to the very core.

Babs: I hate it when I get a post all ready and then loose it, and every time that happens it seems its the post that are the long ones. emoticon emoticon (Gurrr). So sorry that happened to you.

I think spring has sprung in Oklahoma, the sun is out and its suppose to be 80 today and in the 70's most of the week, maybe in the 60's a couple of days, I can live with that.

Well my spark friends, (ALL OF YOU) ALL of that fun stuff is waving and calling my name so I guess I better get off here and go get it done.

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I'm going to try to post 'fast!!' I logged on earlier this morning and had half of a post typed and wham. Poof. Just like magic it disappeared. I must be hitting something that I normally don't touch. I'm still getting used to the laptop and the keyboard has a totally different feel.

Abby was with her 'other grandparents' today. So I decided to get out and do some Easter basket shopping. Hard to do that with her for sure. Now I'm finished. I don't buy a lot but she's young, only 9. She has to have a basket.

Walked Jasmine a couple of times yesterday and today. It's so nice to have pretty weather again.

We're at the end of our WL Challenge. Please remember to post.

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Good Saturday afternoon! So far today I've accomplished a FEW things and mostly frittered the day away. Slept until 7:30, which is very unusual for me. I'm still struggling to get accustomed to the time change and it's been a week! I did manage to get my PT done, and a couple loads of laundry, cleaned a shelf in the kitchen and that's it! Now I'm Sparking a little.

Linda, that cough just hangs on for you, doesn't it. But, if it is asthma related, there are probably some things that aggravate it, too. Hope you feel better really soon!!

Lou, I'm so sorry to hear you had a fall. What a relief to know you didn't break anything. Falls are so hard on us. That's how I ended up injuring my shoulder last fall. I find that I'm beginning to look like my mom with taking tiny little steps more often. I hope you feel a little stronger and better each day!

Oh boy, Wyndy...you, too. I hope the gout clears up soon. Richard had a bout of it in a finger joint ("pointer" finger where it attaches to the hand). Very painful. Sure hope it clears for you soon.

Barbara, you, too! Yes, it is hard to keep up with everything sometimes. We all understand how that is and there's not a darn thing we can do about it except to set priorities. Wishing you all the best, too!

Jackie, I'm happy to hear Mike is making some progress, but sorry he still has to be in hospital for a bit. Puts a lot on you. Try to get some rest, dear friend...first thing you know, he'll be home and needing your help even more, no doubt!

Marie, you asked about the exercise tracking. One thing to keep in mind is that all of the calorie burns on exercise trackers (no matter which one or how you're doing it) are estimates. So, they may be estimating on the high side. I forget...are you the one doing the dancing? If so, remember that there are several dancing choices to choose from on the exercise list. When I was doing my dancing, I usually chose the "slow, waltz or foxtrot" because I knew I couldn't be moving enough to be one of the others. I would also recommend that you NOT try to adjust your calorie intake based on the exercise, as again...it is all estimated and pretty difficult to come to a good decision based on that. But, that's just my opinion, for what it's worth! LOL!

Karen, glad Jim had his first treatment and sure hope it all goes well for him. Glad to hear you have great insurance coverage, too. That's a worry you won't have to deal with now. Hope the snow has stopped and that you're going to have some spring weather soon!

Babs, I bet you're having a busy weekend, too. That never stops when you have a little one around to keep you "entertained."

Hello to all of the rest of our friends. Mona, we haven't heard from you for awhile. Hope all is well. Starr, if you stop by to read the chat, here's a shout out to you. Hope you're feeling stronger all the time. Darlene, I saw on the friend feed that you'd lost 2#. Great work! Has anyone heard from Alice recently? Theresa, imagine you have something special planned for the 17th! Have fun!!

Can you believe we're almost at the half-way point in the month? Yikes! I'm almost afraid to blink for fear that the year will be gone before I can unblink!! Have a great day and week ahead! Love to all! XOXO Jeannie

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Jeannie, your Mom may be right about steroids. My arthritis and energy level are all great on that pill. Today some coughing came back, but not as bad as it should have. I ran around getting haircut, getting groceries etc. this am and coughing not too bad. The arthritis is kicking back in, it's rainy today in Maryland. Oh, well, I got a lot done in the 4-5 days of meds. It will help in the long run. Maybe coughing won't come back as bad. It's hell getting old! emoticon

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just a little note I fell on Monday on the kitchen floor I'm blessed that I didn't have any broken bones and that my artificial knee stayed in place I am still having pain not as bad as before mostly due to exercises I glad to hear that Mike is doing better HOpe all the other health problems are better I will try to keep you posted



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I've doing so much research on gout but basically it's a vegetarian diet. Now, with the IBS that's also not good for me so . . . . emoticon

I am not as depressed today though, just took me awhile to get my mind around the implications. And over the pain. Suppose to only last a week, so guess it'll be gone tomorrow, yah, right!

The snow is slowly shrinking. I am so glad I'm not in the Maritimes, they are expecting another 45cm today. They haven't cleaned up from the last storm yet. They've really had a winter from you know where. Yesterday my back tires were encased in ice. The drain is still frozen and we are in the low spot on the street so it backs up and doesn't flow away. The town is opening the drains this weekend, hope they do our street first.

A day at the spa. Oh my, would love to have one. I used to get one every 2 weeks but haven't since that nerve pinch the first of January. I'm a bit hesitant to try it again but guess I'll break down one of these days. I really need one, I think my neck and shoulders are frozen in an upward shrug.

Have a great weekend.

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Hello lovely sparklers!!! Between work, my son, and my aches and pains, haven't been on SP much. I'm starting to get some kind of joint problems which I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy! It started with this medicine for the diverticulitis...coincidence or not, the pain is so deep in the tissues, its mind-boggling.

Sorry about Mike. Will keep him AND our 'Over 60..." crew in my prayers. I'm at my second job and this is my last Saturday to work...thank goodness. Will continue Sunday's, but was hoping the new person would take two of those days. She didn't show up today so I have no idea if she quit or is just out and no one told me. Geez...louise....lol

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Good Morning Dear Sparkers ... thank you all for your prayers and thoughts for me & Mike. It means a lot. Mike is still in the hospital ... it feels like they keep throwing treatments at him to see what sticks. However, his legs are clearing up, though now they're swollen from inactivity - being hooked up to IVs... I am sure hoping that he comes back home Monday.

Linda, They said he has borderline diabetes - he has been on Metformin - which they took him off while in the hospital and his blood levels were pretty good. They feel his body doesn't metabolize antibiotics - never heard of that one.

Yes, hard getting rest ... I've not been able to sleep well or nap. I did 8 hours finally last night until my Kitty licked my nose. Mike usually gets up with them at 6 AM, will it was 7:30 AM. I came into the kitchen a cupboards were open and items pushed onto the floor - trying to find food and/or get my attention.

I need to get caught up on work, then I will go to the hospital.

Karen, prayers for Jim - glad you have good insurance. So many of us don't these days.

Jeannie - glad to see you're doing PT - hope it is making a good difference for you.

Babs, Erin, Wyndy, Barbara, Theresa, CJ - and anyone else I've might of missed... hope your day is good...

PS - Babs - did you post a pic of the haircut? Love to see!


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Hi all...all the health issues I'm reading...you're all in my thoughts! It's tough dealing with serious health issues!

I have a question...whenever anyone has time in the next couple of days...I track the exercise I do...and then Im always surprised by the calories burned. Does 30 min of cardio really burn that many? I still lean toward the lower end of recommended calories,,,but Im just curious:) ....Why is it I believe every calorie that goes in...but doubt when they get burned off lol

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Hi Sparkers! Just a quick post to update the chat feed. T has been a busy week. Jim started his radiation treatments on Monday and already tired of the process! I have been busy this morning filing a claim for Jim on his AFLAC Cancer policy. I am glad glad I signed us both up in 2000, years before either of us had to actually use the policy. It was money well spent. Yes, I have excellent health insurances but with AFLAC those additional benefits allowed us both to take a nice long vacation after my treatments back in 2004. I think this time around Jill will just save the funds since our living/marital arrangement will be changing eventually.
Anyway.......
Back to the grindstone. The auditors left yesterday and I need to write some audit responses and deal with several employee issues this afternoon.
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Snowing so I guess it's not above 0 today LOL Have to get hubby to help me take around the Avon parcels as the ice under that snow is very slippery. Not much sleep due to pain but it is lessening.

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Babs, I took so long to write my post that you managed to get in here before me. No rain here, but it sure stayed dark for a long time. My internal alarm clock is all messed up! Have a great weekend!

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Did everyone disappear yesterday? LOL! Hope not, as we definitely will miss you.

Happy birthday today to our dear Jill in heaven! emoticon

Linda, you sound a little like my mom. Occasionally she gets prednisone prescribed for something and she always says she feels really good while she's taking it. Hope you get that cough kicked for good!

CJ, that is one adorable little guy and hard to believe Corbin is 3 already. I remember praying for him so well. How awesome. Thanks for sharing!

Babs, were you off yesterday? It sounded like weekend work you were talking about (groceries, laundry, car to shop, etc). Hope you got everything accomplished that you wanted, OR...were you home sick and trying to take advantage of the time? Hope your coughing is better and you feel better.

Jackie, sure hope that Mike is improving and you are getting at least a little rest. So very sorry to hear you've had more troubles...prayers continue!

Erin, good luck with the photos. Can't wait to see them!!

Theresa, that's a lot of shopping to do. I am not going to do any. I am not going to do any. I am NOT going to do any!! I hope...

Got home from Des Moines about 6 last evening. We had 2 very productive days working on our book. I think we'll be able to get it wrapped up in a couple of weeks. Then it's off to the printer. The reunion isn't until mid-June, but everything has to be done much earlier, of course. It's sure been fun connecting with former classmates and reading about everything that people have accomplished.

I have my PT exercises done and since it is warming up nicely, I plan to get outside to walk a little bit. I am so out of practice that I probably won't be able to go far, but anywhere is better than nowhere! Have a wonderful day, dear friends. Hugs and love, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Sure is a gloomy, wet morning. Lots of rain. No choice with Jasmine this morning. I waited until 6 and walked her then. Figured many are up for school/work by then. I had heard cars go up/down the street, the paper delivery person came by - so we walked. It felt wonderful! Smiled the whole time and Jasmine did too.

Theresa, hope you and Pyne had fun Easter shopping. Great program.

Erin, hope you figure out how to get the pictures to your computer without emailing them. I’d love to see them.

Jackie, I remembered you and Mike in my prayers this morning. I hope you’re getting a little rest. I’m sure it’s difficult, but you need to get some rest.

Linda, glad to see a post from you. Been wondering how things are going. Glad you’re feeling better.

I don’t have a lot of plans for the weekend. I’m tired. If I have a chance I’m going to be lazy. So I guess I do have a plan; right?!

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Jackie, so sorry about Mike. Does he have Diabetes?
CJ, thats one adorable little boy. Having been a twin, you may find that he has twice the personality and smarts of others. Sometimes it just happens that way.
Babs, I was coughing like crazy after my little flu outbreak in Oct. Then I caught a reallly bad flu on Jan 8 and have been coughing since. They say it it heightened allergies and asthma. On steroid until tomorrow. Doc says bad coughing will come back when I finish pres. I am running around like crazy taking cats to vet and shopping before that happens. It just kills me to hack until I can't breathe. Know how you feel. PS my house now pretty clean.. Gotta do what I can while I can. emoticon

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Very quick post. Busy around home this morning. Car's in the shop Did grocery shopping. Now it's time for laundry.

Jackie, so very sorry to read about Mike. Lots of prayers and hugs to you both. I'm sure you are exhausted too.

I don't remember all the posts I read.

CJ, I can hardly believe my eyes. Corbin is such a big boy now. 3 years old already. Time passes so quickly.

Hello to everyone. Hope the rest of you are having a great day. Hope Jackie & Mike's day improves.

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For those of you who remember my GGS, Corbin, Yesterday was his 3rd Birthday, not sure how much he weighs, but I know at birth he was 2 lbs and 3 oz. He was a twin and we lost his brother. Corbin is growing and seems to have no problems with being pre-mature. God is Good.

Jackie: I too am very sorry to hear about your Mike. prayers and gentle Hugs for both of you.

Have to go to the back cracker this morning, so can't stay on here long. doing some better, still a long way to go before I can get back to normal.

We too are enjoying spring like weather in the 70's yesterday it was 76 degrees. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hugs: CJ from OK.

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Jackie, so very sorry to hear! Many prayers for both of you!!! emoticon

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Hi All ... Mike back in hospital with weepy bleeding legs, literally happened overnight...Always something.

Too tired to chat - please forgive me as I haven't had much sleep....

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Just a quick Wednesday Pop-in to say emoticon .

Feeling pretty well, nothing hurts, the weather is warm, 60` and sunny , so, I am off to get some movement in by shopping today. emoticon
We grabbed a bag at Church, to fill with Easter treats for a child, ours was a 5 year old boy. So going to shop a bit at 5Below, and other stores. Easter goodies for our 2 daughters, 3 DGS, 8 neighbor kids, and the 5 yr.old boy. As Pyne said, when he read the tag on the bag he picked, "It's a boy. That's good, We're good at shopping for boys." emoticon

Hope you all have a great Wednesday. emoticon Theresa

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Started my morning off with a thick fog. Sure don’t like fog.

Ended my day yesterday by going to bed at 6:30. Thank goodness my GS was home. It started Monday night. I kept waking up coughing. Don’t you hate it when that happens? So yesterday I coughed on and on, head felt ‘stuffy’, throat irritated. Wears you down, or at least it does me. I’m not used to feeling bad. I’m not a good patient! So I grabbed some tea, some meds and off to bed I went. Felt good to just lay there. Of course, in come Abby “Grandma, Joe is not my boss; right?” Sheesh! Joe comes in: “Grandma, I’m going to meet up with Amanda when she gets off work at 9.” Jasmine comes in: “click, click, click, paw on bed and she actually thought I’d let her sleep with me!” Guess I’m the leader of the pack. But it all played out just fine. Abby got her shower and was in bed on time. Joe took Jasmine out and went to meet Amanda and Grandma slept! Ahhhh, better this morning. But I’m drinking hot tea. That’s not the norm for me. I now have a cup of coffee. My headache is going away. It’s a miracle! The miracle drug is: emoticon

Yes, Marie, I definitely do have an ‘interesting household.’ I’m used to it. They’re used to me and we get along - for the most part! It is what it is. Right?

Wyndy, hope leg is doing better today. Each day will hopefully bring some relief.

Erin, you’re wearing me out with this cleaning stuff!! Come on over if you run out of things to do and you need to work off that excess energy. You’re amazing.

Jeannie, I did get my haircut and I feel so much better! I just hate to primp with it. So it’s short and permed. So glad your shoulder is doing well and that the ‘crater’ is healing. You’ve had some problems. I hope Richard is doing well too. He gave you quite a scare. Enjoy Des Moines and your planning. It sounds like such a fun time.

You mentioned Abby walking Jasmine. Before we walked out of the garage I said, “Now, Abby, you know I’m slow. Don’t let her (Sheesh, like anyone can control that dog!) lead you. You take the lead and go slow.” “OK, Grandma.” We go outside and she proceeds to jog!! There I am: Abby, Abby! Wait. Slow down. I can’t keep up. We were a sight to behold. I told her that jogging with Jasmine will be wonderful for her Once She Behaves Well Walking. She does really well actually. But let’s face it. She outweighs Abby for heavens sakes. If she sees a critter she’s off in a flash. I can only imagine what the neighbors think of us. Like I really care. The not giving 2 hoots what anyone else thinks of me is the best part of aging.

CJ, so happy that you checked in. Been wondering where you were. Missed your cheery hellos. Sorry about your back problems. Hope it eases up.

Theresa, how was your visit yesterday with Meredith’s friend and children?

Karen, how’s Jim doing with his radiation treatment? Has the snow stopped yet?

Jackie, how are the ‘blahs’ today? Hopefully better.

Wyndy, Nola, Erin, Barbara, Linda, Alice, Jeanne . . . everyone out there - Have a great day today.

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Hey, CJ...I wondered where you are. Sorry about your back. What a pain that can be...literally. Hope you feel better really soon and you're able to enjoy this spring weather that some of us are seeing. Glad you stopped in to say hi today. emoticon

I'll be leaving a little later this morning to once again go to Des Moines to help with the reunion memory book. I'm planning to stay overnight and get a little extra done before our meeting with more people tomorrow. Anyway, all that to say I'll be gone for a day or so.

It's a beautiful sunny morning and we're above freezing. Got up to 60 yesterday. So happy to see some normal March weather for a change.

Take care everyone and please get well soon if you're ailing, and if you're not ailing...stay that way!! Love and hugs, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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emoticon emoticon Hi to everyone, I know I haven't been here for a week or so, Not sure really where I've been, I'm trying to put all the deaths we experienced one a month since December 1st and the past few days my low back is really giving me fits. So I just wanted to say Hello and I'm trying to read all the posts. So bear with me I'll be back to normal soon.

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It's a heat wave! Temps climbing to 56 today...warmer in the middle part of the state where there wasn't so much snow on the ground. Much of ours is gone. Can't wait for some real spring weather, but I have to say, I don't care for mud season much!

Erin, sounds like you have things under control at your house!! Way to go! I know it makes for a happier household when you have things all organized. Hope you're enjoying the newness of the reno project!

Marie, wonderful to see your newsy posts. So fun to get to know our newer members. Dancing...love it, but it has to be "my way." Actually, it sounds much as your way...I dance to my own beat, trying to keep up with whatever music I have going at the time. Great exercise! By the way, you asked about a pedometer, I think. Currently I have one of the SparkPeople trackers. Had a Fitbit, but lost it. I cried, as I loved it. The SPAT is good, too. They will both record your steps when you get your device close to your computer (assuming you have the programs loaded). They're both good and work well. I wear my SPAT on my shoe, but had the Fitbit on my waistband. I never could get it to do much on when hooked to my bra. Actually, most do pretty well these days, so whatever fits your budget, etc will probably work great. Several people have Fitbits. I think Babs has the Flex.

Babs, hope you get that haircut today. Shouldn't be anyone grounded from flying because of snow, but you never know about thunderstorms, I guess. So Abby wants to be the dog walker...good plan to be there with her...everybody needs a scooper, and I'm thinking it might be pretty hard for Abby to manage Jasmine AND do the scooping! Hope the rain doesn't last too long today. We had a lot of fog this morning, but the sun is out now. Yea!!

I had to look up naan bread, too. Not familiar with it, or if it is similar to a flatbread, never heard it called that. Is there something special about the ingredients that make it called naan instead of just flatbread? Wondered if it is kind of a regional thing since it is in your grocery stores, too, Jackie. Have fun at SA practice and sing up a storm! Terrific release for you.

Thresa, enjoy your time with your visitors. How fun to have the little ones there. Sounds like the 4 year old has it all figured out. Aren't they smart little kids any more? Can't imagine taking a 4 year old and a baby to Disneyworld on my own. Amazing! Come on over and do a little swiffing for me, please!!

Nola, gentle hugs to you, friend! Hope you are feeling much, much better today!

Hey there, Trese in VA! I'll bet it is really starting to look like spring in your area. I'll never forget the beautiful blooming dogwoods and redbuds that we saw on several train trips to your area. So beautiful. Nothing like Virginia in the Spring...well, anywhere for that matter, but it is very special there.

Babs, PT went well yesterday. I had a different therapist and she seemed impressed with my range of motion, etc. Hopefully, the surgeon will be pleased when I see her in a couple weeks for followup. Get kinda tired of doing the exercises, but what's to complain about...I should be grateful (I am) for good followup and care. I think the tooth "crater" is finally healing up, too.

Marie, you asked about reading. I love to read. Just got back from the library. I usually go for the mysteries, which is kinda funny as years ago all I wanted was historical romance. Then read a couple of mysteries and I was hooked! Authors? Evanovich, Cornwell, Patterson, Kellerman, Jance, etc etc. Another big time reader on this team is Nola! She not only patronizes the local library, but has a huge library of her own!

Had my first stint at my new "job" this morning. I spent a couple hours with kiddos at one of the elementary schools reading with little ones: 1st graders and then some pre-K. I was one on two with several first graders to start. They use school computers to access stories, listen to them with ear phones a couple times through, read aloud once and then answer questions. They have their own passwords and the program keeps track of which stories they've read and if they've taken the quiz. Some are struggling, which is why I was assigned there, I'm guessing. The pre-K was easier...just read one on one with the little ones. Tuesdays will be my regular day. This is the same school district that educated our kids, but it has grown by the thousands since then. Happy to be involved and to be able to give a little back.

Nice enough today that I'm going to walk up to the mailbox. I don't get 5000 steps in each day, but I need to get more than I have been. Too much sitting in recent months. Hope all of you are having a great day.

Babs, I'm ready for the next challenge! Bring it on!! Hugs to all...love, Jeannie


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SPRING CLEANING IS DONE, LAUNDRY IS CAUGHT UP, BIRTHDAY PACKAGE IS FINALLY MAILED TO MY DAUGHTER (COULDN'T FIND IT DURING THE REMODEL) AND I HAVE DH CLEANING OUT MORE STUFF. WILL WONDERS NEVER CEASE?

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Wow 5,000 steps. I can't even imagine that. I am going to be so thankful when I can walk without falling. This winter has been just the absolute pits and it's the same leg that I keep injuring.

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Thanks, Babs...You have an 'interesting' household! I remember at different points over the years having some grandkids living with us temporarily. It's the coolest thing. I sure appreciate your 'keeping' up with so many people...you and Jeannie...well...quite a few of you do that..it's great!

Sweet Adelines?? Wow...a blast from the past...my hubby and I were in high school together, and both into music/band/theater...and our music teacher was a member of Sweet Adelines...she is responsible for our interest in quartet/harmonies..nothing like it!! My husband was in quartet and I was in sextet...back in the day we actually won a few 'challenges' lol hard to believe, now. Singing is ...powerful. Music is:)

Hope everyone has a great March 10! I got to see my twin gdghters...they turned 8...not 9...they both said in unison, when they opened cards with 9.00 each...'Grandma...we're 8'!...I said....give me the dollar back! So fun seeing them....then my oldest daughter sent me an email yesterday with all of our birthdates....what a sweetie!! All 35!

Getting out and about yesterday was so cool...I said earlier..you could almost feel and hear the 'buzz' in the air of ppl being so happy...walkers...ppl out with kids...I saw bikes...dogs...everyone was just out and about in our little town!! Have you all heard that song 'Happy' by Pharrel? ...what a great tune to get the blood flowing!!

Walking 5000 steps?? Wow...seriously...Im sweatin to the oldies...but I want more...but my goal is to 'get good' at one thing...it's about an hour dvd...and Im on about the 4th 'song'..memorizing the moves...so...that's why I'd use the term 'dancing'..loosely. Im basically, flailing about...but the first few songs...it felt so cool to kind of 'know' how to move..and then you can put more effort into the moves...does that make sense?? ...and it's obvious I don't lift my legs much lol... so you 'steppers and walkers'...I want to be like you!!

Everyone..have a great day:) Success, lately, has been coming in more ways than just weight loss:)

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