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Have a blessed Sunday.



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Hello Sparkers! The walking time bomb is back in her hotel room, lol. No mishaps so far today other than spilling tomato juice over the white bodice of my dress! Tomorrow morning we go home....Tuesday it is back to work I go.
I visited my favorite tea shop today and got some more goodies (tea). We also picked up some maple syrup. Yup, I know. I live in Vermont. What is wrong with VT maple syrup? Not a darned thing, but it is less expensive here and that is before the rate of exchange which is very much in our favor.
We are going to spend a quiet afternoon in our hotel room and then go to dinner at our favorite restaurant....a sushi place owned by a guy named Arthur we have gotten to know through the years. We have tried to hit a lot of our favorite spots this time through in case I am not mobile enough to really travel next year.
I hear the salsa music starting up again...sans bagpipes this time. It was like a battle of the bands last night!
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Jackio, I caught your cold!! Got to work switchboard this week. No fun!

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8/2/15 10:31 A

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Good Sunday Morning All ...


Karen - I hope your head is ok! My goodness, I hope you didn't suffer any pain! I do hope you enjoy the rest of your time.

Like others - we watch Poldark as well - great storytelling. When it's on, we also enjoy Turn. Otherwise MIke likes detective/crime shows and we both like SciFi.

Break in the heat today ... cloudy with a breeze. First time sitting out without 10 million mosquitos attacking.

Mike gets his space-age compression sleeve tomorrow (something the astronauts wear, I hear), so we shall see if that keeps everything near normal.

I am finally feeling better from this cold/virus - just in time for my root canal next week and eye injection later this week. At least my voice is finally coming back!

CJ - Ugh - don't remind me that SNOW is coming. Although with the El Nino - we're supposed to have a milder, warmer winter this year, I sure hope so!

Jeannie - I used to do work with CMN as well as our company was a national co-sponsor back in the day.

Well, going to go sit on the deck some more before the rains come. Have a relaxing day, all.

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8/1/15 5:49 P

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I like Poldark as well! I also like Downton Abbey and I hope this next season provides a happy ending for Edith. Maybe Michael is not really dead...wouldn't that be wonderful?
No mishaps yet today, lol. I have a lot of living to do yet before this disease puts me in a wheelchair!
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8/1/15 12:31 P

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Day~#11


Babs~~I LOVE Poldark. I think all my tv watching is on PBS, Hallmark, and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. Do you watch Crimson Fields. Also good. Of course I am totally into Cedar Cove, "Hearties", and Father Brown. That is about all my tv.

I did watch The Help yesterday. I thought it was very good.

CJ~~those "Fridays" will fly by and it will be Christmas before we know it. Sure hope it cools off by then. I know you have really hot temps too.

Karen~~take care!

Happy weekend everyone~~again!! emoticon

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Hi again,

I am hopeful that I will find a parking space I can leave my car in...usually it's 2 hour parking (the all day spots are filled with vendors etc) so I can relax a little bit...thankful this only happens once or twice a year. Company might start arriving in an hour. Time to vacuum. Glad to say my deposit has been posted...the cupboard was pretty bare...lots of fruit to prepare...a little vino too... I'll try to be mindful! Enjoy the weekend. Alicia

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Hi again,

I am hopeful that I will find a parking space I can leave my car in...usually it's 2 hour parking (the all day spots are filled with vendors etc) so I can relax a little bit...thankful this only happens once or twice a year. Company might start arriving in an hour. Time to vacuum. Glad to say my deposit has been posted...the cupboard was pretty bare...lots of fruit to prepare...a little vino too... I'll try to be mindful! Enjoy the weekend. Alicia

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Jeannie, how was the pizza? Sounds like you had a nice evening. Good luck with the puter problems. I hate them. Where do all those 'bugs' and 'gremlins' come from?

Alicia, enjoy all your company and the fun right outside your apartment. Sounds great.

Karen, how do you do it? You're like a walking time bomb. Accidents/mishaps seem to follow you as though you are a magnet. emoticon Sounds like you're both having a great time though and found some terrific buys.

CJ, I guess I should say 'thanks for the reminder.' Wow!! It really will be here before we know it. If Abby was older I'd forget shopping and hand out a little money. But she's way too young for that. Enjoy your weekend.

Joe was feeling good last night and didn't have any plans. Abby was at her mom's. So he surprised me and took me to the Art Museum. I've said I'd like to go that it's been years, but that was sometime ago. He remembered and off we went. I was so happy. We walked for 2 hours and I didn't even have my Fitbit on!! Such beautiful paintings, old/old/old furniture, artifacts, even Indian dresses, etc. I loved it. I bought myself a small VanGogh sketch book. It's time to play now!

I had to take an Aleve after all that walking. My legs and feet/knee were killing me. It was so worth it.

Have a Super Sparkling Saturday.

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7/31/15 11:53 P

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Guess what my SP Friends, 21 more Fridays until Christmas Day. emoticon

Just wanted to say Good night, Sleep tight. and HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS AND THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE BACK.

CJ from OK.

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Hi Karen, and everyone else. I just got back from my son's in S. Hadley. I worked up a sweat there and did some good water aerobics...kept my #s' in balance...actually down another lb.
Indeed Karen, old home week is upon us. I found a parking space tonight, but not sure about tomorrow. I will have a house full. A friend is coming for a few days, and my brother and wife are coming too. the awesome fireworks are a big draw. My son will be up too, One daughter said she's coming and bringing salad... my little apt. will be jumping. Actually there will be lots of street fair things going on. I can watch the fireworks from my apt. roof top ( 6th floor) patio. I live in Sr. Housing and am on the 6th floor, overlooking all the activities.. Unfortunately where I usually park is where those booths etc will be. No assigned parking spaces. well, I am dragging, should not have any trouble sleeping tonight. good night and God bless to one and all...zzzzzzzz Alicia

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Hi Sparkers! Babs, I understand perfectly what you mean about working a partial day. I am sure I could not get a thing done at the office if I did that.
Jeannie and Alicia...I hope you can work out your computer issues. Alicia, sorry I am missing the fireworks in BF. I know it is old home week there.
We are still in Ottawa. So...the first day here, I rolled my foot but I didn't fall. My foot is fine. I was a little concerned, though, because it was the one I broke last year in much the same manner.
We spent the day a lot up 30 miles outside of the city at the Scottish games. The weather was sunny and fine and in the 80s. There was no humidity which is a miracle for Ottawa in late summer. Part of the attraction at the Scottish games are the vendors of all things Celtic. Jim is Scot, Irish, Lithuanian and Swedish. I am Welsh, Irish, Scot, English (my relatives must have "slept around", lol). I am also Italian and French, but really mostly I am Welsh. The vendors had some wonderful things. Jim bought himself a Harris Tweed sport coat, a MacNeil tie, scarf, coasters and some other things, including a pewter ring. I bought some earrings, tea, soap, needlepoint kit and counted cross stitch directions. The rate of exchange is very much in our favor right now.
You won't believe this....late afternoon today Jim and I were sitting on the patio of our hotel just sipping a cocktail. It was really nice, the weather was wonderful, but it was a little breezy. Lo and behold, a large patio umbrella behind me blew down and hit me in the head! I got hit by one of the heavy still cross bar thingies. Honestly, every time I come here I have another mishap or two. I was fine...not even a lump on my head, but it was a little sore. I have had enough concussions through the years to know I was perfectly fine. I know the management was a bit concerned. I should have fallen to the ground, writhing in pain and maybe we would have gotten our room paid for us for the weekend. No, I am not like that, lol....
Anyway, got to go. Hope you all have a great weekend!
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Karen

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Have a great weekend everyone!! emoticon

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Still having issues with my computer, too. Hate it!! But, I'm using a different anti-virus/spyware, so hopefully that will help. We'll see. I've done every scan and upgrade, fiddled with all the settings, etc. I'm afraid the hard drive is corrupted. emoticon

Babs, this has been a hard week for you with trying to get work done in a few hours, and of course, Joe's dental procedures. Good to hear that he is getting along okay.

Alicia, how nice that your granddaughter is spending some time with you. This evening we're going to eat with our son/2 grandsons. Their mom/wife is working late. They always pick the pizza place to eat, even though dad tries to talk them into the grocery store deli, which has a great salad bar and inexpensive meals. I'm pretty sure every single one of your posts are coming through.

Linda, 5 hours a day with a 90 minute commute seems like a lot. I'm glad it is more suitable for you than that last awful job you had!!! Good luck with the sciatica. I've had problems with it, too, but lately it has been better. A good friend of mine recently had an injection that helped her tremendously.Hope you feel better soon!!!

I'm hoping the weather cooperates for a few more days....okay, I know I'm being selfish, but every additional day we can have without all that humidity is a real bonus, isn't it!!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that each day is just a little better than the one before! Hugs and love, Jeannie



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I'm glad I was off today. Yesterday wore me out. I did cleaning today and now I won't do a lot of cleaning Sat or Sun. Of course, that 'implies' that I scrubbed and did all kinds of cleaning today. I didn't. Yet, it still takes a lot of time. Have some laundry to do yet though.

Joe did fine with the dentist. He was hurting last night, of course, but they gave him a script for Motrin and it worked pretty good. I made lots of soft foods and he did fine.

Abby's dance camp is over. She certainly loved it and all the girls looked like they had a great time.

This is short because I'm still tired today. Hopefully tomorrow I'll post more.

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Hi Linda....I think my computer is just old, can't update it to the higher level and I keep getting script is not accepted or something... sometimes it just doesn't do what I want...but then I do see my messages being posted? I'm at my son's working up a sweat...maybe it's just the heat and humidity LOL.... My granddaughter is with me and she's a great help...she can do all the bending and reaching. She's almost 14 and a great worker. I've eaten a little more (wrong stuff) than I planned, but I'll get back on track. good night and God bless for now.. Alicia

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Babs, I now am working 5 hrs a day and there are some days that I wish I could do more but find I love not having to work at a job I did not like for a full 8 hrs. like I had to for 14 yrs. I do drive round trip 90 mins but I take the Wash/Balt. PKWY and it is beautiful. I think that once I get down what I am to do, I will find everything is good with the hours. My doc not too happy with me driving that much with my Sciatica. But again, I am working at a job that accepts me at my size and age.
Alicia, sometimes spammers ask you to download something that they can use to get your identity. Check with whoever set up your computer to see if it's legit before downloading.

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Hi Jennie, I don't expect you to help with my computer problems...just letting people know if my messages don't come across that's the reason. Any way I'm heading out for a couple days. My son is paralyzed and he needs some help. He lives about 1 1/2 hours away, so I'll stay overnight. Big weekend here in Bellows Falls, VT Old Home days with the best fireworks in VT. Friend coming for a few days...busy busy busy..just hope I can keep the food in check..ak

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Babs, isn't it great that you kind of "tried out" the half day thing, even if it was for a different reason? Now you know! Good luck to Joe with his extractions.

We're going on our second day of really nice weather before it heats up again this weekend. Ick!!

Peeling the last of the apples today...rather, Richard is. LOL...he helps with some things and peeling apples works the best for him. I'll take the help any way I can get it. We only bought a peck, so there won't be that much, but whatever we get is a little more than we had.

Mona, I wondered if you still made dinner on Wed. evenings for your family. That's a tradition with you, isn't it? Yummy menu, including the bread. Good for you...easier to stick to your own agenda when at home, don't you think? That's why eating out is so bad for me. Don't know about the rest of you.

Alicia, you're doing great if you have taken off 6#. Good for you. Sorry I can't help you with safari. I don't have any experience at all with it. What kind of computer do you have? Good luck!!

Today is $1 day at DQ for the Children's Miracle Network. Richard is set on going. I'm trying to figure out what to do. I'm thinking of just giving them a dollar and asking them to donate that instead of me spending more $$ and packing on the calories. We'll see how that all works out. I have very little will power when it comes to ice cream. Grrr!

Time to get a move on and get a few things done. I cut Richard's hair this morning (hate that job...actually, cutting the hair is easy as I do a buzz cut, but sure hate trimming those ears... emoticon ). Did a load of laundry and now I'll go cook the apples. Take care and have a wonderful day! Love, Jeannie

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Working half days is going to kill me!! Itís so much easier (for me at least) to work the entire day. I just canít seem to accomplish anything at all. I just get started and itís time to leave. This will be super quick because today camp ends earlier to show us how wonderful our little dancers are. Then I take Joe to get teeth pulled. So this is a very quick post. I will definitely work 3 full days as of January. This would never work for me.

Beautiful morning here. No humidity - yet.

Glad you got a chuckle out of my goof, Jeannie. Iíve done that ďBCCĒ and had the person reply Ďallí and thought - why? Why did they do that? It was a blind copy for a reason. Life happens. Oh you made one of my favorites - homemade applesauce. I love it. I like it chunky. I should make some but Iíd have to can it. My freezer is a small one. Yum. That just sounds good. I havenít made any jam this summer either. Shame on me!!

Alicia, if you figure out how to melt fat off please, please, please let me (all of us!!) know. If youíre figuring things out, good for you. Iím humiliated but I ask my grandkids when I canít figure it out. Heaven help me!! Congratulations on the 6# loss.

Mona, you are to be commended. You baked bread in 100 degree weather. You get the Grandma award for sure. Plus you stayed within your own agenda - WOW!~! Thatís great.
Abby is 9.

Got to scoot. My work day will end soon.

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Had the family for supper last night. My daughter said, "PLEASE" make spaghetti and meatballs. And my granddaughter says, "PLEASE" make your homemade bread. So I did it and stayed on my own agenda. PHEWWWWW!! Tough but did it!! Nothing like baking bread in 100+ temps. emoticon

Abby looks so cute, Babs. How old is she??

I thought about Peach~Melba when I ate my peach yesterday. That is too cute!!

Doing some cleaning today but staying in~~104 temps.

Have a great day everyone!! Hugs!!



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hello...my internet server should be ok, but now I get a message that my Safari or whatever doesn't support script (???? do I know what any of this means?) It seems some messages are posted, others aren't...but I'm hanging in here. Looks like my weight is down about 6 lbs since my first weigh in..yeah. It's hot enough to melt it off...if only it were that easy...but then this heat is pretty much right across the USA. My best to one and all. Adacomstock aka Alicia

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LOL...Babs, at least you were among friends when you sent that message. I can remember one time when I was still working that I sent an email and included a person as a BCC, as I really wanted him to see it. Unfortunately, he did a reply all and added some comments I didn't think everyone needed to see. Yikes! Anyway, it happens...remember a few weeks ago when I posted that I'd lost 13 pounds. Never happened..lost 3 (and by the way, I haven't lost any since, I'm sad to say).

I always found it harder to work half days than it was to work several full days. Loved it when I cut back to 4 days a week and had Wednesdays off. Then I cut to 3 and had a different schedule according to the workload, but it was great. Much better than half days. Always felt like I could never get anything finished. You'll figure it out, I'm sure.

Jeanne, how fun to see you. Yes, we do have some new names and faces. I, too, worry about Barbara and Theresa, although we do see Theresa on Facebook some. She's been under the weather for awhile...hopefully better by now. Haven't heard from Barbara in a long time. I was wondering about when your school starts again. Summers are way too short when you get such a few weeks off. At least you aren't facing surgeries this year, like last, and we hope it stays that way.

Mona, yes...hot, humid and kind of miserable, although we have cooled off to the mid-80s today. The storms yesterday blew some of the humidity away, too, but it'll be back by the weekend. Good work in staying on track and posting your food. Really helps!!!

Linda, your neighbor named Melba named her Pomeranian Peaches...I will always think of that as I eat my peaches this winter!! I think the DNA testing through Ancestry is kind of expensive. I don't need it to tell me I'm German. LOL! Richard is Swede and German, and a bit of Scot/Irish in him. So, I think that makes our kids more Heinz 57 than anything, too. You have an interesting family background. We all have a story of one sort or another. Glad you have been able to connect with a cousin and get more information.

Yep, Karen...I do have lots of 1st cousins, although a few have died since some are older than I am. I'd say I fall towards the older end, though. My dad was one of 9 and they all had plenty of kids, but only 3 in Mom's family. Her older sister only had one child, but the younger made up for it with 7. Mom just had the 2 of us. Hope you have a good time in Ottawa this weekend and that the weather cooperates for you. Has Jim finished his treatments?

Jackie, good to see you, too. Yes, I also love peaches with milk. Actually, I like them better with cream, but we don't have cream here. Sometimes I buy fat free half and half, and I bet that would work pretty well. Mostly, we just eat them! LOL! Hope you soon feel well enough to be able to sing again and that the tracking/walking is going a bit better for you. So hard to get back in the swing of things when we've had a setback or two. Good luck!! Good to hear about Mike's healing, too.

Today we made applesauce to put in the freezer. Sometimes Richard helps by peeling and I do rest. Makes it go faster. We should end up with about 6 quarts. It'll be nice to have this winter, too.

Time to get busy with dinner....I always feel like I accomplished something when everything is cleaned up after dinner and I can relax a bit. Hope you're all having a great day and that tomorrow will be even better. Hugs and love, Jeannie





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Sometimes I amaze myself!! I didn't even notice, Jeannie. I didn't post her picture on the 5% Challenge. I must have 'copied' what I posted there and pasted it here. What an idiot!
emoticon Thank goodness I don't drink! (alcoholic beverages that is)

I did another goof this morning. I posted on the Fitness Tracker my yoga stretches that I do. 10 mins. Clicked on it. Was ready to leave that tracker because I haven't finished the day as far as other exercise goes. Guess what I posted - 100 minutes!! Talk about feeling relaxed, stretched, limber - I deleted it and corrected it.

I am not cut out for working half days. It's killing me. Seriously. I can't keep up this way. I don't accomplish anything in a few hours. I would have been better off to just take off. BUT one of my bosses, the one who does payroll when I'm off, just returned from a trip to Israel. He and his family were there for 2 weeks. I knew he'd be swamped and didn't want him to have to do payroll. His sister and her family have lived in Jerusalem for many, many years. So here I am going goofy with half days.

Jeanne, so happy to see a post from you. We do what we can. OR like me - what you can't and pretend you can!!

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Just dropping by to say, "Hi" to everyone. It's been a long time since I posted to the Daily Chat. Last school year was wickedly busy and the summer hasn't been much calmer. I've tried to read the posts to stay current, but lost the thread months ago. Lots of new names added to the team and some members no longer active. I try to post to the Say It In Five Words and the Gratitude thread. Giving daily gratitude is important for me. Anyway....

From what I read, it sounds like most of the team is thriving. I worry about Theresa and Brenda. It seems they have been ill for such a long time.

It's hard to believe that August will be here this weekend. In our district, the teachers return on the 17th and the kids on the 19th. Where did the summer get to?

Stay cool during this horrible heat wave. Cooler weather is predicted for us tomorrow that follows another round of storms tonight. Strange weather we've had this year. In a few months, we can complain about the cold and snow. Vicious circle.

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Hey, Babs...think you were posting on the wrong team. LOL...except, I love the picture of Abby all ready to go to dance camp. What a sweetheart!!

More later. Hi to all! Jeannie

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Abby this morning by my file cabinets at work before leaving for dance camp.


Thanks for noticing the goofy post from yesterday, Jeannie! emoticon

No idea what I wrote yesterday, but I copied and pasted the wrong notes. So "HELLO" from Tuesday, 7/21!

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Hi everyone. Another hot forercast for SC today. 97 with heat index of 102. I am actually going to go out as Tuesday is the day of our weekly luncheon. I will just have the salad.

Staying on track and posting my food each day.

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Jeannie, no I have not done the DNA test on Ancestry. I thought I would never know about my dad's family. He was 58 when I was born, I was put into a foster home until I was 4 and when I went back with my Mom, he was not at home. He died when I was 14 and his life was a question mark to me. I have found out in my quest that I am Heinz 57 varieties and that is fine with me. My cousin is filling me in on a lot about my father that I did not know. She is very accepting of me and we plan to meet later this year.. She is a small movie producer and I am trying to find out more. She knew my Dad better than I did.
With you guys talking so much about peaches, I keep thinking about a red-headed lady that lived next to me and my son when I was 20. Her name was Melba and she named her Pomeranian Peaches. Always gave me a laugh.

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Jeannie...45 first cousins? Wow! I have 9. That's it, just nine. I have a very small family.
Jackie...I am back from the outlet stores. Did so much damage in one, that I decided not to go to the Pendleton or Clark's stores. I spent $239 at Crabtree & Evelyn! Yikes! We had lunch (I had a salad) and then we hightailed it home. For dinner tonight I am only going to have 3/4c of my homemade carob ice cream. I will probably still have a peach as a snack.
Going to do some knitting...I am making progress AND I stayed away from the yarn shop up near the outlet stores today, lol.
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Good morning - Peaches - ah and Cream comes to my mind. I love eating a bowl of beaches with milk. Haven't had that in ages.

Babs - Abby's dance classes sound so perfect for her. She is one lucky little girl. Glad she is excited about them.

Jeannie - glad Richard's ankle is healing as well! That is good news, too! Yes, it has been so up down for the past year. I'm so glad his leg is to the point of not weeping anymore but replacing with new skin. Now, once he gets the toes operated on... got to pray it heals without complications. Should be in September or October.

Yes, the no singing is frustrating. Here it is 85 degrees and I'm drinking hot liquids! Found something good - Starbucks VIA Instant Carmel Latte. Tasty and feels really rich - but not bad in the calorie department.

Mona - got my laundry done yesterday - 6 weeks of washing. Luckily I timed it right and got in and out before the Sunday crowds - only took 2 hours.

Karen - have fun at the outlet stores! The end of this week a big outlet mall is opening just 20 miles away from me. I will wait until some of the newness wears off first before going!

The new hire is working out so far so good. I'm so happy. Should be another 3-4 weeks before I turn over data work, but she's a quick study and happy about the job!

I've been absent on the challenges - being sick and all, my weight went up again. So today I'm back tracking. I would like to lose at least 5 lbs before I go to Cleveland in September. I walked yesterday, but being in bed for so long - boy my muscles hurt... going to strengthen again.

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Finishing the laundry and hoping to mark four pairs of slacks for hemming. I have always considered myself tall but these pants(from different places) need hemmed about 2". emoticon

SC is in peach season right now They are a bit late this year but SO good. Peach is my favorite flavor of anything!!!

Babs~~I am back to planning also. It makes a huge difference for me and I can even do some of my tracking early for the entire day if it is all planned out.

I remember Francie. She is a special lady. Happy Birthday Francie. Don't know how to contact you but I will be thinking of you today.

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Wow...how did I miss posting on Saturday and Sunday, both? Well, I'm here today. Computer is being a little wonky again today, but maybe it'll work long enough to get this posted.

Karen, sounds like you had a great mini-vacay. Good for you. Are you off all week? Sounds like that might be the case...maybe you said and I missed it. Anyway, enjoy your trip north later this week. I noticed on the Friend Feed that you had another nice loss, too. Good for you, Karen. Something you're doing seems to be working!! emoticon

Babs, the peaches we buy are all from out of state. Some people have their own trees, but not us, of course. We don't have peach orchards...lots of apples, cherries and pears, but our weather must be a little too extreme for peaches. Before we moved, the market we used got them from southern Missouri/northern Arkansas, but what we get here are from Georgia. They've been so wonderful, but a half bushel at a time is a lot. put another dozen packages in the freezer today, kept a nice bowlful out to eat fresh, and may (or maybe not...lol) make another pie tomorrow. Depends on whether our neighbor might like a few pieces to help us eat them, as Richard and I definitely do NOT need lots of pie!!

Lynn, how fun for you to get peaches from a newly found cousin! Fun to get the peaches, but even more fun to have a new cousin. I have not found any yet, but so fun if you do. Lynn, are you still on vacation this week, or are you back by now? Hope you've enjoyed some of your time off.

You, too, Linda? Did you do the ancestry.com DNA testing? I have not found a way to justify the expense of doing it. I already have a few hundred cousins that I know about and haven't met...most, of course, are 2nd and 3rd. I've met almost all my first cousins. I believe Theresa has many, many cousins. Makes my 45 or so seem like a paltry number. emoticon

Dance week for Abby!! Fun for Grandma, too, I think. I know she'll love it and you love giving her the opportunity, Babs. You're an awesome Grandma!! Doesn't Joe have his dental work this week, too? Hope all goes well for him.

I was up a couple pounds this week. emoticon Fell into the ice cream bucket, as well as some baked goods. All in the past..moving forward and making the most of the day. That's all I can do and if I do that, it is enough!

Have a wonderful day and enjoy this last week of July, dear friends. I hope to. Love and hugs from me to you!! Jeannie

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Pretty funny, Babs and your timing was perfect! I just took a break in my knitting to check SP! I wish it did count, I would be a skinny minney by now! I even took along some knitting on my little mini VK with my friend...he enjoyed watching me do it. Now he knows when I knit him some socks how I do it.
Today Jim and I are going to Manchester VT where there are a lot of outlet stores. He likes the Pendleton store and I like the Crabtree & Evelyn store. I can't usually find CE products sold around here and most of the time I have to order through the mail. I only wear one scent, which is Nantucket Briar, although once in a very great while I will wear Sandalwood. I only like the Sandalwood through CE though. I know it is a man's scent, but I find that I like it just fine.
Like most places, it is hotter than heck here. I hope you find your peaches, Babs! Thunderstorms predicted for later in the day. My favorite kind of weather! What can I say? I like living on the wild side...
Has anyone heard from Theresa lately? I know she is active on FB, but I miss her posts here. I love to hear about Pyne's antics!
I haven't seen Wyndy posting much either, in fact, I don't remember her posting much recently on FB. I hope she is ok. For those that remember her, today is Francie's birthday. She is in hospice care now and has such a remarkable outlook.
Anyway, Jim is ready to go, so I guess that means I am ready as well.
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All this talk of peaches makes me want to find some and gobble them up. I want them from a stand, locally grown. Think I can find some. Sounds delicious.

This week is a 'short week' for me with Abby at dance camp. She woke up grinning from ear to ear. She is so excited. Let's face it. At age 9, dancing with the HS dance team is awesome!

Signed her up for dance class this fall. I was thinking maybe 2 classes. She wanted jazz in addition to hip hop. In order to take jazz you need ballet. I find that true with several classes. So she has ballet. That means she gets a 'free' class. So it's tap, ballet, jazz and hip hop. I told her that's fine, but she needs to 'earn' the dance classes. Good grades are a must or we whittle or cut them out. She will also have chores to do. I think it's good for them. She doesn't care. She's so excited.

The HI is 110 here today. If only I could melt.



That picture is for you, Karen, and if we have other knitters out there. I saw it and thought of you immediately.

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Peach cravings must be catching. My friend and I bought some fresh peaches as a farmstand Saturday afternoon, brought them back to our hotel room and proceeded to eat almost all of them (it was a smallish container). We had juice dribbling down our chins just like little kids. Good thing we used a couple of hand towels for bibs, lol!
I got home late yesterday afternoon. It was a wonderful mini vacation. It is so hard when we have to say goodbye.
On Thursday, Jim and I will drive to Ottawa. I think we are going to the Scottish games, and I know there is both a rib fest and a buskers festival going on. It does not make any difference when we go up there, we always find something fun to do. We will be up there in October as well for a hockey game.
I have been doing well with the Fitbit. I don't take nearly the amount of steps as I should, and I am learning more about my sleep habits. I average three hours of sleep a night. I know, that might be understandable during my mini vacation, lol, but it truly is like that all the time.
Anyway, off to make some summer squash, tomato and blue cheese stuffed olives for a nice summer salad. Just so you don't think I am totally converted to healthy eating, I do plan to have a small dish of homemade carob ice cream after dinner.
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What a gift to find family members you didn't know existed. Now you can make new memories. Enjoy!

I've been doing a little kitchen work this morning preparing for the week. Browned ground beef for spaghetti one night, although I won't eat much of that. I like it but cooked tomatoes give me heartburn now that I'm an old lady. Made stuffed zucchini. I stuffed it with rice and tomatoes this time. Looks good and hope it turns out good. I'll put cheese on it when I have it for a meal. Made a batch of cucumbers and tomatoes, which I love and will eat all by myself. So it's a start for the week. Planning. For me it's a must.

It's been raining this morning, but a nice/gentle rain. I'm sure my flowers will love it.

Have a Super Sparkling Sunday.

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I also found a cousin on my father's side on Ancestry. She is delightful. Hope to meet her soon. I thought no one was alive that was connected to my dad. She has explained so much to me. What a blessing. PS She is really beautiful. The Indian in both of us shows very much in her.

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What a nice surprise to find a new cousin. I have a cousin here in New England who had the same experience (one not related to me)....it is like a gift. my best to you. Alicia in Vermont

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What a nice surprise to find a new cousin. I have a cousin here in New England who had the same experience (one not related to me)....it is like a gift. my best to you. Alicia in Vermont

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Jeannie is not the only one looking for peaches. I'm off this morning to spend the day with my aunt and pass my new cousin's peach orchards on the way. "New" because we just discovered each other this year, one of two new cousins I have just found. Even though I stayed home, I found treasure in my own back yard so to speak. Long story and I will blog it sometime but the other cousin is mailing me a photograph of my great-grandmother' s youngest son who died in Belgium while he was off in the army in WWI during the flu pandemic. The only photo I knew of was one stolen during my Maw's funeral while everyone was at the cemetery. My cousin had a picture he knew was of her sons but he didn' t know who they were. Voila, there was my great- uncle Willie, home at last. My cousin thought it would mean more to me so he put it in the mail. Now there is a vacation memory!

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Fantastic Friday Friends.

CJ, I canít believe how big little Corbin is getting. I remember how concerned everyone was at his birth. Such a tiny little guy. Just look at him now - amazing!! Love the story about getting groceries and the car. I can honestly see me doing something like that too. I get Ďsidetrackedí and Iím moving on to something else - just like you. Thank goodness your DH was able to help you out. I enjoy Paneras. I donít get there often, but I like their food. Good stuff.

Mona, happy to see another post from you. Glad youíre using the tracker and moving forward. Sure isnít easy. If your pool water is 93 itís pretty darn hot there! Try to stay cool. Congratulations on the weight loss.

Jackie, happy to see your post too. Glad the cold is improving. How horrible that you canít sing yet. I know how you must miss it. Great news about Mike and his healing.

Jeannie, enjoy your time at the museum with a little shopping on the side. Peaches in the freezer - now that sounds good. Handy for baking or just Eating! Love them.

Iím looking forward to the weekend and a shorter week of workdays next week. Abbyís excited for her dance camp to begin too. She loves it.

Happy Friday. Enjoy the weekend.

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Mona, 3#!!! emoticon Fantastic!! I am always amazed at myself, too, when I find that some of things that I know work, actually work!! Like tracking, for example. LOL. So happy for you.

Jackie, I'm really happy to hear that Mike's legs have begun to do better, too. Such an up and down thing. I think we are finally getting Richard's ankle ulcer to begin to heal, too. It is looking a little smaller, but it is so slow going. We still dress and wrap the ankle leg each day. Every day he asks if it doesn't look smaller...and I say yes, overall it is smaller, but day by day? No...can't tell that. Good luck to both of you, Jackie, as you begin to feel better and back in the swing of things. Great news about the latest new hire!!

Babs, hope all is improving with Joe. Busy days for you...trying to do all your work so you can take extra hours off. Can't believe Abby has so few days left before school starts. Our governor forced a later start date here so schools couldn't begin while the State Fair is on (it runs from Aug 13-23, this year, I think). Most schools are starting on Aug 24 because of that, which is at least a week or more later than previously.

I'm off to our old neighborhood today. I have a shift at the museum...still going once a month, although I won't do that this winter. We'll stop on the way and get another 1/2 bushel of peaches. Most of them will go in the freezer. Mom seems to be doing okay. Says she is a little stiff, but she was still before, so don't know if it is something different or more of the same.

Be well, have fun, take good care of yourself...in short, have a great day, my dear friends!! Love, Jeannie

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Down three pounds! I feel so confident when I track and post!!

Off to get my hair done and a manicure. My "treat" to myself every two weeks.

Have a great weekend everyone!! emoticon

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Good afternoon -- Nice to see everyone check in. Hi Tish!

Busy with work ... found another gal who seems to really take to the job, so I'm busy training her and keeping u p with what needs to be done until she is at a point to do it herself. So nice, as she has a great attitude, enthusastic and just 45 years old. Hoping some of her energy will rub off on me.

I am hanging in there. The cold is starting to go... still no singing voice!! DARN. Doing gentle exercises to help.

MIke's leg is taking a turn for the better again. The weeping stopped, skin is really healing along. Surgery on his toes in a month or so. Better be before winter!

Like Mona says - good for you Jeannie on wanting to improve balance/flexibility - my being in bed for almost 3 weeks didn't help my core. I need to start exercising again. I'm eating way too many carbs. Got lazy while sick as only certain foods appealed to me.

Well, wishing you all a good evening. Be Well, Enjoy.

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Started doing my tracking on the spark tracker so thought I would say "hi" again.

I feel so much better tracking and posting~~why do I make it SO difficult?!?!

It is 100 here today but cloudy. I think the humidity is a bit lower as well. Or else I am getting used to my dashes between the apt and garage. Otherwise I am staying in. Had blood work done today and all is well again. PTL!! Even my eye is feeling better.

CJ~~what a beautiful picture of your GGC. Corbin looks awesome!! You are so right~~God is good. My profile picture is of my two GGC, Cooper and Ella. They bring me so much happiness and fun. So pleased they live only about five miles away. I LOVE that salad too, CJ.

Tisha~~Hope there isn't a heavy rain. Maybe it will hold off until through the night!!

I am really getting concerned about balance as well. I have noticed a big change in my confidence with moving about. Our pool is 93 and with the sun so intense it is just not worth it.

Jeannie~~Hope you Mom is doing fine. Wow!! 93 and out to lunch with friends. Awesome!!!

Babs~I need to make a trip to the dentist also. I have lost part of a filling but I hate going to the dentist. Hope you husband gets everything done and it feels much better. My daughter in FL goes back to school Aug. 4. I know she is stressing all ready. She teaches third grade and loves the kids but does not like the new teaching systems. None of my teacher family does. They say it takes the joy out of teaching.

Wishing everyone a great day. Take care!! Hugs!! emoticon

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GOOD MORNING.

Just thought I would send this picture of 2 of my GGC that live in Ohio, for those of you who remember praying for little Corbin who weighed 2.3 lbs, this is him now. Just doing wonderful and a little fire ball with his sister who had a birthday yesterday. God is good.

Mona: Good to see you back with us, I understand about the tempts. (ugh)

Jeannie: So sorry about your Moms fall, that scrapping your body parts on bricks or gravely sidewalk takes a long time to heal and hurts to, mine is finally well after my last fall, I hope your Mom does better with her walker, falling is not good for anyone, but 93 OMG, really not good, so thankful she didn't break anything.

Yes, I have started working on some balance exercises along with more and longer chair exercises, My balance just seems to be getting worse. Really scares me the thought of falling and breaking hips. (YIKES). Do wish I had a pool closer to me.

Tisha: Good to see you posting once again, hope it didn't rain to much for you.

I did have a good lunch yesterday, if any of you like salads, Panera Bread has a Strawberry poppy seed salad with all kinds of salad stuff in it and it also has Madrid oranges, blueberries, and lots of Strawberries, with grilled Chicken, It was really good. I don't eat there often, but my friend is on a very restricted salt diet and this salad had very little.
Then I went grocery shopping and when I came out to get in my car, I couldn't find my keys so I went back to the checkout and the girl said I didn't leave them there so I called my DH and he said I'll come get you, so while I was waiting I went back out to my car to see if I left my keys in the car,(which I should have checked the first time I was there) Guess what emoticon emoticon I not only left my keys in the car and locked it, I left it running. (Your SP friend is just Loonie) emoticon Sorry for the long story.

Got to Go: CJ from OK. (you think maybe this 100 degree weather is getting to me)

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Mona, welcome back! Goodness you have had some hot times in SC. Glad to see a post from you.

Jeannie, glad your day with your mom/sis went well. Sorry about her fall. I'm with you on moving for my health/stability/flexibility/strength and not just to burn calories. I don't want someone else to have to take care of me. Sitting around does not do a thing for me except make me lazy and unhealthy.

Tisha, how wonderful to see another post from you. Let's keep our fingers crossed that 'if' it rains this weekend it's just a light, soft, summer rain. Good luck with the show/sales.

It's pretty here again today. Our heat and humidity are predicted to return this weekend.

Summer is just getting away from us. One more week of July. Abby only has 18 days of summer vacation left.

Happy Thursday.

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Surprise, here I am again
Be careful what you wish for.
I have been saying I wish it would rain.
We need some moisture in the form of rain, ???
But the showers that are forecast for this weekend, don't fit into my plans.
I have a art/craft show , it's not fun to set up in wet conditions.
A light shower during the day, I can deal with, but sure hope it's light.
I know there's some weird people , un informed, but to hear (watching CNN) some people speak of there admiration and intention to vote for Trump for president is unbelievable.
Sometimes I wonder if I'm still on earth, maybe I've been transported to an alien planet .
Shake off that horrifying thought of Donald Trump as president. Hope I don't have nightmares.
Ok, that's my laugh for the day
Titan and I off park, get it our daily walk.
Jeannie, sorry your Mom had a little slip up.
My Mom is about the same age but getting around good. Did hire live in help.
Any fall at that age can be bad.
I practice balance almost daily.
But I'm only 73, not even sure I'll be here at 93. it's up to the good Lord.
Everyone take care, have a good day.
Do the best you can, but also enjoy all you do .
Spark on!!!
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Good morning!! Hope you're all having a great day. Mine has been good so far, and I'm happy to say it looks like we'll have at least one more day of decent temps. We're always happy about that.

Mona, hello!! So good to see you stop by. Yes, those summer temps/humidity have been horrible for so many. Makes me feel like a wimp when I complain about it here, as I know many of you have had it so much worse. Good work on the tracking. Maybe it will cool off a bit so you can get back to that pool soon!!!

Babs, I'm really sorry about Joe and his dental problems. He and Jackie make quite a pair!! Hopefully, the infection will get cleared up and he can get the extractions done as planned. How NOT to have fun!!

I had a pretty good day with Mom/Sis yesterday. Unfortunately, Mom had fallen on Tuesday when she had gone out to lunch with her friends. She missed a step coming out of the restaurant and fell against the side of the building, which is brick. Her skin is pretty thin, so she got skinned up pretty good, but thankfully, nothing was broken. At 93, it would be awfully easy for her to break a bone somewhere!! I changed her bandages and it is all superficial and looked pretty good. Of course, she's quite black and blue, too. She was discouraged because she can't walk better...but, of course, she doesn't walk at all except in her little apartment or to get to the dining room and back. She agreed to use the walker now, so that might give her a little stability.

So, yesterday I gave myself a little talk and am continuing with it today. I am planning to get myself more physically active...walking, biking, pool work...whatever. The reason is not because I'm so concerned about the few calories I burn when I do those things, but because I want to have better balance, stability and endurance. If we are always falling and don't have the ability to stand and walk...well, I think I'll end up just like my mom. There was no good reason for her to get like this, but I think many of us do. I believe it was Marie who talked about fitness being her goal and that is where I am...using fitness activities to become more fit!!

Okay...time to get off this soapbox and get busy on something. I have several little projects going that I need to see to. Take care my special friends!! Love and hugs, Jeannie





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Hi everyone! Stilll here!!

Not doing much. SC has had one HOT summer so far. Seems like it gets to 100 every day and then add in the humidity and it is 105-108. Yesterday was the hottest on record~~102 with heat index at 109. So I am staying in.

Been tracking my food and really planning to see some pounds start dropping. It is even too hot to go to the pool so just doing some "stepping" inside.

Hope all is well with everyone. Hugs to all!! emoticon

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I posted a blog. Itís right below this - Daily Chat thread. Itís ďCAN ItĒ. I urge you to check it ut. Itís really quite motivating. Of course, thatís why I shared it with you. I hope it helps.

Jeannie, Joe and his teeth. He did know that he had some teeth that needed to be worked on. During that time period his insurance changed and he had to change dentists. Iíve been after him (Oh, yes!!) to get on the stick and find a dentist in his plan. Get those darn teeth taken care of and avoid a repeat of last year. Here we are - Bingo. Same story, different teeth. He has inherited the bad teeth genes from my family. Heís certainly going to follow through now if I have to take him there holding his hand. Now that would be a sight to behold. We are not talking small potatoes here.

Tisha, so happy that you checked in. Youíve been busy with making jewelry and craft shows. That sounds like heaven to me - but then Iím not doing the work. It has been an unbelievable summer as far as heat goes. 5 years. Congratulations! No need to feel guilty for not checking in all the time. We do what we have to do. We know youíre there for encouragement and help.

CJ, we can always count on you for a cheery picture. Thanks. Perfectly said - you had a great time with your sister. She wonít remember it, but YOU will. Perfect. What a loving sister you are. Enjoy the hair cut.

Jeannie, enjoy your visit with your mom/sis today. Free pie day. I canít say that I blame them for wanting to go to that restaurant. Sounds like a delicious decision.

Remember. We "CAN" do this. Let's get our "CANs" moving.

Babs

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Good morning, All!! Hope each of you has a bright and beautiful Wednesday, just as CJ says!! CJ, you are great for getting to see your sister so often. And, yes, she might not remember, but you will and that counts for lots and lots, too. Stay cool, if you can.

Tisha, what a nice surprise!! Don't ever feel guilty for not being here more often, although it is a real treat when you do stop by. You are one busy lady, and I'm sure that helps you with your continued journey to maintain your fabulous weight loss. You are still one of the most inspirational people I know here on SP and I thank you for your continued presence!!

I'm off to see my Mom/Sis today. They will want to eat at the Village Inn since it is Wednesday and that is pie day at that restaurant. (Free pie...go figure...just what I don't need!!) It will be crowded and we will have to wait, but if that's where they want to go, we will do it. I'm sure Mom will have some shopping she will want to do, too.

Take care, my friends. I'll be checking in on the team later today. Hugs and love!! Jeannie

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Tisha: Its so good to hear from you, glad you are staying so busy. Glad to see your staying on track. Its been rather Hot in Oklahoma this summer and getting hotter this week up in the 100's. (YIKES), BUT that's normal for us and not for you, hope things get a little cooler for both of us. This is what we call (The dog days of summer) I don't think the dogs even like it.

Looking forward to a good day, I have to have a hair cut and then going to lunch with a good friend. Went to nursing home yesterday and visited with Sis, we had a good time, I know she won't remember it today but I will and next week we will do it again. Sad to see her that way, but I'm so thankful she still can walk around and she remembers who we are.

Got to get on with the day, HAVE A GOOD ONE: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Sorry , guilty for being absent from team activities. I do spin for team points,
Keep track on friends feed with others that check in daily.
I have been very involved with my jewelry making and doing craft shows, and my Etsy on line shop.
Doing my best to stay on track, eat healthy and get in some form of daily exercise.
Don't know where the tine goes, I always have big ideas in the morning and by end of day, there's so much I still want to get done. I shrug and say, "I'll do it tomorrow."
As long as tomorrow keeps coming, I'll always have plenty to do
It's been a very hot uncomfortable summer so far. Not our usual Oregon weather.
Today it did finally is more a normal weather pattern. Love it.
Titan, my Yorkie, walking buddy and I had a fun time in the park.
Hope all my fellow team members and friends are motivated to keep working toward a more healthy, fit lifestyle.
It's one day at a time and in time they add up.
Been at this for over five years and it's still a daily process.
Take care. hugs to all.
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I've been wondering what Joe found out, too.So sorry about needing the extractions. Apparently these teeth weren't bad last year when he had his other work done. Hope all goes okay for him.

Karen, hope your day today is "normal" too!! LOL! I don't think there is any such thing any more. Yes, I agree...at least eating right is one thing you can do and it will always be to your advantage to do that regardless!!

Alicia, so good to see you stop by, too. Hope all is going well for you, too.

We're heading off to Sam's to get a couple things, and then I hope to work on some of my genealogy papers for a while. Tomorrow I will be visiting Mom/Sis. Hope they are on their good behavior, too. Some days are good, some not so great. I'll probably stop at the farm stand on the way home and pick up some fresh sweet corn. It is soooo good right now.

Hope everyone is doing okay today. Haven't heard from a few of you for awhile...stop by soon and say hi!! We miss you!! Love and hugs, Jeannie

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Thanks for the concern for Joe. He has to have some teeth pulled - yes, 'some' - as in 3!! That will take place next week. The DDS said there are 2 bad ones next to each other. It doesn't make sense to do a root canal. So that's what will happen. He has meds and the swelling is going down.

Everything is genetic! I know it is.

Hope to stop back here later.

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Baba, I hope the dentist was able to help Joe this morning. Poor guy! That is crazy for a young guy to have such problems. And....it is crazy for Jackie to be having issues again. I remember all the trouble you had with that crown last year, Jackie, trying to get the right fit.
My day was fairly normal, whatever that means. The board meeting tonight got over about 7:30. Of all things, I ate some pulled pork and beans for dinner, plus some cornbread! Yikes! I am not supposed to have any of that stuff! Tomorrow I will be right back on track. Even if my weight loss will never show up on the lower half of my torso, I still think eating healthy is one of my only treatment options.
I thought I had broken my Fitbit last night when it stopped syncing. I mentioned it to a coworker today who fixed it within a half hour. Pretty clever lady she is, and I am a happy camper.
Hope you all had a spiffy neat day!
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You've got it right Karen.... do all you can while you can! My best to you on your trip.

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GoodMonday morning!! I'm going to try to get caught up today. May be a struggle, but have to try, at least!! Using Richard's computer(cheap little thing, but it works...just not like mine and for some reason, doesn't catch all my letters as I typ them...hate it!!).

Jackie's new hire has quite already...sorry about that, Jackie, as it puts the work back on you.

Babs...good luck to Joe and hopefully early and fast treatment for him!

Karen, so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but if you are like me, it is always better to know what you are dealing with. Wishing you all the best, and especally with the oncololg tests/reports.

BLPrettyGirl...nice to see you stop by. I'm on thyroid meds, too, and a fairly hefty dose, but I have to say I don't think any of my issues are related to that. Good luck with healthy healig of that ankle. That's tough. Richard had an ankle fusion a year ago, so I sort of know what you've had to deal with. Good luck with your continued recovery.

Linda, I've heard the heat/humidity in the Beltway/DC/Baltimore area is horrible. So sorry to hear you are still having such bad pain with your leg/hip.

Lois, I love the list you made and all the insight you have right now. Keep the momentum going, girl!! You'll make it, I just know!!

Cherrie, 44 years for you and your hubby. Awesome!! emoticon Richard and I will celebrate 50 this fall (assuming one of us doesn't do something drastic between now and then...LOL).

CJ, congrats on your great lab results. I think the A1C is especially wonderful!!

I had a wonderful time visiting my friend in MN, but awfully glad to get home, too. On the way back I took a detour and went to the visitation for my former work friend and colleague. It added a couple hours of driving time, but I knew I wouldn't be able to get back up there for the funeral today. I'm glad I did it. Today is sort of a lazy day. I think I need it.

Hope all things are good for each of you. Prayers for everyone, including positive thoughts and energy being sent your way. Hugs and love, Jeannie

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Good Morning All ... Jeannie - glad you're back safe!

Babs - OUCH ... I feel his pain!! Hope he's able to get in and get something for the pain. Nothing touched mine ... I kept massaging oils and taking Tylenol ... It's quit to a dull ache. Yep, need a root canal. Got an appt tomorrow with the Endo surgeon for an evaluation. Glad he could see me so fast. Then after the canal - crown has to be redone....

Karen - thank you for explaining what you have. I've never been aware of that. Prayers & positive vibes for a good oncology reports. Sorry about your daughter's feet!

Going to get to work - the gal we hired Wed already quit! I think she was overwhelmed about the work. So, looking again.

Have a good day Sparkers!

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Quick check-in.

Karen, I'm sorry about your health problems. I didn't know what it was. You explained it very well. Now we'll keep our fingers and toes crossed for good oncology reports. You have a wonderful outlook and attitude. That will help you through everything. Sorry about your DD and her fall.

Jeannie, glad you're home safe and sound.

I need to get moving. Jackie has tooth problems and guess what - so does my Joe once again! His jaw looks almost like it did the last time it was so darn swollen - only it's the opposite side of his face this time. Even his upper lip is swollen. It started while he was at the baseball game Saturday night. Sunday he said it started hurting and I could see that it was beginning to swell. Wow!! This morning he looks like @!#$*&^! I told him I'll drive. With that much infection you shouldn't be driving.

Have a great day friends.

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Hi, guys...will be back tomorrow, but just a note to let you know I made it home okay. I see I have some catching up to do. More tomorrow!! Hugs and love to you all, Jeannie emoticon

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Hi Sparkers! Jackie, it isn't lymphedema although that is a common mistake. It is Lipodema, sometimes spelled Lipedema or Lipoedema. It is the body's inability to flush fat cells out of the body and results in a huge variance from the top half of your body to the bottom half. This is classified as a disease and there is no cure. Heck, there are barely any treatments. The disease is genetic and I have recently found out that I am in stage three. This means that my mobility will be severely compromised as I get older. Dieting will have little or no impact on the size of my lower torso, it will just make the disparity between my top half and bottom half more noticeable.
I will say this explains a lot of medical issues to me and it does make me feel better that my obesity is actually something I could not really help. The disease is sometimes triggered by hormonal events starting in puberty and right through menopause. The fact that I also come from a line of women with breast cancer which was estrogen fed did not help, lol. My breat cancer was the opposite...it was estrogen negative. Sometimes when it is not, every single joint in my body aches. Other times, it is fine. This does explain why I am so tired all the time and some other issues. I am glad to know that I am not crazy and that there is actually a name and a reason for this thing. It is hard to detect and most doctors are not trained to even recognize it. At one point my cardiologist told me I just had "fat legs" and to lose weight!
Anyway, my outlook is good. I am just hoping my oncology related tests this week and next month don't show any cancer activity!
Wednesday afternoon when I leave work I will be meeting my my friend and we will be away through late Saturday. The following Thursday my husband and I leave for Ottawa and will be back the first Monday in August.
I figure I am going to enjoy as much as I can and be as active as I can while I can, lol!
One of my daughters has been in Cancun for a week. On Thursday evening she had her for skid on some gravel and down she went. She finally got X-rays when she got back to Austin last evening. The foot is so swollen the tech could not even read the X-ray. She is on crutches now, but I am willing to bet the farm that she broke it. It looks far worse than when I broke mine last year. She emailed me a picture, lol! The other daughter's 2nd wedding anniversary is today. Our son is out in Anaheim until tonight and then he and his crew and the baseball team head to Houston for a series with the Astros. Active family!
I like the Fitbit. I had no problem synching it with my iPad, iPhone and SP. I have been using the Fitbit app on my iPad to log food just because it is really convenient to have everything in one place.
Sorry to yammer on and on! Jeannie your peach pie sounded so yummy! Jackie, I hope both you u and Mike start to feel better soon. I cannot believe you have dental problems again after all you went through last year! Babs, I am so glad you are going to start working part time. That seems like a good balance between work and active Abby, lol. You are such a fun Nana!
I did laundry, made potato salad and am mostly packed for my trip. The nice thing is, since I am going with Jim just a few days after I get back, packing for the second trip should do be easy because I will be bringing mostly the same things.
Hope you all have a nice Sunday. I know I will!
Hugs,
Karen

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Super Sparkling Sunday Sisters & Brothers.

Lormaren, you have it down pat now. You have your goals all set and you're on your way. Please stick with us. Chat with us. When you're having problems, post here. Send some of us an email. Join the challenges. I know you can do it. emoticon

Jackie, happy to see a post from you. Glad you checked in.

Linda, BLPretty, Cherrie - and all my other good friends, god morning to you.

I've got laundry going and I'm not sure what else will go on today yet. Right now it's just so darn stormy looking and dark. I'm glad we went to Mass last night.

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Blprettygirl, it can mess with weight, skin dryness and temperature. I find myself wearing sweaters in the office when everyone else is hot.
PS there is a good thyroid group in SP.

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Hi,

I have trouble with thyroid for quite a while. Dr. wants to check on it in a few months to see any change. Thyroid can mess with weight loss.

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Cherrie, emoticon
CJ, Good news. I have had thyroid problem for 35 yrs. No fun.
Lomaren, Good for you. You are on your way.
Today in Wash/Balt area feels like 100, tomorrow 110 and if you know Washington in the summer that means humid too. Went shopping early, ate lunch then curled up in bed for 2 hours. My rt leg/hip really hurts now, but I had a lot of places to go, lots of walking. Will try to put stuff away. Don't know if I can do any housework. Did litter boxes this am,
Boy, who said growing old is not for sissies?? LOL!!

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Nice affirmations, Lormaren, thank you for sharing!

Karen - lymphedema --- swelling of lymphs with excess water which may lead to cellulitis. That is what Mike has. I had a severe form of it with my hip implants (lymph nodes were severed) and I had to wear compression stocking. With the water pill and mild stockings now and then, I'm ok. There are many causes of this - check with your doctor.

CJ good news on the thyroid report! You must feel relieved

Happy Anniversary Cherrie - that is nice of your husband!

Thunderstorms again today. SUch a rainy summer.

Not much going on today, just wanted to check in with you all. Have a good day.

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Good morning everyone,
I've been missing from here for a couple of weeks now and the reason for that is that I had almost given up...yet again. That seems to be my MO. I had, for some unknown reason, begun eating anything and everything: not watching what I was having, eating at all odd hours, especially late at night, and just not caring anymore. I don't know what came over me, nor do I know why I did that.
So this is whatís happening this morning...
ē This morning I got up and said enough is enough and to stop this nonsense. I'm changing my attitude to a more positive one.
ē This morning I decided I am worth the effort it takes to lose this weight and become happy and healthy.
ē This morning I have reviewed my goals and am recommitting myself to them.
ē This morning I know that I can do this.
ē This morning the first thing I did was grab my tape measure. I took my measurements for the first time in a very long time. I'm down in inches, for which I'm truly amazed, but truly grateful.
ē This morning I stood on the scale. I'm up 4 lbs. for which I'm grateful too. I'm grateful it wasn't more!
ē This morning I ate a healthy breakfast.
ē This morning I'm going to go for a walk... as soon as I finish this post, and since it's too hot outside to do that, I'm going to put on a Leslie Sansone's one mile walking tape. I hope to be able to complete the whole tape, but if not, I'm not going to beat myself up over it... I'll just finish it later today.
ē This morning I'm going to stop with all the excuses I've been using these past few weeks and get back on board with losing this weight.
ē This morning I'm committing to coming back to Spark daily to get the help I need to be successful.
ē This morning I hope to begin planning then writing out a weekly menu
ē This morning I'm going to start using the trackers again.
ē This morning Iím going to be journaling my efforts, especially my accomplishments, but my ups and my downs as well so that I can learn from them.
ē This morning ─ I'm just so thankful to be here!!


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Karen, I sure don't know what lipdema is. I would Google it.

CJ, great news on the thyroid report. Good work on that terrific report from the MD.

Cherriet happy 44th Anniversary! Awesome.

Another hot day here. I went out and watered everything already. Even after all that rain they're getting dry. This whole week has been a hot one.

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emoticon for 44 years.


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Celebrating our 44th emoticon ANNIVERSARY today! emoticon
He gave me the nicest card; the front read, "My Wife, My Partner in Life"
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Hey, Hey, Hey, This goes along with my earlier post, I just got the mail and my Thyroid levels ALL were in normal range. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so glad,

and Yes Babs, emoticon emoticon emoticon Christmas is just 24 weeks away. Better get Started.

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Hi Sparkers.....does anyone know what Lipodema is, have any experience with it?
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Disneyland's Anniversary - July 17 (First Opened July 17, 1955)
National Peach Ice Cream Day - July 17
Wrong Way Corrigan Day - July 17
Yellow Pig Day - July 17

So glad we didnít Ďcelebrateí yesterday. It was National Snake Day!!

Hey, Jeannie, today you could make peach ice cream if you werenít traveling. Yum. emoticon

Jeannie, Iím so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. You seem to have good memories though. They will, I hope, bring you some comfort. Safe travels and enjoy your visit this weekend.

I like the idea of making a pie crust in the pie pan. Iíve never done that. Iíve Ďcheatedí and bought the ready made crusts, but this would be so much better. Yum. Iíd like to make a strawberry-rhubarb pie, but Iíd be the gal eating it. So I wonít do that.

Debbie, how nice to see a post from you. Sorry about the problems youíve experienced but you do seem to be making progress. Congratulations on doing well with your eating/weight loss. Getting into the lake sounds like heaven to me. Water is my thing as far as exercise goes.

CJ, you have a good report from your doctors so far. Great news. Down 10 - 12 pounds since March - fantastic. Keep up the good work. Now about this Christmas business . . . emoticon

My plans are to pick Abby up early from daycare/summer camp today and head to the gym for the pool. We can swim from 3 - 5. We'll probably get in an hour or so. That's good. She wants to practice her underwater back flips. What in the world?? She does hand stands and silly things in the water. I don't care. She's having fun and I'm in heaven +++ exercising!! Life is good.

Heat advisory for today again. My GS and several friends and Amanda are heading to Six Flags for the day. I am totally uninterested in that. Of course, years ago I would have loved it. I always worry because it's a high traffic area and it's an 'accident' area. He's driving. They need to study that area of the highway, put stop lights or something there. There are so many accidents. I'm sure it's due to the heavy volume, and it's also near the Chrysler Plant.

On with work because it's an early off day and swim day. See me. I'm happy. emoticon

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Working on waving for exercise. emoticon

Its been a really busy week, My social life consists of Doctor visits, 3 this week with blood tests a two of them, plus got stuck for my A1c, Not complaining. I have all but one of my results back but my Thyroid it will take a couple more days for it, but I'm happy my A1C has come down from 8.2 to 6.6 emoticon emoticon My blood pressure is down some and my cholesterol is down almost 20 points emoticon emoticon and my weight was down 10 to 12 lbs since the last time I was there, in March. I do have some high triglycerides, emoticon So I will get to work on that, probably cheese and corn chips. (YIKES) So all in all I'm fairly healthy, just still having to make myself exercise. Hoping my Thyroid numbers are still doing ok. Well enough about me.

HOPE ALL OF YOU HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND: STAY SAFE AND COOL.
I know thats really hard to do in 112 heat index. but winter coming, here we go only 24 more Fridays until Christmas. emoticon emoticon emoticon Yes I did say Christmas.

Love you All: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hi,

I am still around Sparks. Hanging out on a private team who I have been with for more years than I can count. Had some medical set backs. Seems I broke an ankle from a fall and thought it was a sprain. It healed wrong and was giving me trouble for months. Did a MRI and found the bone on top was cracked and the joint had locked up. Had surgery around Easter and it has been 14 weeks and I am in PT with a brace. Cast, wheel chairs, boot, walker, brace and cane. Got a blood clot from sitting around. Now dealing with that too.

I am doing okay weight wise and had been doing chair exercise and strength training. I am trying to get into the lake and swim with my noodle. Have to wear brace and sneakers for support. Rocks and holes under water.

Keep up the good work team ! Debbie

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Evening, all...thought I'd better stop by to say hello before I forget!! I'm packing...yes, I'm going away for the weekend. I have a friend in Minneapolis, and we usually get together about once a year. This year I'll drive up there for a few days. Leave in the morning; come back Sunday. I think it will be just as hot up there as it is here. Ugh!!

Jackie, I'm so sorry to hear about your tooth troubles. Along with everything else, you sure don't need that. You do have a time with those dental problems. Hope it gets better very soon!! Thanks for the info about Windows. I'll have to check on the updates. I'm a little afraid to do too much right now for fear of something worse happening, but need to be sure I have everything in place.

Babs, the peach pie was great! I go the easy route with it: made a single crust, but in the pie plate (mix the flour, shortening, etc) and just push it into shape, fill with peaches and add this creamed mixture to pour over the top. Funny thing was that my Mom just raved about it and it was her recipe!! I guess that explains why she liked it maybe?

I had plans to get so much done today and none of that happened except for a few little chores. Not sure what my problem was, but every time I got started with something, I got distracted and moved on to something else. I also found out that a former work colleague that I have known for almost 40 years passed away this last week. It wasn't a total surprise, as I knew she was in hospice, but it is still sad and makes me think about things more deeply. I know many of you know exactly what I mean and have done the same thing yourself. I will stop for visitation on the way home from Minneapolis on Sunday. Services are on Monday and too far to go back for them.

So, dearest friends...have a wonderful weekend and try your best to be healthy and happy, and get good rest! With love and hugs for all, Jeannie

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Jackie, still dealing with a cold and now the tooth problem again. You have had way more than our share of problems. I hope Mike is doing OK.

Lynn, I see a PA quite often. He spends a great deal of time with me and answers all questions. I wish you had one as good as him. What a shame that it didnít work out for you. Your eye problem is a concern. I hope you get it checked out and get to the bottom of that problem soon.

Jeannie, peach pie sounds like heaven! I can Ďalmostí taste it. Iím glad the visit went well. The temperature has improved here too. Thank goodness! We had some horribly hot days. Good luck with the puter.

Jackie, those 'catch up' days with work bring relief. I'm happy when I can sit back, look at my desk and see (actually see) that I've made progress. Tasks completed. Enjoy.

I've been goofing around here long enough. Time to get this horse and buggy back on the road.

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Good day everyone.

Jeannie glad your visit was nice. YUM that peach pie sounds scrumptious! Sorry to hear about your computer - maybe needs a tuneup? There were a lot of updates yesterday on Windows which slowed things down a lot ... make sure they're installed.

Lynn - if your optometrist says check it out - I would do so. Mine, kinda blew off the issues in my eyes and now I have Macular Degeneration (wet & dry) ..., it is best to catch eye issues early. Definitely a specialist as Jeannie says. I love my LNP ... she's caught more issues than my MD primary - I switched to her when she left his practice to start her own (under MD supervision) - she really listens and looks for changes in me. Just love her.

I'm catching up with work today and just relaxing in feeling better from the cold - though my tooth really hurts. Will call after I get off the Board.

Wishing everyone a sweet day, Jackie

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Good evening, everyone. Computer issues today...I think my 'puter might be dying. Not a virus, so that's good, but time will tell...

Lynn, that sounds really weird with your doctor. Although, I have to say that my primary is a nurse practitioner and I wouldn't trade her for anything. She is smart, knowledgeable and takes way more time with me than a physician ever did. Good luck with your eye issues. Are you seeing an ophthalmologist or optometrist? Sounds like something that should be followed by a specialist.

Temp was really nice all day here, too, Jackie. Supposedly we'll get a little rain tomorrow or during the night. After all that rain we had a few weeks ago, now it is quite dry and the lawns are turning brown. Go figure. Sure hope you shake that cold soon. I know how much you miss the music and singing with the SA!!

Oh, Babs, how fun for Abby. She'll love it. And, it works so well for you to be able to get her there/home, too. Imagine "having" to take off some afternoons!! I think the people you work for love you because you are such a great employee...and I know they'll do whatever it takes to keep you happy. That's awesome!

Carol, good for you. So happy to hear you are getting yourself back where you want to be and that you feel better for it. Way to go!!!

Karen, I'll be curious to hear how your apps work for you. Can you track steps on your smart phone? I can barely make phone calls on mine, let alone make it count steps. LOL...maybe some day I'll figure all that stuff out. Good to hear you are focusing on doing those things that help you move in a positive direction. Excellent!!

Linda, my visit with Mom, Sis and Mom's 2 friends did go well. I thought Mom was a little out of sorts, but she got better as the day went on. Lunch was fine...I made a chicken casserole, cole slaw and fresh cantaloupe, and since we had peaches...yes, a peach pie. Lots of people to eat it, so I didn't overdose on it (but I could have if I didn't have to share it!!). Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.Thanks for asking.

Marie, I hope you are out of your humdrum place by now. Sorry I didn't get here yesterday...I am so happy you feel comfortable enough to share those thoughts with us here. We all get in that spot. The main thing is that we try to get ourselves out of that place. Keep reaching out...we're here for you, as I know you are for us. We need each other, that's for sure. Doesn't help that you just lost a good friend, either. ((Hugs))

CJ, that little baby is Pretty in Pink!! What a sweetheart. Hope your visit with your sister went well and that she has settled into her new place without too much trouble.

Okay...have to do a bit more Sparking and then it is early to bed for me tonight. I'm hoping to get a good night's sleep, but if I wake up, that it will be to the sound of some raindrops falling on the roof (not my head). Hugs and love to all, Jeannie


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Oh wow! I want to be where it is 72 and cool. I'm looking at a brilliant, Texas-blue sky with no rain in the forecast for the next 10 days. I did get lucky this morning in that it stayed overcast until I finished the outside hand watering. I will have to haul sprinklers around Friday and Saturday.

My optometry visit has me freaked out a bit; the optometrist says I am losing blood flow at the base of my right eye for no evident reason. Then, I got to Tyler for the visit with my primary physician who has apparently handed me off to her PA. So all the questions I intended to ask have to have an appt. with the primary. Hello, is this just a new way to get money? To add insult to injury, since I am still working, I will have to use a sick day to go for this next appt., which to tell the truth, I am probably going to cancel.

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How wonderful Babs that you are going to work PT ... I'm sure you will enjoy that. Yep, seems like many of us never retire. Some out of necessity - some because it keeps us active. I'm a little of both. Still love my coaching and will keep up with that ... just found someone who may be willing to take all that datawork off my hands. I have a phone interview with her tomorrow so hoping it all works out. I've done this for 11 years now, and am ready to let it go.

Glad to hear about Abby's Dance Camp - sounds like a lot of fun. Do you watch So You Think You Can Dance on TV (Fox)? I love that show.

I am still dealing with this cold - feel better though still very tired. Now, I think something is wrong with that new crown the dentist put in. I had a temp for 7 months to make sure I didn't need a root canal, but it has been so painful since I've been sick, that I don't think it's the sinus infection any more. Always something....

Hardest has been not being able to go to rehearsals or sing. I'm hoping my voice comes back soon.

Karen - glad your finding ways to get serious again about tracking/fitness. I've committed to tracking everything and as soon as I feel better will walk more again.

Sorry too to hear about loss of friends...

CJ - hope your thyroid check is fine.

Sorry to hear some of the temps some of you are experiencing. It is cool (72) and sunny today. So relaxing.

HAve a good rest of the day all. And Hello to those of you I don't know yet!

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Loss of a loved one - whether it's family, dear friend or a 4-legged family member - is always painful. We are left with our memories. Cherish them.

Karen, I am planning on going to PT by the end of the year/first of 2016. I want to work 3 days a week. I know that will be perfect. Every time I've had 2 days off during the week - like last week - when it's time to work those 3 days or when it's time to return I feel 'good.' I'm relaxed and ready. I would feel differently if I didn't work for this wonderful family and enjoy my work. I've seen people who retired thinking they would remain off work and all of a sudden there they are working somewhere else. Last night at Walmart I saw a man who retired a year ago from the post office! I was surprised and yet not surprised. The economy is not great. Sometimes we 'think' we have it all figured out but it's just not so simple.

I discovered something last night that I think my Abby will just love. There is a dance summer camp next week that is taught by the HS dance team. She went for a day in December to a camp a "holiday camp" and she wanted more. This will be fun. It's every morning from 9 - noon. They get a snack and a T-shirt. Tuesday is PJ Day, Wednesday is Crazy Hair Day, Thursday the shirts are handed out and we get to see them perform. They will also perform their routine at half time at the first home football game!! She will love this. I talked to one of my bosses and said I'll work mornings and take the afternoons off. The school is right by me here at work. As usual 'Whatever you want, Babs.' Why would I leave a place like this??? Abby doesn't about this. I found it when I enrolled her for school online for her mom. This is the first year you could enroll online. It had calendar of events and there it was! I'm so excited to tell her about it.

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Thanks all for the sweet comments. I have had a rough time since my friends death in April. As is typical of me, I turned to food. Have gained 10 pounds. But got back on track Monday and am amazed (why does it always surprise us) at how much better I feel, eating the right foods and getting more exercise. So, here we go again, and again, and again. But I guess that is life, isn't it.

Feeling good though.

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Hello Sparkers! I am so sorry for anyone who has had a recent loss of an important person in their life. It is hard and we will always miss the person.
I am doing ok on my revamped weight loss journey. In addition to SP, I have been playing around with Map My Fitness and Fitbit apps to see which one is actually the easiest to use for tracking. My Fitbit should arrive on Friday or Saturday and I am looking forward to using it. I will probably be shocked at how many steps I DON'T take, lol. Plenty of room for improvement!
Babs, it sounds like you are really starting to gear down to retirement and working part time. Do you have a date in mind yet? I am not quite at that point. I am not making any sudden changes until my life and health issues calm down.
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