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Hoping everyone's tests come back good. Going to be a hot day so am on the deck early with Garfy and Chrisy. Exterminator coming back today. Friday and Saturday sounded like more friends coming through wall. There was 2 traps to catch them, but no odors like dead mice. Condo assoc getting hot email from me later. They are coming through the wall from a service room. The exterminator and my friends are laughing at me. Since my cats are scared cats, I must play my alarm clock that sounds like a raging cat hissing and growling very loud. I also bang on the stove. This happens even at 4 am or 11 pm. Hope everyone has a safe beginning of school week. Ours started last week. Traffic tie ups all over.

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Karen, I've been praying for good test results for you. . .You're handling it all well as quite frankly I'd probably be a nervous wreck right now knowing in less than a day I'd know the results of the biopsy. Sending you positive thoughts and vibes. We all love you and are happy you were able to enjoy some quiet time and got some things done around your house. Thank you for your nice comment on my son doing better when we're finally very close to getting a Therapist for him and some 1/2 Day outings for him to enjoy and meet new people.

Jeanne, I hope you were able to do what you planned on over the long weekend. I feel for you as it sounds so hard Teaching full time and still having to fix meals and clean house, etc. It must be hard to manage your limited time off especially since you seem to enjoy Sparking and reading lots of blogs,etc Maybe your DH pitches in and helps you, I hope so. I sure hope the new week is a wonderful one for you.

Jeannie, I hope your visit with your Mom and Sis went well today. Is your Sister's cellulitis better now? I had it one time and it sure didn't want to leave me for a long time even though I was on an Antibiotic. Thankfully I haven't had a recurrence of it in years. I know they both felt better and more supported having you there with them.

Nola, Thank you for loaning me your book boyfriend Adam. He sure is easy on my eyes and I just have to keep my darn hands to myself. But, if only I was 35 years younger I sure could fall for him in a heartbeat. He is very kind. caring and has no right to be so gorgeous. We're staying here on Bab's Beach House for the entire month of September. . .Jeannie is also staying part of the time here along with us. I think I'll have Brent fly to his Dad's house in Las Vegas. ..Honestly his Dad couldn't begin to handle him and would call me to have him picked up in less than 24 hours, it's sad but true.

CJ, Your like a Breathe of Fresh Air, always so positive and cheerful. I honestly love that about you. I bet you Love your Life and it shows as you're usually very happy and positive & you always make me feel Happier myself. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Jackie, When do you get your test results back? Continued prayers for you not to have anything to worry about. emoticon emoticon

I know I've missed many of my friends who have recently chatted but in less than a half hour I have a good friend coming over and I need to start dinner.

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Happy Labor Day! Hoping everyone had a restful day with friends, family, a good book or movie, or just enjoying peace and quiet. Prayers for those who are expecting test results or for those who are ill. It's the beginning of a new month and a new beginning for us all.

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Happy Labor Day! I have spent most of the weekend just doing chores, eating out and trying to relax. Tomorrow should be the day I get my results. Hopefully it is not another C day. Been there, done that--not fun. Jackie, if I remember correctly, you have an appointment this week as well?
I read some of the posts, but not all. It appears Babs' party was a success and no one contacted me for bail money, so that was good. That doesn't mean you all behaved yourselves, it just means you didn't get caught, lol!
Jill, it sounds like you might have some light at the end of the tunnel. I sure hope so! Jeannie is off to visit her sister and mother. I wish I had one or the other, or both. I always wanted a sister, but I have two younger brothers instead. It just is not the same. My entire family is not close..I should make more of an effort, but it never seems to happen.
Wyndy! Already with the heat? It must have been cold! I think the lowest so far here has been mid 40s. Today it is in the mid 80s. Vermont has odd weather.
Just wanted to let you know I was still around, but I haven't felt much like posting. I do have quiet spells now and again, and apparently this is one of them. I will keep you posted when I have some news!
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Have a safe trip Jeannie emoticon
emoticon to the new month and Happy Labor Day everyone! Enjoy your day whether relaxing or spending the day with family and friends.

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Good morning, all!! Just a quick note for now. I'm heading up to my Mom's. Sis is in the hospital being treated for the cellulitis, so I think I need to check in on them and probably take mom grocery shopping for a few things.

We had wonderful rain last night. Not sure how much, but it looks quite wet this morning.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day and that we all get a great start on the new month! Hugs, Jeannie

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GEES-A-LOU!!! NOLA, WHERE DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS HUNK!!

YOU ALL KNOW HOW TO THROW A VIRTUAL PARTY. BOY DID I MISS OUT.

WHO NEEDS TO WAIT TILL CHRISTMAS TO HAVE FUN. I'M SO GLAD YOU ALL HAD A

WONDERFUL TIME. BUT YOU KNOW ITS BACK TO REAL BUSINESS ON TUESDAY.

AND REALLY RIBS FEED TO YOU NOLA BY HAND, THAT WILL TAKE A FEW DAYS TO

GET OFF THOSE HIPS. (but I bet it was worth it) emoticon emoticon

HAVE A GREAT WEEK ALL. CJ from OK.

TIME TO GET BUSY. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Sheesh...he is a hunk!!!

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Now I have a picture of my Book Boyfriend Adam for you guys to admire. He is so sweet and loves taking walks in the woods and on the beach. You should all get to know him. He is from the book Only You written by my friend Ben Daniels who passed away last month. Adam is a reminder of those great talks with Ben as he developed and wrote the book.
My pain levels in the real world and are down and nonexistent at our beach haven.
Jill I am so happy that you and Brent are going to get some relief soon. I love my therapist and look forward to our visits.
Everyone enjoy the emoticon and the emoticon contest. I think Adam is going to be dong those Flame things for us to see and Charlie is always available to apply sunscreen! emoticon

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My, my we do keep Johnny busy; don't we? He's such a dear for making himself available.

I don't know, Jackie, I'd swear I heard something about 'Friends in low places . . .' Could it be that I was doing the singing? Doubt it. I don't sing well at all.

Glad Jeannie's back and at the party.

Everyone's having such a grand time.

I had Johnny bring me home again this morning. I had a little shopping to do and a lot of money to spend. I bought a new 50" television to hang above the fireplace. It was on sale, really on sale, plus when I charged it I got an additional 5% off. Now I'll just pay it off, minus the 5%!!! Can't beat that!

I didn't lose last week, but I didn't gain either. I'm wondering if it's the additional exercise I'm doing. I have definitely been watching what I eat. Well, watching until the party that is and I' definitely watching everything that goes in this weekend!! Yum, yum, yum.

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Happy Sunday all ... just takin' it easy and checking on the party - as you guys know I'm off the computer on Sunday's but I just had to see how you are all doing! Have a good weekend!

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Jill, I was spooked when my cat turned the hall lights off and on because it would never had occurred to me that a cat could do that. In the hall you had a switch at either end, one was always up, she would jump up and grab it. Depending on which end of the hall was on with it up or off if was down, she would work her magic. And of course any other light switch was aimed up, was her target. Rocky would also fetch and return bottle caps (white plastic from Pepsi bottles emoticon only). Not sure what that was all about. But it was fun.

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The furnace? Really, Wyndy? Bragging are you? emoticon I am so jealous!! emoticon We will probably have the AC on 'till mid-October, maybe later. I love the cold. My husband says that I am part polar bear. I remember the year we moved to Montana. We moved into base housing in mid-August and had snow flurries. On 08 October we had our first measurable snow and didn't see the ground again late spring. I'm not too crazy about the ice storms and blizzards we have in Mid-Mo, but I do love the cold. When I hit the lottery, emoticon I'm moving to Wyoming!

Stay warm. You could send some of the rain and cooler weather our way! emoticon

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Hi, it's raining out and cold had to turn the furnace on just to take the chill off the air and the hardwood. Why oh why oh why did I let my hubby talk me into hardwood floors!

God bless your endeavours
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Hello, friends!! Just a quick check-in. Too busy at the party to say too much. Having such an awesome time and love spending time with all of you!! emoticon

Jackie, I just love The Lion Sleeps Tonight...something about the beat, lyrics...well, just the whole thing. Sounds like fun!

Babs, it is so great that Johnny T is able to shuttle us back and forth for those necessary times we need to be at home...I just saw that Ramona posted on the party thread that you didn't really need to buy the house for us, just the beach!!! We are never in the house! LOL!

Jill...great news! I hope it pans out and quickly. Happy b-day to your youngest! Hope you're enjoying the Spaghetti Factory. Don't think I've ever eaten at one, but sounds good!

All this talk about cats... emoticon ...we also had a cat named Bob!! Can you believe that? He was an outdoor cat and Richard loved him. He went to live with his (Richard's) sister who turned him into a fat, lazy and sickly indoor cat...so sad. We also "inherited" a cat from our youngest son's high school Spanish teacher. His name was Pedro and he was huge. Now that was one weird cat. He loved women and would always be trying to crawl all over any woman who came near him. We found a nice home for him, but his new owner said he started messing with the cable box located on a shelf near the floor and I guess he was able to turn the tv on or off. I don't know, as we didn't have cable, but she had to move the box, I guess. Was it Linda who said they had one that turned lights on and off? Interesting pets!

Alice, I love the pics of your flowers (already commented on your chickies), but haven't had time to tell you how pretty those flowers are, too. And that picture of you when you were a gymnast?? Unbelievable...I was fairly slim and trim when younger, but definitely never looked like that!! Wowee!!!

Okay, ladies...I have to go get the message for Special Days sent, but I'm also waiting to get clothes out of the dryer, so it might be a while! Take care, c'mon down to the party if you haven't been by yet...like Babs told Karen...time to take those under "things" off and enjoy the soothing, wonderful and relaxing water!! XOXO Hugs to all...Jeannie

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Jill - awesome news about Brent & You!! Glad you are going out with the dear family - that will lift your spirits for sure seeing those adorable grand kids!

Hmmmm..... Babs, I don't think I had THAT many mimosas!! LOL - at least I was singing and not sleeping! Yes, check out our party, we are having a grand time.

"In olden days a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking,
But now, Heaven knows,
Anything Goes. "

If I start singing I've Got Friends In Low Places - then you know I've probably had too much!

Speaking of singing - I'm so excited that our quartet will be learning "Who Wrote the Book of Love" and "The Lion Sleeps Tonite"! Lots of fun and some really good bass tags! (a tag in barbershop music, is a dramatic variation put in the last section of the song.)

Well just checking in - hot humid here after some cold weather. I never know what to wear!
Gotta do some cleaning, straightening up ... then it's Dr. Who & Outlander viewing tonite!

Have a good Saturday all! (hic)....



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Quick check in on the chat. It's wonderful seeing all of you at the party. You Sparkies can wear this old bod out!! We're having a grand time.

Went to the pool yesterday and even worked out on the equipment for 10 mins. Slow and easy does it for me.

I did the bare minimum here at home this morning (Johnny T flew me home just for that and grocery shopping. Isn't he wonderful!). I intend to relax. No Labor for me this weekend.

Jill, I'm so happy that you have some good news. If Brent can get out with others, maybe some close to his age too, see this/experience things - how wonderful for him. That 1/2 day will be a blessing for you too. I'm happy for both of you. Most important of all - a therapist. My gosh he needs that. Enjoy the Spaghetti Factory. I love going there. Delicious. I'm sure Johnny will fly you right back down to the party.

I'm not sure what all I read. Let's see. Nola's focusing on a hunka hunka burnin love. Karen's working on not getting her undies in a bundle. (Take them off, Karen!! Come skinny dipping with us. No problem then.) Alice, I'm glad you are back on track. We hit those days periodically. The important thing is to get beyond them - and you did. Jackie and Mike had a wonderful time and she's partying with us. She sings beautifully. Did you hear her? I heard her singing while she walked along the beach. OK. I do have to tell you - don't let her know that I told you this - but um she was slurring some of her words!! A bit too much Mimosa; ya think??

See you all at the party.

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Sorry to be away from here so long. I did receive good news that within the next couple of weeks my son, Brent, will have a Therapist to talk to, that's been something we've waited a long time for. And, when the Program's large Van is repaired he can go on 1/2 day excursions so we're both looking forward to that. It's been hard to have a lot of patience but it all sounds great to both of us. Today is my youngest son's Birthday and all of us will be going to lunch tomorrow at Spaghetti Factory. So, I'm looking forward to seeing my two wonderful Grandchildren there as well as their awesome parents.

Karen, I'm hoping and praying that soon you will get some really good news! It much be hard to have to wait for your test results for a few more days. Thank you for your love & concerns about us but things are finally looking up.

Jackie, Sounds like you and Mike had a terrific day out enjoying walking the Boardwalk together and topping your day off with some refreshing ice cream. I continue to think about you and are hoping all your tests come out well. Is the Outlander TV series as good as it sounds. I rarely watch TV anymore but maybe should watch it and the Dr.

Linda, I would be spooked if I had a cat that turned off and on the lights. I didn't know a Cat would even be able to do that. Our pets are like family and make me happy. I no longer can imagine us not having a dog or cat to love. I really agree with you and Rod Stewart has been a favorite singer of mine for many years--and, yes I Still Think he's Sexy--LOL emoticon

Nola, So sorry to hear that your pain levels are high. Are you able to take something for the pain? Can you exercise or is that next to impossible now? I'll be praying you'll feel a lot less pain soon. Glad to hear your son is feeling better, that's great news.

Alice, Glad you're right back on track. . .I love all your chickens names and wonder if they've started to lay eggs yet. Fresh farm eggs are the most tasty.

Barbara, I hope you're feeling better and receive good news back from the recent testing you've had. Sorry I haven't read yours blogs recently. I'm so behind on Spark. I hope to catch up on SP over the long weekend as well as party with everyone at Babs' Beach Front Labor Day Party! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Jeanne, I know you're enjoying your long weekend off. You deserve and need to re-charge and relax over the weekend. Being a Teacher is a difficult job but you sound like you love it even though you're super busy.

CJ, I can't believe there are only 17 Fridays until Christmas, are there 16 left now? I usually wait until the end of November or December to think of what to buy my family. I can't afford to buy very much for anyone this Christmas but will buy some toys or clothes for my much loved GC.

Babs, I love the new Mini-Challenge as it'll be fun to get to know everyone better and we can share something fun or interesting about ourselves. Enjoy your pool walking this weekend with Abby that sounds like fun for both of you. Thank you for inviting us to your big Labor Day Party. I hope to arrive soon as Johnny T. will be here in an hour or so. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Jeannie, How wonderful that after 49 years you still keep in touch with the Nurses who graduated with you. I think that is wonderful! How many Nurses graduated with you from Nursing School? I know you enjoyed being away for a day or two staying with your fellow nursing graduates. I bet the years have flown by for you as they have me.

Theresa, I miss having you chatting with us. Are you still having computer problems, I hope not. Great news about Pyne's new job!!

I'm really sorry not to mention everyone but I think I've written too much now. Let's All Party Together at Bab's awesome Labor Day Party and enjoy lots of "eye candy" special guests. emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Jeanne, you will have to live the cat experience through us crazy cat people. I am allergic to everything but cats. emoticon

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I guess we will have to wait for the results until Tuesday, Karen. Enjoy your holiday weekend and know that we all support you and hope the best for you. I pray that it is good news. emoticon

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Hi Sparkers...just a very brief post. There is no news yet, so it appears I will not know until Tuesday. Keeping my chin up (all of them, lol!) and trying not to get my undies in too much of a knot!
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Hi everyone!! It is raining here today and there is a chill in the air. I am not in anyway ready for fall and winter. I still wanted to get out in my flower garden and weed. Today I am catching up on.....everything! I was down in the dumps the last two days and did next to nothing during that time. But I am back on track----those tracks of mine sure get a workout!!

I am going to bake a blueberry pie this afternoon. A friend gave us some blueberries. My husband had blueberry muffins and pancakes. Now for the pie!! I made bread this morning --three loaves. The house smells wonderful!

Looking forward to see y'all at the party---where there is no pain and misery to deal with. Just good times!! I missed this morning and a lot of things were happening!!

Hope y'all have a great day!! See you later!! emoticon

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Sorry you're in so much pain Nola .... that's a lot to deal with.

Babs - I'm with you - let's float our boat together - I still got 3 hours of work left after I make lunch - then I'm going to try to relax all weekend!

CJ- 17 Friday's 'til Xmas .... oh, no! I can't think about that... I finally got my summer clothes organized - just in time for fall...

Linda - loved to hear about your cat! We have 3 of them and a dog. One Black, One Orange Tabby, One Turtle (the Mother) ... all with really different personalities - and they all get along with our Aussie Cattle Dog!

Yep, Jeanne - I will discuss all things Outlander!

Karen - any news yet?
Well - off to the party, lunch, and finishing up work. Have a good day all, Jackie

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I will be posting pictures of Charlie for the days during our party. I think it keeps my mind focused. I am going to try to walk in the hall a bit and see if it helps the pain. I think it has something to do with my GP and the OA and Fibro combined. I need to get my mind to that beach emoticon and leave the pain behind! emoticon

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Canít wait for the rest of you to begin arriving today. I saw Theresa early, early this morning when I walked down to the beach. I had coffee. Theresa had a Mimosa!! Typical Theresa - but she shared with me. That is also Typical Theresa. Iíll nap a little later in one of the cabanas. Iíll be all set to party the night away!

In my Ďreal world Ď - Itís a little cooler this morning. Thank goodness.

Abby and I plan to head to the gym after work/school. Thereís family time from 3 - 5. Itís definitely doable. I thought about going last night after work, but it started getting dark and thundering. No point in getting there to have to get out of the pool due to windows/sky lights.

No big plans this weekend. I am simply not in the mood for it. I just want to do whatever floats my boat. Iíll figure it out as I o along.

Linda, I would have been spooked for sure if I had a cat turn lights off/on. Funny. They definitely work their way into your heart.

Jackie, it sounds like you and Mike had a lovely day yesterday. Relaxing, nice, old memories revived - and you really canít beat a burger for dinner! My weakness.

CJ, 17 Fridays til Christmas!! Iíd better get busy. Last year my plan was to make more handmade gifts. Didnít happen. So Iíve revived that plan. Itís fun! I need to simply make the time to do it. Behave myself? Always.

Barbara, thanks. Itís my HS senior picture. I look a Ďlittleí different now.

Nola, darn that pain!! Iím so glad youíre coming to the party. Sit in the nice, warm water, soak up the sun - youíll be great. Of course, the liquids that will be flowing might help too. Then thereís the spa, a massage, the eye candy . . . I canít handle it all.

Jeanne, school just started and some of the teachers are already doing the Ďcount down.í Iíve been terrible the past couple of years and I havenít done any better this year as far as Ďshopping for that big holiday goes.í I usually find little things off and on, tuck them away, and it helps. I kind of enjoy it too, finding that special something for someone. Iíve gotten quite lazy and while I donít buy a lot itís expensive to do it all at once. I like to make things - which I havenít done - for my sister and couple friends. This year - I will do it!

Well my friends, that beach is calling me. See all of you later.

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CJ is counting Fridays until Christmas. One of the teachers, with whom I work, was counting the days until Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. Although her counting was no doubt for a different reason. I try not to think about it, it makes the days drag by.

The weather forecasters sure missed it this week. The cooler weather hasn't arrived and neither did the rain.

Seeing the photos of Babs and Alice from their high school days are super! Thanks, ladies, for sharing a bit of your past.

Barbara, how was the visit with the new doctor. Sure hope she can find out what ails you.

Linda ~ I'm a cat person, too, but due to allergies getting worse over the years, we no longer have an indoor cat. Love the cats, they are so independent!

Jeannie ~ How was the last visit with the family? I'm behind in reading, maybe you've posted about your trip already and I just missed it.

Jill ~ You are missed so very much! I pray that the situation is better for you and your son.

Jackie ~ Hope the tests results come back okay. I finally got to water the Dr. and the last episode of Outlander. This weekend I hope to take you up on your offer to discuss these two wonderful shows.

Nola ~ Continued prayers for relief from your pain.

For the rest of the team, and those I missed, I pray you are well and that life is good.

Have a wonderful long weekend. Beach time will be most welcome!

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Another bad night with the pain last night. I think that I just try to do too much and then end up paying for it. Jeanie I had horrible sciatica until my pain management Dr. did the ablation last year. I have none now. It can take care of it for a very long time. My pain now seems to come from Fibro which has developed and arthritis in the SI joint. Although I have injections for it I think we have about reached the point where even that is not being effective and I cannot take oral medications very well.
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Babs love your new pic!

Linda that is the funniest story about the cat!

Jackie, have you heard any news?

CJ, cannot believe that about Christmas..gee whiz

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Hey Jeanie its 17 more Fridays until Christmas, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Just thought I'd let you know.

Don't have much computer time today, so I'll try to get back tomorrow, I miss chatting with all of you. Just had to answer Jeanie about Christmas.

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Good morning all ... hope you are well today. Weather is cool over here but because it was sunny, we drove to Lake Michigan to walk the Boardwalk (makes it so nice to get close to the water for seniors and others)... Mike had a bit trouble walking, but we took our time and sat or leaned on the rails every so often. Gosh, the sun and sea make me feel so good - takes me back to when I was 16 and those endless summers on the beach. Afterwards we endulged at my favorite ice cream place (hadn't been there in 3 years - an hour and half away) and came home to make hamburgs.

Today I am working database - turned off the phones/emails, so I can hopefully get away for the party and more sun!

Barbara, good luck with the tests ... glad you found someone who cares!

Jill - thinking and praying about you, my friend...

I'm okay Karen - just worrying off/on. My appt. is 9/4. Hope your news turns out well, too!

Well, I am going to check Alice's chicken photos and get going on the party. Have a good day all!

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Babs, I believe you. Had a cat that turned lights in the hallway off and on. Thought for sure my apt was haunted until I saw it for myself. That's the fun of having a pet, they are all different and wacky in their own ways.

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Jeannie, I love an honest person. You are correct, they own you. You 're allowed into their lives. Just the way it is with cats. My favorite funnies are Mutts and Garfield. They show it how life is. Cats rule! Also check out Simon on utube. emoticon

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Thursday already - leave for our weekend of fun, food, swimming, dancing and hunks! Iíll be out of here within an our. Can wait to party with all of you.

It did rain/storm last night. Weíre finally cooling down. Not a lot, but every degree helps.

Linda, Joeís grandma (the other one) has a cat named ĎBob.í Sheís hilarious with her cats/pets. Absolutely loves them. When I went to MO for the funeral, she told me Bob sings. I thought - lady, youíve flipped!! Well, itís true. Funniest thing I ever heard. Bob jumps up on her lap. She sings ďOn top of old SmokeyĒ and the Bob goes Ďmeeeooooowwwí ďAll covered with snowĒ Ďmeeeoooowwww.í I cracked up. She has unique pets.

Nola, that warm weather will definitely be great for you! See you soon.

Jeannie, have fun visiting with your nursing classmates and planning next yearís reunion. Sounds like a lot of fun. Then Iíll see you at our Ďfuní time. Gosh, you have to pack for 2 trips.

Alice, I checked out the photos of your chickens - very nice. Love the names. Love the pics of your flowers too.

Barbara, good luck with the tests. Sometimes you just canít make it in to post. But isnít it nice to know that you were definitely missed? See you at the party.

I worked up a simple 'mini challenge' that I hope will be fun. Everyone is so busy right now, and many of us are facing medical problems, etc. So I thought that 'simple' might work.

I really have to get out of here and catch that plane . . . and Johnny T!!

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Please forgive that I haven't been able to address individual posts as before. First. I am still feeling yuckky but also I have been trying to catch up with my job and all the work I have. It is so much work that for the first time since starting back, I did not get on SP except to track. And here it is midnight and I am trying to catch up.

I have a CT scan tomorrow. Just glad I have a different doctor in the practice who gives a darn. She has given me tests that he should have 2 weeks ago. Once I know the results I will let you know. No matter I wont miss the party!!!!

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I have been catching up on all your messages! We are a busy group! I hope all will go well with y'all!

My chickens are doing great! I have pictures of them on my sparkpage--take a look! I have named them. The rooster is Henry. The barred rock hen is Josephine- she is the head of the ladies group! The three white hens are Gertrude, Herminee, and Calliope. The are really friendly and gentle.

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Nola, I hear you about the legs being uncooperative. I'm getting fed up. I can't walk a lot b/c of the sciatica, but if I don't the rest of me starts to ache. But, I did just get back from the mailbox. It's 0.1 mile each way, so I figure if I do this for awhile, I should be able to get back to walking more. I hope!

Linda...we had a cat once. Belonged to our DD. Finally, we said enuf is enuf...your cat, you take him. He did what cats do...slept, ate, sometimes gave us fur balls back. We're not cat people, but he ruled our lives for about 8 years! LOL!

Babs, like everyone else, I'm getting excited about the Labor Day party, too. I was thinking coconut shells for my grass skirt outfit! emoticon

Jeanne, Barbara posted here a few days ago about the possibility of being diagnosed with Crohn's disease. And, speaking of Barbara, I hope she feels well enough to stop by and let us know how YOU are doing, friend!!

Theresa, I see Pyne has a new job!! Now that will keep him out of your hair for some time each day! Hope you get that computer fixed soon.

Alice, how are the chickens/rooster doing? When we rented a little place in AZ a few years ago, there were a number of roosters. They crowed all day and all night. Doesn't take long to get used to them. They also had peacocks, chickens to go with the roosters, small cattle that they raised for certain events for rodeos and lots of dogs and cats. Plenty to entertain us old people! LOL!

Jill, sending you my very best hugs and prayers and love. Enuf said! We love you and will be happy to see you whenever you have time to stop by....but you and your family come first!

CJ, how many Fridays until Christmas? I know you keep track!! emoticon

Tomorrow I leave to visit my nursing school roommate. I'll stay overnight and then on Friday, we have a meeting of more classmates to work on our 50th reunion next year. It'll be fun. But, I probably won't be around for a couple days. Will be thinking about you all, though.

Okay, friends...hello to everyone. Behave yourselves while I'm gone...and if you don't, at least have fun. I won't be at the party until Friday a little later. Johnny T agreed to come back and get me. Love you all. Jeannie


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Must be the emoticon weather but my legs don't want to move much today. I can't wait to get to the party and the pleasant warm sun not the baking kind we have here.

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Babs, I do understand a concern for Garfy' s 14lbs. Chrisy is also 14lbs and a little butterball. Garfy is what you could call a "Big Yellow" . They are muscle and length and usually lean mean fighting machines. Except for mice, I guess this is true for Garfy. I only worry about his weight when I don't see him scarfing down both his and Chrisy' s food. She is a regular dainty cat who eats less than him but is not as big boned as he is. It's a challenge to get her weight down and keep his up. But, that's the price we pay for love, emoticon just another little wrinkle in the fabric of life. I am lucky to be around and still have little problems.

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I believe itís beginning to cool down, at least a little. Something to be thankful for today.

Iím getting very excited about our Labor Day Party! I leave tomorrow morning. Iíll finish packing tonight. Goodness sakes a live you ladies are such party animals. I love it!! Weíre having a Hula Contest now and a luau. That means I really must pack my grass skirt and my skimpy halter to wear to the luau. I want to dress appropriately. Iíll take my swimsuit, but I doubt seriously that Iíll wear it very often. Itís the time and place for skinny dipping. All those hunks around - why not.

Theresa, that darn puter of yours is really becoming a problem!! I miss your fun-filled posts. I havenít heard about Pyne in ages. Lifeís getting boring!

Linda, youíre a softie! However, I know what you mean. Jasmine has stolen my heart too. Sheís such a love - and she thinks sheís Ďmomí to my grandkids!

Karen, Iím in awe! A nice, long post like that full of information without notes! Amazing.

Jeannie & Jeanne, hello to you both. Youíre right. I havenít seen a blog in a couple of days. Hope sheís feeling well. This team has been plagued with so much sickness and sadness.

Nola, wonderful news about your son. Thatís enough to make you feel better.

I keep debating about a swimsuit. I really need a new one. Chlorine is not kind to suits, but I tell myself ĎWait until you can buy a smaller size.í Decisions. Decisions!

Have a Wacky, Whimsical, Wild Wednesday.

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My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Jill I know that when we are concerned about our children that it occupies our entire life. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. My son feels that he is getting stronger so that was a wonderful bonus to my day.
WE are of an age to have to deal with so many health problems so wishing everyone some pain free time. Love to you all!

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I'm just checking in, too. I think Karen wrote what we all want to say when we read the posts. My thoughts and prayers go out to the team.

Has anyone heard from Barbara? She hasn't posted a blog in a couple of days. I know she's been very ill. emoticon

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Your nice long post is here, Karen!!

Won't stay but a minute...busy day and too much to do now. I'll try to get caught up tomorrow. Just wanted you to know I'm "here" and all is well at this end.

Have a great evening! Love you all...jeannie

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Hmmm...just did a nice long post. I had even taken notes!
Well, anyway, life is too short to worry about a missing post, lol
Hope everyone has a Smurfy day!
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Hi Sparkers! Hi, Theresa! No, no test results until probably 9/2. I am trying to be patient and not off the wall. Hard to tell with me--I am usually off the wall by nature, lol.
Babs--Don't you just love the way kids bounce back when they aren't feeling well? Glad Abby is doing ok. How is her school year so far? Is she enjoying it? Did you enjoy school when you were her age?
Linda--I loved the Street Thug story. Like Garfy, Miss Ivy was adopted from the shelter as well. She is the sweetest cat. I know know how much she weighs, but the vet put her on a diet. She did hide under the sofa when the bear demolised our bird feeders early yesterday morning. It even tore off parat of the railing on the porch. Yesterday afternoon the birds were so forlorn wondering where the seeds were. Even Mr. Squirrel was sad since "his" food supply has been shut off.
Jackie--I have never missed a wedding, but I have mixed up doctor's appointments quite often. Usually I show up a day ahead of time, lol. I never know what day of the week it is anyway. I don't do well with calendars--sounds like you have the same affliction, lol! Are you doing OK? Any news?
Alice--We used to have 30 chickens, including two roosters. I love the sound when they crow. As you know, it doesn't have to be morning for them to start, they crow when the spirit moves them. If they were too quiet, I would go out and start crowing myself just to make them start in. Nothing like fresh eggs--they are the best. I have to share--my license plate is a vanity plate. CLUCKS
Jill, dear, my heart is breaking for you. You are such a caring person and I so wish things would get bettr for you and Brent. I hope his doctor's visit had the start of so me good outcomes for both of you. You are so important to us on the team and I feel such a connection to you. I am sending you the biggest hug I have!
Barbara--I am so sorry to hear you might have Chrohn's disease. In a way, though, once a definite diagnosis is made then progress can be made getting you to feel better. Not knowing for sure what is wrong is always the worst. I can certainly attest to that.
Jeanne--My husband started school yesterday, and like you, his first week will be fairly stressful. There are no students until Thursday when the freshmen arrive. He has no idea of his schedule or how many students will be in his program. Friday all the students will attend and then they are off for a three day weekend. He says it is "hurry up and wait" time. This is his 11th year in this district. He previously spent 10 years in another district working one on one with a particular student. When the student graduated from high school, Jim went to work for a private company so he could stay with his student. He stayed with him until the student passed away at age 24. It was so sad, but Jim was glad he stayed through to the end.
Alice--I am trying to be patient, which clearly is not my best virtue, lol. I will know the results when they come in, whenever that is. My doctor will actually call me himself when they are in, rather than me having to call him and hound him. He's a really nice doctor and through the 10 years I have been with him we have a pretty good relationship.
Wyndy, I hope you are doing better today and every day!
Jennie--are those shirtless wonders still next door? The least you could do is take a picture and share with the rest of us. Just sayin', lol.
Apologies to anyone I missed......not intentional, I assure you!
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Alice, yes my friend who has 18 cats at her farm, finds a dead mouse or rat daily. The cats are saying we love you and at the same time letting her know that they are earning their keep. Garfy aka Street Thug was on his own outside for at least 6wks. And the pound never heard from anyone looking for him. But, he stalks around the kitchen and runs if he hears the refrigerator hum. He is definitely not a bad ass when it comes to mice. But, I love the little varmit and will keep him anyway. (Only joking I have no choice, he stole my heart).
Jill, if your son's doctor does not listen to your concerns, you must go else where. He is too important to you to have to worry about his care so much. Unhealthy for you too. Good luck. Also loves and hugs to all suffering in any way. Linda

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Just jumping in here to say Hi, and tell you that I am reading your posts. But stupid computer shuts itself off, and I've lost some longer post.

((Hugs)), Prayers, and good vibes going out to All! Theresa

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Another hot day here. Iíve been spoiled this summer. I admit it. We are now having summer in the Midwest at the Ďend of summer.í

Linda, a 14# cat! Wow, definitely not an itty bitty kitty. Funny story about the mouse.

Jackie, Iím sure your friend will understand about the wedding. Youíve been so busy, had/have health concerns (which she doesnít know about), Mikeís had health problems, and the list goes on. We tend to push ourselves too much too often.

Alice, reading about your chickens is very interesting to me right now. My brother just told me over the weekend that he plans to raise a few chickens when he retires. Itís just something that interests him and heís been doing a lot of research/reading about raising them.

My dear, sweet Jill, I am so very sorry you are under so much stress right now. Iím so sorry for Brent too and pray that his visit with a psychiatrist today brings him, and you, some much needed relief. Your family and Yourself are whatís important right now. There isnít time or energy to focus on anything else. Prayers and hugs for you dear friend.

Barbara, Iím so sorry to hear about your recent Ďpossibleí diagnosis. Prayers and hugs for you too.

I would love for this to be a "Terrific Tuesday" for all of us.

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Jill, I am so very sorry for the difficulties with his psychiatrist. You both need some peace. I am praying for both of you! emoticon

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Dear Team ~ You are all on my prayer list and in my daily prayers. It's so sad to hear about all the illness and medical problems. I'll start with the daily chat tomorrow so there's more time to write.

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Jill, my heart goes out to you. I really wish you could get a different psychiatrist to help you and your son. Maybe I am misreading but she does not seem as invested in relieving both your situations. Why don't you call NIH Mental Health and see what they have to offer? Call the OD office. I realize they are research but you just need to get the right person to help you.

I may have Chron's disease which I am so upset to have heard. I had a fistual removed and it the area is not healing so she thinks the diverticulitis just might be chron's. Ugh. I'll never ever lose weight with those meds and who the heck wants to be on them! I asked how can you distinguish between the two and she said there is nothing clear cut.

Sorry I didn't read all the posts as I am barely making it...hugs and love to all

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Overall it's been a hot & unusually humid Summer here. Triple digits coming up in a few days, ugh. So blessed to have A/C in my house. Unfortunately most of last week and this Brent wakes me up in the wee hours of the morning, crying and venting until he winds down and goes back to sleep. That seems to be easier for him to do than me. Some days I'm able to take a nap which helps. I'm so glad tomorrow afternoon we go to see his Psychiatrist. I'm really gearing up to tell her either she has to change his medicine or he needs to be in a Psychiatric care hospital or whatever kind of psychological help his Medical will pay for. He says this is the worse he's ever felt and by his actions and words I agree with him. So, I'm trying to hang on with him and have been praying for him to feel better and that his Dr. will listen this time and change his medication as he's been on it for over 6 months & it really never has agreed with him. So, right now we're both going through a difficult time and it's harder than ever for me to focus on what it takes for me to lose weight. However, I'm kind of depressed as a result of what's going on here with him and don't have much of an appetite anymore. Things just have to get better for him as he can't live like this so mixed up and confused and neither can I. So, I'm really sorry but right now I have to put my energy and inner strength into getting him some much needed help and psychology care. I do read all your posts here and don't even feel up to responding to anyone right now. I do continue to pray for those of you who aren't feeling well or stressed/worried about things going on in your life. I do care about and love all of you and hope to feel better myself and have more time to be here more often very soon. I'll keep you posted as to how his late afternoon appointment goes tomorrow. If you're the praying type please say one for my son to get some good psychology help & feel better. Thank you so much. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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Linda - Funny that Garfy hid from the mouse emoticon When I had a cat (on the farm) she would line up the dead mice and moles on the doorstep for my approval. She would wait for me to make a big deal of her and then I had to remove the mice! emoticon

Jeannie - I just get a kick out of my rooster. He wakes me up at 5am with his proud crowing!! Let the hens loose this morning and they were busy eating bugs in my garden. I also wanted the chickens as a motivation. I HAVE to go out everyday to take care of them. Even in the snow! emoticon

Wyndy and Linda - I truly believe this is a disease. (cleaning out our desks) It never stays organized but maybe if I were more organized I would not have this as a weekly problem. emoticon

Karen - How were the results for your tests? I am sorry I must have missed it somehow. I hope you received the results you were looking for. You are on my prayer list. emoticon

Babs - Thank you for the compliment. I am glad you enjoy my blogs. My blog is me talking to me and my friends. And it is a great help to me. emoticon

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After such a cool summer - it so sweltering hot today! Oh, well it could be last February (-20 degrees, 2 feet of snow and no water ... LOL)

Jeanne - I had to watch both Doctor Who & Outlander Saturday. If you want to discuss privately, let me know. I check tvline.com and ew.com to find out more and what I may have missed about the episode. Not too much with Outlander - but Saturday's DW refers to an 2006 episode! Won't say more...

Babs, so sorry Abby was sick, but then felt better. Ah, the resilience of youth!

I'm so off with the weeks - when you said Labor Day is coming up! I thought this weekend was August 19th (not the 23rd) and I missed a wedding of a dear friend!! I am mortified. I don't know what happened. I got up and was working a bit then hit a creative streak and wrote my spiritual class lessons and a newsletter for the natural therapies board. Then I read, meditated, made supper, sang and hit the TV. Then on FB I saw her postings! Oh lordy... I know she had a big reception ... but...

Karen - I understand about not wanting to tell people. I did tell the gang her because I wanted positive thoughts ... and I did tell my closest BFF and select friends at SA - which is so unlike me to tell anyone. My BFF said it was better I did since I usually keep everything bottled up. Sending you Love & Light ...

Have a good day dear friends ... Jeannie, Jill, Linda, Barbara, Wyndy ... Joanna ... Karen ... Francie ... and if I've forgotten anyone it's because I don't remember the dates let alone names without constant reminders!

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Jeannie, sorry about the mix-up on names. Not sure if it was a Kindle correction or a senior moment came over me. No, Street Thug is no help in the protection area. He is a 14lb fraidy cat. When the mouse came though my kitchen wall he ran and hid from it. I had to call an exterminator for $200. At least the exterminator sealed up the wall. Guess Garfy could not do that.
Wyndy, I need to do my desk area too. This time I need to put off until I empty book boxes. I need to take most to Goodwill tomorrow. Maybe I will actually do desk when I come home. It is an embarrassing mess right next to my front door.
Barbara, hope you feel better soon (and all others that have been under the weather). If you do lose your job, try to remember the old saying "when one door closes, another opens. It has been reassuring to me lately. Love ya all, Linda

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What a hot weekend! It was a busy one too.

Abby didnít feel up to par. Started with a sore throat on Friday but no a Ďmiss schoolí kind of sick. Saturday/Sunday she was full of congestion. Saturday AM she even said she didnít think sheíd be able to swim with me. Sheíd stay home with her brother when he got home from work. Goodness. That told me she didnít feel good. A few hours after taking her medicine (childrenís sinus meds) and drinking lots of green iced tea, she felt so much better. She did go to the pool with me. We went both days and we even worked on the equipment for 10 mins yesterday. I wonít work on them much longer than that. I need to build up these muscles. I feel great today!

I also - drum roll please - lost a pound. I am so excited and happy. I am back on track.

Thursday I leave for my retirement home and await all of you to come for the Labor Day Party/Bash. You have some excellent plans in place.

Karen, Iím thinking positive thoughts too. You are so positive and that helps. 5 times in the past 10 years - Hugs!! The unknown - itís the hardest thing for me to deal with. I kind of think Iíd be like you with medical problems - why worry everyone when there might not be a reason to worry.

Jeannie, love the tooth fairy story. Kids are so much fun. My kids never got dollars either. My grandkids do. Itís because Iím rich now!! Glad the visit with mom/sis worked out well. Chinese - yum, but I know what you mean. All that sodium can bloat a person. Meatloaf sounds so good. Kinda like soup - I always enjoy it.

Wyndy, I hope the change in meds helps.

Nola, Iíve had the idea of a family tree in mind for years now but I donít think it will happen until - when - if - I ever retire! Iíd love to find out whoís out there in my past.

Jackie, oh my gosh, I do believe Mike is right on target. Your cells are kinda off the charts. Who else can mess up everything within reach thatís electronic! Prayers and hugs my friend. Of course, your SA rocked it! I would love to hear all of you. Maybe at the party - will you sing for us this weekend at the party?

Jeanne, itís so tough to keep up with the posts. I know what you mean. I missed the weekend and good grief - I donít know whatís going on.

Linda, Street Thug - funny story. Iím thrilled to have you with us and itís great that you are finding some contentment. The perfect PT job will come along.

Barbara, good luck with the job. Itís so hard to sit back and wonder . . . I hope you feel better.

Alice, hello to you. So happy to see that you continue with your blogs. You're quite good at writing them!

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It's Sunday evening and winding down from the weekend. We have this Friday and next Monday off for the Labor Day weekend. Can't imagine how the calendar committee pulled that one off! Looking forward to cooler weather later in the week. Even with AC, everyone is crabby. When you walk outside, the heat takes your breath away. Either extreme in the temperature, hot or cold, is miserable. Four months from now, we'll probably be complaining of the cold. I prefer the cold, just not all the snow and ice that accompanies it.

Hoping I get to spark a bit more this week. If not, please know that I think about all of you and miss you. Any site that contains the word blog, as well as personal email is blocked at school. I have to wait until I get home to see/read what's happening.

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Barbara, I'm so sorry to hear you're still not feeling well. Hope that improves soon and that your job situation doesn't cause more problems.

Karen, tracking really makes a huge difference for me, too. I've gotten into a bad habit recently of not putting things down when I know I'm over my calorie budget. Geez...like it means I didn't eat it if I didn't write it down? I'm working on that and trying my best to put it all down, regardless. You will be fine as long as you keep those crackers out of the house! LOL!

I have a box of school yearbooks that I am going to unpack right now. If they were important enough to move, they are important enough to unpack. I'm in the mood to get rid of more stuff, too, Karen.

Have a good evening, all. Sure saying lots of prayers for all of you. Hugs, Jeannie

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Barbara...I hope your job situation straightens out soon. I have had jobs in the past that I absolutely hated, including having a very unpleasant boss. I am blessed now that my boss is a very close friend I had worked with before. When he became CEO of the credit union, he called me to come join him. We run the place together with the help of some very dedicated and talented employees. This is the job I will retire from, whenever that may be.
So...I did no knitting or reading yet, as I had planned. However, I washed and dried one load of laundry, did the dishes (no dishwasher here), got all 20 pairs of my shoes up off the floor and back in the shoe rack and have almost all the clothes hung up. I have started going through stuff to give away--it will make moving a lot easier when I get to that point. I think probably that will happen in late spring. Lots of things going on between then and now.
Today I have been really good about tracking what I eat. I get away from that, and all heck breaks loose. I have to go back to, "you can't eat it unless you record it first!" That has worked before and I really need to have it work now. Carrying around extra weight will not help me of I need to go through treatments again, and it won't help me if I don't have to do any treatments, lol. Extra weight is just plain no good!
It is late afternoon here--I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their day!
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Hello all,

Not going through the list as not feeling well as I should so I am just going to say hello here. Miss you guys...

Working my 2nd job despite everything. They are going to "re-interview" us next week and reduce the # of us so I may not have this job after September leaving me almost $200 short a month. If it only happened in December it wouldn't be so bad as January is when my car loan expires and it will even out. Now I will just be plain short.

Doesn't seem right that they are doing it this way, but no use complaining. Sigh...sometimes if its not one thing its another. Right now I am more concerned that my health doesn't completely slip even further to where I need surgery or something worse...any prayers would be appreciated!

Hoping everyone is well or getting better.

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Today I am setting a goal of cleaning my office desk. I am not going to clean the whole office, that will take all week and would just end up in defeat so for today, the desk. I tend to store items on the floor. LOL.

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Good Sunday morning! Dinner is in the oven. Having meatloaf today. Just sounded good to me and Richard eats whatever I put out there. The other day I asked him if he didn't ever wish he could fix a meal for us that was something he really wanted to eat. (Of course, I was feeling annoyed because trying to figure out what to fix is the hardest thing for me.) Anyway, he said nothing, which is his style. But, about an hour later he asked if I'd like to go to the Chinese buffet for dinner...a peace offering, I think??? Anyway, that's what we did, and naturally I ate more than normal and probably retained some fluid besides. But, it sure was nice not to have cook and have a bit of a get-away. They've been few and far between with his surgery, etc.

Karen, I know a lot of people would probably disagree with you, but I think I'd be the same way about "telling" all to the family and others. Sometimes it is just better to stay private about a few things. I feel comfortable telling this team ALL, so that's not a problem, but all I'd need would be to get my mother in an uproar and start the worry train on a collision course with reality. She's beside herself with worry over my sister's cellulitis. Anyway, I digress. Richard's aunt had leukemia for about 10 years before anyone in the family knew it. She said she didn't think they needed to know. Her DH did and that was all that mattered. She responded so well to treatment, etc. that we all just thought she wore a wig because she liked them. She was a character and I loved her spunk. A lot like you, Karen. There will be plenty of time to "let it all out" if and when the time comes. Praying for good results from the biopsy for you.

Linda, I think that it was the other Jeanne who was able to walk away from the job from "he77" (There's a tiny "i" in my name...LOL). I'd like to take claim for such a brave thing to do, but I've never worked for horrible people or found myself in that situation. It must be awful to face that every day. I've been really fortunate over the years...there were always a few things about my jobs as a nurse that were a bit challenging, but I'd make the same choices.

So, LInda...you have the Street Thug living with you!! Is he able to provide the kind of protection that all of us need now and then? Sounds like Karen's cat has a lot of entertainment right outside his window. But then, sounds like she does, too. LOL!

Wyndy, hope you're feeling better soon. I imagine you will be seeing cooler weather and nights soon.

Nola, Glidden is on the other side of the state. I've never been there, but one of my first year nursing classmates was from Glidden. We went to school in Des Moines. Next year will be our 50 year reunion. We've started getting everything together for that. It's a lot like the genealogy you're doing, as out of 70+ graduates, 10 are deceased. We're trying to track obits, family members, etc. in addition to those living. I've enjoyed the process and have even found some "lost" people. The internet is an amazing thing. If any of us think we are anonymous, guess again!!

Alice, how's that rooster doing? I can't get over you having chickens and a rooster. Not that it is so strange, but seriously...do you really want to take care of them in the dead of winter? LOL! I know you get plenty of SNOW in northern Wisconsin!!! Good luck!

Jackie, I agree. Life gets too busy sometimes. This week will be busier than every. Tuesday I'm driving back to our old community to work in the museum. Then Thur/Fri I'm headed to Des Moines to meet up with the people working on the reunion. I'm staying with my roommate for 3 years! It'll be fun.Glad the performance at the Legion went well. Will be thinking positive thoughts for you, as well as saying my prayers. The 4th will be here before we know it, but probably not soon enough for you!!

Jeanne, read your blog this morning. It's great! We're so very happy to have you on this journey with us. Good work at getting through that first very challenging week of school. It's an awesome start to the year!

Babs, Theresa, Jill, CJ...hello to each of you! Mona...where are you??? Starr, are you out there? I know there are others. Missing each of you. Hoping you'll be able to stop by soon. Take care, one and all. Love, hugs, strength and peach being sent your way! Jeannie
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Jeannie and everyone, thanks for the kind words regarding putting up with a rotten job. Wish I had had the backbone to walk away from abuse from my employer like Jeannie, but I felt that I was too fat and too old to do that. It was not my call, but I am definitely better for it. It is a real problem trying to find a job and I find that I do not pursue one that seems to have that kind of management. I am happy with my insurance and get SS now so I will likely take part-time and enjoy life more. Got a chuckle reading Facebook post from my dtr in law. She refers to my Garfy(cat) as Street Thug. When I lived with my son and her while condo being repaired, Garfy harassed her dog somewhat. So his name will forever be. Street Thug. Love starting the day with a chuckle. Hugs to all. This is the best group of people ever..

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Hi Sparkies! It is a beautiful day in Vermont. Sun is shining and the cat and I are enjoying watching the birds at the feeders. I should correct that--I am enjoying the birds at the feeders. Miss Ivy might not be so joyful--she is an indoor kitty. I had a bird yesterday that I had never seen before--a rose breasted grosbeak. Such a pretty bird! We also have had some hummers at the butterfly bush. One time one of the hummers hovered just outside the window and Miss Ivy and I had quite a show. It was almost like it wanted to perform for us. I was just hoping it didn't decide to hit the window!
Not sure what we are doing today, if anything. My family does not know about the biopsy. The only ones who do are my special friend, my friend Michele and Jeff..and this team. I am far more private than you would imagine, besides I don't wish to alarm my family unless necessary. When I was first DX with cancer 10 years ago, I did not tell them anything until I had a date for surgery. The last four biopsies I never mentioned at all since they were all ok.
Yikes! The laundry is ready to come out of the dryer. Got to go get them--Heaven forbid I should have to reacquaint myself with my iron!
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Hello to All,

Today I can finally catch up with all the posts. It is so sad to read about all the poor health issues.

Karen ~ Prayers for a clean report on your biopsy.

Alice ~ Happy to see that you have such a positive attitude. It's catching, you know. emoticon I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog.

Jeannie ~ You're missed when you're not here, but your health and well being have to be a priority. There is so much to learn here and keep us motivated. Time is such a precious commodity and it seems there is never enough.

Jackie ~ Praying for good news about your thyroid. It seems we have similar tastes for tv shows. I'm recording both the new Dr. and Outlander. I'm trying to finish the laundry and spark. I'll lose track of what's happening. I'll watch them tomorrow while I'm ironing my clothes for the week.

Continued prayers and hugs for Francie and Bill.

Jill ~ You are always there with the kindest of words and thoughts. Even with your busy life, you still manage to visit so many of us individually to leave your hugs, love, and friendship. You truly are a blessing to each and everyone of us.

Barbara ~ Your MIA and I hope that you get better soon! You are missed!

Wyndy ~ Our thermometer was over 100 today and, according to the weather forecast, there's no relief in sight for several more days. You could be an angel and send that cooler air south. emoticon It will be much appreciated!

Linda ~ Many years ago, I walked away from the best paying job I've ever held. I did research for tort lawyers. They were tyrants and very verbally abusive. I've never looked back or had regrets.

No doubt there are many others I've missed. After almost 2 months of daily visits, I'm still trying to learn who all the team members are. So emoticon and emoticon for every member of this great team.

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Good day Sparkers ... sorry to be MIA .. life is way too busy sometimes. This is retirement? I feel as if I'm almost as busy as before!

Barbara, thank you for submitting my name to your church for prayers - no card necessary, thank you. Save a tree.... emoticon

Karen, Jill, Jeannie, Babs .. (from what I can remember - we've all established, that there is NO one quite like Jill's memory!) ... thank you for your concerns and prayers as well. Yes, dear Jill, you are a special friend to me as well. It's funny, that this is happening when I feel so very good these days. My appt/consultation is on 9/4. Yes, Jeannie - I think I've gone into a little tailspin. Did Google, but was making myself a little crazy. Mike lifted my spirits by saying, of course my cells are atypical - 'aren't I from another planet?" Thanks to all for thinking a praying about me.

I'm sorry I've not been too chatty here, but I've tried to read and contact some of you privately as well.

Karen, praying all is well with your biopsy results too. Just started getting the bills in that medicare/BC doesn't pay. Good grief....

The SA performance as the American Legion was awesome ... we rocked it! Had a real good audience as well. A lady came to me afterwards and said that when she grows up she wants to be bass like me ....LOL The seniors were age 65 and way up. They were very appreciative as we were.

My next coaching class started Thursday - great group of women. It will make the weeks go by with ease.

Well tonight is the World Premiere of Dr. Who and my next installment of Outlander on Starz, so I have my night layed out for me.

Have a wonderful evening all.

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Hi Sparkers....spent the day doing errands and having lunch out. We tried a new Italian place which has been open for a few weeks. Not likely to go back again....not the waitress's fault, but the service was very slow because of the kitchen. Food wasn't the greatest and by the time I got to the grocery store I needed to make a bathroom run, lol. My tummy is getting mighty fussy in my old age. Used to be I could eat anything, AND not gain an ounce. Now I have to be really careful and if I so much as look at something unhealthy I gain. What is up with that?
Planning on relaxing for the rest of the weekend. This coming week at work from Wednesday on will be extremely stressful with lots of meetings ahead.
Wyndy, I hope the new meds work well for you. Whenever I read your name, I immediately think of all the snow you had last year. This year's Old Farmer's Almanac is calling for bone chilling cold in the northeast and a heavy snow year, along with a much hotter summer for next year.
Speaking of hot summers, I think Jeannie, Babs, Jill and most likely Theresa have been having some ridiculously hot days lately. I am sure there are others in the team having the same thing. Here in VT, today is a pretty normal August day. There have been dark clouds all day alternating with sunshine. If you don't like the weather, wait a minute. That is how it goes here.
I bought some more healthy stuff for my lunches at work and some healthy breakfast stuff as well. That's progress, lol!
I am concentrating on keeping calm in the face of the unknown. I counted how many times in the past 10 years I have gone this route. Yesterday's biopsy makes my fifth. I think I should be done, lol!
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It seems everyone is starting new projects or committing again to ongoing ones. This good! I think we all would be dull if we never improved our minds, emotions, talents, etc. I am finishing off August with a fresh gust of air. Starting over is so freeing. emoticon

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I am no Jill so I can't write a nice post like that. I read your posts and send prayers and healing thoughts for all. I took a couple of days off and broke my 92 day Spark Spin streak. emoticon I did need to refresh though and it will happen from time to time.
I have started a genealogy search for my father's family and my cousin on my mother's side is helping me through it as she has done my mothers side. I have been able to go back to the 1790's for both my Grandmother and Grandfather. So many questions and so much information but we are having fun.
I am still sorting books and packing some to send to friends, hopefully in a couple of weeks. I haven't read much in the last couple of weeks. Just sorting and taking many to the library and having fun. Just the feel of books in my hands makes me happy.
Jennie, I love the shopping adventures of you and your family. I can see a book from your excursions. My cousin lives in Glidden. Is that anywhere near you?
I will be off now to have dreams of the adventures of Grandfathers and Grandmothers in my dreams.
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My doctor doubled one anti-dep for the morning and added a second one for the night so hoping that the panic attacks and shaking gets under control. He is hoping that the 2 together will balance out and I'll be fine in 6 weeks. This usually happens in February don't know why it hit now.

It cooled off yesterday and today was actually quite cool, had to wear a shirt over my T when I went out. But, I guess if school starts next week then it must be fall!

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Jill, like Karen, I can't imagine remembering all that you did when you posted earlier today! Amazing job. Good work. Makes it easier for the rest of us, too. Sorry your appt. had to be postponed, but glad it is rescheduled. Thanks for the info on the floors...the only place I have tile is in the bathrooms. Too cold here in the Midwest to have tile over the whole house.

Karen, I'm so glad they could go ahead with the biopsy right now. You've been down this road before, but still keeps one on pins and needles. ((Hugs)) and many positive and warm thoughts coming your way!!!

Babs...Happy Tooth Fairy Day! Love it! When our DD was tooth fairy age, the tooth fairy forgot to come one night. Of course, I'd fallen asleep and didn't wake up in time. She was heartbroken. So I said, just write a note and leave it under your pillow for the tooth fairy to get tonight. She did but wouldn't let me see it when she wrote it. When I took it out from under her pillow and read it, we nearly died laughing. She wrote a nice little note and signed it and then added her PS: I'm the one you DON'T bring dollars to. So true...our kids started out with nickels and I think they might have made it up to quarters by the time the fairy didn't come any more, but never a dollar. All her friends got dollars. She was always so disappointed!!

Alice, it's always a good plan to pace yourself on SP. I'm working on not spending so much time here. I love ti, always learn a lot and don't want to miss out on my friends, but something has to give. Plus sitting so much isn't good. So...I'm up and down, on and off, and some days don't do too much here.

Linda, when we moved last spring I was so organized. Marked all the boxes and did pretty well getting everything labeled. Even put bright pink duct tape on the lid if it was to go to the basement. Well...DH...helpful guy that he can be sometimes, stuck everything up on shelves in the back room and promptly pushed a couple of tables in front of the shelves. Now I can't get to my nicely labeled boxes and I'm frustrated. Plus, being in a cast and hobbling around still means that it will probably be awhile. So, even if labeled well...doesn't always mean it works the best! LOL!

CJ, you'll get those triglycerides down in no time at all. Fish oil capsules are good for that. Check with your pharmacist to make sure they don't interact with any of your prescription meds, though.

Trip to Mom's yesterday was not too bad...no locked keys, at least. Mom seemed "weary" and out of sorts. I think she fibs a little now and then, too. Since my Sis is restricted to the nursing home (b/c of the cellulitis), Mom said Marilyn asked if we could bring lunch to her there. Later as I was taking Marilyn back to her room and helping her get settled in her recliner, she said Mom just insisted we bring lunch to her since she couldn't go out. Fortunately, she was feeling a little better and did eat a good lunch. We had to do our usual grocery store run and the list (which Mom forgot) remains about the same, so now I at least know what to ask that she might need. She bought my Sis some new shorts (mail order) and a shirt at Walmart. All UGLY and much too big, but I bite my tongue and let it go. I don't have to wear it and Marilyn doesn't complain too much, so it all works out most of the time. And so it goes...

Greetings to every single one of you! I've got to get some dinner started here, so will cut this short (??) and wish you all a very wonderful and happy weekend! Thinking of you, praying for you, and loving each of you! XOXO Jeannie



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Linda- you are right--do not take a job you cannot love unless you have to.
Karen - I hope your biopsy is benign. my prayers for you.
Babs- I am trying to do this from memory so I know what you mean.
Jill - I hope you keep feeling better. my prayers for you.

I am trying to pace myself on SparkPeople. Yesterday I was frenetic. Today is a lot slower. Thank you very much!

my love to y'all even if I have not mentioned you. Hope you have a great weekend! emoticon

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Hope everyone gets better. I am doing well, just really busy trying to find things in all these boxes. None of them really say what's really in them. I read all of your posts and am amazed at how well you take things. My life very slow and calm for now. Need to go back to work, but am not quick to take a job I will not be happy doing.

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Just checking in. The mammo did show something, so my surgeon did a biopsy (ouchie) and I should know the end of next week or the beginning of the week after. This still could be something benign, so I am crossing my fingers and I am now back at work. Work is good for me, it takes my mind off my very chaotic private life, lol!
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Happy National Tooth Fairy Day!!

Warm and muggy. In the upper 90's with a HI of 100+. emoticon I am dragging. I should not complain. My plans were to return to the gym last night, the pool. I was so darn tired by the time I got home that I couldnít handle it. I laid down with a book around 6:30. Simply could not make myself do anything else. Abby found me and said she Ďmissed me.í She took her shower, grabbed her Kindle and laid down right next to me. I think it wears the little ones out too - even more so because we havenít had a bad summer yet. By next Wednesday the prediction is to go back to cooler temps.

Jill, Iím happy that youíre feeling better, but sorry that your appt. with the psychologist had to be rescheduled for 3 weeks. I would love to get rid of the wall-to-wall carpeting in my LR and DR. I know the floors, hardwood, beneath the carpeting are in good condition. I know this because my aunt and uncle were meticulous - and it was their home. But tearing up carpet, tearing up the padding and getting all of those darn staples out of the padding - weíd end up having to sand/refinish the floors. I love hardwood, but it would be a nightmare. Iíd end up going to an extended stay place for a week or so, put the dog in the kennel - too much money. So Iíll keep them for now anyway.

Speaking of dogs - Jasmineís at the spa today! She needs it. emoticon That doesn't look like here at all. She's a big, black dog, pink collar. Pretty baby.

I didnít take notes today either. I cannot do it from memory. Absolutely no way.

You asked about Abby. Sheís 8 yrs old, 3rd grade. She loves school. What she loves about it the most is music and PE. She could do without the math. Definitely not her strong point but thatís because she prefers to sit back and let me do her homework. Guess what. That doesnít work. So maybe Iím not such an amazing grandma! Sheís tried it several times, failed each time. She begins her hip-hop class Monday and sheís excited.

Honestly, Iím blushing! Iím not as amazing as you think. I can get very cross and cranky. Seriously - I can. You just do what you have to do.

Karen, my prayers are with you! I hope to hear good news later today or tomorrow if possible.

And now for work . . .

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Jill, that is amazing that you can do such a long post without taking notes! I don't have a prayer of doing that--mind my is so scattered sometimes. It isn't scattered at work, but in my private life I swear my mind has a mind of its own, lol. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts.
Even as I speak, I am in the waiting room for the surgeon. I already had my mammo and as I thought, there is an issue. My mammo was at 8:30, and my appt with the surgeon is not until 10:30. I decided not to go back to work in between, so I am here in the doc's office answering work email and sparking. My guess is that we will do a biopsy today. Then again, he might not agree with what the radiologist thought he saw and may just want to monitor whatever is going on for a bit. Always something, but I know I am in good hands.
I will try to check in later in the day or early evening.
I agree, I don't know how Babs does it either! Her GC have one terrific grandmother!
Jackie..I am sending good thoughts your way and to anyone else on this team with any kind of issue or problem.
We are one strong willed bunch of Sparkers, eh?
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Doesn't your day go by faster now, mine sure does. When I was still working time slowed down most days and some days I thought my work day would go on forever. . .So, be careful what you wish for I tell myself. Thank you to everyone for your kind comments and emotional support. Thankfully I'm feeling better these days. . .my appointment with a Psychologist had to be reschedule so now I see him in another 3 weeks. Looking forward to talking to him and hope he helps me be better able to deal with my stress and concerns.

Lois, It's good to have you back. . .it's been a long time but glad you're back with us on Spark again.

Praying for positive results for Karen and Jackie's upcoming tests and anyone who is hurting, in pain, etc. that you'll feel better soon. . .Lots of positive vibes & prayers I'm sending your way. Karen & Jackie, you are very special friends to me & I just wanted you to know I really care about both of you & think you're test results will be good.

Jeannie, I have ceramic tiles throughout my house and love how easy it is to clean them with my light weight Wet Jet Swifter. The only disadvantage is it's hard to get into the corners so I scrub them by hand with a teflon type hand sponge. I have wood floors in my kitchen so no carpets to worry about as my sons are allergic to them. . .and when we first got Snoopy for some reason he always wanted to pee on my wall to wall carpets and since they were very old that's when all the carpets/padding were removed & I had the tiles put in throughout my house. I hope your Mom and Sister enjoyed their Wendys lunch, did you say it was your Sis Birthday? How was your visit with them?. . .I hope your Sis's Cellulitis heals well, I've had that before and it can be difficult to get rid of. . .

Babs, You're an amazing woman. How on earth do you do it all, work full time, take care of your GC and have any free time for yourself? It's great you took time for You & Abby to enjoy some water walking. I hope the pool is nearby you. How is Abby enjoying the new school year? What grade is she in now, just curious (which I usually am). Looking forward to enjoying your virtual Labor Day Party!! Thank you for inviting all of us to it & we'll have lots of Beach Fun there & fabulous things to eat, do, see, etc. Looking forward to viewing all the "eye candy" guys coming, a lot of my favorite good looking men will be there. . .

Barbara. it's wonderful you've been persistent and are almost half through the 100 Day Challenge. I'm proud of you for doing so well in it. After the 100 Days does the Challenge completely end? I'm guessing you wish it would go on even longer. I hope to start it the middle of next month. I see other Team members have joined in it also. I hope you're feeling much better now as I remember if you weren't a lot better soon on the Antibiotics your Dr. was going to put you in the hospital, so glad that didn't happen.

Alice, Happy Farming. . .I hope your chickens lay a lot of eggs soon. Good for you for keeping your DD company while she went to her Dr. appointment.

CJ, I hope your test results are better next time. It's good you know how to lower them so your test results will be better when you're tested again. You're exercising a lot which is awesome, good for you for moving it more. Gail knew Bob as he was on another Team with her & she said he disappeared but eventually came back a long time later. I hope he & his family are doing well. He certainly was a cheerful, happy Fisherman.

Jeanne, I know you are looking forward to the weekend off. You sound crazy busy but happy you make time to be here with us. I hope you can relax & recharge over the weekend. Any fun plans for it?

Wyndy, good luck with your med change. I hope it helps you. Have you had a really hot Summer there? I remember how freezing cold last Winter was for you.

Linda, How's life treating you? Good, I hope.

So sorry but I didn't write down any notes so very sorry if I didn't respond to what you chatted about. Remember I'm a Senior now and my ole memory isn't what it used to be, unfortunately. Just know I love everyone here. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Here is the response from our church's prayer chain leader. I told her I would just let you know instead. take care, barbara

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I finally was able to copy and paste the information on the new WL team. It took me forever and 3 people trying to explain it to me. I do not feel real bright right now! I am so looking forward to the Labor Day party!! Did not really get in the swing of things last time. Remember---I am not too bright! emoticon Went with my daughter out of town for her doctor appointment. That is a switch!! I was only along to keep her company. emoticon I really got an earful from my rooster this morning! I am going to post some pictures on my spark page of my chickens, the pigeons and a few of my flowers. Hopefully, tonight. Well, best to everyone of you!! Hope to see you at the party!! emoticon

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Jeannie...I ate a whole sleeve of Ritz while wheat crackers last night! I can't seem to stop eating lately...
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Morning everyone. Looks like rain is coming, feels like it too. Arthritis makes you a weather forecaster. Everyone seems so busy. Right now I'm just chilling. Later will empty more boxes. So far I am doing the easy yoga stretches almost every day. Must return the DVD to the library, so if I don't find them today, will have to purchase more. I will probably find them 1 day after purchasing new. When my ship comes in, I'll be waiting at the airport as they say.

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We were hit with a storm last night. Poured, thunder, lightening - typical summer storm. We just havenít had much of that this summer. Iím not complaining - just sayiní.

Another night of restless sleeping. I am sooooooooo tired.

Latest news in, as I suspected, Ďnew evidence.í Evidence was uncovered on YouTube no less! Itís a recording from the night of the shooting. Itís a different story. Word is also out Ďsnitches get stitches.í How will this ever be resolved?

Linda, I have a Kindle and I love it - but not for posting. I have a difficult time with that.

Wyndy, you missed a couple of days and that means you were missed! Hope your MD has something to replace the non-working pills for you. Darn squirrels - they eat anything and everything. Theyíre always snatching the birdseed.

Jeannie, have a safe trip to visit your mom/sis today. Canít wait to hear about todayís events. Canít help you with your question about Swiffer and ceramic tiles. I donít have a ceramic tile floor. Iíve been meaning to tell you that some of the pics you post on FB of your GrGD are gorgeous. She is such a pretty baby.

Jackie, itís so wonderful that you have found SA and are enjoying it. Has it been around a year? I donít remember exactly when you started singing with them - or I should say trying out. Itís wonderful for you. My 70 min water workout isnít difficult. Itís fun. I just keep moving - up/down the pool walking, or grab some noodles and kick and float. I just make sure that I keep moving. Feels good - wears me out though. I certainly slept Tuesday night - not long enough, but sound enough for sure.

Linda, I Googled and found the same info as Jeannie.

Lois!! Alleluia youíre back. How wonderful.

Karen, I remember the text message you almost sent. Only you - or possibly Theresa - could come up with something like that. Auditors for you again . . . how awful.

Hi there Jeanne.

CJ, hang in there. You can do it.

Goodness Iím tired. I just keep yawning and yawning.

Have a Thriving Thursday. Next Thursday I'll be heading to our Labor Day celebration.

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OK, Barbara here goes, thanks for missing me. emoticon , emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
(haven't done my chair exercise this morning yet, arm waving will help, but I get ere done.

HEY, HEY, HEY, ITS HUMP DAY, for those of you who knew Bob, I wonder if he remembers us. he was doing so well and was such an encouragement to all of us.

I have been reading all your posts, just haven't had a chance to answer all of them, I really do miss getting to spend more time with all of you. All of my lab tests came back fairly good, except my TRIGLYCERIDE was way to high at 228, So that tells me I'm not eating quit right, got to lay off them simple sweets, emoticon I was doing well and then I just got lazy and tired of watching everything I put in my mouth. and fried pork chops instead of grilled or baked, you know etc, etc, etc, excuses. (the skin of a reason, stuffed with a lie.) so I'm back on track and working to get that count down in the next 6 months. and I'm still working on our summer and fall challenge to get below 300 by Christmas, which after tomorrow will be 17 more Fridays, Christmas is on Thursday this year. (just a little food for thought)

Just a big emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon to all of you, if I try to name ever one, I will miss someone important, because ALL of you are important to me.

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY: I WILL TRY TO GET BACK LATER TODAY. CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Linda, your comment about autocorrect reminds me of something that happened recently. A few months ago I broke a bone in my foot and had to use crutches for 6 weeks. The chair of our board at the credit union was having a party at his house to celebrate his partners 75th birthday and their marriage last winter. He sent me a message through Facebook asking if I would need special parking or seating. It is a very good thing that I double checked my reply before I hit send. I thought I said I was going to be crutchless. What did it say? CROTCHLESS! The chair would have thought that was a riot...but I am glad I got to send a corrected message.
Babs, you are turning into an exercise engine! Seventy minutes? Good for you! I have become an exercise slug. Remember my long exercise streak a few years ago? I just don't seem to be able to get back to it.
Theresa...I second what Babs said. I miss you! Hoping your sister gets good news.
Jackie, I hope you have a good visit with your doctor and that you come up with a workable treatment plan if you go that route. I love your spunk and attitude!
Jeanne, special needs teachers are very special people. The students are very fortunate to have you as an advocate.
Jeannie, I love what Babs said about you having drool on your chin. She didn't mention the glint in your eye, but I know it was there! Personally, shirtless guys do nothing for me. A guy in a nice three piece suit, ponytail and an earring does. The most important thing is that a guy would have to be very smart. My friend looks terrific in a three piece suit, but does not have either a ponytail or an earring. I will say he is one of the smartest people I know.
Alice, I am going to have to go back and read all of your blogs. Twenty team points is awesome! I click on that every day as well....sometimes I just get lucky.
I have an Oreck. Now that the treadmill is out of the bedroom, the Oreck makes a wonderful place to hang clothes. (I dislike doing housework!)
Barbara, I am so glad you got to see the doctor and I hope you start to feel better soon.
Jill, I am sending you a boatload of hugs, but maybe you would prefer some of Jeannie's shirtless men?
I wish all of us could spend a day together in person!
Clark's shoes started in the UK and have been around forever. There are Clark's stores, but not many. I buy mine online from QVC. Their prices are good, and I know I can return them within 30 days if I don't like them.
Today was wild at work. Barbara. I had auditors again! All went ok, but I am ready to strangle the security guy who works for me. He is very close to not having a job anymore. I know discharging him will result in a probable lawsuit, but our attorney says we should just do it anyway. We'll see......
Hope everyone has a pleasant evening!
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Sometimes Bed, Bath & Beyond gives 20% couponÖ and their price on a dyson isn't out of this world. Don't know if they carry shark,, But the 20% makes a big difference when it costs 500Ö Thats $100 off! or if it costs 400Ö 80$ offÖ


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Jeannie, Thank you for the quote info. It seems to be the best motto for me. I'm always saying something similar cause 1 yr turns into the next without change. Yup, will have to move. If I had taken a picture of the guys outside it would have been sad. Their feet were hanging out of the truck and one was laying on the curb by the woods after eating. Either you have a pair of rose colored glasses, or I have been dealt a bad hand here.

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Linda, check this out...a little article that says someone named Karen Lamb might be the author.

You'd be welcome to move to my neighborhood any time!

Lois, thanks for the info about the Dyson. I'm afraid my budget won't stretch to a Dyson. I really want something very lightweight, too. So far the Oreck and the Shark (but I haven't looked it up yet) seem to be the most recommended.

By the way, Lois...it was great to read your blog. I hope you'll be around often now!

Later guys...Jeannie

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Jeannie, I am going to have to move to your neighborhood for the scenery. emoticon

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Does anyone know the correct wording and the author of: "In one year, you will wish you had started now".

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Hello all - lost power a bit last night with the heavy storms. But we still had SA practice, which went well. In a few minutes I am leaving to travel to sing with the group at an American Legion Dinner - should be interesting!

Lois - I have a Dyson for the carpets/floors (amazing pick-up) and a Dirt Devil for the 'grub' dirt from the wood stove or the mud room. I love it, but get so confused sometimes in taking apart and putting back together to clean. Luckily there are on-line videos!

Jeannie - you travelin' lady. Thanks for the update on Richard ... gosh these things take so long to heal. I pray he continues to do well.

Babs, 70 minutes of water workout! WOW that is awesome. I need to get going already and stop talking about driving to town for the Y classes. I checked out Curves, but I wasn't impressed with the local program and it looked a little boring for me.

Barbara .. thank you for your heartfelt prayers and concerns, I appreciate it.

Jill - you are in my thoughts and prayers daily. I am praying that you'll be filled with Light Love and healing.

Jeanne - wow, your day starts way too early and you go late I bet with your work. It takes a special lady to be a special educator!

Karen - you are also on my mind and in my prayers.

Waving to Wyndy, Joanna, Theresa, CJ, Linda, Lois, and the rest of the gang. Off to get diva-d up. Painted my nails & toes Diva Red... LOL

Jackie O
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FYI
If I were buying a new vacuum, I'd buy a Dyson, just looked put "best vacuums" and Shark was also listed..
A bag less oneÖ.


Lois - VA

"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!" (Apostle Paul)

"How I respond to my failures will determine my future. Learn, and grow."(Dr. Tony Evans)


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Good Wednesday afternoon! Tomorrow I'll be going up to my Mom's and Sis's again, so probably won't get to post until late tomorrow or even Friday. Depends on how the day goes. And, most of you know how my day goes when I'm visiting them! LOL! I know we won't be taking Sis out to eat, as she has cellulitis of one lower leg and is somewhat restricted now. Mom called this morning and wanted to know if we can get some lunch somewhere (I think it will be Wendy's) and take it over and eat with her. I'm hoping for good weather so we can eat outside. Anyway, it's hard to say what the day will bring. At least I KNOW without a doubt that the keys won't be locked in the car. Richard is staying home!!! emoticon

Linda, no beer bellies here...at least not today. None in my house and none outside! LOL! Almost all the workers I've seen have been slim and trim...I think they work it all off.

Seems like I'm always asking about something or other. Now I have a question about cleaning ceramic floor tile. I usually get on the floor and scrub on my hands and knees...which is not a very good idea. I have trouble getting up!! Anyway, is it safe to use a Swiffer wet mop? I don't have a wet jet, but do have the wet mop things. Just curious. I need to do it today, but just can't make myself get down there. emoticon Funny thing about vacuums, too...most of you who said yours is older and/or heavy also mentioned a Sears/IKenmore. That's what mine is!!! I thought it was about 20 yrs. old, but Richard pointed out when we bought it and it is easily 25 and still going strong. Hard to justify a new purchase when it still works. Still thinking.

Jeanne, I meant to say what some of the others did and forgot when I wrote last. Your job does sound interesting, but challenging, too. You have lots of different responsibilities. At least there is a lot of variety for you. I can only imagine how much you can learn from the kids...very insightful.

Really happy you were able to get to the gym, Babs. I'm fascinated with Yoga but know I'm not physically able to do much of it. Isn't it great that it is being taught to the kids? I think that's amazing and wonderful. I've looked into Tai Chi. It's taught near here, but I can't justify the cost. Not right now, anyway, and they don't do beginning classes at the Y. Well, one thing at a time, and I'm enjoying the pool and exercises. But, I say whatever you want to do and can do...we'd better go for it, as no one is going to do it for us!!

Barbara, you asked about Richard. He's doing pretty well. Goes back to see the Ortho people in 3 weeks and hopefully everything is healed enuf that he won't need the boot after that. It's a hard balance...he needs to have it on for stabilization and healing, but it encloses the wounds too much to let them heal properly. We're trying to get some open air time each day and the spots (down to 2 no) seem to be healing a little at a time. Thanks for asking. Glad to hear you are feeling some better. Sure hope you don't have to be hospitalized!! Wow...that's no fun!

Barbara, you also asked about Francie. She wrote a blog a few days ago. I think they are still waiting on some test results, but it sounded like the docs think the gallbladder cancer has returned. She mentioned that it is treatable, but not curable. I don't know what that means, but I imagine it is concerning that he has jaundice and quite a bit of pain. I know they will appreciate prayers.

Alright, dear friends...those I "spoke" to and those I'm waving to emoticon , have a wonderful afternoon and evening. I'm amazed this week is going so quickly. It's probably b/c I'm desperately trying to find reasons NOT to keep cleaning my house!! LOL!! Hugs, prayers for all ailing, and love, Jeannie

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Missed a couple of days. My pills stopped working so off to the doctor's tomorrow. The thunder has been all around us this week, low and menacing but no rain until last night. Hopefully that will help with the humidity. The humidex has been in the 100's and it's about to do me in. At least we don't have to shovel it. The dragonflies came out last week and the mosquito population has plummeted. The squirrel has started to shell the nuts on the front hawthorn bush. He leaves such neat piles but I am taking that as a sign that winter is once more on the way. This morning there was an awful racket out front, the blue jays were also helping themselves to the nuts and the squirrel was not impressed nor in a sharing mood.

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