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11/23/14 9:38 A

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Weekends are hasty posts as my 8 yr old GD, GS and furry 4-legged friend keep me busy. I did what I 'had to do' around here yesterday and Abby and I took off for a few hours of shopping. She needed more clothes. She is getting taller and taller. I don't buy anything expensive - couldn't if I wanted to and I don't 'want to.' That would be foolish. Picked up a few things I forgot at the store. (See what I mean, Theresa? I usually do forget something even with a list.)

My GS worked 5:30 AM - 3 PM yesterday and he left for a 5:30 AM shift this morning too.

I've got a load in the dryer and one in the washer. Grabbed the vacuum again because when Miss Jasmine came in from going potty last night she left a trail of paw prints from the sunroom, through the DR, LR and hall!! I was not happy. But I have learned to leave them alone until they dry. They do vacuum up. So that was another fun event this morning. More rain in the forecast for today - happy days! emoticon emoticon

I'm fixing a taco salad for myself this evening. Joe wants 'taco on the go.' I said: Great. Fix it!! The meat will be prepared, with all the 'extras.' Miss Abby has decided she doesn't like tacos now. She has been going through a list of things she no longer likes. My kids never did that. I told her great - I'll fry a burger for you before I fix the taco mix. She's happy.

I lost 0.6# this week and I'm tickled. So much better than gaining. I'd love to have lost more, but I will not complain.

Well I have to get moving and take the furry one out once more before getting ready for Mass.

The day begins . . .

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11/22/14 7:38 P

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I am SOoooooo very blessed, Thank you all for all your kind words and goodies for my 70th BD, I was pampered all week with friends and family, My oldest son put a sign in my yard late on Thursday night and I didn't realize it until noon Friday when I went out for lunch. I just kept hearing horns and sometimes they were really loud. The sign read, (HONK, CAROL'S 70) then I knew why I kept hearing all those horns, Then he came down about 6:00 pm to take me to dinner, only dinner was really a surprise BD party at my oldest daughters house, there was about 3 of my children and 4 of my GC and 5 out of 7 GGC there and a lot of other family. As I said I am so blessed.

Just wanted to share my weekend with all of you.

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Do you know what you call those who use towels and never wash them, eat meals and never do the dishes, sit in rooms they never clean, and are entertained till they drop?

If you have just answered, 'A house guest,' you're wrong because I have just described my kids. óErma Bombeck

- and mine too!

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This past week I've noticed a marked difference in my ability to walk upon rising in the morning. I guess I'm going to go back to doing what I was taught in rehab, "think stiff legs, think stiff legs". At the first of the year I had no bladder leakage and now occasionally, I do. If I were a robot I'd say some of my circuitry needs replacement. LOL

I'm so sorry for others that have arthritis and a myriad of other painful debilitating afflictions.

The good news about old age is when you lose all feeling in your limbs you also have no pain in them.

My daughter came over yesterday to give me a hand, I gave her a list of things that I needed assistance with. I am going to have to find some one to come in and do this as she is a senior herself and has been in the hospital as much or more than myself this year. One of the tasks was going through the pantry cupboards and tossing all expired goods. I do this once a year. She also changed the filters on the air filters, and purchased some hard to find light bulbs. I am going to discuss this with her about finding some one to do these things. I am going to stay in my home until I die, I am very adamant about this. Both of my children respect this decision. My husband is not averse to this for himself after I am gone, though I think he would be much happier with in home care.



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Hello,

That is pretty impressive, Karen. Scary about the other bank though, huh?! Sounds really romantic about the Berkshires and your friend...woohoo...good for you. Why did you name yourself 'VTMAID'? Very different so I was wondering.

Babs, it is great to be close to someone especially your sister! So glad you clarified the cup vs. slice business...lol!
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Nola, congrats on the new apartment.

Linda, I feel the same way...the cold is biting or bites...whichever you choose. I really hope whenever I get to retire, I can move south. I cannot abide the cold and it certainly doesn't like me back either!
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Jeannie, whatever happened about your sister and taxes issue? Glad you will have a nice family gathering!

Jill, haven't heard the words, "double dittos" in a long time...
WoW turkey at .57cents a pound~ Mine cost $1.09 a pound at Costco...whatta rip...right?! I like turkey too. My son doesn't, but since it will be just the two of us, I figure he will have to bend because I couldn't stand putting something we always eat on the table once again for Thanksgiving. Sometimes cortisone helps me and sometimes it doesn't last at all. I think it depends on how much and where they enter the needle. Winter is tough for me because of the aches and pains, but since you are in CA and still have this, yikes! For me, when I hit 60 - holy moley - all the aches and pains hit me - if it wasn't my back it was my shoulder, then my knee, then my foot and so every once in a while I sing a couple of verses of "Dem Bones":

" ♫~~~~♫~~~~♫~~~~♫
The Head bone's connected from the neck bone
The Neck bone connected from the shoulder bone
The Shoulder bone connected from the back bone
The Back bone connected from the hip bone
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Hip bone connected from the thigh bone
Thigh bone connected from the knee bone
Knee bone connected from the shin bone
Shin bone connected from the ankle bone
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Ankle bone connected from the heel bone
Heel bone connected from the foot bone
Foot bone connected from the toe bone
Now hear the word of the Lord."
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Nola, best of luck with your move..Hint, get some boxes from a liquor store. The dividers keep bottles upright (shampoo, bath gel, milk bottles etc.) I'm right there with you on arthritis pain. The cold is killing me. emoticon

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Nola, that is great news! I love that you are feeling so positive about the move. Sounds like you'll be able to "get rid" of a few excess things, too. How long have you lived in this apartment? Good luck to you and be sure to stop by to say hi whenever you can!!

I know that Jill and Babs and several other people posted since I have, but honestly now I can't remember. I'm not going to try! Too tired, I think. Left quite early to get up to my Mom's today. She had several things she wanted to work on, which is great as she has accumulated so much stuff, plus there are things she hasn't touched since moving into this apt. 11 years ago. I filled the back of my car. Good stuff to take to the Salvation Army including a beautiful new Size 24 women's coat. It's my Sis's and she has no need for it now. Too bad, as it is quite nice. I can't wear it, but this is a great time of year to take it for donation. Anyway, we got one closet pretty well cleaned out and then we went to the store for her to lay in a supply of things she thinks she'll need while we are gone. The subject of her car came up, too, and it sounds like she is leaning towards having us bring it back on Thanksgiving Day. We're taking dinner up for the two of them. Our DS and his family will join us, so we'll have a nice little family gathering.

I'm really tired, so I'm going to beg of writing more right now. I'll try to get caught up with all of you this weekend. Hope all is well and that you are looking forward to a great weekend. We're "looking forward" to some freezing rain tonight, but it is supposed to improve tomorrow. Be good, and if you can't be good, at least have fun!! Love you, Jeannie

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Just taking a bit to stop by and say that it looks like I have a chance at an apartment the first of February. I am packing and going through some things. Community Corrections is going to help me move and are saving boxes for me. emoticon There are three former cops in the group!.
I will be turning in my application papers on Monday and I am penciled in for the apartment until my papers go through. I am very excited but will miss my book shelves!
The manager does not like the Police and so she has been on me since the beginning.
The kids are coming on Thanksgiving to decide if they want any of the things I need do away with.
I will probably not be here much as it will be very busy and I am trying to deal with extra pain issues through the winter. emoticon to all. I may not be here but you will be in my heart as I get through the next few weeks. emoticon

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Our much needed rain was pouring so hard it woke me up at 3 am & also my sons. It was a Happy Surprise as we need every drop we can get here in parched CA. The only down side is my Arthritis hurts so bad when it's cold and rainy. In a few hours I will be taking Brent to see his Social Worker and afterward he has a 45 minute Support Group. He's really looking forward to being away from the house for about an hour and a half and that's double dittos for me as well.

I still haven't decided how we're going to celebrate Thanksgiving Day yet, hard for me to believe it's less than a week away. I'm now leaning towards buying a large Turkey and fix it myself with all the Trimmings. I love Turkey meat and want plenty of leftsover for sandwiches and maybe to make an easy Turkey Casserole dish. All the local markets have whole Turkeys on sale for .57 cents a pound, far cheaper than other types of meat.

I've tried Hypnosis years ago as wanted to quit smoking and lose weight. My results weren't good at all as I remember coming out of those sessions and would light up a cigarette as soon as I got into my car. I've also tried it for losing weight with no success either. I'm like you Barbara I've never been a drinker as I want to be in control of myself and clearly know afterward what I've said or done.

Babs, Glad today is a short day for you. Have you decided if your joining your Sister and family for dinner or staying at home and making a Turkey dinner for you and Abby? Are you off the Friday after Thanksgiving? I hope so as when I worked for the City for many years we had to work the Friday after it and it was so difficult to go there that Friday. Enjoy your weekend my dear Special and Supportive friend. emoticon emoticon

Karen, You're enjoying what sounds like a Dream getaway with your friend. I love the beautiful and quaint Inns in MA. as they are far better to me than a busy Hotel. Enjoy being treated like Royalty & everything sounds perfect about your time away. How scary for your credit union employees and thankfully that crook didn't get away. It'll take awhile for those employees to relax and somehow put it in the back of their minds. Thank you for asking about if the cortisone shot helped my should pain but it hasn't helped it one bit and I should have said no as years ago I had Cortisone shots in my knees and they only helped about 2 weeks and the Dr. told me a Cortisone Shot will lessen the pain for around 2 months, I sure wish that was true for me like it is for many people.

Starr, It's great to see you are feeling better as your Chat suggests to me. In another Thread you asked when the current WL Challenge will end and it ends on Dec. 1st as several people requested I lengthen it past Thanksgiving, what a good Challenge for me and others not to gain a few pounds during the Thanksgiving Holiday. I hope to start the Winter WL Challenge on Dec. 8th and will send out an e-mail and set it up ready to go on the 8th. It's wonderful having you chat again with us. Glad to hear from you as you sound like you're feeling & doing a lot better.

If I remember right Jeannie is with her Mom and Sis Today. What a beautiful Lady she is and is a wonderful DD and Sister & helps them as much as possible. I know they need her help and appreciate it.

Jackie, How are You feeling and Mike doing recently? You seem to have become more and more Mike's Caretaker and I know how difficult and sometimes frustrating that can be. You need to continue to get out especially with your SA Singing group as being with and singing gives you Joy and Relief from your ongoing issues at home. Are you going to see Christopher over Thanksgiving, I hope you are. . .

Marty, Like Babs even in my youth I would have been miles and miles behind you with all the exercise you used to do. For my years I took Aerobic Dance a couple of times a week. Remember when so many people were into that and it was so popular in the 80s. I sure wish I could still dance and enjoy it but I had to give up my dancing shoes years ago. Babs said it well, Fondly remember those very active years and do what you can now to stay active. Maybe you're on the Chair Exercise Team as they and SP have many exercise videos to do while sitting down. I know several Ladies who Chair Dance and I need to do more of that for myself. The years do have a way of slowing some of us down and I can't do a lot of things that were so easy just 10 years ago.

I hope Jeanne's shoulder surgery went well and she is comfortable staying at the Hospital for what sounds close to 10 days. I hope her recovery goes really well and she'll be up and about very soon if she already isn't slowly walking again, etc. . emoticon emoticon emoticon

Well, I need to fix myself some breakfast as all this Typing has me feeling very Hungry--Lol.

Enjoy Friday!! It only comes once a week and it's the last day of the Work Week for many people. Even though I retired years ago I still look forward to the Weekends. I guess that those days are Special & wonderful is so engrained into me working outside the home so many years. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Itís Friday. The sun is shining. Itís 28. Life is good.

I donít always find the time to read blogs, or at least not as many as Iíd like to read. Blogs can be motivating and I do enjoy reading them. I read one the other day that Pat (Livinglovinlife) posted. It was various motivational quotes/statements/pictures. The following statement from her blog made an impact on me. I want to share it with you.

In times of doubt, close your eyes and pictures yourself a year from now. Then get back to work!

Wow!!!!!!!!!! Now if I can just Ďrememberí to focus on that, to close my eyes for just a minute, and picture myself a year from now (or even a week or month) it would be the motivation I need. Thank you, Pat!! I needed to read that.

See? Weíve said before you never know when something you post will help someone. This helped me. I love it!

Okay, Marty, Iím wiped out reading about your workouts. Thatís a lot of Ďmilesí you put in. You must have enjoyed it. Now you can enjoy the memories and you remain as active as you are able to be. Thatís commendable. Iím with you. I wouldnít want to lose any more mobility than you have. So I applaud you.

Starr, Iím happy to see a post from you. It tells me youíre feeling better. Got a chuckle out of your ĎI donít know what I just said!í I do that quite often. I pray that you continue to make progress and feel better.

Barbara, you and your sister remind me of me and my sister. Sheís 10 years younger than me and we are extremely close. Sometimes we look at each other and just know what the other one is thinking and I giggle. Canít help myself. Her 10 yr old GD told her: I just love Aunt Babs. Sheís just like you Nana!

Karen, sounds lovely - flowers, fireplace, New England village setting, quaint homes . . . Beautiful.

I have a conference call in 25 mins. Got to get these buns moving. Iím prepared. All my ducks in a row, but Iíve got to get a fresh cup of pumpkin pecan pie - I said a Ďcup not a slice.í

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Just a very quick post. Barbara, I run a small ($85M) credit union. I have 50 employees. My buddy Jeff and I actually run it together. He is the numbers guy and I manage the rest of the stuff, lol. Between the credit union and the bank we worked at together, we have worked with each other for over 20 years. The bank we used to work in was robbed yesterday, but thankfully no one was hurt and the police caught the robber just as he was leaving the bank. Still pretty traumatic for those tellers, etc.
I am in a beautiful inn in the Berkshires in MA with my friend from Seattle. I arrived long before he did last evening and was greeted with an arrangement of a dozen white roses. I love white flowers.....there was also a fire blazing away in the fireplace for me. He thinks of everything! He finally got in about 9:30pm. It was a long evening....we were up until 1:30 this morning talking. What a pair!
Today we are off to visit a shop he heard about. The area we are in is a typical New England village. Quaint houses, etc. Looks to be very cold and sunny today. No telling what kind of trouble we will get into!
Jackie...I hope Mike starts to feel better soon. That is a real worry!
Jill, did the cortisone shot finally start to work?
I can't mention everyone, but I think of you all often!
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Hello all,

I have a favor. A Sparkfriend named Janetris (Jane) is undergoing shoulder surgery and she is petrified. Please pray for her if you can - her surgery is December 2nd.

Jackie, I pray Mike will do well. Gosh, it seems to be always something, right?!

Jeannie, just thinking of that room and everyone being hypnotized and my sister and I were just left staring just cracked me up. But my sister and I do that a lot. Its hard to explain. I think about it and laugh even today. Just the thought that we did something so crazy cracks me up. And Babs, you with us - heck it would have been an uproar!!! See what lengths people go to to just to lose weight!!!!! I have kept Richard in my prayers.

Linda, we weren't laughing because other people were hypnotized. We were laughing because we weren't hypnotized. It probably doesn't make sense, but my sister and I are a little nutty. I think we are just too full of 'control'. And guess what, then I read your sentence where you said your mind must be a little pilable or insane!!!! We are so in sync even if I am unhynotizable!!! hahaha I don't think my mind is pliable - even in college when everyone was drinking, I would not get drunk because I didn't want to be out of control. So there's that! I could learn from you.

Marty, wow that's a lot of water to drink. Water is such a miracle, more than we realize. Great analogy about the plants!!!! A dirt bike? woohoo...you go, girl!

Jeanne, I am so sorry I missed your shoulder repair surgery. I hope you are healing well. My prayers for good healing are with you my dear friend....

Karen, what do you do for work? Work in a bank?

Babs, I got my turkey from Costco. WooHoo...I agree...best team...lovely kind people of which you are one.

Starr, glad you got a lot accomplished. Prayers about your infusions off to you.

Hello everyone else.

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Hello to everyone.

Babs, I agree. Let's hope 2015 will be just as carefree and the cares were many in 2014. (J have no idea what i just said.) emoticon

I'm thinking of all who are in horrible storms and hope all is well.

I can't reply individually to everyone right now, but I am thinking of you.

Today was a fairly good day. I got a lot accomplished, which really feels good. I even got about 45 minutes of acitivity in. (It would be wrong to call it "exercise.") emoticon

I just started the third week of infusions, and that will continue into the second week of December. (A great excuse, folks, for not working on Thanksgiving or gettting ready for Christmas. I did want to decorate my new home, though. I'll be lucky to throw up a wreath somewhere at the rate I'm going.

I have a really neat Pilgrim hanging, but haven't hung it up yet. Where, I wonder, would I put it? (Gees, just put it somewhere.) emoticon

Have a great Friday, everyone.

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Exercise for me used to be biking 30 miles before work each day. Walking 8 to 10 miles that same day. Slip in a light jog about 5 times around the track before daybreak and the morning ride, and a short trip to the gym for weights. Of course something fun on the weekends, usually like another 150 miles of biking or a couple of days in the high sierras backpacking.

This morning my exercise was a short walk on the footbridge at the wetlands with my walker that has a seat so that I can sit every few feet. A short walk from my bedroom to the kitchen and back without my walker and I work up a sweat. The pain level without the walker gets to be about a nine, so I then just collapse. The doctor says use the walker, but I don't want to lose the ability to walk, without one.

When I pass away, at least I know I will have used up all of my body with every sport imaginable. I'm thinking of a dirt bike for Xmas.

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One week from today friends. Gobble, gobble!

Linda, what an amazing story about hypnosis! Iíll bet youíre right. Your friend just wasnít in the right frame of mind to quit that night. Interesting that she quit with a commercial. So she certainly didnít forget the Ďsuggestionsí that were made from the hypnosis session.

Jeanne, prayers and hugs for a successful surgery and speedy/easy recovery. As I recall your daughterís coming next week. How wonderful! Youíll enjoy that. Hopefully youíll be able to enjoy your time off work.

Karen, ah yes, you do lead a wild and wooly life!! The snow in Buffalo is beyond belief. I canít imagine having that much all at once. Itís cold on top of that.

Terminating someone has to be difficult and most definitely not a decision to be taken lightly. Weíve quite a few this year. Iím glad it does not involve me. Bottom line though is if you cannot trust someone - especially in a credit union for heavens sakes! - time to kiss that person goodbye - or possibly kick them in the - - - emoticon

So many we haven't heard from lately. That's fine. We all have things creep up in our lives and we can't be here all day, every day or every other day - I just want you to know that I do think about all of you.

We have had so much sickness and personal problems on our team this year. I pray that 2015 is a much, much better year for all of us. You are a wonderful team - no, the best team!

Babs

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Goodness! I don't post nearly enough here! Babs...I did get giggling about the Rocky and Bullwinkle Day. My friend does some consulting work for the FBI...he refers to it as the "Secret Squirrel Club"!
Speaking of that, I will me MIA for the weekend. I am off on an adventure with my friend starting this evening after his flight arrives. To say I lead a peculiar life would be an understatement, lol.
I woke up to a light coating of snow on the ground, and our temperture at home was 21F. Sure glad I don't live in upstate NY. I can't imagine 6' of snow at one time. The most we have had here is about 48" at once and that was a real oddity. Most of our snow storms are in the 2-3' range. I can live with that.
Work here has been wild and wooly. I think I am going to have to terminate our head teller. She has done some very suspicious transactions over the past month and a half and can't imagine an explanation which would make her actions acceptable. Jeff and I and Celina (HR--she and I used to share those duties. I gave them up at the beginning of 2014 once she knew what she was doing), agreed to sleep on it before making the final decision. I know the head teller's supervisor isn't going to be very happy with me. We have no choice but to terminate. I was just very relieved that Jon, her supervisor, was not involved. Jon is being groomed for my position when I retire in 4-5 years. I also have two other tellers who need to be put on probation for making some really boneheaded out of policy decisions. Running a business can be an ugly thing, I guess.
Anyway, hope you are all doing as well as possible. That includes all family members as well, as I know there are several team family members under the weather.
Hugs to all
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Hello to everyone. This morning is the scheduled surgery for shoulder repair. I'll be home until the 1st of December and look forward to catching up with all the chats.
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Barbara, I accidentally erased everything I just wrote. I hate that.
Anyway, I think your reaction to hypnotism was normal. I have found it to be one of the most relaxing things I can do other than acupuncture. When I stopped smoking, I was in a hotel conference room with about 100 people and a friend from one of my company's other locations. She did not stop smoking that night like me. She was going through a divorce and I guess not ready to stop. About 6 mos. later she was looking at a cease smoking commercial on TV and boom she stopped. Went right into the kitchen and crumpled and tossed all cigs. I guess the suggestions stayed with her. The guy who gave the seminar was also Mike Tyson's hypnotist (yes when he bit off the ear of Holeyfield). This guy called me when Tony Robbins came to town and he thought it would help me with my depression about my feet. I had broken both at same time and have limped ever since. I did two fire walks that night when 20 year old guys were afraid to do so, and it gave me a lot of my mojo back. I told my son and he told me I was certifiable (he was sure I was making it up). I showed him the tape that was made of me doing that and I thought he would faint. With hypnosis I think your mind must be a little pliable or in my case a little insane. But I do believe I always laugh when I get hypnotized because I'm so relaxed and free afterwards. emoticon

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Happy Rocky & Bullwinkle Day. Remember them?

Happy World Toilet Day!! What in the world?????? Thatís what I found, folks. So letís celebrate. I think Iíll use one all day today rather than running outside to go behind the dumpster!

We seem to be gearing up around here for the verdict in the Michael Brown/Ferguson case. I have never seen anything like this. Yesterday afternoon a Homeland Security vehicle drove down the street. Here?? Unbelievable. Our population is around 25,000. Come on. However, Iím 10 - 15 mins from downtown St. Louis. Ferguson is not far from me at all. Why do they keep this in the news - on television and the newspaper - advising everyone what is in place for Ďsecurity.í Iím afraid that could work in reverse. Know what I mean??

Linda, great idea to think of your loved one all day on their b-day. That is something Iíll try too.

Barbara!! You laughed at a class for hypnotism? Shame on you. OK. Wish Iíd been there is the truth of it.

Jackie, so sorry about Mike. I did see on FB that SA was canceled last night due to weather and I then thought of you too. I knew you were also hit with heavy snow. Prayers and hugs for both of you.

Jeannie, glad Richardís legs are better. Iím sure you will be happy to find out about those ulcers today. Strange how the circulation stockings are causing problems. I guess because theyíre Ďtightí if it swells it would be painful. Prayers continue for both of you.

Marty, glad to see that youíre doing better. Thanks for the water reminder too. I do the same darn thing every year. Does that make me consistent?? I slack off on drinking water. Once the heat goes Iím not as thirsty. I still drink water but not Ďat least 64 oz per dayí like I should. emoticon

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Two days of concentrating on drinking water. I drank 20 oz before i ate anything, a total of 80 oz for the day. Yesterday I drank 160 oz total. What I noticed this morning is that my face is so smooth and soft, I had some really rough patches of skin on my elbows, I had been putting cream on them, they were so tender. One elbow is now completely clean and the one that was very bad is hardly perceptible. Who knew that water could make such a difference.

I was having coughing spasms all the time, with projectile vomiting. My chest would hurt and I had lots of phlegm. I was taking Mucinex and Ny Quill for relief. I no longer have that problem, after reducing fats in my diet. I had my gall bladder removed in June. Excess bile was being produced when fats were ingested.

Regarding my research on water, I looked it up first on Sparkpeople and then two more references on the internet using "water drink". I googled coughing and gall bladder removal to get the information on fats.

I keep running my hands over my skin, as it is so soft. Who knew that water could make such a difference, in just two days. Our bodies are just like plants, proper watering can bring a wilted plant back to life .

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Jackie, I'm so very sorry to hear about Mike. I totally get what his leg must look like. The same thing happened with my Sis when she had cellulitis in her leg. She is still having some trouble with it. Richard's legs seem to have settled down, but he just can't tolerate the compression stocking in the ankle where he had the surgery. He has 2 small ulcers on his ankle that just won't heal...no doubt due to the circulation. I hope you can keep his appt. tomorrow. It will be good to get some info and treatment. It is concerning, and then you have the snow and bad weather to deal with. Thinking good thoughts and sending up more prayers. I wouldn't feel like posting, either. emoticon

Marty, a clean fridge! Awesome!! I love your bucket list, too. Enjoy your time with your GD when she visits.

Barbara, on the team page where the wall posts are listed, you asked the question about how the points/team placements work. I don't have a clue...well, I do about the points, but I think you were asking about the team placements. I guess the more points the teams get from their members, the higher the placement?? Some of these things just escape me~~

Babs, it sounds like you had fun watching Abby's dance class. What a nice treat for both of you. Maybe our GGD will be in dance class before we get too old to watch some of these things! I really am relieved that I stayed home today. I wanted to go to check in with her and Sis, but it was so cold. It is better tonight--all the way up to 19 and I think the wind has died down a little.

Gini, I missed you last night. I think we posted pretty close to the same time. Your new calorie range is about the same as mine. If I stick with it, I almost always lose a little. Good for you on that 1/2#!

Linda and Barbara, I think I've tried everything under the sun to lose weight except hypnotism. Barbara, it tickles me to think about you laughing so hard that it didn't work. I think I'd be the same way, but it also goes to show that different things work for different people, right?

Have a good evening and day tomorrow, dear friends. You all are never far from my thoughts, prayers and best wishes for success and happiness! Love you all! XOXO Jeannie

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Sorry to being MIA as I haven't felt like posting ... Mike had been in the hospital Sunday and then we got hit with freezing temps and 13" of snow... been busy trying to keep the house warm, take care of Mike ...we go to the vascular surgeon tomorrow if the roads aren't closed again. His leg has gotten so large and painful he couldn't walk - which led to weepiness and sores ... hard enough things like this happen anytime but with bad weather, it adds to problems as I have to do more with keeping the wood stove filled, taking care of the animals, etc.

I've read your posts, sending you all good vibes and caring thoughts.

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Linda, you talk about hypnotism. One time my sister and friend got the bright idea we would go to get hypnotized to lose weight. We were put in a room on a lazy boy chair in a room full of about 30 chairs. I couldn't help laughing my head off. I tried so hard to suppress it, but just couldn't . Needless to say, it didn't work! lol

Babs, I am so glad you had fun at the dance recital and dinner!

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Thanks for the kind words guys. I got kind of way down in my thoughts after finding out ex #1 died. My son and I talked about it. He was a complicated person. I am glad that both my son and I were always friendly with him, if not real close. Facebook was about it for me.
Barbara, I always start out the day that is someones birthday thinking about that person. I usually call my son and say, "it's Gran's (or your dad's or whoever's) birthday. Think great thoughts about them". It make's it less sad and more positive on that day. My mom was not perfect (like the rest of us) but she did her very best for me. I love her still.
Gini, I smoked from the time I was 13 until 43. I am now 67. I was hypnotized and that was it. Wish it worked for my weight. No such luck so far. emoticon

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I had fun last night. We were invited to watch the children during dance class last night. Of course I went!! She invited her other grandparents and they went too. She smiled the entire time. Danced her little heart out. She was just so happy. We went to Steak Ďn Shake afterwards because sheís always hungry after dance. She has a snack of some sort before class, but her class is at 5:30. So she usually has a little snack and does homework. Dancing makes her hungry. It made me tired just to watch them. I wanted a cheeseburger and fries but I had a taco salad. They make theirs without the shell. Delicious!

Jill, sorry about the disappointing news from your MD visit and the fact that your shoulder hurts even after the shot of cortisone. Ordering everything for dinner makes perfect sense to me. I honestly donít know what Iíll do. Staying at home sounds good to me! Abby wants to go to my sisterís. Of course, all of her grands will be there - fun for kids. I donít know if Joe and his GF are getting serious, but they certainly enjoy each otherís company and are having a good time. I pray they do not rush into anything or think this is Ďone true love.í I donít want him to get hurt. Her either - but my concern is my GS. Theyíre going to visit his dad the rest of that weekend. His dad/stepmom and grandma want to meet this girl he talks about all the time.

Hi, Gini. Congrats on losing Ĺ#. I think thatís great! Glad youíre getting in some walking. I smoked until I was 31. That was one of the most difficult things - next to losing weight! - I have ever done. Good luck. You CAN do it.

Jeannie, I think itís a smart decision to postpone going to see your mom for a few days. Itís suppose to warm up here too by Friday. Itís been bitter cold. It was 12 earlier this morning. Really warm right now -at 18! Potato soup sounds so good. I love potato soup, potato corn chowder, and potato soup or potato corn chowder with browned sausage added. Delicious!

Marty, I totally agree with you. I love the carols, decorations, adore the lights! I have my Christmas dishes that need to be brought upstairs and washed before using them for the holidays. Glad you mentioned that. I have to ask my GS to bring them up. Abby and I plan to bake cookies this year. She enjoys it.

Barbara, good morning to you. I totally understand missing your mom. Saturday was 39 years since my older brother passed away at age 28. September was the anniversary for mom and itís been 9 years. In May dad will be gone 33 years. I miss them. I went to Ďchatí with them Friday morning before work. May seem strange to some, but for me it works.

Have a great day friends.

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Hello all,

FIRST off, thank you Jeannie, Babs & Jill for being wonderful, fabulous, caring, inclusive leaders and friends. I cannot stress how very grateful I am to each of you.

Linda, how amazing that you said this about your mom. Just yesterday I was telling my friend's mother that my mom had passed over and I really missed her. I was thinking today that it has been 34 years. Do you believe it? Tears came to me even after all this time. She was a wonderful human being and I was so lucky to have her. I guess this is the time of the year when we reminisce.

Jeannie, I am so glad you had a fine birthday! No one deserves it more than you! 3 almanacs are reporting really bad weather this winter year. Honestly I cannot stand the cold anymore. It about kills my knees.

Babs, lol...
Also, I understand why you want to stay at home...

Jill, I work 2 jobs. The second job is pretty easy and only on Sunday. You are so sweet to read my blogs and I am glad if they are helpful. They're not my ideas, but I am a good summarizer! lol You are an amazing human being. I am so sorry for the choices you are faced with. I wish I could be there for you in person. My heart goes out to you and your son.

Gini, hope your book helps you with your smoking. Snowing there too? Where are you located?

Marty, a bucket list! what a great idea...I love it.

Nola, my son is into Goodreads too, but I already mentioned that to you, right?!

Hello to Jeanne, Theresa, Alice, Jackie, Starbrite/Starlight, CJ from OK, Karen, Joanna, and Candy as well as everyone I missed.

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I cleaned the fridge today, a yearly task at my age. Perfect, as just before holidays. My bucket list is just to do more of all the things that I enjoyed doing all my life. Preparing for the Holidays, listening to Xmas carols, spending time with my family. My GD will be with us, college break. I must get out all the Xmas dishes and start baking. I know that everyone is watching their weight, including myself, but all expect to have good things to eat at Grandma's.

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Good evening, Everyone! I'm still reeling from the horribly cold weather and snow we've been having. It's so early in the season to have these kinds of temps. Right now it is 9* and we have a wind chill of about --17, although they said it could be lower with the higher wind speeds. We had a little more than 4 inches of snow Saturday into Sunday, but honestly, I know it could be much, much worse. We have to take what comes and at least it isn't 3 ft. like some places are getting. It's just the darned wind I can't handle very well.

My word, Starr...you have really been through the wringer! What a time you've been having. Did you injure your knee originally, or was it "just" a planned replacement? I'm a little fuzzy on that, too, but honestly, it isn't that important now...the main thing is for you to get better. I'm so sorry you are trying to drive yourself back and forth and no pain pills...that's horrible. Is there a volunteer agency that can help with driving you? Around here we have a group called RSVP that will sometimes provide help with driving to/from appointments. Glad you got the internet up and working...like you said, it's a lifeline...mine too!! I wouldn't say your problems are minor at all, and you definitely should feel comfortable in sharing with us. We care!!

Barbara, hope you've had word on the biopsies by now, although now that I think about it, I never heard directly from when I had mine done. The university has online access to our labs/results/appointments, etc., which is where I read what my results were. I think in my case they don't contact you unless there's some followup needed. My labs? The usual: fasting BS, liver panel, etc. Since we moved last spring I needed to find a new nurse practitioner and low and behold, there's one in a clinic not far from here. I liked her a lot.

Alice, I meant to ask you if you've gotten more snow now, too...I'm sure you're very used to it since you're so far north in WI, but sweetie...I don't envy you at all. I enjoy about a week of it right around Christmas, but then I like to look at it in those pretty picture postcards! Are the chickens tolerating the weather okay? Do they stop laying in the cold weather?

Nola, you have the right idea of packing a little at a time and being all ready when the time comes. Have you had a chance (weather permitting, being part of it) to check out any places yet? I know you'll find the perfect place for you. I was wondering how the TENS unit is working out for you, too. Sure hope it is helping a LOT!

Ah, Marty...the glad game...haven't thought about that in ages. What a great idea and perfect time of year to do it. Thanks for remembering for us! I am going to work on that myself starting right now!!!

Babs, I can certainly understand why you would pass up Thanksgiving with your sister, even though I'm sure you and Abby would both enjoy it. I wouldn't want to pay that kind of $$ to board Jasmine either. Sounds like you have lots of things to keep the 2 of you busy, and Abby will have a great time, too.

Jill, how frustrating to sit so long in the doctor's office. But, now it is over and that is a good thing. Sorry to hear your shoulder isn't feeling better yet, but doesn't it sometimes take a day or two for it to fully "kick in?" I've never had an injection, but seems like I've heard that. Bursitis is very painful, I'm told. LInda (SPEEDY143) had bursitis in her hip a while back. I think it took awhile for it to heal, but if it is that, at least there wouldn't be any surgery involved. On the upside, I'm really happy to hear that you had a good visit with the therapist last week. I'm so happy you were able to keep your appt...I think you had to reschedule at first b/c you were sick.Thanks for the birthday wishes!! LOL...I forgot that nothing is ever a secret anymore...not that my birthday is a secret, but let's fact it, when you get to my age, I'm happy to have them, but may start going back the other way now! LOL!

Theresa, how did things go with your family there this weekend? I bet you had a wonderful time.

Jeanne, I see you lost another # this week. How wonderful! You are doing such a great job. Babs, you mentioned Ramona's blog. You are right...very inspirational. She looks amazing!

I made potato soup for supper tonight. So good on such a cold night. Tomorrow I'll throw some frozen broccoli and corn in the leftovers and it will be better than ever. We should get a couple more meals out of it that way.

Supposed to go to my Mom's tomorrow, but she called earlier tonight and said she thought maybe I should stay home because of the cold. I might do that...I want to go, but I really don't want to be driving up there when it is 0* and windy. I can go up Friday when it is a little warmer.

Well, I think I've prattled on long enough and you now have an entire book to read...not just a chapter review, so I'm going to get busy and do a little more sparking before I hibernate for the evening. I'm starting a new book tonight. Hope it's a good one!! Have a wonderful evening and hope to see all of you tomorrow! Sending you all hugs, love and lots of prayers! Jeannie XOXO

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Just have time for a quick drop in.
I have not been exercising for 2 days but did begin on Thursday and Friday. Tomorrow it is back to walking indoors. I find I can manage 10 minutes without my walker as it doesn't fit between the furniture here. I also lowered my calorie range on Thursday in an attempt to start losing some weight. Basically I haven't lost anything, yo yoing, since August. I was at 11400-1800 and am now at 1200-1550. Weighed in this morning and even after 3 days of over 2000 from Monday to Wed. I still lost 1/2 pound. Better than a gain that I was expecting.
I am reading a book called The Easyway to Stop Smoking. I have heard a lot of really great things said about it. It has a 90% success rate so what have I got to lose?
The weather here has been snowing and blowing since Saturdday. It is to be below freezing, windy and snowing until Saturday of thisweek I wonder what will be in for us in the WINTER??? LOL
Have to go. Keep well and keep trying. We are all worth the effort.


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I literally spend all morning at my Drs. . .most of it in his waiting room. Unusually I'm in & out in about an hour but he was super busy. I'm never making a Monday Dr's appointment as obviously it's too busy then. He took about 10-15 minutes asking me how I was doing and I told him the truth not very well. I told him about Brent and how difficult he is these days. . .he recommended I look into a board & care for him as it's too stressful for me to have him here. I might look into those soon but honestly hate doing that to him. He thought my shoulder either had Bursitis but then said it very well could be a teat in my rotary cuff. . .he feels right now no matter what a MRI would tell him with my difficult family problems he couldn't recommend surgery for me right now. He did give me a cortisone shot in my right shoulder but most of my shoulder pain is still there, ugh.

emoticon Happy Birthday Jeannie. I honestly had no clue it was your Birthday until Karen mentioned it but still I wasn't sure how she'd know that & most of us didn't. It's great you celebrate your special Day with your GS and family.

Babs, I wonder if Joe is getting serious with his new GF as meeting her Mother's Family sounds like it. Like you I'm happy celebrating a quiet Thanksgiving at home this year. I'm seriously thinking about ordering from a local Grocery Store a complete Turkey Dinner for 6 people at $40. I believe all you do is heat them up in the containers they come in. It's much easier than buying all the ingredients to make it all myself.

I loved reading the book Pollyanna as a young teenager. It also made an impression on me. I still love the message in it. Was it Haley Mills was played the part of Pollyanna in the movie? Nola, I remember the book but not the movie.

Nola, I hope your having a good day and that the Tens Unit is helping with your chronic pain and being able to sleep at night. I'm enjoying reading the books you very kindly sent me. I can't decide which one I like best and I'll let you know soon.

Linda, I hope your sinus problems are better today. I've never had that problem myself but my older Sister does and I think she takes a prescription for it.

Barbara, Are you still working 2 jobs or just 1 now? I guess being so busy helps to keep you "out of Trouble". I'm going to read some blogs tonight and yours will be one of the first ones I read. The information you share in them really is helpful to me.

My youngest son just fixed Lunch for us so I want to eat it before it's too cold.

Try to stay warm and find some Joy in Today. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Itís Monday once again. Can you believe that by this weekend we have to shop for T-giving if weíre doing the cooking. My GS is going to have dinner with his GFís motherís family - thatís a mouthful, or a lot of words at least. She wants him to meet her motherís family. Hhhhmmm.....

My sister invited me to her home and Abby wants to go there. However, thereís this dog - and if we leave that means kennel. She isnít little. Iíd have to drop her off on Wednesday and wouldnít be able to pick her up until Monday if I went for the weekend. Weíre talking a minimum of $150!! I donít see that happening. Iím perfectly content at home. There are other things I want to do. Abby and I went to the Santa Parade in Belleville, which is about 13 miles from me. Itís a great parade. I thought weíd go again this year. Thereís breakfast with Santa at a couple of places and I thought sheíd enjoy that. In other words - a weekend just for the 2 of us. Sounds good to me.

Barbara, aw shucks! Thanks. Believe me - those jobs roll around at various times, but some of them keep me busy often, i.e. payroll. We all want to get paid!

Nola, I think you have the right attitude and a good plan - a little at a time as far as the move goes. PJís and a good book sound like a perfect way to spend a bitter cold day. Maybe some hot tea too.

Marti, the glad game. Ah, yes, this is a wonderful time of year to begin it. Itís a time for being grateful. Iím ĎGladí for so many things in my life.

Linda, I hope today is a better day for you. Yes, when an ex passes away it is a shock. My ex passed away 4 years ago. Ice cream - my mom loved it. She was diabetic but she found the SF ice cream and always had it on hand. I loved the Edyís brand. Delicious!

Jeannie, the important thing is that you had a wonderful birthday! emoticon

I donít know if Iím caught up or not, but this is about a far as Iíll get this morning. I have to get moving here. Work awaits!

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Hi, Linda. I'm sure sorry to hear about your ex. It's always a shock and loss, even with someone being "out" of our lives for a while. Sounds like you're still not feeling well, too. Sure hope that turns around soon!

Yes...my birthday was yesterday. emoticon Selfishly, I didn't put it on our Special Days because I knew we were going to be gone and I didn't think I'd be able to catch up. I forgot about it "going out" on FB! LOL! I had a really nice day with the grandsons and Richard. Today our DGD and her hubby and the DGGD came by for awhile, too, while the boys were here. They had fun with the baby! Anyway, it was a fine birthday! So, thank you all for your well wishes!!

I'm going to cut this short and say that I will try to get caught up a little tomorrow. I want to read through the chat one more time, plus some other Sparking I'm way behind on doing. So, I'm wishing you a good night and pleasant dreams! Hugs and love, Jeannie

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I'm here reading your posts but am in a bit of a slump. I was and still am sick with the sinus problem. On Friday I found out on face book that my first husband had died the day before. I was already in a quiet mood because Friday was my mom's birthday and I still miss her some 20 yrs later. I was friends with my ex on face book, he and I shared a son so we never lost complete track of each other. He married a woman appx our son's age about 12 yrs ago and seem to have changed a lot. He was happy. Thought I would say what is on my mind. There is no answer. Just letting my mind wander.
Jill, sounds like you have my kind of stomach. Problem with me is, I love ice cream and if I am in one of those back sliding moods, I eat it no matter what happens. It never ends good.



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Pollyanna was my favorite movie. I think that it had a major impact on my trying to find the good in most situations.

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I remember that movie Pollyanna, and the glad game. I think that it would be a good thing to play at the beginning of each day.

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I hope that all are feeling better soon. I am sitting around in my PJ's today trying to stay warm. We are to get to 4 degrees tomorrow night. I will pack a few more boxes today and try to look ahead. The nightmares about the move started last night.
Jill, I am glad that your visit with your GC was good.
I remember being so busy and am glad that I am ready to settle down as my body now demands it. I am finally catching up on my Goodread's goal and am anxious to get to some of the books I have been putting off. Have a great day everyone.

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Hello all,

WoW Babs I knew you are v. active and involved in a lot, but I never realized you did so many jobs at once! That's pretty neat. I feel the same way...I always got bored if a job required me to do the same thing over and over and not much else.

Jill, my son was the person with the animals..although I took care of quite a few of them. They have all passed over except 'my' kitty who is now about 12 years old. He's crotch-ity but I love him. Shawn had fish, rabbits, a snake, a gecko, a dog, and a cat. We fostered hamsters, cats, dogs, a ferret, and heaven knows what else that I can't remember. I dislike the time change also. It was done for the WW but why we have to keep it is beyond me. I am so glad you get to enjoy your grandchildren!!!!

Well next post was mine so I am complete with posting!!! lol

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The weekends go so darn fast. During the week Iím on the computer all the time. So much easier to sneak in and post, read a little here/there. Weekends Ė different story. So here I am, Sunday morning, a dusting of snow is on the ground, I have one of Jackieís WW crockpot recipes going Ė Peking Pork. Smells delicious.

I am upset. I gained again this week. Why? I donít know. Thatís the truth too. I have not eaten poorly. Iíve been working my own program. Could be this old body is Ďin total shock!í Tough. Iím fighting back.

Please check out Ramonaís blog. She Ďlost half of herself!í Seriously. I read her blog and it came at the right time for me.

How many times have we said Ė donít worry about what you post. Thereís usually someone out there who needs to hear it. So very true. Thanks, Ramona!

Jeannie, hope you had a wonderful, fantastic, fabulous birthday!

Joanna, I wouldnít want a rabbit in the house either. Itís amazing that the dogs and the rabbit are all 3 still there!

Hey, Karen, Iím crockpotting it too this weekend. No surprise. I love mine.

Starr, wonderful to see a post from you but so very sorry about all of the medical problems you are experiencing. Is it possible to hire someone to pack up the other house and bring everything to your new place? At least then youíll have everything with you. Granted. It will take a very long time to unpack, but it will be in one place.

Barbara, you asked what I do at work. My lands that has changed through the years, especially since the man I worked for Ďforeverí retired due to Parkinsons. I work for a family owned corporation that has a manufacturing division. The owners of the corporation also own a retail store, in which my office is located in one of their buildings. They also own 2 apartment complexes.

Having said that I have a degree as a paralegal. My Ďretired bossí is an attorney. Now I work for his son, an attorney (secretary) who resides in Chicago. Love him! I remember when he was in law school. He is so much like his dad. I also work for his (his being retired boss) brother, who managed a retail store in Peoria IL. He moved to St. Louis to be close to his kids when his wife died. I work for the brotherís son who is the treasurer of the corporation and CFO.

I do many things and I love it this way. It is not boring. Audits Ė yes. As I am plan administrator for our retirement plan, which involves audits. I am payroll admin, which involves audits Ė workers comp. I am plan administrator for medical and dental policies. I work with the maintenance manager and management group regarding the apartments. It goes on. See what I mean Ė variety.

Jill, so sorry to hear that Brent has had problems the past couple of days. I pray the new therapist works out well for him and that he definitely does get into the Day Programs. Happy that you had your visit with the psychologist and look forward to more meetings. Thatís a plus! You must be on Cloud 9 having seen the grandkids.

I've rambled on long enough! I have to get moving. Abby has religion class this AM. I've got more laundry to do.

Have a Sparkling Sunday.

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Hi Barbara, we posted about the same time. Thank you for your kind comment. To be honest I don't follow a special diet but I've learned I can't eat too much fiber or my stomach acts up. I'm also Lactose intolerant and can eat yogurt without a problem but try to avoid eating ice cream or I have stomach problems the next morning. Occasionally I crave it but I sure pay the price for those few minutes of pleasure eating it. I long for those days when I could eat anything with no after effects, that's no longer true for me. I hope you're feeling better and doing well. I didn't know you have pet rabbits. . .I assume you have no other pets? It gets dark outside here before 5 pm so actually when I wrote my chat post a few minutes ago It felt like at least 9 pm or later and it was only 7:30 pm. I'm still not used to this time change and don't like it.

The highlight of my day was seeing my GC late this afternoon. I hadn't seen them or my son and dil in weeks so I was longing to see them. Emma sure wants to do everything that her big brother Noah does. . .She's like him another Strong Willed child. Their parents have their hands full raising their two beautiful lively children that I Love so much emoticon

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Starr, I guess when it rains it pours as it unfortunately sounds like it has been extremely difficult for you. I'm really sorry to hear about your unexpected Fall and the consequences of that. I'm sorry but I'm not clear did you have one of your knees replaced recently? Why are you having infusions and what actually are these treatments doing/helping? It sounds very difficult & expensive to have to be dependent on Taxis to take you to the Hospital. You're dealing with so much now and I'll be praying everything will be much better and easier for you really soon. When you're up to it I wonder if you'd enjoy going to a Senior Center as most have lots of activities and classes available at a very reasonable price, if there is even a charge. Some do have transportation to their Senior Centers. Many even have gym equipment available to Seniors who have a low cost membership. Most of them here have Holiday dinners for the Seniors. This might be the way for you to get out and enjoy life more and meet some new friends. I'm wishing you the best and hope that you're healthier really soon. Please keep us posted as to how you're doing. . . I've missed You and do care about You. . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Joanna, all I can say is your GC sure love you and one of them always seems to need your help. It sounds like they enjoy your company, so that's wonderful. Wishing you the Best & it's good to hear from you.

Jeannie, are you "Holding" out on us as Karen wished you a Happy Birthday?? Does she know something that I would also like & want to know? When is your Birthday? Fess up my dear friend. . .I know you're busy watching you're GS this weekend. I bet being with them is fun but also a little exhausting.

Theresa, I know You have your family & young GS with you celebrating the Twins Birthday at your house this weekend. You sure have a Full House including the two dogs who I hope get along well. How did you celebrate their Birthdays? I hope you're sleeping well these days as it does make a difference when it comes to our energy level and sense of well being, at least it does for me.

Babs, It sure is cold there and it sounds like a lot of you are already having a snowy Winter. Best Wishes for a good and relaxing weekend for you. You probably did something fun with little Miss Abby, she sounds so creative, like you, and will come up with something fun for the two of you to do together.

On Friday I saw a Psychologist and it was very helpful talking to her. I'm looking forward to seeing her again in December. I sure would love to see her weekly but my insurance won't pay for these type of visits that often. Brent was doing much better but unfortunately has had "meltdowns" the last 2 days which really stresses me out. I've been depressed myself a lot due to his recent behavior and problems. . .We met his new Therapist who is an Intern from a local good College. She will be talking to him next Thursday. I'm Still pushing for him to get in their Day Program but it's on hold until he "works" with his new Therapist for a few months. It's so frustrating how slow things happen for him at the Agency he's with.

It's getting late here so I know most of you are hopefully enjoying a good night's sleep. emoticon With my "ancient" computer I'd better get off of it before I lose this post. Hugs & Love to everyone. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Hello all, it's hard to be away from this team for too long!

Hey Linda, thanks for your note. I am in complete agreement with you that hunting for food is acceptable. while hunting for the heck of it (sport) is not - at least in my opinion and yours!

Jeannie, happy birthday to you! Kind of weird but have not heard back about the biopsies. Interesting about the statin because I have aches and pains all over too. What labs did you have done? Sorry to be out of the loop.

Jill, thanks for your positive nature. what do you generally eat because I have not gotten the hang of it - what to eat to not cause problems. Whatever happened with your possibly getting Brent in that program you were looking into?

Hi Karen, good advice for Jill. I had my Facebook hacked and it was a friend from SparkPeople who alerted me!!!

Babs, thanks for your kind words. What do you do at work? I know you mentioned audits.

Nola, what kind of manager is that to use her personal feelings in a professional setting?! Sorry for all your troubles.

CJ, Congrats on your husband's 30 years in the Navy. I thought Jeanne's husband was in the Navy too? Thanks for your note.

Jeanne, good to see your post. Did you know that we joined this team very close to each other?

Alice, lovely woman! OMG 23 inches ALREADY. We are supposed to have mixed weather tomorrow. Not sure what that means, but goodness its Maryland and its not even Thanksgiving yet! Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I love looking at snow but that's the extent of it.

Joanna, maybe your GD can look into a rescue place for the rabbit. We had two different rabbits in the house. I limited him/her to a certain part of the house. But they do eat things you don't want them to eat and their bathroom manners are badddd. lol Still they were sweet. I guess I shouldn't have tolerated it, but I did. The last one hid for a while and I couldn't locate him. Finally I thought it was really acting wrong so I brought it to the vet. It died as soon as they brought it to the back. OMG my son lost it thinking he died because he was scared and he 'was' scared. Ughhh...so hard.

Star, wishing you well in the surgery. I had a knee replacement 2 years ago. I never realized they remove it and then replace it so much later...mine was done in the same day. Missed having you around. Sorry about your mom.

Jackie, thanks for your wonderful words. I do feel relieved. Now just to get the right meds! Why did you go to the hospital?

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Thanks, everyone, for the good wishes and prayers. I have it so ,much easier than others, but really this past month has been really hard.

Actually, the entire year has been a trial. starting with Mom's death and ending with a move that never really happened.

My life is so complicated -- two different residences, but neither being used as the priimary residence; a knee that has to be removed Monday after Thanksgiving, then replaced six wee`ks later, which I believe is right after Christmas, and then rehab for another long time.

My new home has a sofa, piano, desk, three office chairs, two lawn chairs, and huge (tall) adjustable twin bed. I have three outfits here, all of which are old and accommodate all the digging and prodding on a bad knee. Several computers -- none of which are up to date and fulfilling. A beautiful fireplace, but no wood to burn. Lots of storage. but nothing to store, as all of it is still in old home.I have one floor lamp that hasn't been plugged in. All other lights are in old home, so I'm using overhead lights in each room.

I fell out of my new, way-too-high adjustable bed the night before last. I hyper-extended the bad knee -- thank goodness -- or I would have broken the stitches from the surgery.

I have been paying about $60 to get back and forth to the hospital for the two treatments I need.

Last night I used the last $25 in cash that I had. (Yellow Cab won't take cards.) I thought, "Man, that was $200 in less than 10 days and I don't even like the night dispatcher or two of the drivers!" (One of the drivers who picks me up in the morning has a sore toe, and so I have to put my own walker in the trunk and drag my bedraggled body into the cab -- all the time knowing the seat will not be far enough forward. I'm thinking that would hurt his toe, almost as much as getting out of the cab to help me with the walker.)

Anyway, I was wondering: where am I going to get more cash when I can't get to ATM or bank within paying another $5 to $20 in fees. And then I realized: "Oh yeah, I have a car, a driver's license, and gas in the tank. I could always get myself to the hospital. Wait, I'm on pain killers, so I can't drive. Then I thought: "Well, stop taking the damn pain killers."

Now, why didn't I think of THAT? emoticon

I took Tylenol and the high-dose ibuprofen and went to bed. I didn't really sleep, but I didn't suffer.

Got up this morning, dragged my body to the hospital -- which thank goodness thanks to SP and some good hard water aerobics daily -- has become 60+ pounds lighter.-- and then DROVE OVER to get my hair fixed and shop.

I feel a bit better. I would have felt GREAT until I realized that the stuff I bought has to be brought into the house and put away. Who will do that? Moi.

Oh well, I'm exhausted even writing about it, so before I go back to the hospital at 5 p.m. for my evening two-hour infusion, I'm going into the bed.

Excuse the very poor writing, mistakes, and all the other stuff about this diatribe. I'm using a computer that is very hard for me to see because of a distant screen.

I will end with this upbeat news: two internet utility guys came over to my house and CONNECTED me. emoticon

Baby steps for some but the internet is my connection to the world. I will need this as this holiday is going to be hard. Mom's gone, my family will be busy with their stuff, I don't know anyone in my new neighborhood. and I have already felt really lonely,

I've got to stop because I need to rest up for 45 minutes before DRIVING MYSELF TO THE HOSPITAL. emoticon

BTW, I do realize that my problems are minor compared to so many, but it felt really good to complain.

Maybe next time I'll write I will spend more time talking WITH you rather than ABOUT myself.

Have a great Sunday. I't also cold here in Utah, but not like it is for many of you.

Starr


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Hi Sparkers! Just a quick post. I am spending the day cooking (crockpot) and knitting. Trying to stay out of trouble. I will be in enough trouble later on this week, lol.
Happy Birthday to our JEANNIE!
I will try to check in later...
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Itís been a week and I am still here at my granddaughters house babysitting her dog. Funny how you can get caught up in roll reversal. Her boyfriend of 7 years has already moved to Texas to start a new job. She is waiting until she finishes her semester of school and gets their house sold up here in Michigan before she makes the final move, but she plans on following him down there to Houston. She said she hated the sight of Houston, that it was dirty and deserted at least the areas that she saw. He found an apartment in a little community called KATY or KADYÖwhere they plan on buying a house once she gets there. She wonít let him pick out the house since she plans on taking at least 2 of her horses. She wants 5 acres at least but he is willing to do with less. I can already see this is going to be an ordeal, but back to me. I got a call right after he left saying Gram you have to come and stay with CHAMP (her pit-bull dog she has had and catered to for the last 9 years) he is lonely when no one is around. After a little persuasion I decided to pack a few things and come along to help outÖshe does have exceptionally fast internet which I donít. I brought one of my dogs (Champs daughter another Pit-bull that looks like his twin) to help keep him company. So far they are loving itÖ.when my granddaughters gets home from work at 11:30 at night I have dinner waiting on herÖ.her house is all cleanÖthe laundry is all doneÖ.and the dogs are ready for her attention. I heard her tell her boyfriend the other night that she traded him for a better model. I am not sure I like that she is so dependent on my all of a sudden. But she is in her last year of Law School, and works full time taking care of senior citizens at a retirement home that I think she deserves a little attention.

Her house is too large for just the two of themÖ.I donít know why they bought such a large place almost 4500 SFÖ.and I have to travel up and down the stairs to get to the bedrooms which I hate doing with my poor knees. Her concept is itís good for you, mine is itís killing me. The good news is I never have to go on the lower level the laundry room and everything else is on the main floor. With jus the two of us itís not hard to pick up and keep it clean so I guess over all I will manage.

There is a problem though which I am not seeing a solution to yet. Itís SNOWBALL her white rabbitÖ.she has it in the house and it goes everywhere. I am trying to talk her into finding a home for it, but she is wanting to hang on to it as long as she can thinking I will take it at the last minuteÖ.itís not going to happen. All my rabbits live outside and this one would die out in the cold after all this time. I am not, never, no way ever going to have a rabbit in my home. Too much hair everywhere and this thing chews all the baseboards and wires it can get too.

She doesnít even plan to get ready to make the move until at least spring. I hope she doesnít think I can stay here until then I miss my home and in January I want to go and see my Son if Vegas. Oh by the way she has already told me that I can forget about going to Vegas my new home away from home she said will be Texas. The scary part is I think she means it. Hehehehe.

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Such a beautiful morning. Itís warming now. Itís 23. Earlier this morning when I woke Abby up it was only 19. Brrrrr.....

So glad itís Friday. Iím always ready for Friday. No big plans for the weekend, but I still look forward to not Ďhavingí to get up and get moving immediately. Iím always up early, but I do love the luxury of being lazy for awhile, not watching a clock.

Jeannie, Iím having some of my pumpkin pecan pie coffee again this morning. Iíll find some tea too. Hot tea is good too, especially when itís so cold. Enjoy your boys.

Over 5" of snow already, Jackie - way too much, way too early. I saw in another thread that you had some Maple Syrup Sumatra coffee - yum. That sounds good too.

Nola, itís wonderful that you have such a positive outlook and actually seem happy to be moving. Could be Ďjust what the doctor ordered!í

Jeanne, have a great weekend. Donít you just love Friday?? I sure do.

Happy 44th Anniversary, Alice!!

I need to get boot scootin and get some work done around here. Have a wonderful weekend.

Anxious to hear how yesterday went for Brent and how today goes for Jill.

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Hello everyone!! I know it is very late here. We have winter here also! We have 23 inches of snow and it will be below zero tonight. Burrr! is right! Today I celebrated my 44th wedding anniversary. He was my high school sweetheart and it seems like yesterday he was flirting with me in the school hall! emoticon I am hoping things improve for y'all. It seems like some good fortune is in order. Prayers to all. emoticon

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Can you stand just one more deer story? One of the middle school English teachers hit a deer on the way to school on Tuesday morning. She totaled her car and has been in the hospital since Tuesday morning. She's been very vocal about her anti-hunting views. We all wonder if this will change her opinion. ??? Been reading the posts and thought I'd add this tidbit.

So sorry to hear about Starr. Hope all goes well with the new therapist for Brent. Good news from Barbara. Clever thinking strategies from Babs. Jeannie's eyes are better, hope your shoulder heals, too. If you're traveling be safe. If you have snow, take it easy while shoveling. Better yet, have it done for you.

Time to hit the sack! Have a nice evening.

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The management co is well aware of the manager and her issues but it seems to be what they want. I personally am looking forward to being in a new place. I hope to keep packing and cleaning a little at a time so that I can get out of here sooner than later. I am just waiting now to find out if I will be able to keep my Section 8 housing. the manager has not sent any documentation to prove her case. It shall be interesting.

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Good Morning Chatty Sparkers.

Oh Starr ... I'm so very sorry to hear about your surgeries/hospital stay. Sending you prayers and hope you are on your recovery journey.

Waiting to hear Jill about those appts. Yes, Karen is right - your account sounds hacked. Never give out your SSN# on the phone... Companies that are legit only ask for the last 4 digits or have other ways of identifying you. I've gotten several 'suspicious' calls in the last week. We have a scammer around here saying they're from the gas company and are turning off the heat unless you send $50 immediately to this post office box!! Our city sent out an email to those of us on the list.

Hope NO ONE needs surgery for the shoulders - I think I read Jeanne & Jill?

Karen, sorry to hear about the coffee yarn spill - hate it when it happens.

Nola - glad you love to read. I do too, however, not as much as more as my eyes give me a lot of trouble.

CJ - safe travels and have fun!

Barbara - glad you received good news and pray you won't need any invasive surgery. YOu must feel relieved! A healthy diet is good for ALL of us! The change may help you feel a lot better!

Well, that is all I can remember. Over year 5" of snow and falling - way too early. We sang at the Senior Citizens Center Wed. - Went well - (just 9 of us as a lot had to work). They were very appreciative and loved the patriotic songs the best.

Be well ... gotta make some lunch.



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Good morning! It's a little colder here, Babs, and definitely not sunny! I can handle almost anything if the sun is shining. Maybe we'll be lucky and it will come out later today.

I love your plan of focusing on what we can have. Sometimes I can't think of anything I can have except the boring old whatever. But, your coffee sure sounds great and I think I'll see about getting some sort of treat like that for myself! Thanks!!

Yes, Jill, I was wondering about how all those appointments have turned out, too. I think you see your new therapist tomorrow, too. Sending you all my very best wishes and thoughts!

Oh, Starr...I'm so very sorry to hear you've been in the hospital and still receiving treatment! Can you feel the love we're all sending you, too??? Get well soon! I thought you were just busy with your move and all that, but here you've been really sick from the sounds of it.

So you like to play hand and foot, too, CJ!! We've never gotten the hang of it, but so many of our friends love to play it. I guess we should try a little harder. We like to play Sequence and a game called Social Security (it's a board game with marbles and cards). Have fun while you're away.

Spent about an hour with the grandsons this morning until they left for school. We'll go back over this afternoon. They've requested pizza for dinner, which works fine for Richard. I have a plan to deal with it today, though, so I should be fine, too. We'll spend the night there tonight and then in the morning come home again. It's so nice being closer and able to do this. Jill, the kids are visiting her parents in Palm Desert just down the road from you. I should have been a stowaway with them and come to see you! LOL!

Welcome to our newer members! Stop by and say hi soon!!

I need to get busy, too, and work on a few things I've been meaning to get done. Have 2 pair of slacks I have to shorten for my Mom, which I've been putting off. Just hard to get started. Also have a little cleaning I need to do. Okay...onward and upward! Have a great day and keep on pushing!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Beautiful morning. 27 degrees but sunny. Spitting snow on my way to work this morning.

Iím happy and excited this morning. Why you ask? (I know you did. I hear you.) Iím having pumpkin pecan pie. Right here at work. Might have more later too when I go home. Itís coffee from Cracker Barrel. Delicious too. What a treat and itís calorie free.

So had this scathingly brilliant idea and talk with myself. I said: Babs, why donít you put on your big girl panties (Well, thatís the only kind I have.) and focus your energy on fun, wonderful, delicious things you CAN have and celebrate them!! Like - pumpkin pecan pie. Why think - better not eat those fries. OR donít get a cheese Danish for heavens sakes!

Think about all the energy I (or we!) can exert on fun things, delicious things, and it will take our minds off snacking at night, or grabbing something from McDonaldís or White Castle (I love them!). Iím going to give it a try anyway.

Hope everything went well with Brent yesterday, Jill.

Starr, so very sorry to hear about your problems. Prayers for you.

Darn it's cold! I hate to turn the heat up too much because it gets too dry then.

I need to stop complaining. I do have to make this short. I've got several projects sitting right here on my desk. Maybe I'll check back later.

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Good Morning my friends, it is a beautiful day here in Oklahoma, but winter tempts have arrived,
its 25 degrees at 9:00am so that means it probably got down to 20 last night. (Burr). my joints don't like it.

Jeanie: Thank you so much for letting us know about Francie, I'll be glad when she feels like chatting with us again.

Starr: I am so sorry for all your health problems and more surgery, lots of hugs and prayers are with you, just rest and post when you can and feel like it.

Jill: I'm so glad you are getting to talk to your Therapist, I know talking will help you vent and get some relief. Hope Brents new one helps him also.

I will be MIA for a few days, we are going up to Grand Lake to visit with our friends for a few days. We sure won't be on the lake, its suppose to be in the low 20 and possible snow flurries, So will stay in and visit and play cards. (hand and foot). we love it.

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THIS WILL HAFTA BE QUICK & SLOPPY. A NVERY LONG story, but the gist is that I'm in a mess and have been for weeks. will explain later. had emergency surgery a week ago. now have to be at hospital morning and night for two-hour infusions.

today i founed out more surgery t5he monday after thanksgiving and that will require six weeks in rehab! oh my ...

nothing life threatening. meanwhile i haven't got internet at home. have been very lonely.

unable to read your eveents, but hope to soonest. good to talk w/ all of you.
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It's a gloomy cool day but no complaints as it's much better than day after day of hot weather. Hard for me to believe many of you are already getting snow. . .I think Snow is Beautiful but I'd hate trying to get around in it as walking with my cane and aches & pains would be difficult for me. emoticon emoticon

I spent this morning at my Senior Wellness Appointment. I've never been offered this before but glad I was eligible for one. They did various tests, Chest X-Ray, Flu Shot and talked quite awhile to the Dr. who was super nice and understanding. She said everything looked to be normal but no results available yet for the Chest X-Rays that was done. I will be going for this Sr. Health Evaluation appointment once a year per my insurance Co.

Tomorrow Morning Brent's Social worker is bringing his New Intern Therapist to our House for Brent and I to meet/talk to and ask her any questions, etc. He's looking forward to meeting & talking to her. Then at 4 pm we'll will be going to see and talk to his Psychiatrist. On Friday morning I will be seeing a new Therapist myself. I've never talked to her before but looking forward to seeing her as I have a lot to talk to her about.

Jeannie, Thank you for letting us know how Francie is doing. I'm glad to hear that she seems to be doing well considering her devastating loss. Do you see Gail & hear How shes doing per FB? Jeannie, with both of us having shoulder problems I pray yours nor mine require surgery. If I need surgery I'd worry about how I'd do it as I'm sure I'd be in the Hospital for a least a few days and Brent still has some ups and downs and I'd be sick with worry about how he'd do without me at home... I'm going to google to learn more about Rotary Cuff Tears, etc. and the treatments for it. Thank you for the good suggestion. Your son and dil are so fortunate that you watch your GS so they can get away for a few days. Your GS enjoy having you there to keep a close eye on them so it's a win-win for all of you. You're a wonderful & very caring/helpful GM & GGM.

Babs, Did you get yesterday off for Veterans Day? I hope you did and enjoyed a great day off. Were Abby & Joe Off School? Most of the Schools here didn't get the day off for it and most non-government businesses were open as usual.

It's not right that when our Military men & women serve our Country and are severely injured as a result they're not given more help as so many come Home changed and many end up living with PTSD & mental issues. Such a shame our Government doesn't give them more benefits and resources to deal & enter Society again or the Best Medical Care & Help (jobs) possible. Our Government should give a small fraction of the money we continue to give to Foreign Countries that Hate Americans and many aren't thankful for our Financial Help to say the least. Okay, sorry to go on so but I truly care what happens to those Military Men & Women who put their lives on the line for us & come home with Physical, Financial & mental problems, etc. This is just my personal humble opinion. . .

Karen, thank you for replying back to me regarding my question about my credit union being hacked. Well this morning I talked to someone there and would you believe she told me they locked down my account because when I tried to sign into it the last time they gave me 3 tries & none were correct so they locked down my Account which is strange because I know my password and honestly don't think I tried 3 times. . .that also makes me wonder if someone else tried to access it? With so much scamming, hacking, etc. going on nothing much would surprise me anymore.

It's just a little after 2:30 pm here so that means it's probably dinner time where you live. Soon I will put the Pork Ribs in the oven on a low temp for 3-4 hours., (we bought them on sale yesterday). They're a real treat for us as more and more we're eating less meat as it's become too expensive to buy. I buy Chicken & pork on Sale also Canned Tuna are the only meat I buy & eat now as all the rest are too expensive now..Cooking more pasta, casseroles and soups, etc.

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Nola, please tell the vp or pres of property mgt co. about this person. Some people will feel like they must abandon their pets in order to find another place to live. This time of year is certain death outside.

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Jill, I am so glad that you enjoyed the books. Let me know which you liked the best and the next time I will know a little better how to choose. Enjoy reading and looking my friend.
I am so sorry about all of the shoulder issues. I am having a lot of soreness since breaking mine last winter since the cold is back. I am sure that it is just an extension of the OA.
I had a visit to the pain specialist this morning for a knee injection and took her the reports that I had received from the Rheumatologist. This DR. was so thrilled. She has been recommending that I see a specialist for 4 years. One Dr. dismissed me when we asked and the second granted the request but the nurse never made the appointment. Well, we have new answers and I may never have to have those horrible back injections again! emoticon
Those with tummy issues I hope that you have happy tummy days ahead. If you are in the cold areas be sure that your fur babies are nice and warm and dry.
I am starting making applications to other apartments. The main issue is that this manager does not like dealing with people. We were told when she came that she would be evicting a lot of people because she does it at every apartment complex she works at. There has been a lot of drama here and she just used it to many of us she didn't like. The management co. told me that she just didn't like me so she was looking for ways to get me out. I don't care at the moment I just want to start packing and see where I end up next.

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Back at work and plenty of work sitting here. BUT Iím taking a Ďfewí to send ut a quick post.

Sorry about the ďSpillĒ, Karen. That had to be upsetting.

Alice, 8" of snow!! Oh my gosh - sorry about that unless youíre a snow lover. I think Karen is.
You are definitely getting a lot of exercise. 10# gain - donít know how that happened.

Jackie, sing Ďsweetly!í Sleet - and so winter begins; right?

Barbara, glad things turned out well for you yesterday. Youíll have the diet figured out in no time at all.

Jeannie, glad your eyes are improving. I guess itís good that so far nothing Ďappearsí wrong with your shoulder. But it hurts! So thereís something awry there. MRI. Yes, it is always something.

Jill, glad to see that Brent is feeling better and youíre doing better too. Great news. Happy reading! How very nice of Nola to send some books to you.

Caught up you say, Jeannie!!?? I didnít realize there is such a thing. Have fun with the boys.

I need to get busy with work.

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Great advice, Karen. I think it is especially important to do what you said about not calling the number provided in an email, but to go to the number you usually use or the main number. So concerning when these things happen.

Jill, CJ and others...several of us are FB friends with Francie, and you all can chime in, too, but it seems to me that she is doing quite well. Still taking orders and making wreaths, etc. Lots of FB activity, so I think she is keeping busy. It has to be hard with the holidays coming up, etc.

Jill, I don't want to confuse you or mislead you in any way about shoulder surgeries. They are both hard (the replacement of the joint, as well as the repair), but very doable. No, a rotator cuff tear does not mean a replacement is necessary. Sometimes they happen to need to be repaired at the same time. There are 4 rotator cuff muscles and a tear can happen in any of them or more than one and are caused by a variety of things (a fall, a bone spur that wears one thin, etc.). Hope this helps a little. You can Google rotator cuff injuries or surgeries or whatever and get lots of good information. Bottom line is that you can't know what is going on without a workup. And, yes...there definitely would/will be some down time in whichever shoulder is worked on. I'm hoping for a bone bruise as the outcome for mine, which would mean no surgery for me!!

I think today will be a good day for me to get caught up a little around here. We've been on the go for one thing or another for too many days. Tomorrow through Sunday we'll have the GSs to watch over, but it will be easy. They have school 2 of those days and Saturday we'll be going to basketball games with the older one. We'll just stay at their house...much easier than dragging all their things over here.

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Jill....your account may well have been hacked. There have been some notable data breaches lately and as a precaution, once VISA/MasterCard notifies the financial institution that your card "may" have been hacked, the normal protocol is to disable your card and order a new one for you. If you have an online banking program you should be able to check recent activity on your account to make sure any transactions are truly yours. If they are not, you should go to the credit union and they will help you fill out some paperwork to dispute the charges. Typically, the credit union will credit the funds back to your account provisionally right away. If you do not have an online banking program set up, if you go to the credit union they should be able to provide you with a print out of your recent transactions.
If you are unsure from the message you got if you are really hearing from your credit union, a good trick is to not phone back the number on the message, but to look up the main number and call the credit union that way. At least then you would know that the message was not from someone trying to get information from you.
Hope this helps and I hope the whole thing is legitimate. There are way too many frauds and scams out there!
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Just wanted to check in with all of you before bed, it has been a great day. I had lunch with my DH for Veterans Day. He spent 30 years in the Navy, 4 active and 26 reserve, He is a great American. and THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SERVED.

Jill: I'm not sure where I have been, but I never have seen any posts that said Francies DH and Mom died. I am so very sad for her. Thank you for sharing, I will try to get her a post sent. I really miss her and I also miss Joan of Spark or Joanie.

Jeanie: Sorry about your shoulder, I do hope the MRI turns up with better news.

Barbara and Alice it is good to hear from you again.

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emoticon Barbara, such good news you're sharing with us. . .I also have diverticulous and had no clue I had it until my last Colonoscopy almost 6 years ago. I'm about due to have another one myself & not looking forward to having it. I'm not on any medication for it but do take the daily limit of Rolaids or Tums most days.

Jeannie, Thank you for sharing about Richard surgeries on his Shoulders. I hope my shoulder problem doesn't require a shoulder replacement as I assume from what you mentioned that a rotary cuff tear Surgery isn't nearly as invasive & the recovery time is less.? Maybe I'm confused and a Rotary Tear does usually require a complete Shoulder Replacement? Being it's my right shoulder I don't know how I'm going to get by using only my left Shoulder,arm/hand. Jeanne did send me a Message about her upcoming surgery & she does have 2 tears in her rotary cuff, unfortunately. I'm so glad your vision is much better, thank God for Modern Medicine. I hope your shoulder doesn't require surgery as you've had a lot to deal with your and Richards Health issues. I'm on a Statin and wonder if being on it could be contributing to some of my pain issues. But heart attacks & strokes are what both my parents and 95% of my extended family have died of. . .so I'm very hesitate to get off of it. I'd like to lose weight and be Healthier so I could stop 1/2 of the RXs I'm on. I need a Big Kick in the Fanny to get myself moving forward again. Thank God, Brent seems to be feeling better and recently I've had some time to myself. I'm so happy as if his behavior and constant venting continued I'd be in the "Funny Farm" myself.

I wonder how Francie is doing with her DH and Mom dying so close together (time wise) she has to be very devastated, to say the least. If any of you see her on FB (I'm not on it) please let me know how she's been doing recently? She'll need lots of time to grieve then one day hopefully she'll feel Better and will be back Sparking again.

Yesterday, my dear friend Nola sent 2 boxes of books for me to read. I had so much fun going through them and reading the Jacket covers of each of them. Some of them I'll recycle to my friend who's an avid and fast reader like Nola is. I think Nola tries to read a book a day. I must be a very slow reader as most books take me more than a week to read. Reading is one of my greatest pleasures and it's a great escape while reading & thinking of the Stories told & awesome Book Characters . emoticon emoticon emoticon Nola, Do you have a Manager where you live who might know the reason why your Lease wasn't renewed? If you have your lease paperwork is there a company name & phone # of who to contact in case you have issues or questions? I don't want you to have to move unless you really want to. . .Do you have any legal aid type of offices there who don't charge for a Consultation?

Karen, So sorry that the coffee ruined your knitted sweaters and yarn. But, as usual you took it well and can at least replace the yarn but unfortunately not all the time you put into making them. I want your opinion on my getting an unexpected e-mail twice from the Credit Union I'm in. Both of them said my Account had been blocked and to call them. So I was very concerned and I called them 4 times today and each time a message I'd never heard before came on and didn't explain anything but it said they were unavailable, not to leave your SS# or Account # and to leave a message which I did and they never called me back. I wonder if my account and others were Hacked? If so they sure aren't handling it well with no reason why or no one available to talk to about my Accounts there. I'm hoping all is well but have my doubts. . .

I'm sorry I haven't touched base with many of you who chatted today but my dinner is waiting for me so I wish everyone a good evening and a peaceful sound sleep tonight. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Oh, yes, Jackie! Gloomy, but also windy and very cold. We had a little dusting of snow on the ground when we got up this morning, too. Not ready for this!! Enjoy your SA tonight AND tomorrow. Everyone at the Senior Centers enjoys the old time music...including me. Wait...I am a senior, too, just not as senior as some!! LOL!

Alice, how quickly did you gain the 10#? In just a few days? I'd be looking at fluid retention if that's the case. Good luck. Even if you're not losing pounds, that kind of exercise is still very good for your body! Awesome!!

Karen, so sorry about the coffee/yarn mishap. That has to be frustrating to lose your work, not to mention the yarn. Happy shopping! Candy and Linda had good ideas. Too bad they won't be an answer for this situation. Re: the compression stockings...I think we are caught between a rock and a hard place. He should wear them, but with that foot/ankle so much bigger than the other, the usual don't fit, and when he has tried even larger ones, it is just too painful on his foot. But, i have seen the Harriet Carter catalogs before and I'll check online to see what they look like. Thanks for the info.

Barbara, that is good news about your results. I hope the biopsies have good things to report, too. Yes...I agree that the meds sometimes do cause us other problems. I'm off my statin now, too...I am totally convinced that it was causing many of my aches and pains. I'm feeling better being off, that's for sure. I'll know in a day or two how my lab work looks. Saw my new NP yesterday and had the usual labs done.

Babs, your weekend sounds busy, but just right for you! Thanks for the crockpot "recipe." That's about as simple as anything could be! Will have to give it a try this winter.

Sure thinking about Mona and her problems. As always, prayers for her as well as everyone else in need.

Jill, I think Jeanne's surgery is to repair a rotator cuff tear (or possibly two tears). She'll have to tell us for sure. It's a much different surgery from joint replacement. Richard had both 2 years ago. The rotator cuff tear was a surprise when they went in. Shoulder replacement is not a fun surgery...well, none of them are, really, but shoulder replacement is tough. The rehab is much more involved. Richard has had both shoulders done and after the first one (20 years ago), he always said he'd never have the other one done, but he changed his mind. Actually, I think he forgot what it was like! LOL!

Speaking of shoulders, I saw the dr today, too. The xray didn't show anything, but that's not surprising. I'm scheduled for an MRI next week. One thing at a time. I'm so sick of doctors' appointments and evaluations, etc., that I could scream. On a good note, my vision really is improving a lot, so I'm happy about that!

Well, off to get a couple more things done. It's so dark and windy...definitely sounds like winter. It's 29, but the wind chill is 19, so no wonder it sounds cold. I'm going to sit in front of the fire for a bit and then head to the bedroom to read awhile before bedtime. Have a good evening, dear friends. I know I missed some of you, but I think of everyone and say my prayers for all of us every day! XOXO Jeannie






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Barbara, I am hoping everything will be alright with you. My aunt had that Diverticulitis operation. I know what you mean about meds causing other problems. Taking an arthritis Med may have caused sever swelling in my feet. Now I am off of it and just taking fish oil. I am so stiff I feel like a zombie must.
Several of you seem to have gotten wrong impression of my post about deer hunting. If it is to feed your family or to give to those less fortunate I have no problem with it. I could not do it myself even if I were starving. (Note to self: good way to lose weight) I object to machine gun like things mowing them down in name of "sport". When I hear someone has done that I feel like supplying deer with hand grenades. Hope that clears my words up.

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Hello all,

Thank you so v. much for all your prayers. I believe they really did help so much. First of all I was scared of the colonoscopy and there was no need to be (which I attribute to the prayers!). Don't misunderstand. I have had quite a number of colonoscopies and they are not scary usually, but I was told by my former doctors that it was dangerous to have one now since my C-reactive protein was high at 27 (supposed to be 0-5). I read it is indicative of heart disease or cancer. I plan to go to a heart doctor to check this out.

2nd - I got good news. She found diverticulosis (possibly diverticuli colitis). It will be a matter of finding the right medicine. If not it will be a labascopic surgery removing some of the colon. I hope it does not come to that. The biopsies are due back tomorrow, but I feel good about it.

I truly am going to have to change my diet not only for this but to get off at least two of my meds. I am becoming to believe they are causing other problems. I didn't realize I was taking a beta blocker in the metoprolol which I have to take because of my inverted T (considered a heart irregularity but nothing dangerous). I also am taking a statin for the cholesterol. That one and the HBP can be removed if I would just lose weight!!!! I guess a number of us are in this boat.

Anyway, thanks once again for your prayers and thoughts. I REALLY REALLY appreciate it and adore you guys for this.

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Sorry about your yarns Karen! Ugh, to start over again. I have spilled more coffee and replaced more keyboards ....

Alice- that is a lot of movement & exercise, If you are doing that much every day - double check your tracking to make sure you're getting enough.

Gloomy day over here ... sleet/rain/sleet ... I think the snow will stay North of us.

I'm quitting work earlier today just because .... It's Tuneful Tuesdays so time for Sweet Adelines. We're singing at a senior citizens center tomorrow afternoon. They should really enjoy that as we tend to do a lot of older songs.

Otherwise, keeping the wood stove going and trying to stay warm.

I did hear Barbara is doing ok - but is waiting for more results... I'm sure she'll be on soon and let everyone know how it went.

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Babs - tried your slow cooker recipe. it was yummy!!

I have been doing 55 minutes of exercises now. I have added kettle bells and chair marching to my chair dancing. So with all that i have gained 10lbs. go figure. sigh.

we have alot of snow here. About 8 inches and it is still snowing. i live close to Lake Superior. Snow may be a pain but it sure is beautiful!

I use to hunt deer and got a buck every year that i hunted. We used the meat for our every day diet. I canned some, froze some, and made jerky. I am sorry if it offends some that i hunt (or used to) but i never hunted for sport...just for food.

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Hi, Candy! That was a good suggestion, but it was really stained with coffee. The blanket took the brunt of the coffee as did the extra skeins in the bag for the project. The good news is that I had not spent a small fortune on the yarn...I only do that for adult projects. I went to WalMart this afternoon and picked up some decent acrylic yarn which should wear well.
I am just really, really glad my iPad wasn't in the bag!
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Karen, don't remember if you have pets or not but I use baby blankets on top of my cats when sleeping (they love to cuddle under them) and in their carriers for vet visits. They would get tangled up in bigger ones. Also I just toss a few in the washer every time necessary. I use unperfumed detergents for them since they breathe in under them. I purchased a lot of them when, believe it or not, a book store went out of business. emoticon

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