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I have never been sooo behind. I had to go to the next page to see my last post!!!! Geez...lol

Hope everyone is well. Freezing here. Getting off work in half an hour. Yippeee

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2/28/15 3:02 P

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This week was a "thinking" week so I missed all the excitement. Babbs what a night. You are so fortunate that he was not in an angry state. Good little Jasmine. She needs lots of treats for that action.

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Checking into day as the eye injection knocked me for a loop - I had three days of pain, lessening pain - then extreme tearing, sun/light sensitivity - i am wearing sunglasses as I type ... blurred vision. Today, I'm starting to see again in the righ eye ... just 3 more shots then another assessment of where I am. Thanks to those who sent prayers or kept me in your thoughts.

Babs- so sorry to hear about your ordeal, what a nightmare. Glad Abby slept, Glad Joe is ok, and how wonderful Jasmine did protect your pack. I hope you are doing better today.

Jeannie - understand you had a tooth removed - I hope you are also feeling better.

I see that there are new membres, Welcome! I am going to try to get caught up with you and everyone else.

Brutually cold here, ran out of wood, got more that is a whole long story of delivering in the snow, truck breaking down twice, getting stuck... etc. Glad I'm warm now.

Mike is healing, though his leg had a setback from being out in the cold for sol long last week (and he took his bandages off). I've basically walked around the house, listened to TV ... realized how much I depend on elctronics in my daily life.

Take care all... Hope you are warm and well today.

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2/28/15 11:30 A

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so glad you are ok Babs that would been horrible I can not image how I would feel sure glad that your dog was protecting you
I am barely hanging on to my program I missed my goal for March 1 but I am going to continue
I am going to start on my GD quilt for graduation to day I went to JoAnne,s yesterday to get some material and had a coupon for 50% off so that was good but I lost my cell phone I had left at the register so I am going to go pick it up I am glad that God watches over me and takes care if my silly problems
Hope everyone has a good week end and stays warm



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2/28/15 8:45 A

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Quick check in before I start getting myself together around here.

I finally lost over a pound. Wow!! It's about time.

We have until mid-March for our weight loss challenge. Then I'll have to get another one started. I'll put my thinking cap on.

It's pretty grey and gloomy out this morning. I guess the forecast may be accurate. I have things to do before it hits.

Stay safe. Stay warm Feel good.

May get here later to post more. I have to recharge this battery - and my own.

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THANK YOU TEAM, FOR THE GIFT CARD. WHAT A WONDERFUL SURPRISE. MAYBE I CAN GET SOME COLORFUL PILLOWS TO GO WITH THE NEW CARPET.

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Iím feeling Ďso warmí right now. Itís up to 9 now. It was 3 at 6 AM. Brrr. More snow is in the forecast for Sat/Sun. Itís OK. Weíre on the downside of winter now.

Friday - Happy Day. Iím a planner. For me itís so much fun. I need to make lists of ideas for the yard this spring/summer. Iím thinking daisies, sunflowers, pansies, coneflowers, lavender, lots of short, pretty things too - for fairy gardens! Now I have a huge smile on my face. I want lots of them.

Jeannie, enjoy your cold travel to Des Moines. Wonderful that youíll be able to catch a basketball game of the grandsons. It will be fun. Planning your reunion will be fun too. Iíll bet thereís a lot of laughter during those meetings. Fun times. Safe travels.

Marie, youíve got my name right. -18 - Wow!! I forget where you live, but it must be north! Thatís some frigid weather. Stay warm. Sounds like a great time for a cup of coffee or hot tea, a fire, and a great book or movie.

CJ, Iím so sorry for your loss. Good friends are really family in my opinion, and sometimes even closer than family. Hugs. Sorry about your fall too. So thankful that youíre OK. Slow and steady does it dear friend.

Theresa, I think youíre getting some snow today - right? I think thatís what I saw on the news. Saw pics on FB of you and Pyne on a birthday outing. Happy Birthday to him. Your girls crack me up sometimes with their posts. They have their parentsí terrific sense of humor. I donít know anything yet about the boy who was at my house.

Still think of him as Ďthe boy.í The could be good or bad. Itís the mother/grandmother in me. He was just a kid, but he is going to need a lot of help. I called my contact at the PD yesterday and talked to him about it. Heíll get information for me, but he said it could take a few days. They have reports to file and heís no longer in the Ďcrimeí aspect of the PD. He retired as a patrolman (my guess is heís early 50's) and working for them now as a civilian for 4 years as the head of the Crime Free Program. We had a nice chat. He said from everything I told him heís on drugs, was taken to rehab. If not, he could have died. I told him - he was totally out of it. Iím convinced. I donít think he knew who he was much less where he was. The Ďnakedí aspect could easily be the drug of choice. Some drugs make you very hot. He doesnít feel thereís a need to worry but he understands our concern. There is a patrol set up for my street now. Thank God! I feel better. Oddly enough my whole problem with this is not getting the sight of him, lying there, cut and bleeding. I just want to cry every time I think of it. But I must move forward and pray for him and his family. They desperately need it.

Tomorrow begins the 8th and final week of the 5% Winter Challenge. 7 weeks have flown by. I want this to be my best week yet!

Happy Weekend.

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2/27/15 11:12 A

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THEY ARE FINISHING THE TRIM ON MY FLOORING RIGHT NOW AND THEN I CAN START CLEANING. THE PLUMBER SHOULD BE HERE SOON TOO.

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2/27/15 10:37 A

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Jeannie, I agree with Theresa, holidays and birthdays can wait until you are with loved ones. I have had to work at a hospital on Christmas and saw my family the next day. That was Christmas for me.

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Hello ~ just lost a long post, and don't have the patience or energy to do another!

Babs, Have you heard any updates on your middle of the night intruder? What's the back story?

Jeannie, sounds like a fun weekend, glad that it works out that you can see your DGS games. And Happy Birthday to your Mom. She'll be happy to have you there to celebrate it on Monday. It is not the date that matters, it is that you're together!

REDDMARIE7, your weekend will definitely have you surrounded by love! Seven grandkids will guarantee that!
We have 3 grandsons, and when they visit, time speeds up!

CJ, you slipped in when I was re-posting. Sorry to hear you had another fall. And happy too that nothing broke. Also sorry you've had another death.

I am not planning - at this point- on doing anything about my thyroid. Endo's office sent me the referral to Surgeon ~ and he is at Penn ~ in Philly, so now really sure that I can't go in that Hospital, ..too big, I can't walk that far, and Penn's a lot of walking, plus it's in the city. Just too much for me. Emotionally & physically.

Hope the Weekend is a good one for all! ((Hugs)) Theresa

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2/27/15 9:25 A

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OMG, Babs I'm just now reading about your frightful night. I'm so glad your GS was home and Abby sleep through it.

Its good to see all the posts, haven't been here much lately, We had another death of a friend, yesterday was his funeral. I took another bad fall a week or so ago. I'm doing fine now just still a little sore, I am so thankful that I didn't break anything.

Welcome to all our new members, This is an awesome team.

Sheila, I'm just now reading about your Cat Jake, I'm so sorry. Pets are just like kids.

Theresa: I do hope you get to feeling better. and get the Thyroid taken care of,

Got to go for now: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2/27/15 8:31 A

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It's -8 here, right now. I have my coffee to keep me warm. Sounds like a nice weekend, Jeannie:) Love getting chances to watch the 'grands' in their activities. It's a blessing.

I see you're working on a reunion. That sounds pretty fun! I hope you're enjoying it:)

I hope you're getting over what happened, too, Babs..(right..your name?)

Im still working on recognizing names and reading posts and just saying hello:) It's Friday,,and I have 7 grandkids coming tomorrow! It's going to be a whirlwind weekend lol Sun is predicted to be just under freezing....I can't believe how Im looking forward to that!!

Everyone please have a successful weekend. Success comes in many forms!

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2/27/15 7:55 A

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It's --18 this morning. Sounds more like Wyndy's weather, doesn't it!! I'm going to Des Moines today for a meeting for our reunion this summer, but thankfully I won't be on the road alone, as Richard is going along. We'll stay at friends' tonight, catch a couple of our GS's basketball games tomorrow and then head for home after that. Just happened that these things coincided...otherwise we wouldn't be going to watch basketball.

My Mom is 93 today. I wish I could spend the day with her, but our plans for earlier this week got canceled b/c of the weather. I'm going up Monday unless Sunday's predicted snow snarls things up. She's okay with it, but I feel kinda bad about it.

Babs, hope things have calmed a little bit for you. Even though the guy wasn't in the house, he was close enough that I bet you feel violated by his presence there. Sending you lots of hugs!!

Trese, I was wondering how your brother is getting along by now. Hi, Marie and LInda!! Good to see both of you, too.

Theresa, I'm with you in not ordering meatloaf at a restaurant, but I'm so glad you enjoyed yours. The new restaurant sounds wonderful. And, truthfully...who cares if you are wearing a sweatshirt? It's winter, after all!! Glad you had a favorable experience.

Greetings to all the rest of you! Hope to see a note from you soon. I'll try to check in tomorrow night when we get home, but honestly, it might be Sunday. Hugs and love to all! Jeannie XOXO

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2/26/15 1:00 P

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Sorry I misspelled your name Babs!

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So glad you are ok. What a frightening experience.
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Good snow morning everyone. Snowing here with predictions of snow through the weekend, into Monday at least. Colder temps. Possible freezing rain. Well yuck!

Thanks for your care and concern. What a nightmare. Had a horrible time getting to sleep last night and I was so tired. Extremely grateful that Abby slept through it. It's been difficult for me and for Joe. I can only imagine what it would be like for her. I couldn't look at my front door without reliving it and seeing that boy lying there! Brings tears to my eyes even now. I know he was on something. No doubt in my mind, but we don't know how he got to that point. Could have been totally innocent - truthfully. However, someone out there hopefully loves him. I'll bet he's 17 or 18. Joe said he can't get my screams out of his head. He was afraid he wouldn't get to me fast enough.

I hope to hear from the PD today. If not, I'll call my contact with the Crime Free Program and talk to him at lunch today. I feel I'm entitled to know.

Hope everyone feels better. The last few days of the month. Unbelievable.

Also, one more week of the 5% Winter Challenge. It will be week 8 next week. That really went fast.

Have a Terrific Thursday.

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I can only say wow. Anyone follow up with you to explain what happened? Someone wandered from a scene of an accident? What a crazy story. Im glad you're all alright..

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Well, it is Snowing ~ again! They are predicting only 1" to 3" emoticon

Yesterday, Pyne came in from his afternoon shift, and said, "let's go try that new restaurant, for my Birthday?" So, off we went to "Not Your Average Joe's", I, in my sweatshirt and boot slippers, no chance for changing my clothes - or my mind!
Brand new place, it just opened on the 23rd. And we found it really was not your average! I never thought I'd order Meatloaf out in a restaurant, but I did, and I'm glad. Two little stacks of meatloaf/smashed potato layers, topped with light frizzled onion strips, with fresh spinach between them. It was bright and light tasting, gave Pyne half of one stack, and still too full to get dessert. But I wanted to try their caramel apple bread pudding. It was really nice, glad I went, even though my first inclination was to not go, but I knew he really wanted to try this new place, and I only felt a little sick yesterday. But felt fine after I got there and ate.
Then last night we had a small slice of his Birthday cake, and decaf coffee, while we watched TV.

SPARK strong these last few days of February! March comes in like a Lion, goes out like a Lamb. Bring out your Lioness!
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Babs, so many things could have gone wrong when you opened that door. People on drugs are not the nicest or the safest people on earth. Your little Jasmine must be a rescue, they seem to rescue us in so many ways. Keep track of what happened by calling police station. Would be nice to know that person is in jail.

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Theresa, maybe a trip to the surgeon is just what will work the magic for you! Since you said it is a mild elevation, he surely will be willing to recommend discontinuing the offending medication and put surgery right out of her (the other doctor) mind. What is the endocrinilogist's goal? So many times they just prescribe a med without taking other things into consideration. Sure hope you get it straightened out soon. How frustrating for you, in more ways than one!!

Thanks, Theresa and Babs...yes, I'm glad the tooth is out and I can heal. Right now I'm mostly concerned about getting some little bit of something lodged in the crater. Actually, I think I need to take a couple tylenol now...took one of my leftover pain pills at bedtime and slept like a baby, but they're too strong for everyday use.

Babs, how horribly frightening for you! First, I'm glad that Joe wasn't the injured person AND second, that he was home with you at the time, and third that Abby slept through the whole thing. Such crazy things that happen. Theresa is right...give Jasmine a piece of steak for dinner. Bless her heart! She is a family protector!!

We're getting snow today. They say 3-6 inches, but it's too soon to tell what the total will be. I'd say we have an inch now, but it is light, fluffy and blowing, too. We're in for the next couple days, but Paul and his boys are coming over for dinner tonight. Becky has something going on and will be away from home.

Hope all are having a great day. Be healthy, stay warm, and make the most of today! Hugs and love, Jeannie



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Wow Babs! Like a TV crime show at your place last night! Enjoy watching them on TV, But when you're living it, not so enjoyable! Jasmine sure was on the job, protecting her Pack & Castle!
Glad it is over, and hope you all can calm down and get a good nights sleep tonight. Give Jasmine a piece of steak for dinner!

After 14 calls to my Endocrinologist in the last week ~ SHE - not the Physician Asst., Not Nurse, but the Dr. herself, called me yesterday evening. Outcome is, that my Calcium level is still at 10.8 Should be between 8.0 - 10.4. If I don't stay on the Rx, then she is referring me to a Surgeon, for thyroid surgery. So, I'm not happy with either option. Cannot handle the Sensipar, Physically or financially. And 8 years ago a Surgeon told me .."Not only do I not want to operate on you, but, NO Dr. will want to operate on you".
I have a lot of more serious health issues going on with this body, than this barely elevated Calcium. This high level could affect my kidneys, then it could cause mental confusion, dementia. ( just another health issue to stress over at 3am)

Jeannie, glad that tooth is gone! And that it is behind you, now eat soft and easy till it heals.

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My true story of the happenings at Babs' house between 2:30 & 3:00 AM this morning -

Last night Jasmine woke me up. She was barking and growling and wouldnít stop. Once in awhile she does that, very briefly, and itís an animal. Thatís usually the back of the house, by the woods. Last night it was at the front door.

She started growling like she was ready to attack and I heard the front door, someone trying to get in. I then heard ďWhat the fó! What the fó!Ē It was a male voice and I had been sound asleep. All I could think of was - did Joe lock himself out? Why is he talking like that? He never talks like that.

I got up and went to the front door, looked through the glass panel and I saw a male lying on my front porch (Porch light was on). No shirt on. I thought - did Joe hurt himself coming up the steps? Did someone attack him and he canít get in?

Stupid, stupid me! I opened the front door and saw a totally nude young male lying on my porch bleeding. Small cuts all over legs, chest, arms. Still didnít register that it wasnít Joe. (I was so sound asleep.) I kept thinking: Amanda (his GF) must have come here after he got home from work (around 10 or so I heard him come in the house). Maybe he walked her to her car and was attacked coming in. Maybe she didn't drive and he took her home and is coming back home. All kinds of thoughts in my sleepy, terrified state. Maybe he was jumped going out to his car to get something from it for class this morning. When I finally looked at the clock it was 3:00 AM.

Still wasnít registering that no way would he be out there naked unless someone stripped him and robbed/beat him. But thatís what I was afraid of.

So I opened the door and Joe told me later he could hear me (His room is upstairs.) Say ďWhat happened? What happened to you?Ē This kid lying on my porch got up. Turned and started for the door. Fortunately I didnít have it open very far. Slammed it. Screamed for Joe to call 911. He called and was telling the dispatcher everything I said. I honestly thought I was going to have a heart attack. I was terrified. The shock of seeing it - and the shock of being afraid someone hurt Joe.

This kid had to be on drugs. Heís nothing like Joe - much shorter, probably my height. More than likely is around 18.

Once we saw police cars go up/down the street. He looked out. Blood on the storm door. Bird bath knocked over out into the yard. Yard lights knocked over/broken.

We saw an ambulance come and Joe called to see if an officer was coming to our home. The dispatcher said one would come if we want to talk to him for any reason at all or if weíd like to press charges for damage. No, I donít want to.

They continued to patrol the area. Joe went out to check his car. It was in the driveway. Blood down one side of it. He cleaned it off. He said he doesnít want any security officer on the campus to think thereís a problem when they check cars. Blood on a car would appear to be a problem.

When Joe was outside messing with his car, an officer did stop. He told Joe there was a wreck. They found a car right by my house We could see the flashing lights from my front door. There appeared to be Ďpassenger impactí and they were looking for another person. As of this morning they have not found anyone else.

I am in love with Jasmine. She would have protected us for sure. Certainly would not want to have been that naked kid in my house with her. She continued to go to the door and grow off and on until we left this morning. Someone was trying to mess with her Ďpack.í

What a night. Iím exhausted. Didnít even try to go back to sleep. Going to be a long day.

Believe it or not Abby slept through all of that barking and screaming! I'm so thankful. She would have been terrified (as we were) and had problems sleeping. That means I wouldn't sleep.

This is haphazard for sure, but itís the Ďnervous Babsí writing it.

Babs

PS So glad the tooth is gone. Should we be jealous because you have another hole in your head??!!








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I'm here. The offensive tooth is gone and there's another hole in my head! LOL! I took a pain pill and had a good little nap. Hope it doesn't mess up my sleep tonight. I NEVER nap during the day. Will be back tomorrow. We're to get snow, but that's okay. I'll be in anyway. Love and hugs, Jeannie

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I FEEL SO SORRY FOR ALL THOSE ON THE EAST COAST AND NOW DOWN SOUTH. I LOVE THE COLD, BUT WHEN YOU ARE NOT USED TO IT AND CROPS ARE DIEING, IT ISN'T FUNNY ANY MORE. AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE THEY CAN PUT ANY MORE SNOW ON THE EAST COAST. IMAGINE THE FLOODING WHEN ALL THAT STUFF MELTS. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THEM ALL (EVEN THOUGH I AM A WINTER PERSON)

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Yesterday was a long day. Glad itís over. Today is another long day - work and after work I have a class/training session to attend. That will probably last until 8. That just isnít me. Iím a get home and be done with it type person. Iím beginning to think Iím anti-social! Could be. I would love it if it would warm up a little and stay warmed up. I definitely miss my early AM walks with Jasmine. Itís a great way to start the day, and itís been pretty cold early AM. It was great for Ďclearing my headí and getting me energized. Guess I could bite the bullet and put on another layer of clothing and get out there for 15 - 20 mins. emoticon

So this morning to perk myself up Iím thinking: daisies; sunflowers; pansies; phlox; geraniums; bluebells; daffodils; lilies; dogwood; red bud; tulips; iris . . . Wow! Iím smiling.
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Karen, sorry about the episode yesterday AM. I hope this AM you didn't have a replay. Watch everything carefully - as if you don't know this already. Take good care of you. Glad that the eating plan is working well for you. I totally agree. Progress is just that - progress. I don't even look for perfection. It simply 'ain't gonna happen.'

Jeannie, have you on my mind this morning. I hope you're already at the DDS and that darn tooth is on it's way out!! Maybe the Tooth Fairy will come tonight. emoticon

I have spring fever so bad. Don't want to do one thing.

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Hi Sparkers! Took one more day off today because I had a little bit of an "episode" this morning. Took my shower as usual, but when I got out I was very short of breath. Took me awhile to get it back, then I felt a bit disoriented and very tired. I took a couple of aspirin and went back to bed. I feel much better this afternoon, thank goodness, and am planning on going in to the office tomorrow. Could have just been a panic type attack....goodness knows my life is pretty stressful considering what is going on, lol. Well, I brought than on myself, didn't I?
It is getting extremely cold here again. The shoveled walkways around my house have 4' sides at this point. Quite a winter, I must say!
I am still working on the eating plan. I have good days and bad days, but the good days are starting to outweigh the bad days...and the bad days are not anywhere near as terrible as the "bad" days used to be. Small progress, but still, it is progress.
Theresa...I am with you. I miss slamming down the phone too! The only place I could do that would be at work, so needless to say, that does not happen!
Hope everyone's day is going well!
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Good afternoon! We've warmed up to 1* and the sun is shining. I think the wind chill is a little better, too. This morning we had --12, which is a record for this date. Usually we are in the mid 30s this time of year. Oh well...wouldn't have anything to complain about if it was wonderful!!

I decided to take a little break from the dead and come back to spends some time with the living. I've been working on the obituaries for the 10 classmates who have passed away from our nursing class of 50 years ago. Makes me grateful for being here and having reasonably good health.

Babs, great to hear YOU are healthy and that the lab work is good. 0.2# gain is nothing, really...you'll get that off in no time, if it was even on to begin with. Sometimes that's a matter of timing, if nothing else. Anyway, I'm sure you'll have it taken care of soon.

Theresa, how frustrating for you. I agree about the phones...there was always a certain amount of satisfaction at being able to slam the receiver down. It's sort of like slamming a door. When our kids were little seems like someone was always slamming a door for some reason. Doesn't happen much anymore. Guess that's a good thing. Anyway, hope you get those issues all sorted out. Sounds like they could take a lesson in customer service, if nothing else!!

Well, friends...tomorrow the tooth comes out. Wish me luck. I'm already fussing about it...big ole chicken that I am. At least it'll all be over by this time tomorrow. Looking forward to that!!

Stay warm and safe, everyone! Love, Jeannie

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Really checking in late. I started the day off with an 8 AM appointment with the internist. He pronounced me 'quite healthy!' That's good news. "Great bloodwork." I'm so very proud.
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Gained 0.2# this week, but I'm determined to get rid of +++ this week. I'm not sure why unless it's due to the missing morning/evening walks due to the cold weather, bought with snow/ice. We'll see.

So Pyne's b-day is one day after my Abby. Happy B-day, Pyne!

Sorry about your problems with the medicine. I admit that when I read about the 'satisfaction you don't get any longer from slamming the phone down I almost hooted!! You are so right. I've felt the 'urge' to slam the phone down too. Doesn't work anymore. Actually, the phone could fall apart in your hands. I hope you get some resolution today to the problem of this medication that costs $$$ and doesn't work. There has to be something else you can use.

Need to get back to work now. Kind of busy. I now have another project to get to work on. I need to think 'retirement' and fast!!

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Good Monday SPARK Sisters! Yesterday we had brilliant sun, but, snow topped by ice on the ground! So I just keep my head up, better view! Today it is going UP to 20`, but grey & cloudy.
I baked a bit yesterday, made some sinfully delicious cheesecake crescent roll thing, that's been going around the internet. It is very similar to something I made years ago. I won't share the recipe, because even with my slightly lightened up version it is still not diet friendly. I made full recipe, then gave half to next door neighbors. Was glad I had it to share, as He went to the State Store yesterday and restocked my wine! I ran out of my fruity Arbor Mist, and for the last week and a half have been drinking the Gallo white that I use as cooking wine. emoticon These last few weeks, when we been avoiding going out in the bad weather, have really made us appreciate what wonderful neighbors we have. Some of them have cleared our front sidewalk - most every snow, the guy on our left brings a plow over and does the whole street, and clears all the parking areas . And then Ryan asking if we needed anything at the liquor store, above & beyond thoughtful.

Tomorrow is Pyne's Birthday. so I have a few things tucked away..more warm winter shirts, and 3 short sleeve white golf shirts...hopefully looking to Spring arriving someday ! His Crossing Guard gig requires "White shirt, dark slacks, no sweatpants, or cargo pants" But obviously in the winter it's anything and everything goes. But Spring/Fall he had only 2 white dress shirts. So now it'll be easier, with these polo shirts, and a new white sweat shirt jacket. but don't think I'll bake a cake, I'll just have him pick up one at Whole Foods.
Funny to me, when I used to bake all the time, and decorated cakes, for my family & neighbors.

Karen, I would have liked to watch the ice rakers clear your roof. Maybe that will be it for snow, for the season! Well, we can dream !
Last night about Midnight, I was trying to fall asleep, when something hit the side of the house. Then another thump. First I thought someone was throwing snowballs at the second floor?! But then realized it was snow ice sliding off the roof, and hitting the overhang of the porch. Pyne confirmed it this morning, as the driveway had 3 big clumps where it had been clear. Lot of icicles and top snow came down in the relative warmth of Sunday's Sun, and rising temps. Back in the teens today.

Babs, it is hard, but smart to keep Jasmine corralled downstairs, till she feels better. I think you, like me, are thinking Spring, love all the Fairy Garden Posts.

Spent my time Friday trying to get my Endocrinologist to call me back. I called for the 4th time at 4:05pm..to be told by the answering service. ."Oh, they leave at 3pm on Fridays." At 3pm, I was talking to the receptionist, and when I told her I was waiting for a call back on Blood test results, she checked, told me the results were there, and she was "putting me through to the Physicians Assistant, who was on the phone at the moment, but to leave your number on her voice mail, and she will get back to you, within 10 minutes". So I was mad and cranky with the Answering Service, not her fault, I know, but frustrated, so when she sweetly said," give me your name and number, and Dr. Ryan will call you Monday" - I said, NOT-sweetly," No, I've done that 14 times in the last 3 days, and it doesn't work!" and hung up. Really missing that good feeling you used to get by slamming the phone down on the receiver! New phones just don't give the same satisfaction, by just pushing the end button.
But, half hour later a Nurse from the office called me, told me she apologized for them not getting back to me, but that the results were not back from the Lab. I said "that is funny, because your secretary, checked and told me they were there at 3pm...so they have now disappeared?!" then she said Oh, here they are...I was looking in the wrong place! But she couldn't tell me anything, other than the "Dr. really wants you on this medicine, and your calcium level is still almost 1 point high". So the damn stuff isn't working, even more of a reason to get off it. She said Dr. will call you Monday. so, we'll see. I think I'll just ask her to leave a message and her number and I'll get back to her!

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Babs, Garfy ended up hurting his back shortly after I got him. Guess he jumped on tree and missed or something. I realized it when I went to play Birdie with him. (a pole with a long string and a feather at the end) He was in sad shape and I rushed him to the vet thinking I just lost 2 kitties to cancer and something terrible was wrong. It took a while but he was back to being crazy cat in the middle of the night before long.
Barbara, have you taken new kitty to vet yet? A sick cat is always going to attack an unknown animal because he does not want another animal to know he is weakened. The vet has spray that you spray in the air (not on the cat) and even something to calm the cat until all is well. But do not let them in same room until cat is feeling better and then only supervised.
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Good Sunday afternoon, friends! It's a bright sunny day, but as usual, incredibly cold again. I think we're up to 6* now. Tomorrow morning it is supposed to be --9. I was planning to go to visit Mom/Sis tomorrow, but Mom is fussing about me being on the road when it's so cold, so I'll wait and go later. emoticon

One sign of Spring--I saw my first robin last Friday as I was leaving the library. Either that, or he is one confused robin who didn't know enough to stay where it is warmer for a little longer!! emoticon

Karen, glad the roof rakers showed up. Hopefully you won't need to call them again because of more snow. Such things we have to deal with! I've seen some news coverage of roof collapses because of too much weight. I can believe it, as much as you and others in the NE have had!! emoticon

Babs, you are a such a sweetie to take your GD and her friend to the movie and make it a Girl's Day Out for them. Of course, I know you'd do it because you love her and wouldn't want them to be disappointed, but also because you're sweet, too. emoticon Hope you've had a good time today! Happy Birthday to Abby!! emoticon

Barbara, I would imagine that there is something to what you say: shoveling for 2 hours 2 days in a row and you wonder why you hurt all over? Actually, I hope it is that rather than something more serious. Good luck!! Sorry about the cat situation. I hope it works itself out, too, but if not, you've done your very best to make it work. emoticon

Well, friends. this afternoon I'm working on some of the nursing classmate stories for our memory book, so I need to scoot and get busy on that for awhile. Electronic communication sure makes things easier! Have a good afternoon, evening and good week ahead. Can you believe February is almost over??? XOXOXO Jeannie

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Hello all, I must say I have been slacking off SP lately...not tracking and not doing much of anything because I hurt all over. I am going to make an appt with the dr for blood work - I want to rule out rheumtoid arthritis, etc. I hurt all over. It didn't help I shoveled for 2 hours yesterday and 2 hours today. My son is in Utah skiing. He is due home tomorrow after 11pm. I have to go to BWI to pick him up and hope I won't fall asleep! Please say a prayer he returns safe and sound.

I am sorry but am too pooped to read all the posts. I skimmed most of them though.

cats are still not happy with each other...ugh

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Nola, sorry about your Spark Streak. It's OK though. You're back on a 'streak.' It does take time to get things 'just right.' Jasmine is doing very well. Thank you for asking and thinking about her. She wants to go upstairs with Joe so badly, but we can't allow that right now. We have to keep the baby gate up at the bottom of the stairs. Once we feel she's 'healed' he'll probably let her upstairs at night, and put the gate back in place during the day. She can't be doing that jumping business of hers if it hurts her back.

Jeannie, the kitchen is the hardest room to get just right. There has to be a certain 'flow' with where my things are. Our snow is melting. Glad it missed you. Great news on your sister too. It has to be a relief for you to know your mom's more peaceful now too.

Karen, I would be going crazy by now with all that snow. Wait a minute! "Going?" Me thinks I could already be there! Snow, snow, snow and more coming. Horrible thought for me. Glad the snow raker guy is there. Now once winter is over you'll have ceilings to deal with. I have a vegetarian cookbook too. There are terrific recipes in it. I'm loving my Hungry Girl cookbook too. Fast, easy recipes.

Today's plans changed. I'm the B-day girl's party girl. Her mom was called in to work. I couldn't handle the tears. Called her friend's mom. She said, yes, Lily's crying too. I said - no, it won't happen. Here's the plan and she agreed it's a good one. She'll be here around noon and the girls will play here. We'll go to the movies to see 'Annie.' Lily hasn't seen it and has been wanting to see it. Abby & I have seen and have been wanting to see it again. It really is that good. Then we'll go to Steak n Shake and I'll drop Lily off. My lands I'm too old for all of this!!

Oh, Jeannie, you asked when it's Abby's b-day. It's tomorrow and, yes, she'll be 9. It's actually hard to believe.

Got to get things in order around here and put clothes on before we begin our day. Joe just left for work. Funny. This weekend at the convention center once again it's a talent competition. Oh, he does not like them. It's the second one since he's worked there and he didn't like it the first time around. He said the moms are horrible. Some of them are all 'dolled up' and he said I see the kids and think "I would never want Abby to look/dress like that." So it's just like you see on television. Now that's sad.

Sparkling Sunday to you.

Gained 0.2# this week. I need to look over my nutrition tracker. I have exercised, but with the snow I haven't gotten in 2 daily Jasmine walks.

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The guy with the snow rake and two helpers just showed up. Woo hoo! That means the ice will be off the roof in the very near future. Good thing....it has started snowing like crazy again, lol.
Ah....life in Vermont!
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Hi Sparkers! Just sitting here waiting for the next snow to fall. We are expecting another 6" later today and overnight. The good news is that it might actually warm up a bit. We are also waiting for ur sniwblowing guy to show up. He is supposed to be raking the roof and getting the snow and ice off. Unfortunately, there are water stains on each one of my ceilings now because of the ice build up. This is the worst I have ever seen it up here.
I baked bread on Friday. It was a whole wheat/honey bread. Not sure what the next loaf will be. I am trying to bake bread once a week. If the current loaf gets a bit stale during the week, I throw small pieces out for the birds. I think I am finally safe from the Bears!
Right now I am looking at a vegetarian cookbook I bought a couple of years ago. There are some interesting recipes in it.
Yesterday we shopped at Trader Joe's again because we knew a storm was coming. I like their prepared/frozen foods because Jim and I can get what we like. Most things are just one portion, so he gets what he likes and I get what I like. Believe me, they are pretty far apart, lol!
Hope everyone's day is going well!
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Sorry about your Spark Streak, Nola, but sounds like you were busy and active, so that is important, too. I understand what you're saying about things not being quite right where they are. When we moved into the condo a year ago, I think I rearranged my kitchen at least 3 times. Eventually you'll get things where you want them.

Oh, my, Erin...having the house all torn up is hard for all of us, but you are a self-described person with OCD, so I'm sure it is that much harder. Good luck, friend...like with Nola, eventually it will all come together for you. Sooner, rather than later, I hope!

Babs, sounds like a busy weekend. We have had some flurries off and on today, but no rain, ice, slush, etc. I think we are really lucky. It's even a lot warmer today--up to 30*. A heat wave! You mentioned a birthday cake for Abby. When is her birthday? Guess that will make her 9. She's a few months older than my GS. Happy Birthday to Abby!

Heard back from Mom last evening. She was in better shape, and my Sis was seen and evaluated at the hospital. They sent her home with some new meds or more of the regular ones. I really don't know. Anyway, Mom was relieved as she was convinced they were going to force shock treatments on her. Once Mom gets something in her head, it's almost impossible to change it.

I'm baking bread today (in the breadmaker). Karen, thought about you. Now, it's been so long since I used the darned thing I had to read all the instructions several times. I'm not sure the thing is working right (it's very old), but we'll see. If I end up with a ball of unbaked dough, I am getting rid of it. It makes noises and whirrs around every now and then, but I can't see much happening when I look in the window. We don't need bread anyway! LOL!

Hope you all have a safe, warm and relaxing weekend. We don't have much planned. The GSs are playing basketball out of town, so no games for us. Providing the weather cooperates, we'll go to church tomorrow and spend the rest of the day reading the paper and watching a few things on tv. Love and hugs to all! Jeannie

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I LOST MY SPARK STREAK YESTERDAY AS I NEVER MADE IT TO THE COMPUTER.
I REARRANGED THE LIVING ROOM AND THE BOOKS YESTERDAY AND CLEANED. I HAVE THINGS THAT JUST DON'T FEEL RIGHT WHERE THEY ARE.
TODAY I AM GOING TO READ AND CATCH UP ON A FEW THINGS. I STILL DON'T LIKE SOME PLACEMENTS SO I WILL PROBABLY MOVE SOME MORE THINGS AROUND.
I HOPE THAT JASMINE IS FEELING BETTER. IT WAS SO HARD FOR ME TO SEE KEEPER NOT FEELING WELL. DORI IS ADJUSTING WELL. SHE ONLY COMPLAINS IF HER FOOD BOWL IS LOW. SHE IS A SWEETY FOR SURE.
STAY WARM MY FRIENDS! emoticon emoticon

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Saturday Sparkie check in.

Got a few things going but I'm working in slow motion this morning. No umph in me today! I have the crockpot full of green beans, onions, ham that was leftover in the freezer, a few potatoes. I love it. The kids usually enjoy it too. But one never knows.

Baked a b-day cake for Abby since Monday is school and tomorrow she has plans with her mom and one of her friends.

We got lucky with the snow. We have a dusting and even the freezing ran isn't anything to complain about. Right now it's all slush. We didn't get what was predicted. Thank goodness! My sister, 120 miles south of me, has ice everywhere and they just issued another winter storm warning this morning. My friend in Springfield IL has 11" of snow. So here I sit, in the middle, counting my blessings.

Jeannie, sorry your mom's so distressed and that your sis is having problems again. I'll keep them in my prayers.

Got to go. Problems in Paradise.

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LOL...Marie says she heard that "normal" is a setting on a dryer. I expect that about says it all. Would any of us consider ourselves normal? Maybe, depending on the day and who I'm talking to!! emoticon

Babs, that's good news about Jasmine. Yes, you have an awesome GS, but we already knew that, didn't we!! Hope the snow doesn't get too deep for you. We had flurries this morning, but they're gone now and it is a heat wave!!! The temp is up to 21* right now. Amazing! The sun is even trying to come out.

Theresa, I wondered if you'd ever heard back from the dr. It's Friday, for heaven's sake. Well...no call, no refill, no more of that med?? What is that one supposed to do for you besides make you feel worse?? Good luck. Hope it warms up for Pyne soon. --2 is so cold, although we noticed yesterday when it was 0 and there was no wind, it actually seemed decent! I think are brains are beginning to be frozen. Ha!!

Charlene, you asked about injections into the eye. There are a few different reasons for the retina specialists to recommend them. One is for one type of macular degeneration. Another is for what I have, which is called "ocular (for eye) histoplasmosis." There are tiny lesions left over from an infection I had many years ago that sometimes start bleeding under the retina, which causes damage to the retina and other eye structures. Depending on the location of where they are, the damage is similar to that caused by macular degen. Treatment for mine was 3 injections and then re-evaluate. For macular deneration, it often involves more than that. Hope this isn't more than you really wanted to know! I think Jackie was to have the first of hers today. I had my 3 last fall and then saw someone while we were in TX and he agreed that I didn't need more right now. There are probably other reasons why people might need them, but these are the 2 I'm familiar with.

Mona, sorry you had a bad week, but sounds like you have yourself back on track now. 3# down is great! Do you still have your family to dinner on Wed. evenings? My son and one of the GS often come over on Wednesdays. Depends on what the DIL is doing or if she's out of town. The other GS is usually at church for confirmation classes, so we don't see him so much then. Like Babs, I was really happy to see your post today. Always good to hear from our friends.

We went for groceries this morning. Besides getting a bunch earlier this week and a stop at Costco yesterday, we hit Aldi's and WalMart this morning. We now have enough groceries for a month or more!! I'm not getting another thing until we absolutely need it. Hard on the pocketbook, but there were sales and we were just out of some stuff.

Mom called this morning. She was pretty upset because my Sis (she is a nursing home resident, but has quite a few mental health issues) was being taken to the hospital psych unit for a few days. Marilyn has been having a really rough few days and the staff thought it would be best for her to have a few days at the hospital and possibly some medication adjustment. Mom is imagining all sorts of things: maybe they won't keep her bed for her at the nh (they will), maybe they'll talk her into electroshock treatments at the hospital (they won't), maybe they won't call me (Mom) if there's a problem (they will, as she's listed as the first contact person)., etc etc. Mom has never been diagnosed, but I know for a fact that she suffers from an anxiety disorder. Usually it takes the form of extreme worrying about EVERYTHING, but when Sis has more trouble, Mom's anxiety is much, much worse, too. Hopefully, they'll both be better soon.

Well, on that note, I'm going to shovel off here for today. I had plans of actually getting something done today, but so far that hasn't happened. I've found it so very easy to just "wait until tomorrow" for so many things. Does that happen to any of the rest of you? Have an awesome weekend and let's be really good to ourselves! Hugs and love to all, Jeannie



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Freakishly Frigid Friday! It was still -2 below, when Pyne left for his Crossing Guard gig this morning! Wearing as many layers as he could, and still be able to move!

Glad Jasmine seems better, Babs. Your DGS, Joe, is a Sweetheart. You can tell Jasmine trusts him completely, letting him muzzle her. And love how he slept by her.

Still waiting for Dr. to call back with results of blood test she had me rush up, and "do immediately, so Dr. can get back to you this afternoon." on Wednesday! If I don't hear from her today, by 4pm, I'll be out of the Rx on Monday - so guess Ill be off it then.

Hope you all have a good weekend, stay warm! Theresa




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TGIF Sparkies. What a crazy week it's been here. Here, then off, here, and then off.

Snow is in the forecast for this afternoon and tomorrow.

Mona, so happy to see a post from you. Been wondering how you're doing. Joe is my GS. I'm divorced. Thanks for asking about Jasmine. She's doing so much better. This morning she seemed like her old self again. Thank goodness!

Short day. So I'm going to get back to work. Have a Fantastic Friday.

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Hi Sparkers! Just posting so my chat will update. The last post I can view is the one frm Erin where she said she might be missing for a few days!
I will post for real later on.
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Hi everyone~~Looks like everyone is cold! We are to be at 13 tomorrow. Then up to 70 with rain on Sunday.

Had a bad week last week but I am down three pounds today. I wish I could just stay on track.

My granddaughter got her delivery date yesterday. March 11, little Ella Margaret is scheduled to be born. It is so different from the good old days. I had to laugh because now everyone can schedule to be off work!! emoticon

Sure hope Jasmine is feeling much better. Poor baby!! And how sweet that your dh sleeps on the floor with her. Dennis was the same way with our yorkies. If they were sick he would sleep wherever they were. Thank goodness their beds were in the bedroom and that is where they would end up. But he spent many a night in the recliner because they had beds in the living room too.

Take care eveyone!! Hugs!!

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Cold day here. Iím really late getting on here to post. Havenít even had lunch yet. Actually Iím not even hungry. Now thatís something new. Of course, itís because I had to have blood drawn this morning. I have a doctorís appointment Monday morning. That means I didnít have breakfast until later this morning.

I found my Tai Chi DVD yesterday. Didnít have time to do anything really but I have some options lined up now that itís cold and dreary out. Swimming isnít appealing when itís so cold.

Jasmine is doing better. After explaining in great detail Ďthe life of Jasmineí how she eats, goes in out, upstairs to Joeís room and Ďjumps down the last 4 stepsí into the dining room, Joe got a muzzle on the poor baby. She absolutely shakes all over. Itís pathetic. The muzzle is not because sheís a biter or anything but she gets so nervous that you donít know. She could definitely bite. Joe gets it on her easily. The doctor got behind Joe where Jasmine did not see him and touched her hind legs. She starting fidgeting, growled, and tried to get the muzzle off. How did she know?? For heavens sakes. She did not show any reaction to the touch other than not wanting him to touch her. Of course, he said she was so tense/nervous that even if she did hurt she might not have shown it or felt it. Felt all over her stomach, back/spine and he feels the problem is her back. Hopefully this is temporary. He said there is nothing to indicate that she is sick and he doesnít feel anything abnormal but from what I said about the Ďjumping down the stepsí heís of the opinion itís her back. His words: Thatís a lot of dog to come down on those front legs/paws and her back. From what I explained he said it even sounded like back pain. She is on meds. Hopefully this will take care of it and will not be permanent. Donít want that at all. Theyíll call to check on her by tomorrow. She slept and slept and this morning she appears better. Joe didnít go upstairs to his room last night. He made a pallet on the floor in the LR, which is where her Ďdoggie pillowí is and she slept like a baby.

Charlene, didnít realize youíre from St. Louis. Youíre my neighbor. I live in Collinsville IL. Sorry your husband has health problems. Chemo - been through that with mom and dad.

Karen, thanks for the good wishes for Jasmine. Glad Alfieís home again!

Jackie, glad Mike was able to help get you out of the snowbank. I have a Walk Away the Pounds DVD too. Iím going to do a variety of things.

Erin, it will be worth it once all this work and mess is over.

Wyndy, congratulations on your weight loss of 51#. Thatís wonderful. Enjoy those pancakes.

Nola, hopefully by now youíre all settled in your new place. Are you enjoying it?

Jeannie, my Ďday offí with Jasmine consisted of a couple loads of laundry, a little Ďtidying upí, ĎThe Waltonsí (Love them!), trip to the vet, picked Abby up from school, homework, dinner, took her to a church meeting with her friend for a group called AWANA (Never heard of it, but itís with the Baptist church right by our home. Kind of like Girl Scouts. We donít have to be the same faith.), Walgreens and to pick up milk while she was gone, picked her up and told her ďI canít stay awake any longer!Ē We were both tired by then. Iíd been up since 3 with Jasmine. But itís OK. Itís colder in Iowa!

Linda, your Ďfur babiesí sure do keep you busy. They have their own personalities too.

Theresa, good luck on getting off those meds. Hope you get the answer you want. French onion soup sounds so good. Can I come over?

Shoot. I have to work again.

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Sitting here waiting for hubby, Tom, to finish his rituxan (chemo) treatment for an enlarged spleen. I see there are a couple of you having eye injections. May I ask what for? Tom also is having them. He was seeing a green spot in his eye. And bleeding and swelling behind the eye. Dr. Is hoping to save his eyesight but I'm not sure this will be possible. Tom has been through so much in the past couple of years.

On another note, I love cold weather but this morning it was 1 degree and had to go out. I'm beginning to re-think how I feel about the cold.

Hope everyone is well!

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I've heard the 'normal' is just a setting on a dryer emoticon

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Just a quick pop in to say emoticon

Babs, wondering how Jasmine made out at Vets? I hate when they are in pain and you know they are suffering.

Linda, you are right..we can't put the furkids on a no food diet! My neighbors laugh at my husband, Pyne, because last winter he took the bus, in a snow storm, to get our dog, Finch, his favorite treats!

Wyndy, good to hear that your leg is healing, and great to see you'll be "NORMAL" BY March!! emoticon I've always wanted to be Normal!

Waiting for a Dr. call, to tell me whether I can go off Sensipar - the $$ Rx that I think is making me sicker. Yesterday her office called back, and told me to go for Labs. So I went as soon as Pyne came in after his chilly, morning Crossing Guard shift.
The afternoon shirt wasn't as challenging for Pyne, due to the brilliant Sun shine. emoticon

We stopped to run in the grocery store, bakery (for my fruit,fiber, nut muffins!) and then Pyne surprised me, and grabbed lunch at Wawa - nice treat, but he forgot (didn't know!) that French Onion soup is made from beef stock. And it was Ash Wednesday. So, I'll be enjoying that today.

emoticon To All my emoticon S! Thirty-one days till Spring emoticon !

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Jeannie, I went out today before more snow. Had to stock up on litter and cat food. I could stand losing weight by not eating, but the fur babies MUST be fed. Walked around for about 3 hrs so am tired. Had a lunch when I came in and settled in to see Ellen. Garfy wrapped his "little self" around the front of my neck to sleep for about 40 - 50 min. and his purring must have put me to sleep. Guess I snored as I nodded off and he jumped. He was really upset with me and decided to leave me. Such is life. emoticon He is back to trying to "make love" to Chrisy so I put a collar on him to calm him down. I have tried the spray but a neighbor gave me a left over collar. I can only use it when I am available because he attempts to take it off and gets into a few messes with it. He was fixed at 3 yrs over 2 yrs ago but still does not know it. emoticon

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Oh, my goodness! I've started to leave a note here about 20 times. I never it get it done and by the time I get back, there are more notes! I love it!! We're a chatty bunch today. Possibly because a lot of us are stuck inside because of the cold and/or bad weather. I know I'm not going anywhere today! Church is out of the questions with the wind chills at --24. Not gonna happen!

Nola, I just had a little nap of about 20 minutes. Actually, it was accidental, as I was reading and fell asleep. Nothing like a little catnap!

Erin, good luck with your renos. A lot of work, but it always seems so nice to have new surroundings. Maybe that's why we've moved so many times over the years! LOL!

Babs, so sorry about Jasmine. I hope it isn't anything serious. What did you do to spend your day of "freedom?" I bet you have a standing list of many, many things to get done. And, of course, spending time with Jasmine to make her feel better!

Good news, Wyndy, about your leg healing and feeling better. Hope it continues! When we lived in another town our church always had a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday. Pancakes sound kind of good...haven't had ours yet, either. A couple days late, but maybe tomorrow?

Jackie, I'm glad you mentioned the music. I used to dance in my kitchen in the farmhouse all the time. It just occurred to me that I've never "transferred" that activity to the condo. Some things I couldn't do right now but I could do something. My dancing was a far cry from real dancing...more along the lines of moving fairly quickly to music. Worked for me. Think I'll start it again, too. Glad you didn't slide far when you went into the ditch!

Charlene, sure hope your friend allowed you to help out with the driving. Our clinics won't even do our procedures unless we have a driver with us. Especially eyes...that's always a hard one for me. Good luck with that door. Seems like we have more air coming in some places than I expected, too, but with the wind being what it is, I guess we can expect some. Don't like it, though.

Sure makes sense to me, Karen, for you to take an extra day off. I always thought we needed vacation days to recover from vacation!! LOL! Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Ottawa. How far is it for you? Soap, tea and winter hats? What's not to like about all that!! Sounds like fun to me, too.

Marie, so happy to see your post here today, too. Yes, sounds like a good plan to rearrange appointments. Too cold to be out! Highlights? I have natural highlights in my hair...I think they're called gray hairs! LOL! I have an appt. for a cut tomorrow and am struggling with what to do. Maybe my hairdresser will have a good idea. Marie, great post on another thread. Sorry I haven't responded there yet. By the way...hobbies? I have several things I like to do, but don't know if you'd call them hobbies: reading, genealogy (haven't done it for a long time), grandkids, etc.

Darlene, goodness...that's a lot of snow for you! Yes, I agree...Mom might have to wait a day or two for oranges and bananas. I hope you can stay warm and safe. Well, I hope we all can. Lots of us seem to be dealing with similar weather problems.

Barbara, Linda..hope your kitties are doing okay. Wondering how Cleo is doing by now.

Theresa, is Pyne off school the full week? I don't envy him or his fellow crossing guards. Such an important job, but weather is definitely a down side.

CJ, I think that Karen asked...you're the counter, I think, too. 32 days until Spring?

Okay...hello to all I may have missed. Stay safe and warm. Looking forward to nicer days to come, although it is great to see the sun. It's just fooling us into thinking it is warmer than 0*!! (--4 this morning, so it's warmed up some!!) LOL Hugs and love to all, Jeannie

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ERIN, HOW EXCITNG ABOUT THE REMODELING. LETUS KNOW ABOUT YOUR COLORS ETC. I AM GLAD THAT THINGS ARE GOING WELL AND THAT YOU ARE DOING SO WELL.
WE HOPE THAT REST OF YOU WILL SEE SOME GROUND BY MAY OR JUNE! WE HAD JUST A DUSTING HERE YESTERDAY. PLEASE BE CAREFUL!
THE SKY HERE IS A BEAUTIFUL BLUE BUT IT IS COLD, BUT FOR THIS YEAR FOR MOST 30 DEGREES WOULD BE A HEAT WAVE.
I AM STAYING IN AND POSSIBLE TAKE A NAP THIS AFTERNOON. I CAN'T SEEM TO GET ENOUGH REST.
WISHING YOU ALL A GOOD DAY!

Nola

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Yay, today is my day off. Avon went in last night and there are NO more things to do for that order. Of course there are a multitude of things to do around here including bookwork but y'all know what I mean. emoticon

Gave the dog another oatmeal bath this morning. He looks so like a little pig all shaved down to his skin. Poor thing. He's in and out to the bathroom as fast as he can go with his limpy back leg. Between the two of us, this is a quiet movement free house.

We are still in the deep freeze but we are not receiving the snow they are having down east. So thankful too. Cold is easy to navigate, snow drifts are a bit more difficult.

Tomorrow we go to Prince Albert to have our hearing aids reviewed and adjusted. Mine keep popping out. There is a little plastic wire that come out of it that is suppose curl around inside your ear and take it's curve to help keep the plug in but it's not curling and keeps popping out and then that brings the plug out. Very frustrating. Guess my ear isn't hot enough to curl plastic! Hmmm, like being told I'm not hot enough! emoticon I going to ask her if it's ok to trim it. Looks like an antennae sticking out.

My left leg is healing quite well. It doesn't hurt to put it out straight when I go to bed now. It is still hurting and stiff when I first get up and is weak and wobbly when I am tired but much much better. I may just be 'normal" by March.

We are having our Shrove Tuesday pancakes a day later. Yesterday was a very stressful day. Did you have your's?

Erin have a great remodeling, it will be all worth it when it's done. Take a deep breath, but not where there is dry wall dust. LOL.

Have an enjoyable day
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