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Babs~~My love and prayers go out to you and your family. I am so sorry to hear this but will pray that God will give you His peace, comfort and strength. Love you dear friend!!

I love Fall best of all. This has been such a hot summer (even for SC) that I am really looking forward to cooler days and nights. emoticon

Doing well with tracking and food choices but this has been a week of "go" every day.

Take care everyone. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I hear you Jeannie,,,about the weather 'stuff'. I actually am good with all but the heavy, freezing snow stuff:) I can even take the gray,,if I don't have the white.

I continue to keep Babs in my prayers. A lot of 'firsts' coming her way, and I just pray for her comfort. Grieving is such a process that is different for each person.

I look forward to fall...even as we're experiencing one of the hottest, most humid weeks we've had. I am heading to our campsite...and my floatie is full of air and just waiting for me to take it to the middle of the lake. ...90's this weekend... Enjoy your holiday, everyone:)

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I'm with you Jeannie, Summer and Winter are too harsh for this oldtimer and the fall is depressing with the shorter days and falling leaves. I love the Spring too. It seems a time of rebirth and renewed hope. emoticon

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Good morning, dear friends. Today I am thinking about Babs and her family and praying for healing for them. I'm also thinking about each of the rest of you and praying for good health and happiness as we move through this new month of September. For some of you we're approaching your favorite time of year: Fall and Winter. Me? Not so much. I love the colors of fall and the old-time bonfires and football games, but dislike the dark and dreary days that are bound to come. Spring is my favorite time of year, which is really odd because of some personal things that have happened to me in the spring over the years, but there you have it. Let's all make the most of every day, because as you know, each is precious and important!

Wishing you all the very best today and every day. Love and hugs to all, Jeannie XOXO



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Babs, thank you for letting us all know. This team is the best at being there for us when we have trials and tribulations...and the worst being times like this. I've been where you are and although it was 21 years ago, the pain is impossible to describe.Take care, dear friend, and stay in touch as your time and energy allow. Hugs and prayers!! Love, Jeannie

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9/1/15 10:15 A

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1Babs I am sending you love and prayers and God's comfort Love Lou






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Babs, I am so sorry for the pain you and your family are going through. I can't begin to imagine!
Just know that we are all here for you...to listen to whatever you tell us and to give comfort when we can.
Sending warmest hugs, my friend....
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Prayers, light and love are sent your way Babs... I am so very sorry. Love, Jackie

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Babs: I am so very sorry to hear about your son, My prayers and thoughts are with you all, loosing a child has to be the hardest thing ever. I know your other son and abby will be right there with you. Love you so much. we all on this team are here for you.

Sad hearts from all of us: CJ from OK.

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Babs, my "baby" will be 51 in Nov. but he's still my baby. I lost my little brother when I was 9 and he was 4. Please don't be like my mom and let it destroy you. You must concentrate on the good memories. My heart breaks for you. I don't know how you feel, but can still love and care that you are hurting. HUGS!!!!!

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i am so sorry for your loss, babs. :( it is hard to lose a loved one but it is especially hard to lose a child. even if he was going to be 46, he will always be a child of your heart. i am so glad you have support from work. nothing will make it better but i pray it will become easier with time. emoticon

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Babs. Im so sorry about your son. I pray for Gods comfort for you. I feel horrible for you.Hugs and prayers to and for you. The days ahead. May God give you comfort and peace. My heart goes out to you.

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My heart goes out to you, Babs. Nothing can be worse than losing your child. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Trust in the Lord, He will get you through this.

Asking the Lord to wrap His arms around you and your family and comfort you during this time of grieving.

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I've been MIA for well over a week now. I don't know what all is going on with the team right now, but I need to get back to doing my usual things. That means Sparking with my dear team members.

I will share with you why I have been out and it's extremely painful. I'm struggling to find a new 'normal' in my life. On August 19th my son, David, died unexpectedly. I'm devastated. I'm heart broken. I'm sad. I hurt like hell.

I will try to check back in more often. I will get through this. I have not returned to work yet. I will try to do that next week. Work is a huge part of my life and my employers are so caring and so loving. They sat beside me holding my hand through this. I can't go to work this week. You see Thursday is David's birthday. He would be 46.

Please keep us in your prayers.

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Just wanted to say thanks for all the birthday wishes yesterday. Had a great day with family. We all enjoyed, what now has become, the traditional cookie cake. Also wanted to let everyone know what a difference all of you are making in our lives. I was just about to quit SP when I was friended by other members. Thanks for being my friends. It's been a hard and difficult road but I am going to hang in there. Thank you SP members.

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Was just checking out some information on kettlebells, they have them in as low as 2 1/2 lbs, so very good for strength training. I'm going to copy a little information here that I found on google, I'm trying to find some exercises that are safe for me to do.

Kettlebells Help Improve Overall Strength, Burn Calories and Improve Performance
Kettlebells are a fun and effective way to improve overall strength and power, and they help burn lots of calories at the same time. Exercises that use kettlebells include squats, snatches, cleans, jerks and more. Theyíre a safe and interesting alternative to traditional strength training, and they have a strong cardio component as well. Whatís not to like about kettlebells? Useful for beginning exercisers and elite athletes, Power Systems has a range of kettlebells and kettlebell sets for sale, ranging from the traditional models to premium sets and competition sets, storage racks and instruction manuals.

What Kind of Benefits do Kettlebell Workouts Offer?
Kettlebells and are an extremely versatile and powerful way to work out. Kettlebell sets let you progressively increase the load and reach your long-term fitness objectives. Some of the specific benefits of using kettlebells include:
Calorie burning. The American Council on Exercise says that using kettlebells can burn up to 20 calories per minute.
Improved range of motion. Large movements with kettlebells help loosen up the joints and maintain flexibility, which reduces the risk of injury.
Both cardio and strength. While significantly improving your strength, youíre also getting a solid cardio workout with kettlebells.
Improved functional strength. Kettlebell workouts involve using everyday movements that mimic everyday life activities such as lifting heavy bags, pulling open heavy doors, and reaching things that are up high.
Satisfaction and accomplishment. Working out with kettlebells seems a little intimidating, and it is intense, but it provides an amazing sense of accomplishment because really, anyone can do it!

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Theresa I know you were pretty stressed out, hope your stress tests goes good for you today.

Got to get busy on Monday stuff, was just working on some new ideas for exercise.

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Off to see my Mom/Sis today!! Will catch you all later. Have a great day!! Jeannie

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Hi, everyone!! Nola, I did a double take when I saw this new name...at first I couldn't figure out who it was since I hadn't received a notice for a new member, but glad to see it's you. Good for you for thinking about assessing where you are and what your goals are. No need to rush into it, but no doubt it is something we all should be thinking about doing from time to time.

Jackie, sounds like you might be feeling some better. You sound a little more chipper than you have for awhile. Sure hope so. It's time for things to turn around for you and Mike.

Lou...great news from your checkup. So good to hear when we make some good progress!! Always good to see there is a loss at the scales, too. Good for you!!

Congrats to you on shedding those 15#, too, Mona. Awesome for sure!! Staying on track is key! Of course, maybe all that chasing of the little ones when you were watching them was a help, too??

Hi, Babs. We've missed you, but I think we're doing okay here. See you soon!!

Karen, you're certainly in the middle of lots of doctors' visits and plenty of things to discuss with them. Hoping and praying that everything will be okay for you. Hard to stay focused with those kinds of things hanging over you, but I think I saw on the friend feed that you had another nice loss this week, too. Good for you!

CJ, I loved the old XP operating system, but you should be planning to be replacing it at some point I think Jackie mentioned that they don't do any updates on it anymore, which means it's more vulnerable to problems. I was just thinking the other day about how crazy it is that I think I can't live without mine anymore. I was almost in a panic when I was having troubles. So crazy. Thanks, CJ, for keeping us updated on the number of Fridays until Christmas!! LOL...not a big deal for me, really, as we've simplified the gift-giving tremendously over the last few years.

Well, I've just remembered that I've forgotten to do the Special Days for this week. Better get to it before I forget again.

Love and hugs to all!! XOXO Jeannie

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I decided to change my name from NPA4LOSS. It just doesn't fit any more and I think I need a new start on some things.
I am thinking of changing my goals but not sure if I want to do it yet. So much has changed for me since I began Sparks that I almost feel like the saying if you keep trying the same things and expect different results you are delusional.
I am wishing you all better health, more happiness and a great Sparkling weekend!

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Hi All ...

Karen prayers for your health concerns. Yep, no manual for old age. I pray that everything will be fine for you ...

Mona - that is awesome on the 15 pounds!! Congratulations. Sasha has some kind of infection. He's on antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory. Then Tomorrow just the antibiotic. He seems to be responding. I was quite worried as he was so lethargic and didn't eat or drink.

Miss you Babs!

Jeannie, Marie, Linda CJ, Noel, Lou and the rest of the gang ... hope this day finds you well.

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I have been just reading for days It seems like I have no time I have about 10 minutes so I will a little I
\Karen I hope you test all prove out to negative I will be praying
CJ as allays you picture are really nice

I forget who Jim belongs to but I hope his surgery goes well and whoever had all the dr arts things will go well

I had a dr appointment yesterday very very good report MY B
P is good dent need to go back for 6 months I lost 6# on his scales {8 on mine} He said to keep up the good work I exercised 3x this week I was going to weights next week but my muscles still get sore so I am going to wait another week
I am working today and then playing cards with friends after work tomorrow OUr Ladies meet for first time this fall I have the devotions Then my little girls (nieces
}are coming to spend the night so I have a busy week in ahead

HI to everyone else Jeannie Babs a CJ mona monnamom and any one else I missed you know the memory is not always good Lou

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Hi everyone. Checking in early today and I don't think I will get back until Monday.

This must be mammogram time~~I went for mine this morning. It is so nice to have the hospital 3 minutes away. I surely pray everything goes well for you Karen.

Jackie~~I did lose 15 pounds. I know I won't lose like that in Sept but really staying on track. How did your kitten do at the Vet's??

It is a really pretty day here today. Low humidity and nice and sunny. Looks like FL may get its first hurricane. My youngest daughter is in Cocoa Beach so I will get updates from her. They live two blocks from the beach with the Banana River behind them.

My PA sister in law called last night and said they have had some nights in the 40's. I am planning to go to PA in Oct. Hope it isn't too cold. But I am sure the days will be beautiful.

The dental work from yesterday feels fine today and looks very nice. Hope the rest goes as well.

Take care everyone and have a great weekend. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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This is just a quick post. It's time for me to begin returning to some of the things I hold dear. This team is definitely one of them.

Miss you and will try to stop in more and resume my duties here.

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Hi all....haven't been on much lately, but thought I should bring you up to speed. I had a mammo on Tuesday and thought everything was fine. I got a call on Wednesday asking me to come back for some more images. I had those done and waited in the room for the radiologist to read the images. He still was not satisfied, so I went back in and made more images taken. The issue is the breast that did not have cancer 11 years ago. I have an appointment with my surgeon on Monday to see if he wants to do an ultrasound or a biopsy. There is a chance it is nothing, but these guys are very cautious thank goodness. With my past history and my family history I am glad they are so careful. Today I have my annual with the gynecologist...except I have not gone to her for about four years, actually since she did some surgery on my as well, lol. Then this afternoon I will be meeting with my regular doctor and we will be discussing the Lipedema/Lymphedema situation. I have found an awesome online support group which is dedicated to education about the disease. It has given me much more information and some direction as far as treatment. Jim meet with the surgeon on Monday, same guy I have, for his consultation about the hernia and to schedule his surgery.
Yikes...now I know what old age feels like! I am definitely not ready for this......
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Thanks MOna for the recap as I haven't been on as much as I would like with my mouth issues Still swollen cheek - going back Monday. I hope your crown goes smoothly and your leg is taken care of.

Jeannie - so sorry about those dang computer issues. I will let someone remotely if it is the company I called directly - I had Norton do that once to clear up a virus. I hate doing regedits. They think the population works in IT. I usually end up googling and trouble shooting my issues. Someone is bound to talk about it on the tech boards. I do like W10 - though a couple features I miss from W7.

Some one said they are still on XP - be careful as that system is no longer supported with updates or virus protection services, if you have one.

Yes, Jeannie - Mike's nail was removed too! His toe surgery is in a couple of weeks to straighten them out again. I'm groaning that it is on the same leg with all the issues. So I hope this one goes smoothly

Linda -sorry to hear about your pain. Hope it eases up.

Marie - good luck in selling online. I don't have the patience to do that. Though my son sells a lot - even old clothes and shoes he's grown tired of.

CJ - cute pictures!

I tried to find it again, but I can't - some here lost 15 pounds? Was it you Mona?

Well, got to take my kitty - Sasha - to the vet. He's not eaten a couple of days or has taken any water.

Hope you all Have a wonderful dayl

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Hi everyone. Sorry I haven't posted much lately. I have been playing "catch up" with doctor appts and doing things around the apt. The days just seem to get away from me. Next week is busy too, but after that I am hoping to just relax.

I had two teeth filled today. It felt like he was doing the entire top. Next week I have a filling on the bottom and then the next week I get the crown. Also I go to the vein surgeon on the 10th of Sept and I want to have my leg taken care of as soon as possible. Want to be out walking when the temps cool off. Then I think I will be fine. Just routine stuff.

Lou~~I am all done babysitting and everyone is back in school. Cooper says that he goes to big boy school and Ella goes to baby school. (She is with a sitter)

Love the beach picture CJ!!! Lovely family.

Jackie~~You have had a terrible time with your mouth. I sure hope it is better soon.

Jeannie~~I do still have the family for Wednesday night suppers. They really enjoy it and I love seeing them.

Babs~~how are you doing??

Karen~~Glad your husband is doing well.

Need to get a few more things done and then off to bed. Still doing great on my eating and tracking. I am down 15 pounds in month of August!!

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Hi, everyone!! Hope all of you are well. Busy day, but didn't get much completed. Will be by tomorrow!! Hugs and love to all, Jeannie

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Another nightly smile to help you sleep tight and wake up with a smile. My GGD, who I get to see real often, she makes me smile a lot. Hope everyone had a great day.

Theresa: I miss you a lot, hope things are going ok, Love to hear from you as soon as you feel like it.

Jeannie: So glad you got a new computer, and glad you like windows 10, I am still using the old windows XP, I will have to get use to windows 10 one of these days.

Went to visit my sister yesterday and she got all teared up and ask if she could stay with me for a week, like to have broke my heart, she is just to unstable and forgets how to do things. she is pretty easy to redirect so it didn't take her long to find something else to talk about. But I'm still feeling bad about not being able to keep her.

I'm really struggling with trying to get this weight off, and I too Jeannie have a real sweet/carb addiction . But working on it again, and I'll get back on track and be ok. Looking forward to fall, and the beautiful colors and cooler weather,

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OK folks after this Friday the 28th we only have 17 more Fridays until Christmas Day. You better get busy, time is going fast. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Guess I had better get ready for bed and do a few chair exercises, I ate a late supper and I need to make sure I get rid of some of those calories.

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Jeannie, thank you for asking. I know I sound like a broken record but the doc says I have 3 bulging discs. Week before last, acupuncture made it feel better. Last Saturday not so much. I have been in pain daily. It's when I move when sitting and when I try to get up. They are pressing on a nerve and it feels like I am dislocating my leg/hip whenever I move or stand. With a new job it is embarrassing to wince and sometimes let out a little yelp. I don't have pressing medical issues like others, so I am grateful. It is probably due to my weight and therefore my own fault. I have two beautiful kitties, a great son and grandson so life is really good.

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Oh, Linda, you are right and I know what an issue these things can be. At one point he wanted to do a "remote access" fix. I told him no, I wasn't comfortable with that. So, he spent a lot of time trying to talk me through a "fix" that included typing letters into a command feed. It was kind of humorous at times when he was trying to tell me a k, but was pronouncing "key as in kilo" and h as in "hotle." I had him on speaker phone and Richard just shook his head in amazement. We'll see if anything is fixed or not as the days go by.

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Jeannie be very careful getting help with computer. I answered the contact us in AOL and ended up with another company. They have a way of entering into the website of AOL and others. I finally asked him directly if he was employed by AOL and he said no. I had to have my grandson clean the residue of his "visit" out of my computer. My DGS is a tech. I will wait until he is available next time. I waited last minute to do my taxes and ran into a problem.

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CJ, what a gorgeous picture of your DD's family. I love the shots they take along the beach like this. I have another friend who did the same thing this year. Love it!!

Karen, glad you are recuperating and that the infection is beginning to be controlled. How did the SA go? I'm a little envious about you not having to wrap Mike's legs. I don't have to do both of Richard's legs, just the one with the ankle ulcer (getting much smaller by the way). He did have an issue with a toe nail on the other foot that the doctor "fixed" yesterday by removing part of the nail. I couldn't watch and usually those things don't bother me a bit, but this did!! LOL. Anyway, glad things are improving for Mike and hopefully you, too!!

Marie, great to hear from you, too. I love it...a whole basement full of costumes. Will you be opening your house up to shoppers? Have fun with the last camping of the year. Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy the great outdoors.

I've been "fighting" off and on with my new computer and a few issues that don't have anything to do with Windows 10 (which I mostly like, by the way), but with computer registry issues. Jackie, you probably know how to deal with these things, but I spent well over an hour on the phone with a Microsoft technician "agent" in some foreign country. It was a challenge and I don't have a clue if it's fixed or not.

We've had a string of spectacular weather and hopefully, it will continue. Our hope is that even if it warms up again the humidity will stay down. It's been perfect in my opinion!! Hope all of you are doing well!!! Have a good remainder of the week! Hugs and love, Jeannie

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Just wanted to share a goodnight picture with you. This is our oldest daughter and her DH along with their three kids and inlaw kids and GC and my GC and GGC. they all went to Florida for a week together.

Have been reading the posts but just can't seem to find much time to chat. I will try again tomorrow.

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Glad your husband found out what's going on, Karen ... prayers for his surgery...

Not much with me - still recuperating ... swelling is still going down. I'm going to try to go to SA practice tonite. I want to try singing a little and listening. I will take an ice pack with me just in case. Yes Marie - I'm in Adelines. Thanks for your good wishes.

Mike continues to heal with the space age pump. Amazing. So good not have to bandage him twice daily anymore - for the both of us!

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Hello some more, everyone:) I feel like Im so off track,,that Im logging in and saying hello, (cuz that's the fun part) ...to keep myself invested. What's different for me and this weight loss journey in 2015....is I'm never 'done'. I've figured that out....and I will just keep at it. Forever:)...I feel like making that decision...that its a forever thing,,has really helped me!

Hernia ,,,hubby suffered that years ago...but surgery went well and has absolutely no problems...good luck to you, Karen and hubby:)

Yes, Jeannie..I do costumes....picture a full size basement...and then picture it full of rolling garment racks (industrial) and built in rods from the rafters...etc... lol. I have probably a few thousand costumes, including crazy accessories....this will be first year I am re-vamping the basement, which is 'finished'...but is just not used, ever...and setting up 'shop' down there...my community knows we're the costume people:)...so Im doing a semi-permanent set up down there...past years has been hauling it to a different location and having a month long sale. ...then packing it up every time....those days are over lol..Im 60. Not old. Just older lol...so yes..I'll be busy with that...but we're taking one quick camping trip/vacation next week...finally use the new camper...and enjoy that end of summer weather..and just relax...cuz once we start costumes...we hit the ground running,,,cuz holidays all roll in after that...!!

Funny what you said about your Dr, Jeannie and own separate room/space. Good for you. Speaking up is a skill set. ..and we all should have more of it when needed, right?...and of course if one can't speak up...I would definitely love to see a 'boot in the fanny' !! lol

Im scrolling and reading...Louie..haha...I'll always count even an 8 oz loss...if it aint goin up...its goin good!!.I was just thinking of putting a 'card playing group' together for this winter...what a great way to get together regularly with friends and have some laughs!

Jackie...a couple of issues going on for you...I hope I don't have you mixed with someone else...you're with the Sweet Adelines..right? ..wishing you good health...with the infection.and getting that crown fixed?...geez...hope you catch a break!

Sounds like you had some nice family time, too, Jeannie:)

I read about an audit for you, BAbs? I probably didn't catch the real info...but hope that's ok...and how is your granddaughter liking school so far? Our 'grands' all start on the day after Labor Day, here in Michigan. You can feel them all gearing up for it....with 23 grandkids...no going out and buying new outfits for everyone...but I keep my ears 'peeled'...and try to help in some way...lots of babysitting, since school has so many appts parents have to make...Im glad to be of some help!

Well,,,good health to everyone. Have a great day...Im off to pick out a fun 'outfit' for my mannequin...I've started back selling Vintage 'things'..online...her name is Happy Abby lol....she's been in our family for a few years now..and is often the 'butt' of many jokes!!

I tell the grands, she's my Barbie doll for grandparents ....Great day, all:)

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Wow, Karen...sure glad he went to be evaluated. It'll be good for him to get the surgery over. DH and I have often had appts with the same doctor on the same day. We had the same orthopedic surgeon who did our hip replacements (years apart). They used to put us in the same room even, until I said no way...I deserve my own room and same attention from the dr. (Richard was always a pet of the doc because of some unusual procedures he had done prior to the replacements). The doc seemed surprised until I told him why. He just laughed at me. Good thing he was young and cute, as I almost booted him one in the fanny!!! LOL!

Good luck to Jim...and to you, too, Karen.

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Update on Jim: it is a very large hernia spreading from the left side to the right side. Surgery will be as soon as the doctor can schedule it after his consultation next week. Funny thing? It is the same surgeon who did my breast surgery. Even funnier? We both have appointments with him on the same day!
Life sure can be strange...
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Jim is doing ok. He has a doctor appointment this afternoon. He thought he pulled a groin muscle it is going to get checked the it. He finished his radiation t the beginning of June and is feeling fine. He goes back to his school job on Wednesday.
I have doctor appointments all week, it seems.
My security officer and I just met. His last day is Friday. Not sure if that causes more or less stress, lol.
Anyway, back to my crazy desk work.
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Karen, what happened to your hubby? Did he injure himself playing golf? Hope it isn't a hernia, for goodness sake. Has he finished all his radiation treatments? Must be feeling okay if he is golfing, etc. Good luck with sorting out the employee issues.

Lou, it has been nice being able to have our routine back...whatever that might be! LOL! We've been around the house and just puttering, trying to get things caught up and put back together. Also have made plans to give a few furniture items to a family from church that is going through a rough patch and lost everything. We have some things we moved and haven't used in the 18 months we've been here. Guess there was a reason we kept it, but glad it will be put to use now.

Marie, good to see you stop by to say hi. I imagine you love this time of year with everyone getting geared up for Halloween, etc. I'd forgotten that you "deal" in costumes. Did you say you have some for every occasion? Where do you store all that?

It's been a really cool (almost chilly) day. I'm not minding it, but it has a distinct fall chill to the temp. I'm thinking it will warm up a lot this week since school is starting tomorrow.

Been quiet around the chat thread for a few days. I'm thinking that means that everyone is pretty busy and has plenty of other things to do and deal with. That's okay...that's the way things work. Hope you all have a good week and that you're standing tall, proud and full of energy for the days ahead. Love and hugs to all, Jeannie emoticon



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Back from meeting my husband at the golf course. He insisted on driving his own car back so I just followed him home. Then he opted not to be checked out at the hospital, but he says he will call his physician in the morning. He thinks he has either a groin pull or perhaps a hernia. Always something, lol!
Tomorrow starts the last week for the security officer. Basically, he gave a two week notice and then took a vacation for the first week. Doesn't exactly give me much time to figure it out what we will be doing about his duties and whether to hire someone else or just wing it for a bit. I am actually glad he is leaving. He has been a headache for me through the years. He is 44 and needs to grow up---a lot.
I have been doing some knitting this afternoon and might go out to dinner later.
Babs, how was your audit? I imagine with you in charge it went well!
Back to the knitting needles...
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well I am going to try again Hopefully this will post week I have been busy and things seem to be going haywire Planning on fixing some of them today I have a group of friends coming tonight to play cards I really enjoy this I am planning on updating to windows 10 How is it going for everyone

Karen I am glad that your DD is back home I know that she enjoyed the hike and it is something she will remember for a long time Also glad that she stopped to see you


Nola have you had your new GC yet Have you seen them



Bibs congrats on your loss every little bit counts How often do you do audits It seems like every other week I would hate your job I never liked paper work

CJ I joined the 30 challenge but I can't find it now I love your pictures they always lift my spirits thanks for putting them on

Mona are you all done watching your GKS I know that you enjoyed it but was very very tired afterwards


monamom congratulations on you loss

Jackie what can I say except I am praying for you I hope you are ready

Mare glad to see you here

Jeannie It is great to have you posting again I know you had a week en to remember and that you enjoyed your DD but it is surely great to back into your own quit routine Hope you have a great week nest week


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Happy Friday, everyone:) Hope all of you are well and in good spirits:) I've been 'slacking'. Family time goes in spurts...and fall is coming and Im thinking 'costumes', as I sell them...and just generally not on here as much...but I log in every day, still. Making new habits is challenging....but Im sticking with the challenge:)

Have a great weekend. Successful...in whatever way!

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Karen, love the pic of your DD at the "end of the trail!!" Guess she finished up just in time to recover a little before heading back to the classroom. She did good!!!

Lou, congrats on shedding that pound. Great work.

Jackie, I can't believe how much trouble you've had with your teeth/mouth! Sure hope you are on the road to recovery now, but my goodness, girl...you have had it!! Good luck and prayers for a speedy recovery. I know you want to be in tip-top shape for SA next month.

DD left this morning for Virginia. Hoping for safe travels for her and her little dog. Patches is almost 14 and sleeps most all the way. She medicates him a little to make it easier traveling. I feel like we can finally get back to a more normal routine after a week of way too much activity for these old people!! Fun, but tiring.

Greetings and much love goes out to everyone!! Hope you each are having a good day and making progress of some kind...it doesn't matter what, just anything will give us a little boost in our attitudes!! I'm working on mine, that's for sure. XOXO...love and hugs, Jeannie

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Hi all .. quick read (nice picture of your daughter, Karen!) ... loving thanks as always for your good wishes and support.

I kept getting worse - my face blew up more, eye swelled shut... Went back today - infection worsened. He lanced the inside of the cheek and suction the poison out ... it did swell up again now, but not as much. Switched antibiotics and will be on for 20 days, I think. P)lease pray my temporary doesn't fall off. I can't get my crown fixed until everything is totally clear.

I'm very tired but have been trying to do something everyday and talk a little bit as it does squeeze the poison out of my cheeks.

I've got to get better soon! I have quartet training in Ohio mid-September!

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I am going to attempt to add a picture of my daughter at the very last point of the 273 mile trek.
I am not sure if that work, but suffice it to say she was a very happy lady. She paid a surprise visit to me at work on her way home from the Canadian border to CT.
I am hoping tomorrow and Friday calm down at work. Geez Louise!
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Hi, Sharon. Sometimes it's fun to see what people come up with when using some of the acronyms!! LOL (laughing out loud, but I bet you know that one). DD = Dear Daughter; GC = Grandchild. Gives you a clue for what some of these are: GD or GS, DGC or DGK, DH, DIL, SIL, etc. What do you think? I'm pretty sure there are others we use from time to time, but right now I can't think of them. My brain is still a little fried from the weekend and DD being here until Friday. Too much excitement for this old body and brain!!

CASEYSNONNA, nice to see you. What do you want us to call you? Sometimes we make things up if you don't tell us! Hmm...what could it be? emoticon

Babs, good luck with that audit. I know you always do well, but still so much work!!!! I, too, am planning on more walking with the change in the weather.

Jackie, that sounds horrible. I pray that you are feeling better by now. Was it a dry socket? I've never had one, but have heard they are just awful. emoticon

Karen, the crazy SIL was pretty low key. She sat next to my Mom, which was probably interesting. My Mom can't hear a thing and SIL usually only wants to talk about herself. Probably a one-sided conversation. Fortunately, I was busy most of the evening and didn't have to spend too much time with her. Your daughter has been busy hiking!! Oh my...like Babs I would be worried to death. On the other hand, after reading the book, Wild, I think it might be more common than I think it is. emoticon

Mona, are you still catching up, or are you taking care of kiddos for a few more days? Bless your heart--it's awesome that you can do it and even more awesome for the kids! emoticon

Cherrie, I saw that article about drinking coffee, too. I love my morning coffee. Have to have decaf any time after noon, though. emoticon

Tammie plans to leave here on Friday morning early. Richard and I were saying how nice it will be to get back to our own routine, but it sure has been fun having her here. She helped me spray paint a living room lamp I've hated ever since I bought it a number of years ago, so that was a nice bonus. She's spent a lot of time with her nephews and keeping them busy the last week before school starts again. Very fun for all of them.

Now that we're almost back to normal around here, I am ready to get back on my path of healthy living...we've had way too much fun these past few weeks, I'm afraid!!

Take care, everyone! Be well, stay busy and happy, and give yourself a pat on the back for doing something good for yourself today!! XOXO Love and hugs, Jeannie



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Jeannie - to not be a party person/organizer - that was some undertaking 43!! Ooh wee!

Just getting back into the swing of things, so please bear with me as I try to get know everyone. I need to create me a list of acronyms though, DD, GC - somebody clue me in.

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Welcome, Caseynova! Great to have you with us.

The auditors have arrived. So I just stopped by to say emoticon .

Busy day.

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Retaining fluids big time today. I had knee replacement surgery in September. Since then my left leg and knee is so swollen. It's had to maintain constant weight with all this swelling. Ugh!

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Jeannie, glad to hear the party was a success. Of course, I knew it would be! How nice that your DD is staying for a few more days. It will be fun to visit with her.

Cherriet, love the picture. Iím drinking my coffee too.

Mona, glad the temp is dropping for you. Our temp is dropping. Itís only 82 right now. Rain predicted for later.

Karen, adding more duties to your already busy agenda! Wow. I wouldnít trade places with you for anything. Meetings all day today - another horrible thought. Iím ready for the audit. Iíll be thrilled when itís over. Your DD doing the hiking is amazing. I would be terrified because you donít know who else is out there - and that includes the critters! She must have a lot of her mother in her.

Jackie, that sounds horrible. I am so sorry for you. Your doctor called you back at midnight - now that's amazing. By now it's been 48 hours on the new meds. Hopefully it's enough time to get you feeling a lot better. Hugs and prayers for you.

To everyone else - hello. Hope everyone is getting healthier. Now that it's back to school and soon it will be fall I plan to get outside for more walking with Jasmine. emoticon She'll be happy. I can't take the heat. I hibernate!

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Just checking in to see what all the Sparkers are up to.

I got worse from the root canal on Friday - called the doctor Saturday who called me back at midnight - consensus is a bone on bone (?) infection. My mouth cheek swelled up more and the pain became worse. Got some meds on Sunday, just starting to lift my head off the couch today. I sure hope the meds cure the infection as I still need more dental work, but hoping to push it off a bit as the trauma was quite harsh.

My son kept trying to cheer me up by texting me pictures of his travels all weekend, which is so sweet.

Otherwise, all I've done is try to answer email, then sleep.

Today will be a better day. Take care of yourselves all. Jackie

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Hi again! Nola...did Oscar arrive yet? Jeannie...how was the crazy relative at your party? CJ, I loved the monkey smile. Made me giggle...
Babs, good luck with the audit. I don't envy you one single bit! On Friday my security officer came to my office and told me he was giving me his two week notice. He has been with the credit union and we have had a love/hate relationship for the 11 years he has been here. Looks like I will be adding Security Officer to my title. Some of his work I will be farming out to other departments. For instance, IT can handle the actual alarm system and cameras. The branch managers can be responsible for engaging tradespeople to make repairs in their office as long as they let me know first. I can do the other piece...providing information for subpoenas, doing court appearances, and general investigative work. My job is quite interesting, lol.
Tomorrow I have meetings from 9:30 straight through 4pm, including lunch. I am meeting one of my managers for lunch. Perhaps I really do need to retire!
I think Theresa is back home and hopefully she is doing well.
Jeannie, hope you have a good time with your daughter. Like you, I don't get to see my daughters nearly enough. The daughter who has spent the summer hiking by herself on the Long Trail is about 20 miles from the Canadian border. She expects to be done sometime tomorrow. All in all, she has hiked right around 200 miles. She has posted some extraordinary photos on FB. Her husband has been meeting her every two weeks to bring her more supplies, but other than that, she has been alone. I know she has been through some really tough weather, and I will be glad when she gets back home. The other daughter is still somewhat sidelined with the broken foot still. Last week my son was in NYC, Detroit, Florida for work and on his days off he flew to CA for a wedding. Oh! To be young again!
I hope Jackie and Mike are doing better. Mona, enjoy those grandkids. I am so envious!
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Karen

Life should not be lived with the sole purpose of arriving at the grave in a perfect and well preserved body. Rather, you should skid in sideways totally used up, thoroughly worn out and loudly proclaiming, "Wow!
What a ride!"


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Hi everyone!! I was down two more pounds this morning!! Makes a great start to the week. Glad I changed my weigh day to Monday.

I had a crazy morning with"catching" up. I didn't even get groceries last week so had that to do, laundry, and even treated myself to a manicure as a reward for my weight loss.

Nola~~no baby yet???

Jeannie~~Have fun with your daughter.

CJ~~ Sounds like you keep very busy. I don't like to iron but I do. My girls all iron their clothes.

Babs~~we have actually fallen into the upper 80's. It has been cloudy and we may get some rain. It feels good compared to those 100's.

Have a great day everyone!! m emoticon emoticon emoticon



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I love chatting over coffee,
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Thought I'd better stop by and let you know I am still with you!! We had a wonderful time Saturday evening at our party. I'm not a party person/organizer at all, but this worked out better than I expected. We had 43 (counting our kids and the GC). So fun to see everyone! More details later...if I can remember them in a few days.

DD is still here until Friday morning, so that means more activity and visiting. We have leftovers to last a couple days, so cooking shouldn't be a problem!

Just wanted to say hi and tell you I'll be back tomorrow....I hope, at least. Today we're going to the Hoover Presidential Library, which is just a short distance from us. DD wants to go, and I've been wanting to get back again, as it's been a number of years since we were there.

Have a wonderful day, and for those of you still under the weather...get well soon!! Hugs and love to all! XOXO Jeannie

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Good Monday morning. Thanks for the smile once again, CJ.

It's warming up here again. Doesn't make me happy but it certainly could be worse.

This is a busy week for me. What am I saying - all weeks are busy. It's just that some are busier than others. This is one of them.

Hope everyone is feeling better and on the road to recovery. We have so many of our dear members who are suffering with health concerns right now.

Have a fantastic day. Got too much work waiting for me.

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Here is your Big Smile to start off this week. Thought you might need a big smile this morning since its Monday. emoticon emoticon emoticon

We had a quiet weekend, it was kind of fun to start off the emoticon emoticon football season, I even like to watch the preseason games. Hope everyone else had a good weekend also.

Now for Monday, all that fun stuff to do, Laundry, sweeping, cleaning the bathroom, etc, etc, as I have said before, I'm just glad and thankful that I have a house to clean and clothes to Iron, (O Yes, there's that 4 letter word, (Iron) (YIKES). not today I have my SIL coming to spend the night, we are taking her to the airport in the morning to visit her daughter in Colorado.

Theresa: Have been thinking about you and hoping and praying you are doing better.

Jackie: I haven't forgotten about you and the tooth problem, hope its better soon.

Nola: Congrats on your new GC, too. they are so much fun.

Mona: I see you are enjoying yours too,

Babs and Jeannie: Thank you again for being our fearless leaders, and all the extra work and time it takes.

I joined the new challenge that was on the start sp page this morning. 30day, # Find 30 Challenge. Hope you all will join me.
Guess I better get off of here and get to doing some Bible Study and ALL the Monday fun stuff.

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A quick hello. Doing great!

Nola~~I know you can't wait for that little one. Hugs!!

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Happy Sunday friends.

I only lost 0.2# last week. I'll take it but I sure wish I'd lost at least a pound. I'm working on it but it just won't let go. I truly wish I could melt it off.

Yesterday I was busy and didn't really get in here. I logged my weight and that was it.

Lots of laundry. Lots of cleaning.

Jackie, I see that you're still suffering with the root canal. Sure hope that begins to heal soon and that the Tylenol helps. Thrilled with the news on Mike and how well he's doing.

Enjoy your grands, Nola and Mona.

Mine is dancing now and wants to 'perform' for me. So I'm off to be the audience.

Babs

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