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CJ you put the lovely pictures on your post I really enjoy them Mary I hope your surgery gones well i am very tired after the week end so I have slept most of the afternoon away but I really did enjoy myself at the retreat and every thing went well I always worry about that since I laed it but of course I say that I don'tsut then I am so tired afterwards because of the stress I am ready to go back next year Has been raining here but it is suppose to be sunny all week so maybe I a]can get some of the yard work done Hope you all had a great week end and will have a great week Lou



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Its been a fun weekend, we went up to Grand Lake and visited with our friends, now its time to pack and get ready to go to Florida. No Jeannie I haven't packed all my bags yet. But this week I will get it done. My WI this week was another gain, I've gained back 9 of the 12 lbs I lost when I was sick. emoticon I knew I would, but I was hoping not to.

Not sure how much I will get to check in for the next few weeks, but don't forget me, I will be back. Hopefully I will begin to loose like I am suppose to. working on it.

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Hello, everyone. Won't be able to answer everyone, but it sounds as if the gardens are going in, we're all fighting the usual fights -- good health and healthy weights -- and getting ready to see the next week through.

I have only about a week left before surgery, but I'm afriad I'm showing signs of not doing well. I'm thinking that ignoring the signs might not work -- it hasn't in the past, that is for sure. emoticon emoticon

I will let you know how things go.

Thank you, dear friends, for your good thoughts and kind wishes. I'll be great.

Have a wonderful week, everyone.

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Good morning, afternoon, whatever it is for you. emoticon

I had a hissy pout over all the pain and inconvenience but I'm over it now. I have been indulging myself this winter and it's time to stop. Besides, I put on 5 pounds not knowing what I could eat so opting out for pb sandwiches.

We had a blizzard last night, then pouring rain so some of the snow is starting to slip slid away, much like the cars on the street.

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Hello I have not been here all week I have been busy as I was in charge of of the Ladies retreat for our church that was this weekend We really had a good time and I am very tired I have read the post and will try to catch up with everyone tomorrow Have a great Sunday Lou



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Happy Saturday! Hope everyone is having a great day and weekend. Our weather could be better and I think that might start to happen tomorrow. Hope so...getting a little tired of the cold and windy, rainy days. But...it's not snow and we're not shoveling, so why complain, right??

Babs, if you ever figure out how the pounds just drop off, I hope you'll let the rest of us know. It never seems to happen that way with me either! LOL!

Karen, sure good to see you. Sorry to hear Jim isn't feeling well. Is it related to his radiation treatment, do you think? I hear you on the gaining when stressed. I might have had one moment in one day where I couldn't eat because of stress...usually the other way around. Good to hear the auditors have come and gone for awhile. You do seem to have them quite often.

Suz, I bet that 4 hour nap was just exactly what you needed!! Good for you! Little lizards? Are they like chameleons? I don't know if I even spelled that right. Have never seen any, and then Babs mentioned geckos in her part of the country. I also didn't know they lived that far north. Isn't it cool to learn something new now and then? Anyway, no lizard presents for me, please!! LOL!

Kathy and Linda...both Stephen King fans!! I tried his books a couple of times, as well as Dean Koontz. I know they are really popular authors. I just keep reading the same ones as they come out with new books. Stuck in a rut maybe?

Kathy, the pic of you and your DD is fabulous! You were hiding behind your DD, I think. emoticon You both look beautiful. Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you...if you're young at heart!!"" Frank Sinatra must have been thinking about you (and all of us) when he sang that song. Good for you for being a secret fairy tale kind of Mom!! By the way, how is your mom these days?

CJ, your trip is getting a little closer all the time. Knowing how excited you are to be going, I bet you already have your bags packed!! Fun times!!

Our DS and DGS came over for ham and bean soup tonight. DIL and the other DGS are in Des Moines for baseball. The youngest one had games at home today and tomorrow, but today's were cancelled. Kinda fun to have them all to ourselves. The soup was good, too.

Have a couple things to do yet and then I need to get settled in to watch the British comedies on PBS pretty soon. We just love them. They're so silly and goofy, but we get a good laugh out of them. Tomorrow we'll be off to ball games for most of the day. I think the rain is over for several days now, so it should begin to warm up now...we hope!! Take care, each of you...miss those who haven't had a chance to stop by to say hi. Prayers for everyone, particularly for those needing healing and renewal! XOXO Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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good morning everyone.

Kathy, lovely picture of you and your DD. Gorgeous. Fairy tales are terrific.

CJ, so happy that you are excited to cook in my getaway kitchen. Pretty spiffy; huh? Didn't phase me to spend all those hard working dollars on that gorgeous home either. emoticon

Suz, little lizards on your porch to greet you each day. Nice. I see tiny ones around here in the summer too. I think everyone calls them geicos.

I lost 0.2# last week. When will it just drop off? Never you say. Guess I better get moving then.

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Hi everyone! So nice to see some new names posting...I don't have a prayer of figuring it who everyone is at this point. I don't seem to get on here long enough to past much these days.
Health and personal issues still continue to plague me, but I have finally made the decision to take an active role in becoming more healthy. I don't have a choice anymore if I want to be around long enough to see how my story turns out.
My counterpart out in Seattle reacts differently to stress. He loses weight, and I do not. We joke about it a lot. Truth is, he is just delighted that our paths crossed again after so many years. I am still debating a firm retirement date for me....I think I have it narrowed down to 12/31/19 or 12/31/20. We will see...lots of things can happen in those few short years.
For those that know me a bit, I have been having death by audit again, lol. Babs, I know you understand. Our auditors and examiners are very nice folks, but enough is enough! Hopefully we have seen most of it for this year. For those who do not know me, I run a credit union with 51 employees and around $84M in assets. In the big scheme of things we are still considered small. Financial institutions of all types and sizes fall under the same laws and regulations. The audits and exams I mentioned are nothing out of the ordinary--every year is like this. I had a teller quit the other day, which was good, actually. She just wasn't going to make the grade and I knew she would be a termination down the road. I just promoted a member service representative to manager of a branch. The person who held the position before her has moved into loan underwriting. This is nice for both employees and I am as pleased for the one leaving the deposit area as I am for the one taking over the branch. Good job, ladies!
Wednesday afternoon and again on Thursday, I saw snowflakes again! What the heck? It didn't amount to anything, thank goodness, but the week before the temp reached 70! Such is life in the mountains of Vermont.
My husband Jim is a bit under the weather today, so I don't think we are doing anything. I may go it a little later and do some grocery shopping and I also need to pick out a silent auction item for an annual meeting of all the Vermont credit unions. If I don't do it today, we will probably do it together tomorrow.
So...hello to new members, hello again to old members....I am still among the living and am trying very hard to stay that way! Hope you all have a Super Sparkling Saturday!
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CJ come visit me and use my computer!

so today i go into work, those 43 people are still on my calendar. the pool was too cold, now swimming. DH and i looked at a couple of homes (prices are ridiculously high) ate lunch while we were out. DH had a "table read" (he has taken up acting at his Dr. suggestion, another blog i need to do) so I enjoyed a 4 hour nap. best part of the day.

Jeannie, the flowers sound perfect. We have lava rocks next to our house, just move them out of the way and find the dirt. if the rocks are big enough you could stack them on top of each other and make little statues like you see on the side of the road.

Kathy the flowers sound great. i love to enjoy nature .

i get greeted daily on my back porch by one of the little lizards florida is so famous for. yesterday he was on a chair that has a black cushion and was very dark color, usually he is green but he moves away quickly to hide. when my son's cat was here, it would have been caught and taken to my sons bed as a gift. or when my doggie was with us years ago,it would have lost his tail. today the 2 labs we have don't care and leave them alone.

Ya'll have a great day......

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Jeannie, love the rule that it's mandatory to stay after 70. I'm coming up on that one fast, don't want to leave this group ever.
Kathy, there is a Stephen King group here in SP. We don't talk a lot, but it's nice to SK it once in a while. This is still the coolest group.

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emoticon Everyone....Weather is still on the cool side for this time of year. Winter jammies still. I'm sure we'll have HOT weather very soon.

You know that big picture window where my computer screen is? This morning I'm watching a few squierls scurrying and playing. Then my eye catches the big purple cactus that is now sprouting bright yellow flower buds. I've been waiting for them to sprout.

I slept in this morning.(well, stayed in bed reading) I've been trying to get through "under the dome" Steven King. Kindle edition. 19,000 kindle pages... 79% through it. Really like the book. Not at all like the TV program. Typical Steven King craziness. But then I like that. I also like Dean Koontz.

I'm so fortunate that I am able to stay home and not have a paying job. I don't think I would survive the stress. Stresses for me are mainly caring for Mom and maybe not falling down at bowling... Never done it but it could happen.. SIL did that a couple weeks ago. She's fine. I do stress a bit about DD#1 wedding dress that I will buy or make.. I'm hoping she will find one soon. It will be her 2nd wedding and she is not a frilly girl so I'm sure it will be reasonable. DD#2 picked a designer gown for her wedding last April. A fairy tale wedding for a fairy tale loving girl. Well she is 31, not a girl. I loved her wedding because.... I wore a pretty fairy tale dress myself since I am a secret fairy tale kind of Mom. I realized awhile back that I was so happy in that dress. I got married in Las Vegas in pants...

Anyway...It's Friday.. I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend.



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What a Kitchen. Babs you have a wonderful place for our Memorial Day Bash, I won't even mind cooking in this Kitchen. mmmmmm emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Mary Starr, emoticon so glad to see you back with us. Glad you are staying with us, we all act like we are 15 some times and then sometimes 80 so just have fun.

Jeannie: I do hope Babs and her GD meet up with me in Florida, We are leaving on the 5th of May and will be gone most of the month of May, Since our big Memorial Day Bash is in Florida I may not come home until June 1st, emoticon emoticon
We are going up to Grand Lake this weekend to visit with our friends, so that will make the time pass a little faster to go to Florida. (Only 10 more days before we leave. (YEAH).

I will miss all of you while I'm gone, but I don't have a laptop and my son and family uses there phones for the internet, I do think my GS has a desktop so I may be able to use that while he's in school. I have a streak going, I think I'm up to 82 days of logining into sp and spinning the wheel, I hate to break that.

Guess I better get busy for now, CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I did it! I got 50 points this morning.

I did it!! I stopped at the store to pick up 2 things that I forgot yesterday but that I want - one of them being lettuce. We all love it and eat a lot of it. How could I forget it? What did I do? Well, ya see. There I was behaving myself as usual. Headed for the produce section. But guess what I could smell from the moment I pulled into the lot - donuts! I told myself as I marched through that store. You do not need one and really, Babs, you donít even want one. So I hit the bakery department and promptly bought a donut. Got to work and ate the darn thing within 2 seconds. Iím my own worst enemy. emoticon

Starr, please donít act your age!! Good grief. We try not to do that. Iím so happy you will stay with us. Enjoy your other team or teams too.

Suz, enjoy your day off - whatever you choose to do. Days off are so wonderful and meant to be thoroughly enjoyed. I can see where moving vs not moving is a major decision. Iím sure youíll both figure out whatís best.

It got cold again, 39 earlier. I donít know what it is now. Ridiculous.

Hello to all my Spark friends. I hope everyone with health problems is experiencing recovery.

Happy weekend!

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Suz, a day off...great...even if you have to contact people for work, it is a change of pace and different routine. emoticon

Mary Starr (I've decided I'm going to call you that since your name is Mary--love it--and Starr), will you please let me know how I'm supposed to act once you find out? I think I forgot to take that lesson somewhere along the line! emoticon

Babs, your trip with Abby can't be too far away now. If I remember right, sometime in early May? Perfect time to go to Florida and the beach. Maybe you'll meet up with CJ!! emoticon

Barefoot...all the time, always have, probably always will. Although, last fall when I had trouble with tendonitis, the foot dr. said it was caused by flat feet and I should always have shoes on with an arch support. I was pretty faithful for awhile, but now that it is better, I tend to not get them on as much. I didn't even know I had flat feet...maybe that comes with the 70s, too?? Suz, love that you chose to do what you want in your own home, even if it did embarrass your DH. I bet he's NEVER done anything to embarrass you, right? LOL!

Carol, how are you doing since the loss of your BFF? Remember we're here for you and you can tell us anything. That's why I love this group so much. No judgement and only support. emoticon

Mary Starr, many prayers for a successful surgery and a speedy and uneventful recovery! Do you have any help at all lined up or available to you? I want to come and lend a hand!! Everyone needs someone some of the time. emoticon

Kathy, I hear you on the retirement thing. We're doing better about this...the biggest change for me was when we moved to the condo last year, both of us had surgeries and were somewhat dependent on the other, and then we downsized to one car on top of it!! We had a little talk...well, actually, I think I did the talking, but once I suggested I didn't need a chauffeur all the time and could find my way to the grocery store and home again, it's gotten a lot better. He's also been spending more time working down in his so-called "workshop" basement. I don't really care what he does down there, it is just out of my hair for awhile! emoticon Your garden sounds lovely, but definitely takes a lot of work to keep everything watered.

Trese, I'm even more determined than ever to get to Williamsburg now that I've seen what you've been doing this week. Sounds so wonderful!

Marie, how has the rest of the week gone for your DH with his new job? Hope it is one he likes and that he has good people to work for. Makes so much difference. How are the feet doing? Neuropathy is so hard to deal with. Hope there is improvement...the stretching and massage sure helped me when I had plantar fascitis. Took awhile, but it did get better.

CJ, glad the new med is doing better! You are right...the "estate" that Babs has "purchased" for us to use is fabulous. When is it that you are leaving again? I know you can't wait to get there to see your lovely family and you love the area so much!

We have some hostas to plant today and yesterday I bought 3 knockout rose bushes. That will be the end of anything that we plant here at the condo as we have to dig through/around those stupid landscape rocks to do it. Grrr...but, these things should grow okay as there is good soil under the rocks. We've had rain off and on all week, so there won't be any more gardening done at the "real" garden for a while. Today is gray, very chilly and sprinkling off and on, but still a great day with nowhere to go or be...my kind of day!! emoticon

Have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy your day and try to make it special for yourself any way you can...buy some inexpensive flowers at the grocery store, pick up a healthy treat, take a nap if that is something you don't normally do, start a book you've been putting off to the side, clean out a drawer...I know that might be stretching it, but for some reason, I love to get a drawer cleaned out and it gives me a real lift! Hugs and love to all...haven't seen a few of you for a few days...know that you are loved and missed!! XOXO Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon




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a day off, yeah!
but wait,
i still have 43 people i need to contact today for work, emoticon

dh wants to go looking at houses (we are torn about moving, part of me says yes part of me says no, it's blog material, I'll see if I can fit that in today too), emoticon
i want to get into the pool if the rain hasn't made it too cold emoticon
i thought i wanted to get my hair done. emoticon
good news is that I should get more steps (this is what i am tracking) emoticon
what else, sleep late, oh i did that one. emoticon
have a blessed day! emoticon
Suz emoticon

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Thanks to all of you saying age is no factor. That's a relief, but I did join a 70s group, just so I could act my age!

Did not make it to the hospital today to get tests taken. (Maybe I'm afraid of the results. emoticon )

Hope all of you enjoy your Friday and the weekend.

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Kathy, what a wonderful surprise to see such a nice post from you. We just post when we can. Thatís it. No Posting Police on this team. Just happy to have you with us. COBRA - it definitely has a bite to it and a mighty high price tag. Glad your insurance issues are resolved. Your talk about water makes me more appreciate of going outside and turning on the hose, watering so very easily. Enjoy your spring!

Starr, how wonderful to hear from you again. Sorry to hear that your health issues are still with you and confining you. Hopefully the May surgery will change that and youíll be out socializing with your new neighbors. You donít have to leave us due to a birthday. Is that what youíre suggesting? No way! Stick with us - the fun Team. The happy Team.

Carol, happy to have you back with us. Iím so sorry about the loss of your dear friend. I will remember her and you in my prayers. Please chat with us whenever you can. It will be good to get to know you.

Linda, you got that right - we are the ĎCool Group!í

Jeannie, love your new rule! Iím staying.

Suz, love your attitude! Itís your home. If you go barefoot, thatís your choice. Iíll bet they had a wonderful time and Iíll bet the food was delicious.

Caught up on posts? I never get caught up if Iíve been off for a couple days. No way. I already know that when I go to FL next month Iíll never get caught up. Iíll be without posting capabilities for at least 5 days and thatís more than enough to never get caught up. Itís OK. Iíll return and jump right in.

Have a Tantalizing T-riffic Thursday!

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Starr...this is the over 60, not the under 70 club, you're staying here..... good luck with the surgery.

So as you can see, I'm reading trying to catch up on everything but not back into the swing of posting, just has to comment on over 70!

Carol Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.

I don't think many people realize what type of complications you have with diabetes and how severe they are. I know my dr. is after me to lose weight because of high blood sugar but it's been between 6.2 and 6.5 for years A1c. is it harder on you as you get older?

Barefoot.... that's the way I am at home. we had pastor and his wife over for dinner, i met them at the door barefoot..... they are from TN, and said "you go girl!" when dh said he couldn't get me to put on shoes...after dinner he reminded me that our guests have also been guests at the white house, in many foreign dignitaries homes, at many other prominent peoples homes too...... my comment, they will remember the food and fun they had at ours. emoticon

Prayers to those in need, joy for those that don't and may you all have a great day...
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Just want to say hi and let you know I'm still among the living. Have had a crazy couple of days and was out of touch with internet problems. Back now and I think all is well...I think!!

Starr, if you "have" to leave because you'll be 70, you and I will have to start our own "club"...I have been over 70 for 1 1/2 years now...but, like Linda said, this is the cool group anyway, so I am making a new rule: when you turn 70 you HAVE to stay! LOL!! We are still over 60, aren't we?? emoticon

Carol, so very sorry about your friend. Prayers for her family and for you. But, welcome back!! emoticon So great to see you.

Same for you, Kathy and Starr!! emoticon

Hugs to all and I promise a much longer note tomorrow or Friday. XOXO Love you, Jeannie

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Starrbrite, no need to leave this group, you will still be over 60. There is another group that cuts off I think, but this is the cool group anyway. Glad you're with us.

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Prayers going out for your friend's family and special prayers and hugs for you.

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Hi everyone. I have been away for a while but am back now. Have lost 57 pounds this last year so I decided I needed to get back to Sparking!

Unfortunately, today is a sad day for me. My best friend for 48 years died this morning from complications from diabetes. She had battled it for several years now. At first, I let myself get stressed out from visiting her in ICU over a week and had a small (1.8) gain last week. But then I decided I wasn't doing her or myself any good by overeating. Sadly, she is one of the reasons I started on this journey. I am fortunate that I do not have diabetes and am doing all I can not too.

Anyway, please say a prayer for her family and for me. I will miss her every day.

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Hello, everyone. So many new members since I last reported. My name's Mary, but I'm best known as Starr here.

I have many things to report -- all about myself, of course emoticon . I think I'll itemize. Excuse me for not greeting each of you personally today.

Major reporting factors:
1. My next knee surgery (5th time, for heaven's sake) is scheduled for May 5, two days before my 7-0th birthday. emoticon My last surgery (when they removed my knee) was two days before Christmas; now this surgery comes two days before my birthday. This may not lay me up too long, although I realize the rehab will be painful because I've hardly used the left leg muscles since November.

2. I have managed to hold my weight. This hasn't been easy without water aerobics. I really miss that exercise. What little exercise I have followed has been chair exercises, which I don't like a whole lot. Just moving around with the walker and keeping weight off left leg is a chore. Any little thing wears me out.

3. Because of surgery and rehab I have still not moved furniture from my condo to my new house, which still remains sparsely furnished. Have purchased a few pieces of furniture, but everything is really hard to get together.

4. Haven't met many people in my new neighborhood because I'm mostly housebound. I look forward to walking around the neighborhood and swimming in our pool -- unless the drought here forces us to rethink the pool thing.

5. Have trouble planning days -- lots of inactive time, but I feel guilty using it for what is usually "play" such as reading, knitting, crocheting, etc.

OK, I meant to BRIEFLY fill everyone in, and now I find myself going on and on. It feels so good to communicate to people.

This is not meant to be as morose as it sounds. I am actually in good spirits and quite impressed with how well I'm doing.

It's so good to read how all of you are doing. I miss Jill and her reports, but she really had a wealth of struggles she was dealing with.

Finally, it looks as if I only have about two more weeks before I will have to leave this team -- if I follow the rules -- because I will be 70, but I will be much wiser than the rest of you because I'll be so much older and wiser. emoticon

Have a great Wednesday, everyone,

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emoticon I haven't been around in a long while so I thought I'd come and say hi. I sometimes have internet problems living rurally and sometimes just have isolation and hibernation problems... I've been a non participater lately. My weight loss progress reflects that.

I'm pretty much caught up with posts. Wish I'd taken notes.

Retirement...When DH first retired.... I about filed for divorce. Eventually I learned to live with him being around every day. Saturday was our 45th anniversary so I must like him more than a bit.

Insurance...After he retired, he was able to set up his medicare insurance but that left me with Cobra for a year since I'm 5 years younger. For a couple years, I had no insurance at all. Then I was able to experience the affordable care act. What a mess that was in the beginning. Expensive but the plan I chose covered a lot of tests which I hadn't had in several years. This October, I will finally get my medicare insurance. I'm looking forward to being 65 for that reason..Who would have thought?

Gardening...I love Spring. The 10 foot high wall of very old lilacs bushes have bloomed and are gone now but Iris blooms are popping up all over. Deep purple and lavender and a few white. Then there are the cactus blooms. (we live in the desert) We have 10 acres of rough and tumble terrain but half of that holds the house and surrounding grounds. Trees all around along with the natural scrub oaks and junipers. DH has a drip system for watering but it still takes him 2 hours to get all the hand watering done during the summer. Pink Ladies and Paper Whites should be coming up soon. I think I have some pics of the cactus flowers on my page..

Theresa reminded me that we have a MS Walk on Saturday. Our grand niece has had MS for half her life.. She is 37 now. A beautiful inside and out young women with two children. She's toughed her way through so much from being temporarily blind to being in a wheel chair for a time..and everything in between. MS is a complicated disease. She's doing well lately on a program of experimental drugs. I won't be doing a lot of walking with my knee injury but DH will be walking with the rest of the family.

Barefoot... that is my state of being when I am home. I have terrible feet with so many problems. When I'm out I am in tennis shoes and toe protectors inside my socks. I did just get a pedicure so my toes are pretty and magenta. Right now they are in fuzzy socks because the weather has turned a bit cold.. By Calif standards. Hoping for rain in this extreme drought we are in. We have a good well in this canyon but a lot of our neighbors have to truck in all their water as their wells have dried up.

I need to get going and get my peddling in. Along with the exercise, I am working hard to get back on track with my eating. I reached the lowest weight in 40 years recently (been over 400 pounds for a lot of years) and then... STOPPED. I hate when I do that. Now for the harder trek back to that point (about 7 or 8 pounds) I can do this! 40 pounds this year will put me back in the 200's.. That's doable if I get out of my own way and out of my head.

That's enough for this Chatty Kathy... Hope everyone has an enjoyable day!

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Gorgeous morning and my peony tree is blooming!! So excited.

CJ, Iím so happy that your meds are beginning to work. Gosh, Iím so happy that you like my Ďgetaway/retirementí home that I Ďboughtí a year ago. It is beautiful. I admit it. So happy to share it with all of you dear Spark friends.

Marie, glad your husbandís new job is working out well. Barefoot. Thatís interesting and so happy thatís itís helping you. Iíve avoided it because my feet have gotten Ďgoofyí these past 8 or so years. I no longer have an arch for one thing. So a shoe gives me some support. Iíll check into the benefits of going barefoot though. Iíll try anything because my feet definitely do give me problems. Iíve never really gone to a doctor for them, but they can be a problem.

Trese, wow! Thatís a chunk of change for insurance, but I know what you mean. Itís extremely expensive. Itís a huge reason for me to continue to work. If I go to part time I can still keep my benefits. Another reason to work at least part time. Iím lucky though - close to home, great people to work for, decent pay . . . Plus I think itís good for me.

Hi, Linda, good for you if youíre happy and have affordable insurance. It is a huge expense and something we cannot do without, especially as we age.

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I have medicare and Kaiser Perm. so easy, all comes out of SS check and everything in one place except eye exams. Must travel a little way for that. Not expensive.

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Today was museum and art gallery day + touring some gardens and walking down Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg. The weather couldn't be better.

I know what you mean about cobra insurance... my husband paid $880+ a month for a year before we switched to something more affordable at $664 a month. Almost makes us look forward to turning 65. I have insurance through my old school system and that is $580 a month.

Prayers and hugs to all who need them.

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A virtual Memorial day...might be fun!! It's probably the only place I'll be going lol. I will look into it.

Thanks for the good wishes about hubbys job...first day went well...pretty low key,,the hours will be the crazy part...for now he starts at 8...even 9 if he wanted...so he was home by 5 last night...the goal is to go in at 7..be home by 4...that's like a whole new world for us. Garret has always worked until at least 6..often later....

We did check cobra, jeannie..its 800 a month...just can't do that. Gonna do the affordable care thingy....a couple hundred a month...for basic 'catastrophic' is all Im really concerned about...

Glad your meds are working CJ? I think I read that right....and going to see your son sounds so nice!! I love any time I get to spend with my grown kids!

I have 'foot' issues. Numbness..neuropathy 'stuff'..for a number of reasons..little bit of knee issues...what I consider kind of 'typical' stuff...somehow I caught a little 'blurb' about walking barefoot...well..I am NEVER barefoot...it's rare....so anyways...had a little plantar fascia thing happening a few weeks back...so barefoot, just for some relief...started paying attn to my feet. A lot. Stretching...massaging them...and,,,going barefoot, more...I now do my 45 min 'fitness' routine barefoot. I walk around the house barefoot...and I'm noticing a change....go figure...I'm anxious to see what the next few weeks will bring...if anyone is interested, there is a ton of info on the benefits of just walking around barefoot. Anyways,,,just sharing that:)

I hope everyone is doing well. Enjoying the warm weather...though ours has turned a bit cool...but, too late...I'm already in spring mode...I don't care about the occasional gray day lol.

Take care, everyone:)

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What a place for our GNO Bash. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

If you haven't checked this place out, you really need to, its a beautiful place. Babs has given the link on the invitation to the party. Since its virtual you can just play and dream and carry on and enjoy some fun. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Its good to hear from each of you, I am finally feeling better, Second new meds seem to be working good. Trying to really watch what I'm putting in my mouth and drinking lots of water.
Really getting excited about going to see my son in Florida.

Got to Go for today: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I sent the invitation to all of you for the virtual Memorial Day Weekend Bash. Please come. Itís fun. As Jeannie said, we do get a little silly with it, but itís just fun and itís great to get silly.

Jeannie, Iím not really doing much on the PCT. Iím getting some steps in each day, but it isnít a lot. I keep trying to push myself because I know I need to work out more than I do. Doesnít all have to be steps, but Iíve got to focus on my FITness. Enjoy your time with the kids at school.

Trese, key lime pie will be perfect for our Weekend Bash. It will be here before we know it too. Sort of sets the stage for summer - BBQ, vacations, parties, beaches . . . Fun times!

Where is everyone? Partying or what? So quiet for a couple of days.

Iím trying to get caught up on some filing. So Iím getting back to that.

Have a Tantalizing Tuesday.

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Enjoyed a shopping day today! Weather was nice, storms won't come again until tonight so we are staying put and hoping there will be no hail on my hubby's new car!

Happy, happy birthday Babs! emoticon Hope you are enjoying your birthday! Hope Theresa is celebrating her anniversary! emoticon

Love the idea of the virtual get together! I am thinking key lime pie will go well in Delray, Fla. We went there on vacation several years ago. Looking forward to the spa treatments too!

Marie you are doing great, congrats to you emoticon

Hugs everyone

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Good afternoon, friends!! Happy Anniversary to Theresa and Happy Birthday to Babs! It's a great day to celebrate something and an anniversary and birthday are perfect!! emoticon emoticon

Babs, you surely knew I had to be joking about getting a dog. I could always borrow one if I really felt the need! LOL! I know you love Jasmine and I'm happy she keeps you company when walking, but honestly...tell her to slow down a little, as I can't catch up to you two on the PCT!! emoticon

Marie, what a wonderful thing to discover LINES!! That's exciting and fun, too. I think I have lines, too, but I'm pretty sure mine are from the elastic in my underwear. LOL...one of these days I'll get my real lines back. Seriously, I'm so tickled that you are doing so well and managing to get some legs under you that are getting stronger and have more energy. emoticon By the way, does your DH qualify for COBRA insurance coverage? That might be a lot easier than going for the affordable care act. We've used COBRA several times in the past and it worked out really well for us.

Oh, Trese...your time in W'burg sounds so wonderful. I hope the weather is cooperating. Lovely sounding lunch, too. Mmm...good choices. 23 hours with middle schoolers? Sounds more like a sentence than an outing. I have never figured out why our DD teaches middle school kids (she teaches high school level Spanish to 8th graders). Can't think of a worse age group, but she's done it for quite a few years now. Anyway, Trese...hope the rest of your time goes well and you get a good rest and time away.

Went to the Y this morning. The Silver Sneakers leader today (we have a different one each day) really worked our legs. I was worn out. Guess that's a good thing. I can't do all the arm things with the repaired shoulder side, but it's getting better. Lots of rain over the weekend, lots of wind today, but the sun is shining and I'm enjoying that. emoticon

Hope you all have a great week and don't forget to let Babs know about the Memorial Day Weekend Bash. We get kind of silly, but it sure is fun to pretend!! I'm still thinking about all the food I'm planning to bring (all calories have been removed, of course). Talk to you soon! Love and hugs, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Busy day but then they all are. We also have sunshine now. It was raining early this morning, but itís very pretty out now. I hope youíre all having a good day.

Theresa, Happy Anniversary! I wondered if Pyneís working stopped the seniorís luncheons/meetings. I loved it when you went. It was always fun to read the story of the dayís happenings. You had a busy weekend and a busy week coming up. Enjoy it. KFC - yum!

Jackie, glad your eye is doing better. Another SA traveling trip - perfect! Iím sure they do you a world of good and theyíre fun. Enjoy! My prayers continue for Mike. Itís horrible the way so much revolves around the darn insurance.

Jeannie, did you hear that sigh of relief? I just breathed a sigh of relief when I read you were kidding about a dog. I kept thinking: Surely sheís kidding! So much work and so much money. Love those nice, gentle, spring rains. So relaxing.

Trese, glad youíre enjoying your trip. Iíve never been to Williamsburg but Iíve read about it in various books Iíve read. Sounds like a lovely place. A field trip with middle schoolers that lasted 23 hours - that is what I call a nightmare!

Marie, anxious to hear how your DH enjoyed his first day on his new job. Hurrah for him. Iím so happy youíre moving and enjoying it. So you have lines now. Perfect. I totally understand what youíre talking about. I was able to pull my jean capris down without unsnapping/unzipping them on Saturday! I almost cried I was so happy. Believe me. I donít Ďseeí it in myself, but somethingís happening. More than likely it just shifted because Iím not losing much at all.

Have a Magnificent Monday.

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Morning, everyone:) I hope you all had a great weekend. Great comes in many 'forms' lol My hubby started his new job, today. Didn't have to go in till 8...and then it's only 8 hr days....hope you don't see us on Dateline as one of 'those' couples....(kidding..kinda) So used to him being at work a LOT...now he'll be home, more ...a pre-cursor to retirement...get us used to each other, gradually:)

So, the other day...Im up and about...and my legs felt....light. Does that make sense? Anyone ever experience that...I mean they're still chubby little puppies...but I think the ole 'sweatin to the oldies' is starting to kick in. I see a 'line', kind of tucked in between the 'rolls' on my waist...AND...I think I see a kind of 'line'..on the back of my 'swinging arm'. lol...

I think my body is shouting thank you! to God...that I'm letting it move, again. Getting it to where it should be. I never in a million years thought I would stand in front of the tv and follow this dvd day in and day out. ..I have not had the experience in all my years of being overweight...of 'fitness' (I remember, too, Jeannie) being a part of the process to lose it. I've always resisted exercise...I used to over analyze...but Im pretty sure it's just cuz I got lazy and it was easy to resist it lol...no more over analytical stuff....just the facts ma'am.....that was then...this is now. I don't have it all figured out. I'm not 'there'....Im just on my way,,,,and it just FEELS GOOD...I aint gonna lie!!

I hope everyones health issues are improving. It's sure something that seems to come with age...but I remember to pray for our spark team:)..and will continue to..for health..well being...cuz it's just what I do..I like to.

We have a 90 day wait period before ins kicks in...think we're going to try affordable care act...anyone do that? I already know its kind of annoying....I found out if we're not covered for more than 2 consecutive months...we have to pay the penalty. Strange rules our country has. I've been without Ins, though...and will get coverage...can't afford not to...unless I were 'poorer'..lol...didn't know we weren't poor!

I'd love to see pics of ppls gardens...I love gardening...Im only fairly good at it..but learn new stuff all the time...I love seeing the progress every year of what I did the year/s before.

Take care...I need to go back and 'read' and catch up with everyone:) I swear there's a birthday every 5 minutes, over here...and track meets and soccer games...not complaining..but I have to say...with 23 grands...I sometimes just don't know how to do it lol...but I'll just keep at it!! Take care, today:)

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Spent a part of the day walking along the York River in Yorktown, nice Riverwalk Landing with restaurants, shops, museums etc Had a marvelous turkey sandwich with brie, strawberries, almonds, greens on a homemade croissant with a side of orzo/spinach salad... wonderful treat and we walked quite a bit so maybe not too much damage.

We go to Wmsburg once a year since retirement, our son went to college here. Much nicer than when I would come here on field trips when I taught middle school. There was one trip when one of the buses broken down (twice) and we were gone for 23 hours. The trip should have been 4:00 am - 11:00 pm, that would have been long enough. Worst field trip ever!



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Linda, glad you asked Jackie that question. I wondered the same thing. I had a "reading" once by someone who was still learning...wouldn't say it was the greatest experience, but not the worst either. I'd do it again, but this time with someone certified and experienced. Interesting.

Sounds like busy days coming up for you with SA, Jackie. I know you love it so. I just think it is the greatest way to be able to express yourself. Wish I had a singing voice, but not gonna happen! I'm still praying for Mike, and like you, hope he stays well enough over the next few months for you to be able to participate in all the SA events.

Theresa, planting at our condo is a challenge. They put these stupid landscape rocks all around the buildings. They extend about 3 feet from the house, and we're told we can plant whatever we want in that area. Seriously?? Who wants to fight with rocks! Well, we got some day lilies in and now have hostas to put in under the deck/porch, but what a job. Fortunately, they're perennials, or they wouldn't be going in here. It won't take you long to get back on track after yesterday's KFC! I know you pay close attention to balancing things out, so I know today has been much, much better.

Babs, honestly...I was joking about getting a dog. No way, no how would we ever get a dog. I love the little mutts, but also know they'd cramp my lifestyle way too much. But, I also know if I had one that had to be walked, I'd get lots more exercise...er...excuse me, FITness!! Glad Abby and the kids, including you, had fun at the dance. Maybe next year Joe and Amanda's will be better.

Trese...Williamsburg is one of those places on my list of places to visit. Did you say you'd been there many times in the past?

We had a lovely rain last evening and then again this morning. So happy! Watered our little garden at the city plots. Yea!! This week is supposed to be much cooler and cloudy, but I think the rain is gone. Went to church and then to lunch/breakfast with some friends. Had a great visit. This afternoon we went to a travel show on Australia and dreamed a little bit about traveling. HAHAHAHA! The trip is $7600 per person/double occupancy WITHOUT airfare. But, it was fun to see the photos.

Have a great week everyone. Get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, find some FITness to work on and eat well. Those are my goals for the week!! Hugs and love to all, Jeannie
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Jackie, I don't watch all the time, but when I do, Theresa Caputo is such fun. Did she "read" you?

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Good day chatty group -- my goodness Babs, Jeannie, Theresa, Karen were sure busy posting. I will read further, but had my eye injection Friday, so I am taking it easy with computer. 2 Days of pain ... today I feel much better. Vision usually clears up in a week and and a half or so.

Karen - good on the retirement date. I did mine at 62 (still work part-time) ... and I am very glad I did even with reduced SS benefits. Though, I sure would have liked to travel more!

Taking it easy today - pork roast in the slow cooker. Getting slowly back on track. Need to move more.

Went out with my gal group to see Theresa Caputo Live Thursday evening. That was a good time - we went out for an early dinner and then one of the women drove us all up to the Arena. I was happy to go out.

This coming weekend is pre-competition in Toledo (3 1/2 hour drive), so we're (Sweet ADelines) getting ready for that. I am praying and hoping Mike stays well enough for the next several months ... still waiting on insurance response for additional PT and Laser procedure.

Well, blessings to all on Sunday - may you experience love and nurturing in your life ...

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Seriously mad - just had a long post , working on it an hour- POOF, just disappear! Now out of patience and time!

Trese _Hope you enjoy Williamsburg. I love that area. My DH is from Richmond, so we went several times a year. Bet you'll do so much walking that it'll help burn some calories from those Smithfield ham biscuits. Hope you have great weather too!

Jeannie, happy you have enough room to plant at your new home. And I hear you on Richard's "almost" demise! I did warn Pyne that one thing that has been saving him, was that prisoners wore unflattering stripes, now, that is removed, as orange is the prevailing color. Not as strong a deterrent. LOL! emoticon Reminder not to press his luck!

Karen, Here's hoping your health holds on, or improves, to make an easy trek to your chosen retirement day. Wishing you Strength & Health.

Babs, everyone at your house just relaxing after dancing the night away!?

We had a great time at at yesterdays Puppy Prance, super weather, sunny, and temps went up to 81`. I didn't walk much, but Finch got tired out. Pyne said it was a different section of the historic cemetery. They saw singer Teddy Prendergras' grave, a huge elaborate mausoleum of the founder of CBS, and one grave that had a dog sculpture as a headstone. It was a perfect weather day, and drew a crowd of 40 dogs & over 50 people. Last year, was the 1st year, and only 7 dogs, 12 two- legged walkers in attendance. Donations went to the SPCA.
Today is the Donor Walk in Philadelphia. We can not join them in walking, but have made a donation to sponsor two walkers. One is my friend Betsy, whose life was saved 2 yrs. ago, by a lung transplant, generously given by the family of Sara, on what had to be the most horrific day, the death of their teenage daughter. Second walker is Kathryn, a friend of our DD, Mere. Kathryn, mom to 5 kids, is only 7 weeks from her double mastectomy. So we are happy that today is dry, but cloudy, which is keeping the temps lower than yesterdays 81`. A nice day to walk, for a great cause!
The only bad thing about yesterday was my eating ~ way , way over daily calorie totals. Pyne wanted to use his coupon to get KFC. So that turned into high fat & calorie lunch & after 5pm Mass we had the leftovers for.dinner. Today I'm trying to eat healthier, and low calorie. But still making a chicken dinner recipe that I had planned to make yesterday.

Wishing everyone a great week. Eat Smart! Find some Joy in everyday!
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Babs you posted in between my lost & my post. sounds like you all had a very enjoyable night.
You asked about our Parish's Seniors group, Well, fortunately ~ as I really did NOT enjoy it, we don't go this year. Pyne's Crossing Guard gig would make it a time crunch. And I really don't mind, although he does say we'll try to make it next month, as a neighbor up the street, has asked us about going with her, as she started going this year, as a friend tried to talk her into going, and told her we go ~ and so she started, and then we weren't there!
But this week we have our Legion Spaghetti nite on Tuesday, and a Dog Park benefit at Iron Hill Brewery, on Wednesday, and our 41st Wedding Anniversary is the 20th, so we'll go out for that too.

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Sparkling Sunday only it isnít sparkling here at all. Itís grey, gloomy and wet.

The Spring Dance was so much fun. It was the night before my weigh in and I have an idea it may have Ďhelpedí me not lose much weight. I didnít have a lot of food, overeat or anything, but I tasted this/that Ė the fun of a buffet and everyone elseís cooking. I love them, but you never know how the food was prepared. I wonít dwell on it. Iíll just move forward. It was a lot of fun. The kids have so much fun and one of the momís who has a son in Abbyís class asked if she could sit by me. Well, of course, her son and Abby are great friends. Heís a real cutie. We talked and talked and talked all night Ė as well as with other parents. Lots of fun.

Theresa, so great to see a long post from you. Iíve been missing you! OK. I miss your hilarious stories about Pyneís adventures. I havenít heard about any of the meetings and lunch lately. Did you stop going? I think it was Senior Citizens; right? Happy Anniversary tomorrow.

Karen, wonderful to see a post from you too. Congratulations on setting a retirement date. I still plan on going to semi-retirement by year end. I hope that doesnít change. I really think a 3 day workweek is great, with full benefits. Iíve seen/heard of others who retire and then wish they had not or look for a PT job to make ends meet. This way I have the best of both worlds, and maybe in a year Iíll retire totally. The beauty of it all is that I work for wonderful people. How did the trip go? I never heard of graham flour. Thanks, but itís the members that make it an awesome team.

Jeannie, a dog!! Oh boy, while I wouldnít give Jasmine up Ė especially since she saved us from the naked/bleeding intruder! Ė bear in mind how much work they are and how expensive they are. On the flip side, she is full of love and forever loyal. How do they know everything? She knows my every move and mood. Itís amazing. Iíve read that dog owners are more active because they always have a walking companion. I wouldnít trade her for anything.

I mentioned Abbyís dance already. The prom wasnít what Joe/Amanda expected. There were only 40 Ė 50 people there. They stayed but left early, she changed clothes, picked up something to eat and came back here to eat and watch movies. So they had fun but it was a disappointment. I asked him if this was a first time thing, as I never heard of it and neither had he. He believes it was. That could be part of the issue with the poor attendance. Something new. Some would think itís Ďchildish.í I think FUN! So did they and the others who attended. Could be if they do it again more would attend, but those things are not cheap. So who knows what will happen in the future. They had fun. So it worked out fine. No major expenses as she wore a dress she had, and Joe certainly didnít rent a tux like for a HS prom.

Trese, glad you had a safe trip. Have a fun week. You CAN do it!

Going to get moving around here and just do whatever I want today. I'm alone!!!

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Arrrived in Williamsburg, wonderful weather, nice dinner, hopefully I can maintain weight loss and not gain this week, just need to be active enough

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Karen, I always knew you had a sense of humor, but calling me a saint has to be the funniest thing I've ever heard you say! I'm no saint, for sure. My mouth will get me in trouble every time...if I'm not saying something I shouldn't, then I'm probably eating something I shouldn't!

Congrats on picking a retirement date! The time will get here before you know it, I'm sure. I've never regretted retiring early, although there would be more $$ if I had waited. How are Jim's treatments going for him? Think of you often!!

Linda, glad to see you got your garden going!! Garfy will be loving it soon. We planted potatoes and onions today, along with some beets and radishes. It's too early for much of anything else, but in a few weeks we'll get more things in the ground. Oh yes...I planted a short row of zinnias. About broke the bank to buy 3 little packets of seed...so frustrating, as usually we have saved seed after the growing season, but we got rid of it all a few years ago. We'll have some to save from this year's crop, though. Linda, I also enjoy James Patterson books. In fact, I got 2 at the library a couple days ago. I have to read them fast, though, because they both came off the 10 day shelf. Normally that's not a problem, but I've got several things going on now and I may not get to them as quickly as I'd like. Stephen King? Not so much. Never got into his books. He scares me! LOL!!

Theresa, sure nice to see your long note and to hear about everything going on at your house. Puppy Prance...cute title for the activity. I really enjoy cemeteries...ok, sounds odd to some people, I know, but to me there is nowhere more peaceful and there's so much history. I agree with you, too, Theresa...I want some of Lou's leftovers, too! I keep leftovers and freeze what we can't eat right away, but ours don't sound nearly as good as Lou's. But you often have something truly wonderful sounding bubbling away or baking, too. I'm definitely a plain potato kind of cook...guess it hasn't stopped me from eating, though.

Babs, wondered how the dances went for the young (and older) people! What a nice and fun things to do for the little ones. I didn't know anyone had proms beyond high school these days, but fun for Joe and Amanda to be able to go. Hope you're having a peaceful and restful weekend! You are way ahead of me on the PCT! I am at right around mile 48 right now. I just love the photos they include. Some times I think I could actually hike some of it, other days I can hardly tell where the trail is! I need a dog...I'd get more walking done, I think. OMG...what did I just say? A dog? I'm losing my mind!!

Wyndy, so very sorry about all the pain from gout! I hope you are feeling much better by now and that it goes away...FAST!! Sounds like you are seeing a few more signs of Spring, too. We've had almost hot weather the last few days, but it is still so very dry.

Just about have the laundry done and we're having leftovers for supper, so don't have to do anything there. I haven't murdered Richard yet, although I thought about it earlier today...won't even go into that one...LOL...so, I think I'll go read for awhile. I need to get off the computer and move around a bit, then sit a spell and read a couple chapters. Have a wonderful evening, everyone, and a splendid Sunday! Love, hugs and hellos to all! XOXO Jeannie

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Karen, Ditto on the team and the leaders.!

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Hi Sparkers! The day here is bright and sunny at I woke up at 6am. We decided to take a day trip to the King Arthur Flour store in Norwich VT. I think it is a two hour drive from here. I need to pick up some special yeast and some graham flour if I can find it. Yes, I could order through their catalog, but a road trip seems like more fun. If I didn't do that, I would head a little across the border into Massachusetts to a yarn store I love. Problem is, I could easily spend $500 in there! KAF should be less expensive, lol!
I have been dealing with lots of issues lately, both physical and emotional. Yes, my husband and I are still cohabitating and yes, my special friend is very much in the picture and that is where I will eventually be. My husband is well aware of that. The only really positive thing I have done is set 12/31/2020 as my retirement date, at least in my mind and for planning purposes. I will be 70. I may retire sooner, health and status to be determined.
I am enjoying the new vehicle. I have owned it almost a month and still have not reached 500 miles!
Hope everyone is doing ok. Babs, I love the pic of Joe and his fiancť. Jeannie, I swear you are a saint. I hope your children are as wonderful to you when you reach that age. Theresa, has Bumpy waited in line for any freebies lately? Jackie, still sending healing thoughts to you and Mike. Same to Wyndy as well!
I know I can't mention everyone by name, because my memory is not that good! This is a wonderful team with awesome team leaders!
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Garfy no help at all with gardening today!

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Planted my famous "kitty" grass today.

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Good Morning All, Today in PA, we are having a grey rainy, but very warm day. Forecasters are calling for a brilliant sunny Saturday. So we are hoping to go to the "Puppy Prance" at West Laurel Hills Cemetery. It is a guided walk through out the beautiful, old cemetery, really interesting facts, and features, were shared by the guide. We went last year, Pyne walked it, I managed to walk a bit on the paved surface, not so good on uneven ground, and Finch ~ well, both his puppy & prancing days are behind him. But he did walk, listened intently, and did not "go" on any graves or mausoleums. emoticon

Babs - everyone at your place will be out "Prancing" tonight. emoticon Sounds like fun for all. Enjoy!

Jeannie, Yes, you must find those Potatoes to plant! And bless you on dealing with your Mom. Reminded me of one middle of the night, staying with my Mom, and I
bitched a bit, saying "Mom, stop being so difficult!" To which she replied, "I am 84 and am doing exactly what I am supposed to do!" Then we both laughed at the truth and nonsense !

Karen, we are into that Spring in the "temperate zone" thing. Layered up in sweats, socks one day and in flip-flops & T-shirts the next!

Lou, I want some of YOUR frozen leftovers! With just 2 of us, I too have to freeze things, and am usually glad to have them. Now when our DD comes home for a weekend, she takes a few back home with her. Fast, easy dinners. so I pack some in those divided single dinner plates. In fact tonights homemade sauce, is right out of the freezer, along with frozen meatballs.

Wyndy hope that pain lets up soon. And that you can say goodbye to SNOW, at least till October/November.

I saw that the special day today is "National Bat Appreciation Day". emoticon
And I had to call DD, Meredith, to remind her of her best friend, George, when she was a toddler, she and George would lay on the grass in his yard, being entertained, by the bats, as they all emerged out of the bat slits, that George had installed in the eaves of his house. George was in his late 70's, and like a wonderful grandfather to Mere. And she just thought of him as a friend. Once telling Pyne, back from his business trip, at dinner, when he asked about her week, that "me and George are the only kids home" everyone else was on vacation! A fun memory of a special neighbor!

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Linda, thanks for the update on the Titanic. It's fun to learn. I didn't even think of the timeframe.

Wyndy, so sorry about the continued pain. I hope each day brings relief. I've had gout. It was in my foot and the pain was horrendous. So I'm really sorry for you. Hope you do only have one more snowfall coming.

Lou, you made a lot of yummy things to eat. I always put leftovers in the freezer too. Cannot afford to just get rid of things. The 3 of us (myself/GD/GS) seem to find it difficult to sit down together for a meal. My GS is in school and works. So he has different shifts that he works. My GD can be picky at times. So fine - I fix things and then freeze them. Works for us.

Tonight is Abby's Spring Dance at her school. I went last year and had a great time. Meat is provided - usually fried chicken, sloppy joes and I think they had hot dogs too last year. Makes sense because it's K - 4. The kids love the dancing. The rest of us visit, chow down and watch the kiddos act like big kids. She's so excited. I'm looking forward to it. Tonight Joe and his GF/fiancť! are attending the prom at their college. Never heard of anything like it. But they do have fun. So it's a busy evening at my home.

Have a great weekend.

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good morning thank you for the compliments but I love to entertain and have people around so I really do this for me It is a talent that the Lord has given me and I feel so good when ever I do it Only one of my friend come I had gotten a pork loin on sale and made 2 small pork roast out of it and 25 pork chops I love to cook so I made a small pork roast with a mustard (brown sweet ) topping It was good I put potato and carrot's onions and celery around the roast Later today I am going to make brunette from the left overs I usually have left over since there is only me so I put them in serving size in the freezer then I don't have to cook so much next week I have in my freezer salmon patties spaghetti sauce cooked chicken stir fry makes next week so easy Didn't do well yesterday went over my calories
Hope everyone will have a great day It will be warm here today sunny I hope your snow goes away soon Lou



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My gout moved from my toe to my ankle and Achilles tendon this week so I've been not doing anything. I had a couple of laser treatments on my knee and that has helped tremendously. A friend drove me there and back. so nice.

We have been cool, there is a wind right out of the arctic so no sitting outside but has been drying up the water that was sitting around from the melt. We have one snowbank left in the yard. Snow next week but then it should be just about Spring. We usually get 3 snowfalls between the end of March and the May long weekend so only one left. Do you hear that weather maker! LOL

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Jeannie, yes I was a great James A Michener fan when younger. I now tend to go for Stephen King and James Patterson.
I looked up the Titanic info. Always thought it was April 14, 1912 since that was exactly l yr before my dear aunt was born. Wikipedia says 14-15 of April, History.com says 4/15 at 2:20 am. Eyewitness to history say it hit iceberg at 11:40 pm 4/14. So we are both right. It took a while to go down. I like to learn something new everyday it is a "thing" with me.
My Mom gave me a terrible time when I first put her in nursing home, then she ended up leading the dancing, singing and exercise classes. She had multi-infarct (little strokes that eat away at your brain like alzheimer's). She would give me no end of pain in the beginning and you have to grin and bear it. I also have a mouth so it was not easy. emoticon

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How did it get so late today? Iíve just been having entirely too much fun today.

Decided I better check in real quick or the posts get too far ahead of me.

Jackie, great to see a post from you. Sorry to see that Mike is the same. I have been praying for improvement. I see you still have your great sense of humor ďdid I intentionally put That Sucks Day right after Tax Day?í Funny. I didnít even catch it! They have such strange observances. I get a kick out of them. Continued prayers for you and Mike.

Linda, they must commemorate Titanic Day each April - I donít know why the differences. Itís what came up when I checked observations. April 15, 1912 is the day the Titanic sank.

Jeannie, you are so right about venting here amongst your friends. I do it and I feel better! So vent any time you feel the need.

Lou, enjoy your friends today. You are a great friend to help them out, and yet itís good for you too. Stress!! I totally agree with you. Thereís just no getting around it and I tend to turn to food for comfort too. Iíve started drinking more hot tea. I agree with you there too. It has a calming effect on me. I can get started on popcorn and not know when to stop. Its one of my favs.

Jeannie, regarding the PCT - Iíve logged 58.1 miles. That isnít so terrific. Iím very slow. My grandkids may have to finish it for me long after Iím gone! Itís just something Iím having fun with. I love seeing the pictures along the way too. The Lake Tahoe Trail - thatís CJ. Sheís hiking too. Her husband likes to golf in Tahoe.

Work time my friends. More tomorrow.

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I agree, Trese. Lou is a wonderful friend to be so helpful to hers! We all need someone like you in our lives, Lou!

Babs, I've been meaning to tell you that I saw a note from you on the PCT chats the other day and again today. How far are you now? I think I mentioned that it will probably take me 4 years to complete this hike at the rate I'm going, which is about 2 miles/day. I am just finishing Stage 2, which is about 43 or 44 miles. I need to kick it up a notch, I think!! Who is doing the Lake Tahoe hike? My memory is failing me!

Later today we'll be out looking for bulk seed potatoes and probably a few other things. Need to make a quick stop at the library, too, and throw something in the crockpot for dinner. I don't think I could cook anymore if it weren't for my crockpot and microwave! LOL!

Hope you all are having a fantastic day! Love and hugs, Jeannie

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What a special person you are to help your friends!
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I had a long chat and poof it disappeared so I will start over maybe half way I have a busy day today A friend is coming over today to do her laundry She was in a shelter and is now trying to find a job with their help and has not bee able to so she is very depressed Another friend is coming for dinner tonight She is having her hip replaced on May 5

Jeanie I have no advice for your with your Mon and Sister I have a friend with the exact same problem She handles it with venting humor and the Lord I know what you mean about the mouth getting you in troubles Mine does all the time OUr bible study this time is on the book of James and he deals with the tongue and boy do I need it

BAbs congratulation on your GS engagement What a lovely couple

CJ love your picture I would love to be there myself Have a great time I am glad that your new medicine is working

I don,t remember who is having problems with stress eating I am right there with you and life is always full of stress Sometime I can control it my drinking a hot cup of tea or with some popcorn Keep working at it you will find something that will work for you at least part of the time I don't think you handle it all at once just be proud when you succeed

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Babs, I love your lists of days for us to celebrate. Today I think would be a day to celebrate rubber eraser day...you know, for all those people having trouble doing their taxes and having to do a lot of erasing. I didn't know about Father Damien, at least in detail. Thanks for your kind words about dealing with my Mom. I'm the same as you...my mouth will always get me in trouble. We're just a couple of tough cookies, I guess??? LOL

Marie, you had some fabulous ideas. I didn't go into a lot of detail about my Sis, but she lives in a nursing home (long history of mental illness). She never married and has no other family. I manage her finances and try to keep her in decent clothes, although Mom will sometimes order some terrible looking things for her out of a catalog. I have a bunch of cousins in the area, but like so many, they are busy with their families and working, etc. Mom has a couple of pretty good friends, including one who takes her to lunch. Honestly...probably the biggest problem is that Mom has way too much time on her hands and sits and ruminates. She also has a tendency towards depression, but won't take anything for it. Mostly I just go with the flow, but for some reason the other day it really got to me. I apologize for going on like I did...but this is such a safe place for us to do our venting...so I did!! I'm better now. Mom seemed better when I talked to her last night.

CJ, the picture of the Clearwater coastline is so beautiful. No wonder you enjoy visiting. I think you usually stay for several weeks or so, right? I know you are counting the days until you can leave! I'd like to stowaway in your suitcase!! And, thank you for your kind words, but as Babs said...no thanks needed. If you guys weren't so much fun, we wouldn't enjoy doing it like we do!!

Jackie...SA is so wonderful for you. What a great outlet and opportunity to see others and to have some fun at the same time. I hear you loud and clear...struggling to stay on a healthy path, but not giving up either. You must be doing something right if your costume still fits, right?? Good luck with your injections later this week.

Linda, are you a Michener fan? I've tried to read a few of his books a couple times, but I could never keep all the characters straight. There were always so many.

We planted 3 new day lilies this afternoon. There's one very small area between the sidewalk and garage where they fit just perfectly. Our garden plot is ready for planting now, too. For some reason we're having trouble finding bulk potatoes for planting. Tomorrow we'll do some more looking. Can't have a garden without those taters!!!

Have a wonderful evening, friends. I plan to finish a book and that's about it. XOXO Love, Jeannie



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Babs, I knew about Father Damien from James A. Michener's books about Hawaii but I thought Titanic Day was April 14, 1913??

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Good day all.

Some crazy things Babs - did you intentionally put That Sucks Day right after Tax Day ?! And Take a Wild Guess before? LOL Too funny!

Jeannie - sorry to hear about your Mom ... lots to deal with. One of my friends has a 90 year Mom who looks 66 (really!) and acts like she has all the energy and wits in the world. No health problems!! Another friend has a 102 year-old Dad (Mom died at 99)!! Talk about good genes... The 102 year old sleeps a lot (naturally) - but still takes walks and watches TV and winters in Florida, Summers in MI.

CJ and Babs - thanks for posting pixs -- I wish I was near a beach. Babs - nice one of Joe!

Like a several others, I am struggling to stay on the Spark path... Everyday I renew, but somehow I eat too much (not overeat) to lose and maybe gain a little because I am stress eating, which I vowed I wouldn't do. So I commit once again NOW to rein myself in and pay more attention.

SA was good last night, the chorus is really sounding good for our upcoming performances and May competition. We had a costume assessment - yay, mine still fits! I was elected to the Board as Recording Secretary ... my friend in Chorus is VP - so that will be nice for us two.

Mike is still the same ... I go in for another eye injection Friday ... Going out with my gal pals from where I used to work (11 years ago!) for dinner and to hear Theresa Caputo (Long Island Medium ) tomorrow. That will be fun!

Well take care all ... hello to you newbies... Yes Jeannie, Babs & this Board are the BEST!

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April 15th - Happy:
Father Damien Day
McDonald's Day
National Bookmobile Day
National Glazed Spiral Ham Day
One Day Without Shoes
Rubber Eraser Day
Take a Wild Guess Day
Tax Day
That Sucks Day
Titanic Remembrance Day
World Art Day

What an odd list. Who thinks those things up? Better yet - why do I bother to look them up?

Jeannie, there is definitely a ring involved. I just keep hoping/praying that they wait. School is important or they wonít be able to afford anything. Itís too hard these days. Oh boy, you did have a day of it with your mom. I sure donít have any advice. You handled it very well as I see it. My mouth tends to get me in trouble and it always has. You mentioned syncing your Flex band and having problems. All of a sudden my steps are in the Fitness Tracker but it doesnít calculate the time now. It did, most definitely had steps and what the equated to as far as time. Now it doesnít. So Iím basing it on what it Ďusedí to be, and checking the time. No idea why or how that happened or if itís actually something with FitBit.

Marie, the engagement is my grandson, Joe, who lives with me. Hopefully it wonít be anytime soon as they are both attending school. Role reversal - yes, Iíve read that too. Al I can say is my poor family when itís time to deal with me!! They sometimes have a difficult time now. As I told Jeannie, itís my mouth!

CJ, beautiful picture. Your son lives in a gorgeous area. Iím so happy that the new meds are agreeing with you. That must be a relief for you. Happy packing. Yes, Iíll be posting very soon about GNO! No need to thank us. I know I can speak for Jeannie and myself - we enjoy it. I need it. It keeps me on my toes.

On Father Damien Day - I wasn't real sure about that. So I checked it out. Kind of interesting -

He won recognition for his ministry in the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi to people with leprosy (also known as Hansen's disease), who had been placed under a government-sanctioned medical quarantine on the island of Molokaʻi.

After sixteen years caring for the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of those in the leper colony, he eventually contracted and died of the disease, resulting in his characterization as a "martyr of charity". He was the tenth person recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church to have lived, worked, and/or died in what is now the United States.

I must get on with my day dear friends. Hope everyone filed their taxes on time!

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The picture is edgewater drive in Clearwater Florida where my son lives.

Good Morning my SP Friends: Just working on getting ready to go to Florida. I am finally feeling better, I took my first injection last night of my second new medicine, since the first one made me so sick I was a little scared what this one was going to do, but its morning and I feel really fine, ready to get on with life. I do have to attend a funeral today of a friend.

I have been reading all the posts and catching up on all of you. but if I try to respond I know I will miss someone. I do want to say welcome back SUZ. good to hear from you again.

Babs, & Jeannie, You are such good leaders and take a lot of your time with us. So THANK YOU SO MUCH. Looking forward to GNO in May after I get back from Florida.

Do you all think the snow and Ice are gone for the year, and spring is here to stay. emoticon I'm lovin it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Got to GO: CJ from OK.

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Hi everyone:) I browsed to try to 'catch up' ...I saw an engagement on your post, Babs...is that family? Friend? Nice picture...a wedding to look forward to:)...how is your 'virtual walking' going?

Wyndy,,,glad your knee is improving...of course Murphys law always at work..what is laser healing?

Karen,,,70? They keep promising it here..but 60's...and Im not complaining!

Welcome Back, Suz...feel free to add me as a friend:) The site felt very confusing to me, also...but Spark is my new 'full time job' lol....so...I just keep exploring! Nice to meet you:)


Hello Barbara..Im pretty new (active is probably the right word)..so its nice to meet others..new to me:) ..and at least you came back....gotta love self diagnosis...it happens a lot with the internet so available now. ..plus...a guy lol....hope you make it to nieces grad party..I love netflix, too!.......

CJ...I saw the pic of your grandson...adorable!! I just love the grands...so much fun...so entertaining!!
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Jeannie...wow..I feel for you. Is your sister getting chewed out along with you? I remember reading some articles a while back,,,about how the roles can reverse with our aging parents. Of course that doesn't always make it easier to deal with....but I figure if someone actually writes articles and books about a subject....that means it's a real 'thingy' out there that lots of ppl have to go through...and that can bring a certain amount of comfort.

I remember not to long ago, my cousin dealing with her mom ( my aunt)...and man...what a challenge. Thank goodness, her and I are close,,and know how to 'laugh' a lot of it away..I remember when Aunt was still at home,,,I practically forced my cousin to look for 'daily' help...she finally found a niece who as a Nurse Aid..and started coming in to 'help'...man...made a huge difference. She is now in a nursing home...and is doing well. ..but she can be so cantankerous!! ...and she constantly bosses the Dr's around..I don't really have a lot of solutions...other than trying to 'spread' the responsibility around, if that's possible....My cousin has a brother who didn't help a whole lot...so a ton of it fell to her...fortunately my aunt has quite a bit of fam that comes to see her...and that just kind of provides a mutual support to all involved. Is that something you could do? friends..more fam? Activities director at NH? My sister was a patient at NH for 16 years. Many helped in the 'entertainment' dept..as I was kind of far away...and not many in my fam visited her. That was so helpful...and it gave me peace of mind, too. I hope you find some relief...if you need to come here and vent Im sure we're all here for you!! Vent away:)



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Hello, my dear friends! I missed you all yesterday. Went to Mom's and stopped to see my Sister. Mom was in a really owly mood and got upset with me a couple of times. More on that later...maybe. It's always challenging. emoticon

Suz, good morning to you. So happy to see you here and to have you stop by to chat. Yes, there are quite a few changes, as Babs said. Some seem to make the site work better/easier, but some of us "old-timers" have had an adjustment period. Now I just try to go with the flow and enjoy whatever comes our way.

Suz, to change your Spark Page, you need to open your Spark Page and look for the link that says "Edit My Spark Page", which is located towards the top right hand of the page. Click on that and I'm pretty sure the one that makes it private or opens it to others is the very first one. If it is unchecked, it is open, if it is checked, only those people who are your friends can see it. Many people are reluctant to add members as friends just to see a page thinking they don't really want another friend. You might look through all the other things there available for checking/unchecking at the same time. REMEMBER TO SCROLL all the way to the bottom of the page to save your changes.

Babs mentioned how to find your DD. When I'm searching for someone I usually just put their user name (if you know what it is) in the search box at the top of the page and then look through whatever comes up. Sometimes you have to go to a few different places, but usually I can find them.

I noticed it was pretty quiet, Babs. Thought maybe it was because I was gone yesterday. LOL! By the way, that's a pretty neat picture of the 2 lovebirds. Is there a ring involved, or is it an "understood" engagement for now?

Karen, happy to hear your weather is finally warming up and improving. Wyndy, too...improved weather. When it warms up, it jsut seems so much nicer to me. Always have been that way.

Barbara, so sorry to hear about your DS's problems with his leg. Self-diagnosing...the worst! Once I diagnosed my husband with gall bladder troubles. The symptoms fit (sort of), but when he finally went to the doctor he had pneumonia. Go figure! Hate when people are convinced they know exactly what the problem is when the truth is it could be something totally different. But, we know that. How come they won't listen to us?? It would be lovely if you could go to the party in Georgia next month! Hope you can work it out.

Trese, you walked a mile? That's wonderful! I feel really good when I can make it that far. I'm trying to stretch it out a little more every few days. Hope the weather stays lovely for you in VA. I know it is a beautiful time of year there. I love it!!

CJ, what an adorable little picture of your GGS. He makes me want to giggle right along with him. Are you still feeling better? Don't want you down now, with your trip to Florida only weeks away!!

Okay...my Mom...I took her to the doctor for a checkup. She had had a spell awhile ago where she got dizzy and the dr told her to go over to the nursing home to get her BP checked. Mom lives in a retirement apartment that is attached to a NH. Anyway, one thing led to another and some meds were changed b/c the BPs were running a little high, hence the appt yesterday. So, when her dr. is asking her questions, Mom is always complaining about something: her leg hurts, she can't hear, her eye is getting bad, she is dizzy all the time, she can't sleep, we won't let her drive, there's nothing to do, she's tired and has to nap in the mornings, etc etc. I am not kidding folks...every single one of these came up in the appt. Bottom line: Mom is 93, she has some neuropathy in her leg, some macular degeneration and some hearing issues, BUT...her lab work is perfect (A1C, liver panel, everything), her BP was in great shape yesterday and her appetite is fine. The dr. asked her what she'd like to do with her time...well, she'd like to read but it is hard with her eye, she'd like to crochet but it is hard b/c her wrists hurt, she'd like to drive but can't. The dr. looked at me and kind of shrugged. End of the visit: no med changes, take her BP once a week in the afternoon instead of the morning and come back in 3 months. Then Mom lit into me: if you or the dr. could just have one day of all my pain and aggravation you wouldn't blow it off so easily. I made the mistake of responding. I said I was sorry she was so upset, but everyone has something they have to deal with and some have more than others. Well...that was not good! Her response to me was that if I was going to be that way about it I don't need to bother coming back to go to the dr. with her again. Whew....no more was said then, went to lunch, ran some errands and a little alter she got upset with me again. Won't go into that one...it was similar.

Bottom line for me is that I love my mother dearly, but honestly, she can be a pill and handful. How many people have their Moms still alive when in their 90s? I know I am lucky to have her. She has always been a stubborn woman. Guess they had to be to grow up during the depression and then go through WWII, etc. I'm ignoring as much as possible and I hope if you all have any suggestions for me on how to zip my lip and keep quiet, I'm open to them. I know that's what I need to do, but it's not one of my strong suits. Patience, patience, patience...practice patience!!

Gotta run! Sorry for the long diatribe. All done and I feel better getting it off my shoulders. Hugs to all of you and hope you have a fantastic day!! XOXO Jeannie



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Karen, 2 days in the 70's - yahoo. That's good since you've had so much snow. Glad you enjoyed the b-day party for your son.

Suz, hello, hello and welcome back! Yes, you found us. Things have changed on Spark. Maybe you can find your DD by going to 'Community' (across the top of the screen) and selecting 'Spark Pages.' You can enter her user name there and, hopefully, find her.

Where is everyone? It's so quiet. Doesn't seem like the Over 60 team when it's this quiet.

I'll check back later. Need to get some things done now.

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It seems that things have changed on spark... finding it difficult to make sure I'm in the right place. This is the over 60 team? I hope.
Since I'm sure that there are many new members I was going to open my page but can't find how to take the private setting off.... my daughter who has challenged me joined Spark, I can't find her, she can't find me...
but I think I found you.
lot's of life happenings, it's good to see postings from friends I haven't been in touch with. Time seems to fall away and it's like it was just yesterday that I was here.
Have a great day....
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We have had two days in the 70s! Perhaps spring is really coming to Vermont.
Had a nice time in CT at our SIL 40th birthday party.
Not much else going on that I can talk about.
Hope everyone is doing well...
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Muggy Monday Morning. Itís a typical April morning too - gentle, spring rain. The grass is getting so green and pretty again. Peonies have big buds and I canít wait for them to open, but itís a little early yet. Magnolias. Bradford Pears. Dogwood. Forsythia. You name it. Itís all coming up.

CJ, what an adorable smile on your little one! Love it.

Barbara, I understand the need to veg out! Iím sure we all do. You do what you can do. Thatís it. Sorry about your son and his leg problem. Hope that improves quickly. I certainly hope you can go to the graduation party for your niece. What a nice event that would be - fun!

Wyndyís having a heat wave!! Yippee. I hope this warming trend continues and that the temp doesnít drop back down. Good for you for trying something new. Let us know how the laser treatment works for you.

A picture of the newly engaged couple/Joe & Amanda. I think that was taken about a month ago, but I like the picture.



Time for some work around here.

have a terrific day dear Spark friends.

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There is a new massage therapist in town that does laser healing too so I made an appointment with her for my knee. Of course, as soon as I made the appointment yesterday, my knee started feeling better. Geesh. Normal right! emoticon

Today is beautiful out, around about 18C,(in the 60's I think) the ice is melting on the north side of the house. It will start to drop back to normal for this time of year around about Tuesday but I love an extra warm day to brighten up the personality and cause some hope.

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Hello everyone,

In and out of SparkPeople, I'm afraid. I do have good intentions of getting on here, but then my commitment is not there as it should be. Been working late and by the time I get home, I just want to veg out.

It is lovely out here in Maryland...thank goodness. April showers has lived up to its name... I am here at work until 7pm.

My son did something to his leg and he is down about it because he cannot walk or run like he has been doing. He overdid at the gym. He is driving me batty about it all...he won't go to the doctor because he has self-diagnosed himself and won't hear of anything...ugh...

My neice is having a graduation (masters) party she is throwing herself in Georgia in May. I'd like to go, but am not sure if I can. We'll see.

Still streaming Netflix which I love!!!!

take care all,
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Happy Sunday to all
Went for a short walk and mapped it out and discovered I walked a mile, with about 1/4 of it uphill. Hoorah!
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A big Sunday Morning smile to you from my year and a half old GGS, He makes me smile ever time, he always reminds me of one of those precious moments figures.

Hope everyone has a very blessed Sunday, I am really feeling a lot better the more of that medicine I get out of my system.

Jeannie: Glad to hear you are having some great weather, we are too. Hope Wyndy is finally getting rid of the snow and Ice and Karen too. I hope you are right Jeannie, I'm hoping that the weight I lost from being sick will at least some of it will stay off and I can use it as a springboard to loosing more. Sometime that kind of loss seems to find its way back all to soon. emoticon

I will try to chat more tomorrow, I have to go to church right now.

Love you ALL: CJ from OK.

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Super Sunday to you.

Confessions of a food addict: I had the munchies yesterday and I caved. Nothing drastic, but I ate when I didn't need to and ate things I shouldn't have.

BUT today is a new day and I am focused and determined and looking at today. Can't do a thing about what I already did. Yesterday is just that - yesterday, history.

I totally agree. Please brag, Marie!! I can tell you that it helps all of us. I needed to read your post this morning. So I'm glad that I took the time to stop in and catch up.

Thanks to all of my spark friends. I rely on you for motivation, ideas on what to do when I have problems and to just get through the day.

Have a great Sunday.

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Redd, you are so right, the support here is better than trying to afford a psychiatrist.

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CJ, love your cartoon. So true!!

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Marie, if there is one place that being "braggy" is allowed, it is here!! emoticon and emoticon to you!! I love your enthusiasm. It helps to fire the rest of us up.

CJ, you sure are having fun with those pics in our comments. Love the laughs! I especially love today's, although I don't think my husband will see it. Too, too funny. Congrats on that next GGC to come this fall. Your family does indeed know how to go forth and multiply! LOL!!

We are having a drop-dead gorgeous day today. Loving every minute of it. A couple of friends from where we lived before moving here stopped by for a few minutes this morning. They were in town shopping for a different vehicle. Fun to see them. Our grass is greening up and things are definitely looking more Spring-like.

We now have 30 scholarship applications for our son's memorial scholarship. Will have to read and evaluate them and make a decision before May 1. Incredible achievements these kids have. Lightyears beyond anything I ever dreamed of doing.

Will stop by again soon. The dryer bell just dinged, so time to empty it. Love and hugs, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I feel kind of proud today....I had to kind of 'hit the ground running...got up and had to get ready and head out to bkfst with daughter and fam (3 of the grands!)...which is a treat of course...but clean up...go out...without doing my 'fitness' (catch that?) routine...buuuuuuttttt....I came home...threw on the 'fitness' clothes....and I did it!! I did NOT let myself get waylaid....

That is such a big darn deal for me....I sooooo easily would talk myself out of that...among other things in life.....this lifestyle change thingy......permeates your life,,,,almost by accident.

I have been doing my 'fitness routine' since Feb 27 (excl sundays)...every day. 45 min...plus 'marie style' modified pushups,,,I do 'em the best I can....17...(every other day)...I do 10...rest and then Fri, I did another 7....I hope it doesn't sound braggy....I'm so not braggy.....Im giddy. lol ....this combination of so many 'small' things that I'm attempting to do daily, is adding up...to some really decent payoffs.......

Thanks everyone ...I love the support here...it's a huge part of the successful feeling!! Have a great Saturday:)

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Good Sparkling Saturday to you.

WI day and I'm down 0.6. I was up last week. So I'm glad.

I have laundry going and all kinds of other work going on here. So I'll try to check back in later or catch up with you tomorrow.

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Just wanted to say emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
waving again it good fitness. (I like that word too.) Sorry I have been mia for a few day, I've had some problems with new meds and enough said about that, it was really awful. (YUK).

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, don't want to wish my life away, but I have a trip to Florida planned in May to see my son and family. So as much as I love April and Tulips and spring, I'm ready for May to get here, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon .

We did have some great news this week, I am getting my 8th GGC in October this year, so
looking forward to what the fall will bring us. emoticon emoticon My GC took the scripture serious when it says (be fruitful and multiply ) emoticon emoticon

Got to Go for now: Love you ALL: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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Yes, Marie...I was pretty sure it was someone from the team who had said something about fitness vs. exercise. I just love that concept. Why didn't I think of that eons ago. Perfect way to think about it! Thank you so much!!

Babs, busy times for you. I'm sure you're glad it is the weekend soon. Have a good one! I am making progress on my virtual hike...slowly, but I'm moving forward at least. I wish I were about 15-20 years younger and more FIT, as I'd love to do it in person.

Wyndy, sure good to hear some of your snow/ice is going away. I hope you have a more restful and pain-free weekend, too.

We escaped the bad storms and tornadoes yesterday, but we did get over an inch of rain. Sure glad to get it. Today it is incredibly windy and very chilly. I think it will be warming up over the weekend...I hope.

Well, I'm off to do something...whatever it is, I hope it's right! LOL! Actually I have a good book going and I'm ready to get back to it. Have a good one, dear and faithful friends! Love and hugs, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hi team:)

There's a little blurb that travels the internet...its the lady that said...'ain't got no time for that'....in a real no nonsense way! That's what a bad job situation is at our age, Linda...glad you moved on!!

We have a free weekend...tada!! I think we're going to get in the car and 'drive'. Be a bit spontaneous...hubby is starting new job on the 20th....gotta check into insurance for a 3 month interim....ugh...hate all things pertaining to insurance...but I'll figure it out!

I hear ya Jeannie...On one of my blog thingy's I know I mentioned I was going to call exercise,,fitness....I thought it made me sound cooler lol!

..but it works. I like it. It sounds more 'lifestyle'y'...as you can see I make up my own words.

Im up late today....I will be sweatin to the oldies here in a few...I ordered a new dvd..with added 'toning'. Im excited. ...I'm slowly adding new 'fitness' stuff.

Over 3inches of rain yesterday...today...windy...love Gods plan with weather...tons of rain...then here comes the wind and sun to dry it up a bit.! ...and everything went 10 shades greener!! Woohoo!.

Everyone have a marvelous Friday....off to sweat!

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Wyndy, I hope todayís a good day for you. You were certainly busy yesterday. Sorry about the pain in your knee.

Linda, good riddance to that temp job. No one should have to work in those conditions. Doesnít have to be fancy - but mouse traps, foul language, unprofessional behavior - no way.

Jeannie, I think Iíll join you and Lou and start talking about Fitness. Actually, thatís what we have here on SP - a Fitness Tracker. Makes perfect sense though. My goal is to get ĎFit, lose weight, live a healthier lifestyle.í Letís just ďDO IT!Ē

I have to get going. Been such a busy day so far and I'm leaving soon!!

Fabulous Friday.

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Linda, good for you. Yes you are better than that. Disgusting place. Did you tell the agency why you hated there? Of course, they probably know already but you'd think they would have warned you first.

Spring is gradually approaching us, more snow gone, the driveway is almost completely free. Just a little ice between the cars.

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Linda, thank goodness that is over! No one needs that...talk about a horrible experience. So glad you won't be going back. Something better will come along. The temp agency surely has his "number" by now...you'd think, anyway! Good luck!

Wyndy, sorry about that knee acting up like that. Sounds so painful. Hope it is causing less pain by now. On the upside...glad you got the hair done and several other errands taken care of. Good luck to you, too!!

Babs...thank you so much for your rain dance! emoticon That must be what did it, as we finally got a decent rain this afternoon. A little bit of hail included, but not too much. Hope it stops soon for you, but we could use another day or so of soaking rains. You'll feel on top of the world after you get your perm. I haven't had one in years. Used to have one all the time. You'll look so purdy!

Lou, how nice of you to help out your neighbor. So great to have neighbors like you. What kind of quilt are you making for your GD? She will love it, I'm sure.

Lou, you mentioned having an "attitude" about exercise. I can't remember where I read this in the last few days...thinking it might have have in one of our posts here. Anyway, I loved the idea. I have always hated EXERCISE. It was a topic I wrote about in another one of those early blogs. But, when I read this idea, I loved it. I'm going to stop calling it exercise and start calling it FITNESS. Sounds so much more positive. That's the whole goal of what I'm doing...to get fit and healthy. My goal will never be to exercise. But, if I think about getting fit and doing my fitness, it just seems more normal and worthwhile. Okay, call me silly and it probably is just semantics, but that's my story and I"m sticking to it! LOL!

Ladies...I'm off to do some FIT right now! Hugs and love, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Babs, right with you on the fine, baby fine, no body hair. Yuck!!!
Temp job no longer. I could not even pretend to love being there. Filthy environment, mouse traps all over floor. Remember the jockeys people used to have on their lawns 60 years ago? One in very small dirty bathroom with face painted white holding TP. Very offensive! Owner dropped at least 15 F bombs in a four hour day(plus other curses I have never heard of in 68 yrs.) and could not talk with his inside voice at any time. I was on Quickbook Pro for 14 yrs and agency sent me there after he lost 4 girls in 4 months. I was sent sight unseen. They should have known that he wanted Quickbook Contractors program. I told him I would learn to use it but he needed to tell me what he wanted me to do. After one week I told him I did not think I was what he wanted and he said he liked that I was honest, showed up on time, was professional etc. I knew I would not be going back and was deciding what to say to agency when they called and said they would try to find something better for me. My sinuses are happy, my head not throbbing now and at my age, I do not need that kind of treatment. Think he wanted a sweet young girl anyway. Kept telling me he had helped some that worked for him. I am again looking. I might post pic of that bathroom on my page. Good to remember that I am better than that. Oh well! Thats all, no more venting. Hugs Linda
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Had a really full day yesterday and hurt all night but it was good until about 5:30 when the pain set in. Even went to bed at 7:30. Got my hair cut and coloured, delivered the Avon and brochures, and then went for coffee and groceries. I did over 2,000 steps so you know the hurt I was in. Kept waking up during the night to take a pain reliever but at least I can walk this morning. I was so weak last night I could barely make it up the stairs for bed at 7:30. I think that's the earliest I have ever gone to bed unless I was in the middle of a full fledged flu attack. I even posted a book review to my review site and received an invitation to join a Christian book tour - haven't done one of those in about 2 years so I guess I'm back on the lists. LOL.

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Oh my how Iím tired of rain. emoticon I must be honest. I am sick to death of it! BUT on the flip side we need it for all these spring flowers that are coming up.

That means I need to get out and buy a lawn mower too. Ours shot *** the end of the season. Time to buy a new one.

Theresa, sorry you had to suffer through the disappearing post yesterday. Happens often to me!

Marie, congratulations to your DH on the job offer. Fewer hours, more pay, closer to home - sounds like a blessing for a hard working man. Happy for you.

Jackie, it will be wonderful to get some Ďgood newsí on Mike. Hopefully the Vein Specialist has great ideas that will work for him. Poor man. Heís a rough time of it. Glad you enjoyed SA the other evening. New members are always enjoyable. New ideas. Vitality. A bit of fresh air!

Hi, Linda. Glad you checked in. Good for you on the temporary PT job.

Jeannie, I must confess that I knew you needed rain. So I did a rain dance, but there was a bit of confusion. I failed to specify that the Ďdanceí was for my friend in Iowa - not here in Collinsville! I sure messed up, but rain dances are good exercise. Good going on the PT.

Lou, happy shopping and sewing today! Lucky GD to have a grandmother who sews.

I get a hair cut and perm tonight. What a blessing. Absolutely no body in my hair, but I think we've all discussed this before - thin hair, baby fine hair, no body - except on my body!

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good morning we had a lot of rain yesterday with hail Still gloomy today Jeannie normal is overrated I know that you enjoy being with the kids they can up lift your spirits very quickly Redd so glad that your DH has a new job sounds like he ;can slow down some and enjoy life a little more Theresa I feel for you my stuff disappears on me often that is so frustrating Babs thanks for the encouragement I just hate exercising I probably need to change my attitude Need to go and take my neighbor to the store Have a good day When I get home today I hope to bet sewing on the quilt for my GD Lou



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Hi, guys! Just home from PT. He "advanced" me today with some exercise bands, so I'm pretty happy. It's the first active resistance I've had. It's been 18 weeks since my surgery. I'm doing okay, except when I raise that arm the shoulder goes with it more than it should. The PT seems to think that will get better with more practice. I'll keep doing what they say, but is it normal? No. Am I ever normal? No. Do I care? Not so much! LOL!!

Jackie, glad you had a minute to stop by. I was getting a bit worried since Mike has had so much trouble recently, and you have had a few things, too. Great to hear you are able to begin thinking about cutting back on some things. It truly makes a huge difference in our lifestyles, I think. Also hope that Mike gets some answers and things begin to turn around there. It takes a huge toll on us to be a constant care-giver and you've had your hands full for some time now. Sending warm thoughts and prayers for continued progress!!

Theresa, next time skip the spell check! LOL! Sometimes I just post and then go back and read it through and edit the message. I just hate when I throw something away or it disappears, so we all know how you feel. I, too, hope Spring begins to settle in for all of us. Is Bumpy looking forward to the school year being over? I don't recall now if he has to go several times a day or "just" before and after school, but I really admire all those crossing guards and the work they do. Being out in all that weather is a true challenge in my opinion.

Babs, more rain? They have it in our forecast, but we never get more than a sprinkle. We could use it. I have been seeing some blooming dafs and forsythia now, and also a magnolia tree trying to bloom. Rain would help.

CJ, love that picture of the colorful birds. That's one thing I remember about Australia. So many beautiful and colorful birds!

Marie, just read your blog. Great work!! Happy to hear that your DH will have a new job that sounds like it is a perfect fit! Congrats to him...and you! I recently started volunteering at one of the local elementaries. Have wanted to do it for awhile. I go in for a couple hours each week and read stories to the kiddos in the transitional kindergarten room and then work with some of the kiddos in the 3 first grade rooms. It's fun, they're cute, and not hard work. For me the hardest part is being somewhere at a specific time each week and I actually have to set an alarm to get up in time! That's a bit of annoyance. Before we moved I volunteered about once a week at a little museum just a stone's throw from our house. Went for a shift about once a week. I still go there, but just once a month, as it's a 75 mile one way drive. I enjoy getting caught up with all my friends there.

Hi, LInda and Wyndy. Nice to see both of you, too. I think there are a few others out there who stop by to read once in a while...hello to all of you, too!! Hope you have the time and energy to say "hey" once in a while. Love hearing from all our friends! emoticon

Gotta run now...well, walk actually...time to think about getting some supper ready and then I "need" to get back to my book. Have a good evening!! Hugs, love and prayers to all! Jeannie

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Reddmarie, your DH sounds like he got a godsend on the job front. Best of luck to him.
Hi everyone, I'm here reading posts. Got a temp. PT job and have been busy. but I do log in and check out the posts. emoticon

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Good day Friends ... cold, gloomy rainy over here.

Redd - thanks for the prayers... never can have too many! Happy to hear about your husband's new job.

Jeannie - thanks for updating about Richard ... glad he is doing well ... Mike is off to another specialist today. Hope to get some answers. The Hospital told his doctor he's going into ER/hospital too much -- figure out and solve this... PT is over, but hoping to get a renewal. Unfortunately with this mess, his toes have recurled so he will need surgery again on his foot. The Vein Specialist who saw him before is seeing him again - says 'they have another idea." I sure hope so.

Had Sweet Adeline's last night ... practice went well. Looks as if we may have 2 new members soon as they are auditioning next week. So happy for that as I was the last new member with last February 2014 (officially - I had been attending since the previous year as a guest). Feels good to have a year under my belt and lots of songs memorized.

Work thankfully is slow right now ... sometime this year I am letting the virtual work go. As soon as they can find someone. Though I will keep coaching, as I love to do that. Glad to be rid of the websites. Databases, mail, phones - in that order are next!

I figured how to get books on my iPad and also downloaded the Kindle app ... I do like how I can blow up the type, change the background. Best investment in a long while. Don't know why I waited so long to figure this out!

Sorry for not keeping in touch as much as I'd like to or intended to .... have a good Wednesday!

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Afternoon, everyone. Just browsing and seeing the news:)..here, that is.

Babs, I ordered that book u mentioned,,,Kara Whitely..it's been interesting..she's kind of humorous at points..and very open with her 'journey'. So far Im enjoying it. I opted out to see Wild, also...until this summer...I have to let the book get out of my head first lol...if that makes sense!

I see, Louie,,I've seen your name,,,learning them all, still..but noticed you're helping a friend...everyone needs friends like you! Love when ppl just take action!

I saw comments that Karen should write a book? I've had a pretty 'interesting' life at times...if you have that kind of life that you just couldn't 'make up'...maybe you should start writing it down! The true stories often are the most interesting:)

Jeannie, you volunteer with kids? That's pretty neat..at school, I assume? Cute what they said about Easter bunny lol Also, I don't know the women you were referring to, but I read the blog...and how sad. I'm amazed at ppl who show such strength. Thanks for sharing. It always gives us perspective when we see the trials some ppl experience.

I see it was Wyndy that had 10" of snow? lol...Im not gonna lie...I would probably cry if I saw that here.....the upside is it's April...it just can't last long! PCH would have made it a much brighter day for sure.

I love the picture you put up, CJ...did I read the abbreviations,,right...is ggd...great granddaughter? Ds...dear son? Im not sure on some of the 'letter thingys'.....I don't have great grands yet. Our oldest is 18...so I'm hoping I have a while, there!

It's gray here,,raining a bit...tomorrow, too...while edging toward high 60's and an actula 70 is predicted...with sunshine. I'm a happy camper.

Just received an official job offer for Garret(my husband). I believe he'll be accepting it. No easy thing to change jobs at almost 60...but it'll be harder for him, obviously, than for me:) Always hard being the new kid on the block..but he has always been one who doesn't toot his own horn. He'll be loved at his new place, like he is at all the places he works. He is a hard worker. He currently works min. of 60 hrs a week...has for our whole life together, almost. Tool and Die is that kind of work...this new job rarely goes past 40 hrs. week. ..and it's 10 min from home. Tad higher pay. Good benefits. God is looking out for Garret. He needs the break. ..anyways,,enough about that...I'm just happy for him and us!

Have a great day, everyone. Do something fun..!

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DRAT - just took time to write, after not posting for awhile..and checked spelling, added an Emoticon and ~ pouf GONE!

Sorry, but I do not have the patience or time to redo. Prayers for Francie, and all of you, and family going through things.

Hope Spring finally settles in for All! ((Hugs)) Theresa

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Rain again this morning. It remains in the forecast for tomorrow too. I can deal with it better than ice and snow.

Jeannie, your volunteer job with the kids is special. Yes, I believe you are a kid at heart! Enjoy reading ĎWildí again. I thought it was great.

I just read Brendaís blog about Francie. How very sad. Thanks for sharing it with us, Jeannie. She definitely needs our prayers.

Lou, good for you - 10 mins on the treadmill is great. The length of time isnít as important as the Ďdoingí in my opinion. You can do it in small spurts, which is definitely how I do things. How wonderful that you are helping your friend. Thatís what life is all about.

CJ, you managed to make me smile this morning with your lovely picture. It was just what I needed. Didnít sleep well last night. Tired. Kind of in a Ďfunkí I guess. Iím perking up now. Beautiful birds, vibrant colors!

Wyndy, have fun running errands and especially with the hair cut and color. It will give you a lift. Iím getting my hair cut/permed tomorrow after work. My hair doesnít have any Ďumpfí at all.

Back to work now - break is over. I'm sipping a Chai Tea Latte from Starbucks. It's a treat for ME this morning.

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Oh my yesterday was cold and then about noon it started to snow and rain, not quite sleet but horrible anyway. It settled down into the big giant fluffy snow around about 2pm. Of course I was trying to get Dollar into the car to go to the vets at the time, yuck. LOL. We ended up with about 2 inches. I have to go out this morning so I hope it's not too icy. I have some downtown Avon to deliver plus I'm going to get my hair cut and coloured. I was thinking spikes but perhaps that is too 80's. I tried the short one side long to the ear lobe other side in December but it just made my face fatter which I didn't need nor like, so right now it's just ordinary. Had it trimmed on the ship in February. She did a good job but my or my, the price!

I also have to get some groceries. I still haven't stopped in so am really out of food. Don't even have bread so you know I'm a Mother Hubbard. LOL

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Jeanie and Brenda, Thank you so much for sharing about Francie, I have to say, that is quit a hit to the stomach. Our Spark friends are so precious to us and when we hear about sad things it just makes you sick for a while. I am still missing Jill's posts and wondering how her boys are doing, I do think I remember that Francie has a daughter near by to be with her.

Got to Go for now: CJ from OK. No sad faces just because Francie doesn't want them.

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good morning everyone JUst stop to say hi been busy week I won't be able to comment on all the post I am taking a friend to find some fining aid She was told she has cancer and need test but has no money so she has done nothing so today we are going to try to fix that It is storming right now with hail My cat smokey is afraid of storms so he is hiding in the closet under the steps Calie my other cat is sitting right here with me Surprise I walked on my treadmill yesterday for 10 minutes I am trying to get into a groove of exercising Wynd sorry to hear about the snow CJ glad you are better Sounds like everyone had a good Easter I will try to get back later got to get ready to go as soon as the rain stops



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