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I am doing much better the last couple of days as far as pain goes. I am feeling so much better in my clothes with the weight loss. I think I am having a reaction to my ensure now. I had this problem with another nutrition product. There must be something that I am allergic to but I am not sure what as they have so many ingredients.
Jill I hope that you hear from the repairman soon. You are welcome here. I am just about four states east. It is nice and cool and we have lots of books to read.
Theresa I loved to cook the way you do. Cooking is such a great outlet for inventive thoughts. Enjoy! I must say that I envy your being able to eat so many things.
Babs enjoy your trip.
Well I am off to the therapist and must catch the bus. Everyone have a little fun today. emoticon

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Good Morning, It's already almost 90 degrees here at 8:30 am going up to 104 today. It wouldn't be so bad but last night our A/C went completely out. The unit is about 15 years old but is a good one. Very early this morning all I could do was send an e-mail to a A/C repairman. I'm hoping someone there will call today but I know they must be super busy with the heat wave we're still having here. Already we're all so hot but somehow we'll get through this. We do have a few fans which helps but when it's this Hot we sure need our A/C repaired as soon as possible.

Theresa, I also kind of chuckled to your cooking up a new dish and using your leftovers--glad you all enjoyed it. You are so funny and I always love hearing from you. It's wonderful that your GS is on the Cupcake Poster and that you have a great neighbor who took care of your lawn yesterday. Here I truthfully can't imagine any of my neighbors doing that for us. Unfortunately, the ones I know right around us are more the say hello and how are you and that's about it. I'm glad though that our neighborhood is very quiet.

Babs, I want to go with you and your family on your vacation to a wonderful sounding Beach Town in Florida. You're going to have the time of your life with your family. . .pretty please can I Go-- I don't eat much or take too much space up emoticon emoticon Maybe Johnny T will fly me there as he's a wonderful pilot and a great guy.

Nola, I hope you're feeling good today with no GP Flare up. You're a Trooper as I know you live every day with pain but still care about others, etc. It sounds like your Neighbor is really paranoid and should be seeing a Therapist or maybe on medication to ease your anxiety, etc. You're a kind neighbor to listen to her go on about such stuff.

Karen, The longer this heat wave goes out the more I want to move to Vermont or a cooler city or State. But, like I mentioned before I'd have to take driving lessons how to drive in the snow. . .no offense my wonderful friend but your fast driving in the snow would scare me too much from you. emoticon emoticon

Jeannie, Enjoy your visit with your Mom and Sis today. I hope everything goes smoothy. Your Mom sure does well for 92 years old. Enjoy her as much as possible even though she sometimes drives you a little "batty". My Mom was 86 years old when she died and I still think and miss her so much.

Okay I have to confess I wanted to jump in here as I'm expecting 2 important phone calls hopefully soon and didn't take the time to read very much of today's chat.

Let's all think Positive even though it may become a Challenge for myself. I've done what I can so it's in God's Hands now. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Happy International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer!
National Collect Rocks Day
National Guacamole Day
National Play-Doh Day

Itís also Self Improvement Month, Shameless Promotion Month, Womenís Friendship Month (We do that well all year!), National Yoga Month, Whole Grains Month . . . The list goes on.

Itís another gorgeous morning here. I canít get over this weather. Itís 61 degrees right now. Jill, I sure hope itís a little cooler for you too.

Theresa, you just crack me up!! Love the wine story, and your dinner invention sounds absolutely delicious.

I am not creative with cooking at all. I like to try new recipes, but they arenít recipes that I have created. I made a crockpot of potato/corn chowder over the weekend. Itís good. The kids wonít eat it. I knew they wouldnít, but I will and I do. I have to limit it. I think Iíll freeze some in individual serving sizes. I can use them for my lunch then.

I think I told you my niece called and asked me to go to dinner Sunday evening. I think I also told you she asked me to on a trip in May to Panama City Beach. Well we paid the deposit for the hotel today. Really itís a 2 BR, kitchen, LR, deck/grill - extended stay I guess youíd call it. Beachside too. Nothing but the best for me, my friends. My niece, her DD/Makayla (10), my other nieceís son, Carson/7, my sister, me/Abby and more than likely Joe. Heís never been to FL or the beach. So he said heíd like to go. Weíll be there 4 nights. Thatís long enough to have fun - over Motherís Day. Iím looking forward to it. The kids wonít miss too much school. Itís the end of the school year. They arenít old enough that theyíre into huge finals. Itíll be more like field trips. Itís a whole lot cheaper at that time of year.

I better get moving here and get something accomplished. Iím having tea for Tuesday - peach tea.

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I'm heading out in a few minutes to go see Mom and Sis. Will check in later. I do want to say, though, that you have your priorities straight, Theresa, if you boiled the pot dry b/c you were resting/relaxing and enjoying a glass of wine! emoticon emoticon

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Now that the rain has stopped, the sky has cleared, sun is shinning emoticon

Last night,for dinner, I sautťed some asparagus, mushrooms, red onion, ( all pre-cleaned & sliced by Trader Joe!) , added some shredded carrot, garlic, and fresh pineapple chunks, then stirred in my left over..Pineapple Chicken (from the Lucky Dragon, where we ate Sunday night for my sister's Birthday) tossed in some cooked noodles, and used some Pampered Chef Spicy Pineapple Chili cooking sauce! Turned out really great...so good that I'd like to have the rest for dinner tonight ~ But, it is Spaghetti night at the Legion.
The restaurant served such a huge portion, 2 big flattened, and panko breaded, baked chicken pieces, with just a drizzle of pineapple sauce, and 4 half pineapple slices grilled. So I had a few slices of it, with brown rice, and still had 1 +1/2 portions to take home.
I have been trying to really watch portion size, easy to do last 3 - 4 days since my gastroparisis has begun to nag me a bit!

Might try using my Gastro issues to get out of Legion emoticon Dinner tonight!

One almost disaster last night ~ I put the pot of water on to boil for the noodles, got out the pack of veggies, the pineapple, cooking sauce..and was sort of inventing this as I went about, wondered if a splash of white wine would enhance it..decided to have a glass..just for tasting/thinking purposes ~ you know, like I forgot what the wine tasted like ~ went in sat, enjoyed my wee 4 oz. of wine ~ BOILED THE WATER POT DRY! Started over, and stayed in the kitchen! emoticon

We had a few wonderful surprises yesterday. Shawnee Inn in the Pocono Mountains, just put out their Fall Calendar of events, and our Grandson Will's, smiling, cupcake eating face is on it! It was from a United Fund fund raiser Cupcake Day last Fall. We did not even know they took the picture!
Interestingly, Meredith has just entered this cupcake baking contest, this year, for the 1st time. Did not expect to see her son, Will's, face on the poster!
Second nice thing was that while Pyne was doing the afternoon Crossing Guard stint, the young neighbor next door, came over and weed whacked our back yard, then trimmed all the bushes in the front!!

Well, Hope your Tuesday SPARKles! ((Hugs)) Theresa



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WE had a emoticon day here in central Kansas but we will be heating up again soon. The 80s don't seem so bad but it is so much easier to breathe with the 70 temps. Jill I am so hoping that you have a break soon. We are used to triples here in Kansas but have had a rather mild summer in all.
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Gorgeous weather here - was cool in the morning and at night and during the day it was amazing the rest of the day.

Have a great night all!

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Jeanne, cataract surgery gave me 20/20 vision. Now I have to find glasses only when I want to read something. It really is a different life. Now I am told I might have glaucoma. Won't find out until Nov. what that will mean.

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Nice cool morning again. Poor Jill remains in the triple digits. I feel guilty.

Had fun yesterday. Iím certainly tired today though. My niece called while Abby and I were out and wanted to know if Iíd like to meet her for dinner. So we met her. She has a daughter who is 10. The girls had fun. We had a good time. Then the girls wanted to come back to my house and play. So they did. It was fashion show time!! My niece talked to me about planning a trip to Panama City Beach FL the end of April. She and her mom and sister went a couple of years ago with the kids. Had fun. My sister and I took her girls and my DD years and years ago - when the kids were all young. We had fun then. I told her ĎCount us in!í I wonít say a word to Abby until itís almost time. You never know. Plans can fall through and itís so hard for kids to accept that and I donít break promises. So Iíll wait to discuss it with her.

My favorite time of year. I just smile and smile. I'm more energized when it's cool. I'm not looking forward to ice and snow. Last winter was absolutely depressing! It was also out of the norm for us to have non-stop snow/ice in the amounts we had. I like 'sweater or sweatshirt' weather. Love the fall colors.

I have to get busy. I'm dragging this morning.

Have a Mahvelous Monday!

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It is a beautiful Autumn Monday - in the 50's, headed to 70į, and emoticon . Feels great. I am on the kindle, and will keep it brief...Jeannie, Jill, Jeanne did a great job on comments, so I'll just say " What they said!" LOL!

We are in the last half of September already! SPARKling Autumn To All. Theresa

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Our temps continue to be triple digits until Wednesday. I hate how hot, hot, hot it is with no relief in sight. Very thankful to have A/C throughout my house and fans that really help make it bearable. My GS Noah will only go 1/2 day to school tomorrow and Tuesday per the School Officials. Some of the classrooms don't have A/C yet so that is why.

I received sad news this morning that my "adopted DDs" Mom lost her battle with brain cancer this morning so I told Helena that her Mom is in a much better, pain-free and happier place now. She likes to call me her 2nd Mom and gives me something nice every Mother's Day. She's come to mean a lot to me. . . I really admire how Helena who is the youngest of 3 daughters was there in every way for her Mom. She had to take out a $50,000 Loan to pay for her Mom's Cancer Center Care & neither one of her Older Sisters would pay a dime towards their Mom's care nor did they come to visit her. So the full burden was on my young friend to help her Mom financially and emotionally. She lost her Dad 2 years ago due to heart failure. Her Mom was just 71 and seemed healthy until a few short years ago. I'll be there in any way I can be for her emotionally to support my young Beautiful friend. Helen is not even 30 years old yet and is the long time GF of my sons' college roommate. She is usually so happy and has a beautiful smile for everyone and people love to be around her. She is one very strong young Lady as it has to be difficult at best to "lose" both her parents before she's even turned 30 years old.

Jeannie summed it all up so well in her replies to everyone that has chatted recently and she does a much better job at it as is a wonderful writer. Jeannie I didn't think you'd be going on Winter Retreat but it sounds like you are going to Texas for awhile this Winter. I'm like you and will be cutting down my Christmas Shopping List a lot this year. Hard to believe Christmas is only 14 short Fridays away so CJ lets us know its already something for us to think and plan ahead for. The way time flies so fast it'll be here before I'm ready for it.

I enjoyed a nap this afternoon as when I woke up at 1 am last night is was hot in my house and 85 degrees so I turned on our A/C to cool my house day and ended up staying up for a couple of hours. It hard for me to get a good night's sleep in the first place but this high heat makes it nearly impossible for me and my family to get a refreshing good night's sleep.

All of us are hopefully gearing up for a good Healthy week ahead. If I don't get my focus right where it should be in terms of healthy eating in the right portion sizes and exercising more I'll soon be above the weight I said I'd never be again. I need to get it together as truthfully I don't think I've lost a pound this year and kept it off. Very discouraging but I can't put the blame on anyone or anything else but myself. I so want to lose more weight to be the Healthiest Me I Can Be. . .Praying for the willpower and consistent good healthy habits to allow me to be Healthier and lose a significant amount of weight as there are still 3 1/2 months left of this year for all us to lose weight & feel better & Healthier!!. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Well you ladies are as busy as ever. I need to keep this short so sending love and prayers!

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Oh, yes, Babs...you have that right! I can't figure out where the time/days go! All the more reason I should be taking advantage of every spare minute, don't you think?

Your event last night sounds like so much fun. So happy you were able to attend. Little ones just don't understand the "history" of our lives, but give her time...Abby will have some of her own before long. Your planned afternoon sounds wonderful. We have some mounds near my hometown. Haven't been there for years and should make the effort to go someday.

I wish I could say I stayed the same yesterday at my WI. Nope...up some and totally understandable given the fact that I've been allowing myself way too much in servings and evening snacks. So, back to basics for me. It works and when I stray, I pay the price.

CJ, your Christmas reminders actually got me into planning for this holiday season. We'll be going to Texas about the middle of December, so we'll gather early here before we leave. We've decided to make some changes. With the family growing a little bit with a new GGD and GD and her fairly new husband, etc., we'll be giving gifts only to the little ones. It makes sense. And, we're asking the kids to do the same for us...no gifts, but I'd love to have them go to the store and personally pick out a nice card for us. Cards are expensive enough, and they and we don't need more things. I'm not a crafter, so I can't make things and chances are they wouldn't really be into what I like. So...this will all be a good thing, I think.

What good news, Jeanne, about the cataract surgery! So happy to hear you can see better already and hopefully with the new glasses, that will also make a difference. Sorry to hear the injection didn't help your shoulder much. I just hate that we all seem to have more aches and pains as we get older. Guess that's what happens when our bodies begin to wear out a little here and a little there. Good luck at the surgeon's visit later this month!

Nola, sounds like a terrific cooperative plan for getting the work done in the community room. It takes work from everyone to make things work like that. Good for you! And, good for you for getting over 4000 steps in several days!! Awesome!

Gee, Jackie...sorry to hear you've been under the weather some. I hope the nicer days that we've had lately will begin to get over your way soon. After our rain and chilly wind, it became nice on Friday and is still pretty nice today. No wind, and chilly, but beautiful fall weather. I see you and Jeanne are fans of Dr. Who and the Outlander. I have to confess...I've never heard of either until you both have mentioned them. I'll have to look up what they even are about! Glad you enjoy them.

Goodness, Barbara...you have really been sick, but hopefully you are on the mend now. So nice you felt well enough to chat with us yesterday. Coming online and chatting are the last things I want to do when not feeling well. I think you've had rain out your way now, too. Stay warm and dry!

Theresa, I love the names of those towns you mentioned. No wonder Mona mentioned that some of them have really odd names. Very interesting! Bird-in-hand, Paradise, Intercourse? I love unusual town names. Makes me think of Peculiar, MO and Surprise, AZ. They fit right in there with unusual names.

Mona, fabric shopping...sounds like Karen and her yarn shopping. I think you both are looking forward and planning to be around for a very long time! I love it. Great job!!

Yes, Karen, I have an appt to see a foot/ankle dr later this week. Had it scheduled for tomorrow, but they called to change it b/c of some kind of conflict. It still feels about the same and I'm hoping it is what I think it is. Does any of that make sense? LOL!

Jackie, I meant to mention the Northern LIghts. We were up a couple different nights when we "might" get a chance to see them, but no such luck. One night it was cloudy and the next we just couldn't see any. We're just a little far south for getting a good luck anyway, but thought I'd try.

Went to Ian's flag football game yesterday. Love watching those little squirts (2nd and 3rd graders). Most of them don't have a clue as to what they're doing, and that's okay. They're having fun. Our son is coaching Ian's team. He gets so into it and really enjoys it. He's done this for several years. Isaac's game is this afternoon. We'll go a little early as they are playing on a different field today where we've never been. I may have to drop off Richard and then find a place to park. That's okay...I need the exercise.

Ladies, I hope you each have a wonderful week. I'm looking forward to getting a few things done and also working hard to finish a library book that needs to go back soon. I can't renew it (it's on a special shelf of 10 days, no renewals) and it's a really long book. If I have to wait and check it out a different time, I'll forget the story line! LOL! Be well, eat well, move as you can, and above all, have fun!!! XOXO Jeannie
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Love football too. GO GATORS!

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Sunday morning already. My how time flies. emoticon

It was so nice to see my K teacher last night. She touched many, many lives. I saw a plaque right outside the door of the classroom she retired from. Abby kept saying 'Seems awkward to be at this church, grandma.' I told her - not to me. I grew up in that church and the school that sits behind it. Her mom went to that church and the school. I was married in that church. I just don't go there anymore. I'm happy with my 'small' church community. However, many teachers she taught with were there, nice display of pictures of First Communion classes. She ended her career teaching 2nd grade - which is First Communion year for us. Saw my name, my brothers' and sister's names on a list of students and the year she taught us. She is a gem!

I think I'll take Abby to Cahokia Mounds this afternoon. They are displaying artifacts, hands-on events for kids, stories, etc. It's a wonderful place to visit and it's got a huge mound. I cannot walk it. Cahokia Mounds covers several states too. It was home to the Mississippians. Nice history. It will be outdoors too.

I stayed the same this week. OK. I'll accept it.

Joe got my Flexband to work again. I couldn't charge it. I had laid it aside and forgotten it. Drug it out and he found another charger. I'm back in business!!

Happy Sunday Sparkies.

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I love it. My Sooners are off to a great start.

Thank you to all of you for your comments on Corbin's pictures, He is truly blessing sent from God, but then so are all the rest, Corbin was just a special Miracle.

Ladies it is good to hear from all of you, and I just want to remind you that its just
14 more Fridays until Christmas. emoticon emoticon (OH YES IT IS) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Now that also means
that the summer/fall challenge is getting closer too, and I'm not going the right way on the scales, I'm not going to quit. emoticon emoticon .

Got to get ready for church, ALL OF YOU HAVE A BLESSED SUNDAY: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hello Everyone ~ It seems I am just totally unable to get here until late in the day, no matter how good my intentions. It looks like the posts are filled with good news about healing. less pain, and improved health.

Barbara ~ It's so nice to read your post. I'm glad that you are feeling better and on the mend. You have been in my prayers and those of the team, I'm sure. It's very educational to follow your journey as you blog about your challenge.

Jill ~ Do I ever understand about getting awakened in the middle of the night and then unable to get back to sleep. It's the pits! Here's hoping that when you read this you will be rested and back in action. You asked about my husband's military career. The Seabees, construction battalions, (cb's) are part of the Navy. He served 25 years, almost day for day. My mother always said that it was my love for travel that kept me married to him. It's a whole lot more than that, but I was never able to convince her.

Jeannie ~ Did you have damage from the storms earlier in the week? We didn't have the large amount of rain that was predicted, but the cool weather made it. 44 this morning, with a repeat predicted for tonight. I refuse to turn the furnace on this early; wearing more clothes, or moving more, is cheaper. I did put the flannel sheets back on the bed, when I changed bedding this morning.

Babs ~ Hope you and Abby have/had a great time visiting with you kindergarten teacher. It's fun to reconnect with people who left positive feelings in our hearts.

Nola ~ Hope you were able to get some rest and are feeling better.

Theresa ~ Hope you got your computer problems fixed. Something in mine keeps closing the Start Page and then I get a message that the page won't load. I just keep hitting the back button. It's only my computer; it doesn't happen if I use Bob's. I've run the anti-virus and anti-malware several times. They found nothing, but it's sure a pain.

Jackie ~ I always think of you on Saturday evenings. I'm trying to spark and watch the Dr. and then Outlander. I never succeed! I record them and have to watch them again later.

Karen ~ Have a wonderful trip. Be safe. Look forward to hearing all about it when you return.

Joanna ~ Glad your feeling better. Allergies are no fun. Ragweed is in full bloom here. My sinus meds increase to twice a day until we get a hard freeze to kill it.

This has been such a busy week! Tuesday morning was the Ortho doctor's appointment. My left shoulder got a steroid injection that hasn't helped much. I have an appointment with the surgeon on the 29th. The cataract surgery is nothing short of miraculous. My vision has improved so much. New glasses after an eye exam on the 30th. It's been hectic at work playing catch-up. Six days is a long time to be out.

I've read the posts several times and have tried to respond to all, but no doubt I've missed someone. My apologies.

I hope everyone has a great week. I try to make some comments throughout the week, just to let the team know I'm still around and haven't quit. And...I read the posts, whether I have the time to write or not.

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I am on my third day of over 4000 steps. Pacing is certainly the key along with the topical pain reliever my Dr. prescribed. I was at the library today and of course came home with several books so I took three to the community book shelves, leant three from my personal library to a neighbor and kept 5 for myself. The thought that I have all these books to look forward to reading keeps me comfortable.
I did some cleaning in the community room. A resident here brings produce and baked goods from a local grocery. The residents go through them and can take any home and they are free. A few of us keep things organized and clean. Cleaning is my specialty and I scrub the tables at the end of the day and again tomorrow when we throw away what is not chosen. I wash the kitchen linen with my own and the some of the others keep the foods organized and presentable and break down boxes. It is a good community effort that does not happen much here.
I hope that everyone has something good happen this weekend that we will see on the threads this next week. Love and prayers to all!

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Hi all - just getting caught up - under the weather a couple of days with the cold rainy times we've had - and so it begins... I'm with you Barbara ... the warmer, the better I tend to feel.

I am sorry for those who hurt and struggle with pain in one form or another. My prayers go out for you...

Joanna - it's also for the ipad - if you have an iTunes account. So check, if you do!

Jill - it is so wrong about that social worker... all the bureaucracy ... non-caring .... terrible. Hope today is better for Brent so that you may both get some rest.

Karen - sounds as if your trip will be a lot of fun! My son is in Montreal right now - gosh, wish I were with him!

BTW - I hear in the Northern States and Canada there may be a display of the Aurora as we've been hit with a really big flash of waves from recent solar activity! Look up if you're up late tonite.

My work/life continues to be busy and chaotic in a good way, but sometimes I just can't land my thoughts or remember the day it is. Today especially, since I've worked most of the day.

Plans tonite are a hot shower, Dr. Who and the Outlander.

Have a good evening all.



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Hello all,

This is the first day I feel well enough to really post and read the emails!

Therea, you do not really live far from me about 2 hours. We are starting to have lots of rain here too...however, yesterday, it didn't even rain and our power went out. It looked threatening, but nothing...

Babs, I am afraid I am a hot weather gal...not sickly hot more like 70s-80s with a cool breeze....hahaha...hey since I am wishing, I might as well go all the way. the song from Oklahoma..how beautiful...I have a great priest joke that I think you will enjoy - I got it from a SP friend.

Joanna, I am a big proponent of helping animal (esp horse) causes. I get sick over what is being done to them.

Mona, thanks for stopping by my page...it is much appreciated since I know you are really busy...I still love your family picture!

Karen, hope you have the best fun in Ottawa and MA. You could visit Gini! lol

Gini, this is the weather coming up that kills my osteoarthritis too, but so far so good.

Nola, glad your pain levels are much lower. How neat that you cook the tilipia for your cat. My cat likes 'human' food too although not a lot. He loves the smell of spaghetti and pizza.

Jeannie, you are the best...a fantastic leader and I appreciate your caring and insightful remarks more than you can know.

Jill, social workers are so overworked, but it is no excuse not to call. I am sorry you go through such hard times...Doesn't the social worker know of anywhere he can go for some outlet for you both? What about country services? Social security or services? I am sure you have been through all of this and I am behind the eight ball.

CJ, woohoo on your 7th GGC...congratulations!!!

Jackie, what has happened about the choir?

I hope I got everyone...Jeanne, Alice, Starr, Linda, and others best to you.

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Hi Mona, So glad you enjoyed PA visit & the quilt show !
Yes, we are about 12 miles west of Philly..in Ardmore, on Philadelphia's Main Line.
I have cousins & an Aunt living in Glenmore.
Lancaster, Bird-in-hand, Paradise, Intercourse, are about 45 minutes away. And we like to make day trips up to Lancaster County, Amish country a couple times a year, especially in the Fall & Spring.

Post pictures of the Father Christmas wall hanging. I'm looking for that type of hanging. Ever make any to sell?

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Gorgeous, chilly, sunny morning here. I absolutely love it.

Jill, so sorry that your hot weather continues. I hate the heat Ė actually itís the humidity that kills us here in the Midwest. I hope today you have cooler temps. I am so sorry Thursday night was difficult again for you. I hope that yesterday turned out well with his appt. with his social worker, the group and another social worker appt. Also Ė hope you got some much needed rest. Happy ĎSparkí reading!

Jeannie, are you at football games today? If your weather is like mine, you are and youíre bundled up. But this is great football weather. No, my friend is not a nun. Sheís a really neat lady. She didnít marry until much later in life. She married a man who was a widow with 3 young children. Perfect for all of them and theyíre still together and happy as can be. She taught me, both of my brothers, my sister, my kids Ė and she worked part time for the Fredmans/my bosses! So sheís special to me.

Nola, so glad to see that your pain levels are lower. You are definitely learning how to pace yourself. It must be difficult, but itís more difficult to be in pain.

Hi, Gini, itís great to see a post from you. Beans. I love beans and youíre right. They are healthy, and there are healthier versions to prepare too. Glad youíre motivated again and reading ĎThe Spark.í Love that book!

Karen, so happy to see that youíre going to Ottawa soon. I know how you love it. Yes, my K teacher continued long after teaching me. However, she did jump up to third grade!! Thatís kind of a transition year in my opinion. It was when I was a kid. Now itís even more of a transition year. Iím amazed at Abbyís homework, and sheís in third grade.

Theresa, that husband of yours is one active guy!! Working PT, car washes (in the rain no less), ROMEO, and so forth. He just keeps you entertained.

Mona, itís wonderful to have you home again and posting again. You were missed! So youíre working on wall hangings, playing with fabric, shopping, having a great time. Now that great time will not include ice cream. I know what you mean. I canít have Snickers in the house. Well I could bring them in the door, but they would be gone within minutes. Love those buggers!

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Thanks everyone for the kind words. I am getting back into the swing of thing just in time to face some chilly weather. Burrrrr the mornings are really cold.

CJ Corbin is such a cutie and what an exciting time for you. Congratulations on the new great grand baby.

Jaotao, I sure would like to have an iphone just to get the U2 download. Unfortunately I don't the only apple product I have is the ipad.

Jill I will swap you out my cold streak for some of your warmer weather. Although triple digits are not to my liking either. We here in Michigan have had a quick wet summer. Lots of rain and very little time to enjoy the sunshine. I am catching up on reading so it takes me a while to get into the swing of things. I love your profile picture. Sorry to read that you are not doing all that good with your shoulder and all.

Babs....talking about the spark I had it but I think it has diminished from sight.....I am having a little trouble getting into the grove of working out. I know I should but there it is loss of spark. Hehehe...though I would use your reading memo to twist it up a bit. I hope you are doing well, I have missed so much not being around, it's hard to catch up on everyone. Going back to your childhood parish sounds a little exciting. Enjoy it and let us know how it turns outs.

Theresa glad to hear you are getting the chance to get up and around with Pyne. Also that he really enjoys the crossing guard duty. Gives him something to look forward to and a chance to get out and about also. I feel for him when it comes to standing....my lower back just kills me after standing to long, but he is hanging in there so coodles to him.

To everyone else....I hope you all enjoy your weekend and get in a little outside fresh air.


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Good morning everyone. Trying to keep on track. Night time is SO hard for me. NO more ice cream in my freezer!

Theresa~~I loved being in Lancaster County for the quilt show(It was in Hershey). I know you are near Philly but I thought of you. Stayed near Intercouse( emoticon ) and shopped in towns with really odd names. My neice drove over from Glenmoor for dinner and we had a great visit. Do you know where that is? Bought way to much fabric and have enough for projects to last the rest of my life. But I am always looking!! Working on a Father Christmas wall hanging for my granddaughter. All layered, pinned and ready to mark for quilting. My husband was a VFW commander at several of the posts where we lived. We always enjoyed visiting VFW's and Legions when we traveled in the motorhome or visited in different areas.

Jill~~sure pray things got settled a bit with that social worker. It is really warm and humid here today but looks like some rain the next five days. emoticon

Jeannie, Babs,and all~~wishing you a great weekend.

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Computer quit early..so using the kindle to pop in and wish everyone a good weekend! Over cast, rain imminent - and Pyne is at a Girl Scout Fund Raising CAR WASH! LOL! They have a trip to England scheduled so a lot of fund raisers on tap! This has been the troop both of our girls were in as scouts, and both served as leaders while living home. (raining now!) Ashley went to England, with this Troop, as a Leader, about 6 years ago - and plans to go again, with our friend Cat, who is still a leader. So we try to go to all their $ raising events....but this car wash in the rain..?

Jill wish I could share our cool temps and this rain with you!

Happy Karen did a great job on her Post, as did Jackie...so, for the sake of brevity, I'll echo their sentiments!
Have a wonderful weekend. THERESA emoticon

Oh Karen, Pyne is so far loving the Crossing Guard gig. He has gotten in the habit of walking Finch at 3:00pm, as the school at the end of our block lets out, he says "Finch likes to see all the kids" and I say hi to Ronny" - who is our friend, who is the CG,posted at the corner. But this year, with alot of medical expenses, we are struggling, big property tax due, and we cashed in some bonds, made some cuts, and borrowed from our daughter..so it just seemed like a job was the way to go. Luckily he enjoys it so far. Has had some foot and leg cramping, and a bit of back pain, but hope it isn't anything serious. I am blaming it on NOT Drinking enough -especially on those 90 į days. He has no problem standing, walking...he is better standing than sitting, so that was not an issue. He stands most of the time anyway.
His Chiropractor says he thinks it will be fine, once he gets used to it.
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Hi Sparkers! Jill, I hope that social worker showed up today. I don't understand how or why a professional does that? You remember that old saying "the squeaky wheel gets the grease"? Well, if she doesn't do what she is supposed to do today, you get squeakin'!
I know, I am always happy. I can't help it. Life threw a curve ball at me last summer and it has been pretty darned wonderful. Jim and I are going to Ottawa in a couple of weeks. I will be home two days after Ottawa and will be meeting my friend for a quick few days in Lexington MA because he is flying out for a meeting at MIT. Eventually I will work the whole relationship thing out. For now, I am just happy. One day at a time.
Nola...that has to be difficult having a neighbor who imagine things. It says a lot about you as a person that you tried to convince her that everything was ok. You are a kind person. Like Keeper, our Miss Ivy is pretty finicky. She also needs to lose weight and we tried some lower calorie cat food on her. She turned up her nose and walked away. Miss Ivy was a stray and we adopted her from the shelter. I can't understand her being finicky...you would think she would be grateful just to have food to eat! She has been with us for many years..she probably does not remember what it was like.
Jeannie..it got all the way to 70 today. It was such a nice day. I hope you get to both football games over the weekend. It must be fun, but don't you just cringe when the GS get tackled or knocked down? I am glad you intend to have someone take a look at your ankle (besides Dr. Jeannie). You might have a hairline fracture. Just look at what happened with my stupid foot!
Yes, I am exercising and using the dreadmill. Actually, I don't mind it too much. I find that as much as exercise is good for weight management, it is also good for stree relief. Goodness knows, I can sure use that!
Babs, how sweet that you get to go to the school dedication and that your K teacher will be there. I cannot imagine teaching a K class for that long. LOL, I am surprised she came back to teach after having you as a student! Just kidding...I think the whole thing is really neat.
My work is still crazy as usual, but Babs, no audits! Thank goodness! How did the painting turn out? Did you like the results?
Theresa...somehow I bet Pyne is the best crossing guard ever! What made him decide to do it in the first place? Did he get to be part of the first 100 the other day and did he win any freebies? If he is the commander of the Legion, do you get a title too?
Gini, like you, I am trying the tiny steps. I keep a copy of "The Spark" in my office. I have a copy of the other book but didn't like it nearly as much.
I know I missed a lot of folks, but I do think of everyone. Best wishes to all for a nice evening and weekend!
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Hello all,


Babs- Thanks for reminding me about The Spark. I dug out my copy, started reading and have rekindled that I CAN DO THIS spirit in me. I got some Bristol board today to make a star chart and to write out my daily program. I have it written out and posted on my computer but it is on a little post it note so I forget to read it. My new routine board will be BIG and BRIGHT.

Jill- Where is this social worker working that she can skip appointments whenever she feels like it? If you were not satisfied with her today, for ANY reason, do contact her agency and complain. She gets paid to WORK for you.
I am so sorry you are not getting enough sleep. Having a session with DS in the night makes it even worse. I never get more than 5 hours sleep but am blessed to be able to sleep during the day. Hope tonight goes better for both of you.
Theresa- Sounds like Pyne is really liking his job. What do you do while he is out? Hope you spend at least some of it on yourself.
I also miss ALice and Jeanne and so many others. It worries me when someone disappears.
I know I haven't remembered everyone who posted, but I am getting better at this. One of my goals this month is to become more active on my teams. It is sometimes a bit too much but I keep trying.
Today was a bad day for my Osteo arthritis. It sometimes seems like when the weather is going to change my joints complain so much. I now have OA in my thumbs as well. I never realized how difficult it is to do nearly everything without thumbs.
Tomorrow is my DD and SIL's 6th anniversary. I chose it as a good day to restart myself and take it one day at a time, one step at a time. I tend to get overenthused and take on too much too soon and fall flat on my butt. This time, TINY STEPS, I tell everyone else that all the time, but forget to tell myself to do the same.
Tomorrow is supposed to rain all day so we are baking and making a double batch of baked beans ( healthy versions of all ). The beans take 6-7 hours and have to be soaked overnight tonight. They are in the pot as I type.
Happy weekend to all and hopefully will talk to you all again tomorrow night.


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Jill, I hope that the worker showed up as she promised. Sometimes when we are mild mannered people begin to think we don't count as much as the vocal ones. A good helper is worth their weight in gold so I hope that you are able to get her into shape. I am so sorry that you did not sleep. I have a neighbor convinced that people are in the ceiling trying to break into her apartment. She called at 6 am and I went over and helped her check the apartment and explained reasons why the things she thinks are happening are not. Her daughter is in jail for attempted murder and has hurt her on many occasions and she is convinced that her friends are coming after her. All I can do is try to relive her mind with common sense answers.
my pain levels are much lower today. I am learning to not push myself so much on good days. I am it is a hard lesson to learn. I am so tempted to go outside to take a walk but the temp is in the 50's and not a good temp for me to walk in with my breathing issues.
Keeper was not doing well on his soft cat food so I stopped it and he began gaining weight again. I cook tilapia every day and add butter and puree for his new food. He will not eat it without the butter! emoticon He is one spoiled cat but is so sweet when he snuggles that I give in to his idiosyncrasies. emoticon
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I don't think anyone would want our weather today! It's raining, 46 and a wind chill of 40. When you're damp and the wind is blowing even just a little, it feels much worse. It is supposed to clear by this evening and then we'll have a nice weekend...I think! I hope so, as we're supposed to go to Ian's flag football game tomorrow morning at 8:45 and Isaac's "big boy" football on Sunday afternoon. If it's raining, I'm staying home!!

Jill, I'm sure glad to hear that you talked to Brent's social worker yesterday. I hope it helped. If not, that you have every right to contact her supervisor. Hopefully, it will get her attention. Sometimes things do come up unexpectedly, but as you said, at the very least a courteous phone call to let you know would have been the right thing to do. Sounds like you had a really difficult time last night again. That's so unfortunate and it really does affect your sleep and ability to function. I hope today/tonight is better for you.

Well, Babs...I'd say you earned a few days of rest this weekend. I wondered the same thing Jill asked: is your K teacher a nun? It sounds like it will be a really nice event. Perhaps there will be some other K classmates there. Fun time!

Goodness, Theresa, I hope that Pyne won't feel obligated to go each and every time they call, but I suppose since he is just starting with them that he thinks he should. He's probably having a good time right now. Hope it's cooler for him!!

Hi, Karen and Nola. Glad you stopped by for a minute, too. Nola, hope your pain levels are better today.

Jackie, thanks for the heads up on the U2 music. I got an email later in the day, too. Now...if I could just remember how my DD showed me how to do that! LOL!

Went to the Y this morning for pool exercise, and did a few things around the house. Now I'm going to ice my ankle and read for a little bit. All this talk about The Spark has me planning to get my copy out again, too. It is such a worthwhile/helpful book. Might help me stay interested in exercise?? Karen is working on her exercise these days, too...makes sense. I know I need to stay focused, but I will never like it, no matter what!!

Have a wonderful evening...I'm missing so many of our friends...Mona, Starr, Barbara, Jeanne, Alice, CJ, Linda, and others...well, I know you're all still around and everyone is so busy with work or other things. Always happy when you do stop by, though. It's hard to do everything that needs doing. I'm keeping this team, and everyone in need healing and good health in my prayers every day! You're never far from my thoughts and well-wishes! Sending hugs and love to all...XOXO Jeannie

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Good Morning, To start off with Babs, I want your weather here as I'm again complaining about our awful ongoing triple digit days, ugh. I don't know if it's global warming but we've had one of the hottest and driest Summers possible. I always have more energy and feel better when it's not so hot, hot, hot. No end of these very high temps for the next 10 days per the Weather Forecast.

Yesterday, I called Brent's social worker has she never returned my call from last week. Being I'm Brent's advocate I've learned to be much more assertive in my older years. I told her next time please call and let me know when you can't keep your appointment with him then it's fine. But, not calling and letting me know she's unable to keep an appointment with him is unacceptable at best. So, today I'll take Brent to meet with her from 12 noon-12:30 then he has Group there from 12:30 to 1:30 and afterwards said she wants to meet with him for another 1/2 hour, so I'll pick him up at 2 pm.

Around 3 am I woke up to go to the bathroom and Brent must have heard me and said he was glad I was awake and didn't I get a lot of sleep--no, I didn't I told him as I didn't get to sleep until after midnight. So, the not very fun "circus" began with him venting, crying, etc. went on until we both were super exhausted and went back to bed again at 6 am. I was so restless and couldn't fall asleep so got back up at 8 am and he's still sleeping which he needs. He unfortunately really got to me this morning so I'm awake and just hope I can stay up long enough to take and pick him up from his appointments, etc.

Babs, Sounds like you have a good weekend to look forward to, WTG. I also dusted off "The Spark" book as definitely always get more motivated and learn something new each time I re-read it. Thank you for reminding me as I haven't done that for quite awhile. Lord knows I need to get going on losing weight again, it's a Gift only I can give to myself. I'm curious was your K teacher a Nun? It's wonderful you'll be there when your K Teacher is honored. I wonder if there is any way she'll still remember you from all those years ago? Have fun there. Maybe you'll have some time to go to the pool and have fun with Abby water walking and playing water games. Thank you my dear friend for your continuous support, I always appreciate you're thinking of me as you also do to all our wonderful friends.

Theresa, I hope you've also had a major cool down there. I'm glad Pyne's new job seems to be working out well but it has to be sometimes hard for him working outside when it's super hot or cold. Like someone said a Sub Teacher can say no to a sub job so can he do that when they call him to work & you have already made plans for the day? I bet he loves his new job especially making sure the children cross the street safely, etc.

Nola, I also hope your pain levels are down today. Living with constant pain is difficult at best so I admire how positive you are.

Karen, Let me guess, Your Happy Today as you are everyday? You have a wonderful attitude and I bet everyone around you likes being around as you sound always happy and upbeat and that's contagious to those around you. I sure could take some lessons from you of your "gift" of being so Happy & Content. I hope you have a great weekend planned even if that means all you do is relax and re-energize all weekend.

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Oh what a beautiful morning - oh what a beautiful day. 55 degrees and itís Friday. My favorite day of the week. I work alone on Fridays. I leave early on Fridays. I have to stop at the grocery store after work, but I can handle it!! Iím loving this weather. Turned the A/C off yesterday. I have windows open. Iím smiling away.

Tomorrow evening Abby and I will go to Mass at my Ďold church.í The parish I grew up in, went to school in, married in, sent my kids. I donít go there now even though itís where I Ďbelongí so to speak. I go to a much smaller parish. Anyway my kindergarten teacher is being honored tomorrow evening and a room is being dedicated to her. I really have to go. She was so young - 19 - when she taught there. Back in the olden days, at least at parochial schools, they did not have to have a teaching degree. I had to be one of her first classes because she taught there 45 years. Sheís a neat lady.

Nola, I hope you have more energy today and are feeling better.

Hi, Karen. Glad you stopped by.

Theresa, glad you stopped by too. Itís terrific that Pyne is enjoying his crossing guard duties. Iíll bet the kids love seeing him there. It appears as though heís always smiling.

After working so much last weekend, I donít plan to do much at all this weekend. The usual things like laundry and get groceries. But Iím going to take it easy. With the weather like this, Iíd love to take Jasmine for some walks. Iím considering apple picking too.

Have a fantastic Friday!

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Like Karen ..A short & Sweet Hello!

Hi Karen~ Happy Friday!

Jeannie, No, Pyne has worked every day..he has been jumped all over the Township. Likes the Post he was at yesterday..the Catholic School ( Meredith went there till 4th grade) But, he likes it because they have a flashing 15m. light, that really slows the cars down.

Jill, Hope that shoulder eases up.

Hope Everyone has an enjoyable Weekend! Theresa

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Just a really quick hello to everyone. HELLO!
See? Wasn't that quick?
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Feeling so tired this morning despite a long nights sleep. I have the laundry started and hope to do at least 2 loads. I figured my Body fat mass this morning and emoticon emoticon I used the NAVY formula that I found with my Spark Web Search. It is stricter than the one I used before but as I lose weight I would like to be more on target.
Jill I hope that you have rain soon. We have had some but not enough.
I am happy for the good news many of you have had and continue prayers for those still having issues. emoticon and positive thoughts for all.

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Itís cooler, which means Iím happy!

I started reading ďThe Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight, Getting Fit and Transforming Your Life.Ē I have ďThe SparkĒ but I donít exactly where I stashed it. Iíve read it, pulled it out and reread it, read portions of it, several times. I must have packed it in a box when we started all this painting business. Well, lucky me. I recently ordered one of the glasses from SP and a SP T-shirt. I want to surround myself with things to remind me to stay on track, remain motivated, keep the focus on me, eat healthy, exercise . . . Well this book came with my order - free!! I looked at the invoice because I know I didnít order it. Doesnít even show up on the invoice. Itís just my lucky day. I started reading it this morning with my coffee. I feel inspired and motivated all over again.

If you have not read ďThe SparkĒ I strongly suggest doing so. If itís been a while since you read it, I strongly suggest rereading it. Iím sure you can find it at any library if you donít already have it or you might check a used bookstore.

We had a lot more rain last night. We needed it. Wish I could send some to Jill since they havenít had any rain and have had triple digit temps. Itís wonderful here this morning. Itís 59. Canít ask for better than that.

Jill, Iím sorry that your shoulder continues to give you pain. I donít know about you but pain pills and I donít mix well at all. Iím out of it with that stuff. Cannot take it. Are there any ointments that help, i.e. Icy Hot? You mentioned pumpkin oatmeal. I need to do that. Like you I enjoy anything pumpkin.

Jeannie, tater tot casserole sounds delicious. I made an announcement at my house this weekend. ďIím tired of cooking the same thing! Iím going to fix something, and anyone who doesnít care to eat it (For Abby that means Ďtry ití) is free to eat cheese, bologna, cereal . . . whatever floats your boat.Ē Lately sheís been very difficult as far as trying anything new. Joe likes pretty much the same thing all the time too. I want new things. Iím sure you had a great time with your DS and GS.

Jackie, youíve been singing some terrific music. Thanks for the info on iTunes and U2. Iíll make sure I tell my GS also. Oldies but Goodies - my kind of music.

Hello to everyone and I hope you have a great day.

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Jill, if the shot was from Astra Zenica? You might be able to get a rebate of a portion of the shingles shot if you held onto all of the info. Look them up on line if you have paper work, or if you got at Dr. office and they can supply info. Don't bother with paperwork until you check their site. Rebate might be over now.

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Oh and another thing ... for those of you who have an iTunes account - Apple is giving away a free download of U2's new album. You have until 10/13 to do it and you must do it over the wireless. If you have an iPhone, go to a store/cafe where's there is wifi to do so over your phone! Good Album!

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Checking in to see how everyone is doing. Thank you Babs for the recaps on everyone!

So sorry to hear about your shoulder Jill - Jeannie is right, please have this checked out, so that you don't stay in pain!

Jeannie - you are such a good GM .. so nice that you can just whip things up like that.

CONGRATS CJ on the birth of another GGC! That is awesome!

Hope you enjoyed your trip to the Farmer's Market, Theresa. If I remember right Pyne and you find good deals!

Torrential rains here AGAIN!! It just doesn't seem to stop for more than a day or 2 - wish those who really need it get the rain and cooler temps!

Our quartet practiced last night as the group rehearsal was moved to Thurs (I can't attend). We had fun with the music - Book of Love, This Land is Your Land, and The Lion Sleeps Tonight for our initial repertoire. The Baritone who winters in Fl will keep up as we'll send her music to practice when she's gone. And we have a name "Dust It Off" as in dusting off those oldies but goodies and singing them again!

Well Hope Jeanne, Barbara, Nola, Karen, Joanna, Linda, Alice, and all the rest of the gang are well today. Have a pleasant evening.

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Just had a text message from Paul (DS) telling me he and Ian are on their own for dinner tonight and what did we have planned. That's "code" for can we come over for dinner. Sure...if you want to eat what we're having! The only problem is that what we were having (leftovers) wouldn't be stretching to feed 4, so I've changed to something a little more kid friendly and something I know Richard will eat: tater tot casserole! I have stuff on hand and will throw it together here pretty soon. Fun to have them be able to come, but truthfully, we haven't seen them since school started over 3 weeks ago! They are so busy with school and activities.

Babs, it isn't raining here today, but looks like it could any minute. We've had quite a bit in the last few days. We need it. Most of it has come at a pace where it can soak in and replenish the subsoil. That's important for next year, too. You got so much done! Good for you. The basement work sounds like a great project for Abby to help with. She's a girl after your own hear!

Mona, welcome back. We've been wondering about you and glad to see you home and here!

Jill, maybe you should see someone for your shoulder. You should be absolutely sure it is bursitis...no way to tell without someone seeing you. You don't need this right now with all the other things you've been dealing with. I can't believe you can't get some lower temps one of these days! It has to be miserable. Have you and your family in my prayers, as always!

CJ, how awesome! That last new GGC for this year has arrived and is healthy! So good to hear. I also will have to check out Corbin's picture. Hard to believe he is 2 1/2 already. Love Emily's name, too.

Theresa, did Pyne make it all the way thru the day without a call to substitute? At some point he will have to say "no" when he has other plans. He does know that's ok, right? Just like being a sub teacher...the option is there, but I imagine right now he is loving the change and wants to do as many shifts as he can. Makes a big change for you, too.

Karen, yes...Richard still has the boot. It'll be for another month. Yes, we are disappointed, but in the general scheme of things, it's not that big a deal. We just do it...unlike a woman (Karen, that's you), he can't seem to get it on by himself! LOL!

I'm so disappointed...live several of you, I had more to say to people and I started this so long ago that Jill popped in before I got it posted, but now I can't remember what else I thought was so important to say! LOL! I know that LInda was here, and I think Barbara (get well soon, lady!!) stopped in last evening. Jeanne, thinking of you, too! Prayers, continue for everyone. I'll be back...I promise!!

Hugs, Jeannie
PS: I did mean to say thank you to everyone for your comments on the pic I posted of Richard and me from last year. I keep thinking I'll lose more weight and look thinner, but it isn't happening! Woe is me! Well, it's really "slow is me." Tomorrow is another day, another chance, and I can do better than I have been. XOXO

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I was up very early this morning as haven't been able to sleep well with my right should so painful. . .My son says I need to make an appointment with my Dr. But if I remember right other than my being patient and pain pills there wasn't anything much a Dr. could do the last time I had bursitis. It's still very hot here and will be in triple digits from Saturday through Tuesday--sure wish I lived at the Beach where it's much cooler. No trace of a cooling down trend. Karen, maybe I should learn to drive in the snow and move to Vermont. Have an extra room for me at your house? I'm sick and tired of all this very Hot and humid weather we've endured almost the entire Summer and now into Fall.

Jeannie, I'm also very sorry about Richards foot not being healed enough for the boot to come off. And, really sorry about the screw moving down. I know you both were very disappointed at this news. . .Praying his next Dr's appointment will be a much better and happier one. Honestly love your new Profile picture. What a beautiful couple you make. It's no wonder he swept you "off your feet" when you first met him. He is a very handsome man and looks just like I imagined he would. You certainly have been Blessed with a long & happy marriage. emoticon emoticon emoticon

CJ, Congratulations on you're new GGD. Her name is so beautiful! Later on I'll be sure to see your recent pictures of little Corbin. I remember when we were praying for his life. God has been good to you and your family. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Babs, You're a very hard worker as seem to often use your time off work to work on your house. I know you're house looks terrific! I wish we were headed for some Fall weather soon but it doesn't look like it, it just keeps being way too hot. Love your Positive Attitude s that helps all of us.

Jackie, Like Jeannie, I'm still learning about the i-phone I have so an i-phone 6 won't be mine anytime soon. It would baffle me for sure. You're lucky to be tech savvy especially with all the new Technology around, so unlike me. I love the "Book of Love" song and I can imagine it's a great song to sing.

Theresa, I hope you and Pyne had a great time together today and were able to get out and about enjoying each other. His constantly changing work schedule would make it almost impossible to plan anything ahead.

Jeanne, Praying your Dr appointments went well today? Anxious to hear what your Dr. told you today.

Linda, I've also had both the Pneumonia and Shingles Shot. I remember my insurance wouldn't pay for them and both were very expensive but it's better to be safe and not sorry.

Joanna and Mona, Welcome Back!!

Barbara, I hope you're feeling much better and the antibiotics are working well.

Sorry to be missing so often here. . . Wishing everyone a Wonderful, Healthy & Happy Wednesday.

For Lunch I'm going to make the easy Spark Recipe for Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. I love almost anything Pumpkin and I think I'll microwave it like some people said they do. Super easy to make and healthy. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Back at work. Raining. Dark and dreary. I could care less. In my opinion, itís a gorgeous Ďfall likeí day! Itís still warm, but the temps will drop if I can just believe the forecast.

Clean dining room. I feel so good - today. Monday afternoon when I looked at all my Ďtrinketsí (junk!) that was on a shelf in the DR, as well as Ďstuffí that was on top of the hutch I wanted to go in the backyard, dig a hole, and bury my head in it! How did it all that dust get up there. Weíre talking enough that I needed to Ďshovelí it off. It is sparkling now. Just love it.

He put Ďmuddí on a small spot in the sunroom where Jasmine scratched the wall, and a very small area in the ceiling where it leaked prior to getting the new roof. If he paints the ceiling, I will be able to handle the walls. At least thatís what I tell myself. That wonít require big league climbing.

Bedrooms are for the spring. Joe and his buddy will deal with the bathroom walls now that the showerís installed. Whew!!

Iím ready to move to the basement and organize all of my art supplies/craft supplies. Itís playtime!! I told Abby we really need to work on Christmas things. Sheís excited.

Jackie, pumpkin pancakes sounds delicious. Iím a bacon lover too. Glad Mike was feeling well enough to cook. Iím sure you had fun last night at SA.

CJ, Iíve followed a lot of Kayís (Rubydoodles) treatments via FB. She is an amazing woman. Very, very positive outlook. Congratulations on your newest GC. Emilyís a lovely name. Corbin is 2 Ĺ yrs old already. Now thatís shocking. I would not have believed that much time has gone by.

Sorry the cyber gremlins visited you, Jill.

Jeannie, Iím sorry to hear about Richardís having to wear a boot for another month. It would worry me too about that darn screw. Well, weíll just continue to pray about it and heíll continue to take it easy.

Joanna, been wondering about you. Glad you posted. Very sorry youíve been so sick. That will definitely take a toll on you. Congratulations on the upcoming wedding and on your GDís purchase of a home. You have exciting times ahead. Have the leaves already started to change in your area of Michigan?

Karen, so the cyber gremlins paid a visit to you too. That was a long haul - all the way from CA to VT!!

Mona, so happy to have you back with us!!

Hi, Theresa, happy to see a post from you too. How nice to have Pyne home with you today. Is it cooler there too? Iím loving it here because Ďcoolí is in the forecast! Fall. I absolutely love it.

Hello to Barbara, Linda, Jeanne and anyone I may have forgotten to respond to. I've typed this off and on all morning. I need to get more work going here. After all, I have to get my hair cut at 12:30!!

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Joanna, hope you are feeling better after the pneumonia. I had a small case of it about two and one half yrs ago. Had to buy new Windows for condo. (The good kind, not cheap) Too much air had been seeping through. I did not get as sick as you because I had had a pneumonia shot about 10 yrs before. Dr. updated shot after I had been well for a while. I would not have thought about 1st. shot but I worked in a hospital on the weekends and they offered the shots to employees for 25$. A few weeks later a woman who laughed at me for getting the shot, got a case so bad she ended up in our hospital. So when I heard about shingles shot I got that a few yrs ago. My son had had a bad case of chicken pox when he was little, so I have been on his case to get the shingles shot since he will be 50 soon. (If you have had chicken pox, you have the shingles virus in you). emoticon

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Well, I guess you all can tell by all the baby things that we have received our 7th GGC, yesterday at 10:45 am, 7# 2 oz girl. perfect in every way. They are such a joy and a blessing. Mama and baby are doing great. Emily AraBella.

For those of you who prayed so long for little Corbin, you can check out the picture on my spark page and see how well he is doing. He is now 2 1/2 years old and 22 lbs. and giving his parents fits, he is one active little guy. (GOD IS SO GOOD) if you all remember he was a twin and the Lord decided he needed to keep him.

Jeanie: I'm sorry to hear that Richard will be wearing the boot another month, but if it makes his foot stronger, it will be worth it.

Got to Go, as you can see I was to busy yesterday to get all the fun stuff done, You know about the fun stuff, (laundry, ironing, grocery shopping, etc, etc.) emoticon

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Good Wednesday Everyone.
Partially Sunny, but still warm, and uncomfortably humid!
Pyne is off today - so far. We'll try a trip to the Farmers Market. Want to go back to BJ's Warehouse store too, as our shopping trip was cut short, when the Township called him into work. So far he has been called in everyday, so we'll see how today goes. And we might try to get together for lunch with our friends that we canceled on Monday...just afraid to make a commitment till last minute.

Mona, I am sure it is an emotionally draining trip to visit DH. But glad to see you doing the things you need to do for YOU to stay healthy. Good for you on tracking again!

Jackie, you know there is a lot to that Full Moon Madness, may I can blame that, Getting ready to sing The Book Of Love, just you reminding me of that song has it playing in my head. Good song!

Joanna, I am sure pneumonia really slowed you down. Glad you are feeling better!

Jeannie, I'll bet Richard was hoping to be rid of the boot too, Hope this extra time sees a lot of healing. And that the migrating screw is done moving and heals in. How is your foot feeling?

Great memory I've got..had several people I wanted to comment to...but didn't take notes, thought I remember just 5 or 6 items ~ but No! So I'll end this, go have coffee emoticon And start my day - been awake since 5am, but obviously my brain needs to catch-up.

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Hi everyone. Just got home from visiting with DH. Such an emotional situation! I did start tracking my food today and taking one day at a time. Hope everyone is doing well. Hugs!

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Well Jeannie the I4 is a bust. I still am on contract till February and no one can understand me and sometimes vice versa...I got no insurance on it either. oh well...My son has the 5 and its just fine.

Anyway, just stopping by to say hello to you and all team members

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Wow, is the chat thread quiet today!! Amazing, actually. Hope all is okay with each of you.

Joanna, it is good to see you, but I also am so sorry to hear you've had pneumonia. Sounds like you are doing much better now, so we're happy about that. Lots to do around your place, that's for sure.

Jackie, I agree...must be the moon or something. I'm having trouble focusing today, also. I'm a little bit down about Richard's ankle, and it must be catching or something...my ankle is also a bit painful. I finally made an appt. for next week. 3 weeks is long enough to wait it out. I've self-diagnosed, but need to make sure so I'm not doing any real damage.

The weather is a bit odd today, too. Heavy rain last night and quite cool today, but more heavy rain predicted for tonight. So far, we've not had any major flooding, but the overcast skies and roiling clouds get to you after awhile.

Jackie, I was in the Verizon store yesterday for something else, and heard the talk about the iPhone 6, etc. I just got my phone last April so I won't be in the market for awhile. I'd like to learn how to use this one first! LOL!

Jeanne, wondered how your appointments went today, too.

Well...more rain, thunder and lightening, so I'd better shut this down and say good night one and all!! Love and hugs, Jeannie



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Hi, Sparkers! I have missed a couple of days, I think.
Joanna...goodness, pneumonia? No wonder I haven't seen you for awhile here! Get better, lady!
Jackie, I have a iPhone 5 and I have loved it, but what I really love more is my iPad. I know I can't make calls on it, but I love it for everything else. Not so sure about that watch. It looks good, but I wonder how much of a target for muggers we would be if we were wearing one. Not sure about paying things with waving my phone, either. I guess I worry about stuff like that because of working in banking. I can tell you that everytime there is a data breach involving credit cards that banks and credit unions bear the brunt of the cost of the fraud. The ones who never have to pay are the stores whose security allowed the breach in the first place.
So, Jeannie, Richard still has the boot? That is too bad..I know you both were looking forward to him be bootless.
Hi Nola..well, at least someone on this team likes to cook or at least play with recipes. Good for you?
Alice and Barbara...I agree. I hope everyone on the team who is having health issues gets better soon. We are all too nice to be sick!
I had the same thing happen with a long post, Jill. How frustrating is that! Did you manage to get even a little bit of rain the last few days?
Linda, I don't understand insurance companies, either. And even more, I don't understand why pharmaceutical companies don't spend more money on research to find cures, instead of finding more ways to treat illnesses. I always think that both parts aren't balanced out.
CJ...yup, it is pumpkin time around here as well. I had a frozen dinner last night with pumpkin ravioli. Not bad. I don't think I could do pumpkin coffee or latte, though!
Got to go make dinner.
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Missing posts, tiredness ... I'm saying it was the full moon last night....

Joanna, sorry you've been so sick with pneumonia - glad you're on the mend. You have your hands full with the property, horses, hay, and family! Lots to focus on. Nice to see you again.

Jeannie i- sorry to hear about Richard's foot. Yes, older, heal less quickly ... strange things happen. Hope you get some rest today.

I'm running around trying to get ready for practice and answer the phones in between drying my hair. For some reason, my attention is not focused today as here i am Sparking.

I am geeked about the new iPhone 6 Plus (and 6) and the iWatch - the technology absolutely amazes me. I will get a new iPhone (I have a 4 right now) once the furor dies down a bit. Thinking about getting the Plus as it is 5.5 inches and could read better on it. I will check at the store first.

Well, off to dry my hair and practice the Book of Love.....

Take Care, Be Well, Jackie

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It's been a while since I have made any major post in any of my teams. So I think I might as well sit down and try to catch up at once. Not that there is a lot to catch up on but you never know. Someone out there just might be sitting behind their computer asking what became of Joanna.

I've been sick really sick...with Allergies and a bad sinus cold. It settled in my lungs and turned into ammonia. I am on the upside of recovery now but it took almost a month to get me here. As most of you know I live in the country on a horse farm in Michigan. Just one week into September I can see the trees and landscape change colors. Beautiful gold and red is blossoming right in front of my eyes. The nights are getting cooler and some of my flowers are giving way already. I have one more of HAY to cut in order to have enough to feed all the horses over the winter. However if the sunshine doesn't stay warm enough to dry out the crop once it's cut I could lose the whole thing and be forced to go out and buy hay. I need sunshine and strong wind to help with the fields. I am keeping my fingers crossed. We already lost 1/2 of the second cutting because of the rain. I am so afraid that Winter is coming to early and it's planning on being a hard one.

On a good note walking or riding the trails are beautiful right now. I use a golf cart to run my dogs along the paths of our property and oh my how lovely the colors are looking. After spending two years and over 50,000.00 we can say we no longer have any wire fencing lest on the farm. We are the proud owners of brand new split rail hard wood fencing around all the pastures, arena and grounds. Whoopee!

Show season is over for us...for the year anyway. I am cleaning everything up and putting it in storage for next year. We plan to really go out next year...will be my last year with the girls together so we are going to really do some traveling with the horses. After that I leave it in the hands of he girls...for the traveling part. I will stick to watching the local shows and maybe the nationals if they qualify.

If's official my sister moved in with me...for the final time. If she leaves again that's it for my efforts. Right now it's nice having her. I made sure she went to see the doctor and is now on antidepressants for her bi-polar. She helps me out so much inside the house. She keeps it clean for me...and does all the laundry so just that makes her a treasure. We are a big house here and it takes a lot of work to stay on top of it.

I have a busy September, 4 family birthdays that I have to attend. My oldest grandson is getting married on the 27th, one of my granddaughters just bought her first home and is having a house warming party the week before. Living where I live means a lot of driving to get to all the different venues, but being a good parent and grandparent I will make sure I am there rain or shine.


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I've read all the wonderful posts, but I don't have anything to add. Spent part of today getting ready to return to work on Wednesday. Ortho and eye doctor visits tomorrow. It was warmer and more humid today, but nothing like what Jill has suffered through. Storms predicted for tomorrow with cooler temperatures by the end of the week.

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Good evening! Hope you all had a great day. Sorry about the lost message, Jill. Seems that there's a lot of that here! So frustrating!

I'm tired. It's been a long day and a little frustrating. Richard's appt. went well, but the surgeon says he is healing a little more slowly than he'd like, so he's to keep wearing the boot for another month and we'll see how it is when we go back in October. A weird thing...there is a a metal rod that goes from his heel up into the bigger lower leg bone that is about 10 inches long and a little less than 1/2 inch in diameter. There are also 2 screws about 2 inches in length that go from the back of heel area sort of perpendicular to the longer metal piece. One of those screws seems to have "migrated" downwards from where it was a month ago. The doctor didn't know what to make of that, which is why he decided to keep him in the boot another month. Hopefully it stays put!!! How crazy. Richard doesn't ever think anything "bad" will happen to him, which is why he decided to go ahead with the surgery in the first place. He's always recovered well in the past and did this time, too, but what can you say...he's getting older (much, much older than I am...LOL) and sometimes things do happen.

We may get some storms tonight, but once again we had a beautiful day. Made it to the Y this morning and got a couple things done around here, but beyond that...nada!!

Talk to you all tomorrow! Love and hugs...Jeannie

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Had a quiet day. I changed up some recipes to make them work for me. Loaded the dishwasher and let it run and Sparking off and on today.

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Hello everyone! Hope y'all are doing fine......from what I have read there have been quite a few problems. Hope the recovery time goes well. Sending my love to y'all! emoticon

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Just a quick hello and hope all is well with everyone. I am cautiously optimistic about what is going on with my health and want to thank those who have sent up a prayer. It is much appreciated.

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I was almost finished with a long chat post and didn't do anything that I can remember and all of a sudden it disappeared right before my eyes. . .it's so frustrating when that happens and actually makes me mad as I was just minutes away from pushing Post Message. My son couldn't find the message I wrote either so all I'm going to say briefly is we had a little rain this morning for a few hours, every drop of rain we get is very appreciated and needed.

Maybe I'll have time tonight or more likely tomorrow to try to Chat and have it go through.

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Jackie, the fact that insurance companies will pay more for meds than acupuncture costs has me stumped too. Not only do they save money on acupuncture but the patient does not get the side effects of pills. Acupuncture has been around over 2000 yrs. It works. How many class action lawsuits are in the works right now for meds that do damage? Oh well, guess insurance companies have stock in pharmaceuticals. emoticon

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Jackie: Pumpkin pancakes, YUM, they sound really good, I fix South Beach pancakes with oatmeal instead of flour, but I may have to add some pumpkin next time.

Jeanie: I'm so glad Richard is getting his boot off, I know he will love that and you too. Won't be long for you two can head south if you want to.

Jill: Sorry to hear you are still in the triple digits, we had great weather over the weekend, but suppose to be back in the 90's for the next two days and then back to 50's at night and 70's during the day. YEAH emoticon That's my kind of weather, I can start walking outside again, I'm going to have to start a little at a time, up to the corner and back for a few days. My DH has been walking in the evenings for about 30 minutes, I really want to get where I can walk with him. Do hope you start sleeping better.

For those of you who remember Kay or Rubydoodle, she has her last round of the hard chemo this wednesday and then starts a smaller dose for a few more months and a pill. She is doing really well and has thin hair, but hasn't lost it all. She is an amazing lady and a real encouragement to me.

I miss hearing from all of you, as I said my computer time is limited because of other pressing things. So HUGS, HUGS, HUGS: TO ALL OF YOU.

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Happy Monday Spark Friends ... I got up really early (for me) 6:30 AM - here it is 10:30, no breakfast, but all my datawork done (just need to catch up on email)... So I'm taking a break while Mike is making bacon & pancakes (pumpkin)... he feels good today, so I'm happy for that.as this weekend, not so good.

Jeannie - I'm glad Isaac's concussion wasn't bad - but I agree with you, too young for injuries! Hope he is feeling better today.

Nola - yes, seeing our kids sure lifts us up. Glad you got to see your DSs!

Jeanne - yes I've read all 8 books of the Outlander! Hope you're enjoying the series on TV. How can you peel your eyes away from Jamie & Knit!?! Glad your eyes are healing nicely.

Linda - oh my, that is quite a story about your feet! I do believe we all have angels on our shoulders. Hope you are good today.

Jill - I would gladly send you some inches of rain! It's going to start again tomorrow after 2 nice days.

Karen - loved your line - Weeds are flowers that color outside the lines! Some weeds have natural healing properties and we forget this. My Dad lowered his insulin by drinking dandelion root tea my Mom dug up in the backyard! Of course, before people fertilized or chemicalized their lawns.

Babs - you know how I feel about a one pound gain ... We all fluctuate all day long so please don't be hard on yourself. You do so well with the exercise! I'm still trying to get my mojo back on that ...

Linda - isn't that sad that natural therapies aren't covered by insurance! Sorry you are in pain. Summer is my good time ... with winter comes my aches & pains amped from the cold and dampness.

Hey if anyone has recommendations for a red heat lamp, please let me know. I think this is the year I really need to just buy it already.

Well .. have a good day all. Live, Love, Laugh & Be Happy.



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Marvelous Monday Morning. Quick post because the painting has already begun this morning! He slept late yesterday, but still painted the entry (or foyer - but it doesn't really fit into my concept of a foyer - and hallway. He is now working in the DR. Exciting and exhausting. I hauled all the dishes out of the hutch after I dropped Abby off at school. The hutch by itself is light. The buffet - forget it - I told him to 'leave it there and just move it enough to paint.' Jaki (my DD for those of you who don't know) helped move the buffet.

The sunroom, I fear, is for another day off. He has to have a day 'off' too. Yesterday I played around with dishes and 'pretties' and have my new hutch looking pretty, like 'me.'

I have to leave shortly to pay my second installment on my real estate taxes. Several years ago when the economy was so horrible, unemployment so high (still is) and foreclosures were increasing they started giving us 4 installment dates for our taxes vs the 2 we always had in the past. I won't pay mine all at once. I like making the little bit of interest on it and paying it a few days before the due date. In this case the due date is tomorrow! My problem too is that the state of IL is in a ridiculous financial situation due to poor governors.

Jill, you're still in triple digits. So sorry about that, plus a drought. It's beautiful here this AM. I even opened a few windows in the sunroom. It'll only warm up to 79 today if the predictions are right. So once again Brent's social worker failed. I think she deserves to be reported. Seriously. She's hurting him. He isn't the only one I'm sure.

Jeannie, sorry about your GS' concussion. I agree and it's best to err on the side of caution. Love the picture of you and Richard!! You both look terrific.

Linda, broken hip - ouch! Be careful swinging your hips for a rain dance!! Although you did just fine at the luau.

Well my friends I do have to scoot. Lots on my agenda for today.

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Jill, I only used crutches with broken feet. Hard to get around but missed very little work. Worked car dealership, they don't accept doctors notes. emoticon Broken hip is 3 long pins no replacement. I think I may be too dumb to know how much I do hurt at times but for 10 yrs I was able to get acupuncture. Had to give it up Jan this year. Ins does not cover. For ten years I did not need pain meds. Now it's beginning to hit me, so I'm taking arthritis meds. But I really have been gifted with long term friends and a great son and grandson. Somehow I would rather have broken bones than not have a family and friends if fate gave me choice. Hip required 3 mos off. Friends and family did shopping, took me to dr etc. Phys. therapy at my house, could not travel.
Still trying to swing my hips for that rain dance. Very out of shape.
Just trying to cheer you up, drought conditions no laughing matter out there. You guys are in bad shape. Love and hugs, wish I could really help.

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Jeannie...you and I must have posted at the same time. Funny, we both said the same thing about Marco Polo! Crossing my fingers that Richard gets the boot off tomorrow. I could not wait to get mine off. Luckily it came off a week before I went away with my friend.
I am so glad doctors are much more cognizant of concussions in kids. I had a whopper when I was a freshman in high school. I think I was either 12 or 13...8 was the youngest in my class. Anyway, I was playing a game of ice hockey with some friends on a local lake. We didn't have padding or helmets or anything. Heck, I played hockey in figure skates because that is what I had. My poor mother thought she had a delicate daughter. I may have been small and delicate, however, I was a Tom boy through and through. Anyway, I skated over a guy's hockey stick, flipped up in the air and came down head first on the ice. At least that was what I was told a week later. I had no idea. I was in the hospital close to two weeks. I didn't even recognize my parents for four days. I feel so badly about what they must have gone through. I wasn't allowed to play sports at all for the next six months. I wasn't even allowed to touch my tennis racquet. That about killed me, lol.
So...I am glad caution is being used with your grandson.
Have a nice rest of the day!
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Hi, Sparkers! Jill, that is an unbelievable drought! Do you think it will ever get to the point where water usage inside the home will be rationed? Yikes! This is the first Aug/Sept in many many years where our grass is still green. I just could not live in a hot state and I honestly don't know how anyone does it. Give me snow anytime....that must has been so disappointing to both you and Brent when the social worker did not show up. What the heck?
Are you not sleeping well because of the heat? I am not sleeping well again. I was fine starting in December and did well until mid August. I wasn't even taking sleeping pills--I had been on a prescription for years. Now I can't sleep again, but I do not want to take sleeping pills as I do not want them in the house. I am hoping eating more reasonably and getting some exercise might help. Heck, it can't hurt!
I have been doing some meal pre planning as well. Lunch has always been the hardest meal since my friend and I eat out everyday. Since she and I both moved offices, are now in the same building and both of us have conference tables in ijr offices, we have been bringing in our lunches M, T, W. On Thursday I have Rotary and on Friday we do eat out for lunch. It is a nice way for us to end our work week. I make as much of my lunch as I can the night before.
Jill, I wonder if that would work for you? If you made as much of your meals as you can the isn't before while it is a little cooler and then the next day when it is too hot to do anything you can pull a meal out of the fridge!
Babs, the clapping game in the pool reminds me of a game my kids played, "Marco Polo". We did not have access to a pool. However, our house was right across the street from a lake. We had a ladder to use down the steep slope to the rocky beach, but it was completely private. There were also four regular beaches (and a nude beach) within a five minute drive from the house.
"Belly Bombers"! I am still laughing. I don't eat beef, but once in a great while I have a Big Mac attack, including the French fries. I don't like French fries...but those McD ones are irresistible to me. Belly Bombers!
I am glad you like Joe's GF. He seems to have good taste..he has you for a grandmother! Interesting about his first GF. My friend, who I have told you about, first met when we were 14/15. We were so chaperoned that we never even kissed, let alone anything else! I. Think we were so naive back then that we didn't even know what the "anything else" was. In fact, we finally shared that first kiss last November and it was worth waiting all those years for. So was the "anything else", lol!
Funny about several of is setting goals this fall. I did that on 9/3. No idea why--just decided that was the day. So far, so good including starting back at the gym and using the dreadmill. Actually, I like using it. I take my iPad and I can read, listen to music, do some work, check FB and email with my friend in Seattle. Yesterday I took a walk by the river, wore the wrong shoes and have the blisters to show it. Today I am taking it easy unless you count traipsing around the grocery store as exercise. Back at the gym tomorrow after work. I will wear thick socks and band aids, but I am not going to give up this time!
Hello to anyone I didn't mention. Not intentional....my mind can only hold so much info at one time.
I nearly forgot. I have a question....how do you count herbal tea? As a glass of water? Just curious. I counted the herbal stuff as water, but regular coffee and tea I just don't add into the water count. How do you handle it?
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I am so excited! Richard's appt. with the ortho doc is tomorrow afternoon and if everything is good, he will be rid of this boot/air cast. I think I'm more tired of it than he is, as I have to lotion up his foot/leg, put his socks on him and make sure there is padding over the wounds, and then get the boot on. Not hard and so worth it, but tiresome. I'm not complaining, as I'm happy to help, but you know what I mean, I'm sure! emoticon

Well, Babs...your swim time looked more like it lasted a couple days than 50 minutes! LOL! But, regardless, it is such a good way to get some exercise and so much easier on our bodies. Sounds like you have a great time at the pool with Abby. Your game sounds similar to the Marco Polo game our kids used to play when they had access to water. Always fun to find a way to move more!!

How great to hear from your sons, Nola. Hope you enjoy your omelet!

Jill, I'm so sorry it is staying so terribly hot for you. I'm surprised you're still able to water your grass at all. It doesn't happen very often here, but when we've had to ration our water, there was no lawn watering at all. It just goes dormant and when the rains come back, it all greens up again. At least in the Midwest. Your grass and lawns are much different, though...I think...knowing nothing about west coast lawns, as I say that! LOL! Yes...going out to do your shopping when it is cooler is always a good idea.

Linda...good grief! Hope all those broken bones healed well for you! You must have been miserable. You did what you had to in order to take care of your family. Good for you!!!

So good to hear you are doing so well, Jeanne. The temp...you're not dehydrated are you? Hope it is just a flukey thing that isn't important. I don't know if we even have a thermometer any more. Praying for continued progress for you and that the temp is nothing serious.

Karen, blisters? Seriously? Why would you go for a walk wearing the wrong shoes??? This is your mother speaking! LOL! Seriously...take care of those feet so you can do lots more walking! It's great to hear you are working on your exercise again. I keep hoping someday I'll have an attitude transplant that suddenly makes me love exercise. So for, no luck!

Jackie, we aren't going to Isaac's game after all. He had a mild concussion during practice last week, so he won't be playing. He's fine, but they err on the side of caution, which is a good thing and keep them out at least a week (longer if necessary). They're too young to have injuries, in my opinion, but they don't ask Grandma!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend and that we all find a way to make at least one decision to get healthier! I'm having some serious talks with myself about that very thing. Take good care, friends...see you later! Hugs, Jeannie

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