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Happy early birthdays to Theresa and Karen.

Jill, I was lucky in that I only had to get gift cards for my son and send moolah to the children so I am done and thankful for it. It weighs over me when I am not finished and I usually am not so I do not envy you and all the shoppers.

Jackie - you and Mike sure have been having a time of it. Glad he is out of the hospital though. Wishing you both good and better health.

Babs, two weeks of relaxation...woohoo...I hope you get the well-deserved rest. I have not been sleeping well myself lately. I am so v. tired.

CJ, what will I do without your Christmas reminders - seriously?! I Ithink you will have to have Valentine's as your next holiday to countdown to - whattaya think?

Jeanne, it is good to know that the PT worked for you even though you might have overdone it later.

Mona, have fun in Florida.

Nola, I cannot grasp why people need to destroy living things and most especially when it is other people's!

The computer at my 2nd job, which I sit at a desk and greet people as they come in, died so I have to restart and finish this post. I could tell it was dying so I saved and posted the message and it took. At least I had what I wrote.

Glad you are doing better, Jeannie, and hope you get your computer fixed! And I did not plan to write the above note when I ended up reading your note after! lol

Wyndy, I had no idea you are now Sunwyn!!!!

Well looks like I closed the gap to my last post.

take care
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Jill...I am in the same boat as you about Christmas. Nothing is wrapped, lol. In fact, one present is still on the knitting needles! One year I was sewing things and ran out of time...I wrapped up fabric and a pattern.
Today will be picking up groceries to carry us over through the 27th when we come back from CT. We will also pick up the stuff I need to make what I am bringing down to Jess' house.
Funny how things work out...I usually take off the week between Christmas and New Years and this year I decided not to do that. Erika will be home for s bit, but for the most part she is staying with her brother in Boston. I will see her while she and he are both at Jess'. Good thing I am going to be at work, because Jeff (CEO) needs to have major surgery on the 29th and I need to run the place again. We are closing on the purchase of a building on the 30th, so I will go to the closing. My job is interesting all the time, lol. Jeff had a quadruple bypass 8/13 and this surgery is the result of issues with the cable used to put his chest back together after it was cracked open for the heart surgery. It appears that the bone and muscle have somehow grown around the cable and it is causing him extreme pain. His surgery is scheduled for the same day as Jim's. Crazy world, but I am glad I had planned to work anyway.
I try not to get really worked up about the holidays. Unfortunately, my friend is flying into RI today and then driving to his sister's house in CT. He will be east until 1/4 and we will not even see each other! He has meetings with some engineers working with Homeland Security at MIT on Tuesday. Maybe next year, he and I will be together for the holidays!
Theresa...wishing you an early Happy Birthday...I know we are within a day or two of each other.
To all my Spark friends....Merry Christmas to all!
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12/19/14 10:33 P

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I just took the time to read what I wrote this morning on the chat & I couldn't believe how many mistakes I made. I'm really sorry about that. That's what having only 3 hours sleep last night does to me. I obviously forgot to proof read what I wrote on here. Jackie, obviously I know your son's name isn't Christmas emoticon emoticon . . .I'm heading to bed very soon & hope everyone enjoys a good night's sleep. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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12/19/14 4:40 P

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Christmas is just around the Corner and honestly I'm not at all ready for it yet. I should have been with CJ reminding us of how many Fridays before Christmas Day/ I bet you and everyone else has their Christmas Decorations up and gifts as wrapped as well, LOL. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Jackie, So sorry to hear Mike continues to have problems and once again was in the Hospital. I can only imagine how hard it is for both for you to keep your spirits up. I'll be thinking positive thoughts of him to get well and you to continue being positive and and take really good care of yourself. Will you be seeing Christmas soon? I understand how much you love having him there as he's a wonderful son and a good friend as well. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Jackie, You and Babs summed up so beautifully just about what I was going to say to those who had chatted recently. . .

Babs, Enjoy every minute of your time off. You truly deserve a break from work and I'm happy you're happy just being at home and relaxing for awhile. Abby & Joe sure adore you and love being around you especially during the Holidays. They are sure great kids. emoticon

Nola, so glad you were able to finally get out of your lease and will soon be moving into a new place to live. I hope you'll love living there and that your move goes smoothy. emoticon emoticon

Jeannie & Jeanne, I'm also happy you're shoulders are healing and soon you'll feel than ever. . .It's great news Jeannie that you safely arrived in Texas and I hope you're having nice warm weather there. Jeanne, enjoy your time off teaching for a couple of weeks. I know you're happy to have some time off as this is such a busy time of year. emoticon emoticon

Theresa & Barbara & many others, I sure miss having you chat. I hope everything is going well with all of you. emoticon

I could be very wrong but here I was thinking Tisha's and Barbara's Birthdays were tomorrow? I'd better check out the Special Occasions message that Jeannie recently sent out. emoticon emoticon

Karen, You're such a "Work Horse" as you're continuing to work right through the Holidays. I'm glad you'll be seeing your daughter Erika soon especially after a year. I know you must miss her and it's wonderful that all your kids & their SO will be there to Celebrate Christmas with you.

My big accomplishment of the week was finally going to the DMV yesterday and getting a new ID Card with his picture on it. It will arrive in the main in a couple of weeks then I will again pursue getting him into a new Social Services Agency that has many more activities and resources geared to adults with a mental illness. We're both hoping he'll be able to qualify and get in it in a month or two. emoticon

I'm going a little later to the grocery store today. I need more things for our ham dinner on Christmas. No sure if we're going to my son's house for Brunch first. So far we haven't been invited so it's not looking very likely. I'm like you Babs in that I also wouldn't mind spending Christmas alone as I crave more time to myself. I have lots of good books to read thanks to my beautiful giving friend Nola. emoticon emoticon


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12/19/14 2:17 P

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Sorry I haven't been here friends ... I feel like a broken record in that Mike was in the Hospital again for a couple of days. Cellulitis, extreme pain and this time HIGH blood pressure. He's home now. January & Doctor appt. can't come too quickly.

Thank you Babs for recapping so wonderfully. I can hear YOUR inner child coming out with the prospect of being off for 2 weeks! YAY

Yes, CJ - you are certainly a cheery message-type of gal. Glad you had time out with the gals as well!

Happy Birthday to TIsh & Barbara today, I believe!

Jeane & Jeannie - glad to hear that you are both on the mend. That is good news!

Karen - Nah ... I would NEVER disown you! Life Happens always. Glad to hear you are doing well -- Dieting has been hard for me too. I'm trying very hard to not stress out, but it doesn't always work.

Jill - I hope Brent had a good time and that you were able to relax and have some quality downtime as well. Is it still raining a lot where you are? We've had freezing rain, but it is sunny and clear right now. No snow yet.

Well, I'm going to finish up my datawork, my certificates and call it a year for work as well (though It will probably take tili Monday or Tues to finish...)

Joyeux Noel ... Jackie

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Iím excited today. Yes, yes, yes, I keep talking about my time off but 2 whole weeks is exciting for me! 2 weeks of not getting up and rushing to get out of the house by a certain early in the morning. Heaven. Will I sleep? I certainly hope so because I havenít been sleeping well.

Nola, Iím so sorry about your ivy and lily plant. Some people are so mean spirited. I donít understand that. ((Hughs)) Hurrah. Great news on the move.

Jeannie, glad to see a post from you. Been hoping things are going well. Sounds like it. Darn Internet. Hope you do get it worked out. You are missed. But take care of that shoulder, yourself and Richard.

Mona, glad to hear from you. Jeannie had surgery on her shoulder - rotator cuff surgery, but it was pretty extensive. Sheís recuperating though.

Jeanne, sorry you overdid it. I think sometimes we forget and just do what weíre used to doing. Take care of yourself and baby that shoulder.

Hi, CJ. Love your cheery messages. A girls night out sounds perfect!! Yes, we do need to plan one. Weíll have to work on that once we get through the holidays. Great idea.

I've poked around typing this half of the morning. Gosh, that's not getting my work done, but I love Fridays. They're 'my days', meaning I work alone.

Have a Fun Friday.

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Well Ladies here we are, almost Christmas, after tomorrow there will be no more Fridays until Christmas. emoticon emoticon Won't you be glad to not here that from me. emoticon

Jeanne: Glad your recovery is going well, I know the PT sometimes gets to be painful, but it really does help. HUGS AND PRAYERS FOR YOU.

Jeannie: Glad to hear you got to Texas OK, will you be starting your PT in Texas or waiting until you get home. HUGS AND PRAYERS FOR YOU TOO.

Mona: HAVE A GREAT TRIP TO FLORIDA, and we will be glad to hear from you when you get home.

Jill and Babs, Hope things are going well for both of you. You are great Leaders along with Jeannie. HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR. Looking forward to seeing whats in store for our team in the new Year. Time for a girls night out, Maybe in the spring.

Theresa: Where are you, I haven't seen you on here in a few days, hope you are not sick.

To all the rest of you, I think about you often.

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12/18/14 9:04 P

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Hello to all. Half day tomorrow and the a 2 week break. Started PT on Monday. My shoulder felt so good when I left the clinic, but I must have overdone it the next couple of days as I had to take another sick day today. It sure has been slow going. Many thanks for all the goodies and comments on my page. I have had the team in my thoughts and prayers. hugs ~ jeanne

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Hi everyone~~stopping by to say hello and I honestly am going to start to be a regular again after I get back from FL, Jan 6.

Babs~~Cooper has an elf on the shelf and his name is "Elf" (so original) He has gotten into some silly circumstances too and he even made it to my daughter's in
Alpharetta and home. Amazing little guy.

Is Jeannie okay? I missed what happened. Sure hope she is feeling fine.

Jill~~glad you got some time to relax. I still have shopping to do too but just not going to worry about it this year. If I don't get done before we will go after Christmas. Of course I have Cooper's done and the cards are mailed with $$ for the other grands.

Everyone take care and I think of this team every day and remember you all in my prayers.

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Received an email asking me when I would like to move! emoticon

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have tried to post a short note a couple of times but our internet access is temperamental, at best. anyway, wanted to let you know i'm making slow but steady progress, with only 3 1/2 more weeks in the sling and when i start therapy. we made it to tx. will try to get this internet thing worked out soon!! be well, friends! love jeannie

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I was just in the hallway and someone has been tearing up my plants. someone is taking pieces from my Ivy. I have a little tree that was given to me by a friend 3 years ago and it has been torn apart. My lily plant is dying. it is so sad.

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One more day and ĎIím outta here!í 2 weeks off. I cannot wait. I donít intend to work at home, i.e. organizing, nothing - unless, of course, itís some of my art stuff. I want to get to the gym and do some water walking. I want to try different veggie recipes possibly with rice, paint my nails (toes AND fingers), play, play, play - oh, and celebrate Christmas and New Years. Thatís the plan and Iím stickin to it.

No big snow and my GS just called and heís at a country store about 4 mins from his dadís. So heís safe. I feel better. No snow predicted for Saturday when he plans to return. At least no snow predicted here. Heíll have to watch the weather in the Ozarks.

Someone asked about my plans for Christmas. I donít really like to leave on the holidays. I want to be home. Joeís GF wants him to come to her familyís again. He told me he told her Ďno, that heís staying home.í I told him to go. Do not stay home just for me. He said he wonít leave me. He left me on T-giving and it bothered him all day. Why? I was actually happy. Loved watching Christmas movies all day without anyone to nag me and want something. He really wasnít gone all day anyway. He said it doesnít matter. Iím stuck with him. Abby might go to her momís Christmas Eve if sheís off work. She was originally scheduled to work that night but now she said she thinks she might be off. However it goes I will have Abby for Christmas. My home is her Ďhomeí and itís where Santa will come.

Her Elf on a Shelf has been into some mischief. Her name is Taylor and she got into my make-up the other morning. Had eye shadow on her face! The next day she was sitting in my jewelry box with necklaces, earrings and bracelets wrapped around her. Then she got into the candy this morning and ended up with her candy wrappers sitting by the picture of Santa, the Grinch and Dasher! Sheís a fun Elf. Iíve had fun with her this year. I really do believe itís Abbyís last year to believe.

Oh, I know what else I want to do during my 2 weeks off. I want to go see the new ĎAnnieí movie. It looks great! My sister wants me to come visit her for a few days. Weíll see. It gets so hectic during the holidays and the weather is so Ďiffy.í Plus, I just want to relax and do what I want to do.

Nola, I honestly donít understand what the deal is with your apt. not wanting to let you out of your lease when it was their idea in the first place. Sorry you have to deal with this. However, you seem to have things under control and are handling it very well.

Hi, Wyndy, you go Girl!! You are back on track and Iím happy for you.

Jackie, so happy you found someone to handle the website. You definitely need a break. Glad the party was fun last night. I totally agree. Itís fun to just let your child come out sometimes. Giggles with friends is always fun. Exercise too!

Karen, so glad you posted. All work and no play . . . Come. Come. Youíll have a wonderful Christmas in CT. Hey. They should make a movie out of that. (He, he). Hope you find time to relax.

Lunch is over. Late lunch today. I found WW 'Smart Ones' on sale last week 5/$10. I had a chicken fettuccini today. Delish!

Back to work. I'm getting there. 1 more day - Hurrah!!

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I thought I had better post before you all disown me! I am well, just busy at work, busy at home knitting and just plain busy! Tomorrow night I am having dinner with my friend Beth. Friday morning is the 7am breakfast group, Friday at noon I will be having a Christmas lunch with two friends and on Friday evening I will be out with the staff from the largest branch. I think altogether there are 14 of us...should be a fun evening. My entire week has been like this, lol. Diet? Well, I try, but......
I might just have to restart everything on 1/1!
My special friend and I will not be seeing each other over the holiday, sad to say. We have opted to go away for a few days in the spring. He is coming east for Christmas and to facilitate a meeting at MIT. Ah...so close! It actually would not surprise me if he showed up in my office on Monday as a surprise.
Babs..I love the stuff you do with Abby. What a fun grandmother! How nice that you will have an extended time off. This year, I am actually working through the holidays and only taking 12/26 off. I have not done that for like 20 years. It is better for me to be working than to stay at home while Jim is on school vacation.
Jill. Dear...I am glad that Brent had a good time visiting his brother's home. Were you able to relax a bit while he was out?
Jackie, I wish you and Mike better health in the new year. You have certainly had your share of issues between the two of you.
Nice to see Wyndy back! I missed you!
I hope Jeannie and Jeanne are doing ok....same with Barbara and Nola and CJ. Sending Gheresa a hug as well, because her birthday is either the same day as mine or the day before or after. I can't remember.
All of us are spending the holiday in CT at Jess' house. Looking forward to seeing Erika especially. I have not seen her since last Christmas!
I know I missed some folks, and I am sorry. My brain is tired from work!
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Sigh 3rd time posting - the computer or internet is weird today...

Greetings dear friends, hope you are well.

Yes, the SA Christmas Party was a lot of fun last night. My quartet is kinda goofy so we acted like we were kids in college, I swear. It is good sometimes just to be goofy and have fun. We sang, we ate, we exchanged gifts. Off until January, which is a nice break.

Babs - happy to hear you will have a nice break! Me, too if I can stay away from the computer & emails! I did hire a gal to eventually take over the website and rebuild from scratch. My eyes are tired and so am I. So I am relieved about that.

Jill - thanks for thinking of me always - even with the troubles you experience. You have such a big heart, as a lot of people on this board are so very caring... I'd name you all, but I don't want to leave anyone out. Looks like 2015 will be doctors for me & Mike. between my eyes & thyroid and his issues....

Well I do wish everyone happiness in your corner of the world ... may your dreams be happy and bright!

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Starting off with breakfast, not the diabetic one but my regular I'm full of pills and don't want to eat one. emoticon but at least it's breakfast.

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I had to slow down on my packing as most everything that is not needed has been packed. I am going to concentrate on organizing what is left and staying warm the rest of the week. I have submitted my case to Adult protective services and we sill see what happens next. The owner and management are still refusing to let me out of my lease so that I can move.
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Good morning Spark Friends.

You can certainly tell weíre in the throes of the holidays. Even this normally very, very chatty team is soooooo quiet! Unbelievable. Itís the norm this time of year though.

Iím still not finished wrapping gifts. My problem is doing it at night is tough for me. Iím tired by then. Iíve noticed that Iím aging! Weekends arenít easy with Abby here. Iím going to have to work around this. Sheís going to her momís tonight. Jakiís off work tonight. I doubt that Iíll wrap. I didnít sleep well last night. Woke up around 2:30 and that was it! Makes the days so long.

Joe is planning on leaving in the morning to visit his dad. Iím worried because we have the possibility of snow in the forecast. Heís old enough to make his own decisions, but youth doesnít always think wisely. Theyíre invincible!

Hope Jeannie and Jeanne continue to heal and feel better every day.

Nola, hope your packing and moving is Ďmoving alongí nicely.

Wyndy, so happy to see that youíre back!

CJ, did you see that Wyndy has returned? New name - Sunwyn. I think you asked about her a couple of times recently.

Jackie, hope SA was fun last night and that Mike is feeling better each day. Hopefully Christopher will be home during the holidays.

Alice, Mona, Linda, Barbara, I hope your worlds are happy ones.

Jill, Iím so happy to see that Brent had a great time at his brotherís. Every positive step is a step in the right direction.

CJ, you are a dear friend indeed. Iím sure your good friend will appreciate your help. It will be good for both of you actually. She needs you and your love and concern right now.

Jill, you asked if Iím taking time off for the holidays. Yes. Iím taking off 2 weeks. Iíll work through Friday this week, 12/19. Then I wonít be back until Monday, Jan. 5th!! Yippee!! Iím looking forward to it.

I plan to begin a simple mini challenge the first of the year. Be watching . . .

Have a Wonderful Wednesday.

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Just wanted to say Good Night to ALL, I did have a better day working in the clothes closet, I will miss it, but I've already picked up another thing to do. My friend who lost her son, needs lots of help, so I'm going to try to go in once a week and help do what I can. Her grand-daughter moved in with her and helps out a lot, but she has a job, so will all just work together to get things done.

Jeannie, Hope you made it to Texas ok, we miss hearing from you on the chat.

Still have some work to do before bed so I'm going to close for today.

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Wanted to drop by to say Hello and that I hope everyone is doing as well as possible. It's raining here today which we really need but changed my mind about going out in it today. My car is 21 years old and not acting well & when it rains it acts worse. It's kind of nice having the luxury of doing some shopping on a nice day.

I'm really enjoying having a new wonderful working Washer and Dryer again. I haven't yet bought many Christmas gifts but have cut down my list of who I'm able to give to this year. My GC Noah & Emma are at the top of my giving to list. Not yet sure what Noah would like but I did renew his Highlights & Ricky Ranger Magazines. He loves getting them in the mail and reads them from cover to cover. Emma only has heard some of the Frozen music & sings to them, it's so cute to see her singing. She's more of a girly girl and believe me Noah is all boy. Brent had a great time with them and his brother & sister-in-law last Saturday. Scott put together his new telescope but unfortunately it wasn't a very clear night so they could only see a few stars.

Jackie, I'm also so sorry to hear that Mike is in pain and not doing as well as he was. Do you think it's his Diabetes that's causing him so many health problems this year or circulation problems? I know he had a stroke years ago and it's been hard on him as well as you. I'll be praying for him to feel much better with less pain and you to have enough inner & physical strength to help him through this difficult time. Have you been having more SA rehearsals or performances coming up? I'm glad you're able to get out and sing your hear out & maybe forget for a bit all the difficulties going on with Mike. You're a very wonderful caring Mom, Friend and Wife.

Babs, are you able to keep up with all the work at your job this time of year? Will you get some time off for Christmas and New Years even though I know you work for a Wonderful Jewish family. They sure are great people to work for and those awesome trips they've given you to other parts of the World is truly amazing. Out of curiously will you be hosting a big Christmas Dinner or going to your Sisters this year? I'm not really sure yet what we're doing. I did buy a 9# spiral sliced ham on sale so plan on having it for our Christmas Dinner along with a few side dishes. I'm going to make Alice's tasty sounding Angel Food cake with pie filling for dessert. I think they might even have a lower calorie/less sugar one, if so I'll use that. Alice, I appreciate your sharing this cake recipe with us. emoticon

CJ, I always love how positive you are. . .and I'm waving right back to you. emoticon Happy 4th Spark Anniversary my friend. . .I can't believe next month it'll be 5 years for me. I wish I could slow down time a bit but that's why I need to make better use of my time. Happy New Years to Everyone. I hope it's the best year yet for all of us. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Babs, I've been in 3 of the 5% Challenges and in my first one I did lose about 10# which I was very happy about. But in the last two 5% Challenges I made very little WL progress. But, they are fun and a way to get to know other Sparkers. I may join one in the near future.

SP is so quiet during the Holiday Season & I can look at my friend feed in about 5-10 minutes as not too many are doing much Sparking it seems right now.

Rain or Shine I Spark as enjoy it too much to stay away. I did post up a fun Christmas question but very few have answered it. Please check it out when you can. It's fun reading what other people like. . .

Have a wonderful peaceful evening. For those that aren't up to par I'll pray for you to feel better soon.

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Everyone must be shopping or wrapping gifts or indulging in the 'spirits!!!' emoticon

Jackie, so sorry to hear that Mike's backsliding. I hope he gets some good news next week when he visits the doctor. Prayers for both of you.

Hello, CJ. How nice to see you waving at me.

Did anyone else decide to join the 5% Challenge? I'm hoping to do well with it. I need all of the boosts, umph, I can get.

More changes when I logged on to SP today. Wonder why they continuously make changes. I shouldn't complain. SP is free. I love it too.

Have a Terrific Tuesday.

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Good Morning Team: Hope everyone is having a good week, It won't be long now until we are wishing each other a HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2015. So I'll just start a little early.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, emoticon emoticon emoticon 2015. Not really trying to hurry Christmas along, just thinking about some new goals and ways to meet them for the new year.

I can't chat much this morning, its my day to go and help at the clothes closet, This will be my last time. There is a new company taking over and expanding the food pantry and the clothes closet, so I am taking this opportunity to leave because my back and knees are not able to really help them much any more. I have enjoyed it a lot.

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Happy Monday all ... hectic day as usual People trying to cram in last minute requests ... I'll be glad when we get closer to Christmas as the emails and phones should be less!

Good for you Babs on losing ... that's commitment!

I think with the holidays everyone is quite busy ...

Mike seems to have backslid a bit ... so back to the doctor on 12/23 and 1/2 for more tests, etc. Breaks my heart to see him like this energetically and in pain.

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So sorry I didnít get here over the weekend. You know how it goes . . . ďThe best intentions . . .Ē I canít believe 2 days have flown by. My niece was in town and she came over Saturday evening and came back Sunday morning to go to Mass with Abby and I, and then to Abbyís Christmas program. It was wonderful to have her with us.

We did some Christmas light excursions. Then there was the usual laundry, cleaning, etc. Got Christmas cards addressed, a few presents wrapped.

I did lose a little - Ďalmost a pound.í I donít feel upset with that either. I lost!! Hurrah!! Hopefully Iím back on the right track.

This may be very short. I have so much to accomplish this week and I have a conference call this afternoon. That means Ďget it together this morning!í

I can't respond to everyone. I really do have quite a bit to accomplish here.

Jill, so very sorry about Brent. Hugs and prayers that everything works out for the best.

Jeannie, I guess by now you're in TX!! Glad you are learning to type one-handed. I signed up for the 5% Challenge. Thanks so much for posting the link.

Alice, congrats on the new addition!

Jackie, hope things are still improving for Mike.

Barbara, Linda, CJ, Jeanne and 'everyone!' Happy Monday to you.

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Yeah, I really can't see how they thing North West is cool...how utterly ridiculous...I do like the name North though. That kid is never going to hear the end of it in school if she goes to school and is not home taught.

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Alice. Congrats on becoming a great grandma. Love the name Kinsey. Did you hear about the two dumb celebs who named their daughter North West?? Poor child, its as bad as a boy named Sue. emoticon

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Congrats...that is some Christmas gift!!! woohoo.

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Hello y'all!! I just have to tell you on Friday I became a great grandma!! My grand daughter gave birth to a little girl, 7 lb 4 oz, 19 inches long. Her name is Kinsey West. It is so exciting!! A definite Christmas gift!!

Everyone is so very busy with all the plans for the holiday. Jill - I hope you are able to find the right fit for Brent. I know it is difficult for you but you have been so strong even though you feel like giving up. I am praying for you and your son. Jackie - I think it is wonderful how you are keeping up with all that you have had to do. I hope Mike feels better. I think it is great you have had your quartet performance. I will look forward to the photos!

I am going to make pumpkin pies this afternoon. I will not be making bread until tomorrow. I love to bake and cook, in general. What I do not have to portion control. :( So I stick to MRE's of sorts. Yesterday I tried a new recipe that y'all have probably tried. It takes one box of angel food cake mix (dry) and you mix one 22 oz can of pie filling. Whip it together thoroughly and pour it into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. That is it!! I have tried Lemon, Raspberry and Blueberry pie filling. It is 41 calories for a 2 inch square. It fills the pan and rises to the top while baking but falls as it cools into bars. No eggs, no oil. I love it!! it gives me a little a taste of sweet!

Babs and Cj, and everyone else, I hope your weekend has been a good one!!! I think y'all are great!! emoticon

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Just stopping by to say hi and get caught up ... as you know it has been particularly busy for me between Mike's illness, work, and preparing for the SA Xmas Concert which we held last night. I'll try to upload some pixs. I do have a video of my quartet singing which I can't public post, but if you want to see it, I can try to see if I can email to you. We had a great, but exhausting time. Tech rehearsal was at 11:30 - 1st performance 3 - 5:30 pm, then a light supper, back on at 7 PM followed by another performance at our After Glow!

I was sooo tired in between performances that I have to figure out an energy drink next time - though not health (and I don't drink pop) ... Mountain Dew was the only thing that perked me up enough to make it through TWELVE HOURS. We didn't finish until 11 pm by the time we cleaned up,

I see lots of you are busy with Christmas - presents and decorating. How nice.

Jill - so sorry to hear about everything you are still going thru with Brent. I may be naive, but is there a patient advocate available for Brent?

I'm going to put my diva gear away then put up my feet and snooze to TV while the chicken soup cooks in the crockpot.

Wishing you all a good day ... Jackie O

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Happy Saturday to all,

Wow! There's no way to catch up with all the posts. It sounds as if everyone is busy with holiday plans, whether they involve family and friends, or paying it forward with community service.

Just want to stop by and let you know that you are all in my thoughts.

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Hi everyone. i've discovered i can sort of type with 1 hand if i dont try to use proper caps and punctuation...lol!!

some time ago there was some interest expressed by a few people in getting involved in a 5%weight loss challenge. you can check out the link below for more interest. The teams are a lot of fun, but i should warn you that there is an expectation that you will be actively involved all aspects of the challenge. let me know if you need more info, see below:


The 2015 Winter Challenge Community is open for sign ups. Please let your friends know.

Upon joining, please read the sticky topics. You may have read the FAQ before, but please read it again as a refresher of the Challenge Rules.

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Jill, unfortunately Garfy has been too good lately. When he's good I am afraid he is getting sick. I know that's silly. But, being good is not his thing. I am chasing him around feeling his nose and every time he sneezes I am giving him Lysine which is a homeopathic to cure cat colds. Seems like the little fellow can't win. emoticon

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Jill, I am sorry that you and your son are having such a hard time.

My birthday is at the end of next week, and I only mention it because I am turing 65. In some ways I can't believe it...wasn't I just 19 years old a little while ago? lol

On the other hand, I am glad I reached this milestone age, but I must admit I am a bit tired. Working two jobs, getting little sleep worrying over money issues, and not having a good health year, can get one just plain tired!

So in light of that, I wish everyone an early and VERY HEALTHY 2015!

best
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My therapist wrote a letter asking the owner to give me a release from my lease as the trauma here has triggered my PTSD, I keep packing and hoping and staying in touch with the other resident place.
I hope that the next couple of weeks are full of joy and peace for all. emoticon

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Thank you Linda, I feel the same way about you. I hope you'll be able to find a suitable job soon. I would go back to work if I physically was up to it, plus I'm my son's caretaker and transportation service, etc. I hope "sweet" Garfy is behaving well today, now that would be a Red Letter Day, wouldn't it? emoticon emoticon

I've changed my mind and instead of putting Brent in another Psychiatric Hospital which overall didn't help him I'm going to continue to pursue my plans to get him in a new Agency that has awesome resources and help for people with a mental illness. This Thursday I'm taking him to the DMV as he needs a new CA ID card, his old one expired. He has to then go in for a hour and a half to be interviewed, etc. They want to see if he's right for their programs there and I hope he is. I'm also very soon getting him out of the Agency he's in as there is nothing much there for him to do. His Psychiatrist is very uncaring and never calls me back when I have a major problem with him, etc. And after me asking almost begging for a Psychologist for him which they have several qualified ones on staff they finally gave him a Student Intern. I'm so feed up with just about everything there.

Yesterday I put out in my living room 4 beautiful large red Pointsetta plants and due to Snoopy thinking a Christmas Tree is a Fire Hydrant no Christmas tree for us either. So, my house isn't very Christmas festive but my GC house is which I'm glad it is. Brent is going there this afternoon to spend time with his brother, sister-in law and Noah & Emma. He's really excited and his brother, Scott, is putting together a good telescope I bought him on Amazon a few weeks ago. So Scott with Noah's (ha, ha) help will put together the telescope so they can all enjoy it tonight when it's dark enough to see the stars, moon & maybe some planets using it.

I'm looking forward to having some quiet and calm here for a nice change. I might use the time to read and call a friend and maybe my sisters. I'm sure they'll have Brent stay for dinner so it'll be a win-win for both of us.

Safe & Happy Travels Jeanne. I hope your pain lessens and your shoulder mobility increases soon. Your a real trooper for traveling right now. I hope the weather in Texas is nice and warm there.

Babs, I love the picture of Abby looking so pretty and Christmas festive by your big Christmas Tree. Thank you for sharing your beautiful kids with us. I hope you enjoy some quality quiet time while both Abby & Joe are away. You sure deserve that.

CJ, I know it's unbelievable but I haven't yet bought one Christmas gift yet. I know what I want to buy online and maybe I'll do that today. I honestly can't believe that Christmas is just around the corner.

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Jill, you are a wonderful person and do not deserve the pain of having a sick child. They are our children no matter how old they get. Praying that you find help for him soon. He is also in pain. I am hoping it does not drain you so much you cannot enjoy the holidays. emoticon
To everyone, I wish you a wonderful holiday season. I log in daily, but can only dive in to conversations occasionally. I am now going full force looking for a job. It takes so much time to go through all the sites listings (I get emails). emoticon

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Jill, I am so very sorry that Brent is not doing well. I pray that you find a very good hospital to care for him. I pray for you, him and your entire family. Thank goodness you have your washer & dryer - no more laundromat!

Darlene, how great to see a post from you. Sorry your mom seems to be having some problems. Check in and chat whenever you can. Love to hear from you.

Alice, what a lovely way to celebrate Christmas. We all have our own way of celebrating. Yours is a very giving way and I commend you for that.

Mona, enjoy your trip. Safe travels. This is an extremely difficult time of year after losing a loved one. So today would be your 20th Anniversary - you have 20 years of wonderful memories with you.

CJ, hello to you too! How in the world did we get down to 2 Fridays so quickly??? Sure went by fast.

I posted 2 more pictures. One is Abby last night before we left the house for her school Christmas concert. She was so excited and happy. The little stinker did not tell me that she and another girl were singing ĎFor the First Time in Forever!í Right there. Microphones. In front of everyone! She sang parts by herself and did it beautifully. The little girl sang some parts, and then the school chimed in on some parts. They werenít the only 2 who did that. There were a lot of songs done that way. She said she wanted to surprise me. Oh, boy, did she ever.

I also posted a picture of the cute gingerbread house. Mine wonít be as large as the one in the bank. Iím guessing that one is about 4' tall, at least, and possibly 5' in length. Itís adorable. Karen, you might check it out for a decoration at one of your banks next year. Maybe you could push Ďconstruction loansí at the same time!! You came up with the construction hat idea. Play around that one. I just love the house. Itís so simple. Cardboard. Paper plates and colored tissue for the roof. I was thinking you could even make candy for it with colored cellophane. Weíll have fun playing with it.

Jeannie & Richard are enroute to TX as of today. Happy & Safe travels.

Have a wonderful, Fantastic, Fabulous, Fun-Filled Friday!

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Well team its Friday, so after today there is only one more Friday until Christmas or 2 more Fridays and Christmas day will have already passed. Not sure what I will be counting next, I guess Easter. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Mona: I hope you enjoy your football game, I love football and I do hope the Steelers win, I like BIG Ben. emoticon emoticon I really like your profile picture, I collect lighthouses and lighthouse pictures.

Jill: I am so sorry to hear about Brent, I will be praying for him and for you and for a place for
him to stay and get him some help.

Alice: That sounds like a wonderful way to spend your Christmas holiday, I like to celebrate Christmas and Easter all year round.

Jeannie: Hope the shoulder is not giving you to much trouble and the exercises you have to do is not to painful.

Got to Go for now, for some reason my computer is not working very well:

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Hi everyone. Going away this weekend to my daughter's in Atlanta. Going to a Pittsburgh Steeler game Sunday and then heading home. I have had a horrible cough and cold but been trying to get well enough to go. I think I will without sharing with everyone.

Haven't done as well with posting as I thought I would. The holidays are tough and tomorrow would have been our 20th anniversary. But I am NOT giving in!!

Jill~~you are in my thoughts and prayers for sure!!

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I'm going through a very difficult time with my son Brent. In fact he's so mentally sick these days that I'm looking for a good mental hospital for him. It hurts me really bad but the last few days he's been suicidal and has terrible thoughts. He's been waking us up in the wee hours of the morning screaming really hard and sobbing uncontrollably. I love him dearly but it's best for him to be in a hospital where they can help him feel better and start to enjoy things he used to. Please pray for him. . .

It's a real pleasure to have a new Washer/Dryer to use here at home. They are amazing with a much larger tub and the dryer drys a large load of thick towels in around 20-30 minutes. I'm very blessed to have them and it's the most wonderful gift ever. I'm very thankful for my kind long time friend who gifted me with them.

I also wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and hope that all of you are doing and feeling well. We're supposed to have lots of rain here starting tonight. I read that Northern CA has been hit hard with bad storms.

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Hope the holiday season is great for y'all! We do not celebrate with santa and lots of gifts. It is more like paying it forward. Christmas Eve it is the midnight service......Christmas day is working at the Community dinner. We chose a family off the Giving tree and buy or make presents for the family along with a box of food with some homemade cookies. It is not enough to make the whole year great but it is the best we can do. We firmly believe that Christmas gifts are given all year long so we can celebrate Jesus and those less fortunate then us for the Christmas season. Our family time is usually a day or so after Christmas. We do have a tree only mine is quite small (no room for a bigger one) On Christmas Eve before church I enjoy "The Nutcracker" and over the season I love to watch the cartoon specials as well as Jimmy Stewart's classic. I am waiting for my first great grandchild's birth this month. It is so exciting!! emoticon

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Just wanted to say hello and wish all my friends a Merry Christmas. Sorry I have been gone so long. I am really having a time with Mom, she doesn't leave me with much time for me. I just wanted to let you know I am still alive a kicking(not very high) lol. I will try to get on more often I miss the fun and companionship
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Quick note to say 'hi.' Today is a short day for me. It's Abby's Christmas concert for school. So I'm leaving early.

Karen, you have way too much snow for me.

So happy to see your wave, CJ! emoticon Puts a smile on my face.

Hello to everyone. Lots of work waiting.

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Babs, you are right. There would be nothing but giggling going on at the construction site!
Woke up this morning still a bit stiff after my fall, but that is minor compared to what some of you have been experiencing, my wish for Christmas (and any day), is that those who are ailing and under the weather start to feel better including family and friends. I also hope that for anyone dealing with emotional issues that they find peace as well.
Today I woke up to another 4" of snow. We don't even bother shovel that...we just look at it as heavy flurries. To get a Vermonter's attention about snow, there would have to be at least 10"--just high enough for a regular car to bottom out. Lol....yes, we are pretty hardy here!
I am spending today from 3-6pm selling Christmas trees for Rotary again. Temp should be in the mid to high 30s range, so I guess I won't freeze, lol!
Jill...I can't wait for the washer/dryer report. That is a big deal and I am so happy for you!
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Babs: Just for you, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm sorry I haven't chatted much, We have been visiting with our friend who lost her son, and then trying to get some work done around here, Things are beginning to settle down some. I am working on my winter wonderful me challenge and some other goals I have set for myself that I will try and tell you all about later when I get some extra time.

Has anyone heard from Francie or Joan of Spark or Grandpattie, or Gail. I miss all of them.

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No time to respond individually this time, so just want to say hello and send my prayers and affection to all.

Jill, thanks for your kind words...

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Babs, would you believe even Garfy is being good for Santa!
Happy Holidays to everyone. The posts are few and far between now. Guess it will pick up in Jan. emoticon

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2 weeks from tonight Ďthe big guyí will come leave wonderment beneath the Christmas tree. Are you excited?

Karen, thatís a wonderful idea - construction hats. Iíll look. I bet they do have them. Want to come work on the site with us? There would be a lot of giggling going on. We could even do some hip hop with Abby! Happy knitting.

Jill, thanks for the lovely comments on the pictures. It definitely was fun to watch Abby. Iím so glad Scott & Lori have invited Brent for the afternoon. I remember when they did that before everyone enjoyed it.

Joe & Amanda - gosh, I hope thereís no wedding in the immediate future. Theyíre both still in school. She has to get her associates and then get into vet school. I know one thing. They arenít going to live with me. No way. No how! I love him dearly and sheís darling. But I have hung out the ĎNo Vacancyí sign at my house! My daughter has her own apt now - well, she doesnít live there alone her goofy Ďsignificant otherí is living there too. But Abby is just now beginning to go spend the night on Jakiís nights off. So for sure Iím not filling any vacancies.

Jeannie & Jeanne, hope you continue to improve and feel less pain.

Nola, hope things regarding your apartment are moving along in a positive direction.

CJ, hey GF - I miss seeing your waves!

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Jackie, last night was SA and Iím sure it was enjoyable.

Alice, Linda, Barbara . . . and anyone I may have missed - Happy Hump Day to you.

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Karen, I'm glad your feeling well with no bruises or broken bones after your fall today. I did read the Northeast was hit with a lot of hard rain and snow. Be careful my dear friend when your driving in it. I remember well my Mom telling me that as she always thought I drove way too fast. I drive slower than a Turtle now and can be called the "Little Old Lady from Pasadena" remember that old 60s Jan & Dean song? Is your Credit Union closed for business today? I'm so excited and still waiting for Costco to call me and give me the 4 hour time frame as to when they will be here. Tomorrow The Delivery Driver will can me 1/2 hour before they arrive. Enjoy your knitting time today. Are you making lots of hats and socks to give to your family for Christmas gifts? emoticon emoticon

Babs, I love the new pictures you put up on Abby at her Holiday Dance Class. She looked so cute and ready to dance, dance, dance. I bet you loved watching her performance when you came back. Joe and his sweetheart are a really cute couple. It looks like she barely comes up to his shoulders as he's a really tall and handsome guy. You may in the near future be giving an engagement Party for them. Your house is really beautiful and your yard looks lovely. Wouldn't a Spring or Summer wedding be beautiful. I might be jumping the gun about them but they look so cute and in love. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Lori, my dil, is making really pretty & cute one of a kind girl's headbands. They are really unique and and I think would make great gifts for girls. emoticon In case you want to check them out I'll put the link at the bottom. Thank you for taking the time to look at them. She wants to be able to stay at home raising their 2 children Noah & Emma. Maybe when Emma is in school she'll look for work outside the home. She's a great Mom to my GC emoticon .

Brent and I went to his Dr's appointment this morning and then he walked our dog. Now he's sound asleep which he rarely is during the day. On Saturday he's going to his Brother's house and he'll have fun talking to all of them and playing with Noah and Emma There. If all goes well he'll be there 3-5 hours. I'm looking forward to having some quiet time while he's gone. It's nice of my son Scott and Lori to have him over. I really appreciate them doing that for us. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Babs....maybe if there is a Dollar Store near you, they might sell plastic construction hats. Wouldn't that be fun to wear while you and Abby were making the gingerbread house?
Jill....can't wait for your new washer and dryer to arrive! That was so nice of your friend!
Jeannie, I am glad you're on the mend, even though it sounds like it will take awhile. At least you have the surgery behind you.
Theresa...where are you? We need some Pyne stories! Jackie, have a good time with the performance on Saturday. This must be such a nice time of year for you to perform.
I am still knitting like crazy lol....
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What a day to celebrate. Made the 4th installment on my real estate taxes this morning. I absolutely hate paying them. I know I have to pay them. I know that some of the money goes for good causes, needs. But why oh why do they have to be so darn high!! This year I got a break to the tune of close to $400. Thatís a lot. Why? Iím old!!

Jill, Iím so happy to see that Brent went to lunch with you and your friends and had a great time. Thatís very positive and good news. Happy for you and for him.

Jackie, glad to see that Mike continues to have some good days. Thatís progress. Enjoy your SA Christmas performance on Saturday. Thatís something fun to look forward to.

Jeannie, my goodness my friend - youíre one-handed, sore shoulder, and got a shot in your eye!! You remain upbeat. You are terrific!

Karen, thank goodness youíre OK after a fall. Be careful though. Jeanie thought she was OK too. Iím definitely not a pessimist, but I am a realist. If you have pain, please see a doctor!

Glad we arenít having snow. There really isnít any snow or sleet/freezing rain in the forecast - at least there isnít today. We all know how the weather can change on a whim.

I mentioned going to the bank this morning to pay real estate taxes. Their decorating theme this year is gingerbread men. They had their tree up and next to it was the most adorable gingerbread house!! Welllllll, I said - I love it! I need to ask our drivers for a big box and let Abby make one. She said well it just so happens we got that box from Home Furniture (The retail store also owned by my employer, and the building I work in.). Itís big one. Like from a freezer or possibly a recliner since they arrive on a pallet, in a box. I think Iíll have the guys save me a box for Abby. We can make one during the holidays. The roof was from paper plates with bunched up colored tissue paper glued to the plate. Door cut out, and windows cut out. Shutters drawn on it. It was just adorable. Weíll have fun becoming construction workers!

Better work instead of dreaming and playing.

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Home from work today because of the storm. I love driving in this stuff, but our road has not been treated all all. I did fall down my steps this morning, no injuries, lol! Made sense to stay home and knit!
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Hi, my very dear friends!! I wish it was easier for me to type with one hand, but it is really hard. Just want you to know I am making good progress...at least I think I am. Have first FU sppt tomorrow and am looking forward to that. As I am allowed more activity, I will be back. I'm trying to read the posts and keep an eye on you all!! Had my 3rd shot in the eye today, too, so now I also can't see so well, LOL...that will be fine by morning. You'd better behave because I'm watching!! emoticon Love, jeannie

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Hello and Happy Monday all.

Jill - saw that you were gifted by a really caring friend. That is awesome. She must be an Angel.

Babs - Love to hear about Abby's dancing stories. Makes me smile...

Jeannie - Hope you continue to heal nicely and are feeling better today.

CJ - your note scared me too about Christmas. I went right online and ordered some gifts to send to Christopher and friends!

Joanna - you sound really busy - I need to re-read your note when my eyes aren't so tired at the end of a database day!

Hello to Nola, Linda, Barbara, Karen (still have bad weather?) and others who may be getting ready to Christmas.

I'm hanging in there ... Mike has better days but still really needs to see the surgeon in Jan. Keeping busy with work and SA. Our Christmas Performance is Saturday and I got to make sure the costumes fit as I gained a little weight since last year, which is not a good thing. I see there is a new challenge, so I better Join it...

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I had a great weekend. On Saturday I went out to lunch with 4 of my friends and for the first time Brent wanted to join us. We were celebrating 2 of their December Birthdays. We talked, laughed and certainly enjoyed the food. I was happy to see Brent having a good time. He knows all but one of them there.

CJ, OMG only 17 days before Christmas kinda scares me. I have in mind what I want to buy my family but don't want to have "Buyers Remorse". Like most of you I do most of my shopping online. It's so much better & easier than getting out to the crowded stores. CJ, I hope your friend who lost her son unexpectedly recently is doing better. What a heartbreak for her and everyone who knew him. I love your positive attitude!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm also looking forward to the New WL Challenge as I mainly just spun my wheels in the last Challenge.

Babs, What a great time Abby had at the Holiday Dance Class. I can visualize her smiling really big and loving her dancing time. You must be such a proud Mom of her and also wonderful Joe. I can't wait to look at the new pictures you posted of Abby Dancing and Handsome Joe with his Sweetheart. emoticon emoticon

Barbara, So glad to hear you're feeling better. You sound very busy these days but I have a feeling you thrive on that but it can be exhausting as well. I hope your sleeping better also. For some reason recently I've been getting around 6-8 hours every night but sometimes I'm still dragging by the evening. What type of show is the Midwife? I feel I'm missing out as rarely watch TV anymore. Most of the movies I want to watch start at 8 pm and last until 10 pm or later. I'm usually in bed by 9pm, sometimes even earlier than that.

Nola, I hope they very soon will let you out of your lease. After all wasn't it their idea for you to move out of there. It's great you found another Apartment that you can move in soon. I hope and pray everything works out well for you. Thank you for congrats on my friend buying me a new Amana Washer & Dryer. She's actually by ex-husband's first cousin so we've been really good friends for almost 50 years, that blows my mind. I'm very grateful for her and her generous wonderful gift to me. I can hardly wait to have them delivered here this Wednesday. My friend who is giving them to me wants to be here when they're delivered & I'd love for her to be here. They're calling me on Tuesday and giving me a 4 hour window as to what time they'll be delivered. She said if it's after dark she won't be coming so I'm hoping they'll be delivered way before 5 pm.

Joanna, You're blessed and a blessing to others to be in the position to be able to help needy families especially during the Christmas Season. What a wonderful giving idea for you and your family to do for others. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm happy that Jeannie is recovering well. I sure miss her as I'm sure everyone else does.
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I certainly did miss everyone this weekend. My GS worked on his GFís laptop. He had it connected to our computer downstairs. He must have disconnected the Internet because I couldnít log on. Of course, he was at work!! So I missed a lot of posts. Could be worse things in life than that though.

Abbyís special Holiday Dance Class with the middle school dance team was darling and fun. There were at least 13 members of the dance team teaching. Several adults - moms? Teachers? Advisors? Coaches? Donít know - but plenty of adult supervision. I donít know for sure how many little ones from K - 6th were there but Iím guessing 60. She was so excited to go and I was excited for her. It was from 11 - 4. Thatís a long time. I thought it was $30 well spent - dancing, friends, snack and a T-shirt. I returned at 3:30, with other parents, to see what they learned. Each age group did their own Christmas song with dance. She was smiling from ear to ear. Iíll posted a picture, but I need to Ďplay with it.í It posted sideways. So lay your head down and look at it. OK? Sheís in the capris, grey T-shirt/Americana, ponytail.

Posted a picture of Joe & Amanda too. Thought you might enjoy getting a look at the lovebirds.

I have to get busy. Have a wonderful day.

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Only 2 more Fridays or 17 more days until Christmas (YIKES) December is moving along at a fast pace. emoticon

Today our new Winter Wonderful Me Challenge is starting, I love fresh new beginnings, I know we all can do this together. Some of us are still coping with loss of friends and some are still in pain from surgery, but today we can pull together and give lots of emoticon emoticon and Prayers and stay focused on healthy living. We still have about 4 weeks in December and then almost 3 months in the New Year to win this new challenge. So let just be like NIKI and JUST DO IT. or McDonalds, (I'M LOVIN IT.)

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I have read your posts but will not try to answer all. It seems that health issues are improving and surgeries went well. emoticon Jill on the new washer and dryer. There is an apartment ready but complications with the lease here. I am hoping to hear that they will let me out of the lease and that I will be moving in a couple of weeks. I have to quit packing for today as my hands are swelling.
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Hello all,

Joanna, I love not having to go to the stores and fight crowds, but to instead give or send money...so much better. When I was younger I never gave it a thought but now, 'phagetaboutit'.

It's awful when Internet is down, Karen...what did we ever do without it before?

CJ, glad you all are feeling a bit better...still so sad

Babs, I am not kidding, please watch it (Call the Midwife)...I think the series will start again in March. If you have Netflix, watch it that way...best way to watch a series of television! Without commercials...yayyyyyyyyyyyy lollllll oops..no one here is in advertising, are they?

Jill, I am glad that we are so in sync...I am trying new meds - now that I know its a matter of finding the right ones or possible surgery - believe it or not, I feel better. Now I have to check out my heart because she thought that was the problem regarding my high level of infection. Always something, I think...I turned 60 and it's like my body said, "you know Barb, you have had it good, time to shake things up a bit." And boy, did my body do some shaking...everything but my fat...LOL

Well, time to get to finish my Christmas card writing, reviewing some Chapters for another team, etc.

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As far as Christmas shopping goes I have barely done any and to make matters worse I hate crowds and I think I am hitting that time of year where there is nothing but crowds. The good news is that all the little kids under 10 are bought for and they are all that really matters. My older grandkids all like MONEY...makes it easy so they can buy their own and get what they want. I do try to buy a little something for each of them. As far as the kids....they all have family of their own so I think I am not going to buy for them.

It seems to me that over the years the cost of competing at Christmas has gotten out of control. So for the last few years.....my kids and I have changed it around and we try to pick a goal or project and work toward that. Last year we gave away 100 blankets to the homeless. This year we have picked 3 families that we feel might or could use our help not only on Christmas but throughout the year. So what will be doing is sending them an anonymous letter this year letting them know we are here and will be helping them out. We request at that time if they can to give us birthdays of all the children under the age of 10. I know there is a total of 7 children in the three families. We send each family a Christmas gift of 150.00 so they can buy gifts for the children or food if needed. Then starting in January we set it up through our bank to pay their electric and gas bills for the next year and help with any rent or house payments depending if anyone in the family has any income. We no longer send cash as we need to make certain the money goes to help the family. All they have to do is drop off the bills to the local bank we have set up for their use. The bank will submit a copy of the bill to our email and we will transfer the funds to pay the bills online. The reason we do it through the bank rather than sending them a check....is the fact that I feel people are proud and when they need help they don't want to be put into a position of having to say thank you every time they turn around. I don't want their children or them to be embarrassed if they happen to run into any of our family. So anonymous is a good way to go. It allows them to take and us to give without putting either of us in an uncomfortable position.

I love the ideal of sending cards to the children throughout the year congratulating them on good grades or jobs well done. We offer little goals that will help them try harder such as summer breaks to a local horse back riding camp, or a weekend trip to SPLASH universe. We've might supply the family with tickets to a live theater show geared toward kids. It all depends on how much money we can supply throughout the year and the needs of the family if they can get back and forth to such events.

You will be surprised how good you feel at the end of the day when you can do something for others. We as a family have decided to do this again this year because we have been lucky enough to stay together and help each other without to many bumps in the road.

Oh well there I go again blabbering on and on.

Have a great Holiday
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Yikes! Had a bad storm here and lost Internet all day. I will have to scroll down to read the posts.
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Thank You ALL so much for all the prayers and comments on the loss of our sweet Friend, we have known him since he was 5yrs old and grew up with our children and was a real part of our home as well as his mom and dad and brother. It has been a very hard and sad week for us, but we are all feeling better, his Mom still needs all your prayers she is still pretty much in a heap.

My computer has been acting strange all day, but I think its better now, so I'll Just say HELLO for now, and I am doing fine and will be back to chatting in a few days.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, AND Jeannie, its good to see and hear you are at home and recovering. Take care my sweet friend.

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TGIF! Still raining but itís Friday. I can deal with it.

Jeannie, so happy that you were able to post. I pray that the pain is less and less each day.

Barbara, I never heard of ďCall the Midwife.Ē Iíll have to check it out. See what itís all about.

Jill, so happy that your new washer/dryer will be delivered next week. You must be jumping with joy! Thanks for the new WL Challenge. I didnít do well at all with the last one. In fact I gained 1.8. Now thatís moving in the wrong direction. But I plan to turn things around this time.
The weeks are flying by. Iím busy here at work because itís YE and because Iím taking the last 2 2weeks off. Iím excited to have 2 full weeks off. Theyíll be busy too with the holidays, cooking, baking but I wonít have a work schedule to contend with - no homework for Abby either.

Well my friends, I have to get busy. I do miss those of you we havenít heard from in quite some time. I know what happens though. Life happens. We have to set our priorities and thatís it!

Have a wonderful weekend.

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I've been reading the Chat daily but time seems to get away from me. . .I honestly feel like I had more time when I was working FT and doing everything around the house along with making sure my son's were on the right Track.

I'm thrilled Jeannie to hear from you & that you're able to type so well. It's great to know your doing as well as possible after your shoulder surgery. You sound upbeat with Richard helping you and cooking, etc. I bet when your Sling is off he'll gladly hand you back the Chef's hat. I honestly think you complement each other and are very blessed with a long happy marriage.

Jeanne, Your Surgery sounds very complicated and I'm sorry to hear there was quite a lot of problems the MRI didn't show. Being you're still having lots of pain, maybe you're not quite ready to start back to teaching on Monday. If you need to use more of your sick time you definitely should as driving would be difficult if it's snowing or freezing rain, etc. It's wonderful hearing from you and I hope your pain lessens to the point where you start feeling good again with no pain.

Barbara, You and I think pretty much alike and just about everything you replied back to our friends was what I would have said myself. You didn't say anything about how you are doing or if you do have more than (sp?)diverticulous? Like you, I didn't know I had it either until my last Colonoscopy showed small pockets in my stomach. I'm also Lactose intolerant which surprises me as have no other allergies, etc. I grew up drinking lots of milk but now my only real occasional dairy indulgence is ice cream but I always regret it the next morning as my stomach hurts so bad. I hope you're doing and feeling well, please let us know.

Hopefully tomorrow will be the last time we have to go to the Laundromat. A Day After Thanksgiving a really good friend surprised me and made me cry as said she wanted to buy me a washer & dryer and would spend up to $800. Being I couldn't afford to add to that amount I looked and looked for the best price. Then another friend suggested I look at Costco and sure enough I ended up ordering an Amana Washer & gas dryer with free delivery, installation and haul away of my old ones. It is/was such a great Deal and the price was just right as with Tax they are $763. which is a fantastic price. My friend went to my bank and put exactly that amount in my checking account. I certainly am Blessed to have such a wonderful, caring & giving friend. She said she couldn't stand the thought of me having to go to the Laundromat. One day I hope to be able to pay her back and/or help her out when she needs something done for her. They are going to be delivered next Wednesday so call me Happy & Excited!! emoticon emoticon

Yesterday I posted up the new Winter Wonderful Me Weight Loss Challenge. It starts the week of Monday, Dec. 8th so just WI your usual day and post up what that weight is. It will run for 3 months which I and hopefully others in it will like better. My idea of combining 2 seasons wasn't a great idea as too many people lost interest being it ran so long.. I hope many of you will give it a try. None of us are competing with anyone else just ourselves to lose weight and become healthier. I hope to start losing weight again and everyone in it has WL Success! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon




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Hello,

As for me I have found a tv series on PBS "CALL THE MIDWIFE" HOLIDAY SPECIAL airs Sunday, December 28, 2014, 7:30-9:00 p.m. ET on PBS. In England it is on December 25th. Anyway, it is one heck of a show for those of you who have not seen it...

Woohoo Jeannie and Jeanne for seeing you both back and sparking a bit. It will take time but I can see good things ahead for you both. I can identify with the pain in one's shoulder. The last two years I have started to have problems in the winter. Last year, the physical therapist said it was v. close to becoming "frozen". So I can identify with the pain it can give.

Too funny about the kitchen and Richard!!!!

Linda, you mom sounds like a pistol. Hurrah for her.

Babs, glad to hear you will make 2015 as a year for letting go...you do so much...

Karen, 7 minute commute...what a dream!

CJ, what a terribly sad story about your friend...good grief...it breaks my hear just hearing about it.

Gini, thank you about the MOD information. I had no idea!!!

Jackie, so glad Mike is doing better.

Prayers out to the team and all their needs.

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Good morning, Friends. I am among the living and doing okay. Typing is hard with one arm in a sling. I'm so grateful it is my left arm. Won't make this long, but I wanted to say hi and to echo Jeanne with her thanks for all the warm thoughts, prayers, Goodies, notes, etc. I'll try to write more in a day or two. Richard is taking good care of me, although I can tell we should have had more lessons in the kitchen!! I get the feeling he doesn't want to get too comfortable in there. Love to all!! Jeannie

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Rainy Thursday and Rainy Friday in the forecast. Itís OK. It beats freezing rain!

Jackie, that is such good news on Mike. Heís been sick and in pain for so long that he must be on Cloud 9, as well as you. I pray that each day is better for him. Now for you and all the work that has piled up. Doesnít take long; does it? You can only do so much in one day. I would love to hear an angel whisper in my ear. I love the thought of it! Thank you.

Linda, you must have been terrified for the safety of your son during those riots. How wonderful that the teens came to let you know they would protect you and your son. Of course, being so young they didnít think how it would look to someone else to see them walking around with a baseball bat. Youth! But their hearts and thoughts were in the right place.

Jeanne, so happy to read a post and have an update from you. Sorry that the pain is intense and continues. Having to sleep in a recliner isnít the greatest either! I pray that the days ahead bring relief for you, and very soon. Maybe returning to work after the new year is what it will take for you to be on your feet again.

I know that Jeannie and Richard plan to leave for TX on Dec. 12th. I hope they are able to stick with the plan.

Hope you're feeling better and in less pain today, Jeannie.

Hello to all my other Spark Friends. I hope you're all having a Terrific Thursday. 3 weeks from today is ......... drumroll............ Christmas!!

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Hello to All ~ It seems as though I've been away for a very long time. The first week after my surgery, about all I could manage was to use my phone to stay current with logging on. I read the posts every day, but it's really difficult to do much else on a phone. The damage to my shoulder was much worse than what was visible on the MRI. Besides the two tears, my tendon was out of place. The surgery lasted longer than anticipated and screws were used to put it in place. It was almost 8:00 that night before they released me from the hospital to go home. Monday, I returned for my first post-op doctor's visit. He refused to sign a work release and so I can't return to work until this next Monday. The pain is still pretty intense, so I'm not sure what returning to work will bring. I am unable to sleep in my bed due to the large sling with the body cushion that strains my shoulder, so I try to sleep half sitting up in the recliner. Ugh!! It's been a challenge. It will only be 9 1/2 days until the Christmas break, but I think I'm thankful that I have accumulated so many sick days, I may have to take them.

Jeannie has been on my mind all week. If she's reading this, she has my deepest sympathy/empathy for what she's been through. I've never had pain like this. I told my husband that if childbirth had been this painful, our oldest daughter would have been an only child. emoticon

I want to thank everyone for the get-well wishes, the goodies, and kind messages that were sent. Although I wasn't able to respond to each one, they certainly caused a smile when I saw the messages in my email inbox. This team is so wonderful and I am so thankful to be a part. Thank you again, all my spark friends.

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CJ tell your friend that there are a mess of people here praying for her.
Barbara, Yes the riots were devastating to everyone who lived in and around DC back then. My home was in Silver Spring about 1 1/2 miles from the district. I remember a neighbors teenage son and his friends knocking on the door and telling me that they would protect us form the mobs if they came. The young boys were black and holding baseball bats. I was afraid a police officer would get the wrong idea and shoot them. I had to tell them to go inside and do NOT carry a bat outside. I loved those boys. My son was only 5 and I put a sofa against my door not knowing what could happen. There is never a reason for violence. I can kind of understand your friend. There has been a lot problems between the police and minorities through the years. Sometimes when a shout goes out for justice the immediate reason is lost on people and they add up all the real times and join the push for justice. Martin Luther King is as far as they should look. He accomplished so much with a whisper. Hope people come to their senses. Riots stay with everyone's memories forever. Here it is 50 yrs later and I completely remember the terror and I was not then nor will I ever be afraid of a person's skin color. My little 4ft 11inch mom stood behind counter chairs in the 50's daring 6 ft plus men to go through her to the person sitting. I am so proud of her. .
Babs, you and your GD will enjoy your adventures more because of the cabinets. As I go through boxes to unload them (from the flood) I find things that bring back memories. I think I will put the most important memories in one place so I can have a happy place to go when things are tough.
Jill, congrats on the MOD. You are so supportive of everyone else even when things are not going well for you.
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Thanks Babs, for the update on Jeannie. Glad to hear everything went well.

CJ - so sorry to hear about your friend's son. My prayers for all concerned. That is so sad

Jill - I hope you're ok in that California Rain - been watching it on the news. Hope you are also doing well with Brent and your family. I think i read recently that you had a chance to see your DGD, Emma. I'm sure you enjoyed her.

I'm trying to recoup - so behind in work. I am hoping the person who was just hired to take over the websites for me works out. There is too much on my plate. 2015 is going to be a year of letting go....

Mike continues to do really well ... all that pain in all these months... still seeing a vascular surgeon in January, but his leg looks so good right now.

I did go to SA last night, it was good - we sang at Barnes & Noble - but my feet hurt so much. I purchased a pair of flats thinking that would be eaiser ... Nope... I couldn't wait to get home.

Take care all, I will read your posts and send you angels to whisper in your ear that I'm am thinking/praying about you.



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Itís Ďalmost sunnyí today. Sort of lifts my spirits when the sun is shining.

Do you remember Romper Room? Sometimes I feel like that when I think of all my ĎSpark Friends at play. What a wonderful group of friends you are.

CJ, I am so very sorry for your friend and for you and everyone close to her. It brought ears to my eyes just to read it. I cannot imagine how very sad her life has been losing everyone so dear to her. To lose a child is the worst thing imaginable. It doesnít matter how old that child is. It has to be like losing a part of yourself. Hugs and prayers.

Theresa, youíre having the weather we had over the weekend. Sunday was gorgeous. It was sunny, 69 degrees, beautiful. Then the temp started to drop. Midnight brought freezing rain - off and on - and left us with icy roads to greet us Monday morning. These winter storms are a force to be reckoned with here in the Midwest.

Barbara, sorry your friend has such strong feelings. She is definitely entitled to her own feelings and itís sad that this incident has brought about such a tremendous amount of riots and looting. I believe the officer will never be the same and will more than likely have to move away and attempt to start a new life - new name, identification, everything. He will not be safe in this area.

Gini, Iím glad you told us what MOD is because I didnít know either! Thanks.

Karen, snow plus lots of freezing rain and still coming down - youíre a brave soul!! Our schools would be closed for sure. Weíre such sissies in my neck of the woods. I got my hair cut during lunch yesterday. I feel so much better after a hair cut. Be safe!

I read an article in 'Bella Grace' this morning that has me planning a new adventure for Abby and I. I just love this magazine! Right up my alley as there are creative ideas in it - writers, photographers, artists. I'm interested in all of that 'good stuff.' It really does give me a sense of calm, peacefulness, enjoyment. Just plain ole makes me happy! emoticon

At any rate, I'm rambling but I'll continue on. The article was about a curiosity cabinet. The author of the article said no one else in this library seemed consumed with it. She couldn't tear herself away. I thought - I'd be standing there gawking with you! Was it anything special? To some of us it obviously was and would be. I thought - Abby and I can do this. What fun!! The cabinet held bits and pieces of treasures, great finds, memories, i.e. doll head of a Charlotte doll. I had never heard of a 'Charlotte doll' but I could see what it was - the head of an old doll, like from even before my 'old' time! It has a number taped on it. A vial with feathers in it, with a #, a sea shell. In other words they were treasures from walks, trips and vacations. So when I woke Abby up for breakfast I told her what I read and told her I'm going to have a 'Babs' treasure chest' and would you like to make one too? Yes!!! So we're going to do it. We'll put our treasures in a pretty box from Michaels. Cheap - they sell them for like $2.50 each. Know what I mean? They're about the size of a small catalog card file or something, pretty paper on the outside. We can # our treasures and write a 'diary' about our treasures. I can't wait.

See what I mean. It's the little things that excite me. I'm so thankful my GD enjoys the same silliness that I do. When I die they'll go crazy going through all my 'ying yangs and woo hoos' in my house! Translation: 'stuff, craft/art items.'

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CJ.....sorry to hear such sad news about your friend. The only thing I can say is that I will hold her in my thoughtn't....and also hold you the same way. If you are like me, our friends actually become our sisters. When our friends suffer, we do too.....so be sure to take care of each other in this sad time.
I am also glad Jeannie got through the surgery. Step one...done! Now it is Richard's turn to help her out and I hope her recovery goes swiftly.
I woke up this morning to a car encased in ice, with sleet and freezing rain still coming down. We must have had several inches of snow before the other stuff started. It will be a messy commute. The local schools are open and on time.....hardy Vermonters don't let much stop us!
I am getting my hair cut today after work. I keep it short as a rule, but lately have let it grows bit longer. My friend likes it that way....at least now our hair is about the same length! He is a cutie....the gorgeous auburn/red hair of his youth has been replaced with a silver/white, and he still has a lot of it left, lol!
Jill, are you ok in all that rain? I have heard LA mentioned on the news, but not Pasadena. Those mudslides look really, really dangerous!
I should get going. I imagine my usual 7 minute commute to work is going to be much longer this morning!
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Babs: Thank you for the update on Jeannie, I'm so glad she came through the surgery ok. Prayers and gentle HUGS, emoticon .

Sorry I haven't been here the last few days, we have had real sad days at the Miller house. A friend of ours, found her son dead on Monday around noon. He took care of her for 3 years now, doing all her cooking, shopping, laundry, changing sheets on her bed, etc, she lost her leg 3years ago after a 3monts stay in intensive care. about 10 years ago she lost her son in March and her husband in june, just 2 months apart. On Monday she got up around noon and his alarm was still going off, and when she went in to try and get him up, he was already gone, he was only 47. There are just no words to describe a sad and sullen feeling.
But she knows as I do that GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME, not just in the good times, but also in the hard and sad times.
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Barbara - MOD is for Motivator of the Day. Jill was chosen out of all Spark motivators as the MOD that day. I don't even know if she herself realized it. LOL


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Hello all,

Trying different drugs to see what works...hoping something does so I don't have to go through any surgery on it.

Jeanne, hope you are doing well. I sent a note on your page, but figured you were still recovering.

CJ I know its really belated, but happy birthday.

Jeannie, my prayers are with you...I have been away too long and didn't know about your shoulder surgery...I feel so bad for being away and missing this. You are such a gem of a person. I feel blessed to have found this team with you Babs and Jill leading it.

Linda, after my parents died, my Thanksgiving/Christmas events were not the same with my brother and sister so I stopped it. It took ten years to do that, but after a while I was able to cope with it. Now our relationship is much better. I am sorry you have to go through that. Also, I drove with my mother beside me to Union Station in 69 to pick up my cousin coming in from New York during those riots. The destruction stayed for years as you might know. It was v. scary and my cousin still remembers being scared about it.

Jackie, prayers out to you and Mike..I am so sorry you all are going through this, but glad he is now home~

Babs you are certainly near and dear to me as well!!! I read your long ago written post and I said EXACTLY what you said to a friend including leaders stirring up havoc. My friend is black and believes the officer lied. I tried to explain there were people who saw the actions and reported otherwise, but she said he shot him around 6 times and that was unnecessary. There is such a divide in our thinking based on America's past history. She is a dear friend and lovely human being and it is sad to me to think we get divided because of past wrongs.

Daina, best of luck on the 5K in May!

Dearest Jill, hope your brunch was really fun...where was all that rain when you needed it earlier, huh!?!!! lol

Karen, your story about the bra is so spot on...after surgeries you really start not wearing certain items! lol

Pattie, congrats on your SIL's offer...I hope it goes really well for him. My son is out of a job and may get a reprieve for a couple of weeks...not sure yet...I am hearing over and over how hard it is and how long it takes to get a job these days.

Nola, I love your new photo.

Karen, that sounds like a lovely parka coat.

Mona, glad you are taking care of yourself through your new goals...That is certainly terrific! I know what you mean about this team being like a family.

Theresa, did you get the laptop cheap? And the sewing machine?

Gini, what did MOD mean?

Hello to everyone else...I am sorry if I missed your individual post but there are so many since my last post that is near impossible to respond to all of them!!! Please accept my apologies if I didn't.

love to all
barbara

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Update on Jeannie -

She had the surgery yesterday. It did last a little longer than was expected. She is resting, taking meds, and will probably not be able to communicate for a few days.

Good news.

Now how is our other Jeanne doing?

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Jill, yes, thank you for asking, Garfy and Chrisy Miss doing well. I adopted Chrisy 12 yrs ago Dec 18, she was, we guess 9 mos old. Garfy is being "treated with Jackson Galaxy's "bully" drops. I rub it on him 3 - 4 times a day. It is helping and he sure loves the rub downs. Chrisy is grateful for less teasing. He was never really hurtful just doing his Alpha male thing I guess.
I am reading posts, but am in one of those thoughtful times where you reevaluate your life. I had a not so nice Turkey day where my DIL's mom was trying to start a fight with me. I don't care for fighting and made her madder by not doing so. It was a long drive there 1 1/4 hrs and back 1 1/4 hrs so I was thinking seriously of not going back for Christmas. My son will not hear of that, but she lives there, so it will be a replay. Aren't families fun?? So glad everyone doing better. Hope Brent doing well with his new group. I do not envy you going to laundry mat. I had to go several times when I had the flood and it is a dreary day and expensive. Hugs to all. Linda

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Just where does all this work come from??? It's amazing at the amount of work that can pile up. So I will respond - but briefly.

Daina, welcome back. So very, very sorry about all of the problems you've had to deal with this year. Hugs and prayers to you and yours. Congratulations on the terrific weight loss!!

Joe & Amanda: Ah, yes, 'love is in the air' for sure. They show it every time they look at each other. They are so very happy. It's been kinda fun watching this budding romance. My GS - in love - amazing! He isn't a baby though and neither is she - 22/19. His dad's family met her over the weekend. He took her with him to visit them Fri - Sun. They had fun. He met her mother's family on T-giving. Everyone seems to be happy with each other. Poor Abby - she seems to miss her brother. She thinks Amanda's great - but gosh - does she have to share Joe with her!! emoticon Funny. They came in the house Sunday evening and Abby wouldn't let him go. Hugs and hugs. Jasmine came in and sat right at Joe's feet. I said to him: Can you tell you were missed? He just smiled and looked goofy at Amanda. She grinned and giggled. Did I ever act like that? No doubt about it. I'm sure I did. Young love.

Must get back to work dear friends. Have Jeannie on my mind from her surgery. Have Jeanne on my mind from her post-op visit yesterday. Glad Mike's (Jackie) doing better. Nola's packing for her move. Mona has returned. Karen's busy at work. Jill's doing laundry - but will very soon be doing it at home - and looking forward to birthday fun this weekend.

No doubt I have left someone out - totally unintentional. You are all very near and dear to me. emoticon

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Good Morning. I am back. I have not been supporting my team in months and I am sorry. I have lost 62 pounds in the last 9 months with at least another 65 to go.

This past year has been a tough one for me. I lost my brother Dec. 5 last year. This was a total surprise. We were very close. My wonderful husband Butch was told last Dec. 23 he had to go on chemo for his prostate cancer. He is still having chemo every 3 weeks and other than his legs being weak, he is doing okay. Our nephew was hit with divorce papers and a restraining order so he took off and threatened to kill himself. We still don't know why the restraining order!! Our grandson is being bullied in school. So as you can tell a lot has been going on but I am here and ready to rock.

I exercise as much as I can but I do need a big push.. I have problems walking but that is improving with the weight loss. I have signed up for a 5k in May and am hoping I can do it.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Ours was wonderful. Our youngest daughter did it for us this year. HOORAY!!!!

Hugs to all of you.

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I've been thinking of Jeannie a lot today. I hope she's resting well at home as said she wouldn't be staying overnight at the Hospital. Also hoping her pain levels aren't really high as everyone seems to agree after the Shoulder Surgery there is a lot of pain while your recuperating from it. I'm sure our other brave Jeanne can vouch for that. I hope you're pain levels aren't nearly as painful as they were. Did I understand that you're going to be back to Teaching next week?

Tomorrow & Wednesday heavy rain is predicted for us. I plan on staying home both days if possible as my old car isn't very healthy and I don't trust my driving and the other guys either as here no matter what everyone seems to be in a "Firemans" Rush and I don't want to be a part of that. I'll need to go to the Laundromat on Thursday morning. We sure do have a lot of laundry piled up in just a few days.

This Saturday Brent and I are joining a group of my friends for Brunch to Celebrate two of their Birthdays. I'm really looking forward to that as we all haven't gotten together in almost 3 months. Both the Birthday Girl and the Birthday Boy love See's Chocolates so that's what I plan on buying for each of them.

Nola, When are you moving to your new Apartment? I'm happy you found another Apartment in a very timely fashion. I hope you'll like living there and have transportation, a Library, Market, etc. close by.

Karen, Isn't it amazing how fast time flies by. It seems like it was only 7 months ago when 2014 started emoticon .

Babs, I know you and Karen must have been very busy after a few extra work days off. I did some errands and everywhere I went that was closed for Thanksgiving and Friday were super busy today. I love how positive & upbeat you are even though I know you must have life challenges being a Mom to your precious Abby. She sounds so much like you and that's probably one of the many reasons you're close and have fun together. I really admire you for doing and looking for fun things and events for her. You're an awesome Mom to Abby & Joe. Has Joe talked much about meeting his GF Mom and spending Thanksgiving Day with them? I enjoy hearing about their romance as Love makes the World Go Round. emoticon emoticon

Alice, I hope soon you'll chat a bit and let us know what's going on with you.

Barbara, Are you feeling better with little stomach problems now? Do you have scheduled an upcoming medical procedure as it seemed like awhile ago you mentioned something like that or it's very possible I'm mixed up about that?

Linda, How are those beautiful "Children" of yours? Is Garfy still pestering Miss Crissy? I know like me you enjoy your "Pets" as they are a lovely part of your family & so much fun even though there is some work and money involved to have them. But, they are worth every penny. . . emoticon

Mona, I'm also hoping you'll update us on what's happening in your life and if being back at home feels right now. I hope you're Sparking even though I haven't seen you around here recently.

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Good afternoon, Sparkers! Add me to the list of people glad that Mike is home and hoping that Jeannie's surgery was a success!
It is hard to figure out how my favorite month, November, flew by so very quickly. Life is progressing way too fast for me. I need to slow down, take stock, decide what is important and let the other stuff go.
Hope everyone had a pleasant weekend and will have an even more pleasant week ahead!
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Reading, reading, reading!

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What a morning. Busy here.

The morning started off with freezing rain. That actually started around midnight or so. Now it has stopped. Thank goodness.

So wonderful to hear that Mike is doing better. Glad you were able to see Christopher for a short time too. Life gets so hectic.

Thinking of Jeannie this morning. Hope the surgery is over and all went well.

Back to work for now.

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It is nice to see the positive things that are happening and prayers will be added for our Spark sister. I am continuing my reading goal pursuit today and hope to add a few more short reads to my list. Keeper is sleeping and I am Sparking before returning to the Kindle. Have a emoticon day everyone.

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Dear Friends, just to let you know Mike returned from the hospital late afternoon yesterday, so much better. His vitals continue to stabilize. He has some tests at the hospital and seeing another doctor Monday pm. Bottom line is mixing of his present meds with certain antibiotics caused drastic problems. Figuring out new protocols. It was quite scary. Thanks for all your prayers, emails, phone, visitsÖ deeply appreciate your support..

Got to see my son for several hours on Saturday for lunch ... not quite the outing we planned but am grateful I got to visit with him.

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Sparkle Sunday friends. It's early - 7:03 AM. I've been up for a couple of hours. I wake up to go to the bathroom, and then that's it. Never used to be this way. It's this 'aging thing.'

Pattie, thanks for the information on Francie. Prayers for sure. Nice hearing from you and good luck to your son.

Jeannie, glad to see that your cold is improving. Hopefully tomorrow will be the day to get the surgery over. Prayers for you too.

Jill, sounds like you had a lovely T-giving. That's good. Plus, you found a better place to do your laundry - TV included. Yahoo for you and Brent. Probably made it better for him too.

Karen, your description of yourself without a bra sounds like me! Craft fairs, flea markets - now that's fun stuff.

Nola, happy packing and moving.

The class making the Gingerbread house was so much fun. Then to top it off on my way through the parking lot of this strip mall I said "Holy cow, Abby, there's the Grinch!" It was more than that though - Santa was there and so was Dasher! We were both excited. Stopped and got her picture taken. That was a plus. I didnt' know that was going on yesterday. We stopped and ate lunch at Captain D's - fish place - then went to Sam's to renew my membership and pick a few things. I like to buy some things there but I don't need everything in bulk. Sam's is a big reason I needed that freezer cleaned out.

Glad I re-organized my closets in my BR too. That was a chore. Now I need to go through this stack of magazines by my recliner in the sunroom. It's looking pretty tacky! That's for today, plus we have 4 small Gingerbread houses to decorate today. When I worked in my closet I found a bag - yep a big shopping bag - full of ying yangs and woohoo's (that's 'stuff' in my Babs' art/craft language). I don't remember what all is in there except for some beads and things for Abby to make to hang in the yard. That can wait until spring. I'm sure I even have the pie pans in that bag. You put beads in the pie pan, put it in the oven, melt them and have a pretty hanging ornament. She'll love it! OK, OK - I will too.

I have to get moving. We're going to Mass this morning.

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Today was a pleasant day. We went to a church fair where we got our Christmas wreath, to a craft fair where Jim bought some preserves and pickles, to a local store in search of Christmas presents, to the car wash, out for sushi for lunch, and then home so I could boil 20# of potatoes for a meal at the homeless shelter tomorrow evening. We had hot buttered rum and cheesecake. Not very dietetic, I know, but I wanted to see if I really liked the recipe I used. It turned out quite well. The rest of the day I have been knitting a scarf for a GF of mine.
Yesterday I bought more yarn for some mittens for myself and maybe a hat. I ordered a light grey dress coat for myself, and also a royal blue long parka type coat. Today I found my regular black winter coat in the shed! I used one of those Dryel things in the dryer and it looks halfway decent, lol.
Jeannie, I do hope you get to have that surgery on Monday. Yeah....so, how will you put on your bra? Good question! When I had radiation years ago I finally gave up wearing a bra until the burning had healed. I wore very loose blouses and wore a blazer over that--I was working full time at the bank and really needed to look professional. I am still working full time. Lol, but I am and have been wearing my bra for some time. If I didnt, I would look like I had four knees! Yikes! Just thinking about changing bedrooms is a chore--what will I do when I really move out?
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Hi everyone,

I've not been in Spark for a long time now, as you know. But I got a message from Francie in Pogo, and she asked me to tell you all.

Here is what she said:

I have not been on Pogo for a few months. I have been dealing with severely pulled leg muscles for almost a year, I was getting better but reinjured my leg worse. My mom who was in nursing home got real sick and passed away on September 21st. My husband who went through having cancer last year got very sick August of this year and found out the cancer had come back in his liver stage 4 and metastasized and also cancer in lower lumbar. I lost the love of my life on September 27th, the same day I buried my Mom. I am basically home bound right now until the leg muscles heal. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.
Thanks so much.
Francie

So, for those who knew her here, she needs prayer, too.

I've read some of the needs here. My prayers and best wishes to all of you. Though I've not been here, I often think of you. I just can't seem to settle into a routine for weight-loss, even though its the one thing that would help me most.

Back when I was here, I'd told you , I think, that my son-in-law was out of work. That was over 1-1/2 years ago. He, just this week, got an offer. He'll call them Monday to accept the job. He wants to negotiate a thing or two which, after all this time, I don't think is wise. But, It may finally be over...just in the knick of time. The end of this month was their line for deciding to put the house on th market and move in with me. Now, thankfully, they'll be able to stay in they house until they CHOOSE to leave it.

Anyway, Take care my friends. If I can find my way back one day, I'll see you again.
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I have read a lot of your posts and am sending many healing prayers. I am glad that many of you had a great Thanksgiving. I have more packing to do. I had a day with the Grand Doggies and saw the youngest and his wife for a bit.


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Hi, Jill. I meant to ask about your Thanksgiving, as I knew you were going to your DS and DIL's house for brunch. So happy to hear it went well and that you all enjoyed yourselves.

You asked how long I'll be in the hospital...I won't! It's an outpatient procedure, as long as everything goes okay during the surgery. Yes, there is a fair bit of PT, but the shoulder is immobilized in a sling for several weeks first. This should be interesting. And, Mona and Jeanne...how do you do things like fix your hair, pull up your pants, put on a bra, etc etc? I can't help but think none of this would be necessary if I wasn't such a klutz!! emoticon

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Jeannie, I'm glad your cold is a lot better. It sounds like you'll be good to go for your shoulder surgery on Monday. I know you want to have this surgery over with and heal well with tolerable pain. How long will you be in the Hospital? Is there a lot of PT afterwards. I'm praying Jeanne is recovering well & that you will also be the same after your surgery.

Karen, You have the right idea as it's hard enough to part after so many years together. It's much better for everyone that you and Jim remain friends. For me that was easier said than done but I had a lot of issues with my ex that fortunately you don't seem to have. I hope you have a restful weekend. . .Glad to hear you and Jim had a great time on Thanksgiving day at your DD and SIL.

Babs, I hear you about needing quiet time alone without Abby and Joe there. It refreshes your Soul and it's great you watched Holiday movies and had a great time alone. You and Abby will have fun at the Gingerbread House class today. Many years ago we'd buy the kit to make one from Target and my sons had fun making it themselves.

Mona, It's good to have you back! You've been missed and I hope everything is settled with your DH children. I'm also curious about your shoulder surgeries. . .did I understand that you've had two shoulder surgeries on your left and right shoulder?

Thanksgiving Day was spent with my 3 sons, dil & 2 GC. I had a great time with all of us Together, that was a Blessing in itself. The Brunch my dil made was delicious. The Highlight for me was being with my young GC. Emma seems like she's a girly type girl as loves her 2 dolls (Anna & Elsa from the Frozen Movie). She also sings a little when they played some of the music from the movie Frozen. Noah was his lively self. He had fun playing with his Uncles. . .It made me feel good just to be around all my family. Later on at home my youngest son, Adam, cooked a tasty Turkey Dinner for us. It was almost 8:30 pm until we enjoyed a delicious Turkey dinner with all the trimmings. He did a great job and cleaned up the kitchen afterwards.

Theresa, How wonderful that you now have a new Laptop! Did Pyne & your DD also find a nice sewing machine for you? I think you said your DD, SIL & 3 GS are there with you this weekend. If so your house must be very lively. . .as I know what fun and sometimes mischief boys are-- I do remember how active my sons were when they were around that age.

Jackie, So happy to hear Mike is "out of the woods" and that most of his health problems are under control now. When will he be ready to leave the Hospital? He's probably anxious to be home again. I know you must have had a great time being with Christopher. You both enjoy spending quality time together and fun. I know your very busy but hope you'll share some good news with us again. . .

Brent & I went to a different Laundromat yesterday and we liked it a lot better than the first one we went to last week. We were still there about 2 hours of mainly sitting. They even had a TV with the UCLA/Stanford game on and being I'm a UCLA fan I couldn't help but be disappointment that they lost the game.

Going to the Grocery Store again today. We're out of a lot of things we need. I guess we all have very healthy Appetites., and that's an understatement. Brent is thin but he eats like a hungry "horse" emoticon emoticon He still loves walking with Snoopy so he needs and burns off a lot of calories doing that.

CJ, I'm curious being you make me even more aware of Christmas coming up really soon have you bought all your Christmas gifts? With such a large family maybe you draw names? Years ago we used to do that with both sides of my family. Your a Thanksgiving and Christmas Lover, I'm sure.

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Good morning! I'm feeling much better today, although tired...not sleeping well will do that to you! Anyway, I will call the hospital this afternoon and make sure they know I've had a cold and that they will still go ahead with the surgery on Monday. I don't want to get there on Monday morning and have to come home. That wouldn't be good.

Mona, I'm really interested in your comment about having had rotator cuff surgeries, too. Jeanne did have it, I believe on the 20th. Mine is scheduled for the 1st. I've "heard" it is most unpleasant, so I'm happy to hear that you had such great success. That makes it all worthwhile!

Karen, as Babs and you both said, you and Jim have been together for many years and parting amicably will certainly be to everyone's advantage. Do you think the kids will be shocked? I am happy you had a good Thanksgiving.

Babs, you are right...you do NOT have any alone time, do you! Glad to hear that Abby went to the other grandparent's for a little while at least, and that Joe and Amanda seemed to have a great time together. It sounds like young love to me, for sure!

I hope some of the rest of our teammates have a minute to check in sometime this weekend, too. It's a busy time with families and meals, etc. Hope everyone had great Thanksgivings. I'll be by tomorrow! Hugs and love, Jeannie

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Two days flew by so quickly. Left work early Wednesday as they closed early. It snowed here and we had 'just a little' sleet too. Ended up with close to an inch of snow. No road problems or anything.

I stayed home. I just cannot see throwing money at the kennel right now when I am perfectly happy here. It bothers my sister tremendously. God love her!! She kept telling me - I understand. But we WANT you here! Maybe you'll come at the last minute. I want you, John does (bil), the girls (3 daughters), the kids (4 grands). We want you, Joe, Abby . . . God love her! But I really did prefer to be here. I had other things I wanted to accomplish these 4 days.

Abby did end up going with her 'other family.' I was surprised because she insisted she wasn't. Joe was home until almost 1, and then he and Amanda returned around 6 or so. I am never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever alone. Get the picture? So I had several hours to be 'thankful.' I did a little cooking, very little, and ate and watched Christmas movies on Lifetime. It was wonderful!

Joe and Amanda left yesterday morning to visit his dad. Yes, he's absolutely nuts about Amanda. She makes him happy. Therefore, she's wonderful!

Abby returned yesterday. She doesn't stay away from me for long. We're going to a class at Dierberg's (grocery store, family owned in this area and they also have the 'Chocolate Factory' there - yum!!) this morning. We're in a class to make a Gingerbread house this morning. So Abby is excited.

I'm glad Karen did such a job of recapping. Karen, good luck to you and Jim. Yes, I agree if you can be amicable that's best. You've had many years and memories together and 3 lovely children. They may be adults, but they are 'your kids' and arguing would upset them. No reason to do that. Glad you had a nice holiday.

So sorry you have a head cold, Jeannie. I hope it's better and you're well enough to get the surgery over with on Monday.

Jackie, I see that Mike is doing better. Terrific.

I have to scoot. Time to get ready to go. So I'll say 'Ditto' to everything Karen said.

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