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Pynetree, I come straight down my start page. Logging my exercise etc. By the time you log your stats it is time to sign in on 1st wheel. If you have 25 points at that point, you spin the bonus wheel. Over 25 points also means you have 5 teams to pick. I pick my favorites, usually the same daily. but the points do not go from day to day, you must use them same day. Just fill out everything else 1st. emoticon

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Just random observance of mine...in regards to weight/exercise plans going awry. ...part of the change Im trying to make is # 1..don't let a day or two wreck it all....#2...change my 'self talk'...those 2 things are 2 things that have ran my life for many years...however,,something I'm doing this time around that I've never done before....exercise.

Seriously. Never lol...I know..that's bad, right? lol ...so...I was determined to make that a part of the process...not just for weight loss...but cuz Im gettin' old!! I don't want to have a crane moving me around in my old age...at least not because of weight or inactivity.!

...so..here's what has started happening....Im so committed to the exercise...and right now its still ole Richard simmons..45 min a day...avg burn is about 600 calories....and some days I do more toning, etc...and then just regular 'stuff'..yard,,that kind of thing...

My point is....that's the 'steady eddie' that is getting me through the 'getting off track'.....it's this circular thing that actually motivates me...if I go over on the eating...I know Im going to exercise it off...,,,but Im not 'abusing' it...does that make sense? lol...but here's the kicker...many ppl out there who don't struggle as much with weight as I do...swear up and down that being physical is what keeps em from gaining...I know...I act like Im the first to discover this....lol! I know Im not...but I feel like I've discovered it for me....and that's probably when things start to come together for the individual,,right?

Anyways...getting the 'relief' from the constant food police in my head has come about from having a daily exercise routine in my life. Im happy that I've found it...and pray that I'll continue. All of us:)...in our health and fitness!! ...just thought I'd do a rambling 'share'

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Yikes, it dropped 20 degrees overnight. The nights will be cool for the next week but the daytime temps will be just perfect as it's suppose to rise to the mid 20's tomorrow. (high 70's, low 80's) Hope we get rain with the drop in temp. The water bombers and bucket helicopters are flying over head all day as they use the lake from the dam to refill.

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As Babs says "Weíre strong together. We can do anything! Letís join forces. " I know I didn't join the last challenge, but that's ok because I did well yesterday .... tracked everything and although we went to the pub after rehearsal, I had a salad and a cup of soup! Little victories add up to big ones.

Karen - there are gremlins in the computer at 2:30 am for everyone, LOL.

Jeannie - glad you get to have some special time with your friend. Sounds fun!

As far as everyone being awake .. I've been like that for several days. Last night was the first time I slept through whole night til 9 AM !! in a long while.

Not much time to chat ... I now teach at 1 PM today and then 1 PM, 7 PM on Wednesdays. Tonite getting ready for a SA performance in the park. I'm one of the Emcees on the 'show' team.

So, be well - enjoy your day everyone!

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Wet Wednesday to you. The flowers I just planted are getting a nice drink. It isnít storming. Itís a gentle rain and overcast. emoticon

I messed up - once again - this morning. After dropping Abby off at Summer Camp I stopped and bought a cinnamon roll. emoticon Why, why, why? Because I did. Iím not a sweet eater. Iím a salty, carb eater. But this morning I was a sweet eater. Kick me; would you?? It already hurts to sit from kicking myself.

Enough. Iím on it now. Iím on track. I will succeed. Help me??

Wyndy, that is a strange phenomena. Iíve never heard of it before. Hope you have a lot more IBS free days!! Interesting discovery regarding the water situation. Hope you find a way to work around that without breaking the bank.

Jackie, glad Mikeís surgery is scheduled. Lots of prayers that itís a success. Poor man has been having serious health problems for so long. Good luck with the shot on Friday. Seems as though several of us have slipped lately and are recommitting. Weíre strong together. We can do anything! Letís join forces.

Jeannie, glad your Ďmom dayí was for the most part - Okay. I donít know whatís going on with many of us, but we all seem to have slipped lately. As I said to Jackie, we need to join forces and whip ourselves into shape! Enjoy your Ďplay days.í

Now listen dear friends, I love you, but now I know why I was awake at 3 AM!! There was Jeannie, Karen, Theresa (I feel like Miss Joan of Romper Room, without the mirror!). I didnít get out of the bed and log on, but I was awake. Whatís the deal with us? I did the same thing Sunday night.

Iím not looking for excuses, but Iím wondering something. Seriously wondering. Weíre slipping (which, yes, weíve done in the past). We arenít sleeping well. Could this have anything to do with why we arenít doing well with our eating plans and exercise routines? Speaking for myself I am so sluggish. No energy whatsoever. Thatís a lack of sleep. When I sleep thereís more Ďexcitementí (wow - excitement for me anyway and thatís a huge chuckle). What do you think?

Theresa, you posted the most gorgeous setting on FB yesterday. Canít remember the name of it, but there was a waterfall, trees - in PA. Absolutely gorgeous. Wish I was there right now.

Marie, have a fun day! Iced tea. Planting veggies. Grandkids. What more could you ask for; right?

We normally have mini challenges as well as WL challenges. During the summer months we usually skip the mini challenges. Everyone is busy with travels, yard work, enjoying the great outdoors, etc. I might come up with a different idea of doing something extra to keep us healthy, wealthy and wise. Wow. That could take a long time - years!

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Marie, I think you have won the prize for having a fun day planned: spending it with Miss Jorja!! Sounds like a winner to me!!

Theresa, you might not be seeing the posts in between your two because you're reading on your Kindle?? Seems like when I read on my phone instead of the laptop, there often are some missing...or something!! LOL! Good luck...and yes, there are lots of posts in the last day, which I'm thrilled to see.

Off to get ready so I can visit my friend for the day! Have a great one, everybody!! Hugs, Jeannie

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Morning, all:) I get a day with little Miss Jorgia today (3yr old gd)...while mom goes on field trip with her brother...the rain has cleared out for the most part, so I hope we can get outside..kids have so much fun outside!!

We had a guy come out and 'tarp' the end of our house, since it's raining so much...with the fire melting our siding...it's left that side 'bare'...don't want insurance saying we 'left it to the elements'!..so I feel better now...adjustor isn't coming till tomorrow,,and there's more rain in the forecast...oh well...lots of mowing ahead lol

My healthy eating and fitness plant (ha ha..anyone catch that)...got a bit skewed this weekend, with all that went on..but Im still on 'target'...got back to the routine yesterday...weight is maintaining...and that's what is meant by changing the lifestyle, right?...you have ups and downs...and then back to business...life just gets in the way sometimes!

I have a few days and want my veggie plants in! Looking forward to ice tea and some lawn chair sitting lol...have a great day, everyone!

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5/27/15 7:06 A

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I think SPARK has taken on MY speed - Slow! Doesn't seem quite right.
No one posted on our page wall since I did yesterday? Hard to believe.

I got a mighty 3 on SPARK America pennant spins, this morning, for our team. Wondering how many spins you all get? I usually wait till I get 5 . Then it's a guessing game, as to what team gets what spin. Might belong to too many teams. Do you all get 5 spins? Anyone get more? emoticon

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Karen, it might have something to do with the fact that you are up at 2:30 (maybe 3:30 your time) trying to read SP posts!!!! Don't you think? Of course, I am right there with you. Have not been able to get to sleep yet tonight...soon it will be time to get up and I already am! emoticon

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Hi Sparkers...not sure what happened but I am missing some posts that I am sure I have read!
Weird..
Karen

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emoticon Suddenly this evening it occurred to me that I hadn't had any updates from the team, and I thought that was a little odd. You know it was so quiet last week and I started worrying that no one was posting!! But here you all are!! emoticon The good thing is seeing so many of your notes and updates!! emoticon The not-so-good thing is that I am now hopelessly behind on reading everything. It'll be fun getting all caught up again!

However, getting caught up will probably take me most of the week. Today I had a "Mom" day with the typical challenges of running errands, seeing my sister at the nursing home and getting Mom back home with all her things. She wasn't as crabby as several weeks ago, but not as good as when Richard is with me. Too bad he won't go with me every time! LOL!

Tomorrow and Thursday are play days for me. I have "meetings" with 2 different sets of friends, which will include lunch, of course. It'll be fun seeing them and getting all caught up, but it wears me out, too.

Friday...a day at home!! emoticon

Jackie, I saw your photo...so much fun. Sorry about the problems with the van. Kinda scary right in the middle of all that traffic.

Hi to each and every one of you. I love you all and hate that I don't have the energy to speak to each of you. I did notice that Jackie and Theresa both mentioned "getting on with it" and I have to say, I'm exactly the same!!! Time to GET ON WITH IT!!

Be well, everyone, and I'll be back very, very soon. Hopefully, SP will be updated as it usually does. Take care and have a great week!! Love and hugs, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Thanks Marie and Babs for the compliments! Wyndy - that weather sounds really weird.

Mike is scheduled for surgery on 6/5 if all goes well. My MD appt was good, except for the weight gain. I had recommitted without weighing a couple of weeks ago,. Now, that the shock has worn off, I can get back to the plan even more seriously. Got to update my stats and be done with it.

Got SA practice for a performance tomorrow - need to leave in a bit. But wanted to check in more regularly - or at least try to. Getting my AMD shot Friday, so I won't see for several days until it clears. Glad I renewed my driver's license today - as I was required to have a vision test!

Well, take care, be well, Jackie

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We have had a strange phenomena operating here, it's so hot that the rain has evaporated before it hits the ground!!!!! The lightning is spectacular but the pressure is quite oppressing.

I'm not losing any weight but I'm not gaining either so I'm just going to live with it for a few more days and then figure out what to do. I have been just enjoying peace and quiet, it's marvelous. I went yesterday without an IBS attack. emoticon It's definitely the bottled water and the tap water as well as the Brita water from the fridge. My husband has been buying the cheapest bottled water which comes in a really weak plastic bottle so that may be part of the problem. The past two days I haven't had any water at all except in my morning coffee but that of course has been boiled. I just hate all the bottles and have been investigating water filter units from the health store. My they are expensive. emoticon The one that is sold here is in a see-through container that has to be kept out of the sun which is impossible in our house and we have windows all the way around the house. I get very depressed in no sun days, I could never live on the west coast in the winter. emoticon There is a very very awesome unit that comes in a steel container from Ontario but the price is out of the world. Guess I'll have to do more searching.

Another ME day up ahead. Ted is heading south today for a job in that part of the province.

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Back to work. I hated leaving my getaway in Florida. Had a wonderful time with all of you. So much fun. Such good food - no calories either. Wasnít that terrific? Lots of laughter and dancing and singing . . . Weíll do this again.

Went to Home Depot yesterday and bought some flowers. Played around outside. Abby fixed 2 fairy gardens. I just gave her things and she did whatever she wanted. Thatís the fun of it. I also bought a shed. I need more room for Ďstuffí thatís in the garage now.

Welcome home, CJ. Glad you stopped by the party. We certainly know how to celebrate!!

Jackie, wonderful picture! So happy that you had a wonderful time and that everyone is safe. Had to be frightening though. Thank goodness for Christopher! He is a live saver; isnít he? Good luck with your MD appts - both of you. Great to have you back with us.

Karen, you always amaze me. Hang gliding. No way! Of course, I hate heights.

Hi, Christie, itís great to have you back with us!

Hi, Theresa, so happy to see a post from you too. Glad you had fun at the party this weekend. I sure did. Your schools are still going; huh? Ours ended Thursday, 5/21. Forget about unhealthy eating in the past and letís just focus on now. Thatís what Iím trying to do.

Hi, Marie. If I gave you the impression I was calm about the snake, I mislead you! I almost peed my pants. They scare the tar out of me. I refuse to walk on that side of the yard now. I want it to go back to the neighbors. How about if I put a fence up? Sounds like a fun time at your house - pool and sandbox. Grab a box of popsicles and a box of popcorn and youíre all set/

There is going to be a free Rally in Noblesville IN. I would love to go. I have to give it some serious consideration. There is a blog by Indygirl.

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Marie, you have a great attitude about your loss. Instead of woe is me, you are concerned about your neighbors. Wish I had neighbors like you. When my side of the building flooded last year, too many of my "friends" said " wow, glad it was not on our side".

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Morning, everyone:) I'm going to try to at least keep up with 'news' here...I've been a bit sporadic here and there,,,but I don't let that stop me. Everyday is a new day, eh?

I hope the Memorial Day 'Bash' was fun and went well! I browsed/scrolled to see what everyones doing or up to...lots of things going on.

I see your Abby had a recital, Babs...I have one coming up, Sat...fun stuff...our little Raylinn is 4...so its more about cuteness than a whole lot of dancing for us...but she's got some moves! I bet yours was great!

Our school will be letting out in less than 2 weeks..most of my 'grands' live nearby..so its time to set the pool up....and check the sandbox..etc!


I saw Wyndy had 44th anniversary? Congrats...lots of years!

I saw your remark, Karen about hubby and golf clubs and hobby and you not being part of it....I don't know if Im supposed to laugh...I did...so I hope it wasn't inappropriate...it just struck me funny.....the things we say and do and experience with 'hubbies'. lol

Babs...I would never be that calm about a snake...I feel tense just reading about it!


Hello, Hyatt/Joanna...I probably said I was in Michigan, also. The weather HAS been a tad goofy here,,,but that's to typical...I like that its been green! The plants and nature all look so great right now!!

Hang gliding would not be my cup of tea. lol...it looks fun for others...!

Im looking forward to retirement...well, for hubby....I say that, tongue in cheek,,,because we already have a bit of that 'being in each others space a lot'..thing goin on....I think my hub's new job with less hours, etc...is an 'introduction' to it....ease us into it...we've had so many years of the clamor and clatter of 7 kids and what comes with it....quiet..and silence...is a bit of a novelty...course its never silent for long lol....but just the 2 of us...is interesting.

I saw Nola check in....Hi there! Im just going to write and act like I know you all lol...eventually, I will!

Littlelouie...have a great time with all the family 'visits'..etc...it IS tiring..but its a good tired:)

Cj...love your 'decorative' post....lol all the waves and the flags....extremely cheery!!

Jackie O..love the picture...Im partial to quartets... harmony singing...my hubby was in a barbershop quartet,,and I was in sextet...back in the day...we both were involved in musicals, etc...just love it all ....sounds like you had a great time...even with all the mishaps....that's what memories are made of!!

Nice to meet you Christie...Im pretty 'new'...and from Michigan...Welcome back:)

..and Theresa...don't view the last year as a waste...just call it lessons learned. Nothings a waste unless we let it be!!! ...I get what you're saying, though:).... I think I made it through the 'list'....I hope everyone has a great week:)

We went off to do a little 'tent' camping...got up north Fri evening...froze our butts off that night...(someday it'll be a funny story)...Saturday was nice...relaxing....and then around 4ish...our phones, which were half dead...started ringing and texting....and it was our kids informing us that next door neighbors garage had burned...and the F Dept were at our house and trying to keep it from starting on fire, also...we had a stockade style, wooden fence between our house and burning garage...I think that helped spare our house...AND the fact that FD is 2 blocks away. What a crazy experience. Neighbors are safe and sound..but they definitely suffered a big loss on garage and ultimately a good portion of their house....we just lost our fence..all my landscape is 'charred'...and the end of our house is without siding now lol....melted it right off...melted our window a bit....so....we have a bit of cleanup ahead...called insurance this morning.....but its nothing compared to our neighbors...so I give thanks to God...and a lot of helping hands who looked out for our house, etc...I have great kids!!.....but we did come home early :)

Well..I should stop...this looks like I wrote a book! Have a great day everyone:)

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Mea Culpa, mea Culpa! Haven't been posting, but, have dropped in to read your post! My cute little laptop Christmas gift died, so doing the best I can on this kindle .. which needs recharging a lot! But one benefit is that I am spending a lot less time on line, and more time on life!

Memorial weekend was filled with our usual events at Pyne' s Legion Post. He is stepping down this year as Commander, so he is making sure to spend lots of time at their events, just being visible. Elections are in June, another guy has agreed to run as Commander.And will be sworn in in September.
We are both also looking forward to the last day of school - and his Crossing Guard gig. emoticon He has found he loves it, but the weather extremes have been challenging. He will go back next year. The After-Care program in the schools was a tempting offer - they have really put the hard sell on, once they found his Master's degree is in Education. And the bitter cold weather, followed by heat, made it seem pretty tempting - but the hours are longer and it is a lot more stress.

We both have put off Dr. appointments, and I have a bunch of test to get done, once school is out.
My blood sugar has risen, and I know how badly I have let my healthy eating slide. This whole year was a waste. Just losing and then gaining the same 20 lbs! Summer may not be the best time for me to lose, but, I NEED to start living healthier, not just talking healthier living , but living it.

Wonderful SPARK Girls Getaway weekend! The weather, The Food, the Wine, the pool, the ocean , the music, the flight, the yatch, the dancing, and especially The SPARK Friends! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Still out here, sending emoticon Your Re- emoticon , Theresa

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Nice to meet you too Karen !!!! emoticon

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Hi Christie...I don't think I have met you before. Nice to meet you!
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Hi Everyone ! I know I probably didn't do this right, but I just wanted to stop in and say "Hi". My name is Christie and I'm back with this team after an extended absence. I miss all the people and the interaction. This is such a fabulous place to get answers and help. My husband and I are still farming in Illinois and continue to do so for quite awhile. Farming is a good life although be it hard too. Looking forward to hearing from old friends and meeting new ones too.

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Yup, for real he and I would like to hang glide. I don't think I can convince him to parachute from a plane, though. Both of us would like to do some storm chasing. We both have a thing for wild weather. I know....weird, right Babs?
My husband has taken up golf! This is great...I will finally have some time to myself. Yesterday and today I did some vacuuming and picking up in general. Feels good to see a little less clutter. I know exactly how Jackie feels!
Now I am going to sit down with a little sandwich and have lunch before it ends up being dinner time!
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Hello all .. life has been extremely chaotic and I know I've been in/out for a while. Mike is the same, still trying to stay out of the hospital and heal for a laser surgery. I had postponed eye shots so I could sing in Cleveland ... I had a blast ... here is a pix of my quartet:



Competition was fun - we visited the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday, practiced, partied - competed on Sat (we did average), Then the Van broke on the way back - scary stuff on the most dangerous curve of the on ramp -- long story short, 11 of us were fine, no one got hurt. The tales of trying to rent another mini van on Cleveland Marathon weekend is hilarious. That took care of 6 of us; one of the women's husband drove 5 hours to get the other 5 ... then 5 hours back. Steering column box rusted through so there was no steering. The owner's husband/son had to drive to CLeveland Monday to pick it up on a flatbed. Whew!

Visited with Christopher - he helped me clean out the landing and my storage closet. I should lose 50 pounds just from releasing all that junk. Still lots to go, but feels so good to make a dent in getting rid of house clutter. I wish he lived here! I then drove him to a friend's house and had a barbeque with them before driving back.

This week - doctor appts (2 for me, 1 for Mike), Performance Wednesday Evening at the park, massage, and 2 coaching classes to teach. I don't think I free up til July 1!

Got to read your messages. Thanks to Babs & Jeannie keeping track of me.

Blessings on Memorial (Decoration) Day to all those who served.



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Well my spark friends I came home from the Memorial Day bash a little early, hope you all are still having a good time. I did get on the scales this morning to see how much damage I had done while on vacation in Florida, I am very pleased to say it was only 1 pound emoticon emoticon emoticon So I can start from here and work on getting and staying on track.

Littlelouie71, so sorry to hear about your close friend, I'm so glad she is doing better.

Babs: Thank you SOoooooooooo much for a great Memorial Day fun weekend, and Jeannie hope you didn't eat to much of that Key Lime Pie, it was SOoooooooo good.

Got to get busy for now: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon ( I need lots of arm waving to get me started back on my exercise.)

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Good morning Sparkies. Right now it's sunny here, but we have storms in the forecast. We'll see.

Tried posting yesterday. Got the weight in - gained a pound!! Then everything shut down. Said I didn't have a provider. My GS checked it this morning and said it was in airplane mode. Interesting. I've never put this thing in airplane mode.

Good to see some old/new posters returning. It's great to have you with us.

Tomorrow it's back to work. 3 days off are terrific. I'm looking forward to my PT work.

Karen, look forward to seeing you and your friend!! Hang glide - oh, please don't. You scare the tar out of me.

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jus checking I have been to my son's For week for graduation and my close friend had her hip replaced and then had a heart attack and was in ICU on life support she is now better and in a regular room and is doing better I am very tired and got a lot to do as my grand daughter and family are coming up in about 3 weeks for 10 days That will be a lot of fun but tiring hope everyone is doing well I don't have time to read all the messages Have a great day



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Just checking in to let you know I am still around. Moving slow but still moving. I cleaned the pantry this morning and am going to do the living room next. Just putting things back where they belong. Have a great BASH my friends.

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Linda, this is the perfect time to try hang gliding over the ocean...perfect b/c it is virtual. In real life? No way would I do it! I don't go over the second step on a stepladder, so I think you see why! LOL! My DGS went hang gliding with his mom a few years ago when he was 8 or 9. He said he wasn't scared at all...I couldn't believe they did it!!

It's been a great weekend. Between the Memorial Weekend Bash (I've been flying back and forth all weekend long, but it is so easy on that custom outfitted jet) and having a no-obligation weekend at home, I'm loving it. Yesterday we worked in the garden and then fertilized the yard (now that wore me out). But today it has been raining all day and it's very, very quiet and restful. One more no-obligation day to go!!

Karen, glad to see that you are giving retirement some thought. I honestly can say I've never been happier. I always loved my job, but at some point the fire went out of the belly and it was time (for me) to hang it up. I actually went early and while I gave something up in retirement income, for me it was worth it. I'm amazed at how little we can live on at times. Anyway, good for you for thinking about your plans!!

Wyndy, a nice new computer to play with. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Deni, sure good to hear from you! Hope the weather cooperated enough for you to get a BBQ in between rain drops!

Wishing you all well and hoping you are having a great weekend. Be sure to stop down to spend a little time with us in Florida!! Babs has such a nice place there and it is so comfortable. The nicest part is being among friends. emoticon emoticon



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Vtmaid, your comment about FBI reminded me that I was looking at the news on CNN this weekend when they talked about a car with more bullet holes in it than Bonnie & Clyde's. This one had 140 holes. I said 51 yrs ago that I had seen a car on a special tour of FBI and it had about 1000 holes in it. Sorry, I am averse to guns so I probably heard the tour guide wrong. I immediately got sick and ran down the hall after seeing it. I was very pregnant at the time. emoticon Just thought I should correct myself on that.
Hang gliding over the ocean sounds awesome, but again I would be too frightened to try. Good luck!

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Babs, my friend says he would love to come! As soon as he is finished up working at the FBI office (yes, for real--he is an IT security guy), he will come pick me up and we will see you soon.
Gosh, I wish! He and I would both like to try hang gliding over the ocean!
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WOW....it's memorial weekend already. Seems like time is just flying by. I have no special plans this weekend other than staying home getting in a lot of cleaning and decorating around the farm. Now starting in June I have a full schedule right up until next Xmas of events that will be taking place here. From Birthday parties to social events. At least every other weekend we will be hosting something....and the few weekends I get off.....I will be attending out of state horse shows with the grand kids.

As things go we are doing pretty good over all. I see most of the country is having record temperatures so to say Michigan is along that path would not be unusual. Then again it is Michigan so we expect the changes without warning. One good thing so far my first crop of hay is looking awesome and I am hoping to get it cut here in June weather permitting. I heard so much about the drought that I am worried of not having enough to feed my animals next winter, but so far so good. We are right on time. The hubby is out daily trying to repair all the equipment that went down for one reason or another. Tsk tsk it seems like that is a never ending job.

Horses are all doing good so like I said....nice weekend....we have with rain coming by tomorrow night.

Stay safe and eat healthy....
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Happy Memorial Weekend.

Karen, if your friend wants to come to the party we'll send the jet for him. He can leave when he needs to leave. You can leave when you need to leave. But stop by for a fun time!!

The weather is beautiful here today. Had a surprise in the front yard. Abby wanted me to sit outside with her for awhile. She was waiting for her mom to pick her up. All of a sudden she ran over by me screaming. Slithering across the neighbor's driveway was a long long long huge snake! No kidding. Black and at least 4' long. Slithered across and climbed right up the tree. We came inside. I didn't have the guts to kill it. Abby said it lives at the neighbor's, her friend's house. It can stay there too.

Did a little cleaning. Got laundry going right now. I'm heading back to the beach now.

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Hi Sparkers! Seems like forever since I have posted. I am here somewhere, lol. I am so very glad to have a three day weekend. Last weekend I was away and technically "working". I will do the same next month when we have a planning session in Maine from Thursday through Sunday. Yes, I was very glad to get through last weekend's events with no mishaps. Hopefully the trip to Maine will have the same results, instead of the hospital trip I took a couple of years ago.
I think Jim is going to a sporting store today to purchase golf clubs, etc. I will be very glad to see him do that. He needs a hobby and I don't need to be a part of it. He also needs to broaden his horizons and make some friends outside of school. He is too much of a loner. Given our particular set of circumstances, he needs to find things to do that do not involve me.
Like Babs, my work load has been bordering on the insane lately, so much so that I have really seriously been thinking about retiring. My original plan was to start collecting SS and work for a few more years. I did the math--if I start collecting now at age 64 even though my monthly payment will be less than if I collected at age 66, in the long run if I live to age 80 I will collect approximately $30,000 more. Ideally, I would like to retire on my 69th birthday. Those of you who know me well, know I have lots of mitigating factors, so I am making this decision in a very careful way. I would like to just bank the SS deposits and not touch them until after I leave work. We'll see.
I would love to bring my friend to the GNO as he would be the life of the party. He is really cute, too, for a guy my age, lol. He actually turns 65 next Friday. Unfortunately, I will not see him until July and at that time we will celebrate our birthdays, last Christmas and our two year anniversary. This will be a lot easier when he moves here from Seattle!
Have fun at the party! If you need bail money, please let me know. I am a banker--I know where the money is!
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trying out my retirement pressy - an Asus laptop/notebook with Windows 8.1. My old one is Vista so it was so slow I seldom used it.

It was our 44th anniversary today. Unfortunately I discovered what my newest tigger is - the town water. Good thing I realized after the second swallow that it just didn't taste good and didn't have more than that with the meal so I was able to make it home in time.

It's been horribly hot here So silly, it went from freezing to the high 80's in two days We've been setting records. But there is no snow.


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It's raining in Western Washington, I think a lot of people will be disappointed on their camping trips the next couple of days. We decided to stay home but will do some BBQ if we get a break.

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Perfect weather, Babs. My DIL (they recently moved to Daytona Beach) said that this is perfect ocean swimming weather and that in about a month it actually gets too hot to swim. Can that be? Maybe we should head on down there in a month or so and check it out???

We went over to our garden spot today to try to knock down some of the weeds and give the tomatoes a drink. All the lawns and flowers look pretty good, but still the gardens are dry. I think we're to get a little rain on Sunday. That'll be too bad for those who have outdoor plans, but maybe it'll hold off until later in the day.

Babs, it's so wonderful that Abby really enjoys going to Summer Camp. I know they have planned and age-appropriate activities, so what's not to like, right? I'm sure it's a relief to you to have a safe and reliable place for her to spend her summer hours, too.

Other than out Memorial Day Weekend Bash, I have nothing at all planned for the entire weekend. Tomorrow we want to go back to the garden for a little bit, and I also want to get to the store fairly early. Next week will be busy, but I'll enjoy this quiet and lovely down time!

Hope you all are having a good weekend, too. Hugs and love, Jeannie

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It's gorgeous here in Florida. Waiting for my Spark friends to arrive.

Jeannie, glad the MD appointments went well yesterday. I need to plant some flowers. I was waiting to do that until I returned from my trip last week. Then we had some rain and didn't get it done. Now I have a 3-day weekend and maybe - just maybe - something might actually get done.

Abby's last day of school was yesterday. Joe's finals ended on Wednesday. So they're finished until mid-August. I dropped Abby off at Summer Camp (which is daycare) this morning. She was excited to go. She has a friend from dance class who goes and a friend she met when they were babies there who is returning. So she was ready. I walked in with her and her paperwork and the owner said "Oh, my gosh, look at you! I can't believe it." Abby has grown a lot. She's getting quite tall. She's been there a few times during the school year, but it's really been quite awhile. So she's changed.

Summer begins. Amazing how quickly time flies.

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Babs, I'll be joining you tomorrow. From the looks of things, we may have most of your place to ourselves and a few others. Well, you know that won't keep us from having a great time, I know!! Looking forward to a change of pace, that's for sure.

Joanna, you are doing way too much Spring cleaning, I think! LOL. I know it's nice to get everything spic and span, though. You have lots of family excitement coming up...new house for GD, wedding, etc. I know you'll have a marvelous time. Will you be going to Vegas again and visiting your properties out that way? Haven't heard you mention that in a while.

Wyndy, I bet you'll be glad to get the last of your orders taken care of. That should pretty much be all you have to deal with, right? Sometimes the work related to ending a job is as much as doing it every day. Good luck with that. Sounds like you'll be having a great time renovating that motorhome, too!!

Babs, glad to hear you'll be taking off for Florida soon to make sure everything is ready for us. Also happy to hear you are getting caught up on all your work. This is a great time to have a 3 day weekend, too. Will Abby be out of school soon? Our GSs get out on June 2, so they have a little while to go yet.

It's been kind of a busy week with appointments, Richard's back issues and other more routine things. Tomorrow i need to get out to the garden to do a little hoeing and to check on the tomato plants. It's been so windy I'm afraid they'll get all "beat up." Richard's eye appt. went well and he doesn't have to go back for a year. I saw the PA at the ortho's office today. The surgeon was tied up in the OR with an emergency, but since I'm basically doing okay I didn't want to reschedule for another day. I'm okay, too, and will have one more PT session. I'm looking forward to a long restful weekend, as there are no ball games for a change, and no other obligations. And, Babs...yes...I feel a little lonely, too, but I'm sure we'll be seeing more of our friends soon. Love and hugs to everyone. Jeannie

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Babs, don't feel lonely we are all around somewhere and sooner or later we all come back.

We are sunny and on the colder side here also. Although it sure helped me get some cleaning done that was so needed. I went from the floor to the ceiling and cleaned two room so far. I even managed to do all the windows inside and out. Take down the curtains and wash them along with getting up on top of the ceiling fans and giving them a good cleaning. All my light fixtures I took down and washed. So I am feeling pretty good right now that I managed to get all that down in just two days. Onward to other rooms now. (hehe)

Still waiting on the closing to my granddaughters house she just purchased. I am keeping my fingers crossed it all goes well.

Another granddaughter is getting married at the end of August right after my birthday....I am trying to drop a few more pounds before I buy a dress for the event.


Hope everyone is having fun.... I MISS JILL so much.


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Good morning Sparkies.

I'm feeling lonely. Wondering where everyone is and what you're doing. Must be fun and that's good.

Wyndy, I think an antique motorhome would be fun and really 'cool!' I'm sure it has its downside too, as you mentioned with the windshield, etc. Hopefully everything will fall into place and you'll enjoy it this summer. Happy unpacking/delivering today.

Making great progress here at work. Thank goodness. I do not like being so far behind.

Sunny this morning, but quite cool again. Yesterday was downright cold! There's rain in the forecast for the weekend.

Speaking of the weekend . . . Are you ready for a fun weekend at 'my place'? I sure am. I'll leave after work tonight. I want to get there to make sure the cabanas are set up, the kitchen is stocked, the bedding has been changed, the pools are ready, and so forth. Please come. Make your reservations with John T to pick you up in his jet!! See you there.

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3 boxes of backorders arrived yesterday so today I have to figure out who they are for and pack and deliver. Well, I'll probably deliver tomorrow. I thought I was done, silly me.

We have an antique motorhome - not really antique but really old, one of the first fiberglass ones from the 70's. We are in the process of changing the rotten tires. Boy it's difficult as there isn't a metal area near the wheels to use as a base for the jack. Took all afternoon to change 2 of them, only 6 more to go. Then we can get it towed to a garage and get the power steering and gas lines changed out. The power steering gave out in the mountains in Utah. Ted's wrists and arms were black and blue by the time we reached home 2 days later from "strong arm" driving. We haven't driven it for about 5 years as someone vandalized it that winter, broke the windshield with a brick. The new windshield ended up coming from Turkey but it took us 2 years to find even that one. Sometimes there is a negative side to owning old things. emoticon

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Wacky Wednesday Wonderful Wild ďWadies!Ē

I still havenít caught up on posts since my vacation. At this point, Iím saying Ďforget it!í It is not going to happen.

Making progress here at work. Thatís good. Wow do I have a desk full of work. Job insurance; right?

I hope more of you are planning to come to the Memorial Weekend GNO. Everyone is so quiet lately. Busy? Packing to come? Preparing treats for us? Making travel arrangements? I sure hope so!

Wyndy, I like your idea of saying that we are Ďeating healthy.í Makes much more sense and makes for a better mindset than a Ďdiet.í Thatís a dirty word! So sorry that you had more IBS problems. Sad about the groom to be. I hope his health is improving.

Jeannie, it got chilly here yesterday too. Itís only 52 right now, cloudy and rain on the way. Pretty darn cool, but I do love it. Hope Richardís back improves and that your doctor appts today/tomorrow have positive outcomes.

I did see on FB that Jackie had a wonderful time with SA. She sang her heart out all weekend. I hope that she and Mike are feeling better.

Karen, your addiction to yarn is like my addiction to most art supplies. That means we cannot go shopping together unless we take plastic!

I donít remember when CJ returns from Florida. Iíve had her on my mind too.

Then thereís Marie, Alice, Linda, Jeanne, and on and on - so many of our friends are MIA these days. I pray that you are all well and have fun, positive things going on in your lives.

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Babs, I knew you'd be swamped at work. Always seems to work that way. Hope you can dig your way out of the stacks of papers and work soon. Glad you and Abby enjoyed the recital.

Wyndy, that's so sad about the groom-to-be getting so sick right when he's supposed to get married. Wow...what a blow to the families. Hope things turn around for them all very soon. Good for you on getting rid of some of those unwanted items around the house. This town is the first place we've lived for a long time where they don't do that. Other places have similar pickups, but also scavengers who go around and sort through the piles looking for items to use or re-sell. Guess that's called upcycling...I think.

Went to our GS's ball game this evening, but it was so cold I left before it was over. They were ahead by one run, but had half an inning to play. Too chilly for me. Richard stayed home, as his back is still bothering him, but much better today. Tomorrow he has an eye appt. and I see the PT, then on Thursday it is the ortho surgeon for both of us. Guess what...no appts on Friday, which is a good thing b/c our GNO will be starting and believe me, I'm looking forward to that jet ride with Johnny T, who will be coming by to pick us all up. Give him a call and tell him what time you want him to stop for you!! Have a great evening, dear friends...Love and hugs, Jeannie

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Can't remember if it was on here or in a book but I read something the other day that I have always thought in the back of my mind but it needed to be brought to the front again. "Never say you are losing weight because when you say you are losing, the mind automatically wants to find what it has lost". Yep, we are not on a diet, we are eating healthy.

The long weekend was warm but had a cold wind. We've been having cold winds out of the north for the past 5 summers and they can go away anytime. We used to get warm winds out of the south but for some reason it has changed. Today was Town yard pickup so we spent the weekend getting a 5 foot bucket's worth of junk out front. The town picks up discards to take to the dump that will fill up a tractor's 5 foot bucket for free the day after the long weekend. It's a little early in the year to have most things ready to go but it sure does help with the clean up. The only thing they won't take are fridges and freezers. Ours was mostly dead wood from the little forest we have going down the hill behind us that was encroaching on our grass and the roof from our side shed that blew out in the storm a couple of weeks ago. It was one of those old ripple plastic sheets from the 80's and I was glad to see it go. LOL.

I had a really bad IBS attack on Sunday so didn't work outside that day or Monday morning but did do some things on Monday afternoon. We weren't able to go to Moose Jaw for the wedding. It was postponed as the groom ended up in ICU in Edmonton the Monday before. He's still there, they can't figure out what happened.

Well, on to getting back to normal, or rather, deciding what normal will become now that i am retired. The last 2 weeks have been lazy reading days

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Boy, was I ever missed! I have a tremendous amount of work sitting here. But I didn't post yesterday and I couldn't let another day go by.

Karen, so glad there were no mishaps this year. Glad you found your favorite shop/scent plus a yarn shop. Made it a perfect trip.

Joanna, our temps jump up/down. Today it's cool - 52. Beautiful though. Enjoy that fresh air.

Jeannie, the recital was wonderful. I ordered a DVD and I'm anxiously awaiting it's arrival. There were actually 4 different recitals from her school. 2 on Friday and 2 on Sunday. There are a lot of kids there. It was wonderful and she had a terrific time. So sorry about Richard having muscle spasms in his back. Painful. How did last night go?

Naps. I could use one about now! Back to work for me.

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Hi, Joanna. So nice to see you again. Sounds like you've had quite a time with your animal family. Sure hope things are going much better for you now. Oh, yes...having a Husky snuggle up with me would make me way too hot, too. But, you both needed the rest!! emoticon

Awfully glad to hear that you made it home from your convention with NO mishaps to report, Karen. Is that a first for you? LOL...not making light of your falls/fainting/bruises, etc...but you do seem to have a way of meeting the pavement in the most uncomfortable way. I'm with you...I think I'd have my banking done elsewhere, too. Even though employees know it isn't "good" to look into colleagues/bosses accounts or records, there is always that chance. Hmm...shopping, yarn, scents...sounds like you found time to enjoy yourself beyond the convention. Welcome home!!

Babs, how was the recital? I bet the makeup turned out perfectly. I can only imagine how excited Abby must have been. I'm sure we'll see a picture or two before too long, right? Back to work for you today. I suppose your desk is piled high! Don't overdo the work...it'll wait for you.

Marie, congrats on hitting that 20# mark. That's a terrific milestone. Do you have a reward for yourself picked out? You shouldn't ignore it!! Also glad to hear you'll be following up on the colonscopy. Good for you. As far as the Memorial weekend bash goes, since it is all virtual and since we have a private jet transporting us, you can still come!! Just make those plans to be there (in and out) as much as possible. LOL...camping sounds like a lot of fun. We used to do a lot of it, too, but those days are over, sadly.

Planning on getting to the Y this morning. Actually, our plans changed for this weekend. Richard's back started giving him fits with muscle spasms, so we didn't go to Sunday baseball games and we didn't drive to our friends' house in Des Moines last evening. I was to meet with nursing classmates today to go over the memory book we've put together for the reunion. They'll do it without me. I was looking forward to seeing it, but I'll get it soon enough at the reunion. Tonight is the scholarship awards night at the high school. I'll go without Richard, but Paul and maybe the grandsons will be there. It'll be nice, as always.

So, it's off to the races for me...need to get a move on and get a couple things done before the day gets away from me. Love and hugs, Jeannie

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Good morning everyone.

Babs and Karen thanks for the welcome back. I am reading and catching up on what has been going on around here. I will jump in as soon as I can and it will be like I never left.

Sunday and it's hot, muggy and so quiet today. Church was over crowded and therefore even a little stuffy in there today. I came laid across the bed and fell asleep for a while. Woke up with Snow (my husky) lying right next to me making it even hotter. I don't have central Air so right now I have no cooling system but I think I can manage for a while longer. After all isn't that what summer is for...enjoying the outdoors not hiding inside in the cool.

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I am back home from the convention, safe and sound. No mishaps this year! I do need to start some laundry in the next little while, but for now it is nice to put my feet up and relax a little. There is no rest for the wicked..tomorrow evening I have a board meeting at 6pm. Not only that, the board chair is dropping by my office early so I can show him how to use online banking. I will have to have one of my employees, Jon, get him signed up and show him how to operate it. I do use online banking myself, by my main accounts are at another institution. Sometimes people get a little too curious about what the big boss earns. I don't like that. At tomorrow's board meeting I will also be taking notes, filling in for the usual note taker. Not sure how I am going to do that and participate, but I will figure it out. I believe I did it last year.
Jeanne--I am so glad the colonoscopy was uneventful. I had my latest one last year so I am clear for a few years unless I run into issues again. Mammograms? Yeah, I am back to every six months again. I was a good girl..I scheduled a mammo, a visit with the surgeon and a visit with the OB/GYN over the course of the summer.
Babs,I am glad you enjoyed your trip. And you get to see Abby In a recital today. How neat is that!
Glad to hear from Joanna! I didn't read down terribly far, but has Jackie posted recently? I know Theresa has to post from her Kindle, which is a pain. I really appreciated the goodie she sent me.
Marie and Barbara, and any one else fairly new, I promise one day I am going to schedule some time in so that can figure out who is who and what life goes with which one, I have an awful memory.
The town we were in had lots of outlet stores and some regular stores. Jim went to a Pendleton store and bought some woolen things including a car blanket. Not sure what he is going to do with that! Then he found a New Balance store and bought two pairs of running shoes. I was in seminars--he was out shopping. Today before we left, I went to a Crabtree & Evelyn store and stocked up on items in my favorite scent--Nantucket Briar. Unfortunately, I found a yarn shop tucked in behind another building and I bought more yarn. I swear I can s ell the scent of a yarn shop in the air somehow, because I always find them! I bought some silk yarn for a shawl. It is in ocean colors, with a very gradual variegation. Can't wait to play with it..I will have to look in my pattern inventory to see what I really want to make.
I also won $25 last night playing an elimation game, called a Calcutta auction. I had never heard of that before. I was out early in the third round. The grand prize winner win $2000!
I have to get that laundry started!
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Thanks for the encouraging words, Marie. They help.

I know what you mean. My weight definitely fluctuates. I'm confident it's fluids, and I have been working on drinking even more water. This week should be better. Back to normal, i.e. work!!

Exciting day today. It's recital day. So I have laundry going. Just got home from Mass. Took the dog out. In another couple of hours we will be getting on the costume, fixing hair and applying make-up. That's hard - the make-up part. I don't wear much myself, a little eye shadow to give me a bit of color. That's about it. Applying on someone else is another story. But we are told it's due to the lighting on the stage. Rehearsal was so nice, what I saw of it. So I'm anxious. They're making a DVD of it. Guess who will buy one!!

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Good news, Jeannie...and I promise...the minute insurance 'kicks' in (mid july)...we're scheduling colonoscopy...I need mammogram, again, also. There's two things that sound like medevil torture lol
Anyway,,glad you had a good report!!

Babs, Im glad you had a nice time. You had extra day or so when you got home I think? Love that...I agree on vacation after vacation!

Im not an expert Babs,,,Im telling you though,,,I've gotten on the scale and seen a 3 lb difference in one day...that has actually turned into a true motivating factor for me. I've never liked the scales before. The body just has its own way of taking in food and fluids and letting them 'out',,,and there's no 'schedule' to it is what I'm realizing.

Yesterday, I hit the 20 lb mark....this morning..I was up 1 lb....but to late....I already 'accepted' the 20 lb loss...lol....I don't care if the scale and my body are out of sync for 24 hours....I saw the 280 on the scale....and that scale and this body aint takin it away!!

What it all told me,,,is that I've lost more,,,and to keep doing what Im doing. That motivates me!

I keep seeing the memorial weekend thing which sounds great....we actually may be camping. Thurs is grad night for my granddaughter! Im so excited and its so hard to believe...she's the first of the group...so its a big deal...her party isn't until end of June...but that will kick off Memorial....and if we go camping we'll leave Fri..come home Mon...and we'll be 'tenting' it ...and its rustic camping. lol...it's a lot of work...but if hubby wants to haul all that stuff out, etc...I'm on board. It's a beautiful location where we go.

We finished up some heavy duty 'weeding' in the yard...today, I'll get the preen out there...and semi getting the veggie beds ready...hope to get those in any day. This is the summer of 'maintenance'. New back door. Power wash the house...paint some trim...Im a 'junk gardener'...so throw out some old...so I can bring in some new junk lol...

But the yard looks nice and I love it...and am determined to spend more time relaxing in it this year...well...getting late...going to church...have a great day:)

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Joanna, congrats on the upcoming wedding. Exciting times. Very nice painting. So sorry about your dogs and horse. It has to be a sad time for you and your family. Nice to see a post from you again.

Jeannie, great news on your procedure. You must be thrilled. I didn't see the program on HGTV. I hope Joe recorded it. He said he saw something about it on FB.

Deep cleaning bathrooms - oh what a horrible job.

Just returned from an hour of water exercise. I'm struggling. Lost 0.2# last week - or actually that would be the past 2 weeks. That's pathetic. I don't know what's going on. I ate 2 meals a day while we were gone, and pretty much each day we've been home. I haven't been hungry. I have felt very bloated. My sister said the same thing. She said her feet/ankles are finally going down. Wonder if it was the heat, salt water/air and so much walking while we were gone. Mine are going down now too.

Hello everyone. If you're coming for Memorial Weekend, please stop by the thread and let us know or we'll just have that beach all to ourselves!!

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It's been a rainy day today one of those I don't want to do much day. One these days I have been finding solace in painting. I thought I would stop by to let you all know I am not dead...but still not quite as good as I would like to be. I am trying though. I have lost a few more pounds and made it to the barn for the horses quite a bit.

My oldest granddaughter sold her house and was thinking about moving to Texas but she decided at the last minute she wanted to stay in Michigan so she is busy looking at smaller homes in the area while living out of the travel camper. She hates it but at least it gives her a bit of privacy.

My second oldest granddaughter is getting married in August and I have been busy designing the cards for her and having them printed up. She has a theme going ...Alice N Wonderland....so the RSVP's...Invites...Shower...Save the Date had to be designed and somehow she didn't want them all quite the same...similar but not the same. The good news as I got them ready in order and gave them to her....she loved them all. I just finished the wedding invitations and RSVP... to be mailed out today.

I had to put down two of my wonderful dogs...and one horse. I was so sad...but it had to be done.

I thought I would upload one of the new paintings I just did in my spare time. This is Hyatti...my old guy that I raised from a baby.



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Babs, I forgot to mention that last night on HGTV House Hunters, a young couple was searching for a house in the St. Louis area. They saw 2 in Collinsville, 1 somewhere else. They ended up buying one in Collinsville!! Fun to think I've heard of the town and know someone who lives there!! emoticon

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Hi, guys...happy to have my procedure over and done with for another year. The dr said there were NO polyps (that's the first time ever), so I thought maybe he'd let me go a little longer, but he said repeat in a year. Okay...but if none next year, I'm pushing harder to extend the process. I'd think Medicare would agree with me. LOL...of course, if there are some of those pre-cancerous things lurking in there, I'd rather do it and have them gone. So enough information about that and on to more pleasant things. emoticon

Babs, hope you had a nice spot of alone time yesterday. So happy you have some extended time off. It usually seems that when people come back from vacation they have to jump right back into the work cycle. I always thought I needed vacation from vacation! LOL. Have fun at the recital this weekend!! emoticon

Yes, Babs...very, very quiet. I'm hoping it means everyone is just busy and staying out of trouble. But, always good to hear from those who can stop by.

Theresa, thank you so much for explaining about the Main LIne to me. All I could think (and I suppose I could have done a search, but didn't) was that it related to a train route of some kind. So, you live in (on??) the Main Line. Maybe you know where that house is that I mentioned. I stumbled upon the story on Huffington Post. It's been pretty interesting to watch the progress. Glad you had such a nice Mother's Day!!

Today I am deep cleaning bathrooms. Not only did the surface need it, I decided it was a good time to go a little deeper. One is done and the other soon will be. I'm on break right now. Since I think I spend too much time on the computer, I'm trying to limit myself and use the time as a little reward system. This reward is almost up, so will get to a couple other Spark things and sign off for awhile.

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Rainy day today.

Dress rehearsal was fun. Loved seeing some of the little ones before Abby's group arrived.

I'm all alone right now. I won't say that too loud. I don't trust anyone!! Abby's at school. Joe's at work. It's me and Jasmine. She's sleeping, which is what she usually does as she stands guard over the backyard. It's her 'yard' and no critter better step into it.

Getting caught up. More laundry going but that's just since we came home.

Colonoscopy - I hate them, hate them. But then who could possibly love that?! emoticon

I see we have new team mates. Welcome.

It is really quiet around here. Not much on the WI chat. Not much on the mini challenge. Hardly anything on the Memorial Weekend chat. Guess everyone's busy.

I'm off until Sunday. I'm so glad I extended my time off.

The grass sure needs cut. Last week before I left it was fine. Joe was going to cut it while I was gone, but it rained every day. Once I got home he got sick Tuesday. I took him to the doctor. It was an intestinal/viral deal. He could not stay out of the bathroom. Felt well enough to go to school yesterday morning. He has finals on Wednesday and that's the end of this semester. But today it's raining and he has to work. There goes grass cutting! It's going to be rough once he is able to cut it.

Back to laundry friends. Hope you are all doing well.

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Sunny, bright blue skies, birds were holding an early morning concert, and pretty chilly at 5:30am this morning. Right now it is mid 50's - heading up to near 70į.

Babs glad you had a great trip, hope catch-up goes smoothly.

Jeannie, hope you too, have smooth sailing on your colonoscopy. (Another test I avoid!)
I am going to look for that blog about the Main Line, BRICK HOUSE 310. I live on the Main Line. It is an area, suburbs of Philadelphia, so named because it is the main line of the railroad out of the city -Ardmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Rosemont, Villanova, Wayne, and out to Berwyn, Malvern. As the wealthy escaped the city, they built mansions, out on the Main Line. The trains allowed many workers access to the area, who built up neighborhoods around the huge estates, suppling them with maids, chauffeurs, stable help, servants. It is still a very desirous Address. Real Estate still very high priced.
My Mother-in-law was very impressed that Ed was marrying a girl from the Main Line. There was an old saying among the elite of West End Richmond, VA, "If you can't marry a boy/girl from West End, then, Marry one from the Main Line! LOL! emoticon
My Father-in-law was just impressed by what he called - " Her roots, ... Many, Many roots", my huge family was mind boggling to them. My dad was one of 8, my Mom was one of 14, and I was oldest of 7. Ed was an only child, his Dad one of 2, His Mom one of 3.
But - I babble!

Had a great Mother's Day, Ashley called Saturday afternoon, from a work related lunch event, and said, "hey, what do you think about me coming home tonight, for Mother's Day?" Of course we jumped at the idea! So she came in on the train, . Went to the parish Fair with Pyne, then she treated to Brunch at Legal Seafood, we sat on the back patio, put the umbrella up for the 1st time this season, then Pyne took her to the train, and she went back to Baltimore!
I love having her so close, that she can run home for a night.

Hope everyone had a good MD, and has a good weekend this weekend! ((Hugs)) Theresa


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Hello, everyone! Hope your day is going well. I'm enjoying the sunshine and warmer temps than we've had for a few days. Our predicted frost didn't show up last night, either, so I'm really happy about that.

Babs, so glad you had a nice time away. So hard to get back and try to get caught up on everything...especially trying to organize both work and home. With Abby's dance rehearsal and recital, you will be especially busy. Looking forward to hearing more about the beach and ocean when you have time!

Marie, you're funny...wondering if you gave birth to someone who runs for fun!! I'd have to agree. Who runs for fun??? Many do, though. Now, I have to shake my finger at you...how did you get to your age without ever having a colonscopy? Talk to your doc about that, my dear friend. Not joking...of course, not fun, but when I think about mom's father and sister dying of colon cancer and her having many polyps, I'll gladly continue them every year until I don't have to any more. I suppose as long as they keep finding pre-cancerous nasties in there, I'll have to keep having them, but when they find them and take them out...all is good!!

By the way, Marie...I usually open the daily chat thread twice and flip back and forth between to read down to where I posted last...or thereabouts, at least. Some people take notes, but I'm not that organized.

Lou, it sounds like you've been busy and more travels to come. How fun for you to be celebrating graduations. Enjoy that family time. It's a perfect time of year for that.

Wyndy, hope you find something that suits you for staying hydrated. It's a struggle sometimes.

Well, I'm off to get my next snack...another lemon drop. For supper I'll probably have two of them! I'm planning on stopping for a nice lunch tomorrow when I'm all finished at the hospital. Have a great evening, dear friends. Will check in tomorrow later in the day! Hugs and love, Jeannie emoticon

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Hello everyone. I didn't read the posts. I'm too far behind to even think of catching up!

Had a great time on vacation, but now reality is back in my life!! Unpacking, laundry, etc. I started, but it'll take awhile. Tonight is Abby's dance rehearsal and Sunday is the recital.

We had a great time at the beach and I a sunburned, my face is peeling. Isn't life terrific. No, it's a little itchy. emoticon It's OK. I can handle it.

I hope everyone's doing well and that everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day. I certainly did.

I'm still tired, and I might just catch a very short nap. I have some things to do outside though too. Wanted to check in with my friends first.

I'll post more tomorrow.

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You're right, Jeannie..it is quiet. I had kiddos sat (got up very early)..daughter was running a 25k..she did great...she was going for 3 hours and came in at 2 hrs 53min....did I really give birth to a person who runs for fun???

That day was a bust...since I got up so early and didn't sleep well to boot...I was wiped for the rest of the day...so weird how that changes when you get older!

Sun was a great mothers day. 6 out of 7 came over...full, loud house and such beautiful flowers and 'garden' goodies...they know me well!

Saturday was the 1st day I did not do my 'sweatin to the oldies' routine...I just could not find the energy or time...not bad for a 60 day stretch...well..almost 60. It was a good opportunity to put my 'change your thinking' plan to the test....was I going to guilt myself? What was I going to tell myself? Let it derail me? Scare me? ....well,,,it was all there, but the changed thinking is beginning to 'win' on a regular basis...and that's the goal!

I wish I were better at 'reading' the posts...it'd be cool if you could read all the posts, while you're 'replying',,,instead of just the last post....maybe there is and I just haven't figured it out!

I was in my yard yesterday...long enough to realize I have to switch gears. I love the yard..but its big..I have to come up with a better plan to work smarter...not harder....I want time to actually enjoy it...not always be doing heavy labor!

It's cool here, today...and yesterday...after a full weekend of rain. Grass is growing while we look at it lol....doing good for my perennials and shrubberies, etc.

It's been kind of a rough week for the 'diet/whatever we want to call it' plan:) The Change of Life...ha ha...already been through that one...so I'm just letting the rough week kind of 'hover there' while I look at it. I'm experience at lot (in my head)...lots of old fears, concerns...am I slipping..am I going to fail? Why is this happening? ...lots of negative stuff....but also,,,the new stuff (the changed thinking) is there, also. So Im not getting pulled in. Im just kind of 'faking it till I make it' through. Saying all the right stuff...when you're in a rough patch....at least for me,,I have to have a 'bottom line' approach...so...my bottom line is this....I aint quitting. Im sticking with the plan. Just do today. ..and Yes, I can do this:)


I hope everyone is staying healthy...doing well...enjoying the change in seasons! Some are traveling..places always go a bit quiet in the warm weather, I think:)

Thoughts are with you on the colonoscopy, Jeannie! I've not had that pleasure yet. Take care, everyone:)

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good evening everyone I have been lingering on the sidelines and reading post I have been so busy that I have not had tie to answer I am going to my son's for graduation of my GD and my GS She will be graduating from Hs and he fro Jr High so I am not sure how often I will be able to get on probably just here and there I went to Md and had my eyes tested and I was told I have maculardegeneration the dry kind And my lab work came back and my lipid panels were a little off so my Dr want me to take statins It will take me a little while to adapt to this Hope is going well I hope Mike will soon feel better talk with you later



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emoticon Hi, everyone. Just dropping by to say hello and to tell you to have a great evening. I'm hoping the wind will die down some here. So strong all day...beating all the little trees and things to death. Typical spring weather for us, but that doesn't mean I like it. emoticon

Went to the school to read this morning and then on to the Y for Silver Sneakers. This evening I start the prep for my annual colonoscopy. Tomorrow will be the really fun day! NOT!! emoticon At least the procedure is fairly early on Thursday morning...that's a good thing. I've had them in the afternoon before and that is the worst. Wish me well!! emoticon

I am wondering where everyone has been these last few days or so. Please let us know you are all okay! Missing you and thinking about everyone! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Yesterday I didn't do anything except look for an old CPAP machine to lend to a friend until hers comes in. Our settings are just about the same, only 1 pressure point apart. And yet, I am tired and slept in until 10:30. Guess I crashed after all the Avon was done.

I love Soda water or perhaps you call it Club Soda. It doesn't have any sugar in it and yet is quite good tasting. I could never understand why Tonic Water is so bitter even though it has sugar! I had turned completely to water except for 2 cups of coffee in the morning even though I love carbonation. With my dry throat I find that carbonation really helps. I usually add a little squirt of ReaLemon or ReaLime to my glass to give it a taste.

Have to go to the vets to get Dollar some food today so guess going out isn't just an option today.

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I have gone 2 days without an attack. I am positive it was the bottled water because that is the only change I have made. No more water and it seems to have worked. Now what do I do, the tap water of course is horrible, the brita water was causing problems, and now the bottled water is causing problems. Sigh. We have filters on all the water coming into the house but that hasn't helped the tap water problem. Guess it's back to soda water until I can figure something out.

This weekend is our long weekend Victoria Day weekend. It is the closest Monday preceeding the 25th which usually means Mothers Day, weekend, Victoria Day but this year the 24th is on a Sunday so there is no weekend inbetween. We used to call it the May 24th weekend. Such a hurried month this year. It'll be very strange. This year we are heading to Moose Jaw to meet up with some relative from Edmonton who are attending a wedding. We will be going on Sunday and back on Tuesday. We are staying at a beautiful victorian B&B
This is the link if you are interested www.wakamowheights.com/ I am taking my neice a carton of old recipe books, she collects them. A girl after my own heart. LOL

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Boy, oh boy...where did everyone disappear to this weekend? Oh, I bet you were all celebrating and having a great time with friends, family and maybe even just by yourselves?? Let us know what you were up to.

Karen, we had had some warmer weather like that recently, too, but today it is a breezy and cloudy 52. Not so nice. We had storms yesterday. We had a quiet day but went over to our son's for take out and birthday treats leftover from DGS's birthday earlier in the week. We had barbecue that was out of this world. They were going to grill, but after all...the DIL is a mom, too, so why should she be cooking. Had a nice evening and got a couple of cute cards. The one from Paul says: Mom, there were times when running away from home seemed like a good idea...but you never did! Happy Mother's Day. So funny...truth be told, I probably did think about that from time to time--especially with him (youngest and the most ornery). emoticon

Karen, your flowers sound lovely. Sweet of your son to send them. emoticon

Jackie, hope the competition went well and that Mike didn't have any problems. I do have the right weekend, I think?? emoticon

Babs, it'll be good to hear from you and to know you and Abby had a fabulous time at the beach. emoticon

So, dear Sparkling Friends, I hope your weekend was awesome and that today is going well, too. Be well, think positive thoughts, and let's do one or two things that helps to move us in the right direction of improved health, stamina or strength!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Seems like chat is very quiet today! It was 83F here today, but my daughter and son in law went skiing at Killington, which is north of where I live in Vermont. They were skiing in shorts and t-shirts. Not water skiing, SNOW skiing. That resort will stay open until mid June. Yes, we really do get that much snow! They only skied until a little after noon and then invited Jim and I to meet them for a late lunch at the Marina. It was very nice. My son called me on Friday to wish me a happy Mother's Day because he will be working on Sunday. He is up in Goronto right now doing another Red Sox game. After tomorrow he goes to one of the California stadiums and finishes the road trip in Seattle. Then he is home for a week and I have no idea where he goes after that. I was really surprised, though, when UPS delivered a bouquet of flowers today from him! Nice kids.....
Hope everyone had a good day. I think Jackie is in a competition today? I know Babs is at the beach, and Theresa is trying to keep Pyne out of trouble. Jeannie must be seeing her kids, or at least one of them.
I cannot remember if our newer members have children or not, but Happy Mother's Day anyway! You don't have to have kids to be a mother...many women fulfill that role as mentors and cheerleaders for other women in their lives!
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Karen


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Hi Sparkers.....just got back from the credit union's annual meeting and dinner. I think a good time was had by all, but I am glad it is over. For the members, it is fun. For me, I am still working. This has been quite the week at work, so much so, that I seriously considered retiring on the spot on Wednesday. Thank goodness the end of the week got better.
I wanted to make sure I at least got on SP to wish all the mothers a happy Mother's Day and I also wish a Happy Mother's Day to those who may not be biological mother, but who mother others anyway. It is a hard job!
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Karen

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Theresa, that is way, way too much fun for me!! Bless your heart...you let Pyne live and even have a great start to a new day. I just don't get why we get roped into some of these things when it's totally unnecessary (think that stupid salesperson who came to demonstrate a whole house air cleaner b/c Richard thought we'd won a million dollars or some such thing). Glad you both lived to tell about it.

Theresa, by the way, I've been meaning to tell you about a blog I've been following. It's about a couple who bought a hoarder's house on the Main Line in Philly (I don't know what the Main Line is, but everyone from Philadelphia seems to know). It's been really interesting and I've been fascinated with their story. I think it's called BrickHouse319.com The woman posts something most days, but they're short and have pics. I first saw a link on the Huff Post main page. Anyway...I've enjoyed it.

Marie, Babs has had this trip to Florida planned for quite some time. She wanted to take Abby so she'd get to see the ocean/beach, etc. I think there are several other family members going: Bab's sister, niece, etc. Sounds like your DH's job is a bit of an adjustment for you both, but you'll get it all figured out. But...take my word for it...at some point you'll get on one another's nerves, at least a little bit. Maybe not now, but definitely after he retires. That was one of the hardest things for me: learning to live with someone around ALL the time. I finally had to have that little talk about the fact that I don't need a chauffeur to run every errand I want. I remember my Mom saying she had to tell my Dad that he couldn't go with her to see her friends...he needed to get some friends of his own!!! LOL. They worked it out, of course. You will, too, I'm sure.

Yesterday was busy. I was glad to get home and go to bed early. Had a good night's sleep and have basically putzed my morning away. I had plans to get a lot done, but it hasn't happened yet!! Maybe this afternoon. So, at this point I'll just tell you all to have a great weekend and Mother's Day. We'll spend tomorrow with mine and maybe a little time with our son and his family. Love to all! XOXO Jeannie

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Today I am feeling hopeful! It IS going to be a good day!
Got 6 hours sleep - woke pain free - I am still speaking to Pyne - I made and stuck to the healthier choice for breakfast (hard to ignore bacon aroma from Finch and Pyne's breakfast)- and won 50 SPARK America points for our team, and 50 for my Diabetes team!

Yesterday, we had an appointment, at 1:00pm to see an accountant, over a problem involving an inheritance check, issued in Mid February, but dated December 2014. The Form to add to our Federal Income Tax arrived on April 16th - 1 day AFTER the tax deadline of April 15th! Requiring us to file an amended form, that their accountant would prepare. Yesterday we had to go to his , 2nd floor, no elevator, building, so we could both sign, bringing a check so tthey could mail amended return. Well, after climbing the 29 steep steps, with missing top railing, almost falling on the last step up to floor, and as I lurched left, Pyne says "no, the office is on the right"..Guess I should have fallen to the right! So heart pounding, out of breath, we go into the office, to find out the accountant is NOT BACK FROM LUNCH - (the lunch that he told us he didn't take!) That Pyne - being Pyne, had us there too early for , so the secretary says she'll be able to show us the signature lines, THEN Pyne forgot to bring the check to pay IRS !! So, we had to take it home - I did not need to be there at all!! This whole thing has been a big stresser for me, the lawyer and his accountant acted like no big deal, we'll just file an amended return, but it threw off all our deductions,so instead of a return, now we owe! And IRS does not have the same laisse faire attitude they have, plus IRS is not noted for their sense of humor! I know for normal people this gettin dressed, going out, and getting in to this office wouldn't even be an issue. For me, well it was a big issue, stress, nerves, compounded by physically not being able to climb 29 steps, while shaking on my cane, with railing, that I use to haul my weight up, not go ing all the way to the top...then, find out I didn't need to be there!! Well that set my mood for the rest of the day. And everything I did went wrong from there! Pyne was saved last night by having to go to a Legion meeting. So Finch spent 4 hours BARKING out the front window, at everyone walking down the bus route, going to our parish's big Fair! Had to shut the window on an 86į night, so I sat there hot, mad and frustrated, till Pyne got in at almost 10pm - then I stormed up to bed, took 2 antihistamine pills and went to sleep. Sorry for the whine- but now you see, why Friday is looking brighter!!

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Mornin, all:) Looks like rain tody..I don't care. Im weeding, anyways lol...they will not get the best of me this year...Preen it is.

Sorry about your husbands 'turn' Jackie. My prayers and thoughts...how frustrating it is to have a long term health situation...lets hope and pray for a true 'turning' point.

Thanks for the nice compliment, Jeannie..about the 'blog'. Ive said it to others...I love the 'circular camraderie'...u know...the support just keeps coming...and going...round and round...and it's nice...It's a steady influx for those who let it be.

I didn't realize Babs was going to FL....?...I try to read everyone...this is an active team..I love it! its cuz grannies know how to communicate...we've had a few years at it!!

Sounds like you had a great and interesting time with your 'grands', Jeanni lol! With all of mine,,I've yet t have a 'dr run'...not on my own, anyways. Knock on wood!

My husbands new job is so odd. We're both noticing the extra time we have. Yesterday he was home at 4:30...we ran out did a couple things,,had dinner...came home and quick sprinkled my Preen on my freshly weeded areas...did a couple other odd things...and Jeopardy was still on!!.....that's how we mark our evening time Wheel and Jeopardy. lol

We're thankful for the extra time together...as long as we don't get on each others nerves ..!

Well..a list of 'to do's' today...have the 4 little girls, bright and early tomorrow...my daughter is running her first 25k....the River Bank Run it's called...in Grand Rapids, MI. I can't relate lol Everyone have a marvelous weekend!! Enjoy progress and success ...not just with food and weight!! That isn't all that we are.

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Have a busy day ahead of me, so I wanted to stop by for a minute before I have to head out the door. I have PT, a hair cut, and then a 4 hour shift at the museum...all this after I caught Theresa's malady of no sleep last night. Guess that's not exactly true...not enough sleep is more accurate. I think I finally ended up with about 4 hours--not good when you're driving a lot to get to these things. Coffee stops are calling my name!!!

Jackie, I can't tell you how sorry I am to hear about Mike's latest problems. It sounds so similar to my Sis's issues, except hers are caused by cellulitis. Continued prayers for you and MIke, and maybe there will be other some answers from the people at the wound clinic.

Wyndy, sorry also to hear about your most recent IBS attack. Sure hope you didn't get the side effects from your medication. By the way, I love your new profile pic.

If you all haven't had a chance to read Marie's blog from a day or two ago, be sure to check it out. Lots of insight and things to ponder there. Thanks, Marie. And if you like it as much as I did, just click on the "I liked this blog" button.

Better get a move on. We have some storms predicted for today, but mostly noon or later. I hope they wait until I get home this evening. Have a great day today, my special friends...it's my DGS's 9th birthday, so let's all live today like a 9 yo having a great birthday! Smile, laugh, enjoy the day!! Hugs and love, Jeannie



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