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8/29/16 5:31 A

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God answered prayers...very quickly! Attitude adjustments were made all around and guy number 2 transferred to my other 10X15 and is happy and ....NO damage was done emoticon Guy number 1 was a bit happier when he called back yesterday and I had all the info, pictures I'd taken and notes for the boss with numbers to call and said it seemed I've done all I can do at this point. We were ALL much nicer to one another for sure. God is awesome and the outcome made ME happy and had me smiling at how He worked everything out. Number 2 said he'd talked to his insurance company and they would have covered his losses had their been any too.

Thanks for the offer of help and you do it well! I'll really have to apply myself to the task of stopping that PM grazing habit since that's my biggest problem and gets me in the most trouble.
I had a wonderful salad last night (packaged one) that has some roasted corn, black beans, grilled chicken and a Southwest Ranch dressing. I made do with no extra dressing and tossed the little package of tortilla chips. I didn't need those. I'll do up some salads of my own when I do my prep time in the kitchen.

Besides my cute containers/measuring tools, I have a square microwave tray/cutting board by my stove that I'll use to write the day's plan on with a dry erase marker. Works great and helps me remember what I'm up to in the kitchen.

Diana, that's great! Coming off of some meds feels good doesn't it? I hope the dehydration problem reverses quickly and you feel much better.

Kim, I hope you feel much better quickly too. I'm so thankful I don't have the headaches to deal with and wish you didn't! My main issue these days are the achy hips and back and I know that will improve with more activity and getting some weight off. I saw your 201 posted, hooya! I'd be really happy to see that here again.

Missy, I pray for improvement at your place as well. Health wise and otherwise. Please drop in when you can. You too, Shel.

I'm up at 3 AM again but I went to bed really early last night. I felt off and was very tired. I did go in at 11:30 and stayed pretty busy, tho I did have some play time later. I'll get a few chores done before work this morning.

Praying for us as a group and individually...for strength, healing, wisdom and grace. May we be comforted, encouraged and restored by our awesome Father, who knows everything there is to know about us all and loves us beyond comprehension.

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Signing off on the insurance is huge. They took a chance with their stuff , taking responsibility in their own hands. Once they signed it was out of your hands! It's that simple.

Dianna, awesome about the meds! Keep us up on how you are doing. I go about three times during the day and three at night because of the lymphedema, even taking a diuretic. I feel like I have to go more when I'm lying down.

Feeling puny from a bad sinus headache this morning. Y'all have a blessed Lord's Day, love you.

God bless, Kim

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I'd done a long, informative, enlightening post and the computer froze with SP not responding and I lost it. So....make something up, ok?

I went to Wal-Mart and am so glad I did. It's getting hot already and I would have been miserable doing it at 11:00, before work. I stopped by the office and unloaded there and that helped too. I turned the AC on there so it would be comfy when I get there for the day.

I'll be getting sale notices done today and my cleaning so may go in a bit early. I'm hoping I have no more angry tenants come in today. I had to deal with two yesterday with leaking and cricket problems and they were really put off by my lack of attention to their needs.

One wanted me to call the boss out, or at least get an emergency repair done on his unit. Oh well...it can't all be sunshine and roses at any job. I empathize with them but have no authority to make deals (reduced rent) and I am NOT calling the boss out for something they can do nothing about or get overly concerned with. It's not THIER stuff being ruined!

We have maintenance half a day Mon-Fri and he is not on 24 hour call. They did sign off on the insurance addendum, declining coverage. I may get my attitude reported........when I am barked at, I often snark back even tho I'm not happy with me when I do. That second guy was present and in my face. The first one did his barking on the phone and his wife came by so I could look at the unit.

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Hi ladies, i have been on powerful diaretics for my bp for a long time and they were continued after my surgery, but given my limited ability to get liquids in, i was peeing out more than taking in, and got severely dehydrated. Good news i am off all bp meds.

Missy, its hard to understand the whys and wherefores of these types of situations. I had experienced the same type of thing and will try to share what I learned.
One: you are not responsible for others choices, as much as we are hurt by them.
Two: Jesus was clear as He suffered persecution, so would we.
Three: in time you will see these people as the warped, lacking people they are and will have pity for them, they will face Jesus as will we. He will offer the same mercy to them as us.
Four: it seems from the outside looking in that the enemy wants you emotionally embroiled in this to sidetrack you from focusing on the marvelous work he is working in you to be a witness to others. He that hath forsaken mother, father, lands for my sake shall inherit the kingdom of God.
So instead of asking 'why me? ' ask 'why not me'.


When you�re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure�the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: �I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.�3


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Missy, Keep praying for her, sweetie, and keep giving your hurt to Jesus. Ask Him how to deal with her and He will lead you in the way you should go. I'm still praying.

Bren, what cute stuff! I hope this helps. If you want to keep an accounting on here, you know I'll be here to help you.

We had a birthday party for Mom and my SIL tonight. It was lots of fun.

Have a blessed weekend. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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1Co 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." 34 Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.


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8/27/16 8:25 A

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Woohoo! After posting, I saw ya'lls posts. SP is weird like that sometimes or is it just my PC?
Anyway...so glad to see y'all.
You were creative Kim! Dainrop......and still are. My brother and I used to joke about his daddy being the milk man and mine was the mail man....I know...not funny now, but as kids it was. He was so tall and thin, I'm short and stubby, but Grandpa on Mom's side was very tall and granny was 4'10" so it was in our genes.

Awww Missy! This has been a true trial by fire of long duration. I always remember what Charles Stanley said..."God's hand is on the thermostat and His eye is on the clock" but this has been a season of drought beyond comprehension. GOD however.....knows it all and I know He is with you each moment of every day. He never leaves us without hope and help. That brought tears to my eyes, about the remarks made to your precious son. I can sure understand how distance from your Mom and less contact can be a comfort!

Oh Kim! I'd be whining so loud you would hear me at your house! Thinking of the necessary things involved in upkeep! Come to think of it, I do need to apply that concept to my own stuff! My "lack" of upkeep has led to my downfall!

Speaking of whining, I did that yesterday at work. I had my 5th rental at 4:45, it was hot outside, I took the girl down to look at a unit, the door wouldn't stay open and it was full of crickets......we looked at another that was somewhat better, then got to the gate and it wouldn't open, the cart wouldn't go when I tried to reverse to go to the other gate so I left it sitting at the gate, I had trouble getting the walk thru gate open...... emoticon so I was whining like a tired 3 year old by the time we got in the office!
I called Gaylon to come help me........and he did, which was a good thing since as soon as he got there from the other office, another lady called and had lost her keys and needed her lock cut! So while he was there, he re-cleaned some units and left locks off for my weekend rentals. I did manage to get the cart going again and put it in the shed. Normally, I don't "show out" in front of tenant! Honestly!....well, not often anyway. I do have a few favorites that I can be myself with.

I got my 21 days fix set yesterday....I don't have the book of instructions and the food list is so tiny I need a magnifying glass so I just printed out a lot of good stuff, charts etc. that I found all over the place. Now to put pen to paper and do up a meal plan, menu etc. and use the good sense God gave me. I've a lifetime of bad habits and carelessness to overcome but there's life in the body and hope springs eternal for positive changes. None of us is a good place to do a "challenge" so I'm off to challenge myself....to do what I need to, a day at a time.
I played with my camera after digging around in the closet for it. The calculator I'd bought the batteries for bit the dust so I'll use them in other things....camera, remote, monitors and the like. I do take rather crummy pictures...but here's my "starter tool kit" and my dinky kitchen, that needs my attention....



Continued prayers for us all and love to spare....


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8/26/16 5:40 P

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I always try to be respectful to my mom..she has ran down my whole family..even my children...but absolutely brags on my sister and her children...I have not been to see my mom in almost a year..she has stopped by my house twice since December...My mom is a confessing Christian...but her actions show otherwise...she has never apologized to me or my hubby for things she has done...I guess what drives me crazy is that she says that she has nothing against us..and that WE(my hubby and I) are the ones that have a problem...
I guess I just wear my heart on my sleeve...It's hard for me to just totally seperate myself permantly from my Mom ..who is almost 71 years old...I know the devil uses her to hurt me though..you are correct on that..Kim...how do you not let it hurt you??? For me that is impossible...I know Jesus is the only reason...I have not washed my hands of it all...I love my Mom and I just keep praying that God will open her eyes..and give her a love for my hubby..that she has NEVER HAD....

praying for you Kim...not sure if it's the meds or my sickness...but I am swollen horribly...I pray that God will be with you..and heal you

oh...please pray for my hubby..he is in the ER right now..having problems with his heart!!! and i can't be there..for the fact that I'm very sick...so pray it's not serious...thank you!!!


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I always told my family I came from a dainrop - an upside down raindrop! Maybe that's why I like to read fantasy books so much. I got such a giggle out of the "red headed step-child" line, Bren! We teased each other mercilessly when we were kids about how each of us came from a different kind of parent. One came from a robot, and I decided to fight it by choosing my own object to come from and so I chose a dainrop!

Missy, separate your Mom from yourself. See her as a spiritual entity rather than someone attacking you because of you. She needs Jesus, it's that simple. It's a spiritual battle. It's satan trying to trip you up and cause you to stumble. You have to respond as Jesus would want you to respond. Pity her, show her kindness in return for her ugliness. Heap burning coals upon her head by giving her the opposite of what she gives you. Don't let it hurt you but let it remind you of another thing to lift up to the Lord. You have so many other things to be concerned for in your health, being concerned over her feeling for you doesn't need to be one of them. Only Jesus can reach her, so give it over to Him. I continue to pray for you, sweet sister. Rest, do all the right things for your health, trust Jesus and cling to Him, I'm sure as you have been doing - let go of the rest!

Saw the therapist today. I have both hyperlymphedema and lipedema. The first stores fluids the second stores fats. It's a one of the main reasons that I have struggled to lose weight all these years. There is no diet or exercise that can get rid of the stored fluids and fats. She told me today that even the diuretics won't do it, or drinking less water! Sigh. God has been so gracious in the weight I have lost and helping me to lose it in my thighs, because the thighs are usually also affected by these diseases as well, and I have lost a few inches in both thighs which without the hand of God that shouldn't have happened. I have some massages to do a couple of times a day to get the fluids moving and next week she will teach me and Wade how to wrap my legs so that they won't grow any larger and hopefully we can push out some of the fluids that are there with this little machine that she has. The only way to get rid of the fat is to have lipo-suction done. Then compression socks will keep the fluid and fat we have gotten rid of from refilling those areas again. It's a rest of my life process.

I love y'all and am continuing to pray for you!

God bless, Kim

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1Co 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." 34 Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.


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Maybe, I'm the ugly duckling...Bren...lol...
Sometimes, I do get so hurt by them..that I go weeks without contacting anyone..and I actually felt better...is that awful of me?? ugh..I feel bad saying that...but ..as soon as my mom called me she had something very negative to say..and ruined my day!!...She told my son last time she visited that his sideburns were awful.and made him ugly...poor fellow was so hurt, that after she left he went to the bathroom and shaved them...made me so upset...cause she said her hubby's dad had sideburns like that..but she wouldn't want to say anything to him..because she may hurt his feelings?!?!?!? What in the world???...and yes...I said something to her about it..and she later texted him to apologize...(still stating they were ugly) geez...

but...thank you, sweet Bren for your prayers..I am so thankful for each one:):))
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Missy, I'm so glad to see you here but am so sorry you still feel so bad. Are you adopted? Just kidding but the preferential treatment of others compared to you in the family would sure give one that "red headed step-child" feeling. You have been hurt so many times your heart should be calloused by now........and were it not for God and HIS love, it would be.

You remain in my prayers honey girl and praying for your family as well. God knows all the details, He knows the heartache and sorrow........and pain... and I pray His comfort and peace will calm you, bring rest, healing and recovery very soon. Love you sweet Missy...

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Im still struggling with the stomach issues..yesterday was a very hard day for me...mostly mentally...I've been sick for so long..that sometimes..I just feel so isolated and lonely...
My Mom has had my niece and nephew for a week. I have not seen them in almost a year..and she refused to bring them to see me..I am still upset over it..
My daughter got real sick, and my mom sends her a text..saying I knew your Mom would give you, what she has!!!...I took her to the doctor..and had her tested to be sure..but I knew she did not have it...cause I bleach everything..and i knew I had not given it to her...yet my mom made me feel bad..made me feel like an contagious Alien!!!....but anyway.....
my daughter did not have it...she has some other kind of bacteria...and she is doing much better now...Please pray that when I finally get to be re-tested in 3 weeks..that i do not have this nasty bacteria!!!!!! Cause if i do..I may literally have a nervous breakdown!!!

Congrats Shel...Wish you much joy and happiness!!!

Praying for you all...
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Hey Ladies!
It's my Whine day........been up since 3 AM and praying I stay alert until 5:15 PM...to get home safely.
I woke up around 1:00 with my left hip hurting really bad. I got up and spent some time dozing in the recliner after taking some ibuprofen. I started dragging around 6:00 but knew if I laid down I'd not want to get back up. Unlike Tommie who takes off every time she takes a deep breath it seems, I don't miss work unless I'm really down and I try to avoid that scenario.

Now I am done...whining....and will keep myself occupied today. I'm thankful I had such a restful,peaceful day yesterday!

I got my pretty plates yesterday. There are two each of two shades of purple. Very pretty. I may get some more goodies today since they shipped one day apart and then my tops from JCP are due in between today and Monday.

I spent some time cleaning the kitchen this morning before work and stopped by Wal-Mart for batteries and wanted some pillow cases but can't find them yet. The store will be really nice when they finish but hey, it was OK before!

I'll get my list ready for Office Depot for Monday and see if we can get a check signed....assuming a boss type person comes in.

I'm getting hungry so will have my snack now.......... emoticon


Let us know how the appointment goes for the consultation, Kim........

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I ended up back in hospital, bp 98/48 prob get out tomorrow. Hard to text, love you all 💗💓💕💖💞💘


When you�re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure�the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: �I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.�3


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Look at those smiling faces - how wonderful! It looks like y'all had a wonderful time. I hope that all goes well with the visa, Shel and that the next year goes by quickly! Congratulations.

I have an appointment for a consultation with the therapist tomorrow. I don't think we will be starting the therapy, but who knows. I would love to start that right away! My other therapy cost me $60 a pop, so maybe that will be all this will cost too. If it works, it will be worth it.

Where my tooth was extracted is still causing me some pain. It shouldn't by now. It's not a lot, just this nagging ache that comes and goes. Right now it feels like someone is trying to find a way in with an ice pick, just poking at it. I'm just hoping that the bone isn't involved in something.

Not much else going on here, so am hoping you all are having better days. Love you and am praying.

God bless, Kim

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Oh Shel! I love your collage.... I'm so glad to see you back and thanks for the update. You have your work cut out for you, in reclaiming your space and I wish you the best in getting it done. Congratulations on your wedding and in the time ahead. We know how quickly time slips by so the next year can be well spent on preparation for the years ahead. Health wise and otherwise.

Diane, I'm glad to see you here too! I can sure understand that fatigue. I'm praying each day finds you a bit stronger and closer to full recovery. Being in the hospital saps your strength, even for the smaller procedures.....it's an invasion of the body!

Kim, I hope all goes well for you in the days ahead, sorting out the sock and massage things. I'd think the massage would be painful, what with your sensitivity already. I'd start whining before they touched me!

I ordered a set of 21 day fix type containers/plan from Amazon. I spent $12.00 so didn't break the bank. I know it's a gimmicky, measuring "tool" but if it will help me get a handle on real portion sizes, it will be worth the time, money and effort. I also ordered a set of four square snack plates of Tupperware. Those were high dollar (in my book) but I really wanted them. I have a set of four orange and the new ones will be purple. I love the size and the edge on them. I actually use one to cook my bacon on in the microwave. Two slices, cut in half, fit perfectly and cook in 2 minutes while I poach a couple of eggs.

I have a set of stainless steel egg poachers that I use and even do my "boiled" eggs in them and avoid shelling them. I just cook until hard set and slip into a container for salads, snacks etc. I'll do up some tonight I think, as well as some veggie containers to grab and go.

Now, if our Missy would check in we'd all be here, huh? I'm off to do some work related stuff. have a blessed and wonderful day...no matter what. Love and prayers...


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Good morning, all - Long time no see, I know! While in Peru (especially Pucallpa) I didn't have regular internet access, so I just did minimal Sparking (like blog). Yes, Levi and I did manage to get married - I spent 2 weeks in Lima to get MY papers in order (it took less than that, but I wanted to be sure to allow for delays). While there I got to visit and speak in some new churches, and have open invitations to return. My concern was that the dates on my papers would have expired before we could marry. But I guess it was the Lord's time. We wanted to keep it small, just the civil ceremony, but our pastor really wanted to do a church ceremony too. We would have done THAT at his sister's house (they have a large paved are which would work) except that the list of invitees grew to include some of his coworkers and graduating class, so we ended up having it at church after all. And I'm glad Pastor convinced us - BOTH services were VERY nice. ANd the prep was fun too - his aunts, sis, sis-in-law, and nieces all contributed to making the cake and refreshments.

So anyway, I got back on the 15th, and I've begun the process to get his spouse visa. Since 9/11 and all the drug stuff, it's not an automatic if you marry an American. But I expect that next year I shall return to Peru and go with him to the embassy and he'll come back with me.

Meanwhile I'm working at "encouraging" my daughter and her gang to move out. It's something they'd planned to do "eventually" anyway, but this gives them more incentive. We're all entering a new chapter in our lives. I was going over my budget and it looks like I'll be much better off without them, because the rent I received for them through social services always went to buy more groceries. I can live a lot cheaper not having to pick up the slack for a family of 7!

Hope to join you girls more often. This is my favorite board.
Here's a little collage I made of the weddings and preps.



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Naps are good! I woke up from one nap totally disoriented. I thought it was morning and it was evening. I just couldn't get that into my head!!! It was so funny!

I went outside for a little bit today to brush Jake. The neighbor across the street still has the little puppy. I hope that she was able to keep her. She is losing a lot of her black though, just like Jake did! After I wasn't feeling well at all one day and slept until 11 AM, which I am doing a lot lately, I thought that having a puppy might not be a good idea! LOL! Poor little thing would be walking around the house with its little legs crossed all morning long! Surprising thing, both of my dogs were house trained when I got them, and Max was just five weeks old when we got him. We did live in a tiny travel trailer so he probably thought it was his crate and dogs don't usually go in their crates or nesting areas. Both of my dogs weren't and aren't lickers either, which I personally like. Jake is a sniffer, but rarely licks, and never on the face. Mom especially likes that! Well, enough about dogs.

Not much else going on in my life. Oh, I did talk to the doc and he referred me to the folks at the hospital about my calves, so they should be calling me for an appointment. Not sure if they will do the massage therapy or if they will do something else to reduce the fluid in my legs. We'll see what happens when I get there!

I'm supposed to call for an appointment with my cardiologist too, but my heart is doing really well, and Wade didn't seem to think that that was necessary any more, so we are skipping that one. Praise the Lord!

Talk to you later. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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I'm slowly getting my strength back, I have a nap in the afternoon, totally wrung out. I am doing a little more everyday, got 1/2 of dishes done this morning😄


When you�re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure�the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: �I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.�3


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Prayers are essential and ongoing....for all of us. I too, hope Shel will have a happy life and remain steadfast and strong, wherever she is. This has been a long and arduous procedure but she saw it through.

Don't fret at all about not being edifying on occasion! God knows every detail and you have concerns..... and this is a good place to express them. I'm hoping the insurance came through as well, in a big way and you can get whatever you need.

I had an off day yesterday and took the opportunity to catch up on rest and reading. I got a nap after feeding the cats, as I wasn't ready to get up yet....then at noon, laid down for what ended up being almost 5 hours. The past week or longer, my sleep has not been so good and has been less than refreshing. You know all about that! Last night was better, making 3 in 10 days. I'm achy this morning but ready to do some chores and make a shopping list as I do my inventory. I'll have a couple cups of coffee and quiet time, then get started.

We got some more heavy rain yesterday, late. I'm hoping Gaylon can tend to the leaks in the break room that ruined a lot of paper and labels and slopped water all over the floor and carts that have our printer and fax on them. A lot of the water came in around the AC area because it's not sealed properly. I enjoy the rain but sure pray for those in flooded areas who see so much loss and destruction.

Take good care of yourself today....I'll do that here too. Prayers for each name and need represented here. Love you ladies!



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I'm not on FB so I didn't see that. I knew that she had plans to marry him this time, I reckon those went through! I don't know if it's a good thing or not - I sure hope that it is. Peru has been the home of her heart for a very long time. I'm assuming that is where she is planning to live now. She just loves her husband's folks too. I hope she has a very long and happy life there and grows in the Lord.

I went to the medical place today that I could order some compression socks from. She really urged me to have the massage therapy done first. They teach me to do the massage and then put the bands on my legs which will reduce the size of my calves. She says I'm at a size and place where it should work well on me too. So I asked the doctor to recommend me to Frye for that. I have a huge bill from there right now, but when I went to pay on line they said that there was no account for my name or number! woohoo! Maybe my insurance came through and paid it after all. It didn't sound like they were going to in the bill that was sent, and I don't think that is the case, but I sat on the phone waiting for about 20 minutes to talk to someone before I gave up. I'll try another day. I don't want to have another large bill, but I also don't want to keep having these large calves and this really sensitive legs. ARGHHHH! Why is my body so messed up!!!!???? I hate being a financial drain on my family but I don't know what to do. Do I just learn to live with it?? I tried a cheaper way, getting the socks at Amazon, but wasted the money because what was supposed to fit didn't! I'm sorry. This isn't edifying at all! Please just keep me in your prayers. I am keeping you in mine. I love y'all a bunch.

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I'll talk to Sharon and Gaylon about it and get their input, too. Thanks Ladies for yours!

My reservation from Illinois got here today and did his rental. A very nice young couple. I've lived in Chicago a couple of times and even in the 70's it was too much city for me. Now it's such a troubled, tormented place that I'd not even want to drive through.

I got some decluttering done before work. I did my desk area and the fridge, and cleaned the kitchen. Since I loved the stir fry I had the other day, I'll hack up a bag of veggies, ready to grab and cook at home. Mine will have less sodium and fat than the take out. I did my cabbage, celery and broccoli this morning and will pick up peppers and carrots and chop up my onions. It's been a long time since I did that and it fits well in my cooking style...fast, easy and loaded with veggies. I steam them sometimes too which is super easy.

I had a couple of chicken strips, 2 hot wings and a salad for lunch and brought a snack container of cheese and carrots if I need it this afternoon. If not, I'll tote it back home. I brought coffee from home for the office so I wouldn't have to stop at the store today. Worked for me! I'll get some when I shop tomorrow or Tuesday.

I ordered a couple of things from Amazon.com this morning and finished my order from JC Penney. I didn't have my card with me yesterday and needed the CVV code on the back.

I saw on FB that our Shel is married to her Peru honey?? I looked at her page and pictures from a post on Missy's page. She looks extremely well and happy. I'm sure she's done an update on her spark page if she's had time....

I'm going to go look again for some sleeper pants. It's play time, can you tell? Hope you feel better very soon Kim! I rested well again last night so have had tow good nights in 6...and aim for more of them.

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Ditto, Diana! I'm so glad you are doing well. Make sure you let your family take care of you and you take your recovery slowly. Trying to do too much too soon could lead to a set back! You'll feel good and think you are good to go, but inside you are still healing! Obey your doctor, girl! You are a go-getter, so don't go-get too soon! Just one of those irksome sisterly warnings! LOL!

Slept until 11am yesterday and wanted to just stay in bed this morning. Jake got me up around 8:30, he was tired of being alone, but I laid back down until just before 10, had a headache and a head that felt like a bowling ball - I didn't really sleep, but it felt good to put my head down on the pillow. Stuffed sinuses - what a joy! I will praise the Lord in this too.

Well, not much else going on here, so I will let y'all enjoy your Lord's Day. Have a wondrous day with Jesus! Love you gals

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Hi ladies, Brenda,you could rent to them, and still make a call to someone to ask if you should be concerned. Alll types of weird and strange things go on under our noses,that being a little alert could save a life.

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I got in trouble the last time for not renting to one...a female, face completely covered so I couldn't "read her lips"....Steve doesn't care that we feel "uncomfortable" renting to them..."it's your job". I told Sharon if we were honest and said "no, we do NOT want to rent to you", they could file a discrimination suit against us....and we'd probably lose that job!

It's been super slow today. I got a couple of payments, took two overlocks off and got two checks in the mail. I'm ready to go home!

I had a HB patty in the fridge and just ate it. It was yummy. I got them at Wal-Mart last week...bacon and cheddar ones. I had that and a small apple and am calling it dinner.

I'm ordering some shirts from JC Penny's clearance racks. I'd already bought some and am wearing one today. They are very cool and comfy, light weight. Now if I could find some sleep pants. They don't have the long bloomers like I'd ordered maybe 8 years ago or so. I still have three pair but with the weight I've gained, I need bigger bloomers emoticon
I can wear my bike shorts as jammies but they are heavier than I like for that purpose.

I saw the cutest video on FB of a boxer, with her food bowl in her mouth, riding in the passenger seat of the car. The note said she goes nowhere without her bowl. It's adorable. I love dogs...even tho I am a Cat Person!

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Whoa - that sounds scarily like terrorists to me, Bren! Have they already left? I'm serious, it might behoove you to call the local law enforcement and just tell them what you saw - a young Arab student with a bag of passports that wanted to rent a storage unit for one day to hold a bunch of bags! I think they would be very interested!!! Seriously!

Haven't seen the new puppy again. She must have gone home to her mama last night. Wade isn't against it, but he isn't gungho for it either. Asking wisdom from the Lord.

Diana, I am so glad the surgery went well, and that even the hernia got taken care of. You take it easy now. I'm sorry your daughter lost the baby. I always believed that a miscarried baby went to heaven. The Holy Spirit is present at the conception of the child and that child is formed by the Lord in the womb and knows all about that baby from the moment it is conceived (Ps 139), so He knew that it's life would be very short, but it would continue in heaven. I have a baby brother I never got to meet, he was miscarried after my sister was born. I am excited to meet him when I get to heaven. After meeting Jesus face to face, it's one of the things that makes heaven so sweet.

My continued prayers for all of you. Much love. Take care of yourselves!

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So glad this part is done and you did so well. God is good and prayers are answered! So sorry to hear your daughter lost the pregnancy and pray for a speedy healing for you both. Getting the hernia fixed while you were down is a bonus it seems. Hoping you rest well and recovery comes easy for you.

I was so glad Zach took time to load the browser yesterday and we can do our business online again. Why did he not do that 3-4 weeks ago when the problem started? We did get a new power cord on the modem thing-ee but AT&T was there three times and it was explorer causing the problem. It's sad how dependent we got on an internet connection emoticon

I was up sick last night. Checked my sugar expecting a high and it was only 127 on one monitor 132 on the other. Then this morning it's 243....ugh! I took my AM dose of meds to help bring it down. I'll get with the program today and watch myself closely.

I rented a unit the other day to a couple of guys from Saudi Arabia. He wanted it for one day for a bunch of bags. I told him no. He said "so you won't rent to me"...I said "not for one day....we don't rent by the day". They left after repeating the one day thing 4-5 times, as if to talk me into changing my mind?...and came back later and got it. He had a small bag with 5-6 passports in it. Do they need one for each country or did he have different identities? He's at a local college campus..........perhaps a student? He looked to be early 30's but who can tell these days. In my dreams I am not 63...........

Prayers for all for the weekend. Be blessed and at rest.........in Jesus.

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Hi ladies, well got out of the Hospital this afternoon, they thought I did great! I had a 2 for one surgery, he fixed a hernia that was by my larynx plus my stomach surgery. I have 6 incision's, 4 (1/4" ) ones and two (1 1/2") ones. I'm feeling the internal stitches today. I'm staying at my daughter's today, will prob spend the night. My daughter lost her pregnancy tuesday ,rough week. Just a bit tired, they gave me percaset for drugs. Lots of gas right now. Thank you for your prayers.💕

Dr was very pleased as my liquid 2 week diet kept my organs very small making the surgery easier for him.

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I did a PS on my last post....your's wasn't showing until I posted the update! Oh yes, Jake needs a puppy! That would be sweet and I'm pretty sure he would help take care of one, right?
(actually I think he needs a cat...shhh)

A guy was in the yard this morning as I was leaving, trying to get my cats to come to him. He asked "can you pet them?"...I can....but it took awhile and they are still leery of other folks. I thought it was cute that he wanted to pet them! I had the big, beautiful, beefy Tom, poor little scrawny Tom, yellow baby and the gray girl still loitering when I left.

Yikes...that is high but if you need them and they will help, it will be worth it to have them.

It's still cloudy and overcast here and we have a chance of rain for about 4-5 days ahead. I'll unlock some units to rent for the weekend before I go home today. I didn't rest as well last night so hoping tonight is another good one.

I think I'll take some ibuprofen and play awhile emoticon

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I went to one of the places and they don't do custom orders but they sent me to a place that does. I am waiting for them to call back so I can make a fitting appointment. The guy said that to buy a pair already made was about $70, and to have a pair made was quite a bit more - so I am hoping that my insurance company will come through. I asked the one girl if the size of my leg will go down if I start wearing the compression socks, and she said that if you got the right pair it should help to lose some of the size. I am having trouble with buying pants because they fit on top but the calves don't fit now! sigh! A good problem to have, it shows I am actually losing inches. I suppose I could learn that by measuring too, but that can get discouraging as well.

Oh dear, I saw the cutest puppy today. The lady across the street is taking care of one for her friend. Her friends doggie got itself into some trouble and the friend doesn't want the puppies. This one looked like a Shepherd mix - double oh dear!!! It's a huskie mix! Jake fell in love with this itty bitty girl. They were both just wagging their tails as they sniffed each other, and the little puppy was just wiggling wanting to get down and meet him. He kept talking to her. He kept looking at me and talking to me too. I told him I was on his side, it was Wade he had to talk into it. LOL! I think she's giving the puppies away!!! I've been trying to convince Wade that Jake needs a puppy, and the other day when I wasn't around he said something like that to Jake when he was outside with Mom. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!! Here's hoping, but not counting on it!!!

Love ya, sisters!

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Me too. I like a little heat. Mine had two whole red chilies in it but I didn't eat them. I think they were for a dash of spice and color? I tossed the remainder of the rice. There was enough for four people!

Oh my! I never knew one would need a prescription for those socks either. I guess they want to be sure nobody hurts themselves with them? My Mama had some after being in the hospital and it would take an act of congress and two nurses to get them off and on it seemed. I hope you get yours without further trouble...or an appointment and the insurance will cover them!

I too, hope Diana is doing well. She did say this was a simpler procedure than some and I hope she has a speedy recovery and can check in soon.

Oww-ee...........enough already! (I'd be saying) I'd be using pain as a reason to eat mashed potatoes at my place. Like watching wrestling so I could eat popcorn? I don't do either much anymore. Prayers for complete healing....and no pain....soon!

I had another slow day at work but hey, it was 76 when I came home...yippee! We have a week of mid-high 80's coming up and that will be wonderful after the 100 and over temps of late.

Praying the Missy is seeing some improvement in her condition. She's had a rough row to hoe for a long time now. Love and prayers for us all..........
I will...be good! I wasn't snappy and snarly yesterday like I was Wednesday so that's an improvement!

I'll see you here later....

PS: Woohoo....we can get online now here at the office. It was the internet explorer browser causing trouble. Zach installed the google chrome and we are good to go. There are some bugs but we will work them out. Like it wants to open on the top monitor where we do our cameras and if I hit the symbol for the e-mail at so and so, it kicks us out for some reason. Oh well. I'm happy anyway!


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Love General Tsao's chicken! As long as it isn't too hot.

I'm trying to work on getting my compression socks. I have to get a prescription for them! I thought I could just walk into the place and have them measure me and then send it in - nope. One place wanted all my information and then I would need a prescription and an appointment. Forget it! The other place just needs a prescription called in and then I can go in there and the girls will measure me for the socks. They're just socks, it's not like they are a controlled substance people!! LOL! They are going to be expensive, so maybe my insurance will pay for some of it.

I hope that Diana is doing well today.

I'm still have some minor pain on the side of my mouth where the tooth was extracted. Maybe it just takes a long time to heal. I hope nothing bad is wrong over there.

Well, not much else going on over here. Be good! Love ya

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I remembered and she was at the top of my list! Us four stay there. Yep, I keep me on the top line too.

I'd thought of that as well. Mine was a heavy, rubber one, kind of scrolled looking that matched my wrought iron bistro set well. I looked at a few at Amazon yesterday (at least I could "find" them)....but shipping on one is almost as much as the mat. I'll look around at the Dollar store when I'm off next week. I'm taking a vacation day Monday so get 3 days...hooya!

I didn't feel well yesterday at all. I'd slept badly Tuesday night, was cranky, snarly and argumentative and did not want to be at work. I tamed down later but was half asleep driving home at 5:00 and had to have a nap. I did rest very well last night tho I did have a few wild dreams. I was only up 3 times as opposed to the 8 and that helped.

We didn't have a sale...yippee....because everyone had paid so we didn't see bosses all day either. I'll start the process for the next one this weekend. I had picked up donuts for our sale and when we didn't have one I had Sharon take them all. I was glad for no jelly or cream filled in the mixed dozen because I'd have been into them. I can leave the cake and plain glazed alone 99% of the time.

I did get take out for lunch yesterday. We ordered from Little Panda and I'm getting three meals out of that pile of food! I got the General Tsao's chicken....yummers. I'd asked for extra veggies for mine....the only redeeming factor, and they seemed steamed.

I stayed in bed until 6:00 this morning so am running out of play time. Have a good day and take care of yourselves.........I'll do the same, with no attitude at my place today emoticon

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Check out Dollar General or someplace like that. Then when someone steals it, they'll only be getting their dollar's worth, and you can more easily replace it! You don't have to worry about it lasting long - someone will take it before it wears out!

Two Kindle freebies I found today: Livin' in High Cotton by Youngblood and Poole and Shelter by Robin Merrill. I have no idea if they are clean, just saw them for free on my Christian book sites.

Isn't Diana's surgery today? You know my memory, but I thought I read that it was the 17th??? I didn't go back and read the posts, which probably would solve the question marks!

Well, I am going to let you go, not much going on in my world today. Love ya

Yep,went back and looked, her surgery is today. Keep her in your prayers guys, that is a rough surgery!

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Diane, you've shown really good discipline already, in doing a low carb plan and 2 weeks of liquids! You will do well and I'm praying for you as you go in for your procedure and beyond. This is, as you both have said, a new tool in your arsenal to get as healthy as possible.

Someone stole my heavy door mat Monday night. The neighbor's is gone too..... emoticon In the grand scheme of things it doesn't even register more than a mini blip....but it bothers me. I'd already had my high dollar (to me) chair cushions ruined with cigarette burns. Some folks just have small minds and evil intent in this world.

I went to Wal-Mart and hiked around, hoping to find where they hid the door mats in the mess the store is in currently. Didn't happen......oh well. I can venture across town or let it go for now.....or look elsewhere?

I need to get myself geared up for work.......the Lord will empower us to do what needs to get done today. Love and hugs~

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Exactly, a tool. Sometimes that is our last resort. I know you were getting good results on the low carb diet, this will just make getting to a reasonable weight easier and quicker where the insulin won't be as critical either. You're in my prayers.

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I fought it for years, really did not believe in it. But the surgery is much less invasive as before and I did not know I was insulin resistant, which if I had known years ago, probably would have resulted in me not having the surgery. Mine will be laparoscopic, I will probably lose maybe a tablespoon or two of blood. Minimal incisions, but it is just a tool, not a magic want. I still have to work on my diet, I already cut carbs a few months ago, and also constantly take a look at what I am eating. Not to mention getting back to a good exercise regiment. I am thinking swimming.

There is a good chance of me losing 66% of my extra weight which should bring me to 197, then the hard work will start again to try to level out around 160-170. But my energy should be up, and building muscles will help me be more active, which I have not been forever. I have been on a liquid diet for 2 week, except when we were doing my mom's memorial, slim fast, garorade2, broth, juice, water, water, water. I am down to 293 this morning. This is to shrink my liver so there is more room for the surgeon to work, plus I think to rest my stomach.

I am off tomorrow, will probably check in at some point here.


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Diana, I clicked on the button under your picture to go to your sparkpage and right under the photos on the left is where to send spark goodies!

Missy, you come here all you want and give us all the updates that you can, sweetie! It lets us know how to pray for you! I'm so glad that your daughter is standing up for Christ! It's so hard in these dark days. I hope and pray that they will be able to continue to do so in the days to come. You continue in my prayers, my sweet sister! Just cling to the Lord and know that He has something good planned - glorify and honor Him through all of this, sweetie pie. I'm sorry your puppy is going through this too.

Diana, you are much braver than I. My doctor has mentioned bariatric surgery to me for years, but I keep telling him that I will figure out a way to lose it that doesn't involve surgery. I've finally gotten down to 202.6, praise the Lord. I pray that your surgery will go well and you will be able to have success going down this road.

Not much going on with me. Wade is out of town, but is coming home tomorrow. Woohoo!

Love y'all bunches

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Missy....I am so sorry you are suffering so and you....and your family, as well as Roscoe, who is definitely family too....stay in my prayers. I remember when our Spanky got Parvo and was so sick, David asked me to pray for him. He was just 3 months old then. We love those entrusted to our care and God knows we sorrow over them when they are sick and in pain.

I looked up some info after your post on FB about this awful C-Diff. My heart hurts for you and others who suffer with this painful and destructive sickness. I'm praying for protection, peace and restoration.

I can't believe you have two college kids now! It's great that your son can stay at home while going. You're right....you've trained them as required, to honor God and live a life pleasing to Him so they have good groundwork instilled.

I sneaked laundry in and hope to finish before others are up and about. I say sneaked because the note on the door said "closed for maintenance"....well, I could get in, 3 machines work so let's do this. Otherwise, I'd have to go to the Laundromat and that would add to my labors for the day emoticon OOPS! One of the washers was flowing into the scrub sink and into the floor. They are in the dryers now and I'll bring them home for folding and may get caught.....what is that's said about permission and something else?

I always ask Jesus to help me because in my own strength, I'm unable to function even at mid-level. I got shopping done yesterday and that has become a really big chore of late. I needed things for the office so shopped for home while I was out.
Wal-Mart is remodeling and I find things by accident only it seems right now. At least the pharmacy is still in one spot and I had to go there yesterday for my meds. They do have that area scrambled. I know it's a hardship for everyone else too, so I'll try to keep the whining subdued.

Since I fell behind on household duties last week, I'll push a bit harder today and tomorrow. When my place is a mess, I get distressed......unless I'm napping.

Kim....where are you sweet lady? I hope all is well at your spot on the map.

Diane, the goodies are still somewhere......I still get some but haven't sent any in awhile. I'd think, just click on a friend's name, send goodie and they would pop up? These changes take getting used to.

Love and prayers on this beautiful Monday morning....to all who enter this place.


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My son will be staying home and going 2 college..not living on campus...so things will be ok..we have taught him well...and praying for God's protection...my sweet baby girl is doing great in college...and she has always stood for Christ in her classes...she was even dropped from a class for standing for Christ!!! ...

I have started on the new meds..these pills are horrible!! I am having so many side effects.and my belly hurts constantly...sometimes I get so weak..that I'm not sure I can go on...
sometimes I'm not sure if I want to post updates here or fb..because sometimes I feel people just get sick of hearing about me being sick all the time...

My sweet dog of 10 years has a huge tumor on his back...I'm using natural remedies to help him..and it does seem ..it is working some...He knows when I'm gonna give him his meds.and he goes the other way..lol...but he looks forward to his pedialytes popcycles I give him...he knows that I am trying to help him though...even though it's hard for him to walk most days..the other morning..I went outside and sat down on the patio..and he came running to me...I almost cried...such a good boy...prayers appreciated...:):)


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Do they still have the virtual gifts we can send each other, can not find them. :(


When you�re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure�the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: �I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.�3


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Continued prayers for all of us. We all have different issues but God has us all in His hands. His mercy endures forever and He will make a way for us always.

Praying for provision, protection and peace as we enter this new day. Love you Ladies...

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Hi ladies, I had a glorious 19 days off work, traveled to erie pa and visited presque isle while there, just beautiful! Had my moms memorial burying the ashes with her kids and grandkids, went very well. I have barriatric surgery on the 17th, been on liquid diet for a week, 6 days to go. I'm down to 297 as of this morning. I go through times of excitement and trepidation, but I focus on the benefits of my life this will be. I will be in touch after the surgery, and let you know how it goes, i will be off work for around 4-5 weeks.


When you�re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure�the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: �I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.�3


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Sending up prayers, Missy! I can understand a wee bit of what you are going through with the stomach pain, but not this long term. I will keep on praying. Watch you college kids closely too, the colleges today are so anti-Christ and so very evil. Anyone who stands up for Christ is ostracized and could even find their grades affected because of their stand - but they should never compromise. The pressure to drink, do drugs and have sex is really strong too - so stay in touch with them. My husband and I recently saw something in the news about a program in the elementary schools - I think it's a certain kind of animal that will be used to help the children decide which bathroom to use - because they will be transgender now. Target now has a transgender children's section, and all of their tags are now green rather than the men's and women's tags being different colors. Nothing is as it used to be and we can't be thinking about life as we used to. Just going to the store has changed. When you go into a public restroom, you may now find a man in there - all he has to say is that he is transgender, or he feels like a woman, and we can't do anything about it. Gym's locker rooms will be transgender. It's sick! This world is sick - as in the days of Noah and as in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah! I hope the Lord comes quickly - I hope we're ready!

I had my back procedure done yesterday. It was no walk in the park, but it's done and hopefully I will feel the effects of it soon. I go back on the 31st and talk about how much it's helped me and, please Lord, it should be another year or year and a half before I need any other kind of thing done on my back!

Well, y'all have a great afternoon. Missy, you rest sweetie! Love you

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Well..my CDIFF is still with me..I'm so sad...they called in the expensive antibiotic..but if my insurance does not pay for most of it ..I will not be able to afford it..and I have no idea what I will do:( Please pray that I will be able to afford it..cause I need to get rid of this..it's so painful to live with..

thank u for your prayers

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did another test..to see if CDIFF IS GONE!! I hope so...having to stay close to the toilet is NO fun...ya'll no how much i love walking..but this year it's been vey hard....
my belly hurt me so bad last night...I literally thought i was going 2 die..:(

oh please pray for my doggie..he's 10 and has a huge tumor on his back..we cannot afford to have him treated by vet..so I am using natural remedies...I have been able to get him to eat and drink..so that is prayers answered...I'm not giving up on him..I will do all I can to save him...he's such a good boy..his name is Rosco..so whisper a prayer for him...thanks:)

I hopefully will be well enough to get my crown on Friday...

oh and my middle child has finally decided to go to college...YAY....please keep him and my daughter in prayer...2 college kidos now!! and my youngest starts high school...I cannot believe he is my last homeschooler..time flies so fast

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Feeling better every day. There's a lump on my gum that I'm not sure what it is, but it's near that tooth, so I'm supposing it has to do with the surgery to that tooth. There shouldn't be any more swelling in that gum. It's right under the tooth beside the tooth that came out, but it's getting smaller too, so I just need to have patience. I'm not healing as quickly as I'm used to healing, and so I am thinking that something must be wrong. Nothing is wrong, it's just taking longer than it usually does!

I go tomorrow for my RFA in my back. I sure hope they are going to do the procedure tomorrow. I thought they were going to do it the last time that I went in, but they just talked to me. They had to check with the insurance co. Since I haven't heard from them I am assuming that they are going to be able to do the procedure, otherwise they would have called to tell me it was a no go! You think???

Well, not much else going on with me. Oh, we changed our reservation from the mountains to the ocean. The place we stayed a couple of years ago had a special going on, so we were able to make a reservation there for four nights rather than the three nights we were going to stay in the mountains. We will go to Pigeon Forge for a couple of nights another time! Praise the Lord!

Love ya

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Yes it did and I was so glad. I apologized profusely....I did have it written down! Left the note in the office, thinking I could remember that, and actually thought I did it until Saturday morning! I do that too....write a list and leave it behind.

We had a good day of catch up at the office, Gaylon took our verified letters to the post office and a deposit to the bank and I made Steve mad by saying how kind it was of him. He made a snarky remark "well he needs to be doing his cleaning too"....which that man does and does very well. I told Gaylon Steve was unhappy but not what he said....and that I'd not ask him to do us "girls" jobs for us again. There is no pleasing Steve sometimes and I need to keep my mouth shut. Gaylon was going after his trailer and offered to do those tasks for us.

Sharon and I did have a good talk about our health issues and our lack of compliance and agreed to work at it. No one can do "this" job for us!

I read Mom's last journal last night. It was the only one I'd brought home. It was in the storage tub I had in my bin the past 3.5 years almost. Most of it was about the weather, getting her trash out and getting mail. She loved getting mail and ordered things all the time to get those packages. It made me smile...and cry a little....and her last entry was two days before her death, saying how she longed for spring to return soon.

I'm off today and tomorrow and am so thankful for my days at home. I'll get to my chores once my muscles and mind are awake, alert and on call emoticon No need to rush into the day. I'll do more decluttering and collections as I clean and this is laundry week as well. I'll consider shopping after the inventory is done and I know what I have and need. Shopping has become another heavy chore!

I'm hoping you feel better each day and full healing comes quickly. Praying for us all and so thankful for you. Love and hugs~


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Phew, it ended up working out with that empty unit any way! I am learning to write myself notes, but that doesn't always work because I forget to look at them, or I forget where I put them - or even that I wrote one - so unless I stumble across it...! Sigh!

My mouth is doing a bit better as long as I don't eat anything that makes me move my jaw back and forth or I don't move food on that side of my mouth! I've taken quite a few of Mom's tramadol. It is about 50% better than it was on Friday, so that is very good!

Well, you have a very blessed Lord's Day. Love you

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I'm with you Kim. I have another D-word to work on...Discipline. I've been unruly and undisciplined and need a course correction.

You've done great tho, in getting this far! Kudos to you emoticon I make good plans but lack the drive to follow through with them. I need a time out for misbehavior. And "from" misbehavior!

I had another really busy day at work yesterday and will today as well and things will taper off again. I like our cycles! We know what to expect, when to expect it and how to get it all done within our schedule.

I did a Sharon....rented a unit Friday, late, missed getting the lock off, he was a family friend of the bosses. He found one two doors down with no lock and put his stuff in there. emoticon He said there was nothing in there but an old TV....so the girl was not coming back for that. She had moved out without notice. emoticon It could have been someone new who had just not moved in yet....so I got her moved out, him transferred, another rental, who had to go up in size so transferred him, crossed my T's and dotted my I's....and hope all is well on the home front.

Oh yay! Finding the gift for Wade on E-Bay. That was some juggling! On the mouth pain...considering how well you came through the procedure, none would have been wonderful! You went thru a lot prior to having it pulled emoticon Praying for healing and comfort.

I brought home one tub from my storage unit and let the rest go. It was things I'd brought home from Mom's and I am ready to let some of that go now. For some reason, I didn't have a lid for this tub so it will now be my laundry and trash dragging tub once it's empty. I have a bag of stuffed animals I'd given Mom and they can go....along with another round of items as I go through the closets. I will sort my cooking things this week...and pare those down as well. I have a few new things I've never used because I don't use my oven. I'm not sure I'll part with a lot....but I'll see.

Prayers continue for us Girls......love you all.

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Boy Howdy, I'm just stuck on 204-205. I got here pretty quickly and I think my body just went into shock and then said, "Uh-Uh, no more! We like your chubby big self!" I haven't eaten much at all because of my tooth, but it doesn't matter, my body just isn't letting go of that weight. I know that eventually it will have to. On Monday I am hoping to feel better from this pain and then I am going to hit the weights for my arms more regularly and get my back exercises done every day as well rather than sporadically. I go on the tenth for my RFA on my back and hopefully that will help with the back pain and I will be able to do more in the way of exercising and we will shake our body up! I really want to be at 200 by my birthday which is at the end of this month. We can do this - we just have to be more dedicated!

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I'm so sorry for all of your suffering, Missy. Have they ever looked for an auto-immune disease in you? It just sounds like your immune system is really lacking. I wish there was something that I could do to help you! Argghhhh! You do have my prayers, and the Lord is the master healer. If He wants you well, you would be well, so He has a purpose in you going through this. I have a lot of pain at different levels every day, but not the deadly sicknesses that you go through - so I know that we go through things for a reason. We may not understand it now, and may not until we get to heaven, but just knowing that God is working a good work though what I am going through makes it a wee bit more tolerable. You continue in my prayers.

Oh bother. I had a gift in mind for Wade for his birthday and I had it on my Amazon wish list. It was there and then it wasn't there, but then it came back - but I wanted to wait until it was closer to his birthday. It went away again, but I was sure it would come back. Well, it didn't. A couple days before his birthday I told him what I wanted to get him and we looked for it at the company that makes it - they didn't have any. We looked at Barnes and Noble, and they had it, so we ordered it from them. Got a note from them that the company it came from didn't have any more - no Duh! They should have known that before they continued to offer it! I found it on e-bay. The cover is a bit worn, but the discs are in like new condition. We'll see! Amazon had some used ones, but the cheapest price was $99.99 - I'm not paying that for it. The one on E-bay was $29.75. It's a 2 DVD set of Awake My Heart, the singers that use the shape notes to sing. It's called something specific, but I can't think of it right now. It's really cool. They sing hymns without music and it is wonderful. I'm so glad I found one. I sure hope I don't get a note from this guy saying he already sold it! That would be a bummer!

Well, I'll let you get back to whatever you were doing. I hope that's napping for you, Missy. Love you gals.

God bless, Kim

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Missy, this is very bad. You were knocking on Heaven's door, sister. Praying with you for healing and renewed strength. This is yet another long road to recovery and you've travelled several of them. I am so sorry you have suffered so much for so long.

Owww....on tooth stuff Kim. Makes mine seal up and deny entry. Now if it would do that for things I shouldn't eat. Hmm........Oh my! That is expensive! I too, hope the insurance will help.

Maintenance came yesterday. They didn't replace the rusty, crusty pipe under the one sink, just the corroded one at the back........I'll keep an eye out and check for further leaking.

It had been a very long time since I put so much energy into chores! It felt good to get it done tho I did have a lot of pain for my trouble. I went ahead and dropped off the Goodwill stuff yesterday on the way to work. If I can de-clutter an area each week it would help a lot. I've accumulated a lot of stuff thru the years I've been here. It's been 20 years now since I moved here. I've been at my job for 17.5 of them. I am so thankful for that!

I'm going to have my coffee and get laundry sorted.......praying for you wonderful ladies. Love you lots.

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I was diagnosed with what they call C-DIFF...IT is very dangerous and can cause death..I have almost completed my flagl..and I had to be put in hospital ..I had 2 bags of fluids..cause i was badly dehydrated...my wbc was 14..and I have just been a mess..I have to stay close to the bathroom..though I did help my son work in my garden today..and got sunburnt...and pulled something in my back..i am just falling apart!!!...gets depressing...I go back to GI doc Monday ..praying the bacteria is gone...I go next Friday to finally get my crown..(the implant I got)..hopefully I will not have to reschedule that again..due to not leaving my home for sickness...my hubby told me that I have been sick most of my life....and that's bout the truth..at least for the last 15 years of it...I wish the Lord would just come back and get us...until then..we just keep on fighting and praying...I'm exhausted...gonna go to bed...hugs and prayers

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You do far better than I do! I get my dishes done and I am wiped out! LOL!

My tooth space has been hurting so mom is lending me some Tramadol. I gave her the last of what I had since I had to stop taking mine. We were both on the same dosage so it seemed bad stewardship to throw it away. Wade filled up a coffee jar with all of the pills I had to get rid of because the docs changed my meds. He takes them to the hospital and disposes of them there. I'd flush them down the toilet, but we are on city sewage. Not sure what they would think about all those meds going down their pipes and through their filters.

I ordered some more t-shirts from Roaman's yesterday. They are 14-16 or their medium. Wade is so busy and I have run out of nice t-shirts. I have a pile of ones I can wear around the house, and a few 3/4 sleeve ones, but when it is 93 degrees outside, I do not want to wear 3/4 sleeves. We will be in the 80's for a little while no though - go figure!

I talked to the dental office today. I have two choices for this space, a bridge or an implant. I am really leaning towards the implant, because if the one tooth that is real gets a cavity, the whole bridge has to be replaced. I know, ouch! The bridge will cost $2990, and the implant will cost $3400, but the amount is split into two payments a few months apart. I'm not going to make a decision until mid Sept when I get my teeth cleaned, that will give this opening time to heal really well - then he can split it open again the put in the screw that will hold the post that will hold the cap. By the time I'm ready for the cap I should be in the second year of my insurance, when it will pay half of the cap!!! The first year they don't cover any of a cap. Not sure if they cover any of an implant the first year or not, but Caroline is going to check on that for me. I sure hope they are going to help us out!

Well, you continue to have a very good sleep! Love ya

God bless, Kim

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So do I, Kim. She's posted some on facebook but is far from recovered I think. Perhaps she will dart in soon.

I got my bed yesterday and it is by far, the best I've ever had and boy howdy is it firm and comfy! I'm resting very well on it. It may end up helping with the back pain too. I'll see......I know it feels better and my body feels more aligned than before.

While working in the kitchen this morning, I discovered a wet, sloppy mess under the sink. My pipes are corroded, rusted out and leaking badly. I cleaned up as best I could, put a folded towel down for todays use and did up a note for the office in the morning. I'd much rather they come in while I am at work. I'll take trash out in the morning and clean the floor before dropping the note off.

I worked for about three hours this morning and crashed. I'm done with the kitchen except for pots, pans and food items in there. I have two tubs of stuff plus a bag of clothes to drop off at Goodwill and will try to do that Friday before work.

I've been napping and will read awhile, then work another hour or so.

Enjoy the rest of your day......I'll see you here later emoticon

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I sure hope Missy is doing better!

Doctor checked my tooth hole yesterday and it is coming along as it should. Will take a couple of weeks to completely heal over. I had some more blood taken this morning to check on potassium. Some days I have trouble getting that horse pill down, then it starts to deteriorate in my mouth - at least it doesn't have a flavor!

Not much else going on with me. Just trying to get the kitchen straightened up a bit. I need to get the dishwasher going and some of the dishes washed that can't go in there. I need to run the Swiffer over the hardwoods to get up the Jake hair. That is a constant problem. Mostly I just pick up the blobs throughout the day!

Well, it's almost lunch time. I'll talk to you later. Love ya

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Oh that sounds good. I like a lot of veggies...well you know that already! I'm glad you had a nice time at the gathering...Hope you feel much better today and your appointment goes well. Yes! On having good Doctors and dentists. I am thankful for that as well.

I got the bed stripped, MF pad rolled up, will use it if I need to on the new mattress. I have a new mattress cover to put on as well and will test it before I make it up...I got trash out, vacuumed, kitchen cleaned and will spend some time in each area, collecting things to let go of....and bless someone else with. I'll even do dusting today. I think I do that once a quarter or less and it certainly needs doing more often.

I am giving Gaylon the portable jumper cable thingy I've had in the trunk of my car for two years. I found the charger that goes with it...hooya! I even wiped the dusty thing down. It's been semi used only one time when I let a guy at the office use it one day to try to jump start his pick-up.

I caught my neighbor giving treats to the cat this morning. She's the one who rents a unit with us, and has brought me bags of cat food twice. When I saw her, I did a Gaylon...and said "Busted!"......she's a sweet lady.

I need to train myself to do laundry more often and take trash out before it weighs 50 pounds. I exaggerate a bit but it's heavy enough I drag it out in my tub rather than tote it more often than not.

I'm off to have more coffee and my quiet time then will start on the kitchen drawers etc. while I wait for Gaylon to bring the mattress. I will feel better when I free some space and let things go...and will make an effort to not refill those spaces with more stuff.

Prayer for us all..........love and gentle hugs...praying for healing, strength, provision and peace.

Edited by: BLONDEE53 at: 8/2/2016 (09:06)
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Phew, I'm glad that I have had good doctors and dentists. I missed my appt this morning, bad tummy. I have it for tomorrow instead.

I sure hope those doggies made it to their home alright as well! Phew!

We had a good time yesterday, a good meal too. I had a hamburger patty with cheese, and then a pasta salad with lots of veggies in it. Mom and I cut up the veggies: squash, zucchini, cucumbers and broccoli. The others had some red peppers and onions in theirs. She did a red wine vinegar dressing over the top. It was very good.

Well, I'll let you go for now. Have a great evening. Love ya.

God bless, Kim

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My face scrunches up in sympathy.........just thinking of pain!

I have a memory foam topper on my mattress. It's maybe 6 years old now, itself. I may let it go too. I've kept my mattress for so long because it's so heavy I can't even turn it anymore! The one I'm getting to replace it is lighter and maybe more manageable.

I got my store run done and bank deposit dropped off. Now everything is tucked away and ready for use.
On the way to the store, I saw three dogs crossing the street without even looking for traffic! I thought it was a mama and two pups but it was a wiry, terrier blend and two Chihuahuas. I prayed for their safety and was very thankful that traffic was light....and hope they have a good home and go there.

I'm going to get checks ready for this pay period and get my water bottle filled and ready to go. I got some pretty salad veggies and hope my tomatoes are still good. More broccoli, carrots and the like too.I'll do up some containers for grab and go's . I missed my veggies last week. I may have had five all week....I'll do better this week emoticon

I hope you and she have a good time at the going away party and everyone plays nice! I'm hoping you feel better tomorrow for your follow up. My worst experience ever was the root canal and I actually think the dry socket was worse than that. That man should not have been messing in people's moths. I think I'd mentioned before, that I smelled alcohol on his breath as he was mauling me emoticon

I'm going to go play with food now..........


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