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Well , we are being offered early retirement at work, 5000 bonus, with medical covered till 65, we still have to pay what we pay now, with company paying half. I am thinking about it.
A lady here at work wasn't feeling well about a month ago and saw her dr, and she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died two days ago. Seeing that happen made me realize that if I wait until 65 I may not have much quality of life left. I would not get my full social security till 66, I would find a lesser day/hour job till then. 7 day shifts are getting old, they take a toll, even with my long 4 day weekends. I work 7 days and one day off then 7 more days till I have 2 days off, that 14 day stretch with only one day off seems forever. So I would still work, but hopefully not as long week. but I do have tons of vacation time 4 weeks, a lot to consider.

I am back to self discipline, not eating what I shouldn't and have dropped 5 lbs this week, mostly water , but I feel much better, mentally, spiritually, and physically. I have prayed for deliverance of anything spiritually that is hindering me, since I did that I feel more focused and it is easier to say no to me. We forget we are in a spiritual warfare, and have to claim His help and protection from the enemy who tries to hurt us, using our weaknesses against us.

well have to get back to work, I tried writing this last night at my home computer, but I kept deleting what I wrote and I just decided to wait till I got to work to write you all.

Brenda, good for you, you can do this!!

Kim, thanks for the encouraging lessons.

nite,
Diana.

pic is of one of the babies, giving us a peace sign, one baby is bouncing of the uterus like a trampoline, and then there is this one, just laid back and relaxing, cannot wait to meet them!!



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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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3/23/17 6:04 P

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I will, Kim. I have a notebook I'm putting my daily stats, meals with calorie/carb counts , activity and "medical notes" for each day.

I went to Wal-Mart to get my meds and cat food...and a new shredder. My new med will be $75 a month, for a total of $900 over the next year. I got the equivalent of two short walks in while there, had one this morning so need one more before bedtime and I'll do it inside.

Shel, I'm glad to see you and Diana checking in. Cardiac rehab was strongly suggested to me bur with working the 4 days a week alone, I can't just boogey across town...plus, I'd have to pay for it. So I'm to do my walking and light activity for two weeks and then I can increase my load.

I got a new coffee cup! (I know...it wasn't a necessity) It's lovely....black inside and the handle, white outside with gold lettering...."Jesus and Coffee"....even with decaf in it, I'll feel plumb special. Going to WM this late sure put a damper on any proclivities to really prowl around and buy stuff!

I am in my gown and will hunker down shortly. I watched a program on National Geographic about the lack of clean water in areas of Africa and other areas, where the women would walk miles from the village to collect river water. Those things are heartbreaking. I could not believe the shoes those ladies and girls wore, over rocky terrain, to get to church! I mean some had two inch heels!

I saw a couple of nights ago about the awful flooding in Peru. There is so much sadness, loss, brokenness and destruction in this world. Hurts my heart and spirit.

Speaking of hearts...I got the results of my echocardiogram today. I have 65% function (normal is 60%) so God is awesome and has taken such good care of me even when I was floundering about in the ditches more often than not. HE is so good!



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Hey Shel. It is so good to see you again. It sounds like you are making good progress! Phew, lots of exercises too!

Bren, I would definitely keep track of the nose bleeds and when they occur. Sounds like you have some good stuff stocked up. That's right, it's the carbs that keep the triglycerides high. Oh bother, now I know why I need to stop eating so many! LOL! The fish oil is what helps to lower those, at least 4000 mg a day is what my doctor told me. Anything below that isn't really helping.

Wade is coming home today after being away at school. It will be so good to have him back.

Love y'all.

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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Glad to see you on here again shell!!! It looks like you are making progress, good for you!!


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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3/22/17 8:06 P

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Hey, sisters, sorry I haven't been as active on Spark...
This Friday will be my last at-home PT. My therapist is a sweet young lady. She would give me a couple new exercises each time she came. So today, when she came and I realized I had forgotten a couple of the new ones, I finally made myself a chart. There are TWENTY! And I do them at least once a day, sometimes twice, and I might even do some of them 3 times - reps of up to 20. I've graduated from walker to cane, and can get in and out of the shower WITHOUT the shower seat. But the recliner is still easier to sleep in than my bed. Mainly because after getting ONTO the bed, I have to wriggle and scootch to get in position with a pillow between mylegs if I'm on my side, or under them if I'm on my back. Then after a couple of hours - 4 at most - I have to get up to pee and then go through all that again. At least with the recliner I can just literally sit back and relax!


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3/22/17 5:24 P

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Saturated fats and carb loaded items like the "whites" we strive to avoid, TATERS.....baked goods and other foods with trans fats...all keep them high. So when my glucose levels are high, from carb loading........it directly affects the triglycerides. Speaking of....my sugar was 43 before lunch when I got home from the store. oops....Bad strips! After two more low readings, I used another monitor and strips....huge difference.

I have fish in the freezer...tilapia and salmon, chicken breast and I got a pack of lean burgers today. They didn't have my lean meatballs that I love....so these will suffice when I want beef. I got a box of turkey burgers as well. I have plenty of eggs in there and need to sacrifice some yolks on occasion. I can have 4-6 a week. I have some blackberries and cottage cheese as well, along with plenty of nice salad veggies, broccoli, frozen blends etc. I have no excuse to stray off plan!

Oh boy! That's an awesome "Biblical moment"! Thanks for sharing. I loved it and it sure spoke to my heart. Thanks for the post!

I'm not sure what's considered "stopping" on this here nosebleed thing. It's light, thank God....but still a nuisance since it started at lunch time after my long and arduous walk with toting from shopping. I'll keep notes and notify my Dr. if needed.

I'm off for recliner time with my kindle and water....have a good evening and be gentle with yourself! I'll do the same.

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Bren, I can't remember which affects the triglycerides, is it the fish oil or is it the saturated fats? It's been so long since I've thought about it. I watch my saturated fats all the time and I take the fish oil, but I've long since stopped thinking about which one affects what. We will help you as much as we are able. You have two diets that you have to work on, one for your heart and one for your diabetes. Any help we can give you in keeping that, just ask. As much as you like veggies, you should have a good foundation. Adding heart healthy protein to those, like fish and chicken breast and turkey breast and you pretty much have your diet. I think that dark berries are also very good as well. They have heart healthy properties as well as being low glycemic. I need to get to work on my diet. Right now I am eating whatever is handy and not too concerned with how good it is for me. I will work on eating more healthfully right along with you! I need to get on the ball with my FODMAP diet and will work on that while you work on your diet as well - how does that sound?

I was transposing again and ran into something else I thought about sharing with y'all - aren't you excited?? LOL! This is directly from my transposition. The part inside the brackets I looked up today.

1Ti 1:9f realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous man, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10 and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted. 12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service; 13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. And yet I was shown mercy, because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; 14 and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus. 15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. 16 And yet for this reason I found mercy, in order that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience, as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. {vrs 15 - I am = eimi which also means have been, or was}. It doesn't matter how bad, immature, inadequate, etc... you are, surrender to Jesus and He will lift you to a higher level. As He lifts you, according to the faith you demonstrate, you also, through perseverance, must be working to attain to a higher level.

People like to think of Paul as a sinner, not once a sinner, but a continuing sinner, it gives them an excuse to live in their own sin. But over and over in Paul's letters he commands us, he exhorts us to live holy lives before God. Why would he do that if he himself lived a sinful life? I got to thinking about people who want to live a sinful life and make excuses to live a sinful life and my question is -
If nothing is impossible with God, then why do you believe it is impossible for Him to cleanse you from all sin? Why do you believe it is impossible for Him to keep you from sin? Why do you believe that the sin in you is greater than God if nothing is greater than God?
People want God to be all powerful, greater than anything but their sin because they don't want to give up their sin. If God cannot free you from your sin, then He isn't God - there is something or someone greater than He is. Nothing is impossible with God! It's not okay to live with sin in your heart because that is giving satan dominion over part of your heart and eventually he will have all of your heart. God doesn't share dominion with anyone. If God can cleanse your heart from sin, and He can, for nothing is impossible with God - then why on earth would you not want Him to???

That's my biblical thought for the day!

I love y'all. Kim

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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Oh Kim....we need eyes on you too! That is so scary. I do wish I had some of your awesome hair....to ease your labors....I am so thankful God has eyes on us at all times and we are in His hands. I hope this episode is random. This sure sounds like a heart issue to me emoticon

These things are scary, very uncomfortable and this needle weenie is in agreement that we all need time, attention and TLC....from ourselves and a Doctor or few. Being alone as you were, any time I'm not at work, and even there most of the time...I suppose we need to keep eyes on ourselves!

I had excellent care but really, really don't want to do this again. I am far in the hole since my last round and such careless behavior that I am ashamed and embarrassed. Thank God for His tender mercies and the gift of each new day. I will be doing a kitchen inventory and shopping list to prep for my new and improved lifestyle. I can't ignore this second reprieve I've gotten and be so foolish to ignore the warnings....I'll look again at the info I have on reducing the triglycerides and glucose readings.

I am so thankful I'd arranged for Thu-Fri off as well, for further recovery. God worked all the details out in this situation and I am SO thankful.
I'm to walk four times a day...short to start and then build up so I've started that this morning. I'm glad to have the sidewalks to do that on here at the complex...even ground and all.

I can drive tomorrow so will aim for a Wal-Mart run for meds and a essentials. I'm not supposed to lift over 5 pounds this week due to the wrist entry attempt so I'll be careful and pay attention to what I'm up to. I have lots of light duty things I can get done in the meantime.

Prayers for us all....much love and appreciation for the support, encouragement and instruction as we travel this path....together.

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Oh my, sweetie greens, praise the Lord you had this done when you did! I hope you will feel better now. We will have to keep an eye on you!

I took a shower today and had some trouble. I had a little bit of trouble with my breathing, but then around the 10 minute mark I started getting nauseous and wobbly. I had to go sit down as soon as I got out. Mostly I washed my hair, as thick as it is it takes ten minutes just to wash it! This is why I bird bathe most of the time! LOL! It was such a nice day I hated to miss out on it to get a good cleaning in - but I picked a time I was home alone - not smart! But we survived, praise the Lord.

Hugs and prayers.

God bless, Kim

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Sounds like trouble, Kim. I sure hope you feel better fast! You will be encased top to bottom when you get your right sleeve....makes me tired thinking of tugging those puppies on!

I got home today at around noon. They gave me a month supply of my blood thinner....a new one assuming I can afford it and if not, we'll revert to Plavix for a year.
I got the same driver who took me to the hospital....bringing me home.

They weren't able to get in thru the wrist so I had the groin entry. They used the plug closure this time...hooya! Way less pain and trauma. I got one stent and some arteries declogged and a stern reprimand from my male nurse at checkout about getting the diabetes under control. He explained what the high sugar readings do to my arteries emoticon

My cholesterol is good but the triglycerides are still very high, in part due to the diabetes. So....I'm on the wagon and aim to do much more to take care of this one body I've got.

I can get a shower tonight and that will be really nice! I've longed for one all day....

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Hmmm, I like his meal prep! I thought pizza was healthy!!!

Pounds - yep, those nasty little things that cling to us like those little burrs you get when you walk through a field. You might take off a few, but you always find more when you check behind you! I keep taking off and picking up the same ones. I'm covering myself in compression socks and sleeves hoping to keep the fat and fluid from collecting any more. It took my arm a bit to get used to the one that I got for it. I have the right arm sleeve coming. I forgot to click two when I ordered the sleeve - duh! My new compression socks aren't quite tight enough, but they will have to do for awhile.

I've been sick the past couple of days. Not sure what is wrong, but my head is super congested the past couple of days. I couldn't even get on the computer yesterday I was so weak. I have a headache on the left side of my head today and my tummy is full of acid today too. My ears are all clogged up as well. I'm just a mess - but praise the Lord I am handling it! God is giving me the grace to go through it. There was a time when this would have been too much and I would have been a sobbing mess, but God is teaching me to say Thank You in the midst of my tests and physical trials and trust His grace in the midst of it.

I came across a great passage today in my Bible Study transposition. Most of the studies have been on the end times. This passage had to do with what men would be like in the last days:

2Ti 3:1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.
2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,
4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;
5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these.

Look at what is in the middle of verse 2 - "disobedient to parents". All that evil and that is right along with it! [As adult married people we are to cleave to our spouses and we don't let our parents come between us - but we still honor and respect our parents as long as they don't ask us to do something that is against the Word of God or our spouse and family]. But we are to avoid anyone who is among that list of people - phew, that sure does take in a whole lot of folks in this world today! Avoid them, as in befriending them, making them a part of our lives so that their wickedness can influence us against God. We may run into them and share the Gospel with them, but making them a part of our lives is dangerous for our spiritual life. Remember the verse: "Bad company corrupts good morals." In these last days our list of friends is going to get smaller and smaller.

God bless, Kim

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3/19/17 4:02 P

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Yes they do! We often say I "just" lost a pound.......but each one counts coming off! I've been counting the same ones, "countless" times! LOL....I am really tired of doing that and each one extra makes our work and daily life a bit more uncomfortable.

I too, realize how heavy they are, when shopping! At Kim's insistence, I'll leave the taters at the store. Taking them home and eating them is not beneficial to my plan of recovery. I already know what the 2 -5 pound bag feels like emoticon

I need to stop at Wal-Mart after work as I was so whipped I needed a nap rather than shopping this morning before coming in. I have the vacuuming and kitchen to clean still so will need to stay on my feet long enough to do that when I get home...

I'll get just enough to do me until maybe Friday.......and depending on energy levels then, I can shop to restock. I was surprised at how empty my pantry has become and didn't have a single can of green beans when I went looking last night. But...that's a good thing! It means I'm using stuff up.

Can find no lids for these containers....


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Lol, So funny!!

So one issue I am battling I started paying attention to is the little word 'pound'. Just a few pounds, right? Just a few lbs of butter looks like more than I want to play with. 5 pounds of sugar is a lot to lug around. I certainly do not want to carry any more weight or volume than I need . So I am trying to pay attention when the urge comes to eat more or eat what I don't need to be healthy. One pound adds up to a lot in a hurry.


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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LOL! I do the same but only have one place for it. It's a nice Christmas jar with a lid. I'd never have as much saved as you guys but that $70-80 around Christmas is really nice! Yep....the burgler will drop by at 11:00. I do that set up all the time when I post "my door is unlocked if you want to go in and surprise me ...by cleaning house and cooking my dinner"....LOL!

They don't know that Jesus is our guard and constant companion! Tho we are to use the good sense He gives us in being cautious.

I will lock my door when I go to the Hospital Monday...I did finally start locking it at night, at Sharon's insistence. I will miss my kitties Tuesday AM and they will miss breakfast.

Speaking of...I saw a new kitty yesterday when I got home from work. It was a Siamese mix, so beautiful, about half grown and it talked to me a lot as I tried in vain to lure it to my place . I prayed for it's safety and thanked God for the gift, that just seeing it and talking to it was to me. They make me smile and bring joy to me.

It's been such a lovely day. I got to go play in the sunshine and air earlier, in taking some locks off. I'll do it again before I put the cart up at 4:30. I think I'll read a bit. I brought my Kindle with me, charged it up and my phone as well. I'd let my days expire on my phone and was deactivated! LOL! I caught it on Thursday when I turned it on to put the cab number in. I went online to get some minutes for it to avoid a PM stop at the store. Perhaps I need a sticker on my calendar as a reminder!
Another funny....


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Ditto on the picture! My house looks great compared to the hoarders houses! Although, if you just looked at my kitchen island... One thing we do hoard is change. We have containers of change in the kitchen, the computer room and the basement. I keep wanting to turn it in for the cash, but Wade wants to keep it for an emergency. Sigh. I probably just told a burgler to come to my house! LOL!

Have a great day.


God bless, Kim

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Absolutely!

Oh yay...company vehicle! That's a nice perk. Now me....I'd whine about all the drive time!

It's a draggy day here but hey..it's 2:00 so I only have 180 minutes to go. Yippee....A tenant just came in to turn in 3 units. All 10X30's out front. Those rent up quickly so they won't stay vacant long. It was Pioneer Drive Baptist. They've rented from us as long as I've been here and still have two donated units. They collect things year around for the youth group to have an annual garage sale for different things.

Yes! I get that...sometimes our money decisions don't balance out so well but I agree on the paying extra as you can, to shave off some time on the pay out. That's a wise move.
I figure at $500 a month, my "space" will cost me $125 a week......I'd enjoy it so much more with clean carpet! Once my medical stuff is dealt with, I'll call the cleaners again, to come out. I'm so thankful I'd gotten my credit card debt paid (with God's help and wisdom) before this round came about.

Picture test: stolen from the start page....see if it works.....

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Pray without ceasing! Bummer about the rent. We refinanced about two years ago to get our house payment down and with the insurance and escrow rates going up we are now paying about the same amount we were paying before we refinanced. They keep sending us forms about refinancing again, but we are just not interesting in doing that again. We ended up owing more for the house than it was worth last time we refinanced and we aren't interested in having that happen a second time. Over the last 9 years the value of our house has dropped about $17,000, but at least right now we do have equity in our house. If you own a house, make sure you are paying extra payments on your principle, it makes a difference, especially at the end of your loan! I try to pay an extra $50-$100 a month on the principle hoping to chop off about 10 years at the end of the loan when all is said and done. That is my real estate tid bit for the day.

Not much else happening with me today. Wade's company vehicle is on its way - woohoo. We've never had that luxury before. Praise the Lord. He will be on the road a lot going from hospital to hospital or medical center and doctor's office to fix equipment every day - so they provide a vehicle for him to do that. I'm keeping my eye out for when they get here.

I'll talk to y'all later. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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Oh Kim......that's rough and painful! Makes my face twitch in sympathy! Prayers for relief and comfort.

The only watermelons I can even carry these days are the baby ones. I sure do like them but only get one maybe once a year when they are on sale for $1.99. Even those are heavy....I used to buy several, to share with my Mom, brother and her neighbor. That was fun.

I got a bit more cleaning done before work and can actually see the top of my table and freezer again. Trash is collected and ready to be dragged out when I get home, and I'll do the vacuuming and dusting as well. I've been very lax on dusting and boy you can tell! I want things neat and nifty when I skip out Monday morning. I need to do laundry in the morning and make a Wal-Mart run before work.

I wrecked my shredder this morning emoticon I'd put an envelope thru without pulling stuff out first and it hung up...wouldn't go forward or backward and finally just totally stalled. I couldn't get it unstuck so just put the whole thing in the trash. I'll be more careful with the next one....surely I will.

I had a notice on my door when I got home about needing to do a new lease....the "market rate" is now $520 but I pray mine is not that high. I currently pay $458. She'd mentioned $498...when I spoke to her back in December.
She didn't have a new total until she hears whether I'll renew for 6 months or a year. I do the year when offered. Otherwise I can get an increase in 6 months. I'll put the notice in the mail drop with my note of intention on it. Me no likey...but it is what it is. Moving would be a great hardship for this old gal emoticon Another reason to keep working until I just can't or they run me off!

We are due for 89 on Tuesday! yeehaw! Summertime.......makes me want to sit outside with a tall glass of iced tea and talk to Jesus! I talk to Him all day...inside....or wherever I happen to be. HE is always there!

Have a good weekend ladies........love y'all and you remain in my thoughts and prayers.....



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Diana, so good to "see" you! Watermelons - huh? Maybe small watermelons would be good! LOL!

Boy, had a doozy of a headache during the night. I have some sort of infection on the right side of my sinus system. Not sure if it's the nostril or the sinus. I think that started the migraine during the night. I'm kind of out of it today though after a not so good night's sleep. Been there done that, so we are all handling it well. The Lord knows what I can handle and He isn't giving more than that. Praise His name!

I'm so glad that our snow wasn't very big. We are dealing with some cold though, but even that is manageable. I'm glad I live in the South! Yeehaw!

Y'all have a great day. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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Good to see you popping in Diana. I do that too....do what I'm paid to....after a break.
Those bananas will be baby watermelons in no time. Hooya!
My thoughts and prayers have been with all of you in the storm areas.....it's really been tough for a lot of people. Power out, crops destroyed, travel dangers....

I got a bill for my echo cardiogram yesterday. $351.06. I thought...that's not bad, I can do this....opened it fully and that's the first installment due! It's $1053.18 with my 35% discount. Yikes! Oh well...it is what it is. I know I'll have the bill coming for the cardiologist, work I had done on Tuesday etc. and will have to pay all those. So now that my credit card debt is paid (praise God!) this is where my money will go for awhile. Once all this is done, I hope I won't have any more medical "issues" for a long time!

I had a great day yesterday but started rough this morning....pain wise and otherwise. I'm coming together now. It's rare to have a day where I start out at a 1 on the scale with so far to climb. This is twice in this week. I did take some Advil, am having some coffee and will take my travel mug with me today for more.....or make some just for me at the office.

Take good care of yourselves today..........

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well, we made it through our 10 inches of snow. Ron was told not to come in as the trucks he waits for to bring the car parts were not allowed to drive the highways because of truck travel bans. However, when he went to work today, he had twice as much as usual and was late getting back which made me late to work!!!

For the first time ever, I utilized the clean oven feature on my oven. it smoked for the first hour, and then calmed down. I smell like a wood fire, I changed my clothes but didn't have time to take a shower before work. I guess one should not wait more than 3 years to use it. lol.

With the snow and all, I was unable to get to the ymca at all this week, hopefully I may tomorrow, I sure hope so. I was looking forward to getting in the hot tub the day the snow hit, I called them and they said 'yes' we're open. so a few hours later I got ready to go and decided to call again, and they said they were closing early , in a half hour. I'm glad I called before starting out but it would have been worth it to me if they were opened.
My daughters boys are the size of bananas. the ultrasound showed one bouncing around on the uterus like it is a trampoline . This is going to be fun, anticipating meeting them.
Well, I am at work, need to do the things I get paid for.

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That was my thought...on her being the bunny! I think it's great that they plug in and carry on in spite of difficulties.
I've fallen off the past few years and the less I do, the less I feel like doing! There was a time when I could be going until afternoon without stopping and now it's often afternoon before I start emoticon

I am very thankful for God's strength each day and for new mercies each morning. Once I get my home things done, I hope to stay on top of it so I don't get in such sad shape again. Catching up requires a lot of effort when things have been left undone for awhile.

I'm working on invoicing today and that's putter work that doesn't require a lot of energy. I'm thankful for tasks like that!

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Boy, I know what you mean about others older than you doing better than you. I watch Mom run circles around me and I feel so guilty. I try to do more and then I end up on the couch moaning! How she does all she does when her back is 10 times worse than mine I will never know. She doesn't have the head problems that I have, but she has worse back problems than I have. She also doesn't have the leg problems, but mine don't hurt, and they really aren't a hindrance to me - sigh. She's got the allergies that I have and the back that I have yet that woman just goes and goes and goes! I wish I had half her gumption and grit! I just can't take when my head and my back and my knees and shoulder and tummy all start hurting at the same time - then the zaps and tinnitus stir up - just give me a shot to knock me out! None of it is debilitating, but all together it is overwhelming sometimes. But Mom is my little Energizer Bunny - she just keeps going and going and going - I just love her! She's my inspiration when I want to cover my head. She makes me get up and get going.

I ordered a couple of compression arm sleeves today. They have a department at Amazon, I had seen it before, but forgot about it - no surprise there - called AmazonSmile. If you use it to order stuff, they donate a percentage of your order to your favorite charity. I chose Voice of the Martyrs. I donate to their charity a couple of times a year. They have three or four choices or you can type in your choice. I used this site to order my sleeves because they have upped the percentage over St. Patrick's Day to 5%. Usually it's like 1.5%. As much as I order off of Amazon I will probably use it all the time. It won't give them a lot, but every little bit helps.

Well, I need to get through the rest of my e-mail and get some other stuff done. Will talk to you later.


God bless, Kim

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It does for sure! I'll be very glad to get the next part done and get on with things emoticon
I'd gotten so stressed initially at all the hoops to jump, paperwork and financials to get together etc that I was near tears and ready to say forget this, please! God in His mercy...calmed me, quieted me and restored sanity....and things came together as they needed to.

My hope is that if I need/get more stents, that I will also get my act together (as cheesecake sits in the freezer) and get on track with a calorie controlled meal plan and activity increase. There are folks on SP, older than me and yet they are way more active and take better care of themselves. It's NOT too late for this woman to straighten up and fly right emoticon

Yes, those things are expensive! I'd want a home health care person to come in and do those things for me! I am such a weakling that breathing is considered exercise some days!

I'm going to go get some paperwork done and clear my desk. I have duties to complete here as well as at home and will do what I can, as I can....to complete my tasks.....

Love and prayers.........have a good day!

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Boy, getting ready to have a procedure wears us out so we aren't fit to have the procedure! But, they gotta have their i's dotted and their t's crossed!

I was looking up some stuff on lipedema today. Lots of stuff I didn't know and I'm doing wrong with my compression socks. I'm going to wrap my legs after a good lymphedema massage and then give my socks a good hot hand wash (which I am supposed to do every night after I take them off. How they are supposed to dry overnight, I don't know. I am supposed to change my compression socks every twelve hours because they stretch out and don't compress like they are supposed to unless you wash them again.) I have a bought pair from Amazon that has a zipper that I can wear during the night. I guess if I make 9 o'clock my change time that would work our alright, and having 12 hours to dry should be good. I can't hang up the socks to dry though, they have to lay flat on a towel, otherwise they will stretch! Sigh! They are too expensive to buy the really good kind. I need to buy some arm sleeves too because my arms are effected - grrrr! I just need to find someone who can help me and tell me all the things I need to do! Boohoo! Well, the Lord is helping me figure out some things on my own. Maybe our new insurance will pay for some liposuction, even if it's only in my arms.

Really tired today. Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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I have that problem with my walker. I can only go from my desk to the dining table area, straight shot. No room for assistance in the kitchen. That info was news, Kim! LOL I've lost my desire to cook over the years and I do the easy and fast thing just to get me fed these days. I too, like keeping things in the freezer for quick prep. Shopping is a grab and go thing right now with my foot out of commission. It will heal again tho.

Yesterday was a very exhausting time with lots of walking BUT....I found my lab building entrance that saved a lot of steps! That was an answered prayer! My Dr.'s appointment was rescheduled once again.....3 times in 3 months! My Dr. was out sick, poor girl.....I did get another insulin pen while there tho.

Then I had two hours next door, waiting....doing my pre-op entry ......paperwork, questions, instructions.....waiting.....lab work.....waiting....X-ray....waiting...EKG and I was free! I was in a lot of pain and really whipped! My afternoon nap was wonderful!

When I walked into admissions, one of our tenants was there. He's a sweet, little Mexican man that talks to me a lot when he comes in to pay rent and we talk about blessings and how good God is.....Being in such a place is an awesome opportunity to pray for others and I did do that.

I wrangled with the question lady for 3-4 minutes over driving myself home after my procedure and finally said "can we pretend my co-worker will come for me"? Then she mentioned a cab, which I'd thought of as well and that's what I'll do. I told her I drove myself home from the hospital against orders and my paperwork said "released to family"....well, the girl who took me out, wheeled me right up to my car! LOL That was SO hard on me too....Duh! That's most likely why I had that horrendous cramping that night from groin to ankle and it's taken this long to come to that conclusion emoticon

It's back to work today....I will stop at Wal-Mart on the way to work for office stuff, snag some coffee for me and then aim to stay off this foot as much as possible the next few days.

I'd sure like it if the maid would come by while I'm at work and spiff up my place. It's been weeks now since things were really in order. Since the likelihood of that happening is nil, I'll start without her. One spot at a time, a chore at a time....and try to stay on top of things once I have order restored in my woman cave.

Have a great day all....love and prayers.....

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Grab and gobble is my method too, unless Wade cooks. I don't like to cook, so it's how I do things. I keep stuff in the freezer that I can microwave (like fish and chicken) and occasionally I will cook some chicken in a pan, but mostly it's what's fastest. I don't think about what I want to eat ahead of time, I just eat when I'm hungry and then I want to eat now, not 30-40 minutes from now. I used to cook when we were first married, but Wade didn't like what I made most of the time or it was too moist (like my mac and cheese or my taco meat- I like it moist, he likes it dry) or too dry - I couldn't never find that just right. And often he wasn't in the mood for what I made so he would make whatever he was in the mood for anyway, or he came home too late to eat what I made - so I gave up cooking for the both of us. I'm sure the biggest obstacle was that I am just not a good cook and over time I just never learned to like to cook - I'm not patient enough for it. So, I eat whatever is handy. Of course, now, I can't stand up long enough to make a decent meal! Sigh! Someone suggested that I get a rolling stool, but there isn't room in my kitchen for a rolling stool, especially when I wasn't sitting on it. When Wade gets rid of half of my island, then I might have room for that stool, but until then there is barely room for one person in there as it is. If the stool were high enough for me to reach down into my sink, then I would have to be getting on and off of the stool to reach into my cupboards and drawers - no a stool would not be a good idea. Ah, well, wasn't that interesting! Not!

I hope that you gals have a wonderful afternoon. I will talk to you soon or sooner if something interesting comes up. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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Good Tuesday morning.....

We are supposed to hit 73 today. I stayed in yesterday, tho it was really nice out. Any day the winds are less than 25 MPH, is a great day!

I'll leave for my appointment at 7:45....and I hope the labs etc. don't take long, after. I start a new challenge for myself every time I see her....since it buys me 3 months to get this done before I see here again! I always start a new challenge with good intentions but will need to back those up this time with some hard work. It's a wonder my Dr. hasn't rolled her eyes at me yet. She may do so, but not in front of me!

I will have a hike today, from her spot up to the lab location so hope for a fairly close parking spot and for God's strength for getting my stuff done today. I've had a lot of foot issues just the past two months and it's taxing. I've prayed to be able to walk with no pain....and to do more of it. That's a goal to work towards.

I need to do a shopping trip after I get the kitchen cleaned and fried/freezer sorted. I've been doing a grab and gobble method of late and as always, that's still not working well. I'll work on that when I get back home. I do like the early appointments....and getting them out of the way!

Take care lovely ladies....be blessed in all you do.


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I wish we could have snow when it is 70 degrees! LOL! We got snow here too. It melted by around 1 in the afternoon. I don't like the cold but I do think that the snow is pretty. It is cold today and we are getting a little bit of sleet right now. Not sure what we will get through the afternoon. Yuck!

My tummy was not happy at all with my lunch. I had a yogurt and added a pig in a blanket (half a one) and it got rid of it pretty quickly. The yogurt wasn't lactose free and the croissant had wheat in it, both hard to digest items - not good. I went to the store with mom and looked for some lactose free yogurt, but our little neighborhood Wal-mart doesn't carry but two kinds of non-milk yogurt. One is a coconut milk yogurt and it's sugar free. I'll try it tomorrow and see if I like it. The other is soy based and I'm not supposed to eat soy, so it isn't an option. I will need to be careful the rest of the day.

Take care of that foot, Bren.

Keep up the good work, Missy. Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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That's lovely Missy! Your diligence will certainly pay off. I'm ok with no snow here tho I do think it's beautiful......glad the cold didn't interfere with your joy in walking!

Today is my rest day and I am ready for it. I'm doing some stretches this morning to loosen my hips and back up some. It's helping....I guess I'll get the Meloxicam refilled as it did help some too, it seems. I've been out for over two weeks. The foot...well that needs some TLC too.

I'll finish the kitchen today and may make this an inside day. I'll see what progress I can make and I may go play at Goodwill. It's been awhile since I was there.

love and prayers.....have a great week.....

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We got snow today!!! I got up early and walked over 2 miles in the snow...It was 32 degrees..and the snow was coming down so lightly..yet ...so beautiful:) ..I knew it would melt fast..due to the warm weather we have had...and I am glad I got out there and enjoyed it..because by noon it was all gone...I'm so thankful that my Lord...let me see snow...I'm still a kid at heart emoticon



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I have 5 clocks at home, have changed 3....have 3 in the office and will do those when I get to work. My car clock is ok since I didn't change it last time....

I prayed for strength this morning to get my home chores done. My right foot is out...again....but with God's help I got trash dragged out to the dumpster, 2 loads of laundry done (had to split it up), vacuumed and am in the process of cleaning the kitchen again. I feel SO much better when my place isn't a mess. I'll go thru the fridge and freezer again as well.....I wish that lovely lime kitchen was mine! I suppose I should make do with what I have and be glad I have it!

I'm off tomorrow and Tuesday since it's sale week at the office. I'll have tomorrow to work on my stuff then Tuesday for medical things. Lab work, x-ray and Dr.'s appointment with my PCP. Next week I get the heart cath done on Monday....yeehaw! I will be glad to be done with all this!

I did ask about the Plavix when I talked with the nurse and she said if they do stents again, they may put me on a new med and to ask for some samples so I don't have to rush out to pick some up like I did when I got out of the hospital. I'm not supposed to drive for two days after the procedure but have no option at my place. I know I'm not alone in that respect. There are others who live alone and don't have "helpers"....Perhaps I should do a "friend" search? BUT.....I probably won't. Any friends would be my age and needing help themselves!

I'm off to play in the kitchen...be blessed all in the new week ahead. Prayers for those of us in need.

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There have been a lot of changes along the way that people didn't like but got used to after awhile. There were changes I didn't like but after I got used to them they didn't bother me at all.

Not much going on with me today, just trying to stay warm. Praise the Lord the headaches have backed off again. Wade has purchased some things for me that are low FODMAP so we will see how the tummy does as long as I stay with those foods! I sure hope that they help.

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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I did that too, several times. I saw a LOT of complaints and negative feedback on Sparkguy's blog about the changes but hey... HE started this site and should have plenty of leeway with it. We don't have to always like everything but we can certainly work with it. I liked my cassette players too and am technically challenged but if I wanted an MP3 or whatever they are...I'd learn to use it.

I took myself out for lunch and now need to take myself to bed and certainly would if I were at home emoticon

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I don't often go to my home page, but I liked it. It's like a facebook page. I even replied to some of the folks there. It took me a minute to find where my teams were, but not too long. I think that that is what they want more of, for us to have more of a community feel and people helping people more. I did that today! So go to your home page and respond to someone and give them a hand up.

I was doing my Bible Study note transpositions lately, way back from 1989 - praise the Lord I hadn't learned short hand yet - and most of what we are going over was on the end times. At this time we are having daily Bible Studies. We are living in Texas at this time, and several families are living on the same property (very helpful when we are helping each other out financially). Our Pastor gets us all together in the morning for a Bible Study and mostly it is for the children. What he said at the very beginning is what really struck me. I'll include the Bible verses:

Col 2:1f For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf, and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Paul's desire was for the Church to be encouraged... knit together, attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding... If all we can convey to people are facts then we haven't really done much it's got to change your life. If you don't live it then it means nothing.

Living it is more than just going to Church on Sunday and Wednesday night - lots of people do that and don't have Jesus in their hearts. Living it is loving Jesus with everything in you and despite what the rest of the world is doing, you are walking in a manner pleasing to God.

I love y'all and am here for you!


God bless, Kim

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That's still so true today....as in times of calamity...say a hurricane. Those who can go elsewhere do so. The poor, sick and old still can't and many are left in the storms. Not everyone can pack up and move to safety.

Notice the format change again? I've not been around a lot yet but I like it. I saw a few complaints on the main page already. Just goes to show the old adage is still true..."can't please everyone all the time".

I was awake for awhile round 3 AM so I slept later than normal until 5:45. I'd still be in bed if that was an option. It's still one of my favorite places to be emoticon

Have a great day ladies and take good care of yourselves. I'll do the same. I slipped a bit yesterday.

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Diana, you are so right about the rich being able to move away from sickness. They also had better access to religious teaching - well, to any kind of education. The poor weren't allowed to be educated. The rich, especially the nobility, had their own priests and would have their own chapels and they would have daily masses. The poor would have the local churches they could go to, but not access to the priests like the rich did. No one had access to the Word unless they were exceedingly rich and could have a Bible printed for themselves. They had to just believe whatever the priests told them. It wasn't until - arghhh, I can't remember his name but I believe it started with a W - he started to print the Bible for the masses. Tyndale also was involved. Both were persecuted and they were wanted men because the Church didn't want the people to have the Word of God. People who did have Bibles had to keep them hidden. Wycliffe - that's who it was, or something like that. Anyway - being nobility definitely had it's privileges beyond just having a roof over your head and food in your belly. I haven't found anyone in any of the ancestries that I have done that have been big names. We have some knights and ladies, but no one of renown. I think one of them founded a University, that's pretty big! heehee!

Y'all have an awesome day. Love ya

Oh, I was watching that show Who Do You Think You Are? and they had and actress on there whose 28th great grandfather was William the Conqueror; and then her 18th and 19th great grandfather's killed the King of England. She has royal blood and blood that killed royalty! She wanted an exciting background! I guess she has it!

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emoticon Diana! I love the water but haven't been in the pool for three summers now, due to foot and pound problems...meaning I have no swimsuit that fits.

I am really fascinated by all the genealogy things but not enough to delve deep and pay for a membership. I'd not be digging often enough to warrant the time and attention needed. I really do enjoy the documentaries and all that I catch on occasion and the info available doing a google search. tho.

When my Dad started working at the ranch when I was 8 years old, he worked 10-12 hour days for $8.00 a day plus our housing. He went from fencing and road work to the cook shack when the current cook was killed in a car wreck. Then we moved to Ft. Griffin when I was 10.

Memories......I am thankful for them....and for my life, even on the dysfunctional and dark days...for they made me appreciate more fully the days that weren't....

I'm out of the tater bin and back to work today. It's a beautiful tho cloudy day and I will have a good day here at the office and beyond. I made some progress at home but have far to go in restoring order again.

Hope you feel a lot better today Kim. be gentle and loving with yourselves. I'll do the same at my spot...

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Hi ladies! Well I did water aerobics today and burned 450 calories, I am so tired, but I am at work so I guarantee I will sleep very well tonight. It felt so good and there were very nice ladies there so I am looking forward to making some new friends as well. I feel sometimes like my life is starting over, I can do so much more than I used to, and that in itself is invigorating. My sister is into the genealogy thing and traced our family back to the family of john of guant, whose children were eventually part of the royal families. What we wondered was that at that time if you were rich or connected to royalty, you followed them to where they went, as if there was sickness, they would pick up and leave which the poor had a difficult time doing. So, many of our ancestors survived because of this fact, and they had better health care available also. But really in the scheme of things, we will see things so much different in Heaven. It won't matter how we survived here, just that we survive for eternity.


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While doing my SIL's ancestry I learned that her Great-grandfather died during a railroad accident. He worked for the railroad . I can't remember if he was an engineer or worked on the engines, but anyway, he was burned really badly when a steamer boiled over or something like that. he lived for a while at the hospital, but died of the burns. In those days they didn't have a whole lot of safety laws. There were so many guys waiting in line for the jobs that they just moved you aside and put someone else in your place if you got hurt or killed. Lots of guys got squished in between the cars when they were coupling them together, that was a really dangerous job back then - or they lost hands and fingers. Working the dams too, that was a super dangerous job. Again, you fall off, someone else would take your place! These guys wouldn't have gotten so rich if labor hadn't been so cheap and easy to get! Wade and I have watched some of the ones on the building of the dams, and it was really interesting. I definitely would not have wanted Wade to have worked on one of those! Oh man, I watched something one time on the guy who invented the x-ray machine - that guy burned himself and zapped himself with cancerous rays numerous times until he figured it out. He wouldn't try it on someone else - at least in the thing I watched. He was a mess, but he eventually got it, or at least enough information that the next guy got it after he cooked himself! (shiver)

Feeling really bad in the head today. Really congested but also having zaps - boohoo! My ears are really congested too. My chest is a bit congested as well. Deep breaths make me want to cough! Usually feeling like this lasts just a day. Wade says there is lots of pollen outside - makes sense!

I hope that y'all are doing well. Love ya lots. Kim

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I'm the opposite! I like extra broth for sipping! I use low sodium chicken broth and V-8 in mine frequently, and a load of veggies. I still have two containers of Kale and white bean soup in the freezer that I made about 6-8 months ago.

Hey, I feel like a mummy at times! Whether I'm roaming or not.

I've been watching National Geographic programs of late and Sunday, had a hard time leaving for work. They had the railroad and steel start ups from the 1800's with Cornelious Vanderbuilt. Andrew Carnagie and John D. Rockefeller stories. I find that era and stories fascinating. They were the richest men in history at that point and the common thread was "as much as I have....I want it all!" The reenactments were so good, and better than any movies I ever see and I wanted to see the ending.
My grandpa, born in 1894, grew up to work the railroad for many years. He never learned to drive or owned a car so walked or rode a bicycle wherever he went. These stories from history make me wish I knew and had heard more from their time.

Then Sunday night, it was on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Very informative yet so traumatic and such tragic events that make up history like I was never taught in school. I don't even remember what they did teach us!

The Dr.'s office called back. I've been approved by the hospital resource center for my procedure. I check in at 5:30 AM the 20th and am to have this done at 7:30. Next week, I have to get labs and a chest X-ray done, prior to my check in the following week so will do that on Tuesday when I'm out to see my PCP that day. The nurse will send me instructions and directions. I did tell her I like simple...as in 1 2 3 and A B C.

I got a new fan for my desk area and love it! This little one cost more than the bedside one I got which is twice the size. They keep me cool and comfy and save a lot on my electric bill. My bill for this month (February's usage actually) was a whopping $21.81. That helps when my meds bill today was $581.41 emoticon
For some reason, twice now, the Dr'.s office has called in scripts for my Metformin at 270 pills instead of 360 for a 90 day supply at 4 a day. I thought it was a pharmacy error and questioned it today. The Dr. also only gave me a 30 day supply this time of the Levothyroxine and Glyburide. Oh well....

Weather....we hit 83 yesterday and today it's 68. I'm comfy at 68. I needed a jacket at the office yesterday as I was chilled and the last 1.5 hours I had the heater on while at the computer. Sharon had AC on and I needed heat!

I'm going to hit the recliner with my Kindle and water bottle and finish up my day of rest. I hope you all have a good evening at your place!

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The soup was so yummy, Bren. I love a hearty soup, so I add lots of stuff to it and not as much liquid! LOL! I picture this mummy-like character when you say you are up roaming around! heeheehee!

Not much going on here today. It's still chilly. I'm hoping for our warm weather to return again!

Love ya

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Kim, I hope that soup was yummy. It sounds good and soup is a good choice even if it's not cold outside.

Oh Yay! That's great Diana....the fees are very reasonable and choices are good!

Shel....prayers for a speedy recovery for this round like before. Oh yes...refills are a good thing!

I was up roaming about last night so slept in until 6:15 and didn't get my early start to do laundry. I'll make today my cleaning and shopping day and aim for laundry tomorrow, unless I can talk me into doing it this afternoon.

I need to call my Dr.'s office. The nurse left a message but it was very static-y so I didn't understand it at all. It may be on the results of the test I had last week. I need to do the Wal-Mart run for meds and miscellaneous.

I got a note from MedFusion and I've gained 5 pounds from my September visit....boo! I must get to work. My BMI is at 44.8% and me no likey.

I'm going to finish up at SP and then get onto my To do list for the day. I'm so thankful to be feeling better than I have the past few weeks and hope to recover some lost ground here at home. God is good...always!

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Oh wow , Diana, that's great!

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So, when I stayed in the ramada at Geneva, they had the tiniest pool imaginable, about the size of a big hot tub, but I utilized it the best I could doing tiny laps, I felt so good afterward, I could feel all the muscles in my body, arms, legs torso,etc. so when I got home I checked the holiday inn near me which has a full pool, and their drop in rate for the year, was $360, ywca was 49 membership for the year but 3-5 dollars a drop in and If I went 40 weeks at 2 times a week it would have run me around 3-400 dollars a year. Finally I checked with the ymca, in corning, near where I work, and they have a senior rate at 20 dollars a month with full use of facilities, from 9-11am and 1-3 pm. that includes, pool, all equipment , hot tubs, saunas and track. I am so excited to be able to have real choices. emoticon


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Oh, Shel, that sounds so painful. I'm glad that they would renew your meds, oftentimes what you get is what you get. Having the meds before therapy is usually a must too. Have fun with that!

Praise the Lord, the zaps are coming less and less, and when they do come, there are only a few and then they go away. God is so very good.

We are making some chicken and veggie and rice soup for dinner - yummers. Can't wait until it is done, it smells so good. We have the chicken in the crock pot, so we are just waiting until it is done enough to pull apart, then we will add the rice (which is already cooked) and the veggies (which are the frozen kind). It shouldn't be but an hour or two before it will be ready. We are short on chicken spices though. I will have to look into that! LOL! I used to have a lovely container of sage, but it got old before we used it all and ended up in the trash, we never replenished it. I don't think Wade is a big sage person anyway. Amazon, here I come. Hope they have a "chicken soup spice" LOL!

Love y'all. You remain in my prayers. Stay well.

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My therapist comes in about an hour. My hip is hurting - I'd been running low on the pain pill (hydromorphone) and was trying to go longer between pills. Took last one a couple of hours ago, after filling in with ibuprofen - and OTC drugs really don't do much for pain from having had your bones sawed and drilled! I called the surgeon's office this morning and they renewed my Rx, for which I'm glad - wasn't sure if they would, but they did! I still try to go 6 hours rather than 4 between doses. But this is 18 hours since previous dose! Owee...


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Yes they are! Our Wal-Mart parking lot has an invasion of those birds right now. They are big and beautiful! I suppose they are in migration, since normally we are swamped with black birds. We see them for awhile each year.
That sounds like a really wonderful time away other than getting sick...just reading about it makes me feel off! There's never a convenient time to be sick.

Oh that's a good thing Kim! Resting better, less stress...all good. It sounds like the transition is moving along fairly smoothly.

I'm looking forward to my off days, Tue-Wed this week and hope to get a lot done at home. I know I'll be doing laundry again. I need to pop into the office to add money to my laundry card.

Wishing you all a great week....no matter what shows up on your list of things to do. Find time for rest, recovery and time with Jesus each day. Love and prayers...

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Gorgeous pictures, Diana! I love the water! That foyer is really beautiful as well. Was that where you stayed? Bummer about the car. I hope you find something soon.

What a beautiful day we are having, although it is still quite chilly. Poor trees and everything that started to bloom early. So far all of my favorite lilies are still in the ground. My peony is still in the ground too, so that makes me feel better. The pear tree had a lot of buds on it, but it didn't freeze, so we should be alright with that. We have a bunch of sheets to throw over the tree just in case it does anyway. We were able to save it last year, so hopefully we will be on our toes this year!

Wade is pretty much set up for his job. So far it has just been setting up his home office and getting all the supplies in the mail and reading a lot of stuff they have been sending him on his new computer. He has no idea what tomorrow will look like yet, but they'll let him know what he's supposed to do when he's supposed to do it! LOL! The wonderful thing about this job already is that he has been sleeping through the nights since leaving his last job - the stress is already leaving him - praise the Lord.

Well, I better let you get back to your lives. Love ya

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Will had a wonderful 12 days off of work, lots of stuff happened on my days off as well.

had a wonderful time with my grandson karson 3 and nate 16. However on my second day babysitting I came down with a 24 hr virus that made me reminisce about morning sickness. started at 1pm and continued till 1 am, Haven't felt like that in around 27 years. Looking after a 3 yr old certainly keeps you on your toes.

Ron and I took off to skenetalies ny for a wonderful night at Sherwood inn, and had a great time. Then I was home for 3 days before back here to work. Last night I checked in on our mechanic who told me my car should be ready Monday, so I was feeling quite content. I heard about a fire in the vicinity of the garage of where my car was being worked on, and found out this morning the fire was in the garage my car was in. lots of fire damage, hopefully insurance will cover it, so I will be looking for another car this week, hopefully I will get a rental for work.
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Phew, I downloaded a new keyboard to my Kindle so I can answer these posts from it. I'll be back later.

God bless, Kim

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I'd have a wee bit more space with fewer Kitchen Treasures I suppose...I finally have out spaced myself with containers and have some on the counter, on top of the microwave. I need to let some go emoticon

I made a stop at Wal-Mart on the way to work yesterday. I know I had a new 12 pack of TP and had one roll I could spot and no Kleenex....I may have set it on the outside table while opening the door and left it there for a neighbor?....so while the run was for myself technically, I snagged office things while there. I'll call the pharmacy today to see if my meds have been called in and if so, I'll dart out there at lunch to pick them up.

I'm disappointed in two pair of my shoes from JCP....one pair is too big but I can't return because I wore them one day at the office and the bottoms are dirty...the second came with the right shoe with marks already on the sides. I suppose I should shop for some things IN the store but I sure hate it. Oh well....it's not the first or last money I've tossed away. I will wear them....maybe on weekends? They are Propet' and not cheap, really cute and light weight.

I'm so glad you had a better day Kim. Those times are so welcome and reprieves from pain are good. Praying for more days like that....

I'm off to a better start this morning. I was so exhausted by 5:00 yesterday, that I was near tears. I had three people in at once, near the end and another rental, four locks to take off etc. BUT....the day was done at last and I was headed home to rest and actually in bed by 6:30....for the night. I rested well and today will be mostly posting, filing and clean-up day....Hooya!

I love my peaceful weekends!

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Missy, gorgeous! Congrats on the walk!

Shel, I'm glad we just got cold - no snow! Keep it up there!

Bren, my kitchen has hardly any counter space, so it makes it hard to keep it tidy. Of course de-stuffing would help! LOL!

Doing okay today. A bit slow, but praise the Lord, no headache again! Still working out the FODMAP diet. Spaghetti is definitely not on that! I can feel the acid churning away after having some this afternoon! LOL! No more of that for me. Maybe some yogurt for dinner.

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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I've been seeing all the stormy stuff on the weather channel and am thankful it's not prowling around here. Rain...I like but the cold stuff and winds...me no likey. We do have windy days almost every day so I am extra thankful for the milder days when they stay below 20 MPH. I'm sure glad you all are ok....

Kim, I sure would love a kitchen like that! Pretty and CLEAN! Mine is tiny but I'm glad to have it. I could make better use of my spaces I suppose...

I love the water Missy, and that's a beautiful picture. I grew up close to a river and my brother and I spent a lot of time in it. It was just a quarter mile from our house.

Shel...you're doing very well and you mind the Doctor much better than I do. I am getting there but doing a lot of whining, I confess. My right hip and that area of my back is so tight and painful that getting my shoe on is a real struggle. I should be a lot further down the recovery road and I haven't had surgery to deal with!

I'm so thankful for the weekend coming up and the peacefulness I have here. It's our busy time and I love it even when I get frazzled a bit and have to take a break to defuzz my mind. I'm so thankful I can do that. I love my job and God has certainly blessed me here. I've been here for 18 years now!

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The therapist gave me a new exercise to add to my regimen. And boy, later in the day, I felt it!
March came in like a lion in these parts - Wed. the temp got up to about 70, then during the night we had these strong winds, and got up next day to snow on the ground!


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We had a thunderstorm too..I had the window open..listening to the rain:)

My hubby and I found a new water hole at our favorite place to walk...was very nice..the water was so clear and beautfiul..I walked 3.3 miles today..

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Wow, we sure do keep our cyber kitchen clean! LOL! I'll bring the healthy muffins and the veggie tray next time we get together.

Doing better today, no headache. Praise the Lord!

We had a very bad storm yesterday, and the Lord spared us the worst of it. We did have some wind and hail, but nothing was damaged. Our neighbor's flag pole blew over, but that seems to be the worst of it in our neighborhood. Probably some dents on the cars from the hail, but nothing too bad. God is good!

Y'all be good, and honor and glorify the Lord in all you do. Love you

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I never thought of that but my appointment was at 3:15 so I should have been "settled down" by then! It was rather painful due to the hip/back pain and the pressing in of the doo-lolly but it only took about 30 minutes.
I got my bill from my prior visit on Tuesday, so paid that while there. They give me a 35% discount as a self pay patient and that helps a lot!

That last sausage was mighty spicy. They were Italian seasoned chicken sausage. It was the first and last time to buy them. First...curiosity, last I didn't like them that much and the package has only 4 links in it for $3.00. I have one pack left of the apple flavored in the freezer.

I like the maid idea too. The paper and plastic might be worth a try. I leave my door unlocked but mine hasn't shown up yet. I had to start without her. Like you, I can manage a few short tasks before the back and hip kick in and cause me trouble. I did get the trash out (again) and kitchen cleaned yesterday.
I had chicken thawed in the fridge so cooked that in my new toy. It does a really good job. I like the convenience of the slow cooker but twice, have cooked it too long (chicken) and didn't care for the texture so wasted half of each batch.

Not much affects my sleep regularly other than bad dreams. I've not had a migraine in about 8 years and I am so thankful for that. I sure feel for those like yourself, who do have them. Mixed with poor sleep compounds the trouble.

I've been taking the Alieve the past few days for pain and only 1-2 a day. I skipped it this morning since I'm not at a 3 on the pain scale. My feet are a bit better so will continue to be kind to them.

Have a great Thursday and take good care of yourselves at your spots on the map. Prayers for us all...for provision, protection, comfort and healing....



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Oh, good idea, Bren, have coffee to stimulate the heart before going for an echo cardiogram! heeheehee! I wonder if there was a spice in the sausage link that you were allergic to more so than the chicken or bread??? Next time you go to the store take a look at the package and write down the ingredients - then you can see what it might have been in the mixture.

Woke with another headache. I'm sure that it was sinus induced. I had forgotten to take my allergy med last night and was congested this morning. Sinus headaches often turn into migraines for me. I'm feeling a little out of it now since I took my migraine meds. Kind of funny, the meds make me feel out of it, but I can't sleep when I take them at night! Praise the Lord, I was able to get my kitchen sink cleaned up and the counters wiped down before my back gave out! Woohoo! I asked Wade this morning when the maid was coming in - he said we might just have to go to all paper and plastic - LOL! I'm all for that!

Hope y'all get to feeling better too. I am praying for all of us! Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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Thanks....both of you! Beautiful flowers, Missy! Welcome to March!

I googled it Kim and my face looked just like the picture, red, swollen lips and all. I'd had a chicken sausage link on a piece of white bread and got sick minutes later. I'd had some of the sausage earlier and it was the only off thing besides white bread. That was a fluke. I'm just so thankful to be OK now. God is so merciful! I pray that never happens again!

Kim, I am so sorry you are struggling so much right now. It does make things much more difficult to handle when the basket is overflowing. My heart and prayers are with you this week....and beyond.

I go this afternoon for my echo cardiogram. I have a few errands to do prior to that and I need to make progress on my home chores as well. Getting those things done will make me feel better emoticon

First....good coffee and prayer time. I love you ladies and am so thankful you are here.

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OH MY..Bren...I'm glad you are ok..praying for you!!!!

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Oh, Bren, that's scary. That sounds like an anaphilactic (however you spell that) reaction to something you might have eaten or gotten around! I'm glad that you survived it! Next time that happens, please call 911! That could have killed you!

It's really difficult having a number of things that can go wrong with a body. I am going through some things right now and am trying to learn to trust the Lord past all of the emotional angst that comes with having several things that go wrong at once. It's hard to pray and be calm when my head is buzzing and my ears are ringing and my emotions are out of whack - but that is what I am working on doing, just breathing deeply and putting my eyes on Jesus and asking Him to help me. Wade was great and there for me too. I have to remember that we do get tested and I don't want to fail! I need to come out on the other side stronger than ever.

Y'all are in my thoughts and prayers. I love y'all.

I'm going over some old study notes and ran across these passages from Ezekiel, they are really long, so I will just give you the passages and if you are so inclined you can read them:
Ezek 18:4-32 and Ezek. 33:11-20 They basically say the same thing, that each of us are going to be judged according to our deeds, which is reiterated numerous times in the NT. The first passage starts with "The soul who sins will die..." and ends with "repent and live."

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God bless, Kim

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That's a heartbreaking situation in any and every family I'd think. I'd hold out hope and pray for hearts to turn to Christ until my last day I suppose.

I've been on the other side in my adult life but neither I nor my behavior was ever hidden from God. He kept His hand on me and turned my heart back to Him and delivered me from the enemy's camp. I am so thankful for His mercy and redemption.

I was really sick last night. Bad cramps and tummy turmoil and the awful pressure in my head, worse than ever before and very scary. My lips actually swelled and my face was red and hot. It felt like my tongue was swelling too but I'm not sure of it. It took awhile for things to subside, after losing dinner and praying for help. That was really awful. I'm better this morning but do feel like there's a lump in my throat still.

I'll be working in light sessions today, due to the foot pain. I'm taking Alieve currently but will get my Meloxicam refilled when I call an order in for other things. I'm wondering if I can get a scrip for the Plavix, just in case? I know I'm not supposed to drive for two days, tho I will have to, as before. after the heart catch. If he does stents again, I figure I'll have to take it. I'll ask while I'm there tomorrow for the test.

I'll listen to the message again since I didn't understand if I will see my Dr. tomorrow or not and may need to ask a nurse about the Plavix.

It's my weekend and I am so very thankful...for recovery and rest days and the opportunity to get things in order again.

Love and prayers.......have a wonderful day all.

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I was going over some old study notes and ran across this information that is right in line with the other info I have been sharing:

Sin is: G266 hamartia: missing the true end or scope of our lives, which is God. An offense in relations to God with emphasis on guilt; sin as an individual act; a determination of the nature of man as a personal power and also used of individual acts. G264 hamartano: to sin, to miss, not to hit; one who keeps missing the mark in his relationship to God. G265 harmartema: deed of disobedience to a divine law; sin as an individual act.

1Jn 3:4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

1Jn 5:17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death. [The sin not leading to death is the sin made in ignorance.]

Rom 14:23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.

Jms 4:17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin.


Just gives a person a more concise picture of what sin is and isn't. The Word also speaks about who is master over the one who insists on continuing to walk in sin - not a pretty picture. Wade and I are facing some stuff in the family, especially with a niece. It is sad really, because she is the only grandchild who is paying her grandmother any attention, but she is paying her grandmother attention because she wants things from her, not because she wants to honor and respect her. All the talks I had with her about her supposed relationship with Jesus were bogus. Her desire for a relationship with a man outweighs her desire for a relationship with Jesus so much that she will walk with the devil instead - ah, but she thinks she is still saved because her family believes that the Bible says that once she got saved when she was 12 years old or so, she was always saved, even if she lives with her boyfriends, or drinks, or lies, etc... All sins, all things that have her walking the broad way to Hell. The Bible says every liar has a place in the Lake of Fire - no addendum for if you got saved at some point in your life. If you're a liar, you get your spot in the Lake of Fire. That isn't my theology, that's Bible! If you are effeminate, if you are a gossip, if you are an adulterer, if you are a thief, if you are a murderer, if you are disobedient to your parents, etc... you are on the road to hell! It's in the Bible with no addendum's for once being saved. Most of these things are written to Christians, warning them to not get on that road! I tell you these things because I love you, because I don't want you do be unaware, sisters, of the lies that are being preached in the Churches today to tickle the ears of the people, to make them satisfied with mediocre lives, satisfied with sinning religion, satisfied with half-hearted relationships with Jesus so that they can keep the pews filled for the sake of their coffers. I hesitate all the time to speak these words because I don't want to turn you against me, I don't want to make this forum a battle ground - but I can't keep quiet when I see my own family racing head long to hell and I don't want it to happen to any one else I love. Please don't turn away from me because I say these things. Please take the Word at face value. I love y'all so much.

God bless, Kim

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I'm glad to be finishing up this week........and this month in just a few days. I forgot my hearing aid so am using the digital one and I do hate them. The sound is awful and if I had nothing else to whine about...that would do for an excuse. I'm hoping for a quiet, peaceful, restful day.

I have the gate open for a couple of boys to go prowl the dumpster for goodies. This is the second time they've asked and they don't make a mess or anything so I don't mind letting them search.

It's overcast today with a 20% chance of rain later. Windy but nice...around 63 right now. I'll have my tea and get my paperwork cleared up shortly.

Well, I just had a delinquent tenant slip in while I had the gate open for the boys so I've closed it. Both sets of folks can come in the office. I'd let that tenant in last week, a young man who just needed to get something from his Dad's unit. He came out with a pick-up and trailer loaded. It looks like he's back for the rest perhaps, without paying for this month's rent. He has the trailer and his helpers again today.

I need to get busy.......have a good day and take good care of yourselves.

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It's so much easier to understand the way of escape when we understand where the problem is coming from inside of us; and Jesus always gives us a way of escape before we commit the sin! We have to remember that temptation isn't sin, and making a mistake isn't sin. Sin is deliberate. I hate it when my MIL says something wrong by mistake and then says she sinned. No, she didn't sin, she didn't deliberately say the wrong thing - she made a mistake. Sin is deliberately walking against God's law, choosing to do what is wrong when you know the right way to go. David didn't sin until he chose to follow through on his temptation with Bath-sheba and call home Uriah, and go over to her house and sleep with her. Seeing her wasn't the sin - not turning away and walking away was the beginning of several sins he committed. God gave him a way of escape, but he let his lust drive him. We can't let anger drive us, we can't let lust drive us, we can't let greed drive us - the best way to do that is to get rid of it through sanctification. But if we aren't there yet - then turn away and walk away!

My Aunt, her daughter, and her daughter came to visit Mom today. The little one just turned one a month or so ago. She is a button of a little girl! I was keeping her company while her mom and Oma were eating lunch and visiting with Mom - what fun. I haven't been feeling well today, but I didn't even think about all of that while having fun with her. I don't get a chance to be around little ones much, so she is a blessing!

Well, I am in pain right now. I took some Tramadol, but it isn't kicking in, so I am going to need to find a more comfortable chair than the computer chair. Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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Thanks Kim.
I've been out for a few days so have been using Doan's and Tylenol. I wasn't using it every day because I was ok at a 2.5 on the pain scale as I've become accustomed to it.

Oh, me too! Doing dishes etc. gets my back cranked up and whining so I do frequent breaks during my cleaning spells.

I almost finished yesterday. I did vacuum and clean the kitchen about 90%. I'll finish tonight. I need to remember I have peppers and stuff in the veggie bins and get some cut up to use. I'll cook some tonight with some salmon.

I've been doing the yo-yo this week with the scale and am glad to see it dropping back down this morning. I've been playing with the same 5 pounds for a year now. It's time to lay that down.

Oh yeah....that passage is on my toes, all the way to the knee joints. I consciously choose the thorny path of rebellion on occasion. Mostly in my eating but sometimes in my attitudes....the enemy lays traps for us all and I've jumped in them a time or few. I am quick to repent when I sin but need to strengthen myself in the Lord...against those attacks and failures. I live alone so have fewer interactions with others that may "influence" me to do wrong. The only behavior, opinions and attitudes I have to deal with are my own.

Well, we are having a cold front today so a high of 56 is expected. A big drop from Thursday's 89.
Mail just came so I'll work on my posting for a bit...

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Bren, my husband takes Meloxicam for his knees. I looked it up and you are taking the maximum dosage according to drugs.com. His doctor told him not to take it every day because it could affect his stomach, like other anti-inflammatory drugs do. It may be working on the inflammation but not be strong enough to work on the pain, you may need to add acetaminophen a couple of times a day to help with that. I wouldn't add another NSAID or anti-inflammatory because that could start adding up to stomach problems. I take White Willow for my pain and inflammation. It's a natural version of aspirin but without the stomach problems. I take two in the morning and one in the afternoon and it really has helped to keep the pain at bay. I still have trouble if I stand too long or do things like vacuum, but the general pain has eased quite a bit. It does take a little bit of time for it to have it's cumulative effect, about a week or a week and a half before you really start to feel better.

The scale is staying consistent right now at that 211 mark - praise the Lord! Still having brain zaps and headaches, but praise the Lord my emotions are under His control, and not out of control! (I'm not crying at the drop of a hat or feeling sad all the time.)

Well, I have a lot to get done, so I will talk to y'all later. Love ya

Oh, I have been studying about the different natures in man this past week and thought you would enjoy this tid-bit:

There are three natures that are and can be in man:
The Human nature; the sin nature, and the divine nature.
We are born with the human nature and the sin nature. The sin nature comes from our human father, from when Adam sinned. Jesus wasn't born with the sin nature because He didn't have a human father. He was born with a human nature and a divine nature because He had a human mother and a divine Father. We receive our divine nature when we ask Jesus into our hearts. We have all three natures until we are sanctified and receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Then He removes the sin nature in us (which is why He came, to destroy the works of the devil), and we no longer have the battle from within ourselves.

The human nature consists of five parts: CREWD - our Conscience, our Reason, our Emotions, our Will, and our Desires. These are what separate us from every other creation in the world. We are able to relate to other humans and to God through these five parts of our human nature. It is not our human nature that causes us to sin, but it is through our human nature that satan tempts us. We sin when our sin nature tells us to give in to that tempation.

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God bless, Kim

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We hit 89 here yesterday and two towns over was 92! Summer! Yeehaw!

I got a 10 pound bag of chicken quarters yesterday when shopping for produce and new salad goods. They were on sale for .17 cents a pound, in 10 pound bags and to this weak and weary woman, it felt like 20 pounds.... I thought...what a blessing for families...as you could get 4 bags. You'd sure need a freezer for storage tho. I wish my brother had some....

I cooked some in the slow cooker yesterday and put the rest in the freezer. I'll debone it today for my protein the next few days.

I did make some progress on my cleaning yesterday and restoring order and will try hard to finish today. I get distressed when my place is a mess, that's for sure.

I stopped taking the Actos yesterday after reading about all the trouble it can cause. I'll have to double down on my meal plans and activity.

Does Meloxicam come in stronger doses? Mine are 15mg and have had no positive effects that I can see at all. I only ask because a lady on another thread takes it for RA, which has to be worse (much) pain than my own and mine is bad....Back, hips and feet, especially the right side.

I got a letter form the hospital with my echocardiogram scheduled 3-27. That's after my proposed heart cath on the 20th of March. I thought they'd do any testing prior to that procedure?
I'm not going to fret over it. I got all my paperwork mailed in with the application for assistance on Wednesday, so I should hear back in a few days about approval or not and an idea of what my cost will be.

I'm going to have more coffee and get my "work" started....
Be blessed today, ladies... Best where most needed. Love and prayers.....



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We continue to have out "February Thaw", which is nice because in my particular school district they have this week off. I still haven't ventured out since coming home. But I have ventured upstairs, and tonight I will try to sleep in the bed!



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Hey ladies! I hope that today finds you better than yesterday! I am doing better than I was yesterday, so I am praising the Lord today.

Bren, I sure hope you get to feeling better soon. You need to just rest now for a bit and recuperate some of your energy again. From all the stuff I've read about the brain zaps there really isn't anything I can do but ride it out until my body readjusts itself. I've been taking the fish oil which seems to be the thing that has helped other people, and it seems to have lessened the symptoms for me. I have days where I don't have any zaps, then they come back again for two or three days. It's really tiring. I don't know if the headaches are associated with it or not, but it seems like I do get headaches whenever the zaps are present.

I hope that y'all have a wonderful afternoon. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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Oh I think the life is seeping out of the scale at 7 years! Tho you might try a new battery first. I'm already getting a low battery icon on mine. It's only about 9 months old too.

I am weak and weary today and cancelled my proposed visit to Cissy tomorrow. These 8 days of duty have worn me down pretty bad. Had I not had the foot problem it wouldn't have been quite as bad. Dragging myself around is exhausting.

Sharon is supposed to be back tomorrow and I sure hope she is. Bob had four more stents put in and the Dr. told him had he not come in now, he would have had another heart attack. He didn't get the procedure done until last night so they were still trying to get checked out when she called. She sounded as bad as I feel and I'm sure she's whipped as well. At least she has the weekend coming up. That will help.

I'm sleepy too......a nap would be nice right now. I only have a couple of hours left and I'll be home, in my gown and hunkered down for the night. Yippee!

Those brain zaps are a real problem! Did you see Dr. Google about them?

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Wheee! Love the doggy!

Still having those brain zaps, even though I am taking the fish oil! Bummer! They aren't as bad as they were, so that is very good, just frustrating. I've had headaches for a few days though, so that is not good - but they are mild, so that is very good! LOL!

Hmmm - I put my five pound weight and then my eight pound weight on my scale and neither of them registered - does that mean it doesn't work, or was that weight amount too small. Does that mean I couldn't weigh a small dog or child on my scale??? I think I am going to look for another scale. I've had this one for about seven years now. Is that a long time??? I'll find one that I am happy with and then talk to Wade and see what he thinks. We are trying to save some money to pay of our credit cards, and this would be an unnecessary out-go if I'm looking at it wrong. He has higher weights in the basement he can try out to see if it's working right. It does need new batteries! and a good cleaning! Think I can get three pounds of dirt off of it - nahhh!

Well, my headache is getting worse, I better finish here. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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We're in good company bringing up the rear Kim.

That was an excellent post! That is SO true. It's difficult to find a "true" church today. The world drags it's trash right in the doors of them and are made to feel right at home with no need for repentance, cleansing, separation and right relationship with Christ.

I have the place to myself today...hooya! Chris is helping again at the new location. He will be here tomorrow to do our maintenance work, cut locks etc. I ran locks on property yesterday while Sharon was here and that was fun...tooling around on the cart in the sunshine and air.

I printed out instructions for getting our fax to work. Now if I can make sense of them. The manual is 181 pages! I printed the four I need for now, pertaining to the fax function. Why can't things be simple anymore...ABC, 1 2 3........

I sure need to devote some time to cleaning my apartment tonight after work. I don't want to leave it all for Thu-Fri....and I told Cissy I'd come visit her Thursday.

She doesn't drive anymore, is on oxygen and her heart Dr. is pushing for a gastric bypass because she can't lose weight. At 67 that would not even be on a list of things to consider for me! He told her if she didn't, she might have five years left. We've known each other for 20 years now and were very close at one time. I still love her and pray for her but don't "hang out" with her or anyone else currently. Part of my own "separation" thing that had to be done.

I ordered some shoes from JC Penney and a couple more pair of pants. I wish there were more options in X-wide sizes. I got the Prophet' brand again as they always fit well. I need some new strings for my current walking shoes...

I'll have more coffee and scope out those fax instruction........

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Love that picture - I'm number 5! Wade and I were talking about that passage I shared with you the other day and he showed me the race with Dave Wattle (?), the 800M race where he came from behind and won the gold medal. Well, y'all just look out for old number 5 now, you'll feel me moseying up your backs and passing y'all in about a week or two! (or not). Missy is probably number 10 with all of that walking that she is doing. Even with that new hip of yours, Shel, I'd put you at number 7! LOL. Looks like you and me are anchoring the back, Bren!

I was looking up some stuff for my FODMAP diet and found that the bars out there for that are high carb and low protein - not good! The bars that I just bought that are high protein and have just 1g of sugar have the O in them oliogosaccharides - in these are the ones from fruits - bummer. If I don't eat any other FODMAPS with it, there may not be enough in one bar to hurt my tummy and I may be safe. I had one for lunch today because they are 230 calories, so we will see how the tummy feels in a bit. I'm not on the diet completely yet, so I won't get a real good reading, but I have replaced some of my foods so far, and so far there hasn't been much of a change - so either they aren't the culprits or you have to get all the FODMAPS gone before you can notice a difference.

Not much else going on with me today. I have got the dishwasher going and vacuumed the living room and kitchen. My back is gone, but I am going to try and get outside for a little bit since it is so nice today.

So, I was doing some sermon transposing and ran across some more great information:
2Co 6:14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?
15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
17 "Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE," says the Lord. "AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you.
18 "And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me," Says the Lord Almighty.
7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

In the sermon our Pastor pointed out that people shouldn't be going to Churches where all the truth isn't being preached because that is mixing light with darkness. holiness with lawlessness, touching what is unclean. We are to live by the law of liberty, the royal law, the law of love which abides in the hearts of the righteous ones. "You can't enjoy God's blessings if you don't come out from the midst of a Church that doesn't preach holiness." (Just as 2 Cor. 7:1 tells us). Here's what really got me in this sermon - There are plenty of defilements of the flesh - smoking, drinking, adultery, etc... A lot of good people out there are claiming to be saved, but aren't. They have cleaned up the flesh, the outside, but they are sill dirty on the inside - they still have the defilement of the spirit. They don't obey the law of liberty, the royal law, the Word of God - they don't walk in a manner pleasing to God - they aren't perfecting holiness in the fear of God. They are white washed sepulchers just like the priests that Jesus called that. They look good on the outside but inside they are full of dead man's bones. Just because we are doing all the right things on the outside doesn't mean we are saved - we have to be doing them for the right reason - we have to be doing them because we love Jesus and we want to be pleasing to Him.

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One good thing about the pain med, it seems to curb my appetite. Good thing, considering I'm not burning up many calories by the way I mosey around.



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Shel, I pray that your recovery is swift and that you glorify and honor God in the midst of it! Phew, I am glad that I haven't reached that point in any of my joints! LOL!

Wade is working for a few hours on his days off to catch up on the things that they don't give him time to do when he is at work. That has been part of his problem. When he is at work, they put him on by himself, so he has to try to do two jobs at once. When he isn't there, they put two people in there. Doesn't make sense! He's talked to the guy over the lab, but nothing every got changed. He wants to make sure that as much is done as possible for the person taking over for him. He will be there for just three more days. It's funny though, everyone that he's talked to has congratulated him on getting out and moving up! They'd do it themselves if they could! Tells you something about the place he's working for now. You just don't get the ear you need or the help you need. They thought it would be better when it got bought out, but it just stayed the same. It's a little bit disconcerting for him to leave a place he's been for 10 years, but I really believe that he will truly enjoy where he is going and the job he will be doing. I think it will be a challenge for him and he won't have all of the political stuff going on around him all the time!

Thanks for your prayers for Mom, her mouth is looking much better. It was so much worse this time than any other time she's had it, but it is doing so much better, almost normal again. Thanks again.

I hope you all have a very blessed Lord's Day. Love you

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Glad to see you checking in Shel. I knew you were heading in this month but forgot the date. You do very well! I too, am glad you have some help for the recovery time. You'll have some new parts to put to use and do well with them!

I had hoped I wouldn't need any attention until next year and my Medicare kicks in but it's not to be. I have all my financial info together except for gross wages from Jan. 1-now and Zach said he'd do that for me.

That time will be here quickly Kim! Oh those long days away....I'm glad you'll get to go with him for some of them. Life changes require work don't they?

Diana, those little onesies are so cute. I know you all are very excited and look forward to their arrival.

I'll be working in spurts today, to restore order to home, office, mind, body and spirit. I've weakened while being laid low with the foot injury and pain and allowed things to slide. It will be nice having Thu/Fri off this week, tho I have four days to work to get there. I have my to do list for the office ready as well as my home list...and will start after another cup of coffee....

Love and prayers.....

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First time back at Spark since hip surgery. Went in Tuesday morning and came home Thursday afternoon. Friday the nurse came from Lifetime Care, and today the PT came to check me out. So far so good.
I didn't bother to pay for phone and TV service - Just brought my Bible, and some paper for writing (but I couldn't really string words together - pain meds!)
I'm sleeping on the recliner in the living room for a while. I've been down this road before. Glad DD is here to help.


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New job starts on the 27th. He is getting off of his old job in just a few days so he will have a few days off before starting the new job. He is going to California at the beginning of March for 10 days to learn how to use all of his new equipment (computer and phone, etc...), and then he will be going back and forth for classes on the equipment he will be working on. I will go with him now and again, but when it gets closer to summer and I can enjoy myself out doors while he is in class.

Love those outfits, Diana! So cute.

Not much else going on with me. Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend. Love ya

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BOYS!!! We wont know until they are born and they do blood work whether they will be identical or not. So with Ahmari, heather's son being 9 yrs old, at least they will have each other to play with, and grow up with each other. My son Scott is 9 years younger than my daughter, and there was not a lot of camaraderie between the two of them. So ron and scott called it , both said twins, scott said identical, and ron said fraternal , of which he is one himself. We are looking forward to a fun summer, she is due the end of july.
btw, I will be staying at my son's next week, watching their 3year old and their 16 year old, for the week, I took next week off , and 5 days off the following week, so I will have 12 days off!!! Ron and I will be staying at the Sherwood inn in skenetalies ny, sunday night and Monday night, feb 26th and 27th. well actually just the 26th then we are going to the ramada at Geneva ny on Monday. Sooo looking forward to this!!! Bad news, my car engine bit the dust, so it set me back 2400 dollars. The mechanic accepted 1600 now and we will make payments , but he will let us have it when its fixed , so that will work out so much better.


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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When I was in the hospital in June of '14, they did the groin entry and oh my did they hurt me! The worst part was sealing the wound and once that was done I had to lay flat with a sandbag on it for hours. Plus, the blood draws hurt me badly. Waah!

This one will be a wrist entry. me no likey that either! Oh well...it is what it is. I talked to a lady from the hospital today and I said by the time I was done all I was sure of was my name...I was really frustrated, and not hearing well makes a huge difference in my understanding. I was almost crying at the end. My plans for sneaking in under the radar didn't work since I had to ask Zach for a copy of my income report from January 1-current....Of the 49 hoops to jump I'm through only 2. I'll be OK tho....

I'm so glad you're feeling good today! Aren't those days a blessing! I'm doing well too, after the initial upset this morning. My foot feels much better and I am so thankful for that. It's been really slow so I've played with scheduling etc. for my sale processing, did some labels for my files etc.

I'd ordered a few things from Woman Within. Things I figured wouldn't be too far off in fit...well, the two nightgowns are HUGE....But...I'm OK with that as they are super comfy and they should shrink a bit when washed. I got one pair of pants and two pair of capris as well for my really "fluffy-puffy" days when I am emoticon I don't trust their tops after the last fiasco and I've complained a couple of times to no avail about them using a size 8 model for us BIG girl's clothes....They don't care about my opinion...

Restrictions.......could be our word for the day! Keeping up with all the do's, don't do...eat, don't eat.... is a full time job emoticon

I'll be glad to go home today, climb in my tent gown and hunker down with my kindle and water bottle...I have no idea what dinner will be yet. There are times I open the fridge, shake my head and say...(out loud even)....there is nothing in here that I want!

Have a restful, peaceful evening at your place. Hey, has Wade started the new job yet? I hope he will really be happy in the new position. It sure makes going in to work easier!



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I didn't know that they did the heart caths from the arm. I've seen it from the neck and the groin, but not the arm - interesting. They might have you in that semi-sleep that they do when they do things like colonoscopies and things like that, where you can respond to them, but you don't remember things when you wake up. I think they do want you awake though, so that you can tell them what you are feeling at certain points. It's been awhile since my cath and I think you've had yours since I had mine so you know better than me.

Always good to seek the Lord in a new endeavor - good call!

Feeling good today. Taking my fish oil and the symptoms are staying away, praise the Lord. My tummy is still off, but that is a norm for me. I am going to be working on doing the FODMAP diet. Wade got me some lactose free milk at Sam's today. I had gotten some soy milk, but they said on this Webinar that in the US they use the whole bean and that isn't good for a FODMAPer, so lactose free milk, or almond milk, or rice milk is better. I don't eat most of the food on the bad list as it is, so I just have to adjust a little bit. If I feel better after getting rid of some of the foods that I do eat on the list, then I know that food has been the problem. FODMAP foods can cause the symptoms that the doctors haven't been able to figure out in me - the bloating and gas and pain that mimics gastroperisis, but in me it isn't that. I hope that it is this, then I can figure out the food or foods causing the problem and cut them out of my diet altogether and stop the problem. It is also a plan that can help with the symptoms of IBS as well because what the FODMAPs cause, exacerbate IBS symptoms, and if you get rid of those things then the IBS will not be as severe. I have both forms of IBS, so this will be very good for me.

I hope that y'all are doing better. You are in my prayers. Love you

God bless, Kim

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Wonderful words for today! Thank you!

I am praying already for a fairly easy time of things. I'm not sure if they will put me under but I'll suggest they do before every sticking me emoticon Oh, that they would! Thank you for prayers in my behalf. I have been dragging my feet and I figured what was the point in addressing my issues with him if I wasn't going to follow thru with his plan of action. I know God will be with me and be my comforter and strength....and HE knows how I put things off!

I've been working on our sales process calendar after Lonnie made changes and we went to another paper for our sale ad to save money. It was a bit confusing and off putting initially but like with all I do, I asked for godly direction and input as well as the desire to do a good job of it!

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Okay, after I did my study I had to come right here and share this with you, it's just so good!

Php 3:12-16 Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you;
16 however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.

The passages before this are talking about death and receiving our glorified bodies - glorified perfection. Paul isn't talking about human perfection, he's talking about glorified perfection in this first verse. Paul knew that when he got to Jerusalem he was going to be martyred, the Spirit had already told him that this was going to happen and he was looking ahead to that. He hadn't yet received his glorified body. Paul looked at his life as a race. And he had not yet reached the finish line. He alludes to this in other passages as well. As he gets closer to the finish line he doesn't relax or rest as he gets older, rather he presses towards the line like the runners do. They lean their bodies forward, pushing out their chins, eking out that last bit of speed to be the one to reach that line first. This is what Paul was doing, he wanted to finish his race well, to finish it legally, not having stepped off of the course, and he wanted to finish it first. He also wanted to finish it as a mature man, a perfect man, a man worthy of the calling of Christ and not as a child unable to eat meat, one who hasn't gotten past the elementary things of Christ. (That is what verse 15 is talking about). He didn't want to get to the end of the race having lost what he had already attained in his race. He wanted to get to the end fighting, at the front of the line. I see the Olympics as I read these verses, the 100 meter dash and the close ups of the men or women as the push for the finish line - every muscle, every breath straining to make it there and if possible to be the first to make it there. Even those in the 800M race have that sprint at the end. That is how we ought to be in our Christian walk. We don't give up halfway through (although with the once saved always saved theology I guess that isn't possible), and you don't just plod your way over the line (again, with the once saved always saved theology, I guess it really doesn't matter how you come over the line, well, you really don't even have to come over the line at all, just so long as you started the race you will get to heaven no matter where the race ends for you - so why bother with this verse at all if this is true?) Wow, I just lost all of my steam. I know, you get more prizes if you finish the race full on, but most people don't care about that, just so long as they can make it to heaven they are happy campers. Well, I believe that the Bible says that I can quit the race or I can stay in the race and grow in grace and finish the race a perfect "man" - but I have to fight, and I have to "work out my salvation with fear and trembling" along the way. I have to allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify me so that I will be able to have that stretch at the end so there is no extra weight or encumbrance holding me back. I just loved the imagery of the stretch and the struggle at the end of our life rather than sitting on our laurels and resting. Our fight and struggle is never done for satan is never done fighting.

Oh Bren, I am so glad that you are getting a full work up, even though it is a hard thing to go through. I hope they don't find anything, but if they do, I hope they fix it and it makes you feel better! My continued prayers are with you!

I started taking the fish oil again and that stopped the dreaded withdrawal symptoms again. Praise the Lord. I guess I will just keep taking the fish oil since it's good for my heart anyway! Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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Oh that's good Kim! I hope she's fully healed soon! I feel the same way, knowing I am in your prayers!

On the pain...it's pretty much chronic and I start my day and end it with it. The work I do and chores....are mostly done in spurts. Except for the trash and laundry dragging that's extended. Sharon told me she saw the cart on wheels at Wal-Mart...wagon type... and I'll look for one. That would help a lot! I'll get one before I do laundry again. The bends while working would help too.

I saw my heart Dr. after a delay. He got called away and I had to go back at 1:00. I told him that about 5 days a week I feel like I did before going in the hospital 2.5 years ago.
He did an EKG and has me scheduled for a heart cath on March 20th with labs, X-ray, echo cardiogram, sonogram and all that good stuff. I did say "Me no likey"....he said "me no likey either but it needs to be done".
They will go in the arm this time. I had asked of course, "how long can I wait"...he said "I was thinking March". He hugged me and that was sweet. I really do like him. He's kind and gentle. I've felt bad enough, long enough that I'm willing to do what I need to...well...I'm working on being willing at least..

I had to reschedule my PCP appointment because Sharon's hubby is having a heart cath next Tuesday, my off day so I will work Tue/Wed and be off Thu/Fri. and see her Tuesday March 14th. These schedules and making them work.........IS work!

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Oh, Mom's doctor said that they are going to treat her mouth issue like a bacterial infection. She said they see it in children most often (who knows what goes into kids' mouths). They gave her a cortisone shot and then gave her some antibiotic cream to put on her face. It looks much better today. Thank you so much for your prayers. They are precious to me.

Your prayers for me too are coveted as well. I so appreciate them too.

I know what you mean about the screaming 5 pain, Bren. I wish I could help you. I would only be able to do one of those things and I would be down for the count. But then, I stop before I get to that screaming 5! LOL! I don't have any kind of pain meds to stop the pain when it gets there, so I don't let myself get there. I will stop in the middle of doing something when the pain starts and sit down until the pain stops and then get up and do a wee bit more. You might have to stretch yourself out (bend) over the washer or dryer to give your back a break for a couple of minutes if you can't find a spot to sit down. Sometimes just bending over and giving my back a long stretch is helpful too, but not usually as helpful as sitting for about 10 minutes. It gets me by until I can find a chair. I hope you feel better soon.

Not much else going on with me. Will talk to y'all later. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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Thanks Kim, for the enlightenment. I honestly didn't think of that. I did....repent for my attitude and grumbling!

Yesterday, after laundry....I cleaned the kitchen and cooked some taco type meat in the slow cooker. Some went in the freezer. I had hamburger and a package of ground turkey and mixed the two.
Later, I was in so much pain it was past the screaming 5. I need a cart with wheels I think for dragging that heavy laundry around. Like that old gospel song "I Can't even Walk, without You holding my hand".........it's literal for me and I know it is for others as well. I had put my walker up and may need it back out.

The bug man came before nap time and I was thankful for that. He asked what I was cooking.

Today I see the cardiologist and next week my PCP. She will not be happy with me emoticon I am not happy with me.

I did and will continue to pray for Wade's sweet Mom. I forgot to say so in my update yesterday, but she's there. Praying for an answer and speedy relief and healing. That would be very concerning.

I need more coffee then will get ready for work. It's sale day and I do the donut run on the way to the office. My appointment is at 10:00 so I'll leave at 9:30.....and not "rush" back. Our sale is at 10:30 so everyone should be gone when I get back....to our third location.

Take care of you this day....I'll do the same at my spot.

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Just remember that that little stunt did him more harm than it did you. It did him spiritual harm (if you repented of your bad attitude) and you just some physical trials. It's hard to remember in the midst of being disrespected and treated poorly, but that is the outcome. Their souls are in danger and we simply are inconvenienced - if we don't respond in kind.

I am not having any kind of problem with the site.

I put up a post on the challenge thread that I thought I was putting up over here. I have been studying personal and Church growth and found today's study interesting and thought I would share it. I thought I was sharing it here, but, alas, it wasn't so.

Love y'all. Happy Valentine's Day.

God bless, Kim

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Is your SP acting strange on occasion or is it just mine. ie the message on my line up isn't actually the last one and I have to go to our team main page to find current stuff?

Insert: Now I see your last post about the neighbor's dryer fire excitement, peoples brain fog and sometimes rudeness.....

I got out of sorts yesterday. A guy got in his vehicle as to leave as I was coming in. I waited for him to move so I could get his spot since I had a cart load of stuff to get out and into the house and I was whipped.
Nope....he saw me waiting and he sat there until I found another, much less convenient spot...and am unloading my car...then he pulls out, circles around and pulls back into the driveway farther down. As I am struggling to get my loaded cart off the curb and onto the sidewalk, he drives by and leaves, tooting his horn as he does so. My thoughts toward him were not kind and uplifting. He was a young black guy and my thoughts always go to their mothers....how would they feel if someone acted that way towards theirs? I repented for my ad attitude once I could breathe again.

Today needs to be Clean Sweep day at my place. Laundry is in and I am thanking God for His strength to do that BIG task. Yesterday was trash dragging and the shopping and that wore me out and put me out of commission the rest of the day.

The bug people are supposed to come today. So I need to neaten things up somewhat. I cancelled the carpet cleaners and am glad I thought to do that as I was not feeling well and the rain was coming. I'll call them again when spring comes and I perk up.

I need to go get things in the dryers....prayers for us all in this new day.

Edited by: BLONDEE53 at: 2/14/2017 (07:37)
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What excitement. The lady across the street was drying her clothes and her dryer caught fire. She and a friend were out there with the dryer when it happened, so they caught it right away and called 911. Four fire trucks came and two EMT trucks even though no one was hurt, and the fire Marshall came. I think the EMT's and the Fire Marshall have to come. The nosy neighbor's, like me, were all standing outside watching the activity! LOL! Wade was shaking his head. Two of the neighbor's and the lady who lived in the house were standing in the road in front of her house when the fire trucks came. They didn't move out of their way! DUH! The firemen were waving them off, trying to get them to move so they could get as close as they could. Wade had to tell the lady to move her truck up the street twice, so it wasn't sitting in front of her house in the way! Where are people's heads??? I know she was probably in shock, but come on - fire trucks are coming and you leave your vehicle right in front of the house. She wasn't in any kind of panic either, she was very calm! People just don't think any more! It's like when you are in the grocery store and people are walking right in the middle of the aisle and have no conscience that you are right behind them trying to get by - ahem, person!!! Excuse me!!! Be conscious of other people. The Bible tells us that we are to honor others more highly than ourselves - even in something as small as getting out of their way in the grocery store! It's putting other's above yourself.

So, I woke up with a migraine this morning, but praise the Lord my meds and caffeine worked and it's gone!

Poor mom, she has been having such a time with swollen lips. We have no idea what is causing it. She doesn't have any other symptoms other than on occasion her lips swell up. Does this sound familiar to any of you? She takes Benedryl when it happens, but it doesn't cause the swelling to go down at all. She is going to the doctor right now and hopefully he can figure out what is happening. We figure if it were an allergic reaction the Benedryl should help, but what else could it be? Please keep her in your prayers. Thanks so much.

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

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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Neighbor across the street's dryer caught on fire! Fire trucks coming! Oh my!

Talk to you later.

God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

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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Yes Kim! You all do... and I am so thankful for you! Tho we don't "see" one another physically, we have a strong heart bond and spiritual connection as sisters in the Lord.

I don't get out much at all other than for work and shopping so my mixing with others is really limited. My Church has a ladies ministry that meets on Wednesday nights and I've never been due to my poor night vision.

I have a rumbly tummy and it's not happy with me right now...praying for healing and comfort...for myself and the rest of us!

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