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Travis and Tiffany

Yes, today was a better day -- a VERY busy one! After exercise, I asked the ladies to join me in a short prayer regarding Tiffany's pregnancy. Everyone was eager to join in. Later, I spent HOURS shopping. .....Saved a bundle on some clothes and gifts for the future. It was better than going home to awkwardness. Today was my 30th wedding anniversary. I don't know whether MM remembered or not, but this time I decided not to mention it, nor to get him a gift. I did get MM an engraved gift for our 25th and he had completely forgotten and never did get me anything... but if he HAD remembered to honor the occasion today somehow, it would've been awkward since I chose to ignore it. I figured that was better for MY feelings today ! emoticon

So what makes one meeting easy and another hard?


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4/26/17 4:25 A

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I hope you are having a better day today, my kawan...... emoticon
By the way, what are the names of your son and daughter-in-law? That may be better than saying "Koshie, her son and her daughter-in-law"....

I am off to Singapore tomorrow for just the day - one easy meeting and one very difficult meeting. I shall hang in there just as you will hang in there, too.

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Our Holy Bible states "...Where 2 or 3 are gathered in My name, I am with you." And given the multi-denominational religious prayer gatherings around the world, I think it is safe to say that there is "power in numbers" regardless of affiliation! I do believe in the power of prayer. And thank you, I appreciate your joining with me in prayer.

Beeeeeeg hugs to you too!



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Oh dear, Koshie..... emoticon emoticon

It looks like this is now the time for prayers from across the miles and all around. It's one thing having to deal with the anxiety about your mum. It's quite another for 2 young people to deal with potentially bad news like this....it can be quite quite challenging to pull through the next few months waiting in anticipation....

I pray every morning in my prayer room (I am a Hindu) and at night....I will make sure I remember all 3 of you in my prayers and I will especially ask that you be given all the tenacity and courage you will need to be able to pull through the coming months. I know you will stay strong when it matters the most....but no harm in asking de person upstairs to assist you in this. God Bless.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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In an odd way, I wish things would hurry up and be decided. I'm not good at being anxious! emoticon
I also am getting bad news from my son regarding their second pregnancy (and still no babies yet). The umbilical cord attachment to the placenta is in a dangerous place AND DDiL is carrying the baby too low AND they have discovered a cyst on the back of the baby's head which is often associated with genetic abnormalities. Stress and worry instead of joy. I feel so bad for them! emoticon So I pray that God will deliver them the child He chooses for them, with as little pain as possible.

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My dear kawan, I have come to realise that even when we are strong, we still get assailed and derailed by uncertainty, worry and a lack of confidence in our own ability to manage. Your confidence and mine stem from the fact that we know we have to step up all the time, whether for our children or for ourselves, family members and friends,....we have always been the first to step up and take the initiative.
But that can be scary as hell. Big time. Been there. Done that. Many times. Like you....

In all our communication, I am aware, again and again, just how much more you are capable of than you are aware of and I can hardly wait for you to go out there, grab the world by the horns and realise all the potential in you. Even your MM and your older brother will have to admit, albeit grudgingly, to themselves, that you are the real deal!!

So hang in there. Do what you have to do. And all will be well.

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Prema, thank you for all your words of support. You had no idea, but you were with me yesterday when the tears emoticon of fears finally came. I do wonder how I can be 60 and feel emotionally like a teenager. I wonder if I still think like a teenager. I wonder how I can be stuck in this aging body! I worry that my mom thinks the same way -- " How can this 'aging stuff' be happening to ME? I'm too young for this!" -- and is unprepared for what IS happening. I worry that I am unprepared for what is happening, to me, to her...
But yesterday you were there with your words of wisdom reassuring me that I am strong. I just wanted to let you know that your friendship means a lot to me, even "in real life." Thanks again.
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I like the dark stranger coming into my life.... emoticon emoticon

I hope your mum surprises everyone by turning around and recovering and getting to live well into her 90s in good health. It's tough to go through life for many years in poor health and bed-ridden. You, my kawan, are a very good and supportive daughter.... emoticon

Have yourself a great Sunday. Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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rubber duckies for your gazing pool, quack quack quack! So much more tasteful than pink flamingoes, eh?

My mother has been in very good health for a long time. I hope that I am not simply putting on blinders and refusing to see the situation as the beginning of the end. I know that at age 85, it could be. But I am praying that my mom recovers and has another good decade of life yet! Her parents both lived into their 90's.

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I wish you pleasant dreams of a tall dark rich romantic and handsome stranger coming into your life too!


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Hey kiddo....best part about what you wrote is this...you have a very strong ability to create some order out of total ambiguity. That's huge. Really huge. Don't be surprised if you find yourself the only one thinking quicker on your feet than the others about narrowing the options to the most workable ones. The others will find the process far more stressful than you....I guarantee!

I like the idea of the Casita....brilliant....

Crystal ball? Me? More like a crystal emoticon !!!
And what kind of a fortune teller am I? A emoticon ....the biggest, loudest quack ever!!

And thank you for the hugs, my kawan. You just made my day. Have a good weekend....

Beeeeeeg Hugs Back, Prema

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Oh, I'm not "worried " about any sibling other than that one particular brother. When you are employed, you want to stay employed -- even the doctors! My sisters are both unemployed as am I.... but one is quite rich and travels A Lot (I doubt she wants to give up that life!) and the other has kids living at home. Some wives of my brothers could do this, but why would they when "here *I* am!'
Of course, sibs will come visiting for a weekend... but that will not be particularly beneficial for ME. I mean, my mother will want as much privacy as she can have -- meaning ONE caretaker as much as possible. A 6-week stint will not tax me. (I took care of MM after open heart surgery a few years back; I know I can do this.) If she recovers poorly, yes, she will want us to "take turns" being her caretaker in HER home; but again, that would be a major imposition since none of us live near enough to do that. And again, no one can simply up and leave their jobs. My one rich sister could be "in the rotation" with me; but a rotation of only 2? No. I suppose I could do that when my situation changes (as I mentioned in the past, I have plans!); but I do not wish to sacrifice my life to return to Brownsville either. Mom will simply have to leave her big house that is falling apart because she doesn't take care of it anymore -- and it is too much for ME too, especially if it was in addition to being a full-time caretaker!

I really think ALL of us are willing to have Mom move in with us, but none of us want to live in Brownsville anymore. And it would be tough on any old person to have to rotate through 8 children's homes; no, she'd have to live in ONE home. IMO, ideally, we'd all chip in to build a small 'casita' (a detached couple of rooms) for Mom on someone's property if possible where she could live semi-independently.... The value of the casita would remain with the family who provided the land and daily care.

emoticon Oh, so now you have a crystal ball! Oh, DO tell me his name! Is he tall, rich, and handsome? Oh wait! emoticon That is NOT a crystal ball! What kind of fortune teller are you anyway!?! emoticon emoticon

Thanks for the chuckles! And for caring!
Beeeegest hugs for you today, Prema!
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By the way Koshie, we had no Malaysian fare to offer you or anybody else at that time. All of us survived on American movies and actors....Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Michael Douglas and before them...Gregory Peck, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood...

You will probably be facing a challenging time when you head over to see your mum...my heart goes out to you as others go through the power play in this situation. I know you well enough to know that you would want to undertake optimum approaches for your mum's well-being and others will see these as otherwise. Forget them. Let them take on as much as they say they want...it is hard for most people to undertake the role of a caregiver.

Some romance will be in the air for you soon.... emoticon

Have a good one today, my kawan.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Tee hee! You ARE my "Western Front"! emoticon I find it amazing to the point of disbelief that you have watched all these old US shows...I can't say that Americans have EVER been offered Malaysian TV fare. It really has only been in the last 10 years that Spanish TV has made inroads (and we've had a huge Spanish speaking population for a long time!). So I'm just stunned that you rattle these shows' names off more easily than I do! I never watched "The Virginian." emoticon This is just funny! God there are times you make me feel SO provincial!

As far as the sibs go... I'm the eldest but my oldest brother resents that; he'll be a jackass to me for sure. He always has been. He is the ONE reason I DREAD going home. And since he lives closest to Mom, I'm sure that she'll be wanting him. For one thing, he is a doctor. I figure I will simply make sure my mother understands that if she wants him, she must arrange that I KNOW when he is coming so that I can arrange to not be there. I simply refuse to breathe the same air he breathes.
And... I am not a forceful personality. I've never "led" the sibs. We all live fairly far apart from each other and interact I think actually very little. We will not be "taking turns". Mom is 85; she wants to live at home, alone, and is capable of doing so. She will continue until she is incapable. Then... then she will live with one of us if she is willing to move into one of our homes (nobody wants to return to live in Brownsville!) or she will move into an assisted living home of her choice.

High school romance resuscitation? emoticon I went to an all-girls high school! There is one fellow who brings back fond memories, maybe two, but I know neither of them live in Brownsville anymore either! emoticon Maybe some other time....

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Hi Koshie. Mum trusts you but she may not relax completely as the news hits her and begins to scare her. I am glad that there are 8 siblings in the picture and I am assuming that they are all prepared to take their turns at assisting in the situation. And also, that they are quite happy to have you lead them in the matter.
And who knows, you may end up resuscitating an old high school romance. If it happens in TV movies...why oh why can it not happen in real life!!!!???!!

Oh yes...I know that expression..."back at the ranch". We used to watch "Bonanza", "The Virgininan", "The Big Valley", "Maverick", "Little House on the Prairie" etc etc . And glad that things are just fine back at the ranch.
Back at my ranch....it's all quiet on the western front!!!

Take care Koshie and keep me posted about when you plan to leave.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Wow emoticon that's loads of experience there! I take comfort in your statement that Mom will relax and trust my help. She has a number of friends still alive; I should be able to arrange an active social life for her while I am there. I however, have not kept in touch with anyone I knew in high-school.... At present, I have no reason to think this will be anything but a short-term commitment; I'm not worried about a 6 week lack of social life! And I refuse to worry about the "what-ifs" at this point. There are 8 siblings and that will be something that WE ALL will figure out together when the time comes.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch (a once popular "saying" in America from old TV westerns).... things are just fine! emoticon

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Oh dear Koshie...mum's news is such a setback. I am so so so sorry about this.
I have been a caregiver for my late dad, mum, my late sister-in law, etc and I also unofficially headed a team of caregivers for a late pastor and his late wife (both English) who were much loved by many people around them. I know this much...mum called you because she does not know what to do and she knows that everything will be alright when you are around.

And I know you will know what to do when the time comes.

The only thing I ask you to do is to please not neglect your own health and reach out to others if they want to help you out. Taking care of any one individual is not an easy task at all and it helps to share the burden.

God Bless and beeeeeeg hugs, Prema

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If you've read "Ishmael" then don't bother with the rest unless you had difficulty understanding the premises of "Ishmael." Quinn only reworks the same material; and as novels alone, they don't merit additional attention. IMO

There is even more piled on my plate now, and less time to do it in. Mom called with the news that she has breast cancer and will be undergoing surgery in the near future. (Seriously, that is the sum total of the info Mom graced me with.) I will be going back to my home-of-origin for 3-6 weeks to care for her. So I am trying to do what needs doing before I leave. No time for book reading right now!
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Hi Koshie.... emoticon

With James Redfield, I followed up Celestine Prophecy with his book "Tenth Insight" which was also good but thereafter, I was not too impressed.

I have read Ishmael by Daniel Quinn some years ago and I remember enjoying the book. I have yet to follow u with another book by this author. I have just completed the memoirs of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who was the first Prime Minister of Singapore and one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century. The next book I shall tackle will be by Orhan Pamuk. I will keep you posted about this author soon.

Have a great start to the week. Looks like you already have.... emoticon

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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How delightful that we've both read this book! I came across it totally by chance, and the book cover had enough about it to appeal to me. How is it that you read it? And I must admit I found the book to be very inspiring -- I want to go out and start practicing! It has made me resolve to contemplate my past-present-future! So Ken Follett books will be sought out next! Thanks for the recommendation.

I thought the book was even better written than anything by Daniel Quinn, who took a similar approach in writing about environmentalism. Have you read anything by him?

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Hi Koshie.
Glad after a very busy day earlier, that you were able to put your feet up and enjoy "The Celestine Prophecy". I read it some years earlier and I also enjoyed it. Almost immediately after that, I followed up with up with Ken Follett's "Pillars of the Earth" as well as his trilogy. I think you will enjoy these but admittedly, Ken Follett's books are very long...

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I had a good run today and a marvellous visit from my god-daughter and grandson. Just made my day...

Happy Easter Sunday, my kawan.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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I've been reading a book in the minutes I have to spare between chores. I highly recommend it: The Celestine Prophecy, about .... spiritual enlightenment, in adventure novel form.
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Exhausted today. Morning exercise, afternoon shopping; evening cooking, night cleaning. emoticon

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You are now feeling exactly the person that you are : great, energetic, smart and wonderful.

Happy Good Friday Koshie.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema



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Actually, yesterday was fabulous! I slept for 8 hours! For the first time since I-don't-know-how-long! I felt great and energetic and smart and wonderful!

And I've been very busy. It's hard to get everything DONE!
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Good day so far. Hope it's the same for you....

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Hey Koshie, when we were kids and we fell, we stayed in one place and bawled our eyes out cos we knew that one of our parents would come running to us and hug the pain away...

Anyway, you are right. These days I am more worried about recovery rates and extent of injuries because it just gets harder. As I have said many times before, growing older sucks!!!
When you fell, you had a heavy pot in your hand and it could all have been much worse. It could have been very very serious. Thank God, nothing happened to you.
As for me, I was just clumsy. And a slight misstep resulted in a fall. I was not in any pain except for the shoulder and the ego!

I was able to run yesterday and today, i was able to go through Moskito's routine. And I am quite sure that I have to thank this kid for the quick recovery!

Most of all. Absolutely, most of all...thank you for your concern, my kawan. emoticon

Beeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Remember the good old days when we were children -- and when you fell, you BOUNCED! -- and got up and ran on with living!?! There was nothing else to be done of course. You might hurt for a little while, but no Damage had been incurred.
And now, Prema, it is "Oh, my! What have I done! Don't move anything; just move one thing at a time! Is anything broken? What do I do?" And for a little while, life halts while you (hopefully) get up and inspect yourself, your clothing, and your things, and try to remember if you have all your medical information with you, and then take a few hesitant steps.... And of course, by God, you DO have all your medical information with you because.... falls!
I Do Understand how shaken you feel. 10 years ago, I was working outside and got my feet tangled up in something and fell full-body-length while carrying a heavy potted plant. I knocked the wind out of myself! I had managed to get the pot away from my body core (I knew not to let the pot fall on me or me on the pot!), but the pot had smashed in my hands. I lay there on the deck, struggling to breathe but almost afraid to breathe for fear I'd broken something; and I knew for sure my hands were broken what with all the pain they were in.... I managed to get up and I staggered into the house -- shaking with nerves and pain and fear; and there I sat for the rest of the day, unable to do anything else, anything at all. Well, except for verifying that I had not indeed broken anything but the pot. Internal damage? I didn't know -- everything hurt! I was immensely glad when the family returned in the evening; I finally felt somewhat "safe" to move!
I imagine you felt the same fear. Falling is not as simple as it used to be! I'm glad you suffered nothing but temporary pain. What caused your fall? Or were you simply seeking a 2-day reprieve from Moskito's torture? Please take extra care, my kawan. Falls do get more dangerous as we age, whether or not we are fit. emoticon

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emoticon ... the shoulder is back to normal!

emoticon ....and tomorrow the intensity of Moskito's exercise programme will also be back to normal!!!

Have a good one today...


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Hi Koshie. I fell on Saturday at a hotel after a meeting with my investor. In the ladies!!! The first thing I did was to look around to see if anybody had seen me fall (vanity is my 2nd name!!) and then I ascertained that I had a bruise on my hand which I had used to stop my fall and I had pulled the muscles in my upper right shoulder and arm. But thanks to Moskito and his upper body strengthening exercises, I am almost 100% okay today so....I am now back to square one and his life will be safe until the end of June, at least. I usually feel very murderous at the beginning of every quarter when he starts a new programme for me.

I was very sleepy last night and went off to bed early after reading and had a great night myself. Managed to get about 7.5 hours of sleep and woke up feeling very refreshed and minus most of the pain in my right shoulder. emoticon

Have a great start to the week, my kawan.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Another day of working constantly...I'm sitting down for a few minutes with SparkPeople before I start making supper. Everything takes way longer than it used to!

I DID get some good sleep -- 7 hours! And yes, I'll try again tonight! emoticon

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emoticon ...a good night's sleep is something that I enjoy...when it happens!

Like you, I have had difficulty sleeping for 6 to 7 straight hours. Nowadays, i have no choice but to resort to either a nightcap or my melatonin to ensure that I get uninterrupted sleep. I feel tired but just cannot seem to get into deep sleep.
It cannot be age? I don't think so!!

Let's try tonight and see how we go....

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Oahhhh.... I was so tired yesterday! I hoped I'd sleep a solid 9 hours. I slept a solid 3. Of course, that doesn't mean I didn't sleep some more, but it was a not "solid" sleep. I finally got up to start my morning early. I've got a long list of things to get done today; I hope I sleep well tonite!
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don't know why.... I haven't been sleeping well. It's early yet, but all I can think about is getting into bed. emoticon

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Don't worry...MM will soon light a fire under her butt!

Moskito made an incredible recovery from his accident last year. In fact, the orthopaedic surgeon was completely shocked at his recovery and the fact that he got back to his running and gym work as fast as he did. In fact, he's running a few half-marathons over the coming weekends just for the heck of it! And then in December, he heads out to Perth, Australia to do an Ironman. We are sponsoring his trip.

I just love your description of your day. My girlfriend's daughter lives in New Hampshire and about a gazillion miles away from the nearest neighbour. Her place is absolutely picturesque and the autumn scenery is out of a postcard, really! Just like your place!

Have a good day and a great weekend, my kawan.

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Her stress levels have gone down, and she is doing a tiny bit of job hunting, but I don't think DD is yet seriously entertaining any desire for an actual job. Simply too cushy here I suppose. And nobody has successfully lit a fire under her butt either!

It sounds then as though Moskito is fully recovered form his injury. I'm glad that he is once again able to pursue his own goals.

We had a beautiful but distinctly cool day, followed by a day all overcast and gray when it never stopped snowing -- but the temperatures ranged from 30 to 40F, so there were only a few inches of accumulation. I didn't set foot outside all that day. That was immediately followed by an absolutely GLORIOUS day yesterday. The skies were bright and sun-washed pale blue, the crab apple trees were aflame with hot pink blossoms blazing against the snowy white backdrop. Black budding branches of shrubs had caught snow that had turned to ice, glistening and sparkling like diamonds in the morning sun. And where there wasn't rapidly melting snow, tender spring green grass was shooting up. It was a day of extreme spring beauty! So after exercise, I went for an hour's walk just to appreciate being alive amidst all this. emoticon

Today promises to be just as wonderful -- with lots less snow!

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Glad that your DD is around to pamper you now and then when you need it. How is she doing and how is her job hunting progressing so far?

Moskito has done Ironman before as well as ultra marathons and trains 5 to 6 days a week fairly strenuously whilst holding a full-time job so I don't think he needs recuperation time from training us.... emoticon

Happy exercising and here's a emoticon achieving a higher level of fitness.

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How fabulous! I know it is hard... and I'm glad that you have Moskito caring enough to push you to do your best. It sounds like Moskito is doing all the work FOR you -- causing you to "rage, rage against the dying of the light." And how is he recuperating anyway?

I too was exhausted today after exercise. So tired I lay down to take a nap! emoticon I never nap. And I don't think I actually fell asleep, but the rest was needed -- I haven't been sleeping long enough at night.
I'm very grateful that my DD is currently living with us. Yesterday, she made me pancakes for breakfast, just 'cuz! It is good to be occasionally taken care of! emoticon

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Koshie...my friend.... emoticon

It's pretty obvious that the Nature Center thinks as much of you as your friend from across the oceans does! They tried to find something to keep you with them because it was clear that you would be doing your best in whichever area was of interest to you. So, my kawan, it's not just you getting emoticon , Nature Center is also very emoticon to have the services of someone like you...

Moskito was at his torturous best today doing new core exercises with me - I was too exhausted to kill him. I think I reminded him no less than 50 times this morning that I am 59 years old. And stopped him from repeating that age-old nonsense about age being a number, just a number. Sigh!!!!!

Tough to complain too much especially since my running has improved soooooo much because of this twit!! My neighbours (husband and wife) are planning to run in May - the hubby is doing a half-marathon and she is running 10 km...and I introduced them to Moskito. He's running and training them once a week!!!! emoticon

Have a good one today, Koshie. Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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emoticon Glad to be of service! We ladies must learn to take care of ourselves -- to be NICE to ourselves, to nourish our Selves, body and spirit. We are so busy nourishing others that we too often forget to please our SELF.

Well, I told the Nature Center where I have volunteered that I would not be able to offer as much time (to teach) as they had hoped. Yesterday, they asked me to do something that I actually enjoyed since I was able to practice something I have done very little of -- working on the computer to create mini-booklets of text and pictures for the children who visit the Center and take a class. It was mostly assembly-line work, but given the nature of the project, some creativity was involved in accomplishing the task! And it pushed me slightly out of my comfort zone, so I know I was learning new skills. I'm pleased that the rest of the time I've committed to the Center will be spent doing this task.
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emoticon my kawan.

You just gave me an excellent idea for this Sunday....now let's see me actually doing it... emoticon

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chuckle.... well I know what you'll be doing -- or ought to be doing -- relaxing under a hot shower or in a tub, then getting a massage! Then sleeping soundly for hours and hours and hours....

I think you've EARNED it!
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Moskito is officially crazy - in my books!!! And thank goodness, my house is not within screaming distance of my neighbours. Only my dog came running when he heard me yell that I was going to kill Moskito...and then went on his back to enjoy a moment of ticking delight from Moskito! Traitor....told my dog that he was going to be renamed either Brutus or Judas!!! emoticon

Finished the exercises.... emoticon

Thank you for the encouragement, Koshie. Waiting to see tonight how the upper body will be reacting..... emoticon

Have a great start to the week, my kawan. Beeeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon in my book anyway already!

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I had to get off my feet for a while to make sure the plantar fasciitis stopped irritating me. Plus loads of lower calf stretches throughout the day.

Wish me luck! I start a new programme for the quarter with Moskito!!! emoticon

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You must be doing all the right things, Prema!
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Hi Koshie.

Knowing what I know of you up to now, I dare say that you are the sort of person who will give 150% of herself in anything she does and therefore, let me ask you to reconsider this. You will, as always, give 150% but you will not be happy....and it's really not worth it at your age and mine to be in something we do not enjoy or believe in. So, have a think and find something else that will keep you a lot happier.

Have a great weekend, my kawan.

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PS My PF getting better...heel hurts much much less now emoticon

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Sorry to hear about your Fitbit. It is so aggravating to lose all that information. emoticon

How wonderful to be able to go barefoot at work! I do hope the floors are wood, or softer, for the sake of your plantar fasciitis.

I have volunteered some time at one of our local nature educational centers. They are behind on a lot of office tasks, so I'm doing some of that time-consuming but basic scut work. When they found out that I have an MS in Marine science with an emphasis in wetlands, they quickly had me fill out papers which (I didn't know) were basically for a background check for working with children -- they want me to teach there. Unpaid of course. While there are reasons for volunteering, I'm not sure I want to do this. I wanted to meet grown-ups, not kids. And... it is described as an intern position.... My DD each year had to search out a temporary intern position to fulfill high school requirements; I can't help but think that my taking the internship would be taking away from an ambitious high schooler something that would actually be desirable. I guess I don't want it. It doesn't satisfy MY reasons for volunteering. emoticon

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Bought myself a new Garmin tracker which was on sale. My Fitbit, which was a gift, died recently and they cannot tell me if it can be fixed. Silly billies!!!

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Hi Koshie. I have been taking the following supplements : glucosamine-chondroitin, MSM and calcium-magnesium for many years now and these have been very helpful. My only problem is mild plantar facshiitis which I know will take a while before it heals completely.

I am also careful about managing my weight and at the office, we actually walk around barefoot. There's a place at the entrance of the office for shoes and we remove our shoes when we come into the office. Only at the external meeting room for clients/investors are shoes worn. So for most parts, my legs/feet enjoy pretty good health.... emoticon

Thank you for sharing...it's always good to know that others have also found the same set of supplements as beneficial as I have.

Have a good one today, my kawan.

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What supplements do you take to protect your knees? I have been taking glucosamine chondroitin with MSM for 25 years. It makes a world of difference for ALL my joints! emoticon

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Not enough grass area to run around in. So far, the knees have been behaving, thanks to Moskito and supplements. I run on the road and on a jogger's path. The ground is not flat on either side of the path so it makes running very uneven and clumsy.
The moment luck runs out on me, and my knees start protesting, I will cease running and commence walking. I promise.

You did not have a smart basketball coach during your teen years!!! Poor thing!!! I am glad that your knees are finally pain-free and I hope you get your usual strength back asap. emoticon

Have a good one today , Koshie....

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Yay for Moskito! That young man must have a head on his shoulders... if you haven't removed it yet! TAKE his advice! At the very least switch to running ONLY on grass at the park. The smaller stabilising muscles will get a better workout and the wear and tear on your knees will be reduced (...but not eliminated).
With 4 1/2-marathons under your belt, you have nothing to prove! You run for the pleasure! And there is pleasure to be had by increasing time, not distance! Take Mercury for instance, Even this g.o.d. protected his knees by putting wings on his shoes -- which had the nice side-effect of increasing his speed!
In my teen-aged years, I had a basketball coach who made us run IN PLACE for 20 MINUTES! UGH! I had not lived life long enough to prevent massive boredom because your whole life can be reviewed only so many times as a teenager..... I refused to run for many years after that!

I woke up this morning with pain-free knees. Wonderful! I was on my way to exercise, so that state of affairs did not last long! emoticon They do still feel much better than yesterday -- only I puzzlingly still feel great weakness in my legs. I wonder how much longer that will last.

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Hi Koshie. emoticon emoticon
Yes, I did manage 7 miles in 86 minutes, which is really slow. By the way, you and Moskito must be talking to one another cos he asked me to keep the distance and reduce the time as well. I wonder.....
Anyway, I have done half-marathons before when I was much younger in my 20s. Ran about 4 of these and my best time was 1 hr 48 mins.
Nowadays, I do a mile in 12 minutes and get passed left and right by these youngsters who have strength and metabolic rates as their best pals!!

I never worked the garden until last year. I left it to MM and his idea of gardening was just walking around and looking at plants and trees and believing that the gardener could read his mind and make the garden look exactly the way he wanted. As you can imagine, the garden looked terrible and I decided to take over completely. And now I discovered I love these beautiful things that can just lift your spirit by blooming into complete splendour!

Hope you get a great start to the week and that sore back and sore knees get into complete recovery mode.

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SEVEN MILES! SEVEN MILES! emoticon Prema, you are a running machine! That is absolutely fabulous! What's your time? I'm not Moskito and I'm not young. I'm about your age and I do know the effect it can have on your knees. So maybe now that you have achieved this phenomenal distance, you either realize that once-in-a-lifetime-goal of training for a half-marathon NOW ('cuz honey, you ain't gettin' any younger -- specifically your knees!), or you quit trying to extend your distance and start training for decreasing your time so as to be gentler on your knees. OR do one first then the other! Yeah! emoticon emoticon

And you have koi? My grandparents had a lily pond... I don't remember it with water in it; I remember running around in the empty concrete-lined hole. The edge was just level with my eyes, so I think of it as VERY deep, and an extremely large place! It occurred to me many years later that that must be the reason I was so enthralled with water lilies and kept trying to grow them. Our dog found my large water pots to be the perfect place to plop himself and cool off during hot Texas summers.

Flowers do lift the spirit! My orchid is reblooming now; I've set it by the sink so that I can enjoy it regularly. emoticon And I worked quite a few hours yesterday in my garden. I feel productive, even with my sore back and sore knees. They're not too bad though! Ice helped this evening! emoticon

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Hi Koshie.

I was out at a nursery yesterday with a friend and bought some lovely orchids for the foyer, the living room and the dining room. It was therapeutic.... emoticon emoticon
Also bought compost and fertilisers for the rest of the garden. And some fish pellets for the little fellas in my garden pond.

Had a good run this morning - 7.15 miles.

Have a great Sunday yourself, Koshie. emoticon

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Beeeeeeeeg emoticon to you too Prema!
I hope you are able to spend the weekend with friends having a small adventure -- while sitting!

I used a very tight brace today at exercise hoping that it might reduce swelling; and tonight I shall ice my knee.
We've been having the days reach the 70's (nice!) but the afternoons quickly plunge to the 50's due to cloud cover. I think my great weekend will start with some garden cleaning followed by a nice lunch at an Indian restaurant with my DD, and maybe a movie. I haven't seen anything new in..... quite awhile! And then, on Sunday, I'll spend some time making sour orange marmalade the way my grandmother taught me. I brought the oranges back with me from home (my mother's yard); you can't find sour oranges at the market!

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You have spring, Koshie.... emoticon and I have emoticon weather...

Keeping my fingers and toes crossed that your knees recover completely and my plantar fasciitis disappears by the weekend.

Have a great weekend, my kawan.

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In my defense, it never gets really hot here. Or perhaps it is simply too dry to feel the heat. In either case, I grew up with hot. I learned to appreciate the muscle-melted, totally relaxed feeling of being hot. I miss it. I can only get it in a hot car in the summer now! The blessing is that it is a controllable experience now!
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Spring has sprung! The trees are in bloom. My garden has bloomed its first daffodil. I really need to go out and get the garden raked of all the winter debris (so many pine needles and dead vegetation) right away. My knees still are not recovered enough. Maybe this weekend. i hope this gorgeous weather holds....
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emoticon ... you are one of the funniest gals I have ever met. I live in a hot climate and have no desire to ever feel "genuinely hot" when I go overseas. I have a hot shower at the end of the day and if it's winter, after my shower, I just dive under the covers and get myself warm. And yes, like an old granny, I wear socks. But sitting in a car until I sweat...no way...my dear kawan, you are definitely unique in this... emoticon

It could be a mild case of plantar fasciitis. I checked. Could have been caused by inadequate stretching after my long run. So I am doing all my stretches now and regularly on a daily basis and I need to check if night splints will help....

Have a good one today, my kawan...

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It was difficult to pack for that trip since it was to be so highly dependent upon the weather!

Fans.... yeah. An absolutely essential item for living comfortably in South Texas. That must be why I can't quite convince myself to give them up even after living in Colorado for 18 years (and I've never once used them here!). If we ever have a truly hot day here, I'm prepared for it! In order to satisfy my occasional desire to be genuinely hot, I DON'T turn on the air conditioner or open the windows of my car after it has been sitting in the sun in the parking lot. It takes me about 30 minutes to start sweating.... Of course I can only do this when I am alone. I've discovered no one else finds this experience as wonderful as I do! emoticon

I sure hope you don't have plantar fasciitis. emoticon

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Good God, Koshie. You are a Texan girl who decided to live in a climate directly opposite to the climate you grew up in!!! It must have been quite a unique experience when you made that trip to see your mum.
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We never had air-conditioners when we were growing up. We had fans in all the rooms and for a while, they served the purpose as we had a lot of greenery around to keep cool. The only place where you found air-conditioners were office buildings and classy restaurants. By the time I started working, about 37 years ago, air-conditioners were installed in cars and most homes had to have them, too..

Good that your knees are getting better and that you are handling them appropriately. It must have been all that work you did in the house. Poor thing!!
My right heel hurts at the base when I walk. Should be better by tomorrow and I probably need to stretch more and loosen my calf muscle to eliminate the pain altogether.

Have a good one today,my kawan.

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Do you remember the first time you experienced air-conditioning?
My mother took me (as a very young girl) with her on errands downtown; and we went into a certain drugstore.... It was the first place in town to get air-conditioning! She asked me if I noticed anything different upon entry. It was a heavy door for me as a child, but she allowed me to go in&out, in&out several times while she waited for me, enjoying the experience of COOL AIR! It was several years later that my parents bought their first air-conditioner -- a window unit. They put it in the smallest room in the house -- and allowed all us kids to come sleep (as they also did) in this small room. The air conditioner was only allowed to be "on" during bed-time. It was several years later that my parents finally decided to put an air-conditioner in their own private bedroom and only a year after that that they put one in the living room. So we kids started sleeping in the living room! I don't remember exactly when we children got an air-conditioner in our bedroom; I think I was about 12.
Oh, yes, I remember hot and humid summers! Sticky, and you almost never felt truly dry after bathing! But the winters were my idea of true misery, because they were humid also. The bathrooms had tiny but adequate wall heaters, but for the whole house, the large furnace had only ONE huge floor vent located in the dining room. You could only get warm if you stood directly over the vent -- and then you got practically burnt in a hot hurry! Our tiny children's bodies could not warm up a bed no matter how many blankets were piled on top.
Do you know my mother still lives in this house!?! Global warming has made Brownsville winters become more like cool wet springs; but summers are now unbearable except for air-conditioning. emoticon
My knees are slowly healing themselves. In hopes that some mild exercise would be beneficial, I went to aerobics yesterday while Bette was leading. I gave myself permission to move slowly and greatly modify the moves that were too hard on the knee joints. Squats? Ha! emoticon The tiny flexing of the knees that I did could not be called squats! But I made it through class with no great pains -- and I do think the movement helped move out some of the fluid causing swelling. They are not 100%, but they do feel better today. emoticon


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First day of spring sounds a lot better than getting snowed in....I still remember the horror stories you shared with me about this. emoticon

Malaysia has only 2 variations in weather - hot and dry OR hot and wet. It is summer throughout the year and city folks like us cannot live without our air conditioners!!! emoticon

Enjoy your weather and I hope the day stays good for you, my kawan.

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It is the first day of Spring! emoticon Amazingly it is 70F outside! Very cloudy, but still a lovely day!

God Bless You!
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Koshie....you have the entire sequence completely right. Oxygen-starved brain...tick! A heart so small....double tick!! Emotional development of a baby....triple tick!!!
And like you, I started off with "love" and right now, I don't care a bit. I would probably be happiest if he came to me and said that he had fallen for someone else and wanted to move out. But with my kind of luck, we will probably go through a messy divorce come third quarter of this year when I finally file for legal separation.

My DD has learnt to come around - finally - and my DS, who lives with us in the family home, told his sister that he would live with me if I wanted him to and that there was no way he would live with his dad unless I instructed him to do so.
Thank you, my friend, for your empathy. And for your understanding. I feel sad for you but more than that, I feel sorry for your MM because he will not realise till you leave, just how precious you have been all these years to him and to the children. His loss...his fault!!

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I think MM did this to himself.
I think your MM must have a brain about as oxygen-starved as my MM's so that he can only think of himself, and a heart so small he can only feel for himself. I often wonder how my MM can walk -- since he has the emotional development of a baby! I loved him. And then I tried to love him. Then I pitied him; then I hated him for awhile. And then I simply stopped caring.
I'm sorry, Prema. I am sad that you too are missing the comforts of having a husband that you can trust to treat you respectfully and... well. I imagine this leaves a certain emptiness.
The hugs helped me feel better, Prema. I send them back to you in full appreciation and hope they make a difference for you too!
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You know something Koshie - and I hope this does not offend you - but after reading what your MM did, I went through the same thoughts I do with the MM in my house....something along the lines of his parents not being married when he was born!!!
That is just so rotten! Your MM's immediate reaction was rotten to the core! My MM has learnt only now to stop comparing me and my food to his mum....especially after his cousins pointed out that I was the best chef in the house. He has also stopped retaliating about the house after the children pointed out that mum was doing everything....
And now that he's retiring, he is holding his tongue because I will be the only breadwinner in the house till he finds another job...

Making decisions on what to give away and to dispose and very painful and difficult decisions to make almost because chapters of your life get closed in the process. It was different when I was moving office because I was always lucky to have an efficient secretary who did the filing and the packing and unpacking seamlessly.
When I was packing my old house to move to this current place, I had to give away most of the furniture and I felt it....I felt both the pain and the fatigue....so I understand.

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Have a great Sunday, my kawan.....

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I just rested all of yesterday. I skipped exercise. The only work I did was SIT in front of the computer screen, and eventually get up and make dinner with DD's help. My body really needed the rest.

Today, I will be loading my car up with the "charity pile" and hauling it away. I think I can handle that! Although they are still swollen, my knees feel better.

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Do you know after 2 weeks of my working on the house and home, MM threw out his first insult within 30 seconds of entering: " I just wish the house was as clean as I left it." I had made the cardinal error of creating a pile of things to take to charity -- and that was the only thing that I hadn't yet been able to tidy-up in time. emoticon I had come to greet him, and I just turned around and went to bed.
This morning, I still have a headache from all the decision-making of the last 2 weeks: What is this? Is it important? Keep it; toss it; repair it; where do I store it? Can you get exhausted simply from decision-making? Both my knees are swollen from all the squatting to pick up boxes. My back is hurting because I stopping doing so much squatting and started bending instead. And of course my thumbs are killing me (arthritis!) from all the heavy lifting. I have abrasion rashes on both forearms due to my using them in an effort to spare my back and knees! Today, I do not think I will be talking to MM. That would hurt even more!

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My dear kawan, if you managed to do 70% of all that had to be done, then I applaud you.. emoticon

Hope you have a great weekend, Koshie...... emoticon

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Well, I didn't get it all done, but I got a LOT done! MM will be arriving soon. DD and I cleaned up the house quite a bit too. Today was a lot of bend-squat-lift. If I had any doubt that I have arthritis in my knees and thumbs, there is no longer ANY doubt!
As long as MM's don't DO the work, they have no idea that it is being done!

I'm very tired.
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Hi Koshie.

I have had the same discussion with the Malaysian MM but to no avail. Most people in age group prefer to live in condominiums as part of downsizing.,,not him. We built a huge house and I need 2 helpers to help me maintain this place. The 2 girls are wonderful and enjoy working in my house and to me, they are wonderful. But that's not the point, as I said to MM. Do we really need that amount of space? Will we be using that amount of space in a few years' time? What will happen when we no longer can get helpers and have to manage everything ourselves?
He does not see this...he just loves the fact that everyone who comes over to our house for a home-cooked meal love the house and the meal and the evening planned for them! Very short-sighted, these MM, regardless of which part of the world they come from....

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Here's a toast to you doing it YOUR WAY!!!!!

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Sorta..... when the time comes. In a few months. emoticon
I've been telling MM that we must move. I am TIRED of living here. It is a beautiful house but it demands a lot of attention -- too much! We both run around checking when we here a strange noise or the winds are high, in fear that something else has gone wrong. Indeed, right now, for no apparent reason, our house phones are not working.
He's agreed that we will put the house on the market in a few months. And then.... no more waiting. emoticon
I have taken most everything out of my crafts room -- which somehow degenerated into everyone's storage room -- and I am packing it up. To do that, I had to sort, mend, repair, and make endless decisions on what to keep, where to keep it, and what to get rid of. I had piles in 4 different rooms in order to deal with the mess and do the needed sorting. These rooms are the ones MM uses most frequently (a large reason my craft room began a "junk" room is its convenience to him for this purpose!). And MM hates mess (so much easier to shove it in MY room!). Rather than be aggravated by his anger over my doings, I'm trying to do this gargantuan task while he is gone. It is simply easier and nicer for me. I get to do it MY way.
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What is it that you are doing that's so critical before MM returns home, Koshie? Planning to run away?? emoticon
Glad that you are energised...makes a big difference to how efficient one can be when one feels more energised...

I was celebrating my neighbour's success. My helpers and I cooked for 3 additional couples and one of the ladies in that entire list of guests is a vegetarian. So I prepared a buffet spread with white rice, brown rice, prawns, fish, chicken and 8 different preparations of vegetables. Most of the food was finished by the end of the meal..... emoticon

Have a good one, my kawan. Beeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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I've been SO busy trying to get done what I must before MM returns. This will continue for a few more days. But today I feel very energized!
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I hope there was a good reason (celebrating?) for a big food weekend!

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Lots of food this weekend at home... lots of entertainment....
Will crash tonight!!!!!!

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You will be okay, my kawan. Have a good weekend.

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