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Hi Koshie. Have a safe trip. Have a good time. And I hope the traffic eases up during your journey...

God Bless and Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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8/18/17 10:57 P

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Right now I'm trying to organize and pre-pack all the food and all the necessities for eating. Then I pack my clothes (the easy part). Then I go to sleep and we leave very early in the morning. We are expecting the 4 hour trip to take 8 hours due to VERY heavy traffic! emoticon I'll be back late Tuesday! emoticon

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8/18/17 6:38 A

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Oh dear, my poor kawan..... emoticon

You had some great days earlier and today the body is telling you to slow down and catch your breath. We all have those days...and they pass as quickly as they came.

Use the weekend to revive yourself, Koshie. I will be thinking of you.... emoticon

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8/17/17 10:41 P

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Just too tired trying to get ready to go....

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8/17/17 6:09 A

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Totally, and I mean TOTALLY, forgot to check out for better seats.... emoticon

So this was your version of Bikram Exercise....work out in a hot place and sweat buckets... emoticon

Went to hospital with my mum to visit MIL. She's going in for a valve replacement and my mum just wanted to give her some encouragement. My mum is 87 and my MIL is 83 so that would have been far better than the "youngsters" encouraging her to stay strong. But my MIL is one strong lady and I could see that she was going to get through the op just fine!

Have a good one today, Koshie. You sound almost back to normal...good for you!

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8/16/17 8:28 P

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Well, I hope you enjoyed your trip! While you were there, did you check out the moon for better seats for the eclipse than I have here? emoticon

When I mentioned that today I would pay for yesterday, I had no idea how accurate a prediction that was! Our usual exercise space was taken, so we were moved down to the basement. No problem -- basements are cool places since cold air sinks. Well, someone forgot to tell the air! emoticon EVERYONE worked up a sweat today! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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8/16/17 6:18 A

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emoticon for the kind words about my son and me. And yes, now that I look at the picture more closely, he does project an insouciant air....like your son! Well, there's another coincidence. We both have terrible senior MMs and and much, much better younger equivalents!
And thank you for your very kind compliment. Since since I am a sucker for compliments and I will hit the big six-zero in January, that statement about me looking like I am just 40 has sent me to the moon and back!!

It's pretty obvious that your in-laws enjoy your company. I wonder sometimes whether it's easier for them to enjoy a session with you and MM there together instead of just having MM minus you. My MM makes very little effort to be inclusive in a social setting and most of the time, I am the one who gets people talking to one another. I bet you are exactly like me, in this aspect...

I like the vigorous exercise as payback for a day spent in leisure...but you deserve a day of leisure my kawan. You have to be good to you.... emoticon

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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8/15/17 11:56 P

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Oh, my goodness gracious! emoticon
Your son has exactly the same insouciant air that my son projects! He is so handsome! And bless him for his expression that says "I am delighted to be here with this fabulous woman!" No wonder you are so proud of him! emoticon And to make it all even better, I'm sure there is even more than meets the eye.

You should move here to America, Prema (and bring your son with you! The American women would be delighted!). You would easily pass for 40! You look radiant, my kawan!

Today was a very nice but busy (very busy), full day with the in-laws. We did spend part of the time (a few pleasant hours) at the lake. We oldsters sat in chairs on the bank and enjoyed each other's company while the two younger generations played and swam. I did not even consider going into the water. Now, mind you, I have mentioned that our home is on the side of a mountain; and the lake is filled with snow-melt. I grew up at sea level in a sub-tropical area. Even at the very fullness of summer, I cannot get in this water any deeper than mid-shin! I don't know how anyone can stand it!

Tomorrow, I will exercise vigorously in penance for a day spent in such "leisure!" emoticon

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This photo of my son and me was captured by a photographer at the event who said he enjoyed watching both of us making fun of each other. We made an early exit though as they only had alcohol and canapes at this function and I know my son well enough to know that no way would he able to survive on just canapes!!

Breathe...breathe...all will be well, my kawan... emoticon

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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I would love to see some pix on your blog!
Very rushed this morning emoticon

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8/14/17 7:54 A

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Hi Koshie, I know the feeling. I am totally, and I mean totally, unable to stay awake past 11pm these days. At almost 60, those days of late nights and early mornings are just a no-no for me...

Oh my dear kawan, there was nothing glamorous really. I had a few people come to me to tell me that I had done a fabulous job with my son and that he is such a gentleman. The Deputy MD of Mercedes Benz came up to tell me that it was a pleasure for him to meet someone like my son. That sort of thing.

I will post a picture of him and me, soon.

Have a great start to the week after getting some rest, my kawan.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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I had a lovely time with my friend yesterday. We watched an Elvis impersonator; and he was good! I had forgotten how very late a double-feature drive in theater can run -- I didn't get home until 2:30 in the morning! And I'm also discovering how very differently such late nights affect me now that I'm 60 not 20 y.o.! emoticon
MM and his sister changed our get-together from today to Tuesday. This works out well for me since I've had a hard time staying awake today!

It had to be delightful to be your son's date! So what happened that was Hollywood-glamorous? Details! I want details! emoticon

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8/13/17 7:21 A

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Hi Koshie. I have seen drive-in movies in Western movies such as Grease etc etc so I am aware of them. I think they are soooo cute and I wish we had them in Malaysia in the 60s and 70s but unfortunately, no!! I honestly thought they were a thing of the past and that these no longer existed in America..

Have an enjoyable time with your SIL and I hope the dinner is a good one.

I was out with my son yesterday and had a really good time with him. I was his date for a work-related function and felt like the mums of Hollywood stars who accompany their kids to awards and stuff. Very nice!!

Have a great Sunday. Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Yes, we'll be going to a local small town festival, have dinner, and then we will go to a drive-in movie theatre. Literally, that's essentially a large field with a large screen that you drive into and park your car and sit in the car and watch the movie. Sound comes into your car via your radio. There is usually a small food concessions stand -- but these days they have become more elaborate with their offerings. There are very few drive-ins left in the USA. I can't remember the last time I went..... She is recovering from a long bout of internal problems.... and requires less-physical activities.
On Sunday, we will be seeing my SIL who has come to town. Just dinner out with her family. Maybe I'll get my thank-you notes written that afternoon!

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Kawan, I have news for you...that is definitely not a rest day....I suppose that's why you had it in inverted commas!!!

You share the same trait as me and my lovely helpers....waste not, want not!! My Rosa and Naomi are both from very poor backgrounds from the Philippines and are the only breadwinners in their respective families. And both their husbands have left the kids for other women!! So, food in my house is not wasted at all. Extra food the next day gets packed by Moskito, my son, me sometimes, etc etc.
The 3 of us also work on the garden together and when I am at work, they just repeat stuff that they see me do in the garden and my life becomes that much easier.

If MM dropped dead, life will still continue as he does not really help us out with anything.

Get some rest, my kawan. The weekend is upon us and I hope you have an enjoyable time with your friend (that's the plan, right?)

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Today is a "rest day": I must take MM to the doctor and wait during his procedure. I must find and buy eclipse-viewing glasses. I must take things to a charitable center; and I must process several fresh fruits that was bought (but not eaten due to changing dietary requirements of various people here) before it is spoiled. I had hoped to take out and re-pot some of my plants and do other things on my list, but they can wait a bit longer. I need my rest! emoticon

...and how is it at Your home?

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Yes, I am a little happy hearing from you and getting all the positive news : from the exercise, to the whittling down of 4000 (FOUR THOUSAND!!!!!) emails and the attempt to manage your diet- very, very impressed!!
However, at some point, you may want to tell the other adults to pitch in and prepare stuff that they want for themselves. In my house, on a daily basis, it's one non-vegetarian dish and about 2 to 3 vegetarian dishes either served with chapatis or rice. It is too much work otherwise and the MM in my house used to be very loud about his dissatisfaction on the meal selection on some days. After giving him the "take it or leave it" situation, he has since learnt to either shaddap and eat or else the kitchen will be on strike!!

I like the plans for being with a friend, for camping, for seeing a new baby, for celebrating your 61st (when was this?)...everything in this paragraph was exciting. The next paragraph was scary...cold showers. Try lukewarm - that's easier to manage, I think? And then from there, seeing that you are one brave lady, keep changing the handle from lukewarm to tepid to COLD.... emoticon

Good to hear that you are getting stronger - leaps, jumps, hops, bounds - it does not matter. The fact is that you are getting stronger and I am very happy to hear that...

Have a good one today and enjoy the weekend when it comes. Thank you for writing today.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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I have been inundated! It has been 3 weeks now that I've been home -- and I still haven't finished unpacking my suitcase! I am feeling better however. I've been consistently exercising and I've even added 10 minutes daily of arm weights&stretching exercises prescribed by a physical therapist and designed to strengthen and repair my shoulder's rotator cuff. I'm cooking dinner again (is that a good thing or a bad thing?) every night. This has been challenging because I'm on one diet; DD is on another; and MM is desperately trying first one then another diet in an attempt to ease his digestive issues, which have become major!
I have plans to go spend a day out with a friend this coming weekend; and plans the following weekend to go camping for 3 days about a 5-6 hour drive away from home, in the path of the upcoming (total) solar eclipse. I've only seen a partial one in my lifetime; and I've convinced the others to come too to see this amazing natural event. This is taking some time to do all the preparation! And of course, there is a baby on the way, due very soon and practically by the time we return from the eclipse we shall have to drive in the opposite direction to see that special wonder of nature. Only... that is a 16 hour drive....
Throw in shopping to find myself some clothes that fit, baby-gift wrapping, and celebrating my 61st birthday emoticon and writing lots of thank-you notes -- well, it all just takes time!
I find myself actually getting drowsy every afternoon; rest is a rare commodity and one I can't seem to get enough of! And did I mention whittling my e-mails down? I came home to over 4000 e-mails in my in-box and I have now got them whittled down to.... 1950. Yes, lots of it is just junk that gets through the filters, but lots of it is stuff that I am interested in! Somehow, sitting at the computer is not restful! emoticon
Oh, a friend has recommended that I take cold showers every morning as a physical restorative and energizer. Whew! OMG, it certainly gets me moving -- right out of the shower! She sent me the doctor's report of the benefits of this as a daily practice; and I agree that it has its merits if you can just bear to torture yourself. I mean, could you do on your own EVERY DAY what Moskito does to you? emoticon That is what getting into a cold shower is for me! We say here "Put on your big-girl panties and DO it!" but so far, I'm just managing to turn off the shower, lather up my hair and giving a quick rinse with cold water just on my head rather than my whole body. It's a start. emoticon

I thank you for your prayers and constant affection! I am not capable yet of leaps and bounds emoticon but I am getting stronger by jumps and hops! I hope you are too!

Beeeeeeeeegest emoticon , Koshie

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8/7/17 4:57 A

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Hi Koshie. Just checking in, like I did last week, on how you are doing and whether this week has been better. No need to reply if you are still inundated...just know that your kawan from across the miles has been thinking of you and praying that life is improving for you by leaps and bounds.

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8/3/17 5:56 A

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emoticon .... emoticon .....all will be well soon.

Beeeeeeeg emoticon , Prema

PS....no reply needed...

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8/1/17 6:48 A

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Hi Koshie,

Just a reminder to hang on and sending you the BEEEGEST emoticon

PS no need to reply...just a little note to tell you that we are all rooting for you....

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7/31/17 2:21 A

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My dearest kawan,

I feel so blessed about the way you see our friendship. And yes, definitely valuable enough for me...all the way.... emoticon .

And you almost had me! I was puzzling over the fatigue that was enveloping you and leaving you for dead at the end of every day....until the last sentence just smacked me on the nose...my dear kawan had neglected her exercise for 7 weeks.... emoticon

Okay. Just emoticon as you usually do and we will get through this initial pain. We give you another 7 weeks to get back to normal....that sounds good and generous, doesn't it!!!

Have a good one today. Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema




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I am making time for the stuff important to me -- like keeping up with you! I DO value your friendship! But I do need more time. emoticon Hopefully these e-mails are short enough for me but valuable enough for you!
My extended "adjustment" to returning home does have me puzzled and a little worried. What once took a day now takes 3 weeks? It makes me feel old and decrepit. emoticon emoticon emoticon I just keep telling myself it is temporary! My knees already feel normal again (with mild pain) but my fatigue has not improved. Mon-Wed-Fri-days I am exercising as normal (as full-blast as I can go!) but it leaves me pretty wiped out for the rest of the day. Maybe it isn't the best approach, but it is slowly working! And a lesson has been learned: I can't go 7 weeks not exercising without paying a heavy price! emoticon

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emoticon ....hello there Koshie.

I decided to let you take as long as you wanted - to catch up on mail, to ease yourself into your daily grind, to connect with family members etc before catching up with me. I am always here,my kawan. More important for you to start re-adjusting!

Thanks for the explanation on the knees. You are one tenacious kid, having gone through all that painful journey with your knees. Not too many people would have had the courage you showed in getting through all you did...So.Proud.Of.You.

I am cooking dinner with my 2 helpers for 6 of my ex-classmates who will be coming over. We are having chicken briyani and all the accompaniments. Will tell you more tomorrow if you have the time.

In the meantime, BEEEEEG emoticon , Prema

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Hey.
....feeling better slowly. Knees better and I'm starting to see the tiniest speck of light at the end of the tunnel -- although my inbox is still clogged with some 2000 e-mails. DD says just to delete them wholesale, but the thing is -- I'm INTERESTED in so many of them!
I've been doing so very little cooking since I got back. Too tired; too out-of-sorts. As of today, I must adjust my dinner menus to accommodate MM's latest dietary needs. He's been suffering gastro-intestinal distress terribly since before I returned home (about 6 weeks total now) and he finally saw a doctor Friday. Well, it will be good for all of us to adjust to a simpler diet. And who needs sugar? And I can eat cheese for snacks rather than for meals.

Anyway, my knees: I have loose joints. And being a woman who bore children, they got looser. And no one ever told me that females could not do athletically what males do -- I was very hard on my joints (until I finally got the Internet and learned the "facts of female life"). Got my first knee operation when I was 21. Another was 15 years ago and my last one was 5 years ago. I've had knee-pain off and on since I was 20; and the operation 15 years ago left me in constant pain, generally mild but with flare-ups...... I refuse to let my knees define me or rule my life. I LIKE being strong and fit and capable. The day will come l when I can no longer do what I want to do. Today is not that day! emoticon So, what I know is that doctors seem to be able to do very little for me. I can get cortisol or steroid injections in my knees for the pain -- and that works for about 6 months -- or used to -- it has been a very long time since I got injections. And being pain-free often times leads to over-use. I prefer exercise to keep the muscles strong enough to protect the joints. I think I'll try first a physical therapist for deep-muscle/ligament massage of my knees.

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7/25/17 6:28 A

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Hi Koshie.

You poor thing. Have you seen the orthopedic specialist about it, yet? Don't make the knees any worse with the exercises yet until you total clearance or is this pain something you have been having for a long time?

Take care, my kawan.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema... emoticon

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Friday was rather stressful -- my knees are really painful right now -- stiff and swollen. Yes, I rested -- and rested some more. I've resumed my normal exercise schedule, but it is so difficult to... go full blast with these knees!

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Hi Koshie.

Hope you are getting your rest before you tackle the mountain (as always for us women!!) of stuff that had not been taken care of, in your absence.

emoticon slowly does it.....and beeeeeeeg emoticon , Prema

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emoticon again.

Take your time to get back into your routine and grind. Slowly, my kawan.

Hope you get to enjoy a great Sunday as you reminisce over the trip you made back home.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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HELLO MY KAWAN....SO SO SO HAPPY TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!! emoticon

I knew for a fact that you are the sort of person who would drop a friendship or go silent without a reason. My biggest concerns were that your mum had taken a turn for the worse and that your older brother was making life very challenging for you at your mum's place.

Now that I know you were taking a very well-deserved break, I feel that much better. I think you deserved your 7 weeks of break because you were finally able to recharge yourself and you finally had time for yourself without all the added responsibilities of your own home and family.
So, welcome back. Wonderful to hear from you. Get some rest over the weekend and we will talk again. God Bless you...

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Hi Prema!

No, my friend, my original plan was to be gone for 4 weeks to take care of my Mom after a bilateral mastectomy. At week 3, I rearranged my plans to stay even longer. No -- Mom was/is doing very well; it is just that my sister invited me to come to her lakehouse for her Independence Day celebration, which would last for 6 days. 5 of my siblings were going to be there... so I rearranged my plans to stay an extra week with my Mom, then spend a week at my sister's lakehouse, then fly to Dallas for my son's first baby's shower and spend a week with his family, and THEN fly home. All in all, I was gone 7 weeks. I've been home for a week, absolutely exhausted and just trying to "catch up" with everything that has piled up. I finally had to post you as soon (now) as I had sufficient strength/time for anything other than the most urgent demands on my time.
I feel very bad that you've been dangling, thinking I was dropping your friendship. I hope you get this.

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Hot hot day today but fortunately, the morning was not too bad...

Hope you are doing okay, my kawan.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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When do I emoticon you back again?

Take care and beeeeeeg hugs, Prema

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Hi Koshie....I am officially getting a little worried about you. Praying that your problems are not worse we both imagined....
emoticon and beeeeeeg emoticon , Prema


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Great workout with Moskito today....a murder most foul was almost undertaken today but I held back....

Have a great trip back home, Koshie...

Beeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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emoticon great day...god-daughter and grandson came over for a visit...

Beeeeeg Hugs,
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Hi Koshie.

You should be on your way back home if everything has gone according to plan. You will be pleased to know that neither animals nor humans were troubled by me during your absence. This was primarily due to the fact that MM is away and I am therefore feeling very good. This good feeling will most probably expire on Sunday when MM returns...

Great workout. Core feels completely worked over. Feeling of murder towards Moskito drastically reduced....

Have a good weekend, Koshie.

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Hi Koshie. Hope everything is going okay for you.

Had a good run this morning. The weather was very kind to me. Hope you get a chance to get a long walk etc to make you feel better.

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Moskito had to take off today and one would imagine that I would take advantage of the opportunity to emoticon in a bit longer.

Like clockwork, the body woke up as usual and zombied itself to the gym and did a workout... emoticon .... I am soooooo pathetic!!!

Hope you are doing okay, Koshie....

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emoticon my dear kawan.

And hoping that everything is progressing smoothly for you.

Good run this morning...the weather was sublime! Hope it is for you and your budding lilies. Take care and God Bless.

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emoticon emoticon .... heavy gym workout with Moskito....back to wanting to commit murder in the 1st degree....

Here's big emoticon to you and wishing you a safe trip to see your mum.

God Bless, Prema

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Too hot today. Ran a bit earlier and the heat still got to me....



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Hey, my kawan, you will be leaving today to see your mum for a week, right?

Take care my friend and have a safe journey and with good news on your return journey.

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God Bless. Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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emoticon for you!
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Hi Koshie. I have flat abs if that's what you mean. Even my kids are disgusted with my abs and tell me that it's not fair to compare their fitness level to mine and that it should be compared to an average Malaysian 57 year old lady!! emoticon

How terrible for you, in the middle of spring and just before summer, and just at the time when you are planting lily bulbs, that the weather man tells you it's going to snow!! Our weather man tells us that we will be facing hot weather until September...one can only hope that we will be faced with haze at any point in time or water rationing. Our government does not realize that we will become the laughing stock for the world when they find out that an equatorial country like Malaysia needs to practice water rationing because rain has not fallen over the catchment areas!! emoticon

Have a good one today, my kawan. Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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I'd never even heard of suspended plank, so I Googled it before replying....
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This is torture! My kawan you poor thing; if you don't kill him, I will! UNLESS........
I see a pix posted of your (they have to be!) AMAZING abs! emoticon

I am aching and stiff. MM, DD, and I spent time beginning the clean-up of our wrecked pool. MM hired a man to do the heavy lifting of removing the big slabs of coping rock that had fallen into the pool as well as the pool cover -- but the scrubbing and sweeping and removal of debris is up to us. After removing 3 full trash bags of the stuff, we all called it quits for the day -- well, at least the working-on-the-pool part of the day! For me. The others were DONE. I stayed outside and dug up a part of the garden and planted 30 lily bulbs. It started raining. I worked on. I had to! I'm leaving soon and if I didn't get them planted NOW I may have just as well thrown them away because no one else was going to do it!
Tomorrow (can you BELIEVE it! ), we are expecting a couple inches of snow and the beginning of 4 days of freezing temperatures. emoticon I am sick at heart. The last freeze destroyed most (all?) of my newly emerging iris buds. A month later, There is ONE single lonely blossom and maybe a few buds now emerging that weren't frozen. And now THIS! This FREEZE just in time to kill all the remaining hope of blossoms! And I hated having to plant the lilies just before a freeze! emoticon Who knows if they'll make it through alive! But planted, they have a whisper of a chance of living instead of being thrown away immediately or when dead after a month of storage!

Thanks for the compliments. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Beeeeeeeeg hugs, Koshie

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My dear kawan,
You have, on your own, carved out your a huge amount of courage through the pain and despair of a marriage that is not going well. You have, single-handedly, succeeded in getting your DD to consider better possibilities in life. Your son and daughter-in-law, know that they have quiet support in you as does your mum.
What a goodhearted person you are, and how generous you are with your time when you can manage the time.
So my kawan, I am just giving you many reasons to smile about yourself.

At any point, when you return to see your mum, and there are others trying to sap your energy, be mindful of the fact that there are many others who appreciate the energy you give them and would like to return some of this energy when you need it the most.

You are....a GOOD person.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

PS Moskito used the TRX to make me do a suspended plank. I know which part of his anatomy I would like to suspend in the TRX!!!
It hurt....it does not matter that my core has never been stronger....IT HURT. Whining and whingeing time.... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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You make me smile and laugh on a regular basis! What a wonderful gift you have and you are so generous in using it!

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For only ONE week....surely, I can get through ONE week without committing murder or creating anarchy....surely...surely, I jest!!!!
If I feel like committing murder, I assure you I will have one of the cocktails I learnt about and ensure that my mood stays high....for the duration of the week!!

Anyway, I am a cheap drunk. It will not take me more than one cocktail or 2 small glasses of wine to get me happy!!

Do what you can, Koshie. The rest will sort itself out. Don't worry....

Have a good one today, Koshie.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema



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mmmm.... we experienced ginger beer for the first time 2 (3?) years ago in the Virgin Islands. Oh wow! We were all hooked! So while all those cocktails sound delightful, El Violetta has a strong head-start for my heart! emoticon
Well there's a cautious promise! So you'll promise you'll be good (or at least discreet!) for only ONE week out of 4?!? (rolling eyes!)(and grinning!) Poor MM and M(oskito)!

Yes, I leave Friday morning. I'm already stressing, with the need to get too much done! emoticon

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Hi Koshie. We made 3 cocktails - El Violetta (gin, violet syrup, lime juice, ginger beer) followed by Bahamas Mama (cognac, falernum syrup, lime juice, orange juice and grenadine syrup) and concluded the event with Fairy Godmother (whiskey, amaretto, apricot brandy and apple juice).
Incredible experience.... emoticon emoticon

Good to be just focusing on your mum and her home front during that period. There is nothing than can happen that will warrant anyone's attention or concern for the next one week, I promise you.

Have a great start to the week, Koshie and let me know when you leave (Friday, wasn't it?).

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema



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Yup -- going into hyper-drive..... NOW! emoticon
I will definitely be out-of-touch at Mom's house; nor is it particularly worth my time and effort to try to get to, find parking; pay for, and learn how to actually DO it (use a public computer-for-rent). Unless you are seriously planning to undertake some previously unmentioned drastic action (example: shortening certain MMs' lives within one month's time), I really won't be missing anything online! I will come back to a severely overwhelming backlog of mostly "junk" e-mails; but all that means is a week of being very strict with myself and deleting things "en mass" instead of indulging my curiosity. And I probably need that discipline!

A cocktail workshop with your son sounds divinely fun! So what are your and his two new specialties? I'm fond of Velvet Hammers and Pina Coladas (sweet dessert drinks I can't afford calorie-wise to drink any more) so now I'm simplifying to an elderflower liqueur-and-tonic drink. MM's is frozen margaritas. DD is experimenting with flavored vodkas. I taught her how to make a "Flaming Flag" (layered liqueurs with the top layer set on fire), but we agreed that even though it certainly was a spectacle, it really didn't taste good. Ooooohhhh, this sounds like we drink a lot! We make these drinks once, maybe twice a year! And on top of this, we drink a glass of wine maybe 2-3 times a year. So we're not tee-totalers! Anyway, you'd think we drink a lot. We've got wine bottles everywhere. One son works as a wine company representative (sales) and he is always bringing us a bottle to try....and of course, as Christmas and birthday gifts. I really need to try harder to remember to chill a bottle and open it at dinner-time......

BEEEeeeeeeeeeeg HUGS!
Koshie

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Hi Koshie.

You are going away for one month. I hope I get a chance to hear from you but something tells me you are going to be far more busy than you and I both can imagine.

Happy Mummy's Day, my kawan. My son and I went for a cocktail workshop. So much fun!!

Beeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Hey girl!
I've made and cancelled 3 plane tix -- but I think this is the final one! I FINALLY have plane tix to go see Mom. In other words, enough 'progress' has been made so that I have some reliable dates to use! I'm leaving next Friday, and I will be gone for one month, almost exactly!
Mom is doing very well. She had the tubes removed from her chest 2 days ago and feels MUCH better now. She was actually out shopping today -- all day, she said! I suppose she does need new.... tops and blouses. I just can't imagine..... emoticon emoticon But I am SO impressed (and a little worried) with my mom's "super trouper" attitude! I DO hope she is HONESTLY making her peace with her loss rather than pretending for our sakes that everything is just "fine."

OMG! emoticon That is the EXACT behavior! "Infringing on my territory!" emoticon I wonder is this a guy-thing or an age-thing? EWwwww! emoticon Neither is "better"! It is so nice to know (sorry!) that I'm not the only one dealing with the World's Worst Man! You know what I mean!

This Sunday is Mother's Day. Tomorrow, I'm going to a small party, and I shall buy myself some flowers. Later, I plan on a nice long bubble bath with a nice glass of bubbly to keep things light! I suppose Sunday that MM and DD will want to take me out for dinner. DD will probably offer to cook me a diet dessert -- and that will be VERY nice!

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Good to hear from you, Koshie. Of course I understand.

By the way, my MM is behaving exactly like your MM....getting worse than useless day-by-day!! It does not bother me either except when he infringes into my territory. He's worse than a teenager these days especially with his phone. God knows what he's doing...not that I care really.

Like you, I smile too!!!!

Have a good weekend, my kawan. Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema




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Sorry. I'm just SO busy! And once I sit down to the computer, it gobbles up SO much of my time -- especially SparkPeople. So I've been too busy to look at my computer for 2 days, and actively avoided it on the other day!
No worries -- just trying to get everything DONE before I leave! And new things occasionally crop up. One must continue living you know! I'm fine. I'm glad to know that MM is behaving himself; mine is acting like a tantrum-throwing 2 year-old right now. It's fine though... I just keep the 2yo pix of him in mind and it doesn't throw me at all! I might smile though! emoticon

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Okay, now I am getting worried.

You okay kawan? emoticon emoticon

All good at my end....

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Hi Koshie. How are you doing?

It was a really emoticon day today. Fortunately, it was gym day and no my running day.
When will you be leaving to see your mum?

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Koshie, that is soooooo good to know. And yes, I agree with you. You should just go. Love the way we both think alike in this matter..... emoticon emoticon
Your mum will be very happy to see you.

Have a good one today....Beeeeeeg emoticon , Prema

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Chin up, smile, look the other way at something enjoyable! Or go for a run!
My mom is doing very well by all reports; now my sister says she probably won't even need me. But I'm going to go anyway! emoticon

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Had a wonderful weekend without MM....he returns today.... emoticon

Hope everything is well with you.... emoticon

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Hi Koshie.

Moskito and I are still doing great. He tortures me 3x a week. I scream bloody murder 3x a week. He gets to pack some food from my house 3x a week. And on the 3 other days when I don't see him and run instead, I think of him very kindly after I finish my run.
That's how our relationship thrives.... emoticon

And you have your motivation...your DD....go for it!!

Have a great weekend, my dear kawan. Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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