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Hi Koshie. I am very certain that your DS totally under-estimated the impact of a new baby on him and his wife. If he was the sort of person who was able to manage everything around him without much difficulty, this situation must have left him feeling useless and helpless.
And it will be tough for him to learn that he does not always have the answers.
My suggestion would be to wait for the time when he and and your DIL have it easier with the baby and his old self returns, then ask him if there was anything that made him unhappy earlier without referencing yourself.

You have every reason to feel proud of your DD. I should know. I was a nail biter with very thin weak nails. I stopped my habit at 17 and so, over the years, the nails have gotten better.

I hosted a potluck lunch at my house for 35 relatives of MM. I made 5 dishes with my helpers and some of the ladies augmented the meal with a dish each so there was more than enough to go around for everyone. It was a pretty good lunch and it was an advanced celebration of Diwali - our Festival of Lights - which falls on Wednesday of this week.
On that day, my MIL will be admitted to hospital to undergo a vale replacement surgery. And hence, the early celebration of Diwali.

Have fun tomorrow. And a big hug for you and DD as you celebrate her special day. emoticon

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It is so good to read your messages and receive your support, my kawan! You are so generous to give it. A bit of advice for me? Am I supposed to prod my son into revealing why he is angry with me; or am I to sit back and wait for him to act?

I finally got a good night's sleep and I feel much better. This weekend was all about resting. That helped too.

Tomorrow is DD's birthday. She inherited my very thin weak fingernails but their beautiful shape is from her father's family. She will be 28 years old tomorrow and for the first time in her life, she has managed to grow out all 10 fingernails. Her hands look so beautiful! Well, I have told her always that she has beautiful hands..... but she never would let me take her to a nail salon since she was embarrassed by her bitten nails and cuticles. Tomorrow, I am taking her for the first time to get a manicure! I am just tickled pink to do so.... I am very proud of her for her 10 year effort at breaking her bad habit and I want to let her know that she is worth the effort to take care of herself -- and let her feel and see for herself that she DOES have beautiful hands.

So, tomorrow I will be very busy baking a cake, exercising, and going to the manicurist. MM will be taking us out for a celebratory dinner. I might not be able to log on tomorrow.... Combined with my lazy (but oh so restful! emoticon ) weekend, I have only managed to read 5 old e-mails more than all newly-received ones... so I'm only at 735.

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10/13/17 6:51 A

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Do you know how many times I read and re-read your message.....it feels like I must have read it 740 times...

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The old saying has always been 'what goes around comes around" and I have discovered that this happens in a person's lifetime! As busy as God is, I am amazed by the number of times he hears and sees any one individual in pain/distress or feeling hurt by another person's actions. I am glad your DIL was more welcoming, though!
If your DS cannot thank a pair of extra hands that did all that they should have been doing in the first place, then unfortunately, he will find himself the same situation one of these days - in a different form perhaps, but one that could also hurt his feelings.

You have a very kind heart, Koshie, and if I were there I would give you the biggest hugs ever for doing all that you did. And you asking your doctor brother was absolutely the right thing to do...your DS will one day, understand when actions come from the heart!

BEEEEEEEEEEG HUGS and have a good weekend my very kind, brave and amazing friend.



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Good advice! Today is a day of rest! Yet, I still knocked it down to 740.
Now I promised you some news about grandson Tommy (and sorry if I'm repeating myself -- I forget to whom I've said what)!
Poor baby was born by C-section because he was breech positioned for a long time. This resulted in several minor development problems: His head and ears were malformed -- his forehead skull plates forced under the back plates (experts say he will outgrow this, so no action needs to be taken) -- but his ears had to be "moulded" for 6 weeks. The moulds came off the day I left so I finally got to see his pretty baby ears. His gastro-esophageal sphincter is weak making it difficult to keep food down, but this should resolve given enough time -- it's just something else to make a new baby harder for new parents! He has a poor suckling reflex and so a bottle must be held in a particular position and his chin must be held in a particular position and HE must be held in a particular position while being fed..... you have to have at least 4 hands to do this all -- like Lakshmi!
I don't know when he was circumcised, but when I arrived when he was 3 weeks old, that part of his anatomy was still alarmingly red. It remained alarmingly red the 3 weeks I was there. Tommy becomes very fussy with a barely wet diaper and immediately calms when put down on his "changing table" . He shows no sign of diaper rash or other irritation with the exception of the aforementioned very red part of his anatomy. They do nothing about the redness other than change his diapers..... I managed to say nothing until the last day and I was rebuffed by my son.
I asked my brother (doctor) to please check it out if his parents will allow it and then I sent an e-mail to the new parents telling them what I did. My brother will be allowed to see the baby in another week (since he doesn't have all the active immunizations that his very carefully protectively new parents insist upon during the first 2 months of the baby's life). Baby's present doctor has not mentioned the continued alarming redness (why?!?) and the new parents do not know what is "normal" for a baby boy; and so I asked my doctor brother (who has seen many more newly circumcised babies than I have) to have a peek at what could possibly become a terrible situation. So shoot me! emoticon

For reasons unknown (he never said why!), my son seemingly (apparent to myself and to my DD) tried to provoke me 2-3 times a week while I was there. Not merely a matter of not feeling welcomed -- I felt positively UNwelcome by my son! emoticon His wife appreciated my help, though. I did my very best to NOT give unsolicited advice; I tried to maintain a hands-off approach and let them find their own way as new-parents; I NEVER took the baby unless he was offered to me; I cooked and I cleaned and I ran errands. I brought gifts. I picked up the dog poop every day because it was just too disgusting to me that they let their 2 dogs run in and out of the house freely without giving them a clean place to run around (and then come back into the house with THAT on their paws!?!) -- and I never said a single word about it. But when the 3 weeks that I promised my DIL was up, I positively fled their home.
To my knowledge, I probably did slip up and offer advice since my DIL was having trouble producing breast milk despite pumping every 2 hours around-the-clock trying to increase her amount for the baby's sake. I suggested drinking more water and that she telephone a well-known women's support group for further help. Too much advice? DS thought so! emoticon
Well, that sure went off on a tangent! Sorry, I am hurt by my son's behavior.

In all other respects, Tommy is a normal pretty baby. While I was there, he gained weight rapidly (he is now only slightly smaller than average compared to his peers) and became more responsive to interactions. He cries only for the "real" reasons (hunger, needing to be burped, diaper irritation) and is easy to coax into a smile. He is loved. He should grow up to be perfectly healthy and normal if circumcision doesn't cause... problems.



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I amaze you? I Amaze You?.are you serious?? emoticon emoticon emoticon

Let me tell you that Koshie needs to be amazed by Koshie today.
Koshe just got back. Koshie had led an exercise class. Koshie's boy is screaming bloody murder.
And despite all that, Koshie's numbers are down...SEVEN FIVE ZERO....750...my dear kawan, you are going to break the 700-mark very very soon.
So who should you be fascinated by? Who? Who? I rest my case, ladies and gentlemen of the invisible jury!!!

Go get some rest. Give yourself a treat. Well done, you!!

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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OHhhhhhhh.... emoticon emoticon emoticon
I went and exercised (led) today for the first time in a month; and my oh my am I tired! It sure was good to see everyone again.
I'm gonna try to tell you about my grandson tomorrow. I'm just too tired to get into it this evening. I did reread a few of your last cheerleading posts. You absolutely AMAZE me. You really have polished this skill into a fine art! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm going to have to print them all out and tweak them a bit to use as cheerleading to get off my butt and back into steady weight-loss.
and now I am at
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770....we are still below the 800-mark despite all the mitigating factors in your way! emoticon

Have a good one today, my kawan. Go out there and just do your thing, girl....

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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oh, that would be SO lovely!
Excuse me please, but there is SO much to do now that I've returned.
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Well done, Koshie. And yes, I agree. You are definitely becoming more selective about your time and your reading material....see what a trip away from home has done for you? My diagnosis : you need regular breaks from your house and some people..... emoticon

Have a good one today, my kawan.

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Yeah, I'm pleased with myself -- it means I kept only approximately 10 e-mails per day to read instead of my more usual 20-25 -- And THAT means that I am becoming more selective and careful with my time. And THAT is a GREAT thing!
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emoticon my kawan.

809....amazing number, considering that you did not access your computer for 6 days.

Get some rest and come back only and only after you are totally rested.

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HI! I just got home. Exhausted.
809 remaining after 6 days of no computer access, after getting rid of all the ones that hold so little interest that I don't even need to open them (and that was 700 of them).
In fact, I'm so exhausted that this is the ONLY e-mail I'm opening.I'll be more talkative tomorrow.
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How do the numbers look so far?

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emoticon ...about the loss of lives in Las Vegas.

I have learnt to tolerate the idea of people keeping guns at home to protect themselves and their loved ones. I cannot understand the approval given to anyone to own a semiautomatic rifle to protect themselves and their loved ones. Such a tragedy.
My heart goes out to all the grieving people of the States.

Take care and God Bless...

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emoticon emoticon 730...we are definitely en route to breaking the 700-mark!

I know the feeling. A visit is nice but eventually, you want your own bed, your own familiar surroundings and your routine to go back to. Have fun with your brother and with your friend.

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I got up very early because I went to bed very early because I couldn't sleep the previous night... This gave me some alone time this morning and WOW! did I make some progress! emoticon
I leave my son's home tonight to go visit my brother for a day before going to visit a friend for 2-3 days on my way back home. I am eager to leave.

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Hi Ranjini....good to see you on this site...welcome to the communication between 2 crazy ladies who are cheerleaders to one another. Nice to have another lady joining us.

SEVEN FOUR ZERO.....Koshie....you are going to break the 700 mark before the week is out. Let us aim for 680!!!!

You go girl... emoticon emoticon

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Oh, hi, RanJin! I get about 150 to 200 e-mails daily, not including spam. I suppose none of it is essential, but it generally is a lot of information regarding things I AM interested in. And earlier this year, I spent 6 weeks caring for my mother after her bilateral mastectomy. I was without any computer access during this time -- and my e-mail inbox was a horrendous thing when I returned home -- way over 3000 new entries. I've been whittling down the number ever since. And I am just now finishing up 3 weeks with my son, helping his new family after the birth of his first child. This time, DD wanted to come along -- and she brought her laptop computer -- so I have access and am able to prevent my previous progress from deteriorating. But adding to my progress is a struggle, since I am caring for a newborn baby and you know how unpredictably demanding a baby can be! And now I am down to 740! emoticon

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emoticon Hi everybody!Where the nos, the no. of emails you were getting?

Edited by: RANJINI4 at: 10/1/2017 (10:01)
Indian standard Time!Now 54 yrs old.Had a Sleeve Gastrectomy and like most of us who have had this survey-it is a welcome surgery and ,howeer a radical lifestyle change-in diet,exercise,evrything.Weight is down by 20 kilos.That is a whole new me but I need to lose a couple of 5 more kilose hopefully due to newly diagnosed psoriatic arthritis.Well here's to all of us ,everybody!


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That was the biggest hug I have ever received. emoticon emoticon emoticon

BUT....HERE IS THE BIGGER NEWS....THE NUMBER, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN....BRACE YOURSELVES....IS NOW AT......(huge drum rolls!!!)

SEVEN SIX ZERO....you heard me right!!!! 760...760...760

Way to go, busy gramma. Beeeeeeeeeh hugs back....

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...another long day.... and just a few minutes to spend online. Got to 770, and I'm pooped. emoticon

You are an incredible cheerleaer, Prema!
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As of Friday, SEVEN EIGHT ZERO..... emoticon .... the number is going south, Koshie! And that's all that matters for now. You have done well from where you were before....so I ain't gonna agree with that emoticon, girl... emoticon ....uh huh! No way!!

We are at... emoticon ..... and you enjoy your weekend, my kawan.

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780... barely. I don't have any time today. emoticon

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Ladies and gentlemen.... emoticon emoticon ....she did it and we can all jump for joy...kOSHIE....(DRUM ROLL FOR 2 MINUTES) has broken the 800 mark. We are now into the 7s....790...
Koshie...Koshie...Koshie...Koshie...(ima
gine a bunch of cheerleaders doing the Mexican Wave and shouting out your name)..... emoticon

And what do you mean, my dear kawan, that I should cross my fingers and pray that you are learning to better manage your time? I have news for you, girl! You already have and you can only get better.. Please take your right hand across your chest and place it on your left shoulder. Now, tap it 3 times and repeat after me "WELL DONE KOSHIE".

God Bless and Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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....everyone is looking at me.... wondering why I am giggling..... Shhhhhhhhhh......!

DD was hard at work all yesterday on her computer, so I just read a book of fiction by a Chinese authoress on women's difficulties during the Communist transition period of the 80's. I wanted to broaden my horizons. And I did. To boot, she was a very good story-teller; I found myself engrossed.
And I've only been able to be on a short while today, but I whipped through all the new ones and have made a progress of "10" more today -- which is faster than usual. Cross your fingers and pray that I'm learning to better manage my time (finally!).
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Ladies and gentlemen.... emoticon Koshie is extremely tied up today and there are possibly 2 reasons : grandson and no access to computers....

Let us give her some encouragement to reach her next goal of 750...
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Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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emoticon 800....yeah! yeah! She achieved this, ladies and gentlemen, before the due date. Please take note. WHOPPPEEEEE!!!

Koshie, my kawan, I read back on what I had written to you and it does sound like my team and I want to end our relationship with Moskito. We don't. This kid has been my trainer for almost 4 years and with my team for almost 3 years. We are all very fond of him. He packs lunch from my house 3 times a week and he is very committed to fitness in himself and the people around him whom he trains. It's not just a business for him.
We include him in our office gatherings and in fact, my company is paying for his flight to Perth to do the Ironman there in December.

I am sorry for having given you the wrong impression, my kawan....

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

PS : NEXT TARGET....750....DO I HEAR SEVEN FIVE ZERO...CAN WE DIP BELOW 800!!!
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emoticon Okayyyyy.... but you have to tell him the day you quit him forever that he's been good for you!
Maybe you could focus on finding some particular activity (besides bungee death-diving!) at which you would like to excel or be able to participate in. My son is inspired to strive to build strength and skills by participating with his wife in "mud runs" -- races in which many obstacles must be overcome. He loves the challenge and he loves learning; and he loves how strong and skilled he an his wife are becoming. It is a feeling of being "capable".

Today was a good day for me to work on the computer: 800! emoticon


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I am proud of Moskito. We are all proud of Moskito. We are just not too overjoyed about the fact that he plans to up the program for the last quarter of the year. And no, I will not let him ever think he's setting us all a good example. No way.... emoticon

My team has also decided not to tell him that he is doing a great job with them. Anyway, it makes no difference. He has told me and told my team that he plans to up the program "by a notch or two" for the last quarter of the year..... emoticon

You are still getting the number down....840 is a major achievement....well done!!

Take care, my kawan....

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oh, what awesome news! emoticon You must be so proud of Moskito! Do tell him I cheered for him! And let his show of drive to excel inspire you to set and achieve a short term personal best so that you can show him what you've achieved thanks to him WHILE HE'S GONE. Whether it is pumping one more pound or shaving a few seconds off your usual time or pushing yourself to a slightly higher maximum distance.... let him know what a good example he's giving!
I'm afraid there are days when baby or mother need more attention or less attention and time. And of course there are days when DD wants to spend her time on her computer.... I had really hoped to eliminate 20 more today, but It's now past 11 p.m. and I've been on only 15 minutes and I'm out of time. Still, I did get down to 840. emoticon

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Ladies and Gentelemen.....drum roll....EIGHT FIVE ZERO!!!!!!
Can we reach EIGHT ZERO ZERO by Thursday? Do I hear Thursday? Wednesday?? Do I hear Wednesday?? Going once,going twice, gone!!!
800 by Wednesday...

My team and I are all in serious trouble. Moskito took part in a Half Ironman race yesterday and came in 3rd and improved his personal best time. emoticon
Good luck to us. God be with us.....

Have a great weekend, my kawan.

Beeeeg Hugs, Prema

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LOL! emoticon

It is 11 p.m. and 850 it is!
What do I do for an encore? emoticon

You make me laugh. What are YOU doing to prepare yourself for Moskito's upcoming disappearance? I wonder if he'll make it on TV here in the USA....

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emoticon emoticon ...880 and counting....we are heading to the magic number of EIGHT FIVE ZERO, ladies and gentlemen.

Join me in cheering our Koshie as she embarks on her next major challenge of trying to get the number down DURING A WEEKEND....850...850...850

Take care, my kawan. Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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You are a born cheerleader and a true friend!

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Ladies and gentlemen...we have dipped below 900....890!!!! emoticon emoticon

Your grandson is surrounded by lots of love and that's one of the reasons why he is recovering and doing well on his journey. Kudos to you, dear grandma and never mind about getting on to the laptop every day. Just come on as and when you can.
I am proud of you. And I am so so so happy for you that the baby can actually sense the ocean of love surrounding him. emoticon

Take care and have a good one today, my kawan.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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I know, there are times when I find it hysterically funny to be celebrating 2 pounds gained. But it was so very scary to walk into the house and see a gray-skinned limp baby with "Starving Biafran Baby" eyes and the loose skin of someone who has lost a lot of weight. No warning. . emoticon
I can't tell you how good it is that he gained 2 pounds!
I am not able to get on every day. Am struggling to type in the dark. Am struggling to just keep off extra e-mails -- necer mind make pogress/ Tahnks for cheerleading! emoticon
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I am doing cross-training...gym 3x a week with Moskito and I run 3x a week and Saturday is my rest day. However, your suggestion is a good one...do this or at least some part of this with another person and have fun instead of cheating....

By the way , that is emoticon NEWS - 2 pounds and 2 inches in 2 weeks...your grandson seems to have an affinity for the figure "2"....
Both my children were scrawny as babies and I breastfed both of them, one for 4 months and the other for 6 months before introducing them to mixed feeds and then just the bottle. They never progressed to the 8 oz bottle; they preferred to have 4 oz regularly and if I tried to give them more, they would just throw up everything.
They are both slim adults now...but minus any exercise, are able to put on more than 2 pounds in 2 weeks and no additional inches at all!!

You seem to be settling in and it sounds like DS and DIL are getting used to your presence in their home. I guess you are going to be the fav grandma of your grandson.... emoticon

Have a fun and have a good one today, Koshie.

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ah, Prema, my kawan, go to the gym and meet a lady with whom to run or swim laps emoticon emoticon -- even once! Remember cross-training pays bonus results! emoticon You will stimulate your competitive impulse and possibly make a friend! And you can always do your normal workout at home..... emoticon Remember your goal!

Baby saw the doctor today for a check-up. He has gained TWO pounds and TWO inches since last visit (2 weeks)! Now, instead of dying, he is in the 46th percentile for size and weight for his age (1 month) and growing at an almost normal rate. At 1 month of age, he is now slightly larger than my son at birth... DS was always in the 98% length range and 75% weight range (not fat and not skinny) and I was never worried about him. I am greatly relieved for my grandson's sake. I hope he still has a chance to regain what he lost by accidentally starving for 3 weeks.

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Hi RANJINI4.... emoticon and let me join Koshie in congratulating you and wishing you the very best in your continued commitment to your goals.

Koshie, my kawan, 910!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

By the way....geniuses do think alike...I asked Moskito if there was anyone in my age group who could exercise with me. Apparently, I am the only working gal who exercises at 645am in the morning - all the others are retired and exercise much later in the day. Also, I built a gym room in my house and he comes to my house to do the PT with me. I have OCD especially when the gym is crowded and I see the members not bothering to wipe off the sweat from the equipment nor themselves when they are exercising. Yuck!!!!
So, I just have to be mentally strong and NOT CHEAT!!!!! Sigh!!!!!

How are baby and DIL and DS doing? Everything much better now?

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Ranjini, welcome! emoticon And congratulations emoticon on your recent weight loss and more importantly, your commitment to your goals.

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Indian standard Time!Now 54 yrs old.Had a Sleeve Gastrectomy and like most of us who have had this survey-it is a welcome surgery and ,howeer a radical lifestyle change-in diet,exercise,evrything.Weight is down by 20 kilos.That is a whole new me but I need to lose a couple of 5 more kilose hopefully due to newly diagnosed psoriatic arthritis.Well here's to all of us ,everybody!


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oh, darlin', I know! Remember your motivation--turn it into a mantra!

In our 20's, the statistics were 6 weeks before the lack of doing your usual exercise showed up. In our 50's, it was down to 2 weeks! And I don't even want to think about what it must be in our 60's! Does Moskito have another client he thinks is well matched to your abilities? If so, perhaps you could challenge each other while working out together in December. Ask!

It has been an interrupted day. But DD has allowed me total access today and I've spent all available time catching up on the computer. Down to (Ta-Daaaaaa....!)
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emoticon ...it's okay....954...it's still in the 3-digit and not 4-digit range...we can do this!!

Okay...confession time...Friday was hard...Friday was TOUGH...I wanted to kill Moskito!!! Cheating for a week shows up beeeeg time. I have a chance of repeating my performance in December when he flies off to Perth to take part in an Ironman challenge!! I am having doubts about cheating on my exercise. It's like cheating on your marriage - all hell breaks loose! Make no mistake.

Have a great Sunday ahead of you my kawan....beeeeeeg hugs, Prema

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Yogurt Face, What a giggle! That alone should teach him to smile!
HIIT! What a workout!

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I've been unable to get online for the last 3 days now. and it is nearly midnight. Will try to convince DD to give me time on her computer again just to catch up with former progress!
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Glad you made everyone laugh...

I have Moskito again tomorrow and Friday's session is almost always HIIT. In his sessions, I have to do 3 sets of exercises at 30 seconds each and rest for 30 seconds after which, all 3 are complete and that's Set 1. I have to repeat the sets for another 3 times.
In my version, I had 2 rest periods and the jumps were modified to skips...you get the drift on the minor modification I did?!? emoticon

So this morning, when I was out there to do my usual running, I tried to run fast for about 1 km so that I would only be in a tiny amount of trouble. This was followed by a fervent set of prayers reminding God that I had fed about 10 of my son's pals last week....just that, in my prayers, I referred to them as refugees....and sort of bribed for some mercy on me tomorrow...

Can you make out who the baby will resemble....dad or mum? My DD started out looking like her dad and his side of the family and now everyone says that she looks like me. My DS looks like me (and I look like my dad) and our baby photographs are very similar. He now looks a lot like my late dad.
My grandson has a nickname from me. It's a Tamil word and when translated to English, it becomes "yogurt face". This is for the times when he refuses to smile and pulls a long face. The rationale behind the name is that he's such a sourpuss that if he looked at a container of fresh milk, it would immediately turn to yogurt!!! The name is sort of stuck on him now!!!

Have a good one and wish me luck tomorrow.... emoticon

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Actually get a chance to log on during morning.
930 already
You're so funny too! I had to share your Moskito chiding with the family! Thanks for laugh!
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940.... emoticon ...well done and that too, with baby caring and leak fixing...

That was a very smart move on your part to get DIL to call the breast-feeding support group. emoticon emoticon
It's easier not to feel like a failure with strangers - with family, as supportive as they usually are, most DILs will feel like a failure in front of their husbands and MILs. It was easy-peasy to feel like a failure in front of my MIL...that mean lady made sure I felt that way all the time until I fought back..

Your DIL is a really good mother and I am quite impressed by her resilience. Please remind your son to give his wife a hug every day...

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

PS : Conversation between Moskito and Me this morning;

Moskito : Did you cheat on the exercise program last week
Me : No, I exercised every day because you must have trained Bhaloo (that's my dog) to make sure I was out of bed by 6am
Moskito : Next time, I must train him to spot when you modify the exercises.
Me (looking completely shocked) : Would I do that?
Moskito : YES. YES. And you did.
Sigh. Sigh. And double sigh. Busted!!!


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I strive to give DIL as much sleep as possible and to make the meals--although today I spent a lot of time under the bathroom sink fixing a leak. DD cared for baby. I strongly advised DIL to call (and she did) a group devoted to breast-feeding and supporting new mothers instead of offering my advice directly. I figured it would be easier to accept experts' advice rather than mine. Yes she holds her baby to her breast once daily for an hour. I don't know how she does it all! Poor dear is exhausted.
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970...progress despite the baby challenges. Well done!

Oh dear Koshie...your poor DIL....this is not the sort of experience one would wish on anyone. Having a baby can be a daunting experience for all but to have a baby and go through all that she is going through...oh dear...
I know breast-feeding is always the best choice but in cases where it cannot be managed, then formula is an okay alternative. Pumping milk, I was told years and years ago, may not ensure continuous milk flow. Only when the baby suckles does the milk flow happen. But of course, with tension and anxiety, the milk flow gets impeded.
40 minutes every 2 hours...she has the patience of a saint....

How about making the the hole in the teat smaller...that way, he can suck as hard as he wants and will get the right amount of milk into his mouth...bet you thought of that already!

Wow...you definitely are needed....

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New parents are thrilled to make any sacrifice necessary.... Sadly, sacrifice above and beyond the usual have been necessary. Baby Tom developed in the womb with his head stuck against his mom's ribs. unable to move freely due to too little amniotic fluid. Apparently, this position (breech) influences development as well as necessitating a C-section delivery. Among other small problems, he doesn't know how to suck. For the first 2 weeks of life, he was starving and no one knew, since his mom was trying to breast-feed. He lost a full pound--and since he was delivered one week early, he was already on the skinny side, having not had that last week in the womb to put on weight. Long story short, baby is being bottle-fed a mix of formula and breast milk, while mom desperately pumps every 2 hours trying to re-establish some flow. Things are slowly improving; and we are hoping mom still has the chance to produce enough that baby will be able to breast-feed before it is too late to re-create the correct pattern for success for both mom and baby. She's got 3 more days to do it and she produces so little right now. Sad. And imagine having to spend 40 minutes EVERY 2 hours with pumps attached to your breasts. VERY bad sleep. So we are doing the feeding to give her any sleep at all.
Baby sucks desperately at bottle and it is challenging to slow him down and train him how to properly suck. Turns out I was needed!

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Wow....down to 3 digits.... emoticon ... emoticon ... emoticon

Yes...it is hard enough to use your own computer while holding a baby....but an unfamiliar computer....that's an OHMYGOD situation, my kawan... emoticon

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

PS....how is everything there so far? The new parents coping well with lack of sleep and this permanent intrusion into their lives....?

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It is significantly more difficult to use an unfamiliar computer while holding a baby. Does this qualify as a new discovery?
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GOODBYE.... emoticon

Have a safe trip. Take care and Beeeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Koshie....you are hilarious...I shall miss you...but I will make sure that I don't send you any email until I hear from you. I will not add on to that number.

Tell your DD that you and I are the internet equivalent of "Grace and Frankie". Have you ever seen this series. It has Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the main roles and they are both hilarious. It's these 2 wives in their twilight years who discover that their husbands are both gay and in love with one another...and these two ladies are not exactly fond of one another but given the circumstances, they had to find support in each other.

I have introduced my friends to this programme and all of us can identify with these ladies!

My dear kawan, you clear up everything that you need to clear up. We will do what we can with the avalanche of emails and we will, most of all, enjoy the bonding time with the baby.

Have a good one, my woman with a plan and BEEEEEEEEEG emoticon back...


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The reduction of numbers by 10 is not a good sign. Yet... consider that it is a total reduction and does not count the 100 e-mails I receive each day. And consider that I have spent very little time at the computer the last 2 days as I finish doing necessary tasks before I leave. I think I did mention that the last 2 days have been very productive task-wise. The time spent was NOT at the computer!
But now I have to finish up my real-life tasks and get off the computer. I won't have time to get back on for a few days or until my DD lets me use her lap-top once I'm at my son's home. So the number might go up temporarily next time I log onto the computer. Hopefully, as you say, DDIL won't need too much actual nursing; and DD and I will be able to split tasks like house-cleaning, laundry, and cooking -- freeing up lots of time for baby-cooing and e-mail deletion! I hope! emoticon
I am a woman with a plan, my kawan! emoticon
BBBbEEEEEEEEEEEEggggg emoticon . I will miss you ( since I know I must limit my total time online because It will be someone else's computer and I have to devote myself to e-mail reduction!); but I'll do my best to at a MINImum tell you how I'm doing EMR-wise (e-mail reduction-wise) 990 this morning!

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Koshie..... emoticon ....you are so funny....1090 to 1080!!!! Really??
Girl...you are going to have an avalanche of emails for the one month you plan to be with DDIL and grandson....this situation is going to be quite a challenge for your self-appointed cheerleader!!!
By the way, I am also hoping, like you, that your DDIL is able to cope better than the average person because it will then make it possible for you to take on the role of grandma only and not have grandma-caregiver-nursemaid all rolled into one. That can be madly tiring!!!

I will take on the role of cheerleader with more optimism and less trepidation....something tells me though...that you and I are headed for a major challenge in the area of EMAIL DELETION..... emoticon .... emoticon

Have a good one today, my kawan.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema



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Gotcha! Since DD and I are BOTH going, it may be that our presence is more of an overload than a help, In which case, we leave! (We're driving -- it is a 16 hour drive.) Other than DDIL needs help, I haven't been told what she needs help with. But it has been 3 weeks since the baby's birth; DDIL may be more recovered from her C-section than she expected. Or not. I have absolutely no idea. My ego is not at stake here! In fact, I rather wish that DDIL IS doing better than she expects.... a month is a long time to be gone and it is hard on me when I get back.
But for a little while, I get to fall in love with a baby!
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I'll need all the urging from you that I can get to delete e-mails rather than read them! Surely I can live without such absorbtion in my interests! Thanks for offering to cheerlead!

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Koshie...having had my grandson in my house for the first 3 months of his life, I can tell you that time just runs away from you. There's something about a baby that feeds every 2 to 3 hours, poos every 2 to 3 hours, cries every 2 to 3 hours, and not all at the same time...that makes you believe that there's no such thing as 24 hours in a day.... emoticon

I will be your cheerleader for now.... emoticon .... emails remove yourselves from her system if you are useless...and only stay if you feel you will be the most useful to her. Most.Useful.Only.
How does that sound....... emoticon

Have a good one. Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Hmm.... can I do short? I'll give it a try?
1102 to go
But it is going to go slower -- I've gotten rid of all the easy ones!
I'll have difficulty with daily postings once I leave (on Friday) for a month to take care of son's family due to the arrival of my grandson! But DD will allow me some access on her laptop computer so I'll be able to do some postings and (hopefully) keeping up with e-mails.

It's wonderful to have a cheerleader!
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Hi Koshie. Let's make a deal. Let's keep every posting short until you reach just 150 emails. And post, on a daily basis, just how many you have left. Sounds like a plan??

Yes, I had a great time with my ex-classmate. We ended up being each other's cheerleader, urging the other person to give love a second (in her case, a third) chance!! emoticon

Have a good one today...

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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OMG, what fun it is to reconnect with an old friend! I've seen your picture -- I know she is thinking exactly the same thing about YOU!

I've been lucky today -- 1200 left! emoticon

I managed to get a lot done yesterday-- lots, but not enough! I just keep remembering things that I HAVE to do! So... this missive is short!


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1300 emails and you give me emoticon and emoticon .
What a trooper! And, my kawan, you have a zany sense of humour that can be so so so infectious!!!

I spent yesterday with my ex-classmate from the age of 12 years of age. We shared our experiences and it was amazing just how much we had both gone through and survived. We were both very competitive academically and she was better than me at sports. She's a doctor in Australia now and is still gorgeous at the age of 60.

Hope you get all that you need to get done. Good luck my friend.

God Bless, Prema

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Baby will be named after my father. He will be the IV of that name.

I'm down to 1300 e-mails!
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Enjoy your holiday! I've been working like mad today and got a lot done.

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I really like good news like this during a disaster.... emoticon . Glad her husband had the foresight to design the house 5.5 feet above the ground. In the villages (or kampungs as we referred to them) in the old days in Malaysia, most of the houses were built above the ground as well as it provided a cooler place for the children to play and the womenfolk to do the prep work for the meals.

So, you are off for a month to see your son and your grandchild....have they given a name to the baby yet? Have fun and this time around, delete all the junk mail if you are not going to see your email when you are away. I know...sounds a whole lot easier said than done!! emoticon

Have yourself a good Sunday, my kawan. I will be catching up with my ex-schoolmates today.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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So! I spoke with DSister. They "dodged a bullet!" Pure luck -- and a little foresight on DS's husband's part... He is an architect and he insisted on building their house 5.5 feet (an average-tall person's height) above ground level. Water did not enter her home. It did enter the garage. She has power, water, flushing, the whole she-bang. She even has the use of a car. Yay! Her husband is self-employed.... so he can work from home. Her daughter, a teacher, and the one with the functioning car, is staying with them since the start of school has been delayed. So it is all working out just fine. So far.
DS was out working to replant some of her yard vegetation that floated out of the ground. I told her to be sure to wear gloves since the soil is very likely to be contaminated and infectious. They have not had to deal with fire ants. Whew!
I am leaving Friday to go see my son and his new baby. I'll be gone a month. I too am trying to cram in lots of doings before then! emoticon

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....what an absolutely amazing idea.... emoticon emoticon ..... emoticon

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find time to celebrate and have fun! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Koshie, it does sound like you are better equipped, mentally and otherwise, to cope with emergencies than your sister is. I think you know when to stay and when to move and then come back and figure out the next steps. It may be overwhelming at first for you (like your gazillion e-mails...in a different way, of course!) but you just get on with it...

Take care and I hope she decides very quickly what she needs to do for herself and her family.

We are on a long weekend holiday starting today, Thursday, 31st August (our Independence Day) all the way to Monday, 4th September. I will be trying to get a few things done and completed during this period.

Take care, my kawan and God Bless....

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see, that's the thing: Despite the fact that I live on the side of a mountain, over a mile above sea level, we experienced a "1000 year" flood (really! a flood!) 3 years ago. A "creek" formed in our "back yard" (read:side of the mountain) and aimed at our house, but swerved at the last minute and hit our neighbor's house. We had no electric power (but we did have gas), no fresh water (but at the time we did have our swimming pool full of potable water), minimal ability to flush waste, and we had a fireplace for warmth. Water didn't get into our home.
While the water drained fairly quickly away, roads, bridges, and facilities were destroyed. 3 years later, things still aren't completely repaired. Anyway at the time, transportation was iffy. While we were safe and warm and generally had food and water and a way to cook it, we were without electricity or reliable toilets for 6 weeks. Awkward.
So I have a clue what my sister might have to go through and I know that it will take much longer for her, and if water entered her home, I know it'll be so much worse. And her cars are ruined. I had to drive far to a grocery store back then. She can't go anywhere at all! I wish she'd simply come here. Gotta run!

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It must be very hard for your sister and her family to be going through such a painful experience, especially if this is their first time experiencing a storm of this nature and flooding. In Malaysia, typically in November and December, the east coast states of Kelantan and Terengganu are hit by floods as a result of the North East Monsoon.
The rains we are currently experiencing, is intermittent and an aftermath of Typhoon Hato that hit Hong Kong 2 weeks ago.
I hope everything settles down soon and that Mr Trump and his team spring into action very quickly.

Enjoy yourself with your time and with your DD. Life can be challenging staying in the same house with someone you neither love as a husband nor respect as a person....this is my situation. It may not be the same intensity with you but it is still tough....

Have a good one today, my kawan.

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My sister and her family are caught by the flood in Houston, TX. When last I spoke with her, she said they were about 3 inches from having water enter the house, and were losing their ability to flush waste but they still had power. They have "lost" their cars, tho'. I promptly invited them all to come and stay with us here in Colorado. I don't know what they are waiting for -- except I'm sure that they are afraid of the possibility of someone breaking into their home while they are gone.
Gasoline prices jumped overnight by about 13 cents per gallon. Lots of that $30 billion is attributable to losses of potential profits by the oil, gas and transportation industries.

It has been wonderful not to have MM around since Sunday. DD and I went to the city's botanical gardens today, and then out to lunch, and then we did a little shopping. We really enjoyed each other's company. emoticon

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That's the trick....be selective..... emoticon

Being a grandma, especially the kind that visits, is easy. Just love the child to distraction and do stuff with the baby and for the baby. I have changed diapers, given my grandson a bath and rocked him to sleep. Also, "exercised" with him when he was learning to crawl, introduced my dog, fishes and orchids to him. My god-daughter loved the respite and my I wore my grandson out and he slept....well, like a baby!!!

I hope you, your family members and friends are all far away from the effects of Harvey and the violence of Charlottesville. Losses from Harvey are estimated at $30 billion and I have no idea how anyone can manage that!!!

Have a good one today, my kawan.


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oh, I get about 70 a day, mostly junk. After handling those, I only manage to go through about 20 more a day. DD says I need to be ruthless and simply delete them all, but I keep telling her that I'm actually interested in the ones I do read. Am I supposed to stop being interested in science, history, daily U.S.A. and world news, cooking, decorating, and crafts? I AM getting much more selective tho!
And I'm figuring all this grandma stuff out! Hints and tips are welcome! Especially from kawans! emoticon

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CONGRATULATIONS GRANDMA!! Oh, you will soooooo love being a grandma. My god-daughter made me a grandmother last year and I love the role. And my dear kawan, you are really kind to be taking care of new mum and new baby - hope she knows how luck she is to have an MIL like you!!

You sound like you had an emoticon time camping and experiencing the solar eclipse. It's nice to live through the experience through your eyes....you make all the inconveniences sound like an absolutely amazing experience...and that's what makes you a beautiful person to be with at all times.Your MM has no idea who he's married to. His loss.... emoticon

One thousand six hundred e-mails to check!!! I do not envy you. Good luck to you for the next few days of sorting through these. emoticon

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


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MM has just left on a 9-day golfing vacation with some male friends. Yay! And the very first thing I did was take a 2-hour nap! emoticon
I shall TRY to spend my time and efforts on tying up loose ends, finishing projects, some house cleaning, and packing.... The day after his return I leave for my son's home for 3 weeks to see my new grandson (delivered by C-section) and take care of his recovering wife. DD will be coming with me.
Sigh. And I still haven't broken into the 1000's yet -- I have 1600 e-mails still to check! emoticon

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I am sorry to hear of your losses. While they may not have been close ties to you, they still affect you and your loved ones. Please take care of yourself and your mum and son, my kawan.

Yes, tired and busy and preoccupied.... emoticon it happens sometimes!

Yes. What they say is true -- there are no words to describe the experience.... Watching a partial, watching it on TV... these are not comparable experiences, not even close! It was worth the preparation; it was worth the drive; it was worth the 3 days spent camping; it was worth the aches and pains of 3 sleepless nights spent (trying to) sleep on the floor of the tent; it was worth the night-time heavy truck traffic roaring past our campsite. It was AWESOME (in the truest sense of the word) and I'd do it again in a heartbeat! The next total eclipse I hear is in 7 years in Dallas, where my son's family lives. I'm already making plans!

Otherwise, our campsite was awesome. It was extremely close to the tiny town of Glenrock, right on North Platte River, shaded with mature trees, had the basic necessities AND it was cheap! Only $25 a night! To put it in perspective, an empty (cut) field about 30 minutes away from town with no water, no trees (duh!), no portapotties, nothing but an unappealing empty space far from anything -- was going for $300 A NIGHT. The locals rolled out the welcome mat of activities and entertainments; and our campground landlady came by at least 2x daily to ask if we needed anything, anything at all. She more or less guilted us into accepting a frozen milk carton gallon of ice gratis, just in case. Perhaps because Glenrock is so tiny, it attracted no crowds; and we never had to wait for anything when we went into town. Nice! We could eat at the restaurants instead of try to cook on our camp-stove. We met many wonderful people and I think made some friends of a couple of sisters who live just south of Denver. Actually, they had us over for a huge breakfast; and we hosted them on our last day for a nice steak dinner (cooked over that tiny camp-stove!).

And I think, somehow, it got lost -- this important announcement:
As of August 17th, I am officially a grandmother! emoticon emoticon

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emoticon .... you must be catching up on your sleep, Koshie and nursing a sore bottom.
However, I am glad that you had great time camping...how many of you were there on this trip?

I have had 2 successive deaths (grandfather of one of my son's best friends and my mum's close friend from her nursing days at the hospital) this week and therefore 2 funerals to attend. The first one was a Muslim old man and these funerals are usually finalized within 2 days and the second one is a 90 year old Christian lady - the wake will be held tomorrow and the funeral the morning of the day after.

Get some rest my kawan and take care.

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emoticon my kawan.

Look forward to hearing from you tomorrow.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Hi Lin! emoticon

Hi Prema!
We got amazingly lucky! We timed our trip perfectly; there was only light traffic both ways! And we know that traffic was a problem -- there were people at our campsite from Denver who described the hideous traffic fought on Friday (we left our house early Saturday) and who were in touch with friends who left IMMEDIATELY after the eclipse ended -- who traveled about 70 miles in 5. 5 hours (instead of ONE hour). We left this morning (Tuesday) and the drive was easy and pleasant!
And we had a great time on our camping trip! Well, except for SLEEPING, we had a fabulous time! Our sleeping pads were too thin and I am very sore; and it turns out our camp-site was very close to a night-time trucking route. And a train-track. I never thought to pack earplugs!
I'll tell you more tomorrow!
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Hi LIN1263....from your emoticon, I gather you may have lost some weight/inches and you are happy with your achievement. Way to go!!

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Hi Koshie....hope all is well with you.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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I have chronic kidney disease and low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years..I am 54 years old. I am starting the Fall Challenge ,Firecrackers Team,on P.S.T. My exercise plan is 2400 minutes a month.I do walking, ride the bike at the gym 65 minutes, 3 times a week & go ice skating for 90 minutes 2 times a week for people over 50. My name is Linda


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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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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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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

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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