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One of those days!!!

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2/19/17 7:14 A

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Nice Sunday morning....great run today!

Hope everything is going well for you, Koshie

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And I got killed today by Moskito...he was on a roll...I wasn't!!!!
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2/16/17 1:04 A

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emoticon day today and very humid...the running was quite tough.



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Worked out today even though Moskito was absent...I am such a sucker!!!!

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emoticon stressful day today...but can be overcome....as always...with us strong gals!!

Hope the trip is everything you wanted it to be, Koshie...

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....Moskito at his best...

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Hope you are enjoying yourself, Koshie

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emoticon 12.48 km and walked 1 km at the end...too emoticon



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emoticon .... safe journey my friend

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emoticon ...you will be fine.... emoticon

I will post an emoticon every day in your absence until you return.

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Gifts packed!
Luggage almost packed!
Diet snacks for the road almost packed!
DD aware she's expected to do some driving; and she has spent the day preparing. I am trying to put away my projects (as MM would say "clean up my messes!") and take care of all loose ends. Lots of loose ends! emoticon

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With our time difference, you will be leaving the day after tomorrow. So you will most probably write again tomorrow. Hope the packing has been done. Are you planning to take gifts for everyone? And will your DD be sharing the driving with you?

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....not gone yet -- leaving Thursday. I'm in the middle of packing. I'll be driving with my DD, which is nice 'cuz I'll get to spend some time with her too! I'm not anticipating doing anything special other than SEE and HUG my loved ones...... That will be nice enough!

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Koshie, I am so very proud of you and very happy for you....you are setting out to do exactly what you wanted to do - visit your mum and say hello to the people who matter along the way to mum's. I shall wait until 1st March after which I hope to hear about everything you did and saw and what it all meant to you. God Bless you, my dear dear kawan.

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PS Heard about these restaurants before. They just haven't come to my part of the world...yet!!

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There actually IS a restaurant somewhere in the USA wherein there are NO lights whatsoever! Waiters wear special glasses to allow them to "see" to do their work. Diners are led to their seats but otherwise left to fumble at their meals. It is supposed to enhance the senses. And I've read about another restaurant that blindfolds their patrons.... But oh, my! What a sight it must be! emoticon

I am leaving for 3 weeks to drive through Texas to visit family in various places -- the end goal being to see my mother. I don't have a lap top; I will be disconnected starting Thursday and I won't be back until March 1st.

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That was funny, Koshie.

I looked at what you had posted and thought this clever girl has just given a case for why people should not be vegetarians. Cows and elephants eat their greens and fruits and at the most some bugs for their animal intake...that too, accidentally,....but man, they need to go on a diet, don't they!!!

This whole thing about cuisine and presentation...make the eyes hungry and of course, the stomach will then get tempted as well...that is so very unfair!!! Okay, my resolution when I get into a reputable restaurant. Either dim the lights completely so that I cannot see the food or eat with a blindfold on!!!
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Have a great start to the week, my kawan...

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The deadly foursome: generous portions, vivacious friends, pretty looks and delicious aromas! If only you had TRULY eaten like a cow! All grass and a few grains and bugs and.... I don't think that you would have had very hungry eyes!
Why is it that we think beautiful food must be delicious food? Surely I/we have had enough experience by now to know better! At least if it is a familiar restaurant/food, I am able to restrain myself when I know I will be disappointed! I don't want to put the pretty dainties on my plate even to try. Because I hate to waste food I feel compelled to eat the whole thing! And yet, I STILL am tempted!
This year, my resolution is to learn new behaviors. This month, my goal is to reduce my portions! And given this discussion, I think that I shall make a point of avoiding pretty foods! (I'm not ready to start avoiding my friends! emoticon )

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YOU DID IT COMPLETELY RIGHT, MY KAWAN.... emoticon

One fine day, in the not-too distant future, she is going to thank you for this insight. She may not quite understand just how powerful this teaching is for her right now, but in the future, I have no doubt in my mind that she will wake up in bed with a stronger resolve than before to be her own best friend very very soon. Way to go!

I ate like a cow last night with my pals....I convinced myself that like a cow, I had 4 chambers and I could therefore partake of every order that came to the table. I just had to run this morning to get rid of the "full feeling' in my single-chamber tummy! As always, the eyes were far more hungry than the tummy. They have a word for that...greedy!

Have a great Sunday, my kawan.

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It's Saturday! SATURDAY!
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Oh, I did not fight her battles for her; I merely helped her identify what her goal was and showed her HOW to fight her battles -- that she was NOT powerless. I reminded her that her daddy loves her very much and was not the monster that she was picturing him to be at the moment. And I reminded her that if she wanted to achieve her goal SHE. HAD. to talk to MM and not pretend that everything was okay. Mission accomplished, but it took hours and hours to stop her from feeling overwhelmed and again let her feel that she has some control over her situation.
But thank you for the advice, my kawan. Of course it is tempting to do too much for your children! And I DID meditate! emoticon


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Breathe, my kawan. Meditate for 15 mins until you feel the stress slowly leaving your body. Don't fight your daughter's battles any more especially since both sides could jump on you. She's old enough to deal with her daddy herself....even if you can see the solution right there in front of you...stay silent and let her deal with MM.

That's the practice I have adopted with both my kids now and it works very well. Occasionally, I butt in...but these days, few and far between!!!

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Today has been a stressful day --- dealing with my stressed out DD. ....something MM said.. emoticon

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Hi Koshie.

Here's the big difference between your sister and me. I make a beeeeeeg deal out of the fact that I am a hop and skip away from 60...but's all I do! I just whinge about it. But I do not really do anything drastic. Not brave enough and very honestly, I prefer to age gracefully, albeit not as gracefully as many others, but gracefully enough. No tummy tuck. No dyeing of the hair...and the grey hairs have started making their appearance on my head. And most of all, no plastic surgery on my face!!

Moskito was back today with a vengeance after the long weekend! He swore that he had put on a lot of weight despite the fact that it seemed only a pound or two! So of course, we had ..... emoticon emoticon emoticon like crazy and this time around, he's asking to be eliminated from planet Earth!!!

Have a good one yourself, my kawan!!!!

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OH! Okay! You think more like my sister L about age! She was surprisingly unhappy about becoming 50. Of the 3 girls in my family (4 if include Mom) she is the only one who has never suffered a weight problem. Yet L is the one who got a tummy-tuck at age 50. It made me sad. I wondered how the doctor found enough skin to remove and still cover her belly! Her social circle must be vicious about appearances.
Well, you make your choices and there are always consequences that are unavoidable. You gorge and Moskito punishes. We all experience different pressures and have different responses to those pressures. You will find that there is practically no difference between the end of your 5's and the beginning of your 6's -- except that you will be able to refer to those 5's as spring chickens (a bonus) and except that by then you will have murdered Moskito and have begun a different life-style (a negative). Well, that is, assuming you survive a bungee jump! OOOOOooooooh, wait! Is that your "escape plan"?!?!? It is all starting to fall in place for me now! And now I know why you want those strong muscles emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon (to overpower Moskito at the chosen time)! I shall keep your secrets..... emoticon

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Good God! What did I do? I must have scared you completely!! My poor kawan!
What I meant was that the next figure in my life, when I turn 60, starts with "6".....and I would have left my 50s and refer to those who are still in their 50s as spring chickens!!!!

My weekend has been busy. The Chinese New Year and my birthday and all the gorging of food - totally sinful. Moskito starts again tomorrow and he will be in a punishing mood for himself and for me...I am sooooooo dead!!!
I will probably try my luck and tell him to slow down as I am now 59...and knowing him, he will most probably smile and then ignore my raving and ranting completely....and subsequently, intensify the exercise. emoticon emoticon

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

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That is a puzzling statement: "the last 5 in my life..." Are you currently PLANNING on dying by a certain date 5 years away? I have no idea how to respond. emoticon

All the month of January has been relaxing, fairly stress-free, boring even -- sort of like being in suspended animation -- except I have needed the respite! Sunday was another day just like that. Monday is a beautiful day, and much warmer. I'm back from a nice strenuous exercise session. At tea, 2 ladies asked Bette (the other exercise instructor) to increase the length of her sessions to a full hour (from 40-50 minutes). Everyone wanted it but one lady; so a full hour shall ensue! Yay! I hope that means that when *I* lead an hour-long session next time, I will receive approbation rather than groans.
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Sorry my kawan. It was my 59th birthday on 28th January...the last 5 in my life...sigh!! emoticon

Anyway, there was an Open House of a friend for lunch on my birthday followed by a family dinner at night. The next day, it was dinner with my boss and my immediate team and their families. And today, we had lunch with a friend, his wife and toddler son.
It has been such a wonderful weekend of gorging and having fun....I am lucky!

Thank you for your fun-filled wishes...

Tomorrow, it's back to work again and a hope that 2017 has many moments of sunshine despite the gloom and doom predicted by many financial pundits!!

Have a great Sunday, my kawan.

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I am thinking that you failed to mention that you would be celebrating your birthday! And it is coincident with the Chinese New Year! How fun! Did you get a fortune cookie? With a good fortune? And you had a gentle loving weekend with family and friends; what could be better!

Happy Birthday!
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Hi Koshie.

There are a number of places in Nepal and Himanchal Pradesh (near the Himalayas) where people go and live in ashrams for a few weeks. Ashrams are common in many places in India and not necessarily in the Himalayas. It's actually used as an expression whenever anyone says they are going to India on a pilgrimage..."going to the Himalayas"
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I had a fun-filled day and MM was kind enough not to spoil it! He actually behaved well. My goddaughter, her husband and my grandson joined us for dinner at the Japanese restaurant and it's amazing how this little fellow just got everyone smiling. So the birthday ended off well.
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Have a good Sunday, my kawan.

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Forgive my ignorance.... I can think of several places in India where one would make a pilgrimage to, but what specific place is in the Himalayas? And what makes it a pilgrimage site?

I think most responsible loving parents are interested in assisting their children in finding and strengthening their spiritual lives.... MM chose to undermine my efforts. I mentioned once to my friend that I did not know how to respond to his "attacks". I think that is what caused my friend to choose these books as a gift. If MM should ever resume his attacks, my being prepared with a rebuttal would certainly be controversial. Hopefully I will not be hanging around that long!

I will be busy house-cleaning and organizing and clutter-busting this weekend. And I think a few sun=-salutations will be an excellent start to each day! Good idea!
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Koshie, I have decided that anything on fashion is going to be boring as hell for both of us. First of all, they pick models of the wrong ages to show off these outfits and when they do pick someone of the right age, it's an ex-model with her figure intact. Give me a break!! It's as Meryl Streep says "America doesn't reward people of my age, either in day-to-day life or for their performances."
You are no fuddy-duddy.
Rome Sweet Home sounds interesting and controversial...have fun!!

I would love to go for a 3-week drive myself and drop by and see people I care for along the way. Unfortunately, I work and there is no way I will be able to get 3 weeks off unless I am doing some kind of pilgrimage to India or the Himalayas. But if you can, and it's safe, just up and go. The ones who take you for granted just have to manage themselves...

It's a holiday over the weekend until Monday and all the roads will be empty as people have returned home to either celebrate Chinese New Year or just take advantage of the holidays to return home to see family members.
My grandson and his mum will be coming over and apart from them, I hope I have a quiet restful weekend.
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You have a good one today, my kawan.

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The books I am presently reading were given to me as Xmas gifts by my daughter and by a close friend. DD gave me a book on creating a personal fashion style by a hot young designer, and the friend gave me a couple of religious topic books. They have revealed to me what a fuddy-duddy I am becoming.... the fashion book is boring and useless so far, and Rome Sweet Home turned out to actually be fascinating and instructive. Surprise to me! It is the story of a married couple's conversion from evangelical Protestants (theological school instructors and practicing ministers, with pastoral obligations) who hated the Catholic Church yet somehow dragged themselves kicking and screaming all the way to becoming Catholics and meeting the Pope. Please note that they dragged THEMSELVES more or less against their personal wishes as they continued to explore and follow God's will as they practiced Protestantism -- which led them to Catholicism as the truest practice of Christianity.
I haven't cracked open the other book yet.

Your cousins' passing remind me how very much I need to go home and visit my mother. She is in good health, but she is 85. I've had the intention; I need to make plans and call people. I want to drive and visit various family members on the way. This trip typically takes 3 weeks. And it is a lot of driving. emoticon But.... I keep doing it! It would be too expensive to fly to visit everyone I want to see; and they don't come visit me despite my extending the invitation repeatedly. So while I still am able, I do this. I'll get too old eventually and then I will fly and only see the most important family.

Age: our awareness of it comes and goes. You will feel better soon -- probably 4 hours after you get in a good run! Enjoy your sunshine!

Beeeeeeeg hugs to you, my kawan!
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2 relatives of mine died; my oldest cousin on my mum's side of the family died at 70 very unexpectedly. He was a doctor but with bad very bad habits - heavy smoker and drinker. Another was a 78 year old relative who died in a cafe while having lunch with his wife. This man is a darling and there was much sadness at his passing. So today and tomorrow, in between work, I shall attend these 2 sad events.

Thanks for the emoticon but the emoticon was out today and it was altogether good. Back at work now and feeling a little more tired - age must be catching up on me!

Glad you made it to your exercise class and ironed out the kinks in your body.

I am reading 2 books:
1) Lee Kuan Yew's memoirs (he was the first Prime Minister of Singapore)
2) "Please Look After Mother" a bestseller written by a Korean author and translated into English

What about you?

Have a good one today.

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emoticon I thought you might be able to use an extra umbrella..... emoticon one for your mum too! I'm sorry to hear you've lost someone dear. My sympathies to you.

It didn't get warmer; it got colder. But it was still "warm" enough for salt to melt the ice on our driveway; and our neighborhood road had been sanded to provide grip on the ice. Once on the county-maintained road, everything was very-well maintained. So, I made it to exercise and worked out those kinks in my back. Everyone was remarking on their muscle soreness!

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emoticon , go up please... emoticon , please make your presence felt tomorrow.

It has been raining here in Malaysia and some states are facing major floods. Very unusual for this time of the year as it is usually very hot during Chinese New Year. I hope the rains clear long enough for me to go for a run, head off for a funeral with my mum and then head back to work.

I will be curling up with a couple of good books over this weekend, especially since Monday is a holiday as well.

Have a good one today, my kawan!

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yes, I've lost some nice things at pot-lucks, even tho' my name was taped on them! No more! Like you, I strictly use disposables now.
Yesterday was bright and beautiful and reasonably warm for a winter day (50); today it is surprisingly humid and cold, with a bit of ice or snow -- just enough to make it quite slippery should you go out. We have decided that the course dictated by wisdom is the better one to follow -- and we are staying home. Hopefully, the ice will melt tonight somehow because I'd really like to lead exercise tomorrow! We did a lot of strength exercises yesterday and I have some resultant soreness that I'd like to work out.
Today, I shall curl up with a good book given to me as a Christmas gift. A "peasant day" ahead indeed!
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Koshie, my kawan, in my books, that would undeniably be a wonderful day. No two ways about it. You had double turnout for your class (of course it had to be you!); you made a lady's day by your thoughtful gift and she hugged you in return as per your instruction em>345.gif" alt="emoticon" width="42" height="42" border="0"> ...awesome...you managed to get shoes that your DD did not turn her nose up at... emoticon . and finally to top it all off, received compliments for a well-made, albeit, simple dinner....but one that everyone felt was good enough to voice their compliments! emoticon .

People are very strange when it comes to gifts. I think your friend may have experienced other people requesting her to return their containers for whatever reason and rather than assume that you are different, she chose to ask directly about it. So I don't think it's anything you did...I think it's something others have been doing to her...I think the harder people to handle are the ones who actually borrow an item from you and keep it forever after forgetting to return it for a few years. Some of MM's family members are sooooo guilty of this!!! These days when I do a pot luck, I take it over the food in disposable containers of all sizes that I have no intention of retrieving from them!! emoticon

Anyway, hope you have more peasant days in the future...

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Wow! That must have been a special group of people to form such a good team that they'd want to catch up with each other after 30 years! It is quite the compliment that so many came! And of course, that is certainly a wonderful hostess you have in yourself! Who knew my kawan is such a social butterfly? I am envious of your talents!
I am surprised that MM was there -- that he wanted to spend time with your social circle. Mine would not have.

You know, I did have a wonderful day, just one of those rare days when everything goes right. While it couldn't have had anything to do with me, twice the number of ladies came to my exercise class than usually do -- and I still take it as a compliment.
Later, at coffee after exercise, we celebrated a friend's birthday. I arrived a bit late and she already had a stack of birthday cards in front of her -- but I had brought her a nice wrapped gift of a candle and a small but very nice vase filled with red roses (she's a widow and I thought perhaps she doesn't get flowers often as a result) -- and delivered it with the message that lovin' and emoticon kissin' were not required -- but a little huggin' would be welcomed. She was thrilled. It is a good feeling to know that you've made someone's day! (and I got my hug!)
Now here is a mystery for you -- she asked me if I wanted her to return the vase to me! I was caught by surprise -- and no, of course I don't want her to give me the vase. Why would the container not be part of a gift? It was a nice vase, but not hugely extravagant such that it would be inappropriate. But this is the third or fourth time someone has asked me this question regarding the "container" of a gift -- which has been wrapped in gift wrap.... I can sort of understand when someone asks me if I want returned the canning jars of homemade jams that I make; but once, a woman even asked me if I wanted her to return the BOX a gift was in. I wonder what on EARTH I am doing that puts this as a question in someone's mind!
Anyway...
I followed that up with some shopping for the pleasure of it and found some nice shoes for my picky picky DD (SCORE! as the expression goes!); and then I came home and made a simple dinner that still earned compliments for my creative use of spices and perfectly cooked meat.

Now, I know these do not count as high achievements on a worldly basis, but I made several people happy, and I was happy. I would be content to have many more days like this!
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I organised a lunch reunion yesterday of the people from the first company I ever worked at. And there were about 50 people who turned up and I also had about 10 of my son's friends who joined the group. I catered the lunch and it was absolutely marvellous to catch up with people whom I had not seen for almost 30 years. Even MM enjoyed himself and remarked that it was well organised. Of course, it would be! As long as it's women organising a function, it will always go well.... emoticon emoticon

Have a great start to the week, my kawan.

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Hi Koshie.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, since I work, I keep the same distance...6.5 km. On Sundays, I am working towards increasing the distance and later on, to try and improve the time. No, it's certainly not for the bungee jumping....I am still hoping that my boss will change his mind...

The 3x a week gym work has been changed for January and it will change again in April and I must say that the running has improved significantly because of Moskito.

Have a great Sunday, my kawan.

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I know. It seems like I am doing nothing in retrospect, but I'm busy! And I am fatigued. emoticon
How is your running coming along? Are you increasing your pace or lengthening your distance? And I have to ask, simply because you are running so faithfully, but I can't see the connection: is the running connected somehow to "getting in shape" for a bungie dive?

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hi KOSHIE. I like your name. In Hindi, the word "Khushi" means happy. So if you meet an Indian and the person speaks Hindi, don't be surprised if he/she decides to call you Ms Happy!

I am not a big fan of huge family gatherings. I like smaller groups of 8 people or so as it becomes more personal and there is better interaction all around. In the past, due to our respective jobs, MM and I had to attend a number of social functions - and I just detested these. MM of course enjoys these for some reason or other. I have finally told him that he needs to go for these on his own especially during weekdays. And when the children were younger, I used to get very irritated at his insistence on placing these functions before family time almost every weekend. Eventually, he got smarter about it but not enough...to his detriment. He is definitely not as close to the children as he would like to be...but that was the path he had chosen, anyway.

By the way, I am glad that Sunshine and Sunlight have made their way to you. About time!!

Have a good one, my dear kawan. Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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LOL, you shall have to use an alternative to milk certainly! Have no fear, they abound! emoticon How you must have cringed to learn I use SOUR milk! emoticon How sad that even ghee is olfactorily offensive to you. It is sometimes awkward to be out-of-step at the dinner table! You must have suffered a lot when you were younger!

Yes, things have warmed up a little and the snow is slowly disappearing. On Monday we got another 4 inches and had to shovel the driveway -- but since it was warming, and only 4 ", the work went quickly and the sun quickly melted the ice on the driveway once the snow was removed. It isn't so much the temperature but rather the sunlight and infrared radiation that melts the snow..... I think the humidity must have increased slightly, because I feel the cold more than usual. Still you must understand, I was running around in shorts all day after exercise even though the temperature was in the 40's. Ah, here it is: right now, we have 42% humidity. MM will be playing golf tomorrow -- meaning I shall have wonderful day!

OOOOOHHHHHHhhhhhhhhh, I MISS big family gatherings! I enjoy MM's family ALMOST as much as my own, but gatherings are SO rare!

Prema, please feel free to leave off the "1". It was only a forced necessity when I signed up with SparkPeople. While I am very pleased to have an exceedingly rare name (for America, at least), even I get tired of it and simply use "k". Or perhaps it is because I am a terrible typist but too ashamed to let anyone see just how bad it is and must correct correct correct (even Koshie, which you'd think I must type often enough that at least I could do that, but no-oo-oH!). I'll know it is me if you do so!
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I like the win-win-win-win situation completely.

I have just one problem with milk - I cannot stand the smell nor the taste. And this is a fairly awkward situation for me because I am an Indian and Indians all over the world love their milk, yogurt and ghee (clarified butter). So I may envy your soft skin and desire this for myself but to to do this with milk all over me.... emoticon ....no way!!

There was no occasion for the dinner, Koshie1. MM's cousin and his family were down from Adelaide for a short holiday. So I had them and the families of his siblings over for dinner. Needless to say, there were no leftovers....the young people literally demolished everything in sight! The cousin was nice enough to make dessert and it was bread pudding which I do not particularly care for cos it's just too milky for me. Fortunately, all the others love milk and bread pudding and this was another exercise in effective demolition by the young ones. I gave them a toast and told them to enjoy their metabolic rate for as long as it stayed true to them!!! emoticon

Has the sun made its appearance long enough for your snow to make a hasty exit? Hope so!

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

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I'm not surprised about the missing post. That has happened twice to me recently -- only on THIS thread!
I highly recommend the "Cleopatra Thing" not only for its non-oily moisturizing, but even more for its amazing exfoliation effects! There's something in milk ( I guess the lactic acid?) that dissolves the bonds between dead skin and living skin. So after a nice soak, a quick and gentle rubdown with a washcloth, a final immersion in the milk, I dry off and feel amazing baby-soft skin again! My DD, who has oily skin, heard me rave about it so often that she finally tried it. She was an immediate convert! I mean.... one sees the proof in the tub and feels the proof upon toweling dry! I don't know if fresh milk works the same as milk that has soured because I've always drunk the milk if it was fresh; AND I get the emotional boost of not being wasteful if the milk has soured. AND I get a luxurious soak AND I get nice skin out of the treatment. That's what I call a win-win-win-win-win!
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With young people present, did you have ANY left-overs at all? And what was the occasion for the party?

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Hi Koshie1.

I am surprised that my message to you did not get posted.

In my message yesterday, I told you that my helpers and I ended cooking for 26 people and the younger members among the guests demolished most of the non-vegetarian dishes i.e. prawns, fish and pork.

And then I was also wishing for you to have a quiet day today to enable you to do your Cleopatra thing....soak in milk for another session of beauty and therapy.

It's okay to waste time now and then. You don't do it that often, anyway! You deserve a day with nothing but downtime!!! emoticon

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I'm embarrassed to say that I've been on the computer practically all day wasting time! It such a time-eater! emoticon

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ooooh! Are you having 18 people over for dinner for a special occasion?

Yesterday was very quiet. will be happy to have another one! It will give me time to take a long hot soak in the tub with some moisturizing milk. It is sour milk, which sometimes happens and instead of throwing it down the sink, I put it to good use! I figure if Cleopatra could do it, so can I! And no, it doesn't SMELL sour!

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So glad that your weather has taken a turn for the better. About time.

I am going off to cook for 18 people who will be coming over for dinner. Have a good one today. No no. Have a great one today....

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Prema! Your prayers are VERY effective! We got only 1 INCH of snow. I don't know where the rest fell, but it isn't anywhere I normally go! We are much relieved.

I hope you have a cooler, drier weekend suitable for 10K runs! And gentle breezes! And admiring glances as you fly past so fast that you don't even see them!
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...and I wait too...and I will pray very very hard for you that this weekend sees you getting some much-needed respite from the weather. I know it's January and the chances for the weather to get worse are much higher than for the sun to even make a peek behind the clouds.

And it was very clear from your earlier message that you were trapped yourself when your sister sent out her SOS to you..

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Have a good weekend, Koshie and there will be prayers coming your way from across the miles.

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They way I told it, it isn't clear that my sister called me while we were still trapped ourselves in our home. But even if I could have gotten out, I don't know how I could've gotten to her. News reports made it clear that ALL possible equipment was being utilized around the state, even helicopters. Snow mobiles were sold-out. I don't know any higher-up muckety-mucks either to have called for help. I knew when it happened that we were very lucky that a Caterpillar was in our area and DH chanced to see it; but it wasn't until much later (seeing that it took many months for the snow to melt) that I understood just HOW lucky we were.
It is early morning. Skies are cloudy to the east but clear to the west (?!?). It is colder and the temperature is still dropping. It hasn't snowed yet. At least, it hasn't snowed yet right HERE! Maybe the snow will be directed elsewhere....
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That had to be the saddest, scariest thing I have read in a long time! emoticon

God was definitely watching over you and your DD. I am so glad that your DH had the presence of mind to do what was critical at that point with total disregard for the expenses. As for your sister, my dear kawan, there was nothing you could do. I have no doubt that had there been even an extremely remote possibility of you doing something for her, you would have done it in the blink of an eye. No hesitation! But this was not one of those. It was a totally impossible situation. I feel for you, having had to go trough something like that!

You may need to consider somewhere warmer like maybe Florida or Hawaii. Or leave USA altogether and move to the tropics.

And of course, I would trade any number of sweltering days for your freezing ones - without any hesitation. Zero hesitation!

You take care of you and may tomorrow bring some sunshine to your part of the world..

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BEEEG hugs to you, Prema, my kawan!

It is called SAD here. Yes, I do l think I am susceptible. I have a strong preference for summer and I enjoy the heat. I miss it! We have a wonderful climate here, generally speaking, with fabulous seasonal changes. Now, if winter had longer days here, I'd probably enjoy it as much as I do the other seasons. I remember visiting England in the summer... there was twilight lingering at 11:30 at night! I loved it! But I think I'd really dislike their winters! I thought for a long while that I might move to Canada when the time is right. There is a lot to like. But one day, I realized that unless I was rich enough to have 2 homes (one in the south!), I would really hate living through the winters -- simply because of the lack of daylight. Now, I describe this in terms of emotion: "like and dislike," but there is probably a physical component to it. I do think I have a sunnier disposition in the summer! I LIKE being outside.

We've had 4 days in a row of relatively warm weather and sunni(er) skies -- enough to melt most of the snowfall except where it is in snowplow-created snow banks. It created gale-force winds at night and blew down our fence. Unfortunately, the Atmospheric River is bringing us another big (make that BIG) snowfall tonight or tomorrow.

It happens every 10 years or so. Ten years ago, it all happened so fast and so much that the whole state was declared a federal disaster area. All the snow didn't melt for NINE months! And THAT was at the base of the mountains; I don't know what it was like even higher up! I was just grateful that it all finally melted down low before it started snowing again; I was very nervous that it wouldn't!

Ten years ago, DD and I were trapped in our home by the snow. 12-15 feet of snow fell. DH worked during the week in another state; DD was too little; and I could not keep up with snow removal by myself. I had plenty of food and toilet tissue for quite awhile. But I didn't realize just how bad off we were -- that snow wasn't going to go anywhere by itself; and I didn't realize that it wasn't going to melt for months and months..... DH insisted on flying home for the weekend even though I told him he couldn't get to the house. So I began to try and dig a path by hand.

I had to excavate a large pile of snow into the garage until FINALLY the snow outside collapsed and I could see daylight. Only then could I scoop up a shovel of snow, lift it over my head, and attempt to "flip" it over the top of the snow. This was very difficult for me as I had both shoulders injured at the time. I had DD watch me in the garage at all times in case the snow collapsed on me so that she could dig me out! Finally I was able to dig about a 4-foot wide path through the upper 6 feet of snow for a little ways and DD was able to help me a little. ALL the snow we dug had to be lifted overhead and "flipped" up another few feet onto tall walls of snow. It took us 3 days of work (and we were working ALL day, hurrying!) to dig a path ALMOST to the road. By then, snow-plows clearing the road had created a 6-foot high ice-and-compressed-snow dam at the foot of our driveway. We chiseled steps up the dam for DH. It was all we could do.

It was months before I realized just how lucky we were (because months and months later the snow still hadn't melted).... A Caterpillar (multi-function large piece of drivable construction equipment) happened by at just the right time... DH was outside in the road pondering what on EARTH could be done when he saw the Cat and flagged it down and offered the driver $100 dollars cash on the spot to dig us out. He dug us out. SAVED!

My sister and her family and friends from Texas had been vacationing in a mountain cabin in Colorado. She was also snowed in also and called me for help. Her situation was dire (no food at all) but I could offer nothing. I could offer nothing and you have no idea how hard that is to accept to this day. Authorities would not help her unless/until something bad happened because there were many people who were worse off. Sadly, a small child with them fell and required stitches and only then did they get rescued. By snowmobile. Many months later they returned to retrieve their vehicles and they've never been back.

So I'm anxious about the expected snowfall. Even after 20 years, snow is not something that I "Know". I'd take a day of your sweltering heat if you'd take a tomorrow's snow! Actually, that would be a good deal for both of us! In one week or less, it would be hot enough to melt all the snow there, and one day of heat here would melt the remaining snow here, and we both would have stories to tell our grandchildren!
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Do you suffer from Seasonal Disorder? Apparently, this is a real ailment and it affects most people during winter when everything and anything gets halted because of weather!!

Very hot weather here...the heat is sweltering. Not looking forward to my morning run tomorrow....

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It's early but I'm so tired. I've been busy all day.

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Hi Koshie1.

I have 2 left feet. Probably the worst in the world.

But I did tell my daughter that if she was ever dancing in front of an audience of strangers to both of us, to just lie and say that she received all her talent from her nimble-footed mum. I have discovered though that God has a sense of humour - at least with many of us. In my case, every time I opened my mouth to lie to some stranger or other about my my talent being passed down to my daughter, an old classmate or university mate would surface and enquire how a nimble-footed nightingale like my daughter came from a mum like me. You must remember - these are people who go back 40 to 50 years. and being politically correct is not in their vocabulary with pals!!!!!

One day, if you ever come to Malaysia, you should meet my "sister"....you will be amazed at how humble and wonderful she is.... emoticon

Koshie, perhaps you should just tell your DD that you have selected the dates for her travel with you to visit grandma and sort of tell her what to do but make it seem like you're asking her. These young adults behave like kids on many occasions...they dawdle! And this dawdling behaviour cuts across international boundaries!!! I am a little more lucky. My mum lives about half an hour from house (when there's no traffic) and so my DD could visit her on more than one occasion before departing for Melbourne.

By the way, I would rather the winds blow away your fence rather than blow you away. Please be safe and stay indoors.

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How AWEsome! I wish you would put a short video of the dancing on your Sparkpage! And are you a dancer also? Ah! A mother-daughter duet! Wouldn't that be a lovely memento for your daughter to treasure her life long? Well, I'm sure she will love showing your grandchildren the short video-clip of you throwing yourself off that high point in a swell swan-dive while attached to a bungee cord! "Look at what your grandmother does! Watch and learn! You have a lot to live up to!"
And it is truly wonderful to have a sister you have chosen, and to support each other by working together. I'm delighted that you chose to highlight her accomplishments in shaping young ladies' lives. Nobody ever gets enough acknowledgement for all the good they do; and perhaps we don't even see it ourselves! But you've generously shown your love to your sister in giving her this praise. emoticon 25 successful years of you molding lives! emoticon

As I mentioned, life seems "on hold" right now. I'm trying to get DD to talk to her dad about making concrete plans to go to Houston where he has promised to introduce her to his friends in high places in hopes of getting her foot in the door to a better job than she could get on her own. I want to coordinate my own travels with this particular trip so that I can take DD on to visit my mother. I haven't been home in two years (although I have seen my mother elsewhere). My mom is 85 this year, and I am realizing that she is aging along with everyone else and won't be here many more years. I want DD to get another chance to see her grandmother.

I'm also trying to plan a mother-daughter trip just for fun to celebrate her graduation. DD just isn't giving me any feedback to my suggestions! She says she's interested in going, but she doesn't know when, why, where, or to do what! ARgh! emoticon This makes "planning" impossible!

Last night we had very high winds. VERY! Our fence was blown down. AGAIN. For the fifth time in 8 years. emoticon We keep trying different solutions, but none last very long! Since we are planning on filling in the pool, perhaps we can dismantle the fence as well.

Be well, Prema!
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On Saturday night, the dance show was superb.

It's an Indian classical dance form called Bharata Natyam (mouthful, ain't it?) and it's run by a girlfriend of mine whom I regard as my sister. She was a student of my late father and I have known her from the age of 10. She is a doctor and a partner at a well known medical group and teaches dance just for the love of it. My daughter was one of her many students and graduated in this dance performance some 8 years ago. She and I set it up as a company and I am one of the directors handling all the non-talent related work.

We hold annual concert performances every year to raise funds for a charitable cause and I have no idea how she has always been able to raise the bar every year and for every student.

Usually, we do not give speeches but this year was different. It was our silver jubilee and I gave a speech. Given her distaste for compliments, she gave me a list of stuff "to say" and "not to say". Of course, without her knowledge, I opted for the stuff "not to say" and it was all about how grateful the mothers and dancers were to her for showing the girls that they could always go beyond self-imposed boundaries and that the ripple effect of these learnings were already showing. The dancers have all turned out to be very confident young ladies, excelling in their various fields of endeavour. Truly an amazing teacher!!

Long discourse!!!!

They loved the speech and they told her that I had said everything they themselves wanted to say to her....so that felt good!!

I am glad that the sun made its appearance today and therefore allowed you to get out of the house for a while, at least!

Have a good one today, my kawan. Beeeeeg Hugs, prema

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Yes, it has been rather like we are hibernating; everything seems to move slowly and we are in suspended animation. Very peaceful with everyone doing their own thing!
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And the sun melted the worst parts of our driveway down to the concrete. I got to go out to church today and to the grocery store!
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Thank Goodness and Thank God that relief found its way to your house before you went bonkers! I know I would have completely crazy in your position!!!

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He did finally come this morning. All of us went outside with our snow-shovels and worked to remove strips down to the bare cement (it allows the car tires to have something to grip and prevents sliding). Hopefully we will get enough sun to melt the snow that remains on the driveway!
It is such relief. I've been indoors since Wednesday and was starting to feel trapped. I am getting SOME house-work done though!
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1/7/17 3:02 A

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Oh dear Koshie1.

I need to get ready soon. Getting my speech ready for a dance performance in 2 hours - this is a place where my daughter learnt Indian classical dancing called Bharata Natyam.

Talk to you tomorrow, my kawan

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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1/6/17 1:52 P

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Our snow-plower hasn't shown up for 3 days to keep up with the 15 inches of snow we've received since Wednesday, and so I was unable this morning to go to exercise. Not happy!
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DH sent him an e-mail last night, but our driveway remains untouched at noon.



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1/5/17 5:40 P

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Yes, my question is answered. Just a few more. Do you analyze the companies/stocks to recommend purchases or does your boss? How is it that you got into this line of work; and how did you meet your boss and get to know him well enough to trust him as a reliable employer? You make it sound like it is just the 2 of you, but you have mentioned other employees (relating to the bungee jump) -- how big a group are you? I only ever worked for large corporations; so i'm curious about "the other side."



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My boss and I run a boutique investment firm and we invest our personal funds as well as funds from a small group of people on the American Stock Exchange. Our play is usually S&P 500 as well as Nasdaq companies. My young boss has been playing the American Stock Exchange for some time now as an individual player.
Since many of his friends have invested a good amount of money with him, we formalised our set-up to conform with all the regulatory requirements of both Malaysia and America and we have been in business doing this for the last 5 years.

Does this answer your question, Koshie1.

Your Stock Exchange is mature, there is much liquidity and volume and there are a number of sectors to choose from....I ca understand your market much better than the Malaysia market!

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

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okay this is weird. Half of my previous post is not there! I have not noticed anything strange on the other threads on which I post....

I don't know why the streets continue to be so empty. Most regular business should have picked up and with it the associated traffic. Schools will not have restarted yet. Since my youth, it seems that the Christmas vacation gets longer and longer and the summer vacation gets shorter and shorter. I wasn't surprised that traffic was so heavy right before Christmas -- it is usually that way, but I've never before noticed it to be SO light for so long afterwards! I thought, "maybe businesses gave Jan. 2 as a holiday off," but I expected that there would be heavier traffic today! But it was very very light. Mysterious! I keep thinking that I must be missing out on some important news....

Time is a funny thing. Since it isn't something "real", we get to measure it any way we like. Before clocks and calendars, time was much more flexible and fluid; and now we measure it down to atomic vibrations. As if we could do anything in a billion-zillionth of a second! I love it that the Chinese celebrate a different New Year than we do. I love it that their calendar honors tens of hundreds of years more than the Western calendar. It is almost like time stretches, since the perspective is different. It is humbling.

I'm SO curious, my kawan. What do you do at the AmSX?
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NEWFLABULESS....that is indeed one of the most creative names I have heard in a long time. emoticon ... emoticon . Welcome to this site and good luck on your journey.

Why were the streets so empty, Koshie1? Have people not returned to work yet? Aren't kids back in school already?

In Malaysia, we will be celebrating the Chinese Lunar Year on 28th and 29th January so there will be a holiday from 27th January to 31st January for most people. As most of my work id centred around the American Stock Exchange, we will be at work as usual. Anyway, only my Chinese staff have applied for leave during that period as the rest of us do not celebrate this festival.

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

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What happened to my post here from yesterday?
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We're getting a bit of snow today with a big temperature drop after a very beautiful yesterday. I was out yesterday morning; the streets were SO empty! And I'm NOT going out today to check the streets!
LOVE your name, Flabuless! how creative and inspiring! Good luck on your journey!-



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Happy New Year emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon !

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Work as if it was your first day.
Forgive as soon as possible.
Love without boundaries.
Laugh without control
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The holidays are over. How do I know? Harried young parents on the road, heavier traffic jams and school buses plying the roads from this morning...and of course, every deejay across every radio channel all over the world reminding us as though we had actually forgotten...the holidays have ended!!!

Have a good one today, my kawan..... beeeeeg emoticon , Prema

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Thank you Koshie for your kind words.

On New Year's day, I hosted MM, my children, my daughter's Canadian friend, my mum and my mil to a dinner at a restaurant called Iberico which serves the best pork ribs ever. I was struggling to remember my energy levels as a working mum who was sleep-deprived for the first few years of each of my children's lives. How did I cope? I cannot remember! Then I remembered my career and their teenage years...where did I get the energy from to cope then? And then I realised that these intensities of energy levels and activities made us completely relevant to people around us. And I wondered, as I looked at mum and my mil, how long before ageing makes me one that my kids and grandkids have to remind themselves to include in their outings etc....how long will it be before I become irrelevant!!

You and I are the same in this aspect. We want to stay relevant to ourselves and I think the way we are doing it is, in the words of Indra Nooyi, the Chairman of Pepsico, by being lifelong students. One example for you is your cycling experience this year.

I hope we both have peace, prosperity and happiness in 2017...at least enough to bring more smiles than tears...

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Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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