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7/2/14 1:14 P

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And I'm just an old Minnesota farmer....................

I find that no matter what the activity I need to accomplish when I go to the new house, it always leaves me tired out completely. Yesterday I put vinyl tile in the cabinets where sinks will be, so both bathrooms and the kitchen sink. Had some left over, and had just enough to cover the 24"x48" area where the kitties will be eating and snacking, so did that. Lots of work, as it was all on hands and knees and I had forgotten how sticky the backside of those vinyl tiles are -- had a terrible time getting it off my hands.

Then of course there was the hand watering to do, will be happy when we are up there and get a drip system installed. But it is wonderful to see the progress being made by so many of the plants. Picked 2 more blackberries while I was up there, I'm amazed at how it is doing for such a young plant, have about 5 or 6 more that are much younger, they are supposed to get as high as 4 to 5 feet in height. That will look good, and give me blackberries to freeze.

Trying to find out when the tile will be installed. So far no one has called me back. I was quite pleased with the cabinets, and can't wait for the granite countertops to be installed, although they just measured for the countertops yesterday so I suppose it will take a few days for them to get anything done.

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7/2/14 3:27 A

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Sounds like good sense and you may be right but DH was a Wisley trained gardner, so should know what he's talking about too. Anyway, I won't be digging them up until I need them, so it doesn't matter.

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7/1/14 11:03 P

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Rosa, it does no good to dig up a potato plant to see how they are doing if they have just started to bloom. The bloom means they are just now ready to start forming the crop. So to dig one up is a waste of time -- there will not be anything there too exciting. Best to just let it do it's thing, blooming is an indication that it will begin to get fruits/vegetables soon. Just like when peas bloom, after the bloom dies off, that is where the pea forms. Apple trees are the same, they bloom, the bloom dries up and as it does, the apple begins to form.

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7/1/14 4:46 P

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I was up at the allotment (my brother's garden) straight after breakfast this morning. I took the corn and autumn cabbage to plant. I had to finish weeding first but I got the cabbage in first - finishing off the other half of the onion row and then filling in the gaps where the parsnips didn't come up. The potatoes are doing well and as they have started flowering DH says I can dig one up to see how it's doing. I'll leave that until we've finished off the last of the sack of potatoes I bought last month. DH came round because the two tomatoes I'd planted had gone made and I didn't know what to thin out. Once he'd trimmed off the surplus shoots I gave it a good watering. DH went back this afternoon to get slug and snail pellets down - organic ones which don't harm birds, pets or other wild life. Apparently they are very partial to corn seedlings.

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6/30/14 9:53 P

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It's been a long time since I've had a filling also. Mostly my dentist trips are just for teeth cleaning, which I do every 4 months (when I think of it).

BTW, Vicki has left our team. I hope it wasn't anything I said or did. I sent her a Spark mail, but she hasn't answered me. I think you and I are the only ones active on here for the summer. Bummer -- but at least it is a way we an stay in touch.

Your garden sounds wonderful. I am going up again tomorrow to water our stuff and to see how the house looks now that all the cabinets have been put in, bathrooms & kitchen and utility room. The painters wife said something about the island in the kitchen being placed kind of funny -- so now I'll have that on my mind until I see how it looks.

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6/30/14 7:38 P

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Glad the dentist wasn't too bad. I go once a year which is too often for me! Luckily I have good teeth and haven't had to have a filling for years.
I went up to the allotment today after a 10 day gap and the weeds have grown and grown - even though I cleared them all last time. It's the rain we had at the end of last week. I cleared them again and will be back there tomorrow to plant the corn and cabbage. There's a lot of gaps in the row of parsnips so I'll fill them with cabbages. I'll need to tie up the tomatoes too.


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6/28/14 12:37 P

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Actually I wasn't in pain at all, but they had to keep taking impressions for some reason as the temporary they were making just didn't seem to fit. Weird. But they finally got it and I was out of there. Then back again the next morning for a long overdue teeth cleaning. I usually go every 4 months, but this time it was about 6 months. Thanks to the new house occupying a lot of my time and thoughts.

Finally lost a pound (almost) after staying at 137.4 for several days. So I guess all it takes is to walk 2 or 3 miles, spend 2 hours cleaning up the yard, and then dance in front of the TV for 15 or 20 minutes (if I have any energy left) -- and of course don't eat too much on top of all this. lol

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6/28/14 1:42 A

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Ouch! I hope you feel better soon. I hate going to dentist even if it is just for a clean and scrape along with a check-up.

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6/26/14 6:49 P

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Yes, the monsoon season will start here soon. That's what the rainy season is called here in Arizona. Usually starts right around the 4th of July (which for us is a holiday).

Today went to the dentist as I had a filling fall out of one of my upper teeth in the back. The dentist said I need two new crowns. I could just see the $$$ flying out the window. But after checking with my dental insurance I found my cost would be $845 to cover both of them, and they had a payment plan where I only have to pay $141 per month for 6 months, and 0% interest. So there I was, stuck in the dentist chair for nearly 2 hours!

I did get up early and got a nice walk in though, so that helps!

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6/26/14 6:04 P

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It's worth it. I enjoy watering. Such a peaceful task. We're due a basinful of rain tomorrow which should be good for the garden. emoticon

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6/24/14 1:31 P

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I noticed when we went to Yarnell yesterday that the plants really needed to be watered sooner. So will have to plan on going up there every 3 days for now. Such a hassle, and expensive too as the gas to go up and back runs around $30 per trip. Would be cheaper to hire someone to water for me. May speak to a neighbor about that.

Makes me wonder if it's worth it sometimes, but I could not stand to not have any plants and flowers and trees around me -- so guess for the joy of it, it's worth it.

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6/24/14 3:21 A

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Went to my Sit-fit class yesterday and did office stuff and teaching for the rest of the day. No time for anything else. I have to get my accounts ready for Thursday, so will be busy in the office until then, but will try to get out in the garden a bit each day. The weather is hot and sunny until then but Thursday and Friday they have predicted rain and more rain. It will be welcome. I am not too good with hot and the garden needs a spot of rain.

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6/22/14 7:06 P

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Can't do anything on this phone -- it's so frustrating. DD called me twice from Italy and I had no idea how to answer it. AAARGGGGGHHH!

Now I am cleaning out the refrigerator, drank a lite beer and am trying to re-organize the refrigerator into some semblance of order. Also bought a bunch of storage containers, mostly fairly small, holding a quart or so, for stuff I will need in Yarnell. Labeling the box as I put the containers in there (already filled with whatever) so far I have white flour, 100% wheat flour, sugar, rice, Basmati rice, and orza. If I ever get up there and unpacked I will be organized.

Well, back to work -- this was just a little break for me. Oh, and I did make it to the gym this morning, so that is out of the way.

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6/22/14 5:43 P

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Water fowl is probably more accurate. That covers ducks, geese, swans and the moorhens and coots. I've been strawberry picking this evening, so strawberries for breakfast tomorrow.



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6/19/14 6:29 P

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I think we probably just group them all together and call them "ducks" -- and then if you are acquainted with the various types, we get into that. Sounds cute!

Back in Glendale, and hope I haven't gained all my weight back as I've been without a scale, but I was starving and eating all the food I had brought along -- although I did get in a LOT of exercise. I'm so glad the painting process is over. And when we go up again to water, we should have cabinets and maybe the lights will be installed too (not working yet of course). One of these days we may have locks on the doors so we can secure the place.

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6/19/14 5:50 P

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Coots are like moorhens - small black water fowls with a white crest, whereas moorhens have a red crest. Will upload a photo of a grebe tomorrow and add it to my photo gallery.

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Not sure what grebes and coots are. Back when I was a kid, when a kid got head lice in school it was said they had the "cooties." Who would think different countries would have such difference in names. Like on a car we say "hood" I believe in England it's something else, can't remember for sure, but isn't it "bonnet" and for us a bonnet is a baby's hat. In the really old days women wore bonnets on their heads, and they were actually that, tying under the chin and all -- now more headwear is just referred to as hats.

You had a great day, Rosa. I definitely got my share of exercise too as I painted about 5 hrs and watered all the plants/trees besides. I was one tired gal when I got home. Thank goodness I'm alone, and if I want to, I can just go to bed at 7:00 or 8:00 or whenever!

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6/17/14 1:54 A

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I went to my first sit-fit class yesterday which was fun and surprisingly hard work. Not all of it was sitting either. I went with my sister and we went for a stroll around the lake after and saw a family of grebes plus coots, swans and mallard ducks. I have never seen grebes there before. It was a lovely interlude in my day.

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6/16/14 12:05 P

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Harder to maintain my weight here in Glendale; too hot to be outside, and too lazy to head to the gym. But I'm going there now, so TTYL!

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6/15/14 6:04 P

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Let's hope not!

Done mega amounts in the garden again this week and beginning to get on top of it. I've managed to upload pictures on my blog this time.

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Well, back at my home in Glendale -- and of course, being back in civilization (lol) we had to go out and have some Chinese food. Last time I ate there I didn't gain an ounce, but this time the scale went up .4 -- oh well, I'm still in the 135's.

Discovered another thing, I sneeze all the time in our house here, and looking back on my week in Yarnell, I didn't sneeze one time! OMG! What if I'm allergic to my cats????

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6/13/14 6:25 P

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You guys have been doing great with the extra points for the team! I can't remember what mine were for today -- In fact, I don't think I did the spin yet. I overslept and was really in a rush this morning, so didn't do any Sparks till this afternoon. The painter was waiting for me to bring more paint to him.

The place is looking great, and I'm feeling good about all of it -- getting lots of exercise and the weight is coming off! But tomorrow morning I'll check out of this little apartment and will not be back up until Tuesday this time. So possibly when I finish on here tonight, I will take my computer down and put it in my car. I'll up above a storage area they have, so trying to minimize the trips up and down. Went for a little walk through town yesterday in the evening and it was so nice out. Probably about 84F and with no humidity that is wonderful. I'm sorry you are having so much humidity -- I don't get along well with humidity, so AZ is a good place for me to be.

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6/13/14 5:17 P

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We had a few rumbles and flashes and a few drops of rain, but nothing much. It is very humid, so maybe it will break overnight.

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I had 20 points for the team today, myself.
It's been a very stormy afternoon, but I think most of the rain is passed us now. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

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emoticon 50 points for the team today!
It's been hot today! 86F/30C. I don't like the heat, but at least the plants are growing well. I'm on the home straight with the garden now. Planted some nicotiana this morning and cut the grass. I'll carry on digging this evening.

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It's amazing that his hip replacement was 6 weeks ago already. How time flies, although I'm sure it didn't seem like time was flying to him. So happy to hear it was a successful operation for him.

All this gardening stuff really takes time. I went over to the construction site early this a.m., about 7:30 and I watered all the plants, then the Painter asked if I would spray the house with water, as it has new stucco on it. That was definitely NOT an easy job. I think it took me an hour just to do that. The front part was dry before I even finished, but the North side was still a bit damp. It got to 98F here in Yarnell today, although in Glendale I'm sure it was 112 or so.

This trip has been quite a hassle. Came up Monday leaving Glendale around 11:30, and as I was unpacking things in my little apartment I realized I had forgotten the cord that supplies power to my laptop. Just great! And of course in this little whistle stop of a town, there would be no place to find one. The Library has Internet but is only open 9:00 - 4:00, when I should be busy working. I could have probably used their Internet instead of taking a nap, but I figure I'm really going to need the nap.

Then get over to the house and the Painter says he needs more paint. A LOT MORE! So I decide to just drive back down and up and get it, along with my laptop cord. Lots of driving for me yesterday, all together it would be 210 miles, which I'm not a fan of. Then this a.m. I get up to dress and find I forgot to bring any blouses. How stupid is that? I probably had them hanging on my closet door. Then I got on my scale (yes, I brought it along) and it would not weigh me, it just said LO. Went to the hardware store, luckily there is one, got the batteries, then over to the Thrift Store and picked out 3 tops at $2 each. One of them is so cute I don't think I want to paint in it.

Hope nothing else goes wrong. I did get the walk-in closet painted today, so that's one down and plan on going back over about 4:00 as it should start to cool down a bit by then. Will paint the bathroom or the Hobby/Guest room closet next.

Whew! I'm bushed, and my back hurts. Going to lay down!
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You've both been really busy.
Take care and don't over do.

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Another 5 hours of pottering in the garden today. Planted up most of the pots on the patio as well as spreading the composted leaves and generally tidying up. DH goes for his post-op check up tomorrow. He's walking a lot better now and is in less pain than before his hip was replaced 6 weeks ago.

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Wow! That would create a lot of dust alright.

Well, back from Yarnell. DH has had a lot of pain in his back, so he took one of my pain pills before we left and also a muscle relaxer. Part way up he said I would have to drive, he was feeling wobbly and right after I started driving he said even his vision was blurry, and he was slurring his words. Of course we had no idea that would happen, so he wasn't feeling too good up there and back. And I still had to do the watering as the weather has been very hot and dry.

Back home now and both of us feeling kind of wiped out. I saw that my blinds from Levelor had been delivered and were sitting in the Great Room. No doors on the house as yet, so I had to load them up in the car and bring them with me.

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Bob used to make it worse by sanding his wood projects in the house, but he's given up his wood working since his health has gotten worse.

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I don't think the dust is all from you and Jim, Vicki -- although I read somewhere that a large percentage of the "dust" in our homes is actually dead skin cells. What a revolting thought! Makes me want to vacuum every single day!! If we lose that many dead skin cells we should have "baby" skin all the time it seems to me. Also, if you've ever hosed down the screens on your windows and noticed all that dirt running down the side of your house, you realize how much dust and dirt is blown up against the windows, and I'm supposing that about half of it makes its way into the house. How else could the wooden blinds at our windows get so dusty?

Just another of those things that occur to make sure our housework is a never-ending task!
Just keep vacuuming, and remember those deal skin cells. lol

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We don't have pets but we still get a huge amount of dust in the vacuum. I have one that has the canister too and I can't believe two people can cause that much dust and crap to be in the rugs and carpet in a weeks time.

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I've been watching all those fitness minutes you've been racking up, Rosa! emoticon

I've just finished vacuuming and I'm always surprised at the amount of hair and dirt the vacuum picks up. I have a shark, so all the dirt shows up in the little clear tank. You don't realize when the dust and such is going into a closed in bag how much there is. It seems the dining room (the pets lay under the table) and the office are hit the worst. That's where we spend a lot of our time, and of course because of that the pets come in too.

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Sorry - a lazy way of saying bedding plants - pansies, lobellia, antirrinums etc. I got the potatoes earthed up today and then planted a couple more tomato plants, courgettes (zuchini), cucumbers and spaghetti squash. I still have a lot of tidying up to do and plan to prepare a space for sweet corn but will have to buy plants as it's too late to sow them ourselves.

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Why people lie over things, knowing they're going to get caught is beyond me.

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I know what you mean on gardening being a hassle. We have tried so many times, but AZ just gets too darn hot. Although I admit I've seen people just a few houses from us growing fabulous tomatoes, etc. so maybe I'm just not a gardener -- or else I over water. They say more people kill plants by over watering than under watering. Could be. Oh well, I'm happy that the apple trees and grapes do well, and I can also grow asparagus. And nothing bothers those things. Well, toward the end, the birds get interested in the apples, but it isn't really too much of a bother.

Woke up at 6:00 even though I didn't have to get up early after all. My body is getting used to it, I guess. Well, that's good because next week I'll be helping with the painting. We caught the texture guy in a lie yesterday, he said it was ready to paint, but my painter said he had gone to the house and nothing was done! Result is that the texture guy said he would have it done even if he had to work at it on Saturday! I really don't mind because now we have the week-end to relax and we can get up there at a later time on Monday. I'm not sure if I will even paint anything on Monday, might just start it on Tuesday. Would like to get my walk-in closet done though as it will be dark if they put on doors, and no electric for lighting unless I can rig up a lamp someway and run an extension cord. What a hassle, always something. But the bathrooms and the one closet is the only place where light would be a problem, the rest of the house is nice and bright.

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I'm here. Thanks for the goodie. I think a lot of members have been turned off because of the wall. They don't look past it.
I wish I could get in some planting but we feed the squirrels and if I plant anything we have a dozen or more squirrels digging the seeds or small plants up. A couple years ago Bob had made me huge planters that I could plant veggies in and he had to string chicken wire all around and over to keep the squirrels out. I told him it just wasn't worth all the hassle.

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We miss your energy and cute messages, Vicki -- hope to chat with you again soon!

Rosa, what is bedding? I know what bedding plants are, but alone, the way you used it, I wasn't sure. I know different countries have a bit of a difference in some of the words they use for certain things, this must be one of them. At least at our Yarnell home grape vines do really well. The first year I was with George, back in 2010, the grapes were not plentiful, but another disappointment is they were not seedless as they were meant to be. George was so disgusted he pulled them all out and replanted with new. And it takes grape vines 2 or 3 years as a rule to produce grapes that will hold. Otherwise they form grapes only to have them just kind of shrivel up. And of course with the fire of 2013 we lost them all again. We replanted during the summer of the fire, even though there was no house, we wanted our grapes and apple trees to have a head-start. I was there today and the grape vines are doing great. They are very full of leaves, and are beginning to send up tendrils to catch the covered wire that is far above their heads. One grape vine is even able to touch the wire.

Anyway, the great news I received today is that if the painter is available, he can begin to paint on Friday. I was counting on Monday as the start date, but this is even better. I will not be able to be up there for Friday and Saturday, and Sunday will be a day of rest, but will go up on Monday. No more feelings of anxiety or fear -- now it's all just joy and anticipation!

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Had another good day in the garden today. Finished planting the tomatoes and runner beans and planted the bedding. I know how lucky we are that we have a climate where we can grow so much. We have got a grape vine, but not sure if we'll ever have grapes from it. It's been planted 4 years now and is making a lot of leaves but no fruit yet.

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Sorry I've been kind of MIA but life has gotten in the way of getting online as much as I like to. Hope everyone is having a great start to June.

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Perhaps it won't hurt him, Rosa. When I had my surgery for the fallen bladder and a rectocele I guess the nurse told me no bending either -- but all I heard was not to lift anything over 10 pounds or so -- wasn't even supposed to vacuum. I went happily about pulling weeds each time I got the chance -- and evidently it didn't do any harm. Or at least none was apparent.

Sounds like you and DH are quite the gardeners. A healthy way to go. I sometimes wish we lived in an area more conducive to gardening -- it gets so hot and dry, even up in the mountains that we can't even grow good tomatoes. Had a bit of luck with cucumbers and zucchini and asparagus. Apples grow really well, and so do our grapes. Guess we have to be content with what we can grow. I'd like to grow more strawberries also. But for some reason they never get very big, more like wild strawberries.

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He's quite mad! He's talking about getting back to digging himself! What did we buy the rotavator for! Mind you, the rotavator doesn't dig down far enough for him, but then we we fork over ready for planting then we go deeper, so I think it is fine. He is impatient to be back in the garden and is doing things he shouldn't but he doesn't listen to me, so I can only pray he isn't doing himself a mischief. He's been told not to bend to pick things up for 6 weeks. He was hand weeding the onions on Saturday. Grrrrrr!

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Think of all the fitness minutes you were able to log, even though the limit is 24 points, it still gives us credit for 2 hours of working out. I suppose the other 3 hours time that you logged goes into the computing of our total fitness minutes; at least I hope they do.

Sounds like your husband is getting back into the swing of things very quickly. It is unusual to see someone of his age recovering so well. God Bless Him! (and you, of course, I know it is so helpful to you to have him do some of the stuff you've had to take over for him.)

Today was pretty much a do-nothing day. Friend's funeral (Memorial service actually) and that entails a lot of sitting around, getting re-acquainted with friends, talking in low voices, and finally the tribute to the deceased and we go on our way. Sad times, and I'm afraid at our age we will see more and more of it. Makes you wonder who will be next.

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Got the grass mown, the edges trimmed, prepared the ground for the tomatoes and weeded the strawberries today, but DH took over getting the bamboo cane bean poles ready and he didn't quite finish, so hopefully I'll be planting tomorrow instead. Still - 5 hours hard labour in the garden wasn't bad! emoticon

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Let tomorrow take care of itself. You just take it a day at a time. Worrying about "what if's" will get you nowhere fast. emoticon

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Didn't even make it here yesterday -- and I find that less and less work or activity is enough to set me on my butt. True, climbing up into the boulders, some of them are huge, like 4 feet by 6 feet long, and all piled hap-hazardly on top of one another; and....I was carrying the blower. But still, I used to enjoy using the blower on flat ground, and could easily do it for a couple of hours, and all that happened was to get my arms a little sore the next day. It didn't get my arms tired or sore this time -- it got my entire body tired! Even the hand watering seemed to be a hard task going from plant to plant and letting the well around each bush fill. I see our asparagus is doing well, I love to go out and pick a few sprigs for a fresh omelet or to go with a piece of fish I've fixed.

I know all I have done for the last several months is bore everyone to death about "when is the house going to be ready to paint" and now that it has nearly reached that stage and the time is just around the corner -- I find myself afraid. Stupid emotion to have now, isn't it? I am afraid I won't be up to the challenge. I am afraid I'll be too tired to be there every day, helping and watching. I'm afraid of how I will feel. All this when I "thought" it would be such a happy time for me -- doing something I love to do, and really moving ahead to the final stages. We should be able to move in within the month. Although there is still some cement work to do, and that could delay things a bit, but all in all, we are getting very close to completion. I just never in a million years expected my reaction to be FEAR.

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I wouldn't be able to move for a week if I had to work a garden right now. It takes me 2 days just to get over a grocery shopping day.

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I am glad it isn't so hot in the UK! I couldn't work in that heat!!! I spent an hour digging in compost to prepare the ground for the beans yesterday and today I will be out there planting the bean poles and then the beans. A bit late, but life has just overtaken us this year and DH usually does this. With his hip now done and well on the mend last month, he is still not able to do planting.

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Busy day today, but kind of odd too. Sleeping in spurts as the day went on. Hope tonight will be restful as I'd like to drive up tomorrow and do some yard work while it's still cool enough to get something done. It was 109F in Glendale today -- boy, I hope they finish the house soon, this is just too much!!

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I saw the quilt and commented on it. I liked it. The art work was nice too.

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It doesn't last of course ~~ but it lasts long enough for me to get a few things done, then it hits me with no warning and I have to lay down. This morning that came at 8:00 a.m. went right to sleep and slept till 9:00, then kind of half awake/half asleep till 9:30. Showered, took the pix of the quilt and my new art work, and I'm ready for the day! I also noticed I don't get tired at the time I usually took my nap, although sometimes I have to lay down by around 4:00 or so.
And with my 9500+ steps yesterday, I lost a bit more weight. A good day -- although my streak for no candy ended when I ate 5 of those little Bit o Honey bites. So today it's back to Day 1 on that, but Day 9 for getting my exercise!

By the way, if you want to see the new quilt, I'm doing a blog on it in a few minutes. I just put the photo's into my computer.

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It's weird that you have more energy when you get little sleep. Wish I were that way.

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I only slept two or three hours last night. Bummer! It seems to be happening more and more often. But at least I got my ironing done and hemmed a pair of pants for George, so it isn't a total loss. And what's funny is that I feel so much energy when I can't sleep -- maybe that's why I can't. I wish I was in Yarnell with all this energy, I could be working on getting the outside area cleaned up a little better. I did get in a nice walk with Amber though, I think we were out for about 25 minutes more or less. I'll see what the tracker says.

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Hope your feet are doing better. I'm still sore but not as bad as it was yesterday.

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I feel for you, Vicki -- and know exactly what you mean. When I was in Yarnell the other day the bottom of my feet were burning! It happens sometimes with my arthritis. And I was so tempted to just take my tennis shoes off, but the cement floor was covered with drywall dust, and I could just imagine how my socks would look (they were black on top of it. And to get to where there was water I would have had to put my shoes on, and just didn't want to stick dirty feet into tennis shoes that have never seen a "bare" foot. I'm funny that way. So I suffered.

Hope you had some time for yourself to recover. And tomorrow you will feel better. And there you will be with a nice looking lawn too.

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Finally got the yard cut this morning but I'm paying for it now. From mid back to knees is one big ache. emoticon

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Is your husband up to having the two grandchildren with you so soon after his surgery? It sounds like it will be a good visit though, don't forget to take time out to rest. At that age, the kids can settle down with a movie or two and give both of you a chance to get a nap. It will be fun making stuff to eat with them and to have extra company to visit with.

I feel so good that I went to the gym this morning and know that I do not have to do a thing this evening if I don't feel like it. I still want to take walks regularly, but perhaps every other day instead of every single day. The other days I will go to the gym. But the alternate days Amber still needs her walk due to arthritis too.

Looks like we could be going to Yarnell in a little over a week to do the painting. Glory be! Was beginning to think we'd never get to that point. Just heard that there is a quilting group up in the Prescott area that have donated 22 quilts for the people moving back into their rebuilt homes. It is a first come, first served type of thing, but I would imagine they are all beautiful, just a matter of favorite colors or something. For example, I don't want orange, when RED is my color of choice as an accent color -- and in a quilt, don't want anything super bright. We'll see what the choices are next week.

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It's been hard going today. 2 hours of tidying up in the garden in the drizzle, getting lunch for DH's brother and his wife, then teaching in the evening. Tomorrow is more of the same and Sunday I travel up to Sheffield to take a vacuum cleaner for our youngest son who is still in rehab but should be out within a fortnight. I'll spend the morning with him and then go to lunch with first son and family, go out for the afternoon and then head back home with the two grandchildren. the last time they stayed with us was when Toby was nearly 2 and Robyn 5. Robyn is now 13 and Toby 9. We're hoping for good weather next week so we can get out and about with them.

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Hope everyone is having a great day and that you'll have a nice weekend. emoticon

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It's probably some water weight gone too but I haven't snacked at all this past week and only drank water so it makes a huge difference.

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Giving up SUGAR is BIG!! REALLY BIG! So proud of you that you could do that.
And 4 pounds in a week is soooooo emoticon

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I'm down 4 lbs for the week. I fully believe it's because I gave up the sugar. I'm also down 2 full inches over all.

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Well, I'm up early this morning and we are heading to church. I'm drinking my protein smoothie as I Spark! Down .2 this morning, not much, but as soon as I get into the lower numbers it always seems to go a lot slower. But I'm glad it is down anything, so just one of those "little" things to be thankful for.

DH went up to the Yarnell home yesterday as our boysenberries (plants) arrived and he wanted to get them into the ground. I didn't go with him, worked on some stuff around the house here. When he came home he said the insulation HAD NOT been done. So much for promises again -- they told me it would be done on Friday, so you can pretty well figure this week is shot too, because after insulation it has to have another inspection. They will dilly- dally around and not get to the drywall until the following week, which will bring us to 25th of May -- translating to beg. of June for painting. Aaggghhhh! "bye" for now

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I would get 65% of his pension and would continue with the retirees medical plan for 1 year, then I'd have to pay for it beyond medicare ( if old enough at that time for it).

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Well, if he gets a pension too, perhaps you would be eligible for that too. Even though I just married George 3 years ago, he had retired as a teacher here in Maricopa Co. (AZ) and after we were married he added me as beneficiary on his pension. So if he dies, regardless of the years we have been married, I will receive his pension until I die, and it's close to $2K monthly I think it may be relevant to how old I am versus how old his previous wife was, but I'm 2 yrs older than George, and for whatever reason, they accepted it. So at least I won't have to worry about not having enough money to support me.

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Bob didn't have a choice in the matter. General Motors makes retirees draw their SS at 62 and then one year later they cut his pension by $900.00 a month. I don't know how they could do that but the UAW agreed to it so nothing we could do about it.

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I doubt that something like that would change. The bad thing is that he got a reduced rate by starting it himself at 62. My husband had not started his until 65, so by me drawing on my own (at 62) and applying for his at age 65 I was able to draw the whole 100% that he was entitled to. Unfortunately my husband was born in 1926 and from that year and before, they gave those retirees about $100 to $200 less per month than they did beginning in with the people born 1927 or later. So at least your DH is in the higher group.

You learn a lot of things as you get older. Doesn't hurt to ask around. For example, my sis knew nothing about being able to draw half of her husbands SS and all those years she just got the measly $300+ check instead of close to $1000.

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I'd manage ok since I'd draw 65% of his pension at any age, and I'd have his life insurance. No I'm not to the point where I could get disability. But I did wonder about his SS# if I was under 62. He got his social security at 62. So unless the law has changed, I can put in for it at that age too. But that's still a little over 4 years away yet. I do hope he'll still be here at that time, but with his heart like it is, you just never know. The insurance would carry me thru until I was old enough to draw SS# if push came to shove. It's not a lot but it'll get me thru it without having to try to get back into the work force after 18 years being a homemaker.
I didn't realize I'd be able to draw his full SS# at 65 if he had died. I thought it was only about half. That's good to know. But you never know what could happen between now and then government wise.

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When my husband died, I was 62. At that time you could still draw SS at that age, I don't know if the age limit has changed or not. My attorney advised me to start drawing on my own SS at 62, at a diminished rate, as I remember it was $800 and something. Then when I turned 65 I could apply under Steve's SS and draw the full amount, which I did.

I don't know what they would do at your age should Bob die. My sister's husband died when she was only 50 -- but legally blind due to having MS. They made her wait until she was 55 to even draw social security. But I don't know all the details. Could you qualify for disability?

Sure something to check into. Scary too! I do know that to draw on your husbands or any ex- husbands you have to have been married for 10 or 12 years. Of course if you went on welfare it pays better than most people even get in SS benefits. Just sayin'

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It's too soon for me, I'm only 57. Yeah, I know about getting half of his when I turn 65 or all should he die. Hope he'll still be here when I turn 65. I worry about though should he die before I turn 65. What then?

Good to hear your weight is down. So is mine.

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Do you (Vicki -- not Bob) receive SS also? If not, do you know that you are eligible to receive half the amount that Bob gets? Even if YOU have never worked a day in your life. I take it you are 65 or older. I'm sorry if you are younger, I'm not saying that as a bad thing, I truly do not think you "look" old.

I remember my sister received a SS check of about $380 per month as she had never worked at much of anything during her entire life. She was mostly a wife and mother at home. Her husband, on the other hand received a pretty healthy SS check. And sadly, no one ever mentioned to them that instead of the $380 per month that she had earned on her own, she could have been receiving HALF of what her husband was getting. That would have been a BIG raise for her -- and no, it doesn't affect the amount he gets at all. And of course, when your spouse died, you are eligible to receive the amount they received, if you have been married 10 or 12 years, can't remember which it is.

Scale went down for me today, and I've actually upped my caloric intake a bit, so maybe that is what I needed to do. More fruits and veggies.

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No, we don't have credit cards. We go month to month on Bob's pension and SS#.
Some months are easier than others but it's a tight month when medicines have to be bought ( every 3 months). We each take so much out as "pocket" money in case we want to get a little something for ourselves, but this month that went back into the bank account so I didn't have bounced checks going every where.

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I hate it when I forget to write a check or credit charge down -- always bad news. So do you have a credit card to tide you over if anything comes up?

I have a bit of money in an envelope that I keep on my side of the bed in my nightstand, so if I needed to I'd have some I could deposit if that ever happened.

Lately it seems like there has been more stress and a more hectic schedule so we ate Chinese a couple of times recently -- zoomed my weight up by 2 or 3 pounds, and darned hard to get those 2 or 3 pounds back off. It's depressing!

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It was a rocky afternoon and evening last night with all the rain and tornado warnings going on, but our area was fine. Got more than our fair share of rain though ( almost 4 inches).
Today I've been washing clothes all day. Went to balance my checkbook and realized I'd paid $25.00 more in bills than money in the bank ( forgot to write down a bank payment I'd made, so had to run to the bank and make a deposit before the bank started bouncing checks. Glad I caught it in time. Bob had a fit about it because that took the last of our pocket money for the month but it won't be the last time we're broke before the month runs out. At least the bills are all covered, and food is bought so the rest doesn't matter.
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He moved here for me. His family is all in Michigan. But with his health like it is I doubt we'll be moving there anytime soon.

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You will be lucky if Bob wants to stay in Florida. It wouldn't suit me "at all" but that's because I can't handle humidity. When it's humid I feel like I can't even breathe. But if you've lived there for a long time you can probably handle it. Actually the weather in California is probably the nicest of any state here in the Mainland, but I wouldn't want to live there either due to the tax situation and other things. Been there, done that. And surely Bob would not want to return to Michigan -- I mean, one winter there could kill you!

I've found that when a person misses a certain place, if they do go back, they find it doesn't match the memory at all. My MIL used to live in Eugene, OR. Then eventually, due to family members dying, etc. she moved to Las Vegas to be with her son. All we heard about was Eugene, OR. Finally her son relocated her back, but of course could not duplicate the home environment she was in when she lived there before. Bottom line: she hated it. So lots of times it's not the "place" we miss, but that period of time in our lives.

Luci has met the new cat Holly. Holly was all ready to make friends, but not Luci -- she is very anti-social when it comes to a new cat moving in; so she hissed and stomped around. And as for Holly, she slept with me last night and thought it was a wonderful thing -- she is very playful and I know it won't be long before she's exploring the entire house.

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Today is going to be in the low 90's. When it's like this we try to stay inside as much as we can. Neither of us can deal with the heat these days this time of the year. Especially when it gets really humid. But I wouldn't move unless Bob just insisted. Florida has been where I wanted to live since I was 10 years old. I love the state. Bob doesn't care for it much at all. He misses Michigan.

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At least you have the patience needed.

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I think she will adapt nicely. Knowing more about cats than I did in the past I know enough to be a little more patient with this one. I realize that patience in the cat world doesn't mean two days -- it could mean weeks or months.

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Sounds like she'll adjust quickly to the new surroundings.

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Right now it's like switching from living in a Ghetto and then moving to 5th Avenue (NY) -- I am exaggerating a slight bit, but the foster home was "not" a place I'd like to live. Living room had boxes stored to the ceiling, covered with a plastic sheet -- ?? what was in them??

Then Holly's "room" was someone's bedroom, but her little corner was frayed and the whole area looked like it had not seen a vacuum cleaner for awhile. Oh well, she was timid, but she did let me hold her for a bit (checking to see if she would cover me with hair or not) She passed the test, with only a few hairs on me, and I know cats tend to cover you with hair a lot easier when they are stressed. And a new person is always a stress!

She is now hidden from the world by burrowing under the pillows on my bed, after having let herself have a nice 'petting session' with me and she was purring and loving it. I have a litter box in the closet, water and food under the sink, and I've added a kitty stand where she can lay and look out the windows onto the back yard. She was curious, stretching her neck to look out and about, so I think she's going to be a happy kitty in her new home!

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Hope the new cat will fit right in. emoticon

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This morning I've made an appointment to go see a new kitten, well really a cat because she is about a year old. Very tiny, weighs only 6 pounds -- can hardly relate to 6 pounds. My other cat, Luci weighs just over 11 pounds -- so she will be twice as big. Hopefully by being so much bigger, Luci will not feel threatened by the new cat.

If it doesn't work out they will take her back. So Holly is the name of this new one -- we'll see what happens when I go to see her. It's not the best time in the world to be doing this, but it seems like nothing ever happens when it is "supposed" to -- so I'll just "make it work."

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Good Morning. I think I'm going to spend a good portion of the day cleaning our spare bedroom. It's actually our junk room so to speak and where hubby put all this tools he can't part with since giving up his woodworking. But it's to the point where there's no room to walk in there so time to make some kind of order in there.
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During the Summer it's our rainy season so it does get very humid. You have to get outside early before it gets really hot, and afternoon showers hit.

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No, the landlord probably would NOT agree -- unless you agreed to do the work and provide the materials -- which would be too costly to do on a rental that you don't even own. It would most likely cost you as much as two or three months rent just to convert from grass to granite.

And during the summer you've got high humidity, don't you? Not a pleasant chore to be cutting grass in weather like that!

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There's a few homes here in town that have done the desert look with the hearty plants and gravel, and I'd have that in a heart beat myself if we owned the house. But we rent so we'd have to get permission to do that and I don't think the landlord would agree to it.

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A push mower is a tough job -- I used to have an electric one when I lived at my own house, before marrying George. I used to mow the lawn whether it needed it or not, just to pick up the leaves in the fall. So easy, and the mower just mulched them up, although I used a bag and just emptied them into the trash. I kind of miss having a lawn, as George's house does not have one. He opted for the desert landscaping, so it's all shrubs with decomposed granite for the ground cover. I have gotten used to it, but it took me YEARS to do it as coming from Minnesota I'd never heard of such a thing. It's like the flat roofs on houses, in the SW they build that style frequently, but I hated it at first, now it's starting to wear on me, getting used to things like that take a long, long time. Same thing with the mesquite trees that are used so frequently in Arizona. They don't really provide that much shade and I couldn't understand why they were so popular. Of course now I know because it's one of the few trees that can take the Phoenix heat and thrive on it. I actually like them now.

Hope you're all having a great day! With NO sleep last night I'm not sure just how my day will go ~~ right now I'm loaded with energy, but I'm bound to crash sooner or later.

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Good early afternoon. Normally I'm on earlier in the day but I had to cut the grass this morning. That took a little over an hour. I have a push mower not a riding one, so I got in my exercise for the day. I had to use the bag on the mower today since there were so many leaves in the yard but at least it saves me having to rake up leaves too. Bob managed to do 2 rows with the mower then sat and watched me and got a little sun while I did the rest. He's low on vitamin D so he needs at least 15 minutes a day outside in the sun. He got it today.
The rest of the day I'll take it easy as I can feel my muscles starting to stiffen up a little.
Hope you all have a wonderful day.


BTW:I probably will go to the SPCA Thrift Shop next week and see if I can find a few things. I know I need tops badly but starting to need some capri's too.

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Maybe you could go to a thrift shop and be lucky enough to find something that fit well, but cheap -- so as you get smaller you can just toss it.

I'm running into the same problem, clothes are not worn out, but too big by at least a size or maybe two. I put them on and they hang on me like an old sack. Not attractive.

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I used to have more of a hour shape figure but since menopause and all this added weight, I carry most of my weight in my stomach area. I look about 18 months pregnant !
I need a new wardrobe. Most of what I have is old and worn. No one can look good when their clothes have seen better days, but I honestly don't want to buy new clothes while I'm this size. I like to think I'll be in a smaller size soon.

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Rosa, I was shocked when I read that your husband was going to celebrate 85 years old. I look at you and you look about 55 to 60 so he definitely robbed the cradle, didn't he. And I know a hip replacement will be beneficial to him, although a bit harder to recover from at that age than if he were younger. My sister had the knee replacement when she was about 80, and now at 85 she needs to get the other one done, but the doctor said her heart is in no condition for another operation.

I know when I had that relatively minor surgery for my fallen bladder, etc. I practically "lived" in bed for the following week -- it was done as an outpatient, and I felt like I had been hung up by the heels and pounded on. Every muscle was sore and I could barely move. My DD had the same operation and got up and drove a car several hundred miles the next day -- just shows what 25 years can do!

Hope everyone had a good April, and if you lost anything -- that's something in the right direction!

Vicki, I can understand how you feel about the numbers. Some of them are ridiculous. If I went by them I would have been considered anorexic when I was in high school, but I was just tiny. Now I'm considered overweight, but I'm basically normal. And how you look has a lot to do with how much fat you carry, how that weight is packed into your body.

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50 bonus points for the team today! Yay! It's been a very busy few weeks, what with DHs 85 birthday splurge just before Easter, collecting youngest son from rehab - 3 hours drive away - the day before and returning him on Easter Saturday, trying to get the garden dug over to get the potatoes and onions in, and now getting ready for DH to go in for his hip replacement to be replaced tomorrow. Will be up with the crack of dawn as he needs to be there by 7.15 am. He's first on the list, so praying all goes well. I went into the mobility shop this morning and order him a rise and recliner chair as his armchair has never been really comfortable for him and this one should be right height without all the cushions under and behind him - plus he can put his feet up. It should arrive Wednesday which will be in good time for his return home.

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At least you seem to be steadily going in the right direction. I can jump 5-10 lbs in a month and then it's a struggle to get the numbers back down. But I will!!!
I don't know how the monthly weigh in will work out, but I think it'll be a lot less stressful for me this way.
Inches on a whole haven't changed that much in the past few months. I yo-yo there too. It gets so frustrating for me. I have to get down to below 165 lbs to even be in a healthy range. If I stop at 165 lbs. I'll still be considered over weight. And if I stop at 185-195 lbs, I'm still considered obese. That is one of the most hateful words I know in relation to someone's size.
If I got down to 195 lbs, I'd be 72 lbs. thinner, all told. But in the eyes of a doctor, I'd still be obese. But I'd be so much healthier than I am now and I think I could probably get off of the blood pressure pills. I was told it was weight related. I never had issues until I hit 225 lbs. I honestly think at this point I'm going to just work to get down to 195 lbs, and then maintaine that for awhile. If I can stay under the 200 lbs for say 6 months, then I might work to go lower.

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When things come up that cause me to miss my nap, I'm almost comatose by 9:00 p.m. and I hate going to bed that early -- as DH is up for hours longer than that. Normally I try to stay up until sometime between 10:00 and 11:00 -- seldom stay up later than that.

I was looking at the Monthly Weigh In, I'll wait until May 1st to do mine -- and I see you've really lost the inches along with the pounds. You can be proud of yourself. And I'll bet with that 3 or 4 inch loss around your waist things are literally sliding down to your hips. I could sure notice the difference on mine -- I still have a couple pairs of shorts that if I'm not careful they will slide right off. Good feeling to have something slide right off you -- but they look terrible on me. When you're at the in between stage it's hard to have anything that fits you really good. Dresses are best as they seem to look ok when it's up to 2 sizes difference. With a dress the only place I notice they are too big or too little is through the hips and shoulders. I have a fairly wide back for my size -- the good part is that I carry weight there, so I can end up being heavier than I look.

Made me wonder where I was compared to January 1, I looked and on that date I was 141.8
this morning I'm 138.4 so although I've doing a lot of the yo-yo stuff this year it's finally getting down where it belongs. 135 or 136 will put me at a normal BMI so that's a big goal.

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I mentioned it at the library and the librarian said there was another Christian series that had multiple authors but it's not a mystery series and that's the kind I like. I average about 25 books a month. I'd be lost without my books.
Glad you were able to take a nap. I can't nap during the day. Gives me awful headaches when I do.

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