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10/20/14 8:33 A

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"What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers."
– Matina Horner

Good morning, nice and cool in the morning, heading for a high in the mid 80's. My knee says the weather is going to change.

Several people asked about Mom. My niece, that does quite a bit of hiking, met Mom's group for one of the hikes. She says Mom is fine, she and everything is going well. Since Mom isn't a picture taker, i don't expect pictures unless she was in some group pictures and got copies.

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10/19/14 8:42 A

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"Ride on! Rough-shod if need be, smooth-shod if that will do, but ride on! Ride on over all obstacles, and win the race!"
– Charles Dickens

Good morning, An oldy quote, but good one. I got home from Renfest to 2 dogs in the driveway, so as soon it is light enough need to find a new hole.

I had a good time at renfest. My niece was there and she had some good ideas for my job hunt and cleared up some miss understanding. I got a new staff. I always do, which is good. i went to use my credit card and realized I left my drivers license with my resumes from an interview. The lady said she couldn't take my card without ID. The guy told her I bought a staff and my husband bought a staff every year and he said it was OK. It is a heavier staff then I normally carry, but it will be a dress staff anyway. I left with 5,000 steps. I thought i would come home to 30.000. I was so tired. I guess it is because I had spent 4 hours in the car and was on;y at renfest 4 hours. I only had 20,000 steps when I got home


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10/18/14 9:26 A

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Memory is the servant of conscience.
Marion D. Shutter

Good morning. I took Mutt for a walk early this morning. The sliver of a moon was high in the sky, the sunrise was peeking though the trees, the owls were saying good night, the roosters good morning and the cattle where lowing. On the way back the day animals were starting to get up, the colds were pink and the pastures were white with fog. Best time to walk.

DH, DD, 2 grandchildren and I are going to renfest today. I would prefer to go early, but DD can't get up and moving early, so we will get there about noon. Since turkey legs aren't on either of our diets, we will seat before we get there. It will still mean eating out, but our choice of food will be better.

Several of you remember I have spoken about Anna before, my friend that has cancer and the had to stop treatment because her heart was only pumping at 20%. Well she has asked for your prayers, healing thoughts, healthy vibes, whatever you do. Anna got a pacemaker two weeks ago. She went back to have it checked and she has a blood infection. She has been in ICU a week now. Her hands shake so bad that even though she has me on speed dial, she has to have someone dial for her. She says 2 words and has to stop and breath. I know she wants to talk to me, but the nurses don't want her to have visitors because it wears her out so and I get the feeling that even a phone call wears her out. Anna is still in her 30's, she has 4 children, 2 still living at home, one with special needs.

Lola just discovered there are birds on the porch. They are scolding her something bad, but I don't think she cares.

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10/17/14 12:52 P

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"Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing."
– Socrates

Good mooring. So far me walking has been around the store. Around the pet store getting 4 different types of pet food. Mutt and Duke each need their ow type now and since i was there I walked around. Then it was to the grocery store to pitch up a few things for DH and of corse I walked around there too. Got my chores done and 45 min exercise to boot. I've done the rowing machine and the bike 2 days in a row. I'm just walking to day.

DH light the burn pile. Stupid Duke had never seen fire and when around snapping at the ash, at least it was the ash in the air an was cool.

I read a thing about home remedies. They said pain was caused by an injured muscle giving off a histamine. The injury could be anything from a pulled muscle to arthritis, to fibormialgea. They said by drinking a large glass of water you diluted the histamine and washed it from your body., getting rid if the histamine that caused pain. I don't know if it works, but thought someone might like to try.

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10/16/14 9:39 A

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Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
Desmond Tutu

Good morning, I woke with a headache this morning. Mutts trying to tell me a walk will make me feel better. Since I can't seam to get enough to drink I'm going with dehydration.

Yesterday someone gave me a rowing machine that needed a new home. It is one of the cheaper ones that is harder to set the tension, so took me about 15 min to figure that out, I rowed as a child, but haven't in many years and this is one of the ones that has real rowing action. It took me another 10 min to find my rhythm. Then it was so easy I wondered if I needed to get a higher tension, 10 min later my arms and abs said the tension was fine and 5 mins after that they said thats enough for a beginner. I had read that 85% of all exercise equipment ever bought is looking for a new home. I told DH that I would start rowing though the tropical rain forest. Thats what is on my video I use when I bike, he fund one that is for when you don't want to watch anything on TV, don't ask I thought there was an off switch on TV's, that is a boat cruse down a river in Spain.


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10/15/14 9:07 A

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"When you get into a tight place and it seems that you can't go on, hold on — for that's just the place and the time that the tide will turn."
– Harriet Beecher Stowe

Good morning, A nice cool morning, I'll be off for a walk soon. We should have a couple more days of this before it gets hot again.

All of you in the storm area, or have family in the storm area, hope you are safe.

Spent a good bit of time working on family tree maker. I've just been doing things on Ancestry and needed to bring FTM up to date. I like to use FTM because it tells me if something doesn't make sense and i like the forms I can print out. Anyway, there is one branch of my family that wants me to keep everything private and is only on FTM. That branch worked fine, but for some reason the main part of the tree wouldn't let me connect to Ancestry It keep saying I needed to update to Windows 7. In the first place I have Windows 7 in the second why would part connect but not most of the tree and yes on FTM the branch that is private is part of the tree. One of my DIL's is scared of her father finding her. On Ancestry my son has a daughter with no mother.

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10/14/14 9:14 P

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Hello all.
Finally getting back into genealogy.
Leona

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10/14/14 8:53 A

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"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be."
– Kurt Vonnegut

Good morning. I woke up to 58 degrees this morning. All the windows and doors are open.

Mom is leaving on her yearly hike tomorrow. Mom doesn't hike alone and non of my sisters could go with her this year, so she sighed up for a group hike of the grand cannon, but the hike didn't make. She ended up with a senior hike. 4 states in 2 weeks, a bus ride between hikes, and a motel at night. Mom says she checked the reviews. All the negative reviews where that they didn't stay at 5 star motels and they had to take their own bag to their room. Mom figures after carrying everything in a backpack and sleeping at hikers hostels, rolling her suitcase to her motel room will be a piece of cake.

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10/13/14 12:40 P

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"We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are."
– Tobias Wolff

Good morning, Siting her waiting for the storm. It isn't here yet, but they keep changing the time is is going to get here and it is blowing like it could be ant second but it has been doing that since this morning.

DH's DR says he needs to get up and move every hour. DH keeps telling me I heard wrong it is every 3 to 4 hours. I saw a tracker, it is for weight loss, and that is one thing DH doesn't need, but you wear it like a bracket and it reminds you to move every hour and the only way to turn it off id to walk for a couple min. I threatened to put ne of those on him.

Mom was a censes taker. She went to the houses of people that didn't return their censes. During the off years she took censes of graves. She lives in the Ozark. She has found a few things for me, but mostly she finds things such as on her own land she found a marker that just said 3 confederate soldiers. No date, no names, nothing just 3 confederate soldiers. On nearby ranch there are 8 crosses with one marker that says John's Blacks.

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10/12/14 10:08 P

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I recently volunteered to do some indexing for familysearch.org. I have been working on inputing data from death certificates. It's been really interesting to say the least. And I feel like I am contributing to the data base that's available for free to anyone. I know I've found a lot of information from their site. I found a copy of my husband's grandfather's death certificate there.
So I hope that what I am doing will help someone else find a piece of their puzzle. It's easy to volunteer, and there are great tutorials to help. Besides, it's something to do while my dear husband is watching football games on the tv.



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Enough, I say, of big things and great things, and extraordinary things, and ultimate things. I celebrate the ordinary. I lift my voice in praise
Richard S. Gilbert (Unitarian Universalist, clergy, reformer) Thanks Be For These: Meditations on Life and Death p.35

Good evening. I'm late because life got in the way. DH was downloading a movie while I was doing SP videos. He came in and asked me while I was marching in place. I told him the 12 min video was taking 50 min to download. I'm not sure why, but it choses to do his videos every time.

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10/11/14 2:08 P

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"We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn."
– Mary Catherine Bateson

Good afternoon, DH wanted to go to Fry's and wanted me to go along. Now Fry's isn't my favorite place. I can think of a lot of places I'd rather go, so he said if I would come along we could stop at B&N. Now he knows I can't pass up a book store and they are far and few between out here in the country. Between walking at Fry's while he looked at whatever he was looking at and looking at book. I got 90 mins of walking in.

Sometimes I wonder what is going though Lola's head. She spent 5 months in a small cage at the pound. Now she has a 1400 SQ foot, 5 bedroom house with a front porch. She is either sleeping on one of the 4 beds, or walking very slow and quite like around the house looking around. Every nook and cranny was explored when I first got her.

I knew Nook worshiped the almighty dollar. So many things do now a days. But 32 pin usb cord for the 7" tablet isn't interchangeable with the 32 pin usb cord for the 9" tablet. Well I plugged my nook into the universal charger I use for everything else in error. The tablet went nuts. It was filliping pages, asking if I wanted to delete all my books and flipping screens before I even finished read the warning. I think I saw everything on my tablet in the length of time it took me to unplug it. After I unplugged the tablet it was fine. I had always used the charger that went with the nook. I had been warned about it not charging with anything but a nook charger, but I never expected that. I think we should be like Europe, everything has to use the same charger and usb cord.


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10/10/14 9:43 A

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Read not to contradict and confute, not to believe and take for granted, not to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.
--Sir Francis Bacon

Good morning, Another hot one, he A/C kicked on during breakfast, and I keep it up there. I'm ready for some cool weather.

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10/9/14 10:28 A

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"It is necessary to try to surpass oneself always; this occupation ought to last as long as life."
– Queen Christina

Good morning, one load of wash in the washer and one one the line. It is another hot muggy day. Hard to believe all this stuff about Halloween.

I'm getting ready to bead Christmas presents, but I need peoples favorite colors. The ons that live close are easy, I see them a couple times a week. It is the ones in CA I was worried about. Beka called and I asked her about her family. Beka said hers was teal, no big surprise I thought it was blue, so close. She told me Rianah's was pink and purple, no surprise there Rianah is 5. Jammie's, Beka's step mother, is gray. Need to buy more beads. All the pictures of my son I see are of him running, He is either wearing black running shorts or red. So I said let me guess your dad's are red and black. He was in the room and hit the roof, NO those are GA colors, I must be getting slow not to remember GA colors. Orange and Green it is.

All those things lead to lack of energy. You need to take care of your body.

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10/8/14 6:44 P

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I've walked with my dog three times today. She's 13 but loves her walks. Today is my lazy day - not doing anything I don't have to do = means no laundry or housework. So lazy but I've been sick with allergies/sinus problems/bronchitis and lack of energy so I'm taking it slow until I fully recover.

Start with small steps and momentum will build. Celebrate moving in the direction of increased happiness now! With a plan and persistence moving towards your goals all things are possible! ♥ From Ask-Angels.com
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"Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little."
– Plutarch

Good morning. DH asked what i had planed for today. I told him I wanted to go some where, but didn't know where. He said he had to go into a near by town to run some errors and would I like to walk the boardwalk. The board walk is to far away to just go, but if he has to go into town anyway, yes I want to walk the boardwalk. I walked an hour. The temp started out ok, but it got hot. It will be nicer in Nov when it is cooler. I'm still glad I went.

I saw a 2 month old kitten there that looked like a smaller Lola. I said something to the kitten and the store owner came out. He said he didn't understand it but people thought dumping cats at the board walk was a good idea and for some reason all the torties had ended up at his place. He had about 40 of them. He said he caught and fixed them as fast as he could and gave away the kittens when he could find homes. As I walked along I took special notice of the cats. One place looked like they were the home of tabbies, another the home of solid colored cats. Strange.

This pantry was part of a church. I had never seem it before. She got enough stuff to fill my back seat and trunk. Weather they give the same stuff to everyone or not I don't know. My friend says she only has to use them once every couple of months. Most of the time they can manage.


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Maybe for your husband's potato chips you could make the oven fries thinner and bake them still. I don't know if it would be a slower oven or not, but should work similar and maybe spray some olive oil on if it needs a little oil.

That is the food pantry like where you are? They have the food banks here that only seem to have pasta, spaghetti sauce, a sleeve of cookies, a sleeve of crackers, a can of veggies, a can of fruit and a can of some meat. That is per carload, so if the family is one that is how much they get and if the family is 5 of 6 they get the same amount.

Then they have some food pantries, that are completely different. The one by me has where you can choose from different things and the amounts you get are based on the size of the family. They even usually have meat (one package for one person, don't know how many for larger families), produce (though not in very good shape) and baked goods. If you are a resident of the city limits you can get more canned foods. They make a lot more sense than the food banks. They are even having a sign up for Thanksgiving turkeys. Of course, the food bank that our church has (very small since we have a very small church and donations are made by the church members) has turkeys and all the stuff to fix to go with them at Thanksgiving.

I went to a meeting on the Medicare HMO program at our hospital today. There are some things staying the same but they have cut out the dental coverage and have raised co-pays on everything as well as raised the premium a little. What I had never noticed in previous years was that they charge extra for the Part D Plan which I thought was the reason people got that coverage program. That's why I had signed up for it. They charge as much or more for the Part D as the other part of the program and there you have to have the HMO part to get the Part D. I also wandered over the the new building that has the out-patient surgery (like cataract surgery) in it to see where it was and also checked out the parking there. I used to park there all the time when I was getting chemo. Now it is a couple new buildings with parking underground.

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10/7/14 1:07 P

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Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else's can shorten it.

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Good morning, Looks like it will be morning for another 10 min. I got up with all kinds of plans, made some job calls, sent out some resumes. Then a friend that is in a bad way and had to quit work for medical reasons called. She had 2 eggs, 3 people and her husband wouldn't get paid till next week. I've helped her out several times before, but she said she felt bad asking me for help since I was unemployed, so would I just give her a ride to the food pantry. I did and don't regret it at all, but it sort of blow my morning.

When I got Lola the pound gave me coupons from several manufactures for free food. So I can see what Lola likes. They mix several foods together at the pound. I gave her the first one and she was sick every other day. I wasn't sure if she just didn't like the food, was nerves about moving, or it was just a food she hadn't had before, but I moved on to another food. The pet store just sent me a recall notice for that food. I had given the food to the lady next door that feeds the feral cats. She said she put it out but the coons got it before the cats

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10/6/14 8:04 A

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One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.
--Levi Strauss

Good morning, I'm up early today. My body is going back to what it use to be. I am in bed by 9 and up about 4 or 5.

I fixed breakfast this morning. DH normally does, but he loves oven fried potatoes, but thinks they are to hard to fix. I don't know what is so hard about slicing potatoes, adding spice and sticking in the oven. I fix them more often then I would really would like, but DH eats potato chips all the time and the DR wants him to eat less fat. These potatoes are a good substitute.

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"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well."
– Diane Ackerman

Good Morning, I'm back from walking 2 big dogs, Walking 2 big dogs burns more calories then walking a lone. For the first time I took the two together for a 3 mile walk. I'm existed. 55 when I woke up this morning but we are headed for the high 80's today and into the 90's for the rest of the week.

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It was around 60 when I woke up this morning too -- in the center part of the house. I have been wearing my sweat shirt jacket over a sweatshirt. It was in the low 50s outside when I got up, but has gotten to the upper 60s now, I think.

I took electric stuff to a recycle event and then went and got some cheese to put with my tortilla soup I made. Got to remember not to eat any more than 1 bowl (cup) of that or I end up with an IBS attack. But it tastes so good. Cassie went with to the recycle and store. She just is uncontrollable when I need to get out of the truck. I had her in her seatbelt and she tried to get out even with that on. At the store I took it off so I could move her to her crate in the back so she wouldn't get overheated and she just kept pushing at me to try to jump out without being told she can get out. It is so hard to work with her to calm down when we go anywhere.

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Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
--Booker T. Washington

Good morning Woke up to 58 this morning. I have the door and windows open. It would be a good day for a bike ride except that it is a little windy. Not worth getting the bike out, I wouldn't be able to be out very long. We will be going back in the 80's this afternoon, so I'n enjoying it while I can.


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"Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich."
– Sarah Bernhardt

Good morning, I'm still in an upright position so i guess it is good. It is a beautiful day and the dogs need a walk. I really want to take them,but don't dare get that far from the bathroom.

They thought they had Tony's problems straighten out, but things got bad again. They said he is very smart. In the month since school started he has passed all they other children that didn't go to pre K and has started passing the ones that did, but he has a major problem with following directions and if given several directions, take your paper to the back, put it on the table and go back to your set, he says or does something totally off the wall. They had told DD that they were going to go over some things but it looked like she would either have to take Tony to a specialist or the school would. Well Tony didn't wait for them to go over anything. They had an assembly for the kindergarden and 1st graders. Tony walked into the chaos in the gym and freaked out. He started running around screaming with his hands over his ears. It took 3 teachers and a principle to corner him and 2 counselors to get him out of the gym. DD gave permission for the school to have someone test him. DD talked to someone at work and was told that behavior is most often associated with autism spectrum disorder. They will have to test to see just where he is, put him in a small class with a teacher that understands how these children think and then decide if he can be main streamed back into a regular class.He is very smart, but doesn't think like other children and as a major problem with crowds. His example was where they asked a 3rd grader to put some words in alphabetical order, The child was sure he had done just what the teacher asked. He put the letters for each word in alphabetical order. apple became aelpp. I'm glad they now realize Tony is not just acting out and needs special help.

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If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.

Norman Vincent Peale

Good morning, Walked the dogs, I took both out together, Getting out is the big problem. I got own the drive and realized I left my staff on the porch. No way I was going to that the dogs up the steps and back down again. I walked without my staff so we didn't go as far as I planed. We have a cold front moving in so the highs will only be in the 80's this weekend.

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"I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it."
– Pablo Picasso

Good morning. I got up the a very persistent me now, me now, let the dogs out only to remember that they had made another hole in the fence and I couldn't leave them in the backyard. So I brought the dogs in, fed the cat and took both dogs for a walk.

I had gotten a second over the shoulder leash and it came in yesterday. Walking both dogs together wasn't easy, but wasn't that bad with them both on over the shoulder leashes. The new one is longer then the old one so Mutt can walk further away from me and isn't crammed up beside Duke. I walk with a staff and even with the longer leash, Mutt doesn't want to walk on the staff side. Maybe he is just use to the other side and will move over later.

Lola has been on the porch and is knocking at the kitty door to come in. She won't push the kitty door, she just knocks and expects me to go hold the flap for her. DH says she is just spoiled.

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The owls being evil may be a superstition from your neighbors' Mexican ancestry. It is too bad that they feel that way, but if it's something in their culture it would be hard to change.

I was also a bit slow getting started, but more from not getting to sleep early enough last night (or this morning). I did get some sleep earlier, but not straight through. You are getting heat today, but here is not very warm.

I have been trying to get the rest of the grapes from my vine. I have been out there about an hour and haven't even gotten the bottom of my bucket covered. I've just been cutting wild plum trees and dead grape vines. I can now see that there are quite a few grapes in one spot, but they are at the back of the vine near the fence and going from the front there is more tree to cut down. Somehow I am going to have to train the grape vine to go a different direction so that the wild plum can produce and not have to be cut half down every time I try to get the grapes. Then I will also have to fence in the area because Cassie has decided wild plums are good and I'm afraid she might decide the same about the grapes. She has done okay eating the plums, but I don't want her eating too many at a time because she eats the stones with them. I will have to get back out there to work some more, but needed a break to get my back working again. I hope I can get them all picked today.

I also got all my ripe tomatoes in yesterday. Some of them have a really dried out tan color on the tops that I don't know what it is. I don't know if that ruins them or if I can cut it off and go ahead and freeze them. I have one huge Roma tomato, too, that is almost twice the size of the slicing type of tomato. I have never seen one like that before. Those Roma tomatoes I have are almost all big. Maybe that is why they took so long to start to ripen. I got 13 tomatoes yesterday and within a couple days should have at least 4 more (can't remember exactly what I saw). The others there are a few still completely green. Not a whole lot of them, but still more than I've had before when I would end up with 2 total on 2 expensive plants. I may try to save the seeds from these.

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Good morning, I'm slow in getting started this morning, we are back in the 90's and the heat is sapping my energy. I have some beading I need to get done and the things I ordered to bead bookmarks for Christmas Presents should be here today.

We have a group like that. They are trying to get people to except owls and not use them for target practice. I have thought about contacting them and getting an owl nest box, but this land was a rice patty then a cow pasture before a house was put out here 10 years ago. We have planted trees, but none are big enough for an owl nest box yet. My Mexican neighbors are very much against owls, they think they are evil and go to great lengths to get rid of them.

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My aunt used to collect owls. I just love to see the wild birds (all of them) that they have and bring to places like the stock show. I can't remember what they call that group, but they rescue the birds like owls, falcons, eagles and hawks.

Today I had my appointment with the cataract doctor and have an appointment for surgery scheduled in November. Now, however, I can really make a point for print books instead of e-books. I was just trying to read something on the computer and there is just no way to see it. If I take my glasses off like I would if I couldn't see a book, I can't see the computer itself, much less the print. The doctor didn't know if they can get my eye back to seeing well because of the macular hole I had. It depends on how it healed and he can't tell anything until after the surgery. So he said the results are considered grave, but he did put that his objective is to completely correct my nearsightedness. I had asked the tech that measures everything what the +3 meant. Currently I think it is +725. Or maybe that is the right eye. The left one is over 1000 somewhere. Or was. Now I can't see as much as when they put that. It would be nice to see clearly from that eye.

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Good morning. I left my bathroom window open last night, about 3 I got up for a potty break. I heard an owl. nothing new, then another owl answered. I swear that owl was sitting on my window sill it sounded so loud. In case you are wondering about my fascination with owls, Mom collects owls, the owls are endangered so it is nice to hear them, and there is a cow pasture behind our house and a horse pasture access the street, field mice are a big problem. Owls love mice.

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That sounds really nice. I was doing some beading last year. Didn't make anything like that, though. I've still got a lot of stuff that I can do some things with. Can't afford to get any more supplies. I also used to do some prayer shawls crocheted. I think I have enough yarn to do some of those things. I'm not too good at the things I try to do. I enjoy doing different crafts and stuff, though. Painting, photography, stained glass (though I haven't been able to get that set up here at home) and engraved glass. Fun to do, but takes a lot of money to do.

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No I didn't take a picture. She wanted something small she could finger while she prayed. It was simply 10 peach quartz a turquoise bead,repeated 4 times. She knows I do a quite a bit of beading with magnets for people that believe magnets stop pain. She likes me to add a few magnets to things I make for her, before and after every turquoise bead I put a small seed red magnet. Then to cover the knot that formed the circle, I put a white bead with a red ribbon painted on it .

Since most Christians don't have a special pattern for prayer beads, she only said she wanted something made in a circle to finger before her operation, and she hadn't given me much time. I went by what I knew she liked, magnets and natural stone. Most people like natural stone prayer beads.

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Do you have any pictures of your prayer beads MaryAlice. I don't think I have ever seen anything like that except for a Rosary before. Unless what my childhood friend's mother had were prayer beads and not a Catholic Rosary. She wasn't Catholic, but I think she had helped a lady with cancer who was and the lady gave her the Rosary. Gosh, they moved when I was 6 and I am remembering that? Amazing. Other things I can't remember long enough to write them down. My friend's mother was one of the earliest health food promoters, I think. She was the person who came up with coconut chips. I think they were the coconut curls like you can get and were baked at a low temperature, but I don't remember exactly on that.

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Good morning. or I guess it is afternoon now. I did the laundry then DH and I went for a walk. 4 times around the 1/2 mile trail. I prefer longer trails, but 1/2 mile is about all DH can do and I'll go round and round a dirt trail instead of a longer concrete trail. I get it concrete is easier to maintain, but it is so much harder on your joints. They are starting to put in more and more walking trails. This one is in an area that is wooded because people plant trees n the name of loved ones that have passed on.

I make prayer beads. For just about any religion but Catholic and Orthodox. Those 2 because of they way their prayer beads are made I Christian friend that needs a defidulator (sp) is having her operation Tue. She asked for some prayer beads. Most Christian religions don't have prayer beads, so I don't have a pattern. I asked her what she wanted. She didn't appear to have a good idea of what she wanted. So I came up with a simple pattern, mostly white, but she loves color so I added color, then I added a red ribbon for woman's heart health. I took it over to her yesterday. She was very happy with it.

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It sounds like a nice area to go walking where you live MaryAlice. We have the coyotes, foxes, rabbits, squirrels and even raccoon, but for birds it is mostly crows and now magpies. There were some robins this spring and few of the sparrows, but we don't get them much anymore. We used to get a lot of them. Don't ever see owls. There are a couple flickers that come around. Where I used to board Fancy they have blue heron, red tailed hawk, and owls out in the park in back of the place. Only saw the hawk once and my camera acted up so I couldn't get pictures. I don't know what they have where she is now other than the chickens and ducks the family raises. There should be something likes hawks and eagles out there, but I haven't seen them.

The trash barrels we have here are fairly heavy with attached lids that will fall if the barrel moves any while they are open, so we really haven't had a problem with animals getting into them. Around Boulder and outside Golden they do have problems -- with bears. They don't bother with just the smaller bins like we have at home, they go for the ones outside businesses -- the larger metal bins. I know at the old barn they have to do something to keep the lids fastened shut since they have problems with bears there, too.

I am having problems getting the day started today. I don't know why. I actually got 8 hours of sleep last night, which is more than I usually end up with since Cassie and Orzo insist I get up with the sun. I am not an early riser and have a tendency to stay up late. Then have to nap during the day.

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Good morning, I'm loving that the windows have been open most of the week. I'm sure my bank account will love it too.

I took Mutt for a walk at 5:30 this morning. It was very quite, dark and peaceful. I had hoped for some owls, but still it was peaceful. Then we turned onto out street, I could see the first signs of the sunrise, the day animals were starting to stir, the roosters where starting to crow and the owls sounded like they were answering the roosters. I listened to the owls the las 1/2 mile home and could still her them when I got home. The door and windows being open helped.

They are saying we might get some rain today. I had put off washing Duke I knew he had gotten muddy, but wasn't scratching. Well today he was, something bad. I bathed him, that is a chore, he thinks the whole thing is a game and took him for his walk to dry off. Now it looks like it is going to pour. Duke will be right back in the mud puddles, but he will get some relief if only for a few hours.

I wear my tracker on my sock. The DR suggested I try basketball shoes to give support to my ankle. I can tell you two things. The tracker can't connect to the computer though the shoes and 2 the matting on the mat tracker is a cover. The matting has started coming off. Do the shoes help, yes am I going to quit wearing the tracker no, just every once in a while I loosen the laces and let the tracker sync.

Putting meat bones of any kind outside in the trash is asking for trouble around here. Either the wildlife or loose dogs will get it. Either way your yard will have trash spread from one end to other.

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Oh that would be nice to be able to find out about and if you are related to them.

Orzo is starting to be naughty. I usually put any bones that I can't get to the outside trash bin at night in a plastic bag and then in the sink where Cassie can't reach it. The last couple of days Orzo has gotten up there and thrown the bag on the floor. Today Cassie got the chicken bone. Then this afternoon I was working on some meat I have in the small crock pot and getting some garlic for it and Orzo got up and started licking the lid. Thank goodness he didn't get into the crock pot and start eating that. I hollered for him to get out of there and he did. But I never used to have to yell at him other than on the when I had been eating something and still had the plate with me.

I am so tired. I have been trying to harvest the grapes. But the wild plum tree is growing all over the grape vine so I can't see the grapes or reach them through the thorns. Then have to try to get the grape vine to let go of the plum tree. I end up going back and forth cutting them and hoping I don't lose the grapes when I cut. Then Cassie decides to check out under there and I have to keep watch on her so she doesn't eat the grapes. Usually she wont' touch fruit or vegetables, but she liked the wild plums and might decide to go after grapes if I don't keep watching.

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I didn't buy anything. All I got was the milk. I just figured as long as I was there i should get a walk in. I've reached a dead end on Hurley. There are so many of them and I can't verify any. The closes I've come, and this is funny, I was singing to my grandson one day when He was about a year old. Someone came by and asked why I was singing Irish pub songs to my grandson. I told them I wasn't I was just singing the songs Daddy sang to me. One day when i was at the LDS center, The lady asked me if I knew anything, anything at all about my Irish family. I told the story to her. She found a Hurley's Irish Pub in London that closed just before my family came to the states, but we never proved it was the right Hurley.

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MaryAlice, unless I am in a real hurry I go up and down all the aisles at the store. I shouldn't. I should just stick to my lists and leave the store. I would save money and Cassie and Orzo would be very happy that I would not take so long. The other day I stopped at the store so that I could get enough on my card to get my gas reduced next month. I did think and buy food that was mostly food I would be needing. The other one I already ate.

I have hit a brick wall in figuring out what nationality my Scotch/Irish or English ancestor married (at least one of them). I can't find anything about my ggrandmother Hurley. Just that her last name was Tompkins and when she died. The other ggrandmother on Dad's side is the one I have to verify some information on and I know that her 2nd husband, my ggrandfather, was of German decent. I don't know if he was all German, though, since I can't find information on him. I am going to have to figure out some different possibilities for spelling his name. I got something one time that said he had sued somebody, but I couldn't find anything about that, so I don't know if it was true or if it would help me with anything.

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Good morning, I drove DH nuts this morning. We went to the store to pick up a few things. I was to get the soy milk. After awhile he called and said he was ready to check out and where was I? I told him I was about 1/2 way to the milk. I had to walk up and down every isle starting at the other end of the store from the milk. That makes no sense to him.

So far all my Irish has been English that lived in Ireland and were very proud to be English. Seams that way when they came to the states. The either married English in the states or went back to England to get married. It looks like I'm the first one that didn't marry English. The family is horrified I married a German and my daughter married a Mexican. Well Mom doesn't care and most of the family will have nothing to with us anyway. We are just poor relations and we won't even pretend we are rich.


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After MaryAlice told me about the difference in where the Hurley family came from, I don't know if the first here were O'Hurley from Ireland or Hurley from England since many people dropped the O. Dad always said his Dad was Scotch-Irish, but there was also something said about his ancestor being an heir of Sir Walter Raleigh. I don't know about that at all. I've seen one census that said his Grandfather was born in England. Another one said he was born in Missouri. Both of those were telling my grandfather's parents birth, but I don't think they said what his grandmother's birthplace was. Have to go back and look again.

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I was shocked when I found that my familysearch tree was shared by others. We just see our own part of the tree. totally weird, but I keep hoping maybe something helpful might pop up, but I'd still have to verify it. I can't see the other people's trees on familysearch though.

I do check the other family trees on Ancestry.com and go through their ancestors. Helps to jump to next ancestor....sometimes. It sure is harder when you get into the 1600 and 1500s, no census records!

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I didn't know that about familysearch. I haven't put anything on any of their trees. I did put my tree on ancestry when I was on there and got a leaf since I put half-siblings of my grandmother on there. Since then I have found a difference in one of the ancestors in that line. The teacher of the class didn't recommend using those trees. She said that Family Tree Maker, owned by ancestry.com you need to keep getting the newest edition. The ones they recommend most are Legacy and Rootsmagic, and Ancestral Quest if you want very basic. Then The Master Genealogist and Genbox, which cost more and she said are very difficult to use (especially for beginners like us in the class).

I had one leaf on ancestry that sent me to a tree that had my grandmother's death all wrong and as a distant relative to them. I wrote to them on that and they completely ignored me, even though I had been at her funeral. Obviously, that person didn't use reliable sources like death certificates or obituaries for that. I don't know where they got her name if they were using something like a death certificate.

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We do have a library, I have to get DH to take me though. I called Ancestry and they said with my old Vista computer I can't download IE 10, so it would have to be GoogleChrome or FireFox.
I can work at the library, but don't think I can add to my tree. I have Familysearch too. When I put someone on my tree and if someone else has that person it will put anyone else they have in their tree in connection to that ancestor. I've found some mistakes too, but not sure how to correct them since it would do something to others trees. I've Never been on a tree that is shared by everyone else. I only see my part of the tree though. Very confusing. If I could only find my Irish I'd be pretty satisfied. I wouldn't have to worry about getting another subscription anytime soon. I do have some b'day money saved, but would like to buys some other things.
On Familysearch it showed an Irish back in 1300, but I can't verify back that far so don't want to count that unless each person is verified.
I found a Woodward in some Ancestry trees, but can't verify Rachel to dad Ralph. He shows a daughter Sarah, but can't find a Rachel. So close, but so far. {{sigh}}

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Court, do you have any libraries near you that have a genealogy section? The one here says you can get ancestry.com through them for free, which is really nice. They do recommend familysearch more than ancestry, though. There is more on familysearch than I knew they had, too. They have a lot from outside the U.S. and that one is free. I can't remember the other sites they talked about right off. If you have a genealogy section in the library there are a lot of books that you can look in, too. I have found out that if I find a book I am interested in I can check online to see if the library has it before I go down there.

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I'm proud of you too for pursuing your education. It's so easy to just drop out if you don't have the support. I'd have sent my doctor a copy of my degree.

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I'm proud of my degree too. The Dr said I would never finish high school. Mom finally admitted I went to collage when two years after I graduated, she was going to my sisters graduation and I confronted her about not going to mine. Daddy never admitted I went to collage. Mom says it was because he couldn't admit he had tried to hold me back.

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I didn't think you were upset, sorry, I need to re read what/how I write things. It doesn't come out the way I mean them. That 'whoa nelly' is just a saying I say sometimes. Not sure where I got it from.

I was just impressed. I just got through high school and bit of college so I'm impressed with those who persue those higher degrees. I'm so proud of my DH's nephew. His mom just died of cancer a year ago, she'd be so proud too.

I hope you are in a town with lots of job opportunities. My little town up north is small not a lot of bigger job positions. I could never move back if I was still working.

How's everyone doing on their family tree? I see that Ancestry.com will be updating their site so my IE 9 might not get everything I can get even as an unpaid member.
I want to wait for a good deal for a 6-month membership. I got a $99 last time. If i find my Irish in the next couple days, I can hold off rejoining.
Obssessed in finding my Irish.

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"There is only one real sin and that is to persuade oneself that the second best is anything but second best."
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Good morning, Cool with a light breeze and drizzle. We are heading for a warm muggy day, so I've walk Mutt and rode the bike. I got an hour exercise in before 8.

I wasn't upset. I was just letting you know. I'll take just about an office job right now.

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Whoa Nellie, I was thinking small. Sorry. I'm sure you will find a really good job. DH nephew is working on his bachelor degree.

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I have a BSBA in accounting ad was a bookkeeper for 30 years. No Woodwards that I know of and nothing in Ireland in the 1600's

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Good luck, hope you find something interesting. Hotel desk or front desk for insurance office or....well, I'm sure you've been getting alla the ideas and checking the paper. Hope you find something soon and feel better.

Does anyone have an Woodward from Ireland in maybe 1600s?

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surgery went fine. But the Dr won't release me to lift 50 pounds. Bending and twisting were bothering me to. So I quit Wal-Mart and am looking for an office job. I feel great.

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Haven't been around for a while. How are you doing MaryAlice...surgery.

I been trying to work and get what I can while I have my paid ancestry.com, almost found my Irish, just one generation away and can't find documentation for daughter in England and supposive dad in Ireland.

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Because of what Wal-Mar paid, so I'm set up to live on that, and what they think they can get me on the low end, I can live very well on 24 hours a week or 2 weeks a month. Anything more I'll save for when I'm not working. Nothing yet, but we had planed on me being off awhile because of my operation and have another 3 months, if we are careful, put aside.

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Have you been getting anything from the temp agency? That is hard unless you get something long term, I think. I used to work for them when I was between jobs and had two jobs that were long term and lasted a year and a year and a half, each, but all the others were spread out so much that if I had been on my own I would never have made it. One I had lasted a month, one two weeks and the rest one-two days and then there would be at least a month and usually more than that between them and I still couldn't find anything permanent. I was signed up with about 5 of them, too.

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Ya I'm lucky. DH is retired and I'm the bread winner. Right now I'm unemployed, but since we own our home, live in the country where taxes are low. We are making it. We still get some royalties from my father in law, but they are only once ever 4 months, they are small so we use them for things like fixing up bikes. DH got a royalty check last week, but it is was a month salary where I use to work, so this check will be the money I would have made, unless i get a job pretty quick.


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That is nice to be able to do that. If I hadn't needed to sell stuff to get some money in a hurry, I could have had that done to my bike, I think. I'm not too sure how it would have worked on the bike I had, but a guy from the one bike shop said they could put anything I wanted and needed on the bike. They were pretty nice at that shop. The inventory company I worked for used to do their inventory and the manager there was always glad when I was one of those working there.

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DH took my bike in and told them what I needed. They redid the handle bars and set and did it in such a way that when i needed a new bike I could swap the seat and handle bars out.

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I often wish I could ride a bike again. I ended up selling mine because it hurt my back too much. I would need one with high handlebars and probably that would come back toward me a lot so I wouldn't have to lean forward at all. Like those motorcycles that have one wheel way out in front and the handles lean way back from that.

I would think your son would have been very bored if he had to sit in a regular classroom. I think that is what causes a lot of daydreaming in classes. He sounds very bright.

I am frustrated. Got the cucumbers and beets to pickle, and have some grapes that my friend gave me and should check my vine to see if there are any worth picking, and I cannot find the books I had on canning and preserving. I know that I had bought one and I saw one that Mom had that I forgot about, but I can't find either one. I think Mom also had a little one, but wouldn't be able to find that either. So I am checking on the internet for recipes. Then I am trying to get the canning pot all sterilized and it looks like it is coming apart. If that is so, I will end up giving everything to another friend. Maybe I can make grape juice and jelly, and maybe one jar of pickles and one of beets, but that would be all. Just something that could go in the fridge. I can't get another one of those canning pots.

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Good morning. I took advantage of the cool weather and played fetch with Duke for 30 min then went on a 30 min bike ride with DH. I would have liked to ride longer, but bring the first time out in awhile, 30 min was enough.

I need a new helmet. I saw one I like at the bike store and told DH. I've always worn helmets that I had to put my hair in a low pony tail. I thought that was all there was. When we went to the bike store to get some things to get our bikes ready to ride, the guy asked if DH needed anything else. He said no and I asked if the made helmets with holes for pony tails. YES, but they are a little pricy. I told DH that is what I want for Christmas.

When DS was in school, he is 40 now, they said he needed a special class. I asked why. they said he learned different. He was the type that wanted a copy of the lesson plan, the teacher say you do this in math, this in English, this in science and if you have a question I'll be next door. By 4th grade he was in the superintendents 100 and by 5th had passed his GED, although they wouldn't except it. I sometimes wonder what he would have been like if he had to sit in a regular class.


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When you are adults they are always asking how you learn to do things better. I wonder why they don't do that with children. It is like those new Core teaching things. There was a math one shown on Facebook the other day that was so confusing that I would have trouble doing it and I was good in math. I would think that they could teach a lot better if they would teach to a way that the children learned better. Of course, that would take more teachers, I guess. I knew a lady here who worked as an assistant in the schools and offered to tutor a student who was having trouble learning because she knew he wasn't as stupid as they were saying, but they refused to let her. Because of the "no child left behind" type of feeling (was several years before that came out), they just passed this kid every year even though he couldn't read. He would have learned if he had been taught in a way he could understand.

I had my labs done yesterday and then went up farther north to where I used to go to a farm market. The one I had gone to was gone, but I found a new one that I got some things from, and on the way home stopped at the old place's smaller market that is all they have now. The new one had something they called roasting onions that looked like large green onions. I got a few of them and am going to try to use them more for green onions and see how they do. I also got a dozen farm fresh eggs. Those are expensive there and most places. The place south of here has them for $2.50 less. The problem I have is these places are all somewhat far from here. Nothing in town unless they are $6 a dozen. I got some beets and pickling cucumbers and now I will have to figure how to pickle them. I also have to get my grapes juiced and maybe make some jelly with them too.

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Good morning, A ice cool morning.

I talked to my DD about Tony. She found out that crazy was. Tony squirmed in his seat. She worked with him on sitting still and everything appeared to be OK, then he bought him another paper. When she walked to Tony, he said he TRIED to do what the teacher asked. DD worked with him asking him to do things she knew he understood. Then she asked him to do something she knew he could do, but with things he hadn't seen before. He stared at his mother, looked like he wanted to do what she said and squirmed and wiggled. When DD showed him what she wanted and then asked again he quickly did it. DD told the teacher. The teacher said the next time she saw Tony squirming, she showed him what she wanted and he calmed right down. Looks like Tony just doesn't know how to say he doesn't understand. I would have thought showing children what you wanted them to do was a big part of kindergarden. DD says Tony is a smart child that is learning by leaps and bounds and loves showing off what he has learned. The teacher is now concerned that Tony doesn't hold a pencil right. I'm beginning to thing this teacher thinks all children went to Pre School.

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Take care, do what you can

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I know about the starvation mode. I just can't eat more than I am now. I did get over 1000 cals the other day, but that took some doing. If I eat more than what I am hungry for I get terrible stomach pain. I get that if I drink much water at a time, too. I have to just sip. My Oncologist said it is because of the scar tissue from surgery. At least I am not like a friend of mine. She has coffee for breakfast, maybe a piece of toast or a small sandwich for lunch and if she isn't going out to eat she might not have anything for dinner. She said if she eats anything at all she will get sick and I think she eats probably less than 500 a day unless she and her friend go out to dinner. I did add a banana and peanut butter a couple of times last week and that got me up higher. Even if I can eat just the peanut butter, that is high calorie.

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be careful not eating enough. Your body will go into starvation mode.


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We are having low 70s (if it gets that high) today. It was raining all night and into the morning. The forecast I looked at shows mostly sunny, but that hasn't shown up yet. It's warm enough to wander around, but I wouldn't want to stay out in it for a long time. It has gotten up to 64 now.

I jinxed myself on the weight. Haven't gone back to 200 yet, but have gone up a couple pounds. My doctor told me it is because I eat too much, but I started tracking again and I only had a little over 800 calories yesterday (too full to eat any more). I also was doing a lot of walking because I went to that dog show. It wasn't fast or anything like that, but was enough to get me out of breath a couple of times. Cassie's breeder was helping with a dog that was going into group, so it took me a while to find her. He won the group and I heard he won Show on Saturday. Another friend of mine was in the same group and, I think, came in 2nd. She had to leave in the middle of her ACD class because they started groups before the breed judging was over. Another friend got 2nd in the herding group. I left after that and didn't see the BIS judging. I did find out that Cassie was hard to show when she was shown. Since she had been with another owner (actually, I think she went through 2 or 3) before she got shown she had no training for the show ring until she was 3 or 4. She did get her Ch, but Roxanne said she was quite a challenge. I know that trying to teach her some obedience is hard and I don't think I will ever get her into a trial. But she is my sweet girl, now, and likes her new life, I think.

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Good morning, Another hot day, I'm sweaty just sitting in the living room. Some how we are going to have over might low in the 60's and highs close to 90.

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Good afternoon. Sounds like you and Mutt had a good time today. Cassie and I went to a dog show to meet up with her breeder. I was hoping to get the paperwork for her chip, but I guess Lori couldn't get it. She did bring me a bag of food, which turned out to be for Orzo. She thought she had the dog food and ended up with cat food. Her friend gets donations of pet food, so Cassie gets food from their. I met up with Lori and several other people that I knew from when I showed Annie. Stayed and watched through the herding group, then got Cassie in with me and headed home. I did stop and get 3 peaches ($1 each). Couldn't really afford that, but I like those Palisade Peaches when they are brought in ripe. And my doctor lets me eat some fruit.

I have been in onederland for 3 days now. I am hoping that I don't jinx myself by saying that. It is the first time since I gained everything back after cancer that I have stayed under for more than one day and further than a little less than 1 pound before.

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"Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor."
– Truman Capote

Good morning, This morning I decided to go to the park before it got hot, so Mutt and I left about 8. Mutt doesn't like car rides and often has problems clubbing in the car, but this morning he climbed right in. I say climbed because Mutt doesn't jump. A laundry basket in front of a door will stop him.

The park I wanted to go to has a small circle, less then 1/4 mile, so it gets tiring walking round in circles, but yesterday I saw that the trail continued on the other side the road. We went down the trial on the other side if the road. It was 1/2 mile trail between the canal and a the trees blocking a subdivision. At 1/2 mile the trail deadened into a subdivision, so it was 1/2 mile back.

When we got back to the road, Mutt was panting. I saw a sign to a dog park and figured there had to be someplace for a dog to get a drink there. We went over to the dog park. Yes Mutt has his choice of place to get a drink. There where 8 lab mixes in the park, so I let Mutt visit. he had never been to a dog park before. He said hi to each dog then went off sniffing everything. Several people had gotten tired of throwing a ball for their dog and their dog saw fresh blood, so I was throwing balls for 2 dogs. My tracker says we were at the park for 70 mins. Mutt didn't want to get back in the car.



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and a lot of ships didn't have passenger list or they got lost

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The other thing I remember on immigration was they turned the passenger list in at the 1st port of entry they stopped at, but the person might not have gotten off at that one, but gone to one or two stops past that one.



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yes immigration date is the date they left their home country, but you will often find you have the date their ship landed in the US, but not when it left the other country


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I made it downtown to the library today to the Intro to Genealogy class they have every month (usually the 2nd Saturday, but they had a special program last week). She had a lot of information for the few hours we were there. What websites are free (ancestry.com is here if you access from the library). She also mentioned which ones were better. She doesn't want people to use internet all that much, but to use other forms of research. Also to go 5 years either side of the date you have to look for things. And some things I didn't know about like notations on the census. Also dates you might have for things happening might not have been recorded until several years later and the date you will find them is the recording date, not the date it happened (like marriage records). Immigration dates are supposed to be when the person left their homeland and not when they arrived at their destination (and destination could be somewhere other than where they landed, like someone landing in New York, but going to Illinois to settle). Those were all things I didn't know about, so I really got a lot out of that class. Now I am hoping I can remember and understand my notes I took.

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Good morning, I got up early and walked Mutt before the rain, but it is a nice sunny day. I was thinking of bathing two dirty, stinky, muddy dogs, but the back yard is a mud hole and I'm not sure if it would do any good. I don't know if it bothers them to be dirty.

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"Since no one is perfect, it follows that all great deeds have been accomplished out of imperfection. Yet they were accomplished, somehow, all the same."
– Lois McMaster Bujold

Good noon, I finally just brought my cloths in and hung them around the house. They have been on the line 3 days now. I case your wondering no I do not have a dryer. Well as I tell the grandchildren I do it is called the sun, but it seams to have a banded me this week.

Spent the morning talking to some people about piracy. Theirs is books mine is music, but it all boils down to the same thing. It appears that what we are up against is peoples misperception, and greed too. People think that if you take a DVD out of the store it is stealing, but if it is in the air it isn't. Either way the artist isn't getting paid and it is stealing.

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― Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories

Good morning, I'm registered with two temp agencies now, lets see if someone calls me. The good news is I can afford to take a part time job. A lot of small business only need a part time bookkeeper, but most people can't afford to work part time.

I did laundry this morning. It was over cast, but hung it out. I was thinking it might have a hard time drying. I hadn't even finished hanging things out when the heavens owed up and I don't mean a sprinkle, no worming just all of sudden it was like someone poured a bucket of water over me. The stuff already on the line will get rinsed again, everything else has been hung in the spare bedroom. I knew there was a reason I stored the puppy fence in there. Mutt keeps asking for a walk, running to the front door and sulking back to his crate.


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We can all agree that self-criticism is healthy and necessary, but we need to also be mindful of the difference between constructive self-criticism and unhealthy self-flagellation which serves no purpose other than revealing the personal or political pathology of the person engaging in it.
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Good morning, Well the heat is back. The temp is still in the eighties, but the humidity will kill you. Mutt and I went for a 2.5 mile walk at 5 this morning and i cane home soaked with sweat.

DD says that almost everyday Tony,5, brings home a paper from school saying he has behavior issues. He brought one home yesterday.

DD what did you do to get this?
Tony I went crazy
DD we can't go crazy at school
Tony I like crazy
DD Are you going to do what the teacher says?
Tony Yes
DD Are you going to play nice with the other children
Tony Yes
DD Are you going to sit in your seat and do your work
Tony Yes
DD so no more crazy?
Tony I like crazy, I'm going crazy

DD asked all the questions 2 or 3 more times and got the same answers. Tony is going crazy. We aren't sure what he is doing since the teacher just says he is a behavior problem and Tony says he went crazy, so what is crazy? When he wouldn't talk he was tested for every thing they could test for and all the test can back normal. Now he talks, but expects you to know what he says.


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– Robert Frost

Good morning, Getting warm today, but maybe DH is right. I said we wouldn't see cool weather till Thanksgiving, he said Halloween. We are only getting into the high eighties this week.

Mom has a busy 2 weeks, she says she won't get much walking in. This week she is manning the church booth at the county fair and next week is Hoopen and Hallerin, not sure of the spelling, and she is judging quilts. When they have the parade she will be leading the seniors, most will be walking it, some will be in wheel chairs. Mom says they will have a turkey call, pig call, duck call and a husband call. I've got some questions about the last one

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Good Afternoon. I got caught up in the cool of the morning then a good book, so I'n late posting. This is the third day I've had my door and windows open, I really wish this place was built for cross ventilation, but it feel good to let the fresh air in and I'm sure my bank account will feel the difference in my electric bill.

Mutt goes running out on the porch, I guess thinking he is going for a run, just to discover the gate is shut and he walks back to his crate. Lola on the other hand loves it. She doesn't understand the kitty door and goes to it an cries to be let out. With the door open she is wondering in and out at will.

Lola has found something to play with and I have no control over it. Lizards, either the ones on the outside of the windows or the ones that find away into the house. Not hard when I have the door open. Anyway the heck with toys and the laser pointer, the real thing is better. As far as I know she has never caught one, but sure is having fun chasing them.

I'm looking for a nest. It will be very small and I think it is in the crate myrtle, but could be one of the oaks. I have a pair of humming birds in the front yard. The crate myrtle is in bloom and they are normally around it.


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Good morning. I have the door and windows open. Houses these days aren't built for air correlation, but it is so nice outside. Temp in the 60's and no mosquitoes. I had the AC off and door and windows open all day yesterday too. The dogs love it long walks and fetch.

I didn't think Lola was drinking enough water. So I got her one of those fountain water dishes. I got her one of the cheaper ones because it said it was one of the easiest to keep clean. At first she was afraid of it, but judging but how much water I needed to put in the dish this morning, she likes it.

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Good morning. I'm up early this morning, I have a load of cloths in the washer, they will be hung inside since it is sprinkling and the mosquitoes are bad.

My picture is my attempt to take a salfie. I'm told that the problem is that the problem is I didn't know take enough pictures. You need to take at least 17 pictures before you get a decent selfie. I posted a couple picture of Lola. One of them males her look mean. She is a sweet cuddly kitty she just doesn't like her picture taken.

What a difference 3 week make. Hard to believe I haven't had her a month yet. She has gone from just walking slowly around the house to running and jumping on the furniture. She has always used her litter box, but never buried anything. Thank goodness she has started burying everything. My nose is so glad. Her quite purr was so low, you had to touch her to feel because you couldn't hear it, now she still has a soft purr, but you can hear it when you are close to her.

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Good morning, I'm going stir crazy. I can't do much of anything outside between the heat and mosquitoes. we don't want to use the gas to go anywhere and I'm not working yet.

Yesterday I got one of the SP videos to work. I did seated cardo. It is 11 min, thats all 11 min. I should have gone back to work yesterday. That short little video left me with an pain, not bad just enough so I knew I over did it, in my side. Can you imagine what 8 hours would have done.


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9/11/14 12:44 P

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Good morning, I walked the dogs earlier. I have work do outside, but it is so muggy, I'm feeling the heat so it is a little bit now and a little bit later type thing.

I don't know what was up with SP yesterday, but I tried several times to do the exercise videos and the ad played, than I got a picture of Couch Nicole sitting in a chair. One time I left it for 10 min to see if the video would load and nothing happen. Yes I was trying to do chair exercises. I ended up doing a Sit and be Fit DVD.

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Good Afternoon, Got busy this morning and didn't get my posting done. I did start my ab exercises, but just tucking my tush as often as I could remember, just wanted to make sure it was ready. No problems. I told mom I worked hard to get a flat belly, then they blow air in it to stretch it and I couldn't do my exercises for a month.

DH likes to listen to tech videos, why, I have no idea, but that is his thing. Yesterday he asked me to listen about the new watch. I told him I had things to do most of what it could do. There where a few things in the fitness area that would be nice. After they said the price was $350, I said no way. I didn't like those few things that much. Then they said you had to have an iPhone for it to work properly. Forget it, my samsung phone works just fine. I carry it anyway when I walk, it has my music, my SP tracker counts my steps, distance and keeps track of it on the computer, and I can get a map of where I walked on SP too. I don't text, or read my facebok page while I walk. OK SPAT does't record my heart rate, but $350 + a new phone for a heart rate monitor.

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"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading."
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Good morning, The dogs are upset, the mosquitos are so bad I can't walk them or play fetch. Lola has gotten to where she can jump on the porch railing. She still wants nothing to do with jumping off. That is about 7 foot down, but I have to watch and see if she does. Sure hope not.

I can start doing my ab exercises today, but still need to take it easy on twisting. My tummy looks like it needs some work.


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"Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones."
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Good Morning. I'm watching the clock for when I can call in to the temp agency. They said I didn't need to call in, but I want to keep my name on their mind and Mondays are when they get most of their calls from companies.

Yesterday it rained all day and walking was one n the house. Today I'll walk inside again. I'd lose a lot of weight if I walked outside, the mosquitos would suck my dry.

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"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
– Thomas A. Edison

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Good afternoon. It is making noise like it wants to pour, it sprinkles but stops so fast you can count the drops on the walk. I'm glad it isn't as hot, but really wish it would rain already.

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Good morning. Since I'm not trying to stay on my work schedule so my body won't be to confused, yesterday I let my body pick bed time and was in bed long before I would have gotten home from work and up at 5 this morning, so Mutt got a 2 mile walk before breakfast. Duke won't walk in the dark, that makes it hard to walk him in this heat.

You know how when you are looking for someone sometimes you find the wrong person, well I found the wrong person, but got a good laugh. he was buried on Boot Hill in Vegas. Boot Hill is called Boot Hill, because sometimes people were buried so fast they didn't have time to take their boots off them. The tombstones are something else. This guys tombstone just has his name, the date he died and says, "He drank too much and loved the wrong woman."


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Good morning.

Mary Alice- I am sure you will be happier. Good luck and let us know how you are doing.

Sandy- how interesting. Another mystery for you to solve.

Finished Minding the Manor, Memoir of a 1930s English Kitchen Maid by Mollie Moran. A good read written by Mollie in 2013 at the age of 97. It is full of history from our time era.

I have been checking out some books on Otter Tail County in Minnesota for research for my husband's family. I can get books from any library in Minnesota through our library.


Have a good research day.
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I was at the library this afternoon looking in old newspapers for obituaries, I found several & another surprise as well. I knew that one of my father's brothers (John) had been stabbed to death at age 17 & I knew that it had something to do with my dad getting into a fight with the other boy's younger brother. After I found John's obituary I decided to see if there was anything in the paper about the stabbing. There it was.....on the front page. (Remember this was in 1923.) According to the story, my dad got into a fight with Gilbert's (the boy who stabbed John) younger brother & took some gum away from him. Everyone went home. While my dad, his brother & parents were eating dinner, Gilbert called from the sidewalk for my dad to come outside. My dad looked out the door & came back in. John went out & told Gilbert to go home. Gilbert grabbed the hunting knife he had brought with him & slashed John. A passing car took John to the hospital, but he died before they got there. My grandmother was watching out the window & saw the whole thing. When Gilbert found out that John had died, he told his mother what he had done & she called the police. He told the police that he had bought the knife the previous day to practice knife-throwing like they do in the circus, not for attacking my dad or John. Now the librarian & I both want to know what happened to Gilbert.

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Good morning, I'm a little late checking in because I didn't want to say anything till it was official. I'm officially unemployed. My choice, I told Wal-Mart I wouldn't be coming back when my leave was up. I was good about it and left so that if, heaven forbid, I ever had to I could go back. After I told HR, and she said She needed to get an Asst. Manager to do the paper work. An Asst. I worked with just happened to walk in and HR asked her to do the paper work. She refused. She said I was coming back, just give me time. I told her it might be awhile, so she finally said she would do it, but under reason for leaving she just wrote Mary was on LOA and will not be able to do retail at this time. It felt good that she wanted me to stay, but it felt like the weight of the world was lift off my shoulders when I walked out of there.

DH says he put aside 4 months worth of my take home salary from Wal-Mart. So I went by a temp agency that I've had good luck with in the past and signed up with them. They think I can get almost twice what Wal-Mart pays, easy, So even if I work only a couple weeks a month I'll be OK.

I started sorting all my paper into family files and a cat decided the files all belonged on the floor, so now my project is to start all over

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Peace be to heaven, peace be to the waters,
peace to the plants and peace to the trees!
May all the Gods grant to me peace!
By this invocation of peace may be diffused!

-Atharva Veda

Good afternoon, It has been one of those days hurry up and wait days and I just realized I had posted. I have one of those headaches you get from those types of days. I think we are having left overs for dinner

I started sorting all the hard copies I had to put in family folders. I certain at decided all the folders belonged on the floor, so that project is back to square one.

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