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12/25/14 1:43 P

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Happy Holidays, We well have our family get together on the 29th. The hospital is open 365 days a year and that is the next time DD is off. DH is talking about going to a neighbors for dinner. They are meat and potatoes people and can't eat meat so i might be having potatoes for dinner. Maybe for the holiday feast they will sneak in a salad or veggie.

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12/24/14 10:13 A

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At this time of year it is important to remember that it isn't the price of the gift, or the size or the effort. The important thing to remember when buying gifts is to SAVE THE RECEIPT!

Alice Thinks Sometimes Maybe Perhaps

Good morning, This morning it was 40, but the sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky, no wind and the birds were chirping, so I bundled up and Mutt and I went for a 3 mile walk early.

Enjoy whatever holiday you ae celebrating.

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12/23/14 11:38 A

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"A man can do only what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day."
– Albert Schweitzer

Good morning another yucky day. DH turned the TV one and it said it was foggy, I looked outside yep foggy then they said the worse at .25 miles visibility was Pearland, the closest city to us. An our later while i was getting ready to walk Mutt, they said the fog had lifted everywhere but Pearland where it was still .25 miles visibility. We only walked 2 miles, by the time we got home the fog had turned to a light drizzle and we could hear thunder. In July I enjoy walking in a light drizzle, but not in Dec when the temp is in the 50's.

Yesterday Mom e mailed me that her youngest sister had died. we weren't close to Caroline, I hadn't seen her in close to 40 years. Caroline married money and said we didn't fit in with her kind of people. Mom only saw her when she happened to go see grandma when her sister was there. It wasn't unexpected, Caroline's breast cancer had come back and she refused chemo. Still it is Christmas time and mom's younger sister and mom says it makes her feel old that her younger sister had passed.

I had gotten my DNA test from Ancestry. I spent a good bit of yesterday pulling up all the people back to 6th generation cousins looking for someone that had a last name I was stuck on, no luck.

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12/23/14 10:59 A

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MaryAlice, hope you're continuing to feel better. Thank you for sharing that video. I am one of those who needs to keep moving but can't withstand being on my feet every day.

So cool that your grandchildren ask. It took hours, but I eventually finished the email and sent it off. The eldest responded and thanked me. I'll see the other two in a couple of days, so I hope we'll talk about these things. Speaking of which, today I need to pack though I'm still trying to find out when we're leaving. At least we've decided to go, which took us a while. Christmas dinner at my mom's house with 2 of my 3 sibs and 2 of my 3 nephews, and shouldn't be there long enough for us to get more than mildly irritated with each other.

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This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give, the more they possess.
--Rainer Maria Rilke

Good morning I'm feeling a lot better. I can't seem to get enough to drink, but that may be because I couldn't drink for half the day yesterday. I only got 1/2 my steps, but then I wasn't in an up right position till afternoon.

I did get all my exercise. I got a video off youtube that is for obese, seniors and those needing flexibility for quality of life. It stated it wasn't a weight loss video, but some people lost weight when their quality of life got better. It was chair exercises and the man doing the exercises was a good 300 if not 400 pounds. You could hear his trainer telling him what exercises to do and how to do them and every once in awhile you would see her. The video we 23 min long and I know it worked every part of my body. DH asked about me doing that type of video when I could do the more strenuous exercise videos. i told him I didn't feel up to the other videos and didn't want to get out of the habit of exercising. At the end of the video it said to share with anyone that needed flexibility for quality of life. So for any of you that think this will help here is the link. You will need an exercises band or weights for a couple of the exercises. The man used cans and the trainer exercise bands I use 2 pound dumbbells, and a pillow for hugging.

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It amazes my the number of times one of the grandchildren have said, "we are studying --- in school, were any of my ancestors there?" More often then not I can say yes and give them the information. Beka was only 6 when we went to the Alamo. They told her that the Alamo was maintained by the daughters of the Republic of Texas. She was so proud to tell the lady she was a daughter of the Republic.

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12/21/14 5:16 P

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I'm in the midst of writing what has turned into a very long email to my three nephews. They were all very close to my father, though the youngest was only 6 when he died. My father was born in Philadelphia, the third generation of his family to live in that neighborhood, and they grew up in the 'burbs. The oldest graduated from Drexel U., the youngest lives in Philadelphia now, and the middle one has lived there from time to time. They have all been to the neighborhood where he was born without knowing that they had a family connection. All of these factors make them very interested in him, and I'm using that to get them interested in the family history.

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"The great man is he who does not lose his childlike heart."
– Mencius

Hi, Thats the best I can do today. DH woke me you that breakfast was readyI felt like I had a knife in my eye, my sinuses were blocked and had drained down my throat. I took 2 bis of breakfast and was back in bed. I wasn't even able to drink water. At 11:30 I got up and tried to eat or drink something. I was in an up right position for 30 min and managed 2 bits of a veggie burger and 1/2 cup herb tee. At 2 I tried again, I managed the best of my tee, veggie burger a glass of water and a banana, so I tok Mutt for a walk, just one mile. I'd like to say I'll be up late since my day didn't start till 2 to get in my steps and exercise, but we all know it doesn't work that way.

Most of the water has drained off. One of the things I learned doing genealogy is that I was born in Conn, but I'm the first one in 5 generations not born within 50 miles of where i am now. If the could live out here I can too.

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Oh no, MaryAlice! I hope that the water goes down soon!

When my oldest sister and her husband married, she had an older cat who had been around for quite a while. Then they rescued a kitten from a parking lot. We all loved Radar (the older cat, who had huge ears as a baby and large ears even as an adult), but she was never the smartest or most adventurous cat. That became really obvious when there was another cat in the house. There was a variety of nasty cats and a variety of wildlife around house they lived in at that time, so when they put in a cat door they deliberately put it where it would be obscured by bushes. Since they couldn't get to it from the outside of the house, they could only introduce the cats to it by pushing them out of it. It took Lucy, the baby, no time at all to figure out that if she could go out she could also come in. Radar, on the other hand, continued to go out the cat door but come to the door to be let in for quite a while. They were pretty sure that she only learned that she could come in that way when she saw Lucy do it.

We are STILL trying to figure out what we're doing for the holidays. One sister and I live in Virginia, about 1.5 hrs from each other. My mom, step-dad, brother, and two of my three nephews live fairly close to each other in PA. My mom isn't pushing me to come up, unless my sister is coming. My sister and brother-in-law want to visit their sons, but both of them work in restaurants. At least one of them has Christmas day off, but he's working several days before and several days after, so my sister is pretty sure that, much as he'd love to have his parents visit, he would rather not have visitors on his one day off. My nephews are not close to our mother and step-dad (who can both be difficult for all of us to deal with), so they will not want to see them when they've used up all of their patience at work. So... we may join you in celebrating the holiday on a different day. Luckily, I'm not all that excited to go anywhere right now and neither is my sister, so my brother-in-law seems to be the only one who will be disappointed if we don't go right away.

Yes, I'm glad that your friend is home for Christmas, too, but its a shame that she needs more chemo. Better that she can have it, but still...

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"Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control. These three alone lead to sovereign power."
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Good afternoon. My front yard looks like a pond and my back yard looks like a lake. The dog house floated over and pushed against the electric fence. I put on my rubber knee boots and went out to make sure I wouldn't electrocute myself moving it and i could get to the plug to unplug it first. And here comes Duke bounding though the water with that ball for me to toss. It is so nice to have a 70 pound dog that runs though the water and the mud then comes in a n scratches on the rug because he itches. While I had my boots on I checked on the cloths i had hung out and didn't bring in because it rained during the night and then I would have had to swim to get to them. To bad the ground is so dry it can't soak this water up, most it it will just run off into the bayou.

Lola figured out how to come in the kitty door. She hasn't figured out she can go out the same way, but a start.

I went by and saw Anna, she is out of rehab and home, I'm glad she is home for Christmas, but not happy with the reason. Anna starts chemo again and they can't do rehab while she is on chemo. Well at least she is strong enough they can start chemo again.

Question Ar you going to spend Christmas with your family? DD is an RN and has to work Christmas and New Years, so we are celebrating both on the 29th. DS lives out in CA.

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Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.

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Good morning, wish I could do something about this headache. It least I know what it is now. It has been overeats for 3 or 4 days now. When we have a cloud cover it holds the pollution in. Pollution and I don't get along. The Dr says I need to move 200 miles from the nearest city. I'm having problems finding a job now, don't even want to thin about living that far out.

I spoke to one of my temp companies yesterday. The guy I spoke to told me that all their jobs were on their website and if I wanted to look at it, if there was a job I wanted, he would put me in touch with the branch handling it. The nearest job that I felt qualified for was 40 miles away. I guess they are having as much trouble finding jobs as I am.

Mom is leaning things out, she wants to down size, and keeps calling me asking if I want this or that for my family tree.

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MaryAlice, I think that adding some bright colors to their stock is a wonderful idea.

Never a dull moment with kids or pets, right? My sister was up to visit for a while today. She brought me Christmas decorations and a couple of hand-me4-down sweaters. She's a little smaller than I am, she buys good quality clothing, and she's picky about how things feel, so I get a lot of clothes from her. My kitchen is also piled with loot from Costco. So, I'm very happy this evening, though I already miss her. We're both looking for an excuse to stay home and be slugs for Christmas, but her husband wants to see the kids so he may end up dragging her and by extension me, to PA.

And I've put my request in for slippers...

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"No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched."
– George Jean Nathan

Good morning, well it is morning anyway. I woke up with a sinus headache. Of corse it is 45 degrees out, Mutt wants a walk, Duke wants to play fetch, DH wants me to want the fence line, the dogs water bowl needs scrubbed and Lola wants to know why I won't leave the front door open so she can wonder in and out at will. Oh and there is a load of cloths in the washer that won't hang themselves out. At least I can play fetch while I walk the fence line.

Ann I was thinking it might be donated. I normally go to the rehab center at night when I know she won't be in therapy, but was thinking about stopping by during the day and if they are looking for yarn, I have plenty of half skeins that are bright colors. Alex asked for a crayon blankie and Tony wants one blue, red and orange, that will give me plenty of bright colors right there.

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Oh, MaryAlice... (groaning with you over the phone)

I can't imagine giving someone who is dealing with a difficult situation like that gray yarn. I would think that everyone would want something colorful. Perhaps it was left over and donated?

I was in DC yesterday doing research for someone. It has rained here all day, so I've been cleaning and organizing. I wouldn't say that the place is clean, but its better.

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"I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes."
– Sara Teasdale

Good afternoon. A little boy wanted grandma to play at the park. We found a small football and played catch, chased each other down the slide and ran all over things that weren't made for a grandma to run on, but what a way to spend the morning.

Some of you remember my friend Anna, the co worker that has cancer and got the flu, well she has a bad reaction to one of her meds and during a seizure, she had a stroke and is now in rehab. I went by to visit her,

The Dr had her crocheting and she was having problems and since I crochet thought I could help her. The first thing I noticed was they had given her a hook, that while the hook was a goof size for a beginner the whole thing was child size, way to short. It had a grip to make it easier for her to hold that I had never seen, but made sense. I told her I would get her a normal size hook. Then she told me the only yarn they had was gray and if I would she would like something bright. Wal-Mart was around the corner so I stopped there and couldn't believe it, they had the hooks with the grip she needed. So I got her a couple hooks, I know how they get lost in the bed cloths, and a skien of multi color bright yarn. She was so happy, and with a longer hook was able to crochet.

The weekend after Thanksgiving, I went to the phone store to get DH the new phone he wanted. They told me the phone was back ordered, but he would get it for Christmas. They sent me an e mail yesterday. My order is a priority to them. they will be shipping it some time between 1/9 and 1/23

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I have always been bad about doing strength training. Now the arthritis in my knees is bad enough that it affects my life every day. I have to do some form of weight bearing exercise several times a week or it gets more painful, so exercise has become more important, both in what I need to do and have to limit.

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I think that that is a very important point. Home isn't the location, its what it is or was while you're there. My mom is 90 and she's very pragmatic. She doesn't want to go back to where she grew up in West Virginia to visit because she knows that it stopped being the place that she remembers a long time ago.

My grandparents both died in the 60s - my grandfather in 1963, and my grandmother in 1969. Just a couple of years ago we were sorting through some stuff at my mom's house that had been in storage and forgotten for decades and we found letters to her from each of her parents. When I saw how my mother reacted to getting those letters back, I realized that though she left home before her 19th birthday and her parents have been gone for more than half her life, she still misses them very much. I don't think that's sad. I think it speaks to loving people no matter how long they've been gone.

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"Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm."
– Charles Caleb Colton

Good afternoon, Not doing much today, but working on the afghans for the boys.

Do you do both cardo and strength. I use to, but when I worked at Wal-Mart, I did so much physical activity and lifted so many thing, my body said no way. After I left the Dr wouldn't let me. i have just gotten back to strength exercises, and am having problems remembering.


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Oh gotcha, I changed my post. That is a good idea.

Where do you live. Right now at this moment,
I'm in Florida, no snow or freezing weather. It is getting down into the 40s in the mornings, but warms up in mid afternoon. It's 73 right now.
I was born in Ohio but moved to Florida in my 40s. Now I'm 65. This is now home. When I went back to Ohio, my town had changed so much.

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Well, I currently live in Fredericksburg, VA but I'm not sure where I'd actually call home, not because I don't think of anywhere as home but because I feel that I have many. I grew up in southeastern PA, closer to being on the edge of the Wilmington, DE suburbs than Philadelphia 'burbs. I lived in Seattle for about 15 years.

When I'm immersed in researching, the places where my relatives lived feel like home to me. I've only been to the Philly neighborhood where my dad and his parents were born a couple of times, but I have spent so much time there in my mind that I can see an address and know approximately where it is. I really want to live there for at least a few months someday.

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"It is wisdom to believe the heart."
– George Santayana

Good morning Thank you Court for the questions, I was doing them one at a time to try to get some discussion. I got the laundry done and beaded bookmarks for the family in CA. My son and his wife will only allow books in the house, no tablets or e readers. Rianah is only 5 so I don't think she will need one, but I'm sending them to the rest of the family, so I'll send her one. They call Beka by her liven name. I never have and I guess that is good now. Beka's given name is Rebeka. Since I put their initial on them there would be 2 with R, so Beka's has a B. I know DS has a spelling problem when it comes to names.

Where do you live. Right now at this moment, Alvin TX. It has taken awhile to call TX home, I still think of FL as home. Guess it is like Daddy, he always thought of TX as home and told me I was a misplaced Texan.

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What would you like to be called? ...Courti (Courtney is my middle name)
People think it is unusual, but to me it is just a nickname for Courntey.

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Ann isn't actually my first name. There's a long family story about that, but basically I've never gone by my first name.

I wasn't able to donate blood yesterday. I was deferred because my iron was too low. That hasn't happened in years. I'm taking it as proof that my eating habits have deteriorated and I have to work on that.



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I like to be called Peggy

I live in Florida but we have a house in Rockland County NY with two of our children Jenn and Jared living in it. Our other daughter Jodi lives with her husband Dave and son Adin in Orange County NY Dave has two children David and Chrissie.

My husband Jerry's fathers family and my mothers fathers family were some of the founding members of this county and I'm having fun making the connection. I made my beg breakthrough in my wall in June and in Jerry's in Sept.

I go to the Archives on Monday and Thursday mornings when I am in NY and the Rockland County Genealogy Society is there volunteering their time. I have learned a lot from them especially at coffee break time. Next Monday is our Christmas party.

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As for genealogy, I dead end with my mothers father and my fathers great grand father. But on other lines go back to 950 where I am running into things that just don't make sense. With mom's father I understand, He is the first one in his family born with a fixed last name, and it looks like the clerk on the boat he came to the states in got lazy. No one one the boat had a fixed last name. Instead of fixing the last name they where using, he gave them all the same last name.

With Dad's family I don't understand the problem unless somebody changed their name when they came to the states. Charles William Hurley lll's father is Ambrose William, because of the way the named their children this would mean Ambrose's father or oldest brother is Charles William, but I don't know which or if it is the first or sec. Ambrose was born in England, England has good records, but when I look there are pages of Charles Hurley's born about when I'm looking and pages of William Hurley's, but I can't find an Ambrose. I tried the boat records, but New York says that boat didn't turn in a passenger manifest. All I found was an Ambrose Hurley had an Irish pub and i can't even prove that is the right Ambrose.

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"Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence."
– Lin Yutang

Good Afternoon, Mutt is sulking in the corner giving me the eval eye. Since I don't have to worry about Duke running off, I let him out while I was hanging the cloths on the line. Duke was running around the front yard and back to me then off again. Mutt was on the porch and could plainly see that Duke was loose and if he got close to the street I would call him back and love on him for coming to me. Then the worse thing, as far as Mutt is conceded, Duke got his ball and I tossed it in the front yard. Mutt whined and messed with the gate, but Duke was free and he wasn't. But I can't get Mutt to understand, Duke stays in the yard and comes when called, even when he is running full near the road and Mutt just wants to run off.

The question today what do you like to be called? your name if that is what you want to be called, a nick name if that is what you are called. I like to be called MaryAlice.

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Jerry (my husband) and I got to go for our walk this morning. This is the first one since Monday. It was 30 degrees out but it felt good to be out walking again.

I don't know why I bought so much caramel because I love it. Guess I'll measure and see how much is a serving that isn't too many points and save it for special times.

We're off to buy our tree today and will put it up tomorrow.

Tomorrow night, Jerry has another concert in a Church I've never been to before. It is a fundraiser for their food bank.


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I'll come over here and chat.

Why don't you put the question of the day in the chat thread and then those of us who answer it will be here?

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Oh Mary Alice that's great. I will be much better about eating if I don't have to gather the brain cells to make decisions.

So, the genealogy stuff...

My mom's side has been much easier than my dad's. My mother is from West Virginia and its really easy to access vital records for West Virginia. Before they moved to that area in about 1840 they were in Virginia, which isn't as good about making records available but I live here. On top of that, my mother and both of her sisters are still living. My mother just turned 90, one sister just turned 93, and the eldest will turn 95 at the beginning of January and all of them have quite good memories. I hope to live as long, but only if I can retain my faculties as well as they have. Their father spent many years researching the family history. None of his research survived him, but he talked to his children and my oldest cousins about the family, so some of that knowledge was passed down. Plus, though I'm several years younger than the youngest of my cousins we were raised together and know each other well. You can see what I mean.

My father's side is completely different. My father and his siblings are all gone. We're starting to lose my oldest cousins. My father's family was very poor, so they left few records, and there was both an even larger age gap between myself and my cousins and there was a falling out between some siblings so by the time I was growing up we rarely saw some parts of the family. On top of that, until pretty recently Pennsylvania records were hard to access. The breakthrough came (started) a few years ago when the law as to when vital records became public changed. (whenever this happens there are genealogists to thank) Not only did a lot of records become public records, but the state archives and Ancestry made a deal to get them digitized and out there where the public can access them. Birth records are now available 105 years after the event and death records 50 years after. PA started keeping records in 1906, so there are almost no birth records available but over the course of this year we've gotten an avalanche of death records.

I am one of those people who wants to investigate every nook and cranny. I don't just follow my own line, I follow everyone's. I never knew until I started researching that my paternal grandfather was one of 14 children, so I'm trying to find the descendants of those sibs. My grandmother and her 2 sisters were each raised by a different sibling of their father's after their mother died when my grandmother was 7, so I want to know all about the cousins who were more like siblings.

When they started releasing death records I made a spreadsheet of all of the people currently in my tree for that side of the family. I divided it up into people who are living, who died before 1906, who died outside of Pennsylvania, and then put those I had at least a tentative date of death for into different groups for the batches in which the records would be released. Then there was a large group who I knew little about. As of today I've found out much more about most everyone, whittled my unknown group down from 100s to about 50 (still working!), and I've added more than 100 people since as I find out more about a person I find their spouse, their kids, etc.

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A friend that takes in foster children and wanted to make a breakfast she could get them all to eat sent me this

. Ingredients
-Spring onion
-Chopped tomatoes
-Onion
-Cheese
-Green chillies
-Fresh coriander
-You can add chicken or other lean meats, spinach, ricotta cheese, bell peppers, and lots more as per your taste.
-Eggs 6 beaten with 2 tbsp milk, black pepper to taste

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-Grease your muffin tin
-Add vegetables of your choice along with cheese (if you choose), pour beaten egg mixture on it.
-Place muffin pan on the center rack of a preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes or until muffins are light brown, puffy, and the eggs are set.
-Let muffins cool for a few minutes before removing from the muffin pan or cups. Loosen gently with knife if they seem to be sticking. Eat immediately or let cool completely and store in plastic bag in refrigerator or freezer.
The 6 eggs makes 12 muffins, 3 eggs makes 6 muffins.

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Hi Mary Alice! I wanted to be true to my word and come chat. I have an appointment to donate blood this afternoon and will run an errand or 2 while I'm out. Plus I walk to and from so I'll get a workout at the same time.

I've gotten very bad lately about eating breakfast. I used to be someone who would fix breakfast as soon as I got up, but the last few years without steady work have created some bad habits. I tend to stay up late, get up late in the morning... and now breakfast is not happening every day. Its no wonder I gained the weight back, right?

So, I'm off to fix some breakfast and then I'll be back to see if you or anyone else is around. I have interesting genealogy stuff to tell about....

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Good morning. A chilly one this morning. I've got my sheets on the line, Mutt says it is time for a walk.

I have always wanted a dog that I could let loose in the yard and would stay with me. Mutt runs away so bad, I tried a few times and when he knows he is off leash he is gone and I can call till I'm loose my voice and it won't do any good. I never tried with Duke, I just thought it was something you had to teach dogs and I didn't know how to teach them. The other day DH had to get something out of the backyard. I said I would bring Duke in. He said if Mutt was in then Duke was no problem, so when I went to hang the sheets out I let Duke out. He raced around the yard, when he got close to the street I called him back and he came right to me. After racing around the yard he came and watched me. I got the dog I wanted. Mutt is jealous because he isn't out with me, but he would be gone.

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Good morning, it is a rainy day, so I've done a walk away the pounds video and will with do another one or ride the bike later. I really think my legs need a brake from the bike.

I got prime by accident. Well I meant to get the one free month but forgot to cancel. Anyway one if the things prime members fed is free music. I looked and they had 14 fast paced 1 hour play list already made up. I downloaded 2 that looked good to me. We'll see.

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Good afternoon, where did the day go. I just did 30 min on the exercise bike, why is my ankle hurting? That is about as low impact as it gets. Yesterday I did 30 min on the outside bike. Nice ride, but 15 min was into the wind. That will give you an ab workout.

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"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together."
– Vincent van Gogh

Good morning, I have a killer headache. We got the electric fence up yesterday, so Mutt is outside. Duke was happy about the guys that were putting up the fence. It meant there where 3 teenage guys that kept tossing a ball out of the way. Their father wasn't to happy about it. He kept telling the boys to quite playing with the dog and get to work. The father was use to putting up fences for cattle and when it came time to test the fence his tester wouldn't register. Mutt was walking along beside the fence and went to check out a hole we had blocked. Yep the fence works. This morning I was out in the yard with the dogs. The dogs had been in all night. Of corse I was throwing a ball for Duke. Mutt was walking about 20 feet from the fence stopping about every 5 feet sniffing the air. I guess he could sense the electric, because he wouldn't get any closer to the fence, just whine and move another 5 feet down and try again. I hope this keeps him in the yard.

The people here say the vet was trying to scare me. they have never known a dog to get sick from a possum. They said that most of the time, the dog chases the possum till it plays dead. Then the dog turns the "dead" possum into a toy. The older possums are the ones with diseases and they are smart enough to stay away from dogs.

I have checked out all 3 from the Mayflower. 2 are on my fathers side, he had told me I would find them, his grandmother did a family tree and she found them before she distorted the tree. The third I did quite a bit of research on because my mother kept telling my I made a mistake, no one in her family came over till after the revaluation. Then they jumped the pond every other generation. If Mom had kept up the tradition, I would have been born and married in England and my daughter would have been born in the US and she would have been married and had her children in England.

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Good morning all.

Mary Alice- have you checked deeper about the Mayflower?

My grandparents on my mother's side came from Italy but apparently my biological father was part Native American. He was born on Oklahoma.

Have a great day.
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Good morning, i don't go Black friday. We will have to go out today for some plumbing supplies, but I don't think the hardware store is going to be crowded.

I had a good day with my DD and the boys. That is till I got home. I got home at 8:30 at night, it was pitch dark. Mutt had been inside, Duke outside. Mutt wanted to go out so bad. I can't leave him in the back yard by himself. But who could blame him for needing to go out. I watched him. Instead of doing his doggy thing, he started playing tug of war with Duke. I turned on the back light, the dogs had a possum. Not a little possum, a big possum. Now in the dark I need to go convince 2 dogs to drop a possum and then pitch the stupid thing over the back fence. My big concern is that the vet says possums carry 6 diseases dogs can get. My dogs have been vaccinated against the 4 common ones, but there is no vaccine against the other 2. She said they are pretty rare, but I would really rather my dogs weren't playing with a disease ridden animal.

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I had 3 ancestors on the Mayflower.

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Happy Thanksgiving. I wonder if any of my ancestors was at the first Thanksgiving meal? According to my DNA I'm not related to the Indians.

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I ate too much turkey,
I ate too much corn,
I ate too much pudding and pie,
I'm stuffed up with muffins
and much too much stuffin',
I'm probably going to die.

I piled up my plate
and I ate and I ate,
but I wish I had known when to stop,
for I'm so crammed with yams,
sauces, gravies, and jams
that my buttons are starting to pop.

I'm full of tomatoes
and french fried potatoes,
my stomach is swollen and sore,
but there's still some dessert,
so I guess it won't hurt
if I eat just a little bit more."
- Jack Prelutsky, I Ate Too Much

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I'm Vegetarian, so no turkey for me, but Mom sent me this poem and I thought You would like it.

I called DD and asked her if she needed me to bring anything. She said no, she had he tamales, and refried beens. I asked about veggies, she said they has spinach tamales, fruit? no. So I stopped by the store to pick up a fruit and veggie tray. I guess everyone had the same idea, the store was picked over pretty good and it was only 8A. I picked up 2 small trays and some stuff to add to them.

Off to do some ad exercises to se if that helps garbage gut. This thing is not moving.

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Good afternoon, Sorry I'm late getting on, but my kindle kept calling me. Just as well. I eat something I shouldn't have yesterday and my tummy was making all kinds of noises. DH thought it was worse then it was because Mutt must have eaten something he shouldn't also, his tummy is even noisier.

Yesterday when I was at the tea store, they had some white chocolate peppermint tea. I got some to see it it would help with my sweet tooth. It is too soon to answer that, but it is good.


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Good morning, Mutt has found another hole in the fence. This is getting ridicules. DH talked to someone about an electric fence. I don't really like the idea, but we do have to keep him in the yard and he has gotten hurt a couple times when he got out, so it looks like the lesser of 2 evals.They can't put the fence up till Friday, so Mutt is getting a bunch of short walks a day.

Yesterday I was going to do Walk Away the Pounds, but couldn't find my DVD, so looked on You Tube and saw a 4 mile fast walk. Good, NOT. She did 5 two min intervals, they were jogging, she said she could walk if we needed low impact. Stupid me thought I would try. I made it 1/2 way through the second interval when my ankle said no more. I finished the video low impact. My ankle felt fine and I thought about trying again and maybe going further. Today my ankle is telling me in no uncertain terms, I'm NOT doing that again.

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When I walk into my kitchen today, I am not alone. Whether we know it or not, none of us is. We bring fathers and mothers and kitchen tables, and every meal we have ever eaten. Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, and who we want to be.
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Good morning, Yesterday the high was 85 to day it will be 65. I took mutt for a walk this morning and put a jacket on since it was 48. At first I thought i over dressed, then a gust of wind made me wish i had more on, and so it was the whole walk.

While the temp was nice yesterday I had the door open to air the house. A little song bird came in and perched on the back of the couch and started singing his little heart out. Of course Lola came creeping in and the little bird was back out the door in no time. He flew around the porch several times landing on this, that, and the other thing, teasing Lola. The vet did say I needed to make sure she played. Lola is getting fat and sassy.

I did pretty good with my DNA thing. Several of my second cousins had already contacted me, so using what I already knew things fell into place. I did find that Daddy must have been mistaken about his family. He said he was Irish that moved to England several years before they moved to America. My DNA test came back that I was 88% English, 12% countries that had invaded England and less the 1% Irish. There was one branch of his family that lived in Ireland, but they went back to England to get married and that isn't the branch he was talking about.

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Good Morning. I wore up this morning with a sines headache that made yesterday's feel like a finer prick. I managed to get myself together enough to take Mutt for a walk. That helped. I still an't see out of my left eye and that is a big problem since I'm very left eye dominate. but the pain is gone. Most people that are right handed are right eye dominate and the difference is small. I have to be different. I'm right handed, left eye dominate and the difference is big. For those of you that like stats, only 2% of the right handed people are left eye dominate with the difference i have, but 17% of right handed baseball players are left eye dominate with the difference I have.

Most of you would have laughed watching this Texan bundle up to walk a dog when it is 38 out with 10 mile an hour winds.

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Good afternoon, I wore with a bad sinews headache. and can't sam to shake it.

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Good afternoon, DD asked me to spend the morning with her and Alex. So I went shopping all over creation with her, I found a pair of caprices I liked and I'm fussy about them, so she got them for me.

After shopping we went out to eat. She asked where I wanted to go. I told her anywhere that had veggies. I'm vegetarian for medical reasons and cheating on my that part of my diet isn't an option, unless DD wants me in her ICU as a patient. DD took me to a Mexican place. Well TXMEX, most of them have veggie options. Well this one was confused. They had veggie all right, fixed several ways, all cooked in bacon grease. I finally found something I could eat. It came with rice and refried beans. I knew enough to ask if the beans were cooked with crisco or lard. The very proud waiter told me neither they were fixed with sausage and volunteered that the rice was cooked with chicken broth. And people wonder why I stick to Vietnamese and Indian foods. I use to be able to eat Chinese, but that has become to Americanized,


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Good afternoon, a cold, rainy day. a good day to exercise inside. DD met with the school yesterday about Tony. They said they don't think it is a learning disorder, they are thinking it is a speech/hearing disorder and they are going to test for that. I'll be the first to admit Tony has selective hearing, but what 5 year old doesn't, I never thought he had a real problem hearing, but I'm glad they are looking into everything.I reminded DD that Tony's half brother started wearing glasses at 5 and she might want to look into that too.

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We got hit by the storm yesterday. At least 15" of snow and more today.

I have been busy doing needlework and reading.

Mary Alice- good luck on the job.

Have a good day.
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Good morning, I called my temp agencies, called Mom, off to see what else is out there today maybe even find a job. They didn't have much I could eat yesterday and what they did have was loaded with salt. The scales showed it today, I gained 4 pounds yesterday. Oh well nothing an extra couple glasses of water won't fix.

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"Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it.…Success is shy — it won't come out while you're watching."
– Tennessee Williams

Good morning, off to the the farm fest with DD and the grand babies. I spent a good bit of yesterday with the boys I went to the mall with DH, then DD asked me to go to the park with the boys. Then they came by my house. After they left I was beat but I only had the walk at the mall for exercise. I got on SP and checked my tracker. I had 184 min if exercise walking. 2 of the walks were over an hour. No wonder I didn't feel up to exercising.

Farm fest celebrates fall harvest on the farm. There will be suer cane pressing, rum making, corn husking, a blacksmith shop and an old farm house to tour. Along with lots of other things that went on on the farm.

Tony was something else yesterday. Alex was so tired he was about to fall over, so I went and put him down in the back bedroom. When I came out I heard DD tell Tony he should take a nap too. Tony looked at her and said "sorry mommy, but I'm too sick to take a nap". I told him sick little boys need more naps, but he didn't have to sleep, he just had to lay quite in the bed. He asked to take Thomas the tank engine and a cuddle toy with him. He was asleep in about 5 min. Thomas in one hand and hand made bunny I gave his mom one Easter in the other. But he was too sick to that a nap. No he wasn't sick, he just didn't want a nap.

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Good morning all.

We are supposed to get hit with the storm tomorrow so I will get some groceries today.

Has anyone been finding new info on their family?
Have a good day and take care.
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Good morning. It's not as cool this morning, 60 going for a high of 78, so it is still nice.

Several people have asked about Lola. Lola is spoiled rotten. Hard to believe I've only had her 2 months, I don't know how she lived at the pound for 5 months. She not only wants a certain food she wants put in her bowl a certain way. There are 4 beds in our house on 3 different walls. She follows the sun around the house. Some days she greets Mutt nose to nose and then pays him no mind other days she makes me come get her if Mutt is where she would have to walk past him to get where she want to be. I don't Mutt just hangs his head and goes to his crate when he hears her call me. I try to tell him not to worry, but he doesn't like her to be afraid of him. Lola will sometimes sniff Duke though the gate, but 70 pounds of bouncing, excited dog isn't to her liking and I can't blame her. You were never as into a TV show as Lola is into watching the birds in the front yard. She is on the bed in my computer room, the birds are outside.

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11/2/14 4:36 P

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Good afternoon, I thought I had posted this morning and just realized i didn't. We are enjoying a nice cool day. Mutt got a long walk this morning and DH and I went out on the bikes. We didn't go far, but he had tweaked some things and he wanted to see how they worked. Worked fine.

I started to buy candy, figuring sure as I didn't someone would show up, but didn't and no one showed. We live on a dead end street without street lights and no side walks so it isn't considered safe. I saw some neighborhood children piling in a van to go to a neighborhood. It was about 7 at night. I thought I should have put on my witches cape instead of my hoody.

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Good Afternoon, Nice and cool tis morning. I got the cloths wash out on the line and brought in, Mutt had a 3 mile walk, and went shopping for the things like bananas we always seam to run out of.

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I just kept on doing what everyone starts out doing. The real question is, why did other people stop?"
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Good afternoon, a cool day. DH and I spent the morning getting the things I needed on my bike. When we went out the other day we relived that not only did my bike not have a place for a water bottle but the standard one won't fit on my bike, two when we got home the back of my pants where black from rubbing on the set and 3 the rear view mirror fell off. So DH is putting a new seat and mirror on the bike. To get a water battle holder that would fit my bike was twice as much as getting a saddle bag. So I have a saddle bag. It means I can't get a drink without stopping, but for the kind of ridding I do that's fine. Also I would be able to carry snacks if need be.


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10/30/14 10:02 A

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"Were the diver to think on the jaws of the shark, he would never lay hands on the precious pearl."
– Saad

Good morning, It is another cool morning and there is a good chance we won't hit 80 today. Mutt and I have already been for our morning walk.

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"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood."
– Marie Curie

Good morning, Mutt and I went for a 3 mile walk this morning. I case you are wondering, yes Duke gets walks, but he pulls and is hard to walk, so I wait till later in the day after I've worn him out to take him for a walk even even then it isn't the nice calm relaxing walk I enjoy. he is getting better and I've been told when he is 3 he will clam down.

I'm not sleeping well at night. I think it is the stress of not having a job, but then I'm sleepy during the day and it is hard to concentrate on my job search.

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Good morning, I didn't sleep well last night and am dragging this morning. I need something to pick me up.

I talked to mom yesterday. She said the hike wasn't like the hikes she normally would go on. It was more like a group of people that got together and went for a couple walks a day, but it was very enjoyable and in some ways she enjoyed it more. She said like all tours there was one that complained about every thing. including they has a host and a hostess. They were husband and wife and were called in from their vacation for the tour. Well one of the other ladies fell and turned her ankle. Nothing bad, but painful. The bus driver said he thought she would be more comfortable on the couch in the back of the bus. This woman that liked to complain throw a fit. SHE sat in the middle of that couch, she had always sat in the middle of that couch, she had not caused the woman to fall and hurt her ankle and was not giving up her set for her. Mom said the bus was only about 2/3 full so there was plenty of room. About that time the tour company was glad they had 3 employees on that bus.

Mom said the last day at breakfast, one of the med said it was their last meal together, so what if they got to know each other a little better and go around and everyone tell the group one thing about them that had not come out during the tour. when they got to Mom, she told them that things were aways what they seamed and she didn't want them to laugh at her. Mom said there was dead silence. Then she told them she was a minister. Everyone cracked up and said ok jokes over really what did you retire from. Mom pulled one of the churches business cards out of her purse. She told them she didn't retire, she was the minister. They still had problems with 1with 82 year old woman being a minister and 2 with not knowing it for two weeks. Mom told them even ministers needed a vacation.

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We can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what's wrong in your life, or you can focus on what's right.

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Good morning, Another cool morning. Actually I'm waiting for it to warm up. Both dogs stink, I have to was them outside and don't want to do it when it is cool. There is a good chance that this will be there last bath till spring. The vet says I should try not to wash them more then once a month and by the end of November it will start getting hard to find a day warm enough to wash the dogs. neither go the dogs will get in the tub by themselves and the small one is 50 pounds.


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"Believe that you can do it, under any circumstances. Because if you believe you can, then you really will. That belief just keeps you searching for the answers, then pretty soon you get it."
– Wally "Famous" Amos

Good morning. I got home from my 3 mile walk last night and discovered my tracker didn't. It was 8:30 at night, pitch black so no way to see the tracker if I went looking for it. This morning DH and I went out looking. I told him there was a place I tripped and stumbled off the road, and something told me that is where it was. I have a mated tracker, but the bottom third the matting has come off and it is shiny, good thing. I got to where I had stumbled and you could see the sun shining off the shiny part of the tracker. Good news it was at the start of the walk so I didn't have to walk the whole 3 miles to find it. The bad news it was at the start of the walk so it didn't record a 3 mile walk. The best news I found it so only lost a 3 mile walk yesterday and 1000 steps today.

Mom is back from her hike and sent some pictures. I made a blog with some of them. I want that tee shirt. For those newbes, Mom is 82 and goes for a hike evert fall. This year instead of going on a one month hike of one place, she went on a 2 week senior tour that hiked 4 states.

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