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Hope you're all enjoying the holiday! Loved your statement in lieu of QOTD Barb! Good job!

We got here early this morning, relaxed on the beach till we could check into the condo. Got settled in, went to WM for groceries and got them all organized. A friend of Brenda's is headed here to enjoy a cookout with us and then we'll watch the fireworks on the beach. All the hotels/condos put on displays, so it's quite a sight! The weather was great today. Hot compared to home, but a great breeze and totally blue skies.

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Happy 4th! Going to a small town parade and fireworks. emoticon emoticon

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Our DS Rick is over in Afghanistan right now and he would give anything to be able to see our American flag flying in the wind today. He said we just don't realize how much our American flag means to us until you can't see it flying over head every day....

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Morning All;

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HAPPY JULY 4TH !!!!!

No QOTD today........Just this:

As you all enjoy your picnics, BBQ's, vacations, quiet time - remember that we are able to celebrate this great holiday because we are free. So.....if anyone in your family was in the service - give them a hug! And say a prayer (if you're so inclined) for those servicepeople that are no longer with us or are still serving in foreign lands.





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emoticon Happy 4th from me here too in K-town,, emoticon

We are just going to be staying home and enjoying the nice weather. The mean neighbor next door has been gone since Thurs so that is one great job for us. It is so nice and quiet without him yelling all of the time at either the live in girlfriend or his dog...

We didn't hear any fireworks in our neighborhood last night...So, maybe they are really going to let go tonight. I can take one night and than that is enough...

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Good morning!!
I hope you all have a happy and safe 4th!! God Bless America!! emoticon

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going to friends house for bbq

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Happy Fourth of July to Everyone!!! Hope you have a great holiday.


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went to my brothers beach home,, had a clam fritters dinner,, so good, think about 50 of us.. they have 3 extra lots and all 4 places were FULL of campers/motorhome/trailers and tents !!
DH was not feeling well so DS and his GF and I went ,, DS and his GF are down on the beach setting off fireworks.

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small Bar B Q tomorrow just with DH, me, DS and his GF in our yard then they will head to the beach for the fireworks, ..

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QOTD: We have no plans at all for the 4th this year. We might go down by the lake and walk around tomorrow. Tonight we will go to our corner and sit with some of the neighbors and watch the fireworks from here as we can see over the lake here really well...

We really got a lot of things done once again here. I heard Ken hollering for me in the front yard and wondered what happened to him...LOL He couldn't sure the water off in the front of the house. I guess the faucet was just getting too old. He had to run downstairs and turn the water off down there. So Mendards we go and get a two new ones and yes, two new hoses too.....

I got 12,568 steps today with me having to keep running back and forth to help Ken...

Joyce, Boy I sure thought of you a lot of times today and you moving out of your house...They sure are a lot of work....Oh yes, I washed down the house today too. That is why I told Ken we needed new hoses as our are so old and we needed two new ones...

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QOTD, I am off on vacation, on Vinalhaven Island, so I am going to eat lots of lobster and watch fireworks!

Barb from Maine!

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Well, welcome Gwynieanne! LOL Glad you came back.

We're in Fayetteville NC for the night. Usually we drive right through but figured with Andrea and Aiyden, it was easier to stop for a night along the way. We hit rain and fog on the way down. A bad accident on 77 closed part of the freeway for quite awhile and we had to find an alternate route. Worked out fine, we drove through Mt. Airy (Mayberry) and got to see Aunt Bea's place and Goober's and drove past Ft. Bragg. I guess there was a fatality in the accident between a semi and a car. The semi driver was killed from what we heard. :-( The plan was for the kids to swim when we got here, but they only have an outdoor pool and it was raining. Clearing off now, maybe they can still get a swim in. We decided to order takeout from a restaurant next door rather than go out. Just relaxing for the evening.

QOTD: We'll be up early, have breakfast here, finish the drive to Myrtle Beach, check in at the condo and unload the vehicles. Go to WM and get groceries for the week. We cook at the condo most of the time. Enjoy the beach awhile if the weather is good and hopefully watch all the big fireworks displays along the beach.



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Happy 4th of July weekend everyone



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QOTD: I'm going to the neighbors for a cook out. I don't have to take anything, so, it'll be an easy day!!


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We're headed to the beach today for the 4th and the cooler ocean air. Have had a heat run of weather in the 90s for 10 days and it's expected to continue through Tuesday. Very unusual for Pacific NW.

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Good morning everyone!! We're back from Bagel King and at first we couldn't figure out why there was hardly any traffic but then we realized that most people had off for the 4th of July.

QOTD We're just staying home for the 4th.

I'll make chicken and rice but not barbequed since we don't have one.

I'm off to work on my friends family tree BBL

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Good mroning,
Nice cool morning here. I'm meeting my sister for lunch and then I think I may weed in the back yard. The rain and hot weather sure made a mess of my yard!! I hope I'm able to get a lot of it done!!
I hope you all have a safe and fun 4th celebration. I'm going to the neighbors for a cook out.
Other than that I'm not doing anything. I may drive out into the country to watch some fireworks. I'll just see how I feel when the time come!
If any of you are interested I saw that CNN is going to rebroadcast the Glen Campbell special on the 4th. I missed it last Sunday so, I have it scheduled to record, in case I miss it tomorrow.
Annie, you sure had a long day. I hope you don't have any more of those for a while!!
Merri, it sounds like you really got things done yesterday.

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QOTD - I have no plans, just going to stay home and relax. My GS will be over in the afternoon so I'll enjoy playing with him.

Today since we have off, we're going for a nice long ride. Will probably head towards the 'west' (PA) - just need to stay away from the 'east' , everyone will be heading to the shore so the roads will be jammed. Not fun sitting in traffic.



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Morning All;

I have the day off - so I'm later signing on. Sorry Merri !!

QOTD: Any plans for the 4th? traveling? picnic? BBQ?



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I'm a little early on here today so I don't see the QOTD yet..LOL

We were out in the yard most of the day yesterday. We are just loving this cooler weather we are having here in S WI. No heat nor A/C...

We got the grass all cut and even got the edging done for the first time this year. Today I want to wash/hose down the house. I wanted to get the edging done first as it has been dry here and I knew there was going to be a lot of dust.

The fruit has been so reasonable in our stores lately and we have so much in the house now. This morning was a choice of pears, apples, orange, grapes or a banana LOL..I love it...

Oh yes, off to the bank this morning too as it is the 3rd...Where are these months going???

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hi all -- not sure what I did but I did something -- so I am back as gwynnieanne.

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home from VA hospital,, one CRAZY day,, but only a 10 hr day,, driving,, 8 hrs driving and app.. for Dh turned out only 2 hrs.. they didn't do the tests that I thought they were doing,, the Dr. goes, his swolling tests were fine, NOW onto more hospital appts.

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I do decorate "some" here, not like our previous homes.. I have a red/white/blue lighted 4X4 ft flag,, and small flags on the fence.. I LOVE the 4th !! have lots of decorations in totes,, will try for next year for the BIG display !! lol

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I have only been on Spark People a week and have lost 1 pound. I am a little disappointed because I keep fluctuating a few ounces instead of losing. I'm glad to hear some others don't lose as quickly either because I'm having healthy meals and exercising, as well as doing the boot camp... emoticon

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I've never decorated for 4th of July, but do for all the other holidays. We go down to the beach for a small parade and festivities on the 4th, so there is plenty of red, white, and blue there.

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QOTD: When I had my house I would put bunting up on the garage and of course my flag would be there. Now that I'm in an apt, just a small flag in the kitchen window.

Joyce might have a good idea on the weight loss - might be worth a try.

I have joined the BLC for this session since I heard that you could really lose weight. But I'm not finding that happening. And it's a lot of work & dedication to keep up with it.



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QOTD: Like Trudy, I used to decorate for every holiday - big time! This year I haven't been doing that. I have boxes of decorations for each holiday, didn't bring them here, although I do plan to bring over the fall decorations and have a box set aside for Christmas. It was different when the kids were little. No, not decorating for the 4th since we're leaving for Myrtle Beach in the morning.

Gwyn, I have not been losing weight and once back from this vacation I have to get down to business again. I've actually put on a few pounds but with all the chaos of moving, etc., my whole pattern has been disrupted. I find that when I've done the BLC challenge where there were weekly challenges and "reporting" in, I do better, but it's difficult to keep up with it. Do you track calories or just try to eat healthy? Maybe we all need to set ourselves a "doable" goal and set a plan in motion to lose and report to each other??

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QOTD no this is the first time in years that we will be home for the 4th of July. My daughter Jenn decorates in NY so I always enjoyed that.

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QOTD: I used to decorate for every holiday. Then as the kids left home I stopped. It wasn't any fun any more. Now I don't decorate for anything. Even Christmas. I'm not a humbug. I still enjoy my holidays. I just don't decorate.

Good morning,
What a difference a few days makes. Yesterday the high was 77. Today it's suppose to be 75. I'm loving it. It's dry too!! WooHoo!! Next chance of rain (at this point) is next Tuesday.
Well, the garage project is moving forward. I hope it is a go and can happen soon!! It'll be so nice to have a new garage!!
Gwyn, I think Barb is on the right track for you. If you're like me, you're a diet expert, just not losing weight. ( emoticon ) You'll read that changing up your diet and exercise may jump start things. Plus as we get older it's harder to lose. Are you healthy, other than the extra weight? I am and feel that that is a great thing. I move easier and I'm more active than I was a few years ago. Hang in there. Take Barb up on her offer to buddy up.
I'm rooting for you.
I hope you all have a great day!!

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QOTD: Do you decorate for 4th of July?

Ken has his little red, white and blue lights that he got from the $1 bill store on our porch fence. He also has to lights that blink at night, red, white and blue. Than of course our American flag....

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@Gwynn - I lose weight very slowly! I have lost 2 lbs in about 4 months! But I do maintain - so I consider that a good thing. I eat the correct foods and I exercise - I think my problem is I have to step up the exercise and decrease the food. Now that is easier said than done. I know you exercise every day - good for you, I'm not that disciplined. Plus the weekends are my downfall. I eat erratically, skip lunches and eat bigger dinners - not a good thing. I also don't stick with a good exercise routine on weekends - sometimes doing none at all.

I hear your frustration, I feel the same way. Sometime you think why bother? As long as you're not gaining that's half the battle. Now need to start losing. I'm assuming you have no health issues preventing you from losing - so in that case try this.....for 2 weeks increase your exercise a little and decrease/change your food a little. See if you lose anything at the end of the 2 weeks. I'll do the same, we can do this together.



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Morning All;

QOTD: Do you decorate for 4th of July? Maybe hang a flag or bunting or streamers?




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Good morning everyone.

It's WW's today so see you later. I have to have breakfast and ride the bike first.

I'll let you know if I lost weight when I get back. I have been losing each week but just .2 or .4.

Sometimes it gets frustrating when I gain 1 and it wipes away 3 or 4 weeks of loss in one swoop. Oh well.

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don't have fit bit, pedometer or anything else.

Is anyone out there losing weight? or not? I 'd like to hear more about people's successes or frustrations in this department

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Hi all.....

Late getting on today. Aiyden was at Brenda's and she had to go to work, he was still asleep so I went there and sat with him till he woke up. Then we came back here, had breakfast, paid some bills, etc., and time got away from me.

QOTD: We enjoy a variety of drinks. Sometimes wine, sometimes a Seagrams and diet coke at home. When we go out we usually order a margarita.


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I don't drink anything, but when we go to Vegas or Reno NV at the casino's I have a Kaluha and cream.. so about once a yr have a glass of that and HEY , that trip to Reno,NV is coming up 1st of Aug !!

boy the sirens are going off about every hr here,, with all the tourists, this peninsula gets CRAZY,, you would think we were in down town LA with the sirens

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I enjoy a glass of Merlot once in awhile and like Margaritas. However, I looked at the nutrition in a Margarita mix at the store; they're off the list now. emoticon

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Back from Bagel King and I have the timer set for 15 minutes so that I get back to my kitchen and bathroom put away. So much stuff to put back where it belongs. I think we bring everything but the kitchen sink.

I go to WW's tomorrow and I hope it's a good one.

QOTD Easy one a glass of Merlot and on my birthday and anniversary a dry vodka martini on the rocks with 3 olives

BBL

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QOTD: I'm a beer drinker. I really like it.

Good morning,
The electrician I'd like to have wire my new garage is coming today. Then. if she's interested in doing the work, I can take the building permit application to be processed. Then, we can get this show on the road.

It's gray here this morning. The air is nice and cool. I think we're suppose to go through a period of cooler weather.

Nothing much going on here today! Everyone have a great day!

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LOL Merri - you remind me of my sister. She has never had a drink either! Many years ago her husband 'spiked' her lemonade, just to see what would happen. Poor kid got so sick, we all felt bad and he was in the dog house for a long time!

QOTD - I enjoy a glass of white wine, either chardonnay or pinot grigio. Unfortunately red wine gives me a headache.



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QOTW; Oh wow, this is an easy one for me to answer LOl I have never had a drink In my life LOL My family says they would just love to see me try just one drink to see If I could finally let see me relax and have some fun. I guess I can't miss what I have never had.

I have never drank either. I was actually all signed up to become a NUN when Ken met me....No swearing here in our house either....Just plain simple Merri enjoying my life as it is LOL My moto is to help as many people as I can is this world as I just may see them in heaven.....

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QOTD: What is your favorite alcoholic drink? A glass of wine? or perhaps a fancy drink? or maybe you don't drink at all?



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Thanks for the birthday wishes! It was a good day. One of my favorite cousins stopped by on their way home from a vacation so we had a nice get-together! Tomorrow, we're taking my mom to lunch for my celebration dinner. I didn't want to eat out before my BLC weigh-in day! LOL



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G'nite Peggy - rest well and enjoy Bagel King in the morning! I bought a pack of bagels at the store today with you in mind. LOL

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We went out to dinner and now it's time for our glass of wine.

See you tomorrow.

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emoticon for the great job w/ qotd..
amazing how each of you are still finding ?'s for each day,, when it was my month ,, I had to wrack my brain to get enough ?'s to make the 30 days..lol

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The weather just seems to be so extreme everywhere, doesn't it? Looks like low 90's the whole time we're in Myrtle. Of course once we get past today I think the weather is actually supposed to be drier and warmer here! Go figure!

Got our hair done and did some shopping. Brenda colored mine so I didn't have to buy a box color and do it myself. Pays to know the hairdresser. LOL Takes longer because she works us in between appts, but still nice to have it done professionally once in awhile.

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Happy Birthday Gracie

QOTD I wear a fit bit and a spark one

Had a great trip home and went and saw my neighbor Jayne's new grandson. He is the one who was born in England , (Liam)

Plenty of stuff to put away

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GRACE;
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that was round trip,, after where I was to be at,, I checked into the motel, then drove on to 2 other towns toward Idaho,, just for the FUN of it,,to see how the towns had changed since I was a kid !!

qotd:
I don't have either,, just go by the old fashioned way of 1/2 mile,, mile,, lol

well I have 4 trips to the VA hospital for DH already for July,, not likeing the heat inland,, even though Pepper is a service dog,(togo inside the VA hospital ) , I would rather let him stay home,,maby July (inland) will cool down,..



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We are having record heat in Portland, OR. It's supposed to be 93 today, so no procastinating, have to get out and walk now. emoticon

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Barb, I know you'll be great!!


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QOTD - No, have no pedometer or fitbit - but I have seriously been thinking about getting one. I usually walk the same area, which I tracked in my car - so I know the mileage. But I'm thinking I might like something.

Yes Trudy - you did a really good job - lots of different QOTDs. Now, I have to follow - Oh my goodness!





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QOTD: Oh my goodness I do have a Fitbit and IT controls me!!!! I got mine for Christmas and have worn it every day since Jan 1st. Something did happen to it now tho. I have emailed the com and so far no answer.

I have the Flex and have now went and got the new one out called the Charger HR. This new one will monitor my heart rate and I won't have to remember to tap it to sleep. We are now in the process of trying to figure out how to get this one set up yet. I usually can get between 6,000 to 10,000 steps a day. More when I cut the grass and wash the van.

I guess a must for me as it was a must for Ken to get his Chrome book LOL

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QOTD: I have a pedometer I use when I'm walking new areas, once I have the route figured out, I don't use it. My daughter uses a fitbit and likes it and I see many on Spark use them.


Trudy you did a great job on the QOTD! Thank you so much! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Are you ready Barb???? emoticon emoticon

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QOTD: Do you have/use a device like fitbit or the sparkpeople step tracker?

Good morning,
Well, Monday turned out to be a very nice, sunny, dry day. The temp was in the low 80's and very low humidity. I sat outside and ate my supper and stayed out until dark. Then, overnight it rained AGAIN!! Goodness, this morning is gray and looks like a bit of rain in the near future!! Oh well, this too, shall pass.
I got my car back yesterday. The mechanic was able to fix it and it wasn't even too expensive. I'm happy to have it road worthy again. I'm in it way too much to worry about it stopping suddenly!!
Back to the Y today.
QOTD: I have a fitbit. It's interesting how, when I wear it I tend to make myself walk more.
That can't be all bad!!
I now pass the QOTD baton to Barb. Thank you all for answering the questions I came up with.
Annie, I saw that you're having record heat. My daughter and her family just arrived in Portland and they're having a heat wave.
Peggy and Joyce, I really like those managers receptions. You can usually make supper from the offerings. And if the places also offer breakfast, you've got it made!! LOL!
Everyone have a great day!

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Good Morning!

Merri, I'm glad to hear Ken likes the chrome book - I know I love mine. Can't imagine anyone needing rain - we've about broken the record for June rain here! Austin went down to Cadiz yesterday for work and he's sitting in the hotel room! This is his last week with that company, he can't handle the uncertainty of the work. Of course once he leaves they'll probably hit a dry spell and be working all kinds of hours! LOL

Andy and I are going to get hair trims this morning and on to WM to pick up one of his scripts and a couple of things. Not doing any major shopping till we get back from Myrtle Beach.

We went to the house last night for a couple of things. Craig was home so I talked to him about the car deal. Seems Eric told him that place did work cheap. Not sure if they had priced the PART for him the day before or what exactly went on, but he said he had $70 in his checking account and seemed to think that was enough to pay the bill but when they handed him the bill for $212 he said he didn't have that much money. Thinking he didn't get the concept of paying for labor.



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Good morning all my Sparkler friends in cyber space...

Joyce, Ken just loves his new chrome book!! He likes it because it is nice and small and he can take it with him...We are almost done now with most drs (thank goodness) and that is where he likes to take it.

Tomorrow I am quite sure I get to pick out my new pair of glasses now that both of my cataracts are done. This poor dr has to be so tired of us LOL...We both have been seeing here since late Dec...Now both of our eyes are done and very very satisfied with our results.

When we were coming home yesterday from our new Meijers grocery store it started to rain really nice. Well, the closer we got to our house, no rain at all. We really need it and it would be nice to be during the week and get it over with and not anything for the long weekend..

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I drive a car and hate it. I wish I could get my husband to move to the city with decent bus service -- I'd ditch the car in a new york minute!!

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Gotta love those manager's receptions Peggy. They had those at the hotel we stayed at when I met Jo Ann and they were GREAT!

Merri, how's Ken liking his chrome book?

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Annie, Wow that was some long trip for you. We are all worn out when we got 375 miles one way to see our DD....I have to get my laundry done right away too when we get home. I have to get everything else unpacked too...

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We had a great driving day today. Just hit some traffic when we got here to Savannah.

They have a managers reception at 5:30 and we had some wine and now we're both not even hungry. We ate our lunch at 4:30 so I guess we might skip our supper.

Wow that's something Annie 117

QOTD we drive a car.

See you all from home sweet home tomorrow.

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I drive a SUV,, a Kia got it for the long drives I do,, going to try and put a picture of the 117 degrees in Boardman Oregon school reunion.. you have to look in the upper left of the readings,, I had just got into my car at the motel

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QOTD: I drive our SUV. our little 89 Jimmy only in the summer now. ...But as a rule, Ken usually drives and than we are in the van...

Can you see my 40" blue Mickey Mouse that is in the front seat with me? Our son Rick put him there years ago and he goes to church with me...



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Welcome home Trudy - glad you had a good time! Happy to hear your family made the trip safely. Has to be hard to have your GS so far away now. :-(

QOTD: Car. We did have a big van until recently, but I never drove it.

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QOTD: Do you drive a car, truck or van?

Good morning,
Joyce, thank you so much for doing the QOTD for me the past few days. I'm home from Nashville and we had a fabulous time! We saw a Vince Gill Bluegrass show at the Ryman that was so good and enjoyable. We listened to music for hours each day. I got to spend some time with my bil who has been in the hospital since March. He's finally turned a corner and it seems like he's going to recover. These 3 gals I went with are the same 3 I went to FL with in Feb. We travel well together. Nashville is only a 6 hour drive. So, it's close enough for a pleasant weekend away.
I heard on the weather report this morning that this is the wettest June in history for the state of IL. The 4th wettest for Champaign-Urbana (where I live). It's suppose to rain again today and it did rain overnight.
My daughter, dil and grandson made it safely to Portland, OR. They've moved there from the Chicago area. I'm so glad that they made it safely. Now a new adventure in their lives.
QOTD: I drive a car. I've thought about getting a bigger vehicle, but, I've never driven a bigger vehicle, so, have decided that this isn't a good idea!!
I think I'm home now until the 1st of Oct. I have a busy summer so, I'm glad there aren't any trips planned.
Today I need to contact the electrician I want to hire for my new garage and get the building permit applied for. I also need to go get my car from my mechanic.
Everyone have a great day!

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Good Morning!

Guess we have MORE rain coming today - what a crazy month this has been!

Annie, no wonder you're tired! But glad you had a good time! I don't do my laundry till the next morning! LOL

Barb, I agree, it's sad that for so many the family dynamics have changed so much! Everyone seems to be too busy anymore.

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Morning All;

Rainy weekend. Nearly all day on Saturday, bad storms into the night. Then again on Sunday morning. It did stop raining by 11 and the sun finally came out around 3:00 - but by then most of the weekend was done!

Got the grocery shopping done and a couple of errands in between the drops, but that was it. All in all it was a lazy weekend...which is nice once in a while.

QOTD - Where do you eat?
Almost all the time at the table. Once in a while, if we're having something light, or I'm home for lunch, then in front of the TV. I like sitting at the table, we then talk about the day and whatever else comes up. In front of the TV, there's no conversation and I think you tend to eat faster.

QOTD - Family reunion?
Haven't seen or heard from my mother's side of the family in 40+ years.
The last reunion on my father's side was 14 years ago, just 5 days before Dad passed. There's been nothing since. It is really sad because I have so many cousins and so many of their children I don't even know. Family is not the same as it used to be. It's just another thing that is changing and this is not for the good.

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got home tonight,, I drove a little over 800 miles and had a GREAT time.. but really tired tonight, after doing the laundry,, not sure WHY? I have to unpack and do laundry 1st thing when I get home..lol

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Good night everyone I'm shutting down and getting a shower. see you tomorrow afternoon from Savannah GA

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Glad you made it to Staunton OK Peggy - rest well.

We were at the festivall all day . Dodged rain at the end of the parade, then again later when we were watching the clogging, but it finally cleared off and we had blue skies and sunshine for awhile. Chilly though. I think the high today was supposed to be only 66 - crazy for the end of June.

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Just wanted to swing by and catch up with the posts here. No time tonight for chat but I hate getting too far behind in reading!

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QOTD We just have cousin's lunch when I'm up in NY but we didn't have it this time.

Hi Everyone!! WE made it to Staunton VA so only two more days of riding in the car.

It was a pretty good ride. It was a breeze driving thru NJ this morning.

I think I need a nap I keep on yawning. BBL

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Sunday QOTD: Do you have any family reunions?

Grey day again, but it's not raining at the moment. Hoping they get the grand parade in at 12:30 at least. Grand Marshall this year is Monica Potter. She has opened a store just outside of town and is spending a lot of time in this area now. Everyone so excited, but I had to ask who she was? LOL

They were really lucky yesterday. It rained hard all morning - there were even flooded streets the fire dept. had to rescue drivers from. It stopped just before the tractor parade. They got that in - only around 50 tractors rather than the 200 they usually have - but at least there was one. Soon as it was over it started raining again. The car show was cancelled, one dance recital event was moved indoors. But by around 6 the sky cleared and the sun even came out for awhile, so all the bands scheduled for the evening were able to perform as scheduled. Crowd smaller than usual, but the way the weather was, not surprised. We got to hear the classic country band we enjoy and another called Disco Inferno that really is good, too.

Hope everyone has a great day today. Be back later.

QOTD: The Polish side of my family had a reunion at my house maybe five or six years ago - nothing since then. My Mother's family and my StepDads family have none at all. Andy's family has one every couple of years, but there's so much "in fighting" we usually have just stayed away or planned a TN trip the same weekend. LOL The younger generation of cousins doesn't seem to have the bond that my generation had - most of them don't even know each other, sadly.


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Just a quick Hi, emoticon , been super busy with fences and gardens but I think an end is in sight now!

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QOTD supper is at the kitchen table and breakfast is in the family room reading unless it's oatmeal and that's at the table.

Lunch is watching Judge Judy.

Of course as soon as we're back we'll be going to Bagel King Monday, Wednesday and Friday

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Grey, chilly, rainy day here - not looking good for the festival. Tractor parade at noon and we don't plan on going downtown till around 5, so maybe it'll stop by then. Tomorrow's high only going to be 66! This is CRAZY!

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QOTD: We eat our dinner at the table. Than at around 5-6 PM I can be caught eating a little snack by the TV....I have been known to eat a cupcake over the kitchen sink so I don't make a mess LOL...

It is going to be another nice day here today. I have no plans as of yet. I did get our Landrover washed yesterday while Ken was fixing his lights and filter by his fish pond. He counted his outside lights last night and he only has 45 all over our yard...NO wonder they are always going out on him LOL...He gets most of them from the Dollar bill store...

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Jared's chicken stew smelled great when we came home after shopping. I can smell peppers.

We packed the first things into the car and we'll put more in tonight and finish up packing our computers etc in the morning.

I enjoy the ride (most of the time) down and back to Florida. Gives us lots of uninterrupted time together and I'm always asking questions.

BBL

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I half heartedly keep a journal now. need to do it more often.

I eat at t he table. According to the Beck Diet Solution (Dr. Judith Beck) you should always eat at the table. Especially if you want to lose weight

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Roz, it's always so good to see you check in here! Thankfully I keep up with you on Facebook.

QOTD for Saturday: Do you, most often, eat at the table, in front of the tv or over the sink (LOL)?

We used to eat in the living room in front of the TV but since we're at the apartment, we eat at the table! YAAAAAY! (still in view of the TV though - LOL)

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Good evening Everyone,
I've not been sparking as much as I used to for one reason or the other but I do like keeping in touch.I just can't catch up with all that's going on but I hope that all's well with you.

I try and eat a healthy diet most days, and exercise as often as I can, so some weeks I'm on a roll and some I'm at a standstill right now I'm in between.

I'm glad to note though that my weight is almost under control so I'm hanging in there.

Have a good and productive weekend.
Stay Blessed!
Roz.

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Oh Peggy, what an awful mess for Mary - sorry she has to go through that! Hope it's straightened out soon!

I don't know you do it going back and forth as often as you do. I can't find things - not sure where I put them here or if they're even here or still at the other place! LOL Frustrating!

The rain has held off this evening so we were able to go down to the festival for awhile. I got a chicken stromboli, it was really good! My granddaughter Hannah's sister was singing in a band there, so we listened to her awhile and saw a lot of people we know. Austin was there in his EMS uniform working at their booth - he is such a handsome guy, so proud of him!

Dang, another shark attack in NC - that's crazy! You better believe I won't be doing anything but wading at Myrtle Beach!!

QOTD: - no I don't keep a diary or journal. I did when I was in high school, but not since then.

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Jerry and I got most of our stuff packed in boxes and suitcases and will put them in the car in the morning after we get back from picking up some last minute food. We didn't go this morning.

Mary is having trouble with SS they stopped Bob's check but she is supposed to get his and they're supposed to stop her lower amount.

Now Lab Corp told her she has no insurance so she doesn't know what happened with that.

Jodi, Dave and Adin are coming down for lunch and Jared is making chicken stew in the crock pot.

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QOTD: Do you keep a diary or journal?

I keep starting journals and then I tear the pages out that I've written. I keep thinking "What if I die and someone reads this! I'd be so embarrassed." I don't pull any punches when I'm writing. Guess it's really ridiculous to think like that - if I'm dead, why would I care emoticon

Hope everyone is having better weather. It's been crazy everywhere this year! It's only about 113 degrees today and so DH and I are heading to the walking pool in just a little while. The pool has these canvas-type sails over it so you aren't in the sun all the time. Makes it very pleasant to be in that nice cool water when it's so hot out. I'm sitting here debating whether to wear my swimsuit with the little skirt or the one without a skirt. I had a total hip replacement in early March and the scar is still kind of noticeable. Oh heck - just answered my own question - who cares emoticon

Gramsiecakes - I had to laugh when I read your comment about the nuns! I went to a catholic school through the 8th grade and the nun I had in that grade told me I was going to "burn in the everlasting fires of hell" because I drank the holy water in the Log Cabin syrup bottle in the coat wardrobe. I was doing the bulletins boards at the school the afternoon before and the water fountains were in the restrooms - which were locked. It was June and I was so thirsty that I drank the holy water in the classroom coat wardrobe. I was very upset and, in tears, told the priest over at the church what she had said. He told me not to listen to the nuns because "they didn't know what they were taking about and the worse thing I was going to get was a belly ache!" I was so relieved. They really knew how to scare the pants off a young kid back then. I think - at least I hope - things have changed. emoticon

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QOTD: Do you keep a diary or journal?

I did keep a diary when I was 17 yrs old in a Catholic hospital for 100 days waiting for my oldest DD to be born where unwed mom's were kept. The Nuns at that time thought it would be good for us to remember the bad thing we had done....Boy, has life changed these days!!!



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QOTD I keep one that is done in spurts.

I kept one in 1972 from Jan all the way to Oct and Jenn and Jodi read it and got a kick out of it. That was during the gas crisis and they said all I ever did was visit and get gas. that was because when you were out you visited everyone on the route so you didn't waste gas.

I would drive around and wait on lines to gas both cars so Jerry could get to work.

those were the fun years (not)

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Morning All;

@Gwynn - Since I got allergies when I moved back to NJ - maybe it's the state and not the trees that I'm allergic to ..... emoticon

QOTD - no journal or diary. Kept a diary when I was a young teen until my sister found it and gave it to my mother! That was the end of that.

Weather is overcast and humid today - supposed to be sunny, but I don't see any sun! Gotta go do the laundry today, so I hope it doesn't rain on me.



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QOTD: Do you keep a diary or journal?

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I had allergies when I lived in New Jersey -- perhaps an allergy to NJ??? just joking. I miss the ocean

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Annie, that's too bad the weather is hampering the reunion. Looking like our community festival is going to get rained on Saturday, darn it! Hopefully at least Sunday will be good for the big parade.

Peggy, did you get a good bike ride in?

Sharon, I agree, that was a great picture and soooo true!

I got our closet pretty well organized today. Aiyden came to play for awhile so his Mom and Dad could go grocery shopping.

Had to bail Craig out again today but I swear it's the last time! He took his car to a repair shop to have the hub assembly replaced, they handed him the bill and he just looked at the woman and said "I don't have any money!" Well, what the heck did he expect them to do? They wouldn't let him take the car till the bill was paid, naturally, so he called me. I paid it but he will be told in NO uncertain terms I am not bailing him out of anymore messes! GRRRRR

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Sharon:
great picture and it sure made me think !!!!

Joyce:
I am sure that was a hard decision , but I agree, even if he is getting big $$ an hr. but not getting the hrs.. better to change..

it is 79 o here today,, so far our highest temp . here at the coast this year..

I am all packed and baked one cake and have my salad ingredients ready,, and a ice, filled cooler to take my food and some water/gatarade/pop.. for me,, it is only an 8 hr trip,, but I have lots of stops to visit along the way,,
but so many of school friends have cancelled out, due to the 111 degrees it is to be Sat...!! emoticon

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I'm back home for the afternoon. Going to ride the bike now.

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