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12/15/17 8:07 A

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Sorry about the sleep, that must be stressful dealing with that!

Last night I had to bake for the department Christmas party. I don't usually participate in these kind of functions but will this time - goodwill toward men and all of that. Hubby wanted to run by the store and pick up a gift for his dad last night so we did that too and I wrapped the gifts for my in-laws and for Greg - so the family stuff is done, and I just have few more things to take care of. Slowly but surely it is getting done and I hope to have time to relax and enjoy it all.

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12/15/17 4:17 A

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The meeting was as contentious as I thought. I woke up at 3, mind whirring. And starving, I haven't eaten since lunch yesterday, but I will only drink coffee until breakfast time at 7:30. I'll write an email to the lawyer this morning so he can get the letter out. This guy is costing us a fortune in legal fees.

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12/14/17 9:43 A

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Yes, it's irritating to pay for something that doesn't work as promised.

The condo meeting tonight will be awful. The lawyer just called with bad news for the people in the building under review. Our hands are tied for this month.

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12/14/17 8:36 A

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I wanted a humidifier for our HVAC and it was so very expensive and the thing doesn't even work. Such a frustration. Thing is under warranty and every season we have them out to fix it and it still never works. My husband is not assertive and he doesn't want me to talk to them because I will use all kinds of language. It embarrasses him but 1). I must have been a sailor in a previous life and 2). I didn't pay that exorbitant amount of money for a thing that won't work.

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12/13/17 10:01 A

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The HVAC tech has been and gone. Turns out I was supposed to tell them I have a humidifier so he could replace the pad, so he'll have to come back with the part. Not before Christmas, though, I'll be too busy.

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12/13/17 7:58 A

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Still one more gift to purchase! I will try to leave work on time today and go home and get stuff wrapped before I go running.

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12/12/17 7:06 A

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I got the big tree up yesterday, all the decorating is done. The cleaners will be here in a hour, best get ready.

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12/11/17 3:08 P

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I'm feeling much better today, just tired. I went grocery shopping this morning, then we got the Christmas tree into the stand and downstairs. Hubby was able to help some, but I had to drag it into place, he can't do stairs with something in his hands, especially something that blocks his view of the stairs. I got it halfway decorated, but now I'm pooped. I'll finish it later.

Mom emailed this morning that her bedroom TV isn't working again. I told her I couldn't get out until tomorrow afternoon so she called for an emergency Comcast tech. This has happened many times before, $60 to tell her she changed the TV to channel 4 instead of the 3 that reads the box. But she thinks it's magic, it can't possibly be a wrong channel. And she just can't wait. With dementia I guess that whatever is happening right now is all there is.

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12/11/17 2:49 P

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Most of my shopping is finished. I've got my cardmaking group tonight, strength training class tomorrow and running on Wednesday but I will have to get the stuff wrapped and shipped ASAP.

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12/10/17 1:34 P

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Hope you beat the cold Nell, even if it is just a cold, it is just not a good feeling to be congested and coughing is the worst. I know it's a busy time but get plenty of rest!

I wasn't home for most of the day yesterday, told my husband that Christmas shopping MUST be started, he was a grump about it but we got something for his mom last night, and took care of my niece and nephew. I have activities on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, Friday I am supposed to bake cookies for the office party...have to bake today to for a party tomorrow. At least I have my laundry done and groceries are mostly done....if I can't get to the other store today we will make due with what we have. And I MUST figure out a gift for my Dad today.

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12/10/17 7:37 A

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I have a cold. I started sneezing and coughing yesterday afternoon. I have a BIG condo meeting this week, with lots of prep involved, and Christmas is coming. I'll stay home and warm to try to get this behind me as quickly as possible.

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12/9/17 11:41 A

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I was in the process of counting out pills for the week into our little pill boxes, when hubby literally elbowed me aside so he could make his lunch, so I had to carefully put it all aside or he'd knock it off the counter. He is totally unaware of anyone but himself these days. I bought a loaf of bread for sandwiches tomorrow night, but it has to be sliced. He is insisting on doing it himself because he wants what he wants RIGHT NOW, and has, of course, hacked it to pieces. Where is the man I married? He's always been somewhat demanding, but never so oblivious to other people.

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12/8/17 8:39 A

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I'm so glad I don't have to ship gifts anymore, for now they are all going to be here for Christmas. I know it won't last forever, I'm grateful for now.

I have to get to the library. We got an email that a book hubby had put on reserve is in, he want to get it, but they said they couldn't find it. I asked him what they did about it, but he didn't know, had no idea how to sort it out. We got another email this morning, I'll have to go deal with it. His problem solving ability has really slipped, something I have relied on for so many years, now it's gone.

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12/8/17 7:52 A

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Ugh, work has been horrendous - 14.5 hours one day, 13.0 another and on and on. I did shop online for my hubby's grandma and had it wrapped and shipped but for my family in Michigan it will be something personal and personally wrapped. So I need to get on that. I did find something nice for my mom, need to find something for my dad. My niece and nephews are easy - just need to get that done. My husband's family will be doing things differently this year so I hope that will simplify things as well.

Gloria

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12/6/17 8:28 A

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I have an errand circuit today. Everything is 15-20 away in any direction, so I have to gather each direction's destinations into a single errand run.

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12/5/17 9:18 A

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Gloria, most of my shopping is online these days. Amazon can gift wrap it and send it to another address. I got into the ease of online shopping when hubby had a stroke right before Christmas a few years back. The kids all sent links of what they and the grandkids wanted, there is no going back after discovering that!

I have a pile of gifts to wrap, they'll all be here for Christmas. We are going to Cracker Barrel with friends for dinner, I hope to have it all wrapped by then, without too much blood from paper cuts on the paper.

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12/5/17 7:30 A

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Christmas in three weeks...that almost made me cry. I have not got shopping done and most of it needs to be shipped to Michigan. And there is no hope in sight for having time to shop.

Gloria

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12/4/17 9:21 A

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Errands today, I have a LOT to get done this week. Christmas is 3 weeks from today!

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12/4/17 7:50 A

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I enjoy making Christmas cards and sending them out, but I don't do it every year due to time constraints. I had planned on doing them this year but I don't know if I can - things are just too hectic at the office.

I put my little trees out on my desk at work - I never decorated before but management likes it when we do so last year I got the little trees - very simple and easy, they are white with ornaments in shades of blue and silver.

Gloria

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12/3/17 2:49 P

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I have decorations from over the years, but recently I've liked Michael's. I got a new garland, too, for the stair rail. The old one was nearly 20 years old, purchased from the old Hechinger's going out of business sale.

I gave up Christmas cards about 10 years ago. I finally decided that of all the work that goes into Christmas, sending cards was the only thing I hated. So I stopped doing it. Every year it was a pall that hung over an otherwise happy, though frantically busy, holiday. I can simply enjoy the work.

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12/3/17 1:48 P

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Hope your husband is feeling better Nell, that is scary.

My decorating is done but I want to go somewhere to find a different garland to string in the chandelier in the dining room. I've had this one for a few years but never really liked it.

I need to put some hours in for work today...would rather work on Christmas cards or something but there is just too much going on at work right now.

Gloria

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12/2/17 12:41 P

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I need to get started on Christmas decorating today. Hubby had a low blood sugar episode yesterday, he still hasn't completely recovered, which means it was more than just low blood sugar. Why do these things happen on weekends? I'll call his doc on Monday.

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12/1/17 11:41 A

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I've heard of caffeine and aspirin, but never chocolate and Tylenol. I'll have to try it, sounds much more inviting.

Off to get a haircut soon.

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12/1/17 8:09 A

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Lemur went to the vet and they gave him some meds but I am not sure they even know what is wrong with him.

Work is super stressful and at 6:45 I already was eating chocolate and Tylenol. I will definitely be working this weekend. I won't have time for lunch today but I have a meeting that is offsite - it is a mile walk one way so I will get a couple of miles in that way.

Gloria

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11/30/17 8:35 A

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Gloria, it's tough when our furry friends are sick.

Many errands to run today.

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11/30/17 8:25 A

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Lemur is sick. I hope that my husband takes him to the vet. He works from home three days a week usually, it is much easier for him to do that than it is for me. The vet is only three miles from the house. Lemur stayed with the vet last week while we were out of town. I wonder if he picked up a bug while he was there. He was fine Sunday and Monday.

Gloria

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11/29/17 10:15 A

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I'm so glad I am retired! Off to Mom's for another opportunity to beat my head against the wall.

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11/29/17 8:09 A

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Back to the office.

Gloria

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11/28/17 8:21 A

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I’m enjoying one more day off work before I go back to the office and I have a lot to do. I need to wash the towels, pay some bills and go for a run. Hubby got the tree up finally so today I will decorate the house and tree and tonight I have my strength training class. It would be an hour away but I’ll be going during rush hour so the commute to get there will be at least an hour and a half. I’d skip it if I hadn’t missed it last week. I am going to take myself for brunch as well. If there is time I will start getting my supplies ready to make some Christmas cards.

Gloria

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11/28/17 7:58 A

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Gloria, Spark can seem just another demand. Welcome back.

I have cleaners coming this morning, and this afternoon I have to go out to Mom's. I got a new ATM card for her, the new one expires Thursday. And we took photos at Thanksgiving, I'll put one up on her computer as wallpaper. She has no idea what that means, I'll just do it.

And, of course, a nail popped off while I was washing the breakfast dishes, so I need to fix that. Thank goodness I know how to do my own nails!

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11/27/17 3:34 P

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Back from the trip, first time in years that I didn't check in to SparkPeople each and every day and the world didn't end! Ha! I had put on some pounds before Thanksgiving but this morning it was way down, pretty typical for me, I think that being off work alleviates stress and helps me keep the weight off. I've definitely indulged in pumpkin pie and LOTS of [real] whipped cream. We ate out a lot while traveling too.

Gloria

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11/26/17 4:29 A

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I woke up at 3:30. Sigh. Yesterday I put the homemade ice cream down the disposal. I should have figured out a way to send it home with grandchildren. Oh well, I'm safe now.

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11/24/17 1:40 P

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I survived yesterday, waking up this morning at the same weight as yesterday morning. I also got over 15,000 steps without leaving the house, many of them carrying tables and chairs up and down stairs.

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11/22/17 7:50 A

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Good morning, the last day before the Big Day. The pie is made (my sister is bringing another pie), the cranberry relish is made, the brine is chilling, I broke up the pomegranate. Today I do all the prep, putting each ingredient into a bowl and labelled (Black Gram 1 of 5, etc) and tape the recipes to the cabinet doors. Tomorrow I can cook even if I'm brain dead, inevitable when there are that many people in my little house.

I remember when my mother could still bake, she made the best pies! Now she barely knows what a pie is. I'll have to run the vacuum downstairs and do some laundry, make sure all my kitchen towels are clean for tomorrow when we'll use a couple of dozen to clean up. It will get done, it always does.

One more day!!

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11/21/17 10:18 P

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Hi! Yes we are traveling and I didn’t bring my computer. It’s been pretty much get up and go go go. Spent today with my mom and did shopping for her (she is disabled so she can’t get easily get simple things that she wants, like a clipboard for her Sodoku or the fabric softener she prefers. This evening we went out for dinner with two of my best girlfriends from childhood. Last night I went over to the outdoor mall that is close by to get some walking in (just walked around it over and over) and this morning I went over there and ran.

My mom did the pies and froze them so I think all that is left for tomorrow is the cranberries...Thursday will be stuffing, gravy, potatoes and turkey. Squash is also done and we will do biscuits Thursday too....not too much to do this year but we are fixing an extra turkey breast.

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11/21/17 6:26 A

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You must be busy, Gloria! I'll start prepping food for Thanksgiving today. Big dinners take about 3 days of hands on work in the kitchen. I could do it in two days, but I'd rather not.

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I found out last night that my New Jersey nephew will be coming, too. That's 17 for dinner and 3 overnight guests. It will be hugely chaotic, but chaos and hard work is the best appetite suppressant I know.

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Wow, it's been a couple of days, and busy ones at that.

I met with the condo lawyer on Friday, it went well. But that hour just wasn't enough to ask everything. Now it's All Thanksgiving, All The Time.

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Oh no, so sorry about your car. Car repairs can be terrible and 114,000 miles isn't too much so I hope it can be repaired for a reasonable price.

We've gone out on Black Friday but not until very late in the day...when everyone is tired and gone home. Some of the better deals are gone by then but we aren't really looking for deals like that anyway - we have little need for much, we have what we want. My hubby might look for some DVD box sets of certain TV shows but that would be all.

Next week...not ready, no! Work is terrible an I am not sure how I can all of it done before I leave for Michigan!

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While I was out shopping yesterday, my car overheated. The temp came down, but it sounded funny. We'll be taking my car to the shop after rush hour this morning,hopefully they can figure it out since it faded by the time I got home. This is a bad time to be worried about my car. It's nearly 13 years old, has 114,000 miles on it, but I LOVE that car!

I noticed that Best Buy is offering Black Friday discounts online. I can actually get a Black Friday deal this year! I don't ever brave the crush in the stores on Black Friday.

Everyone ready for next week?

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11/14/17 9:26 A

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I took the hearing aids to Costco, not a problem. He was able to pop them open, I just wasn't comfortable pushing that hard. He suggested that even though the batteries are rechargeable and we don't have to open them every day like the way you'd do if you had regular batteries, maybe once a week would be a good idea to keep the hinge moving smoothly.

I'll do all the cooking here, too, it's part of what gets everyone here. I don't mind, it takes a lot of time,but I have it down to a science by now. My sister is here for Thanksgiving and she'll help me clean up. It's like when we were still living at home oh so long ago.

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Oh, nice that you will see your son and his family for Thanksgiving! We will see my parents - my mom especially loves it when we are there and we try to go each year. My mom is disabled so I will try to do most of the cooking of she will let me...sometimes she does and sometimes she doesn't.

Very strange about the hearing aids, yes, I agree, that seems kind of important to be able to change the batteries, to me it must be some kind of ploy to get one to spend more money if it can't be done without assistance.

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It's warmer, that cold shot is past. Just found out son #2 and his family will be here for Thanksgiving for the first time in many years. I'm glad my sister and BIL will be able to see them, it's been so long.

Physical therapy today, and shopping. I have to get to Costco and hope the hearing aid guy is there. They don't answer the phone or return messages. Hubby's hearing aids don't open so I can change the batteries, kind of basic for $3000 equipment.

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11/13/17 7:59 A

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I had to be at the office most of Saturday so that made things rough over the weekend, trying to get in my exercise, do laundry, get groceries, etc. Did a 5K yesterday benefiting the rescue place where we got Earl in 1999 - that was their first year of operation. It was a fun little race, very small but quite well organized. I had to do my strength training yesterday too for the six week challenge that I am doing so it was kind of a packed day. Tonight I have my stamping group and tomorrow is my group strength training class...Wednesday night is my running group - it's going to be a fun-filled week but I imagine I am going to be TIRED!

Nell, is it still cold? It's not too bad here, colder than average but not terrible.

Hard to believe next week is Thanksgiving....

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Gloria, those commutes can be a killer. I am SO glad I'm retired!

We got the storm door "fixed". A Pella tech came out, a surprise by itself since they are usually backed up for months), and he managed to pry the door open. I had to take the glass out so he wouldn't break it. He had 4 spare locksets on his truck, none of them worked. He put the best fitting one on, then we duct taped it open. It now opens and closes but doesn't latch. That cost $268. I think we'll live with it, I'm not spending more money.

The first big cold wave arrives today, it will be 20 degrees by tomorrow morning. My son is having a Veteran's Day promotion at his pub tomorrow, looks like it will have to be indoors.

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I agree, things do not last long at all anymore. Hope your door can be repaired.

I was snacking on nuts constantly, all day long, for months, but now that I am not running as much since the marathon is over, I cut that out, and lo and behold, my weight is up a couple of pounds the last few days. Could it be that I need those calories? I am not panicking yet but I am treading carefully. I have eaten a couple of things that are out of the norm for me so maybe it is just those things causing a blip.

I have to work tomorrow, can't do it from home, have to be at the office...at least traffic should be light but that is still a 40 minute commute one way on a Saturday.

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The dental work wasn't too bad, I had lots of novocaine and nitrous. It was the saggy face and inability to drink or talk that was a problem, but it faded at last.

When I got home, though, the front storm door wouldn't open. It isn't locked, I never lock it, but the latch isn't working at all, and I can't take it apart without opening it first, a catch 22 if I ever heard one. It will be a week before a repairman can get here, I just hope I don't need to buy a new door. This one is only 11 years old. Modern stuff is more energy efficient, but it sure doesn't last as long.

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Hope your dental work wasn't too excruciating. Dental work is just horrible. I've been fortunate and not had too much trouble.

I try to limit the time I spend on social media, it is a time sucker that is for sure but I do enjoy SP and end up spending at least 30 minutes a day on it, if not more.

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Good morning. I don't know how you do it, Gloria. Of course, if I gave up Spark I'd have an extra hour every day. Spark is starting to bore me anyway.

I have another big dental appointment this afternoon. I also have a church committee meeting tonight. I hope I won't be drooling by then. I probably won't be able to eat anything.

I also am expecting a package that requires a signature today. I'll be home this morning, hubby was supposed to go to the health club but he isn't feeling well again. He is starting to sleep during the day more and more. He's nearly 80, but it still seems too soon for that.

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Finally got myself to Whole Foods after the personal training session last night but that resulted in getting home and into bed way too late. I'm doing this personal trainer for six weeks, it is an hour from home and in the evening. Then traffic was a nightmare this morning. I leave early for a reason but this week it isn't working to my advantage.

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The leak situation is being dealt with. The one unit is very wet, another just wet. We got ServPro to come out to dry it out, hopefully by Thursday we can start repairs. All of it will be billed back to the offending unit, turns out the front loading washing machine seal was broken, and they kept doing laundry. The water level sensor in the machine kept adding water, and it kept going downstairs. And the kicker is.....the tenants didn't care, they just kept doing laundry. Their owner is going to get a BIG bill, and he doesn't have insurance.

My oldest son was called for jury duty, he reported yesterday, his day off, and he was selected for a trial that will go into next week. Poor guy still has to work Friday night at 11, then 3pm Saturday to 7am Sunday, then back to jury duty Monday morning. I think I'd just vote "guilty" because the trial ruined my life.

It's raining here, too, and cold. I was out running errands this morning, it's really miserable. The leaves are turning color in earnest, and the rain is pulling them down, a slick mess. My antilock brakes triggered a couple of times on wet leaves.

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It's a wet day here, and traffic was awful so I got here late. Nell, hope you were able to deal with the condo owners, I know it is something you would rather not spend your time on. Even though I worked late last night and then got my hair cut, I still got on the treadmill last night because I am doing a challenge where we do a mile a day for the month of November.

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I called the office. The one really wet unit is uninhabitable right now. The owner of the leaking unit isn't returning calls, we'll have to go in and start repairs without his knowledge, and bill him back. He won't like that, I don't care. I told the office to get the plumbers out to pull the washer and dryer out from the leaking unit, turn them off and leave them in the middle of the kitchen. THAT will get his attention. The tenants are afraid of their landlord, probably afraid he'll raise the rent if they call him with complaints. I don't care.

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Hope the leak didn't cause too much damage. I wouldn't mind downsizing to a condo but I know a lot of people who have suffered from things like that.

I worked a little yesterday but managed to get a short run in, got the groceries, etc. Today could be a difficult day (Friday was terrible). Traffic was very heavy this morning but I still managed to get here at 6:30...so now I need to get busy. I am waiting on an important report that I must have to complete my tasks for today.

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Yesterday during the Redskins game (we won!) I was on the phone about a leak at the condo. The management company emergency line told people to wait until Monday, the woman who was leaking didn't want anyone in her apartment. I finally got our maintenance man out for an emergency (overtime) call to figure out what was going on and at least stop the water. Let's see what the day brings.

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I went to Mom's yesterday, a total waste of a trip. I got her a new watch because she told me hers wasn't working, but it seems that she drove everyone in her community nuts by yammering about her watch, so one of them took her to Walmart (her first trip to Walmart in her life) on Friday to get a new battery. Then it went out of her mind and she didn't tell me. When I got there yesterday with a new watch, she didn't know what I was talking about. I only know because I found the receipt. I also found bills for money she has pledged to fundraising calls, I threw them all out. And she got a free calendar for next year, also without telling me. So I'll go back to Target to return the watch and the calendar. She could live another ten years getting worse and worse.

It's raining, a good day to stay indoors. My son will be over later today for a haircut. Poor guy worked 11pm Friday to 7am Saturday, then had a double shift from 3pm Saturday to 7 this morning. That's with that extra hour thrown in. He must be beat. He has to report for jury duty tomorrow, at least it's on his day off. This is the third time he's been called. One time he lost his restaurant job for not showing up. They didn't "fire"him, they just gave him 3 hours a week until he quit. There are too many people wanting that job to wait for him to finish jury duty, and loss of job isn't a legal reason to be excused.

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It's going to be hectic today, I have to work today but also do the grocery shopping. My friend is in the hospital and I might go see her. I've got a couple of other errands to do as well, thankfully only one small load of laundry to do. I will either run or go for a short walk later.

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My cats have had a variety of personalities, Kitty Kitty wanted attention only at her convenience and on her terms but most of my cats demand a lot of attention - Earl especially, he would cling to me, sit on me, follow me. I've been able to give all of my cats pills except for Earl. I'm the person, they are the cat, I am the boss and they will take the pill but Earl was spoiled.

It is dreadfully hot and humid here right now. We've actually got some very nice fall color going on. I did a 10 mile race this weekend and it felt more like July than November.

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I have to get to Mom's today to give her a 2018 calendar (she is freaking out over not having a calendar, even though she never has anything to put on it), give her the Timex I got her, and get her old watch so I can get the battery replaced. I never wear a watch anymore, so I have 3 watches with dead batteries. I'll get those replaced while I'm at it. I only wear a watch when I am in Canada and can't use my cell, and I am always impressed with how convenient it is. Then I get home and it goes back into my jewelry box until the next time I am out of the country.

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My cats would never let me give them shots, or even pills for that matter. When they want attention, they come to me. If I want to give them attention, they manage to stay just beyond my fingers. When I have to capture them to go to the vet (the only time in a year that we grab them) they will be scarce for the next few days.

I know someone whose dog had a cancer, don't remember what kind, and they went through chemo. $5000 later, the dog died anyway. We had a cat 30 some years ago, Astrix, who was a really great cat. He was an indoor/outdoor cat as most cats were back then, and he developed bone cancer. We took him to the vet when we noticed the growth on his shoulder, and were told the bad news, and that there was nothing to be done for him. He was happy and active, obviously not in pain, so we let him go about his business. A neighbor must have called the county animal control people, because someone actually came by the house and told us we had to put him down, or they would take him and do it for us. They didn't care what our vet said. Another reason to keep my cats indoors. It's no one business but ours, and our cats are well vetted and well spoiled, I don't need complaints from nosy neighbors.

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We didn't do expensive treatments for Earl but we did do some easy minor things to keep him happy and comfortable. But a cat his age, I wasn't going to do anything outrageous, it wouldn't have improved his quality of life or extended it for long. I was surprised he thrived as long as he did after he was diagnosed about a year ago. We had a cat once with lymphoma, that was years ago. The cat was only nine and he was my husband's cat. Incidentally my husband's 34 year old sister had passed away from lymphoma that same year. My husband wanted to do chemo and did but the cat only lived a couple of months. My husband was dealing with his sister and the cat and we had moved that year so I think things were hard and he was clinging to the idea that the cat could be saved....he said he learned from that. With Lemur we do give him insulin twice a day. He just shows up at the designated time and place, no questions asked, he is just there, I rarely have to find him - at 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. he is at the island in the kitchen asking for his shot. As far as the litter box, Lemur belonged to a neighbor who abused him, then he was let out and was a stray and wild dogs tried to eat him. We took him in and one of the other cats hated him and wouldn't let him eat or use the litter box. Mostly that resolved itself but we found that he wasn't consistently using the box so my husband put puppy pads in the place where he goes. We are going to try new litter and see how it goes. But this cat has had a hard life and we are going to do our best to make sure his golden years are good.

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I'm with your husband: a life without cats isn't worth living. I don't do expensive treatments for them, though. Matilda was diabetic, but she didn't like insulin shots, so we let her live as long as she could without intervention. I have also had two cats put down because of poor litter box habits. My cats rule the house, the only absolute is that they use the litter boxes, which I keep scrupulously clean for them. Beyond that, I require nothing of them, I live to serve.

And here comes Rosie now. She looks so much like Isabelle it's shocking, but that's what happens with purebred Siamese.

I have to work on condo bylaw amendments today. It's like writing a term paper without the 3x5 cards I used to use.

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