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5/4/15 6:25 P

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Hi Declare

Yes we are very lucky I just put up some lovely photo's of the area on the Shutterbugs team as this weeks assignment was streams and rivers, so I put up Owharoa Falls, Okere Falls, Huka Falls and others hehe All within 40 minutes of home.

Yes I managed to finish the lounge ceiling yesterday but I was totally buggered at the end of it. I still have tiny white splatters on my arms, so much for low splatter hehe Didn't even wash off in the shower. I just have the bedroom ceilings to do now and then a wall in the lounge. Then that's it yay.

I hope you get the test drug too, good luck. I have to find a counsellor soon, the website ACC gave me doesn't have any locally so when I meet up there will be travel involved.

Hope you have a good day, its been cloudy the last few days.

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5/4/15 6:14 P

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Angelique - I love that area, we walk there at least once a year but would like to do it more often - we are so blessed with how many options there are around us. Great news about your son moving closer. Congrats on getting more of the house done.

WC - you so need to do it - it is well worth the bike trip. When I drove by recently they were doing some repair/maintenance work but I have to say I would make the most of the area now as with mining now back in action I am unsure how long this lovely resource will be available to us.

I have just applied to take part in a fibro drug trial - will keep you posted if I get accepted and then it will be fingers crossed I don't get the "placebo"




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5/4/15 2:33 A

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Hello everyone.

May the Fourth be with you :-)

This morning I turned on my computer and my monitor only had a white screen... EEK.
So off to buy a new monitor... gone from a Benq 14" monitor to a LG 27" IPS Cinema screen monitor... which is ideal for photographs and watching shows & movies etc...
So I have it up an running now... and what a difference to look at a bigger screen lol

Angeliquenz: Oh that is a place that I so want to go an photograph... :-)

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Hi all

How are you? Sorry I haven't been around again. I have completed my dining room and hung new curtains and finally on the home stretch with the redecorating etc.

I finally got to the point where I am at my heaviest and am very uncomfortable and need to get back on track, so for the first time this year I got on my rowing machine this morning and I also walked around the lake this afternoon. I put my exercise on here for the first time this year. It does feel good even though it's just my first day back on the right side hehe

Good news too for my son, he's got a new lovely girlfriend who lives in Cambridge and he's looking at selling up down in Welly and moving up to Waikato.

Friday I drove to Karangahake Gorge and took photos of Owharoa Falls and walked along the track from the main carpark to the rail bridge and tunnel. It was a lovely sunny day too. There's some beautiful countryside in the region, it was a lovely drive and to think last year when I visited there, I was on holiday and now it's just a short drive away. I'm wanting to be able to go soak in the hot pools so I need to lose weight to feel better about getting into more skimpy clothing. Most importantly, I want to feel more comfortable, energetic and I don't want to end up with diabetes.

Hope everyones having a good weekend
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4/24/15 7:13 P

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WC - Thanks for sharing that. Yes today is certainly a day to reflect. I always think of all our servicemen today, including my Uncles and Grandfathers in the Navy and Army. Men and women that fought and served here and abroad. It is a good thing to remember how much these times effected them and all those that loved them.

TF - 3.5kgs in 3weeks is not a little loss - CONGRATULATIONS. And even bigger news that you and your body are still happy and pursuing a life of wellness and positivity x



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ANZAC Day in New Zealand & Australia.
100 years since Gallipoli campaign of The Great War (World War I)

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Lest we Forget.

NZ time 10.10am Saturday 25 April 2015
Day 2102 = 5 year 8 month 21 day



The Ode:

They shall grow not old,
As we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun,
And in the morning
We will remember them.

The Ode came from 'For the Fallen', a poem by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon and was published in London in The Winnowing Fan: Poems on the Great War in 1914. The verse which became the League Ode was already used in association with commemoration services in Australia in 1921.

For the Fallen
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flash of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

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4/24/15 6:11 A

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hi guys

sorry its been so long again inbetween posts, I have been really busy at my new job and im loving every second of it. im active and helping others and oh im so happy, yes my body hurts from the hours of standing and moving around, but oh so rewarding that I can handle the pain, hee hee :)

ive lost a little amount of weight 3.5kgs over the last 3 weeks so im really happy about that, and ive done that just by working and trying to eat well. nothing too major I think the main component is that im happy and im busy and not feeling sorry for myself sitting at home..... :(

I haven't had a chance to read all the posts since I was last on, so im hoping everyone is well and keeping - keeping on the journey with positivity and optimism :)

life is good :)

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4/22/15 7:29 P

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Okays so I was commenting about how I am trying to change the way I thin about the struggles and tough times in my life in another group I am in. Trying to focus on the following

- Each time I persevere I come out stronger and more aware of myself and those around me.
- Each time I achieve something hard fought the satisfaction is a gazillion times more than the easy stuff
- Each time I feel I have "failed" I still get a lesson, and sometimes in hindsight the "goal" was wrong or for the wrong reason
- The struggle and fight is the "tool" that will remind me not to go backwards, the "tool" that will give me more gratitude for the good in my life, the "tool" that will make me forever move forward, aim to do better, be better.

So I posted a post similar to this and someone posted a story and I thought I would share it ...





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4/22/15 1:00 A

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Its a bit hard to see in photo Ros but a wind up handle takes the height from about 65cms to about 130cms (different brands do different heights) so you can have it to the right height for sitting or pop it up to stand they aren't cheap though - the boss got a good deal on these ones and they still cost about $750 each - the electric ones are over double that.

I am tall as you know 5ft11 so even my old sitting desk was too low for me so even on my chair I am finding it so much more comfortable, and my posture is better.

Today I only managed to stand about 3 hours but that was due to sore feet - I had on jandal type shoes and we haven't got fatigue mats yet.

Well done on the weight - I am still exactly the same as final weigh in from BLC but I had hoped to wow them at the start of BLC 28 - still time to rock up to the starting blocks lighter than last weigh in though ... this round I started with a gain - I won't do that again - fingers and toes crossed and my willpower reinforced.

Mumsey are you out there?

TF - how are you going love?





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4/22/15 12:06 A

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Hi everyone

Declare I would love to see your desk can you take a photo of it as I am curious as to how it works. Might be something for me to look into as well as I am having a few back problems and sitting definitely doesnt help much. Well weighed in this week and the NZ weight is beginning to move again for which I am very grateful. Just need to keep consistent and no treats for my success emoticon



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Ros - I hope I get to stay in my team, apparently BLC teams let you stay in same one unless team folds or if you ask for a change, but I would be really sad if something happened and I had to go to another team ... though I'm sure they are all lovely I feel bonded with mine.

I got my new sit/stand desk at work today - I can't wait to get up to at least half a day vertical instead of sitting all day - think it is going to be the next step to my longterm goal of health & wellness.

WC Not much room for development where I live so no building etc at home but boy we have a new commercial building going in next to work and it has been a nightmare for months - noise and vibrations. It is due to be ready for business August - I can't wait for the racket to end





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4/19/15 11:07 P

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Hi everyone,

Well really now I am back and getting into a better head space about it. I put on about 3kg while home so added to the one I was up from Christmas the goal is to get those 4kg off!!! I headed to the gym and did a work out with the personal trainer Sat and happy to report I have not lost much ground so I am happy about that but... Had a combined birthday party for friends Sat and ate way to much of all the wrong things. So need to find the self control button and fast.

Glad to hear the internet is up and running at last Deb and that the electrician found the other problems too.

WC It seems that here people are continually rebuilding or renovating houses, it is just a fact of life and because the houses are all joined and extremely close together the noise just travels...

Anyway now I am sleeping better the other stuff is easier to handle. Have a great new week everyone.

ps: Deb I just signed up for BLC28 as I want that help to deal with those 4kgs.


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4/17/15 7:13 P

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Morning all.

Been raining over night and its still raining... good for the weeds to grow.... lol

Declare: Wow busy at yours.... glad you are finally back online at home again..

Ros: Goodness me.... you need to come on back to NZ to get away from the noise...
Pity they didn't organise the renovations whilst you were away... lol

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Wow the house has been so busy today, Internet installer arrived at 7.30am, left at 11am and .... I am here 11.08am and already on the internet hehehe. Electrician organised by landlord arrived about 9am and just left all new bathroom fan/light/heat lamp system fitted to replace faulty one and lucky they were here as two fire hazard "jimmied" fuses were found and replaced ... we have unknowingly had them the whole time we have lived here - nearly five years.

Ros - I am sure you will be feeling back at home in no time but it was lovely to have you back here for a while and I'm sure you squeezed in a lot. It was a shame you didn't make it to meet up with everyone but that would have been a mission in one trip home, maybe you'll catch some of the others next time.



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4/14/15 11:15 P

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Hi all,

Back once more in Vietnam. It was great meeting up with you Deb and sorry it never worked out with you WC or Angelique maybe next time.

I arrived home late Monday night and even though I was exhausted didnt sleep much so woke with a headache. Last night was much better but two neighbours on either side of the house are obviously doing a rebuild and so we have pneumatic drills starting up at 6am. Makes me long for the quiet of Matamata. Still I have some lovely memories of my visit to NZ though it is always hard to say goodbye.

We had a big family do on Sat night at my sisters house which was great and then I had my last speaking engagement Sun morning at the Masterton Community Church before rushing home to pack... Oh why do I seem to leave this to the last minute!!! My brother took me over the hill and I stayed with friends in Petone who were gracious enough to take me to the airport at 4am.

But now it is time to get serious and lose the kgs I gained while in NZ before it gets to be any more.


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4/13/15 7:48 P

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WC - good to see you
Yes definitely feeling the cold today - as long as it is only a "snap" and not the start of a long cold winter

I am going out tonight for a date with Miss 19 - I have had no one on one time with her yet since she came "home" and she flies out again in the weekend. She has plans tomorrow and we have a family dinner on Thursday for Miss 16s 17th Birthday so if I don't do something tonight we will not get a chance at this rate.

Have been really battling nausea lately so other than ginger which is not working if you have any natural tips/remedies please share them



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Hey good morning everyone.

Sorry been MIA for a while again...

Hope everyone is doing okay and not getting too cold or too wet form the overnight change in weather.... the cold snap that struck!

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4/12/15 11:35 P

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Hi Declare

It is lovely to have someone appreciate your effort etc.

Yes that's an idea, I haven't been over the roading between here and there before all new to me :) I have another friend that I will be meeting up with for coffee at the Mt at some stage, I have another friend who has recently moved up to the Avenues as well so looking forward to meeting up with her once she's settled in.

With this wet day, I have concentrated on my tiny 9" reborn doll micro rooting her little head, gosh it maybe only like 3 to 4cm's but it was much harder to do than a full size reborn doll, it's so hard trying to hold/balance a head the size of a golf ball and hold small pieces of hair and push a needle in with the other hand. I just have to wait for the glue to dry inside the head, fill and weight her head and limbs then put her together. I can't wait to see her together.

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They say laughter is the best medicine - I think appreciation must be a close second - having someone appreciate your effort or presence in their life and what you are doing in your life can brighten your whole day. So I think I will be setting myself a goal to show appreciation to at least one person in my life each day.


Angelique - I would love to meet up - I would wait till this nasty rain we are having clears though, that road over the range isn't too pleasant in this.



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4/10/15 12:43 A

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Hi Declare

Glad to hear you're feeling better.

For some reason my mother seemed to enjoy the idea of being 80 even though she wasn't.

Luckily my younger son, makes up for his bro and loves and cares for his mum :)

We must catch up sometime soon. I should venture across to Tauranga for a day :)

Take care enjoy your evening, boy the heavens opened up here. Apparently they had heavy rain down in Welly my son was saying before.

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Oh dear not so bad making people younger but you need to watch making them older hehehe
Sorry your son has hurt you like that. Being a mum is so much joy and so much pain at the same time isn't it

I am much better thanks.


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Hi Declare

How are you? It turned out it was my Mum's 79th not 80th hehe everyone seemed to have gotten it wrong, probably we're getting confused as its their 60th wedding anniversary this year so there is a special event. Anyway I surprised her with my visit and she loved her present. It was lovely catching up some friends and some family, but yet again my oldest son upset me and said some untrue and hurtful things to me via facebook and txt. Ruined the end of my holiday.
Somehow, I felt so much better as I drove up the Island by the time I had gotten to Levin I started to feel the relief.

Since arriving home, I have made a start on my Laundry. My bathroom renovation and remodeling is complete. I only have a couple of coats of paint left and the laundry will be finished too. The last 2 days, I have also made a start on a tiny mini reborn doll kit, it has the same detail but will be only 9" long. So I'm having to use fine brushes and do tiny detailing.

It's just started raining argh

Enjoy your evening
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Angelique how was your Mum's 80th?

Looks a bit gloomy outside for the weekend here but I am going to try to enjoy it anyway. I only have to work a half day on Saturday and Miss 19 is home for 10 days from Wellington so we are spending the day together Sunday.

I have just completed BLC27 and in 12weeks lost 4.5kgs so I am pretty happy with that considering ups & downs. BLC 28 starts in a few weeks so my goal between is to get my mojo fortified and strengthened so I can aim for 6kgs in that round.

Hope everyone is well and happy xx
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Hi All

Hope everyone has a great Easter, I'm down in Welly with my son. It's my mother's 80th tomorrow so I'm giving her a surprise visit.

Windy down here atm and dirty clouds

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WC - We may have clocked up an extra mile with the lack of using the map LOL - I'll just say it was part of my intentional fitness plan hehe

I have been sick so today is my first day back at work since 25 March - couldn't remember any of my passwords etc hehehe

Hope you all have a happy and healthy Easter - stay Safe xx



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Good Friday - Easter weekend.

The weather is going to play nice for us this long weekend and be sunny YAY...

Everyone have a wonderful Easter.... :-)

NZ time 9.35am Friday 3 April 2015
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Good morning everyone.

Meeting Declare yesterday at the Zoo was wonderful. She is a lovely lady.... and yep we walked around the zoo checking it all out.... but I reckon we may have walked around it a few times.... lol.

Ros: Sorry I didn't get to meet you after all.. Not sure how long you are still hanging about in Auckland.

Angelique: I am so pleased that you have meet a nice couple and went out together to see all the hot air ballons... that would have been a wonderful day out.

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Well done on the bathroom Angelique. it is good you found out you were over medicated.
And woohoo on making some friends.
It is nice to have you back, so try to squeeze us in

WC and I had a great meet up and say at the zoo ... She let me take a pic even though she doesn't do pics, alas I will not be sharing it - it is for me only

Hope the rest of you are well and happy x

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Hi All

Sorry I've been off the radar, my bathroom has been remodeled over the last week, and I'm having to finish the job with some filling, sanding and painting. I had made a good start on the laundry and kitchen by painting the ceilings and stripping the wallpaper but that's when the builders and plumbers decided to come and do the job. It's cost more as usual things are discovered when you pull things apart.

I have continued with my reborn dolls, and made an opened eye girl and my last an sleeping girl but have made the decision to stop and only make a couple of special ones for myself. Tommy just sold and is heading down to Christchurch to his new Mummy. He had sold on Trade Me a couple of weeks back for more but that buyer let me down and didn't follow through with the sale.

I met a nice couple here, and we had the hot air balloons on Friday night, so we went along together she asked me to bring a couple of my dolls and she had friends turn up that wanted to see them. I'll put up a couple of pics of the balloons.

It wasn't just the bad food and lack of exercise that was causing me to pile on weight, turns out I was overmedicating my hyperthyroidism so I was the opposite, my medication has been reduced.

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Rain here at last today.

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Ros: Look for a black an white motorbike out to the left of the main entrance...
If you spot it then I am close by... with a large camera back on my back or beside me..

Just come on up and ask if I am 'Westchick..'

I will be by 12 noon.... if not sooner.... riding in between the showers of drizzle and rain... lol

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My daughter bailed on me, but I am still coming. Plan to be at Zoo by midday ... Will happily meet anyone keen there. Msg or Facebook xx

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hi there,

I am in Auckland, when are you planning to go to the Zoo?

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HI WC - you have a great day too

It is a little cooler here today but I am enjoying my day. I work today and then have 5 blissful days off.

My weight held the same as last week even with a couple of "naughty" meals and dinners out etc so I am happy with that, but it just proves I need to stay on track a bit more and up the exercise a little when I can


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Good morning everyone :-)

Everyone have a great day :-) :-)

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Hope its nothing too major with the Car Ros - although even a battery is expensive these days at least it is an easy fix

I am doing well this week except I started no soda/energy drinks in line with Lent and today I fell off the wagon ... little disappointed in myself but the cause was worth it - TMI but one energy drink does for me what laxatives etc do not ...

My son scraped up my car emoticon I am so disappointed, it could have been worse - the only reason I am so sad is that I have been pushing and pushing to get his car on the road and have put money into it etc and it hasn't happened still and now my car is damaged - and I cannot afford to get it fixed. He has smoothed the panel and touch up painted but it is very noticeable and every time I see it I get upset again ... I have to keep in mind it was an accident but I keep thinking about how everything I buy he has damaged. My lounge suite isn't even a year old and he and his mates have broken the two recliners put a hole in the seat and a stain on one end. I thought now my children were grown it was safe to start wanting some "nice" things ... guess I will wait till I live alone

Still hoping to get to the zoo but the budget has taken another hit with Miss 16 only having a zero hour contract. She was promised a minimum of 20hrs a week and was to start paying board. Week 1 - 19hrs, no board as she had clothes etc to buy. week 2 - 12hrs paid board, week 3 - 9 hrs paid half board, week 4 - 7hrs paid no board, this week 4hrs - no board, and now told she may not last the 90days trial as they have since her employed people with experience and although she is "lovely and has great customer service skills they are better with food prep". I understand the demand and the high numbers of people wanting work but how is anyone meant to get a start if they are expected to learn with no opportunities? I understand the need for the 90day trial thing but so many seem to be abusing it, and I really hate the whole zero hour thing.




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I will be off to Auckland this weekend. My course finishes Friday and then up to Auckland for the weekend before making the long trek back to Masterton. Had some problems with Mum's car so hope to get those sorted. Mainly having to do with a flat battery.



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Morning all...
Hope everyone has a wonderful day :-)

Wow what awesome photos...

Ros: Glad you made it to 'Middle Earth' in Hobbiton.... and had a fun day seeing it all.

Declare: Yeah the Zoo sounds like a go.... and hopefully it will be good weather.

TF: Hope all is well in your neck of the woods :-)

Mumsey: How are you doing..

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Made it to Middle Earth Today, A bit expensive but I couldn't be in Matamata and not go.

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TF - The Eagles would have been great. I know a few that went and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Meeting Ros was fantastic and I look forward to opportunities to meet more of you. My BLC team are having a big meet up in Florida and the majority are going, I am wondering if I can Skype in. They are doing a 5km walk/run so I thought maybe I could skype in and then do mine in Tauranga as a sign of solidarity :-)

Speaking of meet ups I am on holidays for a few days at the end of the month and am planning to come to Auckland to my favourite place - the Zoo - will have to see what the weather is up to of course (the Zoo is a little empty of animals when it is pouring down, I know we spent a day there a couple of years back and had the zoo practically to ourselves) but will let you know when I'm coming WC maybe we can meet up
Somewhere between Friday 27th and Monday 30th as I have a 4 day window.

BTW - I have a date for internet - we will be up and running FINALLY on April 16th



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Awesome picture guys, how wonderful you were able to meet up and enjoy the day together. ive just got back from the eagles concert. in the so called cyclone, it was raining but no wind so it was awesome,

looking forward to a good week this week as I have just got back from holiday and only working part time next week so I have no excuses not to do exercise and eat well.

glad to see everyone is in good spirits and still looking after themselves. :)


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Ok I am at my sisters in Hamilton tonight and so am hoping her internet works faster than the one in Matamata

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hi there everyone,

It was great meeting up with Deb yesterday and great to walk around the Mount together. I tried to post the photo but the internet seems to be on a go slow at the moment so I will try again tomorrow.

Have a great week everyone

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Well the cyclone didn't come to much here, some bigger surf, some wind and rain - hope the rest of you are well and safe and your yards didn't get filled with debris x

Have a great week

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Was lovely meeting Ros - she took a photo and plans to post it here in the near future. I really enjoyed it, probably slowed her down on her walk and talked her ear off but it was really nice. I look forward to meeting a few more of my SP friends in the future.



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Good afternoon to you all :-)

Dull and grey with some wind this morning... with Cyclone Pam due in sometime this evening or Monday morning..
Hopefully it will totally bypass NZ altogether.... with just some strong wind as it goes by.

Having a quiet day in just watching some telly/videos today.

Mumsey: Wohoooo so good to see you back :-)

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Deb no worries I will contact you and will meet you about 2 we can walk a bit and have coffee emoticon

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Hi all - have been a bit unwell and spent yesterday in bed unable to use my arms. Feeling better today though and looking forward to meeting Ros.
Ros I will PM you my cell number but I am guessing around 2ish ? Maybe we could just meet at the base of the Mount by the surf club and then go from there ? Looks like the weather isn't going to be as bad as expected but I am not up to much of a walk at moment :-)

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Deb, I dont know Tauranga at all, can you recommend a location where we can meet and then we can find a place together. Thanks,

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great stuff Fiona, good to see you got your walk in. Yesterday I managed to do a calisthenic program and then did week 3 day one of my couch to 5 k. My hip is bothering me a bit so I hope that settles down.

This morning we had the High Intensity Training group at 6am for all the keen ones, about 10 turned out for it and it is fun doing that with others.

Deb, I dont know the Mount so not sure where to meet but maybe I can ask my niece as I am sure she will be very in the know about such things. So will keep you posted

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I would love to meet Sunday afternoon ROS, it looks like bad weather so I think a walk around the Mount or beach will be off the cards this time round. As to places to meet in this cafe culture there is bound to be many places we could meet but as I don't go out much I have no preferences :-) So will meet where-ever it is decided to go


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Yes it was/is Ros.

I have had a busy day with work and some errands and managed at 30 min/1.97km walk so that was good.

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Hi everyone,

Deb, I am planning to be in Tauranga this weekend. We are having a class outing on Sat and ending up in Tauranga and so I will stay with my neice, So do you want to meet sometime Sunday Afternoon, and of course this invite is anyone in the BOP area. Do you have a place you can suggest?
I had a wonderful time catching up with Fiona it was great to actually meet someone in person after being in contact for a few years!

I am also planning a trip to Auckland sometime soon as well. So I will keep you posted.

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Hi Mumsey - glad to see you pop in - say Hi to Ros :-)

WC - it is horrible, I didn't realise how much I use it - I keep picking up my laptop and then realising it won't help me and my separation from Mr Google is harder than Miss 19 moving out lol

Master 18 has a job trial starting today so please keep your fingers crossed

I am struggling with weight but have halved my meds again - seems I need to find a NEW balancing point

Have a great week everybody x

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Hi Angelique, I don't think we have "met".
I live in Tirau.
Just read a bit about you on your sparkpage so just wanted to say
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Hello,,,...
she runs ducking for cover

I know
Long time no see

Well I have been awol for awhile and the body and scales show it!!
I am getting back into it and trying to be honest.

I have had a lovely visit yesterday and caught up with Ros while she is in the area and hopefully we will meet again tomorrow.
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good morning everyone :-)
the weekend has rolled around again yipeeeee

Declare: Ohhhh noooooooo , that must be rather hard not having any internet going on at home at the moment.. I hope that get it on for you sooner than April.

Worked on the bike yesterday - a complete oil change, plus also lubed the chain and pulled out the battery and topped it back up and it on the recharge. The bike failed to start a couple of times and that was ohhhhhhhh battery check time.

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Hi all - am at work so able to pop in and say HI emoticon am really hating not having the internet on emoticon Should be all up and running by start of April - as long as Chorus are good with what Spark have said/done

I had a very productive weekend cleaning/organising etc and got an email today advising of a house inspection April 7th (Which will be 3mths since new landlord took over) so guess I'm on track to not have to stress that week LOL



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Good cloudy morning :-)

Everyone have a wonderful day...

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Hi Declare

Awesome news, lets hope you have many more days like this :)

Enjoy your weekend

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Made it 13 hours without pain meds today - record for me this year :-)

TGIF everyone - HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND x


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Hiya

yep the weather forecast doesn't seem to get it right very often hehe as I am typing this we are just having a shower cloud pass over us but today I walked back from dropping the car off then walked into town and then had to walk to pick the car up so I was lucky hehe

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Was all grey here this morning WC and my phone said rain for today so the 3 loads of washing from last night were left in the basket in the laundry and by 11am it was blue skies and a great breeze - so gutted none of my washing will be dry and it would have been

Note to self - ignore weather predictions and just hang it out

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Morning all :-)

It is another great sunny day in paradise.

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Hi all - well its been 14 days without internet, 16 days since I asked to get installed. I sent an email of complaint this morning and if I have no reply will ring this afternoon.

I am doing okay with medications (back down to half a dozen a day) and am hoping to try the gym this weekend - think I may have said that already

Miss 16 got a job YAY and is doing well at her ECE course but is much younger than all her classmates

Master 18 had two interviews this week and has another on Tuesday - so fingers crossed he is finally making progress

Hope you are all well and happy


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Hi All

Well stayed in all day as told to by Vodafone and its almost 4pm and haven't had anyone turn up or call. On the phone to them atm, a bit rude to have me waiting at home all day and not turn up, just as well I wasn't working and taken time off. Just got the answer, Vodafone understood it was happening today, but the company that will be doing it claimed it was an estimated date which isn't true, so once again it has been escalated.

I talked with the council this morning about the lack of response to my noise complaint, and the head of the security company had the nerve to ring me and accuse me of all sorts of things, I wasn't in the mood so I ended up hanging up on him. I rang the council again and told them about the call and they're going to investigate it and go over all the recordings etc.

Lets hope I have a good night for a change
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Hiya

I haven't heard from Vodafone yet, but expecting a call before they arrive whenever that maybe, no idea if it will be afternoon or morning.

Well another night from hell, the so called better neighbour had loud music and partying outside all night and noise control failed to respond, they're supposed to respond within 15 minutes 2.5hrs later after multiple calls and being 2.30am finally I got some peace.

I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror before and in the last month my hair has gone grey! not surprising with the lack of sleep and stress I have endured here.

I've been out this morning and applied the 2nd coat of paint to the front of the garage, it's look so much better now. Yes I made as much noise as I could and the buggers next door are still in bed. I can't do anymore today as my hands sore from holding the brush.

Hope everyone has a good day

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I'm not wishing anyone dead but isn't it a shame it was the good neighbor not one of the bad ones

I am giving them till tomorrow night and if no contact I am just going to get ADSL put back in (what Miss 19 had here) just peeves me off as it will be "old technology" and more expensive than what the fibre was going to be per month


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Hiya

I'm on Fibre Optic was put on just over a week ago, but my TV wasn't switched over which is being done this Wednesday.

Turns out it was my neighbour across the road that has the lovely garden that was hit by a truck and killed. So all the extended family have been at the house. Its sad, he was one of the decent ppl here and loved his garden, he asked our agent to make sure she sold this place to someone decent hehe

I drove down to Marton to see my friend, got stuck at road works just south of Taihape for a good 20 minutes engine off. Just before that, for the 2nd time my car computer crashed and rebooted, they couldn't find anything wrong last time, I also noted that the service centre here that's just done the first service hasn't reset the computer for the servicing so guess where I'll be tomorrow morning.

I got the quote to fix the bath and died of fright, there goes my kitchen refit for now anyway.

I might try and get some sleep, while things seem quiet.

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Angelique - never boring in your neck of the woods - bet you are praying for some boring quiet times x

Well I am still being mucked around over getting an internet connection - I am just about ready to give up on getting an ultrafibre connection and get an old school ADSL one - If I haven't heard anything by this Thursday (Another week since my third call, and my new job got logged - apparently they mucked up the first job and couldn't correct it wtf?)

I really miss having the internet I use it sooooo much

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE X

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Hi All

Last night was forced quiet as the Police had the road cordoned off and taped off all night until the early hours, they were right outside mine where there was a small truck, I think there was a fatal crash involving the truck just a little way down the road, there was a floodlight just a few houses down. I had heard a car horn going continuously and the Police and Fire were there and paying a lot of attention to the truck and looking at it, then the Police photographer turned up at 1am, gosh I almost opened the window and screamed at the guy he opened and slammed his doors over and over, at that time in the morning there was no need for him to slam the doors on his flash new car.

Yesterday I got the lawns mowed and made a start prepping the garage for painting which I wanted to continue with today but my back is telling me I shouldn't :(

So I will see how I go. I am going to drive all the way down to Marton on Monday to visit a friend, he is such a trooper he is very disabled and in unimaginable pain barely able to move in fact day before last he wasn't able to get out of bed and eventually put things on the floor so he could fall out of bed, the poor guy. He's only my age and has dealt with this since he was a teen. He's a reminder to me that despite everything, my life isn't as bad as it feels. His body might be failing him but he has the most amazing brain and humour.

Enjoy your sunny Saturday everyone
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Hello all :-)

I see that you are all having a very busy week.

Deb: please do not over do it..

Pearl: It is a 'ME, ME, ME....' generation growing up now.. it is all about them and no one else..!!!!

Angel: Buy one of those long water guns... when the neighbour goes out and the dog starts yelping/barking then squirt the dog and that should stop him barking or yelping... of get a Canon Bone and throw it over... that will keep the dog quiet for ages.. if asked you have no idea where it came from... lol
If you also have a dog control in your area... you can also ring them... just write down when it starts and when it stops... even if it stops for 10 seconds.. and starts up you write it all down as they need a precise time of it barking...
I bet others in the area are sick of it barking too..

TF: Glad that you are enjoying the new job.
It can be very rewarding but also hard work too..

I hope you are all going to have a wonderful weekend.

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hi everyone

hope you all having a good week and sticking to your plans. ive kept up my water intake and I think I might have to add up all the walks to the toilet as my exercise hee hee :) anyway having a good week so far - and yes deb it does feel like that at the moment, its early days and lets hope it continues and its not just all talk.... we will watch this space hahahahaha.

enjoy your weekend :O)


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W/C Oct/Nov is very busy. 9 months after Christmas/new years/ 50 shades of Grey! I'm almost full for October. Plan to take Jan off as my sister is coming out from UK.

Deb, hope the medication works out well.

What is it with this younger generation? My friends daughter only wants to work in certain places. Was at home & unemployed for weeks, not contributing in any way, didn't even register for the dole.

I know it's a while ago, but I did waitressing through my nursing to pay the way. No one else was going to help me. Miss 19 is moving to Rotorua next week to do accounting. We have paid 1/2 her fees & she has saved for the other 1/2. She has to get a job to pay her way from here. We can't just keep giving hand outs. Get off yr butt GF!

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Hi Declare

hehe I got myself out of the house this afternoon and drove down to Taupo and stopped in at Huka Falls and took some nice photos.

My boys have been fortunate, they've both been employed in good jobs since leaving school, they even worked before they left. They both seem to enjoy working which is really good. My youngest was off work for 10 mths as he needed back surgery but went back to work earlier than most after that type of op, he was doing really well and even went back into a physical job his doctor said he couldn't do and had to beg for clearance to return to work at first part time casual and built himself up. Though he's coming up due for an MRI to see if the bone graft has worked and all the metal is still in place. When my older son starts on dialysis that could be a different story too. It's been a beautiful fine day.

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So you'll be babysitting Angelique emoticon
Lots of nursery rhymes and children's music pumped through your speakers with the opera then hehe

I had my first "gain" in 8 weeks this week which was very disheartening but I hope it will be the last for a while

My youngest has the first day of a 3 day job trial today 4pm to 9pm so I really hope it goes well, she needs the money and the confidence boost

My son is still unemployed (Since October!) and although I know the job market is tough he is doing diddly-squat to help himself with all his "I don't want to do that" "I won't work there" "I was getting paid ... at my last job" comments I know he wants to be a mechanic but he may have to do something else right now. And yes he was on a good pay rate at his last job but it was as a casual and the job didn't last. Grrrrr rant over - and yes I have ranted the same at him at least once a week since November

Miss 19 is all settled in in Welly (Miramar) and had her first work shift yesterday in Crofton Downs Countdown (who she has worked for for 5years already) although public transport is in great supply down there it appears its a bit of a mission and involves a bus, a walk and a train to get there and will cost quite a bit each week OUCH - nothing like Mum's old free taxi service anywhere between 4.30am starts here and 2am finishes, most of the time was finished by 10.30pm luckily

I have been very busy with my BLC team and for the last two weeks have become their resident foodie - so that is a big commitment but fun




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Hi All

Sorry I haven't been contributing. Between being busy I haven't been upto to talking really. Although I do have a staff member of Progress to Health ringing me twice a week. I have packed on over 14kg over the last couple of months overeating. I need to curve my emotional/stress eating somehow.
Last night was another sleepless one thanks to the neighbours staying out all night and leaving their dog out yelping and whining all night. This is not a good neighbourhood I've ended up in. Once I start getting out and about I wont be here so much to hear it.

I must venture out and meet up if anyone is interested in having a coffee sometime soon.

I just posted a photo of my latest reborn doll, I made Ryan for my sister in AU. Though I'll have him here until she comes over next year.

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Hi TF - sounds like you have struck gold, a job that is rewarding, is supportive and works with you.

I have failed big time this week - I WILL do better next week

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hi everyone

ive had a busy week with work, now onto lots of training aswell, that's a little scary all that paperwork it will feel like being back in school.

so far the bosses are really understanding about fibro and one of the bosses has had fibro for about 10 years so I think im really lucky to have that understanding around me, as she is often telling me to slow down and to take things at my pace and to look after myself, so it feels alien that bosses are helping me instead of firing me like my last one 20 years ago. so yep onwards and upwards for me.

hope everyone is doing well and sticking your targets for the week. I haven't done exercise yet, but have started back up with green smoothie for breakfast and uped my vege intake and lessened my crap food. little amendments here and there will expand into a healthier lifestyle.



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Morning Everyone

Hope you all have a fantastic week - I only have to work 5 days this week so that is a blessing - I do however have about a months worth of jobs to catch up on at home so will have to start trying to do at least 15mins a day or something

I am trying a new pain medication today - so far no allergic reaction so that is great - but not much pain relief either so will see how it goes as it is a slow release one and it has only been 1.5hours



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Oh it is so going to be another glorious hot summer's day.

TF: Welcome back and great news re your new job.

Angelquinz: Well done on your painting... shame about your neighbours tho... fancy them being up at 5.20am and bouncing a ball and playing loud music...
Maybe when you know they are sound asleep, then you put on a opera song with a high pitch singer and play it over and over loudly.... oh and you wear earplugs.... lol

Pearl: I am picking your busiest season is October & November.. lol

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend :-)

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I still think even though your probably feeling tired Pearl - your job would be one of the most rewarding in the world :-)

Happy Palentines Day everyone, I stole that from a friend lol





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