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Anna, you're doing all the painting yourself? That is a job. I remember moving into our house. I wear more paint than my paint brush.

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7/22/15 10:20 A

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Hello Everyone! Sorry I have been absent quite a bit lately. I have lived in my condo for 14 years. moved in when it was brand new. This summer decided it was time to paint my condo. What a horrendous time consuming job! Maybe I will be finished by the time the fall rolls around!


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7/8/15 8:57 P

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Hi and welcome Seasons_Change_. we hope to get to know you better.

How's everyone doing? I'm still having a little pain with my finger, but slowly healing. Hope you are all having a good week.

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6/24/15 9:57 P

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i haven't been on much. not suppose to be typing since i hurt my hand, thought i cracked or fractured pinky, swelled and hurt like the devil. but doc said bad tendonitis. i have my old brace that i wear, but he gave me....yeah, gave me at a price, a brace to wear at night, protects my fingers. all started when i woke up week ago saturday with pain in my finger. he gave me a shot, that hurt big time too. now it doesn't hurt as much and swelling went down. it had to be more than tendonitis because i've had that before and never swelled or hurt like this. this was centralized to one finger and where it attaches to the hand. i still baby it.
gives me chance to use my left hand. i used to be semi-ambidextrous, until i had surgery to the left hand.

hope you all are having a good week.

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Been busy returning as leader, for "Seniors 60+ Team".

I have also been finding pics that was under my old sign in name.
Slowly reclaiming them to my new computer.

What a useful tool to actually be able to retrieve my pictures.



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9am - 14 c or 25 F expecting the temperature 90 -
95 F to climb by this afternoon

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Lynn, I checked the temp here in my part of Florida and it is 88. I wish our sprinklers still worked, but they went by the wayside soon after we moved in.

I hope you have a better week and you have the right attitude about the hateful person.
I've noticed that some people just can't get along unless they cause problems. Must be in their nature.

The store didn't have the Lemon Hummus I wanted so DH felt sorry for me and bought a spinach dip. It didn't taste at all like the one my frined brought to a gathering. Yuck!! It said it had Greek Yogurt instead of sour cream, but evidentally not the kind I like. I'll have to try to make the kind on the Knor's package like my friend did. That was very good.

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6/7/15 12:52 P

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Our temps have been in the 90s Fahrenheit so everything is dried out. The backyard sprinklers are whirling.

Today, I need to organize myself to better cope with the work world next week. Part of my plateau was the stress-eating I did last week, which came as the result of not getting enough sleep, being totally disorganized about meals, and most importantly, letting a person over whom I have no control getting to me, I can't change her hatefulness but I can change my response.

So far, I have clothes picked out for Monday and Tuesday, a salad made for tomorrow, and a sparkling clean bathroom.

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6/6/15 2:13 P

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Hey Berni, we had a pour down, but it was just a pass over. What we really need to do in my yard is plant more grass. We put those square pieces of grass over the whole front and side yard, but now we've lost some.

Ireland pictures always looks so beautify with the green grass and country roads. I'd love to visit, but not in the cards so I'll live vicariously through my Irish friends here on SP.

I have a treadmill so I don't walk outside. My neighborhood isn't much to look at and not sure of the neighbors at the other end.

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It's been raining with me all day here in Ireland. I had to improvise with the exercise today as I normally go walking. Today however I walk/job around my house for 20 minutes followed by a 10 minute cardio video. So feel happy with that. I hope everyone is safe and sound were they are ☺slán go foill /bye for now

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5/26/15 9:51 P

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We had a little rain this morning, nothing near what Texas is having. Yes, I can see how a canoe would be handy. Hope it stops raining and starts to drain away. The weather lately everywhere has been horrible.

tornadoes, floodings, earthquakes, seems like there was something else, but can't think of it.

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We have some heavy rain coming sometime today. Girls get away sounds great. Hope you have fun,


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5/25/15 12:38 P

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Sorry Joanna but nope I don't know your friend.

At the moment a canoe would be of more use to us than a vehicle but we are okay It is more an issue of culverts washed out and roads collapsing than flooding although we are only a few miles from the Trinity River flood plain and a few more from the Neches. The lakes around here were full and now they are going over their spillways as much as 8-10 feet so it is mostly causing problems for people who live downriver or in Central Texas where the terrain starts to flatten out.

We were going to Canyon Lake for a girlfriend weekend in a couple of weeks and I think that is probably out of the question now.

Oh, almost forgot. My favorite Mexican restaurant in town is only two blocks away!

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Joanna I see we posted almost the same time (in my last post). We have quite a few restaurants around here, Ruby Tue, Cracker Barrel, Sonny's BBQ, Fast Foods - Wendy's, Burger King, McDonalds. We have a nice Mexican restaurant across town that we love.

DH took me to Sonny's tonight. I guess I'm an intown sort of girl. We live just outside the town limits.

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Lynn that makes two of us. I also am car dependent. I live in Michigan right in the middle of nowhere ville. I have 4.5 miles to the closest corner store which is just a country bumpkin store....and 11 miles to the closest town.....17 miles to the closest small city. Yet I am loving my privacy and would not care to go back to the close neighbor syndrome. Now Jack in the Box has closed here years ago and i do miss those 2 for a 1.00 tacos.


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Lynn, Oh wow, 17 miles one way! We are a few blocks from the mall and another strip plaza has our grocery store. I need to be thankful for what I have. I have a friend who used to live in Texas, forget where. Phyllis Haynes. Yeah, like in the big state of Texas you would know this one person. haha It would be ironic if you did. How is your weather?

Joanna did you get your cool weather? It was hot here yesterday in Fl.

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I'm car dependent but then we live too far from anything just about to walk. There is a tiny convenience store and a Jack in the Box a little over a block away. It is 17 miles one way to my job.

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Your lucky and unlucky at the same time. I would hate to be without a vehicle so I can get up and go when I feel like it...but on the other hand...I hate to drive even to a local store. I would much prefer having someone else drive.

We are expecting a cool down period here....for a few days. Gives me a chance to do some of those touch chores that are hard to do in the heat.

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I'm gald Hyatti is okay, but sorry the other horse had such trouble at the end. I've never had anything but dogs and a cat that I had to go through that. Now we decided never to get any more pets. Besides we don't have anyone to stay with a pet when we go away and it is too heartbreaking. I"d always have that in the back of my mind.

I'm going to church with my friend tonight since she has something tomorrow, then DH can drive me to Sunday School and pick me up afterward since I won't stay for church tomorrow.
I miss having my own car. We only have the one car and so DH doesn't really want anyone to drive. I had hand surgery and we sold our other car, so haven't driven in over 2 yrs.

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Court you know Chocolate Chips are on the NO NO List (hehe). Good to hear you are getting out and mingling with others. I hope you enjoyed the whole day.

Hyatti- was or is the first Arabian horse I have ever owned. I purchased him when my grand-daughter was 3 years old and he was just barely 6 weeks old. I had to wait until he turned 3 months before I could separate him from his mother so I bought the mother also and took them home. I named him Hyatti because he is an Arab Horse and the world in Arabic means love of my life. I broke him to ride at 3 years gave him to my granddaughter on her 6th birthday and she went on to ride him to multiple championships and one world title. As he aged he took on several of my other grandchildren and they too used him in the show ring and won many blue ribbons and trophies on him. He turned 25 this April and he is still beautiful to me...a little older and not so empowered but still he can hold his own in my eyes.
And no he was not the one I had to put down.....she was a blind gray Appaloosa mare that did more harm to herself than good. It took me a few years to make that decisions because I so loved her but she in the end would bolt thru fences and fell in the lake....in the pond several times and once off the side of a cliff into the river bank all just this past year. When something happen she would get spooked and cause more damage to herself so I made the decision to let her go. Sad but it had to be done. This boy Hyatti....he has been around so long I just let him into the yard like a dog and he sticks around and never leaves the property anymore. Not to say he always was that way....I recall many of runs he went on ...getting out and about but seeing he always found his way home and never got too banged up.

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Joanne, so sorry about your dogs and horse. I know how painful that is.
Is this painting of the same horse? You're a very good painter.

I had a meeting this afternoon, a lady's group thru our church but held at one of the lady's house. Nice get together. Today is National Chocolate Chip day and someone brought chocolate chips. yay!

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It's been a rainy day today one of those I don't want to do much day. One these days I have been finding solace in painting. I thought I would stop by to let you all know I am not dead...but still not quite as good as I would like to be. I am trying though. I have lost a few more pounds and made it to the barn for the horses quite a bit.

My oldest granddaughter sold her house and was thinking about moving to Texas but she decided at the last minute she wanted to stay in Michigan so she is busy looking at smaller homes in the area while living out of the travel camper. She hates it but at least it gives her a bit of privacy.

My second oldest granddaughter is getting married in August and I have been busy designing the cards for her and having them printed up. She has a theme going ...Alice N Wonderland....so the RSVP's...Invites...Shower...Save the Date had to be designed and somehow she didn't want them all quite the same...similar but not the same. The good news as I got them ready in order and gave them to her....she loved them all. I just finished the wedding invitations and RSVP... to be mailed out today.

I had to put down two of my wonderful dogs...and one horse. I was so sad...but it had to be done.

I thought I would upload one of the new paintings I just did in my spare time. This is Hyatti...my old guy that I raised from a baby.



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Welcome GYMMAN59. hope you come to chat and get to know you better.

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Thanks Joanna.

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Here is the link

http://www.irish-sayings.com/ it's a way to start...just getting the sounds right.

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Thanks. I didn't see the link?

I'd love to find some relatives in Ireland. Maybe I should get back on Facebook. My mail must be in the millions by now. I forget to get on that e-mail. I have a separate e-mail for SP, personal and FB. No wonder my PC is slow. haha
I'd really like to get a thorough research into my Irish and Scottish clans. My cousin hired a genealogist, but that means 'money'.

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str is Darling


Here is a link to some audio so you can hear the pronouncation of words.

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I wonder how to say something like, darling or sweetheart in Irish. I'd like to be able to call my DH something endearing. His grandmother came from Ireland.

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Joanna, you have a busy time ahead then with the horses. That has to be neat to live on a ranch, but lots of work. Keeps you moving.

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Back from Vegas...setting in to get some spring grooming done with the horses and grounds. We are about ready to pull it all together and open up our riding season. I am so looking forward t warmer weather...although it's not that bad it could still be a bit warmer. I hear there might be a drought this year....I sure hope not I need all the hay I can get. I am going to sell a couple of horses this summer.

I hope everyone is in the healthy mode and planning to tone it all down or up for a better life style this spring and summer. I know I am. I am feeling good and plan to get in a lot of healthy living beginning with adding some extra work routines to my daily schedule.

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Theresa, how are you doing? Hope you are having a good week.

Joanne, how's it going with you. Home from Vegas?

ADRIENNE2015 , welcome to the team. Hope to get to know you better.


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Joanna, are you back from Vega?

I hope you had a good time. It is thundering here so I guess we'll have to hold off going to the store until later. I had something I was going to cook so maybe I should have gone out yesterday.

I wonder what the weather is like in Ireland?


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Enjoy every minute of the time you have left.

We hope for a short vacation in Sept. sometime. Maybe a trip to Disney. DH's sister has tickets she can give us.

I know it is hard to put a pet down. I still miss mine.

Have a safe fun vacation with your son.

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Pictures are worth a 1000 words as t he saying goes and that proves it. Looks dangerous and scary at the same time. It happens....a week after I put down the one dog I had to do it again with my female PIT she had cancer and well it was time.

I am in Las Vegas right now enjoying a bit of off time with my son that works here. I wish I could stay I so enjoy it here but I have obligations and am needed back home. I have another week here and then I will be back in Michigan.

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I'm so sorry about your horse and dogs. That is the hardest thing. They are like part of the family.

I know my mom had my dog and cat buried where they lived. Here where I live, I have my dog's ashes in a nice square marble container. We moved around too much to bury her.

I think up north had one of their worse winters this year. I only remember being in a really bad winter once when I lived in Ohio, but then my memory isn't what it used to be.


This was back in 1960

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Its been awhile since I've been around and I am sorry about that but it could not be helped. I have been just so busy trying to catch up and get ready for spring. I had to put down one of my horses and two of my dogs. It was not an easy task but I had to make that decision. I have them buried up on my hill it's a pet cemetery up there. I think I have over 30 animals buried up there. I did not put markers for them all but I can recall each and every one of them.


Getting ready to travel to Las Vegas to stay a while with my son that live there. I wanted to go during the cold weather but unfortunately I had to postpone my trip twice and now the weather is acceptable here in Michigan and I have clean up and here I am going off. Oh will it will just have to wait until I get back.

Hope all i well with you Court....Hugs
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Hi Theresa, welcome to the team.

Joanna, how's it going? Have a nice Easter?



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It's got my head spinning...but I will get it together...and figure something out.

Thanks for the tip.

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DH is a diabetec Type 2. He doesn't take pills or shots, just diet and exercise, which he doesn't do much exercise with his Plantar Facsiitis....it's been so long since I typed that I don't know if I typed it correctly.

He had to go to a nutritionist who told him what and how to eat, what size portions, etc.

He was allowed 3 carbs, 1 fat for breakfast, 3 carb, 2 oz meat, 2 fat for lunch and 3 carbs, 3 oz meat, 2 fat for dinner and 1 carb snacks. This was just to start him out until he got under control. Also, 15 grams = 1 carb. People look at the back of the carton and see 15 grams of carb and think it is 15 carbs.

Anyhow, there are lots of books on diabetes Good luck.

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You know meals are what you make of them....if you enjoy your company and can eat a sandwich then that in itself is a great meal. We make such big deal of all the cooking that goes into family meals...me personally I can cook but I hate to do it. It's only on holidays that I even attempt to do it. We eat out more often than we should...and when I eat at home it's 9 time out of 10 someone else cooking it.

I did have a nice St Patrick's Day but other than that......it was tiresome and I was exhausted during most of it.

I went to the Doctor yesterday and she said my blood test showed that I was closer to being a full blown diabetic. That put a scare in me. I have to make some major changes right away. I did loose another 11 lbs but apparently didn't help me much.


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Just me and the hubster had an egg sandwish for dinner. Thur we are making Irish potato and cabbabe soup. We had doctor appt today so DH didn't want to mess with cooking. I've never diced up cabbage so this will be a first.
Hope you are having fun with your company. emoticon

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Lots of cooking going on today...started early this morning...already we have 11 family members that have shown up for dinner and fun day. The weather is great...not hot or cold...not as nice as yesterday but it will do. I can't complain. We expect around 30 for dinner withing the next couple of hours. Today brings out the IRISH in all of us I think.


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We don't have summer and winter things. Our dishes etc are year round. I'd like to have different sets like that. I'd never thought about it.

I think we are going to make the Potato and Cabbage Soup this coming week, maybe not on St. Patrick's Day but sometime. Tue we have doctore appt and I have Bible class Wed, could do it in afternoon though.

I need to be as active as what you are, I feel like I'm always sitting here in front f the PC. If it isn't posting something on SP, then it's doing a Spanish lesson or sitting reading a lesson for a Bible class or watching TV. I did walk on the treadmill, have to get in shape for a walk I'm doiing on March 28.


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I'm doing good for the Holiday have all my plans in place. I am planning a big family dinner, I have even been able to get my deck cleaned off.....and am thinking about setting up the table and chairs....for maybe an early SPRING. Not sure about that yet but will see. I am cleaning out the kitchen today all the cupboards...are getting a good cleaning....along with putting away the dark dishes and bring out the spring and summer ones. I am throwing out all cracked and chipped items. Donating anything I no longer want....and keeping for a garage sale some good items that I think would bring in a little cash. I call that pocket change to help fund things over the summer. Hehehe.

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I'm not sure what I'll eat. I"ve never had cornbeef and cabbage. I may try it this time, if DH decides to have it. Someone gave me a recipe for Colcannon, but haven't made it yet.

PACEKA1 what are your plans?

I'll have to update my SP page in a few days to a St. Patrick's Day theme.

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You all know St Patrick Day is right around the corner...what better way to celebrate it than with a good Irish meal.

I am thinking for us it will be

Corn Beef and Cabbage with some Potatoes and Carrots added into it. An easy slow cooker day. Not to mention any left overs will make good corn beef hash the next day.

Begin with my Cheesy Hot Artichoke Spinach DIp...with some grilled bread pieces.


Key Lime Cheese Cake .........the true test here is to not over eat...but enjoy it enough to give you pleasure.

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If we could just keep that memory alive while sitting a lot of our problems would be solved. I think we get to comfortable sitting around and yes I too do too much sitting and my backside is not only gaining but spreading. Hehehe. I am doing more walking these days through...which is a plus. I am not pain free yet and my ankle and lower right leg swells something awful but I try....and that is all I can do for now. Weather is a little bit better but I think I have caught a cold or sinus problem since I cam back. My nose just will not stop running and itching. I see the doc on the 20th so I do not have to wear green. I did something really strange I was on ebay and decided to buy a wig...just to ck it out and see what it would be like. Got it in the mail yesterday....put it on and the hubby thought I cut my hair he loved it.....when I told him it was a wig....he was surprised. I told him next time we have a date night I was going to wear it....he said cool...I'll have the blond bombshell at my side. Funny guy.

Need to get moving and see what is on the agenda for today....TGIF


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Glad you are back Joanna. Sorry the plane trip was so hectic. You wonder why people don't train their kids to act better in public. I know it is important to give kids their space, but when it affects other around them..... Imagine what it is like in their homes!!!

St. Patrick's Day will be coming up soon, March 17. We have a doctor's appt so I want to be sure to wear green. I'm just sorry I can't fit into my fav St. P. Days shirt. Ugh, these hips!!! How did I let myself get this far off. I think my hips are bigger than ever. My fav pants still won't fit. I know part of my problem. I'm not putting in the exercise that I need. I'm sitting here working on SP teams or trying to study Spanish (which isn't going well) or doing my Bible class homework at home or sitting at church during the classes. Sunday, Wed and Friday I have one at a friend's house called Lifegroup. That's a lot of sitting. I just have to remember to keep squeezing the glutes while sitting. LOL





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No Court I am back home in the cold weather of Michigan debating when to take off for Las Vegas to see my son. I loved the little time I was able to spend in the Sunshine, but am not sure the plane ride was worth the trip. The return trip home was overbooked and our seats were changed splitting my granddaughter and I up into two sections of the plane and unfortunately there were way to many young children out of control running around the plane. About 80% of the passengers are from India and it seems they feel freedom even in the middle of space is what bringing up kids is all about. Kids were throwing toys and food back and forth....they plane was trashed and a few passengers and kids did not take advantage of quiet and relaxed time. Over all I have to think about such a ride again.

Hehehe..sounds like I am complaining but trust me if you were put in there with no place to go....you would be doing the same thing.

I will post some pics on the main section though.

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Love getting new recipes and especially Irish (and scottish, but that is hush hush)
Thanks for this recipe .....well, we don't have any whiskey in the house or any other kind of booze.

Are you in Dubai now Joanna?

PACEKA1, how are you doing? How's your weather? It was rainy here in Florida yesterday, but seems pretty nice now.
I still haven't found who or where my Irish ancestor came from, just my DNA to say I'm part Irish. someday, I'll find them. I know I'll never get to Ireland so I'll live it through everyone's stories and pictures.
I like your username. I take it you love potato chips too.

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Spanish is one of the easiest languages to learn I am sure you will do great at it in a short time.

Today I am making spaghetti. I have my sauce in the slow cooker simmering. It's been there all day long. I also have my bread in the frig rising waiting to be put in the over for some nice fresh garlic bread with the dinner.

I hate to cook and clean up the mess....but I can cook.

I have another good Irish recipe to hand out.

BREAD PUDDING

3 large eggs
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 loaf stale white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons raisins
2 ounces Irish whiskey

Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter a 1-1/2-quart baking dish.

In a large bowl, Combine the eggs, milk, and sugar and stir until smooth. Fold in the bread, raisins, and whiskey and fold until well blended. Let the mixture stand for about 10 minutes or until the bread has absorbed most of the batter. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with small scoops of vanilla ice cream.

NOTE: Popular in Ireland especially at Christmas time, this bread pudding can be served anytime of year. Not only is it the absolute best use for stale bread, this recipe can be altered to suit any number of tastes. Chopped Nuts or fruit can be folded into the final batter then baked. Hazelnut liqueurs or Cointreau can also be substituted for the whiskey used here.

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Thanks for the recipe. I"ll have to try it. Since I''m trying to cook now, I welcome all recipes. we've never made soup before. I may leave the mushrooms out though. Not too keen on those.

we're having some more colder weather, or rather colder for us in Florida.

I've been watching some Spanish TV shows and some dubbed. I'm trying to learn Spanish now.
I have a couple friends so want to surprise them.

I"m so tired so I may go to bed early. Tomorrow is Sunday School but won't stay for church as I went tonight with a friend.



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Court that is just too cute.

Here is a good IRISH stew recipe for these cold months.

Ingredients Needed:

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
2 (14 -ounce) cans Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 (14-ounce) can ready-to-use beef broth
1 (4-ounce) can mushroom stems and pieces, undrained
3 large red potatoes, cut into large chunks
3 large carrots, cut into large chunks
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

What To Do:

In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef and onion and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the beef is browned, stirring frequently.

Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 60 to 70 minutes, or until the meat is tender.

This is so easy but taste sooooo good when you come in out of the cold.

Enjoy
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Love your new profile picture. I should update mine, but I'll probably change my page for Valentines Day.

Wow, 27 cats. I wish I could give you the ones in our neighborhood. I feed the squirrels and the cats are my nemesis. I bet you don't have any rats!!

You have a very busy day today. How do you keep track of everything to do? I'd have to have a schedule posted.

I went to the foot doc with DH for his quarterly appt. He is diabetic so he has to keep his feet in good condition. He took another pair of shoes he had a question about, which I left at the office so we had to go back to get them. Then we went to the car wash so he could was the car. I helped dry. He is taking the car in for service tomorrow.

I tried my had at roasting veggies yesterday. I didn't know how hard it was going to be, but now that I've tried I may try again someday. Wasn't my best adventure. Needkess to say, cooking isn't my forte.

I'm also trying to study Spanish. I hope to someday spend some time with a Spanish friend of mine to have her help me understand a lot of things I'm having trouble with....like all of it. I have some Spanish channels on TV that I play in the background while on the PC. I might catch a word I know every now and then.

We have had some cooler weather and more to come, but it does warm up a bit later in the day. I', glad I don't live up north. Brrrr, but all that exercise shoveling, oh yeah.

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Its a bright sunny but very cold day here is Michigan today. With the wind chill I think we are just below zero. I have a ton of things on my agenda today but I am going to start with the kitchen. I boiled a dozen eggs to make some great egg salad for sandwiches, I am also doing a great tuna salad (home receipt) and a macaroni with tuna salad. My Chickens are laying eggs and I cant keep up with them so I have decided to make a few salads that the grandkids can snack on and eat healthy and use my eggs up. Once I finish this project I am heading out to pick up prescriptions and then to Planet Fitness for a short routine project there.

I also want to get into the barn today and set up a third feeding for my beauties in the barn. I think with the cold weather a third feeding will be just the thing to get them through. I purchased some beet pulp and bags of timothy/alphafa pellets (not cubes). I am going to set up a midnight run in the barn and just give them 3lbs each of the pellets and some beet pulp for the next 30 days to see what happens. I dont know why I am so excited about itcutting down on my feeding and raising theirs. I have 27 cats, 5 dogs and a goat I feed twice a day. My feed bill yesterday at Tractor Service Supply came to 321.00 for this coming month. This does not include the grain and hay I already feed the horses. I do have a ton of supplements ready and sitting until next month before I put the horses on coat conditioner, weight builder, red cell supplements and so forth. I just wormed the whole dang farm.so we are all doing good and getting ready for spring. Keeping my fingers crossed.

With that all said I have a busy day ahead of me so I will keep this short.and hope you are all doing well and things are going according to plan. I miss you but I am so busy right now I dont have the time to chat with all my SP friends.

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I'm not sure what has happen. Hopefully she is just to busy and nothing to do with health.

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At first I was going to suggest Restless Leg Syndrome, but now I see it isn't. That was one terrible night sleep. I'm glad you were able to finally get a good ni....day's sleep.

What happened to Ru? I don't remember what she said. Haven't seen her in ages.





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Funny, am at my granddaughters now and last night was one of the worse nights I have spent. I was so tired I went and took a nice hot shower climbed into bed a big comfortable queen size bed, had my dog Lilly with me she had already jumped into bed and found her spot. I got all snuggled in under the warm quilt and boy did my nerves take a turn for me. My legs were jumping so bad and no matter what I tried, I could not stop them. Lying there just made them worse,. It felt like little jolts of electricity going through my legs. I finally got up went down stairs and could not even sit it was so bad. I had to walk around the house and keep moving on my feet just to get through the night. By the time the sun came up it let up a little so I went back to bed but only slept for 3 hours.

After my accident my doctor put me on an nerve pain control that also works as an antidepressant. Nortriptline 25MG I had some nerve damage and it helped to get it under control. So today I called the Pharmacy and got a refill on it. Good thing I did my prescription would have fun out in a few weeks and I would have had to go and see my doctor just to get it. Anyway at 3 pm this afternoon I took two of them....and crawled into bed. I went to bed because these are suppose be be taken at bedtime....and I was exhausted anyway. Since she was off to work and I have her dog and mine here....which both are big baby pit-bulls I felt I needed a bigger bed....so I crawled into my granddaughters bed and let the dogs in with me. A big California King....plenty of room we were all off for a good sleep.....I did not wake up until 7 oclock giving me 4 hours of solid sleep. I am feeling a little jittery right now but hopefully another dose or two will get this drug into my system and allow me some healing relief. Meanwhile I will try to see my doctor,....just in case.

I am with you and not getting hung up on drugs. I don't know how I got through the life I did drug and alcohol free but I did. Never smoked either, but unfortunately others around me did and I have seen some devastation it has caused. I refuse to be hooked on any hard drug that will control my life so as soon as I can I get off any hard drug that is given to me, In the hospital I did what I had to do but at home its my choice. Makes like a little harder right now with actual pain but in the long run healthier I think.

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I learned the hard way not to go cold turkey on anything. Mine was caffeine. I know i had to keep on the pills for the gas I think it was, had bad cramps and couldn't go to bathroom.
I think you are stronger than I am.
I'm glad you are going to granddaughter and get away.

I think the druggies just stay on the drugs so they don't feel that way. Guess money comes in to play to buy it though. I try not to get addicted. I was to Valium a long time ago. Just needed something for sleep.

I hope you heal and feel all better soon. Hope the family stress gets straightened out and over soon.

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No I am taking it really easy just a lot of stress on me I guess. I have been known to be able to handle stress but it sure seems like it is building up on me right now. I drive automatics......and only went to the local Walmart to get a few things in food. I got yelled at by my granddaughter today for driving just that far. I am going to go and stay with her for a few days which might be good.

I have been without pain meds since I came home but I am a little shaky and my nerves seems to be jumping. My granddaughter thinks it might be from coming off the drugs...so quickly and going through a form of withdraw. I swear if ppl feel like this from drugs I don't see how they would want to be drug addicts.....this is not fun at all.

On a good note everyday seems to be getting a little bit better.


I hope everyone is having a great Monday to start out the new week. For those of you along the east coast I am keeping my fingers crossed. Wishing you all manage to get through the storm without too much trouble.


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Just don't doing things too early than what the doc says, Joanna. I did and paid for it later. Healing takes time. Pushing on those peddles can be tricky. Do you drive an automatic or whatever the other is. I only know an automatic.

Sorry about your sister. I hope she goes back on her meds.

It's hard when you know your dog is sick and just has time left. Take lots of pictures and make lots of memories, which is what it sounds like you are doing. I kept some keepsakes like Clancie's collar, little sweater, toy. I put it all in a plastic box and still haven't gone back through it yet. She passed in 2015. In fact, I made a plastic box up for my mom with her sweater/vest, mirror, wallet, jewelry, things like that.

Wow, 31 lb loss, but what a way to go about it. I lose 3 and gain it back.

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I'm feeling a whole lot better today, had a small incident between my grandson and my sister last night. Makes the third time she went off on the family here. I just found out she quit taking her medications that was helping her with her depression. Wonderful it looks as if I have to get in the middle again. She goes off and moves out without having any place to go.

I just don't feel like having to deal with this in the middle of winter and trying to recover on top of it all. It is what it is and somehow I will manage like always.

I heard some very sad news yesterday, one of my spark friends that I had become close to passed away while I was in the hospital and I am just devastated. It's funny how you can build a friendship with people you don't know but it is possible. I kind of feel at a loss coming on and not finding her on here giving out comments or leaving me messages.

I lost 31 lbs while in the hospital and seem to be still loosing. I need to pick up a little bit on eating I think I am eating less than 700 calories a day right now and as tender as my stomach is ....I need a little more than that to sustain me in the long haul.

My dogs are all back at home feeling happy I am here with them. My girl Lilly that has Cancer is doing ok....on her daily medicine but it will be taking it's toll on her before long. She has this look in her eyes....that she is just so excited to be considered a lap dog after all this time she has been trying to be one. She has always been what I like to call a needy dog....and at almost 80 lbs on your lap is not where she needs to be. But for the rest of her life we will all tolerate her needy self and make her a happy camper. I ordered a new dog bad to go in the back of my car so that she can go bye bye with me. I never let her into the car before but what the heck its only a car right. My memories of her will outlast the car by a long shot.

I should not be doing it but you can't keep an old horse down, I am going to get out today and drive. I figure I am not on any pain meds so I should not be falling asleep or having to many traveling problems. I want to go to the store and buy some food that is simple to fix.

Have a great Saturday afternoon.

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Yes, definitely take stool softners. I remember after my hysterectomy, same thing there. I don't know how long I went without a BM. Good luck. Hope you heal fast. For someone as active as you, it has to be boring as well as painful. Catch up on some soap operas. LOL. I do watch Days of Our Lives though.

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Its not been an easy couple of weeks. I went into the hospital spent 5 days came out for a day went back in and went through not one but two surgeries. I had my gull bladder taken out and I was operated on my pancreas. I just got home yesterday and am feeling a little out of it. I am trying to stay off the pain meds and handle the pain naturally. Its the sleeping part that is hurting me most. I want to turn on my face but the pain in my stomach will not allow me to. So far I have not had a bowel movement and its been over 15 days. Plenty of gas but no waste. I was told that the high narcotics used in pain can prevent that so that is one reason I am trying to stay away from pain meds. I am taking a lot of stool softeners so I guess only time will tell.

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Hello anyone. Hope you're having a good weekend. Had DH's 64th b'day yesterday. One more year and Medicare!! LOL

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How is it that we get an alert that someone has joined, but we can't get into their page. It says no spark page found? They must quit SP altogether.

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I don't work, but still look forward to the weekends.

I wish I knew someone in town who spoke Irish or Gaelic. I know 2 Germans, but I'd love to speak more than 1 language.

How's everyone doing? Recover from the holidays?

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Court, even if both didn't come you wont have far to go to see both sides...I think Scotland is just as wonderful to see as Ireland. I love the Scottish accent. No I never got to take down my tree. :(

You know I have just discovered something interesting. I am not sure how it got by me prior to yesterday but, its here now and I am going to take advantage of it. I realized if I put on a pair of shoes when I get up.I feel much more like moving around. If I leave on my slippers I really dont feel like doing much except sitting around not doing too much at all. But put on a pair of shoes it makes getting up and doing things seem closer at hand. It made me feel like I was ready to step up and do something. I was still in my pjs all day long.but with shoes on I managed to get up and down the stairs to do some laundry, clean my kitchen like 4 times, make some food to eat twice, clean the bathrooms from top to bottom, pick up my desk, and even vacuum the floor in the main living area. Which is pretty good for me considering that in-between times I took a shower, picked up my clothes, let the dogs in and out like 9 times, fixed the food and fed the dogs and cats twice, clean out the dishwasher and put away all the dishes. I did spend a lot of time on the computer, but no TVdidnt turn it on once yesterday and went to bed without turning it on then either. Thats a plus in my book because I always turn on the damn TV. And you know what I didnt miss it at all. Not for one second, didnt think about my shows or what I might not be seeing.


Right now I am sitting at the front room on the computer looking out at the falling snow. Its so beautiful to look at yet being practical its a mess. I did have one miss-hap yesterdaywhen I went to let the dogs out.I cant let Lilly out with Champ because they will run.Lilly will take any dog she can on a run.so Snow and Champ are off limits when going out with Lilly. Well she saw a break and she ran for it when I opened the door.I went to grab her and went down on both knees and then to my side. Good thing the Hubby was around because I really took a good fall, he came flying to my rescue, caught the dog.and then helped me up. He offered to get me first but I said noget the dog. She knew she was bad.she stayed quiet and away for a long time. So todayI have bruises everywhere and my right knee is swollen to twice the size. Its so exciting around here.


I was going to attempt to go out today to Alexandras house to take care of Snowball her rabbit but she just informed me that I dont have to go..she has someone else going to do it tonight. Good news for me because I hate driving on this slippery snow covered ground.


Ok time to get a few things done so taking a break from the computer to do some housework. Have a great Sunday.

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Tara, sorry to hear about Katie. Someone sent me a poem about the Rainbow Bridge when my dog passed. I sent it to you in a goodie.

Joanna, did you get your tree all down? I always like to put it up but taking it down was a bore.
I didn't refresh my page before I sent my post. That is great to take your grandkids to Ireland next year. I'm still looking for my Irish. Still buried behind the brick walls on my family tree.
DH's grandmother was from Ireland. Lucky guy! I'm hoping maybe my Scottish may have come from Ireland orginally, then I'd have both in the same family, Scottish and Irish.

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I know it hurts, but don't feel too bad...you gave her a warm loving home and she gave you memories to recall. The best thing is to just open your heart to another and let them feel your love.

I have two pit bulls, one husky a boxer and an old black lab living in my home and my sisters little Boston Terrier. All are up in age except for the Terrier and Husky. I know my old girl (17) will have to go anytime. But right now she lives just to eat....so at least we can have her go out happy. My pit bull and boxer are going on 11....and the other pit bull is right behind her father...going on 9....the Husky is 3 and the Terrier is also just over 3. I keep saying no more dogs....but over the years they come and they go. I enjoy them while they are here and they fill our home with a lot of memories when they pass. I know more will come once these are gone. I also have 17 cats....but the good news is they live outside all but 2 right now. I have a beautiful male that was fixed at a very young age so he gets to come and go....and of all things a young cat showed up a couple of weeks ago....that we ended up letting in for the winter. We tried to introduce him to our group but they rejected him and fight with him. So my grandson snuck him in and he has been here every since.

To go along with that we have a barn full of horses.....a pony and a goat. Lucky me....the work never ends here on the farm. So a Vacation to Vegas every few months is just what the doctor ordered. I have a son that lives there...he is Chef in at the MGM Hotel there. When he comes to Michigan for any extended time he works for MGM here...in Detroit.

I am full Irish on my fathers side....Sheehan from Cork County 1/2 Irish on my mothers side Oshea. I love to visit there, but could not live there full time as much as I love it...its far too cold for me. I am planning a big trip there in the next year...with my grandson and granddaughter. It will be their first trip....both are grown so they will enjoy it.

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Hi Joanna, I am a huge animal lover and today I am really, really sad. We had to put our beloved Katie to sleep yesterday. My heart is aching so much. I can't stop the tears. I know it was what was needed to be done but it hurts.

Have fun in Vegas
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Good morning all.I see we have some talking going on how wonderful it is to come into the team and see a little chit chat.
Moira: I feel your pain when it come to the knees I too went through silicone injections for a couple of years before I had my knees replaced. Then an accident laid me up for 18 months just days after the replacement so nothing has turned out right and my knees are not bending 100 % as they should and with several metal objects in my foot and right leg nothing will ever be the same. While laid up I put on a whopping 70lbs. At least you are tryingdump or not just getting out and doing something is a plus. Congratulations on just the effort.

Tara: Hi and welcome back to the team. I hope this time around you get to accomplish what you want. I was reading and it seems like you have gone through a lot of changes. Being an animal lover is always a plus. Seems like you have been all over the US.FYI Queens is one of the better spots in NY but I like you would have stayed behind. Glad to hear that your husband will not be home more often and you wont have to be so lonely. House hunters must be an addiction I too watch it. I just love the HGTV channel so I watch a lot of programs on there. I also like the DYI channel for the do it yourself fix me uppers.

Its finally here. I woke up to a cold icy snow covered ground with a light rain of just pure ice. My deck is so slippery the dogs were sliding around trying to get up and down this morning. Getting down to the barn is going to be dangerous until this settles and we can get some leverage on it. Not so much shoveling but a lot of salt spreading will go into this storm. I hate to think what these back roads will bring so I am not going to touch upon that problem today at all.

I will take advantage of today and take down my Christmas decorations in the house..do some laundry and a little deep cleaning while I just enjoy being home with no place to go. But before I start with anything I am going to take one of my little magic pills that will allow me to get all this done. Yep I have just such a thing and I never take it unless its a must and all this work sounds like a must to me. Without taking it I can do maybe a third of what I am hoping to get done before my back and legs hurt me to a point I have to give up. But, with taking it I can keep going without feeling all the pain for at least half a day.

I hope you are all finding a way to enjoy your Saturday and in the process accomplish something constructive. I did manage to book my flight to Vegas yesterday so all I have to do is get through a few days of Michigan weather and I am off to have a good time.

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My Dad died Dec 28th 2010, he was 79. I lost my sister in Sept 2001, my Mum in June 2003 and my brother 8 months after my Mum in Feb 2004. I have no other siblings.

We have 3 black lab mixes, all girls and all rescues. The oldest Katie is 12 and unfortunately her days are numbered. Abbie is next and she is almost 8. Our newest little Sammie girl is 3. I found her at the Delarware Puppy Rescue . She was 8 weeks old as was listed as a black lab mix. It turns out the mix was a daschund, not a mini. She is so cute, she is only around 35 lbs where the other 2 are close to 80.

I have been to Spain, France, Switzerland and Canada. I use to love to fly but unfortunately back in the 90's I experienced a really bad flight and now I am afraid to fly. I still fly but I take medication but if I can drive I will drive.

We love watching House Hunters too. We watched numerous ones last night.

Its very cold and windy here in PA today but at least the sun is out

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Tara, I'm in Vero Beach, Fl. on the east coast below Jacksonville and above Ft. Lauderdale.
When I lived in Ohio I was in East Liverpool. Part of the Tri-State, Ohio/Pa/WV. We could look outside our kitchen window and see the Ohio river and WV on the other side.
We don't have any kids either. DH is from Indiana and came to Fl as a kid. We had a dog of almost 13 yrs, but she died in 2004 before our major hurricanes.

My mom died in 2010, Dec. 22. I figured she wanted to be in heaven with my dad for Christmas. She was 94.

I doubt that I ever get to Ireland, but I can dream, watch movies and read about it. I like to watch House Hunters International. They have people looking for places in Ireland.

Have you been to any other countries? I've been to Canada and would like to go to Scotland to find graves of some ancestors I found through ancestry.com. I'll find my Irish soon. Fingers crossed. I wish they had an emoticon for that.

Moira, I may have to find a new computer the way this one acts up. lugh!

Joanna, yeah, a quiet evening is safer on New years Eve. Besides DH has trouble seeing at night and so do I. Good excuse. haha

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Court, when I left home I arrived in St.Louis and that is where I met my husband. In 1991 we were moved to the Fort Worth/Dallas area. We were told we would be there 2 years but they moved us 6 months later to Ohio. We lived in the Akron area for the next 7 years, we were then sent to Montgomery Al for 7 years. Back to Dallas area for 2 years, then back to St.Louis for 2 years. My husband ended up quitting that company and getting a job in the Harrisburg area here in PA. After 3 years at that job they eliminate his position but he found a job right away but unfortuantely it was in Queens NY. We decided that I would not move and he lived in NY Sunday to Friday for 3 1/2 years. This past April in found a job back here in PA, its outside Philly so he has a long commute everyday but its great to have him living back home. We have no kids, our kids are 3 dogs so it was lonely for me but it went by fast.

I hope you get to go to Ireland. I went home very year until my Dad in 2010, I have not been home since.

Where in Fl are you located.

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Tara, welcome back, so glad to have you here. I know what you mean about home changing. I've lived in the states my whole life from Ohio to Florida. Going back to Ohio was a shock. It has changed a lot too. Unfortunitly, down hill.

I'd love to go to Ireland. I know, from DNA, that I"m part Irish, but have't found them yet.

I hope you heal and get back to your tennis. Good luck in the new year. Seems like it was just New years 2014 !! Where did the year go?

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Hi All, its been a few years since I have been on Sparkpeople. I was born in Cork and came to the US to go to college and then met my husband and have been living here every since. I miss Ireland but it sure has changed since I was a child. I left Cork in 1982.I live in PA now.
I gained about 20lbs this year and need to get it off. I play a lot of tennis but have not been able to play for 5 months due to injury. The Dr says I might be able to go back in Feb. Hope I can.
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Hi Moira. I'm following you. LOL I was just over on our other team.

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Hi and Happy Holidays. I got my computer back! Yes, it actually has been that long. I wasn't planning on getting it repaired but decided it's cheaper than buying a new one. I've put all my weight back on- and I've got 50 lbs to lose again. Had silicone injections in my knees. Since we moved here in July I was far enough from the gym that I didn't like to drive all that way. Today I joined the one here in town. It's a dump but it's got equipment & classes. I did have an exercise bike on layaway at Walmart but I didn't get it in time. I'll get one soon so I don't have to leave the house to work out. Hope all are well. Happy New Year. Failte.

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Nina, saw your post on the Wall. Glad to see you back. How's things going with the new job?

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Nina's post was way back in September.....its now almost January...she should be an old pro at her job by now. Lets go poke her on her page to see how she is doing.


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Nina, how is the job going? How are you doing?

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Where is Ru? I went to her page and it is practically bare.

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It sounds like your and my bringing in the New Year are similar. We never go out that night just to be safe...we do throw a small celebration for anyone of the kids or grand-kids that want to be here. As the kids grew up we would just celebrate with them.....but as they took on their own ways...we were designated babysitters.....and well now....we are just here.

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That's great that you and DH will be together finally for the New Year. I hope it is a special celebration for other years too.
My DH is usually watching something on TV in the bedroom or living room and i'm on the computer in the den. It comes close to the ball coming down and we get together in the living room have a bite to eat while watching and kiss at midnight and go back to what we were doing.

I had a shepherd/husky, or shepsky as I called her once. Nicki was her name. She was a good dog. This was when I was young and still lived at home in an apartment over my parents downstairs. It was a big house and made into 2 apts.

After the death of our last dog, we decided not to get any more pets. it was too hard. She was special. Clancie, part spaniel and peke.....or pekaniel, as I call it.

I'm glad you made the right decision for your dog, to opt for longer life without the drug. That is great that you could wean your dog of her meds.

Sometimes when people are on meds for years, maybe they'd be better off without the daily routine the doctor's script out. I often wonder that with my mom. One doctor had her on some drug that was causing her problem. Glad we got a new doctor when she moved here.

You'll be glad to get the place all back to normal. Holidays really change things around, don't they? We didn't have room to put up a tree this year.

Have a Happy New Year.

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I felt a crisp cold in the air when I went out today. I quite enjoyed it for some strange reason. I stood on the front deck and took a look around..not liking what I was seeing though. So many leaves left over and the grounds kind of dug up from cars driving over it when it rains. Half my beautiful horse statue missing from the center of the garden. It was taken apart to keep if from damage and stored in the glass house. Remnants of debris that should have been either removed or fixed before winter. All in all not my winter wonderland at all.

As for me I am trying to come up with my New Year resolution list. I dont want to make it a long one but perhaps an interesting one. Obtainable goals that I can keep up with rather than a few weeks into the year realizing I am not doing them at all. I can say this with honesty for it has happen year after year. I set all these wonderful goals and before spring they are just passing thoughts.

My dog is lying here comfortable at my feet just waiting for me to move. She has turned out to be quite a creature of comfort. Being a husky you would think she would love the cold weather but no she like all my short haired dogs prefers the comfort of a warm house and even likes watching the fire. My worse regret with getting her is the hair that she sheds. OMG does she shed. Better now than when we first got her but still she leaves a white path where ever she goes. As for her medical condition I hope we have accomplished the impossible and she is over it if not at least through the worst of it. She was an epileptic and went into many secures the first year we brought her home. She was in and out of the doctors office along with being on medication. I was told that most likely she would be on meds for life. Yet after a couple of years.we started weaning her off it. The meds were shortening her life even though they were saving it. If she continued to take it she would lose a few months a year until the end, cheating her out of life. So I started testing it and cutting back on the meds. With a few errors and mistakes I have now gotten her off the meds and no sign of a secure for over a year and a half.

Unfortunately she cannot run free like the rest of the dogs and experience the same freedom they do, but I think of it as she being a city dog and always having to be on a leash. I run her during the weather that is permitted on a 20 foot leash and using a golf cart over the fields and hills which all the dogs seem to follow in tow. So she does enjoy it to that extent. She has to be walked on a leash to go do her business or if in the middle of the night she is let out on the back deck. My sister has so graciously volunteered to be her walker since she also takes her own dog on a leash. All in all its working out for the better. She is a happy content dog and has found a place to fill out our hearts including hers. And oh my gosh is she a talker when she gets going. She gets very competitive with Simon the other big mouth in the house.

I am waiting on my hubby to get back home in time to celebrate the New Year..can you believe that its been 38 years we have been together and not one year have we not been together for bringing in the New Year. Quite an accomplishment in todays age of divorce and trade in. Hehehe.I can only say it takes a lot of work.

Ok am off now to the city to pick up family for a few days of visiting during Christmas break. Have a great weekend.

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Those are great ideas. I don't get out much, but I have a treadmill.

My church is a dress down church. I like that because if people want to go to church and don't dress up clothes they don't have to be afraid to come to our church. Sometimes the pastor even wears jeans. I used to go on Saturday which I thought was the dress down service. When I had to start to go on Sunday, I wondered as I don't really have dress up clothes. The only skirts I have don't fit.

Our church has a food pantry. I don't know if other churches in other states have one or not. Not sure how many of our churches have one, but we do have a food pantry, not connected with any churches.

I'm lucky living in Florida, I don't have to worry about snow and cold. Ironic. You live in the cold/snow and like to get out and I don't care that much getting out and live in Florida.


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Here is it the 21st of December and it's pretty cold outside but no snow or hard weather to keep me so I can't get out. This being said I sat down to figure out a good strategy for winter activity to keep me busy on the off days. I opened an article on SPARK 10 things you can do during winter. Unfortunately not one of them fit my bill. I can't Ice Skate, Sky, Snowboard, Go Sledding, or even do the Hiking they suggest without worry that I will end up worse off than I already am. I wish there were things that could be suggested for older people that have arthritis, disabilities and pretty much everything else rather than just concentrating on the healthy viewers. After all if I was in all that good of health I would not be here in the first place.

As much as I enjoy hiking during the fall and spring, the winter where I can not see the ground under me is not a safe bet. So I figured I would give it a shot and come up with a few things I feel I might be able to do and get away with it over winter. Not to mention get out and about. Here goes.

Visit the mall without Shopping....instead of walking around it how about I rent a scooter and just fly around it and enjoy the freedom of speed. ( Walk if you can of course)


Visit Barns & Noble....sit in a big comfy chair and catch up on some reading without having to buy the book. (It's cheating a little but oh so worth the trip.) If you have to spend buy a warm drink to enjoy while you read.

Spend the day at a museum and take the walking real slow so I can enjoy all the art and the talent that I would miss if not there to see. (Maybe take a friend to share the day with)


Volunteer at a local food bank that will keep me busy and active while I get to know some of my neighbors. If I schedule that just a couple of times a month it will be giving back which is always a plus in my book.

Visit a local animal shelter and volunteer....for me I will just stay home and go out to the barn. A few hours out there bending and brushing along with some hugs and treats will give me a good workout. I can do that a couple of times a week and not go out of my way.


Take my Husky that needs to be always on a leash...to the dog park and walk around it at a nice pace a couple of times a week. If all is well let her go and she can play with the other dogs for a while.


Get my butt in gear and start my mornings with some at home exercises....a few to get me going will not take to much time. Some stretches, a few with the bands I have installed at the wall, light leg work.....and of course build that core to help me get going. Don't leave the room until they are done...should be my motto. We are not talking 2 hours here just 15 to 20 minutes will suffice.

Dust all my furniture once a week...that right there will be a workout...I get a lot of dust here in the country side. For those of you in the city...Dust it more often like three times a week. Don't forget those dang nick-knacks - or clean out your dresser drawers. Good exercises and makes for more comfortable living.

Take a winter carriage ride all bundled up just for the fun of it...getting in and out of the carriage will be enough on a cold day. Bundle up warm....of course let someone else hook up the horses. My grandsons hook them up for me to pull the sled or the carriage I do handle the horses through and that is a bit of a workout on occasions. I always invite others over to enjoy it with me....I seldom go alone these days.


Hmmm One more!

Make a commitment to get out every Sunday and go to Church.....at least once if not twice daily. Find a church where it is not required for you to get dressed up and can be more casual. While there get involved with some interesting groups that will require you to be more active. Stay away from the clicks that can only leave you depressed and wear you out trying to belong to something they don't want you to belong to. Remember is not what they give you out of being there....it's what you get out of it. You should leave a church feeling you accomplished something and feeling good about yourself and life around you. If you don't after a couple of tries....FIND A NEW CHURCH. Remember that God helps those that help themselves and we all could use a little self help from time to time.

Hold my horses I think I am coming up with a plan.

Happy Holidays

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That sounds like great fun and a lot of work. Hay rides are fun. When I worked up north the office went on one and then cooked marshmellows over a bondfire. Sweet memories. I bet you have a lot of pictures of your farm and events. I can imagine the kids giggles having fun riding the pony ride. I don't think I've seen that around any more. I'm glad you're still doing it.

Have a Merry Christmas; I can't believe it is almost the end of the year.

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Hey Court, glad you are all ready for Christmas. It's a nice Saturday here in Michigan. I just got back from Food Shopping...spent most of last night shopping and didn't make it home until Midnight....I am about worn out but thinking that at least I am getting in a lot of walking for my fitness logging. Our farm is always a busy place during the holidays for that matter most of the time. I do have lots of family and of course they all want to come to Grandmas house. We should have at least 23 to 30 here for the holidays. I put a pretty good Christmas Eve dinner together with left overs for Christmas Day. Most of the family will spend Christmas Day at home with their families but there is always a few that stay home over the weekend. We also open our home to the public for our Christmas Forest during the holidays.....and we have a haunted forest during October. We get somewhere between 2 and 4 thousand people that come through it each year to check out what's new.

We offer hay rides and buggy rides all day long from 12pm to 6pm and then from 8pm to 10pm in the evenings. Each ride takes about 30 minutes and we charge a 5.00 donation that goes to care for the rescued horses....for food and medical bills throughout the year. During October we offer the rides and a corn maze along with pony rides for the young kids. We give out donuts and cider and sell home made horseshoes that are decorated up in different little things from picture frames to coat hooks. All the shoes are used from the horses here on the property. We sell Hugs ( HELP US GIVE SANCTUARY) 2 Horses Tee Shirts and Sweat Shirt. Between that and hosting a ride-a-thon once a year is all the funds we raise for the rescue.....it gives us just over 50 % of our needs. The rest we donate from our personal income. No government financing or grants.

I don't mind the Hubby being away this is his second year of going to Thailand and he works so hard during the year to have him go off for a few weeks is nothing....he so deserves it. He would like me to go too and so would I but one of us has to stay here since its such a long time. I travel throughout the year for my work and pleasure so I elected to give up the trip to him.

As far as sleigh rides we only offer them in the snow....if the weather permits. Our lake and Pond is lit up and the kids Ice Skate on the Pond. Good wholesome winter outdoor fun.

Merry Xmas
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Finally getting my cards out. We don't have much gift buying to do now. And found out we are going to DH's cousin's house for dinner.

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Wow, that is so great to do all that and in that way, so thoughtful. You will be so blessed by God.

I doubt that we put a tree up. It's buried in the garage somewhere. We have boxes in front of boxes and boxes on high shelves so instead of having DH with his poor feet have to stand and pull boxes down etc, I'll just use what we used last year and have boxed up in the house. Little knickknacks to lay about. We don't have very many people stop by.

Tonight I'm going with some friends from church to a night of music at the church.



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I have been so busy during the holidays....oh boy did I have a house full for Thanksgiving. A total of 34 Family and Friends decided not only to come for dinner but stay for a couple of days. Trying to host so many is tiring to say the least. Now I am trying to get the Hubby on the road he leaves for Thailand with my son and his family for the next few weeks. They will be missing Christmas once again this year. Still I have many more that are just waiting on me to come up with the festivities.

Bad news I can't find my main Christmas Tree....I have searched everywhere and nothing to be found. I am not sure what I can do to replace it. I don't want a real tree as much as I enjoy the smell of it. I found 3 smaller trees that one might have to be used in place of it. I am missing a ton of decorations also. So sad....we have searched the entire property and can't seem to locate it. All my outside is done but so far nothing but containers are in the inside waiting on a tree for the main room.

As far as Christmas shopping goes I have barely done any and to make matters worse I hate crowds and I think I am hitting that time of year where there is nothing but crowds. The good news is that all the little kids under 10 are bought for and they are all that really matters. My older grandkids all like MONEY...makes it easy so they can buy their own and get what they want. I do try to buy a little something for each of them. As far as the kids....they all have family of their own so I think I am not going to buy for them.

It seems to me that over the years the cost of competing at Christmas has gotten out of control. So for the last few years.....my kids and I have changed it around and we try to pick a goal or project and work toward that. Last year we gave away 100 blankets to the homeless. This year we have picked 3 families that we feel might or could use our help not only on Christmas but throughout the year. So what will be doing is sending them an anonymous letter this year letting them know we are here and will be helping them out. We request at that time if they can to give us birthdays of all the children under the age of 10. I know there is a total of 7 children in the three families. We send each family a Christmas gift of 150.00 so they can buy gifts for the children or food if needed. Then starting in January we set it up through our bank to pay their electric and gas bills for the next year and help with any rent or house payments depending if anyone in the family has any income. We no longer send cash as we need to make certain the money goes to help the family. All they have to do is drop off the bills to the local bank we have set up for their use. The bank will submit a copy of the bill to our email and we will transfer the funds to pay the bills online. The reason we do it through the bank rather than sending them a check....is the fact that I feel people are proud and when they need help they don't want to be put into a position of having to say thank you every time they turn around. I don't want their children or them to be embarrassed if they happen to run into any of our family. So anonymous is a good way to go. It allows them to take and us to give without putting either of us in an uncomfortable position.

I love the ideal of sending cards to the children throughout the year congratulating them on good grades or jobs well done. We offer little goals that will help them try harder such as summer breaks to a local horse back riding camp, or a weekend trip to SPLASH universe. We've might supply the family with tickets to a live theater show geared toward kids. It all depends on how much money we can supply throughout the year and the needs of the family if they can get back and forth to such events.

You will be surprised how good you feel at the end of the day when you can do something for others. We as a family have decided to do this again this year because we have been lucky enough to stay together and help each other without to many bumps in the road.

Oh well there I go again blabbering on and on.

Have a great Holiday
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