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emoticon Vicki. I have been with this team since 2007 and still enjoy the people very much.

Names.....Now you've got me started. My name is Margaret Cecilia, my maiden name is La Mothe. Second year of high school, an all girls Catholic one, my dad enrolled me for just the one year we were going to live in Milwaukee. The nun called roll and asked if Margaret La Mother was there. Needless to say, I did not answer until she said okay is there a Margaret here.

Now, my DD Michele

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SHIRLEY, This is a quick post to answer your question about our departure for FL. Don says we're leaving on October 21 and that's fine with me. Before Melvin died I wouldn't want to leave before Halloween. I liked being here to help him celebrate, getting his costumes straight, getting him to his parties, etc. Now it doesn't matter to me anymore.
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Good Morning Everyone -
Vicki - WELCOME! emoticon How nice to see your post this morning. I'm really looking forward to getting to know you. I think you will find this a warm and welcoming group. We do talk a lot - smile - but please don't let all the chatter intimidate you, as it is my guess you will be feeling right at home in no time. * From your post you sound like a very wise woman, and I very much like your plan. I don't think I could do without my scale, but I'm one who thinks one can become obsessed with them too. * I'm thinking you are now our youngest member. I'm among the oldest, with just one member older than me. You know my name and where I live. I'm 81 years old, have two children - daughter in Texas and son just a 20 minute highway drive from me; both are married with children. Daughter has 2 - a daughter in Texas and son in NYC - both married. Granddaughter has a 4 year old little boy, and Grandson has a baby due in March. Our son has a little boy who will be 9 in November.

Yvonne - what an interesting story. My growing up was much different from you, but I knew rural life could be quite different from what this little city girl experienced. I did experience such as you describe once in my early twenties when I spent the night at a friend's parent's house that lived in north Georgia. Yes, so many changes in the way people live now days compared with 80 years ago. I often watch movies about times in the 1800s or before, and marvel at how much things have changed, and can only wonder what marvels lie ahead for humanity if some idiot doesn't blow our world up. * Oh my gosh, I'm glad you still have Alyson with you - smile. Of course I could see myself trying to do the same thing, because for most of my life it never occurred to me that I couldn't do something. Perhaps I would have realized I couldn't stop the car on my own, but truthfully I'm not sure - smile. * Let me know how you like the yoga for Seniors video. I bought one way back, and it turned out to be mostly talk and little action. As you can guess I never used it. * I'm glad to hear Jay's first chemo treatment went well. Where is he going to get them? I'm glad to hear also about the park close by so you can get a walk in and enjoy it. I do wish him well, and you too. Going into this with a positive attitude on both your parts has got to help immensely.

Ellen - I thought I'd posted pre-hypertensive numbers shortly after your post about your BP numbers. Maybe not. If not I apologize because I did look it up, and since these were supposed to be American Heart Association numbers felt that they were accurate. I thought a heart monitor just gave us our heart rate, not our BP. I know that is all I get from mine.

Allie - Peanut Butter will so love your yard and freedom to roam outside. Dogs love being walked, as you know, but they do love being free too. As I've said before your DIL as well as your grandsons are so fortunate to have you living close and in their lives. Puppies do grow up fast. Don't worry, even when they get big they sometimes want to sit in your lap. My daughter is only 5'2" and her two - a Boxer and a Dalmatian like nothing better that climbing in her lap - smile. Once I visited a cousin that had a Great Dane. He had a sunken living room - 2 steps down - I would sit on those steps while talking and his Dane would come and sit in my lap. I'm not talking lie across it, but literally sit in my lap, like a human would - smile.

Grace - I must get out of here and get my hair cut too. Perhaps today, we shall see. I could use a pedicure too, but don't like too much going to those nail places. As said, we shall see. * I see you've changed your time in Florida from October - May to November - May. When in November do you plan to head south?

Miller - names - now days people are naming their children all kinds of strange names. I have a friend whose friend has a set of twin grandson's named Wyatt and Ryott. I find often that very young people find my name strange, believe it or not. So don't ever feel strange telling people your name. Where the spelling of my daughter's name sounded strange when we named her, she was a labor and delivery nurse early in her career and you wouldn't believe the number of people naming their babies Christi (spelled this way) and not only that Christi Anne her full name, spelled both separately and sometimes as one name. The next time you introduce yourself if someone comments on your name, just smile and say - "yes Miller for a given name is a bit unusual but I like it." - smile * I'm so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law's fall. I do hope she is okay. Be sure to let us know.

Have a good day everyone -

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9/29/16 9:23 A

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Thank you all for the nice welcome. I look forward to getting to know you all as well.

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"If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present." -- Lao Tzu



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Cecile, sorry to hear about your water problems. Hope everything is restored now. We were just telling our daughter about farm life in the 40s. We had only a hand pump in our kitchen, pumping up water from the well. No bathrooms; we had an outdoor toilet and heated water in a big tub for our once-a-week baths. My husbandís house was even harderÖ. They hauled all their water into the house from an outdoor pump! We live a plush life compared to just the generation before us. As another part of your post illustrates, we even have 100s of books in a little self contained reader. Would you ever have dreamed that possible! (My childhood reading was with a flashlight under my covers after ďlights outĒ Ö illicit reading!!!) AndÖ Iím always comforted by your night time blessing. Thank you.

SHIRLEY, youíre so right about little boys. They have no sense of their own mortality. With our oldest son, I think heís alive today mostly because he was very, very lucky! I was just reminding Alyson yesterday about something she did at about age seven. Iíd not engaged the emergency brake adequately, and our car started rolling down the slightly inclined driveway. She ran around to the back and tried to STOP it! Oh, myÖ. She still thinks she can do the impossible, and has a desire to make things right.

MILLER, I just bought a yoga DVD for seniorsÖ. Havenít looked at it yet. I have two routines memorized, one on the floor and one standing, so itís too easy to do them rather than learn something new. Yoga does an amazing job of keeping me feeling flexible and pain free. Having your MIL in the hospital, your husbandís car in the shop, and those headaches. It does seem as though things happen all at once sometimes. Iím glad you got a little decorating done. That never fails to lift my spirits.

VICKI, welcome to our team! Youíll find this a very supportive group thatíll become your friends. You are actually younger than many of us, so you will be able to feel very good about what you can do. We all are serious about our health, and human connection is part of that. Youíve done one brave things I havenít been able to do yetÖ. Stay off the scale. I do share your goal of getting off Blood pressure medicine, and losing weight is a big step in that direction. We have a monthly challenge concerning both weight and exercise minutes. Shirley does a good job on the ďstatsĒ each month. If you donít want to keep track of weight, watching your exercise minutes can be very motivational all by itself.

Jay started chemotherapy today, and it wasnít nearly as scary as I thought it would be. Our hospital system has done a great job of training people to be friendly and informative. Weíre both a little freaked out at the thought of all those chemicals going into Jayís body, but we have hope that theyíll work.

So far, Jay is doing extremely well and following all the guidelines but at the same time being sensible about confronting them over issues he feels are less important. For example, they found bacteria in his stomach that almost everyone has. It CAN cause ulcers. Heís never had any symptoms of ulcers, so although the one doctor wanted him to start taking a bunch of other stuff ON TOP of his chemoÖ he said ďno thanks.Ē

I found a park near the hospital with a nice mile-long walk path that I took advantage of while I was waiting for him to finish the treatment. By the time I ate some lunch, it was time to go get him. I have to say, after watching so many sick people come in and out, my tall handsome husband was a welcome sight. If he hadnít of had a fanny pack attached to his port, you wouldnít have known he was ill. The fanny pack keeps administering a secondary round of medicine that assists the first one. They gave him Benedryl and some anti-nausea medicine before the chemo, so he feels great tonight. They said it took about five days for him to start feeling the side effectsÖ so weíll see.

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Good night, sweet dreams and sleep tight! emoticon emoticon emoticon

God bless and keep us safe! May His angels watch over us and protect us! emoticon emoticon

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emoticon Vicki! You will love this team! The members keep me inspired and encouraged. I am 71 years old and have been fighting weight since I was in my twenties. I had to have double knee replacements in 2015 and this summer I broke my collarbone. So I am working on getting my stamina back. I like your goals.

I spent yesterday prepping and painting our back porch and steps. It really needed it and it gave me quite a workout. Boy, am I out of shape!! I need to start doing more yoga and everything else!!

Grace- I just checked my Sparkmail and the last email I received from you was the first part of August. emoticon Can you resend? * After I read your post, I did google the diastolic blood pressure number being low. It did say that below 60 is low but if it doesn't cause problems, it is not a concern.

Shirley- you are right. We understand when children do thoughtless things and we teach them a different way. But adults saying cruel things is so sad. Apparently, an adult never taught them differently.

Peggy- your comment reminded me to look at my monthly record of my blood pressure reading I do for my doctor ( I do have a home monitor). In the past two years my diastolic number has dropped as low as 52 and the doctor has never commented. I will see him the first of November so I am going to ask him. * I think it is great that you joined an art league.

Allie- I am so sorry about your back spasms. They are so painful and I am thankful it has only happened to me once or twice.

Miller- I did not realize this is your given name. You are right, it is most unusual for a first name. But it least it is special. Mine is rather mundane. I always wanted a different one. * I hope your MIL is okay.

Cecile- goodness!! I have never an electric and water problem at the same time. We take our modern conveniences for granted.

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Hi Grace and everyone else:

My 10 year old gs missed school today because he was sick. My gs' Mom stayed home with him today, so I didn't have to walk PB today. I will be walking her the rest of the week. I think the puppy is already getting taller. I like putting her in my lap because I know in a short time she will be too big for me to pick up. I am steadily getting her used to walking on a leash. They don't have a fenced in yard so she has to be on a leash when she is outside, or at least a short run. I have a fenced in yard and when pb gets older I will take her over to my yard.

I will be taking care of the puppy Friday evening until Sat. afternoon. I told my dil pb and I can watch HGTV together. They have cable and I don't.

My back has been bothering me quite a bit and I have had to use the heating pad quite a bit today. I know I just have to take it easy until I can get the back spasms to stop.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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Good evening team, I hope everyone had a good day. It was cold and windy today so I spent a minimum of time outside. Tomorrow is supposed to be more of the same but I have to run my Thursday ďerrandsĒ, haircut, gym and grocery shopping.

BONNIE, That was such a cute picture of all the little piglets. Thank you for sharing it.

PEGGY, Iím sorry about Geoffreyís bike accident. I hope he has a complete recovery. Iím so glad he had on his helmet!

ELLEN, Iím sorry you werenít able to donate blood. Iíve never given blood. The first time I tried I didnít weigh enough (110! LOL) and then I forgot about trying again. Let us know what the doctor says about your low blood pressure number. We have a wrist monitor that I try to use once a week. Did you google it to see whatís said on there? BTW, did you get the webmd article I e-mailed you last week? I know Spark doesnít always send notifications of e-mails and comments.

CECILE, How did Val do on her test? I feel bad that her company decided to bring in someone that she couldnít work well with. She seemed so happy at the store and they liked her as well.

YVONNE, Of course we would remember your birthday! No surprise there. You are a very special lady! You spent your special day in a very unusual way, but thatís life. Next year, this will all be behind you and you will spend the day in a very different way. Thatís my hope and prayer for you and Jay.

MILLER, Please let us know how your mother-in-law is feeling. It sounds like you had a rough day. Letís hope tomorrow is much better for you.

SHIRLEY, About names Ė I must look like a ďGloriaĒ since Iíve had more than one person call me that by mistake. Iím usually the one to have a problem remembering name, especially the women in my class. I keep getting their names mixed up.

ALLIE, How are your grandsons liking school this year? I see youíre getting a few ďPeanut ButterĒ walks.

Grace



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Good evening team:

emoticon Vicky. I want you to know you have joined a great team. You will enjoy getting to know everyone and they will get to know you. We are all very friendly here and I love SP and this team.

I am not able to answer all the posts right now but I plan to try to catch up soon. I just want to say hello to everyone.

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VICKY, Welcome to the Slimming Seniors Team! Iím sure you will be amazed at all the support this team will give you, especially our fantastic leaders, Shirley and Ellen.
It sounds like you have a winning plan to reach your goals! I'll be rooting for you, for sure!
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Iím Grace and split my time between Fl from November to May,and CT from May to November. My husband Don and I have a blended family with his 5 and my 5 adult kids. I have 10 grandchildren and he has 14, plus he has 10 great grands. . Until last December, I had a mentally disabled brother who I was extremely involved with. Sadly, he passed away on Christmas day.
I try to keep active by walking 8 - 10 miles a week and using weight machines at the gym twice a week.. Don cycles about 100 miles a week, which is darn good for an 86 year old! During my time in FL, I teach a low impact aerobics class twice a week.
Please feel free to check out my Sparkpage! Iím looking forward to your posts!

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Hi, I'm Vicki and I turned 60 about a month ago. I'm wanting to get healthier and feel better in my own skin. One thing though is I've given up the scale. Unless I see a doctor and they insist I weigh, I'll no longer know those actual numbers.
My Goals:
I want to get back into at last a size 16/18.
I want to get to a point where I no longer need blood pressure pills.
I want to be more at peace within myself, regardless of my size.
I want to be comfortable in my own skin.


My Program:
Staying within my calorie range of 1200-1550
Eating pretty much what I enjoy but just smaller amounts, and keeping it as healthy as I can.
I can't do much in the way of exercise but I will be doing as much as I can.



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Hello to everyone!


Slimmer, congratulations on all your wins and ribbons. I really enjoyed seeing pics of your work!


Ellen, I agree with the others about your blood pressure. The 123 was good, but the 57 is low. *Iíve watched some of the Doc Martin series, though itís been a while. I remember it as being humorous and quaint.


Peggy, Iím sorry to read about the bike accident - it must have hurt terribly. *Iíd like to see the movie, ďSully,Ē though I don't go to theaters anymore. I'll bet it was good - Tom Hanks is so talented.


Yvonne, Iím glad you and Jay had such a good day before the chemo began. I hope the chemo goes just as well as possible.


Cecile, it's good that you have your water and electricity back. Thatís a shame about the water in the basement - hope itís an easy fix and not too costly.


Shirley, I completely understand about the problems with names. Iím called by my middle name, too, and it has caused some confusion over the years. Plus, my name is a little unusual. When I was in my twenties, I worked with a woman that said I didnít look like a ďMillerĒ so she was going to call me ďMillie.Ē She called me Millie for the whole year I worked there. (Your story about your daughterís teacher reminded me of that.) People often say to me that it must be nice to have an unusual name, but Iíd much rather be called something like Susan or Joanne or Debbie. I think unusual names are fine for confident people, but Iíve never had much confidence and having to constantly repeat or ďexplainĒ my name has affected my life in a negative way. It may sound silly, but I always dread having to introduce myself to others.




My mother-in-law fell this morning and went to the ER by ambulance. Theyíre running some tests and are going to keep her at the hospital overnight. My husbandís car is back in the shop and Iíve been having headaches every afternoon. I suppose itís tension. I did a DVD of Yoga for Seniors this afternoon and I think it helped my neck and shoulders some. I have a habit of grinding my teeth during the day - and night. Iím supposed to wear a night guard, but I seem to hurt even more when I use wear it.

Oh a lighter note, I did a little bit of fall decorating in my living room and on the side door (the one we use most). Iím enjoying the little touches of autumn.
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Cecile - not a problem with my husband's name.. It is short for Whitley. Between the name he is called being his middle name, and I guess people unfamiliar with it it can get a little tricky sometimes. One time we went to a social event at our church and his name was spelled "With" - smile. Add to that our last name being pronounced w\ith a long "o" as in crow, and not a sharp "o" as in cow, our name can create problems for some. My daughter's given name is Christi, and she had a teacher in high school that insisted on calling her Christine, no matter how many times my daughter corrected her.

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9/28/16 11:09 A

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Good morning team sisters.

Shirley - After reading your post, I immediately went back to the one I posted last evening and corrected the name of your husband.

Be back later! emoticon

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Good Morning Everyone -

It is a cool 61 degrees, but dreary morning right now., but they say it should be clearing off by noon.

Cecile - you were hit with a double whammy losing two utilities. You'd mention about not have electricity for awhile, but not drinking water. * I will tell Whit what you said. I don't know why we seem to go through periods where things seem to stop working all at one time. I so hate having workmen in my house, but I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and start getting some things repaired.

Yvonne - don't be too hard on yourself. I'm a teaser too. I don't have a mean streak, and I dare say you don't either, but I will tease at times. When children not meaning to be mean, we will do things for fun. We have to learn such isn't fun (in this case) for the poor little piglet. What gets me are people who are adults and still do things that are mean and sometimes very hurtful. * It sounds like you had a very nice birthday in spite of the chemo training center. I've only been to Hermann for the October Fests, and to eat at one of their winery restaurants. I think I would have very much enjoyed touring the old buildings. I didn't realize they had a chocolate factory. I too tend to enjoy Irish and Scottish music. * I think you did quite well with your posts on your tablet.

Peggy - RJ is the same age as our Dmitri. I must have know this, but had forgotten. Poor Geoff. Speaking of RJ feeling very badly. My son was about the same age as RJ. I was coming in from shopping, work or something and he was on his bike. Thinking he was being funny, he was doing some things in front on my car that could have been dangerous. You can bet he got a stern talking too, and how to ride his bike safely, and having respect for cars. He knew all of this already, but little boys that age just don't think sometime. * Your afternoon and evening sounded so nice. I hope you had a good time.

Wishing everyone a good day -

Shirley

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Good evening team sisters.

Val remarked this afternoon after coming home from school that we had a very different week-end. We did not have drinking water from Thursday evening due to a break in the main until Sunday around 7 p.m. And then to top it we lost electricity yesterday for about 2 hours. We made sure not to open the refrigerator and especially the freezers. We came out all right after all.

Since we had been advised on the 6 o`clock news on Thursday about the water main, I made sure to have drinking water on hand. We had to boil the water for 1 minute. We could use the water for showers, laundry and washing dishes. The city did not cut our water supply completely in our section but the pressure was way down. I found that out when I took my shower to go to the hairdresser Friday morning.

Val told me tonight that they may have the result of the test on Thursday. She thinks she aced it. The teacher told the class anything below 75% is a failing grade. No pressure!

After supper Val went downstairs to work on a project and put a load in the washer. She called me and told me that there was water all over the floor near the furnace. She didn`t know that there is an emergency number to call the company which I did. The man came and found the trouble. They have to come back to disconnect something. Some more money flying out the window.

This morning I made breakfast and sat with my Kobo reader. The darn thing would not come on. I thought it was because the battery was low. I put it on charge and this afternoon tried to turn it on. No luck! I waited again, remembering what Shirley`s husband said, and tried after another couple of hours. It worked! My machine is now working properly. Thank you Whit for saving my reader.

Good night, sweet dreams and sleep tight! emoticon emoticon emoticon

God bless and keep us safe! May His angels watch over us and protect us! emoticon emoticon

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Thank you much for all the birthday greetings. For some reason, I wasn't expecting it, and it was very heartwarming to see them tonight. And thanks for the piglet picture, Bonnie. That sight was very familiar to me. We had pigs, chickens, and milk cows on the farms I lived on. I hate to confess that one of the things I remember doing is picking up piglets by their tails. They would squeel so loud their mother would come running. Course, we dropped them right away. I guess I do have a mean streak sometimes. We were kids, and just thought it was funny!

We spent my birthday at the "training center" for Jay's chemo, so though it was fascinating, it wasn't fun. Today, though, our daughter came out and we ate at a new and very good restaurant for breakfast, then on to Hermann, MO, a German settlement near here. Went on a tour of Hermann historic buildings and enjoyed it very much. A trip to the chocolate factory (all handmade in Hermann), finished the day well. Alyson had made us some delicious gingerbread which we had when we got home, and I had a new bonsai plant at the back door, a present from our California son. A very nice day, especially listening to Alyson's CD of a local folk group... Scottish songs... very haunting and beautifully done. That kind of music just pulls on my hearstrings. They're a local group, and I loved their sound.

Tomorrow the chemo starts. We're more curious than scared. Everything has been explained very well for us.

I'm writing on my tablet again, which is hard. My fingers aren't used to this small keyboard. Will try to get better about answering you all. I do love to read all the msgs.

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Happy Tuesday

Shirley, Geoff went bike riding with his oldest son RJ (9). RJ cut right in front of Geoff and the next thing he was taking himself out of the sidewalk. He had on a helmet so no concussion but he did break his nose and pushed his teeth in. So now he has braces again. He is going to be fine. I can't imagine how RJ felt.

Ellen, you BP should be concern to your doctor. Get yourself a BP tester to keep track and you can let your doctor know the next time you see him.

Slimmer, I am going to join the Sonoran Arts League and I will probably learn a lot more. They are having another show and the painting cannot be larger than 12x12.

Cecile, does your neighbor have asbestos in her basement. If it is an older home, some pipes might be wrapped in it and it does cause lung cancer.

We are going to a friend's house this afternoon and then to the movie "Sully" and then to dinner. Have to go get ready. They live over 30 miles away.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Slimmer - the Presidential Debates aren't over, there are 3, and this was just the first one. The other two are October 6 and October 19. And it is my understanding that there is to be one for the VP candidates too. * WOW! You did very well in your latest art show. Congratulation! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Cecile - I too hope they caught your neighbor's son's cancer in time also. He remains on my prayer list. * I'm pleased that Val did well on her exam. * Oh I hate so to lose electricity. I hope the outage didn't last long.

Ellen - that is a low BP reading. The America Heat Association says pre-hypertensive is 120-139 systolic/80-89 diastolic. * It was 57 degrees when I got up and it is only supposed to be 77 for the high.

Marlene - you've got some cool, sunny weather coming your way if the normal weather pattern holds true. * As for the debates - I found those 90 minutes flew by, and one of the news people commented on the same thing.

Peggy - thanks a million for helping me out with where your children live. I did get one right - smile. So sorry to hear about Geoffrey and his bike accident. I hope he's okay. I'll look forward to details today.

Make today a healthy and happy one everyone,

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Hola,

Peggy is there someone to call and ask questions about your art show.. make a list of questions I am sure someone can answer them. There is lots to learn doing all of this.

Ellen.. good that you didn't give blood.. I don't think they would with your blood pressure that low... you really should call your doctors office and tell them about that bottom number ...and see what they say... please do.. it is just a phone call

Well the debates are over... I found them very interesting... was interesting to see the comments of past debates of things that a person did that Lost them the Presidency...... I feel Mrs Clinton was so over prepared to know what to say when Mr Trump opened the door... it did not seem natural... I know she said she planned and planned and planned for this debate... I have to say even though Mr Trump got a bit more excited toward the end.. he stuck up for what he believes.. in that I think it is ok to say forget his past bloopers, and feel what he is saying now... I think bottom line is we need a change and he was right that she has had years of time/experience and things are getting worse...

Both have never yet said that all they want to do.. pretty much can't get done if the congress/house don't work to get something done... read again today how GOP said they would not do Anything to work with the Pres.. and they didn't pretty much... but has anyone asked if they Now plan to work with whoever gets in??? Plus, they never mention that the People of the US need to do what they should do to Help... like pay their bills, work 2 or more jobs to take care of themselves.. quit expecting to be taken care of, kids need to study... and yup we need to take better care of our health and on and on... I think change is coming... and the saying ..It has to get bad before it gets better is going to happen... it is all very interesting.

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Good evening team sisters.

We had a very bad surprise this afternoon. I was sitting in the living room enjoying t.v. and crocheting when all of a sudden we had no electricity. They say we were 155 thousand without that commodity. Needless to say, we could not make supper. Val called the Pizza place asking if they could deliver. They said that since the ovens do not operate with electricity, it was no problem. Whewww! At least we had sustenance.

As for my next door neighbour, I did not speak to her today. I am going to try to reach her tomorrow and see if there are any news. Yesterday, I was so shocked that no questions came to mind. I hope they caught it in time!

Val had an exam today. She said it was okay. There was only one question that stumped her. After 20 minutes of working on it, she finally figured it out! Am I surprised? No!

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God bless and keep us safe! May His angels watch over us and protect us! emoticon emoticon

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emoticon emoticon Happy Birthday, Yvonne! emoticon emoticon I hope it is an extra special day for you!

Today was Monday morning Bible study and then about an hour ago, I got dressed and drove ĺ mile down our road to a small church that was having a blood drive. They pricked my fingers in both hands. One was 12.0 and the other was 12.4. It had to be over 12.5 to be accepted, so they sent me away. I was disappointed because my blood pressure and temps were good, although my DH was concerned about my lower blood pressure number. Is 123/57 not good?

Cecile Ė that is terrible about your neighborís son! I just read an article last month about lung cancer not always caused by smoking. The article talked about difficult it is since people just assume they are smokers. My son is that age so I can relate to how devastating this finding would be to the mother.

Irene- I never watched Downton Abby, but am currently enjoying Doc Martin on Netflix. Did you ever watch that?

Shirley Ė I like what you said about making the most of every day. That is a very good thought. At our age, we canít afford not to do that.

Bonnie- we are having a lovely day in the mid-70ís which is a perfect temp for me. I donít like anything above 80 degrees.

Miller- you are so right about many things we wished for would not have been best for us. My DH and I just separate the household work by 1) who prefers to do what and 2) who is best suited to do it. I physically canít do a lot of things he can do and I like to do the financial stuff and he hates it. So, it works out well.

Slimmer- emoticon congrats on all youíre winning! And thank you for posting the photos! As always, you are so talented.

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Yvonne, hope you are enjoying your special day. emoticon

It is cool and damp here with rain predicted.

Nothing special going on here. I went to the gym with DH today. Didn't do much; just some balance exercises and did my arm exercises without weight.

emoticon Slimmer. You did great with your art entries.

We're going to watch the debate tonight. If the yelling and mud slinging get too bad, we'll go to bed

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Happy Monday

Art class and allergy shots today.

Slimmer, when I join the Sonoran Arts League, my painting will be put on the internet. I am so glad that I only have to drive 20 miles round trip to enter the art show. Congrats on winning all those ribbons. I don't even know if this group gives out ribbons.

Yvonne, belated emoticon Today is my sister's birthday, she is 69.

Shirley, Michele (IA), Catherine (IL), Christina (MN), Geoffrey, (Chicago) and he was in a terrible bike accident. Will tell you more tomorrow.

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Hola... still HOT out in that sun very HOT!

Back from Gwinnett fair pickup...

1st Place Blue Ribbon overall Acrylic Paintings!!!!!!!!!!
1st Place Blue Ribbon overall Ceramic or other sculpture.. she said I should know how Everyone like that red abstract piece

2nd for my Sushi Plate
3rd for small Bowl
3rd for Color Photography Misc...my Thinking Monkey Pose ..the lady told me how proud I should be over that win because they have sooooooo many photos entered it is very hard to win.. and this especially was over all Misc. pictures

not bad.. I even made $37.00 too!
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Bonnie - thanks a million for taking the time to give me a synapses of "Poldark." That helps me a bit to tie things together. I found last night there were so many prominent characters that I was having a hard time knowing who was who. And like they will do, they have similar looking men and women cast, and until you really learn who is who you can get them confused. I plan to print your synopses off to help me get a footing with the story, and I thank you again.

As usual you picture of the piglets is so good.

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Hello to everyone!


Yvonne, Happy Birthday to you!!! I hope your special day is a wonderful one!!!
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Marlene, Iím glad you enjoyed the outdoor art show. Itís nice they had shuttles to and from the parking area.


Cecile, Iím very sorry to hear about your neighbor - how tragic. Iíve heard of people getting lung cancer who have never smoked (Christopher Reeveís wife comes to mind), but itís still shocking. I wish he and his family all the best.


Shirley, I like your idea of having enough room for both spouses to have an office. That seems to be a sound idea. *Your story of the priest saying that God answered his prayer by not answering because it would have been for the worst reminded me of a friend who was in a small group of college-age girls who met Ruth Graham (Billy Grahamís wife) many years ago. She told the girls that if God has said ďyesĒ to all her prayers, she would have married the wrong man several times!! *smile*


Peggy, I think itís great that you and your husband enjoy doing things together. I would love it if my husband and I shared cleaning chores and shopping. I donít like doing either of those things and it would be wonderful to have someone to share the load. Maybe when he retires, Iíll like it more than I think. My old friend has made it seem terrible, but her husband was out of town most weeks and only came home on weekends. I suppose her adjustment to his retirement was even greater because he traveled so much.


Grace, I agree with what you said about doctors. I had to smile when you said you got to the place where you said, "Ka - Ching, Ka- ChingĒ after they left the room! They really should be ashamed of themselves.


Ellen, Iím so glad you enjoyed celebrating your granddaughterís birthday with her and your son. Sounds like a great day!


Bonnie, the photo of the piglets is precious. Thanks for posting it - it gave me a big smile!



I hope everyone has a great week ahead. It's hard to believe we're nearing the end of September. Maybe autumn will really and truly come when October is here.

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Good afternoon team:

I will check back later, I have a very busy day ahead of me.

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Hola... very bright and sunny out.. today is still a day for shorts!

Happy Birthday Yvonne!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

Cecile.. sorry to hear about your neighbor... do they check for Raydon up there... I know I have heard that basements need to be checked ..breathing it can cause cancer.

Today is pick up in Gwinett County another 5 hr trip then tomorrow pickup at Bowen only 30 plus mile trip.

Tonight is the debate.. wouldn't miss this... if I did.. at least I now know that the news sure is not going to tell me what ...really.. happened.. unless I hear it from the persons mouth...

I am coming to the point that I need to realize that ...anything I hear on any news or report or even what I see.. could all be made up... watching the CNN clips from the war that said they were there during the bombing and putting on gas masks.. was all done in a US studio.. and they finally ..admitted.. they made it all up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

..interesting now on a FB friend her friend posted a visual clip.. of a train on the 22nd in CO I believe that had it looked like hundreds of tanks... military tanks... why out west when only tank manufacturers were in the East.. they also have pictures of UN military trucks being transported in the East... many posts say these military transporting is showing up in many places in the US.. dawwwww like what is all this about.. like what is going on? ..even Snopes does not have a real good answer for this????????

Peggy.. so when do they give out ribbons for your art show? How many pictures are in the show? Do they put the show on the internet? How many people do they think come to the show? I am excited for you!

Listening now to Speak... hmmm not something I would.. it is totally for teenage girls... if even they would want to.. thank heaven it is only 5 hrs long... maybe it has some reason it is supposed to be one of the best youth books??????

guess I better start driving...
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Good Late Morning, Team.

emoticon Have a Wonderful & FUN birthday, Yvonne. emoticon

A tree is being cut down at the end of our row and it is very very noisy!! DH goes to bed after I do and sleeps later than I do so he is NOT a happy camper!! Even with all the windows and doors closed it is still loud.

@Shirley - PBS has been running the 1st season of Poldark at 10PM on Tues. It still has a few more episodes to go.

The story is that Poldark comes home from fighting in the Revolutionary War and finds that his father has died and the love of his life "Elizabeth" is marrying his cousin Francis. He picks up an urchin girl in town to be his kitchen maid and ultimately falls in love with her, gets her pregnant and marries her. That "lowers his station" with the rest of the family. Ross doesn't care. He is quite the "rebel". He tries to keep the copper mine going as his only means of money and has all of the people who live on his father's farm and the environs helping him. A disease called "the Putrid" makes it's rounds and Elizabeth, Francis and their son get it. Ross's wife goes to nurse them and gets sick also--giving it also to their daughter Julia who dies. George Wellegons and Francis are friends and George ends up getting control of Francis's father's mine. Francis's father dies and Francis makes a poor showing of being the man of the house and the head of the "Poldark" family. George is in love with Elizabeth. One of the Wellegons's ships wrecks off of Ross's property and the whole village turns out to bring in the cargo and help the ship's crew. George's cousin, who was on the ship, is washed ashore dead. Although it is the usual practice to be able to claim whatever is washed ashore--George gives the guards money to arrest Ross. That is where the first season ends. There is a lot more but that is a quick summary.

@Yvonne - This picture is for you. They were in the birthing center also.


@Cecile - Sorry to hear about your neighbor's son. Could there be mold in their basement that could cause the lung cancer?? My mother never smoked but got lung cancer metastasized from her breast cancer. So there are many ways you can get it besides smoking. I hope he'll be okay.

It is only supposed to be a high of about 71 today. I hope we will get back to the 80's a few days before winter comes. These 70's are too cool for me!! I'll beg for them come January!

I hope everyone has a great day.
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Good Morning Everyone -

Here we are at the beginning of a brand new week, and if your weeks go as mine do it will be over in a flash, so let's make the most of every day. Cecile's story about her neighbor makes this point vividly.

Irene - some DVD players (I think) will play CDs also. I know I can play a CD on my computer. * I saw a commercial for "Victoria" yesterday, and you are right the actress playing her certainly isn't how I had envisioned her from other stories. * I watched "Poldark" last night, and found it interesting. I need to see if maybe they are running the first Season on Netflix. It really didn't catch me as "Downton Abbey" did, but I plan to give it a try. "Victoria" like "Downton Abbey" most likely won't air here until January sometime. I didn't pay attention to when they said yesterday.

Cecile - what a sad story about your neighbor's son. Indeed I will add him to my prayer list. Life sure hasn't been kind to that guy, has it? It makes us all realize how blessed we are. Breathing in second hand smoke, I've been told puts us at great risk for cancer. I never smoked, but my mother smoked, and for years just about everyone I knew smoked, and you couldn't go many places where the room wasn't filled with smoke. As you said, he's young enough to have missed those days, so if makes one wonder how he got lung cancer. You can get it from other sources other than smoke however.

Ellen - it sounds like you spent a nice Sunday, and happy birthday to your granddaughter - smile. * You indeed were blessed to have had such a long and nice career and work experience. I would have very much liked to have experienced such. I don't regret for one moment being primarily a stay-at-home mom, but I think I would have enjoyed a career too. I told the story of my last job which was only a day or so a week. The woman I was filling in for had worked there since her teens. What I saw of her work didn't impress me much, but quite obviously she was highly thought of in that office. I think she was in her late 30s then, so she will most likely have a work experience like yours.

Grace - Oh My!... how I agree with what you said in your post about far too many doctors. When I was in the hospital with Shingles and a UTI, I had a group (not just one ) of Dermatology doctors to visit me. Now my doctor said I had the worse case of Shingles he'd ever seen, so perhaps that is why they were called in, but who knows. To this day I'm not sure why. Since my doctor didn't practice at the hospital where I wanted to go, that is close to home, and 30+ miles closer than the hospital he was affiliated with, I was in the care of a doctor at that hospital. I really liked him, and have often wondered if he had a private practice.

Yvonne - I hope you are able to really enjoy your special day today. My friend who is recovering from cancer lives in St. Charles. Fortunately for her where she needed to go for treatment was fairly close, and she speaks highly of the care she got. Hopefully the same will be true for Jay. As for doctors, to the best of my knowledge we've only had one that seemed to care one iota about the patient's pocketbook. I know we must have doctors and I'm thankful for them, but I have so little respect for any of them, and this goes back to my mother's dealings with them. Like good teachers, good doctors are hard to find. * I had to smile about Jay and his grocery shopping, he sounded a bit like my daddy. Daddy was a workaholic, and found retirement hard. He was used to being in control and busy all the time. He was a penny pincher, as was my mother, and he never found a bargain that he didn't like - smile. Once when visiting he was complaining because he'd recently bought a bunch of canned goods that quickly expired. Of course he hadn't checked the dates when he bought them. When I questioned him found there was a bin of canned goods that had been marked down substantially. Since he'd been a businessman, I just asked him if he wasn't suspicious when they were selling those products so cheaply. There was a time when I'd go to multiple stores buying products on sale that I used, but I just can't do that any longer. * Good advice for Peggy. There are a number of shoulder and neck yoga moves that I use for such. Perhaps her yoga instructor could help her with that. And yes, walking can cure a multitude of problems.

Have a good day and a good week ahead everyone -

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY YVONNE!
I hope you have a healthy happy year!

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Yvonne it's easy to slip out the loop on groups , I found that when I was caring for my dh Maurice We have to make priorities. Caring must come first but we need our own space too at times , otherwise we are seen as a carer only .
On a lighter note , Some of us loved the tv series Downton Abbey, which has now finished . But now there is a cd of the show out each month with a magazine about the show ,this is in uk but maybe it will come your way? Of course the first one is very low cost but the rest are dearer but worth it I think to get a cd each month . I bought the first one anyway to try . It would help if I knew how to watch a cd on tv.
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Good evening team sisters.

I have a very heavy heart tonight. The next door neighbour that has us come over to use her pool called me today. She said her younger son was in the hospital. She has two boys. The older one is married to a wonderful woman and has two charming girls.

The younger on has not been feeling well all Summer. He was off work all last week. His bedroom is in the basement. Friday morning when he came up for breakfast, he could hardly breathe. His mother put her foot down and brought him to the emergency. After tests, it was discovered he has lung cancer. He is 47 years old and has never smoked a day in his life. He started to work in the government after the rule of no smoking in the workplace came out. To tell the truth, I didn`t know what to say. She said she would keep me up to date. All my prayers are for him.

Michael is mentally challenged. The cord was wrapped around his neck when he was born. But he was trainable and has been in his job close to 25 years.

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Happy Sunday!
We drove the 100 miles south to celebrate our college age granddaughterís birthday with her and my son. He rode with us to the college town. Then she took us to see the apartment that she shares with five other college girls. They were all so nice and welcoming.

Shirley- you and I think alike; I think also if you mistreat people, if you live long enough your attitude and deeds will come back to haunt you. So sad that people waste the beauty of life like that.

Cecile- I have realized over and over how fortunate I was that I went to work for the corporation I worked for almost 40 years. I enjoyed almost every day at this place and made so many wonderful friends. Even the worst bosses werenít all that bad.

Marlene- the art show sounded lovely! I am so glad you and your DH were able to enjoy it.

Miller- my DH has trade accupuncture. Unfortunately, it did not help. We also tried the electronic implants to send signals like Peggy mentioned. I think we will just have to accept it and enjoy our life as much as we can. *I was the one at work all the time for most of our married life so I guess my DH is the one that has had to adjust.

Peggy- Mayo Clinic is something we have discussed. I just would hate to go through all that and they tell him the same thing that all the KC surgeons and pain management clinics have said. *Good for you to try yoga even if someone had to help you up. Sometimes we just need to TRY.

Bonnie- I find those DNA tests so interesting and your sister finding those surprises in the results of hers is fascinating. I have always liked learning about the migration of people throughout time.

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YVONNE, It's easy to get out of the loop on this thread in no time, since it's so active with so many topics flying around.
It's good to hear that everything is coming along smoothly with Jay's treatments. How far will you have to drive, how many times a week and how long will each session take?
About doctors with their own agenda - When my brother, Melvin, was first diagnosed with prostate cancer, his urologist wanted me to drive him, 5 days a week a half hour away, for chemo or radiation(I forgot which). Before that started, he was moved to a nursing home and had a new urologist that said none of that 5xs a week treatment was needed. All he needed was hormone injections twice a year and daily meds.
The doctors don't always use common sense when they suggest certain courses of treatment. And some of them just pop their heads into a patient's room so they can bill you for a "visit". Don was in the hospital for 10 days, with his stroke, and we saw so MANY different doctor's who would come in, introduce themselves, listen to Don's heart, talk to him for less than 2 minutes and leave, It got to be a joke. As soon as the doctors would leave the room we would be saying, "Ka - Ching, Ka- Ching. We knew the real reason they were popping in for a fly by visit. He only really had about 4 doctors that needed to see him every day.
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BONNIE, had to respond to your story about the birth of a calf. My mother told me that when I was about three, she couldn't find me and I was in the barn watching little piglets being born. (I don't remember this.) She said my eyes were like saucers watching the whole thing. Other than films, I've never seen a live birth of anything but puppies and kittens, to our own animals. A good friend is a vet, and my daughter accompanied him on his rounds one time. He let her don a long glove and examine the uterus of a cow. She was in high school. I'm not sure I would have been able to do that.

I was thinking when I started to write this, I feel "out of the loop" on this team right now. It's not that I haven't had time to write; it's more that Jay's cancer is taking up so much of our attention. I'm still trying to walk every day and eat as well as possible, but more of my day is caught up in preparing food and trying to keep the kitchen tidy. We are using no processed foods right now, so my activity has increased. Jay does really well at feeding himself for some meals, but we both get hungry for real balanced meals. Yesterday was chicken soup, made from a Walmart rotisserie chicken, one of our favorite meal starters.

He had his port put in Friday, and his chemo starts Wednesday. Neither one of us are worried about the final outcome; he has responded so well to everything so far. However, we're both getting tired of it ruling our lives. And I, in particular, resent being put on the "doctor's regimen" for everything, since I basically don't trust them. When all tests and programs puts money into the pockets of the medical establishment, I'm wary about all the tests they're putting Jay through. One good thing is they are allowing him to take iron supplements instead of an iron infusion ($8,000), which was at one time suggested. I say "they" because he's seen three physicians, several anesthesiologists, and an innumerable number of nurses and helpers. It's all very tiring for us both.

On the "control pull" between husbands and wives, our relationship is a lot better than I thought it would be when he started staying home all the time. Like Shirley mentioned, we're accustomed to our own space, and we still do that. Jay likes to leave in the morning to go on errands, and he encourages me to go to Master Gardener functions, which always gives me a lift. He does all the grocery shopping, and I do the majority of the cooking. The only problem that causes is him buying stuff occasionally that I don't like to cook, AND his habit of buying bunches of stuff because it's on sale. Overall, though, he probably saves on the grocery budget that I wouldn't. He watches sales and goes to several grocery stores, things I'm unwilling to do.

PEGGY, The best thing I've found for a stiff neck is a walk. There's something about the natural motion of your arms and shoulders that seems to help. Yoga does too. After we moved in, I had a stiff neck for months until I started exercising again.

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Peggy - I was referring to your daughter in Iowa and the flooding. Since you didn't say, I'm assuming she is okay - thankfully.

Happy Birthday to your daughter in Chicago. I'm thinking it is Christina in Chicago and Michele in Iowa, but not being sure I refrained from calling names - smile. My friend who is battling cancer, her birthday is today also.

Interesting for using two chairs to do some yoga floor poses.

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Happy Sunday

I have the stiffest neck and can barely turn my head. If it persists, I might have to take some ibuprofen.

Shirley, yoga is also done sitting with two chairs, one for putting your legs on so you can still do a lot of the stretches. My DD is in IL celebrating her birthday with her sister and 2 nieces.

Bonnie, nice pictures of the cow.

My first husband and I didn't do much together unless it was going out to dinner or taking the family on vacation. I did the bills, took care of the cars, did the painting, mowing, shoveling etc. Tom and I do a lot together and I find it fun; grocering, golfing, attending church, shopping, cleaning, you name it.

Ellen, there are these little machines that get attached to your body and when the pain gets too bad, you push a button that sends some electrodes to the nerve and the pain stops.

I have to go and bake my bread.

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Happy Sunday Everyone -

I just looked out my window and up the street this lady with white hair was walking. She wasn't walking super fast, but she had a nice gait, good posture, was wearing short shorts with a big t-shirt. I am really impressed. Also she looked to be quite thin - not skinny just a healthy weight. What an encouraging sight to start my day.

Cecile - I'm a big believer in what Bonnie said too. I also believe in the saying "what goes around comes around." also When people are nasty or thoughtless to us, you can bet one of these they will get payback. If we believe that God has a path for all of us, then we can count on if "one door closes another one will open" and many times for the better. A priest friend once told me that he'd prayed and prayed for something he wanted with all of his heart. He didn't get it and at first thought his prayers hadn't been answered. But as time went on he learned had he gotten what he so wanted it would have been the worst thing possible for him. * I loved your story about when you went to your uncle's farm. Where much that we were taught growing up was wise wisdom, there was much that defied wisdom too - smile. Perhaps they didn't want you to see something that would make you afraid of child birth, but who knows.

Marlene - how nice of the man to be so thoughtful and drive you to your car. I realize my walking limitations, but sometimes feel I use it as an excuse many times now days. You and Walt do much better than we do. * My husband retired early. You've heard me talk many times about needing room for an office for each of us. We never have had a "joined at the hip" relationship or marriage. We enjoy our time together, but very much do our own thing most of the time, and enjoy having our space. You and Walt and many others on the team do more with their husbands than I do.

Peggy - I hope you've heard from your daughter in Iowa by now, and that she is safe.

Have a good day everyone -

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Good evening team sisters.

Val only has two shifts next week then she is done. She was speaking to her mom today and she told Val that they are in dire need of staff where she is working. Val has a very good chance of being hired. That was after she told me at lunch that she wanted to take a break and not look for work until the first week of November. As Bonnie said, things happen for a reason.

I saw the picture of the little calf. That reminded me of one time when we went to visit my dad`s brother on the farm. One of the cows was in labour and Rita and I wanted so badly to go see the birth. We were told that it was not the place of women or children to be. Of course we missed it. A couple of weeks ago, it came back to mind. Not a place for women when a cow is a female? Still can`t understand the reasoning behind this. Must be a male thing!

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Hello Team Sisters. I'm getting ready to close down for the day. We drove over to Lancaster today for an outdoor art show. It was in a park which was hilly and uneven terrain. I did not feel comfortable at all walking around. There were a couple men driving around in golf carts doing shuttles. One of them took me from the parking lot up to the exhibit tentsaand took me down right to our car. I really appreciated that. Most of the paintings were nice. One woman's watercolors got my attention. She had several of very ornate clear colored bottles. They were gorgeous. I wish I had gotten her business card.

Bonnie, we saw a calf being born at The York Fair a few years ago. Thanks for sharing your great photos. Our fair was last week. This was the first time I missed it in many years.

I am beginning to feel that I am losing what independence I ever had. We never had "24 X 7 " togetherness and it seems to be getting more so lately. Guess that goes with retirement.

Well I am ready to call it a day. I hope you all have a relaxing weekend.

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Good Afternoon Everyone -

Peggy - I'm going to be most interested to hear if your yoga classes help you with getting up and down from the floor. I think my legs - that's ankles, knees and in between plus my back are too far gone for me to ever be able to do such again, but who knows. * Know I'm wishing you much success with your painting and the art show.

Bonnie - more neat pictures. Thank you for sharing. * As for the weather my husband said this morning that after today we have highs in the low 70s on the way. I can't wait. * That poor cow. I felt so sorry for her, but was glad to hear the happy ending. * I so agree with you about men being different from women, and it goes far past our physical make up. On one of my husband's moves by his company, one of his successor's wife told me that all their married life they'd been separated, first because of the military, and then subsequent jobs. She said she didn't know how she was going to handle him being home every evening. I don't think my husband has ever said to me "you can't do that by yourself," but I've said to him on a number of occasions, you'd better let me do that - smile.

Cecile - I hope Val can land the part-time job where her mom works. My last job for pay I got to the point where I hated to see my work days roll around. One of my best friends worked there, but even that didn't help. They finally let me go saying the woman who had worked there since she was a teen wanted to come back to work full time. My ego was hurt just a bit, but I was so happy I practically danced all the way home. I've never had any desire to enter the workplace again, so I can understand Val's thinking about going to work right now. * I too need to get my hair cut. Perhaps next week.

Ellen - thank you. Glad I could help. * As for ethics in journalism, like ethics, morality, and respect in society as a whole, you can still find it if you look hard enough, but it isn't easy. What you told Slimmer is absolutely correct. Anyone can say anything on TV or the internet and make themselves sound like an authority when they don't know as much as we do. A priest told our Bible study once, after someone was quoting something they'd seen on the history channel, which turned out to be in error, that we need to know something about the person reporting to know whether to believe them or not. And this goes for books too, as anyone can write a book. I once had a friend who thought if it was said on TV it was gospel. * I'm so sorry to hear the news about your husband. Hurting certainly isn't a pleasant thing to try and live with.

Marlene - you are right, and like you I have no intentions of giving up - smile.

Slimmer - this refugee problem was a mistake from the beginning, and we have been warned, and it is my guess we are going to suffer because of it. We will always have immigrants, and we don't want that to stop, but letting people indiscriminately come into our country - especially this day and time - is not wise. I hope in the mix we can help some of those poor people too. Their plight is something I hope and pray none of us ever have to experience.

Grace - my husband and I have never been able to work together (as in doing projects together) for a number of reasons some you mentioned in your post. We work very well independently but not together. He is a very smart and well read person who has a hard time acknowledging someone else could know as much or more than he does - smile.

Miller - so sorry about the problem with the guy hitting your car. Such can really be unsettling to say the least.

Wishing all of you a good rest of the day and a great weekend.

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Hello everyone.

Grace, thatís great advice - Iím sure ďword of mouthĒ is the way to go. Iíll ask my husband to ask his friends for references for flooring installers. I hope you enjoy your new carpeting!

Peggy, congrats on getting on the floor during yoga! Iím glad the flooding in Iowa did not impact your daughter.

Marlene, Iím so glad they figured out that Barbara was dehydrated and took care of that - I hope her recovery will go smoothly now. Iím also glad to hear the lump you have is smaller and less tender. Iíd be nervous about the dye for the MRI, too. My daughter has had two full body bone scans which required injections in the nuclear imaging center. She got along well, but I was nervous for her. (She has a mild case Ollierís Disease, which primarily affects her hands.)

Slimmer, thatís interesting (and a little scary) that no one knows where the 2400 people are - it's mystifying. Thanks for telling us about your research on that.

Ellen, Iím very sorry that surgeons have said nothing can be done for your husband. That doesnít seem fair. I wish there was some alternative treatment - I donít suppose acupuncture would help? I hear great things about it, but have never been brave enough to try it. Also, I canít remember if youíve mentioned, but has he ever been to a chronic pain management center? If they canít do surgery, maybe they could at least manage his pain better. Itís just a thought.

Cecile, Iím glad youíre enjoying your hair cut. I hope Val can get a part-time job where Chantal works - the hours sound ideal.

Bonnie, I enjoyed viewing your photos. That must have been thrilling to see the calf born. I felt sorry for the new mom, but am glad her maternal instincts kicked in. The calf is so cute!

Shirley, thanks for the reminder about the October Challenge. It caught me unawares because September has just flown by!!



I can relate to those of you who have mentioned your husbands (mine doesn't listen to me, either). I donít know what Iíll do when my husband retires - Iíll probably be a nervous wreck. A old friend of mine said her husband drives her crazy because heís always underfoot and wants to be with her every minute - she canít even go to the grocery store alone. There are worse things, I suppose, but after years of having them at work for most of the day, I imagine itís a huge adjustment. My husband has to have the TV on every single minute that heís awake and I like for it to be quiet sometimes. He also has a habit of reading about something and then wanting to ďteachĒ me about what heís read. It gets exhausting sometimes. Ah well, I suppose I have little habits that annoy him, too.
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Happy Saturday

Well my painting has been turned in. I saw a lot of beautiful paintings and a lot of water colors. I am going to join the Sonoran Arts league for all the advantages. It is free for all Veterans which I think is just great.

Slimmer, thank you for doing all that research to clarify the news for all of us. Keep up the good work. I will attend the opening and also look around to see what is selling for what price. I have a friend that just loves the barn picture so I emailed her and told her I was in the art show. She is originally from PA so I can see why she likes the barn.

Gee Ellen, so sorry your DH can't get help. Talk to your sister about Mayo's. They might be able to help him.

A lot of flooding in Iowa but thank goodness not near my daughter.

I actually got on the floor yesterday at yoga but needed some help getting up. I hope each week it gets easier.

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Good Early Afternoon, Team,
What a difference a day makes--- yesterday it was in the 90ís and today so far it is only 72 degrees. Feels down right COLD! Gray and cloudy but I donít think we are supposed to have rain--though we still need it.

Wednesday we met our friends Linda & Charlie at the Great Frederick Fair, in Frederick, MD (about an hourís drive from our house). The highlight of the Fair was seeing a calf born in the Birthing Center. Linda had never seen it before and she got a good spot and nothing was moving her until the baby appeared!! The vet said it was a first time Mom and she had been in labor a long time. So he went in and pulled the calf out. The poor Mama fell down when the calf was almost out and the vet had a hard time getting her to stand up after the baby was born. I think she looked terrified of what had happened to her!!! Once she stood up and went to the calf, her maternal instincts kicked in and she couldnít stop licking him. It was so sweet.





@Cecile - Iím so sorry Val feels she has to change jobs but maybe it is ďmeant to beĒ. Iím a firm believer that sometimes things donít work out because you were meant to move on. Change is always a little scary but it usually leads to better things.

@Grace - Concerning MEN--They can ďprick our last nerveĒ sometimes. I had a really hard time adjusting to DH being home all the time once I retired. He always worked on the 4-12 shift at work and I was basically ďon my ownĒ. There are still things heíll say ďyou canít do that by yourselfĒ which I had been doing for 30 years. They mean well but MEN definitely are different than WOMEN--I donít care what the ďexpertsĒ say.

@Ellen - Comparing ourself to others isnít always a good thing but it can motivate us to be better and do more things. Everyone ages at different levels--that canít be helped. But we can try to be the ďbest we can beĒ according to our health and circumstances. It sounds like where you live is a wonderful place and I wouldnít leave it if I were you. Cutting back on what you think ďshould be doneĒ or getting help with what you want done are my only suggestions.

My husband has started being extremely cautious of being near people (whether he knows them or not). He never was overly friendly to strangers but now he doesnít want to sit near them or talk to them, etc. He isnít mean about it but it limits where we go and where we sit once we get there!! Our friends would like us to go on a cruise with them. Iím all for it but DH doesnít want to be stranded on a boat with strangers. I try to deal with it the best I can. It does limit any traveling that we do--which is now only day trips. Getting him to go visit people--whether friends or family--entails a lot of moaning and groaning from him but he always ultimately has a good time. Sometimes I envy single woman who can go where they want and do whatever they want!!

My sister had her DNA done by ancestry.com. It was mostly like we expected--European but there was also a small segment - 2% - of Western Asian- like Turk, Iraqi, Iranian, etc. That was a surprise and something I havenít run into yet with my genealogy research. This is what makes genealogy really interesting!!

EVERYONE - Have a great day.
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We are entering the last week of another Challenge - SEPTEMBER 2016 Challenge. Yes, I know - it seems like this month just began, and here we are in the last week of it. This Challenge will end on Thursday, September 30th. The OCTOBER Challenge will begin on Friday, October 1st, and will end on Monday, October 31st! If you know you will be joining the October Challenge, or if you've been a Challenge member and don't plan to return in October I'd appreciate knowing that too as soon as you can. Please post this on the "New Month-New Me!" Challenge thread.

I have a request, and I'd really appreciate your cooperation with this - if you decide to quit the Challenge for any reason - illness, vacation, a new member who has decided this isn't the team for them, or any other reason, please, Please send me a Spark Mail (if you don't wish others to know you've dropped out), or you can simply post it on the "New Month-New Me!" Challenge thread if you choose, that you wish to drop out of the Challenge for the current month. When people don't check-in each week/Monday I go checking to make sure that I haven't missed you, and this can go on for days until I'm sure.

If you've never done a Challenge - the Guidelines are on our team home page (Please Do Not Post There as it is for information only), but briefly - you will need to give me your weight as of October 1st. Keep up with your exercise minutes beginning October 1st, and then on Monday, October 3rd -report in on the "New Month-New Me!" Challenge thread and give me your exercise minutes for those days. Then each Monday thereafter you will give me your exercise minutes for the previous week, just as you did this time. You might wish to say how you did weight-wise to keep yourself accountable, but I won't need your exact weight again until the last day of the Challenge Monday, October 31st.

As always I wish for us all a healthy and happy October, and may we find ourselves fitter and lighter when the month ends.

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Good evening team sisters.

Thank you all so much for your concern regarding Val. At the moment, the thought of going to work gets her down. Only a couple of days to go and then she is done. Val was telling me that where Chantal is working, they are looking for someone to work Thursday and Friday evening and Saturday all day. She is going to give her CV to her mom to bring it in. That is one job she would like because of the hours.

Today I got my hair cut. What a change and what a relief! I felt as if I had lost a couple of pounds of hair. The hairdresser told me my hair was whiter than the last time I went which is about 3.5 months. I have been noticing the change myself but her confirmation did the trick.

When Val and I go to run errands, we can never do one stop and come home. Today we went to the hairdresser first, Michael`s, M&M and Metro for groceries. Then we stopped for gas and at last we came home. I was pretty tired when I got here. Val took out all of the stuff she bought and sitting at the table looking at it, relaxed me. It was fun. While at Michael`s she picked up a Christmas present for Jess. That`s what I call looking ahead!

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Ellen... what I heard about these 2400 refugees I heard on my local new stations.. just regular nightly news.

I confirmed the US report of meeting Syrian refugee 10,000 count by The New York Times.. which is also referenced in many others report on this topic.

One writer of that article did finally write me but he no longer works for the Times but gave me the email of the main writer and she writes a lot of stories for the times and also has received a few types of awards for items she has written on.
........She won't know about the Mexican kids nor the comment of the one county in GA the Syrians went to, but should say where she got her Numbers as to the US doing what it said it would... (or as I am thinking... maybe somebody is not telling her the truth either.. but passing along what she is to ...make us all believe it all is happening.. so like where are these people???)

I like to check things out... just had a friend post that a white boy was killed by a black office and why no fuss over it... I checked it out.. dawwwwww it happened in 2012.. maybe people did care back then.. she just wrote me.. that (she didn't check when it happen.. but just posted it.. Another big on Indian and the water and the pipeline.. posted a picture of thousands people and saying why is this not on the news.. I checked that out.. and the picture script said it was just a picture of Woodstock and didn't know why it was used for this issue... Yes, people need to check what they repost... but when listening to local or national news and reading from a well known newspaper/magazine... seems like we should be able to accept that.. in this case I am not and so far have not hear a good reason to believe them.

No wonder Clinton and Trump get caught on facts.......... I think information has been so messed up ..who knows what is true anymore... I think we have lost something... and I don't think the Truth is going to ever return

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Another summer day in fallÖ.but this Sunday is forecasted to change. YEA!!
I picked up around the pear trees this morning and picked a few off the tree, but then I started feeling light headed so I left my work and ask my DH to bring the good pears to the house. I learned my lesson! After a cool shower I felt better. This afternoon, I went to Walmart, Walgreens and UPS.

Grace- my sister lives in a large brick home in Texas. They built it within the last 15 years when they moved back to their hometown to be close to their parents. They have a big yard and she use to grow a vegetable garden. I know she has a pear tree because she made pear preserves one year. Her DH mows with a riding lawn mower, but they have few trees which is normal in West Texas. I understand exactly what you mean about our DHís not accepting they canít do as they once did and hiring help. *Do you think Don is losing his hearing? I think I am since I donít always understand what my DH said if he is not close. I have to practice patience a lot also.
Cecile Ė Val is not the person I have heard about that left a job because another worker made the place impossible.

Irene- the TV series ďVictoriaĒ sounds most interesting. I will have to tell my sisters about it since they enjoy the Victorian times.

Shirley Ė an 80ís couple I know checked out all the housing situations and decided renting a very nice 2 bedroom apartment was cheaper than retirement living places. *As always, you just know the right thing to say to me.

Miller- the doctors are not sure what is causing my DHís sciatica. He has had numerous physical therapy, MRIís, rounds of injections and nothing has helped. His pain management doctor thinks it is trapped nerve where scar issue is wrapped around. It is nothing in the spine- the last surgeon said the MRI showed a normal spine for a 70 year old man, but nothing he would operate on. I am going to put deadlines on things and if we canít get it done by them, then I will move forward with hiring people. I feel better today because we got the yard moved. It only takes about 1 Ĺ with the riding lawn mower. My DH says he rather enjoys doing it.

Peggy- As I told Miller above, three surgeons have told my DH that there was nothing they can do. Apparently, it is a trapped nerve probably with scar tissue around it. I know weather really impacts his pain.
Marlene- our house is so comfy. The main part is all on one floor, the kitchen, dining and living room flow well together and we have a rock fireplace, big windows, plus we have a huge garage and a finished walk-in basement that is great for storage or hanging out. There is even another fireplace down there. I think if we hired some help with tree clean-up and tilling the garden, we could manage this. It will help when the fall gets here.

Slimmer- I am very careful about anything I read on the internet. Anyone can post anything whether it is true or not. I tend to like older journalist who worked in the time when newspapers and television reporters had some ethics and tried not to inject their opinions, but tell just facts.

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Hola... looked hot today I stayed inside.

I thought today was Thursday and then I heard the Recycle Truck.. WHY were they picking up on Thursday!!!!!!!!! hmmm then I looked before I called the city.

Peggy I had to laugh... when you said to Ellen.. Just FIX your husband... I though oh no Ellen's husband is Broken!

Priceing on art is hard.... pro painters... or local pro painter Might get $2.00 a square inch.. and right on multiplying length and width.. but a 16 x 20 in. would be $640.00 at your teachers formula and here in my area I have to say I don't see people buying at that price but it could happen. I've tried to sell from $175.00 to $400.00 on paintings... BUT besides the area you sell in and what is the norm.. and I hope it is good in your area.. ALL depends on if someone really wants the picture.

I'd suggest that you go when the show opens and walk around working your formula on what you see and see what others are doing.. then go again right before it ends to look for the red dot.. sold painting and see what sold/size/price... all this information adds up for your learned knowledge. Isn't this exciting..

Ohhhhhhhhh... the 10 percent or full 20 percent is a fantastic deal...!!!!!!!!!! Around here 40 percent is the norm... store galleries is like 50 percent take to sell.

I spent almost 3 days trying to get information from ALL kinds of people... TV said 3 weeks ago that GA took in 1400 Mexican kids ..the largest amount.. seems that take in like 900-1000 kids EACH year!!!!!!!!! Along with the story it said that a county below me took in 1000 Syrians and Atlanta took in 300

I called Children and Families, Immigration, ORR org. who take care of refugees, area congressman, governor, school system, county government, 2 newspapers, 2 TV stations, Homeland Security, US Health, and on and on and on........

Nobody but nobody knows where any of these 2400 people are!!!!!!!!!!!! I wrote The New York Times writers so far the one writer has not contacted me.. they said US has met 10,000 quota of Syrians... dawwwwwwwwww not if anyone can't find them!

No wonder Clinton and Trump can't get information right.. what a pain on trying to confirm something. One TV station googled their info said they had no info on them doing report on TV and the other station said they just never would have reported that info and they didn't even look he said he knew all they ever reported on... yeah right! I didn't like what I heard in all these calls... Internet and phones may make it look like info is out there for us to be had... I think we are worst off in being told or being able to find out information. Aughhhh

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Hello Team Sisters. Oh it was hot today. Supposed to be much cooler tomorrow.

Congratulations Peggy on being juried in the art exhibition. Your pricing sounds good. Good luck with the judging

Grace,. I go through the same issues with Walt. He is forever telling me what I said or didn't say. I don't know if he doesn't pay attention or if it is a more serious problem. I try to keep my patience, but it isn't easy.

As for downsizing I am ready. But my house mate won't budge. This is the only real home either of us has had and we like it very much. However, it is getting to be too much for us.

We've had two delightful days. Yesterday we went to an indoor farmer's market. They have a café with an outside garden patio. We ordered hot chocolate and a Latte and sat on the patio for almost an hour. Today we went to a restaurant similar to Panera's and ate lunch on their deck. It was relaxing.

Miller, It sounds like the treatments are helping your daughter. I hope the results are positive and long term. **** I too want to have some flooring done. Our kitchen needs It desperately.

I think I have some change to my back problem. The lump seems alittle smaller and isn't as tender. It hurts only when there is pressure on it. I'm alittle nervous about having dye injected for the MRI.

Barbara mentioned they may drive down over the weekend. I think I I'll see if they want to come Sunday. Then she won't have to make dinner for Tom. She saw the surgeon on Tuesday. There was a mix up with her meds and was dehydrated. He sent her to the hospital for infusion. She is doing much better.

Since today is to be the last of high temperatures, I guess I will have to get my long sleeve tops out. I really like wearing fall/winter clothes better than summer. I missed the change in seasons when we lived in Florida.

Cecile, too bad Val's working conditions made her feel she had to leave the store. I wish her luck.

Allie, I hope your rodent and roof problems are soon resolved.

Irene, you seem to be doing very well. Your attitude is outstanding.

Shirley, we both have to keep plodding along.

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Happy Friday

I brought in my painting this morning and everyone said what a great looking barn. They told me all about the Sonoran Arts League and how if I join they would put my painting on the internet. So this is something to consider.

Slimmer, my art teacher said measure the painting and multiply the area by $2.00 as that is a good start so that is what I did. The price I put on the painting was $400.00. The Anthem Civic Center takes 10% and so does the league. Not too bad at 20%.

Ellen, I use to have severe sciatica pain so I finally had an MRI and x-rays and finally surgery. Oh, what a relief it was. I don't think you 2 are ready for a nursing home. Just get your DH fixed.

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Good afternoon team. I'm taking a break from bringing all our "stuff" back in the house. Don either can't or won't listen to when we're working together. He wants me to "take charge" and then ignores me. We have our box spring up on "risers" (to raise it up about 8") and I needed the box spring moved out so I could plug in clocks and lights. I specifically said, "Don't touch the bed frame. We're just picking up the box spring and moving it out a little". Then I told him about 2-3 times that we're picking up the BOX SPRING. So, of course he picked up the bed frame, which knocked it off all the "risers" and then told me that I didn't say not to touch the bed frame.
Then we were putting a storage cabinet in the bedroom and I told him it's going on the opposite wall from where it used to be. The next thing he asks is if it was going in the same place.

I'm trying SO HARD not to lose my patience because I don't think he can help it, but what makes it hard is when he tells me I didn't say what I KNOW I said and that's when the argument starts. I keep threatening to tape our conversations.
Sorry to be ranting but my stress level is at the top right now, since I just spent a couple of hours trying to work with my DH. I'll calm down after a few hours.
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MILLER, To answer your question, I checked out websites that gave advice about who to use for a carpet installer. I don't remember my sources, but they said to try the local carpet stores before you try the big box stores. I tried some of the local stores but didn't get good vibes in any of them. I got the feeling that they didn't care if I bought my carpet with them or if I didn't. I also got the same feeling from Home Depot and Lowes until I made an appointment with them. If you just walk in without the appointment, you might be ignored.
I almost had HD do the job, until I talked to a neighbor who owns rental property and he gave me the name of his carpet company, so that's who we had.
So, my suggestion is to see if you can find other people in your area who have had carpeting installed and ask their advice. "Word of mouth" is the best way to go.

Grace

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Hello everyone.

Shirley, thank you so much for your prayers for my daughter - that means a lot to me. *Itís wonderful that your son will have Thanksgiving and Christmas off this year. Iím sure that will make the holidays much more enjoyable. *I do agree with you about the gore and sexually explicit scenes on TV these days. Sometimes I just can't believe what they'll show - things certainly have changed over the years and not for the better!

Peggy, congratulations on ďAlmost ForgottenĒ being juried in. I hope you sell it! Happy Birthday to Michele - I hope her special day is a great one!

Grace, Iím planning to get new flooring soon. Can I ask - did you use a local carpeting store or one of the big chains like Home Depot, Loweís, or Empire Today? I canít decide who itís best to buy flooring from - itís just been so long since I bought any. Iíd be interested to hear how your new carpeting experience went and if youíre happy with the installation?

Cecile, Iím sorry to hear that Val was miserable at her job since the girl from Montreal came there. Itís a shame that one person can spoil the working experience, but I know that can happen. Still, maybe itís for the best since Iím sure Val's schoolwork is challenging and takes up a lot of her time.

Ellen, thanks for your good hopes for my daughter. *Regarding your situation, in my own life, Iíve taken it upon myself to hire workmen to do jobs that my husband was unable (or unwilling) to do. I wonder if your husband would be amenable to you doing that? I plan to hire some more workers after my daughter completes her TMS treatments. We have so many jobs around here that need to be done (yard work, plumbing, roof repair, deck repair, new flooring, etc.), but my DH really doesnít have time, and in some instances, he just isnít able anymore. Frankly, he doesnít like it when I spend money getting things done around the house (I suppose he thinks heíll get around to it someday), but I just canít wait any longer - itís too frustrating. *Is your husbandís sciatica caused by a pinched nerve - have they done an MRI? If so, can they give him an injection where the nerve is? That helped me once. Also, I wonder if some physical therapy would help? *I know itís hard when you compare your sisterís life with yours. I often see friends on Facebook whose lives look and sound so much better than mine and Iím filled with a sense of emptiness and longing that things arenít the same for me. *To tell the truth, I sound a bit like your husband. I donít really have friends and my husband is much more social than I. We were the opposite when we were young. I donít know when I started being such a homebody. Perhaps you and your husband could plan a trip somewhere? It's fun to have new experiences.



Iím feeling unsettled this afternoon. A young man in downtown Raleigh was determined to wedge in between my car and the car behind me and he hit my bumper. I got out of the car, and he got out of his and immediately started saying he didn't hit me. He must have said at least 15 times that he didn't hit me, but my daughter and I definitely felt it. I think he believed if he said it enough, it would be true. I asked him to back up so I could see if there was damage, and there wasn't, so I let him go. But I can't understand why he wouldn't just admit he hit my car? It's not the end of the world to have to admit you're wrong. In my opinion, itís a sign of strength, not weakness. I'm frequently wrong about things and try very hard to admit it each time. I just don't think the world is ever going to get better until people start telling the truth and taking responsibility for their actions. Thanks for letting me vent about this. I don't know why it bothers me so much - I suppose it's because he lied over and over again. I can't stand it when people lie to me. Oh well, it's over.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Irene - I have more of those "sofa and blanket days" than I should have. You do much better than I do being active, walking, exercising and eating right. You do impress me with how well you do. * Thanks for the explanation about the TV series "Victoria." As I remember she had quite a few lovers, so obviously there was something about her that men found attractive. I may have to give that one a try too. Is this its first season?

Cecile - sometimes co-workers can really be hard to get along with. As much as I like people, I think I preferred working in one girl offices for this reason. There seems to be good reason Val quit her job, but it is still a shame. Not all businesses feel about an employee the way that store seems to admire and feel about Val.

Grace - aren't you about a month away from heading for Florida? * Yes, the monthly fees in those Senior Communities are outrageous, and that plus the size was what kept me from moving us into one 11 years ago. However, it is my guess if we would sit down and figure out what we pay for services, taxes and upkeep, it would help our thinking about such. For us, I couldn't see us taking advantage of much of the stuff offered that we were paying for.

Ellen - I almost laughed out loud when I read about you and your husband almost needing to be in a nursing home. From where I sit you both are a far cry from needing that kind of care/living. You are comparing yours and your husband's life with your sister's and her husband, and that isn't wise as all of our bodies tend to age differently. My brother 77 is in a nursing home (due to an accident) and will never walk again. My friend's dad is 90, lives alone in a house with a pool in a Senior or Retirement Community in Florida. The last I heard he's still making the drive up here once or twice a year alone. No, not smart. My friend says he's still walking the golf course, but isn't sure how much golf is involved, has friends he goes out with, and goes to church regularly. There is all the difference in the world in how my mother aged and my dad. Mother died at 76, and my dad at 97. We just need to play the cards life has dealt us, and make the most of them. * The gas problem - I make it a practice to not let our car get below a half tank, but I'm thinking that perhaps I need to keep it maybe 3/4 full. * I'm afraid I'm a bit different in my taste for TV shows than you. I like for the stories to be realistic, but just not overly graphic when it comes to gore, violence or sex. As regards the latter, it gets so graphic on some shows that it could be used in a sex education class, and it is to the point I literally have to look away. Now that's bad. As said, I'm more about the story and how the characters think than the special effects. I love the old musicals, but I find the mysteries of that time period to be too camp for my taste. * My son was telling me that he will have both Thanksgiving and Christmas off this year. I was so happy to hear this. When he works, it is just the two of us for both holidays, which I don't mind, but it makes it nicer when the family can get together.

Peggy - Congratulations! That is wonderful that your work got juried in. I hope you do well and can sell something.

Slimmer - some good and interesting tips about showing, selling and pricing paintings.

Allie - yesterday afternoon the weather was miserable. I know the cooler weather is coming however, and as said it won't be too soon for me.

Have a great day everyone -

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Hello on Friday .i always log in but sometimes dint do much communicating, I still have what I call sofa and blanket days. When I don't feel like dong much at all. But tiday I felt more lively and in need of exercise so I walked to the coffee shop where I enjoyed coffee and poached eggs on toast as a late breakfast / early lunch . I was pleased to greet the latest waitress at the coffee shop. A young Downs Syndrome girl being taught how to clear tables for a start, she looked so happy .
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you asked me a few days ago why was the new t.v series " Victoria " inaccurate as its for American audiences ,it's rather insulting isn't it.?
It's not major changes but Victoria was not as pretty or as feisty as the lovely actress playing her now.. It seems audiences like pretty girls with perfectly groomed eye brows in major roles. Also V would have had a German accent the tv actress speaks perfect English ,
The politician guiding her through her duties did exist but he wasn't as charming as the actor and she would not have been attracted to him . He was a father figure to Q Victoria but the film makers add a bit of unfulfilled romance with them!
In the TV series she doesn't like her husband and to be, but in Victorias own diary she says she was attracted to him as soon as she saw him in tight breeches. , she wasn't a prude in her younger days.
So it's a Victorias early life with a few tweets based on reality ,I love it .
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God bless and keep us safe! May His angels watch over us and protect us! emoticon emoticon

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Peggy.... Congratulations! Remember when you price... that you price equal to those selling like you... Putting say $100.00 on a picture when everyone else is over $200 or $300.. helps to bring down.. what people think they should pay... Also if people get to know you or your name and you sell low.. they will always think you Should.. sell low... Plus selling low.. usually the FEE you have to pay is like 40 percent of the sales price.. so you have to make sure you cover your true costs... but... probably by now you already have already turned in a price you said you wanted to get... but this is something to remember in the future.

Also is you go to a lot of art shows.. you will probably notice like I sure have that not many items sell.. but it does happen. The Sautee galleries.. are more for selling even though they say they are shows.. they expect that 2/3rd of what you show needs to be up for sale.. you might look for galleries in your area that are like that... it is hard to find places to sell and it is work to do so.. but once you get used to it ..it can be done.

When do they judge the show? Make sure you go to the opening too! That is all part of showing and not many ribbons are given out... so enjoy all the parts of showing your art.. It is fun to stand close by your art and see how people look at it and if they have anything to say as they walk by.

Hot today was 90 degrees still at 5pm...
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Good afternoon team sister.

Today was laundry day. Everything is washed, dried and put away. hooooray!

Val had a few things to say about the job last night. The girl that transferred from Montreal, is not doing her job properly. Val`s problems at work started as soon as that girl arrived. She used to work in Montreal but transferred here because she is going to the University of Ottawa. Val was getting very miserable. I told her that with God`s help, we shall be all right.

I may be back later.... emoticon

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Good afternoon team, I have to make this quick because we're in the throes of having our whole house re carpeted. To save $200, we decided to move all the furniture and "stuff" ourselves, except for the 2 recliners and our bed. They did the living room and hall yesterday and will do two bedrooms tomorrow.

ELLEN, I'm sorry you're going through all this right now. I'm curious to know what kind of house your sister lives in. We're going through some of the same issues as well. The biggest problem is Don's refusal to accept that he can't fix things that need fixing, so he just let's them go. The "biggy" is that our roof leaks every time we go to FL because it wasn't done right last time it was re shingled. There's NO doubt in my mind that if something happens to Don, I'll move out of here in a heart beat! There's so many senior housing options around now. We almost moved last year but because of Don's biking gear, senior housing wouldn't work. Also the "amenity" fees were outrageous. They'll still be outrageous when the time comes, but I won't need as big of a place as we would right now.
I'll have to come back on in a while. Don wants me to help him mail a package.

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday. I need some advice from the team:

I feel my DH and I need to reset our lives. We stay up late (close to 1 AM), then he gets up from sciatica and sleeps off and on in the living room. Then when I get up around 8 am he goes back to bed and sleeps to noon if I rub his back for a while. I wish I knew some kind of specialist that could work with him to figure out how to change our lives. We are 69 and 71 and we might as well be in a nursing home now.
I think I am depressed because of all the things that need done around here but either it is too hot to do it when he gets up or it is raining. We need two bridges, and our front deck stained and sprayed with Thompson Water Seal, the back porch needs minor repairs and to be painted. A fence needs to be replaced and now he wants to try and take all these dead branches to the mulch place on Dumpster Day. You would think we were dead broke, and we only spend half our monthly income.
Sorry to ventÖ.I just need to make a plan I guess.

I talked to my 75 year old sister yesterday. They are having a wonderful life. She had her knees replaced and her toes straighten and they just got back from Minnesota and Wisconsin. They had flown up there to go to the Mayo Clinic, but she checked out great in a half day so they had the rest of the week to have fun. They drove to Green Bay and Duluth. We had a wonderful visit and I was so envious. Her DH plays golf all the time, is on a university board, active in their church as a deacon, and they have been to Phoenix, New Mexico, parts of Kansas, and now to Minnesota. Growing old does not have to be just watching reruns and The Weather Channel.
Thanks for letting me vent!

Marlene- I so hope this is just a bruise and you are so much better by the time you get the MRI.

Slimmer- CBS and NBC news has been talking about the pipe and the gas storage on the Nightly News. In fact, I filled up my car on Tuesday because I thought I should not let it get close to empty. A pipe break could happen anywhere. I hope it is flowing soon!

Shirley- I think you like the kind of mysteries I like; nothing realistic, just fun- like the old murder mysteries. I donít think anyone wants fall to come more than me.

Miller- I totally understand. As much as I love my home, I am ready to downsize. Maybe if we move to a maintenance free place, my DH would be happier and have more friends. Except for people he sees in retail, he has no real friends. I have no clue what Christmas will be like this year with everyone but my son have moved to other states and countries. *I so hope the treatment does wonders for your daughter. I get down sometimes, but nothing like real depression that needs treatment.

Cecile- I hope all goes well for you and Val in the months to come. Iím sure she can find another job easily.

Debbie- I think we might could drive eight hours. I tís just those 12 hour drives are a thing of the past. Unfortunately when we go see my mother, Yukon (about 6 hours) is the best place to stop. Beyond there are I 40 is just smaller towns until we get to Amarillo, TX.

Peggy- hi! That is GREAT news about your painting!! YEA!! I do hope it sells!

Ellen


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Happy, happy Thursday

emoticon I did it! I got juried in with my barn picture "Almost Forgotten". I have to deliver it tomorrow morning between 8-10. The show is from 10/01/2016 to 01/27/2017. Maybe with any luck I will sell it.

Tomorrow is Michele's (IA) 49th birthday. When I call her, I am going to see if she will call Christina to see how she is doing.

Cecile, it is too bad that Val had to quit her job but I certainly do understand as I had to quit mine when going to college.

Believe it or not it is actually cooler here, only in the 90's in the late afternoon. The warmest time of the day is 4:00.

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Good morning team:

Shirley: I agree this cooler weather is perfect. I hope you have a good day.

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