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12/20/14 11:42 P

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Hi everyone

I am getting here late tonight. Read everyones post but do not have time to answer individually

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Friday we got a call from the police and they had found our car. It only had a little damage where the key went in. Also it smelled bad of smoke and body oder. We think it was a homeless person or something. Anyway Dear Hubby sprayed Lysol all in it. Then took it down and had it professionally cleaned. We are so relieved and are Praising the Lord.

You all have a great evening.
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12/20/14 9:54 P

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Good evening team. I just got back from a Christmas party that one of my class members has every year. It's actually her two unmarried sons that she lives with in the winter who have the party. Of course I over ate and now feel very bloated.

BONNIE, I feel SO bad for your DH with his painful case of shingles. I've heard that the shingles pain is one of the worst you can have. I've only had very mild cases usually very close to my eye. I did finally get the shingles shot this year because it's finally "free" for us. A couple of years ago it would have cost me over $200. I'm praying that he finds relief from that agony.

ELLEN, Has your DH ever tried a "spinal block" for his back problem? That's what I'm suppose to be getting in the middle of January, after I come back from my trip to CT.

SUE, I'm like you about making new purchases. I very rarely clothes shop any more. There are 2 ladies in my exercise class who go clothes shopping twice a WEEK? I wonder what they do with all those clothes, jewelry,shoes and hand bags.

I've got to go get OUT of these too tight clothes I wore to that party and let everything hang loose.
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Hello Sparkfriends!!
Bonnie-my sympathies to your husband -it is a slow slow process even under the best of circumstances. Hubby and I got the vaccine a couple years ago and from what I read that isn't even a guarantee.
Cecile-I sure haven't been in the mood for making cookies but I did today. For everyones information-my recipe called for 1/2 cup oil-well I was about 2 tablespoons short and substituted olive oil-mistake. I can taste it-however-my family thinks the cookies are delicious so that batch was not a total waste. Tomorrow I will buy more cooking oil to finish up more for friends.
Yes-our rally went well-we had 500-600 people there. Our Mayor, state congressman and state senator all spoke. Many of our local business have put up signs in support of our nativity scene and some have even put up there own in front of their businesses. I sure hope they do not offend anyone driving by.
Yes....the price of everything has gone up soooo much. I had a modest savings when I retired but am dwindling down somewhat. I have made a decision I have enough of everything. Clothes, shoes, personal items-so no more buying. We eat out very little-home cooking most all the way. And there are 4 of us so I really have to watch it. The decrease in gas prices has helped a little around the holiday but I am afraid of what may be happening with the global economy.
Well gotta go get some more steps in or I won't be able to fit in my clothes...then I will have to buy new ones. Lol !!!!
Everyone have a blessed day!!

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Bonnie - so sorry that your husband is still having pain. You are correct, from my understanding from doctors - Shingles follow a nerve, thus the pain. * Money - my husband does most of the bill paying, as said before, but he does little shopping - that task is mine. I will remind him from time to time that the relatively few bags he's helping me unload after shopping is $100 - $200 worth, and I can tell from body language that it goes over his head. Obviously I'm the one who pays for what I buy at Walmart or wherever - be it food, appliances, household items, pharmaceuticals, etc.

Grace - I agree with most of what you wrote about religious oppression. Unfortunately in our "politically correct society" we are to have tolerance for anyone and everything right - even terrorists - except our country's basic principles and Christianity. *If Melvin has trouble walking, as I assume he does since you push him around in a wheelchair, his concern with that curb probably has as much to do with balance and strength in his legs as it does his poor eyesight. I avoid stepping off curbs if at all possible, and I've got normal (whatever that is - smile) eyesight.

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Good afternoon everyone!

Val has gone to work and so I`m all alone. I decided this morning enough is enough. I`ve done the cranberry squares since I started them last evening but I put everything away. I am done. If Val wants baking, she can do it herself.

I took the meat out for the ragout. It turned out the pot I had was too small. I found one bigger and better and Val took it down for me. I had to wash it as I cannot remember the last time I used it. The ground meat is thawed and in the fridge for now ready to make meatballs. I just may prepare them tonight and cook them tomorrow.

I usually send Christmas cards out every year and have been since I started to work when I was 18 years old. This year I don`t feel very merry and therefore am not sending any out. I will however send e-mails to my list wishing them the best for the Holidays.

Au revoir for now. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon emoticon

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Good Morning, Team.

It is 34 degrees out. The sun was out earlier but it is now cloudy AGAIN.

DH has been going outside for a few hours each day to rake the leaves. He says that while he is outside moving around his shingles doesn't bother him. But when he comes inside and stops moving he is in a great deal of pain and takes a pain pill. It's usually Aleve but yesterday he was in so much pain he took a Percocet. Very strange thing, this shingles. I keep telling him it is because it is a "nerve" pain and not a body pain. I hope I'm telling him the right thing. But, when you are in pain, what kind of pain it is really doesn't matter does it!!

@Cecile - I'm sorry that your pension has been cut so drastically. Since retiring 5 years ago, we had a lot of money saved up so I didn't much worry about expenses. But now everything seems to be "going up" and I'm realizing that I really need to cut back on things and do without some other things. DH doesn't do the bills so he has no idea what things we have to pay for. We are okay, just need to cut out the "instant gratification" and buy when we have saved up. I feel bad that none of our family ever wants to exchange gifts, but, on the other hand, I don't need to buy them anything either. Saves me money.

@Grace - YES--please send your warmth this way!! We aren't as cold as some of you and our 2 small snow storms of the season didn't last long but we are still running below normal.
I hate to think what January is going to be like!

I'm heading out to the Farm shortly. I'm going to have to "bundle up".

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.
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GOOD MORNING TEAM!

SHIRLEY, I hardly write any Christmas cards anymore and so far I think we’ve gotten less than 10. My feeling about religious observations – Our country was founded because of religious oppression in England. So it seems that we’ve gone full circle and are, once again, being exposed to religious oppression. There needs to be much more tolerance of other’s beliefs than there is now. Christians shouldn’t have to fight for the right to have nativities at Christmas time. There is something so backwards about that.

IRENE, I’m glad that the whole experience of going to the eye doctor is behind you and that they were compassionate and understanding to Maurice. I’m sorry that the outcome wasn’t better. My 81 year old special brother is also nearly blind because of diabetic retinopathy. It’s hard to tell where the lack of sight and the lack of mental capacity intersect. Right now, he’s almost terrified to step off a 6” curb. I always make sure to tell him just how big the step is and of course, hold his arm tight, to give him more reassurance., but I don’t know if others think to do that for him.

CECILE, Who is going to eat all the goodies you’re baking?! I’d volunteer to, if I wasn’t 1000s of miles away. We got a box of goodies from our son and DIL this week, with all kinds of little sweet breads and candy in it. (groan).
I hope you can manage on the money you’ll be getting and think it was a good idea to make sure Val knows just what the financial situation is, so she won’t be expecting more than you can give.

ALLIE, Good for you for getting back into your routine so quickly. I’m sorry that your pain is from an accident and therefore will always be with you. I was never in an accident but do have chronic pain in several joints in my body. Next month I’m going to have “Radiofrequency Ablation” in my spine. I guess what this means is the doctor will use RF to disable some of the nerves that are causing my back pain. The nerves will regenerate after a time, but it will work for a while, hopefully.

ELLEN, It’s so nice that you still keep up with your co-workers. It would be so easy just to “move on” and not bother. I keep teaching my class, in FL, because I know that if I stop, there are “friends” that I will never see again, because the class is our only contact. I don’t have any co-workers from my last job, because I was the only recreation co-coordinator for the seniors in the town where I used to live and all those people were about 20 years older than me and are mostly all gone now.

BONNIE, I wish I could send you some of this FL sunshine. It will be in the upper 60s this afternoon so I will get to walk. I don’t envy you having to walk in the cloudy cold weather, but I see from my “Friends Feed’ that you are very consistent with that, for which I applaud you. If I lived up north in the winter, I would definitely be hibernating.

I have to get off the computer now because I have to get ready for my walk. This afternoon I have to transplant some marigolds and tonight I have to go to a Christmas party, given by one of my exercise class members. For those of you I missed in this post, I’m sorry I didn’t get to you. There is SO much going on in this thread that it’s hard for me to keep up.



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12/20/14 9:19 A

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Everyone has been so nice & supportive here it's so great!!!!!!!!! Today I'm doing housework. It gets me moving a little. emoticon emoticon

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Good Morning Everyone -

Irene what a delightful story about your great granddaughter, Amy. Thanks for sharing that. * I'm glad that Maurice's eye exam went well, but sorry to hear the results. Being blind in one eye and not being able to see the best out of the other would account for some of his behavior, I agree with you about that. I would have been tired too after a 2 hour eye exam.

Cecile - your post brought a smile. It is good to hear you busy and happy. Thanks for sharing the story about the Nativity. The craziness going on in this country drives me a bit nuts sometimes. I don't hear our outcry about Muslims dressing in middle eastern garb, heads covered, etc., and I personally don't feel I or anyone else has a right to condemn it. I wear a cross on a chain around my neck, many Jews wear a Star of David. This is Christmas and Hanukkah for gosh sake, so why on earth should it offend anyone to see a Nativity scene or a menorah or other religious symbol on government property, in schools, stores or wherever.

Allie - what a delight to speak with your friend of so many years. It has always amazed me how some friendships last even though we don't see people for many years. We have a few friends like that. One family - we lived just down the street from one another for just 18 months, before my husband's job transferred him to another state. We visited back and forth over the years as our children were growing up, but have little contact any longer, but that hasn't diminished the caring for each other for any of us. *Sending Christmas cards - my list has dwindled from 150 to under 50. We strike people off our list most every year. I can't give up the tradition totally since like the friend I mentioned, this is the last thread of staying in touch with some old friends. I haven't written a Christmas letter in a number of years, since I don't feel I have anything of interest to say, since we live such a quiet life. However, my daughter or adult grandchildren and brother don't send cards and a couple of close friends no longer send them. I send them a card anyway, and know not to expect one from them. Yes, sending cards is costly. * It sounds like you had a very nice day yesterday, and that's always good to hear.

Ellen - thankfully we didn't get the snow you did, and what we did get is all gone now. *Your lunch with your friends sounded nice. * Oh my how I can identify with eating something so as not to waste it. Like you when I do that I remind myself that I'm using my body as a garbage disposal, and That's Not Good! * Yep, we haven't seen much of the sun have we? * Most of our ancestors came to this country because of religious oppression or persecution or other persecution. Our constitution states freedom "of" religion, not freedom "from" religion. This is a Judeo-Christian country. We have allowed and welcomed people of all faiths to come here and practice their faith and customs. But the fact still remains they are living in a Judeo-Christian nation - not Muslim, Hindu or atheist. We once were a Very religious country with morals; that seems to be slowly but surely being chipped away, and should that happen if we think things are bad now, I don't want to think what this country will be like should the atheists, Muslims or whomever take over. Our laws and constitution were founded on Christian principles. Separation of church and state is one thing, separation from religious principles is something else. It is Christmas and Hanukkah right now, so I say again what is wrong with a nativity or a Jewish symbol being displayed in a park, courthouse lawn or for that matter children in schools being allowed to sing Christmas carols.

Elise - you are most welcome. I hope my suggestions will help a bit. I struggle with the same problem you do, and I'll bet others do as well.

Slimmer - good to see your post. I'd wondered why we hadn't heard from you, as I'd totally forgotten about you having computer problems. I'm glad they got your computer working again.

Bonnie - as said earlier in this post - there are a few I send cards to that I know not to expect one in return - like your husband's siblings in your case. However, if I found out that they were sending cards to others and not us, I think I just might mark them off my list too. As said, my list tends to get shorter each year. I used to use Access for my Christmas Card list, but about 3 years ago, I set me up one in Excel, and I think I like it better. It has a box for cards sent, received, and e-cards received. I have space enough for it in large print for 3 years. I will need to update it for the next 3 years after this one. I love getting cards, pictures and letters each year, so I really don't want to stop exchanging cards.


Wishing for us all a good day and an enjoyable weekend.
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12/20/14 2:42 A

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Hello on Saturdaya , I di read all mails and want to comment on everything but... This morning our son Mike his daughter Amy and his grand daughter 6 year old Jess are coming to see is. Jess is wonderful with her g grandad whose calls Magic , she has nicknames for most people
She loves Magic and runs to him as soona she sees him, he loves her though can't remembet her name , we will do a gift swap and have lunch out and I wnat to do a bit of shopping in town whiie they sit with Magic grand dad,
The eye test went well I was so impressed with the care and the whole set up, I have never seen an eye test as thorough ,I sat in on it so I could answer questions. Maurice was addressed as Sir treated with respect at all times. He has a full cataract on one eye but looking behind it the lady opthalmologist told us that eye was badly damaged by a stroke so even removing the cataract won't help him see any better. He is not totally blind in it but can't see much. The good eye had a cataract moved a year or so, but is clouding over, seems the new lens does this at times, she will refer him to the eye hospital for possible laser treatment. Basically he can't see much in detail which explains a lot like his inability to tell time which I had out down to Alzheimets but is more likely to be sight
The process was done in a calm reassuring manner with total attention, we were there almost two hours,I was most impressed.. This is all done free for senior citizens, the governor may pay for it on nhs , eye glasses we woudl pay for. But at this time they are not recommending he changes the ones he uses now. M was tired after all the concentration so I got him home so he could sleep. Have a good weekend . Irene

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12/19/14 11:32 P

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Good evening everyone!

I did not bake today. Today would have been my father`s birthday. Had he lived, he would have been 111 years old.

I did however put yesterday`s baking in tins to be brought down to put away in the freezer. I put the tins on the coffee table and when Val went by, she picked them up to bring down. I asked her to bring the meat up for the ragout and meat balls which she did. Believe me everything was frozen stiff.

I do have a recipe ready for tomorrow. They are cranberry squares. I had to shave the peel off an orange and then extricate the juice. After I did this, I ate the flesh. Nothing was wasted but the white stuff that is bitter.

I love it when Val comes back from work and says: Grand-ma it smells so good in here. What a boost.

Talking about putting up a Nativity scene there was a controversy at one of the hospital in Ottawa. We have a General Hospital that was founded by the Nuns of Charity a Lot of years ago. It has been taken over by the government. It was decided that they were not putting up the scene this year. There was a petition to put it back on. It`s not that big but it has been a tradition of several decades. Tonight it was announced on the 6 o`clock news that it is in its rightful place.

I was contacted by the provincial government yesterday morning regarding my survivor`s pension. I`m getting a whole $195.00 a month. How far do they think I will get with a stipend like that? It is retroactive to the 1st of October since André died in September. I told Val that I will not be able to know how to budget until the 1st of February of even the 1st of March. The government will be sending the $2,500.00. A cheque for $500.00 will come to me but the rest will be a cheque for the succession. I cannot touch it until maybe next Fall when the income tax will be done. I actually panic at times when I think of everything I have to pay.

Now that I have vented I will leave and return later.

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon emoticon

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12/19/14 6:27 P

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Good evening team:

It is getting dark quick, but that is normal for this time of year. I love coming home and turning my Christmas tree lights on.

Ellen: I spoke to a friend of mine from Florida the other evening. We have been friends for at least 25 years and we worked at two different jobs together. She has been like a sister to me and we are very close, even tho she is so far away.

Elise: When I can't get to the Y to swim, I walk back and forth in my house too. I put some good music on and watch the clock while I walk.

Bonnie: I quit sending Christmas cards a few years ago. I miss doing it sometimes but I remind myself how much money I save not buying cards and stamps.

Sue B. I hope the demonstration went well.

Shirley: I had a good day today. I feel like I am getting back into my usual routine.

Nina: I got it in my head that I just had to have a Nacho Bell Grande, so I bought one today. It was good and it was a nice change. I had the chicken one so I felt I did my part towards eating healthy.

I couldn't sleep last night, so when I finally got to sleep I slept in. I went right to the Y and had a nice relaxing swim. I went to Wal-Mart afterwards and it wasn't crowded at all. Everyone seemed to be in the Christmas spirit, so it was a nice experience for a change. I bought a couple of CDs. One of them has Christmas music on it and I love it.

I hope everyone has a good evening. Allie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I had a lovely lunch with two past co-worker friends. Since they were on vacation, we met at a new coffeehouse that is close by. It is funny, they both work in a building 15 miles from my house but they both live within 5 miles of my home. The coffee was wonderful and I had a slice of quiche that was quite good. We all agreed that we would like to repeat the visit to the coffeehouse. The 3 inch snow has not totally melted so it makes the countryside feel like the holidays.

Marlene - So glad that everyone has arrived safely and are settling into their new surroundings. You reminded me that I need to bake more cookies to serve at Christmas. My DH loves a few sweets around the house. What I have to watch is that he does not eat them and then I do because I hate to see food throw out. BUT, that means I am using my body as a GARBAGE DISPOSAL!!! emoticon

Elise - love the idea of dancing around the house!! I love upbeat music and don't listen to enough of it! Note to self: another reason to get my knees replaced!

SLIMMER - I agree with you - electronic devices are wonderful, but can be such a pain in maintaining- hey, that mental stress may help grow more brain cells for us seniors!

Bonnie - I think we must all be experiencing grey, cloudy, skies. It seems like it has been that way forever. We had an hour of sunshine last week and I told Shirley that maybe it was headed her way and then the clouds rolled back in.

Shirley and Sue - My ancestors came to America to escape religious persecution in Europe during the late 1600's and early 1700's. I feel very strong about the separation of church and state so no one should ever have to experience what my ancestors experienced. Even though I am a Christian, I also feel others who come to America (including the Native Americans who were already here) should enjoy this same freedom. So, I have mixed feelings about the government having religious displays unless they welcome everyone to display our diverse society.

Nina - I admire you for making your Christmas gifts!

Ellen

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Thanks for the advice Shirley!!!!!!!!!! I'll try my best to do some exercise indoors(I could walk in place or dance to music). emoticon

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Hi All, 55 and gray out...

JUST got my computer back after a week of them working on it. Well, I think they only started on Thursday and after I kept calling... aughhhhhhhh

I now have windows 8.1 and so far I don't recognize the windows I used to use. I have been working on getting logged into all I used etc What a Pain!

I now can see my games again in full view but I still don't have setting right for my all time viewing.

Computers are nice but AUGHHHHHHHHHHH what a pain to keep them running the way we want them.

They did tell me that once a year I should everything dumped out of my computer and then reloaded with Programs... the photos and files of personal things can be saved but that knocks out all the junk that gets put into our computers.

Mine was running soooooooooo slow!!!!!!!!!! and nothing I did or they did could make it stop with out dumping it and that is not so bad to do Just now the pain of putting in all the Bookmarks etc which I did lose...who knows maybe now I don't know I needed those places...

Oh how important my 2 full pages of Logins and Passwords are...No way can I remember all the places I have logged onto that I do need. oh gee that means school too... aughhh

ok I am stressed........... but ok not as stressed as if they didn't get it working ...but I am stresseddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd!

Finished reading Eat Pray Love... didn't think I wanted to read the book since I saw the movie... but it was a fast read and really gave me a lot to think about... it just wasn't all cute.. there was meaning there... Kind of like doing these Morning Pages... I learned to look at things in life differently... and gee I don't have to go to Italy or India to find it out!

Now reading The Help... it was on my reading list but again saw the movie but didn't think I would want to read the book since I remembered the movie. Wrong... again... it is a 500 page fast read and now I understand more of what is going on.

In both books I can see why they were Winners and made into movies...

...back to suffering over these logins and passwords... after I go eat something bad... I am Stressedddddddddddddddddd....ddddddddddddd
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Hope all is well...

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Good Afternoon, Team.

The weather report and WeatherBug said today would be SUNNY!! So far it's almost Noon and all I've seen is gray, cloudy skies! It's 37 degrees outside. These kinds of days seem to suck out all of my energy and I just want to curl up somewhere warm.

Yesterday I got all of my Christmas cards to the mailbox. I have misplaced my "list" from last year so I hope I didn't forget anyone. DH thinks I should "write off" anybody who doesn't send us a card but for some people I just can't do that--like all of DH's 5 siblings!

@Marlene - Glad that your daughter and SIL have arrived and will shortly be moving into their new situation. I hope it turns out to be a good "fit" for them.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.
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Sue - emoticon emoticon I'm not much on demonstrations especially after the awful ones we've experienced here not to mention the ones all over the country. BUT... this is one demonstration I might even have joined. I'm so proud of you and your new found Christian friends for taking a stand, not to mention a wise mayor and city council. You can bet the national news media won't cover it, although they should. But maybe, just maybe it will encourage both Christians and Jews to stand up for God and our beliefs!

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Hi Sparkfriends.
Well the Nativity is up and staying up for the time being. The community is rallying around the Mayor and city government as it should be. I spent 2 hours up there demonstrating yesterday afternoon and 2 hours yesterday evening. Tonight we're going to have a mass demonstration at 6 o'clock so I'm really hoping for a good turnout. Yesterday's gatherings were small but it was a beginning. Met some new folks with common purpose.
Going to get my hair done at 11-so looking forward to that!!!
Everyone have a blessed day.
Oh ugh-forgot to say they did have me on tv last night.

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Elise - walking is my preferred exercise too, but due to leg problems walking now days is pretty much limited to what I do shopping or moving around the house or wherever. I do have an exercise bike, but it is in the basement all set up with TV and anything else I need to use it, but I seldom go down the stairs any longer and there is no room for it upstairs. I tell you this to let you know I understand your plight. Spark People has a whole array of exercises if your computer is somewhere where you have the room to exercise along with the videos. I try to walk as much as possible from one end of this house to the other. I have no idea how many steps I get in a day because I've yet to find a pedometer that is accurate. Some people turn on some lively music and will just dance around the room using their arms as well as legs to get their heart rates up for a certain period of time. I hope this helps just a bit. Also if you are near a mall or big store, they make good places to walk too. It is a bit hard to judge distance, but you can certainly time how long you walk.

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Today I'm going grocery shopping--I'm not buying too much. I do try to watch what I eat but it's hard. I eat "treats" in moderation & it's hard to walk(what I do for exercise) this time of year. emoticon emoticon

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Good Morning Everyone -

Another week almost to an end. It continues to amaze me how quickly the weeks and months seem to disappear.

Nina - doesn't it make you feel good when you have some really good grocery coupons? I won't bother with the ones that will say 40 cents off 4 or 5 cans of soup, when 1 can of soup costs $1.50 or better For me that isn't worth me going to the trouble of cutting the coupon out. * We too like Taco Bell, but don't go there often because they are a bit inconvenient to get to. *Thank you - I noticed that my day off however didn't make me feel any better than a normal day does.

Marlene - so happy that Barbara and Tom arrived safely. Thanks for letting us know. I know you and Walt are so happy to have them living close by now.

Ellen - people who text and drive or talk on their cells while driving should be arrested in my opinion. If my cell goes off while I'm driving, I pull into a parking lot (if possible) or the side of the road before I answer it. Nothing that comes in on our phones is important enough to take the life of someone else or end our own. People claim that it doesn't impair their driving. I don't know about others, but I can tell when following a car if they are on their cell by the way they are driving, and when I pass them I'm seldom wrong. * It sounds like you are going to have a very nice Christmas, and like us this year not celebrated on the day itself with family.

Allie - is it amazing how addicted we become to these computers and the internet. For one thing we have a resource library at our finger tips and can find most anything that we are interested in in just a few minutes or less. * That Corvair that we totaled was one of the cars we've owned that I loved best. We never had a problem with controlling it because of the engine being in the rear, but I have no doubt the engine being located where it was was what caused that accident. * Taking one day at a time - I think that we all reach the point in our lives where if we hadn't been of that mindset before, we realize that the only way to keep going is by just taking life one day at a time.

Have a good day everyone!
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Hi everyone

A better day today. I got the top done for DD#1. One more Christmas present down emoticon .

Did a little grocery shopping emoticon with some really good coupons. The store is just down the street from us.

Made tacos for supper.

Irene-the staff you described really sounds unique. So glad you found them.

Grace-the car was old and only worth about $500 so we had minimal insurance on the car. So no rental car. Good luck at your appointment and shopping.

Elise-just do what you can during the season. Every little bit helps.

Krys-your cookie bake sounded like fun. I bet they were yummy.

Sue-good for you-we do not stop others from their religious beliefs.

Shirley-glad you are getting your day off.

Allie-Taco Bell is one of my weakness too.

Ellen-family is so important. This year I get to be with my family for Christmas.

Marlene-glad they all arrived safely. Enjoy the cookies

You all have a nice evening.
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Good Evening Team Sisters. This will be short just want to let you all know Barbara & Tom(DD/SIL) arrived safely. They spent the night with us. They were very tired so we all were in bed by 11 o'clock and slept to almost 9:00 this AM. It is such a good feeling knowing they are here to stay.

After lunch they drove up to where they will be living/working. The owners have completely updated the house. Barbara is soooooo pleased. Today was their first face to face meeting with the woman who now owns the fishing club. Barbara said she is very nice and open to any suggestions they may have to offer. It will take awhile for them to get settled in and know what needs to be done. Their furniture arrives Sat. AM.

Yesterday I used the steamer on the kitchen floor and really put some "elbow grease" into it. Today I am so sore in my shoulder blades and upper arms. Just proves it doesn't matter how much a person does weight exercises you most often use different muscles doing housework.

Think I may mix up a batch of cookies. I like to refrigerate the batter before baking them.

Everyone take care and don't stress about holiday preparations.

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I am almost finished wrapping all but one gift! It feels so good to have all this done!! I have had fun this year buying stuff. My son is coming over on Sunday to exchange gifts before he flies out early Tuesday morning to celebrate Christmas with his dad's family. Then we celebrate Christmas sometime between the 24 and the 26th with my DH's son and his children. I am just glad I have family to celebrate with.

Allie - it is terrible that a car accident is the cause of your chronic pain. It just tells us how in a second, our entire life can change. I worry about people who text and drive so much for that reason.

Grace - you will probably be told by your pain management doctor that you are doing everything you can to keep limber and active. emoticon Most of the time, they are telling people that they will feel better with physical therapy and yoga. This entire team already knows that! Be sure and tell us what they say!

Irene - I hope everything goes well with your hubby and the eye doctor.

Nina - what a horrible thing to happen right before Christmas! People who steal make me so mad. It seems like they steal very often from the people who can not afford to lose anything. I realize people steal often because of drug addictions but still - come on, take responsibility for yourself and turn your life around!! Don't hurt others!!

Elise- this is a hard time for all of us to lose weight. Just try to eat healthy everyday. But remember, a piece of pie or cake often equal the same calories as an entire meal!!

Must close!

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Good afternoon team:

Grace: My chronic pain is from a car accident I was in several years ago. My eye is alright and I think it is healing quite nicely. I go back to the eye doctor next Friday.
I hope you have good luck with your pain management appointment. I have never been to anyone like that so I don't know what they do.

Nana: One of my weaknesses is Taco Bell. They are cheap and quick. I am so sorry to hear about your car. I hope you can find another reasonably priced vehicle soon. Cars are so expensive, but we need them to have them to get around.

Cecile: I like your little Gingerbread Man in your icon. When you were talking about all the cookies you baked, I could almost smell them as they were coming out of the oven.

Yvonne: I hope you get your internet back on soon. When I first moved where I live now I had cancelled my internet to save money. I realized very quickly I couldn't live without it and had them hook it back up.

Irene: You are a wonderful advocate for your husband. You are asking great questions.

Grace: I hope you had fun shopping and got some nice things.

Krys: Thanks for the update on the twins. It all sounds so exciting.

Sue B. I hope your demonstration went well. Good for you standing up for your beliefs.

Shirley: My very first car was a Corvair. What a great but uplifting story.

I finally got some sleep and I went straight to the Y. There was hardly anyone at the pool and I was able to do laps and pool exercise. It is so nice not to be in the pain I was in. I got the meds out of my system so I can be more clear headed. I have learned to take everything one day at a time like we all have have.

I am so impressed with the people on these team You all are an inspiration to me and keep me going many times when I just want to say the heck with it and sit and feel sorry for myself. Thank You and of course I thank SP.

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Good afternoon Everyone -

I'm a bit late getting here today. We woke up to a snowy morning. Not a lot of accumulation and thankfully because of close to freezing temps, but not quite there the roads and other concrete isn't icy. I'm taking a much needed day off today, or as much of one as any homemaker is allowed to take.

Krys - good to hear from you and get an update on you, your daughter and her twins, as well as the rest of your family. What a fun family tradition your annual cookie bake. My daughter has lived away from us since she was 18, but I still long to do things with her like you did with your family, and she does with her daughter that lives close by.

Elise - this is one of those times in the year when I urge our team not to go hog wild with the food, but to allow yourself the foods you most enjoy in moderation. Delicious food is so much a part of the enjoyment of this wonderful Season. Should you gain a few pounds, you can get busy and get them off once Hanukah and Christmas are over. Pounds gained quickly will come off just as quickly if not allowed to sit. Good foods are so much a part of this wonderful season of the year, and denying ourselves or being too strict with ourselves is the perfect way to set ourselves up for a binge if we deny ourselves too much.

Grace - perhaps the pain management sessions are just what you need. My friend that had back surgery went to one of those for a long time before she gave in and had the surgery. She thought that it helped her. *Our son has just recently become a corrections officer. As you may remember, both he and his wife lost their jobs this year. Her after working for a company over 25 years. It was bought by another one. My son has wanted to go into police work for a very long time. Although this opportunity came his way late in life he seems to like what he's doing and is very excited about the opportunity.

Irene - it is so good to hear that you found an ophthalmologist that is sensitive to Maurice's needs. I hope all goes well.

Yvonne - so sorry about your computer problems. It was time for us to renew McAfee too, and my husband had a devil of a time doing what needed to be done, which hasn't happened before. He too finally had to get a tech to help him. Grumble, grumble is right!!!! It shouldn't be that difficult. I hope you can get your computer up and running soon.

Cecile - be nice to yourself and quit kicking yourself in the tush! LOL When I cook I'm always cleaning as I go. I've never had anyone to clean up after me. My son does most of the cooking at his house, I gather, but he says in his house that whomever cooks, the other cleans up. That sounds good to me. * There is nothing that tastes better than homemade cookies. YUM!

Nina - I am so very sorry to hear about your car being stolen. That would be a shocker for us too. I know what you mean about praying for a car you can afford. When our older child was about 4 we were on our way to work and to drop her at daycare. We'd had a big snow storm that night, and they hadn't gotten the streets cleared. My husband was driving as slowly as possible and very carefully when the car went into a skid for no good reason (it was a Corvair, remember those - engine in rear, and prone to skidding) and collided with the only car on that stretch of road for miles in either direction. The car was totaled, and we were living from paycheck to paycheck, owned only one car, and now didn't have one to trade. The insurance helped, but just helped - plus they canceled us after the accident. Talk about adding insult to injury. We had to have a car since we both worked a long way from where we lived, and no public transportation. We managed, but it wasn't easy. So I meant it when I said I understand your plight. * I think you mentioned having a daughter and granddaughter as well as your 3 sons?

Allie - I'm glad you are getting a respite from caring for your grandsons. I know it is a long trip from Georgia to Pennsylvania, but... we would find 2 weeks far too long to live in someone else's house.

Bonnie - your blog is excellent. * Congratulations to your niece. What a fantastic opportunity to be able to work for awhile in the Dominican Republic.

Ellen - eating slowly - while I'm obese as you well know, I have always eaten Very Slowly. I've taken a lot of ribbing (some good natured, some just being nasty) over the years with people saying that I eat slowly because I talk too much. The interesting thing is, since I've heard that so much I've watched and it doesn't matter whether I spend my time talking or eating, everyone at the table is finished long before I am. Many times I just get a box and take my food home so as not to make people wait for me to finish when in a restaurant. At family gathering I don't take a lot of food, and yet I'm still the last one to finish. My husband seems to inhale his food.

Sue -GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If the atheists don't want to live in a Judeo-Christian country let them leave. And if seeing churches, temples, nativities, crosses or menorahs offend them - they are free to look elsewhere. I'll bet stores aren't taking down their Christmas decorations or stopping playing Christmas music to please them. Yes, I realize that is secular and not religious, but whether they want to accept it or not all of this has religious roots. You and I as Christians don't chastise them for being non-believers, so what gives them the right to think they have the right to keep us from exhibiting our faith. The last time I looked, they ARE in the minority. Once we kicked God out of our schools, our homes, and elsewhere this country has gone to hell in a hand basket. Perhaps they should recognize that fact and leave we who believe alone. Sorry Everyone - enough said.

Wishing everyone a good rest of the day and evening. Sleep well.
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Hi Sparkfriends!!
Cookiebakers-I need you at my house!! (Cecile and Krys). I have not gotten started on my cookie. Maybe this weekend.
Interesting experience her this morning. There was an article in our morning paper that "someone" had registered a complaint with an atheist organisation to have our small Nativity taken down at city hall. I went down to take a picture-it was a very simple one-metal frame with colored lights-no statues-depicting Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus. About an hour later I passed by again and they had taken it down. There was a lady holding a white board with a drawing of the nativity. So I got out took another pic and hugged her neck. Then passing back by a little later they had put the nativity back up-a tv camera man was there. I took another pic and then he asked if he could interview me. Now my hubby just came in and said there was a demonstration down and city hall. So hi ho hi ho-it's off to demonstrate I go!!!!!
Everyone have a blessed evening!

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Good morning all!!
have been keeping busy with the holidays but will catch up here today.
welcome to all the new members, I do not post very often but read this general chat daily.

We had a cookie baking day at my sisters, my mom, sister, and 2 nieces were there, we bake all day and then divide the cookies so we all get a nice assortment and have a great time, everyone has their special chore to do, 2 mix the doughs, 1 watches the oven, 1 puts the dough on the sheet pans and 1 decorates them, quite an experience!!

Celebrated my DIL birthday last sunday, I treated her, my son, granddaughter, my mom, my daughter and her husband to the all you can eat crab leg buffet at a restaurant about an hour away from here. had so much fun! Shekinah[7 year old granddaughter] had fun trying to crack all my crab legs for me!!

update on my daughters twins- 7 months pregnant now and she went to the doc. yesterday and the boy is 2# 9oz and the girl is 2# 6oz with strong heartbeats and doc said they are growing perfectly. still can't get a 3d image of them cuz they always have their little fists in front of their faces!!! her in-laws bought them a new crib with dressing table for a gift so yesterday I went with her to buy a mattress for it. still needs 1 more crib but they will sleep together for a little while. such a wonderful time but anxious for them to get here!

our 10 inches of snow has disappeared, melted with the unusually warm weather we have been having for the last week-upper 40's! and we saw the sun for the first time in 10 days yesterday! but now reality starts again, down to below 20 this week and snow in the forecast. maybe we will have a white Christmas.

Have a great day all!!

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I want to thank everyone for the nice welcome!!!!!!! his season is sometimes so hard to lose weight but I keep trying.

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NINA ! What a way to start the day, with your car being stolen! Will your car insurance let you have a rental for a few days? I hope they're able to give you some help.

IRENE, Good luck with Maurice and the eye doctor. It sounds like you'll be in good hands. I'll be watching for your update.

YVONNE, I'm so sorry about your computer problems. Murphy's law would rule that, of course, your problem isn't covered and now you have to shell out the cash.

CECILE, Have fun with all that baking! I would NOT be able to stay out of the cookies, therefore, no baking cookies for me! (smile)

I have to start getting ready for my "Pain Management" doctor appointment. I didn't ask for this but my primary care doctor is sending me there. It could only be that she will get some kind of a "kick back". I think it's a big waste of my time. However, while I'm in the city, I'll get some shopping done in stores we don't have here, so I'll try to make the best of it.(smile)

Have a great day!
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Quick hello on Thursday , I am taking my husband for an eye test this morning, he has a cataract forming . I was most impressed with the staff when I bookrd the appointment. I asked where they trained to deal with dementia patients. Yes, we had s long chat and I liked the calm atmosphere and being told each patient is allocated an hour for their eye test and if he needed a break he could have one. So we will see how that goes now. I hope you all have a good day. Irene

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Since I'm using my phone to read and write this, I can only see the message and the writer's picture, so if you have a new picture or icon next to your msg., I might not recognize you.

Spent over an hour this morning with McAfee tech people. Result? No virus, it's a tech problem and oh, by the way, tech problems aren't covered by your software licence. Grumble, grumble....... Still can't use the internet.

NanasknollAZ, I like your use of the icons. Makes your message more colorful!

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Good morning everyone!

I baked today. I really had to give myself of good kick in the tush. Usually, whenever I baked, André would tell me to go sit and rest and he washed the dirty dishes. Today I had to do both but in the end it worked out well. As soon as I was done with a recipe, I washed the dishes and then had to rest my back.

One recipe is call refrigerator cookies. They are actually freezer cookies. You prepare the dough then make rolls and then put in the freezer for 24 hours. Then you slice them and bake them.

Then I made oatmeal and raisin cookies. I didn`t have lard so I used butter. I found they did not taste the way they should but Val told me she loved them. Am I going to make more? Of course...one of these days.

Tonight we planned how we were going to make the rest of the baking and the ragout. It should be a fun time.

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon emoticon

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Hi everyone

Sunny and Cloudy today. emoticon emoticon

Had a shocker this morning emoticon . Our car was stolen last night. It was an older car and had over 300,000 miles on it. Could not believe anyone would want to steal it. It is a honda. The police lady said they steal at least 3 Hondas a day here.

Praying for another vehicle that we can afford. We had planned to trade the Honda in on another car. Our insurance only covered collision as the car was only worth $500.

Anyway we are down to our 87 Ford pick up. It was behind the chain link fence. At least we have it.

Life must go on. Went to MIL's and cleaned. It felt good to do something instead of dwelling on the car. I do not feel special, I just am a very responsible person-grew up that way. DH too. He helps me. He swept the porch and cleaned her glass slider.

Then went to taco bell and had a nacho bellgrande-no meat, or cheese.

Home to sew. Still did not get the top done. I decided to embellish the top, which will take me awhile. It was fun and being creative makes me feel good.

Shirley-my middle son turned 40 in October. My oldest will be 45. My youngest 38. Time emoticon sure does fly like you said.

Ellen-I love unwrapping presents, it is like solving a mystery emoticon .

Ladybug-hopefully your computer will be up soon emoticon .

Bonnie-glad you got the medication emoticon .

Grace-I wish I had a place for growing veggies emoticon . I so like them fresh. Glad you can have a great time with it.

Allie-I sure know what it is like to exercise emoticon and then have a bad day or too with my hip and then back at it again.

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Good evening team! I had a great time “playing in the dirt” all afternoon. You’d think I owned a farm but it’s really just a few containers and a 16’ x 3’ box for my tomatoes. It’s just enough to keep me busy and amused.

ALLIE, I have memory issues and can’t remember if you told us why you are having pain. I hope it doesn’t have anything to do with your eye surgery! At any rate, I hope what ever it is will be “history” by tomorrow. I have my 1st appointment with a pain specialist tomorrow. He refuses to prescribe pain meds, so this should be “interesting”.
Your GS’s other grandparents are sure going to have a long visit if they stay for 2 weeks. We’re going to GA to visit my DD for a couple days and then on to my stepson’s house for a day and a half. That’s long enough for me! The rest from babysitting will give you a chance to really recuperate.

BONNIE, Thank you for updating us about your OPRC Christmas party. It’s too bad so many things went wrong but you still made the best of it and had a good time.
Your DH should really get a shingles shot when he’s over this bout of shingles. He must be so uncomfortable.
That’s very interesting about your niece interning in the Dominican Republic to study woodpeckers. My son-in-law, who lives in GA works for the federal government, at Fort
Benning. His job is to try to protect the Red Cockaded Woodpecker, on the property. You wouldn’t think that would be a full time job, with a great salary, but it is.

ELLEN, Have you ever had shots in your knees? I had Synvisc shots a couple of years ago and may need more in my left knee. The shots did work for me for quit a long time. They help to cushion the knee cap.

SHIRLEY, I’m glad you had such a good time at your son’s birthday outing. I didn’t know he was a corrections officer. I’ll bet he has a more than a few good stories to share with you.

ELISE, Sparkpeople has lots of exercise videos you could watch for free to get your cardio exercises done. They might work for you. Unfortunately, I’m not disciplined enough to do them. Thank God, we spend our winters in FL so the weather is not a factor for my walks. Do you live near a mall? Lots of people do their winter walking inside the malls.

NINA, I hope your MIL knows what a jewel you are to be taking such good care of her. You must be a very special person to be doing that. In this day & age it’s unusual to find daughters & sons who will take care of their own parents and much more rare to see someone doing it for an in-law. You are a treasure!

MARLENE, Thank you for the update on your brother. He will be in my prayers as he goes to the Medical Center to get the nodules removed form his esophagus. My son had the same thing, except the nodules were in his windpipe. He used to be the bass in a barbershop quartet and also sang in the church choir but after the surgery, his voice changed so much that he had to give up singing so he switched to directing the barbershop chorus, instead of singing in it.
How far away from you will your DD be after she moves to her new house?

SUE, Congratulations on becoming a great grandmother!!! What a big baby! I had 5 babies and the first one weighed a little over 5 LBS and the heaviest was just a little over 7 LBS.
I can’t imagine having an 8lb baby!

I’m getting very tired so I must close for now.

CECILE, I pray that God blesses you with a good night’s sleep. I hope EVERYBODY has a good nights sleep!
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Good afternoon team:

I had a rough night but I made it to my gs sing - a - along at their school. I took some pain medicine but it didn't agree with me.

My son was at the school too, so it was nice to see him. I won't see my gs for awhile because their other grandparents are coming in for at least a couple of weeks to visit. This will give me a much needed break from taking care of the boys. I don't mind taking care of my grandsons at all but it is good for them to see their other grandparents once in awhile too.

I got all my errands done and then I came home and put my feet up. I have days like this once in awhile and I will go back to the pool tomorrow and I will be alright.

Nina: I am feeling better today, thanks.

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Shirley: Sounds like you had a great birthday celebration with you son and his family.

Ladybug: I hope you get your computer back up soon.

Bonnie: How exciting for your niece. It sounds like an opportunity that doesn't come along very often.

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Good Morning, Team.

It's 51 degrees out and the sun is shining. Very nice except that the wind just picked up. But I shouldn't complain, at least it is out of the 30's for awhile.

Our pharmacist was able to call DH's doctor yesterday while I was there and he prescribed a Lidocaine patch for him. DH was a little hesitant about it when I got home and kept putting it off but I finally said--Just do it! I could see that he was having pain. I keep reminding him about the potential for longlasting nerve damage if he keeps messing around with shingles. I hope he takes it to heart and does what the doctor says.

My niece, Allegra, graduated from Colorado College last Spring with a degree in Biology. She has been looking for a job or internship in her field all Summer and was recently accepted for an internship position in the Dominican Republic studying a certain type of woodpecker. She won't be paid but it will look good on her resume when she decides exactly what she wants to do or if she goes to graduate school. She'll be there for 6 months. She also found out her cousin will also be in the Dominican Republic at the same time. That is a weird coincidence.

I hope everyone has a great day. I've "started" my cards but won't tell how few I've actually finished!!
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Sorry I"'ve been missing - computer is down. Writing this on my phone. Enjoy reading, but writing with my thumbs too laborious.
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Just a quick post since I have to go to a Toastmasters Officers meeting shortly.

emoticon Nina and Elise. I hope you enjoy posting here. I am Ellen from the Kansas City metro area. I am trying to stay on maintenance, but also have a goal to lose a few more pounds. I need knee replacements which keeps me from doing some exercise, but I ride a stationary bike, do physical therapy exercise and work out with weights.

Yesterday, was running errands. Despite it being the holiday season, life goes on. I still need to finish wrapping all the stocking stuffers. I think unwrapping is the fun of Christmas, more than the actual gifts. I use old left-over paper that is not good for actual gifts.

Shirley - my sister's MIL was always a really tiny woman. My sister says that her MIL loved company while eating and was so busy asking questions, talking that she would forget to eat. I thought that was a great idea. My own mother eats VERY slow and seems to eat a lot but actually didn't because she was eating so slow. My son eats rapidly and I think that is part of his problems with gaining weight.

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Good Morning Everyone -

My younger child turns 50 today. My oh My where does the time go? It doesn't seem that long ago that I was turning that age. Time really passes fast doesn't it? We went to our favorite Mexican restaurant last night to celebrate just us, him and his family. It is good reason why we all like that restaurant so much - prices are moderate, food Very good, and most of the servers there are very good, but we had the best one we've ever had last night. Not only that they had one of the servers to come and serenade us with guitar in Spanish in honor of our son's birthday, and once he was finished he had us all to sing Happy Birthday in English. Yes, great fun! If you are wondering why we celebrated last night and not tonight, my son works the 3-11 shift, he's a correctional officer, and had to work today.

Elise - please sign your posts. It will help us to remember your name. You will notice all of us do the same. If you'd like you can go to your Spark Page and set it up to print your name, and perhaps where you are from, and even a favorite motto if you'd like on all your posts automatically. If you'd like to do this and have problems finding where to do it let me know and I'll walk you through it. * I too tend to eat less when out with friends that if eating alone. For me when I'm with friends, I'm more interested in their company and the conversation than the food. * Walking when the weather is bad - you can find an alternative - like doing an exercise video, riding a stationary bike, if you have one. I'm one who is hot natured, so walking in cold temps is the best for me, although it can be too cold for me too so I understand what you are saying. I will walk in the rain if there is no lightening, but I won't walk when there is ice and snow, or if the weather is too hot. I'm using the word "will," I should say "used to" or "would." I no longer fitness walk because of leg problems.

Nina - my goodness but taking care of your mom and mother-in-law sounds like a full time job for you. You are to be commended . What a very special lady you are. * I don't know what it is about tape measures that they seem to disappear. They've had a tendency to do that in this house over the years too - smile. * I would be in a grumpy mood too to be getting the runaround that your husband has gotten about his medications. I won't even get into how angry my husband would be. Yes, I agree about health care now days. My opinion of doctors isn't good.

Allie - my legs were awful yesterday. Perhaps the pain you were experiencing had more to do with cold and weather than your exercises. But yes, exercising is good for us, but doing them sometimes becomes very difficult when we have mobility issues, doesn't it? I hope you are feeling better today.

Marlene - thanks for the update on your brother. From your post it sounds as though he's out of the hospital which is good news. So sorry that he will have to have those nodules removed. That sounds most uncomfortable to say the least. * Thanks for the update on Barbara and Tom too. You had said they were in route to Pennsylvania, and I was wondering if they'd arrived. * We all understand how hectic things can become this time of year. Just take care of yourself and post when you can.

Sue - CONGRATULATIONS on your first great granddaughter! I hope mother and baby are doing well. A Great Day for you yesterday indeed!

Bonnie - I find it amazing how differently your husband's experience and how he is being treated for his Shingles than I was. I do wish him well. * Thankfully cards are done and mailed, gifts on the way (money this year), and local gifts wrapped and ready to go. So I think I'm done.

Make today a healthy and happy one everyone. This is a hectic time of year for most everyone, so don't forget to give those you meet a smile, and perhaps a "Merry Christmas."
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12/17/14 6:08 A

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Thank you everyone for the nice welcome!!!!!!! Every w/e I go to my boyfriend's house & seem to do better with food than at home. I try to walk when I can but the weather is a challenge--any suggestions?

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Was a wonderful sunny day emoticon and tonight it is already raining emoticon again. I just thank the Lord for the day of sun today.
I made 2 meals for my MIL. DH and I took them over to his mom and then to Hobby Lobby to get some molding clay for a GS and me a tape measure. I seem to have lost 2 of them in the move.
Then home to make lunch, do MIL's laundry and sewed DD#1's top in between. Did not get it finished but will tomorrow.

Bonnie-we sure have to take care of our own medical now a days. My DH has been on the phone 3 days in a row trying to get some perscription for our sleep apnea machines. It is such a hastle. One department does not know what another is doing. They say it is ok to us and then the medical supply place says they say something different. Sure puts DH in a grumpy mood.

Sue-congrads.

Marlene-the soup and jell-o sounds good

Allie-sure hope you feel better tomorrow.

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Good night everyone:

I figured out how to change the clock on my computer, so now my messages should show the real time I wrote them.

I am in pain so I need to go to bed, whether I like it or not. I have been exercising for the last two days and now I am paying for it. It is a catch 22. I need to exercise to keep going , but I pay for it in other ways. I will take it easy tomorrow and hopefully my chronic pain will lessen.

I hope everyone has a good night.

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Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon emoticon

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Good Evening Team Sisters.

First of all: a big emoticon to our new members. I am Marlene from Pennsylvania (14 miles N. of Maryland). I just had my 80th BD, married almost 62 years, two daughters and five grandchildren. I've been a member of this team since April, 2007. This is a wonderful group of women; very supportive, friendly, and we are a chatty bunch. I hope all of you will like us and post regularly.

Thanks for your prayers for my brother. I just spoke with him and he sounded good. His son is here for Christmas and has taken Bob to doctor appointments. The one downer is that Bob must go back to Hershey Medical Center. He has a scope of his esophagus recently and they saw some nodules that must be removed before they become "bad". That will be after the first of the year. I am hoping his son will stay in York to take care of things. He is the only child and the family feels he should be here for his father.

It rained all day. Should be nice and in the 30s the rest of the week.

We've been busy getting ready for the arrival of our DD/SIL. They left CA Sat. AM and will be in Nashville tonight. They are going to try to make it to our house tomorrow PM. It will be a very long trek for them. However, the moving van is due on Friday and they want to be at their new house waiting. It sounds like the couple that own the property are having the house completely renovated. Plus they are having updates done to the lodge building. We are anxious to see it.

Allie, so glad that your eye surgery went well. I probably will need that in the future. The eye doctor checks my eyes every year.

.Tomorrow I will make a big pot of beef vegetable soup and a Jello/Cool Whip dessert. Now I must finish my Christmas cards and packages to the grandchildren.

Things may be a little hectic here for a few days. I'll check in when possible.

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Hi Sparkfriends!!!
Just wanted to say hi. My 1st great granddaughter Maci Ann arrived today. 8#1oz. 19 1/2" long. Needless to say it has been a great day.!!!!!!
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Good Afternoon Team.

emoticon Happy Birthday, Sue (Weeder Goose). We miss you.

It is rainy, dark and cold out. A good day to just stay inside.

DH woke up in pain. He hasn't taken a "shingles" pill in a couple days and is "saving" his last one (???). He took an Aleve before he went to bed but I told him if he didn't continue on with his shingles pills he is going to backslide. MEN!!!! His doctor was supposed to call it in to the pharmacy on Fri. but apparently NOT. DH tried to call his doctor's office today but he said it sounded like there was something wrong with the phone. He couldn't get anyone and couldn't leave a message. I'm going to have to go down to the pharmacy and see if the pharmacist can try to call the office. I hope DH isn't getting that nerve condition. A friend of mine had to take Lyrica for 3 years for it after she had shingles!!

We had a nice time in Virginia yesterday. Saw a lot of Christmas decorations. I love seeing lights.

I hope everyone is having a great day and getting your Christmas preparations completed.
I haven't done my cards yet!
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Where are you indeed?!!!! You are missed.

Good Morning Everyone -

It was a YUCKY day here yesterday and it still is. Lots of rain - thankfully it isn't ice and snow. We are 32 this morning, so thankfully we shouldn't have ice, but it is still very cloudy. Sunday was like spring. Everyone was running around in shirt sleeves. Yesterday I did laundry, so it didn't bother me too much that it was a rainy day.

Nina - WELCOME! emoticon We are most happy to have you, and we sincerely hope you will be happy with our little group. A little about me - as you can see I live in St. Louis, MO with my husband and two Shih Tzus. Our son lives just a 20 minute drive from us with his wife and 7 year old little boy. We have a daughter and SIL (son-in-law) that live in east Texas. Two adult grandchildren - granddaughter, husband and little boy (our first great-grandchild) also live in east Texas. Older grandson is unmarried and lives in New York City. I'm the second oldest member of the team, and my grandchildren call me Nana also. * You asked about Marlene's initials DB - that stands for dear brother. If you will scroll down on our team page under the Miscellaneous Forum, you will find a list of some of the most used computer acronyms and what they mean. It won't take you long to catch onto them. In fact, from your post you already know what lots of them mean. * Did you move to California to look after your mother and mother-in-law? I'm not familiar with California - we've been there twice when our son was in the Marine Corps, so you may have been spared all the bad weather, etc., etc. that we've been seeing on the news. I hope so anyway; however you did mention about all the rain. *Thank you, I don't see much down time for today, but hopefully I will be able to find some. I've already helped my husband get the dogs to the groomer, plus a trip to the dollar store, and still haven't gotten this posted or had breakfast I've been awake since four and up since 5, so this isn't going to help much.

Elise - a big WELCOME emoticon to you also. As I said to Nina, we are most happy to have you with us and posting, and we sincerely hope you will be happy with our little group. Post often so we can get to know you and you us. * We lived for 4 years in Summit, NJ in the early 1970s. A beautiful little town. I don't know if you are familiar with it or not.

Grace - I was one of those fortunate people that didn't have to worry about my weight until middle age, and although obesity is winning at this point, I did keep it at bay for many years. I sometimes wonder if people who have had to watch their weight all their lives don't do better than those of us who didn't have this problem until later in life. My mother was rather vain, and put far too much emphasis on her looks and not enough on the very intelligent woman she was. Thus I've tended to go in the opposite direction. Don't get me wrong - I like to look nice, and I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't love to weigh 130 pounds again, but at this point in my life eating right and moving as much as possible is more for being healthier than prettier. * Try to get Don to concentrate more on what he is able to get done, than what he can't do. Just to bike the way he does is amazing to me, and he should pat himself on the back every time he does it. * I'm glad to hear that you are being careful leading/teaching your exercise class.

Irene - I don't think I would call you "the odd one out" - not at all - smile. It pleases me, and others as well, when we have people join this team from other countries. We have several from Canada on the team, but only two - Cecile and Mary - that post. I so miss Joan from Australia. She was such a nice and interesting lady. You as well as the rest, add so much to the team as you share so much about how you go about your lives, and the country you live in. * Christmas Spirit - I'm sure Maurice's health has to be a real downer for you at times, but you know what part of the loss of the Christmas Spirit could be another of those aging things too. Mine has been dwindling for years now, and this year it is totally gone. I go through all the motions, but that's it. I try not to let others know how I feel. I make it a point to wish people Merry Christmas at every opportunity, and I don't care one iota if it is politically correct or not. I have no wish to offend anyone, but most everyone in this country celebrate Christmas whether they are religious or not. I was watching a TV show last night and they began to sing Silent Night and it touched my heart as it has always done, so perhaps I do have some Christmas Spirit, it just isn't as pronounced as in the past.

Marlene - you did tell us about your birthday which sounded wonderful. I know you are so eager to have Barbara living close by. I wish she and Tom a safe journey, and sincerely hope the contractors have their house ready for them when they arrive. * So sorry to hear that your brother is still having major health problems. Be sure to let us know how he's doing.

Cecile - you sound good, and I'm happy to hear this. We all realize that this is an especially hard time for you. * If you are comfortable doing so, I hope you will get your driver's license so you can be more independent. Happy to hear that Val has come through and will get you to mass on Christmas. She's got to realize how important that is to you. * I just read your little motto and it once again gave me a smile - "A diet is the penalty for exceeding the feed limit."

Bonnie - I'm glad your Christmas party was fun in spite of all the problems. * I hope you had a good time on your trip to Virginia. *I understand well your feelings about Christmas. My kids do well buying gifts, but I have no idea what to buy anyone except our two little ones any longer, so most everyone is getting checks this year. We tried drawing names last year, but that didn't work out well. My son, as I've said is so good to tell me what he wants and he gets it - smile. Unfortunately it won't arrive until after Christmas this year, since the company was out of his size. My brother and I have never exchanged gifts. I used to send him something, but he never has done the same - even a card.

I've gotten so far behind that I didn't respond to everyone. Sorry about that, but if I don't get this posted now, it won't get done.

Have a good day and a good week ahead.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SUE(WEEDERGOOSE) WHERE EVER YOU ARE!


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Hi everyone

It rained emoticon all day today. I got a lot done today.

Got the spare room organized enough to sew my DD#1 a top. Got the pattern traced out and will try and cut out the material tomorrow.

DD#1 called and she had a sore throat emoticon , as well as her daughter and hubby. She wanted to know if we were ok. So far so good. We did get our flu shot this years, hopefully that will help.

Put some beans and ham in the crock pot emoticon . My MIL loves them and asked for them. Then I made a chicken soup emoticon just in case we got the flu too. Then decided to make it big enough to send some over to DD#1.

Irene-hopefully you will get that festive feeling. I keep hoping I will too. Usually when I sew for Christmas or make things I start to get excited about the season.

Slimmer-my goodness I do not think I have ever read 2 books in a day. You must read really fast.

Bonnie-too bad about the mansion. We went and saw the McHenry Mansion here in Modesto CA. all decorated for Chrismas was so beautiful.

Grace-I hope to loose a few pounds to get my cholesterol down but mainly I want to eat healthy too.

Elise-Hi-I live in California now helping my MIL and my mother. I lived in AZ for 10 years before October of this year. I am new to this team too.

Shirley-hopefully you will get some down time tomorrow.

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Good evening everyone!

Today I received two Christmas cards. One was from my brother Jack and his wife Beth. They are the ones that came to our Remembrance Ceremony last month. They took pictures and they included copies of them in the card. I was surprised but very happy when I saw them. I called tonight to thank them and had a lovely visit with Beth.

Bonnie - I am so sorry your party was a bust. Here I was so excited for you going to a mansion. We don`t have those here and I have always wanted to visit one. I guess that is one thing I will never do. - This year I have decided to not mail Christmas cards. I don`t feel very merry at the moment.

Nina and Elise - emoticon to you both. I am very happy to have you on our team. My name is Cecile and I am french Canadian. English is my second language. We are a very close knit group of friends. I have recently lost my husband. He passed away on September the 11th. Talk about a date eh? I have a daughter and she has 2 girls. The oldest Valerie has been living with my husband and I since June 2013. The other girl is Jessica and she suffers from Muscular Dystrophy. She is in a wheelchair all the time.

Sue B - 10,000 steps! I can`t imagine me doing that. I will try to walk more next year when Spring sends the snow away.

Ellen - Family drama at Christmas? No need for the Season. Family drama can happen anytime. It only seems to be more apparent at this time of the year. I had drama tonight. I told Val I wanted to go to mass on Christmas morning. She told me she is sleeping at her dad`s. She never mentioned it before tonight. We had words and then she told me she would drive me. That was after I told her I was going to take a refresher driving course next Summer and I would drive my car.

Allie - I`ve been knitting all my life. It is indeed a wonderful pastime. It is a relaxing craft. - Funny you mentioned freezing meals for future use. My daughter mentioned them on Saturday.

Marlene - Prayers for your brothers.

Slimmer - I love your new picture. Such talent!!!

Shirley - I did laundry today also. - The cheese cookies are indeed Lots of work. But being two to make them cuts the work in half. They are so delicious!

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon emoticon

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ELISE, emoticon to our team! If you need support, you sure picked the right place.
Our team leader, Shirley, is THE BEST! We are a chatty but very supportive group. Please post often so we can get to know you.


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Hello Everyone -

Started a post this morning but it never was finished. I will try again tomorrow. Did laundry today, and for some reason I've seemed to be kept busy with little down time all day. I'm shutting down my computer for the day. I will be here tomorrow for sure with responses to posts. Can't wait to read what Bonnie wrote on Weight Loss Talk, Etc.

Have a good week, and a good evening. Sleep well.
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