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3/5/15 10:02 P

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emoticon to DIANE, YVONNE, SERENA and ANNE for your award winning month!
emoticon to ALL the members in the challenge. Keep up the good work!
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emoticon SHIRLEY, for all your efforts to compile the numbers.
Where would we be without you and all your encouragement?!
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HOLA! ..it is 31 and getting colder was 63 last Night... was supposed to snow .. I am watching the weather now...

Serena... 39 hours of exercise!!! Wow!

Congratulations to all the winners!

I went to school at 11:30 and got home at 5PM... I am hurtingggggggggggggggggggg

but I am wayyyyyyy ahead of everyone in my group.. today I got 3 mugs and 2 cylinders made.. the cylinders are not exactly the right size... but ..hay.. take off some points

I really now only need to make 3 Cylinders and 1 plate and 1 more mug... and then get them all fired and glazed... and that is all I have to make .. I can make more... so I am doing good

the teacher pushed back all the due dates for everyone else... they are not close to getting on track

Shirley... I like cinnamon... and is supposed to be good for sugar... odd but my sugar did take a dip but much later..
.....I will tell you I went to Walmart and this ice cream was $2 and today was ONLY $1.00... hmmm I made some purchases...... usually it is $4. a tub

...I've got to hit the shower and Hot Water I am aching from bending over the wheel.. I can't even think

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Hello to all! I guess yesterday was just a "full moon" day because today I felt wonderful! Even my DH said his pain levels were down to a 1 or 2 and his allergies were better. I accomplished so much today which I love. My knees felt great! We are to have temps in the 50's by Saturday which will feel so good.

Grace - enjoy your company! I feel so much for those in the Northeast this winter. Thank you for the goodie! It made my day!

Serena - you must have figured out how to "like" my activities. I saw you did mine. Your fitness minutes last month were great! Certainly something to admire.

Bonnie = enjoy the blizzard. Before we know it, it will be spring and then summer. The winter will be a memory. I love sweaters, so I dread summer.

Allie - a leaky roof! That is the last thing you need after all you have gone through!!

Cecile - what I have read about Alzheimer's is that some feel that exercise, keeping your weight down, eating healthy and doing mental activities seem to help. I think reading is good for you as well as having an active social life. But I would certainly mention this to your doctor about your family.

Serena - I think the Northwest is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I love the trees, rocky coasts, foggy days, rain, mountains....all of it! If practically, I would love to live there. Hot, dry weather day after day makes me depressed.

Irene - I am so sorry to hear about your friend.

Shirley - thanks for your feedback.

Peggy - My SIL ex-husband never paid child support, but after that were grown it showed up and his children welcomed him with open arms. I think children always want parents in their lives. But we are also taught to forgive and give people another chance. So many make mistakes in their youth.

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Happy Thursday to all.

Grace, it is not my ankle that hurts but my big toe and the ball of my foot right behind the toe. So I can't really bend my foot. Enjoy your company.

Talked to my DD Catherine and her ex who never once paid child support has bought a condo and a restaurant. Her oldest DD Cassie is hoping to get married to Billy soon and she told her mother that she wants her stepdad to walk her down the aisle. I guess I have to have the police on hand at that wedding if her dad shows up.

Spring is here in the desert and it is bright yellow, green, gold, orange, red and purple. There is hope just around the corner for the rest of the states.

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thank you Shirley. I don't know how I am going to compete with myself this month!

I am Serena and I live on beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington!


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3/5/15 2:50 P

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Serena - My Profound Apologies, and I mean this. So much for my proofing that report. It would be bad enough to leave anyone off the list, but the top winner in exercise for the month is pretty bad. Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention. It is corrected now. You had
2348 min. which is 39 hours. Congratulations!

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Thank you Grace! I found it!!
Shirley. How many fitness minutes did I get total? I was not in the list with the totals.
It is 45 here today and sunny and beautiful and I am freezing! Took the dogs out for 2 hrs and 11 minutes and my fingers and toes are like icicles! much be coming back from the 70 degree weather in Mexico. Talked to my ex today and he is threatening to take off for sandy beaches and warm sunshine to stay. He threatens that all the time though. Right now I can almost understand his feelings emoticon
Krys, those babies are beautiful. I have only one grandson and now I think I will start campaigning for my middle daughter to consider having a baby.
The ergonomic committee never returned to fix anything yesterday as promised. I am guessing they could not find anything in their box of junk that worked. I am so not surprised.
Time to get geared up for the day. So far we have no issues and I am hoping for a peaceful full moon today and through the weekend.

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Shirley-I guess you've been luckier than me with the weather. I just hope that this is the last of the snow.

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Good Morning, Team.

Congratulations to the Monthly Challenge winners.

When I went to bed last night I was afraid something was wrong with my computer. I had been on it most of the day and DH said he wanted to use it. So, instead of keeping it on for what could have been "hours" I put it on "sleep". DH got a call from a friend that lasted a couple hours so I assumed he wouldn't be using the computer so I turned it off. I don't know what DH did when he finally decided to turn it on but it was "logging off" for almost 1/2 hour. I was getting ready to go to bed and in no mood to help him with it. So, I told him to just shut it off and I'd deal with it today. But, then I was afraid that it was broken as it had never done that before. So far this AM everything is working fine!

I woke up at 7AM and it was still raining out--as it had been when I went to bed. I wasn't ready to get up so started to read a book. At 8:45 I looked outside and the snow was coming down in a blizzard!! I knew it was supposed to show but thought it was supposed to start at 10AM. I got ready in a hurry and went outside to cover my ornamental cabbages. I had to sweep the snow off them first. I don't know if all of this covering/uncovering I've done for the cabbages this winter will keep them alive. When the weather warms up some they should start growing a little more if they are alive. The purple ones seem to be thriving more than the yellow ones.

@Shirley - Today WeatherBug said it was supposed to be SUNNY!! They HAVE to be kidding. We haven't seen the sun in a couple days. I found out I can change the picture in the "window" to a local camera shot. When I did that it went from green grass and blue sky to gray sky and snow!! Maybe I'll keep it on THEIR picture.

@Khrys - Another cute photo of the twins. They are darling.

Everyone have a great day, regardless of the weather.
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Good morning team:

I spent the night on the couch. My roof started leaking last night and it was leaking all over my bed. I spent quite a few hours last night washing all my bedding. For now the leak has stopped.

I will be careful when I go out. I am going out to get my exercise. I want to try to get a head start on the shoveling. If I let it go too long, it will be much harder to shovel later in the day.

I will be able to get some exercise and that is how I am looking at it.

I hope everyone has a good day.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Elise - sorry about more snow. All the bluster with winter advisories, etc. here turned out to be uncalled for. We got enough snow to cover the hard surfaces. In short mess things up, but that was it. Not enough to cover our grass. I swept with a broom a path to the feeders, and one to bring the garbage can back in. That's the kind of snow it was, the broom did a better job than the shovel. By the time the mail came, the drive had cleared enough on its own that I could walk safely to the box. I hope you will be equally as fortunate.

Grace - enjoy your step daughter and her husband's visit. I'll bet people in Connecticut are feeling depressed with the weather. What a horrible winter the people in that part of the country have had this year.

Irene - I'm a bit confused about what you are asking. If you want to give someone a "Goodie" that you pay for with your Spark Points, just go to that person's home page and down where they have their Goodies on the right is a button where you can give them a Goodie. This may not be what you are asking, I realize. * My condolences on the loss of your friend. Losing a friend leaves us with such sadness, but as Grace reminded you try to concentrate on your good memories together. When we go to the next life, we don't really leave the ones we've touched on this earth. We will live in their hearts and memories as I'm sure your friend will in yours.

Serena - so glad to hear you are back home safely and are posting again. I hope your trip was great fun, and it sounds as though it was. However, there is no way I could have managed sleeping as you did. Mosquitoes have always loved my blood - smile. I could be a group of people sitting outside, and I would be the only one bitten by mosquitoes. * My mother-in-law was a nurse and worked in the nursery - her last job before she stopped nursing. She said she always knew when there was a full moon as their census would go up. Likewise I've heard it said by people who work with mentally unstable people that they tend to act up more when the moon is full. * Why is it that we revisit things, usually hurtful things, sometimes and can't get the event out of our minds. I once read a book called "A Gift From Isis." About a man that came to earth from another planet. On his planet people were forced to revisit things from the past over and over. Since earthlings weren't forced to do so, and had a choice, he found it amazing that we would keep replaying old memories - especially hurtful things. Where the book is fiction, of course, it had quite a message. I hope you have been able to free yourself from that bad experience today.

Ellen - there are many reasons for us to feel down or sad. The weather being one of them. It has nothing to do with not being thankful for our blessings. As for your knees - concentrate on what you can do and be thankful for that. Getting old isn't an easy journey for many of us, but for many of us we do have it much better than others.

Krys - such beautiful babies. Thanks for sharing the picture. I hope your daughter is doing well.

Cecile - it sounds like you and Val are doing very well together, and I'm so glad to hear it. * As I understand it there are now Alzheimer drugs. I know nothing about them and not a great deal about the disease. Why I mention this is -- is your doctor aware of your family history for the disease? If not, I think I might talk to him about it in case there are steps they can take to perhaps keep you from getting it. From what little I know, there is still no cure for it.

Bonnie - that feature on Weather Bug sounds so neat. I just wish it worked right - smile. * Unfortunately, I do the same thing you do - put things off and then agonize about getting them done. I need to go to the pet and grocery stores today, but sure don't want to do it. It is sunny, streets are clear, but it is cold - 15 right now and it isn't to get above freezing today. Tomorrow is to be warmer.

Allie - please do stay in and stay safe. As for your neighbor - you are so right, "you can't fix stupid."

Peggy - I'm so sorry you are still having problems from that fall. And yes, you should get your foot x-rayed if you are still having problems. Whether or not they can do anything if it is, I have no way of knowing. As I understand it our feet like our hands have lots of small bones in them that can break easily. * Happy Birthday to Drew. Yes these little ones do grow up fast.

Slimmer - do some reading about the merits of cinnamon. I know some people don't like it, but it is one of my favorite flavors, and you can use it to enhance flavors in so many dishes.

Have a good day all -

Shirley

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Here are the results of our - NEW MONTH - NEW ME CHALLENGE that ran the month of FEBRUARY 2015.

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LOST THE MOST WEIGHT -

Diane - FIT4HZGLORY---------------- GOLD emoticon
Grace - CT-FL-SNOWBIRD ---------- SILVER emoticon
Yvonne - LADYBUG1943 ------------ BRONZE emoticon


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DID THE MOST EXERCISE –

Serena - OHNOGOLDENS ---------- GOLD emoticon
Diane - FIT4HZGLORY ------------- SILVER emoticon
Anna - ANNA907 --------------------- BRONZE emoticon

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TOP WINNERS and emoticon for all of the contenders for a job well done.

A NEW CHALLENGE HAS BEGUN! It will run the month of MARCH 2015. The objective is to lose 4 pounds in 1 month (that's an average of 1 pound per week). We have an exercise Challenge too (as you will notice). The objective is to do some type of additional exercise for at least 15 minutes a day - the gym, Curves, exercise video, bike, walking, whatever gets your heart rate up and you deem as additional exercise. You can participate in one or the other of the Challenges, but preferably both. All you need do is to give me your weight as of Sunday, March 1st. Start keeping up with your exercise minutes as of that day (or the exercise minutes you've accrued since March 1st), and give them to me on Monday following the day you join. You will keep up with your exercise minutes for each week and give them to me each Monday. We report on MONDAYS on the "NEW MONTH - NEW ME!" CHALLENGE THREAD, and I will keep up with your exercise numbers and give a total at the end of the month. I won't need your actual weight again until the last day of the Challenge Tuesday, March 31st.

I sincerely hope that everyone is off to a good start. Remember the key is to devise an eating plan that is within the calorie range Spark People has set for us. Choose foods that are the healthiest for us AND that we enjoy AND are easily prepared. What I've said here is important, as some foods are very nutritious, but if we just don't enjoy eating them we won't stick with it. Likewise, foods that take lots of preparation for most of us are a turn-off too. Some of us can't stand as we once could for long periods chopping, dicing, etc; others just don't like to cook, and this is the reason many of us gravitate to foods that take little preparation (often with too many preservatives, salt, fat, and/or sugar). It IS possible to eat healthy, low calorie and enjoy and are satisfied with what we are eating. As for extra exercise, start small and work up very, Very slowly. Find something that will motivate you to keep doing whatever you've chosen - whether it is a gadget like a tracker, or a goal to walk to the next block in your subdivision, read a good book or watch an engrossing TV show while riding a stationary bike, whatever you can do and stick with it. Here's wishing all of us much success with achieving our weight loss and fitness goals.

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What is listed below is Name - Total Lost - and amount of "additional" exercise that a person has done and reported. Please note that many of us were active, we just didn't view what we'd done as additional exercise. When we walk these big stores or malls, rake leaves, pull weeds, clean the house, basement or garage that is all exercise, believe me. Sometimes this is additional exercise, sometimes it is just routine.

Wishing everyone Much Success in the New Challenge!
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Please Note: STS means Stayed the Same - N/R means None Reported.

Anna - ANNA907 --- WEIGHT: +2 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 1956 min -- 32.6 (hrs)

Allie - GRAMMIEOFTWO --- WEIGHT: +2 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 600 min. -- 10 (hrs)

Bonnie- BONNIESS47 --- WEIGHT: +1 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 557 min. -- 9.3 (hrs)

Diane - FIT4HZGLORY --- WEIGHT LOSS: 6.5 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 2287 min. -- 38 (hrs)

Ellen - 8HABIT --- WEIGHT: + 0.6 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 772 min. -- 12.9 (hrs)

Grace - CT-FL-SNOWBIRD --- WEIGHT LOSS: 1 lb. --- EXERCISE: 1261 min. -- 21.1 (hrs)

Joyce T - JOYFULSONG-45 --- WEIGHT: +0.6 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 1086 min. -- 18.1 (hrs)

Mary - WINGSTRETCHER --- WEIGHT: +8 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 1062 min. -- 17.7 (hrs)

Pam - PAMAPPLE --- WEIGHT: N/R --- EXERCISE: 163 min. -- 2.7 (hrs)

Peggy - GMERE8 --- WEIGHT: +3 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 1195 MIN. -- 19.9 (hrs)

Serena - OHNOGOLDENS --- WEIGHT: +0.2 --- EXERCISE: 2348 min. -- 39 (hrs)

Shirley - ARTY1934 --- WEIGHT: +1.6 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 0 min -- 0 (hrs)

Yvonne - LADYBUG1943 --- WEIGHT LOSS: 0.8 lbs. ---EXERCISE: 801 min -- 13.4 (hrs)

Edited by: ARTY1934 at: 3/5/2015 (14:41)
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Good morning ladies!!!!!!

Well more snow-about 5" are expected. I hope that this is it-I've had enough!!!!!!

Today I plan to cook, read, crochet & do a few chores.

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SERENA, To see your Friends Feed - Go to "Community", which is in the orange banner at the top of this page. In the drop-down menu, click on "Friends Feed"(which is at the bottom of the list). To see your own activity list, click on "My activities" (which is almost at the top, on the right side of the page)

IRENE, I'm so sorry to read that your good friend has died. Take comfort in all the happy memories you have of her.
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ELLEN, I hope you're feeling better today. My SIL, who is visiting from CT, said there is so much "depression" up there, with all the crappy weather. Lots of people are in a "stupor", suffering from cabin fever. Spring is coming. It's out there some place.
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KRYS, You must be so thrilled to have these beautiful babies to see. How far away do they live from you?


GRACE

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Oh yes a new look page ! But why can't I give team points easily now ? I liked it when allocate points was by team names in my list"
Serena . I have read a lot about full moon affecting people, I havnt noticed it , but many have ,
The book Still Alice was mentioned. I have read it and think everyone should, I put it on the list for our book club to read .
Sad news yesterday , the lady who started our book club died . She had been fighting cancer but was doing well, then had a d and v. Infection, it seems likely that was the culprit . She was a good friend to me and many. I await news of her funeral now,
Have a good day , Irene

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3/5/15 12:10 A

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Hello again.

I just dropped in to tell Krys how beautiful her new grand babies are. I also saw your grand-daughter. She is very pretty. She is going to be a looker when she gets older.

Bye for now again.

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Ellen, the full moon is coming up. I know it affects our patients. I feel pretty low tonight also. I am thinking about things that happened over 20 yrs ago and blaming myself. Not a great night. I hope you feel better tomorrow.
Now I have a general question. I get a whole lot of likes for my activity feeds or something. I have no idea where my activity feed is or where anyone else's is for that matter. Where do I find these things?

I am Serena and I live on beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington!


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For some reason I feel down tonight which I am unsure why. I have so much to be thankful for. It could be because there are so many things I want to do and my knees are not cooperating.

Plus it is cold but no real snow. I am sure those in the northeast would love to give us some. I don't feel like we had a winter.
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Good evening!
just had to share this pic 1 week old.

Addison and Jackson

Have a great night

Krys

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Good evening team sisters.

What a change on the message board. It used to be yellow and now is white. I love it!

It has been a slow beginning this week. Monday was a relax day. Yesterday Val and I did groceries, butcher and drugstore. Then when we came home Val put the food away. She has declared that that is her domain. I am not arguing with her at all. He, he, he!

After she put the food away, I boiled some ham hocks. I nearly burned them because I got interested in my t.v. programs and kind of forgot about them. I did save them though.

Today, I cooked chicken and made soup. I divided all the meat into individual servings, and I put them into freezer Zip-Lock bags and are now in the freezer. Then I took a shower. Boy did I need it.

Last evening I had Val help me change the sheets on the bed. They are in the washer at the moment. I will put them in the dryer tomorrow when I go down to do the regular wash.

After I took my shower, it was so late in the afternoon that I thought no one is going to come. Yeah right! The postman knocked because he needed a signature for packages for Val. I was kind of embarrassed but lived through it.

I just finished reading the book `Still Alice`. In case you have not heard of it, it is the story about a 50 year old that develops early onset of Alzheimer disease. The story is told by the lady. It made me understand what my mom and my late sister went through and what Rita is going though now. I just hope I do not develop it as it is hereditary. My maternal grand-mother had it, my mom`s older brother and sister and a younger brother. On my dad`s side, he had a brother who had it. Nice inheritance is it not?

Tomorrow is another day. I will be planning it in a while. I know that Val is working today, tomorrow and Friday 5:30 to 9:30. I find the evenings a bit lonely but am not telling her so I do not stress her out at work. I shall get over it with time.

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PEGGY, I'm sorry you're still recuperating from your fall. If you feel that there's any chance that your ankle might be broken, you should get it x-rayed. My 14 year old GS fell in gym, 2 WEEKS ago and the school nurse said she thought it was a sprain. Long story short, they finally took him to an ortho doc, who confirmed a break that was starting to heal wrong. Friday, he has to have surgery to re - BREAK the wrist and set it straight.
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Good evening team! I'm just checking in so you'll know I'm still alive. emoticon
My step DD and SIL are having a good time, escaping 3' of snow and single digit temps to soak in a little FL sunshine and record breaking heat. This evening they went down to the beach to watch the sunset.
I'm all off schedule right now, going to bed at midnight and sleeping till after 8 a.m. So far, I'm staying pretty close to my calorie goal. Thank God for that because since I overslept, it got too hot for my walk.
I'm keeping up with reading everyone's posts and will reply when I get back on schedule.

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Good Evening, Team.

It's 45 degrees outside and raining. Snow is still on the ground but it is making a spooky looking "fog" on everything. We are supposed to get more snow tomorrow. I last heard 4-6" but you never know for sure until it is all through.

I got a few things done today that I had been putting off. I don't know why I do that. I keep thinking about them and stressing out when I should just DO IT.

@Shirley - No, I don't pay for the WeatherBug. I got the new looking program when I reinstalled it. Still getting green grass and blue sky on the "window" when it's actually rainy and gray outside!!

I hope everyone had a great day.
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I went out and did some errands before the storm comes. I had to shovel and de-ice before I could get to the car.

I went to the front of the house and looked at the temporary cold patch the workers put in a couple of weeks ago when they replaced my water line. I had a big hole underneath my front lawn. I noticed a pipe was exposed last weekend and the guys came over and put more cold patch down this past Monday. I took a picture of this latest development and went to the office of the people that replaced the water line. They can't fix anything really well until the Monday after the storm passes. They said not to worry, my retaining wall won't fall over. They put out three cones, added more cold patch and some rocks. I can't have anyone put a new sidewalk in for another couple of months

I can't do anything else about this, I have done everything I can. I will just have to keep an eye out that people stay off of the temporary sidewalk and they leave the safety cones alone. Last week a neighbor ran over the cold patch with his snow blower. I told him he should go another way to go back to his house. He said he would not go over it again and while he was right in front of me he ran over the cold patch again. It made a mess of his snowblower. You can't fix stupid.

I am going to stay in as much as I can during this bad weather. I slipped on ice while I was doing my errands and I knew I needed to get home and out of this crazy weather.

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What a let down. I am back at work this morning. Had to meet with the ergonomic committee first thing then on to physical therapy. I had not considered that the shoulder issue was computer and desk related until we went through the intake for PT. This board across the wall for a desk with a computer screen on top of a tray and the keyboard and mouse up at a slant could have permanently frozen my shoulder! The committee is going through their rejected keyboards and trays and mouses? Mice? whatever to get this set for me. I still get to use a pillow instead of a chair fitted to me. What a system!
I still wish I could take some of your snow. I also wish I could give you some of the Mexican sun!
It's good to be home as sleeping on the deck of a fishing boat on a cushion was not restful. Mosquitos really were curious and buzzed and being snuggled in a sleeping back to keep them off my face made me sweat like crazy. The trip as a whole was amazing though and other then the sleeping arrangements I enjoyed every minute.

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Happy Wednesday to all.

Krys, the twins are so sweet looking and same with your 7 year old granddaughter.

I am recovering from my fall but still not sure if I should get my right foot ex-rayed. The sidewalk came up and tripped me. :). Tore my jeans and skinned my knee. This happened a week ago today.

March came in with a lot of wind, rain and cold weather. Waiting for it to warm up.

My grandson Drew turned 19 yesterday. Can't believe how old they are all getting.

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HOLA! It is 60 and grey and lots of moisture floating around..smoky out with all these mist clouds

I got up early and went to senior center and let them do my taxes... 5th on list and got out just after 11PM.. I got there before 9.. but they are done! ..and I actually get back $250.00

Then to the school 3-D art award show... I did not win anything... but I tried.

Yesterday.. I was at school from 11:30 to 4:30.. I got one u-tube presentation out of the way and trimmed another pot and mug and made another mug.. I had made another but the handle was too small then too big.. and then it fell apart!

I should go back to school and weigh out clay balls for tomorrow.. I am just tired

Shirley.. no the cinnamon did not help the sugar.. was terrible!!!.. I had never heard of it before.

I had a terrible pain in my right side of head after I ate my salad.. I did put some chile beans on it.. more like a taco salad I guess.. but oh my head started hurting .. no like MSG pain in same place but did feel like it.. I finally got up at 2AM and drank water... being dehydrated also can give a head ache... it finally went away

... even thought I have not felt all that bad after working so long on the clay... when I came home and layed down a little on my side .. ohhhhhh that hurt.. and when I rolled to my back.. you could have heard the POP from across the room... something was out of place!!!

...seems like I should be doing something but I don't have a clue...

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My doctor just called to tell me not to come tomorrow so I guess I'll be home to do a few things around the house & relax. I hope that this is the last of the snow.

Be back tomorrow.

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Allie - thanks for the update. It is good to hear you are doing so well.

There is a saying, "what goes around comes around." You do so much for others that it is fitting that others have done for you in your time of need.

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Good morning team:

Stitchinggran: Amys' boyfriend sounds like a keeper.

Krys: The pix of your grandchildren was adorable. It made me smile.

Elise: Spring will be here soon enough and we will appreciate it even more after what we have all been through.

I went to the eye doctor yesterday for a checkup. She said I was doing well. I have to go back to see her again in three weeks. The doctor is going to test my vision to see what kind of reading glasses I am going to have to purchase. I can buy the reading glasses at any drugstore.

I love having my freedom back. I drove to the doctors yesterday and I enjoyed every minute of it. I am very independent and I hate when I have to depend on others. My family and my friends have been great about helping me when I needed it but it was still hard for me to ask.

I went grocery shopping, filled the car up and brought rock salt in to have in the house. We are getting more snow starting tonight. The weathermen are saying we can get 4 to 8 inches of snow.

I weighed myself and I lost .2 pounds. I will take anything I can get at this point.

I hope everyone has a good day.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Elise - I keep reminding myself and my husband that we have had a mild winter. February and March can be two of our worst months for snow and ice however. I cancelled a lunch date with two friends today. It is a 20-30 minute highway drive to meet them, plus they wanted to try a new restaurant that I don't have a clue how to get to. I've been getting weather advisories from Weather Bug the past few days. Yesterday we didn't get what was predicted, and although cloudy and cold this morning, I'm wondering if today is going to be a false alarm too. My friends had no problem skipping this month and trying the new restaurant next month, but I'm sitting here feeling a bit foolish at the moment, and like I overreacted. You on the other hand have had so much snow this winter, and I know you will be so happy when you can count on it being over.

Krys - thank you for giving me Shekinah's age. She sure is a beauty. It makes me smile to think of her with her baby cousins.

Irene - WOW! You really can't "judge a book by its cover," can you? What you've written about Amy's boyfriend is most impressive! I can't speak for England (of course), but tacky and sometimes obscene seems to be the new norm now days, and I hate it. There are exceptions to this rule as Amy's boyfriend exhibits, but my mother always told me that you can tell a lot by how people dress and present themselves. Meaning if they have no respect for themselves and how they look, how can you expect them to have respect for anyone or anything else. In my lifetime I've found this to be true. So as to not be misunderstood - she wasn't talking about the cost of our attire or grooming, but to present ourselves in best light whenever possible. I know far too many people consumed/impressed by the cost of things rather than what is beneath the show.

Ellen - as you know we have quite a few electronics. I prefer my iPad to a laptop since it is so much lighter and less cumbersome to move around. I gave my new laptop to my husband to replace our old one, when I got my first iPad. He feels certain that the tablets are going to replace the desk top computers, and one day the big computers will be obsolete and will go the way of cassette, VHS machines, and the 8 tracks. As I've told him - I sure hope not. When doing a lot of typing as I am here I rely on my full size keyboard. Yes, I know we can get keyboards for our tablets, but... I just am more comfortable when doing a lot of typing to do it here. I can use a laptop keyboard, but I'm slow and uncomfortable doing so. With my phone and iPad I hunt and peck. Still haven't learned how to type with my thumbs as some do, and I think that is so cool - smile. Wish I could learn to do it. * Now that is impressive about those KC teens shoveling snow for free. My two young men are so nice as said, but I do pay them well to do the shoveling.

Bonnie - did you have to pay for that Weather Bug upgrade? I use the free version. My husband took it off his machine because he felt it was causing problems. I won't let him take it off mine. I can get the weather off my phone and iPad, but I do enjoy Weather Bug. That window you mentioned sounds like great fun - when it is working right of course - smile. * I'm such a home body that I don't think I've ever gotten cabin fever. Ellen mentioned having a meeting of some kind every day of the week. I like people and activities, but I've never liked being on the go all the time. At one time when I was bringing up my children, doing church work and other things, that was my life, but not any longer - thank goodness.

Have a good day everyone -

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Good morning ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have had enough of this lousy weather!!!!!!!!! More snow tomorrow & I have a doctor's appointment--oh, well!!!!! Today I'm cooking, reading, crocheting & doing a few chores.

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Good morning!

A quick note to thank everyone for their comments on my grandchildren's pic. I saw the comment about how to add an image so I thought I would try it and it worked!!

Shirley- Shekinah is 7 years old and would not let them out of her arms, she had to hold at least one of them all the time while they were here visiting for the weekend, she was so sad when they had to go back home sunday night.

Have a great day everyone!

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Wednesday's are day car as so it's my ?Me day I look forward to them now. Mauruce is happy to go, he was up early sorting out what to take with him today
I love the babies picture with their doting cousin , Krys we have twin grand daughters grown up now ,
I agree with this finding sitting at a computer becoming difficult. My remedy was get an I pad. It's all ihave now that and an air printer, i can work anywhere , like in bed now .
Yes I was impressed with Amys boy friend. He's more than facial hair. earrings and tattoos, , I had said when they were here the bathroom window roller blind was getting mould on and I must look at getting a new one, he asked for measurements and told me he will see to that anti said what colour blind wanted, he would order one and come to put it up for me. It's a 90 mind drive each way for them to come here. Have a good day Irene

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It is a chilly, cloudy day today. After I did a monthly cleaning of the refg, I went downstairs and did a 20 minute weight work-out. I will probably do my physical therapy tonight. I thought about going back downstairs to ride my bike, but decided to post here first. My DH went to the gym and is now sleeping on the sofa.

Thanks to all that “liked” my activity the past few days. It is really motivating!

Grace and Shirley – I too do not like sitting too long at a desk. It is better than it was, but I currently have my back against some pillow and have my feet stretched out on the bed. We still have our old desktop PC, but I bought a laptop when I retired. My DH loves his iPad, but has his own laptop. So, lots of electronic equipment. With his sciatica, he finds the iPad really nice to have.

Krys- what a darling picture!! I know you are so happy about your three grandchildren.
Bonnie – thank you for liking my activity. I am like you and like to be with people, so I belong to different groups to keep me motivated. Next week, I have a meeting every day except Friday. My DH likes to do things and in fact, likes crowds better than I do. But with his allergies being so bad and his sciatica, he tries to sleep when he can.

Shirley – the problem with my mind yesterday was that I had a million things running around in it and I was not concentrating on the task in front of me. This is the very reason that I decided very early that I could never work in the medical field. I could just see me being distracted and kill someone because I was thinking about something else.

Serena – SO GLAD you did not lose your Fitbit, but just didn’t wear it. Hey, you can probably roughly calculate the distance using the time it took.

Irene – I echo the others with how nice the young man was. I saw a new article where three teen-agers in Kansas City were walking around their neighborhood offering to shovel their neighbors’ driveways for free just because it made them feel good.


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Good Afternoon, Team.

It's 29 degrees outside and raining. Was supposed to start as a wintry mix but I think it was just rain. But, at 29 degrees, it is going to make everything slick. Supposed to change to all rain tonight.

For any of you who use "WeatherBug", I changed mine and it is hard to get used to it. The download I had was one I've had for several years but it was having some problems and was getting really slow. So 2 days ago I uninstalled it and then reinstalled. This gave me a new "updated" version. It has a big window that is supposed to be showing me what the weather looks like outside. The other day it was raining and nasty and that is what the window showed. TODAY - It is showing green grass with wind blowing and a blue sky. NOT!!! We've still got snow on the ground and it is GRAY out. Well, it does lift my spirits seeing green grass and blue sky even though it's wrong!

We were supposed to go out to dinner with our friends Linda & Charlie tomorrow but DH called them and postponed it since we are supposed to be having "wintry mix" and rain for the next couple days. We will get together with them on Sat. in Alexandria, VA for the St. Patrick's Day parade. They have plans that night but we'll meet them at the parade and go to lunch. Next week we'll spend more time with them. We haven't gone out with them since they went to California in December. Lots to talk about.

I get "cabin fever" really bad at this time of year and I thought DH understood. Apparently not. We had a discussion about it this afternoon. He thinks one "event" a month is okay. I say one "event" a week is preferable. And I don't count going down to the grocery store as an "event"!! He says I have to keep reminding him--Another JOB--like I don't already have enough of those around here already!!

@Krys - Your grandchildren are really cute.

@Grace - Don't overdo it when your company comes. I'm so sorry your "procedure" didn't help you. I hope your doctor can recommend something else--though not too invasive.

Everyone--Have a great day.
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Grace - I understand about your sciatic problems, but I thought somewhere along the way you said something about your computer acting up. Perhaps I misread what you said, and you were talking about not being able to sit at the computer.

Like you my legs won't allow me to sit with them as at a right angle for very long. They even can give me problems with them elevated too, if I don't get up enough. So where our base issues are different I understand your problem. Thankfully, laying flat does give my legs relief - most of the time. I used to sit at this computer - my desktop one - off and on all day doing one thing or the other. I can no longer do that. That's the reason I first bought me a new laptop and then went to a tablet (iPad).

I haven't tried going for extended walks as you do, but sometimes Have to get up and walk around a bit to get relief. Standing causes my back to hurt after awhile. GOOD GRIEF sometimes we can't win for losing can we? - smile.

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SHIRLEY, I don't have computer problems. I have hip/sciatica problems. Sitting with my leg at a 90 degree angle, at the computer makes it worse. I feel better if my leg is stretch out, so if I sit for very long, it's usually in the recliner. It feels even worse when I'm laying down flat in bed, so sleep has been a problem. It only hurts a little when I go walking, do my class or go to the gym. It's sitting and laying down that makes it worse. I'm going back to the doctor on Friday.

My step DD and her DH are arriving from CT today, for a week long visit, so lots of cleaning happening today. DH has agreed to "help" me get ready for his DD 's visit. I told him he's not helping me. I'm helping HIM!
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Good Morning Everyone -

Grace - good to see your post. I think you are having computer problems right now, right?

Krys - you definitely have 3 beautiful grandchildren. Will you tell me again how old Shekinah is? Love this picture.

Elise - thanks for checking in, and glad you got home safely.

Irene - I commend you for cleaning out your husband's closet. Another job that I keep putting off. * What a neat story about Amy's boyfriend I've had a like experience with two young men that cleared snow from my driveway and a path to my bird feeders. I can't remember if I shared this or not. Both these boys live in my subdivision. We had snow one day - not enough to shovel, but as I was cautiously walking through the snowy grass to the mailbox - I was afraid of slipping on the drive - a huge pickup truck came down the street. Stopped, and one of the boys jumped out and got my mail for me. About the time I am about to give up on the youth of today I hear about guys like Amy's boyfriend, and the two boys whom I hired to shovel snow for me.

Ellen - it sounds like you had quite a productive day yesterday. Oh how I can relate to spilling things and then having to clean it up. It seems I am having more days like you experienced than not any longer. My mind functions fairly well most of the time, but not nearly so well as it once did. And with a tremor that comes and goes in both hands - worse in the left - spilling stuff is far too easy unless I'm careful. * Oh my yes. As Christians or Jews, we have so many ways to grow spiritually and praise God. Where going to church is a wonderful and enriching experience, it isn't the only way to grow spiritually.

Serena - thanks for checking in. Have a safe journey home. So you spent 4 hours climbing a mountain. Lady you ARE amazing! Sorry about your Fitbit as they are a bit pricey, but also losing all your data.

Yvonne - my thinking about driving in snow and ice is this - if we can't drive with confidence we need to stay off the roads unless there is an emergency. Far too many people don't know what they are doing and such causes accidents. We don't get enough snow around here where the roads are messed up for this to be a problem for people like us who don't have to report to a job. We can just plan around storms. * House prices I guess about 5 years or so ago, a friend whose daughter lives in the Seattle area was exploring the area to get an idea about house prices for possibly moving there in retirement. I think they were looking somewhere in northern California not far from their daughter, found this tiny little house sitting up on a mountain with a view. My friend said the house was in good shape, but was very plain. I'm remembering it was selling for close to a million dollars or more. I knew real estate on the West Coast (as it is on the East) was pricey, but that blew me away.

Cecile - house prices and how things have changed. The house my parents owned was probably built in the 1940s - 2 bedrooms, one bath. They bought it for something like $1300, I think it was in the 1950s. It could have been $13,000, but that is sounding like too much although the house was quite small it did have some land with it. They added two rooms, a second bath and a tiny garage to it. I think we sold it about 15 years ago for $125,000, and some of the land had been sold off by then.


Make today a happy and healthy one.

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Krys, beautiful grand children😊
Ellen I didn't lose my Fitbit, I left it on the boat the one day I worked out for six hours of climbing and biking! I lost all days statistics! Now that I am off that mountain I figure I will have to go back and do it again just for the stats 😊 my climbing partner saw a 15 km trail sign
Off to the airport now.

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Irene, it sounds like you've got a winner in Amy's boyfriend! It makes me feel good, too, that there are still young men who'll want to be of service to someone... and it means he likes Amy a lot!
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KRYS, your granddaughter looks very happy with her two new cousins. I could just feel those little warm bodies in my arms!

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KRYS - This is a beautiful picture of your adorable grandchildren. What a lucky lady you are!!


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3/3/15 6:24 A

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Good Morning!

All is good here, been busy helping out the new parents! such fun!

here is a pic of me oldest granddaughter- Shekinah meeting her twin cousins - Jackson and Addison for the first time.

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3/3/15 5:09 A

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Good morning ladies!!!!!!!!

Today I'm going to Walmart with my friends then I'll do some chores. I may not be able o post later.

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3/3/15 2:30 A

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Sorry I had problems with soarks who kept losing my message , for noe I am sending itu edited , before it vanishes again . Irene

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3/3/15 2:22 A

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Hello on Tuesday, I agree with you who referee worship in church with others ,I miss the music and communion too but I can't leave myhusband for tooling now and he can't walk to church . On Sunday was a working day. First I emoteid myhusband clothes closet/ wardrobe out. He has lots of clothes he never wears now, I had three piles. keep , give and dump , I was very pleased with my effirs ,now there's just clothes he actually wears in his wardrobe, i am keeping some formal wear. The charity shop net by will edit form others .
Later the same day my grand daughter Amyvisited brings hking her boy friend who we hadn't eyebrow, I liked him especially when he offered to help with any chores Yes plase I wnatsoem storage boxes from high shelves getting down . That's one task lef to several more , he was very willing and good help.i gave them lunch before they left. I sent the. A message iften sk later and .t the boyfriend assured me I onlyhad to ask and he will be glad to help. I liketahtsort if boyfriend . Irene

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3/2/15 10:09 P

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I went back to my Bible study because I missed my friends. I even forced myself to sit through the video. I spent the afternoon on my Garden Club communications, grinding coffee, and feeding my birds. I poured regular coffee into the decaf canister and hopefully got it all out and then spilt birdseed in the garage and had to clean it up. My brain was not working right.

Yvonne - I have the book about simple abundance. It is one of my favorite.

Serena - welcome back to the U.S. I am so sorry you lost your Fitbit.

Shirley - aren't you glad we can participate in so many in finding spirituality.

Ellen

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Just returned to the usa from San carlos, Mexico! Staying in Tucson tonight and learning how to use my smart phone😊. I climbed tetakawi mt on Saturday and forgot my fitbit so lost all the steps and altitude😞 four hr climb and I was terrified but I did it!!! What a week. I fly home in the morning and will read and post then.

I am Serena and I live on beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington!


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3/2/15 3:21 P

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Cecile, I'm glad you got your stormy weather. Our eaves are dripping water and the sun is shining on the snow. I took some pictures just in case this is our last snow for the season. I need to get over my fear of driving in the snow, but other than that I have loved the snowfalls here.

It's so nice for you to have Val as a companion. it seems you both benefit from your relationship in lots of ways. It seems once you've been a mother, it's nice to have a person (or an animal) to take care of. I know I'm already looking forward to getting a dog.

Let's all check back in the end of March and see if Lions turned to Lambs and vice versa.

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Good afternoon everyone.

It is nice and stormy out. I did get my wish of an entrance like a lion. Unfortunately, Val is working today. I know she is a good and careful driver.

Talking about house prices. I have a cousin and her husband buy a house in 1974 for $33.000.00. Everyone thought they had fallen off their rocker. They had two boys and as they grew, the house got smaller. They went house hunting and found the prices way too high. They had the foundation tested and found they could add a second story. They spent another $30.000.00. After the construction was done they had the house evaluated by a realtor. He said the house was now evaluated at $160,000.00. That was about 15 years ago. As we know, a house increases in value with the years. It must be worth now over $200,000.00. Now I ask you, who fell off their rocker?

We paid $52,000.00 for ours. The city evaluated it at $164,000.00 for taxes. I felt so good when I saw that!

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Today I'm going to haunt this list and answer individually. I like to read Shirley's long replies, but fear if I have a long one too, people will get tired of reading. So here goes:

SHIRLEY, on prices of homes: I graduated from high school in La Mesa, California. This was a suburb of San Diego and recommended by my teacher uncle as a place of good schools. Consequently, we lived "on the wrong side" of Hwy. 80. Just across the freeway was Mt. Helix area, home of the rich (some of my classmates drove Lamborghinis and Ferraris to school). My boyfriend worked for an insulation installer in the summer, thus had a key to one of these homes, and snuck me in to what was then, and still would be, a dream home. Beautiful view, lush carpets, all the latest in everything.... you get the picture. The price? $57,000!!!! Those homes are well over a million $ now, probably some double or triple that. How prices have changed! Let's not mention how much time has passed.
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3/2/15 11:59 A

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emoticon everyone !!!!!!!!

I just got home & had a nice time(except the snow). Today I'm going to cook & read. Tomorrow I'm going to Walmart with my friends.

Be back tomorrow.

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3/2/15 9:33 A

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Good Morning Everyone -

Yvonne - How we choose to worship -- At one time when I was between churches I watched the Reverend Dr. Schuller (the older) on TV for quite a long time. I bought and read a number of his books. I loved his services and sermons. On one of our two visits to California I had the privilege of not only visiting that gorgeous Crystal Cathedral and its grounds, but got to see their annual Christmas pageant which is spectacular. I then found the church that I've been a member of since then - well over 30 years ago. Like you, I couldn't imagine not having a church home. Belonging to a small church with a wonderful church family for so many years has sort of spoiled me for just taking up a spot on Sunday mornings in very large churches. I honestly tried to find me a church when we moved here, but so far haven't. I went to an Anglican Church that was trying to start in the area, and we met in a meeting room at a rec complex for awhile, and then a school gym, and then they rented space in a strip mall, I finally gave up on it, and then quite awhile after I stopped going they finally folded. My story is a bit more involved than this as to why I haven't been able to find a church home since moving here, and if we ever get the chance to sit down over a meal, cup of coffee or a glass of wine and you are interested I will share it with you. About a special worship space in our homes -- I think that is a marvelous idea, and I'm one who knows the benefits of meditation for any reason, and I find it a wonderful way to pray. Many years ago I went house hunting with my husband's aunt. It was mainly to see the houses, she wasn't serious to buy. We went to this gorgeous big home that was selling for a whopping $50,000. This was back in the late 1950s when I or she couldn't imagine ever spending that much for a house - smile They had in that house what they called a "prayer closet." A very small room about the size of a large walk in closet. It had a tiny altar with candles and a cross on it. A picture of Jesus over the altar, and a kneeling rail in front of it. There was also a comfortable chair off to one side. I thought then, as I do now, what a wonderful thing to have in one's home. And no, I've never have had such a space.

Cecile - I can't speak for Canada, of course, but here weekend shopping is as Val described. Sundays are a little better than Saturday if you go when folks are in church, but not as much. Where I live it seems like whole families shop together, especially on the weekends. This seems more prevalent at Walmart than other stores. And it really makes it hard maneuvering around so many people clustered around a shopping cart.

Slimmer - I do like cinnamon ice cream especially on warm apple pie. I find it rare to find cinnamon ice cream here. * It sounds as though you had a most productive month. Good for you. * The man in your sculpture class sounds most interesting. He's probably better off knowing how to live with no electric or running water than the rest of us. We (and I guess I'm talking more about me and my husband) are so dependent on creature comforts - working toilets and sewage, running water, electricity and gas, not to mention all of our devices like iPads, iPods, computers, iPhones, etc. * Cinnamon is known to be good for lowering blood sugar, but I doubt the ice cream has enough in it to balance the sugar in it - smile. But as said I like cinnamon ice cream so that sounds like a good excuse for eating it to me. I wonder if the cinnamon in the ice cream will balance out the lactose too? - giggle.

Ellen - our snow isn't going to be around long. I was amazed how quickly the driveway dried after the guy shoveled it yesterday. Tomorrow it is suppose to rain, and we are to have well above freezing temps for the next few days so they are saying now, but perhaps more snow on Wednesday , and I have a lunch date.

Bonnie - thanks for calling our attention to that "add an image" to your post option. I have no idea when that happened.

Wishing for us all a good day and a good week ahead.

Shirley

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IRENE, I like the idea of at-home devotions, though I'm one who needs to go to a worship service. I need the stimulation of being around people. It was a coincidence, though, that you mentioned it today.

And I have another book I love.... It's not new, and I think someone has mentioned it before: Simple Abundance.



Believe it or not, today's reading was about setting up your own "Sacred Space," a place where you meditate, or pray, or just sit in peacefulness. As that seems kind of "woo woo" to me, I've never done it, but it does appeal to me. She decorated her space with spiritual pictures that had meaning to her, a candle, pictures of her family, a small bowl of potpourri.... things that had meaning to her.

I think she wrote her book mostly for stressed out forty year olds that need time away from the kids, but maybe it has meaning for us too at our stage of life - it's all about giving your life beauty and meaning. Her books are abundant in second hand book stores.... it sold 7 million copies.

Signing off now from your daily book recommendation (smile)...

Yvonne

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