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5/30/16 11:50 A

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Hello to all, and for those in the USA, may we all have a safe Memorial Day. My husband, daughter and I plan to share a meal and give thanks for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
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Yesterday, we had a great deal of rain from Tropical Storm Bonnie. Today, the weather forecast says we may get more thunderstorms, but so far it has been sunny and beautiful.


Happy Anniversary Ellen!! I hope you and your husband have a happy day!!
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5/30/16 10:27 A

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****** emoticon HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! emoticon ******
On this very special day let's not forget and say a thank you to our men and women in our Armed Forces past and present who gave their lives so that all of us can live in freedom and security, and peace, and also to remember and thank all those serving today. Many on this day also remember friends and loved ones who are no longer with us.

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I hope you and your hubby have a wonderful day today.

Good Morning Everyone -

I'm doing laundry today. I will try to get back to respond to posts later.

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5/30/16 10:24 A

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Good morning team:

The runners came through bright and early. It started raining but they trudged on. I was so proud of them. I stood on the corner and cheered the runners on and another man cheered them on across the intersection. We ended up keeping the traffic from coming through. The woman with the cow bell was down the street.

I went to the parade and it was small but nice. I saw the state rep and the mayor. I missed them the other night at the political function so it was good to see them and let them know I was cheering them on. They were both in the parade. I am hoping I will march in the parade on the Fourth of July.

I was able to get the house cooled down with the fans and I got some sleep. I will be off to the pool. It is overcast and rainy but I think they will still be open. I am okay as long as it doesn't start thundering or lightening.

Ellen: emoticon to you and your dear DH.

I hope everyone has a good day.

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5/30/16 10:11 A

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emoticon to Ellen and Bob! Enjoy your day together. Blessings sent your way.

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5/30/16 9:56 A

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Art class today. Just 2 of us are going I hope she remembers we are coming.

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5/30/16 9:45 A

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Hola.. bright and sunny!

Ellen ..yes Happy Anniversery! emoticon

Bon... glad you are getting back and settled.. and ouch.. that had to hurt getting stepped on!

Shirley... I am sure your group will do well... it just may take time.. with our group when I joined it was one of 2 or 3 they offered for me to join.. I think that is why we get so many and they move on once they know how to look around for groups... I do think Spark should have a cleaning out of groups and those that don't every participate on a group.. their numbers would go down but it would help to show what is really out there.

Those that did watch NASCAR or maybe it was the INDY 500 I watched both... did anyone think the singing of the Star Spangled Banner by the Army done very weird? .. They sang the words of the song.. but they sang it totally to a whole different score of music...I know sometimes an artist will change a few lines of the sounds... but the one sung yesterday was totally different... like is this something New?

I ordered another 40 books to read... and school starts on Wed.

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5/30/16 9:28 A

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emoticon Ellen and Bob! Hope you have many, many more! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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5/30/16 8:30 A

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TO ELLEN AND BOB

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! May you have many more years of wedded bliss!

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5/29/16 11:40 P

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I'm late getting to bed. I watched the NASCAR race with DH. I don't usually watch an entire race. had a quiet day. DH mowed and trimmed the lawn. I went to the grocery store and puttered around the house.

I was going to make a flank steak for dinner but we ate out last evening and had beef tips. So I made marinated salmon with a veggie and tossed salad plus some fresh fruit.

It has been really hot the last few days. We put the screens in the windows in the sunroom yesterday and I vacuumed the floor. It gets so dirty around the perimeter of the room. I guess there is a minute space at the one end.

Tomorrow if it isn't raining in the morning we will go into York for the Memorial Day service which is held outside. We missed the concert from Washington DC. I mistakenly thought it would be tomorrow.

I hope everyone has a nice day; a cookout or picnic would be nice.

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5/29/16 10:42 P

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Just dropped in to say good night, sweet dreams and sleep tight! emoticon

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

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5/29/16 9:23 P

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Good evening team1 We got back from the picnic at Don’s DD’s house at 7:30. Tomorrow, we have another picnic at his DS’s house (groan) This is my second attempt at posting tonight. I wrote a post and lost it when I tried to “wake” my mouse up. When I can’t find my cursor I shake the mouse a little and it shows up OR, like it just did, it deletes what ever I’m doing.

All I want to say is for CECILE to remember the BRAT diet for upset stomachs. It’s an acronym for
Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Tea. Soda cracker, saltines and ginger ale are good as well. I’ve never heard of using tomato soup for an upset stomach.

SHIRLEY, I was going to suggest you check out the existing 80s Team and a few of the 70s teams and send out e-mail invitations to the frequent posters on those teams. I checked them out and there’s only about 3 or 4 frequent posters. You might be able to breathe new life into the age group. Look at the success you’ve had with THIS team!

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This was a quiet Sunday. We listened to the sermon on line and then I planted my hanging baskets for the arbor swing. I realized that next year, I need to put one large and one small liner instead of two large liners. But I could not hang one because the wire hanger was not working right. My DH said he thought he could fix it with bigger wire. By then it was 87 degrees and humid and I decided a shower was appropriate.
I spent the afternoon talking to two of my sisters which was fun. More about one weight loss discussion with my older sister on the weight loss topic.

Grace – you had a full and busy day. If I did one of those, that would be my day! *Have a fun picnic tomorrow!

Shirley – I think it is great that you started a group for over 80 year olds. I think only when you reach a certain decade, can truly understand how it feels and the challenges of that age. Staying healthy at any age is what counts. *I may never reach my “Dream weight”, but trying keeps me motivated. By the way, I can use your advice to Debbie about a 100 calorie snack at 4 o’clock. *My DH and I are thinking of waiting until Tuesday to celebrate and discussed driving to Lawrence to an old hotel restaurant that dates back to the Civil War (it was burned down in the raids and rebuilt). *I loved that you received the surprise hanging basket!

Cecile- I am so glad you are having this quality time with your granddaughters.

Debbie- the afternoon and evenings are where I have challenges with my eating also. I get hungry for dinner before my DH is ready to eat, so I start snacking.

Bonnie- my motivation was down a several days ago, but a day off with a good sleep helped. I hope that is what happens to you. I would think your sore foot is still recovering impacted your motivation also. *Your Farmer’s Market sounds great! I never have been to one that had eggs.

Allie- When I was six, my family took a camping vacation in Colorado. I had never seen mountains and forests before since I grew up on the south plains where it is very flat with no trees. I fell in love and one of my childhood plans was to grow up and be a mystery writer there in a cabin. emoticon  And always, you are embracing life with cheering on the runners. You need to get you a cow bell!

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5/29/16 8:02 P

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Good evening team:

Ellen: I loved your description of living in Colorado. My brother lives in Colorado and I visited him once. I loved Colorado. It was incredible. Thanks for your concern about my safety. I will be more careful about where I am going next time.

Shirley: I bought one more fan and now I think I have it licked. I decided to go to the pool after I posted yesterday. I also went to the pool today. I think the extra fan will take care of the heat in my house. It has rained and there is a breeze so it really cooled down in here.

Cecile: I hope Jess is feeling better. The girls are so lucky they have your for their Grandmother.

Debbie: Hey, back.

Peggy: I hope you enjoyed your fun filled day.

Bonnie: I am glad your foot is getting and feeling better. I hope you can get motivated again.

I woke up late but I was still able to go to church. I loved the service and it always brightens my day when I make an effort to get to church. I apologized to the minister for being late but she just said that was fine.

I went to the pool and did my swimming that I usually do in the indoor pool at the Y. Boy, was the water cold, but I did it. I stayed at the pool for quite a few hours and I loved it.

Tomorrow morning I will not be sleeping in, for sure. Our town has a foot race and they come right by my house. People stand on the corner ringing cow bells to encourage the runners. The first year that happened I wasn't a happy camper. Now I go out and stand on the corner and cheer along with everyone else.

We are having a parade after the race and I will go to that also.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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5/29/16 5:50 P

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Good early evening, Team.
It was a beautiful day. I walked down to the Farmer’s Market and bought some eggs, lettuce, apples, apple sauce, small new potatoes, spring onions, arugula and coffee beans. I worked in the garden some and then sat outside reading some magazines. When I saw raindrops hit the pages I came inside. It is coming down pretty heavily now but the air smells clean and cool.

Several new names on the Wall Posts. I feel a little out of touch since I was away for over a week with my computer being repaired.

@Shirley - Good luck with your new 80’s Team. It will be interesting to see how many members you get. I don't know how I missed your messages about your son's dogs. I must be slipping! I'm glad they got a new puppy. How is yours doing now?

Ever since I got my computer back I haven’t been able to type a post on our Team page. I type a couple sentences and they disappear!! So I’m typing on Google Docs and “copy & paste”. Whatever works!

My foot is still a little sore from when Mystery stepped on it last week but nothing like it hurt the first day.

My exercise wasn’t up to my challenge goal of 140 min/week this week. I could have exercised more but my motivation was lacking.

I hope everyone had a nice day.
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5/29/16 2:31 P

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Hi, just stopping by to say a quick hello.


Grace, thank you, I know the salads and walks are good for me. That's very kind of you to feed the cats and give treats to the dogs. I'm sure they love it!


Shirley, what a wonderful surprise to get the basket of petunias! My mother lived to be 90 and I thought that was good, but the longevity in your family really is remarkable!


Ellen, teaching in China must be very interesting work for your Stepson and his wife!


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Debbie - it isn't unusual at all for us to want to eat mid afternoon and in the evening. Plan you a healthy 100 calorie snack for 4 pm and another just before bedtime, such shouldn't cause you any problems losing, and might just keep you from eating more than those 100 calories that aren't so healthy.

Cecile - tomato soup is acid. For stomach flu or other stomach upsets try to stick to chicken broth soups like chicken noodle without vegetables and of course crackers. When I had morning sickness (that could last all day) when I was pregnant with my son the doctor told me to eat soda crackers and drink milk shakes.

Peggy - I wondered about the air mattresses too and Jess' disability. Enjoy your pool. Today is a good day for such. Thank the Good Lord it isn't 90+ here, although it is 80+ which is hot. Enjoy too your company tomorrow.

Shirley

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Just finished breakfast and watching the Indy 500. I lived in Indiana for many years but never made it to the race.

Tomorrow the A/C people are coming to check it out. I can't believe they scheduled us for Memorial Day. Tom's DS Peter is coming over at 3, the kids can swim and we are having a cookout. Avery loves my deviled eggs so I am making some.

It is 96 at 11:00 AM so I think we will go swimming after I water the plants.

Cecile, so nice that you had Jessica come and visit. Can she get up and down from an air mattress or does Val help her.

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Happy Sunday All!

Shirley, Thanks! I do tend to eat pretty well. It's at night time and sometimes mid afternoon I run into challenges. Right now I can only do 20 minutes of the WATP because of lower back issues. I can go on longer walks though. I'm very thankful to God for that!

Peggy, I live about 5 minutes from Apple Valley. This area has developed so much. When we first moved out here, 20 years ago, it was mostly farm land. Now it's houses and condo's.

It's a beautiful day here. The sun is sunny and it's 70 right now. We'll have a high of 80. A quick check in to say HEY

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5/29/16 11:49 A

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Good morning everyone!

We are enjoying Jess`s visit. Unfortunately, she developed the stomach flu during the evening. That put a bit of a damper on our plans. She does feel better this morning although she does feel a bit nauseous still. Val is warming up tomato soup and she will be eating this with soda crackers. Of course, she could not go to the mall to bring the hair and the money but her mom is doing it for her.

She will be coming back at the end of June. Chantal and partner are doing something which I couldn`t catch when she was here a while ago. Val decided that instead of going to her mom`s to stay with Jess, she would rather Jess come here. We have A/C and her mom does not.

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Happy Sunday Everyone -

Yesterday I started a new team for members over 80 years old since there is little for this age group and like many milestone ages it tends to carry with it some issues (for lack of a better word) that those younger can't identify with it. I have no earthly idea how many octogenarians there are on Spark People, but thought I'd give it a try. There are only 3 of us on this team. The team name is simply "Over 80s Age Group." So far no takers.

Grace - it sounds like you had a full day yesterday.

Ellen - it is very hard for me to understand how you are gaining weight, but you are right to be concerned with the subtle rise as that is how I, and I'll bet many others on the team, have ended up overweight or obese. Remember me mentioning that little book that my mother had, it must date back to the 40s, I don't think I ever found a copyright date on it, but its title is "The Mystery of the Creeping Pound." And you are so right in the age group of this team the pounds come on so easily and come off so slowly it seems. In your case, as I've mentioned before, I wonder if perhaps you have your goal weight for your age set too low. Have you ever talked to your doctor about this? Most doctors seem to think the skinnier the better, but there have been studies that say being too thin in later years isn't good. * I haven't had the experience often, but I too love the sound of water going over rocks. * I too hope you and your husband go somewhere nice for your anniversary. I haven't been to a nice restaurant in years. For one thing my husband no longer has the clothes for such. He thinks going to O'Charley's and Applebee's is going to a nice restaurant any longer - smile. But you know what, that's okay with me as I like those restaurants too.

Bonnie - yes I have mentioned about my son's dogs several times as their deaths affected the whole family. They both were really neat animals. And I was surprised that you didn't comment because I know well your love for animals, and I thank you for your caring. They were both Australian Shepherds - totally different looks, size and personality, but great dogs. The larger of the two we knew her time was coming soon as she was 12 and a large dog, but it was the smaller and younger of the two that went first. A real shocker. As you may remember our son has a deaf Australian Shepherd too, so they got a puppy as soon as possible since Rugby needs a hearing companion to help him, although you'd never know it being around him. Raven, the new pup, looks so much like the older dog that died. She is 4 months old. We haven't met her yet, but most likely will this week. * Thank goodness we haven't hit 100 degrees yet. We have had highs in the low 80s and that's plenty hot for me.

Allie - what a disappointment missing the political get-together. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your pool's opening. I'll bet the one in our subdivision opens this weekend too. * I know where you live doesn't get quite as hot as here, but I would sure turn on those air conditioners if need be. When we bought the new furnace and air conditioner this year my husband sprung for a really fancy thermostat. It is all computerized, tells the temp outside (based on what our computers (like Weather Bug) are reporting, and if the house gets too hot the air conditioning comes on and if too cold the heat comes on. Yes, we set the control to the temp we want the house, and there is a 3 degree differential between the air conditioning setting and the heat and vice-versa, unless we program it otherwise. My husband can change the settings from his cell phone. He says he's not sure if he can put the app on my phone or not - yeah right! He stays cold and I stay hot, and we have a running battle about the temp in the house all the time. I too have trouble sleeping if I'm too warm, plus I like to sleep with covers over me.

Cecile - enjoy your weekend with your granddaughters. I could feel your excitement as I read your post.

Peggy - if I had trails to walk I think I'd prefer them over sidewalks. Every time Bonnie talks about walking around her lake, I so long for a place like that to walk. * Thank you. I don't get many surprises since I tend to be too perceptive and it is hard for people to surprise me. But I was truly surprised with those flowers, and they are so pretty. I probably should take a picture and share them with all of you.

Make today a healthy and happy one -

Shirley

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emoticon ATTENTION ALL "NEW MONTH - NEW ME!" CHALLENGERS and WOULD BE CHALLENGERS -

It is hard to believe that we are ending another month, but we are, and I'm running late this month with this notification.

We are into the last few days of another Challenge - MAY 2016 Challenge. This Challenge will end on Tuesday, May 31st. The JUNE Challenge will begin on Wednesday, June 1st and will end on Thursday, June 30th! If you know you will be joining the June Challenge, or if you've been a Challenge member and don't plan to return in June I'd appreciate knowing that too as soon as you can. Please post this on the "New Month-New Me!" Challenge thread.

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

If you've never done our Challenge - the Guidelines are on our team home page (Please Do Not Post There as it is for information only), but briefly - you will need to give me your weight as of June 1st. Keep up with your exercise minutes beginning June 1st, and then on Monday, June 6th -report in on the "New Month-New Me!" Challenge thread and give me your minutes for those days. Then each Monday thereafter you will give me your exercise minutes for the previous week, just as you did this time. You might wish to say how you did weight-wise to keep yourself accountable, but I won't need your exact weight again until the last day of the Challenge Thursday, June 30th.

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

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Popped in to wish everyone a good night, sweet dreams and sleep tight! emoticon

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

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Good evening team! I'm just touching base before I go to bed. I spent the earlier part of the evening catching up on newspapers. This morning I took a 2.92 mile walk and right after noon we went to our GD's softball tournament. When we came back I pulled more weeds, raked up more leaves and watered plants.
Tomorrow we have a picnic at Don's DD's house.

Have a good night! emoticon

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I am posting early since we have errands to run later and plan on eating out in the process. I got up this morning and NO rain! So, I put on my yard clothes and started working. I worked for 3 ½ hours and made some big progress. My DH went to the service station and bought gasoline for his chain saw and cut up some big limbs in the front yard. I helped him do a few also on the BIG limb in the back.
The best experience was cutting down big weeds by our stream in the front. My DH had been trying to control them with brush killer and that didn’t work. I took my big clippers and cut them down. What was neat was the big rocks and hearing the rushing water which reminded me of my childhood camping experiences in Colorado….I always loved water and climbing on rocks.

Debbie- what I love about the KC Metro is that our winters are not bad and we get breaks in the summer from the really hot weather. I love the changing seasons and snow, but a normal winter here is much milder than Minnesota. Last year we had only one 2 inch snow that melted quickly.

Miller- that is exciting about your hubby going to China. My step-son and his wife work there as teachers in a private school.

Cecile – I am so bored with TV programs that I read a lot or watch things on my iPAD.

Shirley – I was going through my journals and I am seeing a steady climb in weight. That is very concerning to me because at my age it will be hard to take it off.

Peggy- My DH worked with his step father to cut down trees when he was a teen-ager so he really knows the process of dealing with big branches and chainsaws. Me- I would just call a tree company.

Allie- that is almost scary you being out at the wrong address by yourself. I must admit I sometimes worry about you.

Bonnie- we will also have a quiet Memorial Day. My son will be at his neighbors so it will be just my DH and me. I think on Tuesday we may go to a nice restaurant to celebrate our anniversary.

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Good Afternoon, Team.
I looked at our outdoor thermometer this AM and it said 100 degrees!! But it was in the sun & reflecting off the glass window so I'm sure that isn't what the temperature really was. But it certainly does feel like SUMMER outside.

DH is still not happy with the way the computer is acting and threatens to take it back to the repair shop. It works fine for me. Okay--is it the computer or the operator! Hmmmm.

@Ellen - That was quite a big branch that fell. We have several big trees in our back yard and occasionally a big branch will come down.

@Shirley - Your flower basket surprise was very nice. Did I miss hearing about your son's dogs dying? I don't remember that and you know my love for animals. I'm so sorry to hear it.

Not much going on for us this holiday week-end. I hope those of you who do have special plans have a really nice time.
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Good afternoon team:
Cecile; What a wonderful surprise. You have both your grand daughters staying with you. It sounds like you will enjoy every minute of it.

Shirley: I did get to the pool last night and it looks great. The staff has worked very hard to get the pool and the grounds ready for the summer. They had soft pretzels ( a Philly favorite) and lemonade and iced tea to drink. I told everyone I would be back today but since I did my swimming early today I am going to stay in. It is pretty hot out right now. I am not sure how warm the pool is yet. I will go to the pool tomorrow instead.



I went to the political gathering but I had the wrong address. There wasn't anyone there, so I thought they had cancelled it. I checked their web site today and saw they were just down the street from where I thought they were. It was getting late and I was afraid it was going to get dark soon. I know there will be other gatherings.

I don't have my air conditioners in yet and so it is pretty hot in my house. I put window fans in downstairs and I have ceiling fans downstairs. I am hoping it will cool down later and I can get a breeze going upstairs so I can go to sleep.

I hope everyone has a good weekend. Allie emoticon

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Good afternoon everyone!

Surprise! We made arrangements, I should say Val did, and Jessica is here today for an overnight stay. I keep looking at her and I cannot believe that is here after an absence of 3 years.

This morning we went to Canadian Tire and bought an inflatable mattress that we will put on the floor in the living room and then we went to Wall Mart to buy linen for it. Then we went to the grocery store to buy juices for Jess. She is 18 years old and does not drink any soda pop.

What a good week-end it is!

I believe this is a holiday week-end for the United States. I hope everyone has an enjoyable one! emoticon

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When my plants get established, I will take a picture. I water one window box in the front with the hose and the one on the porch with a watering can and the hanging basket with the hose as I have it on a pulley so that I can lower it to water.

Debbie, my youngest DD Christina lives in Apple Valley, MN and they have a cabin on Big Wolf Lake. We have never been to the cabin. They found a starving kitten by the cabin and the kids wouldn't let their parents leave it behind so now they have a cat. My oldest DD and I are both allergic to cats but we manage at their house.

I really need to start walking again but the last time I did I fell and could barely get up. I am now sidewalk shy. I really should just go hiking since there are trails right by the house.

Ellen, that is a very large branch. July of 2012 we had a big storm in Michigan and the first thing in the morning Tom went to the hardware store to rent a chain saw before other men got them. He slept through the storm so when he awoke the next morning, I told him to look out the bedroom window. It was a big, big mess.

Shirley, what a nice surprise to get the hanging basket. Enjoy!

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Good Morning Everyone -

On Thursday, I looked up and there stood my 8 year old grandson with a big, beautiful hanging basket of Petunias. As you may remember my son and his family had two of their dogs to die within a month of each other just before my birthday and Mother's Day this year. I told my son to forget about both for me this year and concentrate on his wife and his family. The hanging basket was for Mother's day. It is presents like that that are so special - not that all presents and remembrances aren't special.

Debbie - you are doing quite well with your exercising and eating. Your smoothies sound so very healthy. * Those Leslie Sansone videos are not easy. So if you did 20 minutes you did well. I have a 3 DVD set, but found even the easiest one was too much for me. I do like them however. * I love the picture of your cats. Cinnamon is one lucky cat that someone like you rescued him. * I don't think any of our spouses or friends intentionally plan to sabotage our weight loss efforts. They are just trying to be thoughtful. Until someone has seriously worked at losing a Large amount of weight, they have no understanding at all of what is involved, and this includes well meaning medical people too.

Maria - safe travels to Fargo today. 7 years old is a delightful age. You'll have so much fun at the zoo and par with your grandson. I think I've mentioned we have 2 adult grandchildren as well as an 8 year old grandson, plus an almost 4 year old great grandson. When the older grandchildren were growing up, we and their parents made many trips between Texas and here, and when they came the zoo and Six Flags were a must, plus the Science Museum, etc., etc. - smile.

Peggy - I need to call someone to wash our windows too. One of those things I keep procrastinating about and my windows are filthy. We could use the house power washed too. It's always something isn't it? * I love Vinca. It is such a hearty plant and takes heat and sun better than most.

Yvonne - I think part of my enjoyment of painting is the use of color. It is so fascinating to discover all the colors that appear in things when we look closely - colors that most people never notice. You mentioned once about my writing. I'm as fascinated with the use of words as I am color, and I think this comes through when I write. * At one time I thought about learning and tried to find someone who taught watercolor, but that never happened. Buy yourself a a tablet of watercolor paper and just a little tin of water color paints - like children use - things you should be able to find at a Target or Walmart in the stationary section that will cost you little, and just let yourself go. Most everyone can paint. You don't have to be a Picasso or Rembrandt to produce something quite pretty. What you said about singing is just what I'm saying about painting. I'd love to have a voice like Maria Callas, but of course that didn't happen. However, I sang in choirs off and on since I was in elementary school, and have done a solo or two - smile.

Grace - you mentioned trying to beat the heat in Florida by walking before the sun comes up. I tried that when I walked through the summer one year. What I found was, that the humidity was worse than dealing with the sun. As you may remember, I walked at daybreak every morning. * I really had to smile buying cat food when you don't own a cat or dog. * You are correct about reading nutrition labels on products. You know I'm big on this, and I do mention it here periodically, but haven't in quite some time, so I'm glad that you did. When I talk about tracking what we eat, this is all part of it for me. I'm not talking just writing down on a piece of paper I ate a 1/2 cup cereal, as that means nothing if you don't know the calorie count and other nutritional info like sugar, carbs, protein and fiber. And as you said, if you mound your measuring cup you are eating more than what the cup says you are eating. This is one of the many ways that extra calories slip in - the extra bite of cheese (what will that hurt) or the 1/2 cookie left in the package that you are about to throw away. We don't think much of it, but our bodies sure know. * Yes, I've heard the same thing about those exercise balls. That's just another reason some use them in front of their computers or wherever. * Window cleaning - I must call and get someone to get in here to do it. Our house is on one level too, but cleaning the outside or the windows needs a ladder in most places or climbing in a raised flowerbed or both.

Cecile - how interesting that Subway doesn't use metrics in their ads in Canada. I will be sure to share that with my husband. And thank you for checking into that for us. I'm like you about commercials I don't watch them if I can keep from it. That's the primary reason that I record all of the shows that we watch. * You are so very right, we all could use a "Val" in our lives. She is one special young woman.

Miller - thank you. I taught myself art as well as how to dance. Most of my lifetime it never occurred to me that I couldn't do anything that I set my mind to, and I usually did it. I grew up going to the movies, and I loved the musicals of the 30s-50s - still do and watch them over and over - smile. The dialogue is a bit trite by today's standards, but enjoy the stories (trite as they are) and love the music and dance. * My dad was one of 10 living children. He was among the younger ones. One brother lived to be 102, and most of the children lived to well into their 80s and 90s. The baby of the family lives with her daughter and SIL. She is 97. From all accounts she is doing very well healthwise. Her mind isn't too good sadly. * Growing up in the South, I'm most familiar with Kudzu. Thankfully I never had to deal with it but my parents and others I knew sure did. To say it could become out of control is an understatement - smile. * I watch Lots of Fox news for the very reason you said, to hear as many opinions as well as see firsthand what is going on. It is so Very important that when we go to vote we are well informed as these are perilous times, and we really, Really need good leadership in our government. * What a wonderful experience your husband's trip to China. I too hope he has the opportunity to do some sightseeing too.

Ellen - I'm so glad that big limb missed your house, and that you and your husband are okay. As said yesterday I've been seeing coverage of the storms in Kansas on the news. * As for your picture - as you may remember I ran into the same problem. Did you take the picture with your cell phone ? That is how I took mine. The SP tech told me they have no way of correcting such. I found that if I take the picture with the phone turned horizontally that the picture transfers correctly. I have a friend that sent me a family picture via email and it came in upside down. She resent it twice with the same result. She sent it to herself and it was right side up. Go Figure! * Ellen, you know just one cookie isn't going to make anyone gain weight - smile. Of course if you eat the whole package that's another story.

Allie - I'm glad your trip to Swathmore went well, and that there were places for you to sit. * Were you able to make it to both your social events yesterday? I know you are looking forward to your swims in the outdoor pool.

Wishing everyone a very good day and a most enjoyable weekend.

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Good morning! Just want to pop in and say hi before we're off to Fargo.

Ellen, Fargo is about 190 miles from us. My other grandchildren live in Williston 220 miles in the opposite direction. Opposite diagonal corners of the state, so they see each other at my house.

Have a good day.

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Good Morning Lovelies!

It's going to be nice here today. The sun is suppose to be out today. Good day for a walk. I think I'll need to do it early. It's going to be in the 80's.

Grace, I didn't get a walk in yesterday. I did do my DVD for 20 minutes. Which was pretty good. I like to either go to Gym or do the DVD. And try to get in a 30-40 minute walk. As for my smoothies, I can make them different each time. The main staple would be; protein powder or greek yogurt for the protein. Then I'd put blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or strawberries or sometimes a banana. OR a combination of them. I'll add in ground flax, cinnamon and coconut oil. Gives me the energy to start the day. Yes, I wasn't planning on any cats. My nest had become empty. We found Cinnamon or he found us? Then he needed a play mate. They do cause a bit of a problem for traveling. My husband had to retire early. (a year ago) He's going to be 60. I was planning on traveling. With the cats it can be hard. That's so nice of you taken care of these cats! AWESOME job on the walking!!! That's great. I'm building up to my 60-90 minute walks. In the summer that's what I do. This winter I want to go to a warmer climate. I'm in Minnesota and I can't handle another winter here. I have some arthritis in my lower back. The humidity and cold are awful for me.

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Good evening team!

DEBBIE, did you get your walking done yesterday? We’re having good walking weather here in CT. I did get up to 1 hour today (actually 66 minutes I think) It’s much better for me to get it done as early as possible, while it’s still shady and cool. If we were still in FL right now I don’t think I’d be able to go walking. It’s too hot, even before the sun comes up. What kind of smoothies do you like? My DH, Don makes a “recovery drinks” after his bike rides. I’m not sure what’s in them besides bananas and protein powder.
I wish I had my own cats and dogs but Don doesn’t want them to complicate our lives since we travel back and forth between CT and FL every 6 months. I do have 4 different cats that stop by every day, to eat at my “kitty restaurant” on my back deck. I also give 3 different dogs treats every day. Yesterday, I bought a 16 lb of cat food and I don’t even own a cat! But I do love them as well as my 3 little doggy friends.

SHIRLEY, You’re so right that the most important key to losing weight is to measure and track every bite. The measuring is to help prevent “portion distortion”. I do measure everything but I have to confess that I mound my food over the top, especially my Life cereal. The other thing that’s important is to be aware of the nutrition info on what you’re about to put in your mouth. When we go shopping, we wouldn’t think of buying something if we didn’t know how much it costs, but when we eat, we sometimes have no clue how many calories it’s “costing” us.
About the exercise ball – It’s been said that sitting on one while you’re working strengthens your “core”. The “core” is all the muscles surrounding your midriff, abdominals, sides and back. In the “old days” we just worked the abs.

ALLIE, I hope you find someone to go to Philly with you. I’d be worried if you went all by yourself. That’s one good thing about senior centers. They usually have lots of “day trips”. There’s safety in numbers. The last job I had was a rec coordinator for a senior center and one of my most important functions was planning trips. I remember one trip where we went down to NYC to watch the Christmas Show at Rockefeller Center and 2 of the DHs took off on their own private “tour” of the city (AKA barhopping) They didn’t come back to the bus on time and we were ready to leave without them (after waiting a half an hour) They finally showed and got booed by the rest of the bus full and got royal tongue lashings from their wives. I haven’t thought about that in years, but thinking about your trip to Phillie reminded me of it for some reason.

OH BONNIE, That must have really hurt when Mystery stepped in your foot. I’m surprised that you didn’t break any bones.
About Windows 10 – There was an Associated Press article in the newspaper, yesterday, about Microsoft “Forcing Upgrades” on people and then making it “exceedingly difficult” to get out of it. I hope there is a class action lawsuit about this so I can join it to get back some of the money it will cost me to get my computer fixed because of what they did to me. I don’t have “auto fill” on my contacts in my e-mail anymore, so every time I want to write an e-mail I have to go to my contact list, write down the address and then type it into the address bar. It’s very inconvenient.

ELLEN, I hope you made it through the storm alright! Tell your DH to be very careful with his back, while cutting up that branch.

MILLER, You’re doing great with your input (salads) and your output (walking). Keep up the good work!

YVONNE, Gardening is still at the forefront around here as well. I’m still weeding and picking up leaves that were left around all my plants. I have to do it gradually so I don’t damage the plants. The beds should have been cleaned up back in March but we were in FL and the man who picked up our leaves just did the lawn. I’ll have to make a point of asking him to clean out our flower beds.

PEGGY, I would love to have someone wash my windows and screens but our house is only one floor so it would be a luxury to hire the job out.
I can see your sweet potato vines in your window boxes. They are so pretty and lots of people in FL use them as well.

MARIA, Have a great time in Fargo! I hope you enjoy your “reunion” with your GS. How long does the trip take?

It’s 10:35 so I have to get off this computer and go to bed!

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It`s me again!

Shirley - I forgot to answer your husband`s question about Subway. I saw a commercial on television today and they did say 6 inches for $5.99.

Val told me that it does not surprise her that I don`t listen to commercials. I usually pick up my book and read until the program starts again. She said they have this special during the Summer 6 for 5. I could not begin to know what she was talking about. She had to spell it out that it is 6 inches for $5.00.

Later and good night again! emoticon

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Good evening everyone!

I`ve been stood up again. No phone call or anything. That is it for me. Stood up last Friday, late on Tuesday and no show tonight. I will try to contact her and end the go around right now. I liked the meeting at OEA on Tuesday but I have to way to get there.

This afternoon, Val told me the assistant manager is coming back to work. She is 22 days over her sick leave. I hope that does not damage her knee more than it is now.

Val has gone to her sister`s rescue. Jessica called and asked Val to come and help her and Val being Val flew over to her house. I know that she is going to stay with her kid sister tomorrow and sleeping there tomorrow night. All younger siblings should have a Valerie in their lives. Before leaving, Val has ordered from the restaurant. I told her to go and I would pay. I sat on the front porch and read while waiting for the delivery. It was so nice!

This week-end is Guy`s week-end off. He told me, and I understand, he needs this time to run his errands and do chores around his apartment.

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Debbie, my guess is that Cinnamon is on top and Angel is on the bottom... how did I do?

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Good Afternoon,

Well the sun never did come out. "The sun will come out tomorrow..."

No walk for me today. I did get in a 20 minute DVD with Leslie. So that's something.

Ellen, our husbands! LOL Yes, we could say no.....I've got to get serious about this. I haven't worn close in my closet for 18 months. That's when I was at goal, and now sabotage myself 25 lbs. UGH.

I hope that storm didn't cause you too much damage.

I never thought I'd have a cat yet I have 2! Cinnamon we found in the woods. He was skinny! I don't know how long someone abandoned him there. We couldn't leave him there. Who ever had him taught him some rough play. I had so many scratches and bites on me. Both Dave and I did. With a lot of work got him tamed. We got Angel from the shelter a year later. We wanted Cinnamon to have a play mate. At shelter Angel stole my heart. I have always loved cats. Didn't want one around with small kids. So all kids moved out and I got a cat! It wasn't planned! LOL

Miller, I'm interested in seeing who you think is who?? emoticon Tell me.

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Shirley, it's wonderful that you're a self-taught artist. I always admire people who can learn things on their own. Amazing that your father lived to be 97!!!

Yvonne, crazy quilting sounds very interesting. My eldest sister quilts, but for the last few years, she's spent most of her sewing time making doll clothes for a consignment shop.Your description of the invasive foreign plants reminded me of the "kudzu" we used to have at our first home. It grew all over everything! I believe it was brought to the US to help with soil erosion, but it really can get out of control.

Peggy, I'm sure your sparkling windows and filled window boxes will be beautiful - maybe it will inspire your neighbors to wash theirs!

Maria, I hope you enjoy your time with your Grandson. Both the zoo or the park sound like fun.

Allie, it's fascinating that you're involved in politics! I enjoy watching national news channels to try to keep up with the national races. I'll sometimes watch CNN, FOX, and MSNBC just to try to get as many viewpoints as possible.

Debbie, Cinnamon and Angel are precious. Which one is which? I've been looking at the photo and trying to decide who is who?


Ellen, that really is a big limb!! I'm glad it didn't hit your home!!


We just lost power as I was trying to edit this. Glad they fixed it, as it's 86 here now.

I've been online today (and last week) ordering shirts and slacks for my husband. The company he works for is sending him on a business trip to China in June and I want to make sure his clothes are updated. He's never been out of the US (except to Canada), and neither have I. As the date approaches, I find I'm getting excited for him and a little nervous. I hope he'll have time to do a bit of sightseeing.

Have a good evening, everyone!!

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Well, we went out this morning and examined the damage down after that wild windstorm last night. Here is one result. My DH says he can take care of it with his chainsaw, but I look up at that big branch and am overwhelmed! Always something!
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Debbie- I saw your comment about your DH and had to laugh. I have the same problem. I bought my DH some delicious cookies I bought after sampling them at the grocery store. What did he do right before supper- he pulled out two of them for us to have with our decaffeinated 4 o’clock coffee? Did I say “No”? of course not! And the scale told me about it this morning. emoticon I have got to get my head on straight…I don’t have to eat when and what he does. *Love the photo of your fur babies! They look like the last cat I had before I married my DH and found out that he and his son were VERY allergic to cats.

Marlene- I so need to clean outside our sliding dining room door which you reminded me in your post a couple of days ago. *Windows 10- I just downloaded some photos from my iPhone and I LOVED the process! It is so much better than Windows 7.

Slimmer- when I set up Windows 10, I believe I said to I wanted to customize it, and went through and said what I wanted to turn on and what I wanted turned off. I tend to be careful about my privacy. All my icons were the same as they were in Windows 7. My biggest problem with just figured out the Explorer Favorites in the replacement. *Do they offer art drawing classes in college? I think that would be my biggest problem.

Grace- I so hope next week is better so I can spend at least an hour each day working outside. I decided yesterday to start trying to have appointments on the days when I am having a club meeting. If I am already showered and dressed, it is easier. Then I can work in the yard and house the days I don’t do anything else.

Maria- I was dusting the guest bedroom and found our stability ball. I plan to do some exercises for legs and abs I saw on SparkPeople today.

Miller- we paid off our mortgage the year I turned 65. Being 65 meant I could go on Medicare if I was not working (I worked until I was almost 67), the house was paid off so we had a big “Freedom Day” on July 4th which is close to my birthday. We invited our kids and grandchildren and cooked out. It was so much fun! I love knowing I have a house to live it.

Bonnie- your chatty DH’s cousin sounds like me and all my sisters. We are ALL chatty and oh my goodness, you get us together and everyone talks at once. My father use to just turn down his hearing aid.

Allie- as always, you amaze me with your energy and adventurous attitude. *I think I could get involved in politics in a different life.

Bonnie- Jay and my Bob should get together with that chainsaw! *I have to check out that book you mentioned. While we were on our family trip, our garden club went to a house in Kansas City, MO that was an English garden. Several posted photos on the garden website and it was a beautiful place.

Peggy- please don’t remind me of something else I should tackle around here! emoticon *I can’t believe you have window boxes in Phoenix! How do you water them? I need to finish planting my hanging baskets and a containers. I bought the plants for the containers, but have not put them in because of the storms.

Maria- is Fargo far from your place? Our grandchildren are 90 miles from us. We are planning a trip next month to go see them.

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Good afternoon team:

Debbie: I had a California Rag Doll cat for 17 years. I love dogs but cats are so much easier to take care of.

Ellen: Hi, hope you are having a good day.

Cecile: It is sunny and bright here also. Enjoy your day. Canada is so beautiful.

Miller: I meant to say Swathmore College not Strathmore. I try to walk early in the morning too. I am glad you got your walk in before it got too hot.

Shirley: The tour at Swathmore College was incredible. The tour guide made sure all of us had plenty of places to sit while she was talking. The tour guide only showed us a small part of the grounds so we didn't have to walk far until we could sit down again.

Yvonne: I saw bamboo at Swathmore and we used to have it in our back yard when I was young. I heard it can be very invasive. My neighbors across the street have it their back yard and it looks like they just let it grow. It is quite high.

Peggy: I love the look of window boxes. I wish I had some.

I have been invited to two events this evening and I am trying to decide if I will attend both of them. I am involved in politics and one of our state reps wants everyone that supported her to come and have wine and cheese. I think that might be fun. The second event is to go to the swim club and pick up my identification to be able to go to the pool. They are having refreshments and the board members will be there.

Right now I just want to take a nap, so I will see how I feel later.

I hope everyone has a good weekend.

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Happy Friday! It's suppose to clear up this afternoon. This morning was cloudy and muggy. Humidity was 100%! It did drizzle a little this morning. Nothing much. Right now the sun is trying to come out. I may go for a walk after all. I did my Leslie Sansone DVD this morning.

Shirley, my husband is a darling. Like I said, he doesn't mean to sabotage me on purpose. Sometimes he does it and doesn't know it. He thinks its care and loving. I guess I'll have to remind him again. emoticon We need to get back to no sweets in the house. If we want a sweet treat we can go out and get it. Today, is better. I'm focused. I want to get back into my clothes in the closet. I'll try to post a pic of fur babies. They are such amazing creatures. Love, love, them.

Miller, my cats are Cinnamon and Angel. Cinnamon is you can hold me and pet me on my terms. He will sit on my lap when he needs some loving and then off he goes. Angel would sit on my lap all day it I let him. He'll get on my lap and wants to snuggle his head in between my neck and shoulder. He likes lots of attention!! I hope your Friday is going well.

Ellen, I hope your computer is working again.

Have a great day!

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Good Friday afternoon, everyone!

The sun is shining, but some chance of rain every day this weekend. Going to the "big" city of Fargo tomorrow for the day, to visit my son and grandson. My son and and his fiancee will be busy packing to get ready to move to another apartment. So we will probably take grandson to the zoo or park. I'm looking forward to seeing him, as it has been January since we've seen him last. He just turned 7 in May. Hoping to do some shopping and get some flowered hanging baskets. Nothing plan for Sunday or Monday.

Have done well staying away from wheat products this week. But now husband wants pizza for supper. I will stick to one slice.

Happy Memorial weekend everyone.

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Happy Friday emoticon

It looks like I forgot to post yesterday after I read all the posts.

Today we are having all the screens and windows washed. I think we are the only ones in the neighborhood who do this. The house across the street from us has the dirtiest screens and that was the way ours were the first time they were washed. Cannot take the screens out from the inside and we are not about to climb up on the garage roof to clean the windows.

We went to the nursery and bought trailing vincas and sweet potato vines for the window boxes. Will plant them after the windows are washed.

Yvonne, would love to see pictures of your yard. I miss the gardening that I did in Chicago and Michigan.

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DEBBIE and MILLER: emoticon

You both have jumped in and posted nice things, and that's a good way to start. I feel that this team are all close friends of mine, even though I've only met Shirley face to face (we live about 40 minutes apart).

I'm 72, love gardening, reading, crazy AND sane quilting, and all forms of hand crafts. We've lived in Missouri for almost two years, after living in the Dallas TX area for almost 30. I miss most my competitive chorus I left behind, but with my aging voice it was time to leave any way. I also miss my church family there, but our best friends have just recently visited and that helped. We have three children, in St. Louis, San Diego, and Atlanta, and seven grandchildren, a number which will probably not get larger. Our single son in San Diego (alliteration unplanned!) is not likely to have any children, although he's dating a grandmother. That sounds so weird, but she's very nice and has been good for him; she just had a family at a young age. I doubt they will ever marry, though.

Gardening still at the forefront here. Went to the Master Gardener meeting last night, and got a free perennial begonia, which can stay in the ground year round. It's very tiny, but I'm excited to have it. One of the perks of belonging to Master Gardeners is a constant flow of free plants.... it's fantastic! I've successfully started plants from seed, too, a brand new phenomenon for me. Buying lights made all the difference.

GRACE, I have taken pictures, but don't have them on the computer yet. The one area I've been talking about most does not really look that good yet.... it'll take at least 3 years to get it settled in. It had completely "gone native" when we moved in. I'll try to compile some comparison pictures. Jay has done an amazing job of taming the jungle here. You know what woods are like! His recent enemy is a multifloral rose, originally brought from China to use as hedgerows, now an invasive plant that eventually destroys the native plants. It's one of several species that were huge mistakes, like bringing starlings here. Nature has it's own way of keeping things balanced, but when man intervenes, with whatever good intentions, things get wonky. Another example is Japanese beetles, which were brought unintentionally. They're dreadful bugs!

It's a nice day for working outside. Jay is cutting up a tree that fell during one of the storms, barely missing our work shed. He doesn't admit it, but he LOVES working that chainsaw! emoticon With all this rain, weeds should be easier to pull, so I may get out there later.

SHIRLEY, like you I learned the color wheel at an early age, but color still fascinates me. There's no end to the combinations of those three simple colors. Crazy quilting has really opened up the exploration of color. I'm thinking about learning to watercolor, but I'm a little afraid of picking up another hobby. I want to start a garden journal, and watercolors are something a lot of journalists use. I'm still just considering it right now. I am NOT a good drawer, or artist, but I've discovered all of us can do more than we think.

For example, a lot of people tell me they can't sing, but they can sing a TV commercial perfectly. It's just a matter of what you want to do, and I strongly believe we should follow our own internal guide.

Yvonne

If you want to see a beautifully done garden journal, find The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, by Edith Holden, published in 1977. It was so popular that stationery and cards were made from her illustrations. She was a trained artist, and illustrated other books, but this book was private and not discovered for years after she died at age 49 (about 1920).
There you go, ladies. Class dismissed. emoticon

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Good Morning Everyone -

Another rainy day. Although yesterday turned out to be a beautiful day once the morning storm passed. Then storms moved back in sometime after midnight.

Cecile - it is always good to hear that Val continues to do well in her job.

Ellen - Quite obviously your weather is coming our way. I need to get to the grocery sometime today, so I sure hope this rain goes away while I do that. From the news parts of Kansas are getting hit hard with tornadoes. I'm just happy that they aren't near where you live.

Debbie - believe me when I say we've had lots of new people to join this team recently. Some have stayed, others have never posted so I have no idea what's going on with them. * It has been said that friends and loved ones are our biggest pitfalls when trying to lose weight. Honestly, I don't think they mean to sabotage what we are trying to achieve, they are just trying to be thoughtful. * What would we do without our four legged children?! - smile I love cats, but we've only had one over the years, but quite a few dogs.

Bonnie - your dinner with your husband's cousin sounded delightful. With your interest in genealogy I'll bet you did enjoy her stories and pictures. * I'm glad to hear you've got your computer operational again. * Ouch! That had to really hurt Mystery stepping on your foot. I hope it is feeling better today.

Allie - your trip to Strathmore sounded most enjoyable. I'm amazed with your leg problems that you can walk and stand for an hour and a half. * I'm so hoping that when all this wet weather passes that my legs are going to feel better; however I didn't notice too much change last summer. * You do stay active and doing fun things, and I say Good For You!

Miller - you should feel right at home here as many of us are past or present artists or crafters. I am a self-taught artist and have been drawing since I was a small child. I no longer paint or draw. Irene does counted cross stitch which I also did at one time, and several of our members are into sewing and quilting. I would have loved to have been a teacher, and more than likely had I gotten that education I would have taught art. My son and grandson inherited my talent, but like me neither of them are using it unfortunately. My grandson has two degrees - one in art and one in math. * College art classes - in my painting years I had the pleasure of knowing a few professional artists. They knew my work and that I was self-taught, and one urged me to take some college courses. She said she didn't want me to take them for knowledge as I had that, but so I would realize how much I already knew. That was the reason I signed up for that course, and had planned to take more until I found that one such a waste of time. You talked about them not teaching you the basics - I learned my complementary colors when I was in 3rd grade, and over time in elementary art I learned the basics of mixing the complimentary colors to make other colors. * Thank you for the nice compliment of our team. It is very much appreciated. * Oh how I remember when we made the last payment on our house. It is a wonderful feeling. We paid cash for this one thanks to the sale of our previous one. Congratulations on making your last payment. This caused me of a story. My dad died at 97, and he lived his last few years in assisted living. When the residents would sell their homes, the administrator threw a party to celebrate.

Have a good day everyone -

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Allie, the gardens at Strathmore sound lovely.

Bonnie, I hope the ice helped your foot. I love the name Mystery.

Debbie, your fur baby does sound like a sweetie.


emoticon to everybody on the team!!


I already took my walk and am planning to go grocery shopping. I think we'll have big salads for dinner, as the temps will be close to 90 again today. Something cool might be refreshing.

I hope everyone has a great day! emoticon

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Good morning!

Today is sunny and bright! Have a good Friday everyone!

BBL..... emoticon

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Good evening everyone!

A quiet day today. Not much happening except Val worked a bit late again today. I told her she was going to be rich the way things are going. She just looked at me with her beautiful brown eyes as if I had fallen off a cliff. She was so cute!

Shirley - I never pay attention to commercials and I completely forgot to ask Val if she knows. I will try to pay attention and tell you later.

Good night, sweet dreams and sleep tight! emoticon

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

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I will post tomorrow. We had bad storms come through and our internet has been out.

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Good Evening,

Thanks for the welcomes.

Miller, so glad someone else joined same time as me. We can learn together and get the changes we desire. I bet that feels wonderful paying off the mortgage. We paid off our a couple years ago. It's wonderful owning our house.

My day started off great. Got a couple of Goodies from SP friends. Had my quiet time, and went to the Gym. Now tonight I gave into some cravings. My husband, not meaning to, sabotages me. I have to become mindful in saying no thank you. It's hard when he says do you want some of this? Or that? Okay, tomorrow is a new day...

My cat is wanting lots of attention tonight. Love my fur babies. He is a sweetie.

Hope everyone had a great day!

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Good evening team:

Bonnie: It is good to see you back and posting. It sounds like your dinner out went well. I hope your foot gets better soon. I can't imagine what that must feel like having a horse step on your foot.

Have a good evening.

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Good Evening Team,
It was a HOT one today--in the high 80’s--and I think there was humidity. At least we are having some days without rain.

Our dinner with DH’s cousin was really nice and fun last night. We met at the restaurant in the Mall at 5PM and said good night when the mall closed at 9PM. I hadn’t remembered that Shirley was so “chatty”. I don’t think she gets out too much. She told us all about her family and stories about DH’s grandparents. She brought some pictures that I had never seen before of the family and said I could take as many as I wanted. She is going to try to come to Dad’s Mass on the 2nd.

@Miller & Debbie - Welcome. My name is Bonnie and I am usually a pretty regular poster here but my computer has been in the repair shop for over a week. I made a mistake and let Windows 10 load and then found out--because my laptop is old (6 or 7)--that I shouldn’t have loaded it. I had my computer “wiped clean” and had Windows 7 put back on. Things seem to be fine now.
I am 68 and have been retired for 7 years. DH & I live in Maryland--not far from DC. I have 2 cats at home and 1 horse “Mystery” that I board about ½ hr. Drive from home. No human children. I’m sure you will enjoy this team and will get answers to any questions you may have in your Slimming Seniors endeavor.

Mystery stepped on the side of my right foot today and I really should get some ice on it. It isn’t black/blue yet but certainly hurts like crazy.

I hope everyone had a wonderful day.
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Good afternoon team:

Debbie: emoticon

Shirley: Hello, have a good weekend.

Miller: emoticon What a wonderful achievement, having your mortgage paid off.

I went to Strathmore College in Strathmore, PA last night. They are a liberal arts college but they have the most beautiful gardens. The gardens were open to the public and one of the employees took a bunch of us on an hour and a half tour. The peonies and roses were gorgeous. They had so many different flowers I can't remember all of them.

It is 89 degrees outside and I am sitting in the shade in my back yard. The heat helps my chronic pain so I usually can't wait until it gets hot like this.

My community swim clubl is opening up this weekend It is my home away from home and it gets me out of my neighborhood. I like where I live but the kids in the neighborhood like to party and it can get rather noisy at times.

I was going to ride the trolley to Philly - 69th street to explore. I asked one of the Y employees about that area and she told me it was a bad area. I will find another place to explore on the train/trolley. I am still enjoying the senior center, but I want to branch out a little.

I hope everyone has a good weekend and a good day.

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Maria - O'Fallon is where l live. Small world.

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Shirley, Sorry, She lived in O'Fallon, MO. It's been awhile.

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PEGGY, SLIMMER, and MARLENE, I think all of you ladies are very talented. I viewed your paintings on your Spark pages and they're so good! You must get so much enjoyment and satisfaction from your art. My mother used to paint and both my sisters do. My middle sister is a retired art teacher.


MARIA, you're doing well to be able to stay away from bread. I love bread, but should try to give it up, as I'm certain it would help with my pre-diabetes.


DEBBIE, welcome to the team!!! Since I just joined, too, we can both learn together!!!


ELLEN, being Toastmaster sounds exciting!!


GRACE, I hope your tomato plants do well. Some folks in my neighborhood try to have gardens, but the deer always eat the new veggies. Some of them have begun using high fences and/or caging.


CECILE, How lovely that your youngest granddaughter donated her hair for women with breast cancer. That's such a kind and useful thing to do!


IRENE, I hope you enjoy your trip. I hope you don't mind me telling you that my only brother is named Maurice. I know from my mother that anniversaries can be very bittersweet - she always missed my father so much, but cherished the memories of him.


SHIRLEY, I know what you mean about the college art classes. I took one at a local university and even though I learned some things, I didn't learn as much as I thought I would. In fact, my middle sister (the retired art teacher) said they didn't even teach me some of the basics I needed to know. Still, I did three paintings and kept one which is on the wall in my kitchen. I hope the storms pass by you safely. We're supposed to get storms this afternoon.

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I hope I haven't forgotten anyone. I'm sure the more I read and post, the more I'll learn about the team and team members. I'm really impressed at the support, encouragement, and camaraderie here.


I have a bit of exciting news - we paid off our mortgage today!!! It certainly took long enough, but I'm so grateful that the house is ours now - free and clear!!!

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their day.

-Miller emoticon






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Good Morning Everyone -

It is a stormy morning here.
Debbie - WELCOME! emoticon It is great seeing you posting here right away. We are most happy to have you with us, and we hope you will enjoy our group as well. You are definitely off to a good start. * The pounds do come on so easily don't they? You are very smart to be getting the extra weight off as soon as you can, and we will do all we can to help you achieve that goal.

Irene - I'm never sure how to treat anniversaries where the spouse is deceased, as I definitely don't want to cause more heartache. Yes, it was very thoughtful of Grace to remember your anniversary. You and Maurice (from all accounts) had a very happy life together, plus produced such a lovely and caring family so I'm sure you have lots of happy memories. I know no spouse could have been more caring of the other than you were. * Have a safe and most enjoyable trip tomorrow.

Cecile - don't you just love finding a new restaurant that you enjoy? I do. It never ceases to amaze me how Chinese restaurants can offer so many different dishes for such a low price. * My husband laughed about the 12 foot Subway too. I explained how perfect your English is normally. We had Subways for dinner last night - 6 inch long ones - smile. My husband asked a question that I found interesting and you could help us with. Here the ads promote "Foot Long" Subways. Since Canada in uses the metric system how do they do these ads there?

Ellen - I never thought I'd ever hear you say you'd lost your motivation for exercising. Perhaps you need to either take a rest OR alter your exercise routine somehow because you've become bored with what you are doing. *Changing clothes - I hate having to change clothes. That was the part of going to the gym that I disliked. I would work out on the circuit, then go do a few laps in the pool, followed by a soak in the whirlpool, then get dressed and often do shopping on the way home. Back when my energy level was higher, I would try to get as much shopping done once I got dressed as I could - often spending most of the day going from one store to the other. I still do this as much as possible, but getting in and out of the car isn't as easy as it once was. * Oh My Gosh! do you have those trees growing everywhere too? I have never had this problem before moving to this house, and I have no earthly idea how to kill them without killing the plant they are growing up the middle of, so they just keep coming back. * I used to have to take a massive dose of antibiotic before dental work too because of mitral valve prolapse, but according to the dentist that I have now, they are no longer recommending it. I had a dental appointment on Monday too for a periodontal cleaning.

Grace - you are amazing! At one time I could have done what you did yesterday, but no longer. The heat alone would have done me in. * The one improvement I made to this house that I will never regret was an irrigation system. Our system covers our entire yard. So if you have one put in it should reach whatever you need. Sales people and installers will be able to advise you. I was early 70s when we moved here, and I could still garden and lug heavy hoses, mulch and the like all over the yard. Such is no longer true. Please take care of your shoulder.

Slimmer - I once took an art class at one of our community colleges. I too was surprised to see how little instruction I got there - which as I'm remembering was none. I was working on a hot air balloon at the time, and the instructor seemed more interested in hearing how I was achieving certain effects than him teaching me. There was a woman sitting next to me that was working on a seascape and her water was spectacular. I so wanted her to tell me how she achieved it, but she refused to talk to me. Needless to say I only took that one course at the college as it wasn't a very positive experience. I had hoped to learn lots, but learned nothing.

Marlene - you mentioned having little problem with Windows 10 which I'm glad to hear, since the majority of what I've heard about it hasn't been good. How old is your computer?

Peggy - I beg to differ with you! Slimmer does good work, I've told her this over and over, but yours and Marlene's work is equally as good, and I've told you both how much I like your work before too. Your styles differ, but that is as it should be. You are fortunate to have such a good instructor. I once took classes from a woman at my church. She held the classes in her basement. There were only 5 of us as I'm remembering. It was more like a painting group than a class, but like your teacher she has added just a stroke or two to one of my paintings that made all the difference in the world. Once when I expressed amazement over something she did, she said if she didn't know more than we did then we shouldn't be taking classes from her, and she was right. Like I mentioned about the teacher at the college who was trying to learn from me how I made something in a painting happened, painting is something where we never know it all, no matter how much we know, there is always something new to learn. * You indeed must travel a long way for shopping.

Maria - I have a friend of many years who is still slim and trim but has always been obsessive about her weight. She used to diet before some big occasion where she had a special dress to wear so that there wouldn't be an unwanted bulge anywhere - smile. * I don't know your teacher's purpose with the exercise ball, but I've heard of people using them in front of their computers to improve posture and balance. * I would love to live in a place like you do, but once we become older we realize that isn't wise. Just the distances you must go to get to shopping but namely healthcare. * I don't know an area known as Falcon. We have Festus, Farmington and Fenton in the St. Louis metro area - towns beginning with "F". I just looked it up on the Internet. I don't think I will learn all the towns in this state - smile. We've lived off and on - mostly on - in St. Louis for 55 years, but we've never been down to Lake Ozark, but understand it is beautiful. I had to smile at what you said about getting a larger house. We think once the kids leave home that we need less space, but the truth is our families continue to grow and if they all come to visit at one time there's never enough space - smile. Our family are dog lovers too, and in years past the dogs came with the humans - smile.

Miller - thank you for the compliment on the team. We are happy to have you with us too. The busyness of this thread is why I urge new people to be sure to sign their posts. * The food and exercise trackers plus the recipe calculator are the best tools I have found anywhere, and they really help those who are seriously trying to lose weight. I have found the only sure fire way to lose weight is to weigh, measure and track everything that goes into our mouths. Yes it is work, but I've found that if you do this you will have no doubt why you are gaining or losing.

Bonnie - it is so good to have you back with us. I hope you had a nice visit with your cousin.

My goodness but there were a lot of posts this morning. I still had comments to make, but this has gotten so long I'm going to close for now.

Wishing for everyone a good day -

Shirley

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Good Morning Ladies!

Today is going to be summer like temps. We're above average. In the mid 80's today. Hoping to get a walk in. They said on news last night, could have some rain today. Planning on having a smoothie for breakfast.

Grace and Cecil thanks for the welcome! Looking forward in getting to know you. I'm not scared by chatty-ness. I like that!

Blessings,

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It would have been our 65 th wedding anniversary today, a sad day now yet I have so many happy memories .i was very touched Grace remembered and sent me a message and goodie .
It's Ian and Maggies anniversary too, they will call in later I know ,
I have the suitcase ready to be filled now. That will keep me busy deciding which clothes to pack, also having a hair do , we leave here a lot 5 am tomorrow ,
Have a good weekend , Irene

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Good evening everyone!

emoticon To Miller and Debbie! My name is Cecile and I am French Canadian. I have a daughter and she has two daughters. Val, the oldest lives with me. It will be 4 years this coming June that she moved in with me and my husband. The youngest suffers from muscular dystrophy and is in a wheelchair. This past week end she had her hair shaved off to give away to make wigs for ladies that have breast cancer. My husband passed away 1.5 years ago. I am looking forward to knowing both of you!

Val and I went to the new restaurant. It doesn`t look like much on the outside but boy were we surprised when we walked in! It is all decorated with Chinese pictures. Val had a really good look at the one over our table and she said it was not a painting but embroidery! It was very neat and clean. The service was very good. The food was prepared promptly and was delivered very hot at the table. The food was delicious! We decided we would either go back or Val can pick up the meal on her way home. The restaurant is only 5 minutes from her work.

Good night, sweet dreams and sleep tight! emoticon

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

By the way Shirley, Val had a good laugh when I told her I had said that I had a 12 foot long sandwich! emoticon

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Grace- I think in he future I am going to plan errands and appointments on the days I have club meetings. By the time I get dressed for a club meeting, I am ready for those other tasks. Yard work after a club meeting never gets done.

I seem to have lost my motivation for exercise. That is not good! I need to get up and do something besides Netflix and PC stuff.

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Good evening team! I hope everyone had a nice day. I walked for almost an hour today. This afternoon I potted up 7 tomato plants and puttered in the yard, pulling weeds, cutting the dead brown stalks from last years plants, etc. It was around 83 degrees and very buggy. I wore a cheap bee keeper’s netted hood to keep the bugs off my face. I have NO shame.
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Tomorrow, I have a derm appointment, some errands, the gym and grocery shopping so I’ll be gone most of the day, again, just like yesterday.

MILLER, Good for you for using the nutrition tracker. I have used it in the past but usually get tired of it. I’ve been tracking my food off and on for my whole adult life so do lose interest. Then something will come along and boom! I’m tracking again. What I am very faithful about is using the Fitness Tracker. Those of us who use it can share what we’ve done on the Friend’s Feed Activity Tracker and other’s can “like” or comment on it.
I hope you got a good report from your doctor appointment today!

MARIA, I’ve always thought it would be good to have a large ball to sit on, but it I already have disc problems and it doesn’t look comfortable if one needs back support. Of course my other good excuse is it takes up too much room. :-)
We are FL residents and spend November – May in Englewood section of Port Charlotte, which is about 90 minutes north of Fort Myers. It takes us a little over an hour to get to the RSW airport.
I hope the next 5 years flies by for you!

DEBBIE, Welcome to our team! Don’t let out chattiness scare you away. Just join in whenever you’re ready! You'll be amazed at the support you'll get from all these ladies!

SLIMMER, I never got the License agreement option this time. I’ve been ignoring all the Windows 10 junk for months. This time they didn’t give me the option.

ELLEN, fortunately, my eyes are getting too bad to see all the dust, but I know it’s there so I chase it around and try to do a little cleaning every day to keep ahead of it.
About what to pack for a trip – for our trips back and forth from CT to FL, I track the weather in the places we plan to stop, so I know what’s going to hit me when I step out of the car or walk out of our motel in the morning. I’m usually dressed comfortably for weather.
It sounds like you had quite a morning at Toastmasters. That would be too stressful for me.

It's bedtime! Goodnight everyone!

Grace


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Ellen... when upgrading... I actually read through most all the agreement....

the reason was... something I read months ago talked about how I would have to ..now pay to get some apps back in use ...and it also talks about it ..only being good for a year and then you have to pay a fee????????? hope not... like we only rent it???

After you clicked Accept.. that 3rd page talked about all kinds of ways to set it up... What Did You Do... I found that frightening...

or did you just keep clicking... Set up express.. and let it do whatever?

Did it give you a desktop with icons?

Did you Picture file work with... Paint and then the big .. Windows ... Pictures

I am just afraid I won't be able to load and adjust my pictures like I do

Going 10 miles for an art class is not bad..

I have to say at college.. when we take a class... it is not at all like what you think it would be.. they may say pick a theme/composition.. draw it out.. they might give an idea if it looks ok.. but they really don't tell you how to paint it.. they might say .. why didn't you do this.. and they might say to put in shadows.. or if you just paint... they might as Why you did something.. and if it is what you wanted and stick up for it.. that is what they want .. that you stick up for what you do... It is not at all like a step by step ..follow the teacher.. there was a bit of instruction on where eyes ears nose and mouth goes... and to draw a good skeleton.

You probably are getting more instruction than I do in college... I think the local classes are a good deal.. but.. not the ones that want $650.00 for 4 hours of watching.. and they have a lot for $250 and up $200 to paint with the teacher a little scene... Very few cheap art classes here... The lady I took the 4 hr classes for $50.. now is starting Plein Air for $25 for 4 hrs of her just being there to answer questions as you paint.

Just ate some tuna fish... blaaaa not putting in the pickle relish because of the carbs... yesterday I put in onions.. but I am thinking they make my eyes puff up a bit.. plus too much is too many carbs also... I am looking for good sugar number tomorrow morning.. I have nto been cheating!

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Peggy, I just looked at your photos and your paintings are very good. Stick with it. I had class today; there were just two of us and a substitute instructor. Our regular instructor had to take his 4 YO to Childrens Hospital in Phila. We were kind of quiet and I made some headway on my chapel. I worked with the sub. before and she gave me some good pointers and suggestions. **** Fortunately for me, just about everything is within a ten mile radius.

We've been working on cleaning up the sunroom. I finished the window tracks yesterday and today DH washed the siding outside and did some weeding. It was 85 degrees. I cheated today and called in an order for broasted chicken dinners. The first we've had that in a long time and it was good. I pulled off the skin and ate only 1/4 of the potato.

I have had very little problem with Windows 10. As they say, "knock on wood."

Tomorrow is the gym and hairdresser.

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Ellen,

Thanks for the welcome. I look forward to a challenge. Can't do this weight loss thing alone.

Debbie

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I slept until almost 9 am this morning! Then I had to get dressed and rush to Toastmasters. I am the president of the club, so I had to step in and be the Toastmaster, give a speech as well as act as President!

I just finished a wonderful book called, “Life Without Limits” by Nick Vujicic. If you have never read it, I highly recommend it.

Debbie- emoticon WELCOME! Don’t be overwhelmed by this group. We are Chatty! I am Ellen and live in the KC Metro. I am almost 71 and need to focus on exercise and dropping a few pounds. This team keeps me striving to be healthier! We also have a Weight Loss Topic that we post on and then Shirley runs a monthly challenge which I love!

Shirley – you are right---the sun is shining but it is too hot for me to do yard work and weeds are growing up everywhere as well as “free trees”. Tomorrow morning I have a 9:40 am dental cleaning so I will be getting ready for that, including taking two antibiotics an hour before my appointment, so no yard work.

Slimmer- love the photo in B&W! Why do B&W photos have such a crispness that attracts us? Or maybe I just am nostalgic for what I perceive was a simpler time. *I didn’t read all 44 pages of the Windows 10 agreement; I just found the accept button and hit it. I doubt if they expect anyone to read it since most of it probably is just to protect them. I guess I just like being current so that is why I upgraded.

Irene- I understand about packing. Every time we go to Texas to visit my family, I never know what to pack. Parts of Texas, women tend to be dressier than those in the Midwest. Plus, I looked at the weather forecast and I thought most of the week it would be in the mid-80’s so I took summer clothes. So, I had to wear over and over the few warm clothes I brought since most of the week was mid-60’s and cloudy.

Cecile- your clinic sounds like ours. If you need to see a doctor soon, you call right after 8AM and they schedule you in that day. They leave several appointment slots open for that. *I love Subway sandwiches, but my DH does not like them. I like being able to put all the veggies on some turkey. Of course, I tend to eat all that bread. I LOVE fresh baked bread!

Bonnie- when I came back after being gone a week from this team, I didn’t even try to catch up. It would be Impossible!

Grace – I, too, am the irrigation system at this place. But I count all that pulling hoses around as a good arm workout. I just need to start getting to bed earlier and getting up earlier so I can get outside and work in the cool morning air. *I wish my house is spotless! I see little things all the time that need cleaning and I put it on “THE LIST”. If I would give up some of my clubs and studies, I would have time for all of it. I just wish I would walk like you do.

Miller- I keep promising myself that I will faithfully use the nutrition counter because I always drop a few pounds when I do. I do it, then forget, and then gain weight. Then someone like you will remind me, I do it for a while, drop the pounds I gained, get lazier and stop doing.

Marie- I think your little town must be like some of the West Texas towns where I grew up. My sister whose husband is a farmer lives 25 miles from Lubbock but has a small grocery store in her tiny town. But if someone has something really serious, they have to go hundreds of miles to a big metro hospital, although there are several big hospitals in Lubbock.

Peggy- and I whine because my grocery store and hair dresser is 5-7 miles away. 30 to 40 miles is a long way to go.

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Hola.

Peggy.. thanks for always saying nice things about my art.. but what you do is just fine!.. I've had some good luck and then I have done things that just don't work.


Grace... the window.. After that big welcome page.... is the License Agreement... and to the right left.. it said Accept Decline and something else... I wasn't sure what was happening but I had read.. they can't put it on unless you click accept.. aughhh but when I did I didn't understand the next page so I went back right then.

They should have and maybe they do utube on what happens and what it will look like

aughhh right now my computer lets me type 1 lette at a time
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