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Don't stop and smell the roses if you are allergic to them. emoticon

Shirley...I'm glad to find I haven't been blackballed from the team. I checked my email for responses several times while down south. After nothing showed up for a couple days I knew something was off.

Val...I know what you mean about routine disruptions. My husb. plays golf 3 days a week and when weather prevents it, it throws me off. He's a doer and I'm a procrastinator so I can't really relax when he's home on his golf day. I like having the house to myself couple of days a week.

Marlene...I hope your husb. sees the dr. soon if he doesn't improve. Those are worrisome symptoms. I have Sully on my Netflix list.

Slimmer...What a gorgeous piece!!! Your work is very unique. Your Chicken is a skewered combination of funny/scarey. Love the plate. I like your artistic views.

Peggy...New Orleans was alive with color and the fresh breeze with just a tang of the gulf was invigorating. So glad things are getting back to normal for you.

Ellen...I'd kill to see the 130's again. Good for you! I enjoy small town life. Every time we visit a large city I enjoy having so many things to do, which Minden lacks, but we are always happy returning to our little town.

Allie...Alanon is such a much needed support group. My father had a drinking problem and I always thought I should have been able to fix it. It was only after I got older that I realized a child should never be put in that position and it wasn't because I didn't love him enough to help him, it was because I wasn't wise enough. I so admire you.

Grace...Gotta have my summer tomatoes. eaten alone with salt and pepper, BLT's, tomato sandwiches, tomato pie...anything with summer tomatoes!

Sarah...It's nice learning a little more about you. As a beginner, I'm also enjoying the gardening talk from everyone. I've been thinking about planting blueberries, but hubby thinks the deer will eat them. Not sure my lemon tree made it through the winter even though we didn't have much winter to speak of. If it doesn't bloom I think we'll plant a Dogwood there. I've also managed to sprout an avocado after several failed attempts. Such an interesting looking plant. I do understand I may not live to see it bear fruit. Maybe a few of my ashes can reside there. Can't imagine 7 weeks in a hotel.

Bonnie...Hope you have a handle on the squirrels. We are seeing more and more near the house.

***Even though bone and weight loss is a double edged sword, we lose bone mass as we age anyway, so I think the weight loss is the more important of the two especially if there are health issues involved. We can always supplement with exercise and extra calcium and D.

Cherie...It's funny, I can drink coffee as late into the evening as I want and I can sleep. But drinking tea in the evenings causes insomnia. Wonder why?

Miller...I have a 10 minute seated video I've started doing. Really like it. My husband and I were very nervous about buying a house at our age but so happy we did it. Only time will tell if it was the right decision or not.

***My kids accuse me of being antisocial sometimes. But I think of myself as a watcher, not a participator. I love watching other people interact but am socially awkward. Being raised in the military and moving every couple of years meant always being the new kid. I never really had enough time anywhere to make many friends and I did the completely wrong thing, I stopped trying. As a result, I became very comfortable with my own company and still am, but have come to appreciate the company of others and try harder to socialize. I was determined that it wouldn't be the same for my children and they've grown up in Minden and have made lifetime friends. Wonderful to see.

Marla...There is absolutely no way I could fit in that many fruits and veggies. Love fruit, but so-so about veggies. Just seems almost impossible!

Irene...What a lovely idea about spreading your husband's ashes in the two planters. I want to be cremated and my husband does not. He wants my ashes with him, but you made me realize I could spread a some of them elsewhere if I wanted.

Hope I haven't gone on too long. Have a good one everyone! Donna






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Happy Wednesday and Ash Wednesday and March First

Went to 7:30 Mass this morning and got our ashes. Afterwards we went to the grocery and I rode around in one of their electric carts. Much easier than walking. 10% off groceries for Senior day.

Marlene, it sounds like Walt needs to see his doctor. Must be something wrong if he has no appetite.

I forgot to mention yesterday that the desert poppies are also blooming.

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DONNA, I've noticed the same thing about babysitting the grands. It's exhausting! When my 5 were little, they would get up in the morning and after breakfast, they would go outside and play. They kept themselves busy all day. The grands always seemed to need attention and needed to be entertained and were always bored, which spells trouble.
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Hello to all. There have been so many posts since I last posted. What a wonderful and active team!!

ALLIE, itís great that exercise helps your depression. My sister, who also suffers from chronic depression, used to walk for miles every day and she said it was better than medicine because there were no side effects. *Iím glad your speech went well and I hope your car is an easy fix.

CHERIE, Iíve never had oolong tea. Iíll have to give it a try! *I hope your last PT sessions go well.

ELLEN, yes, as you pointed out, the restaurant drive-thruís donít know who is eating the kids meals, so thereís no problem getting them. I have seen restaurants say only children 12 or under could order kids meals inside restaurants. Of course, these days, some restaurants offer ďsenior mealsĒ which have smaller portions, as well. Iíve also read that a good way to handle restaurant meals is to ask for the doggie bag/take-away container at the Start of the meal. If you go ahead and put half the food in the take-home container, you arenít tempted to eat it while at the restaurant.

CECILE, I have heard good things about ďHidden Figures.Ē I want to see the movie when itís available on cablevision or Netflix.

SLIMMER, Iím sorry your heat pump cost so much - at least you wonít have to worry about it breaking again anytime soon. *I agree that ice cream (and other carbs) help with depression. They definitely boost serotonin in the brain and make us feel better. I just wish I didnít depend on them so much. My daughter said, ďMom, you need another coping mechanism besides food.Ē She is right. I use it to battle depression, anxiety, and stress, in spite of also taking medications - which donít help as much as they should. *Scientology makes me so frustrated - I just donít know how anyone can get sucked into a cult like that. Of course, in Leah Reminiís case, I believe her mother was a member and she grew up that way (if Iím remembering right). *I cannot imagine doing what you all did with the outside flaming gas kiln - youíre very brave!! Your piece turned out very well.

SHIRLEY, I agree - I donít envy my neighborís daughter, either. It is a massive undertaking to clean out and dispose of or disperse a personís belongings after they pass away. I donít know how you and your daughter (with a broken ankle!) and son-in-law did it in a matter of days - that was very well done!! It took us many, many weeks (and 3 yard sales) to get everything out my motherís house.

GRACE, I hope you enjoy having your step DD and her DH for a visit.

BONNIE, Iím glad you are winning the battle with the squirrels! (smile)

SARAH, Iím sorry to hear about your plumbing disaster. Being displaced during Christmas must have been especially hard. *Congratulations on your weight loss!

PEGGY, the desert sounds lovely - enjoy!!

MARLENE, I hope your husband gets his appetite back and starts feeling better soon. Iíve heard some people say they cried during PT after knee surgery. I donít know if they were exaggerating or not. I hope itís going well for you. Was it painful? I hope not.

YVONNE, Iím sorry you lost your post. *I agree the Challenge is motivating!

DONNA, it sounds like you did very well on your trip. I usually throw caution to the wind and eat too much when traveling. *I had to smile when you talked about sleeping with the little one. It reminded me of a time when my nephew and I had to share a bed when he was a toddler. He rotated his sleep position all night long. Most of the time, he was sideways and I only had a little sliver of bed for myself! (smile)



It is so windy here today. They say we may have severe storms tonight. I like a good storm, but not ones with damaging winds or hail. Katie is photographing cats at the shelter today and I am taking a break between house work. I'm looking at a small stack of unopened mail and it's reminded me that we still haven't done our tax returns. We usually do them the first of February. We need to get going on those!!!

I hope this new month will be a wonderful one for all.

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3/1/17 11:04 A

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I see Shirley beat to wishing you all a happy and healthy month of March! emoticon

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Back from New Orleans! Can only ask myself how in the heck did I raise 5 kids????
The two grandsons , 6 and 18 months, couldn't have been better behaved, but carrying an 18 month old up two flights of stairs several times a day wasn't easy. Fed them well, but not sure I managed more than a bite or two. Sleep was at a minimum. Nothing better than sleeping with a cuddly grandchild when he wasn't chasing me all over the bed...or me him...and has a sleep habit of massaging your face with his toes. The older slept with us the last night and he stayed put. We did get in 2 short walks a day. Only one piece of King Cake. The kids rode on a float and brought us back a ton of Mardi Gras goodies for the the grandkids down here. Delighted to step on the scales and see I managed to maintain the loss. All in all a wonderful weekend. Grandchildren are life's greatest joy even if they do wear you out. Miss them already.

Now I need to do some serious catching up. Figure it will take me most of the day. :)

Toodles! Donna

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I'm ready for bed and just checking in. I wrote a long message either yesterday or the day before, and it's not here. I wrote it in "Word" so I must have forgotten to post it....

Tomorrow is another day.

I was disappointed that i didn't even exercise 500 minutes this month.... that breaks a long streak of always being at least 500. And I've been eating too much, too. Not going to drop out of the challenge, though. That keeps me motivated to always do better.

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2/28/17 11:37 P

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Good evening team sisters!

I had a lovely time with Val today. We didn't see the movie that Val had her heart set on because they had moved the time. We would have had to wait in the lobby for one hour. We decided on another titled "Hidden Figures". Kevin Costner is very good as usual! I enjoyed the movie very much as it takes place around the early 1960's. It's about the race between the United States and Russia to get a person in orbit. Of course we see the cars of that era and the clothes. At one point they have a speech by John Kennedy. I cried. I couldn't help it.

Then we went to the restaurant for supper. It was early but we had an excellent lady serving us. When she asked how many bills of course I said one. I was going to pay cash but Val got hold of the bill before me. The little sneak paid with my debit card. She has a debit card for my account being that she is the one looking after me. I was not happy because I thought she was paying with her debit card. She told me in the car what she did and this after the lady thought she was so nice to her grand'ma.

Tonight after we got home, the first order of business was pj's. Val went downstairs to update her CV. She wants to start looking for a job for the Summer. I hope she gets one!

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

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

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Good Evening Team Sisters. We just finished eating. Left overs from yesterday. Barbara brought us meatloaf, roasted potatoes and salad. (I am going to owe her big time.)

Went for PT session. It went well. I can use the cane in the house, but use the walker if I go out. The steri strips are beginning to loosen will start falling off.

I don't know what to think about my DH he just isn't coming around. He seems weak and isn't eating well. I suggested he see the doctor, but he hasn't made an appointment yet. The not eating has been going on for awhile.

Allie, glad you are feeling better and back to the gym. What did you talk about at the meeting? You don't have to answer if you would rather not.

A tornado hit part of our county on Saturday. We are to have severe storms again tomorrow. I think it is raining now.

Slimmer, your ceramic piece is lovely. Wow those temps to fire your pieces is extremely high. Sounds dangerous.

Today is Schrove Tuesday. Many churches and women's groups make Fausnaughts. Our neighbor brought us some. The first we've had in many years. They are like donuts without the hole and more solid. I ate one for breakfast. Walt ate half of one. I've been thinking about what special I can do for Lent. Maybe some add some Bible reading to my devotional readings.

Everyone have pleasant dreams.

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Hi... raining a little and maybe more on the way

Allie.. glad your talk went well... way to go!

Sarah.. I think it was you that said the contractors ..were a piece of work.. True when I worked at the courthouse.. I saw daily those who took those guys to court over everything.. it was so bad when I finally bought a house.. I bought furniture for my patio.. but could never bring myself to build it because of what they do..wrong!

Pictures are from class today.. 3 students and 1 teacher did a Raku firing.. 1800 degrees in an outside flaming gas kiln... cooked for 45 min.

We had to practice who did what when because all steps have to be done rapidly one after the other.

After firing for the 45 min. one person cranks the Heavy kiln lid open.. the pottery is yellow hot..!!!!!!! and immediately 2 people with long metal tongs pick up the pottery and put it in a wash tub that is first filled with sand and topped off with (today) a foot of leaves ..

My job was to fan the tub they put the items into then tossing in a 1/2 in pile of newspaper then I covered with a metal trash can pushing it down into the sand... at this point the fire was burning up over 3 feet high and .. TONS of smoke

Then it sits for like 10 min and then the trash can is taken off and by tongs the pottery is put in water to cool

My piece was glazed with gray and green.. it came out dark grey/white and green and lots of GOLD..!!!

We had to wear fire proof jackets.. size small???.. Bandannas over our forehead, glasses.. 3 others had full masks, air filter masks, and heavy suede gloves.

Great experience!

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The desert is a beautiful shade of green with desert marigolds, lupines and brittle bush blooming.

Spent 2 hours with dell working on my laptop so I am tired of the computer.

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This morning was spent at the dentist office; X-rays during my last visit noted three tiny cavities in three of my front teeth. I donít recall ever having cavities in my front teeth! They were running at least 20 minutes behind, so my visit was longer than I expected. I had a can of chicken noodle soup for lunch.

Cecile- I usually get SO much more done if I am by myself. I get distracted so easy if there is someone to talk with. My 23 year old step granddaughter and I were talking about that yesterday. She said she plans to start studying in her room because if she is in the living room with her four roommates, she talks and doesnít concentrate. We are so much alike that we both feel there must be something biological about our relationship. (smile)

Slimmer- I hope the heat pump works well for you. We have a heat pump outside that also serves as our air conditioner, but we also have a gas furnace when it really turns cold since our heat pump doesnít work below a certain temperature outside. You were out a lot of $$$$.

Shirley- thanks for warning about children meals. I will check the calorie count plus make sure it is ok for me to order. I have seen ďFor only 12 and underĒ on some menus.

Grace Ė enjoy your company!

Bonnie- the study you read is really causing me to rethink my goals. Everyone says I look good so I think I will concentrate on very healthy eating, lots and lots of exercise and staying close to 130. At 5í4Ē, that is not a bad weight and in the healthy BMI zone. After seeing the damage osteoporosis did to a member of my Bible Study, I am really scared of it!!!!

Sarah- our weather here in the mid-west is so nutty that I donít know what I should do outside. Normally, January and February are very cold months with snow and we donít think about doing anything outdoors until mid-April. Today our forecasted high will be 76 degrees with potential of thunderstorms tonight. I am so hoping for the rain because it is very dry here and we may have to start watering. *I would think you have a very stressful, but rewarding job.

Allie- I knew you would do well with your talk! You are such a positive and upbeat person that I am sure you brought hope and cheer to everyone.

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Good afternoon team:

I did my talk at the Alanon meeting this morning and it went very well.

I stopped at the grocery store on the way home and I got some good buys. Sometimes on Tuesdays the meat dept. will reduce some of their almost outdated meats. I kept following one of the butchers around while he was marking down some meat. I got some beef to make stew with for half price.

I noticed the lights came back on in my car. I will take it back to the garage tomorrow. I am going to take electrical tape with me. I am hoping the sensor just came loose again and I can have them tape it back up for me.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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Quick post -

BONNIE, Where does Nutkin fit in the "Squirrel Wars"? He was suppose to have a talk with his relatives about the car problem wasn't he?

SARAH, Are you the one who was talking about growing a garden in hay bales? Several years ago I read garden books written by Ruth Stout who also did that. I have raised beds in both CT and FL, although about all I grow are tomatoes.
I'll bet your job can be very stressful as well as very rewarding. My DD is a special ed teacher and most of her students are mentally challenged as well as mentally ill. The job is very draining

I've got to go fix dinner for our company that's arriving in about an hour.

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Hi all:

Taking a break at work to check in. I work with kids and families who have behavior issues and I'm usually very, very busy, so this moment is rare. I finally had a moment to weigh this morning and am showing a slight loss--whoo hoo!! Anything works at this point!

The weather around here (NW Oregon) is wet and raw cold. It's still too early to do much digging or planting in the garden, though I'm going to go do some direct sowing where I can. I want to make sure I put out plenty of seed for the birds to cut down on them eating up all my garden seeds, though! ;) I have ideas for some nice, high raised beds so that I won't have to do so much bending as time goes on--I'm already noticing that I'm stiffer. I'm dreaming of homegrown beets, broadbeans, carrots and turnips, along with lots of herbs, and of course, tomatoes and zucchinis!

I've been reading your posts about surgeries, and feel so lucky to be at a (maybe interim?) phase where I've had most of the surgeries I hope I'll need for a while. Our local hospital actually has some decent food, though, and a great view (generally the only way to see it is when you're out for your exercise walk down the 400 ft. hallway and you come to the waiting area for the next section). When I was there I would routinely check on the bald eagles nesting in one of the fir trees across the pond (I say "routinely"--it felt like I was going to die getting there and back, so sometimes I made it and sometimes I didn't.... :)!

I've been dealing with a plumbing disaster that happened in December; I had to live in a hotel for 7 weeks (over Christmas, of all times!) and all the talk about dealing with mechanics is ringing the same bells for me. These contractors are a piece of work--they promise all sorts of wonderful results and then you find out that it was all talk, and you're left paying a huge bill, even after the insurance has paid for what you thought would be most of it. I'm still fighting, though I'm not hearing much from them now. Hmm. Just phoned the insurance agent, who supports my bid for an itemized accounting of the expenditures. Whew!!

Ok, time to go back to work. Thanks for listening, all, and "more will be revealed!"

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Good Afternoon, Team,
I know Iíve been away for a week or more. Iíve read everyoneís posts but just havenít posted back. Weíve been having Summer-like weather and Iíve been going on long walks with DH for exercise, spending more time at the Farm with Mystery and reading books.

I see we have 2 new members. emoticon Sarah & Marla. My name is Bonnie and DH & I live in Maryland --close to DC-- with our 2 cats. I also have a horse named Mystery that I board a 30 min. drive from home. Feel free to check out my Sparkpage and photos. I hope you enjoy our team.

DH trapped a squirrel by our Dodge and we are hoping that it is the one that has been making nests in the Dodge. Our neighbor offered to take the squirrel to a park about a half hour away as we were getting ready to meet our friends for dinner. He wasnít too hopeful that the squirrel wouldnít find his way back but we are crossing our fingers. So far there hasnít been any more ďsquirrel activityĒ in our vehicles. We had borrowed 2 cages from an acquaintance--one had a hard catch and one an easy one. Since DH seemed to be dragging his feet setting up the cages, our 2 neighbors decided theyíd do it. They used the cage with the hard catch and only had a cracker with peanut butter on it available for bait. The squirrel licked the pb off the cracker, threw the cracker away and left the cage! DH and one of the neighbors set the other trap and put a lot of shelled peanuts that I had in it. That caught him! I felt bad for the squirrel but it had to be done. Hopefully he is enjoying his new territory.

@Peggy - Iím glad to hear that you are becoming more mobile and are able to go back to some of your activities.

@Shirley - Of all the doctors Iíve dealt with in my life, the surgeons I have had have been the friendliest and more willing to talk and give me a good chunk of their time. Some of them I had known from working in a hospital so that may have had something to do with it.

Not to frighten or discourage anyoneís weight loss plan but I recently read a study by Rutgerís that said if you lose 10% of your weight you also sustain 2% bone loss. That doesnít seem fair.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day on this Last Day of February.
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Good morning team! I'll be missing for a for days because my step DD and her DH are arriving this afternoon, for their annual 10 day visit. I wish everybody a good week!

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Good Morning Everyone -

Well here I go again. Let's hope my entire post makes it to the board today. What happened to my post in Word yesterday will ever be a mystery.

Cecile - I know you are happy to be rid of most of that snow and ice. I know I sure would be. We've had an unusually warm winter this year, but I'd be lying if I said anything other than I've so enjoyed it. * It sounds like you and Val have a very nice day planned today. Enjoy!

Slimmer - glad to hear you've now got a new heating and cooling system - money well spent in my opinion. As said, I hope you will no longer get that smell that you've been getting that has been so unpleasant for you.

Ellen - what a busy day you had yesterday, but a nice one. * What happened to me yesterday with posting , believe me I checked everything. My first clue was when I got to the closing and it wasn't all there. I've had happen what you describe, so I was looking for that, and that wasn't it. Like I said it was downright weird, and a complete mystery. I never cut and paste, just for this reason, I copy and paste, and then do my proofing after it is copied. * You indeed are most fortunate to have good doctors. I'm finding that it is hard to do so. I've also done some soul searching to see if I'm not the problem, and I'm not feeding them enough information. Complaining isn't something I do well as most people are turned off by complainers, but perhaps with doctors I need to do more of it. I had and ob/gyn once who was such a good listener and would pick up on something I would say or not say and question it. Once when I complimented him on this, he said he didn't know how any doctor could diagnose or treat their patients without doing as he did. Yes, he was rare. Indeed having a sympathetic surgeon is rare. Surgeons usually have such big egos and opinions of themselves, that they tend to think no one else can know anything so why listen to them. * Ordering children's meals. When going through a drive-through indeed they won't know, but restaurants (or this used to be the case) wouldn't allow an adult to order a child's meal for themselves. Once when seriously following a weight loss plan I tried this, and was told I couldn't do it. I find it is just as easy to do what I do, eat what I want at the restaurant and bring the rest home. Again you may want to check the calorie count of children's meals, sometimes they can be a bit high.

Cherie - I had a bad night sleeping Sunday night also. Last night thankfully I had a much better night, and I hope you did too. * So sorry to hear you are still having problems with your shoulder.

Allie - I think any group can appear cliquey when we first go. Like you I think I ran into that with a TOPS group I think it was, and after my second visit I didn't go back. I understand being "the new kid on the block" isn't easy, But... when you are a support organization the leadership should be sure to make new people feel at home. * As I've mentioned here numerous times, I found walking helped relieve depression and other emotional issues.

Peggy - I'll bet your art class was glad to see you, and I'll bet you were happy to be back - smile.

Miller - I don't envy your neighbor's daughter. My son-in-law, daughter (who had a broken ankle at the time) and I cleaned out my parents' house, and then had a garage sale the next day, and got rid of the rest the next. What a job that was. It took over a year to sell their house and it was in good shape, on a beautiful lot with lots of trees, and a good location albeit the house was old. It sounds like your neighbor's house would be ideal for you. Sorry it isn't to be.

Have a great day everyone -

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Good morning!

It is a beautiful day. A lot of snow and ice gone! There is only a tiny bit of ice left between the house and the sheds. Happy Dance!

Hoping you all have a happy and healthy Tuesday!

Be back later..... emoticon

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Hi...

New heat pump is in... and I am $4300.00 poorer. Which I actually drove to buy an ice cream cone and a small coke... feeling better... (I am positively a stress eater.

Miller and Allie... I don't use pills.. the ice cream cone does wonders for depressions, stress, anxiety!!)

It seems to work well...

again.. I am pooped.. just worn out waiting for them to be done... 9-5 today.

I finished listening to Troublemaker it was very interesting learning about her life in.. Scientology... not a religion (really more a cult) to belong to... unless if you don't have money.. they say the average person will have to pay at least $500,000.00 to take all the classes, buying books and rising up levels ..plus lots of fines to pay.. I learned so much more about them and she made it very easy to understand.. Lots of different levels and groups of people who watch everything you say and do.. and you need to follow their rules to the letter... Which some people really like to do and that is ok.. She mentions Tom Cruse a lot.. I have always thought that he really thrives on Sciencetology and I believe it makes him very strong and self assured.. and that is good... for him.. Leah Rimini might have actually of stayed in it... she had paid millions to take all the classes and levels etc and lots of fines for not being the perfect person ..they.. say one had to be.. It was just too much that those in the highest positions were breaking the rules where they were to be the example.. and it hurt her greatly that ordinary people were going into great debt ..losing all just to pay to rise up in positions.. and then a missing person she got no answers to as to where she was and even the police would not look... anyway.. very interesting.. and she is fun to listen to ((actually when she uses swear words ..she make them seem like ordinary words.. that truly fit the thought.))

Now starting in paper Ken Follett's Triple
School tomorrow.. trying to figure out how to get the plate/bowl back into school without breaking it...I have so much to carry for a little distance?????

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Good evening team sisters.

I didn't realize how disruptive to my routine was going to be having Val here all day today. I do have my routine. Oh well, it's only for 1 week. And besides, I do enjoy her company. Today she cleaned her room. Nearly had a fatal heart attack! You know younster! It's never important to do that!

Tomorrow we are going to the movies. It starts at 1:20 p.m. Early is what we like. Then I'm taking her out to dinner at her favourite restaurant. It should be fun!

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

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

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A very busy dayÖBible study this morning, a lunch at a restaurant afterwards, and then I had to go to a practice. This afternoon has been more working on taxes. Tonight, I guess I will do my PT (physical therapy) while watching TV. At lunch I tried to focus on fewer calories and I had soup.

Grace- Thank you for your suggestion and encouragement to call and talk to my mother. I think I will try harder to call my mother.

Sarah- I wish there was more of me. I love the organization I belong to and donít want to stop going. But I love a clean, organized house and want more of that. At the same time, I would love to learn more about gardening and do more to learn and garden. So, I never seem to get it all done. Not enough hours in the day. I would love to attend classes at the K State Extension agency in my county.

Maria- I can SO relate to something protesting if I sit too long! With me, it is my hips and sciatic nerve. I think if I would walk more, I would hurt less.

Shirley- on copying and posting. I had that happen to me and when I went back, I had failed to copy the last part of my Word Document. I think using the key Control A for selecting, and then Control C to copy might work better. * I think I must be really lucky with my doctors- I have had almost all great ones. My orthopedic surgeon is so caring which is so unusual for a surgeon.

Allie- If I had used the food tracker I think I would lose these last ten pounds. I know better to eat the way I do sometimes and really pay for it when I do. Instead of checking Facebook, I am going to input my food intake today! Thank you for inspiring me!

Slimmer- congrats on all the hits to your web page!! YEA!!

Miller= thank you for the feedback on the children meals. I guess I thought someone would say, ďYou are not a child, so you canít order thatĒ. But how do they know who is going to eat it. My oldest sister is so slim and used to model clothes for her Womenís Club where she belongs.

Peggy- isnít it nice to be missed! I know everyone was glad to see you!

Ellen

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Hi all!

Its cold out! warm tomorrow , but rain.
I've had kind of a rough day, I didn't sleep all nite, Then I had Pt, at 11:45am. I tried to sleep when I got home, It took me a long time. The only thing that I did different was that I had iced oolong tea. Doc. Oz saids it good for you.

Allie, I have been to al-anon for 6 yrs a long time ago. I also am bi-polar, depressed a lot. I take meds, but when I first started them, I didn't like them either. Give them a try, If one doesn't work, they can try another one. Hope this helps.

3 more times of PT then I'll be done! I'll miss everyone there. Then I will see the doc. Shoulder is good!

Tomorrow is fat tuesday, I'm gonna have a pacski anyway!

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Good evening team:

Miller: I used to go to OA several years ago. I did experience what you are talking about. I noticed some of the people seemed to be clickey. I will try to keep an open mind on Sat. when I attend this particular meeting.

I am going to work on my speech that I am giving at my Alanon meeting tomorrow morning. The bus company changed their schedule again so I need to look up the latest schedule on the computer.

Sat. evening I got really depressed. I called a good friend of mine and she talked to me for some time and made me feel better. I had my grandsons on Sunday and that lifted my depression a little bit. I tried taking anti depressants once or twice and I couldn't tolerate them. Exercising helps brighten my mood and I will exercise as much or as little as it takes to lessen my depression.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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Happy Monday

I was welcomed back kindheartedly from the art class.

Allergy Shots.

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Hello to all.

ALLIE, Iím glad you got a good nightís sleep with no leg cramps. I think you do very well on your walking and exercising at the Y - I admire that. I hope your OA meeting goes well. I went to a small one many years ago and the few people there were very clique-ish. Then I went to a larger one where the people were so friendly that they were all hugging me and shaking my hand and I ended up getting a nasty virus with nausea and diarrhea the next day. Hopefully, your OA experiences will be much better than mine.

GRACE, thanks so much for your congratulations, support, and encouragement on my weight loss! I really appreciate it. *Iím going to try to find the Arnold bread you mentioned. Wheat bread seems to make my husbandís blood sugar rise, so perhaps the extra-grain flax bread would be better for him. *How kind that the recreational aide helped you communicate with Melvin - that kind of help is priceless!!

PEGGY, itís wonderful that you were able to go to church again. Iím sure youíre so happy to get more ambulatory and get back into your routine.

SLIMMER, I really enjoy looking at your projects. Youíre very creative! *I just looked at your Christina Packard Digication and enjoyed reading about you. What an accomplished and interesting life youíve had and are still having!

MARLENE, Iím sorry your knee is hurting. I hope youíre soon able to switch from a walker to a cane. Congrats on getting 1000 points!!

ELLEN, thanks again for your congratulations and support on my weight loss! Regarding ordering child size meals - my niece always gets the kids Happy Meal at McDonalds and sheís always been slender.

SARAH, I donít garden, but I look forward to reading about yours. My mother was a voracious gardener - she had the most glorious flower beds. And my father grew bushels and bushels of vegetables each year.

CECILE, I hope you got some good restorative sleep and woke up feeling energized.

MARLA, I wish you good luck picking out and deciding what to do on your kitchen remodel. Iíd love to have mine updated. *Iíll have to get out my adult coloring book again - I forget how relaxing it can be.

SHIRLEY, thank you again for your congratulation and support - I really appreciate it. *I completely agree with you about doctors, as Iíve probably shared before. Iíd be happy to never have to see another. I just donít think theyíre very helpful and sometimes their bedside manners leave a lot to be desired.



I've been doing some dusting, putting things away, laundry, and cooking so far today - oh, and a seated exercise video. The plantar fasciitis is hurting more than my knee right now. I want to give it three weeks to see if it gets better on it's own. If not, I'll go to the doctor.

My next door neighbor's daughter is cleaning out her father's shop and yard (he had an old car and boat sitting about). When he died, she said she wasn't going to be in any hurry to sell the house, but I think she must have changed her mind. I certainly don't blame her, as it's hard to have all that "hanging over your head," so to speak. I wish we could afford to buy the house - it's been totally remodeled for an elder person. You can even wheel a wheelchair into the large shower. It's a beautiful home and would be great for us as we continue to age. Our house is totally paid for, though, and we'd have to borrow more money (quite a bit!) to buy that one.

I hope everyone is enjoying their day. emoticon

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Just noticed that my... Christina Packard Digication ..web pages just passed 20,000 Hits!

I think that is something... lots are my hits to get in and work in.. but that is a lot of people looking at pages!

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Hi.. up at 7 ready for AC guys they showed at 9

it is like 65 for high today.. so having the house open for the guys working is not good I am wrapped in a blanket and put on oven.. but it could have been worse

Well, to get the unit in the attic.. they had to Totally.. take off the attic drop down door... I am trying to stay calm.. and as long as it looks like it did when they started... hmmm

the outside unit looks HUGE!.. but shinny bright

I am just sitting in the computer room listening to the book.. Trouble Maker.. that actress that is talking about Sciencetology... 2 hours in and so far very interesting and very entertaining and ..Informative... hearing more than I ever did about this group

Ellen.... on that 10 servings a day.. might be easier than you think.. people who eat a banana think they are eating a banana one fruit..... but actually as a Diabetic... One Inch is a serving

... and it could be if we really looked at serving size we do eat more than we know.

Last night I used my new jig saw.. took less than 30 min to figure out how to cut my art piece backing and sand it... not bad.. today I think I will finish figuring out how to get these 2 ceramics tied/glued onto this board... I can see me doing it.. so I should be able to do it ok.

..but for now just trying to stay warm and will keep listening to this book.

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Good morning team:

I finally got a good nights sleep, no leg cramps yay.

I am heading out to walk to the Y for my workout. I am using the food tracker again and it keeps me honest.

I think it will be much warmer today so my walk won't be too bad.

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

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Good Morning Everyone -

Cecile - it sounds like you and Val had a very nice Sunday indeed.

Ellen - if it is any consolation I'm gaining too. Up 2 lbs. this morning for some unknown reason. Obviously it is what I'm eating. * I have no idea what causes upper back pain. It is my lower back that gives me fits. Sitting gives me relief, it is standing for a period of time - like cooking, even simple quick meals - that gives me problems. * I'm glad you and others are enjoying the graphics I've started posting. I know they tend to brighten my spirits, and sometimes their messages really hit home - simple as they are.

Miller - CONGRATULATIONS! On your weight loss. I too would be ecstatic if my weight would drop below 200 lbs. Know I couldn't be happier for you.

Grace - I know I will never reach 130 lbs. again, but it is so nice when I hear you and Ellen being at those numbers. Yes, I know you said your weight is hovering at 137-138, but even that sounds so good to me. * Oh My Doctors!!!! I know we must go to them, but truly I feel for me it is a waste of time. I have felt for a long time it is all about money with them, and seeing how many patients they can shuttle through in a day and bill their insurance as much as possible for doing absolutely nothing. I have no doubt routine medicine and ailments and hearing the same complaints hour after hour can be boring, but surely they knew that this was the case when they chose to go into medicine, especially primary care medicine and have old patients. The best doctor I've ever had left normal practice for a concierge practice - this is what I call it, they have another name for it, but it all boils down to the same thing. He said he had to see so many patients in a day that he really couldn't do his job as he would like, and that he hadn't become a doctor to practice medicine that way. I sometimes think we should have gone with him, but both Whit and I had a problem with that concept. With my current doctor he has shown me nothing. Whenever one of us has a real problem he shuffles us off to a specialist, he doesn't even try to help us.

Marla - it sounds like Annie and I have a lot in common when it comes to getting hot. * It sounds like you had a very nice day Saturday. $300 for a bottle of under eye tightening cream? Don't think so - not for me at least - smile. * Yes we do have serious issues in this country I'm sad to say, but you know what... we are so blessed to have lived our lives here. This country isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination but at least I live in a comfortable home and neighborhood , can go where I wish in safety, am well clothed and fed, and a country where women aren't treated as a pet, sometimes worse than we treat our pets instead of a human being with a brain. I thank God daily for the blessings He's given me for a lifetime. * My husband likes adult coloring books too. He says he finds them relaxing. So you are definitely not alone in enjoying this pass time. * You are most blessed to have such a good mechanic.

Linda - I have both a son and a daughter and I love and admire both equally, but must acknowledge son's are a bit special. * My daddy was 97 when he died, but had a brother that lived to 102. If it hadn't been for a fall I think Daddy may have lived well past 100 too. I thought my Daddy was amazing, but your Daddy is definitely so. That we all could live such a long and good life.

I've had something really, Really weird to happen, and I didn't discover it until I was proofing my post. I write my posts in Word as most of you know, and then cut and past it to this message box.. I realized as I was proofing this post that my responds to Slimmer, some comments to Grace, and who knows whom else I spoke to isn't here. As said Weird! Forgive me Ladies, but I'm not going back and rewrite this. If I didn't respond to you here, just know that I did, but somehow it disappeard.

Wishing everyone a very good day and a good week ahead.

Shirley

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Good morning. Sunny but chilly day in Upstate New York. Annie-the-Greyhound and I took a 1.6 mile walk this morning. Today is a hair trim day and then to Lowe's to pick again discuss cabinets and counter top for my kitchen redo.

Yeow about 10 servings of fruits & veggies. I've never been a veggie person and as I've aged, more and more fruits don't appeal to me. I don't get in 5 servings of them a day let alone 10.

Adult Coloring: When I color, which isn't every day, I color in the evening and get so into it that I don't even think about food, even if I'm hungry. That's the good thing. The bad thing is I sit in the chair for an hour or more barely moving. That's not good for anybody, but it's worse with knees that protest when they finally do get into action.

Have a nice day, everybody.



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Thank you all for your warm welcomes! It's bedtime for me here, as I get up early to work. I wanted to let my fellow gardeners know that I went to my favorite nursery today and they were having a workshop on soil composition. I had woken up late this morning, so rushed out without breakfast (did eat a banana, though!) and then decided to take the free workshop. I was hungry, but not unmanageably, I think because of having worked on some better habits via SP. They're coming slowly, but these are the times when I notice them. The workshop was great, not just for the information but because I am getting a big new tool (a broad fork) for getting at some of my blackberries. I got seeds for all things imaginable, and now have to get some beds ready for all the seedlings I'll be soon ready to plant. Woo hoo! I can't wait--fresh, homegrown veggies!!

I appreciate so much being able to share all of this with others who truly get how a garden can provide so much more than food when life in other ways might be tougher to navigate. I will elaborate more as I go along, but it's time for some shut-eye here.

Take care and sleep well, all!

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Too tired to write much tonight!

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

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

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Quick "fly by" post to Ellen I wanted to tell you how I was able to have phone conversations with Melvin, up to the day before he died. When ever your sisters visit her, they could call you, put the phone on speaker and help your Mother with the conversation. For a couple of months before Melvin died he couldn't hold a phone. He did have a "recreational aide" who visited him 3 times a week so part of the "routine" was for them to help Melvin talk to me. I will cherish, for EVER, our last phone call and appreciate the staff for making it happen.

SARAH, emoticon to our team. We are a very chatty bunch and talk about everything imaginable. All the members are super supportive, especially our leaders Shirley and Ellen.

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Good afternoon everyone! It is so good to see all the good conversations going on here! WOW! What a busy and great group!
My Sunday has been church this morning, Dairy Queen for lunch (there went all my calories) and talking on the phone with my oldest sister this afternoon. We talked for TWO + hours!!!!! What a great visit.

Did anyone else see on the news that nutrionists are now recommending we should get ten servings of fruits and vegetables a day? My sister and I wondered how anyone could eat that much? I guess we all need to try for ten and maybe if we are lucky, we will hit five.

emoticon Welcome Sarah! I am Ellen and I live in the Kansas City metro area on an acre of land with my DH. I love to garden, read, and join clubs (too many). I am almost 72 years old and this team has helped me maintain my weight. *I love the hearing about your 99 year old father! It is so encouraging to know that there are seniors out there that are still very active in their lives. My mother is 97 years old and lives in a nursing facility with her sister.

Allie- I love the country also. As we were driving back through the city home, we saw all these tall apartment buildings that face each other. I told my DH that I thought if I had to live in a place like those, I would get so depressed. I always said I could live anywhere, but somehow those buildings with no trees, grass or anything seemed so depressing. *I am so glad that you did not gain ALL the weight back that you lost last year, but I can understand the fear that if it continuesÖ.. I think OA is a good idea now that you found a group. Emotional eating is a struggle for many of us. Please know we are here for you. emoticon

Slimmer- I loved your new art, especially the plate and the cup. How creative! *You are right, sometimes it seems our life is not easy until we compare to others who live in war zones or a third world country and then it seems pretty easy. Just indoor plumbing and electricity is a luxury in some places. Now you desire a rest! emoticon

Irene- I think your plans for your husbandís ashes is so touching and beautiful. I would have never thought of that, but I think it will bring you comfort in the future.

Donna- I have thought about trying the adult coloring. I loved to color as a child and actually have a crayon collection on my bookcase.

Shirley- I need to post a photo my sister sent of my mother and her sister. They are so cute!! My oldest sister while visiting them last week called my youngest sister who lives far away. It was my youngest sisterís birthday so it was so special to her to talk to her mother. For reasons I am unsure of, she has been unable to travel home for almost four years.

Miller- YEA! You made it under the 200 mark! emoticon I know you have worked hard to get here. My older sister told me something today I had never thought of doing. When she goes to the Dairy Queen, she orders from the childrenís menu. She said that older people donít burn enough calories so she feels the childrenís menu is perfect for her. I am going to start doing that in the future.

Peggy- YEA! You are making real progress with healing! I know you are so glad to start getting back to your life.

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Good Evening Team Sisters. WOW when I spun the wheel using my phone I got 1000 points. I usually get 2 or 5.

Slimmer, your ceramics are very nice. It is cold and windy here today. Don't know if it ever got to 40¬į.

I am getting tired of the walker. I hope I can graduate to the cane this week. I am feeling stronger with activity. But right now my knee hurts.

You ladies whose husband's cook are so lucky. Mine is totally helpless without supervision. emoticon

Peggy, so glad you are getting back to your normal activities. I can hardly wait for that to happen for me.

Irene, what a nice way to remember Maurice by putting his ashes in lovely planters that you can admire the flowers as they bloom.

I am reading a book (Sully) written by the pilot who landed a commercial aircraft in the Hudson River in New York city several years ago. He released his mother's ashes from a mountain top in California. She enjoyed traveling and seeing things so he felt that was appropriate.

Since I am housebound I don't have any news. I enjoy reading all of your posts. I hope we feel well enough by Tuesday so I can go for my PT session.

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Hope you had a nice Sunday everyone!

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Hi... sunny but started out cold today.. never went out

Worked all day on my third project a plate and then hours on computer with photos I have to have for school...

I am pooped!.. really pooped

Pictures are of new plate I made today.. carved lines and tear drops.. so I have my Coral ..the lines.. and ..tearing.. or rather tear drops... 1 of 5 now made!

The chicken is Totally Finished and so is the Vase.

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Happy Sunday

Today I went to church for the first time since I fell. Starting to get back to some normalcy. I am also going to art class tomorrow. She has a big step to get up but I will try it.

This sure has been busy with posting since yesterday. My goodness!

I have no idea if I have gained weight since my fall; however, I put on a pair of jeans today and they still fit. :)

I have seen on Facebook about these urns that you can have your ashes in and then someone would plant a acorn or something on top, put it in the ground and the tree grows. I think I am going to look into this. It would be similar to what Irene is doing which I think is a lovely idea. You can also have your ashes made into a diamond.

We go to Big O'Tires for oil changes because Doug said he can do them as cheap. They always tell us about all the wrong things with our cars so off to Doug to see if they are true and they never are.

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ALLIE, I can go for weeks without having anything "white" (potato,rice,pasta,bread,etc.) I do have 2 slices of Arnold's "Extra Grain" Flax bread and 1 cup of Life cereal every day. The white stuff is loaded with carbs that I don't need. The little bit of extra weight you put on this week might be water retention so I would try not to worry about it too much.
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MILLER, emoticon for breaking out of the "200 Club". I hope your success continues for you. However don't let a few rounds of "One Step Forward & Two Steps Back" get to you. It's all part of the process that your body is going through as it tries to adjust to the New You!
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Good afternoon team:

I did need to correct a statement I made. A little over a year ago I weighed 190 pounds. I now weigh 177 pounds. Last year at this time I weighed 155 pounds.

I have still not eaten any bread but I went to church and they had coffee hour afterwards. I couldn't ignore the sweets and that is my downfall. I need to remind myself that Rome wasn't built in a day.

Miller: I don't always do well socializing. I am a very friendly and outgoing person as is most of my family. I do have times when I become very shy and uncomfortable around others also.

I wrote a list for myself to follow before I left for church. There were 4 things on it. No sugar, no bread, no soda, and make sure I exercise. I have managed to follow 3 of the things so far today.

I need to bundle up and get out to walk. I did walk to church and back and that is part of my exercise.

I found an OA meeting I can go to next Sat. morning so I have a plan. I will see how the rest of the day goes.

I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday.

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Hello to all. I've enjoyed reading all the posts and catching up on everyone's news.

ALLIE, thanks for your support and understanding about depression. Youíre very kind. Itís so good that youíre able to make yourself socialize - Iím sure it helps. Being social is nerve-wracking for me.

ELLEN, you mentioned how much your younger sister likes North Carolina. I shouldnít brag about my state, but it really is nice here. We have the mountains and the seashore, so thereís something for everyone. I often think thatís why our population has exploded. NC used to be a well-kept secret, but no longer. (smile)

YVONNE, itís good that you like to cook, even if not everyday. I donít really enjoy it - I think because I donít feel Iím that good at it. Actually, I think it must have been someone else that said their husband cooks 30% of the time, as mine doesnít cook at all, unless he cooks steaks outside on the grill occasionally. I wish he did cook!! (smile)

SHIRLEY, thank you for your support. It is disappointing when medications, whether for depression or pain, do not work well. *Time does fly the older we are, I think. When I was young, I remember older people saying that, ďYouth is wasted on the young.Ē I certainly have come to understand what they meant. We really canít fully appreciate what it is to be young until weíve gotten older. I think of how I used to run and bike and swim and dance like it was nothing and now between the plantar fasciitis on the left foot and the bad knee on the right, itís painful just to walk. Even so, I know we have to keep on moving.

SLIMMER, Iím so sorry for what you went through with your car. I often tell mechanics that my husband has sent me to have repairs done, which is true. I feel like theyíll respect me more and do a better job if they know a man is involved. That is a sad thing to have to say, but I think itís true. If Iím ever widowed or single again, I might still wear a wedding ring and tell the mechanics my husband has sent me. It may be dishonest, but so many of them are dishonest that one must do what one can to "even the playing field." I do hope you find the right mechanic. The cost is high, but as you said, itís cheaper than a new car.

IRENE, what a lovely thing you did with your husbandís ashes. I think that was the perfect thing to do.

GRACE, what you did with Melvinís ashes was very sweet and touching.


My husband is at church this morning and Katie is sleeping late. Iím feeling good because I finally weigh less than 200 lbs. this morning. I sincerely hope I can keep the scale under 200. I donít have much faith in myself since depression can throw me off track so easily, but Iím definitely going to try. I know losing weight will help with so many of my issues.

It's another beautiful day here. A bit colder, but still sunny and bright. I hope everyone has a relaxing happy day.
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Happy Sunday Everyone -

Allie - I'm so sorry you've gained your weight back, but if it is any consolation such has probably happened to all of us, and for many more than once. No matter our resolve it can happen. It is particularly true of the age group of this team as we tend to gain easier and lose harder in our later years. Its hateful, but true. * Giving up starches and sugar is always a good idea. But you need to weigh, measure and track what you eat to make much headway. Know you've got a whole team rooting for you - smile. As for going to OA I think that is a great idea if you think the meetings and face to face contact with others will help you. I see nothing wrong with going to OA, WW or TOPS in conjunction with SP. * Don't you just love it when you find a store, repair shop, etc. that you feel treats you both fairly and nice. I know businesses now days seem to have forgotten the value of good customer service now, but if they'd just read the posts made here they'd learn how wrong they are. My daddy owned a small airport, and as a small business owner he knew all too well the value of customer service and what those customers told other people. * Thanks for sharing that you too get hot easily. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one that is sweating. * Your trip to the country sounded nice. I hope your friend's father is doing well, or as well as can be expected with his problems.

Irene - your idea for Maurice's ashes is a good one, and it sounds like it is something meaningful to you. Both my husband and I wish to be cremated too. He has made no comment about his ashes but I've told him and the children to take my ashes and let them go in the wind in a pretty wooded area or the ocean. For my body to become part of either sounds very nice to me. I learned that you can purchase a brick in the floor of the chapel of the Episcopal Cathedral here and at one time thought that is where I would like them.

Slimmer - you indeed have gotten good wear out of your Honda. You put Lots of miles on your cars. We have found our Fords to be very good cars also, and we have a dealership nearby that seems to do a good job, and my husband doesn't mind going there. It is also where we bought our last car. Neither of us know much at all about car mechanics so we must find and rely on reputable and reliable shops. With all the electronics on cars now days, we feel a dealership is the best place to go.

Ellen - at least you could call your Mother and talk for a long time. Due to Daddy's hearing I couldn't call him, and I think if he could have talked with me it would have brightened his day and helped his feelings. At least your mom has your sisters who are very attentive of her, plus she now has her sister with her. I know that's not you, and I'm sure she misses you, but take comfort in knowing she has family looking after her. * Isn't this the truth - what you said about life becoming more complex as we get older. We've all been lead to believe life becomes simpler in old age. It is my thinking not so. * Clothes around the house - early in my marriage I had a Donna Reed complex - smile, I wore skirts and blouses much of the time always dressed nicely, and short shorts during the summer. As I got older that changed, I found it easier to wear clothes around the house that it wouldn't matter if they got stained or dirty doing housework and gardening. Back then I did Lots of both. In my baggy knit pants I'm comfortable and don't have to worry about ruining them yet look well groomed enough should someone drop by. When I do errands I put on a nice shirt and slacks. I don't wear skirts any longer because I don't like the way my legs look. * Your house sounds like a house I'd very much like, and is well designed. * Peggy's subdivision sounds like one that my friend lived in. She lived in a very upscale neighborhood in Leawood (I think it was), KS. Being such a fancy neighborhood I found it odd that they had to go to a central location to get their mail.

Peggy - thanks for checking in and letting us know how you are doing. So sorry to hear you are still having computer problems.

Marlene - it is good to hear you are on the mend. And thanks for correcting me. I remember now you mentioned before about Tamiflu. How is your knee coming along? * Thanks for the tip about your heating pad. Should one of us need one again, I think I'll see if I can't find one of those that turns itself off.

Have a great day everyone,

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Good morning, all. It's windy and chilly today in Upstate New York, which is a big change from the past three days when the high temps reached into the low to mid 70s. I like the low 70s but Annie-the-Greyhound isn't too keen on it. Anything over 40 degrees, with the sun out, is too hot for her and it affects her walking. With the cool weather today, she was ready to go more than the usual 1.5 miles, which is when she poops out.

Yesterday I went to what was called a Women's Symposium. It was fun but a better name would have been Women's Place to Shop! There were dozens and dozens of vendors selling things and/or demonstrating. I'm not much of a shopper, preferring to go directly to what I want and leave, but I was with a friend and enjoyed it. A nice surprise was finding a local company that provides grass service using non-toxic ingredients. It's women owned and run (which I like), and while I'm not one to seriously care about how the grass looks, I'd like a little bit of work done.

The most surprising demonstration was the L'Core make-up table. A sweet, young woman tried to talk us into buying an under eye tightening cream ....... for $300 a bottle, the least expensive item. Yah, right. First, I'm not so vain I'd spend that kind of money on myself, and second, I rather give money to my favorite local charity or put it in my granddaughters' savings accounts. I have no problem saying, "No." My friend, though, actually considered it and she cannot afford it at all. She didn't buy.

After, we went to lunch at 99 Restaurant. It's a sports bar, much like Applebee's, but I like it better. I don't know how far the franchise spreads so it may be something you have never heard of.

Today I'll be pouring over books and pamphlets of kitchen cabinets and counter tops because tomorrow is my appointment with the kitchen person at Lowe's. I decided to go there because the prices are pretty good and honestly, I don't want to establish a close relationship with a sales person as one does when going to a privately-owned business. It would be nice if I could blink my eyes and the work would be done.

STITCHINGNAN - What you've done with your husband's ashes is a wonderful idea. I suspect seeing the pots and eventually the flowers will always be emotional for you, but flowers are so positive that I hope they bring you comfort. Being a widow is not easy.

Slimmer - You ended your recent post with an upbeat thought, that being at least you're not living in a third world county with all the terrible life issues the people may face. Nonetheless, you have serious issues too.

Smcart - Wow.. your dad is almost 100 and feeling good. If life can be good at that age, I'm all for it. My only child is a boy also. Well, he's 35 years old and married with two children, so he's not a boy. My husband, at the time, and I wanted only one child and we lucked out with a good one!

8Habit - Like you, when I'm working around the house, or even reading or coloring (yes, I'm one of those crazy adult people who color), I wear what I call comfy clothes. In the winter it's usually something warm with layers on the top that I can take off or put back on depending whether I'm vacuuming or sitting reading.

Car repairs - Ugh. When I purchased my Ford Escape brand new in February 2011, I also purchased an extended warranty, which expired earlier this month. While in this warranty period, I took the vehicle back to the dealership for regular maintenance or needed repairs. Now that the warranty is over, I am going to "my" mechanic and his crew that I've used for 27 years. The business is honest, clean, knowledgeable and willing to lend me a car if the job will take more than a couple of hours.

Hope everyone has a good day.



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Wishing you all a happy, healthy and blessed Sunday!

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Good morning to all--it'll take me a bit to learn everyone, and I do see that people really do connect here! I don't know if I'll have time to post daily just because of time, but I'll try. I might try to have a cup of tea by--it feels so much like a get-together!

I live in the Willamette Valley, near Eugene, Oregon and we've had colder weather here lately (which I LOVE!). I'm by myself now, which I'm currently enjoying, and can keep the house at 55' if I want, or have a fire in the wood stove and crank it up into the mid 70's if I'm truly cold. I think I want to go to my favorite nursery today to get going with some seeds to get started for the garden; I started composting again yesterday and found blackberry vines all over the compost pile which I'll have to cut back now; my eternal bane. Digging those suckers out is great exercise, though--a true upside!

My son (only child) is in his first year at OSU; I was 40 when I had him and he's my eternal delight (as well as a my biggest worry, of course!). His dad and I are on good terms, although it's a bit fragile for various reasons.

I am completely paranoid about being treated badly by a car mechanic--I've been there so much and have finally learned who in my area I can trust, I think.

I think my most consuming interest is my father right now--he's still alive at 99 (100 in May, God willing!). He can't see very well and can't hear, but aside from a steadily increasing lethargy, is still sharp and as active as he can be. He lives in a nursing home about 100 miles away from me, has a girlfriend across town that he visits, and generally still enjoys his life. May I be so lucky!! I go to visit him every weekend, which is why I might not post every day; I'm still working and don't have a lot of time. I saw Dad yesterday, and after lunch we sat in his room and both napped, he in his new chair (power-assist) and I in the easy chair. It felt great to be more alert for my drive home (though I awoke at 3:45am this morning, so oh well).

I'm enjoying SP still, and finding the articles spot on for what I need in the moment. I'm finding that I'm changing habits slightly and slowly as I go along, tweaking here and there as I become more organized; and I'm finding that even though I'm trying to lose I'm generally not hungry (though it's time for breakfast now, so I am a bit!).

I wish you all well, and will try to stay "in post!"

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Good morning team:

I don't know what happened but I have just about gained all the weight back that I lost last year. Yes, I do know what happened to tell the truth. I have been sick, depressed, over ate and didn't exercise when I was able.

I am making a vow starting today, for the next 30 days I won't have any sugar, bread, or soda. I can do this and it is time.

So here goes it's day 1. I will track my food daily which I have not been doing either.

I used to belong to overeaters anonymous and I am going to see if I can find a meeting I can go to. I know we don't usually mention other groups too much but OA in the past along with SP has been a great help to me.

I hope everyone has a good day. I was jolted out of my sleep early this morning by leg cramps. I think I will turn in early tonight so I can get a good nights sleep.

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What you're doing with Maurice's ashes sounds like a wonderful idea. It will continue to be comforting to you to know he is so close to you. And since the pots are portable, he will always be close to you.
What I did with my brother, Melvin's ashes, is I bought tiny little urns for each of my children and 2 bigger ones for myself. I have one one urn in CT and one in FL.

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Hello on Sunday . Yesterday was an emotional day as finally my husband's ashes were laid to rest. He died in January 16 and was cremated, I didn't know at the time where to put his ashes,I didn't want them miles away in a memorial garden as many are.
Recently I read of a woman who put her husband's ashes in a large pot and planted his favourite shrub over him. I thought that was something I could do.i did think and plan it out for a while. I knew which planter pot. I wanted.
Yesterday ds Mike and I went to a garden centre ,i bought two large ceramic pots in deep blue , Maurice loved all shades of blue. Mike got light soil for them and I chose summer flowering plants mainly blue but a couple in red for his favourite soccer team colour. I bought Spring flowering plants too.
Back home just the two of us were involved. His ashes went in the two pots with the bulbs for later and spring flowers on top for now . The two pots are at the front of the house by the living room window so I can see them. I felt a bit emotional but also felt he was home again,
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Hi...

Went into school at noon until 5pm
Got my vase all done and the chicken all done
took home my sun and moon I will work on it Monday while they do the AC
I made a new plate that I took home to do the carving on

First went to Home Depot and ought a jig saw.. since my neighbor didn't have one nor wanted to help me??? Also picked up really cheap spray paint and other items to finish this piece.. I think it is all going to work!

Peggy... my Honda CRV usually in 16 yrs have been in for repair only like 3 times and 2 times for tires.. Hondas just are good and don't break nor wear out!

So before here in GA I found Kauffman Tire good place.. and when my AC went out.. they fixed for $8.00 and they could have charged hundreds like most places

I never but never would ever go to a car dealership.. NEVER.. they over charge terribly and I don't trust that they see you will be back soon... hmmm

In this little town and towns around here.. there are not many places to go to. Where I went is the Number One place voted on being the Best...

I heard today from Cody in my class to go to that Asian place that Kauffman told me about.. so that sounds good for anything big or when this all goes bad.. after all my car is a 2000.. but only 90 thou in miles.. and should go 2 times that much easily.

Shirley.. it is not what they wrote up.. they just fixed ..another oil spot .. and not the one we talked about.. and now they have total .. amneasia.. now I feel ..they just wanted to fix my radiator.. and saw they could add the different oil change gasket... If they had said they could not fix that one inch spot.. I would have tried to go the 40 miles where they knew I was coming.. price should have been the same. I just don't know now what I paid.. is that the price for just a radiator and what they say they did.. if so ok.. I just didn't want to pay more than I had to... but they did leave me with that bad head gasket

probably this is all good.. if this head gasket has to be fixed... the place they would have sent me to.. had the 2-3 thousand dollar price to start.. and I have read sometimes they do that a couple times and still don't fix the heads.. This Asian place sounds good.. and the price of a New Motor.. is still way cheaper than buying a new car.

I'm tired.. unreal how much I hurt in my arms and my back from working all day... I would think I was getting used to this.. I probably should just take a Tylonel and get over it .

Too tired to cook.. so my hamburger awaits me.. maybe tomorrow.. I think ice cream really would help but I have nothing.. oh I did eat some oatmeal.. I still have a few packets left.

I am pooped... mentally it is hard to go through.. first the A/C people and then the car people... Life at times is just not easy.. but then I think at least I am not living in a third world country with no home or food... and my problems are nothing.. it is ok

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2/25/17 7:25 P

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Good evening team:

Yvonne: PB and I are hanging out right now and have been since 4PM. Her owner went out to dinner and her and her bf won't be home until 9PM. She is sleeping quite a bit, they must of wore her out today.

Elaine: emoticon

Shirley: I am glad you had such a nice experience at Wal-Mart. I don't know what I would do without the pharmacist and the employees in the pharmacy. They have been bending over backwards for me.

Slimmer: I am sorry to hear about your car problems.

Cherie: I usually wear long comfortable pants and big tops around the house. I get hot very easily also.

Marlene: We must have got the same storm. It was really wild here for about an hour.

Peggy: My car is 11 years old and I am not going to a dealership any longer if I can help it. I will see how this local mechanic works out. I am going to have him do a much needed oil change and see how that turns out.

I went up to the country today and on the way I had my hair cut at a barber shop. I paid $15.00 including the tip. I usually pay $55.00 and that includes getting my hair colored. I am letting my hair go gray and I have a pixie hair cut that doesn't look too bad.

I love looking at the farms and all the open fields when I go up North. My gf wasn't up to going anywhere with me but that was okay. I went to the second hand stores by myself and had a good time looking around.

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

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2/25/17 5:02 P

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I have been busy on the PC most of the day, working on ďphotoĒ letters to send to my Mother and her sister. My sisters say they love letters with photos so they can look at them. Sometimes I miss calling my mother and chatting but now it is so difficult for her to answer or understand. So, I stopped calling. I tell myself since she is 97 years old, I am just lucky to be able to write her or travel to visit with her. But I so miss the way it was 20 years ago.
Then I spend the past 1 Ĺ hour working on our income taxes. I finally got through the income part. It was so much simplier when we were working for big corporations! But I am just glad I have income. I am about to decide that the older you get, the more complex your life is. So, our brains need to be sharper, not less.

Slimmer- a good idea about taking photos of the work done! When we rent a car, we walk around taking photos with our phone just to prove the condition it was in when we left the rental agency.

Cherie- I tend to wear sweatpants and light sweaters around the house depending on the weather. When I garden, I have a pair of old jeans that are so comfortable. In summer, I wear cotton elastic waist pants and T Shirts. My goal is no restrictions while I am trying to exercise or clean house.

Shirley- Whoever designed this house was thinking energy savings. We have two fireplaces, an attic fan, big trees on the north, east, and west sides. It stays very warm in the winter and fairly cool in the summer. The walk-in basement downstairs has the second fireplace and it is usually cooler. There are windows on the east and west sides but none on the north and south. The biggest windows and doors are on the east side of the house.

Marlene- so glad that you are feeling better. One year, the flu shots did not match a strain of flu that popped up in March. My DH became very ill and had to see a doctor. The doctor told me to get TamiFlu. I never really became ill. *I would love to hear thunder and see it get black outside.

Peggy- that is quite a way to walk to get to your mailbox. I was amazed last time I stayed with my sister how far she has to take her trash. It is at least a ĺ of a block away. Plus no curbside recycle so she separates all our recycling and has to take it to a drop off place. I feel so lucky to have curbside for everything.

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2/25/17 3:07 P

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Happy Saturday

Tom went to the church today to help cook breakfast for the runners for the 5K. He left at 6 and got home at noon. I needed to mail my grandson's Drew Birthday card and I went outside and the neighbor boy was out so I asked him if he would please mail my card for me. He did! The mailbox is a half block away.

I am on my iPad because Dell is working again on my laptop and it is taking 2 hours to run a test.

Slimmer, when we moved to Arizona, we took our cars to the dealership for repairs but they are so expensive. Our landscaper told us about Doug in another town that had a shop in his backyard. I swear you could eat off the floors and is so reasonable. Tom's Yukon is 12 years old and my Toyota Prius is 11. Both of them run like a charm. Maybe you could find a mechanic that has his own shop and stay away from the other places.

It is time to start gardening here and I can't with these legs. Darn it.

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Greetings Everyone. We are under a sever thunder storm warning.

I think my fever finally broke. I managed to do my full PT session. Now I feel washed out.

The meds we are taking is not an antibiotic. It is prescription Tamiflu. Just for the flu. I don't seem to be as bad as Walt. Maybe that is because he got me medical attention sooner than he did for himself.

All the talk about gardening is cheering. I don't do vegetables, but am looking forward to tending to my flower beds.

Shirley, that is too bad that Whit got burned with the heating pad. I bought one a few months ago that automatically turns off after a certain amount of time.

It is really black outside and thundering.

Hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend.

Marlene

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Greetings Everyone. We are under a sever thunder storm warning.

I think my fever finally broke. I managed to do my full PT session. Now I feel washed out.

The meds we are taking is not an antibiotic. It is prescription Tamiflu. Just for the flu. I don't seem to be as bad as Walt. Maybe that is because he got me medical attention sooner than he did for himself.

All the talk about gardening is cheering. I don't do vegetables, but am looking forward to tending to my flower beds.

Shirley, that is too bad that Whit got burned with the heating pad. I bought one a few months ago that automatically turns off after a certain amount of time.

It is really black outside and thundering.

Hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend.

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2/25/17 2:21 P

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Hello Again -

Cherie - most of my clothes cover at least 3 seasons. I too am hot natured. I wear knit pants and t-shirts around the house year round. I wear pants with long legs except when it gets hot and then I switch to what we used to call "clam-diggers" - 3/4 length. I have a light weight cardigan style sweat shirt that I wear over my t-shirt should I get too chilly.

Ellen - sadly I think I can answer your question about hate in this country. First God and Christian values disappeared from homes, and in the name of "rights," God, prayer and Christianity was banned from schools, and even our judicial system and government. We were founded as one country under God, something many seem to have forgotten. Clothing became more and more risquť, popular songs, TV shows, movies, etc. became not only risquť but more and more violent. Religion of any kind was to be joked about rather than cherished. Then our law enforcement's hands became tied. The more "rights" were perpetuated the less rights we had, and it spilled over making this country more and more divided. Then the schools namely colleges got involved and more division occurred. This is just the short version. Until we get leadership in this country that brings us back together, and I don't mean just at the Presidential level either nothing is going to change. There have always been deranged and just downright mean people who did bad things, and that's not going to change, but in my lifetime I've never seen this country so out of control and divided. * Good news about your fence. * My husband and I were talking about how hard it is to heat and cool this house. I told my husband an idiot must have designed it. Where the bedrooms are - with conventional ceilings - it is warmer in winter and cooler in summer compared to the temps in the front of the house that is all open and has cathedral ceilings. At the time we bought this house 11 years ago this was all the rage, along with a bathtub that is big enough for a swimming pool for a toddler. * I loved your story about when you were Staff Director. In our household my husband takes care of some things, and I take care of others. For instance - I know without a doubt he's more electronic devices savvy than I am, and that's fine with me.

Miller - yes, I marvel how fast time is passing me by. My mother told me this would happen, and she wasn't all that old herself when she did, and she was so-o-o right. I do a pittance to what I once did daily, and still the time passes quickly. * Sorry your depression meds aren't helping as much as you would like. I feel the same about the pain meds (over the counter ones - not prescription) I take to keep moving.

Allie - Marlene may have more information on this, but it is my understanding they treat flu with antibiotics. Of course there are different kinds of antibiotics. I learned this when I had a severe UTI a few years back. I was cured with one antibiotic, but got a second UTI right after the first that was different from the first and required a different kind of antibiotic * I think my husband and I would really like your PB. You quite obviously wore her out yesterday - smile. * How wonderful they could repair your car for only $30. * I'm glad to hear too that your eyes are better.


Yvonne - I think many of us go through seeing our parents do this or that and swear we will never do that, and guess what - we hit a certain point in life or age find out why they did the things they did, and find ourselves living our lives the same way (basically) that they did. I've outlived my mother and in-laws, I've got a ways to go to outlive Daddy who died at 97, but can now identify with why all 4 of them did the things they did as they got older. * In my son's household they do this - whichever one cooks the other one cleans up. That will never happen here I'm sorry to say, thus I'm cooking less and less, or at least this is one reason this is happening. * I hope Jay is feeling pretty good after his Chemo treatment.

Elaine - I hope you are feeling better today. There is something definitely going around all over the country.

Slimmer - did you pay that auto repair place by check or credit card? That is your proof that you paid them to do something and they need to explain what. We never pay cash for such work for that very reason. I'm just so sorry that this has happened to you. I know all too well how frustrating this can be. You do know you can report them to the Better Business Bureau or the Attorney General's office. It may do no good, but you will have the satisfaction of doing something, and it will be a black mark against that business.

Shirley

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2/25/17 2:12 P

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Hi all!

Thank goodness the weather is back to normal! My husband shut the window thjis morning before he went to work, The I got hot, Got up for a little bit, then went back to bed for an hour, after taking advils.
I like it when he works 3 days but they have him down to one day, We need the space, I think.I wrote in my journal. There is a note on it, do not read! I told Pete to burn it if something happens to me.
He made grain apple spice muffins yesterday, Then because I had pt late, he made pork chops, mashed potatoes, and corn, applesauce. White wine.

What do you all like to wear around the house? I get hot easily, so I have to types of Nightgowns. They are comfy. I do have some stretchy pants and I bought size 3xx tops which are way to big around the house too.
We have red wine for tonight but don't know what to have for dinner tonite.

Have a good evening!

Cherie

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2/25/17 12:10 P

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Hi.. sunny and windy but nice out almost no need for a jacket

ok,, didn't sleep much. ohhhhhh was/am I man and put out.. and can't do a thing

When bad things happen I think of the story of Could be Good Could be Bad.. and then worse case senerio.. which in this case .. I just pay Again for what they did and also have to pay for maybe up to $4000.00 to fix the engine head.. it is all about money and just accepting.

I had the sales slip at home and the guy would not look for his...!!! So 5 min. home found mind and called.. they left me on hold 10 min .. I called back and got him.. he still denies and no comment.

I drove back and he said he found his but didn't show me.. Mine said fix radiator leak, small oil leak

When I picked up my car he had written all that out when I paid.
When I got home I looked at the New White Gasket and New radiator
So, I thought I am in good shape.
Day later I said I smelled that leak fluid smell
He said wait a few days and come in
I came in after a couple of weeks
He checked the fluid level said I was good
He had no idea (nor cared) why I still smelled that sweet smell
Now almost a month later I got a big whiff of that smell
I looked and saw the White filter is not oil Black
I immediately took it in
The owner looked and said they NEVER worked on that one inch square gasket
Said they do not do Engine Heads
I said that is WHY I brought it in was for that one gasket
..at that time he said the gasket was $17 and he could do that but not the whole head
He just calmly said... We did not work on your car there... over and over and over
..end of his story!!!
I said you certainly did and that was white and was why I brought it to you.
He said Why did you bright it to us.
I said I had a radiator leak but this engine gasket HAD to be looked at
...at that time he said he could and did do both
Yesterday... he just totally denied he ever heard about that inch spot
The mechanic said he did not change it out
Also when I said touch it now to see the oil come off it
the mechanic ..stupidly quickly swipped it and of course nothing the way he did it came off
I used my finger and showed the line of oil
The mechanic did not talk with me and did not stick around to listen to anymore
The employee who was so nice to drive me around and talk would not even look me in the eyes!!!!!!!
The owner just kept up.. so almost arrogance saying we do not do that type of work you are wrong.. and did not like me implying he was lying
I said but ..it is ok for you to imply I was lying that I did not know why I brought it into you and ..what I saw you had done
End of His Story.. he walked away (((I sure understand why people go crazy and get aggressive aughhhhhhhhhh)))

I then went to next town Kauffman Tire owner said no way they would work on that
He said that is Could Be Cleaned Up To Look White
..then laughed saying what the guy did fix was leaking oil on the bolts and would have to be done again.

...but I am not going back..
I looked today yes some oil coming off 2 bolts but not bad at all

The Tire owner said the part I was concerned about.. just let it leak since I don't drive much but in the long run could ruin my engine.

He told me of a place that works on Asian cars and maybe $3-400 to fix and at most up to $4000 Still cheaper than a new car.

The 2 tire places and the Amaco place they wanted me to go to.. ALL... kind of changed their tune of what Amaco would have done if I brought it in...

I feel all 4 places... work together ..to just get me to give up... which I have no choice but to do

I certainly raised my voice... I just cannot believe all they had to say was.. we didn't work on that... Very convenient for them to say and hold to. He knew when I came in what I wanted fixed .. and they did Clean up that area.. and let me believe they fixed it.

..the sales slip talks of fixing an oil leak.. dawww they fixed a large gasket that didn't even need fixing..!!!

I know now to talk a Photo of what I want done and what is done.. it would have made some difference if I could have shown that white gasket

the sad part is.. IF.. a radiator costs $432.00.. then they did not charge me for anything else... that would be ok.. just say you didn't fix it

Aughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... going to school
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