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2/7/16 9:48 P

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Today was focused on the Super Bowl. My DH loves football!! I try to like it and participate but honestly find it boring. Since we went to church last night, it was a strange Sunday.

Allie- I hope all works out for your trip to Florida. It sounds like flying is the best choice.

Maureen- I love heating pads also! Now it is just for my back.

Cecile- I'm glad Val has better hours. People need to realize that not everyone has the Internet much less a printer.

Bonnie - that was some excitement with a car on fire! Also scary!

Slimmer- you have lived a very interesting life. Congrats on the recent recognition.

Peggy- I am sorry about that your visit to Florida was so unpleasant. I am also sorry that your sister is so ill. I hope that you have some pleasant days to relax at home.

Shirley- how do you see how many days you have spun the wheel?



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2/7/16 6:35 P

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Allie.. did you call about the train?

I used to take it al the time to New York. It should go right through Winter Haven. Jacksonville may be as far as the room goes. That is where when coming from Tampa.. I would get moved into my tiny room.. that had 2 single beds.. I used that all the time. You then just get moved to a regular car for the last few hours.

I used the train a lot going to New York and up to Canada and across it and many other across routes through the US. The U.S. Rail a Pass is the way to go for the cheapest rates.

Super Bowl stars.. and I could care less about football... maybe the commercials ???

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2/7/16 4:39 P

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Peggy, I lived in Winter Haven, Florida. I am pricing airfares and it is going to be about $300.00 round trip. I was talking about taking the train but I found out it only goes to Jacksonville, Fl. I would have to take a bus from there to The Villages. I guess I won't be taking the train after all. Allie


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Happy Sunday

I got home late Friday afternoon from Sarasota, FL. The weather was good Tuesday and Wednesday with a lot of wind. Thursday was overcast and very, very windy. I drove down to Naples, my sister came along. All I can say is that Marsha is really not doing well. She is losing her hair, had to have fluid removed from her abdomen and is extremely tired. After about an hour visiting, she said she had to go back to bed. My sister could really drive me nuts in a very short time. She talks to herself constantly and she has to always be right so I would just quit talking. I don't think I can do it again. The red tide was also in and everyone was coughing from that or the blowing sand.

Allie, where did you live in FL?

That is about all. I am trying to catch up on the conversations.

Marlene, hope your pain is better.

Slimmer, you go girl!

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Good afternoon team:

I am having so much fun getting prices for my Florida trip. I can't wait to get to Florida. I have not been back to Florida since I sold my home there, which was about 15 years ago. I loved Florida but I was so homesick and missed the seasons. I am sure I will see many changes when I go back this time.

I am not going to the Y today. I went 4 times last week and I think that is enough exercising for one week.

I attended two churches again today. We have a new part time minister at my old church and today was his first day. When I went to my new church they were very glad to see me. I told them I had shingles in my jaw. One of the parishioners said her Mother had shingles in jaw before. She knew how painful it must have been for me.

The mayor stopped by yesterday and I signed a couple of petitions for him. We had a nice long chat. He is so busy, we don't usually get to talk to each other much.

I hope everyone is having a good day.

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Cecile: I love Downton Abby. I wanted to watch another tv show last week so I missed Downtown Abby. I have netflix and was able to see their show from last week on PBS. I am going to be so sad when this show ends.

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Good afternoon everyone!

At the moment I am watching the 6th season of Downton Abbey. I was so surprised but so happy when Bradson returned with Cibby. The wedding between Carson and Mrs. Hughes was nice. I love the way Mrs. Hughes and the cook put Mr. Carson in his place with the meal he had to prepare. Maybe now he will appreciate what his wife prepares for him.

Val is gone to work. She did work yesterday. She was on call and they called her in. I was happy that she is having more hours on her pay. She was told she would be getting her hours through the internet. She will be getting even her papers for the income tax there. One girl that works with her is on welfare. She cannot afford to buy a computer or pay internet. The boss said she would look into the matter for her. I hope it works out.

Nothing exciting happening besides that. Laundry tomorrow so that should keep me busy for a while. I am about two thirds into my book. That is the fastest I`ve read a paper book in a long time.

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

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Hol a bright sunny and getting cold supposed to snow tomorrow!

NEWS FLASH!... Last Saturday was my museum opening at the Staffa n Thomas Museum East of Atlanta. Today I was just notified that two of my photographs are going to be in the Chestatee Review Magazine which will come out in April!!!! Thursday I also will be submitting for a jury 3 pieces of art for the Sautee Galleries in Georgia!!!! Ice Storm 2015, Always a Screw Loose Somewhere, for mag, and Duck Tape Goldfish

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Good Afternoon, Team.
It is 48 degrees outside. We are scheduled to have snow on Monday night into Tuesday. No one is telling how much!!

Had some excitement last night. At about 6:20PM our neighbor ran to my door screeching our names (she is very loud) & banged on my door a couple times. By the time I got to the door she was gone. So I looked down the sidewalk and the car in front of the house at the opposite end from ours (we are a 4 row townhouse court) was on fire. It looked like someone has set a bon fire next to the car but it was actually the car!! The neighbor in the 3rd house came over to talk to me and my neighbor next door was consoling the woman who owns the car. They had called 911 but no one was coming (the fire house is right down the street so they should have been there in a minute). The fire was making popping noises and a couple loud "bursts". I was afraid it was going to hit the gas line and explode (I guess I watch too many movies!!). The police apparently knew what was going on but no police were there. Cars were piling up across the street with "on-lookers". Maureen (our next door neighbor) was screaming & cussing at everyone to stay away from the car. She is a trip!! Finally 2 fire trucks from a neighboring city appeared & took care of the fire. Then the police finally showed up. The firemen didn't seem at all anxious about it "blowing up"! One of them did take a hammer and broke all the windows. The owner of the car didn't seem too upset but Maureen said she was probably "in shock and doesn't know it yet". She apparently had driven the car for about 20 minutes, went in side her house and in 5 minutes someone was pounding on her door saying that her car was on fire. You just never know.

@Maureen - Sorry you are having trouble with your back and knees. I understand back pain. Whenever my doctor rocks my knees back and forth they make a "crunching" noise and he always looks at me like "Uh oh". So far- *knock on wood*- I haven't had any pain in my knees.

I hope everyone has a great day.
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Happy Sunday Everyone -

Marlene - sorry to hear about your aching back and knees. This has seemed to be a hard winter for those of us with aching backs and joints. I hope your doctor can help you.

Bonnie - it sounds to me like you are doing all the right things for pain management, and I guess that's all we can do. * Log-in Points - please do be careful. My goal is 365 days, and I got within 5 days, something happened that caused me not to log-in one day and then I was back to zero, and it was so disappointing. I'm now at 122. * Your walk sounded so nice as always.

Ellen - thanks for sharing about pitching papers on your desk. It helps to know I'm not alone with this frustration.

Allie - I hope all is well.

Wishing us all an enjoyable day.

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Good morning team:

Marlene: I hope your pain has lessened some. I don't know what I would do without my heating pad. It is amazing how prices have gone up on things. Allie


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Hello team. I'm typing while lying on the heating pad. my back is so achy now. I think the exercises I'm doing have me sore. I did them just one X today.
I finally made an appointment with an Orthopedic doctor. I see him Tuesday AM. I'm sure he will want MRI's of both knees.

Friday we went to the Farmers Market, Sam's and Walmart and I hurt so badly.

I've been working on the crib quilts. I'm dissatisfied with the quilting thread it is not as strong as some I had on hand. I don't think It is made in different grades. Things change

The price on the spool's I had is $2.49 and the ones I just bought were $5.29..

Slimmer, I have $6.00 built up in my account
at Walmart.

My battery is running down so I'll day good
night. emoticon Marlene

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Good Early Evening, Team.
DH & his best friend went to a train show together today so I won't see him back home until after midnight. That is fine with me every so often as I do things around the house better when he isn't home. I'm not sure why.

@Slimmer - I hope my doctor's idea that the Meloxicam is what caused my renal problems is correct. I guess time will tell. He didn't advise me seeing another doctor yet. The renal insufficiency isn't causing any symptoms--which I read on-line is the usual case with early cases of it.

@Shirley - I have found that if I take a pain med when I have pain it doesn't do much of anything. Maybe it stops earlier than it would if I didn't take anything. I don't know. I do try to take something before I go to the Farm or if I'm going for a walk. But, sometimes I don't remember.

@Yvonne - Sorry you had to start your log-in points again. I'm almost to 365 days and I am being so careful not to forget.

@Ellen - Books are wonderful to get your mind off of things, aren't they. I keep one by my bed and read for awhile. It helps me sleep. If I don't read & I'm not that sleepy my mind is all over the place and I can't get to sleep.

Yesterday I tried to pick up a prescription that my doctor called in to the pharmacy. It is a gel that I've used before when I have pain in my hands from arthritis. The girl at the counter said that it was called in but I couldn't get it unless the doctor authorized it!!! If he called it in obviously he authorized it!! I didn't complain. I'll see the doctor on Weds. and I'll ask him what I need to do.

DH & I walked to the Lake yesterday. There was still some ice on it but we noticed quite a few ducks. I hope that means they are coming back for SPRING!! I am so through with winter.

I hope everyone had a great day.
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Yesterday I took my DH for a steroid shot in his back and then his allergy shot since it is next door. Then we went to Culvers for a late lunch. It was very good but not on my diet. emoticon

While I was in the waiting room I started reading a library book that I had been unsuccessful in making inroads into At home with the TV on. Well, after a hour, I was hooked! I finished it last night ignoring my DH completely all evening. It was fiction book called "The readers of Broken Wheel Recommend". It would make a good movie.

Slimmer- I need to finish some uncluttering projects such as a file cabinet.

Shirley - I am so guilty of stacking papers on my "desks" because, like you I just don't want to tell with it at the moment. I have a friend that handles every magazine, piece of mail the moment it comes in. She never has a cluttered house, but then she doesn't read either. 😉 I can't imagine never having of being caught up in a book for hours. Sometimes it has been a life saver for me especially if I am scared( caught in a blinding rainstorm on I 20 with a tornado close by) or lonely or just bored. I read so many books after my divorce.

Bonnie - I try to be so careful with over the counter medications because like you, I worry about their impact.

Allie- I think it was good to email your grandsons parents about how the performance went. * My DH and I have daydreamed about taking a train trip somewhere, but never even checked out the prices. I worry about the close quarters and his back.

Yvonne- did you drive or fly to California?
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Good Morning Everyone -

Yvonne - I don't play Words With Friends through Facebook (that I know of) but on my iPad. Let me see if I can figure out how to find you, that is if you'd like to start a game with me - smile. * I hope you have a great time in California. We are still having very strange weather here - spring for a few days and then winter again. They are saying we could see snow on Monday, but not sure what that means. My husband says 4" or better is predicted for a week from tomorrow. I loved what little of San Diego and surrounding area we saw. Our son was in the Marine Corps - did his basic there, and other than a year he was stationed in Okinawa, his time was at Pendleton.

Slimmer - aspirin is an NSAID like Advil. All these things have side effects and should be used carefully and not overused. I have never heard of them effecting our brains or becoming habit forming. But most anything can become habit forming, even things that are so-called good for us. Coke can be habit forming. When growing up one of the pilots that flew at the airport mu father owned my mother used to talk about him having a Coke addiction, and how many bottles he drank in a day. Interestingly enough this was a thin man, as I remember. NSAIDs are hard on our stomachs. When I took Celebrex for my arthritis I could only take Tylenol as a pain reliever because it was gentler on the stomach. The best thing I've ever found for my arthritis pain and stiffness is Aleve, but found I can't take it because of how hard it is on my stomach, and a gastroenterologist told us when my husband had an endoscopy that what that one drug had done to people's stomachs had put his kids through college. Now some people obviously can take it with no ill effects, but definitely not all. * Congratulations on getting un-cluttered. Most of my house is that way, but I definitely have spots that need work. Like the desk I keep talking about. It is just far too easy to pitch stuff on that pile of paper that I'm not sure what to do with or simply just don't want to handle. I don't know how my life generates so much paper, but it sure does.

Bonnie - I try to take as few pain relievers as possible, as I'm well aware that all meds have side effects, but there are times when enough is enough when it comes to hurting or feeling uncomfortable.. It is said, and I've found it to be true, if you can take the pain reliever before you hurt (like before riding Mystery since you know those rides can often cause your back to act up), it seems to work better than to let the pain get control before you take it. Sometimes when I take something hoping to keep it from getting worse, it seems to have little effect.

Allie - once when I went to visit my daughter, I think after my granddaughter was born and I took the train and had a roomette. The trip was just overnight, and I very much enjoyed it. Coming home I could only get coach, and that was miserable sitting up all night. * Good for you nudging the grandsons' parents a bit. I hope they got the message.

Have a good day everyone and a most enjoyable weekend.

Shirley

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SHIRLEY, tried to find you on Words with Friends, but so far I can't. I just recently started playing it again. I, too, get soundly beaten most of the time, but continue for the same reason you do.

We're in California now, and I did it again!!! The day we left I forgot to check in with SP. So back to day 1. Irritating....

Went to a band rehearsal with my brother last night. So fun! It's the San Diego Community band and has about 100 members. Many of them are retired from the San Diego Symphony and are really good. It was fun to be in the middle of music again. Afterward my brother came home with me; we ate, then stayed up till 1 a.m. talking. He was next after me in birth order and we have so many good memories.

We're planning on going to Salton Sea tomorrow and back past Julian to get some good food. Should be a fun day, but I'd just as soon stay home. This trip is for Jay. He wants to see how different it looks. It's been a long time since we visited there, and the environmental changes have been hard on it.

The weather here is really cold in the morning and roasting by the afternoon. I have the first symptoms of a cold for over two years. I got too cold last night, I believe. Dressed for San Diego day, not San Diego night.

well, I'm going to go do some yoga. I've walked around in the hills near our son's house, and my body is sore. Gotta get the kinks out.

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Hola.. very bright out again and beautiful.. but I am happy to be inside

I picked up 2 library books and with the 3 I got yesterday.. I figure they will be done by tomorrow afternoon... I am waiting on listening books since middle of Dec

Ellen... why is it fingers really give us a pain.. and of course we bump everything when they are hurt.. just wait it out

Bon... so glad the Dr knows what did the Renal thing... and got you off it.. I was told years ago to only take Tylnol asprin did something to me and the Advil affected something in my brain.. so no more and is good to only take when needed.

they have studies out that people who take daily pain meds get a type of addiction that actually the pain med brings on more pain.. and if one got off them which they say is really painful.. that one would find they really don't have the pain they thought they had.. Lots of people's interesting stories of getting off their over the counter pain meds.

Do you now have to go to a Renal specialist to see what is happening there or is that now that you are off the med ..just going to correct itself?

Today I am going to make myself write My Artist Statement ..which is only like a paragraph long.. and I need to sign my painting which I always put off or forget.. Thursday it looks like no snow or ice so should be able to drop off now... whoopee!!!!

I am noticing around the house how.. UN.. cluttered it looks since I keep putting things back in their place or tossing out stuff.. I can do more!!!!! It really Feels Good!

Even that odd smell is gone.. hmmm maybe it was my dirty laundry????

I still am getting off balance.. I know part is my eyes don't see alike and that does some of it.. but my sinus on that right side.. my cheek aches and that spot in my brain.. something is not happy up there.. I've got some kind of sicky bug.. and it needs to go.. but I feel pretty good just not perfect.

On FB I saw a picture post... Do You Feel That You Don't Have Enough Time... I posted in past years I feel this way.. lady next in line said that is scary.. I don't know if she felt so or thought my thought was scary... I've got LOTS to do and even if I could get next 30 years I don't think I will have enough time!!!!!!! That would take me to 97... I've been feeling like I could make it to 100 pretty easy ((then I get a bit more humble and hope I last the week out))

Time to write that artist statement!! Then back to reading and cooking my steak and broccoli..
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Good Afternoon, Team.
It is sunny out now but breezy and about 46 degrees. We had some snow flurries earlier that didn't stick to the ground.

@Allie - I smiled when you said that you wanted to give your son & ex-DIL a "subtle" hint that you were helping them. Good for you. No one wants to be taken for granted.

@Ellen - I, too, thought Tylenol was hard on the body. My doctor asked me what, besides Meloxicam, I was taking for pain. I told him Advil or Motrin. He told me to stop taking all of those and just take Tylenol. He told me to take 500mg. 2x a day. But, so far, I am only taking it once a day and only if I really need it. He has me scared about hurting my body. So, I'll try to deal with the pain in my back as much as possible. I assume I'll see him on Weds. when I get my first Prolia shot. He is a rheumatologist and I guess he doesn't deal with back pain as he always seems to "dismiss" my back pain as just degenerative. I have a physical with my PMD in June and I plan on asking her if it is time for me to see a back specialist. My sister recently had an MRI of her back because the pain was keeping her awake at night. I don't have back pain at night, YET.

I made a new slow cooker recipe with top round steak yesterday. It was "okay" but I wasn't at all pleased with the way it turned out. It was to be served over rice and just seemed very dry. This is why I hesitate to try new things. But sometimes they are a "hit" and sometimes a "miss".

I hope everyone is having a great day. I need to get into a more "productive" mood!!
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Good afternoon team:

There was a little bit of snow on the ground when I went out this morning. It didn't cause any real problems for commuters as far as I could see.

I am looking into taking a train to Florida. I always wanted to use the sleeper train, because I know I wouldn't be able to sit a long time in the train. The sleepers look pretty nice and I think it would be a change.

After I attended the gathering at my grandsons school this morning, I sent an e-mail to both parents to let them know how it went. I sent the e-mail also because I wanted to give them a subtle reminder of how much I help and how often I am there for them, even if it is at the last minute.

Shirley: Thanks for the advice on what I should be taking for osteoporosis. When my ortho diagnosed me with penia osteoporosis .my DIL said that wasn't anything to worry about. I told my doctor and he got mad and said it is a very serious condition and I shouldn't take it lightly.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Ellen - sorry about your finger. I think I'd lay off of things that could hurt it for a couple or so days to give it time to heal. As said, I hate finger cuts, they are a real nuisance. . * What kind of leader have you volunteered for? Sometimes, I've found, in preparing to lead a Bible study or something else, I'm not always in the mood either. Give it some time. You may find you just don't like being a leader. It does take work, but I've found I learn so much more teaching than I do just being a student. * They've gone up on those Shingles shots. After I had Shingles the doctor wanted me to get the shot which I haven't, because I haven't been willing to pay over $200 for a shot that I may or may not need. Anyway at that time several years ago if I had Medicarte Part D it would have only cost me $50. * Playing Chess with your ex - I play Words With Friends with my daughter and granddaughter, and it is rare that I win. I've got a good vocabulary, but if you consistently get bad letters, there is little you can do. My husband asks me why I continue to play with them. I enjoy the challenge of making the words, and I learned early in life if I relied on luck to get me through it I was out of luck - smile. * Drinking alcohol and taking Tylenol, you need to not overdo the alcohol, or it can cause liver damage, but Tylenol is known to be the easiest on the stomach. NSAIDS - Advil, etc. if used too often (I'm talking daily) is said to possibly cause damage to the liver I take at least 2 a day - usually no more, but sometimes I have to take another 2 and an 8 hr Tylenol at bedtime. My husband tends to take more, but within the guidelines on the bottle. We know it is risky, but living with pain and stiffness you have do do something. All meds have side effects, so we just have to weigh the merits against the risk, and if in doubt ask our doctors.

Cecile - about the book you are reading. How anyone can brutalize a child or animal is beyond me. I know children can test the patience of Job, but to mistreat them is beyond me.

Bonnie - sorry about your back pain, but I know you enjoyed Mystery and he enjoyed your being there. Sorry too you must take those shots, but hopefully they will do the trick.

Allie - oh yes, I've heard about those types of classes at Home Depot. I thought Grace was talking about something else. * If you aren't taking a multivitamin and calcium daily, I highly recommend that you do. And should you follow this advice, get the calcium with D. Broken bones tend to be a big problem as we age, and in later years a broken bone can be deadly. My mother and step-mother both had osteoporosis, and believe me when I say you want to avoid it if possible.

Make today a happy day - be kind to yourself first of all, and to all you meet.

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It is sunny and mid-40's. Really nice weather to do errands. I filled my little Aveo after not driving it for months and months, shopped at my favorite Wal-Mart and then the bank. My DH was still gone to the gym so I vacuumed and cleaned baths. In the process of doing that, my finger wound broke opened and started bleeding again. So I wrapped three bandages emoticon around it.

I volunteered to be the leader Monday morning and can't seem to get into the chapter.
I hope that improves.

Bonnie - thank you for explaining more. I always am afraid I will mess up my health because I didn't know better. I am sorry to hear about your back and understand. I thought Tylenol could damage the liver not ibuprofen. When do you go back to see the doctor?

Allie - if you can't afford Part D prescription insurance, sometimes the government will help. I know they did my mother. I only paid $95 for my shingles shot at Walgreens, but I have part D insurance.

Cecile - what a sad story about the little girl. I am afraid I like happier endings. * I am glad iVal is well enough to go to work.

Shirley - my son's father and I use to play chess. He was so good at it he could plan two people at once. I got tired of losing. emoticon It is a great game for the brain. I bet you would like it.

Slimmer- so glad you downloaded the security software. It is good to have.

Irene- what fun visiting your friend while your heat is being fixed.

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Good evening everyone.

Val is gone to work. I did get quite a bit of stuff done. Tomorrow is back to Teen Wolf. I am really into the series. I now understand her and Jess`s interest in the program. I am amazed at the make-up. Val told me she read somewhere that it usually takes 3 hours to put it on. I believe it.

I am now reading a book. It is a Quebec french classic. It`s about a little girl who was so brutalized that she died at the age of 10. She lost her mom from tuberculosis at the age of 6. Her dad re-married and it is the second wife who brutalized her. Val told me that she heard that the father was mean to the little girl. I first heard about her when I was 8 years old. The teacher had read the story to us in class. When I mentioned it to my mom, she told me she had seen the movie. The movie came out again in the theaters in the mid seventies. I went to see it with my sister-in-law Madeleine. Apparently, the book I am reading is the real story. I am presently about half way through. There is a new version of the movie. I have it but I don`t want to see it before I finish the book.

I have no plans for the week-end. Val is working on Saturday and I do not have her hours for next week.

Good night, sweet dreams and sleep tight. emoticon

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

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Good Evening, Team.
I just got back from the Farm. Rode Mystery for a little while. My back was hurting since this morning but I took my Tylenol, wore my brace and rode anyway.

I got a call from my doctor's office yesterday. I got the impression from my doctor that this could take "months", but I'm set up to get my first Prolia injection on Weds. I asked the nurse where the injection is given and she said "Your belly". Boy, that shocked me. She said some get it in their arm or thigh but they have more pain than when it is given in the belly. So, belly it is!!

@Ellen & Slimmer - The renal insufficiency is, according to my doctor, due to my taking Meloxicam though I really didn't take it all that much. I get a blood test after every appointment with him and, I guess, the results have always been okay except for this last time.

@Grace - We used to have a Curves within walking distance from me but it went out of business several months ago. That is about the 3rd or 4th Curves I've heard that have gone out of business. I'm really not a GYM person.

@Irene - Glad to hear you are visiting people and getting a new start on your life. I hope your heating system gets fixed.

@Allie - Sorry you won't make it to the car show. You have to pick and chose what you can accomplish each day. I laughed when you said you'd report Sprint to the BBB. I say that sometimes about other things but you ACTUALLY do it!! You are a force to recon with.

Everyone - I hope you had a wonderful day.
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Good afternoon team:

I have paperwork to do and I hate doing paperwork. I should just do it and get it over with. I am having trouble with Sprint, they keep jerking me around with my plan. I am going to report them to the better business bureau if I don't get some satisfaction soon.

I had every intention of going to the car show but I am not going to make it. I need to remember that I never know how I am going to feel from one day to the next. My mouth is still bothering me and I am looking into getting a shingles vaccine. I spoke to the pharmacist at Walmart yesterday and she said the shot would cost $236.00. I have some prescription cards on file at walmart and one of them will give me a discount and the shot will cost $203.00. I read somewhere that Medicare will help with the vaccine but only under special circumstances. I will see the doctor first and get a prescription from him first.

Ellen: My doctor did tell me to take something, I think it might have been calcium. I think I did that for awhile then I stopped.

Irene: I hope your heating problem gets solved and soon.

Slimmer: You are right Disneyland is very expensive. My half-sister had arthritis real bad and my younger sister has curvature of the spine.

Shirley: Home Depot has classes for homeowners, so they can do repairs on their home. They have classes for children to so they can learn how to start handling tools.

I hope everyone is having a good day.

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Slimmer - what you described are maneuvers used often when teaching someone how to fly. Someone could have been being taught to fly that plane. I agree I don't like that experience either. I haven't had it in a commercial aircraft, but I have in a small plane. My daddy flew all sorts of planes during World War II and among them were planes I envision from your description of the one you saw. As you may remember I spent my teen years literally living on an airport. My dad bought one - city/county owned the grounds and buildings, but he owned the business - after he got out of Service. My mother ran the office, and my dad did all the rest - aircraft repairs and rebuilding, teaching people to fly, as well as taking people for pleasure rides, and anything else that needed to be done. This was in Griffin, Georgia. * I know urine can have a strong odor, and often is an indication of an infection -urinary tract infection of some kind. But I have never associated it with calcium. * My mother-in-law never mentioned having osteoporosis but she was hunched over in her later years. My husband is the same way, and I think along with not enough activity that is the reason he suffers from back problems. Even as good as my bone density tests have been I've lost 3/4" - the last time they took my height which was some time ago. The cushioning between the vertebrae compacts with time and age which can be a reason for this, as well as be a cause for lower back pain, especially when our legs aren't as strong as they should be. If you want to add calcium to your diet, yogurt will give you a lot of calcium for not too many calories. * You are very wise to make sure you have a virus protector on your computer.

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Hola noon wayyyyyyyy toooo brightttttttttt ...

waiting for the library to get books in from other libraries before I pick up

I read a book did my laundry and took a nap

Shirley... a cargo plane from way back in war time is exactly how it could have looked.. as to wings.. it wasn't waving on purpose.. but how a plane will rarely make a side turn and instead of doing it gradually it turns on it side and then curves to the side the other way.. I was in a passenger plane and some minutes before landing it made that maneuver.. I did not like being dipped down and on my side.. it was like what really flying be or how a little kid will make a plane zoom around.

as to calcium in urine.. you know what the smell of the hot water from boiling a lot of hard boiled eggs.. the calcium leaches out there and it is the same thing.. I have noticed it a few times in life... I think the only thing I found was ..Salt.. will leach calcium out of our bodies.. I don't use a lot of salt and I don't have high blood pressure.. but there are times things I eat does have a lot on it.

Mom used to be 5 ft 3 in... and when she passed she was more like 4 ft 5 in...and hunched over.. She had cancer and a lot of treatments and took lots of meds. My sister was hunched over too, but then she sat almost all of the time and if out in a wheelchair. I think I stand pretty straight for a chunky person and it seems I remind myself to stand and sit tall or I could grow that way. Years ago I had a test on my ankles and they I didn't have anything

I think one test since here said I was to go to a rum a toid doctor... but I don't know what they would do or even tell my Dr would not talk more about what she found.. but the appointment I could get was 9 months away.. I thought if I have to wait that long I must not be too bad off.. and what could they do.. I'm not taking meds.

I need to get back in the habit of adding parmasian cheese to my food .. only 40 calories and a lot of calcium.. it used to be the way to add more calcium which is very hard to get enough of from food.. when you buy it make sure it even has calcium in it.. many of the bottles don't..!

Found out I have not had a virus checker on my computer for who knows how long. The school was supposed to add it.. I think.. or either I did from my internet provider.. anyway I only had to go to a web page of the college and download it for Free...

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Good Morning Everyone -

Slimmer - that is unusual that a plane would be flying that low, especially over a populated area. From your description it sounded like a cargo plane. Normally a plane flying low and tipping its wings is a way of saying hello or acknowledging an event or person. But I agree it does sound strange. * I have never heard of calcium smelling. I've been taking supplements for years, and try to include as much calcium in my diet as I can. I know that calcium pills can sometimes pass through the body whole, and that's why I take mine with some type of acidic drink like orange juice or V-8 to make sure the pills dissolve. No, it has never happened to me that I know of, but I've read enough about it on reputable sites and articles to know that it does happen.

Irene - I had thought you'd gotten that heating problem in your house solved a long time ago. Let's hope they do it right this time. Visiting your friend sounds just what you need right now, and since she's been through what you are going through she will be a good person to talk with. I hope you enjoy your visit.

Ellen - thank you for acknowledging the Challenge winners, and you are welcome. If running the Challenge helps the team members who want to participate, I'm happy to do what I can to make it happen. * I think this weather is giving more than one of us problems. My husband is constantly complaining about his back, and my legs and back are really making it hard to move. * My husband is a great fan of Mickey Mouse and Disney. We went to Disneyland when in California once, and we've been to Disney World in Orlando twice - once with the older grandchildren when they were little and their parents, and again just with my husband for a week - which was much too long for me, but we stayed in a hotel in the park, and it was fun. But a week was definitely too long for me. It is a fascinating place, especially Epcot Center, and the park has some interesting restaurants. A great place to do LOTS of walking. * I hope your finger is feeling better. I so hate finger cuts as they not only hurt like the dickens for ages, but bleed like crazy. As you know, I clot too easily, but that seems to have no impact when I get finger cuts. * Thanks a Million - for telling me the name of that town. Leawood indeed is where my friend lived, and it was driving me a bit nuts that I couldn't remember the name.

Grace - Hm-m - I've heard of Michael's stores having craft classes and some have art/painting classes, but I've never heard of a Home Depot doing this. Interesting. * You are most fortunate to have a free gym to go to. But like Ellen, I think the distance would be a deterrent. * How interesting about Costochondritis - I've never heard of arthritis attacking the rib cage. * My husband would shop if I asked him, but I'd only ask if I couldn't possibly do it myself. If I can manage to do for myself I do. He does help with putting the groceries away now, and that is a great help as I usually come in a bit wiped out. This house is wonderful, as I can back the car in right up to the door, and it is a simple matter to lift the bags out of the trunk into the laundry room with one movement. My big pantry is right there, and the kitchen is just a few steps further so it works well. * Thank you for asking - I'm sorry to say I'm still not well, but think I'm better. At least this morning I'm not lightheaded which is a welcome relief just that.

Allie - at one time I thought I'd love to learn to play Chess, but it never happened. I do enjoy board games however. * I think if you are working your arms on the machines at the Y you are getting a good work out. You might run it past a trainer or one of the attendants sometime. I've seen people use the machines, plus the free weights, and I always wondered why.

Bonnie - I'm so sorry to hear about the osteoporosis diagnosis. I have no knowledge Prolia that I know of. Mother had sever osteoporosis - she could break a bone just be turning wrong. I'm talking well over 30 years ago so things have changed lots with meds. The doctor put her on a med (which was experimental at the time) that she had to take by injection, and it would make her sick afterwards. More recently a friend in her mid 80s developed this disease, she too took shots of some kind for it, but she said she had no side effects from it. There have been so many drugs to fight this disease since my mother came down with it that I'm sure they are much better and with fewer side effects since my mother was fighting it. Yes, osteoporosis can be genetic. In talking with primarily an ob/gyn in my early 40s about this, it was determined that Mother's was caused by her lifestyle not genetics. I stand tall and straight, and bone density tests have been good. But, he put me on hormone replacement therapy that I was on until I had a hysterectomy many years later, and I've been faithfully taking calcium supplements for years, plus anything else I could do to keep my bones strong. And YES it isn't easy being old.

Have a good day everyone. We are back to winter again after another period of spring. This has been one crazy winter.

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Hola. dark out at 6AM.. just woke up and taking a look around

Ellen.......... Seriously.. you have never been to Disneyland etc?????????

Even my Dad who never really ever wanted to go anywhere..when visiting CA my sister took him and he could not believe all he saw.. He was just amazed at what they could do. You have to go at least one time! Of course I remember one time I only paid $8 for the tickets to get in for one person! I hear now it is over $100 a ticket!!!!!!

Interesting about how you take your meds.

Bon.. glad those weren't your meds.. just copied that piece ..made it look better than me stating meds made a difference. Are you going back to the DR soon for them to explain all this to you? Seems they should have some better idea. Something has to be making that renal thing happening...

Irene.. glad you are getting a new heater.

Wrote my paper in class last night... no problem at all to do.

I think I am getting over this ear brain and back thing... just a touch of aches and flash of dizziness.. the finger tip of pressure on my shoulder muscle was about to drive me crazy last night.. I can't reach it to rub on it.. and it just stiffens my whole side.. I was having to try and just relax and let my muscle go.. it would tighten so.

A huge military plane buzzed our school parking lot then the school and tipping its wings side to side flying reallyyyyyyyyyy low.. it was huge no markings yuck darkish green and kept flying low over town and buzzing back and forth... Like what was that about.. it was like lower than a 10 story building... Was it flying a grid taking pictures, spraying us.. dropping those new mosquitoes??? It was scary a bit to see?????? Even though we have a military base here.. they don't have planes and this plane did not have windows in it except for the pilot so they were not showing the soldiers the area.

Worried now I won't get my art to the next show on next Thursday.. we are to get 2 days of snow.. that day will be sunny, but not above freezing.. so worried about ice on that very rolling road and over 30 miles away.

Back to bed,,,
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I add my congratulations to winners and tryers of the challenge too.
These past few weeks have been very busy with family visitors and the life changes involved after my husband's death. When anyone has asked how are you? I usually reply "plodding on, one day at a time. " but now I am trying to make a new life style for myself ,
Paperwork is driving me mad now , so many forms to fill in. Yesterday I went to the bank to change our joint account to my name only. I needed to do that so my pension could go in . Everything gets complicated ,
At the same time I have been trying to get the house warm, Thr heating has never been adequate. Now something is being done. The main boiler which provides heating by gas is being replaced by a more effecient one which should make a big difference,. The heating will be off for a few days so I am going to stay with an old friend . We met in maternity hospital in 1965 ! Now we are both widows with grown up families. I do have my son Mike living with me. Beryl is alone , so she was quick to offer me warmth and a bed while the work goes on here,
Mike is taking me there today, then going to his own family and spending time with them. It gives us both a break from each other ! I am taking my I pad and she has internet so I will stay in touch with online friends. Irene

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Congrats to all the winners of the January Challenge! emoticon Thank you, Shirley for conducting this.

Life is what happens to us while we are planning something else. For the past two days I had a big list and my upper back put me on the heating pad half way through.

Bonnie - I already have osteoporosis in my pelvis and osteopenia in my upper leg bones so I know how you feel. With me, it is inherited. the other diagnosis was really scary. Did a blood test show this? Maybe I should call fora six month checkup. I take pain medication a lot - aspirin and Tylenol.

Grace- so glad that you have access to affordable gyms. Those are good rates, especially if free. But the 13 miles would be my excuse.

Slimmer - I have to wait 4 hours to take calcium after my thyroid medication.

Allie- I have never had a desire to go to Diseyland. I use to travel Orlando often on business but never went. Did the doctor not put you on medication for your osteoporosis ?

Cecile- sounds like your family is missing a lot of work. I am so sorry.

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Good afternoon team! It was a hot sunny day today. I left for my walk very early to avoid the heat.

CECILE, Im sorry that Jess and Chantal were both sick. I just hope and pray that YOU dont catch what ever they had.

ALLIE, They rent out motorized wheel chairs at Disney so you wont have to do all that walking and the WCs used to give you front of the line privileges. I dont know what the cost or policies are now. You can probably find out on their website. The last time I took Melvin, several years ago, I pushed him all over Epcot in a wheel chair and got a good workout that day. I stopped taking him because he slept most of the time and I got worn out just trying to get him to pay attention to everything going on around him, which people come from all over the world to see.
Watch out for the birthday freebies! I dont think any of them are diet friendly. However, its just one day so go for it! :-)
Thats a great idea to join the free craft classes at Michaels. Home Depot has classes as well. You might make some more friends too!

BONNIE, Thats too bad about the lack of space for a treadmill. Are there any gyms near you, like Curves, Planet Fitness or a Y? Down here in FL I go to the Y, for $49 a month. In CT, I go to a FREE gym thats on the military base 13 miles from our house. They actually have 2 big gyms on base. Im very lucky with that deal!

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Good evening team:

Bonnie:Thanks for your nice comments. I have arthritis and I have a small hump in my back. My Mother was very stooped and bent over, several years before she passed away. Everyone in my family has arthritis pretty bad. I have osteoporosis. My doctor told me that several years ago and I haven't checked into it any further.

I need to keep myself busy or I would be bored to death. I haven't been able to work since 2006 and I still miss it.

I stopped at Michaels craft store and picked up their schedule for classes. They don't charge for quite a few of the classes. I think they make money when you buy the supplies to use in the classes. I will give this some thought.

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Good Afternoon, Team.
I had a post written but I lost it before I sent it. Oh well.

It has been raining all day today. The snow is almost gone from our back yard anyway.

Congratulations to the January Challenge winners.

@Grace - My house is way too small for a treadmill. We do have a recumbent stationary bike taking up most of our bedroom but right now DH has it loaded with "stuff". I just have to make an effort to exercise regardless of the weather--though I need to be careful of my asthma. I'm not going to "give up" but it certainly is depressing when you think you are doing a great job but your body isn't responding. Now I'm thinking (though I know it's wrong) that I should keep my extra weight as "padding" in case I fall so I don't break anything!! My mother died when she was 57 and my father when he was 69 so I really don't know if they had lost any height or not. I never noticed it. I do know that many of my great aunts and uncles on my father's side were very stooped so that is a sign of osteoporosis. This is definitely a GENE on my father's side.

You mentioned Nutkin and the hawk. The hawk who frequents our yard is a Cooper's hawk which is one of the smaller varieties. I don't think he would tangle with a squirrel. The squirrel's do get on "high alert" as do the birds when he appears in our yard. The mourning doves don't seem to have much of a clue!!

@Slimmer - Thanks for the little "lesson" on calcium. I don't think I take any of the drugs you mentioned that affect calcium. Actually the renal insufficiency diagnosis is scaring me more than the osteoporosis one as I had NO IDEA that was going on. I'm going to be "very selective" when I take something for pain.

@Cecile - I'm sorry to hear your daughter and Jess are sick. Stomach viruses are very nasty. I hope they are completely well soon.

@Allie - You have so much energy to do all the "jobs" you do. I applaud you. Feeding the poor, going to political rallies, seeing to your health, swimming, taking care of your grandsons, etc. It goes on and on. Good for you. I hope you get to take that trip to Florida. I wish I was there now!!

I hope everyone is having a great day.
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Good afternoon team:

I have a system I use every year when my birthday is coming up. I know quite a few restaurants will give you free meals, snacks, etc. for your birthday. I went to Taco Bell and they gave me a free drink. They don't usually do that at this particular Taco Bell. I signed up with Perkins and I will get a free grands slam breakfast.

I got up the nerve and asked my son to give me the money to buy airline tickets so I can go to Florida. I figured it can't hurt to ask.

I had a good time with my grandsons last night and it was so good to see them both. I really missed them.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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Hello everyone!

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I have not read the posts. I just got up a few minutes ago. My eyes are still asleep, I think. I can`t seem to be able to focus just now. It happens every once in a while and rectifies itself.

Val has not worked this week yet. She does tomorrow. January is a slow month. I guess no one has any money to spend after the Holidays. I know I don`t.

Jess and her mom had a very bad cold last week I was told last evening. They stayed home from school for 3 days. The night before last, Jess came down with the stomach flu. Chantal developed it after she got up and showered and dressed for school. Jess was to stay home. I did not think that was too well thought of. How is Jess supposed to look after herself. Anyway, as it turned out, Chantal had to stay home too.

When I spoke to my daughter last evening, the plan was to go to school today. The sickies are better.

Since it`s so early in the day, I can`t tell you to sleep tight and have wonderful dreams.

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

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Hola... grey and rain coming or going?

Congratulation to this past months winners!

Bon... interesting on the calcium??? I noticed some months back when I was trying to eat right?? ..that one morning my nose noticed that my urine had a huge calcium smell... and I know one can lose calcium.. of course I googled what was happening... and sure enough I found something I was doing might have made my system eliminate calcium I changed what I was eating.. I don't remember now what that was

I did google again.. and found.. SALT is a big cause and this I found the below on a page that was interesting.........Calcium dietary supplements can interact or interfere with certain medicines that you take, and some medicines can lower or raise calcium levels in the body. Here are some examples:
Calcium can reduce the absorption of these drugs when taken together: ◦Bisphosphonates (to treat osteoporosis)
◦Antibiotics of the fluoroquinolone and tetracycline families
◦Levothyroxine (to treat low thyroid activity)
◦Phenytoin (an anticonvulsant)
◦Tiludronate disodium (to treat Paget's disease).

Diuretics differ in their effects. Thiazide-type diuretics (such as Diuril and Lozol) reduce calcium excretion by the kidneys which in turn can raise blood calcium levels too high. But loop diuretics (such as Lasix and Bumex) increase calcium excretion and thereby lower blood calcium levels.
Antacids containing aluminum or magnesium increase calcium loss in the urine.
Mineral oil and stimulant laxatives reduce calcium absorption.
Glucocorticoids (such as prednisone) can cause calcium depletion and eventually osteoporosis when people use them for months at a time.

I did my Report for school and the teacher said .. after I asked.. that I gave too many examples I do tend to overdo

I still have some bouts with being dizzy... and the pain in my neck and shoulder blade and a pain like a ball in my brain and a weak arm.. When I used to get this all the time.. it was more an allergic reaction ..I don't think it food.. and in the house I ever so slightly smell something.. more like ozone or something hot.. ever so lightly.. it does not really bother me.. but I know it is there.. and I think it does bother me.. but co2 monitors say nothing there???

It could be that maybe I just plain got some kind of bug... this always seems to be the way I get sicky in past years.. kids at school are sick and maybe picked it up at DR office ????
..it is slowing me down.

I read 42 books last month... just ordered 23 more
Finally 2 girls at school signed to do Gone With The Wind with me!
Tonight I have to write on someone elses talk.

...aughhh if only I could get rid of this ..kink in the side of my head neck and arm... it is putting me off balance in thinking seeing feeling... Something has to pop back in place!

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Here are the results of our - NEW MONTH - NEW ME CHALLENGE! that ran the month of JANUARY 2016.

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LOST THE MOST WEIGHT -

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DID THE MOST EXERCISE
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Sue = WEEDERGOOSE --------------- BRONZE emoticon

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

A NEW CHALLENGE HAS BEGUN! It will run the month of FEBRUARY 2016. The objective is to lose 4 pounds in 1 month (that's an average of 1 pound per week). We have an exercise Challenge too (as you will notice). The objective is to do some type of "additional" exercise for at least 15 minutes a day - the gym, Curves, exercise video, bike, walking, whatever gets your heart rate up and you deem as "additional" exercise. You can participate in one or the other of the Challenges, but preferably both. All you need do is to give me your weight as of Monday, February 1st. Start keeping up with your exercise minutes as of that day (or the exercise minutes you've accrued since February 1st), and give them to me on the Monday following the day you join. You will keep up with your exercise minutes for each week and give them to me each Monday. We report on MONDAYS on the "NEW MONTH - NEW ME!" CHALLENGE THREAD, and I will keep up with your exercise numbers and give a total at the end of the month. I won't need your actual weight again until the last day of the Challenge Monday, February 29th.

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

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

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


Ellen - 8HABIT------------------- WEIGHT LOSS: +2 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 899 min. -- 15 (hrs)

Gary - ARTHONES ------------- WEIGHT: N/R --- EXERCISE: 126 min. - 2.1 (hrs)

Grace - CT-FL-SNOWBIRD --- WEIGHT: +1 lb. --- EXERCISE: 1350 min. -- 22.5 (hrs)

Joyce - JOYFULSONG45 --- WEIGHT LOSS: 1.8 lbs. ---- EXERCISE: 909 min. -- 15.2 (hrs)

Marlene - MMARLENE1 --- WEIGHT LOSS: 2 lbs. ---- EXERCISE: 650 min. -- 10.8 (hrs)

Peggy - GMERE8 --- WEIGHT: N/R. ---- EXERCISE: 390 min. -- 6.5 (hrs)

Serena - OHNOGOLDENS -- WEIGHT LOSS: 8 lbs. ---- EXERCISE: 18.8 min. -- 30.8 (hrs)

Shirley - ARTY1934 --- WEIGHT LOSS: 0.8 lb. --- EXERCISE: 0 min. -- 0 (hrs)

Slimmer - SLIMMER 150 --- WEIGHT LOSS: 1.75 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 185 min. -- 3 (hrs)

Sue - WEEDERGOOSE --- WEIGHT LOSS: 6.6 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 1045 min. -- 17.4 (hrs)

Yvonne - LADYBUG1943 - WEIGHT LOSS: 0.2 lb. --- EXERCISE: 862 min. -- 14.4 (hrs)



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Good evening:

Grace: I think going to Disneyworld was just a pipe dream on my part. When Shirley mentioned there would be a lot of walking I forgot about that. My grandsons have a week off in March and I asked their Mom if I could have the boys for that week. She said she might take them on a trip to see their other grandparents for part of the week.

I don't think the adderall is agreeing with my oldest grandson. I noticed he was very jumpy and kept rocking back and forth in his chair. He couldn't seem to sit still for very long. He was very short tempered to. These are all things he never does. I have no say in this but I know it isn't doing him any good.

I do get to take care of the boys next Monday which will be nice. The boys played chess tonight. The five year old was trying to teach me how to play. I do well to play checkers, chess is quite a stretch for me. The five year old never likes to lose at anything. He made sure I won and he helped me win, I was so proud of him.

I do have to remember to increase my hand weights. I have been using the same amount of weight daily and I never thought to increase the weight. I do work out on the machines and I gradually increase my reps/I increase the weight gradually.

I hope everyone has a good evening and sleeps well.

Allie


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BONNIE, That must be so discouraging when you do everything right and you still get osteoporosis. It has GOT to be genetic. Youre doing the weight bearing exercise and keeping your calcium up. What else can you do? Do you have room in your house for a treadmill so you can keep up your walks in the winter? That question about parents with broken bones They dont have to break bones to have osteoporosis. Sometimes you can tell by their posture and whether they lost a lot of height when they got older. Those are both red flags for people with it. I could tell that my Mother had it just by looking at her. Ive never taken Prolia but I did take Fosomax for several years. My last bone density test said I have osteopenia, which is not as bad as osteoporosis. Have a good time with Mystery on Thursday!

About the costochondritis Ive been told its arthritis of the rib cage. A few years ago I went to the ER because I thought I was having a heart attack, since I had pains in my chest. And they told me it was probably just the arthritis.

ELLEN, Im sorry to read that you have such a bad cut on your finger! The good news is that all that bleeding helped to clean out the cut. Take this opportunity to rest up from all the cleaning and housework that youre always doing. Do you take low dose aspirin? If so, that might have been why you had excessive bleeding.

ALLIE, Have a great time visiting with your GSs. What is the status on your trip to Disney? Did you decide to wait a year or two before you go?

SHIRLEY, The other day when you said you were sick and really didnt feel like shopping, I was wondering how sick you would have to get before Whit would do the shopping. I know some men think that grocery shopping isnt their thing but if they get hungry enough, theyll get out there and do it. I have no qualms about telling Don that I dont feel like shopping, especially when he gets to eat most of the food, not me! And when I go shopping I will only go to one store. If theres stuff out there in other stores I tell him that HE can do all the running around to save a buck. Im not doing it anymore. One good thing about Don is when I come home from shopping, he comes out to the car and tells me to just take my pocket book and go in the house and that hell get all the groceries out of the car. Depending on how Im feeling, I will bring in a few bags and let him do the rest and we each put away our own groceries.
I hope youre feeling better by now.

CECILE, How close to Ontario are you? The reason I'm asking is because we have a lot of people from Ontario who spend their winters down here in FL. I have at least 6 of them in my exercise class and they all car pool together to class, so when they arrive we jokingly say that the "bus from Canada has arrived"

Grace


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Good Evening, Team.
It was nice today but not as warm as yesterday. Tomorrow it is supposed to rain all day with thunderstorms.

I didn't have very good news at my rheumatology appointment. I knew my bone density scan this year was worse than the previous one. My doctor says that I'm back to where I was in 2011. Since then, the Fosamax was working and things were looking better. Then--FAIL!! I'm now diagnosed as osteoporotic instead of osteopenic. He wants me to go on Prolia which is a shot every 6 months. I'll still take Fosamax until my insurance okays the Prolia. Does anyone else take Prolia? Any side-effects?

Also- The Meloxicam that I was taking for pain is now affecting my liver. I have never taken it every day but only when I need it. So, now I'm diagnosed as having moderate renal insufficiency. My doctor wants me to stop taking the Meloxicam and take Tylenol.

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At least the groundhog didn't see his shadow so maybe Spring will be early. I really could use some SPRING right now.

I do quite a bit of walking & do strength exercises--though not too much walking lately due to my colds and the weather--I drink milk and take calcium & Vit. D. I started eating arugula on my salad at lunch as it is high in calcium. I just don't know what else I can do. It must be genetic. My doctor asked me if my parents had broken any bones. None that I know about. I did have a paternal aunt with osteoporosis who had very very brittle bones. I guess I'm getting it from my father's side.

Well, enough about me--
@Allie - I'm glad you are going to see your grandsons. Family is important.

@Ellen - So sorry that you sliced your finger. I hope it heals okay. I WISH our microwave would go out so I could buy a new one. It is a second hand one my BIL gave us from his job several years ago. Heaven knows how old it might be. I have to double the time on everything or it doesn't cook. What kind did you get?

I hope everyone had a wonderful day. Tomorrow doesn't sound like it is going to be very nice here but on Thurs. I'll go back and see Mystery. That will be a GOOD day.
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I never got here yesterday! What a crazy day. I went to Bible Study until 11:40 when I needed to drive to Toastmaster Officer Training in Overland Park from 12 to 1 PM. Then I came home (30 minute drive) and my DH was making a wonderful lunch of grilled cheese on sour dough bread.
So, then I started the laundry which was needed. I always wipe down the shower when I do laundry since I wash the curtain, and in the process I sliced the tip of my finger badly with my razor. It bled and bled! I put two Band-Aids on it and called my oldest sister if she thought I should take an antibiotic because of my knee replacements. She wasnt home.
Then I called my next oldest sister since her DH just had a knee replacement. She said to pour peroxide on it and then an antibiotic cream. By then, I had gulped an antibiotic. The place was still bleeding, dripping down my finger!! I thought of waking my DH and go to the Walk In Clinic, but instead I put a big cotton ball on it and wrapped water proof tape around and round as tight as I could. Apparently that did it.
Then my oldest sister called me back so I talked to her another hour. Then last night the microwave went out! So, this morning we went to Costco and bought another one. What next??????

It was hard to do anything with my finger all wrap up on my right hand, but I did finish the laundry.

Cecile your life is very interesting to me! I am always amazed at how fortunately you are to have Guy and Val in your life,

Sue I had to look up costochondritis. I didnt know what it was. I had to give up ibuprofen when I was had a torn meniscus. It was causing problems with my stomach. I so hope your doctor can give you something else to ease pain.

Shirley- Overland Park is about 11 miles from my house, but I was going to a far side of it near Leawood, KS (which may have been the ritzy neighborhood you are remembering). *I told my DH about your experience at Wal-Mart. He also says we need to smile at the check-out people because they may be having a rough day. I loved how you had the opposite experience.

Allie- I am so glad you will see your grandsons! I know it will be fun for everyone! It is so good all that you are doing (political meetings, helping feed the homeless, refreshments for Alanon). It is great that you live such an active life.

Grace I loved what you did in the checkout aisle. I called that a true Random Act of Kindness. *What a difficult thing to do planning a memorial service. It is sad that you have all this piled on you alone. You were a wonderful sister and I know the service will be so special. I have been to some services that were so unlike the person who died that I have said several times that I needed to plan mine, picking out the music, poetry write my own eulogy. But I still have not tackled that.

Bonnie what an adorable photo of the squirrel! I cant believe how close you were able to get to him. I am so glad you FINALLY went to the farm and saw Mystery and all was well.

Marlene- what a good person to tie your shoelace!! Wishing you the best on your tests.

Ellen

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Good afternoon team:

Grace: I hope things get a little easier for you as you grieve. I know there is no time limit on how long you grieve. I lost my brother 13 years ago and we were very close. I speak to his widow on the phone almost daily and that helps me feel a connection to him.

I went to church and made sandwiches after I dropped refreshments off at the Alanon meeting. It is so nice to see everyone and they were all asking me how I feel.

I just heard from my grandsons' Mother and she asked me to pick the boys up at school today. I can't wait to see them because it will be two weeks since I have been able to see them one on one. Both their parents have become quite busy with their lives and I am not seeing the boys as much.

I bought the boys two helicopters from QVC for Christmas. I was not happy with them and I called and e-mailed the company that makes them. I also called my master card company. I checked the mail yesterday and the company sent me 4 helicopters to replace the 2 defective helicopters. I shall be my grandsons hero this evening.

I mentioned I weighed myself yesterday and I had gained 5 pounds. I weighed myself this morning and I was down 2 pounds, so now I don't feel so bad. I just have to remember to be vigilant. I never want to go back to the weight I was before.

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Good morning team! Thank you, Shirley and Marlene, for your kind words.

SHIRLEY, A couple of weeks ago, I was in Walmart, in line, with a full cart, and this man in his 40s got behind me. I could tell he was definitely not having a good day, just by the look on his face. He only had 2 items to check out so I did what I do when ever I can, and that is to invite him to go before me. He was so happy about that, it was like I had flipped a switch on his attitude. He was very grateful for that little gesture which cost me nothing but a minute or 2. If I hadn't done that, he would have probably been in line another 10 minutes, just waiting for me to check out. I hope his good mood lasted for a little while and that he paid the good feelings forward.

BONNIE, I love your picture of Nutkin but I would be so worried about the hawk. We have one that hangs out in our yard and I hate having him there. I know that's not nice because hawks have to eat too, but NIMBY.!
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Good Morning Everyone -

Marlene - glad you are going to PT, and that your first session went well. * When our Hawk visits he will stay for a bit and then leave. The other birds stay away when its around. Like Bonnie - from time to time I find mounds of feathers in the yard, and sometimes a dead bird, which indicates it or something else has been by when I haven't seen them. * No, you didn't post about your shoelace and the woman. Thanks for sharing that. As much as I grouse about Walmart, every now and again someone says something nice or makes an offer to help, and it is so appreciated. * I think it is a smart move having Jessica quit work at this point in her pregnancy. What kind of work does she do? I quit my job (secretary) about half way through my first pregnancy. I did the same thing with my second. There was no such thing as maternity leave back then. My daughter who was a Labor and Delivery nurse, worked right until she went into labor.

Grace - I understand well your feelings. Daddy prepaid for his and my stepmother's funeral. On one of my visits down, we went to the funeral home and took care of all of this and even picked out his coffin. They gave us little booklets to fill out that guided me through just what you were doing. I was doing just fine, and it came to the songs, and I asked Daddy what his favorite hymn was and he told me, and that's when I lost it and had to leave the room. Bless his heart he was so confused by this, and I heard him say to my step-mother, what's wrong isn't that a song? I know Melvin's service will be lovely.

Bonnie - thanks for picture of Nutkin. What an adorable face, and yes she is Very cute. * Glad you got some good rain, as long as it didn't freeze overnight. That will help get rid of all that snow faster. Glad too you were able to visit Mystery. We had a nice day yesterday too, but thunderstorms today. They've already arrived. * I think you found your gift not in crafts, but genealogy.

Allie - I admire you for helping to feed the homeless. * Pet ownership is a big responsibility, work, and expense as I'm sure you know, but we find the rewards of their love and companionship immeasurable and worth it all.. Puppies are so cute and so hard to resist. I avoid looking at them in pet stores, as it bothers me that they don't have homes, and it makes me want to take them all home, which of course I can't do.

Make today a healthy and happy one -

Shirley

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Good Morning Team Sisters. I'm early this morning must go for an ultrasound of my thyroid and blood work. This is just for follow up. I had my first PT session yesterday. The therapist did a thorough evaluation, gave me exercises to do at home. I go twice a week for awhile. Next week he will have another PT work with me in the pool. He said overall I am in good condition and my current issues are caused by my R knee. At my age I am almost fearful of replacement surgery.

Bonnie, that is the cutest photo of Nutkin. The hawk is still perching in the tree.

Grace, the service you are planning for Melvin will be beautiful. Keep your chin up.

Shirley, as you posted a smile from someone can lift a person's spirits. A few weeks ago I was in the supermarket and a woman told me my shoe lace was open. She immediately bent down and tied for me, now that was a good Samaritan. (I may have posted about this at the time.)

We have a full schedule this week. Appointments, lunch with a friend before art class tomorrow.

I have the crib panels sewn together now I can start the hand quilting. There are line's indicating where it can be stitched.

As a precaution Jessica's doctor doesn't want her working. She had to go on disability. She's In her 24th week.. We're hoping there are no complications so that she can go back part time before the disability insurance runs out. A good friend who lives close by will tend the babies.

Hello to Allie, Cecile, Ellen and everyone else. Everyone enjoy the day. The sun is shining brightly and it's to be in the upper 40's here.

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Good afternoon team! I'm not very "talkative" tonight. I spent a good part of the afternoon, planning Melvin's memorial, which will be at the end of June.I was trying to pick out the hymns and a few of his favorite songs. Tomorrow, I'll try to work on the readings. With the songs, the only one that made me cry was "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", one of Melvin's favorites.

Now, for a change of pace, I'm going to the gym.

Grace

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Good Evening, Team.
The temp was in the 60's again today!! I went to the Farm. It was still very snowy and icy but the road was plowed down to the asphalt. Mystery was anxious to get out of his field and eat grass when the snow had melted. His field was still 100% snow. It looks like he and Pluto got a new round bale of hay so that made me happy. I hand walked him in the woods for awhile but walking through snow wore me out. Rain was predicted for today so I stayed at the Farm until I felt the first rain drop. The drive home was in pounding rain. I'm not complaining--it will get rid of this snow!

@Sue - Now that I know who Matty was--I'm so very sorry for his loss. DH had a cousin who died of leukemia when she was very young. That is wonderful that you found your "purpose" in life through the experience.

@Cecile - I'm sure your life is just as interesting as ours. Have you finished painting your model house yet? I wish I had developed an interest in doing crafts. I've tried various ones over the years but they just didn't "move" me. I do like to see what other people make.

I have an appointment with my rheumatologist tomorrow. My arthritis is not flaring up to badly lately. My back, however, is another story. He is going to give me the detailed results of the bone density scan I had a few months ago. When the nurse called me she told me it was a little worse than last time. Not good. I had an aunt who had very brittle bones when she got older and was always breaking something. So, although I try to do everything the doctors say to help my bones--there is always that "gene" in me.

I hope everyone had a great day. Seeing Mystery & 2 days of walking has really lifted my spirits a lot.
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Good evening team:

I went to the political function yesterday and it went on for hours. We will be endorsing someone I like a lot for Senator. I think this race is going to get exciting.

I slept good last night. I have to get up early tomorrow to help feed the hungry. We have very few people to do this so I should be quite busy. I do enjoy getting together with the people from church and I feel so good after making sure homeless people will be fed.

My sisters' gd has a dog that had puppies. I would love to have one of those puppies. I know I am not up to owning a pet anymore, but I sure am tempted.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Here we go into a new day, a new week and a new month. Let's make the most of this fresh start. * Remember how I will close my post from time to time with give those you meet a smile even if they are grumpy. I had an experience yesterday that makes my point. I had to go to Walmart grocery shopping. It was a must, and I wasn't feeling well so it made the task harder. Most of it went well, but typical Walmart, not enough lanes opened for the large number of people wanting to be checked out - it was particularly bad. I got behind this family - the kids were older not little guys - all standing in that lane together 4 people. The father was so busy talking to them that he wasn't paying any attention to anything. Yes, Very thoughtless. When my husband I shop together, one goes out of the way while the other checks out. It was so bad I finally moved to another lane. By this time I was one of those grumpy people. The woman in front on me was so pleasant and upbeat and flashed me a smile or two, but moved on as I was definitely not smiling at that point. I'm still thinking of that lovely woman, and although she will never know it her smiles and cheery, positive actions really helped me immensely.

Sue - so sorry you aren't feeling well, but glad to hear you are feeling better. I'm not feeling well either so I can both empathize and sympathize with you - smile. What you are experiencing sounds scary I have no idea what costochrondritis is. I've never had heart palpitations that I know of. Are you saying that it was the ibuprofen that caused this? * Thanks for sharing about Matty. That had to have been so hard, and as you know well such experiences definitely can be life changing. * I so agree with what you said to Allie. * I would say at your age using a optometrist works. I think why several of the team members are urging me to switch to an ophthalmologist is that one I'm 81 years old, and two I haven't had my eyes checked in several years and am having vision problems.

Cecile - my life isn't of much interest either, therefore I talk to the team more about their life than mine, If I posted only when something was happening in my life of interest I would never post. * Now I learned something new from your post - I thought Guy lived near you, by that I mean walking distance. You are very fortunate to have him. Not many men are willing to do the work he does. I'm glad to hear he shoveled your driveway. I always feel so much better when that is done.

Bonnie - thank you for this picture. It is beautiful. * Our temperatures are about the same as yours. It got to 65 here yesterday and was delightful. My granddaughter texted that it was 75 where she lives in East Texas, which is closer to the northern part of the state. This is unheard of temps for this time of year. * Thanks for sharing about your eye care experience. Since I'm not sure at this point where to go it has certainly given me some food for thought. My husband takes care of household finances and insurance for us. I asked him to check and see if our Medicare would cover an ophthalmologist. I'm sure the office wherever I decide to go would be able to tell me.

Peggy - thanks for the update on Marsha, although not good news. * Safe travels today. I'm sure you are going to have a great time. * My doctor's office has never called us to remind us we were due for a 6 month check up. When we first started going to him, he'd say before he left the room that he'd see me in 6 months. Then he stopped doing it, which made me unsure if he wanted me back for a routine visit or not. My experience with this doctor makes me think he lost interest in his practice, but my husband doesn't agree.

Ellen - I know so little about Kansas City, but I'm thinking Overland Park is quite a ways from where you live, am I right? I have a friend that once lived in a ritzy subdivision/perhaps community not far from there I visited her a few times during the years she lived there. I don't know why I can't recall the name now. * It sounds like you had very wise and good parents. Your mother must be so proud of you and all you've achieved and are achieving. * Yes, I grew up in a time where children were seen and not heard. You did as your parents told you without question. My mother said once that I should become a lawyer, since I questioned or argued about everything. My parents were so interested in bringing my brother and me up right that I have thought this was perhaps the reason they were so reluctant to acknowledge the good things we did, but believe me when I say they didn't miss anything that we may have not done right. My dad thought I was privileged and should be grateful that I got to go to school. I had a room in a private home when I was in my early 20s, along with a man and another young woman my age. We each had our own rooms, but shared the kitchen with the lady of the house and the living room and TV. One day she said to me, "you won't let people spoil you." I was a bit taken back, but realized what she said was true. Our upbringing definitely effects who we become. I have never doubted my parents loved me, but I'm not sure that they ever took the time to understand or appreciate me.

Have a good day everyone and a good week ahead.

Shirley

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GGGGRRRRRRR! I just lost my post, so let's try again!

Good evening, team!
Well, our high today was 34 after a low of 5. So that 61 sounds a bit high; are you wearing a bikini today, Bonnie?
I've been under the weather the past few days with costochondritis and heart palpitations. Feeling much better today and should be up and at 'em tomorrow. Seems the new anti-inflammatory medication may have caused the palpitations, so no anti-inflammatories of any kind for a week. Now I know which joints benefit from the ibuprofin!
Allie - I am glad your brother is recovering so well after being hit by an auto. That . Shave been pretty scary. So, you are about to hit the big 65! It is amazing how those numbers creep up on us! But I can't say much for the alternative.
Bonnie - Thank you for asking "Who's Matty"?. DH and I had no kids. Matty was my sister's youngest. He was diagnosed with leukemia at age 18 months and died of a brain tumor when he was 11. I was his "hospital Mom". That was 25 years ago next month. His death is what turned my life around and turned me to psychotherapy, God, and grief.
Allie - I think the discovery of our worth, especially for women, is a part of the "Hero's journey" which results in us finding our self-worth. It is, indeed, a very difficult journey, but one that is richly rewarding for those of us who choose to follow that path. How wondrous when we finally "get it" that we are good just as we are, when we get the message that "God loves us just as we are, accepts us right where we are",
Irene - You have a healthy attitude. The way forward is difficult, but it is also very exciting as new aspects of life open up. It is through grief that I have come to understand the phoenix rising from the ashes!
Vision, a very valuable, cherished sense. Yes, as we mature, we need to find the best ways to protect it and to care for our eyes. For many things, I find an optometrist to be excellent. However, there comes a time or condition that necessitates the opthomologist. My own experience has been that my optometrist is far more thorough with my annual eye exams, so I will stick with him for now.
Time to get the doggies their evening treats, so will say Goon night and hoe all sleep well.
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Good evening everybody!

I have been absent again. I had nothing to say. My life is not as interesting as yours. I am happy the way things are.

Val has bought the series of Teen Wolf. It is seasons 1 to 5. We have been watching those every evening since Friday. It is nice to have something to do together. Of course she never tells me what is going to happen. I have to wait and see.

Guy was here yesterday. He shoveled the yard. Then he came into the house and washed all the floors. The bathroom I will do myself since the room is small it goes very fast. We had lunch and then he left to take his bus home.

Can you believe that tomorrow is already the month of February?

Good night, sweet dreams and sleep tight. emoticon

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

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Loved the photo, Bonnie! We only pay a co-pay of $35 for our eye exam and I am using the surgeon who did my cataracts.

Ellen

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Good Evening, Team.
The high today was 61 degrees!! DH & I went for a walk. It as a little rough going getting to the Lake but we did it! The Lake had a thin layer of ice over most of it.

Being out in the sun walking helped me feel better. Plus I'm going to definitely see Mystery tomorrow!!

@Shirley - When the optometrist I was seeing said that I may have glaucoma, he never advised I see an ophthalmologist. I did that on my own. There is a "visual fields" test that I had taken a couple times. I changed insurance and the next year the optometrist told me he didn't take the insurance that I had changed to. He advised that I go somewhere else to have the visual fields test. He never even said I could pay for it myself. Good thing I decided to "dump" him and go see an ophthalmologist instead of paying out the money.


This isn't the big body of the Lake but a small pond that drains into the Lake. To the left is a beaver dam that keeps the water in this area.

I hope everyone had a nice week-end.
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