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10/24/14 10:32 P

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My grandsons are all nestled in their beds. Their Mother is away for a few days so they are staying with me. I promised the oldest one we will stay at his house tomorrow night. He just wants to sleep in his own bed and I don't blame him. They just live across the street so it isn't any big deal.

I offered to bake chocolate chip cookies for the church bazaar. I don't know what I was thinking. They didn't turn out very well but I guess they have to give me credit for trying. I am going to drop the boys off at a birthday/halloween party tomorrow and then pick them up a few hours later. They are very excited about this party. It will give all of us a break. My oldest grandson needs a new pair of shoes and I am going to try to take him shopping for shoes before the party. He seems to be hard on shoes just like I was when I was his age.

I hope everyone has a good evening. I did get my whole house cleaned so I should sleep well tonight.

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10/24/14 8:48 P

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Good evening

Just a short post to say I am not going away again anytime soon. You know that old adage ‘’it never rains but what it pours’’ well… soon after my last post I lost phone and internet service; I couldn’t believe how I missed the internet, one of those things I said I would never need. Thought I would go stir crazy the last few das just because I couldn’t use it., though I relly need it.

I am listening to the news while I type this there has been another school shooting today; this time north of Seattle, how heart breaking it isn’t even safe to send our kids to school any more. We all have grand children and little greats that are at risk every day how sad and frightening for young parents. We need our faith and the standers this country was founded on more than ever these days.

I did say a short post didn’t I s guess I’ll keep my word I have supper in the oven and I should go check on it, chicken breast covered with peppered bacon and baked potatoes it should do the two of us a couple days. I like this cooking once and eating twice. Haver a good evening… E




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10/24/14 8:26 P

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Hi All, ... it is getting better... just too much to do

school I have my weaving done or it is halfway but she has a new project for Tues.. we each have to build a loom before Tues for new project.... stressssss

went to class for Branding... not much going on but the husband was there to figure out the internet connections which took 2.5 hrs to get 2 people fixed up

...it looks like if 2 people finish and Open a store I have earned ...80..!!! FREE Listings!!!.. working another 40.. but have trouble with no email going to them.

...have not been happy since Monday nights class... where the teacher after the break started and said ..anyone can talk ..except Christy... well that made me feel terrible... I talked as much as 3 other people... I don't know why she said that

also not happy... I got a lady setup with my editor of where I used to write each month.. they said they would publish her paper and this lady tells me.. ohhhhhh she hadn't sent it in yet ..she will ...maybe in a month or so... Like don't ya think if someone said they would publish you that they should jump on it and do it... I'm embarrassed now... that that lady did not send it in right away... don't know what the editor is thinking

...found out what did me in with my sugar going reallllllllll high... I actually bought some red seedless grapes.... Whammmmmmmmm! other bad stuff has not been doing much to me except making me gain... but I now had 2 days with sugar at 162... which is still way below my bad days of last year...

..things should slow down in 2 weeks or so...

not so slimmer ... Slimmer emoticon

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10/24/14 3:18 P

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Good afternoon ladies :) Cecile...nice to see you posting and good to hear you are doing well. Wednesday was quite a day. Lots of great stories of people trying to help the soldier, and our Sgt. at Arms being the one to bring the shooter down...very appropriate! Have you seen Bruce McKinnon's (Hfx. Herald) 'political cartoon' yet? Very moving...people are ready to give him whatever annual award goes to work of that sort right now. For those who haven't seen it, it's a sketch of the 'Unknown Soldier' whose grave the deceased soldier was guarding Wednesday, kneeling beside his body. Very moving :(
We have friends coming this evening for a 'sleep over'...lol. They live here in town, but have turned their home over to their daughter and granddaughter for the night for the granddaughter's birthday party/sleepover. While they could have closed themselves up in their room and tried to sleep, we thought it would be more fun if they came over here :)
I've been busy working on our Christmas Bazaar. I think I have all my slots filled and question marks turned into checks. So far, it is going smoothly! Lots of planning, but everyone knows what to do, so it should go well.
I'm also preparing for Markus's christening on Sunday. We are hosting a reception in the church hall afterwards. I went grocery shopping and have almost everything we need. Tomorrow I'll be making sandwich fillings and butter tarts!
I'm hoping to get out for a long walk tomorrow. Between the weather and other things taking priority, my exercise minutes are pretty low :( And the Fitbit is making unfriendly faces at me...lol!

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10/24/14 2:30 P

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Good afternoon team.

Yesterday went pretty well. Of all the phone calls I had to make, only one has not returned my call. I wish he would. I think, I will call again this afternoon and if I can`t speak with him, I will leave a more detailed message than I did yesterday.

Shirley - The city of Gatineau is not not related to Ottawa at all. We are across the Outaouais River in the province of Quebec. Ottawa is in the province of Ontario. We are very close as it only takes us about 30 minutes to get to my sister and brothers.

Krys - emoticon on the twins. When I got pregnant for my son in 1969, I had a dream of waiting for triplets. I was so happy to learn I had only one on the way.

Irene - Please do not feel guilty when saying no to someone. We have earned our rest. As it was mentioned, we had our turn and now it is the turn of the younger generation to take over.

Bonnie - Your smoker sounds so nice! I see them on the Food Network and the meat coming out of them look so good! My mouth actually waters at time!

By for now. Later..... emoticon


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10/24/14 12:20 P

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Hello team:

It has turned out to be a beautiful day. I got up early and started cleaning the house then I went grocery shopping. I was pleasantly surprised when my DIL said she would leave me some money if I wanted to take the boys out somewhere. I used that money in the grocery store. I certainly can use it.

You would never know there had ever been a huge tree next door, except for the huge stump. They did a wonderful job of cleaning up. I just hope I get the next three trees done then it will look great and make my life a lot better. I think if they get rid of the rest of the trees they might have a better chance of selling the house next door.

I need to get off the computer so I can finish cleaning house. Between getting my tooth pulled, having an infection, getting a mammogram and having my eyes checked I am way behind in my cleaning.

I hope everyone has a good day and a good evening. I am going to sit outside for a little bit if I can squeeze the time in before I get my grandsons.

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10/24/14 10:18 A

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Hello Sparkfriends.
Exercise in (as far as the gym goes!!!) so now am starting on housework. I have been doing a lot of reading on minimalism and trying to not let clutter overtake me. I only have some control over clutter as there are 3 others living here but do try to keep our common areas clear. My boys have their rooms set up as they desire and I will not try to change that-the only thing I do require is that they be vacuumed and dusted and the floors kept clear so no one falls.
Beautiful day here in Alabama-clear, cool and just a perfect fall day!!
About saying "no"-I have to say no to myself more than anything!! I tend to put more pressure on myself than I need to-LOL!!!
Ok-time to get off the puter and get to work!!!!

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Good Morning, Team.

It's 56 degrees out and hopefully will reach at least the middle 60's today. I have to go to the feed store and get bird seed and then to the Farm.

@Irene - I'm so sorry that you have to go through all of this turmoil. Definitely you should be allowed to say NO without any repercussions. When I was younger I used to say Yes to things that I really didn't want to do. Then I'd have to go through the stressful task of getting out of it. I've gradually learned to say NO with no regrets. I say YES to things that I really want to do, that I will enjoy and that I am confident that I have the ability to do. I think as Senior Citizens, we have the right to pick & choose. We did our part when we were younger and it's time for the younger ones to take over. I feel the same way about giving donations. I used to, when I was working, give a lot of money to charities. Now that I am on a pension, I have to pick and choose which organizations I donate to and I have learned very well how to say NO to phone calls, mail requests, etc. Those who are working and making the money can help these charities. I feel bad sometimes that I can't do more when a sad face of a child or animal is looking at me from the TV. But, you can only do what you can do.

I think getting Maurice into Adult Care a couple times a week would be great for him and for you. He could pal up with some men. The first couple times it might be a little rough and he may dig in his heels but don't we all do that to some extent when faced with a new situation?
Grace's advice about saying that they NEED HIM is a good one.

@Shirley - The ribs turned out really good. I use the 3-2-1 method but I have to pare it down because we don't get a full rack of ribs. It's hard for me to judge the cooking times correctly--but I'm learning.

Tomorrow I'll be gone most of the day--have to leave the house at 8AM--to go help at the scavenger hunt. We are having a pot luck lunch afterwards (I have to make cookies for it today) and then another hour's drive back home. Then Sunday AM I have to be at the Farm for the blacksmith. I'm too old for this!! Monday I'm going to do absolutely nothing!!!

I'm still trying to get my flu shot. Yesterday I tried to call my CVS to see if they got the "senior" flu vaccine in and was on hold for at least 10 min. before I hung up. I then tried another CVS that is close to us and was told they will get the vaccine in on Tues. I didn't go to my doctor to get it because I didn't want the long wait in the waiting room. Now I think maybe I should have just gone ahead and done that. Next year!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.
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10/24/14 10:03 A

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

We are at the end (the last week) of another Challenge - OCTOBER 2014 Challenge. If you are like me, I can't believe we are at the end of another month. This Challenge will end on Friday, October 31st. The November Challenge will begin on Saturday, September 1st and will end on Sunday, November 30th! If you know you will be joining the November Challenge, or if you've been a Challenge member and don't plan to return in November I'd appreciate knowing that too as soon as you can. Remember, although I'm sure I don't have to remind anyone, we are entering the Holiday Season - Halloween and all of its candy temptations, Thanksgiving, and then December with parties for some off and on all during the month, and then there is the baking and making special dishes for both Thanksgiving and Christmas - lots of temptations. Perhaps the Challenge will help you to stay on track.

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

If you've never done a Challenge - the Guidelines are on our team home page, but briefly - you will need to give me your weight as of November 1st. Keep up with your exercise minutes beginning November 1st, and then on Monday, November 3rd - report in on the "New Month-New Me!" Challenge thread and give me your exercise minutes for those days. Then each Monday thereafter you will give me your exercise minutes for the previous week, just as you did this time. You might wish to say how you did weight-wise to keep yourself accountable, but I won't need your exact weight again until the last day of the Challenge Sunday, November 30th.

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

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Good Morning Everyone -

Allie and everyone - if you are responding to someone specifically please remember to put their name at the beginning of your response to them. Posts can be confusing if you don't.

Allie - I'm sure the people you have helping you with that house next door, trees, etc. appreciate how hands on you've been about trying to get this problem solved. Not many people would have done what you have. *Enjoy your boys this weekend.

Irene - years back I was Very active in my church. If something needed to be done I would either do it immediately or say that I would see to it that it got done, if I could. There came a time when I had to say no more, and it was brought to a head when I was overworked, the Junior Warden called me and wanted me to help with the annual church clean-up (yes we had cleaning people that came weekly, but this was like "spring or fall cleaning). When I told him I couldn't, he lit into me and said you are always asking people to do this and that yet you aren't willing to help when others ask you for help. I broke into tears when I got off the phone. He was right I had asked his wife (a teacher) to teach the Junior High Sunday School class that no one wanted to do, and she had no problem at all telling me no, and she didn't give me an explanation why. I knew why. That age group is hard to handle, but I didn't make her feel bad because she said no. And I'd never asked the Junior Warden to do anything. The reason I tell you this story is that if you feel you must say no to doing something by all means say no, and don't feel bad about it. Believe me when I say, if it were someone else, chances are good they wouldn't give it a second thought if they needed to quit a group. What you are dealing with daily is something that few of us have any concept of, so please, Please do what is best for you. If you read my response to you Wednesday (10/22), you know I understand about not having enough energy to go around, and I don't have half the responsibilities that you do.

Bonnie - you should have some wonderful weather on its way - if the weather pattern does like it normally does. It is cloudy today, but no rain predicted until Tuesday. For the past week or so our weather has been absolutely beautiful. * Yes, time passes so quickly. I can't believe how fast the seasons pass at this point in my life, as you said, but also the weeks and months. We are entering the last week of this month, and it seems like the month just began. *Your ribs sounded so good.

Sue - I'm not sure that we are all ungrateful, although some definitely are, but we just don't get done perhaps what we should or would like to. I know that is true for me. I hope you will always enjoy being so energetic - some do. That is something we so take for granted, and it can really disappear quickly. I know because I was once very much like you, but that isn't true today.

Have a great day everyone -

Shirley

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10/24/14 9:18 A

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ALLIE, Good advice for Irene. Many people are reluctant to go "adult day care centers". The way I got Melvin(my "special" brother) to go was to to tell him THEY needed HIS help. It worked!


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10/24/14 8:29 A

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Here is my advice. I have a hard time to say no also but you are going to need to learn how to say no. You are having a difficult time right now and you can use all the help you can get. I am not a professional but it sounds to me like you are depressed. I certainly would understand if you were depressed.

I suggest you make sure you come first and take real good care of yourself. Now is the time to spoil yourself in anyway you can. What you are doing right now is what they hire professionals to do. It is an awful lot to ask of one person. I know you love your husband and you want to take care of him. I think you should try to get as much help as you can. Do they have an adult daycare program in your area? Maybe you could take him there a few days a week and that will enable you to take care of him when you do have him .

Good luck. Remember this is just advice and I have no idea what you are going through. Remember everyone on this team cares about you and I am sure many others will give their advice.

Have a good day and get some rest when you can. Allie emoticon


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Hello on Fruday , I was just reading the posts, it's excitng news of the twins,
We to watched the events in .Canads and it sad a serving solder lost his life, seems more awful as it was at a memorial , the bravery of an oder man too was widely praised,
Maurice is improving on antibiotics but there's many worrying signs of decline now. He's lost the ability to tell or judge time, he always was a clock watcher so it's hard for him. Hard for me when he gets up at 3 am convinced it's time to get up , this has happened a few times,, I steer him back to bed but next day he has no memory of it,
I am trying to say No, more often, I do not have as much free time or energy now . There are two things I am involved with that i am not enjoying any more. But I feel I am letting others down if I say I can't do this any more ! Advice welcome. Have a good weekend, Irene

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10/23/14 7:16 P

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Good Evening, Team.

It didn't get over 65 degrees today and the sun came in and out--mostly out.

I'm in the process of cooking spareribs in our smoker. DH is supposed to be helping but--well--he tries!! We've had the spareribs for quite some time and should have smoked them earlier.
I like to cook-out but we don't do it enough.

@Shirley - Whatever NICE weather you can send my way--please do. It is hard for me to believe that Summer is really over. Seems like it went really fast this year.

@Cecile - Glad you and your family are safe. I'm sorry that the terrorist stuff has made it's way to your country.

@Krys - Congrats on the twins. How nice to have a boy & a girl. DH has twin brothers who are now 50 years old and have fought all of their lives--still do. They aren't identical--definitely NOT.

I need to get back to tend the smoker. I hope everyone had a great day.
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10/23/14 3:53 P

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Good afternoon team:

I have had a busy day. I called my advocate in Harrisburg and told her someone cut the tree down. She said she is still waiting for the report back from Fannie Mae. I told her how much I appreciated all her hard work and the hard work of Senator Bob Casey and his staff. I told her the stump still need to come out because the roots of the tree are damaging my driveway. I keep looking out the window and can't believe that tree is finally gone.

I stopped at the office of code enforcement this morning. They wanted me to give them the info on the senator so they could get help from them too. They praised me for my determination. I said I was grateful that we all worked together on this and that there was finally a solution.

I called the people that cut the tree down and they came over and cleaned up. They want to come back and do the rest of the tree work as soon as they get the okay for it.

I am going to get plenty of rest now. I will be getting my grandsons from Friday until Sunday and I want to be ready for them. I am planning quite a few activities for them so that will keep them occupied.

I hope everyone had a good day and you all have a good evening. Allie emoticon


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Hi Sparkfriends!
Not much going on here-mall walked with son and got my tires rotated. Hubby got in his closet and changed out summer clothes for winter. Also have several bags to take to donate. It is really a shame at how much we have (collectively) when so many have so little. Makes me stop and think.
We are sometimes an ungrateful people. I must pray and reflect on that.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Had lunch with a couple of friends yesterday which was nice. As I made my 20 minute mostly highway drive to the restaurant, I thought about Ellen talking about her Mums being so pretty this year. Many subdivisions and businesses - like the medical center where my doctor's offices are decorate their entrances with Mums and they are exceptionally pretty this year. Also the trees seem to be turning earlier this year too.

Yvonne - one of the things about getting old is that you can look back and see how life weaves such beautiful cloth. I refer to you having lived in Missouri less than a year and have already found a friend you've had since childhood. Yes, I realize it's the friend's daughter that lives here, but how on earth did your paths cross? In life's journey we tend on occasion to meet someone on a trip who knows someone we know, or is related. Our lives seem to crisscross all through life. That's what I mean by life being like weaving cloth and our lives tend to intertwine. And now that our world is becoming even smaller, this will probably become even more true. What a wonderful experience you had yesterday. I would have been feeling all warm and fuzzy too.

Grace - the shootings in Ottawa made me realize that we haven't heard from Cecile in quite awhile. The town where she lives sounds like it is a suburban or metro Ottawa. The cable news channel that I watch has been reporting on little else but the shootings. Yep, if you watch long enough you keep seeing the same footage over and over with each new show's anchor and guests giving their commentary. *I don't envy you your nor-ester. When we moved here, and I wanted to plant trees, as much as I would have loved to have had a Big shade tree to shade the patio and mainly the dining room and kitchen I didn't want a tree that close to the house to worry about. You have a right to be concerned if you have trees close to your house. The good thing is that they seldom fall on a house, but the bad thing is that it "could" happen.

Slimmer - good to see your post. You haven't posted in the past few days and that is unlike you. Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. I hope that you will be feeling much better soon.

Mary - I think I responded to your post when I responded to Grace so I won't repeat it here. These are Very troubling times we are living in. I heard your Prime Minister speak, quite a handsome man. * Yes, Cecile lives in Gatineau.

Krys - I add my congratulations to the rest of the team who have commented on the news about the twins. What a blessing that your daughter has at long last become pregnant, is having twins, and most of all both she and babies are doing well.

Sue - I've heard of Planet Fitness, but don't think there is one anywhere close around here. We have one called Club Fitness. For a long time they advertised $19.95 to join and $19.95 a month - now I don't know how much it is to join, but they are advertising $10 a month. They were one of the places my friend and I visited shortly after I moved here. Nice facility, the woman that walked us around and explained what they had to offer couldn't have been nicer - they've got two studios in town - one on one end and the other on the other. Now here is the kicker - remember the $19.95 price to join... well, time they added on for the card to use their studio, registration, etc., etc. the price to join was well over $100.00. Needless to say, we thanked her for her time and left, Talk about "bait and switch." *Growing up in the South and having a brother that is big into sports - a Big University of Georgia fan, although he never went there - I know of the Auburn/Alabama rivalry. But... I have never heard of the fans killing one another. That is awful! Some people are just plain crazy, aren't they?

Bonnie - credit cards and how people get our numbers without us knowing it - they say that there is a device out there that will read our cards through our purses. Also it is said, that you can hand your card to a clerk, receptionist at the doctor's office (for example) and they write down your number and use your account. Crooks are so devious, I guess they've figured out how to do all sorts of things to steal from us. I am always fearful that something will happen to me like happened to Krys. *We are having the most wonderful weather right now. Wish I could ship some of it to you - smile. It would be just perfect for your walk around your lake.

Allie - good news that your city is going to reimburse you for overcharging you on your taxes. * Glad too that that bothersome tree is now gone.

Cecile - I was just writing about you, and voila here is a post from you. It is really good to hear from you - especially with the problems in Ottawa. It is good to know that you and Val are doing well, in spite of you drowning in paper work.

Have a good day everyone -

Shirley

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Hello everyone!

I`m still here. Just drowning in paper work. It`s amazing how much of that stuff I have to go through. I told Val that I had receipts dating back to Noah`s ark! The files have lost about half its weight. Wish I could do the same.

I went to the doctor`s on Tuesday. She told me that she is amazed at my health for my age. Apart from suffering from arthritis, there is nothing wrong with me. My blood pressure and cholesterol were elevated. I told her that I was not surprised. While my husband was in the hospital, I was so tired some days that I just ate what I could grab. As for my blood pressure, it spiked after our son passed away seven years ago. I know that those problems will resolve themselves eventually.

Today I have a ton of phone calls to make. I hope that I reach everyone on the first try.

Yes I do live in Gatineau across the river from Ottawa. It was a very tense day yesterday. My daughter called Val to ask her to go to the house to look after Jess because her partner was on lock down at the hospital in Ottawa. Val thought that they had an Ebola case. She was asleep until the phone woke her up. We then explained what had happened. She of course, told her mom not to worry that she would go over. Tonight will be three time this week. Talk about sisters bonding!

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As always, there's tons of things I'd like to comment on, but I've waited till now to get on SP. Just barely checked in before midnight, so now I'm running on sleep time.

Had a marvelous day today; a woman I've known since childhood -- our mothers were friends for 65 years--turned out to be visiting a daughter just south of us, and she and her husband came to lunch today. I'm full of warm fuzzies tonight. I'm really trying to get to bed, so that's all for now.

This team is having eventful lives right now. Can hardly wait to get back...

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MARY, WE are getting wall to wall coverage of the shootings in Ottawa. I hope they catch ALL the "terrorists" that are causing all this turmoil. We have on local news right now so I don't know what the latest news is from Canada.
We're having a "nor-ester" with driving rain and gusty winds. The trees are really howling. With all the wind and wet heavy leaves, I'm concerned about a tree falling on us. Don isn't worried at all. Go figure!

I hope Cecile checks in soon. I think it's been over a week since she has posted.

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Hi All, I'm still here... I'm just pooped... and just tonight I ate the wrong thing and poof... I went to 305 in sugar... So, I guess it still can go UP... even though I've been eating bad I guess I made better choices.

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I guess everyone has heard about the shootings in Ottawa today. This is just 2 days after 2 Canadian soldiers were run down in a parking lot in Quebec. It' s hard to take in. Lorne retired from the military three years ago, after 35 years service. I'm glad he won't be involved in any of what is going on now. One 'expert' thinks this may be the beginning of a low tech terror campaign here in Canada. I guess time will tell :(
Monday was pouring rain, yesterday I was sick. My Fitbit was sticking his tongue out at me for 2 days. I got out for a walk this morning, got my 10,000 steps done, and now it's wearing a big cheesy grin. Cheeky.
Well...time to go back and watch the news some more. Our Prime Minister is supposed to be making an address shortly.
Has Cecile checked in? I think she lives in Gatineau...across the river from Ottawa.



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KRHYS feel free to brag all you want . I will look forward to hearing how things are progressing. A boy and a girl, how perfect. emoticon emoticon Allie emoticon


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KRYS ! One of each!! How exciting!! You'll have so much fun buying their little matching outfits!
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to all the "spark aunties" and friends- it is a boy and a girl!!! they are so excited! and so is "grandma"!! now just to wait until end of feb! the ultrasound showed normal growth and size, strong heartbeats, and my daughter said the boy was very active, had a hard time to get a clear pix. thank you to all who are enjoying this miracle with me, if I get a little too enthusiastic-sorry- but this is something that wasn't going to happen, my daughter had given up hope of being pregnant then WOW- TWINS. GOD is GREAT!
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Hi Sparkfriends!
Praying for all our Canadian friends today.
Fitness centers.....there is one that opened this year at our one and only mall called Planet Fitness. Their charge is only 10 a month with no contract. If it weren't for the fact that stepson like the pool that one would be a good option for me!
Mall walked-took stepson to the doctors-came home fixed lunch and now am working on the laundry. Got my pintos and ham in the crockpot perking away.
Shirley-yes!!!! The only philosophy regarding politics (and religion) is to agree to disagree. Kind of reminds me of the Auburn/Alabama football rivalry. You can kind of expect that every year someone will die on Ironbowl day. This is awful. Last year it was a Bama fan who killed another Bama fan because she wasn't upset enough over Bama's loss. Just awful.
Well I have to go put a smiley face on Mr. Fitbit!!!!

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Good afternoon team! We are having a gloomy windy day. Murphy’s Law – Yesterday, when I was too busy to take my walk, the weather was beautiful, 70 degrees, blue skies. Today I have time to walk and it’s too cold and windy for me.

ALLIE, Your persistence paid off in regards to getting rid of that tree. You should be able to sleep better now.

KRYS, This credit card business is getting so crazy. I got a letter from my CC company last week, telling me that there had been some “suspicious activity” on my card and that they were canceling it and sending me a new one. Meanwhile, I’ve been checking my balances every morning, for at least a couple of years and never saw any “suspicious activity” so I don’t know what they’re talking about. But they didn’t give me a choice. They just canceled my card and sent me a new one.
All the “Spark Aunties” are waiting to find out the sex of the twins!

SHIRLEY, This year, the “weight machine only” gym that I belong to now is $30.00 a month. For years, before this one, I belonged to a free gym, at our military base, while in CT. It’s just for active duty and retired military people. I always felt a little out of place there, because I was basically surrounded by “boys” the same age as my grandsons.

IRENE, I hope that M’s UTI gets better quickly. Neither of you need any more on your plate right now.

ELLEN, Thank you for checking in! I hope you continue to have a safe trip.

BONNIE, I envy you if you got to go walking yesterday. As I said, earlier, my day was so hectic I couldn’t. I was heart sick when I drove by a bank thermometer that read 70 degrees. Of course today is yucky because I’m home and could have gone walking. I’m a “fair weather” walker. I’m catching up on paperwork instead.
I’m glad that Mystery & Pluto finally got their hay! That’s a load off your mind.

OK – Back to my paperwork. (groan)

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Good Afternoon, Team.

It is 53 degrees out at 12:30PM and it has been raining pretty steadily since 7:30 PM yesterday.

Yesterday was a very nice, sunny day and I washed our dining room window, inside and out, and added some extra weatherstripping. I want to get to the back living room window before the weather gets too cold but I need DH to help me with that. The only thing to stand on is a very old picnic table and I don't trust it to hold me.

@Allie - you sound very happy to have that old tree taken down. DH & I live in a Co-op and our townhouse is ours but our property isn't. The Co-op owns all of the property and maintains the trees. We have several large trees in our back yard. One is rotting from the bottom and DH keeps saying that if we have a bad storm or hurricane it is going to fall. The city arborist is aware of it but they won't take down a tree unless it is absolutely dead or the utility company requires it.

@Krys - So sorry about your account being hacked. Someone used our credit card # to buy a couple things on ebay a couple years ago. We don't know how they got our number and it never happened again. Visa and the bank took care of it.

I've never belonged to a gym and really have no desire to do so. But, I definitely think, like Grace said, that you should only pay for what you will be using. I think it's Planet Fitness that runs ads for $10 to join and then $10 a month. I don't believe that they have a pool.
Our city has an indoor pool, outdoor pool and fitness center. I could go for a reduced fee since I live in the city but I never have.

I hope everyone has a great day.
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Good morning everyone:

I had a greats nice sleep after all the fresh air I had yesterday. I keep looking out the window and can't believe the tree is gone. Someone came by and picked up some of the wood next door. I will have more sun on my house, I can sit in my front yard now, the lawn will grow and I can back out of my driveway and see what is coming.

Many years ago I worked night shift and when I just got in the door I got a call from my credit card company. They asked me if I had been using my credit card and I said no, I had been working. I looked in my wallet and it was gone. I had a limit on it and someone had taken it and ran up bills all the way to the limit. I had gone window shopping a few days before and then did buy one thing. All the charges were for all the places I had been that day. I was reimbursed but that really scared me.

I am off to make some phone calls for the campaign for governor. I don't mind doing this once in awhile and quite often I get help from these people in return.

I hope everyone has a good day. Allie emoticon

I did hear from the local tax collector. He said once they give him the paperwork for the change on my property status I will get a refund from the town.




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Krys - that is awful, and I am so sorry you fell victim to this. You are the first person I've known to have this happen, but when I shared this with my husband he said the same thing had happened to a high school classmate of his. * I know you, your daughter, and SIL are excited to learn the gender of the twins.

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Good morning all! well, my day started off just awful with a call from my bank that said someone got hold of my debit card number and cleaned out my checking account last night! They put a hold on my card and now I have to go in and fill out a form to dispute the purchases that were made. they saw some suspicious activity at places that I never go to{all walmarts far from me] so they put a hold on my card for any more usage on it. luckily they did that cuz my ssi just went in today or they would have got that too!
Now for some exciting news- am waiting for the call from my daughter to tell me the sex of the twins she is having, her ultrasound is this morning!
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Good Morning Everyone -

Irene - you do have your hands full indeed. At our age it is hard enough to take care of ourselves much less someone else. So know at least one of us understands what you've said in your post. *You are probably right about the pools near you, but again you may be surprised too. When I visited our Y, I was amazed to see so many people with mobility problems, some in wheel chairs, and older people using the pool. *I hope Maurice will be feeling much better soon.

Grace - you may find in Florida as I did here, that the price of these fitness (ones with just equipment) studios Y, ones with just equipment, or whatever seem to come for about the same price. Like the one I mentioned near me when I checked into it it was $35 a month. That times 12 is $420 a year. The rcc center price for residents is (age19-54) $440.27 per year - Seniors $295.99 per year. Classes cost extra. If I'm remembering correctly, the Y was about the same. Its been a long time since I've checked into these places, but the rec center price was from this summer. I would think in Florida with such a heavy Senior and snowbird population that the gyms, etc. would offer more for we who are older. What about the place where you lead exercise classes?

Elaine - so sorry that Kat's marriage didn't work out, but I know you are very happy to have her close by again. Congratulations to Steven and family. Hopefully they are still living just a few houses from you.

Ellen - thanks for checking in. I hope your trip is going well.

Allie - we posted at the same time (just about) when I made my last post yesterday, and I didn't see yours. What marvelous news about that rotted tree being gone and hopefully the other trees will be gone sometime soon too. That was a Very Nice thing you did buying those workmen lunch. Everyone isn't so nice, and those guys will remember your kindness. I'm glad too to hear that you have a dialogue going with the realtor. That also should be helpful

Sue - I try as best I can to keep political talk away from our posts for obvious reasons, or as you said - you and your husband don't always agree - smile. But I will say this - I too am happy those nurses spoke up. That did take a lot of courage, but it is to this country's (all of our) benefit that they did. And I also agree with you about the Ebola Czar. But let me add this - sometimes doctors don't have good business sense, that's the reason they hire business people to run their business and office. They may be brilliant physicians, but when it comes to business matters and management skills they fall far short. I had a priest once, that was a poor manager - good pastor, but poor manager, and he used to drive the Vestry crazy. He eventually went back to school and got his doctorate, I think it was, specializing in church management. Likewise one of the best doctors I've ever had - an OB/GYN - also went back to school and got a business degree. This man the President has appointed to this position is said to have a stellar reputation as a business person by some in both parties. It is recognized he is a political appointee, but ... Let's just hope and pray he knows what he is doing, and if he is wise he will work with and listen to the doctors, medical professionals.

Wishing everyone a good day -

Shirley

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Hi on Wenesday So glad you got that dangerous tree down at last Allie what a relief to you and naive if you to buy the workers lunch.
I have never been to gym in my life. Grace wa talking of them and are they good value,. There is a pools no fitness centre near me, I always think it will be full of fit young things ? Mayen I have wrong idea of them .
My husband has a UTI which explain why he was more confused the past few days. He is improving now on antibiotics. Fortunately he is very compliant usually and listens to me when I have to remind him of things he has to do, it's like having a child around at times and at my age that's not easy, he's losimg the ability to tell the time and know numbers in general .
I hope for a nice easy day today with time to do some stitching which helps me unwind . Irene

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Good evening team - This is a real quick post about the topic of the cost of gym/ YMCA memberships. I think the more services your Y offers the more it will cost. For instance, if there is a weight room, pool, basket ball court, child care,etc. some of the cost of your membership will go towards the maintenance of those services, whether you use them or not. I was an employee and then a member of a YMCA since the early 70s, but when we return to FL, I don't think I will be joining the Y this time, because I don't use the pools nor do I have any children in the child care program. All I use is the weight room. I'll be joining a gym that is cheaper because that's ALL it is. Every other year, I joined the Y because I would take my special brother, Melvin, to the pool when he visited us. He's not coming to FL this time, so I don't need the pool. Long story short - Try to join a gym that offers memberships ONLY for the services you need and not all the things you have no intention of using.

I hope to be back on in the morning to answer posts.
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Good afternoon everyone

Here it is Tuesday afternoon and I am finally back on track.. I went to our regular morning Bible study; another Beth Moori stude, she is always so good and I think all of the ladies get a lot from her studies., I know my friends and I always enjoy them.

My life really hasn’t changed much I am still taking in strays, only this time I gave birth to her. my daughter Kat has come home from New mexico; sadly the new marriage didn’t work out her new husband wasn’t quite what he appeared to be, but that does happen sometimes. I feel badly for her but I am also releaved that she is home. she came at the beginning of summer when I needed her most so it was good for the both of us.

My grandson Steven and his wife are expecting a second baby boy in December; we are all looking forward to the new baby. Ok enough rambling for the day I’ll post again soon...E




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We are spending the night in Oklahoma City. I am doing this on my IPhone. I figured out a crazy way to get to this site.

But I Just had to tell Allie how happy I am that the tree is down!!!!!!

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Sue - I too Really miss Lupe, but wasn't too surprised when she left. She and her husband moved into what sounded like a senior apartment complex. It didn't take her long to become Very involved with what was going on there. Plus she has family close by as well. Perhaps like with you and Elaine S she will return one day. That would be nice. Yes, I agree such a nice lady. This team tends to draw nice people, and if someone joins with a chip on their shoulder about something they tend to not stick around long.

Have a good evening everyone. Sleep well.

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Good afternoon everyone:

I have been outside since 9AM this morning. The tree guys rolled up and they have been taking the tree down next door. They said I was very lucky that they were taking the tree down. They said it was very rotted and a real danger to everyone. They are going to try to do something about the other three trees. I was never so glad to have something done in my life. The guys have been great. I went to BurgerKing and bought them all lunch. I met with the realtor next door and told him I have been keeping an eye on the place and I am cleaning the yard up. The realtor said when he gets the okay they will take care of the rest of the trees. I told him I was the one that called the police the other day when they left the back door open. I want to keep a dialogue going with the realtor and the tree people so this mess can get cleaned up before the snow flies. It only took 2 years but at least something is getting done before someone got hurt or my property was damaged any further.

Thanks for the info on the free books. I appreciate it.

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Hi Sparkfriends!
Praying for a safe trip for Ellen. Decent weather as well!
Another busy morning here-went mall walking with baby boy (LOL-40 years old!!!) then we ran some grocery errands. Told hubby if we didn't have to eat we'd have a lot of money. Supper tonight for the fam will be breakfast casserole. Got a hambone out of the freezer today for tomorrow-pintos and ham. It will probably be veggies and rice for me.
Hubby studying for his tax course and then has to go to a poll worker meeting this afternoon-he works the polls every election. He and I are split on some of the candidates but agree to disagree and smooch on it.
I am having a hard time understanding the ebola czar-why did the president not choose someone with a medical background? Not making any sense to me. God bless all the nurses that took a stand against the CDC and spoke out for stricter guidelines.
Shirley-there used to be a lady in Texas that used to post-was her name Lupe??? She was so sweet-is she not active anymore?? I miss her.
God bless everyone!!

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Good Afternoon, Team.

It's 68 degrees out and supposed to hit 70. The sun is shining bright. If I didn't know DH wanted to take a walk a little later I'd go by myself right now. We are supposed to get rain later today but I don't know the exact time.

Yesterday Mystery & Pluto FINALLY got their round bale of hay. I am so relieved. Amy, Pluto's owner, was out at the Farm on Sun. & emailed me that they hadn't gotten hay yet. She was going to call the Farm owner. I guess that is what it took!

@Ellen - Have a nice time in Texas with your family. You really need to take some action on your knees when you get back. I put off getting a back brace for way too long and suffered in pain.

@Sue B.- That is funny that your fitbit makes faces at you!!

@Elaine - emoticon So sorry about your illnesses but I'm glad that your vision has been improved by the cataract surgery.

@Allie - Toothache can really be stressful. I hope you get some relief for it soon.
Slimmer, Yvonne and I belong to the Goodreads app on Facebook. They have a giveaway of "first reads" (books that aren't on the market yet). You can pick which books you would like to win and then "keep your fingers crossed". I haven't been a member for a year yet and have won 11 books. You have to stay on it and request several books each day before your "lucky one" hits. As you get books and review them, you are more likely to get more books.
I enjoy it.

@Grace - You really have a lot of yard work to do before you take your trip to Florida each year. Don't hurt yourself.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.
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Good Morning Everyone -

Ellen - safe travels to Texas. I hope you have a good time, that you find your mom and rest of your family well and happy, AND that your knees will behave themselves. I don't know what it is about this fall but my legs aren't doing well either.

Elaine O - it has been awhile since we've heard from you. You do seem to travel a lot, and that sounds so nice. I especially like the part about having a chunk of your Christmas shopping out of the way. You mentioned have your fall decorations up, every time I leave the house I think I must switch the wreath on the door and change the artificial plants I have in the front planter. It is such a quick job, it is just doing it.

Grace - I'm sure you are busy battening down the hatches in Connecticut getting ready for your move to Florida. If you got 10 hours uninterrupted sleep I am so envious. I'd settle for half that. *If I hadn't found Irene's picture on my FB newsfeed, I would have headed for her profile page too. That is such a lovely picture. A real keeper. It sounds like you have a very busy day today.

Allie - that's awful that the city (I guess it is) is taxing you for something you don't have. I wonder how many other people they are doing that to that have no idea they are being overtaxed. Good luck in getting reimbursed for being overcharged! You really had quite an interesting day yesterday, didn't you? I do hope that your mouth is feeling better today.

Sue - if you and your two sons are getting a gym membership for the price you posted that is great. Glad to hear that your new Fitbit is motivating you to move - smile. However, from your posts you sound plenty busy without needing encouragement.
Make today a happy one everyone. Don't forget to give those you meet a smile. emoticon

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Final post before we leave in the morning. My knees have been screaming at me this afternoon. I think it is because I had to wait too long in a line. I thought about just sitting down on the floor. But what a terrible sight when I got up since I have to push myself up with my hands.

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Hello ladies,
I'm back in town and through with my traveling (I think) until March. Had a wonderful visit with my family in Oklahoma. It was great sister time. And I got all my Christmas shopping done for the Hawaii/Oklahoma groups.

I also got my fall decorations up yesterday.

Have a great week. Welcome back to the other Elaine.

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Good evening team! I’ve been trying to get on here for a couple of days now, but “life” keeps getting in the way. I’ve been working in the yard quite a bit. I have to be very careful because of my back issues. Today I was mulching my flower beds with leaves that Don chopped up with the lawn mower. Yesterday, I dug a few holes to "sink" my container plants in for the winter. I slept over 10 hours last night. (LOL)

ALLIE, Please take care of that infection in your mouth. I had one, after a “procedure”. Unfortunately, the “procedure” was the day before my dentist went on a 2 week vacation and none of his partners would give me a script for it, until I raised a ruckus.

ELAINE, It’s good to see you on here. I’m glad you pulled through all the medical problems you’ve been having and hope you’re back to 100% ASAP.

SHIRLEY, I found Irene’s picture of Maurice and their GD very quickly. I went to her FB page and it was right on top. I used to try to find things by scrolling through the news feed, but, as you know, that is SO tedious because there’s so much on the news feed. It is a fantastic picture!

I planned to reply to more of you but I’m tired and have to get ready for bed. I hope to get a chance to write more in the morning. Tomorrow, I’m taking my DD out for lunch to celebrate her birthday. Then I have the gym, visiting Melvin and shopping.

Good night! emoticon

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Good afternoon,

I found out that the University of Pa. has a dental school and they are open 24 hours for emergencies. I will definitely look into it if I don't start feeling better.

I went to Tom Wolfs office and picked up several signs to be distributed in our town. The volunteer said they were right by the door and he was just going to deliver them.

I went to the property tax people and pointed out they have been charging me for a garage on my property. I don't have a garage on my property. They said someone will come by and check out my property. They said they will reduce my taxes starting next year. I think they should reimburse me for the taxes they have charged me for the last 2 years. I will have to find out how I get them to pony up the money they owe me.

I was at the dollar store and I found some great buys for my grandsons. I wanted to start Christmas shopping early before they start jacking the prices up. While I was shopping an employee told a customer to leave and not to come back. The manager asked her what was going on. She said the customer was stuffing tastykakes in his pocket.

I drove by Chickie and Petes - a local restaurant chain yesterday and I saw several police cars. I was watching the news last night and they said there was an armed robbery there in broad daylight. One of the criminals was even wearing a sweatshirt with Chickie and Petes name on it. They got away with several thousands of dollars and locked everyone in the freezer.

We are having a neighborhood watch meeting on Wed. I am waffling about going to it. I am afraid I will make myself a target but I know something has to be done.

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Hi Sparkfriends!
Elaine-hello and welcome back! I took a long hiatus as well but am now back and enjoying the team so much.
Allie-I'm sorry you are having so much trouble with that extraction-ugh!.. Are you using salt water rinses? The dental school sounds like a winner.
Shirley-yes the "Y" membership is for the boys and myself.
My fitbit is really motivating me to move-it was just what I needed to give me a boot in the behind. Right now the little icon has his tongue stuck out at me!! So......I had better get up and move-LOL!!!

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Elaine emoticon - What a delightful surprise to see your post! Once a friend always a friend, so don't forget that. I'm so very sorry that you've been having such a tough time of it. I do so hope that the docs diagnosis is correct and that you will continue to stay well. I look forward to future posts and hearing all about your delightful friends and family, as well as your church ministries.

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Good morning
I do hope we can still be friends with you all. I think I may be back to post once in a while. It has been a really interesting year. As many of you know I pretty sick last winter, and about the time I thought that was over I got hit with something else. Just before Easter I got hit with something else that had me and my doctors baffled; I was beginning to wonder if it was ever going to end. I spent months feeling sick and the vertigo was almost unbearable. I had to walk with a walker to maintain my balance at all. Finally after seeing a string of doctor’s they found that I have Hashimoto's disease. I am now on meds for it and have been for a little over a month and finally the past week or so I am finally starting to feel a little like me again.

One good thing did happen over the summer I had cataract surgery on my one good eye and my vision is better, I am visionarly functional again. I can’t tell you what that means to me. Enough about me I am going to post and then do some reading to catch up on you all… E




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Good morning everyone:

I am off to my appointment to get a mammogram.

We are having a bazaar at my new church this Sat. They had two TVs and I bought both of them. They only charged me $3.00 each for them. My old tv is getting ready to break so I wanted to replace it ASAP. I refuse to pay for cable tv so I get a convertor and I pay for netflix which isn't too expensive.

I think I have an abcess in my mouth. The dentist that I went to last week isn't my normal dentist. My previous dentist is 30 miles away so I thought I would get a dentist closer to where I live. I found out there is a dental school around here and I am going to try them next.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Irene - it took me awhile to find the picture, as I'm not on Facebook often and so get very much behind. But I did find it and it is beautiful. It reminded me of a Norman Rockwell painting. I say this as a compliment as I've always been a fan of Rockwell's work and his subject matter. You MUST get a hard copy of that picture and frame it.

Allie - I hope that all is well today.

Ellen - doesn't it make you feel good when you get a good buy like you did with those mums? * On the subject of gyms - I would love to go to a place like your husband goes, but there is no way I'd spend that for a gym, but that's just me. *When I looked into the Y they asked me nothing about income. It seemed like one price fits all. However, Allie mentioned about getting special assistance, and perhaps that is what your stepson got. I was pretty turned off at both the Y and the Rec Center we visited that day. You had to speak to one of the people working the desk about memberships, and it was obvious they were much too busy to be talking to anyone, especially about something as involved as membership. It must be nice to be a part of a business that has more business than they know what to do with, and not have to solicit new business. Ministers - I'm sure they need a good workout to relieve stress. Having had a couple of ministers as personal friends it is obvious that they have to deal with Lots of stress. Most people never think about this. I guess all churches are different, and it depends on the size of the church and the congregation and governing body, but our rectors were paid a good salary - nothing that would make them wealthy, but a good salary just the same, plus a pretty good benefit package. * Have a safe journey to Texas. I hope you find your mom and the rest of the family well and happy.

Sue - I'm assuming that gym membership is for the 3 of you, and that you aren't having to pay that for each one of you. If so that's really a Lot of money. * I wish you much success with your weight loss eating plan. You definitely should pat yourself on the back, as staying on track isn't an easy thing to do.

Have a good day and a good week everyone.

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Hi on Monday I had a busy weekend involng others and social eating , very enjoyable but I know I now need to get back on track .
My crock pot is used a lot now, in a few minutes I am going to put in a whole chicken which will be falling off the bone by lunch time, it is fresh but I have out frozen ones in on longer time and yes that works wonderfully, no liquid needed. I gave my small crock pot to grand daughter
Amy , she's a dental nurse and thinks it will be ideal to put chicken portion and veg in before she goes to work.
Free books I get from Kindle, I expect there are other sources ,
There is a lovely photo on my face book page of my husband with .6 year old Jessica, they are so find of each other and she looks after him,.i would like to get this picture printed ,
Have a good week, Irene


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Can someone tell me the name of the company that sends you all free books. I want to look into it. Thanks Allie emoticon


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My mums look sick. Maybe I will have better luck next year. I am trying to decide if I want to continue to clean the yard up next door. Maybe I will, maybe I won't. Allie



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A quiet Sunday here. My DH said he was tired after a restless night, so we watch the service on our PC hooked to the TV. So nice we can do that. The minister was in Houston, so the sermon would have been video on the big screens anyway.

I went outside at noon to pick up the paper and it is a beautiful day and I was struck by how beautiful my mums are this year. I bought these at the grocery store (3 for $10) about three years ago and they have continued to multiply.

On gyms - my DH goes to a beautiful one that is like a resort and it is only $56 a month. He gets a $10 discount though because he joined immediately after they opened. He loves it and I thought about going when I retired, but I feel by the time I drive the 5 miles there and back, I can get 30 minutes of exercise done. Plus now, I think I can only do certain things because of my knees and those things are here at home.

Shirley - my step-son who was on a limited income at the time, found the Y very inexpensive. But when my son who makes an excellent salary checked into it, it was VERY expensive for him. So, apparently it is on a sliding scale based on income which is not all bad. Often those with limited salary (my stepson was a minister) need a good workout to have good health since they do not have health insurance.

Bonnie - I don't think I would trust anything I read on Facebook. People post the weirdest things. I get a flu shot every year for the past 50 years and never have the flu.

Sue - I wish we did not have a leaf problem! I am sure why the time we get back from our trip to Texas, the front porch and the yard will be FULL!

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Hi Sparkfriends!!
Beautiful day here in Alabama. It is slightly cool and the sun is shining.
I don't have much of a leaf problem since the storm last year blew down all the trees in the neighborhood (2 on my house)!!! The lawn guy came yesterday and put chemicals down. I'm supposed to run the sprinkler for a couple days next week and then leave it off.
Allie-your "Y" sounds like a real bargain. For the 2 boys and I I pay $150 every 3 months-I will put the membership on hold the last of December and pick it back up in March. The one son likes to swim but can't stand getting out and going in the midst of winter. My other son and I will mall walk. I'll tell you-when school is out and the kids summer programs are in session you had better bring your earplugs!!!!! We have several nice gyms in the area but no other with a full sized pool.
The diet plan (counting calories) is up to full speed. Being diligent about tracking so "yea me!!!".
Everyone have a blessed day!!!

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Bonnie - it sounds like you had a fun day yesterday. * My crock-pot is old too - has the old type plug. I can't remember when I bought it. It was sometime after they came out with the removable ceramic pot. I think I donated my original one to Goodwill or someone. These are appliances that really do last. I've been giving thought to buying a new one, just for the safety plug. I'm pretty sure I will stick with Rival, since I've had such good luck with them. Mine is 3.5 quarts - the perfect size for us. I bought one of the mini-ones like you mentioned, thinking I could cook in it, but was most disappointed that I couldn't. I used to use it when I entertained for hot dips like Chili con Casa, etc. * As for flu shots - I know that they don't cover all strains of flu, but our doctor still thinks that we older folk definitely need to get one each year. As said in an earlier post, I got mine this year through his office. He is pretty tech savvy and no stranger to the internet, so I would be very surprised if he didn't know about that John Hopkin's study, or is it just this one doctor's/scientist's opinion. All meds have their side effects and risks. It almost takes a medical professional now days to weigh the pros and cons and advise us if the risks outweigh the benefits.

Allie - after reading your post it occurred to me if you keep making sure that house next door has a clean yard, the people overseeing it aren't going to realize that it isn't being taken care of properly. Perhaps you should start taking pictures of your own, and leave the mess. However, having said this... if all those leaves are blowing in your yard, you will have to take care of them one way or the other anyway, won't you? In my previous house, all the neighbor's leaves for whatever reason ended up in front of my garage and walk, so when I would clean up the leaves in front of my garage, I would clean up theirs too before they messed up my clean drive. * I may call the Y one day and see how much they are charging now for a Senior membership. When my children were very small I went door to door getting pledges and contributions to build a Y in our area. I was under the impression that they offered all kinds of things for free or a nominal cost. I've never had a Y membership, and as I've said, was very disappointed when I had a need to join one to find that they were no more economical than any other gym or rec center.

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Good Morning, Team.

It is 49 degrees out and very very windy. I'm still going to go down to the Farmer's Market. Hope I don't get blown away!!

Yesterday we spent the day with our friends Linda & Charlie at the Sugarloaf Craft Show in Gaithersburg, MD. We had a great time. We were hoping to find a specific vendor who we had bought some plates from a few years back. DH "destroyed" the plates by accident & we were hoping to replace them. But, even though the vendor is usually there, he wasn't there this year. We'll have to email him and see if he can help us. We loved those plates.

After the Craft show we weren't quite hungry for dinner so we stopped at the nearby Mall. I mentioned awhile back that I was in need of getting a new crock pot. All of the crock pots at Penney's were on SALE! They had an absolutely cute little 1.5qt. one which came in several colors but I realized that it was too small. I got a 4 qt. Hamilton Beach for more than 1/2 off!! Now I'm in the mood for some stew!! My old crockpot was a wedding gift (42 years ago) so it is time for it to disappear!

I just read an article on Facebook written by a scientist at Johns Hopkins that says that the flu shot is a scam by the drug companies to get money. He said usually the strain of flu vaccine won't protect you for the flu strain of that year and that the mercury stays in your brain, leading to Alzheimer's. The money part, I truly believe, but I don't know about the rest. I'm going to have to re-think my getting a flu shot. Maybe the fact that I couldn't get it last week was a "sign"!

http://www.realfarmacy.com/johns-hopkins
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I hope everyone is having a nice day.
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Good morning team:

I have not had any pain meds since Friday. The dentist reminded me not take any meds and drive. I took an Aleve before I went to bed last night and that helped a little. I don't hurt as bad as I have been.

I am going to clean up the leaves next door when I get back from church today. The people that are supposed to take care of the yard next door aren't doing a very good job. They took a blower and just blew all the leaves into the backyard and left them. They cleaned up the front yard , then took pictures so it looked like they were taking care of the property.

It is much colder here today and it is going to be very windy. The sun is out so that helps some. I applied for financial assistance from the Y and I am just waiting for a response. I have belonged to the Y for 4 years and in that time they have raised their fees to over $100.00 per year. I just don't see the Y as a good deal anymore.

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Happy Sunday Everyone -

Allie - so sorry to hear you are still having pain from that extraction. Is this your regular dentist that pulled that tooth? *Thanks for the update on your sister. I do so hope that all will go well for her. * Good for you getting your swim in in-spite of hurting so badly. I'm assuming you drove to the Y and to that candidate's office. You mentioned that your meds make you very sleepy - please don't drive any more than you have to if this is true. It is possible to fall asleep anywhere without realizing it. I've had this to happen to me just sitting on the couch, and this is without medication, and you certainly don't want to fall asleep while driving.

Sue - that's strange that those Fitbits don't come with instructions. Glad you could get the help you needed online. * I had wondered how you could handle a job with all your other responsibilities, but realize most people have more energy than I do. However I'm sorry it didn't work out, as you seemed to enjoy the job.

Wishing everyone a good day -

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Good afternoon team:

I just spoke to my sister. Her son went into rehab so I was able to talk to her on the phone. She kept letting him have her phone and he would never tell her I called. She did have an inspection of her home by the State. She said they said everything was fine. I don't believe her but she seems to be alright otherwise.

I slept until noon today. I have been taking pain pills because my mouth is hurting so bad and they made me really sleepy. When I left the house I noticed someone was working on the vacant house next door. I came back a few hours later and they had gone and left the back door wide open. I had to call the police and they had to go all through the house. They reminded me to keep an eye on the house especially at night. I told them I have been watching over that house for 2 years now and I know exactly what to do. I did thank them for coming so promptly.

I went to the Y and I was able to spend 90 minutes in the pool. There were very few people there so it was very relaxing.

I am sitting outside and enjoying the fresh air. It is going to get much cooler tomorrow so I am trying to stay outside as much as I can for now.

I hope everyone had a good day and you all have a good evening. Allie emoticon

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Hi Sparkfriends.
Krys-nightime snacking is the death of me-the only way I can control it is to count count count all day long and plan for a snack at night. I have to be diligent-which I have not been lately.
Anyway....I now have my fitbit and a new attitude-started tracking again this morning and will have to do so daily as a routine-I have no excuse as I am always connected in some way to the internet.
Setting up the fitbit was not too difficult-it came without instructions so I had to look up everything online. I got the account set up and linked my device to SP. So far today I have 6381 steps. Big football day today even though Auburn is off so I will have to do some stepping in place in front of the tv-haha!!!
Mary-I have never made a lentil loaf but one of my favorite dishes is lentils and rice made on top of the stove seasoned with coriander. You can use water or vegi stock as the liquid component. Il use vegi or chicken stock.
You will not believe this but after returning to work I decided to let the job go. Hated to do it I was working too much and being stressed out from being away from my boys. The director told me if I changed my mind to call her and she would reinstate me in a minute-that really made me feel good. Guess we will be eating a lot of lentils and rice-lol-actually I'm the only one who likes it!!! So pray with me that something will come my way that will be less time consuming for me.
Slimmer-you do so much!!! I feel like a slacker beside you!!!
So anyway-a new day for Sue-I have got to get my appetite under control-hopefully no more stress eating for me.
God bless everyone!!!

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Krys - a bedtime snack is a good thing, if we don't overdo it. The suggested calorie count is 100. My suggestion is change your mind set. Plan a snack ahead, and tell yourself that at a certain time you will be able to eat it. Keep the calories down, but make the snack something you enjoy and can look forward too. Once when I was being very strict with myself in order to lose weight. When I would go to parties, I kept my eating to a minimum and with low calorie foods promising myself a container of fruit yogurt when I got home. This worked for me and I lost a Lot of weight.

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oh- forgot to ask this- I am in such a rut at losing weight, I do great all day long then come evening all I want to do is snack!! any hints? then I feel so guilty and frustrated with myself. a year ago I weighed about 250 so have lost some but am stuck now with my binge eating at night. any suggestions would be helpful- thanks
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Good morning, hoping you all have a great weekend. I am dog sitting for my daughter this weekend so will have a shadow every step I take! on Wednesday my daughter should find out the sex of her twins- so excited to hear!
@Mary- I have a Keurig and thought the same as you- would only use it for special times when I only wanted 1 cup- but I use it all the time and love it! there are so many flavors to choose from and I use each one twice cuz it gets strong enough for 2 cups for me. I have the one with the water container attached to it so it stores all lot of water for a number of cups.
been reading all your posts and enjoy them, Prayers and God's Blessings to you all!!
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Grace - thank you. That is the name I was trying to come up with. * I noticed you mentioned looking this info up on Bing. A story I think might bring a smile to some. Yesterday, as said, we kept our grandson, and he was here for dinner. He looks forward to when his visits involve a meal because we will buy Dairy Queen. His parents limit his sweets, but I bought him a mini-Blizzard. I asked him what kind he wanted and suggested M & M. He said what other kinds do they have, and I said I didn't know, and he said Google it. I had to smile - this is coming from a first grader.

Mary - my husband and I didn't exchange Christmas presents this past Christmas. But I decided to buy a Keurig as a gift for both of us. I knew he'd use it much more than me, but it does allow me to make a glass of iced tea on the rare occasion that I want some. He adores that thing, and I spend LOTS of money on his favorite flavored coffees. I still make a pot of half and half coffee each morning, and we both drink that. I have felt that I truly got my money's worth buying that machine as he has Really enjoyed it. On occasion like with the iced tea I will enjoy one of the flavored coffees but not often.

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SHIRLEY- From Bing - "Sundowner’s Syndrome is the name given to an ailment that causes symptoms of confusion after “sundown.” These symptoms appear in people who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia."

I'll be back later. I have to get ready for my walk.

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Happy Saturday! The pot luck last night was great! There were about 45 of us in attendance, and not a lot of leftovers! Several people showed up early to help with the set-up, and there are always lots of willing hands to clean up afterwards. About half my crockpot of curried vegetables was eaten, so I guess I found a recipe the non-vegetarians appreciated too :)
It's another dark and gloomy morning, with several drizzly days in the forecast...I think Fall has returned.
Do any of you have a Keurig coffee maker? I got one two years ago, thinking it would be handy when I just wanted 1 cup and didn't want to make a whole pot. Now we use the Keurig every day and the old drip maker is collecting dust:) I like going to the K-Cup store and bringing home a variety. This morning I'm having 'Maple Sleigh' :)
No plans for today, altho we may have Kaiya over to play for a while. Maybe I can get Lorne to go for a walk with me.
Oops...I just noticed it's almost 10:00...I'd better get some breakfast :)
Enjoy the day ladies :)

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Good Morning Everyone -

Yesterday I kept my little one for about 4 hours or so. As you know I don't do this often. We had to have an attitude adjustment when he first walked in, but once we got that straightened out all went well. I had a hearing aid appointment at noon. Those women, especially the receptionist, always brighten my spirits. Actually, I think I'm helped more emotionally going there than what the tech does with my aids. I then went to get my much overdo hair cut. Ever since we moved out here 9 years ago, I've/we've used a chain called Great Clips and have been very happy with them. They transferred the manager of the shop I use, and I didn't want to follow her to her new shop, but for some reason am not happy with it now, and my husband mentioned the same thing. So yesterday, I tried another chain - Fantastic Sam's. I was greeted by this attractive, chatty woman that shampooed, cut and blow-dryed my hair. I was most pleased, so I'm thinking that Great Clips has lost a customer.

Irene - I seem to stay in a perpetual state of tired. It is amazing how well you are dealing with Maurice's illness. My hat goes off to you. It is interesting what you said about mornings being the hardest for him right now. From watching TV stories about people with Alzheimer's I've been led to believe that they get worse late in the afternoon around sundown. In fact they've given this a name that I'm not remembering correctly right now.

Allie - these little ones can really take it out of you, can't they? I'm amazed with your disability how much you can care for them and take them places. As said many times before, your daughter-in-law doesn't know how good she has it.

Ellen - I'm glad that your plans to go to Texas are working out. It sounds like your stepson finds himself in one of those frustrating "hurry up and wait" situations with his job in China. * I need to do some closet cleaning too. But when it comes to clothes most of mine are 3-4 season. Since I tend to get hot so easily, I no longer wear a lot of sweaters, which I love to do, but just can't any longer, unless it is Very cold. I tend to layer in the winter.

Bonnie - as usual, it sounds like your weather pattern is following ours. We are now enjoying sunshine, cooler temps, and things beginning to dry out. We couldn't even have our grass cut this week for the rain and our yard being so saturated. *What you've said about Melatonin is what I understand as well. I've never considered taking the supplement. * Does Mystery have hay now? Sure hope so.

Mary - you mentioned Lorne being the rector's warden. In this country - the Episcopal churches, have both a Senior Warden - sort of a liaison between the Vestry and the rector, and a sounding board (of sorts) for the rector too. And tends to be number 2 in authority. Of course the Vestry, as you well know, is the governing body. I mention this for those who aren't familiar with the church. A rather prestigious position. There is the Junior Warden, whose main function is to oversee the upkeep of the church and grounds. Reading your posts makes me miss my church family more, although I don't miss all the work.

Have a good day everyone and a good weekend.

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Hello on .saturday and thanks for your support and encouragement, I am ok just tired, but am having few hours break today. An old friend is visiting me, we had plans but I was unsure I could leave Maurice for a few hours. Our son Ian and wife have agreed to look after M and take him to their place, i haven't told him yet, have to word it as if he's doing them a favour by going there,. Mornings used to be his best time, now they are his most confused time. I have to guide him round reminding him of his morning routine.
Have a good weekend . I must look up Melatonin . It sounds what I need. Irene

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Good evening team:

I don't think I need Melatonin. I just need to take care of my grandsons for several hours after school and that usually does it.

When I woke up I was dreaming that someone had cut down the awful tree. I would say that was a very optimistic dream. I called the Senators Harrisburg office and I spoke to my advocate. She said she had contacted Fannie Mae on September 30 regarding the upkeep of the property next door. She said she has to give them 30 days to correct the situation. She said she will keep me abreast of what is happening.

I went to my dentist and had her look take a look at where she took the tooth out. I am still having quite a bit of pain. She disagreed with my doctor that I have an infection. She did give me a script for pain which is really helping. She told me to make sure I eat when I take it.

I stopped at Tom Wolfs' headquarters and told them I wanted some yard signs and I would make calls for them. I just finished two hours of calls which amounted to 112 calls. I told the aid about my tree situation and I told him if the Senators' office doesn't get any results I would be counting on Tom Wolf. There is a very good chance he will become our next Governor.

My DIL just asked me to take care of my grandsons next weekend so she can go away with her friends. She asked my son to take care of the boys but she said it became very complicated. I guess I am the winner and I get the boys. I will plan plenty activities for the boys so I can keep them tired out and happy.

I hope everyone has a good evening and you all had a good day. I have to stay around the house as much as possible while I am taking the pain meds. Luckily the office I have to go to is not very far away..

I enjoyed making the calls for our soon to be Governor. It helps keep me connected and it is always good experience.

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We decided to go forward with our trip to see my mother. When I texted my step-son, he said that the go ahead to actually hire them was not a done deal and he could not see how they could get plane tickets, visa's, etc. before October 31st anyway. So, I feel good about leaving early next week. We will back before October 31st anyway and my step-son said they would be flying back at Christmas if they get the jobs.

My DH and I got our flu shots this morning. We had been waiting for him to recover from his upper respiratory illness, so we are a little later than usual this fall. I have no clue if this was the stronger version, but our Walgreens pharmacist knows us well and I think he would have used the appropriate one for our age. Last year he mentioned that he wanted us to have that type. He is so caring and careful to be sure our medications don't interact.

Now I have started on the laundry. I want to have everything clean before our trip.

Bonnie - I slept until 9 AM this morning, so I don't think I need melatonin. Of course, I had a sinus headache so I took a 1/2 dosage of some liquid cold PM medication last night. emoticon . We have digital clocks in our bedroom, but I don't think they bother us that much. I have had my clock since 1982.

Mary - this must be a busy week for all of us since it sounds like you are behind on exercising as I am. I need to go downstairs and ride my bike in a few minutes.

Slimmer - I am so glad you are making more friends in Georgia. I remember when you moved there and it was tough meeting people, but you certainly did not just stay home but got out there! Good for you!!

Grace - my, I finally switched my winter and summer clothes and cleaned my closet at the same time. I can't imagine if I had someone else's to do. I have two storage rooms off the basement that REALLY need cleaning. I hope I get them done this winter.

Must close and DO SOME EXERCISE!!

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Good Afternoon, Team.

It's sunny & supposed to go up to 75 degrees today. The paper says that it will be our nicest day for some time and advised everyone to get outside and enjoy it. Temps are going downward after today.

@Grace, I'm surprised that your DH gets the regular flu vaccine. I didn't have a choice. When I went into the CVS they first asked me how old I was. Then they said they were out of vaccine. I did read that those of us over 65 should get the stronger one. I definitely will call before I go next week and if they still don't have any I'll call around. We have 3 CVS's that are relatively close to us.

@Slimmer - Still on a crazy schedule I see. That is weird about the lady you met who had been mean to you on the computer. You can't judge people by what they post, I guess.

@Ellen - Your stepson & his wife are getting a real opportunity. I think, at this point, that visiting your mother is probably more important for you right now. You do worry about her a lot.

@Shirley - As I understand it, and I may be wrong, Melatonin doesn't keep you from waking up when you have to. It "quiets" your brain so you can fall asleep. We all have it in our bodies anyway but we sometimes need just a little more to help us fall asleep. Light makes it stop working so you don't want to have any lights on in the room when you are trying to fall asleep.

Well, I'm off to the Farm in a little while. I'm sure hoping that there will be a round bale in Mystery's shelter. I'd hate to have to get "tough"!

Everyone--Have a wonderful day.
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Good Morning! We managed to get our walk in just before the rain started :) I feel like a slug this week, only getting two good walks in. Hopefully next week will be back to normal!
Lorne is off today, but has a meeting at the church at 1. He's the 'Rector's Warden' and it seems like an almost endless chain of meetings. I know he'll be glad when his term is over, but he's only halfway there.
We have a parish potluck this evening. I'm making a vegetarian dish so I can have something besides salad. The other veg. in the crowd is making a lentil loaf, so we won't starve :) I need to go have my post-walk shower then head to the kitchen :)
Have a nice day ladies!

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Good Morning Everyone-

Slimmer - you do stay very busy, don't you? Much more busy than I can handle. But saying this when I was your age, I was doing very well in that department. Certainly not as involved and busy as you, but still doing quite well. Glad to hear people were so friendly to you at the art show. That always makes an event so much more fun. Interesting story about the woman you met who had spoken so harshly to you in an email or was it a post.

Grace - we had sunshine yesterday, the first in Many days. It is said that we have many sunny days ahead too. How nice it was and is to hear. I had to go to the grocery, and really didn't feel like it yesterday. Also needed to get my hair cut (yes, the same one I've been talking about here for weeks and still haven't gotten). The lady next to me in the grocery parking lot told me I had a flat tire. It was Very low, but thankfully not flat. I picked up Subways for our lunch/dinner, and headed home to unload groceries and find where my husband wanted one of us to take the car to get the tires checked. Thankfully, he took over, and he took the car to the dealership - he really likes the people there. He was back home, before I could get my clothes changed after putting away the groceries. They found nothing wrong with the tires, and filled them all. I don't often need a full service gas station, but it is at times like yesterday, that one would really be nice. I had reminded him weeks ago that the tires were low, and that the car needed to be serviced, and yep, he procrastinated. I'm glad I didn't have to call roadside assistance. He's got an appointment to get the car serviced on Monday. I've got a routine hearing aid check up at noon today, and I'm going to try to get my hair cut once that is finished. We have Dmitri for four hours or so after school, so I must be home in time to take care of him.

Allie - I've heard nothing about stronger flu shots this year, so I'm finding the conversation here interesting. I got mine when I went to the doctor on the 6th, so all I know is that they gave me one. It did make a knot this year and itch, which it doesn't usually do. * I'm glad that the doc at the Sr. Center caught your infection. When you were talking about that extraction giving you pain that didn't sound right to me (as said). * Congrats on winning $10. I don't win anything very often at all, and I'm always thrilled anytime I win something if it is no more than a sticker - smile.

Bonnie - that was a real bummer about your flu shot. Do make it a point to get one however. I've got to poke my husband again about getting his.

Ellen - I understand your dilemma about being in Texas when your step-son and wife leave for China for such a long period. My thinking is however - if they don't really need your help at the last minute for something, I would suggest you say your good-byes and leave for Texas early next week to see your mom. What a fantastic opportunity for your stepson and wife. I'd be excited too. * Yes, science is meddling into everything - sometimes for the better and sometimes not. As for going gluten free - the docs I've heard talk on the subject say if you have an intolerance to wheat - that going gluten free is a good thing to do. Just like if we become lactose intolerant, avoiding dairy or minimizing it is a good thing to do. But if we don't have a problem, then we don't need to worry about it.

Bonnie - I understand your thinking about moving Mystery. And I would agree that when you are having to depend on someone else, they don't always do things as we would like. And I also agree, uprooting him after 13 years and separating him from his friend Pluto would definitely be hard on him. I do so hope Sergio will be able to look after him better. I know he must do as his boss tells him, but...

Bonnie and Grace - for some reason pictures of my granddaughter's horses aren't showing up on the Newsfeed. If you would like to see the few pictures I've clicked to share, try going to my Profile page and scrolling through my pictures, shares, etc. I don't know if this will work or not. She may have her settings set up in such a way that you can't do this. Those horses are beauties, and I hope you can see them.

Melatonin - I know little about this supplement. I'm up and down all night because of needing to use the bathroom, but my husband's insomnia is something different. I'm wondering if this might help him. Thanks to Yvonne and all the rest of you for your input.

Have a good day all -

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Hi All, Back from the art show... I did not win anything... I had the 4 yr old daughter of the Film Director in my Artist Way class say that my picture was her favorite... I said Daddy should buy it for you!...

it was nice this year... having lots of people come up and talk to me... from knowing me in different classes etc and met some good painters... but when that was kind of over .. it was only me walking around by myself.. one lady I talked with a good while.. then I looked at her name and died a little

she was the lady on the internet helping the animal people type... and then she turned on me with a terrible email... I felt so bad that she was so yucky to me... well she is a very nice lady we got along just fine... then I had to tell her who I was... at first did not remember.. then ut ohhhh... but she recovered well... for how she acted before.. maybe she didn't remember all she said to me... she said I should come visit her in her house... she is known as a good painter but only started 2 yrs before I did ...hmmm one of my old art teachers was there too.. he won an honorable mention

...then on the way home I went to weaving... good thing I did she used what I had done as an example... dawwwwwwww nobody like her told me to live a quarter inch between each of the side to side weaving... what I had was tight... Makes a difference when she tells us what to do... so 7 in. of what I have really won't work for what we are doing... Oh Well... grumble grumble...

Tomorrow is Branding class... ohhhh I do hope this teacher has something to say... then back to weaving at night.

I am reallyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy over booked last week and this week it should get better by Thanksgiving...

Watching Biggest Loser... and Project Runway finals tonight
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Good evening team! A BIG THANK YOU to Irene, Shirley, Bonnie, Mary, Ellen, Yvonne, Slimmer, and anyone else I missed, for congratulating and encouraging me for reaching 100,000 Fitness Minutes. Your support is VERY important and I really appreciate all of you for giving it.

SHIRLEY, I hope you had a good day. We had rain all day, so I cleaned out Melvin’s closet. I hope your weather is better than ours today since I know how it affects your joints.

BONNIE, The same thing happened when Don went for his flu shot and he just got the weaker one. You should probably call around to see who has the stronger dose before you venture out again. The CVS staff would probably have called other CVSs for you, to see if anybody else has it.
Your DH deserves a “Do The Right Thing” award for going out of his way to save the life of the blue heron. Good for HIM!

ELLEN, Let’s hope that the 8 months that your step-son and his wife will be in China will fly by quickly. It sounds like you’re stuck between “a rock and a hard place” with regards to leaving to visit your Mother or staying to spend time with your step-son before his big trip.
Thank you for the informative but sad report about the wheat allergy. It makes sense that the reason there are so many gluten intolerant people now is because the “food scientists” have been tinkering around with the seeds.

SLIMMER, I think you better go back to WORK, so you can get some rest! (smile) My head is spinning, just READING about your schedule!
What kind of box meals are you eating? Don buys Hamburger Helper and Hormel Compleat meals and adds a bunch of veggies to them. I don’t eat them myself.

IRENE, I’m SO glad that you decided to stick with us. We will all do our best to be worthy of your choice. (smile) I hope your doctor can suggest a caregiver’s support group for you and someone can come in to give a few hours of peace every day.

YVONNE, I take 3 mgs of melatonin every night and I sure would like to know what the bottom line is on it. Who is the author of the book?!

CECILE, I hope you got the comment I sent you about your counter pushups! Keep up the good work!

ALLIE, I’m glad your trip to Mt Airy was a success and that you did get to hear Michelle Obama speak. That will be a memory you’ll never forget.
I’m praying that your son gets another job ASAP!

MARLENE, It’s good to hear from you. Thank you for the update on your DH. Please tell him to get well soon.

Have a good night!

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Good afternoon team:
The boys are busy digging up my yard and making mud. They were getting too rambunctious in the house so I thought I better bring them outside so I can wear them out. My DIL called me around noon and asked me if I would take care of the boys for the evening.

I went to a senior clinic at the local senior center this morning. My doctor was there. He wrote a script so I could get the stronger flu shot. He looked at my mouth where the tooth was pulled and he said I have an infection. I had to get a script filled for antibiotics. They gave me a slip so I could get a free lunch and it was so good. I put a $1.00 in a 50 - 50 drawing and I won $10.00.

The boys are cracking up laughing at themselves. They said their mud looks like cat throw up.

I am having a slight reaction from the flu shot. I was able to get a small power nap in before I picked up the boys at school. I think I am going to be glad I got a nap in by the time the boys go to bed.

I hope everyone had a good day and you all have a good evening.

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News... Flash...

I actually bought food!

..after the book club meeting.. I needed a Birthday Card so just ran all around buying chicken steak and salad too... Now when to cook or eat them is something else

at the bookclub I had 2 people tell me that I was a great addition to the group... they seem to perk up when I told my ideas... it was good

..now to get dressed for tonight.. it starts in 2.5 hrs and it takes 30 min to drive and parking it horrible for this and I have to turn left across never ending traffic... aughhhh it is so bad to do!

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Well, I went to the CVS all ready for my flu shot and was told that they are out of the ones for us "seniors" and I'll have to go back next week. Darn. Then, stupid me, I didn't even think to try the CVS a little further from home which was on the same road I was on to get home. I guess it just wasn't meant to be today!!

I did get to the bank and the post office so it wasn't a totally wasted trip.

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I can't remember when I posted last, but this week has been so busy with something on every day going on. Last night at dinner we were hit with the news that my step-son and his wife have been offered a temporary position at a school in China. The position would last 8 months. They are really excited about the opportunity, but there are still some logistics to verify before the final decision is made. The down side would be that they would leave at the end of this month. I had planned to be leave early next week to go see my mother and when I look at our crazy schedule, if I don't go it may be spring before I can travel there. I guess we will see what happens.

Irene - I am so glad you are staying with us. We would miss your posts so much! I know you are working closely with the doctors to determine the best thing for your DH. This disease is so horrible!

Grace - congrats on your great accomplishment! I have exercised very little this week because of being so busy. I hope to do some later today.

Slimmer - your schedule sounds dreadful to me. I need a lot of "down" time to function well. Do take care of yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Allie - I wish the best for your son. My step-son is out of work and this is why the China opportunity is appealing. I am so glad you were able to hear Michelle Obama. Opportunities to hear a first lady in person do not happen often.

At a club meeting on Tuesday, the speaker talked about her identical twin sister who developed an allergy to wheat late in life and died 4 years ago from it since the doctors could not find the problem. As we have discussed on this team, it seems like gluten free products have popped up everywhere in recent years ago. The speaker said in the 1990's, the wheat seed was changed so it would produce more because of the increasing world population. The new strain caused in many individuals like her sister to have a reaction to it that is deadly. I did not realize any of this! The current tests do not always find this disease unless a scope to done down through the stomach into the small intestines. Since they were identical twins, the speaker has gone on a gluten free diet and served us brownies made that way. They were very good.

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Hi All, Grey and we had rain in early am and funny it didn't show up on the radar?.. Looks like rain but radar is still clear.

Yesterday painted 12-3 then drive home I did grab a Cooked chicken finally.. then off to weaving and stayed there until 9:30 I just could not move any more... I got tied on all my thread and made at least 5 mistakes but there they Stay! ..what an ordeal... and weaving is going to take forever to do this 72 inches.. I have 7 in done now.

GRACE... CONGRATULATIONS ON YOU ACCOMPLISHMENT! emoticon

I got up at 11AM and now it is 1am and going off to the Book Club and when that is done get ready and go to the Quinlin Art Exhibit opening... I'm pooped already!

... yesterday I don't know if I told you but I got a lady in my Artist Group... got her ok'd to have her .. short stories published in the paper I used to write for... it is a Goal she can check off she has reached.

Bonnie.... I sure hope they get that hay put out in the field... Like Just Do It!

..better be off... I think I have a Free Day next Wed. except I know I will have to go in to weave on that off day...

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Good Afternoon, Team.

It has been "gray" outside all day and it is supposed to rain again a little later. I am hoping to get to CVS to get a flu shot. I have been putting it off.

@Shirley - Mystery has been at this boarding place for 13 years now and I really don't want to move him. I hate how long I have to drive to get there but he is happy there with Pluto. Sergio said he'd get his field a round bale, as soon as he can get to it. I guess that is all I can hope for.

@Yvonne - I take Melatonin too. Do you take it 2 weeks and then stop for a week? I had read that this was how you were supposed to take it but my doctor didn't say anything about it. What does your book say? When I am having "body pain" I take a PM analgesic instead.
They both help me sleep.

@Irene - I'm so sorry to hear that your DH is getting worse. I know the disease is progressive and I guess it depends on the person as to how fast it does progress. I'm glad you decided to stay with this team. Take care of yourself and, please, get help if it gets too hard.

@Grace - Congrats on your high number.

@Allie - You are quite the "celebrity" hopping lady! I'm glad you are able to get to the places you want to go without too much difficulty.

I hope everyone has a great day.
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10/16/14 12:11 P

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Yvonne - me too. Wouldn't that be fun?

Shirley

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Irene, I'm so glad you stayed with us.

I'm guessing you're staying pretty close to home all the time now. Do you have any stitching friends who can come to your house periodically to give you an emotional break? You need to make sure you're caring for the caregiver, too. Wish we lived closer (not separated by an ocean!!!), because I would love to do that.

Just someone who'd make YOU a cup of tea, perhaps.

Keep us posted...

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Good Morning Everyone -

Irene - so sorry to hear that Maurice is getting worse. Although even those of us who know little about his disease know that it gets worse not better. I'm just so sorry that you both are having to go through this. * Glad to hear you are sticking with this team. We would certainly miss you. What you described about other teams, is what sets them apart from this one. Post when you feel you can so that we will know how you both are doing.

Grace - WOW! That is quite an accomplishment accruing so many fitness points. You must be so very proud of yourself. I know I'm proud of you.

Yvonne - it is good to know you are back home safe and sound. * I know little about melatonin. * I know it must give you and your son concern about him having been on a plane that transported that infected passenger. But from all accounts, it takes much more than just being in the proximity with someone with this disease to get it.

Allie - it is good news about your son. I do so hope that all works out for him.

Marlene - I'm glad that all is well with your husband, and hope that he is feeling better today.

Make today a healthy and happy one -

Shirley

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A well deserved brag Grave , I am impressed
Yesterday I made the choice of taking a
Spark break from a few teams, I am staying with this one as I feel we all care about each other, I did explain my reasons to teams I was parting with, I wnet back to look at one team ,I had said I would try to pop in. Only one person commented on what I had said ,
My husbands mental state is worsening ,I do not know what will happen but all I can do is look after him and myself, then take one day at a time,, I wil keep in touch as I can . Irene

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Good evening team! Please forgive me for bragging, but I just crossed
100,000 Fitness Minutes today! emoticon

Edited by: CT-FL-SNOWBIRD at: 10/15/2014 (21:21)

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Sorry I've been missing lately. No reason, except maybe my back to back reading of a fascinating series. I just got captured by the whole idea (fantasy).

I'm also reading a book on melatonin, which is pretty fascinating. I know some of you take it already, as do I, but the research this doctor/author did on it is pretty impressive. The book was on the best selling list; I don't know why it took me so long to see it (at a used book store).

Still unpacking in dribs and drabs. Jay got our garage shelving up today. As of now it holds mostly boxes, but they'll eventually get unpacked (most are books waiting for our bookshelves to arrive). We ordered a new one from the Amish store, and it's really beautiful.... plain in design, but solid wood so it makes me happy.

Found out today the plane that went to Cincinnati also went through the Atlanta airport, as did our son today. Trying not to be paranoid about this. He's pretty healthy, but has been under a lot of stress lately.

Gotta go get ready for bible study tonight.

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Good evening team:

I did a dry run to the facility in Mt. Airy that Michelle Obama would be speaking at. I did this yesterday and assumed there would be plenty of parking. I arrived there early this morning and was told there were handicapped spaces around the building and I could park there. There were none but there was a parking space for the principle of the nearby school. The principal let me park in his space.

I had a wonderful time and I met so many nice people. Michell Obama is inspiring. The philly mayor spoke and some of the people booed him. I guess they are not very happy with him.

I went to the Y and did laps and my swim class.

I heard from my son and he is pretty sure he already has a job offer and will know tomorrow. I told him he and his sons can come to my home and we can live together until he gets on his feet. I told him to keep this in mind in case the job offer doesn't work out.

I hope everyone has a good evening. Allie emoticon


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Good Morning Team Sisters. I'm checking in while I have a few minutes. I have art this afternoon. We are to have rain and strong winds. It was windy all of yesterday. I went for thyroid blood work in the AM then stopped at one of the local farmers and bought freshly picked apples for applesauce. I got 3 1/5 quarts for the freezer. I seem to be on a fruit kick Monday I made poached pears. I poached them in port wine with a cinnamon stick. ...It took a while to make the applesauce as we like it smooth so I use a cone shaped press. The apples are so fresh that I didn't have to add any sugar.

Grace, DH went to the PCP on Monday. She examined him well. She thinks he may have strained himself. She gave him sulfur pills as a precaution if the prostate is inflamed and told him to take it easy for a few days.

Bonnie, I too would be disturbed with the owner of the stables,after all you are paying him for his service. Thumbs up to your hubby for getting help for the heron. I hope its leg is being taken care of.

I must get myself together and make something so DH has something besides fruit for lunch.

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