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Hi All, Around 78 today but sunny and too hot out under that sun!

I got my computer back first then off to Gainesville GA for the Art festival downtown there. I walked around looking at least 100 booths with a few new type items.

I found a booth by the lady who is going to give the talk on how to Brand myself and Etsy and all. Talked to her a bit. I sure hope she has a planned talk... just chatting she was kind of all over the place???

I saw a lady from my Monday class and said Hello... for our Artist Date for class we are to do something for ourselves... so we couldn't get together and I was through anyway looking.

Then over to the library on next block for a big book sale. Not all that big. I did find 2 art books one on African and another on Cezanne and then 2 classics that were on my list.

Then back toward home. I stopped at this yard statue type place... what a lot of junk!!! Then to the Ministry thrift store and got 3 small frames and a piece of material that was the size of a bedspread and it was Chinese slinky type silk pattern... for $3... I bet it cost some money once upon a time. Then home...

I am worn out and hot... it is all I can do to breathe... so went my day. Some of this has to be exercise, but not getting into counting that.

Shirley ..this weight did not sneak on... it is like someone is throwing huge globs of fat and it is sticking... it is coming on by leaps and bounds.

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Happy Saturday to all.

Shirley, I make my own hummingbird nectar. The recipe is is 4/1. I use 4 cups of boiling water to 1 cup sugar. What is left over, I refridgerate.

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I have been doing work on our finances all morning, but I think I am finished for now. Everything paid and reconciled. My son uses on-line reconciliation and bill paying, but I guess I am old fashioned. My son also finally hired some house cleaners. As a bachelor, he said he had rather do fun things and house cleaning was not on that list. I use to try and help out but with my knees it was just enough to try and keep mine. He has the money so I am glad he did it.

Shirley - Thank you for the advice about the snacks. I just had a couple of saltines and added a small slice of cheese between them. It really helped. I know exactly what you mean about exercising and energy. It is a spiral down hill. I have found that when I am out of shape and have no energy, telling myself to just start small and do a little really is motivating. If ten minutes sounds like too much, start with 4 or 5. But just do it consistently and slooowly add more. My 94 old mother is so much stronger per my sisters because at the nursing home she is doing exercises several times a week. It is so sad because if she had done them at home and learned to put her hearing aids in and how to check her sugar levels, she might could have lived at home longer. * PBS often repeats these type programs, so you might could catch it later.

Allie - I am so sorry to hear about your sister. I know if this was happening to one of my sisters it would really be upsetting. What fun you have going places! Your life is full of adventures.

Slimmer - Sorry to hear about your weight gain, but I am glad your sugar levels are staying in control. I am not making any progress with my weight loss. I know it is all the carbs- not enough low carb veggies and protein. * I should have remembered that you had already gone down the allergy doctor path. I would hate to think it is in your city water or mold somewhere. That could be scary.

Marlene - I make oatmeal in the mornings during the winter. Do you just add canned pumpkin to it after it is cooked? Sorry to hear about your DH, but glad your DD is moving closer.

Cecile - I often had high energy days followed by low energy days. That would be fun to track and try and figure out why.

Mary - after I get my knees replaced, I think I will buy a pedometer. Your brand sounds really good.

Ellen

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Hi Sparkfriends!
I have been trying to catch up on reading the posts but have failed miserably!
Hubby got 2 injections in his knee Thursday. He has to go back for two more weeks to get injections. Also they fitted him with a knee brace! He is feeling like a spring chicken now.
We actually went on a date night last night-dinner and dancing! Stayed out to 10 o'clock-hahaha!!! Today is a big football day for us. Several games we want to watch. Our team-Auburn-played Thursday night against Kansas St. and won but we follow others as well especially in the SEC.
It is in the low 80's here-mornings are cool. I have been picking up plants to decorate the porch for fall as I am really getting in the mood. Found a wreath at Hobby Lobby for the front door.
I do not have to work again until Tuesday -will do Wednesday and Thursday also.. Working by myself now-checking and double checking and triple checking and driving myself nuts. However it is slowly getting easier.
Sure need to check in daily so I don't get so far behind!!!!

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Good morning team:

I just finished speaking to my sister. She is in the hospital again in WV. This is the 3 or 4th time in as many months. She had the ambulance bring her this time because she said she needed help to get upstairs and into the ambulance. I am in touch with her grand daughter and she will let me know what the situation is after she gets to the hospital today.I told her gd I would come if she thinks I should. My back is messed up again but if I have to go I will. I will just have stop a lot along the way.Please say a prayer for my sister if anyone is so inclined.

Shirley:

When I got to the Senators office I made sure the first thing I said was I tried calling an no one answered. I think that is part of the reason they let me see someone. I asked the girl that helped what her hours were and she was there when I called. She has only been on the job for two weeks but she seemed eager to help me and I will take any help I can get. They are gradually reducing the price of the house next door but I don't think they can give it away in this economy. The house needs to much work and the new owners have to take care of all the trees before they can even think about purchasing the house.

I am going to listen to a band in the park that plays Beatles' songs. I have heard this band before and I can't wait to see them again. I take care of my grandsons tonight so I have a pretty full day ahead of me.

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

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Good Morning Everyone -

Here we are into another weekend, if you can believe that.

On the subject of Slimmer's dizziness, etc. and Marlene's sinus problems - my energy level isn't very high on a good day, but yesterday I felt so-o- tired, but had to go to the grocery and make a stop at Lowe's for Humming Bird food. We've got the them coming to the feeder regularly now, and this has been going on for a few weeks. I came back in wet with sweat and about to drop - literally. Thankfully my husband helped me unload the car and put stuff away. I love Fall, but I sure don't feel my best this time of year.

Mary - I had my first experience with scones not too long back at a chain here called Panerra's. I really like them. * You and your husband sure do a LOT of work at your church. How fortunate they are to have you. Coffee Hour for some reason is so hard to get people to commit to. *Good for you getting in so much walking.

Slimmer - I'm glad to hear you called that lady. It sounds like she was glad to hear from you. We sometimes think only people who live alone are lonely. Often times people with spouses can be that way too. * Sorry about your weight gain, but know how easily that can happen. I write quite often here warning us all about "the creeping pound."

Marlene - good to see your post, but sorry to hear of Walt's surgery on his jaw. At this age there always seems to be something going wrong with our bodies, doesn't it? I do hope all goes well. *I got the Fall Bulletin from our rec center and they are offering watercolor classes. I gave it some thought, but not sure I'm interested in that. At one time I thought I'd like to learn watercolor, but not now. Unfortunately that's the only art classes I saw listed. * Ah moving, especially a long distance one, they sure aren't easy are they? I know Barbara and her husband will be glad to have this behind them and get settled in their new home. I know too you and Walt will be so happy to have them living close by. * So much has been said about Joan River's death. I learned long ago that anesthesia is so hard on everyone in the elderly years. * I just can't be on my feet for long periods of time any longer. I'm becoming more and more convinced that this is one of the main reasons I sweat so when shopping - it is plain and simple exertion. I'm to the point that I'm pretty much convinced that I could never walk these huge stores without the aid of the grocery cart. Of course this is a "catch-22" situation, since the more sedentary we become, the more sedentary we become.

Cecile - thanks for checking in. I do hope you are feeling better today.

Allie - About your visit to the Senator's office. I hope you told the Senator's secretary or whomever told you you should have made an appointment, that you'd called and no one answered. It is hard to make an appointment if they don't have someone manning the phones isn't it? After all your trouble, I'm just glad that you got to speak to people who can help you.

Ellen - As I am reading the posts it is apparent that many on the team were feeling a lack of energy or unusually tired yesterday, and enough so to say something about it. I can't help but wonder what is going on. With you and me living so close, I'd say it was our weather, but perhaps it is more than that since we are hearing from all parts or our country and Canada, and I have no idea what that could be. But I find this most interesting. * Thanks for explaining about the Ken Burns Series. When Allie mentioned it, I wondered what that was. Sorry I didn't get into it, because I have always found the Roosevelts to be a fascinating family. * About losing slowly, just be happy you are so close to goal weight and staying there. About your stomach hurting if it becomes too empty - I have two thoughts. The first being run this past your doctor, and the second try eating some plain soda crackers or some oyster crackers when that happens. They are pretty low in calories. When I was pregnant with my son my stomach gave me fits, mainly feeling nauseated but not throwing up; my doctor suggested this. I've used this since when my stomach has acted up for no good reason.

Krys - interesting post about foods. Your daughter-in-law sounds quite interesting.

Have a good day everyone and a most enjoyable weekend.

Shirley

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Good Morning :) We are having a bit of a heatwave here this morning. It is 17*C...this time yesterday was 3*! I just took 'Autumn Scones' out of the oven. Weird recipe, and certainly not scones. But they taste good...pumpkin, of course:) We are leaving shortly for the monthly pot luck breakfast at church. Lorne and I, and another couple look after organising it. It was hard to get people to take turns, so we decided to do it ourselves permanently. If only they knew, it is much easier than hosting post-church coffee time. Then you have to bring all the treats yourself. The breakfast is pot luck so we just have to set up and make the coffee and tea...everyone else brings the food.
I got over 12,000 steps in yesterday :) I use a pedometer, a Fit Bit, and love it! I put it on first thing in the morning and wear it all day. The Fit Bit web site and Spark People 'talk' to each other, so I don't have to be bothered logging distance, steps, etc here. It really makes me challenge myself each day and I know it has been a great investment in my weight loss efforts :)
Lorne and I decided to go out for lunch yesterday. I had a salad with their house Blue Cheese dressing...I could have eaten that stuff with a spoon...lol! After that I had a half order of Mushroom Ragout...not really ragout, but and chunky, creamy mushroom sauce over penne. Really good. After that I went for a hair cut. She really took a lot off and I like it much better. A lot meaning about 1 1/2 inches instead of the usual 1/2".
Time to head up to the church...have a lovely day!

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Hi All, Had nothing to do today but was busy all day.

No verdict on ticket but they had the meeting today on it.

My computer laptop is not ready yet.

Got 13 more books in at the library.

Picked up the art supplies.. it was a little packet the Artist Mag. gives to students. It had 3 little tubes of paint and a paint pen marker and about 5 types of discounts.. and5 x7 art paper and the mag... actually the mag costs 8.00 and 6 a yr... the insides had a lot of good articles... gee might have to get it ..or I need to see if the library carries this mag.

Then I called a Bluebird person in FL... my Artist Way said to call someone who is nice to me.

I also gave a call to the lady I met at the book club.. she had not come yesterday. She was on the way to the DR but kept talking. She said I made her day sounding so happy and up beat and that I was doing so well. She just kept repeating that over and over. ...and here I thought she didn't want to talk to me again etc. He foot from the operation is still hurting real bad and she can't walk on it.

My grass in the back is about a foot tall........!!!!!!!! I called him but he never answers so left another message.

I was to pick up my Owl picture from the gallery, but they want to keep it going another week.

Tomorrow is a big festival in next town and huge book sale... will have to think about going.

Ellen... don't you remember when I went to allergist about the shrimp... Well I have lots of allergies but mostly food which shots can't help... in past when I went to an allergist they said I had so much wrong shots would not really help because it was chemicals, food, smells... which shots don't really do a lot for... they both said ... avoidance.. is what I need to do.

I have been working on my sinuses... like the steam in the shower and trying to flush them out... I would like to buy the salt spray... could not hurt. I know they are still draining and the off balance is real slight... still think it is food that set it off... could be city water... a month ago... I noticed over night the toilet had black mold... and seems when I find this... I also get a bit sicky or very sicky when it happens... when they are having a sewage spill in the water system... might explain why so many get sick at the same time.

Slimmer emoticon I am now weighing 12 lbs heavier than I did 3 wks ago! I have a great appitite! 212 sugar is hanging in there pretty good

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Hello Team Sisters. We have had a fairly busy week. Got to the gym twice. Wed. went to the surgeon's office with DH he had a cyst on his lower R jaw. The Dr. removed it in his off and closed it with three sutures. He said it didn't look suspicious but as required sent it for testing. We took the bandage off this AM; it is swollen a little but looks fine.

My art classes started again this Wed. It was good to get back. Although I did manage to get some done here at home. Oh yes, I didn't get any ribbons for my paintings at the fair this year. Oh well there is next year. This is the first time I didn't get any awards. ..... I remember the first time I entered anything (chocolate chip cookies) I won first prize and bought a diaper pail with my winnings. I was pregnant with Barbara. emoticon

Cecile, it is so good to read your posts. It is a blessing for you to have Val living with you and it is thoughtful for your neighbor to offer to drive you for errands.

Slimmer, I hope you are feeling better soon. My sinuses were congested this week and I increased my nasal flushing. That helped.

Bonnie, we saw a day old lamb at our fair and it had a broken front leg. It happened during birth. Last year we saw a calf being born. They have a special birthing area set up in the agricultural building. There were calves, lambs, goats and piglets.

Our DD is busy sorting through things in their house. Fortunately for her the city is allowing yard sales without having to get a permit in October; I am sure she will have a yard full. They finally told their neighbors who were saddened about them moving. But happy that they will have a nice living/working arrangement. I am sure Barbara also told them that her parents need her to be closer. emoticon

Mary, the pumpkin pie oatmeal sounds so good. We had our widower neighbor for dinner last evening and I made a pumpkin moose for dessert. I have some pumpkin left over I may just make the oatmeal for breakfast tomorrow. I have a recipe in my files.

I was on my feet most of yesterday and my R knee hurt all night long. I took a pain pill first thing this AM. I also wore the big brace to go do some errands. When Joan Rivers death was discussed on television one Dr. said that no one her age should have anesthesia unless it is a matter of life or death. That convinced my DH that I should take that advice because when I stopped breathing a nurse said my heart rate was seriously low when she found me.

Shirley, I am very cautious about making left turns.

The weather had been so pleasant this week. I hung laundry outside for the first time in ages.

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Good evening everyone!

You know that energy I had yesterday? It was gone when I got up this morning. I took it easy today. The only thing I did was a potato salad and washed dishes. We were supposed to go shopping tomorrow and I nixed it. I don`t feel like going out and beside my yardman is coming to do the weed eater.

I hope tomorrow will be better for me.

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon

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Good evening team:

Ellen: I have been watching the Ken Burns series as much as I can. It was very well done and I am really enjoying it.

Shirley: I had called two other politicians offices before I went to the Senators' office. The other two secretary's told me to call first before I came to the office but they never said anything about having an appointment first. I tried to find bother of their offices but I got hopelessly lost and gave up. I decided I would try something different the next day. I called the Senators office before I left the house and no one answered. When I arrived at their office I asked to speak to an aid, I didn't have any expectations of actually meeting with the Senator himself. I just wanted somebody to listen to me and to contact Fannie Mae regarding the trees next door. I knew it would have more weight coming from a Senators office then from me.

Irene: I hope Maurice and your grand daughter have a lovely visit.

Elaine: I hope you get your new washer and get it hooked up before you have to go to the Laundromat.

Cecile: It sounds like you have a nice neighbor. I am sure she will come in handy sometime when you really need her. It will be nice just knowing someone will help you if you don't have anyone else available to help you.

Slimmer: What a coincidence, my new book club wants me to read "Gone Girl" also. I just finished it and I could hardly put it down.

I am having a good day. I got a nice nights sleep, I usually do after taking care of my grandsons the night before. I no longer have a headache so things are looking up.

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

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A cloudy humid day. It is not hot, but sticky. I have started slowly cooking my pear preserves using my great-aunt's recipe she gave me years and years ago. She was so active until she was in her 90's. I always loved to drive the 4 hours for a week-end visit when I lived in East Texas.

I should be cleaning house, but my energy level is low. I did my weights and my bike trying to get some energy, but now I am just ready for lunch. My DH called and he is bringing home some BBQ sandwiches home that he bought at the grocery store. He loves to do that kind of thing. The grocery store has cookers sometimes out front and the store is just on his way home from the gym.

Has anyone been watching the Ken Burns series about the Roosevelt Family on PBS? So far I have only watched a couple of them (we are recording them) and I am intrigued with Teddy Roosevelt. He had SO much energy!!! I ordered a sample of his autobiography on my Nook to see if I would enjoy it.

Slimmer - Have you ever seen an allergy doctor? My DH had shots for 5 years and it really helped his allergies. That was probably 20 years ago and I have thought he should have a "booster" shot if there is such a thing.

Cecile - I wish I had your energy today. My cabinets doors need a Murphy Soap cleaning.

Irene - my hair is totally straight, but if I try to put curls in it, it frizzes. Every beautician says they can do it where it doesn't, but it does. I decided God gave me straight hair and I will wear it short and layered for fullness. Everyone loves it.

Shirley - I wish I could lose weight easily. I seem to have problems now with my stomach almost hurting if it gets empty. I am trying to drink more water to stay full. Of course, now I just want more energy.

Mary - I envy all your walking. Do you use a pedometer? I want to get these knees replaced so I can take long walks again. I limited my wine to less than 5 oz a day, but maybe I should just cut it out. I think I sometimes use it to help relax as I work through knee pain.

Time for some Tylenol and water.

Ellen

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Good morning! looks like a gloomy, rainy day! good day to curl up with a book and cup of coffee!
Yvonne-not really sure if it is all truly Filipino food, my daughter-in-law lived in Hong Kong for about 4 years so has a lot of that food influencing the style of cooking she has, plus she was a nanny while she was there for a Scottish family so that style wandered in too! My son loves going to the Philippines with his wife, who is from there, and really enjoys their food and yes, some of it can be very spicy.
for me, I grew up eating a lot of Swedish and Norwegian food, but living in Germany for 6 years- I love their food!
Better go eat breakfast, all this talk of food made me hungry!!
Have a great day!
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Good Morning Everyone -

Irene - it always takes me a few days to adjust after house-guests too. I'll bet Maurice will enjoy it once things are back to normal too. Daddy didn't have Alzheimer's, and he always loved having people around, especially family, but in his late years having a lot of people around bothered him. Megan's visit may be good for Maurice. Let me know if I'm right. From what little I know about this awful disease, is that we do retain memories, and I'll bet he will enjoy talking about them to her.

Elaine - it is really good to see your post. Sorry to hear that you had to buy a new washer. I sure expect an appliance to last a lot longer than 6 years.

Cecile - thank you for the chatty posts. It helps us to hear from you. I hope it helps some for you to talk to us. Once again, Val proves what a sweet and thoughtful girl she is. Someone very special, that's for sure.

Slimmer - I hope you are feeling better today. Did you ever see an ear, nose and throat specialist? I know you talked about this one time.

Ellen - As I keep mentioning to Slimmer I think her problem may stem from her sinuses. You are right, inner ear problems do most definitely cause dizziness, and congestion in our sinuses I would think could impact our inner ear. She is also right about environmental issues causing her and her friend's problems. Georgia has lots of trees, flowers, etc., and thus pollen. *Your Bible study does sound most interesting. My former priest is the best Bible study teacher I've ever had, and I've had some good ones. Actually he's a better teacher than preacher. He said we can know the Bible is true from a historic point of view since events in the Bible are recorded by other cultures and religions.

Yvonne - like your friend, I've heard people say they gave up having a cocktail before dinner, which was their custom with their husbands, and lost 10 -20 pounds. I often wondered what was in those cocktails - smile. I've had others to say they'd drink a big glass of water before a meal, push themselves away from the table when they first felt they'd had enough, all such simple tasks, and all claimed to have lost weight that way. Losing weight of any appreciable amount has never been that simple for me. But I'm always in awe of those who can lose so easily. *I tend to avoid left hand turns when possible. Not because I'm right handed, but I drive where there is LOTS of traffic, and thus avoid left hand turns when at all possible because of the risk.

Bonnie - what a lovely day you had on Wednesday. Seeing that new born calf had to have been special, I know it would be for me. *I'm with you about wanting things to start when they say they are, or people being someplace when they say they'll be there. As for that jousting event - why publicize that it will begin at a certain time, and then start it an hour earlier - makes no sense.

Allie - thank you for your kind words. And... I am so happy that with the cost and effort you put into that Senator's visit that it appears you are getting some results, and I'm happy to hear that. That house next door to you is certainly causing you a Lot of trouble. From my vantage point, I would have thought that I would have had to have had an appointment to see anyone, especially a high level elected official. But I'm one who isn't accustomed to seeing anyone - friends or anyone else without them expecting me. However, I realize I may be too much that way, and from a business point of view, this possibly comes from being a secretary off and on over the years.

Mary - like so many on the team your "Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal" sounded good. *Congratulations on fitting into those smaller jeans and the 2 lb. loss for the week. Isn't that a Wonderful feeling? And Yes... I sometimes think that my husband knows that I'm around but never really sees me - smile. Your husband deserves a big hug for noticing your weight loss. *When I used to work at the church alone, my office was in the back, and I couldn't hear the front door open or close or most times anyone walking in the hall, so I Always made sure the doors were locked. Anyone who would need to enter the church without someone knowing beforehand had keys. That church was broken into a couple of times too. We didn't keep money at the church, so we never were sure what the vandals were after.

Make today a happy and healthy one -

Shirley

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Hi I am still just popping in on teams. Though our son has left now after a few days visit I am still catching up, Phil's visit set back my husband , and still adjusting . I had a day if trying to catch up and help him more. Today is podiatrist morning she comes here which helps. Then I am going for a hair cut and shape, I have very fine soft hair which goes floppy with any length in it, I want in layering . Our grand daughter Megan is going to come to chat to Maurice, she is doing family history and hopes to get some memories from him. She may do he is better with old memories than recent ones.
I do read your mails so I know what's going on. Have a good weekend . Irene

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Hi everyone,
It is good to see your posts. I hope everyone has a good weekend. I'm traveling off and on until mid October. I'm home for a few days.

I have to buy a new washer. The repair estimate was a little over $900 to fix mine which is only 6 years old.

Luckily I was on my last load of laundry when it broke. I figure I have one week before I have to go to the Laundromat. I'm hoping to get a new one before then. Friday, I will be washer shopping.

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Hello everyone!

Today was rather chilly. Needed a jacket to go out.

This morning I was awaken by someone knocking at the door. It was Labrador water. Usually they call before coming but not this time. I did not need water. I asked for a phone number and I would call them. The young man gave me a cell number. I felt bad that they came all this way for nothing. I told them that André had passed away and to please place my name as contact.

Then I took my pills and waited 30 minutes to eat. After breakfast, I got dressed and took the recycling stuff out. I wanted fresh air but couldn`t sit on the porch and can`t walk very far. I had some stuff for the compost bin which I did also. It felt great being outside. I got into the habit of going outside at least once a day when hubby would sit on the porch and I would join him. I miss that but life goes on.

Tonight Val surprised me big time. At some point this afternoon, she asked how I liked my steak. I thought it was a weird question. She left the house saying she would be back. She went to a restaurant that we like and bought supper. It was so good! She actually sat the table with me instead of going to the basement and watch her programs on the computer while she ate. I appreciated that bit time.

This afternoon I washed the kitchen chairs with Murphy`s soap. They are now singing Alleluia (I can`t remember how to spell it). I also put new cushions on. I have other stuff to take out but I decided to wait until tomorrow and that will be more fresh air.

My next door neighbour called to find out how I was. She told me she bought herself a new car. She told me if I want to go to the store, to give her a call and not always count on Val.

This afternoon, my nephew`s wife called and we talked about 45 minutes. The baby was up. She is now 5.5 months and I could hear her cooing in the background. It was so cute.

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon

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Correction......... my painting teacher was... Joan Darflinger

Ellen... it could be in the air here or pollen type stuff... just uncomfortable... the lady I know at the book club... she said on way out she looked sickly... she said she has been dizzy for a month... she has same Dr I have... which tells me ..she will get no help there... she never thought of checking out what she is eating.

I know I have my sinus draining on that side of my face... I just hate the feeling of being out of balance... it is like being on a boat... just makes me out of balance and I am a bit nauseous

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It is Thursday! My, this week is flying by as well as September which means that my life is flying by.

This morning I was back in another class at church. This one is reading and discussing the book "Making Sense of the Bible" by Adam Hamilton. The leader is a wife of a pastor and really fun. The book had a chart that showed that in the time frame of a event in the Bible, what else was going on in the world, such as when the Babylons captured Israel, Buddha was born. Really puts things in perspective. I just love to learn new things!!

My DH did not sleep well last night and has been sleeping off and on all day. I have been researching what I need to do when I reach 70 and have to take money out of my 401K. Rather boring reading.

Slimmer - often my dizziness is my inner ears or my blood pressure. I wonder if you have things in your environment doing this.

Yvonne - I have never heard of a bite like you describe. I just have poison ivy, mosquito and chiggers.

Cecile - your day sounded very productive. I need to dust myself.

Mary - I am so glad you are losing weight. I am tracking my food and exercise, but actualy gained



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Hi All, 79 and grey out looks like rain and feels too warm.

Just got back from my first Book Club where I read the book. it was about just under 20 people. I forced myself to Jump In and say something 4 times. One time they looked like you don't know what you are talking about. 1 time blandly didn't agree and one time I was Very successful in giving information. So I think it went well for trying to chime in... next month is Gone Girl.

The lady I met last time did not come to this meeting I have never heard from her again.

Yvonne it seems I get a Lot of spider bites here most are not too bad then a few have brought on very noticeable holes and a few blisters. I read spider bites can be very itchy. Whatever was happening on my thumb was like it just was a constant twinkle of very intense itching for over a week with no marks.

That is why I thought something had actually burrowed in there. That is why I heated the end of a fork so the metal was very hot and touched right where the itching was 3-4 times... it didn't really hurt but I knew it was hot.

Immediately the itching was gone and it has never returned. The next day I had two tiny blisters which after a day I finally touched and that skin came off and looked like a wide spider bite two puncture holes... it now is dry and no pain no itching and is red the size of a pencil eraser... I do think something was in there. Most spider bites do give off some type of poison..
......but heating that metal and touching it fixed it for me.

Tonight is weaving. I think the teacher has us beginners over our heads. I am not happy at how she is teaching.

I will take the photo of my new oil painting in another day it I sooooo slick. I like acrylic it dries immediately.

Shirley the way you said oil and water don't mix... is true and it does seem odd now. They have made these oil paints to be able to be washed in just soap and water and not need mineral spirits. The fumes are not bad at all. I am going to have to get me some.. of course!
......I can't wait to take more of her classes.

My painting teachers name is... Joyce Darflinger you can google her to see painting and her web page and other writings on her... oh I wish we all could have been in a class... what fun we all would have had!

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@Bonnie – Thank you for posting when you win a Good Reads book. It motivates me to go try and get one. I’ve entered about 10 times but have yet to win one. I remember Frederick from when we lived in the D.C. area. I always wanted to go, but we never made it in the two years we were there.

@Mary, Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal sounds delicious. Have you already posted the recipe here? About giving up alcohol – a friend did nothing but that and lost 20 lbs. She was having marital problems and drank a lot, I think. It changed her life, literally.

@Slimmer, I’ll join the others in saying much I enjoy seeing your work. I was with artists in fabric and beads all last week. It is SO inspiring. About a spider bite: I have 3 bites on my legs (thighs) that continue to itch and have been there almost two weeks. It seems to me it might be spider bites, but that part of my legs are always covered. Even when it was hot, I wore only Bermudas. Does anyone know what it might be? I know chigger bites, and these aren’t from chiggers. They are an “angry” mark over an inch in diameter with a hardened raised center.

@Cecile, it sounds like washing your floors were good healing for you. Right now, you should do whatever you feel like doing. I join the others in being grateful you are posting.

@Ellen, I laughed when I read about your different routes. We’ve discovered that my DH always makes a left-handed circuit, and I always go to the right. He’s left handed and I’m right handed. Do you think that makes a difference? Logically, I think right hand turns are always easier to make which is why I tend to do that.

@Krys, I’m intrigued by “Filipino” food. What is it? Is it spicy? Jay and I got hooked on Indian food right before we moved here, and of course have not found another restaurant here. We love to explore different types of food, and I’m so grateful we feel the same about it. He used to go to an Ethiopian restaurant in Dallas when he worked downtown…. So much that the owner honked and greeted him one day on the street! Made him feel good.

Well, I better get something done for the day now. Our days are very busy now. Jay has finished clearing all the underbrush and small trees in the woods between the house and the road. We laid out small trunks to delineate a path through to the mailbox. That’ll be so much more pleasant than walking down the driveway, besides not picking up the fresh asphalt on our shoes.

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Good Morning, Team.

DH & I went to The Great Frederick Fair yesterday and met up with our friends Linda & Charlie. We walked and walked and today I'm just "done in". It was fun, though, and we hadn't seen our friends in quite some time. In the birthing barn we saw a calf that was 4 hours old. His mother was licking and licking him and the poor calf looked like he just wanted to sleep.

It disappoints me when things don't happen when they are scheduled. Last year we missed the jousting demonstration even though we were there on time. This year we went "extra" early. When we got there I called Linda to see if they were there yet and she said the jousting had already started. This was something to 2PM and the jousting was scheduled to start at 2:30!! We hurried to the grandstands and managed to see the last part of the jousting.

After the fair we went to a diner where we always go to eat dinner. DH thought that they were opened until midnight. At 10PM we realized that we were the only ones in the place and the TVs were being turned off. We had finished our meal and were just talking. So we continued it in the parking lot.

Yesterday I received another free "GoodReads" giveaway book. They are piling up faster than I can read them!! I started reading "Even This I Get to Experience", an autobiography by Norman Lear, which I won in Aug. I don't read many autobiographies but this is starting out to be very interesting.

I hope everyone is having a great day.
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Good morning everyone,

Mary,

You sound like a good cook. I never was really interested in cooking that much. Your pumpkin pie oatmeal sounds delicious and this is certainly the time of the year for it. emoticon for fitting into your jeans. You are doing great. It's so sad that people are breaking into churches. I guess they are getting pretty desperate.

Shirley, I hope you are having a good day and I love your comments on my posts. The aid from the Senators office called me this morning. She sent all my info to Harrisburg. I told her I had some updated info and I had sent it to her yesterday. She said she would send that to Harrisburg when she gets it. I might actually be getting somewhere with these trees. I did not have an appointment with the Senator on Tuesday and I didn't know I needed one. They said since I came all the way down to their office they would help me anyway without an appointment. I politely said ,isn't your office supposed to be open to the public and you all work for us?I wasn't being sarcastic but that is the way I see it and I believe. They explained they could not let anyone just come up to their office because they are federal and they have to take precautions. I understood that but if I go to a state reps office I can usually walk right in so it was a little confusing to me.

Cecile, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

I am trying something different for my sinuses today. I have had to lie down a lot because of my headaches but they are not as bad as they were a couple of weeks ago. If this persists I will go back to the doctor. I just finished my antibiotics and I need to give them a chance to work.

The weather is perfect today and I am going to run some errands before the traffic gets heavy. I am picking my grandsons up at school today and I will take care of them for the evening while their Mom attends a school function and gets some grocery shopping done. I love hearing about their school day.

I hope everyone has a good day. Allie emoticon


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Good Morning! I just made 'Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal' for my breakfast. Oh My...wonderful flavour! I had a nice non-scale victory this morning. I'm wearing a pair of jeans that I couldn't get into this time last year:) Oh...and last night, my husband was standing behind me and said 'How much weight have you lost?' Nice to know he still pays attention...now and then.
The decision to cut out alcohol for a few weeks, and to stop the mindless evening munching is starting to pay off. Two pounds gone this week!
I'm working in the church office this morning. The secretary is on vacation and I seem to be the only one who doesn't mind doing the bulletin. I was going to walk, but There are a lot of people coming and going Thursday mornings, and I don't want to sit there all morning in need of a shower. There have been break-ins at some of the churches in the area recently...hoping they know we have no $$ for them to steal!
Enjoy the day everyone :)

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Good Morning Everyone -

Grace - I find it interesting that your bedtime is about the same as mine. Wish I could stay up later and sleep-in later, but my legs just won't allow it. If I stretch out on the couch or go to bed to relieve their restlessness, then I fall asleep.

Slimmer - now "water base oil painting" sounds interesting, especially since oil and water don't mix. I can't imagine me Ever finishing a painting in 3.5 hours. We will look forward to seeing yours. *Interesting quite a few houses going up for sale this time of year. I know some come on the market all times of the year, but the spring is usually when you most often see houses pop up on the market, since that is when buyers are more active - so I'm told. But having said this, it seems like I'm seeing more for sale signs now - meaning over the summer - than I have in a long time. That is either a good thing, or a very bad one. *Dizziness or being light headed - as said before, and I think others have mentioned this too - I think it could be your sinuses. You don't have to be sick with sinus problems or have an infection for them to make you feel light headed. Too, as talked about before, you could be allergic to oil paints. I have never heard of the odor bothering people, but that's not to say it couldn't. The one artist I knew that had this problem, the oils caused her to break out.

Cecile - thank you so much for checking in and sharing how things are going. I, like many others, have you on my mind, and it is reassuring to know how you are doing.

Ellen - my husband's way of driving and how to get places is definitely different from mine - smile. It sounds like you had a nice day. * Yes, I agree, riding a stationary bike one definitely needs something to keep them entertained in order to ride for any appreciable length of time.

Krys - glad to hear you had such a nice visit with your son and his family. It is good always to see your post.

Have a good day everyone -

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It's almost 10:00 p.m. Way passed my bedtime(by a half hour)
Cecile, It warms my heart to be getting an upbeat post from you. I hope you continue to have more days like today.
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Hi All, Finally got home.... started at Noon for painting which was 1-4 left at 5pm and got home at 6 for Art Council meeting at 6:30.

Whew... I am pooped!

What an art class. This was a lady that taught on Educational TV which could be picked up all over the world.. She has taught thousands and thousands in classes!!!

We only had 7 in class. Right off the bat she jumped in with what to do where and how. Most never have painted before. We ended with a Fantastic Water Base Oil painting!

When my picture dries I will have to show you. It is really something and done in only 3.5 hrs!!!

She gave me permission to sell her composition!... ...cause there are thousands out there..

I can't wait to take the next class on Oct 1st it is a winter sunset and lots of stuff to learn how to paint in it. She does lots of different pictures... What a fun day and ended with a good picture and learned a lot in a short amount of time.

College does not teach this much... this was a fantastic experience!

Gee 2 more houses for sale in my little subdivision...???

Visited the Dahlonega arts council... well I now understand why maybe 100 pay dues but only 8 attend meetings... soooooooooo unorganized... and did not reach any end results.. they thought they did. Everyone had their own agenda. Some want only to be a friendly supporting art group but they want to sew or crochet or do hand pottery... they are separate from those who are working artists for money or sales... there is a difference in caring about art and doing crafts and those doing fine arts... for $30 I probably will join just to say I belong to an art group... it looks good in resume listing

... I liked working with the waterbased oils... but there is still some smell of the oil paint... and my painting is in the garage... it still smells too much for me... my hands still might even smell too... .......plus I think my rats are breeding again... ... something smells like Gerbil cage.

I started to get dizzy again now about a week... .. I don't know again what is doing it. like meat in the salads I am eating... ran out of Dr Pepper and went to diet coke ??? the water I drink.. I have had more??? or my eyes and glasses? the smell in my house??? or do I have a little cold.. my ear and eye and head are acting up??? my sugar went up a little?? could even be blood pressure... even at 140 I notice a difference.. when I didn't feel good.

I do think I had the sinus infection... been working with steaming water in my nose... and that helped get the pain out of my eyes... but the same side of my head is out of sorts again... I think I got some germs doing something... can't believe it is food I am eating...have so little different

My thumb.. I think was a spider bite... stopped itching with putting the hot metal on it... it made two blisters.. like bite marks... now just dried red and sore... size of an eraser... so that is fixed

I had a bug jump on my food while I was driving... I thought it was a quarter size spider.. I kept driving and hit it off... I think I found it when stopped and looked like a water bug?

Have not found out about my ticket ...yet
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I`m back.

I thought I would come and boast about my day.

First I had a good night sleep. Got up for a couple of hours then went back to bed. I received a phone call that woke me up.

I got up and had breakfast then came on the computer until lunch.

After lunch, I passed the swiffer dry mop. After that was done, I passed the swiffer wet mop. My floors were so happy to be clean.

I made supper. For some reason, I started to get sleepy like it was midnight. I lay down for about an hour. I didn`t sleep but I rested. I got up did the dishes and put a movie on and now I`m here. The movie was Homeward Bound by Walt Disney. I`ve always enjoyed that movie.

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon

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This morning was spent having brunch out while the van was in for maintenance (I followed my DH in my car). It had to be brunch after I had two biscuits and two scrambled eggs. But it was so good! I must admit I have to laugh at my DH. To me, the way he went was the route I would have used to come home and the one coming home was the one I would have used to go there. But either one worked, it is just he seems to take the longest way to go somewhere. We went to the half price book store and I bought a journal to use in 2015.

This afternoon I rode my stationary bike for 40 minutes and watched the Senate hearing with the Secretary of State and tried to get interested in an autobiography. I think riding a bike, you really need a good novel.

Krys - it is good to have you posting again.

Cecile - you are doing so well. I am sure Val is a big help so you are not alone.

Bonnie - I so fell for owners when they have to put a pet down. It is so tough.

Slimmer - goodness - what a mess with the ticket.

For those living in the southwest desert or going there, be careful with all the rain there.

Ellen

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Hi all! back home after a long visit at my son's. had a very busy time and great fun with my granddaughter. Now to get back on track with my diet, my daughter-in-law makes such great filipino food that I can't always resist it. today I am taking it easy and just doing laundry. had a good time reading all your posts while I was gone and am caught up now.
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Hello everyone!

I felt better yesterday when I woke up. I sent Val to rent a couple of movies on Monday. There was a sale. You rented one and the second was free. We have 4 movies to watch. On Monday, we chose Hercules. I concentrated so much on the movie that I forgot everything else. I had a wonderful full night`s sleep.

When we got to the hairdresser, the person ahead of me got there early. We got there about 20 minutes ahead of time. Carole cut my hair right away which put us 20 minutes ahead of schedule all afternoon.

We went to Canadian Tire. They are renovating the store. I couldn`t find anything! I told Val we would go to the store where I bought the stove to buy the cream to clean the top. I had to change the name on the contract in the computer. I did so at another store. I was kind of proud of myself. When I asked them to put the contract in my name, I did not cry.

When I told Chantal about it on the phone, she mentioned that she was proud of me on Sunday. She said although I was subdued, I didn`t cry until we got to the urns. Even then, she said, I did not cry very long.

Yesterday afternoon, I found out the 2 halls at the Legion are rented on the 27th. The hall at church is also rented. Around 5 a gentleman from the Legion called and suggested the member`s lounge. I took it right away. Now I can breathe easier.

Bye, bye for now. May God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon

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Good Morning Everyone-

Irene - I'll bet you did enjoy your son's visit, but are also happy to have your house back to yourself. It always makes me happy when my kids come to visit. *I must get an electrician in here too, and I keep procrastinating. I have two light fixtures where the bulb broke off at the base when I tried to remove it. I've used all the tricks I know to get the base out and they won't budge.

Bonnie - I'm glad to hear that Nutkin is still coming around. *As for your friend's horse dying - whether it is their time of not (just like with humans) it really, Really hurts when our pets leave us.

Sue - that was quite a story about your parking ticket. What you wrote on that envelope probably made no difference, but I'm glad you did so. It was well deserved.

Slimmer - what a story about that parking ticket. I would be fuming too! As you said, it isn't the $15. but the principle of the thing, not to mention all the walking and inconvenience they put you through.

Ellen - well said about your experience with your husband and marriage in general - smile.

Have a good day everyone -

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A very quick pop in. We had our eldest son staying for a few days. Which was lovely but put me behind on everything , he's left now. I am waiting in today for an electrician,
The bathroom lights flailed after 3 days if being renewed I keep saying there must be a fault somewhere. Does anyone take notice? No ,it's easier to replace bulbs even if they don't last long. . Take care . Irene

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Good Evening, Team.

DH & I just got back from walking around the Lake. It was 72 degrees. The sun was out but you could feel a cold "edge" to the warmth. Autumn will be here soon.

@Slimmer - I'm so sorry about your ticket fiasco. Someone--I'm thinking those in the library--didn't know what they were talking about. I hope you get it straightened out.

Squirrel Nutkin came for peanuts this AM. I noticed she had a bare spot on her left side that looked like a wound. It wasn't bleeding but I felt so bad for her. Then a short while ago I saw another squirrel out back who had the exact type of wound on both sides. Hmm. Did they both get into a fight. Did something attack both of them???? I'll probably never know.

One of my friends had to have her horse put down on Sunday. I've been thinking about her ever since I heard and feeling very badly for her. Her horse was 20 and had COPD but was doing so well recently. The vet had told Lee that the powerful medicines would kill Goldie not the COPD. Even though Lee was "prepared", she really didn't think it would come so soon. We just never know!

I hope everyone had a great day.
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High Sparkfriends!
Slimmer your parking situation reminded me of one I had about 20 years ago. I worked in downtown Anniston and the agency provided us with parking passes for the parking lot-but only in certain spots. I parked one space over and got a ticket. Of course I tried to contest it-to no avail. So I used their prepaid envelope to mail in the fine-it was already printed to "Spirit of Anniston". So I added one word to that and it made me feel sooooo good. When they got the envelope it was addressed to the Evil Spirit of Anniston! LOL.
Ellen I don't know why one couldn't get on the floor with a knee replacement.
I am off work tomorrow-yippee!
(((Cecile)))-thank you for checking in-we have all been thinking of you-I will be praying for you and family for certain.
I am thankful again today for His goodness and grace.

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Hi All, Back from a mandatory seminar on Appalachian Weaving at the library.. it is 82 out and HOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT feels terrible.

BUT, I also am furious just furious... the parking lot at the library was totally full with people parking on the edge of the playing fields on the grass which I did too

I took my computer in also to get a virus checker put on (for free) and the meeting had not started. I went down and asked if ok to park on the grass they said what can you do it is that full you have to and they rarely ticket this lot it should be fine.

Well it wasn't .. the ticket guy was having a field day giving out tickets.. when I talked to him he said he would back it out but it was already printed go over to the office. I went through the 5 story parking garage and no spots there... I finally went and parked downtown Dahlonega and walked over to the school and this office is in the center...

They said they would do nothing even though the library said to talk to them and explain the situation... I AM FURIOUS! she would not back it out .. another student was ahead of me which didn't help because she would not help her either...

they told me to go into my school account and protest it... which she seemed like if I did they would dismiss it.. but aughhhhhhhh why bother just take it off now... they also said they were going after the library person who said that!!! ...which right now she and her boss cannot be talked to... ???

so I am so put out walking all this way in this hot full sun... I come home and went to write it up and it does not find the ticket so now I have a call into them cause they are not answering their phone... in this case it is not the $15.00 it is the principle of the thing

other kids in class saw the ticket guy and went off campus and parked in private business which those they mentioned didn't have like 10 spots even .. that was worse to me

so because I am upset I did not go out and get my lunch or go to the store for food which I am out of ............aughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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and I now have 2 hrs until I have to be back at school

Ok, something good did I tell you..??? my Painting teacher wrote me and asked how I am doing and said come by and he had supplies to give me... that is nice.

going to sit here and fume waiting for their call back
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I am waiting for my DH to go to the gym so I can be sure I have all the whites in the washing machine. Today, is my weekly wash day. Tomorrow we are taking the van in for maintenance and then I am busy on Thursday morning, but it is noon now so Thursday would have worked. I have learned so much about patience by living with my DH. You know, you can only travel as fast as the slowest person in the group on a group hike. The same with living with someone. There are trade-offs with marriage, right? emoticon

My right knee woke me up this morning, but two aspirins and a Tylenol fixed that up. As soon as I finish this, I am going downstairs to do a set of weights (I will have to start over and work back up to the full routine). I also plan to ride my bike, Today would be a beautiful day for a walk, but I am not going to try that.

On knee replacements - does anyone know if once you have them done, can you still get up off the floor or does it depend on the person? I worry about things like this.

Allie - the trees situation sounds threatening. You should not have to, but I wonder if it would worth it for you to go ahead and have the limbs on your property cut down before they fall.

Cecile - I can't imagine going through what you are having to do. It must be so tough. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mary - I have come close to having to fire someone and I am so glad I never had to do it.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Allie - I hope you will be feeling better today. Sinus problems can really make us feel awful. *About the neighbors trees - I know you've been to all kinds of councils, etc. complaining about that problem, but you know what, since those trees could be a threat to your (meaning grandchildren too) safety, it looks like whomever owns that property right now could be made to remove them. If a utility company can come into my backyard and my neighbors and remove good, healthy, beautiful trees because they "might" one day cause problems with the power lines close by, it seems to me that what you are dealing with is a much more serious matter. I don't envy you having to drive into the city, but am hopeful that you will find some help there.

Mary - I love trees, but they do make messes especially in the fall. I've done my share of leaf raking and disposing in my lifetime. *Yep, when I was doing church work it was a year round job, but come September it seemed like everything started up again.

Cecile - thank you so much for staying in touch. This can either help to talk with us, or be hard, either way you are being so thoughtful of all of us letting us know what is going on, and to know how you and the family are doing. It sounds like you are getting excellent help. Anyone who has ever had to plan for a funeral can sympathize with what you are dealing with. Good funeral homes, however, are a Godsend. Know that we are all thinking about you and wishing you and the family well.

Ellen - there is nothing like a good Bible Study group. I do miss having one to go to. I like the smaller ones much better than the really large ones. * We had light rain all day yesterday, and everything is very wet here. Our lawn cutter was supposed to come yesterday, but of course didn't because of the rain.. Tuesdays are our normal day, but he is going on vacation and wanted to come a day early. I sure hope he gets here today as the grass really needs cutting. Your dinner wouldn't appeal to my husband, but it sure sounded good to me. *You are right about churches, and this is true of small ones as well as big ones. A pastor/priest that gives a good sermon is number 1 on my list. The weekly sermon is my spiritual nourishment for the week, and if I can't get that then why go. It sounds from your posts that you go to a church I'd very much like to find for myself.

Sue - I so agree - God is good. I look at the world today, lack of morals, lack of respect for oneself and others, society wanting to kick God out of everything it seems, and I wonder why He hasn't given up on the whole lot of us, but somehow He still remains, and for that I am most thankful. *I hope all goes well with your husband and his knees.

Slimmer - I hope you are feeling better today. It sounded as though yesterday wasn't a good one for you. I too can't bend over for long at all, so can sympathize with you.

Bonnie - I hope that all is well with you.

Make today a happy and healthy one -

Shirley

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Good morning team:

I am still fighting my sinus infection but I am hanging in there. It isn't that bad, I just hate the bad headaches I am getting.

I have mentioned a problem with the trees next door before. I came home on Sunday and found some pretty big branches from it on my front lawn. Some of these branches were so big they could have hurt someone. The branches were very close to my front walkway. I am concerned about my grandchildren getting hurt and I am using the back door as much as possible to come and go. I moved my car down the drive further so it doesn't get hit with branches either.

I am driving into Philly today to a senators office to see if they will contact Fannie Mae and see if they can do something about the vacant house next door and the trees. The vacant house is for sale but I doubt anyone is going to buy it anytime soon. Someone mows the lawn for Fannie Mae but they say they don't do trees.

I do not drive in Philly but I feel I have to do it.to get something done about these trees. I have tried everything else so now I am going to the government. Wish me luck.

I hope everyone has a good day. Allie emoticon

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Good Morning! It's a beautiful fall morning here...10*c and clear, with lots of geese honking and making travel plans :) The leaves are slowly starting to turn...too bad we will have to rake them in a few weeks.
I walked twice yesterday and made it to 12,000 steps. No evening eating, and the scale was down a pound this morning. I have to go clean and reorganise he Archives room in the church this morning, so I think I'll walk. It's about 25 minutes each way. Sunday School meeting this evening. You can sure tell it's Fall with everything starting up after the summer. Three evening meetings this week!
Lorne is working today. He is going to have to fire someone...he's never had to do that and is dreading it :(
*Cecile...thinking about you often!

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Good evening everyone.

I am hanging in there. I often think of all of you and it helps tremendously! Thank you for caring so much.

Thank you again for the goodies I`ve received. They warm my heart.

Saturday, I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my brother Jack and his wife Beth and today another one from my brother Clem and his wife Alice. I speak to my sister Rita at least once a day. She doesn`t call but I call her. She is afraid of disturbing me.

This morning one of my cousins called. We had a nice chat for about 30 minutes. This afternoon, one of the neighbours came for a short visit. I was cleaning the house in my nightie. I was kind of embarrassed about answering the door but I did appreciate her visit.

The meeting at the funeral home lasted for 3 hours. I couldn`t get over it. My friend Marie-Anne called in the morning and told me it would but I thought maybe I could cut it short. They go over everything I need to do now. Then we chose the church and the time. It is going to be on Saturday September the 27th at 2 p.m. And I get the priest I wanted! We chose the menu for the reception at the same time. The lady we met was very nice and very professional. Then I called the Legion when I got back to reserve the hall. Since André has been a member for 56 years and a member in good standing, we get it for free.

When we got home, Val and I were hungry but did not feel like cooking so I ordered a meal to be delivered. Chantal was lucky in the fact that her partner had prepared supper.

Tomorrow I am seeing my hairdresser for a cut then we have a few errands to run. Maybe that will do us good, getting out of the house.

At times, I feel that my husband is in the hospital and I should get ready to go for a visit. Then reality hits me. It`s devastating.

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon

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Ellen-my hubby had his right knee replaced about 3 years ago and did quite well. The left knee is at that point right now as far as the pain goes-he is living on tylenol the past few days.

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This morning I went to my old Bible Study group and it was so good to see all the familiar faces. I may not like the book, but I did get something out of the class and I so enjoy the people.

This afternoon was spent mowing the acre with the riding mower. It takes time, but I would never count it as "exercise" although it is better than sitting of the sofa watching TV. We had some bananas going bad, so I made banana bread. I reduced the sugar a little and used applesauce instead of butter to try and make it healthier. Tonight will be vegetable stew.

They had forecasted rain last night and today, but as usually all of the rain disappeared.

Shirley - I have found that the trick to going to big churches is to join small groups such as Sunday School or Bible Study groups. My church has over 18,000 members, but I go to the Bible Study group and become very close to these women. I prefer small churches, but my DH LOVES this pastor and having a husband that will attend services with me is what counts to me.

Grace - I thought of your brother at Sunday Services. Our church has a ministry for children and adults with special needs. It allows their caregivers to attend church while volunteers work with the special needs individuals. On Sunday, the special needs class played the bells for the entire church. They received a standing ovation for their efforts. The group also runs a bakery where they are taught to cook. The pastries are sold at the church to help fund their fun activities. There are over 100 in the ministry.

Sue B - I will be very interested in your DH's journey with knee replacement. I know I MUST do this in the near future. Last week, I was having to use my crutches and today, I am doing great. But the doctor says I am bone-on-bone in both knees.

Ellen

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Hello Sparkfriends!
Shirley...the job is going well. I have one more day of orientation before they let me loose!!
Hubby has an appointment in Birmingham to see about a knee replacement...goes Thursday.
God is good. I thank Him each and everyday for taking care of us all.

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Good Morning,Team.

It's 66 degrees outside at 11AM. But the sun is shining brightly and that always makes me feel warmer than it really is.

Not to be mean, Peggy, but I think censoring any of our conversations is really not a good practice. I can see if it was objectionable but we do talk about our friends in our posts. Are we to stop doing that too?? We may not all want to join in to certain topics but it is not right to ask them to stop. If it bothers you for some reason--which you did not say--just don't read them. Since it sounds like not many of us have many really close friends, getting feed-back from the ladies on this team (our friends) about different subjects is very helpful.

Yesterday DH & I went "with a friend" to a tractor show in Upperco, MD. They also have a flea market going on at the same time. I managed to find boxes of Christmas tree lights (50 in a string)--new in the box for $1.50 each!! When I set up my little artificial tree last year I found that my 2 strings of mini-lights were both DEAD. I was so mad. Now I'm planning ahead. There were also some really nice wool socks that they were selling for $7 a piece and 3 for $20. They usually cost $11 a piece and were brand new. I bought 3!! There is a "Parade of Power" where all the guys (or ladies) get on their different tractors and drive around the property. The announcer tells all about each tractor and who it belongs to. I took some pictures for DH of the really old ones. It was fun and then we went to a local diner and had dinner. I ate way too much and have enough left overs for lunch today!!

@Slimmer - I know how you feel after a day of bending over. I have to watch myself too if I am helping DH with the lawn and picking up twigs, etc. Too much bending makes way too much pain!!

@Yvonne - Glad you had a nice trip.

@Grace - That is really windy weather if the food flies off the plate!! I wouldn't like that either.
I'm glad you were able to keep Melvin distracted so he could enjoy himself. Like I've said before You are a Wonderful Sister--An Angel.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.
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Hi All, it finally hit 70 at 11pm and feels chilly in the house like I need to burn the damp out.. Still wearing my shorts.

Today finished my 21st page of writing for the class meeting tonight... nobody sees or reads what we write we just have to write like carrying a conversation without ourselves almost out loud. I will say there a times I actually say something that makes a lot of sense and things seem clear.. I should mark those in yellow because as the days go on I forget what made sense to me but I guess that is part of the learning.

I went out and tried to look for the lost clippers... I can find them nowhere that is so odd the girl did not move 10 ft from where she was.. where could they have gone!!! I loved my clippers and can't do anything now without them.

but while looking dawwwwwwwwww I found the other girls digging tool... she left it where she was weeding I didn't even miss it... yet...

I HURT soooooooo bad... I even went to take Tylenol and the expiration date was like for Jan of this year... it was almost a full huge bottle... I don't take anything often but ohhhhh did I hurt and hot water in the shower was not cutting it... now I still hurt in that spot in my back and front where I always hurt when things get past too much moving around... at least I walk pretty normal now... I did wayyyyyyyyy too much bending over to pick things up. it is like one leg is 3 inches longer than the other when I stand.. that hip is out of wack

Also another real weird thing ..... for a week now I have a spot on the bottom of my thumb that itches and ohhhhhhh how it itches I thought what have I touched... my mom used to have a lot of p sor I sus can't spell it... she always had large at least 2 by 2 inch scabs on the back of her hands... plus other places etc. my older brother had it in his hair... I always wondered would I get it... is supposed to be hereditary...

anyway I had read that not to scratch because then bacteria can get in and that makes thing worse so for decades if I get an itch on my hands I never scratch... but this was different I nearly could have clawed off the skin... thankfully it did not come off but it never got to the bottom of this itch..

yesterday I had it... it just feels like something was moving around... dawww maybe it was... maybe I had something alive under the skin... eating or wiggling... it was soooo bad and over a week is too long...

I heated the end of a fork on the stove to real hot and touched the spot over and over like giving it a burn... but if something alive it wasn't going to be

well... the itch is gone!!!!!!!! or stopped... I have a little mark now and there is a little bump not sure what that will do... but I really believe something was there!

Tonight is The Artist Way class... probably going to start All The Kings Men

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Good Morning!
We woke to a light overnight frost yesterday! It melted quickly, but it seems awfully early for frost. Probably a hint of thing to come... I think Lorne is going to put away all the deck furniture and garden decor today. We went to church yesterday and took Kaiya to Sunday School. It was on of the kid's birthday, so they had a cupcake 'feast' :)
I had a productive day Saturday. I got all the church history stuff sorted as to what I will keep here at home in my filing cabinet and what I will try to find room for in the Archives Room at church. Lorne is going to help me tote it up there today and I will tackle it tomorrow morning. I also found enough clothes to fill to large garbage bags for the 2nd hand sale. I usually do this twice a year, but it's been at least a year and probably more since the last purge.
We went for a walk at one of the nearby conservation areas this morning. Hillier than our usual route at Presqu'ile, but at just 45 minutes and 6000 steps I feel a bit cheated. I need to fit another walk in later to try to make 10,000.
I'm making brushetta stuffed portabella mushrooms (Spark recipe) for dinner tonight, along with bean and barley soup. I heard Lorne muttering something about 'chicken wings', so he's on his own :)
Cecile...thinking about you and hope you are doing well ((((hugs))))
Enjoy the day everyone!

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Good Morning Everyone -

Yvonne - how interesting your CQ group. What fun! Do you drive to these meetings or do you fly? We used to have Houlihan's here, but not sure if we still do or not. I used to eat at the one in Chesterfield Mall years back. I've never heard of LotaWata - where is it? *Yep, I so agree busy hands sure keep us from snacking, don't they?

Grace - I think this is the chattiest posts we've had from you in sometime. It is good to see. *As for Cecile - she found comfort from the team when her son died. Hopefully, she will get the same comfort from all of us during this sad and trying time for her. Losing a spouse however is lots different and carries with it a lot more changes in our lives and responsibilities than losing an adult child. Of course the grief is something else again. *I love the beach, but don't think I would have enjoyed your experience at all. *Nighttime snacking - try either having the cereal or the popcorn - not both and see what happens. I was so excited this morning I thought I'd dropped several pounds, but when I checked in found I'd gained a pound. You have to love elderly brains.

Ellen - I so agree with you. Being in a church building - one that looks like a church - really changes my perspective and worship experience. We can worship anywhere, of course, but somehow being in the Nave/sanctuary (whatever you church calls the main worship section of your church) does make quite a difference to me. I was a member of a church when we first moved to this house that met first in a rec center meeting room, and then in a school meeting room. It was set up with banners, crosses, candles, etc., but somehow I still missed that special feeling I get when I enter a real church structure. Same with watching services on TV.

Sue - Hi! How is the new job going. *Sorry to hear your husband isn't feeling well, but glad he's on the mend. Perhaps he had one of those 24 hour bugs. *Thanks for answering my question, as it sure sounded that way to me about your friend.

Peggy - sure we can end the friend's discussion. Actually I think it had ended. I thought it was a good one.

Allie - you make me want to adventure out and try a new church. Unfortunately the ones around me are so Very Big, and after 30 years in a small church with a close church family, I'm not sure I want to go back to another Big church where few people know anyone - even the priest or pastor. *Your new friend from Africa sounds most interesting. At my previous church, we had a family from Nigeria who seemed so nice. He was an Anglican priest, and was over here doing some seminary studies. I never got to know them. I wonder what African cuisine is like.

Wishing everyone not only a good day, but a good week as well.

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@ Grace.... It sounds like you have a good marriage. These "old" relationships are so gratifying.

The CQ (crazy quilting) group is not new. I've been meeting with this group yearly for about 10 years. We started at a seminar in Omaha, and that folded, but we still wanted to get together, so a woman in Illinois has been arranging it the last few years. The timing for me wasn't very good this year, for the reason you mentioned. I'm still not organized completely here, but it was so nice to finally be only 1 1/2 hours away instead of 14 hours, I couldn't resist.

About night time eating: I did little snacking at the retreat because my hands were busy. We also had very complete meals (I wasn't cooking!) It's not going to surprise me if I lost weight.

I'm sleepy too....
G'night and may you all sleep and rest well.

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I’m back. Let’s see how long I last in this chair this time.

ELLEN, I’ve tried doing the “time management” chart that you’re going to do. I also have a problem with not knowing where my hours and days go. I do know that I spend too much time on Facebook. It’s so easy to get caught up in it. I should set a timer and when it rings, get off the computer and smart phone. PERIOD

YVONNE, I understand what you mean about missing Jay, while you were away. I got so home sick for Don, half way through my trip to CA, in June, I was miserable. Four days would have been fine but I was stuck in CA for 9 days.
I’m amazed how involved you are with various groups, like the crazy quilters, so soon after your move. Good for you.

ALLIE, I love reading about all the fun things you do with your GSs. They will help keep you young!

BONNIE, You did have a hectic day on Saturday didn’t you?! I usually feel better, physically, if I have a busy day, with a lot of errands to run, but the next day, I want to do nothing and go no place. But the quiet days are the ones where I’m the achiest (is there such a word?)
Congratulations on finding a back brace that works for you! I have heard of the Mueller brand. I may have some of their braces. I have a tote full of braces for everything from my neck to my ankles.

SHIRLEY, I like your comments to Irene, about the closeness of the team members. I hope and pray that we can be of some comfort to Cecile, as she goes through this drastic change in her life.
Thank you for the good wishes for Melvin’s picnic. It was so windy, at the beach that the food was blowing off the plates. We didn’t stay very long. I “bribed” Melvin by telling him I had a special treat for him, in the car. It was just a container of strawberry Greek yogurt, since he couldn’t have the ice cream treats that that the rest of the picnickers were having, with his diabetes. It worked and I was able to get out of the gale force winds rather quickly.
I also like your comments about night time snacking. I’ve been having a serving of Life cereal, with almond milk, every night + a 100 calorie bag of popcorn. But something has to give, because my weight is creeping back up again.

I'm having a hard time keeping my eyes open now, so I guess it's bedtime for me.
Good night everybody!


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We made it to church this morning! I was so glad. I missed being in the actual church; somehow watching on-line is just not the same.

I am doing an experiment to see how I am spending my time. So, I am writing down what I did every hour. I seem to be not accomplishing anything.

After church, I put the meat from yesterday's grocery shopping into freezer bags and then I picked up fallen pears so we can mow, I also picked some to make pear preserves next week. They are forecasting rain a couple of days which will be perfect days. Then I called my oldest sister- she is the best!!!

Yvonne - Your quilting trip sounded like so much fun! I think I may buy a new sewing machine so I can trying doing more quilting and taking my machine places. The books on quilting that I have been reading make me want to do more of it.

Bonnie - that was great about buying the brace on Ebay. I need to SELL some antiques on Ebay. My sister says that is the best place to do that. But we may just take them to a local dealer rather than mess with shipping. We would get less money, but less work.

I will try and get on here more often. I read the posts at night on my Nook, but it is hard to respond there.

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Good evening team. I had another lazy day today. I only walked for around 34 minutes. I just wasn’t in to it.

MARLENE, That’s wonderful news that your DD and SIL are moving closer to you. It sounds like they will have an interesting life, living in a cabin and all.

CECILE, How did your meeting go at the funeral parlor today? Did your daughter go with you?

IRENE, Good for you for getting a good report on your yearly physical. I’m glad your doctor is doing something about the strain you are under, with M. I hope the daycare center works out for him, at least one day a week and that they have something there that interests him.

Mary, Good luck with being the “Church Historian” . Even though you did say it’s a volunteer job, I can imagine it will be a lot of work.

I know I have several other people to reply to, but I have to get out of this chair. It’s making me ache and antsy as well.



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Out of respect for((( Peggy)))-no friend talk but the answer to your last question Shirley is "yes".
Very quiet day here-Hubby was not feeling well last night and no better this morning. We were supposed to go to "Friend Day" at his son's church but had to cancel. He is slowly feeling better and I am thankful for that!
Praying everything is falling into place for Cecile-thinking about her a lot.

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Just a short note, as I am very tired. I know Cecile is getting a boost from the love pouring off these pages for her. I can't think of anything much worse than losing a spouse. I just got back from 4 days with my crazy quilting group. We stay at a Drury Inn on the Illinois side of the river, stitch, shop, talk a lot and go out to eat. My favorite meal was at Houlihans, though it was a little pricey compared to last time I was there. LotaWata was my second favorite. LOVE that local St. Louis restaurant.

It was nice getting home to Jay, not so nice to know that tomorrow it's back to unpacking and organizing.

Hope you all have a peaceful Sunday.

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Happy Sunday to all.

I hope you don't mind but can we stop talking about friends?

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Good afternoon team:

I had a great nights sleep, which I needed after taking care of my grandsons. I went to the new church and I am getting to know more people and that makes me more comfortable. We are going to have a church bazaar the end of October and I am going to help sort through the donations.

I gave a woman a ride home and she is from Africa. She was very grateful for the ride but I did have a hard time understanding her. She told me what it was like in Africa and how she happened to come her. It is good for me to meet other people from other countries. We have quite a few people from Africa that live her and I have always been curious about them. They just opened up an African restaurant and I haven't tried it yet. I have no idea what they eat.

I went to the Y and got my swimming in. I am going to walk outside later. There are too many steps in the Y and I wasn't up to taking them to the gym.

It is a beautiful day and I plan on enjoying it.

I hope everyone has a good day.

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Happy Sunday Everyone!

Sue - friends can be strange, that's for sure but I don't know what I'd do without the few I have. My daughter-in-law and son have many, but they turn 50 this year, so we will see what happens as time goes on. When younger I had Lots of friends and acquaintances too - knew my neighbors, etc. Most of my close friends come from people I met at church. I have just a few real friends, and very few acquaintances. Old friends have slowly died away - I don't mean they are dead (although some are), but their life paths have separated from mine or ours. Where I used to send out 100-150 Christmas cards a year, I'm now down to less than 50, and each year I debate whether or not I am going to even send those. I long ago quit writing my Christmas letter. We moved to this neighborhood 9 years ago. I don't really know my neighbors, and it is obvious they have little interest in us. This is very sad, but true. I haven't found a church home since we moved here, and as said that is usually where my best friends come from. I (of course) don't know all that took place with your best friend who got mad at you about marrying, but I would have to say that she wasn't a very good friend if you couldn't work through that. You sound so happy in your posts; she should be very happy for you. Could she possibly be jealous that you are "so" happy?

Allie - glad that you went to the doctor. From your posts, it doesn't sound like anything major is going on, and that's good. I hope the antibiotics have you feeling well again soon. You do stay so busy. *Loved the stories of your grandsons. That was so cute what the four year old said about you and his brother.

Bonnie - we've got the heat on right now. It won't be on for long, but we turned it on to get the chill off the house. It is only 45 outside right now. *I'm really happy to hear you've got a back brace and it is working for you. They've been advertising a knee brace on TV that I am so tempted to try, but haven't done so, as I haven't been too happy with most of the products I've bought from those TV ads.

Slimmer - what a blessing those college students. Sorry to hear the one girl lost your clippers. When special things are lost it hurts. Wish I had those kids available here to help me tackle my basement.

Peggy - it indeed sounds like Catherine will have a Very Happy and Fun Birthday! That's the way birthdays should be.

Have a good day all -

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I have been out of the loop for several days but oh my..........
Cecile I am so sorry about Andre''s passing. It is so very hard and confusing to lose your companion. Prayers for you and your family.
Slimmer-you are a remarkable and most interesting person I think. Myself, I really have no close friends....just family,acquaintances, and neighbors. My best friend got very angry when I told her I was getting married. I told her to call me when she could talk to me like a human being and I haven't heard from her in two years! Go figure.

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Good evening team:

It seems I have been right out straight since yesterday at noon. I saw my doctor and told him my concerns about my heart. He said he wanted to take a look at my lungs first. It turns out I have a sinus infection and didn't know it. He said my lungs didn't sound too good and my ears were full of fluid. He prescribed antibiotics and cough medicine. The nurse said I lost 6 pounds since I was there in Feb. The doctor listened to my heart but he didn't suggest any tests.

I picked my gs's up at school then we went to walmart to fill my scripts. We had to wait over an hour. We went home and had movie night. We tried to put the bookcase together but I have to call the company for help. The youngest gs loved his new curtains and blanket. They are from Toy Story. I caught the little one talking to Woody

This morning my DIL came over and piced up the 8 year old and the 4 year wanted to stay with me. I asked him why he didn't want to go. He said he didn't want me to be alone and his older brother just wears him out sometimes.

I took my gs to a restaurant that has a train on a track above our heads and we had the best time.

I know I will be turning in early tonight.

I hope everyone had a good day. It is a little chilly here and rainy but I don't mind it.

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Good Afternoon, Team.

It was a rainy, gloomy, COLD morning but now the sun is coming out. It is still only 68 degrees outside. We were going out with a friend today but decided to postpone until tomorrow since it was an outdoors event. Tomorrow should be nice.

Yesterday was really busy for me. I REALLY can't handle more than one activity per day. I can do more but it doesn't make me happy!! Yesterday I had to bake cookies for my Old People's Riding Club meeting last night. Then I had to go to the Farm as the Vet was coming out for the horses Fall shots. I had to secure an "early" position as I had to be home to meet my ride to the meeting at 6:30 PM. I accomplished it all but I was "bushed". Good thing I didn't have to drive!

I was very happy about one thing. I know I've mentioned that after about 10-15 min. of riding Mystery at a walk I have been having bad back pains. I have been contemplating whether a back brace would help but didn't buy one as they are expensive & I wasn't sure they would work. My sister recommended one to me and I bought it off Ebay for $20/no shipping. I tried it out yesterday. I rode at a walk for 23 minutes and had NO TWINGES or pain. I need to try it for a longer time but I'm so excited that it really works!! The brand is Mueller if anyone is contemplating a similar back brace. It has metal bands in the back that keep your back stable. I was able to bend and move with it on without any feeling of restraint. I definitely recommend it.

@Marlene - You sound very excited to have your daughter moving close to you. I'm glad. The winters will be a "change" for them.

@Slimmer - I don't have many friends or family who call me. But, we do email. I'm not really a "phone person". I enjoy when friends and family do call but, I'm afraid, I'm not good at calling people. I do email people and am disappointed when they don't respond, though it doesn't happen too often. WE are your FRIENDS, Slimmer!

You are SO FUNNY, Slimmer with your "had to put ice packs under my arms". Sounds like a lot of work was done and a very successful endeavor for the students.

@Cecile - You are still in my thoughts. It is good that Val will be there to comfort her Mom and her sister. I'm sure a call from you will send her back to you if you need her. They didn't get to spend as much time with Andre as Val did so they may be having some sad feelings about that. Take things as they come and you'll be fine. We are all here for you.

@Irene - A senior day care setting might be very good for Maurice and give you some "me" time. I'm sure he'll be hesitant to go but it's worth a try. Being around some "male" friends could be very good for him.

I hope everyone had a great day.
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Hi All, HOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT only 84 but I have been standing and picking up limbs and my face is bright red I had to put ice packs under my arms I was about to drop and now it is all I can do to breathe... aughhhhhhhhhh

the kids worked a total of 11 hrs on my yard ... right off the bat on little girl lost my favorite clippers... I don't know if they were my Dad's or not but ... oh well and we looked ... she never even moved from the spot she was working. real odd... we tore the huge trash pile totally apart 2 times too...

I got all 4 corners of the house the trees trimmed away and the 12 ft front weeded ready now for that mulch the guy has not brought nor cut my yard again!

then I went down to the bottom back of my property I have been down there one time 4.5 yrs ago... well we got ALL the tree limbs cut to about 5 ft every thing under is gone and got a property line again

I can't believe in just a few trips they had 3 huge piles of up to 12 ft limbs carted 400 ft across the property to the road... It looks so nice under the trees in the front... if the bugs would not get me a great place to read or even paint... it is mostly moss on the ground.

It Looks so good! They want to come back anytime I call ... the girl kept saying She Means IT!... all 4 kids go to my college... they came in to drink and saw all my school paintings and it blew them away and the pottery etc... one kid said he is going to try now to paint... one is going to be a chemistry major another a surgeon one in marketing bright kids.

Great Day... my clothes I took off were dripping wet!!!!!!!! I can't tell you the last time I sweated that much... that was good for me!

Cecile so good to hear from you... just take it easy... we all care so much for you!...

... Marlene... (I get confused) it was you that said your sister did/does not call or your kids... I can believe that... my Mom NEVER called her kids... it was like long distance cost Gold so even if they called her at Christmas she talked for like 2 minutes if that and Daddy never went to the phone.

My older brother only called me 2 times when Mom and my sister passed. And my sister might have called me a couple of times to tell me of all the stuff she bought for her house and my younger brother I think called after a hurricane once to see if I was ok.. maybe another time in my life... My best friend when I do call her a few times a year .. sometimes she acts so bored or bothered... it is best to let her call when she is in the mood (she IS bored.. no get up and go there)

I washed my weaving... .it looks good! I will have to put the picture on of it.

Did my wash.... reading... now have 86 looks on Etsy... and I am poopppppppppppppppped

tomorrow is NASCAR and reading

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Good afternoon everyone.

It is raining since this morning and cold. I got up to a refrigerator this morning. I put the heat on to break the humidity and then completely forgot to turn it off...that is until I was too hot! Oh well, such is life.

Thank you my friends for sending me spark goodies. I really appreciate it and it did help my spirit.

I received a beautiful flower arrangement this afternoon from one of my brothers and his wife. I thought it was so nice of them. It did raise my spirits a little bit.

It has been 2 days since André has left. Even though I still cannot wrap my head around his passing, I miss him horribly. This morning I reached 3 times for the phone wanting to call my mother. She passed away in 2003. That is how my mind is working today.

My handyman came and did a wonderful job cleaning the bathroom. I had told him that I would do some of it. Every time I started to do something this morning, my motor was in reverse. I gave up. We had a chat after he was done. He told me he cannot believe that André has gone. I know he will miss him as they had become good friends.

Val has gone to her mom`s. That had been arranged since Monday. She told me that if it disturbed me to stay alone, she would stay here. I told her to go and bond with her mom and her sister.

Good by for now. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon

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Happy Saturday to all.

At 8:00 this morning we were at Tom's DGD's volleyball game. Avery is 8.

Shirley, Catherine will have a great birthday. Her 2 DD's Cassie and Samantha are going home from Iowa to celebrate with her and they are going to Garth Brook's concert tonight.

Irene, I hope Maurice will go to daycare. I heard that they are taken wonderful care of. I just don't think it should be called daycare.

Marlene, I hope your DD and her DH have an easy transition to PA.

Slimmer, you wonder about friends calling you. My kids didn't even call me for my 70th birthday this year. My best friend Marsha and I keep in touch about 5 times a year.

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Hi All 74 nice out and bright and sunny

at 1pm supposedly 4 college kids will come for up to 3 hours to work on my yard....Another perk for living in a college town where hey have to do so much community service for their clubs and being a senior! They don't even want donations... I have all the tools set out for them and I hope to get everything done that I just can't get done

Shirley... one lady lives 5 plus hours away now... even when she has come back to town and stayed a week with someone else she never even picks up the phone and I never know she is here. When she lived here I always called her every week and I think 2 times in 2 yrs I got her to Wendys for a salad then she would run off to do things she never asked me to do with her... the other lady 30 miles away mtn driving took time and gas money which she didn't have and probably does not... but I think in the future I will see her and can call... even the new book club lady is probably 15 miles away from town. My brothers NEVER ... call me I call my younger bro never the older he's not into talking The best friends who look after me maybe in 4.5 yrs called me 3 times and the FL friend only 1 girl and I have not heard from her in like 6 months and my best growing up friend in NE now calls like 3 times a yr.. They are not talkers and have really nothing to say... They just do their thing oh well...

I had heard about the teeth bacteria etc but also read a few months ago that now they do not believe that the germs in the mouth around the teeth really do get to the heart causing damage ???

guess I better go write my 3 pages of... thoughts for class... also washing my weaving and my clothes

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Good Morning Everyone -

Irene - this team is so close that I would hope that everyone would let us know should something major - good or bad - happens in their lives, and that you've told someone in your family to let us know if something happens to you. Cecile knows that we did what we could through words to help her through her son's death. I think she also realizes that through her we've all come to know and care about André. *I'm glad to hear that your doctor is going to talk with you and Maurice together. And I think day care may be something he'd enjoy, and it would definitely give you some regroup time. There are people who are trained to work with Alzheimer's patients, as I'm sure you know, and it would be my guess they have such people at these daycare facilities.

Cecile - thank you for updating us on how you are doing. *About the chain, I'm so bad now days about putting things off that don't have to be done right away, and thus things pile up and make doing them even harder. I try hard to motivate myself, but that isn't always something that can be done. It sounds like you got lots accomplished yesterday.

Slimmer - I sometimes feel that it is always me reaching out to friends, but interestingly enough they feel the same way. I hesitate to call my daughter because she works such long days, and sometimes weekends, and too she has her daughter and family close by, her in-laws, friends, etc. so I don't want to disturb her if she's found some time to rest. She says she gets so tired of being the one to always initiate calls or lunches or whatever. She wasn't talking about me necessarily, she was talking about all the people in her life. Now that you know how these people feel about you, perhaps you should call them from time to time just to talk or perhaps suggest you meet for lunch or some other activity.

Marlene - with Cecile's bad news, and Irene's daily struggles, it is wonderful to hear some good news. The cost of living is so high in California that I'm sure they will do very well in Pennsylvania. Downsizing is not always a bad thing, and being close to family again is definitely a good thing. It sounds like Tom will be working at something he enjoys, and that too is another good thing. I'm very happy for the two of you and them.

Grace - I hope that you and Melvin enjoy the beach today. It is quite chilly here too, but so welcome after the heat and humidity.

Peggy - I hope that Catherine had a Very Happy Birthday!

Ellen - I had never heard what you had to say about teeth cleaning and the possibility for infection should you have surgery shortly after. Due to mitral valve prolapse, for years they had me take a massive dose of antibiotics before a cleaning or any other dental procedure, so I guess this follows. Interestingly enough they are no longer doing this, but I will definitely remember what you've told us. I would have never thought that one would have anything to do with the other, but guess I should have. I do hope your friend is going to be okay. *So sorry to hear about your knee and you being back on crutches again. Would a walker be easier for you to use?

Allie - we have a Senior Center here too. I was so in hopes that they would have free classes and the like. I guess I should visit their website more often to see if things have changed. I visited there a few times and used their workout equipment. The next town over has a wonderful complex - pool, classes, seminars, etc. This center had only a very small room with some exercise bikes and a couple treadmills as I'm remembering. A small TV with exercise videos and chairs - that was the workout room There was a huge room like a meeting room with lots of tables and chairs. In a little alcove was a pool table. There were some men playing pool, and some ladies sitting at one of the tables in the big room. One day when I was there some men had gotten lunch, and I was struck by the fact that it seemed to have more mashed potatoes than anything else, but his plate was definitely full of food. They told a friend that they'd had exercise classes in the past, but no one came. Well... they don't advertise, so how on earth is anyone supposed to know they exist for one thing, and the second what classes or services are available? We are computer people so we will go to the internet, but many people our age and older don't know how to use computers and therefore don't own one. After this post, I think I will check them out again and see what's going on. We do have a big rec center that is very nice, and they have classes, etc. but that is definitely not a free facility. *I hope your doctor's appointment went well, and that you haven't had any more strange feelings regarding your heart. *I'll bet you got more help than you needed from your grandson's putting that bookcase together. I'll bet they also enjoyed the new things you bought them.
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Mary - we had a member her for many years. She too was involved with keeping up with the history of their church, but she had a committee so it wasn't just her. That's a Big job. *About your eating - we Anglicans do enjoy our wine, don't we - smile? I have a glass with lunch each day and have no intentions of giving that up. If you like wine spritzers, you can reduce the calorie count of your wine by substituting them. As for night time eating - rather than have nothing in the evening, plan you a 100 calorie snack for a certain time. That way you will have something to look forward to. Depriving ourselves can really undermine our weight loss efforts if we aren't careful. It is best to work things we enjoy like your wine and night time snacks into your eating plan and our daily calorie count rather than giving them up entirely.

Have a good day everyone and a most enjoyable weekend.

Shirley

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Shirley - St. Louis, MO

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Good Morning Everyone! I haven't been here for a few days...it was a busy week!
First of all, Cecile, my condolences on the sudden loss of your husband...prayers coming your way.
I've been busy sorting through 150+ years of materials I inherited when I volunteered to be 'Church Historian' when the previous wanted to retire. This actually happened the first of the year, but I have been procrastinating! I did manage to find room to display about a dozen photo albums in the library at church, found someone else to look after all the plot plans, building plans, etc., and I did a memorial project for two of our late lay readers. Now I'm down to the dusty work of sorting through files, minutes, more pictures, and 'stuff'. Some of it has been amusing, so it keeps me going :)
I haven't lost any weight this month, but I know that is due to evening eating. lol...and drinking wine! So I have decided to swear off alcohol until my birthday in a couple of months time, and to get Lorne involved in making sure I don't eat anything in the evening. I would really like to lose another 15 pounds by Christmas.
I made pumpkin muffins for breakfast...so good! Dinner tonight is a crock pot vegetarian chilli...I'm looking forward to it!
I have to go through our clothes today to find some donations for the second-hand sale at church.
Have a nice weekend :)


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