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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 Andrť 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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9/15/14 8:25 P

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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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9/15/14 11:12 A

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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.

Shirley

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9/15/14 12:47 A

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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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9/14/14 9:52 P

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Iím back. Letís see how long I last in this chair this time.

ELLEN, Iíve tried doing the ďtime managementĒ chart that youíre 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. Itís 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.
Iím 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 didnít 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 Iím 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 Melvinís picnic. It was so windy, at the beach that the food was blowing off the plates. We didnít stay very long. I ďbribedĒ 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 couldnít 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. Iíve 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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9/14/14 7:47 P

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Good evening team. I had another lazy day today. I only walked for around 34 minutes. I just wasnít in to it.

MARLENE, Thatís 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. Iím 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 ďChurch HistorianĒ . Even though you did say itís 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. Itís 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?

Peggy

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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 -

Shirley

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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 Andrť 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 Andrť 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 Andrť. *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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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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Hello on Friday. It's such sad news re Andre and brave of Cecile to come on here and tell us details. But having things to do does help at such times. We are all thinking of her and wish her comfort and precious memories .

Our news is all trivial now, I had a medical regular check yesterday ,I am fine just a couple of minor problems like heartburn to deal with. But my doctor did see signs go strain on me and we had a talk on that. She wants to see both. Maurice and I together so she can talk to him to see if he's still capable of making decisions , she wants him to go to a day care centre weekly, I do not think he would go , will see.
Have a calm weekend , Irene

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Good evening everyone.

I am not going to answer to the posts but I would like to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. I was telling Val today that when I joined this group 7 years ago, it was only up for three weeks. Whenever I thought I could not make my feet advance another step, I would think of you all and that gave me the courage to do what I had to. Today was no exception. Thank you so much for being there.

I had a busy day today. First of all the phone rang at 8:45. It was one of the nurses asking why we did not answer the door. I told her I was still in bed asleep. She asked why Mr. Tessier did not and when I told her he had passed away last evening she was in shock. She had just returned from holidays and the last time she saw him he was fine. She will advise the other nurse and cancel the doctor that was supposed to come on Monday.

Then Val and I went to the funeral parlour. They don`t do things like before. You just cannot go in and make the arrangements. You need to make an appointment to meet with a consultant. In our case it`s Sunday at 1:15 p.m. That done, we went to the bank.

I have a chain that broke about two months ago. You know the saying: `Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today?` I did and now I need the chain and it`s going to take a week to repair. I may not have it in time for the funeral. I just remembered that I have another one that I can use.

After the jeweler we went grocery shopping. We did not buy much but it`s all good food. No junk!

I will try to keep you up to date as much as I can. Tomorrow my handyman (yardman) is coming to help me with some of the house work.

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

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Grace and Ellen... yes it is nice to hear what these people are saying on how they feel about me being their friend.... but what I don't understand .. neither one really has made an effort to call or write to me in over 2 years... my old Holly friend said I can contact her any time but she pretty much said she is too busy to talk to me first.. odd??? This lady last night sounded like I am the only person in years she wanted to be a friend with ..I mean both were gushing praises and thoughts but never wanted to call or visit
..........if I was/am so important to them they never told me. When I was with both of them we had a lot of fun, but they seemed busy with their husbands and other friends...
.......... Gee, I'm not been ...sooooooo alone... I had Friends.... aughhh how do you have such people who care but never make the effort to act like a Friend ... I do hope my old painting buddy is able to do things with me.. it is hard for her ..she is like 25-30 miles from me way up on top of a mtn.

Yes, I am so sad about Andre... he felt like family.... as much as I have any family.

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Good Evening Team Sisters. I am so saddened by Andre's passing. Like all of you, I knew his condition was not good and couldn't understand why they kept him in the hospital so long. I hope Cecile keeps posting regularly.

Slimmer, isn't it a great feeling to have people tell you how much your friendship means to them? It is wonderful that you will be getting help with your outside work.

I am posting with a heavy heart about what Cecile is going through. But I must share my good news. Our DD Barbara, and her DH are moving back to PA the end of the year. They called to tell us yesterday. We are so shocked, and happy. How this big decision came about for them is too long to go into. In short, and opportunity became available that Tom can retire from his work in Calif. and while at a much lesser salary will work here as a manager/caretaker of a private fishing/hunting club. (About 50 minutes away from us.) I hope they won't regret this move. They will be leaving a very lovely home and their DD. It will be a tremendous down sizing. They will be bringing just one bedroom set, furniture from the family room, den, kitchen and a grandfather clock. They will sell their beautiful dinning room and living room furniture.

They will live on the club property, 46 acres, in what they describe as a cabin. There are outbuildings including a lodge where the club members stay while there. Barbara will prepare breakfast for them. I have the impression this will be seasonally.

Tom will be 65 in January (Barbara 55 in a few weeks); has been with his current employer 26+ years so he should have a nice retirement built up. ........... While we are over joyed with their decision, we are somewhat anxious about the adjustments they will have to make.

Well I have gone on long enough.

Everyone enjoy a blessed and relaxing weekend.

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Good evening team, I went to therapy and then did my gym workout and a little shopping. Now I'm home for the evening. Tomorrow I have to take special brother, Melvin, to an Easter Seals picnic, at the beach. It will be cold there so we'll dress accordingly.

It seems so sad to me that our lives are going on, while Cecile is busy planning a funeral and all the turmoil that goes with losing a loved one. I guess that's the way life works and we'll all get our turn going through what she's going through right now. Unfortunate but true.
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Cecile, I am so very sorry to learn of Andre's passing. My heart aches for you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers. May God bless you and give you strength to get through this dreadful time. Andre's body is gone, but his love and spirit will always be with you.

Remember your Team Sisters are here to support you.

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Cecile, my prayers for you and Chandra, Val and Jessica in the death of Andre'. Thank you for letting us know so quickly. As Grace said, just close your eyes real tight and picture all the good times together.

Today is my oldest daughter Catherine 48th birthday.

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Cecile - I am so sorry to hear about Andre's passing. I knew he was very ill at the hospital, but I really thought he was getting better. I echo the others that please know that your SparkPeople friends are here to listen.

Thursday morning I woke up at 3 AM and never really got back to sleep, but I went ahead to the new Bible group that morning. But I came home and napped on my love seat. Then I started reading "Why We Get Fat". It really explained so much about how the cells in our bodies work, why some people get fatter even though they don't have money for food and the importance of vegetables and protein as our main source of food. It also talked about the genetics involved. It was like a medical food, so I just skimmed a lot. I want to go back and read it more in detail since I don't have to return it to the library until October 1.

I talked to a friend who has had both knees replaced and now I have a better understanding about the time table for recovery. He echoed what the dentist said about teeth cleaning. He had his teeth cleaned the day before surgery and did not mention it to anyone and ended up with a very bad infection that damaged his heart value. They also had to take the knee out and start over. Wow!

I just got up to start some soup for lunch and my right knee has given out so now I am back using my crutches. emoticon

Slimmer - you are such an interesting person, I can see why everyone would like to be around you.

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Hi All, Just started to sprinkle but is 84 out and grey.

Allie... sound like you had a very productive day and so glad you went to the book club. I guess we are finding we can meet new people, but we just have to get out and try.

I think many seniors do not try the senior centers around them to see what is happening and like the one you found and the one I used to go to they are doing a lot.

I picked up the last of the Donated Items for the Memorial Markers and the guy in charge is coming over to pick them up.

Plus this fellow said the college I go to has a Work day where the kids go out to help deserving or Seniors... he said I will have them come over to your house for half a day .. so he is getting like up to 4 kids to come over and they can weed and trim bushes and trees!!! I have been thinking of hiring someone cause I don't want to really get up on the ladder. They also do not want donations so I can now put more money to buying supplies for the markers!!!

Last night at midnight... my phone rang... and I could not believe... it was the lady that sat across from me and painted Valerie... when I could not paint she quit going there. She went on and on and on how I was he most favorite friend and how she missed us painting etc and we had gone and ate out one time but... I have not seen or heard from her in over 2 yrs!!!

She must have been in need to call at midnight... she said she was trying to send a text message and the phone rang... I don't do texting so don't know what that was about. She is all excited to get back painting and wants me to teach her all about selling and Etsy etc and she just said we just have to get back together and that I could not lose track of her.

Like Wow! I thought she didn't even want to talk to me anymore .. She never gave a reply back when I called. I thought she must moved on... Isn't that something ... here now that somebody thinks I am so special to them.... Why didn't I know this???

Also the lady I used to go to the Holly with that moved away... she never calls never really writes on Facebook.. but resently I just had to call I was worried about her... She said call her anytime and how she thinks I am so special to her and keeps telling me how she just loves me and that I am the best Friend... I thought too she moved away and moved on

Val said she is going through a lot of legal probems with her husband and he is away right now but when he comes back and looks after the dogs she can get out again.

Susan the other lady.. moved away cause her husband needed work and they might have to move again

I just never had any idea people cared about me..... it just always seems they fad away
People sure are funny... I guess acting not the way I would if I was a best friend.

Shirley I don't think I ever saw the movie A Tree Grows in Brooklyn... and I watch everything.. how could I miss this and oh is it good!

back to reading...
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Good morning team:

I had a full and productive day yesterday. I toured a new senior center and I loved it. I had checked out two others but they just didn't seem like the right fit. This one is very active and they are very friendly. I was given a free lunch and it was delicious. I met a very nice woman and she plays bridge. They have paint classes, arts and crafts, even pool - which I like. The lunches are only $2.00 and they give you very big helpings.

I went to the book club last night. I read the book we were going to be discussing just a few hours before the meeting. It was a light read and a great book so it went well. I met quite a few nice people at the club. . These people were serious readers and they are going to keep me on my toes.

I have a doctors appointment this morning. I am going to discuss the possibility of having my heart checked out. My family has a history of heart disease and I think it is about time to just make sure everything is okay. I had a few spells this morning where I was out of breath and that is unusual for me. At least it is happening right before I go to the doctors. I hate going to the doctors so it could just be anxiety. I do have panic attacks but this wasn't quite like that.

. It is beautiful out today.

I am picking my grandsons up from this school this afternoon and they will spend the night with me. I bought a bookcase for their books and I think i will have them help me put it together if they are interested. I will see how that goes.
I hope everyone has a nice day.
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Good Morning, Team

@Cecile - I'm so very sorry to hear about Andre's passing. I know, after that long hospital stay, that he must have been very ill. I'm glad you were able to have that short time together at home. He seemed to be doing so much better but sometimes that is the way our hand is dealt.
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CECILE, I feel absolutely horrible for you. I'm praying that God gives you strength. I know you have many happy memories of your time with Andre'. When the sadness overwhelms you, squeeze yours shut and bring up one of those memories. How many wonderful nights you and Andre had, just sitting on the porch together.
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Good Morning Everyone -

This is a sad morning indeed as we remember Andrť and wish for Cecile and her family peace as they go through this trying time. But once again the immediate outpouring of sympathy and condolences by team members reminded me what an exceptional group of women you are and this team is.

Slimmer - I never read "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," but have seen the movie several times and loved it. It is my guess the book is even better.

Peggy - Good Grief what a day you had on Wednesday! What on earth is going on right now. It seems like there is nothing but bad news whether on the TV or in my private life. And it doesn't sound like you are doing much better. I'm most impressed that Tom can do all that work himself, with your help of course. I'd give anything to have his energy level and strength.

Slow day on the team yesterday. Make today a happy and healthy one.

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Cecile - I am so very sorry to hear of Andrť's death. I have come to know him through your posts and truly feel as though I've lost a friend. Thank you for letting us know so quickly. Know that thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish there was more I could do other than just words.

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cecil i am so sorry to hear this!! Prayers to you

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Oh, Cecile, I'm so sorry!. Praying for you and your family. My heart goes out to you.

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My heart hurts for your pain. I am praying for you and your family. You are not alone during this time.
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Cecile,

I don't have the words to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts. Allie


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Cecile I am so shocked to hear this. I am so very very sorry for your loss.

Thank you for telling us, please take care. This is so sad...

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Good evening everyone.

I have just come back from the hospital. My husband, Andrť, passed away this evening.

He told me this morning that he had a tummy ache. He wanted to go lie down on the bed. He was too weak to get there. I suggested he sit on the floor and I called 911 immediately. In a matter of minutes they were at the door. I knew something was wrong from the way they were acting. I called my next door neighbour and she came right over.

The ambulance left and I was planning on going to the hospital this afternoon. They called to ask me to come right over because it didn`t look good. That was a nurse. The emergency doctor called to ask about re-animation. I told no and we had that on record at the notary`s office. Mrs. St-Amour was kind enough to drive me as Val was gone to school.

He passed away around 8:15 this evening.

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Hi All, I Finished my weaving... took it off the loom and everyone claps... that is a tradition when cut off. It is at least 8 ft long!!! We took pictures will have to put them on sometime.

Time for a hot shower... 7 hrs yesterday and 7 hours today... I must be burning some calories but I am eating like I am in the army.

hmmm nobody looked at my Etsy today... now have 81 views... I don't expect sales but it is fun to see somebody look at it... the artist I copied 2 of them did not write me back I don't even know if they looked at what I did... guess maybe they don't really care since I am not a big store.

Still reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn... that is a good book halfway through

I have not plans on the calendar for next 4 days!!! (next week is big week)

Peggy... can't believe y'll dug up the yard... I would have shut of the water call someone or shut off the water and let the grass die! .that was a lot of work in the heat!

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Oh what a day yesterday.

I found some water on the pavers by my little garden( think the picture is still in my gallery) so we had to dig up half the garden before we found the leak in the irrigation system. Went to Home Depot to get the part to join the hose where it was leaking. Mind you this was in 100 degree weather. Got that finished and Tom decided to sweep the kitchen floor. When he went back to the garage to put the sweeper away, the door wouldn't open. The little doohickey that is suppose to move in when turning the knob wouldn't budge. Had to remove the door knob and pry the door open. Today back to Home Depot to get a new knob which is now in place. Oh, yes, we found grubs yesterday so had to buy grub stuff. I think shoveling dirt and stones can count for exercise.

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Good Morning -

Yesterday was a very stormy morning. But thankfully we had enough of a respite that I had a chance to get to the store.

Mary - having a walking partner is such a nice thing. I hope you had a nice walk yesterday, and enjoyed your coffee with your church friends. I have a friend that mall walks with church friends every morning. Years back her kids laughed when she started walking with me, as exercise just wasn't something she did. She stopped after we'd done this for quite awhile. Then all these years later she wouldn't think of missing walking with that group. I'm so proud of her.

Slimmer - living in the North Georgia mountains sounds good to me, and so does the 4 bedroom house, but if we move anywhere at this stage in our lives it will be to a Senior Community. For awhile they were advertising trying to get American's to move to Belize. That is such a lovely place (we visited it once 6 years ago . The ad was talking about the low cost of living, English speaking, etc., etc. My husband said if we were in our 50s we'd sure consider it. But... when push came to shove, living that far away from family - our kids, I don't know if I could do it or not, even with it being such a lovely place to live.

Allie - as I read your posts I marvel at all that you do. If I'm remembering correctly you have a disability that make walking hard. You are definitely a marvel. *What a blessing to find a church that you love and where you fit in.

Slimmer - I'm glad to hear you are discovering the rewards of journaling. Where you are using it for art, it is used for many other things as well, I had a friend once that is a spiritual advisor - something close to being a counselor, but as I understand it there is a fine line between both that isn't to be crossed. Both require study and if I'm not badly mistaken both require certification to practice professionally. I know this is true for counselors. At any rate she encouraged me to journal, and I did give it a try several times, but never lasted for very long. It is said it opens us up to our feelings, we learn lots about ourselves, and it is said that reading our old journals tells us lots about our life journey. I wish you much success in your journaling. It is a good thing.

Grace - over the years I've used cleaning services and individuals off and on, and some are the pits. For the past 10 years I guess, I've had a service to send a team in once every two weeks. Cleaning services don't clean as well as most of us do. What they call deep cleaning (and you have to pay extra to get that) is what I used to do several times a week, and I called that "routine cleaning" - smile. But that having been said, the people we've been using since moving to this house do pretty well. I call it "once over lightly," but they make sure the floors, bathrooms, and kitchen are cleaned and everything is dusted. It isn't as thorough as I would do it, but it is good enough. Before they come, I make sure everything is picked up and the counters are free from everything except what normally is there like coffee pots, toaster oven, cutting boards/hot pads. As I've said before, as we get older and find we can't do things we have to learn to adjust.

Bonnie - you haven't mentioned walks around that lake in quite awhile. I do so wish I could join you, as your walks sound so lovely.

Irene - it will be interesting to hear if that 16 year old ever returns to clean your house again. It has been my experience when I've had very young girls to show up here, that they don't last long. I think that they think cleaning houses will be a cushy, no brainer job, but when they learn how hard and boring cleaning houses really is, they quit. But for that girl not to have even mentioned that sock to you is unbelievable. She had to have been smart enough to know that it was out of place on the floor.

Peggy - I still haven't sent you that recipe for Hoppin' John. Yes, I will try to locate that recipe for White Chili and I will send them both to you. I have a data base on my computer with recipes in it, and somehow the last time my husband transferred data to a new computer, most transferred, but periodically I find things missing. Yes, I know this doesn't make sense, but it happened.

Sue - I hope the new job is going well. You sure do sound Busy!

Krys - good to see your post. I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family this weekend.

Wishing everyone a very good day -

Shirley

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Good evening team:

I went to my new church this morning and this evening. This morning we put snacks together for the homeless. Several people cooked in the kitchen and they made a wonderful turkey stew. I went back in the evening and several people and I loaded the car up. We went down to Philly to feed the hungry. Those people were so grateful to get a good meal. I am counting my blessings right now.

I met quite a few new people today and I loved it. They told me about local thrift stores and flea markets in the my area. The new church is going to have a bazaar next month and I can't wait.

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Hi All, 78 out at 7pm doesn't feel bad.

Ellen... yes 3 pages .. like note book or journal... but write anything it even says even if it is the same word or sentence over and over... and do it in the morning... that is to open you up where at night they say you usually just hash over what happened that day.

yes, that is a pain but I will give it a try... Actually while writing I had kind of an epiphany on a series of ...Art Books!... there is nothing exactly like it out there... and is needed... It could happen!!!

Worked last night trying to find the artists who took the pictures of the paintings I copied and asked if a problem that I did them and trying to sell them and do I need to take them off or give them credit or what...

One artist said my flower was not hers but she said if it was I could not sell it like on Etsy and especially make prints of it... she did an Iris she said I could say she inspired her but it had to look totally different from hers... oh boy... the other two people have not written back

I read a lot last night... and if a word has been Tradmarked you can even say it... like my Eye of the Tiger... is a trademark... and I saw they DO sue people... so I changed the name and did not even run those words together anymore.

I saw the word Pandora like Pandora's box can't even say that phrase.. and Pandora is a charm... those in jewelry cannot even say like a Pandora size charm.. in comparison... saw where Etsy Dropped over 2000 stores in one day for using that word!!!! oh boy!

if you get dropped they say it is almost impossible to get back on... even if it was an innocent thing.

I went to school and went weaving... could have been for over 7 hours,... I was way ahead of the class now I am down to the last 24 inches and .. ALL this has to be done cut washed blocked and dried and who knows what by the start of Tues class... No way these other girls will get this done,...the teacher sure did not help the class succeed by paceing what had to be done... Do I hurt... I quit because next I had to get on the floor again today and reset/hang the pedals... I was by myself for hours too

No A/C but had a tiny fan a girl has next to me... if I didn't move it was ok... not like FL heat.

I am going to layyyyyyyyyyyyy down... uggggg

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We were to have a major storm last night, but it went north and we just had a nice shower. We were probably lucky since Omaha, NE had flooding. A cold front is moving down and the forecast for Friday is 60 degrees.

I had Toastmasters at noon which was so much fun! I love being around the younger crowd because I forget how old I am. I won the Best Table Topics speaker for the meeting. Then my DH and I went to Panera Bread for lunch. While at Panera Bread, a woman walked in and we both knew each other, but had to think of how. It turned out to be the new club I joined. It is always fun to know more people.

Mary - I told my DH about your post and we both agreed that where you live sounds delightful. Being able to walk and then have coffee with church friends sounded so perfect.

Slimmer - I can't imagine a school in 2014 without air conditioning; especially in the south.
I don't think I could do what you are doing with your weaving. *On the book, I remember now what stopped me - it was writing 3 pages every morning. Is that 3 pages of 8X10 or what? I was very busy at the time and that was a lot. *I hope you get a great new neighbor. I would move, but don't think my kids would appreciate that. (smile)

Grace - I was feeling achy yesterday. I wonder if having a change in weather contributes to that or was it because of starting back exercises after a week.

Sue B - I forgot where you are working. I think you told us, but my brain is .....

Allie - I think it is great you have rooms for your grandchildren at your house. Mine is too small for that plus my grandchildren are almost 21 and 19 and have moved out of their parents' house to their own apartments. Their parents are talking about being missionaries in the Philippines. I think the grandchildren are too young to have their parents so far away.

Bonnie - your walks always sound so delightful!

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Morning Sparkfriends! Beautiful day here in Alabama but still no rain except a little bit Monday night.
I am so sleepy- got the boys to the gym. I had a good walk for 40 minutes. Got back about 8:30 and can't stop yawning. Working this afternoon so hope I can get a nap- haha-that's a good one!
Made some wheat tortillas yesterday-made two small wraps for bfast and they were very yummy!!

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Good Morning!
We were awake at 5 for some reason, so I got up and made coffee. It's still dark here so I can't see if it is clear or not, but I don't think the rain is supposed to start until this evening.
I'm walking with a friend at 8. I'll leave a little early so I can stop at Kaiya's (granddaughter) bus stop and catch a few minutes with her and little brother Markus. Mommy too, of course:) Markus is 10 months old this Sunday and is is becoming such a boy! He loves going to the bus stop and watching all the school buses. When one finally pulls over he gets really excited...especially after school!
We'll walk for about an hour, then go to meet a group from our church for coffee. My DH is off today, so he will probably meet us there, along with Markus and Mommy. I think after that DH is going up to the church to help the 'pie ladies' make pies for our stand at Applefest the end of the month. He can't bake, but he can peel and slice apples.
We have a lunch date with our youngest daughter...she wants us to come meet her new kitten. So proud of her...after a rough period in her teens/early 20's she has settled down with a really good guy and is starting online college course to qualify as a veterinary office administrator :)
Well, this is getting long winded! Have a wonderful everyone!

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Hi All, sprinkled some but hot out

School STILL no A/C hot hot hot... I tucked my T shirt up under my bra... I must look good and of course I have pretty short shorts on... HOT!!!

I am way ahead of the other 5 girls... looking good they are not coming in on their own and working which is what it takes... the teacher said I was meticulous in my weaving.... so easy to go wrong now... with putting the shuttle up over threads and under before one puts it through the open spot... doesn't just go back and forth... and it open by what I step on... and sooooo easy to step on the wrong pedal

Picked up the Free donations from the hardware store but have to go back Thurs for the 200 key rings.

So far 61 views on my shop and I think that means 25 different people... maybe Well, we never know when somebody will buy something. I don't think I have it open to International sales... and that is only because I wanted to ask at the class about the shipping which is big.

Grace... that other lady I waited 2 wks and she did not sign up to be my Goodreads friend nor on the FB book list... so I called... she had gotten her feet operated on 3 days before... she had to call back and when she did she was so drugged up that when I quit talking she was gone.. I figured she did not hang up but fell asleep... so will just wait to see her at the book club. She said she did not have time to look up Goodreads... of course when I went home that day I looked to see when she joined... .. People don't get as wound up as much as I do.

The ladys in last night group... maybe someone to talk on the phone with... they are like 25 plus miles away.

Ellen... that book can be done all by yourself... just do the writing in early morning... and try and write things suggested in the task... but any 3 pages of writing on anything is needed.

Anyone want to move to Dahlonega and be my Neighbor... the house almost across the street is up for sale... I think it has 4 bedrooms and double car garage.

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Good evening team! We had a yucky, cloudy day today. No rain however, so I had to do a little watering. And that's about all I did today. I had no ambition.

SLIMMER, I wish you much luck on Etsy. You may be as famous as Grandma Moses some day!
About your new friends Ė Do you still have the new friend you mentioned last week? I forgot how you said you met her. Thatís so great to make friends while youíre doing something you love to do.

IRENE, Can you call and ask the cleaning company to send more experience cleaners? I had a friend who hired a cleaning lady for a couple of weeks and this woman washed the floor without vacuuming or mopping it first.

GWYNLEE, If I were you I would be exhausted after having company for so many days. While you enjoyed their visit, Iíll bet youíre glad to the house to yourself again.

ELLEN, It's good see you posting again. I know what you mean about not being able to post from your Nook. I can get emails on my Smartphone but I canít reply to them.

BONNIE, It looks like the authorities dropped the ball on your CPAís grand children, by returning them to their mother. Lord knows what ďbaggage: she had when she was still living in Russia.

ALLIE, I envy your energy with the deck painting, cleaning up the yard next door AND decorating for your GSs bedroom. I feel like such a slug compared to you!

Tomorrow is "therapy, gym and visit Melvin" day. Now, I have to take my pills and think about going to bed, because I'm achy.
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Good evening team:

Slimmer: That is great news about your nephew. emoticon Maybe his good luck will rub off on you. I am joining a book club at the local library. You inspired me and it will help me meet new people, which is always good. It seems as I get older it is harder to make new friends. I promised myself I will make more of an effort to be more sociable and get out more.

Irene: Good luck with your cleaning lady. I had a young girl come in when my son was born about 35 years ago. I spent a week in the hospital so I needed some help. I ended up fixing her lunch and listening to all her problems. She did a terrible job to.

Ellen: I feel like fall is coming too. Now that it is cooler it is easier for me to workout and I enjoy it more. I painted my back porch/deck about two weeks ago. The paint had peeled off in sections. I sanded it down and gave it two coats of paint. A few days ago I noticed something stained the steps. I tried scrubbing the steps but it didn't do any good. I am not working on the porch anymore this year. I am done. As long as it has paint on it, that is good enough for me.

Bonnie: You are the 3rd person to say that we are going to have a rough winter. We all survived last winter, so I guess we will have just do it again.

I feel so bad about your CPA and the loss of his grandchildren . What a horrible tragedy.

I worked on the yard next door. Someone is moving the lawn but they don't pick up the branches. I have 5 bags of leaves/branches to put out to the curb tomorrow. The town doesn't pick up yard waste very often so I wanted to get it out of the way before the rain comes.

I went to the goodwill and got some good buys today. I am redecorating my grandsons rooms to make them more their own. I bought a book case and I am going to put all their books together for them. Both of them are starting to read and they really enjoy it. My youngest grandson loves toy story and I was able to get a pair of toy story curtains and a matching blanket for his room.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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Good Afternoon, Team

It's dark and gloomy out (like yesterday). If it's going to rain I wish it would just do it and get it overwith.

I was able to find out more info about my CPA's daughter. She had threatened to kill herself and her daughter a week ago and was given a psychiatric evaluation. Too bad that wasn't a "red light" to keep her kids away from her. A custody battle had been on-going with her and the daughter's father. It also was revealed--though it doesn't really mean anything unless this is genetic--that the mother was adopted from Russia. As many times as I have talked with the grandparents, this never came up. What I find strange is that the grandmother is mentioned but never the grandfather, my CPA. I thought maybe he was already in Montana when this happened but the picture of the house that they show on the TV shows his truck in the driveway. It is so sad.

@Grace - Can't believe it is almost time for you to go back to Florida. Seems like you just left. I'm hearing "noises" that it is going to be a real rough snowy winter this year for the NE, UGH!

Took a long walk with DH to the Lake yesterday even though it looked like it would rain. Luckily, it didn't. With the cooler weather I'm beginning to get back my "old feeling" of wanting to exercise more. That's a GOOD thing.

I hope everyone is enjoying the day.
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My houseguest left yesterday afternoon. She was the half of a couple that my husband has known since he was 19. Her husband died a year ago and she has had to move, plus just learn to live alone. She moved from her parents house to marriage. Her granddaughter is so much like me, that I decided that she must be related to me. emoticon

We went to a festival and my friend became excited about ideas for making some craft items from the booths. She could not buy anything because of the plane trip home, but it was good to see her having something to look forward to create.

Fall seems to be coming! I need to update my front porch with fall decorations and paint my back porch. The garden club meeting is tonight, but it is a long walk through a nature center and I don't think my knees will hold up. My friend was all over me to get something done. She says I walk funny and my son agreed.


Grace - thank you for being concerned about my absence. I think I posted something on the Weight Loss topic, but forgot to do it here. I have been reading the posts at night from my Nook, but I just can't post from it. SparkPeople eliminated the ability to reach the teams (or I can't find it) with the last update to their iPhone app. I was really upset about that.

Gwynlee - it is funny we both had houseguests at the same time. It is so much fun, but you did get tired.

Irene - your story about the cleaners and the sock was so funny!

Slimmer - I bought the book "The Artist Way" a year ago and then became busy and never read it. Your class is encouraging me to go back to it!

Ellen

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last houseguest leaves today. I am exhausted

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I woke very early today , I do not mind if I have slept well so here I am sparking and chatting online .i am in an over 6o group on Facebook there are regional groups, ours is having a meet up tomorrow in Nottingham,I will play it by ear if I go or not .
Today is house cleaners day, my one extravagance and worth every penny usually. But the business is having staff problems , the past two weeks two young girls come to clean here. One is .16 and tells me she does clean her own room at home but really knows nothing of general house cleaning , I didn't know if to laugh or be angry when I checked the bedroom after she had cleaned it, Maurice had left a pair of socks on the floor, I should have seen them but didn't,. The cleaner had vacuumed the floor but the socks were still there! Had she cleaned round them or picked them up and put them down again ? I don't expect them to put things away but if she had asked me I would have put them in the laundry bin. The other girl is older but giggles every time I speak to her , a nervous giggle. They both need experience and should be with an older person. I feel I can't go out now while they are here as I did when more experienced people were working here .
So that's this mornings task supervising cleaners who should he able to work alone. Have a good day everyone . Irene

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Hi All, Never got the big rain only sprinkled a few minutes.

Peggy the pictures look so bad... be safe.. Didn't kow you went 30 miles for art classes... that is something!

Went to class for The Artist Way... had 14 people...... it is a 2 hr class and the lady talked for maybe 30 min and she had nothing to say... so to help I once again Asked Questions.. when it slowed down I asked another we made it to 8pm... It is a fun group... don't see it being so serious

Had two ladies come up to me and ..tell me my name and then theirs and talk... very friendly people!... nice to not always having to push myself on people

One lady who works at the art center .. said she had a shop at Etsy and never sold a thing but also never knew it Told you all kinds of Stats... hmmm she needs to take this class

My nephew just wrote me .. he just sold a tye dye piece of material for $100.00... Wow! He opened a week before me I think..this was his 2nd sale.

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Good afternoon team!

Iím surprised to read about all of you who like/love chicken giblets, gizzards & livers. I canít stand them! (smile)

PEGGY, Iím sorry youíre going from a draught to floods. Itís feast or famine, I guess.

KRYS, Have a good time visiting your GD next weekend. Youíre going to have a fun time when the twins arrive and you have all the little kids around.

BONNIE, Thatís awful about the murder of your CPAís grandchildren by their own mother. What, on earth, is wrong with her?! This is leaving a cloud of sadness over you, your DH and everyone in the area.

SHIRLEY & YVONNE, Iím glad you both had such nice anniversaries. Ours is usually ďcelebratedĒ while weíre on our trip to FL, at Mcdonalds! Sometimes, if thereís a nice restaurant fairly close to our motel, weíll go there instead, but we donít like to wander too far from our motel in unfamiliar areas. Last year, we broke the rule, and got lost, trying to find our way out of a monstrous mall parking lot.
About sweating while cooking Ė If itís really hot and muggy, I wait and do my cooking, after it cools off or early in the morning. And I donít use the oven much, during the summer.

ALLIE, Iím impressed that your friendís 4 year old GD feeds the chickens & rabbits and collects the eggs without breaking them. I guess kids raised on a farm take on more responsibility than those who are not.
Youíre darn lucky that you didnít get hurt, falling down the two stairs. Of course you would have been even luckier if you didnít fall at all. Iím always afraid of falling down. Iíve come pretty close, many times, with my poor balance, but Iíve always caught myself, so far.

CECILE, Iím glad you decided against putting bricks under the legs of your couch. It sounds like ďan accident waiting to happenĒ. Would bed risers work? I just ďgoogledĒ them and you can get a set of 4 for $17.00 at Target and several other places.

YVONNE, I had to laugh when I read that you still havenít found your knitting needles since you moved. Thatís the story of my life. Weíve been in CT for 4 months and will be heading back to FL in 2 months and Iím STILL trying to find things that Iím SURE I brought back to CT in the spring.

Saturday was my special brother, Melvinís 81st birthday. We had a small party for him, at his ďheath care centerĒ, with cake and ice cream. In a little while, I will be leaving to go visit him and take him for his ďtea and trainĒ routine. Weíll go to Dunkin Donuts to get his iced tea and then park near the train tracks to watch for 2 trains to go by. Then back home. Sue, this must be similar to your boys with their shopping routine.


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Happy Monday to all emoticon emoticon emoticon

Phoenix has broken some records with all the rain we have gotten. We are in the process of draining out the extra water from our swimming pool.

Shirley, I never fixed giblet gravy because my kids didn't like giblets. I had wonderful breaded livers and gizzards on our trip in Aug. right here in Arizona. One of my favorite foods are the little whole breaded catfish. Would you mind sending me your recipe for white chili? My mother was born and raised in Chicago and her mom was a caterer. Indiana is really quite southern.

Slimmer, I will have to go and look at your Etsy page again. Couldn't go to art class today because it is 30 miles away and the roads are flooded.

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Good morning Sparkfriends.
Today is a whirlwind for us. Hubby started a tax course this morning. He has an ultrasound this afternoon to check his neck arteries. Praying all is well. Took the boys shopping this morning-our usual routine. Getting some housework done then have to leave for an evening shift at work.
Beautiful day here but we sure need a little rain. It has been a very dry summer. I was able to turn the sprinklers off one day last week.
Praying today for the state of our nation. Remember those who serve and are in harm's way.

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Good morning! another rainy day but at least the grass stays green! Got an excited call from my granddaughter last night, she said to check my facebook page cuz she sent me a video, she learned to ride her bike with no training wheels and boy was she happy! going out to spend next weekend with my son, daughter in law and granddaughter so should have a busy time with her, she keeps me hopping! my daughter [pregnant with twins] is doing great, she said she is glad she is starting to look pregnant and not just looking like she is getting fat!!
some times I am amazed at how much stuff some of you do, my mother paints and has given some of them to her great grandchildren and they just treasure them.
Have a great day!
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Good Morning, Team.

It's dark & gloomy outside and 70 degrees. It is supposed to rain by "rush hour".

While watching the news on TV last night we heard some tragic news. The 2 toddler aged grandchildren of our CPA died. The mother (26) is charged and, although a definite reason for their death hasn't been given, suffocation was mentioned. The boy was 1 and the girl 3. I remember seeing the little girl about a year ago when we were in their home having our taxes done. She was really cute. The mother & children were living with her parents while their home was being renovated. I feel so bad for the grandparents since we knew them very well after being clients for many years. They kept showing their home on the TV and DH was "freaking out". We were just there in July. They have another home in Montana and I have a feeling that they will now leave the area and move there. These cases are so sad. If someone is in trouble there are other options besides killing--especially babies.

Sorry I had to relay such a sad story but that is what is uppermost on my mind right now.

@Shirley & Yvonne - I'm glad you enjoyed your anniversaries.

Everyone--Have a great day.
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Hi All, Looks like rain out there 72 at 9:30 and grey out.

Today the hardware store said to come by and pick up the 3 gallons of paint and 200 key rings for the Memorial Marker Group

I also hope to find more books in at the library.. lots to take back. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a very good story 100 pgs in so far of 450

The Class tonight in Gainesville GA is called... The Artist Way.., after reading I see that it has been taught for decades... It can also be read by one person instead of a group... so anyone interested can find the book at the library. It is only 240 pages and for anyone who writes, paints or Makes anything... actually is just good on how to approach life... to get one living in the moment... yes, I think will be a good experience

I now have 51 views on my Etsy page... and 2 people saying they like paintings and want to buy... but the 2 that said that ... don't need to be spending that kind of money... but I won't twist their arm not to if they are so inclined.

The more I think about doing this Etsy thing... Gee, to be in the Gainesville art show it costs me $50.00... and now being on Etsy... people can look year round and it might cost at most $10.00 a year to show 50 paintings... It is like having my Own Gallery... being seen to me is really more important.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Thanks to everyone for your good wishes on our Anniversary. 56 years is a long time, and I guess is cause for celebration - smile. We went to O'Charley's and had a most enjoyable mid-afternoon dinner.

Gwynlee - it is so good to hear you have a paying job again. House guests I enjoy, but find them exhausting too. Are they still with you?

Cecile - we had a couple of days of blessed cool weather, but according to Weather Bug tomorrow and the next day are supposed to be mid to high 80s. I'm a bit disappointed since I thought the cooler weather was here to stay for awhile. *Oh My... but I too break into a sweat when I cook. Our stove is behind an island and where there is ample walk space all around the island and cabinets, I do think it traps the heat too. I have a small fan on the counter, and although it helps, it doesn't help a lot. Standing for any length of time causes my legs and back to give me problems, and that too can bring on the sweating.

Slimmer - that spiritual art class sounds most interesting. I can see it helping you in many ways. *I wish you much success in selling your paintings through Etsy or otherwise. It is good that you found an outlet for your work. That isn't easy to do sometimes.

Peggy - the more you tell us about your growing up, I'd swear you grew up in the deep South instead of Indiana My mother was from Indiana, and although she thought of herself as a "Yankee," she seemed to be as Southern as anyone. Like you I love fried or boiled chicken or turkey gizzards. Actually, I think I like the boiled ones best. Did you ever make giblet gravy? I think it was from making that that I knew about boiled chicken or turkey gizzards.

Mary - it sounds like you had a very nice weekend.

Yvonne - our anniversary was yesterday - the 7th. It sounds like you and Jay made more of an occasion out of yours than we did ours. Haven't been to Washington, MO in many years. But I remember it as such a quaint little town.

Sue - Oh My but I do understand that meal. My mother never prepared such with all that starch, we always had a couple or so veggies at every meal, but I knew people who ate like this regularly. There is nothing quite as good as white gravy with biscuits or mashed potatoes. And... I've already spoken to Peggy about how much I like chicken gizzards - smile.

Allie - it sounds like our nice weather has moved your way. It also sounds as though you had a very nice day yesterday. *There is nothing quite as good as finding a church with a pastor that gives a good sermon and has a friendly membership. Your visit to the country also sounded like fun. *So sorry to hear you fell down those stairs. Glad it was only a couple. Yes.. without a doubt falls whether stairs or otherwise really shake us up. I have difficulty, as you know, going up and down stairs thus I try to avoid them as much as possible. When I went down during our flooding problem I realized that they are even more difficult to manage than the last time I did so. I'm glad to know you weren't hurt.

Krys - glad to see you stopped by. I hope all is well with you and your family.

Bonnie - I hope you are feeling better today. I have to hand it to you, the mall is the last place I'd want to go, especially on the weekend and I wasn't feeling well.
Grace - emoticon I hope all is well with you and your family.

Have a good day everyone and a good week as well.

Shirley

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Good morning team:

Another cool morning, yes.

I enjoyed my trip to my friends in the country yesterday. I spent some time with my friends' 4 year old grand - daughter. Her granddaughter took me out to feed the chickens and the rabbit. She collected the eggs, fed the chickens and the rabbit. It was a very special time with her. emoticon emoticon

I had every intention of housecleaning this morning. So far, I made it to the couch and I am on the computer. I will get it done, I am just moving slow this morning.

The other night I fell down the steps. Luckily the steps are carpeted and I only fell down the last two steps, but it shook me up. My fall reminded me how fast you can have an accident.

I hope everyone has a good day today.

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back to work. exhausted from weekend

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Good evening everyone!

emoticon Yvonne and Jan, Shirley and Whit! Hope you had a very good day.

Today was a bright and sunny day and was warm but not overly. After supper Andrť and I sat on the front porch and watched the flies go by.

My new stove is working so beautifully, that it is so hot when I cook. I have started to switch on the ceiling fan when I am laboring putting the meal together. Tonight I was sweating while I was eating. Good thing the meal was good.

I cannot put bricks under the sofa as it would be dangerous. It`s not made for that. I cannot put anything under the cushions because of the way it`s made. I have to mention to hubby about putting pillows to raise his seat. We`ll see.

Thank you all for the information. The nurse is coming on Tuesday, and I will make sure I`m available to discuss the problem with her.

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



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emoticon emoticon emoticon SHIRLEY AND WHIT

AND BELATED ANNIVERSARY TO YVONNE AND JAY emoticon

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Hi All, cooled to 78 with a little rain and has been gray for hours now.

Peggy... aughhh I always get you and Marlene mixed up

I posted my 5th picture on Etsy today... I now owe them a whole dollar in January!... I think that so funny to be so low.

I touched up the edges and signed the pictures I put on yesterday. I took new photos of the one I put on today.

I also added my Exhibition at school to my Digication Folder... I needed the picture of what my painting looked like in the gallery. Anyone can look at my folder... google
Christina Packard Digication ... with spaces between my name.

I also read 40 pages of the class book for tomorrow night. We have to write 3 journal pages each morning and force ourselves to do something fun or creative by ourselves each week.. that should not be too hard for me.

I think I have everything in life up-to-date that needed to be done now.

Hope all who are celebrating are having a great time!

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emoticon emoticon To Shirley/Whit and Yvonne?Jay

Slimmer, I will let you know when I decide to put something on Etsy.

Marlene, go for it and Shirley too.

SueB, I was raised in Indiana and love fried gizzards.

Peggy

Peggy

Phoenix, AZ

Morgonstund har guld i mund.

Morning hour has gold in its mouth.


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Hello! The pot luck and hay ride Friday evening were fun. There were just 5 couples, so a chance to get to know some of them a little better. A big storm started as we were heading home...thunder, lightning, rain and wind. It got rid of the heat a humidity, finally.
Yesterday was a lazy day, but we did get out for a walk in the evening. It is definitely starting to feel like fall and I have bee looking a lots of soup recipes and a few pumpkin recipes as well :)
We took our granddaughter to church this morning. Sunday School started up...they all looked so cute going off to class :)
Lorne is having pizza for dinner. I think I'm craving scrambled eggs. I need to sit down tomorrow and do some menu planning and not deciding at the last minute what to make.
I haven't lost any this week, but have held my own. Part of that is lack of planning, I'm sure.

Mary
Brighton, ON


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