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5/28/17 11:51 P

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Good evening team sisters!

I see that I didn't come this morning. Must have had my mind elsewhere. At the moment Val is in her room. She has the week off. Not much hours. It's not only her but everyone is affected.

This afternoon I heard noise outside. When I looked it was my next door neighbour working on his pick up truck. It brought back memories of dad working on his car in the yard. After supper Val wanted me to visit the plant she and Claire put in one of the beds. I told Richard about the nice memory. The plant is an exotic iris. Instead of being yellow, it's red. It is the prettiest I've ever seen. I've seen yellow and white but never this colour.

Val did peeve me off this afternoon. Richard and I were speaking and he teased me by saying he was building a garage on my property. I told him about telling my husband that we could sell the land next to the driveway. Richard said if it was for sale, he is ready to buy it and he would build a double door garage. One door would be for him and one for us. Val turned to me and told not to sell. Now I ask you what business was it of hers? I didn't bring it up but she did. I was honest with her and told her I was upset. I don't want to sell after all it's part of their heritage. It seems to me it would be my decision whether I sell or not! Anyway, I haven't seen her since we spoke but I want to bring it up tomorrow when I am calmer.

Lady51 emoticon I know you will like this group. I am French Canadian and live in the province of Quebec. I have one daughter and 3 grand-daughters. One of them I haven't seen for 10 years. One lives with me. Her name is Valerie and I often talk about her. Her sister is Jessica. She has muscular dystrophy and is in a wheelchair. Occasionally she comes to spend a few days with us. I do enjoy them a lot.

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

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

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5/28/17 5:07 P

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Hola.. still gray out...

did laundry .... found a bag I can pack, but didn't find the one I thought I was going to use.. but hey... it has been like 30 yrs since I used it!

I washed the bag now drying.. it was musty.. I hope that came out.. same smell T-shirts get if hanging too long in closet... otherwise I might have to buy another bag..

Shirley... yes it will be by bus.. thought is fastest and cheapest together.. another time will do trains.. but hate to fly...(I think, but someday if I want to travel I just might say whatever happens)

I thought I could see up close what the country Now looks like I have driven to CA and all roads in US many times, but ain't going to drive them any more.

Peggy....... Yes I will be in Phoenix.. coming and going stopping for 1 hour both times...
.......but I had to laugh... on the way out I will arrive at 3:25 AM and leave 4:25 AM
........then when I am coming back... I arrive at 4:05 PM and Leave 5:00 PM

I am leaving there on the 19th at 7:55AM and that day I get in at 4:05PM so that would work.. the other way too if you are a very earily riser... I googled and you might check if this is only station Address: 2115 E Buckeye Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85034 Phone: (602) 389-4200
...that would be fun to see you! ..Is that close by you?

hmmm just thought maybe I might need to set an alarm to wake me if I should fall asleep.. I need to look over this schedule.. don't want to end up in OK.. Just looked.. it only going I need to transfer in Dallas TX at 6:20 I think I will call and see if others might have that problem or that they check.

Think this will be fun (oh I hope I have it in me still to do this.. I truly don't have a clue if my get up and go has gone or is still with me for the long haul???)

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5/28/17 4:21 P

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Happy Sunday

Slimmer, if you have an hour layover in Phoenix, let me know when and where. It would really be nice to meet you. I think the Greyhound stops at the airport but not sure.

Ellen, I lived my whole childhood with poison ivy. If it was in the wind, I would get it.

Just finished watching the Indy 500.

Welcome Lady 51!

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5/28/17 10:39 A

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Happy Sunday Everyone -

Since I've missed almost a week responding to posts I will just start with the most recent.

Lady51 - WELCOME! It is so nice to have you join our little group. I hope you will enjoy being here. We are a chatty and friendly bunch, so jump right in, join in the conversation and tell us a bit about yourself and family. And please sign your posts with what you want us to call you. You will notice that we all do this, it makes it easier for you to get to know us, who's who, and we you. It is great seeing you posting right away.

Slimmer - it is gray and rainy here too. But thankfully we had good weather while our daughter was here. Glad after all the problems you got your hot water heater. I gather you are taking a bus to California. What a trip that will be. How long will it take you to get there?

Ellen - so sorry to hear about the poison ivy. We have a friend that she said her daughter is so allergic to it that she didn't have to touch it, that just being in the vicinity of it would cause her to break out. * We were under a severe thunderstorm warning yesterday afternoon. Thankfully our daughter flew out about 2 - there was a brief delay, but that was all. Yes, she got home safely. Once she landed she had another 3 hour drive to get home. I am so amazed at her energy level. Yes, when I was her age I was doing lots too, but she does things I would have never attempted. * Thank you, we do have Great children and grandchildren, for which we are most thankful. And you are right family is most important, I love them both the very most, and they take seriously keeping an eye on us and helping whenever possible. My daughter is looking after my brother long distance since I can't, tackled a big job of stuff from my brother's house - pictures and papers while here. But you know what I know how she felt. Visiting old people isn't easy, and like when I would visit my parents or in-laws in Georgia I looked for things to do to help them and to keep myself occupied. * How interesting - my daddy didn't believe in credit either. He paid cash for everything. Some said this was probably from living through the depression. I was in high school before we got our first TV. But like you I didn't watch much TV at all until after I was married.

Cecile - I like pasta salads, but never make them for some unknown reason. Yours sounded quite good.

Cherie - I wear hearing aids and still must rely on the closed captioning. I was talking with a good friend who has very good hearing, and she told me she always had it on that she too can't always understand what is being said. Actors now days will either speak too softly or not speak clearly. I don't think they teach elocution in acting school any longer - smile. * Charley Horses - your potassium may be low is why you are getting them, plus all the packing you are doing right now. I do take a potassium pill daily because of some of the meds I'm on, but I also find if I don't eat a half banana a day (that's all it takes) that I can have leg cramps. If I eat that half banana, I don't (or rarely) get them. I can get them in my upper thigh and they are excruciating. * Wine relaxes me too, but I'm careful to limit myself to only one glass daily. Wine can be habit forming.

Have a great day everyone -
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5/28/17 9:16 A

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Good Morning everyone! New here and just looking to be motivated by everyone's stories. I keep coming back and starting over or taking up from where I left off. Wishing you all luck on your different journeys.


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5/28/17 8:58 A

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Hola.. gray raining?? Big storm blew through last night ..was hairy for a few minutes

Need to finish a book.. others just have to go back before trip

Today noon is Indy 500........ and at 6pm.. is Coke 600...... Big Race Day!!!!!!!!

Ellen.. actually travel by train is not all that bad.. just don't have a Room.. do coach.. also there is an American Pass by days splits US in 3 sections you get like 2 stops free in each if going across US.. just like Canada U rail A Pass I used them about 3 times like 20 some days each time across all Canada.. was real cheap back then probably not bad now.. but it was nice I had a tiny bed room.. or more like a coffin with a window.. Also years ago train ride great but aughhhh bathrooms were really a mess.. most probably never would like them but my last couple of trips they were sooooooo bad.

For my trip now.. was thinking this morning.. ut ohhhh I have to change buses.. What if I am asleep when I need to get off... Going to have to work on this area

I remember when I did take it across US before.. one day everyone was getting off.. so I did and ate breakfast.. but nobody else ate.. I asked they said they ate the long stop before and said I was asleep... hmmm

I just know to really latch onto my purse.. don't want it taken when asleep...

Ellen.. do you put anything on your arm? I think if me.. I would smother it with Honey.. Honey is a great healer and have read that very bad healing of sores they use honey. Probably wouldn't hurt.

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5/28/17 8:42 A

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ELLEN, I'm sorry you've got poison ivy. That sneaky stuff likes to hide and do a "got cha"


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I woke at 5 am and at 6 am gave up and made coffee. Some how I managed to get into a poison ivy and have a nasty place on my right arm. I wasn't wearing long sleeves because I thought I had got rid of all of it. emoticon ;So I am on Benadryl!

Our granddaughter headed back to college yesterday after lunch. She was afraid of driving in stormy weather. Just after she left, we had a bad thunderstorm. I was so afraid she drove right into it, but she arrived safely and said she encountered only rain. I am so proud of

Shirley- it is good you have such a good relationship with your son and daughter. Family is so important. Don't overdo it next week.

Allie- good for you for not letting your GS stay glued to the video games or TV for hours on end! I grew up without a television and I think it was wonderful. Of course, TV’s were not common in my youth and my Daddy did not like to take out loans. With the library next door, I was entertained by books. *I just realized that I answered your comment about Memorial Day on the Weight Loss forum. (smile)

Slimmer- I am so sorry that the zoo trip did not work out but as you said, always next year. Your upcoming trip sounds so exciting! To go across the entire US and leave the driving to someone else is my dream. I would love to travel by train and do that, but as you said, it is quite pricey. *When we had our new water heater installed, the plumber said we were lucky because the next month, new regulations kicked in and our space would not accommodate the new ones.

Cherie- I read the captions on TV all the time because my hearing is not as good as my DH’s hearing. I get tired of asking him to turn up the sound. Most of the time, I would rather read anyway. I started a new China Bayles mystery yesterday that I want to finish.

Cecile- yours and Val’s salads sounded really good. I like pasta salads!

More on my granddaughter. She is actually my step-son’s daughter but I have been there every step of her life so blood doesn’t matter. She will find out before the end of June if she was accepted into nursing school. I am so excited for her. Her father and mother are in China so we feel very protected toward her. I think college has been so good for her. She had to take a nutrition class and has lost over 25 pounds by eating healthy and exercising. She and my son were talking about how bad sugar was for us. He also has been reading a lot about nutrition.


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5/27/17 11:45 P

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Good evening team sisters!

We had a quiet day Val and I. Val made lunch and it was very delicious. It was pasta salad that had tomatoes, corn and onions. She has tuna with hers and I had salmon. I appreciated the work she did.

Val is working tomorrow until 5:00. It's all day so I will have to entertain myself. I don't mind!

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

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

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5/27/17 3:55 P

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H all!

its been a few days since I posted, been busy trying to get rid of stuff, and pack. Will have to take paperback books for library. I saved them, but I didn't read them again. I read the captioning on the tv all the time. Pete gets upset, cause he start a sentence, I'm reading the captioning, so I lose what he's saying. I tell him.

Had a couple charley horses in bed, oh did that hurt, had to walk it out.
I bought some pulled pork and colslaw for weekend. Trying to be frugal but we need to relax too.

Drinking to much wine, belly is too big. Need to cut down, but it relaxes me....

I don't care for blueberry muffins either. but I like blueberries.

I hope you all have a nice weekend!

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Hola.. nice out today cloudy.. was going to try and go to the zoo dawwww ticket not good today because of Special Event there.. Now I probably will not use it before I go the Head Librarian that gave them out said come see her when I get back.. hoping she will give me another pass.. which they are not supposed to do... didn't know they have had it so you can have 4 people go to the zoo for free for past 5 years now!!! Going to use this every year!

Just went and had my car checked seems it has a LOT of gas fumes, but they said all ok.

Water heater in.. next they said they had to tear off the door and the molding .. and Whoops I said measure again.. it STILL will not fit.. so had to get small heater.. I thought good cost less they said No would be more.. Aughhhhhhhhh and at same time the Woodwork guy was on the phone I heard him loud saying other places that were bad.. all these guys Upping the prices and problems.. I lost it.. and said every one wait.. Stop.. I had to make a few calls.. but my realtor's guy was not in.. so went back and by then.. then said Ok same price.. the woodwork guy I said Fix was I signed up for over there..Yikes! Then heater guy said they would Only charge for this big extra piece.. Dawwwwwwww that was already told to me was already in price quoted.. WELL... they said ok smaller heater for what was quoted!!!
..........WHEWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

then they had to put in a Tall 40 gal... that just fit.. the government now made all heaters to be Bigger.. so lots of people are having trouble fitting them in the water heater closets...

The wood work guy.. actually turned out to be wonderful to me... he fixed a handful of other problems I.. now don't have to... I don't have a clue what it is going to cost.. he said it will be LESS than the quote??? He used the wood I already had painted... so that saved him a lot of time...

Both groups of men.. actually did a very good job.. they are good.. I was impressed, but ohhhhhhhhh don't talk higher prices or add ons.. After a quote or find more problems that don't seem like a problem... I Am On Guard for that!!!!!!!!!!... like a bull dog!

Getting things together for my Trip... I had gotten so worked up over buying the ticket and wornnnnnnnn out.. that I actually had to take a part of an Adavan to get my pulse down.. so exhausted... better now I need to keep Chillin

This am I sleep over 7 hrs!!!!!!!!!! that was unusual for me! Woke up lightly dizzy and when I walked I even wobbled.. usually it is gone once I start moving... Immediately took a half of allergy pill...! It went away!!!!!!!!!!!!

Losing good.. only 9.5 to go!!!!!! my CA relatives EAT... I hope I can keep it in check.. I don't eat real big.. at one time anyway.. but I can eat bad.. big enough.. :) and I always watch that I don't put myself into a coma over eating carbs... if I eat too many I just have to fall asleep.. so I rarely over do because that WILL happen

they are thinking of things to do out there .. always wanted to see the Grunion Fish come up on the beach and they do that while out there.. ???

OHHHHHHHHHHH just found out someone on the 5th posted a CHARGE on my credit card said publish Co.. I don't buy books.. the phone number was to a Dr. Office 50 miles away.. they were closed.. but had emergency number.. called got the DR!!!!!!!! told him he was all upset wondered if one of his employees OR WORSE if he was hacked and this was happening to other patients... Anyway.. called card co.. I had to cancel my credit card... can't get a new one before I leave............. Like I Didn't Need This!!!!!!!!!!! Aughhhhhhhh

anyone in Tuscon or Phoenix.. I will be coming through on the bus.. one stop has 1 hr stop if you want to visit! I don't remember if I go through New Orlenes.. I remember Shreveport...

Oh I learned to be Good with TOPS.. I have to go to a meeting out there and get weighed.

Later Slimmer emoticon


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

We are into the last week of another Challenge - MAY 2017 Challenge. Yes, I'm wondering what happened to this month too. It sure went by fast. We are about to enter a new month with all kinds of opportunities - a clean slate. Let's make JUNE a most productive and good month, and especially when it comes to eating right and getting plenty of exercise.

This Challenge will end on Wednesday, May 31st. The June 2017 Challenge will begin on Thursday, June 1st, and will end Friday, June 30th! If you know you will be joining the June Challenge, or if you've been a Challenge member and don't plan to return in June I'd appreciate knowing that too as soon as you on can. Please post this on the "New Month-New Me!" Challenge thread.

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

If you've never done a Challenge - the Guidelines are on our team home page (Please Do Not Post There as it is for information only), but briefly - you will need to give me your weight as of June 1st. Keep up with your exercise minutes beginning June 1st, and then on Monday, June 5th - report in on the "New Month-New Me!" Challenge thread and give me your exercise minutes for those days. Then each Monday thereafter you will give me your exercise minutes for the previous week, just as you did this time. You might wish to say how you did weight-wise to keep yourself accountable, but I won't need your exact weight again until the last day of the Challenge Friday June 30th.

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

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Good Afternoon -

Just dropping by to say Hi. Our son drove our daughter to the airport about an hour ago. We did have a Very Good Time, but my husband and I are so tired. I've got a rather busy week next week - laundry, 2 lunch dates, plus the cleaners coming and who knows what else.

Here's wishing you a very good day and a most enjoyable Holiday Weekend.

Shirley

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Good morning team:
I took care of my grandsons yesterday. They are 10 and 6 . I went over to their Mothers house and all they wanted to do was play video games. I know that is what a lot of kids are doing right now, but not on my watch. Needless to say they weren't happy campers but they got over it.

The three of us went to breakfast at Perkins. I could tell they were old hands at dining out. They knew exactly what they wanted and didn't hesitate in ordering off of the menu. I asked the waitress to take a picture of us and she did. She even adjusted the lighting on my phone.

We left Perkins and I took the boys to a library. I love libraries and the employees were very accommodating. We got several books and the boys read them in the car while I was driving. The traffic started getting heavy so we went home.

I brought PB over to my house and the boys watched TV and played with their toys. The 6 year old and I made blueberry muffins. I kept it simple with a mix but we still enjoyed the fruit of our labors. The boys learn about cooking at their school, which I think is a wonderful idea.

My youngest gs wanted to know what Memorial Day was and why we celebrate it. I was kind of shocked that he didn't know anything about Memorial Day. I think some of these holidays have turned into just that, holidays. People have forgotten what the true meaning of some of them are. I am not preaching, I just found it kind of sad.

We went back to their house to wait for their Mom to get home. The boys jumped on their video games immediately. I set the timer and only give them so much time for the games then we do something else. By the time their Mother got home, neither one of them wanted to give me a hug and a kiss goodbye. I didn't let it bother me.

I am not going to sit by while they are glued to a tv screen for hours on end. Their parents can do that.

Well I have to get outside and mow the lawn. I am going to put my back brace on so my hernia doesn't start acting up too much.

My dahlias did dry out and they look gorgeous.

I hope everyone has a good weekend. Thanks for letting me rant.

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

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

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Just a quick post! My 23 year old granddaughter is driving from college to send the night with us. I have not seen her since September so I am excited about her coming. I have been busy today finishing some weeding and planting as well as making lasagna and sour dough bread for tonight. I am a little pooped right now.
Grace- I am SO GLAD you are safe in Connecticut and out of that hot weather in Florida. I am looking forward to your updates after you get settled. I can’t imagine all the things needing to be done after being gone so long.

Shirley- it is interesting that we both had family visiting this weekend. *I had a very rough night Wednesday night and did not go to sleep until 4 am. I finally went to sleep on the sofa and slept until 6 am. I did what had to be done yesterday to prepare for my granddaughter’s visit and then took a short nap on the sofa.

Slimmer- YEA! I love that your sugar levels are going down!! Good for you and You CAN DO IT!! *Goodness, this is your year from everything to fall apart in your house. We need to research and buy a new dishwasher this year also. As you say, it is only money. *Wow! Traveling by bus across the US!! Good for you! Stay safe!

Yvonne- I love your saying!

Cecile- good to hear from you!

Allie- your plants will probably dry out fast in hanging baskets. I have been planting and my fear is if and when we travel to see my mother all my plants will die if we do not get rain while we are gone.

Peggy- your grandson is adorable. That is a precious age!

Elaine- My step-son was stationed at Knob Noster AFB in the 90’s. I went over there with him after his transferred there following Hurricane Andrew in Florida. It is a nice place. *I love how one can escape in a book so easily. I flew through a bad storm once and never noticed because I was so engrossed in a book.

Irene- My thoughts are with you today as you miss Maurice. I just can’t imagine after so much years of marriage. *It is always surprising when England has a heat wave. I can’t imagine being with A/C in such.

Donna- My DH and I just do not like blueberries. We have tried so hard to like them because they look delicious. I was so excited to have blueberry pancakes at Bar Harbor but so disappointed when I took a bite. We thought it would be fun to pick some near Tyler once and were disappointed in the taste again. I don’t like blueberry muffins, give me cranberry muffins any day instead.

Ellen

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Irene - Wishing you wonderful memories for your anniversary. I bet you had a lovely day to get married since you married in May. Thank you for telling us it is your anniversary. By sharing, you have made me realize that I should take my MIL to lunch on her anniversary. She lost her husband in 2014.

Everyone, have a good weekend.
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Good morning!

It's a bright and beautiful day today. Last night we had rain and high winds. The winds had me worried for a while but looks as if there is no damage.

Irene - My thoughts are with you. As you said the happy memories help!

Val is gone to work. It is pretty quiet around here. I may put on some music later.

Have a healthy Friday!

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IRENE, I'm sure Maurice is looking down on you and sending good vibs and much love.
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Good morning y'all...Good grief, after Saturday we're supposed to have a solid week of rain. It's going to be a busy weekend. Clean house today for daughter's arrival tonight. Granddaughter's dance recital tomorrow. And a family dinner Sunday. Have no idea what to fix. Had a grandson graduate kindergarten and a grandson get his driver's license and braces off. What a spread!

Slimmer...Buon Viaggio! Sounds like a fun trip. My dad's family was from CA around LA. I've never been to the west coast nor met any of them except his mom. I've always wondered what family on his side I might have left. Disneyland, awesome. It's a trip I'd like to make at some point. Might be a good idea to leave town before you lose another appliance! :)

Irene...Happy Anniversary memories!

Elaine...Have to admit there is nothing better than the feel of a book in your hand. I have a Kindle which I generally use for new releases and books I can't find at the library. I'm all about Amazon and glad to hear that news! I'm way overdue for an eye check. I can tell there have been some visual changes and my eye pressures have been up and down. Strong history of glaucoma on my mom's side. Need to make that appointment.

Peggy....Had to laugh at Seth's pic. Number 2 son is also Seth and his hair was just that wild when he was that age. He still curses it. Your Seth has attitude. :)

Yvonne...Love the saying. Would be neat to have it painted on a board. Saved the image.

Grace...Glad you made it safe.

Bonnie...So sorry about your husand's cousin. So young and having young children is so sad. We had a friend who died of melanoma even younger. I don't think people realize just how deadly it can be.

Well time to get busy on the house.

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day....Ah man, I need some!!!!!

Donna



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Hola... bright and sunny

Water heater people are here already.. and of course first things they look at the pipe coming into the house and say the pressure bulb??? is not facing up or down but is sideways.. says won't work that way.. ok like what is that going to cost extra to fix.. they said they would Try to fix it.. ??????????????? aughhhhhhhh not happy

Well, going to lose my 288 days of checking in to Spark... going on Vacation

Going to California 22 day trip starting next Wed. by bus.. I don't fly and the train was as much as flying and took longer.. this is 55 hours... well hope I can handle this???

Going to do Disneyland and Knots Berry Farm and??????????

Staying with 88 yr old brother

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Hello on Friday morning It's a heat wave in Uk. We aren't used to them so don't cope well Ac in homes is unknown, I have a portable fan I use .
I did think of walking to the local supermarket early today before it gets too hot. But I can't face it, I can cope with food I have in,
It's a mixed day for me as it's our wedding anniversary , I am on my own for it, even the local family are away , but I have happy memories to think of .
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Peggy - You great-grandson is a looker!

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

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

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Slimmer, I love the zoo. I grew up in St. Louis and I think it has one of the best zoos in the nation. It has this really cool bird aviary which was part of the 1904 St. Louis World’s fair. You reminded me that a trip to the zoo might be a great idea.

Miller – My you have a full plate right now – well, I guess that’s not a good expression considering the current state of your dishwasher installation. But know that you are in my thoughts.

Shirley – I’m an hour from a mall in Independence and about an hour from Columbia. For groceries we go to the commissary at Whiteman (Knob Noster near Warrensburg). That’s an hour drive. But in between commissary visits I usually pick up produce at a store in Sedalia. DH and I usually have something to do in Sedalia at least once a week. Of course it’s Walmart for all the cleaning and paper products – oh and cat litter.

Ellen – I’m glad to know another real book lover. I heard on the news tonight that Amazon is opening bookstores in malls. They are acknowledging that people want real books. Sale of books went up last year and sale of electronic book readers dropped 20 percent.

I just got a call from my sister and she and her DH will be coming to a town near the Lake of Ozarks this weekend for a friend’s retirement. It’s a last minute decision. So I’m driving to Osage Beach, Mo this Saturday – about a 90 minute drive. My sister will go with me to decorate family graves near that area. Her DH is going to play golf. Tomorrow, my DH and his mother will go to the Veterans cemetery and decorate his father’s grave. I always stay home and let that be a mother/son time.

I went to the eye doctor yesterday, my first visit in four years. My prescription hasn’t changed, and everything else looks good. He did recommend a return in two years next time around.

Peggy -- Cute, cute Seth.

Have a safe weekend everyone.


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Happy Thursday

My great grandson Seth.

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Good afternoon team:

I have a weakness for Dahlias. I went to a nursery and bought 3 different colors. After I put them in the hanging baskets, I read the tags that comes with them. The nursery is in transition so all their green house plants were outside in the rain. The tag said to make sure I let the soil for the flowers dry out in between watering them. I think that should be about late June if I am lucky. You just gotta laugh at yourself. Live and learn.

Grace: It is so good to hear from you. I am happy you and your DH arrived in CT and you are both safe and sound.

Shirley: I need to rest up because I am taking care of both my grandsons tomorrow and PB. Right now PB is taking her afternoon nap so I can write this. Give Murphy a pat for me. Enjoy every minute with your daughter. How old is she?

Yvonne: I love the graphic. I am so glad your husband has received the all clear.

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I hope everyone has a good evening.

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I just now realized that I was not here this morning. So sorry!

Hope everyone is having a nice, happy and healthy day!

Be back later! emoticon

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Love this! And so many on this group epitomize the saying!

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Hola.. gray and windy out

Well,.... just went to wash a few dishes... and barely warm water...
so Water Heater bit the Dust!

What's another $1000.00 It is only Money!!!!!!!!!!!

so.. the contractor and now Plumber by them will be coming Tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!

I was just going to use my free ticket to the Atlanta Zoo.. it is 60 degrees out.. looked at weather map.. AND....... I see GA has had ...7 Tornadoes Reported in N. GA.. I'm not going today. I didn't know this was going on. Aughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Yvonne.. so glad to hear about your Great Husbands News!

Sugar today is ONLY 9 points to get in Range Doctor wanted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't believe how fast it went from Horribly bad to this good!

Only 10.5 pounds to get to 199.75 and UNDER 200 LBS!

...and I am eating carbs.. had apple sauce 10 and jello 5 carbs and veggie carbs!!!!
Eating every 4-5 hours is making a difference plus the big glass of water before bed!!!
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Good Morning Everyone -

Our daughter arrived without incident yesterday. We had a most enjoyable afternoon and evening. Murphy thinks she is the grandest thing that has happened in his little life - smile. Today sometime after breakfast we plan to go and get a pedicure. This is my Mother's Day present from her.

Grace - thanks a million for checking in and letting us know you are home safely. I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say we will be happy when you have your computer up and running and we will be hearing more from you.

Ellen - how I wish I had half your energy and stamina. I could have never made that meeting after all that weeding. * We too need to redo our will- update it. It was written when our younger child was still in high school, and much has changed since then. We also MUST register an Advanced Directive for both of us. * Re gardening and gloves - I made this suggestion to Grace a long time ago. When I had Shingles I needed to wear disposable gloves when dealing with them, and I had quite a few left over. I find them to be quite helpful when I need to protect my hands, and when I was doing gardening. You can get them at Walmart and they aren't real expensive.

Miller - I don't agree with Randy's doctor about diet sodas. I think we would do well without any, however they are like everything else in moderation I don't think they are too bad. CONGRATULATIONS ON HAVING YOUR NEW DISHWASHER UP AND RUNNING!!!!!

I haven't responded to everyone but my daughter is up and I must go. Have a great day!

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Good morning team,

We arrived safely in CT yesterday afternoon. Our flight was delayed almost an hour because of the storms Slimmer was referring to. The bad part was that we were already on the plane.
We're still at my step DD's until later today and we have no internet at our house for a couple of days.I'll be back when things settle down.

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

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

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We are having wonderful cool weather following all our rain. I went outside early this morning and had to wear a long sleeve shirt over my regular T-shirt. I’m glad I did because as I was pulling trees and weeds on “my project”, I kept running into poison ivy. I had on gardening gloves made out of latex and tried to be so careful not to touch the plants with my skin, but I am still nervous to see what happens.
Then I had to get ready for Toastmasters. I’m glad I went since the meeting would have been cancelled otherwise. No one wants to be president next year so I said I would take the role again if no one else wanted to do it. Our current president is getting married in October and very busy with his job. He actually met his wife at a Toastmaster conference which I think is very cool.

Yvonne- YEA!! That is such great news about Jay! I know you are both doing happy dances! *I love your photo of the books. I could just see me in that room especially with the big window right there.

Cherie- we had to go from the A/C to heat this week. I am sure that the A/C will be back on soon though. *If your thyroid was low, I imagine you will see the pounds drop off especially if you start packing. Moving is LOTS of exercise.

Slimmer- your photos were an amazing journey that you have been on! You actually look so much younger now! If you lost that kind of weight before, I am sure these last ten to fifteen pounds will happen! Don’t let the TOPS meeting being cancelled get you down. Just resolve that by next week, you will shock all of them with the pounds you have lost in two weeks.

Cecile- We need to update our will, but I am having too much trouble just planning for my DH and me to go to the driver’s license place to get our licenses renewed. His expire the middle of June and mine is the first week in July. We can’t ignore this! *Goodness! Rita and her DH are having lots of problems. I wish them both the best.

Shirley- ENJOY your daughter’s visit! We will be here to hear all about it when she leaves! (Love the bunnies picture)

Donna- you should see my garden shoes. They are so caked with mud that I bet they weigh 10 pounds extra. I left them on the patio to dry out. I may have to find something else to wear to finish my garden project along the fence.

Bonnie- It always makes me feel so bad when I hear of someone young dying. I wake up every morning just thinking about how fortunate I am to have lived this long. We never know…. *You asked me about the poison ivy: Probably one way is to kill them with Round-Up, but since I sometimes don’t want that near my plants (I hate any kind of poisons), I decided to just take my shovel and dig them up and throw them into the woods. But with some I remembered what Yvonne had posted about her and Jay putting on rubber gloves and long sleeves and pulling them up, so that is what I did. I am currently washing all my clothes I was wearing in VERY hot water and detergent. I also thoroughly washed the gardening latex gloves I had on and took a shower immediately when I came inside. I tried to barely touch my clothes and washed my hands immediately with soap.

Miller- it sounds like you have a very good therapist! I know you will do what she says and it will prepare you for the knee replacement. I can tell you that after two years, I feel SO much better!! *Yea for Randy! Enjoy that new dishwasher!

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Hello to all.

SLIMMER, I’m sorry you’re feeling so unhappy. I wish you could have gone to your TOPS meeting - it’s a shame they cancelled it. *Nice photos - thanks for sharing!

ELLEN, it’s so wonderful that you enjoy talking with your sisters so much. My sisters used to be my best friends. *Your earthworm story was so sweet!

CECILE, I’m glad Val enjoys her job so much. I’m sure they’re happy to have her there. *So great you were able to sit on your porch with no sweater on! Winter is gone!!

ELAINE, it’s great you enjoyed your trip to Oklahoma. How wonderful that you treated everyone to a book from Barnes and Noble!

PEGGY, it’s no wonder you’re having trouble sleeping with everything that’s going on. I’m glad things are stable with Catherine. Hope your toe is healing well.

MARLENE, my husband’s doctor cautioned him about diet sodas. He made it sound like they are just as bad as sugary ones.

DONNA, it’s so hard to understand people who hurt and kill others like the one in Manchester. I heard just today on the news that people, even in his own family, had reported that he was dangerous. I wish they could have stopped him. *I hope you enjoy the visit from your daughter.

YVONNE, your “nest” looks so nice. Books, plants, sunlight, and a comfy chair - who could ask for more? *Again, I’m so happy about Jay’s great news!!

CHERIE, I order bras online, too. HerRoom is a good resource - I often order things for DD from there.

SHIRLEY, I hope you greatly enjoy your daughter’s visit. *I’ve enjoyed seeing the graphics you’ve posted.

BONNIE, I’m sorry to hear about your DH’s 2nd cousin’s daughter. It’s such a tragedy for someone so young to lose their life. My heart goes out to her husband and twin boys, as well as her parents.


I had physical therapy today on my knee. The therapist looked at my records and said I'm in the end stages of arthritis. I didn't know that, as the doctor never put it quite that way to me. She said it will help a lot if we can strengthen the knee and get it to straighten out. It hasn't been completely straight since surgery over a year ago. She also said my muscles are in "bunches." She did a lot of massage and also had me do lots of exercises. I'm looking forward to working with her and doing the exercises at home, too.

It's a stormy week here in NC. They said we may even have a chance of tornadoes later on today. I certainly hope not. I'm looking forward to Friday, when the weather is supposed to be gorgeous.

I hope everyone has a good evening and a happy day tomorrow. emoticon emoticon

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PS - Randy finally installed my dishwasher - yea!!! emoticon


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Hola... under tonador watch but no rain little wind here university says do not get out of safe place???? hmmmm

Bon.. nice pic of the Bug... heard them first when camping at the park a few miles from here decades ago.. soooooooo loud.. never heard anything like it.

Well... I am Sooooooooooooooooooo bent out of shape.. Not Happy!!!!!!!!!!!

Today was 1st weigh in for Tops.. well they called said to be safe no meeting storm should hit at noon we meet then..

radar shows it way off but coming.. and we always gets these and for as long as it is on.. aughhhhhhhh it was not going to be there for that meeting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BUT.. since so many of them went to last weeks convention.. usually people gain at them.. so Lucky.. for them not having to weigh in!!!!!!!!!! They have to Pay $1.00 to Gain... and the best loser gets the money and Other Gifts..

...guess who would have been the best loser.. Probably Me.. so not happy to know they got so easily off the hook for gaining.. and I lose probably over $15.00 in money and gifts

Aughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I am so unhappy... if I had been totally new to Tops.. I would not have any inspiration from them to do anything.. nobody is calling being a buddy.. or explaining everything... they only pass out a 10 pg pamphlet that is nothing to get someone inspired... I'm ready to jump in a go go gooooo...

sorry just don't think they should have canceled... they know how the weather acts and we would be in and gone before even the line of storm hits us

also been trying to get over the fact that my.. not so much Friend that did that to me 2 weeks ago... AND then wanted me to come to dinner last week... NEVER called and invited me.. and I made sure I was Free every night... Now I find She and her friends ALSO belong to this Club... I would like to distance me from her drama...

Aughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh not happy just not happy... ok enough of My Drama
..oh am I not happy

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Good Afternoon, Team,
I’ve been opening my windows each morning to hear the cicadas sing. It is funny that the scientists don’t know what brood this is. They think it may be some from Brood X that didn’t hatch on time or maybe a new Brood. I thought they were “on the ball” when it came to these things.



I had a really nice visit with my 2 friends yesterday. Janet lives in Bethany Beach, DE and still comes to the area for her eye doctor and dentist. Cindy lives in Davidsonville, MD. I worked with both of them for several years and we’ve kept up our friendship. We stayed in the restaurant talking for a couple hours. When we came out it was raining AGAIN!

Later this afternoon DH & I have to take our cat Cinder to the vet for a check-up and shots. I completely skipped a year with him and feel bad about that. The receptionist was really nice on the phone and told me it was okay. He is due for his rabies this year so I had to get that taken care of.

We had some bad news on Monday. DH’s 2nd cousin’s daughter died of melanoma at the age of 48. I think I had mentioned her before. She had gone into remission for several years but then it came back as 5 tumors in her head. One was operated on and removed but she was having chemotherapy for the other 4. Everyone was hopeful that it would go into remission again but that was not meant to be. She has a husband and 2 twin boys aged 9. We had never met her but her mother and father are the nicest people you’d want to meet. Ingrid kept us up-to-date on Julie’s progress. She was their only child.

@Ellen - How do you get rid of your poison ivy? I have a couple areas in my yard that I spray every year but the next year it comes back. I’m not as allergic to it as DH is but I’d be afraid to pull it out of the ground.

@Shirley - Have a good time with your daughter.


Everyone--Have a great day. I hope you are seeing more SUN than we are.
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Hey girls,

Shirley...Enjoy the girl! Mine is coming in this weekend. This was her first week at the new job so I'm eager to hear all about it.

Slimmer...Wow, you've really done well getting the weight off. I could use some of your determination.

Everything around here is drenched. We really need several days of sun to dry out. Transplanted some sunflowers yesterday and darn if we didn't get another downpour last night.

RE book nook....my biggest disappointment here is we don't have room anywhere for a bookcase. Have them all in the hall closet. Hoping to figure out a way to turn it in to a built in bookcase. We have two closets that share a wall, so thinking we could knock that wall out and get a decent sized one. Hubby's not too enthusiastic so have to work on him.

Have a good one! Donna



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Good Morning Everyone -

This will be a short post . Our daughter is flying in this morning for a few days, and we must head for the airport to pick her up shortly. I should be able to keep up with posting, but I can't promise that, but will try to stay in touch.

Make today a healthy and happy one -

Shirley

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Good morning everyone!

Bright and sunny again today! No firm plans yet but as we know, in a house there is always something to do!

Have a good and healthy Wednesday!

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Hello to all.

YVONNE, I'm so happy to hear the good news about Jay. What a wonderful blessing for you both!!

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Good evening team sisters!

It's done. The Will has been read, signed and witnessed. I should receive a copy by mail within the next two weeks.

Claire and Val did work on the flower beds. It is beautiful! I am so happy and so proud of the work they have done. Claire's son came and cut the grass in the back and front. The girls bought the preservative for the front porch. I don't know when it's getting done. I thought I was to be the one helping Val and Claire looked at me as if I had fallen on my head and declared she would be helping. What an angel!

I called one of my cousins this afternoon. Lise was very close to Rita and I thought she should hear from me that Rita is now in a nursing home. Lise appreciated that I called. We talked, we cried and we laughed together.

The one thing I forgot and I don't know how, is that Terry, Rita's husband has a mass on the brain near the Pituitary gland. I was talking with Chantal after supper and it's Val that shouted from the basement to remind me. Christine, Rita's daughter-in-law, told me the doctors told Chad that it was benign. They don't plan on doing anything at the moment. I guess the future will tell us.

The weather was so warm today that I got to sit on the porch with no sweater on. I sat for close to an hour waiting for my ride and when I came back from the Notary, I sat out for another hour. It felt liberating!

Good news for Jay! I guess all our prayers were answered! He was in my thoughts so often.

It is sad about the bombing in England. My heart went out to the people who lost the children.

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

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

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5/23/17 8:19 P

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Hola.. figured time for some Pictures!

Donna... I too still can't look at Any Pictures of the Twin Towers in movies etc etc.. That was the day our World Changed.

I did another half mile on the Treadmill... better did it at 2.1 mph.. getting a bit easier.

Old Pictures.. I do not have many of when I was almost 300 .. I only admit to 288 lbs.. but I am sure I went higher around that time.. but I could not handle that weight.. it was painful to carry my huge stomach!!! Plus, every time I bent over to pick something off the bottom shelf at the supermarket I wanted?? to pee.. so I did not buy from the bottom shelf.. and if I dropped something that is where it stayed.. I could not bend over.

My picture is taken of me at work.. I am on top right area.. in Black flower print both girls on each side are very tall and over weight!!! That is a 3X top a real 3X when I moved here I gave it away I could wrap it around me at 215 lbs



In the blue top.. they had a kind of wedding party because my coworker baked decorated cakes and wanted to do a wedding cake.. I surprised them with the head dress and flowers.. they had a party ALL day I even got Wedding Gifts!

I was probably just over 250 pounds in that picture and eventually once again.. I could not handle the pain of Holding Up that much weight and went down to about 230 lbs It really was an effort to carry the weight so I had to lose (but I really probably wanted to keep eating)



This is me at my 50th Birthday outing to Devil Ray Game weight about 230??? I have on a mans XXXXXXXXXXXL the biggest uniform they sold. That was taken 18 years ago shy a week or so.

Tomorrow I will get them to take my picture for my before pic... my weight there was 219.7 but actually I have been lately for weeks at 213.25 So will see where I am to keep going to 199.... Got to Get Under 200!!!!!!!!

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5/23/17 4:58 P

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Hi all!

It was so nice to turn the air off for a couple days.

Been thinking of how I should pack, My mind is going crazy.

Finally was able to order new bras, I have to buy them online because of the size. I use Her Room. They tell you what size you should wear, and its a safe site. I gain 4 pounds, not happy. Doc changed my thyroid med cause I was on the low side. Hope it helps with weight.

As for church, I can't beleive how some of these people dress, shorts, t-shirts...

Gonna fix dinner now.

Have a good evening!

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5/23/17 4:57 P

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Yay! Great news about Jay!!!!

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5/23/17 4:56 P

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Yvonne - Hallelujah! My prayers have been answered. Its so good to know Jay's cancer free. God is Great Indeed! Give Jay a hug for me and get one back for yourself!

Have a good evening everyone - sleep well.

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ELLEN, now you've made me laugh with the picture of you saving all those worms from destruction. I can't stand the thought of putting them on a hook myself. In another post you mention liking books, and I had to take this picture for you, even though it's embarrassingly messy:



This is my "nest," which seems to collect books as I look briefly at them and am sure I will finish them. The box is from a resale shop we visited today, and holds books in a gardening series that is identical to one I discarded in Texas before moving here. The first set cost about $15 a book, this time we got the whole set for $2!! I'm still amused at the irony there. The basket, handmade, cost only $7.95 and will be a good storage for my yarn supply. You can see my water bottle which is never far away from me.

GOOD NEWS!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Jay is free from cancer!!! Had our talk with the oncologist today. Now the port gets removed and Jay starts 2 years of every-3-months checkups. There's always a possibility of recurrence, as you know, but the Dr. said that is not likely to happen.

SLIMMER, it looks like you're really observing how your body behaves and learning what you can do are not do to feel better. My allergies/asthma has been much better this spring, and I think I have acupuncture and the Chinese doctor to thank. I have a feeling the acupuncture helps the symptoms, but his herbal medicine helps the damage to my body heal. I do take a very mild asthma medicine every night, but my symptoms still vary widely each day.

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I'm so deeply sad today and can't watch coverage of the bombing without tearing up. Those poor children and I can't imagine their parent's anguish. Worse, I know it's a sadness we'll feel again, because what seems senseless to us makes perfect sense to anyone who commits this kind of atrocity whether motivated by politics, religious fanatacism, mental illness or by someone who simply has no understanding of how precious life truly is. Beyond terrorism, we are killing each other at a horrifying rate for the stupidist of reasons--- "I needed the money", "If I can't have the kids you can't", "they were gay, or nerds or just because --and the ors just keep on coming. It's just crazy. Today I want Olivia's parents to find out she has been identified and is alive and in the hospital. And my deepest sympathy goes out to all who have lost loved ones.

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5/23/17 3:11 P

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Don’t ask me what happened yesterday, but I never made it here after I returned from Monday morning Bible Study. For some reason I was exhausted all day even after four cups of coffee. I just kept reading the book, “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. The book was to be returned today and I could not renew it. It was an interesting read I must say.

We had lots of rain last night and it was cool this morning. I worked on my fence project for an hour but my DH was leaving to go to his eye doctor and I did not want to work outside after lunch anyway. I am trying to be very careful with sun and getting too warm. It’s funny how the sun without wind can really warm you up.

Marlene- I read that also about artificial sweeteners in diet sodas so I am drinking only 1 small Dr. Pepper about every two weeks. I can’t stand the taste of the real thing; way too sweet for me! But I find it fascinating that it made Barbara hungry!

Cecile- I think the worst nightmare of every parent is losing a child. They expect to lose us, but they should never go before we do. I have a dear friend whose 54 year old son has cancer and may not have but a year to live.

Donna- I love puddings; especially rice!

Elaine- I love you buying “real” books for everyone! As you know, I do love books! If I see a picture of a room full of books on shelves, I immediately LOVE the room even if the furniture is not my taste. At some point, I may see what I can give up so I can volunteer at the library.

Peggy- I am adding Catherine to my evening pray list! I can imagine how difficult this is on you living so far away.

Bonnie- I have several plants to plant in our garden frames! But my fence project comes first! I am cutting down little trees, bushes and there is poison ivy and that horrible Virginia Creeper mixed in. Oh, why oh why, didn’t I clean all of this out in March so I could have moved with the push mower at least????!!!!

Allie- how is all your exercise going?

Shirley- I am so glad you seem to be feeling better! You certainly stay busy with all your errands.

Slimmer- you are certainly finding a lot of fun activities to do! I have lived here in the KC metro for 28 years and I have yet to visit our zoo. I understand it is quite good. *I always thought I looked like my dad’s said of the family, but my younger sister thinks I look like my mother’s sister. But I guess we are just unique individuals. Good for you on DAY 6! I knew you could do this!

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Hola... WET WET WET... lots of rain last night and so far all day today...

Contractor called.. they postponed until Thursday because of rain... hmm was planning on going to the Zoo.. no rain that day.

Such bad news... like how can that person or others of that religion feel any triumph in killing a random bunch of I gather, little girls

Yesterday I felt pretty good.. but woke today a little woozy.. and then it started getting worse again.. because it is damp.. there are more smells... who knows what sets me off.. but I thought again.. dawwww take the allergy pill.. I took a half and it took over an hour but the dizzy off balance part went away.. it makes my brain feel like I have a lump of cement up there.. a heavy feeling.. BUT.. the pill Does make a good difference.. hmm maybe one of the hospital ER visits I had maybe a DR might have thought to give me an antihistamine?.. I think would have made so many horrible days not so bad... I guess if one lives lone enough one learns.

Doing good on eating yesterday at 5 hr intervals.. BUT .. dawww it is ALL those hours that go by when sleeping.. at 1AM I got up and had a slice of cheese and 2 grape tomatoes..

this morning my sugar was up like 23 points... I had peas yesterday and 2? apple sauces.. and I forgot I eventually at a whole banana... I am still eating less than 40 carbs all day.. but it makes a difference when trying to get the sugar to go down but right now more concerned with eating less.. I think the carbs will work itself out

Working on Day 6
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Good Morning Everyone -

Sorry I never got back here yesterday. As I've read posts this morning I want to thank all of you for your kind words about Grady. We are very proud of her. Her mother is far from a pretty woman, but the sweetest, cutest person you will ever meet. Her daddy I don't regard as handsome, but is a nice looking man in spite of his full beard he's sporting now days - smile, but he was an absolutely gorgeous baby. Someone mentioned that Grady looked like me, when her daddy was little I thought he resembled me, but his paternal grandfather had many of my features like jet black hair, etc. so he could have gotten genes from both of us. I do hope Grady gets her father's looks and her mother's beautiful dark skin. Her mother is Mexican.

Allie - my dad used that term a lots too, "it's/he/she is a keeper" too. * Thanks for the compliment on our little great granddaughter. Grady does sound like a male name doesn't it? She's named for her paternal great, great grandmother, one of the sweetest people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. I was so pleased when my grandson and his wife chose to name their first born after her. She, like you with your grandsons, played a big part in both my grandson's and his sister's life growing up, and I guess I could say until she died at age 94.

Bonnie - from yours and Allie's posts it sounds like our rain has moved your way, although it is cloudy again today. Yesterday was a beautiful day - sunshine with warm, but not hot temps. A perfect day for one of your lovely walks around your lake - smile. * People do like to put pictures on Facebook, don't they? My granddaughter does this a lot, and I have a friend with 4 children, 3 college plus ages and a little 9 year old still at home that seems to post pictures almost daily. * You really hit the nail on the head with what you said to Slimmer about allergies. * Have fun with your friends tonight. * As for balancing books or checkbooks, I am a stickler for balancing to the penny, as I know many times one error can offset others that could be larger. The last bookkeeping job I held was in a high end clothing store in New Jersey. I was one of several bookkeepers. This was in the 1970s and the books were kept by hand, the comptroller lost his assistant and wanted me to replace her, unfortunately this promotion came just as we got notice we were being transferred back to St. Louis by my husband's company. That was such a good job since they allowed me to work from home when the kids were out of school in the summer, and I just worked the hours the kids were in school during the week. But to the point of why I brought this up... I was a stickler, as said, for balancing to the penny and my boss was just the opposite. I've often wondered how that would have worked out if I'd been able to become his assistant - smile.

Peggy - oh how I identify with you with regard to living close to family, and this is especially true when there are problems. I'm most happy to hear that the devices and heart medications are working for Catherine. She remains in my prayers. * I'd love to see a picture of Seth, and thanks for the compliment on Grady.

Cecile - we've been going from heat in the morning to A/C in the afternoon for weeks now. Have I said before we love this new thermostat that does this automatically - smile. * I can't imagine the pain of watching any loved one, but especially one of my children, die of cancer. My heart goes out to your neighbor. * What good news Val likes her new job. For her to be doing well, that doesn't surprise me one bit.

Elaine - WELCOME HOME! Glad you had a good trip. * Congratulations to your girls on completing that 5K race. That sounds like a lot for an 8 year old. Good for her! * Interesting what you said about the town where you live. How far do you have drive for shopping?

Marlene - I can't imagine Walt was able to climb that tower. Now that's impressive! I'm glad you had such a good trip. We get Chinese quite often, and I always tell them no rice with mine. The Chinese and Japanese must really like rice - smile. I'm not a fan of Japanese cuisine although I've eaten in Japanese restaurants a time or too. I have a friend that has lived in Japan (Tokyo) once for a couple years and Singapore twice, and both she and her husband are big fans of their food and culture. * Artificial sweeteners - they all aren't created equal. From all I've been able to learn Splenda (sucralose) if the safest of them all. No one really recommends using them just as we are encouraged not to use sugar. I weaned myself off sweeteners for my coffee, but when I drink iced tea I still use Splenda. Your will find aspartame is what is used in most diet drinks and food, and yes studies have shown that drinking too many of them can encourage weight gain rather than the other way around.

Ellen - Your church sounds most impressive. I can well understand why it is that you hate to miss going each Sunday. I too love hats, and I guess I was among the last to give up wearing them to church. * I loved your earth worm story - smile. I can see myself having done that too. There is no way I could put one of those little creatures on a hook for fishing. * I thought of you yesterday when I let Murphy out. I didn't wear a jacket grocery shopping, but had I had to be out for very long yesterday morning I would have needed one. * I too have one of those humongous sized bath tubs - no Jacuzzi just a big tub. Before bad knees I only took tub baths, and I so miss them now. I could possibly sit down in one, but not sure if I could get back out. I would have loved to have had the gigantic tub I have now back then. I've been so tempted to spend the money on one of those walk-in tubs with the Jacuzzis, but they are way too expensive for my pocketbook, not to mention the cost of refurbishing our bathroom to accommodate one.

Slimmer - what a day you had on Sunday. I am so sorry. That was scary. Ellen mentioned frequency of eating and Bonnie mentioned seasonal allergies as possible causes. As for eating - I'm sure none of us have to remind you that for diabetics eating meals ever 4 - 6 hours is necessary with every 4 hours being mandatory to keep our blood sugar levels where they need to be. For all of us it is best to eat every 4-6 hours plus 2 snacks - one around 4 when most of us need a pick-me-up and again at bedtime to get us through the night. As said, I'm sure you know this already - so its just a reminder. I'm sure you are having to contend with allergies too. I know I sure am. They've had me feeling pretty punk for months now. I got up yesterday lightheaded, and it lasted until midday. I used to take OTC allergy meds (like Claritin) year round, and decided I really didn't need to do that so stopped. I'm thinking I may just start again. * Since you worked for the State in Florida it is my guess you had excellent medical coverage including dental and eyes. I would have thought it would have carried over into your retirement package.

Miller - I am so-o-o very sorry you still don't have your dishwasher up and running. I do so hope Randy will get it in for you soon. Threaten to call someone to install it if he doesn't - smile. Most of what you've written in your post I've responded to others in this post. * Yes, losing weight is a struggle and it takes a strong commitment. Dealing with chronic depression as you do, plus dealing with Katie's illness has to make this even harder for you. Just know it can be done.

Donna - I'm like your husband when it comes to balancing your checkbook. Once when I visited my daddy and stepmother - she paid the bills - it took me days to get it straightened out her checkbook and get their files organized. I'd organized Daddy's files before, but you wouldn't believe what she wasn't doing. We got along well, and she took my tutoring about it all well. But like most everything else I tried to help them with on my visits, before my plane left Atlanta airport to bring me home they were back to their old ways of doing things, I never doubted for a minute. She told me later that she took her checkbook to the bank and the girl reconciled it in just a short time. I said as nicely as possible, that was because I had it straightened out for you.

Grace - I hope you and Don are safely home by now, and that you have found things all in good order.

Have a great day everyone -

Shirley

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Good morning. It is bright and sunny this morning. I don't know about the temp as I have not checked yet. Val and Claire are gardening today. I know they are doing the flowers beds, at least the ones they didn't do last week. It will be so nice to have that done!

I have an appointment at the Notary this afternoon to finalize my new Will. One more big thing out of the way! I will be so happy!

My nephew's wife called me yesterday to tell me that Rita has been in the nursing home since last Wednesday the 20th of May. She is really far gone. At the moment she is in 1974 and looking to bury my dad. When they brought her to the home, she was wanting to go home to the address where we grew up. I know it's for her best interest! It still hurt but I know it's for her best interest!

Have a good and healthy Tuesday!

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Good morning sisters,
I was typing a message and we had a power failure for about 30 minutes. It's raining again. The power company said it was a blown transformer, but I'm impressed it was fixed in a short time.
I'm off to my volunteer day at the library.
Have a good day everyone.
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5/22/17 11:42 P

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

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

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Just went to the Library...

watched a 20 minute video on Atlanta Zoo

They gave me a pass for 4 Adults!!!!!!!!

a $108.00 Value....!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm going to the ZOO!!!!!!!!!!

...think I will see if any TOPS people want to go..

ALSO.. got GA Park Pass.. saves me $5.00 good for 14 days.. can get year round!

..almost time to eat
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5/22/17 2:08 P

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Good afternoon team:

Marlene: I am like you, I give worms a wide berth.
Cecile: I am not surprised Val is doing so well at her job. She is a keeper, as they used to say when I lived in Maine.
Shirley: I love the picture of your great grandson Grady. He is adorable. I hope your dizzy spell went away after you got some breakfast.
Elaine: My youngest gs noticed my new haircut right away. He said he bet no one else had noticed and I said that was correct. I think he is still trying to decide if he likes my new haircut or not. At least he was polite enough not to say anything to me.

Peggy: Your DD is in my prayers. I hope you are able to get some sleep tonight.

Bonnie: I always love your posts. Good luck with your tomato plant. I don't have the patience to grow vegetables, but I admire anyone that can.

It isn't raining too bad here right now. PB is out on my back steps enjoying the fresh air. I had not seen her all weekend and I missed her. I needed a break and I know she needs to spend time with her family.

I hope everyone has a good day.

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Good Early Afternoon, Team,
It was raining when I woke up this AM but it seems to have stopped. But the sky is dreary and gray. It is supposed to rain 5 of the 7 days this week. We need the rain but I sure love to see the sun shine.

I can’t seem to stay on any kind of a posting schedule here but I do read everyone’s posts eventually.

Yesterday I finally potted my tomato plant. I had to pick another spot in the yard than where I had initially planned to put it, then I had to get a bucket from Lowe’s and have DH drill some holes in the bottom. He really hated to put holes in a brand new bucket but the bucket only cost $3.00 and it had to be done. DH said to me “Why do you want to grow tomatoes when you can buy them at the Farmer’s Mkt.?” Silly man. He knows I like to garden and growing your own vegetables is so rewarding.

Now I have to pick a day to go to the nursery and buy flowers for my garden.

@Shirley - Nice picture of your great-granddaughter. A friend of mine has 2 new granddaughters and a great-grandson and she is flooding Facebook with their pictures.

@Slimmer - I’m glad to hear that you figured out at least one solution to your health problems. Allergies can bring on all sorts of symptoms and really drag you down.

@Grace - Have a good trip back to Connecticut. I’ll miss your “wave” when you used to get near my area when you came up by car.

Tomorrow 2 good friends of mine and I have our annual “Girl’s Night Out” with an early dinner at a local restaurant. It is great fun and we get lots of “catching up” time.

About balancing check books--I used to be a real stickler for keeping my account balanced. If it didn’t balance I would go through everything and re-count everything until I made sure it was correct. Now, like most of you, I just go by what the bank statement tells me!!

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Happy Monday

Shirley, Grady is soooo cute! I need Cassie to send me pictures of Seth (great grandson).

I talked to Catherine yesterday. The life monitor hasn't had to do anything so far so that is encouraging. She is on three heart medications. I just wish I lived closer now.

Slimmer, you go girl.

Have trouble sleeping with all that is going on.

Can't drive so no art class today.

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Good morning everyone!

We got up to a pretty cold morning. Val started the heat and went back under her warm covers.

Not much planned today except laundry for Val and general housekeeping for me.

Have a good, happy and healthy Monday!

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Hi Ladies,
I had a great trip to Oklahoma. My DS and I had a sisters day out Friday, but had to cut it short due to the deluge or rain. Saturday we finally had sunshine. And DS is a walker, so we did get in 40 minute walk Friday and Saturday. My eight year old great niece Lucy and her mother (my niece Catherine) ran in “Girls on the Run” 5K race. Lucy said they did walk/run, but they finished. Our “treat” for everyone this trip was a trip to Barnes and Noble. We bought a summer reading book for anyone who wanted one, adults and children. And my only rule is it must be a real book – not a computer download.

DH and I woke up early Sunday and headed home. Today we’re playing catch up.

Slimmer – Congratulations on joining TOPS. I joined Weight Watchers online last month, so hopefully we can both stay on track.

Allie – Isn’t it a nice feeling to have a new haircut. One advantage of small town living is our hair salons are cheaper. I can’t figure out how a small town like mine can’t support one grocery store but we have tons of hair salons.

Miller – Thank goodness my DH pays for appliance installation, but I’m waiting for him to fix the guest toilet in the guest bathroom (4 mths now). Plumbing seems to be my DH’s “Oh, I can do that myself,” project.

Shirley – My goodness, what a little cutie Grady is. She is precious. Did you get your test results and I missed that post?

Regarding balancing our checkbooks – I have a friend who never balances her checkbook. She just stops writing checks when she has a feel she’s used her money. And she’s never bounced a check. I have no idea how she does it. I think I’m good with finances, but that wouldn’t work for me.

Weather report -- Sunny and in the low 60s.Have a good week ladies.
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Good Morning Everyone -

I don't know if I'll get back here to respond to posts or not, but wanted to check in and let you know I'm thinking of you. I've got to have breakfast and get to the grocery store today.

Here's wishing for all of you a good day and a good week ahead.

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Good morning....rain all day here. I feel cabin fever coming on. There's a lot I could do inside, but none of it's fun.

Shirley...Grady is precious. Elizabeth is closing in on 2 months and becoming a little butterball. Today is mom's first day back at work and I know how hard it was to leave her. Fortunately she'll only be doing 3 days a week for awhile. I never had to go back to work soon after having the kids. I would have been miserable,

National Vanilla Pudding Day--I'm a chocolate pudding kind of gal. I have, however, recently discovered rice pudding. I love it!

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Good evening team sisters!

I did eventually get dressed today. After all it was Sunday!

When I got up this morning, I think I was still asleep. I went to the kitchen to get coffee and Val was sitting on the couch reading and I never saw her! I even went to the table to get my diabetes pill. As I've mentioned there is no wall between the kitchen and living room. Yesterday after I was done bringing up the last load of clothes, I left the basket upstairs. I asked Val if she was going down to please bring it with her. Just before supper, she told she was going down to change into her pj's. I turned around to ask her to bring the basket down and that is when I noticed it was gone. Val brought it down this morning when she went into her "walk-in closet" to collect her clothes for the day.

I saw my next door neighbour out in the yard this afternoon. She is the one whose son has lung cancer. Boy has it done a number on her. She looks older and her hair is whiter than last Summer. My heart goes out to her!

Shirley - The baby is adorable. May God bless and keep her safe.

I forget who asked but the answer is that Val adores her job. She told me today there were several times that the store was empty of customers. One of the supervisors started to ask her questions about the different items in the store. She was surprised at how much Val knew. I hope it bodes well for her!

I finished Season 4 of Downton Abbey. I was surprised at how much I had forgotten. I still have Season 5 and 6. Those will have to wait until next week-end!

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

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Hello Team Sisters. Our tempts cooled down during the night Friday. That made our tour of Anteitum Battlefield pleasant. There was a lecture and a film explaining the battle. Glad we stayed for the film because while the presentation by the park ranger was good he talked too fast. Other than the many steps at the visitor center I didn't do much walking. There was an 85 " lookout tower and it was good I didn't try going up; Walt said the steps were narrow and at the top no railing to get to the platform.

On the way home we stopped at a Japanese restaurant for dinner. Walt and I ordered a shrimp dish that had shrimp in a veggie sauce, veggie and shrimp tempura. White rice which I didn't eat. I enjoyed it with a glass of plum wine and a small salad. Walt is a meat and potato guy. He ate but didn't really like it.

Peggy, I am so sorry to hear about your DD Catherine having such a serious heart problem. I hope the doctors can do more for her. Take care of your foot.

I can do without worms. When I see them in the garden I work around them.

I have read that the artificial sweeteners in diet soda and tea is a not good for you. Barbara told me that recently she has been getting more hungry. She remembered being told by the nutritionist about the sweeteners and realized she had been drinking a good bit of diet iced tea. After a day of not drinking diet tea her hunger bangs stopped. I stopped using artifical sweeteners a long time ago. I prefer tea plain and use a small amount of sugar free creamers in my coffee.

Shirley, the photo of Grady is adorable.

Well I must get some rest as I have a busy week ahead of me.

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I just spent the last two hours talking with my oldest sister. I love talking to her! But I love talking to all my sisters. My oldest is four years older, then one three years older, then me, then one 4 years younger and the youngest is 8 ½ years younger than me. We were really spread out!

We made it to church this morning. Our senior pastor was preaching in Columbus, Ohio but he made a video last Friday of his sermon for us. Amazingly, I felt like he was in the room even though it was on a video screen. As usual, the orchestra and choir were fantastic!

Yvonne- when I was a little girl, my uncle dug a big pile of dirt crawling with earth worms out of my granddad’s farm. He was going to use them for fishing. I felt sorry for the worms and I went through that entire pile of dirt and carried them back to the field. My uncle couldn’t understand why he couldn’t find any worms in the pile of dirt.

Cecile- I like the idea of Val being still in her pj’s. Enjoy your quiet day.

Shirley- it was so cold this morning that we were back in jackets. I saw the cutest older woman in church today (she sat behind us). She was wear a darling black hat and a matching black coat/cloak with a white rose like flower on it. The hat was like Diane Keaton might wear. I love hats!! *Grady is adorable! What a smile!

Donna- I keep thinking about doing a nice soak but with my replacement knees I am not sure I can get out of the tub. Maybe I should try it with my clothes on and no water in the tub to see if I can do it. It S

Grace- One or two sentences will be great until you are all settled in your CT home. I so hope this trip is not too hard on you and Don.

Slimmer- I only know about diabetics from listening to my sisters talk about my mother, but isn’t that too long to go without food. Maybe smaller amounts more often????? *How scary about how you felt! Sometimes when my sinuses are acting up I feel strange in the head. It is interesting that the allergy pill helped. * A half mile is a good start! When I haven’t been exercising for a long time I have to take baby steps at first and then S L O W L Y build up to it.

Miller- I totally understand where you are with your knee. I become so tired of not doing “normal” and felt so OLD. Now I don’t even think about it anymore. I just do what I like. I am still not like I was 20 years ago but I can enjoy shopping and gardening again.

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Hola...

Have to tell.. by my 2pm feeding after I was still sooooosicky and dizzy all I could was lay there and try to breathe...

finally made myself get up and dress and open a door for emergency people.. ohhhhhhhh was I sick.. like next to death again!

then I though ok One more try... I took a whole allergy pill.. it could not hurt me any more... and I waited 10 minutes.. usually I can tell a difference on any med in that time.

guess what.. I started to bounce back.. the horrible feeling of trying to breathe and not move because I was so dizzy...

That was it... OK.. so now first things.. I am doing the allergy pills!!!!!!!!!!! They really do make a difference in ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is doing this to me I don't know

This is just a Clarenitin smallest pill DR said I could take daily..

My head in the back feels like it is blocked off and heavy but I can handle this.

Yvonne.. I have never figured out what poisen ivy is.. even looking at pictures.. but I either am never bothered by it.. well.. all the gardening and going out in the woods.. can't believe I never came in contact with it.

As to ins. when I was a kid.. I went to a military base when I broke my arm once.. I think gov. paid for that.. and then one time I was sick and a Dr came to my house.. could not breathe.. and when 23 got a physical for trip to Europe.. otherwise I never went to a Dr.. my Dad never did until he was like 78 yrs old and Mom went to military base for an ear ache once... We never had insurance... as a young person... I got insurance when I went to work at 18 I worked at a hospital.. but my next job until now I don't think I even thought if had any... we just never thought of it nor went to Drs unless something was really broke. I think my friends back then.. was how it was too.

as to bank balancing.. only bank errors was reading penny spot wrong.. otherwise never found a mistake.. so all I do now is look over all the checks that they are mine and deposits are there.. Wayyyyyyyyyyyy back when I did find a bank gave me like $1000.00 that belonged to another person .. that maybe they knew was posted wrong, but didn't know where.. and took a long time for them to take it away from me too!

..walked another Treadway half mile.. about all I can handle.. at 2 mph

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Hello to all.

DONNA, I agree with you about Obama and some of the health insurance issues. It’s been very helpful to us that Katie could stay on Randy’s policy through age 25. It has also been helpful that they now treat mental illness the same as physical illness; i.e. the number of “mental” doctor visits used to be limited, but now it’s unlimited just as physical illness visits are unlimited. Also, I’m grateful for the provision that insurance companies couldn’t penalize a person for pre-existing conditions. That is helpful to so many people. Of course, there are things I don’t agree with Obama about, but I’m extremely grateful for the aforementioned items. *Sadly, my dishwasher is not up and running yet!

YVONNE, thanks for the information on poison ivy remedies. We have lots of poison ivy in our natural areas. *How exciting that you met Susan Wittig Albert!

GRACE, I loved your story about the earthworms - thanks for the smiles! *Wishing you safe travels on Wednesday!!

ELLEN, I used to read the China Bayles mysteries and liked them very much, but haven’t read on in a long time. I think I’ll look for some for my Kindle through the library.

SLIMMER, congratulations on buying a bathing suit! I bought one a few years ago and still haven’t worn it yet. I hope you wear and enjoy yours!! *Would love to see all those rabbits - the most I ever see is one.

MARLENE, I love hearing about all the things you do - it gives me great hope for a reasonable recovery time after knee replacement surgery. (You are in much better shape than me, though.)

CECILE, I’m glad you’re enjoying Downton Abbey. I greatly enjoyed it when it was on TV. *I hope Val is enjoying her job.

SHIRLEY, you make a good point about women with handyman husband’s having a reverse problem from those who don’t. My dishwasher was delivered on Thursday and Randy still hasn’t installed it. I wish I had just paid someone to do it and it would be done by now. In his defense, he had a bad week, but still, it’s a bit frustrating. *I wish your antibiotics would energize you, as well. Hopefully, they will at least keep those chronic infections at bay. **Grady is simply adorable!!

CHERIE, when my bank statement and my checkbook don’t agree and I can't find a mistake, I usually wait another month and if I still can’t reconcile it with the next statement, I just go with what the bank says. I used to be so fastidious about finding my error, but I just can’t be bothered anymore - especially if it’s just a few cents.

ALLIE, your grandsons are so fortunate to have you as such an active part of their lives.

PEGGY, I’m so very sorry to hear about Catherine’s heart and her need for the monitor. My husband’s first cousin has something similar. All my best hopes for her recovery. *I hope your toe pain is better today.


It's been a very quiet weekend for me. I've done some housework, but also a lot of reading. I took a short walk earlier and it hurt. I'm supposed to have some sessions of physical therapy on my knee starting Wednesday. If strengthening it doesn't help a lot, I will probably go ahead and have the replacement surgery. I'm getting tired of not being able to do normal everyday things. I was hoping to lose a lot of weight first, but it's been a real struggle.

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Hola... been raining here and gray out but have had the French doors open.. so ok

been reading a lot and listening also to a book

Shirley.. cute picture.. also the contractor is only doing some cosmetic wood fixing on the outside nothing to do with my problem

Day 4 of being good... I will say my sugar took a big nose dive.. almost to where I am supposed to hover!!!

I woke up and dizzy.. and so far all day Very Dizzy... ok only think new I have Garlic Salt, Grape tomatoes, applesauce.. I think that is all the new food ?????????????

..also my bottom lip tiny bit swollen and almost cracked open.. it does not like something and I have been fine for weeks ?????????

To be good I am trying to eat every 4 hours... biggest thing for me is portion size.. and I am making them like normal now.. huge difference!!!

I could have eaten a whole casserole I put together the other night but made it into 4 meals.. and cooks a very small pkg of steak and had two small servings of steak with veggies

even doing 4 meals 4 hrs apart.. that still leaves me not eating from say 9pm at latest to 9 or 10 am.. usually.. I found that is just toooooooooo long to go with out food.. only because of being diabetic.. no wonder the sugar spikes.. it spikes because I am not getting any carbs in that time and my liver decides it will shoot a bunch out ..making the Dawn Syndrome even worse than it usually is... Dawn Syndrome is a normal like 4AM burst of insulin that the body normally puts out because it thinks I am going to go out Hunting for a Dinnosaur and will need the energy.

anyway I will keep doing what I am doing on eating and see what happens.. until nothing happens.

on exercise.. I actually go on my treadmill for a half mile... going 1.8 mph it like to finish me. My muscles are used to sitting reading... I have a ways to go.. I put on my Kindle book and walked.. got to start somewhere.. plus walking around the Festival was enough too.

Shirley.. remember when you commented on tops Goal weight ok at 200.. that lady said she she Lots for 250 pounds being a Goal Weight... I certainly don't agree.. if one always has to just keep trying to really get down to a reasonable weight then they just need to be in that category.. not right for those who are like Ellen and Grace that are really down to a good Goal weight (once at Goal one is allowed to go 5 more down and 3 up to be ok)

going to have to try on my RUFFLED new bathing suit.. I might just have to get a Glittered Big Hat and Rhined Stone Glasses and high Wedged Heels.. to go to the pool... If I am going to look like ?????? I might as well go all out!

Rabbit today in rain sat facing away from the house in the middle of the yard ..like it was on Guard. I'm just afraid a big bird will come after him.. I lost a rabbit that way. Also a couple of days ago say a rabbit jump up to this level and run under side bush and a few seconds it happened again.. then again.. then again.. I'm thinking 6 of them maybe their Kids came up to the yard???

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Remember the newest member to our family, Grady. She's now 3 months old.

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Good afternoon team, Even though we're offline Don rigged up something so I can send and read emails but then told me not to do it because I'm using up "data", what ever that is :-).
We've been getting t storms every evening and it's so hot and muggy.
We're leaving FL on Wednesday.

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Hiya! Wow in the middle of quite a thunderstorm. Minden has settled into a pattern of 2-3 days of sunshine followed by 2-3 days of rain. We had so much rain this time last year that our Crepe Myrtles developed a fungus and never bloomed. I so hope that won't be the case this year. Watched the movie "Lion" last evening and it was very good! Fascinating story. My daughter and her big brother and his family are in Branson, MO this weekend. I love it when the kids do things together. I must not have have been home when they called to invite me. :)

Shirley...When I paid the bills years ago, if I couldn't balance the check book afte 2-3 tries I always took what the bank showed us as having. This drove DH nuts and he eventually took over the bill paying which didn't hurt my feelings. He won't give up until he balances to the penny.

RE worms...best fishing bait ever. I have noticed we have quite a good supply around here. Haven't fished in years.

Peggy...So sorry your sister's prognosis wasn't better. Hoping that monitor does the job. And hope your toe feels better Soon!

Cherie...Glad the epidural did the trick.

Cecile...I've had several people tell me how good Dowtown Abbey is. Guess I'll have to check it out.

Marlene...We have a spa tub surrounded by tile in our bathroom. I have to climb into the dang thing to reach the far tile. We don't use it much at all and I would much rather have had a regular tub. I usually bathe in the guest tub. It is nice for the occasional aches and pains.

Yvonne...Hope your husband's PET scan was good.

Miller...Is that dishwasher up and running? Couldn't fit another dish in mine if I wanted to. Got to run it sometime today.

The rain is starting to let up a bit. DH is hopeful he can play golf. They don't start until about noon.

Y'all stay dry!

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Happy Sunday Everyone -

Yvonne - not for me. I'm enjoying this worm talk. As said I really tried to protect my earthworms in my gardening days. I'd always wanted a compost pile, but never seemed to have a place for one. I did dump coffee grounds in my garden however. * I just love the boarders you come up with. Very artistic.

Cecile - I come close to doing a happy dance each two weeks when my laundry is done, and I don't have to maneuver a flight of stairs as you do. So I can relate to how you must feel.

Ellen - I think our temps stayed in the low to mid 70s all day yesterday too. Those storms did do their jobs. However it never got cool enough for jackets here. * My husband uses Quicken. For my small amount of bill paying and check book reconciliation I still do it the old fashion way other than paying my bills now days through the bank electronically instead of mailing checks. * It sounds like your granddaughter is someone to be Very proud of . Those are really good grades!

Peggy - this isn't good news about Catherine, and I am so very sorry. She will remain in my prayers. I gather they didn't insert a pacemaker? * As for your toe, when I broke my little toe it hurt worse than when I broke my ankle that requires surgery, nails and screws to put it back together again. Recently I caught my toe(s) on a table leg and may have broken one or two, but since they weren't dislocated I didn't have them checked out, but they sure hurt like the dickens for awhile. I so hope your toe feels better soon.

Allie - you really had quite a day yesterday. I hope your evening with your grandsons went well.

Slimmer - Beckle and Juan Williams are like most Fox anchors and contributors very smart and experienced, but yes, I wonder sometimes too how they can think the way they do. But you know what, I sometimes wonder since it is their job to argue the opposite point of view if they really do believe half they say. I don't know if you ever took speech in school, but I did. In debates we were given a subject and one person had to debate one view point and the other the opposite. It didn't mean we believed what we were arguing, but it was our job to present a good argument for that point of view. * No Joke! I don't think I'd like working out in the heat cleaning houses, patios or driveways, but you know what for $200-$400 an hour I might have just tried - not now of course but when I was young. I'm sure their equipment is pricey, but... it wouldn't take cleaning many driveways to recoup that - smile. * I've got really hard soil too, but you know what if you could work some compost into it and get worms started in it it will become good soil in no time. * Smart thinking about eating - if you start eating well balanced meals I'll bet you will find many of your problems will fall into line. I once had a WW lecturer to tell our group that she found that when she had her eating under control that other things in her life that had been out of control fell into place as well. Strange how this can happen.

Cherie - good to see your posts. I so hate when I can't get my checkbook to balance. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen to everyone.

Have a great day everyone -

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Good morning everyone!

It's nice out. It's bright and sunny. Val is getting ready to go to work. I'm still in my pj's. Not much planned for today but I won't get lonely.

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GRACE.... Laughing out loud about your worms. I love my little worms, but wouldn't want them crawling all over the house....
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Yes, it's a special species for worm bins.... they'd die outside. They like the same temperatures as humans... would freeze or bake out in the elements. The inside bin is a great place to put small amounts of carrot peelings, strawberry tops, and especially coffee grounds.... anything organic. My worms love watermelon and hate potato peels, judging by how fast they eat them.

In composting outside, you have to have both "green" and "brown" materials; I forget the scientific explanation. Coffee grounds, however, are considered "green," surprisingly enough.

Now for the rest of you who are wishing we'd drop the subject, my apologies and I'm signing off.

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Good evening team sisters.

Laundry is done. It's washed, dried and put away. So happy it's done!

Val did the bathroom for me today. I was so happy to see that! One job less for me.

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It is chilly here!! We had rain on Thursday and Friday nights and now it is cloudy. We went to a nursery this morning and bought basil and tomatoes and had to have jackets on. I need to plan on doing quite a lot of gardening next week.

Yvonne- what a small world! I can’t believe you actually met Susan Wittig Albert and how all her books! I am so enjoying her “China Bayles” books and put two more on hold at the library. I can’t remember how I stumbled onto this series. *I had a chuckle about having your worms in the house. I am trying to convince my DH that coffee grounds should be put in the compost heap.

Grace- what a funny story about your worms in the closet! That tops anything I have done around here.

Slimmer- I love how you are creating a weight loss chart, buying a sparkle notebook and even purchasing a cute bathing suit! That is awesome!! *I hope you have a great time at the Art and Wine Festival!

Marlene- I am exhausted from just reading about what you are doing and what you are planning to do. I must admit going to a battlefield in 90 degree weather is not daunting for me.

Shirley- I imagine our weather is headed your way with much cooler temperatures. You are right- this is the most interesting team! *I really liked your saying! We might as well dance!

Cherie- I hate it when I can’t balance my bank statement. I use a software program called Quicken to manage our finances and help balance our bank statement. IF I wanted to do it, I could even set up where everything is automatically download often from the bank and then the program balances everything. But I like to do it manually but at least the program does the addition and subtraction for me.

Allie- I hope you are having a wonderful time with your grandsons! My college granddaughter is out of school (4 A’s and 2 B’s she said) and she is driving up from Emporia to spend next Friday night and Saturday to noon with us. I am so excited!!

Peggy- will your DD have to wear the heart monitor for the rest of her life? This is so sad for someone her age. *I am so sorry to hear that you are not feeling well either.

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Happy Saturday

Catherine is home from the hospital with a heart monitor. If her heart skips a beat, the monitor will fix it. She has to wear this 24/7 except to shower. If this doesn't work, she will need a heart transplant.

My toe is throbbing worse than my spinal fusion and the drugs make me feel blah.

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Good afternoon team:

I went to my gs school and helped them set up for the May Fair. My house finally cooled off. I am going to take a nap so I will be rested up for my grandsons visit.

My son is bringing the boys at 5PM and they will stay overnight with me. I am looking forward to having the both of them with for a change.

I hope everyone has a good weekend.

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Hola... bright and sunny Today is Art and Wine Festival... some time I will get downtown to look over the booths... got up early ..read then fell asleep for 3 more hours now almost noon. I've been getting up at 10 or 11.. I go to bed late then get up and read etc then I sleep

Thinking said I got a cute 2 piece swim suit.. Looks like a 1 piece now.. not a real 2 piece. and.. terrible but the top has like 6 Ruffles !!! in the front... looks cute holding it.. looks like a Lot Ruffles with it on.. but hey.. big is big and it only adds a few More... inches ..was the better of the choices.

Shirley.. watching Beckel... on Five.. I many a time just had to push the Mute.. button.. the other guy is a bit better.. but aughhhhhhhhhh how can they really think what they say.. most of it sounds so Un-educated

Cherie.. great news that your shot kicked in and that you are feeling better! I had some long years in my life in middle twenties I had to get shots or just lived with a pain that ..what was I going to do.. I walked dragging my foot on one side... I had put all that back in my mind.. amazing... maybe it will all be a long ago memory for you one day too...

I forgot to buy yet... a Clock Radio with the Alarm.. I broke mine cleaning and want a Rug Rake.. I lose a lot of hair and my old vacuum does not pick it up or has picked up so much it is a mess.. I don't get on the ground and brush it with an old hair brush that often.. but it is amazing what all comes up!

Shirley... right when you think $200 for 1 hour is a lot.. but the $400 guy would have done the same.. it is the price of their equipment.. and for driveway pressure cleaning that much cement ..is what it costs these days.. hmmmm Maybe I should go into business??? For a young person.. there is.. money to be made out there if you want to work!

Grace ..Yvonne... when I moved here I wanted to buy.. one of those big compost tubs that you turn.. and I Wanted to Raise Worms!!!!!! but the ground here is like cement so my interest in gardening was gone.. I could bring in truck loads of dirt.. but they say the dirt they bring in is as bad??? So no Worm Farm .. so funny the worms getting out of the closet!!!

The yard clippings here are mostly from trees you really would not want.. evergreen bush type trees and holly type bushes lots of wood limbs.. but here in GA we have tons of leaves people would pay you to take the bags and bags and bags some have I am so glad I am at the top of the hill I live on my leaves blow down into the neighbors yards!!!!!!!.. that worked out well for me!

My sugar jumped up today... I had 1 cup of unsweeten apple sauce and had some carbs from sauce in my 3 meals and then had a handful of grape tomatoes.. don't think that should have done it.. but this is why we check sugar levels to See.. what is happening

I am still going to just eat regular meals with some carbs.. main thing now is to lose weight and going to hope the sugar goes down with it.

Reading.. Upstairs Room about Jewish family that finally had to go into hiding during the war and how it came about and what they had to do.... this is a Newberry Honor book written for the young and this book is doing a great job of telling and giving the feeling of what was happening.. the 11 yr old sister who hides in this upstairs room but wants to look out the window or go outside or downstairs but can't.. Just learned Why she really can't .. and just learning that the Trains to Germany and Poland are not all to work camps but Death Camps...Now She Understands.. nicely written story. ..another book I never would have read if not on a list... but so glad I am.

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Hi all!

Its been a few days since I've been here. We had quite a storm last night! Glad hunny was home from work.
Bought a pizza at the store last night, was craving it, with some red wine. Got my bank statement while I was there, was at Krogers almost everyday! I didn't put the dates down in my checkbook, so now I can't add it up. Needless to say, I was off by 25 dollars!

Had an epidural on Thurs for my back, it worked already!

I won't handle worms! yuck!

Everyone have a nice weekend!

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Good Morning Everyone -

Another stormy morning, but thankfully not as bad as yesterday.

Cecile - I did so enjoy "Downton Abbey" but for some reason have no desire to re-watch it. I've even bought the CDs for several seasons. I'm glad to hear you are getting so much pleasure from watching it again. It was really a good series.

Marlene - you are definitely an inspiration to we on this team, especially those who are older. There is no way I could handle doing the work you and Walt do. You both are quite impressive. * Have a great time on your mini trip and tour with Barbara and Tom today.

Slimmer - I do so hope this contractor can find the problems in your house that have been bothering you for so long. * Goodness! If that man can clean your driveway in an hour, and he is charging $200. that is a lot of money for any hour's work. This being said, glad it isn't $400 like the first guy wanted. * Is your step-counter like a Fitbit? I've been wearing one for several years now and really like mine. I know it isn't perfect, but it does give me a good idea as to how I'm doing - how much I'm moving. You really went on a nice shopping spree, didn't you? I really need to do that too. * I like those little fruit cups. They give you the nutritional information, plus they are so easy to use. * No, I didn't know Fox had fired Beckle. I say good riddance. Like you I couldn't stand him, and why I wouldn't watch "The Five." Why I watch Fox is for the discussions, and of course the news, but in particular the discussions. I'm most interested to hear both political points of view, but I'm with you I found Beckle downright irritating and obnoxious. My husband feels the same way about Juan Williams, but I can take him better than I can Beckle. Some people find Beckle funny, but I just find him downright irritating. Don't get me started on Maxine Waters, Elijah Cummings and I could go on. Talk about narrow minded racists - those two would head the list.

Grace - oh yuck! I so treasured and protected my earthworms when I gardened, but I would have never even thought about bringing them inside, and if I had I would have put them in an aquarium with a wire mesh cover - smile I can't imagine having a composter in my kitchen either. * Thanks for finding those two websites for us. There seems to be so little health,exercise and nutrition information out there for the over 60s crowd. People like SP and others concentrate on the younger folk, and when it comes to exercise, diets (as in ways of eating) and lifestyle there is no "one size fits all." With older age comes major changes. * Thanks for the reminder you are about to shut down your computer for a bit due to your move back north. Safe and trouble free (as much as possible) travels.

Donna - What a sad but interesting story about your son's wedding. I know little about New Orleans, but I do know Jackson Square and that beautiful Cathedral. I've only been to that fascinating city twice in my lifetime - once on a business trip for my dad with my family when I was in high school, and the other when our kids treated us to a Caribbean Cruise for our 50th wedding anniversary. We didn't have time to do much on that stopover from the cruise, but we did have a few hours, and we stayed around the Square. * Interesting your reaction to beets - smile.

Miller - I've missed responding to your posts a couple times recently, and for that I apologize. Your posts came in at the same time I posted, and I intended to get back to you, and never did. * I'm so very happy that you finally got your new dishwasher. Randy insisting on installing it himself - where I've gotten annoyed over the years for my husband not being a handyman, sometimes when I hear women talk who have handyman husbands, I think they have as big a problem in reverse as I do - smile. * It is so good to hear that your new meds are helping you.

Yvonne - as I read your post and your granddaughter's reaction to you having worms in your house, as my son was growing up we had frogs, gerbils, hamsters, slugs at one time, Chameleons living in our house at one time or the other. I did draw the line at snakes however. With my aversion to snakes and things that move like snakes, as said I did treasure and protect my earthworms (outside, not in - smile). My favorite fertilizer was cow manure and at one time I used horse. * This discussion about worms - smile - as I've said many times this is a most interesting team.

Ellen - what an interesting story about your cell phone. My husband so wants me to get a 7. I'm very happy with what I've got, but he's upgraded, and like you says I would really like the upgrade. * Weddings and all you had to say on the subject - when our daughter was married (1979) and I was talking to the priest (Episcopal) making plans for the wedding, he made the comment (not criticizing me please understand - just a comment) that people tended to put more emphasis on the ceremony and party than on the marriage, and I told him he was correct. That is a sad commentary, but with today's loose morals, plus theme weddings and the like, I would say it is even more true today than it was back then. * I so wish the antibiotics I'm on would make me feel as well and energized as you.

Wishing for us all a very good day and an enjoyable weekend.

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Good morning. It is bright and sunny this morning. The birds are singing! What joy to listen to them!

Wishing you all a beautiful and healthy Saturday!

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Good evening team sisters!

Today was a quiet day with Val gone. She is here tomorrow and gone on Sunday. I guess I'm back on the Pennington schedule. I'm a tough broad and I know I will adjust!

Tomorrow is laundry. I never wash on Saturday usually but with the schedule next week I would be washing on Thursday. The laundry hamper was really full. By doing it tomorrow, I won't have to think about it again for another 2 to 3 weeks.

I have finished watching seasons 1,2 and 3 of Downton Abbey. I still have seasons 4,5 and 6 to go. This is my third time watching the series and I still cried when Cybil died.

A very special hello to everyone!

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Hello everyone. Just a quick post to let you know I am okay. Have had a busy week doing windows, washing the ceramic tile in the main bathroom. We've had three days of 90° weather. I waited until after 6:00 last evening to go in the yard to plant seven containers. They are easier than in ground planting.

Must be up early tomorrow. We are going up to Barbara and Tom's, then the four of us are driving to Sharpsburg, VA to the Anteitum Battlefield. Since moving close to Gettysburg they have become very interested in the Civil War history.

Slimmer, good luck with joining TOPS. I'm sure you will do fine. Keep us updated on your progress. I hope you are able to make friends there. What that other woman did was so rude. Sounds like you are also making process with the contractors.

Peggy, don't know how you managed to get around in Ireland with a broken toe. Hope the surgery went well. I have a hammer toe that makes it difficult finding shoes that don't irritate it.

Sorry I haven't mentioned everyone, but I must get to bed. I'll be up by 6 o'clock since it takes an hour just to get to Barbara's.

Wishing you all a fantastic weekend.

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Hello everyone. Just a quick post to let you know I am okay. Have had a busy week doing windows, washing the ceramic tile in the main bathroom, etc. We've had three days of 90° weather. I waited until after 6:00 last evening to go in the yard to plant seven containers. They are easier than in ground planting.

Must be up early tomorrow. We are going up to Barbara and Tom's, then the four of us are driving to Sharpsburg, VA to the Anteitum Battlefield. Since moving close to Gettysburg they have become very interested in the Civil War history.

Slimmer, good luck with joining TOPS. I'm sure you will do fine. Keep us updated on your progress. I hope you are able to make friends there. What that other woman did was so rude. Sounds like you are also making process with the contractors.

Peggy, don't know how you managed to get around in Ireland with a broken toe. Hope the surgery went well. I have a hammer toe that makes it difficult finding shoes that don't irritate it.

Sorry I haven't mentioned everyone, but I must get to bed. I'll be up by 6 o'clock since it takes an hour just to get to Barbara's.

Wishing you all a fantastic weekend.

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Hola... had a good day...

Finally.. called the contractor and talked it out.. the sec. after I told her my email was my radio call sign for being a HAM operator.. she was too.. next I know I now have next Tuesday for getting my house fixed! went and paid my deposit!

Then on getting driveway and cement cleaned.. yikes!!! guy wanted to start $400.00 I don't Think so... Called a number he said ok $200.00 seems this is not going to be cheap.. then said my neighbor also wanted hers done.. he said he would give us a deal and now it will be under $200.. and his web page was very very impressive.. they do it with a round scrub brush like you see floor waxers in businesses.. he said he could do a house in like an hour! The demo on internet looked soooooooooo good!

Then.. went to Walmart and walked.. but went for poster board to make a weight loss chart.. I used to do that decades ago.. I like to always SEE what I am losing and how it going.

I found a board with a 2 inch board of Gold Glitter.. I thought that would look Good!
Got a $1.00 notebook with a Pink Sparkle cover.. thought I could use that for weight notebook and Be In The Pink!

I bought a BATHING SUIT I even tried it on! looks kind of cute 2 pieces but I sure bend it out of shape! top was a 3X and bottom an XL If that is a true 3X then Yikes bigger sure must have lots of X essss on it.

I call rec center cost for pool for the summer is $50 for 2 I just need a Friend to pay half.. we do not have to go together just pay up front and get pictures on ID.. pool is like half mile away.. but there are not trees to sit under hmmm

Bought a red white blue top.. really pretty.. then got 3 T shirt tops all like $5 each.. going to toss out my holely and paint stained art tops I have!!!!!!

Got a Step counter also does Distance and Calories... girls in club have the other expensive ones... I don't want to get that carried away.

Bought individual cups of unsweetened apple sauce and 1 banana.. you know I try not to eat fruit because of carbs.. Well, going to try and fit it in.. I like fruit

I think I got a lot done today! Lately I have been too tired to do what I need to do, but then there is nobody else to do anything for me.. so I have to pull myself together..

...when I kind of don't want to do things or feel I can't I always say to myself... It is now or later and then Why.. Because I deserve it ...usually when things get done I do feel better it is just getting it going.

Shirley.. you see who they Fired now on FOX? on the Five Bob Beckel... which he irritated me but I figured he had him on there to stand up for the Democrat side.. but he wayyyyy over did it saying all kinds of crazy things..
...........talk about crazy.. Maxine Waters ...what in the World ...at one time she must have been a smart hard working lady, but at least I find her to be an embarrassment to our country and those who try to run it.

Day 2 of being good is just about over...
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YVONNE, I'm suppose to be leaving for the gym but I wanted to tell you my funny "in the house" worm story. I decided to put "composting worms" in a spare room closet. I got their bins all set up and gathered worms from the yard (because I didn't think the "special" worms were necessary)That night when I got up to go to the bathroom I stepped on something cold and wet. When I turned on my hall light there were dozens of worms crawling around in the hallway. I tried to gather up as many as I could find and put them back out on the lawn, in the middle of the night. I never told Don that I was putting worms in the closet because I didn't want him doubting my sanity. But, I HAD to tell him the next morning because It took a couple of days to find all of them and he was bound to see one or two of them. Now, I've seen kitchens in fancy new houses with worm composting cabinets built in. But they HAVE to be special "red wigglers" not yard worms. I've got a couple more worm stories but I'll spare the team.
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ELLEN, just a quick response about Susan Wittig Albert.... I have all of her books, and have met her. Drove an hour to attend a herbal lecture by her in Fort Worth. She's very modest and unassuming for a Stanford graduate and former English professor. After I met her, the next book I ordered had a personal note in it. She is really excellent at "bonding" with her readers. You can go to her FaceBook page and become a friend for her frequent posts and pictures of her Texas garden, wildlife and local flowers. I'm a huge fan.

And for further information.... I misled you about Jay's greenery.... it's not lawn clippings, but weeds and trash twigs when he cleans up the beds in the spring. Our lawn clippings also go directly to the lawn. And GRACE... I also scrape out our K-cups and feed the coffee and tea grounds to our worms.... another composter in the house. Worm castings are the best fertilizer. Jay became a believer this spring when our rather sick azaleas tripled their bloom after I put the worm fertilizer down last year. Thank you for the warning about getting contaminated clippings. Some of our neighbors DID use chemicals on their lawn, but I never noticed any negative results, and didn't grow food crops.

Added humor..... my granddaughter was totally grossed out about me having worms in the house, although they're a special breed and never leave their bin. When I mentioned getting them started again in this house, she got a totally disgusted expression on her face and said "You mean you MOVED them here?" Still makes me laugh, and marvel at how far we've come from "country" living.

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A good Friday to all my Slimming Sisters! emoticon
I never returned here yesterday because my day did a erupt U-turn. Right after lunch, I noticed that my cell phone (iPhone 4.s) was low on battery. So, I plugged it in. Nothing happened. So, I tried another plug- nothing. Then I tried my DH’s cord to his old 4s. Nothing! By then my battery was at 28% and I was SCARED!! So, I told my DH that I was going to the AT&T store for a new phone! I have so many contacts, etc. on my phone. I dressed quickly but he insisted on going with me. “What if you have car trouble? I won’t know what is going on to help you!” So, I wanted for him to change clothes as my battery goes down more.
We get to the AT&T store and the technician immediately knew the problem. He took a sharp tool and pulled LINT out of the space where it plugged into the charger and started charging it for me. BUT, we were there at the store, my 4s was old and becoming very unstable on some sites, SO….why not going ahead and upgrade?????
So, the rest of the afternoon was spent backing up my 4s to my PC and then restoring all the data to my new 6s. I LOVE it!!! I am so glad I made this decision but of course, next month when I have to pay off my Discover card, I won’t love it. But my theme this year is “A Year of Growing”, so this was a big new experience for me since I had never backup and restored my phone before on iTunes. (I had upgrade iTunes on my PC before I could start).

Slimmer- Even if you are meeting in a Funeral Home, I am still so excited about you going to TOPS. I feel like I know you well enough that if you really decide to do something, you will make it happen.

Peggy- Ouch! I so feel for you having another foot surgery! My oldest sister had to have toe surgery on both feet (arthritis) and she was off her feet longer than when she had her knees replaced. She used a little scooter because she could not walk on them. *Prayers for your DD. I am not sure but 15% does not sound good.

Irene- I loved your story about your DH and the postponed wedding. I think weddings were so much simpler in the past. My parents went to a Justice of the Peace and got married in 1940. Today, weddings are so expensive and it seems to be more about the party than the vows.

Shirley- I think the storm you had hit here about 10:15 pm. The local weather people were all over it and some areas in the city were hard hit with some larger hail. We just had dime size hail. *Your comment to Slimmer about sweets reminds me that there is a piece of pineapple upside down cake from Sunday that needs to be tossed. As usually, my DH just ignores sweets and I refuse to eat it.
Miller- since I had that abscessed tooth pulled, my energy levels and positive attitude has skyrocketed. I am surprised how much an infection in our body and pain upset our attitude about everything. I did not realize how much it was affecting me. Sometimes the side effects of medication are worth it.

Donna- there is some really good things about Obamacare. Unfortunately, the insurance companies and other businesses have too much influence on healthcare so it was not perfect. I read an opinion piece in the newspaper yesterday that suggested that Medicare has worked so well for seniors, why not offer that to everyone. Yes, we would have to raise taxes to pay for it, but a universal healthcare system for our citizens would be worth it. I think we all want a healthy nation. It would allow our Congress to focus on more important things like infrastructure and transportation issues. We are so behind other developed nations.

Yvonne- I am really surprised that your DH bags his clippings at all. Our Kansas State Extension Agency says if you let your clippings fall back into the yard it is a great natural fertilizer. We just mow. I do put my leaves from the woodland garden in my compost heap. I had a chuckle about you sneaking around picking up others lawn clippings. We use to do that when we lived in town when we were trying to change the clay soil we had. We almost felt like robbers as we stopped and quickly “stole” the clippings put out at the curb. *Thank you for commenting how you felt about visualizing yourself as an old crone living on a hill tending your herbs. That is a great image for me to have. You might like a series of books I have been reading by Susan Wittig Albert which are the China Bayles mysteries. China Bayles is an ex-lawyer who runs an herb shop in a fictional little town in the Texas hill country. The books are crammed with information about herbs.

Ellen

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Good afternoon team! This is a quick "fly by" post, actually a "copy & paste" from another thread: I'm very busy doing laundry,packing,cleaning etc. since we're moving in 4 days. I just wanted to remember to tell all of you about an age appropriate newsletter that I've been getting for a few weeks. It's the Silver Sneakers newsletter
If you go to the Silver Sneakers webpage you can sign up for the newsletter. I also get one written by Gabe Mirkin M.D. If you are tired of getting fitness info geared to much younger people, these are two alternatives for you

YVONNE, I'm a little obsessive about composting. It "pains" me when I see compostable items being tossed in the garbage. It never happens in our house. Everyone who visits knows the rules I even take open K cups and take the grounds out to compost plus I use the refillable pods. My SIL says I take all the fun out of using Kcups. I'd be very careful about using other people's lawn waste in case they have put "weed killer" on it that could kill veggies if it got near it.

We've had record breaking heat, in the upper 90s all week. It's a good thing I don't have much to do outside anymore.
If I don't post for the next few days, it's because I'm in "Comcast Limbo" between FL and CT.

Have a great day!
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SLIMMER, I had a moment of lust when you talked about throwing away lawn clippings…. They’re just the thing for my composter. I’ve been known to drive up alleys for lawn bags, quietly stealing them away. Here, my husband is less than cooperative in helping feed the composter… he bags up his trimmings and throws them into the trash bin, sneakily of course. He claims its because he always has twigs in there, but its more about not being inconvenienced.

I’ve known three people who belonged to TOPS. All of them were successful, and enjoyed the relationships and the meetings. Like everything else, it probably depends on that particular location. Congratulations on skipping the sweets…. That’s getting harder for me than ever!

DONNA, I'm glad I don't have any chocolate cake on the premises.... otherwise, I'd be at it. I have no control right now, though I know it'll return. My husband has his PET scan today, and I suspect the worry about its results are interfering with my ability to cope.

MILLER, so glad to hear of your productive day. Like you, I'm a "no medicine" person, but if it helps you feel better, it sounds like a good thing.

Gardening: I brought up all the newly purchased herbs to the deck so that the critters couldn’t reach them. I hope the deck is strong enough to hold all the pots of herbs we’ll then have. Last summer I had several heavy pots here, so we’ll see. ELLEN, your statement about “pretending I’m single” resonated with me, too. Jay does a lot of work around the house, but I cannot ASK him to do anything, so his priority list may not be the same as mine. I actually picture myself as an old wild-haired crone living on a hill with a multitude of cats, tending to all my herbs and flowers by myself. It actually does help me to get out there and work. (smile)

ELLEN, I noticed in a previous message your note about poison ivy. We had a terrible infestation in Texas, and would always pull out by hand. We’d wear gloves and a long sleeve shirt, put the pulled plants immediately into a plastic bag, and discard. Sometimes we’d get one tiny little blister of reaction, but never very bad, and I’m VERY allergic to it. Because it was growing in the middle of ivy down a slope, ideally we had to do this in spring and fall; we could never completely eradicate the roots.

Two remedied for the itch of a poison ivy rash: Often in the same location jewel weed grows. Mash it up and put it on the itch for a natural remedy. One I use more often is so simple that people don’t believe it. Run water hot enough that it’s just this side of burning you. Run it over your itch. If It feels good, you'll know you got the water hot enough. You’ll have several hours of reprieve before you have to do it again, and the rash will disappear faster than any other remedy, because you never touch it. No medicine, no ugly lotion.... just water.

Jewel weed, so named because water beads up on the leaves and looks like jewels.

SHIRLEY, it's so much fun to read your weather reports and have them the same as ours. I did NOT know about the storm.... slept through it, but saw we'd gotten 1 inch of rain and there were small twigs strewed about our driveway.

Before I get any more long winded, I’ll close for now…

Yvonne

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Hey there!

I'm a lady in waiting today--waiting on our A/C guy (our unti backed up yesterday) and a woman to come deep clean my floors before company arrives next week. I do light mopping but every once in a while it needs more elbow grease and furniture needs to be moved. So I move what furniture I can out of her way.

Irene...Happy almost anniversary! #2 son and wife were to be married at the cathedral in Jackson Square in the French Quarter when hurricane Katrina hit. Of course the entire area was flooded and evacuated. They were determined not to change their wedding date so really had to scramble to find a church. Their invitations were already printed so they had to enclose a little note notifying people of the change in plans. I've been doing more reading than knitting and really need to get working on my baby blanket. I've only got till August but I don't work on it everyday and times flying. I so admire organized people. I'm not one of them.

Peggy...Hope the surgery fixes the problem!

Shirley...Can't eat beets, nope, not gunna, ever! I remember being on a diet that required you eat them. Couldn't do it.

Miller...If for no other reason, I'm grateful to Obama for getting our children covered on our health insurance till they were 26. I'm grateful to him for a lot of other things, but most people don't want to hear it. :)

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Hello to all.

Peggy, thoughts and prayers for Catherine. emoticon

Shirley, that sounds like a terrible storm, indeed! I'm glad you saw no damage.


Well, my dishwasher finally arrived yesterday. I was afraid it would be damaged by the way they kept bouncing it around getting it off the truck, but it looked okay. Now I just have to wait for Randy to install it - as I said in my last post, he thinks he's the only one that can do it "right."

I ended up going to quite a few places yesterday afternoon. The bank, pharmacy, car wash, gas station, Kohl's, and Chick-Fil-A for a salad. I have more energy since going back on the supplement my doctor prescribed. It does have a side effect that's hard to deal with, but it helps the depression so much that I'm going to try to stay on it.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

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Good Morning Everyone -

We had a horrid storm to come through around 5 am today, hail which sounded big from the noise it was making, wind, lightning, rain the works. I saw no damage when I got up, but haven't looked closely, except the trellis that holds my big climbing rose is hanging by a thread, so I'll have to check that out. The rose bush looks fine and a potted plant on the patio table is still in place. I was sure it would be in the neighbor's yard. It didn't last long, but sure came through in a fury.

Irene - it started as a rainy day here today too, but now it looks like the sun is trying to come out. You mentioned that today was to be yours and Maurice's wedding date. Interestingly enough it is my daughter's and SIL's anniversary as well as my daughter-in-law's parents' anniversary.

Cecile - my daughter is coming for a visit next week and she's treating me to a pedicure and lunch for my Mother's Day gift. I sure hope those people can cut these horrid toe nails. They are so bad I even hate to ask them to do it.

Peggy - how on earth did you do all that walking in Ireland with a broken toe? I had no idea it hadn't healed properly and that you were going to have to have surgery. So sorry to hear this, but am wishing you well. * Thanks for the update on Catherine. I wish the news was better. Before my previous doctor left this practice he mentioned that TB was around again which I found so surprising. He didn't say why, just that it was again a threat

Slimmer - I don't think I ever held my brushes like a pencil when painting, but oh my I did try to be perfect - smile. * If it makes you feel any better, I've had my periods of being so disappointed in people too. This will pass. Just remember that there will always be jerks in this world, but not everyone is a jerk, and some people are very nice, generous and considerate. I would say the nice people out number the jerks, it is just that the jerks tend to be more obvious - smile. * I agree I am a bit confused how TOPS or any other weight loss group would view 200 lbs. as goal weight. However, it occurs to me that this may be the first of many goals she will set for herself until she gets herself to a normal/healthy weight. It would be interesting to know how she views the term "goal weight." * You misunderstood what I said about Kimberly - I have never had a problem with her expressing her knowledge, experience or expertise as she does that quite well (in my opinion), I just feel she is an attractive, sexy woman who knows it and flaunts it, and that I have a problem with. * You deserve patting yourself on the back for passing up all that sugar. I'm proud of you too because I, and I'm sure others on the team as well, know how hard that can be.

Ellen - I would have been hot and light headed also after doing all the work you did yesterday. I wish I could still work like that but can't any longer for a number of reasons.

Have a great day everyone -

Shirley

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Good morning everyone!

Irene - It was good to see your post. Hope you have a nice week-end!

It is bright and sunny this morning. No storm lurking around!

Val is gone to work. I am at odds to figure what to do. I'll find something!

Hope everyone has a good and healthy Friday.

Be back later.... emoticon

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Hello on 19th May. That date rang a bell with me. Many years ago it was to be our wedding date, but my husband was at sea and sent me a telegram saying the ship had been diverted to pick up refugees somewhere ? What! He would be home a week later, so I had to change all the arrangements for our wedding, it wasn't a huge spectacular one just close family and a few friends at the local church , we couldn't afford a huge wedding, we were married on 26th

It's a damp grey Friday , I have no plans really for the weekend but while Mikes visting his family over the weekend I can do some tasks I want to do. I have a craft unit in my bedroom it was over flowing with different craft stocks . . I do not do card making now so packed that up to go to a friend who does make cards. I still do cross stitch but have more than enough to last me so I hope to sell or give some of that stash,
I knit too so sorted out my wool into colours , again some. I won't use can go to the charity shop. It's a good feeling to try to be organised. I always intend to be highly organised I seldom am. Thats a good start,I still have another unit to go through !
Enjoy your weekend. Irene

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