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Happy Saturday.

Sounds like everyone on the team is overdoing it. Please be careful and take care.

Slimmer, my art teacher just had cataract surgery and one of her eye drops cost almost $200. Tom and I both had the same surgery and not one of our eye drops cost over $50.00.

Hope no one minds another picture. This is Phuket, Thailand

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8/1/15 11:56 A

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Good morning team:

Slimmer: I had to get very expensive eye drops when I had my cataract surgeries. I don't have insurance coverage, just Medicare. I went to Wal-Mart and they used prescription cards that I picked up at the eye doctors office and my regular doctors office. These cards help quite a bit and Wal-Mart has 6 different cards on file for me if I ever need them in the future. My eye doctor had some of the eye drops I needed at their office so that helped with expenses. I know I needed the eye drops so I wouldn't get an infection and I will warn you one of the eye drops stings and that is normal. Good luck with your surgery.

I just woke up, after sleeping for 12 hours. This heat and all my working out catches up with me.

I haven't seen my grandsons for 3 weeks. I wrote their Mother yesterday and told her to be careful when she travels to pick the boys up and I asked her to give the boys a hug and a kiss for me. I have not heard back from her yet so I will have to wait and see when they get home.

I mowed the lawn yesterday and it wasn't too bad. The humidity has reduced some and there is a breeze, so I don't have to run my air conditioners as often.

I think I might go to the out door pool today. I know I won't go to the Y because it is a madhouse there on the weekends.

I hope everyone has a good day and you all stay cool.

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8/1/15 10:02 A

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Good Morning Everyone -

Slimmer - thank you. I don't think it is unreasonable either to ask folks to sign their posts. I dare say if people wrote a letter or sent a greeting card they'd sign their names, so can't understand why they have such a problem signing their posts. * Good Grief! That's a lot of money for eye drops. And I thought Celebrex was costly AND overpriced. When you say 3 eye drops, I'm assuming you mean 3 prescriptions for eye drops. Even so that's a LOT of money for eye drops. I wish you much success with your eye surgery and a quick recovery.

Yvonne - I'm quite a bit older than you, but I too feel like I grew up in a good time. Everything wasn't perfect, but most people tended to be God fearing people whether church goers or not. Dress for both men and women was respectful, morals were high and expected. Even the bad guys found churches, nuns and clergy off limits when doing harm. There was respect in those days. * You and Jay sure are doing a lot of outside, heavy work in this heat. Of course the mornings are quite cool, so perhaps that is when you are doing all this work. * Thank you too for your support. There are few rules on this team - no nastiness, respect for everyone whether you agree with them or not, sign posts, and when you are responding to a team member, start your response with their name so we will know who you are speaking to. Now to me these aren't oppressive rules just common sense, and why anyone would object to them I don't know. When I get complaints about them from new members, I just wish them well, and tell them that I hope they can find a team that they enjoy. * For some reason I would have thought that Nebraska would have been cooler in the summer - not hot. Thanks for sharing that. * On the subject of trains there is a series on AMC on Saturday nights called "Hell On Wheels" that you may find interesting. It has to do with the building of the railroads west, Union Pacific I think it is. Times were rough back then and the series doesn't sugar coat it or what it took to build our railroads.

Grace - I'm sorry about you hurting, but certainly understand. I think I mentioned this to someone just yesterday. Something is always hurting me. I was saying that I'm not sure if it is the rainy summer or what, but I agree it is annoying AND it does keep us from moving any more than we have to. Sometimes I find moving helps, other times sitting seems to help more. I can't believe you are planning to mow the lawn if you are hurting. But having said this, I keep going hurting or not too. As said, sometimes it seems to help, other times I wonder. I'm sure part of my feeling tired all the time and perspiring so heavily when doing tasks has to do with the exertion it takes to move and stand. I don't mean to complain, just saying the way things are.

Ellen - thanks for the update on your stepson and his wife. Glad they made it safely back "home." I don't know how much your husband does when there are house-guests, but in this household it is up to me. Even with having cleaners to clean my house and going out to eat on the rare times we have house guests now days, they wear us out. I'm glad you said what you did to your husband. * Thank you for correcting me about your sister. I definitely had it in my mind she was a couple of years older than me for some reason. * Thank you also for your nice words about the team and how Grace and I impact it. I too have tried to become active with other teams and eventually left. Everyone did their own thing, starting new topics, some signing posts, some not.. No one responding to anyone else. Sometimes you'd hear from the leader most of the time not. It always amazes me that if these threads and teams are supposed to be support groups, yet everyone is just blogging about themselves and showing little support for anyone else. We've got such a Great group of women on this team who do reach out to one another.

Wishing for everyone a very good day and an enjoyable weekend.

Shirley

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7/31/15 11:49 P

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Hola!

Grace... sorry to hear you are hurting ...everywhere

Ellen... this too shall pass... it just takes time to get over your operation

Bon... drives me crazy when I can't figure out what someone is trying to say something... like my niece.. she will post.. at the ER then nothing and never posts again even when I try and pull it out of her she does not explain

Shirley.. not unreasonable for people to put their name on a post ...many a time I have to figure out WHO IS IT?... posting

...Today I took my 3 eye drop prescriptions over to Walmart where my Ins. is for drugs.. and asked the price.. For 3 tiny eye drop.. It is going to cost me close or over $460.00 ..and that is with insurance.

...now is that a rip off or what??? 2 of the drops don't have generic and one .. IF you use it the internet shows how it is not as good and that leaves a residue that in the end leaves a stain that makes it so one does not see as clear as if you use what they ask for.

...The nurse said find out the cost and call back if too much.. they then will give something else... but won't be the quality but should be some cheaper

... I'm doing this one time on this eye I can't take the chance.. plus they have flags up everywhere because I react to meds.. and even these 2 have Cipro and steroids in them but they don't think there will be enough to get in my body.. he told me to put in the drop and then press hard on my nose that should keep it from flowing down into my body.. he pressed so hard showing me how to do it I thought my nose would move over.

..plus I have to get the soft lens in my eye.. they don't use the harder plastic... after reading the internet and plastic taste etc bothering me... they say people like me should use the harder... Well... I hope this works

I paid $1500.00 for the laser to cut my eye.. mostly because they said it is a faster cut and faster sucking out of the lens... so they can get me out of there quicker and not have to keep me drugged.

they use an IV and he said they would especially on me because if I react they have to get something in my that way

I still have a call from the... an nest ti sists.. and then the call of what time the operation will be on the 11th

The Book reading contest ended today.. now to just wait for the drawing for the iPad...???

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7/31/15 9:18 P

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On heat and the coming of air conditioned houses. I grew up in Nebraska where it also gets very hot, and has few trees other than along rivers and what people plant around their houses. I can remember as a child jamming my leg in between the mattress and the footboard to get cool. I don't know why that made me feel better, but I did it often. The houses there were well built and kept cool during the heat of the day, but by evening it was cooler outside than in. That meant that we were playing outside in late afternoon, another reason we had no fat kids. It was an idyllic childhood, really. No television or computer games.

We worked outside again this morning. There's a path hidden behind the big flower beds, and Jay weeded it and put mulch down on the paths. It looks so nice now. The path had gravel on it before (which doesn't stop weeds); he just laid the mulch down on top.

GRACE, I'm so sorry you're having so much pain. Have you changed your eating habits lately? It was good to see you posting again.

SHIRLEY, I wouldn't worry about too many "rules," if I were you. There seems to be rules for whatever team I'm on; maybe the woman who dropped out was new to these forums. Meaningless rules are aggravating; yours have the purpose of making life on these pages a little better for everyone.

On riding trains: I've always been fascinated by trains. For one thing, North Platte, Nebraska, (where I was born) still has the largest hub in the United States for trains. A Chicago newpaperman (Bob Greene) actually wrote a book about N.P and the women in the area who fed all the troops flowing through North Platte during World War II. Primarily because they were mothers; they wanted to feed those young kids going off to war. They met every single troop train with home cooked food. The name of the book: Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen.

There's a train that goes through Canada that we've always wanted to take.... haven't made it there yet.

Yvonne

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7/31/15 5:34 P

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Good evening team. I know I haven't been on here much and now I'm coming on to vent. I'm beginning to think my body will not "cut me a break". Not a day goes by when one part or another isn't hurting. Not debilitating pain, just uncomfortable pain that keeps me from doing what I want to do. I feel like I'm just chasing pain around - shoulder, hips, back, legs. Yesterday I had a Synvisc shot in my left knee and I swear before I got back in my car my right HIP started to hurt, and has been hurting ever since. I didn't DO anything to bring on this new pain. It's getting pretty annoying. Does anyone else ever feel like this, like you will hurt, everyday, but you never know what body part it will be? I can't blame my walking or weight training because I've hardly done any of that since 7/15, when my DD and GS arrived for a week's visit.

We had better weather today, not as humid. I'm going to try to mow the lawn when the temps drop below 80 and we're almost there.

Have a great weekend and I hope everyone has friendlier temps than we had for the last few days

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Today was a good day. Yesterday not so good due to only sleeping 4 hours and then twisting my knee when I foolishly went down the yard to the mailbox without my cane. (That will not happen again) But after lots of exercises, my knee feels good and I slept very well last night.
Saw on Facebook that my step-son and his wife arrived safely in China. I always feel relieved when they are safe on the other side of the ocean. My DH was upset that in the month they were in the states, they only visited with us three times for a few hours each time. I told him that I really could not have handled much more company than that during the past month and I thought they picked up on that.

Shirley – I am glad you remind people to sign their posts with whatever name they like including a permanent signature. I have gone back through several pages of posts trying to find a newcomer’s name. You and Grace are why I keep engaged here. * Years ago, I had a friend in her late 70’s who had traveled intensively around the world. She asked me to take her to the airport for 3 weeks in Italy to visit her family. All she took with her with her was a small suitcase she could pick up and carry. I was amazed and she explained that she washed her underwear and socks out every night.
Oh yes, my older sister who had knee replacement is 74 years old, not 80.

Bonnie – my DH and I have talked a lot about taking a train somewhere (he loves trains). I think we should do a trial run on a very short trip just to see how he does with his back pain first.

Peggy – your granddaughter was lucky to have this experience!

Allie – you sound like a good and wise friend. We do have to take responsibility to make our own lives.

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Bonnie - so agree with all you've said in your post. Such annoys me too. All of our regular posting members sign their names to their posts. As we all know that is so helpful, especially when we get new members. User names can sometimes be cumbersome and hard to place with the person writing the posts. You've heard me urge new people to sign their posts, and explain why I'm requesting they do. If they don't want to use their real names for security reasons so-be-it, just make up one you want us to call you. I had one new member to send me a Spark Mail and say she was leaving the team as "I" had too many rules. Yeah Right!

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Good Early Afternoon, Team.

After a big thunderstorm and the weatherman's prediction of a "cold wave", the humidity is gone for a couple days. Feels really good.

I am developing a "pet peeve" on internet postings. Last week I noticed on ancestry.com that someone had posted the picture of a really pretty quilt on one of my ancestors. There was NO CAPTION. No indication of what the quilt picture meant. I posted a question about it and got an immediate reply that "it is thought that the ancestor had made the quilt". That is fine but how about telling us up front!! Today I was on Facebook and a friend of mine posted a pic of her father in a navy uniform. No Caption, No Explanation. From the posts from other FB friends of hers I gather that her father had died this week or maybe yesterday or maybe this morning!! My plea--it you post a picture tell us what it represents!! Sometimes when looking at people's posts on FB or elsewhere it is like a "guessing game".
OKAY - I'M THROUGH!

The birds are calling to me that I need to go get bird seed!! I'll do that on the way to the Farm in a little while.

I hope everyone is having a great day.
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Good Morning Everyone -

Yvonne - the phase you are going through now is the part of traveling I always liked the least - the packing and all the decisions about what to pack and what not to. I love watching old movies - they travel with this small suitcase, yet the ladies are wearing these dresses with miles of fabric, big petticoats or hoops, hat, etc.- a different one in every scene - smile. You know all those clothes didn't fit into that little bag - smile. Being gone for 3 weeks to a climate much different from ours, I can only imagine your dilemma. * Our weather - I think I too mentioned that I went out to feed the birds a few days back and found it hard to breath. * Re Southern cities growing once air conditioning became common place. I was born and raised in the South and lived in several states during those years. I can't remember ever having a problem with the heat, and we didn't have air conditioning until we moved into an apartment here, I was about 27. Our first house didn't have A/C because we didn't think we could afford it. After a summer where our living room was in the 90s at 10 o'clock at night, we found the money to put air conditioning in. * As much as I hate not having trees in my yard I guess there is some benefit - no chiggers - smile. *How interesting that you have a nephew and his wife who are missionaries in Thailand. That is such a great calling.

Bonnie - oh how I understand it feeling so much hotter than the numbers indicate. That morning I mentioned where I had trouble breathing Weather Bug said it was only 77. I come in from shopping and I'm dripping wet. * You may have missed Ellen's post, her sister who is in her 80s had either one or both of her knees done not too long before Ellen did, and Ellen says she's done exceptionally well. * Your trip to Alaska sounded marvelous. I have friends that are really into trains, I can see them so enjoying that train ride you took. Think I might just mention it to them.

Peggy - cute picture of the girls. I'll bet Samantha is having such a good time, and making Great memories. * Sorry to hear about your irrigation system giving you problems. I so hope we are spared that aggravation. * Thank you so very much for your interest in my friend. She is such a dear, a great friend, always doing for others, big worker in her church and to have such to befall her is awful. We do have our lunch date for next week. She says that the new treatment is so much easier. Evidently, from what she told me the first treatments had her feeling Very badly which she kept from me until now.

Allie - I don't know if it has been the rainy summer or what but I too have been having so much problem with both my legs and back. Like most chronic problems some days I do better than others. This being said I hope your back is feeling better today. You mentioned that you thoughtt all that furniture moving, etc., while your friend was with you is why your back is now hurting so badly, and I tend to agree. Glad you were able to get your swim in. * Your friend sounds very resourceful. My mother always said, "birds of a feather flock together." - smile There's good reason why you've been such good friends for so many years. * You are so right about all you can do is to listen to your friend, and give advice when you can (whether she takes it or not). My mother had health problems both real and imaginary. I'm sure part of her problem was depression too, or at least that is what today's doctors would call it. Back when she was going through this the doctors would tell her it was her nerves and prescribe drugs. Sound familiar? Relationships like you and your friend have are rare and something to be treasured. She is most fortunate to have you in her life.

Have a great day everyone -

Shirley

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ELLEN: " So, I weeded the front flower bed, did laundry and cleaned a bath. I also did my physical therapy." I must say, that sounds like the old Ellen. Glad to see you feeling so much better. Did you have a harder time moving the next day? I do.

This morning's hour of weeding caused me some knee pain, I think because though I alternated my position so I wouldn't strain anything, I think I bent over too often. Though that's the most comfortable way to weed, I stretched the tendon on the back of my knee too often. That big flower bed is really looking good though. This following picture isn't the big bed, but the terraced one that follows the path from front to back of the house.



Jay did a good job of weeding it and putting mulch down, so it's pretty weed-free, but has some plants that need thinning out. I'll post some pictures of the "work in progress," too. It's really a lot of work, and where I weeded this morning. We're taking everything out but some of the forsythia and the hostas, and it was a jungle when we started. We do have to be careful not to overdue; can't afford to be stopped for long.

BONNIE, we will see Juneau and Skagway I know... don't know about those other places. We would love that train ride you took... pretty sure we aren't doing that. We're getting excited about the trip, but now I'm in that agonizing planning/packing stage you recently went through. We'll be gone three weeks, and I'm trying not to let that paralyze me with fear of forgetting something. Thanks for the tip on possible cold weather, too. I would think August wouldn't be cold at all.

PEGGY, so sorry about your air conditioning. I hate when things have to be fixed. Very spoiled with all our modern conveniences. Shirley has already mentioned how nice it was today, but a few days ago you could barely breath, it was so hot and humid. Thanks for sharing the picture of your granddaughter and friends. My nephew and his wife and family are missionaries in Thailand right now. It's the third time for them. They really love it.

ALLIE, sounds like you and your friend are really handy with a screwdriver. Fixing things like that is something I have no aptitude for, but I'm in awe of women who can do that.

GRACE, my husband and daughter and I were just talking about the dangers of hot weather. My DH grew up in Modesto, CA, which is always very hot in the summer, and he tends to think he can work hard outside here, too, ignoring the difference between a teenage male and one in his 70s. Our daughter said she's read that the south really started growing some bigger cities after air conditioning was prevalent. That's something I'd never heard before.

On weeding in Missouri..... Chiggers, chiggers, chiggers. I've been putting essential oils on my legs right above my socks, and it works mostly. Today, though, I have a bite right above my right shoulder blade and I can't reach it. I just tried to desperately scratch it with a ball point pen, so I'm sure I have long lines on my back from the pen

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Good Afternoon Team.

Weatherbug says it's 86 degrees out and feels like 94. We had a similar day yesterday with 2 afternoon thunderstorms and the same is predicted for today.

@Ellen - Sounds like your sister is your authority for "knees". I'm sure she wouldn't steer you wrong.

@Peggy - Looks like your gd is having a great time in Thailand. I hope you are able to make that trip to Alaska. DH & I went several years ago and it was wonderful. We went in August and I nearly froze! Kept the heat on in our hotel room in Skagway. I have lots of great memories and would go back in a minute.

@Allie- Sorry your friend has a problem with depression and drugs. She sounds like she has a "flair" for decorating and should pursue it. I think my DH has more of a decorator's "eye" than I do. I just don't seem to have that much imagination in that area. I see wonderful ideas in magazines and on the internet but can't seem to be able to "see" them in a real setting like my house.

@Yvonne - Glad to hear about your trips to Alaska. I've only been once but it was magical. We stopped in Juneau to change planes on the way to Skagway. It was rainy and foggy and we didn't see much. We also went to Anchorage and Fairbanks. Took a train ride on the White Pass and Yukon which took us up into the mountains and into Canada. DH really enjoyed that.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day. Stay COOL!
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Happy Thursday to all. Samantha is the girl on the far left. They are on vacation to a resort in Thailand. Nothing like working 2 weeks and then get an extended weekend for vacation.

Another leak in our irrigation system. Tom has called the installer to see how much it would cost to replace this line since this is the fourth leak.

Nothing else new here. Ellen be careful with those knees.

Shirley, let me know how your friend is doing.

Peggy

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Good morning team:
I got up at 6AM and went to the Y to do my workout. I went grocery shopping and then I was done for the day. My back is really hurting bad. I need lie down and maybe use the heating pad.

We are going to get storms soon. I turned off all the air conditioners and opened all the windows. There is a breeze coming through and hopefully the storm will cool things off.

Shirley: Yes, I am glad to have my house back. When my friend visits, she starts giving me pointers on how to fix things. Her and I are very handy that way. We took one of my fans apart and cleaned it up. We tried to fix another fan but the motor on it is shot. It was quite old and was given to me so I don't have any complaints. She noticed the paddles on my ceiling fan were reversed, so I took them down and cleaned them and we put them back up. She rearranged all my furniture and straightened up my grandsons toys. I moved some furniture around so each of the boys have their own dresser. I guess after saying all that, it is no wonder my back is hurting.

I talked to my friend last night and she was so depressed. She complained because no one in her family bothers with her much. I know for myself that I had to get my own life and not depend on people to visit me all the time. My friend is something of a homebody and very seldom leaves her house. She wants everyone to visit her instead. She is going to have to change her ways or get a life or she is going to continue to be depressed. She has a drug problem and some health problems so that doesn't help matters any. I have spoken to her several times about her abuse of drugs but she doesn't want to hear it. All I can do is be her friend and try not to judge her. She has to live her own life and I have to take care of myself. We have been friends for over 50 years and I think the both of us have been through practically everything together.

I hope you all stay cool and you all have a nice day.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Ellen - I'm not sure if when your sister told you it was important to keep moving that she had in mind what you did. I find weeding hard on the back and knees. How did your new knees hold up? I can't believe you were out weeding in yesterday's heat. This morning is a heavenly 67 here, no breeze, and I would guess little if any humidity. It is supposed to reach 90 by day's end however. I got a much needed and overdue job done this morning. Even with the nice temp I worked up quite a sweat.

Grace - what a busy day you have planned for today. What a blessing to have your energy and stamina level. I think of Connecticut as being cool in the summer. 90 degree days are what we here in the Midwest are experiencing, but for us our temps quite often are close to a 100 or more this time of year. * Birdseed - I know the blend of birdseed you bought. I look for "no-waste" because my feeders are on my patio. That being said, the corn in my "no-waste" seed makes such a mess that it is anything but no waste. I've been tempted to buy some like you bought just to see if the mess is any more or less. Trust me when I say the birds Really enjoy the seed I put out. I just wish they liked the corn, OR (never thought I'd ever say this) that I had some squirrels to keep it cleaned up. The rabbits seem to have lost interest in it.

Peggy - it is hard to know what to say to friends with cancer sometimes. I haven't heard from my friend who lives just 30 minutes away in over a month. I'm hoping no news is good news and that her treatments are going well. We are to meet for lunch next week and hopefully she will fill me in. I do hope two things - that your friend is doing well, and just hasn't contacted you, and that you and Tom will get to make your trip to Alaska - I understand it is quite an experience. * Thanks for the update on Samantha.

Allie - you seemed to really enjoy your friend, but I would bet you are happy to have your house back to yourself again, and be back to your normal routine.

Make today a healthy and happy one.

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Grace- I thought it would be cooler here this morning but the humidity was high and no wind made it muggy.

My older sister who is going through knee replacements said it is important to keep moving. So, I weeded the front flower bed, did laundry and cleaned a bath. I also did my physical therapy.

Peggy- I am sorry to hear about your friend and your trip.

Yvonne - what a lovely gift from your children.

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Good evening team - How is everybody handling this hot weather? It was actually hotter in CT than it was in FL when we got up this morning. Our highest temp today was 90 degrees and very humid. I feel bad for people who have to work outside in these conditions and for people who don't have ACs. Tomorrow is suppose to be worse and I have to go out for 2 appointments, gym, grocery shopping and visit Melvin. I hope I don't get caught in the thunder storms we're suppose to have at some point.
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Happy Wednesday to all.

The sweeper for the pool has been down since Sunday and finally we have someone here to fix it. I miss swimming every day.

Tom and I were suppose to go to Alaska next summer and rent a camper which is cheaper than hoteling it. Now with Marsha sick and probably never going back to work at Denali, not sure if we will still go. I have not heard how Marsha's biopsy turned out and because of that I think it must be cancer at a high stage.

My dgd Samantha is having a great time in Thailand. I will post another picture when she posts one from some beach she it going to for the weekend.

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SHIRLEY, I thought about you while I was in Walmart buying my birdseed yesterday. I bought a 20 lb bag of "National Audubon Society Supreme Blend", contains black oil sunflower, white millet, cracked corn, peanut pieces, striped sunflower and safflower and cost $16.58.My birds love it. Unfortunately, so do the squirrels.
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Good morning team:

My bff decided she wanted to go home yesterday. I had quite a ride in the heat. I know my friend was glad to get home and I was glad to get back home.

I woke up early this morning and went to the Y. I got a good workout in and then came home. I know I will stay home today, because of the extreme heat.

I hope everyone stays cool.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Yvonne - I loved your post. I could feel your enthusiasm for Alaska. I hadn't realized that this will be a cruise. I hope your room is one with a balcony. My daughter told us if we ever go on a cruise there, that this is one where your really want to spend the extra money for a balcony as the scenery and wildlife is so spectacular. Interesting - our children treated us to our one and only cruise for our 50th Anniversary too. Ours was a Caribbean one, and both children with their spouses, granddaughter and spouse, plus my daughter-in-law's parents (good friends) came along too.

Since Yvonne and Bonnie are the only ones to post since I posted yesterday, and I've responded to them both this will most likely be one of the shortest morning post you will ever see from me - smile.

Wishing everyone a Very Good Day!

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SHIRLEY, Jay worked for Alyeska for 18 months, during which I got to take about 3 trips up there. We love Alaska, but have always been in the interior. This cruise, given to us by our children, will take us to the "outer" Alaska. We've never been to Juneau, for example.

One of my adventures in Alaska was February in Fairbanks. I decided I wanted to walk outside in sub zero weather. During that month, it's dark most of the day except for a grayish haze in the middle of the day, so I was walking in semi darkness, and it was +2, not below zero. I lasted around the block, until my frozen cheeks took me back into the warmth of our room. It's an unbelievable place... still pretty rugged. It seems to me that most of the men wore plaid shirts and had beards, but that's probably not true.

After that, Jay contracted with the best quilt shop in Anchorage, and we made a couple more visits. The travel was at our expense, but he got paid for working on the machines. He'd work for a week and we would stay at a bed and breakfast. I told people he was earning money, and I was spending it. Great bead shop, knit shop and quilt shop in that area. We're very grateful that we get to go back. This is for our 50th anniversary, by the way. The kids knew my husband would not enjoy a big party. He's never liked them, but Alaska is his "hot button."

And thanks for the opportunity to relive that nice period in our lives.

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Yvonne - WOW! a trip to Alaska! Now that sounds like great fun! Safe travels. I don't think I've ever heard anyone who has been there or taken a cruise say anything but good things. Is this your first trip there?

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POLDARK

My tale of the uncle's death was a little awkwardly put (I'm even having trouble writing THAT sentence!). One of the episodes was dedicated to the actor, who had died. As we were still seeing him in the episodes, it was a little disconcerting. Most of the times, an actor dies unexpectedly, and they have to write him out of the show, but in this case, it's almost as though they knew he was dying while he was still appearing in the show (because they wrote in his illness and death). I'm not sure he had even passed in the last episode I watched. I've been opting to sew instead of the watching TV, trying to get this quilt done before we leave. Jay's recording them for me, so I'll have a "pig out on Poldark" when we get home from Alaska.

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Bonnie - thanks a million for sharing the pictures of the Swans. They are so neat, and I'm really enjoying them.

As for "Poldark" if I can't find reruns - I may buy the DVD of the 1st Season like I did "Downton Abbey." Yvonne had mentioned about the actor and the character dying, and the way her post read (for me) was like the character died after the actor, but I realize sometimes we read things differently than the one writing intended. I do appreciate you taking the time to explain further about the series and book(s).

My husband will watch episodes he's missed of shows on his computer, but that just isn't something I'm comfortable with. I've tried a couple of times, and ended up just shutting the story off.

It is Really hot here today. My husband took Ivy to the groomer and went by Walmart. He came in complaining about how hot it is and it was just in the mid 80s. I told him that is what I keep arguing with him about. Hot is HOT! It doesn't matter what the temperature is 70 degrees or 110. As said, here I think it has more to do with the humidity.

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Good Afternoon, Team.

I think I may have lost my "window of opportunity" to get to the Farm before it gets too hot! Oh well, I have to go.

@Shirley - I didn't know the actor who plays Ross's uncle in " Poldark" died in real life. I think it was probably coincidence since he died in the show before he died in real life. It was kind of a long drawn out death. I don't really think the uncle was evil. He was just a "man of his times" and didn't like how Ross was going against convention. I did hear that it has been picked up for another season so you might want to watch season #1. " Poldark" was a 12 book series by Winston Graham. PBS had another "Poldark" show several years ago. Winston Graham tried to have it discontinued because of how they depicted Ross's wife. I think I'd like to read the books also.

@Grace - I'm glad Don has agreed to help you with your brother. It is obviously getting too much for you and you don't want to stir up your back problems.

@Yvonne - Glad to hear you are enjoying "Poldark" also. We missed episode #5 when we were on vacation. I saw it on PBS on my computer. For some "odd" reason, DH doesn't want to see it on the computer and is waiting for episode #5 on TV. We missed a showing of it at 9PM last night because we were watching "Antiques Road Show" and weren't aware that it was going to be on. So, DH is still waiting!!


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Good Morning Everyone-

Grace - it is good to see your post. I hope your family made it back to Georgia safely. * I thought you'd come to the realization that you can no longer lift and pull on your brother as you once did. You are so very good to him, but you can only do what your body will allow you to. I'm glad to hear the Don is going to start helping you with him.

Ellen - I've mentioned my ankle breaking and surgery to put it back together before. Amazingly I wasn't in pain, some discomfort, but that's all. As I mentioned in another post I healed well, but... it was almost a year later that one day I realized that I was moving like I'd once did. When this actually happened I have no idea, it must have been such a gradual transition that I hadn't noticed until that one day. Don't misunderstand, I was going about my normal routine long before, but it wasn't until that moment that I realized I was totally back to normal. What I'm saying to you is that these things take lots of time to recover from, and the older we are the longer it takes. I think you are wise to get off those pain meds as soon as you can, as I understand it, they can become addictive.

Yvonne - it sounds like from you and Bonnie I may have missed out on a good Masterpiece story not watching "Poldark." Since I haven't read the book(s) I have no idea if this is true or not, but I'm thinking that perhaps that actor playing the evil uncle died, so the writers had to make his character die too. * As you and Peggy, you may remember I too have a friend - a close one of many years - that is battling breast cancer. She was diagnosed this spring. Yes, cancer is a monster! there are no two ways about it.

Bonnie - I got a new driver's license just before my birthday, and thankfully it was an easy experience. I just got notice that my handicapped placard must be renewed this coming month. I sure hope it is as easy a process. This is the first time I've done a renewal for this. * I'm glad your pain went away. It did sound like a sciatic problem. Something is always hurting me for no apparent reason. Last night it was an unusual ear or jaw pain - I can't always tell the difference, or if it is something my hearing aids triggered or something else. It is gone this morning, so I'm hoping that it is gone for good. * Thanks for the description of the "Poldark" series. I may see if I can find it on Demand. As for Ross Poldark - a little eye candy is always nice - giggle. PBS has been running a series called "Father Brown" that are re-runs. It evidently ran originally a couple or 3 years ago. That's one that sounded interesting too if I could find the beginning episodes.

Allie - I'm glad to hear your friend's eye exam went well. Your cab experience both going and coming didn't sound so good however. It sounds like your friend has been earning her keep - smile and that you are really enjoying having her with you for awhile.

Peggy - so sorry to hear the bad news about your friend Marsha. I do so hope that the doctors can help her. * I can't believe that you drive 40 miles for an art class. If I were willing to do that, I could probably find me one - smile.

Marlene - thanks for explaining about who was returning to Missouri - smile. * We had another storm to come through here about dinnertime last night. This has been one wet summer. I sure hope the winter isn't as wet or I will be snowed or iced in for the duration.

Make today a healthy and happy one everyone.

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ELLEN, I'm sorry you're in pain again. I don't know from personal experience but I imagine it will take a couple of months to feel normal again. Trial and error will dictate how much you can accomplish every day. Just try not to overdo it. Please don't feel bad about venting on here. Being able to do so is a very important reason this team exists..

BONNIE, I'm glad that your back is better today. Sciatica is not something you want to deal with. If a twinge comes back, stop what ever you're doing immediately to keep the pain at bay.

I took my special brother, Melvin, to see the fireworks last night, by myself. Never again!! It was very hard to get him back into the car. The woman parked next to us helped me. Don said he will go with us next time, at the end of August.

Have a good night everyone.

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Ok dear friends.... I need to whine about how bad I feel. I drove to a noon meeting, then to the bank and the library. I have hurting all afternoon. It is so tempting to get into pain meds but I hate what they do to me.
I am now using ice bags on my knees. I have no clue when I will feel like myself again.
But then I read your messages about friends with cancer and my problems are minor.

Bonnie- so glad the pain stopped. Sciatica is terrible.

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ALLIE, on driving into Philadelphia: we lived there from 1975 to '78, and drove the Schuylkill Expressway into Philadelphia. Even then natives called it "Surekill." I would NOT drive it today, that's for sure. Having said that, PA was one of my most favorite places to live. We at one time thought about retiring there.

BONNIE, we've been watching Poldark as well. Like all PBS presentations, it's very well put together. It was interesting to note that Poldark's evil uncle died in the series as well as the actor did in real life.

We had two of our grandkids spend Saturday night with us. We all liked that very much, and the kids behaved wonderfully well. It's clear they want to come again. I'm hoping we get to the place that it's not a "big deal," and they really feel at home here. The two of them consumed a whole container of ice cream while they were here. I didn't know that was possible!

MARLENE, I'm so glad I had just eaten when I read of your Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes. Zucchini bread is a trigger food for me, and anything Chocolate is my favorite thing! They sound delicious.

PEGGY, I, too, just found out a good friend has cancer. She's still has two teenage boys at home. I hate cancer. It is a monster!

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Good Afternoon, Team.

We just had a big thunderstorm. Now the sun is out.

This AM I went to MVA to get my driver's license renewed. It took an hour from when I went into the building to when I left the building. That's a record for me!! I was hoping to mail it in but I procrastinated and didn't get the eye doctor to send in my records in time. In 6 years I WILL be "on the ball".

My friend Linda's mother died yesterday. She was in her 80's and was having memory problems but I wasn't aware that she was so bad off. I don't know yet what the diagnosis was. She was in a nursing home in Richmond, VA.

@Shirley - My "new" back pain was going into my right buttocks and started down my leg. That is why I thought it was sciatica. But it seems to be gone "fingers crossed" so I guess it wasn't. Could return though. I have enough pain areas and I don't need a "new" one to crop up.

"Poldark" is almost over (or at least the 1st season). I never know when these shows on PBS are a one shot deal or are multiple seasons. It was a really great show about a family in England. Ross Poldark comes back from the war and his girlfriend has married his cousin. He takes over his deceased father's farm and copper mine. While his cousin, Francis, is "upper class", Ross prefers helping the "common man" and disgracing the "Poldark" family name. He even married his "kitchen wench" & they had a little girl. Francis "lost" his father's copper mine in a card game & they are now nearly destitute but Ross is holding on to his mine and trying to make a go of it--helping the poor families who rely on the work. It is a contrast between the "upper class" and the "lower class". I am hoping to read the book next. Oh -- the actor who plays Ross Poldark is VERY NICE on the eyes!!

I hope everyone has a great day.
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Good afternoon team:

My BFF just went upstairs to take a much needed nap.

The cab was here at 7AM this morning to take us to the eye doctor in Philly. The radio was blasting in the cab and I asked the driver 3 times to turn the radio down but he just ignored me. Everything went well at the eye doctors and my friend received a clean bill of health. We got a cab from the same company and the driver talked non-stop. I had to direct him to my home because he didn't know where he was going. He talked so much it was very difficult to give him directions so we could get home.

I am just glad it is over. I was wise not taking my car because driving in Philly is not something anyone wants to do unless you have nerves of steel.

My friend rearranged my furniture and my house looks great. I think after she gets up from her nap we will work on a fan that needs fixing.

I hope everyone has a good day.

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I am so sorry to hear about your friend. Allie


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Happy Monday to all.

My BFF Marsha called me yesterday with some very depressing news. She has a mass on her liver and tomorrow she finds out if it is cancer. She can hardly breathe and eat. Any way that is my news for today.

Now off to art class. It is about 40 miles from my home.

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Good morning everyone. We had a storm during the night supposed to go above 90 tomorrow.

I need to clarify some things I posted last evening: The muffins/ cupcakes I make for Walt are in addition to the cereal, banana and juice he eats. ***** it's Jessica's stepsons who will return to Missouri; they live there with their mother. They are with Adam and Jessica for six weeks over the summer.

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I just saw on Facebook that Irene's husband, Maurice, is coming home from the hospital. She says his arm is no better, but they think he will do better at home.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Marlene - it is so hot and humid here this morning. I found it hard to breathe when I went out to feed the birds. I think I mentioned yesterday that we are under a heat advisory until tomorrow night. *Thanks for the update on Walt. I had ankle surgery years back, and I healed very well (so said the doctor), and although I managed quite well, it took a very long time for me to recover totally from that bad break and surgery. I was much younger then, and that makes Lots of difference. I went from a walker to crutches, I never used a cane. * I do so wish Jessica well. I very much understand your concern. * You said that Barbara and Tom were "returning to Missouri in a few weeks." I'm just curious why they are coming here.

Bonnie - love your picture of the Swan. Like you I love Swans - they are such majestic creatures. * I sympathize with you about your back. My back and legs have been the pits this summer, and my husband is complaining about his back too. I have wondered if it is because the summer has been so wet, but who knows. As I understand it sciatic pain starts in the back and radiates down one leg. My son had a problem with such at one time, believe it or not after months of dealing with an orthopedist, he finally went to a chiropractor who fixed the problem after a couple visits, and as far as I know he hasn't had it since.

Yvonne - the man at your church sounds like he lives his Christianity.. I'm glad that Jay could help him out. * I love the story of your daughter and her brother. My two children are 5 years apart and very close, although they will complain about one another at times. My brother is 5 years younger than me, but unfortunately as adults we haven't had that much interaction.

Slimmer - that was quite a story about the turmeric stain. I'm glad you saved your dress, but what a lot of work to do so.

Wishing for everyone a very nice day and an enjoyable and productive week ahead.

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Hello Team Sisters. I just finished doing my mini exerciser. Will take my shower and go to bed. The heat and humidity is to increase. The last few days have been nice.

My yard man came Thursday and the lawn look much better although we could use a good rain. I've been watering my container plants everyday. Alex also trimmed a tree and the hedge.

DH is doing better with the cane. But he is getting impatient. The doctor said he can go to the gym and use light weight. So I guess we will try It tomorrow. I am still doing the driving.

Today we drove about 30 miles to a horse breeding farm. All of the horses were out in the pasture. But we got a short walk in. After that we stopped at Texas Roadhouse for dinner. It was 3 o'clock and we hadn't eaten since 8:30. I had a small steak with salad, green beans and dinner roll. I really would have liked a cocktail but since I was driving I settled for iced tea.

Bonnie, the photo of you and your sister is very nice as well as the swan. I haven't been to the farmers market in weeks. I miss It.

I made the best Chocolate Zucchini cupcakes this AM. I've been trying to get DH to eat a better breakfast so I've been making muffins or scones. He will like these they are so moist.

Our DD is flying to CA next week. Her DD Jessica just started the process of Invetro Fertilization and could use some home assistance. Plus her 2 stepsons are there and Barbara and Tom want to see them. They return to Missouri in a few weeks.

We are praying that this procedure works for Jessica and her DH. we are concerned because one of her ovaries was removed several years ago and they found cancer cells in it. She was sent to UCAL Medical Center for evaluation and didn't need any treatments. We are praying a pregnancy will not have a negative affect.

Must go get my shower.

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Slimmer, my DH follows NASCAR also.

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Hola! the car race is over back to reading...

Yvonne... I never noticed that Saffron had much flavor.. and the Turmeric seemed strong at first.. but now ok.. don't put it in your mouth unless it wet.. I nearly choked ..getting some dust on my tonsils.. it was terrible.. I never gagged so bad in my life.. it was like chili powder or something.

I put it on all I eat.. it is supposedly is fantastic for diabetes lowing sugar but something I am doing is wrong.. my sugar won't drop now for like a week... and I am eating less than 10 if any carbs.. anyway they say it is like cinnamon in lowering sugar..???

As to the flower photo.. it is a photograph... I took a picture of a lily in the school parking lot. On my picture the lilly is about the size of the end of my little finger... I just blew up the photo and got the piece I wanted.. my cheap camera is doing me good!

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Good Afternoon, Team.

Sunny & warm today. Weatherbug said it's 86 degrees right now but feels 92.

My back has really been bothering me for the past few days. Not in the place where it usually hurts but almost like what I think sciatica must feel like. I hope that isn't what it is. So I drove down to the Farmer's Mkt. today. Hated to miss out on regular "exercise" time but I wouldn't have made it home! While I had the Jeep I also went into the grocery store and bought a few things.

From June to when we left on vacation in July I had probably watered the garden 3x at the most because of all of the rain we were having. While I was away, obviously the rain STOPPED and my flowers were pretty wilted by the time I got home. So, now I'm watering the garden nearly every day. The flowers, thankfully, have perked up and I didn't lose any.

@Ellen - I'm glad you were able to attend your grandson's wedding but it sounds like it was a long day for both you and your husband, considering your pain problems. Sometimes we just have to do what we have to do. I'm sure everyone was glad you attended.

@Slimmer & Yvonne - I've been hearing a lot about Turmeric. I'm glad you were able to get the "yellow" out of your clothes, Slimmer.

I hope everyone had a wonderful day.
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ELAINE, it is so nice to have helpful neighbors. We have a man at church that seems to help everyone. He's an expert car mechanic, so he helps everyone with their cars, but does other things as well. He's working on his bathroom right now (Leaking inside the walls), and Jay has volunteered to help him. I'm hoping it works out that he can have his kindness returned to him in that way.

ALLIE, your story reminded me of a time I was locked out of OUR house, and my 2 yr. old son was inside. Luckily, our daughter, who was only 4 at the time, had come out with me. I told her she was rescuing us, and managed to push her through an open bathroom window (much to small for me!). She was able to unlock the door for me. As a teenager she told us that had she known how ornery he would be, she might not have rescued her brother!


SLIMMER, I've been trying to add turmeric to more foods, too. I do have some Indian spice mixtures made by a lady in Dallas which contain turmeric. And thanks for the household hint. Turmeric IS a very bright yellow! Some friends of mine brought some saffron back from a trip they took to the middle east. I very rudely blurted out a question on its price. The last time I bought it the cost was $13 for probably less than 1/4 an ounce. Luckily, you don't have to use much. I add it to my chicken soups because it seems to help make the flavor a little richer, but adds a nice yellow to the broth. If I haven't mentioned this already, I absolutely love your flower picture. Is the picture your own painting (a photograph of it), or is it a photograph of a live flower? It's gorgeous, under any circumstance.


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Hola! Hot here and looks like it might rain later ..sun out

FANTASTIC NEWS! .. well I have been using a lot of Turmeric in my foods. It is supposed to be very good for you in many ways. The bad part it is really dark almost gold yellow. Actually Safron for yellow rice is too expensive .. this would work if you like the color of yellow rice.

Well, I put it on my steak pieces and then when I warm up a plate I add a little water well... on my saucer when eating in my chair.. YIKES! I tilted the plate and it ran all down the front of me!

I mean all over in huge puddles... and I had on a new sun dress or I guess it could be a night type gown. I didn't even know I had it and it fits so nice etc.

Well, ohhhhhhhhh it was ruined! I immediately washed it and put soap on and scrubbed and oh it was bright yellow!!!!!!!!!!

I Googled could a Turmeric stain ever come out and they said ..maybe if it had not set or dried. I followed the steps.
..lightly put soap on and rub..
..I then put baking soda and rubbed on both sides
..I then let that soak 10 minutes
..I then put in they said as Hot as could be but I only have warm warm in my washer ..put in a small wash with as much soap as I usually use for almost a full load
..I then ran out of day so I kept it wet in a pan over night
..Today I rung it out and laid it out on my cement patio in the SUN
...the sun is supposed to always be a natural bleach

Well it is now at least 5 hours later and the yellow is ALL GONE! it is amazing it looks brand new!

This yellow staining is soooooooo bad how could it be fixed but it was!!! Amazing!!!
The washing actually took nothing out it looked BAD! The sun took it all out!

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Hello Again -

I mentioned about the lack of activity here this morning, and I got a private post from Grace. She has had family in, and that's the reason we haven't heard from her. I had forgotten totally that she'd told us they were coming.

Ellen - I just posted a long post in Weight Loss Talk Etc. to you, having to do with pain and pain meds. * As for the heat and humidity, it doesn't surprise me at all what the mother from Dallas said to you. My mother-in-law who lived in the Atlanta metro area all of her life, used to complain about the heat when she visited in summer, and the cold when she visited in winter - smile. I smiled and told her once, that after my first summer in St. Louis I definitely knew I wanted to live a good life, because I sure didn't want to spent eternity in Hell - smile.

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Happy Sunday! We are sleeping late this morning. Yesterday afternoon we drove 90 miles to our grandson's "elopement". He and his girlfriend decided to get married before his dad returned to China on Wednesday. They just invited family including his mother-inlaw who drove from Texas. It was a beautiful simple ceremony in a park by a lake. Then we all went out to dinner. It was almost 11pm when we got home and both my DH and I were in pain. Too big of day.

I have decided some of my problems may be the prescription pain medication I am still using a few times a day. I am going to try and get off it completely and use OTC meds. I want to feel like the old me.

Bonnie - loved the photo!!

Shirley- this hot weather...the mother from Dallas said our weather was more oppressive and felt hotter than Texas. The humidity is horrible here.
You are right about the thread, it appears many "regulars" are missing.

Allie - what a story about your friend !!



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Happy Sunday everyone -

Allie - what a story about your friend. I try to remember to carry my cell phone with me should I go to the basement, work outside, go for a walk, etc. With bad legs I never know when I could get into trouble and need help. I bring this up as a reminder for you when you are cutting your grass, and also for your friend when she goes out for a smoke. After what happened to her, I'm pretty sure she won't let that happen again. I'll bet she was so embarrassed - poor thing. * About your fireplace, white ones are very pretty, but I really like the look of natural brick.

Bonnie - I do like the picture of you and your sister. It is a real keeper. Two very lovely ladies. * You've read my posts talking about how hot I've gotten with the temps in the 80s. I agree, and have said a lot, that it is the humidity that gets to me more than the heat. According to Weather Bug - Monday and Tuesday are to have highs close to 100. Our garage is often that hot. * Poldark is on PBS, right? What's it about? I think I gave thought to watching it, but for some reason chose not to.

Quiet thread. We haven't heard from Grace in awhile and several of our regulars. Irene has moved on. I've been concerned over the lack of participation in the Challenge too, I'm talking about the ones who've signed up. Perhaps it is the time of year and people spending less time on their computers.

Wishing everyone an enjoyable day.

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Good morning team:

My friend and I got to my house yesterday evening. She smokes so she kept going outside to have a cigarette. She stays up late so I told her, don't forget to lock up and I went to bed. When she went out to have her last cigarette the door locked behind her. I have 4 air conditioners running in the house and I can hardly hear anything from outside. It appears she was outside for an hour yelling my name. I finally woke up and heard her. I gave her one of my extra house keys so that won't happen to her again. I am surprised the police didn't go by or that a neighbor didn't call the police.

She has already started rearranging things in my home. I told her to go right ahead. She has a better eye for those sort of things and I don't mind some input. I am going to get all my pictures/paintings out and I will show them to her. Hopefully she will have some ideas about where I can hang them. She suggested I white wash my fireplace, I will have to give that some thought. I hope she is getting some good sleep now after all the stress she had last night.

I hope everyone has a good day.

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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 - JULY 2015 Challenge. This Challenge will end on Friday, July 31st. The AUGUST Challenge will begin on Saturday, August 1st and will end on Monday, August 31st! If you know you will be joining the August Challenge, or if you've been a Challenge member and don't plan to return in August I'd appreciate knowing that too as soon as you 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 August 1st. Keep up with your exercise minutes beginning August 1st, and then on Monday, August 3rd - report in on the "New Month-New Me!" Challenge thread and give me your 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 Monday, August 31st.

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

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Good Afternoon, Team.

It is in the high 80's today with full sun. Seems hotter than that but maybe it's the humidity.

Yesterday I put compost on my 3 hydrangea plants. They are doing well but the ones in our back yard didn't have as many flowers as usual. I did hear that the winter was hard for them in our area.

I just finished watching episode 5 of "Poldark" on the computer. I missed it last Sunday while I was on vacation. I am really enjoying that show.

@Ellen - So sorry to hear that you are still having periods of pain. Hang in there and before long you'll forget about all of it and just enjoy using your "new" knees!

Here is a photo of my sister & me on her patio in Syracuse, NY on Tuesday.





I hope everyone is having a nice week-end.
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Good Morning Everyone -

Ellen - sorry to hear about your rough night, and that you aren't feeling well. I know that feeling of just wanting things to return to normal. I hope that the new meds will have you feeling like new. The weather here has been miserable if a person needs to be out, so perhaps it is the heat that is getting to you. It has been a mild summer by comparison, although still Hot, and while I'm not looking forward to ice and snow, I am very much looking forward to cooler temps.

Allie - I hope you got your new swim goggles and sneakers yesterday. * Safe travels to the country today. You seem to enjoy those visits. I hope they don't find anything seriously wrong with your friend's eyes. I know you will enjoy having her with you for a few days.

Bonnie - so sorry to hear about your garden. I've had this crazy weather to do a number on a couple potted plants. They are hardy little buggers. A bit of TLC and more water has them coming back. * Oh yes... the other day a Hummer came to my feeder that was empty. I immediately brought the feeder in, cleaned it and put food in it, and back out again, but if the little guy has been back, I haven't seen him. It's the only one I've seen all year. * Yes, my husband has seldom done much exercise. The things he enjoys most are reading and now things on the computer. He tried running for awhile and did quite well, but like so many trying to prove a point, he soon burned himself out, and thus moves little in the grand scheme of things any longer. As you know we both are in our 80s, and you are right lots of adjustments at this point in one's life. It sounds like your husband does quite well, and I hope he keeps it up. He goes places, does walks with you, manual chores around the house like mowing and vacuuming. That's quite a bit. I think he is doing well.

Wishing everyone a good day and a most enjoyable weekend.

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After dinner last night I started feeling ill. I was awake ALL night and felt like I might throw up. Finally, I started having almost diarrhea which is a major change since my surgery. By morning, I was feeling better but food taste funny and I have no appetite. I called the walk in clinic I went to on Thursday morning because I was concerned about a place on my thumb from a rose thorn not healing. They prescribed a different antibiotic because I decided it might the cause of feeling ill. I so wish life would go back to normal.
My sweet DH was gone to pick up the new one. He even called the rehab place to cancel my appointment this morning.


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Good morning team:

It is a beautiful day. I am going shopping for a new pair of sneakers and new goggles for the pool.

I am going to the country again tomorrow morning. I will spend the day with my bf then I will bring her back to my house to stay for a couple of days. She has an appointment in the city at the eye doctors. She has to go to a certain place because they think they found something during her last eye exam.

She has not been to my house since I bought it 2.5 years ago. She has a good eye for interior decorating and I am hoping she can give me some input on how to fix my house up. We will go to second hand stores and see what we can find.

I hope everyone is having a good day and you all have a good weekend.

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Bonnie - my son's small car sits low to the ground - he's hit two Raccoons that were so big they tore up his front bumper. He comes home from work on two lane roads around midnight. He says he's constantly watching for them, but still has hit two. Like many of us on this team he loves animals and killing them for no good reason bothers him, Plus the expense of getting his car repaired. * Once again I understand what you are saying about your hubby.

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Good Morning, Team.
DH asked me last night what I was going to do today. I told him "I've got to work in the garden".Wouldn't you know that before we went on vacation it rained nearly every day & my flowers looked wonderful. While we were gone-drought set in. I watered the garden good on Weds. and some of the flowers perked up. Now that my compost pile is dry I need to use the last of it and put it around the flowers.

I also have a horse blanket I need to wash. I lay it out in the driveway and put the hose on it, scrubbing soap in with a long handled broom. Picking it up and putting it on the fence to dry is the hardest part of that chore!

Yesterday AM when I let the cats outside there were 2 young raccoons in the backyard. They were so cute. I tried to take pics of them but they didn't turn out too well as the raccoons were moving around too much. I had some worry when they went out to the road,
got under our truck and then tried to cross the street. A noisy truck going by made them go back under the truck but they eventually were able to cross.

That is too bad about Irene's husband's arm. I can see why she doesn't have much time to do much of anything else but look after him. It's tough.

@Shirley - I have thought about trying meditation. I just need to get started!! DH appears to not have a care in the world--because I'm carrying all of it. He is always telling me "Remind me about this", "Look this up for me", etc. He has no clue what is going on with me.

I'm sorry that your husband is so sedentary. Was he always this way? Not good. At least you get some exercise going to the store and seeing your friends. My DH would be that way if I let him but he does know he should exercise at least 3x a week and tries very hard to eat healthy. He takes care of the clipping and mowing in the yard and vacuums the house for me. He had a heart blockage scare several years ago and he knows he has to take care of himself. I know we all slow down but I don't want DH & I to be totally sedentary when & if we reach our 80's.

Well, I'd better get started on those "jobs" I started this post with. I'm making a slow cooker meal for dinner so I also need to get that together. Bets on if I'll get all of these things done today!!

Have a great day, Everyone.
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Good Morning Everyone -

Marlene - it is good to hear that Walt is making progress. I'm very afraid cataract surgery is in my future too.

Elaine - good as always to see you've dropped by to say Hi - smile. * Sorry to hear you are having problems with your shoulder. * It is good to hear that you are continuing with your Bible study ministry. * I do wish both Kat and Lena well with their college courses, and hope Lena lands this job. * You do have such good neighbors, but I must say you tend to be a good neighbor yourself.

Peggy - thank you for the update on Irene and Maurice. I'm on Facebook so seldom. I'm so sorry to hear that he's having more problems, which means more work for Irene.


Make today a happy and healthy one -

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Good Morning Team Sisters .I am on here early trying to get a head start on the day before DH gets up.

We saw his doctor yesterday and he took the boot away. Now he wears a smaller brace. He can walk much better. He goes back in a month. ..... He had his eye examine in the afternoon AND he must have cataracts removed from both eyes. We were not surprised. We don't see the surgeon until Sept. 25. Hopefully, they will call him sooner.

I am so sorry about Irene's DH. The cellulitis must be bad that they have him on IV antibiotics. It is good Mike is there to give Irene support.

Bonnie, hope you can destress. I've been stressed for sometime what with
DH's fall, my leg problems and my DB condition. I know meditation helps but lately I can't clear my mind of things. Your walks around the lake may help you.

Stair steps: we have 15 steps and I am down and up several times a day. I don't carry much at a time and hold on to the railing.

Must get on with my day.

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Mornin'

It looks like you are all doing well, I am glad to see it. Life here is very busy as usual, I am taking P T again for my shoulder twice a week , I have had to move a few things over to be able to have the time' not my favorite thing but I don't want my shoulders to get like the right one was a few years ago. FROZEN.

Things are going well with the girls Kat is taking a realistate course and Lena has another job interview this afternoon, I have a feeling this one may be the job she is looking for I think it can be flexible and she needs that because she is going back to school the Sept. E do believe she has a bright future ahead even thou she is a little late getting started.

My little Keri will be here in a little while for our ono on one bible study. She wants to learn more about the book of Esthere, Last week we watched One With King to give her the story about Esther and now we are going to study her character. I think it will be a good study for both of us.

I am planning a dinner party and a movie for my neighbors on Saturday. I have been wanting to do this for a long time and it looks like we all have a free weekend. In June he replace my skylight and I want to say a special think you . He is a roofer and he wouldn't let me pay for the labor and it did take him a couple of hours on his vacation days. I am so blessed to have them for neighbors it is almost like having my son next dore.

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Saw this on Facebook this morning written by Irene.

Been at hospital for hours
Tests x rays scans on Maurices swollen arm cellulitis and bursitis , keeping him in to get anti bio tics in veins direct , waiting for bed now

Doing laundry and still have to move the woodpile and the stand for the wood. The plumber will be here early tomorrow morning to put in the new spigot.

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