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CHEERS AND HIGH FIVES TO ALLIE AND DIANE FOR GETTING TWO TROPHIES
EACH AND TO YVONNE, MARLENE AND SERENA FOR GETTING ONE EACH!

You're all great role models for the rest of the team! Keep up the good work!

AND emoticon TO SLIMMER for being accepted into the Fourth Virginia Avery Memorial “Reflections” Juried Art Exhibition!!! This is a well deserved honor! emoticon

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Hola! grey all day here but cooler

Congratulations to all the winners! Good Job!

NEWS FLASH: I just received this email...

"It is my pleasure to inform you that your pieces “La Madruga de Dahlonega Ga” and “Living Abstract” have been accepted into the Fourth Virginia Avery Memorial “Reflections” Juried Art Exhibition at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center." This is a juried art show where I had to pay $30 to submit 3 items which they could have picked all three to show or none..

This is really something to get 2 items accepted!!! Whoopee!!!!!!! Oh I should add this is a womans art group out of Atlanta for ALL GA women to enter.. it just happened to be showing in my local area!!!

Now to get the photo print made.. for the Snake and I already have the Dawn copy ready!

Wow Wow Wow.. I am impressed to get accepted first but TWO items Wow!!! This was open to ALL Georgia State Women only... so to have two items accepted when they could have said no to any Wow!!!

Happy Dance Happy Dance...
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emoticon To all the winners. I just can't seem to lose.

This afternoon Tom saw a big red snake go into a big plant. I wonder when it will leave.

Shirley, don't go to an optometrist for cataract check-ups. They can't do anything except to refer you to a surgeon. Find a good ophthalmologist. Do this before you lose too much vision.

No swimming here today as we have had rain, thunder and lightening.

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Good afternoon team:
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Thanks for the awards. Congratulations to everyone else that competed in the challenge.

My son just stopped by and changed the bulb in my security light. I will feel a lot safer with more lights around my home.

I have been going to the Y to swim early in the morning. That is working better for me. I noticed the lifeguards seemed more interested in doing their job today.

When I went into the locker room I ran into one of the senior life guards. She said she had an incident with a couple of people that were in the locker room, last Tuesday These two people were swearing in front of the children that were there for swim lessons. The lifeguard told them to watch their language and they started arguing with her. The director had to escort the people out of the Y. Unfortunately the Y is in a bad neighborhood . I think the lifeguard told me about the incident because she knows I have been concerned for my safety. I hope this incident was a rarity and there aren't anymore problems.

There is another Y I could go to but it is further away, more expensive and very crowded.

I hope everyone has a great 4th of July. I put flags out in front of my house and I have a flag holder so I put a big flag in that. I need to rest my legs and feet for my walk in the parade tomorrow morning.

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Here are the results of our - NEW MONTH - NEW ME CHALLENGE! that ran the month of JUNE 2015.

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LOST THE MOST WEIGHT -

Allie - GRAMMIEOFTWO ----------- GOLD emoticon
Diane - TRYHARDER2014 ----------- SILVER emoticon
Yvonne - LADYBUG1943 ------------- SILVER emoticon
Marlene - MMARLENE1 -------------- BRONZE emoticon


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DID THE MOST EXERCISE –

Serena - OHNOGOLDENS --------- GOLD emoticon
Allie - GRAMMIEOFTWO ---------- SILVER emoticon
Diane - TRYHARDER2014-----------BRONZE emoticon

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TOP WINNERS and emoticon for all of the contenders for a job well done.

A NEW CHALLENGE HAS BEGUN! It will run the month of JULY 2015. The objective is to lose 4 pounds in 1 month (that's an average of 1 pound per week). We have an exercise Challenge too (as you will notice). The objective is to do some type of "additional" exercise for at least 15 minutes a day - the gym, Curves, exercise video, bike, walking, whatever gets your heart rate up and you deem as "additional" exercise. You can participate in one or the other of the Challenges, but preferably both. All you need do is to give me your weight as of Wednesday, July 1st. Start keeping up with your exercise minutes as of that day (or the exercise minutes you've accrued since June 1st), and give them to me on Monday following the day you join. You will keep up with your exercise minutes for each week and give them to me each Monday. We report on MONDAYS on the "NEW MONTH - NEW ME!" CHALLENGE THREAD, and I will keep up with your exercise numbers and give a total at the end of the month. I won't need your actual weight again until the last day of the Challenge Friday, July 31st.

I sincerely hope that everyone is off to a good start. Remember the key is to devise an eating plan that is within the calorie range Spark People has set for us. Choose foods that are the healthiest for us AND that we enjoy AND are easily prepared. What I've said here is important, as some foods are very nutritious, but if we just don't enjoy eating them we won't stick with it. Likewise, foods that take lots of preparation for most of us are a turn-off too. Some of us can't stand as we once could for long periods chopping, dicing, etc; others just don't like to cook, and this is the reason many of us gravitate to foods that take little preparation (often with too many preservatives, salt, fat, and/or sugar). It IS possible to eat healthy, low calorie and enjoy and are satisfied with what we are eating. As for extra exercise, start small and work up very, Very slowly. Find something that will motivate you to keep doing whatever you've chosen - whether it is a gadget like a tracker, or a goal to walk to the next block in your subdivision, read a good book or watch an engrossing TV show while riding a stationary bike, whatever you can do and stick with it. Here's wishing all of us much success with achieving our weight loss and fitness goals.

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What is listed below is Name - Total Lost - and amount of "additional" exercise that a person has done and reported. Please note that many of us were active, we just didn't view what we'd done as additional exercise. When we walk these big stores or malls, rake leaves, pull weeds, clean the house, basement or garage that is all exercise, believe me. Sometimes this is additional exercise, sometimes it is just routine.

Wishing everyone Much Success in the New Challenge!
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Please Note: STS means Stayed the Same - N/R means None Reported.

Allie - GRAMMIEOFTWO -- WEIGHT LOSS: 11 lbs. -- EXERCISE: 2475 min.-- 41.25 (hrs)

Diane - TRYHARDER2014 -- WEIGHT LOSS: 3.2 lbs.-- EXERCISE: 1704 min. -- 28.4 (hrs)

Grace - CT-FL-SNOWBIRD --- WEIGHT: +1 lb. --- EXERCISE: 1057 min. -- 17.6 (hrs)

Linette - HERSHAW123 --- WEIGHT: N/R--- EXERCISE: 271 min. -- 4.5 (hrs)

Marlene - MMARLENE1 --- WEIGHT LOSS: 3 ---- EXERCISE: 750 min. -- 12.3 (hrs)

Peggy - GMERE8 --- WEIGHT: STS ---- EXERCISE: 612 min. -- 10.2 (hrs)

Serena - OHNOGOLDENS -- WEIGHT: +2.82 lb. ---- EXERCISE: 2795 min. -- 46.6 (hrs)

Shirley - ARTY1934 --- WEIGHT LOSS: 2.6 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 0 min. -- 0 (hrs)

Yvonne - LADYBUG1943 --- WEIGHT LOSS: 3.2 ---EXERCISE: 861 min. -- 14.35 (hrs)

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Again, sorry I haven't posted for a few weeks! I'm having a hard time getting back into any sort of routine since my surgery. Recovery has gone well; I think I'm pretty much back to normal. Except for gaining a few very stubborn pounds.
I have had a wicked sweet tooth since surgery...trying hard to beat it! Trying to get back to walking...I've had a couple of 10,000 step days this week, so that's some progress :)
We had the kids and grandkids over for a BBQ on Canada Day. Great food! We were happy when they went home tho...our oldest dd and her hubby are always complaining that they are tired, don't feel well, have a sore back, etc. Now whenever Kaiya (5 1/2) gets scolded for acting up she says she 'doesn't feel well'. Not hard to guess where she is picking that up from :( I told Chrissy (oldest dd) that when she was 5 she didn't care if her parents were tired...she didn't like that much...lol!
Lorne is off today, so we hiked a couple of the local conservation areas. Lots of mosquitos :p He's working the weekend, so tomorrow I am taking Kaiya and Mommy to the local 'Fairy Sanctuary'...should be fun! On Sunday Becky (youngest dd) is off, so I am going to skip church and go spend a few hours with her. It will probably involve a trip to the mall :)
Have a lovely day ladies, and Happy Independence Day tomorrow!

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SHIRLEY, I agree with you that Ellen is making fantastic progress with her recuperation.
Talk about needing help - I did something DUMB on Tuesday. I was "pitching" hay from a wheel barrow into my compost bin. By yesterday afternoon I could barely move. I went to the gym and lasted less than 10 minutes. Then I had to go grocery shopping. I couldn't reach up and I couldn't bend over, so just bought stuff on the shelves that were waist high. I had to ask for help unloading my cart and getting stuff into the car. Don unloaded the car when I got home. My back is better today, but my "hay pitching" days are over.


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Good Morning Everyone -

Elise - I too need to make a run to the grocery, but really don't want to go. It isn't a have-to situation, but there is something I would like to have. * Your healthy living group sounds like a good one. I love discussion groups as you can learn lots from them - as much about what not to do as what to do. *Enjoy your weekend with your boyfriend.

Irene - I heard on the news yesterday that England was suffering from heat, and I thought about you. Do you have air conditioning where you live? * Oh My... I guess it is a sign of the times that we learn family business via Facebook now days - smile. Congratulations on the new great grandbaby (to be born). Also, last but certainly not least congratulations to Mike on getting a new job.

Serena - you are right - all the things you listed about Jamie's activities could have caused his problem. * Oh how I wish that I could send some of our rain your way. It is strange how one year one part of the country will get almost no rain, but another part be almost drowned; and then a year or so later the reverse happens. I almost danced a little jig this morning when I saw Weather Bug was forecasting 3 days of sunshine. It always seems to rain on the Fourth here, so we shall see - smile.

Slimmer - your story about the tech and your eye exam -- the last eye exam I had four years ago or better, the optometrist (a woman for whatever that matters) acted as though she hated the world - me included. She announced in a rather harsh way that I had cataracts and needed surgery and that was it. No conversation. Thankfully the young woman that sold, fitted and placed the order for my glasses couldn't have been nicer, but you know what that one doctor is the reason it has been so long since I've gotten my eyes checked, since I don't want to ever see her again, and I Must get that done. Don't let that one tech make you do what I have done, as it isn't good. Who knows, maybe that optometrist I saw isn't even at that store any longer? I do need to check. I'm glad that the doctor was nice to you. * Regions Bank - when my dad died he had money in several banks in the small Georgia town where he and my brother lived. My brother still lives there. As we went around closing accounts, etc. everyone was very nice, cooperative and handled our business quickly and professionally. Regions bank was a completely different story. It took us having to call the manager to get my dad's money and close his account. Yes, we had all the proper documentation, and it should have been a simple transaction. It was a bad enough experience that I told my brother that Regions Bank would Never get my business. And yes we have them here. So know you aren't the only one to have problems with them. I'm not happy with the interest rate the banks are paying on anything right now, but the numbers you quoted are ludicrous.

Ellen - it is good to hear of your progress. I don't like to have to ask anyone to do for me either, but sometimes we must. So don't be shy about asking your husband or anyone else for help should you need it. As for your husband, it is as he said you don't know when the time will come that you will need to do for him. He sounds like a good and thoughtful man. * Are you telling me that there is one more reason I should be carrying my cane now days, and that is to get respect? - Smile.

Make today a happy and healthy one -

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7/3/15 5:29 A

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Good morning SSS!!!!!!!!

Today I'm going to the supermarket-I have a pretty long list. Afterwards I'm going to try & take a walk. Going to my BF tomorrow for the WE. The weather is mixed-it changes every day.

Ellen-How true!!!!! When you're trying to cross the street, they stop so you can cross!!!!

Shirley-It's mostly a discussion group & they have handouts.

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Hello on Friday, it's been a hot week and a full week bad timing to have things in when its so hot, , I and a friend visit this week we only meet once a year,I had to walk to meet her from the bus, and it would be the hottest day of the year so far.
We enjoyed catching up but she told me she had noticed big changes in my husband's state, thing change slowly so I am not as aware of them as someone who and t seen him for a year,
Some good news now. Our son Mike has a job starting on13th, I will miss him around in the day but know he needs work and a pay check.
Next news I only just found out is a grand daughter is expecting her second baby, I don't see this branch of the family much but they are still family , it was announced on face book so I sent my best wishes ,. Enjoy your day .Irene

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Shirley, I am not sure where Jamie's heel problem came from. I know he is up and down ladders and in ditches and climbing over buildings plus he has that huge garden and does the rototilling and it's all on terraces. He was also really big into mountain climbing and mountaineering for a long time. Who knows. I sure am glad it's better!

We are now in a draught. This is not my Washington. We have a very good community well for 7 houses and have been cautioned to cut our consumption. Apparently we all must now put in meters. I just got email tonight saying that my neighbor and I are the only one's with meters and that mine was installed when my lovely neighbors came and repaired a water break I had a few years back. How nice that I have one!! I did not even know. I did know they were talking back then about everyone installing one.

Off to sleep now. It is so hot I feel like camping outside for any breeze I can get.

I am Serena and I live on beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington!


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Hola! Was a cloudy day...

Today I finally got to go to the eye Dr...

I think I drove the Tech crazy .. at one point she asked which black dots were darker I kept telling her.. finally she said .. THAT CAN'T BE AND I'M NOT GOING TO GO THERE! well not my fault I told her which were which and she would not believe me.. hmmm

maybe if she did believe me or go on with the test maybe she would have found something else out about me.. It was odd too because the dots I said were the darkest were so much so darker.. I wish she would have explained why it could not have been???

The Dr was soooooooooooo nice... so pleasant.. and listened any and all I had to say... he said I could have glasses but might have well just fix it...

He was not concerned with surgery with diabetes or anything else. I told how I reacted to meds.. finally he chuckled and said they probably would be giving me as little as they could..!!! He said on Monday the surgery nurse will start setting it up.. I still have a Pre Opt to do.. he said probably it would get fixed in Aug.

I still don't know why I have so much pain under and to the side of my eye to my ear... think I will make a point to tell this nurse on Monday.. it really hurts!!!

Had very stressful past 3 days.. remember when I got my new CD at the bank.. and got 2 percent interest onit.. well I wondered Where were my monthly interest reports.. I called them

well, she said ok she would have to set it up for monthly report..
then she could not set me up to see Online banking reports and didn't know why
Then I asked why besides my 2 percent interest it showed .60 percent interest She didn't have a clue about the form or what that meant but would call me back

like 3 hrs later I called her.. she still din't have any answers. I called another Regions bank in another town.. That guy knew in a few seconds.. he said they told me wrong and had only give me .6 instead of 2.0 interst. I called her back.. she still would not admit.

Next day I got the manager which had been told nothing about me.. I went in at the end of the day and nothing was done.. he said he did all he could.. but oh... he had not called anyone yet that could Fix this

I called next morning main bank in next town.. that manager immediately got me his regional manager number and said he would also explain all to him... that guy was on the ball

by 3 the next day I had a check to pull my money out with no penalty and Full interest I should have gotten. The girl who set this up never even apologized and the manager looked like he never wanted to see me again..

...could have been because I said I would go to Banking commission and State Attorney TV and Newspaper and tell all I could what they did if they just didn't give what I was to have.

The other bank guy who helped .. say they would look into the form they filled out on me.. I would have been given the 2 percent if only they opened me a checking...
...Daw.... why give all that money and Only get .6 percent when with checking could have 2.0

The girl was new but I asked doesn't anyone check new people's work.. She had convinced me all was well and I could not tell on paper... like Yikes if I had caught this 5 yrs later!!!

So all is well... but I am worn out
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This morning I was released from home health services. Next week, I will go to the hospital to continue my physical therapy treatments and on Friday, I will see the surgeon to hopefully be released to drive. Of course, I need to get off these pain medications first, so we will see how that goes. I hate to have my DH drive me to these appointments although he does not mind at all. He told me that next time it could be me taking care of him.

I had to smile about being treated as an elderly person. You should have seen how sweet everyone was when I went to the Dairy Queen last Sunday. Put a cane in your hand and everyone treated me like I was 100 years old.

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Yvonne - what you had to say about respect and how we are addressed is well taken. I know to when I refer to older people or anyone as dear or honey it is usually meant as a means of softening what is about to be said, and I think that perhaps others do this as well. However, it can be a bit condescending when addressing we elderly. You aren't there yet, I know - smile. My pet peeve is for a young person to address me by my given name - namely a clerk or service person. My southern upbringing was to treat everyone (and I do mean everyone no matter race, religion or otherwise and especially my elders) with respect, and my Southern Baptist upbringing drilled into me "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Sadly I fear we've gone generations where people have not learned this. And therefore when I have someone open a door for me, or step aside so I can pass rather than almost knock me down, to simply say excuse me, pardon me, thank you, etc. it makes my day since sadly I see this so seldom any longer although I do this with others, and most of the time they act as though they didn't hear me.. * You didn't tell me how far you have to travel/where you have to go to sing with the Sweet Adelines.

Bonnie - our rain continues. I don't think we are ever going to get a prolonged dry spell - enough to let our lawn dry out. Our lawn cutter left deep ruts this mowing. He is careful, but short of using a light push mower he couldn't have avoided it, and I'm not even sure that he could have cut it with a regular size push mower. * Interesting about the tomatoes - I would have thought Virginia would have been too far north for them to ripen this early, but guess not. I'm always learning something new with this team, which I love. * What a disappointment about your dinner with your friend Cindy. I make it a point, and have for quite a few years now to send a friend or friends I'm to meet for lunch an email to remind them where and when we are to meet. Most of the time they remember, but they appreciate the confirmation. I've only had one person to take such the wrong way (that I was telling her what to do), but this woman would have found fault with me if I could walk on water. Needless to say I said bye to that group long ago.

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SHIRLEY, about clerks who call you "dear." Several years ago, a very young woman called me "young lady," which I consider a condescending form of address, especially from someone so much younger than I am. I broke my own rule of patience and kindness and told her "I'm clearly not a young lady. I'm fine with my age and would appreciate more respect."

I'm not usually confrontational, and I hurt her feelings, but sometimes a person just has to speak out. I like best the people who just treat me like another person, neither better or worse than they are, but someone who deserves respect, just as I treat others with respect.

Although I got online long enough to twirl the wheel, I've been busy the last 24 hour, I spent the night with our daughter after the Sweet Adeline rehearsal (fun, but still not sure I'm going to join), and brought our 15 yr. old grand daughter back with me yesterday morning. We spent the morning shopping resale shops and going out for lunch at the only independent restaurant in town, then home to go through old photographs to find some her mom would like to have copied. Lots of interest in pictures of herself as a baby and young child. Then this morning, up at 7:30 to fix sourdough pancakes for my husband, daughter (who drove in to pick the 15 yr. old up), and grand daughter. (I didn't eat any.... Yea!!!) Now, I want nothing more than just to sit for a while, but it was really fun to see that she enjoyed herself here.

Because I was away from home July 1 morning, I weighed this morning to report loss, Shirley.

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Good Afternoon, Team.

It is 12:19PM and it has been raining since last night. Not a heavy rain, just constant dripping. I don't think we'll see the sun today at all.

Yesterday I drove to Annapolis (35 min.) to have an early dinner with 2 of my friends from work. One friend was already there and we talked and waited for our 3rd member. After a 1/2 hour, we were starting to get worried since she was driving from Delaware. We decided to be seated and then my friend Cindy called Janet. She had FORGOTTEN! What makes that so bad is that she is the one who planned the whole thing! We were glad that she was okay. I hadn't seen Cindy in about a year so we had a nice talk and a nice meal at Cheesecake Factory.

@Shirley - The vine ripened tomatoes I got at the Farmer's Mkt. were from Virginia.

@Grace - Yes, you have to buy refills for the Mosquito Repellant but, to me, it's worth it. Mosquitoes don't bother me when I'm out in the yard gardening, but as soon as I sit down to read a book or just relax, they are on me in seconds!! That is when I need protection. When I'm at the Farm and going to be in the woods, I spray on a repellant that I get from Avon. It also has sun block in it.

I hope to get in a walk today if this rain ever stops.

Have a Great Day.
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Good Morning Everyone -

Elise - your Healthy Living group sounds interesting. Is it just a discussion group, or do you have someone to give a "lecture?"

Allie - love your sense of humor! LOL When a child I did do some sleep walking, but thankfully not as an adult. I had one rough spot with the legs about 2 hours after I went to bed last night, but thankfully that was it. I made it through without Advil.

Serena - do you think Jamie's heel problem is work related, or did he do something else to it? I think you told us he's a building contractor as a livelihood? * As said yesterday, you sure live an interesting life. Knowing you and having a daughter who is an RN/Administrator in a big hospital, from the conversations with you both I can well see why there are so many shows regarding hospitals on TV. LOTS of real life stories to draw from. There is good reason you fitness walk so much, as such is a great stress release.

Peggy - What A Job! I can't believe with yours and Tom's back issues that you could do that job - not to mention the heat! * There are no morals any longer it seems. There have always been out of wedlock pregnancies, but today there is no stigma to it. Gays want to be married mostly for legal benefits is my thinking. It would be my guess (comparatively speaking) there are and will be less gay marriages than heterosexual ones.

Have a great day everyone -

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Good morning SSS!!!!!!!!!

Today I'm going to my therapist then to my Healthy Living group-they discuss eating healthy for all types of people-diabetes, heart, etc.)!!!!!!!!! It's a whole day event for me.

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Allie I just ready your post. I had just posted to you on the other thread that I hoped your walk after swimming helped your stress! emoticon

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Good evening team:

Grace: I hope you get to see the doctor soon and you start feeling better.

Shirley: Yes, I did get some pain medication from the doctor. I took some today and it really helped. I think if you did walk in the middle of the night, that might be called "sleep walking" emoticon

Ellen: Try not to be so hard on yourself. I am inspired by your courage and what you have just been through. I hope you had a nice restful nap. emoticon

Cecile: Happy emoticon Day. I hope your dinner went well with your friend and you had a stimulating conversation.

Serena: I hope your walk helped your stress.

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Jamie has done well. He needs that heel for his job. He is up and down ladders and checking out foundations in the mud and going up and down banks. He has done very well and he left the boot on a month longer then they thought he would need it for.

I got a whole lot done yesterday getting the camper cleaned and put on my truck. In the process it appears I was bit by a spider. It's itchy and swollen in blisters and puffed up.

I am back at work today after 4 days off to get away from a no win situation with a pt who feels the world owes him. He was in 5 times in 3 days and I spent 3 days on nothing but him. I sent him out to a motel Friday night on the hospitals nickel and he was back within 24 hours drunk because his mom thought he would need spending money. She's 90 and he's 53 and I have had enough. My coworker on the med/surg floor has had him since Saturday and she turned in her resignation. She has worked at this hospital 9 years. There are other things she was not happy with including the social worker that caused all the trouble. That one had pulled her into the battle and she was supporting her all the way. With her going, this one felt we had driven her away. Anyway, that leaves huge holes in the schedule. I am gone 5 days this month when no one is working. I offered to come in the afternoon of the 27th after flying all night. It's looking bleak. I have no applicants that are qualified as a master's level social worker. I am getting a whole lot more support then ever expected--even the nastiest of the ER docs is being pleasant and reasonable and understanding there are some things I have no control over.
Time to take a walk.

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PEGGY, I think the kids are copying the celebrities who seem almost proud of having children out of wedlock.

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Good news and bad news. Our irrigation system sprung a leak on Friday so we had to dig it up and Tom repaired it. Saturday he found a different leak so more digging and fixing. Two drip lines were not dripping so we dug them up and replaced one of the lines. Hopefully this will not happen again as we will probably have the whole system replaced.

More good news and bad news. Cassie my 26 year old dear granddaughter is going to have a baby in January. Bad news as they are not married but have been together for a year. What is wrong with the system today? Gays get married but not heterosexuals.

Ok, I have vented enough.

Ellen, keep your chin up the pain will eventually go away and you will feel great. It took over 6 months for my back to feel good with no pain.

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I had it on my mind this morning when I posted to do this and then forgot to do so.

Cecile - I have my recumbent bike in one small corner of my basement with a TV in front of it. Your house is indeed small, but you might want to measure one, as you could be surprised that it wouldn't take up as much room as you think, and there just might be a spot where you could put it. Having said this, I explored bringing mine upstairs, but if I did something else wouldn't definitely have to go. Perhaps the little device that Ellen mentioned, if I can find one, will work for me. * Enjoy your friend!

Ellen - I'm guilty of not taking as much Advil as I could. I can take 6 pills in a 24 hour period so says the bottle, but I try to make that 24 hour period with only 2. So far it has worked, but I'm thinking that perhaps I (like you) need to up my dosage at least for awhile.

Grace - where I went for years after I was eligible for senior discounts with people not giving them to me or surprised when I would ask for them. Even I am realizing how old I look now days. I have no idea how old people think I am, but even older checkers will load my basket for me and ask if I need help out. Perhaps they notice that I have trouble walking, although I think I'm handling myself well with the aid of the cart - smile. A few years back I noticed more mature checkers would call me dear. That's when I knew my age was showing - smile


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Good afternoon everyone!

Today is Canada Day and it is not a nice day. It is very cloudy. It is not raining yet but Val told me yesterday we should have rain in the evening. That is when they have the fireworks. I used to enjoy going to see them but no more. Too many people on the Hill.

We are having a guest for supper. Lucie has not been here in a while so there will be a lot of catching up to do. I had left a couple of messages on her phone last week. She called Monday saying she had been very busy. She is on two week vacation from her job. She is a very nice person and am anxious to see her.

I did read all the posts but did not take notes.

At pt we do have the exercisers that Ellen mentioned. They are wonderful. We use them for our arm and not our legs. We have the recumbant bikes for that. I took a very good look at them this week and there is no way it would fit in my basement. My house is very small. It does not measure 900 square feet. That is why I have no need of a cane here. All I do when I lose my balance is touch a wall and voilà, I am upright again.

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

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ELLEN, I feel so bad for you right now. Nighttime pain is the “pits” and the reason I take so much pain medicine. I don’t take anything during the day, except when I go for my walks and then it’s one Aleve. But I had SO many sleepless nights that I got sick of it and now I take 2.5 mgs of Vicodin, 650 Tylenol, 2 Advils and 50 mg of Unisom every night. I know that’s a lot but, at this point in my life I’m not concerned about getting addicted, liver or kidney problems. I just want to get a good night’s sleep. My doctor told me that her mother refuses to take any pain meds because they might damage her liver or kidneys and the doctor asked her what she’s “saving her liver and kidneys FOR”.
I know you don’t want to take as much as I do but a moderate amount will help with your healing process. Your body needs the restorative sleep to heal. I’m praying that you get through this painfulness ASAP. It will happen but first you have to get through the old country western song “One Step Forward and Two Steps Back” . Hopefully, it’s just for a couple more weeks.

SHIRLEY, I know my age is showing because people are more helpful in the stores and the gym than they used to be. I imagine to these 20 -30 year olds, I probably look pretty decrepit, but it’s working for me so I’ll accept it.
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About the weeds in the flower beds – I’ve got a few pieces of flag stone that I plan to put in one of my flower beds that is real weedy. I plan to flatten the weeds, with the flag stones, and them put down landscape fabric. It will take a couple of weeks but I won’t have to pull the weeds this way. My lawn guy, in FL, will use Roundup IF I remind him but none of them PULL weeds. Last summer, he only charged me an extra $10.00 a month for using the Roundup (which he only used a few weeks). Just before the “snowbirds” return to FL the GOOD lawn guys do an extra good job on the weeds.
I just checked out Walmart, online and they have several of the stationary “mini” bikes, where you sit on any comfortable chair and work the peddles. If your local Walmart doesn't carry them, you can order one, online and MAY be able to get it delivered by their “site to store” feature to the store and not even pay for shipping.


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Just a quick note. I am badly needed a nap after another rough night needing ice packs a lot. Some of it is my fault for trying to not take so much of this prescription pain medication. Then I get stuck watching the clock until I can take the next dosage. I can't believe I can feel good one morning and bad the next. Rather discouraging.

I will try and get on later after a nap.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Grace - loved the story about your conversation with Melvin's PT. She is right you know. You have done well with him over the years, but it is now time for you to "accept" help from those at his home whenever possible. Every once in a while (not often at all) my son or daughter in law will slip up and say that I'm old, and immediately apologize. It is a bit startling when it happens, but I'm not in the least offended by such since it is the truth. And besides it is generally when they are trying to make Dmitri realize he can't do things with my husband or me that he can with them. 7 year olds as I'm sure you remember can get a bit rambunctious sometimes, especially little boys. * About those flies - as I mentioned to someone else during this conversation - have you tried OFF. Also in the section where they sell insect repellants read the labels and see what they have to say about dealing with insects other than mosquitoes. Hey... you might even be able to do this kind of research online. You mentioned your pesky gnats. I so hate gnats whether they bite or not. You mentioned ticks too; another pest I hate, but thankfully haven't had much problem with them in my lifetime. * Yes, between that awful shooting in Charleston and the Supreme Court over stepping their bounds with recent rulings - right or wrong - it has really kept the news people busy. * I too so need someone to weed. I just can't handle it any longer. Grass has literally wiped out a flower bed. The one person I asked about weeding a relatively small area quoted me $80 to do the job. Of course I didn't hire him. I'm usually fairly generous about paying for services, but I'm no stranger to yard work and although weeding is a boring job and sometimes takes strength, let's face it there are other things that are harder. But when you can get $25-$40 riding a lawnmower around someone's yard, doing some trimming with a machine and then blowing the patio and drive off with another machine - a job that takes less than an hour, then you can see why they want so much for doing "real" work. * We have a 24 hour small gym (I guess you would call it) not far from where I live. I looked into it, but they charge $35 a month to use their equipment, and I think the woman I talked to said there was a yearly rate that gave you a small break. The yearly rate would have been about the same as the big rec center with a pool or the Y charges. I think their trainers get close to $100 an hour. It was too pricey for me. Their big offering was a tanning service which I could have cared less about.

Allie - sorry to hear you had such an exasperating experience at your doctor's office. You've heard me complain here before about doctors. And yes, like you I have to fill out the same darned forms every time I go. Why we in this period in time can't retrieve these forms on our computers and fill those darned repetitive things on our computers and either bring them a hard copy or email it to them, I don't know. And yes, I seem to be asked the same stupid questions by the doctor who when I will finally admit to a problem doesn't have any answer for me that I didn't know already and have probably tried. The bottom line is - did you get anything for your pain? I do know how pain can effect a person. With all this wet weather my legs have started hurting not only during the day but at night too. Early this morning I finally broke down and took a couple of Advil. Walking sometimes seems to be the only thing that gives me relief, and that's a bit hard to do in the middle of the night.

Serena - sorry to hear about Jamie's Achilles problem. I think this is the first time you've mentioned it. That sure was a lot of walking for someone with that problem. You do live a Most interesting life.

Yvonne - what good news you've found a Sweet Adeline's group here. I hope that it is fairly convenient to you. I love a accapella too. I used to be able to find recordings by a male group called "Glad" that sang religious music accapella. I think that they must have disbanded.

Elise - WOW! what a very nice compliment. Thank You! * We have rain here still. I'm to the point that I don't think it is ever going to end. Yes, I know rain is a blessing, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing - smile. * I am so pleased that you have an enjoyable Senior Center to attend.

Marlene - I so agree with you about keeping your yard man permanently. If Walt wants to putter, he can, but leave the heavy stuff to the younger guy. Walt sounds like my dad, he was always in control and a hands on person - owned several businesses in his lifetime including a small airport, and he found it so hard to realize that he could no longer do (or shouldn't be doing) the things he'd done so easily all of his life. My dad was definitely a workaholic. So I'm familiar with people like Walt. * Feeling tired - I can identify with that too, and thus I tend to do less and less, but it doesn't seem to relieve the fatigue feeling. I can't speak for you, but I truly don't think my fatigue is mental.

Elaine - sorry to hear about your girls problems. Re Lena - I always told my kids never to quick a job (no matter how much they hated it) until they had another one. In today's economy, I would think that would be very good advice. As they say, "a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush." I do so hope that the steroids clear Kat's ear problem up, and that Lena will find a job quickly. * As for bikers - we sometimes tend to think of bikers as rude, crude people, and that just isn't the case so I've learned through discussion groups on TV. Some are polished, successful business men who just like to ride motorcycles and be a part of a group. Kat's friend sounds like quite a nice and thoughtful person.

Ellen - thanks a million for asking your therapist about the exercycle for me. I will definitely see if my Walmart has such, and I may check the Walgreen's near me too as they seem to have a lot of that kind of thing. I would gladly invest $35-$45 just to give it a try with Great hopes it would work for me. My son and DIL would be ecstatic if I found something to use where I would let them have my recumbent bike - smile. We do have a Dick's but it is at the mall, but I have a big Sports Authority more convenient that may have one too. I bought my recumbent bike from them. I'd love to have one with a digital display. You are right about price. I can't remember now what I gave for my recumbent bike but it was $300 - $500. As said, thanks a million for this info, as it gives me some idea where to look. In fact, I may just make a few calls. * About your knee surgery - you are right about having them both done at once. I had a neighbor that her knees were so bad that she walked in a sitting down position. She finally had one replaced, and they told her she needed the other one done too. But after having the first one done, she refused to go through another one being done. She was only 65 when she died, and this was done quite a few years before she died.

Bonnie - glad to hear that your Father's Day dinner went well. There was a time when I enjoyed big parties and big family get-togethers, but it has been a long time for this. I too enjoy getting together with just one or two friends at a time. Actually just one at a time is best for me. * I think I mentioned that little clip on repellant thingy too sometimes during this discussion. I'm glad you've used one as I was really interested to hear how well they work. * I was amazed that you are getting field grown tomatoes living so far north. They don't start maturing here until around the end of July. However, Arkansas tomatoes are coming in. You are right I need to get to the Farmers Market and see if they don't have some. There is all the difference in the world in tomatoes you grow yourself or a farmer does and those in the supermarket. Even when they say locally grown they don't taste the same. Interesting also about that clothes exchange.

Joyce - I'm Very impressed with your recovery. My friend that had back surgery certainly didn't recover as well as you are. I'm so happy to hear this.

I hope that we will all make today a happy and healthy one. Don't forget to be kind to yourselves, and to those you meet today - especially the grumpy people. We never know what problems others are dealing with.

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ALLIE, I understand about your dislike of the health care system. My mid back was hurting while we were still in FL, but my ortho doc down there doesn’t “do” backs. When we got back to CT, on 5/18, I immediately made an appointment with my CT otho doc. The earliest appointment they could give me was 6/18. The day before the 18th they called to reschedule me to 6/30 and, AGAIN, they called me the day before to reschedule me to 7/8. This is starting to be discouraging.
Good job with sticking up for yourself!!

SERENA, Jamie has come a long way from being in a boot a few months ago to hiking 7 miles. That’s impressive!

ELISE, We started having T storms at 5 a.m. and got a little over an inch of rain by 8 a.m. It looks like we're in for another yucky day.
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Good morning team:

I went to the doctor yesterday and I am not happy with the health system. I kept getting asked the same questions over and over again. I kept replying ,it is all there in your computer.

When I am in pain I try very hard to be congenial with people but as I said before, you just can't fix stupid. The majority of health workers I did come in contact with were very helpful and caring and always have been. The doctor was running late and the staff was trying to rush me. My question is, if the doctor is late why should I have to hurry to help him catch up? I am very outspoken and I brought that up and then he slowed down and admitted he is always running behind and then he took his time with me.

The nurse or whatever she was kept insisting that I was due for a mammogram. I told her several times that I wasn't due for a mammogram. She finally looked at the computer and said: Oh,it must be in the computer wrong, I will have to fix that.

I had a very hard time finding the doctor I have so I am sticking with him- for now. I feel I can be very frank with him and that is important to me.

I hope everyone has a good day.

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Good morning SSS!!!!!!!

Today I'm staying in because the weather calls for thunderstorms at times. Sometimes I wish we didn't get any but I know we need it at times.

Allie-I'm going to go year-round. I need to get out as much as possible.

Grace-I'm the youngest at my group!!! I don't know whether that's a good or bad thing.

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Grace. Jamie has been doing PT exercises for months. He was actually in a boot last winter for 3 months. He has been very good at being careful. He had NO problem on the hike! He woke up this morning with no pain and no issues. We have been hoping that it would get well enough to back pack up to some of the hike in lakes to go camping this summer. I think it's going to be fine!
We are going to La Push in 2 weeks and intend to do some beach and forest hiking for a few days. That should be the true test. If he has no ill affects, we will plan our back packing camping trip!


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Grace:

The swim club is outside and so I can't really go whenever I want. I can just go different times of the day versus the set hours made by the YMCA. The Y has different times that different groups can use the pool. The swim club is for the public and it is isn't really for exercising. That is pretty cool about the pool in Florida, I would like that.

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ALLIE, Is the swim club opened 24 hours a day? There is a gym near us in FL that is opened 24 hours a day. However, after 9 p.m. you need a special card to put in the lock to unlock the door, like the ones motels are using now.


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Grace: I go to two different pools in the summer. The YMCA pool is indoors. The Y changes their hours in the summer and I can only get in the pool at certain times. I join a swim club in the summer also, and I can pretty much go there whenever I want. The outdoor pool, the swim club is where all the insects are.

Have a good evening.

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YVONNE, How exciting that you’re going to Sweet Adelines tonight. Is this the first time since you moved that you’re getting involved with this chorus? How far from your home is it? I’ll be watching for an update on this!

ALLIE, I agree that those “chiggers” probably live in the grass and just wait for someone to come along and stir them up. What time of the day does your Y open it’s pool? The bugs probably aren’t as bad after the grass dries, later in the day, but then the sun would be too bright.

SERENA, I’m surprised that Jamie could hike 7 miles with a sore Achilles. How was it feeling a few hours after the hike?



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I am home. I left the lodge early this morning as my sister was to spend the day on the island. She apparently made other plans without informing me so I could have stayed up there.
Since I am here I decided to clean out the camper and put it on the truck. I still have about 2" to jack it up to fit on this truck. I have working on it since about 1100 and it's now 1550.

We had a huge thunder storm Sunday night and it seemed to make the flies go away. I have bites on my ankle and my left leg from Sunday. OFF did not work for them at all.
Jamie's achilles is well enough to hike some!! We took the dogs out yesterday so he could check out where we have been hiking. Got to the pond and spillway and there were swimmers being chased out by the Sultan Water Basin officials. All of that water is the drinking water for Sultan. All of them left and we had a great picnic then walked all the way down to the Jackson Power Plant and back up the pipeline to home. It was a hot 7 miles!!. Got the dogs settled and fed then went swimming in the lake. It was warm the top 18 inches so I jumped on in. COLD water under those 18 inches!
It was nice to get a hike in.
Back to work on the camper now.

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Good evening team:

Elise: I hope you enjoyed your day at the SC. I love the one I go to and I will start going again when the weather gets cooler.

Grace: I am glad you can laugh about not being a spring chicken anymore. I guess the PT didn't take into account how capable and intelligent you are.

I made a mixture of insect spray that was supposed to kill flies/horse flies. I used it and it didn't work. It was worth a try. I resorted to my good old fashioned fly swatter, that always works.

I had a doctors' appointment today. I had the doctor look at my bites and he called them chigger bites. I just wanted to know if my bites were infected and he said no. I have been putting cortisone cream on the bites and he told me to continue doing that.

I spoke to someone that goes to the same outdoor pool I go to, that is where I got the bites. She said she always keeps her lounge chair on the cement and stays out of the grass because of the flies. I have always sat in the grass and never had this problem before. It must be, because of all the rain we have been getting.

Yvonne: I hope you have good luck with your rehearsal.

We just had a thunderstorm blow through here, and now it is sunny again. This is some crazy weather, but at least it cooled everything off.

I went to Wendys today and I had a nice lunch. I like their service, their food and the overall atmosphere. It was a good change for me. I splurged and had one of their Frostys.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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I've enjoyed the insect discussion, and looked up "eradicating chiggers" via Google. One of the links told how to find an infestation, which I'm going to try. One of the main things everyone said, though, is to eliminate tall weeds and ground clutter, which I'm in the process of doing. We just have one more area to completely clean, and the wet soil has been keeping me from finishing it.

I'm off to a Sweet Adeline rehearsal tonight, to decide if my longing for singing is enough to motivate me to join a local chorus. Barbershop chords are a little different that "chorale" or church singing, and I'm very addicted to that sound. We'll see....

ELLEN, welcome back to activity again! I know how great you must feel. Taking advantage of physical therapy is a luxury, and of great benefit. I'd like to take a Pilates class (the original type), where you learn how important body placement is for your overall health. If you've ever read about the guy who started all that, it's fascinating reading.

Meanwhile.... I DID walk yesterday morning, for 1 mile in the most wonderful weather you can imagine. This morning I felt too tired, which indicated how out of shape I've come to be, so I'll wait until tomorrow before walking like that again. Tonight after the rehearsal I'm sleeping at my daughter's house, then bringing a grand daughter home with me to spend the day tomorrow. I'm a little nervous because she's 15, and I don't want her to get bored. Maybe I can get her to take that short walk with me, which will be very easy for her! Their whole family does Tae Kwan Do, and are in great shape.

Well, best go get ready to leave.... so enjoyed reading about everyone!

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Good morning team!

I had a “funny” situation yesterday when I went to visit my special brother, Melvin. He is now “confined” to a wheel chair due to his broken leg. The therapist says it is a permanent situation because he is a big fall risk and can’t use a walker due to his mental disability. Anyways, I told his PT girl, who is under 30 years old and weighs about 100 lbs, that I thought it was time for ME to start transferring Melvin from his WC to my car when I take him out for rides. She said “Absolutely NOT!” because it would be dangerous for both Melvin and me. Then she said, “I don’t want to be rude, but you’re no spring chicken you know.” Thanks for the reminder!!LOL


SERENA, I have a couple of spots on my walks that have deer or horse or dog flies. I really don’t know what they are but they are persistent and have a stinging bite. Luckily, they don’t follow me and I can “out walk” them. Is there some kind of insect repellant that’s for your pesky flies?

YVONNE, I hope you get some dry weather so you go out and “play in the dirt”. We had 2” of rain on Saturday and I still haven’t had a chance to go out and dump water out of everything so they don’t become mosquito breeders.

IRENE, Our TV network, CNN, had a special, Sunday night, about Glen Campbell and his Alzheimer’s Disease. I thought about you and Maurice while I was watching it. I hope you get to see it sometime since it was very touching. I’m sorry you had a bad day on Sunday and hope the rest of the week goes better for you.

SHIRLEY, In FL, we have “No See-ums” which are very tiny biting knats. They were worse than the mosquitoes when we left FL. The last few weeks down there were very hot and muggy. By the time the air cooled off enough for us to go out to work in the yard the knats would be out there, waiting for us.
I did forget about the Affordable Care Act when I talked about the lead stories on our news networks.It hasn’t been on the news as much as it used to be, until the Supreme Court had their ruling on it.
That was a strange one that your floaters were worse than Whit’s but you didn’t find yours to be a problem.
It shows that you have a higher tolerance to discomfort than he does. (smile)

JOYCE, Happy 3rd Week “Anniversary” for your post op back surgery! I hope you continue to have a fast and uneventful recovery!
That was a scary story about the fox in your yard. I wonder if they prey on small dogs and cats. We have raccoons, possum, deer and of course squirrels and there are coyotes in the woods but never in our yard. The worst “wild” things we have are the ticks, which cause Lyme Disease. They’re so small it’s very hard to see them and they have to be pulled off with tweezers.

BONNIE, Your FIL must have loved all the attention at his birthday dinner. It’s a wonderful excuse for everybody to get together.
I have the Off Clip-on repellant but only used it a couple of times. I think I read someplace that they are only good for a couple of weeks after they’re opened and that “annoyed” me, so I went back to the spray, which, of course, I don’t like the “feel” of.

ELLEN, Welcome “back”! LOL – I had NO doubt that you would recuperate faster than then the average patient. You started out in much better over all good shape than most people do. That little exercyle sounds like the perfect solution for you. It’s cheap and doesn’t take up lots of space.

ELAINE, It’s good to see you checking in. I’m sorry that your DDs are having problems right now, one with sickness and the other with job hunting. These things will pass and you’ll be able to move on. Pretty soon things will be back to normal in your household.

MARLENE, As I told Irene, I did see the Glenn Campbell special and found it very informative and sad as well. I noticed that he went through a period of denial and being overly defensive of his situation. How many times did they show examples of him saying the reason he didn’t remember or know something was because it wasn’t “important” and he “didn’t need” to remember certain facts. That must be hard on the caregivers. My DH doesn’t have Alzheimer’s but he is forgetful and usual says about the stuff he forgets that “It doesn’t matter.”
I wish I had a “yardman” to pull our weeds and mulch, like you have. I’m getting to all of it but it’s taking forever. And of course the weeding never stops.
I hope you have a better day today and that your tiredness has taken a holiday. It’s so frustrating when you have things to do and you have no energy to get the job done.

ELISE, Have a good time at the Senior Center! Does your SC have young seniors in attendance? Ours seems to just have the 80+ crowd. There are other towns near by that have activities that attract the “younger” crowd but not ours.

Have a great day everyone!

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Good morning SSS!!!!!!!!!

Today I'm going to the senior center--I really enjoy going there--such nice people & things to do. Afterwards, I'll just relax & make something for dinner.

Shirley-You are such a emoticon team leader!!!!!!!!!

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Good Evening Team Sisters. We got through the weekend without incident. Barbara and Tom found their property safe and sound. The weather is lovely today. The young man who did the mulching and planting came this morning to mow the lawn. He will come weekly until Walt is able to do it. His rate is very reasonable and I think we should have him do it permanently.

DH is doing pretty well. Not as much swelling and he's getting around with the walker..

Last evening and most of today I am so tired. I don't seem to be doing that much more. Guess it is mental.

I too enjoy my quiet time. I have always needed that time.

Ellen, you are doing fantastically well. Keep up the good work.

Bonnie, I am sure your DFIL was happy to have his family together. I am going to tell my DD about the mosquito repellent. They really get after her. And they like to sit on their front porch on nice evenings.

I think it is Serrena who lives on Whidby (?) Island. Our grandson was stationed there for awhile after his first deployment in Iraq. He is a naval EOD. right now is at Fort Lawson, NV.

Did any of you see CNN's special last night on Glenn Campbell? It was about his diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and his last musical tour. I didn't see the entire show but what I saw was so sad.

Tomorrow is the last day of the month hopefully, those of us who are doing the Challenge will have made progress. If not, we can do it in July.

Marlene,

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Good afternoon

as you all know my life gets crazy some times and it has lately. Getting for my trip. Dr appointments, and just life in general. Kat has been sick for over a month, it started out with an ear infection, and only went from bad to worse. she ended giving to to an ear nose and throat specialist, he put her on antibiotics that helped some, but she went back this morning and he put her on steroids for a while. Sena quit her job because driving from here to the other side of Portland was getting too expensive for the amound of money she was making, She had a job interview this afternoon that she thinks was promising. I guess that is life in Pine brook. (the name of my neighborhood association)

Kat's biker friend brought us some dried tomatoes, and planted some really basil plants. I mad a tomato basil pasta sauce for dinner this evening... YUM I told her she could keep him until I got tired of him. He may be a biker but a very mellow great guy. He in reality is a landscaper who love riding his Honda. I do like him so much better than that fella she was married to last year, I am just sad that she had to find the truth after she married him.

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Hi Spark Sisters! Maybe I am back! The physical therapist came by this morning and she is SO happy with my progress. She was delighted that I automatically answered her knock at the door without my cane. She told me that I was free to not use it inside considering how well I am doing. I can’t believe how every day I find myself returning to my old/new self. She told me that my challenge now is to unlearn all the bad walking habits I developed when I had these bad knees. She will come one more time and then the next week I go to outpatient physical therapy. She also said the pain will come and go but should start getting better everyday.

Joyce T – I am so glad you are doing so well with your recovery. A spinal fusion sounds so scary to me! As for my surgery, I had both of my knees replaced on June 10th. I am glad now that I had both replaced, because I am not sure I would have want to go through this again.

Shirley – I asked the physical therapist where to buy one of the bikes (photo I posted). She said Walmart had some good ones for $35 to $45 (check near the pharmacy). Also Dick Sporting Goods may have them. She said the newer models even have a digital display. She pointed out that you can put it on a table and also exercises your arms. As I said, it is a good workout of 5 minutes forward and 5 minutes backwards. Cheaper than the big bikes or a gym membership plus I am more likely to do something if I can sit on my loveseat and watch TV.

Yvonne– I hate chiggers! We never had them in West Texas so they were an unpleasant surprise when I moved to East Texas, but here on this acre, they are horrible!!! We have to spray even if we have to just walk across the yard.

Bonnie – I cut out a coupon a couple of weeks ago for my DH on that clip on OFF insect repellant. I may have lost the coupon, but thanks for telling us about it.

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Good Afternoon, Team.

It is a gorgeous day--coolish & sunny. I was going to the Farm but we went there after the Father's Day dinner last night to put a tire in the shed. So I saw him & put fly spray on him (which is immediately got down and rolled--which probably took off all the repellent!). Going back again today is just too much. I'm hoping to get in a long walk later this afternoon.

Dad was happy to have us all together to celebrate Father's Day (belatedly). There were 10 of us. Though I love them all--I really don't do well in a "group" setting. I'm more of a one-on-one person. DH was full of complaints about the food--though I thought what I had, BBQ Chicken, was delicious. It was a BBQ place. One of the sisters lives near Richmond, VA and we hadn't seen her for over a year so it was nice to see her there. One of DH's sisters and his brother went down with us. They stopped at the house, we talked for awhile and then went out to dinner at IHOP. It was a full day.

@Grace - Deer flies are rather small but they have a nasty bite. They seem to like dark forested areas more than being out in the open. I've had many of those "buggers" bite me and it really hurts. Doesn't seem to leave any lasting effects though--like mosquito's itching.
Mosquitoes have always given me a hard time. Last year a friend of mine gave me an "OFF Clip-On Mosquito Repellent". It is like a little fan and you put a refill in it and it blows the repellent around. You can't see it and it has very little odor, if any. It uses 2 AAA batteries (which come with it). When I'm sitting outside, I put it on the arm of my chair and I have NO mosquitoes. The last time DH & I were both sitting outside and I used it--I left before him and took it inside with me. He said the effects still worked after I was gone. I highly recommend it though I have found that it & the refill cartridges are hard to find. You can buy a refill of 2 cartridges to put in it. Maybe if you search online you can find it. It REALLY works.

@Shirley - I hope you can get to your Farmer's Mkt. Since I had a short amount of time yesterday before we had to leave for the dinner, I drove down yesterday and didn't take my little cart. I didn't think I'd buy that much but, wouldn't you know it, the vendors had corn, blueberries & field grown tomatoes. Luckily I wasn't parked too far away. I usually buy way too much because it all looks so good and fresh and then end up having to throw some of it in the compost pile. I'm trying to be much better this year and not buy as much. They had a new vendor--which I thought was unique. You bring any clothes you don't want & pick through what others have brought and take whatever you need. It is all FREE. Not that I like to pick through someone else's clothes but I think it is a good idea--especially for children's clothes.

I have some gardening to do so I'd better get to it.

I hope everyone has a great day.
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Hello Teammates,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. This Sunday was my first Sunday to attend church since a week or two before my surgery. Tuesday I will be 3 weeks post op. I saw my surgeon on Friday and he is well pleased with my progress. He says my ambulation is as good as someone 6 weeks post-op. I have to give God the credit and all the prayers spoken on my behalf.

My sister and her husband came from Little Rock, AR and my niece and her husband came for a visit this weekend which made the weekend special.

Ellen have read that you are having a lot of pain. Since I have been out a while and am trying to catch up, I believe I read that it was some type of Orthopedic procedure (knee or hip)? My husband had his knee done a few years back and I remember recovery and rehab was painful but got better as each day passed. I hope that you will soon be past that phase and pain free.

Speaking of mosquitos, we get plenty here in Texas and in Arkansas where I grew up. They seem to like me so I have to remember to spray repellent on me or not go out in the early morning or late afternoon. Not being much of an outside person (due to the heat for one) I tend to stay in. I used to live in North Dakota and remember those up there being among the largest I have ever seen. I figured that the further north one went the mosquitos would be smaller, actually I thought there wouldn’t even be any. I was surprised.

I had the strangest thing happen the other evening. While eating dinner in the dining room a thin dog like animal jumped up on our fence and walked along the top of it before jumping down into our backyard and running under the shed. In a few minutes it came back and jumped back on the fence. We were then able to see that it was a grey fox. I've seen coyotes, armadillos, possums and rabbits in our neighborhood but this is the first fox. We've lived here for over 20 years and we are in the city.

Patti before I forget, welcome to Sparkpeople. My name is Joyce T (for Texas since there is another Joyce with the same last initial as mine) I have been a member of this team for about 3 years and love the support I have received as I have worked to develop better eating and exercise habits. I know you will enjoy being a part of the team.


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

We are only a couple days before the end of another Challenge - June 2015 Challenge. This Challenge will end on Tuesday, June 30th. The July Challenge will begin on Wednesday, July 1st and will end on Friday, July 31st! If you know you will be joining the July Challenge, or if you've been a Challenge member and don't plan to return in July 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 July 1st. Keep up with your exercise minutes beginning July 1st, and then on Monday, July 6th - 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, Friday, July 31st.

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

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Good Morning Everyone -

Elise - SSS works for me - smile. Just use 3 Ss and not just 2 as SS can bring up some unpleasant thoughts for those of us who grew up during World War II. Your day sounded perfect to me. As for your day sounding boring - for some I'm sure it does, but you know what "boring" is in the eyes of the beholder - smile. Isn't it?

Irene - even though I don't have to be a caregiver I treasure my quiet mornings before my husband gets up. Like you I enjoy people, but I also am quite content having time to myself. But you know what, it occurs to me as I write this I've always lived with someone, and had someone that I had to consider in one way or another. I'm sure if I found myself living totally alone I might find that much solitude to be too much. * Yes, the world has gone mad and our country along with it. But you know what we can concentrate on what we can control, pray that God will keep us safe and count on Him to do so, and think positive. Even in cavemen days they had things to be fearful of. In today's world our enemies or predators may be different, but every age has had some bad things to contend with. So try to think about Mike and the rest of your wonderful family, your new home, and all the other good things in your life.

Yvonne - it is good to know that you aren't having to contend with flooding, and the flooding isn't causing you problems getting where you'd like to go. I'm with you and your plants - I've had enough of this rain for awhile. I was so happy to get up to bright sun this morning, although sad when I turned on my computer and found a possibility of rain every day this week. BUMMER! My husband said he heard on the local news last night that this has been the wettest month since they've been keeping records. It Always seems to rain here on the 4th of July for some reason. * Bugs that bite - I've never had a problem with chiggers. As mentioned mosquitoes really, Really like the way I taste - smile. You would think growing up in the South with lots of foliage it would have been there where I had the worse problem, but it wasn't. Michigan was. Their mosquitoes are the biggest I've ever seen, and not only that would bite you midday in the burning sun. * Walking - my advice to you is to hold off walking until about the middle of August. Mornings right now, true, have been relatively cool, but... I don't have asthma, but I know all too well about walking these hilly streets. Another tip - you might want to map you a course with your car odometer. That is what I used to do when I used to walk the streets (as compared with the track). Also SP tracker has a good program where you can feed in where you live and it will give you the mileage. * I loved what you said to Krys about her daughter's twins.

Serena - give Jamie a hug for me, and tell him we appreciate that now you can post while at the lodge -smile. Will products like "OFF" or other insect repellant work to keep the deer flies from biting you? Of course it wouldn't help your poor dogs and horse.

Grace - thanks for inviting Patti to join the Challenge. When I woke up this morning I realized that I hadn't given my one week notice that the Challenge was about to end. * When you were talking about our over abundance of news you forgot to mention The Affordable Care Act. There's been no end of news stories and opinions - good and bad. * Mosquitoes - I have no idea what my blood type is, but obviously your brother-in-law and I are the same - smile. * I'm always fearful of having something happen to me like happened to you with your tire. This would be especially bad in heavy traffic which I drive in most of the time, or on the expressway.

Krys - sorry to hear about your floaters. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone having them as badly as you do. A funny story - once my husband and I went together to see an Ophthalmologist. He of course asked if we were having problems - my husband told him about floaters and what a problem they were. Then it was my turn. I told him what I thought was going on which was negligible, at one point he gave a little chuckle, and said, your husband was the one complaining about floaters, but you have them worse than he does and never mentioned them. I told him I was aware of them from time to time, but they were nothing I couldn't deal with. I do so hope that your problem will clear up on its own and soon.

Bonnie - I hope the Father's Day celebration for your father-in-law went well. He is fortunate to have some thoughtful and caring children. *Cats and lifespan - Charli lived to be 18, and would have lived longer but we had to have her put down because she became incontinent. It was either have her put down or cage her. She was a cat that loved to roam, and to cage her would have been torture for her. The vet agreed it would be best to put her down. * About Katy and pills - we find sometimes/most of the time we can give our dogs pills in some kind of food they particularly like - peanut butter is a good one to get dogs to swallow pills, but don't think it would work for a cat. Perhaps some tuna would work. Our Springer, however was smart enough to eat the treat food from around his pill and then spit the pill out - smile. * Our Farmers Market is open now, but only 8-12 on Saturdays. They also have an art fair in conjunction. I do want to try to get out there this year.

Have a good day and a good week everyone.

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Good morning Slimming Senior Sisters(SSS)!!!!!!

I thought I'd change my greeting-what do you think?

I had a pretty good WE-I did some chores, cooked, read & relaxed. Today I'm doing the same thing. It almost sounds boring.

I hope everyone had a great WE!!!!!!!

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It looks to be a lovely day today but is early yet, now I love to get up early and have a quiet hour to myself. I do have a husband but for those who don't know he has .alzheimers and is more my patient now.
We had a bad day yesterday so I did no sparking only logging on. I won't go into details but I was looking up how to get stains from carpets !
I haven't yet put TV on, i don't what to be more depressed than I already am. The world has gone mad it seems and no one feels safe. Now the sad stories are coming in of the victims of the beach shootings in Tunisia.
But an old friend phoned me last evening, she is in this area for a few days, I hope to meet her but have to sort out how and when later . Let's be positive and say we will meet and enjoya good catch up conversation, enjoy your day. Irene

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SHIRLEY, that's the second time you've asked me about the rain, and I didn't answer... we've had too much, that's for sure, but no flooding. Luckily, our house is on a "rise" and the builders were very smart about how they placed the house and its drainage. However, when I go outside, all my plants are saying "enough already!!!" I still have about six small natives that I can't put into the ground because it's too wet. One of them is even starting to bloom. I am REALLY enjoying all the daylilies everywhere we go in Missouri. They are such a cheerful plant. They were native in Pennsylvania, too, and I remember driving down country roads and just seeing rows and rows of daylilies growing alongside the road.

ELLEN, so sorry about the pain. When this is all over, it should be worth it, though. Being up at 4 a.m. in pain is not a fun place to be.

About critters that bite: Texas mosquitos didn't touch me, but Missouri mosquitos do, in addition to the chiggers. I've been plagued by them the last week. My daughter and I weeded together outside for only about 20 minutes, and both of us have numerous chigger bites.

SERENA, I was going to ask the difference between deer fly and horse fly (which I remember from my Nebraska days). I would guess by Bonnie's answer that they are two different flies. We do have something like horse flies here that very persistently bombard us, but havent' bitten us yet. Maybe those are deer fly?

PATTI, sounds like you're very athletic. We have all the spectrum here, from really fit constant exercising women to those who can't for one reason or another. I used to walk a lot too, but our move to Missouri brought on asthma, and our neighborhood has only mild hills to walk in. You're always either walking up or down, which is great exercise but hard if you're not breathing well. Since my asthma symptoms are almost gone, I plan on trying to get out first thing in the morning for a small walk to see how it goes. I take my phone with its "Map My Walk" app which takes elevation into account . That way, I get credit for the huffing and puffing I do... more calories than just the step count would indicate.

KRYS, My mother had those floaters you're plagued with, and eventually surgery, which helped tremendously. Your explanation sounded like what she told me. I also loved the story of your daughter's despair in wanting children, and now... two at once!!! She took care of it very efficiently, didn't she!

Well, I'd best get ready for bed.

Hope you all sleep well tonight. emoticon

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Bonnie and Shirley. Those deer flies need to be wiped out! I used spray today and tested it on the mosquitos that did not even touch me. Not so when I took off with the dogs. Those flies loved me AND I forgot my hat. Our hike turned into a 10 minute total walk out and run back to the lodge. I have to get a fly mask and some spray for Max when I get back to the island.
Time to turn in. My eyes are starting to ache.
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Good afternoon team!

This is the 2nd “blah” day in a row, which is really affecting my mood – Too yucky to work outside, since we had 2” of rain last night and with no sun today, everything is still wet.

PATTI, I want to read more about your long distance walking, the distances etc. If you join our "New Month - New You" challenge and get 'credit" for all your walking minutes! A new challenge starts July 1st ! I hope you join us! Just look for the thread on our team page.

ELLEN, I’m glad you’re getting to use an exercycle that’s convenient for you. You’re really making fast progress! I hope you get through this post-op period quickly. It’s too bad you’re having the pain 2 hours before you can take the next dose of pain med. Don’t feel bad for one split second about “sharing” the story about your knee pain over the last few months. That’s what we’re HERE for, to give and get support at times like this. I hope each night gets better and better for you. Please take all the daytime naps you can, to catch up on your sleep.

ALLIE, Did you get all those horse fly bites while you were in the pool?! If so, the Y has to do something about that. You shouldn’t have to deal with that all the time.

JOYCE, It’s great to see you on here again. You’ve had a really rough couple of weeks. I’m so glad the worst is over for you.

IRENE, Our TV news networks are covering several “big” stories right now, including the situation in Tunisia. We’ve got the S.C. church shootings, the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, the NY prison escape and more. Never a dull moment-

SHIRLEY, About the mosquitoes really liking you- I’ve heard that they go after certain blood types. When we used to sit outside in FL, with Don’s sister and BIL, the BIL would be the only one getting bitten.

BONNIE, It’s reassuring to read that you’re getting all new tires. After the scare I had on I-95 with my tire last week, I got one new tire out of the deal. The other 3 are still in “good shape”, says Don.

CECILE, Val sure is mature for her age, with treating YOU to lunch and a smoothie. Kids her age usually have a sense of “entitlement” and don’t think they should have to pay for anything. She’s a keeper!

MARLENE, Please wish your DD and her family good luck with their flooding situation. I hope you enjoy your unexpected but very welcomed long visit from them. Wish Walt good luck as well with his ankle. I hope he’s better ASAP!

KRYS, You certainly are doubly blessed to have the new babies PLUS your other beautiful GD, Shekinah.
You’re a very lucky lady!

Have a great evening everyone!

Grace


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Good afternoon all!

finally a few minutes to catch up on all the messages. have been so busy watching the twin grandbabies last week, more than the usual 2 days cuz they were short handed at work so my daughter had to work extra, then I brought their dog home with me on Friday so they could go up north3 hour drive for the weekend so the other grandparents could see the babies. they don't get down here very often and I dogsit while they are up there.

and Saturday morning I woke up with all these little 'floaters" in my left eye. 1 big long one and thousands(it seemed) of little black dots floating in my eye. no matter where I looked all I saw were black dots. went to the doc and she sent me to an eye specialist cuz she was concerned if I had a retinal tear, then they would have done surgery right away. she said she couldn't see one and explained what it was, too long to explain fully but had to do with aging(of course-lol) and the gel like fluid behind the retinal that some times ruptures out. all in all about 5 hour long process.I go back in 3 weeks for a follow up unless it gets worse, then call her right away, she said it should slowly get better-hope so!! but these black spots are very annoying!

thank you to all who enjoyed the pix of the babies!! even after the 4 months they have been here now I still can't believe the miracle of their birth! I still remember vividly the conversation I had with my daughter about 2 months before she found out she was pregnant when she said that at 40 years old she had given up getting pregnant and she said to me(which all most broke my heart)-" Mom, I just think about when I get older and if my husband goes before me I will be all alone". she does have a brother who has a family and lots of cousins but no children in her life- and now she has twins-a boy and girl!! how Blessed we all are!!

Wednesday after I get done babysitting the twins I am going to my sons and stay with my granddaughter Shekinah for a few days. they live 2 hours away so I usually stay for a couple days when I go there, then she wants to come to my house sometime in July and help me babysit. she will be a big help to me, she is absolutely in love with Addison and Jackson!

enjoyed reading and catching up on all, we have some very busy people in this group!!

take care

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Good Morning, Team.

Rain is done but it is still a little grey out. Supposed to be a really nice day with relatively cool temps and sun. We will be going down to Lusby, MD in a couple hours to meet the family at a restaurant to celebrate Father's Day (belatedly). I know my FIL will be happy.

@Allie - Most of my cats have lived into their late teens and I've had to administer different pills for pain. I've never had to insert an IV though. That really must be hard. A couple of years ago my sister had 7 cats to deal with. 4 belonged to her son & his then girlfriend. A couple had health issues and others had food issues so she had a whole assortment of different foods she had to feed them (and keep them separated!!) I couldn't deal with that.

@Patti emoticon My name is Bonnie. DH & I live in Greenbelt, MD, close to DC.
My "children" consist of 2 cats and a horse. I board Mystery 1/2 hour drive away from me.
I'm 69 and retired in 2009. For the first few years I was on this team I tried hard to lose weight, exercise a lot, eat sparingly--but this year I've decided to take a more moderate approach and just be HAPPY. I still exercise & try to eat healthy but I'm trying not to fixate on my weight. The members of this team are really a nice group of ladies.

@Ellen - I'm sure you'll have your ups and downs as far as pain goes. You sound like you are dealing with it pretty well. You have us all behind you giving you a gentle push towards your goal.

@Shirley - I was able to give Katy her pill yesterday but I'm afraid as the days go on she is going to figure it out and start to hide from me!! We'll see how it goes.

@Serena - Oh the Deer Flies!! How my horse & I hate them. At least they stay in the woods and don't follow us out into the open. That area is "reserved" for those huge black flies and horse flies. Already this Spring/Summer I have been going through insect spray faster than ever!

Well I'd better get ready to go down to the Farmer's Mkt. before it's time for our trip today.
I think DH's brother & sister are going with us but neither of us has had any word from either from them.

Have a Wonderful Sunday.
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Happy Sunday Everyone -

Patti - I just visited your Spark Page and looked at your photos. What a lovely lady you are. I am very impressed with your walking. At one time I was a walker too, but sadly arthritis put a stop to it. We have some serious walkers on the team so you will have good company. I wish you well on your 10K walk.

Ellen - thanks so much for posting. I know it isn't easy for you right now.

Serena - good to see your post here. When I didn't see one on "Weight Loss Talk Etc." I didn't think we'd be hearing from you until you returned from the Lodge. Sorry the dear flies are ruining your walks/hikes.

Yvonne - I do hope all this flooding hasn't caused you problems. Our son works in Vandalia and he's had several days he couldn't get to work because of the flooding. He said he'd tell us more when we see him on Monday. * Thank you for your kinds words re Grace and me.

Marlene - It sounds like our weather has reached you. So sorry to hear that Barbara, Tom and the pups had to leave their house due to flooding. Glad they have you, and I do so hope their house and belongings will remain safe. * Thanks for the update on Walt. It is good know he is managing well. Having lots of help and attention doesn't hurt - smile.

Allie - glad to hear your bug bites are better. Let's hope they are all gone by the time you see your doctor. * I hope you got your paperwork done yesterday. I tend to procrastinate about such too. Not Good!

Cecile - I think it is great they've extended you PT, and that you are seeing positive results from it. * What a very nice thing for Val to do buying lunch for the two of us. You are right, "What a gal!"

Bonnie - I gather Katy took her pill(s) without too much protest. That is good news.

Make today a healthy and happy one -

Shirley

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Thank you all for the warm welcomes. The sun is shinning this am in Dayton OH and I am having my second cup of coffee before I get ready for my weekend walk in the park.

I spent ten years doing long distance walks and decided to retire from the sport at the end of last year. I have no idea how many miles I walked during that time but it had to be thousands. So now I walk in the park with my friend every weekend in the summer and do little walks that really interest me. I just couldn't give me the USAF marathon event to I registered for the 10K and plan to enjoy all the event of that day.

Time to get ready and check that my Garmin is charged up everyone have a wonderful day.

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It is 5:45 am and I had been up since 4 am. I iced my knees down but I am still hurting. I have to wait until 6 am before I can take my pain medication again. I am doing so well with my abilities; now if the pain will just go down.

Per the Internet and the hospital literature, this is normal.

Welcome to our new member! I am Ellen and live in the Kansas City metro. I had both knees replaced on June 10th and trying to recover. This poor team has had to listen to me whine about my knees since 2009. My goal is to weigh on July 1 and see what my goals will be.

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welcome Pelovely. I Am Serena and I live on Whidbey Island Washington most of the time and up in the mountains part time. I work full time as an emergency room social worker and am also a retired naval reserve officer. I have 3 grown daughters and one adopted son and a 13 yr old grandson. I love the outdoors and hike as much as possible with 2 papillons, 1 golden retriever and a giant size doberman puppy named Archie.

Ellen I am so glad you are doing well!

Dogs and I are up at the lodge this weekend. Jamie, Pixie and I went canoeing and fly fishing this morning. I picked up the fly fishing but those fish did not want anything to do with me! The wind picked up around 1100 and we had to really paddle against it to get back to the boat launch. We stopped on the way down the road at the creek to have lunch. Got back and took the dogs up the mountain hiking for 2 hours. The deer flies are out and I could not go any further. Instead of wearing my hat I was swinging it around my head. Even Elf was snapping at them. Tomorrow we will try to get out there around 0600 and maybe they will still be sleeping!!

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Welcome, Patti

I'm very curious about that walking event you were in with everyone in pink. Susan B. Komen walk? You all looked like you were having fun.

I'm Yvonne, also live in Missouri, about 45 minutes from Shirley. We met for lunch recently and both enjoyed putting a "face" to what we already knew about each other. My husband and I just moved here in July, and am enjoying a quiet woodland setting to live in. 'Course, we can't get outside and work in the yard 'cause it's all soggy. We have three children and 7 grandchildren, five of whom are the reason we moved here.... they're just down the highway about 40 miles from us. I love quilting, reading, gardening, and have a hard time leaving the computer alone.

emoticon to our team, made great by our leaders Shirley and Grace.

Good news from Team members Joyce and Ellen! So glad to hear you're both doing well. Ellen, I enjoyed looking at your legs.... smile. That little bike contraption looks handy.

Peggy, so sorry about your leak. We had one under our house in Texas and it causes major problems. Hope yours is fixed, and your husband takes care of his back.

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Good evening Team Sisters. We are getting a lot of rain all day so we are shocked in. Our daughter and her husband evacuated from their house. The creek is very close. Last week the water came up to the bottom step of the front porch. So they didn't take a chance this week.

Walt is doing pretty well with his ankle and the walker and he is being a good patient. It's nice to have the kids here, they are good company.

Ellen, I'm glad that you are doing well. That peddle machine is good. I've been thinking about getting something like that. I've had to give up using the recumbent bike it makes both of my knees hurt. The last few days I've been wearing a guard on both knees because I've doing the steps so often. Walt felt bad because he couldn't help bring up the groceries today. I managed to do it in two trips.
emoticon to our new member. I am Marlene from PA, married with two children and five grandchildren. I've been with this team for several years, the members are a fantastic group of ladies, very supportive.

Hope everyone is having a blessed weekend.

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Hi Patti, (I think that's your name. Please correct me if I'm wrong) Welcome to our team! I hope you enjoy our very supportive group! We will be looking forward to your posts!


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Hi -

I just wanted to drop in and welcome our newest member before I shut down for the day.

PELOVELY - emoticon We are most happy to have you join us, and that you've started posting right away. One request I would make however is that you sign your post with the name you like to be called, and you might tell us a little about yourself too.

I will start, I'm Shirley as you can see. I live with my husband and 12 year old Shih Tzu, Ivy, in suburban St. Louis Missouri. I'm the third oldest on this team at 81, but so far in spite of joint and back ailments am doing quite well. I have 2 children both married and with children of their own. I have three grandchildren - two in their 30s, both married, the youngest is just 7. I also have a great grandson almost 3.

Good night everyone. I hope everyone sleeps well.

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Good afternoon team:

Joyce: emoticon It sounds like you are progressing nicely.

Irene: It is raining cats and dogs here. It is much cooler and that is fine with me.

Shirley: My bug bites aren't itching as bad as they were yesterday. I have a doctors appt. on Tuesday and if the bites are still bothering me, I will have him or the nurse take a look at them.

Bonnie: I had a cat that lived until he was 17. Several years before he passed away, the vet told me the cat had kidney problems. I had to buy him special food and I had to give him an IV once or twice a day. That was not easy.

Cecile: It sounds like you are enjoying life.

Pelovely: emoticon

I knew it was going to rain most of the day so I got my workout in as early as possible. There was only one other person in the pool, so I had a nice leisurely swim. I walked on the treadmill very slowly. I sometimes have trouble keeping my balance. I do some exercises in the pool also, that help me with my balance.

I am staying in and getting some chores done around the house. I have a mountain of paperwork I have to attend to, and I have been procrastinating long enough.

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Hello Everyone I just joined the team today and am looking forward to chatting to you all on this new journey of mine to become a new me.

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Good afternoon everyone!

Nothing exciting happening at the moment. Val is working this afternoon. Yesterday, I went to pt and it went so well, much better than the last couple of times I went. It was supposed to end next week, but they told me I will be extended as they feel my legs are not strong enough yet. Works for me.

Yesterday afternoon Val and I went to The Source to buy batteries for the phones and ink for the printer. I have a telephone system that has four phones. When we got to the store, it was closed. What a curious feeling that was. Val found them on the internet and ordered the batteries and the ink. We should get them sometimes next week or the beginning of the week after.

I told the story about Jess at pt yesterday and they agreed with me that there is still good people out there.

I am planning on stripping my bed and washing it this afternoon. Val said she would help me make it up when she comes home from work.

Oh yes! Yesterday, she treated us to lunch. We went to this Shawarma restaurant and she bought 2 plates to go. They were so loaded that we had enough for lunch and supper. It was a nice change. Then she treated us to a smoothie from Booster Juice. What a gal!

Ellen and Joyce - I am so pleased to read that your recuperation is going so well!

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

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Good Morning, Team.

It has been raining through the night and looks like it is going to continue all day today. It is only 66 degrees outside so I've traded shorts for jeans. Tomorrow is supposed to be nice.

I gave Katy her first pill this AM and she was quite surprised. I've never had to give these 2 cats pills before but I have done it with other cats. I guess it will now be my daily routine!

DH is taking the Jeep to get 5 new tires today. He thinks the tires on it now are probably the "original" tires from 2010. One of them has a nail in it but the big head on it keeps air from leaking "or so I'm told"!! I have been a little nervous taking it anywhere since DH showed me the nail. I'll be glad to have that taken care of. DH doesn't want us to have a flat on our way to see my sister in Syracuse in a few weeks.

@Joyce & Ellen - You both seem to be making great progress after your surgeries. Keep doing what you are doing.

Everyone--Have a great day.
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Good Morning Everyone -

Irene - the shooting in Tunisia is all over our news too. Yes, it is terrible, as are beheadings and all the other madness in the world right now.

Joyce - thanks for the update. I'm glad you got such good reports from your doctor and that you are recovering so well.

Allie - how interesting that you've been to Greenfield Village also. They have lots of visitors, or at least they used to years back when I went, but I seldom run across anyone who's been there when I mention it. * Itching is so uncomfortable, I sure hope yours has stopped now. The only time I was bitten by a horse fly it hurt more than itched. But when younger the mosquitoes really liked me. They bit me when no one else seemed bothered. Now those bites really itched. * What a nice surprise about your fence. I had a like experience one time after a snow storm not too long after we moved into this house. I looked out and our drive was completely shoveled. To this day I don't know who the Good Samaritan was.

Peggy - yes the village is called Greenfield Village. It is my guess that you too have been there. * My goodness but your back surgery was a Big success. I'm impressed with the work you did.

Ellen - thank you for the tip about the bike. Would you ask your therapist what it is called and where they are sold, and I will see if I can find one. Glad to hear you are coming along well, but sorry to hear about the pain at night. That's got to be rough.

Grace - I hope all is going well with Melvin. It is obvious that you are being kept very busy these days.

Bonnie - so sorry to hear about Katy. Hurting all the time can certainly make one out of sorts (human or animal) as I'm sure most of us here know. Our little Ivy has to take pills for an ongoing skin condition. Like Katy she doesn't take pills well. Thankfully, my husband does this job.

Slimmer - glad to hear your eyes are better and that you are feeling better.

Wishing for everyone a most enjoyable weekend.

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Allie That's ironic that having a healthy swim then having to deal with insect bites afterwards .it sounds nasty .
It's a pleasant day weather wise in UK. We seldom have excessive heat,
I am watching TV news as I chat, the main news is of the shooting of tourists on a beach in .Tunisia , mainly Brits shot but all details are not known yet , it's terrible, ,
It's Armed Forces day today with parades. So security is high , we shall be home watching TV,
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Greetings to everyone,
I had my 2 week post op appointment with my surgeon today. I saw the x-Ray and there sure are a lot of metal screws and plates in my back. He said I was doing very and complimented me on being able to ambulate so well. He said it looked more like I was 6 weeks post instead of 2.5 weeks. That certainly gave me a lot of encouragement. He had me get a Doppler scan on my legs because my left foot is swelling. It was negative for blood clots so I will put the compression stockings back on. I guess you could say I am a happy girl

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