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5/29/15 11:38 A

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mornin'

Another beauitful day here, the rodhies are still blooming just outside my window and are so pretty. The sun is shining ' a day to lift anyone's spirits.

MY neighbor James put in a new sun light for yesterday afternoon, my how bright my living room looks now. now I have sun inside and out. He wouldn't let me pay him except for the window itself I am so blessed with that family for my neighbor. I sent his wife Beth a facebook message telling her I want to have them over for dinner and a movie soon as a thank you.

Yesterday was a very full day, for me Dr. came for a visit in the morning. I to teaching clinic, and all the doctors are residents with supervising teaching Physicians who always come in at the end of the visit. I like that that way I know i am getting good care , because they are up on the latest of every thing. Eaach resident has to make some house calls before they can graduate and I got be be one of her house calls this year. Actually I got a house call last year form the Dr who graduated lst year. Tthe sad thing is I only get to keep my doctors for a year because the work the clenic on thier last year. I have really liked bot of the young women and am and was sad to lose them,though I know they have suceded in their studies and must move on. Sad for me but I know that they have a bright future ahead of them.

Time to go I have another full day my friend Margaret is in town and we are going to meet some friends from church for lunc todwy. Have a really great day , and I will be back... E emoticon

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Bonnie - I grew up Southern Baptist and changed to the Episcopal Church in my very early 20s. The music in the Episcopal church has been more like the Catholic Church, and where I loved the hymns of the Baptist Church that I grew up with, I've very much liked that music too. Unfortunately, many Episcopal and Catholic churches have gone from traditional hymns to Praise Music. Now I like Praise Music, but I much prefer the music I grew up with and the music of both the Catholic and Episcopal churches that they had up until maybe the last 20 years for worship. * I hope the Anbesol helps your tongue. I've tried such in the past and I seemed to do as well just riding it out. Such sure hurts so I'm sure you are eager to have it well. * Strange about your Magnolia Tree. I've never tried to grow one, but I do love them. I hope yours makes it. It sounds like that tree is like the beautiful Plum that I once had - always creating a mess of one kind or another.

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Good Early Afternoon, Team.

It has been gray and cool all morning and rain is predicted for about 1PM.

@Grace - Thanks for the suggestion of getting some Orajel. I ended up getting Anbesol because it was a little cheaper but it seems to work the same way. I still have pain when I eat anything. It is getting better each day.
So sorry about Melvin's leg. I hope it heals fast. I know he is going to miss all of the places that you usually take him.

@Yvonne - The only other "critters" that I can think would take your suet would be raccoons and maybe crows. Could you make a "muddy" area under the suet and then see if you get any "footprints"? I'm sure a bear would leave some.

I thought we might be losing our magnolia tree. We've babied it the whole 35 years we've lived here through broken limbs and harsh winters. All of the leaves this Spring turned brown on the edges and fell at a fast rate. Looking at the tree it did look a little "sickly". But now green leaves are replacing the brown and it is perking up. DH wouldn't mind if it died as he hates the way it sheds leaves all year. But I have grown attached to it so I'm happy that it is looking better.

There is a much larger one across the street and the lady who used to live there called the city to have it cut down because she hated having the leaves fall all of the time. They wouldn't do it because the tree was perfectly healthy. I'm glad.

DH is funny. The funeral service yesterday for his best friend's wife was a Catholic mass. DH is Catholic but hasn't been to church on a regular basis for many years. I asked him how it was and he said it didn't feel like a Catholic service. He said "The songs sounded like PROTESTANT songs" (Whatever that means!). Change is so hard for him to grasp--and he admits it. Maybe I should have gone. I'm Protestant and I always feel a little uncomfortable in a Catholic church. But DH went immediately to a truck show in York, PA and I was comfortable in missing that! He had a great time there and I had a nice time home alone!

I hope everyone has a great day.
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Good Morning Everyone -

You've heard me talk lots about allergies recently, and a few others have joined me on this. Last night on the cable news station I watch they did a segment on how bad allergies have been this year all over the country. One contributor even joked about an allergy tsunami. I don't think he was far from wrong from what I am hearing.

Elise - sorry about the 4 lb. gain. Perhaps it will be temporary and will leave as fast as it came. This is especially true if you are not over eating to compensate for feeling poorly which is something many of us tend to do if we aren't careful. We've been having quite a bit of rain too. The poor weather people I don't think can tell what it is going on, as the sun is out part of the day, and then all of a sudden the sky clouds over and we get a downpour, and then the sun appears again. We turned our irrigation system on in April and have only run it once since.

Slimmer - it sounds like I'm not the only one with a snake phobia. That was quite a story you told about that Mamba. I understand the Green Mambas are quite poisonous while the black ones aren't.

Yvonne - I think I mentioned once before about my dream over the past 50+ years of living in St. Louis - this is when we were still young enough to do such - of buying one of those beautiful old homes in the Shaw's Gardens area, Central West End, or Clayton and having it refurbished. The floor plans are so lovely in some of them with gorgeous woodwork. We never felt we had the money to do so, and to tell you the truth I think it was more my dream than my husband. He used to talk about living in one of the high rises right down town if we had the money - smile. * What a gift your father-in-law's stories. I would think living in the Louisiana bayou would be a unique experience. However with my aversion to snakes perhaps that wouldn't be a good idea. We lived in Mississippi when I was preschool age near a bayou, and I think that is where my fear of snakes began. You spoke of 15 year olds today - I think of the kids running off to join ISIS, or the ones out killing for no good reason (as if there were a good reason), and the list goes on. Our children today are so privileged and spoiled and many haven't been taught the basics of working hard to get ahead, respect for themselves and others, etc. I think there is much to be said about living when our parents were young. It is hard to imagine a 15 year old having to support or help support a family, but I've heard many such stories. My dad was one of 10 living children, his mother gave birth to 13. I have no idea when he started making his own living, but he only had a 7th grade formal education. He was a hard worker and smart. He went on to provide a good life for his family, was a 1st Lt. and then Captain in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and started several successful businesses in his lifetime. These children were born into a working family, sometimes farming, in the South. All the children did very well in life. As said, there is much to be said for growing up back then. * As for walking - yep I know what you are talking about. Missouri is quite hilly and a beautiful state. We don't have much flat land unless you are close to one of the rivers. * Are you getting any Hummingbirds? My feeder has been out for two weeks and nary a one. * Hm-m - that is one tall pole that supports that bird feeder. However, squirrels could easily jump from your roof to the feeder. How on earth do you get to that feeder to fill it?

Grace - it is good to see that you supported my advice to Allie. The people who do studies dealing with overweight people and other eating disorders have found that most people tend to "underestimate" what they are eating rather than the opposite. I'm pretty good at eyeballing how much I am eating, but every now and again I will underestimate. Weighing and measuring Everything we eat is the Only sure way to know what we are consuming. Yes, this is work and can be boring, but it works. * Walking speeds - I think I would have enjoyed being a runner, and evidently did lots of running growing up, but as an older adult (not old but older) I was told that due to my legs I should never run for exercise. I used to pass up joggers during my track walking days. I loved walking fast. As we age we Must listen to our bodies and adjust if we don't want problems. Yep, we can have problems even when we do listen and adjust, but when that happens at least we know we've done the best we can to avoid them. * I may have it all wrong concerning Irene, but it is my understanding from her posts it is her son Mike (that is living with them temporarily) that wants to buy the bungalow, not Maurice and Irene. I think they are most happy in their apartment.

Marlene - from your accounts I just love where Barbara lives. I'm glad to hear that your brother's birthday celebration was such a success. Glad too to hear your toe is getting well.

Allie - it sounds like you've got a good plan for losing weight. I've used food scales for years and don't know what I'd do without them. They are good for more than just using them for weight loss. * This is Really Good news about the Y and you being able to avoid the steps. * Yesterday I had a very large salad with shrimp. Fish and a salad is good eating in my book - smile. I've long thought that if I didn't have to cook for my husband that I might return to my once slim and trim self - smile. No I'm not suggesting I want to be rid of my husband, just saying I would eat much differently.

Cecile - for getting into relaxation mode, I have two suggestions. One is a guided meditation. You don't have someone to guide you through it, but you can do it yourself. Imagine yourself someplace that you've been to that you loved and it was relaxing. As an example, for me it is a large lake in upper Michigan. Settle in in your mind there. I use this technique often if I'm uptight at the dentist, or any other place where I need to get my mind away from what I'm experiencing. Another technique which is used in yoga, is to start relaxing by relaxing just one part of your body at a time, first your toes, then your feet, then your ankles and so on. Be sure you've slowed your breathing as you mentioned in your post. Hope this helps. Wish I could be there to talk you through it until you get the hang of it. * It does help to have someone help when we are trying on clothes. Most stores here the sales people no longer do this, but at one time - when I really didn't need them - they did. I wonder sometimes if having to try on clothes is one of the deterrents for me wanting to clothes shop any longer. It does sound like you've had a couple very good days, and that is definitely a good thing.

Serena - enjoy your time on the boat. I do hope it gives you some relief from your allergies.

Have a nice day everyone -


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Good morning fellow SS!!!!!!!

Today was WI--I gained 4 pounds(YIKES!!!!!!!) & my BP was up!!!!!!!!! It must be because of this lousy cold!!!!!!! Today is grocery shopping & maybe talk a walk--it's supposed to be a beautiful day!!!!!!! This WE they say it will rain so I'm staying in & try to get rid of this cold.

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Yvonne... that snake pic was taken in the snake house at the zoo... and they are all behind glass... BUT... I always keep looking on the floor and in the corners for the one that got away!

When I was at the zoo maybe in Chicago??? somewhere up there .. I was in a snake house and they had chairs.. so I sat and rested... I was the only visitor in the pretty large room... then one of the workers behind the tanks decided to clean the Green Momba snake and .. he actually took it out of the tank and held it in the air... it is very pencil thin and long..

I could have died.. I just didn't move.. I was like 15 ft away... I had read that they are a Very Aggressive Snake and will attackkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!! ..for no reason... So thinking if that thing got away it was coming for me since I was out front and I was sure the guy would drop it forward and not in the back... I still cringe thinking about that...!!!!!!!!!! Yuck!!!!!!!

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SLIMMER, I love your snake picture! My husband would be running, not stopping to take a picture. LOL! He’s deathly afraid of them. For some reason, I’d already seen your dragon on a cup, which is my favorite. Have you put it into Pinterest? I think that’s where I saw it.

ELISE, hope your cold is better by now.

IRENE, I too saw your picture in Facebook. I love seeing “then and now” pictures. Congratulations to being one of the marriages that lasted. Your roast chicken meal sounds good. We WILL be watching this space! Sounds like you’ve got a good plan with the house that needs fixing. That’s our preference, too, if you can find someone good to do the work. We bought one that’s “perfect” because we knew we couldn’t do any work on it. We’re concentrating on improving the outside, which is within our skill level.

SHIRLEY, your mentioning a porch causes me to reminisce about my husband’s parents. They lived in Louisiana, in a tiny “bayou” house, with a screened porch, and only window air conditioners (called “swamp coolers”) At night we’d turn the lights off and sit outside on the porch and talk over the sounds of the fans. The summer before he died, Jay’s dad told us stories we’d never heard before. One was about him at the age of 15, moving into town and working for the only income his family was getting. Fifteen! Isn’t that amazing, when you look at the lives of most 15-yr. olds today.

GRACE, had to laugh when I read about you doing “hill repeats.” I’m doing the same… for different reason. If I start gasping too much from my asthma, I turn around and walk a little back down hill to recover. I love my Android app called “Map my Walk.” It not only records accurately the walk, but the elevation, and tells you the difference between the lowest and the highest. It also more accurately records the calories burned, because it takes into account the harder walk up and down hills. The roads around our house are all going either up or down… no level ground. They’re not steep, but they are harder to walk. I’m so sorry about your brother. How lucky that you were in Connecticut. You are my example for being of service to others.

Yesterday I took a meal to friends that are new parents, but I haven’t done anything for anyone else in a long time. I’m trying to improve that part of my life.

ELAINE, I like the Garth Brook song in your message. I’ve never heard that song before. Good thoughts.

SERENA, I always enjoy hearing about your animals, especially since we don’t have any right now. Our suet has been disappearing from our bird feeders, and something knocked to the ground both our hummingbird feeders. Jay has been working on our bird feeders to thwart the animals, and we thought we’d solved the problem with dryer pipe bolted around the pole (we’ve seen squirrels just fall down off it) This morning all four suet holders were empty, and now we’ve heard there’s a black bear in the area, and are wondering if that’s the culprit. It has to be something that’s jumping up about 7 feet and reaching the feeders.

ALLIE, I had a bit of a shock when I checked into Spark People today, too. I just broke my streak of 90 minutes of exercise a week. I knew I’d been slack lately, but that really showed me HOW slack. It was a 37 week streak, and now I have to start over again.

Cecile, I have the same trouble you do with blanking out my mind. I’ll try concentrating on my breathing, or just relaxing my muscles and the first thing I know, I’m planning what I’m going to do next. It still does relax me, too.

MARLENE, glad your toe is better. Epsom salts can be a miracle treatment, and it’s been around for generations. Hope you had fun at the birthday celebration.

ELLEN, love hearing about your Toastmasters experiences. My dad belonged to Toastmasters, and I still remember him practicing “the word of the week.” Do they still do that?

We had a fun day today; drove two hours away and bought a second hand composter and went to a Missouri Wildflower nursery that has only native plants. While they weren’t labeled as herbs, I recognized some of them as being medicinal plants. I walked up and down the aisles of plants, totally absorbed, while Jay took advantage of their porch swing under a canopy. Then we had a salad at Paneras and came home. We drove home along a two lane road, avoiding the highway. Missouri is breathtakingly beautiful this time of year. So green, and flowers everywhere! I think I bought about 15 plants. Now I actually have to get them in the ground!!!

Yvonne


I took this when Jay was trying to fix the pole against squirrels. You can see how tall it is... Jay is 6 ft. tall. That's why we're so puzzled about what is getting the suet. Any suggestions besides the black bear?


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Good evening team!

Thank you to all of you for the get well wishes for Melvin. His lower leg is in a cast since he broke his fibula which is the narrower non weight bearing bone in the calf. He'll still need to be in a wheel chair for a while.
I had planned to go to the gym and grocery shopping yesterday but spent so long at the hospital that I just came right home after I got Melvin settled back in his NH.

MARLENE, Thank God your toe is getting better. Toe infections can take a long time to heal because blood circulation in the feet is not as efficient as it is in other parts of the body.
The lodge sounds fantastic and I’m sure your brother enjoyed his party there.

ALLIE, That will be great if you can stay around 1200 calories. I’m not disciplined enough to eat less than 1600. You will surely lose weight if you eat 1200 calories AND exercise like you are. One other hint for keep your calories down is measuring all your food. That’s one good habit that I have. I don’t trust “guesstamation” because it leads to “portion distortion”. (smile)

CECILE, PT can be so wonderful. I loved the PT I had last summer. After you’ve done the relaxation a few more times, you may be able to empty your mind a little better. It may take a little practice.
It sounds like you’re having a great week with the lunch out with friends and shopping with your “personal shopper”. Good for you for not letting the crappy weather get to you!

SERENA, I’m glad you’re getting away from all the pollen to the open water.
It sounds like your dogs can give you quite a workout. You need a vacation after trying to walk them around.

SHIRLEY, Yes, walking and running down a hill can be very hard on the joints. I can see why you decided to move to a track for your workouts. I’m impressed with the speed you used to walk. I’m doing about 3.5 mph now but used to do around 4 -4.5 mph. I never walked as fast as you used to walk. When I was runner my speed was around 6 mph. That was 20 years and as many pounds ago. (smile)

ELISE, It sounds like you need some chicken soup and hot toddy. I hope you’re feeling better ASAP!

ELLEN, Did the doctor’s office ever call you back? Sometimes they wait until the end of the day to return calls.

IRENE, Is the decision to move a sudden one? Is somebody suggesting that this would be a good idea? When we first came back to CT, we were talking about moving into a lower maintenance house but decided to stay put. It’s so much work moving and re-settling. I’m sure your family will be very helpful with that.

BONNIE, How is your tongue feeling today?

Tomorrow will be another busy day for me. Early in the day, we’re having company. Then I have visit Melvin, go to the gym and grocery shopping.

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Hello Team Sisters. I just set up my art project so this will be short. My toe looks better today. I am continuing the Epson salt soaks and I have 5 more days of the antibiotic. I think that will be sufficient.

Grace, I am so sorry to hear about Melvin ' s accident. Thank goodness you are there for him. I hope it is a clean break and hope it heals nicely.

My brother was very pleased with his birthday party. There was 8 of us and because Barbara's house is small she prepared everything and took it to the lodge. We ate at the big table and chatted in the comfortable chairs. It is a nice room with a buffalo head, a bear skin and several
trout mounted on the walls. There's a bunk room that sleeps 8, 2 bathrooms and a full kitchen. There is a long deck outside the great room just a few feet from the creek. A very nice setup.

I was supposed to go with a friend to see a musical in Lancaster tomorrow but I just don't trust going with my bad toe. Cellulitis is not to be taken lightly. My brother has been hospitalized twice with it in his legs.

Ellen, isn't it annoying dealing with the staff in the front office at a doctor? I have that happen with my lung doctor.

Cecile, it is good to hear you are getting out shopping and especially nice that you were lunching with friends.

Allie, I hope you finally get some peace and quiet to enjoy your backyard. Good luck with counting calaries and getting your workouts.

Must get to my painting.

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Good afternoon team:

Elise: I hope you feel better.

Grace: I am so sorry to hear about Melvin. It must have been very comforting to him that you were there for him. I don't know what he would do without you.

Shirley: I am shooting for 1,200 calories a day and if I go over a little bit that is okay. I am going to buy a small scale to weigh my food. I did swim at the Y and I came in the first floor entrance. My ID card worked fine and I was able to avoid the steps. I need to buy a lock to put on the locker while I am swimming.

Irene: In case I forgot: Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday. Good luck with your house search. It sounds exciting.

Serena: Have fun sailing. I love going out on the water in a boat but I have never had the nerve to try sailing.

Cecile: Your lunch sounded lovely. It looks like you got some good deals when you went shopping.

I went to the grocery store and picked up healthy foods. I had fish and a nice salad for lunch.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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Good afternoon team sisters.

I just now checked my calendar and I see I missed Irene`s birthday and wedding anniversary. I am so sorry and I do apologize. I hope you had two wonderful days.

I am loving my pt more and more. This Tuesday, I spent close to two hours with the nurse. She did an extensive questionnaire re my health issues. It was so interesting the time passed very quickly. She, like everyone else, is very nice. By the time we were done, it was time for the relaxation period. I told Val I have trouble with that. I cannot seem to empty my mind. It goes all over the place but I do rest my body.

The weather does not seem to be able to make up its mind. One day it`s warm like Summer the next it`s Winter. It has been raining off and on all week. Very depressing. Yesterday, I visited the nurse to get my feet looked after. I mentioned my diabetes and she said I did not mention it the last time I was there. I has been added to my file. I told her that the nurse/nutritionist was very happy when I told her I was seeing a nurse to clip my nails. Apparently it is one of the recommendations.

I had lunch with two friends yesterday. One I had not seen since André`s funeral. We had a jolly time. We nearly closed the restaurant. It closes at 2 p.m. It`s only opened for breakfast and lunch. The friends know the owner and she came over for a while. She is very friendly. I had been in that restaurant many years ago. It has changed and it looks much better.

Today, Val and I went clothes shopping at Pennington. The shorts and capris were two for one. I had a lot of fun. The manager could not figure what Val was doing there since she is off today but then she saw me and that explained the presence. It was fun having my own personal dresser. Val did help a bit in the store though. The manager was a bit pressed at one time as a few ladies came in all at once. The other sales lady was busy with two or three ladies and since I was trying on the clothes, Val was asked to help. Being who Val is, she accepted with pleasure.

At the moment, I am sure Val is asleep. She went to her room after lunch to digest before doing the chore in the basement. I haven`t seen her since and it is very quiet in there. If she is asleep, it must be because she needs it.

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

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colds and allergies and everything else. It's a beautiful spring and many of us are sick! I am done with these sniffles. I had planned to head back up and hibernate at the lodge this weekend but instead I am heading away from all growing above ground plant life and pollen and out to open water. This time I am going sailing for the whole weekend with some of my Visalus group.
Archie's other family is keeping him and my room mate is keeping Elf, Zen and Pixie. I have 5 days off with the change of schedule that happened over these last 2 weeks. I actually have 11 hours in overtime by working back to back weekends and that is after the day I took off sick.

Everything seems to be upside down this morning. The dogs woke me up and refused to allow me to go back to sleep. Zen has HUGE paws that plopped on my cheek when his nose didn't work. Archie was a barking fool and Pixie kept getting off the bed and asking to be picked back up. I came downstairs to let them out and feed them and then started some gardening and took pictures of all of the beauty. Even my fish are up at the top of the pond near the flowers and are not diving for the shadows. They got their picture taken also! I had this idea that maybe they like the new flowers then my room mate made the comment that maybe the flowers have drawn some bugs and the bugs are drawing Sushi and Fin!
I need to get back upstairs and get ready for work. The bird is not going to want off my shoulder and frankly I would rather be sitting on the porch with the bird. I just filled the humming bird feeder and maybe we could even draw some hummers to the front!
I hope all of us start to feel better. Have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend everyone

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Grace-I hope Melvin feels better soon!!!!! My thoughts are with you!!!!!

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Grace - I am so sorry to hear of Melvin's accident. I know you are happy that you are back in Connecticut, and I know it had to have helped Melvin through this having you looking after him. I can only hope that he heals fast and well. * The pork was delicious. I will email my daughter-in-law today and get her to send me the cauliflower salad recipe. I would like to have it too. * Did you know that going down hills is supposedly harder than going up? When I used to walk the streets, I had to pull a very long and steep hill just to get out of our condo. Yep... it was a tricky thing to get up when it was ice or snow packed. I also had several steep inclines to walk on my route besides. I could do them well, but it wasn't easy, and this was one of the reasons I left the streets for the school track.

Elise - sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. Being sick - minor illness or a major one - is no fun. There seems to be a number of our team members not feeling well right now. I do hope you will be feeling better soon.

Allie - your handyman is a very determined soul. Happy to hear you got your fence up, and that it survived the wind and storm. * Weighing, measuring everything you eat and tracking it and its calories will insure you lose weight. Exercise will help this process along by revving up your metabolism and burning some extra calories, but you won't lose much weight if you don't keep your calorie intake low. One time when I was using The Zone weight loss plan my doctor asked me what I was doing to lose so much weight and I told him. He smiled and said that isn't much food. I smiled back and said, it takes eating very little food for me to lose weight. If wondering, I was eating 1200 calories a day, some days a little more but never over 1400. During the years I fitness walked I was walking no less than 2 miles a day and not more than 4, at very brisk speeds - no less than 3.5 mph - no more than just under 5 mph, other than normal weight ups and downs I neither lost or gained, and I was eating normally. * I hope you can get your swim in today. I know how much you enjoy those. * What an awful experience you had at the pool the other day. I don't know why the lifeguard didn't release that lane rope to begin with when he saw you were in trouble. Young people just have no concept of what problems older people can have and try to conceal. If it is any consolation - not only could I not climb over those ropes any longer, I wouldn't be able to climb one of those ladders.

Ellen - it sounds like your husband's new pain doctor has more patients than he can handle, and a badly managed office. I have very little patience for such - good doctor or not. Did they ever call you back?

Marlene - glad to hear the Epsom salts is helping your toe. Since this is sandal weather, that should help it too. * I hope your brother enjoyed his birthday party.

Irene - I hate when I wake up at 3. For some reason at that particular time I have an awful time getting back to sleep. I know this sounds weird, but it does happen to me, and now I'm hearing you have the same problem. * About the bungalow - when buying an older house it has always made good sense to me if you can buy it cheaply enough, to hire your own contractor and have it refurbished just the way you want it before you move in, instead of buying a pre-owned house that is in good condition, you pay top dollar, but don't like the colors, appliances or whatever. I know Mike wants his own place, but he has the perfect situation to do this.

Elaine - what good news about Lena. Yes, I remember well the problems. * I agree - you have had a very hard time this past year. I too hope the doctor can make sure you don't go through that again.

Bonnie - as one who has a mouth full of crowns, and many of the existing ones have been replaced, you should have never been put through what you were. Any nick on our gums or tongue is extremely painful. I used to get mouth ulcers/canker sores a lot and they were very painful. I've just bitten my tongue for some reason and had it hurt for days. Sorry you are having to go through this.

Have a good day everyone -

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Good morning team! We had a bad day yesterday. My 81 year old mentally handicapped brother, Melvin, fell and broke his leg. I'm so thankful that I was not in FL when this happened so I was able to be with him in the ER for the 6 hours that the ordeal took. He likes me to take him to Dunkin Donuts for his tea and to watch a few trains go by but that won't be happening any time soon, nor will I be able to take him to ride the carousel at the park.
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Good morning fellow SS!!!!!!!

Sorry but I've haven't been feeling too good--I have a cold. I hate summer colds!!!! emoticon so I've been staying in for the last few days & eating soup, eggs, toast-mainly soft foods. I'll try to post when I can.

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Good evening team;

My handyman and his younger brother came over just as the storm hit. They were determined to get the privacy fence up and they did. We all got soaked and there were some really strong winds for a little bit.

I am going to enjoy my backyard paradise. The people were working next door and I could hear them mumbling under their breath. I don't think they like the looks of the fence, but they will get over it.

I have been keeping track of what I have eaten today. I need to keep drinking liquids for the rest of the evening so I don't go over my calorie limit.

I never got to the Y or the outdoor pool but I will definitely swim tomorrow. I know I will not be able to get this weight off if I don't exercise as much as possible.

I hope everyone is having a good evening.

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I have been trying to make an appointment with my DH's new pain doctor for two days. I call and they say they are busy with other patients. I stayed on the line waiting and finally, the recorded message says to leave my name and phone number. I did that at ten o'clock and they still have not called me back. I expect that with medical staff, but the receptionist ???

If they do not call by 3 o'clock, I will try again. Our retiring primary physician who was handling his pain management, said to call soon so he could get in. I have more patience than my DH with this type thing. My only thing is that I would like to chat with my sisters but don't won't to miss the call.

I had Toastmasters this morning and had to do triple duty since several members could not attend. I think I messed up a few things, but I know the challenge was good for my brain. There was an article in the Toastmasters magazine about a member that was 100 years old. I guess you can do this until you drop dead. emoticon

Marlene - so good to hear that you are improving with the Epsom salt. I can remember my mother using that for our infections.

Allie - you are being very SMART to plan ahead for the treats at the pool. I have read that this is a big secret in weight loss.

Bonnie- I have never had the dentist nick my tongue! That sounds painful!!

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Good morning Team Sisters. My toe is improving, the Epsom salt is drawing out the bad stuff.

We are going to our DD today. My DB has been wanting to see where they live, his S/dil are taking them up. It is Bob's 86th BD and we will have a little celebration.

Must get moving. Everyone have a great day.

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Good morning team:

i just went over my fitness records and I had not been swimming since May 3rd. No wonder I found it challenging when I was swimming yesterday. It had been over 3 weeks since I was in the pool. I am going to enjoy being outside in the pool during the summer. It gets me away from the house ,but I am going to have to try very hard to avoid the snack bar. I will take plenty of fluids with me to the pool and healthy food.

It is getting ready to rain and I hate to have to go inside. I have been spoiled with all this great weather we have been having.

I hope everyone has a good day.

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A 5 am start today, I woke at 3 then couldn't sleep again.
It's decision day re moving. We are going to have a good look at the bungalow that's for sale , it needs a complete refurbishment ,new bathroom, and kitchen ,decor through out and carpets but it's structurally sound. Nothing is perfect of course and a house move is a major event any time particularly at our age , so there's a lot to consider. Our son Ian plans to take a builder friend there to estimate cost of updating it , the house is at a reasonable price to allow for work needed,
Thank you for anniversary greetings, we had a special meal and wine last evening Three of us, our son Mike practically lives with us now,
Tomorrow he is taking us out some where and we will have a lunch out then. Have a good day . Irene

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Good evening Ladies

I finally have a little bit of time to write a quick post. Things are going ok here Lena is still working every day and trying to safe enough money for an apartment, housing is so expensive these days it is hard for a single young woman to make it on her won.. I am not in a hurry for her to move out this time she is doing so much better now, As hard as it was the tough love worked for us I am amazed at how far she has come in the past year or so.

Kat has a new part time job at least for the summer if she can handle it. She is working for a friend who has his won landscaping business.

I have a Dr appointment in the morning, she wants to do some blood work my thyroid is still out of whack, I am feeling ok but we don't want a relapse of what I went through last summer. I am sure once we gets the meds adjusted every thing will be ok.

Allie I am so sorry about your humiliating at the pool but someday you may look back and giggle a little about such things. I think we all find ourselves in those embarrassing situations as we get older and our bodies refuse to act as young and agile as we once were.

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Good evening team!

ALLIE, I can relate to your embarrassment at the pool. I got “stuck” on a machine at the gym last year and needed a couple of people to help me get up. I’m just wondering why the life guard waited so long to do the most obvious thing, temporarily removing the rope. I’m surprised that your knees are still stiff from the shots. I had no stiffness after I got the shot in my hip. I guess knees are different.

BONNIE, I’m glad to see you posting. I was worried about you. I’m sorry the dentist nicked your tongue, like getting the crown wasn’t trauma enough. You can use Orajel on your tongue.
That’s too bad about your DH’s best friend’s wife. I agree with you that there’s more to the story than lack of exercise. If that were true most of the people in this country would be dead. Exercisers are in the minority unfortunately.
Have fun “playing in the dirt”. You’re smart to pace yourself.

SHIRLEY, What a treat your son brought you! I don’t even know how to smoke pork. I would LOVE that recipe for faux potato salad. I guess I could find it on “All Recipes”

SLIMMER, Good luck with the I-Pad contest! If it goes by how many books you read this summer, you’re sure to win it!

ELISE, You may be suffering from allergies. Every time I go outside I start sneezing and coughing.

YVONNE, Good for you for doing the hills on your walk. I stop at the top of a steep hill and turn around to walk where it stays flatter. In my “youth” 20 or 30 years ago, I used to do what’s called “hill repeats” which means running up and down a hill several times. I’m not that crazy anymore. I won’t even walk up and down the hill once now.


ELLEN, It won’t be long now before you get your new knees!! I think it’s exciting to look forward to pain free mobility.
I have also written Melvin’s name on the outside of his clothes and they still disappear. It’s SO aggravating. Last year I bought him 2 pairs of maroon velour PJs. BOTH pairs of the pj pants got “lost”. I can’t make too much of a fuss because I once caught Melvin throwing his clothes in the TRASH instead of the hamper!

MARLENE, I hope your toe gets better ASAP. Infections on the feet are nothing to mess around with. Good luck with that!

It’s my bedtime so I’m sorry that I didn’t get to respond to all the posts.

I hope everyone has a good night!



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Good evening team:

I had a humbling day to say the least. First, I went bathing suit shopping. Needless to say it wasn't the highlight of my day.

Second, I went swimming in the outside pool. I was doing okay until it was time to get out. I never put my face underwater when I swim and I could not get over the ropes in the pool. My legs are still stiff from my cortisone shots. Two men tried to help me out of the pool. One was pulling me up and the other one was hoisting me up from behind. I got so embarrassed and I couldn't make it over the side. Finally one of the life guards undid one of the lane ropes and I swam to the nearest ladder. I can laugh about it now, thank heavens.

I know I definitely need to lose some weight. I have to make my mind up, make a plan and move forward. I think I am depressed and I have been overeating. I am determined to get at least 10 or 20 pounds off by the end of the summer. I don't think that it an unrealistic goal.

My handyman is coming over tomorrow afternoon and he is putting the fence up. I am going to so love my privacy.

I hope everyone is having a good evening.

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Good Evening, Team.

This has been one really busy month for me and things haven't slowed down yet!!

This AM I had to go to the dentist to get a temporary crown. When Dr. Jay gave me Novocaine he nicked my tongue with the needle. Now that the numbness has worn off, my tongue is really hurting. Even with Novocaine the procedure for taking off the old crown and getting things ready for the temporary one really hurt. I tried to be brave! Dr. Jay kept saying "Are we having fun yet"? I told him, "When you tell me you are DONE, that is when the fun will begin"!

The wife of DH's best friend died Sunday night. It was expected but the doctors thought she'd live until the end of the year. She was 74 and her brain had been "dying" for several years now. She had diabetes and the doctors said her problems were due to not exercising. I think there may be more to it than that!

I bought a lot of annuals at the garden center last week and started planting them today. I worked for over an hour getting the soil ready, adding compost, raking, planting, watering.
Only got one bed in the backyard finished but I'm pooped and the rest will have to wait for another day.

I hope everyone had a great day.
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Slimmer - thanks for straightening me out about the pictures. You are not only doing well with painting but also photography. Way To Go! Since I paint so slowly, I most always photographed what I wanted to paint, and then did my paintings from the photo. The composition and color in both those pictures are phenomenal. Although I have a phobia (of sorts) about snakes it doesn't keep me from appreciating their beauty, grace and agility

My son brought over our dinner, and we've just finished it. He'd smoked pork yesterday and he brought some of that for me; grilled a brat for his dad since he doesn't like most pork except ham on occasion, bacon a great deal, and a bit of sausage. My DIL made faux potato salad with cauliflower which was really good.

Shutting my computer down for the day. May we all have a most enjoyable evening and sleep well.

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Hola! I hear thunder and that bad line of weather is coming this way??? It is grey out and 78

Went to the library and ordered another 27 or so books. The contest for an IPad starts June 1.. that would be nice to win... I'd get one entry per book and maybe movie watched.

Went to PO and got my art entry in!

Shirley... Thanks.. the sunrise ..is a Photo not a painting and so is the Snake a photo... I'm reading so much.. I'm not doing painting I will be taking it in the Fall

I thought the shot of the snake was a great picture. The color of the snake was that yellow and the rock walls had a lot of rust color in it and the room had an amber rose color to it. I could just see that foot or so of snake hanging on the wall... it looked more abstract than snake. I hope to do this pic in pastels and acrylic in the fall. I could see people putting this on their wall.. where they would Never put a snake pic up. I don't like snake either... but it is beautiful.. it is a ric til ian python... it is as thick as my leg!!!

Starting to read The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.. a very entertaining trilogy book.. I've not seen the movies on these books.

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Irene - your post and Grace's sneaked in under mine somehow. After I posted the posts under mine started with Elise's post. Strange! I almost missed wishing you a Happy Anniversary. I remembered yesterday that it was today, and then when I posted completely forgot. As you can see I edited my first post - smile. I saw your wedding picture on Facebook, what a handsome couple you were, and still are for that matter. I hope you both have a very enjoyable day - 64 years married is definitely something to celebrate, and as you alluded to, I wonder how many of the younger generation will be able to say this. I had a priest to call his children's generation (they were not quite a generation behind mine) the throw away generation. You don't try to fix anything - just throw it away and get something new. Granted not all marriages work no matter how hard a person tries to keep it together. My son was married once before too. * Houses all on one level in the States are usually referred to as "ranch style". I've heard the term bungalow used too, especially when I was young, and it seems that there is a difference between the two but it was minor.

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Good Morning Everyone -

emoticon emoticon HAPPY ANNIVERSARY IRENE & MAURICE emoticon emoticon

I hope that everyone survived the holiday weekend and had a good time.

Elise - sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. There seems to be a lot of that going around right now. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your weekend.

Slimmer - it is a Very rainy morning here too. If that first picture is what I think it is, it is excellent, but with my aversion to snakes it causes me to have the heebie-jeebies. Excellent painting. The landscape your did to me is your best work, although that snake is amazing. * I can't imagine reading so many books in such a short period of time. You must be a very fast reader. I tend to read slowly and savor every word. * Good luck with your virtual rat. I'm a big lover of animals of all kinds, and where I don't have an aversion to rats like I do snakes, I definitely don't want to be around them. White rats are supposed to make great pets, but not for me.

Ellen - I SO AGREE with you about a day to honor our (I guess we can lump them together and call them) first responders. I don't know what we would do without these brave people. The only time we seem to hear about these people is when something bad can be reported about them, it seems. We've heard hours and hours on the news about protestors and bad mouthing police officers for trying to do their jobs. Did these few police officers cross the line and use excessive force to do their job, that is for you and the courts to decide. But on Facebook a friend posted an article about a California State Patrolman that did amazing things to save a man in a traffic accident. Unfortunately, we hear far too little about these brave people, just about the ones that is wrong or perceived as wrong. So yes... I so agree we need a day to honor them too. * From your story about your BIL and his mother, I guess all these care facilities must be about the same. I just wish I didn't live so far away from my brother so that I could look after him - I'm not talking bringing him into my home as I couldn't handle that. He is 6' 5" and heavy (the last time I saw him) But if I lived close to where he is I could oversee his care. * I loved your story about your one time neighbor blasting her noisy neighbor with classical music. I've felt like doing that to some people whose car was blasting with rock music so bad that the bass made me feel my car rock. I don't envy you keeping up that acre of land you live on, but I sure would like to live on 1+ acres of land.

Marlene - like Ellen, I think I'd very much enjoy a sun room. We had a big screened in porch on our house in New Jersey. It was shaded by huge century old oak trees. It is the one and only time we've had such and I so loved that porch. * I hope your toe is doing much better today.

Make today a happy and healthy one -

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Many thanks for good wishes and a goodie ,64 years married , not many make it now.
We were reminiscing or I was and trying to remind M of our wedding,
What a different life style then,
We had 6 off spring . 4 of them divorced ! That's life .
I am doing a roast chicken meal tonight , with our son Mike ,
Tomorrow we are going to look at a one storey house that's for sale! We say bungalows , I am not sure what you call a one level house? It's just come out of the blue, it may or may not mean a move ,
Watch this space, a lot going on now, thank you again. Irene

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Good morning fellow SS!!!!!!!!!

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

I think I got another cold(sore throat, runny nose & cough)!!!! emoticon

Otherwise, the WE was very quiet. We watched TV, ate, read & did some puzzles. Today 'm staying in most of the day but I may sit outside for awhile.

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I fixed the link... I realized Don't put in the http etc etc...

Now you should be able to get to their pages and surf around them.

..we are getting a lot of rain coming through now... I see a state away are all the tornados and bad weather.. sure hope it does not come this way!

Oh...... I FINISHED PUTTING IN MY ART ENTRY I put in the three pieces

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ELLEN, that tea at the Empress was one of my first experiences with high tea. And they do it something fancy there.... a wonderful experience. I "drug" my husband and 12 year son there, and they liked it so well, we did it again on the way back from our trip (we were doing a B & B tour of Canada). I know my husband did it mainly for me, but he and Ryan loved the food so much it was a treat for them as well. When we first got off the ferry at the empress, there was a bagpiper playing as we climbed the stairs. A memorable experience; one that I can still see vividly.

Since then, he has arranged for my daughter and I to have tea in several other places... Denver, Dallas, Philadelphia, and even a small little shop in Nebraska. The latter wasn't as fancy as the other ones, but still very enjoyable. Our daughter is now carrying that tradition to her own daughters, and takes them there for their birthday or some special occasion.

I finally took a walk today, very slowly, but I'm so glad I got out. Breathing pretty heavily on the crest of the hills, but never felt like I was doing too much. My hope is that the asthma and heavy breathing will lessen if I get more fit and lose some weight. Right now, though, I'm just happy I broke my 3-day streak of no exercise!

SLIMMER, I tried to follow that link and got a blank page. I've heard of dogs who could smell cancer, but not rats. I'm an animal lover, but not sure I could "love" a rat. So glad you got some reading done. I just started a fantasy book that I'm reading because my son gave it 5 stars. I like fantasy, but this book has so many characters introduced so fast in the story and all of them have weird names.... I'm having trouble keeping up with it so far.

I'm reading all of Ellis Peters books, both the Brother Cadfael series and the Inspector George Felse ones. I'm finding I like the Felse books a little better, but they're all very engaging.

ALLIE, I certainly hope that house sells and you get some good neighbors out of all this trouble. That house has been an annoyance to you for far too long!



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Hola! Cloudy today then rain at 5 now through night.

I have read 14 books in the past 3 days! In the past month I have ordered over 60 and only have 7 that have not come in.

I can breathe pretty good.. this is not allergies but left overs from this cold I got.

..getting closer to the dizzy thing.. thinking it is the chicken in the box meals.. it starts and stops real odd.. mostly I only notice it when I first lay down or first roll to my right.. Got my crystals out of whack for sure.

Almost have enough umph.. to fill out the Call for Artists... a juried show from Atlanta Women's Pen group which I think is like a National thing... got bummed out because a photo I wanted to enter.. needs a touch up I don't have a tool anywhere for.. but just saw it also will take 3D items.. so one photo and maybe my Lizard Pitcher... and something else.. it is $30.00 to TRY and enter 3 things.. this is the art show with the $1000, $300, $200, $100 etc prizes

...now all I have to do is also get my sugar down to normal for my eye exam.. can't get it any sooner until it is down the appointment is July 2

oh... I ADOPTED a RAT.... it is a virtual rat.. Herorats... they are trained huge rats that can SNIFF out land mines and TB.. and maybe someday Cancer! It will be born in 2 wks and in 2.5 months I can pick if it finds TB or the mines.. they also will give me a report of a real rat and what he finds... Sounds like something if I lived in these countries I would like someone to help with.. it costs $7600 to train one of the rats... I always think .. Except for the Grace of God go I... this is something I can do... they were big in the news check them out at above Link

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emoticon This is a day of remembrance of those who lost their lives in the military this Memorial Day. I have been thinking we need a day to honor those who risk their lives in our police, FBI and fire fighting forces. I think about how lucky we are to have those who dedicate their lives to saving others.

On the knee replacement timeframe, I understand my surgeon to say that I should expect a 20 year life on them. I am sure that each individual is different but this is the reason that I put it off as long as I could. I figure I will be lucky to live another 20 years. The problem I had on Saturday disappeared yesterday and today. I wonder if it was related to the storm that was coming in that night.

Grace – my BIL got sick of his mother’s clothes disappearing at the nursing home, so he took a black permanent marker and wrote her name on the OUTSIDE of her clothes in the back. She never left the nursing home and could not see it, but then no one would want to steal her marked up clothes. When my mother was in rehab at one place, they throw away her partials that were in a tissue on her bathroom vanity in her private room. My sisters threw such a fit that the rehab center went 50/50 on the replacements. Since my sisters know a lot of people in the city, I think the rehab city was afraid it might run their reputation if they did not do something.

Yvonne- my sister had “high tea” at the Victorian Empress hotel in Victoria, Canada. I remember visiting the lobby of the hotel when we were there, but we did not stay in Victoria since we are on our way to Vancouver, Canada that day. She said it was really fancy. Her Texas 6’3” cowboy husband went with her and seemed to enjoy it also.

Allie – I have found the best way to deal with noise next door is go in the house and shut the doors, turn on a fan, and either the TV or loud music. I had a neighbor years ago whose son played horrible rock music with terrible words. One day, I put some classical music on my stereo and turned it up just as loud. Of course, we have fewer problems now that we live on an acre.

Marlene- I envy you with having a sun room. Can you grow tropical plants in it?

I enjoy everyone’s posts whether short or long!

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Greetings on this beautiful Memorial Day. We are spending our time in the sun room. DD/SIL and the dogs are coming.

A few days ago the big toe on my L foot started to itch. Yesterday it was inflamed and very swollen. I went to a urgent care facility. I have an infection in the nail bed. The PA gave me antibiotics and told me to soak in Epson salts. What's weird it doesn't hurt.

Must go our family just arrived.

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Allie - I don't know what the answer is for the house next door to you. In order to refurbish it they are going to make noise with hammers, power tools, etc. But although I understand this, as I'm sure you do too, all that noise would be driving us a bit buggie too, and like your patience, ours would be running really thin about now. As you said you've been putting up with one aggravation after the other with that property for far too long. What a nightmare!

Hang in there -

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Good morning team:

I am doing a little research on Longwood Gardens in case I do go there with my grandson. They have a scooter I can rent and it cost $25.00. The last time I was there I walked but I know I will need the scooter this time. They give you a driving test and it is on a first come first serve basis.

I finally got a good nights sleep last night. I think my knees are starting to settle down a little.

The people are next door hammering away. I was watching TV last night and I noticed the woman two doors down was in the yard next door. The neighbor and her son were looking in all the windows trying to see what they have done with the house next door. I don't have any interest in seeing the house next door, not after all the aggravation I have been through. I understand someone bought the house and they are fixing it up to sell it. The problem is they have been very unprofessional and inconsiderate for months and I have had enough.

My outdoor pool is open today and I might take a ride over there. I am sure the water won't be warm enough yet but it would be nice to get away from the hammering, etc.


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emoticon emoticon HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!! emoticon emoticon

May we all take a minute today to thank God for all those who gave their lives so that we can live in peace, comfort and freedom.

Good Morning Everyone -

I hope that everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend.

Cecile - you do enjoy your front porch don't you, and I think that is great. There is an older couple that lives a few blocks from me that when going out the subdivision entrance near them I will see them enjoying sitting on their porch too. Their yard is always so beautiful, and at Christmas it is decorated tastefully, but Lots of decorations. An interesting aside - we almost bought the house across the street from them. I liked the floor plan better than the house we bought, but the basement had some issues that bothered us. However, this house looked absolutely perfect, and it has been far from that. * Your PT - I'm glad it is working for you. I would think those exercises you do in or on your bed you wouldn't need a chair. I guess what I'm saying is that the exercises I know you do on a bed are like floor exercises so I can't imagine needing a chair. Let us know what you find out. * Today is laundry day for me too.

Grace - the rehab center where my brother is lost his glasses. I don't think I mentioned this before, but if I did I apologize in advance for repeating myself. Now my brother can't walk, is bed ridden, so you know he's not the one who lost those glasses. The home says they aren't responsible for the loss of personal items. Now you tell me why not? It's not like the man could have lost those glasses on his own. If he'd broken them, now that's another story, but for someone who has no mobility or very little, how on earth could he be responsible for losing those glasses. It is a shame that Melvin's clothes go missing. * Oh my but you do have a busy day with lots of driving. Please take care of your back. And on that subject - I hope Don's back is better.

Yvonne - is that is the Tea Room you were telling me about. You and I will definitely have to go there sometime. I'm not much for hot tea, but I think I'd love the experience. Love the name of that tea that you bought - "Naughty Vicar" - smile My brain just kicked in. When you mentioned this when we met for lunch, I told you I didn't know where the botanical garden was - thinking you must be talking about something at Bush Wildlife or something in that Washington area. I see by the address you are talking about Shaw's Gardens where the Climatron is. Of course that is the botanical gardens, but I wasn't even thinking of them. I haven't been to the Gardens or that area in many years, so heaven knows what is there any longer. In the years we've lived in St. Louis I've always thought I'd like to live in that area in one of those beautiful old homes. * Sneezing - what you say makes sense. We all carry germs all the time, so I guess it stands to reason if we sneeze we would be spreading germs. * Interesting question you posed to Irene regarding high tea. I'm looking forward to her answer. *What an interesting little guy in the picture you posted! I love turtles. * As for your "long" post, I enjoyed it - smile.

Allie - you do seem to enjoy your grandsons and they seem to enjoy their visits with you. When we lived in New Jersey we had a Dairy Queen not too far from our house, and it was always a special treat when we'd walk down there. At the time my daughter was 9 and my son was 4. *Your thinking about knee replacement is very much like mine.

Elaine - it is really nice having you post again - long posts or short ones. And as always glad to hear that all is going well with you and your girls.

Have a good day and a good week ahead everyone.
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Good morning everyone!

Today I spent a good long time on the front porch. It was warm Monday and Tuesday but after that it felt as if Winter has come back. Today Spring came back!! I was saying my rosary in the house. I turn the rocking chair to look outside. I feel closer to nature that way.

I love the physio. They gave me exercises to do at home but I need to speak with them before I even try them. One is supposed to be in bed to stretch the muscles before I get up. I think they made a mistake because I need a chair. We shall see what they say on Tuesday.

Later on I am doing laundry. That will entail a lot of going up and down. I kind of look forward to it.

Friday I finished the afghan I was doing for Jess. It is put away until Christmas. I am kind of anxious to see what she thinks of it.

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

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Good evening team! This will be a quick post. I had a pretty busy day today. Now that my back is feeling better I'm getting more yard work done. We paid a neighbor to pick up our leaves while we were away. He did the lawn but none of the flower beds, so now I have to pick the junk out of the beds carefully so I don't break any flower stalks.
The other thing that took up a lot of my time today, is getting Melvin's(special brother) summer clothes "inventoried" and taking pictures of them with my cell phone. They'll still disappear from the NH anyways, so I'm really wasting my time making lists and taking pics.
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Longwood Gardens used to be on my "bucket list" but I forgot about it. When I worked with the Senior Citizens, many years ago, and one of my jobs was to plan their trips, we ALMOST went there but it would have been an overnight trip and I don't think there was enough interest to fill the bus.

Tomorrow will be another busy day for me. I have to drive over to pick up Melvin (30 minutes) then drive to my son's (another 30 minutes) for a picnic and do the whole trip in the reverse direction after the picnic.

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ALLIE, we used to drive right past Longwood Gardens on our way to church. Love that place. It only cost $1 each when we lived there..... long time ago. Are the purple beeches still flanking the entry way? We planted one in our yard in King of Prussia, but it didn't survive.

SHIRLEY, It's called the London Tea Room, and it's very near the Botanical Gardens. 3128 Morganford Rd., St. Louis 63116. My daughter and I both bought tea, a house blend called "The Naughty Vicar." Doesn't that make you curious? DD had it for our tea, and we all voted it the best tasting. The owner is from England, has that wonderful accent, and had shortbread cookies (with tea leaves in them) and other pastries. The "smell jars" alone are worth going there--just a fun place to go.

On sneezing: my understanding is that whenever you sneeze you're spreading germs whether you have a cold or not. They're always in our bodies, and we may be immune to our own germs (doesn't that sound special!!!), but may not be to others. I used to always "catch" my sneezes, but then couldn't shake hands with anyone. I like the new method of sneezing into the crook of your elbow.

IRENE, the tea shop I mentioned earlier had about 30 different varieties, from green and white to black and oolong, including quite a few herbal teas, which of course are not teas at all, but tisanes or infusions. They had one they said was the type daily consumed in England. What do you call it? I think of Lipton tea as being American "ordinary" tea, which is a blend of a lot of different teas. And I've had "high tea" explained to me as simply a tea break with sandwiches or small h'orderves. Is that how you describe high tea? I'm curious about whether we're getting the same "picture" you would see.

And another question for you.... I'm listening to an audio tape about herbal medicine, and one of the people interviewed owns a pharmaceutical in London that dispenses properly researched herbal medicines. Have you ever been to a shop like that? I'm very grateful for modern medicine, but suspect that minor ailments are much better treated by the more gentle herbal remedies.

Hope no one is sorry I'm back with another loooonnnngg message!

Yvonne

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Here's a recent visitor to our driveway. The "garbage" is from our trees, and one of the sources of pollen that makes me sneeze.

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Good afternoon team:

My grandsons came over yesterday and rode their bikes for several hours. I have a long driveway and it is perfect for them. We had a little picnic outside and then we went to Dairy Queen for ice cream. The boys stayed overnight and I loved babying the both of them.

I had a problem with leg cramps during the night I think it is a side effect from the cortisone injections.

My grandsons Mother just picked them up about an hour ago and they are going to the beach. My youngest grandson wants me to go to Longwood Gardens with him when they go on their school trip. I know I can rent a motor-rized cart to get around in and that will make it easier for me.

My sister had both her knees replaced, my friend had one of her knees replaced and my SIL had one of her knees replaced. I know more about knee replacement then I ever really wanted to know. At least I know it is an option if I find I can not walk at all. Right now I am just taking it one day at a time.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend.

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Good Sunday morning

A quick post before I get ready for church this morning. the girls are still sleeping Kat will be getting up and ready for church soonm and Lena soon afterworda to to go to work.

kat will be starting a new job in the morning working with a landscaper in the area. I am not sure that will work but we will see, my daughter is a bit of a whimp.

Well girls I know this i is short but I truely have little to say this morning. Me who is usally a non stop talker, Guess maybe my fingers don't work as my mouth LOL. Gotta get ready to go have a really great day and God bless... E





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Happy Sunday Everyone -

Irene - that is what I heard too for the life expectancy of knee replacement. * If you can find real cranberry juice and not just a cranberry flavored drink as we find mostly in our stores, this "could" work for him. I know cranberry juice (the real stuff, not the watered down version) is recommended to avoid UTIs. Thanks for explaining about the barley cordial. Oh my... but most of the time I feel very much as you do about doctors. It is my thinking that it isn't lack of knowledge that keeps them from treating us properly, but lack of interest. All they are interested in is getting patients in and out, but have no (or little) interest in "really" trying to find out what is causing them problems, or what problems they may have that they aren't sharing. We had a TV show here at one time called, "House" - the lead doctor's name. He was a son-of-a-gun, but a brilliant diagnostician. He worked with a team of brilliant doctors each excelling in one area of medicine or the other. It was amazing what they discovered about their patients that the patient had no idea was a problem for them yet improved their health and lives. Of course as I saw them putting these patients through all of these high priced tests I couldn't even imagine what their hospital bill was or how they could pay for it all - insurance or no insurance.

Yvonne - where did you, your daughter and granddaughter go for High Tea? I've always wanted to experience one, but never have. Don't worry about the pound you gained, it will disappear quickly. I've seen my weight jump up 3 pounds in a day for no good reason. * The descriptions of your house sound so beautiful. * It is really good to see your post this morning. You've been missed.

Grace - hurting is the pits, and back aches in particular. Glad you are feeling better, and I hope Don will be also in the near future. * I just read what you said about making friends, and you know I guess you've described me too. I truly like people and enjoy their company, but I've reached the point where I'm most comfortable just doing my thing at home. This isn't good, as it has been proven that we are healthier and happier when we interact with others. I truly enjoy when I go out with my few friends; however, sometimes I just groan over the thought of needing to get dressed and go out. Once there I have a very good time. Strange, huh? * Drinking water - I drink much, much more than a cup during the evening. As I've said often, I drink lots of water every day. * Knee problems - I guess they can be hereditary just like anything else, but neither my mother or dad had them. Mother died several months before her 77th birthday, and Daddy walked with a walker about the last 5 years of his life, but that was because he became unsteady on his feet, and that could have been caused by the edema in his legs. I never heard him complain once about his knees or back ---- or anything else for that matter - smile.

Serena - thanks for explaining that acronym. I've heard of course about congestive heart failure, but had never heard it referred to by using initials. * As Grace mentioned, your sniffles could be allergies, and allergies aren't "catching" - smile. However when a person coughs, sneezes or blows their noses everyone assumes they are spreading germs.

Ellen - restaurant food tends to bring in a LOT of calories, and this is partially because the servings (most time although not always) are big enough for 2 or more meals. I'll bet it wasn't your salad that had so many calories but the dressing. It is rare that I leave a restaurant without half my meal. * For what it is worth I can get pains like you experienced in my left leg. Sometimes I get a feeling like someone has stuck a screwdriver in my calf too. Weird! Weird! I need to be carrying my cane more than I do also. * From what you said here about what that book says about healthcare is right on target from my understanding. Not for profit hospitals like the one where my daughter works takes care of the indigent people and the government isn't very good about paying the hospitals to do so. The poor sometimes milk the system too which doesn't help with costs.

Slimmer - it is good to see your post. Thanks for checking in. My husband and I are having coughing spells like you describe. Our problems are seasonal allergies as far as we can tell. Our coughs with the same clear mucous as you describe is coming from our sinuses. I've had two chest x-rays in the past 3 months or so, and they both are clear. This being said, if you are running a fever you may want to be checked out by a doctor. At any rate I hope you are feeling better soon, as it is no fun feeling badly all the time.

Peggy - you've mentioned that market before and it sounds amazing. Are you getting homegrown tomatoes there already? I can't wait for them to start appearing here. It is July before they mature here, but we get Arkansas tomatoes a bit earlier which are quite good. I plan to make the effort to get to the Farmers Market this year and see if I can get some just off the vine tomatoes.

Have a good day everyone -

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

We are entering the last week of another Challenge - May 2015 Challenge. This Challenge will end on Sunday, May 31st. The June Challenge will begin on Monday, June 1st and will end on Tuesday, June 30th! If you know you will be joining the June Challenge, or if you've been a Challenge member and don't plan to return in June I'd appreciate knowing that too as soon as you can. Please post this on the "New Month-New Me!" Challenge thread.

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

If you've never done a Challenge - the Guidelines are on our team home page (Please Do Not Post There as it is for information only), but briefly - you will need to give me your weight as of June 1st. Keep up with your exercise minutes beginning June 1st, and then on the following Monday 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 Tuesday, June 30th.

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

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Morning everyone Just watching News on TV. Ireland voting rto legalise gay marriage is main news .a bit of a surprise in a Cathlic country, I am not opening up a right or wrong discussion, just surprised Ireland is the first country to vote yes,
Knee replacements , I was told they lasted about 10 to 15 years , mine is in that time scale, I really don't want another now, I can cope .
Cordial is a concentrated drink. Lemon and barley was suggested for my husband , luckily he likes it, also cranberry juice,
I do agree Shirley it's all common sense really. I think it's all platttitudes so patients think doctor are doing something to help.
have a good day . Irene

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Just checking in, with apologies for being MIA lately. This has been a busy week, with going to our daughter's house twice, going to St. Louis for "high tea" with my daughter and granddaughter.... gained 1.2 lbs. in one day! Yikes!!! I'm sure it'll go right back down again, since I've eaten way less today.

Jay is repainting the "times" post for our church building, so he's been busy also. He also used the weed whacker on my path to the mail box, so now with the forest floor all green, here's the brown leaf covered curvy path through it. I makes me feel good just to look out there. I say "forest," even though it really doesn't qualify, being only about 50 yards deep, but that helps you see the picture better.

I've also been quilting a lot lately, listening to "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" on audio tape. Love to read and sew at the same time.

Grace, so glad you made it Ct. safely, and nice to see you and Shirley with your thoughtful posts to everyone. I've got to go to bed now, but hope to get back and talk more.

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Good evening team.! We had a sunny but “cool” day. It was in the upper 50s this morning so I skipped my walk. I did plant some tomatoes this afternoon. My back is feeling a little better but Don is still hurting. I feel so bad for him.

SERENA, It sounds like you’re having major pollen issues. I guess we have to go on a deep sea cruise to get away from the nasty stuff.

ELLEN, The pain you described sounds just like sciatica pain to me. I hope that it leaves and never comes back!
I’m glad you had fun a t your son’s house. Why do these events always seem to involve lots of calories?
My “problem” with making friends is I’m really not interested in doing so, because I have Don. Plus, I’m kind of reclusive and really don’t like going out “with the girls”. I’m happiest at home.
About the cost of health care and meds in this country – I believe that as long as special interest lobbyists are running the show, it will never change but only get worse. I’m thankful that we are pretty much taken care of because Don is a 24 year Navy Vet. And I’m also grateful that my special brother, Melvin, has been on Medicaid all his life and all his health care is free.

SLIMMER, It’s good to hear from you! As I said to Serena, it seems like high pollen counts are messing everybody up. We had pollen falling like snow a few days ago and everything is covered with a green dust. When I went outside this afternoon, I started coughing and couldn’t stop for a while. I guess my lungs adjusted to the junk after a while since I finally stopped coughing. I hope you’re feeling better soon.

SHIRLEY, I have the same experience as you with regards to drinking after a certain time of the day. I take my pills with a full cup of water before I go to bed. I thought if I took my pills in the middle afternoon with all that water, that I wouldn’t have to get up during the night, but it didn’t make any difference. I still had to get up.
About having friends – It seems like we are in the same “boat”. I keep thinking I’ll make “friends” if and when I end up alone. As long as I have Don, I don’t need them.

IRENE, I’m sorry that your knees are bothering you. I don’t know how long replacements are supposed to last. Knee problems can “run in families”. Don’s ex wife had bad knee problems and all 5 of their children also have knee problems. Don has never had problems with his knees.
Maurice’s urinary problem is pretty common in older men. Don takes Flomax every night for that problem. I guess part of the cause is enlarged prostate glands.

I’m sorry if I forgot anybody. Please forgive me! I’m signing off for the night.
I hope everybody has (or had) a good sleep.

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Just tried to read through stuff I had not read before.
Yvonne, CHF is congestive heart failure. Just read your question!! Sorry it was such a long time for a response.
Reading about our medical system and the failures and the costs I wonder why as people we don't turn to something else? The talk I went to about Dr. Dzugan and treating the whole person seems so rational and he has such success. I should be getting a call from them on Tuesday and look forward to having some questions answered. I want to get the blood work done just to see where my chemistry is off.
I need to take a look at my census. I am trying to stay away from patients with my sniffles and so far I have been doing an excellent job of hiding in my office. Hopefully it will stay this way.

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We had a wonderful time with our grandson and his girlfriend at dinner. I just wished I had checked the calorie counts on the dishes before we got there. My son’s dish turned out to be 1,340 calories and my “salad” was 700. Ouch!!

I am having the weirdest thing going on with my left leg. I start walking sometime this morning and I had this pain so intense from my hip through my leg that I to reach for my crutch to hold myself up. I literally cannot support myself when this happens. I know we have big rain in the forecast for tonight, but….. I guess carrying my cane everywhere will now be required. I am better this afternoon so who knows? Needless to say, I have done little today.

Slimmer – just continue to read and rest! You certainly had a bad spell. I must admit I enjoy your posts so much that I will miss them, but take care!

Grace – I guess we have to just continue to make friends as we go through life. I must admit that my phone never rings unless it is one of my sisters and usually just on rare occasions. I have to reach out to them usually. My Bible Study friends never call so I could disappear and they probably would not notice. We have not been in our neighbors’ homes and we have lived here almost 19 years. We had one couple in Fort Worth and since he died and she has made new friends, I doubt she will ever come back to see us.

Shirley – I just finished a book called, “The Bitter Pill” which was on America’s healthcare system. Basically, the author goes through the history of how America ended up with such a broken healthcare system compared to even South Korea. He also talks about the powerful lobbyist in Congress that prevents regulation to keep the costs down. The author seemed to like big hospitals that can reduce the costs through better care and economies of scale. I talked to my retiring physician about the book and his comment was, “Is healthcare a right or a privilege? Currently, we say it is a privilege because if you have to be rich enough to pay for preventative care. But then if the poor or uninsured turn up at the emergency room, we take care of them so that don’t die which makes healthcare a right. Of course the hospital and doctors have so absorb the cost of the emergency care which often could have been cheaper with preventative care. Then all of us have to cover those higher costs. ” He seems to think a voucher system so everyone could buy insurance would be better. I had never thought about it that way. He is of the same hospital system as my orthopedic surgeon.

Irene- so much is going on in your life right now that I am so sorry about you feeling weakness in your knees.

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Hola...

...just taking it easy... coughing and spitting trying to clear out my lungs.. I had forgotten what a pain it is to clear out the lungs.. I thought the 3 or so days of fever were enough to go through... I have not had a real cold for a long time...

I'm not running any races.. I've nothing I have to do... so I am just reading like crazy

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Happy Saturday to all

Here in Phoenix, we have what is called Market on the Move (MOM), for $10 you get 60 pounds of produce. We were there before 7 this morning and got unlimited amount of assorted squashes, cukes, red peppers and 15 tomatoes. Also 3 bags of chips. We share this with Tom's son and his family. I am going to make Southwestern Stewed Tomatoes tomorrow.

About doctors, Allie you are very lucky with yours. I am going to try a new medical group called Optum for seniors. Going to the Orientation when they set up the appointment. We are not happy with the way our current doctor gives a yearly exam.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Irene - sometimes I think doctors all get their information from the same source as we do, and thus find it strange they have to spend so many years in high priced medical schools in order to be certified. I'm saying this half joking of course. Not drinking anything after 7 pm is so standard, I was told this when my son had a bed-wetting problem as a very little boy. I can't do that, and I told my doctor this up front when he gave me that canned advice about having to go so much during the night. And quite frankly, I can't remember it helping my son's problem either. Now I seldom consume caffeine anything any longer, and I take cranberry supplements daily and I still have a problem. I've never heard of a barley cordial. What is that? I'm not telling you this to discourage you, but so you won't be too disappointed if you don't see a change in Maurice doing all these things. Who knows, they may work for him. And... I sincerely hope it will help him. * I hadn't realized you'd had knee replacement. I was told long ago that such doesn't last for only so many years, and then it must be done again. Many of us, as you well know reading posts suffer from knee and/or back problems, and can sympathize with you.

Serena - I hope you are feeling better today. Allergies have been bad here this year too.

Allie - what a fantastic relationship you have with your orthopedist. It is no wonder that you are willing to drive an hour and a half to see him and his wife. You are right, few of us will ever experience such with our doctors. * Your relationship with your grandsons is Very Special too. What a gift for not only grandmother but grandsons too - not to mention their parents having you to take them so often.

Grace - believe it or not June 18th will be here before you know it. I do hope that the PT helps you. * As mentioned before, I have few friends any longer where I used to have many. My oldest friends, two are deceased, another couple in Michigan and another in Springfield, MO I'm hearing less and less from. Unfortunately, this is what happens. When I hear of people getting together with elementary school classmates I'm in awe. That must be so nice. Yes, I feel most blessed to still have the friend I lunched with this week. She's 20 years younger than I am. We met at church, and she was my VBS coordinator for several years. With such a gap in age, I feel blessed that she still wants to hang out with me - smile. As said, not being involved in church work or any other organization any longer, I don't really have a means of making new friends. * As for getting your groove back - smile, I think you are doing well to be bouncing back so quickly, and I hope sitting on those bleacher seats last night didn't do your back in.

Ellen - I hope you had a nice dinner with your family last night. * Don't you wonder sometimes why it is that we pay the big bucks for health care? Remember when the doctor had me get an echo cardiogram and a second chest x-ray. I can't believe all the paper work coming in for those AND what they charged for those two simple procedures - no special equipment. It is mind boggling. I'm glad that you called about your appointment. An aside but something similar are lack of service. It used to be that when I got my six month fasting blood tests, I was sent a print out of the results. Now they no longer do that. You are to get that on website through the hospital. This is all well and good, except sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. When I said something to the doctor about the website didn't recognize either my username or password most of the time, he didn't agree with me, but said enough that it lead me to believe that he has the same problem. My daughter is in hospital management so I have learned just a smidgen about hospital operational problems; however, this being said, if their IT people can't make this system work then they should get rid of it and go back to the old ways of doing things.

Peggy - LOL - I was hoping that was the case with your critters. You have such a very pretty pool and its landscaped so pretty that it'd be a shame if the critters kept you from enjoying it.

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

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Hello on Friday I am doing some quick e mailing in my coffee break I multi talks!
I have been reading your news, knees news in particular , they seem a weakness in our family. I had total knee replacement maybe. 12 years ago, now the bone at the side of the knee joint is troubling be me, I did tell my doctor I don't want to go for x ray yet only to be told I need a new knee joint, I am avoiding hospital for as long as I can, I can cope though not walk very well.
My husband M has pains in both his knees. Our son Mike also has knee troubles while his son Dan had to leave the army as his knees gave out on his doing a hill climb with a full pack on his back.
Had another medical event this week for Maurice but I have to go everywhere he goes, this was re waterworks, Input and output of urine basically and why he needs to go so urgently so frequently, , he's had all the tests and is ok generally. Suggestions were made re less caffeine drinks ,to drink lemonade and barley cordial also cranberry juice . More drinks over the day but none after 7 pm. So I am trying to follow all the instructions now.
Have a good weekend Irene

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allergies have knocked me on my rear. Left work after about 30 minutes. Got a whole lot done that I have procrastinated but not everything I wanted.
The social worker who believes the extra help is just for her assessments used to be in banking. She got her social work degree at age 60 and is very business focused. She will grumble but the other two will be trying with me since she shoes no skills in training!
I am going to take a nap

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Good evening team:

The so called workers next door stayed over there from 6AM to 8PM tonight. It is amazing what you get used to when you don't have any choice.

I have been resting and keeping my legs up as much as possible. I have to give the cortisone a chance to do it's job.

I mentioned the ortho was concerned about my vision along with problems with my knees. I have been going to this particular doctor so long that the doctor is concerned about my overall health not just my knees. The doctors' wife works as the receptionist/nurse and the husband is the doctor. When I show up for my appointments the wife and I talk about our families etc. So, when I go there for an appointment it isn't the same as when I just go to my MD. These people are very special people and you don't find that much anymore. They both know I have been struggling to function since my car accident and they were really concerned about my overall health.

I will see my grandsons tomorrow and they will stay overnight with me. I can't wait to see them. The boys are getting old enough that they don't demand to much of me, if I am not up to it. We are all just glad to see each other and to be together.

I hope everyone has a good weekend.

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ELLEN, I understand about being proactive. In FL, I told my PC doctor that I wanted x-rays and a cortisone shot in my hip. She never would have done anything if I hadn't asked her to give me the referral. Now, I'm doing the same thing here in CT. My ortho doc is booked until 6/18, so I called my PC and told her I need an appointment ASAP for a referral for PT, so I have an appointment for next week. The therapy worked well for me last summer so I'm hoping for the same results this summer, on my middle back. Meanwhile, I'll still keep the ortho appointment on 6/18.
Have a great time visiting your family!


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This will have to be short, since we need to change clothes and go to meet our grandson and his girl friend at my son's house. They are spending the week-end with my son and we are taking all of them out to dinner tonight.

Here is a good example of the importance of being pro-active: I was encouraged to take a 2 hour class at the hospital on my knee replacements about 2 weeks before my surgery. The letter said Christy would call to arrange my reservation, but it also gave her number. The classes are only on Friday's. I decided yesterday to call because I thought the time was getting short and I really wanted to take the class. Sure enough, Christy was so GLAD I did because she just received my information yesterday morning and was going to have to call me since she did not have time to send out the invitation and me reply back. So, I am set up for next Friday to take the class.

My motto is to take the initiative. Allie is so good about doing this which inspires me.

I am worried about Slimmer. She was ill last time she posted and it has been several days.

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SHIRLEY,Thank you for the good wishes for me and Don. We're both doing slightly better.
I was very surprised to see Memorial Day weekend pop up so quickly after we arrived back in CT. We are definitely NOT staying in FL so late from now on.
I'm glad you got a chance to go out for lunch with your friend. I don't have any "old" friends or new ones in CT. My last job was at with the Senior Center, about 20 years ago. I only had a couple of co-workers and most of the seniors I worked for have passed on. In FL, I have "friends" that attend my exercise class. I put that in quotations because I don't think I'd ever see these women if I stopped teaching my class.
I'm slowly "getting my groove back" by doing a short workout at the gym yesterday and going for a short walk today. We're going to my step GD's softball game in a while. I'll see how long I can last on the bleacher seats, with no back support. We don't have our lawn chairs unpacked from the shed yet.
I guess we're all in agreement about how stubborn some men can be when it comes to taking care of themselves by staying off ladders and not picking up stuff that's too heavy for them. They don't like to ask for help either.
Oh well, got to get ready for the game.

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Happy TGIF

The critters are not in the pool all at the same time. With the caterpillars, we kept the net on the edge so that Tom could scoop them out as they fell in.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Memorial Day - I found all the ads about Memorial Day a bit confusing, since next Sunday is the last day of the month, and then it dawned on me - that although we celebrate over the weekend before Memorial Day it is the last Monday or the month not the last Sunday.

I met a friend of many years yesterday for lunch. We try to get together once a month, but it seems like it is turning into every 3 months. She does lots of babysitting for her two daughters' children, plus she and her husband travel a good deal, although he is still working full time - so with the summer coming on she won't have as much free time as she did during the school year.

Elise - enjoy your weekend with your boyfriend. I hope it will be a pretty one for you and not lots of rain.

Allie - I'm glad to hear that your time with your son was a good one and not another lecture - smile. Sorry to hear about your knees. I sure hope those shots work for you. I would find it most difficult to live in a 2 story house at this point in my life. Were you talking about your orthopedist being interested in your vision? Now that sounds odd to me. * I know you will be so happy to get that fence up. * About rides to appointments, shopping, etc. - it occurred to me that your Senior Center should be able to provide you with what is available to you in your area. * Not long after moving here we switched to doctors close by and in the immediate area. However... as I've posted many times before in differing ways - good doctors are Very hard to find, so I can understand if you have a good one why you don't want to change - however driving an hour and a half to see him/her, I'm not sure if it were me I would do that.

Grace - you were talking about hiring your grandkids to do some weeding for you. When Dmitri was over the other day I told him I'd give him a dollar if he'd pull out the weeds growing in our front bed. It is supposed to have weed protector with rock on top, but somehow a few weeds always seem to make their way through somehow. Somehow he never got around to it - smile. * Don sounds like my dad and refuses to accept the age he is and its limitations. Daddy fell off a ladder in his late 80s cleaning the leaves out of the gutter on a hot summer's day. He didn't like being taken to the emergency room so he never did that again. His brother who was in his late 90s fell off a ladder while washing his car. Such foolishness! As I understand it there was a good car wash near his house, and the man had money - so it wasn't the cost that made him do it, he was just looking for something to do. This uncle lived to be 102 - smile. I think you and Don need to take it easy for awhile and let your backs heal. I do hope you both are feeling better today however.

Marlene - oh how I would love to find someone to take care of my flower beds like you have. I might not even be too picky about the price. I did ask a young man (who cut my neighbor's yard and I understood from her did other gardening chores too) how much he'd charge to weed my beds, and he said $80. There wasn't $80 worth of weeding to be done, and someone as young and fit as he was could have knocked off the job in no time. Obviously he didn't want the job (and I don't blame him) is the reason he asked such a price. * I'm glad that you tell Barbara how special she is, as she needs to hear it. Sometimes parents seem only to be able to criticize and tell their children what to do and make an issue out of what they are doing wrong. We all need to be encouraged and praised when we do things well from time to time, especially from our parents. * You did well at the gym. If you are seriously trying to lose weight weighing, measuring and charting what you are eating and how many calories is the best way to do it. It is the only way I've found for assured success. * I do grocery lists, but not as good about making lists for chores as others on the team, I'm sorry to say.

Serena - I do so hope you can get those good people back that turned down your job because of the trouble maker. As for the woman who thinks those under her are to be her gophers sounds like the woman I described that I worked with not for. Lots of people think secretary is synonymous with "gopher." That if they had any smarts they'd be doing other kinds of work. I never minded doing anything that needed to be done, and I usually did it without being asked, BUT... I was no ones gopher. If I ever interviewed with a person that thought that way, I usually made them understand this in the interview, and wasn't surprised when I wasn't offered the job. I wouldn't have taken it if I had. * Interesting people you work with (I refer her to the woman who is a world traveler and does per diem work, but that being said, you are pretty interesting yourself - smile.

Peggy - oh my goodness! Are you going to be able to use your pool with all your resident critters using it - smile. I could deal with all of them except that snake. Do you think the snake was after the frogs is the reason he was there?

Make today a healthy and happy one -

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ALLIE, I'm so glad you got the shots in your knees and I hope they work as well as the one I got in my hip a few weeks ago. It was like flipping a "pain" switch off for me. Please keep us posted on how they worked for you!


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Good morning fellow SS!!!!!!!!

Today I'm going grocery shopping then I'm going to my BF for the WE. I won't e home until early Monday PM.

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I hope that everyone has a great Memorial day!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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Good morning team - very early. I haven't been to bed yet. I am still wound up after the visit to my Ortho. My son was very sweet when he took me and we actually had a good time. I saw the doctor and he looked at my x-rays.He said I have bone spurs.He said my left knee is worse then my right knee. I asked him why my knees were going out from under me and he said it is because of my arthritis. He gave me an injection of cortisone in both knees. I need to take it easy for the next few days, or at least for the first 24 hours.

I am staying on the couch for the night so I can avoid the steps as much as possible. I told the doctor I was concerned about my vision too and he wanted to know all about that too.

I hope everyone has a good day. I hope I can get some sleep before the idiots show up again next door.

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MARLENE, I'm SO envious of you having a gardener! We just got back to CT and my flower beds are a mess. I may "hire" one of my grandkids to help me.

PEGGY, That's quite a "menagerie" you have in your pool! I hope they all vacate the pool before you decide to take a dip!
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Good Evening Team Sisters. My gardener came this afternoon and worked on the flower beds they look so nice. He thinned out the daffodils and iris and I will take them up to Barbara since they have lots of room to randomly plant them. He will trim the hedge tomorrow.

Peggy, are you sure you will be able to use your swimming pool? It seems the critters have taken possession. emoticon

It never got out of the 50's today, cloudy and damp. Hope it clears up for the weekend. We went to the gym after lunch. I walked the treadmill for 20 mins. then did weights and my joint exercises.

Yes Shirley, I do have a very special daughter. And I tell her so often.

I started AGAIN today doing a food journal. My grazing is just out of hand and it shows. emoticon I regularly make grocery and to do lists.

We don't have any definite plans for the Memorial Day weekend. If the weather is nice we may pack a picnic lunch and go up to Gettysburg on Monday.

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Shirley, with the problem woman resigning I am hoping to capture the woman I commuted to Seattle with. She turned down the job after one day with that woman. I am hopeful that as of June 2 everything will settle down and we will be able to get the people back that have declined or already given notice. The other one needs to back off and realize we are not hiring a personal gopher for her. She is supposed to be training the people that work on the med/surg floor--not using them. One of the newest per diems who actually works for the clinic is being asked to do a short training on effective communication specifically targeting that one social worker.
I still have not made it to the CCU yet. It is so quiet today that my fill social worker went home at 1100. She will be back to help on the floor tomorrow morning and will probably go home early again. She is great and she and I actually opened the ER social work position back in 2007. She is a world traveler so there are months when she is not available. She also works at Swedish on the mainland as a fill.


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emoticon Meg and many many more.

Here is the story of our swimming pool that I am sure all of you will find so interesting.:) So far we have had one snake, hundreds of caterpillars, mice and many toads. In fact, yesterday we had two toads skinny-dipping on top of each other and the female laid hundreds of eggs on the steps going down in the pool. The toads are Sonoran green toads and predict that the monsoons are about to come. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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emoticon Meg I hope you have a wonderful day.

My handyman came over yesterday and I was so glad to see him. He said he will come back next week with his younger brother and they will fix my fence. He put my air conditioners in to. He saw what was going on next door to me and I think that is why he is going to get the fence straightened out as soon as possible.

I appreciate the advice some of the team gave me regarding getting a ride through the seniors.

My doctor is over an hour and a half away from me. The ortho I see is the one that took care of me after I had my car accident. He was the only doctor that stood by me and made sure I could walk again.

Once my handyman gets the fence up I will be able to at least not see the people next door. I will finally have some semblance of privacy. They have filled the dumpster up next door and now it is overflowing falling onto the lawn and blowing into my yard. I just pick the trash up and throw it back into their yard. The other neighbors are getting very irritated with these people also. I have noticed the police are driving around more, up and down my street so that makes me feel better.

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

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TO MEG!

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We’re trying to get settled here in CT but, we’re both suffering from bad backs right now. My middle back started to hurt while we were trying to get everything done in FL and it didn’t improve yet. The earliest appointment I can get at the ortho doc is June 18th.
Meanwhile Don is now in an extreme amount of pain. He is VERY stubborn and insisted on loading the car in FL and unloading it in CT. On Tuesday, I visited Melvin (special brother) in his nursing home and cleaned out his closet and then I did the BIG 1st grocery shopping, I was so sore by the time I got home that I could barely move. Don unloaded the groceries and now he’s really hurting. We will NOT be putting up awnings, working in the yard or unloading sheds any time soon.
Other than that, we’re both in great shape. emoticon emoticon
Today I'm visiting Melvin again and going to the gym for the first time in a couple of weeks, just to use the machines to stretch my body.
I'm sorry I haven't responded to posts yet. I'll get my "groove" back in a few days, hopefully.
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Good Morning Everyone -

emoticon emoticon HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEG! emoticon emoticon

Elise - it is always good news to hear that all is well from our doctors, isn't it? Good news indeed for you. It sounds like you have a busy day ahead of you.

Meg - Good to see your post - its been awhile. From your post there is good reason we haven't heard from you. Glad that the colonoscopies went well, as well as having Donald's polyps removed. So sorry about his prostate cancer. It seems like I knew about this, but not sure right now how.

Marlene - you too haven't dropped by in a bit. * I need to ask some of these kids who come by to shovel our drive in the winter if they'd be willing to weed flower beds in the spring and summer. I had a name several years ago, but I'll bet he's graduated college now and hopefully has a good job. * Good to hear your brother is doing so well. I know he will enjoy so much going to Barbara's and celebrating his birthday. You do have a very special daughter.

Serena - I know nurses and other medical professionals are hard to come by, But... it does look like your management should be either reigning in or getting rid of the trouble makers at your hospital before all their good people leave. When I worked for the school district one of the teachers on staff thought since I was the secretary I was a subservient to do her bidding. She learned quickly that that wasn't going to work with me, but it didn't stop her from trying or trying to turn other teachers against me. I was there for 5 years before she used her wiles to land the coordinator's position when ours left. The coordinator was my boss. I had planned to quit if she got the job because I knew I couldn't put up with her. Her first day she came in treating me with total disrespect to a teacher from another program. I did try to talk to her, but the disrespect continued while I was trying - so I stood up, told her this wasn't going to work, and that I'd be out of the office by early afternoon. She told me (just so I didn't miss how important she was) that she was having lunch with the director of personnel and she'd let him know. I nicely told her I was quite capable of handling my own affairs, and that personnel would have been notified of my leaving before that time. For what it is worth, she was fired or let go before the end of the school year. Like most people like her she landed a good job at one of our private colleges. I never heard how successful she was there. I tell you this story to let you know I understand what you are talking about here.

Peggy - good for you and Tom. I really need to get in for a pedicure too - smile. Like you, we have our furnace and air conditioners checked prior to turning them on for the season.

Peggy - strange how things play out in the workplace, isn't it? However, it does sound like your friend had a nice party. As you know sometimes no one will step up to be in charge or plan things, and perhaps this is what happened in her case. * I know we aren't eating enough fruits and veggies. My husband seems to want or enjoy nothing but junk food. Cooking has become too difficult to spend time preparing a meal that he eats but I'm never sure if he enjoys it or not. It makes it Very hard trying to just decide what to make. * We got such good rain yesterday for the plants, but I'm ready for it warm up a bit and the sun come out. * Like you, I find I distract easily now days. Perhaps I should follow your lead and start making lists. * What you found out about a bacteria that causes gum and teeth problems - this confirms something I've long suspected that for whatever reason some people's teeth decay easier than others. My mother had false teeth by the time she was in her 40s. My brother no longer has his teeth, and like you my mouth has cost me a fortune, and I have lost quite a few teeth on top of it. My dad on the other hand died with all of his teeth at 97 with only one filling. Genetics is strange, isn't it?

Have a good day everyone -

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Good morning fellow SS!!!!!!!!!

Still having computer problems so I'll post whenever I can.

Yesterday I went to the cardiologist & all is well!!!!!! Today I'm going to see my therapist. I'm, also, going to do my laundry.

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I've been just managing to get some exercise in of late, but not much posting. In the past few weeks, both my DH and I have had colonoscopies and he had surgery. We got pretty good reports for the colonoscopies, (removal of pre-cancerous polyps). He has prostate cancer, but is getting treatment and is doing well, so maybe things will calm down a bit around here.
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Hello Team Sisters. I have been reading the posts, but lack of time and energy prevented me from responding. emoticon

For some reason I ache all over today. Think I will take two Advil when I go to bed. I worked the election pool yesterday a long day (6 AM till 9 PM). We have a nice group to work with and since this is my 15th year I have learned to know many of the voters. So it is a nice social day.

I am to have a young man scheduled to do my flower beds and trim the hedge. I say scheduled loosely since he hasn't been back to start the work.

Things have been fairly quiet here. We got the sun room ready for summer and I did some container planting over the weekend.

My DB will be 86 next Wed. and DD Barbara has arranged for his son and DIL to take Bob and Betty up to see Barbara/Tom's home and fishing club facility. We will go up and celebrate with them with lunch and a birthday cake for Bob. If he continues to do well we have the feeling Hospice may discharge him for now.

Our weather turned cooler today however, I found it pleasant. I don't do well in high tempt. weather. It doesn't take much for me to break out in a sweat. It is annoying and sometimes embarrassing. I can be walking around the house with just a T-shirt top and DH has a fleece sweater on.

Glad to read that you all are doing well and staying active.

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It is beautiful here today. I went to a Cancer and Work seminar in Seattle yesterday and carpooled down with the new social worker that turned down the point position and only works per diem due to immediate issues with the one social worker that has caused so much discontent. We talked a lot and I would love to see her take an actualy position. She said she would if they had a .3 open. Today my boss met me in the hall as I walked in the door and wanted to see me in my office. She told me she had something to say and for me to sit down.---She wanted to talk about a resignation. I immediately thought she had resigned since this has been so horrible here. NO!! The problem social worker gave 2 weeks notice!! SHE IS GOING to Germany. She apparently offered to fill in for the month of June before she actually leaves but the boss told our assistant to make June 2 her last day and not to call her back for any shifts. I was handed a stack of applications today and found one that may work. I called her and set up an interview for next Wed. I am hoping the other social worker that the problem woman drew in will settle down again. She has been alienating both of the new per diems and they will only work with me which is not the point. I need coverage and she needs to realize that when they are here they are not here for her personal use. It will be a training issue which will be addressed at our meeting next week!! She is still under supervision for her license so it should be a matter of just making expectations clear. The ER staff does not know yet and they are going to be the ones that are sad but they will have to learn to live with their loss. emoticon
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Happy Wednesday to everyone.

I am sure you will be delighted to hear that Tom and I went for our pedicures this morning. :)

We are now waiting for the A/C people to come and check it before we turn it on for the summer.

I think most communities have a bus service for seniors. You have to call them and they will pick you up.

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Good Morning, Team.

It is 64 degrees outside and is supposed to get up to low 70's. Feels a little chilly after the run of high 80s and high humidity that we have been having.

DH had a nice time with his friends yesterday. One of them put a really nice pic of the 5 of them on Facebook. I've been spending all morning trying to be able to email the pic to 2 of them who don't have Facebook. I usually don't have this trouble and am not sure why this was different. I figured it out.

@Ellen, through my working years I've been to many retirement parties and they all turned out differently. Mine was nice but not as elaborate as some. A co-worker was sure that I was going to get a gift but that didn't happen. She said they collected money. Wonder where that went???

I'm pretty much a "list" maker, otherwise I would forget things. I get satisfaction from crossing things off the list! DH tries to use his memory, which is fine, but sometimes it "fails". Then he gets mad at himself and I tell him "make a list".

Yes,many horses live into their 30's. The life expectancy used to be 25 but I think it's more like 27 now. We have several horses at the Farm in their mid 20's and one who is 28. They are all in great shape.

Well, talking about the Farm, I'd better get ready to go there. It is kind of breezy so I may not ride but then I'll hand walk Mystery on the trail. We'll get SOME exercise!

Good Day Everyone,
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Yesterday I went to a retirement lunch for my friend that I see once a month for lunch. Things have changed so much; she had to almost plan everything about her lunch while I had a lovely cake, everyone in the building I worked with was invited, someone made a list of all my work accomplishments in the past 40 years and displayed it. My friend’s was no more than what is done for a ten year anniversary. But maybe this is what she wanted. I sat next to a manager I had worked with who retired two years before I did. He told me how he has been traveling, riding his bicycle during the summer and swimming at the YMCA in the winter. He seems to be really enjoying life. I am more determined to have a new life after my knees are done!

I have decided to start planning and preparing meals. I think my DH has lost interest and we are not eating enough fruits and vegetables. I made meatloaf, baked potatoes and green beans last night. I may do a baked sweet potato tonight with the leftover meatloaf and make a salad with it.

Shirley – it is chilly here also. We had rain earlier this morning and now it is just chilly. I finished my last container yesterday with some red geraniums and put them on an old stump in one corner of the yard. The rain will refresh them because they had been dry when I bought them.

Irene – I am a big list maker. Part of the reason is that I am so easily distracted and then important tasks do not get done.

Bonnie – you are correct. My son just learned about FODMAPS last week from a GI doctor. The weight loss was due to just counting calories. *Teeth- I wish I had all the money I have spent on my teeth. My mother was tested a few years ago and it turned out there is a bacteria that is inherited that causes greater gum and teeth problems. I think I inherited it from her. My sister is thinking about being tested and taking an antibiotic for it and then being tested again, but the test is $150 each time. * I did not realize that horses lived as long as 30 years. That is nice to know.

Allie – you should check with your town’s senior support for transportation. Our small city offers a
volunteer “taxi” service to help seniors do errands and go to the doctor. You only pay a small fee of $5.

Peggy – enjoy your painting!

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Ellen - you didn't confuse me, but I'm afraid I was the one spreading the confusion. I'm still most happy that your son has lost 26 lbs. AND that that FODMAPS is helping both he and Bonnie.

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Shirley and Bonnie - I am sorry I confused everyone. My son lost weight by counting calories, plain and simple. The FODMAPS is a very recent doctor's recommendation because of these knots he finds in his abdomen.

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Good Morning Everyone -

It is a very chilly morning here today. It is cloudy, windy, rain predicted and 52 F. This is about as warm as its going to get since the high today is predicted to be 55.

Irene - you really have a win-win situation with Mike. You are doing him a service and likewise he you. * My mother-in-law used to talk about having to resort to lists, and she was much younger than you when this happened. Ellen is quite a list person. My memory isn't as good as it once was but I haven't had to use lists yet, but neither do I do as many activities as you do nor am I a caregiver either. I do however rely heavily on my calendar to keep up with when I need to do things. In short, I think lists are a very good idea.

Cecile - when I get far behind posting I have to start fresh too. This board/thread is so busy that just skipping a day here puts one way behind. * How nice - transportation to and from PT, plus an enjoyable group and thoughtful therapist. It doesn't get much better than that - smile. Plus you are enjoying it. I will be eager to hear how much it helps you. * I'm glad that your ex-son-in-law was able to repair your faucet, and that he will take care of the cabinet floor for you.

Bonnie - you have my sympathies for all the dental work you've got facing you. * I can see where you were confused by my post. I know FODMAP isn't a "diet"/weight loss plan. I looked it up so I could see what type of food plan it had. My post to Ellen had to do with her son's weight loss. But according to Ellen her son has lost weight since using this food plan. I think she said at one time that he is working with a dietician, so perhaps he's using a weight loss plan in conjunction with this. It is good to hear that you are feeling better since you've been using FODMAP's guidelines. Stomach problems are definitely no fun no matter what form they take.

Peggy - perhaps we will have another opportunity to meet one day. That would be nice. * I used to work on paintings for weeks or months too. I'm definitely not a fast painter, and that is one of the reasons I never tried to show and sell my paintings. You need to produce more than I did to do that. You do such beautiful work, I will look forward to seeing your paintings when they are finished. *That sounded like quite the workout and job taking the cover off that pool.

Allie - you like Cecile are so fortunate to have a good and trustworthy handyman. He most likely has much more strength than you do, and will be able to secure that fence better. I know I'm amazed at my son's strength and how easily he can do things that I've tried but couldn't even budge. * My son hasn't lectured me yet, but I think he's come close, but caught himself. But... I ask him to do little - maybe change a light bulb, lift something I can't, small stuff. * Thank you. I thought we had a very nice lunch and liked one another, but Yvonne hasn't posted since. Now I'm wondering - smile.

Have a good day everyone -

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Mid week chat, Life does get in the way as Cecile, says, We all have good intentions but things happen. We can only do our best,
It's quiet here just now. Ds Mike is staying with us agin, he thanked me for looking after him. I t bought it was the other way round ! It's how's we are both happy,,
He is helping do up a house locally which his brother Ian owns. The plan is out it up for rental once it's fit for purpose, he comes here for meals and to see if I need anything

Still unsettled weather for late May , yesterday there was a storm with thunder, lightening and huge hail stones .
I must get on with my daily chores, I have started writing lists. I have never been a list person , I relied on memory ! Now I plan ahead for main meals and write them down , I automatically do the daily chores but there are always extras as we all know. So I am writing down my list iof "want to do " things and feel happy when I cross one item off,
Have a good day . Irene

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Good evening team sisters.

I am so far behind on the posts that I am not going to read any.

Life got in the way again because I have been planning to post every day but....

I started the physio therapy last week and I love it. We are a good group and the people are very friendly. Most ladies are widows like me so there is a lot of understanding. The therapists are very kind and patient and very encouraging. They do not expect us to do more than we can do. They do specify this a lot because they do not want us to harm ourselves. I look forward to those days. I go Tuesday and Friday. At the moment I am slated for 8 weeks but may be extended to 12. We shall see. The transport is terrific. I just sit on my walker on the driveway and wait for them to pick me up. After the session they pick us up and drop us off at our house.

Then the water tap in the kitchen had the nerve to break. I had to buy a new one of course. My daughter and her partner had said they would come and install it. I told Val because they are so busy it would probably be the week with 3 Thursdays. (It is a french saying that I translated). Val called her dad who has plumbing experience and seeing it was for me came on Saturday and put it in. Of course I paid him. He did not ask for anything but I gave something anyway.

Then as he was finishing he noticed the floor of the cupboard underneath the sink is finished. It needs to be replaced. He said when he has a chance he would come and do it. He works at a lumber yard and gets a discount for the wood.

Today the first cheque for André`s income tax came. It was from the province. They added my salary to his and cut the amount in half. I told Val that it was a good thing we had not planned a trip. I was very disappointed but in a way not surprised. As far as I am concerned right now, they are a bunch of cut throats.

Enough belly aching. I have to jump in the shower before Remedy starts. Tonight is the season finale and it`s 2 hours long.

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

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Good Afternoon Team,
It is 82 degrees outside. We are supposed to have another thunderstorm this evening like we had last night. That was a really NOISY one last night.

I had a dental exam this AM and Dr. Jay said I have 2 broken crowns and a small cavity. How many thousands of dollars does that add up to?? I know a crown is $1000 a piece. One of the crowns I knew about but not the 2nd.

While I was writing my check for the cleaning & exam, someone came up to me. It was a woman who I knew from the previous boarding stable where I had Mystery. I knew she lived in my neighborhood and I had seen her in the grocery store awhile back but hadn't seen her in a long time. She has another place in Virginia where she keeps her horses. She said her horse "Sparkle" just turned 30. That horse was a real "problem child" and the vets were even scared of her. Sylvia couldn't sell her because she was afraid someone would get hurt.
She kicked me once in the knee and I had a really bad "knot" for quite awhile. It is the "problem" ones that live forever!

One of the dental techs posted pictures on the wall of her new foal that was born this morning.

DH has gone with a couple friends to meet a couple other RailRoad guys for lunch. DH really has a great time reminiscing with his former co-workers.

@Shirley - The FODMAP plan isn't really a diet plan. My gastroenterologist told me about it because of my problems with stomach gas. I try to stick to it and have been feeling much better.

I hope everyone has a great day.
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Happy Tuesday to all.

On Mondays I have art class and I am currently trying to paint the Moulton North barn and the Grand Tetons. I have been working on this since January.

Shirley, I wish we could have met also.

Today we have the joy of taking the solar cover off the pool, drying it and then storing it on the side of the house. This thing weighs a ton and we have to move it about 20 feet over the pool and some agave.

Sorry to hear about the fence.

Peggy

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5/19/15 10:29 A

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Good morning team:

I called my handyman and he is coming over tomorrow to take a look at the fence. He is such a sweetheart. He works all day and he still finds the time to come over after work when I really need him. He is going to put my air conditioners in for me to.

I am going to the ortho this Thursday. I decided to ask my son to take me because I am worried about driving that far. I am still having trouble with my vision and the ortho will probably give me cortisone shots in both knees. After I have the shots I am supposed to take it easy for at least the next 24 hours.

I guess you can tell you are getting older when your son gives you a lecture like I would have done when he was little. My son wanted to know the following: Why didn't I give him more notice,?Why can't I get a doctor closer?, and so on and so on. Last time he took me to the doctors he told me how much money he was losing by taking off work. He is my son and I love him, but it doesn't mean I always have to like him. I need to get to the doctors so I just had to take his guff for the time being.

I am going to help out the polls today for a few hours. I will be sitting and it will be good for me to be around others to get my mind off of my pain.

Shirley: I am so glad you had lunch and I saw your pix. I was with the both of you in spirit.

I hope everyone has a good day. Thanks for listening to me, I just had to get it out. I will be alright now. Thanks to everyone on the team for listening to me.

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5/19/15 9:36 A

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Good Morning Everyone -

Elaine - I'm happy to hear you had such a good trip. I wrote in one of my responses this morning how little it takes to do me in any longer. I was referring to weeks with too many activities or just a little working in the yard. So I understand what you are saying. * You are so smart to end your Bible study for the summer. I've found the break does both the leader and the participants a lot of good.

Elise - good to see your post. I so hate when my electronic toys don't work (or I can't make them do what I want them to - smile). You may be getting our weather. We've been getting Lots of rain lately. The sun is out today and that is so nice to see, especially since I must go to the store. The downside is that it is cold (47 degrees) and we don't want to turn on the heat. This time of year we know it will be quite warm by afternoon. This is good sleeping temps. Enjoy your time at the Senior Center.

Irene - you did have quite a week last week. I did too, but I wasn't partying - smile. I find that too many days out really do me in however. I had thought this week was going to be slower, which it is, but still one that is keeping me busy.

Grace - you may be thinking about me grousing about not being able to get rid of books and many good and usable things when we moved. We had quite a collection of National Geographics that I thought the schools would be overjoyed to have, but no one wanted them. They have long disintegrated in a landfill by now. * It is so good to have you back posting again.

Allie - so sorry about your fence. That was a lot of work to put it up only to have the first stiff wind take it down.

Ellen - thanks for the update on your family. I'm happy that your sister is doing well after knee surgery, and even more happy to hear that your mother will now have a phone in her room. I know she will enjoy hearing from you again. The rehab where my brother is doesn't have phones in the rooms either. He must use his cell. * I got some gardening done yesterday. I can't believe how little it takes to do me in any longer. The one thing I didn't get done was get my Hummingbird feeder out, and that is a number 1 priority for today. Sorry to hear that your lettuce isn't doing well. I've never had lettuce fresh out of the garden. I'll bet it is delicious. * As for your son - congratulate him for me on his weight loss success. I took a look at that FODMAP plan on line. Interesting. I hadn't realized until Bonnie's post that that is the plan she is using. I think it is a rude awakening to lots of people that there is no magic way to lose weight, that it takes planning, perseverance and many times work. My husband has a cousin who is Very thin and has always been. She has said there is no problem losing weight if people would just push themselves away from the table. This is like people who have never had children being experts in how to handle problems with them and child rearing. Sometimes they have excellent ideas, but most times don't have a clue about what is involved.

Make today a healthy and happy one -

Shirley

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5/19/15 9:00 A

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Mornin'

A quick post just to say good morning, The weekend went great, I had a wonderful lunch with my cousin and her husband on Saturday. On Sunday afternoon Kat and I took the two hour drive to The Dalles to see my friend Sherry and her daughter Liesa. A great weekend but this old body was ready for it to end.

We are having our final Bible Study this morning before we shut down till September.

Gotta go jump in the shower and get ready to go . make your day a really great one. Till next time... E



I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry...Thank-you Garth Brooks
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Good morning fellow SS!!!!!!!!!

Sorry I've been absent again but had trouble with computer--I hope it's fixed. It's so frustrating!!!!!!!!

All is well(except maybe for the weather). Today I'm going to the senior center. As always, I look forward to going(even though it's supposed to rain)!!!!!!!

I hope all is well with everyone!!!!!

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If at first you don't succeed, try-try again!!!!

Moderation is the key.

It WILL happen!!!!!!!


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Just got home a little while ago. Spent the night last night and all day today up at the lodge. It was good to be back with Jamie again after vacation. I wish I had been able to stay until Wed morning as normal but I have a training in Seattle tomorrow morning and had to get the dogs home tonight. We planted more seeds in the garden and had a discussion about next year staying away from GMO corn seeds. He had not read the label. I don't eat corn anymore but if I knew we were growing organic I would love to have corn now and then.
Did not get a hike in due to idiot Archie pulling so much on his leash. We got to the other side of the lake then I brought the dogs back and down to the dock for a swim instead. He wants to please so badly but his manners on leash are not improving. He sure respects Jamie.
We did get to a wonderful nursery today and I got enough plants to get all of my hanging planters up and beautiful.
Now to bed.

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


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Hello friends. I have just been catching up on your chats,
I had a few busy days around my birthday to fit in with family commitments, I enjoyed the get together, cards greetings gifts and a marvellous cake which some of you saw on Facebook, I do find it easier to put photos on Facebook than on sparks .

Now it is case of get back to routine with food and exercise . I have a few "free" days now so hope to plan my meals better and fit in exercise time .
Mike is back with us this week helping out, he is applying for jobs but so far no luck. I can certainly use him here and help him out but I can't pay him a good wage all the time ,
Look after yourselves, Irene

Irene in Nottinghamshire UK
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