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1/30/15 5:39 A

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Good morning!!!!!!!

I may not go to my BF!!!! Some of the weather sources are saying snow Sunday & Monday(3"-5")!!!!!!! I'm getting sick of the snow--where is spring??????

Ellen-What is the Toastmaster's Club?

Elise--Middlesex County, NJ

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1/30/15 12:42 A

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Bonsoir mes amies! (Good evening my friends)

My Internet is back. It must have been the storm. I am so pleased. At least the e-book saved me by letting me plug into Sparkpeople.

Val is counting the days to get her surgery done. It`s on Tuesday, February the 3rd. Then she cannot drive for 2 days after. On the day of the surgery she will be in a kind of twilight zone so I guess when she gets back, she will be sleeping for a bit. She is very anxious to get it done but seems stressed out. I don`t blame her. Her dad is supposed to go with her unless he works then it`s his girlfriend that will drive Val. She hopes it is the girlfriend. We shall see.

Sue - My deepest condolences on the loss of your brother-in-law.

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

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1/29/15 11:29 P

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Grace, thanks for asking. Aspen was missing this morning when I got up. She had gotten up and went to the office. I thought she could no longer get up or walk. She ate almost an entire box of Green Giant antioxidant vegetable mix tonight after not wanting to eat for 2 days. She is looking more like a tired Aspen normally looks after a hike and not like a very sick Aspen. I am under no false hope but she has been taking my visalus with a medicine dropper and now is eating on her own. She has lived far beyond what I thought she would. She and I are actually enjoying some bonding time rather then me weeping on her head getting her all soggy. She's giving kisses and tail wags and moving around a whole lot more. Could be her rallying point before the end but it has been a great evening. Unfortunately, this couch in the office is just a tiny love seat and I really do not want to sleep in here with her tonight!! After 3 nights on the comfy living room couch my shoulder is not doing at all well. I may go to my own bed tonight. Being away from the propane fireplace and up in my room with windows open might help me sleep better. I don't do heat well.

I finished the beginning steps in SP way back in the beginning and got all of those points. However, I also bought "The Spark". I never did get the 500 points for that even though I followed the instructions and entered the code. I wrote to find out why and never got any help.

Elise, enjoy the time with your BF watching the Super Bowl. My BF and I had a trip planned for this weekend in Oregon on the Columbia River which he put together to surprise me but with Aspen sick, we cancelled. He will put it back together at a later date. He is not a sports fan but we may go to my daughter's Super Bowl party anyway.

I am going to try to go into the clinic's "My Chart" and see if there are any results for my labs and x'ray yet. I am anxious to start at least the massage therapy AND see how visalus has affected my lab values!
Have a great evening everyone.





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Good evening team, We had a pretty quiet day today. I didn’t go for my walk until
5 p.m. I had been walking over 3 miles about 5 days a week but had to back off on it, after I had the back procedure on the left side on January 20th. And now I’m having the right side done next Tuesday so will be curtailed again. If it’s not one thing it’s another.
I’m on Day 2 of the “plank & bridge” challenge, that I found in an app on my phone. I found a setting where I can change the degree of difficulty. It was set to “medium” so I changed to “easy”. All that means is that the amount of time doesn't jump up so fast.


SUE, I’m sorry to read about your BIL passing away. You are so right- to have lived to be 98 years old is fantastic. Have a safe trip to the funeral and back.

DIANE, That sounds scary about your corneal transplant not taking and having to be redone.
I can relate to the problem getting in the IV. When I had that procedure done on my back, I told the nurse I was a “tough stick” and she just smiled like she didn’t believe me. It took her 20 minutes to get the IV into me and she said that SHE was the one that the other nurses came to when THEY had a problem. For next procedure, I’m supposed to drink lots of water, but then what? I won’t be able to get up to use the bathroom.

ELLEN, The first time I took Fosomax I think I had to take it every day and not eat or drink for an hour. Then they changed the dose to once a week and not eat or drink for a half hour. Now they have the shots you can get once a year.

YVONNE, I have never finished the “beginning in Sparkpeople” stuff either. I see the reminder every morning, but I guess I’m too lazy to bother with it.

ELISE, I hope you had a good time reading today. I did a little reading as well, but it was old newspapers. I did find a few items to clip and keep. When I find something I want to keep, I go to the online edition and e-mail the article to myself. Don does it the old fashioned way and cuts the article out of the paper. If I email him an article and he wants to keep it, he prints it out. So his desk is a mess of paper clutter and he can never find an article when he wants it. I keep mine in a file on the computer.
I’m hoping everything works out for you when you go over to your BF’s house, to watch the Super Bowl.

BONNIE, Please give Mystery a Birthday pat for me. You scare me, telling me that it was icy when you were walking Mystery. I’m a worry wart and keep thinking what would happen if you fell down out there. Please tell me you carry a cell phone with you at all times!
About walking in the cold – 30 years ago, I used to RUN in the cold, even if it was snowing. I remember running the last race of each year, the Pearl Harbor Race, which was always held around December 7th. But, spending winters in FL has turned me into
a warm weather walker.

SHIRLEY, I like your method of dealing with events where food will be served, by giving yourself permission to try a little of everything that I really want. That’s usually what I actually do.
If I try eating before the event, I will still eat at the event anyways, because I have no will power.

ALLIE, How was your trip to the eye doctor? I’ll be watching for an update.

SERENA, How is Aspen doing today?


Edited by: CT-FL-SNOWBIRD at: 1/29/2015 (22:51)

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1/29/15 5:34 P

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Buenas tardes Sparkfriends.
Was notified yesterday that my brother-in-law has passed. He was 98 years old-what a life!! We will be going to the funeral tomorrow which is about 100 miles both ways.
Took my car to get the oil changed today. They said everything looked good-no other problems. Thankful for that.
I haven't had time to catch up on the posts-it seems that if I miss a day I never do get caught up!!
God Bless you all!

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SHIRLEY and GRACE-- You are simply wonderful. Thanks for the tips. I will let you know how things turn out.

Today I had an appointment with my eye doctor. I had both cataract surgery and an corneal transplant back in August, 2014. The first corneal transplant did not take and a week later I had to go back and get another transplant on the same eye. That was an ordeal with me because the nurse could not find a good vein for the IV. Finally, the anesthetist had to do the IV. I was stuck at least 10 times. It was truly miserable. At my prior appointment, my doctor said that it looked like by eye was rejecting the transplant, but Thanks Be To God, this time, he said that everything was looking good. I was so happy and thankful. I praise God for that report because I did not want to go back through that ordeal again.

I am hanging in there so far with this new way of eating. This is Day 4. I have done this thing so many times until I feel like my name is Diet Diane. I am so glad to be getting support from you who are including me in your message posts. It really lifts me up. When I read some of the posts, it makes me feel better about being where I am on this journey. I keep telling myself, "Slow and steady wins the race."

Eventually I will get to where I need to be. I am looking forward to it.

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Guess what I can't do???? Count six months from July. I thought it was December, but it is January 2016. I thought I had to start taking minimum required distributions this year, but it is next year. YEA!

I started taking my bone density medication this morning. Not bad at all since I had no place to go. I just sit up in bed and sipped a big glass of water for 30 minutes and then had coffee.

Yvonne - I have never done what you told Shirley on "beginning I Spark People" I thought I did when I started, but that was so long ago. I am going to do this!

Elise - a new member in my Toastmasters group is a librarian in charge of their web site here. How cool is that!!!

Bonnie – Do take care of yourself! I like the idea and putting something on your face. I think it is great that you do as much as you do since you have asthma. I am so lucky because I don’t have allergies or asthma or anything like that.

Shirley - Great advice about attending events where there is food. I always try to take a little of everything I really want to try. I have also learned that when I eat out it is better to go with something I know is delicious than their “low calorie dishes”. Most of the time restaurants do a horrible job of preparing them. But I do check them out to see if it is something simple.

Ellen

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1/29/15 2:48 P

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@Yvonne - No, I don't put anything over my mouth. I really should since I have asthma which is aggravated by cold temps (though I haven't *knock on wood* had a problem in several years). I try not to go out if it is unusually cold (like in the teens or below). I do tend to cough a lot in the morning and when I come in after being out in the cold. Maybe my body is trying to tell me something!

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Bonnie, when you walk or ride outside, do you put anything over your mouth? I find I can stay really warm outside, but breathing in the cold air aggravates my lungs.

Yvonne

P.S. I wrote the above and THEN read the rest of the posts. SHIRLEY, one way I've added to my Spark Points lately, and it may explain the 1500 pts. that other woman got: I realized I'd never completed my "beginning in Spark People" exercises. At the stage where I left off, you got 50 points just for every stage of completing the learning tasks. I don't need the instruction any more, but it was very informative as a reminder of how to stay on track. I'm doing one a day right now. You find the link on the Start page, at the bottom of "Step 2," where it says "New Member Welcome Guide."

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1/29/15 1:34 P

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I got to he library--got out 3 books. That should keep me busy. Later I'm going to cook boneless chicken.

Shirley-Thanks!!!! I do miss him. I'm going over there & watch the Super Bowl.

Elise--Middlesex County, NJ

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Good Morning, Team.

It's 29 degrees out, cloudy and we are supposed to have a winter "mix" this afternoon.

Yesterday the temps didn't go above 35 but I had to go to the Farm since it was Mystery's 20th birthday!! I bought him 2 apples to celebrate. I took him on a walk in the woods but had to be careful since it was still very icy in spots.

@Grace - Walking in the cold isn't bad if you know how to dress for it. I guess since I'm used to going out to the Farm in all kinds of weather I've learned what works and what doesn't. I really don't like cold weather and 65 sounds good to me too but if I waited for the temp to get that high I'd never get any outside exercise. I don't care for wind either. But, if the sun is out, I feel so much better than if it is a cloudy day-regardless of how low the temp is.

@Shirley - Those of us without children make it through life very well, thank you.


Everyone, have a great day.
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Good Morning Everyone -

Elise - I do hope your computer problems are short lived. Sorry to hear you have more snow coming your way. I sure don't envy you all that snow. Our time is coming, it is just a matter of time, I'm afraid. * What good news you are back with your boyfriend.

Ellen - I don't think we got up to 73 yesterday, but it was like very early spring out; quite windy but we had sunshine and it was so nice. It is cloudy today and much colder. That being said, I'm afraid when winter weather hits us we are really going to be in for it. My legs like yours have been the pits lately, warmer weather or not. * I'm sorry to hear that your husband isn't well. He was smart to rest yesterday. * Carbs and energy - the body needs more carbs after extremely hard workouts, but when it comes to alertness and energy it is protein that does that. *Siblings living so far away - my brother's house sits way back from the road in a not very heavily populated area. He has lived in this town since he was in 3rd grade, so he has a good many long time friends. Also our dad owned the airport, so people know him through our dad's business, as he literally grew up on the premises. But friends aren't family. So I understand your concern for your sister. I've often wondered how people make it through life without children. This is the reason you hear me say often when these discussions come up about living in warmer climates, neat senior communities, etc. that as nice as all of this sounds, I want to live near one or the other of our children. * You and Grace have a point about why I'm not riding my recumbent bike. Yes, I am very careful using the stairs, but know accidents can happen no matter how careful you are. I came close to going down yesterday, but didn't. Today I must go to the store, so it is a pretty good bet that I won't get there today either.

Diane - Grace's suggestion about controlling your eating at the funeral is a good one. However, I found when I had kitchen duty at some church function, or on occasion when I've helped in the kitchen or to serve when a family member of a friend had died, I'm too busy to eat much. My best advice for the funeral on Saturday or any other time (wedding, birthday, etc.) you are faced with tempting food is to give yourself permission to eat whatever it is that you "really" want (really being the definitive word) in moderation. The fact that there are no "no-no" foods many times makes the "no-no foods" less tempting. Then when you get home you go right back to your healthy/weight loss eating plan. This method of handling food temptations has worked well for me over the years, and I've lost sizable amounts of weight in less than a year handling business dinners, trips, parties, church dinners, etc. *It is good to know where you live.

Grace - starchy, sugary foods have a way of sending our blood sugar soaring and then it drops just as fast. As said, all carbs aren't created equal, but of course you know this already. Protein is what keeps us more alert. This is the reason I'm such a believer in balance diets. Carbs - even starches and sugars in moderation - play an important part in fueling our bodies. This is one of the main reasons I think this way of eating is much better than nothing but vegetables - although we can get protein from some veggies it we couple it with a grain - or all protein. I have an internet friend of perhaps 10 years if not better. She has recently lost 40 pounds, says her energy level is out the roof, her blood tests including cholesterol is good, and she's eating nothing but protein, dairy and high fat (saturated mostly). Yes, it caused me to grimace too. I hope the next thing I hear isn't that she's dead. It sounds like the original Atkins plan to me, although she called it something else. She said she was diagnosed diabetic 11 months ago, and that eating this way is keeping her diabetes under control. You said to Slimmer that carbs don't seem to make you feel tired - carbs (even starches and sugar) eaten within reason won't make us tired, it is when we overdo that we get into trouble. All or nothing seldom works for anyone.

Allie - I really enjoyed your post to Slimmer. How interesting about how you handled customers who spoke a different language. * It is good to hear that you didn't get the amount of snow predicted. I did think of you and our other members in that storm's path. * I do hope all goes well at the eye doctor's today.

Marlene - I more times than not leave the doctor feeling like you - nothing was accomplished. I do so hope Walt will be feeling better soon. * I'm glad to hear that you aren't cancelling your trip to Florida this year. If Bob is getting hospice care he is being well taken care of. There is little more you can do for him or his son for that matter. If I were at Bob's point in life, it would bother me more if I thought my loved ones were stopping their lives just because of my illness, than me knowing they were going about their business and even enjoying life.

Serena - the opening to your post is the very reason I try as best I can to get everyone to sign their posts. This is a very busy thread for one thing, and we not only have new members joining us, but old members that come and go. In time just like with face-to-face friends, we see their profile picture or username and know who it is posting by name. * We've got some members who stay really busy - Slimmer, Grace, Ellen just to name 3, but you have got to have the most energy and stamina of them all. Oh how I'd love to have just a smidgen of it - Smile. * I loved the stories you are sharing about Aspen. As said, we've just gone through this, so I very much understand what you are going through. *I've had to report for jury duty a few times, and I sat on one trial. I wouldn't take anything for the experience, but am so-o-o happy I don't get called any longer because of age.

Cecile - I hope your eBook is working again.

Peggy - 5K (3 miles) you are going to do just fine. I used to do those charity walks and loved doing them. Do you have someone that will be walking with you? Training on your treadmill is a very good idea. * The Bible study I attended was at the Catholic Church and was held in what is now their chapel, but at one time it was their main church. It was 1/2 full for each class, so it too was a very large class. I had trouble hearing/understanding those who contributed for one thing, and as assured as I am with the Bible, in that setting I too felt a bit intimidated when it came to sharing, so I understand your feelings.

Bonnie - congratulations on your grand-nephew's birth. I hope that mother and baby are doing well.

Be good to yourselves today, and don't forget to pass along a smile to those you meet.

Shirley

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1/29/15 9:20 A

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Good morning team:

I am off to the eye doctor for a check up on my right eye. I hope everything is alright and we can proceed with the cataract surgery for my left eye.

I had the best of intentions yesterday and I was going to walk. inside. The good thing is today is another day and I have another chance to get some exercise in.

I hope everyone has a good day. Allie emoticon


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Good morning!!!!!!!

I've been having some trouble with my computer so if you don't hear from me that could be why.

They say we might get snow tonight(about 1"). Today I'm going to the library then I'm going to read & relax.

Elise--Middlesex County, NJ

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Just a quick post to say hi to all. I had Toastmasters at lunch, stopped to buy some greeting cards and have not done anything the rest of the day, except riding my bike for 30 minutes. Maybe because it is so unseasonably warm today is the problem. Here it is January in Kansas, and it was 73 degrees and very windy.

My DH has had allergies for over 2 weeks now. Add his sciatica to that and he has not felt very well. He had planned to go to the gym while I was at Toastmasters, but he stayed here and slept.

The surgeon thinks my DS is having muscle spasms in his side and is referring him to a physical therapist. He works for a huge corporation and they changed his insurance where he has a fund set up to drawn from and he pays 100% of the cost of medical care up to a certain amount. I can remember when companies offered really good insurance.

Grace - maybe you hit on why I felt tired when I came home. We had an Open House with a free lunch for guests and members. I ate some fruit, cheese and deli meat and ignore all the carbs. Maybe I needed the carbs for energy. *I LOVED that they could do all 3 shots in one and in BOTH knees! That made it so simple. They warned it could hurt more, but I never felt anything but pressure.

Marlene - I only have one child and I have told him that if he moves, he should look in his rear view mirror, because my moving van will be behind him. Currently, he lives 8 miles from me and if we needed him, he would be here in a flash. I worry about my youngest sister as she ages. She lives across Texas away from the family and has no children. My oldest sister also has no children, but she is close to my other sisters and her niece. These are always difficult decisions as we age.

Serena - I do hope you get snow in your mountains. I love it when the west gets rain and snow.

Ellen



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DIANE, Some people say that you should eat before you go so you can make better choices and you'll be too full to eat the bad choices that might be at the funeral. That will work IF you have will power. When you're at the funeral, look around for the lowest cal foods. Hopefully, there will be a veggie tray or a fruit salad. Good luck!


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Just checking in. My DH and I went grocery shopping. I got a lot of steps in. I am not looking forward to Saturday. We have a funeral to attend. I will be working in the kitchen to help in serving the family. I hope that I can keep it all together concerning my food intake. Around all of that food will make my juices flow. I am going to try to stay in control.

Any suggestions?

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Good afternoon team! We are having a sunny “cool” day with highs in the low 60s and windy, so no outside walk for me today, since I’m such a wimp. I’ll bet the much cooler weather that Bonnie is having won’t keep HER from taking a walk. I will go to the gym tonight.
I’m on a new “kick”!! I’ve joined a “Plank Challenge” and a “Bridge Challenge” I found on an I-Phone app called “30DAYS”. If you’re interested in what planks and bridges exercises are, you can “google” them. Of course I have to “modify” the challenge to suit a 70+ woman.

SLIMMER, On gym days I eat practically nothing BUT carbs, all day, plus my low fat cheese sticks and LF cottage cheese. I know I’m bad! I have bread and cereal and a few other things around the edges of my day. I don’t like to eat veggies on gym days because they make me feel “bloated”. The other days, I have veggies for BREAKFAST plus I’ll have fruit and an egg and a more balanced diet. Carbs don’t seem to make me tired.

MARLENE, I hope the doctor finds the cause of the bulge in your DH’s groin. I would want to find out what it is ASAP! It doesn’t sound like anything that he would get from working out at the gym (in my opinion)
About your DB and nephew – I’m in the same situation with my 82 year old mentally handicapped brother, who lives in a nursing home in CT. My husband wants to be in FL from the end of October through the end of April. My brother used to be able to make 2 trips to FL every winter, but his health is failing, so now I’m making 2 trips to CT this winter instead, which is costing me about $700. I can understand where your nephew might feel “torn” between staying with his father versus staying in FL with his wife. I know how it feels to be in the middle of such a situation. I feel like I’m part of a sandwich.

SERENA, I really envy your “youthful” energy! You remind me of the reason I joined Sparkpeople 6 years ago (after reading about it in my Good Housekeeping magazine). My purpose in joining was that I wanted a support system to help keep me active. It has accomplished that and so much more. Now, my priority on Sparkpeople and especially the Slimming Seniors, is the friendships that have developed over the years.
I hope you continue to maintain your very active lifestyle for a very long time and we’ll be right here to cheer you on!
I can just picture your little menagerie trying to comfort Aspen. Animals are really aware of what’s going on more than we’ll ever know. Please give gentle hugs to Aspen for me.

ALLIE, I know that Spanish would be a very useful language to learn, since there are so many Hispanic people in our population, but I'm not as disciplined as Slimmer and Sue to stick to the program. So I will continue to walk around the stores, a little frustrated and bewildered when I'm surrounded by Spanish speaking people, which does happen more than I'd like it to. If I learn the language at all, it will probably be from reading it on items I buy at the grocery store.
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Good afternoon team:

Slimmer: I never really was interested in learning Spanish when I was in school. When I worked in Florida I worked with spanish speaking people and I got pretty good at understanding what they were saying, I just couldn't reply. I also worked with Koreans at one time and we all got so friendly they would speak to me in their language and they would forget I didn't understand Korean. I leaned to watch their body language and we all communicated one way or the other. I think it is very interesting to learn about other cultures, we can learn so much from each other.

Marlene: I'm sorry you didn't find satisfaction at the Drs. for Walt. I find dealing with doctors can be very frustrating at times.

Peggy: It was very difficult when I had to put my dog down a few years ago. She could no longer walk and I took her to one vet after another until they found out what was wrong with her. I made her comfortable and spent a lot of time with her until I had to have her put to sleep. I am so glad you are able to spend time with Aspen. Our pets are very special to us and it is so painful for us and them when they aren't well.

Elise: I will keep my fingers crossed that you don't get too much snow this Friday. I am sure you have had plenty to last you for awhile. I know all about cabin fever, this is the time of the year for it. I hope you were able to get out, even if it was only for a little bit.

Grace: I loved your post and I think you did very well writing it. I hope you had a good nights sleep. Thanks for being there for everyone.

I finally got to the hairdresser and what a difference., She said I was certainly overdue.

I walked in the house last night for an hour and I am going to walk inside again today. I turn my music on, crank it up and I go for it. It certainly helps my mood and puts me in a different frame of mind.

One of the people at my church called me to see how I was. I told her I was coming back to church soon. The last time I was at church we didn't have any heat and that is why I was staying away. The church has been struggling to survive like so many churches, but I don't need to get sick again by going to church. I have been watching programs on tv when I can't get to church.

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Hola! 45 and sunny

Well, I had another messed up night of sleep and ate more bad and that put me right to sleep because of too many carbs for sugar but it is nice to sleep but ohhhh my sugar number at noon when I got up was not good... not fair

I have cleaned up the papers around my desk and ready to start doing... then

..I read Serena's post and just reading what she does Wore Me Out! ...hmmm

Thinking of going into school ... we are to do like 7 hrs outside of class a week... but I am tired and my hand muscles are sore from yesterday...and it is soooo messy and there is soooo much cleanup... I am not inspired... yet

Read Tartuffe a play last night... boring and I never got into it.. written too heavy... at 60 percent done with War and Peace

Should do my Morning Pages and back to Spanish... the words are making more sense...Why do the Spanish have to say things so funny... like backwards???

Well... hmmm I'm not moving in any direction... just veggin ...at the computer...

What to do????

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Hello Team Sisters. We saw DH doctor this AM and I feel like he left us hanging in limbo. He could not find a hernia. However, he felt a small bulge in the groin area. Walt's blood pressure and statin medications don't agree with him and it is possible that is the source. OR he could have strained himself at the gym. The surgeon is going to call our family physian about making a change. If Walt gets worse he is to call.

Grace, my nephew has only his wife (&cats). They spend the winters in FL.

Speaking of FL we have made the decision to go there for the month of March. I made it clear that if my brother's condition becomes critical or he passes I will fly home and DH is okay with that. I am praying that Bob continues to remain stable. Our DD will stay in touch by visiting and consulting with the Hospice nurse.

Weather wise, we got about four inches of snow from the storm.

Must go eat some lunch.

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Good morning everyone.
My goal is to learn names on this team a couple at a time.
Elise, I think you were on another team I was on at one time. It's great you are back with your bf.
Slimmer, you sound like me! Non stop! I go and go and go to keep busy. Up until last spring I was working nights on the mainland and several days a week here on the island at what is now my only job. I was also dancing and hiking and spending most nights at the beach out in the kayak and traveling as much as possible. Now it's hiking mornings before work, working 9 or 10 hour days, running off on my days off to Whistler or Oregon or the mountains for skiing or more hiking or wine tasting. I took pottery classes at one time also.

Grace, thank you so much for your kind thoughts for my Aspen girl. I brought her cats in to see her today. She was happy to see Bella Annie but not so much Donovan. She was very happy to have her cockatiel, Beautiful, down to snuggle with her. That bird has always thought he was a dog and she encouraged him. I guess he is her puppy. I got him when he was about 5 as a rescue bird. He had been injured and never has flown. I left him in the back of the house on his cage and went to flag down a delivery truck. Came back in the house about 10 minutes later and had 2 golden retrievers, a small papillon and a cockatiel sitting in a line at the front door waiting for me. Aspen has always mothered everyone.

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5Ks are great! Have fun.

Need to get the other 3 dogs out on the trail this morning. I am on "forced" vacation since I was called for jury duty this week. I will spend the time with the girl but the other 3 need some hiking. I can do the whole trail system today!! It will get my steps up for the week on the fitbit!!
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Good morning!!!!!!

Today I'm supposed to go out to the store(I hope so-I'm getting cabin fever). They say that more snow is coming Friday(ugh!).

Peggy-A 5K!!!!! Good for you!!!!!!! I can't do a 2 blocks.

Ellen-Thanks!!!! I do miss him. I want to be with someone-I don't like being alone all the time.

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Hola! 34 out at 11pm and Windy!

School today... now have 2 pots in the kiln and 4 glazed and ready to go into another kiln

nobody else has cooked or painted any pots and out of the 4 of us One has done her pots and 3 cylinders!!! Another girl has done 2 pots and I don't think the others have created anything yet.

so I am ahead but aughhhhhhh
Cecile... it is just practice practice practice... nothing is really ruined .. I just have not caught on to making a 3in. wide 6in. tall cylinder

Now my project is to spend $1500.00 in make believe money on professional pottery and then make something like one of them

Then to make a Power Point to show the things we choose
Then also I have to find a ceramic mag article to share with everyone

We also had to enter the 3-D Art Exhibit... I put in my ceramic Banana and my lightbulb pillow.. I got 100's on both of them... This should be interesting my teacher is the judge... I don't know how she is going to do that a lot do good stuff... but I was her like 2nd and 3rd ever 100 grade in her teaching history.

I also entered a ceramic piece to be on the cover of a local magazine.

Just finished a few more books and plays and ordered 12 more...

Ellen ..Allie... who said they like the leash I have on life... hmmm some times I feel it is more like a rope around my neck... and I have to just do more and go faster.

Actually ya might think I do a lot but I really have slowed down from all I used to do... I find I have to rest where before like with my HAM radio I would be on the air from 5pm Friday night to 5pm on Sunday night almost with no sleep and it didn't bother me.

I ate some bad things tonight... realizing again.. it is from stress... mostly I don't like failing at something and I can't get this cylinder thing happening... not like me.

I am like Robert Redford in... The Way We Were... where he said... things just come easy to him... that's me...

Well, better get to bed... but I am still wound up a bit...

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Good evening team! I’ve been keeping up with the blizzard “news” on the TV and Facebook. Our neighborhood in CT got 18”. Luck for us, we’re in FL for the winter.

SERENA, I’ll be thinking about you and Aspen tonight. I know how frustrated and helpless you must be feeling right now, since the vet couldn’t give you a diagnosis. ((hugs)) to both of you.

CECILE, Your computer problems might be from the storm in New England. On the news they said that it affected Facebook so I guess it could have affected the internet as well. I hope you get full service back soon!

ELLEN, I was confused about your Synvisc shots because when I had mine I had to get 3 shots in each knee at a rate of one a week. The doctor would only do one knee at a time so the whole process took 6 weeks. Now, I see that they have Synvisc One! It’s so much more convenient to get it over with in both knees in one day! I did read that it will take about a month to feel the positive affects of the shots. I’m wishing you good luck with it.

SHIRLEY, Ellen made some good points about why you should give your son the exercycle. Probably, in your “sub-conscious” you are not comfortable going up and down those stairs, which is why you are reluctant to go down there to ride the bike. Is there anyplace on the first floor where you could put it? Or, as Ellen also suggested, chair exercise are very affective. My class spends 25 minutes doing chair exercises. There are lots of good clips on the internet that demonstrate them. Also, Sparkpeople has videos of chair workouts.

PEGGY, You won’t have any problem doing the 5K walk. When you’re walking with a group, the time will go by quickly. Keep us posted on your training progress!

ALLIE, Mirrors are my enemies! Especially the ones that make me look older and fatter than I think I am. (smile)
Please let us know how your eye doc appointment goes.

BONNIE, Congratulations on the birth of your grand nephew! Maybe you can post pictures of him, wearing the clothes you bought him! I agree with Shirley about your walking, even when the temps are so cold. It takes a very disciplined person to go walking in the cold. My low temp “cutoff” is 65 degrees.

SUE, Good for YOU, hitting the 500 mile mark, on Fitbit. I want to get a Fitbit, but in the meantime, I’m using a phone app called “Runkeeper” to keep track of my miles and time. It’s linked to Sparkpeople so my info is automatically recorded on my activity feed.

MARLENE, I’m glad you had a good anniversary! It sounds like you were treated royally on your special day.
I feel bad for your brother, having only one child, when he’s having health problems. It’s probably not easy being an only child with no one to share the burden with. How long was your nephew able to spend with his Father before he had to go back to FL? Does your nephew have a family and job in FL?

SLIMMER, That’s too bad about your ceramic project getting messed up. I know you’ll do much better on the next project.

It’s past my bedtime so I’ll have to close for the night. I’m sorry I didn’t get to everybody. I’ll try to better next time.




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Hey Peggy, good luck on your 5K walk. I hope it is everything that you hoped it will be.

I am from NC and we are having some cool weather. Today it was in the 30's. We were not in the path of the blizzard this time.

I pray that all who are will be safe.

God Bless.

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I spent my day off today being screened for jury duty. All I wanted to do was be on the floor with Aspen. After a full day of questioning I finally got to come home. I think I glared at the defendant too much. She was sleeping through the entire process and the attorneys were arguing that she was not going to take the stand. If she was not willing to speak for herself and was so stoned she could not stay awake, I had very little interest in trying to be impartial. One other juror maybe stood up, before I could, to say the same thing and there was a pretty big response from the rest of us.

I am glad that the storm did not do as much damage as was expected. I still wish we would get some of that snow in our mountains.

I need to get back to the kitchen and be with my angel girl now.


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I am having majot outer problems. I a posting from my kobo eBook.

I cannot access my search engine Google Chrome. Could it be due to the storm that is going on in the States and Canada you think?

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



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My DH and I drove to Lawrence, KS (the University of Kansas here) today. It is not a far drive and we enjoy Mass Avenue which is the downtown. It is so a college town; full of interesting people. There is antique mall my DH enjoys and we were able to park in front of it. Then we drove a few blocks and found a parking place across the street from a bakery where we had lunch. My knees were really hurting after the mall and walking a few blocks from the bakery. I still have 5 weeks before I will know if the shots will work or I need to go for knee replacements.

I am so glad the team members on the East Coast did not experience what New England is receiving. It sounds bad there.

Elise - best of luck with your BF relationship.

Shirley - I think you should give your DS the bike. I feel this way because 1) I am not sure you have any business going up and down those stairs unless you have physical therapy and get a doctor's ok and 2) if he is like most people after six months he may be giving it back to you. (smile). I think you would be better off doing chair exercises in your living room. I can't imagine if you fell down those stairs. Bad knees and ankles could go out so quickly. We think we can catch ourselves, but not always. Those are my thoughts (smile) *I never did get downstairs last night to ride my bike. Between the laundry, vacuuming, mopping the kitchen and I was done!

Peggy - best of luck on your 5K walk. I would love to be able to do one again.

Allie- I am so glad that your cataract surgery was so successful and can't wait until you get the other one. You are so full of life that you need to see clearly all around you!

Bonnie - Congrats on your new niece!!

SueB - just think how far you could have gone if that 500 miles had been in a straight line!

Slimmer - I thought of you today as the bakery we were in had paintings for sale on the walls. None were as good as what your paintings are.

I need to close and get busy! The day is almost over.

Ellen





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By the way, I'm back with my BF--he said that he missed me too much.

Shirley--It finally stopped snowing-I think that we got about 6". I'm fine!!!!!! I'm having trouble typing so I'll be back tomorrow.

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emoticon to Diane and Serena.

I am Peggy from Phoenix, AZ. I have been with SP since 2007. Married with 4 kids, 3 stepkids, 8 grandchildren and 8 step grandchildren.

On Feb. 21st, I am going to try a 5K walk not run. I started today working out on my treadmill. Wish me luck.

Shirley, our book study group is very large and I do feel a little intimated. The last session is this coming Saturday.

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Good afternoon team:

Bonnie: Congratulations on your new grandnephew - emoticon

Sue B: I am sure someone will be grateful for the furniture you donated.

emoticon Serena and Elise. My apologies if I missed any of the most recent new members.

Marlene and Walt: Happy Belated Anniversary emoticon

Ellen: I hope you feel some relief with your pain in your knees.

Marlene: I think Hospice is wonderful and I am glad you are able to have Hospice for your brother.

Slimmer: I am impressed by the way you embrace life. You go girl.

Yvonne: Just wanted to say hi and tell you how much I enjoy your posts.

I got a grand total of 1.2" of snow. That is fine with me. I was looking forward to more snow but I wasn't too eager to shovel.

I am getting my hair cut and colored tomorrow. Now that I can see better it is hard to look in the mirror. I am not putting myself down, we all know how we feel when we really don't look our best. I want to get my hair done before I get my next surgery.

I have an eye appointment this Thursday and I should be able to arrange the cataract surgery for my left eye. I know if the doctor does as good a job with my left eye as she did with my right eye, I will be overjoyed. I have had vision problems for so long it is such a relief to be able to drive more, read, watch TV. It is amazing how much I was coping with until I finally made up my mind that I had to have cataract surgery.

I hope everyone is having a good day. I am going to try to do some walking today, either inside or outside. I still have lingering effects from the flu that I got at Christmas time. Nothing major I just need to sleep a lot from time to time.

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Good Morning, Team.

It's 30 degrees outside. After the snow finally finished, sometime last night, we only got about 1 1/2". But, That's GOOD! I didn't want any more than that. Our area was on the edge between rain and snow. It is supposed to be in the low 30's for the rest of the week so this snow will probably hang on for awhile.

My niece had her baby boy last night and my nephew sent us a recording of the baby crying. Sounds like he has a good pair of lungs!! I'm anxiously waiting for a picture.

@Marlene - emoticon Happy Belated Anniversary Greetings.

Like Shirley said, I wouldn't judge your nephew too harshly. What you & the other family members see as a simple act of shutting down his life and staying with his Dad, may not actually be all that it appears. At a time like this, everyone has to do what is right for them.
When my step-mother died, my sister was very angry with me because I didn't make the 6-7 hour trip up to the Pennsylvania/New York line in the dead of winter with a pretty significant snow on the ground for the burial. I wasn't close to my stepmother as she married my Father after I had married and she and my Father moved to her home in Pennsylvania. But I had talked to her on the phone and wrote her letters through the years. You do what gives you peace.

@Serena - I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. I've never had a dog but I've suffered the illnesses and deaths of many cats and 2 horses in my life. It never gets easier. My thoughts are with you.

@Shirley - When I took my walk on Sunday the snow hadn't started yet. It is always strange to see the Lake with ice on it and the ducks trying to handle the situation.

I hope we all are having a wonderful day and those of us in cold climates are staying warm and dry. I'm ready for SPRING now.
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emoticon emoticon BELATED HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MARLENE & WALT! emoticon emoticon
Sorry I'm running a day late. As you know I didn't get here to post yesterday. I hope your day was as special as the two of you are.

Good Morning Everyone -

I got some team business done yesterday, but not much. It was laundry day, our son came to visit, and the day just evaporated it seemed as far as time is concerned.
Serena - Welcome emoticon We are indeed happy to have you as a member of our team and I hope you will be happy with us. *Your story about your Golden, Aspen, especially touches me as we've just gone through something similar with our 14 year old Shih Tzu, Holly. Her cancer was spreading, and her quality of life was getting worse, so we had her put down December 22. Yes, saying goodbye to our dear four legged children is Very Hard. *I loved what you said about wishing God had texted or sent you an email about what direction He wanted you to go instead of catastrophic events. I've felt that way a time or two myself, and understand your thinking - smile.

Elise - the main topic of conversation on the news channel I watch was the winter storm hitting yours, Bonnie's and Allie's areas I gather. Our older grandchild lives in NYC, and I just hope all is well with him as is all of you effected by this monster storm. Good Gosh! They were saying 2 feet accumulation if not more. Be sure to stay in touch so we know you are okay. *Goldens are wonderful dogs. My husband and I both love the breed, but somehow we have never owned one

Marlene - thanks for the update on Bob. Don't be too hard on your nephew, Bob's son. Doing what you'd like for him to do is easier said than done. I speak with some experience. I went through this for years with my parents, stepmother, and finally my dad. Daddy wouldn't move up here, and I understood that. Unlike the situation with Bob's family, I do have a brother that lives in the same town, but I knew I would look after Daddy better than my brother. My husband didn't want to move back to Georgia, we have a son here, plus we've lived here for the better part of a lifetime. We too were criticized by my husband's family, as his parents were going through their last days that we weren't there, and yet he had a brother and sister there doing for them. All we can do is the best we can. * Thanks for your input about the FitBit. I would so appreciate you letting me know what you think of its accuracy as time goes on.

Slimmer - bananas are a good food, and I find they help me to avoid leg cramps. They are a moderate glycemic index food, so not bad. I eat only a half one daily, and I try to avoid the very ripe ones which are supposed to contain more sugar than those ripe but to the green side. Eating that banana with peanut butter should have helped keep you blood sugar inline; however, you eat the type of peanut butter that has coconut oil in it, and I know nothing about how that would impact blood sugar.

Sue - you are so right about too much stuff. I've got so much to get rid of, and this is with getting rid of lots when we moved her 9 years ago.

Ellen - you got more accomplished than I did yesterday. As I said earlier in this post, my day just seemed to evaporate yesterday. * Personalities - I am outgoing as I'm sure all of you know by now, but I'm also very sensitive to not only my own feelings but to those of others, so I can be put in my place very easily. Most of my life my easy going, accepting manner of others has been misconstrued as weakness, until someone pushed me too far, and they found out I may be kind and understanding but not a doormat. I have a shy side too, but not too many people know this. * Hope you got your bike ride in yesterday. My son and I discussed my bike again yesterday. He really, REALLY would like to have it if I'm not going to use it.

Yvonne - WOW! You really hit the jackpot yesterday spinning those flags. I've gotten 50 points before, but never two on one day. That was some impressive point score! On the first team I started in SP, we had a member who claimed she got 1500 points one day. I asked her how on earth she did that, as did some others on the team. We didn't get an answer, all we achieved was offending the woman as I'm sure she thought we were accusing her of cheating. * Papillions and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have to be among the cutest of dogs, I so agree. But when it comes to cats and dogs I've yet to find one that I don't think is gorgeous with mutts sometimes being the cutest.

Bonnie - with the weather you are having you are to be commended for going for that walk yesterday. I hope to hear from you today so I/we know all is well with you. As said earlier in this post, there was much about all the snow hitting the east coast right now. Most of the news had to do with NYC, so I'm not sure just how far north, south and west it went. Marlene mentioned getting 2' of snow where she lives which is quite a ways inland, and Elise mentioned this too. * I hope all goes well with your niece's delivery. Keep us posted.

Allie - oh my ... with this monster storm, I too am so very glad that dead tree is gone. You have prepared well. Please stay in and stay safe. * Our car is below a half tank of gas, which I never like to let happen, but during the winter I try to be especially careful about keeping the tank full. Think I will try to get out today and fill up the tank.
Sharon and Cecile - emoticon Hi! I hope all is well with you both today.

Make today a healthy and happy one -

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Buenos dias Sparkfriends.
FitBit has informed me that I have completed 500 miles-woohoo!!
Have to take son to the doctor this morning and got wash going. That's all that is happening here. Hopefully will remain a quiet day. Cold and sunny out there-supposed to get to the 50's- so we'll see.
Me gusta el sol (I like sunshine)!!! God Bless you all.

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Good morning everyone!!!!!!

Well, it's still snowing & they say it will stop around 2:00 or 3:00. I don't know how much we going to get but I'm sick of it(where is the spring? LOL). I'm staying in again & try not to get cabin fever!!!!

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Thank you Team Sisters for the anniversary wishes. We had a quiet day. We got 2+" of snow during the night so we just stayed in all day.

Ellen, I think it was the Hotel Hershey where you had dinner. Their food is good and atmosphere is elegant. There were six of us and we had a delightful time. I will try to post photos.

emoticon new members. I am Marlene - live in Pennsylvania near the Maryland/Pennsylvania border; married 62 years; two daughters and five grandchildren. I have been a member of this team for seven yrs and these women have become my sisters.

Grace and Shirley, thank you for asking about my DB Bob. Since the Hospice staff have been visiting several times a week he is doing much better. The new meds. have kept the fluid build-up to a minimum. I am somewhat concerned as his son (only child) is flying back to Florida this week. His father suggested that he do this. Hospice nurse is to call or email him every Thurs., oftener if necessary. He has been a great help to Bob and his wife and I am worried that Bob may slip into a "funk" after a few days. ........... I personally think the son should close up his house down there, pack the car, including his wife and the cats, and come back to York to be with his father. I might add, other family members feel the same way.

I recently bought a FitBit and find it fairly accurate in counting my steps. I do like the easy way to log in activities and especially food. I haven't gotten up to 10,000 steps daily but at least I am moving. When the weather gets nice I will be more active.

Guess that is it for today. Everyone have a great week.

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Hola! ..only 38 but it feels worse cold and damp... and very windy

Marlene.......... Happy Anniverary!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you both a great Day!

Cooked chicken, read, did Spanish went to library... Picked up Spanish CD's will see what they are about. I am progressing very slowly right now...

Ate a banana with my cocoanut oil peanut butter spread on it... when I went out I Did Not get any ice cream... having thoughts again...

I got the banana the other day because I thought might be a good idea to get some extra potassium in me... but they usually make my sugar go to high to have very often.

since I have had so much veggie soup which is watery ...I think I have been flushing too much good stuff out of me... seems like my calves felt like Charlie horses starting in them???

I just enter a photo of a ceramic piece for submission to be on ..it is either the schools or local magazine... One more art goal achieved... have to try first!

I was going to enter 3 other art pieces in a show... but aughhhhhhhhh I can't or don't have the email... it is on the door at school... tomorrow! ..If it is not too late now...

on to Spanish... yo hablo espaniol ..si y no? Mostly No...

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SERENA, I'm very sorry to read about your golden, Aspen. Please know that you and Aspen will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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Hola Sparkfriends!!!
Happy anniversary Marlene!
Yvonne I hardly ever get high points-congratulations
Welcome new members!!!! Great to have you here. I am Sue B. deep in the heart of Dixie.
Gray and about 50 here but it's winter-about April/May we will immediately go into summer. No spring here ever.
Hubby and I rearranged the bedroom this morning. I got rid of my headboard, two lamps and a small table. They were really getting on my nerves so off to the donation store they went. I am trying to minimize so my kids won't have to deal with "stuff" when I'm gone. I've had to deal with too much of other folks stuff through the years and don't want to put that on anybody.
Got my 10,000 steps in so everything else is gravy!!
Estoy feliz (I am happy)!!! God Bless

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Happy Anniversary Marlene! emoticon

emoticon Serena and Diane – Welcome to our team. I am Ellen and I live in the KC metro on the Kansas side. I have been on this team since 2007 and I am currently trying to drop five to seven pounds. I have really bad knees and currently waiting to see if the Sync Visc shots I received last week will help me. If I can’t walk a mile after six weeks, I am going back to the orthopedic surgeon for knee replacements. I miss my walks. I echo all the comments that the others have made about how great this team and its leaders are.

Today is laundry day, plus I am cleaning baths and hope to do the woodwork in the Master bedroom with lemon oil.

Serena – I love the Northwest! My DH (dear husband) is from Port Angeles although I met him in Texas. We have visited his sisters several times.
Yvonne – I am not getting high points, so maybe you are just lucky! I only won 2 points for the team.

Bonnie – I am a mixture of shy and very outgoing. Sometimes growing up I went through very shy periods. Around five, I hated having my photo taken, then I went through periods of being very talkative and in my twenties and early thirties, I have extreme low self-esteem. I still have to force myself in new situations and around new people. *When I had shingles, around six weeks, the pain became less, but then I would have good days and bad days. Then, I went through a period where I was so afraid of it would not be good day.

I am hoping to get in a long bike ride on my stationary bike downstairs, so I will close for now.

Ellen


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It's lightly snowing here but they expect a lot more by tomorrow. I wish spring was here!!!!!!

Serena--When we were growing up we had a Golden Retriever named Tammy. She was a wonderful dog--friendly, gentle & loving. She lived until about 11 years old. I really miss her!!!! I'm sorry yours is not feeling well!!!!!!

Elise--Middlesex County, NJ

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emoticon Happy Anniversary Marlene! emoticon emoticon

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MARLENE AND WALT !
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Good morning
For all of those waiting for, or getting heavy snow, I wish with all of my heart we could take that from you! Whistler, where I am supposed to be in a couple weeks, is 32 at the summit and 34 at the base and there is only 55 inches of snow. It's all man made at the base and probably very slushy. Not at all what I wanted for my first season back skiing since 2002. I love the snow. I spent my younger years in Traverse City, Michigan.

None of you know me or my routine or pattern. This last 2 weeks have been extremely difficult for me. The beautiful Golden Retriever partially seen in my picture has been very ill. The vet thought cancer or an immune issue. The radiologist down in Seattle could not find any source although her liver and spleen are 3 times normal size. Her platelets are so low they would not do an aspiration to see if they could find any strange cancer cells. The pathologist told my vet that she is a very interesting case. She is now unable to make it outside without collapsing. She is not in pain and she wants to be with me. Aspen has been with me since birth as was her mother. I also had her grandmother and father and grandfather. She has been my running partner and started the journey on SP in 2008 with me. She loves all things furry or with feathers which comes from her father who had his own chicken that slept with him. Cats, even the ferals out here in the woods have all come to her. She is the most amazing friend. She stopped hiking 2 weeks ago when she had to rest half way through the trail. I don't expect her to last the rest of this week. She and I are staying pretty close together along with my youngest golden and the papillon in the picture with her. She did not have enough time to train the young golden in her ways. It is breaking my heart watching her go and not knowing why. My vet has been in contact all weekend and is standing by. I am losing my best friend and the very last of my own golden retriever line. It is so hard to say goodbye.

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Good morning! I just rolled 50 pts. for this team, and another 50 pts. for the Leslie Sansone team. I've been having incredible luck on these rolls.... yesterday my total spark points was 247. Wow!!!! Is SP being generous to motivate us during these cold months. Anyone else experiencing great luck on these rolls?

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Good Morning, Team.

emoticon Welcome Diane and Serena. My name is Bonnie and I live with my husband and 2 cats in Maryland. I have a horse who I board about a 30 min. drive from me. This team is made up of some very nice "senior" members who are trying to stay healthy and lose weight. I'm 67 and at this time in my life I've decided to concentrate more on feeling well, staying strong and being happy than worrying over my weight. If I lose some weight in the process, that's a bonus.

The snow outside is coming down gently. We've only received a "dusting" so far but more is supposed to fall this afternoon. Luckily my area is on the line between snow and rain so we are only expected to get 1-3". Sounds like further North is going to get "slammed".

My 1st grand nephew is being born (induced) today but so far I haven't heard anything.

I took a walk around the Lake yesterday. I hadn't been there in quite some time, due to the weather and MUD. One third of the lake was water but the rest was ice. I saw a large group of seagulls standing on the ice. They looked out of their element!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday.
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Hey everyone, thank you so much for the heartfelt welcomes extended to me. I am so glad to have wonderful Sparkers like you as my friends. I look forward to being on this journey with you.

God Bless.

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Good morning & emoticon Serena!!!!!!!! You are going to LOVE this group!!!!!! Shirley & Grace are wonderful leaders. You'll get plenty of support here.

It's going to snow again here--they say a "blizzard"(who knows how much). I REALLY can't wait for spring! So, I'm staying in & doing the usual things I do when I stay in. Oh, well!!!!!

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Bonsoir mes amies!

emoticon Diane and Serena. I know you will like the team members and Shirley is a wonderful team leader along with Grace helping out.

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

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Good evening team:

emoticon to the many most recent new team members.

I have gassed up the car, bought groceries and I have a snow shovel and rock salt at each door. All I can do now is sit back and wait for the storm. I lived in Maine for many years so snow and storms don't really bother me.

I am so thankful I no longer have the dead tree next door. We are supposed to have very high winds so I won't have to worry about the tree falling on my house on on my car.


I am looking forward to the snow. I will probably have to shovel but I am not going to overdo it.

I hope everyone stays safe, warm and happy.

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Serena welcome! emoticon

You live in one of my favorite parts of the United States. Have not been to Whitby Island, but you're the third acquaintance (if I can call you that already) who has moved there! I have lots of relatives in your general area, in Washington and Oregon, because an aunt with seven children moved there years ago, and she now has lots of great grandchildren.... an enviable large family who still are very close.

I didn't know what a Papillon was until just this month when I read a book on a puppy mill. The owner specialized in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Papillons. They're both adorable little dogs, and didn't deserve the way they were treated.

I'm Yvonne, just recently moved from Texas to Missouri, love gardening, reading, singing, all kinds of handwork (but mainly quilting and crazy quilting), have a husband, three children and seven grandchildren. My main forms of exercise are the Walking away the Pound DVDs, walking, the elliptical, weight lifting, and yoga. Am trying to increase my strength training right now, without moving too fast and causing an injury.

Still unpacking to some extent, but mostly getting my sewing room organized so I can stand to work in there.

You'll love this network.

Yvonne

P.S. My San Diego brother just suffered from renter problems, too. Two days before being evicted for non-payment of rent, their house burned down. Now my brother is going through the problems with building another house from ground up.

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I need to go in and change my status! I had trees that had to come down last spring and I had renters that decided not to move in plus a few other financial things all happen in a 48 hour period and I had to call my new boss and let him know I could not move to Spokane for the new job. I stayed at a hospital that works with active duty Navy, retirees and the civilians on our island. I have 4 yrs before I can retire from here and look forward to possibly doing some private practice or supervision at that time. It was a huge disappointment to have to give up a job I had worked so hard to get but everything is for a purpose and apparently a higher power made a decision and acted to get me to listen!! I wish he would just send a text or an email rather then catastrophic events!! emoticon

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SERENA, emoticon Welcome to our team! We have a few members who use Fitbit. You are one of the youngest and closer to goal than most of our active members. We do have
Ellen (user name - 8HABIT) who usually weighs under 130. You're probably more physically active than the rest of us, since you're still running. There are lots of walkers on our team. We're all doing the best we can to stay as active as we can. I used to be a runner, but with arthritis in most of my major joints, walking will have to do. I also work out with weights and teach a Low Impact exercise class, when I'm in FL for the winter months.
I have to warn you that we're a very chatty group. But, you probably won't find a more friendly, supportive group of women, especially our fantastic leader, Shirley.
I'm looking forward to getting to know you.
Good luck with your new career at the VA hospitals. Helping our veterans must be such a rewarding job. I hope you enjoy your new job AND your new lifestyle!!




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I am Serena. I am 62 yrs of age and I have been on SP since 2008 and have been on and off of different teams. I work full time in a rural hospital emergency room so it's very difficult to keep up on discussions and I tend to get lost and drift away. I have been on a wonderful Fitbit support group since last spring,however a few weeks ago they must have done some maintenance and some of us are no longer receiving notifications so postings have dropped off to almost nothing. I need a new support group!
I am down to my last 5 lbs--it was 2 before the holidays!--and am trying to sprint to the finish line.
I have become a promoter for Visalus nutrition program and it has worked wonders helping me get back on track.
I have 3 grown daughters, 1 grandson, 2 golden retrievers and 2 papillons plus cats, birds and horses. I live on a lovely island in the Northwest and my passions-- besides the animals --are reading, hiking, diving, travel and I will get back into trail running when he mud dries up! I also just got back into downhill skiing but the snow this year has been almost non existent.
I look forward to getting to know you all

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Hola Diane!!!!! Mucho gusto!!!!
Lol-Slimmer and I are learning Spanish via Duolingo-she is miles ahead of me. It is great that you chose us -we are all about chatting and sharing. Just a great group of (mostly) ladies.My name is Sue if you want to see my Sparkpage and blog (which I have not updated recently I'm afraid).
Once again-Hello and nice to meet you!!

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Hola! Mi poopta.... I don't think that is Spanish... but I am... Pooped!

I went to school for 3 hrs... I trimmed 2 pots and glazed 2 pots...

I went to take one pot off the board to start trimming... and it stuck... so I used the wire tool to cut it off the bottom... Aughhhhhhh it cut on a slant and went right through into the insides of the pot...

I didn't even flinch... I cleaned off the top pieces and added and made a new size bottom out of the old piece and put them together... and that was my best pot too

Hi Diane... really is the best group for over 60 people... not all about weight on here but ALLLLLLLLLLLL the things we do and have an affect on why we are the way we are

many of us have been around for over 7 years!!!! Daily pretty much too... most of the time over the years we don't gain weight... but many are not too far down from where we started and some have done well...

getting older is hard enough... and again losing weight on top of that... plus retiring... or worse in these years we start losing friends and family members... life ain.t easy

I'm 65 always single... I'm too picky...hump... guess the guys are too LOL... I was a Deputy Clerk for the Circuit Court in Sarasota, FL for 35 yrs I retired and moved to Dahlonega Ga starting in April my 6th year now... I go to college it is free in GA... working on my 3rd and 4th degree now in Art... I just learned I can draw and paint so I am going to be an Artist! I read a lot ..ranked 15th in world on Facebook I don't have any pets or kids... I have worked on losing weight all my life ...but 15 yr ago or so I weighed at least 288 this yr I got down to 200.5 I AM going to get under 200 this year! (of course I have said that for a few years now but I meant it each time... but I also don't exercise regular or work at losing like I used to... and I have to really work at losing to lose) I also am a diabetic and don't take meds..

That's about it... now to reading and more Spanish learning... necessario studio mucho........ I guess O?... ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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Welcome Diane! I am looking forward to getting to know you better.

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1/25/15 2:24 P

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Diane - WELCOME! emoticon We are so happy to have you join our team and best of all start posting right away. We hope you will enjoy our little group. I don't think you will find a more friendly or supportive team in Spark People.

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1/25/15 1:49 P

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emoticon Diane!!!!! This is a great team & Shirley is a great leader!!!! We give a lot of support to everyone!!!!!!

Shirley--I just love to hold a book in my hands(I can't afford to buy a Kindle). I hear we are getting more snow this week but I don't know how much.

Today I'm just relaxing, The weather does make me a little sleepy.

Be back tomorrow.

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DIANE, emoticon Welcome to our team! I hope you enjoy joining this very supportive and chatty group of women. Our leader, Shirley, is one of the best on Sparkpeople. We all "hang out" on Gen Chat. Then there's a Weightloss thread that's pretty popular and a monthly "New Month-New Me" challenge you might like to join. Please feel free to go to my Sparkpage to see what I'm all about. I'm looking forward to getting to know you!

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Hola... I went back to bed and sleep Another... 4 hours!!!!!!!! Think I was tired... said I had had a baaaaaaaaad night the night before

Shirley I rarely sleep through the night.. mostly because of caffeine and I drink a lot before I go to sleep so I have to get up at least once

Yup eating lots of fats and not eating carbs is the way a diabetic should pretty much eat... and ..Once .. they find out what is right... for them... then they can add back to keep sugar where they want.

Odd that she said she does not eat veggies... there is nothing wrong with broccoli and cauliflour ...and green beans are not bad, but most everything else could be a problem...
like: No peas potatoes tomatos carrots sweet potatoes the first two here are like scrubbers and pushers of food in the intestines... makes waste move faster through the system

but if she is losing that much let her keep doing whatever she is doing... Was she very over weight?

Only think I bet she is on meds........... but since she is doing do good... she will not know when her body is doing ok and that she could get off the ..bad.. meds... that is where I think Doctors are hurting people

I'm not awake yet...uck.. I really don't want to play with clay today hmmm

Oh.. I remember back in FL Englewood always seemed to have a tornado touch down with a lot of damage almost in the same area ..I wonder if this one was close to where it wiped out the shopping center in the past???

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