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12/16/17 12:07 A

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Good morning though for many it’s the middle of the night. My sleeping pattern is so erratic. 9 pm last night to 3 13 a m today . I couldn’t sleep on so made tea and got my I pad ,I can chat on line for a while . Maybe have a nap later .
I didn’t know what I was starting when I said on local net work I made twiddle blankets. I thought for Alzheimer’s patients . Oh no,I have had requests for ones for all ages. They help restless hands and minds of all ages. Today there was a message from a baby’s mother! i asked for more details,age capability and so on.
It’s like setting up a business .i have a hardbacked notebook, with a page for each request ,I try to find out more about them so I can use favourite Colours and suitable additions. I put the date the request came in. When I started the item when it’s been delivered , comments and feed back etc, they are free but if anyone wants to give a donation towards materials I accept it, they have to be collected too, I can’t do deliveries.
Yesterday a pretty lilac grey and silver blanket was collected. That was requested by a care giver for a lady she looks after. She was so happy with the blanket ,I had a hug from her and a bunch of roses, one happy customer she’s going to send me feedback when her lady is using it . Such incidents make me glad I offered this service,
I have to watch it doesn’t take me over though, I don’t want pressure and can’t work to a time table, my knittingbag is always near where I sit, I can knit and talk, knit and watch tv so items soon grow,
It’s a warm hobby for this time of year,
I do read your letters and keep you in my thoughts ,once I sort myself out better I will do more personal mail , keep well at this busy time. Enjoy family time too. Irene



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12/15/17 9:55 P

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Good evening team:

I have had a busy day today. I went to an Alanon meeting then grocery shopped. When I got done grocery shopping it started snowing. I came home and let PB out to play in the snow. She loves the snow.

My dil asked me to pick my grandsons up at school. I was so glad to get them and spend some time with them. As soon as we got to the house the boys made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I made hot chocolate for them and we sat and watched a movie.

I spoke to my ex this afternoon. He said he had a rough morning and he was in a lot of pain. He said they had to give him morphine. He said they are making sure he gets up and keeps moving. He got the balloons I sent him and he was very appreciative.

I hope everyone has a good evening and a good weekend.

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12/15/17 7:09 P

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Slimmer- Yea!! Party time! emoticon emoticon
Seriously, I am so happy that maybe your A/C troubles are coming to an end. I have no doubt when things settle down you will go back to your healthy eating.

Miller- the GI Doctor scheduled a colonoscopy and an esophagogastroduodenoscopy for Monday morning. I’m wondering if she might have a stomach ulcer. She has lost 18 pounds in the past month. *i just need to buy my son’s Christmas gift and I am done. I wrapped all my DH’s gifts this afternoon.

Shirley- what a pain setting up this PC has been for you.

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Hola... gray and real windy and Cold!!!!!!!!!!!! Ya would think it is Winter or something!

......................THE END MAY HAVE ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today a new fellow came and put Dampers in at least 3 vents.. maybe more.

The dampers are like 6 in. across and are put inside of the ducts and can make the air flow turned down.

By the time he cut the living room and the kitchen.. my bedroom which was the big problem with noise and then my master bath were just screaming with air noise!!!!!!!

Then the dinning room was blasting and nothing in livingroom.. He calls it chasing the rabbit.. if you close off one vent the air or rabbit goes out another vent.

So he said he would do one more thing.. ut ohhhhhhhh... By then ALL the Vents in the house were blasting air and making sooooooooo much noise... What a mess.. I started humming Elmer Fudd's ... Kill The Rabbit Kill The Rabbit!!!!!!!

I thought he would have to leave it this way and sooooo much worse than it was.. THEN he changed a few things and that made all the difference in the World!!! All vents are either quiet or nearly quiet.. I note my computer room vent is a bit noisier now but I really never got much air in here.. I do now! The Bedroom is QUIET!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This should be the end of all the problems I can think of... Oh it will be so nice not to find anything wrong. I am soooooooo over this.

Now on to the bathroom toilets getting changed out. It is $95.00 for 1 hour. He said he could 2 toilets, straighten out the bathtub plunger (it won't drop), replace a toilet seat I buy, and replace the O-ring in my house water filtration system (I buy) and change the filter (I have) ..and should not be over $200 and may be closer to $150 for all. When I asked what the parts were I don't know if he quoted for one or both tanks.

I am tired of hitting that float ball to stop it dripping or turning around to keep it from sticking to inside when it flushes.

THEN on to fixing the wood trim that is rotting

It was so horribly windy the other night I thought this could bring down my huge pine tree ..which I don't know if it will fall on my house or the neighbors??? ..but the way things have been going it would be my house!

I had 2 guys singing Christmas carols to my house last night... they were two young Mormons and they tried to sing... they said it was all they could do to walk up my steep drive way... They get so many doors shut in their face.. we talked for a long time.. found out a lot more things about Mormons.. they had a good night

Someone killed a deer on my street coming around the corner turning onto my street :(

Ohhhhhhhhhh I hope this A/C stuff is Over!!!!!!!! It is like a weight off me.. I may float up to the ceiling.

Not been eating too well... My sugar is just horrible.. it is not going up too much now but it is wayyyyyyyyyyyy up there!!!!!!!!! (I didn't go to Art League's Christmas party.. lazy and can't keep eating all this stuff)

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Good Afternoon-

This will be brief. I’m still having computer problems. I just wanted to check and say I hope everyone is doing well.

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Hello to all.

MARLENE, I hope you enjoyed lunch with your art group - an ornament exchange is always fun.

IRENE, I hope the twiddle blanket helped the teenager with restless hands. What good work you are doing!

SHIRLEY, I hope your electronics are all working well now - glad to hear the computer fairy came by (smile). *I also hope all goes well with your house guests this weekend.

ALLIE, I’m glad your Ex sounded in good spirits and I hope he gets his balloons.

ELLEN, It's great to hear your husband is feeling better. I hope your Granddaughter’s appointment with the GI doctor provided her with answers and relief. *I keep antiseptic wipes with me at all times (a side effect of having OCD). I also wash my hands a lot.

YVONNE, sorry about your computer problems, but great to hear you’re enjoying life!



This week has been super-busy for me with shopping and doctor appointments. Brought my MIL to her doctor appointment yesterday and they said I need to bring her back next week if the swelling in her feet doesn’t go down - the doctor seemed very concerned. Today I see my primary doctor for a blood pressure check. I hope to shop at Target after that to get my last stocking stuffers and some more gift wrap. Wish I could think of an extra gift to get Randy, but men are so hard to shop for, it seems.

I hope everyone has a good weekend. emoticon

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Healthier Holiday Tip for the Day:
“Wash your hands. The holiday season coincides with cold and flu season. Keep germs at bay by washing your hands well after shopping, visiting, and more. No one wants sickness to interfere with their fun!”

I went to the store this morning and bought some antiseptic wipes for doors, bathroom faucets, etc. With Bob being ill, I am taking no chances!

Another day of only five hours of sleep, but I did doze on the sofa last night, so I should count that also. Bob is better this morning; no fever and he had canned chicken noodle soup, crackers with tuna fish salad. I am so glad! I plan to go downstairs and read another China Bayles mystery and ride my stationery bike when I finish here. I thought we were going to go retrieve Bob’s pickup ($4,000 worth of repairs done- it’s an old pickup we just use for hauling) from the Ford dealer, but he doesn’t seem to feel inclined yet.

Yvonne- Except for my DH and my son, I am not buying any gifts for anyone except for cash. Hey, if I can enjoy seeing you open it, I don’t want to stand in line to mail it! My son orders all his gifts from Amazon and has them wrapped and shipped directly to his dad’s family. So, they are waiting for him in East Texas when he arrives at Christmas. Obviously he has Amazon Prime. *I’m old fashioned and keep my passwords on a locked WORD document on a flash drive that I hid well. I do have them printed out for convenience but I don’t think anyone but me could make sense of the document. emoticon

Shirley- I am so glad the computer fairy paid a visit to your house last night! I have commented that when we retire our medical coverage, taxes, finances, etc. get more complicated just as our brains are aging. I never realized how sweet I had it the 40 years I worked for a big corporation. I dread as things change and my brain ages more, trying to keep up! emoticon

Allie- how sweet of you to send a balloon arrangement to your EX in the hospital! I know he will appreciate it so much! You reminded me that I meant to send buy some get well cards for my granddaughter and my step-son who both are having medical procedures. *I find that if I just take a tiny amount, I am more satisfied with parties. I just like to try things. Of course as Shirley as warned us in the past, those tiny amounts can add up in calories.

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12/14/17 2:17 P

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Good afternoon team:

Ellen: I like your tip about just taking small sizes of different foods. I am going to two Christmas luncheons next week and I am going to be very tempted to overindulge .

I am staying warm, thanks. I have been wearing my long underwear for the last week and they sure help. I learned to wear layers when I lived in Maine.

Shirley: That is so exciting you are going to meet your great granddaughter for the first time. I know what you mean about having company and it being hard on you both. I love having my grandchildren overnight but it wears me out.

I called the hospital in Maine this afternoon and spoke to my ex. They already moved him from CCU to the telemetry unit, whatever that is. I asked him if he got his balloons and he said no. He was so pleased and surprised I sent them to him. That warmed my heart. I told him I was going to call the hospital back and make sure they bring the balloons to his room. My son called him last night and that pleased me also. My ex said he is pretty sore but he sounded in good spirits.

PB is outside enjoying the light dusting of snow that came during the night.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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Good Morning Everyone –

It is a gloomy, cold morning here this morning, and I must get out and do a couple of errands including grocery shopping. Our older grandson and his family are coming for a 3 day visit on Saturday. We are looking forward to their visit and meeting our 9 month old great granddaughter, but…. We just don’t deal with house guests well any longer. Air travel is expensive and traveling with a baby is hard, so when I think what it is taking for them to come for the visit, I figure I can do my part

Yvonne – I am so very sorry that you are having computer problems too. Like you I lost all kinds of data that I need, but on the bright side retained a lot too. I keep most of my pass words in a file folder in my desk. Our computer problems go far past learning Windows 10, which is bad enough. We’ve replaced our modem and had techs from both the internet provider and the TV company out here trying to get our devices working right again. Yesterday I couldn’t get my online banking to work and my computer kept hanging up. I think my husband thought it was just me until he came and tried. He was prepared to call the tech back to come and replace the modem again, as his computer was working okay – notice I say okay. Well, we must have been visited by the computer fairy last night because this morning things are working as they should plus I could access my online banking, etc. I thank the good Lord for this as we both went to bed last night tremendously frustrated over this whole business. I’ve had a few glitches this morning with SP, but I think it is this website and not my computer. * As for gift giving – I sent out checks yesterday. I still must buy my littlest grandson his gift. The great grandbaby who will be visiting is just 9 months old and she will get money too, but I think she, her mama and me will go to Walmart and see what we can find to buy also – smile

Ellen – I responded to most of your post on “Weight Loss Talk, etc.” so won’t repeat it here. * I’m sorry to hear your granddaughter isn’t well too. This is such a bad time of year to be sick, not that there is ever a good time.

Allie – thanks for the update on your ex-husband. I think that balloon bouquet will really brighten his spirits.

Wishing for all of you a very good day –

Shirley

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Well, I'm joining all those of you who've had computer problems. Mine went out and the only solution was to "reset" it, which kept my files but lost any apps I'd added. So I'm going through and trying to remember all my passwords. The ironic thing is I keep my passwords on... you guessed it! This computer! I keep it in a program called OneNote, which of course got deleted. Since my files were kept I'm hoping I have the passwords as soon as I re-install OneNote.

Of course, Spark People password was easy.... emoticon

Other than that, I'm making progress on Christmas gifts and enjoying life.

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Healthier Holiday Tip for the Day:
“Tiny size it. Cut calories by cutting portion sizes. Cut pies into 10 slices (not 6-8). Cut brownies and cakes into bite sized pieces, and bake smaller cookies and mini muffins.”

I love this idea! Especially, if you need to feed a big crowd.

I was awake this morning at 5:15 am after going to bed close to midnight. I tried to go back to sleep but finally gave up because I had a headache and knew I needed coffee and aspirin. That did the trick and I was ready to get with my day. I managed to do 35 minutes of physical therapy before my DH woke up.
He was still running 100 degree temperature even after taking a Tylenol, so I called the doctor’s office since I had no response to my email. The nurse called me right back explaining a new person had routed my email to the wrong box (whatever that meant). She was very helpful and actually had an opening this afternoon, but my DH said he felt too bad to go in. So, she suggested him alternating between Motrin and Tylenol since Tylenol can be deadly. She said if he was still running fever tomorrow, he really needed to see the doctor.

Then last night, one of my granddaughter’s roommates called and said they were taking Bri to the emergency room. She had been really throwing up! Then, around 11:30pm, I received a text that they had sent her home and she will see the GI doctor on Thursday.

We also have a pickup we left to be worked on at the dealership on Friday and they called us on Tuesday afternoon that it was ready for us. I called them this morning and told them about my DH having the flu. They were very understanding about our situation. I may see if my son is working from home tomorrow if he can take me there over his lunch hour. I have never driven the pickup but it is automatic so shouldn’t be a problem.

Cherie- if you are having problems with drinking, you may want to talk to a therapist or counselor as to why you drink. Like over eating, often it is a sign of a deeper emotional problem we have. Perhaps you can add to your list of things to accomplish in 2018.

Allie- that is so sad that your ex has no one to go with him. I worry about my son as he ages since he has never married or had children. But having children or getting married doesn’t mean we won’t end up alone I tell myself. People die young or move away. I hope if I die, he will move close to his stepmother and his stepbrother in East Texas.

Slimmer- goodness! I personally think putting a heating or cooling unit in the attic is a huge mistake by builders. My sister says that her son’s brand new house has his in the attic and it ended up leaking and running the living room ceiling. Our washer is on the second floor of our house and we bought one that vibrated so bad that we had to have them replace it. But now your toilets!!! Are you sure you don’t have a curse on that house?

Marlene- I am pretty sure that the flu shot may have protected my DH from the respiratory part, but not the fever and aches and pain. So far, I am feeling find. I tend to have a pretty good immune system, so I am hoping for the best. BUT, I am washing my hands a LOT. *I finished all my Christmas cards yesterday morning and took them to the post office on my way to Walgreens.

Irene- I am so glad you don’t mind staying home and being creative. For some people it would drive them nuts.

Shirley- as someone mentioned, the CDC tries to guess what strain of flu we will have every year but mutations occur and sometimes surprises them. I guess by the time, their best estimate goes through testing and productions for millions of people, a lot of time passes. Maybe someday we will have a vaccine that kills all flu. *I am so glad your techs were friendly and helpful!

Allie- how sweet of you to send your ex a balloon bouquet when he gets into a hospital room! Stay warm and healthy.

Ellen

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Good morning team:

I called the hospital in Maine to see how my ex is doing. They haven't assigned him a room yet. He had his surgery at 6AM so he is either in surgery or recovery before he goes to the ICU. I called the gift shop and they said when I know his room number I can send him a balloon bouquet.

It is really cold here and the wind is blowing pretty hard. PB is on my bed upstairs relaxing. The cat seemed pretty content this morning when I saw her.

I am wearing the heaviest and warmest coat I have today. There is a possibility it might snow again tonight. I don't mind it when it snows. I love it, I just don't like driving in it sometimes.

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

Shirley: Thank you for your kind words.
Marlene: My ex lives in Maine.
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Good Morning Everyone –

Irene – it is good to hear you are staying in and have things to keep you occupied during your icy weather.

Maureen – I thought the whole reason for getting a yearly flu shot was for the vaccine that would handle the current flu virus. * Thank you, and yep electronic devices can be frustrating at times, but what I’m experiencing now takes it to a whole new level. * I used to have an Avon lady at my previous house. Wish I had one out here. They do have reps, but all they want to do is leave a book and you order online. I could do that on my own I don’t need to go through a second party to do it. I had no idea until your post that Mary Kay had salespeople like Avon either does or did that would come to your home.

Miller – thank you. I thought all was well this morning, but I’ve run into some difficulties mainly getting Spark People to work as it should. The good thing about yesterday’s problems were the 2 techs that came were so friendly, cheerful and seemed to know what they were doing. Just having techs without an attitude helps immensely. * WOW! You really got a Lot of shopping done yesterday. I’ve got to head for Walmart either today or tomorrow. * I’ve bought Honey Baked hams - in fact I did it for years, and then either my daughter-in-law’s work or my son's gave them a ham at Christmas plus she does an excellent job cooking one, so that ended those purchases.

Slimmer – so sorry you are STILL having A/C, heating and plumbing problems. And NO, this problem I’m dealing with is bad enough, I just hope and pray our heating and cooling keeps working well and we have no plumbing issues. Although we have a wonderful plumber that, believe it or not, is most fair in what he charges.

Allie – I do wish your ex-husband well. I’m sorry he has to go through this alone. * I’m also wishing your niece safe travels to China.

Cherie – one of the reasons I gave up sending Christmas cards is that it became more trouble than it is worth. It seemed – as many on the team have found – we were getting less and less from people and never hearing from them during the year. It is a bit sad when this happens, but I guess in time it does. My daughter stopped sending cards years ago as did one close friend. I will send some e-cards and ones to family members we won’t see on Christmas, but that’s it. * I’m glad you had such a good time in Michigan. Any news on when the house there will be ready for you to move into? * We were having problems with our YFI too, and that’s one of the reasons we had our internet provider tech out. Other than some problems with Spark People this morning my computer seems to be working well.

Ellen – I sure hope your husband goes to an urgent care or his doctor as I agree with Marlene it sure sounds like he has flu. Whenever there is fever that is my cue to get us to the doctor. I do so hope you haven’t caught it. Flu shots, unfortunately, don’t cover all strains of flu, so I’ve been told, but just the ones that are predicted to be the most prevalent in a season.

It is quite cold here this morning, but the sun is out and it is a beautiful day. Here’s wishing for us all a very good day.

Shirley

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A mid week chat , the weather has been a big event here . The forecast is on tv now . Freezing start sun and showers later, a bit of everything, I have t been out for a week, the paths were icy, I daren’t risk a fall. I walk everywhere locally .
I am enjoying my hibernation. I have food galore in stock
My knitting keeps me occupied , I have a blanket ready to trim and finish today.
Yesterday a twiddle blanket was collected by the mother of a teenager with restless hands. She says he pulls and nibbles at his clothes and bedding, it’s a trial really to see if a fidget blanket will help him. She was so pleased with it. I don’t charge but if anyone wants to make a donation towards materials I am happy .
I hope you are all well and not too stressed by the pre Christmas activities .
Best wishes Irene

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Hello Team Sisters. Oh, the wind is howling and it's 18°. It is not to get out of the 20's with high winds tomorrow. Brrr!

Ellen, I hope you don't get what your DH has. It does sound like the flu. I've read that the flu vaccine may not protect against the current flu strain. Take care.

Allie, I hope all goes well for your Ex. It's good that your son has been talking with him. Does he live far away?

Miller, I have a few things to get. Right now I must wrap gifts for Barbara and Tom. They are coming down Saturday. I am making dinner then we'll exchange gifts. I mailed our cards today.

Shirley, these electronics can be frustrating. Hang in there.

Thursday I am having lunch with my art group at a nice restaurant. We're doing an ornament exchange. I'm looking forward to getting out for the afternoon. This 24/7 togetherness is getting touchy. .

I best get to bed. I want to be up early to bake in the morning, and my Mary Kay lady is coming at 11:00.

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Hi to all.

SHIRLEY, you’re welcome for the recipe. *I’m so sorry you’re having so much stress with your computer, internet, wifi, and Direct TV. They say “when it rains, it pours,” and that certainly seems to be the case with your electronics. I hope everything was fixed today and tomorrow will be better. Of course, I know you’ll still have the stress of Windows 10, but hopefully other things will work well.

ELLEN, I’m very sorry to hear that your DH is so sick. I hope you haven’t caught it. I’m glad you contacted the doctor, especially since he is running a fever. Please let us know how it goes - hopefully, it is not the flu.

CHERIE, I’m glad y’all had fun visiting in MI. *I’m also glad you and your Hunny were able to talk and come to a resolution. It may be hard to stop drinking on your own… do you have a doctor or therapist who could help support you? I know there are 12-step groups, but I’m not sure if you need something like that or not. Wishing you all the very best in your efforts in the New Year.

ALLIE, it’s good to hear your son has been talking to his father. I hope your ex-husband’s surgery and recovery go well. *It’s nice that your niece started a blog - that way, you can keep up on her adventures in China.

SLIMMER, it sounds like you did a superb job in school - Congratulations!!! *I hope the A/C people get everything worked out and ship-shape for you with a little more time. *I also hope you can get your toilets fixed for a good cost... I have no idea if $200 is reasonable or not.


I ran errands all day. Shopping at Michaels, two pharmacies, grocery store, and a trip to the doctor’s office to get my MIL’s prescription. I get to stay home tomorrow and I’m glad, as the temps are supposed to be very cold. I still haven’t purchased all my stocking stuffers and will need to go to Target one day soon for little last-minute things. It’s hard to believe Christmas is less than two weeks away. I have a $50 gift card to the Honey Baked Ham store and will get a ham for Christmas dinner. One year, we cooked salmon on the grill for Christmas - I quite liked that, even though it was unusual for us. Maybe we’ll do that for New Year’s Day.

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Hola... still have a ton of snow in the front yard and even on the roof.. plus have what must be a rabid squirrel on roof above my computer.. it is driving me crazy!!!!! running around and jumping.. as long as it has not found a way to get inside!

SCHOOL IS OVER TODAY! We had to show and tell about all our work and then he elaborated.. My stuff some say I over achieved and did so much... I spread out my work and funny/odd the teacher came by and spread it out even more. I think he wanted others to see how much they WERE supposed to have done. Wonder what he will give for a grade to the students that just skimped on their work.

Of course the A/C guy was here today.. and a few times last week.. I don't remember when at least now it is the same company.

The outside noise gurrr gurrr gurrr gurrr is just too much but said just the way it is. and aughhhhhhhhhhh I don't even know what else he did.. ohhhh changed the vent in the bedroom but now... I get horrible noise.. sounds like that whole wall is going to be hit by tornadoes!!!!!!! My ears hurt from this huge like white noise it puts out.

So, today they sent same guy who is really nice my Kenyan repairman... said Can't fix a thing about the inside of the house

oh.. also the Aux Heat runs ALLLL the time now... I am afraid what my electric bill will be.. was up $105 from last month already and now this!

Outside that constant big gurr etc etc etc.. and now No Noise from the Defrost mode and machine gurgles now.????????
...that is my my old new machine.

Sooooooooooooooooo as he told me can't fix anything with outside just the way it is.. I said sure sounds Out Of Balanced... he showed me insides on how Defrost works and then he said ohhhhhhh.. this unit should be on Rubber Vibration Inhibitors squares of rubber to help with noise...
........hhmmmmmmmmmmmm good idea

When he installed the 4 little rubber squares.. as he lifted the corner of the unit The Noise Stopped!!!!!!!!! It was not Level!!!!!!!!!!!!

I said just level it.. he got all upset he wanted me to walk away.. he said it had to be as it is now.. I kept saying just lift it like you did.. and then I joked ..or he could just always stand there and lift it up.. he got upset.. so I went away.. he said he wanted to think on it.

Well, in about 5 min. he came back said he fixed it.. and It is Fixed! He had to move a pipe that was part of the Defrost.. so who knows might have fixed that too!

I wrote a long email to both his boss and the VP.. and got a response...
...Friday they are sending another man to put in Dampers in my ducts to redirect air and also checking out Thermostat more...
.........so... there is a way to get rid of the noise in my bedroom and living room!!!!!! and turn down the air in the kitchen... actually so Hot in there it started to cook the onion on my counter and shriveled my tomatoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shirley......... so I so understand your frustration with the computer... hmmm would you like my A/C problems on Trade???

I don't have Windows 10 yet.. but all my updates says it is windows 10.. if I have it I don't know it.

Cherie glad you got to talk things out and your new New Years Resolutions!

Just got call from a Plumber.. NOW both toilets are leaking only around $200 for 2 toilets and 1 hr of labor. Hmmmm

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Good evening team:

I have spoken to my ex-husband twice today. He is going in for surgery tomorrow morning. He is having a triple bypass. He doesn't have anyone to go with him. I feel so bad for him. My son has been calling his Dad and they have been talking a lot. I am grateful for that.

I didn't have to take care of PB today. I needed the rest.

The temps have gone down a bit and I am glad of that. I stayed in most of the day Sunday because it was just too cold to go out.

My niece left for China today. I hope her long trip isn't too hard on her. She started a blog and she is going to skype with her Dad .

Ellen: I hope your DH starts feeling better soon.

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Hi all!

Had a great time in Mi visiting. And we missed the bad weather.

Trip wasn't long enuff. Now have to write cards and get gifts for grandkids. That overwhelms me! The one that lives in Ca is first.

Hunny and I had problems. I've been drinking too much. We opened up and was communicating on the way home. Planning to stop drinking next month.

Hunny hates fussin with computers. my wifi and printer aren't workin together.


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My DH is still running fever, has aches and pains, headaches, and nausea. I went to the drug store and bought OTC stuff and just fired off an email to our doctor to see what else I should do.
Now, I am concerned that I might caught this.

We both had our flu shots, but??????

Shirley- hang in there! This too will pass.

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Good Afternoon Everyone –


I’m pretty close to losing what mind I have left over this computer business. If it hasn’t been one problem its been 2. It’s to the point both my husband and I are both irritable and frustrated over the whole thing, although we are both “trying” to keep our cool. It is bad enough that I’ve had to deal with and try to adjust to Windows 10, but now we’ve had internet problems. Thankfully the tech from our internet provider was out first thing this morning and replaced our modem plus whatever else needed to be done. Then there was a problem with our yfi, and now we have the Direct TV out trying to get both our TVs working again. Thank goodness my husband understands computers and electronic devices as well as he does, as there is no way I could deal with what is going on.

I apologize but I’m not responding to posts today other than to thank Miller Very Much for sharing her recipe. I’ve got it saved and plan to give it a try.

Have a great rest of the day and a good evening.

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Healthier Holiday Tip for the Day:
“Think before your bite. Before you try every irresistible food that crossing your path, think first. How will you feel after you eat them? Is the taste really worth it? Could you enjoy just a small amount instead?”

This morning I went to a brunch with beautiful dishes. I took this advice and cut just a small amount to taste instead of eating an entire amount. Hopefully, that will help.

I have been working on my Christmas cards this afternoon. I hate to just send a card and not say anything so I have been manually writing a note about the warm, dry weather and how it is like “leaf-raking weather” instead of “snow sledding” weather. I had done seven when I realized that I have been saying Leaf “Racking” not leaf “Raking”. Now the envelopes are in the freezer to see if I can open then after a couple of hours (I read this as a tip on Pinterest), try to correct and reseal. Several of these receivers were teachers. I can see them reaching for their red pens.

Marlene- I know what you mean about the winter months and being stuck in the house. I sat by a woman at the brunch this morning who is very slender. She commented that she was always thinking of something to keep her busy so she stays very active. I need to be more like her instead of being on my devices or reading a book and nibbling. *I wish we would get any kind of moisture! I woke up this morning scared that the entire west is turning into a desert.

Shirley- I know what you mean about computers changing. I keep reminding myself that at one time I never used a computer and had to learn how to do it. At least now I have the basics now pat and can learn from that. *My day in a funny way did improve. During the brunch (it helped so much to get out of the house among friends), my granddaughter texted me that OB/GYM didn’t think the cyst on her ovary was causing her pain and throwing up and is sending her to a GI specialist, my DH texted that he was sick, throwing up and thought he had the flu, and my DIL in New Jersey texted that our son was so scared on an operation he is having tomorrow (fear on not being put totally asleep, etc.) and could I send him something to ease his fears (I’ve had lots of surgeries). After all that I forgot about my bad night. *By the way, a man and two women said they grew up in St Louis. I told them I have always wanted to visit St Charles downtown. They said it was lovely. *I love your graphics!

Grace- they say you learn more by teaching than being the student. I so admire you for doing this! If the women are close to your age, they probably admire you teaching it also!

Allie- I think so often people need to realize that keeping a pet alive if it is suffering is not kind. We don’t want to lose it just like we don’t want to lose people, but death can be so much better for them at some point. I have had cats with cancer and the vets always said it is better for them to say good-bye. *My step-son in China says that the Chinese government was becoming stricter about schools with foreign teachers but he doesn’t want to come back. He says it’s safer there than here. (smile)

Miller- My EX and I just had personalities that could not live together. (My mother always said we were too much alike). We became good friends as long as we stayed apart. *I wish I could not let dreams and weather affect me so much.

Ellen

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Hello to all.

IRENE, thank you for sharing the story of the young woman, and her son, who received the first twiddle blanket. Very heartwarming!!

ELLEN, I hope you get a much more peaceful and restful night’s sleep this evening.

ALLIE, I think it’s very kind of you to offer to go with your DIL to the vet if she decides to have her cat put down. *I hope your best friend’s father does well with the new feeding tube - sounds like they are going through a lot. *I do hope your niece enjoys teaching in China - what a great adventure!

SHIRLEY, I love that Buddha quote - thanks for sharing it with us! *I agree with you about my niece and her husband. I believe they care for each other, but just cannot live with each other any longer. *It’s no trouble at all to share the recipe. I’ll put it below. I will warn you that it’s for quite a large amount of chicken (I used four breasts instead of six, but they were quite large) and, as I mentioned before, the sauce is very thin - it’s basically juice. (My stove top sweet-and-sour recipe uses cornstarch to thicken the juice.)

SLOW COOKER SWEET and SOUR CHICKEN
4 tablespoons butter, melted
¾ cup ketchup
½ cup white vinegar
¾ cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Dash of red pepper flakes or ground cayenne pepper
1 ½ cups chicken broth
6 boneless chicken breast halves, skin removed
1 can (8 or 9 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
Bell pepper strips

Place chicken in slow cooker.
Combine melted butter, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, salt and pepper, hot pepper, chicken broth - Pour over chicken.
Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 7 hours, until chicken is tender, but still moist.
Add pineapple and bell pepper and then cook for 20 minutes longer.



I went to a doctor appointment today and also by the pharmacy and post office - I finally mailed my Christmas cards! Tomorrow, I have to go pick up a prescription from my MIL's doctor and get it filled. I also need to shop at Michael's for some artificial flowers. Then on Thursday, I'll take my MIL to another one of her doctors and then on Friday, see my primary physician for a blood pressure check. This is an unusually busy week for me. Maybe when all these appointments are over, I can settle down and really look forward to Christmas. Meanwhile, I'm enjoying my decorations and lights. I think I've finally finished decorating.

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

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Good morning team:

Shirley: What a perfect graphic. I love it and the meaning. Thanks, you are always so inspiring.

I just spoke to my bf. She is taking her father into the doctor to have another feeding tube put in. They put one in last week and it started leaking. Her dad is 92. I can't believe he is still alive.

I spoke to my niece last night. She is going to leave for China on Tuesday. She is going to Shanghai to teach English to school children. I hope it works out for her. I am amazed at how adventurous she is.

I was so glad to see my dil come home last night. She had been gone since last Thursday and i was taking care of the dog and the two cats. I spoke to her about her sick cat that has stomach cancer. I managed to give the cat pills but I won't be able to do it again. The cat was just too upset and spit the last one out. I tried putting the medicine in the cats food and then also in a pill pocket.

I think my dil is prolonging the inevitable. I think she is slowly coming to the realization that she needs to put the cat out of its misery. I know it is her decision but she needs to do something. I have had to put two pets down and it was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. I am going to speak to her tonight and offer to go with her when she puts the cat down if she wants me to.

I am off to get PB. I hope everyone has a good day.

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Good Morning Everyone –

Ellen – sorry to hear your day has started off badly. I do hope it improves as the day goes on.

Irene – thanks for sharing your story about your “Twiddle Blankets.” I agree with Ellen very inspiring. You do have quite a ministry going there.

Miller - if it isn’t too much trouble would you please share that chicken recipe. I’m not too big on sweet and sour chicken, but my husband is, and it is getting harder and harder to know what to do about meals. Don’t get me wrong he’s pretty agreeable, but I will think I’ve found something he likes, and he decides he doesn’t like it any longer. Your chicken sounds like it is something he just may like. * A friend’s son posted pictures of the snow Atlanta got, and I couldn’t believe it. I’ve never known Atlanta to get that much snow. Yes, snow is very pretty and I like how quiet the world seems to become with a thick blanket of snow, but getting around in it any longer makes me dread seeing it come. Around here snow is always accompanied by ice, and ice is definitely something I have a hard time dealing with. * I’m sorry to hear about your niece’s divorce. We’ve been through one of those in our family and they aren’t pleasant, and especially if there are children involved. You know… it seems like sometimes people can love each other, but for whatever reason just can’t live together. Your niece's story sounds like one of those marriages. * I’ve got a busy week too. Our older grandson and his family are coming for a short visit – 3 days - this weekend. I hope your week goes well.

Marlene – I’m glad you enjoyed the graphic. Maxine cartoons are hard to beat, aren’t they?

Grace – thanks for more info about how to handle mailing packages from home. My daughter-in-law worked as a mail carrier for a very short while, and she commented once about all the things we can do from home – meaning the services the post office offers that most of us don’t know about or take advantage of. And yes I too have used my little food scale to weigh envelopes and small packages too so I knew how much postage to put on them. * I know your community is glad to having you starting classes again. I hope you have a very good season. * It always pleases me to know that the graphics I post brighten someone’s day. Thanks for letting me know.


Wishing for us all a good day and an equally good week ahead.

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Irene- I can not express how badly I needed your cheerful post this morning! Thank you for reminding of the good I can still do in the world. I had negative dreams all night and woke with an almost sinus headache. I felt down because of so many negative things going on in our nation and it being so dry in the west and here. Your note encourages me to do what I can.

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Hello friends. On a cold White morning , I go to bed early so I wake early. My routine is bathroom . Kitchen to make tea then back to bed with a mug if tea, I have an hour on my I pad then . I check mail. Do my daily journal ,play a few games of Words and log in to Sparks , I am doing quick chats mainly
I had two lap blankets knitted , when I contacted people who had requested twidddle blankets I made a list and felt two blankets in stock should go to ones I felt would benefit the most . The first one all in shades of blue I added items such as a dianasourus key ring as well as soft items ,I try to mix textures and shapes ,
A young woman came to collect it. I knew I had made the right choice in putting her first. It’s for her 8 year old son who is autistic, she told me their storyline . They are escaping an abusive husband , I did not ask questions only how it affected the boy ? Badly of course .he hates his mothers leaving him . That’s understandable . He is very restless and worried . She loved the blanket
,I do not charge but if people can manage a donation towards more wool and twiddle items I accept tit. I fekt bad taking her £5 but she insisted ,
Later she sent a message to say the boy loved it and had nit put it down since she gave it him.
You can imagine how I felt then,
It encouraged me to finish the second one off then .i know where that’s going to .
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Hi to all.

ELLEN, I’m so glad your granddaughter got the card and check! *I really like what you do for your Mother’s birthday each year. *I hope your son enjoyed the celebration at Red Lobster.

GRACE, I should see if our post office has an “orange envelope” for ordering. *It sounds like winter has arrived in Florida, too!! *I hope your class goes well tomorrow.

MARLENE, I hope you enjoyed the Christmas concert.

SHIRLEY, the crock pot chicken dish turned out well. Randy loved it, though I thought it needed a thicker sauce. It was sweet & sour chicken, which I’ve made on the stove top numerous times, but this was my first time making it in a slow cooker. *I love that little graphic you shared - it made me smile!



I thought the snow had missed us altogether, but we did have “snow showers” yesterday afternoon. It didn’t accumulate here, but the NC mountains got a lot. It was nice to watch it fall - very pretty!

My sister texted me so much today that I think we should have just called each other. She's busy helping her daughter fix up a townhouse she bought so she can move into it. Sadly, my niece and her husband are separating. They have two children in elementary school. I asked where the children would live and she said she supposed they would divide their time between both parents. I hope the children adjust to the situation with as little upheaval as possible. Randy said Christmas is a bad time to separate, but I guess anytime would be hard. They're still doing things together and took the children to a hockey game and also a Christmas musical. My sister says they're getting along much better since they decided to separate.

This will be a busy week for me. I have a doctor appointment on Monday and another on Friday. On Thursday, I have to bring my MIL to a doctor appointment. It's going to be such a cold week that I wish I could just stay inside, but I'll just have to bundle up.

I hope the week ahead is a good one for all. emoticon

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Good morning everyone. Shirley, I chuckled when I saw your graphic this morning. Hoping for more chuckles as the day progresses.

It is a beautiful sunny day, in the 30's.

Everyone have a great day and enjoy whatever you may be doing.

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Good morning team! It was 43 degrees here in SWFL when I got up this morning.
SHIRLEY, I love your graphic today! I've mailed packages from my mailbox. I can't remember if the max weight is 11 ozs or 13 ozs. If they're too big to put in my mailbox I just put them in Walmart bags and hang them from the mailbox. I used to do that alot when Melvin was still alive. I would weigh them on my WW scale and put on the correct amount of stamps and off they would go.

Tomorrow I'm leading my first class of the season. I'm always a little "rusty" for the first couple of weeks. The good news is the classes won't be very big until January rolls around. I hope my aches and pains aren't too disruptive. My girls are always very understanding, thank God. I've only had one lady complain to my face in over 20 years and she was a grouchy old
malcontent any ways. I told her if she didn't like the class I would give her a full refund.
The class is free to residents. emoticon

I hope everyone stays warm today!

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Happy Sunday Everyone –

Marlene – sorry you are having computer problems too. It seems like several of us are going through this right now. * It is 23F here right now. I saw on the news where the east coast had gotten hit pretty hard with snow. I hadn’t realized it had gone as far inland as where you live.

Grace – thanks for the tip on getting stamps. My husband has ordered them, but I can’t remember ever having an envelope for re-orders. Perhaps I need to go by the post office and check this out. I can get the generic stamps at Walmart, but not the specialty ones, like Christmas stamps. I know we can mail packages from home too, but am not sure how to do that either.

Ellen – I hope your son had a happy birthday. Our son’s birthday is the 17th. * And yes, you can order stamps online. * I love your idea for your mother’s birthday. There comes a time when we just don’t need more stuff.

Miller – I share your sentiments about computers and other things as well. I just wish they’d leave well enough alone. Improve on them, yes, but do they have to change the basics and how you’ve learned to use whatever? * Thank you for being so understanding about my doing so little for Christmas any longer. I sometimes feel very guilty about this. * How did your crockpot chicken dish turn out? * As for Christmas stamps - the cards I’m sending to my family with a Christmas check will have a regular stamp too.

Wishing for us all a very good day –

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Hello Team Sisters. Typing this on my cell phone. Twice I typed a post and my computer froze up. Haven't had that happen in a long time.

It stayed in the 20's most of the day. We had three inches of snow.

I finished my interior decorating and shopping. I started working on our Christmas cards Now I must wrap and mail gifts to CA and AZ. We will have Christmas with Barbara and Tom next weekend as they leave for CA on the 19th. They are anxious to see the twins and of course the entire family.

I enjoyed seeing all the photos and reading what's going on with all of you. The computer just did an extensive update. I hope that solves my problem.

The winter stress of being in the house more has started already. Almost every time I go in the kitchen I want to eat. emoticon that is BAD.

Must get to bed now. We are going to a Christmas concert tomorrow and I have things to do before we go.

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ELLEN, I have a big orange envelope supplied by the post office. When I need stamps I just put a check in the envelope and tell them what kind of stamps I want and the orange envelope is delivered back to my mailbox 2 days later with stamps enclosed.

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Healthier Holidays Tip for the Day:
“Budget wisely. Watch your food intake during the day if you’re going to a party that night. Make healthy, filing choices beforehand, budgeting a few more caloris to account for the party fare”.

Today we are celebrating my son’s birthday by going to the Red Lobster, so this is a good tip for me.

My granddaughter text us last night- she received the Christmas card and check! I am thrilled. She was overwhelmed by the check.

Miller- every year I say that I am going to buy Christmas stamps but every year I see the line at the post office and say, "forget it". But I think you can order them on line. I think I will check their official site on the internet and if so, do that!

Back later- I need to go mail my Mother's birthday card. When she was 86 years old, I sent her $86 for her birthday. She laughed and said she was going to live to 100. So, I have been increasing the amount by $1 each year. Well, this year I am sending her $98 so she might make it. (smile)


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Hello to all.

IRENE, it’s nice that there is so much interest in your twiddle blankets. I do hope you can get lots of people to help.

SHIRLEY, thanks for your comments and concern for Katie - I really appreciate it. *I hope Windows 10 turns out to be something you like. I wish they could just leave computer programs as they are, but they always seem to be releasing something new. *You don’t sound a bit like Scrooge. In time, I think everyone gets to the point where they no longer do certain things at Christmastime. It’s just the way life is. You had so many, many years when you did all those things that you certainly deserve to handle things anyway you see fit.

PAULA JEAN, I hope you and your husband enjoyed the annual open house - it sounds like a lot of fun and very festive!

SLIMMER, your house and yard are so beautiful. I wish we had gotten some snow here in Wake County, but it just missed us and stayed mostly in the mountains in NC. *Thank you so much for all the information and good advice about cataract surgery. I suppose I could wait a little longer to have it done, but the left eye is bothering me. I’m going to leave my decision until after Christmas and then decide. I really appreciate you sharing your experiences with me - it’s very helpful.

ELLEN, thanks very much for your concern for Katie. I agree fatigue can lead to depressed feelings. *I do hope your step granddaughter gets the cashier’s check - I know I would be worried about it, too. *How nice that your sister sends out Christmas letters - you know, that is something I’ve never done, though I enjoy receiving them from others.

BONNIE, thanks so much for your comments about Katie. Yes, I agree it is very hard for her - and for us. *You and your husband certainly got your exercise in with all that raking! *The temps here have been in the high 40’s and low 50’s most days, but with this cold front, our high today is only 35 degrees.


The snow missed us, but we've had rain. It should end sometime after lunch today. It will be nice to see the sun.

I'm making a new chicken recipe in my crockpot today. I hope it turns out well.

As I mentioned in another post, my Christmas cards are ready to go, but I haven't been to the post office to get Christmas stamps yet - they may not have any left anyway. I may just use the American flag stamps that I already have. My list gets smaller each year, too. We've gotten three cards so far this year and I imagine will get more as we get closer to Christmas - but I know we won't get as many as in decades past.

I'm off to make a pot of coffee - it's chilly inside!!! emoticon

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Good Morning Everyone –

Slimmer – we saw on the news where Atlanta as well as some parts of Texas got snow. Thankfully none here as yet, but I know it is coming. * You do have a very pretty house and I can see why you haven’t wanted to move. Boy you did get quite a bit of snow. Have you heard the official amount that you got?

Bonnie - I was the first one in my family to learn computers, and at one time could even replace chips in boards, but … now everyone seems to know more about computers than I do. And Yes, I am most thankful that my husband knows so much about computers. I have no interest in learning all that stuff, and he does. Windows 10 is definitely making using my computer harder, but I’m in hopes that it time I’ll get used to it. Where Office has become unreasonably costly, I do still have Word and Excel. I will tell him what you said about Google Docs and see what his thinking is about it. Like you, I don’t do anything fancy, but I do want my computer to do the basics/routine stuff with a minimum of difficulty. * I do miss having trees, but not dealing with the leaves. Believe me when I say we get enough leaves from our neighbors’ trees, but thankfully what we’ve gotten the wind has pretty much taken care of.

Ellen – I’m much like your son’s mother-in-law in that when at events with people I know I tend to be more interested in the conversation than the food. I eat enough, obviously – I’m definitely Not a tiny person, but definitely don’t overeat. * Cards and checks - for some reason I’ve had problems with my grandson in NYC getting mail for me, so now am gun shy about sending him checks. Last Christmas he never got their card or check and so my husband finally put a stop payment on the check. They are coming for a visit next weekend and they will get cash this year. * At one time the town where we live now was way out in the country and much like the town, I gather, that you grew up in. It was a farming community. Now it is nothing like that – you will still see a few farms, but even those are disappearing now. It is thickly populated from quite a distance west of me all the way into the city and beyond. The same thing has happened in Georgia, towns we used to think were way out in the country now are part of suburban Atlanta. * I have never used PowerPoint. I do have it on my computer. I’ve always associated that program with demonstrations at meetings. What do you use it for? Access I’ve only used for a data base for information on family and friends, sort of like an extended address book. * As for Christmas cards – I thought about stopping them a couple of years before I did. To tell the truth I feel a bit guilty about not sending them, especially when we get cards, but not guilty enough to start back. Like you and others have said, my list kept getting smaller and smaller. * As for fatigue – believe me when I tell you it gives a person all kinds of problems. It really isn’t easy to have to force yourself to do almost everything. And yes, I can see how if you weren’t depressed before it could lead to being depressed.

Miller - I do hope Katie is feeling better.


Have a good day and an enjoyable weekend everyone.

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Still Snowing.. on and off.. now to go until noon tomorrow???????



This picture is so much prettier... Tops gal down the street said she has had 5 inches

Miller as to your eyes... my cats were told to me like 10 years before I got the operation. They just never grew then a couple years before my operation on my one eye.. ..One eye started not to see as good far away.

When to get it done... they say you will know... And I think that is true. I got tired of wearing distance around my neck and close up on top of my head and then all three places to see just.. well it drove me crazy after awhile.

I had an eyeglass Dr tell me GO get my eyes fixed she would not sell me glasses!!!!!! But when I got to the eye Dr he said He would... give me a new script to see distance better.. so I could have even waited longer!!!!! But.. I also was having trouble stepping up on a curb.. I got wobbly trying to step and even walk.. the two eyes just didn't work together any more.

I was soooooooooooooo scaredddddddddddddddd to get the operation.. mostly because I am so sensitive to meds.. I had three given and they said try them 1 week ahead.. I immediately reacted to one.. Then I only had to take 2 others and did fine with them.

By the way the 3 eye drops are top of the line and will cost over $400.00 after they give you the scripts go find this out... THEN GO BACK to the Dr.. they give the more generic type mine only cost like $125.00 they just want you to try.. it is a money thing.

Ask around to everyone WHO is the Best Eye Operation Dr around you. I went to one that was a bit short with me and as he stepped out of the office he actually said.. I don't think I want you for a patient. dawwwwww... that let me I sure did not want him.. he was afraid of my allergies. The Dr I got was fantastic!!!!!!!!! Medicare and your Plan F pays in full (unless you get the lazer cutting) but you do not need to get the laser to cut being Diabetic and it shortened up the time.. I went that way.

The time you are in the operating little room and I mean little..! I don't think I was there 15 minutes! And another 15 minutes I was out the door and seeing perfectly.

Now two years later.. I see great far away but my up close in that eye is pretty much gone now.. I use a number 3 reading glass.

No hurry to get other eye done.. last year they said it was 20/20 again.. not really I thought and it was worse this year.. but being Diabetic my vision changes with my sugar numbers over time. I also think it will be great to see so perfectly far away, but with my art.. using glasses is not the same as my own eyes.. I have to use reading glasses now for my art and reading.. I do not need them to see my computer or what is before me or even reading some things.. but when I get the other eye done.. I will HAVE to always have reading glasses otherwise so much will be out of sight.

Best thing I ever did.. but I only did it.. when I was soooo Overly frustrated by figuring when eyeglasses to use and I also thought I would hurt myself stepping.

Medicare will have the Dr ask you when you get the operation.. questions.. about 4-6 and it lets Medicare know how bad You Think you are that you need it done.. you also want to mark all that you think you need it done as you can.. These questions show Medicare they should pay for it... It is like if you are not at least 20/35 you cannot get it done etc

So now you know my story... you may have a long way to go before the operation.. maybe all you need now are a new pair of distance glasses... but when time the operation is nothing no pain (just don't bump your eye) putting in the drops is a bit of a pain.. but I was an expert after 3 days.. they are so important to get in when they should to perfect the operation.

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Good Evening Team Sisters,
I just came inside after almost 2 hours of helping DH rake the leaves, bag some and take some down to the street. The temp was in the 40’s. I know that isn’t as low as some of you are experiencing but it was COLD to me!! We are due for some ground covering snow tomorrow. It isn’t supposed to affect the streets or sidewalks. I can deal with that kind of snow.

@Ellen - I haven’t addressed my Christmas cards yet either. My list, also, is getting smaller every year. Even many of the people I send to don’t send me one back. I’ve “culled” my list over the years but now it’s mostly family and close friends. A few I feel I must enclose a letter and that really slows me down.

@Miller - I’m so sorry to hear that Katie isn’t enjoying Christmas this year. It must be really hard dealing with her depression, for her and you.

@Slimmer-I enjoyed the pics of your home with the snow. I guess your storm is the one that is supposed to give us some snow tomorrow.

@Shirley - I’m glad your husband knows a lot about computers or you’d really be in a pickle. I always set up our new computers as DH knows absolutely nothing about them. I’ve tried to teach him but he doesn’t listen. Like Grace, I remember when I was forced to get Windows 10 and had to get it wiped off my computer and have Windows 7 re-installed. What a hassle. I just have a laptop and Windows 10 wasn’t even set up to handle older laptops. But as my laptop gets older I can see the day looming when I’ll have to deal with Window 10 also. I can’t imagine losing a program completely. When I had Windows 7 re-installed I lost “Windows Office” and it was too expensive for me. So, I have been using Google Docs which works pretty well. I never have to do anything “Fancy”.

DH just came in so his raking is through for the day--it’s pitch black outside and I was wondering when he was going to call it a night. And my cat is crying to be fed. They still haven’t gotten used to Eastern time and, though their dinnertime is 7PM, they start crying around 6PM.

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Healthier Holidays Tip for the Day:
“Focus on people. Too often, food takes center stage of our holiday gatherings. Instead, focus on your loved ones, activities, and other traditions that make the holidays meaningful.”

This tip reminded me of my DS’s MIL. She was a tiny woman who enjoyed people so much that she spent her time visiting with others, rather than eating at socials.

This has been a busy morning! I finally gave up on my DH calling for an appointment to fix all the things wrong with his pickup and I made the appointment yesterday. This morning we took the pickup over there and then had breakfast at McDonald’s. I had my usual Egg McMuffin and coffee which was yummy but with reasonable calories. Then we stop and bought a few items at the grocery store and deposited some checks at his bank. I have yet to address my Christmas cards, but that is on my list today.
I am concerned about a Christmas card with a bank cashier check for a special Christmas for my step granddaughter since she is in college. My DH’s son in New Jersey received his bank check on Thursday and my granddaughter received some coupons I mailed in another envelope but so far the Christmas card has not showed up. Did I address it wrong??????

Paula Jean- The town I grew up in was just under 1,000 people, but it was only 13 miles from a city of 150,000 with Texas Tech College (now a university). It was a perfect place of both worlds. We had the feeling of a small town where everyone knew each other and we would have community talent shows and parades. We had a branch library in my grandmother’s home next door to mine but we could drive 13 miles to doctors and hospitals. Of course, now the towns have grown so there is little space between them and there are few stores left in my little rural town. I loved to sound of your community activities! *I love your story about Sophia! Children are precious.

Shirley- I’m not sure if I ever used Access. I use Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. I hope your DH can restore Access with all the information you had on. *My Christmas card list is much shorter than it once was. I decided to mainly send them to family.

Allie- I can’t imagine a “sing-a-long” of the Messiah! I am like you. I have a terrible voice so I don’t sing!

Miller- I am so sorry to hear about Katie. I think fatigue can cause depression. When I am tired, I tend to get depressed and normally I am a very positive person. You are ahead of me. I have my Christmas list and cards on the table and I have yet to address one card. I love receiving them, but am terrible about wanting to send them. My sister sends a Christmas letter with hers which I love receiving those from friends. *I wish it would rain or snow here. It is SO dry!

Irene- I love your story about your knitting!!! I had never heard of twiddle blankets and had to look them up. They are adorable!! * I need to get back to my scarf instead of reading books at night.

Slimmer- is that the view from your home! I love it! No wonder you do not want to move! I wish we would get snow!

Ellen

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Slimmer: Thanks for posting the pictures. They are beautiful.

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Hola... been snowing since 5AM and will keep on until tomorrow morning...

Temp is 33 degrees out and no wind...

This is the view I have as I read.

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Paula Jean - when younger I would have loved to have enjoyed something like your little town is doing. Also, although I've lived most of my life in the metro areas of cities, I would have loved to have lived in a town of 800. We're too old now, as we need to be convenient to things especially doctors and hospitals.

Now new computers - we have our files all backed up onto an external drive. My husband was able to load our files - Word and Excel - onto our computers from that. He says it will be necessary for you to have done the same. He told me not to get my hopes up, but he may have found a way to retrieve my Access files and put them into Excel. Of course I will have the task of pulling the data and rearranging or organizing it since who knows what kind of format it will be in. I hope this helps.

Must run as I've got errands to run including grocery shopping.

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Good Friday morning to you all! emoticon
Tomorrow morning all of Sully, Iowa's businesses will be having "open house". Each business will be offering goodies & door prizes. The town square's Christmas tree will be lit up & Santa will be there next to the tree for the kids. All this will be followed up with a soup, sandwich & pie lunch served by the Faithwalkers Youth group at the First Reformed Church--paid by donations. This is an annual event that my husband & I really look forward to. The town is so festive then and I love how the sidewalks are filled with people to visit with! Being Sully is a farming town of about 800....we know most of them. emoticon

MILLER---Thank you for sharing about Beth. I wish there was a cure too. Will keep on praying for one in time for Sophia to take advantage of. emoticon

SHIRLEY---I was awake very early too! I got up around 5 also....will sleep well tonight! emoticon It was 19* outside when I headed out to get my grocery shopping done.
When I have to replace my desktop computer, I'll lose my Access database projects too. Since my Access program is from 2007, I can't transfer anything onto a newer version. emoticon I wonder if I'll be able to transfer my Excel & Word documents to a new version.

Have a great weekend! emoticon



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Good Morning Everyone –

Irene – it is cold here too this morning 26F. *What a wonderful service you are providing with your “twiddle items.” My hat goes off to you. It sounds like you are going to be one busy lady.

Miller – to say this new computer is an adjustment is an understatement. I’ve lost years of data – birthdays, deaths, anniversaries, addresses due to losing the program called “Access.” I’ll survive I’m sure – smile, but … I don’t have Word on my iPad either and I really miss it. This is just one reason I need this computer, as it makes posting so much easier. Don’t get me wrong, I love both my iPhone and iPad, but they aren’t set up to do what this one does. Windows 10 has all kinds of “things” on it that I will probably never use, and I don’t find it nearly as easy to navigate as I did Windows 7. Perhaps in time I will feel as comfortable with 10 as I did 7, but only time will tell. * I’m sorry to hear that Katie isn’t doing well. It is said that this time of year is hardest on people who suffer from depression or addictions. Isn’t this sad since this should be the happiest time of the year? * I’ve bought no gifts, no longer am sending cards or decorating – I know that sounds sad and a bit like Scrooge, but it works for us, and we take pleasure in seeing others enjoying and doing such. I’ve been awake since 4 and up since 5, but today I Must go grocery shopping and to the Dollar Store for Christmas cards for family members, plus we’ve got 2 birthdays this month too. * As pretty as the snow is I sure don’t want it on Christmas Day unless the roads are clear, since we have to drive to our son’s house for dinner.

Allie – how interesting a sing-a-long for the “Messiah” concert. I still have the desire to sing and do sometimes when alone. I once had a good singing voice – nothing special but I did well – but sadly no longer. I can still carry a tune, but my singing voice isn't what it once was. But I do enjoy people with beautiful voices that can carry a tune. *Giving cats pills is quite a feat. Good luck with PB and the kitties.

Paula Jean – I sure hope I will be as happy with Windows 10 as you are. Right now it a real trial and navigating in it is tedious. It has a bunch of stuff on it that I can never see me using. Indeed – I would be lost too without Word.


Have a good day everyone –

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Hello on a wintery Friday morning, it’s cold here but no snow . Weather reports on tv show snow and ice around England , it looks like a hibernation day, which suits me .

I have said before I knit twiddle items to help soothe restless hands and minds. I send them off to a central distribution point. But I wanted to help local causes, where I live is Cotgrave , a very old small town, near Nottingham ,
Cotgrave has a local internet page. Sales and Wants , local events , etc.
Two days ago I put on the local page that I knitted twiddle blankets and was wondering if there would be any interest locally in knowing more of them or receiving them?
Wow . There certainly is interest . I had requests from the local Care Home. A day care centre, a caregivers group. A school for special needs children as well as individuals begging for one for “grandad “ or Mum”. I want to help them all but I am one person. I am now seeking help locally in knitting them.
It’s like setting up a business . I am In the process of listing those who want a twiddle blanket . Hopefully a list of helpers . At the moment I am just making contact with each requester saying I will be in touch soon . I want to help but it takes time . I am spending a few days now in organising it all as well as knitting every time I sit down,
I will keep in touch in a general way , Stay well
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Hello to all.

SHIRLEY, I’m glad your husband has your computer up and running, though I know it will be an adjustment. I’m sorry you won’t be able to use Access anymore. I had to give up Microsoft Word when Randy bought me my Chromebook. I don’t know if it’s not compatible, or if he just didn’t want to pay for it. I surely do miss it. I have a word processing program via Google documents, but it just isn’t the same.

GRACE, I hope your floor installer will work hard and get things done in a more timely manner this time. *Be glad no cataracts have shown up yet, as I don’t think it solves all eyeglass problems. I still haven’t figured out what I will do when I have one eye fixed and the other still needs glasses for nearsightedness. After Randy had his cataracts removed from both eyes, he no longer needed glasses for nearsightedness, but he does have glasses to read and another pair of glasses to drive at night. And it’s extremely challenging for him to see up close. Of course, he does enjoy no longer needing glasses to drive in the daytime.

CHERIE, I hope your trip to MI goes well.

ELLEN, I loved reading about the gifts you once made for your mother and sister. *I know what you mean about wildlife - I saw four deer yesterday and it was such a pleasure. I would miss things like that if we lived in the city limits.

BONNIE, I think those pics of the Scottish parade are great - thanks for sharing!

PAULA JEAN, Sophia sounds like a very special little girl and so full of life. When I taught children’s Sunday School many, many years ago, there was a little girl in my class named Beth and she had Cystic Fibrosis. She lived into her 20’s, which was longer than they expected her to. Cystic Fibrosis is one of the charities I have always supported. I wish they could find a cure. I hope little Sophia’s dreams of becoming a cheerleader can come true.

ALLIE, that’s very interesting and unique - I’ve never heard of a Messiah sing-along. *I’m glad you got your teeth checked out. Mother used to tell us to use warm salt water as a rinse when our gums were sore - maybe that would help? *I hope all goes well with taking care of PB, Judy, and Hardy. Getting cats to take pills can be very challenging!


I got my Christmas cards done today and actually have some ornaments on the tree now. Not nearly has many as there will be in time, but at least it's a start. Katie put the decoration on the mailbox at the street, but she hasn't shown much interest in helping very much this year. She's struggling with depression and fatigue again - though she always is - it seems to have gotten worse. Today, her doctor suggested she do a "booster" of more TMS treatments. I don't think they helped that much before, but I guess it's worth a try. He also added another medication to her regimen.

I finished my Christmas shopping, except for getting some small things for our stockings which I still enjoy doing - even at our ages! (smile) They say we may get a few flakes of snow tomorrow which I'm looking for to seeing. I would love to have a white Christmas this year, but I can count on one hand the number of times we've had one here in NC in my 63 years.

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Good afternoon team:

The Messiah I went to on Tuesday was a sing a long which I didn't realize until I got there. They split us up in groups, alto, soprano, etc. I can't sing a lick so I mostly kept my mouth shut. There were some wonderful adult singers there. The woman next to me was a soprano and she had a beautiful voice. I spoke to the music director after the concert was over. He was from Australia and was quite a showman. He gave me his card and told me to e-mail him and he would leave a couple of tickets at the box office for me. The orchestra will have several more shows in the coming months. They are at 3 in the afternoon so it will be easier for me to attend. What a treat.

I went to the senior center and had my teeth x-rayed. They said I didn't need any antibiotics for the tooth they just pulled out. They said I need to let my mouth heal for a bit.

I am taking care of PB and the two cats - Judy and Hardy until Sunday evening. My grandsons Mother went to a workshop ad her bf is out in CA visiting family. Judy is the one with stomach cancer. I tried giving her pill to her yesterday but I couldn't do it. I went to the pet store and bought pill pockets and I am hoping that will work.

I hope everyone has a good evening.


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Hello Again –

I now have my computer back. Windows 10 and how to use it is going to take a bit of learning. My husband just walked me through the basics, but I’ve learned already
It is going to take some getting use to. I hope it is as Paula Jean says and that I’m going to love it.

Paula Jean – evidently it is “Office” that is charging that much. We had Office before and Access was part of the package. Thankfully all that info I’ve stored there over the years is stored on a backup disc, but without the Access program I can't access it. * I love your story about Sophia. What an extraordinary little girl. I used to work with children at my church, and what a rewarding experience.

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It's a clear sunny 14* morning here in central Iowa. emoticon

Shirley, you will like Windows 10. I really do. I wouldn't want to pay $350.00 each year for Access either, in spite of it being the best database program around. Excel is great too....and who can live without Word? emoticon

I volunteer with the Awana program at my church each Wednesday evening. Those kids sure are precious! There is a little 5 year-old-girl in my group who has cystic fibrosis. Her name is Sophia. She is the smallest 5-year-old girl I've ever known, but she makes up for it with an amazing amount of spunk! Last night was the first time in a couple of weeks that she was well enough to join us. Ohhhh, my heart spilled over with joy as I saw her enter the church and run across the fellowship room and right into my arms! emoticon
Sophia dreams about being a cheerleader when she's older. My heart melts as I watch her "practice" her cheerleading moves while cheering on her teammates during game time. May God richly bless Sophia!

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Good Morning Everyone -

My husband tells me he has a couple hours work left to do on my computer and then the process of learning how to navigate Windows 10 begins.

Yvonne’s video was indeed impressive. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all aged so well.

Grace - we had both of our full bathrooms redone in our previous house. We thought the guy was never going to finish as he wouldn’t show up when he was supposed to because he was working on other jobs. It drug on for weeks. We were paying him ( per his request) as he did the work. Finally the 3 of us sat down and had a talk. He was asked first when he intended to finish and reminded him that we were inconvenienced by him dragging the job out. After listening to him my husband simply told him that he was to finish the job right away, that he’d already put a stop payment on his last check, that he was getting no more money until the job was completed and if it wasn’t done when he said we were reporting our experience to the company that had referred him. The job was finished in a couple days. * I miss feeding the birds at times and feel a bit guilty not doing so, but I don’t miss cleaning up the mess they made. I love birdhouses too - some are quite unique, but....

Ellen - “Messiah” is one of my favorite pieces. I’ve sung it in a couple of choirs over the years.

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Bonnie- I loved your photos!! The parade looks so special. I think I would enjoy that parade. * I read the article you mention and I wrote some “whys” down.
- so I don’t have to buy new clothes
- so I can feel younger
- to be like those 90 years in Yvoone’s Video.


Grace- you gave me an idea. I might buy a bird feeder and bird food for a gift to my son. He works from home a lot, so he might enjoy it. * I have tried to use Visa gift cards apparently the amount has to be equal or less unless the cashier rings up $25 and rings up the balance. Sounds like a pain to me.

Shirley - it was 71 on Monday, Tuesday the high as 34 degrees with a stiff wind. * My grandchildren tell me that some of their favorite memories were I took them to Kmart.

Allie- one of my greatest thrill was listening to the Kansas City symphony play the Messiah one year at Christmas. They were between theaters so it was held at our church. Unfortunately my Dh started hurting and we had to leave half way through it.

I’m doing this on my iPad so I will close.

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Good morning team! I hope everyone is having a nice day!

SHIRLEY, I really don't like getting anything EXCEPT food gifts and gift cards for Christmas from our 10 kids. Most of them "comply" but my youngest DD always buys me bird houses and bird feeders which I definitely don't want and have told her so and I end up returning them to Lowes. I've already got more of them than I'll ever use. Since we will see her on Christmas I've asked her to buy me bird SEED, but she never does. We can easily put the seed in the car and drive it back to FL. A couple of my kids don't give us anything which is fine with me. A couple of them give us "pass along" gifts and that's exactly what I do with them (pass them along - LOL) The other thing that seems so impractical to me is to spend $20 to mail a box of homemade breads and other treats to us or fragile knickknacks (AKA dust collectors) . The gift cards are the best.
GOOD LUCK with your new computer!!

Re our flooring job: We have one room almost done except for reinstalling the molding. This guy always underestimates how long a job will take. Last year when he remodeled my bathroom he said he'd be "in and out of here in 10 days" and it took him a month. It's going to be the same with this flooring job, but we don't care since we don't expect company until early February.

Have a great day!
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Good Morning Everyone -

My husband once said that laptops and iPads would soon replace desk computers. I’m here to tell you I sure hope not. I love my iPad and my iPhone, but like a microwave and stove that both cook - they serve different purposes. He ordered my computer yesterday, and would you believe it just arrived. We weren’t expecting it until late this afternoon, so maybe just maybe it will be up and running much sooner than expected.

We’ve had nice weather too, but it’s turned cold again. It’s 35 right now.

Ellen - we tried drawing names at Christmas a few years and it didn’t go over very well. I also tried to get the kids to make a charitable donation in my name as my gift and that didn’t work either. So now I’m to the point that we give money except for our 10 year old who lives near by and our son who is always good to tell us what he wants. When the little ones come to visit my husband or I take them to Walmart, let them shop and we buy them what they want — within reason of course - smile. I can’t imagine having to wear a long hcoat at 71 degrees.

Bonnie - your pictures are great as usual. I’m sure you had lots of fun.

Allie - for a grammar school to sing the “Messiah” is quite an undertaking. I will be interested to hear how they do.

Miller - I too like the sea shore and seashells.

Grace - I hope your new flooring is coming along well.

Make today a happy and healthy one.

Have a great day everyone.

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Good Evening, Team Sisters,
The high temperature was 60 today and I heard it said on the radio that it will be the last 60 degree day of the year. Not a happy thing to hear.

I wanted to enclose a few pics from the Scottish parade in my last post but that didn’t happen. Here they are. It was hard to get real good pictures because of all the people viewing the parade.







DH & I worked on raking the leaves for about an hour. He continued and I bowed out due to back pain. He appreciated my help.

I read a very interesting article on Sparkpeople this AM. It was called “Your ‘Why’ for Losing Weight Could Be The Most Important Piece of the Puzzle”. It explained that motivators for losing weight like--(mine) your doctor tells you to, or if friends or family say anything about your weight, etc.--don’t motivate you enough to keep at it. You have to decide exactly WHY you personally want to lose weight. There were 3 questions you have to ask yourself. Everyone should read it.

@Grace - It was so nice seeing you post. I miss you. I’ve been pretty erratic posting but, maybe now that it is dark so early and will soon be too cold to go anywhere, I’ll get “back on the stick” and post more often. My shoulder is doing much better. It was a “horse accident” but not my horse’s fault--strictly my own!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful day.
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Good evening team;

Grace: My back did start bothering me just at the end of raking leaves. I am so glad I am done. I came in and took an Aleve and I have my feet up in the recliner.

I went to an Alanon meeting this morning and it did me good.

My grandsons school is going to have a Christmas concert this evening. I am going to attend. I have really been looking forward to it. I probably will see my grandsons. The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra will be playing. It will be the Messiah. I have never heard the orchestra before so I am really looking forward to it.

The temperature is supposed to drop starting tomorrow and it is supposed to get real windy. I hope the town picks up the leaves before the leaves start blowing all over the place.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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Healthier Holidays Tip for the Day:
“Simplify gifts. Your loved ones are probably feeling as overwhelmed as you are. Instead of buying everyone a gift, draw names from a hat.”

My sisters and I use to draw names when I would go home for Christmas. The money limit was $20. One year I was really broke and I picked wild berries in East Texas and made preserves in pretty jars for my oldest sister. She was so thrilled that you would have thought I had spent $50. For my mother I sprayed some dried wild flowers I picked that fall and made an arrangement in a pretty mason jar turned upside down with clay on the bottom. The last time I was in my mother’s bedroom she still had it on a shelf after 45 years. Now, we don’t exchange gifts at Christmas but send each other $10 for our birthday. My DH laughs and says it is the same $10 just going around.

Winter has arrived! I had to wear my long winter coat with a hood today while shopping. Yesterday it was 71 degrees!

Shirley- We will miss you! But I totally understand how hard it is to post from an iPad.

Yvonne- I watched the video and it did inspire me! Those women were awesome! Is the Biggest Loser Challenge on SparkPeople? I tried to find it and couldn’t see it under challenges. *I agree with you! Bonnie’s and Harry’s adventures sound so enjoyable!

Bonnie- I loved all your activities! We use to be that way, but now barely do the errands we need to do. I am ordering my DH’s Christmas on-line because we have yet to get to the stores. All of our family will get cash or gift cards. My DH had planned to get to his monthly allergy shot today and he has been on the sofa sleeping all morning. I went to the grocery store to get what we had to have. I worry we have started on a slippery downhill decline.

Allie- what a great idea about going to the luncheon! We need to reach out to others. I told my Bible Study group about my granddaughter being admitted to nursing school here and how worried I was about helping her find a place to stay that I could afford. Then the marvelous gift of a free basement apartment by a friend she knew that lives close to the school. A retired nurse in our group said, “Oh, my- before you said that, I was thinking she could stay in my extra bedroom and I would not have to move because my rent has gone up.” I had taken some boxes to her for her pending move and saw her extra bedroom and bath. It was big. So, one never knows unless we reach out.

Miller- your red bird reminded what I saw while having my oatmeal this morning. I have a bird feeder near some trees and a saw a beautiful red cardinal, a blue jay, several finches and a few chickadees. Then there were three squirrels chasing each other. I have to figure out how to stay here as long as I can!! I love all the wildlife!

Grace- I hope the installer works quickly and you soon have a brand new floor! *I went back to my order (I actually had done it on my iPad which is not normal for me). I was able to create an account and change my email address (I had done it wrong). I did check my credit card account and it is on posted so I have the order number and I know my credit card was charged. I am hoping to get an email when it is shipped.

Cherie- I hope your hubby’s back recovers quickly! Sometimes, just bed rest for a couple of days on a heating pad will do the trick. *I am able to read the newspaper on my PC.

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Hi all!

Been busy....we put the tree up and decorated. I also made a pot of chicken soup. With fresh bread. Today I'm making a pot of chili.

Hunny's back is hurting bad. He was doing something with the decorations and Oweee! While I did the grocery shopping, He was pussin more. We have looked into cbd in weed. Has a lot of good qualities without drugs. I'm hoping my sister and her son can get off opoiuds with weed. My hunny does not care for pain stuff.

We are going to Mi on Fri. Can we read the newspaper from the computer?


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Grace - yes we have always been careful to back up our files. The problem comes with 10 not accepting Acess and some other programs. My husband has just gone through this frustration with his computer.

I know you will be happy when you get your new floors in.

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Good Tuesday team! The floor installer has been here working away on our project since 7:30 this morning. It looks like I missed a few posts. Like I can’t recall what happened to Bonnie’s arm and feel bad about that. However, I hope to catch up while keeping an eye on this installer. I might get this post finished today with lots of stops and starts. I can always hope!

MILLER, I’m sorry to read about your cataracts. As I recall, there have been several team members who had had that surgery, successfully, if that gives you in reassurance and comfort. I’m waiting to get cataracts because I hope I won’t have to wear glasses, but so far, none have showed up.

ELLEN, When my kids were small and there were lots of presents to wrap and unwrap, I taught them to be very careful with the paper and I actually used to “iron” it with a “cool” setting on the iron so I could reuse it.* I agree with what you said about the nursing profession. I can’t imagine what would happen if all we had were robotic nurses. I do realize that lots of surgeries are now done robotically and that’s fine, but we still need the human hands and the TLC that nurses provide. * About your online clothes order for your DH – Can you check your credit card statement online to see if you were charged? I check mine every day. I went to Lowes for all my flooring, which came to over $2000 and it was already “charged” to my account by the time I got back in the car, as a “pending” purchase.

YVONNE, I finally got to watch the video you suggested and was very impressed! Thank you for sharing it with us.

BONNIE, I can work out at the gym for an hour or go for a 50 minute walk – no problem. BUT, I could NOT stand up to the kind of day like you had last Saturday. I was getting exhausted just READING about it.
But you had a great time so more power to you! (smile) I’ve been to Tyson’s Corner with my DH when she lived in Woodbridge VA. I’m sorry I missed the fact that you injured your arm, but happy to read you’re on the mend.

ALLIE, Take it easy on all that raking! We don’t want to be reading that you hurt your back. But that probably won’t happen because you do “listen” to your body. (smile)

SHIRLEY, I’m so sorry to read about your computer. I would be lost and devastated without mine. Don’t you have your files backed up? We have “thumb drives” (I guess that’s what they’re called) with all our data stored on them. Good luck with Windows 10. I think they made it a little more user friendly than it was when it first came out. When I got it “forced” on me I hated it and removed it as soon as I could. But that was the “unimproved Windows 10”. As I said, I think they listened to customer’s complaints and fixed it.

Have a great day!

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Good Morning Everyone,

How much you will be hearing from me for awhile won’t be lots. My computer died this morning. It will mean buying a new one, my husband installing it and learning Widows 10. It also means losing years of stored data as well since it won’t transfer to 10. . I’m definitely not looking forward to this. I’m using my iPad and it is grueling to say the least. I must use the “hunt and peck”system of typing and for some unknown reason SP every time I switch from one place to another makes me log I again. Yes, I keep telling it to remember my log-in info, but it doesn’t. Oh well I’ll get through this. I just wanted to give you a heads up.

Have a good day everyone.

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BONNIE, I read about all you'd done, and then I had to lay down and rest. (smile) Seriously, that two days sounded like a lot of fun! I actually think I remember Tyson's Corner from when we lived in the D.C. area.

It seems like you have just the right amount of activity and rest. You do a lot of enjoyable things.

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Hello to all.

CONGRATULATIONS!!! To all the Challenge winners!!! emoticon emoticon

Many thanks, SHIRLEY, for all your hard work coordinating the Challenge. emoticon emoticon

My eyes are no longer dilated, so I thought I’d go ahead and post here again.

SHIRLEY, I think your Christmas decorations (the glass tree, nativity, and wreath) sound perfect and just right. *I really enjoyed what your graphic said and how it looked, too. I love shells and the sea so much!

ELLEN, I’m sorry you had a rough night last night and I hope tonight is better for you. *I agree that putting up Christmas tree ornaments is special. Most all of ours have a story or special memory. Many of them were handmade by my mother (knitted) and father (carved walnut baskets) and are very cherished. *My husband said the same thing you said - he reminded me that he no longer has to wear glasses since cataract surgery - I guess that’s one of the “perks” of surgery!

ALLIE, it will be interesting to see what PB thinks of the tree this year - let us know how she reacts to it! *Yes, I think I'll feel I look better without glasses. Not sure what I'll do when just one eye is fixed and the other not. Will have to talk to the doc about that.

IRENE, those knitted socks with chocolates inside, which can be used as an ornament, sound like good gifts - very sweet and festive.

PAULA JEAN, what a pretty December bloom! I haven’t seen anything like that around here.

YVONNE, THANKS! For sharing that YouTube video. Most profound to me was the woman who said her childhood friends thought she was crazy (or something) and now all those childhood friends are gone (while she’s still going strong!). It was inspiring, indeed!!! *I’ve heard good things about that Biggest Loser Challenge from others. I hope it goes well for you.

BONNIE, it sounds like you had wonderful times at your various activities. You go to such fun places! *I love the gift you got for your grand nephew.


I hope everyone has a restful evening and a lovely day tomorrow. emoticon

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Good evening team:

PaulaJean: Nice picture of the flower. Congratulations on your success with the Nov.challenge.

Yvonne: I watched the video. It was very inspiring.

Shirley: I love the graphic with the seashell. It makes me miss living in Florida.

Miller: I am sorry to hear you have cataracts. I have had cataract surgery on both my eyes and I am glad I did it. I always hated wearing glasses and now I feel better about how I look.

Ellen: I signed up for a luncheon on the 20th. My swim class is going to have a catered lunch at the Y. It will be a good way to get to know some of the people in the swim classes.

Bonnie: I have been to Tysons Corner Mall. I was very impressed with all the nice stores.
I am so glad your arm is feeling better.

I did a lot of raking today. I know it is going to real cold soon and it was a nice day to get my yard straightened out. I was rushing to get it all done in one day because I thought it was going to rain this afternoon. When I turned the weather on I found out the rain won't start until tomorrow. This will enable me to finish my raking tomorrow.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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Good Afternoon, Team Sisters,
Congrats to all of the winners of the November challenge.

Last Saturday was, as DH puts it, “Our busiest day of the year”. We first go to the Christmas Walk (Scottish parade) in Alexandria, Virginia, eat at my favorite restaurant, “The Sweetwater Grill”, go to Merrifield Garden Center in Virginia to their large Christmas decoration display and then to Tyson’s Corner Mall (A large shopping center) which uses up all of the rest of my energy for the day!! It’s fun but I get so very tired and this year my left foot was bothering me. Always something on me hurts it seems!

Then on Sunday, I went to the Christmas Farmer’s Market and then an Arts and Crafts show at our community center. Parking was really at a premium. I thought I picked a good spot so I would have no trouble walking to the Market and the Comm. Center. When I got back to the car one of the cars next to me parked at an angle--it was still within the lines--but I couldn’t even open the back door of the car. The A&C show had several new vendors this year and I bought more than I should. Chef Joseph, who has a very small walk-in dessert shop in the Center, makes food for the event and makes a wonderful vegetarian chili. I was trying to resist it but couldn’t hold out. It tastes so good and I can’t often have chili as DH won’t eat beans.

So, I’m pretty worn out today after a very busy week-end.

I don’t usually get my grand nephew anything for Christmas but he is 2 years old now and I decided to get him the book “Ferdinand the Bull”. I loved that book when I was young. I checked with my niece to make sure he didn’t already have it and she was thrilled that I was going to send it to Tony. He has some kind of speaking disorder, I’m not exactly sure what it is, but I understand that he is doing much better. I thought if Julie reads to him and he tries to sound out the words it might help him. The set also comes with a small stuffed bull that he can play with.

Everyone seems busy with Christmas preparations. I bought a plain wreath that I have to decorate and put on the front door. We have a small artificial tree to decorate but we have to get it out of the storage locker.

@Ellen - Thanks for the Goodie when I hurt my arm. It is much better now but not 100%.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day before the “Arctic Blast” arrives later this week. Ugh!!
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Just checking something out....

It worked! You all HAVE to see this video. It'll inspire you.

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Healthier Holidays Tip for the day:

"Splurge wisely. The holidays only come once a year, but the parties, events, and gifts of food never seem to end! Decide which ones are really worth splurging for, and leave the other foods on the table."

I only have one holiday event on my calendar in December that is different from my normal events - a Christmas brunch next Monday.

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I must admit I was shocked that I had gained 3 1/2 pounds in November. I need to keep a better track.

I had a rough night last night and had to be at Bible Study by 9 am this morning to make copies since I am the leader. So, my email may be brief.

I ordered some clothes on-line for my DH, and I am so afraid I might have messed up my email. I checked my credit card and it was charged, so that is good. But so far I have not received a confirmation email.

Allie- 8 pounds lost was awesome! That is two pounds a week which takes a lot of determination at our age.
I told my granddaughter that nursing should be a good field. I can’t imagine a robot taking the place of a nurse (at least I hope not!)

Irene- my mother always carefully unwrapped each of her gifts and smooth the paper out so well. I’m sure if I went to her house I would find wrapping paper left over from gifts.

Irene- I must learn to knit little socks so I can borrow your idea. I would love to do something like that for my Bible Study group.

Paula Jean- I love your flower! Is it dry in Iowa where you live? It has been weeks and weeks since we have had rain of any substance.

Yvonne- After seeing my 3.5 lb weight gain in November, I think I should check out that biggest loser challenge! I need to get motivated.

Shirley- I love your graphics. I love seashells!

Miller- I had cataracts on both eyes in my late fifties and had my vision fixed where I don’t need glasses. That was a plus in having to have the surgery.

I must get busy!



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Hello to all.

I just found out that I have cataracts in both eyes. I had noticed the vision in my left eye was blurry, so I called the eye doctor's office this morning and they said to come in today. I thought maybe I just needed a new eyeglass prescription and was stunned to find out it's cataracts. The left is worse than the right, so I guess after Christmas, I'll have surgery on it, as it is bothering me.

I hope everyone had a good day. My eyes are still a little dilated, so I'll read more and post more tomorrow.

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Good Afternoon Everyone -

Sorry I didn't make it here to respond to posts. I will resume that tomorrow. I had to go grocery shopping and once all of that was taken care of we had dinner, which I brought in, and now I'm shutting down for the day

I hope you've had a good day and will have a good evening, and a good week ahead.

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That's a good question, Yvonne. That bloom is from one of my bushes growing along the eastern border of my property. I'll have to do some research on it.
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PaulaJean, what is that flower? Very refreshing when it's gray and gloomy outside.

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CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners. Well done!

I've also joined a 10-week challenge on the Biggest Loser Challenge winter campaign; trying to get motivated to lose again. I'm starting to tell myself "well, it's normal to gain weight as you get older" and "It's hard!!"

In the past I never gained weight over the holidays because I was so active; as I'm slowing down that's not happening any more. Need to quit giving myself excuses.

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November Challenge....Way to go, team! emoticon

December Challenge....we can do even better! I'm looking forward to a victorious month! It's so fun to eat healthy & move our bodies. emoticon

While heading to the fitness center this morning, I spotted a December bloom in my yard....




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Here are the results of our - NEW MONTH - NEW ME CHALLENGE! that ran the month of NOVEMBER 2017.

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LOST THE MOST WEIGHT -

Allie - GRAMMIEOFTWO ----------- GOLD emoticon
Grace - CT-FL - SNOWBIRD -------- SILVER emoticon
Shirley - ARTY1934 ------------------- BRONZE emoticon


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DID THE MOST EXERCISE –

Paula Jean - PAULAJEAN659 ------- GOLD emoticon
Allie - GRAMMIEOFTWO ----------- SILVER emoticon
Grace - CT-FL - SNOWBIRD -------- BRONZE emoticon

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

A NEW CHALLENGE HAS BEGUN! It will run the month of DECEMBER 2017. If you would like to join us it isn't too late. Just give me your weight and exercise minutes since the first of the month on the "New Month - New Me!" Challenge thread. You will find the link to the "New Month - New Me! Challenge Guidelines on our Homepage also. Here's wishing all of us much success with achieving our weight loss and fitness goals.

December is a tough month to try and lose weight due to all the food temptations, parties and celebrations. It is possible to enjoy and join into all the fun of eating without blowing your diet/weight loss plans. One strategy is to only eat what you "Really Want" and do so in moderation. Just don't nibble because it is there or so you won't offend someone. Once you are back home or the party is over go right back on your eating plan. This strategy does work, I know because I've used it and still lost a LOT of weight (75 lbs. in less than a year) and I wasn't a young person either, I was over 50 at the time.

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What is listed below is Name - Total Lost - and amount of "additional" exercise that a person has done and reported. Please note that many of us were active, we just didn't view what we'd done as "additional exercise". When we walk these big stores or malls, rake leaves, pull weeds, clean the house, basement or garage that is all exercise, believe me. Sometimes this is additional exercise, sometimes it is just routine.
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Please Note: STS means Stayed the Same - N/R means None Reported

Allie - GRAMMIEOFTWO -- WEIGHT LOSS: 8 lbs.. --- EXERCISE: 1546 min. -- 25.8 (hrs)

Ellen - 8HABIT---------------- WEIGHT: + 3.5 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 851 min. -- 14.2 (hrs)

Grace - CT-FL-SNOWBIRD --- WEIGHT LOSS: 2 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 1343 min. -- 22.4 (hrs)

Irene - STITCHINGNAN -- WEIGHT: STS ---- EXERCISE: 1035 min. -- 17.25 (hrs)

Marlene - MMARLENE34 --- WEIGHT: +1 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 570 min. -- 9.5 (hrs)

Miller - MILLER-S --- WEIGHT: +0.6 lb. --- EXERCISE: 238 min. -- 4 (hrs.)

Paula Jean - PAULAJEAN659 --- WEIGHT: STS --- EXERCISE: 1823 min. -- 30.4 (hrs)

Shirley - ARTY1934 --- WEIGHT LOSS: 0.2 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 209 min. -- 3.5 (hrs)

Yvonne - LADYBUG1943 - WEIGHT: +1.2 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 144 min. -- 2.4 (hrs.)

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Helllo on Monday , It’s nice to look back at Christmas decorations years ago. As a child brought up in the war it was all home made decorations . In our house a rather worse for wear artificial tree came out yearly, there were candles in holders on it but we weren’t allowed to light them. It may cause a fire !
We made paper chains and lanterns . Opening presents didn’t take long but I recall Mum telling us not to tear paper from our gifts , she would smooth each piece of paper out to be reused next year, String was precious too, any bits from our gifts was rescued and all wound into a ball of string .
Gifts were often home made .if I got a book I was happy. I loved to read , i still do.

It’s book club here this evening. My turn to host it. We will discuss the book have just read. .which was The Running Club at the end of the World., It was different , after the book chat we unwind . As its December I have mulled wine and a few festive treats to hand out, I am also giving each club member( 7 )A knitted stocking with a wrapped chocolate inside . These little knitted socks are popular and can be hung on Christmas trees afterwards .
I had better get busy now on regular chores . Enjoy your day . Irene


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Good evening team:

Shirley: Thanks for asking, I am feeling much better. You made a good point about robots versus peoples jobs. I always worked in factories and I saw a lot of robots being used in production and it was frightening.

Miller: I don't really get excited about Christmas until I get my Christmas tree. My grandsons and I were talking about last year when we put our tree up. PB was just a puppy and she kept tearing everything off the tree. We can't wait to see what she will do this year.

I enjoyed the robot competition yesterday. There were 25 schools competing and it seems everyone got some kind of trophy or medal. They had several different ways they could win. My grandsons school will be going to the next challenge and it will be held at the University of Pa. in Feb.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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Healthier Holiday Tip of the Day:
“Stay active. Don’t mistake being “busy” for being “active”. You still need to exercise at least 30 minutes each day. Break it up into a few smaller sessions throughout the day if you’re pressed for time.”

A beautiful Sunday here with weather warm enough to go without a coat and no wind at all. This feels like late September weather! I rake some leaves up and put them in my compost bin. Now I need green stuff.

Shirley- I love that graphics saying! So true!!

Miller- Randy’s friend sounds like a wonderful person that I would have enjoyed knowing. I read a book that said those who know their life will be limited often life fuller lives; that they live more in one day than most people live in a lifetime. We should all take lessons from these people and live our lives with joy and excitement. *What I love about putting up our Christmas tree with my DH is that so many of our ornaments were bought on trips or represent something special that happened that year. I even put on the bottom of many of them the year we bought them. It is like a trip down memory lane.

Shirley- It sounds like you need my older sister; when my mother could no longer put up a tree, my sister would come and decorate Mother’s tree and house. One year I flew in to visit in December and she had decorated Mother’s tree with ornaments she found in a closet that we used growing up. It was so special. Her daughter actually makes money by going to people’s houses and decorated their rooms for Christmas. She uses their ornaments but has a special touch.

Ellen

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Miller - thanks for giving me/us more details about Randy's friend. 74 is young to have died, but you know what given his health issues he lived to a ripe old age, didn't he. He sounded like quite a man with a life well spent. We too had a bachelor friend that died in his 70s. I've found people who never marry or have families see things quite differently sometimes than we who do. * I think I mentioned sometime ago that I no longer decorate for Christmas as I once did. I have a small glass Christmas tree - maybe 12" tall and a small Nativity that I'll put out and a wreath on the door. I do have a small table top tree with lights, but it's one of those things where I would need to ask my son to bring it up from the basement for me. If decorating mattered to either of us any longer I would do so, but it doesn't. The house always looked so festive with wreaths on the garage, cover on the mailbox, garlands along the stairwell and draped around the front door, BIG Christmas tree, a couple of Nativities and more. Things tend to change as we age and our abilities change.

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Hello to all.

ALLIE, I had to smile when you said maybe raking would allow you to find all the toys PB hid in your backyard… it will be like a treasure hunt! *I’m sorry about your tooth, but am glad they saw you right away and took care of it for free. *It’s great that you have a mechanic you can trust. *That robotics competition sounded interesting. *I’m very sorry to hear that your DIL’s cat has stomach cancer and I hope the steroids help.

SHIRLEY, you asked how old Randy’s friend was who passed away... he was either 73 or 74, I can’t remember which now. I think one reason he was still so curious about things and eager to learn may be because he never married or had a family. He had severe spinal issues as a child and his back and stature was affected, and his lungs as well. He wasn’t expected to live as long as he did. He certainly made the most of his time. He had several hobbies, one of which was playing guitar - Chet Atkins style. I think his love of music and interest in computers is one reason he and Randy were such good friends. *Your advent calendar of felt with little wooden ornaments with Velcro backs sounds very nice. It would be nice if your granddaughter still has it and uses it.

SLIMMER, I hope your new A/C unit is working well with minimal smells.

ELLEN, Congratulations to your granddaughter for being accepted into nursing school. It’s wonderful that she already found a place to live near the university! I hope her appendix issues get worked out soon. *It’s very kind of you and your DH to give the savings bond money to your son and granddaughter.

GRACE, I like your idea of completely unplugging the computer. I hope the suggestions helps Cecile, although she may not have been able to see it.



Yesterday was overcast and rainy, but today is sunny and beautiful. I’m still slowly making progress on my Christmas decorating. Katie doesn’t seem very interested this year (she practically put all of them up by herself last year), but she’s going to assemble the artificial tree for me and I will probably put on most of the tree decorations.

I have a Spark friend who said she’s either going to have no tree this year or else buy a small tabletop tree at a dollar store. That’s sounding better and better! (smile)

I have a doctor appointment on Tuesday, but otherwise my week is open. I hope everyone has a good week ahead.

Miller


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Happy Sunday Everyone -

Ellen - you and your husband are really generous with your grandchildren. I wonder if they realize how blessed they are. I loved the story of the couple allowing your granddaughter to live in their apartment free. * Yes, having a service contract on our cooling and heating systems have kept us too from having either go out on the coldest or hottest day or night of the year. I don't know why it is that appliances tend to die at the worst possible time, but that seems to be what happens.

Allie - I hope you are feeling better today. * How interesting that robotics competition. Robots definitely seem to be becoming more and more in use. As wonderful as this is, I can't help but wonder where those people that hold down those jobs now will find work. Sometimes automation is wonderful, but sometimes not. Have you ever called a company needing to speak to a human being about a problem and couldn't get past the automated service answering your call? * Congratulations on another pound lost. * So sorry to hear about your grandsons cat.

Have a great day everyone -

Shirley

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31 Days to a Healthier Holiday Tip:
“Take inventory. Identify all the situations (office parties, mall food courts, family gatherings) that make it difficult for you to eat healthy during the holiday season. Make a plan for staying on track in every situation.”

I am using the SparkPeople Calendar to motivate myself and maybe some of you not to gain back weight during this festive time.

I didn’t post yesterday because lots was going on. My DH and I have been planning to try and make our finances simple in case we died suddenly. One thing was to get some old savings bonds out of our bank box and cash them in. We decided to split the money between one son who is having surgery on December 11 and our granddaughter who can’t work right now due to finals and severe abdominal pain. She may have to have surgery to remove her appendix as soon as finals are over.

The second thing that hit us last night was our granddaughter called that she was accepted into nursing school at a university nursing program in the KC metro! The program starts in March and would require her to have a place to live, and be unable to work at all while she is going. But she would be out in one year with the classes she has already completed. My DH and I were uncertain about that since it could require a major financial commitment from us to help. This morning she text me that she has already found a place to live close to the university! IT IS FREE!!! A couple she knows has a furnished apartment in their basement and they would love to have her for a year. It has its own outside door. I can’t believe how God is opening up this door for her!


Paula Jean- I am glad you enjoyed the happiness tips. I decided to use the December calendar also for healthier holidays tips for us. If I type it out I seem to remember it better!


Shirley- I so agree about the live tree! When I was a little girl on the Texas south plains I tried to “plant” our Christmas tree one year. I felt sorry for the tree and wanted it to keep living plus I loved the smell. *Use the Fooducate app on your frozen food box and it will tell you if it is good or highly processed. *We also have a maintenance contract on our heating and cooling and they twice have caught things that could have caused us to die in our sleep from gas.

Allie- on root canals- Your dentist should be able to give you medication to keep from hurting so bad. I actually went to sleep in the dentist chair once during a root canal procedure. But I am so glad all of it was free! *It sounds like you will have a fun day today!

Slimmer- I am looking forward to things improving for you. I am so glad you have a good company working on everything.

I am having a good day!
Ellen


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Good morning team:

I am watching the dog whisperer. I am getting some good tips for PB.

I had a rough night but not as bad as the night before. I had yogurt and applesauce this morning.

My grandsons want me to go to a robotics competition with them today. Their Mom is going to take me along with the boys. I have never seen anything like this and it is in Philadelphia so it should be interesting and exciting.

The dentist told me to talk as little as possible. I am usually very talkative so my grandsons will probably be amazed.

I lost another pound which makes me happy. I have lost 9 pounds as of November 1st. I still have a ways to go but I feel healthier already.

My dil said her 15 year old cat has stomach cancer. The vet is going to try giving the cat steroids. I am being careful about giving any advice about putting the cat to sleep. I have been in a similar position with pets and it is a hard decision to make.

Allie


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Good Morning Everyone -

Slimmer - we carry a maintenance contract on our heating and cooling - always have - and regard it as money well spent. At one time we had such on our washer and dryer too, and when we moved from our last house our washer and dryer were working well after 25 years of use. Regular servicing doesn't keep us from having problems, but it does keep problems at a minimum and our appliances working longer.

Allie - so sorry to hear about your toothache, but happy to hear you could get it taken care of right away. Root canals, I have had several, but only one that gave me a problem. But you know what, depending on where that tooth was located, I would have most likely told the dentist to pull it too. How fortunate you are to have gotten dental work for free. * I'm glad you got your car serviced also. Yep having to buy a battery, etc., etc. is costly. My husband is taking our car in for servicing next week.

Cecile - I'm so sorry to hear you are still having computer problems. I hope the tech can have your computer working again soon.

Grace and Miller - I hope life is treating you and your families well.

Have a great day and a most enjoyable weekend everyone -

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Hola nice out today.. no jacket weather ???

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARLENE!!!!!!!!!!! HAVE A GREAT DAY! emoticon

A/C guy came out and switched out my bedroom grill to get air from hitting me in the face. Only sound I hear is the air coming out of the ducts.. so odd!

Outside since it is warmer the noise that happens when colder was not.. so he said all was ok ???

Told me maintenance to come 2 times a year was $179 can't beat that!

Last night the new burning off smells got to me and I had to leave and felt better out of the house and then in the middle of the night I wanted to toss my cookies.. but pretty much all those smells are gone.. if anything it is like breathing cardboard ..hmmm

Yesterday Also... my device Checker for bad fumes in the air of course started Chirping.. I just changed the battery.

Also the garage lightbulb that comes on when the door opens also burnt out.. I just changed that.

..now what else is going to go wrong.. I am charging my Kindle and it has been charging all day.. this is unusual.

Going to work the Holly tonight.. the Christmas show The Belles I think???

Went to buy the yearly Dahlonega Christmas ornament only 600 I thought they went on sale tonight but it was last Friday... and they are all sold out now.

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Good afternoon team:

I had a rough night. I had a terrible toothache and nothing I took would lessen the pain.

I walked to the garage early this morning and asked them to hurry up replacing my battery.

They were short handed but they got it done in an hour. They had to add a quart of oil and they checked the tires and topped off all the fluids.


They didn't try to gouge me and they installed a better battery then I had in my car. I am so relieved I finally found a good mechanic I can count on.

After my car was done, I called the senior center and they told me to come right in. I had to go further away from my home but I really needed to see a dentist. It turns out I had an abcess/infection. The dentist said I could do root canal therapy or they could pull the tooth.

I told them to pull the tooth. I had one root canal once and I said I would never have another one.

They were so nice to me at the dentist and it was such a relief when the pain stopped. Thank God the dentist was free I just paid $200.00 to get my car fixed and for the towing. I am counting my blessings right now.

PB is keeping me entertained.

I hope everyone has a good evening and a good weekend.

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Good afternoon team:

emoticon Marlene I hope you have a wonderful birthday. allie


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CECILE, Don't just shut off the computer. Completely unplug it. That's suppose to "reset the electronics"
Good luck!
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emoticon emoticon HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARLENE!!!! emoticon emoticon

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The trouble is back. I have to get off this machine!

See you when I see you!


God bless and keep us safe!

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Good Morning Everyone -

Can you believe we've come to the end of another year? Yep I know there is still the month of December, but...

emoticon emoticon Happy Birthday Marlene! emoticon emoticon I hope you have a Wonderful Day!

Cecile - what wonderful news about your computer. Let's hope it keeps running - smile! * I hope Val has lots of fun at her Christmas party.

Allie - I loved your Morning Glory story. That's an easy mistake to make. I'm surprised that your neighbor didn't tell you what those vines were. * Speaking of Christmas decorations - have you heard of this year's trend - hanging the tree upside down? Yes, WEIRD! What a nice thing your sister's grandson and his employer did for her. Such stories are what Christmas is all about - generosity and thoughtfulness. * Good for you and your positive thinking, as one who has gone through the same problem, all the things you listed here are blessings since none of them happened to you. I do like positive thinkers - smile.

Slimmer - what good news. I'm happy for you.

Miller - I bought an Advent Calendar for the older grandchildren when they were very small. It was felt with little wooden ornaments with Velcro on the back so they could affix them to the tree. It didn't make a big impression on our grandson (the older by 18 months), but his sister just loved it. I must ask her if she's still got it and is using it with her little boy. * How old was Randy's friend that passed away? I don't go to the extents I did when younger to learn new things and develop new skills, but I very much like when I learn something new. * I'm glad you enjoyed the Morning Glory graphic. I very much like that one too. * I know what you mean about going to the grocery - it seems like I'm always needing to go.

Cherie - as mentioned before - I too like those Impossible Pies. I've only made one that uses ground beef, never a dessert one or one with only vegetables. * Any news as to when you will be moving to Michigan?

Ellen - I haven't had a hearty laugh in years, or a hard cry, those are two things I just no longer do. To be able to laugh and cry like that is such a emotional release. * Our stores haven't started offering loading docks, but several are advertising delivering groceries. My daughter-in-law has a part-time job where she shops for one them. * I have a beautiful 7 or 8 ft. artificial tree with lights in the basement. I bought it when we moved here and I just love it, but no longer use it. I would be lying however if I didn't say that I miss the wonderful aroma of a live tree. * I don't view frozen foods as processed foods, perhaps I'm wrong about that. As long as you can and enjoy doing so by all means keep cooking. As I keep reminding everyone, as we lose abilities to do things ( for one reason or another) we have to adapt and adjust. I think if my husband would eat leftovers I would try to do Crockpot or such meals, but that isn't something that works in my household.

Wishing for us all an enjoyable day -

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Good Friday morning, team! emoticon

Ellen, I do that same very thing. It really does fix my computer almost every time! emoticon
Thank you for sharing those "Happiness" tips. emoticon

Happy Birthday, Marlene! emoticon

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My fix for anything like computers is to turn it for 30 seconds and then turn it back on. Most of the time it fixes itself.

emoticon Happy birthday Marlene! Do something fun today! emoticon

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Good morning!

Whatever was wrong with the computer fixed itself. I can use it with no problem. Wish everything was like that in life.

I didn't read the posts. I may do it later. I need to do some housework as one of Val's friends is coming to pick her up around supper time. The class is going out for a Christmas celebration.

Be back later... emoticon

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Good evening team:

Shirley: My neighbors that live behind me have a fence with morning glories on it. When I first moved here I thought they just had vines on their fence and I kept removing them until I realized they were flowers.

Ellen: My sister has one of her grandsons living with her. He works at a restaurant and his boss said they were changing their decorations. His boss gave him a silver artificial Christmas tree and he brought it home to my sister. She is thrilled.

Cherie: I have never heard of "vegetable impossible". What a great name for a dish.

Miller: I have more leaves to rake this weekend. Maybe I can find all the dog toys PB hid in my back yard.

I was just getting over the expense of fixing my furnace and now my car is in the shop.
I have been trying to look at it in a positive way instead of getting upset.

1.It could have been worse, I only need a new battery and I could have had a lot more wrong with my car.

2. My car wouldn't start in my driveway, I could have broken down somewhere else.

3. It was nice weather today , so I could walk to the Y and I was able to get my exercise in.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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The A/C guys left at 5pm...

Just unreal how they did all the checking on the Freon.. they even had to set up a tent to keep the light rain drops off it... it had to run for 1 hr before they added the Freon... the other bad co. let it run for a few minutes.. such a difference.

He thoroughly showed me how to program the FANCY thermostat.. that had to cost hundreds my neighbor said like $400??? So easy too!

Then he said he would turn on and check the cooling... I waited.. then he said it ..IS.. on.. I could not believe.. I could not hear it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The only thing that tells me it is on is in 3 vents I can hear the air rush out... just amazing how quiet it is.. What A Difference!!!!!!!!!!

They went to vents and the cool air coming out was like 47 degrees or less!!!!! No problem there. The heat.. they got it up to 70.. I am still trying to get it go higher.. the door was open all day and it was 62 out today.

Tomorrow the expert on outside units comes.. it still makes grunting noise.. and he also will change out a vent in the bedroom so it no longer hits me in the face.. my tongue and inside of my mouth ..I'd wake up and it would be totally dried out.. at times I thought I would never get it to feel wet again.. that was not good

That high filter... probably could get my neighbor to change or even the realtor when he changes the filter for the water... I do have 2 ladders that will get up there but a pain to drag that big one in

I am exhausted watching them all day... oh I hope the end really is near.

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Hello to all.

IRENE, I love Advent trees. I’m sure your great grands enjoy it very much. We have an Advent wall hanging/calendar with a little pocket for each day in December and it has a little painted wooden candy cane to move to each new day. We usually put a small chocolate in each pocket. They’re not really big enough to put other trinkets.

SHIRLEY, yes, I believe from what people say that I will know when I’m ready for knee replacement. *I agree that children who ask questions display intelligence. It’s wonderful when adults still have that spark of curiosity, too. My husband had a best friend (who passed away in 2010) and he never lost his interest in learning new things. He was very curious about how things worked and took on new challenges even as he aged. I wish I could say the same about myself! (smile) *The morning glory and poem you shared are lovely.

BONNIE, I’m sorry to hear that you fell and I hope you’re okay. *Your Thanksgiving sounded like a lot of fun! *Thanks for your comments about surgery - I think you’re absolutely right.

ELLEN, I hope your Aunt gets well soon. That was really something about your sister having to wear surgical garb to enter the room! *Thanks for the assurance that I will know when it’s time for surgery. *You’ve done well to get your decorations up. I’m doing mine very slowly.

CHERIE, we have a Kroger here and I need to go there soon to get my husband some more low-carb yogurts. That’s the only store where I can find them.

SLIMMER, I’m sorry to read that you had a leak and I hope the silicone takes care of the problem. I’m glad they’re putting in the new A/C unit. *I’m not sure how you would change the filter that high up. I think I’d pay someone to do it, as it might be dangerous to try it yourself.

ALLIE, the water walking sounds like good exercise.



The “yard man” came to do our leaves today. He used a blower and it took him several hours to do it all. There’s no way I could have done it myself. The yard looks SO much better.

I went to the grocery store again today - it seems like I live there! (smile). I also put up a few more Christmas decorations. Maybe I can get Katie interested in helping me.

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

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Moving along

this is the hole they cut into my living room for the intake... now how I get up there to change the filter is something else.. I would have to do it 2 times a year and then they could do it the 2 times they service it would work.. it is high



Ellen.. you first have to put a coat of KILZ if you paint with regular paint.. the water in the acrylic.. will let the stain come through the paint.

It is soooooooooo dark and gray out... hope they silicon the pipe before this rain starts.

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Hi all!

I think I'm gonna make a vegetable impossible pie for supper. You can add anything you want!
Just got done coloring my roots, going to get a trim tomorrow. Getting ready for Mi.

We are going to decorate this weekend.

Hunny and I work good together except we get a backache doing stuff like that!

Happy that hunny doesn't have to work Sat anymore. During all my yrs of being a hairdresser, I always had to work Sat. We missed out on a lot!

Gonna dry my hair!

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Happiness Tip of the Day (I am completing November with two tips):

“Laugh out loud. Visit a comedy club or watch a funny show. Laughing makes you feel good, so make time for fun and humor every day.”

“Ask for Help- if you need it. If you feel unhappy most of the time, talk to a therapist, counselor, or spiritual advisor to help you find what is wrong and what makes you happy.”

The first tip made me smile just by typing it and remarkable it lifted my spirits. You know something else silly that lifted my spirits- painting my toenails a pretty coral shade. I had thought since it was winter and I wear socks all the time, why do it. But after a few days, I realized that my pretty coral nails made me happy even if no one sees it but me. Isn’t that silly?

Cherie- We don’t have those stores. Isn’t it funny how there are different stores (especially grocery stores) in different parts of the country? Our grocery stores don’t carry out our bags which is fine with us. They do have a service where you can drive up to this loading door and they will load them in your car. I think that is nice for parents with small children or the elderly.

Allie- I noticed where a wildlife nature park is offering free cedar trees if you will cut it yourself. Cedar trees are invasive here so natural preserves want to get rid of them so other native trees will flourish better. We did that one year and ended up with tiny spiders in them. Now we have a artificial tree with lights. Not my favorite, but it doesn’t get dry and is fire proof (it says).

Shirley- I am finding that I am picking up more of the cooking here since I don’t want us eating so much processed food. I really like trying new recipes. Thank goodness my DH does not mind left-overs. We had homemade chicken noodle soup for the past two nights.

Slimmer- I have my fingers crossed that all will be good with these latest issues! You remind me that we have a stain in our guest room ceiling from a roof issue years ago. It is not that noticeable and one swipe with a paint brush would take care of it.

Ellen

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Workmen going to be here until 4pm and then sending another guy tomorrow to check the outside unit.

Picture is of my new... emergency pan... that old co.. said Never had water in it!!!!!! Right.

They found that the Freon ..air filter dryers.. one at outside of machine.. which is put on installation... well, they put one on when they added the new coil... on the inside..

but .. the system should ONLY have one air filter.. so that probably is what was making the noise on the outside unit.. it was being starved for Freon

The head installation guy just left.. he was soooooo nice to me today... and they are doing Everything they can think of to make this installation Perfect

so afraid it will have a glich.. somewhere.. but I know they will not go away until all is fixed.

Ceiling Leak....... IS NOT FROM A/C LEAKING... it is from a pipe air vent to outside.. that Boot around the pvc piping was not changed out when I thought I had had all of them done.. and it is leaking.. this is a New Leak!!!!!!! So they will silicone it... but it may need a new boot put on.. might need roofer or plumber.. and these people do plumbing too... so maybe I will get this fixed and my 2 toilet insides changed out...Only Money... but I just saved a lot so not so bad... and it will be fixed!!!!!!!!!!!

Hanging in there,
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Good Morning Everyone -

Allie - what fun picking out a Christmas tree with your grandsons and having them help you decorate it! * Yes, varying ones exercise routine is highly recommended by most fitness people, and I was told long ago by a doctor that water aerobics which includes water walking was not only good exercise, but good for people with joint problems.

Cecile - it will be good to see you posting again. So sorry about your computer problems.

Slimmer - I know you will be so-o-o happy to get your heating and cooling system problems solved. * We can find individual servings of Shepherds Pies in the frozen food area of our Walmart. I bought ones made by Blake. My husband liked it, so I bought them a few times until he decided he didn't like them any longer. They were good, but I found them too heavy on carbs. As you said loaded with mashed potatoes - which is true of most Shepherds pies, but in their infinite wisdom they decided to add corn to it as the other vegetable instead of something green or orange. I wasn't that taken with them from the get-go, so am not sorry he doesn't want me to buy them again. I think I've got a recipe for them that Bonnie shared somewhere, and it was much better, quite good.

Cherie - when I lived in the South grocery stores always took your groceries to your car and loaded them for you. Back then you were allowed to tip the bagger, which was only a quarter or fifty cents, but of course now days most stores have a "no tip" policy and an employee can be fired for accepting one. As I think I've mentioned a time or two here, I've always liked Kroger's. They tried to settle in the St. Louis area, but the local chains were two strong, and so they eventually closed their doors.

Ellen - what an experience your sister had visiting your mother and aunt. It is good that it gave them both a good laugh. * I hope you got your Christmas decorating done yesterday. As usual it sounds like you had a busy and most productive day. * I'm so glad you and Bonnie enjoyed yesterday's graphic. I just found that one, and like you two and for the same reasons you shared, I too loved it. * Thank you. I'm glad you liked the story of Gregory. He indeed is an exceptional person.

Bonnie - I too am so sorry to hear about your fall. My husband took a similar one months ago in the middle of the night. He thought his neck was broken at first. He is still having problems with his neck and shoulder, and yes he mentioned it to our doctor. I so hope this won't be true for you, and that you will be feeling good as new soon. * Your Thanksgiving sounded lovely. * Re what you said to Miller about knee replacement surgery. Some years back I was taking a Bible study at the Methodist Church. The leader was an assistant pastor and evidently liked to bike a lot. Well he found he needed knee replacement, had it done, and was telling us how excruciating the pain was and on and on. When class was over, a woman in her late 70s said she'd had it and as bad as the recovery was it wasn't nearly as bad as the pain she'd encountered before the surgery. A year or so later, I'd long quit that class, I ran into her in the grocery store and she said she'd had her other knee done, and she was doing well. She had to be close to 80 or past by that time. * I'm glad you enjoyed the graphic. I too love Morning Glories, but have only grown them at one house that we've owned. It had a high fence that I could see from my picture window in my kitchen, the perfect spot for me to enjoy them.

Have a good day everyone,

Shirley

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