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Good evening team sisters.

Today was nice and sunny. It was a quiet day. The kind I like as there are no problems.

Gwynlee2 - I hope with all my heart that you find a job especially one that you like and are comfortable doing. emoticon

Shirley - Chantal went for her checkup today. The doctor told her that she is healing rather quickly. He said that in 24 hours she is at a week`s worth. She told Val that she sees very, very well. I thought it was her right eye that was the worst but it is the left. She had her contact in her right eye and apparently she saw better from her left. - My house is too small to accomodate a wheelchair. That is the reason Jess cannot come to stay anymore. I looked very closely to her new chair on Monday and it is too wide for my doors. Her chair is much smaller than André would need.

Grace - I will keep a `Fall Chart` especially to inform the nurses when they come. The paramedics told me that it is better to call them to lift my husband because they are specially trained for the job. They also check his vitals to make sure he`s okay. Thanks for the suggestion. - I love your `groove` instead of a rut. Actually, the word sounds better!

Slimmer - I`m so sorry to hear that your house is giving you pains again. I sure wish you could identify the source of the smell and eradicate it.

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon

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7/23/14 2:26 P

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Hi all, it is 81 and raining...

right now I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Dizzy... I just got in from school... I ate a salad and whammmmmmm I feel like I could coak...

I called the DR... they have no openings for a week or more... wonder if that is because I am now medicare???... if feeling this bad they always got ya in

I have the same old... pain in shoulder blade up through the ear into the right side of my head..

I still think it is something I am eating... but I am eating the same old thing...

it could be the smell of the house... it has the gerbil or wet wall board smell and I have been sleeping with the window open ???????????

not fun to feel like this and nobody around me...and nobody close to call

this should not be happening

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Grace - I like your thinking. emoticon I will have to remember that.

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YVONNE, Thank you for checking in! It's good to hear from you. This reminds me of our first night, in our FL house. We bought the house and were planning to return to CT a week later so all we had in the house was 1 twin bed. That first night, we both slept on the twin bed. We had the windows open because it was nice outside. We were woken up, around 5:30 in the morning, by the lady that lived across the street, screaming a bunch of obscenities at her husband. She was our "alarm clock" for the rest of the week, until we left for CT. When we returned in the fall, we found out that her husband had died, so she had no one to scream at and things were much quieter.

SHIRLEY, I agree with what you said about being in a Rut. However I prefer to call it a Groove.
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CECILE, I have an idea! emoticon

You and Andre should make a "Fall Chart" and write the dates & times of each fall, what room was he in when he fell and what was he doing when he fell. Then after a few falls, an occupational therapist might be able to see if there's a pattern going on and what can be done to rectify that situation. Is he falling getting into bed, getting out of bed, going from room to room, getting ready to sit in a chair,etc?

Also, I think it was Slimmer who suggested asking your church for help. If your church has a Sunday bulletin or a bulletin board you could tell the parishioners of your need and see if you can get a short list of available people and let them know that you'll pay them for their "trouble" , maybe $25.00 a fall, to make them more willing to help out.

We had a neighbor in FL who fell down every couple of weeks. His wife would call us and Don and his BIL would go pick him up. Of course, they didn't take any money for it. They were just helping a neighbor.

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7/23/14 9:19 A

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Good Morning Everyone -

Gwynlee - this sounds very good.

Cecile - Thanks for the update on Chantal. I hope her recovery goes well. *So sorry to hear about André. From your post it sounds like maybe a wheelchair is what he needs rather than a walker. Will your house accommodate such?

Slimmer - I did look to see if they had a space for that coconut/almond butter but were just out - since there was an open space - but the price label was for something else. But I do plan to keep looking, and will look for it at other stores when I get to one.

Yvonne - thanks for taking the time to let us know that you've arrived safely in Missouri. I know you and Jay must be worn out, but so happy to be in your new home. When we have moved, our bed is one of the first things to go up, and I always have a special box/container with the linens for it that is where I can get my hands on it right away. TV hook-up and computers set up is next - smile.

Grace - Store closings - I guess we shouldn't be surprised with stores closing in today's economy. I had the same experience as you a few years back - when we moved here there was a thriving nice sized strip mall, and in it was a Party Store that existed for some years after we moved here, but one day I needed something there and it was gone. There are so many small businesses that are going under and empty stores in these strip malls. I know that these Party Stores are a big business - just saying. *I've never had an MRI, but am not well versed in medical language so I'm sure I too would have to have someone decipher a results printout.

Allie - you are welcome... you mean a lot to us too - smile.

Ellen - it indeed has been hot the past few days. This morning the air is so warm it is stifling. * Coughs - those things are Awful, and I've had them to linger a long time too, but it is wise to get your husband checked out. Although I've had them to last a couple of months, still that's a long time. *I too agree, where living close (like next door or a few doors up the street) to grandkids and our children has its pluses, it has a lot of minuses too. That really is just too close. I've teased my son and DIL a couple of times when houses next door to them came up for sale that we were thinking about buying them. Once we entertained the idea of moving to Texas. There was a lovely house about 4 houses up, on the opposite side of the street from my daughter and family for sale. My granddaughter thought that was a great idea since she could see us everyday - smile. *I'm not adventurous either. My husband less so. You are right ruts are very comfortable, but not the best for us. As long as you can make yourself keep going and exploring new things do. I've reached the point where dealing with the familiar is challenge enough for me. And no, I haven't always been this way, but am now. As said, where never the adventurous sort, it never occurred to me that I couldn't do anything. *Interesting how those "Life-Alert" type things work. I would have thought they would have staff to answer those calls for things like when a person falls.

Bonnie - enjoy your Jeep with its new top, as I'm sure you will. My son loves Jeeps.

Sherry - Peace be with you also.

Have a good day everyone -

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7/23/14 6:07 A

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I met with a job counselor yesterday -- we have a plan put together for job hunting

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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7/22/14 10:18 P

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Good evening team sisters.

Today started off being good. The nurse came this morning. Since the car was not in the yard, she thought I was out. I was in bed sound asleep.

Chantal`s eye surgery went very well. She called me this afternoon and told me all about the restrictions and the drops. I remembered from 2 years ago but I let her talk. She said she felt sleepy and was yawning away. I started to laugh a little and told her she reminded me of her dad. I told her to go lay down for a bit before supper. She has an appointment tomorrow afternoon to have a check by the doctor.

André fell again tonight. This is the third time in 1.5 weeks. I had to call the paramedics again and again he refused to go to the hospital. He was on his way to bed and he said his right knee gave out. He did not feel too sturdy afterwards. He had me do things that normally he does. I don`t mind at all helping him.

Let us hope this will be the last fall for a long time.

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon

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7/22/14 10:11 P

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Hi All, Was sunny today and a little rain and very very comfortable...

I sat reading with the doors open ..after school

... will work on my self portrait eye tomorrow and then I pretty much am done... He wants me to do one more picture... school is over next Wed... Thur is an exam day so I don't know if he will have us in

..I noticed something funny on my Tiger picture I set it down upside down and it looks like a frightened cartoon tiger... could be used either way... could not have done that if I tried.

The Art Dept head signed me up for Weaving I for the Fall school starts Aug 18th...

Bon... glad you got the hard top... it will be cooler and safer for you...

Cecile... hmmm I don't know... it disturbs me that they put you off for 2 hrs... That really does not make sense to me. I feel more what they were doing was showing you ..if you call them they are going to make you wait... so that eventually you will give up and not call them for this type of call... also unless he is hurt it is better to use the Non Emergency number and not 911.. actually then they can route you where they like then.. emoticon

...can you find someone in your church that you can call that will help you? ... or how about the lawn guy ....or the neighbors... someone or a couple of people you can call ...and give them a little something for helping you.

...the other is ..why is he falling... is he not using his walker? What does he say that is making him fall?

Shirley... keep looking at that almond butter... look to see if they even have a label on the shelf.. I noticed at my Walmart that the two rows that are for it are usually empty... or I get the last jar

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We've slept in our new Missouri home for four nights now. Luckily, we got the bed up and the bedding found to sleep in our own bed the second night.

Won't write any more now.... Jay's waiting for our much needed rest and TV watching time.

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ELLEN, I hope the doctors can help your DH get rid of that cough. It is alarming to have had it since May! It might be an allergic reaction to something in the house.

BONNIE, We have the same thing happen to us, every six months, when we move back and forth between FL and CT, with stores and restaurants opening and closing. When I was planning a party last summer and needed to go to the party store, I was shocked when I pulled into the parking lot and found a sign on the window saying they had closed down and the nearest other party store was 15 miles away.
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Good luck with the new jeep cover! You'll have a lot of fun, tooling around town in the jeep.

I got the results of the MRI on my lumbar spine. I can't even understand all the six syllable words. I'm sure it's probably the "normal" back of a 70+ year old woman. I'll "study" the results tomorrow, when my brain is "sharper".

ALLIE, You're one day closer to seeing your grandsons again!! emoticon

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I want to thank everyone for their kind words and advice. It means a lot to me. Allie emoticon


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Today has been watering before lunch and doing the laundry. With a heat index predicted to be 110 degrees, I thought it best to stop everything before lunch.

This afternoon was spent doing my weights, abs and stationary bike downstairs. My DH had a rough night because of his cough that lingers. I called his doctor and made an appointment for next Monday, but they said if I call at 8 AM in the morning, they always reserve some slots so they can work people in for medical attention. I guess I am a terrible worrier but something that has been going on since the first of May disturbs me.

Allie- I think Bonnie gives some great advice about your grandchildren.
I am glad I never lived across the street from my grandchildren. Their parents did some things in their youth that would have really upset me such as taking off to South America on a mission trip with my grandson who was less than a year old and leaving him with friends. I was working and could not take care of him, but I just thought it was not a good idea. Now that child is 18 years old and a wonderful young man. It did not affect him or his sister in the long run.

Bonnie - I really try to look at change as opportunities to do something different. I tend to get in ruts and like things to stay the same. I like going places that I am familiar with, eating at places I know I will like. My DH is so much more adventurous than I am. Most of the time, I am always glad when he drags me somewhere different. I hate crowds, driving in the different parts of the city. I always thing of the worst things that could happen.

Shirley and Cecile - I don't know who would come to help my mother up when she would hit her life alert button. Sometimes, they would call family and my brother-in -law who lives ten minutes away would go, but sometimes it was the firemen,

Everyone have a great day!

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Good Afternoon, Team Sisters.

The day started out sunny but now it's cloudy. We are supposed to have rain after 5PM.

Yesterday DH & I took the Jeep to have the hard top put on. They'll do it today and we should be able to pick it up tomorrow. I will be so glad when that is finally done. Then DH wants to have 4 new tires put on it before we take our trip to my sister's house in Syracuse, NY on Aug. 14.

@Allie - I'm so sorry about your situation with your grandsons. I don't have any children or grandchildren. When my sister and her husband separated, my sister acted like the 2 children were handling it without any problem. From some of the things she told me her son was doing, I believe she was mistaken about that. Then my niece got shingles which I believe was from the stress of her home situation. So I do know that it DOES affect the children even though parents want to deny it. I think it was very unfair for the other grandmother to say that you aren't capable of keeping the boys. It sounds like they enjoy being with you and are willing to help you. But, it is the parent's say as to where the boys go and with whom. They will be back and I don't think you should stop seeing them. It sounds like they love you very much. Don't dwell on it. Keep yourself busy with other things and they'll be back before you know it.

@Sherry - Glad to hear your daughter & grandson will be all settled in very soon.

@Ellen - DH & I are constantly going to places we used to go and find that they are closed up or another business is in their place. It gets very frustrating. Yesterday after we left the Jeep at the dealer, we wanted to go for lunch at a restaurant called "Chicken Out". We had been at this restaurant several times but not in the past year. When we got there it was still a restaurant but had changed hands and was now called "Mission BBQ". We decided to try it and DH said he thought it was "BETTER" than Chicken Out! It had only been open for 8 days and the food was delicious. So sometimes it works out!!

I hope everyone has a great day.
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Allie, know that I am praying for your grands and their family. A month can seem like forever. When Ty was gone for so long -- I mailed him a card with a couple of dollars for an ice cream, so he'd know I was thinking of him. Prayers for the adults too. Its such a complicated time for all.

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Grace - Interesting about the "lift assist" and that makes sense to have such in an area such as Florida with a large elderly population. I think it would be good to have such in most communities. I have an internet friend a year younger than me, who several years back fell and couldn't get up. She wasn't hurt, but her husband wasn't able to lift her up by himself either. Then we know about André. Not just the elderly need such help. I know that the EMT and firemen have very different jobs/responsibilities/training, and that some can be trained to do both jobs, but what I was saying was that I thought they were both housed in the same station with the same boss/captain. Yes, here too - if you call the EMT or the fire department both come.

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SHIRLEY, Maybe the "lift assist" thing is unique to FL, where there is a larger population of senior citizens. If all they need is to be picked up off the floor, there's no need to tie up the EMT's time.
In CT and FL, near us, the fire personnel and EMTs were very different departments. One took care of fires(and helping people who had fallen) and the other took care of medical problems. There can be an overlap of responsibilities however. Usually, when an 911 is called the fire dept, EMTs and police all show up at the scene. It's confusing to me, but I guess they have it all figured out.
When you call for a "lift assist" you may see one small emergency vehicle coming down the street with no sirens and flashing lights. They assess the situation and if they think an ambulance is necessary they call for one.


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Good Morning Everyone -

Allie - so sorry to hear about your family problems, and yes such would cause any of us to feel down. Some thoughts from one far removed from your situation. As for your grandsons, I realize that you miss them a lot, and I understand that the thoughtless remark the other grandmother made to you stung. However, perhaps going a vacation for a month to visit their other grandparents in another part of the country will be good for them. Perhaps it will get their minds off the recent deaths in the family, and give them new things to see and do for the month. You are a good and caring grandmother, so I'm sure they will miss you, and be very happy to see you when they return. As Grace said, August is fast approaching - smile.

Cecile - it sounds like you had a very good day yesterday and that's good to hear.

Grace - I've never heard of a "lift-assist" service, but realize more and more that there are many services out there that I'm not aware of. As for the EMT and the fire department - I thought the EMT was part of the firedepartment, but perhaps I'm mistaken.

Ellen - it sounds like you had a very nice day yesterday in spite of the accident on the highway that caused you a longer drive. Sorry the store you liked so much went out of business. That had to be a disappointment.

Slimmer - I was at Walmart yesterday. They do have that MaraNatha brand - not a huge amount by comparison to other brands, but a number of different kinds/flavors but no coconut almond. I'll keep checking. With this store they are always changing what they sell.

Elaine - Hi!

Make today a good day.

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CECILE, Thank you for explaining about the no "lift assist" situation.

ALLIE, I think you should see your grandsons as much as you can, when they return home. They need you in their lives.The first week of August is 9 days away. So, try to hang in there for the next couple of weeks and plan some fun things to do when they come home.
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Hello team,

I need to vent so here goes. I see my grandsons at least once or twice a week and I take good care of them. The other Grandmother recently informed me that I wasn't able to take care of my grandsons by myself. The Grandmother and the second husband have taken my grandsons to Georgia. They will be back the first week of August. I will not see my grandsons for over a month. This was done with the permission of both parents that are separated. The boys are 4 and 8 and have been going through a rough time between the death of their Uncle and the death of their Grandfather, and their parents separation.

The boys need some professional help, they don't need to be dragged all over the place. I have no control over where my grandchildren go but I am very concerned about them.

Their parents seem oblivious to how the boys are struggling. I am starting to wonder if I should not see the boys anymore, maybe it is just too confusing for them. The grandparents also come up here to visit and they act like they live here. They have moved a bed into the home that my son and his girlfriend are losing. through a short sale. My son has moved to the city and the Mother of his boys doesn't seem to be coping very well and she needs a therapist. I think she has a drinking problem. It all sounds like a soap opera but unfortunately it is true.

Well I guess this explains why I am having a problem with depression.

I hope everyone has a good evening and thanks for listening. Allie emoticon

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Good evening team sisters.

Today was a good day. My daughter came this morning and stayed about 1 hour. She has Jess with her so it was a very good visit.

I finally did the laundry today. Just as I was about to ask André if he could help with the folding, he offered. I said of course he could. It was good working together.

Val is gone to her mom`s to sleep tonight. Jess asked her to come and play games with her during the evening. Val said she could not refuse.

Grace - When I called 911 I asked about the `lift assist service and the lady said we have no such program here.

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon

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ELLEN, When ever I make us late and then we come upon an accident I often think that if we had been on time, we might have been involved.

CECILE, Maybe you should ask the EMTs if there is a "lift assist" service, so you don't have to call them when Andre falls. Also, someone on here suggested that the fire department might do it.

I'm sorry I haven't been posting. As usual, I faithfully read the posts, but let too much time go by before I reply and then there's a ton of post to reply to. I have been walking, puttering and reading my newspaper and this thread.
Right now, it's almost 10 p.m. and I can barely keep my eyes open. Tomorrow I have to take special bro, Melvin, to his skin doctor. Then I'll go to the gym and come home.

Have a great night!


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Interesting day. I watered this morning and then showered, dressed and drove into Overland Park for Toastmaster's Officers Make-up Training at noon. I left a little early in case of roadwork on the interstate and also wanted to stop by a Franklin Covey store to buy a couple of items. Well, the interstate was wide open and I was there in 20 minutes. But when I pulled into the shopping center for the store, the store was for lease. I couldn't believe it! I have been going to this store since the early 1990's when I first had Covey training. At one time, my retirement plan was to work there. I even walked up to the store window just to be sure it was empty. So, then, I realized that I had almost 40 minutes to drive 10 minutes. Fortunately, there was a Panera Bread store next door, so I ordered a muffin and a cup of coffee and sit there for 30 minutes. I noted to myself, "What we worry about never happens, but what we never worry about happens".

Training was great! I sat by two women who were retired or about to retire and the one working gave me her card to call her about some questions I had navigating the Toastmaster website. It made me feel so good not to be the "old person in the room".

So, I started home and then ran into a 7 car and tracker trailer wreck on the interstate. Fortunately, I read the sign about the interstate was totally closed and made it over to the first exit. So, my 20 minute drive in turned into a 40 minute drive home, but I was so thankful that my timing was such so I was not part of the wreck.

So, all in all a good day.

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Krys - thinking of you and praying for you and your family.
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Krys - please accept my condolences on the death of your cousin. It sounds like you have a very busy week ahead of you. Please know you and your family have my prayers. During my adult lifetime, since we have lived hundreds of miles from family, deaths were the few times I was able to see extended family. It was a bittersweet time - we of course mourned the death of the loved one, but rejoiced in their life and rejoiced in our time together. There was a black lady that had worked for my parents for years, although she wasn't all that much older than me. Louella said to me when Mother died that she'd never seen a funeral - meaning our time together after the funeral - like ours. And you know what, when I die I want the same. My children have been told that I of course want them to miss me when I'm gone, but I want them to celebrate and remember my life.

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hi all, just a quick note- it will be a busy week for me, heading out to see my granddaughter for 2 days, its a 2 hour drive, then back home on wed. cuz my cousin in Maryland who had a lung transplant set up and had made the 4 hour ambulance ride to Pittsburgh passed away 6 hours after she got there, well she wanted to be buried here in Minnesota next to our grandparents so all the relatives from Texas, Arizona, tennesee and Maryland are coming here for the funeral on Friday. so Thursday night after the visitation my sister and I are hosting the family members for a get together and meal. very sad reunion but we will all get together and remember Laurie. Prayers and good thoughts will be much appreciated. Have to go now, Shekinah [6 year old granddaughter] just called and asked if I was driving there yet!! Have a Blessed Day--Krys

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Good Morning Everyone -

Gwynlee - there have been a few times over the years that I haven't agreed with WW eating plans or advice, but I've found them to be right on target most of the time. I'm particularly pleased with the eating plans that they've been using for quite a few years now. I haven't studied the Dukan Diet, but I did look it over. It sounds very much like the original Atkins to me, but not quite as severe. But as I say often - when we find an eating plan that is healthy, consists of foods we enjoy, and fits our lifestyle then we've found the best one for us, and a plan we are more likely to stick with for our lifetime.

Sue - good to hear you haven't died - smile. It IS good to see your post here this morning. That's some "part-time" job you've got! 50+ hours - WOW! *I'm happy that the Dukan Diet is working so well for you. With as hard as you work you need all the energy you can get and then some. *How strange, we here in the Midwest are having a rather mild summer this year - Thank Goodness! - where yours is unusually hot. You know what, I do think that this tends to be rather normal. Just using this team as a guide - some winters are rougher in the Midwest and South where the north is milder, and the same thing happens with summers, and then it switches back. I'm no meteorologist so I have no statistics to compare, but from a lay person's perspective, this is what I see. *Those wild fires sound so awful. I hope they will stay away from you. *Thank you for noticing about my weight. I've lost just a small amount, but I'm happy with that. Basically, I'm just maintaining. I need to get serious like you have and really work at losing.

Sherry - I'm glad to hear that Michelle has her trailer/home in place. I know that she and Ty will be happy to have their electricity on, septic connected, get settled and be living near you again. *Please, Please be careful trying to drive and use that big tractor.

Cecile - What a way to start your day yesterday! I'm glad to hear that André is okay, and also glad he didn't let them take him back to the hospital. My guess is that he has a physical therapist coming to the house - if so make sure that person talks to him. and see if the therapist can figure out what he is doing that causes him to fall. I think this is the second time he's fallen since he came home. *About Val sleeping through his fall and the paramedics - I too find that strange, but... Our house is nice size, but certainly not what you would call big. I come in from shopping, I'm not quiet at all, will get the groceries in, the dogs calmed down, and will walk back to the bedroom area and my husband will say, "Oh hi, I didn't hear you come in. Do you need help?"- smile. Now he has a TV on plus his head close to his computer which is making noise. However, in this house I've noticed that sound doesn't travel like it has in other houses we've lived in. Although good in one sense of the word, it is a bit scary when it comes to security. But having said all of this, I still wonder how Val slept through all that was going on.

Ellen - sorry to hear about you not sleeping. I have a different sleep problem from yours, but lack of sleep is lack of sleep. *I love your new profile picture. *Oh yes, it is warming up, isn't it? Although we are to reach low 90s today, this morning is fantastic - low humidity and cool. *About your lunch - I understand. There are times when I really want and need some time alone with a friend. It is great going out with several friends at once, but sometimes you just need one on one time with a particular friend, whether it is for our sake or theirs.

Slimmer - thanks for the brand name of that Coconut Almond butter. I didn't see that name on the shelf. If I'm remembering correctly you told me/us that you found it where your Walmart displays its other nut butters in the grocery section - not in a special place in the store? *About your hair - I'm 80 years old. I have black hair with only some grey around my face. My hair is turning gray even slower than my dad's did, and I didn't think his would ever turn. *Glad to hear your vision is improving. I painted with a woman once that said to look at the subject matter without our glasses, and then put our glasses back on (if need be) when we transfer what we see to the canvas. No, I never tried it.

Bonnie - with the lovely cool weather I hope you've been able to ride Mystery or at least spend some time with him.

Have a good day and a good week everyone -

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I just checked out the Dukan diet -- good luck to you on that -- I am sticking with WW. I need to "count calories/points' -- don't like lots of "rules" -- just simple rules

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Hi all!
No, I haven't died, or moved, or quit trying to lose weight, or..... This 50+ hour/week part-time job is just plum wearing me out. I guess I have to face the fact that I am no longer only 20 years old! There is an end that may be coming in to focus as there has been an applicant for the Bend position. If they can fill that position I will be back to part-time in La Pine and I will be one happy camper! And then there is the emergency communications team: we have entered our busy season and i'm just holding my breath that we don't get called out on a major fire! Thousands of acres are burning as a result of a lightening storm last weekend, but we are safe so far.
I see we have several new members and that our Texas Grandma is back! By way of introduction I am Sue, a retired marriage and family therapist who now works as a Spiritual Care Provider for Heart 'n Home Hospice and Palliative Care. I love my job, but am currently serving 2 offices and can hardly wait to get back to my half-time position in La Pine, OR (near Bend). My hubby and I live on 40 acres of pines and have 2 dogs. We have no children.
The Dukan diet is working well for me and I am rapidly approaching the 200 lb mark! It will be wonderful to get under that weight! I feel better and find I have more energy.
We are having an unseasonably hot summer and the fire danger is already extreme. I am ready for a good snowstorm!
Grace, I am sorry to see that you are still plagued by sciatica. I sure hope you find the cause soon so you can treat it successfully. In the meantime, remember that this may be a time when "less is best" in terms of exercise. A tried and true remedy is rest!
Shirley, I see you have been shedding some pounds recently. Way to go! Especially if it is intentional.
Cecile, I am so glad Andre is finally home and I hope he gets stronger and quits falling so he can stay at home. That was a long hospital stay!
Irene, make sure you take care of yourself. One of the hardest things to see is a caregiver who gives out before the ill one no longer needs care. You are in for a long haul and any break you can manage, take! My thoughts and love are with you and Maurice.
Hoping everyone has a good week.
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Its been an adventurous weekend. We grilled on the outdoor patio -- went swimming and generally had a very nice time. Ty is non-stop ...... he is enjoying the kittens that grew as he did the seven weeks that he was away. Maw got her mobile home moved this past week. She just has to now get the electric and septic connected. She is doing inside painting this weekend too.

I noticed a raccoon or possum in the feed this evening -- tomorrow when I have light -- I will go back to the barn and arrange the sack of cow feed to its not so easily accessible. The tractors need running some too -- one is so big that I am a little unnerved by it -- but I guess I can learn!! I did have my brother in law come and get the dump truck -- I just do not want to drive it. Its for sale now -- pray it sells quickly.

Well, I still have some house work to attend and I got a email notice that a group wants to come -- she didn't exactly say what day -- but I have at least three cabins that will need to be cleaned early this week.

Blessings to all, and sweet dreams....

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Good evening team sisters.

Today started with a bang. André fell on the bedroom floor. When I saw him my first thought was: Here we go again. I called 911 and it took two hours for the paramedics to get here. They were very busy the dispatcher told me and since hubby was conscious, not bleeding and breathing we had to go to the bottom of the list. They came and got him sitting on the couch. André refused to go to the hospital saying he was fine and didn`t hurt himself. He did have to sign a paper saying he refused and that was to exonerate the team. They did check him while they were here and said everything was fine.

All through this Val said she didn`t hear anything. André fell at 4:30 and the paramedics got here at 6:40. That is what I call sleeping soundly!

It has been raining off and on all day. The weatherman told us it would be nice weather until the middle of next week. Maybe his weeks are shorter than ours.

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon

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I had another night of not going to sleep until 1:30 AM after I took a PM medicine. I slept until almost 9 AM. I am normally a morning person. I have all my energy in the morning, so with not getting going, I am doing very little. My DH has also been taking long naps on the sofa in the afternoon which keeps me from vacuuming, etc.

It is warming up here. I think summer decided to come back.

I have been reading a series of books called Elm Creek Quilts. They are very entertaining.
I should really finish my quilt downstairs.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday.

Slimmer- when do you go back to the eye doctor? It would be interesting if tests are different. I think it is great that is making you feel different.

Shirley - I have been thinking about my reaction at the lunch, and I think I was so disappointed that I could not just found out what was going on in my friend's life and did not want some one else there.
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Hi All, It is noon and 70 out looks like rain.. it rained a lot yesterday... I had to turn on the fireplace to heat it up and dry out a bit and then turned on the house heat...Is summer over?

Krys... very sorry to hear about your cousin.

Shirley the name of the No Stir all natural Coconut Almond Butter Creamy is MaraNatha cost $6.98 for a 12 oz jar

I have to say something is happening to me and I have to think it is this almond butter stuff... since it is the most different thing I eat.

I really noticed again today while brushing my hair... it really is getting darker and darker and I only have a line of grey on the side and the half inch or so I cut my bangs out of which is the grey... Now if the bangs start turning brown (I like to call my brown hair still blonde..LOL) anyway I will really freak out... like how can this be???

Now the other thing I was reading and I take time out every so many minutes and look outside to rest my eyes from always looking close... they say to do this actually every 5 minutes.

...well I also look at my birdbath which is about 15 ft away... now with my Bad eye in the past all I can see is the blurred shape and it has all kind of pattern shapes and lines cut into it but I really can only see two of the major deep lines and further I look out to a tree and the trunk is just fading off to nothing I can't really see the trunk as it should be seen

...well.. today I notice... I can see ALL the patterns and all the multi cuts of the decoration on the birdbath... and have noticed this past two weeks that I am seeing more and more of how it should actually look... I Really could Not see all this before and as to the tree yes, it is still blurred like I need a distance glass on ..but I see the two trunks now just fine and they seem to be the right thickness where before the width changed or just disappeared.

I swear my eye is getting better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now I also noticed... that I seem to see better driving going home from school where I have been forcing myself to look.. up close... I don't wear any glasses when I paint...

...maybe I am strengthening my eye muscles?... not really getting away from reading but I also have been watching 2-3 movies per day and I use no glasses their either

although the detail of what I see is better it would be realllllllllllll good if I had a distance lense to look through for that eye

I had read in The Diabetic Solution the doctor said that a diabetic can get a bubble of fluid on the eye that affects vision and if sugars are held normal for 1-2 years that can go away... so is it because my sugar is close to 100 again now for the past 6 months...

...something is happening but also my hands looks so good and also I see a difference in my fore arms.. not so many old looking wrinkles of saggy skin and now very little of that it is tightening up and no dry skin and it also has a little shin to it...

I don't know but I am getting more of that Coconut Butter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't hurt (oh unless it does make those kidney stones from eating too much!) I try to have 2 tablespoonfuls a day... or two heaping dips of a teaspoonful... it also tastes like a desert

back to reading... read a kids book of 520 pages this am... started another then back to painting my self portrait... I am more than half done...

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Good Morning, Team Sisters.

It's cloudy out, like it was yesterday. We weren't supposed to get rain yesterday but it did sprinkle a little bit later in the day. I'm not sure what it's supposed to do today. Something similar, I think.

Yesterday we went to Northern VA to a large collectibles show that we often attend. It's called the "Big Flea". There are others on the East coast so some of you may have heard of it. DH bought several things but I didn't see anything that I absolutely had to have!! I enjoy just looking. I saw several things that I remembers from childhood. That always brings up emotions--sometimes happy sometimes not.

@Krys - So sorry about your cousin's passing. Sounds like she fought a good fight. My mom died at 57 of lung cancer after battling breast cancer. Back then chemotherapy or all of the therapies that are tried now weren't available.

@Sherry - I know you are having a great week-end with Ty. It will be so nice when they move closer to you.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.
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Happy Sunday Everyone -

Allie - indeed this unseasonably cool weather is WONDERFUL! It is still hot enough, but nothing like our Julys normally are. *Glad to hear Fannie Mae is taking over the neighbor's house. Let's hope you get some good neighbors in there that will keep the property up.

Cecile - your story about André and Guy made my heart sing. Also, that your neighbor plans to visit him. Thanks for sharing that.

Ellen - your post to me about Missouri weather made me think of the few times my in-laws came to visit. Now remember both lived their entire lives in Georgia. They came up one year for Christmas, and I heard how cold it was up here. They came one summer and my mother-in-law couldn't believe the heat. Re the heat - I smiled and told her that St. Louis summers made me know in no uncertain terms that I wanted to live a good life and go to Heaven and not that other place - smile. *About meeting new people - it isn't often that I meet someone I instantly dislike, although I've had people to react to me that way, and all I did was smile and say nice to meet you. Abrasive people I have a low tolerance for. Like you, I try to find the good in people and move past their projected attitudes. But you know what, there are some people that are just hopeless. I've met few like that in my lifetime, but shortly after we moved here my friend introduced me to some friends of hers that attended our Bible study class. This one woman took an instantly dislike to me, although she became a part of a monthly lunch group my friend and I were part of. I tried to rise above it and win her over, and at one time thought I'd gotten us past our problem, only to have her revert again. Finally, at one lunch she did something, and I told my friend on the way home, that I wouldn't be joining them again. There comes a time when enough is enough. I learned long ago you can't make someone like you if they choose not to. If you find your behavior is annoying you can correct that of course, but there is no way you can change another person's bad attitude - they have to do that themselves. What I'm saying here is... I don't think the problem with the woman was yours but hers.

Sherry - my granddaughter has been posting on Facebook about the rain and cool weather they are having. She and her family, as well as her parents live in East Texas. *I know you and Ty had a great time yesterday. How long before he and his mom will be moving closer to you.

Wishing everyone a good day -

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Good morning team,

I am enjoying this cooler weather. emoticon

I often talk about the vacant home next door to me. Fannie Mae has taken over the house and a realtor is trying to sell it or rent it. From what I can understand the issue of the trees has been shelved for now. The only time that might come up again is if Fannie Mae sells the home.

Our church is saying goodbye to a lovely couple and their son today. They have been very involved with my church and they will be missed.

I am going to spend as much time as I can outside today.

I hope everyone has a good day. Allie emoticon


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Good evening team sisters.

I had a rather happy husband today. Guy came to cut the grass and he also did some trimming. While he was doing the front of the house, André sat on the front porch. While Guy did the back, André went out tha back door and sat on a chair to watch him work. Every once in while, Guy would take a mini break and talk with hubby. He came in a changed man. I was so happy for him.

Last evenning, after supper, our neighbour across the street called to ask about André. I told him all was fine. He asked if he could talk on the phone. I nearly burst out laughing. Of course he can. Mr. Phillion said he was going to try to come next week for a visit.

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon

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Hello All!

This is a warm Saturday here. We could use some rain, but I don't think that will happen. I went to the library before lunch and picked up a book I had on hold and found two more by the same author in the shelves. So, I am fixed for a few weeks. I also recycled our glass at the same area so it was a good trip.

I slept until almost 10 AM this morning! I could not believe the time when I awoke, but then I did not go to sleep until around 1:30 AM and that was finally have taking a sleep aid. Not sure what was going on except I had fallen asleep on the sofa before I went to bed.

Do you ever meet someone and just instantly do not like them? When I went to lunch with my friend on Friday, I was disappointed to find she had invited a younger woman who I had never met. I found the woman somewhat abrasive. I tried to get some common interest going by asking her about her career at the company I had retired from. I then asked her about some individuals that I had worked with to see if she knew them. People I had always liked, she did not have anything good to say about them. I think it is strange how people react to others so differently. I must admit that some of my judgement toward others may have impacted me. I need to work on my filters. emoticon

Krys - what happened to your cousin is so sad. I am sorry for your family.

Sherry - enjoy your grandson! Your place sounds to serene and it is wonderful that people can experience this life.

Shirley - I think our humidity is not as bad as yours, but I can't believe here can be so cold in the winter and so hot in the summer. It is the worst of both world.

- Ellen

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Good morning all! Krys - so regrettable and sad that your cousin passed and the family has the burden of grief on what is to be the daughter's best day. It throws such a cloud of sadness on the family. My sincere sympathy and continued prayers for this family.

I have been working the flower beds this morning. It is notably cooler -- last evening felt a little like fall weather. Visit with my cabin guest -- gave them fresh picked tomatoes and chicken eggs from the hen house. This makes for the country life. Their son is getting married in October. They are reserving two cabins for that weekend....since family will be coming in from out of state. And I have some return guests that are coming in August to bring their teen girls with them ..... one she said will love it here and not want to leave and the other she wasn't sure she would enjoy herself -- but the Mom wanted her to experience the country life! Away from cable tv and the mall!

Wish you all a good weekend -- my grandboy is coming today! I am getting ready. We will be baking cookies -- I am sure of that! emoticon

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Good Morning Everyone -

Gwynlee - wish I lived closer to you - perhaps you could get me into one of your book clubs, and I could restore my interest in reading again - smile.

Cecile - it is good to hear you had a quiet and good day yesterday. I hope today will be the same.

Krys - my condolences on your cousin's death. What a very sad story. I do believe that God does want us all to be happy, but in life bad/sad things happen (as we both know), and when they do He is there to help us through them.

Elaine - oh my yes this weather is WONDERFUL! I'm so happy that Yvonne, who is moving to Warrenton right now, has weather like this for her move. As we both know, this is most unusual weather for mid-July in Missouri. *Glad to see your post and hope that your travels went well, and that you had a good time.

Wishing everyone a very good day and most enjoyable weekend.

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i'm in 2 book clubs. have to go get book for next month

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Good evening team sisters.

Very quiet today. Nurse came this morning. Everything is fine with André.

Krys - You have my deepest sympathies and to your family also. I shall pray for the daughter getting married.

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon

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KRYS, I'm so sorry to read about your cousin passing away at such a young age. You will all be in my prayers. I'm sure her family will be in a turmoil, trying to plan the wedding without her help and support.
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Hi all, a sad day today, a month ago my cousin-53 years old- found out she had a rare lung disease and her only hope in the next few months were a lung transplant, she lives in Maryland and got approved for the transplant in Pennsylvania. they were getting all the paper work together to send her there and she passed away today. she had no symptoms, just collapsed at her house one day and stopped breathing, her husband was home, did cpr on her till the ambulance arrived. so sad cuz in 2 months her daughter is getting married and they were so busy planning that. we just have to believe that God has a reason for everything and leave it all in His hands. thanks for listening, Krys


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Hello team sisters,
I'm home from all my travels. I'm going to read through all your posts now and catch up.

Shirley -- are you getting this wonderful weather. DH said our windows have been open for four days -- no air conditioning. I can't believe it -- in July.

Got our first tomato from the garden today.
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Good Morning Everyone -

Gwynlee - a book club sounds like fun to me.

Irene - I live in an area where we normally have very hot and humid summers. Also I was born and raised in the southern part of our country which is the warmest part, and still I don't handle heat well. I'm guessing, however, since where you live doesn't get a lot of hot weather that you aren't prepared for it as we are with air conditioning, etc. *So sorry to hear that your daughter-in-law isn't well. I'm sorry too that your shopping yesterday with Maurice didn't go well either. We had a family picture made during my birthday celebration and I must get it framed. Yes, such is costly.

Slimmer - trust me about searching for that almond-coconut butter. My store like yours had LOTS of all kinds of nut butters, but none with coconut. I will look again. This store, as you've heard me complain about before, has LOTS and LOTS of stuff/choices, but not always what you are looking for, and I'm talking about items you'd expect them to have not just something unusual like coconut-almond butter. *You are smart to keep Coke out of your house. As for giving into that vanilla Frosty. When we kept Dmitri on Saturday we bought him a mini-Blizzard, and I got myself one too. Bad idea! It did not sit well in my stomach At All! I now know to leave ice cream alone. *Now that is a good question how does one wear out their knees? They just do! I'm amazed how some people's bodies hold up much better than others. I've done yoga, been very active, fitness walked for several years, always making sure I protected my back and knees when I lifted heavy things, or did exercising, and yet I have arthritis in both knees and ankles, and who knows what other problems I could have since no one has ever seen fit to x-ray them. Yet on the news recently there was a woman who is 91 that finished a 7 hour marathon running. I guess the moral to this story is that all we can do is the best we can and all that we can to stay fit and protect our joints, bodies and minds. We can't change genetics I guess. Plus when I was young I wore very high heels to work, dates, wherever. I wore flats a lot too, but thought nothing of being on my feet all day long or walking blocks and blocks in those shoes. I look at the shoes women are wearing now days and wonder if they will be able to walk at all when they get to be my age. *Your painting "the tiger's eye" is stunning/riveting. What size canvas/painting is it?

Cecile - so happy to hear my advice worked with André, but even happier to know that this should make your life easier and maybe (just maybe) keep him safe. As you may remember my dad lived to be 97. He was not only a workaholic, but was always in control. He had worked for other people, of course, but most of the time he was his own boss. While in the military he was an officer and a pilot. The administrator at his assisted living residence said that he would stop by the kitchen most days and ask if they could use some help. They'd call him by name, and tell him that had everything under control. He'd yell back "Good deal!" and he and his walker would be off down the hall - smile. My point, of course, in this story is that some people just have to be busy with something productive to do to be happy. I have a female friend that is this way also. She has more energy and drive than 3 people - smile. I really like that André will be having a couple days of "daycare" a week. That should help all three of you. I wish Chantal much success with her surgery. What would your family do without Val? *WOW! your yard man sounds like a real keeper. I could definitely use him down here - smile. Enjoy your new stove and coffee pot, as I know you will. *Walkers - I've used the kind without wheels and the kind with two wheels in front, and the latter is so much easier to use and quieter. I've never tried the ones with the wheels and skids, but I would guess that they are even more easy to manage.

Marlene - I saw nothing wrong with your grammar, and yes, both the war in Israel and this airliner being shot down are horrible tragedies. Not to mention those young boys who were killed. *Weather - if the weather pattern goes as it normally does with our weather passing on to you, you've got some very cool and gorgeous weather ahead.

Sherry - I does sound as though you are as busy as ever. I know you enjoyed your son's visit. I know I sure enjoy mine coming over for a few hours each week. Thankfully he doesn't have to drive 2.5 hrs. to get here.

Ellen - what a treasure your Texas shaped stepping stone. I can well understand why you want to protect it. I would too. *You and your surgeon are wise to do one knee replacement, wait and then do the other. I have know people that had both knees done at the same time, and I can't even imagine how they handled that. *Your mom could have been onto something about your jogging being why you have bad knees. Why I say this is that I had a doctor to tell me I never to jog or run because of my legs. I did LOTS of running when I was a kid. But as I told Slimmer, high heels could have did my knees in too, but it could be genetics too - although neither of my parents had joint issues. Mother has osteoporosis - we think caused by her being a heavy smoker - but no problems with joints.

Grace - keep us posted on how your granddaughter is doing. *Glad you got those newspapers read - smile - as I know that has been bothering you. I gave up reading newspapers many years back.

Bonnie - it sounds like you had quite a storm to deal with. I hope you got your new hard top for your Jeep. I can't imagine them expecting you to take the soft top off. I would think that would be part of their job.

Allie - they make all kinds of stepping stones for gardens - some in the shape of states, some like grave markers for pets, some with just pretty sayings, etc. *It sounds like you sister is a candidate for assisted living. I know such is expensive and thus isn't an option for lots of us. *Glad to hear you got your swim in. That's got to have made you feel much better.

Make today a good one -

Shirley

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Today I will have lunch with a couple of friends who I use to work with. We try and do this once a month.

Gwynlee - what book are you reading in your book club?

Slimmer - arthritis - ugh. I think mine was inherited from my father's side of the family plus wearing high heels for years and walking a lot in big buildings. My mother said it was the jogging I did in my 30s but I think it was not keeping my leg muscles strong. But my doctor indicates mine is like a disease that is destroying my knees. I took an oil painting class in my 20s, but I really had very little talent. I made a B+.

Marlene- I really, really need to do some deep cleaning around this house.


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had book club last night.

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Hello on a hot Friday. It's a mini heat wave and we aren't used to them in UK so don't cope well. I made a mistake yesterday of going to the next town by bus. I wanted to go alone but Maurice wanted to come then spent the whole time complaining how hot it was and that I wanted to go in shops! Well yes , that's why I went. I left him at a cafe telling him to get a cold drink, but he had no drink when I returned, I don't think he had confidence to order one so I did it then,
I really had gone to collect a picture I had framed , it's lovely but is pricey now to have things framed. I took another one in but I shall have to slow down a bit on having them framed. I have a back log as only recently found a local framing service,
I was glad to get home yesterday. I think today will be a calmer day with fans on and lots of fluids.
I am thinking of our ddil today M who is having a scan . She's got failing kidneys and been ill for weeks now. We all rely on her so, she is piggy in the middle with us above and her own offspring and their children on level below, in age not in importance. A daughter in law of hers is due to give birth soon and she M was to child mind the other two but isn't well enough , I am keeping her in my prayers today. Have a good day Irene

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Hi All... ok 2 movies down and halfway through... I Robot... about robots... different

Marlene... Thanks... yes even though I do not seem to be in the grove to lose or push to get under 200... I am going between 202 and 204 it was this am.. sugar is not under 100 but most times it is in teens... actually today I ate a box meal of alfredo... and also could not stand it and got a vanilla frosty... craving a little but mostly .. just stressed from trying to be creative... kind of silly.. just anxious over it... and I just took my sugar and after all that it is 144 which I think is wonderful for having cheated... not buying any coke... I think that makes a big difference

...my new painting... is a self portrait done in Picasso/Andy Warhol style... I have to say... I am real surprised... drawing me was no big deal... Now that is a surprise to me!!!... but was not that bad... and putting on the different color paints... well, it is looking kind of good already... I might even have most of it finished this weekend... I'm starting to think ..maybe.. I do know how to paint.

Cecile... so happy for you to get all your New Toys!!! Plus all the cleaning!!! Good Deal!

Ellen... Thanks... but I bet you can paint too!!!... also you never said... how did you wear out you knees... how does that happen?

.. should have made notes... I forgot what I wanted to write on... I am tired...

oh Shirley... that peanut butter was on the Top shelf of all the peanut butters but over about 5 ft from where the peanut butters start on the isle... they are in small like jelly jars and that type has 2 or 3 different kinds of almond butters... seems underneath that section/footage were odd types of butters... it is to the left of where Jiff/or known butters are... I bet they carry it... might help if I got you the name

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Good evening team sisters.

Today was a very successful day. First Val and I went to the bank and that did not take too long. Then we went shopping for the stove. There were lots of them but I wanted white. I do not like stainless steel. I find the colour grey depressing. As luck would have it, the stoves went on sale this morning. I will get it in 10 days as the one I want is in a warehouse in northern Quebec. I also bought a coffee maker. The one I have now is rather old and sometimes when I make coffee, it leaks. I am very anxious to get my new toys.

My daughter was supposed to come this morning but called to cancel. She will be coming on Monday instead. I was so happy with that because Monday is her birthday. She is also bringing Jessica with her. My husband and I are very anxious to see Jess as we have not seen her in a long, long while.

Chantal called a bit later all excited saying that her cataract surgery has been moved up to next week instead of next month. This is due to a cancellation. Val told us that she will not be available Tuesday and Wednesday as she is taking care of her mom. Are we surprised?

Slimmer - emoticon on all your wins. You are one lucky lady!

Ellen - When I read how you are working outside in your garden, I envy you. I used to love doing that. We do have a good yard man so I am happy with that.

Marlene - I was so shocked when I heard about that plane accident. They think it was a missile they said on the 6 p.m. news. I guess we`ll know for sure later. - I hope you have a good time at the zoo.

Shirley - I followed your advice about keeping André busy. I asked him to dry the dishes. He sits on a chair and puts the dishes and cutlery on the counter and then I put the things away. He was surprised when I asked him but so happy to have something to do. Thank you so much for the advice. Tomorrow I plan on doing laundry after the nurse`s visit. I`m going to get him to help fold the clothes. At least his personal stuff. Val thought it was a good idea to have him get busy with something. I forget the term she used.

Oh yeah! My yard man came today to wash the wall behind the stove. He did the hood which needed it very badly. I wasn`t using it anymore because I was afraid of a grease fire. He then told us he was doing the window above the sink. Then when I looked at what he was doing, he was washing the cupboard doors. I have a pretty clean kitchen. Tonight I thought of asking him to pull out the fridge and we can clean behind that.

I am one happy camper tonight!!

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon

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Good Evening Team Sisters. Just came up from watching CNN news. What a horrific plane
being shot down. (now that is poor grammar, but I am tired.)

We are enjoying beautiful weather the last two days. We had torrential down pours Tues. PM. Tomorrow and Sat. are to be nice also. Tomorrow we are going to drive north, above Harrisburg to a wild game reserve, Lake Tobias. Another couple is going with us. We will take the Safari Ride in an open vehicle which covers several acres of animals, have lunch then walk around the zoo grounds. I'm hoping it stays on the cool side so that the animals are out and about.

Grace, I will remember your DGD in my prayers. Hopefully, this is the beginning of depression for her and with proper meds. and therapy it will not become extreme nor extended for her.

Slimmer, your paintings are great ... gallery quality. Are you still keeping your sugar level steady and weight down? emoticon

I deep cleaned the living area yesterday, meaning vacuuming under furniture especially the bedrooms. Did laundry this AM and went to the gym this afternoon. Got in the pool for 45 mins, didn't swim but kicked with the board 10 laps and used the water weights. Then I got in the whirlpool for about 8 mins, I don't do that very often but I thought the warm water and strong jets might help my legs and loosen my back muscles.

I think the zoo area tomorrow is rather uneven ground and blacktop so I will take my cane.

Cecile, too bad Andre' had a fall hope it doesn't happen again. That is a good idea that he can go to "day care" it will get him out and give you a break.

Guess that is all with me for now, Marlene emoticon

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I spent the morning outside doing more maintenance. This place keeps us busy. My DH had a rough night. The problem is that I wake up all ready to go and he thinks he has to try and keep up with me when he really did not get enough sleep.

But he is sleeping now and I am being quiet by staying in the study and posting as well as cleaning out my email. It does pile up.

Slimmer- I looked at all of your paintings since I am on my laptop and I am so impressed! You are really good! I am glad you won the books and BBQ. It is always fun to get something free.

I need to take care of something....will try to get back on later.

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Hi All, ..is 64 out... ??? is summer over?.. it is cool... and too sunny

Thanks on the comments on my painting.

Shirley... I agree not a painting one would normally say beautiful.. but as I see it hung in the gallery... it is very striking the colors are so bright and shinny... the crow one I think is missing a few things... the teacher said he would not mind it in his living room... not in mine... but it does have an interesting look to it .. if held at the right distance it looks pretty good.

I WON... got an email... I won the $10.00 BBQ gift certificate for guessing the Eye Spy in the newspaper yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!!... the best BBQ

I WON TWO MORE BOOKS today from Goodreads...that they will mail to me... one is on Brazil and the other is about fixing anything the one the other day was on poetry... it is fun getting something in the mail... as to free books... I can have all I want on Amazon etc... so this is more for getting a book in the mail for me...

...now 13 days until I know if I won the iPad!!!... I hope I'm on a roll

Cecile... yes that walker sounds good!... and great on the day care place... that is good for both of you!!! ..and Yeah!!! on getting the new stove!!!

... school in 1 hr... starting to paint my Picasso self portrait.. I have to figure out the colors now.. I must have 25 tubes of paint there!

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Good evening team sisters.

Today was a lovely day. This morning I got up around 8 and by 9 was ready to go back to bed. I did and slept another two hours.

The home care nurse came this morning. She had a Lot of questions to ask André. I don`t know if there is a follow up as I was in bed when she came. She had said she would call before coming so I don`t know what happened.

Anyhoo, hubby was very good today. He now realizes that there are some things he just can`t do and bending down to pick something up is a no no.

Grace - I will certainly be praying for your grand-daughter.

Shirley - André is to get a home therapist for a while. The nurse has requested that hubby be admitted to a day hospital. This is something we have just heard about. It is a facility where the patients come on a day basis. André`s request is for two days a week. They even provide transportation. The drivers are specially trained to handle all kinds of situation. As the nurse said, it will give me a break.

Bonnie - Thank you for your concern. Today Val and I had to have a Lot of patience after supper. I don`t know where hubby got the impression he had lots of money in the bank. It took Val and I close to a half hour to explain where the money was going.

Slimmer - The walker that my husband has is one prescribed by the home care nurse and the hospital therapist. It has two wheels on the front and skis on the back. Since our floors are wood, he just slides the walker along. He does pretty good with it.

Allie - I do kind of take care of myself first. When I cannot do something I say so. As I mentioned above, I went back to bed this morning. This afternoon, I sat on the couch to keep my husband company and fell asleep again for another two hours. Some company eh?

Oh yes, we have decided to not get the stove repaired. After explaining to André everything that was wrong with it, he said: ``Go to the store and buy a new one.`` Since I don`t like to argue, I shall do so while Guy is here tomorrow. That is, if he doesn`t mind.

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon

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Bonnie, I will take a little of that cooler weather. We got rain yesterday -- but just hot and humid now! Fellow came in the rain to haul some cows --- I called to see if he wanted to postpone -- but he was on the road -- so I said come on ..... so we worked in the rain. At least its not January and freezing weather!

My son came from Houston and daughter came also just for the day -- it was nice to have lunch out together and visit .... and son helped me put out salt/mineral blocks for the cows. Daughter and I went to bible study at church then she left at near 9pm for the 2.5 hrs drive back to Houston. Hated to see her drive home tonight - but the traffic will be less than if she traveled in the morning and she has to be at work.

Slimmer - I looked at your site photos .... I like your new ones and still favor the landscape. You should be instructing your own classes. Just enjoy what you do.

Ellen - I have flag stone walk that needs unearthed also. I did ask a helper to do it -- but he obviously didn't understand my instructions....hence I will have to do it myself .

Couple coming tomorrow for four or five days. I will get the cabin ready in the morning since I don't expect to see them before 3 or 4 pm.

Well - dear ones, I am getting weary -- been a long day .... I will say good night and sleep well emoticon


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Allie- I did not explain myself. It is a stepping stone that is in the shape of the state of Texas. Some friends gave it to us when we moved from Texas to Kansas. It is a very nice size, so it is a shame we let dirt cover it up. I may get a tool and lift is more out of the grass and dirt.

I am so sorry to hear more about your pain and the fact you cannot take strong pain medications makes it worse.

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Good evening everyone:

Ellen: I have never heard of Texas stone, I am going to look it up on the computer.

Thank you for your concern about my depression. I also get depressed because I have chronic pain and I can't take any strong medications so it can be tough.

Grace: I am sorry to hear about the problems your GD is having. I am pleased she is getting the help she needs .

Bonnie: It sounds like you had some wild weather but you handled it quite well. You sound like a very strong and capable person.

Shirley: Thank you for explaining about your 6 year old grandson. I try to keep track of your family but I couldn't remember where this grandson fit in. I appreciate your concern about me. I am grateful for this team and how close we all are. I feel we are all friends and it is so comforting to me.

Cecile: I can't imagine how hard it is for you to take care of Andre. From your posts I can see you are doing everything possible to take good care of Andre. Please remember if you don't make yourself the first priority you won't be able to help Andre. This is just advice and i would like you to take it in the spirit in which it was given.

My sister is much older then me and she has spells when she starts falling. She has two sons and a grandson that live with her but they can't keep an eye on her all the time. She just loses her balance. She has had both knees replaced and I don't think she made good use of the therapy they offered her after the surgeries.

She does have a home health aide that comes in 3 times a week and neighbors check on her frequently.

I went to the pool after I saw my therapist I relaxed around the pool after I exercised and I took advantage of the nice weather.

I hope everyone has a good evening. Thanks for all the caring comments. Allie emoticon


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ELLEN, You sound like a bundle of energy, with all the yard work you did today. You're really giving those steroid shots a run for their money! I hope you're not overdoing it!


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Hello all! It was an incredible beautiful day here today. I blew off the porches, sidewalk, and the patios. Winter dirt had piled up on the brick patios so scraping with a hoe was required. I uncovered the Texas stone walk that had disappeared under the dirt that rain had brought in. Now I know why entire cities can disappear over time. This required linking 3 extension cords together so the would reach. I am glad I did my weights all winter. Then I mowed the back meadow and yard with the riding lawn mower. My DH wanted to do the front so I was glad to take a shower after blowing dirt around. I really think the steriod shots have helped big time.

Slimmer - what great compliments. It would be thrilling if you could sell some of your art!

Cecile - I had a friend whose husband would fall and she called 911 and explained the situation. The firefighters would come and get him back in a chair and not call an ambulance unless required. I don't know, however, if Canada is the same way.

Grace - I am so sorry to hear about your DGD. My prayers are for her.

Shirley - my surgeon will only do one knee and wait until I recover from that before the other one is done. I guess I should start before it is too late to do anything. Maybe in early November.

Allie - I am sorry to hear about your depression. I have dark days, but it is usually when I get too tired or sad about losses in my life.

Bonnie - so glad that jeep top is coming together.

Ellen.

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BONNIE, That was a good idea to leave the jeep top on while you drove to the dealership. You wouldn't want to get caught in an unexpected downpour while you were on your way there.

SLIMMER, I checked out your painting of the "Eye of the Tiger". It is beautiful! You're amazingly talented!
You would be very proud of me - I read 3 newspapers today! emoticon

I haven't been able to reach my son to see how my GD is doing. They told me this A.M. that they don't know if she'll be in the hospital for 3 days or 2 weeks. They didn't say what kind of hospital she is in, but imagine that it's a psychiatric hospital.
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Hi All, Is it Hot out now... was cold this morning...

...a/c is on and a bit ago aughhhhh smelled like paint thinner... like what is it...
............it is not easy having a very sensitive nose to smells... the paint thinner at school is yucky... was also dizzy a little there???

Ok, I uploaded my Eye of the Tiger painting and also the one for a fear ... funny I call it "Haircrow"

Started my self portrait. I have it sketched out... he made me draw like 8 different sketches...that is a bad habit I don't like doing PRE... work to get ready and actually to be good one has to do it... Odd... he liked my first one anyway!... it is done in the style of Picasso

Cecile... was Andre using his walker when he fell... he probably needs a good one... I like the walkers that instead of lifting them up... IF you have wood floors and might work on short rug.. but you put tennis balls on the front of the walker so all he would have to do is Slide it and not lift it where he might lose his balance doing it.
.... you might make a rule he can get up himself and sit in a chair in there .. I imagine he has a TV... or listen to music... but not to wake you until... ...???
... oh I think you can also just ask the Fire Dept or Police to help lift him up through a Non Emergency number... you might call and ask them first.... or if you have neighbors who might help you?

Grace... yes I do want to fall asleep reading especially if my carb count was up or really after any time I have eaten.. I get sleepy.. I never have fallen asleep in the living room I don't think, but I do nod off and drift away quite often.. especially if the book is not all that which many are.

Bon... I think that odd that they even would say for you to take off the roof... should be a snap for them to do... good idea doing there... that just don't make sense. As to the winning of the free books... it is not so much fun when they tell you ya didn't win... not that I need to read more but some I picked.. I actually would have liked to read... after they say NO.. I go back and click.. that I don't want to read them to get them out of my To Read Count

..only 30 or less pages of Maltese Falcon...
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Good Morning, Team Sisters.

It is very cool out at 75 degrees. We had a really bad storm last night that trapped me in the car for awhile since it started as soon as I got out of the grocery store (It really poured buckets), the electricity went out for a few hours (we believe due to a tree down since the buses started coming up & down our street and we aren't on their route) and a big limb (30-35') fell from one of our trees in the back & just "barely" missed my garden. Our magnolia tree "caught" it!!

Plus we waited all day for the Verizon repairman to come as our landline phone has been out for several days. This has also affected my computer since I have DSL (hence, the reason why I haven't posted for a few days). We were told he could come between 8-5. He came at 4:45 PM! But he did a great job and everything is working well now!

The phone lines are in the "crawl space" under our unit and the door is kept locked. So, DH had to go down to the maintenance building (in the rain) and get the key. I have to take it back when I go to the Farm in a little bit.

We got a call this AM that the top for our Jeep is painted and ready to be put on!! That happened a lot faster than we had expected. They would "like" for us to bring the Jeep with the soft top off of it. I told DH--We'll take the soft top off in the parking lot of the dealership so if we run into any trouble--we can get some help. We have NO IDEA how the top comes off aside from unzipping all of the zippers.

@Cecile - I'm so sorry to hear that Andre fell but I was afraid that was going to happen. He is going to have to accept his limitations or he'll be back in the hospital.

@Grace - Sorry to hear about your Granddaughter's depression. She sounds like a Type A person. I'm sure they'll get her on the road to recovery. About your relatives and Melvin--I've always said that you were a Saint for all that you do for him. It is too bad that his own relatives can't warm to him.

@Ellen - Sorry to hear you are still having knee problems. I have a friend who is in her early 70's who recently had knee replacement and is back riding her horse. She says she still has limitations but is very glad she went ahead with the surgery.

@Yvonne - Good luck with your move.

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

Summer weight gain - I've been talking about this on the Weight Loss Talk Etc. thread. I can gain as much as 5 -10 lbs during the summer to lose it when the weather gets cold. This was true when I was thin and it is true now that I'm obese. Even taking diuretics, perspiring heavily, I still tend to retain water during hot, humid weather. You will read articles that people tend to weigh less in summer due to eating salads and other light foods, but that has not been true for me. And I've read articles that have talked about water retention/weight gain in the summer too. I'm not saying that those of you experiencing weight gain right now might not be eating as low calorie as you were doing and that's the reason your weight is up or you aren't losing, but what I am saying is that part or perhaps all your problem right now could be a by-product of the summer heat (water retention) too.

Grace - I'm so sorry to hear about your granddaughter's depression. I do so hope the doctors and counselors can help her. From your post it sounds like she is definitely an over-achiever . *About Melvin - I don't think my brother visited my dad often either, and although I would ask if he'd taken him for a drive or out to eat, he'd say he couldn't manage him. My dad was maybe 5' 9" or 10" - true heavy and had to use a walker, but my brother is 6' 5" - a big man. He has a bad knee (don't we all - smile), but you know what, I'm 5' 6" and I would have made an effort to get him out periodically. As said many, Many times before - Melvin is so fortunate to have you in his life. * Land Fills - when we lived in NJ a favorite pass time for some of the neighbors was to go to the "dump" and look for treasures. It was the only place we've lived where I've heard of such a thing, until your post. *Car seat for Dmitri - my son and I have discussed this many times at length - to buy another one or not to buy another one. I don't want to invest in another one, and he doesn't want me to, unless I know it will be used. We usually only have him for an hour or two when we keep him. This time was 5 hours which is most unusual. Should we find we are keeping him more - I will buy another one. *Please let me/us know the results of your tests. *Yoga - that is a wonderful relaxation exercise your yoga instructor was having you do, but like you I would want to be doing other exercises as well - ones to help strengthen the body (as well as the mind).

Peggy - lobster is one of my favorite foods, but I never buy it because I think they overcharge for it. I would have done the same thing that you did. There is nothing worse than tough lobster. I'm glad that the manager tried to make amends for the food that wasn't right. There was a time when I wouldn't speak up about being seated at a bad table when other good ones were available or food that wasn't right, but not any longer.

Slimmer - I looked for that almond-coconut butter this week when I was at Walmart, and I couldn't find any, and I really searched the shelves. They had LOTS of specialty butters made from all kinds of nuts, but no coconut-almond. I will look again.

Cecile - does André fall because he is being careless? If this is so, perhaps the nurse and/or you need to tell him that unless he is careful and stops falling that he "will" be back in the hospital. Also, he needs to be more respectful of you and let you sleep if you can. I'm glad that Marcel explained to him that he can't help him up any longer. I'm so very sorry he's not being more cautious. None of us like to have our independence taken away from us, but sometimes life has a way of doing that to us, and when that happens we must learn to cope. Is he getting any kind of therapy to help strengthen his legs?

Allie - I hope you will give yoga a try sometime - it not only helps the body but the mind. I haven't done yoga in years, but so enjoyed it when I did it. They tell me that someone has developed chair yoga for those of us who can no longer get on the floor, or I guess better said we can't get up from the floor. I've been saying for ages that I'm going to find me one of those videos, but haven't. *Re my grandson - I have two older grandchildren 34 and 32. Our son and DIL found they couldn't have children so adopted this little boy who is such a joy to us. He is smart and a beautiful child. The other grandchildren grew up over 600 miles away from us, as is our great grandson (2 yrs), so having Dmitri living just 20 minutes away from us is such a joy. *Glad you are seeing a therapist. Family problems can certainly be a source for depression, and I'm saying that most sincerely not as a joke.

Ellen - having knee surgery is a big decision, and when it involves both knees that makes the decision even harder. You are a wise woman so I know you will make the right one.

Yvonne - I know your computer will be packed up soon if it isn't already. Know that I'm wishing you well with the movers coming tomorrow. When do you think your things will be to your Missouri house? I hope your kids will lend a helping hand getting you unpacked and settled. The weather is gorgeous right now. It looks like the heat is moving back in with highs in the high 80s - low 90s for early next week, but no rain. Travel safely and let us hear from you as soon as you get your computer up and running again.

Wishing everyone a very good day.

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Good morning team! We are having another stormy day. It’s very dark out right now, at 9:00 in the morning.

GWYNLEE, Join the club! My weight is back up again. but I know why. I haven't been tracking my intake for weeks now. I just get so tired of doing that all the time.

SLIMMER, Thank you for the update on school and your painting project. It must really be an “upper” to have someone tell you that your artwork is valuable. Keep up the good work.
I thought of you, yesterday, when I was TRYING to read my newspaper and fell asleep. That doesn’t happen to you, does it?

CECILE, I’m sorry Andre didn’t have a very good day, yesterday. I’m sure when he was in the hospital for 108 days that he got used to waking up very early because that’s how hospital schedules work. Maybe if you can get him to stay up later, he’ll sleep later.

I got some sad news from my son in upstate NY, this morning. My 19 year old GD is in the hospital for “severe depression”. She is a very “high achiever” which doesn’t help the problem. For example, she took 4 college courses this summer, so she would be ahead of the game when she returns to school next month. Now, that is all up in the air until they find out how bad her depression is. Please keep her in your prayers?



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i must say i am so frustrated with my lack of progress losing

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Good evening team sisters.

Today got off to a very, very bad start. First of all hubby walked in the room saying it was time to get up. I told him the alarm had not gone off. I looked at the time, it was a whole hour too early. I said I was going back to bed. I no sooner got comfy that I heard a boom. Sure enough, André had fallen on the floor. I was going to call 911 and he said no because they would send an ambulance and he didn`t want to go back to the hospital. I don`t blame him. Finally, I called our brother-in-law Marcel and he came over and helped him up. He did tell André that he would not be doing it again. After all he is 76 and it could be dangerous for his back. André did not hurt himself fortunately.

The home care nurse came to change the bandage on his foot. Since he has only one sore, they are coming only twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday.

We did get his scrips from the drugstore. It took a while to get here but they did.

Val did the groceries today. She has to go back tomorrow because instead of buying two containers of cottage cheese she got two of sour cream. Anyway, we forgot milk also.

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon

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Hi All, ..it finally poured and cooled off late this afternoon...

..I'm pooped going to school... thinking creatively I guess just wears me out... each day I seem to just drift off to sleep for a while...

...doing good with my crow picture... only need a few more strokes..

...got my paper back on my Tiger... lots of good comments and a solid 100 points!!!!!!!!!

...the teacher talked about my picture and talked about me at some other time not in class doing a picture that will go with that one... with just showing a tigers mouth roaring... since I did song... Eye of the Tiger... and is a song out now Roah
.............he said I could sell them as a set... I asked how much to sell the one I just made and finally got him to say $300.00 would not be a bad price... that is just about 75 cents a inch using the formula... it was nice to hear how much he thinks of it... it is now being shown in the art dept gallery with all our 1st pictures... (nice but nobody comes in to see them in summer)

Grace... good to hear you did Nothing today and if you fell asleep means you probably needed it....

Ellen.... how did your knees get so bad?... can't they just inject the ??solidnoid fluid in that space?

Cecile... sounds like thinks are under control

...time for a movie to start... still working on entries for the ipad... reading right now The Maltese Falcon

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ALLIE, I'm glad that your depression is lessening. The fact that you have so many supportive friends shows what a nice person you are. Keep up the good work! I hope membership on Sparkpeople is helpful as well.

I did NOTHING today. It's been drizzling all day so no walk or yard work. I couldhave/should have done something constructive but when I tried to read, I fell asleep. Didn't do any housework either. This kind of weather brings out the "slug" in me.

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Hello team,

It is getting ready to storm again and this is the second night in a row. So far so good, the tree out front is still standing. I am parking my car far away from the dead tree. Luckily I have a very long driveway so if the tree falls it should not hit my car. There are three other trees but they look a lot healthier and I can't keep worrying about what might happen. Life is too short.

Grace, I have never tried yoga and probably never will. I is just not for me but I give you credit for trying it.

Peggy : Happy Belated Anniversary. I return food if it isn't properly cooked. It sounds like the owners of the restaurant handled it very well.

Shirley: I loved your story about your DGS and the yard sale. What a special memory to have. I am sure you will treasure the time you had to spend with your DGS.

Ellen: I bought a car seat for my grandson and I had the fire dept. put it in for me. They were very helpful.

Yvonne: I hope your moving day goes well.I have been slowly discarding things in case I have to move in the near future.

I am doing better with my depression. I have an appointment with my therapist tomorrow. All my friends have made sure they are available to me as much as they can be. I don't usually get this depressed but there have been some family problems and I guess it all finally came to a head. I am a strong person and I will be okay.

Now I need to close some windows before the rain really starts.

I hope everyone has a good evening. Allie emoticon



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This has been a restful day. I did make orange cupcakes for my DH since it was cool. I do not like to turn on the oven when it is hot outside.

Grace - I liked your comment about heaven. That made smile. As to the pain behind the knee, it is just from the bone on bone back there. My knees are pretty shot.
One reason I would like to go ahead with knee surgery is that I would like to do volunteer work and visit the elderly in nursing homes who do not get visitors and be a mentor to children. Our as some ministries for this.

Marlene - I am glad you spoke up about your lobster and had a good one served.

Cecile - when my grandchildren required car seats, I had there mother give me hers. However, I was in my early 50's and even then they were heavy and hard to put in correctly.

Shirley - thank you reminding me to smile today.


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Thank you Yvonne! Don likes to say there's a "special place in heaven" for me, Then I remind him of that country western song with the line, "Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die." (smile)


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Grace, I'm treasuring what you said about me being organized. I've never put that name on myself.

I also echo the comments of others about your treatment of Melvin. You see him as a human being and treat him well. You are God's gift to him, and as an old wise woman from my childhood would say, "you'll have a star in your crown when you get to heaven."

Back to work for me now...

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Thank you to all of you for your supportive comment about how our relatives, in MA, treat Melvin. I’m just thankful that my parents had the wisdom to ask ME take over the responsibility of Melvin’s care. If it had been left to our OTHER brother and his wife, Melvin would have been just another one of those poor souls that are dumped in an institution and never visited again. Melvin’s NH staff keep telling me that it’s very rare that their residents get company, never mind being taken out by family. Melvin's roommate is wheelchair bound and mentally handicapped, like Melvin, and has no family. I try to pay extra attention to him, when I'm visiting Melvin.

SHERRY, I didn’t like the yoga class at all. For an 1 ½ hours we sat in chairs breathing deeply, while we thought about every single body part. She would say, “Now breath from your nostrils and think about your right thumb, now your index finger" – and on and on and on! If I try yoga again, it won’t be with that teacher, that’s for SURE!
That is so bitter-sweet that you are now reaping the benefits of the peaches that Michael planted.
It’s wonderful that your neighbor can be there to help you with the mechanical stuff that needs to be done.
I hope your DD’s mobile home got set up properly. Good luck cleaning out that barn!
It sounds like a treasure trove.
We have a neighbor who goes to the landfill a couple times a week and brings home "stuff" and about once a month, he has a yard sale. He said he made $300 last weekend.


YVONNE, When you described the routine that you and Jay have, to get your work done, it was just what I said – You are a very organized person. Now that you’re reaching the deadline for the BIG MOVE, I wish you much luck to get through it. We call it "crunch time" when we're a couple of days out from moving. When you get to your new house, it will start all over again with the unpacking and getting settled, but at least you won't be pressured by time constraints.


ELLEN, I’m so glad you had a fruitful visit with your ortho doctor. Did they tell you that the problem in the back of your knee is a “baker’s cyst” ?
What they told you about getting knee replacements is exactly what my FL ortho doctor said about my hips, which is basically to do what ever I feel like doing until my hips are so sore that I can’t stand it any longer, and then he’ll do hip replacements. I had the Synvisc shots in my knees a couple of years ago and they have been fine ever since.

SHIRLEY, That was great advice that you gave to Cecile about ways to keep Andre busy and why it’s so important for him to feel useful. Would it be a good idea to buy a car seat, so you are not confined to the house when your GS visits? We have a consignment shop near by, that only sells children's things and they have all kinds of car seats.

PEGGY, You are very brave to send food back, at a restaurant. I read that the waitstaff and cooks have been known to do vile stuff to the food(like spit on it) before they bring it back to the table.

Yesterday, at 7:15 A.M. I had the MRI on my lower back and while I was in the "tube" I got a voice mail from my gyno doctor, telling me that I need to be seen by a gyno "specialist" because she's concerned about the cyst that she saw on the ultra sound that I had on Friday.
However, it's actually smaller than it was in January, so I may just wait until I get back to FL, to seek "treatment" for it. According to resent research no "treatment" is necessary for benign cysts in older women.

Have a great afternoon!


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Thanks to everyone for the Anniversary wishes. We went out to dinner at a place that we went to last year and the food wasn't very good but we decided to try again. Tom mentioned to the hostess about our last experience. She told our waiter. July is lobster month there so I had steak and half a lobster. The lobster was so tough that I could not pull the meat out of the shell. Told the waiter and he brought me another half that was perfect. The manager took both lobsters off our bill and offered us a glass of champagne. We declined.

Cecile, sounds like Andre needs to keep busy and I can't say I blame him. How about building a puzzle. That is what Tom and I do when there is nothing else.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Would you believe it is 57 degrees here this morning with a high of only 75 and with clear skies. The weather doesn't get much better than this - for me at least.

Yvonne - I hope that this cool, dry weather holds until you can get moved into your house. As we both know, it could all of a sudden be up in the 90s again. But according to Weather Bug this is wonderfully cool weather is supposed to hold until the weekend.

Grace - sorry I didn't have a chance to respond to you yesterday. About Dmitri - yes this last visit was especially nice. I don't have a car seat for him because we don't keep him that much, so I can't take him places when we keep him. I bought one before he arrived, and it never was out of its box. I sent it to Texas for when my Granddaughter had a baby, but I think it got passed onto one of her friends long before she got pregnant. What this has to do with anything, is that this Garage Sale trip was something extra special for him, and the fact that they had some really neat toys there was a bonus. *Now about your family get together. People are often intimidated by mentally and physically challenged people, we all know that. But you know what, Melvin is family, and it would have taken so little effort - especially after your announcement - for them all to have filed over and wished him a Happy Birthday. I'd like to give your daughter-in-law and her little foster daughter a big hug for what they did. Sometimes family members can definitely be jerks - my brother is one. He can be the most charming guy in the room and the most generous (to a fault) when he wants to, but when it comes to me - I don't know if he's thinking he's joking and being funny or what, but he can be quite hurtful with the things he says. I share this not complaining, just to make the point that most families can be a trial at times. *I wasn't very happy with Melvin's home either being so uncooperative. Sometimes I wonder about these places and how much real care the residents get. *Re your husband's cough - don't rule out allergies as being the culprit. Something has sure been going around over a number of States this spring and summer - my husband and I had this illness late May through most of June. Husband went to doctor (PA) who gave him allergy spray, cough syrup and an antibiotic and said he had a sinus infection. Another team member had similar or same symptoms went to the doctor and was said to have bronchitis. True to form - I didn't go to the doctor, took no allergy meds, cough syrup, nose spray or antibiotics, and I got well in about the same time everyone else did. So...Go Figure! - smile.
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Marlene - I agree with what you said to Grace about families, and this can be true for friends too, can't it? But you know what? We expect more caring and empathy from our family members, don't we?

Cecile - about André - he may be both bored and/or have a need to be useful. Try to find little jobs he can do safely, and make sure he knows he's helping you. I know the last thing you want him to do is to fall, but if he can push a dry mop while using his walker (safely) let him. He could probably help you fold clothes or dust - since those can be done sitting down. As you may remember, my daughter is a nurse. She told me once that patients whom they had for long stays - especially the older ones - they would take them towels, etc. for them to fold for them. They did this to give them something to do that made them feel useful.

Ellen - the diagnosis about your knees doesn't surprise me. You know what I found so encouraging is that they are now saying that they are good for 25 years. At one time, I was hearing the horror stories about recovery plus that they would only last 5 years and you'd have to go through all of that again. Now with a 25 year life span - I might consider having it done. I'd be 105 by the time they wore out - LOL

Slimmer - I know there is a saying, "we are what we eat." And I also know that there are a lot of people that like to say this. However, diabetic (and I know diabetics have to be careful about what they eat) or not - all health problems are not food related. You are right there can be inflammation in our bodies that can cause all kinds of problems including joint problems. The same man (Barry Sears) that wrote The Zone - also wrote "The Anti-Inflammation Diet." Here is a link to some sites on the subject.
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*You are most fortunate to have such a good neighbor. I do so hope he can fix your A/C problem.

Make today a healthy and happy one. Remember to pass along a smile to those you meet (especially the grumpy ones). emoticon

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Have you heard the phrase "when push comes to shove?" Today's the day. Truck will be loaded tomorrow; we still have lots to pack. It's panic time.

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Hello Team Sisters. I am having a night where I can't sleep. My but this has been a busy few days,everyone was posting which is good. I won't try to comment to everyone. But I am glad that all of you are well.

Grace that is so sad how your family gathering went. Some people are so absorbed in their world they can't/don't want step out of their "normal.". ....You asked about the cause of my post surgery incident, it seemed to he the pain meds.and the med. they gave me for vomiting. It was too much for my system.

Ellen, I am not surprised that you need knee replacements. Only you can decide. I am here I am here if you have questions.

Shirley,I am sure your DGS thought he found a treasure chest at the yard sale.

I'll say good night.
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Good evening team sisters.

Today I cleaned the house as best I could. I even washed the floor in the bathroom. I asked Val to do it but she said she was on her way out. She then proceeded to talk to me all the time I mopped. Funny how teenagers are!

She did go out with her friend. They rented a movie then made supper at her friend`s house. She said it was good to see her.

André was not as good this morning. I was having breakfast and reading at the same time. I looked up to see him with the dry mop along with his walker. I told him in no incertain terms that I was going to do that. He looked at me and I guess I must have had a look because he said ok and went and sat down on the couch.

I put the recycle things out today. Tomorrow I`m planning on doing laundry.

emoticon Happy Anniversary Peggy and husband. Hope you both had a very good day. emoticon

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Happy, Happy Anniversary, Peggy and Tom!

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Sorry I'm so late with my good wishes for your special day. It was a busy morning and early afternoon, and when I finally got home and settled down I had lunch and haven't moved since. I hope your day is Very Special!

Have a good evening everyone. Sleep well.

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The visit to the orthopedic surgeon was very productive! I am so glad I went instead of just putting up with my knees. They took new x-rays since it had been over a year since they had done that. The x-rays showed that both knees are bone on bone and are causing me to become bow legged. emoticon There is also damage in the back of the knee which explains the pain there. They told me that I am a candidate for knee replacements in both of them. It is my decision when the pain is too much. They also gave me steroid shots in both knees for now. I did not see the surgeon, just his PA. But PA has wonderful patient skills and explained everything so well as we looked at the x-rays together.

I don’t want to have the knee replacements until November when the work around here is less. It is too much for my DH to take care of all that, plus the housework and waiting on me. But the PA said that the new knee replacements are expected to last 25 years so I don’t have to worry so much about out living them. Now that is a scary thought….. emoticon

After talking to the PA, I did not feel so guilty about running to the doctor for a little pain. I guess I have been doing pretty well under the circumstances. I still say that keeping my leg muscles strong is what has made the difference. Thanks Team for encouraging me with the challenge each month!

Slimmer – your book on Women Painters sounded so interesting. And I can’t wait for you to post a photo of your new painting when it is finished.

Cecile – this is SUCH good news about Andre!

Yvonne – thanks for posting how you are getting all the work done for moving. I should copy that for my efforts around here. I am washing and drying the weekly laundry which seems to really pile up in the summer.

Peggy – I remember those diamond back rattlesnakes when I lived in West Texas. I was climbing in a canyon off the Caprock when I was a teenager and saw a huge one in front of me draped across the trail. I decided to go a different direction. My cousins loved king snakes and would walk around with them curled around their arms.

Sherry – there is NOTHING like ripe peaches off the tree. They don’t grow that well here in Kansas, but I know there are a few orchards around here.

Grace – my fenced in part of my garden is fairly large, but this year we decided to grow very little – just a row of okra, about 8 tomato plants, some potatoes, a cucumber and zuccinna plant. I also have a big asparagus bed that I started two years ago. But everything is doing so poorly this year due to the crazy weather that I doubt if we make anything. * I hate how your relatives treated your brother. I am glad the children seem to make him happy.

Must go and take care of the laundry.
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Hi All.. 92 out and I do hear thunder but usually we don't get thunderstorms right here. It is HOT!

School I had to rework the background and also put color on the crow... I should be through by Wed... The older man is saying I am the Star of the class with my pictures... the kids are starting to look at my new picture wondering how I did it...
......next picture which should be the last is either some type of portrait of anybody, un representational or take a famous work and make it my own by changing it up..

..........was kind of a mistake taking this class in summer .. only 3 pictures instead of 6 and only 4 weeks instead of 16...

last night the A/C started to drip down into the kitchen Again! The neighbor looked this AM said maybe he should vary the height of the drain .. so I bought the part and later today he will put it together and in... I think the water in the drain was backing back into the unit... maybe that is why I had a Paint lacquer smell last week for a couple of days

Ellen... hope the knee just need rest... I could barely walk up the steps up to school... ohhhh did they hurt today... I can tell when my joints have inflammation in them... I think it is what I eat that does that... but mostly eating salad and steak

Now reading a book I own.. 50 Great Woman Painters... very interesting just a page on each but small print and then one large to 3 large paintings... seems most all started by their dad giving them lessons then they went on to Schools... I would like to do one of those types of schools

back to reading...
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Good Morning Everyone -

Ellen - I do hope that your visit to the orthopedist is productive. *As for going to church - there is something different and special for me when I go into a church. I once attended a church that met in a meeting room, and where I went through all the ceremony, rituals, sacraments , heard a meaningful sermons, and was surrounded by other Christians - the experience wasn't the same. When I go back to the church where I'm still a member in the neighborhood where I lived before moving here, I feel as though I'm back home again, although most of the membership is new to me. I had a strong church family there, and I so miss that. So I know exactly what you are saying. We can worship any place, but worshiping in a church is indeed a different (and for me) a very sacred experience.

Gwynlee - you are to be commended for your volunteer work over the years.

Cecile - having André home has got to be Such a Relief for you. So I can well understand that you aren't as stressed as you were. And like his nurse, I am very happy to hear this. I'm also happy to hear that he is listening to you. Not all men do this. They tend to think they know better whether they do our not - smile.

Yvonne - at one time we had close friends, more like our children than friends. The wife was addicted to garage saleing. She clothed her children from them. I was at their house for a special occasion for one of the children once. There were quite a few people due at their house for a cookout, and we were out doing shopping that should have been done before. The point of this story, is that we also Had to stop at two garage sales. Their money was tight, but she bought some bric-a-brac just because it was cheap and pretty. She also asked the woman having the garage sale if she would take some ridiculous price for something that was a steal for the price the woman was selling it for. Of course the woman wouldn't come down on the price, and my friend didn't buy the item. I'm definitely not a garage saler - either having one or going to them. But going to the one with Dmitri was definitely a good idea, and he was thrilled with his new toys. *I hadn't realized how long you'd lived in your present house. We'd lived in our last house for 30 years too, and I'm well aware how much stuff we can accumulate in that time. Plus that house had lots of closets, rooms, and wall space. Need I say more - smile.

Slimmer - I told the story once about my son who loves all living creatures and that includes snakes. He learned early that I was with him about all but the snakes. I made sure that neither of the children have my fear of snakes, but they were also taught to be careful of them and to never torture them. If they had to be killed to do it quickly and as painlessly as possible. But back to my story - my son was probably junior high age and had found a baby snake and was playing with it in front of our house one day. Now he knew snakes pretty well, but an older neighbor boy came by and asked him what kind of snake did he think he had, and my son told him a garden snake - it was a dark one, not the green kind. The boy told him that he had a water moccasin and showed him how he could tell. You can bet my son took it and let it go some place way away from the house.

Peggy - your snake experiences are scary. First you find one in your flower pot, and now one in your garage. We had a friend once that lived in Nogales, Arizona. He was born and raised in Chicago and spent his early adult years there. He made a couple of business trips to Nogales and loved it. He arranged for a transfer, and lived there for a long time. He eventually remarried and started a business in El Paso, where he lived for many years before he died. The point to my story is - he made living in Nogales sound so wonderful, that I was ready to move there until he started talking about how he had to deal with snakes and scorpions. When my son was in the Marine Corps - most of his enlistment was at Camp Pendleton - they sent them out to the desert from time to time for training. One of his superiors liked to send them out as a punishment. Most of the Marines hated it, but my son loved every minute of it - smile.

Sherry - there is nothing like home grown peaches or tomatoes to me. I grew up in the South, as I think everyone knows by now, and quite a few years in Georgia. Georgia peaches have to be the best peaches, The ones I was used to were the size of very large oranges. The Georgia peaches we get here in the stores are very small, and not the same at all. *I've always been so impressed with your love of cooking and how you share so much of it with residents in your cabins or friends. *So you are going to try to sell off your antique store merchandise like a yard/garage sale? I wish you much success. You spoke of the heat there - I definitely don't envy you doing that in the heat.

Grace - I have got to re-read your post, but must end this one since I've got a 10:15 hearing aid appointment and Must close my post for now. I will respond to yours later. Like you, I hate early appointments. Instead of breakfast this morning I ate a half protein bar so I had something in my stomach as I took my pills.

Wishing everyone a good day and a good week ahead.

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I don't know why I did not post yesterday; I just did feel like sitting at my laptop. I am doing this from my IPhone while drinking coffee in bed. I did read all the posts and so enjoyed all the adventures each of you are doing.

We went to church yesterday and so enjoyed it! We resolved to really try to physically go there on Sundays. We have been watching from home the past two months. It is just not the same.

I am seeing my orthopedic surgeon today at noon, so we will see what he says. I plan to get on the laptop this afternoon and post again.

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thanks -- i have a long history of volunteer work -- in addition to full time work ( still looking for a job)

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Good evening team sisters.

Today was even better than yesterday. Hubby is not overdoing it at all. He understands that what happened in February to put him back in the hospital, he will not do this time.

The head nurse from the hospital call this afternoon to inquire about André. She told me that following the reading of his file, the outing was for 48 hours which ended at 6 p.m. today. I told her that I didn`t think hubby needed to go back. I asked André if he felt he should go back and he said no. File is closed and his bed will go to someone else. Thank God!!!!

Yvonne - I`m sure you must be anxious to have the packing all done and moved to your new house. By the way, how does your daughter fell about the move. I bet she must excited to have you near.

Irene - You are so right about adjustments. Being alone for all this time, I kind of got into a routine. That routine has to be forgotten and a new one in place.

Shirley - André is so good at listening. He will ask if I need help instead of just plowing in. I find that my stress level has diminished. I told the nurse so this afternoon and she was happy for me.

Grace - I was sure the meeting last Friday was to tell me that André was going to be transferred to a nursing home. I had pretty much accepted that. You cannot imagine my surprise when they told me he was coming home. I did a victory dance in my head.

Yesterday, I had to laugh. I was busy in the bathroom when the phone rang. Val answered and when I came out she told me that either aunt Beth of aunt Alice called. Anyway the lady was speaking english. I called Beth first and she was the one that called. She thought it was funny the way Val gave me the message.

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon



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@Gwynlee - so proud of you for working at a homeless shelter. That's something on my list of "good intentions" but I've never done it.

@Shirley - about the big meal - we really did eat a lot, compared to our usual. Jay even had a salad first. He was saying that he can't eat like he used to. He's a little like a snake -- eats one really huge meal, then won't eat much of anything for a day and a half. I can just see you and your grandson. That was a smart thing to do. We love garage sales, if there's a purpose for them. A lot of the things we're throwing out now were garage sale purchases, so we're determined to reform our bad habits.

@Grace - I have time to write because I pace myself with my working. When I need to rest, I sit down to the computer. We've worked out a routine: Jay gets up at 5 or 6 a.m. and works hard and steadily all morning, then is more or lest finished for the day. I sleep later and get started later, but once I get going, I work off and on till 11 p.m. or so, including an almost daily walk. The walk has helped me tremendously to iron out the kinks, so to speak, and yoga helps me stretch out sore muscles. I can no longer spend the day on my feet like I used to, though. It's been 30 years since we've moved, but moved a lot before then. At that time, it was taking care of kids that made a move harder, now it's our lack of stamina.

We just said goodbye to all our church friends tonight, including my best friend. Sad, but we feel loved. We'll see our friends again in the fall, hopefully. I just have to keep picturing doing yoga outside on our new deck, with woods all around. A very motivating thought.

Back to work now....

Yvonne

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Hi All, bright and 91 out I have the A/C on!

Marlene... no way would I try and get a rattler out... they have too big a strike zone and are a bit aggressive... yikes!
....a girl in my art class said she just had 4 t black snake also in her garage and her mother got two rakes and she a garbage can and mother collected it and put it in the can... Well, I saw the pictures... and sure did not look like any black snake... someone else said it was a Cottonmouth Water Moccasin... I think so too... it was thick and big head... I can't believe they did that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Grace... ohhhhhhhhhh your relatives upset me on how they treated ..actually both of you.... It would not hurt them a bit to make a fuss over him a little.... aughhhhhhh When I did my family tree I found we had a cousin that had no relatives that I could find... and she was over 60 and living in a nursing home because she was Mongoloid... I told my CA relatives since they lived close by... Nobody .. even thought that would be a nice idea to visit etc...
.... I wrote and sent pictures... I have no idea what she knew or not and I sent card and gift... but she had I gather old family couple friend of her past parents... that watched her... they didn't even want me to bother and they quit emailing me back when I asked questions etc
... I know I would have liked to know somebody somehow cared for me in some way.. oh well... I do believe you get back what you give...

Today started reading 50 Women Painters... one of my own books... also worked on my bird painting... ohhhhhhhh my... having a big break through... this also might come out ok. first time using fiber fill medium which makes the paint staind up higher off the canvas

..well my scales just don't move... I really can't cut out more of what I normally eat... so I think to make the difference I am going to have to start moving ..burning calories

Cecile... so good to hear Andre is home... I do hope he does not want to over do... seems like last time he came home he started doing a lot of the things he liked to do .. to fast

...race just ended back to my bird...
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Happy Sunday to all.

Came home from chuch and there was Mr. Diamondback Rattler in out garage. I did manage to hook him and threw him out. Not a way to start my day. I did put more info on Facebook.

Peggy

Peggy

Phoenix, AZ

Morgonstund har guld i mund.

Morning hour has gold in its mouth.


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