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Good Morning Everyone -

It is quite cold here - 28F, but the sun is shining which is nice, and they've taken the snow out of the forecast for tomorrow.

Irene - a suggestion for you after not being on this thread for awhile. Just start with yesterday's posts or the day before that and go from there. If we are talking about something you don't understand just ask, and you know one or more of us will fill you in - smile. * Thank you so much. Whit seems to be doing fine, feeling better since the blood transfusion, now if he could just rid himself of that awful cough. Its better but definitely not gone. * If it makes you feel any better I can have spells like you had at the lunch club from time to time. They usually pass quickly and all is well. However with all you've been dealing with this year, you might just run it past your doctor the next time you see her. Such can be caused for a number of reasons.

Yvonne - I know you are enjoying Ryan's visit. Have made that drive Many times over the years. It isn't a bad drive, and I'll bet it was beautiful driving through the mountains this time of year. Where in Atlanta does he live? * As for your back hurting, my knees and back haven't been doing too well for the past month or more. I'm blaming it on the weather. All that lifting you did I have no doubt has caused yours to hurt, but it is my thinking it may have had some help due to the change in the weather also. * Thank you. Yes we are all happy to have Whit home.

Ellen - Oh how I agree with you about "stuff" not lasting. I'm working in my office with only a small desk lamp for light. I called an electrician as I think I mentioned, but can't schedule him to do the work until I buy new fixtures for several lights. My son and I were going to take care of that on Wednesday, but Whit's hospital stay curtailed that. This house is only 15 years old, I think it is, and we've only lived here 11 years. Never did I ever think there would be a problem caused because you couldn't replace a light bulb, as this has never been a problem in my parent's house that was built in the 1940s or our previous house we'd lived in for 30 years. I asked the electrician about it, and he blames the bulbs not the fixtures. If wondering I use name brand light bulbs not off brands. * The procedure your sister had done is called an endoscopy, and he did have one of those done, plus they monitored and tested his excrement to make sure he wasn't bleeding internally. When they do an endoscopy, it is like a colonoscopy you don't know or have any memory of what happens during the procedure, so it isn't so bad. Sometimes people have a sore throat, but my husband didn't either time he's had this done. You are correct, they put you on a liquid diet before a colonoscopy or endoscopy, and for a number of hours you can have no food at all before such tests, but what happened at that hospital was just being thoughtless. They may not have known he hadn't eaten before dinnertime, but since he'd been in the ER since 1 they had to have known he hadn't had anything to eat from that time on, and there was plenty of time for a fast before the procedure. It wasn't done until 1 the next day.

Cecile - I join you in applauding Val. That is quite an accomplishment. Tell her she isn't only making her grandmother proud, but her grandmother's friends as well, and to keep up the good work. * As for not being able to find things in stores - you hear me grouse from time to time about Walmart (where I do most of my grocery shopping) moving things around or simply not restocking popular items, trying to force people to buy another brand. Well, I use very little cow's milk. I use almond milk for my cereal, but for cooking I use cow's milk and this is the milk Whit prefers for his oatmeal. I walked that long aisle 3 times looking for the quart size containers of milk. In frustration I said to a woman standing next to me, can you believe that you can't buy a quart of milk in this store, and explained I walked that aisle 3 times. With that she walked about half way down the aisle and brought me back the milk I needed. Sometimes where they have things stashed you just miss it, and especially if they stock very little of an item. I've done the same thing for other customers that this nice lady did for me, so it's not just Val and me that can't find what we want in stores sometimes - smile. * I'm so happy that your phone is now working!

Cherie - Congratulations on losing 2 more pounds. Drinking water with lemon is good, as well as eating smaller portions of favorite foods. As for your wine, wine in moderation shouldn't hurt your weight loss efforts. Just remember everything in moderation, and you should continue to do well with your weight loss. Whatever it is you are doing seems to be working, and I say good-for-you!

Have a good day everyone and an enjoyable weekend.

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12/3/16 1:55 A

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Thank you for the welcome back, there is a lot to catch up on now.
Mary ,I know Wallesy ,it's across the Mersey from Liverpool. I lived 8 miles from Liverpool ,I am in Nottinghamshire now ,
I add my best wishes to Whit hoping he is recovering now ,
I will update my life style as I can,. Mike my third son is divorced , he has grown up off spring. He has no ties so moved in with us when his dad was ill with Alzheimer's, I kept him at home and Mike was a great help. My husband died in January .
Mikes been a great support to me but at times we need a break from each other! He does go to work Mon to Friday but is company in evenings, each alternate weekend he goes to stay with his own kids, I am usually ok on my own but on Thursday I had a "funny turn" at the lunch club I suddenly felt unwell and my head was buzzing, I thought I was going to pass out. But didn't ! But it shook me up seems it could have been low blood pressure but hard to say now ,
I was ok later but Mike was going to see his kids this weekend. He has OCD so finds it hard to adjust his regular events ,. My daughter in law and another son live a mile from me and do a lot for me, my ddil's like my own daughter and is so caring She suggested I stay with them this weekend so I wouldn't be alone . They have done so much to make me welcome. I have a loveky room with three big windows in all facing the garden and trees ,they put an armchair and tv in this room, I am coming here for Christmas so it's a practise run for me .
It's tree putting up day today and outside lights going up.enjoy your weekend . Irene

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12/3/16 12:20 A

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Our son Ryan is visiting from Atlanta today and tomorrow. It takes 8 hours to drive here; we really appreciate him making the effort. His visit could be called a rainbow in a cloud. He probably wouldn't have come if Jay was completely healthy.

We emptied out the guest closet when we had our yearly termite inspection; it gave me a chance to organize everything and also to pass some things on to another life--lots of lifting and moving things around, which I had to finish before Ryan got here. My back is hurting a little and I'm very stiff. Did some yoga just now to loosen things up a bit.

Shirley, glad Whit was able to come home.

Marlene, I'm sorry I missed your birthday. Hope it was a good one. I'm giving Ryan two card to take back home: one for their anniversary (in October) and the other for our grandson's birthday (in September). I'm really bad about timeliness for birthdays. I seem to remember them long before they're due, then on the day of the event. This is something that just seems to make me feel guilty all the time.

Time for bed for me. Got to post my numbers, then it's sleeping time.

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I spent the day just catching up on little stuff like taking down any remaining fall decorations on my front porch and putting up winter ones. My porch flag is a winter scene with an owl. That way I am not doing this in bitter cold weather. I wanted to do my 70 year old Jane Fonda video exercise tape but my DVD player downstairs appears to be broken. It will not open with either the remote or manual. Stuff just does last like it use to last!!

Shirley- oh, Whit's blood count was low! They had my older sister swallow a camera to see if she was losing blood somewhere when her count was low. I think not given something to eat before tests is normal. my mother had to go a couple of days without food before she had gall bladder surgery while she was in the hospital. A year ago my primary doctor threatened to send me to a blood specialist if my didn't improve. He said they would most likely have made me swallow a camera. That goodness it did.

Marlene- of goodness, I am so sorry you are hurting so bad. I hope the orthopedic surgeon can help until you have surgery. My primary doctor gave me some prescription pain pills to take when it got too bad occasionally.

Cherie- emoticon On another two pounds gone! I should try more water with lemon.

Cecile- Val must be an exceptional student. *your experience reminded me of what I have experienced often with customer service. I would keep hanging up and calling back until someone answered that could help me.

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Good evening team sisters.

I am going to brag about Val one more time. Today, she was presented with a certificate for being named Student of the month for November. She got it for leadership. I applauded her!

We have been to the drug store. She was looking for the alcohol but at first could not see it. She turned around and told me that she could bet the things would jump in her face. When she turned around again, it was right there on the shelf.

Shirley - I told the optometrist last year that I had been diagnosed with diabetes. What the doctor did yesterday was check to make sure it had not affected my eyes. He told me he was sending a report of the exam to my family doctor. He also mentioned that she would be very happy with the result.

My phone is now working! I had to call the provider twice today. The second gentleman was very nice. It sounded like he knew what he was doing better than the two previous ones. I am a happy camper!

Good night, sweet dreams and sleep tight! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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

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Cherie....
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Hi all!

I'm sorry everyone that I can't remember everyones name. I do read all the posts.

I've lost 2 more pounds, Drinking lots of water with lemon. Haven't really changed my way of eating, but portion sizes, and I cut way back on drinking wine! just on weekends now.

Shirley, sorry your husband had to go thru that. Glad you had a good experience at the hospital. My husband has to go to the VA, have to wait so long there.

Happy b-day Marlene( did I get the name right?)

Saw dermatologist today for my yearly visit, then later I have PT. Don't have to cook today. My husband is vacuuming now. If we had hardwood floors, I would want an area rug and carpet in the bedroom.

Its chilly and damp out. Feel pretty good tho.

Have a good day everyone !

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Good Morning Everyone -

I want to thank all of you for your concern and well wishes for my husband. And for missing me- smile. Such means a great deal, and is so appreciated. Since several asked about his experience I will answer to all. The hospital where we go is the most convenient to us and is a very nice one - private rooms, safes in rooms for valuables and the personnel couldn't be nicer. I was hospitalized there for about a week when I had Shingles and a UTI, and later had to go to the ER for a problem that didn't require hospitalization. I think the problem comes with management somehow. I questioned some things that were done and not done when I was hospitalized. I can't quite put my finger on the problem. We got to the ER right around 1 pm. My husband was seen immediately and seemed to be taken very good care of. I left about 3, I guess, when it was decided that he would have to stay overnight or longer. He wasn't given anything to eat - now that he was scheduled for an endoscopy, but that wasn't until the next day. He hadn't eaten breakfast because of a fasting blood test, and I can't remember if he ate anything when he came home or not. From the time I left he couldn't get any answers about when he'd be moved to a room. He didn't get in one until after 7:15. By that time the kitchen was closed. A nurse gave him half her turkey sandwich - yes cheating a bit with an endoscopy the next morning, a fruit cup and I think Jell-O. The next day he did speak to a manager about his experience, plus had our daughter to call and talk to her. As you may remember she is an RN, plus worked for years as a Director in a large hospital, at one time their ER was under her supervision. Patience isn't my husband's long suit, and where I don't think any of us would have been too pleased with his experience, with his temperament it most likely made it worse for him. He now says that should he ever has to go back he will request that they have him a room and bypass the ER.

Marlene - it sounds like you had a lovely birthday, plus got quite a bit done preparing for Christmas. * Thanks for the update on Walt. It is good to hear he is doing well. * Thank you for your concern for Whit. Yes, they determined his problem before they did the endoscopy, which makes us both wonder why they felt they had to run that test. Our daughter said it was to make sure there wasn't something else going on. I'm not so sure. He was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia. You've heard me complain about his eating before. They now have him taking iron.

Cecile - good news that you don't need glasses. As for the optometrist mentioning that he didn't see any signs of diabetes when he examined your eyes, it is my understanding that they can detect when a person has diabetes through eye examinations. Perhaps this is the reason he's going to send a report to your doctor, he's questioning whether or not you have the disease. I know from communicating with several people from Canada that your health care is sometimes a bit different from ours, so perhaps I have this all wrong. * I'm so sorry to hear that your cell is not working. I hope you or the company can get it working soon.

Ellen - as for Audrey Hepburn, I too adored her. * I would have to agree - about flooring. * You asked me what my husband's blood numbers were - his was 5.7 and he says it should have been 11. * I think we are much safer now days having cell phone for Lots of reasons.

Bonnie - I'm so sorry you aren't well. That seems to be going around, and like you I'm not sure what "that" is. My husband has been coughing his head off now for weeks. The doctor diagnosed it as a sinus infection and has him on antibiotics, and although the coughing fits seem to have slowed some they still can be quite bad. * I agree about ERs. This one that we go to has seemed to be exceptional, with good, cheerful and positive attitudes, so we were very disappointed over this experience. I agree, there are good and bad ones.

Grace congratulations on your first great grandchild. Doesn't it seem a bit strange to think we have great grandchildren? I love the name Audrey. * I'm thinking that Whit's problem might be hereditary, as his brother has had the same problem. You've heard me talk before about how he prefers to eat, and it isn't the healthiest, and I've told him so. As you know by now from what I wrote earlier in this post, he didn't let this negative hospital experience go without saying something.. I would come closer to making excuses and letting things slide than he would - smile. Thanks for letting us know that you got some compensation for that broken tooth.

Mary - I've had my experiences too during hospital stays with rude and/or hateful nurses. This is one thing I have to say about this hospital most of the people there couldn't be nicer. Attitudes definitely excel. I think where they are having a problem is with management. * Where you may not have room for an Advent tree,you may enjoy an Advent wreath. They come in all sizes, and I've seen some that would fit nicely on a fireplace mantel if it isn't too narrow.

Allie - thank you for your prayers, and yes it is Very good to have him back home. I'd taken a small tote with me containing some fresh clothes and snacks to the hospital since we thought they were going to keep him. We were both surprised and elated when the nurse told us he could go home. * I hope all is well with your chest x-ray. * Re PB and our Murphy. Murphy can't jump and I'm not sure the way he is built he will ever be able to. He too likes to get up on the couch with Whit and me. He wants to play at first, but eventually will settle down. He too will watch the TV for awhile, and seems fascinated by it. * Cats and their lifetime. Our Charli lived to be 17 and would have lived longer had we not had to have her put down because of an incontinence problem.

Miller - we will see if the iron pills Whit is on will do the trick as far as the anemia is concerned. I'm sure they will do periodic blood tests for awhile to make sure his blood count is where it needs to be. He is to have a follow-up visit with his doctor so we shall see.

Wishing everyone a very good day -

Shirley

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emoticon Everyone for my birthday greetings. It was a nice day. Barbara and Tom came down with a gift and a small cake. They put up the lighted garland and wreaths outside. Barbara and Walt brought up my ceramic tree. It is almost two feet and heavy.

I brought Walt home from the hospital yesterday. The stress test went pretty well. He has an appointment with his cardiologist Monday morning. He hasn't had any discomfort. The doctors at the hospital changed his meds.

Shirley, I'm sorry to hear Whit had such a bad experience at the hospital. I hope the doctor can determine what caused the anemia. I would think that is unusual. ***I must say other than the long wait we had no complaints with Walt's care.

Bonnie, I hope you are feeling better soon. That is disturbing that someone would shoot a dear and just leave it.

We had a man here today to measure the kitchen for new flooring. His pricing was much better than the first estimate we got. It should be installed before Christmas.

Grace, I was remiss in not congratulating you on the birth of your first great grandchild. Have you received any photos yet?

I don't know if it is the rainy weather or the long walks I did at the hospital, but my knee has been awful the last two days. I've had to use the cane in the house which is unusual for me . I took three extra strength Tylenol a few hours ago. I hope I didn't overdose. They did give me some relief . I'll be glad to see the orthopedist next week.

I don't think I will do the Friday shopping. I'll try to work on my decorating. Early evening Walt is taking me to a nice restaurant for my birthday.

Irene, I was pleased to see your post. Sounds like you are doing well. Is your son still with you?

Greetings to Ellen, Cecile, Miller, Allie and anyone else I may have missed.

Marlene

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Good evening team sisters!

emoticon emoticon Happy Birthday Marlene! Wishing you many more! emoticon

I saw the eye doctor this morning. All is very good. I don't need glasses. Money saved! He also told me that there is no diabetes in my eyes. I wondered why he would tell me that. I dawned on me this afternoon that some people loose their sight. He asked me the name of my family doctor so he can send a report to her.

I have a cell phone that is not working. We called the provider this evening. I could not make head or tails of what he wanted. My best pal came to the rescue. Val has a Samsung so she knew where to look for the information. If it's still not working in the morning I shall call back. Val is to check the phone and leave a note with an update.

Tomorrow I have to go to the drugstore to pick up my monthly supply. I called today and told them I would pick it up. I needed shampoo for white hair. While looking for alcohol I found two bottles in the cabinet. Another save. I do need the alcohol though. Oh well, can't have everything.

Shirley - I'm so glad to see your post. You are sorely missed when you don't post. I hope that your husband's feeling better soon!

Good night, sweet dreams and sleep tight! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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

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emoticon emoticon Happy Birthday, Marlene! emoticon

Shirley- so good to see your post! I figured something was going on with you. Yours and Whit's experience at the hospital makes me appreciate the good care I experienced. Since you had been there before it makes you wonder if they had a big turnover of workers. Sometimes all it takes is some bad managers. I agree with Grace, you should complain. *That 84 old woman you described sounds amazing!!

Bonnie- how sad about the deer. I accepted hunting for food, but never just to kill. It's wrong to kill animals just for fun.

Irene- your upbeat outlook on life is always so welcome! I'm glad you are posting.

Grace- what a refreshing name in today's world, Audrey. I am sure she is beautiful. (Audrey Hepburn was one of my favorites).

Irene- what a lovely different idea for an Advent tree!

Allie- if it was left up to me, I would replace all my carpet with tile or wood. I think it is better for allergies.

Mary- isn't it funny how we would drive hundreds of miles without a phone 20 years ago and now we panic if we forget our phone if we drive to get milk.

Miller- did you get any storms?

Ellen

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emoticon emoticon Happy Birthday, Marlene emoticon

Good Evening, Team,
Each day I feel a little better. I wake up feeling pretty good, by lunchtime my stomach starts hurting again and by bedtime--I'M READY!! I'm still not sure what is going on with me. DH tries to "stay away" just in case it's "catching".

I did go to the Farm today and managed to ride for about 25 min. I was sad to see a dead deer left in the woods. I'm sure a hunter shot it and "threw it away" as there was no other reason it would have died where I found it. A vulture was "guarding" it. Ask me again why I dislike hunters!

@Shirley - I'm so sorry your husband had such a hard time of it in the ER. I hope he is feeling better. Emergency Rooms don't have very good reputations though I'm sure some are better than others.

@Irene-Great to see you posting. You are always missed.

The City came and took the huge pile of leaves that we had out by the curb. DH was going to rake up some more but instead decided to go down and get some Chinese for dinner. He could tell I wasn't feeling like making anything.


I hope everyone had a great day.
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SHIRLEY, You sure were missed on here! I'm sorry you and Whit have been going through this health scare. They should find out what caused his iron deficiency anemia. That sounds like a symptom of something. He didn't just get it for no reason. When will his blood be tested again? What ever happened at that hospital to turn Whit off in a major way should be reported to the administration. Hopefully, somewhere along the way, you'll get a survey to fill out. Please make sure you let them know what happened so you can spare the next poor soul that is at the staff's mercy. If they don't give you a survey, I would write them a letter anyways. If they're serious about patient satisfaction they should be doing the surveys.

You can take a lesson from Allie, when she was mistreated by the lifeguard at the Y. She reported him and he's not working there anymore.
Also, when I broke my tooth on a hard "foreign substance" in my Life cereal, I wrote them a letter. They paid my dentist bill + $25 and gave me $30 worth of coupons.

At any rate, we're so glad to have you back!!!
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I want to thank all of you who congratulated me on the birth of my first great grandchild, Audrey! You all have a way of making others feel special.

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Good afternoon everyone!

Shirley...I am so glad that you are OK. I missed you as well! Sorry, though, about your husband having to endure the hospital environment for 2 days. I spent some time in the ER a few months ago due to a heart issue and have recent memory of how stressful and upsetting it is! It is so good, though, that things were not worse for your DH! I understand your husband's attitude about his treatment there. When I was in, a very rude nurse was charged with my care. On the positive side, it wasn't worse. emoticon

Irene...I just joined this team but am glad you are back to post. I like the idea of having an Advent tree! While I don't have room for a tree, I do decorate the mantle every year. Maybe I can incorporate this idea there. I have a pen pal who lives in Wallasey. We have been writing to each other since 1963!

Cecile...I'm glad you got your cell phone replaced. Hopefully, it will be up and running today or tomorrow. I first got mine when my dad was ill in 2012 then I kept it for security when I was working. I think I depend on it too much now! I text a lot and use a few apps.

Allie...I hope your chest X-Ray results are good. Positive thoughts sent your way that you will feel better very soon!

Marlene.... emoticon again! Have a great day.

Happy December!
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Good afternoon team:

Miller: Hello, I love your posts.

Marlene: emoticon

Shirley: It sounds like you and your dh have been having quite a time of it. Isn't it nice to be home after all that. You are both in my prayers and I am so glad we all heard from you.

Grace: Hello

Ellen: I am with you in spirit as far as your carpet cleaning goes. I vacuum and I am good to go. My carpets are an ugly brown so you really can't see the dirt very well anyway.

Irene: I hope you enjoyed your lunch today, it is so nice to hear from you again.

Cecile: I hope you are enjoying your new phone. I am still working the kinks out in mine and I love the camera on it.

Cherie: It sounds like you are making great progress with your PT. It makes like much easier for me when I am stronger.

Bonnie: I hope you are feeling better now. You are making a smart move making your own salads from now on.

I have a call into my doctor. He is supposed to call me back later today with the results of my chest x-ray.

I have been spending more time with PB and that is fine with me. I think I finally got her to settle down a bit. We sit in the recliner and watch tv. I got her to stop nipping me. I bought a water bottle and I spray her with it.. It is almost to the point that I just have to reach for the water bottle and she gets real sweet and docile. The cat is still coming over and visiting so I try to give him equal time also. The cat is 14 years old and I had a cat that lived until he was 17. I know they need extra attention at this late stage in their life.

I am trying to rest as much as possible and take my medication as prescribed.and that is really all I can do until this blows over.

I hope everyone is having a good day. Sorry if I missed anyone when I replied to the posts.

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SHIRLEY, I'm so glad to hear from you and to know you're okay. I'm very sorry your husband had to go to the ER and that it was an unpleasant and uncomfortable experience all around. I do hope they gave him what he needed to combat the iron deficient anemia.
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Good Morning Everyone -
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It appears I have missed a couple days posting. My husband went for a routine doctor's visit on Tuesday early, his office called about noon and said he should head for the ER for a blood transfusion that his blood count was dangerously low. I brought him home last night at suppertime. They did an endoscopy and the gastroenterologist was pushing doing a colonoscopy which he refused to have done, and I don't blame him. By this time they'd determined it was iron deficiency anemia and not caused from internal bleeding. Some bad handling of him led to him saying we'd never go back to that hospital. We will see. They gave both of us our supper before we left last night and it was awful. I'd spent a week in the same hospital and can't remember having a problem with the food. I had grilled tilapia, green bean (which were fresh) with almonds and cheese garlic bread. The only thing with any flavor was the cheese garlic bread which was pretty strange . He hadn't had anything to eat in 2 days, but still only ate half his meal, and I didn't do quite as well. Yes, we are most happy that he is home.

Irene - it is good to see you posting here again. It is so good to have you back.

Cecile - it is good to hear you have your new cell phone. While my husband was in the hospital we really put our texting to good use. Being able to keep the entire family informed with just one text really helped. * It is good you won't be alone on Christmas, and also that Val drinks responsibly. I wish everyone was as wise as your granddaughter.

Grace - the previous owner left a very nice carpet cleaner behind, but I've never used it. I have when younger rented them from the store, and even then it was hard work.

Miller and Ellen - thanks for missing me. You now know why I have gone missing. Actually I did write a post one day and the day got so crazy that it didn't get posted.

Ellen - I admire you for cleaning your carpet. As said, it is hard work. * Oh My... me too. Those fires are horrible. If they were started by someone either being careless or mean, I sure hope they get their comeuppance. * Accepting change of any kind isn't easy, and when we realize we just can't do what we used to it is hard. We hear periodically about people like 90 year olds doing yoga, swimming, or running marathons, but what makes them news is that such is rate. A woman on the SP Fitbit team has a mother that is 84, the daughter reported the other day that her mother has 4 part time jobs, She is a minister, fitness instructor, escort at the hospital and works at the library. People ask her her secret. She says it isn't a secret. You need to walk 12 miles a day, don't eat anything processed, fix everything you eat from scratch and enjoy life. * I too put vinegar on my greens, but definitely not the hot pepper sauce that my parents so loved. * I agree that carrots are a better choice than chips, but I doubt those 14 chips are the cause of you gaining weight. It takes 3500 calories to put on a pound. If you ate those 14 chips each day for 7 days that would only equal 980 calories - smile

Cherie - please be careful taking Advil, and follow the instructions on the bottle or your doctor's advice. These meds do help, but they are also hard on our stomachs and livers. We too are having discomfort problems. I'm blaming ours on the weather, and unfortunately the weather isn't going to get any better for some time to come.

Bonnie - I'm glad your appointment was cancelled - as Ellen said driving in pouring rain is the pits - it isn't easy on two lane roads and worse on highways. * So sorry you've been ill, but I sincerely hope you are feeling better now. Our Walmart makes different kinds of individual salads that we find very good, and they give an expiration date on the package. They are a bit pricey, but I find worth it. But given the price of salad bars around here, I would say perhaps they are a bit cheaper.

Marlene - I see you are doing the hospital thing with Walt right now too. I do so hope the tests went well and that you too have him back home.

Allie and Miller - I haven't responded to you but am fearful that if I don't close this post and get it posted that it won't get done. I hope all is well with both of you and your families.

Have a good day and month everyone.

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Irene- great to see you posting here.

Grace- thank you!

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December the first ! Advent time , I like to spread the festivities out as much as possible , my little advent tree is on display . I add an ornament each day unto 25th
I am going to lunch club today. One choice in the menu is turkey etc, I don't want that yet!

Some of this group will be asking .Who's this ?
A member who went astray is slowly getting back on track .
I am near Nottingham in England . It's very cold weather, no snow but heavy frost each night.
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Good evening team sisters!

I received my new cell phone yesterday afternoon around supper time. Val inserted the battery and sim card. The only thing working at the moment is the alarm clock. Good thing because I have an eye appointment in the morning.

I did not do too much today. I'm keeping it all for Friday. Tomorrow I have to contact my provider and discuss this phone with them.

Val had an exam yesterday and today. The teacher told her today she passed. As soon as she was done, she could leave school. She left around 12:30. It was strange having her here during the afternoon. She told me she was going to lie down for a rest. Ha, Ha! She fell asleep around 2 and I woke her up at 4:30. She said that she did not know if it was afternoon or morning.

She has been nursing a cold and I think that is what is making her tired. She told me tonight that she is still recuperating from the week end with Jess.

Shirley - I will not be alone that long on Christmas day. Val is going to supper at her dad's. She will be sleeping there as she knows she will be drinking. My responsible grand-daughter. That will give her some time with her sister.

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MILLER AND ELLEN, Shirley posted on her 80s team this morning, so she's must be OK. She might also be busy putting the stats together for the monthly challenge.
ELLEN, I bought a new carpet cleaner and had to give it away because it was too hard for me to use, with my bad shoulders. You must be pretty strong to use one! Good for you!

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Ellen, I've been concerned about Shirley, too. I hope she's okay. It is unlike her to miss several days - hopefully she's just busy.

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A good day!! But there is a brrrr cold winter north wind this afternoon.

I spent two hours this morning with our home carpet cleaner while my DH was at the eye doctor. When he came home I suggested we go out for lunch and let the carpet dry more. Now it is all clean and dry. So, time to put up the Christmas tree! emoticon

Shirley- I am trying not to concerned about you; you rarely miss two days straight. emoticon

Miller- I hope you are not impacted by the weather system going across the south. I want the rain to put out the fires, but tornadoes are a different story.

Grace- thank goodness I got over the blahs. I hate feeling that way! But I am having to accept that I can't do what I use to do but I want to "do as much as I can for as long as I can".

Mary- I enjoy spicey foods as long as they are not too bad. But I always put vinegar on my greens. Hot sauce might be good. Did you ever eat something called "chow-chow"?
Cecile- I think weather can really, really impact how our bodies feel. As I sad, I had to do yoga Monday morning before I could pull on my socks.

Marlene- I hope this afternoon finds all is well with Walt. These events can be troubling as we age.

Bonnie- I really hate being sick at my stomach. I think it is the worst feeling. I really hope you continue to improve. * Great news that your appointment was delayed. Driving in heavy rain is the pits.

Cherie- i hope you will continue to improve everyday. *we tend to have simple sandwiches for lunch. Sometimes tuna fish or 1/2 cheese sandwich and canned tomato soup. I use to love tuna stuffed in half of a pita bread with bean sprouts. I told my DH today that I'm not eating chips anymore with my sandwich. That 140 calories for 14 chips may be the cause of my weight gain. I bought a bag of baby carrots instead.


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Hi all!

Sorry to hear about your husband Marlene, sounds like things are getting better.

Grace, thank you, I do wear socks to bed all the time. I take a muscle relaxer, advils and ambien at night. then when I wake up to pee, I take more advils. Pt gave me more exercises to do, so I am getting stronger. Yesterday, not only was my shoulder bothering me, but my back, oh lordy!

Stomach problems are nasty...and uncomforttable.

Gonna make Spaghetti tonite, then when it gets cold this weekend, a pot of Chicken soup!
so I have my dinner for the next 4 days. Its daytime eating that I don't know what to eat??? ideas???

I'm trying to get a hold of some of my cousins that I haven't seen since my Moms funeral, Trying to stay in touch before anything like that happens again.

Shirley and everyone , have a nice evening!

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Good Early Afternoon, Team,
We were supposed to go see our financial adviser in Annapolis today but she called to say that the office next to her had a fire so there was a lot of smoke & she'd like to re-schedule. Since it has been pouring down rain all morning, we were glad to not have to drive in it.

I was really sick on Monday. Don't know exactly what it was but DH says he thinks it was food poisoning. Felt like the flu but I did have a flu shot. I was so very cold, felt ragged out and my body ached. I didn't eat much since I wasn't sure I could keep it down. Today I'm feeling much much better. It might have been from the salad bar salad that I eat for lunch nearly every day. So, I'm going to get all the ingredients and make the salads myself. It takes longer but at least I'll know they have been washed well. I've had this kind of sickness before and never could pinpoint exactly what it was.

@Marlene - So sorry to hear that Walt has been in the hospital. I hope you have good news by now.

@Grace - Congrats on your new great grand-daughter. A friend of mine had 2 granddaughters and a great grand son this Summer. She is so happy.

@Peggy - The picture of your view outside your aunt's house is very beautiful. I'm sure it is more breath taking in real life.

@Allie - I'm glad your doctor is taking care of you. Being sick sure isn't fun. I know that all too well from this week!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.
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Good evening team sisters!

The snow is nearly all gone. It looks more like the month of March that November.

Yesterday, the legs were not working properly, Tonight it is the fingers. I don't know if it is the weather but I am certainly not appreciating it. I guess I am not the only one! Change shall come!

I started this post last night. I fell asleep while writing it. When I woke up, the computer had gone to sleep. I just got up from my chair and went to bed.

My fingers do not seem to be working so good again this morning.

I shall be back later.

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Marlene, I'm very sorry to hear about Walt being in the hospital. I'm glad they have him in the cardiac unit where he'll be monitored closely. I hope the stress test goes well tomorrow and everything is okay. I'm glad you got home safely. All my best to you and Walt - you'll be in my thoughts.
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Hello Team Sisters, it is late again, but I may not post for a few days. Walt is in the cardiac unit of the hospital. He was getting stabbing pains around his heart since Sunday. Not constant, but enough that it concerned us/me. We sat in the ER waiting room for several hours. However, he had a pliminary evaluation with blood work, EKG, and a chest x-ray immediately. Once we got back to the examining room three doctors saw him. They all agreed that since he has two stents and his age he should be admitted and given a stress test in the morning. The only symptom he has had most of the day is high blood pressure. Usually that is normal.

It was after eight o'clock when I left the hospital, and they had someone from security drive me to my car. I thanked them profusely. It had rained most of the day and was foggy driving home. I just drove slowly.

Allie, I hope your x-ray is okay. Glad that your son and neighbor are helping you. PB is good company for you.

Peggy, the photo from your aunt's deck is beautiful.

Christmas decorations: I got a few things out last evening. I'm hoping maybe my DD will come down to help me.

Shirley, no I didn't host Thanksgiving dinner. Barbara and Tom setup the club house. It was lovely. I made cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole.

I will try to post an update on Walt tomorrow.

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Hello Team Sisters, it is late again, but I may not post for a few days. Walt is in the cardiac unit of the hospital. He was getting stabbing pains around his heart since Sunday. Not constant, but enough that it concerned us/me. We sat in the ER waiting room for several hours. However, he had a pliminary evaluation with blood work, EKG, and a chest x-ray immediately. Once we got back to the examining room three doctors saw him. They all agreed that since he has two stents and his age he should be admitted and given a stress test in the morning. The only symptom he has had most of the day is high blood pressure. Usually that is normal.

It was after eight o'clock when I left the hospital, and they had someone from security drive me to my car. I thanked them profusely. It had rained most of the day and was foggy driving home. I just drove slowly.

Allie, I hope your x-ray is okay. Glad that your son and neighbor are helping you. PB is good company for you.

Peggy, the photo from your aunt's deck is beautiful.

Christmas decorations: I got a few things out last evening. I'm hoping maybe my DD will come down to help me.

Shirley, no I didn't host Thanksgiving dinner. Barbara and Tom setup the club house. It was lovely. I made cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole.

I will try to post an update on Walt tomorrow.

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ALLIE, I'm glad the doctor gave you the medicine you've had good success with in the past plus the script for the chest x-ray. I'm also glad everyone is being kind and helpful and I hope you get well very soon.
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GRACE, Congratulations on the birth of Audrey!!! I'm very happy for you and your family!!!
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Good evening team! My first great grandchild has arrived (in CT) Since I'm in FL, I won't get to see her until May. She is named Audrey, after Audrey Hepburn. Her Mother's favorite movie is "Breakfast At Tiffany's".

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Good evening team:

Miller: I am glad you looked PB up. I took care of her today and she is such a joy to have right now. We got all comfy and took a nap in the recliner together. It rained pretty hard all day so she couldn't be outside in the yard like she usually does.

I went back to the doctor yesterday. He said he thinks the medicine he prescribed last Friday isn't working. He gave me a script to get a chest x-ray. I am trying a different medication that I suggested to him. I had good success with it in the past. I got up early and went to the wellness center near the local hospital and they took the x-ray. They were so kind and helpful and that made it go a lot better. I made sure I requested a copy of the x-ray for my records.

I will follow up with the doctor as soon as I can get another appointment.

The minister has been calling to make sure I am okay, the woman next door offered to go to the store for me and my son has been a big help. I am usually very independent and don't like a fuss but right now I am enjoying it. I have to realize I am getting older and sometimes I need some help.

Thanks to everyone on the team for your get well wishes and concern.

You all have a good evening.

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Hello to all - I hope everyone is having a good week so far.


ELLEN, I googled Tao Porchon-Lynch and what a vibrant person she is even at 98!! I couldnt believe some of those yoga poses shes able to do!! I spent some time on her website, but also read what Wikipedia had to say. Im not sure Wiki is always completely accurate, but it said she has received three hip replacement surgeries, is a fan of high heel shoes, and has even hiked in them!! I cant imagine doing the things she does, but Im sure a great part of her success is the belief that there is nothing that she cannot do. What an inspiration!!


ALLIE, I had to google Carolina Dogs (even though I live in North Carolina) and Im glad I did. It was very interesting to read about them and to see various photos. *I hope you are on your way to getting well.


MARLENE, I havent been watching the news lately, so I hadnt heard about the Naval officer who died in Syria. I just read about it online, though, and it sounds like he had a long and distinguished career. Im sure its a great comfort to the family to know his body is being escorted. Bless Andrew for his service.


SHIRLEY, my parents used to make hot pepper sauce, too, and would put it on collards and other greens. I prefer to taste my greens as they are, but my husband loves hot pepper sauce and has been known to eat the peppers, too. Of course, he likes hot and spicy food, in general, which is probably why he likes Indian food and I dont. *I remember reading about the victory gardens people grew during WWII. It is amazing that your mother was able to do things such as kill a chicken even though she was from the city. I believe people have a way of rising to challenges and doing what must be done.


YVONNE, Im sorry you lost your log-in streak. *Thank you for explaining the difference between the southern and northern Indian dishes. My husband has two weeks off from work for Christmas and he says hes going to eat at the Indian restaurant every day during his vacation!! (smile) I will look at their menu online and research the different dishes to see which ones are milder. I might like those.


MARY, Im not a fan of winter weather, either, as its often dreary and the cold hurts my arthritis. I wouldnt mind seeing a bit of snowfall this year, though. Here in NC, its pretty rare to have a snowy day and we treasure them when they come.


CHERIE, Im sorry to hear about your daughter getting a divorce - thats always so sad. My nephew and his wife recently separated after 20 years of marriage. *I do think a lot of people get depressed around the holidays. Maybe its a combination of the cold bringing on aches and pains, the short days and less daylight, plus the stress of extra expenses. I also think many people get their expectations up really high hoping for a perfect Christmas and then theyre disappointed. I know that has happened to me in the past.


PEGGY, the scene from your Aunts deck is very beautiful!!


GRACE, how exciting about the impending birth of your first great-grandchild!! Thats wonderful news!! Please keep us updated. *I do think youre smart to remind yourself that you can still go to the gym - so many people cant or wont. I stopped going to the wellness center last year and havent been back since. I so admire you for all the exercise you do!!!



We're making some progress on decorating for Christmas. My daughter is doing most of it, which is a nice change. I went shopping at Target today and couldn't find several items I wanted. I guess the Black Friday shoppers bought everything. I'll have to go back later or do some online ordering.

I stopped on the way home and bought some take-out Brunswick stew for dinner. It was very tasty and just as good as my mother's, which is really saying something, as she was an excellent cook.

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Good afternoon team!

Im trying to do several things at once: research the Rug Doctor, read up on Tao Lynch, write this post and most importantly, texting back and forth to my DD about the impending birth of my first great grandchild. The Mommy is in the hospital right now. Im way behind in posting again. I dont know how that keeps happening to me.

CHERIE, Im sorry youre still having trouble sleeping with that shoulder. Do you take anything for pain at night? Can you wear a light pair of socks to bed? Thats what I do when it gets cold.
I was just reading a newspaper article called The Stress of Pain VS the Pain of Stress. It did say that quality sleep is essential but elusive. Chronic pain can be very depressing if its not controlled some how. With my doctors blessings, I take 25mgs of Unisom, 650 mgs of Tylenol and 220 mgs Advil at bedtime every night and I usually sleep alright, unless Ive been to the gym. That will cause an achy crampy night even with all those meds.
A pet dog or cat might help you feel better, however, they cost money on a weekly basis, which is why my DH doesnt want any.

MARY, Thank you for the BD wishes. They are always appreciated no matter when they arrive! (smile).
Congratulations on reaching your first goal! Thats got to be encouraging.
I havent been to Michigan but I did spend the summer in Chicago, when I was 6 years old, visiting an aunt. The only thing I remember about the trip is being taken on the EL (elevated train) every day and getting motion sickness and them buying a new dress every day. It sounds kind of dumb doesnt it, but I digress.

CECILE, I love reading about your time with Val and Jess. These girls are keeping you young!

ELLEN, Yes, I can relate to your blahs. Sometimes the energy is just not there. Last night while I was at the gym, I was getting discouraged about the fact that I make no progress there anymore. And then I thought to myself. But Im still able to go to the gym and Im not sinking back too fast. But Im amazed at how weak Ive become. When I get on a machine and start to lift, I always second guess what weight I have on because its always too heavy and I cant lift anything less because the machine wont go any lower in weight.
Im checking out the 98 year old yoga instructor. I watched her on YouTube but had the sound muted because Don had his football game on, so I want to hear it again with the sound on.

PEGGY, Good luck with your Cave Creek painting getting juried. Your paintings ARE beautiful!

YVONNE, Sorry you broke your log-in streak. That is so maddening when that happens. Ive come so close to doing that. Ive had to get back out of bed and do it because Id forgotten to do it while I was still up.
About hot cuisines vs cold ones I once read that the hotter the climate, the spicier the food was, to cover up food that might be going bad. In colder climates the food is more bland because spoilage doesnt happen so fast.
Im assuming that Jay is feeling pretty good since hes out cleaning up the leaves. I pray that my assumption is correct! Have a good visit with your son!

SHIRLEY, Im sorry to read that you also have sleep issues. Maybe a day time nap will take some of the pressure off feeling so sleep deprived.


MARLENE, Im so sorry to read about Andrews connection to the fallen soldier. I will pray that he stays out of harms way.

ALLIE, Im glad that youre finally on the mend. All that coughing can be so exhausting. Thats interesting about PBs pedigree. Ive never heard of a Carolina dog.

BONNIE, I bet youre tired and achy after raking all those leaves! We dont have to deal with falling leaves. When leaves start to fall we head south and hire a neighbor to rake them up for us. And, as Ive said before, I have to give you tons of credit for continuing to walk even when it gets cold out. Anything under 60 degrees is a deal breaker for me. I know, Im a whimp. (smile)

MILLER, I hope you can stay warm and toasty with that freezing weather! My Father used to raise chickens and would cut their heads off on a block of wood, with an ax. It never bothered me when I was little. It was just part of growing up on a farm. Now, it sounds very barbaric and gruesome to me.

LINDA, When my 3 DDs were small, I made all their clothes and all my maternity clothes. Now, I dont even want to sew on a button.

I hope everyone has a good evening!

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Happy Tuesday

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Hi all!

I feel good today! Sun is shining!, The rest of the past weekend was rough, I couldn't sleep thru the nite, one nite , up every hour. I still toss and turn from shoulder. My toes are always cold.Even when I'm warm. Go figger.
Pt gave me strength exercises to do yesterday, whew! But I still can't go to chiro for my lower back, so that still bothers me.

Our tires are good for trip, Just need to get oil change this week. Then I had to change my appt. around.

Is it me, or do the aches and pains, and being short of monies for holidays bring on depression? Is so hard to be upbeat.

We would like a pet, not ready for one yet. Both of us have had dogs. But Some of these people here have big dogs in the apartments, Cruel to the dogs.

My oldest daughter who lives in CA, has a 3 yr old and shes 45, is getting a divorce, so sad to see the pics on FB. They were a great couple. But he's younger than her...

Have a nice day everyone!

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Good morning everyone!

It rained all night here. emoticon The dampness and cool temps aggravate my arthritis and makes for a dreary sky. The weatherman said the rain will stop today and the temp will go up, so that's good. November in Michigan has been warmer than usual. I keep thinking that once it gets really cold we're in for it till spring! I am not a fan of winter weather.

Grace.....I see by the list that I missed your birthday. Happy Belated! emoticon emoticon

Marlene.....Your birthday is coming up soon. Happy Birthday to you as well! emoticon emoticon

Ellen....I am glad you were able to make it to bible study, albeit late. It's been years since I've been to a formal bible study, though I remain spiritual. I'm assuming it's arthritis that bothers you. Mine gets worse in the winter months. Yoga sounds like it would help me as well. It's been a few years since I tried it. emoticon

Yvonne....It's aggravating to forget to log in to SP. I once went over 350 days then forgot one day and broke the streak! SO annoying! emoticon ** I've never tried Indian food, assuming it was all too spicy. To me, if spicy food makes my mouth burn it takes all the fun out of eating! emoticon Also, GERD would hold me back as well. Is there Indian food that is less spicy?

Have a lovely day, everyone!

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Good evening team sisters.

Laundry is done, folded and put away! What a feeling!

I did not do my pt today. I had five loads to do. When I went downstairs it was fine But coming up was a different story. By the time I was up, my legs felt as if they were going to give out. I found out on the news they are warning us that we may get icy rain. Explanation understood!


This afternoon Val had an information session at the Unemployment office. She came home at 2:30. She began to unlock the back door as I was coming up the stairs. I was on the landing actually. We both screamed. We both scared each other. It gave us a good laugh!

I had collected the garbage in the house. The green bag was by the door. I told her I could not do it this week. She said it was okay. She took it out and the recycling. She then brought the recycling and compost bins out to the curb.

Tomorrow I am supposed to get my new phone. I asked Val to wake me before she goes to school. She leaves at 6:45. I nearly told her that was the middle of the night for me.

She has a big exam tomorrow and it finishes on Wednesday. She did some work today but said she had to stop otherwise she would not have anything to do in class on Thursday as she is nearly all done.

We discussed the week end and Val said she really enjoyed it. It was too bad she was not feeling well. She has a cold. She had chills meaning she was feverish. It was not very high but enough to bug her. At one point she told me she had sore ears. She did say she was feeling much better today. Let's hope the worst is passed.

Good night, sweet dreams and sleep tight! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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

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I am trying to be positive today but for some reason I feel draggggggggggyyyyyyyy
Does anyone else have days like this? I bet you all do! I woke up at 8 AM and realized I only had an hour+ to pull myself out of bed, make coffee, drink coffee and try to wake up enough to jump in the shower, eat breakfast and rush to Bible Study. THEN, I couldnt put on my socks! My hips were hurting so bad I couldnt bend. So, I had to do 5 minutes of yoga so I could limber up enough to put on my socks! They had already started by the time I got there, but I enjoyed it. After lunch I talked to my sister who is three years older than me since she always has SO much energy. I thought maybe she could give me some. She did. I am now washing a couple load of clothes (well, actually, the machine is; Im just typing this post).

I couldnt believe the traffic today! I drove by Walmart and it looked as if everyone thought it was still Black Friday. Im glad I didnt need to go there today.

Allie- I love the sound of a Carolina dog. Im not sure why but it brings up images of the swamps of North and South Carolina or maybe the fields and woods. So, interesting that this is a breed! I must google it to find out more of the history. I hope you continue to improve with your cough.

Cecile- you week-end with the girls sounds wonderful! What fun!! It is good that they have a place to go and enjoy themselves so much.

Marlene- I pray for your GS as he does this hard task. I feel for the family of the service man killed. Life is hard.

Shirley- my younger sisters step-son has an 18 month old and because they live in a new neighborhood, he has never see piles of leaves. His parents took him to a park and he was delighted to watch the leaves, crunch them, and toss them in the wind.

Mary- Shirley gave me the WORD idea also. So, unless I am VERY lazy and want to post from my iPad and post constantly, I always use WORD. Losing a long comment is the pits!

Yvonne- your comment about southern and northern Indian food makes perfect sense. I saw an Indian restaurant close to our new favorite Chinese restaurant and maybe I can talk my DH to trying that one. He could ask if a dish is hot before he orders.

Shirley- I dislike beets and my DH likes them. I wonder if there is something about the smell that I dislike.

Peggy- I cant imagine jumping in a hole cut in an ice covered pond. That sounds like torture! * I so hope your painting makes it in the show! This is so exciting.


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Happy Monday

Shirley, I have only been to Houghton Lake once and that was for the Tip-up Town Festival. It is held in January and the weather was very crisp like 23 below 0. They had softball on the lake and snocats going. But the main attraction was cutting a large hole in the ice with scuba divers in the water trying to keep it from freezing over again. People paid to jump in and swim to the ladder to get out. Tom and I decided when we saw the defibrillator arrive that even if we had a inkling of an idea to do this, that would have changed our minds. They did have warming tents.

I am still looking for my pictures.

Art class today and I finished the picture that I hope gets juried in for the Cave Creek Art Show that is held in May. It had to be a painting of the Cave Creek Desert Preserve. Photo later.

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Just a couple of quick comments before I shut this machine down for the day.

Mary - you are most welcome. I don't know how I'd manage any longer without using a Word document to help me with posts.

Yvonne - thanks a million for explaining about Indian cuisine. I like the taste of curry unless used too heavily. I think I might enjoy milder Indian cooking. We eat Chinese quite often, and they have some dishes that are Very Hot as well. My mother was one who cooked a variety of dishes and in my family you ate what was on the table without complaint. I very much like beets now, but went for years where the smell literally made me feel sick at my stomach. They were a favorite vegetable of my parents and it took them years before they realized I wasn't pretending to be sick. Mother said when I was pregnant with my first child that even if I hadn't told her I was pregnant that she would have known because I was eating beets - smile. I can thank my parents for not being a finicky eater, and willing to try new things.

Have a good evening everyone and sleep well.

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That face is because I didn't log on to Spark People yesterday. We were gone all day, and I simply didn't remember when we got home. I thought about it once.... in the middle of worship service!!! Color me aggravated.


ELLEN, the Indian restaurant that got us hooked on Indian food has proven to be one of the best ever. We've tried a few others that didn't begin to compare (although the Columbia one did). The Plano restaurant menu differentiated between southern and northern dishes. The southern ones were HOT and the northern ones much more mild. The dishes at the Columbian restaurant were all very mild... no heat at all. Perhaps if you try another Indian restaurant, you'll find some milder choices. BONNIE, one of the dishes was simply chunks of chicken in a kind of gravy, flavored with Indian spices, of course. It was so delicious to this Midwest girl that I think anyone would like it. I grew up on either fried chicken or roast beef every Sunday so I'm familiar with those who don't want to venture outside the box. My dad thought he was one of them, but we eventually nudged him into trying other foods. He never did eat mustard, though. (smile)

I really don't have time to write more now. Our son is coming this weekend and the guest bedroom has the entire contents of the closet spread around the room, a good chance for me to organize and toss. Have to get started, though. Jay's gone for a lab test so I have some free time before he comes home and entices me into watching TV.... I'm very easy that way. LOL!

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Hi Shirley!

What a fantastic idea! Why didn't I think of this? emoticon I was jotting notes on paper but pulling up a word or note document makes a lot of sense! emoticon

emoticon and I will post soon.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Marlene - my sleep problem is just the opposite of yours. Not only do I wake up every 1-2 hours during the night, but I wake up at 4 or 5 and can't get back to sleep. By 7 o'clock at night I'm ready for bed. No I don't go to bed until 9, and by the time when I lie down I'm most grateful and go right off to sleep. * It sounds like you indeed had a Happy Thanksgiving. Did you host all those people? My hat goes off to you if you did, as I sure couldn't handle that any longer. * Yes, I did see where that sailor lost his life. I will indeed pay attention should they televise his homecoming. And I want to thank Andrew once again for his service.

Cecile - I really enjoyed reading your accounting of your weekend with your granddaughters. You mentioned Jess creaming you in that board game by getting all the big numbers. I play a game on my iPad with my daughter called "Words With Friends." I too always lose, and as frustrating as that can be, I do enjoy the game and being able to do something with my daughter who lives 700 miles away. Not only is she a very skillful player, but she tends to get letters that will play when I don't fare so well - smile. * You and my husband would really get along well as he too likes the kind of movies you do. I saw the original Independence Day and Star Trek at the movies and enjoyed them both, but have no desire to see either of the remakes. * You mentioned the girls spending Christmas with their dad, but didn't say how you are spending Christmas. Hopefully Chantal will see to it that you don't spend it alone. * I'm doing laundry today too. * So sorry to hear about your accident with your cell phone, but happy to hear that your provider won't charge you to replace it.

Allie - interesting story about PB's breed. She will get about the size of our Springer Spaniel which is a nice size. A bit larger than we can handle easily now, but still a nice size. * It is good to hear you are feeling better, and that your cough has eased off. I think my husband's cough is better too, but his has been going on for weeks, so it is way past time for it to be gone. * Thank you for the compliment. * I hope your son brought you some soup, etc., and that you are feeling better today. I'm glad you are going to the doctor today. As for a thorough exam, I haven't had one in years. I know that Medicare will pay for one yearly, and I sometimes wonder if my doctor bills them for such when all he and his assistant do is check my vitals.

Ellen - that 98 year old yoga instructor is indeed amazing. I like her way of thinking too. * Re movies - with your husband's sciatica, I'll bet he couldn't set that long in a theater either. * We had wooden floors for a number of years, and I was so happy when we got carpet. This was when my children were growing up. I love the look, but find wooden floors to be noisy.

Bonnie - as said, I miss having trees in my yard, but not the leaf raking. At our previous house I finally broke down and bought me a leaf vacuum. I liked it, but the bag on my shoulder would get very heavy and have to be emptied often; twigs would get caught in the motor, and I'd have to stop, take the thing apart to free the twig, and in the end I wasn't sure if it wasn't easier just to rake by hand. In New Jersey we had 5 century old oak trees on our small lot which was a blessing in the summer living in a 2 story house without air conditioning, but oh did I have a lot of leaves to clean up in the fall. I was young then, so where a lot of work, I could handle it well. * Thank you for explaining about your rotating antenna. As said, I've never known about those before. If you are pleased with the quality of your picture that's all that matters, and I'm sure is much cheaper than cable or satellite. We get HD (high definition) on ours. Some time I can see the difference (when we lose it for some reason), but my husband notices it right away. As said I guess it boils down to what makes a difference to us. Oh I do remember the TV screens turning to snow or having static. * I'm glad you got your walk in.

Miller - it was 29 degrees yesterday this time and 50 today and very cloudy. Crazy weather can't decide what it wants to do. When my dad was in the service, and near the time the war ended, although we lived in the city much of our back yard was a garden, called a Victory Garden back then, and we had chickens. I only saw my mother kill a chicken once, and I hope to never see such again. My mother had to do much in her lifetime that she never thought she'd have to do, I'm sure. My mother was a city girl, so how she knew how to do such I will never know. Perhaps at some point my dad's mother taught her. * Re Indian food - today it seems restaurants all think people like hot foods. I do enjoy well seasoned foods, but foods that burn my mouth I've never enjoyed. My mother and daddy loved making what they called pepper sauce. Daddy grew these tiny hot peppers that were as hot as the fires of Hades. They would marinade them in vinegar and pour the vinegar on cabbage and other greens. I've seen them both take a bite of those hot little peppers too. Not me!
Mary - emoticon emoticon emoticon I join the others in congratulating you on reaching your first goal. Boasting, as Ellen said, is allowed on this team - we celebrate when one of us achieves or has something good happen to them, and we grieve or are unhappy when someone has something bad happen in their lives. We on this team All know how hard it is to rid ourselves of weight and how very easy it is to gain it back if not careful. Your estimate of what you save not having cable is pretty close. * We pay about $1500 a year for satellite and that includes Home Box Office and Netflix. As said, for us it is worth it. We no longer travel, go to movies, ballgames, etc. This is our only entertainment. * Many of us when posting pull up a Word document and type responses as we read the posts. Before I learned to do this I had a little note pad and jotted myself notes of who said what as I read the posts. But just so you know, I'm thinking you are doing very well remembering who is who. We won't even get into one's brain/memory going south - smile.

Peggy - I like for priests to give worthwhile sermons, but not teach Bible study from the pulpit. Integrating some laughter or personal stories in sermons does keep the congregation's interest, and I think helps us to remember the things in the sermon that the priest wants us to remember. * I hope you do post the pictures from the UP. We never saw it in the fall, since we visited in the summer. We loved spending time at Houghton Lake, and a time or two went further north on day trips. One of my favorites was visiting a lighthouse in the middle of nowhere on Lake Superior. As said, I could have happily spent the rest of my life living in Michigan. While we lived further south in Trenton, I think I would have preferred to have lived somewhere in the Houghton Lake area or perhaps further north. Our friends have two houses - one in Trenton and one right on the lake in Houghton Lake.

Have a good day everyone and a very good week ahead.

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Hello Team Sisters. I'm sure most of you are sleeping. I don't know what is my problem , but I am having trouble for the last week getting to sleep at night. So here I am.

I read the posts daily. Sounds like everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. Ours was very nice. There were 16 of us plus a three week old infant.

Allie, I am so sorry this you are ill. I hope the antibiotics are relieving the congestion.

You may have seen on the news that a naval officer lost his life in Seria on Thanksgiving. His stateside base was where our grandson Andrew is stationed. Andrew received a call while with his parents to be back in Virginia by Sunday am to fly to Delaware to escort the officer's body back to Virginia. They sometimes televise those services? If any of you see it on the news know that my DGS is there. I pray nightly for Andrew's safety. His duties are the same as the officer's were.

I am going to make a trip to the bathroom and hope I can go to sleep after I'm back in bed.

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Good evening team sisters.

I did not write much last night because it was after midnight and I was tired.

I spent the most wonderful week end with my girls! Jess arrived on Friday as scheduled. My daughter was in a very good mood. I had helped Val to get ready for Jess by going in the basement and bringing up the inflatable mattress and I also brought up the Monopoly game. I ran the swiffer wet on the living room floor to make it cleaner and more inviting.

Val went to the store Saturday morning for a few things that Jess wanted. While she was gone, Jess asked if she could use my computer. Of course I said yes. When Val came back we had an early lunch. Val had won a free make up draw from Mary Kay. The appointment was Saturday afternoon.

While she was gone, Jess and I played a game of YUM. She creamed me. I just could not get the big numbers where she got them all. We only played one game. That was fine with me. Then, on her cell phone she showed me a game she plays at home on her PlayStation 4. She told me we can download on the computer. When she comes here, there is absolutely nothing that belongs to her. I told her to go ahead and download the game and I would pay for it. Her eyes got really big and she said: Really Grand ma! Sure why not.

For supper, we ordered pizza. It was a good thing we did not have heavy dates. We all had garlic dips! After we were done and I had washed the dishes, it was pj time. We had planned on watching a movie. Going through the menu there were two that we three wanted to see. I told the girls it was their choice. They could not make up their minds. One was Independence day 20 years later and the other was Star Trek the new movie. I told them we could watch the two of them. That made their day! Mine too as I love those kinds of movies.

Today we all slept in late. None of us had breakfast. We had brunch. Val made up pancakes and bacon.

All too soon it was time to leave. Mom and partner came to pick her up. I did confirm with my daughter that they are coming for supper on New Year's Eve. Jess and Val are doing Christmas at their dad's. Val told me that since she will be drinking, she will be sleeping over there. Then on the 26th, Jess is going to her mom's for a shower. The dad and girlfriend both smoke and Jess said she smells like a cigarette when she comes out of there. After her shower, she coming to spend the week. She is going home with mom on the 31st. I am looking so forward to it!

That was a week end that went like a wink!

Tomorrow is laundry day and recycle day. Should keep me out of trouble for a while.

Oh yes! I did have a bad luck happen on Friday morning. I had a cell phone that flips closed. I dropped it on my hard wood floor and it broke in two. Needless to say, it does not work anymore. I called my provider and they are sending me a replacement for free! I am to get it on Tuesday. I asked Val to wake me before leaving for school. It the delivery man gets no answer at the door, he leaves a card with a phone number and they tell you where to to pick it up. I don't want that.

Good night, sweet dreams and sleep tight! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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

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Good evening team:

I wanted to explain about PB, the new puppy my grandchildren adopted. They brought her home from the SPCA on 9/11/16, she was 12 weeks old. My dil said she was part german shepard. Someone else kept researching her because she and her brothers and sisters had been brought up from North Carolina to save them from being put down and they didn't believe she was part german sheperd.

Fast forward on Thanksgiving Day I was told she is a Carolina Dog. They are landrace dogs and they were rediscovered running wild and they lived in isolated stretches of longleaf pines and cypress swamp in the South Eastern United States. When I looked at the pictures they looked almost exactly like PB. When I look at PBs' muzzle and the pix of the Carolina dog does look like a german shepherd and that might be where the confusion came in. Well at least now I know she won't get much bigger then 40 pounds. It also helps me understand her temperament now that I know what she is.

Anyway I am not coughing as much right now and I am going to turn in early. I appreciate all the goodies and the concern about me being sick. Thank you all.

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Google Tao Porchon-Lynch. She is a 98 year old yoga teacher. Amazing!! Her advice- every morning, tell yourself "This is going to be the best day of my life". Be fearless, the word can't shouldn't be in your vocabulary.

I'm reading the most charming book, "Martha's Vineyard, Isle of Dreams" by Susan Branch.

Yvonne- that is what the "islanders told Susan Branch to do with her leaves, except it was to let the winter winds blow them into the woods. *indian food- I love it!! My DH finds it too hot. But maybe he could find milder dishes????

Allie- I am so sorry you are so sick. Please keep us updated.

Linda- how interesting about all your sewing machines. I have never be great at sewing. My high school home economics teacher remarked in my third year about a blouse I made that if I was a freshman, she would have given me a A.

Shirley- I think it has been over ten years since we went to the movies. My DH could not sit that long, most likely.

Mary- YEA! emoticon Achieving your goal is great and do boost here. You inspire the rest of us that it can be done! * My sister told me today that her daughter in NC said she needed to visit them in the fall because the fall colors were beautiful. Her daughter moved to Charlotte from Amarillo Texas. A big change!
* I agree about cable. I think if left to me I would go to basic. 30 minutes a day of news is all I need. But then I think about other channels, so maybe not. It is our primary source of entertainment.


Miller- I love wooden floors and sometimes wish we had more but then waxing them is a challenge. So, maybe not....

Peggy- I look forward to your photos. *do you take I40 when you drive back? We drive it twice a year from Oklahoma City to Amarillo.

Bonnie- I introduced spices and herbs to my DH and the last time we went to Penzys Spice store he spent $98. I created a monster. emoticon But what he cooks is delicious. My advice is to try new recipes and be brave. You might like everything but you won't know until you try.

Cecile- can't wait to hear about the big week-end.

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Good Evening, Team,
DH spent most of the afternoon continuing the leaf raking and I took a walk. My back and shoulders have been hurting after helping him with the leaves for 2 days. I needed a break.

@Allie - I hope you are getting better. It isn't fun being sick during the holidays. You need to be home and taking care of yourself, not trying to keep yourself up and enjoying your family-even though that is what you want to do. For some reason I envisioned PB as a "small" dog--not German Shepard size. Interesting story about what Carolina Shepards are.

@Shirley - Our rotating antenna has an inside box that is beside our TV. If the picture isn't good we can turn the dial and rotate the antenna. Usually DH gets it in what he calls the "Sweet Spot" and we don't have to rotate it at all. The TV's today seem to have great picture quality and I'm not sure cable or satellite makes that much difference. I can't imagine our TV picture needing to be any clearer than it is. If the channel has trouble transmitting--the picture just goes black. No "static" or "snow" like the old TV's used to have.

@Yvonne - Sounds like you and Jay had a nice trip. Although I know spices are supposed to be very healthy (and I wish I knew how to use them in meals). DH would NEVER eat Indian food. I'm much more inclined to try new things than he is.

Well, the walk in the cold air is starting to make me feel very tired so I'd better close. I hope everyone had a great day.
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Hello all. I've really enjoyed reading everyone's posts.

MARY, Congratulations on reaching your first goal!! Thats wonderful and even more so, considering were in the midst of the holidays when most people (like me!) gain weight.

SHIRLEY, Brrr!! 29 degrees and a frozen bird bath definitely sound like winter. Its gotten down to the 30s here, but we havent dropped to the twenties yet. *Im sorry to hear about your husbands persistent cough and I hope the doctor can help. *We have Cablevision through Time Warner Cable. We dont like the cost, but since its our primary source of entertainment, we think its worth it, too. We also have Netflix. *Like you, I dont think I could kill an animal for meat, though I really enjoy eating meat. My mother had to kill chickens from the time she was nine years old until she left home, but after moving to the city and buying chickens from the grocery store for decades, she often said she didnt think she could kill a chicken if she had to and really didnt know how she ever did. I suppose its because she had to do it and it was a normal part of living on the farm.

ALLIE, Im sorry youre so sick and I hope you feel better very soon. Im glad youre getting a respite from taking care of your grandsons, as Im sure you dont feel up to it just now. If youre not better soon, I hope you can see the doctor. Take care.

PEGGY, I love coffee cake - Im sure the folks at art class will enjoy it!!

ELLEN, well done on hand waxing your hardwood floors!! I remember my parents doing that when I was young. When my husband and I had hardwood floors put it our first home, the man said they had a finish that didnt require waxing. I think it was polyurethane. We only stayed in that house a few years and I still miss those floors. *Your crocuses, hyacinths and alliums will be something nice to look forward to.

CECILE, it sounds like you and your granddaughters had a good visit together.

BONNIE, I dont think Id like to see the hunters with their kills, either. My brother hunted a few times when he was young, but people in my family mostly fish. *Like Shirley, I always thought twins were very close, too. Its interesting that your DHs twin brothers dont get along well. I suppose they feel competitive with each other.

CHERIE, Im glad youre going to get to spend time with your family in December - Im sure youll enjoy that very much.

YVONNE, Im sorry your turkey meal was disappointing, but its great you found some good Indian food on your trip. My husband loves Indian food and spent part of one of his vacation days this week going to his favorite Indian restaurant. Ive been with him a couple of times, but I dont enjoy it like he does. I guess I need to keep trying it - maybe it would grow on me?

LINDA, I hope youre able to get the sewing machine you want at the Habitat store. Your mention of the treadle machine gave me a happy memory of my grandmothers treadle sewing machine. When I was a little girl, I loved playing with it.



Things have been quiet at my house. My husband and daughter did help me get the Christmas decorations down from the attic on Saturday. So far, the Christmas wreath is above the fireplace and the lighted tree is up with no ornaments on it. Still, it's a start.

Today has been quite chilly, but it's supposed to warm up on Tuesday and Wednesday with rain showers and even the chance of thunderstorms. My parents used to say that when it thundered in winter, it meant it would snow within 10 days. I'd like to get a little bit of snow. It's lovely to see it fall.

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

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Good afternoon ladies! emoticon

I am proud to say that my first goal has been reached! My weight hit a plateau a couple of weeks ago but the weigh-in this morning showed that I have gone below that "magic number". I'm happy and wanted to boast. emoticon

Allie -- I sure do hope you are feeling better soon! emoticon It seems like you have been feeling bad for while now. Hopefully, you can see a good physician soon and get this illness gone!

Peggy and Ellen -- I was born and raised in Michigan. Yes, the fall colors here can be spectacular! If you time it right, the landscape going north is quite beautiful. I still live in the Detroit area so the colors reach us almost last. We have a good friend living in Tawas and the trees are gorgeous when we visit him. My DH and I have driven through Virginia and North Carolina as our son was stationed at Cherry Point. (He was a Marine.) This is also a very beautiful area. emoticon emoticon

When I was about 7 years old my mother taught me how to sew on her machine. emoticon I grew to love it and in the late 60's and early 70's I made almost all of my clothes and also made clothes for my daughter. I haven't made clothing in decades but did spend about 12 years making quilts. That was more fun for me than making clothes! There are a few quilts around that I designed as I went. I've also done most kinds of needlework and right now am knitting to pass the time.

We haven't had cable TV for a few years now. The rates kept going up while the frequency of commercials did the same. Even the premium channels started running commercials along with seemingly endless re-runs. I started calling the cable fees "insult to injury" for having so little to watch. We now have indoor antennas attached to the TVs. It usually works well in our area in the front room and bedroom but the TV in the family room has bad reception with the weather doesn't cooperate. For the amount of time we have the TV on, it's a fair trade-off. I do miss some of the channels sometimes if there's a special on, but we probably save about $1,000.00 a year!

I hope I got your names right. It's a challenge to keep up with my memory going south! emoticon

I wish everyone a blessed Sunday.

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Happy Sunday

Every now and then we have a visiting priest who I think looks and sometimes acts like George Goebel. He was quite funny this morning but a good sermon. He threw in some things just to see if we were all asleep.

Ellen, I have pictures I took of the UP when Tom and I took my mother up there in 2007. The colors were at their prime. I still have cousins there and one lives on Boot Jack road which is very colorful. She has a log home on the lake in Lake Linden. I will post the pictures when I find them.

Yvonne, you escape sounded nice. We are driving to Iowa for Christmas instead of flying this year and that will be our little get away.

Cheri? Tom took our car to the mechanic to get it all checked out for our trip. He told us to get new tires as they are a little worn. We got them at Costco after we compared prices with other tire places. The SUV is 11 years old with almost 120,000 miles.

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Good morning team:

Shirley: I so love reading your posts.

Hello to everyone else on the team. While I am stuck in my house trying to get better, the posts are keeping me connected.

I called my son and asked him to please bring me soup, crackers, juice and kleenex. He is supposed to drop the boys off at their Mothers today. I told him how sick I was and I don't seem to recovering as well as I thought.

I told him I am going back to the doctor Monday morning. I was supposed to take care of the boys tomorrow but I told my son I couldn't take care of them. I don't know if what I have is catching or my COPD is flaring up again.

I know I need a doctor to give me a good examination. When I went to my doctors last Friday they just refilled my meds from last month when I was sick like this, only this time it seems worse. I found out they don't have any doctors in on Fridays, so I took what I could get.

I am done venting and thank you all for listening.

I hope everyone has a good day and a nice Sunday.

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Happy Sunday All -

Cecile - Oh My... I do hope you didn't have a problem with your girls this weekend. We will look forward to hearing your story.

Linda - I never had a career, just jobs off and on for a few years - I'd have outside jobs for a few years, then be a stay-at-home mom for a few years, and then back in the workplace. After my last full time job, I would get antsy to go back into the workplace and would look for part time jobs, by this time my children were grown and out on their own. I went to work in an office where a close friend had worked for years, and that did it for me. When I left that job I had no desire whatsoever to Ever go back into the workplace unless it was a case of have to. Sometimes bosses and co-workers can be the pits, that's for sure. My daughter did much as you did stretched her career out until she paid off some niceties like an in ground swimming pool, landscaping and a big shop for her husband. She really didn't retire but left a high stress career for a job with less stress. She retired from a large hospital where she'd worked since she was 18 as a nurse and for years as a Director. She is now teaching nursing at a near by college. * I used to sew also, and liked it. For years I made most of my clothes and my daughters as well as some things for my son when he was preschool age. It sounds like you will have plenty to keep you busy when you retire.

Yvonne - sometime back I decided to start sewing again. At that time I hadn't really stopped, but sewing had become just to make a banner once or twice for the church, mend or the like. I realized in visiting fabric shops how fabrics had changed as well as machines and other tools to make sewing easier. At that time I owned 3 machines and certainly didn't need a fourth, but the new ones seemed to do so much more. I went looking for a sewing class for the prime purpose of learning new techniques, fabrics and tools that were then being used. I found no classes. I did find one class at a sewing machine store, but it was only for quilting, and that isn't what I was looking for. * Your Thanksgiving and trip to Columbia sounded quite nice. * FaceTime is one of our messaging options on our iPhones. I don't know a lot about it, since I've never initiated it, but unless I'm badly mistaken, I think the recipient of the call must have FaceTime as well as the initiator in order for it to work. Yes, it is a Very nice feature. When my daughter visited my brother who's in a nursing home, she was able to FaceTime so we could see one another talk to one another much like using Skype. They were at the stadium when she FaceTimed us and we got to speak to all the family. * I like sports and have enjoyed going to stadiums from time to time. I was both a soccer and swimming mom. But I'm not one who enjoys watching sports on TV, although, as said, loved going to live games. That being said with a husband, son and daughter who are Big followers, I do keep up with what's going on - somewhat smile. I think I would like your California son. * I agree puppies and old people aren't a good mix, but we are in our 80s and have a puppy who will soon be a year old, and we are doing just fine. My son has Australian Shepherds, and I have a friend that knows lots about Border Collies, has a couple, plus I think still enters them in competitions. So let me know when you are ready and I will see if either my son or she can point you to a good breeder. * Deep fried turkey always sounded like it would be the worst thing possible for us to eat. My son with his very trim family has fried them, and I had a doctor once that did the same. So they must not be too bad.

Ellen - I think we all have our priorities when it comes to what we can afford and what we can't. My husband and I grew up going to the movies by ourselves from the time we were young children. I was 10 and doing so, and perhaps did so when I was younger. Parents today wouldn't think of allowing their children to do such. My mother and I enjoyed very much listening to stories on the radio as I was growing up. TVs had been in homes long before my family got its first one. After my husband retired, we went to the movies once a week, until the movies got so bad (for our taste) that we stopped. Why I go into all of this is to let you know why we are willing to spend the money for quality TV. My bladder isn't what it once was, bad knees and back make it hard to sit in a theater for 3 hours any longer, plus although the sound can pretty much blast you out of the theater, understanding the dialogue isn't always possible for me any longer. So watching movies or TV shows at home with closed captioning is a must.

Cherie - your Thanksgiving sounded very nice, except for the sinus headache of course. * That is good news indeed that you will be able to go to Michigan and be with your children for Christmas. I'm happy for you.

Bonnie - I eat meat and enjoy it, but I'm the first to say if I had to kill an animal to eat, I'm not sure I could. My son and son-in-law love to hunt, but they both eat what they kill. Both are animal lovers, especially my son, and I can't imagine how he can see the face of a deer and still shoot it. * How interesting about your husband's twin brothers fighting with one another. I thought twins were usually very close. Now I have little experience with twins, but this is my understanding. * I'm not sure I've ever heard of a rotating TV antenna. Perhaps such gives you very good reception. Our last antenna was in our attic. Of course satellite isn't perfect either. Thunderstorms and heavy snows can keep us from getting reception at all. As for all the TV channels available to us - we have a customized list of the channels we prefer that we work from and it is tiny compared with what is available to us. When we had cable we subscribed to Showtime, Home Box Office, and Cinemax, but found we didn't watch them enough to warrant the cost. My husband did subscribe to Home Box Office and Netflix, because there were shows he wanted to see, but I have only watched a bit of Netflix. As said, we have satellite for the good picture not for all the channels. Our TVs are on all day long. * Did you get your leaf raking job finished?

Peggy - I would say your piece of pumpkin pie had fewer calories that a glazed pumpkin donut - smile. I have a WW recipe for a crust less pumpkin pie that is so good.

Have a good day everyone -

Shirley

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Good morning team sisters!

Since it is so late, I will talk about my week end tomorrow.

Good night, sweet dreams and sleep tight! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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

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Thanks everyone for the sentiments. Most of the time I enjoy working here at the plant but sometimes when co-workers show just how dumb they are it makes me cringe! I count my blessings that I won't have to deal with this much longer. I am planning on working here a few more months, so I can add a few more dollars to my savings and pay down a bill that popped up about a year ago. I will have my car paid off in abut 4 months which feels really good!

My mother taught me how to sew when I was in the 4th grade, then we participated in 4-H for several years until I was out of school. I make mostly clothes or I did, I started to make hand bags and pouches and a few other things. I am planning on making a flapper's dress fro New Year's Eve, well if I can find the material I need. Since Hancocks closed, we lost a good source for good knits and I need a knit fabric. I hate to order it online but that may be my only choice.

I currently have 4 sewing machines, my workhorse is a Riccar 414 (not many Riccars still around), a Phaff 1473 CD, a 1956 Singer 99K (3/4 size machine), a Singer Quantum XL6000 embroidery sewing combination machine. I should have a 5th machine but I don't know if I will actually ever get it, my boyfriend bought a 1906 treadle. It is supposed to be mine but it is at his house and if something ever happens to him or our relationship I might not get it. Oh well there are a few in the area if I ever feel the need to pick one up. There is a Riccar 104B at a Habitat store in Greensboro I am wanting to get. It needs a bobbin case and I believe I have one at the house someplace that I need to find and try before someone else buys this unit.

Well guess I'd better get back to work.

Chat later ladies

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LINDA, I dont remember you mentioning before that you sew. I bought a new machine right before we moved here, but although I finished my big quilt I was working on, havent utilized my machine nor my new sewing room nearly enough to justify having them.

I think sewing teachers must have a special room in heaven because theres so many issues they deal with, not to mention having to know how so many machines work! Theres a greater need now than ever for women to learn how to sew; its such a special way to break out of the crowd and have your clothes express your creativity. Youre not the first one Ive heard that didnt have a good experience as a JoAnns employee. Its unfortunate, because thats where most people have to go for help, with all the fabric stores closings. You might look into local libraries and/or community houses. Many of them have regular classes to address community needs. At one time, I thought about doing that and supplying machines for women in financial straits, but it didnt get off the ground. Theres a niche there for someone who can sew.

GRACE, you are a gift to this group. You always know what to say to make a feller feel good. Thank you. My grandchildren are coming back from Florida this weekend. The two oldest are in college there right now. Hope they bring some of your sunshine with them. Connecticut at Christmas time must be pretty special too, if you dont have to go anywhere!

As to our different Thanksgiving. The Indian meal was extraordinary. Columbia is a college town, so that have a lot of nice places to eat. Weve missed Indian food after getting hooked on it in Texas. We also got to walk in the Shelter gardens in Columbia, a gift to the community from Shelter Insurance. Its small, only about an acre, but it looked very well tended and there was another crazy person out walking in the cold. My Master Gardener education came from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and I suspect theres a multitude of gardens to visit well certainly make another trip there in warmer weather. Meanwhile, Im going to learn how to make some Indian dishes. All the spices they use in their cooking have been discovered to have great health benefits.

ELLEN, you continue to amaze me waxing your floors. Thats once what we all had those good wood floors, but waxing was the drawback. We now have wood floors in our kitchen/dining room area, but theyre the phony kind. They dont begin to compare to real wood in their beauty.

To add to your comment to Linda about how many people it takes to keep everyone in water, heat, etc. my son and I once sat in a room and looked around at everything there, realizing how many jobs are required for even a simple room. Window blind manufacturers, smoke alarm, paint, wall board, window panes and frames, furniture, carpeting, plumbing. The list is endless. And then Jay and I watch an Alaskan TV show about life near the arctic circle, and see how simply the people there live many of them in houses they made themselves.

Cecile, your Val is an amazing person. Its so nice to hear about all the work you and she are doing. It feels good to get so much done, doesnt it! I was happy to hear about your lack of back pain. My planks Ive been doing have helped my back strength a lot, as does yoga.

MILLER, I share with you the memory of many happy Thanksgiving dinners, from the huge ones my grandmother hosted to the camping out in Louisiana with all my husbands family. Our dinners have varied a lot, but family was the one constant. Makes me feel good.

MARY, I like your I can do it, You can do it WE can do it series of emoticons. Sometimes it takes a lot of convincing to believe that I can actually lose some weight. Right now its just going up.

SHIRLEY, how did you Facetime your family at the Cowboy game? Ill bet it was fun, however it happened!!! Im not a football fan, but I do confess a fondness for the Cowboys, and our California son is a diehard fan. In fact, whenever hes asked a question thats embarrassing or that he doesnt want to answer, he says How bout dem Cowboys? as a way of changing the subject. (smile)

ALLIE, all your talk about PB has renewed my desire for a dog. I want a young one, so I need to get it before I get too old for a puppy. I love dogs, and have never gone this long without an animal in the house. I, too, am a big fan of the Dog Whisperer. I think the biggest thing he has going for him is his lack of fear and the sense that dogs really do want leadership.

PEGGY, so glad you found a use for your coffee cake. I used to make one with a cinnamon crumb topping that was so good. Unfortunately, I made it even more fattening by having half n half on it. Ive got very bad habits.

CHERIE, my brother who loves to fill his house with people, once had a cookoff between deep fried turkey and one that was fixed more traditionally. Hands down, by everyones vote, the fried turkey won. Ive never had one, but it sounds so good. My daughter fixes a turkey soaked in brine (stuffed with oranges and other flavoring items), and its the best Ive ever eaten. This is making me hungry our Thanksgiving lacked a good turkey meal. I must be hungry for one.

BONNIE, hope your back is okay after raking those leaves. We are so fortunate in our move that my DH just blows them into the woods. We surrounded by trees, so this season hes blown off the walks and lawn at least five times, trying to keep ahead of the game. Makes walking in our woods nice and spongy.

As youve guessed, were home now and our little break was just what we needed. Ive just been puttering around today. Started bringing our financial records up to date. Im so behind itll take a lot of untangling and deep thought to figure out what needs to be done.

Its time for Christmas!!!
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I planted 40 crocuses, 10 hyacinths and 2 alliums bulbs this morning. The ground is so hard it was hard work. I have been reading an ebook novel all day. I love this app from our local library.


Bonnie- my DH turns on the tv first thing in the morning to watch the Weather Channel. It stays on all day unless we go somewhere. * We mow/mulch our leaves with the riding lawn mower. There is too much land to do it by hand. Our extension agency says that is better for the grass as well as the environment here. * my two step-sons have been arguing since they were little. I think they have always been jealous of each other. I guess it is good one is in China and the other in New Jersey.

Cherie - We have cable and Netflix's. My DH loves football too much not to have cable. So far we are fortunate because we paid off our house six years ago. Our cars are 12 years old but low mileage. But I keep seeing the price of everything going up so I wonder what we will need to cut out in the future. We have always tried to live below our income but who knows......

Shirley- we justify cable because, like you, that is our entertainment. We never go to movies, etc.

Allie- I am glad you are resting. You need to do so.

Peggy- you have convinced me. I am going to add upper Michigan to my fall 2017 planner.

Cecile- your granddaughters are keeping your life exciting and you young!!

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Hi all!

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. We had an unusual one. We went to Petes ex house for brunch at 10:am. all the family was there. It was nice, Had a couple mimosa's. I wasn't feeling good, had a sinus headache. Laid down when I got home. Then later we went to his sons house, they had a fire outside and deep fried the turkey. It was really nice. But we didn't get any leftovers!
Had some good news, we are going to Mi. for xmas with my family the weekend of the 10th of Dec. My son is going to give us money for Xmas. I feel so much better.

Had to charge my meds, then the battery went out on the car, again, charge...Don't like to do that. Good thing it happened now.and not on the road.

This damp weather is not good for our aches and pains.

We have cable because of apartment living. Need to move to a cheaper one. Our income is going down, everything is going up....

Have a nice weekend

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11/26/16 12:56 P

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Good Afternoon, Team,
I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.

It is cloudy and a little chilly today with the high only 50 degrees. If it was sunny I might have gone to the Farm but shotgun season starts today so we aren't allowed on the trails. Seeing the hunters come out of the woods with their "kill" in the back of the truck breaks my heart so it is better if I stay away.

DH & his brother went to Dad's house yesterday to clean it out. They decided not to spend the night and I expected DH home around 3am. So when he walked in at 1AM I was really surprised. Apparently the "other" brother--who lives in Dad's house--was "calling the shots" so they just did what he wanted and then left. The best way to avoid arguments. DH's 2 brothers are twins and have been "fighting" each other since they were toddlers. They are now 52 and still don't get along too well!!

About TV - We don't have cable either. We have always had a rotating antenna on the roof which works just fine. Of course we don't get as many channels as cable but it is enough for us. We don't start watching TV until 6PM or later. DH prefers to listen to the radio and has that on from the minute he comes downstairs in the morning.

I guess when DH gets himself ready we'll be outside working on the leaves again. That is our "exercise" until the job is done. I add my help only until my back starts "screaming" at me!!

I hope everyone is having a Happy Day.
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11/26/16 11:15 A

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Happy Saturday

I am going to take the coffee cake to art class on Monday so no big loss. One woman did call me and I told her not to bother to come.

This morning and yesterday morning I had pumpkin pie for breakfast and some fruit. I don't think the pie is any different than a pumpkin doughnut with glaze. It is just a small piece.

I have had satellite since it first came out and I still don't like paying for it but Tom really likes his BTN (big ten network). We do not have Netflix.

Allie and all the rest under the weather, get well soon.

Ellen, you need to go to the U.P. in Michigan in the fall. It is just gorgeous.

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11/26/16 9:58 A

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Allie - about the cost of cable or satellite - I hope that I never have to go back to an antenna for TV reception again. The clarity of the picture is why I wanted cable (that's what we first had) in the first place. The antenna we had when cable first became available to us was the pits, and yes we had it serviced numerous times. The TV is our main source of entertainment, so we feel the price is worth it. But... if this means nothing to you, and you are getting good reception from your antenna, then I agree with you why spend the money for cable or satellite. It is good to hear you plan to rest and get plenty of fluids today. I hope it makes you feel better.

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11/26/16 9:35 A

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Good morning team:

When I finally got to sleep I slept a solid 6 or 7 hours without coughing. I really needed it. I have plenty of fluids and soup in the house so I don't want for anything.

I just need to stay in and rest. I had my tv antenna fixed and now I have some interesting new channels to watch. I refuse to pay for cable but I do have netflix which helps.

I watched the dog whisperer for a bit this morning. Maybe I will learn a few things from him. I take all these animal people with a grain of salt but he might be helpful.

I will have my grandsons all day on Monday. I hope I am feeling a little better by then. I don't believe I have just a cold. I think I have bronchitis or a bacterial infection again. I don't care what the doctor calls it I just hope I get better.

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

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Good Morning Everyone -

It is 29 F here this morning with a very heavy frost and the water in the birdbath is frozen. Thank goodness it isn't snow as some of you have. The sun is out, which is most welcomed after two very cloudy and gloomy days.

Cecile - enjoy your girls. It sounds like Jess' visit is off to a good start.

Ellen - sadly I don't remember much about Holiday meals growing up. My mother was a good cook, and she always prepared nice meals, so I've got to believe that they were special. Isn't it sad that I have no memory of such? My husband's family went to his paternal grandmothers with other family members, and so he remembers them quite well. One thing he remembers and still has some problems with, I think, is being taken away from all his new toys on Christmas Day to spend the day at his grandmothers. * I hope you get to visit Michigan some day, especially northern Michigan it is absolutely beautiful. I found the people there to be quite nice too. We only lived there 18 months, but could have happily lived there for the rest of our lives. We visited friends there almost every year for years. * The way you are eating tends to be the preferred way. Just make sure you are getting enough protein to balance your carbs. I agree with what that challenge said about calories and exercise. You can't lose weight by exercise alone, but it sure helps the process along if you are eating correctly. * My husband has a horrible cough and has for weeks. No I couldn't get him to go to the doctor. He sees the doctor for a routine visit next week. Perhaps he can help him.

Peggy - that is awful! Sometimes I don't think anyone knows the meaning of manners any longer. I had a friend at one time who was in her 20s at the time - she was my children's age. She grew up in California, and I know sometimes people from that state think differently from the rest of us. They didn't have a lot a money, but for some reason gave a small party for some friends, which was a sacrifice for them. Most of the guests didn't show up nor did they call and say they weren't coming. I was outraged over this, but she sort of blew it off saying they probably had something else better to do. She indicated that this was acceptable behavior. What has happened to this world that people have so little consideration for others?

Allie - I am so sorry to hear you are sick. I am glad that you could enjoy Thanksgiving however in spite of not feeling well. As for your son's girlfriend's dogs - I love Boxers - my daughter has one, also a rescue dog. I don't know Pit bulls well, but the few I've met, I've liked. It is a shame they've gotten such a bad reputation. * How interesting about PB's breed. You are right, German Shepherds have Lots of energy. About her calming down - we haven't owned big dogs, but I have found that all of ours began to settle down around the time they were 18 months old. I'm glad you or her owner has taken her to obedience classes, that will make her so much easier to handle.

Have a good day everyone and a most enjoyable weekend.

Shirley

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11/26/16 7:47 A

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

We are into the last week of another Challenge - NOVEMBER 2016 Challenge. Yes, I know - it seems like this month just began, and here we are in the last week of it. We are also into the Christmas and Chanukah Season too. I hope you have a plan in place to deal with the eatingest time of the year.

This Challenge will end on Wednesday, November 30th. The DECEMBER Challenge will begin on Thursday, December 1st, and will end on Saturday, December 31st! If you know you will be joining the December Challenge, or if you've been a Challenge member and don't plan to return in December I'd appreciate knowing that too as soon as you can. Please post this on the "New Month-New Me!" Challenge thread.

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

If you've never done a Challenge - the Guidelines are on our team home page (Please Do Not Post There as it is for information only), but briefly - you will need to give me your weight as of December 1st. Keep up with your exercise minutes beginning December 1st, and then on Monday, December 5th-report in on the "New Month-New Me!" Challenge thread and give me your exercise minutes for those days. Then each Monday thereafter you will give me your exercise minutes for the previous week, just as you did this time. You might wish to say how you did weight-wise to keep yourself accountable, but I won't need your exact weight again until the last day of the Challenge Saturday, December 31st.

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

Shirley

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11/25/16 10:04 P

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Good evening team sisters!

I just remembered that I forgot to do my pt. I shall do them tomorrow for sure. I guess I will have to think of this being my day off for the week.

Jessica arrived around 4 this afternoon. For a change her mom was in a good mood. We watched television all evening. Some of the programs I had never seen before and I quite enjoyed them. I think it was the company!

We do have plans for tomorrow. Val has to go to the store again. She wants to pick up a few things for Jess. I need eggs anyway because the girls wants pancakes.

Good night, sweet dreams and sleep tight! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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

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11/25/16 8:51 P

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My big accomplishment today was hand waxing my wooden dining room floor. I use paste wax since that is the only way I know to take care of wood floors. I also renting the movie "Wild" on iTunes. I read the book years ago and always wanted to see the movie.

We ate left overs all day. There is still pie and cake but the turkey and dressing is gone.

Cecile- 4 to 5 inches is a lot of snow. Our temperatures are too warm for snow.

Miller- like you, I had huge family Thanksgiving dinners growing up. It was a big deal. Now it is just three of us. But my grandmother had 11 children and I had one.

Mary- Michigan is one state I have never visited. You were so wise to get back to your good eating habits today. I purposely used only small saucers today for my meals.

Shirley- I tend to like to eat small meals throughout the day, about every 3 1/2 hours depending on what I eat. I joined a challenge to break the plateau. They say if your calorie count is within range, increase your exercise.

Allie- I am glad you had a good time yesterday and also glad you went to see the doctor. Colds can get out of control at our age. My DH came down with a nasty cough last night and he slept most of today.

Peggy- can you freeze the coffee cake for another time? I think they should have let you know they weren't coming but you said they might not show up.

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11/25/16 3:56 P

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Happy Friday

No one showed up for the writers group so now I have one huge coffee cake besides all of yesterdays leftovers.

Peggy

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11/25/16 1:34 P

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Good afternoon team,:

I did go to my sons and had a good time even tho I am pretty sick. My son did all the cooking. His gf said my son would hardly let her get in the kitchen. They have a beautiful home. It is 4 floors The gf has two really large dogs, I met them after we were done with dinner. One is a boxer that she rescued and the other is part pitt. They are very well trained so they weren't any bother at all. My son even baked bread. I was right in not trying to drive to my sons. We had to go through some pretty rough neighborhoods and my dils' bf got lost on the way home and they had a gps.

I went to the doctors office this morning and the PA prescribed a z pack and more steroids. This is the same thing he gave me last month when I was sick. The nurse said the meds should knock this right out of my system

I found out PB is part german shepard after all. She is what they call a Carolina Dog. They used to run wild in some remote parts of the Carolinas. I guess that explains why she has so much energy and acts so wild sometimes. I know she is a puppy and she should calm down after a year or two. She is graduating from her obedience class this Sat. I make sure she sits before we cross the street and she is starting to do it automatically.

I hope everyone is having a good day.

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11/25/16 10:14 A

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My goodness there were 4 posts to come in while I was making mine.

Mary - I seldom overeat. It makes one wonder how I can maintain the weight I carry. I told my husband once that I never had to worry about starving to death as my body seems to hold onto everything that goes into my mouth. My problem is that I'm a grazer, rather than eating large amounts at one meal I'm eating something off and on throughout the day. I did have dessert, but my daughter-in-law always serves such small servings there is no risk of overeating - smile. But I'm not complaining as it is usually just enough for me. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed celebrating with your family.

Miller - it does sound like you had a very nice Thanksgiving. And yes, I'm with you I have much to be thankful for.

Cecile - your weekend with your girls sounds quite nice. ENJOY! And I'm sure you will. * You brought memories mentioning an IGA store. We used to have them here, but I haven't seen one in years, so must assume they are gone.

Ellen - Interestingly enough on the way home last night I had wished I'd asked everyone to say what they were thankful for after the blessing - not so much for we adults, although we need to be reminded to - but for Dmitri. Think I will definitely make a point of doing that next year. * On the subject of store pet peeves, and I promise everyone I won't get on my soapbox again talking about this - yes the stores quit carrying things, but worse the one I use most not replenishing products that obviously people use trying to make people buy brands or alternatives they don't want because the store needs to get rid of them.

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11/25/16 9:43 A

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Good Morning Everyone -

We had a Very nice Thanksgiving. It was just my son's family and us (5 of us). Our daughter-in-law made a delicious dinner, and the turkey was beautiful as well as delicious. I brought a dip with chips, vegetable dish and dessert, she did all the rest, and we had enough food to have fed two more families. I left leftovers at their house and only brought home a small amount of turkey, and a small amount of her potato dish which I missed when I filled my plate at dinner. They were thoughtful and planned dinner early so we had time to eat leisurely and visit a bit and still could leave in time not to have to drive home after dark.

Yvonne - I gather you are traveling. If so travel safely and have a great time. * As for football, my daughter has a house full of people - 2 aunts and her son and daughter-in-law from New York. Yesterday she Facetimed us from the football stadium in Dallas. It was Great seeing everyone. Everyone was there for the game including her daughter and her family who live near her. Today they are having their traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and tomorrow a Big baby shower for our grandson and his wife's first baby. I'm glad to hear Dallas won. It is said they are headed for the Super Bowl. I may even have to watch a bit of it if they make it - smile. * I've only tried sushi once and didn't think much of it. A close friend who has lived in Japan and Singapore, and who likes sushi said I made my mistake not dipping it in sauce. I loved Jay's response to your question, what was he thankful for - I think I'd really like your Jay.

Grace - how sad that you daughter must work on Christmas, and also that she will have to miss her grandchild's first Christmas.

Linda - is that what you do work in a water purification plant? As said in my post yesterday with a daughter who worked as a nurse from the time she was 18 until she retired at 58, plus having a son who currently works as a corrections officer I do understand that there are jobs that must be manned 24/7 12 months a year. BUT... I see no need for stores to be opened on Thanksgiving Day - perhaps a pharmacy for emergencies, but that's about it. * That's the pits having trouble getting paid for teaching sewing classes at Joann's.

Bonnie - I went years where I didn't feel like I could miss the Macy's Christmas Parade. We even saw one in person when we lived in New Jersey. Our son was only 4 or so, but said yesterday that he can remember us going. My favorite part of the parade were the dancers and especially the Rockettes. I caught just a bit of it when we were at my son's house yesterday. Not only were the dancers I saw excellent, but they had one of the biggest high school drill teams I've ever seen, and were they ever good. Since the group was so large I couldn't help but wonder if perhaps it was made up of drill teams from all over the country, although their uniforms were the same.

Allie - I hope you made it to your son's house and that your cold didn't have you feeling too badly that you couldn't enjoy yourself. My husband has had a terrible cough for weeks. Obviously it isn't contagious since I haven't caught it, thank goodness, but it does get a bit gross at times. It is good that you can nap during the day. I can sometimes, but it is rare. I think I'd feel much better if I could.

Peggy - that Sunset Salad really sounds good. I really should make us some Jell-O. I've threatened a few times, but it never got done. We do like Jell-O with fruit in it. * My son says Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday too. Family together and a big special meal without all the hub-bub that comes with Christmas decorations, presents, etc., etc. I'm not saying he doesn't like Christmas, so don't misunderstand, I'm just saying he likes Thanksgiving more since it is simpler. * I hope your writing group goes well today.

Cecile - I know your snow is beautiful, but I'm so thankful we don't have it here. And where at one time I hoped for snow at Christmas, I don't any longer. Since we need to drive to our son's for dinner and presents, I'm really grateful when the roads are clear and dry. * Like you, I have so-o-o much to be thankful for.

Wishing everyone a great day.

Shirley

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11/25/16 7:40 A

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We had a fun time last night with family.

I ate more than I am used to at one sitting and had a bellyache for a while. emoticon emoticon I did 'budget' my calories for Thanksgiving dinner but went over just a little. No dessert: I was too full, anyway. I am back on my plan today! emoticon

Did everyone have a nice day? Hope so. More later as I'm spending the afternoon with my granddaughter. Lots to do until then.

Best wishes to everyone! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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11/24/16 11:59 P

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Hello everyone.

We had a good Thanksgiving. It was just my husband, daughter and me, though I also provided food for my MIL and the relative staying with her. There is still plenty of food left over which we will enjoy.

Now it's time to start thinking about Christmas. I think my DH and daughter are going to help me get the decorations from the attic on Saturday.

I am thankful for this year, and also thankful for all the good memories of Thanksgivings when my parents were alive and we had big family get togethers with all my siblings and their families. I did hear from one of my siblings today - she texted to tell me Happy Thanksgiving. I really appreciated that.

I hope the weekend ahead is good for all.

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11/24/16 10:41 P

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Good evening team sisters!

We had an enjoyable supper tonight. I even remembered to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to Val before we ate!

We had more snow today. It was supposed to be just a tiny little bit. It turned out to be about 4 to 5 inches that Val said. She went out to start the snow blower but still could not. The next door neighbour, Richard, came over to help but Val had flooded it a bit. She was told to wait 30 to 60 minutes. She did it by hand and it looks really good. I had told her I would clean the front porch, she did it for me.

She was supposed to go to the stores tomorrow. She called me during her lunch hour to say that she felt like going today. I just told her to go gal!

When she came home, she said that her mom asked if Jess could come for the week-end. I said it was no problem for me. She then called Jess telling her she had bad news: she is coming to spend the week-end with us! Jess apparently was overjoyed! That is how plans change. Instead of Val going over there, she is coming here. I was consulted by Val before the plan was finalized and I am kind of anxious to see Jess. Apparently, Chantal is very happy with the arrangement! I told Val that we can finish that Monopoly game that we started when she came last month.

When Val came back from the IGA, she said they have a donation of food going on. They sell a bag for ten dollars and the food is donated to a needy family. Val said she did not understand the process too well, so when she goes back, she will be asking for more information. After supper, when I told her the ad ran on one of the French station, she told me there is a woman at school who is on Social Welfare, has a ten year old daughter and to manage she needs to go to food banks. That is something she will be looking into. Very discreetly she said. Apparently you can leave the bag at the store or take it with you and donate it to the needy person!

Oh Yeah! I did run the vacuum today. My back did not even squeek! I was so proud of myself! I will be running the Swiffer wet mop on the living room floor tomorrow to make sure it is clean to put down Jessica's bed!

Shirley - My house must be shinning. Val and I were in the living room and told me how nice the house looked!

Good night, sweet dreams and sleep tight! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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

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11/24/16 10:07 P

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The three of us had a wonderful thanksgiving. As usual before we start the meal I asked what each person is thankful for. My son said that all of us are healthy for our age and I had to agree. We had too much wonderful food but lots of leftovers which is a blessing.

Shirley- besides stores moving things around, what's also bad when they stop carrying something and you are walking all over the store looking for it.

Cecile- you are so right, we are blessed.

Yvonne- you did have a most unusual Thanksgiving but it sounded like a lovely time.

Bonnie- my mother always watched the Macy Day parade so I turned it on this morning for tradition. I was busy in the kitchen but saw the Cats performance while doing yoga. It was good.

Linda- I am always thankful for those whose jobs keep our nation safe, healthy and running smoothly. So thank you. I always think of the police, hospital workers and airport workers but never thought of our water supplies. I should have after working in telecommunications most of my career.

Allie- I hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving at your son's. Also, hope your cold gets better soon.

Grace- I hope your day was good.

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