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2/19/17 6:45 P

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Well, as you noticed I never got back here yesterday. We had a lovely time with our son and his wife plus her mother and her husband came with us. My DIL sent me a text from Chicago that they were waiting to board their plane to Japan. From there they will fly to their city in China. They seem to really enjoy their life there.

Slimmer- my older sister has some rheumatoid arthritis and takes medication. Before she knew she had it, it caused her toes on both feet to require operations. Very serious stuff- you do not want to mess with this if you can prevent it. I donít like to take medication but if I can continue to live as well as I can, hand them over. Of course, I realize that some people, like you, have bad reactions to medications, but if you know what you are dealing with perhaps there are other alternatives the doctor can tell you. *FYI, my normal temperature is from 97.4 to 97.5. One time it was 95. No one ever seemed concerned.

Allie- I need to GIVE stuff to the second hand store, but I must admit I have found some good bargains in them. Why spend full price if you can find something at a second hand store for much less. My sister took me to a second hand store in Lubbock where I bought a Coach purse for about $35 and it looked brand new.

Cecile- when I divorced at 33 years old, I had never driven in a major city. To get from my home in East Texas to see my parents, I needed to drive through Dallas/Ft Worth. I had a friend teach me how to drive on interstates. So, one fine Saturday morning, by myself, I left Tyler at 5:30 am and made it through those two big cities by 7 am. I was so proud of myself and saluted myself in the rear view mirror. I drove the entire 425 miles by myself in my little yellow sports car. What a rush of self-esteem! Tell Val she is my kind of girl!!

Shirley- I love the country also, but like you, I like being close to doctors, stores, etc. Of course, we are about 11 miles to any major shopping or doctors.

Grace- your walking schedule is INCREDIBLE!! I have never, never done anything like that! I am in awe. But you are right, as we age, we have to adjust but not give up. We can just do as much as we can as long as we can.

Irene- I loved you knitting projects. What cute ideas! I wish I was close to a knitting group so I could learn more techniques and just to knit with others.

Peggy- I showed my broken nails to my primary doctor and he told me it was caused by dryness. I guess I need to use more lotions.

Donna- My DH has made gumbo for me years ago, but it always makes too much for two people. I love shrimp creole better.

Miller- pain can make us down and grumpy. We have a storm coming in tonight and my back is killing me for some reason. I took two aspirins and a Tylenol and I think I will go get on my heating pad.

Marlene- WELCOME HOME!! I know you are glad to be there. How are your pain levels now?

On ghosts- never saw one and don't want to see one. I did feel creepy and strange at Gettysburg. I have no desire to go back to the battlefield and hospital there.

Ellen



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MILLER, Thank you for the compliment! Sometimes I get frustrated with myself because I can't do what I used to be able to do and then I try to remember that I shouldn't be trying to compare myself with the 60 year old me who could load big bags of mulch and 40 lb bags of potting mix into the car and walk 4 miles a day. When I see women who are about my age, on the tv news etc, then I don't feel so bad. I'm still "holding my own".
Shirley will be able to tell you how far and fast she used to walk, not that long ago. But life happens and all we can do is just keep plugging along. What ever you do, don't quit! That is a "slippery slope" to becoming disabled.

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Hello Team Sisters. It is sooo good to be home. Right now we both are resting.

I've been fortunate in that I don't have stomach issues. I do take Medamucil regularly to keep IBS away.

Our outside themomiter registered 72¬į after lunch.

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Hello to all. I've enjoyed reading all the posts.

ELLEN, I hope you enjoyed your dinner with your DHís son and his wife. I wish them safe travels back to China. *Thank you so much for your great suggestion to discuss with the surgeon my fears about depression hampering knee replacement recovery. I never thought of doing that. Perhaps he would be willing to prescribe PT before surgery and more afterwards, as well, just to make sure I recover fully. Thanks again!

SLIMMER, Iím glad you enjoyed the musical - it sounds like a great performance. *I wouldnít worry too much about Zantac - I canít really remember if thatís the medicine that gave me trouble and less than 1% of people had that particular side effect. It was extremely rare. *I take Claritin once a day when I need it, which isnít too often.

ALLIE, Iím so glad you were able to get away to the country. Being out in the country is good for the soul, I think. *Your friendís father sounds like a strong man. Iíve always admired coal miners for their difficult work in very harsh conditions. My father had a friend who was a retired coal miner and he wouldnít even talk about his days in the coal mines. I guess he wanted to forget.

CECILE, I like action films sometimes, too. I watched ďThe RockĒ with Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage the other day on Netflix. I had seen it before but had forgotten how good it was.

SHIRLEY, it sounds like youíre getting an excellent deal on haircuts at Great Clips. I think my husband goes to Great Clips or Cost Cutters, though I canít remember which one. *Regarding GERD medications - I have found Gaviscon (liquid) to be the very best treatment for my acid reflux. I donít have to use it much these days, but at one time, it was a life saver. *You are so kind to pray for all three of us each night. I appreciate it more than I can say. *Your Sunday Blessing graphic with the verse from Psalms is very comforting and timely.

GRACE, your walking and other exercise is so admirable. Iíll bet youíre in wonderful shape!

IRENE, I love the idea of you using your UFO knits to help those with Alzheimerís. That is a wonderful thing!

PEGGY, youíre not alone - my skin is horribly dry. It usually gets this way in the winter, but this year seems to be worse.

MARLENE, I hope you are at home and that things are going well for you. Take care.

DONNA, can you believe Iíve never eaten gumbo? I see chefs making it on the cooking shows and always wonder what it tastes like. Maybe someday Iíll get a chance to try it.


It's a quiet Sunday at my house. Randy and I are watching a cooking show on TV and Katie is in her room. Randy says he doesn't feel up to going back to church for praise team practice tonight. I'm surprised because it's so rare for him to miss a practice for praise team or choir. I think his eye is making him feel a little down (and a bit grumpy) which I suppose is to be expected. He looks like he's been hit in the eye - it's much more bruised than last time. It must be annoying to have one eye very blurry. I'm sure I'd be grumpy, too.
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Hey there!...Have a little time to myself and wanted to check in. Company is out and about and husband golfing, gumbo simmering on the stove.

Slimmer...I have a condition that was slowly recognized, Burning Mouth Syndrome. I've lived with it for many years now and is now a "legitimate" condition under study.

Peggy....I take Zegerid for GERD and unlike many others I have tried, it works wonderfully.

Irene...Love the fiddle squares! What a wonderful idea!!!! I've resumed knitting but have wanted to find something I could do and maybe donate that wouldn't take long to complete. I'm trying to find an easy baby blanket pattern with a more complex pattern than straight knit stitch so I can refresh myself on purling and other stitches. It's been more than 30 years since I've picked up the needles.

Grace...I continue to be amazed at the amount of walking you fit in.

Marlene....Glad you're home!!!!

About things that go bump in the night. When I was a young girl, I woke up during the night
to see the figure of a young boy standing at the end of my bed. I thought at first it was my younger brother, but quickly realized I could see my dresser which he should have been blocking, through his clothing, He was translucent but every part of him vividly detailed. I was young and a little scared so I closed my eyes for a few minutes and when I opened them up again he was gone. I've always tried to convince myself I was dreaming, but even now I know I was awake. Although I am a bit of a skeptic about the paranormal, I've never been able to convince myself that this wasn't a waking experience. I remember, even though he never spoke, having a strong feeling that he needed help from me. And even now I wish I had been brave enough to ask him what. He looked so alone I still get emotional thinking about it. I've never experienced anything like that since but still can't quite reason away what happened.

Gonna have to turn the a/c on I'm afraid. 81 and sunny here!

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Hola.. sunny out and probably in 70's

been reading now doing a load of laundry

Irene.. I like your UFO's.. I have a few too!

Shirley.. I eat so little in variety a Dietician could not make anything out of what is left... The Rumatoligist.. they said I could go to.. was from two different blood tests.. that show Something..??? is going on but they don't know what.. I don't have the arthritis .. the checking was in the direction of Limes Disease or Lupus... and both of those could be doing things kind of like I have...

... I just googled low temp with allergy reaction.. and there is something called Wilson's Low Temperature Disease.. connected with thyroid.. but is not recognized (evidently Wilson ended up killing a 50 yr old woman by treating her with thyroid meds to correct her low temperature) Yikes!

My normal temp now is like 97.5 after I got bitten by ticks.. I had a temp of just over 100 for over a year, but the FL Drs said I lived in FL.. could not get Limes Disease.. I kept telling them I was just camping in Ozarks where I was bitten... The test must be expensive because the head Dr at my office .. said no point in given it because you got bit soooooooo long ago.. but that is not true.. they just found Kris Kristoferson.. was misdiagnosed with all his life problems from it and now they treated him

the Zantac.. the Dr and ER gave .. IS.. for Gerd.. ..usually.. but it is also a ..low dose .. antihistamine.. where the Benadryl is too much for me... but he said to ONLY take it when I was having a bad reaction... the Claritine 10 mil (smallest or break it down) could be for everyday if I thought it would help.

I don't have stomach problems.. and the couple times I had some discomfort.. I just did not eat that food again.. if that was what it was doing.

back to reading only 1500 or so hits to finish Lord Jim.. which I still don't know what it is about.. first part was he was a co captain on a ship and it sunk.. next I see he is living like down the nile and fighting the Indians???

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I was going to go to church today but didn't like the idea of walking from the car to the church with a walker in the rain so I stayed home.

Marlene, I bet you are one happy lady to be home!

I am taking generic Zantac and it is a lot cheaper and not an OTC. I have GERD and take a generic Nexium for that.

My skin is so dry that it is flaking off. YUCK

Cecile, how far are you from Ottawa? Did Val have to drive the highway?

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Hello Sunday afternoon. Been reading chats , re ghosts I have never seen one but chlldren seem to feel something as Dimiti did, My grand daughter Charlotte as a child always said she had two Mothers , her regular Mum who we all knew. But also another mum who wore long dresses . The other mum was named Barbara ,
When relatives were staying once they asked who's the woman in a long dress who we saw thus morning ? Strange .
Today I had a UFO day. No not flying objects but in craft world they are unfinished objects .
I am in a knit for charity group, each Sunday there is a theme. It was ufos today. I am a goid starter but a poor finisher in many ways. I had several knitted squares which I brought out today to see what I could make from them. Dementia charities are one of our chatites we support . It's been proved restless minds and fingers are often soothed by fidget items or twiddle as we say about them .From my squares I made three bags with hadles and assorted buttons , rings and bobbles securely attached . They go to care homes and given to Alfie's who we are assured live them, from small squares I made two purses, I think we have a language difference here in purses and bags . Purses are for coins and small items . They had twiddle items in too. I also finished two sleeves ,like a muff where high male or female patients can wear one . I add keys and key rings etc for male patients ,
If I can add a photo I will but it may be unsure down .
I feel satisfied with my UFO day Irene

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Good morning team! I missed my 3 mile walk this morning because I over slept and when I got up it was too hot and muggy already. When I'm having a "good" week, I get in 15 miles by walking 3 miles, 5 days a week. The other 2 days I teach my class so no walk on those days. However, I usually only walk 12 miles a week( 4 days).

SHIRLEY, I've been taking Nexium for years and get it for free with our military "discount". Once, I was wondering why I was taking it because I had no GERD symptoms, so I stopped taking it and boy did I find out fast. The heart burn was awful.

I hope everyone has a good day!

Grace

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Happy Sunday Everyone -

Cecile - it is good to hear your hands are feeling and working better. Mr. Arthur is my husband's and my constant companion too, and we so wish he'd leave. He's overstayed his welcome - smile. * Val is a brave girl driving in Ottawa. Of course when I was Val's age there wasn't much I didn't think I could do, and I did it. I'm talking practical things not naughty ones - smile. I'm sure she learned lots driving in a busy city, and it is my guess she won't shy away from doing it again.

Allie - it is good to hear that your eyes are getting back to normal. Hasn't this been the mildest winter ever? I think it got up to 70 here yesterday too. I know for a fact it was in the high 60s. * Thanks for the update on your friend's father. I was wondering how he is doing. I have always thought I'd like to live in the country also, but think I'd miss convenience to shopping etc too much. Now that I'm old, I know the value of living some place where you don't have to travel far for services and stores.

Slimmer - I may be telling you something you already know, but Zantac is an antacid and Claritin is for allergies. Obviously I'm going to have to read Miller's post to understand the conversation. * I realize that the doctor didn't tell you to see a dietician, that was my suggestion. Again I'm a bit confused since a Rheumatologist is quite different from a dietician. I think of the latter as pertains to arthritic type problems, but do understand that foods can affect our joints too. I too find it strange that an allergic reaction could cause your temperature to drop, but I have little knowledge of allergic reactions since thankfully I haven't had to deal with such either personally or with my family. * I found your ghost stories at the Holly to be interesting. My son worked for awhile auditing the liquor supplies in bars. Evidently there is a lot of theft of such and there is a service that audits the liquor supplies in bars and tells them if they have a problem and advises them how to help owners manage this. My son had to go to this one bar that had a problem, and he asked if he could bring his son along, and the owner had no problem with this. Obviously this was a time when the bar wasn't open for business. Dmitri colored at a table while his dad did his job. This bar was said to have a ghost. My son and the owner were talking about this and whether it was so or not. Dmitri spoke up and said it was true because he'd been talking to him. * Responding to what you said to Irene about making yourself get up and go when you don't feel like it. I too have done this numerous times. I'd make myself go to the store - the combination of getting out of the house, being with other people, and getting some exercise did the trick. I'd come home tired as I always do from shopping, but feeling much better.

Ellen - I hope you had a nice dinner and visit with your stepson and his wife, and that all is going well for them in China. I wish them a safe and pleasant journey back home.

Miller - Zantac and Prilosec are sold over-the-counter now, you don't need a prescription. This being said like so many meds there may be a prescription one that is more potent. My husband takes Prilosec with no problem. I manage digestive issues with Tums and Prevacid. No side effects that I've noticed and I've used both - as needed - for years. * Haircuts - Great Clips charges $13 for a haircut, $5 for a shampoo, no charge for the blow dry. So that's $18 plus tip. Not bad and the shops I've used in this chain all did good work. When I wore my hair long I lived near a small beauty college and I used them. I figured since my hair was long they couldn't do too much damage that couldn't be fixed. I never had a problem. Since I've never colored my hair, they called it virgin hair and would save it to use in their studies. * Knee replacement - friends who've had this done and it has been successful, all say you must do exactly as you are told and exercise as much as possible. * I've heard of SAM-e, but not sure now from an ad or where. No I've never taken it. * Thank you for your caring for Whit and me. Our entire winter has been more like spring than winter. * I pray for the 3 of you every night.

Cherie - you have my sympathies not being able to sleep. My husband I both have this problem - our problems differ but the bottom line is that we both sleep poorly. * Restaurant food - especially breakfasts - it isn't hard to eat 1000 calories. You may want to look up nutritional information on the internet for chains like Denny's, Bob Evans, IHOP, etc. * Our littlest grandson is 9. Aren't children so cute at this age? Your breakfast sounded nice.

Have a great day everyone-

Shirley

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Good morning on this bright and sunny day!

Wishing everyone a blessed and healthy Sunday!

Be back later..... emoticon

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Good evening team sisters.

My fingers seem to work better today. It was Mr. Arthur Itis' fault.

Today was a good day. It was sunny and very bright. It was good for the morale.

Val went to a mall with her friend Isabelle. She came home all proud of herself for having driven in Ottawa. She made some purchases she said because she wanted to spoil herself.

This evening we watched a movie. It was very pleasant. I wanted action and I got it.

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 had a great day. I woke up and my eyes were pretty clear and they were not hurting. I decided to go to the country and visit my friend. It was almost 70 degrees here and sunny.

We went to a second hand store that is just a few miles from her home. I got some great deals and I only spent $10.00. I used my bonus dollars that I received from Kohls for my birthday and I bought two pillows yesterday.

My friend has her 92 year old father living with her and he has a feeding tube. He looks great and sounds good. Mentally he is really with it. His cardiologist wanted to put a pacemaker in and he refused. He said he is irritated enough with the feeling tube. He used to be a coal miner from West Virginia years ago. He is a tough old guy and inspires me.

It was so nice to get away and see the country. I would prefer to live in the country but I would miss my grandsons too much.

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

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Hola... looked nice out today, but I stayed in and took it easy and read and watched a movie

Miller... wondered .. it was the Zantac they gave at the ER for me.. and I have the generic.. from what I read on line.. it actually was one I was not so concerned about because of what was negatively said.. BUT my Dr.. said to ONLY take them when I was having a Bad reaction so I won't ever take 2 a day like it said to.. he said use 10 mil of Claratin and I can cut it down too.. I have never read up on it before.

Shirley.. the Dr didn't say see a Dietician.. but that my tests do show I have something going on that a Rumatologist might comment on.. But.. he said if I have no plans on taking any meds that there is no reason to go to one.. and from what I have read about the drugs they would use.. that they do have very bad reactions etc that come with them

... I don't get Why ..when I had an allergic reaction.. it kicked in my temperature dropping.. they didn't comment on that

I noticed an hour ago.. I now have a very.. thin bottom lip again... where I had that movie star botox fat lip.. not reacting to anything!!!!!!!!! Whoopee.. but what was I reacting to?????

can't think of anything I ate that I don't have now.. unless it was the yoguart
...back to eating only meat plan veggies.. oatmeal with a little nut and raisen which is bad for carbs but healthy for getting rid of fat
...I did try my pimento with my pork rinds and ok there

gee, I hope it is not the Clay and glaze from school... the room has a lot of clay dust.. and then some of the old clay is horribly smelly.. got to be filled with germs.. it is nasty.. that is the reclaimed clay.. oh so nasty... there are some glazes that just to breathe them can kill you.. but she does not let us use them.. and the one time she used them she locked the glaze room door.. wore a mask ..protective clothing and had a huge vent right over the piece.. bad stuff.. she said one of her teachers used it in most of his art.. and that is what finally killed him!!!!!!!!

..actually I feel pretty good right now.. like really good... I am having huge cravings for anything sweet.. but have found out lately when I cheat on different sweets.. they just aren't all that any more.. it is like I am looking for something to satisfy me and have not found it. ??

last night the musical was a Hoot!!!!.. boy did I need that... just a lot of laughs for the whole show... it was The 25th annual Proctor? County Spelling Bee... and all the kids and 2 adults put on a very tight show... so much talent.

I worked with the wife of one of the big wigs in the office.. we had a good time.. her dad was the 86 yr old ..oldest to go to college in Georgia under the going free.. he finally graduated but died a few months ago.

as we talked.. I told her I had seen a Ghost.. on stage.. and then she said LOTS of sightings.. her son-in-law said as he worked one night went into the theatre and when he came back out into the front area.. chairs were stacked up blocking the balcony and water was running in the bathroom.. He was the only one in the building! She told other Ghost sightings and stories of the theatre.. saying they are here.. she has been around the theatre since 1993

Irene.. good on building up your strength again.. it takes time.. I find if I just get up and get dressed and do something I normally wouldn't if I didn't feel well.. then I start felling more strength.. than if I had stayed more quiet... also thinking Positive (even when we are not so sure) makes us stronger too... You will be back to yourself soon!

..back to reading I have like 3700 more page hits on my Kindle to finish Lord Jim.. I was following the story, but now I don't have a clue what is going on???

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A quick post on this Saturday. We are to meet my DHís youngest son and his wife tonight for dinner before they fly back to China tomorrow. As soon as my DH returns from an errand we will leave.

Miller- I think if you tell your surgeon of your fears about your depression hampering a knee replacement, he might take steps to make sure you are in some type of physical therapy until the knee has recovered well. With me, it was up to the physical therapist to be sure I was ready to do it on my own before she released me. But another note- my knee pain was causing me depression because I felt old. My son tells me that I looked 20 years younger in my posture and walking after my knees were replaced. The hospital gave me exercises to start doing BEFORE the surgery so my recover would go smoother. Scary, you bet it was to do this. This group will tell you that I whined for years before I finally moved forward with the surgery.

Back later. My DH is home.

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Hello to all.

SLIMMER, Iím not sure if your question about which GERD medication caused side effects was directed to me or to Cherie (she has side effects in her hand). I had chest and back pain from one of my GERD medications. It was years ago and Iíve forgotten exactly which one it was. I know it was a prescription medicine. I think it may have been Zantac. Everything I took - even Prilosec - caused unacceptable side effects. *You certainly did a great job of getting everything stacked in the kiln!

CECILE, Iím glad Val enjoyed her evening out. Iím sorry your fingers are giving you trouble and I hope they get better soon.

IRENE, itís good to hear from you. Iím glad youíre over the virus and hope you get more energy back soon.

PEGGY, oh my goodness - your poor husband having to keep his head down for two weeks and then having to keep it up after the next surgery!! A nurse at the surgical center told us the patients she feels most sorry for are the ones who have to sleep sitting up with their heads down. He was clever to think of using a mirror to watch the game. I feel fortunate that Randy doesnít have to do that. *Those library classes sound good. *I guess I should be glad my hair stylist only charges $35 for a haircut - sounds like Iím getting a pretty good deal. I only go about 3 or 4 times a year anyway, so I shouldnít complain.

MARLENE, Iím so proud of you for having the surgery and doing so well in PT. Youíve done great!! One of my fears is that I wonít do well in PT (due to depression) and I know that makes all the difference in the world. A Spark friend of mine didnít do all her physical therapy after knee replacement because of her depression and now she canít bend her knee like she should be able to. Sheís very disappointed in the surgery and in herself. It really does take a strong commitment to PT in order to heal correctly, I think.

SHIRLEY, I hope you and Whit will both start feeling better very soon. Maybe with spring right around the corner, some of these viruses that have plagued people will go away. I know that joint problems arenít as easily dealt with, unfortunately. My doctor has me on a supplement (for depression) called SAM-e which is supposed to also be beneficial for joint support. Iíll let you know if my joints improve as I take it. *I agree with you that cutting hair is a talent, and not all stylists have it. *By the way, Iím really enjoying the images and sayings/quotes youíre posting. Theyíre very inspiring and uplifting. *Thank you again for praying for Randy.


My neighbors daffodils have come up and are fully blooming, so spring must be on it's way.
Iím having a low-key, but enjoyable weekend. Iíve done my exercise video, some laundry and other chores, and went ahead and prepared dinner early. Now I think Iíll watch a movie and put my feet up for a bit.

I hope everyone has a happy weekend. emoticon

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Hi all!

Enjoying the nice weather!

I had another night where I couldn't sleep, I read 2 people magazines, and my book. I also pigged out. Tried to sleep this morning, was up and down, then finally around 12 noon I was able to sleep. till 130. The bursitis in my hip is acting up again so I keep turning back and forth.

Marlene, don't tire yourself out...

Pete doesn't like the smell of red meat cooking, so we put the George Foreman grill outside and grilled a steak yesterday. Had some wine out there too.

Pete and I have been fortunate not to get any viruses.
We found when arthritis bothers us and the muscles hurt, We take muscle relaxers and 2 Advil. Not very often tho.

Its so funny to watch how Pete picks up stuff from the floor with his feet so he doesn't have to bend over.

A couple weeks ago, we went to breakfast with his Grandson and great grandson. They are both very slim, and they must have eaten 1000 calories each! The little guy is 7, not fussy at all, very well behaved.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Marlene - what great news!!! I know you will be so happy to be home again, and I know Walt and Barbara will be happy too. * Thank you so much for your concern for Whit. It is most appreciated the concern that you and others have expressed.

Irene - I think this can happen to many of us. For whatever reason we just don't feel like posting like sometimes we just don't feel like talking. I know you've said you are a talker, and I'm known for this too - sometimes I think people exaggerate my talking, but whatever, I do know I do my fair share, but still even for people like us we need a rest from either posting or talking. * Like your friend who wrote you a letter, at Christmas I got a card from a friend that I wondered if she was still alive, she's my age. I haven't seen her in many, many years. I've only had one year of college, but she was my college big-sister, my matron of honor when I got married, and Godmother to my daughter, so we have some history. She lives in south Georgia which is hundreds of miles from where I've lived the past 55+ years. Whether she uses the computer or not I don't know, but would be surprised if she didn't. She is a retired school teacher. Like you I Must get a letter off to her. It sounds like you are kept very busy with daily emails other than posting, so I can readily understand why you don't feel like posting often. * Again I must agree with you. I do little now days, especially compared to what I once did. My cleaners come once every two weeks, and that's plenty for us. But like you I don't tend to get bored.

Cecile - I'm so sorry to hear your hands are bothering you. As much trouble as I have with my legs and back I should (and am) be very thankful that I only have arthritic problems below the waist and not above. * It is good to hear Val had such a nice evening, and the evening she is to have with getting her hair done sounds like fun too.

Slimmer - have you given consideration or has your doctor suggested that you see a dietician? It seems like a good idea to me with you thinking so many foods aren't agreeing with you.

Miller - thanks for the information on the weather. I hope your local meteorologist is right too, and we won't necessarily have an unusually hot summer since we've had such a mild winter. * Re hair salons - I must say I've been treated well over the years. Where I go now I've been going for a number of years and many of the stylists know me by sight and remember my name. Now that is saying something since they only see me every 6 weeks to 2 months. * Like most any other profession there are those who are good at their jobs and those who aren't. Stylists have told me most of my life that I have such good hair and it is easy to work with. This being said, cutting hair is a talent, and not all stylist have it. Even with easy to manage hair I can and I have gotten rotten haircuts. * Thank you so much for your concern. Yes, I too think we have a virus of some kind, and since I got an email from a friend who lives in my previous neighborhood that she and her husband are suffering from the same thing, I'm pretty sure that is our problem. Add some joints that aren't working too well to it, and it doesn't make for a good mix. * Randy will remain in my prayers.

Ellen - I agree - we should never stop learning. * Your 101 year old aunt is definitely a good role model. I love the way she thinks. * As I think I posted yesterday, when my mother let her hair grow out to salt and pepper she actually looked 10 year younger than when she dyed it. I had a friend that her hair has been solid white since her 30s. She has a young face and beautiful white hair and is such a pretty woman. White or salt and pepper hair doesn't always make us look old. I learned long ago that nature knew what it was doing giving us lighter colored hair as me age.

Peggy - CONGRATULATIONS for getting your paintings juried in! I was just looking at that painting you put on Facebook sometime ago of the desert scene. It is absolutely gorgeous.

Bonnie - good news about the squirrels. I sure hope they will continue to leave your vehicles alone. * Thank you so very much for your concern for my husband. He's doing pretty good. His number one problem, to my way of thinking, is his loss of appetite, as this is so not like him. * Your hair looks very pretty in pictures. I've never colored my hair either and have no intention of ever doing so. I feel I've earned every bit of gray I have - Smile.

Allie - thank you for sharing your experience with that hairdresser. I think the crowning blow came for me with mine who owned her own shop, when I asked for her earliest appointment so I didn't have to wait. She told me she didn't take appointments before such and such a time, so I took it. When I got there there was a man waiting whom she took before me, and I had to wait. As said, she seemed to give her male customers preferential treatment. She did good work, but when I get my hair done I want the stylist's attention, not them being more interested in everyone else. Now don't get me wrong, there is always someone coming and going and banter going on in shops and for my stylist to join in, that's not a problem. I just want to be their main focus not an afterthought. * I would feel the same way about my son if he treated me the way your son did you. You are so good to take care of his children and anything else you can do for either his family or the boy's mother's family, much more than most of us would be. I'm sure he must keep other appointments, I don't think it is too much to expect him to remember your birthday. Because of where my birthday lands each year it tends to become an afterthought rather than something special, but it is remembered. I think you have every right to think as you do about your son.

Have a good day Everyone and a most enjoyable weekend.

Shirley

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Hello Team Sisters. They have been keeping me busy with PT. They say I am doing very well.

I am going home tomorrow emoticon

I am having pain today in my back as well as the knee. The rest of the day is free so I plan on relaxing. Walt will be here and maybe Barbara.

Peggy, congratulations on having three paintings juried into a show.

Shirley,. I'm sorry about Whit's fall and the 'bug' you picked up. Flu and viruses are rampant in our area. They closed one elementary school for a few days.

Irene, it is good to hear from you. Take care.

I'm going to try to rest awhile before lunch.

Hope everyone enjoys a great weekend.

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Slimmer, AARP will not do our taxes because we have something called K10's and they don't know what to do with them. We don't even get them until sometime in March. Still waiting for CVS to send us the print out of how much we spent on drugs last year. If I sell any art, I have to fill out a W9, whatever that is.

Irene, nice to hear from you.

Miller, my DH had his retina torn in 9 places and had the bubble put in and had to keep his head down for 2 weeks. His beloved Michigan State B-ball team was playing so he put a mirror on the floor so he could watch the game. Then a couple months later his macular moved so another eye surgery and this time had to keep his head up. Not much eye sight in the left eye. $35 for a haircut is inexpensive. I pay $75 for color and cut and I go to a gal who is 10 years younger than me so she understands us older people.

I found out yesterday that the library has free classes in just about anything you want to study from cameras, computers, medical and writing. I am going to sign up for something next month.

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Good morning!

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy Saturday!

Be back later..... emoticon

Irene - It was good to read your e-mail saying you are getting better!

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It's time I did a catch up.
I log on daily and read posts but dont always reply . A general update is I am ok recovering from a nasty virud which took its toll of me. it's over now but after effects are so tiring ,I have little energy . But I am still here ,still plodding on.
I want to be fitter and have more energy don't we all. In other teams we have talked of this and how much is age related ? We all know we can't do all the things we used to do.
But I know I need to get my fitness level up slowly .
This weekend I am in my own.its my sons weekend with his kids and grandkids. He phoned early today to check I was ok.
I have plans . An old friend sent a note asking was i alright as she hadn't heard from me for ages. She is not on internet, i do find it's easier now to keep in touch with people on line. So I want to actually write to her today. That's on my list.
I have craft work to do too. I knit and do cross stitch and have ongoing projects in both waiting for attention.
, My one and only daughter amidst five sons, chats to me on line every day, she's sent her daily update,I must reply soon.
An old friend who is on her own now and lonely ,likes a daily e mail too.
So my days do fly by . I need to take frequent rests too.
Not much housework gets done now as I have a weekly cleaner but I do laundry and cooking ,
One good thing is i am never bored. Enjoy your weekend. Irene

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Good evening team sisters.

It seems my fingers are not working too well tonight. I shall try very hard to type.

Val had a wonderful time last night. She saw 50 Shades Darker and she enjoyed the movie. Tonight she went to a girl friend's place. The friend is a hairdresser and she did Val's nails. She also had supper with her and a friend of the friend. When Val will be on March break, they are going to buy hair products and Isabelle will fix Val's hair. I had supper all by my loneself.

I give up. Not working well at all.

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

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

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Hola... was like 70 degrees even out now today...

I tried to go to school but nobody there.. and all I have or wanted to do was get points for learning about machines or cleaning etc.. but nobody to show or watch what I did

I ate yogurt and also had my pork rines and pimento dip.. then then fell asleep when I woke up.. my bottom like was all swollen and terrible thick red line on inside.. BAD!!!.. then I remember my dr asking if my throat was sore.. Why ask?... so I looked Dawwwww it is well on its way to being totally inflamed.. Again...... why didn't they say it was to me!!! When my throat gets that way.. something is about to happen.. like getting sicky... after some time my lip looks pretty good now...

I am going to have to go back to just steak hamburger ..regular veggies (no peppers) maybe eggs again... something I still eat is getting to me... I tried the yoguart and the pimento dips.. I have some oatmeal to use up which is way too high in carbs.. I had a cone at McDonalds maybe I can't handle the fake milk product either... aughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Tonight I work the Holly... it is about a Spelling Bee in some county.. a comedy

Ellen.. by Law.. ALL tax info you needs is supposed to have been sent out to you.. are you sure you can't copy it on line. Plus, don't forget the AARP like I went to Does all taxes for FREE!!! Check your libraries or senior centers. Why pay anyone.. and I bet if they do it ..you don't get audited like you might otherwise.

What was the name of the GERD medicine you had side affects from?

Sorry about the hair styling... since age 5.. I never but never had a beautician cut my hair etc. For my NC friends I was in their wedding so I went 1 time for practice for them to do my hair and again for the wedding. Never go to hair salon or anywhere for my hair... hmmmm now that Saved me A Lot of Money!

..for a little bit.. I used to cut the neighbors hair... it saved them money

Peggy.. did I miss your news.. I see Miller said all 3 got juried in!! Whoopee!!

Picture is how I loaded this kiln with all my art items and some others.. and another girl helped me.. it is about 4 ft deep and 3 ft wide. We got it all in!

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Hello to all.

ELLEN, thanks for your good wishes for my DHís eyes. *Many people here have been wondering if weíll have a hotter-than-usual summer since the winter has been so warm. The meteorologist on our local TV station said yesterday that the winter temps really donít have anything to do with what will happen this summer. I was surprised to hear that, but I think itís good news (if sheís right).

SLIMMER, I think that was remarkable that your doctorís office took so much time with you. Itís nice they tried so hard to help.

CHERIE, I hope youíre feeling better today. Regarding your medicine for GERD - I had to quit taking some years ago because it caused me to have a rare side effect of terrible chest and back pain. Itís so strange that something for esophageal problems can cause such odd side effects.

ALLIE, Iím glad you enjoyed your breakfast at Dennyís. I hope youíll soon hear from your son and that heíll be respectful and kind when he does get in touch.

GRACE, I wouldnít be surprised if youíre right about the hair stylists wanting young people who want ďthe works.Ē Sometimes I feel like seniors donít get the respect we deserve. I donít get my hair cut very often (itís shoulder length), but when I do, I pay her to wash, cut, and blow it dry. Itís $35, which seems like a lot to me (especially since I add a tip), but she is such a good hair cutter that I keep going back - she really does a good job.

DONNA, itís great your husband can cut your hair. I wish my husband could cut mine - that would be great. I once cut my husbandís hair by looking at the instructions from a library book on hair cutting. It turned out really well, but it took me about an hour and a half. It just wasnít worth it.

SHIRLEY, Iím sorry to hear you and Whit are both feeling unwell. It probably is a virus - there seem to be various ones going around this year. *Thanks for your prayers for my husband. He drove to work today after his doctor appointment. Itís an hour each way and Iím afraid for him, since he basically has only one clear eye. Heís done it before, so I guess heíll be alright.

BONNIE, Iím glad to hear the squirrels have given up!

PEGGY, Congratulations on getting all 3 paintings juried in - what great news!!



I hope the weekend is a good one for all. I'm off to finish cooking dinner now.

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Good Friday to all!
I made a decision to work on Finance stuff while I listen to Science Friday on NPR (love radio sometimes). I turn off the TV while my DH is gone. To me leaving it on if I am not watching it is a waste of electricity. My DH likes to have it on The Weather Channel all day.
Remember me talking about a recent library book I read called, ďHillbilly ElegyĒ? Well, now I am reading the latest book by Thomas Friedman, ďThank You for Being LateĒ. Surprisingly the two books actually complement each other and between them explain that when our world changes faster than we can handle, social disruption in society happens. Years ago in my 30ís, I was riding on a small plane from Tyler to Dallas. An older gentlemen on the plane shared with me that I should read and explore different venues. He said that a surgeon/inventor, he received his best ideas from other sources rather than medicine. We should NEVER STOP LEARNING!!!!!

Slimmer- I wish I could get my taxes out of the way. Unfortunately, until my DHís investment information shows up, I can only go so far. I have learned to not start them until mid-March or I will just stay stressed out.

Cherie- I am so sorry that you and your DH are not feeling well. It has been a long time since I have had to stay in bed all day.

Grace- my haircut looks better today. I think another two weeks it will look ok. I am going to wait 5 to 6 weeks before I go back even if I have to trim it myself.

Donna- I have read good things about chia seeds but have not tried them yet.

Shirley- I LOVE, LOVE your saying!!! That saying is why I continue with your monthly challenge! *We really need to stay positive as we age. I have a 101 year old aunt that is still positive even though she is almost blind. She is a very strong Christian and I think her faith keeps her focused on how she can be a blessing to others instead of dwelling on her problems. I am trying to make her one of my role models.

Allie- I think you are wise about your son. I love the old saying that sometimes more harm is done in the world by taking offense than by giving offense. *Well, know we will try hard to never forget your birthday! I am glad you took advantage of the many birthday gifts from stores. One year when I was single and all alone, I went and bought my birthday present. By doing so, I got what I wanted.

Bonnie- I would let my hair go natural (I have no idea what color it is) but my DH doesnít want me to look ďoldĒ. He is a little younger than me and his hair is just being to gray a little, so he looks younger than he is. *I find the essential oils experience you had interesting. I love smelling herbal things.

Peggy- WOW!! Congrats!!! Keep painting!!

Ellen

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Happy, happy Friday!!!!

I got all 3 paintings juried in. I can't believe it.

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Good Afternoon, Team,
It is sunny but still cold with temps in the low 40ís. At least the strong winds have stopped. Our temps are supposed to be going up for the next 4 days but weíll see about that. We had a few snow flurries yesterday.

emoticon Happy Belated Birthday Wishes - Allie. I hope you had a wonderful day.

I think the squirrels have given up making a nest in our vehicles (Knock on Wood). DH has found some scattered twigs and leaves but no nests. A guy DH knows gave us 2 cages to use but DH hasnít set them up yet. He feels really bad about taking them away. Right now there are 3 squirrels eating sunflower seeds that I threw out to them this AM. Iím wondering if one or more of them are the ďculpritsĒ. I know I shouldnít encourage them by feeding them but I love to watch them and the birds.

@Donna - Yes, I was a Medical Transcriptionist in our local hospital Radiology Dept. for 27 years before I retired. Before that I had worked in Providence Hospital in DC in the Medical Records Dept. All in all I graduated as a Medical Secretary in 1969 from a local Jr. College and worked almost all of 40 years in transcription. I tried about a year in a doctorís office but that didnít work out for me at all. Transcription is a dying profession. My sister-in-law does transcription at home for a ďserviceĒ but I donít think her work is steady. The hospital I was working for when I retired brought in ďvoice recognitionĒ and our jobs were doomed. If I hadnít retired I would have been out of a job. So involuntarily I made a good decision!!

I belong to a riding club called ďThe Old Peopleís Riding ClubĒ and we had a speaker last year who sold essential oils through a company called ďYoung LivingĒ. She uses them on horses and dogs too. She had the meeting at her house and had a diffuser going and made ice cream for us using essential oils. She passed around bottle after bottle of oils and let us smell each one. When I got home and went to bed I slept better than I have for the longest time. I contacted her and she made up a combination of lavender and some other oils for me to try to sleep better but I donít think it did the trick. She couldnít remember what oil she had used in the diffuser. I did order a bottle of ďStress AwayĒ that you roll on when you are stressed. I have ďperiodsĒ when I have it on me constantly!! It really works great to calm me down. I havenít really investigated the many other essential oils but I hope to find time to do that at some point. I do believe in them.

The Scottsdale Arizona Arabian Horse Show started yesterday and I have been glued to the laptop watching ďlive streamingĒ of it. Next week the ďbig guysĒ of the breed show their horses. That is always exciting. So, that is my pastime for now.

@Shirley - Sorry to hear your DH is having some medical issues. A friend of mine went on a cruise a couple weeks ago and when they got home both her and her husband ended up sick with cough, weakness and sick stomach. Something must be going around.

As for the hair cutting discussion. My husband would divorce me if I cut my hair!! I also don't color my hair. I prefer to go "au natural". I do trim the ends of my hair occasionally. My hair was "silver strands among the gold" but I'm afraid the "silver" is winning!

I hope everyone is having a great day.
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Good morning team:

I slept in because when I first woke up my right eye was bothering me. I knew if I went back to sleep when I woke up again my eye would feel better. I just put drops in my eyes and now I am good to go.

Shirley: I am glad you mentioned about the hair dresser that owned her own shop. The one I was going to owns her own shop too and she is often distracted with the other customers. I will miss going to her because I can walk to her shop but I don't like paying for something that I am not really getting.

It is supposed to be much warmer this weekend and I am really looking forward to it.

I haven't heard from my son regarding my birthday. The last time I heard from my son he wasn't very polite so I told him I wouldn't bother him anymore. I needed some help and he wouldn't help me. He will help me sometimes and then other times he can be nasty. I am not mad at him I just don't want to be bothered. I will see if I hear from him, sometimes he gets my birthday mixed up or he is busy with my grandsons.

Thanks for letting me vent. I love my son but as I get older I refuse to be disrespected and I don't care who is doing it.

I hope everyone has a good day.

Allie


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Good Morning Everyone -

Donna - Glad to hear your company arrived safely, but sorry to hear about the sore throat. Having house guests - family or friends - is definitely no time to be sick. I hope it is nothing. That sometimes happens to me my throat will be sore, but back to normal within hours. * Graying hair - I received a genetic gift. My mother and brother grayed early. Mother colored her hair, because she (I'm not implying you) had a thing about becoming old or at least looking it. Once she let it grow out and it was a beautiful salt and pepper. Believe it or not she looked 10 years younger with her natural color, but she didn't believe us when we told her and went back to coloring her hair which she did until she died at 76. Daddy grayed late and his hair didn't turn white until he was in his 90s. I take after him, but I'm noticing when I have my haircut under their lights that my hair is graying faster now. It is black as it always was in the back, but it has streaks or gray - salt and pepper - around my face an on the sides. You are fortunate your husband can cut your hair. * The only thing I know about Chia seeds are those Chia Pet things - smile. Again, Yvonne is the one to ask about such.

Grace - I had regular hair dressers over the years, and I loved that. When we moved here I tried one shop that I used for a few years. She cut my hair well, but she was the owner and seemed more interested in her other customers as they came in, especially the men, so I finally left. Whit was using a chain called Great Clips, and I started using them and still do. For a number of years I used only one stylist, but she left for another job, and I now use whomever is available at the shop I've been going to all this time. I get a shampoo, cut and blow dry - not a style, just a blow dry because I don't want to go out with a wet head, plus my hair is easy enough to manage, that blowing it dry sends me out looking well groomed. I do hope you got a good haircut today. * Thanks for the update on your son-in-law. It is good to know he is doing well. I'll keep him in my prayers.

Allie - thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed that graphic. The lady I get these from has posted ones with some really good messages of late. Today's in another one. * It sounds like you had an experience similar to mine with the woman who owned her shop. I was remiss in not telling her why I wouldn't return. Her prices were in line, but... Even going to places like "Great Clips" and getting minimal work done, hair cuts aren't cheap any longer.

Cherie - Congratulations on your new car! Ours that we bought a year or two ago has so many bells and whistles on it - computerized stuff - that I still don't know how to use half of it. * Have you talked to a realtor about housing? You are right, May will be here before we know it. * I'm thinking your post must have been for Peggy. There are 4 of us on the team that are artists. I no longer draw or paint, but Slimmer, Marlene and Peggy do, and they all three show.

Slimmer - yes I realize I have a week to enter those receipts. I do my shopping, pay my bill, put the receipt in my wallet and don't think about them again (most of the time) until I reconcile my credit card bill once a month. Yes, I know foolish. I did try for awhile to try and scan them immediately after putting the groceries away, but as said that didn't work. I will just have to try again. Thanks for the nudge. * LOL - after watching one of those medical dramas, don't you wonder sometimes how much that person was charged for all of those tests and all of the specialists that were involved? Did you ever watch the TV series "House"? That was one that really provoked this thought with me.

Ellen - on haircuts. At one time, again at Great Clips, I had a stylist I saw each 6 weeks, and we became friends. So we'd talk non-stop while she cut my hair. The downside to this is that she'd get so busy talking that she'd cut it shorter than I liked. It was always cut perfectly to grow out well, but a bit too short to use my very skinny curling iron when I needed to. * My husband is less positive than I am, and you are right such can rub off onto another person if they let it. I'm glad your sister didn't have any problems on her trip to visit her daughter. * Due to the burn on my husband's back he can't use the heating pad right now. If wondering we are treating it with Vaseline per doctor, and it seems to be healing nicely. He really got a nasty burn from it. Thank you for your well wishes for him. * As I keep saying we have had spring all winter, and I too am a bit apprehensive over what we will have when summer arrives. I'll bet more bugs than usual for one thing.

Miller - thanks to you also for the update on your husband. It is good to know all is well. I will keep him too in my prayers. Not being able to see well has got to be hard to live with. * Thank you for the thoughts and concern for my husband. That fall he took was a month or more ago. What's bothering him now is something new. Neither of us are feeling our best, and I think it is like many of us are experiencing it is some kind of slow acting virus making its rounds.

Peggy - good luck being juried into that show. Your work is great, so if they don't jury you in it is because of their preferences not the quality of your work.

Marlene - thanks for checking in. I've been wondering how you are doing. * It sounds like the place where you are is taking very good care of you. * There is only one restaurant here, that I know of, that serves mussels, and you have to know to ask for them, as they are only on their dinner menu. A friend introduced me to them and they are so good. We don't go to that restaurant often at all so they are definitely a treat. However... whether it was the mussels or the wine they served but something really gave me an over acid tummy. I have a glass of wine midday every day, and the wine I normally drink doesn't bother me. So I'm thinking it was the wine.

Cecile - I'm sure you found it nice to see the sun for a change. * I too hope Val had a good time last night. She doesn't seem to go out with friends often.

Make today a healthy and happy one -

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Hey y'all...Happy to hear all the positive health reports. My company made it in. Woke up with a bit of a sore throat this morning and hoping it doesn't develop into anything worse while they are here.

My husband is a barber so most of my haircuts are done in a kitchen chair. I don't trust him for anything more than a straight cut. Trying to let my hair go gray so I can stop coloring, but it just won't cooperate. My mom had beautiful silver gray hair, but mine is mousey brown with a few gray streaks here and there. Not at all what I hoped for.

Nothing much going on this side of the river. Grand daughter day tomorrow so have to figure a way to get some pep in my step.

So I've been reading about the benefits of Chia seeds. Have any of you incorporated it into your nutrition?

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ELLEN, Every time I get a haircut, they screw it up one way or another. I've had the same thing happen no matter where I go. They start out doing a good job, but by the 3rd or 4th cut, they lose interest and get sloppy. I think they don't like it because I just want a cut, no color and no blow dry and I'm an older woman. I think they prefer younger customers who want "the works" . Up in CT, I went to one of the most popular cutters at a shop that was voted the "Best in the area" by the local newspaper voters and she still messed it up. I think it was intentional. Tomorrow I have to get another cut and I dread it. Again, it's the shop that was voted number 1 (by our local FL newspaper) and a popular operator. She botched the last 2 cuts so please wish me luck!
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Good evening team:

First of all, I would like to thank everyone for all the birthday wishes. I received a $50.00 gift certificate for Kohls. Kohls sent me a $10.00 gift certificate for my birthday so I can shop until I drop. I will wait until I get more discounts in the mail then I will shop the sales.

I enjoyed my free grand slam breakfast at Dennys. It tasted extra good because I didn't have to pay for it.

Shirley: your buddha graphic was inspiring, thanks.

Cecile; I hope Val had a nice evening.

Ingratadonna; Thanks for the birthday wishes.

Peggy: I have my fingers crossed for you. I hope you get juried.

Miller; I hope you enjoyed your coffee and your husband sleeps well.

Grace: I am relieved your sils surgery went well.

Ellen: I told my hairdresser I wasn't going to her anymore because I couldn't afford it. I also am not going to her anymore because she was slacking off and not being as accommodating as she has been in the past.

Slimmer: I bet your are relieved your taxes are done. Good for you.

Cherie: There is nothing like a having a new car. I love that new car smell.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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Hi all!

Happy b-day Allie!

Love my car, still getting used to it. I don't know if we are gonna have a enuff time to find a place to move, Lease is up in May.
The last 2 days, both of us haven't felt so good. Stayed in bed, Its dark, cool, my sanctuary. I have a twitch on my right fingrs cuased by a med I take for Gerd. I was told this would happen and it doesn't go away. Its irritating...

Its so nice that you are involved in art, painting. My youngest is a graphic artist.

Have a nice day all!

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Hola...beautiful out still a bit of a bite of cold.

Mailed my Taxes

School gave my report .. loaded the Glaze Kiln... and Pugged Clay (all salvaged clay is reworked to be reused.)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALLIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

Shirley you have almost 7 full days to get the receipts in the computer.. so far I have only missed at most putting in 3... .. it is worth doing.

That Dr appointment.. I think the 1st hr with ..that nurse was to give her Training for her Masters program in Nursing.. then my Dr nurse took the extra time to show her how nice he was with patients...

Plus.. he really is concerned that.. he knows that the Quick Care and Urgent Care can't help me and the ER really won't either.. and that he is afraid that calling the ambulance and telling them I have low temp will not ..get me any respect or treated right.

..nobody does anything with allergies.. unless you can't breathe... and that goes for if you are having a reaction to ..poisen ... they don't have any special tests.. and about all if not breathing will try to get you to breathe again.. but not much more thinking in that area.. not like TV and that Dr that figures things out about you.

He really wants me to be comfortable that no matter how bad I get ..on the low temperature.. that my body will figure out how to warm me up... (but he said that is how it ..is supposed.. to work) he would not give me a temp number if I went below that I really have to go to ER... internet says 95 degrees.. because you start getting too confused.. (I was at 95.3 the other night).. Internet also says at below that temp.. make no sudden movement or the heart can go to cardiac arrest.. and here I have been running in place.. also no hot water on hands or feet.. that drives the cold to the heart... has to be warming all over
.........plus so much time talking about it.. don't think he had any other patients

that was very nice he took that long.. but then he always does over 30 min... and then before that is a nurse who does like 10 to 15 min. This office does give you the insurances monies worth.
..oh my blood pressure was 120 over 63... not bad for a chunky old lady!

Peggy... hope you get good news soon on being juried in!

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Well, I thought I had a nice haircut, but this morning I realized that she cut the sides too short. I love this hair dresser but she is not dependable. One month I LOVE my haircut, the next month she cuts it too short, the next month one side is longer than the other. We both get to talking and unless I remind her exactly the cut I what and how I want it to look like, its snip, snip, snip. I need to start out reminding what I want every month.

Making progress today with cleaning my house! My DH went to the gym so I cleaned his bathroom. He tends to not like me messing with his stuff, but he is rather messy and it needs a good cleaning at least once a week. My DS flew to Charlotte, NC to visit her daughter and despite the fact I was worried about the storms in the southeast, she said her flight was perfect. I keep reminding myself not to scenario the worst and always assume the best results. I think 30 years of living with a negative Ellen has affected my DH and now he is more negative.

Cecile- I think you are talking about the part of the window right outside of the panes. We have screens and I need to clean that space before we can open windows this spring. Otherwise, dirt will be blowing into the house.

Shirley- what a beautiful photo and saying that greeted me with your post! Thank you for taking the time to do that. I sympathize with you about your DH and the doctor. The doctors canít really find anything to fix with my DH and assume it is a trapped nerve. Hopefully, if you DH will use heat or ice and take medications, it will get better.

Marlene- it sounds if you are making great progress. My BIL loved the rehab place so much, I think he would have liked to just move in there.

Peggy- fingers crossed that you get in!

Miller- it is 70 here! Can you believe it? We have had very little winter. I hate to think what summer will be like if this keeps up. *I hope your DH continues to improve from his eye surgery.

Ellen


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GRACE, I'd been wondering how your SIL is doing and am glad to get an update. I'm truly sorry he needed so many bypasses. I wish him comfort and a smooth recovery. Wishing all the best to you and your whole family.
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MILLER, Thank you for the update on your DH's eye. I hope he continues to heal nicely.

I got an update in my SIL. He had to have a quintuple bypass. He seems to be coming along as well as can be expected.


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Hello to all. I've enjoyed reading everyone's posts.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALLIE!!! I hope your special day is a wonderful one!!!
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SLIMMER, Congratulations on getting 3 submission published in the University of Georgia's Lit Magazine - that's great!!

SHIRLEY, I'm sorry your husband is still under the weather. I was afraid the doctor would say he'd broken a rib when he fell and that was causing his pain, so I'm glad it's not something like that. Still, sometimes sprains are worse than breaks, I've heard.


My husband's eye surgery went well. He has a big bandage over it and has to be careful not to bend over. He also needs to sleep in the right position tonight. Then tomorrow morning, I bring him to the doctor, he'll get the bandage off, while the doctor checks to see if everything is as it should be. There's a "bubble" in his eye which need several weeks to dissipate. It will cause him to have blurry vision in that eye until it does dissipate. He's been through this before, so it's a nuisance more than anything.

It's sunny today, but cold, and there's a chill in the house. I'm going to turn the heat up and maybe make some coffee.
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emoticon Allie! Have a great day!

I am waiting to hear if I got juried in the art show. So when I hear, I will report in.

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I am making progress with PT. Was up at 6:30 this morning for shower and shampoo. My bed still is alarmed. I think tomorrow I can move around in my room independently. I am to be discharged Sunday. Will do out patient PT for awhile.

The meals are good. There is a full menu to choose from every morning for the following day. Treats are available, but I haven't indulged. emoticon

Glad to read that everyone is doing well. Shirley, mussels and wine sounds great.

They are coming to take me to the dining room for lunch.

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Hello again!

Allie - emoticon Hope your day goes as you wish and everything you hope for comes through! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Good morning team sisters!

Today is bright and a bit sunny. No Snow! I haven't heard if some is coming but for now they can forget about it.

On the news last night, they were showing some of the streets and how narrow they have become. With all the snow coming down, the poor workers can't manage to clean up. They are doing the best they can. Of course the major thoroughfares are done right away. It is the secondary ones that are suffering. I can imagine all the overtime the city will have to pay!

Val is not coming home for supper. She and some friends are going out to supper, study and then a movie. I hope she has fun!

Be back later...... emoticon

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Good Morning Everyone -
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I spent a most enjoyable few hours yesterday with two friends over a lunch of mussels and wine for me. * For those wondering about my husband he has no appetite, still hurts and says he feels sick, but sounds good and seems fine. He did go to the doctor and the doctor found nothing wrong. The pain in his side the doctor said could be a muscle spasm. His neck and shoulder he strained when he took a fall a month or so ago, but the doctor hasn't seemed concerned about it either.

Yvonne - love your graphic. You do it just the way I do. You can save the graphics I or others post that way too. I've now acquired a folder full thanks some women on another team.

Slimmer - Congratulations! I'd say that was pretty darned good too getting your work accepted by that magazine. * Thanks for the tip on the Walmart receipts. It is much simpler just to scan the darned things with ones phone, but with a hand that shakes what you suggest would work better for me. * Oh My - how our tastes differ. I've never tasted the cinnamon in Coke, but I've never drank as much as you do either. We can drink Pepsi okay, but we much prefer Coke - always have. I used to drink Diet Rite cola because it was supposed to have a lower sodium content, I think it was. I definitely don't like flat soda. * How unusual a doctor's office spending that much time on a patient visit. But you know what, I'm glad that my visits don't take that long - smile. But it does sound like they answered many of your questions which is good.

Ellen- one more thing I keep putting off that I need to get done and that's a haircut. I noticed yesterday when I was getting ready for my lunch date that the hair on my neck is trying to curl up - a sure sign I've waited too long for a haircut. It sounds like you had your usual busy day yesterday. * I have tried to remember to write on the back of pictures and was good about it for years and then stopped. As someone posted I have hundreds of pictures on my phone and computer and few hardcopies any longer. I have so many old family pictures that I may or may not know who they are any longer. I really need to spend some time with my daughter on her next visit going through these things. * That's the reason I shared the story about my elderly dad and the money, it was to tell you you are doing the right thing with your aunt and mother. Where Daddy lived if they had vending machines or not I have no idea. Like Senior places do around here, I don't think they had buses to take the residents shopping, so he really had no need for money. Your story about your aunt and the $20 is what I think happened with the $50 my brother gave Daddy. Daddy and Mother were so tight fisted when it came to giving or lending money to their children, but he would lend money to his siblings who I gather seldom paid him back, and would give money to people who would help him in some way. I guess they thought it was good parenting and would make us self-sustaining and independent. It worked with me, but I think it had a more negative effect on my brother.

Peggy - Yvonne gave perfect instructions about gathering and posting graphics so I won't repeat them in my post. If you have problems let me know and I'll try to help you. Photos - I told this story before so I will give the short version this time. I've got 4 big boxes of photo albums that came from my brother's house sitting in my garage since my daughter's last visit. I so need to go through those things, but like you have no motivation to do so. * One of the reasons I suck on hard candies rather than eating other types of candy is that they take longer to consume and thus I take in less calories and am pacified than if I downed a piece of chocolate or a candy bar. Drinking pop is paramount to drinking liquid sugar. As Ellen, I think it was, reminded us of a Jack LaLanne saying - "a minute on the lips, forever on the hips." I think I got that quote right. Enjoy your package from Christina. What a thoughtful gift.

Cecile - I'd be pretty fed up with all the snow you have and have been having too. * Val has Spring Break in 2 weeks? That does sound early for such to me. My daughter teaches at a college in Texas, I'll have to ask when they have their Spring Break.

Wishing Everyone a good day -

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Yvonne- I love your test image!!

Slimmer- your two hour visit with the nurse and doctor was amazing!! I loved the information and the attention they gave you. My son lives alone and I think when one is alone it is harder when you don't feel well.

One the three photos, I love the cubist painting. The colors and image speak to me. I also liked the woven scarf? Well done!! Congratulations on having THREE entries accepted.

Ellen

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Just an experiment.... especially for those ready for spring to come.

Yvonne

P.S. I did a search for "pictures of spring" and copied it into my hard drive, then opened it up with the "add an image" feature of this message area.

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Hola...

..was just notified that 3 out of 4 of my submissions to the University of Georgia's Lit Magazine was accepted to be Published... One other person had 2 accepted the others only 1.. That is pretty darn good!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They are telling yet who got the cover....????????

I did good!

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Good evening team sisters.

One person that is very fed up with snow I am living with! She had to clear the driveway again today before being able to bring the car in the yard. I looked to see if we had mail. The poor man couldn't get to the mail box there was too much of the while stuff. It's okay as I am not expecting anything important.

This afternoon while I was saying my rosary in my usual position, I happened to look at the bottom of the window inside the house. I know I have to wait until it's warmer, but there is a job waiting for me.

Val is counting the weeks until Spring Break. It's in two weeks. She starts on the 24th of this month. I'm kind of looking forward to having her around.

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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Hola... windy was sunny but getting a bite of cold out there???

MY RABBIT IS BACKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK! I saw it last night at dusk...

Shirley.. on the Walmart savings checker.. I don't scan.. I use my Desktop and just enter the register receipt and date.. that does not take time and I am always at my computer during the day.. still worth the effort

Shirley as to Coke addictive.. I think way back when they thought it had coke the drug in it.. and at first there was a little something going on but Snopes I think says no.. but the sugar sure is addictive!.. I also like first Pepsie.. but uck they did something to that taste it is terrible to me.. maybe the GMO in the corn syrup.. it is terrible to me.. and Coke is very cinimon..ie to me and ok especially real cold but it also has changed.. Diet Coke has a nice flavor.. I like it better when it is flat...

Today....... I went and got my taxes done by AARP.. always for free!!!.. they do anyones taxes any age no matter how difficult... uck.. I owe.. seems the Social Security went up by a couple of hundred dollars.. surprise!!!!!!

Then I went to my Dr... first I got a very nice lady that is working to get her Masters in Nursing.. she is a few years younger than me??? But she asked questions for about 1 hour and then listened to my heart and other things..(I guess for practice)

Then my Dr (nurse) came in and they both talked with me for ANOTHER HOUR!!!!!! Am I getting my monies worth.. a 2 hr visit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

he is glad I am finding out things that bother me... and said I just have to Avoid them and keep working on it.

He also said the Zantac type med the hospital gave me.. to use when something bad is happening.. it will be as good as Benidryl ..that I can't take.

He also ordered my 10 .. .6 Adivan.. to calm me down... saying calling the ambulance because my temp was like 93... might not motivate them to help me so much and I would be taken to the hospital.. but then the hospital .. just might not know what to do with me for a dropping temp.. they did not think much of our hospital

their main thing was to ..get me comfortable that even if I have dropping temp.. and even if I pass out.. that my body would ..jerk to keep me warm.. (he hoped ..it was supposed to work that way).. he said of bad swollen tongue go to ER.. but med first

they both agreeded that people that had allergies or react are mostly not treated very good at ER etc. which is not right. The new nurse said I really should write a book on experiences.. her son is very allergic so she understood.. my dr nurse said I fall in a gray area of treatment when getting sick.. because only the ER will be the place I am accepted.. and a shame that it is going to cost a fortune there to be looked at and probably not treated too well.

A very enlightening visit.. bottom line was to get me comfortable ..being alone... that they are working to see I will do well when I need help.. (as they mumbled.. they hope)

..well now have a big bag of Smoky Almonds and a pile of diet jello.. to give or toss away.

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I had a nice haircut this morning, but otherwise a quiet day- at last! I have been cleaning house and doing club stuff. My DH had a haircut this afternoon so now we both look nice. (Smile)

Cecile- the farmers probably love snow. It melts slowly and gives good ground moisture instead of just running off the fields. I am so glad that your internet is working well.

Elaine Ė I use to not write on the back on my photos until I witness an incident in my family where my aunt was putting together a family book of old photos and my mother who is one of the oldest children pointed out that she had identified several ancestors wrong. To top that, I had a photo album where I had written on the pages, the year, etc. Then the album started falling apart and I had real problems remembering what year we took the photos. What people will do about digital is beyond me although often the device or PC will time stamp it. *Enjoy your trip to Oklahoma.

Donna- all I know about West Plains is a high school classmate of mind lives there in a beautiful log cabin in the woods. I think it is close to Branson or Springfield.

Allie- how nice about the receiving the Panera gift! I sometimes get a free coffee or $1 or two off something. *Thank you for telling me that it was during the morning and not at night that you had to sit there waiting for the next bus.

Shirley- the incident you related with your dad is why my aunt doesnít get large sums of money. Her caretaker gave her $20 because she wanted her money. A day later it was gone because my aunt gave it to the cleaning lady to because she wanted to thank her for cleaning the room. So a few dollars is all she has now. But although my aunt and mother have money in their purses, they forget that they do and they are always worrying because they have no money. So, my sisters have to show them that they do.

Peggy- what fun!! Your DD is precious for doing this for you!

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Happy Wednesday

I tried to post a valentine yesterday but it didn't work. Shirley, how do you do it?

I wish someone would come and help me with all my photos. I just can't seem to get motivated.

Elaine, you made me laugh about warding off the burglars.

In my second goodies box from my DD Christina (MN), I got another adult coloring book and pencils and sharpener, a bag of dark chocolates with sea salt caramel and bear paws which is another candy. If I eat all this stuff, I surely will gain a lot of weight which I don't need but the candy is sooo good. At least, I don't drink pop.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Yvonne - so glad you and Jay had such a good time on your trip. * Your sister sounds like my daughter, some people tend to have a gift - don't they - for finding just the right gift and something unique. * Thank you - I so enjoy those graphics I was in hopes others would too. While passing out compliments - I so enjoy when you put a pretty border on your posts. I know it is a bit tedious doing them, but they are so pretty especially the one yesterday.

Donna - interesting post. Don't work too hard cleaning. It sounds like you are going all out. I used to do that too when much younger and I could. * We from Missouri on this team are pretty much in the middle of the state. My husband and I haven't traveled the state that much and so I'm not very familiar with southern Missouri, but hear it is beautiful, although I have heard of West Plains. I do hope your daughter and son-in-law will be happy living there. * I think several on the team are familiar with essential oils, Yvonne comes to mind.

Elaine - we haven't gone to the Muny nearly as much as I would have liked to. My one memory I will share is seeing "Hello Dolly" with Carol Channing, and it was beastly hot that evening. How on earth they performed in that heat in those heavy costumes is a wonder, but Ms Channing and the cast did a masterful job. * Oh what a wonderful find that family Bible. I love Bibles and have quite a few. I have few personal items from my parents' families, but those things I do have I so treasure. I guess it is why I've turned into such a pack rat - smile, as I want my children to have "things" to remember us by. * What a special and novel idea your mother had with those greeting cards. How you must treasure yours. * Safe travels. We will look forward to hearing from you on your return.

Cecile - oh to be able to sleep the way you do! That would be such a blessing. * I know all that snow must be so beautiful, but I must admit that I'm so thankful I don't have to deal with it right now or at all so far this winter.

Ellen - when Daddy was in assisted living he was in a very nice facility that seemed to be well run. Being hundreds of miles away it was my brother's (he lived in the same town) responsibility to make sure he was being taken care of. Daddy always liked to have money in his pocket, and my brother was a bit too free with money for his own good, so I warned him not to give Daddy any money and why- for one thing he had no place to spend it. Well, Daddy hit my brother up for money, and instead of giving him a few dollars he gave him $50. You guessed it it disappeared quickly. That place was pretty honest it seemed so we think he might have given it to someone thinking he was being nice. I try not to tell people "I told you so" but I definitely told my brother this. Needless to say Daddy wasn't given any more money. I think it is sweet what you do for your aunt and mother on Valentine's. * A local grocery makes these strawberries every year, and my husband so likes them, so I make it a point to get them for him. Special occasions any longer small ones as well as big ones like Christmas and birthdays are just cards. He buys what he wants so it leaves nothing for me to give him, and I want nothing usually. Should he think of something - like Christmas he knew my iPad was dying a slow death, he bought me a new one, but other than that we don't buy gifts for each other. He did give me a heart filled with chocolates for Valentine's. As I told him it was mostly pretty box with minimal chocolates - smile, and that was just fine with me.

Grace - I will pray for your son-in-law today. I do so hope all goes well, and that he has a good recovery. I am so sorry he has to go through this. * Your bus story was an awful one. I had to take an overnight bus trip to Georgia. It was okay although I did have one incident, but all in all no problem. I had no experience riding a bus - I'm talking Greyhound too - and I was sitting next to a little black lady that evidently traveled that way a lot, and she was kind enough to tell me how to manage and things to do and not do. She was a godsend.

Allie - I so agree about a handicap placard. We now have the license plates with the symbol on them. My husband pushed me to ask for one, and I asked our doctor at the time for one rather apologetically, and he gave me the application almost before I got the words out of my mouth. So I guess it was obvious the time had come for me to have one. * What an awful experience you had with that bus. I'm a believer in what goes around comes around, and believe me that bus driver will get his comeuppance one of these days. I'm glad you are okay. One time I had Federal jury duty and since it was at the Federal Court House downtown I took the bus. As said public transportation is practically non-existent where I live, and lived at the time, so buses didn't run often. I lived in fear that week that I'd be held over due to the courts and miss that one bus home. Yes, my husband would have come and gotten me but I sure didn't want him to make that drive and especially at rush hour. I am so glad that your filed a complaint with the bus company,

Peggy - I'm surprised that they didn't give you a handicap placard immediately with both your legs out of commission.

Cherie - it sounds like you had a very nice Valentine's Day. * My husband drinks soda. I rarely do, and when I do it is a small amount. One of the good things that happened as I got older I lost my desire for soda for some unknown reason. I still like the taste - I'm talking Coke, not just any cola, but I rarely want any. Wish that would happen with a few more things that I enjoy too much. Tea works like a diuretic, it helps to get rid of water that our bodies hold, plus it has some nutrients, so unless you put sugar or milk in it there are no calories either. I've heard of Arizona tea and have seen it on the shelves, but have no idea what makes it different from any other tea.

Slimmer - my mother used to say - this was when I was growing up that Coke is addictive. I have no idea whether this is true or not. I guess there are chemicals in anything that can cause adverse reaction in people. The majority of the Coke I have drank over the years has been Diet Coke, and unless they are now putting something else in it, I had no adverse reaction from it. My husband still drinks Diet Coke, and he has no problem with it. * I swear by Splenda, and again no adverse reaction. I do avoid things with aspartame in it however, and Lots of products use this artificial sweetener. I have been using Splenda since before you could find it in the stores - I ordered it online. It is said that no artificial sweeteners are recommended for us to use, but Splenda is among the safest. This being said, I have heard one other person say that her daughter-in-law couldn't use Splenda that she had a reaction from it. Unless I drink iced tea I don't use sweetener of any kind. I now drink my coffee black without sweetener.

Miller and Coreen - I haven't responded to either of you, but know that I'm wishing you well.

Have a good day everyone. I must run I have a lunch date at noon, and I need to get breakfast and take my pills.

Shirley



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Good morning everyone!

Today the day is kind of bright and it's snowing again. The farmers will be so happy!

Hope everyone has a good, safe and healthy Wednesday!

Be back later.... emoticon

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Good morning team:

Grace and Ellen: If it makes you feel any better I wasn't in the dark when I was waiting for the bus. This happened around 10:30AM yesterday. I remembered a woman that works at the Y and is also handicapped rides the bus. She told me buses have passed her by without stopping and she was standing at the bus stop waiting for the bus. Her husband works for the bus company so that made it even worse for her. I doubt I will hear back from the bus company but I do hope the driver was spoken to.

Panera bread sent me a nice little gift. I can get a fresh bagel daily until the end of the month. I love Panera and I don't go there because it is too expensive. I shall have fun deciding exactly what kind of bagel I want everyday. I also get a free coffee for at least one day. I received this for my birthday. I am signed up with Perkins restaurant and I will get a free breakfast there tomorrow. I got a $5.00 coupon from DSW but I don't think it is worth the gas I will use to reimburse the coupon I love getting free stuff and in this economy it is quite a treat.

I am off to my state reps office to have them fill out my rent/tax rebate form. They have been a big help to me. I went to my democratic meeting on Monday night and it lasted 2.5 hours. We have quite a few people that are running for office so it is getting quite hectic.

I hope everyone has a good day and you all had a nice Valentines Day.

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Up with the chickens because someone didn't turn the alarm off when he left for work. I should take his candy back.

Elaine...I have tons of pictures w/o information written on the back and I could just kick myself. One of my retirement goals is to try and get them in some kind of order. Enjoy your trip!

Grace...Hoping for best possible outcome for your SIL.

Allie...Hope you had no ill effects from being out in the weather.

Cherie...I usually drink dry reds, but do enjoy a good sangria every once in a while.. They aren't easy to find. Best one I've ever tasted was in an Italian restaurant.

Slimmer...I rarely drink soda but when I do it's got to be coke. And I'm a fool for a coke float.

Bonnie...I see you were a medical transcriptionist. So was I. Started out in a doctors office and then moved to the house doing it for local doctors for many years. With the latest in medical technology and regulations, I think it is becoming a dying profession.

Another day of cleaning before company arrives. I'm counting this as my spring cleaning since I'm moving furniture instead of cleaning around it.

Do any of you use Essential Oils? Got a sample set for Christmas and really don't know anything about them.

Any of you MO girls familiar with West Plains? All I know is it is on the MO/ARK border.
That's where my daughter and SIL will be settling. They are making a trip this weekend in hopes of finding a house.

Have a good day all! Donna

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Donna, This summer our theatre is doing several of my favorites including ďMama Mia,Ē My St. Louis fun memory is the Muni Opera Ė my first visit with my mom and sis we saw ďBye, Bye Birdie.Ē

Shirley, I have photographed all the Bibles in DHís family Ė I donít have any from mine. Also, when we visited Lancaster Co PA the Mennonite Museum allowed me to photograph DHís ancestral Bible which is housed there. There were 40 family pages, all in German.

I wonder what everyone is going to do about identifying digital photos Ė at least my mother wrote on the back of the ones I have Ė so in most cases I know whoís in the photo. Now people are going to have tons of photos of strangers on CDs and flash drives and old cellphones.

My mother saved all her greeting cards. One year she took the birthday cards sent by her children and wrote a personal message to each child. Each one started ďWhen you read this Iíll probably be deceasedÖĒ and then she added a personal message for the sender.

Ladies, Iím headed to Oklahoma to visit the nieces/nephews until next Tuesday. DH is staying home to feed the cats and ward off burglars.
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Good evening team sisters.

Imagine that! No snow today. They do however, say we are to have some tomorrow.

This afternoon I was sitting on my rocking chair looking out while I said my rosary. All of a sudden the farmers came to mind. With all this snow, their fields are going to get good moisture for the Spring planting. I felt better!

Val did another small grocery run today. She said for a Tuesday, there were lots of people. She noticed that the shopping was for special meals tonight.

I didn't do much today. I got up close to noon! I was very tired last night and I felt good about the rest but, I didn't feel like doing much so I didn't.

The snow we had during the week-end must have fallen off the wires because the internet is working perfectly today!

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 Happy Valentine Day". emoticon

A busy day! I went to a meeting and found out I picked up some duties I did not know about. Oh well, it's not a big deal. Oh Valentines- I found a pretty card I had given to my DH several years ago and gave it to him. Of course, I told him and he thought it was funny. He said he would date it. I replied that I would just add a new date. emoticon The thoughts are the same there. We stop doing valentine cards several years ago. I sent one to my mother and aunt. I always put $3 in each one. They like money and they can use them in the venting machines. My sisters make sure big money gifts are not in their room. No sense tempting someone.

Allie- I am so sorry that happened to you. An hour in a cold, dark place is not good for anyone but especially a woman our age. Don't get sick! - A pet peeve of my is web sites that are not updated.


Grace - great news on your SIL!!!! I know all of this is so scary. emoticon * Also, thanks for the information on Diet Coke you gave Slimmer. It makes one stop and think before sipping.

Coreen- Montana is one state that I have never seen except on tv. I'm glad the weather is nice. Do you live near mountains?

Miller- I love to celebrate every holiday, but Valentine is harder since I got older. I don't like eating out on that day, no one should eat candy, and what do you do with the pretty cards.

Yvonne- I am so intrigued by the idea of quilting but never pursue it. I'm glad your trip was fun.

Bonnie- that wind sounds like it was wild. We are having dry, sunny days. I am wanted snow or rain.

Cherie- your Sunday dinner sounds yummy. I'm glad you didn't gain. * I am always wanting something hot to drink in the winter. I had green tea yesterday. But coffee is my favorite.

Peggy- I couldn't see your Minion. They are cute.

Shirley- take care.

Ellen

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Good evening team, I just got a text from my DD that my SIL is going to have a quadruple bypass tomorrow morning (Wed). The doctor said his survival rate is 98%. That's reassuring!

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ALLIE, I'm so sorry about what happened with that bus driver - how mean of him not to stop!! I hope being in the cold for that hour doesn't make you sick again. I also hope your complaint gets some results and he'll be kinder and more professional to others in the future.


SHIRLEY, the Valentine graphic is very cheerful - thanks for sharing it with us.


YVONNE, your trips sounds like a lot of fun!!


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We had a good time in Columbia. We drove up Friday, spent the night, then to Hamilton MO on Saturday for a quilt trip. Iíve talked about Hamilton beforeÖ. Six quilting shops all owned by The Star Quilt Company. Had the best Panini sandwich Iíve ever had Ė smoked turkey and pear, with a thin layer of some kind of greensÖ kale, maybe? On Sunday before we came home, we visited another quilt shop in Columbia, and it was a really good one. Iím all jazzed about quilting now, of course.

PEGGY, I enjoyed hearing about your special gift. Thatís a good thing for any of us to do, isnít it? My sister is the best gift giver everÖ. She just picks up sale items wherever she goesÖ notepaper, pens, little handy grooming items. She always has a stash, and she has a gift for knowing people well enough to give exactly the right thing. I do hope youíre doing better. Iím sure that warm shower felt wonderful.

ELLEN, your bout with dizziness does sound like dehydration. Iíve only had dizziness once, where the room was circling around me. Very unpleasant. And I agree with you about ďblooming where you are planted.Ē Thatís especially good advice as we age, and have to give up some formerly enjoyed things or maybe some of the dreams weíve had. BTW, my husband loves to go to Sprouts. We no longer have one close to us.

IRENE, I so enjoyed your handwork, which is very well done. I know youíre enjoying getting into that again. Joy!

SHIRLEY, Iíll add my thanks for the graphic. Those colorful additions really add sparkle to these messages!

BONNIE, thanks for the tip on the Poldark books. That sounds like a good series to start reading.

SLIMMER, sorry to hear about your bad reaction to something in your diet. I was amazed at the information about coke. I have a feeling that when these soft drinks first came out, and most of us first started drinking them, they were not so filled with chemicals as they are now.

ALLIE, that bus driver was heartless. I suspect they get hardened from all the OTHER people who take advantage of them while dawdling to get on the bus. The drivers need to behave appropriately to the situation. I hope the driver gets some kind of negative result from leaving you behind. Grace's advice sounds good.

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SHIRLEY, Thank you for the day brightening graphic! It sure is cheerful!

ALLIE, I'm upset just thinking about you standing out in the dark and cold for an hour. I think you need to write a letter to the authorities since that is elder abuse, if that driver knew you were there but ignored you. It needs to be a written documentation of the incident. They can see on his dash cam if he was laughing or how he was reacting at the very time he drove off and left you standing there or if any of the passengers alerted him. He's pretty confident that he can get away with it.

When I took a trip on a Greyhound bus, about 20 years ago, we had a "pit stop" at a convenient store. The driver told us we could go into the store but we better be back on the bus at the time he told us to be. One lady was running across the parking lot toward the bus and he just drove off and left her there. Everybody on the bus was yelling at him to stop but he just kept going, with a big smirk on his face.

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Good afternoon team:

emoticon Happy Valentines Day to everyone.

Coreen: I have never been to Montana. I bet it is lovely.

Bonnie: I loved Poldark on PBS. I will look into his books.

Peggy: You were wise to get the handicapped placard. I use mine often and it has been a godsend. I hope you are getting around better and are not in too much pain.

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Cecile: I hope you get your computer problems straightened out soon.

Shirley: I love the angel bear graphic, thanks.

I took the bus to my alanon meeting. I did okay going to the meeting but there was a problem when I was taking the bus back. I went to my usual stop and they had moved it. It was further down the street and I couldn't reach it in time to catch the bus. I tried to get the bus driver to wait but he just took off after picking up one passenger. A good Samaritan on the other side of the street tried to get him to wait but he just took off. I had to wait another hour for the next bus. It was pretty cold out and that was a long hour.

When I got home I double checked the schedule on the computer and they were still listing a stop that was no longer there. I contacted the bus company and filed a complaint. It took me some time after I got home to get warm again. I don't think I will be riding the bus again for some time. I don't want to get sick again.

I just had to vent thanks for listening.

Allie


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Edited by: ARTY1934 at: 2/14/2017 (14:28)
Shirley - St. Louis, MO

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Hi all!

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Hubbys busy delivering flowers today. We went and had our Dinner on Sun to celebrate it as he he will be busy. Had Mexican, and a margarita, yum, We went early, so we had the leftovers for dinner.. We tried Sangria this weekend, Its like Grape juice, not a good mix with wine .I'm not crazy About it. I'm surprised I didn't gain any weight.

We don't drink soda, I drink half Green tea and Black iced tea but I add more water with lemon.
Hubby drinks from a gal of Arizona tea, When it goes down, Halfway he adds water. Maybe that why I didn't gain weight..

Have a nice and an enjoyable day!

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HI.. moving slow

years ago I saw a show on Coke... and I can't remember but it said it was made with like 250 or over 400..!!! chemicals...

so when I would drink I would repeat that to myself.. didn't slow me down

but I really have slowed down on what all I used to drink.. pretty much to a Coke now and then and Diet Coke.. was hoping the diet lemonade would be ok for a little change.

..there are Really bad reports on Diet Coke.. especially for Depressions.. an for sure it can make you act like you have MS... good this is.. if off of it for even less than 2 weeks the bad symptoms will go away.. so far I don't get any odd side affects like that

years ago I used a lot of Splenda.. but I started to get funny feelings and toss all I had out???

Slimmer thanks.. hanging in there

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FYI FOR SLIMMER:

What Chemicals are Really in Coca-Cola?
by Christina Sarich
Posted on October 10, 2013
Perhaps you already know that the Coca-Cola Co. has committed atrocious ground-water polluting in other countries, along with creating water shortages. You probably know as well that the company is turning providing the mass population with toxic beverage choices. After reading this quick, informative article, you will understand exactly what you are putting into your body, and this just might make it easier to break the Coke-drinking habit.
Hereís whatís really in Coca-Colaís famous Coke soda:
ē Carbonated tap water Ė Whatever is in unfiltered municipal water is also in your Coke. The carbonation that is added increases gastric secretions and can make you flatulent. Here is what your tap water looks like, by the way.
ē E150D Ė This is a food coloring, which is made from processing sugar at certain temperatures. Ammonium sulfate is then added (also a constituent of Round Up Ready Chemicals used by Monsanto). This chemical has been known to increase asthma attacks.
ē E952 Ė This is a sugar substitute. It is 200 times sweeter than sugar and can cause your glycemic levels to sky-rocket. This can lead to diabetes, obesity and other diseases.
ē E950 Ė This is Acesulfame Potassium, and it aggravates the heart, vascular system, and nervous system. It is especially bad for children and pregnant women.
ē E951 Ė Aspartame Ė A GMO product which can cause seriously negative impact on your body. Symptoms of aspartame poisoning include: unconsciousness, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, palpitation, weight gain, irritability, anxiety, memory loss, blurry vision, fainting, joint pains, depression, infertility, hearing loss and more. Aspartame can also provoke the following diseases: brain tumors, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), epilepsy, Gravesí disease, chronic fatigue, Alzheimerís, diabetes, mental deficiency and tuberculosis. Later, this substance was initially illegal due to its dangers but was again made legal in a suspicious manner.
ē E338 Ė Orthophosphoric Acid Ė This causes skin and eye irritation, and can interfere with your bodyís ability to absorb calcium, causing osteoporosis.
ē E330 Ė Citric Acid Ė This is preservative that is also used in the medical field for preserving blood. In small doses it is fine, but in large doses it can eat away at your stomach and esophageal lining.
ē Aromas Ė Unknown aromatic additives.
ē E211 Ė Sodium Benzoate Ė According to a study completed by Peter Piper at the Sheffield University in Britain, sodium benzoate can harm DNA.



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Happy Valentine's Day everyone! emoticon

Still having problems with the internet today.

I may be back! emoticon

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SLIMMER, I'm so sorry you feel so ill. I hope your doctor can see you. Gentle hugs!!!
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Edited by: MILLER-S at: 2/14/2017 (10:57)
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Happy Valentines Day everyone! ūüćďūüć∑ūüíĚ

Slimmer....Sorry you feel so badly. Hope it resolves quickly. It was good to call someone. When my daughter is having a reaction I call her regularly till the worst is over. Calms us both down.

Edited by: INGRATADONNA at: 2/14/2017 (09:44)
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Hola ..sunny out HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

Peggy.. never answered.. I did try to drink tea .. I like it.. but a couple of years ago I tried the green tea and had it in the morning.. I was wide awake all through the night.. I've tried it a few other times and same.. seems the caffeine is just too much for me now. Coke is like that, but odd Diet Coke has caffeine but does not keep me up.

Well, I had a Horrible Horrible night... I did have a coke yesterday after the movie along with a grilled cheese sandwich from Paneria.. which I had not eaten at in at least 10 years.. well it was terrible just two fresh pieces of bread and warmed a little in a press...

anyway.. the coke kept me awake so at 2am I got up had a handful of almonds and a diet coke.. then went back to bed.... THEN ohhhhhhhhhhh did I spin.. told you I never just spin and spin and spin.. well I did last night!.. It would not stop.. so I stood up it still kept going and going... finally it stopped and I

now think it has to be the almonds.. the Smoked Almonds .. and I can't handle the smoke when it is outside.. so a correlation?.. so I drank 16 oz of water then back to bed.

I still felt odd.. temp in house said 80 .. but.. I took my temp and kept taking it over some minutes and it was Falling.. got down to 95.3.. and I quickly got in the hot shower and stayed there.. it got up to 97 or so...

ohhhhhhhhhh was I sicky.. I could not drive myself to the ER.. I unlocked the door.. got dressed kept the phone near me and kept taking my temp.. it headed in 96. something...

I didn't want an ambulance... they would do nothing for me at the hospital.. then how would I get home

I called my friends in NC and she let me talk.. I was scared and getting anxiety by then... I calmed down, but still felt terrible... my temp got down to 96.9 but went up a little.. it is 97.7 now and that part of me feels ok..

I just called my dr so he can see me.. my bottom lip is swollen and it is uncomfortable to move and breathe deep.. I cough.. and I have an odd pain in back part of my leg???

So, dawwwwwww in my opinion it is the Almonds.. I have so many times bought them to eat... I have thought it might be them at one time... but after the way I spun after eating them.. that was it... just like when I had Deli Meat.. and spun immediately

well, getting closer to figuring this out... I don't feel or look so good right now.. like I got hit by a Max Truck.

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