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September already ! The months fly by . It's been the wettest August in years here in UK, it's cool and changeable just now.
We are alright plodding on. My life seems to revolve around beds lately ! I had hassle with new beds I ordered, that's now solved. Yesterday a hospital bed as delivered for my husband, this is on loan from Red Cross, I needed a lesson on operating it! Tilts up at the head, foot both ends or rises up generally all at the pressing button . The previous bed he had is now in the small room for our son to use when he stays here,
Still on the help strand I was informed yesterday I am being given a carer fro three hours a week at a time that suits me . This is for a sitter with Maurice so I can go out by day .This will be a male carer who already comes here some mornings to help M ,so he knows him and is happy with that. First thing I want to do is have a hair dol booked, I will enjoy my free hours !
Congrats and well done to winners and tryers of the monthly challenge. I am doing my own "get back on track " challenge. More of a healthy eating and increase exercise than losing weight effort. I was feeling very sluggish and down, I am on week two now. I trust you are all well. Irene

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9/2/15 9:50 P

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Congrats to August winners!! Allie for winning gold for most weight and exercise! emoticon Shirley for silver, and Peggy and Serena taking bronze. For exercise, Serena for silver and Grace for bronze in exercise. emoticon to everyone who participated!

We awoke to cloudy skies and light rain this morning which lasted until noon. When the sun came out, the humidity and heat went up, so no gardening today. Instead I tackled a major task on my ďTo DoĒ list- clean out the storage closet under the stairs in the basement. UGH! But I did find my Christmas candles that I was missing. I also had forgotten that the little antique dining table downstairs has two leaves that can be added. I also found the funny rubber chicken that I won 25 years ago as a prize. My DH needs to go through all the boxes of old hobby paints and hobbies he started and never finished. But the worst is done.

The news stories of people fleeing the war torn countries are breaking my heart. The UN and Europe need to work to find solutions to this overwhelming exodus of people. I am afraid the children and old will start dying in the train stations of lack of food and clean facilities.

Marlene Ė I am so sorry to hear about your DH and his back. Back pain is the worse ever. When I was in pain recovering from surgery, at least I knew it was temporary but with back pain, it seems like doctors are hopeless with solutions. *Your experience at the gym was special. I always appreciate prayers for people. *I am sorry you have asthma. My aunt has that and it can be so restricting.

Peggy Ė My hummingbird container is also glass and I have trouble feeling like I really get it clean enough. I am going to try vinegar when I clean it in a couple of days.

Shirley Ė our woodland garden is very shady in the morning, so I was not working in the sun. I probably would not have tried it if it was in the sun.

Grace Ė Your state must have the same budget problems as Kansas. Our governor thought lowering taxes on the businesses would create more jobs and generate more revenue Ė has not happened in his five years in office. The state government finally raised the sales tax which impacts even food here. I read today that even that did not generate the income desired so the deficit is even bigger. We are losing teachers since all the school budgets are being reduced. Interesting times we live in.

Yvonne Ė Enjoy your visit with your sister. We are going to stay with my younger sister when we go to see my mother in October. I just canít stay at my motherís home again without her there. Plus my sister and I will have so much fun.

Ellen

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Good Evening Team Sisters. I am determined to get this post completed. Things are rather unsettled with us. My asthma is flared up again, DH ankle is doing well but his back is still bad. We are taking it a day at a time with my DB. He had two bad days last week then rallied for two days. He hates being in bed; Sat. they let him sit in his chair most of the day and that just whipped him out for two days. I must say that even on his good days we can see a downward change.

We are experiencing the same HOT-Humid weather that you all have. Ellen I don't know how you do so much work in your gardens. I can barely force myself to water my container plants and fill the bird feeders. I had a hummer three time last week early in the morning. I was thrilled.

Windows 10: I got it and really haven't had any problems. Admittedly, the format for some areas are different but I worked through the changes. Touch screen --- I don't have that, thank goodness.

Slimmer, Congratulations on your art exhibits. Hope you get an award for the latest one,

Shirley, I think a straight chair would be better for your exerciser. I don't wear my workout sneakers but a pair from Curves that work pretty well. I definitely recommend a solid shoe. Since we are back at the gym I am not using my exerciser as regularly.

Speaking of the gym, I don't think I told you about my experience about ten days ago. I was doing the weight machines and when going from one machine to another my limp is quite obvious. A fellow (35 ish) came up to me and asked if I have bad arthritis. Of course I replied yes. He then asked if he could pray for me. I assumed he meant add me to his prayer list. Wrong! He asked my first name, asked me to lay my hand on his and he prayed quietly for God to relieve Marlene's pain. It was a sincere prayer. When we said Amen I thanked him and he continued with his workout. It really set me back and was on my mind for hours. (From outward appearance he did not look like the prayerful type. Just goes to prove "you can't tell a book by its cover.")

Allie, glad to hear the tree trimmers finally took care of the bothersome tree. And you had your DGS for the day. What a joy. Our navy GS called us last evening to thank us for his birthday care package. He is 29 now. We all had a delightful conversation. He soon will be in the navy 10 years and they are already asking him to continue. He told "them" he will IF he can transfer to Virginia. If that happens, it will be next summer or fall. He is thinking of living in northern NC and commute 35 miles to the base. It seems NC has some lenient tax rules that would benefit him. --- He is planning to come to PA in late October for a week and bring his girl friend so we can meet her. This sounds like a firm relationship. His parents have met her and they "approve."

Bonnie, you and your DH like to go to fairs; the York Interstate Fair starts Sept. 11 through the 20. Like everything it has changed but it has nice exhibits and the farm exhibits are great. A birthing area and a quite active 4H competition. Of course, good food and carni. rides. And good entertainment on the grandstand. Can't remember what entertainers will be there this year. If interested, go to the York Interstate Fair website.

Grace, I hope the NH is working on getting reliable transportation for Melvin. Government contractors leave a lot to be desired. I must say we are very pleased with the care my brother is getting from Hospice. My nephew has in the last two weeks arranged for care from a home health care agency in addition to Hospice.

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Happy Wednesday to all.

Ellen, that must have been a beautiful sight. I bet you wished you had a camera to capture the picture.

Shirley, hope you have good luck with your new bird feeders. My large hummingbird feeder is glass and I like that so that I can clean it out with vinegar. It fell on the pavers one day and did not break. I couldn't figure out how I could get a bronze reward until I read all the STS.

I went to sign up for the Windows 10 class and both of them were filled. I hope they have more classes.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Yesterday I went out and bought two new bird feeders - a fancier one for the smaller birds that is supposed to keep them from throwing seed all over the place. We shall see. But... I think most of the mess I'm having to clean up is coming from the flat feeder where the big birds (and the little ones too) eat. I bought a new Hummingbird feeder that is much larger than I would have liked. It is glass, something else I didn't like, but... although the label didn't say it is bee proof, it looks like the ones that claim to be, and I think a bee would have a hard time drinking out of it. So far I haven't seen any Hummingbirds. Today I'm supposed to have lunch with a couple of friends, but I haven't heard from either of them. Hope they show up - smile.

Grace - the government (state and federal) is evidently very bad about paying its bills. This isn't the first time I've heard this. But you wouldn't believe some of the things people will do trying to game the system, and what ends up happening is people that try to do what's right end up getting hurt.

Ellen - if the heat and humidity where you are is like it is on this side of the state, I don't know how on earth you did all that yard work. * Thanks for sharing about your experience with your exerciser. I don't think socks will work for me, as I have a pair of Isotoner slippers with non-slip soles that I tried, and they didn't make things any better. My next try are my athletic shoes, and then if that doesn't work I'll try sitting in a straight chair. * With regards to what you said to Peggy about being so ready for fall -- Me Too!

Peggy - your morning temps are about like ours, but you are much hotter for your highs. One of my delights when we drove across the desert on the way to California was seeing rain storms moving across the mountains in the distance.

Make today a healthy and happy one -

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Here are the results of our - NEW MONTH - NEW ME CHALLENGE! that ran the month of AUGUST 2015.

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LOST THE MOST WEIGHT -

Allie - GRAMMIEOFTWO ----------- GOLD emoticon
Shirley - ARTY1934 ------------------- SILVER emoticon
Marlene - MMARLENE1 ------------- BRONZE emoticon
Peggy - GMERE8 ---------------------- BRONZE emoticon
Serena - OHNOGOLDENS ----------- BRONZE emoticon


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DID THE MOST EXERCISE Ė

Allie - GRAMMIEOFTWO ---------- GOLD emoticon
Serena - OHNOGOLDENS ---------- SILVER emoticon
Grace - CT-FL-SNOWBIRD ---------BRONZE emoticon

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

A NEW CHALLENGE HAS BEGUN! It will run the month of SEPTEMBER 2015. The objective is to lose 4 pounds in 1 month (that's an average of 1 pound per week). We have an exercise Challenge too (as you will notice). The objective is to do some type of "additional" exercise for at least 15 minutes a day - the gym, Curves, exercise video, bike, walking, whatever gets your heart rate up and you deem as "additional" exercise. You can participate in one or the other of the Challenges, but preferably both. All you need do is to give me your weight as of Tuesday September 1st. Start keeping up with your exercise minutes as of that day (or the exercise minutes you've accrued since September 1st), and give them to me on the Monday following the day you join. You will keep up with your exercise minutes for each week and give them to me each Monday. We report on MONDAYS on the "NEW MONTH - NEW ME!" CHALLENGE THREAD, and I will keep up with your exercise numbers and give a total at the end of the month. I won't need your actual weight again until the last day of the Challenge Wednesday September 30th.

I sincerely hope that everyone is off to a good start. Remember the key is to devise an eating plan that is within the calorie range Spark People has set for us. Choose foods that are the healthiest for us AND that we enjoy AND are easily prepared. What I've said here is important, as some foods are very nutritious, but if we just don't enjoy eating them we won't stick with it. Likewise, foods that take lots of preparation for most of us are a turn-off too. Some of us can't stand as we once could for long periods chopping, dicing, etc; others just don't like to cook, and this is the reason many of us gravitate to foods that take little preparation (often with too many preservatives, salt, fat, and/or sugar). It IS possible to eat healthy, low calorie and enjoy and are satisfied with what we are eating. As for extra exercise, start small and work up very, Very slowly. Find something that will motivate you to keep doing whatever you've chosen - whether it is a gadget like a tracker, or a goal to walk to the next block in your subdivision, read a good book or watch an engrossing TV show while riding a stationary bike, whatever you can do and stick with it. Here's wishing all of us much success with achieving our weight loss and fitness goals.

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What is listed below is Name - Total Lost - and amount of "additional" exercise that a person has done and reported. Please note that many of us were active, we just didn't view what we'd done as additional exercise. When we walk these big stores or malls, rake leaves, pull weeds, clean the house, basement or garage that is all exercise, believe me. Sometimes this is additional exercise, sometimes it is just routine.

Wishing everyone Much Success in the New Challenge!
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Please Note: STS means Stayed the Same - N/R means None Reported.

Allie - GRAMMIEOFTWO -- WEIGHT LOSS: 7 lbs. -- EXERCISE: 5260 min.-- 87.7 (hrs)

Grace - CT-FL-SNOWBIRD --- WEIGHT: +1 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 1379 min. -- 23 (hrs)

Ellen - 8HABIT------------------- WEIGHT: +1.2 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 1247 min. -- 20.8

Marlene - MMARLENE1 --- WEIGHT: STS. ---- EXERCISE: 1370 min. -- 22.8 (hrs)

Peggy - GMERE8 --- WEIGHT: STS ---- EXERCISE: 610 min. -- 10.2 (hrs)

Serena - OHNOGOLDENS -- WEIGHT: STS ---- EXERCISE: 1793 min. -- 29.9 (hrs)

Shirley - ARTY1934 --- WEIGHT LOSS: 0.8 lbs. --- EXERCISE: 40 min. -- 0 (hrs)

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9/1/15 8:44 P

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Good evening team! Iím SO far behind I will have a hard time catching up but Iím going to try.
Thank you to those of you who commented about our plight with the medical transport company. Itís the only transport company in our area that will give wheel chair bound Medicaid patients rides to doctor visits. I guess the state picks up the tab and they are notorious for not paying their bills. Iím sure the state is way behind in paying the transport company. My DD works for Quest Labs and she says their government accounts are always way overdo. Ambulances can NOT be used for non-emergency transportation.

ELLEN, I admire you for having a To Do list and actually attacking the list and winning the fight. My list would be a mile long and hard to accomplish without my back acting up. I only have a few ďbend oversĒ I can do each day, so itís very slow going around here. (smile)

SHIRLEY, I hope the weekend fireworks are not too stressful for poor little Ivy. We have neighbors in both FL and CT who shoot off fire crackers on holidays. In FL, New Years Eve is a big fire cracker night. Just when you think the last one has gone off and you can try to go back to sleep, another round will go off.
We also do not want Windows 10 and are very happy with Windows 7 and wonít give it up until push comes to shove.

ALLIE, Congratulations for getting rid of the nuisance tree AND for getting your boys back into your life!!
God is good!!

SLIMMER, Congrats to you as well for having a picture accepted in the 3D Art Exhibit. Good luck on winning some money in the deal!

YVONNE, Have a good visit with your sister! Weíre looking forward to having you back home too! As Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz, ďThereís no place like home.Ē

Iím sorry I didnít get to everybody. Iím getting sleepy so Iíll have to close for the night.

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I just realized that I never got here yesterday! I made it to Weight Loss, but not General Chat. My day was full of being gone all morning to Bible Study and then three phone calls with friends and family. I also clicked off some items from my August ďTo DoĒ list. I hate carrying items over to another month.
I spent two hours this morning cleaning more weeds, brushes, and little trees out of the Woodland Garden and taking them to the brush pile across the creek. I could have never done all of this before my knee replacements.

Shirley Ė Last night, I was running around barefooted and decided to ride my Exercycle while I was talking to my son on the phone. IT WOULD NOT WORK WITH BARE FEET!! I put on some socks and it worked perfectly. So, maybe if you just put on some socks, yours would work better.

Peggy Ė I know the feeling of seeing lightning in the distance and not getting rain. It is so disappointing to me. But one of my favorite memories was years ago near Lubbock one July 4. We were driving cross country back to my motherís house and we could see fireworks several places on the horizon. But added to that beautiful view was lightning bolts on the horizon also. It is a special memory when my mother was vibrant and mentally strong (only about 10 years ago). *Good to know that about Windows 10 and touchscreen.

Allie Ė I am SO glad that the trees are trimmed and you have your sunshine back.

Peggy Ė our weather forecast is 91 to 92 for the next nine days. I am so ready for fall!

Slimmer Ė how exciting about your art being accepted!! I do hope you win a prize!

Grace Ė I canít believe that about the transport! That is crazy!

Ellen

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Happy Tuesday to all.

The library in Anthem is having a free workshop this month for Windows 10. I think I will go.

Shirley, this morning it was 75 when I got up around 6:30. Now it is 106 in the sun.

Huge storms went through last night and again they missed us. Everyone else is getting rain and dangerous winds. We sat out on the patio last night and watched the lightening and listened to the thunder.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Allie - indeed if does sound like you had a very good day yesterday. I'll bet your grandson's enjoyed watching the tree trimmers do their job. You said you had them both all day, the oldest one is in school if I remember correctly? I had mine for a few hours yesterday afternoon. He was heading for baseball game and a fancy buffet when his mom got off from work.

Bonnie - you indeed seem to be having a carbon copy of our weather. I had to clean up corn from the birdseed this morning, and although just 70 degrees the humidity must be very high, as the air is warm and a bit thick. * I haven't heard but have no doubt that Labor Day Festivities at the Arch will begin Friday night and run through Monday. I do not look forward to holidays with fireworks, as some of my neighbors really delight in setting them off, and it will keep Ivy upset until they stop. * Like you, we have no intentions of switching from Windows 7. I love using my touch screen on my iPhone and iPad, but not so sure how I would like such on my desk top computer.

Peggy - when will your weather start cooling in Arizona?

Slimmer - Congratulations on the success you are having with your paintings. They may not be bringing in any money right now, but you are sure getting good exposure.

Yvonne - again I thank you for taking the time to check in. Your time with your sister sounds really nice.

Grace - is this company that transports Melvin for doctor's appointments a free service, paid for by the State or the nursing home where he is? That is AWFUL what they did to you - free service or not! What a day you had yesterday!!! When I was interviewing places for Daddy, when he fell and he finally accepted he could no longer live alone, I asked about getting him to the doctor, eye care and hearing and the nursing home told me they didn't offer this service. I asked what happened to people that were there and their families lived out of town? There was no answer. The Assisted Living where he was for several years would take him to the doctor.

Make today and the coming month a healthy and happy one.

Shirley

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Good evening team:

I had both grandsons all day and we had a wonderful time.

I am doing a Happy Dance - well kind of - the trees are trimmed. I actually have sunlight in my house. I no longer feel like I am living in a jungle. I should be able to have a more normal lawn, the dampness from the trees will be gone and I will be able to enjoy my backyard a lot more now.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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Good Evening, Team Sisters.
It was a high of about 88 degrees today. That is supposed to be the "coolest" day of the week!
"Isolated showers" are forecast (whatever that means) but none showed up today.

I walked Mystery out on a trail that we haven't ridden on in awhile. There was a lot of "activity" at the Farm with new horses coming in (end of month) and a delivery being made to the house.
Mystery was a little "antsy" due to the activity so I thought a walk would be better than a ride.

@Shirley - You are right about the weather. Last week we had a couple evenings when I thought it was downright COLD. The days were nice and cool. But this week is due to get hotter every day and humid. No promise by the weathermen of any real rain either. I hope it doesn't rain next week-end as it is our city's big Labor Day Week-end with all of the activities outside!! I need to stock up on books for the winter!!

@Grace - I'm so sorry that the transportation service messed up Melvin's appt. I hope you can find some other kind of service to take him.

@Slimmer - Good luck at this next exhibit. A money prize would be better than just a ribbon.

@Peggy - Thanks for letting me know about the touch screen. I didn't think it could automatically "change" but with new technology--anything's possible. I think I'm still going to stay with Windows 7 until we get a new laptop-which is usually every 5-6 years.

I hope everyone had a great day.
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Happy Monday to all.

I don't have a touch screen for my desk top so Windows 10 doesn't work that way for me. I still have to use the mouse. My iPad has a touch screen and I really don't like it.

Slimmer, congrats on them still showing your picture.

Grace, maybe you should have an ambulance take Melvin to the doctor.

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New Update:

More News:

Just heard... that one of my pictures was Accepted into the 2D Art Exhibit going to be shown at the University of North Georgia! This one also has money prizes!

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Hola! brighttttttttttt and sunny... but it is getting cooler everyday

Grace... ohhhhhhhhh I would be frustrated... that should not happen there should be other options!

Ellen... I was kind of stopped when you said you didn't have much to do this week... I had to make a LIST of everything I have to keep track of for this month... I am treading water as fast as I can.

News Flash: My canvas Dawn photograph that is hanging in the Governor's office at the Georgia Capitol building was supposed to be picked up at the end of this month after hanging six months. Now the Office of the House of Appropriations has requested it to hang in their office for another six months. That office just told me that they will also hang with it my information which the Gov's office could not. Only maybe 10 pictures were requested to be re-loaned and not all of those for one reason or another may be hung. I figure just another feather in my cap or line on my resume!

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Oh, GRACE, how frustrating. I hate being left with no options when someone doesn't do their job.

Just checking in from Imperial, NE. Staying with my sister. It's nice to be in a home after 23 days of ship/hotel living, even though the lodgings were mostly very nice. My sister is a walker, so we've already had our 30 minute walk/talk. Enjoying this crisp August morning.

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UNBELIEVABLY - The medical transport company called and cancelled Melvin's ride to the neurologist this morning and we can't get another appointment until October 5. And they could very well cancel again. I found out that this company is notorious for this and there have been many complaints to the state about them. There's no other way to get him to the doctor's because he's too disabled, at this point, to transfer into a car, even with 3 people helping him. Since I'm already to go I'm still going to do everything else I had planned to do, including helping him eat his lunch.
I'll be back on here later.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Grace - one of the reasons you resigned as co-leader of this team was times like this. So I don't want you to worry one instant about trying to respond to everyone. I thank you for checking in daily (most of the time), and please let us know what the doctor has to say about Melvin. I've got a full day ahead of me too, but far different from yours. * Thank you for sending me those sites that sell Hummingbird feeders. That helped. Your suggestion about trying to lure the bees away from my small feeder was a good one, but what I thought would happen happened - smile. Instead of luring the bees away from the sugar water (I put orange juice in the other feeder) they just mobbed both of them - smile. Now that I know what one of those bee proof feeders looks like I think I'm going to try to find one locally, and if I can't, I'm going to order one for next year from that site you sent me. Thank you so much for your help.

Ellen - enjoy your week. Mine is going to be busier than I like. Making the 9 am church service was always hard for me, and I lived just a 10 minute drive from my church. During my few years as CED I had to be there a a bit after 8, attended the 8:30 worship service, and then went to work. I didn't get home until after 1. I really prefer the 10:30 or 11 o'clock services. Or used to. Now so many of the churches have made their late services contemporary services in order to try and attract more young people, and I prefer traditional worship services. At our church, we had Sunday School between the 8:30 and 10:30 services, and I held a Children's Chapel for children 3 years - 4th grade, preparing them for when they went to big church, during the late service. The Chapel children joined their parents when it was time for Communion. We had a nursery for all services but the 8:30 service. * I feed my birds year round. In the summer I have many more than in the winter, and thus fill two feeders in the morning - a flat open one for the larger birds - although the small ones eat there too, and an enclosed one, which is too small for the big birds. I refill the flat one in the afternoon.

Peggy - interesting about your larger birds pulling the flowers off your Hummingbird feeder. I find dead ants and flies in mine sometimes when I clean it. I've seen the smaller birds try to drink out of it however, which I found interesting. * Thanks for sharing your experience with Windows 10. As said, when my husband looked into the upgrades since 7 he found they had more problems than benefits, at least for us.

Cecile - I never thought a priest in a Catholic Church would ever do such, but I say good for him. When parents don't act responsibly then they need to be told. Most Catholic Churches are built in such a way that the acoustics are such that even when I had good hearing I had a hard time understanding what was being said in the Sanctuary. This is one reason I no longer attend services. I go for the religious/worship experience, of course, but the main reason I'm there is for the sermon and the Eucharist. I can worship God anywhere, and I do. * Thank you for explaining about Mario and Chantal. They have seemed to have such a good relationship, I was a bit shocked when I thought they were no longer together.

Bonnie - weather - since you tend to get our Midwest weather after we do, be prepared for hot and dry. Weather Bug's forecast for the week is highs around 90 and no rain. Our brief taste of fall weather was just that a taste. * As said, I thought Grace's idea for a decoy feeder for the bees was good too except it didn't work - smile. Hummingbirds are obviously very afraid of bees. I had one try to eat 3 times this morning, and a bee kept it away. That's right, just one bee. * I've got a "Held Items" listing in my sidebar which has folders and I've got LOTS of stuff in there. What I was talking about was my Outlook mailbox filling up. It is as you said, I too really need to get rid of a lot of what I have saved, as well as keep my deleted file emptied. I do try, but must admit that I don't do as good of a job as I need too. My husband and I agree with your thinking about upgrading. It is as you said, I don't use or even know about half the things I could be doing with my computer with the programs on it. A good bit of it, I dare say I don't need to know.

Well - need to go check on my laundry. I also am sitting our 7 year old for a few hours this afternoon too. Have a good day everyone, and a very good week ahead.

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Good evening team! I'm feeling very frustrated because I read the posts from the last 2 days and there's things I want to reply to, but I had one of those weekends. The weather was nice so I worked outside. Today i visited Melvin. I used to stay there an hour but now it's more like 2 hours. Tomorrow I have to leave here at 9 a.m. to get to Melvin's NH in time to ride in the med van to a neurologist that's 30 minutes from his NH. That leg of the trip will take about 2 hours.Then I have the gym and shopping. Long story short - I have to go to bed early to get up early. I hope they can find out why he has lost the use of his hands and legs since the end of July.
I'll try to post tomorrow evening.

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Good afternoon team:

The tree guy couldn't make it today. He said he would be here tomorrow, yeah right. Good news, I saw my youngest grandson today and tomorrow I might get both grandsons or one. Works for me. I forget all my troubles when I have those boy/s.

I am baking chicken. I hate to cook but I know it is good for me. I am exercising by walking around the block. Good way to meet all the neighbors too. Many people here walk their dogs, jog, etc.

I hope everyone is having a good day. Thank you all for your comments, they always make me laugh.

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I hope everyone is having a good Sunday! We attended the 9 am service this morning so we would not have to deal with the crowds at the 10:45 am service. It was early, but considering all the construction on the interstates, it is good to be out early on Sunday morning. My DH is napping and I plan to call my mother her shortly.

Next week, I only have one item on my calendar Ė Monday morning Bible study. I plan to work around here the rest of the week and get some items off my To Do list.

Peggy Ė you are making me want to put food in my birdfeeder. My DH always says it is foolish to put food in it during the summer since there should be plenty around, but I rarely see a bird around here so I think I will. Windows 10 Ė I do not want a touch screen for my PC. I like the mouse for major editing and writing. I canít imagine doing a spreadsheet in Excel with a touch screen.

Cecile Ė our church provides childcare as well as Sunday School classes during all services so the parents can leave their children there. I think it is a great idea since most small children donít understand the sermon. Next Sunday will be an exception since it is Family Sunday, so it could be interesting.

Bonnie Ė I hope you get rain. I am always glad when we do which we did last Friday. Of course, in 90 degree heat it will disappear fast. * I hope you find a cause to your ankle pain and as Cecile said, maybe you should get an x-ray.

Cecile Ė I would have loved to have a daughter. I have two wonderful daughter-in-laws, but that is not the same as a daughter. I only had one son and my DH had two sons. But my step grand-daughter is so much like me that I swear we are related.

Shirley- I have one feeder that is very old and has a glass container to hold the feed and screws into a round feeder with big flowers. A newer smaller feeder does not have the big flowers for the birds to land on. But it does drown the ants in the feed before they clog the flower holes which does happens in the big feeder.

Allie Ė thanks for explaining about your trees.

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Happy Sunday to all.

Shirley, I have a large feeder for the hummers and it has yellow flowers but the bees will hang around it and try to drink. I also have woodpeckers, flickers and some small bird that sit on the feeder. The large birds can sometimes pull out the yellow flowers. My small feeder the bees can climb into and of course, they die.

I thing I found out about Windows 10 is that it is not compatible with Java. I also had to download a newer version of AOL. I guess I was too curious and should have left well enough alone.

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emoticon Good afternoon everyone!

I`m back. Mass went beautifully. Our regular priest was not there but the substitute was fine. I even got to speak to him in the parking lot and I thank him for a beautiful mass.

There was a child that disturbed us during the homily. I can`t tell if it was a girl or boy because the child was towards the back and I sit close to the front. At one point we couldn`t hear what the priest was saying. He stopped at one point and the child got quiet but as soon as the priest started to speak again, the child flared up. Finally, the priest asked the parents to please take the child outside until they could get it under control. You could actually hear the sigh of relief. That has never happened before to my recollection. Usually, the parents would go out before being told.

After mass, Val picked me up as usual and we went to the drugstore to pick up my monthly stash and a few other things. One thing I have wanted for a long time was a short umbrella to keep in my purse. I finally found one this morning. I bought two: one for me and of course one for Val. I am alone for supper tonight as Val is going over to her dad`s for supper. That`s okay as she needs to see him once in a while. Besides Jess is there until later this evening.

Shirley - Chantal did not break up with Mario. This is one week-end a year where Mario goes away on a motor cycle trip with his friends. They leave Saturday morning early, I think Chantal said around 6:30 a.m. and they return Sunday evening. I don`t know what time but it must not be too late as they all work Monday morning. - The saying: A stitch in time saves nice: was on the wall in home economy class. The nun drilled that into our heads the first year we were in her class.

Grace - I love your saying also. I shall keep it in mind.

Bonnie - Have you had your ankle X-rayed? Maybe something is wrong and you are making it worse by walking on it. Just a thought!

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Good Morning, Team.
It's gloomy & gray outside. It wasn't 100% definite that we would get rain today, only a Maybe, but we could sure use it. I didn't water my garden yesterday and some of my flowers look pretty "sad".

@Grace - A decoy feeder for the bees sounds like a good idea.

@Shirley - The emails I want to keep I put in Saved folders. Now I'm thinking I have too much "saved" so after I get my email numbers down I'm going to have to check out the Saved folders and delete from there too. I know all of that slows your computer down.

What I fixed on the computer yesterday for DH was something he shouldn't have to deal with again. For some reason the box for front & back speakers wasn't checked. We were getting sound but maybe from only one speaker. I don't know. So, when I checked the box, the volume got louder.

@Allie - Now I think I understand. You just want to make sure you won't be charged for the trimming. Since the trees are in your neighbors yard I wouldn't expect you to but sometimes people try to see how far they can go.

As for Windows 10, I am going to wait on it also. Windows 7 works just fine. Plus, don't you have to have a "touch screen" or does the download for it automatically make your screen a touch screen? I don't think DH could handle such a big change in the way you work the computer. We have had XP, Vista and now Windows 7 and I'm sure I haven't used many of the "features" that I could be using with each new upgrade. I have a friend who is still using XP and is comfortable with it. She has no desire to upgrade. After 8 turned out to have so many problems, I'm nervous about switching unless it comes already installed on a new computer.

I'm going to drive down to the Farmer's Mkt. today. Don't want to give up an exercise opportunity but my ankle is still giving me some pain, though very intermittent.

I hope everyone has a great day.
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Good morning team, I can't post much now because I have to get ready to visit Melvin and feed him his lunch.but want to put my 2 cents worth in on a couple of things.

CECILE, We have a saying - It's better to be pro-active than re-active.

SHIRLEY, This may be over the top but, how about setting up a "decoy" feeder for the bees, with soda or juice in it. I don't think hummers will like either of those but the bees sure will.


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Cecile - did your daughter and her partner break up? You hadn't told us that before, or if you did I missed it. * You were talking about your French saying about the benefits of preventive measures. We have one that I grew up with, "a stitch in time saves nine." - Smile

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Good morning everyone!

I had a most enjoyable time with my daughter at the restaurant yesterday. It was a treat to be with her alone. She did say she missed her partner though. It is understandable as they are always together.

Shirley - I am also glad that you were not badly hurt in that accident.

Ellen - I do dream of my husband but I have not thought that he was in the house when I wake up. Maybe one day. - I did have a dream about my son a few years ago and have had peace ever since so I know what you are talking about.

Bonnie - At one time my daughter went to see someone that reads cards. The lady looked at the cards and told Chantal that she has lost her brother. Chantal was surprised as she had not said a word about it. She told her that the butterflies that come to the front and back of the house were signs that Donald was looking out for her. Also, she kept finding dimes in weird places. That was another sign. Before my husband passed away, we saw a lot of blue jays on the front porch and I also found dimes in weird places. Since my husband passed away, I have not seen either.

Allie - You are so smart to take the precautions that you are taking. It is not after the fact that is time to do something. We have a saying in french that says it is better to prevent than to try to heal afterwards. It is a rough translation.

Peggy - I have had a few offers from Microsoft to upgrade the computer to Windows 10. I have heard so many negatives about it that I have not done it. It took me a while to get around Windows 7 and I am sticking to it.

I better get off the computer and get ready. I am going to 11 o`clock mass and I am still in my nightgown.

So long for now.

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Happy Sunday Everyone -

Peggy - I never had happen what Marsha did to you. But once while traveling a friend sent me a whole bunch of pictures and it clogged up my mailbox so that I couldn't receive mail until I got home and unblocked it. * Let me know what you think of Windows 10. We are still using 7, I think it is, since my husband thinks that the upgrades since then have more problems than benefits. * Thank you. It was really a freak accident. The road we were on was a very long stretch, and usually quite busy, but due to road conditions there were only 2 cars on that long stretch of road, us and a car full of kids out for a joy ride. They said they had gone to see if their high school was open. None of them got a scratch and seemed to think it was some kind of grand adventure. Kids!!!!!

Allie - yes you are clear, and I understood all of this, but perhaps others didn't. I'm just glad that you will have that tree nuisance taken care of tomorrow.

Bonnie - I too will let my Outlook mail box get too full too, and then have to do as you did clean it up. Sometimes I have things I want to hang onto for awhile, but then end up hanging onto them way past time. * Bonnie you sound like my husband. He will come in and fix something on my computer that I think I should know how to do, and when I ask him to show me how to do it myself will say, "if I do you won't remember next time." Perhaps he's right, but if he doesn't show me how on earth am I going to learn. He's got me where I'm afraid to try and fix things I'm not sure of myself because I don't want to have to listen to him if I screw something up. I admire you for being so computer savvy. * Until my printer bit the dust, I printed lots of pictures on photo paper, and yes they do come out so well. * Yes, we have Skype. We got it when our son and DIL were traveling to Russia to adopt our grandson. We had perfect connections there. We had good connection with our daughter for awhile, but haven't for a long time. Likewise with a friend in Canada. So needless-to-say I haven't used it in a long time. I take that back, I think my daughter tried to Skype when her family was all there last Christmas. I do so wish our Skype worked as well as yours, and it did at one time. It is so wonderful when it works right. * Those darned little bees kept the Hummingbirds away from the new feeder all day yesterday, and I saw 3 try to eat there. * I so love Butterflies and have tried to plant plants to attract them, but for whatever reason the things I've planted haven't attracted them first off, and secondly the plants never did much so I finally took them out.

Ellen - what design is the feeder your Hummers like best? I've got three. The great big one is a cylinder with a perch and feeding holes; the middle sized one is very much like the largest one just half the size - neither of these have the yellow flowers, and then there is the single feeder. The one I bought my son is sort of a balloon shape with a perch and the yellow flowers. He said he isn't having a bee problem I so wish I didn't have these bees too. I'm surprised with all the flowers and foliage you have that you don't have bees. * Re the gym - couldn't you go to the gym at one time and your husband at another? My husband is somewhat of a loner, and he would prefer to do it that way, if we both had a gym membership, and to tell you the truth I'd rather do it that way too, but I know many of the team seem to do most everything jointly with their husbands.

Make today a happy and healthy one -

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Happy Saturday to all.

Bonnie, I am trying to delete my excess email and about two years ago my friend Marsha put over 3000 pictures on my laptop. I removed 371 one of them yesterday.

Today we climbed up to the top tier in our garden to plant a cactus. Tom had to use a pick ax to dig the hole. I did take off my sandals and put on tennis shoes as I was afraid I would fall when climbing up and down. The sweat was just pouring off my face. Then drank a lot of water.

I downloaded Windows 10 and it might have been a big mistake.

Cecile, enjoy your dinner with your daughter.

Shirley, glad no one was hurt in the accident with your Corvair.

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Ellen and Bonnie:

The house next door to me was purchased by flippers. The flippers were cited by code enforcement. This was regarding their trees that were hanging over my property. The flippers never did anything about the citation. They promised to do something but they never did.

The new owners said they wanted to have someone to come and trim the trees. I told the new owners they couldn't do anything until they consulted with me first. The new people next door are very nice but I think they were connected/related to the flipper somehow.

I made it very clear that I was not paying for the tree trimmer When the code enforcement cited the flippers, he insinuated I could pay for part of the tree trimming. I made it very clear they were not my trees and I was not paying any money to anyone.

I met the tree trimmer that is coming tomorrow. I wanted to be on the safe side, so I checked him out on my own.

I hope this makes more sense.

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Good Afternoon, Team.

I've been on the computer all morning trying to reduce the number of "old mail" that I have. I try to delete all the emails that I don't want to save right after I read them but somehow the number I don't delete keeps building up.

Last night I was really tired after I got back from the Farm. DH was on the computer and complaining loudly that the volume was too low. He was listening to his "favorite" radio program that only comes on Friday nights for 3 hours. I ignored him & heard him going into the Control Panel and "trying things"!! He talks out loud about everything so I didn't have to be in the same room to know what he was doing. Since he doesn't know much at all about the workings of the computer I was getting a little antsy and feared that he would click on something important but was just too tired to deal with him. This AM I was able to increase the volume. When I played something to see if he thought the volume was increased, he wanted to know exactly what I did. Not that he will ever have to use or remember it again!!
Now he says I'm the Computer Queen! HA!

I did print out 3 pictures from the computer using photo paper and they really came out nice. I was very impressed. That is the first time I've used that feature on our new printer.

@Allie - Not sure why you needed to contact an arborist for the tree limbs that you wanted cut down anyway?? Maybe I don't understand the situation.

@Shirley - Do you Skype with your daughter over the internet? We Skyped with my niece when we were at my sister's home this Summer and my niece was in the Dominican Republic. That was my first time and very interesting. The voice was a little "delayed" but her face was so clear it was as if she was sitting across from me. Technology is so amazing.

Hummingbirds are so cute. I don't put up a hummingbird feeder because I'm afraid the cats will go after them. But at least once a year I do see one in the yard. This year one tapped on the window while I was on the computer. I couldn't believe what I was seeing! Maybe that goes with the conversation of deceased relatives looking out for us!! Whenever I see butterflies I think of my mother. I've had them caress my face and land on me. I always imagine that it's her looking after me.

Well, I'd better walk down to the grocery store or we won't have any dinner tonight.

I hope everyone is having a great day.
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I wonít bore everyone with my ďTo DoĒ of yesterday, but it included laundry, cleaning house and baking. I spent the morning at the eye doctorís office and the good news is that everything is healthy for another year. The bad news was that my eye pressure is right at the top and if next year it is higher, I will have to go on glaucoma medication. My DH is already doing the drops in both eyes and it can be expensive.

I saw a hummingbird at my feeders and he or she went first to the old one and then back to a newer one. I will need to check the feed in the old one because they seem to prefer that design.

Shirley Ė I am SO glad I donít have bees! I would hate that around my feeders.

Irene Ė what holiday was it in England? I love holidays and want to celebrate everything. It is my DH who does not get into holidays.

Cecile Ė my mother told me years ago about having a dream about my father after he died that was so real that she woke up thinking he was in the house. Then she went to the back porch (his favorite place to sit after a rain) and a beautiful dove was on the porch. Mother felt like it was sent by my father for comfort. She said she always felt at peace after that.

Peggy Ė I love water. My mother use to say that I always wanted to be around it and in it. My DH does not seem to like to swim anymore and he has a beautiful indoor and outdoor pool at his gym. I would join on the family plan but when he goes to the gym is my time alone.

Yvonne- I admire you for exercising while traveling. That has to be our goal in the future.

Allie Ė are these the trees on the yard that you had so much trouble with?

Ellen

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Good Morning Everyone -

Hummingbirds and Bees - I made up a cup of food per Grace's and several others instructions. The bees are not happy that I took down the other feeder. Oh Well! I got out my little one server feeder filled it and put it out. Now I've been led to believe that those little yellow flowers on the feeder is what keeps the bees away Well, guess not. As I have one right now feeding or trying to on the new feeder, plus he and his buddies ran a little Hummingbird off. Guess I'm going to have to see what I can find in the stores.

Cecile - thanks for the nice long post and bringing us up-to-date with what's going on with you. I do hope you and Chantal have a most enjoyable dinner together. I know I always enjoy one on one time with my daughter which is rare since she lives hundreds of miles away from me. * Feeling the presence of loved ones who have passed on - Although it hasn't happened in a very long time now, periodically through my life I could feel the presence of my maternal grandmother. I have no memory of her. She died when I was 6, but for a period of time before her death she lived with us, I am told. We shared a bedroom - actually a bed, and Mother said we were very close. Obviously this was so. So I know firsthand such can happen. * I wish you much success with your cataract surgery. * As for falls in the elderly leading to death. It seems broken bones in the elderly can lead to pneumonia which leads to death, and falls are the number 1 cause for the elderly breaking bones.. I'm sure that the reason that health care people push us to do more balance exercises as we age. * Wildfires - I was amazed when I saw that map that showed how far reaching the smoke was from those horrendous things.

Irene - Don't think you are alone in having lost interest in all the National Holidays. We are the same way; we have no interest in them any longer. * I'm glad Maurice's new care giver is working out well for you both. I encourage you to get out more if that is what you enjoy doing.

Ellen - you tend to do more than I do, but I do know what you mean about not having the energy to do more. Just remember to watch out for your new knees, as they are still healing.

Peggy - the Corvairs in your family just weren't to be, were they? - smile Not funny I know! I sure did like ours, but after we totaled it we didn't buy another one. * I hope you and Tom enjoyed your swim. Such sounds so nice.

Yvonne - how thoughtful of you to ask about our accident. When the car finally came to rest after the accident my husband was laying across my feet. He'd obviously tried to hang onto the steering wheel and broke his wrist doing so. I was fine other than shaken up of course, still sitting in my seat as normal. I remember coming back upright, so it is my guess I was thrown forward and then back. They took all three of us to the hospital and checked to make sure I hadn't hit my head during the crash. Our daughter, age 4 at the time, rode the whole thing out hanging onto the back of the front seat, and she was fine. We had that car for a number of years, and never had a problem with it until the incident on snow packed roads. And yes I remember too all the reports about how unsafe that car was.

Allie - I have had very few accidents over the years. And the ones I did have weren't from improper driving or being careless, but because of slick streets. * I am so happy to hear that your neighbors are finally going to have their nuisance trees trimmed. * I hope you enjoyed your swim yesterday.

Wishing us all a very good day and an enjoyable weekend.

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Since it is after midnight....Good morning everyone.

I made it back.

Since it is already Saturday morning, I am having supper with my daughter today. She is taking me out to the restaurant for my birthday. I am looking forward to it since it has been many years since we were alone for a meal.

Ellen - I often feel that Andrť is helping me out. I remember that shortly after he passed, I was having a problem. I stood in the living room in front of his picture and gave him a piece of my mind as one of my aunts used to say. Val was in her bedroom and came out to investigate. I realized then that I was `speaking`a bit loud.

Bonnie - I am so happy that you enjoyed your long ride on Mystery on Monday. I bet he must have appreciated getting out of the corral for a while. - It is very sad that the baby panda died. I have not been reading the news this week. Thank you for the information.

Yvonne - Your trip sounds like a dream trip. So happy you are enjoying it.

Shirley - I didn`t know that falls were a reason for deaths in elderly people. - Thank you for giving me the right word. Balance - what was so hard about that word? We did the exercises again today. Lynn even made copies for us that wanted them. I of course took a copy. - Yes, the eye appointment that had me so excited on Tuesday is for my cataracts. The appointment on Wednesday is for the examination in the office and discuss the surgery. As it happens, Val is working the late shift that day so she will be able to come with me. I am so relieved! - I did notice the change on the front page. - I am thinking there may be a bee lookout in your yard. As soon as you fill up the feeders, he or she alerts the others. - I was reading that the smoke from the fires in the state of Washington are seen and felt in the province of British Columbia.

Allie - For a while I was not getting old gracefully. I have however come to accept it as a fact of life. No matter how we try to fight it, the aging process will win!

Marlene - So sorry about the wet seats in the car. I hope you did not have to use the car before the seats were dry!

Ellen - So glad to read you are happy with the replacement bike.

Grace and Ellen - Contrary to your husbands, mine was good about hiring help. That is how we met Guy my yardman.

Elaine - Your work sounds interesting!

Slimmer - Congrats on your painting staying in the Capitol for another 6 months. I do echo the other members that said your were smart to have a contract. Today, everything has to be on paper it seems.

Peggy - As Shirley mentioned, we all have lost posts at one time. It is very madening.

Ellen - The cost of repairing the car is a bitter pill to swallow.

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Catch up Saturday, it's a holiday weekend in England including Monday . I am a kill joy as I do not like public holidays now, it's just another weekend to me. Our son Mike who is usually here has gone to see his own kids ,I do miss him.
Ian and family have been in Spain for two weeks, they are due back late today . I hope to see them Sunday or Monday . We have a lot to catch up on.
The new care giver is very good. She's good with M and he likes her, as well as looking after him in a morning ,she cleans the bathroom after she has helped M to shower and shave, also makes his bed .
I am ok but feel I need to get out more and see people. M sleeps most of the time now so there's hours of silence here, I think there is a coffee morning at a local church today. i may have a walk there and see what's going on.
Ellen I make lists too , but if I don't manage to do all on my daily list I move it to the next day. Hope you recovered from your exhaustion . Irene

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I overdid myself today with a BIG to do list. So I will post tomorrow. I am too exhausted tonight.

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Happy Friday

Called Epson today so find out why my printer only does blue and black. In the course of working on it, I ran out of Cyan. So end of discussion until I get new Cyan.

Shirley, my brother had two corvairs and the first wreck my father had was backing out of the driveway and into my brother who was coming home. His next accident was backing into my new Chevy Impala backing out of the driveway.

Tom just got out the beach towels so time to go swimming.

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ELLEN, i looked at that title and didn't think I'd read it, though I've read most of that series. It's now on my Kindle ready to read. Thanks!!!

To all: we're packing getting ready to leave Gillette, Wyoming, with maybe another quilt shop visit before we leave. Though I don't have shops easily available from our little town in Missouri, I have added a LOT to my fabric stash. Fun, fun, fun.

SHIRLEY, I remember reading that hugely effective book by Ralph Nader on your car. You didn't say if you and your husband were badly injured. End of story?

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Hello everyone!

I did not get back here yesterday. Too busy. Busy again today but I will try harder to come back.

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Shirley: I owned a Corvair, it was my first car. I loved putting gas in it because it was so cheap. I didn't keep it long. It is a long story but I wasn't able to keep it long enough to experience what you did. That must have been awful.

The people next door want to trim the trees that are hanging over my property. I met their arborist and I am checking into him. The arborist is supposed to come this following Monday. I made sure I talked to the arborist about my fence, insurance, etc. I don't know if he took me seriously but I plan on being around when he shows up.

I am off to pick up a prescription, then I am going to the outdoor pool. It is a little chilly but I love just getting away from the house.

You all have a good day.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Allie - cars... we owned a Corvair (remember the little Chevy with the engine in the back), come to think of it you may be too young, but I'll bet Marlene remembers. We loved that car, but it had a tendency to skid with the engine in back, and one day going to work on icy roads (yes, driving slow and carefully) we hit an ice patch and it threw us in the path of an oncoming car. We'd never had a problem with the car skidding before. * About your eyes... it is hard when things like our senses start going. It is definitely hard to accept. If we've enjoyed very good vision and hearing all of our lives, and then one day they are no longer so good it really takes a lot of talking to ourselves to realize we must adjust to what we now have - that devices like glasses and hearing aids can only help make things better, not give us back our perfect hearing or sight that we once enjoyed. I could tell many stories to support this, but I will spare all of you that - smile. Just keep your positive attitude and you are going to do fine.

Ellen - that is a whopping bill. We went to just one car - never owned 3 at one time, but we did have two - when my husband retired. He isn't one to be out and about a great deal so we've managed quite well with just one car. Yes, there have been times when we could have used a second one, but not many. * My goodness you did have an exciting day yesterday. Once while traveling to Texas the troopers shut the highway down for a short period. We were the first car in line, and I can tell you it was a rather exciting time until they finally let us pass. We never knew what was going on but assumed they must be looking for someone. Guns were drawn the whole bit.

Grace - that is good information on the SP reports - especially if you are using both the food and fitness trackers regularly. I have found them not only informative but interesting, and they can be motivational too.

Peggy - so sorry about you losing your post yesterday. I think most of us have experienced this and know how utterly frustrating such is. * Your Christmas card sounds lovely. * Good news about Tom, and thanks for the update. * Well, this makes 3 of you who make your own Humming Bird feed. I'm definitely going to give it a try. I have a little one hole feeder with one of those little yellow flowers on it. As soon as the bees leave the larger feeder I'm now using, I'm going to hang my tiny one with homemade food in it. and see what happens. I had a Hummer come to the feeder this morning, but the bees wouldn't let it near it. I tried to move the feeder I have hanging yesterday, but the bees are too thick on it, and I couldn't get them to leave. They never bother me when I'm putting out feed for the other birds, but I'm afraid if they thought I was taking their food rather than moving it, I might get stung.

Wishing everyone a very good day.

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Grace: I looked up the reports. That is incredible, thanks for sharing the information.

Ellen: I am sorry about your car repair expense.

I had an 1984 Buick Skyhawk . The car was red, it was a 5 speed and it was fast. I drove the car after it overheated also. The engine was damaged and I had to sell the car. I still miss that car.

I hope everyone has a good day and a good weekend.
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What a day! It was a BIG mistake to drive my car to the dealer that day when it overheated. Now the dealer thinks "the head" needs replacing- cost is $2700 before adding taxes. The car isn't even worth that. I decided after a lot of pros and cons to fix it until we purchase a new van. Then we sell my Aveo for whatever we can get for it. We don't need three vehicles since we are retired.

I am ready to drop some of my activities anyway and focus on my house and garden.

After we dropped my car off at the dealer I received a text from our county emergency system that all residents in our area should stay indoors. The highway that we would take was closed due to a patrol car window being shot out. We took a different road, but fortunately a investigation showed his car window broke because of a stress fracture. But it was exciting for a while.

Grace- thanks for pointing out the reports. It is a great way to see how you are doing. It is also on the iPhone app, but I am still figuring how to get to it since they changed the app. I found it once so I know it is still there.
I use the 1/4 c of sugar to a cup of water for my feeder also.

Allie- I wish we knew someone like your handyman.

Marlene - your Christmas card sounds lovely. My sister always does special cards and Christmas. One year it was their house after a snow at night. It made me so much to go visit her.

Bonnie- that was so funny about your DH at Panera Bread. He sounds like my DH. What a busy day you had!

Yvonne - I have been reading a book called "The Circle of Quilters ". I thought of you has I read it".

Elaine- Salt Lake City- you have a long drive back.

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FYI - PERSONAL REPORTS - If you already know about the "reports" page on Spark then please disregard this post. For those of you who don't , let me explain. If you use the Fitness and Nutrition trackers, you'll find the "reports" very interesting. First you go to the Spark Home Page, click on "My Trackers" which is found a little ways from the top. In that drop down menu you'll find "reports" and click on it. One of my favorite reports is called "Daily Calorie Differential". This is where you find out whether you took in more calories than you burned, factoring in your BMR. The difference is called the "differential". It would be better if it were a "Weekly Calorie Differential" but I don't think they're doing that yet. Maybe some day. Don't forget - you have to use the trackers to get a report.

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Good evening team:

Bonnie: That is so sad about the baby panda.

Grace: The chemicals in the pool do bother me a little. I wear goggles and that helps.

My handyman works full-time. He does side jobs to get money to fix his fixer-upper that he bought. He helps me out when he can.

Shirley: The problems I am having with my eyes are pretty much what I had before the cataract surgery. The only thing the cataract surgery did was help me see things clearer. The eye doctor was frank about what she could fix and could not fix. I think I just set my expectations too high and was being unrealistic. I can always dream can't I.

I had two contractors come over regarding the retaining wall. One contractor I really liked and the second contractor, I am not too sure about. They will send me quotes and I can look them over. I am now down to a cinder block wall, versus a railroad- tie wall. Cost is a factor ,versus how long either wall will last.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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Happy Thursday to everyone.

Yesterday I took my disc with my Christmas card on it to Post Net and had them print 30 cards for me. I superimposed a wreath onto an old weathered wagon that I painted. It turned out very nice.

I had my mammogram this morning and Tom had to see his cardiologist. His heart is still beating normal. No a-fib as of yet. :)

I just found my original post. This is so strange.

Grace, that is how I make my humming bird food.

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Just lost my whole post

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Hello everyone!

I have not forgotten you! I will be back later!

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Grace - you did a Great Job explaining. Thank you. Unfortunately, unlike you and Bonnie, I don't have squirrels or Raccoons or other ground feeders to clean up what the birds won't eat. We do have rabbits but they obviously aren't interested in all of that corn either. I may try a bag or regular wild bird mix when I use up all the feed I have in the garage and just see if it is any worse or better. I thank both you and Bonnie for your input. As for making my own Humming Bird food, I knew you could but I've never tried it. I will keep your recipe and give it a try. Also I will see if I can find me a feeder with the yellow whatevers to keep the bees away. I think I've got a tiny feeder with one of those, but my big feeder doesn't have such.

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SHIRLEY, I don't have a lot of waste because what ever falls to the ground from the feeders is eaten by the ground feeder birds and the squirrels. We also have a flock of turkeys who do a good job of cleaning up, but they haven' been around for a few days. The "babies" are almost as big as the parents so maybe they all went their separate ways.

I make my own hummer nectar. I get a measuring cup that is the same capacity as the feeder and put just enough water into it to give the sugar something to melt in. I heat the water in the microwave and then add the sugar, stir it around until it melts and then fill it so when it's full it will fit in the feeder. I have 1 cup feeders and one 4 cup feeder. My "recipe" 1/4 cup sugar to 1 cup water, for the small feeders and 1 cup sugar to 4 cups water for the 4 cup feeder. I add one drop of red food coloring in the one that hangs far away from the house but that's so I can see how much nectar is still in it. The hummers don't care. I know this stuff works because I have over a dozen hummers out here. If you have a bee problem, you might try the "bee guards" which are these little yellow things that some hummer feeders come with. To see what they look like you can google it. I hope this helps. If not please let me know and I'll try to explain better.

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Good Early Afternoon, Team.

Sad today. The smallest baby panda died yesterday. It wasn't gaining any weight so there may have been something going on inside. I didn't think passing the babies back and forth was a great idea but they are the professionals and apparently that was "twin protocol". Even though I read that twins in Giant Pandas occur 50% of the time, apparently Mama Panda has a lot of trouble handling 2. A necropsy is scheduled for today so they can find out what happened.

Yesterday was a full day of "shopping". We went to PetSmart to stock up on cat food and get a "free birthday gift" for Cinder when he turns 12 next month. Went to Panera bread for lunch. DH was complaining the whole time about everything. I just rolled my eyes! I thought "Well, we won't be back to this place". But later he told me what he would get the next time we went there. That was a shock! Then we went to Lowes and then Home Depo trying to find the right color bricks (gray) for a project DH is doing in the front of our house. Then to Harris-Teeter for groceries (my #2 favorite grocery store) and Mission BBQ for take-home dinner. We made it home in time to see "Master Chef", my favorite show at the moment.

Today my "jobs" are to water the plants and then go for a walk with DH.

I don't mind corn in the birdseed I get because the larger birds and squirrels eat it. Also, the bunnies (who haven't been around in awhile) and the raccoons eat corn. The only thing that doesn't get eaten in my bird seed combination is the sunflower seed shells.

Today I'm making my "favorite" slow cooker meal "Panama Pork Stew" with pork loin, sweet potatoes (from the Farmer's Mkt.), tomatoes, corn, beans, onions and herbs. Delicious!

Everyone have a wonderful day.
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Elaine - I hadn't realized you were traveling too. It does sound like you are having an interesting time in Salt Lake City, plus getting quite a bit of exercise. Thanks for checking in and safe travels home.

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Greetings team sisters from Salt Lake City.

I'm putting in 12 hour days at the Family History Library. I hope the jumping up and down and lots of walking to pull and replace the microfilm will serve as my replacement for my daily walking.

Heading home on Saturday.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Well... I see the techs must have gotten bored again with mundane work and have made changes to the SP home page again.

For those into wildlife and birds - I had something interesting to happen yesterday - what looked to be an Oriole, a bird I've never seen at my feeders before, was drinking out of the Humming Bird feeder. When I cleaned and filled the feeder this morning I noticed it said on the bottle Humming Bird feed and Oriole nectar. Another interesting happening - I've mentioned how I haven't had many Humming Birds but LOTS of bees. This morning no bees, but once I filled the feeder they were back like instantly. I wonder how on earth they knew I had filled that feeder. I know how the birds know as they sit on the wires and in the trees watching for me to fill the feeders in the morning and afternoon, but the bees ....

Yvonne - you and Jay sound like you must be related to my dad's side of the family. They loved nothing better - all of them - than to get in a car and travel somewhere, and that lasted into very old age. Where I take after my dad more than my mother in my personality, etc., when it comes to travel a little of it goes a long ways. I love seeing and exploring new places - it is the getting there and living out of suitcases that I don't like. What a fabulous trip you are having, and what wonderful stories you will have to tell as well as memories made. * I saw a map on the news about how far those fires have affected the air. It is not only incredible but amazing. Although the our skies look clear, I've been sneezing and my nose running. Its early for fall allergies. Since reading your post I'm wondering if perhaps it could be some of that smoke in the air. I mentioned to my husband yesterday that I wondered what was going on to cause this.

Ellen - I am so happy to hear your new bike is working well. 20 minutes on it is really good. * I've got to buy some Hummingbird feed the next time I'm out. I keep seeing what looks like baby ones come by every now and again. They are so tiny. Unfortunately they have to fight off the bees to get to the food.

Slimmer - Congratulations on the Capitol wanting to keep your painting longer. Lots of tourists visit capitols and this will give you exposure, and perhaps will lead to you having a following as you show your work in other shows. Smart lady getting a "contract" to prove you still own that painting and not the state.

Marlene - I'm a great fan of corn. I would have it often especially when good, fresh corn is in season, but my husband has decided he doesn't like it as much as he once did. He'd rather have potatoes.

Grace - I heard what you said about the feed you are buying at Walmart having no corn, and I'm aware of that because I checked out their seed as well as Lowe's looking for an alternative to what I'm using. I used to use the regular bird seed and it made quite a mess that's the reason I switched to no waste. The one I used to buy at the Wildbird Feed Store I paid quite a bit more for, but not nearly what Walmart and Lowe's wants for their no waste in very small bags. The Wild Bird store feed didn't have all of this corn. Now my question to you is this, do you have a lot of seed waste around your feeders from the seed or husk you are using? * You are right about sprains doing damage to our ankles. When my ankles stiffen up which is daily, I will do flexes and circles too, and it does help. Such exercises helps our wrists and shoulders too, which I'm sure you know.

Allie - I'm sorry to hear you are still having problems with your eyes. Do you know if this is normal or if you should talk to someone about your eye problems? As Grace said to Ellen, this is like the pot talking to the kettle, as I'm years past due for an eye exam, plus I don't go to doctors only for routine check-ups so I can get my flu shot and him to keep okaying my prescriptions or as a last resort. Like you not liking to talk with repair people, I've got some electrical work to be done in this house that I keep putting off calling someone. I don't envy you going through the business of getting that retaining wall repaired, which of course you must do. * As for old age, the only thing we can do is adapt what we can to fit our abilities, and let the rest go. This isn't to say give up, but it is to say it is better to be realistic about things, than to be stubborn and then hurt ourselves badly and be able to do less.

Have a good day all -

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Tonight in Billings, MT. Feeling proud 'cuz I worked out in the fitness center and walked the halls to get my goal on the spark tracker. Yoga is saving my body from getting really bad with all the driving we're doing. It doesn't keep me from having to groan for a few minutes when first getting out of the car, but I'm staying pretty flexible. The beds have been good, too. There's been some travels when one impossible bed could make you sore for days.

Yes, Shirley, we love to travel, especially by car. Jay likes to drive, and the only thing our age is doing to us is that we used to be able to pull off all-nighters by trading off drivers. No more!! We even try to avoid pulling into a strange city after dark, though it has to happen every once in a while.

Tomorrow we see Pompey's Pillar (where Clark's signature is), Little big Horn, and what looks like a fabulous quilt shop. You can see we're trading off in favorite places.

Time for bed... Slimmer, I agree that keeping your picture is a complement, and you're smart to get the agreement in writing.

So many of you setting good examples for the rest of us with your activities. It's been a joy to check in with you all again.

Yvonne

P.S. Grace, our children paid for the cruise, and we decided to tack on all this driving; America is a marvelous place for scenery. This time, fires in Washington, which started before we even left Missouri, are keeping the skies hazy, even all the way here in Montana. We haven't seen any completely clear skies.

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ELLEN, I have the exact same problem with Don that you have with your DH. He won't hire people to do the stuff he can't do, so nothing gets done. I keep telling him that this place is a "fixer-upper". I have a long list of repairs that we need to be done.

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Accomplished every little today, except for going to Toastmasters and making chicken noodle soup for my DH for lunch. I did clean out my hummingbird feeder and refill it. Immediately I had one enjoying it.

Allie- I like your attitude!! I was tired yesterday but felt so much better today.

Bonnie- I wish we could get a big rain. I had to water all my plants this afternoon.

Shirley- you do stay busy.

Yvonne - I read a book on the Lewis and Clark journey. It had so much of the journal entries. I think it would be fun to follow it.

Slimmer- I think them wanting to keep your art is a compliment.

Grace - I would hire someone in a heartbeat if my DH would agree. He hates hiring someone to do something he knows he can do. But if you are tired and hurting, you are not going to do it.

Marlene, Shirley - my replacement bike came in and I used it for 20 minutes. This one is great.

Ellen

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Hola, bright and sunny but like 80 today

Allie... hang in there with the eyes.. and yes to let the Dr check it out... there can be many things that change.. and things they can do ..but they have to know what is going on

I got upset the other night watching TV.. the words were all a blur and fuzzy and I could not see the clock... but.. a bit later.. two things.. the up close things... dawww I can't see those because the upclose vision is gone.. the other I have noticed that the eye drops are really a thick fluid and in the corners of my eyes thicken more..once that is gone I see ok.. Whewww...

The lawn guy cut today.. the grass is slowing down growing.. mostly moss in the yard now.. but the guy with the weed eater almost took the grass down to dirt...!!! That is not good because if too low the grass will not grow again ever!... if it is not one thing it is another!!!

Finally the check refund for the bad canvas of 2 months ago.. should be here tomorrow... that owner was driving me crazy... he called and apologized a bit more today

...so most is right with my world now...

I even started to start studying the Spanish again .. I need to do more

NEWS: I just got an email from the lady who handled the Art Showing at the State Capitol... she told me a few weeks ago that I would be told the day to pick up my picture end of Sept...

NOW.. they want to keep it another 6 months!!!!!

I am asking them don't they need the wall space for the next group of pictures.. and is this normal.. also got brave and asked if they would give me signed papers to show it was there until April.. I have a contract until Sept.. but I don't want them to Ever say I didn't pick it up when I should of and oh.. it is gone now... waiting to hear.

Don't know if this is an addition Honor or not?

aughhhhhhh car fixing guy is revving up the motorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now...

oh only 3.5 lbs up maybe it will keep going down...

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Hello Team Sisters. We just finished dinner. I worked around the house today so I didn't make a big meal. I started coughing more frequently last night. Started using the nebulizer hoping I can control before it gets bad.

I may do some cycling on the exerciser. I did 20 mins. each on the treadmill and recumbent bike at the gym yesterday. Then did my light arm exercises. I felt much better than on Monday.

My eating hasn't been too bad. However, I made corn fritters with some fresh corn I had. We both like fresh corn but don't eat much maybe once or twice during the season.

It's the fresh fruits and vegetables that we like. I keep blueberries in the freezer all the time. I would do peaches and strawberries but my freezer isn't very big. I made a big bowl of cucumber salad a few days ago. I used FF sour cream. We liked it better than Mayo. Added white vinegar and dried dill. Sweetened it with Stevia.

We are enjoying delightful weather. When It stormed Monday evening we both forgot the car was in the driveway with the windows open part way. The seats were still damp last night.

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Good evening team! The highlights of my day were taking a 62 minute walk and working in the yard for a short while till my back started to complain.

ALLIE, I wish you good luck with your retaining wall. Maybe your trusted handy man can keep an eye on who ever you hire to make sure itís done correctly (IF you decide to hire someone else)
Iím sorry your eyes are still bothering you. Have you been to the doctor again to make sure you donít have something thatís fixable? Maybe it's from the chemicals in the pool?

SHIRLEY, I donít want to belabor the point, but the bird seed I buy at Walmart has no corn in it. This time I bought 3-D Cardinal food which contains sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, peanuts, dried cherries.
I also bought a bag of Morning Song Bird Watchers Blend which contains ďgrain productĒ (what ever THAT is) black oiled sunflower seeds, white proso millet, peanuts and safflower seeds. I probably wonít buy this one again because I want to know what ďgrain productsĒ means. I normally buy National Audubon Society Select or Pennington Select but they were out of both. Thereís another one I buy when big bags are available and thatís the ďsongbirdĒ variety. I donít buy seeds that are touted to be ďno wasteĒ but I try not to buy any that has a lot of corn or milo in it.
About weak ankles Ė It seems like once you sprain an ankle it will be more susceptible to being sprained again. When I teach my class in FL we do lots of ankle circles, flexes and points to keep the ankle stretched and limber. So far, so good.

CECILE, I should do more equilibrium/balance exercises. Sometimes I lose my balance trying to put my pants on. Iíve come so close to falling so many times. So keep doing those exercises. They could save your life or at least save you from breaking a hip in a fall etc.
Could you give me more details on your eye appointment? Please forgive me but I canít remember if it was a routine appt. or that you have a problem. I agree that Andre is your Guardian Angel and always will be.

ELLEN, I also have a woodland garden, in CT. It runs from the front of our property to the back and is probably 10 at itís widest point. Itís bordered by a stone wall that was probably built by farmers or maybe even INDIANS back in the early 1800s. On the other side of the stone wall are woods. I agree that we have to keep up with the weeds on a weekly basis or else the weeds will take over. It sounds like youíre overdoing it again but Iím the pot talking to the kettle because Iím doing the same thing. Iím trying to spread mulch and I can only do one bag a day before my back starts to hurt. I would love to move but Iíll stay here as long as Don is with me. The only help we have is a neighbor who we pay to clean up our leaves while weíre in FL. He would do more if and when I ask him to. That might help you stay in your house longer if you can hire someone to help you.

BONNIE, Iím sorry that you had to shorten your ride with Mystery because of your ankle problem. Now, you know that should always wear the brace or at least have it in your car in case you need it. It doesnít sound like a sprain because, like you said, the pain is not constant.

YVONNE, Thank you for the upbeat post! We can always count on you for your positive outlook on life. Is this trip a gift from your family for your 50th anniversary or is a gift you gave each other?

Have a good night!

Grace


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Good evening team:

I am still in there swinging. I am getting quotes on the retainer wall, which is irritating to go through. My faithful handyman came by and thinks he can replace the wall, without too much fuss. I will see what the other two contractors say.

I am having trouble with my vision again. I have better vision since my cataract surgeries, but I still have other problems with my eyes. I just have to learn to live with it. I am getting older just like everyone else and I am fighting it tooth and nail. I am one to go "Quietly into the Night".

I hope everyone is having a good evening.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Yvonne - first of all thanks for checking in! And Secondly, WOW! What a trip! I've gotten the idea that you both love to travel, but I'll bet about right now you are looking forward to getting home. You mentioned Jay's fascination with Lewis and Clark, I'm sure you've been to the Westward Expansion Museum at the Arch and have seen the movie. I haven't taken the time to see the movie, but I think it is more about the building of the Arch than the westward expansion. I lived through the building of the Arch and thus bypassed the movie. I do enjoy that museum however. * As for hairdressers - mine is a friend of several years, I started out with one of her closest friends shortly after we moved here 10 years ago, and then started using her when my original stylist moved into sales. It is always such a boost when I get my hair done, as it is a visit with a friend I never see other than in the shop, and get my hair shampooed and cut at the same time - smile. I did this yesterday. Unlike your hairdresser she works while she chats - smile. * Safe travels home, and much fun on the way - smile!

Bonnie - I'm sure Mystery enjoyed your visit. * Arthritis usually is the result of things we did long ago. But I'm sure you know that already. I used to wear very high heels - nothing like today's fashion, but high heels just the same for work, social occasions and dress. I've twisted my ankles more than once, plus broke one once (no not from wearing high heels - I was in flats, my weight was at goal and my ankle just gave way, and I'm sure all of this is why I've got arthritis in both of them today. Sprains as you described are often more painful than breaks - so my orthopedist told me once.

Ellen - with home ownership there is always something, and you are right with your husband's problems and yours, you certainly don't need the responsibility and care of so much property. However, having said this - I think often of us moving into a Senior community which would have its advantages, but I'm just not up to what it would take to downsize again and move. As I said to you once before when this subject came up, if this is what you want to do, I hope you will do it soon, as the older you get the harder it is going to be to do. * Your sister is so very thoughtful and loving of your mother and aunt. I hope you will tell her that I send my praise of her. Not many children are as thoughtful of loved ones in nursing homes as she is. * I do hope all is well with your new exercycle. I've got to get back to mine. I'm going through a period where I'm either too tired or too busy to use mine, but I haven't forgotten it, and using it is at the top of my "to-do" list.

Cecile - equilibrium or balance exercises are proper terms. Those are very important. I had an OB/GYN to tell me that in old age falls kill more women - due to broken bones - than cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. * You didn't say, but I'm thinking that why you are so excited over your eye appointment is that it is for cataract surgery? Am I right? * What you had to say about the birdseed I'm using, I've wondered the same thing. I think that corn weighs heavy and thus that's the reason they use it. When I priced "no waste" birdseed at several other stores that didn't have all that corn in it, it was 3 to 4 times more expensive, and I just can't afford to buy that for them.

Make today a healthy and happy one everyone -

Shirley

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Checking in.... The cruise was over last Saturday (a memorable trip, to put it mildly), but we're still traveling. In Great Falls, Montana, tonight so Jay can follow his Lewis and Clark trail. He's fascinated by them, and is so happy to be here. You know how fun it is to see someone just energized because they're so excited. We leave tomorrow, late, to sleep tomorrow night in Billings. Along the way we'll visit Little Big Horn, and try to find the one place that still has a visible sign of the Lewis and Clark exploration... where Clark put his initials into a rock. Will try to get a picture.

This has been a dream trip. Jay did such a good job of planning out hotels.... they're all nice, and we're getting many of them with discounts because of our credit card points. He's also really "spoiling" me.... he's doing the laundry tomorrow while I sleep in. I think I'll stick with him another 50 years.

I've enjoyed reading your posts, and will comment only on chatty hairdressers. I like to talk, too, but my hairdresser in Texas would actually stop, put her hands on my shoulders, and talk for a while. Loved her, and loved to talk to her, but I always wished I'd bitten my tongue!

Looking forward to chatting daily again... we'll be home a week from tomorrow.

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Good Evening, Team.
We had a real downpour last night with lots of lightening and thunder. We really needed the rain. Not so much the flashes and booms. DH kept a flashlight with him in case the power went out. It didn't.

Had a nice long ride on Mystery today. Temp was a high of 85 and there was a nice cool breeze. I could have ridden longer but my ankle started hurting after about 50 min. I didn't wear my ankle brace in my shoe because my ankle wasn't hurting all morning. I'm starting to wonder if I'm now getting arthritis in my ankle. I certainly don't remember spraining my ankle recently but that is how it feels when it starts hurting. It comes and goes which really isn't like a sprain--IS IT? I sprained that same ankle about 2 years ago and I remember it as a continuous pain for several days.

@Ellen - Your yard sounds so nice. It would be a shame to give it up but at our age we need to start deciding what we can keep doing and what we have to let go.

I love to read. Sometimes you just have to find the right genre and, over time, your interests can change. I've taken a bag full of books down to the store for our Labor Day Festival book sale (the proceeds go to the elementary school) and gave a bag full to my sister for her library's book sale next month. At the Labor Day Festival I'll come home each day with a bag full of books to last me nearly all year. Then the next Labor Day I give most of them back to recycle to other readers. A pretty good system.

Good night everyone,
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I spent most of my morning working on our ďWoodland GardenĒ. My DH created this because there were too many big trees and the grass would not grow there. So we made a garden path with stepping stones, bushes, and planted vinca and hostas. Unfortunately, we also made the mistake of planting honeysuckle around a bird house on a pole. Fast forward 15 years and several seasons that I could not get in there because of my knees, and the honeysuckle has gone wild, trees are popping up everywhere as well as poison ivy and weedy bushes. It is a nightmare. I cleaned three wheelbarrow loads out and hauled back to the weedy pile. When I surveyed our entire property Ė what needs to be done outside that I canít do, what needs to be done inside, we do need to move to a maintenance free place. My DH woke up in pain but went to the gym after I massaged his back for 20 minutes. Now he is sleeping- he has no busy trying to maintain this place.
Thanks for letting me vent. I am just depressed over the entire situation including I think a mouse got in the house, but not before he ate the poison we have as a line of defense in the garage. The walk-in basement smells. Ugh! I am ready for a change today.

I called my 95 year old mother today at the NH and she told me that my sister had taken her and her sister (89) out to my motherís house. My motherís peach tree was loaded with ripe peaches. I could tell it made my mother very happy.

Slimmer Ė I understand what you mean about Taco Bell. We use to like their soft tacos, but not anymore. My DH bought a meat burrito and could not eat it. IT was bad! I thought maybe it was just the one where we were. I am having trouble with eating too much also. I am not sure why, but I seem to want to snack.

Bonnie Ė I hope your ankle is feeling better by tomorrow. It is odd that you donít recall doing anything to make it hurt. Of course, at our age it does not take much for something to hurt.

Shirley Ė I should not have bought those books! We need to downsize and move and moving hundreds of books is out of the question. I should only buy eBooks in the future!

Cecile Ė Balance exercises are really important for us as we age. I am glad it went well. I have no doubt that Andre is helping from the other side.

Marlene and Shirley Ė my replacement Exercycle arrived in the mail today. So, hopefully nothing is wrong with this one and I can get back on track since I donít want to exercise downstairs until we locate the source of the smell and dispose of it. Gag. emoticon

Ellen

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Good afternoon everyone!

Pt went beautifully this morning. We did equilibrium exercises. I think that is what they are called. We had to stand still and not fall. I can`t remember how it`s named. Anyway, that went well.

After I had lunch and I was cleaning up, the phone rang. It was the eye doctor`s office. They gave me an appointment for September the 9th at 9:40 a.m. I am so happy. When I hung up, I felt like dancing all over. I immediately called my daughter to tell her the news. Val is working until 6 and I am very anxious to tell her. She will have to take the day off I think. We shall see.

I am thinking that maybe Andrť had something to do with this because the appointment is 2 days before his first anniversary. I do believe that they help us from the other side.

Marlene - That is such good news about your brother. - I don`t know if you are like me but when I read I can see the story unfold in my mind`s eye. I find it so interesting to be able to escape in my stories.

Slimmer - You are an artist. When I admire your work I know you have put in the effort. It is important to have self confidence and I`m sure you have such.

Bonnie - I read somewhere that panda births are closely monitored by China. Anyway, since everything does become known, it would not sit well with the authorities over there.

Grace - We have not gone looking for the door yet. My daughter in her infinite wisdom suggested one store over the other because the cost may be cheaper. I tend to think that the salesman that gave me the information about which store to go to at is a bit more knowledgeable than she is. I told Val that I do not want a door that I have to replace again in five years. - My hairdresser is a bit chatty but she does cut my hair beautifully. We have a retired hairdresser that comes to pt and she said my cut is very good. I am always pleased when I leave the salon.

Shirley - It`s too bad about the corn in the bird feed. Why do the companies put it in. Don`t they know the birds don`t like it?

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

Good night and sweet dreams. emoticon

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Good Morning Everyone -

Although I don't record what I do as "additional" exercise, I do get a bit. This morning is nice and cool, so I went out and did the disgusting job of cleaning up after the birds. The "no-waste" bird seed that I feed them is anything but no-waste. It is filled with corn that the birds won't eat - even the Grackles and Starlings that seem to eat everything. When that waste gets wet it ferments and does it ever stink, so I can only clean it up on garbage pick-up because of the stench. Perhaps now that it is cooler I will be able to clean up more often where I won't have such a mess.

Grace - we all need to "rant" from time to time. I urge my family and friends to rant to me about family or other friends problems if they need to as a means of getting their anger out before they talk to them to resolve whatever it is. I don't mind being a sounding board, as I know (as do we all) things said in anger can be quite hurtful and where they may be forgiven aren't forgotten.

Slimmer - I'm happy to hear that you aren't discouraged by not winning a ribbon. It, as many have told you, is an honor just to have been chosen to show your work, and whether you win a ribbon or not your work and your name is getting exposure which is good. As for what you said about someone else being a better artist than you are - no matter if you were an athlete, dancer, cook/chef, whatever there is always going to be someone better than you. But at the same time you are better than someone else. I used to remind my son of this when he was involved in competitive sports which he's been in since he was 7. I'm sure the same is true when you do a painting or a piece of pottery - you look at it and think I could have done that better. I know I used to feel this way. It is this thinking that will keep you getting better. * Try not to be too hard on yourself about not calling your friend who died. This can happen. I had the same thing happen to me with a friend of many years who was diagnosed with cancer the end of November and was gone by the middle of January. We never think someone will die that quickly from cancer, and when she called to tell me of her diagnosis there was no indication it was terminal. So the long and short is that we never know, and we sure don't want to over react and make someone feel worse.

Ellen - yes this weather is wonderful. * Thankfully we've quit buying books. My husband does all his reading on e-books, and as said I've lost my appetite for reading, but not my love of owning books, but know I've got way too many books as it is. I try not to go to book stores or book departments any longer the temptation is too great.

Marlene - smart move working out to try and improve your feelings. Sorry it didn't work for you. As Ellen was saying I definitely believe that weather impacts how we feel both mentally and physically. * I love covered bridges. You are so going to enjoy doing that painting. * Thank you for sharing about your experience with your exercycle. That helps me. I do use a pillow behind my back - not to make me higher. I did have my son check to see if my legs were at the right angle, and even questioned if I should perhaps use a chair, and he said all looked as it should.

I'm going to need to end this. I've got to finish my breakfast, shower and get to the hair dressers to get my hair cut, she's only working until 2 today. Then to the grocery. I have a couple more errands, but they may just wait for another day.

Cecile and Allie - I'll post more to you at another time.

Cecile - glad you've got someone to fix your screen door.

Allie - I hope your spirits are brighter today.

Have a great day everyone.

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Good evening team!

Thank you to all of you who allowed me to rant about my OTHER brother. I need to rant and Donís heard it all before so he appreciates it as well.

SLIMMER, It sounds like you had a hair raising trip on that busy highway. Itís good that you kept your wits about you and arrived home safely.
Yes! I do know how loud a pressure washer is. Last winter, one of our FL neighbors power washed our drive way and 3 other neighborís as well. That went on for about a week.
Please kick that Negative Demon to the curb.! You most certainly ARE an artist! Everyone on this team can attest to that!
You're also a faithful daughter to visit your parents so frequently. I'm sure they appreciated you for it.

IRENE, Itís so good to hear from you! It sounds like you had a great family weekend. Please let us know how the new caregiver is. Iím so glad you have this service, so the burden is not on you 24/7.

SHIRLEY, I understand what you mean about chatty hairdressers. I try to discourage ďsmall talkĒ when Iím getting my hair cut. I want them to pay full attention to what theyíre doing.

ALLIE, I hope and pray that what ever is getting you ďdownĒ will be gone ASAP! Maybe a few hours with your boys is what you need.

CECILE, Iím happy to read that your birthday went well for you and will continue until next weekend when you go out with your DD. Good luck with your new door. Iíll be waiting to read an update on the installation.

MARLENE, Iím sorry your day didnít go well. Youíve been under so much stress and not able to sleep, youíre bound to be tired for a change.Everything is catching up to you.
Thatís good news about your DB. I hope he continues to improve.

ELLEN, You sure had a busy day! No surprise that your knees were not pleased. Give them tomorrow off and they will be your friends again. (smile)

BONNIE, That was a good idea to buy an ankle brace and nip your problem in the bud. Do you have a bicycle you can ride, instead of walking, to give your ankle more time to heal? I hope it's feeling better soon.
About nursing homes Ė My niece has been working as a CNA her whole adult life and she said itís better to be that ďpain in the neckĒ family member, so the staff wonít slack off with your loved one's care. I find that showing them much appreciation when they do a good job helps as well.
Thank you for reminding us about ďNutkinĒ. I wish I had one pet squirrel but we have over a dozen running around here driving me nuts(Pardon the pun). It would nice if one of them were tame and civil like yours. How long did it take you to "train" him and how many other squirrels do you have in your yard?

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Good Evening, Team.
The sky is getting really dark and we are supposed to have a storm. I hope we get some rain as I've been watering parts of my garden every day. I'd like Mother Nature to give me a hand!!

DH went for a walk today but, even though I really wanted to go and needed to go, I decided against it. For awhile now my right ankle has felt like I sprained it. But, I don't remember doing anything to it. Today it seemed to be bothering me more than usual. I went to the store and bought an ankle brace and that does seem to make it feel better. I was going to just get an Ace bandage but the brace was only a few cents more and isn't as bulky.

Yes, all of the Giant Pandas everywhere in the world but China BELONG to China and the zoos have to pay an unbelievable sum to lease one. All of the babies automatically belong to China and have to go back in 4 years. Our first baby boy was a real favorite with all the Panda fans and it was very emotional to see him go. He did get to stay another year or so over the limit as China didn't need another male right away. DH said the National zoo shouldn't have announced that there were twins and maybe we could have kept one. I doubt that would happen!! The Chinese probably had someone here in person to view the babies being born.

@Marlene - I'm starting to hear thunder. We are probably getting ready to have the storm you just had!

@Grace - It's too bad your brother won't go to see Melvin since he doesn't live that far away.
I think you are right about doing things that you get praised for.

A friend of mine put her mother in a nursing home and went to visit her every day. She said she thought the nurses and aides were not happy having her there all the time but she said she wanted to make sure they were doing their jobs and treating her mother the way she should be treated.

I had a nice surprise yesterday. I hadn't seen our tame squirrel "nutkin" for over a week. Thoughts were running through my mind about how the life expectancy of a squirrel is only 2 years and we have been feeding her for probably that long. I was sitting outside in a chair yesterday and she came and sat by my chair while I fed her peanuts. I was so happy to see her again.

I hope everyone had a great day.
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Hola..I think it was sunny all day... it just zoomed by

I got up for my eye drop this AM but ended up sleeping until 11:30

...can you believe the next night after the rock band a neighbor decided to Pressure Clean something.. for ..4 hours... Do you know how loud pressure cleaner are... Aughhhhhhhh... it stopped about 8 pm

Shirley... oh I will keep doing some art and putting in shows.. it is fun to do and who knows??

but there are so many people who have much larger talents than I do... and at times My Negative Demon ..gets me thinking like What Makes Me Think I Am an Artist

..if I like what I did.. that probably is most important... if I show it.. and see people like it that is neat too... when we have critiques at school during class.. Many many a time the other kids think I am something else... makes me wonder

took me an hour to do the 16 x 20 in canvas board ..the background for my school project where now I am going to add lines of contour for a simease fighting fish done in gold duck tape and I hope to add color with chalk pastels and add black lines with india ink and maybe jelly sparkle ink??... I'm thinking probably most of the kids won't even have bought their materials

I am bad on eating my sugar and weight.. I will see where I am on the 1st.. but I am up like 5 lbs... but that did not stop me from turning into Taco Bell.. have not been there for over 2 yrs I think... I just ordered a $3.00 burrito.. thinking it looked like a meal.. it was a 7 layer one so I thought it had enough in it.. Auuuuuuuuuuuughhhhhhhhhhh...

I have scraped a plate after eating that had more food on it than that burrito did.. no meat about 8 flakes of cheese a finger length of rice and a smear of beans... What a Mess!!!!

I tried to call the national number to complain.. after more than 30 min on hold they never answered local would not answer.. finally.. when I did get them they said come back in they would give me something else... I was not driving back... uck to get more bad food.. I was bent out of shape.. but when I ate there before it was horrible that is why I did not go for so long..

I ended by saying I wanted nothing and I would never eat at Taco Bell again... I had tried enough... she also tried to make it all my fault saying it was a veggie taco... but she said the sign didn't say that....

I just need to keep... Picking My Battles... and this is not going to be one anymore...
that ...Monkey is not going to be part of... My Circus ...anymore

...Does one live longer the more they complain.... ??

Just heard a lady I worked with for over 20 years at the courthouse died at age 86... I had been putting off calling her until my eye was settled more... guess when one is 86 one should not wait too long

told my younger brother 77 yrs old to go see my older brother 86.5 yr old.. Like what is he waiting for??? ..They are about 10 miles apart...

Grace I know what you mean about your other brother and visits etc.. my 2 bros and sis never visited nor talked to my Dad.. my sister visited one time when mom was sick.. all in about5-10 yrs time.. I don't even remember time anymore

I drive to Daddy's nursing home 60-80 miles one way each Saturday for a few years then like 30 miles one way when they moved him for yrs.... my siblings Never but Never said a word to me about all I did for my parents

I believe what goes around comes around too...
but I don't know who is going to take care of me
I want to be like 97 and still living on my own

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We had a very busy day! I took my little car to the dealer to check out the "check engineer" light out. My DH followed me in our van. Then he and I went to the Half Price Book Store and after saying I was only going to buy electronic books, I bought 3 books and he bought two. Then we had lunch at the Cracker Barrel. Since the car was ready, we drove back close to our house to see if a prescription was ready that my DH needed. They still had not got the shipment in to fill it and my DH was out. So we drove another five miles and picked it up from another pharmacy. While there they called to say they had checked my car out and nothing was wrong. They thought it was not reset properly when they had worked on it the previous week. So zero charge. A good day! But my knees are telling me that it was a little much.

Irene - what a wonderful time with family and friends! I am so glad that your DH is happy and you are getting additional help.

Shirley - a beautiful cool morning here also. I would have rather been outside gardening instead of driving a car to a dealer.

Allie - Blessings to you! Maybe your body is wanting you to take a rest.

Cecile - aren't old friends wonderful! I know you enjoyed going to church so much.

Marlene - I often wonder if weather impacts us more than we realize. I also know if I don't get enough rest, I feel "off".



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Hello Team Sisters. We're in the midst of a thunderstorm w/winds. I just wish we would get rain. I am not feeling too "perky" today. I did laundry and went to the gym. Sometimes a workout will snap me out of whatever is bothering me. Not today.

My DB had a good day yesterday. He even walked across the room with the walker and his DS at his side. I plan on going in tomorrow.

Yesterday Walt and I went up to Barbara and Tom to visit. We went into Gettysburg for a late lunch then over to the outlet mall. I bought two pairs of slacks and some undies. On the way back to their house we drove by a covered bridge that was used during the CW battle. It is like none we've ever seen. I took pictures with the intention of doing a painting.

Slimmer, it is hard to understand the choices judges pick when judging an art exhibit. In most cases there are better paintings. I haven't entered any of my work in awhile. I try telling myself I should for the exposure.

Huh ray! It is pouring rain. Hope it lasts awhile.

Grace, it is sad and hurtful the way some family members mistreat their family. At least in your case, Melvin doesn't realize it.

Shirley, I experienced some blips with my exerciser. After I started sitting on a higher chair I have no problem. Maybe if you put a thick cushion on your chair/sofa that might help.

Am going to take my shower and relax and read awhile

Marlene

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Good afternoon everyone!

Thank you all for the good wishes on my birthday. It was a good day. And it is not finished yet. Val and I went to breakfast as planned, then went to the store about the back door only to be told they do not sell them. The gentleman did give me the name of the store that sell and installs them. My daughter is taking me out to the restaurant this coming Saturday for supper. Looking forward to it.

Friday afternoon I went to get my hair cut. Carole was surprised that I had waited so long. As I told her, it was not intentional. First Val was working and then she moved. Anyway, I do feel much better now.

Saturday I went to church as Val was off. When we got there, the parking lot was closed off. The parking lot had been paved (it needed it very badly). Val dropped me off at the front of the church and picked me up there. I did meet a lady that I`ve known for close to 50 years and had a very good chat while waiting to be picked up after mass. It felt good to reconnect.

Marlene - I was very happy to read about your brother getting better. The nun had told us when in grade ten, that after being anointed, the patients do get better. Let`s hope and pray it keeps up.

Shirley - I am not asking Guy to install the door. I will be making arrangements with the store. If we break the door we have to buy another one, but, if they break it, they have to repace it. Better be safe than sorry!

Ellen - I am so pleased to read about your knees. You must be so happy to be able to do everything again!

Slimmer - I agree with everyone saying that your art being accepted to the exhibition is winning. - So sorry about the noise though. It does affect our peace of mind. Also, I did read about the Panda`s being only on loan.

Allie - So sad about your retaining wall falling down. Like a co-worker told me one time, a house is like a well, there is no bottom.

Peggy - So sorry to hear about Tom`s son`s divorce. No matter how old the children are, it is hard on them and the rest of the family. Prayers for him. - You are so brave to work outside in such heat. I would not be able to do it.

Bonnie - I felt bad for you when you mentioned the vendor running out of corn. It did say a lot for him, that his corn must be very good. Hope you were luckier this week.

Grace - I love what Judge Judy said about loving the children more than we hate our partner. -As Allie said, what goes around comes around. It is also said that we pay on earth what we do on earth.

Irene - You must feel so relieved to have daily help with Maurice. It will give you some breathing space to do what you want and need doing.

While I have been busy on the computer, Val`s dad came to give us a hand with the fan in the bathroom. After he left, Val Fall cleaned the room. I`m telling you, she is so special!

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

Good night and sweet dreams. emoticon



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Good afternoon team:

I don't have much to say today. I am struggling with depression again. I will just have to get myself through it.

I hope you all are having a good day.

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Grace - I thought you only had the two brothers but somehow misread your post talking about your brother(s) not making an effort to visit Melvin. An hour and 20 minute drive is a long one for a short visit, or it would be for me. However, my son has been driving an hour one way to work, which tells you my thinking is a bit off. As for pastors praising volunteers. That does sometimes happen but not often or as often as they should. I had a Sunday service dedicated to me once because of my work as Christian Ed Director, etc., etc and I was a bit embarrassed as I felt many at my church did as much if not more than I did and deserved such a day more than me. Also, I felt that it was done more out of guilt for not giving me more support during a difficult time at our church, as well as a couple of slights that were inexcusable, than praise for the work I did. This isn't a poor me, it is just to say your brother may be doing all of his work for God, and getting little help or congratulations from his church. I fought for years trying to get our pastor/priest/rector to be careful about over using the same people (which seemed to fall on deaf ears) and trying to get everyone to be more conscious of making sure their volunteers were honored or shown appreciation somehow. Churches are notorious for using willing people until they burn out. All of this being said, this doesn't exonerated your brother from visiting Melvin sometimes.

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QUICK POST TO SHIRLEY - I only have 2 living brothers - My special brother, Melvin and our OTHER brother, Bob, who lives 1 hour and 40 minutes away and has visited Melvin 2xs in 30 years.
I've been taking Melvin to see Bob and the rest of the MA family once a year for years but can't anymore.
One more thing on this subject and then I PROMISE I'll shut up about it - I think one of the reasons why some people volunteer for their church while neglecting their family is because when they do something for the church, the pastor will probably announce to the congregation what a wonderful person they are and how the church is so much better because of their volunteering. The congregations probably applauded them and they receive much GLORY from that.
But if you're just paying attention and caring for a family member, the pastor will probably NOT be announcing it to the congregation, so there's no applause and no GLORY.

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Good Morning Everyone -

It is a very cool, sunny morning here in St. Louis. The kind of morning I loved in my walking days.

Irene - it is good as always to see your post. It sounds as though you had a tough week, but a most enjoyable weekend, and that is good. I too hope that this week will be a good one for you, and that your new care-giver service will work out well for you. It is just good to hear you are getting and accepting help.

Ellen - sorry that chiropractors haven't been able to help your husband. I know we can get sciatica from a number of different sources, as that nerve seems to run all over our bodies. My son never went to a clinic, he went to an individual doctor. I don't know if that made any difference or not. The bottom line is I'm most thankful that that doctor could help my son, and I sure wish you could find someone to help your husband. * From my tiny bit of experience with nursing homes, I think it is wise to have a family member or friend visiting someone living in one daily or close to it. My in-law's pastor visited my father-in-law when he was in one, and found the conditions so deplorable that it is said he was yelling (literally) at everyone there. My FIL's sister pulled some strings and got him in the most wonderful hospice run by a Catholic order of nuns.

Slimmer - you do excellent work, so I hope you won't let not winning any awards make you think otherwise. As I said, you are at the mercy of someone else's opinion at art shows where your work is judged. Like you, I've seen art work win awards with work I thought far better passed over. Perhaps this is the reason I've never shown my work (other than once at a church art show that I was running - no judging or prizes involved). I don't have a very thick skin when it comes to such things.

Allie - I thought that they put drainage holes in all retaining walls - guess not. I will have to remember that if I ever have one built. * I too am a fan of Pandas.

Peggy - it is good to hear you are taking care of yourself in that heat. I just know I couldn't handle what you and Tom are doing especially in that heat.

Grace - you were talking about lab techs that are out of sorts, and likened them to a hairdresser you once had. For quite a few years I went to a salon that was a chain, but everyone in the shop knew me. The two women that cut my hair were like friends, and we would chatter away as they cut. This sounds nice, but they would be enjoying the visit so much that many times I left out with my hair shorter than I would have liked. * Thank you for your concern about my legs. This is an ongoing thing, I just don't talk much about it unless it comes up in conversation. While your suggestion for the rice bags is a good one, my exercycle isn't moving that much if at all now that I'm using the little rubber backed rug under it. I don't want to make this process too complicated or I won't use it. It is just a shame I didn't have a place for my recumbent bike upstairs as that is one great machine. That being said, if I can figure out what is causing the little catches/blips when I peddle I think I will get lots of use out of this exercycle. The next thing I plan to try is different shoes. * I got a chuckle out of what you said about Don being two different ages. It is amazing how much more we can do, isn't it, when we are doing something we love. * Your brothers and Melvin - I have no way of knowing what my brother did or didn't do for my dad while he was in assisted living and then a nursing home. Other than see that our parents house was maintained and look after my dad's finances, it is my guess that he didn't visit him very often at all or made sure he was being looked after properly, or that medical needs were being met. Now my brother will spend the rest of his life in bed or perhaps some of the time in a wheel chair - he will never walk again. Me and my children live far away from him, so he's dependent on a family friend to be there for him and take care of his finances and house. My daughter is in regular contact with his social worker, and thankfully with her experience and know-how about medical facilities has been able to get some things done. People who are helpless and without someone who is capable to look after them, are definitely taken advantage of. As someone said, what goes round comes round, so we should all remember this when tempted to look away from someone in need. As for your brother who is such a big worker at his church, there is a saying "charity begins at home." It is my guess that you are doing such a good job looking after Melvin they figure they don't have to. No, not the right way to think about things, but that seems to be the way it is. Do both your brothers live nearby or must they travel to visit Melvin?

Wishing everyone a good day and a good week ahead.

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We are entering the last week of another Challenge - AUGUST 2015 Challenge. This Challenge will end on Monday,
August 31st. The SEPTEMBER Challenge will begin on Tuesday September 1st and will end on Wednesday, September 30th! If you know you will be joining the September Challenge, or if you've been a Challenge member and don't plan to return in September I'd appreciate knowing that too as soon as you can. Please post this on the "New Month-New Me!" Challenge thread.

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

If you've never done a Challenge - the Guidelines are on our team home page (Please Do Not Post There as it is for information only), but briefly - you will need to give me your weight as of September 1st. Keep up with your exercise minutes beginning September 1st, and then on Monday, September 7th - report in on the "New Month-New Me!" Challenge thread and give me your minutes for those days. Then each Monday thereafter you will give me your exercise minutes for the previous week, just as you did this time. You might wish to say how you did weight-wise to keep yourself accountable, but I won't need your exact weight again until the last day of the Challenge Wednesday, September 30th.

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

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Monday morning , We had a wonderful weekend, our youngest son came to see us from Switzerland . We enjoyed catching up with him and had a lovely meal out with him on Saturday. Sunday we all went to see our eldest grand son and his partner who had just had their first child , a boy named Max Paul . It ended with 12 family members there , lots of chat and photos. Some are on Facebook now including a 4 generation one. My husband loves babies children and dogs. All three things there so he was happy.
When John left to fly home he remarked how happy his dad is. That is it. M is happy and contented . He never worries over anything and accepts all help given .
Last week was quite stressful for me but hoping this week is better. A new care package starts today , a different carers group taking us onto its books. A new care giver is due soon to meet us and start looking after M daily ,
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A very busy thread for a Sunday!
It has been a busy day. Church services and then talking to family and friends.

Shirley- my DH has seen several chiropractic clinics and he was not impressed with them and refuses to try again.

Grace - one of my sisters is going by my mother's NH every day. Part of their mission is not only taking care of my mother, but encouraging the staff and others they encounter there. Isn't that the work we should be doing? It is everyday that counts. I think you are right for being upset.

Slimmer- you sound very frustrated with what is going on. It certainly can interrupt your rest.
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Hola.. rained this AM and looks like more on the way now.

..on art shows.. I really don't expect to win any ribbons... the way I see what is judged and wins is really odd... Anybody can win... Shirley... I have never won anything... yet.

I do like going to the opening and watching people look at my pictures.. this time the one man kept looking at my Dawn picture and then started nodding his head.. he did this for like 5 minutes.. I went up to him and spoke to him.. he said he saw all kinds of things I had figured into taking this photo... I did think how I cropped it down.. but didn't think too much how I took it since it was all of my backyard in that direction...

The loud music stopped at 9:30 then they had Fireworks!!!!!!! I thought ok I could see them over my trees since I am on top of the mtn... but I realized how high up I am because they shot them off from the ground and I saw them through my trees at ground level.. not above

Grace.. the noise besides the sound.. what was worse is the Huge Vibrations of the base.. which even ear plugs would not keep out.. I could feel it in my chest.

...I can't believe in this tiny town that they got more than 200 people there counting all those that worked it... then to pay for security, a band, rent sound equipment and lights, the band shell, rent the land?, buy the food, and then to have a big fireworks at the end

...people didn't pay to get in I was thinking they asked for donations.. most probably were the wounded veterans and family so they didn't pay... and most going to a rock concert maybe ..gave $10 I can't even see that much... people are poor here
........... I don't see how they covered expenses.. will have to see what the paper says.

I just am not in a good mood these days...

..on way to art show... on a busy 4 lane hwy.. I am going speed limit of at least 45 mph in the fast lane and I just barely noticed 3 cars, kind of stopped in the slow lane Dawww they were letting someone pull out of a business in front of them... Across.. the traffic.. I saw them and then that car in front of me!!! I Stood on my brakes to try and stop waving to that car to Keep Moving.. I was going to T-bone it!.. they pulled across just in time.. I could not believe
... ..that can't be done on such a busy hwy

...........then same night somebody else did something else in my path... it was bad but I must have blocked it out.... then I had 5 college girls walk across our 2 lane road Not in a crosswalk .. they stopped looked and just walked on.. and I am doing 30 mph around that bend... they saw me at first, but then never even looked at my car!!!!!!!!!!... They must be so new they do not know one can Only walk in crosswalks without too much care

I read somewhere.. ALL Pandas are Only on loan from China... nobody else can actually own them.. they are in other zoos just for show all babies are still China's

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Good afternoon team:

Grace: Thanks for your suggestion about the retaining wall, I made a note of it. I am glad you got your rant out, I know I have to rant once in awhile. As far as your other brother, what goes around comes around, just saying.

Bonnie: Thanks for telling us about the pandas. I love those guys. I saw them years ago at the DC zoo and I mostly went just to see them and to watch them climb all over the place.

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Happy Sunday to all.

Slimmer, sorry you didn't win a ribbon but be proud that your pictures were accepted into the show.

Allie, wow the retaining wall. So glad that the wall was the only damage done.

For all those concerned, we drink plenty of water and I mean plenty. One couldn't survive working outside with out water.

Nothing else new today.

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Good afternoon team!

ALLIE, It sounds like youíre in the same boat with the stairs at YOUR gym as I am with mine. I went to the gym on Friday night and had to drag myself up the last 20 steps. What hurts are my thigh muscles, not my joints.
Iím only taking 3 cholesterol pills a week because itís those pills that are causing the achy thighs.
Iím sorry your retaining wall fell over! When you get your new one tell them to put in lots of drainage holes so the water can escape through them with out freezing behind the wall and pushing it out.

BONNIE, The last thing you want is a lab tech who is mad and ends up bruising you. I went to a hairdresser that was mad at her step son and she really chopped my hair up. I never went back to her.
Iím sorry you still have to take Fosomax. I stopped taking it about 5 years ago. Iíve got osteopenia but itís not getting any worse. Your walks around the lake are the best thing for you because itís a weight bearing exercise which helps to strengthen bones. The other thing thatís good is strength training with dumbbells (or machines at the gym)
I just saw the panda twins and theyíre so tiny. Itís amazing that the mother didnít crush them.
Thatís exciting and intriguing about your Toby Jug. Please keep us posted on itís worth etc. Maybe you can treat all the team members to a spa day if itís worth thousands (smile). But seriously, I hope you get some good and useful info on it.
The ad that you saw on TV about the fluid replacement in the knee sounds like what I just had. Itís called Synvisc and itís synovial replacement fluid. It works for me.

ELLEN, Thank you for the comment about the kids at the gym being inspired by me. I imagine that some of them might tell their grandmothers about me, if they even notice me. I keep a low profile while Iím there and they probably donít even know Iím there.
Congratulations on getting your full life back again! Free at last!
What youíve discovered about the pain clinic is so true. They donít cure anything. They just control pain. The radio frequency ablation that I had is not a cure for my back problem. Itís just kills the nerves, for about 6 months to a year and then the nerves regenerate and the pain comes back. But itís good while it lasts.

SHIRLEY, Thank you, also, for your compliments about my gym attendance. For almost 30 years, I faithfully went to the gym 3xs a week, but now once or twice a week is all I can take.
Donít forget that you can try 2 lb bags of rice or beans to help anchor you bike.
I was sorry to read (on the Weightloss thread) that your legs are so bad right now that they are keeping you awake. Itís awful when that happens. Iím glad you finally took the pain med so you could get to sleep.
I hope youíre having a better day today.

CECILE, How was your birthday? I hope you had a good time on your special day.

MARLENE, I agree with Peggy that Bob is in good hands with Barbara at his side. Itís a good thing he did eat a little. Thank you for the positive update about Bob greeting you at the front door!!
Good luck with the lung tests. I hope they are negative for the gene that may have been passed on to your kids.

PEGGY, How on earth can you stand to work outside in 115 degree weather?! Please be careful of heat exhaustion and drink lots of water while youíre out there.
Iím sorry that Tomís son is going to have to go through a divorce. I hope they can keep things ďcivilĒ so itís easier on the kids. Judge Judy says, ďDivorcing parents must remember to love their children more than they hate their ex spouses.Ē

SLIMMER, How much of the money made at the rock concert do you think really goes to the people who need it? Iíll bet darn little of it does. I wonder what Charity Navigator says about Wounded Warriors. On top of everything youíre doing to block the noise you could add a good set of ear plugs designed to block noise. You can get them at Walmart or any drug store.

ELAINE, Iíve got an 85 year old DH who cycles about 200 miles a week when weíre in FL for 6 months. Up here, in CT, itís only about 150. Heís 2 different ages. When heís on the bike heís about 60 years old. When heís just hanging out at home heís about 90 years old. (LOL)

I really must get moving. Iíve got to go over to Melvinís NH to clean up his closet and help him eat his supper.
Quick rant alert!! Our OTHER brother, who lives about 1 Ĺ hours away, hasnít visited Melvin or even called to see how heís doing etc. I sent him an e-mail about 4 or 5 days ago to update him on Melvinís worsening health issues, asking him to please come down to visit Melvin and never got a reply. I also sent the same e-mail to our niece and she replied with in the hour.
This OTHER brother, who is a ďpillar of his churchĒ, is too busy doing volunteer work for his church to visit his own brother, Melvin, who is too severely handicapped to travel. Does anyone think that this is right with God? OK, enough ranting! Gotta go now!

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Elaine - it is good to hear that you have air conditioning. I misunderstood your post too and thought you didn't have A/C. Missouri heat and humidity is such I don't know how anyone survives (comfortably that is) without A/C here. The story about your MIL (mother-in-law) caused me to smile. Marlene, Irene and I are all past 80, and I don't think anyone ever gives it a second thought on the team. One of my lunch buddies lives in her own home across the street from her daughter and her family, travels with her family, takes exercise classes, drives all over the place and has a busier social life than I do, and she is 3 years older than me - she's 84. She walks with a cane when out, as do I just for safety sake, but not much is slowing her down. We've got some great Senior Communities in this area with villas as well as apartments, so I'd say your MIL will have a choice of what type of living suits her best.

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Hello ladies,
We are enjoying this 70 degree weather.
Bonnie, I should clarify that I have air conditioning, just no ceiling fans. And the Toby Jug is fascinating.
We have had a very busy summer. DH lost his father in December 2014; we have been very busy helping his mother, who is a very young 84. It's funny the comments we got when we said Pat was coming to Marshall. People often asked "Do you have good nursing homes in Marshall?" I'd answer, "We have wonderful nursing homes in Marshall; is there someone in your family who needs one?"
What's the abbreviation for mother in law?
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emoticon Happy Belated Birthday Wishes, Cecile emoticon

Good Morning, Team.
Did you hear that the panda at the National Zoo had TWINS!! I heard the announcement about the 1st baby in the news last night but the 2nd was born after 10PM! I hope they both survive. This mother panda is the only one we've had that has had successful pregnancies. She's had 2 babies previously. The first was sent back to China when he became "of age" and the 2nd one, a female named Bao Bao, is still at the zoo.

The picture is of a Toby Jug that my mother had and I have now. After going to many flea markets, antique shows, etc., I have never seen another one like it and after doing minimal research on-line I haven't been able to find anything about it. My sister sent me an Ebay ad yesterday that showed one for sale in England. I got really interested after that and researched on-line some more yesterday and found some concrete information about it. It is called the Harry Lauder Toby Jug (Harry Lauder was a musician in England & Scotland) and it was made in the 19th century. It is made of bisque. Not a lot to go on but more info than I had before. Now I need to search "in depth". It was exciting to find out more about it.



@Marlene - Good to hear that your brother is doing better and able to get out of bed.

@Allie - Too bad about your retaining wall. I'm glad it didn't hit your car.

@Ellen - I saw an ad on TV last night about a fluid that can be injected into knees and replaces the natural fluid that has been lost. It didn't say how many or how often you need to be injected but was touting the fact that you could forgo surgery by having this done.
It will be interesting to see if this becomes an accepted method of treatment.

@Slimmer - About loud music. I live in a townhouse complex and our yards are right up against each other. Sometimes our neighbors have parties outside and they go on for hours and hours. The music doesn't even have to be that loud but people laughing and talking can be just as irritating. I understand what you are going through. Hopefully it will end soon.

Well, I'd better get to the Farmer's Mkt. Last week I got there around 12:30 PM and none of the vendors had any corn left. I was very disappointed. So, I'm going extra early today.

I hope everyone has a great day.
Bonnie

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Good morning team:

Shirley: I got a good nights sleep and I will deal with the retaining wall one day at a time.

I did some research on retaining walls this morning and that helped.I am trying to keep the costs down by educating myself on what materials go into a new wall.

I do have a couple of people I can call to get an estimate on the wall. I put caution tape around the side of my lawn and two pylons. I also put a pylon on the end of my driveway.



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Happy Sunday Everyone -

Marlene - thank you for the update on Bob. How wonderful you found him doing so well. * And... how wonderful to sleep straight through the night. * I hadn't realized that you are doing water aerobics. That is such a good thing. Finding such a good buy on a suit had to have pleased you.

Slimmer - sorry to hear you didn't win anything at this art show, but if memory serves me right you've placed in other shows. Your post seemed to indicate otherwise. I'm sure the judges have their guidelines that they must follow, but just like where humans are judging anything, ballet to dog shows, it all boils down to them being subjective - yielding to their own personal preferences. Where Picasso definitely turns lots of people on, I would chose a Monet, Michael Angelo, etc. They are all excellent pieces of work, but.... * I do sympathize with you about the noise. We would have a hard time dealing with such ourselves. Thankfully like Ellen we live in a very quiet neighborhood, and that is with a big high school only a couple miles or so from our house. In this age of everyone having rights, no one seems to have any. I'm all for people raising money for Wounded Warriors and other charities that help our veterans as well as others in need, but let's face it there needs to be consideration for those not participating in the event too.

Allie - Oh My Gosh! I had so hoped you were past your problems with your house. I'm so sorry to hear you've got still another problem to have repaired. Glad however that the wall falling didn't damage your car.

Ellen - I've mentioned this before, and I truly don't remember your response. Has your husband seen a chiropractor? I know one solved my son's sciatic problem that was work related. A friend went to a pain management clinic for years and finally had back surgery. Her problem was different from your husband's. * Your thoughts to Slimmer about the art show she entered are good ones. * You mentioned your exercycle - my son and his father-in-law came yesterday and took my recumbent bike. He posted a picture of it with our grandson sitting on it on Facebook. My son is so happy to have it. He says it is really for my DIL, but I'll bet when he uses it he may come to think of it as his too - smile. I hope all will be well with your new exercycle, and I'll bet it will be.

Peggy - I can't believe you were doing yard work in 115 degree weather. There is good reason I don't live in climates like Arizona. I know it goes without saying, but please be careful doing such. * I am so sorry to hear about Tom's son's marriage. Our son went through this, but thankfully they'd been married less than 2 years and no children. Such is not only hard on the couple getting divorced but the entire family.

Wishing for us all a very good day.

Shirley

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Good Morning Team Sisters. I'm resting before I start the day.

Cecile, sorry I missed your birthday. Hope you had an amazing day.

When I got to my DB yesterday he was in his wheelchair sitting at the front door. Oh, what a wonderful greeting. They backed off with the morphine. He is eating better. The hospice doctor was leaving so I had a chance to talk with him. He said it just took a few days for Bob to mentally adjust to the hospital bed and cathier (?). Praise God. The priest visited on Friday.He gave communion and anointed Bob.

I did the grocery shopping, made dinner and was in bed by 10:00. I slept straight through till 5:30.

Bob's Care giver schedule was adjusted so Barbara isn't coming down until Monday. So we are going up to spend the day with them.

Slimmer, rock music what a terrible annoyance. We're a block away from the high school and we can enjoy the band's music.

I'm going to cycle on my "mini" for a few minutes just to loosen up.

I bought a bathing suit at Walmart marked down to $11. It's a Catalina so it should last a little while. I don't put much $ into one for water aerobics.

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend. It is lovely here.

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Ellen... I have the a/c on and windows closed.. and I am watching NASCAR with the sound up and I still hear it... but they did make it a tiny bit quieter.. it is pretty loud in the computer room.

oh.. as to art show... yes I know just being accepted into the shows is pretty good and mostly that is what I expect is only going to happen.. it really will be fun someday to get a ribbon... one of my past art teachers was there.. and he said .. it happens one day.

They printed a hand booklet with everyones pictures in it .. and mine Dawn picture is like the most photogentic.. it just pops off the page!

..back to racing... Tony Stewart was like in 30th place got to 12th and now back to 22nd..
hmmmm

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Good evening team:

I am very tired so I will keep this short.

Around 6AM this morning my retaining fell over.I knew before hand the wall was going to fall I just didn't know when.


Everything is fine and it was an awful mess and the good news is my car was parked a few feet away from it and it missed my car. The cinder blocks just kind of slid under my car.

I hope everyone is having a good day and good weekend.

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Slimmer - I am so sorry that you have all that noise! It is usually pretty quiet on my road, but I do have a neighbor who has some kind of classic car that he likes to race the motor. Can you close your windows and turn a fan on for "white noise"?

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Aughhhhhhhhhhhh..............

The music Started Again!

I got in my car and tracked it down... it is down my mtn and across a couple of fields and a river...

it is a benefit for The Wounded Warriors... they said they may do it 2 more times and a Deputy was there as I complained to the fellow who ran it...

he said he will quit around 10 11pm.. and I am in the City ..he is in the County and NO decibel ordances there, but he said he would try and lower it a bit...

he got a bit upset and said everyone in town and all around should support the military wounded and should be there... but I said not if they don't like rock music... I told him I was a big supporter of the 911 event in town but nobody really came to that either

..he said these guys suffered and that we should have to sacrifice also for this time for them
... hmmm ok... but Who was I sacrificing for for last weeks party that went past midnight? and and and

...something like this needs to be held OUT in the country.. where they can play loud and whoop and holler all they want

not a happy camper... I've put up with the dogs that bark all night... the motorcycles that ride in packs on the weekend... the fellow who works on his car rev up the motor for hours.. and the new student that drives with his radio blasting a few times a day.. the baseball games from the college and their parties

ok... hmmm I don't think I feel better after complaining
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emoticon Happy Birthday, Cecile!! emoticon emoticon

It has been a busy day! We spent most of the day running errands and I still get in some more physical therapy. The forecast is more rain tonight and my DH is resting on the sofa. He says his back hurts. I did some research on the Pain Management clinic where he was sent. I think all they do is "manage" pain, not try to really fix it at the source. Maybe with sciatica that is the best you can hope for sometimes??

Slimmer - I think about you being accepted into the art opening like I do the Super Bowl - there are no real losers. If you get that far, you are a winner! * On the noise - our city has ordinances against load noise after a certain hour. You may want to report it if they keep it up tonight.

Peggy - Be careful in that heat! Heat is not always our friend. *I am so sorry to hear about your Tom's DS. That is bad for the children as well as him. I have been through that myself and it is not fun.

Shirley - my new one should arrive on August 28 and hopefully it will not be defective. I mailed the other one back this morning at UPS. That was one of my errands.

Marlene - I am glad your brother was more responsive today and I am so glad hospice has been called in. What I have been told, they are wonderful for the family and patient. * I wish the best on your lab work.

Blessing to all
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Hola...

Marlene... I am very sorry to hear the news about your brother and all that you all are going through.

Cecile... HAPPY BIRTHDAY! emoticon emoticon Have a Great Day!

Ellen... Great News about you knees... don't over do...

Grace... sorry to hear about how your brother has to eat now... maybe something will be improved or solved.

I went to my art opening.. I thought I had a good chance to get a ribbon they gave out 4 for each division, but nope... they showed 128 art pieces and gave out 21 awards.. 5 of my Tribe was there and one of the Tribe won a 2nd place for her photo

being driven crazy right now... below me and a few blocks away the school is having a huge party or something.. the rock band and the base especially is rocking my house.. they did this last weekend till after midnight.. it is bad right now.

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emoticon Cecile. Have a great day!

My post yesterday did not show up. Hmmmm? Anyway I did say to Marlene that her brother is in good hands. I am glad that your daughter is there to help.

I wrote yesterday about doing yard work in 115 degree heat and we did more today. The sweat just drips off my face and into my eyes. We still have two more things that have to get done with the plants. 2 agave died so those had to be dug up and we replaced one of them. Digging in rock and hard whatever is next to impossible. If these doesn't help lose weight, nothing will.

Tom's DS picked Tom up and took him out for a beer. We were wondering what it was all about and found out that his wife is leaving him. I think they have been married 15 years and have a 9 year old girl and a 7 year old boy and just bought a new house a little over 2 years ago. Tom said it was like de ja vu for him as his ex did the same thing the same way.

Peggy

Peggy

Phoenix, AZ

Morgonstund har guld i mund.

Morning hour has gold in its mouth.


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