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4/18/15 4:21 P

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Hola! it is 75 and rain threatening...

I spent over 4 hrs at the Festival today... I bought Cinnamin Honey good for Diabetics? I don't know but it sure tasted great and honey and cinnamin is good for us.

I bought a ceramic 11" plate.. not a bad price thin square and very interesting patterns and clay

I listened to 3 groups in the music tent..

I ate a Gyro and it was Wonderful... the price was $10.. Yikes!!!!!!!!!! but I got my monies worth!

Had $1 drinks and sat in the church in A/C to eat and met a nice couple from Cornell GA.. and they took down my art web page

Other booth arts... one guy who does Fantastic bird pictures remembered me.. he was one that said ..just start doing... I told him I really am now! He was selling all prints.. and most of these people sell their prints for at least $125 to $400.. no even originals....!!!

Tomorrow is supposed to be bad.. 60 mph winds and lots of rain.. many packing up tonight going home.. I had enough Festival...

Should have taken a picture of me today... Wow! I look young and ..THIN... and healthy... when I got home and looked in the mirror... I was just amazed.. I saw the young me!

It was interesting People Watching... so many... do not dress with a style.. most were in too comfortable clothing.. hair every which way... and walking like old or broken... very few looked put together and well... so interesting

I realized... compared to soooooooooo many I am thin!!!!!!! ...and didn't have as many rolls of fat well, it was just an experience ..that told me I am not so bad off... and if I would get my act together I'd look really pretty good!... it was a positive experience.

Mary... you will be Fine for your Operation... over 25 yrs ago when I was told I had a big tumor... well, I just faced it and all came out well. Sounds like he knows what he is saying that it will be gone... just good you found it out and taking care of it... but it would be better if these things just don't happen.

Diane ..gee I hope I got the new girls name right... I am Slimmer in Dahlonega Ga soon to be 66.. been on here for over 7 yrs.. used to weigh 288.. got to 200.5 but more like 220 right now.. I am single no kids or pets I go to college.. and I am making myself into an Artist.. and gee maybe now a singer LOL... who knows I retired 5 yrs ago from Sarasota, FL where I was a Deputy Clerk for the Circuit Court for 35 yrs

Bon.. that was scary about your horse choking...

I have lots of Energy... hmmmm no... but I just don't know when to fall down..

which reminds me.. it is nap time.. time to get starch back in my back

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4/18/15 11:37 A

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Good Early Afternoon, Ladies,

The temp is supposed to be in the lower 80's today! I think we are transitioning to SUMMER!

In a couple hours DH & I are going to the Sugarloaf Craft Festival in Gaithersburg, MD. We go every year and usually meet up with our friends Linda & Charlie. But they had to drive down to Richmond, VA on Thurs. night to meet with a social worker on Fri. to discuss Linda's mother. She has dementia and has "good" and "bad" days. I guess Linda's father isn't up to coping with it full time.

@Shirley - I didn't get to the printer yesterday but I did pull up the instructions to use to fix it and a video which I'll refer to step-by-step as I proceed. Hopefully, tomorrow.

@Slimmer - Good for you for getting a great price on your photo. Sounds like you had lots of fun. So now singing, along with spanish, pottery, reading, etc. You are a busy lady with lots of energy.

Have a Wonderful Day,
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Good Morning Everyone -

Elise - your walk sounds nice. Enjoy!

Cecile - it is my guess that cancer has touched most of us in one way or the other. I'm so glad your operation was a success.

Slimmer - it sounds as though you are a woman with many talents - smile. I would have liked to have taken singing lessons at one time, but never did. Probably for 2 reasons - one I didn't know anyone who gave them and secondly I'd heard that such was costly. *WOW! You got a good price for that photo!

Ellen - Oh My.... I do hope that computer problems aren't catching, as there seems to be quite a few having them. Enjoy your day.

Serena - it has been driving me a bit nuts as I couldn't remember Elf's name. Darned Senior Moments - smile! What breed is she? It is good that Archy loves other dogs with his new home - smile. * It does cause us to look back and wonder why God sent us on whatever path/journey, doesn't it? The older we get and can look back it does cause us to wonder. Did we take such and such a path because God sent us, or did we take such and such path in spite of God's direction? Being a secretary certainly wasn't the kind of work I would have liked to have done, nor one that could use the talents God had given me. However, once my priest (Episcopal) said to me that he'd prayed and prayed to get something and was so disappointed when it didn't happen. Only to find out that if God had granted him his wish, the outcome would have been disastrous. So we who are people of faith must believe that He gives us what we need, and that may not be what we think we want or need. Also, I believe that one person's journey impacts another's, and He sends us the way He does to help someone that will need our help. In your job at the hospital you've probably helped many more people than just the ones you've treated. The work you do is Very special.

Grace - I hope your computer will be repaired and back to you soon.

Bonnie - what a scary experience with Mystery. I'm glad he came through his ordeal okay. * I hope your back is feeling better today. * Good luck with your printer repair. You are a Very brave lady.

Mary - it is good to see you posting again. House renovations have to be a horror with you trying to live in the house while they are being done. * Some years back I had a similar experience as yours. After a routine exam the doctor called and said that they'd found pre-cancerous cells, and gave me my options - one being a hysterectomy. Being past child bearing age I had the hysterectomy which they did vaginally. But... he had told me that once they got in if they found cancer, they'd have to open me up to make sure they removed it all. A Very Scary experience. As it turned out, the surgery and recovery was easy, but I ended back in the hospital for a week with a blood clot. Don't let this alarm you. It just so happens that I'm subject to these things. They did everything possible to prevent it from happening, but it did. Just know I understand what you are going through, and you will indeed have my prayers.

Have a good day everyone and a most enjoyable weekend.

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4/18/15 5:09 A

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Good morning fellow SS!!!!!!!!!

Today will be another great day emoticon !!!!!!! I'll just stay in then take a walk emoticon !!!!!!!!!

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4/18/15 12:25 A

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Good morning team sisters.

Mary - I know just how you must be feeling. When the ob-gyn told me I had cancer of the cervix, I felt as if I had been hit by a 10 ton truck. That was back in 1974. I am proof that the operation can and probably will be a success.

You can count on my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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

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4/17/15 9:03 P

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2nd Part News Flash...

At the auction... nobody was buy.. soooooooooooo


I bought the ...Singing Lessons... 4... 1 hour classes

This is with the same fellow that was going to do them for $10 per half hour.. and I got them all for $75 or with tax $80.. so $10 a lesson.. he said they were $40 an hour!!!!!!

So, going to get another art thing done on my Bucket List!!!!!!
...he was the man who listened to my utube and could not believe I sang with no music and stayed on key!

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4/17/15 8:58 P

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Like Grace, I am posting on my iPhone so this will be short.

Diane - welcome to our team. My name is Ellen and I am almost 70. I have bad knees so I am unable to exercise like I want. This is a great team.

Mary - I am so sorry about your health news. We are all here for you.

Ellen.

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4/17/15 8:51 P

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NEWS FLASH!

I am back from the Bear On The Square Festival... Dinner and Auction

The Food was fantastic!

My photograph of the Dawn.. was auctioned 6th out of at least 50... right side by side of
Roper the areas known artist.. where in the past they had people on the phone all over the country to buy his paintings

MY PHOTO SOLD FOR ..........$250.00......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

a few of Roper's other real paintings sold for Less!!!!!!!!

...and there was quite a bidding war for it

I sat not too far from where it was on the table and almost EVERYONE stopped and looked for a long time and mouths open and nodding... they loved it!

Some said I had the best item there!
I met the fellow who bought the picture.. I want to look him up and see who he is...

The man who also had his picture at the govenernor's office was there and gave a huge thumbs up for the price on my print... I saw his picture .. but last I remember it had not gotten $50... Karma!

What a fantastic experience... everyone said whatever I sell it on the Internet for... I had better up the price... really so many loved it...

I got to see other artists really give a look over... some figured out who I was... many just looked and looked

Well worth Donating this for the Art Experience!!!!!!!!!!

Yahooooooooooooooooooo!
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4/17/15 6:06 P

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Shirley. Aussies are such great dogs and SO full of energy!! My daughter is coming tomorrow evening to introduce Bristol to Archy. Bristol and Elf are the same age and she gets along with all the others. I am guessing she will like Archibald since he is still a baby and seems to love other dogs.
Our CEO's last day was today and he left first thing this morning. Originally he had resigned as of 12/2015. It is such a mess here. The CNO will be back on Monday but is still under scrutiny by the nurses union. In talking to some of the nurses I can understand why. The new CEO who missed her meeting with her staff so that she and her husband could site see on the penninsula is also due to arrive on Monday. Only God knows what this change will hold. I am seriously hoping for a buy out. I am also planning to be long gone as soon as possible and before the end of the year!
God has to realize that I have done my time in this profession that I never had any desire to be in! I am hoping that I have learned whatever it was that he intended that Iearn. I really was all set to be a veterinarian or a back country park ranger!
Now back to work. I have a suicidal teenager needing to be placed.


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4/17/15 1:42 P

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My computer is at the computer doctors and I'm no good at posting on my "smart" phone but want to tell Mary - I will be praying for you when you have your surgery.
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Good Morning, Team Sisters.

It's 75 degrees outside and very sunny.

I went to the Farm yesterday and rode Mystery for 45 min. with my back brace and only mild back twinges but no real pain. I am beginning to think that the pain meds my doctor gave me do NOTHING for my back pain. Yesterday I took an Aleve.

I had a scare yesterday with Mystery. Everything was fine after I rode and he had eaten a lot of grass. I soaked some alfalfa cubes for him to eat (something I've been doing since last Winter) and he started to choke!! I was so close to calling the vet but decided to see if he could dislodge it himself. Horses can't gag or vomit. He looked really uneasy and was making some strange noises. But I could see things easing so, aside from rubbing his neck and trying to dislodge it myself, I just waited it out. After about 1/2 hour he seemed much better and looked happier! I certainly was relieved. Poor baby.

@Marlene - So sorry to hear of your breathing problems. Do you have asthma? I've been diagnosed with it but haven't had any problems for several years. I hope the cherry blossoms are still pretty if you come down on Sunday. We've had some rain--all day Tues. and last night and it may rain again this afternoon. There are lots of things to do in DC so I'm sure you'll have a nice time. Have you been to the American Indian Museum? I went a couple years ago and enjoyed it.

@Mary - Nice to have you back but so sorry that you have to deal with cancer. My thoughts are with you.

@Diane emoticon . My name is Bonnie, I'm 67 and DH and I live in Maryland close to DC. Our "children" are 2 cats and a horse. This group consists of a really nice group of "seniors". I hope you enjoy being a part of it.

I have been putting off fixing my printer but I have to buckle down and just do it today. I have "saved" a video that shows how to do it and it is supposed to be very "messy". I bought a pair of thin plastic gloves to wear! It is replacing the print absorber. I'm usually not afraid to jump right in and fix something but for some reason this really intimidates me.

I hope everyone has a great day.
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Good Morning Ladies :) I know it has been months since I've checked in...no excuses, just not taking the time to sit down and post.
We are in the midst of renovations here. All the construction is done, and about half the painting. Flooring is yet to come. Biggest change is making our smallish bedroom into a very large and airy bed/sitting room :)
I had upsetting news from my gyn. this week and will be having a hysterectomy May 12th. Prognosis is excellent, but still, cancer is cancer and pretty scary. Lorne was with me, and we were pretty sure what she was going to tell us. But then we had to come home and tell our girls. I dread telling our best friends when they return from vacation next week. :(
Prayers appreciated!

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Good Morning Everyone -

Diane - WELCOME! emoticon It is so good seeing you posting right away. We are delighted to have you with us, and we hope that you will be happy with us. * My name is Shirley and I live in metro St. Louis, Missouri as you can see. I will soon be 81, have 2 children both married, 3 grandchildren - one married, one recently engaged, and one who will turn 8 in November, and one great grandchild that turns 3 in July. I really need to do some work on my Spark Page - smile. Diane (FIT4HZGLORY) is a neat lady, and I'm glad that she led you to our team. You mentioned our Challenge team, I hope you will join us for our June Challenge in a couple weeks.

Elise - sorry about the weight gain. Hopefully those 2 pounds will be gone by next weigh-in. Enjoy your day of rest. Although the grocery shopping part is certainly not restful.

Grace - I'm glad to hear that your visit with your family went well. * I'm sure your class members that stay in Florida through the summer miss your classes. I know I would.

Allie - thanks for your words of encouragement to Diane. We think you are pretty special too - smile.

Marlene - what a scary experience with your breathing. I do hope if it continues you will get it checked out. It will be interesting to see what your doctor has to say about your shoulder. There seems to be little that helps OA no matter which joint it hits. * My Fitbit is a watch, etc. I didn't know they made a Fitbit to clip on. Your experience with pedometers sounds like mine - not good. Serena seems to feel that her Fitbit is fairly accurate - she has the watch type I gather. She gave me a website to explore that will hopefully tell me how this thing works and what to expect from it. I'm enjoying mine, although I don't put a great deal of faith in what it is telling me. But as you said it is a motivator, and as my daughter said, it give me a good ball park figure for what I'm doing.

Cecile - Oh My but Jess is growing up. We've been friends for so long that I feel like I've watched your granddaughters grow up. I'm happy that they were able to give her a doctor close to home and French speaking. * Oh My... Cell Phones... I've been half way to my previous neighborhood (about a 35 mile - mostly highway drive) and realized I left my cell phone behind. It really scares me when that happens. Here in the States due to cell phones (is my thinking) you find few public phones (if any) any longer. I'm speaking for where I live, and can only assume it is that way all over now. I'm happy to hear that you are remembering to carry your phone with you however. A Very Smart move.

Yvonne - thanks for checking in, and we are most happy to have you as our friend and teammate too - smile. I hope you got your planting done yesterday. Weather Bug says we are to have a rainy weekend.

Wishing everyone a very good day -

Shirley

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4/17/15 5:55 A

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Good morning fellow SS!!!!!!!!!

Today is WI-I gained 2 pounds-I'll do better this week emoticon !!!! I'm going grocery shopping then staying in & relax.

emoticon Diane!!!!!!! You'll love it here!!!! We are very supportive group!!!!!

Marlene-Feel better soon!!!!!

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Good evening team! We had a great day with visiting kids and grand kids.
Now they’re gone and everything is quiet again.

DIANE, Welcome to our team! Now we have two Dianes on here. You are doing a fantastic job in the weight loss department! Good for YOU!
My name is Grace and I’d like to invite you to check out my Sparkpage and I hope I’ll be able to check out yours.
We have a wonderful group of supportive members led by Shirley who is a fantastic leader.
I’ll be looking forward to seeing your posts as we all get to know you.

MARLENE, You had quite a scare with your breathing problem. It’s a good thing you have your inhaler and nebulizer to get through the episode.
I’m sorry you have severe OA in your shoulder. Maybe physical therapy will be helpful so you don’t lose mobility in that joint.

CECILE, Thank you for explain what your walker looks like. It sounds like a good one. Good for you for having the motivation to go for your walk without Val. It’s always best to depend on yourself to get out there and get the job done. And when Val does go with you, consider it a bonus!

YVONNE, Have fun planting your containers. We are getting ready to “close up” our FL yard and I’ll be giving most of my flowers away to our next door neighbor, who is Don’s sister and will be staying in FL all summer.

I have to close for the night. It’s after 10 p.m. and I have to get up early tomorrow to teach my exercise class. We’re getting less and less members as they’re all heading back to their summer homes up north. There are only 2 women who stay here all summer. All the rest are “snowbirds”.

I hope everybody has a good sleep and I’ll be checking in on you tomorrow (Friday)

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4/16/15 9:43 P

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Good evening team:

emoticon Diane

I am sure you will be a welcome addition to this team.

I have belonged to SP since 2006. I have had my ups and downs but always come back to SP. I try to be as active as possible. I am learning how to eat better, then I ever have, thanks to SP.

Good luck. You have found an excellent team here. I have made many friends on this team and on SP and I am sure you will to.

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Hello Team Sisters. I lost my post yesterday, was not feeling well so just closed down. I don't know what caused it but around 5:00 pm I got very breathless when I walked up our stairs (15). It lasted awhile so I used my emergency inhaler. After eating a light supper I laid down for awhile. Later I had a spell where I had a difficult time breathing. DH got my electric nebulizer together and I inhaled the Arbutorial, that helped. I slept pretty well and just feel slow all day. I will use the nebulizer for a few days and hope I feel fine after that. The meds. in the nebulizer make me gittery.

I just got the results of my mamogram and R-shoulder x-ray. Mamogram is good. The x-ray showed severe OA in my shoulder. I see my Dr. on the 28th and will see what she recommends.

We were to go to DC with our DD/DSIL on Sunday but are not sure now. We would drive to a Metro station in Mryland and take the train into the Mall area in DC.

I finally got back to my art group this week. I started a water scene from a photo I took in Sarasota.

Ellen, good luck with your knee surgery. You certainly are brave by agreeing to have both done at the same time.

Shirley, is your Fitbit a watch or one that you attach to your clothing. I attach mine and still think it does not track all of my steps. But it gives me something to motivate me. I've used the one on my smart phone and find that it picks up the least bit of movement.

It seems everyone is doing pretty well. i am anxious to get back on track with my eating and house work. So much needs to be done this time of year.

Take care and enjoy this lovely weather.

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4/16/15 6:12 P

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Good afternoon team sisters.

Diane - emoticon I know you will love this group. Our team leaders Shirley and Grace are wonderful. My name is Cecile and I am french Canadian. English is my second language. I am a relatively new widow. I lost my husband on September the 11th 2014. I am now living with my oldest grand-daughter Valerie. I have a daughter and another grand-daughter named Jessica. She suffers from Muscular Dystrophy. I used to have a load of craft past times but have cut back due to budget restraints. I still crochet a lot. I just finished an afghan for Val and am now doing one for Jess.

Yesterday Chantal and Jess had an appointment at the children`s hospital. Because Jess is turning 18 in June she needed to be transfered to another doctor. Chantal had requested a doctor in Gatineau and preferably french. Jess has been transfered to a french neurologist in Gatineau. Jess is very happy because now she will be able to converse with said doctor without having her mom translate.

Grace - The walker I use does have a seat. It has 4 wheels and also a basket underneath when we shop. I only use the walker in stores with big surfaces. When I go grocery shopping or to Wal-Mart, I don`t need it as I used to shopping cart for support.

I went out for my walk today. I found it kind of boring without my pal but I pushed myself anyway. It felt very good. Val suggested I wear a jacket but in the sun it was warm. When I got back I got the mail which contained two catalogues. I sat on my walker to persure them. After a while, it felt as if I was getting a sun burn through my jeans. I put the walker away and come in. It was good. I have to go out again after supper to bring out the recycling stuff and the empty the compost pail. Tomorrow I have an appointment with the nurse for my feet. It`s been 5 weeks. We shall what that did.

Shirley - I was a bad girl today. After being about half way through my walk, you came to mind. I forgot my cell phone again! I promise to bring it tomorrow if I go out for another walk.

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

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Hi everyone,
My name is Diane and I am 75. I've been on SP since 7/29/14. I have lost 47 pounds so far since 2/1/14 and gone down two sizes in clothes.
I follow the American Heart Association Diet guidelines and am exercising and riding a recumbent bike for an average of 100 minutes throughout the day.
My goal is to eat healthy and exercise to become more mobile.
I found your team through a team member (FIT4HZGLORY) who posted on my blog. Your team interests me because of the age group, General Chat and the New Month - New Me Challenge.
I hope to get to know everyone better.
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Just skimmed over the messages; gives me pleasure to read about y'alls doings. And Slimmer.... Way to go, Girl!!!!

Gotta get outside and plant my big container in the front, then off to pick up my Azure order. Am so pleased to have you all for my friends; I wish I had more time right now to acknowledge all of you. Just wanted to let you know I'm still here

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Good Morning Everyone -

Allie - Congrats on losing another pound that is Very Good. But what impressed me more was your statement, "I refuse to let my weight get away from me again. I know it isn't good for my health and that is the most important thing." When we are hurting or uncomfortable most of us here turn to food for comfort, if we didn't, chances are we wouldn't be here. Where we know that isn't the thing to do, we do it anyway because all we want is relief, and food - especially the so called comfort foods - is the easiest and quickest. We all know it isn't a wise decision, but we do it anyway. I do hope you are feeling better this morning. * Smart move having the police watch your house while you are gone. I'm really disappointed, as I know you are, that the new owners are not who you thought they were.

Elise - the weather here is beautiful too. Enjoy!

Cecile - Congratulations on losing 11+ pounds. That's quite an accomplishment. * Glad to hear that things are going well for Val at work. * Since getting this Fitbit I'm amazed how much walking I do daily just inside this house. No, it isn't fitness walking, and not as much as I should be doing, but as I suspected as much as I sit, I tend to move a lot too. So your walking around the house does have value. However, if you can get outside to do some walking I urge you to do so. There is something about the sunshine and fresh air that is so helpful to us.

Serena - technology is such that I don't think many of us know as much as we need to. My mind just doesn't work the way instruction manuals for computers, etc. read. The other day I was frustrated over not being able to get one of my devices to do what it was supposed to. My husband finally got whatever it was to work. I said that just isn't logical what you had to do. His reply was - you've been using computer type stuff long enough to know that logic and computers just don't mix - smile. So true! *Thanks for refreshing my memory about Archibald. I remember now you telling us he is a Doberman. Your walk with your pack of dogs - smile - did sound interesting. Please don't let those guys cause you to fall. About your daughter asking you to sit her Golden. My son this week put out a feeler about us keeping his 3 big dogs so that they could go down and visit his sister or perhaps them go to Florida on a vacation sometime in the future. I'm not sure I'm up to taking care of 3 very large, active dogs - 3 Australian Shepherds, but I will if I must.

Bonnie - I hope your rain has passed and you are enjoying walks around your pretty and interesting lake, or perhaps going for a ride on Mystery during this lovely spring weather.

Slimmer - you seem to be doing quite well in the art world. That isn't an easy accomplishment and is quite the compliment to you. I'm most pleased for you.

Grace - at one time I loved night gowns and had so many pretty ones. That was all the sleep wear I wore for many, many years. Now I much prefer pajamas. * Re the lunch I cancelled - my friends are Very cooperative about where we go for lunch. We are rather scattered over a long distance. We try to find a restaurant half way between where one friend lives and the other. We alternate each month. The friend in the middle will opt for us meeting closer to me on the alternating lunch dates. This time one friend had found a new restaurant she thought would be fun to try. I haven't broken down and bought a GPS, and I really should do that. I don't need one often, but when I do I Really do. After 10 years being away from my old stomping grounds, I'm not as secure finding new places in that area as I once was. As much as I hate to admit it, I think age is beginning to come into play too. * Thank you for your concern over my health. It definitely isn't good right now. I wish you well on that artery test. * Perhaps Don's son and his family miss you - smile. Enjoy their visit. * I don't envy you those 90 degree temps. You will be most happy I'm sure to get back to more moderate temps in Connecticut soon.

Ellen - I don't know how on earth you do so much yard work with your knees.

Make today a healthy and happy one everyone -

Shirley

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Good morning team:

I had some sleep and right now my pain is under control. I have lost another pound and that gives me hope. I did get stressed last night and I started overeating and then I just got up and went outside for a bit. I know I don't always eat when I am hungry, nobody could ever get that hungry. I refuse to let my weight get away from me again. I know it isn't good for my health and that is the most important thing.

I don't know what is going on with the house next door but I have to pay the code enforcement a visit again this morning. The people told me they were fixing the house up to sell it but now I think they moved in and I don't believe they got the proper okay from the town. Code enforcement told me no one can move into the house/buy it before they inspect it and okay it. At first someone was fixing the house up but now it is starting to look like they are running out of money or they are just trashing it by not hiring the proper people to fix it up to sell it.

When I go away I am going to have the police keep an eye on my home. That is something they do here and it is very helpful and gives me peace of mind.

I hope everyone has a good day. Thanks for all of your concern regarding my pain. It means a lot to know someone cares and is listening. That is what we all do here and I really appreciate it.

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Good morning fellow SS!!!!!!!!

Still having some trouble posting but I'll do my best.

Yesterday I was out & about--it was a beautiful day-in the 60's. Today is housework & maybe a walk.

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Good morning team sisters.

I did not go for a 1 hour walk yesterday. I did however walk around the house. The weather was sunny but a bit breezy. I needed a jacket.

Val said she really enjoyed her time at work. She said for a while she and the assistant manager were pretty busy. It died down enough for them to put some order in the store and clean. She was pretty upbeat at suppertime.

Then she said she was hungry for a Blizzard from Dairy Queen. Did I want one? I said no but I would come with her for the drive. When we got there the pull was stronger than my resistance. When I measured my sugar a while ago it had gone from 4.3 yesterday to 9.4 tonight. I was not surprised but very disappointed. I guess that is another no no for me. At least now I know to keep away from it. The nutritionist said that I can indulge once in a while. I don`t think I quite agree with her.

We shall see what today bring.

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this morning's walk was not the 630 minutes! That was with NO DOGS in the Dallas Ft Worth airport. That place is a great place to walk/hike!
I am beat. The dogs are all ready for bed and I need to do some training. My Iphone for some reason is not picking up the training. I was able to get it to work once last night but not since. I am just not good with technology emoticon

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Hola! .. back from the Gala

They had lots of food and had an 8.5 x 11 inch magazine... the front was all the writing and some writing with pictures that inspired them

Then they had like 6 pages of art... They published ..5.. of my art pieces... everyone else only had 1 piece.. so that was a surprise. They were about the size of 3 x 3 inches in size.

They had readings of all the writing, but did not acknowledge any of those who did art.. that was disappointing, but stressed that the art in the book was the Best of the Best of Art in all the UNG campuses... which dawwww it is not but she sure made it sound so

it was an experience and I sure came out with a good part for my Art Resume

...by the way.. I just went over 100 days studying Spanish... I do it everyday

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ELLEN, Will PJs fit over the bandages on your legs?! If I were you I'd check into that before buying them. You might be better off with nightgowns. I, like you, prefer PJs and I can't stand nightgowns, and would wear nighties only if I HAD to.

ALLIE, I’m sorry you’re in pain. I hope you have a good sleep tonight and that the pain meds work for you.

SERENA, I’m sorry, but I did chuckle when I pictured you with all your dogs trying to take a walk. I guess this wasn’t the 630 minutes hike you have listed on your activity feed, but I’ll bet it sure felt like it was. (smile)
About not getting the respect you deserve at work – It seems like Social Workers are the step children of the medical profession. I, for one, really appreciate the important work they do. One of the most important members of my mentally impaired brother’s care team is his social worker. She is my “go to” person for so many things. I hope you can get those copies of policies to prove your worth to your employer.

CECILE, Val’s boss most have a lot of faith in her to ask her to take over for her.
Keep up the good work with your walking. Maybe you can get a walker that has a seat that you can pull down so you can rest or take pebbles out of your shoes.
Also, keep up the good work with losing weight! 11 lbs is fantastic. I envy you!!!

SHIRLEY, You did the right thing by NOT going to lunch with your friends, 30 minutes away. That is a haul! Can’t they find a place that’s better and more convenient for all of you?
Thank you for the good news about your doctor appointment. I’ll be watching for the update on the tests he has ordered for you. I’m having a carotid artery test on Monday. A year ago I had a 30% blockage, so he just wants to make sure it didn’t get any worse.

We’re having company tomorrow afternoon. Don’s youngest son, his wife and our 2 grandkids, from CT, are spending the week in St. Pete FL, which is about 2 hours away.
Our GD is 10 and our GS is 13. Anyways, they are coming down to spend a few hours with us. The funny thing is when we’re in CT, these relatives are 15 minutes from us and we hardly ever see them unless we go to one of their sports games (soccer, softball, lacrosse, track, etc.) I hope we have a good visit and the kids aren’t bored.

We’re still having our 90+ temps and high dew points/humidity. The weather reporters are saying this is usually what July is like down here and to get used to it because there’s nothing cooler coming along for a long time. (groan)

Have a good night everybody!

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It has been a chilly, cloudy day with an occasionally fine mist. BUT, I did get some crowded plants separated and now how three bags of plants to take to my son. We also took my little car to the dealer because of a recall as well as normally maintenance. It is 12 miles there into the city. So we drove there, dropped off the car and five hours went back and picked it up. On the way back to the house after we dropped the car off, I had my DH pull into Kohn’s to look for some new pajamas in case I need them in the hospital. I found a pair I really liked, but even though they were medium, they were too long everywhere. I guess I will go to the Mall and look in the petite department. Being just under 5’4” is sometimes a disadvantage. I tend to never go shopping for clothes so my PJ’s are very old; But VERY comfortable.

Shirley – I am so glad the doctor was pleased with your health and he sounds good that he order additional tests to really check things out. Also, thank you for your kind words regarding my ability to handle my knees. I went to the garden club last night and was so glad to get home! I turned over quite a bit of my duties to another officer since I assume I will not be going to most of the meetings. *What was bad about what happened in Rwanda was it was Christians killing Christians.

Slimmer – I love you plates!! They are beautiful!
Grace – my goal is to clean up as much as I can in the yard before June. Maybe then everything will be in better control and all my DH will need to do is use the riding lawn mower.

Cecile – I am so IMPRESSED that you are going for hour walks with your walker! You are amazing!

Irene – you inspire me with your attitude of continuing to learn.

Bonnie – I am sorry your back was hurting. Goodness, we all seem to have challenges on this team. I am so glad we have each other to cheer us on.

Allie – take care! I love your upbeat attitude.

Elise - so sorry about your PC problems.

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Good afternoon team:

I am sitting outside while I write this. It is such wonderful weather, just right.

I had to push myself this morning but I managed to do what I planned on doing today. I was having quite a bit of pain and I tried not to let it get to me. When I go to sleep tonight I will take some pain meds and I will be better tomorrow.

My daffodils are blooming and I am enjoying just looking at them. It is so nice to have a natural plant that I never planted in the first place and I don't have to water.

I went to the pool at the Y and I walked on the treadmill. The pool really helps relieve the pain quite a bit. The treadmill keeps me walking and my legs strong.


I hope everyone is having a good day.

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good morning
So.. Maybe 2 young males was not the smartest plan. Archibald is a Doberman, Shirley. He and Elf are now BFF which certainly was NO fun this morning on our hike. We made it half way down our road and turned around. Elf decided to take along a bone then proceeded to tease Archy un mercifully with it. OMG! Poor Zen just stuck at my side watching me and seeming to say "look mom. I am being good. Really I am!" Archy and Elf were wrapping me up and themselves up and each other up! It was like the first rehearsal of a circus act! AND my daughter just called to ask me to babysit her golden retriever puppy next week!

I need to get some calls made and see if I can get some copies of policies from other hospitals. I sure wish we could get the respect given social workers at other hospitals!
Have a glorious day everyone!

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Good afternoon team sisters.

Val was supposed to be off today but the manager got sick and called asking her to come in to relieve her. She wanted to go home and veg. Do not blame her.

It is another gorgeous day and sunny. I cannot get enough of looking out to see the nearly green stuff. Last evening I called Guy my yard man to make an appointment for a good clean up of the yard. He is coming Saturday. Now let`s just hope the weather co-operates.

I have been going out for walks since Sunday. I`ve told you about my walk on Monday. Yesterday, I had a date with Val to go for one. Of course, I had my walker and we came back in about 1 hour later. I stopped 3 times. The third time was not because I was tired. It was because some tiny stones had somehow gotten into my shoe and causing discomfort.

This morning I was very pleasantly surprised. My scale weighs the same as the doctor`s. I saw her on the 12th of March and this morning when I weighed myself I discovered that I have lost 11.5 pounds. I was walking on air for a while. I have not gone for my walk yet. I am waiting to see if Val wants a repeat tonight. She may not after standing at her job all aftenoon. We`ll see. If she does not come, I am going anyway.

Slimmer - I love your ceramics. When I look at them, it makes me miss the studio.

Serena - Please give your pooches a hug for me. I would love to have another dog but I do not have the health to look after it.

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Good Morning, Team.

It's 65 degrees out and overcast. Not sure if it is supposed to rain or not. It rained all day yesterday so that should hold us for awhile!!

Not much going on here. I hope I can either get to the Farm or take a walk around the Lake today.

@Slimmer - Love your pictures and sounds like the art community loves them too.

@Allie - Where in Maryland are you going? My BIL went to see the cherry blossoms last Sunday (the peak) and said he'd never seen so many people in DC. After our rain yesterday I'm not so sure the blossoms will still be on the trees but I hope for your sake that they are. We have pink blossoms from our crabapple tree all over the yard. Looks like pink snow flurries.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.
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SLIMMER, I love all the pictures of your ceramics projects. My favorite is the rectangular plate that looks black with red speckles on it.


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Slimmer - thanks for explaining about "The Tribe." It sounds like a good group. * As for pizza, it doesn't have to be a bad food. Definitely not something we should eat daily, but on occasion I see nothing wrong with it. I like your attitude. It is a good one.

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Hola! raining out this AM

Shirley... while I am up.. just got a call from another art exhibit on how to submit my photo sizes

but the TRIBE I mentions is the group from my ARTIST WAY class.. once you take it that is your Tribe for Life.. which is to keep meeting to learn from the books or to support the other artist.. like the leader said she was going to come to my Gala Opening tonight and like a couple came to my last art exhibit and she is talking of a field trip soon.. They are a great group of artsy ladies

one is creating a cookbook, one a child help book, one a book of stories and a radio show to read them, two others write and do poetry and a couple of painters and they think I do it all and one fellow who had to fly back to Boston.. but he is the Film Director and has a movie coming out on the Hallmark channel and a has in the works an IMAX film which the leader said I possibly then could have one of my paintings in his film!!! Now wouldn't that be something there are not that many IMAX films out there and to be in one Wow!

as to pizza.. we do not have the one you mentioned.. and at most I have gotten a few of those $5 ready to take out pizzas and a frozen pizza, but I could not tell you how may years it has been since I have even bought a Pizza Hut pizza.. so for this to be a very very nice dinner place to have one.. ohhhh it was so good.. and All their food looked good I was very impressed. Gee, I should go out to really nice places more often, but all the time I just remember I can't eat like that and don't.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Up at 5:30, but slept fairly well (for me that is) last night. Went to the doctor yesterday, He didn't seem to be concerned with the status of my health, which was reassuring. He wants me to get another chest x-ray plus an Echo Cardiogram in a couple of weeks, and I will do that. When I left his office I drove to the granary in the next town to stock up on bird seed, and then stopped by Walmart for some groceries. I didn't have lunch until 4 o'clock, so that was both lunch and dinner of course.

Elise - I had a lunch date today too, but canceled. My friends wanted to meet at a restaurant I have no idea where it is, plus it is about 30 miles away - most of it highway driving, and I'm just not up to an adventure at this point.

Serena - it is good to know you are safely back home again. * Glad to hear your seminar/conference was all you'd hoped it to be. * How exciting a new puppy! And what a lucky little dog to have a home like yours. What breed is your pup? I'm thinking a Dane, but may have it confused with my granddaughter's new pup.

Slimmer - I'm impressed with Ellen too. Having one knee done is more than I even like to think about, but two at the same time is Amazing! I know it is done all the time, as Ellen isn't the first friend whose had such done. If anyone can handle this it is Ellen. Her discipline for exercise is Amazing, and according to all I've been told - exercise is the key to a successful surgery and recovery. * Okay you talked about "my Tribe at the Mellow Mushroom." I gather this is a group of friends, since you said the Tribe leader picked up the tab for your lunch/dinner. We too like thin crust pizza. Do you happen to have a Papa Murphy's pizza place in your area? They make the pizza and you take it home and bake it yourself. Very good (or at least the one near me is) and their thin crusts are the thinnest. *Glad you made it home safely last night. We don't drive at night any longer unless it is a case of have to; however, driving at night in the fog with rain too is miserable even with the best eyes.

Grace - I'm definitely not looking forward to 93 degree days, and I know such is on its way. * As you know I'm rather tall at almost 5' 6". For some reason manufacturers think xl means extra long instead of extra large. Men's t-shirts tend to be longer than women's and being tall that is what I usually buy since I like my t-shirts longer since I don't tuck them in. My son and his first wife brought me back a t-shirt from Las Vegas once that is so cute, but unless I want to wear it as a gown its of no good. Yes, it is that long. That's even too long for most men. It makes you wonder what the manufacturer is thinking. And yes they make them pencil thin too - where they are too tight across the abdomen.

Allie - glad to hear your OA meeting went well. Yes, I'm familiar with how it works, but others here may not be. All these weight loss organizations and businesses tend to work differently. This is why I tell people so often you have to find what works best for you and fits your lifestyle. It may be a good and sound group with an excellent program, but if it doesn't fit how you do things it won't work for you. *Have safe travels to Maryland, and I hope your visit is most enjoyable. I wish I could see those cherry blossoms for real. Of course I've seen pictures, but somehow that just isn't the same.

We've been talking about cherry blossoms and all kinds of flowering trees for the past few days. Redbuds have been something that have been talked about a lot. On my rather long drive doing errands yesterday, I was blown away by the number of Redbuds in this area. As said, I knew we have Lots of Bradford Pears, but hadn't remembered so many Redbuds. It has made me wonder if they are exceptionally pretty this year is the cause for them drawing my attention or its been our conversation, because I sure hadn't noticed this area having so many before, and I don't know how I could have missed them.

Wishing everyone a very good day -

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Good morning fellow SS!!!!!!!

Today will be another nice day-in the 60's!!!!!!!! I'm going to get my PAP smear then out for lunch. I'll be home later today. I'll try to post then.

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Yes Grace. The conference was training for a company that is fighting obesity. They are especially passionate about fighting childhood obesity. There is a group 10k on Saturday morning everywhere in the world to advertise Project 10. Look at "project10.vi.com. We are sponsoring so many kids and have contracted with Boys and Girls clubs all over the country. We actually broke a world record for a group workout earlier this year which took place all over the globe. This Saturday I have to work so cannot be at either of the 2 in our area but will do the 10K earlier in the day with the dogs on the trail as usual!! The MD and PhD nutritionist who are doing the research and formulating the foods are Dr. Michael Seidman and Silvia Uribe, PhD. I was so fortunate to get to hear them speak and I got all of my questions answered!! I was supposed to go to the social networking class and my underline was going to the the product training. We switched and it was a GOD thing! I love it when he sends me to the right place at the right time!
Now I need to go out and rescue my new puppy. He is not impressed with the kennel and is staring at me through the window lying with his chin on Zen and wimpering. Zen is just chillin!
Have a wonderful evening everyone!

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Hola! 76 out and was only lightly overcast today.. really nice

93 Grace... ouch... ! Too hot I hate all the real cold here but I don't know that I could take all that heat again.

Grace glad the shot helped you.

Ellen.. interesting you are having both knees done at the same time... I didn't know they would do that.. they much think you are a great person for that!

Sleeping not so good.... me too... caffeine really takes a toll on me.. but I go to bed at 12:30 and up by 2 then back by 4 and up at 6.. all kinds of like patterns.. Then.. at some point it is like the caffeine is gone and I just sleep good

... I think it was on Spark.. that said if you want to sleep better and get regulated just make yourself get up when you really want to.... at some point you will end up going to bed so you get up comfortably... so not.. forcing yourself to go to bed... makes sense

Last night I ate dinner with my Tribe at the Mellow Mushroom... a pizza sandwich type place... I got a small pizza... It Was The BEST I ever had!!!.. but then it has been closer to 10 or more years since I really went out to eat more than a couple of times... Wow! I asked for them to make the crust real thin and I didn't eat all the crust.. OH was it good!

... it should be.. it is like $13.00 for a small... But.. we all 8 of us.. could not believe our Tribe leader picked up the tab!!!!!!!!!!!!

we all had a good time.. it was interesting.. the leader said I remind her of Forrest Gump.. in that I just seem to go from one big moment to another with my art.. just falling into those moment.. and they now talk about people being "Another Christy" meaning I at so good at all I do and do so many Mediums of art... It was a bit overwhelming to hear how everyone thinks of me and my art... y'all do that too I am starting to believe I am kind of good

they told me to enter a new art show only for women and top prize is $1000.00 Think I can put in my sky picture and one that I took at the zoo of part of a snake... I can enter 3 for $30 then they pick who they want to be in the show...

..so far today had a good day reading a book and 2 plays so far

went to school... tried to make a big bowl.. but oh what a mess.. I had clay flying past me and all over the floor... The other girls are working like no tomorrow.. which is coming for them... I'm done... just waiting until grading day now

Tomorrow night is the Gala for the literary mag Opening... my art buddy will drive me.. it is like 1 hr away at the Gainesville UNG campus

The drive home last night... in the rain and fog and pitch dark.. was a REAL Effort to get done... it would be hard enough with 2 good eyes... Don't want to do that again.. they stayed way late and it got pitch dark... which was no good.

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Good afternoon team! It’s over 93 degrees out so I’m staying in the house. Meanwhile, Don is cleaning out his shed.
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ALLIE, Congratulations for your success at OA! You're a walking advertisement for them.
Have a great time visiting your family and the cherry blossoms! Have a safe trip!

SHIRLEY, That was a scary situation when you ended up going the wrong way on a one way street. I almost did that a few years ago by entering an EXIT ramp on the interstate. In all fairness to me, it wasn’t clearly marked.
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YVONNE, I’m with you with your love of gardening and plants. My DIL keeps buying me T-shirts with the gardening theme, like “Compost Happens” and “Play in the Dirt”. I also get lots of yard “art” and accessories for gifts. Of course the T-shirts no longer fit because I’m so short they look like night gowns on me + for some reason, they’re tight around my abdomen.
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IRENE, I’m so glad you enjoyed the book club meeting. Being able to get out to do things helps you cope with life. When is your son, Michael, coming back to your house?

CECILE, It’s great to see that you’re having gorgeous weather and are able to go walking. I agree that hip and back problems can be interchangeable. The cortisone shot that I had in my hip cleared up my hip AND my back pain, for now.

BONNIE, I’m sorry that your back is giving you problems right now. Do you know what made the problem come back? It’s scary and frustrating when the pain meds don’t work.
When I was the recreation director for a Senior Center, I planned a trip for them, to go to DC to see the cherry blossoms. The trip had to be planned way in advance to reserve a bus and hotel rooms for 48 people. As luck would have it, the timing was “off” and they didn’t get to see many blossoms. It wasn’t anything that I did wrong, since you can’t always predict exactly when they “peak”. They had fun anyways, with all the sight seeing they did.

SLIMMER, I see you’re still as busy as a “one armed paper hanger”. When are you going to relax? The second Tuesday of next week?

ELLEN, If the shot in your DH’s hip was so long ago that he can’t remember it, maybe it’s time to try another one. All I know is it worked wonders for me. I know it’s not for ever and I know I could easily reinjure myself, but right now I’ve been able to cut way back on my pain meds and can sleep without pain keeping me awake.
I’m sure you’re anxious to get out there and work in the yard. Believe me, I understand how it feels to see so much that you want to do but also know that we have to be very careful. Especially after you have your knee surgery!

I'm waiting for the temp to drop so I can go out to lay landscape fabric. It's still 92 degrees.

Grace


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Good afternoon team:

Irene: I think it is wonderful you have a book club and you enjoyed yourself and socialized.

Yvonne: I love dogwoods too. I am going to see cherry blossoms this weekend and I can't wait. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend.

Elise: It sounds like you are enjoying the senior center. I really enjoy going to my senior center. I have met quite a few very nice people there.

Shirley: My Overeaters Anonymous meeting went well yesterday. The last time I was involved with OA I lost 50 pounds. OA isn't for weight reduction, it helps me deal with my overeating and the reasons why I overeat. It is a great support system for me.

I am going to MD. this weekend to visit family. I have trouble driving because of my disabilities but I decided I will stop as much as I have to. I checked mapquest and it is only supposed to take 2 hours. It will be so nice to see everyone.

I had a great Alanon meeting this morning, a nice lunch at the senior center and a great workout at the Y.

Now I need to make sure I don't overeat today. I am taking this one day at a time.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Elise - it is good to hear that life is treating you well.

Yvonne - our Plum was ornamental, and since it was the first one I'd owned, I asked lots of questions before buying it, and was led to believe because it was "ornamental" it didn't produce fruit. Well... that was true to an extent -- more aptly put it didn't produce edible fruit. What it did produce was little very hard little things that if you stepped on one it was like stepping on a rock. Even the squirrels couldn't eat them, and I saw signs they were trying. But this being said, that tree was so beautiful in the Spring, and it gave us and our next door neighbor so much pleasure each spring with its beauty, that as aggravating as it was to keep cleaning up after it, it was worth it. About the previous owner of your house planting all those Redbuds - I don't think some people think ahead and allow for how big some plants, bushes and trees will become at maturity. * Thanks for the info on the essential oils and where to find them. If memory serves me there are several health food stores around here, and I think I pass one frequently. I will have to check that out. * Spirea - I just Googled it and it seems it comes in a variety of colors. I think mine is sort of a fuchsia color. * I'm glad to hear your acupuncturist is helping you. * That shrub looks a bit like Spirea to me, but ours isn't blooming yet, so maybe that isn't what it is. It is sure pretty.

Irene - I have always thought I'd enjoy a book club, but never found one. Yours sounds delightful. I can't think of a nicer way to spend an evening than sitting with friends discussing a book over a glass of wine and nibblies.

Cecile - you had mentioned how your hips hurt after your walk in your post yesterday, and that is why I mentioned hips. An internet friend had hip replacement surgery, and when she went to her orthopedist she was complaining about her back. He told her that quite often people think they have back problems when it is actually their hips. All I know is how my back can stiffen up and hurt if I stand for too long. Your walk sounded quite nice. I'd like a neighbor buddy again, but so far in this neighborhood that hasn't happened. After your winter, I'm sure you are enjoying your nice spring.

Bonnie - from what I've seen in TV shows and on the news, I don't think I'd like to drive in DC either. From my vantage point, you sure had better know what you are doing, as it looks like the streets could be quite confusing. Hey.. I don't even like to drive downtown St. Louis, since I seldom do it. so I'm not familiar with where things are or how the streets run. Traffic, like in most cities is bumper to bumper, and some streets are one way. One of the last times I drove down there I "had" to make a turn and ended up going the wrong way on a one-way street. By the Grace of God, there were few cars coming my way, and I quickly found a place to turn around. Traffic aside, I'll bet those Cherry Trees in DC are a sight to behold.

Slimmer - good to see your post. You've missed a few days. As usual you sound very busy. * Banking and legal things can be quite confusing, and sometimes the people in charge don't explain things well, or make sure we have understood their instructions correctly. I too can get rather paranoid about such things, as I know how much I "don't" know about such things, and I also know that there are far too many dishonest people in this world. * I too could use someone to do yard work. I thought from the message on our lawn cutters trailer that he did such, but when I talked to him this week he didn't seem interested. He's a friend of my son's, so I hope he won't take the job just because of his friendship. I hired a yard man to do lots of work for me a couple or so years back and was pleased. However, his work hasn't held up - like grass growing in areas that was supposed to have weed barrier with rocks on top. So I don't want to use him again. It isn't easy to find such people I'm finding.

Ellen - I hope your husband is feeling better today. I understand well not feeling like doing anything. * A couple or so years before we moved here (and we've been here 10 years in August) my priest who was leading our Bible study mentioned about the persecution of Christians around the world. At that time we weren't hearing about such, so most of us (me included) were most surprised to hear this. Now it is in all the news. I'm not sure if such has escalated, which is possible, or that no one was noticing before. It is a very scary thing happening. There is lots of good in this world, I won't deny that, but somehow it seems like Evil is taking over so quickly. * I have every intention of getting that mitral valve test. Usually mitral valve prolapse is just a nuisance thing - nothing serious, but I know a faulty mitral valve can cause some real problems too. * Unfortunately, I've never grown Dogwood or had many around me while I've been living in Missouri, and I love that tree. However, Georgia has LOTS of them, and that's how I know them. They grow well in Missouri too, but they are better in shaded areas like growing in a woods, and the houses we've owned have not had wooded lots. I'm surprised that you don't have Dogwoods along that Missouri/Kansas border.

Make today healthy and happy one everyone -

Shirley

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Good morning fellow SS!!!!!!!

Having trouble with internet again!!! I had a great WE-went for walks, had low-fat ice cream-the weather was beautiful!!! Today I'm going to the senior center. I won't be back until later.

Be back tomorrow.

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SHIRLEY, our plum tree is messy too, but it's situated where is doesn't fall on sidewalks or driveway. We discovered that's what the deer came for the first time we saw them.... they just stayed at the plum tree, eating the fallen little nubby fruit and even the leaves. We won't have any fruit this year for sure.... but hopefully next year the tree will be healthy again. We found out the former owners planted redbud seedlings everywhere, whenever they found one growing (they're very easy to grow from the seed), but we cut a lot of them down to open up the "living" area around the house.... the trees were getting oppressive and causing some specimen plants to lean away from them. We still have at least 10 growing around though. I'm going to count the dogwoods when they come into full bloom. They're just starting now.

I could really talk about gardening and plants all day. At the bottom of this, I'll post a picture of one of the bushes here.... Alyson took the picture last year, and I don't know what it is. Maybe someone here does. Someone suggested spirea, but I thought it was white.

The funeral for our friend is tomorrow morning. We'll go there, then home to finalize our taxes and then an appointment with the acupuncturist at 6 p.m. I really think he is helping not only my asthma and allergies, but my blood pressure too. My hope is to lose enough weight that I can go off the BP medicine, but that's a slow go for me.

Shirley, I have a friend who sells the Young Living Oils, and that's where I get them, but there's a health store in O'Fallon (on K street?) that has essential oils, too. More and more places are carrying them. I'm just beginning to educate myself about their medicinal use, though I've used them for a long time for their scent. I saw a FB message today about an oil that caused a terrible rash, so you have to be sure what you have can be applied directly to the skin, or it needs to be added to a "carrier oil." My sister swears a little peppermint oil on her stomach helped a bad case of indigestion, but I've never tried it.

Well, I must get to bed. Have stayed up much too late already.

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Tuesday greetings in my last mail I spoke of a new start, I fekt in need if ine being more positivity was one need. I wanted to plan heals better , I am in my third day now. Do far so good.
Last night was Book Club , my turn to host it. M went to Ians for the evening . I did appreciate some female chat, it's all female group. Not intentionally but no man has showed interest yet. .
After discussing the book which most of us had enjoyed wine and nibbles came out. I was quite strong about both. I did have a glass of wine , we talked on all topics then. I do miss conversation as have very little at home now.
Hope you are all well. Irene

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Good morning team sisters.

Another gorgeous day. I did not do laundry today as mentioned yesterday. I got up and felt so sleepy that I went back to bed and slept another 3.5 hours. I did however dump the clothes downstairs and went and sorted the laundry for the morning.

Shirley - I do not have hip problems. Just my back when I walk for a long time. That is why I use the walker. Today after supper I went for another walk. I went around the corner and the neighbor saw me through her living room window. She came out to say hello and I ended up staying for about 45 minutes talking. Thanks to my walker, I had a seat. It was so pleasant. All the time with no coat or sweater. One thing that I did not do was carry my cell phone. That will be top priority from now on.

Ellen - My laundry room is in the basement. I am always careful when going down or coming up. There is a banister and I hold on to it.

I better get to bed if I want to get up early and get going.

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Good Evening, Team.

It reached a high of 79 degrees today but it was windy so it didn't really feel that hot.

I went to the Farm but didn't ride as my back was hurting me while I was grooming Mystery. I put on the back brace and took him for a hand walk on the trails. It helped my back at first but then the pain came back. I had even remembered to take my prescription pain med before I drove to the Farm but it seemed to do NOTHING! Mystery just wanted to eat the nice grass outside of his field so he didn't mind that we took it easy today! He and Pluto eat the new shoots of grass as soon as they come up so there isn't much "green" to be seen in their field.

@Grace - I'm so sorry that Don hurt himself. I hope he feels better quickly.

@Cecile - Good for you for taking a walk, no matter how short it was. I don't even want to hear that you still have some snow around!!

@Shirley - My BIL went down to see the cherry blossoms yesterday and said that the place was MOBBED. He said he has never seen so many people in DC. The first and last time I saw the cherry blossoms I was a little girl--can't remember what age. We have pictures to prove I was there!! My father did not like to drive in downtown DC so we never did unless we had company who offered to drive!

@Yvonne - I'm very familiar with Bethesda and Rockville. That is where we do most of our clothing shopping as there isn't any decent place to shop in our county. You wouldn't recognize both towns as they are both having massive building going on. Rockville Pike is solid stores from one end to the other and the traffic is horrible. Did you ever go to White Flint Mall? They are tearing it down to make a "town center" type mall. We went by it the other day and it was all dark and empty. I felt sad.

I hope everyone had a nice day.
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Hola! it is 65 and a misty rain on and off... and is going to be this way all day.

Ok, I read the posts Quickly... I am trying to keep my head above water right now....

I just have things to do that need being done.

School I just finished measuring and taking pictures of all I had and found 3 more that need going through the glaze kiln.. 2 that I am redoing and one I don't know why they had not put it in before.

Then I have been working on my banking... which I do like every 5 yrs... and change things.. well,... I got upset, concerned.. just didn't feel good... I really thought I signed 2 things but not the one they showed me.. and I asked them to just make a note that what they gave me was all I signed... That upset them a lot, but the girl finally made a sentence on my withdrawl slip that I only signed that one paper. I just got Real paranoid. I should have paid attention better at the time but I was in such a hurry that day. Anyway I feel better now but the girl that helped me is not happy and the bank manager would not help at all.. I think they brought in a person who handle legal things and she said it was ok to write the sentence.. I don't think she did or would do anything wrong.. I just remember things differently. Anyway... got them fixed and then two other banks fixed... I am done with all that.

Now next I have to probably find a new lawn guy... a cheap one.. Well, that might be a problem.

Then I have to get my drivers license renewed... an should not be a problem but my birth certificate says one thing Christine.. and I have always been Christina... they might push for me to get a name change.. which I don't think I should have to do.

Then the big thing.. I have to get my eye fixed

....so I am just chipping off the things I need to do

Friday is the auction on my picture and tonight I meet with my Tribe for a dinner meeting.

This all does not seem like much, but it sure is STRESSING me out!

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Today is Monday. The funeral for my BIL is today and it appears to be raining there. I so wish I could be there just to be present. I am so afraid of the four sisters who should be there as support, none will attend due to different reasons. I remember at my father’s funeral we all sit together and held hands, supporting each other. I know we made the right decision though; yesterday my grandson called (who my DH adores) asking if we could met him for lunch. My DH begged off because he had had no sleep Saturday night. My DH did take a long nap yesterday afternoon and seem to feel better. The weather seems to impact him greatly.
Our minister is preaching a sermon series on “Why?”? Yesterday, he told about Rwanda genocide in the 1990’s when 800,000 Tutsi were killed by Hutu neighbors in 100 days. He talked about how on the radio the Hutu media at first called the Tutsi “foreigners” who were not loyal to Rwanda, and then they called them dogs and then cockroaches. On April 7, 1994 the Hutu media called for Tutsi’s to be killed. Christian Hutu’s that had gone to services with Tutsi’s that morning started slaughtering them that afternoon. It is a lesson we all need to remember. Our church had two church members killed a year ago by a man who thought they were Jews because they were at a Jewish conference center. It is sad what fear and hate can do.

Shirley – PLEASE go get that test for your heart value! We need you on this team! * You and Yvonne are so lucky to have wild dogwoods. We have redbuds in our area but no dogwoods. I remember how beautiful they were when I lived in East Texas.

Grace – you are so right about the processed food in this country. My DH keeps dragging bad stuff into the house and preparing it. AND I keep eating it! I think I need to just start creating separate meals of good things.* I am SO glad the shot is working for you! I asked my DH if he ever had one in the hip and he said he did everything. I am not sure if he really remembers. I do know once I recover from knee surgery, I am insisting that we focus on him. * I am sure you are glad that you did not buy that book! I love the library for that reason. Our crazy Kansas legislature has been cutting taxes and now they have a BIG budget shortfall. They have cut library funding which I find really upsetting. After knee replacements, I may volunteer at the local library to help out their budget.

Bonnie – I walked to the mailbox this morning and I saw so much I need to do in the yard. I told some club members that I would be in Texas this week, and never told them I did not go. I think I will leave it that way and focus on the flower beds and containers in my yard. I figure that even with knee surgery, I will be able to walk on the front deck and water the containers. * You are right about having both knees done at once. I figure I am so much pain with both of them now, what will be different with recovery? I actually handle pain fairly well.

Cecile- I did laundry yesterday since my DH was sleeping. I am glad our laundry is on the same floor as the majority of the house. There is no way I could carry laundry up and down stairs. Be careful!

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Good Morning Everyone -

Cecile - somehow I didn't realize that you were having to use a walker. You mentioned your hips hurting from your walk; are faulty hips the reason for you using a walker? Glad to hear you got a walk in. I keep threatening, but so far haven't. * Sometimes young people just can't understand what older (I'm not saying just old people, but older people) go through. I refer to Chantal and her boyfriend being sick. But she will soon enough, and I hope will remember how she reacted when her parents or you have health issues or other issues for that matter. Isn't it amazing how smart we are when we are younger than 25, only to find out how dumb we were once we've passed that point- smile? I watch a lot of news, and when they have college age kids or some just out of college espousing their views on our country's and world affairs their thinking can boggle the mind, and they speak with such authority. * I've got laundry to do today too. Thank the Good Lord I don't have to go up and down steps to do it. With faulty hips I do so hope you are Very careful on those steps, and that you have Val transporting laundry up those stairs. She should (assuming she isn't) should be more concerned with you falling than having some form of dementia.

Yvonne - St. Louis summers can be as you described Texas ones. During my fitness walking days, once summer set in I stopped my walks and didn't start again until perhaps mid August when the mornings start cooling down. In case you've forgotten, I did my walks at daybreak, and the one summer I did continue walking there were some days that were well past 80 that time of day. Interestingly enough, the heat was more oppressive before the sun came up than after. I decided it was the humidity more than the heat. * We had an Ornamental Plum tree at one time too, but something killed it. I'm not sure what. That was the most beautiful tree I've ever seen, but also the messiest. It was always dropping something, and since it was in our courtyard, I was constantly cleaning up after it. * Our seasons run about 2 weeks behind Atlanta and your area of Texas in the spring, I've found. I too love Dogwoods. I love Redbuds too. In our previous house there was a steep hill across from common ground and a dry creek bed behind our house. The hill was thick with trees - mostly green, but there were a couple of Redbuds in the mix and they were such a joy to behold when they came into bloom each year. It is that hill I saw from my back windows and deck. I so miss that, my house, friends and neighborhood, but not all those stairs - smile. Don't get me wrong, we are most happy here, and everything wasn't perfect there - just saying. * I've looked for these "essential oils" but haven't been successful. Where do you find them? I know about Lavender, but I didn't know about rubbing something on our feet to promote sleep. Both my husband and I have problems with sleep for differing reasons, I would gladly try most anything to help us.

Grace - either public buildings in Florida are cooling much more than they do here or you are much more cold natured than I am. The latter is probably true since I tend to get hot quicker and sweat more readily than most. We have our A/C set at 74. * I think it is amazing that Don is still up to making those long drives, plus everything else involved in changing residences twice a year. * Yes, finding a good hairdresser isn't always easy. The one I have now does a good job, I guess. The way I'm wearing my hair is very simple, so it doesn't take a lot of skill. I can't cut hair, never could. I did fine keeping my bangs and my daughter's cut when we wore them, but... I can't imagine any hairdresser worth paying $50 for a cut, and I had an amazing guy that cut my hair for awhile. I lost him when he went to another shop closer to his house, but further than I wanted to travel for a haircut. It sounds like you had a hairdresser very much like the one I had when we first moved here. * I'm glad to hear that the shot for your sciatica is working.

Serena - you are amazing with your energy and stamina. Safe travels home.

Bonnie - I'm not sure about sleep apnea, but my dentist sells some kind of device that you slip into your mouth at night for snoring problems (which I understand can be caused by sleep apnea). * My doctor gave me an "order" to have another echo cardiogram to see if maybe my mitral valve problem had gotten worse, and that is what is causing me to feel so tired all the time. I had one years back when I was diagnosed with this problem, but none since. * How interesting about the house you visited. I have a long time friend whose son recently had a house built to look like a castle (his mother's description0. This may be interesting, but not my style. Now I used to wish I could build a Victorian style house. I've always thought those were so beautiful. In my previous neighborhood, a family about a mile away from our condo complex bought a lot and did just that, and is that house ever beautiful from the outside. I never knew the owners so never saw the inside, but would have loved to. * About driving into DC... I think lots changes as we age, some subtle some more drastic.

Allie - Congrats on losing a pound. I hope Overeaters Anonymous helps you.

Wishing everyone a good day and a good week ahead.

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Good morning team:

I am off to my Overeaters Anonymous meeting this morning. I love SP but right now I need some extra help.

I have lost over a pound and that is wonderful.

It is going to be really warm today and I am looking forward to it.

Everyone have a good day.

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Good morning team sisters.

It was sooo nice yesterday! 20 C. I went out on the front porch to see how much snow we had and was pleasantly surprised at how little there is left. I was so pleased. Val was gone to work and my walker was in the trunk of the car. Had I had it, I would have gone for a short walk. After supper, I went out and stored said walker in the shed. I did go for a very short walk. I was astonished at how much my hips hurt. I guess it`s from the lack of walking during the Winter months. I shall overcome!

Saturday we did not go to my daughter`s. She called Saturday morning with a very bad cold. She and her partner have it. They had paid for the tickets and of course non-refundable. I felt bad for them. Jess was very disappointed because I was not going. We had a conversation Friday afternoon. We discussed what games I would bring. Val was furious. She did not seem to understand that her mom was sick and had not planned on it. Who plans on sickness anyway. I was so angry with her at one point that I told her that she was acting just like her father. I am not even sure if it registered.

I know and do pray that it will come out with the wash. Speaking of which today (later that is) is laundry. A lot of going down and coming up. Good for the hips.

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GRACE, so nice to see those long posts again. So sorry about Florida weather. It reminded me of Texas summers. If you didn't get out the door before 8 a.m., you were in for a hot and sweaty walk. Seven a.m. was really the ideal, but I couldn't get up that early.

The woman I mentioned as a tester of the SP tracker before it came out got the "job" because she's a SP Cinderella story. She was overweight and depressed when she came on SP, and now is quite thin and physically more active than she could have ever imagined. I found her because she's from Nebraska, my birth place. Her blogs are very interesting and motivational. Her SP name is ONEKIDSMOM. I just went there, and found out she's done some triathlons as well.

BONNIE, we lived in Bethesda, then moved to Rockville, where we bought our first house. Loved living in that area, though we were only there two years. I'm envious of your crabapple tree. They're beautiful when they bloom. We have a flowering plum here, but last year it was so infested with webworms that we had to prune it severely. This year, only one little branch has blossoms on it, so it must bloom on second year wood. I treated it with some super food, and we mulched under it so I'm expecting good things next year.

SHIRLEY, I just though Missouri was always this lovely. We're enjoying the redbuds, which aren't as fully blossomed as they were in Texas, but present a lovely shade of pink in these woods here. We have several dogwoods, something we've wanted for years. I think I'm even going to plant another one, placed more to be a specimen tree, with more room to grow. Can hardly wait to see what's blooming next!

On sleeping well: I sleep well most of the time, but have experienced sleeplessness and it's miserable indeed. Melatonin has helped me the most, but my sister also gave me a remedy which sounds crazy, but may be worth a try. It seems to help me sleep more soundly. Essential oils: Peace and Calming blend (Young Living Oils), and Peppermint Oil. Two drops of Peach and Calming on the bottoms of each feet, then two drops each of the Peppermint Oil. I think most brands of Essential Oils has some kind of "Peace" formula, so you could look for them. It has to be genuine essential oils, of course. I'm addicted to the scents; it just makes me feel good, and that's probably half the battle.

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P.S. Ingredients in Young Living Peace and Calming: Tangerine (Citrus nobilis), orange (Citrus aurantium), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) and blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum.

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SERENA, I'm glad you're Fort Lauderdale weather is a little cooler than ours. And you're right, if you stay in an air conditioned environment it's fine IF they don't have it set too low, WHICH most public buildings do. I don't know why that's so since it wastes so much electricity. Our AC is usually set at 77 degrees.

Do I understand you right, that you're at a conference about obesity? It sure IS an epidemic in our country. We all have a choice to eat unprocessed "clean" foods, but how many of us do? Unfortunately processed prepackaged food and restaurants with HUGE helpings are a way of life in the U.S.
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It has been nice in Fort Lauderdale. Not too hot at all. BUT the airconditioning in the convention center was freezing!!

It has been a very informative and uplifting weekend down here. It has given me incentive and hope and brought out a drive in myself I did not realize I had. I guess that belief in something this important makes a big difference. Obesity is the number one epidemic in the country and this company really has a passion to do away with it. It is not just hype and that makes a big difference for me.

Now I really want to sleep! Heading to a hotel closer to the airport shortly then sleep then back in the air by 0545.

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Good afternoon team. The Florida weather has turned AGAINST us. We are having record breaking heat, with temps in the 90s and very humid. And we’ll be here another
33 days, but who’s counting? LOL

I’m still able to take my walks but have to set the alarm for 6 a.m. to get my body ready for the walk and try to leave the house before 8 a.m. It’s been over 70 and 100% humidity when I wake up. 70 wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t so humid. It's usually in the mid 70s when I get home.

I finally finished the book that has to go back to the library tomorrow, called “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. It’s #2 on the New York Times bestseller’s list but I don’t know why. I found it a big waste of time. My coffee table didn’t look very tidy with a week’s worth of newspapers that didn’t get read, while I read the book. (smile) So, since it’s too hot to go outside, I caught up on all those newspapers and now, hopefully, I can finish this post before the temps drop enough so I can go out and “play in the dirt”.

I feel bad for all of you who are having sleeping problems. Right now, I’m doing OK with that, however it takes 50 MGs of Unisom to get there. I told Don today that I MUST back off on those pills because I’m very groggy, every afternoon. Tonight will be my first night with less MGs. We’ll see how it goes.
The cortisone shot that I got in my hip at the end of March is working, so far. I have had NO sciatica since. The sciatic nerve runs right through the middle of the hip area, so that’s where the “pinch” might have been.

Forsythias, crocus etc. - I haven’t seen them in bloom in years. They’ve all “gone by” by the time we go back to CT. This year, we’re going back 2 weeks later, so we might miss all the daffys as well.

Thank you to all of you who wished Don a Happy Birthday, on his 85th. He usually tries to bike almost 200 miles a week, but not this week. He fell down, in a restaurant, while having breakfast with his biking friends and hurt his wrist and back.(slipped on a slippery tile, because he was wearing “cleats”, which are biking shoes) He can’t use the hand brakes and gear shifter very well so his rides have been short and slow.

SHIRLEY, You’re so lucky to find hairdressers that you like. It’s not easy. Just like you said, they don’t seem interested in cutting MY hair the way I want. I had a great one in CT but she charged $50.00 !!! That’s just plain crazy, for me anyways. So, I switched to Cost Cutters, which is a bargain for about $15.00. I went there 2xs last summer. Got a great cut the first time and a bad cut the last time. Down here, in FL, it’s been 2 winters since I’ve been able to get a good haircut. I thought I had a good cutter last year, but she kept me waiting 20 minutes while she had a personal phone conversation. Last year, I had an appointment with her and she wasn’t even THERE until a half hour later. Very unprofessional. It’s too bad because she did give a good cut.
I agree with you about how difficult car travel can be. I’m not looking forward to the 26 hour car trip next month, to get back to CT. That's 26 hours of driving + 2 nights in motels or staying at Don’s oldest son’s house, near Jacksonville, FL the first night.

IRENE, I ‘m wishing you a good week. You most certainly deserve one! Take one day at a time!

YVONNE, You are making me look forward to getting back to CT to clean up my flower beds, as well. But, first, I have to “close up” our FL gardens for 6 months. That’s funny about finding the little picnic table under your forsythia. When I cleaned up under a tree in our back yard, I found a cat skeleton, including the skull.
That was interesting to read about your SP friend who was a “beta tester”. How on earth did she get that job?

ELLEN, You did the best you could for your sister, with regards to your BIL’s funeral. I’m sure she understands completely and like you said, she’s at peace and she was surrounded by the Texas family.
I’m glad you finally have a date for your knee surgeries. I have it marked on my calendar. I know you'll be very diligent with your post op therapy.

ALLIE, I’m happy for you, with your great weather. Maybe you can get out for some walks and get a chance to see all the flowers in your neighborhood.

BONNIE, The house where you had your last OPRC meeting sounds like an interesting place. I’ll bet it would cost an “arm and a leg” to maintain it.
I would have found those kittens irresistible as well. I love cats and dogs but Don doesn’t want them, so I have to get my “fix” by feeding “strays”. I did have a big fat all white angora cat that visited me every morning earlier this year, but he/she disappeared. No, I don’t think that was the cat remains that I just found. Those remains had been there for a while and there wasn’t any white fur around.
I understand about losing energy easily. I used to be able to work in the yard for hours, but now one hour can "do me in". If you've ruled out any cardio vascular issues and you know you're sleeping well, maybe it's just a normal part of "aging". I've noticed that my walks, while still an hour long, are getting slower and slower. We just have to adjust our expectations.
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Good Evening, Team.

It was in the low 70's today. I did a bit of gardening and planted some pansies that I had bought earlier in the week. Until I started working in the garden I had forgotten that I had planned on enlarging the garden this year. I had great plans but now that the time is here, I'm not sure I have the stamina to do it.

I've noticed that I get tired pretty quick which I try to do any work, go for a walk or even take care of and ride Mystery. I had mentioned it to my cardiologist last year and he went over some things it could be. He still wants me to get a sleep apnea test, which I am having mixed feelings about. A friend of mine had it done and I was waiting to see how it affected her. She says that she doesn't see that much improvement in her energy level. I've also heard that a good percentage of people who go through it and wear the mask at night eventually stop using it because it is too uncomfortable. My dentist's cousin, who is also a dentist in the same office, invented something that actually changes the shape of your mouth and cures sleep apnea. I was considering that but the dentist's office wasn't too informed about it and I had a weird feeling about it. I'd have to go see him once a month and wear a "retainer" for heaven knows how long. I'm not too excited about that.

@Yvonne, so sorry to hear about your church friend who passed. Where in Maryland did you live?

@Shirley - I found out that the house where my club meeting met last Friday isn't old at all!! It was built in 2002 but modeled after an old 1870-1880's home. It certainly hasn't been maintained very well for only being 13 years old!!
No, we don't go to the Cherry Blossom Parade. We used to go to the DC St. Patrick's Day parade but that stopped and we only go to parades in Alexandria. DH doesn't trust leaving one of our cars in the Metro parking lot all day and there is nowhere to park downtown. I'm assuming that is the reason. We used to go downtown a lot when we were younger so I'm not really sure what has changed!!

@Ellen - Sorry that you won't be able to get to Texas for the funeral of your BIL. I'm sure your sister understands.
Having both knees operated on at the same time sounds like a big undertaking for you but I'm sure you'll get through it without any problem. Think of all the things you'll be able to do that you've had to curtail now because of knee pain.

We have a big crabapple tree outside our bedroom window that is bursting with pink blooms right now. It is so pretty.

Everyone -- Enjoy Spring!
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Happy Sunday Everyone -

Allie - I join you and Irene in having problems sleeping (I'm sorry to say), and No, it is definitely no fun! Last night I seemed to sleep better than I have in about 4 or 5 nights, but a good night for me, most would complain they'd slept poorly. I do so hope you can get a nap in today and sleep better tonight.

Irene - the spring where I live is particularly beautiful this year. I'm wondering if perhaps it has to do with our rather mild winter. * If anyone has the right to feel down or sorry for themself from time to time it is you. You do so Very well always staying upbeat and positive about your life. You are to be commended. We all have our down days, and we don't have as much to contend with (many times) as you do. I do so hope your spirits will brighten as the day goes on. I do so hate when I feel so down or overwhelmed.

Yvonne - so sorry to hear of the death of your church friend. Some years back I went through a period both at church and in my personal life that I felt like if I heard of or had to deal with another death I wasn't sure I could handle it. None in my family at that time, thank God, but still friends and acquaintances both at church and in my private life. * Your dinner sounded delicious, and I'm sure the speaker from your church appreciated Very much your hospitality. * Like you I love Forsythia, and I guess it is one of the easiest bush to grow. I put out several at our previous house. Several I kept cut back like a hedge in front of a stone wall in front of our courtyard. That must have been one Huge Forsythia in Maryland to have hidden a child's picnic table. Love this story. * I join you, Ellen and Meg in liking Cattails. I've never been around many, but I still like them. * Haircuts - when we moved here I had to leave a hairdresser in a privately owned shop (as compared with ones like Great Clips, etc.) I'd been a customer of this woman's for many years. I tried a private shop for awhile after we moved here. My beautician owned the shop and did a good job, but it always seemed she was more interested in everything and everyone else in the shop besides me, especially her male customers. So, I started using a Great Clips that my husband was using. Always had the same hairdresser. This went on for years - I even followed the beautician when she was transferred to another store. She left to sell hair care products, and her good friend and manager of the shop took over. Then about a year ago, the manager was transferred to another shop. I never liked the change in personnel, so I'm now using a Fantastic Sam's convenient, and I was fortunate enough to have a delightful, perky woman (who happens to be the manager) cut my hair. She does a Very good job, and makes me feel so welcome every time I go there. If you didn't live so far away, I'd suggest you give her a try. * Thank you. I'm always happy (as are we all) when I lose, and even happier when it stays lost. Thanks too for your input on your tracker.

Ellen - I'm sorry that you can't go for your brother-in-law's funeral, but I so understand. My legs were the number 1 reason we stopped traveling, plus the fact that my husband was finding the long trips harder than what he wanted to deal with. We tried breaking them half way for years before we finally gave up. It was a hard decision, but one that needed to be made. As said many times before, it is very hard living so far from family. Our grandson (35) that lives in NYC called yesterday to tell us he is getting married next month. I'm so pleased and wish we could be there, but know we can't. I appreciate your sister's thinking about flowers. They are lovely and so Very thoughtful of people, but... costly, and the money spent on them is better spent given to a church or charity. * June 10th is my son's wedding anniversary plus a dear friend's birthday. I will have one more thing to celebrate this year. I do so wish you well with your knee replacements. That doctor evidently doesn't know you very well - smile. You will do all he tells you to do plus. He should wish all his patient's are as good about exercising as you.

Bonnie - what an interesting story about your OPRC member's house. Oh My... although my husband says no more cats, I've got a feeling if someone put one of those adorable kittens in his lap, he wouldn't be able to give it back. I know I couldn't - especially if I knew it needed a good home. * Forsythia, and cutting it back - I always trimmed mine after it bloomed and no later than about midsummer. It is my understanding that they set their blooms in late summer or early fall. Did you go to the Cherry Blossom Parade?

Wishing for us all a very good day.

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Irene: I am having trouble sleeping again also. It isn't any fun is it? I hope you get some plans in place so it will make your life a little less stressful.

Have a good day everyone.

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Hello on Sunday. sympathies for those who have lost a friend or family member this week .
Spring is here with new life everywhere,
I am trying to be positive. .i am on a bad run of insomnia again. I feel so low when I wake after very little sleep. It's so easy to be sorry for myself then and a feeling of I can't do this it that because I am tired. I am a positive person so trying to pull myself around.
I do need a new start I am avoiding scales lately telling myself I eat sensibly I am ok. I know some clothing is feeling tight so I have to make that new start not just talk of it. It's a quiet few days for us now with Mike back with his own kids . I could use this time to plan and take that first step to a new strat, wish me luck. Have a good day
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ELLEN, it sounds like both your sister and her husband took a spiritual approach to his death. I am sorry for everybody's loss, but death is a part of life, and they influenced all around them with acceptance of what was happening.

We are also reeling here from a death in our small congregation -- a very big loss of a kind, gentle spiritual man. We've had this past week what we call "a meeting" with an outside speaker every night, and we'd all seen Jesse just the night before he died. I know the older we get the more we have to experience loss, but that doesn't make it any easier.

Jay and I are cleaning up flower beds and making things neat again. We had our visiting speaker over for dinner last night, and we both worked hard to get ready for that. It takes a lot more out of us than it used to. Plain roast beef with unbuttered, but seasoned, vegetables. Angel food cake with fresh strawberries/bananas and whipped cream for dessert. Delicious!

ALLIE, I hope you have a good visit with your family. My husband has been calling all over the country trying to connect with a strand of his family that we've completely lost connection with. Family is important to us, and sometimes it takes work to stay in touch with them.

BONNIE, we had a forsythia problem last year, too. We didn't cut it back enough, and it was already pretty straggly. This yard has been neglected the last couple of years so that although it's basically quite lovely, there's a lot of maintenance still to be done. The forsythia has suckers spreading out 4 to 5 feet from the main bushes, and we need to get rid of them, or plant them somewhere else. I love forsythia; it's a harbinger of spring, but it gets very messy. Our Maryland house had a huge forsythia, and when we cleaned it up, found a child's picnic table under it!!!

MEG, like Ellen, I love cattails. They're quite useful plants, actually, but I've never done anything with them. We've had mallards in our yard, too, in Texas. There was a river near feeding out of a lake, and they'd nest somewhere in the neighborhood. I never did see their nests through the years, though.

SHIRLEY, good for you on your haircut. I need one desperately, but I haven't found "my" hairdresser yet, and I hate to keep trying new people, so I procrastinate till I can't stand it any more. I've never congratulated you on your weight loss last month; that's especially hard when you're not exercising. Way to go! I hope you bear with the inaccuracies of the trackers. I test mine by walking 40 steps and then checking my pedometer. It's always right on, but I'm sure sometimes it registers small movements and sometimes doesn't.

One sixty year old SP friend, who is now a marathoner, was a beta tester for the SP tracker, and wore it, a Fitbit, and an Omni pedometer all at the same time. She had different numbers in all three every night, and wrote in her blog the differences in the trackers and why one or the other tracked movement differently. I have a new SP Tracker. I like them because I'm addicted to seeing that little circle of lights at the end of a day. Crazy, huh!??

Yvonne

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I am finally getting on my PC to read the very sweet notes expressing sympathy for the passing of my BIL. I am still in shocked. My DS and he had been married 22 years and he was such a “larger than life” man. He was so generous to everyone he met. Thank you.
BUT, my DH woke up yesterday morning and said he could not make the 725 mile trip. I was so glad because trips last this are SO hard on him. I would have loved to have seen my family, but my sister has her two children and her late husband’s 4 children and several grandchildren all coming from parts of Texas so she will be so busy the next few days. My DH also needed to be back here by Thursday and we have to always spend the night half way there so it takes 2 days on hard driving to go there and then we would have to start back on Tuesday. I would rather go and visit with my sister when she is alone.

I did get to talk to my sister and she is very much at peace. Apparently, they were aware of pending death and my BIL was much sicker than the last time I saw him in the fall. She was able to tell him she loved him and he was able to tell her the same thing. His youngest son was in the hospital room with them. My DH insisted of ordering an edible arrangement delivered to the house since my DS asked for no flowers just donations to their church in his memory.

I saw my orthopedic surgeon on Friday morning. He went through what a knee replacement would be like and asked me if I was dedicated to doing what I would need to do to make it successful. Then he said that I am a perfect candidate for replacing both knees at the same time. It will be a 3 hour operation and both knees will be replaced. I will be in the hospital 3 nights and then go home. I told him about the stairs into my house and he did not see this to be a problem. I am currently scheduled to have the surgery on June 10. I loved the idea of getting it over!
We had lunch with my step-son and his wife visiting here from China. We had a wonderful time at the restaurant. They can’t leave the US until the Chinese Embassy in Chicago approves their work visas. So, who know s when they will return?
This afternoon was spent cleaning up the yard and taking everything to a “dumpster” day in our city. It is good to get that done. My DH is now sleeping on the sofa.

Bonnie and Allie – it sounds like we are about two weeks ahead of you. My daffodils are almost gone, the forsythia is becoming dull and now the tulips are blooming.

Meg – I love cattails…I have no earthly reason why they appeal to me.

Shirley – when we travel, my DH and I trade off as drivers often. I sometimes drive more than he does. I like him to do the cities and I will be the navigator while I drive the interstate in between. When I was younger, I often drove over 400 miles by myself.

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4/11/15 3:28 P

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Good afternoon team:

It is so nice outside, I can hardly believe it. I am really enjoying this wonderful weather. My pansies look great and something else is trying to come up in my back yard. My daffodils should be blooming very soon.

My grandsons stayed overnight and played until 10AMthis morning then they wanted to go home. I just bought them a bunch of used clothes, so each one of them wore one of their new t-shirts home.

I got my hair cut and colored. That really gave me a lift. I decided I am going to MD. next weekend to visit family. I haven't seen everyone for awhile so it will be fun.

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend.

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4/11/15 11:45 A

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Good Afternoon, Team.

It is 65 degrees out and the sun is shining. Wind is kind of "blustery" though.

Last night was my Old People's Riding Club meeting. Every month we have the meeting at a different member's home. Last night was at a new member's home. It was a very old house, I forgot to ask him how old it was, with really high ceilings and brick construction. It reminded me very much of the mansion where we have had our Christmas parties. This house looked like it could have used some "tender loving care". Some of the boards in the front porch had big holes in them and the railing had fallen off. The back porch was probably lovely but it was so cluttered with discarded furniture and odds & ends that there was only a small "path". The kitchen seemed "modern" with an island in the middle. It was a huge room with, again, a very high ceiling. What seemed very strange to me was that they had us register in a "visitors book" and wear name tags. We've never done that in someone's home before!!

Before the meeting started, the host came into the room with 4 tiny tiny baby kittens, probably 3-4 weeks old, if that. He gave them to different people to hold. 3 of them were black and I'm really partial to black cats. I was so afraid if I held one I'd have to have it but I still couldn't resist. They were so cute. I'm sure the host was seeing if anyone was interested in one.

The host wrote on our club FB page that he enjoyed having all of us at his home and it gave them a chance to "clean up" the house! We only saw the living room and kitchen. Who knows what was behind the "closed doors"!!

We have a lot of forsythia in our front yard. I have a time constantly telling DH not to trim it or it won't bloom the next year. Last year it didn't bloom at all. I guess "putting my foot down" did something because it is all in gorgeous yellow this year!! My daffodils are all blooming and some hyacinths.

Today is the cherry blossom parade in DC and, unlike last year, the blossoms are in bloom.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable Spring day.
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