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3/29/15 3:55 P

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Good afternoon team:

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I have had a full day. I went to church and it was a nice service. I signed up join the church members at a Seder. Now that I have done that, I don't know what to get for dessert. What does one eat for dessert at a Seder? I know I attended a Seder a few years ago and I remember the food wasn't very tasty. I am going more for the fellowship.

I went to the Y and did my swimming and walked on the treadmill.

I stopped at the Family Dollar and got Easter supplies for the Easter baskets. I bought a few toys and just a little bit of candy. My grandsons will appreciate anything I get them. I bought plastic eggs so we can have our usual easter egg hunt. The 4 year old gets so excited when we hunt for eggs.

I am worn out from my workout so now I am just going to take it easy.

I hope everyone is having a good day.

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emoticon Happy Belated Birthday Wishes, Joyce emoticon

Good Afternoon, Team.

Weatherbug says it's 34 degrees outside but our thermometer says 50. There is some wind but not as blustery as it was yesterday. Some in my area say that there were snow flurries yesterday but I didn't see any.

DH, my BIL and I went power lift recliner shopping yesterday and bought one for Dad. It was a little more than I had thought we'd pay but it was half/price so that was a deal. My BIL and I both tried it out and it was "wonderful". The cushions are really softly padded and it reclines all of the way down. I think Dad is going to sleep in it more than watch TV in it! What was strange was that I was sure it was Green. Then when the salesman brought it up on the computer it was definitely Brown!! I went back to the recliner & checked and it definitely looked Green. One of the other salesmen said it was the lights. I'm still not absolutely sure what color it is!! Now to get it delivered!

The "officer's"of my horse club had a really nice meeting at a local restaurant on Friday night. There were 5 of us. I had grilled Salmon, which was very good. DH won't eat salmon so I usually order it when I'm eating out. My desert had the ingredients for pecan pie but it was very thin and the top was "laced" with coconut. More like a pecan pie brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. It was heavenly! Unlike some of you, I don't depress myself my checking the calories!! I enjoy it and then move on.

I thought I'd be late to the meeting as I had gone to the Farm a few hours before. I had only planned on staying a short time but I should know better. That rarely happens.

I don't have any daffodils blooming in my yard yet but the stems are coming up. Snow drops and crocuses are the flowers blooming around here right now.

When I stand at the sink to wash dishes or when I'm ironing, I have a pain in my lower back that can be terrific. I was told by a friend to open the doors under the sink and put one foot up. I've tried it but it didn't seem to work for me.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.
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3/29/15 11:55 A

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Marlene, I love the Ringling Brother's museum! I took tons of pictures which turned out fabulous. I took my grandson to Florida two years ago and we spent a day there. It is a place I want to return to. What an art collection!
Shirley, steelhead is a fish. I place it in the trout family but it seems to look like a salmon. Not sure what it really is but I logged it as trout since steelhead did not show any results. The rice pilaf was good but I only ate maybe 1/4 of it. Just too much.
At work today. Can't go to the lodge tonight. I have neglected too much at my own place. The lawnmower is in the car and the truck is waiting to get a load of dirt. The tulips are blooming in their pots and berry bushes I cut need to be burned. I got the laundry done and the rugs steam cleaned but the dust balls from golden retriever hair are poofing all over my house!!

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Happy Sunday,

Elise - it sounds like you will be busy today. It is good hearing you feeling better.

Serena - What is steel head? It sounds like a fish to me. I've got a rice pilaf that I make in my rice steamer that I really like, and I thought my husband did too only to find out he doesn't. The recipe is too much for just me to consume, so I don't make it any more. * Have you told us what kind of business you hope to start? If you did, I've forgotten. But it occurs to me that this is something you don't want to talk about right now also.

Marlene - I think I'd very much enjoy that Ringling Brothers Museum. I haven't been to the circus many times in my lifetime, but loved the few times I did, and used to love movies about the circus and circus life. I love our Botanical Gardens and especially the Climatron. We have a butterfly house here too. Another neat place to go if you ever come across one.

Yvonne - I love Daffodils, but don't have any. * I know from moving around a bit in my lifetime how hard it is to move away from old and close friends. I lived in my previous house 30 years also, went to church where most of my closest friends went also, but after 10 years away I've only stayed in touch with a couple. * I thought we didn't have Netflix because my husband wasn't interested in Netflix. He now tells me that our huge screen, expensive TV won't accept YFi. Somehow this just doesn't sound right to me. I can't remember when we bought this thing, but it has been less than 10 years. I've wanted Netflix for ages. * We do have to be so careful when eating out, don't we? Like you, there have been times when I went to a certain restaurant because of their desserts, and I'd order a small side salad for the nutrition but the dessert was my main interest. It is rare that I do such, but just saying I have. I've looked up some restaurant meal nutrition count and for one meal it had 2 days worth (or more) of calories in it. My advice - if you enjoyed that dessert then all is well. It isn't one dessert or meal that makes or breaks our weight loss efforts, it is what we do daily that makes the difference.

Ellen - I understand your back problem, as I have the same problem. My posture seems to be good, as I've checked that, but there is definitely something that causes lower back pain when I stand too long, but you know it seems to happen more when I'm cooking than standing elsewhere. But... I'm seldom having to stand in one place for 30 minutes or more other than cooking. I'm moving around of course when I'm cooking, but obviously something about being on my feet that long is bothering something. * 8 am is early for me to get out the door too. Actually 9 is too early for me. That Expo sounds fascinating. I'll bet you did have a good time.

Slimmer - it sounds like you had a full day yesterday.

Wishing everyone a good day -

Shirley

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3/29/15 4:57 A

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

It's still a little chilly so I may stay in & do some chores. I just wish it warm up already. Well, spring is just around the corner--it's just taking the long way around(LOL)!!!!!!

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3/29/15 1:14 A

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Dinner was steel head and rice pilaf. Did not eat much of the rice. Had a salad with it. My friend ordered a key lime tart so I go a taste of that. I splurged with a lemon drop martini. We talked a whole lot about our business and made some plans for promoting. It is going to be good. He is going to Florida and we are both hoping to get all the information we are lacking on how to make this business take off.

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Hola... 37 out at 11pm

all ready to go on Monday

just been reading, laundry, cooking

Marlene... yes on Monday the museum is free not the tour part but self guided is and actually I have never been in the Ringling House... but I spent many hours for free at the dock in front of the Ringling house.. I would do homework.. if there now I probably would go and sit and paint! Have Fun!
...yes also spent sometimes every week at Myakka Park... you will get there some day just make sure you take the worlds largest air boat ride then they have the tram

I looked into where the Zoo in Atlanta was and it is real easy from where I will be.. Ikea looks not so easy to get to... depends if I want to go to the zoo close to 1pm.. maybe I would just do the Mall on way home.. but usually I just want to go home when out

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Hello Team Sisters. It was 57° this AM. I spent most of the day gettingclothes sorted for packing . Tomorrow we plan on going to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. That is an all day tour. Just beautiful.

Last week we took Barbara to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and stayed almost four hours including lunch. The orchids and grounds are gorgeous. Barbara got some beautiful photos. Slimmer, I am sure you are familiar with both places. We wanted to go to Myaca State Park but didn'tmake .

I am at the club house; it is getting dark so must close and get back to the condo.

Everyone have a blessed weekend, tomorrow is Palm Sunday.

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SERENA, it sounds like your season is a little ahead of yours, although you're further to the north, I think. I'm sure it's that west coast charm that spreads over everything there. My daffodils are about 8 inches high, and very crowded. I'm thinking I need to spread them out a little after they bloom this year.

SHIRLEY, I took plants out for the warm days and brought them back in when the temp indicated I needed to. That's a lesson I learned from my Texas neighbor. She had beautiful plants, and took them out whenever the weather was warm enough. Of course, in Texas that was sometimes in December. They seem to benefit from the fresh air and natural light. I miss them.... After 30 years, we were good friends and they got a lot of my "leftover" plants I couldn't bring, including an on-ground bird bath I didn't intend to leave behind. They saw a bobcat drinking out of it one morning.

Weather still cold here, and as it seems to trigger my breathing problems, I'm staying in. Jay and I have "pigging out" on the Netflix series Heartland. So glad we still have some 33 programs to go. We're loving them.

Must go back to sewing...

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I was out the door this morning just after 8 AM. For me, that is early! I had volunteered to host a booth at the Johnson County Healthy Yard Expo for our garden club. It was fun talking to people who came to the expo and sharing information about the club. Some people did not realize that our city had a garden club. (I live in a small city within the KC metro). I love the expo. On one side was the County library table and on the other side was a local nursery. Behind me was an author who has photographed and written a book on butterflies in Kansas. The boy scouts were selling food and other garden clubs had tables. A nature park had a great table with cage with a barn owl and another with snakes. My son dropped by and really enjoyed walking around. I got home about 2:30 pm and now I am sleepy.

Shirley – this is a different place in my upper back than when I hurt it exercising. This time it only hurts when I stand for a long time. That is why I am thinking that it is related to my posture because of my knees. I have problems holding them straight. * You are right about how misleading calorie counts can be in a restaurant. I almost hate to eat out any more.


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I was going to mow the lawn tonight after work since I am on the day shift today. As soon as I wrote that in a text to get my lawnmower delivered the sky opened up and it poured all night long. I have ponds in my yard with grasses growing out of them--very long grass. I will try to get one garden prepped if the rain does not come back and get the bulbs in but I am staying out of the yard!
I am going out to dinner tonight with another retired military officer friend. Hopefully there will be decent salads on the menu. I am craving green stuff right now!

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emoticon emoticon HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOYCE! emoticon emoticon

Good Morning Everyone -

Elise - I don't envy you that snow. Perhaps it is the last of the season - let's hope. * Good news that you are feeling great. Wish I could say the same.

Ellen - did you do your back exercises before your back began to hurt? If so perhaps it was one of your routines that triggered the pain. Of course standing while cooking causes my back to hurt too. * You might want to check out the calories for that Mexican dish. The reason I say this - once a friend and I went to Applebee's for lunch. She had their lunch size veggie pizza - thin crust. I've forgotten what I got but whatever it was, as I looked at my thin, short friend eating her pizza I was chastising myself (in my mind- not out loud) a bit about what I was eating (and enjoying). When I got home I checked Applebee's website and found that my friend's innocent looking pizza was about 1000 calories, and my lunch was about half that. * I'm glad too that you were able to travel and have such neat experiences. Somehow when we are young we think we will feel the way we do forever, and then one day it all changes. Now that sounds depressing and defeatist. I truly didn't mean it to - just saying.

Serena - ah- office/workplace politics it is definitely nasty stuff, but unfortunately it seems to be in every workplace - as well as nasty people. I shared an experience on Weight Loss Talk, Etc. * Your dancing sounds awesome. The waltz is one of the ballroom dances that I enjoyed the most back in the day. With all you are dealing with right now, I'm happy this worked out for you. * Thankfully I don't have to look at such ads on my computer. That would drive me Nuts.

Yvonne - Weather Bug said snow for us yesterday, but we got none. Interesting that you got enough for some accumulation. * I've got a plant to go outside, but I don't put plants out until the latter part of April as we are subject to freezes until then. The rule of thumb is not to plant until after Mother's Day, but most years we can do so a couple weeks sooner and be safe. We are, however, going to need our lawn cut soon.

Cecile - it sounds like you are the wise woman that I've always known you to be, and you understand well what Chantal is doing. True - sharing the expenses of one house would be more economical that the upkeep of two, but if you are happy living in your own place with less responsibility why should you do otherwise. I think most of us agree with your thinking.

Bonnie - my daddy was tightfisted with his money too, but by the time he needed a lift chair my brother was managing his money, and we decided that he needed it which he did, and bought him one with his money - smile. He was in assisted living by this time. I think I already know the answer to this question from your posts, but can't the son that lives with him convince him that it would make life easier for him and perhaps keep him from taking a life ending fall to have such a chair? Yes, I know how hard it is to change the mind of men (maybe women too) that age. I've had my dealings with daddy. He even told me once not to be coming down there telling him how to run his affairs. I just calmly asked him if he really wanted me to do that, and he backed off quickly. * From yours and Marlene's accounts of the Marigold Hotel movie, I sure hope I get to see it. I didn't see the first one, so will have to look for it. I sure am a fan of the the primary actors that are in the movie.

Have a good day and a good weekend everyone.

Shirley

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

They say snow showers-this is getting too much. Spring -where are you? I may not be able to take a walk so I guess I'll do some cleaning & such.

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I had a great lunch with my ex-coworkers today. I followed the lead of the younger one who is so tiny. She ordered black beans on a tortilla with salsa and lettuce on top (there was a name for it, but I forgot). I said “I’ll have the same”. I figured I saved myself a million calories. Then I talked to one of my sisters this afternoon. I had done a little cooking and my back was so hurting. The rest of the housework will have to wait. But I did do 60 minutes on my exercise back.

I am so glad to hear good reports on the second Marigold hotel movie. I loved the first one.

Shirley – Gettysburg is really something. My DH and I went there in the early 1990’s and we climbed to the hill where the Union army was. I could almost feel the ghosts of the soldiers on both sides. Then later I spent almost a week there staying in a 300 year old hotel for a business meeting. I loved the hotel and found a wonderful restaurant that had a place between the floors where runaway slaves were hidden. So much history!! I am so glad I was able to do all that when I was young.

Allie – I love your attitude! I needed your comments today!

Elise – Congrats on 3 pounds gone! That is awesome! emoticon emoticon

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Shirley. Our CNO was brought in from a big hospital out of state. No concept of rural medicine and without understanding of Washington laws. She has learned a lot and has the knowledge to turn this around BUT we have factions that are constantly undermining everything people they don't like try to do. My boss is on several of the "hit" lists and now our CNO has been targeted. It is a mess and there is no fix in site other then allow this little independent hospital to be bought out and a clean sweep done internally.

On a much MUCH brighter note!! I get notices on a regular basis from a dance group I was in, performed with and took salsa lessons from a few years ago. I love that group but my schedule only allows me to do things off island on Monday or Tues nights. Monday nights is a big workshop and dance in Shoreline but Tuesdays opened up when salsa classes stopped back in 2012. I got the notice of the big waltz program looking for a venue then starting up in April for performance at Folk Life Festival. I shot back a response asking if there was any chance of classes coming back on Tues or if they would consider the waltz performance classes on Tues. Jodi responded "Serena, you have power!" The venue she is looking at is only available on Tues. In the past this group only danced on Sundays!! I may be dancing again at Folk Life!! I am so excited!! two hours of warm up, choreography and dance each week for 2 months!! I am hoping the venue is a go and she does not have to look for something else!

I am not happy looking at PF Chang advertisements on both sides of my screen right now.

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Marlene, I want to see that the Marigold Hotel movie, too. My husband liked the first one, so maybe he would this one, too. Anything Judi Dench is in is first class, in my opinion. I just read her biography, and found out she's one to lighten the mood with hijinks.

BONNIE, your FIL sounds like my husband. I've been trying to get him to buy a brand new Sears tool chest (the tall kind on rollers), and now he's found knockoff at a discount store (not Sears brand). His money-saving ideas sometimes end up costing him more money, and then don't work as well either. Sigh.....!!

It snowed here this morning, but it's already melted. So glad I brought my plants in just in the nick of time. We are having to give up our bird feeders, though, because the squirrels and raccoons will empty a feeder in a day. We're trying to figure out a work-around, but so far can't solve the problem.

I feel good today, having exercised after two days of being lazy.

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Shirley - I did have a conversation with said daughter. Maybe her mind is slipping. I know it is for the care of Jess that she wants me to move in with them. When she and her partner work in the evening, Jess is alone at home. I think it would be for her ease of mind. Val and I would still be living together. Chantal is so busy and in such a rush all the time. It is hard to pin her down but she will have to make time for us to talk. We`ll see! emoticon

Bonnie - You are so right about this house thing being for her benefit. I forgot about it when I answered Shirley but you reminded me of it. It`s something Val said last evening. It would be cheaper for Chantal if we did own the house in both names. Her monthly payments would drastically decrease. It`s not my fault if she lost her high paying job. I`ve never told anyone this because I don`t want it to come back to her. I do blame her because she knew she was doing wrong. Pay the piper now.

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Good Morning, Team.

It's 45 degrees outside and rained all night and early this AM. The raining has stopped & the sun is supposed to come out but that hasn't happened yet. Yesterday, after the rain in the AM, the temp rose to 70 degrees!! Felt like Summer! DH & I took a walk around the Lake and it was so nice.

@Shirley - Oh, my FIL could definitely afford a chair on his own. He retired from the Government at a high ratings and his net worth is over a million dollars. But he is so TIGHT! I don't know what he is holding so tight to his money for at age 91. He told me once that he puts his retirement check in the bank and lives only on the interest. His house alone is worth $750,000. It would be nice if we could split the cost of the chair 6 ways but none of DH's siblings can afford it. But the idea of a lift recliner may be DEAD as my BIL called me last night and said he was going to call Dad and ask him if he wanted one. DH & I are sure that the answer is going to be NO. In my experience older people with children never admit to WANTING anything.

@Cecile - Stick to your guns and don't let your daughter "railroad" you into doing something you don't want to do. As long as you can manage in your house, there is no reason for you to sell and live with her. This is obviously for her benefit and not yours.

@Marlene - I'm glad you enjoyed the movie. DH & I thoroughly did too.

I have to go to an Officer's meeting of the Old People's Riding Club tonight. It was originally scheduled for Sunday but yesterday the decision was made to change it to tonight. The President has been trying to have such a meeting for about 2 years now. It should be fun with only 5 of us there and we are having it in a restaurant--so, at least, the food will be good.

The sky is clearing up and I want to get out to the Farm for a little while.

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

Allie - you asked this question of Marlene, but since I was the one who first mentioned the Cyclorama I'm going to answer. I can't speak to the one in Gettysburg, but can only assume it is very much like the one in Atlanta. You enter a lobby, and then go into a large auditorium. There used to me seats, but mostly people just stand along a railing. There is a huge painting or mural that covers the walls ceiling to floor that depicts the battle of Atlanta. This painting (as I'm remembering) is about 2 stories tall and extends all around the room which is round. A docent, guide or whatever has one of those flashlights with an arrow and explains to the viewers what they are seeing. As said it is incredible the concept, the history and the artwork. * As for you keeping your grandsons, it goes without saying what you do for them and their parents is an act of love. As I've said before, what you are giving them are the most wonderful memories, and yes, I have no doubt that they are learning great things from you as well. * I hope you can keep your good disposition and attitude as you face still another problem with your house. Enjoy your day to do just what you want or need to do.

Marlene - as said before I would have loved to have seen Gettysburg. From your accounts and another friend's account I think I would have very much enjoyed it. I've always enjoyed history, and especially this country's.

Cecile - I thought you had it settled about not wanting to move in with Chantal. Do you think her thinking is for you to be a caregiver to Jess? Since you and Val are doing so well on your own, this is the only reason I can think of for her pushing so hard on this. *SMILE... I think I made that same comment in my post about doctors making us come to the office when they could prescribe treatment just as well on the phone. I'm glad to see we agree. * I know Jess will love her new afghan.

Serena - What A Mess!!!! at your workplace. Do you blame the CNO or is she being scape-goated by the nurses and perhaps the higher ups? For what is worth I'd be frazzled too. It sounds like the mess at your hospital goes way further up than the CNO. I do hope they can resolve their problems soon. When I talk about my daughter's high stress job, you are the one person on the team who can understand. She was interim CNO for over a year, was offered the job permanently but turned it down. She already has a high level and Very responsible job

Slimmer - are you sure the Cyclorama is gone? Why I ask is that I just went on the internet to see what additional information they had that might help Allie and their home page had a link for ticket sales. I of course didn't check that out, but there was no indication that it was closed. * I do so understand about getting tired and wanting to go home - smile. I think the aquarium must have been built after we stopped making trips down there. Or maybe it was just something we didn't look into. I can't remember when it was that the family trips stopped. Sometime in the 70s I would guess. I would go alone and visit both sets of parents yearly, but those visits we did nothing but visit at home - no sightseeing.

Ellen - enjoy your lunch with friends today.

Yvonne - what an interesting story about your grandfather.

Bonnie - I think if it were me, when I found and bought that lift chair, I'd send each of your husband's siblings a very nice letter, tell them how much the chair cost, and tell them how much they owed you. You are doing all the leg work, and I definitely think they need to chip in for the cost if your father-in-law can't afford to buy it himself.

Make today a healthy and happy one everyone.

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Hola!

...you should probably Google cyclorama

when looking it looks like the Atlanta one IS still working they had current dates on their page

This was a form of entertainment ..it was getting a 360 degree view of an area.. The Civil War one you sit on a raised platform and the seats turned very slow and then they had music and someone telling the story of the burning of Atlanta... it was like a two story painting of all the different scenes of the land area with buildings and trees and battle sites in action... It was very very impressive and could certainly see it again

Today probably going into school. I think I want to hand build a bowl to go with my dinnerware.. Saw last night ..no wet clay after the 10th.. I've been saying the 16th... have about 4 balls of clay I want to make things and I am done.. nothing more to glaze until they fire more

Reading more too... got 3 kid books down so far today ..one in Spanish.. I barely knew what was going on.. it was about a bear too! ..oso...

Tonight I work the Holly.. the kids are putting on Son of Pinoccio or something like that.

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

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

If you've never done a Challenge - the Guidelines are on our team home page (Please Do Not Post There as it is for information only), but briefly - you will need to give me your weight as of April 1st. Keep up with your exercise minutes beginning April 1st, and then on Monday, April 6th - report in on the "New Month-New Me!" Challenge thread and give me your minutes for those days. Then each Monday thereafter you will give me your exercise minutes for the previous week, just as you did this time. You might wish to say how you did weight-wise to keep yourself accountable, but I won't need your exact weight again until the last day of the Challenge Thursday, April 30th.

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

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Good morning team:

Cecile: I hope your talk goes well with your daughter. I love her name. I admire your skill at crocheting, your new afghan sounds lovely.

Marlene: What is a cyclorama? It seems the team has been talking about this quite a bit .

Elise: What a great achievement, a loss of 3 pounds.
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Shirley: You asked how do I have the energy to take care of my grandchildren so much. I guess I do what I have to do and when I have my grandchildren they help me put things into perspective and I appreciate life and them more. I just hope I make some impression on my grandsons and they will be better for it as they grow up.

I am up bright and early because the roof started leaking again. We have had some heavy rains and that is when it gets pretty bad. I know I have to do something about it but I can't find a roofer that I can trust and will fix it properly. I had the roof fixed before I moved in and last Spring I had another roofer look at the roof.

Instead of "Raindrops Falling on My Bed", I have Raindrops Falling on My Head". I might as well laugh about it. As you all know I have had quite a bit wrong with my old house lately and it doesn't make sense to get upset about it right now. I am just too tired to be upset and it doesn't do any good.

I am still counting my blessings, My grandchildren went with their Mom yesterday and they were so glad to see her. I got enough sleep and I can get a nap later today. I am going to the senior center and to the Y today, I refuse to let this stuff get me down. Life if just too short.

Thanks for letting me vent.

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

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

I lost 3 pounds!!!!!!!!! emoticon !!!!!!!!!!

Today it's going to rain but not like yesterday emoticon

I'm going to the grocery store to buy some healthy foods but I may not be able to take a walk(what else is new)!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hello Team Sisters. We just got back from seeing ".....Marigold Hotel" movie. I liked very much. This wasn't DH's kind but he said it was OK. I like Judy Dench and Richard Grere. This afternoon we took a walk along the Bradenton Riverwalk. There was a breeze which made it pleasant in the sun.

We were in Atlanta several years ago and saw the Civil War Cyclorama, and the zoo. We hired a guide who took us all around for the entire day There is
a cyclorama in Gettysburg that is very nice.

We've been here 27 days and haven't had a drop of rain, very unusual. It is to rain tomorrow and be in the high 60's Sat.

I had better get to bed. Hope everyone is sleeping well.

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Good morning team sisters.

I heard this evening through Val that my daughter is on again about selling our houses and moving in together. Chantal has never asked if I wanted this. I Do NOT want to move in with her. She has always been very bossy. I am doing well in my house and I plan on staying for a while. There are repairs to be done and I do not have the money at the moment. I need to have a good talk with her.

Remember the afghan I crocheted for Val? She takes very good care of it. This week I started one for her sister Jessica. Hers is two tone mauve with cotton as the third colour. It looks very nice.

Shirley - The reason the doctors have us come to the office is so they can get paid. They do not get paid for telephone consults.

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

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Hi team.
Not a great day here at the hospital. Have been having some really busy days here and it's not getting any better for our psych patients. The psychiatrist on the island that most of our pt's use is out and may not return so all of the patients who need scripts for meds refills are showing up in the ER and our ER docs are not trained in psych pharmacology. It is not good.
Next, our bid to get an actual office backfired on everyone. The head engineering piped up and backed us that it is an unsafe space so we are now out of the closet and have no where to be. We get to have a little "cow" or cart on wheels to push a computer around on but that is the very least used tool in our box. We do not EVER take a computer in when we talk with someone! We now have no phone and no place for our stuff. We can use the office in the hospital but that means constant running if I am trying to watch a patient, call psych hospitals, wait for calls back, fax clinicals and set up a bed. This is normally a 4 or 5 or 6 hour job of constant phone work. Ooops!! we have no phone! Add to that the schedule change and the resignation of the oldest of our floor social workers and when the schedule came out this morning they had me working EVERY weekend. It also appears that the nurses are having a meeting with the nurses union and demanding the hospital get rid of our Chief Nursing Officer. The only person in the hospital with any administration background. This place is going under fast. I need to get my business going faster!!
I am frazzling. Jamie is not happy since he works Monday thru Friday and lives an hour away from the ferry. It has been a very stressful day today. The dogs are absolutely going to be upset when they find out the hiking is going to stop for at least a month unless I just take Mondays and head up to the mountains.

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Hola!

Just got back from the big UNG art awards art exhibit... since I did not get a item in .. it pushed me out of the running for any of the awards.. only those who were in the show or full time students had a chance to win something..

I will say the teacher who put on the show did say to me .. it was because of me as to how they ran the show this year... I told him he usually gave out awards and I saw the person but never knew WHAT they got it on .. so this year they had the people come forward and showed their art work on a screen too.

I told him what he next needs to do is quickly show ALL those who did not get in the show their art and let them raise their hands... I never know who is connected to what.

Odd I sat next to the head Photo teacher... I had told him about my Governors picture... hmmm he was nice but so short on the acknowledgement.. hmmm I would think he would feel bad that as a photo teacher that he too could not have won.. I don't know if he entered or not

Got a lot more books at the library today... a lady started a conversation and asked why I had so many books and book lists... I explained.. she said I need to start writing now.. she is an author of a few books.. and found she also owns the local radio station... a somebody she wanted to know all about my art too... interesting

Shirley... yes I went to the cyclorama about 7 years ago... it is really something to see... but it is gone now... it is supposed to be moved somewhere but it has been gone for a few years now... We never hear a word about the zoo.. I saw the aquarium same time as the cyclorama... it is something but ohhhhhhhh all these things have such an entrance fee... I am not sure what else I might do... I ususally want to do a lot but I just get so tired.. it is easier to just go home.

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Just a quick post. I was able to turn off the worst of the Spark People annoying ads by changing some settings in Explorer. But I need to do some research on our taxes so I will make this short.

This has been a wasted day. I had hoped my DH would go for his allergy shot this afternoon so I could get some work done, but he decided to wait until tomorrow while I am having lunch with friends. My DH and I get to talking and before I know it, I am totally out of the mood to do anything because the day is gone. I got nervous this afternoon and consumed too many yogurt raisins. They sound healthy, but they are high in calories.

I hope everyone is feeling better tomorrow. From reading the posts, everyone seems to be a little stressed over something.

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Just read a story recorded by a family member about their move to homesteaded Nebraska. My grandfather, five years old at the time, got a bone stuck in his throat and ran around saying "it's got my juggler vein! It's got my juggler vein!" This is the first time I've heard this story. It was accompanied by a picture of four kids on this trip, including my grandfather. They all had whooping cough on this journey and the picture was taken in case one of them didn't make it to their destination. The year was 1900. Our ancestors were a tough lot.

God bless people who record old stories.

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Good Afternoon, Team.

It has been raining off and on all morning. It is 60 degrees outside right now. There was "talk" that it might make it to 70 degrees. We'll see.

I went to get blood drawn for a cholesterol check this AM. Because of the rain there were only 3 other people in the waiting room. That made it nice. Sometimes it's "packed".

DH's siblings are driving me CRAZY! Dad's 92nd birthday is on Sunday so I only JUST heard that we are "celebrating" his birthday and Easter on Sunday. They wanted to get him this lift recliner but no one seems to have the "time" to research it or buy it. So, it lands on me. DH & I will probably end up paying the majority of it as none of the other siblings make any money. That's okay. I have found a few on the internet but am trying to keep the price down as much as I can. The cheapest, "nice" one I've seen so far is in the upper 400's. Thanks for the suggestions a few of you have made on buying one.

I was anxiously awaiting my niece and grand nephew's visit for the first part of May but then inadvertently found out that they were here this past week-end!!! Apparently an unplanned trip as Julie appears to be having marital troubles & needed to see her Mom. Probably related to recently having a baby and her husband getting ready to be deployed again.

DH & I went to see our cpa to have our taxes done yesterday. Our appointment was at 4PM and he didn't appear until 4:30PM. His office is in his house and his son kept coming in and saying "He is almost here". His son said he had had clients since 8AM that morning so I guess he was "napping". I hope he did our taxes correctly.

@Slimmer - Sounds like you are going to have a nice "vacation". Also, congrats on your new award for weaving.

I hope everyone is having a great day.
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Good Morning Everyone -

Allie - you are such a good grandmother. I know you enjoy your grandsons, but don't know how you have the energy to keep them as much as you do.

Elise - it is good to hear you are feeling better. Let's hope what had you sick is gone now. It looks like the sun is trying to come out here, I sure hope so. It rained all day and night yesterday.

Irene - it sounds like you had a lovely day yesterday, and that's good to hear.

Slimmer - congratulations. It is always so good to get recognition for our work. * The Atlanta Zoo used to be great, and I think that it is probably even better after all these years. Have you been to the Cyclorama in Atlanta and the Civil War Museum? With your interest in art, I think you will find the Cyclorama incredible. It was always one of my favorite places to visit. * I can't speak for today, but where the Fox is located was a very nice and safe area, nothing like where the Capitol is located. Underground Atlanta is another story. A fun night spot, but not a place I'd EVER go alone, and I'm talking years back, the last time I was there.

Serena - your Jamie sounds like a smart and good guy. I know you can't mess around with Mountain Lions, but I'm with Jamie - the crazies would worry me more. Just be as careful as you can. Your walks are incredible!

Grace - you know we go to doctors because we are sick - that is of course unless it is for a regular well check up. Doesn't it make you wonder why they have to see you in the office to help you for everything, when you can give them your symptoms as well over the phone as you can in there office (but of course they can't bill you for a phone call, can they.) Yes, I realize for some things they need to see you, and I know everyone isn't responsible and some people are hypochondriacs, but when you are sick the last thing you want to do is to drag yourself into a doctor's office which usually requires quite a bit of walking. Your case is the perfect example. Why did your doctor need to see you to refer you to a doctor who's field is different from hers. Sometimes I think these doctors come into the examining room with no preparation whatsoever, and who wouldn't know you from "Adam's house cat." We go to the same doctor so they can know us and our problems, but I really don't think that that happens. I've got a routine doctor's appointment next week. I'm trying to hang on until I can get there. I suspect that could have a UTI on top of this virus or whatever else it is that I have.

Cecile - hope your day is a good one.

Wishing everyone well...

Shirley

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Good morning team:

My grandsons have been off from school all week. Between their Mom, my son and me we have taken up the slack. I have had the boys the majority of the time and they are missing their Mother. I wrote her an e-mail and told her how badly she is missed. I suggested she take tomorrow off to be with the boys. She and I get along very well so I know she will understand. I told her I love having the boys and if she can't get off work I will be glad to take care of the boys tomorrow. I promised the older grandson I would talk to his Mom. I don't feel I am butting in because I know our major concern is the happiness and welfare of the boys.

I am going to take them to a craft store today and maybe we can pick up some interesting project to do. They love to play games and I am running out of ideas for inexpensive games. I am shocked at what kids games cost.

I hope everyone has a good day. It is going to be much warmer today and I want to enjoy it as much as I can.
I hope everyone has a good day.
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Good morning fellow SS!!!!!!!!

Today it's supposed to rain all day so no walk again. I'll just stay in & do a few things around the house. Except for the weather I'm feeling much better(maybe a little tired).

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Hello on a rainy Thursday its my home helper morning. I try to take M out for a walk while she cleans living area but it's raining today , he hates rain so we shall stay in.
yesterday son Mike came to se us, He was surprised to see his dad home as it was day care day. I explained to him M wasn't hapoy there. He can not tell me exactly but from odd phrases I gather he was bored. He told Mike thee was a lot of sitting around there,
We went to the next town which is bigger than where we live. Had a lovely lunch out
Mike and I shared a selection of tapas. A lot of vegetable things in it and not much protein but was filling.
I also collrcted a picture I had framed ,I am happy with it and got it out on the wall, I have happy to have found a good framing service in a small art gallery and shop. I am having some older work reframed there gradually .
Bonnie.
There are recliner chairs that lift. Maurice had he seldom needs the lift part, we were told not to start using it too soon as people need to use their muscles for as long as possible. But I have used it when he's been unwell to get him upright , all at the touch of a button I use anything that helps now,, I am in UK of course but just looked up on Internet for brands ,I'm git several lots of details prices varied a lot but are generally high,
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News Flash!!! (I also just won a free spin and also got 25 pts.. I need to buy a lotto ticket)

I just got a late telephone call from my passed weaving teacher. She wanted to tell me that the Dahlonega Historical Society wants to give me an award. They are honoring the lady who found the lost old weaving patterns and then they are also honoring those in my class who actually wove those old patterns. At this time the teacher did not know more, but only the day and nothing else. Woo Woo!

This is getting to be fun!

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Grace.. oh I do plan to tell you first thing when I get home... !

I now am going to look and see if there is anything I can do after the 11 photo shoot...

The Coca Cola Museum used to be there but they moved it... I don't know if that is the same but by the Aquarium was a Coke venue.. I don't know what it is all about

There is also the Zoo I have wanted to see

and on the way back are towns with Art Centers

They have a Huge mall on the circle around Atlanta... I don't know that I ever went there and I would like to go to an Ikea store in same area...

Usually I am just too pooped to keep going

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Ellen. Yes we hiked 13 miles. Just did 6 yesterday since Jamie wanted to go into town and so something. I got a second charger so it would be with me. The gun is probably more to scare off the occasional mountain lion. We are noticing more and more scat up there so there are coyotes and cats out. Jamie is more worried about the "crazies" as me puts it.
Have to get back to work. I have not had time to read much of what is going on which makes me feel a bit disjointed but for now posting is about all I can do.

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Alright, then you have my permission to go, on one condition and that is that you let us know when you are safely back in your house!
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Grace.. you need to Google the capital and see ML King Blvd.. the open lot is catty corner to the capitol bldg.. it is just on one whole block and the garage is one block past the open lot.. I can't get much closer..

but to leave my car somewhere else in Atlanta and take a cab over is no good... actually most of Atlanta can be bad

Even when I park at the Fox it is a half block in from the main street and and a garage is dark and lonely anytime

..the lady at the capitol is in session and she said there would be lots of people out and 30 are going to also be delivering pictures that morning

the other bldgs. around the Capitol look like churches and to the left are huge government bldgings for drivers licences and all types of court.. so there are tons of people doing good things.. it is just that it is a poor area and I hear there are lots of pan handlers out

and unless it really look clear I am not going to Underground Atlanta.. it really is underground

I read where it said do not take the Marta.. it is 2 blocks away.. it would take me like 25 miles in but it has it own problems.. I read where they said Never take it at night... I have never used Marta

Anyway Atlanta is not a place one really wants to be doing a lot of walking in.. one of the best Art colleges it over there too and teacher here told me before how dangerous it was to go to that school.. it is always popping up in the news.. not supper bad stuff... there are just a lot of people

I don't feel bad at all... the Driving Directions shows the actual view... the parking is almost closer than what I have to do to get to one of my classes inside my campus

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BONNIE!!! I found a bunch of them on Google! Walgreens, for one, sells them. So check out google. I just asked for "lift recliner chairs". The Walgreens one costs over $500.00 but there might be some cheaper than that. GOOD LUCK!


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SLIMMER, You're scaring me! Can you park in a commuter parking lot, with security cameras, and take a shuttle bus to the capital building? Get dropped off at the front door(or whatever door you need to be dropped off at)There must be such a thing.


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oh I read that the place of Underground Atlanta .. is where the OLD Atlanta had been built and burnt down in the Civil War... interesting

..and oh... the Omni is not in this area

I now have no idea where I was close to the Fox when I went to a convention.. I was underground.. I thought that was it.. but I would not have walked that far over to where I am going from the Fox.. possible but I don't think I did back when

Bon.. have you checked with Medicare... they may also pay for that chair...

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Hola!... 74 out

Today was bad this AM but I finally quit trying to empty my lungs but then I just had to lay down..

The the canvas place said my picture was done so I drove 50 miles or so... I got three and it cost what I thought one would.

It came out a bit darker than I wanted but.. what we all see when we look at any picture is different because all our monitors are set just a bit different... so is their printer

...then I thought I sent out the wrong picture... but it is ok... I did think the canvas would feel a bit more like canvas.. I don't remember the teachers feeling more like plastic... I will have to check that texture thing out and they never did or said anything about the wire on the back but that is ok I can do that

got info on parking.. the Underground Atlanta said do not leave anything in your car and..
Everyone says do go there at night.. I will be there about 10AM for a couple of hours...

I hear the stores are cheap and not worth the walk

I also asked the lady working on this exhibit.. she said right before was an open air parking.. but I saw a huge gate.. I'd rather park there.. She then said park only where I felt safe.. so she said nothing as to yes for the garage

I parked in like a 3-4 story underground parking when I went the the Hyde Museum in Atlanta.. Talk about frightening... It was like something out of a bad horror show.. I had to walk the length of the garage looking for my car.. and Nobody around... now that was bad...I will make sure I am close to daylight

Even in Sarasota at the county courthouse and sheriff garage.. one day.. I was about to go up and this black young man was waiting at the door.. I pretended to be waiting for someone I was going to go home with.. and said he could go up.. I just got BAD VIBES from him.. good thing.. he was a street away and beat a lady up in a garage soon after.. I always go on my feelings when I travel... I can pull this off

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I meant to discuss my "friends" situation - When I was in high school I had a best friend named Donna. Then when I got my first boy friend, I focused on him instead of her so she "dumped" me and rightfully so. The last time I saw her was at our 25th class reunion and she just ignored me completely. I got the treatment I deserved.
When I was raising my children, my friendships were other mothers. When my children grew up, I got divorced and moved on. When I remarried my best and ONLY friend was my DH.
Now, my "friends" are the dozen or so members of my exercise class. However, if I stop teaching the class, I'm pretty sure I would not hear from any of them anymore. That's why I want to keep teaching my class.
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Good afternoon team,
SHIRLEY, I had to smile when you said your doctor isn't the only doctor that seems to do little more than take vitals, pat you on the head and send you on your way, while billing your insurance some hefty amount. That's EXACTLY what my primary doc tried to do to me this morning. I called her office on Monday to ask for a referral for a cortisone shot and her receptionist said I had to be seen by her before they would give me the referral. Well, I went to office today and she did all the usual stuff without paying any attention to what I was trying to tell her. I very firmly reminded her that the purpose of my appointment was not to get a routine checkup, since I just got one from her a month ago. I was there to get the referral. She finally gave me one. I wonder how much they collect, from insurance, for weighing me, checking my BP, listening to my heart, pressing on my abdomen, etc, none of which had ANY thing to do with the reason I was there.

I hope to be back later. I need to get some work done around here.
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Bonnie - I didn't realize they made lift recliners. I know they make lift chairs, but since my knowledge is so limited I will leave it at that. I know when we had to buy Daddy one my brother was able to find a used one in their local paper. My suggestion would be to check a place that sells like hospital equipment where you can ask questions of the clerk. I know this is of little help, but it is the best I can do. I wish you success as this isn't an easy task.

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Good Afternoon, Team.

Can I ask you something-- Does anyone have a lift recliner or a recliner that helps a person get in and out of it? My FIL's birthday is on the 5th. As it goes with this family, I only heard yesterday that the thought was to get him a recliner, which I was all for. But, this AM I received an email from my BIL saying that no one has the time to go out and research recliners so it may not happen. That puts the chore on DH & me. Which is okay, but I have no knowledge of recliners at all. So my Slimming Seniors Team was the first group I thought of who might have some insight into what brands are good.

I need to know the brand names of some recliners that may fit the bill and a "ballpark estimate" of how much they cost. The ones I saw on-line (though only a small sampling) were from the high $400 and up to a thousand. I'm hoping to find a good one in the lower figure.

My FIL will be 92 and the recliner he now has is pretty much "shot". I want him to enjoy the few years he has left. All my SILs and BILs are just thinking about themselves (as is usual for them).

Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Good Morning Everyone -

Elise - I hope you are feeling better, and that you don't have the same stuff that has gone through my family. Loopy head, sometimes feeling quite cold, but not chills, drainage, and feeling so tired that you consider going to bed, but not sleepy. I thought at first it was allergies with the drainage, but since our little ones have had it and all the adults except my son and granddaughter, I'm thinking it is a virus that just won't go away. Grandson was throwing up. My husband said he was sure he was going to throw up for one day, but didn't but had some bowel problems. I went 2 days without eating much at all - no appetite and a minor queasy stomach. I will be so happy when I'm feeling half way normal again. This has been coming and going for my husband and me 2 months now. We have our good days and bad, but it's never gone completely away.

Cecile - re - no friends in school - I don't know about you, but in raising a boy and a girl I found that boys can be bullies, that's for sure, but girls can not only be bullies, but downright nasty along with it. I had friends in school, and I think was respected, but we did nothing together outside of school. I went to a county high school where kids didn't live in the same neighborhoods and far apart, and I didn't learn to drive until I was 21. I had friends, but few close ones. I went to church regularly and had some so-called girl friends there, but one of them was about as nasty as they came - two-face pretty much describes her. The girls at church went to the city high school so we didn't have school experiences in common. I've always seemed to have friends to some degree, but I think that I was probably the initiator. High School can be brutal, but you know what it prepares us for the adult world, doesn't it? Please, those reading this, know that what I'm saying is to let Cecile know I understand what she went through. I loved school, was in the band and several clubs, active, and I think generally well liked.

Grace - good grief but you've had a lot of medical stuff to take care of all at once. Glad to hear there were no major problems with your colonoscopy. * I had to smile at what you said to Ellen about the doctor's article saying that back problems can cause knee problems. I guess that can be so, but for me it is my faulty knees/legs that give me back hurt not the other way around. A friend's orthopedist sometime back told her that often when people think they have back problems they really have hip problems. She'd gone to him for her back which resulted in hip replacement. * Meds - I had taken Celebrex for a long, long time - many years. One thing that bothered me was the price they charge. Celebrex should have come down after so many years on the market, but instead it keeps going up. But the main reason I took myself off of it was that I couldn't see that it was doing enough good to warrant the price. Yes, we have good insurance coverage, not one of those terrific get a 3 month supply of expensive meds for alike a 5 or 10 dollar co-pay, but good just the same. The problem with our drug insurance is that it has a lifetime cap and that darned Celebrex was eating that up fast. Advil is not 100%, but it is keeping me pretty pain free and able to move such as it is, and it costs LOTS less than close to $200 a month for Celebrex. Now if Celebrex had kept me walking, able to get up and down easily, and pain free. I would have never stopped it, but as said I think Advil is doing as much as the Celebrex did at this point and it is much cheaper.

Slimmer - please be careful if you decide to drive to the Capitol alone. If you could park in a decent area and take a cab to the Capitol and back would definitely be safer. From your post (not surprisingly) the area sounds like it has gotten worse not any better. There is no way I would be in that area or a parking garage alone after dark - for that matter even in the daytime. And at one time I took college courses at Georgia State in the evening, and thought nothing about it. I started to say that we never went to the Omni, but come to think of it I think we did one time. I'm thinking it was built after we moved away in the very early 60s, but I could be wrong about that.

Ellen - from some of the posts here I'm learning that my doctor isn't the only doctor that seems to do little more than take vitals, pat you on the head and send you on your way, while billing your insurance some hefty amount. As said before, I learn lots reading everyone's posts. * I see you advised Slimmer much as I did. * Be thankful you sleep so well. As an example, I asked my daughter when they'd be leaving, and she told me 5:30 or 5:45 a.m. I knew without a doubt I'd wake up in time to see them off, and I woke up at 5. * We too have a set of Shakespeare's books too. Other than what I read when in school I haven't read them. * Thank you - it is always a relief when they are home safely for us too. Traveling with a 2.5 year old isn't easy by any stretch of the imagination. In spite of thunderstorms their flight left on time. * Your husband is smart to insist you take a cell with you even when you are on your property. I take my cell with me when I go down to the basement. We can't be too careful. And yes, when I was young I rode a bus from one side of Atlanta to the other all the time even late at night. I even used to walk downtown and look in the shop windows late at night by myself. When I got a car I drove where I wanted to go whenever I wanted to. It isn't the 50s any longer, and things have definitely changed. Not only that we are older and wiser.

Irene - the re-interment of King Richard's body is most interesting. My family, as you know was here from Friday - Monday so I'm a bit behind on news. * So sorry that Maurice has become disinterested in day care. I wonder why they aren't doing art therapy with their charges. I would think that would be more helpful to people with dementia than just singing songs and playing games. But doing art makes a mess, and it would most likely take more supervision. I do so hope Maurice changes his mind for your sake. I am, however, glad to hear he's enjoying his art.

Wishing everyone a good day.

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Hola.. Grey 62 but sun wants out...

I spent 2.5 hrs from 4AM fixing my business Facebook site with my photos. Not so easy

Everyone if on Facebook look up... Christinapackardart
..and Click Like

have to make people feel lots of people are Likeing or Following etc Thanks

.. but then when I went back to bed.. I got cold again and could not warm up.. finally at 8:30 I got in hot shower.. but when I got out I could not get a breath and when I did I coughed and coughed and.. my lungs were like filled with fluid and painful.. and I could not stop coughing or breathe.. I got into DR at 10AM ..

he said Everyone is getting this and I will get sick.. it could be allergies or this virus going around and that is how it hits.

I think it is like an Allergy thing... like the stuff the AC guy sprayed smells like Windex and does not seem to be bothering me but maybe it is

..but my lungs just feel full of fluid.. so once again I am going to live.. but I don't feel so hot

I did check again with the canvas place... The Price they gave was Fantastic and it appears he is going to frame it like I wanted for that price... maybe I will pick up today???

Reading a play right now.. and I have to say I have not figured out What they are trying to relay to me... or why the play is special.. and I am half way through... hmmm

Grace.. no cell phone (don't need one everyone else has one to use.. is my thinking and the cost of them ... I think for most people that they really are luxuries)

........The Capitol building is like one mile past where I go to the Fox Theatre.. and it is only one turn on to 400 and then one turn off 400 and turn in to park... could not be easier.. such a straight shot.

..just going to read, cough, and Spanish today I guess

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Good morning fellow SS(I like that)!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday I was so tired that I didn't do too much. Today I feel more awake so I'll get more done-even try to take a walk. I'm going to try to get to the library this week.

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Good morning team sisters.

I got my hair cut! It is so much more comfortable. Carole called to ask why I wasn`t at the salon yet. It was 12:15. Val had answered the phone and told her my appointment was for 1 p.m. She had me down at 12. She had me come in for 1:45. Then we went to pick up the pink latex gloves. It sure beat the ones we picked up at the drugstore. Those only have 100 per box and the pinks have 300 per box. For the same price!

Tomorrow I am going to the drugstore to pick up my monthly supply. I asked the girl if my stuff for testing my blood was covered by my insurance and she said yes. That is good!

Grace - When I was single I had no friends. At school the only time the girls would talk to me was when they had a problem with their needle work. After I left school I never heard from any of them except one. I found out she took me for a sucker. Whenever she could not get anybody else to go somewhere with her she would call me. I let her drop like a very hot potato. After we married, my husband decided we did not need friends as we had each other. I don`t ask my brothers as they are very far from here and Rita`s dementia is so advanced she barely makes it through the day. As for Val`s schedule, if she is not here to drive me because she is working, the car is gone because she needs to get to her job. Anyway, I despised driving when I did and am very happy to hand over the wheel to someone else.

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Good evening team! I had my colonoscopy today and only one small polyp, which doctor removed. I also have diverticulosis, which the doctor said every body over a certain age has.
My next doctor appointment is tomorrow morning, to pick up an order for a cortisone shot in my L hip. I’m really so sick of going to doctors but I guess it goes with the territory. In the past week I’ve had a mammogram, bone density test and colonoscopy.

SLIMMER, Could you drive ALMOST into the city and catch a bus that could drop you off right where you need to go? If you do drive all the way to the capitol, do you have a cell phone, just in case you need one? Actually, you should have a cell phone, no matter how you get there or where you park.

ELLEN, Maybe the allergy shots will help your DH sleep at night. I knew you had knee problems but I forgot you have back problems as well. Do you know specifically what’s wrong with your back? I read in a doctor’s column, yesterday, that back problems can sometimes cause knee pain.
I agree with you that your DS certainly has to be “proactive” with getting a referral for her DH and not wait for the doctor to call her. He might have forgotten. I’ve noticed that the last 2 tests I had, the doctors told me that they would have the results in less than a week but if I didn’t hear from them within a week that I should call them to get the results.
About DHs being “protective” when we’re not with them – Don is the same way and always wants me to call him when I leave “Point A” to go to “Point B”.

CECILE, It’s too bad that you don’t drive, so your life wouldn’t depend on Val’s work schedule. Do you have any friends that drive that you could do things with on Sundays?

SHIRLEY, I’m glad to read that you had a good time with your family and best of all – they did most of the work. That’s the kind of company that I love to have. It’s too bad that you were all under the weather at various points during their visit.
About pain meds – I used to take Celebrex but stopped, and I don’t know why. Meanwhile none of the other pain meds that I take seem to bother my stomach at all. And my kidney & liver (blood) tests are always normal. (knock on wood!)

IRENE, I’m so sorry to read that the Daycare didn’t work out for M. What he needs is a “daycare art class”. Do you have any “senior centers” nearby that offer art classes? It’s good that you told him that you do intend on going out to be with friends once in a while.

SERENA, Am I understanding your post right, that you hiked for 13 miles? I don’t even go that far in a week!!! Good for you! But you really do need a fully charged cell phone with you. If I had to choose between carrying a cell phone or carrying a gun, I’d vote for the cell phone. Of course your best bet is to carry both!

ALLIE, You are, in deed, a wonderful grammie! Listen to the 4 year old because he’s right. I don’t think I would be having all the pain I’m having now, if I had a stretching “program” when I was younger. I do try to stretch now, but it’s a little too late to prevent the pain I’m having now. Although as “they” say, “Better late than never.” There’s some good links on Google with stretching exercises.

MARLENE, Was the new mall called The University Center? I’ve never been there but it’s always in the “news” on the local TV channels. I’m sure you’ll miss Barbara when she leaves. It’s good to have another female to talk to once in a while.

BONNIE, It’s good to read that you’ll be able to start riding Mystery more often, now that the weather is warming up. What a treat to see all the wildlife on your rides.
Congratulations on your good report form your cardiologists. You’re all set for another year.

I hope everyone has a good night!

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Hola...

Ok Ellen.... you made me go look up all the maps to the Capitol building

I have it and it will be simple now

actually is is only less than a mile from the Fox Theatre turn off

just turn off one exit ramp to the street I go down 3 blocks to UNDERGROUND ATLANTA parking garage.. so I then only walk back 2 blocks

it is like 66 miles away

This is going to be simple. And Underground Atlanta is a shopping mall... but it is a bad area these days... maybe I can talk a quick look around and get out..

I went in my 20's to this area.. they had build an ultra modern shopping center with an amusment park rides in the center and little shop stalls in the mall area... we had not seen anything like that before.. it was called the Omni I believe.

Ok, I am set... odd that that guy had other plans.. his wife was telling him places we could meet up to go ... Oh well things happen for a reason.. this man has always been nice.. but the artist group he belongs too.. well ... hmmm artist do have attitudes... I am working on mine!

OHHH.... the canvas guy called me and said he already printed the 3 pic and they look good!.. he will stretch them maybe tomorrow.. or pick up on Thurs..

He also gave me an even lower price than before oh geezzzz... I just called him again and left a msg... I sureeeeeeeeeee hope he is making the 1.5 gallery wrap canvas... nice people but they are not communicating too well...


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Today is laundry day so it has been a busy day. As usual when I stay on my feet long, my back started hurting so I am on my bed with a heating pad against my back. My DH started his allergy shots today and has been sleeping ever since. I think the rain pattern is impacting us both. But things could be worse. emoticon

I called my DS this afternoon between loads. She was telling about this horrible Parkinson disease doctor her DH has. Her primary doctor said to go to another doctor and said he would give a referral but she had not heard anything. I told her to call the other doctor now! If they need a referral they can call her primary doctor. I guess I am getting worse as I age, but I refuse to put up with stuff anymore. If fact, I was ready to ask her for the name of the good doctor she wants to take him to and I would call her and make an appointment from Kansas City.

Slimmer – how far away is the capital? I guess a taxi is out of the question. Could you pay someone to drive your car?

Cecile – I need to start setting an alarm! I just sleep until I wake up and it is getting later and later.

Irene – I read about and also saw it on the news about King Richard III. That was one of my favorite plays in high school English. I have a book of all Shakespeare’s plays in my bookcases. I should read it again.

Shirley – I am glad your family got home safely.

Serena – I can’t believe your walk!! I’m surprised your BF did not put a GPS tracker on you. My DH would have been calling me. He makes me take a phone even if I am walking across the bridge on our property. It is really sweet since I would drive across Texas alone when I was single and that was before cell phones.

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....just got an email..

the artist who also is going to the Gov..

His wife now tells him he has other plans and good luck to me getting there.

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Hola! sunny and 77 out

AC guy came 1 hour late but .. only $80 for service 40 for 1 lb Freon and 10 for a capacitor so Not bad... he said $3600 for a new unit in and out.. I said I am hoping for 5 more years

..he said it was not dirty really at all... and dawww it probably never has been cleaned!!!!!!!!

Then to school... and I finished trimming and then went home... as the other 4 girls struggled to try and make something ..which they could not even get one piece made... hmmm

Called the canvas guy... aughhhhhh I said so what am I to do how do you work.. he said let me look at your email again... dawwwww he could not find it!!!!!!!!! So I sent it again.. he said I would for sure have my 3 canvases made by the end of the week... This is making me nervous

Then I stopped and told 2 people on the town square 1 artist and 1 art buying about my Gov picture etc...

I learned the good water colorist in town also got chosen... so I called him and told him I would like to drive with him... he is unsure as I am .. but he wants that photo with the Governor!!! also said we should get our pic taken for the Dahlonega newspaper...

He really does fantastic water color pictures Oscar Rayneri... I don't think I can afford to take his classes... he is Good!!!!!!!!!!! hmmm maybe he will like me and give me Free classes??? I have talked to him over the past few years but he does not remember me at the moment

.. I told him I also did not want to drive because of my cataract.. he laughed and said he was blind in one eye... so we have 2 good eyes between us.. and his wife is going probably too

... so that will be good... that is it at the moment I am reading through some small books right now.. just finished the play.. The elephant man

oh .. was trying to get back to drinking diet drinks... in one day my eye started to twitch again.. I think it is the drinks.. that happened before... my Dr said was caused by caffeine... I'm thinking not... unless it has a Lot more caffeine

also back to Spanish... when I am tired .. soooo easy to forget how to spell the words

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Good morning team sisters.

I have an appointment to get my hair cut this afternoon at 1. Then we have to pick up some latex gloves for Val. She wants to go to a different store because they carry pink! I don`t know what the colour has to do with everything but since she uses them, we shall get pink!

Yvonne - The tall lady in the Golden Girls was Beatrice Arthur know as Dorothy. She said in one interview she was 5 feet 9.5 inches on stocking feet. Estelle Gerry who played Sophia her mother was only 4 feet 10 inches. One day a while ago while watching them on You Tube I was laughing so loud that Val came rushing into the room. She thought I was crying. She told me at the time, it was a good sound to hear me laugh.

Ellen - No, I don`t get to go to church every week. It all depends on Val`s work schedule. I do miss going though.

Grace - Because of Val`s work schedule, I cannot have special plans for Sundays. It`s more or less take it as it goes.

Allie - I have taken the habit of setting an alarm to wake up no later than 8:30 unless I have an appointment. If I have an appointment then I set it for earlier. I am tempted to go back to bed in the morning but no way. I find that I get sleepy earlier and I am not having such a hard time going into the bed room. If I ever get the money, I want to get new bedroom furniture and I think that will help tremendously. At leat I hope so.

Bonnie - Every time you talk about riding Mystery, it reminds me of my youth when my friends and I would go to a farm that rented horses by the hour and we would go for a ride. Please give him a big hug for me. Thanks.

Irene - It`s too bad that Maurice is not enjoying his day out. Maybe you could find something else that he would like. - I did read about King Richard. I was very interested about the find. It`s amazing what they can do today with science.

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

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Good Morning Everyone -

My family left this morning at 5:30, and I just got a text that they have landed in Dallas. Now a 2.5 hour drive home. It was a good visit. My daughter and granddaughter did most all of the work. My son brought over barbecue last night. It is just a shame that most of us were feeling so badly off and on during their visit. This stuff has seemed to come and go.

Elise - it sounds like our weather pattern is moving your way. It is pouring down rain here today.

Serena - listen to Jamie. Your walk was incredible.

Allie - your grandsons are something special, as are you. I find it amazing how sensitive they can be too - if we are well or we have a disability. This speaks well of their upbringing. * Living in the moment is a good thing. We can't change the past or predict the future, BUT we are in control of today and this moment. You've definitely got the right idea.

Slimmer - I too wish you had someone to ride with you to the Capitol. It wasn't in the best neighborhood in the 50s, and it is my guess things haven't changed. * You sound in good spirits, and that is always good to hear.

Marlene - I'm glad you are still enjoying Florida. Barbara sounds like a very special person and daughter. * Thanks for the update on your brother, and it is good to hear he's doing well, or well for him.

Bonnie - I love your wildlife stories. The one about the fox is especially nice.

Grace - what fun to get together with a group of old friends. The mishap with the meat was unfortunate, and I'll bet the man was so embarrassed, but those kinds of things happen to us all. *I'm happy you said what you did to Ellen. I've been telling her something similar for ages. * Pain Meds - I try to stick to just one. Now there have been a few times if I'd had something like Vicodin, I would have taken it. Aleve I won't go near. It helped my arthritis better than Celebrex or any other meds I've taken; however, it was hard on my stomach, and I had a gastroenterologist (I guess he was, as he did an endoscopy on my husband) to tell me that that one med had brought him in lots of money. Right now I'm making it on 4 Advil a day, two in the morning, and two at bedtime. If I'm really hurting I will take one more in between.

Ellen - I hope your husband is feeling better. * It looks like you got your wish for rain. It is pouring today and I think there is more forecast for tomorrow. * The Bible does tell us that we are to care for the world and for animals. But like so many good rules this one can be carried too far. That being said, like you I try to take care of the environment and domestic animals and wildlife as best I can, but not to the extreme. * Thank you for remembering me - smile.

Yvonne - I wish I could get a piece or two of this cake to you. It is incredible. We've got 3/4 of a cake left, and I'm planning to freeze it. I sure don't want it to spoil.


Wishing everyone a good day and week.

Shirley

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Hello on Tuesday sunny but cool, yet spring flowers everywhere make me think winter must be over.
Yes King Richards re intermentment is big news here, he was the last king to die in battle , he was hastily buried at the time in a field, which much later became a Car park. His bones were found 2013 and Dna results showed who he was. There is much ceremony and parades now . He is in Leicerter cathedral at present with thousands going past his boxed remains. It showed on local tv last night an American couple were so impressed that thei king ruled before America was discovered .
at home I am having and easy day as like some of you the old bones and muscles trouble me at times.
I had booked a day care for Maurice weekly but it's not working. He doesn't want to go anymore, it's not the fault of the carers , he just doesn't like playing games and sing songs. He is independant and still looks after himself. He has gone back to painting. Not with the same skill he had but he is happy doing skies and scenic pictures. He would rather stay home doing that than doing what he calls childish things ina group. So we will see how it goes. I have told him I needs company and conversation and will still go out , that's ok he says. But today is stay home feet up and do some hand sewing .
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Good morning fellow SS(Slimming Seniors)!!!!!!!

Today it's going to be a bit cold so I'm staying in again to do a few things around the house. Later this week it's supposed to warm up a bit so then I could try to take a walk.

I'm thinking of going to the senior citizens center once a week. I'll see how it goes.

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Thanks Ellen. Our Doc did magic on my neck and shoulder. She had to use both hands and press full strength while I was on my stomach. The muscles were jumping around in there so much.

I drove to the lodge late last night and took off in the rain with the dogs for almost 4 hours. We did 13 miles and I am beat. Poor Jamie was at the garage door with the car running and packing his 9mm. My phone died and I have no charger up here this "weekend". He thought something had happened to us. I came home bubbling all over with ideas and talking about what and where we had been and he is fine. He is insisting I carry now. We have had that conversation before but now it is "the law"!!

I need sleep now. It's been a fabulous day and my muscles are all behaving themselves.

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Good evening team:

I am winding down from having my grandsons for a few days. I love to hear the boys laugh and we have so much fun together. When I have the boys with me, any problems I am having don't seem very important at all in the scheme of things.

My son picked the boys up Sunday afternoon. I took the boys to Burger King first and the 4 year old loves to go there. We don't do it very often because I try very hard to feed the boys well when they are with me. Both of my grandsons are on school break this week so I might have them again on Wed. I have learned to have projects for them to do when they come. I know they get bored and miss school so I try to keep them busy. I can't do anything physical with them so we have to make accommodations for that. They boys have grown up with my disability so they accept it and they are very compassionate.

I was having a lot of pain the other night and the 4 year old told me I just needed to stretch and that would help. He said that is what his other Grandmother told him to do. I just had to laugh. I try not to make my disability define me and I know it is just something I have learned to live with. My motto is as long as I am still walking that is fine with me.

Cecile: I too loved watching the Golden Girls. They were so funny and got into some predicaments. I hope you had some good sleep.

Elise: I try to remind myself that every day is a new day and that I can start over every day. I do what I can every day as far as exercise goes. This is what I do and it might work for you Please take this as a suggestion, every one has their own way of dealing with life.

Ellen: I hope your DHS' workout helped relieve his pain.

Grace:
Good luck with your tests, I hope everything goes well. I have been there, done that so I know how you feel.

Bonnie: How exciting, you really had a connection with nature. Your description of the fox was very vivid. I am sure Mystery was glad to see you.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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Hola!

Got my homeowners ins settle and paid..then

I went into school for over 3 hours

..oh the other fellow who enter the GA art exhibit.. well he got rejected... crumb.. I was hopeing we could drive into Atlanta

the canvas place was closed today... they only have 3 days to get my picture made

tomorrow the AC guy comes to clean

moving along

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Hello Team Sisters. This will be short as I feel exhausted. We have been doing a lot with our DD. Yesterday we went to the beach and after dinner we went to play miniature golf again. They were predicting severe storms today so we decided to check out a new up scale mall. We walked a good bit again. It was cloudy when we left the condo but it didn't rain or storm at all.


Barbara goes home tomorrow afternoon. I will miss her. She gives me support when DH gets moody. This seems to be more frequent lately. I guess it is age

I've had to increase my pain meds. I am considering seeing my Orthopedic surgeon after we get home.


An update on my DB: he is doing well since we are down here. I call him every other day. He's been getting out once or twice a week. Of course, his wife drives.

Must close for now. Marlene

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Good Evening, Team.

It is 46 degrees outside and I think it probably got to the low 50's, though it felt really nice and warm in the sun. I went out to the Farm and rode Mystery for the first time in a very long time. I don't ride in the frigid cold and the snow & ice is not fun either. Mystery was such a good boy. I used to never know from one day to the next how his temperament was going to be but he has been so calm and sweet this year. Maybe it's his old age. I'm enjoying it. He used to be spooky at the drop of a hat.

We saw 3 or 4 deer in the high grass across from the creek. All of a sudden a fox came running out of the grass--probably was asleep and didn't want the deer to step on him. He was so beautiful in the sun. His fur was yellow and seemed to have a "glow". He sat on the opposite side of the creek and stared at us for quite awhile. Of course--I didn't have my camera with me!!

@Yvonne - Did you see the FB ( or was it on GoodReads?) explanation Cindy Brandner gave about the "Crooked Man" story within the story? Apparently there were enough questions about it for her to decide to explain. I knew it had something to do with Jamie but I wasn't sure how. Still, after her explanation, I'm still not sure I get it. I'm going to have to read that story again.

@Ellen - Just be glad you didn't gain more than 1lb. last year, though I know it's frustrating when you think you are doing all the right things. I, in my hibernation mode when Winter started, gained back the 4-5 lb. I'd lost last year. I had an appt. with my Cardiologist last week and was worried about what he'd say. He said "You are still in your weight range". He didn't seem concerned about it at all. That was a "relief" though now that It's Spring I'm getting myself motivated to lose those pounds again.

I'm making a different slow cooker beef stew recipe for dinner than I usually make. It smells so good but has 3 more hours to go!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful day.
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Good afternoon team. I’m having a colonoscopy tomorrow so I’ve been on a clear liquid diet all day. My stomach thinks my throats been cut.
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Last evening we and Don’s sister and her DH went to have dinner at the home of their childhood friends. Don and his sister grew up and went to the same schools as these 3 siblings and one of the husbands. Everything was going fine, until the DH (not mine!) dropped a platter full of roast beef and au jus, shattering it in a “million” pieces on the ceramic tile floor. Luckily, the wife had another platter full of chicken so we were “good to go”. But what a waste!!

ELLEN, Please tell your DH I’m very sorry to read that he had a bad night with his sciatica. I feel his pain. Hopefully, he’ll get a good sleep tonight to make up for last night.
Did you make the appointment for your knee replacement yet? If you already answered that question, please ignore it. Sometimes I think I’m repeating myself but I’m never sure.
Don’t worry about not losing any weight in 2014. You are already next to the smallest person on here, Serena being a few lbs less. At any rate – I think you look FANTASTIC!

YVONNE, I don’t know where I’d be without Tylenol, Advil, Aleve and Vicodin. I take one or the other every day and I’m STILL in pain.

CECILE, I can imagine that some days must just drag along. I’m lucky I can usually go outside and kill time working in the yard. But there are days when I just want them to be OVER, for no really good reason. You have a good reason for days like that. Hopefully, they’ll be less and less of them.
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IRENE, I admire you strength and fortitude in dealing with your life and M's problems. You're a role model for all of us.



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It is cold here this morning after a very warm Sunday. We actually turned on the AC last night because I am afraid to use the attic fan with my DH’s allergies. I woke up cold this morning and had to laugh. The AC was on 73, but it was 67 in the house. So that tells you that the AC was not needed. If fact, before showers I switched to heat.

My DH’s sciatica was bad last night and he said he did not go to sleep until 4 AM. He has been dozing all morning while I messed with bills and doing some work on our taxes. It is mid-afternoon and he is just now getting ready to hit the gym for a short work-out. I had planned to go to Wal-Mart this morning, but did not want to disturb his sleep getting out of the house. Now, I am afraid all the school kids will be there. But I may try a new one close to the post office since I need to go there anyway. Maybe they will not be as crowded. We may have rain tomorrow so I don’t want to put it off.

Yvonne – I really want rain tonight and tomorrow. We need more to start the spring vegetable seeds in our frames. What is it about this winter and spring that everything is going south and east?

Elise – I was looking at my diary this morning and I have lost ZERO weight in 2014. If fact, I have actually GAINED a pound!! Not the right way to go!! I need to take a long hard look at what I am eating!

Cecile – I thought of you this morning. I am not a Roman Catholic, but I read this article about Pope Francis where he said something to the effect that if a Christian does not care about the environment, they don’t care about God’s work. I am such a nature lover that these made me like and appreciate him even more. Are you able to attend church on Sundays?

Shirley – I hope you are enjoying your company! We miss your posts!

Serena – I hope today is a better day for you! If you ever follow my posts, you know I have similar days! I like your ghost cat. (Smile)

Bonnie – 45 degrees and wind is not any fun.

Must close and get out of here! My DH just now is leaving. We had three vehicle and a two car garage. He was parked behind my car.

Ellen

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CECILE, I love the Golden Girls, too. Besides the laughter their show always brings, I love to see their clothes. They all wore such beautiful clothes, especially the tall one (can't think of her name right now).

SERENA, you're right.... you don't have bad days very often. Hope your computer troubles get solved, and I enjoyed the way you talk about your animals. Especially as I don't have any right now... I love their personalities and their companionship. We're going to eventually get another animal (a DOG!!!), but there may be an Ireland trip this summer. It'll be nice to travel without worrying about an animal.

BONNIE, thank you so much for your recommended books by Cindy Brandner. Like you, I'm anxiously waiting for the fourth in that series. Meanwhile, I reading Spindrift which has back stories to the series. It's very interesting, too. I wonder if these short stories were the ones she wrote first; they're not quite as "fleshed out" as the books are.

SHIRLEY, I read "lemon cheese cake" on an empty stomach. Glad I didn't have any available to me, or it would have been gone.... FAST!!!
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IRENE, I had not read about that buried king, but I'll look it up when I finish this message. My heart goes out to you right now, and I'm impressed with your fighter's heart. I was with both my dad and my mother for 3 - 4 weeks before they died, and the rest of my life and responsibilities were suspended during the period of time. Alzheimer's would be much more heartbreaking. Please keep online with us so we can give you a place to vent.

SLIMMER, love the drippy blue cup (glass?) in your last post. Would make a great mini-vase for spring flowers.

GRACE, there is no doubt that sitting for long periods of time makes a person MORE sore and achy. Sometimes exercise does too.... but what you did in moving your body and doing yard work, while tiring, definitely makes MY body feel better the next day. I'm amazed at how pain free I am, with no medication. I do take glucosamine, but I'm afraid of pain medication.... it eventually is harmful.

Hope everyone is having a good day. We just had about 3 minutes of hard rain, and I got all excited... but there wasn't enough to do the grounds any good. Hope we get some more.

Yvonne

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Good morning ladies!!!!!!!!

Today I'm going to make a real effort to take walk(no matter how big or small). I really have to track better to get some of this weight off. I'm starting to get discouraged.

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Good morning team sisters.

Today was a boring day. Sundays usually are.

Val didn`t come home for supper. She went to her father`s house. I didn`t remind her about the supper before she left for work. She went to her father`s instead. Oh well, there will be other occasions.

I did watch a few episodes of the Golden Girls on YouTube. I did have a few giggles. They were very good actresses. Then I listened to Daniel O`Donnell and Mary Duff. They both are wonderful singers.

Now it`s off to bed.

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

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Elise - Summit for 4 years in late 60s-early 70s.

Shutting my computer down for the day. Have a good evening and restful sleep everyone.

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Good afternoon team sisters.

I don`t know if it`s cold or not as I have not been outside yet. Yesterday, it snowed all day. I was not a happy camper. It`s Spring already! Val had not noticed the white stuff when I mentioned it. She looked out and told me it looked as if it was melting. She should have had her glasses on. I went out to the recycle bin a while before and it was not melting but staying on the groud. It was wet snow but staying all the same.

Val is working this afternoon from 2:30 to 5:30. I am making supper for both of us today. I am looking forward to it hoping she eats with me and not in front of the computer.

Tomorrow she said she will be cleaning her bedroom and I shall do mine. I am anxious to see if she does it.

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My daughter and her SO left yesterday to return to Maryland. With the company and running around building this business and work and my neck and shoulder I have done nothing to feel good other then one very good hike on Wed. Zen is so disgusted with me that this morning he bolted up the hill with the deer. He absolutely ignored my commands. He came in and hid behind the bathtub and is now curled up on a chair ignoring me.
My shoulder and neck feel better today but I have no energy after being such a slug this past week. I don't want to drive up to the lodge even though I know I can hike into the back country in the morning and will feel better. I just want to get through the day at work, get to the feed store for dog food and stop for bananas. I feel whiney and I don't think anything Jamie cooks or does is going to make me happy. I don't get this way very often and I don't like being around people when I do get this way. And,the only one who wants to be around me today is Donovan, my ghost cat. Normally he is hiding from everyone but today he wants me to stay with him. He must sense I feel rotten.
To add to that, there is something weird going on with my computer. I think I am going to call the warrantee people and send it back. Good thing about the military replacement program, they give me back the money and I can just go buy a new one. My sister spilled cleaning fluid on it awhile ago and it has continued to work fine but not so much this week.
Ok. I am done whining. I am going to the feed store and on to work.
Hope all of you have a wonderful day today and the sun shines on you all.

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Good Afternoon, Team.

It's 45 degrees outside with full sun but also 5-10mph winds. I was going to go to the Farm today but I think I'll wait until tomorrow. It will be a little colder but there won't be much wind. Gusts today could get up to 20mph. I'm not a fan of wind.

@Allie - I'm glad you are available to comfort your grandsons. My sister & her husband separated several years ago and my sister kept saying that it wasn't affecting my niece and nephew at all. I think she was in denial. They said some nasty things to her and she would just laugh. Family upheavals have to affect the children at some point. It may not be noticeable at first but could turn up later in their life.

@Grace - I'm glad you know your limits and keep "pushing". I can feel my motivation coming back after the "winter funk" I was in.

@Shirley - Enjoy your company.

Everyone - Have a wonderful day.
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Shirley-Where did you live in NJ?

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Happy Sunday Everyone -

I started a post yesterday, but the family started getting up so I didn't finish it. I will try to finish this one - smile. We went out to the store after breakfast to pick up a few things, and then my daughter spent the entire afternoon making two Lasagnas and a Lemon Cheese cake. Now this cake isn't a cheesecake as you might guess, but a yellow cake, with a cooked lemon icing. This was my husband's grandmother's recipe and his favorite. It is incredibly good. My son and his family joined us for dinner and to celebrate my husband's 80th birthday. Although I did nothing, it was a fun but very tiring day.

Elise - so sorry that you are still having to endure snow. When we lived in NJ, we went into church with spring-like temps, and came out to 3" if not more snow on the ground. This was early April. Let's hope this snowfall is the last for you.

Grace - thank you. I am enjoying my girls very much, plus my 2.5 year old great grandson - smile.

Sorry I'm not responding to everyone. Family is up, so I must go and pull breakfast together. I hope everyone is doing well, and will have a very nice day today.

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Good morning ladies!!!!!!!!!!

Today it's going to be cold so I'm staying in & trying to keep busy. It's been a terrible winter & I can't wait for the warmer temps.

Have a great day!!!!!!!!!

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Hello on Sunday morning, its good to know I am not alone in wondering for how much longer I can do a thing. I am not a quitter,I intend going down fighting , but have to accept I can't now do all I want to do. We all have priorities which must be dealt with, my life has changed since Maurice changed through Alzheimers, at times it's like guiding a child through their daily actuvites. I have mobility problems but if I alternate must be done tasks with sitting down things I can cope.
After all the excitement of the eclipse here it's now the burial and many events around king Richard 111 . Found under a car park after 500 years, you may have heard ot it.
Leicester said as Lester, is not far from here, we will watch it all on .tv. Have a good day, Irene

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Hola.. almost midnight... watched The Fugitive... always a good movie!

Grace... any of these are classes are not electives.. ONLY art students can take them and these are all required for either a BA in Studio Art or a BS in Art Market or BA in teaching for Art.

..no .. many think oh I will only do so much and still end up with a B... and actually the saying is it only takes a ..D.. to pass .. but some have to have a C.. to do other classes... so they let some classes go

actually I sure am glad I never went to school and take 5 or maybe 6 classes like these kids... to do the classes right .. the art classes they tell you you should spend minimum 6 hours for every day of class extra than what is done in class... and these kids take 5 classes and 3 are studio.. which means 14 hrs per subject or like 42 hours possible more a week in doing the art.. on top of other homework and most have jobs.. and if a holiday they take off.. bottom line I have met very few that ever put in the time to do their art work like they are supposed to..

...they are not suppose to sign up for the class if they can't do the time... a few teachers are tough and Mean What They Say... and word gets around .. that they know they have to do the work to make the grade... that is why I told this teacher to get even tougher.. she already is but she asks a lot to be done.. and it don't happen unless one puts in the time. She treats her class like a real college course should be.. my art history teacher was the same and she gave no exceptions

It would be interesting to see where these kids are in 5 10 or 15 years down the line... to see what their education got them

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Good evening team, I took a 50 minute walk this morning and then worked in the yard for a long time. I had to keep taking breaks because it’s so hot. I decided it would be a good idea to clean along our back property line. The house behind us has been vacant for years so there’s an 8 foot by 100 foot of “no man’s land” between that house’s fence and their property line. At any rate I got a lot of exercise, raking up their mess and the best part is it didn’t hurt my back or hip.
I swear, I feel a lot better when I DON’T sit on the couch all day.

SLIMMER, Do you think the reason some of the other students in your class don’t take the ceramics or other art classes very seriously is because those classes are electives that they really don’t need to graduate and they’re spending their time working on subjects that are a higher priority to them?

SERENA, I don’t know how you handle such a stressful job. I’m amazed and impressed. It’s good that you realize how you deal with the stress so you can get treated for it immediately.

ELISE, I’m glad you’re feeling better and hope you continue to do so.

CECILE, That’s great that you have Claire to turn to when you need advice about your diabetes. Google can be a big help with that as well.

ALLIE, I’m sorry that your GSs are having problems because of their parents divorce. I hope they remember to “love their children more than they dislike each other” as Judge Judy used to say. Right now, you are your GS’s “rock”, the one person they know they can depend on and turn to when they need to.
Good luck with your new furnace. I’m glad your son is “on board” for your to help you make your decisions about this huge purchases.

ELLEN, I get “error messages” and my computer locks up for a few seconds and then it’s OK. The message usually says something about “Shockwaves has stopped working” (or something like that).

SHIRLEY is having a good time with her girls.

Well, I guess I’m through posting. My back and hip are starting to hurt, so I’ll say Good night.

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HOLA! 75 and grey out

... I spent 12 noon to 5 pm in the ceramics room... only me nobody else came in... like when do they think they will get all this stuff done??? Not My problem...

I made 2 large plates 1 small plate.. 2 very nice cylinders and one my own design hand done dinner ware large plat... a rectangle with a divider bump in the middle and 1" sides .. like a suchi plate? ...

one of my mugs got an S crack in the bottom.. The teacher was there for a bit and she said to put a darker glaze in there and refire it...

actually if all this stuff works... I don't have to make anything else!!!!!!!... just glaze it and I am finished.

I brought more things home to photograph... some look sooooo good...

I don't have a clue how some of these girls .. some have like 18 things to go.. and dawwww they think they will come out fine the first try... hmmm

The teacher could not comment but she said the grades she gave for the Bowls were not good.. I got a 93... and I had 8 done!!!.. some had only 1... can't imagine what the others got...

I told her to just get tough and word will get out.. that students REALLY have to do the work and put in the time... and these girls... well their grades should reflect what they have not done.

ad to anything else... I can't even think right now... my back is turning to mush...

...I got ta lay downnnnnnnnnn...

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Whistler is getting snow now finally also. It may mean I get to use my ski pass!!
Grace, I got to do all those things in January. It's so much fun!! NOT!

The ER has been overflowing all week and the stress level with the active psychotics in the same space as children has the doctors very frustrated. They in turn take it out on the social workers and my shoulder is back in spasms again. I am negotiating the change but apparently not soon enough. This morning I ended up in the hospitalist's office on the med surg floor with one of the docs trying to manipulate the muscles to take off the pressure of what appears to be becoming a bulging disc from the tension in my neck. I was up most of the night in tears and had to cancel my hiking this morning. I was fine after physical therapy yesterday afternoon but left work early as it started to tighten up. Obviously I hold all stress in my neck and upper back.
Have to do some admits now. I am hoping for a workable day today without brining in extra docs. We have 13 beds and we had 25 patients yesterday with folding chairs in the halls.

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Good morning ladies!!!!!!

I think we got about 3-5" of snow(that's enough-I hope that's the end of it)!!!!!!!! Today I feel a little better so I just going to do a few chores around the house.

Have a great day!!!!!!

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Good morning team sisters.

So far so good. I got on the scale this morning and found out that I have lost 4 pounds since last Friday. I was very happy about that.

They say Spring started today. It is very cold still. Isn`t Spring supposed to be warmer?

I am following a food plan that I`ve had for a while. It is very good for diabetics. Val went to a store called Bulk Barn. They sell everything in bulk. She bought me four kinds of sugarless hard candies. She know that I put one in my mouth whenever I feel like a want to smoke. It does do the trick. This year in July will be 3 years since I quit.

Val`s father`s girlfriend`s mother is a diabetic. Claire gave Val a lot of advice on how to help me. I always have the internet to look for information. I have another appointment next month with the nurse and she said we will be talking nutrition.

Yesterday, Val told me that she was doing laundry on her day off on Monday. I decided to wash today. After I put the second load in the washer I decided to soak the dirty dishes while I had lunch. The more water that came out of the hot water tap the colder it got. The water heater was on the fritz. I called for service and the technician was here within a half an hour. It took him about 45 minutes but now is working like a charm. I did get a lot of exercises going up and down the stairs. I was tired tonight but was happy the laundry was done.

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

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Good afternoon team.
I am sitting here with my grandsons watching Jake and The Neverland Pirates. I had the 8 year old with me all day. I guess he acted up at school and they told his Mother he needed to stay home today. He has been having problems with the breakup of his Mom and Dad, so I try to take the boys as often as I can. I picked up the 4 year old from school this afternoon. Both of the boys will stay with me tonight and tomorrow night.

I didn't have heat from last Thursday until this Wed. I don't want to go through that again. I had several prices on the new boiler and I am going to have my son look the proposals over and let me know what he thinks I should do. One of the plumbers started my boiler right up. He is used to working on older boilers.

We had snow all day and the roads are a little slick.

I bought a decorating kit for Easter. I know it is too soon to celebrate Easter but I still might color and decorate some eggs with the boys anyway. The boys and I enjoy celebrating Easter and we always have a Easter egg hunt.

I hope everyone has a good weekend.

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I have been having problems with the Spark People site crashing on me, so that is why I am not posting as much as usual.

First day of spring! We are having beautiful weather after having some steady, light rain on Wednesday afternoon, night and yesterday. As much as I loved the rain, I wish it had picked another day since my granddaughter was driving 90 miles by herself to meet us at a restaurant. We had a wonderful visit and she told us all about the college classes she is taking. But she made it fine both directions, so it was good.

Shirley - I echo others and I hope you enjoy your company!
Cecile – I am so sorry to hear about your diabetics, but Yvonne is right. Just follow the diet the doctor tells you to do and you will be able to control it.
Must close for night and have lunch!
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Good afternoon team! I taught my class this morning with no problem. I just had to be very careful not to hurt myself. I'm very "guarded" with my movements.

CECILE, I’m sorry that you have been diagnosed with diabetes. I know you’ll be doing everything you can to keep it under control. I had relatives that had it and some of them were very self destructive with their eating habits. Others were right on top of the situation all the time. Guess which group felt better ! I’m sure you’ll be alright because you’ll follow the “rules”.

IRENE, It’s so good to read that you’re getting to have days for yourself to go shopping or do what ever you feel like doing! What is M. doing at daycare and are you thinking of adding another day?

ELISE, Get well soon! I hope you don’t get much snow. CT is suppose to get about 4”.

SHIRLEY, Enjoy your company! I totally agree with what you told Irene about wishing you could have a great pain free sleep and be flexible and agile again. Every time I teach my class I feel like I won’t be able to do it much longer.

My life is just one thrill after another – In about a half an hour,I'm leaving to get a mammogram & bone density test. On Tuesday I go for a colonoscopy.

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Shirley-I hope you feel better real soon!!!!! We are getting snow now-they say we expect 3-5". It's enough already!!!!!!!!

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Good Morning, Team.

emoticon HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING emoticon

I say the above with some sarcasm as it has been snowing since last night. We have about
1 1/2" on the ground now but it is still coming down. Seems to be a very wet snow so hopefully it won't hang around too long.

DH & I took a walk around the Lake yesterday. DH is trying to build himself up after not having any exercise for awhile due to his shingles. He still is having pain off and on but he can manage to walk around the Lake- albeit slower than usual. I got him a cheap pedometer which he has been trying out. It's solar powered and I told him to put it in the sun. I see right now it is sitting in the windowsill "in the box". That won't do too much to power it up!!

@Slimmer - Thanks so much for the advice on making my pictures smaller so I can post them on here.

@Grace - Glad you chose "US". I have already made it pretty clear that I am going to give up my Membership Coordinator job next year. I don't know anyone in the club who would like to take it on so it may fall into the President's lap. I really do like the President, Joanne, as a person but she really is a "control freak".

@Cecile - Sorry to hear you are diagnosed as diabetic. There is so much information available now about how to eat correctly and take care of yourself with diabetes. I'm sure you'll do fine.

I hope everyone has a nice day and I hope Spring actually arrives here very soon.
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Cecile, my sympathies for your new diagnosis, but diabetes is fairly easy to control as long as you follow the rules. I've already shared with people here the new eating program I'm on that is very good for controlling glucose levels. The book is called "Trim Healthy Mama," and is expensive.... around $37. It's over 600 pages, but basically is a very good discussion of how your body uses fat and sugar for its energy. The basis of this program is eating protein and fat together, or protein and carbohydrates, but never fat and carbohydrates together (there go my scones!!)

My mother had diabetes in the last two years of her life, and did very well.

Also... more advice to everyone.... (don'tcha just love my bossiness?) A herb club friend once told me how to avoid colds. She took 2000 mg. of vitamin C a day and had just come back from a family reunion where she was the only one that didn't get sick. I haven't had a cold for at least two years on that regimen, though it may not work for everyone. I also take a lot of other immune building supplements. I take one table of 1000 mg. C in the morning, and at bedtime. I've read that even if your body doesn't use all the vit. C, there's a benefit to your urinary tract.

Yesterday, after 8 months of preparing and organizing my sewing room, purchasing a new machine cabinet then having to purchase a new chair too..... my brand new sewing machine had something wrong with it. You can imagine how frustrating that was. I first procrastinated at calling the dealership, picturing all kinds of bad things. The one year of free repairs wouldn't be covered by the local dealerships... it came from that specific store.

End of story... I called them finally and it took 2 seconds before my machine was up and running perfectly. Lesson: don't procrastinate, even when you expect bad news.

Yvonne

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Good Morning Everyone -

My daughter, granddaughter and great grandson should be here around 10 this morning. They aren't leaving until Tuesday. I think I will be able to stay in touch, but if I am absent you will know why.

Elise - I get something about once or twice a year - most years. It will hang on for a month to 6 weeks sometimes. I call it the "creeping crud" as it makes me feel absolutely awful. The first time I came down with it years back, I was working. I was the only one in the office during the week except Fridays when the staff came in. This illness went on for so long that I was sure I had mono. So I went to the doctor who checked me out, gave me a blood test, and told me that he could tell I was sick, but could find nothing wrong with me. After that I went to two other doctors years apart, each different, and they told me the same thing. One did tell me that I could have a slow acting virus. So I don't bother going any longer. I'm much better than I was, but still not feeling well. I do hope you will be feeling better soon. Thank goodness we don't have snow.

Irene - I understand how you feel. You tend to do much more than I do, plus are a caregiver, so I think you are doing well to do all you do. While talking to my son this week I told him that I often hear people say, "I sure wouldn't want to be so young again." Trust me, I have no problem with being 80+ years old, but.. to be able to have my youth back, where I slept well through the night, was fit, flexible and agile, could do anything I wanted to without physical limitations that would be wonderful. But you know, that's not going to happen - not in this world at least - so I do what I can and am most thankful I can still do that.

Cecile - thanks for the update. You seem to be doing well, and that's always good to hear.

Grace - that was good advice for Allie. In our male dominated society repair people (in particular) seem to think that men know more about what they are talking than women. People that will prey on old people and children are the scum of the earth, in my opinion. * I hate flying in stiff winds. Taking off and landing being the worse. Just glad you are back in Florida safely. * I like your advice to Bonnie. I have little tolerance any longer with hard to get along with people. I've made excuses for them all my life, and worked hard to win them over and please them, but no more. Maybe this is one of the main reasons I'm happier staying at home now days. Don't get me wrong, I'm still much too tolerant and forgiving of people's bad dispositions and downright rudeness. I really don't plan to stoop to their level. Case in point, I could have cheerfully slugged a few people in Walmart this week. I know I move slowly and how irritating that can be to people, so I try to stay out of people's way and say excuse me, thank you, etc. a Lot. - most of the time no one ever acknowledges it, and it is rare that anyone is Ever that courteous to me. And I so appreciate it when they are.

Serena - Slimmer answered you question well, but "add a link" is to connect us to a website. You copy the URL from the website, then click on the "add a link" button, and paste the URL into it. They have just recently added that "add an image" feature to our reply/message boxes. * Thank you for your explanation. No, you didn't confuse me at all. This explained well what you meant in your other post. Thanks too for explaining about Tiff. I thought I was understanding you right on her - smile.

Bonnie - so sorry to hear you are still having problems with the OPRC president. This has happened to me when doing church work from church members, as I was the leader in those cases. But the first and only garden club I ever belonged to it had a president like yours. She (I think) wanted to make a name for herself and our club in the national club with our little club that its members were young mothers more interested in socializing than competing in flower shows, etc., etc. I did my dead level best to help her quietly/behind the scenes, and whether she thought I was bad mouthing her or what she developed a major dislike for me and started some rumors that had no truth to them whatsoever. I had a good friend that let me know what was happening behind my back. I do know how people with a little authority can really abuse it when given a chance. It occurs to me that we are talking about two different kinds of things here, but the end result is the same.

Wishing everyone a good day -

Shirley

Shirley - St. Louis, MO

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13


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