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ELLEN, Thatís wonderful news about NO SURGERY! And youíre a very wise woman to keep the sling on just a little longer.
About getting help from the ďyoungstersĒ Ė When I look in the mirror Iím not seeing that old helpless lady that others must be seeing. Arenít mirrors magical?!

MARLENE, My caller ID will say ďunknownĒ when itís a telemarketer, but if the number doesnít look familiar I confirm that itís a telemarketer on the White Pages website. Every now and then itís a DR. office but usually not.
That is such a scary story about your nephewís wife. Thank God she survived her ordeal!
PLEASE be careful walking around in that heat with Barbara and Tom. I hope you can get into air conditioned buildings and sit down once in a while. Have a great trip!
I think the people who came to your Grandfatherís door were truly hungry and poor. But, most of the beggars now donít want food. They want money. Iíve even heard of them throwing food back at people because thatís not what they wanted. They canít buy their booze and drugs with a ham sandwich! I believe the people who really need help and are really hungry find their way to social service, food banks and soup kitchens. Every community has them.
Good luck on your procedure to remove the basal cell cancer from your arm. I have every confidence that youíll be just fine.

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Hi! I'm back. Peggy, your paintings are very good. I forget, is your medium oil or acrylic? I would like to try pastel buy they can be toxic and I'm not sure how the dust would affect my asthma and COPD.

Ellen, glad that your break is mending and you won't need surgery.

They tell me I have severe arthritis and a cyst in my right shoulder. Therefore I do exercises with fairly light dumbbells. I increase the repetitions every week or so. Yesterday I cleaned the bottom kitchen cupboard doors and I used my left arm. I looked pretty strange shutting around the floor ob my butt. Getting down and up was even stranger. emoticon

Allie, I know you will like the smart phone. It is so easy to take photos and you will catch on to texting. Sounds like Apple gave you a good price.

Now I must get some clothes packed. We want to leave fairly early.

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Yea! I had my third X-ray today and NO surgery! The bone is healing and I can take off my sling around my house. I will start physical therapy a week from Friday. I decided to be safe and wear the sling until Friday when it will be 3 weeks since the accident. I will need to continue wearing if I go somewhere.

Allie- that is wonderful news about the savings at the Apple Store. I may do the same thing when I am ready to upgrade. I have never used an apple PC. But a couple I know love theirs.

Marlene- I do the same thing when a call comes in that I don't recognize. I figure they can leave a message and I can call them right back. That was a good idea also about not answering the door. Be sure and drink a lot of water before and during your trip. This heat can get to us all.

Peggy- I love your paintings. I can't believe how well the fox and birds are done! That is not easy.

Grace- I got a good laugh out of your post. Even when my arm I not in a sling I am starting to notice how young people are so polite, open doors, etc. emoticon It is funny how I don't feel any older than 40 but that lady I the mirror does.

Shirley- I'm not sure why both my DH and I got free coffee either.

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Good Evening Team Sisters.

Our caller ID tells the name and number. Usually we can determine it is a nuisance call and simply ignore it. If I is important they should leave a voice message. When the door bell rings and we are not expecting anyone DH calls to ask who it is. If I am alone in the house I don't answer, but watch to see who walks away. If it is someone I know I usually open and apologize for taking so long to answer. emoticon

I too am very watchful when in parking lots. About thirty years ago my nephew's DW was kidnapped in a parking lot in broad daylight. She had just cashed her teacher's monthly pay. They made her get on the floor of the back seat. She was able to remove the cash from her purse and put it in her bra or panties. They drove several miles then had her get out of the car, remove her dress and they took off. She walked through a field to a farm house and the residents called the police and wrapped her in a sheet. She gave them the description of her car and the couple and they were found the next day. It was such a harrowing experience that she never talked about it. It was in the newspapers and my brother told us.

Some of my container plants are not holding up with the heat. We are driving down to Harper's Ferry, WV tomorrow with Barbara and Tom. I hope we hold up as it is to be just as hot and we will be walking around most of the time. I'm getting water bottles ready to take along.

We had a short but heavy storm Monday PM. We feel bad for Barbara and Tom, it has rained all around them but they haven't had any. The creek is very low and the fish (trout) are stressed. There are two or three wells that Tom can pump water into the creek, but even the wells may get low. The fish have been congregating near where the well water runs in.

Panhandlers: when I was a child I remember men coming to my grandparents asking for food. My grandfather would have them go to the kitchen door then prepare something for them, and they would eat sitting on the steps. This was not uncommon.

The biopsy report on the two skin samples came back. Both are basil cell cancer. The one
on my back the Dr. had removed entirely; however, the one on my upper arm must be removed surgically. That will be done Monday, Aug. 1. Don't know how many sutures there will be. Basil cell is not considered serious.

We were in the book store last week and I saw Jan Karon's latest Mitford book. The title is: "Rain or Shine". It is about Dooley's wedding. I forget the girl's name. I am reading two books right now so I didn't buy it. I am reading Anderson Cooper's book that he wrote with his mother Gloria Vanderbilt. She led a very complicated life. The other book is a true story about the experiences of a nurse who with her DH and two sons moved to an island north of Scotland. Very interesting.

I must go pack an overnight bag for us as we are staying over with Barbara and Tom until Friday evening. Weather permitting we are going Friday to Antetum Battlefield which is south west of us. Since moving so close to Gettysburg Tom has become very interested in the Civil War Battlefields.

Everyone take care in this heat.

Marlene


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Good evening team:

My son suggested i go over to the apple store and purchase my phone there. He was so right. It saved me $450.00 by buying the phone at Apple instead of through Sprint. I had the nicest people help me. The first one worked through his break for me. The second one said I can get free classes anytime I wish. I got a $5.00 gift card for free music too. I stopped at a store called 5 below and bought a case for my phone. I added an apple guarantee onto my phone purchase. I know it will give me peace of mind.

I am so thrilled with my new phone. I can't wait to start using it. I have never texted anyone so that should be a challenge at first.

I was in the apple store for 3 hours and it was air conditioned. I was in heaven. I have a apple computer my son gave me a few years ago. They said I can bring it in and they will fix it for free. I guess it doesn't get any better then this.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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Good afternoon team! Itís 92 degrees and the beat goes on. Itís supposed to be cooler next week.

PEGGY, I love your paintings. You did an excellent job.

SHIRLEY, The arm in the sling might make people more helpful. How ever, Iíve gotten to the point where I must look so decrepit that people get out of my way as if I need LOTS of room to maneuver the shopping cart or the parking the car. They are getting more patient and helpful and calling me names like ďyoung ladyĒ I know Ellen doesnít look decrepit so it must be the arm sling.
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Peggy - excellent job on the barn. The weathering couldn't be better. I like the Coyote too.

As for our pictures transferring sideways, you aren't the only one having this problem, and I got no help from the SP tech. He/she only said they had no way of righting/turning photos.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Ellen - your arm in a sling could definitely be cause for extra kindness, but not sure how the free coffee figures into this - smile. I sometimes think that when I am using my cane that it evokes some special treatment, but in general I'm not sure it makes any difference to anyone. * Discomfort in whatever form tends to make us turn to food - generally snack foods unfortunately. * As for not feeling comfortable driving at night - I think this happened for me about 10 years ago perhaps a little longer. The lights of oncoming cars are a problem, I can guide the car looking away from them, but that gets tricky. I also get anti reflective glare coating on my glasses, which is supposed to help, but I'm not sure it does.

Cecile - I remember you talking about Val wanting to study interior design. I hope that she does well.

Grace - Panhandlers and some being well to do - I spoke to this yesterday, but didn't share this. My mother said that there was a well known man that had been on this street corner for years, and every evening he'd disappear down this one alley. One day/night someone decided to follow him to see where he went. They were shocked to see him climb into a big expensive car like a Mercedes of Rolls-Royce and drive off. * We too don't answer any calls that we don't recognize. I've told places like the doctors offices, hearing office, etc. if they call from a number they haven't given me to be sure and leave a message because I won't answer the call. * My husband too becomes concerned if I'm not home when he thinks I should be. * As for muggings and abductions - like you I try to always be aware of my surroundings. I was that way when I did fitness walking, and I'm that way I guess most of the time. Come to think of it I guess I've always been this way, as a secretary I was always aware of what was going on and keeping up with it all. A friend, now deceased, was amazed when I complained one day that I wasn't as good at this as I once was. She said she'd never been able to do that. I told her that is why she could type 100 words a minute and I could only do 50 - smile.

Allie -you have had more than your fair share of health problems. It is good to hear that you are smart enough to get help when you need it.

Miller - I know we are talking about scam artists or pan handlers in the parking lots, but does it annoy you having organizations asking for donations at store entrances? It does me. * As for our team Challenge - it is set up in a way that you are only competing against yourself. Some years ago I started recognizing the people who did the most exercise or lost the most weight. This isn't meant to make anyone feel their efforts are any less worthwhile, but simply to encourage us to do the best we can. You will notice I seldom have any "additional" exercise recorded, where Grace and Serena usually have lots. Do I wish I could do more, I do, but it doesn't make me feel bad about myself because I can't or don't. We all do what we can. As Grace said, there are many months when most everyone gains, and at other times we all have good losses. Many find the Challenge a motivator whether they are among the top three or not. Please join us without feeling pressure. * You can find Blu Emu or Australian Dream in most any drug store or Walmart. Australian Dream comes with a money back guarantee if it doesn't work for you. * I hope all goes well with your MRI.

Peggy - we have caller ID on our cell phones, and we don't answer any calls that we don't recognize the caller. We too get quite a few scam calls, I've goofed up and answered calls I shouldn't have several times, but immediately hang-up. * I too look forward to seeing your new painting.

Make today a happy and healthy one -

Shirley

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Another day, but I did get out of the house. It may be a coincidence, but we were standing in line at the post office and a woman came out and took us to another counter and handled our purchase. Then at Panera bread we were given free coffee. Do you think my arm in a sling might be the reason for this kindness? emoticon

Grace - your response to Miller about the challenge is so true! I know I will really Not win in July!! But it reminds me to pick myself up each week and try harder. Darts! I have been so bad about nibbling this month!!

Allie- how back yard is totally black at night. My thoughts are bad people will be crazy to walk across it falling in mole holes and better yet stumbling into the creek.

Miller- I wish you the best on your MRI. Those are good to find out what is going on inside yourself.

Cecile - I took two semesters of interior design in my 20s. I learned so much in that class about history, color wheel, how to learn about quality. Val will love it.

Peggy- I hope you can get your PC working. I have had to post with my iPad every since my accident. It is painful to use my keyboard. Put have you tried rebooting? * I am looking forward to seeing your painting.

Shirley- I think I am 10 years younger than you, but I don't like to drive at night anymore.

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Good evening everyone!

Not much to talk about tonight. Val had a good day at work. Not many people shopping.

Shirley - Val is starting school on August the 29th. She will be taking a course in Interior Design. I know she will be good in that. She is really anxious to start.

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

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

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Good evening team! We had another hot day today.

ALLIE, I understand about not being able to work out when itís too hot. The AC hasnít been working at my gym for about 2 weeks. Yesterday, I made the mistake of shopping at Walmart before I went to the gym. I had to drag myself up the 51 steps of the gym and fizzled out after 30 minutes, when I usually last 90 minutes. My morning walk yesterday wasnít so great either, because I took a different route and it had a couple inclines on it. I cut that in half as well.

I feel bad for people who suffer from severe depression and canít find treatment that works. The only two times I had it was when I had post partum depression after my 3rd child. I was like a zombie for about a month before the cloud lifted. And another time when I was on the ďpillĒ there were a couple of weeks when I had the same zombie mood. I was feeling so low I was too numb to cry. I hope and pray that anyone on the team and their family members, who are going through this, can find relief in a timely manner! I wish I could send healing hugs to those affected.

About the ďpan handlersĒ in the store parking lots Ė There are professional pan-handlers who are gypsies (or travelers) They actually travel around the country, following the warm weather (like snowbirds emoticon ). Iíve read that some of them are very well off and own mansions in S.C. A couple of years ago, I saw pan handlers every time I went shopping, not by the stores, but standing on the street corners. I donít know what happened, but I donít see them anymore.

PEGGY, I had to chuckle about your ladder situation. The last time our neighbor asked to borrow our extension ladder I told him to keep it because I didnít want Don using it anymore. It was a couple of months before he found out it was ďmissingĒ and he got it back from the neighbor.
About scam calls Ė We get them every day but I never answer the phone if I donít recognize the number. Then I check out the number on the website called White Pages. If the same number calls me more than once, I block them.

MILLER, Please donít let your ďfear of failureĒ keep you from joining the Challenge. I ďfailĒ almost every month. This month, for example, Iíve put ON 4 lbs and there was one month where no one on the Challenge lost weight, but we keep plugging along, mostly because it helps to keep us ďaccountableĒ Youíll have good months and bad months but donít forget, youíll only be ďcompetingĒ with yourself.
About the pain ďcreamsĒ Ė I use Capzasin, Aspercreme, Ben Gay, Icy Hot (mostly store brand) and they all work for my knee problem. On Thursday, Iíll start my first of 3 weekly shots of Synvisc for my knee. This will be the 3rd time in 5 years that Iíve gotten these shots and they work for me. I had arthroscopic knee surgery about 7 years ago because of a torn meniscus. It worked for a couple of years before I started to have problems again. Maybe you should get a second opinion about the knee replacement so youíll be confident that you really need it.
About exercise and depression- Iíve read that exercise is helpful, but it must be hard to start if your feeling severely depressed. And I imagine thereís only so much you that exercise can do for someone and they will need more treatment.

SHIRLEY, I agree with you about having an AC in the house. I feel so fortunate to have one and feel bad for those who donít. I also feel the same as you do about having house guests. Iíd rather have family live close enough to visit for a few hours every couple of weeks, instead of staying for a week or 2. Itís so disruptive to have overnight guests. I donít mind as much when weíre in FL because we have 2 bathrooms down there but we only one here in CT.

CECILE, Iím glad you and Val had a good visit with Jess, even though you worry about her when sheís with you. Just let Val be responsible for Jess so you wonít have to get so stressed out by her visits.

ELLEN, Don is very protective of me as well. He wants me to call him when I leave one place and go to another. He doesnít like to have me shop at night but one of the worst ďmuggingsĒ we had in FL was when an RN was carjacked at a mall near us, by a car load of guys, driven 8 hours away, to GA, beaten and dumped in the Flint River. The good news is she did survive. But the point is - it happened in the middle of the day. I try to ďwatch my backĒ when ever Iím out. The only place I feel really safe is when Iím on the military base, shopping at their commissary and using their gym.

Well, Iíve been on here too long so Iíll say Goodnight now.

Grace


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Good late afternoon team:

I bought a spot light to put outside my shed. I wanted to buy a solar light but it wasn't bright enough. I bought a spot light that is led and it puts out 400 lumen's. I was told I can run an outdoor cord outside and I should wrap electrical tape around the plug and that should do it. My neighbor that lives behind me doesn't have any light in her back yard and it backs up to my yard. I will feel better with a good security light. I do have several strings of solar lights on the fence but they really don't give off much light.One of my neighbors had electricity run out to her back yard. I think that would be just too expensive.

It has cooled down a little bit today. I went to the pool and saw one of the employees from the Y. She said it is air conditioned at the Y and she has to wear a jacket. I am going to the Y tomorrow to see if it is cooler. The last time I was at the Y I felt it was too hot and it was difficult for me to do my workout.

I went to a Alanon meeting today and I enjoyed it very much.

I have had problems in the past with depression. I can tell you from personal experience that when I was depressed it was very difficult to pull myself out of it. I kept telling myself I should try harder but I knew deep down it just wasn't something I could control. With the help of my friends and therapy I was able to get past it. I know I don't want to get depressed like that again. It is a horrible feeling and I felt so helpless. I have tried medication/anti-depressants in the past but it didn't help in my case. I feel bad for anyone that is suffering from depression.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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emoticon Hello to everyone.


Allie, your pool activities all sound like so much fun. Iíll bet the children there loved floating on their rafts and watching a Christmas movie in July!! *Iíve had several people approach me in store parking lots asking for money. It was always in the daytime, but it still scared me. The first time I was caught off-guard and gave the person some money. The second time, I didnít. Their reasons always involved ďcar trouble.Ē Maybe Iím too suspicious, but I think it was a scam - they were targeting this one store on different weekends.


Peggy, thanks for your prayers for my daughter - they are much appreciated. It would be good if you could find someone to help out instead of climbing the ladders yourselves. I try not to climb ladders much anymore. I do have a step stool that I use to change light bulbs, but even on that, Iím not as steady as I used to be. I used to be able to paint the rooms in my house, but Iím going to have to hire someone for painting in the future - I just canít go up and down ladders anymore with these knees. *Thanks for the heads-up about the IRS scam.


Ellen, my daughter doesnít exercise much. Last fall, we joined the local wellness center and they had a gym and she exercised well. We should probably do that again now that she isnít working. She doesnít have a weight problem, but Iím sure exercise would help her depression as well as her overall health. The thing about depression is that itís hard to make yourself *do* anything at all, but sometimes if you force yourself, it can make a big difference.


Shirley, I should participate in the Challenge, but Iím afraid of failing - a poor excuse, I know. Maybe in September, when the weather is cooler and I can get out more, Iíll get up the nerve to participate. *I agree - it boggles my mind what insurance will and will not pay for. My husband was trying to get his mother her first walker ever and Medicare was so complicated regarding it, that we just bought it for her ourselves. I havenít tried Australian Dream or Blue Emu for my knee, but Iíll look online for them. Thanks for the recommendations.


Cecile, I hope you feel better soon. I never really have house guests anymore, but I know Iíd be nervous and tired if I did. And it sounds as though Jess has special needs, so of course that would be stressful. I think you have a very good helper in Val - she sounds like a great young woman. *My house needs some TLC, too.

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Iím off now to get an MRI of my knee (again). I had torn meniscus surgery on it last December. The doctor is saying I should probably get an knee replacement, but I dread the recovery and Iím not quite sure how much I trust them. They thought the December surgery would help, but it hasnít - itís just made everything worse.

I hope everyone has a good day and stays cool. emoticon

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Happy Tuesday

I am using my new laptop and not my desktop which has the faulty keyboard.

We have been getting scam calls from the "IRS". They what your SSN, etc. Yesterday I emailed a complaint to the Attorney General's Office. I hope they stop these people so no one believes that the IRS would ever call. I called them back just to see how crafty they are and the person sounded like he was from Nigeria. So don't be fooled by these idiots.

I finished my coyote picture. Will post it and the barn.

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Good Morning Ladies -

I spent most of my day yesterday doing laundry, but did manage, as you saw, to make the Challenge end of the month announcement. The weather has cooled here about 10-15 degrees, but the humidity is so high that it is still a bit miserable outside. I thank God once again for a nice house to live in and air conditioning.

Cecile - house guests are always hard on us, no matter if they do for themselves and help out as my family does now, or you are dealing with someone who is handicapped as Jess is. It doesn't mean we don't love them and enjoy their company, it is just as you said stressful. * You hadn't mentioned Val being in school again. I am so very happy to hear this. Our schools start here in about 3 weeks.

Peggy - thanks for checking in. I hope you get a new keyboard and your computer working soon. * I realize you are quite a bit younger than I am, But... doing anything in 106 degree heat is risky, and being on a ladder makes it even more so. It isn't easy to have to depend on others to do things we know we can do ourselves, but there comes a time when it is prudent to let go.

Ellen - what an amazing story about the 51 year old woman. She deserved the recognition Prevention gave her. I was and still am in awe of Rob Sweetgall who walked across America a couple times. * The Mitford Series has all the books listed in the front of each book. If you would like I will send you the list. Also I'll bet if you Google the Mitford Series or Jan Karon's books, they will give you that info too. As you most likely know she finished the series and then some years later, I think just a couple years ago she wrote another story about Father Tim. My daughter bought me the book for Christmas, but I haven't read it. * What a sad commentary about what has happened to our country that a couple of its citizens felt unsafe coming home. Some politicians want to send the message that our country has never been better or more safe. They must think the citizens of this country are complete idiots. Or maybe the question should be asked of them, "compared to what?" I apologize as I try to keep politics out of the dialogue here, but it so saddens me to hear of your stepson's fears or concerns. * Interesting what you wrote about giving to those asking for money. We had a speaker at my previous church one time who said something similar to what you are saying. He said (I'm paraphrasing here since it was too long ago to remember his exact words) that God would look on us with pleasure because we were doing the right thing trying to help the less fortunate. However, if those asking for help really didn't need it, He would deal with them accordingly. The Bible says, "judge not that we be not judged." That being said, I think God also wants us to use common sense too. I told this story before - a man, woman and child in a stroller were standing just outside two restaurants in our Walmart shopping center, with a sign asking for help. I pulled in Applebee's to buy our dinner, and asked the server if they had anything suitable for a toddler to eat, that I'd like to buy the family a meal and have them take it to them. I was told that the police had asked them not to give these people food, as there were food banks where they could get food and help. This one is a tough one to call. * Your advice about printing labels is a good one. I've done something similar to make sure I didn't waste a sheet of labels.

Allie - two things - number 1 I rarely go out at night. For one thing, while I can drive safely at night, my sight is such I no longer feel comfortable driving at night. It is as Grace said, bad things can happen in the daytime too - crooks are more brazen than they were at one time - I think we are far more safe doing our shopping during the day. I'm glad you alerted the store manager. This man who asked you for money may have truly been a bind financially, but there is no way to know that. I've heard stories of panhandlers that go all the way back to when my mother was a girl - people that made a good living preying on other people's generosity, and I've found no way to tell the scam artists from those who are genuinely in need. * Ladders - I stopped climbing them or step stools sometime within the past 10 years. I knew that I should quit, but kept pushing it, when my son made me make him a promise that I wouldn't climb them any longer.

Miller - medicine and science has come a long way over the years in knowing how to treat depression and other mental illnesses, but I agree they've got lots of room for improvement. * Insurance companies and what they will pay for and what they won't - My stepmother developed severe heart problems. After a hospital stay she found she needed a raised toilet seat since she was having such problems standing from a seated position. So I went to the drug store to get one. Medicare would pay for a bedside potty that cost $100. but not a raised seat that cost $25, Sometimes it boggles my mind what insurance will pay for and what it won't. * Have you tried either Australian Dream or Blu Emu for your knee? Both are a bit pricey, but I find them to do the job. My husband swears by the one for backs for his back problems.

Slimmer - I hope all is going well for you. I'm thinking you will be going back to school in just a few weeks.

Make today a healthy and happy one everyone -

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Good evening team sisters.

Today was a little bit better than yesterday. I am still tired. It is the stress. I love Jess to death but I am always afraid something will happen to hurt her. I should know better. Val looks after her so very well. Any hoo I will not forbid her to come because I so love having her. I just need to learn to relax.

It will be a while before she does come back. The girls were talking yesterday before Chantal arrived and that is when they talked about the return. Val is having a holiday from work next month. She plans on going to spend a few days with her other grandparents. Then school will start. Between going to school, studying and working part time, she is going to be a very busy gal.

I plan on doing a bit of stuff tomorrow. The house needs a lot of tlc at the moment.

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Good morning team:

I did hear back from the grocery store. The manager said they have in-house security and he and his employees feel very safe at the store. I told him this wasn't the first time I have been approached at the store. Both in the store and outside of the store.

I told him I will not be returning and I wished him and his employees a lot of luck. Times are getting hard and people are getting desperate. The manager said they moved the man from the premises. I hope I at least saved someone else from being approached.

At first I did think the man was in need but as I observed him further and the way he was acting, I now believe it was a scam. I am just lucky he didn't try to rob me.

I feel better having my say with the manager at the store and they can do what they want about it. I know I value my safety too much to risk it again, even if it is during the daytime or the evening.

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I am using an on screen keyboard. My keyboard has stopped working.

Art class today.

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We are into the last week of another Challenge - JULY 2016 Challenge. This Challenge will end on Sunday, July 31st. The AUGUST Challenge will begin on Monday August 1st and will end on Wednesday, August 31st! If you know you will be joining the August Challenge, or if you've been a Challenge member and don't plan to return in August 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 August 1st. Keep up with your exercise minutes beginning August 1st, and the following Monday 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. You might wish to say how you did weight-wise to keep yourself accountable, but I won't need your exact weight again until the last day of the Challenge Wednesday, August 31st.

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

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I woke up early this morning and decided to say "Good Morning"!

I read an interesting story in Prevention magazine this month of a 51 year old woman who had gained 70 pounds due to stress of her job. Her life was work and coming home snacking and watching TV every day. She decided to complete a teenage dream of walking the AT starting in Georgia to Maine. So she read all about it and worked up to hiking 13 miles in a day. The story about how it changed her thinking about stress was good.

I realized last night that I am missing a book in the Father Tim series. I really thought I had all of them except the newest one. So, I will check on Alibris to see if I get a used one.

Shirley - we get our thermostat on 74 also. It seems to be a good temperature for us both. * my stepson said they were almost afraid to return to the US with all the craziness going on.

Cecile- I was too tired to post last night also. I hope today is a better day for you.

Miller- I also hope that doctors will find a cure for depression in the future. Does your daughter exercise? Sometimes fresh air and exercise will release something in the brain that makes us happier.

Grace- my DH has a fit if I want to go out at night by myself. He insist on driving me unless it is in the neighborhood. Since my ex never cared, I love he is so protective. Of course, when I worked and traveled, he had to live with his worries. But you give good advice about IF we most shop at night by ourselves.

Allie- I would have been nervous also. Being in a strange part of town is always scary to me. . But I have an attitude that if I give money to others assuming they are in need, then it is their responsible to God to be honest, not me. Of course if I am certain it's a scam, then I don't want to contribute.

Yvonne- I am gaining weight from sitting and snacking. I wish I could knit but not a good idea. I can at least use my left hand a little but I am being very careful. Knitting is such a good stress reliever. Almost like meditation.

Slimmer- the hardest part of using labels in a printer is making sure you know which side of the paper to load. I usually load a used piece of paper and print first on it and then mark which way it needs to go.

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Good evening team sisters.

I`m too tired tonight to post. I shall do so tomorow!

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ALLIE, I'm glad you're ok. When I shop at night I try to park under a light and try to walk out when other family type groups are walking out as well. Although bad things can happen in broad day light, it's less likely. The store should discourage pan-handling if they don't want to lose more customers.


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Peggy... a clear label... In your printer you buy all types of labels to put through... usually you buy white labels with a sticky back...

a clear label is a pack of labels probably with a sticky back.. but they are just clear instead of white.

I bet you can buy them anywhere labels are sold. The ones she had were like 6" by 10" in size... maybe Google and see what sizes are out there...

I have never printed anything but paper in my printer.

Hope that helps.

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Good evening:

I just had a bit of a scare. I stopped at the grocery store and it isn't in the best section of town. A man approached me and asked me for money. He said he and his wife just had their car towed. I wasn't thinking straight and I gave him $3.00. When I got home I called the store manager and told her to be on the look out for him. I saw him asking other people for money as I was driving away.

The store used to have security and I noticed I didn't see any security. I talked to the manager and she told me they no longer have security. I told her I will no longer shop at their store. I contacted the grocery chain but I don't think they really care.

I don't know what I was thinking. I need to be more cautious in the future.

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Peggy: I am glad you realize you need to stay off of ladders. I know it is so tempting for me to climb ladders but luckily I have my handyman do those things for me.

I am still at the pool and now everyone is in the pool with their floats. Keeping with the Christmas theme the kids are going to watch a movie called Elf. Somehow they set it up at the end of the pool and the kids watch it while they are on their floats.

I hope everyone has a good evening. I hope you all can stay cool.

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Happy Sunday

My 13 year old grandson has poison ivy he got at Boy Scout Camp. I really feel for him. I'll share his picture on FB if anyone is interested in seeing his sad face.

Miller, I'm sorry to hear that your DD had to resign from her job. Hopefully this new treatment will work. I will keep her in my prayers.

Slimmer, what is a clear label?

Shirley, my bosses didn't like me either because I used my brain. There was one woman that didn't even know her alphabet.

Tom and I were pretty dumb today. The ceiling fan on the patio was not working properly so when he was done fixing it and had to put it back together, he needed my help. 106 outside and both of us are on 8' ladders putting it back together. I was standing on the second to top rung putting the screws back in. We really should start finding younger people to climb the ladders.

Will start cleaning again on Tuesday.

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Good afternoon team:

I am sitting at the swim club listening to Christmas music, believe it or not. They are having family day/Christmas in July. They have a moon bounce for the children and I am only sitting a few feet away from it.

The manager of the pool let me use her exercise mat. I wanted to do my floor exercises and I was able to do them outside. I walked in the parking lot and so I was able to get my walking in. I had to break the walk up because of the heat but I did it.

I hope everyone is having a good day and you all have a good evening.

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Hello everyone.

Ellen, I'm so glad you and your DH were able to go out with your step-son and his wife for a celebratory meal. I'm sure it felt great to get out and about after having to stay in. It's good that your shoulder did alright while you were out. *Thanks for thinking of my daughter.


Grace, thanks for your comments. Yes, it is a financial drain and it's a shame that insurance companies won't cover some of the alternative treatments, especially since my daughter has tried all the traditional medications and treatments with little to no success for many, many years. I believe someday scientists and researchers will really understand the brain chemistry behind depression and will truly be able to help people then. Thanks again.


Yvonne, you make an excellent point about eating vegetables. When I was growing up, we ate lots of veggies. In fact, particularly for summertime lunches, we ate only vegetables. I don't eat nearly enough of them now. Perhaps if I changed that, it would turn the tide for me, too. I don't do handcrafts much these days, although I used to do crewel embroidery and needlepoint. Now, I usually read or play little computer games in the evenings. Maybe I should take up needlepoint again. Thanks for the ideas!!


Shirley, yes, walking is a great stress reliever. I have lots of pain with my right knee, but sometimes it's not too bad and I'm able to walk. I did a seated strength training video yesterday. It was short, but it still made me feel physically better and more satisfied that I was doing something for my health. I also began tracking my food again yesterday. Thanks for thinking of my daughter.


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Happy Sunday Everyone -

Yvonne - Sam's in Wentzville has a gas station - across the street from the main building. Also if you have a Walmart credit card, you will find good prices at Murphy's gas station right next of the Walmart in Lake St. Louis. I mention this since these stations are much closer to you than Costco is. * Businesses - for many years now - haven't seem to want customer service people or secretaries to use their brains - they are to follow a script and that's it. I got in more trouble when working because I had a brain and wasn't afraid to use it, and sometimes that became a threat to my bosses. You would think such would be an attribute, wouldn't you? So long ago I became aware that in time robots or do-it-yourself stores would take over. Like you I don't like self-check lanes in stores. They mark up their products to include service, and so why do-it-myself. That is such a sad story about your library. * You are absolutely right - when your eating is well balanced - carbs, protein and good fat - not saturated - you limit sugar and starches, you/we won't find ourselves snacking so much, as our blood sugar stays where it should be. Also eating ever 4 hours or so is important too. Doing hand crafts while watching TV is good too to keep from wanting to snack. * I was surprised when some weather person made the point that July is traditionally the hottest month of St. Louis summers. And then it occurred to me that when I grew tomatoes and peppers, but mainly tomatoes that they yielded best the latter half of July because of the hot nights.

Ellen - I see that you too like Mexican food - smile. I'm glad you got to visit with your step-son and wife. I'll bet they have some very interesting stories to tell. * At one time I used to carefully check my receipts, but no longer, and I really should since I have been over charged or double charged on items in the past. With today's prices, I see how little I have in my cart and the large sum of money I paid and wonder if I wasn't overcharged.

Grace - we have our thermostat set at 74 and that keeps the house comfortable for me as long as I don't have lots of physical stuff to do. My husband would most likely like it (if I would agree) for ours to be set at 80. * I'm not surprised that the repairman told Bonnie that it would cost more to repair her TV than a new one would cost. As I said in my post yesterday, I think it was, this is what we have found too when it comes to any electrical appliance. Sad isn't it? I had a priest friend that referred to today's society as "the throw-away generation," and that was perhaps 20+ years ago, and things have gotten worse. Whether relationships or appliances, if it breaks or you don't like it any longer just throw it or them away and get a new one. A sad thing to acknowledge, isn't it? It is good that your son can repair TVs. My son-in-law seems to be able to repair most anything too, and my son does pretty good also, but he's not as good as his brother-in-law. * This thing of depression is so very sad. I will never know, but with what we know about depression now days it makes me wonder if it wasn't the source of many of my mother's so-called health problems. * Shopping is minimal for me any longer - groceries, and from time to time the drug store or pet store. You are right it was a smart move, as much as I hated doing it, stopping feeding the birds for a number of reasons.

Slimmer - at one time like you I always checked my grocery receipts, and like you I have found errors, but I don't do that any longer. What I was talking about was scanning my receipts to get back money from my purchases. I must form a habit of scanning those things when I come in from shopping. * As said earlier in this post, I don't use those "check yourself out" sections. I thought they were a good idea when they first started popping up, and I did give them a try, but I just don't like doing that. As frustrating as it is to stand in line with just a few items, I'd rather do that than do the scanning myself. And yes, I so agree with you -- we live in a time when far too many people think that laws are made for other people, and the only rights that should count for anything are their own. I have heard that theft is a big problem for all stores, and that is the reason they keep them so warm to force people not to wear coats or other clothing where they can hide merchandise.

Bonnie - your experience with your TV is the same as what we have had. We own two Samsung TVs and have been happy with both. My husband has a 30 something inch one in his office, and we have a 65" one in the living room, both flat screens. When we bought the big one, it was a hard call between it and a Sony. But after talking with the salesman about the pros and cons of both we decided on the Samsung and haven't been sorry. I had a Samsung small basement refrigerator that I hated, and never planned to buy anything from Samsung again, but this TV has changed that thinking. Although my husband and son are quite capable of hooking up everything to a TV, plus setting the settings properly, this time we hired the Geek Squad to do it, and my husband said it was worth every penny they charged.

Miller - I am so very sorry your daughter's depression is worsening and that she felt she had to quit her job. * I hope all went well with your husband and his mother. Finding handicapped spaces isn't always easy. * Congratulations on having a Log-In Streak with SP for 600+ days. Bonnie mentioned one day that she had 500 days, so I'm sure that has grown by now. For 10 years I've been on this site faithfully, but haven't always logged in so (of course) I haven't gotten credit for that time. I came within a few days of making it a year, but goofed up and forgot to sign-in, although I was on the site, and lost it. I've got almost 300 days now, and I'm so hoping to make it a year - smile. * Stress - the good kind or the bad kind can, and usually does, cause us to turn to food for relief. And, unfortunately, it is usually junk food not the healthy stuff. When the weather gets better try working in walks into your schedule. I find walks to be a great stress reliever.

Peggy - you've really been busy cleaning your house. I do so hope you will be finished soon.

Have a good day everyone -

Shirley

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GRACE, there used to be a saying about New Englanders being the epitome of thrift. Something about ďuse it up, wear it outÖ.Ē Iíll bet you know the one I'm talking about. Itís fantastic that your son has the knowledge to repair TVs and make sure others benefit. He takes after his mom with his helpful attitude! About gas costs, we have a Costco card and theyíre always the cheapest gas price around. In Texas, the Kroger had a gas station, and the discount depended on how much you spent on groceries there.

ELLEN, I hate the self check aisles, too. Every time Iíve gotten brave enough to use one, something has gone wrong. The most terrible switch, though, was when my library in Texas switched to 100% self checkout. I had a ďfriendĒ at the library that used to greet me by name, tell me all the books sheíd been finding about, and when they replaced her with a computer I felt like crying. I like to deal with people.

SLIMMER, I use overdrive too. My library, though small, gives wonderful service. Not only access to Overdrive, but theyíll go all over the country to find me a book I request. One came from Utah!

BONNIE, you live an idyllic life. To have a horse trail nearby, where you see deer AND Canadian geeseÖ. AND can walk to the farmer's market! Sounds like heaven to me. On poison ivy: we always had it in our yard in Texas, and wore appropriate clothing when weeding our sloping back yard. We always got a few small patches every summer, because we actually weeded it by hand (covered with a glove) Here the ivy leaves are bigger, and neither one of us has been affected by it, even though itís all over! On the other hand, I didnít get bitten by the Texas mosquitoes. I would hear them buzzing my ear, but for some reason I seemed immune. HereÖ. Every time I work outside, I get bitten.

MILLER, I used to say that I eat when Iím happy, eat when Iím sad, eat when Iím around people, and eat when Iím lonely. LOL! Itís not so bad any more, and I think eating enough vegetables has turned the tide for me. If I avoid desserts and eat balanced meals, I donít crave food so much. It has also helped me to knit in the evenings when I watch TV. I rarely want to snack any more. Do you have any handcrafts you like to do? I know this is a common suggestion, but it really works. And Iím envious of your Spark streak. My longest is 212 days, then Iíll go on a vacation or be gone from home all day and have to start all over again. I think my current streak is only 10 days, because last Wednesday I simply forgot.

SHIRLEY, Iím so glad you mentioned that St. Louisís July is usually hotter than August. Iíve been thinking that with July so hot, what will August do! So Iím hoping that it will be a little cooler at least the last half of the month. August in Texas was definitely hotter. We once had 19 straight days of over 100 degree weatherÖ. And itís almost as humid there as it is here. I sometimes would take a walk at 10 p.m., and Iíd come home dripping wet.

Now to bed.... my major goal right now.

Yvonne


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MILLER, You not only have the emotional drain of your DD's illness but you also have the financial drain as well. I hope she finds something that works for her that's covered by insurance and doesn't break the bank!
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ELLEN, I'm glad that you got to visit with your grandson and his wife. I know you said, earlier in the week, that Don wasn't feeling up to having company, so I'm glad he's feeling better.

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I had a wonderful Saturday. My step-son from China and his wife dropped by and then invited us out for lunch for our birthday/father/mother day present. My DH selected our favorite Mexican restaurant. We had a wonderful visit. I did well with my shoulder.

Miller- I so hope your daughter will find the help she needs to help her with depression and also hope the insurance will cover it.

Grace - I have not started physical therapy. I don't imagine that will start until the bones have healed. He mentioned about 4 to 6 weeks. * I also hope that your GD will benefit from this new treatment. I tend to be optimistic and happy and find it so sad that chemical imbalances in the brain can cause deep depression in others. * I hope the Synvisc shots work for you. They have really helped my sister but my oldest sister and I were not helped.

Slimmer- I hate self checkout. I feel intimated by whole process, plus I like talking to the cashiers. emoticon I know you were talking about something else but my DH checks his recept before he leaves a store to be sure he was not overcharged or undercharged. He really likes honesty which is one reason I was attracted to him.

Bonnie- my DH says if our tv goes out our next one will be internet ready. Hopefully this one will last a long time. * I hope this heat wave breaks soon for everyone.

Peggy- when my son was small, his little face would swell when people would burn poison ivy leaves near his school. I would have to rush him to the doctor for a shot.

Shirley- I certainly can see why you were tapped by your old classmate!! That would have terrified me to pull that off.

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Grace, thank you so much. You're so kind to think of my daughter and me. My daughter is going to get one more ketamine infusion for her depression, just to make sure we've given it a good try, but I don't think it will help, as it hasn't so far. The infusions are $450 each and we don't expect our health insurance will cover any of it.

I've heard great things about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation so I hope your GD will get good results from it. One of the leaders of the Dealing with Depression team had TMS with wonderful results. TMS is the next thing we will try for our daughter. I believe the insurance company might pay a portion of it, as it's been FDA approved.

Severe depression in a family member truly affects the entire family, so I wish all the very, very best for your dear GD and your whole family.
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HAPPY BELATED ANNIVERSARY TO DIANNE! I hope you have many more years of wedded bliss!

Our AC is set for 80 degrees and hasnít turned off all afternoon. We had a high of 94 today. I set my alarm for 6:30 this morning so I could go for my walk before it got too hot. When I woke up it was already 74 degrees. Luckily most of the walk is in the shade IF I get out early enough, which I did.

BONNIE, Iím not surprised that you were told the TV would cost more to fix than replace. What keeps our economy going strong is importing products that canít be repaired and have a built-in obsolescence. Our son goes around picking up big flat screen TVs that people put out for the garbage man and finds that thereís very little wrong with them. These people have been told that the TVs werenít worth fixing and then were sold a new one. He found out that most of the time all they needed was a fuse replaced. Weíve got 2 of these TVs right now and they work perfectly. So heís been keeping friends and relatives supplied with these TV that didnít cost him anything. People like us are very bad for the economy. Don got our range off the side of the road. The people who threw it away said it was the wrong color. Weíve been using it for at least 5 years.
I hope Mystery is handling this heat wave ok. He must love getting hosed off.

MILLER, Iím sorry your DD had to quit her job because of her depression. I hope she can collect unemployment checks while she tries to get better. My GD was supposed to go back in the hospital for severe depression, but instead she is getting TMS shock therapy. She had a different kind of shock therapy last year (ECT) but I guess it didnít work. Hopefully the TMS will.

SLIMMER, I donít have a Walmart credit card but the best thing about it is gas is 5 cents cheaper per gal if you use their card. I donít like having a bunch of cards and only have 2 credit union cards and no debit card or ATM card. In FL, I always buy my gas with a Walmart gift card, so I save 3 cents, which is better than nothing. As for Home Depot and Lowes, we always get the 10% military discount so weíre all set there.

ELLEN, Is your shoulder starting to feel better every day and how is your therapy going? As I said on the W.L. chat, I keep putting mine off. I just hate being committed to 2-3 appointments every week, so I guess my shoulder isnít hurting bad enough. I am getting another round of Synvisc shots in my knee, starting next Thursday. Iíll have to get one shot per week for 3 weeks.
About poison ivy Ė Iím allergic to it but Don isnít, so when I find any in the yard, I ďflagĒ it and Don pulls it out.

CECILE, Have a great time with your girls! I understand about the different tastes in movies between different generations. When we visit our kids or grands for a few days, they put on TV shows and movies that we canít stand.

SHIRLEY, I hope you can stay IN THE HOUSE until this heat wave blows over! Itís miserable out there, not a good time for you to be doing any kind of shopping. Itís a good thing you donít have to go out to feed birds. Thatís one thing you donít have to worry about anymore.

Iím sorry I didnít respond to everybody. I get so far behind that thereís no way to catch up so I just move on.
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Hola storms are over sun outtttttt... heat index feels like no more than 95 so not bad here

Shirley ...you will have to make a habit.. as I did.. as always I always check if items are rung up right.. many times not!

Then when I get home I toss the receipt on the counter then walk it eventually to my desk computer and plug it in.. Just like I pay allllll bills as soon as they come out of the mailbox.

As if Aug 1 price matching is gone from Walmart!!!!!!!! BUT they are keeping the Matching online!!!!!!!!

I used the check your self out place at Walmart.. I don't like them but need to get used to using them.. checkout lines rarely open now.

I saw a lady I ..believe.. stole a bottle of wine .. she was done checking out and as leaving took a bottle of wine from behind her purse.. walked about 10-15 ft away and Then put it in a plastic bag with other items... why do that when she could have put it in a bag right when she rung it up.. I think she stole it.

the lady at Walmart that helps had to help me weigh tomatoes .. I asked if people stole much and she said ..yes.. they wait until she is busy and just don't scan things...

I think it is terrible how People of any kind just won't abide by the Rules and Laws

Just saw where the Prime Minister of Hungry said Trump is more to the liking of how things should be run to correct problems of his country etc... How nice to see someone up high.. say something positive for a change.. without the news (so far) running it down.

Peggy... ok.. very easy.. say take a page of old music.. and you want to TRANSFER that onto a page where you are going to do your are (take a page or piece doesn't matter)

Then you have to SCAN it onto a CLEAR label.. and you have to use an INK Jet printer.

Then on the paper or wood or anything you want to put this page.. you then put on a Dab of PUREX hand sanitizer.. (others have not worked it does) then take a brush and make sure that just a thin layer with not bubbles or lines of the sanitizer are on it.. just a thin layer everywhere..

Then take the label and don't pull it about and stick on!!! Just take the whole label out of the printer and now turn it over on the surface with the thin layer of sanitizer on it..

Now RUB IT hard... over ever bit so what is on the label will not Transfer the ink from the label to your surface... you can life a corner and see if it is transfer enough... when you think you have rubbed hard enough you take it off..

it is done!!!!! It will give it an old fashion or haunting look... real easy to do

Magazine pages are too slick to use but you could copy them and then start the process The teacher who is over the dept of art at that college said it is not copying so no problem in using it in your art.

You could copy family photos then go from there to use on scrapbooking or other family pages

Bon- Hope you really like your new TV!

..as to the deer pic.. it is from when this one deer keep watching me watch it.. I took a full deer pic of it.. and I have entered that pic in a fair.. actually it looks better here then when I had it blown up and copied.. it is fuzzy.. it was about 30-50 ft away but it is so cute when it keep wondering what I will do.. I just stay still...

My rabbit came right up to the cement and sat straight up looking in ..when he saw I had the repair man in the house.. it usually does not come that close maybe a few inches further back.

My kindle would not load my password from the library last night.. so I got a new password today and all is well.. the App. we all have to use is changing (of course) this summer.. so will have to download that I guess and log in again.. Overdrive .. is the name of the app.. you would use that one too... to get books videos and magazines from especially the library and other places too.. I have so much now just from the library I have not looked and downloaded from the other places

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Good Afternoon, Team,
The heat index for today and tomorrow is supposed to be 100-110. Yikes!! I spent a good deal of the morning watering my backyard garden. It is in 3 different areas. Also re-filled bird bath, refilled suet feeder and bird feeder. Plus I have a water dish for the cats outside which is mostly used by birds, squirrels and ďotherĒ critters.

On Weds. we finally found a TV repair shop and took in our TV. It didnít take them long to tell us that it would be way too expensive to fix. They had a SamSung which was brand new that they would give us a good deal on. Hesitantly, we decided to go ahead and buy it. Though we were told it was brand new--the box looked like it had been through a WAR. So far it has been working fine but WOW what a chore to get it hooked up. Gone are the days when you buy a TV, bring it home, plug it in and start watching!!!

Yesterday I had a farrier appointment for Mystery. We made it at 11AM to try to beat the heat but it was HOT. Afterwards I hosed Mystery off and took him for a walk in the woods. We saw the 2 sets of parents and 4 baby Canada Geese. I thought they had ďflownĒ long ago but they are back now. The babies are all grown up and you canít distinguish them from the adults. I tried to not scare them so they wouldnít go into the pond--which is now positively GREEN with algae--but they all went in in single file. The twin deer babies and their Mom ran in front of us as we entered the woods.

@Slimmer - Nice photo of the deer.

@Cecile - Iím glad Val and Jess are having a nice week-end together.

About poison ivy -- Iíve never been very allergic to it. My sister & I could be playing near it and she would get it but I wouldnít. As Iíve gotten older I have had bouts of it but it is never very bad and doesnít itch much. DH--on the other hand--is very allergic to it. Iíve tried to teach him what to look for but Iím not sure he paid much attention!! Iím sorry to hear of those of you who have had bad experiences with it. I know the smoke from burning it can be really bad.

I hope everyone is staying cool.
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Hi to everyone.

Debbie, I'm glad you enjoyed your anniversary. I love Mexican food, too.


Thirty-one counties here in North Carolina are under an advisory for Code Orange air quality. It's supposed to get in the mid-nineties with heat index readings in the upper 90's to 100. A friend on the NC team has cancelled her golf game due to the high temps today. I plan to stay indoors most of the day, but my husband has to be out and about to get his mother her weekly groceries and take her out to eat - that's their Saturday routine. I cautioned him that they should both stay well hydrated. She's almost 90 and has just begun to use a walker. I'm not sure she should be out in the heat at all, but hopefully he'll park in a handicapped space and get her in and out of places as quickly as possible.

My daughter resigned from her job on Friday due to her depression. I'm feeling sad about her future, but also trying to stay hopeful that even if the current treatment doesn't work, maybe the next one will.

I noticed this morning that I've got a SparkPeople log-in streak of almost 600 days. I'd like to get to 600. If only I had been able to use all those days to really get in better physical shape. I let life stressors affect my eating and even my exercise. Since my daughter's decline, I've gained 5 lbs. I simply MUST find other ways to cope with stress.



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Happy Saturday

I am so allergic to poison ivy that I think I am getting it by reading the posts. The first time I got it my mom had me in the playpen outside while she was gardening. She didn't know what the rash was but the pediatrician certainly did. Well, anyway, someone in the neighborhood was burning it and I got it from the air.

Still cleaning the upstairs. Have 2 bedrooms and half of the bathroom to finish. Next week I'll start the downstairs.

Slimmer, can you please reexplain the thing about transferring prints.

I have Overdrive on my iPad and enjoy reading the books on it from the library. No fees.

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emoticon emoticon HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DIANNE! emoticon emoticon

Good Morning Ladies -

Dianne - it you will give me your birthday and anniversary dates I will enter them into our Birthdays and Anniversary list you will find under the Miscellaneous heading on our Team Home Page. If yesterday was your special day I hope you enjoyed it to the fullest, and it sounds as though you did. We too like Mexican food as long as they don't make it too hot. I'm thinking it is my favorite ethnic food. * As for the weather - St. Louis has always had hot and humid summers, some worse than others. The same in reverse for our winters - sometimes lots of snow and ice, and other winters not so much. I manage so much better in cold temps than the hot temps, but at this point in my life - pretty as it is - I could definitely do without the snow and ice. * I have no earthly idea how many GB I use. I'm impressed that you know. We both use our smart phones and iPads a LOT.

Slimmer - I finally signed up to scan my receipts for a rebate at Walmart, but dumb me put my receipts in my pocket book and forget to scan them until it is too late. Yes, I'm trying to do better since I spend lots of money at that store. * I'm glad to hear that you finally got a repairman out to answer your questions about your new fridge. It sounds like you got a good one. As for "today's" refrigerators lasting 10 years - I've been told this by appliance repairmen for many years now, but my appliances have lasted twice plus that time. * You gave just one good example as to why I no longer watch CNN, and it at one time was my primary news source. * I love your picture of the deer. I so love those beautiful animals.

Ellen - we have friends that their older daughter was so allergic to poison ivy that she didn't even have to touch it to have a reaction to it. Just to come near it was enough

Cecile - I'm glad that things are going well with Jess' visit. I know how you've looked forward to this weekend. * I'm afraid I'm not a fan of most movies now days or the popular music of today. So you aren't alone in this.

Allie - I think you are going to very much enjoy your smart phone. As said I fought my husband about getting our first one, and now I'm not sure how I'd manage without it. My husband wants the 6S+, and I thought he'd upgraded, but he said no. We have just the 6. * I'm so sorry to hear you are battling poison ivy. Nasty stuff!

Yvonne - I've been known for my organization and ability to get things done since high school it seems. Years back when I got a long distance call from a classmate who is now a judge in Georgia. He wanted to put together a 30th class reunion, and he called me for my help because he said he remembered how organized I was - smile. I never realized anyone noticed -giggle. * I think listening to recorded books while you sew is an excellent idea. I have another friend that does this as she does her housework. When I read, I definitely savor what I read, and I'm sure it is the reason that I read so slowly. * We used to belong to bridge clubs and groups, and I belonged to a number of organizations plus had lots of friends - neighbors and otherwise - so back then I did lots of entertaining. I'm glad I experienced all of that as it was great fun, but you know what I don't miss it. I'm glad your daughter had your help, and I'm sure she really appreciated it. * What a lovely and interesting quilt. I wanted for a long time to get into quilting but never did. Handmade gifts are never wasted on me, as I truly treasure them.

Peggy - I hope you finished all your cleaning.

Have a good day and an enjoyable weekend,

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Good Morning All,

It's been crazy hot this week. The heat index has been 100-110 this week. One day it got to 110 heat index and temp was around 89-92. Today suppose to be humid again. All week humid. I miss walking outside. This has been a crazy humid summer. Never seen it so humid!! Last summer I walked almost everyday. Oh well. It will break soon.

We went to MOA for our Anniversary. We tried a new Mexican Restaurant there. It was pretty good. Not something I'd be running over there again for. So we got our walk in at the mall. We were going to go away for a couple days. We decided to stay home. It was a nice day together.

Allie, for buying a smart phone. That one sounds nice. Nice to have GPS. As far as the data amount, it depends on how much you'll be using the internet? Using GPS? Streaming music? If you don't plan on being on it much then that would be enough. I use mine a lot. Looking this and that up. I have apps on there I use so I average 3-5 GB a month. Hope that helps!



Have a great Saturday everyone!

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Hola...

Ellen.. what a fantastic title for a Book! ... True!

Allie... yikes on the poisen ivy.. I am going to have to google it.. I never I think have seen it but nothing in the yard ever bothered me like that
....I did have like 4 more bad spider bites... they are every where.. but they get me while I sleep!

Before I forget... I told you about the Lowe's credit card you get 5 percent off any and everything even if on sale.

Just found this out and not sure how it works but it doessssssssss exist

my friend bought a water heater... I was with her when she picked it out and paid for it.. she was in the day before talking to the guy who worked in the water heater area

The heater said it cost $358.00 he told her the day before he would sell it for $300.00
??????????? it wasn't on sale so ??????????

well she kept saying that he said he would take off $50.00 so finally he said all he could take off was $50.00 and they went back and forth and he took off $48.00

plus on Home Depot credit card she gets payments.. interest free (((so maybe they too give off a percentage if you don't ever make payments)))

I had no idea that one could haggle over shelf prices!!!!!!!!! The man said he can do only $50 off items.. WHO KNEW.. that sales associates could lower the price and make a Deal

So next time you are shopping.. at least I have learned it does not hurt to ask and don't take No the first time either.

ALSO... Walmart... if you get a credit card there.. Your 1st purchase as you sign up.. EVERYTHING is 10 percent off THEN credit card there after is 3 percent off all purchases!!!

so...if you don't have a card now.. wait until you have a big purchase and also make it a Stocking Up on things day to get the value of the 10 percent...

ALL these things add up and evidently this is the way things are going to go... if we don't use all these Extra things with the ability to save on the price.. then we are going to just pay more

Even CVS I buy little there.. but finally I signed up for just getting lower prices... I never have my info but all I give is my phone number and I never pay the original price...

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A nice day. My DH woke me up with a cup of coffee and said he was headed out to buy gas for the riding lawn mower so he could finish mowing early. The yard looks so nice. My oldest sister called and my grandson. Family is great!

Cecile - sounds like you will have a special weekend. Enjoy!

Allie- poison ivy! Ouch! I became so allergic it to it in early 2000 so I avoid it like crazy. My DH said he saw some along the stream and for me to cautious. He plans to use brush killer on it. * you will enjoy having a smart phone. I didn't think I wanted one and now I love it!!

Slimmer- love the photo of the deer. It looks like "Who me?" * your friend's friend needs to read the book"I could do anything if I knew wanted to Do".

Peggy- you have some work cut out for you cleaning a big house!! Our little cottage wears me out.

Yvonne- love the story of the quilt. I love the history of quilts.* I think I have all the Father Tim series and have already read three this week. I am trying to savor them this time and see the characters. I think Jan Karon shares wisdom about life's struggles we all have. *Thank you for thinking of me today.

Shirley- please, please be careful in this heat!!! Try to go out early if you must go out shopping.
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Good evening team sisters.

Things are going very well with my 2 girls. They went shopping at the Mall. Don`t girls like that? I was told that Jess is leaving Sunday afternoon. That gives us a lot of time together. They watched a movie tonight that was totally boring for me. They said it was a very good movie. I guess it`s the difference in age. Anyway they were happy with it. I read.

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

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Good evening team:
Thanks to all of you for your comments regarding what you have for a phone. I went to t-mobile, best buy and back to sprint and I think I found what I want.

I want to buy a Smartphone. It is an Apple 6splus. I only pay $30.00 per month for the plan I have now. My plan includes two gigabytes. Sprint seems to think that will be enough for me. I will have to pay $31.00 per month for the next two years to pay for my new phone. It has an incredible camera on and it even has GPS. The only question I have now will 2 gigabytes be enough.

I am battling poison ivy. Both of my arms are covered with poison ivy. I have been taking Benadryl and I am putting hydrocortisone on the poison ivy. I am very sensitive and I really want to scratch. It is only supposed to last about two weeks. I hope so.

We are supposed to have a bad heat wave this weekend. I don't know what I would do if I didn't belong to the swim club.

I hope everyone has a good evening. Hello to everyone.

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Hola... thunderstorms passing by... temp today feels hot but more like 80.. I can't complain about heat here.. but not going to hang around outside in this.

Well, today the refrigerator repair man came.. bottom line.. Yes .. ice makers make a Lot of noise.. that loud pop or hit.. is normal these days... I heard this from 2 repair men..

Then I finally had called because every hour it runs loud for 20 minutes.. I think that just started and is too loud..

He explained.. Whirlpool is good to run at level 4 ok.. all cool air comes from the freezer ..to the frig.. he took parts apart to show me how they worked.

he made the Fridged Frieda so she does not pull forward when I pull her.. and when that suction happens after being opened a few times in a row was to put a finger on the rubber and break the seal... good trick

He said most frigs today last about 10 years... and not to expect too much from them.. but he says most repairs on frigs are not bad at all... as frigs go.. I have a good frig.

He was really nice... but I told him he can't be found on the Internet.. which he needs to look into.. and told him Whirlpool when I called today did not know he was coming out to my house .. which he also will check into.

That was a good experience... (talking with Whirlpool.. not so much)

Finished listening to Tar Baby.. started good but the story took a turn that was uninteresting. Now reading book on stories of all the old Gods. Oh, listening to books I can do my cleaning etc and it does not seem like it is taking so long.. listening is good! Anyone with a device can download Overview.. a free app... and then you can borrow for free from your local library very easy. My library has like 12,000 books available and it is always being added to.

Yesterday went to Quinlin Art Center for GA Art meeting.. good demo on how to put anything you see in print photos etc... first copy to a clear label then with Purex hand sanitizer on a surface put the item and then just rub hard on the back it and transfers the image.. can't transfer magazine pictures but if you copied it onto printer paper you could... Works soooo easy!

Then the friend I made before went with me and then she brought a friend.. and that lady used to want to do art but changed her degree in college.. she doesn't know what she wants to do... neither seem to have any Goals of wanting to move in a direction???

Watched the Convention.. and I thought it was done very well.. many nice speeches. Aughhhhhh I just hated how CNN reacted just seconds after Trumps speech... two people just make horrible yelling reviews of ..their.. thoughts.. which I did not need to hear.. ABC right after were very polite and said pleasant comments and acted properly.. CNN is sooooooo soooo sooooooooo bad on how they ..report/Create ..news...

Terrible what is happening now in Munich... .. things are not going to get better.. there won't be enough news time to report all that is going to happen.

Oh.. I never told you I had a ..Stag.. in my back yard.. it had a small rack of antlers with fuzz all over them.. He kept looking toward me or the door.. I wonder if it is the deer.. that has been coming the past couple of years and would always look my way???? That was neat to see.

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SHIRLEY, your description of the Mitford books is very apt. I did recently listen to one of them on a CD, think I'll go to the library and find some more; love to read and sew at the same time! When you say you used to do mammoth cooking and entertaining... I knew that you would be like that. Logistics and organization are above my pay level. (smile)

Although we did go through a period of time when we had company for dinner every other Sunday, it was a very difficult struggle for me. Couldn't have done it without the husband I have. I so wish that I was more skilled, because I love having company, but organization is very difficult for me. I'm so impressed by my friends who have that skill (and most of my friends do.... I think that's why I choose them!). My daughter knew a month ago what and when she needed to do her tasks, and I'm glad I can just help her, without being the one in charge.

PEGGY, my granddaughter is 12, but will be 13 next month. She is naturally attracted to crafts, and is very good at them. The real fun of her being here was that she "got it" when I described the "why" of doing it a certain way. My husband also mentioned that when she helps him feed the birds, an activity she loves, he never has to tell her twice how to do something.

This camaraderie with our grandchildren is the reason we moved to Missouri. One of the other granddaughters says "we can do ANYTHING at G'ma and G'pa's." Not exactly true, but we're glad they feel that way. My husband has a harder time with them being around... he likes his privacy.

In regards to your unfinished quilt, you're in good company. Every quilter I know has unfinished projects, and a lot of quilters got started trying to finish a grandmother's unfinished project. There's tons of videos online where you can go for information. All you need now is batting and backing.... make them 4 inches bigger that the quilt, in both directions. Therefore you'll have a 2 inch border all around. Next is the "quilting" which is sewing the 3 layers together, either along each seam line, or in free motion quilting in an allover design (this way is harder). You can even get pearl cotton in about size 8, and just knot enough junctures through all layers to hold the quilt together. Start out with going to Missouri Star Quilting. My guess is they'll have a video for whatever you need to know. Quilting is fun and gives a great sense of satisfaction. Just don't stress about making it perfect, or having it done by a deadline (unless you're the type that has to have one).

ELLEN, I'm thinking of you today. Hope you're doing well.

Yvonne

P.S. More on quilting: it can be a fine way of giving a gift to someone, or to remember someone. I have a CQ piece (crazy quilting) that has my grandmother at 16 in its center, with the colors of the fabric colors that she typically wore. I love looking at her 16 year old face and remembering the 97 year old she was when she died. It'll go to my aunt soon... her youngest daughter.




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Happy Friday

Thanks everyone for the input. I am going to count my time cleaning. Have to get started doing the guest bedrooms and bathroom. We have 3 full baths.

Yvonne, how old was the granddaughter that you taught how to quilt? I started a quilt when we were in MI but she closed up shop so I never finished it. The top is done but it needs to be put together.

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Good Morning Everyone -

It is so Very Hot here! Yesterday was awful, and I Had to go grocery shopping. I was wet through and through by the time I got to the check out - yes rather embarrassing, and then by the time I got the car loaded I was about to expire. It was bad enough that my husband told me to go and sit down that he'd unload the car and put things away. By the time I sat under the fan for a few minutes and drank some water, I helped him put everything away. You know it is hot when we had to force our puppy out the door to go night potty. He would ask to go out when I got home, but when I'd open the door and he felt the air he wouldn't go out.

Yvonne - your day with your granddaughter sounded so nice. What great memories you made. If it makes you feel any better, I would have been like you about her sewing. I too am somewhat of a perfectionist. Far from perfect in anything, but it doesn't keep me from striving to do everything as perfect asI can. * Sorry to hear Jay isn't well. Problems with family or friends can really be upsetting. * I never did 3 parties in a row, But... I've done marathon cooking and cleaning for house guests, events, etc. Can't do that now, but I sure could back then. I know your daughter will appreciate your help. I know I always did when someone would notice I was running myself ragged, and would step in to help. You are a good and thoughtful mom, wife, and person in general. * When reading the Mitford Series by Jan Karon, I likened it to snuggling in a warm blanket on a cold winter's day. I so loved those books - the stories and the characters. I've got the entire series of books, and I think I have all of them on cassette tapes, but not sure about if have them all or not.

Ellen - it is so good to hear that you are taking it easy and giving your collar bone time to heal. * My parents didn't get our first TV until I was a sophomore in high school. I grew up listening to radio. It wasn't until after I married that I watched much TV at all. Today I probably watch too much. Your great aunt is right it is company. * It is said that July is the hottest month of the year for St. Louis. As said, I find the heat begins to break about mid-August here. It is still hot, but a far cry from the rest of the summer. Yes, we were in St. Louis in 1980. We moved back here from New Jersey in 1972, and here we've stayed - smile. One last thing about heat. The first house we bought 1963 I think it was, we felt we couldn't afford air conditioning so it was built without it. That summer one night it was 110 degrees in our living room at 10 o'clock. My husband called Sears the next day and had central air put in. St. Louis summers can be brutally hot in summer and the winters can be bitterly cold. I don't know about statistics, but nothing seems to have changed in the over 50 years we've lived here. Some fluctuations yes, but what we are seeing this year isn't abnormal from our perspective.

Peggy - Miller and Grace are correct when they say that housework is exercise, and it definitely is, but I don't think that is your question to me. For the Challenge we ask for the exercise minutes for "ADDITIONAL" exercise. That can be different for each of us. From your description of your cleaning that was additional exercise since you normally have cleaning people to clean your house. Jogging, walking, exercise videos or classes, swimming is pretty obvious that they are additional exercise. For some people house work is routine - exercise yes, but not "additional" exercise. The same with gardening. For me pulling weeds or cleaning the house, garage or basement would be additional exercise, since it isn't something I routinely do. Although I get quite a bit of walking when shopping or just walking from one end of the house to the other - my Fitbit registers anywhere between 2,000 and 5,000+ steps a day - the number is usually somewhere in the 3,000 range. For me that is routine, not additional exercise, and thus I don't record any exercise for The Challenge. We are all on our honor with how we report our exercise numbers, and I think everyone on this team is very honest about it, as you've exhibited by your question. So to answer your question, yes for you to count your house cleaning as additional exercise would be appropriate.

Bonnie - as Ellen was saying, we sometimes find it is makes more sense to replace a TV or other appliance than to have it repaired due to cost. I thought Best Buy's Geek Squad repaired all appliances like TVs and computers whether under warranty or not. I'm obviously mistaken. Finding repair people or workmen that we can trust isn't easy, and thus is one of the reasons some electrical work hasn't gotten done in this house.

Wishing everyone a good day -

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Checking in with you wonderful women.

My daughter brought her youngest daughter yesterday and left her. Granddaughter hand pieced a quilt while she was here. made from Minkee fabrics (think those squishy teddy bears you can't help hugging!) Samantha took big stitches which helped her finish fast. It was a 4 x 5 block quilt, each block 14" so it went up really fast. She's pretty pleased with herself. I chose not to criticize her stitches because I wanted this first experience to be all fun. Not sure that was the best plan, but I have to fight my perfectionist nature when it comes to sewing, and I was afraid of being too critical. It looks really nice, she loves it. I didn't take her back till 4:00 today, when she had to work.

It's my turn to have an ill husband.... I think he's mostly depressed and stressed out, because of some personal trials with friends of ours. He went to the doctor today and had some tests done. We'll find out tomorrow, I think.

Going to have a busy week next week.... daughter is having a bridal shower for her oldest, a graduation party for the next in line, and a birthday party for her oldest three... all born in August! Her daughter coined the weekend as a "Shiboozle Lollapulooza" ... three days of parties. She was cooking all day today to feed the guests she'll have in our house. Can you tell she's related to her father? She did the same for the 50th anniversary party for us last year, which wasn't as many days but was a lot more complicated. I'm worried about her taking care of herself. She's very well organized, thank goodness. This is the daughter that ran a half marathon last summer; she's in pretty good shape for hard work.

My main goal is to support her in her activities, and be a good companion to my husband. He'll go to the birthday party only, I think. We'll see next week.

ELLEN, I'm guessing your imposed rest is because of your injury.... hope you don't go too stir crazy. If your book was written by Jan Karon, I know that series, and loved it. A VERY good retreat from this crazy world. I do wonder what history will say about the election of 2016.

Our whole family is busy right now. My youngest son, his wife and their 5 year old are visiting our San Diego son. They went to Disneyland yesterday, have seen Legoland, and the Natural History Museum, and are flooding FaceBook with happy pictures. It's been fun knowing those place they're visiting. First time visit to Disneyland for our daughter in law, so she's having a ball too.

Got to get to bed; had a great night's sleep last night and want to do it again.

Take care of yourselves, and get just exactly the right amount of exercise for you.

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I have built myself a little nest on my sofa; books, magazines, my iPhone and my iPad. I am trying to keep myself from being terrible bored. Right now I am watching taped Tour de France in the French alps. Breathtaking scenery!

Bonnie- I'm glad you were able to find a TV repairman. I didn't know the existed anymore. Every time we tried to get something electronic repaired, the cost was much as a new one. *i grew up without a tv in the house but I think I would miss it if we did not have one. My great aunt use to say it kept her company.

Shirley- I probably confused everyone- the article was the entire world, not just here and it was so far this year compared to all previous years. I have always thought July was one of KC's hottest,driest month while in Texas I thought it was August there. Remember 1980- it seemed like we hit 100 degrees forever in east Texas. Were you in St Louis then?

Peggy- we bought a refrigerator two years ago and did not notice there was not a separate setting for the freezer plus no light in the freezer either. It is so easy to not focus on everything when you are shopping.


Hi to everyone else.

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I agree that it must count, as it's listed in the Fitness Tracker as "Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning." As for me, I don't count it when I load the dishwasher or washing machine, but I definitely count the minutes that I scrub the bathtub or run the vacuum, etc.
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PEGGY, Cleaning house is listed as a fitness activity so it must count.


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Happy Thursday

I have had a very busy week.

Shirley, I know that you have said there are no stupid questions but this is one. Can I count the hours I have spent cleaning house? My cleaning company is on vacation and she was going to have her son clean; however, he did it before and we were not impress. Thus I am doing it myself.

Refrigerators.....I would really miss my ice maker but I could live without one since this is my first one. It does freeze up once in a while and DH takes care of it.

Slimmer, our fridge is a Whirlpool and the recommended setting is 4 but we have the fridge set at 6 and the freezer set at 5 and it works fine with that.

Hello to all.

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Good Afternoon, Team,
The temps are getting hot again with humidity. The last couple days have been so nice. Oh well--it is SUMMER afterall.

DH looked on the computer for TV repair places and found 4 or 5. Yesterday we loaded the TV in the Jeep and went to find the places. DH didnít call ahead--which was a mistake. 3 of the 4 repair shops were now ďHOTELSĒ. Obviously very wrong information on the computer. We passed the Best Buy where we had bought the TV and went in to ask if they knew any repair places. NOPE! We donít have a warranty so they couldnít help us. Thanks, Best Buy!!! So, we gave up for the day--had lunch at Mission BBQ (because I was famished!!) and did a little shopping at Harris Teeter.

DH just called another place and YES--they are in business and gave him directions to their shop--not to far from us!!! So weíll be taking the TV shortly. DH was soooo happy and relieved. He really didnít want to have a tech come to the house--which would have been the next option.

I really didnít know what to do with myself last night without a TV!! I read through some old newspapers and went to bed early. I did wake up with more energy than usual so maybe there is something to say for that!!

@Allie - I donít use my phone very much but I have service with Consumer Cellular through AARP. They keep my phone updated and, though I have never checked with other cellular phone companies, the prices they charge seem to be reasonable. They have offices in Sears stores. Just a thought. I have a flip-phone but they have smartphones too.

Everyone--Have a wonderful day.
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Good Morning Everyone -

Ellen - interesting about your weather. I don't know what statistics would show here, but I definitely remember higher temps/hotter summers. * I think you are reading The Mitford Series, and I too loved those books/stories. I think I have all the books, read them and lent them out as well.

Cecile - I'm thinking I may have to go to the grocery today too. I could put it off, but think our son is dropping by tomorrow, and I try not to shop on the weekends, especially at Walmart, and that's where I need to go this time.

Allie - thank you. My day did go pretty well yesterday, and I hope your day went well too. * As said I would very much miss my ice maker. Yes, they can cause problems, but most of the time not. It is one of life's little conveniences that both my husband and I would very much miss. * Our cell phone service is now with AT&T. We were with Sprint for years. I can't remember what happened to make us change, but we did. We have iPhones that you can take pictures and videos with it, and we have very much enjoyed this. With children living in Texas which includes our 4 year old great grandson, being able to take pictures and receive them on our phones and iPad is something we very much enjoy. It makes it possible to watch our great grandson grow up, something that wouldn't be possible without it.

Slimmer - you are right about this year's elections. They have been the strangest and nastiest I've ever seen. * Yes, Whirlpool and other manufacturers use local people to do their servicing, but these people are certified to work on that particular brand, they aren't just general repairmen. If you had your manual for your fridge, it would give you an 800 number to call Whirlpool directly, and they would give you the number of a certified repairman in your area. It seems like when I've done this, that their customer service person took care of setting up the appointment for me. If and when you get someone to check out your fridge they will be able to answer all your questions about it.

Wishing for us all a very good day -

Shirley

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Another very hot day! I read in the newspaper about the last two months have been the hottest since they started keeping records in 1880. It went on to say the North Pole is melting faster than expected. I'm glad I probably want live more than 20 more years.

I spent the day reading a Father Tim book. True escape into a better world. Sitting around trying to be good is no fun.

Cecile- I hate disappointing others. I think as women we want to please others.

Bonnie- don't worry. I will certainly do the physical therapy! So glad to hear about Mystery.




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Good evening team sisters.

Today was a blah day for me. I don`t know what was wrong but I just was not motivated at all. I hope tomorrow I feel better. Anyway, I have the appointment in the morning and then Val and I need to do a grocery run. That is to get ready for Jess.

Chantal and Val were talking today. Val and Jess are going to the Mall for a shopping spree. Instead of calling the special bus, my daughter will be driving the girls there and pick them up after. Val had the good idea for Chantal to bring all of Jessi`s stuff for the weekend when she comes to pick up Val and then when they come back she will be leaving Jess here. My daughter appreciated the fact that she won`t have to make an extra trip.

I disappointed Val today. I had mentioned that I would make a macaroni salad but decided not to. I promised to make it for lunch tomorrow. This is the first time I`ve done something like that and I hope there will never be a repeat!

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Good afternoon team:

Marlene: I hope you are feeling a little better today. I had no idea they had an Irish Festival in Gettysburg. Maybe it will be better next year.

Shirley: I hope you are having a good day.

Bonnie: Good news that Mystery is feeling better and you had a good ride. I hope your DH was able to get your tv fixed.

Slimmer: I have a very old fridg and it makes all kinds of noises. It scared my grandson until I told him it is just old. I wouldn't know what to do with a new fridg. After hearing your problems if I ever get a new fridg. I certainly won't get a ice maker if I can help it.

I have been trying to buy a new phone through Sprint. I have been with them for 17 years and it seems they just don't want to give me any kind of a deal. I called my best friends daughter and she answered all my questions about cell phones. I am going to check out other companies too. I like the idea that I can get a nice camera with my cell phone. I want to be able to take pictures of my grandsons. I know I looked at phones before and changed my mind because of the cost. I am hoping maybe the companies have some better deals out there now.

Ellen: I hope you are having a better day and you aren't in too much pain.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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Shirley... yes just saw the Breaking Newssssssss... ..well I hope that ends all this talk. It was said that the lady who wrote the speech has worked for Trump for many years and I would think maybe that saved her more than maybe a new writer for him... CNN just said Trump ..hardly ever... fires anyone in his business.... but also hmmm still something a bit odd how exact words were used..

But.. actually I think because it caused all the fuss .. I feel it probably helped Trump rather than hurt him... and yes him not firing her looks good.. doesn't mean she will be used much in the future. Anyway this years elections are better than the soap operas.

I will say that I still am just in awe over how all the Trump kids act live speak etc etc etc... that does not happen by accident, but from learning from ones parents... the CNN news last night did have someone on that also commented that with Trump having 3 wives and 3 families of kids.. how everything about his family life works so well and how well everyone is working together...

I also don't hear people here in US and around the world that bad mouth him for the way he handles his work/deals...and for someone as big in business I would think other business men could be coming out of the woodwork from everywhere to put him down and that in all this campaigning time has not happen.. except the real estate school.. which if one wanted to pay 34 thousand dollars should have known they were buying the rights to using name ....just like I could pay to go to a well known art school. In this case I do think that judge went against him proving some point...

as to Lowes... when you buy an extended warranty.. you are using the Local Lowes area repair business.. because Whirlpool can't be everywhere... but.. where Lowes is not then Whirlpool.. has to pay someone else to get to me and then Lowes will pay Whirlpool.... so I will get someone that is trained on Whirlpool appliances, but just not from a totally Whirlpool business.. If I only had a 1 year.. then I would have to call them direct.

I turned down the temp to a 2 setting and the temp inside now is 32... I don't have a clue what it should be but I had a frig thermometer so thought I would look.

even though this drives me crazy.. I think ok.. you could be homeless with no food

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Slimmer - As you may have heard by now, the speech writer for Melania Trump has come forward, apologized for all the controversy she caused with her speech, and offered to resign. Trump would not accept her resignation saying we all make mistakes, and we learn from those mistakes. This action speaks volumes to me about this man's leadership and compassion. It seems Melania is a fan of Michelle Obama and thus found those words inspiring and things she wanted to convey in her speech. But this being said, I'm no speech writer professional, but I know you Never Ever write a speech using a direct quote without acknowledging /giving credit to whomever said it first. I think the press, including Fox News, has overblown the entire thing, but that's just my opinion. As an artist I know never to copy someone else's work and try to pass it off as my own. * Lowe's should have told you to call Whirlpool at the get-go to find a Whirlpool certified repairman, and you should be able to obtain an instruction and warranty manual by calling Whirlpool.

Bonnie - it is good to hear that Mystery's ankle is back to normal.

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.. windy and sunny I guess not rain today.. oh they said maybe at 4 pm??

I might try to get a fancy guppy... but I do think the water here is just not good.???

Well, I called Lowes and asked about my Fridged Frieda.. she is noisy.. actually I turned off the ice maker and now only now and then do I hear a fairly loud pop??? But now it seems to be running 20 minutes out of every hour.

I called and whoever that fellow was.. he didn't know he even worked there.. aughhhhhh.. he said I have to call Lowes service center... He also said I ..should.. have gotten a manuel on my frig.. I told him I didn't he said print it off online.. I said just mail me a printed book.. He didn't know how to get one and said none of the frig's had one there... Finally he said he would print it all and mail it... aughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Called the service center and that fellow was extremely caring.. and said ohhhhhh something is certainly not right in a few places.. but he is not a tech and really didn't know.. so a service man has to come out.. BUT

they don't have any in my area.. so he would call Whirlpool and they would come out. So now Whirlpool has to set up an appointment.. where maybe if a tech talked to me he might just tell me if this long defrost is right etc etc etc...

aughhhhhhhhhhhhh I just hate all this

A dead fish and a noisy frig plus someone decided last night to park on the front strip of my yard????????? and they are still there... and I am bent out of shape that someone purposely sabotaged Mrs. Trump's speech ..to cause all that fuss.. dawwww like she would knowlingly ask to be ridiculed over what happened.. like pick on Trump or pick on Hillary.. but leave the families out of the personal blows....

I need to quit watching TV and reading Facebook posts.. I am really amazed at how cruel everyone is about so much today... it is ok for people to have opinions, but wow... the feelings are off the charts...

like I hate it reading about NASCAR.. and Tony Stewart... all the sayings they Gave.. him a Win a week ago.. but since he has come in like 5th and 2nd in a race... and all they do is bad mouth him.. and I can't stand those who have to keep calling him Fat etc at 180 lbs and 5' 9" and then worse that he is.. a murderer.. because of the accident a year ago.

plus the way people are treating the police...

People don't know when to keep their thoughts to themselves.. and respect does not seem to exist any more for anything.

and ohhhhhhhhhh the News... found anywhere done by anyone.. they.. don't report the news.. but twist things up and create bad news.... I think they have truly lost the skill of ..Reporting news.. Notice.. everything is in big red letters now... BREAKING NEWS... dawwwwwwwwwwwwwww when they have been reporting the same things sometimes for days if not hours

Aughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...... not a happy camper.. it seems for anything

ok Whew... I should feel better now after venting... hmmmmm .... nope.

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Good Morning, Team,
It is in the low 80ís outside and NO HUMIDITY!! Feels wonderful. We had a really bad storm last night with many lightening flashes and thunder that crashed so loud it made me jump.

I had the day all planned as DH was supposed to go to a Railroad luncheon with about 4 of the guys he worked with. But this AM he told me he decided not to go. During the storm our TV went black. This had happened about a year ago and we had were able to get it back. We tried this time and got the sound but no picture!! DH went online to see what else he could try but nothing worked. So, since he ended up getting only 4 hours of sleep last night, he decided to take the TV to a shop today. I do want the TV fixed but Iím sorry he feels he has to miss the luncheon.

@Slimmer - I am so sorry your fish died. It sounds like it was a pretty one. I had a goldfish that DH gave me before we were married. I had him for about 7 years. I tried getting other goldfish to keep him company but they all died and he just kept on. He didnít seem to mind being alone and grew pretty big. When he died I was devastated and havenít had any fish since. It is so hard getting attached to another living being and losing them but I keep on doing it!!

@Ellen - Glad to hear you may not need surgery. Iím sure you will do this but PLEASE do all of our physical therapy and keep it up. DHís best friendís wife broke her arm and refused to keep doing her physical therapy. Her arm froze up and she was never able to raise it above her head. Couldnít get things out of the cupboards or do a lot of things. I am lax in keeping up physical therapy on parts of my body Iíve injured in the past but as soon as they feel like they are beginning to stiffen up I go right back to my PT.

I broke my left ring finger 12 years ago and ended up having surgery with 2 pins put in it as the break was on the joint line. In the ER, after I broke it, the doctor said ďYou will definitely have arthritis in that fingerĒ. Well--I have it in most of my fingers but actually I donít have it (or havenít felt it) in that one!! So, doctors arenít always right!!

I went out to the Farm yesterday and rode Mystery for about 40 min. He was really ďdopeyĒ acting out in the ring but when we went into the woods he ďwoke upĒ. Then when we left the woods and was back near ďhomeĒ he was dopey again. What a guy!! His ankle swelling seems back to normal and wasnít bothering him. Iíll never know what he did there. Sweat was pouring down my face and into my eyes--I HATE that. I thought about what I could do. I have a headband made out of cloth that is really for winter riding. You put it under your helmet and it covers your ears. I got it out, folded it in half and put it on my head under my helmet. That stopped the sweat from going into my eyes!! When you use your brain you can achieve all sorts of things!!!!! I need to USE MINE more often!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Summer day.
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Good Morning Everyone -

Marlene - sorry your trip to Gettysburg wasn't as enjoyable as you would have liked. I do like Irish music and dancing. * I'm glad to hear that your doctor's visit went well They have me coming in every 6 months - why, I don't know, since they do nothing but weigh me, take my BP, perhaps check my heart and breathing and maybe do a blood test. I have to ask for a urinalysis which always comes back abnormal. It looks like they would know by now that I need one, and would do a follow-up to see if the meds got rid of it. We hire doctors to look after our health, but is us that must do it, isn't it?

Slimmer - I'm sorry to hear your fish died. We had bowls of fish and even an aquarium at one time while the children were growing up. Will you be getting another one? * Movies - we used to go a lot, but no longer for a number of reasons. Popcorn and soda are a must when going to the movies, as is a hot dog and beer at a football or baseball game - smile. All you said about prices, plus knee problems, bathroom problems, and hearing problems is why we invested in a big 65" flat screen TV and no longer go to the movies. I'd like to see that movie "The Secret Life of Pets." Perhaps it will come on Netflix in time. * I too went to the movies weekly as a child, by myself no less, and I think my mother gave me a quarter. I can't remember buying treats, so that may have just been the price of the movie.

Miller - as I think I mentioned recently here, I find customer service in stores now days sorely lacking, and this has been true for years now. It seems like clerks are taught how to ring up sales and stock, but providing assistance to customers is a thing of the past. Believe me when I say, when I get poor service in a store or restaurant they don't see me again. * I too cooked a good bit of fried foods during the years my children were growing up. Now I neither bake or fry foods. The only fried foods we get is from a restaurant. * I've ripened tomatoes in a brown paper bag, but not peaches. I tend to buy fruit that is ready to eat or will be ripe enough to eat within a few days. Tree or vine ripened fruit is definitely the best.

Wishing everyone a good day -

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Hello Team Sisters. It's been a busy few days. The Irish Festival in Gettysburg was a disappointment so we didn't stay long. We ate lunch and listened to the music.

Sunday and Monday were kinda miserable for me. The two spots that the dermatologist scraped started itching Saturday and by Sunday it was intense and inflamed. I called the office yesterday and the doctor called in a prescription. He said it was the healing process. Today it is some better.

I went for my physical this morning and everything is fine. She checked my urine and did an EKG. So I'm good for another year hopefully.

Ellen, I'm glad that you may not need surgery. I'm sure you are frustrated by not being able to move your arm. Maybe your DH could take you on some short day trips.

Allie, you are to be commended for all your exercising and other activities you do. I'm sure you will do well with speaking at the Alanon (?) meeting.

Cecile, you must feel so good about having your basement cleared and painted. I'm sure Jess is anxious for her weekend with you and Val. I forget, does she attend school or PT sessions?

Bonnie, we eat a lot of chicken, turkey and fish. I try to prepare them differently. I am going to make stuffed peppers on Thursday. I make them with ground turkey and orzo instead of rice. We like them that way.

I hope everyone else is well and holding up with this hot weather. It is to be alittle cooler tomorrow. We got about 20 minutes of rain yesterday, but not enough to do any good. Our lawn is getting brown in spots.

Take care and sleep well.

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Hola.. sure is pretty out tons of clouds which I don't always see the mtns block them but I was in flat land and Wow.. they are beautiful.. I do miss seeing all the clouds.

Shirley... I also keep track of my fluids... I don't think that is the main cause... just a little dizzy this AM... I'm thinking it is something I am smelling and when I get the garage mopped out and all cleaned and also the seal on the door from the garage to the house fixed.. there is like a half inch of daylight I can see.. so a lot of the garage air which IS dirty is getting pulled into the house... but then there are times something makes my upper back and my neck just go in pain all the way up to the top of my head... the top of my head the Drs figured out it was muscle pain.. but what ?? makes the neck and the back hurt so... I wonder how I sleep??? to maybe due this... I will be eating same things and then adding slowly food to see if I get a bad change????????????

My fish died last night. He was really pretty with a full tail and fins and sparkly dark blue and then deep red on the inside of fins.

I did.. go see the movie The Secrete Life of Pets... I have not been to a movie theatre I know in over 10 maybe 15 to 20 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cost was $6.51 and changes with times and days.. but that is as low as this theatre goes.. next town to East is $2.00 more and Atlanta is a $1.00 less? I enjoyed the movie.. I chuckled a lot and I think I needed to do that.. I liked going to the movies.. and just might go see more shows.. it was a nice outing! I had to look at the Cost of the food!!!!!! $6.50 for a small popcorn and $5.00 for a soda and same for a box of candy...! Yikes!!! My mom when she took me to the movies one time told me we don't go to the movie to eat.. so never did we ever buy anything.

I remember one time she gave me a $1.00 as she dropped me off... I remember I had a great time... ice cream sandwiches were 10 cents and I bought... 10 of them!!!!!!!!!!! and ate them all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those were to good old days.. one time at our local drug store Reese Peanut butter cups were 5 cents.. and I had a dollar.. Yes, I bought 20 of them!!!!!!!!!!! I knew good deals when young!

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Hi everyone.


Grace, I think youíre very smart to have done the research to find the carpet you want before meeting with the carpet salesman. Itís good to be prepared and I think Iíll do some researching, too. Iíve also had times at both Loweís and Home Depot when I was completely ignored. I did have a very nice young woman help me last week. I was there to buy paint and while they mixed it, I went back to the flooring section. She was very young and interesting. She was covered in colorful tattoos all over her arms and her hair was what they used to call ďpunk rock,Ē but she was kind, friendly, and knowledgeable and I found I liked her a lot. When I go back to look at flooring with my DH, I wouldnít mind having her assistance again.


Bonnie, we donít eat enough chicken and turkey at our house. We tend to eat too much beef and I know itís not good for us. Iíd love to find a few really good, and preferably easy, chicken recipes. The only way I knew to cook chicken when I was young was to flour and fry it in really hot oil in a cast iron skillet. I donít fry chicken anymore, but I never have much luck with baking chicken - I always tend to dry it out somehow. Please feel free to share some of your chicken recipes - Iíll bet you have some good ones!


Ellen, Iím glad to hear you wonít have to have surgery for at least four weeks, but Iím disappointed to learn that particular break area doesnít heal well. My husbandís broken collarbone healed fine those two times he broke it, but it might have been in a different spot. I truly hope youíll heal well and get full mobility again. This makes me think of all the things I take for granted - like being able to use my shoulders. I often complain about my knee, but I need to be grateful for all the other parts that work. Hugs to you - I hope you can find some pleasurable things to do that wonít strain your shoulder.


Yvonne, thank you for your hopes for my daughter - I appreciate you thinking of her. Your Dad sounds like mine - very manly - and Iím sure it was very hard for you to see him that way. I remember seeing my father crying (sobbing, really) once when I was a young girl and I thought the world was coming to an end. Depression can be very cruel. *I hope your arthritis feels better with some rest and pain medicine.


Shirley, thanks for thinking of my daughter - I hope the medicine continues to help, too. *Regarding peaches - I have had so many disappointments the last few summers when buying them at the grocery store. Sometimes they look so good, but then turn out to be either hard or mealy. My sister, Rosemary, says to put fruit in a brown bag and leave it on the counter for a few days and it will ripen perfectly, but it doesnít seem to work too well for me. I guess I need to go to a Farmerís Market for better peaches. By the way, I would have gone to another vendor to buy tomatoes, too, as that testy vendor you mentioned seemed to be quite rude. I donít know how he expected to sell any produce if he didnít want people to pick it up and look at it? Iíll bet you made him think twice and, hopefully, he was nicer to the next customer.


Allie, thank you for your thoughts and hopes for my daughter. *Iím sure youíll do a fine job of speaking at the Alanon meeting. Iím certain the people there will very much want to hear what you have to say and will find help and inspiration in your story.


Bonnie, what a precious photo of you and your Dad. Itís truly something to treasure.


Slimmer, I hope your dizzy spells will soon get better or stop altogether. Maybe Shirley is right that drinking more water would help. *I had to Google ďfighting fish,Ē as I didnít know what they were. The pictures of them online certainly are pretty. I hope yours will recover.


Cecile, I hope your visit with the nutritionist goes well.

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My daughter has doctor appointments every day this week except for Friday. It will be so nice to just be able to stay home all day on Friday. *Itís sunny and hot here today, but weíre supposed to get thunderstorms later this evening. We had storms last night, too. Maybe the rain will cool things off a bit. *We had chicken salad for dinner last night and tonight weíre having BLTís. I know bacon isnít good for us, but we don't eat it often and it just tastes so yummy with tomatoes in the summertime!
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Good Morning Everyone -

Yvonne - you are indeed a night owl aren't you? * Re acupuncture, you've mentioned this before - have you ever talked with your acupuncturist about your arthritis?

Cecile - it sounds like you are getting lots accomplished. I did laundry last week, and was most happy not to have to do it yesterday.

Slimmer - in reading your post if occurred to me that perhaps your dizzy spells are caused by you not drinking enough water. Do you think that could be the cause?

Elllen - not having to have surgery sounds good. Obviously, it is a wait and see about the mobility. When I broke my ankle, the surgeon told me something similar, and I have noticed no problem with it. Perhaps your break will be the same. * Peaches - one year I bought peaches and they were out of this world delicious, but haven't had the same luck since. There is nothing as delicious as a good Georgia peach. I don't know where the ones come from that they say are Georgia peaches that they sell in the stores, but they are nothing to compare with what I was use to. * I try to keep politics off or at a minimum on the team, but feel I must say this - I realize how tiring and upsetting political rhetoric can be, and especially this election, but... this country and the world is in the worst mess I've seen it in my lifetime, and we've had some bad crisis over the years I've been on this earth; so I urge us all to listen and be as informed as possible before voting this fall. The person entering the White House is going to be taking on a Big Job and Mess, and we need to have the best person possible. But I agree with you, life is short, and our individual lives can be changed in an instant. Experiences like yours definitely bring that point home.

Bonnie - I love the picture of you and your dad. The only one I have of my dad and me when I was little is a blurry one with him holding me as an infant, and it is one I truly treasure. My dad's birthday was in February and he would have been 109.

Allie - isn't it amazing how a little encouragement and praise can spur us on, plus lift our spirits. You are deserving of every bit you get. * We are under an extreme heat advisory right now. The temps are high but not in the 100s, so I've got to believe it is the intense humidity we are experiencing. It is only 77 degrees right now, but it is awful outside. I am truly sorry for the street people and those without air conditioning. The heat is awful here right now. We are under an extreme heat advisory all week. The temps are high but not in the 100s so I'm thinking it is the humidity. And yes I think it is effecting my arthritis too. * I think you will do just fine speaking at the Alanon meeting in August. I have never had much of a problem speaking in front of people; however, I was a lector (read scripture on a rotating basis) at my previous church. For whatever reason when it was my time to read I would get uptight, why I don't know since I knew everyone in that church, and I also knew that I read well. I would ask God for His strength and to make me read in a manner for all to hear and understand His word. This tended to calm me, and He never let me down once.


Make today a happy and healthy one.

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ELLEN, when I read SLIMMER'S recommendation to take care of yourself, I remembered a chorus friend that had broken her shoulder. She'd gotten full recovery of her injury by having acupuncture done. She's the one that recommended the Chinese doctor that finally got rid of my bronchitis. All injuries are different, I know, but it may be something to consider when the time comes. After my experience in Texas, I found an acupuncturist here who helped a lot with the asthma.

Time for bed for me. Now my arthritis pain is in my left wrist. If I was looking for the bright side, at least the pain doesn't stay in one place for long. (smile). It's greatly acerbated by not getting enough sleep, which is where I'm headed....

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Good evening team sisters.

A good day today. Still very hot but comfy with my a/c. I did laundry today. It must be the weather because I found it very hard going up the stairs. I did take my time and the way I did it was not too, too bad. I am just very happy it`s over.

I did see some things in the basement that I could take out myself. I shall see how I feel and of course what the weather is like and I might just start clearing the junk. I did see where Guy painted on Saturday. It already looks better. I think he is right in saying just the extra gallon should do the job.

Val is working 4 days this week. We are already planning the menus for Jess. I am so anxious to see her! Guy is coming anyway on Saturday. Val said we are going to put Jess on the desk chair and wheel her to the computer. She should like that.

I have an appointment with a nutritionist on Thursday. I could not remember her name to save my life. I felt kind of embarrassed to show up. I called the office to ask her name and the secretary told me. At the same time I told her that my book for keeping the result of my sugar was full. She said that was not a problem. Whenever I need one, I just go to reception and they give me one. Whew that was a load off my mind. I do check my sugar every day.

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Hola... rained today a little and still hot

Bon.. interesting in your dad being 98 my dad would have been 114 this month.

Allie.. I know you will do a good job in giving your talk...!

Ellen... you just need to keep taking it easy and let those bones heal right... I googled a lot and really did not read actually anything bad about collarbone breaks... I think the most I read was that a bump may appear where the break is but then even that I read it goes away.. just hang in there... but not with that arm...

I got so horribly dizzy this afternoon.. I thought I was going to pass out.. and wondered if I was about ready for the ER.. but I laid down.. then took a shower then drank a few glasses of water and in about 1 hr I was doing better... I had just eaten a piece of chicken with nothing on it.. and I had a yogurt...

Plus it is just about the same time of the month.. when I went to the ER in March... maybe it is a currant flowing threw the air... scrambling my brain... some years back.. I used to have a hum or ringing always in my ears... I don't have that any more... I never knew where that was coming from.

I also can smell some of the air coming in from the garage... I have worked a few more days and hope some time to mop up possible mold etc from years past.

I have tossed out over a square foot of plastic to be recycled.. and next day half waste basket.. I am washing/wipeing things down or scrubbing.. I put out a few items to try and sell... I am really going to try and get things thinned out... so much I have not used since I moved here and probably will not..

Just finished a book with British humor.. which did not do a thing for me.. I did have a few laughs but the whole plot was something I did not need to read.

I am also listening to Toni Morrison's Tar Baby.. I thought I had read it years ago but half way through and nothing rings a bell.

My fighting fish does not look well at all.. it does not want to swim and I have not seen it eat.. I think it has to be the water here... I set it out for a couple of days and I had drops but setting it out should be enough... maybe he wants to see another fish.. but they really can't be put in with other male fighting fish.. Maybe I will try a couple of guppy's with big tales.. and see if they will live... I used to have a lot of fish tanks in my early 20's.. but up here I am afraid of the water and also the a tank getting too cold.

...now going to watch the Republican Convention

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I had a new X-ray this afternoon and it was good news and bad news. The good news is no surgery at least for the next four weeks.
The bad news is that where the break is does not heal well. Even with surgery there is no guarantee I will ever have full motion in my shoulder.

So for now, I am to try and not use that arm. The surgeon said to think of trying to glue to pieces of wood together. You don't want to move the pieces.

Bonnie- so glad you received the much needed rain! I loved the photo of you and your dad!!

Allie- just focus on what and why you want to tell the people at the meeting! You have a great life message for others.

Shirley- I bought two Missouri peaches at the grocery store today. I am hoping they were left yo ripen until the last minute on the vine. Ripe peaches off the tree - yummy!!!

Yvonne- this experience of passing out and breaking my clavicle has made me so aware of the joy of life. I told my DH that I just don't honestly care about a lot of stuff any more that is unimportant to me, like all the political rhetoric.

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7/18/16 5:12 P

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Good Early Evening, Team,
Like Allie we are in the midst of thunder showers also. I saw it getting dark and I knew I had clothes on the line but I waited too long. I ended up running out in the rain to get my clothes. They didn't get too wet. Then we had a short break and another storm came up--which is what we are experiencing now. It was 95 this afternoon and the humidity was "thick". It feels really cool out now. A welcome relief. We really needed the rain too.

I've been spending the day scanning some pictures that DH's cousin gave me. I need to give some of them back to her so I needed to do this. Of course, at first the scanner gave me some trouble. It worked perfectly the last time I used it!!

If he had lived, my father would have been 98 years old today. Here is my favorite picture of the 2 of us when I was a year old and we were both reading the paper!


I hope everyone had a great day.
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7/18/16 4:55 P

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Good afternoon team:

Shirley: I loved your story about the tomatoes.

Ellen: Hopefully you have been to the doctors and back with good news. I am thinking of you.

Bonnie: I have a farmers market I can walk to also. I should go there more often but I don't. They have live music you can sit around and listen to.

Miller: I hope the medication helps your daughter. She is in my thoughts.

Grace: I love Lowes and when they built one close by I couldn't wait to shop there. Their customer service is excellent. I do go to Home Depot to see my buddy Jake when I need some input on a project I am planning on doing.

I went to my usual Alanon meeting then I went to the pool. I was able to get my swimming in before the thunderstorms came. My area is under a thunderstorm warning/alert until 8PM this evening. The temp is starting to drop and that is a welcome relief to me.

I have been asked to speak at an Alanon meeting on August 8th. This is the first time I have ever spoken in front of quite a few people. I am nervous but I am determined to do it.

I hope everyone is having a good evening.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Yvonne - yes arthritis has been troublesome this summer. And yes, if everyone's husband is like mine he doesn't listen to me either. * Peaches - I bought 4 at one of the stores early this summer. They said Georgia peaches and looked good. My husband ate one and wasn't impressed; I had planned to eat one, but never did, but think Dmitri did, but the other two ended up in the trash. Re your story about buying fresh peaches - At our previous house we had a small farmer's market in a nearby town (Kirkwood), and I went there several times over the years. But I found the vendors to be a bit testy. One day I was feeling tomatoes picking out ones to buy. The vendor in a not so nice tone, told me to stop squeezing the tomatoes. I told him that I wasn't squeezing or bruising his tomatoes, had grown tomatoes for years, knew well how to handle them, and would never squeeze or bruise someone's produce. With that I put the tomato down and went to another vendor and bought my tomatoes and other produce. * Sorry to hear of your experiences with your dad. It is hard to watch our loved ones age sometimes.

Ellen - I hope all goes well at the doctor's today. And it is good to hear your stepson is home for a visit. I know your husband and you are looking forward to seeing him and his wife. Some days we are just not up for visitors, and I'm sure that they realize this. * I have no knowledge of my heritage, other than it is almost 100% British on both sides. But as I've told Irene, growing up, going to movies a lot, so through newsreels I came to admire so the then Princess Elizabeth (she's just 8 years older than I am), and quite an interest in England/the British Isles, and the Royal family.

Bonnie - as Ellen said too, your being able to walk to a Farmer's Market sounds so nice. Where you live sounds like a place I'd like to live. * As said, cooking for my husband and me has become a chore for many reasons, and what you said in your post is one of the reasons.

Miller - I am like your daughter - hazel eyes, jet black hair and a blond's complexion. * It is good to hear that your daughter is doing better, and I do hope that the new medication will keep her feeling this way. And I too hope her new treatment will very much improve her quality of life. * I'm happy to hear that the construction work you had done turned out well. That isn't always the case, as I'm sure you and all the rest of us know all too well.

Grace - I prefer Lowe's over Home Depot, as I've seemed to get better service when I've needed help. It seems like it doesn't matter where we shop any longer, customer service is lacking. One of the reasons I haven't hired an electrician to do some work is that I need someone who will come in and advise me what I need, and they don't seem to want to do that. I'd be happy if they'd go and buy what I need and put it in. You would think people who work in a certain field would know better about quality of products than we do. * You referred to yourself as lazy in one of your posts. If there is one word I would never use to describe you, and that's lazy. * You do have your hands full with Don. I do so hope that his doctor will back you up. There are times when being a tattle-tale is called for. Especially when it is an 80 something year old acting like a 7 year old.

Peggy - what you described in your post regarding Marcia is the final stage of grief - acceptance. I'm at peace with the loss of close friends of many years, and I guess I've accepted them being gone, but you know what I still can't bring myself to do little things like delete their names from my address book or their birthdays from my come-up file on my computer. It pleases me to hear that you are now at peace with her passing. * I can't add anything else to the advice you've gotten here from other team members regarding Christina and Michele. It hurts when our children are being unkind to one another, but I've found there is little we can do other than listen and give positive feedback if possible.

Wishing for us all a good day and a good week ahead.

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7/17/16 10:00 P

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GRACE, our experience with Home Depot was much like yours.... even with an appointment, we had to wait for our person.... but then got really good service. They did almost all the updating on our house in Texas.

Here, it was a different story. We were going to have granite countertops put in, and my husband noticed an ad for a Granite company.... they have the slabs and the installers. It was a long drive, but we made it out there, were treated very professionally, and with the money we saved got all the appliances! There was a big difference in what they charged and what Home Depot or Lowes would have charged.

I had to laugh when I read your description of trying to keep your husband from going out in the heat.... so similar to my own frustration with my husband. I don't know why they just don't obey us. We know best, after all!
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ELLEN, glad to hear your shoulder is better, but not that your husband is still not up to his former health. It sounds like his system really got messed up.

BONNIE, like Ellen, I love your farmers market stories. We have one in this small town, too, but 1) I can't walk there, and 2) They don't have eggs, or many other items larger farmer's markets have. Last time I went they had peaches, but they wouldn't let me taste test. I've had so many bad peaches, I don't buy them unless I know they're good. We do have several local farmers to buy eggs from, and honey.... but we have to drive to their farm.

MILLER, I'm glad to hear your daughter's medication seems to be helping her. I hope it keeps getting better. It's not easy to have family members in an uneasy mental condition. It happened to my Dad.... usually cheerful, he started being morose and would cry really easily. He was a John Wayne kind of macho guy, so it was very disconcerting to us. I do rejoice with your renovations completed successfully. That always gives a lift to have something fixed and/or made more beautiful.

Wow, PEGGY! You made a wise decision to just concentrate on the joy of your friendship. Am reading a fascinating book about how decisions about things can even change our genes, something originally thought to be set in stone. Everything has "stuff" to deal with; our choices about what to dwell on is something we not only have control over, but it makes a dramatic difference in our happiness and our health.

Got to quit for the night...

Sleep well, and hope everyone has a good week.

Yvonne

and speaking of taking care of your body, I'm typing with a hugely painful arthritic finger. I should have taken some pain killer an hour ago, and it would be feeling better by now. I guess I'll obey my own nagging.....

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Another quiet day. My stepson and his wife fly back last night from China for a 4 week visit. They wanted to stop by after church but DH was too tired for company. I felt bad but hopefully we can see them Thursday when they are back in town. They are staying with their son and his wife for a few days. My DH slept all afternoon.

My shoulder is feeling so much better today despite one painful event in the night that I am becoming hopeful that surgery will not be needed. But by this time tomorrow I will know.

Irene- like Shirley, I always wanted to visit England since most of my ancestors moved from there around the early 1700s. But I didn't remember my history after the French invasion 900 years ago.

Miller and Grace- we have started using HD for installation and products after companies going out of business when we needed them to return to fix something. Of course, that depends on what we are having done. * Isn't it frustrating that our DH's don't listen to us!!

Bonnie- I always love when you talk about walking to your farmers market. I hope the coffee you selected is good. I love coffee.

Peggy- I think Grace gives some excellent advice on how to handle your daughters.

Ellen

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Good Early Evening, Team.
I walked down to the Farmer's Market this afternoon. It was HOT but the sidewalk down to the Center where the Farmer's Mkt is located is in the shade most of the way. I didn't buy too much this time. Mostly because--I was there late (I have to remember to motivate myself to go earlier) and I didn't really need that much. I got eggs, a large onion, peaches, red peppers and some coffee.

We love Zeke's brand coffee but are experimenting with various flavors. They have a stand at our Farmer's Mkt. DH said to try "Italian Roast" this time. So, I saw Italian but it said decaffeinated. I asked the lady if she had another Italian and she said she did but it was very strong. The bag said Espresso. When I brought it home DH made me believe that I had bought the wrong thing. He'll have to DEAL with it until it's gone!! He might like it.

We had a storm at about 5PM last night but it was mostly wind & thunder but not too much rain. My plants all look wilted this afternoon--which surprised me because of the rain yesterday--so I had to water them. I really need to get some mulch but it has just been too hot to go down to the City mulch pile and dig some up.

I am so tired of ground turkey and chicken recipes. DH wants to stay away from red meat as much as possible. But I found a pork chop recipe in Spark Recipes that sounded really good
(Baked Pork Chops). Pork chops usually get so dry but these were moist and wonderful. DH doesn't think pork is very healthy so I won't be able to make it too often but I can make it when I get tired of our regular routine! He did say they were "very tasty". Thank you Spark!!

I hope everyone had a nice day.
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Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby to be picked up & laid down like a game of Solitare. It is a grand Passion.
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