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10/1/14 10:35 A

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Good Morning Everyone -

Slimmer - you do live an interesting life. *As for politics - we all need to be as informed as we possibly can be - from differing sources. We are living in very dangerous times. Voting is the only voice most of have in the grand scheme of things, and we should not only make sure we use our vote, but make sure it is used wisely. To vote the wrong people into office can be disastrous. But you are correct, to say "an honest politician" is an oxymoron (I paraphrase of course). As the old saying goes - "actions speak louder than words." There is no such thing as honest journalism any longer. I'm not saying all reporting is false, but it seems like most journalists now days are more interested in earning awards and getting ahead than reporting the truth and not editorializing. *Good luck with that juried art show.

Grace - I've written much over the years about my propensity for clots. I was told that I don't have DVT, but my current doctor doesn't agree. I had my first clot when I was pregnant with my second child. I was in bed for a month after he was born while they dissolved the clot. I've been dealing with this problem ever since, and I've been hospitalized with a massive clot in my upper thigh twice since. So I'm always watchful for signs. And yes you are correct when you say - "You probably would have more energy IF you had more cardio endurance and you'd probably have more cardio endurance IF you didn't have so much trouble with your legs." *I agree with your post about the birthday card from the President. If it would please your brother (which I think from your posts it would), I say go for it - smile.

Ellen - I can truly appreciate your mother's feelings. There have been President's I would welcome hearing from; there have been others that I wish that I could forget ever existed.

Allie - magnifying glass - I think you can find such at most office supply places. I bought a small one with a light that will fit in a purse. I find some things on the computer have too small of a font, and it comes in handy when that happens. I've considered buying one of the larger ones, but haven't.

Make today a healthy and happy one -

Shirley

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9/30/14 8:23 P

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Hi All, Back from weaving... a night of not much progress just sitting around she is just not organized.

I did get interviewed from the Nugget or town news paper about taking weaving etc... the lady said she had a few real good quotes... like if I lived back when I would be running around in the buff or wearing animal skins... not weaving... but no picture of me

Thanks on the good wishes on me being famous... I am just trying to do what an artist should... be seen and yes need to get my name out there

... Actually on the president card... it is the Real Presidents signature.... if kept long enough the signature could be worth something... they have some for sale on Ebay etc.. I read... so can you imagine he signs all those asked for... and here I thought the President didn't do much??? (I'm not into politics at all... after seeing the movie Wag the Dog... I don't believe anything anymore)

now going to watch Biggest Loser and Project Runway... they are on at the same time... this is hard to do!

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9/30/14 6:16 P

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ELLEN, I agree that Slimmer will be famous some day, like Grandma Moses !!
We will be able to say we know her!!



FYI - Here's a little blurb I just got from my Con Report Heath Alert :

"Bed rest for blood clots ( is not recommended)

Blood clots in the veins of your leg can break free and travel to your lungs. To avoid that potentially deadly complication, physical therapists have long put patients with one of the clots, called a deep vein thrombosis, or a DVT, on bed rest. But research now shows that walking with a DVT doesn’t pose risks. In fact, bed rest can cause new clots to form and make existing ones bigger.

What to do instead: If you are taking an anticoagulant drug to treat the clot and there is no evidence that a clot has traveled to your lungs, you can start walking as soon as your physical therapist gives you the OK. That can actually ease the pain of the DVT. You could also consider wearing compression stockings, which can prevent blood from pooling in your legs."

I don't know if anybody on our team has DVT, but thought this info was good to know, if you do.

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Today was spent doing some housework and going back to the pharmacy to get a different type of antibiotics. What we bought yesterday was $42 wasted. The pharmacy could not take the pills back, but was so nice and said we could dispose of them at the police station.

One last funny story on the birthday greetings from the president. When I did this years ago for my mother, she appreciated the gesture but had not voted for the president that was in office and was not all that excited. emoticon

Slimmer - you are really tackling being known in the art world! I admire that!!

Shirley - I totally understand about the leg problems. We went to the grocery store after leaving the pharmacy and by the time we got to the van, I was really feeling it. Every time I start thinking I can postpone knee replacements, I learn quickly how bad mine are. * Stories like yours about your father makes me more determined to be opened to changes and just look at them as opportunities to do something different.

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SLIMMER, Don is a Navy veteran, after serving 24 years, some of that time in submarines, for months at a time. He's 84 years old and has NEVER gotten a B. card from any president. I don't think that bothers him because he knows it's just a stamp of the current president's signature. Melvin would be naive enough to think it's REALLY from the president.
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Good afternoon team:

I stayed up late and got a lot of paperwork done that I had on my mind. I had it all set out and arranged so I could take care of it when I woke up today. I slept in and that was fine with me. I am not in as much pain as I have been so when I can sleep I just do it and appreciate getting some sleep.

I heard voices when I woke up and thought someone was in my back yard. It looked like a nice young couple was looking at the house next door. They didn't have a realtor with them but at least they were quiet. They left the gate open so I went over and closed it and picked up some trash in the back yard. If I stay on top of it others won't be tempted to throw trash in the yard. There are so many squirrels running around it may just be them hauling food around. I know they are very busy foraging for the winter.

When I went to the expo for seniors yesterday they showed me a handheld magnifier that they have at the library and they gave me a brochure on it. I took the brochure to my local library and they are going to look into getting one for the local library. I told them I want to see how much one of these cost and I would like to buy one. The local college supplied these magnifiers to a select amount of libraries. I figure it doesn't hurt to look into it.

I contacted my sisters' grand daughter about the State visit today. She said she didn't know anything about it but if she finds out what happened she will let me know. She feels as helpless as I do but I still would like to know how my sister is doing , no matter what she does decide. I will keep everyone posted on the outcome.

It is a beautiful day and I am going to the Y later today to swim.

I thought my microwave was broken so I found the owners manual and realized there wasn't anything wrong with it. I just forgot how to operate it. You have to laugh at these things. At least I don't have to worry about the expense of getting a new microwave.

I hope everyone has had a good day and you all have a good evening.

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HI All, 75 .. feels great but way tooooo sunny for me... I've been reading.. a new short book So Long A Letter by an African woman ... hmmm seems I have too many books going right now.

Shirley .. I agree no real fun if ordering a card from the President... I think what my Dad got possibly the Navy recruiters office did that for him... I know he was really excited to get it thinking that he really was thought of by the President
........I think for someone like Melvin... ordering one is a Great Surprise for them

I just found out and decided... to enter another art show... it is in the town I used to paint with the senior ladies. It will cost $50.00 to join good until end of 2015... so that is good on a resume too to show one belongs to art things.

..then they have a juried show... never been in one of those and a member then pays only $30 instead of $35 for non member... but I can pay and submit 3 pictures ... so I am going to enter my Artie Selfie Picasso Style, my Owl... and then my Lizard Ceramic Pitcher...
..........then whoever looks over the entries and decided if ...none one two or all three will be in the show... so it will be interesting to see if I get chosen and how many...

they have a $400 1st place and 2 $150.00 honorable mentions with ribbons
..........this will be my First Juried Show... many times on a juried show you pay to submit an entry but you may not get chosen to be in the show and you don't get your money back.. that is just the Cost of trying...

Next week I join the Quinlin Visual Art Council for $50 and put my Eye of the Tiger picture in their member show... this will be my 3rd year entering there.

Sometime in October my weaving I am finishing tonight will go in the Hansford Hall at UNG. Gee I will be in 3 shows at one time!

back to reading...

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9/30/14 10:33 A

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SHIRLEY, The problem with your legs creates a "ripple" or "domino" affect. You probably would have more energy IF you had more cardio endurance and you'd probably have more cardio endurance IF you didn't have so much trouble with your legs.

About the chronic coughing - My Mother used to have it and now Melvin does. It happens after he eats every meal. I was told that it was a symptom of his GERD.


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9/30/14 10:12 A

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Good Morning Everyone -

Allie - thanks for the update on your sister, sad as it is. It is hard when we know family members, or friends for that matter, aren't doing what they should be doing for their well being. Daddy in his early 90s was adamant that he wasn't going to move out of his house. I had tried for years to get he and my step-mother to move into assisted living. She had severe heart problems, he was in his late 80s when I tried to get them to do this. I told him we could move into his house (I knew he'd like to have us living close again), and I even had my husband talked into it. But Daddy became unreasonable about his house, and of course my husband who didn't want to move back to Georgia in the first place, wouldn't budge from here. So - to make a longer story short, he wouldn't listen. So his wife's children made her move in with one of them so they could take care of her, Daddy fell one day and was almost dead before my brother found him 3 days later. When this happened, I told him as he lay in a hospital bed that he was never going back to that house again. By the time he got out of the nursing home, I'd gotten him into a very nice assisted living facility, and my brother arranged for moving what furniture and belongings he could use, and I got his "apartment" all set up for him to move into. We can only do what we can do. Our family members are functioning adults and must live with their decisions whether they are the right ones or not. Let's hope the State will step in and take action. So sorry you have these worries too.

Grace - that lobster place overlooking Long Island Sound sounds absolutely marvelous. *My legs are what they are, but thank you for your concern. I don't think of my problems with them as affecting my quality of life since I tend to be able to do what I need too - perhaps not easily any longer, but they don't hold me back too much. It is my energy level, which is probably affected by moving being harder, that is a bigger problem than my legs when it comes to doing things and getting things done. * The veggie burgers I get don't have chunks of veggies in them. They look just like a ground beef patty. I put a big slice of tomato and a slice of sweet onion on mine and they taste just like a normal hamburger without the fat or calories. I would use faux (soy) ground beef all the time for cooking if it wasn't so darned expensive.

Ellen - glad to hear your husband got meds for his cough. As for your son's, as you well know we cough for different reasons. My husband hacks all the time and sneezes a lot, but it has nothing to do with him being sick. I don't know what causes it. I suspect his cough is from his BP med that is cheap, but coughing is a side effect. He keeps telling me that isn't it. He uses a nasal spray for allergies. My point being, with coughs it seems you have to look for other symptoms to know if you need a doctor or not. * Boy do you ever work! It is no wonder your legs ache at night.

Bonnie - I do so hope you are feeling better today. You have my sympathies. I hate being sick. *As for donating the shoes in my closet - I have every intention of bagging them, some coats, and other clothing and donating them to a charity. I guess for some reason I've thought that I would need them someday. Yes, stupid thinking since most of them don't fit any longer. Yes, I pass those bins in school and church parking lots asking for clothes donations often. I think part of my problem is that I got so turned off by the attitude and lack of help from charities when I tried to donate good, useable furniture, clothing, all kinds of household goods, TVs - good stuff when we moved the last time that I just haven't wanted to bother. Yep, not a good way to feel, but just being honest.

Slimmer and Ellen - my response to Slimmer about birthday greetings from the President or other elected officials State or National was in reference to what she said - " Also on the Birthday card from the President... my Dad got one automatically I think when he was 80... but a Veteran gets them at age 70 and all others at age 80 " It has been my understanding that you must request such too. Somehow, for me, if you have to request such, it loses its meaning.

Sue - weather here is still getting to highs of around 85, but such delightfully cool mornings. We aren't getting rain either. We've turned our irrigation system back on. We will have it shut down for the winter mid October or a little later, so we won't be running it much longer.

Have a good day everyone -

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9/30/14 9:37 A

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ALLIE, It sounds like having all those family members living with her is a big part of her problem. I'm assuming that they're her grown kids who just never left the nest. I have a daughter who has 2 grown kids plus my GS's girlfriend and, now and then, the girlfriend's 2 grade school aged daughters living with her. The only one who helps around the house is the GS's girlfriend. She's too kindhearted to tell them to move on.
It would really help if your sister would cooperate with the state. Would you please keep us posted on the outcome of the state's visit?



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Good evening team:

I talked to my sister late tonight. It was just nice to hear her voice. She has been in the hospital 3 times in the last 2 months. Without going into detail her living conditions are not good. The state is sending someone in tomorrow to see how she has been living. She told me she will call me and tell me what they said. I hope something gets done. It is a tricky situation when someone can't afford to go into a nursing home and they don't want to leave their home. She has several family members living with her but they do not pull their weight. She allows this and she continues to live this way when people have tried to help her in the past. My Mother was the same way. She just never seemed to want to make things better for herself. My sister has a home health aid coming in, she has a friend that tries to help her and she gets meals on wheels. The house is falling down around her and has been for years.

I heard from the Senators office and they did contact Fannie Mae and they said they will keep me posted regarding the property next door. I am just glad someone might be finally doing something.

I hope everyone has a good night. Alli emoticon


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9/29/14 10:36 P

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Good evening team!


ELLEN, I’m sorry your DH is still having problems with that bad cough. I wonder why the antibiotics will help. Colds are usually caused by viruses and I don’t think they respond to antibiotics. Did the doctor tell you what exactly he’s got? I know that constant coughing can be exhausting.
About the knee problems – I had arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn meniscus, a few years ago and last year I had the Synvisc shots in both knees. They are not bothering me, at this time. Knock on wood!
Are some of your PT exercises for your knees? Isn’t Tylenol wonderful? I call it
“Vitamin T”.

CECILE, The “brain tiredness” is VERY understandable. You’ve been under an unimaginable amount of stress for the last couple of weeks.

BONNIE, You need a “Do Not Disturb” sign for your bedroom door. I hope you have better luck, trying to nap, tomorrow. Don is always “dozing” in his recliner and I always try to remember to check on that before I start talking to him.

SLIMMER, Thank you for letting me know that I have to write 6 weeks ahead of time for Melvin to get the B.card from the president. I’ll try to remember to mark my calendar for next year.

YVONNE, You’re very brave to go exploring around your motels. I’d be too much of a scaredy cat.
About he lobster – You’ve probably been to Abbott’s in Noank, CT, where you sit at the picnic tables overlooking Long Island Sound, when you lived in CT.

SUE & SHIRLEY, I like the veggie burgers with big chunks of veggies in them. I also like the mushroom one, as well as the tomato and basil. The “original” tastes gross.

SUE, I hope you didn’t pack your summer clothes away too soon. We had record breaking heat all weekend. Now it’s finally cooling back down to the 60s for the next few days.

SHIRLEY, I don’t find my primary doctor good for very much, except ordering blood work and filling scripts. If I feel I have a particular problem, I just go to the specialist. My FL doctor is pretty “lackadaisical”. I have to tell HER what tests I want. She orders what ever I ask for and gives me any scripts I want.
I’m sorry that your legs are causing you so much trouble that they are affecting the quality of your life.

I worked in the yard today for the first time in about 3 weeks (except for mowing the lawn) I planted some white daisies and some cone flowers (pink daisies) and repotted 3 cinnamon ferns, which I have to “sink” in the ground for the winter. I have some daylilies that I need to divide but I’ll need Don’s help with that.
It’s getting passed my bedtime so I’ll close for now.

Don is watching his Patriots football team get clobbered by Kansas City Chiefs so he’s not too happy right now.



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HI All, my Artist Way class or as they call us now... our Tribe had a good night... we are bonding pretty good.

I had a break through moment... they way when we do this work of the class we see things opening up to us... well

the fellow in the class who is a film director ..really is very involved with films and TV... so I Asked him... if when he is doing his movies... and going to ask TV shows to...
.............will he put a painting of mine on one of the walls in his movie... he said VERY DOABLE!!!

..........I then asked if they buy them... he said most is low budget but possible... but maybe rent it!... what ever...!!!

Doing so I then can add to my resume... of painting that I have had X amount of paintings shown in X Movies etc... and list them

Well, I think that is pretty cool to do and looks like my work Is wanted... I don't care if films good or bad... nobody is going to look them all up or probably even see the work... just knowing I get a Credit for it is worth it to me!!!!!!!!! What Fun!!!!!!!
...........I'm going to be in the movies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Another Tribe member is doing a cookbook and cooked muffins, candy and cowboy dip Wow was all that food gooooooooooooood!!!!

Bon... don't they say ...feed a cold... fill up maybe on veggies and get them moving through your system and moving the bad germy stuff out... drink move water too.

Emma... is not as bad as I thought... I really am not in to Jane Austen's work... have not gone far into Gone Girl yet... also moving along with The English Patient... I think I like the book better than the movie so far.

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone is having a great day!

I had to take my DH to the doctor this morning. His cough is no better and since he agreed I should call the doctor, I moved forward quickly. I have learned that if you call right after 8 am, they always have appointments slots left open just for people who can't wait a week. The doctor confirmed that my DH needs antibiotics again and also gave him some kind inhaling medication. He also said my DH should always come in immediately if he felt like this cough is coming back. My son said he is also coughing like crazy, but feels good and is working through it. Probably the age difference.

I finished painting my back porch yesterday. Half way through it, I ran out of paint and had to quickly drive the six miles to the store to get more. A smart young woman was very helpful, matched it and I was home very quickly. Then I had to finish my pear preserves which I started on Saturday. I made 7 half pints. I was so surprised so much work produced so few jars.

I love to watch people and did so while I was waiting on my DH at the doctor's office. So many different types and attitudes. One young woman was in a wheelchair recovering with what appeared to be an injury and was so snappy at whom I assumed to be her husband who was pushing it. I wondered if she was always so bossy and unappreciated or was she really upset from being helpless and perhaps feeling the effects of pain and medication. I hope I never act that way toward others trying to help me.

Allie - I wonder if my library has neat things like you described. It sounded so interesting.

Bonnie - take care of that cold. So far, I am so glad I don't have my DH's cough. *I wonder if the ads are talking about Syn Visc for the knee injection. They gave me that a year ago, but my meniscus was torn so it did not help much at all. I will talk to the doctor about if that would help me. I did so well yesterday that I felt like I could put off replacements longer. Of course I am taking Tylenol to manage the pain.

Shirley - Slimmer is correct. I had a president card sent to my mother when she turned 80. But you do have to request it.

Slimmer - let me know what you think of Gone Girl. I loved Emma if it is the one by Jane Austin.

Ellen



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Good afternoon everyone.

A belated Happy Birthday Yvonne. emoticon

Ever since I got up yesterday, I have been brain tired. I can`t seem to able to think straight.

Later...... emoticon

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Good afternoon team:

I attended a Senior Expo this morning I always learn something new, or meet new people or people I have not seen for awhile. It is a good excuse for me to put some makeup on, nice clothes and make an effort. When I do this it reinforces all my hard work and I feel so much better about myself. I get free pens, free breakfast, notepads, etc. These things come in handy. I spoke to reps from the local library and they have a fit kit which is along the same lines as the grandkits. Some of the subjects are: Brain Wellness, Home Gym, etc. I can check these kits out for 3 weeks and I might take advantage of this.

It is still pretty nice out. My DILs' Mother is visiting from Georgia. Her Mother stopped by yesterday and we had a talk. She lives in Georgia and I don't see her that often. She doesn't have a clue that I don't like her and I want to keep it that way. I am always respectful to her and I remind myself she is my grandchildrens grandmother and I will be dealing with her for a long time to come. She is very pushy and so it makes it difficult for me to bite my tongue. I am very outspoken and I remind myself the welfare of my grandsons is what is most important. I would much rather be civilized and rise above it. She will be going home tomorrow, I hope she has a nice trip.

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Good Early Afternoon, Team.

It's 68 degrees outside and very cloudy. There is only a "slight" chance of rain so I guess I'd better get out and water my plants. We had a very good all-day rain on Thurs. but nothing since.

My cold is still with me and dragging me down. Or maybe the cold medicine is dragging me down. At least the medicine seems to calm my coughing and nose blowing until it's time to take it again. They certainly seem to have it timed correctly. I sat outside for awhile and read. Then i decided I needed to sleep and went inside for a nap. DH has no conception of "napping". He came into the room probably an hour later and started talking really loud and woke me up. I could have "screamed". I didn't. I could have used more sleep but since I was awake I decided it was time to get up.

I drove down to the Farmer's Mkt. yesterday. I could have walked down but bringing things back would have been too strenuous.

@Shirley - You should donate all those shoes you can no longer wear. We have little tin sheds all over where you can dispose of unwanted clothes and shoes. I have a few pairs I've been meaning to donate but haven't. I usually wear my shoes out to the point where no one else would want them.

I hope everyone is having a great day.
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Hi All... 69 and grey out rain I think is below me

Today is Artist Way tonight... now washing clothes then need to cook a chicken as I write my 3 pages for class .. and I have to pick up a picture from the closed gallery

Shirley... on the letter from the President... You have to write them 6 weeks in advance of your Birthday etc to let them know to send it out

Reading ...Gone Girl for the book club and Emma and 7 others right now

I'm tired

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Happy Monday morning Sparkfriends.
Still no rain here.. Very overcast however and coolish. My thermometer reads 72, there is a nice breeze so I have the windows and doors open and fans on.
Very quite here...Hubby is at his HR Block class and I don't expect him back till this afternoon. Went mall walking with PJ and then got my oil change. I have just short of 105,000 miles on my Prius-sure hope I can get at least 200,000 on it before I have to get another car. Last year I had a lot of repairs so it was an expensive year!
I am paying today for my late night antics of Saturday!
Expect my water bill today. Hoping it is down from last month again. My grass is well rooted and looking good. There are a couple of bare spots next to the house in the back which he will have to address but so far he has delivered on everything he promised. Next spring I am going to have him plant some large bushes in the back for privacy. I have what he calls a "natural area " back there. What I call it is a mess of weeds- LOL!!!!
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Good Morning Everyone -

Yvonne - it sounds as though you are having a wonderful time. Thank you for explaining who Sean is. It sounds from your post that he is married to his work, and doesn't have much room in this life for a wife. Being single is all well and good while we are young and vibrant, but as we age and things begin to fade away having a spouse and children become very important.

Allie - I so agree with you about cleaning, and this is especially true for people like you who live alone, and don't have to worry about disturbing anyone if you choose to clean late at night. * Churches - I have found what makes an appealing and good church is number one - the members of the church and how they interact not only with each others, but just as importantly how they relate to new comers. New comers are tricky however - you want to be welcoming and friendly, but some people are a bit shy and if you come on the least bit too strong you run them off. But if the membership tends not to take an interest in them they can feel like they are unwelcomed guests. But (and the point of why I'm talking about this) is the pastor/rector/priest. If he or she isn't friendly, works well with the membership, provides a good sermon and service, then people will go elsewhere. If you left your old church because of this pastor, and you have a good church family there, perhaps now you can return. *The temp got up to 85 here yesterday, and this trend is suppose to continue until Thursday when things cool down a bit. It is a marvelous 59 degrees right now, and the air felt so nice as I fed and watered the birds.

Sue - I once used to get bursts of energy like you had, but unfortunately I haven't had one of those in years. They are such good feelings and a person can get so much accomplished when they have them. I'm a morning person, so when the sun goes down, I'm ready to go down too - smile. But when young, I pulled many a late nighter because I was working on something, and then I would have to be up early the next morning either to take care of family or I had an outside job as well as my homemaking responsibilities. You really did get lots accomplished. That had to make you feel good. * Thanks for your opinion on the veggie burgers.

Krys - we are most happy to have you as part of the team, and look forward to your posts.

Bonnie - I do so hope you are feeling better. *Shoes - I've gone from an 8 narrow to a 10.5 wide as I've aged. I've got a closet full of shoes that I can no longer wear. Finding wide shoes for women is next to impossible. The athletic shoes I wear I buy in the men's department since they look just like the women's and I can find shoes that fit there.

Have a good day and a good week everyone -

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@Allie, Thanks for the reminder about Clark shoes. I’d decided at one point to try them out, but had forgotten. I’ll have to look for them. I’m all about comfortable shoes. We like to explore new places, too. Even when staying in a motel, sometimes you can walk around the back and find beautiful residential neighborhoods. Once staying near Monticello in Virginia, I walked up a hill behind our motel and found a most gorgeous neighborhood and the azaleas were in bloom. What a treat, and hill walking too!

Ellen, looks like you’re back to your active life. I’ll bet your house is beautiful with all the painting you do! Impressive!

@Sue B. Spaghetti squash is a favorite! Having with served exactly like pasta spaghetti with delicious sauce is more delicious to me. Love it!

@Grace, we’ll have the lobster tonight. We were all too tired to cook last night. Some of the best we’ve ever had was at the wonderful Bar Harbor, Maine. That was a memorable night, feasting with sea gulls and boats all around us. The ocean air there, as here in San Diego, is invigorating.

@Slimmer, you made me laugh again. Every “crack and crevice” indeed…. Those medical people are truly invasive!
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@Shirley, yes Sean is our son. He’s not married, so we’re still his primary family, and he treats us very well. He’s a workaholic, so we’re trying to help him relax and take a break while we’re here.

@Bonnie, hope you get to feeling better soon. I hate the coughing and the sneezing that go with a cold. I’ve filled a whole waste basket with tissue sometimes.

@Cecile… hugs to you, too. May you feel at peace knowing how kind your were with Andre while he was sick.

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Good afternoon team:

Sue, No you are not nuts. I usually clean late at night or do other projects. I want to be outside too much during the day so I leave everything until the evening. I have trouble sleeping too.

I went to my new church and enjoyed the service very much. The church is having a big party for the new pastor next Sunday. They are hiring the new pastor for a part-time position. I went shopping after church, after I walked and did my pool exercises. I saw a woman from my old church. She said they fired the minister at my old church. He was the reason I left my old church along with many others. I wasn't too surprised and now more people are coming back to my old church. I might just go back next Sunday to see how they all are doing.

It is almost hot out today and that is fine with me. I am going to sit outside as long as I can.

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Hi Sparkfriends!
Supposed to have a "big rain" here today but so far nothing.
Shirley-I do like the Morningstar farm brands but only the chickpea burger and the black bean burger ( my fav). My son likes the Boca All American burger.
Today I made a big pot of veggie beef soup for the fam. I don't know what I will have yet-it will be something with rice as I cooked a pot of it today.
Did not make the trip to church today as there were digestive problems afflicting a family member-not a good thing.
I do not have to work until Tuesday so I am enjoying my time off. I was really possessed yesterday afternoon-switched out all my summer clothes, washed a bunch of winter stuff. Added to my pile to take to a local charity. Could not get sleepy to go to bed. I made the mistake of reading a paragraph about simplifying your life which stated to remove everything from your counters to eliminate clutter. So at midnight I was in the kitchen doing just that. Well, I could not remove everything but I did make a trememdous improvement.
Sometimes I think I'm nuts!!!! Lol !!!!

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Good morning! just dropping in to say hi. thank you to Shirley and Grace for their replies and to all who read my posts, I do read all of yours everyday. Have a Blessed day!!
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Good Morning, Team.

Coughing my head off here!! Sitting out in the sun yesterday felt good and put me to sleep!
I'm probably going to spend today out there also.

@Yvonne - Glad you are having a nice time in California. I've been to CA 3 times in my life and had a great time. I have relatives in Riverside, CA.

@Allie - Glad you found comfortable shoes. As an adult I have had a hard time finding shoes that were comfortable. In the past few years I've realized that I can't get anything but Wide when it comes to shoes. Whenever I've gone ahead with regular sizes I'm miserable. Now I'm having problems with just my right foot hurting at the sole. Only my sandals are comfortable.

@Ellen - Last night on TV there was a commercial for a knee injection that (so they say) is better than knee replacement for bone-on-bone pain. It injects lubricating fluid right into the knee. Don't know if this works or not but it sounded like a "breakthrough" in knee pain relief.
Hopefully more news will come out about it. Something to ask your doctor about.

@Grace - Thanks for the "multiple" Spark Goodies. They made me laugh.

I'm trying to decide if I really want to go to the Farmer's Mkt. or not. Of course I do!! I'll probably drive as I don't have enough energy to walk.

I hope everyone is having a great day.
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Happy Sunday Everyone -

Slimmer - when I turned 80 I didn't get anything from the President, and that was okay by me. I did get a letter, I think it was from the House of Representatives, but can't remember now if that was State or Federal, but I'm thinking it was State. If my dad did or not get a card when he turned 80 I have no idea. We gave him a party when he turned 90 - so I was there, and I know he got something from Newt Gingrich, but that's all I'm remembering. My dad was a Veteran.

Grace - I could make an appointment with my doctor for a body scan. My response about skin check-ups is that I expect more from primary care physicians than most of us seem to get. They get the Big Bucks to manage our care, and most I find have little interest in doing so. I know I have a certain amount of responsibility to look after my own health and well being, but it doesn't please me when I know what they are charging Medicare and other insurance for 15-30 minutes of their time, and are doing little or nothing except prescribing meds or perhaps answering a few questions. *As for my legs - they are a mess. I'm subject to blood clots, have edema, also arthritic ankles (yes both) and arthritic knees (both) and who knows what else. Faulty legs of course effect the hips and lower back, and drain energy. I have worn support stockings before, but neither shots, braces or stockings has ever been mentioned by my doctors in years. They have been advertising a type of brace that fits under the knee on TV that is supposed to help back aches and sciatic problems that have tempted me. But they always make these TV ads sound so good, but once you get the product you realize it is money down the drain.

Sue - I thought about you last night as I made me a veggie-burger for dinner. Do you make your own or use the frozen ones? If you use the frozen ones, which brand do you like best? I really prefer the Boca Burgers, but couldn't find them the last time I bought them and had to get Morning Star. Normally I like Morning Star products, but I'm not happy with these burgers.

Ellen - it sounds like you had a very busy day yesterday.

Allie - you too had a very busy and productive day.

Yvonne - it sounds as though you had a very nice birthday. Is Sean your son? I know you are vacationing in California, but I didn't realize if it was with friends, family or just a vacation trip. *I do so like lobster, but don't have it because of the high price in restaurants, and I have no idea how to cook them myself.

Bonnie - I hope you are feeling much better today. Colds are definitely no fun.

Krys - good to see your post and get an update on the twins. How excited you and your family must be. It is good to hear that all is going well. Thanks for the prayers for all of us. Those are definitely appreciated.

Make today a happy and healthy one -

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Hi All, can't sleep so drinking water and on the internet...

Grace... yes that was at Moffett but across the street they had a $150.00 before ins.. so it was paid for for all those tests... it was done by Nurse Practioners but since I went two times I did see a regular doctor that was on that day... and they looked in Every crack and crevis!
........plus even with a hysterectomy they say you still can get cancer so the pap is needed like ever 3-5 yrs... I thought I would never have to have it done either

Also on the Birthday card from the President... my Dad got one automatically I think when he was 80... but a Veteran gets them at age 70 and all others at age 80
........so Melvin can have one next year... it needs to be requested 6 weeks in advance and there are plenty of places on the internet to tell you how and where

I also could have had one for working in the same place for 30 years or retirement and they give them for being married at like 30 40 50 etc years

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ELLEN, How many jars of pear preserves do you make? Do you put in less sugar than the original recipe? It sounds like an interesting project.
I get 2 skin cancer checks a year, because we spend our winters in FL. I get one in CT and one in FL. Thankfully, I get to keep my underwear on for both doctors.

ALLIE, Enjoy your little break from your grandsons. No matter how much you love them or how well behaved they are, they can still wear you out. You’ll appreciate them all the more when you get to see them again.

YVONNE, I’m happy to read that you had such a nice birthday. I hope you enjoyed your lobster!

BONNIE, As you know, I’m very sorry you have caught a bad cold. I’m sorry I was in a “silly” mood today and “bombed” you with Spark Goodies. I couldn’t decide which one to send. How was your rest in the sun this afternoon?

KRYS, We’re having 80 degree weather also but it’s only supposed to last a couple of days. I’m trying to “start” tomatoes to take to FL and they can really use the warm weather to progress a little. They’ve been 2” tall for about 2 weeks.
Your grandbaby news is so exciting. I’ll be praying that everything continues to go smoothly with the pregnancy.

SHIRLEY, Can you just make an appointment and go to a different dermatologist, just so you can have peace of mind.
About the walking – I forgot that you had problems with your ankles. Would it help to wear ankle braces or support stockings if and when you decide to start walking again?

IRENE, I can see where M. would be reluctant to go to the Alzheimer’s Social Group if he feels self conscious or is in denial about his problem. He probably needs a “purpose” to go to a meeting or be working on a project while he’s there. Lots of Senior Centers have little wood working shops etc. and “Men’s Clubs”. I hope he is willing to try the doctor’s suggestion.

SLIMMER, Are you referring to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa? My sister-in-law passed away there, from lung cancer. She was in a clinical trial that didn’t work for her.
That’s a great idea to have gynecologists check for cancer while they’re doing the pap smears, except it wouldn’t happen for women after they get our age because we don’t get pap smears anymore, unless we have a history of female problems.
About giving Melvin something to look forward to – A couple of weeks ago I was telling him that on his 100th birthday he would get a birthday card form the president. He was real impressed with that possibility.
Here’s a “cute” story about Melvin, that happened on his 65th birthday – I was riding along in the car with him and he was crying and when I asked him what he was wrong he told me that now that he was 65 he was going to die because he was a "senior citizen". I informed HIM that he wasn’t going to die. He was going to be eligible for senior DISCOUNTS. I took him to Dunkin Donuts and asked them for a “SENIOR COFFEE”. He was thrilled! He thinks it’s a special blend that only SENIORS can get.
I also keep telling him that he will have a BIG party on his 85th birthday, just like he did on his 80th, last year.

SUE, I think I like spaghetti squash. I haven't had it for years. Thank you for reminding me. I'm putting it on my grocery list.

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Hi Sparkfriends.
Happy Happy Birthday Yvonne!
I am in the mood for veggies again-it seems that starches and veggies are all I'm craving once more. Fixed the fam hamburgers for dinner but had a veggie burger myself with all the fixins.
Got three wonderful squash at Aldi's yesterday for $1.69 each. Got a spaghetti squash, an acorn and a hubbard. Have cooked the spaghetti squash and will snack on it later.
Went walking this morning, got a shower gift for my first great granddaughter, did housework and then watched football the rest of the day. Auburn won-War Eagle!!!
Everyone have a blessed evening.

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emoticon A Belated Happy Birthday, Yvonne! emoticon emoticon

I worked on preparing more pears to make into pear preserves and I also prepared the back porch for painting tomorrow. Then I watched college football with my DH and went downstairs for a 30 minute bike ride while I finished my novel. My DH's cough has come back, so we may be seeing the doctor on Monday. But my son said his cough had also come back due to allergies. So strange.

Bonnie - I am so sorry to hear about your cold. I hope you get plenty of rest and chicken soup.

Slimmer- I only have to do a six months skin checkup a couple of times so they can be sure I don't develop more skin cancer. If no additional skin cancer show up, it will only be once a year. I think they are being over cautious, but I understand.

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Good evening team:

I like to explore neighboring towns I saw a parade, a car show, a book sale at the library and a town fair. This is what I like about this time of year. I was able to fit in my exercise while I was enjoying myself.

I went shopping for shoes and all is right with the world now. As everyone knows when you have trouble with your feet/walking a new pair of comfortable shoes can make all the difference. I bought a pair of slippers made by Clark and I don't want to take them off. They are slippers but I can wear them outside too.

My DIL's parents are visiting this weekend so I won't be taking care of my grandsons for a few days. I will be taking care of the boys the next two Fridays so I am going to enjoy my rest.

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Just checking in - have read everyone's post, but won't be answering individually. Jay and Sean are having breakfast (it's 2 p.m.) in the other room and I want to go join them.

We're in San Diego, and they opened lobster season with Sean's new boat last night. They didn't get home till 5 a.m., hence the late breakfast time. They were able to bring home two lobster which we'll have tonight. Yumm!!!

They took me out for birthday dinner last night, and I gave myself permission to eat without care. No dessert because I was simply too full. Nice seafood restaurant and the food was delicious.

Must go... they're calling.

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Good Afternoon, Team.

emoticon Happy Belated Birthday Wishes, Yvonne emoticon

I'm into full blown cold mode now so I'm feeling miserable. I did go to the Farm yesterday and didn't feel too bad but when I got home I was exhausted and miserable. I started taking some cold pills and, at least, was able to get a lot of sleep last night. Shortly I'm going to take my book outside in the sun and soak in the warmth!! DH said he'd pick up something for dinner (already prepared) while he is out. Thank you!! Planning a meal today & cooking it is way beyond my capabilities today.

@Slimmer - Those were really nice suggestions you gave Grace about her brother and giving him things to focus on in the future.

I hope everyone has a great day today.
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Good morning all! it is gorgeous day, going to be 80 all weekend not usually that warm here this time of year, my hometown will be buzzing with all sorts of people this weekend, they all drive here to see the colorful leaves. I live on the minn-wisc border separated by a river and rocky ledges so it is very pretty here plus a state part on the river with the entrance right in town. my daughter had her doc visit and the twins are growing fast and perfectly, Heartbeats are strong, she heard the heartbeats and heard them kicking! didn't realize you could hear that but her doc said that you can. 16 weeks now, next apt oct 22 she will hopefully find out the sexes of the babies! Praying that whoever needs anything to happen in their lives no matter what the issue, will get the answer they want. God is Powerful!
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Good Morning Everyone -

Yvonne - I don't know where my head is. For some reason I am having a hard time admitting to myself we are at the end of September. I hope you had a Marvelous Birthday yesterday, and that you are having a grand time in California.

Irene - it sounds like Maurice's doctor's visit was a good one. That Alzheimer's social group sounds like a good thing for him. I hope he'll stick with it for awhile as he may just come to like it.

Slimmer - I'm not big on doctors or lawyers, but when we need them we Really need them. Yes, I agree there are charlatans in all professions, I guess. And yes, I also agree I don't know why it is that we have to have a primary care doctor to send us to other specialists. When I said this once before someone pounced on my post that we needed specialists because it would be impossible (or perhaps they said hard) for one person to know everything about every disease or disorder, and I definitely couldn't disagree with that.

Ellen - good news about your dermatology visit. I've mentioned a number of times to my doctor about having growths all over my body and he hasn't once seemed to be the least concerned or even say let me see what you are talking about. He is certified in dermatology, (so he told me husband) and has found some suspicious growths on him, removed them and had them biopsied. All was well. He told my husband if he ever found anything he couldn't handle he'd refer him to a dermatologist, but he was certified to handle base problems. My point in saying all of this is that perhaps I need to just tell him I want an appointment for a full body scan.

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

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A quick hello on Saturday morning, our son Mike plus his daughter Amy are visiting us today,no never sleep I but I did today. Though I was awake for two hours in the night!
Yesterday ?Mauruce had a medical check Bp etc and he is to take in a first urine sample of the day in for testing. But mainly doctor was checking his understanding and was he capable of making decisions. Yes he is. Though he would forget them right away,mso she asked if he would go to an Alzheimer's social group . He was not keen, he is not a joiner of things and happy with his own company or or preferably mine too. But he did agree to try it, we await their invitation and some idea if what goes on. Have a good weekend. ,Irene

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY YVONNE!
I know it's only 7:46 in CA, so you're probably still out celebrating!

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Yvonne.... Did I see a little birdie fly by me just now and say it was your Birthday?

if so.... I HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT BIRTHDAY DAY!

where is the cake and ice cream?

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Hi All, I AM POOPED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I went to weaving for about 6 hours today... my butt is numb and I ache all over

but ... I Am Done with my weaving... next all I think I have to do is cut it off the loom and then sew 4 hems in what I did. It looks pretty good and the modern one looks interesting.

I put in 12 hours now out of class... only one other girl was in for a few hours the others still don't even have their loom threaded!...

Actually it is fun to do .. a little and very interesting to see how the patterns come out, but still not something that I feel that I would want to own a loom to make things... like how many things would I want to own that I would want to weave... but then I am going to paint lots pictures ????

Ellen... having the full skin checks are a good thing... I don't know that they need to be every six months... in town here a group does checks for free once a year... but they do not check you totally nude.... Moffett Cancer center when they did mamo pap and then full check nude.. even between toes.
.......... I think also I have mixed feelings about so many types of Drs. They need business... so I feel if I went to a skin dr... how do I really know they Really found something??? Back in Sarasota they caught a well known Dr who said he found all types of cancer.. but when they checked him out they found he was just saying so to make more money and the people did not have cancer... he is now in jail... for life!... because he falsified so many records for so many years

Grace... you do so well for Marvin... I am concerned with his statement of thinking he won't be there in a year... I don't think it is good to bring it up to him any more but maybe give him other dates way off in the future of happenings you all will go to... Like in a year and a half we will go to... or 2 years from now will be special birthday... or an anniversary and let him feel he is Needed to be part of that day... he needs more things to look forward to that you all need him to be there.

ohhhhhhhhh I have to go lay my bones down....

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I had a nice lunch with my ex coworkers and then saw my dermatologist. She did a complete body review and said everything looked good. I am to see her again in six months. I had never had that done before, but I think the basal cancer on my face forced it.

When I arrived home, I rode my stationary bike and read more in my book for 30 minutes. I can't wait until I can read some more on it. emoticon A novel will keep me motivated to ride!

As to becoming a vegetarian....I struggle with keeping my iron levels up now, so I guess I better just forget that. I have been taking Simvestatin for years and never have had any bad reactions. My body seems to handle medications very well.

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Good Afternoon Everyone -

I started this first thing this morning, and I'm just now finishing it. A lot of this and that going on today.

Slimmer - that weaving class does sound like Lots of work, but it also sounds as though you are enjoying it. As for your teacher getting huffy with you. Who knows what causes people to get this way for no good reason. Sometimes we are responsible knowingly or unknowingly, but at other times I know I have done nothing when people have gotten bad attitudes with me. There have been people that I've seemed to annoy, and I know I've done nothing. When it would keep happening I would know that it wasn't what I was doing that was annoying them, it was simply my existence - for whatever reason. In short - we can't please everyone; no matter how hard we try.

Allie - I'm happy that you have heard back from the Senator's office. I am so hopeful that they will be able to get those dangerous trees taken care of. *I understand well how quickly little ones can wear a person out. As said before, your daughter-in-law is so very fortunate to have you in her life as are those boys. Mothers today think they are entitled to time to themselves. When I brought my two children up there were no off days, a grandmother to take them or anyone else. I was in my late 30s I guess, an in the neighborhood where I lived were lots of young families. They had "over the hill" parties for friends turning 30 if you can believe that. Anyway, my next door neighbor told me one day that she was hiring a sitter for the day as she needed some time to herself. Another woman I met when we were moving around would rent a hotel room downtown for the weekend and would shop, see shows, whatever. As said such is nice, but in my household neither of those things would have been an option.

Grace - oh my! That was quite a statement from Melvin. *I'm glad you shared that experience you had after your mother's death. It is much like mine, and I'd never heard anyone say before they'd experienced the same time. When Mother died, it was after 2 weeks of spending the day, and I do mean all day at the hospital which was over an hour's highway drive and on the other side of Atlanta from my parents home. I had to make sure Daddy was taken care of, funeral arrangements, the reception back at the house (yes I had some help, the lady who used to work for Mother looked after the kitchen and food for me, and made sure the house was in good order); then I had to go through her things and dispose of them before I came back home so Daddy wouldn't have to do it. Mother's best friend expressed her concern one day, as it was obvious I was so busy (as she put it) taking care of Daddy and everyone else that I wasn't taking care of myself. *Thanks for the encouragement about walking. You know I know well how to do it, as I'm a very experienced walker. How well my body responds is something to find out. My son and DIL want my exercise bike, and I'm really having a hard time deciding what to do about that. Yes, I have an I phone, but opted out of the GPS because it would have been another fee. SP has a program that works with MapQuest (or another program like it) somehow, that is much as you describe your iPhone GPS. I can put in the street names where I walk and it will give me my distance. I feed in the time and it will give me my walking speed. I haven't used it in a few years, so hope that they haven't gotten rid of this tool when they've done these upgrades.

Ellen - I love Monarch Butterflies, but I've seen none where I am. I even tried to grow a Butterfly bush that didn't make it, and also Swamp Weed, that bit the dust too. Both were supposed to attract butterflies, namely Monarchs, but they didn't. *I hope your lunch with your ex co-workers went well. *Eating meat and it raising cholesterol - It is my understanding that it is namely red meat that does this. Meat is our best source for protein and red meat is what we need for iron. Yes I know we can get iron, protein, etc. from other sources too. Everything in moderation is the key.

Yvonne - thanks for checking in. Are you in Southern California or the northern part of the state? I have little experience with the state, and have never seen the northern part, but absolutely loved southern California - the weather and the Pacific Ocean - namely. Have a wonderful time.

Mary - congratulations on the ideal BP reading. Listen to your body when it comes to walking or doing any other type of exercise. "No pain - no gain" was recognized as being a bad idea many years ago.

Cecile - you indeed had a very productive day yesterday. That has to make both you and Val feel so much better.

Sue - good for you getting your cholesterol under control and off meds. *Re trees and utility companies. When we moved here the house was landscaped pretty well, but I put LOTS of money into an irrigation system and new plantings. I had two trees that didn't make it, but I put in a Cleveland Pear and the Bradford that was already here was doing well - I nursed both, and they were beautiful. We have power lines that run along the easement, and the power company came in one day and not only cut down my beautiful trees, but wreaked havoc all along the power lines through the subdivision taking out all trees within a certain distance from the lines. My trees were iffy as to whether they would Ever be a problem for those power lines. I applaud the woman who stood up to that company, but so sorry that she was repaid so unkindly by that tree falling on her house.

Bonnie - I thank you for your encouragement, but as I told Grace you should know from reading my posts that I know well to start slow with exercising - walking or any other type - and build Very slowly. With arthritic ankles I've been told by a podiatrist that I can never fitness walk again unless I want pain mainly in my heels. However my legs are weak, so I will have to see what I can and cannot do. But... having said this, number one - fitness walking like I once did, I know I won't ever be able to do, but perhaps slow walking for short periods won't hurt. I'm going to try and see. As for shopping the stores, I wouldn't even try to walk these big stores like I do without the aid of a cart - even if I'm just looking. I should be carrying that cane, but I don't.

Have a good day everyone -

Shirley

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Hi Sparkfriends!
Mary-about the cholesterol issue. I was a low fat veggie for several years in an effort to stay off statins but never could get my numbers where they needed to be. So I finally gave in and began taking Simvestatin. Total cholesterol now high normal and HDL/LDL within normal limits.
Allie-interesting and true story about trees....Several years ago a local lady went to war with the power company refusing to let them cut down a tree in her front yard which was endangering the lines. She actually won and became a local "hero". Sadly during one of our high wind events the tree was blown down upon her house. Took the lines with it so guess who came out to remove the tree from her house?? That's right ! The power company!!!! Sometimes we just get what we ask for don't we???
Slimmer-I think weaving can be dangerous to life and limb.
(((Cecile))) Mourning is so personal. You do not have to be "strong" and there is no shame in being "weak". Those are just words which mean nothing. Grieve as your heart dictates with no regrets. As far as what others may say-they are not your judge.
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Good Morning, Team.
I think I picked up a cold from somewhere. After I went to bed last night I started feeling congested and having a sore throat. I had a heck of a time getting to sleep and just couldn't breathe very well. When I woke this morning I still wasn't feeling that much better & now I'm dragging around--partly from the cold and partly because I didn't get much sleep. I haven't had a cold in quite awhile so I guess I was DUE.

@Grace - That was a scary thing Melvin said. Maybe he could see how you were struggling with him and thought maybe you wouldn't take him next year. Who knows.

@Mary - I read the article you referenced about statins. DH & I both take Lipitor but I take a smaller dose. I also take CoQ10. My doctor didn't recommend it. I just read that it's a good thing to take with statins. I don't remember ever having any muscle problems since I've been on Lipitor that I couldn't trace to overexercise. I do have a friend who won't take it because of muscle pain. Like Ellen said--there are articles for and articles against and they all sound very reliable. Everyone has to try to educate themselves and decide what they will and won't take. My friend who had breast cancer is supposed to be taking Fosamax but she is dragging her feet due to an article she saw against taking it. She made some good points but I have taken it for several years and according to my bone density scans it is doing some good for my bones. As soon as my bones stop improving, I'll stop taking it.

I feel the same about our discussion about what foods are good or bad for us and how these labels change over the years. All of us on this team are "seniors" and by now we should know what we believe and don't believe. I think we all KNOW what is good for us and what isn't--at least I feel that way. Not overdoing any one thing is the best way to go. I don't know of any food that is considered BAD in small amounts--I may be wrong.

@Shirley - It would be wonderful if you would start exercising again. Like Grace said--Start VERY SLOW and work up to at least 10 min. If you can walk around WalMart, you can exercise!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.
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SLIMMER, Have a snack before class!


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Hi All 66 at 11pm... was 68 when I came home .. shorts were ok especially inside tonight.

Ellen... with all the activity you do you could handle what has to be done in weaving... just lots of getting up and down and round and round and round and stretching in odd ways... and usually only one time on the floor... you could do it... we all just move Slowwwww

...all the girls are mentioning they are sore

I am way ahead of everyone right now... the teacher is getting a bit worried and trying to get the other girls to say when they will come in and put in the 3 hrs to each class... she even kind of got huffy with me ... I don't know dawwwww I'm the one putting in the extra time

I now have about 3 in done of an 8 in project... then I have to redo it in another material... the other girls even haven't thought of the other materials to get..

what I have done actually looks good... Each long thread when threading it for the pedals to work I had to mark off one by one all 192 threads... Now for the side to side... I use two colors first off white then orange and keep alternating... and I look at a pattern and each time I use a color I have to see what pedal that one move wants me to step on.. so I slide the color then check it off the sheet .. slide the color and check it off the sheet... it is not real fast and ya just don't put the shuttle back and forth back and forth.... Not so bad after all the set up

Weaving Aerobics.... ok... works for me, but I also get worn out and so hungry I eat more than enough to make up for the loss.

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Good evening everyone:

Grace: I heard from the senators office in Harrisburg. I called the Philly office and asked for her e-mail so I can keep everyone in the loop. I think I might be getting somewhere with these dang trees and it will be such a relief. I love trees and hate to see them go. In this case they need to go because of all the problems they are causing. The first one is dead and is a hazard. The second one is hanging over a power line and the electric company won't do anything about it. The third one is hanging over my yard and driveway and the fourth one is hanging over my shed and it is damaging the roof. Even if I wanted to pay to have the trees trimmed/removed , which I don't ,they don't belong to me and I need permission from whoever owns the property next door. The government owns it now and that is how I wound up at the Senators office.

I have my grandsons for the night. I showed them the grandkit and they loved it. We took the frisbee outside and played with it, we read one of the books and we played some games.

Yvonne: Enjoy your vacation in CA. I only went to Northern CA. once and I wasn't in the nicest area. Someday I would like to see other parts of CA.

Cecile: You are in my thoughts and prayers. Cry if you need to and don't worry about how it looks. It is quite natural to cry at a funeral.

The boys are in bed and their Mother will pick them up in the morning to take them to school. The 4 year old did not want to go to sleep but after about an hour he finally went to sleep.
These boys wear me out but I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world.

I hope everyone had a good day.

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Good evening team, I'm slowly recuperating from my trip to the fair, with brother Melvin in tow. I might have to ask for help next year. Although, on the way home, he made the "profound" statement that he "won't be here next year". I asked him where he planned to be but he wouldn't answer me.
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ELLEN, I take Zocor but can only take half a dose because I get “statin induced muscle myopathy”, which causes muscle pain and weakness. A few years ago I had an extremely high CK test, which measures the breakdown of muscle tissue. I hardly ever eat meat but my cholesterol is always over 200. I think I inherited the problem from my father.
Have a great lunch with your former co-workers.
Don had the sleep study and got the CPAP machine but hated it so back it went. Strange thing is he used to be a very loud snorer and had sleep apnea but doesn’t have either problem anymore.

YVONNE, I love what you said to Cecile and it’s so true. We are standing shoulder to shoulder to support her.
Is the trip to CA just a vacation? I have a DD that lives near Sacramento so I only go for family visits and Don never goes. It must be so much more fun having Jay with you.

MARY, As I told you on your Sparkpage, I voted for you today as a “Fitness Motivator”. You’re doing such a great job. Just make sure to pace yourself so you don’t lose too many walking days due to muscle soreness.

CECILE, It sounds like you’re coming along nicely with cleaning out stuff. This will help give you “closure”. About your crying versus not crying – I can assure you that NOBODY will judge you because you might cry at Andre’s funeral. I think it’s absolutely EXPECTED and would be very surprised if you DIDN’T. It will be a great stress reliever to get you through the day. Bottom line is to go with the flow and don’t hold back the tears. But if the tears decide to wait and come at a later time, that’s fine as well.
When my Mother died, years ago, in the month of December, I didn’t “break down” until I was in a store just before Mother’s Day and realized that I would never buy her another Mother’s Day card for the rest of my life. I left the store, quickly, in tears.

BONNIE, We’re also having rain, for the first time in WEEKS. I’m sorry you’re having nerve pain in your foot. It’s good that the Birkenstocks work for you. Can you buy a pair for the colder weather? You won’t want the sandals in the dead of winter.
I’m glad you reminded Cecile to concentrate on all the good times she’s had with Andre.

SHIRLEY, I’m happy to read that Mary has motivated you to consider taking your Hurrycane for a walk. If I were you, I’d start by going no more than 2 -3 minutes away from your car and then back to the car, so the total walk will be 4-6 minutes. And after a few days, when that starts to feel easy (hopefully) then add one more minute to your total walk. Just don’t add the minutes on too fast. It’s better to be very conservative about adding on more time to your walk.
About having a GPS – Don’t you have a smart phone? I have 2 map apps on mine. I just type in the address I’m looking for and get audio turn by turn directions. A couple of weeks ago, I screwed up, trying to get directions to a beach that I knew was about 15 minutes away. And they started giving me directions to a beach in CA!! I knew I had made a mistake when it said it was 48 hours AWAY! What’s the old saying? “Garbage in, Garbage out.”
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IRENE, I hope you had a better day today than yesterday. What do think caused your dizziness?

SLIMMER, You’ve invented a new exercise class – Aerobic Weaving! After you do all that bending and stretching for a few more times it will get easier for you. I’m waiting to see the finished product on your profile!

SUE, I’m joining Allie in envying you for wearing shorts. I only wear shorts when I go for my walks but do miss my culottes. Our weather is supposed to be in the 80s, again, this weekend, so I’m not packing the shorts and culottes away yet.

ALLIE, How are the “tree wars” going with your neighbor’s house? Did you try out the grandkits on your grandboys yet?

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*Ellen...a friend sent me this link this afternoon about statins. It's interesting reading: http://www.joyoushealth.ca/blog/2009/09/11
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I had another book study this morning which was interesting. Then I vacuumed and dusted before lunch. I MADE myself go downstairs and I did my 20 minutes of weights and then rode my bike for 20 minutes. I picked up 4 books on the Elm Creek Quilt series and read 3 chapters. It is easy to ride and read them. It keeps me very interested.

Tomorrow I have lunch with my ex co-workers. My son is being transferred to the same building they work in and I expect next month to invite him to go with us. I think he would enjoy meeting them. This new building is only 5 miles from his house using a country road as opposed to him driving into the city on interstates that they are always working on.

Shirley - On the Weather Channel today they were talking about radar picking up a massive migration of Monarch butterflies over St. Louis. I thought that was so cool. * I am thinking of grabbing my can and walking again just to force myself to go forward with knee surgery. If I can't walk a mile, I probably need to have the surgery done. Everyone should be able to walk.

Cecile - I am brought up that it was a sign of weakness to cry at funerals, so I never did. All of my sisters and I stood together stanchly at our father's funeral. I don't even recall seeing my mother ever cry over his death. She caught me crying in the bathroom once and held me so tight. That was 34 years ago and I still remember it. I think you should do what you feel is right for you. We are all different in how we react. We will all be praying for you and your family in this difficult time.

Yvonne - how wonderful that you are on a get-a-way. You certainly deserve it after that big move!

Mary - I did not realize that not eating meat might allow you to get off cholesterol medication. I read good and then bad things about the impact of statins on our body. My doctor thinks they are a miracle drug. He says I inherited high cholesterol and nothing I do will help. Hmmmm.

Bonnie - I have never had a sleep test. I had a friend who had sleep apnea and had to wear that machine at night. I can see why you don't want that, but he would stop breathing at night. My step-son was having that problem, and he joined a gym, lost lots of weight by counting calories and exercise. He looks so good now and has no problems.

Slimmer - you sold me- I never, never will take a weaving class! That is too hard physically.

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Slimmer, I enjoy so much your weaving stories.

Cecile, I wouldn’t worry about how you act at Andre’s celebration of life. My mother was criticized for NOT crying at her father’s funeral (they were very close). It bothered her the rest of her life. Whatever you feel like doing IS the right thing to do. You’re right, you have all your SP sisters grieving with you and standing shoulder to shoulder with you in support.

I’m in California now. Jay and I flew here yesterday and enjoying the California sun. It was pretty hot just now as we walked down to an Italian bistro for lunch, so I’m going to have to get out early tomorrow if I want to walk.

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I had my blood pressure checked this afternoon...123/74. Yeah!
Since I'm a vegetarian now, and because I walk 35-40 km/week, I get to go off the cholesterol medication for three months and see what happens. Crossing my fingers I get to wave goodbye to that little pill :)
I've been on blood pressure and cholesterol medications for a couple of years. I would love to get rid of both of them eventually.
Not much walking today. My legs were aching a bit and keeping me awake in the night. I will have to remember to take Advil at bedtime whenever I go over 12,000 steps.
I had to go up to the church and print some handouts for Saturday. This is Applefest weekend and our church is a block from the street fair. People always want to park in our lot. Last year we decided to welcome them to our parking lot with a hand out with info on our church. We tell them parking is free, but we do accept donations. Most people happily give so they don't have to walk any further than necessary. I guess this is why I am selling pies...I'd tell them to park on the edge of town and walk in...lol!
Burgers (veggie for me!) and salad for dinner. Lorne will be a happy guy :)

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Good morning everyone!

It is nice and hot today. Val said Indian Summer is here! I can take that.

Errands have been done. I even got some stuff out of the house and put in the shed. I had a bag for the recycle bin. Val said she took it out before we left. I had not noticed but I thanked her for it.

My slacks have been picked up, the walker has been adjusted and my black shoes bought. I even found a scrubber with an extra long handle to enable me to take my shower without difficulty. I think we did good.

After I got home, I called André`s sister Marie-Paule to update her on the mass on Saturday. She said she was tempted to call me before but resisted knowing I had lots of stuff to do. I told her that I had thought of calling her but didn`t because I would have had to tell her I had nothing to tell her. She will be calling her sister Cecile to update her. I felt good after I called.

This afternoon it the notary. I hope things will be good there.

Later.....

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Good Morning, Team.

It is 63 degrees out and has been raining since 8PM last night. We really need the rain and it keeps me from having to water the garden. So it's good.

Went to the movie last night and walked around Arundel Mills Mall. Walking around malls really tire me out and make my right foot hurt. I've tried all sorts of inserts for my shoes, etc. and can't seem to totally remove the pain. If I stop for awhile it goes away so I'm thinking it's some kind of nerve pain. It doesn't seem to bother me when I wear my Birkenstock sandals. Maybe I need to wear them all the time!

Have any of you had a sleep study test? My friend, Janet, had one recently and I asked her about it and what happened. She said she slept for awhile and woke up at 3AM. She asked the tech if she could leave and he said she had slept enough. I thought you had to stay for the whole time. She was shown a "mask" that she said wasn't too large and bulky and was then told that she'd have to come in again for ANOTHER sleep study wearing the mask and being hooked up to the machine. She refused. DH says that he really thinks I should have it and it would help me from feeling tired all the time. He also said maybe I'd lose more weight since I wouldn't be so tired. {Is that a HINT from him that I should lose weight?!!!} My Cardiologist also thinks I should have it. I'm trying to make up my mind. I'm a little claustrophobic and I'm not sure I could wear the mask at night comfortably.

@Cecile - Don't worry if you cry during the funeral. That is definitely to be expected. You loved him and are sad to say goodbye. No one will think anything less of you. You are a strong lady, my friend. Concentrate on all the GOOD times you and Andre had.

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

Irene - thank you, I had no idea that system for filing yarn had a name. Remember I haven't done any cross-stitching in years, but I did quite a bit of it before then, and I really enjoyed it. I think I have 3 or 4 of those boxes. I was so happy when I discovered them, as it made collecting different colors and finding what I needed so much easier.

Mary - Congratulations! I know I'm not supposed to fitness walk any longer, but you know what I may just grab my Hurrycane or walking sticks and start trying short walks and see how I do. There is a relatively flat stretch of sidewalk on the next block, and I could drive the car there and give it a try. Thanks for the nudge and encouragement.

Slimmer - good for you being able to get down on the floor and wrestle with that loom. I so miss being able to do that, as so much in gardening and house maintenance requires being able to do so. Sorry your skinned your leg however. Those kinds of scrapes really hurt.

Cecile - it is amazing how much you've gotten accomplished and it sounds like it is going to be an absolutely beautiful funeral and reception after. A few thoughts on crying - I understand as I write this that I'm talking about a parent and not a spouse. A number of years before my dad and step-mother died, they went and made funeral arrangements for them both. The funeral home gave them little books to fill out telling who they wanted as pall bearers, music, favorite Bible passages, and on and on. A wonderful little organizer. They waited for my visit and had me fill them out for them. I was doing just fine with Daddy's until we got to the music and Daddy said he'd like the hymn "In The Garden" when he said that I lost it, and got up and left the table crying. Poor Daddy didn't know what on earth had happened. I heard him say what's wrong isn't that a hymn - smile. Hazel (step-mother) explained, and I gained my composure pretty quickly, returned and we finished the booklets. I can't remember crying at the funeral but I may have. Tears are expected, Cecile, so if you start crying I don't want you to be embarrassed at all. There were no eulogies at either of my parents funerals. I thought about giving one at Daddy's, but was afraid (actually knew) if I tried to talk that I would cry for sure, and I didn't want that. Just remember that crying is a tension release, and if you need to cry do so. No one will think a thing about it.

Sue - be happy you can still wear shorts. I used to live in short shorts during the summer, but now my legs have gotten so bad I don't want to wear dresses any longer unless they are ankle length. This is a biggie for me, because while I never criticized women for wearing nice slack outfits to church, I would never have gone to church other than dressed nicely in an outfit with a skirt. For me it is simply a means of respect. But as said about exercise and other things here, as we age we must expect change and accept different ways of thinking about things. But... I do miss the days of wearing shorts, and skirts and high heeled shoes - smile.
Grace - you deserve a medal - no perhaps a trophy emoticon - for all you do for Melvin. I hope you aren't too worse for wear today.

Ellen - thanks for clearing up the misunderstanding about your mom and her being able to leave the nursing home. I truly did misunderstand your post.

Bonnie - for what it is worth, there are places around here where I don't go because of not knowing the area well. So you aren't alone in feeling apprehension about driving to that mall. I keep threatening to buy me a GPS, but so far haven't. It sounds like you had a nice time with your friends. That's always a good thing, or at least for me.

Make today a happy and healthy one everyone -

Shirley

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emoticon ATTENTION ALL "NEW MONTH - NEW ME!" CHALLENGERS and WOULD BE CHALLENGERS -

We are into the last week of another Challenge - September 2014 Challenge. This month has flown by so fast that I must thank Bonnie for the gentle nudge that we are in the last week of September, as it really hadn't clicked in for me that this month is almost gone. This Challenge will end on Tuesday, September 30th. The October Challenge will begin on Wednesday, October 1st and will end on Friday, September 30th! If you know you will be joining the October Challenge, or if you've been a Challenge member and don't plan to return in October I'd appreciate knowing that too as soon as you can.

For next week I'm going to suggest that we skip our normal Monday check-in, since Tuesday is the last day of the month, and report in on Wednesday, October 1st giving me your exercise minutes for the last full week in September plus the last two days of the month which occur in the new week. Of course your exercise minutes for October will begin on the 1st, and you will report the 1st -5th on Monday, October 6th as usual.

I also have one more 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 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, but briefly - you will need to give me your weight as of October 1st. Keep up with your exercise minutes beginning October 1st, and then on Monday, October 6th - report in on the "New Month-New Me!" Challenge thread and give me your minutes for those days. Then each Monday thereafter you will give me your exercise minutes for the previous week, just as you did this time. You might wish to say how you did weight-wise to keep yourself accountable, but I won't need your exact weight again until the last day of the Challenge Friday, October 31st.

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

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Hi on Thursday, I had an off day yesterday feeling tired and dizzy so didn't do much oniy what had to be done,
Shirley yes that's the striated system most stitchers use, platic boxes and little,bobbins to wind the threads on.i have 9 boxes of wound threads plus several plastic drawer sets if threads on skeins, I do not need to buy another thread in my life. All I need is time to use some .
Cecile, it's not making a fool of yourself if you cry at a funeral or any time. It sounds a wonderful ceremony and farewell. Very fitting for his life . A thinking of you, warm wishes Irene

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I survived the busy-ness of the day and still managed to fit in three walks. AND...accomplished my 20,000 step/day goal :) Not so long ago 10,000 in a day seemed impossible. Next goal will be 25,000!

Night all...pleasant dreams :)

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Hi All, 65 at 9pm... Shirley... I had said.. no shorts .......at night.... in the day is ok and of course shorts in the house.

Cecile... everything sounds like it is going to be a good day for you.

I spent 6 hours more in setting up my loom today... I ache! I had to get on the floor and one time the better part came apart on me and skinned my shin... which made 2 teachers looking for broken skin and blood... that wood is heavy and I have to take all those piece apart and lifting.... I should count this as lifting weights... I got all 192 threads put in the right little pattern holes and then again... through the reed or the batter... Whewwwwwwwwww
.......at least the teacher came in for her teacher day so she could help at times that made up for her lack of organization

didn't go to the free dress rehearsal tonight in Gainesville... I could not find any phone number to call to make sure it was the right night and time...its ok I'm hurting

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Good evening everyone.

What a day!

We did visit the priest. He said that he was flabbergasted when he heard of André`s passing.

We are going to have a beautiful ceremony. I had requested one singer and the organ player. He arranged for 4 singers and the organ player for the same price. The hymns I requested are to be done with no problem. I mentioned about the Legion ceremony towards the end of the mass and he said that he would speak to the person in charge and schedule it. Since he has a mass at 4 he may not come to the reception. I totally forgot to invite him. I will mention it to him on Saturday.

He loaned me a beautiful poem this afternoon. It speaks of the 4 seasons of a persons life. It describes my hubby to a T. I will be asking my daughter`s partner to do the reading. Val is thinking of doing a eulogy. I told her not to feel pressured. If she does it fine and if not it`s fine again. The one she read to me at supper time, was so beautiful it made me cry.

The one thing that is worrying me at the moment is that I don`t make a fool of myself at church. Like my sister-in-law Beth said this afternoon, I have to look at this ceremony as a celebration of André`s life and not mourn his departure. As far as I`m concerned, it`s easier said than done. But I will make a huge effort. I will certainly be thinking of all of you praying for me. I`m sure it will be comforting.

Through crossed wires, we never did go for the walker. That is now scheduled for tomorrow a.m. Then we pick up my slacks at the seamstress. I even got a chance to show Val where her shop is. We then come home for lunch and then the notary at 2 p.m.

Friday is a free day at the moment. I am reserving that day for housework. Guy cut the grass yesterday so that is done. I asked him if he will continue working for me and he said he would. I told him next time he comes, we do the flower beds.

That is all for now. See you tomorrow.

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us. emoticon

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Hello team:
You just had to rub it in about the shorts, didn't you Babybee. I am sitting outside and I have to go in, it is getting too cool and windy.

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Hi Sparkfriends!!
Cooler here but in the low 80's. However yesterday morning it was 52!!-Had to wear a jacket to work!!
Hubby and I went a few days ago to Lowes and got mums for decorating the front porch. Took my summer flowers and put them on the back deck. When the weather gets a little cooler I will get some pumpkins for decoration. Also got a fall wreath for the front door at Hobby Lobby.
Friday night we will either go to granddaughters football homecoming (she is a cheerleader) or will go to a football banquet for a 1964 team hubby coached. Looking forward to either one!!
PS: typing this wearing shorts!!! Lol !!!

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Good Afternoon -

I won't respond to everyone now who posted, but did have a short message for Ellen. I was gone for a few hours today. I had to go to the pet store, Target and Walmart - grocery and pain killer shopping. I came home hot, tired and hungry. I brought back Subways for our mid-afternoon dinner.

Ellen - watched "Scorpion" with our meal. All I can say is WOW! What a terrific show. My husband and I both are drawn to intelligent people, but people as smart as that crew are beyond belief. Wouldn't you love to have a mind like that?

Slimmer - you mentioned not wearing shorts since it had gotten cooler. People here certainly haven't stopped wearing them, and skimpy tops with them. I saw lots in short shorts and skimpy tops while shopping. Weather Bug says it is 75 degrees.

Have a good evening everyone - sleep well.

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Hi team! Just a quick "drive-by" to say I'm recuperating from taking special bro,Melvin,
to the BIG E fair in MA yesterday. I used my walking app and figured out that I pushed my 200 lb brother 3.22 miles while we were there. We were there from noon until 7, but I was only walking for 96 minutes of that time. The rest of the time was waiting for shows to start, sitting in the circus, standing still watching a parade, standing still while watching him ride the merry-go-round 3xs or sitting on the Ferris wheel rides with him. I don't hurt as much as I expected to, today.
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Hello everyone!

I feel so grounded by checking in here. Thank you for being such good listeners.

Val and I have an appointment with the priest this afternoon. Then I want to go to the store where I bought André`s walker last January and have it adjusted for my height. At the same time, I want to look at black shoes. I may buy a pair. Then it`s to the drugstore to bring his unused meds and close his file. Then to the grocery store to pick up a few items. Our rest this evening will be well deserved.

Later.....

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Shirley - I left the wrong impression with my post. My sisters take my mother places and their homes and even back to my Mother's home for the afternoon or evening. She can leave up to 72 hours but everyone has to know how to check her sugar and give her insulin, so I don't think the 72 hours will happen.

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Good Morning, Team.

It is 61 degrees outside and very cloudy. Supposed to rain later today.

Yesterday I had early dinner with my 2 friends (sorry Peggy) from work. Janet & I have kept in close touch since she moved to Bethany Beach, DE after she retired but our friend Cindy has been busy with work, children, church, etc. and we haven't seen her in 5-6 years (we couldn't remember exactly how long it's been). My fears and stress about driving to Annapolis Mall (I've been there several times but DH always drives) were unfounded & I had no trouble. We had a wonderful time "catching up" and remembering the past. None of us wanted to leave but it started getting dark and Janet had to drive back to Delaware. We promised to get together again soon. I hope it happens. DH gave me his "cheesecake order" before I left so I came home with a big bag from the Cheesecake Factory.

Today DH & I are going to Arundel Mills Mall and see the movie "This is Where I Leave You". The trailers on the TV look like it should be a good movie. I hope so. Since they closed our local theater for renovations this Spring, we haven't been to any movies. Progress on the work is looking to be very slow!!

@Slimmer - Getting away from all media entirely may have been okay several years back but now it is a necessity to stay "connected". I'm guilty of spending way too much time on the computer but I'm so "interested" in so many things and I can't get enough of "internet surfing". The genealogy work takes a great deal of time and I lately haven't seemed to have much time to work on that--though during the winter I find more time. DH has the radio on nearly 24 hours every day. Music is nice but my ears get "tired" and I need to "see" my entertainment on TV. But it doesn't go on until after 7PM. Through GoodReads I'm getting more and more back to reading but that doesn't take away from my TV programs. It is all a time management thing.

I hope everyone is having a great day.
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Good Morning all:) Sorry I haven't been checking in...another crazy busy week for me! I'm sitting with a friend from church this afternoon. She had a quadruple bypass recently and is just home this past Monday. I went yesterday morning as well. I think she has 2 nurses coming this afternoon, at different times, plus a PCW. It might be relaxing...lots of time to read my new book (#5 in Diana Gabaldon's 'Outlander' series). Bible study at church this evening, but I think I might need to crash by then...lol.
We're getting ready for 'Applefest' this weekend. Our church has a booth and we sell pies that the ladies have made. We usually sell out by noon time :) Lorne wants to start our fall yard clean-up after that's done. Good grief.
Next week should be calmer! Altho the lady who just had the heart surgery is our Outreach coordinator at church and always organizes our Christmas Bazaar and Tea...she told me yesterday she won't be able to do it this year. Guess who her back up is? lol... There are lots of willing workers, I just have to organize them and tell them what to do. I should be able to handle that...I hope!
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Good Morning Everyone -

I took a good friend to lunch for her birthday yesterday. The weather was divine. We sat on the patio overlooking a very small lake and no wind to blow things away. We had a server to end all servers, absolutely Marvelous, and she got a Big tip to show our appreciation.

Irene - where today's electronic gadgets are being used for bad things by many, I'm like you, I would be lost without them all. I'm not as big on gadgets as is my husband, but I sure do enjoy the ones I have. *I hope your service man wasn't scared off by your gated community. I thought most of them would be use to such. The friend I took to lunch lives in a gated subdivision, and I've got where I don't want to go to her house any longer, as getting through that gate can be such a hassle. Having said that, I have always thought I would like to live in a gated community. Organizing thread, I don't know if they are still available or not, but in the years I did counted cross-stitch, I found some thread organizer plastic boxes that I just love. They have little cardboard spindles that you wrap your thread around, with labels of the color number, and you just file them like you would files in a file cabinet. *I'm glad you enjoyed that little tidbit I shared yesterday.

Slimmer - like Irene, it sounds like you had a very productive day yesterday. *As for weather, it sounds like yours is much like ours right now. But the temps keep bouncing up and down here. Some mornings we almost need the heat, and by afternoon we need the air conditioning. * I had wondered if that "media blackout" didn't have something to do with that class you are taking. Thanks for explaining.

Sue - Ah another Downton Abbey fan. There are several of us on this team. Irene and then Bonnie put me onto that show, and I am so happy they did. *I didn't realize you have a UTI. So sorry to hear this. I had a case of it plus Shingles a few years back, and it landed me in the hospital for the better part of a week, and then I had a visiting nurse once a week for a month or better. Boy was I sick with that thing.

Ellen - I can't imagine why that nursing home wouldn't allow your mother to leave for those visits. And as thoughtful and caring as your sisters are, I'm sure they would see to it that she did, and see to it that she saw her sister also. *Oh My... I did tell all of you about my intended lunch date yesterday, forgive me for repeating myself today, but it really was an exceptional afternoon. *We've got Scorpion recorded, but we haven't watched it as yet. Another new show you might like is "Forever." It is about a doctor who can't die. He is an ME, so it makes it more of a cop drama, I guess. They have done a masterful job of making this a part of the story without it being overdone. The pilot was Sunday and the first episode last night. We watched the Season Finale of "Under The Dome" last night. Tonight the NCISs return, and I'm really looking forward to those, especially the new one set in New Orleans. The Los Angeles one won't start until this coming Monday. * Glad you liked that little post. I felt like it spoke to all of us and our weight loss struggles - smile.

Cecile - thanks for checking in. I know this is a hard week for you. Know we are thinking of you.

Have a good day everyone -

Shirley

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