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GRAMMIEOFTWO
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4/18/14 4:01 P

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Hello team,

I am putting pictures up on all the walls and I had pictures developed of my grandsons. I am going to put them in frames and put them on the wall on the sun porch.

I went to the Y and did some exercises. I had to take it easy because I have been in pain since yesterday and I am unable to take anything for it. I took an Aleve the other day and it made me sick. When I first became disabled the doctors were prescribing all kinds of narcotics for me. My system can not handle them at all.

It is gradually getting warmer here. I need to take a short walk outside and then I can work on my projects. I used to lie down when I was in pain but sometimes if I just keep moving it distracts me and keeps my mind off of the pain. I have learned to live with it and I know there are others that are a lot worse off then I am.

I hope everyone has a good evening. Allie emoticon





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4/18/14 1:11 P

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Hi All, Burrrr windy and cold 60 degrees out... not comfortable at all out there!

School today.. I just cleaned up my last project,,, it is done... THEN I broke off the top.. but ok, she said it was fine if I just glue it on After the firings. got back the last project out of the kiln and it looks good.. just have to put it together.

But, one girl in class found her project totally smashed up today.. a workman left gloves nearby.. and who know what he did but it was totally ruined... now that was bad!

Bought cookies to take to Easter dinner the lady I used to paint with has had me over the past 3 years with her family... she likes cookies.

Diet Dr Pepper is also on sale at WalMart for $1.00.. no way am I paying $1.44 or higher for a soda bottle.. actually the .84 cent stuff is as good!!!

Grace.. have not looked for a reset button on Treadmill.. it is a cold room and too much stuff around it.. and Gee, I would have to bend over to do that... not into it.

Sugar 107 this AM... not sure why it is fluxuating... When I first got labeled diabetic... it took me MONTHS to get it even under 140... so I should be patient it is as low as it is now...... was 89 the other afternoon...

I should normally never go lower than say 70 and don't think I ever saw say 83 on my meter.. .. if I would ever even get down that low. My pancreas and liver are running normal and they would kick in if I needed the insulin ...

It is when people who have damaged livers and pancreases that cannot kick in which would make them go lower and especially if they take any pills or insulin shots that lower their sugar... then they would be in big trouble.

As to my Sleep Award Program on Spark... missed so far Bedtime.. by like 20 min. two times and only one time did I get up in the night.. we had a big storm going on. Otherwise I am pretty much going to bed on time and Staying there!.. Some nights I am almost sleeping all the way through!!! (no getting up and eating!)

I think next to getting my Sugar where it should be for a Goal.. that Getting my Sleep like it should be is a good next Goal..... Working on it!

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4/18/14 10:51 A

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Good morning team! We are leaving FL in 2 weeks, so I will be on "hiatus" from posting during this time. I've GOT to get serious about packing and cleaning. I'll still be reading the posts and doing my fitness minutes etc. and will check in very briefly now and then. We will be arrive in CT on May 5th and then take a few days to get partly settled in. Then I can start "Sparking" again.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Irene - oh my how times does fly by fast, doesn't it? * Alzheimer's - I heard a report on the news this week that said a large percentage of us would get this awful disease before we die. They gave the percentage, but I'm not remembering that right now. This wasn't something any of us wants to hear. It wasn't too many years back that we even had heard of Alzheimer's. *I know you are looking forward to your son's (who lives in Switzerland) visits this summer. *About the class Joan's granddaughter is taking - if I read her posts correctly that class is coed.

Gwynlee - my mother liked to use sayings a lot, as most who've been on this team for a long time know reading my posts. One she used a lot was, "it is always darkest before the dawn." I don't know if this will help you to remember this, but it sure has helped me get through some trying times in the past.

Joan - that sounded like a typical breakfast casserole to me that you had at church, and when we had church brunches there was always at least one of these. Have you tried Lactaid? Perhaps popping one or two of those before a church brunch would be good policy. My lactose intolerance problem isn't as bad as yours, but one place I have to be really careful is eating ice cream. I don't usually get into trouble with only one scoop, but I do if I go much past that. *I really, Really like what Nikki's school is teaching those kids. I hope these classes aren't just electives but required.

Cecile - I have my fingers crossed that you will get to visit André today. I'm sure seeing you will brighten his spirits immensely.

Grace - my mother had a thing about age and getting old. She used to color her hair dark auburn. Once she came to visit long before she died, my youngest was just a toddler. Mother grayed early. She'd let her hair grow out natural and it was the most beautiful salt and pepper. She looked 10 years younger, believe it or not. I praised her and so did my husband and told her how much younger she looked with the lighter colored hair. You guessed it, the next time we saw her she had the dark auburn hair, and she kept it that way until she died. I have a friend that her hair turned white when she gave birth to her only child (obviously a very difficult birth). I think she was in her 30s. She is such a pretty woman, and her hair has never made her look old in my eyes, since her face was young. She's my age, so now like me, I'm sure she doesn't still have the young face to go with her beautiful white hair. I've got my dad's hair genes, and if I'm like him, his hair didn't turn totally white until his 90s. *The two neighbors I mentioned dressing nicely, didn't overdo as your CT neighbor does, but I was always amazed at the one that used to live next door here, wearing ironed shirts and jeans to work in the yard, and she was out there daily for hours, and she never seemed to get dirty or rumpled. I'm not sloppy or a klutz most of the time, but when I paint pictures or walls I know to expect to get paint on me; no matter what I do in the yard I come in a mess. Thus around the house I wear knit pants and t-shirts and no make-up, and this way I don't have to worry about ruining clothes or make-up (when sweating which I can do doing practically nothing) running into my eyes and burning like heck. If I'm going out to eat or a function at the kids or wherever, I dress nicer and wear make-up. In the summer I try to look nice when I go shopping, but seldom wear make-up because of sweating. Speaking of your CT neighbor - a close friend is always so conscious of her appearance. She went to play tennis with her son once when he was in high school, wanting to look sharp she wore this beautiful high end sweat suit. My friend does not sweat and the day was too warm for a sweat suit to begin with. It didn't take long before she became faint from the heat, and they had to come home. Why on earth do people do this to themselves? I'm just not vain enough to put myself through such. I agree with what you said, " I guess what I’m trying to say is we should try to strike a balance between over doing it and under doing it."

Jonesie - good to see your post. You didn't check in on the Challenge and hadn't posted so I was afraid we'd lost you. I'm so glad to be wrong. *My daughter-in-law is very strict with our little one, and we aren't allowed to give him any sweets, and yes this is hard but we comply. She thinks sugar effects his behavior. He does get some sweets but they are very limited. On Easter when the grandparents come for Easter dinner, Dmitri (age 6) gets to hunt for eggs. They are plastic and have either coins or tiny toys in them - no candy. He loves getting the money, and goes and gets his bank so we can all see him put the money in it. If there are bills, Mommy gets those to go into his account.

Bonnie - Ah-h your walk around your lake. Wish I could have joined you, as those walks always sound so nice. *You are so right in your response to Gwynlee - stress is most often at the root of any of us overeating. Many good weight loss plans - The Zone being one - encourages meditating on a daily basis. Walking and yoga are two other good stress relievers. As said often, we can't exercise ourselves thin - exercise makes our bodies more fit and thus helps the process along. It all comes back to what we are putting in our mouths that makes or keeps us fat or thin.

Ellen - I've never quilted, but from what I've observed from others is that quilting is a long term project, not one that one does quickly. *I have never knitted, but if I'm remembering correctly we've got several knitters on the team, or did at one time. *In my fitness walking days I usually walked right as the sun was coming up so no hat needed, but on occasion I did walk when the sun was high, and then I would wear a ball cap. Grace's idea of sunscreen is a good one too - perhaps wearing sunscreen and wearing a cap too wouldn't be a bad idea. Florida sun, however, is a lots more lethal than is Missouri/Kansas sun. *As for hair thinning, I'm sure chemicals don't help the hair to be healthy and thick, but I think that hair thinning is more in the genes and aging than anything else. *Thank you as always for your kind words and support.

Allie - I think it is marvelous that you are in such good spirits. Losing weight can do that for us - not always, but definitely sometimes, as I've had it to happen to me. As said earlier in this post I have no problem with gray or white hair, but if dying your hair has lifted your spirits and made you feel more youthful then I'm glad you had it done. *Last but certainly not least, CONGRATULATIONS on the 2" loss. All that exercising is really paying off.

Wishing us all a very good day -
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4/18/14 6:59 A

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Hi on Good Friday Gynlee it's been a strange year for me too . My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's last May , a lot if adjustments of life style had to be made.
Joan. I too think it's all to the good if school girls learn what it's like in the real world, but do boys get the same experiences . They should do!
We have no plans for Easter. I don't mind a few quiet day. This morning our youngest son who lives in Switzerland phoned , we had a good chat. He and his wife and three children are planning two trips to UK this year, a vacation for them but he wants to see is too. The first one is end of May. I am looking forward to it and time flies by now.
Happy Easter to all. Irene

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4/18/14 5:40 A

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thanks Arty. this has been a really strange year for me. it will get better

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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4/17/14 10:23 P

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Hello Sparks

Went to church this Maundy Thursday, followed by a brunch.

I was fortunate enough to win a pot of tulips. Unfortunately the meal was the last thing a person with lactose intolerance should eat. I have had a miserable afternoon. I think I am finally OK. The casserole had eggs, cheese and I think something like sour cream. There was a roll which I ate without butter, and dessert was pistachio pudding with whipped cream. I debated a while before eating, took an Immodium AD and hoped for the best. Next time I'll know better.

Grocery shopping tomorrow.

Nikki's class with the flour child is different from a class she had last year, but similar. Last year in Economics Class they were given a scenario to work with. Nikki did not have a husband but was pregnant with twins. She was given a budget and was told to work it out. Nikki's conclusion was that she had to go on welfare because she didn't have enough money to finish school, get an apartment, a car and a job on the budget she had. These two classes together showed her just how much money you need to survive in this world. It opened her eyes. This year wasn't so much about money as it was about frustration with a baby that doesn't always behave the way you want it to. I think they are a good idea.

Hope everyone has a good night.

Joan

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4/17/14 8:41 P

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CECILE, I hope you have a wonderful "reunion" with Andre tomorrow! emoticon


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4/17/14 8:21 P

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I'm still here. I have been getting a lot of rest and feel much better. If all goes well I'm visiting hubby tomorrow. I'll have more to say tomorrow evening.

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

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4/17/14 7:27 P

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ELLEN, Maybe Irene can answer your question about the knitted cap.
I've had MOHS twice- once on my nose and once on my temple.
I do wear a hat every time I go walking. I've had the same hat for years. It started out bright red and has faded a lot. I bought a new one, but still wear the old one. I also wear sunscreen, which I don't like the greasy feel of. On my face, I wear Banana Boat Tear Free for baby's. It doesn't burn if it gets in my eyes. The rest of my body gets No Ad 45 or 50 sports sun screen.
I think the prices the stylists charge for coloring hair is outrageous. I have very short hair so I really feel that I'm getting ripped off. That's why I normally do it myself. It's just so hard to get around to doing it. Don claims he doesn't care if I color my hair, or not. The one who hates it when I let my hair go too gray is my special brother, Melvin. He doesn't want to be reminded that I'm getting old, because he thinks I won't be able to advocate for him anymore if that happens.
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4/17/14 6:52 P

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It is cool today and I stayed in and worked on my quilt that I have been working on FOREVER. But it is finally coming together and just have to cut the borders and sew them on before I can start quilting the top to the bottom. I may have to be reminded by our teacher on how to bind the quilt.

My DGD wants me to knit her a cap like the baby cap I made. I wonder if I increase the quilting needles sizes up one and cast on more stitches and make the length bigger if I can use the same pattern. Has anyone took one pattern and increased it?

I am going to get in the habit of wearing hats everywhere after this skin cancer surgery. I do not want this to occur again! It seems like all I do is go to the doctor for one thing or another. I would have never guessed this would happen to me. The most surprising thing was that the surgeon was checking me for possible other skin cancers and he felt of my throat and said, “You had your thyroid removed”. I had almost wondered if all of my thyroid was removed when they did the surgery when I was 19. Now I know.

Allie – my DH thinks like you. He wants me to color my hair and not go gray. My hairdresser was charging almost $70 for coloring and watching her, I thought, “I can do that”. You got a good price! I now use Excellence Medium Ash Blonde hair coloring and recolor about every two months. It covers the white hair, but does not look strange since it is close to my natural color. I just hope it is not what is causing my hair to thin. I loved how losing weight is giving you a new lease on life!

Grace – you are right! It was MOHS surgery that I had done. Be sure and wear a hat in that hot Florida sun.

Shirley – You always keep us cheered up and give good advice!

Slimmer – so sorry about the exhibit! I hope there is another soon.


- Ellen

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4/17/14 5:30 P

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ALLIE, Maybe a tech savy member of your family can take your picture and put it on your Sparkpage for your profile picture!!! emoticon


GRACE

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4/17/14 4:07 P

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Hello team,

I just hot back from the hairdressers and she did a beautiful job. She did my eyebrows too and didn't charge me for that. The hairdresser knows I do not like to do my own hair as far as styling it. I just don't have the patience. I wash it, comb it and I am done. She said I can stop back on Sat. and she will freshen it up for me. I want to look really good for Easter dinner and I want to surprise everyone. I don't usually pamper myself like this but I think I really needed it. I told a woman at the Y that I was getting my hair dyed blond and she said what for. I told the blond teller at the bank I was getting my hair dyed because I felt people treated me like I was much older and not with it sometimes because of my gray hair. She said did I think dying my hair blond was really going to help.

I started decorating my house. I am putting picture up on the walls. It is making such a difference in the way the house looks. I am working on decorating my sun porch next. I think losing so much weight gave me a new lease on life.

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Good afternoon team! We're having another steamy day in FL. I did get out on my walk before it got too hot.

YVONNE, Thank you very much for the compliment on my weight. I try not to let it get too out of hand before I get serious again. The goal of 125 is probably unreachable for me, since my weight has been around 136 for a couple of years now. But, I can dream, right?

BONNIE, I envy you for being a “day trip” away from the Smithsonian.
I agree with your DH about veggies. I usually have them in the morning to get it over with. The only way I really like them is when I dump mixed and blends veggies into a very large frying pan and “stir fry” them with a little bit of olive oil and low –sodium soy sauce.

ELLEN, It sounds like you had MOHS surgery on your forehead. When I had it on my nose, they kept taking microscopic “slices” of the skin on my nose and had me wait, in the waiting room while they tested the sample and if they still found cancer cells, they would bring me back in to take another “slice” until they got a cancer free specimen. Then they stitched me up and told me to come back in a week to get the stitches out. They did such a good job, I can’t even find the scar with my magnified mirror. I hope you have the same success. It WILL take a few months for the scar to go away, but it WILL!
I’m so glad that you have a dependable relative to guide you through the Medicaid maze.

ALLIE, I agree that dressing up and wearing makeup is a real mood lifter. However, I don’t do it because I spend so much time working outside, that it wouldn’t be practical for me. It does feel good to do it when I go out though. Over the years, I’ve worn less and less makeup and only dress up for weddings.
I’m also “guilty” of wearing clothes that are too big for me. It’s partially because I’m trying to hide my “flaws”. But the other reason is that my belly is a size 12 but my butt is a size 10. So to get something that fits over my belly, it’s usually too baggy in the butt.
You are REALLY racking up the fitness minutes! No surprise that you’re losing weight AND inches! It’s time for a new wardrobe!
About the hair coloring – Ask your hairdresser how often you will need to have it colored to maintain the “look”. I normally use Nice & Easy and buy it when it’s a BOGO or on sale. Plus I use coupons, so I end up paying about $4.00 a box. However, I don’t feel like dealing with it this month, so tomorrow, I’m getting a “pro” job, along with my haircut.
About the string cheese – I used to buy a Zone bar to fight off hunger, while I was shopping, after the gym. Then, one day, I decided to switch to string cheese, which is only 50 calories a stick, and works for me. It’s also a good source of protein.

MARLENE, Good news about your brother getting out of the hospital. Maybe he can request pulmonary therapy to help him with his breathing. Also, many hospitals have their patients use those little breathing exercisers, where they try to blow a ball up a tube.
I’m sorry about your back and hands hurting. Is the Tylenol you’re taking the one for Arthritis that’s 650 mgs for each pill?

SLIMMER, Does your treadmill have a reset button?

SHIRLEY, I love the pep talk you gave Gwynlee. We can all use your words of wisdom.
About the makeup, hairdo and nice clothes that your neighbor always wore – I have a neighbor across the street from me, in CT, that is the same way. I’ve NEVER seen her without full makeup, “dressed up” in fancy “warm-up” suits (with sequins etc). She always wears lots of jewelry, hair always perfect and professionally colored, never any roots showing, plus pro manicures. I could go on, but I’ll stop now (smile) She is very high maintenance, which must cost a lot of money. The reason I mention the money is because she is always complaining that they are “broke” all the time. The UPS & FED-X trucks are at her house almost daily.
And I’m at the other extreme, which isn’t good either. I guess what I’m trying to say is we should try to strike a balance between over doing it and under doing it.


Edited by: CT-FL-SNOWBIRD at: 4/17/2014 (14:11)

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Hi everyone, I lost the ambition to post when I lost all my past spark information. Today I am coming back with my tail between my legs....before I get to the weekend and eat my Grandson's Easter candy....I know, I know you would have never guessed that of me!!
I hope everyone has a healthy Easter and celebrates it anyway that pleases them. I used to have egg hunts and this year I asked the boys if they wanted a hunt for money inside the eggs and they said no. So this is the first year I won't have egg hunting. I', glad I didn't buy the chocolate easter eggs yet. See my conscience helped save me.

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Good Morning, Team Sisters.

It's 46° and expected to get up to the mid 60's by the week-end. DH & I went on a walk around the Lake yesterday. It was in the low 50's & I was wearing long underwear pants, an underwear shirt under my clothes, hat & gloves!! Hard to believe it was 85° last Sunday! Lots of swallows were "skimming" the water for insects. The great blue heron put on a "show" for us as we sat on a bench in the sun. We've never seen him that close for that long before.

@Allie - emoticon Good job in losing 2" in your waist. That & my butt are my "problem" areas. Sitting at a desk typing for over 30 years wasn't kind on my body!!

@Slimmer - Sorry you missed the exhibit.

@Gwynlee - From your short post I think maybe "Stress" is the root of your problems. Stress can definitely keep you from losing weight--no matter how much exercise you do. Spark has articles on dealing with stress & getting motivation. These probably would help you. I don't know how much of the SparkPeople site you have familiarized yourself with but help is available.

@Marlene - Glad to hear your brother is home from the hospital.

@Ellen - I know it was a good feeling to hear that all the cancer was gone from the area on your face.

I hope everyone has a great day.
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4/17/14 11:00 A

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Update: I stopped at my hairdressers and she is only going to charge me $30.00 to dye my hair. I am having it dyed blond. I have to make sure I get a really good swim cap so I don't mess my hair up. I know everyone will be surprised when they see me Easter. I figure you only go around once in life and I am ready for a change. Wish me luck. I am taking a picture of me when I had blond hair several years ago. I can't wait. I hope everyone has a good day. Allie emoticon





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Hello everyone,

It must be really tough to lose weight when you are a diabetic too. It must be an awful balancing act.

I will be glad when Easter gets here. I have a bunch of Easter candy in the house and it is very tempting.

I have been thinking about getting my hair colored. I might myself because of the cost. If anyone has any suggestions, I welcome them.

I am going to get out there and take a walk and enjoy the day.

I measured my waist and I lost 2 more inches off of my waist. My waist is my problem area and I will be so happy when I lose at least 10 more inches off of my waist. I am not going to put a time limit on this, I am just going to whittle away at the fat. I don't expect to have a flat stomach, I just want to be able to wear clothes without a huge muffin top.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Gwynlee - I think we've all had years that when the New Year rolls around we are most happy to say good-bye to the previous year. Needing a job and can't find one; being overweight and feeling unable to loss can really pull a person down. Both these things are recognized by the professionals as being among the largest stressers there is. Your eating is one place where you can exert some control. I had a WW lecturer to tell my class/group some years ago that she'd found that when she got her eating under control that other problems in her life tended to fall into place as well. Now being thin as opposed to fat doesn't solve all our problems, as many are sometimes led to think, but taking control of one thing in our life - like over eating or eating too many high calorie foods - can often lead to getting control over other things we see as uncontrollable in our lives too. Start making small changes to the way you are doing things now and see where this leads you.

Marlene - as usual our weather has moved your way. Be heartened, as it is warming up here, and we have sunshine predicted for the next four or five days. *Glad to hear that your brother has gone home from the hospital and is feeling better. *Sorry about your new microwave. I need to get an electrician in here to replace two light fixtures but haven't done that as yet. The problem being is that I've got to get myself to Lowe's and buy the fixtures I need first. Home ownership can be a pain sometimes, can''t it?

Allie - if we aren't heating our houses we are having to pay for them to be cooled. I don't know about you, but we pay more for cooling than we do for heating. However, our house is all electric except for heat, and even the furnace needs electricity to run. *I know putting on make-up, using the curling iron on my hair, and dressing nicely lifts our spirits and it makes those we encounter treat us differently/in a more positive way, but like you most of the time I just don't want to make the effort to do so. I have a friend, my previous next door neighbor, that showered, fixed her hair, put on make-up daily and wore nice clothes - it didn't make any difference if she was working in the yard or going to a meeting. This just isn't me, and it has nothing to do with being overweight. I admire people who do such, but I just don't.

Ellen - I'm glad you have that skin cancer procedure behind you, and that all is well. * It is good too to hear also that you were able to talk with a family member who has recently gone through this Medicaid bit. I don't know why things have to be so complicated, but they are.

Wishing everyone a very good day -
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Hi All, 45 and sunny out.

Sugar this AM was 97... Yesterday for dinner I am trying to move out some of my frozen bags and I found another broccoli and rice steaming bag and of course that looked better than just plain veggies... so I had it... and it Does have like 45 carbs in the whole bag which I ate all of............ Guess having that many carbs at one time did not hurt me a bit.

I still want to keep working on the sugar to have readings in the morning which is usually anyone's highest reading.

Then since the scales are not moving down this week, I feel that is telling me that I am eating the amount of calories that I need to maintain. So, to start to lose some weight I need to cut some calories or I need to add exercise or both.

I've not really tried ..hard ... to lose weight and in past 4 yrs when I did try I always got so dizzy and now I know it was my luncheon meats that I used to eat better.

Now I really can try and eat just a better diet but actually "Diet" lower the calories in the amount of food I usually eat.

... by the way... my Treadmill.. lights up but it will not run... aughhhhhhhhhh emoticon

Probably going to school to work on my last project

...ohhhhhhhh I wanted to know when to enter the next art exhibit... I Am Really Upset!!! ..they did not put the poster up in my building... and the show is already UP!!!!!!!!!! I think that was bad of them not to email or put posters in all the Buildings to inform people.

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dont have energy to read all responses. having a really bad year and totally disgusted with my lack of progress losing weight

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Good Evening Team Sisters. I typed a long post last evening only to have a pop-up come and wipe it out. That's a first for this site.

We too had lots of heavy rain and wind yesterday. This AM it was 27° with heavy frost on roofs. It got up to 53 but back down to the 20's tonight.

My DB was discharged from the hospital yesterday. He says he is feeling better but he sounded very short of breath this AM.

My back and hands have been hurting the last few days. Guess it is arthritis. All I have to take is extra strength Tylenol. It helps some but doesn't last long.

We bought a new microwave last week and after a few days it shuts off. Sounds like a short in the wiring so they are bringing us a new one Friday. And tomorrow the plumber is going to put a new faucet on the kitchen sink.

I met with my art group this afternoon. They are planning another three day plein air workshop in July I hope I can go.

Well my aches are really bothering me so I will close for now.

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Hello everyone,

I just had to turn the thermostat up, I cringed when the furnace kicked in. I know it won't be much longer but I still hate to hear my money being sucked out of my wallet.

I was talking to my sister- in- law yesterday and I told her I needed to do something to give me a lift. She suggested that I put makeup on every morning and fix my hair. I did it this morning and when I looked in the mirror later in the day I got a nice surprise. I am very pale normally but I was looking very drawn. The makeup really did the trick. I paid more attention to how I dressed for the day too. I was wearing really baggy, ugly clothes because of my excess weight. I need to appreciate my weight loss and not take it for granted.

I did my workout at the Y but I did not get in the pool. It was just too cold and I don't want to get sick.

Ellen - I hope you are feeling better after your procedure. I am so glad you were able to get information on Medicaid. It is so confusing and it must have been a relief to talk to someone that knows all about it from experience.

Yvonne - I am going to use some of your snack suggestions. I love string cheese and I am willing to try fresh pepper strips. I am always looking for a good low calorie snack.

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I had to leave the house at 6:45 this morning. That was tough!! I had to see a specialized surgeon to remove a skin cancer on my forehead. They actually do a biopsy immediately to see if they got all the cancer. I was lucky and they did it the first try. But I am to not exercise for a week!! I go back then to remove the stitches.

I also can't bend over or lift more than 10 pounds. Hard to believe for such a small place.

I spent yesterday talking to my ex sister-in-law about Medicaid. She just went through this with her step-father after the death of her mother.
She was very,very helpful!!! A real sweetheart. She told me that I will always be her "sister".

I am doing this on my phone so I will catch up on posts later.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Still cold here (39 F) but the sun is out in all of its glory. I had a most enjoyable lunch with a friend yesterday coupled with a couple of hours chit-chat. Then I made a run to the vet for some meds and the grocery for a few things.

Yvonne - like you I like sweet pepper strips too, and I adore Hummus. *I'd like that torilla soup recipe if you don't mind sharing it.

Slimmer - it sounds as though you are back to winter in Georgia too. *Snacks - like you I need to chew on something, thus (for me) diet and protein drinks don't work well. I see Glucerna bars and shakes advertised a great deal. According to the ads it is a product primarily for diabetics. That may be an option for you. Pop Corn - where it is a rather low calorie food that tends to fill us up, it has a glycemic index of 72. Cottage Cheese - I find 1/2 cup of FF cottage cheese filling and it is low calorie. I don't know how many carbs you are allowed per meal. But.... you are right you could probably eat a lot more broccoli or Brussels sprouts for the same amount of net carbs. From the way you seem to be eating you may want to look into Atkins original plan. It isn't one I agree with, but perhaps for you it would help you.

Gwynlee - yes, I agree. Sometimes we feel like we are the only ones dealing with a particular problem, and it is good to know that others are or have experienced something similar. We never want to wish for others problems, but still for whatever reason it is reassuring to know we aren't alone. That is one of the good things about this team - we are chatty and speak openly about our problems and what we are doing to deal with them. We never know when these posts will help someone else. So post often so we know how we can help you, or you can help one of us.

Cecile - I'm glad that you went to the hospital for tests. This stuff you have sure is lasting a long time. I do so hope you are better soon. Sorry to hear André is still having to stay in the hospital.

Grace - I own the "Set Point Diet" book also, and have read it twice, although many years ago. *You are correct about our bodies going into starvation mode when we take in less than 1200 calories. This slows down our metabolisms and "can" reset out body's set-point. A double whammy. These are just 2 more reasons why I'm constantly reminding people not to eat less than 1200 calories a day consistently. *Left to my own devices, and not having to cook for someone else I would probably eat almost entirely frozen veggies with a few exceptions. My husband likes his veggies on the ultra soft side, another reason he likes canned, and I like mine crisp tender. *Red Lobster - those Cheddar biscuits are so-o-o good. I'm not big on coconut shrimp however. I like my shrimp plain cooked with seasoning.

Joan - the more you tell me about this "flour baby" exercise the better I like it - especially the part with the electronics where it would cry or fuss. In this age with promiscuous sex, I think these kids need to learn that having a real live baby isn't a small matter or responsibility.

Bonnie - what a wonderful service your city does for you. One of the problems I have with yard work, other than my physical ones, is that I don't have enough yard waste to pay for city pick up each week, and I must haul the waste to a company that for 50 cents a bag will allow you to put it in their yard waste dumpster. *Your visit to the Arboretum sounded like something I would love to do. As for dinner at Olive Garden - they've been running some ads here that make me really want to go there. Perhaps I will mention this to my lunch buddies.

Joyce - when I thought about being a missionary was when I was growing up. I attended Southern Baptist churches from the time I was very little. I became Anglican in my early 20s. By the time I was in my teens I realized that wasn't a realistic dream. I too believe that we are all called to be disciples of Christ. However, I've also learned (mainly from watching when others come on too strong professing their religion) that by doing so you run more people away from the church and Christ than you bring in. I believe (that like Jesus) leading by example is much more effective than being too outspoken or lecturing about our faith. Religion and nutrition are two of my most favorite topics of conversation, but I've learned to not be too overt with either. *Like you with regard to a GPS - I too live in a big city. I won't even drive downtown any longer because with all the traffic and one way streets, if you don't know what you are doing you can get into trouble in a heartbeat. Perhaps if I'd breakdown and buy myself one, I'd start going places that intimidate me now.

Have a good day everyone -
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Good Morning, Team Sisters.

It is only 36° outside right now. We had some powerful rain & wind yesterday. I notice that one of the thin pine trees that line one side of our yard has fallen down. It was probably close to death as all of those trees are gradually dying off over the years so it probably didn't have many roots to hold it upright.

I spent most of the time yesterday getting rid of a lot of "saved" emails that I had been "saving" to read later from several months ago. They certainly can build up quickly & probably are slowing my computer down.

@Yvonne - I've never been in the Washington Cathedral but I have read about it in the paper & have thought about going to the herb garden when they have their yearly sale. But, it hasn't happened. DH is Catholic (non-practicing) and refuses to go into a church unless it's Catholic. He has some WEIRD ideas. We have been to several of the Smithsonian buildings. That is always fun & educational.

About canned vegetables-- I really stay away from them unless I am using them for a casserole. I was brought up on canned veggies, as was DH, and looking back, they really weren't good. Maybe canning has improved since then??? I use the bagged vegetables (or boxed) that you just put in the microwave for a few minutes. They taste very fresh. DH only eats vegetables "Because they are healthy". I don't think he even stops to taste them but shovels them in before any other food on his plate to "get it over with". If I make a stew he picks all the vegetables out first so he can "enjoy the stew". At least I've gotten him to eat more vegetables than his mother was able to do!!!

@Grace - We used to eat at the Olive Garden quite frequently when the chain came to this area many years ago. But then we stopped because it got too crowded and you had to wait for a table. It didn't bother me but DH has a "Funny Thing" about eating too close to others.
When we ate at the Olive Garden on Monday we had a table in the corner & the restaurant wasn't crowded at all. He was happy with that. I've only eaten at the Red Lobster twice in my life as DH doesn't like seafood. My DH does make life challenging!!!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.
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GRACE, I don’t normally look at people’s footer on their message, but I just wanted to congratulate you on your weight, despite your lower goal. That seems like an impossible weight to me. You have done so well!

SLIMMER, I like to snack on fresh pepper strips. The orange and the yellow are delicious, but I think the red variety is higher in vitamin C. I love all of them. One snack suggestion I got was paring them with string cheese, or dipping them in hummus (if you’re home). When I first heard a Weight Watcher leader mention fresh sweet pepper strips, I thought she was crazy, but they’re quite delicious. I usually slice up the pepper and put the strips in a glass full of water into the refrigerator.

ON THIS SEASON’S CRAZY WEATHER: We had 82° last week, and had to bring in bedding plants on Sunday fearing a freeze!!!!

JOANW, when my son took that parenting class, they carried around a real egg. He’s now an excellent father, but I don’t think the class had much effect on that. It’d be interesting to see if these care classes have a real impact.

BONNIE: I love the D.C. area. We lived there for two years. Love the Smithsonian complex and all the other truly amazing things there, but I think my favorite was the Washington Cathedral. When we moved to the area, it still had stones in the yard, numbered to finish the cathedral, which took 83 years. I just looked up some facts about it, and some of things I thought about it were wrong. They still have the herb cottage, though, which was the start of my fascination with herbs. I bought some lemon verbena there and have been hooked ever since.

ON USING CANS: I join the ranks of those who don’t like canned vegetables. I do however have a really good recipe for tortilla soup that uses only cans, including canned chicken. It’s probably now as nutritious as those made from scratch, but you can be eating as soon as everything heats up. Sometimes that’s a very good thing.

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Good morning team, Yesterday, I had to set my alarm to get out walking before it got too hot. Today, I have to wait until 11:00 a.m. before it will be "warm" enough for me to go out.

CECILE, That must have so frustrating for you to actually be in the building that Andre is in and not be able to see him. Can't you stay on the other side of the room or wear a mask to visit him?


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SLIMMER, My Breakstone says 5 grams of carbs in a 1/2 cup, not a 1/4 cup.


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Hi All, it is 35 out .. got cold.. I think under freezing last night. The wind yesterday was horrible... I thought I'd blow away.. the house was creaking like crazy.

School starts at 10AM... I don't even bother to get dressed until after 9:30 now.. when I leave here it takes me a couple of minutes to get there and no matter how long I hold off I am still the first one in class.

Bon... the way of eating is working out still ok... what I want to change is something I can snack on. I still like to chew in between meals.

Had my sugar 2 times in a row under 100 was 107 this am which is still darn good!

Grace...I could do the string cheese for a snack. I'm allergic to corn so the pop corn is out and I didn't even look at the carbs but I bet there are up for it. The cottage cheese is almost 5 carbs a quarter of a cup... and that is not so much food for that many carbs.

I bought more steak chicken and ready made salads yesterday. One steak pkg was like $5.50 and was thin sliced pieces. There is a lot of good steak for that price. I ate the whole thing with a Tablespoon of the pimento cheese for some extra flavor.

I find I either eat the meat by itself or the veggies by themselves... I have trouble of making a mixed meal of them... always have been that way.

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thanks for responses. it helps to know others feel the same way

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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This morning I had to go to the hospital for tests. I'm still not well enough to visit my husband. It felt weird being in the hospital and not going to the 6th floor. Maybe by Friday I should be able to get there. I do have to go on Sunday being Easter. André called last evening and he told me he is getting over a cold himself.

Today when we left the house at 7 a.m. it was raining. I was singing "April Showers Will Bring May Flowers". When I got home I got very sleepy so went back to bed. This afternoon I was at the kitchen table reading and when I looked out, it was snowing! This is April in case mother Nature forgot! The snow "storm" lasted about an hour. Luckily the white stuff did not stay as it melted as it fell. I guess we must be thankful for small favours.

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

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Good afternoon team! I had to set my alarm clock to get up at 6:15 a.m., to go walking before it got too hot this morning and when I came home I worked outside until it got up to 85 degrees. It didn’t take very long to reach that temp, so I wasn’t out there very long.

SLIMMER, When I’m behaving, my “go to” snacks that I have every day are 2 Frigos Cheese Heads Light String cheese (50 cals & 7 grams of protein each), Pop Secret 100 cal. bag microwave popcorn and one or two ½ cup servings of Breakstone 2% cottage cheese.
When I’m “misbehaving” I have one of the macaroons that our DIL sent us for Christmas or chocolate chip cookies from Subway or McD’s. I never keep CC cookies in the house since they are my weakness.


SHIRLEY, I used to own a book entitled “The Set Point Diet”. Their “theory” was that each of us has a weight which our body will try to maintain, our “Set Point” and supposedly, no matter what we do, our body will keep going back to that weight, unless we make drastic changes in our intake and output. I guess for the members of this team, that’s pretty much true.
The other “theory”, which goes along with what you said about not going below 1200 cals, is that if we try to eat much less than 1200 cals, our bodies will go into “starvation mode” and slow our metabolism down to conserve calories and slow down our weight loss, thus sabotaging our efforts to lose weight.
About canned foods – Don buys canned veggies to supplement the frozen blends I cook. I personally don’t like canned veggies. Also, I’m left handed and can openers don’t like me.

BONNIE, That’s great that you had such a good time at the Arboretum. If I ever go to Washington, that, as well as the Smithsonian, will be on my list.
We normally go to the Olive Garden but a couple of weeks ago, we went to Red Lobster instead. I just LOVED their cheddar cheese biscuits and coconut shrimp.


ALLIE, Good for you for nipping your latest weight gain in the bud! Those back spasms and leg pain sound like sciatica. I have that almost every night and take Tylenol OR Aleve OR Advil for it, but if those don’t work after about 30 minutes, I get up and take ½ of pain pill the doctor prescribed. The script is for 1 whole pill in the a.m. and 1 whole pill at bedtime, but it’s a narcotic, so I really don’t want to take any at al, so ½ will have to do. I get the sciatica during the daytime, if I stand for too long, so I just sit down and it goes away. Last fall, I had it while I was trying to take my walks, but that has stopped, thank God.

JOYCE, I’m sorry that little Josh is sick. Poor thing is too young to understand why he feels bad. I hope you pink eye and Josh’s eye + ear problem go away ASAP!

JOAN, I hope your family appreciates how much you’re helping them with their food bill, by feeding the grands every day.
I imagine that Nikki’s teacher feels the same way as I do about chocolate chip cookies and that’s why she/he wants them.


Edited by: CT-FL-SNOWBIRD at: 4/15/2014 (14:22)

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Checking in, but not much to say. I've been feeding Alex every day at noon, and Nikki and Alex most evenings for supper. Sure keeps me busy trying to figure out what to make. Alex eats anything, but Nikki is fussy.

Nikki had to buy the flour and dress it, the 'father' got to tell its gender and name it. He named baby Michael. Nikki gets to keep the flour and they both will get extra credit if she brings in chocolate chip cookies made with the flour. (I'm not sure what that's supposed to teach them, and I really don't want to think too much about it.)

A friend at church mentioned that his son had to do this routine with a flour bag for a child too. Only they had electronics attached to it. It would cry, and fuss randomly. The 'parent' had to figure out why by: pushing a button that meant he fed baby, or changed diaper, or walked the floor with baby. That's realistic!

Hope everyone is having a good day.

I think I'll take a nap.

Joan

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Joan W. in Appleton, WI

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Birthday 7-14-1935
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Good Morning, Team Sisters.

It is 63° out and the rain is falling in sheets. It has been raining since about 10PM last night.
The temps are supposed to fall & there is a "hint" of snow flurries but I refuse to acknowledge it!
The garden center where I buy my plants sent out an email about what to do for any new plants when the temp goes down to 32 (which it may do tonight). I haven't bought any plants yet this year so I don't have that worry.

Yesterday's trip to the National Arboretum was a lot of fun and very educational. It was the last day of the "Flowering Cherry Trees" exhibit. I'm sorry we missed some of the prettiest ones but there were some late bloomers that were gorgeous. We saw a bonsai exhibit (I never knew there were bonsai maple trees!) That was interesting. The columns that were taken off the Capitol was something I wanted to see. They were on the Capitol from the 1820's in the area where the President was inaugurated. In 1958 during renovation the columns were removed & taken to the Arboretum where they are standing out in a field looking like a roman relic. It is amazing what great shape they are in considering they are made of sandstone & have been out in the "weather" for all those years. We also saw the "National Grove of State Trees". Unfortunately that exhibit hasn't been taken care of but there were still some state trees to be seen-even 3 giant sequoias from California (although they hasn't grown very big!). Afterwards we all went out to dinner at the "Olive Garden" and then back to the house to talk some more before our friends headed back to Virginia. A great day.

@Shirley - No, the city doesn't charge us for garden waste pick-up. They take it to an area within walking distance from us and put it all in a big "mountain". After it turns to mulch, any city resident is free to take as much mulch as they want for their gardens. So, in a way, we get it back!!

Gwynlee - As Grace said, I too go back in forth--lose one lb., gain a lb. back--but after awhile that one pound stays gone. Since I've been on SparkPeople, about 4 or 5 years, I've lost
9 lb. I'm not fanatical about losing the weight but I have, through SparkPeople, changed the way I eat & motivated myself to exercise more. The weight is coming off faster than when I first stated on SP. Going slow doesn't bother me & it seems to be working.

@Slimmer - Congrats on all the 100's you've received from the teacher who "doesn't give 100's. Sorry you had a set-back in your new eating regimen. I think you are on the right track.

I hope everyone has a great day.
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Hi everyone,

Our little Josh is not feeling well. Last week he had pink eye which he gave to me. We are both on antibiotic drops. Yesterday he was pulling at his ear and running fever. DD is staying home from school (she teaches 4th grade) to take him to the doctor. No fever this morning though. She is still taking him to the doctor.

Shirley I think you had mentioned that you once thought about being a Missionary at some point in your life. I had thought that too but realized when I was older that Jesus calls us to be missionaries wherever we are. One does not necessarily have to go to another country. These days the world has come to us. In Dallas there are people from just about every country in the world I think.

Joan, I don’t envy your snow but am glad that it was short lived. We thought we were ready to put all the winter clothes away here and had a cold front come though with temperatures in the mid 30’s in the Dallas area and colder yet north of us. It will be warming up again later this week. In a few weeks we will probably wish it were cold again.

Another thought on the GPS. I find it very useful in this big Metro-plex (Dallas-Fort Worth) that we live in. I am good with a map and navigation but the GPS makes it easier. I agree though that it can be frustrating. What my DH and I have learned over time is that most GPS are set to keep you from turning across traffic so it will take you “around the world” so to speak to keep that from happening. I find it frustrating to realize that I have passed my destination and made to go around a block, sometimes a long one, to get me back to said destination now on the side of the street so that I can turn in without crossing traffic.

Have a happy day!

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Allie - one last comment. Where you spin the Wheel on the SP home page you will find a link to Spark Point Details. Click on that. If you enjoy collecting Spark Points you will find a whole page full of places where you can get Spark Points. *I think going out for Easter Dinner is a wonderful idea. *My husband is one who likes canned foods too, so over the years I've graduated from cooking everything fresh or from scratch to opening a lot of cans.

Shirley

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Good morning everyone,

This is crazy weather we are having. A few days ago I took all the plastic off of my windows. The weatherman is saying it is going to rain, get very windy, the temp is dropping and there is a slight possibility of snow.

I am starting to gain some of my weight back and I need to start knuckling down again. I am having trouble exercising as much as I was.. I start having spasms in my back, and pain in my legs. I know when this starts happening I need to stop what I am doing.

I decided to do something different this year for Easter. The family will come over early and the boys will do an Easter egg hunt and get their baskets. I made reservations at a restaurant for everyone so we can have a nice meal together. I don't like to go out on a holiday but I have cooked in the past and it went over like a lead balloon. I try very hard but I am not a very good cook. It will be nice to be waited on and not have to worry about anything and I can just enjoy myself. I am not putting myself down, we are all good at different things. My father used to call my mother a canned cook, if it came in a can we ate it. When my Grandmother came to visit from Georgia all 7 of us were in heaven. That woman could cook.

Grace - I am maintaining my present weight loss by 2-3 pounds. I need to give it another push to lose at least 10 more pounds. I remember how hot it was when I lived in Florida. I don't think I ever got used to it, and I really missed the seasons.


Slimmer - I didn't know about the points on pendants until a little bit ago. I am very competitive so I try to get at least 100 points a day. I just looked at your spark page and saw the picture of your painting. It is beautiful, you are very talented. I tried a paint by numbers a few months ago and I it was not enjoyable. That is the extent of my painting.

Joan - Welcome back. I hope Nickki realized she left her baby at home

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4/15/14 9:13 A

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Good Morning Everyone -

It is 29 here this morning. Thankfully we didn't get the inch of snow Joan got, but we did have visible snow mixed with rain yesterday afternoon. It is hard to believe we had to turn on the air conditioning just a few nights ago, and now we are back to heat.

Grace - as active as you are and all the physical activity you get, plus eating just 1500 calories a day, I would have to say to you, as I have to a couple of others on the team who do as you do and are having a struggle to weigh less, perhaps you've reached your body's set-point, and you weigh what you need to weigh. There is a Canadian study that says we who are older need to weigh more for our height and bone structure than do our younger counter parts. Doctors have known this too, but some still are hung up on everyone being thin. My Toronto friend's doctor actually told her he wanted her to weigh more than she does. You definitely don't want to eat less than 1200 calories consistently. This is a proven that hasn't seemed to keep changing as some weight loss advice tends to do. It is said that we need to eat no less than 1200 calories per day in order to get the nutrients we need from food. When we eat less than 1200 calories, it is said we can't accomplish this. *Typos and writing one word when you wanted to type another - as Don told you, and as most anyone will tell you that has worked composing documents and/or typing them this is an all too easy thing to do. If I've got something important that I've written, and I can put it aside for a day or two and then proof it again; chances are I will catch anything that I may have said or typed incorrectly. Unfortunately, that isn't possible most time. Another trick that a boss once told me he did when working as a proof reader when he was in college is to read the document backwards to catch errors. Of course doing this wouldn't necessarily catch something like I did using the wrong word (Medicare, when I meant to use Medicaid). *According to the administrator at the nursing home that I talked to about Medicaid when trying to get Daddy placed - you have to have relinquished all your assets three years prior to applying for Medicaid. Evidently, at one time when you had a situation like I did, you could simply go to a lawyer have all of his assets transferred over to someone else, therefore making him penniless, and then apply for Medicaid. According to her, since far too many people were gaming the system this way, the law was changed to where the person had to be penniless for at least 3 years before applying for such. Yes, I can see all kinds of holes in this law, but that is what I was told. With all that is going on now in the government and what has taken place in the perhaps 15 years since I talked with that administrator, who knows what one can do. That is the reason I suggested to Ellen and her sisters that she talk to an administrator of a care facility to see what is possible today.

Gwynlee - Grace told you right, you aren't alone in your frustration over not being able to lose weight. If you aren't consistently weighing and measuring the foods that you are eating; tracking how many calories you are taking in daily - not guessing, but being precise with this, keeping within the calorie guidelines that Spark People sets for us - which is reasonable, then begin to do so, and see if this won't make a difference for you. Yes, it is work, so try as best you can to make a game out of it and keep the process as simple and easy as you can make it, as this is the only way I've found to make real weight loss progress. Also weigh yourself only once a week - the same day, right out of bed, after using the toilet, with no clothes, and recording that figure. By doing this you will know exactly (or as close as you can using a scale) how well you are doing.

Slimmer - as you know my knowledge of dealing with diabetes is limited, although I do know a bit about the glycemic index and how foods affect our blood sugar. We had a severe diabetic in the church I attended and he had a few episodes at church due to not eating correctly. I have been told that drinking orange juice is good when someone's blood sugar drops too low. *Those little pennants that we can spin daily - when Yvonne started talking about them I had no idea what she was talking about. So you aren't alone in this. It took me quite awhile before I caught on.

Joan - Okay.... I had to read your first sentence 4 times before it finally clicked in what you were talking about - smile. *I'm not big on muffins, but those Snickerdoodle ones sure sound good.

Make today a healthy and happy one -
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GWYNLEE, There's very few of us who are not frustrated with our lack of weight loss. It's so difficult for the post menopausal woman to lose weight. As for me, my weight loss,on a graph, would look like ric-rac, down a pound -up a pound, etc. So I'm "maintaining". I do better when I behave myself and use my measuring cups and spoons and write everything down and stay away from "white food" like potatoes, pasta, bread, rice, cereal, sugar etc. Most days I stay under 1500 calories. I'm suppose to be under 1200 but it's hard to do that. However I do burn 200-300 calories a day on exercise.
Are you using the measuring cups and spoons yet?


GRACE

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& FL(November-April)



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I really never have that much to post. I want to lose weight, plain and simple and am very frustrated with my lack of progress. Is any one losing?

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

confusus

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I just got home from the gym and grocery shopping at 9:15 so I'll keep this brief.

SHIRLEY, If you only knew how many typos I find right AFTER i post and then I have to go back in and edit my post. Don worked in a legal office when he was in the Navy and he's told me many times that it's very difficult for someone to find their own typos. Lord only knows how many that slipped by me in my posts.
As I said in my previous post, I really know very little about Medicaid, but I think there was a time when people, trying to get someone qualified for Medicaid had a short "spend down" time, when the family could use up the money so their loved one could then qualify and go into the nursing home without draining the family funds. Maybe it WAS around 6 months to a year. But now the time is much longer. So you have to anticipate that there will be a need for a N.H. and start "spending down" years in advance.
If there is anyone out there who knows about this stuff, maybe you can give us the straight "story", which I probably have not been able to do very well. I don't know if this is info that Ellen might need or she may already know, just in case.

It's starting to get too hot for me down here now. When I got up, at 6:15 a.m., it was already over 71 degrees out and it went up to almost 90 for the second day in a row. Pretty soon it will be too hot for my walks. That's why we're "getting out of Dodge" in 18 days.

I'll be back to catch up tomorrow.


GRACE

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Hi All, Real lazy grey rainy day.. all is damp now.

At school started my last project.. it is to be 14 in tall but is to be all abstract with lots of jointing and loops etc in it... I think only 2 other people are on this project and class will be over by May 5th.. I don't know how they are going to make it.. I am worried.. only so many kiln firings left!

I asked the teacher about my 100... she told me she still... does not give out 100's... and now I have received 3 from her...like Wow!!!! guess I am doing something right...

Reading today... read Doll House.. by Tennessee E Williams... like was that girl (excuse me) was ignorant!!!!!!!!! oh my.. only 240 pgs to go on Sophies Choice from the almost 900 pgs.. taking me weeks to want to get through it.. but now IS interesting telling all about parts of the Jews and time in Poland and all the death camps... it just is a LONG book.. so hard to hold too

Odd my sugar was 98 this morning but about an hour later my breakfast ran out big time.. I felt like I would pass out... I just suffered through.. I felt so weak... when I got home my sugar was 134... I had only had 5 carbs and at most that would raise my sugar 25 points.. I guess my system knew I did not feel good and kicked in...

I ate a steam bag of veggies with the rice .. 34 carbs... sugar now is 105 .. so those carbs really did not do much to me... since my sugar has gone right down to where I usually am hovering now.

What I do need is something to Snack on... getting tired of pepperoni and cream cheese which I eat 20 every day .. at some time.... Ohhhhhhh I did 2 times have 5 slices of bacon and a fork of pimento cheese... both total about 400 calories... but didn't have that much taste satisfaction.. plus I cook the bacon so there is no fat .. and that is no fun.

got a recipe for Diabetic Potato Salad... 1 head cauliflower 6 hard boiled eggs third cup of mayo and mustard and some pickle relish and some onion... I bet this would be good!!!! No way I should eat real potato salad any more.

Shirley.. on the points on pendants.. I remember y'all talking about it but I just could not figure out What or where you were talking about

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Hello again

I babysat my 'flour GGS" this weekend. Not intentional, Nikki forgot him. I sure hope she handles a real child differently. LOL

I made Snickerdoodle muffins yesterday. Those of you who were on here a few years ago, remember that I used to make a lot of muffins. About 2-3 times a week. It got out of hand. Even though they were low-cal it was still too many. Anyway, I decided to give them up and I have for these few years. Yesterday I figured I had gotten out of the habit and made a batch of a dozen low-cal muffins. I don't intend to make anymore for quite a while. I will not get back into that habit. It is very easy for me to form a habit, especially if it isn't good for me.

I took a nap with Wishbone this afternoon. He's been 'ticked off' because he hasn't gotten out for a walk today, so when I laid down he came up on the bed for a little sympathy. What a baby he is, and what a pushover I am.

I hope everyone is having a great day.

Joan

Joan W. in Appleton, WI

Married 2-22-1964
Birthday 7-14-1935
Started SP 10/11/07

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Hello Again -

Grace - thank you for catching that "Medicare/Medicaid error, as that was a biggie. I know the difference, but Lots of people get the two confused, and the last thing I would want to do is pass along erroneous or confusing information. I try to be so Very Careful here to make sure spelling is correct, that I use the right words, and construct my sentences in a way that they aren't misunderstood. But as we both know from time to time I fall down on the job, even with being careful and proofing everything before I post it. Sometimes I think one thing and type something else. Many secretaries do the same thing, and that is why whenever we type something of extreme importance we will have another person proof what we've typed (if possible), as it is far too easy, as in this case, to read over a mistake when proofing one's own work. I once read a book called "Drawing From The Left Side Of The Brain." It is an exercise to make one see what is actually in front of them (when drawing) rather than our preconceived idea. I think that this is what happens when we think one word and another comes out of our mouths, or we type a word when we mean to type another. You are correct Medicaid pays for LOTS of things that Medicare won't. I've gone back and corrected that post, but it is old enough that I doubt anyone will be reading it. *You mentioned about having a problem with heat too when in Florida. That's the reason I fought my husband about moving there years ago when he retired. Neither of us deal well with heat. He is more cold natured than I am, but still. When we have ice and snow, Florida really sounds nice, but otherwise, I do much better in cold temps than hot ones. Our 3 months of summer here is enough to deal with. *About laundry - heavens No I no longer hang my clothes out. I haven't done so in many years. The few things I have to line dry, I hang in the garage that gets Very Hot in the summer. What I meant by the rain was that since I was busy doing laundry, I wouldn't have time for outside things.

Joan - I don't envy you your inch of snow, although I'm sure it will be gone almost as quickly as it came. *I think it is always a good idea never to forget what Jesus went through to save us from sin, but that doesn't mean that our hurts whether emotional or physical hurt any less. I think God understands this, and this is why Jesus taught that the Father wants us to bring our troubles to Him so that He can help us through them. The Father, as does Jesus, knows all too well what it is like to be human and our frailties. *Good for you getting in your 40 minutes of exercise.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable evening. Sleep Well.

Shirley

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Good afternoon team! I started this post last night, but got sleepy, all of a sudden, so off to bed I went. Our temp, on the north side of our house is 89.8. I'm staying indoors!

ALLIE, Your DIL is so fortunate to have such a caring, helpful MIL who is right there when she needs you.
Enjoy all your daffys. You’re getting rewarded for all your hard work in your yard!
Have fun with GSs!

YVONNE, I’m so sorry to read that your SIL has terminal lung disease. I hope she continues to have the emotional strength to get through this. It sounds like she is a very bright light in your family.

SLIMMER – As my DH, Don, would say,”There’s a special place in heaven for you.” because you pretty much gave up your life for your parents. How lucky they were to
have a daughter like you. I’m so glad that you can finally live your own life.
There are lots of ways to get Sparkpoints. I get them for exercising, sleeping 8 hours or more, drinking 8 glasses of water, doing the 2 different bonus spins. You can also get them for “huddling” posting, reading blogs and all the educational stuff on here. I don’t huddle, read blogs or the educational stuff. There are only so many hours in a day. I just reached 60,000 points, a couple of days ago.

SHIRLEY- I don’t know much about Medicare and Medicaid but, isn’t it that if there
are no assets, one could qualify for MedicAID to pay for a nursing home,
not Medicare? I know Melvin has been on Medicaid all his life because of his mental disability, however he didn’t collect from MediCARE, until after he turned 65. We’ve never had to pay for his housing or medical care for his whole 80 years, because of Medicaid.
I agree with what you said about one of the benefits of being in an assisted living home is that a reclusive person can be alone when they want to, but help and company are never very far away. Just pull on the cord!

IRENE, That’s good news that M is improving, not coughing so much. It will be even BETTER news when his breathing isn’t as labored and he gets his appetite back.

ELLEN – Are you sore today, after your marathon log loading yesterday? Enjoy your nice clean yard, as you rest and recover form the ordeal. I hope you put bacitracin on all those scratches!

BONNIE, As you can imagine, I fully understand about the heat “wiping us out”. That’s the problem I’m having here in FL, while trying to finish up our yard work, before we head north in 18 days. It was over 90 yesterday afternoon, and very muggy. I have a very small “window” of time to work out there because it’s unbearable.
I hope you have a good time with Charlie and Linda at the Arboretum. I also hope & pray that she gets through her reconstruction surgery, with no complications.

MARLENE, I’m sorry that your brother, Bob, is having esophagus problems again. Does he have “Barrett’s Esophagus”?

About the GPS – The last time I attempted to use my “smart” phone GPS, it said,”We are sorry but we can not help you at this time.” I was on my way to my gynecologist and just wanted to verify her street. I found it without the GPS. I never rely completely on that thing. It has sent us off on “wild goose chases” too many times.

I'm going to close and try to catch up on my newspapers, although I should be folding laundry or packing, or cleaning.

SHIRLEY, Do you hang your laundry outside? I noticed that you mentioned that it was raining on laundry day.



Edited by: CT-FL-SNOWBIRD at: 4/14/2014 (13:19)

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Hello Sparks

Yup, woke up to 1" of snow on the ground this morning. Of course, temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s all week so I'm quite sure it will melt. It is pretty, but I really want to see Spring flowers instead of snow. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 50s this month. It looks like we are in for a cold spring, and summer????

Nothing on my schedule for today, so I guess I'll do a little cleaning.

I did my 40 minutes of exercise today. I've gotten to the point where exercise doesn't rejuvenate me, instead it tires me out.

My weight is basically the same. I have gone up and down within a 3 lb limit, but I can't seem to get any lower. Still working on it.

As we enter Holy Week I have had many thoughts on what Jesus went through for me and I wonder why I complain. Later in the week things will get a little busy here. I spent Lent thinking about the sin of gluttony, since it seems to be my favorite sin - hehehe. I took special notice on how I ate, what I ate, and when I ate. I did learn a couple of things about me, so I guess it was worthwhile. Maybe after Easter I can concentrate on one of the other 7 deadly sins. (If I dare!)

Talk to you later

Joan

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Good Morning -

A rainy day here in St. Louis. Tis laundry day, so really the weather isn't of consequence. The house got so hot a couple nights ago we had to turn on the air conditioning to cool it down, this morning we are back to heat. They say a high of only 46 today.

Slimmer - after reading your post and your sleeping schedule it made me wonder what time your first class is at school. *I can't imagine you didn't know about the Pennants for extra Spark Points as we've talked about those a lot here, particularly when they redid this website. If it hadn't been for Yvonne, I don't think I would have given them a second thought. I'm not over enthusiastic about Spark Points, but I do find them fun. Spinning that Wheel each morning I think is important since that is the only way that Spark People knows we are participating. You might find playing the trivia game (something Joan put me onto some years back) too. You will find it on the page where it lists all the Spark Point details. It doesn't take much time; I find it fun; you can learn lots of good nutritional information and some trivia as well about foods; and I think you earn 3 Spark Points in the process.

Irene - I think you will really enjoy your Kindle. I don't have a Kindle per se, but I do have the service on my iPad. *So sorry to hear Maurice still isn't feeling well, but glad to hear he was well enough to go to your family gathering. *Thanks for that tidbit about Wales. I did know that it is a separate country and part of the United Kingdom, but that's about all I know about it. I believe it is a coal mining country too, if memory serves me right?

Maureen - perhaps by next Sunday there will be more flowers at the cemetery where your parents are buried. Yesterday was just Palm Sunday, and we have Holy Week and Easter ahead. *I'm so sorry to hear that your brother, Bob, is back in the hospital. I do hope all goes well. *As for GPSs - we discussed getting a GPS on our phones when we went to the iPhone, but didn't feel it was worth the monthly charge. If I could still do fitness walking as I once did I would definitely have that feature. You and Walt do quite a bit of traveling, which we don't. My daughter has a GPS on her phone too, plus one in her car, and once when she was here she navigated us around to some areas I'm not familiar with while I drove. It was immensely helpful.

Joan - as much as I hate the dreary days, I am so thankful for all this rain. According to Weather Bug we are under a freeze warning through 9 am tomorrow. My husband said we could see some snow today too. The definitive word being "could" - smile.

Bonnie - our house was 81 degrees and it was warm (not hot just warm) still outside at bedtime, that's the reason I turned on the A/C. I understand what you are saying, heat wipes me out too. *Do you have to pay for your yard stuff pick-up on Fridays? Here we have to pay extra for such. *I wish your friend, Linda, well.

Joyce - how good it is to see your post. You've been missed. *It sounds like you are doing what you can to lose weight. It IS a battle, as we all know. *Your trip to Disney World sounded wonderful. There is nothing like seeing it with little ones. I so understand what you are saying about not having the stamina we once had. We've been to Disney World twice, once when the older grandchildren were small, and again a few years later just my husband and me. There is no way I could do that today. That is one huge park. *If we were still traveling we would have a GPS by now, but we no longer do so. I'm thinking with all the talk here about such I may just break down and buy myself one. There are areas around me where I don't go because I have no idea how to get around. A GPS would really help me to work through those insecurities. *How interesting about WAZE. That sounds like the CB radios people used to have, and they would talk with truckers when they traveled. *We were in Texas one year when the Bluebonnets were in bloom. It was the year I turned 70 and both grandchildren graduated from college (one in Denton and the other in San Marcos) - all of this plus Mother's Day happened the first two weekends of May that year, and we even fitted a trip to San Antonio in too. So lots of driving. Those beautiful little flowers were a feast for the eyes all along the roadside and in medians.

Allie - you really do enjoy your little ones, don't you? I wish I had your energy and stamina. What wonderful memories you are making with those children. *Sitting in one's front yard - several blocks away near an exit out of our subdivision that I use often is a house with a lovely yard. It is obvious the owners enjoy working in their yard. They are an older couple, and quite often when you pass in the summertime, you will see the two of them sitting out in front of their garage. So you aren't alone in enjoying sitting in your front yard. Interestingly enough we came close to buying the house across the street from them when we bought this one.

Ellen - Good Grief I can't believe all the yard work you and your husband did on Saturday - especially with your leg and back problems. There is no way I could have done such. My hat goes off to you. *We got your storms, but last night it was just rain - very hard at times, but at least no thunder to scare our little dog, Ivy. *GPSs - I agree, I think it would take the "scary" out of trying to find places in unfamiliar areas. *How interesting, I think you are the first person who has told me that they too thought about becoming a missionary. Like you, I guess I should use the word "foreign," since it never occurred to me at the time that there were missionaries in this country. In my mind I thought foreign was synonymous with the word missionary; that if you were a missionary you would be going to another country. Faulty thinking, but when you are a kid you don't always have your thinking right - smile.

Wishing for us all a good day and a very good week -
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4/14/14 8:17 A

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Hi All, It is 60 out now and ohhhhhhhhhh the rain is on the way.. the radar shows a huge spread of it.

School in 2 hrs. so going to get a bit wet today I guess.

Sugar this AM was 98... can't wait until every morning is under 100.

I think I am still asleep... I am working on the Sleep Award on Spark... so it has us logging in a journal if we get to bed on time and wake up on time to get at least 7 hrs of sleep.

I had gotten real bad about staying up late or getting up in the middle of the night to get back on the computer or to read or Eat!!!... That I know is not good. So I now make sure I am in bed at least by 12 midnight and actually closer to 11PM and up by 8am and no later than 9... and if I wake in the night.. too bad I have to stay in bed... no getting up for computer read or food! I think it is working and I hope to get a better sleep pattern.

I never knew on spark points about the Extra points on the pennants and the daily extra wheel... and actually for a couple of years I didn't even spin the regular wheel... Seems like I am racking up the points lately.

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just to say hi

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Hi on Monday a sunny morning. Today's diary face it's in1536 Wales became part of England! They are a separate country now part of United Kingdom.
My diary also tells me I have. meeting this evening, I hope to go but M is still unwell no energy and eating little.
We did go to our sons yesterday not for a meal , but enjoyed conversation and catch up on news. Grandson Martin helped me find my way round my new
Kindle, I can read on it but now Kindles are mini computers l it's light and easy to fit in my bag when I go anywhere .
I wish all those who are unwell a good day and warm wishes to all friends and team members , Irene

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Good Evening Team Sisters, Just a quick post to say Hi! Spring has finally arrived here In PA. My daffodil's are beautiful and the tempts in 70 & 80's.

We took Easter flowers to our parents graves today. My mother who died very young In 1937 is buried In a very old cemetery and it is sad the condition of stones near her. The grave next to hers is that of a Civil War veteran and was so lovely when I was young; now it Is in shambles. It is so sad Ours were the only flowers in that area.

My DB, Bob is in the hospital, it is his esophagus again. It was blocked and he couldn't keep anything down. His wife took him to the doctor Fri. AM and he sent him across the parking lot to the hospital. The doctor had to take him to surgery to scope him. He found the blockage and had to clamp a spot that was bleeding. He was much better when I saw him yesterday but has not been discharged yet. He will be on a very soft diet from now on.

We use the GPS on our phones when we travel to unfamiliar places and it works great. I get it through Google.

Hope you all have a good week. Marlene

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Hello Sparks

Rain rain go away come again another day....

Some areas of WI are flooding, not here though.

Of course tomorrow we are supposed to have snow, so I'll probably complain about that too.

Spring has got to be here soon..........

Joan


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Good Evening, Team Sisters.

The high today was 84°. I went out to the Farm & was "wiped out" really fast. It takes awhile to get used to these high temps but I'm NOT complaining!

Tomorrow we are going to the National Arboretum with our friends Charlie & Linda. Linda has her breast reconstruction on Friday so, depending on her recuperation, we may not see them for awhile. {For those new here--my friend Linda had breast cancer diagnosed last year & has been through chemo and preparations for reconstruction. Her sister died of multiple cancers a short time before Linda was diagnosed and their father is now going through chemo for cancer}. Various kinds of cherry trees are supposed to be in bloom at the Arboretum and it should be really pretty.

@Ellen - That really sounds like a lot of work you & your husband did on the yard. We have all of that kind of yard stuff picked up at the curb on Fridays.

@Joansie - Thanks for the spark mail advice on dealing with Verizon. Remarkably *Knock on Wood* all of the modem problems have vanished and the computer is working great. I'll keep all of your suggestions in mind as I'm sure the time will come when I will need them.

I hope everyone is having a great day.
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Hello Team Mates,

It has been a while since I have posted. I am still on the road to reaching my goal but seem to be fluctuating back and forth between two numbers, not making progress but not gaining either. I bought the Spark Activity Tracker and am increasing my exercise and also watching the food intake.

The grandchildren are keeping us busy. We took them and their parents to Disney World for Spring Break and really enjoyed it. Ellie is almost 3 and it was Momma’s goal to get her picture taken with as many Disney Princesses as we had time for. I stood in long lines with Mom and Dad to get to see Ellie’s and Josh’s picture taken with Princess Sophia the First (a Disney Jr. TV Cartoon character), Snow White, Daisy Duck, and others. We walked a lot and rode some rides too. We all had tired feet when we got back to the condo. I am finding that I don’t have the physical reserves that I had as a young person. My DH and I really enjoyed the hot tub at the pool LOL.

Ellen and Shirley- We really enjoy taking long trips and use our GPS regularly. We have one in our car which we use but I also use one in the passenger seat that I had read about and downloaded on my iPhone that is interactive in that it will warn you of traffic hazards, accidents and police as well. These warnings or information comes from others using the same GPS service who are on the road ahead of you. You can also send messages to others on the road if you notice a traffic hazard on the road or an auto accident or heavy traffic. It is called Waze and is free. I have found it helpful.

The weather is finally warming and the Bluebonnets are out, a sure sign that spring is here. I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

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Hello everyone,

I am sitting outside and will remain here until it starts to get dark. I sit on my front lawn and a lot of the people around here sit in their back yards. I don't get much sun in my back yard so that is why I am in the front yard. Sometimes I feel like a lawn ornament but that is okay. I figure I paid for my house and I can sit anywhere I please. I do have a sun porch but it is closed in and I love sitting in the sun and feeling the heat from the rays of sun.

I wore my grandsons out yesterday and the three of us had a wonderful time together. I took them on an Easter egg hunt then we went over to where I used to live. It is a very wealthy area and they have a park with play equipment for the children. I felt like I was at an amusement park and it was all free. The boys loved it and had so much fun.

They woke me up at 6AM this morning and they were wound up. I gave them breakfast then we went to the local park so they could play. We stayed down there until their Mother picked them up.

I went to the Y and the pool was closed. I used the treadmill instead. There is another pool I can use but I don't want to drive that far.

I finally have my very own daffodils in my back yard. I never thought I would get so excited about flowers but this house and yard were such a wreck when I moved here that I didn't know if I would be able to get anything to grow.

I hope everyone is having a good day. I love reading your posts and I will take my time tomorrow and respond to them.

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Yesterday was tough. My DH and I started about 10 AM and started loading more logs and limbs into our trailer and the back of the pickup. Finally around 2:30 p.m. we had loaded all we could get into the trailer and pickup bed and headed to our city’s Dumpster Day. We finished uploading just a few minutes before 4 p.m. when they closed the event. It felt so good to get rid of all this off our property, but it was so warm that I couldn’t wear anything to protect my arms, so now I look like I played with a wild kitten with all my scratches.

Shirley – we are having thunderstorms which will probably race across Missouri. * I love our GPS! It takes the scary out of driving to new places. I have an early doctor’s appointment on Tuesday morning and I plan to use my GPS since I am driving alone and I have never been there before. * Hey, I wanted to be a foreign missionary myself when I was young! More things in common.

Irene – I think your diary would be a fun way to have. I live facts like what you mentioned.

Bonnie – yesterday was over 80 and we had to put on the A/C when we got home from Dumpster Day. The house had really warmed up!

Slimmer – I can just see the two of us going down the Amazon together in our late 80’s! I am so proud of you and your sugar numbers. From your postings, I think you could do anything you put your mind to doing. You are an exceptional person! * I thought your story about your family is so sad. It just reminds me how lucky I am to have the family I have.

Yvonne – I love long car rides with my DH for the same reason. I love planning and talking to him.

Speaking of my DH. I am closing this long note to spend time with him.

Joan – like your new profile photo!

- Ellen

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Happy Sunday Everyone -

What a gorgeous April we are having. It seems like all the Bradford Pear trees, and this subdivision has Lots, all broke forth with blossoms at the same time, as well as some other flowering trees. I haven't seen anything like this since we left Atlanta many years ago. What a feast for the eyes - such beauty.

Bonnie - glad to hear that OPRC meeting went well and that you had a good turn out. * I hate driving somewhere where I don't know where I'm going. I keep threatening to buy me a GPS, but haven't. For one reason my husband talks periodically about buying a new car, and if we do I want one built in. It is always good when you have a passenger who is a good navigator. Living where you are it would be my guess that you have heavy traffic. How nice that your friend, Shelly, will be joining your group, and you can renew your friendship.

Make today a happy one -
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Palm Sunday and my diary tells me F.W. Woolworth was born on this day in 1832. My appointments diary has a fact for each day, it's London marathon day too, I hope to see the hi lights later
M is improving, not coughing so much but his breathing is laboured. I could hire him out as a heavy breather on the phone.
He is not eating much but enjoyed his breakfast today so that's a good start,
I am ok, I promised myself a catch up on mail day both e mail and old fashioned postal mail. So far I am ok on sparks teams mail.
Bonnie I would not have been happy with a bird in the meeting. I have a phobia about birds and feathers being near me. I like to see birds in their natural environment . Mist have been distracting in the meeting too . Tomorrow at the women's group meeting I attend it's a talk on Bonsai ! Not my thing but I go for the social side,
Have a peaceful day. Irene


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