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Good evening team sisters.

Summer is back! We actually got to sit on the front porch today. Although we didn`t have much to say, it was still nice.

Slimmer - Congrats on getting an A!

Irene - Happy Birthday to your hubby!

Shirley - I did get my hair cut and I felt so lite after. The last time I was at the hairdresser was the beginning of May. The bang was so long it covered my eyes. Val thought she had an appointment this morning. False. Thanks to crossed wires, Carole misunderstood and didn`t book her. Val is going back tomorrow at 8 a.m. It turns out what she is getting done takes about 3 hours. I was so glad it wasn`t today!

Ellen - I always have my hair cut short. I have lots of hair and it`s thick. When it gets to a certain length it pulls on the scalp and I develop headaches.

Krys - I think! Congrats on the twins. A double blessing. It`s great!

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

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Oh, Slimmer, I'm like you - with a nice yard why go anywhere else! Had to laugh about the p'ing part! That too is why I don't do trail rides anymore! Go ahead and make your website -- JUSt DO IT! You will be surprised at those looking for real art and not just prints.

Birthday greeting to your dear hubby Irene. Hope he had a great day.

Ty and I went grocery shopping. I had to get more milk and food to prepare for a funeral meal tomorrow of one of our church members. I baked BBQ's ribs and took the meat off the bone....then in the morning early I will baked - roast new potatoes and make a cake.

Ellen, don't be so hard on yourself -- {{{{hugs}}}}
Grace miss your posting....Sending {{{{hugs}}}}

Krys - Twins - how delightful. Pray the pregnancy goes without problems.

I am glad for the little bit of rain yesterday.....I have one cabin guest coming on the 15th....but its been quiet here for a couple of weeks.

Gotta go feed the hungry pets. Best to each of you...Have a great weekend! emoticon

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Hi All, Nice day out 80 now... I've had the French doors open all day reading.

Just finished 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea... now I would like to see the movie again.. I am glad I read the book ..a fast read.. Also read Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona today...thinking I will start Ken Follet's Eye Of The Needle now.

Yes.. a Happy Birthday to Maury!

Shirley... I don't exactly know where these are going to be sold... that part is the Real hard part... but, the teacher wants me to enter them in all the shows at school I can.. he thinks I should possibly win something... he just thinks the quality is so good etc..
...but someday I hope to have enough painting I could sell to create a web page and work that and still show at the couple of outside art shows
.......... I need to be making a Name for me and make people think I am someone they want to have a painting from... I hopefully will be in the newspaper for winner the scholarship. .. it was not in this past week and it is good talking about art and also showing a picture
..................just have to Market Myself...

...what seems strange is.. that I guess I am pretty good... better than I thought I could be and I am very critical in what I think is good. I'd like to know how I Rank for all art students... there about 125 I would guess in the art program... and thinking I am in top 10.. I know in 5 of my 9 classes I pretty much have been at the top in work... it would be nice to have them tell me really how good I am... this teacher so far is the closest to voicing an opinion on my work???

oh, I did not win the iPad.... Phooey..... :(

Ellen... I have not camped for probably 6 years .. since I moved here... my backyard is so beautiful why go to a park... but I would like to see the Smokys but I don't know yet if I really want to make the effort...
..........sleeping on the ground is not so bad.. I have a raft I blow up and then have a double layer of comforter then my sleeping bag... the trick is getting off the ground... I have to take a plastic step ladder to help me push up to get up.. and that works out ok.. my tent will take a chair and me setting in it which is nice
... I just don't like it getting too cold... I get sicky/anxiety from feeling bad and I hate having to stomp off the the bathroom in the middle of the night and .. it is a pain to pee in a waterbottle..that hurts my knees... hmmm guess I am getting kind of old... I never had any friends who would ever go camping.. they all used Hotels !! .. maybe I can't rough it anymore.

.. hope Project Runway is on tonight... I like seeing them make clothes in a short amount of time... I could do that... ... too old for that game.. plus would like more than one day to make something.. but I could do it

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8/1/14 3:37 P

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Happy Birthday to Maury. emoticon

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A start of a new month. I started a list this morning and already have 3 minor things knocked off it. Most are appointments for work to be done. My DH is sleeping as he slowly recovers from his illness.

I woke up depressed a little. I think it is because I feel like I am not accomplishing anything with my life. But I can do something about my goals. So, I made a list and am trying to knock things off of it. I need to focus on my "circle of influence" and do what I can do and stop complaining about what I have no control over.

Shirley - that is so interesting about your artistic talent. You should really do a little of it now that you are retired. Even our former president, George W. Bush has picked up the brush. I have thought about enrolling in the future in another quilting class. I have been reading all these books on quilting and it makes me want to do some more of it. I am going to knit another cap for my two grandchildren. I thought if I made four of different colors they could wear the ones they like.

Slimmer - I use to love to go camping before we were unable to sleep on the ground. When I divorced, I said that I would never marry anyone unless they took me camping on my honeymoon. My DH loved that idea and that is exactly what we did. I must admit, however, that we stayed at some cabins a couple of times because it was raining in Colorado. I always wanted to go backpacking but never did.

Irene - that is great that your DH still paints. I am sure it is really good for him.

Allie - that is so great about the house next door!

Cecile - I need to think about getting my hair cut in the near future. Maybe next week or the next. Do you wear yours short or long? I use to wear mine in a classic bob but then I cut it and everyone told me that I looked so much younger. I still love the classic bob when I see it.

Well, I need to get back to my list, but I think I will spend 30 minutes on my bike first. I need to get this weight down.

Ellen





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Good Morning Everyone -

Yvonne - I hope you are getting settled as I'm looking forward to our lunch together in the near future - smile.

Irene - please wish Maurice a Happy Birthday for me. I'm sure as thoughtful as you and your children are that he will have a very good one. *Where I view painting, drawing, sculpting, etc. as creative art and counted cross-stitch as a craft, it definitely takes skill and talent to do counted cross-stitch well, and you definitely produce some beautiful work. I do think that skilled crafters are artisans. I don't think I ever did so, but long ago had wanted to design my own counted cross-stitch patterns. It seems like I bought the graph paper, etc., but have no idea why I didn't follow through. Back then I did follow through with things unlike now days when I tend to procrastinate.

Slimmer - I too find our art teacher's pricing interesting. I can't even imagine getting hundreds of dollars for one of my paintings. I wonder where he sees you marketing your work. I've only shown mine at a couple church art shows. A co-worker of my husband's years ago wanted one of my paintings, or perhaps I painted him a mini. I can't remember. He was one who tended to follow up and coming artists. He introduced me to the work of one named Joseph Dawley. An absolutely amazing realistic painter. In fact I think I may have met him at one of his shows once, when we lived in New Jersey. Anyway, this man told my husband that he thought my work would be worth a lot of money some day. I doubt that. But it was sure nice to hear. How wonderful that you are doing so well with your art classes.

Cecile - we've had it to rain like that here too, and you are right - it is really weird. * I must get out next week and get my hair cut. It's gotten too long and out of shape and is driving me a bit nuts.

Allie - so happy to hear your mini-vacation has brightened your spirits. Happy too to hear that the house next door to you is "finally" being taken care of.

Ellen - my husband was at the sink when a Humming Bird came to my empty feeder that hangs just outside the window. I immediately washed the feeder and filled it about 1/3 full with food. I so hope we will see more back at the feeder. At least this tells me that there are some around. *I hope we are talking about the same thing, but yes, we must get our car inspected yearly (I think it is). We can't get our tags unless we have proof that the car has passed inspection.

Krys - what great news twins. And this is especially good news since your daughter has had such a hard time getting pregnant. I do so wish her a good and safe pregnancy.

Bonnie - I'm so happy to hear that you've finally gotten your Jeep back. My husband doesn't care for the color green either, although I do. It isn't my favorite color, but I do like it. *I agree about time passing quickly. I don't dwell on it either, but seem to be continually amazed with how fast it is passing me by. *I hope you and Mystery enjoyed your time yesterday.

Wishing everyone a very good day and a very good month ahead.

Shirley

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Irene, have you heard of Sharon Boggins? She's a stitching expert in Australia, and has been supplying free online stitching tutorials for a long time. You don't need the tutorials, I'm sure, but her website is fun to explore.

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Hi on Friday, it's my husbands birthday he is 85 today, he doesn't look it and is in general good physical health but has Alzheimer's , no special plans for today, we will celebrate at weekend with family.

Reading in Slimmers mail of art and painting , I admire anyone who can draw . Your work received praise that must make you feel happy,
My dh paints and I am glad he still does. His style of painting is changing but it helps keep him happy and calm ,. When he was at his best he specialised in back views of people, usually friends or family , they are instantly recognisable by their stance or back of their head .

I say I am not artistic but I suppose I am as I create pictures in stitching , it keeps me calm!
Have a good weekend team , Irene

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Hi All, Time for bed... school is Over!

I got 3.. 100's and a 96 for an A in the class

The teacher just can't say enough about my Tiger picture and now he likes my owl equally well.. said the Owl should sell for at least $200...

the kids in class and the teacher looked at my self portrait and said looking at all I did they are amazed I have two totally different styles done. (the selfie pic he thought maybe $400 or one like it of someone) Interesting on pricing... He thought my Senior Art Exhibit should be on the theme of the animals and eyes etc.

I WON another book today!

I might find out tomorrow if I won the iPad... I hope! I sure did enough... I had to read or watch over 160 books and movies... plus I also read 120 kid books that didn't count.

..rained a littler here tonight.. and was like just under 60 this am... too cool... is 67 at 11pm now... I thought maybe I would go camping in the Smokys but it is even cooler up there... it is just easier to stay at home...

school starts in 18 days now... I learned that my scholarship will pay my $100 art fee and then I can buy Anything else in the bookstore... I think this weaving class has a book but then I can buy art supplies... and if not I think they give the rest back in cash

I'm going to bed... too much excitement today
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Good evening team sisters.

It looks as if the rain has finally stopped. This afternoon Val and I were sitting at the kitchen table and she said it`s raining and I said it`s not. She was looking out the kitchen window and I was looking out the living room window. It turned out it was raining in the back of the house but not the front. We thought it was weird!

They say this is the coolest weather we have had in the last 5 years. It`s Fall weather at the moment.

Tomorrow, Val and I have a hair appointment. I will be so happy to get it chopped off. It`s going on three months. I usually get it done every month.

A very special hello to all of you! emoticon

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

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Hello team,

Someone is cleaning out the vacant house next door. They cut the grass, removed unsightly bushes and now they are taking furniture out of the house. It is such a relief to see something being done with the empty house.

I went away for a few days and it was just what the doctor ordered.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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I bragged on my DH getting better too soon. I woke up this morning and he had slept little last night due to coughing and back pain. The wheezing in his lungs is back. Tomorrow is the last day of his 10 day antibiotics pills. Unless he improves over the week-end big time, I am calling the doctor's office to get him an appointment on Monday. I wanted him to go tomorrow, but he thought it best to wait until Monday to see if the pills kill this. He is asleep on the sofa now.

This has been my laundry day. I did do my weights downstairs and plan to do my physical therapy tonight.

I have not seen any hummingbirds at my feeders. It is either too soon or because of the dry weather they headed another directions. Of course, unless I am in the dining room I would not see them. My DH keeps the blinds in the living area closed most of the time to block out the sun so he can sleep when he can.

Krys - what wonderful news about the twins! I know your family is so thrilled.

Bonnie - our three vehicles are at least 10 years old. My Aveo, though, only has 60,000 miles on it.

GwenLee - you and I are in the same boat on the weight loss. My new scale shows I have gained four pounds in the past week. So, back to watching my calories. I guess homemade peach pie and ice cream does not belong on a diet. emoticon I feel like I need to work on my life and set some new goals. I am just not sure what they should be.

Irene - Several years ago, my DH and I put all our sign-ons and passwords on a flash drive that we keep locked up here at home in case we forget. Also, I have accounts my DH never looks at and visa versa. We printed out these and we put that in our bank safety box in case something happened to us. Saying this, we really need to update the page at the bank since we have added some. * Years ago, I read the books on "Clan of the Cave Bear". I donated those books last year to a church rummage sale. I really liked them, though but not something I wanted to read again.

Sherry - I forgot all about those auto inspections in Texas. Kansas does not require that. So, we just hope those cars with us on the highway are safe. emoticon I think Missouri requires them though.

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Good morning, back home again from my sons and brought my granddaughter with me for a few days. Had a busy time, went to the park to play, went to the water park one day, they had a party for my birthday. great visit. and the best news of all- my daughter[who is pregnant after trying for so many years and had just decided it wasn't meant to be]- is having TWINS!!! we are all so excited! she is due first week in march. when they told me there was 2 heartbeats I about fell over! we are so thankful and Blessed my God. Have a great day!--Krys

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Good Morning, Team Sisters.

We FINALLY got our Jeep back yesterday. The hard top is really nice and should make the Summer travels in the Jeep much cooler. The soft top got really hot, though it didn't seem to get that cold in the winter. The top is green to match the body. DH said yesterday that now the Jeep looks just like the first 4 door Jeep Wrangler that we ever saw and that he feel in love with. Not a "green" color fan myself but glad he's happy with it. I'm just glad to have a fairly "New" car to drive. Our other 3 vehicles are all over 20 years old.

I try not to dwell on how fast time is going but try to remember all of the things I have accomplished in the passing time. Or NOT accomplished. Right now my eating & weight loss plans haven't been doing too well but I blame a lot of that on the heat. I know I'll get back on track soon.

I'm going out to the Farm soon. My last visit was fraught with several distractions and high wind so not too pleasant. Though, of course, any time I'm with Mystery and he doesn't injure me is a great day. He is a good boy. Just hypersensitive, which mainly comes from being an Arabian.

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

Can you believe that this is the last day of July? Of course we still have August, but the summer seems about over as the kids start back to school. They start back here in a couple weeks - August 13th in our District. I saw 4 teen girls jogging down the street this morning - a sure sign that kids, parents, stores are all gearing up for the beginning of the school year. * We had quite a treat this morning as we watched 3 very young rabbits playing hide and seek around one of our rose bushes in our backyard.

Gwynlee - you and me both!

Irene - isn't it amazing how crooks - internet or otherwise - can get hold of our "stuff," but we whom the "stuff" belongs to must jump through all kinds of hoops to prove it is ours. We have everything we have in both our names, so if one of us dies or becomes incapacitated the other will have no problem (I hope - we never know until the time comes, do we?).

Sherry - I do admire your energy and stamina. You certainly don't have or allow yourself much down time, do you?

Cecile - we could use some of your good rain. The temps are mild for this time of year, but we sure could use some rain. *André and orders - I guess when you can do little else the one thing you Can Do is order people around. However, such behavior can be counterproductive, can't it? - smile

Ellen - it is good to hear that your husband has returned to the gym. That sounds as though he's feeling better.

Grace - I've noticed that you haven't been posting as much this summer, and that's okay as long as you are feeling well and are happy. Just remember to check in from time to time to let us know all is well.

Slimmer - as Ellen said that was quite a compliment from the girl in your class. My "yes but" to that is, some of the art work in museums I wonder why they are there since I'm not impressed at all - same with art galleries. In our art museum - sometime back - they had this huge exhibit with broken glass all over the floor, tarp or other material strewn around, and some other stuff - this was supposed to be museum quality art. Don't misunderstand what I'm saying - I stand in absolute awe of the majority of work in art museums, but not all. I've also seen paintings passed over that I viewed as phenomenal in juried art shows, to have others chosen by the jurists that I thought showed little skill and some weren't even pretty or interesting. I know they say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but...

Make today a happy and healthy one -

Shirley

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that was my weekly weigh in. I need to seriously get started in losing weight. I am sick of being fat

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

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Hello on Thursday , how the weeks fly by. My husband is on a fasting blood test today I had to remind him no breakfast or even tea. Yes I was sure but ws ok to have his regular pills with water. But i can drink tea hint hint, he is making me some now. He had his usual 6 month medical yesterday .bp a but high and doctor was aware his balance is not so good. She told him he doesn't drink enough Becaise of the frequency he needs to go to the bathroom he has cut down on drinks . She suggested cut down on tea and coffee but have more water I gothim a bottle of lime joiuce too he likes that in water ,
I am tryng to transfer some money from a to b so I can access it easier. The partucular account is in my husbands name ,I explained I have power of attourmey but they want proof. This Isn't the bank,they do have proof , it's a government savings bond, seems I should have notified them once I did get p of a. So today I have to sort paper work ou, make copies sme ditto the national bond people with all detail , I expleined on phone my husband has long forgotten his password, they said that would be ok but I have to give all sorts of information to prove I a who I say I am. This is the start only of gaining access to our money . I nee received at over .80 I would have to start doing thes sort of things .
My son would help usually but he's cut his leg badly , also his wife is ill company uti and migraine . Also they are due to become grandparents again any day now . They are on standby to child mind the the two children. So I feel they have enough on.
It has become a bit cooler and fresher now which helps me cope better.
Bonnie. Yes I did fnish the book and as you say what a nice ending but leves it open to the next one. I felt quite sad when I had finished the book. And can't settle to any other now, the book club choice was a very light silly story in my opinion , well any book would one after an Outlander one. There's another series you may like Clan of the Cave Beat , by Jean Auel set in Stone Age time following the story of one woman ,
I hope everyone is well . Irene


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Ellen, I like your idea of donating each week -- I think I can get into some of that ....

Bandit is my grand-dog. Beau's yes! He went to live in Austin too. Our day was some what quiet -- Ty added food coloring to his chocolate chip cookies that we baked. They turned a dull green -- which was fine by me -- they didn't even look tempting!! He thought they were grand!

I went to three places today to get my auto safety inspection sticker.....one place the only guy that does them wasn't there today; the other two places had an hour plus wait. And with Ty in the pickup with me -- that was not an option for us. I am going back to one place at 8:15am and try to be the first one there!

Maw made us stir fry beef tonight for supper. I'd had broccoli steamed for lunch and two cookies....so I am still under my daily allowance. I got walking in while gathering eggs and walking the dogs and watering both. Went down to the barn to get alfalfa hay for the goats...a raccoon has been getting into the cow feed and has noticeable eaten a third of it.....not good -- but it was getting to late tonight -- that will be a chore for another day.

All have a good evening.... emoticon sweet dreams!

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Good evening team sisters.

Today was rain off and on all day. It started during the night and stopped around supper time. Needless to say, we did not sit on the porch today.

Val finally went to drop off the list of meds at my husband`s doctor today. André was having a fit this morning about this. I told Val tonight that no matter what André has forgotten, he still remembers how to give orders. It seems everything has to be done yesterday.

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

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My DH finally felt like going to the gym and I mopped the kitchen , entry halls, and baths. Then I vacuumed the sofas and floors. When he returned we went to the library where I returned books and donated some. I plan to start donating excess stuff every week. That is the only way I can figure out how to downsize.

Slimmer- that was a great compliment.

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Good evening team, I've been reading the posts as they come in, but not doing so good with replying. I haven't been on the computer as much, when the weather is nice out. It's not that I'm doing much yard work. I really don't know where my time is going.
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Hi All, Hot out now but was 60 this AM... getting cool...

Painting is all done... I finished my 4th picture and tomorrow we all just critique all the pictures.

A girl in the class saw my Owl picture and ... then she said ... "your paintings are better than I have seen in most museums I've gone too..." Wow! now that is a statement...

The Painting III people did their critique today... hmmm I wonder out of the 3 of them how many of their 5 paintings they actually painted this past month... they did all their work at home...one fellow did a 4' x5' painting of Jesus from the cross like you were standing right beneath looking up he said he thought he had it sold

Tomorrow the iPad contest is over!!!

Reading... The Spy Who Came In From the Cold .. now...

Time for a nap...
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Good Morning Everyone -

Gwynlee - our weight can and usually does jumps up and down all during the day and the week. If you are weighing yourself daily, perhaps that half pound is just one of those water weight or whatever fluctuations. See what your weekly weigh-in tells you. If you are comparing your WW weekly weigh-ins, a half pound could be reflected in the clothes you were wearing. When I used to go to WW, I wore the same clothes for every meeting/weigh-in for that reason, and I "never" weighed with my shoes on.

Ellen - it's been many years since I've had homemade peach pie, and they are so-o good.

Marlene - there is no way I could have done the work you and your husband did in the yard yesterday, even in this unseasonably cool weather. Glad you went out to eat. *Glad also to hear that you had a good check up with your PCP. Sorry to hear about your knee though.
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Sherry - My goodness but you put in a day too. I know Texans seem to not mind or think much about driving long distances at all, but... I was a bit confused about Bandit. I gather he is Beau's dog, and that you took him home. I hope that is the case, and that he didn't die. I'll bet your cats are happy to be free of him anyway - smile. *I've never read Beth Moore or heard her speak, but I understand she is quite good. Enjoy your study.

Bonnie - it sounds as though our cool weather has reached both you and Marlene. Yes, it is quite unusual but most enjoyable. *Sorry to hear you still don't have your car back. *We get lots of Finches at the feeder, but not so many of the gold ones. What beautiful little birds they are, and especially the gold ones. I bought a fancy, special Finch feeder for them and special food when we moved here, but it was a waste of money, as they would hardly use it, so I don't even hang it any longer. It was supposed to attract them.

Wishing everyone a very good day -

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gained 1/2 pound yesterday -- not happy about that

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

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Today was beautiful but still dry. I watered some front gardens and a frame of veggies. My DH and I took the peaches we bought at the farmers market and made a pie. He made the crust and I made the filling. We had a very light supper and pie.

Marlene- is this the knee that has not been replaced? That was great news on your other tests.

Cecile - so good to see your evening posts.

Sherry- I have not been to Austin since the early 80s. I probably would not recognize it.

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Hello Team Sisters. We have had more great weather, a little cool this AM. Yesterday I did some weeding in the flower beds. This afternoon I weeded around the trees. DH trimmed, mowed and trimmed the hedge. I raked the hedge clippings. We will be in bed earlier tonight,

After we got finished HD said we would go out for dinner and although I had planned to cook I showered and was ready when he had his shower. I wasn't very hungry, I ordered a chicken wrap and a side of fruit.

I saw my PCP this AM. She was very pleased with my blood test results. Liver, kidneys functions well and my Cholesterol levels great. She examined my knees and suggested I have an X ray of the right one. I think she is laying the ground work to convince my DH that I have no alternative but to have replacement surgery again. I am to the point where I am nervous about the possibility. So we shall see.

Birds: I didn't put out the hummer feeder this year. While I was working around the dogwood trees a young bird. started making a fuss don't know what his problem was.

Think I will get myself ready for bed. Marlene

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Good evening team sisters.

Just dropped in to say Hi!

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

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Slimmer - great the yard is mowed! Wish mine was finished......maybe I can do some later...
Ty and I drove to Austin yesterday to help son (Beau) get settled in his new apartment. It was a 150 miles - each way! Ty was non-stop talking. A couple of times I had to tell him I needed quiet so I could navigate all the ramps and over-passes in the city. And there were toll roads too. They take a pic of your vehicle and mail a bill. I told Beau he could pay my tolls. DH and I always tried to avoid them, even it meant driving a little further. We stopped at a couple of Goodwill stores -- an old favorite pastime of ours. Got a couple of shirts and Ty got one small toy.
Beau treated us to Panera Bread for lunch....I had the chicken - strawberry poppyseed salad and bagette! Very good. Ty had the mac and cheese.

We got home to hungry cats. They were glad the Big Dog, Bandit (german Shepherd 110 pounds -- my granddog -- was now history. He goes everywhere with Beau. Maybe now my cats can get some rest!

Our womens group from church starts a Beth Moore study of the book of James tonight. Maw will come to the house and stay with Ty while I'm gone. I told her to bring milk .... this boy lives and breathes chocolate milk. He goes through a gallon in about 4 days.

Well, ladies - enjoy your day.



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Good Morning, Team Sisters.

It's only supposed to go into the high 70's today!! That is SO UNUSUAL. It's 67 degrees outside now and I'm actually feeling a little cold with the doors and windows open.

I was hoping that we'd get the Jeep today. DH got an email that the top was done but the "tech" had some recommendations. Grrr!! By the time he got the email it was too late to call so he is doing it right now. Maybe tomorrow!!

DH & I took a walk around the Lake yesterday. It was really windy & some of the wind gusts were really terrific. The water was very choppy. We did see one of the wood duck "families" that we have been following since the babies were really young. The babies are almost the size of their mother now but still following her in formation.

I have a "sock" filled with the kind of seeds that goldfinch like. Since our neighbors who used to have "loads" of goldfinch in their yard moved & the new people don't feed birds, I thought we'd get lots of goldfinch. But the most I've seen at a time are 3. Days will go by when none will come & I think "Well, that was a bust", but then 2 will come back. I've even had 2 house finch eat the seeds. Nuthatches are supposed to like those seeds also but so far our 3 nuthatches haven't touched it, though they'll eat sunflower seed from the bird feeder. We have about 6 crows that like to spend time in the trees above the Park behind our house. They can be very noisy!! I suspect one killed a whole nest full of catbird babies last year so crows aren't my favorite bird.

@Irene - Have you finished "MOBY" yet? I tried to make it last as long as possible. I hated to see it end, especially since I know the next book won't be available for 4 more years!! I was so happy at the way it ended.

If any of you want to read a really good series, "Outlander" series by Diana Gabaldon is really great. The books are very long , over 800 pages each, and there are so far 7 books in the series but they encompass, history, time travel, romance, etc. Diana is the kind of writer that makes you not want to put the book down. Now I'm finishing up the "Inn Boonsboro Trilogy" by Nora Roberts. She is another favorite of mine. She actually lives in Boonsboro, MD and Boonsboro is about an hour from me so that makes this series a special interest to me.

I hope everyone is having a great day.
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Elaine - isn't it amazing how deer and other wildlife come into very heavily populated areas? We have a very affluent section here in St. Louis (actually more than one - smile, but I'm just talking about one of them). It is heavily wooded but in the midst of shopping, busy roadways, etc. and periodically they have to bring in hunters to thin the deer population since they get so large they become hazardous. At our previous house, we would get deer periodically too - also a heavily populated area, but in this case we think the few that would show up behind our house came up from the wild game preserve along the dry creek bed that ran along the back of the house, that ran several miles to the river. I loved your Bambi and Thumper story - smile. *Ah-h fresh tomatoes and peppers straight out of the garden. There is nothing that tastes any better. *I'm sure you are glad your stair project is finished. I have a desk piled high with papers too that I desperately need to go through and eliminate most of it, but seem to be able to say daily, "Fiddle y-dee, I'll think about that tomorrow." - smile

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Hello ladies,
I hope everyone is having a good week. Sunday we had a young deer who we obviously called "Bambi" hang out in our yard all day. It ate a lot of our flowers. DH checked the yard yesterday and said it wasn't as bad as he originally thought.

The funny part was it only bothered the red roses and left the white and yellow alone. It just shredded the rose petals all over the ground. Then a rabbit came by and ate then. My niece said that was Thumper.

We live in town but deer make their way in at night. Almost always they are in twos and it's rare to see them in town during the day.

We are again enjoying some cooler weather. DH has finished retreading our stairs to the 3rd floor, so I spent the day up there yesterday dusting and cleaning all the dust from the sanding. Now I'm working on cleaning off my desk. I don't know how I always get it so piled full of paperwork.

We are now getting tomatoes and peppers from the garden. The lack of extreme heat has really helped our garden.

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Good Morning Everyone -
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Ellen- my internet friend whose partner (I guess is the proper way to refer to him) recently died, is obviously one of those people whose body and health aren't inhibiting her from having a good time. She goes on cruises, etc. I guess she still does. In all honesty we haven't been in touch all that much over the past few years. We exchange Christmas cards, and when something major happens - good or bad - I hear from her, or there's an occasional post on Facebook. *I'm sure your Bible study went very well. You seem most skilled communicating with people, and with your sensitivity toward your listeners, as said, I'm sure your class went well. Yes, I agree, it sure helps to hear from someone else that feels the way we do, especially if we think we feel negatively about something, or have gone through a bad or upsetting experience.

Yvonne - for anyone of us who have moved we understand what you are dealing with. Thanks for taking the time to check in. *Your description of the Woodpeckers is most interesting. We had 3 Very Big black birds to visit the other morning. I'm not sure if they are Crows or Ravens - as I can't tell the difference. Our littlest dog was out so I was most happy when they left - yes they are that big. *Yes, isn't it nice that they don't require a road test in Missouri? I'm always happy when we get our licenses/tags taken care of after a move. *About Attendance Streaks - it has been a long time since I've gotten an award for Perfect Attendance. This is particularly annoying since I seldom miss a day posting or coming to this site. But... as we all know, if we don't check in/spin the wheel we don't get credit. So I understand your feelings. * And Yes again - smile, the unusually cool weather is so very nice.

Slimmer - So Very Happy to hear your lawn is cut. I wouldn't have been happy about it getting so long either. *Humming Birds - I clean and change the food in them weekly, as it says on the food container I think is where I read it. It said nothing about cleaning the feeder, but I take it apart and clean it well just the same. The other feeders - the flat one I just make sure there isn't anything in it that shouldn't be there. The enclosed one, I don't wash it often at all. But... should moisture get in it that would cause bacteria, then of course I clean it well. I've got a couple of the long tube feeders that I no longer use because I can't clean them well. I have lots of birds all day long. As said, I just wish the Hummers would come back. Actually, although the empty feeder is still hanging, I haven't filled it. Why - since I'm not getting any "customers."

Make today a happy one -

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Good evening team sisters.

Today was laundry. That entailed a lot of down and up. I did like last week and brought the laundry up and André and I sat on the bed and folded everything.

The nurse called to say she is coming tomorrow. I don`t think I`ll get up this time. Maybe I`ll wake up early. We`ll see.

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

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I facilitated Bible Study this morning and I think it went well. I was able to keep everything moving and finished on time. In a private conversation with a friend I have made with the group (she is also from Texas), I learned she feels the same way I do about the book. I was glad to learn that I am not alone.

Yvonne - it was so good for you to drop in and post. I think a bookcase full of books just makes a room seem so much like home. Six boxes a day is a nice but challenging clip. You will have everything put up in no time.

Slimmer - Yea for getting your lawn mowed and I am so glad you are feeling better. I cleaned my hummingbird feeders well and replaced the sugar water. Thanks so much for all the information.

Marlene - Boy, I understand about your knees hurting. Mine were feeling great early in the morning but by this afternoon - ugh! The bone on bone was very noticeable. I am scheduling this in November.

Shirley - that was funny about the women. Most widows I know are not interested in taking on another man. But some need constant companionship I guess.

Everyone have a great day! Tomorrow morning I should water in the garden. There is no rain in the forecast.

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I haven't been here for so long; I've been unpacking about six boxes a day for the last few days, and of course that means a lot of organizing, too. We finally got the bookcase in the living room filled today. It's starting to look like a home. If I can just get the main areas settled in, I won't feel so driven to finish.

I've been very interested in the hummingbird conversation. Mine have been up about a week now, and the hummers are still coming in frequently. I think I'd planned to clean and refill them tomorrow. Today we had two pileated woodpeckers at the feeder. They like the suet (a summer blend that doesn't melt). One alone is astonishing, but two is just spectacular. They are so big, when they fly away the black and white flash of the wings reminds me of a predator bird. Today one of them must have been young. Before he ate, he made a series of sounds, for all the world like a grubhound saying Oh, there's food! There's food! So funny.

So beautiful today and so cool. Our air conditioner, set at 78, didn't even turn on. Our windows were open all day. All this work is making me tired, but I won't really be able to relax till I get it done. Got one car inspected today. The other one got damaged on the road, so we'll have to get it fixed first. We go for our drivers' licenses tomorrow or Wednesday. We were surprised that there'll be no road test!

I broke my SP streak yesterday when I didn't even sign in. Phooey! That makes me aggravated at myself. The church people had a picnic yesterday afternoon, and when we got home, we just slept. Didn't do any work.

Will try to check in more often...

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Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My lawn is cut!!!

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Hi All... HOT out and sunny

Only 3 days of school left... and I am more than half done with my owl picture... Teacher is still talking about my Tiger picture said it should be sold for ...$500.00 now... that actually $300 is really low for it...ok with me...

Library had no books for me and I now have none at home... I just could not get into Mr. Ripley.. yet so took it back.... Reading... The Notebook and is a fast read... the iPad contest drawing is over on Thursday... and from on I am reading books I have a home to get rid of them and I have plenty in paper and on my Kindle

Went to Walmart... and got steak and chicken... Dr Pepper is still $1.00... Shirley at intervals they put on one soda for $1.00 and only then do I buy except they never put diet orange on sale but I only get 1 now and then...
...oh won't be getting the Diet Cherry Dr Pepper... tastes great!!!!! but the red flavored dye is Killing!!! my kidney.... pain!!! not surprised... I can't eat popcicles because of the colored dye in them... guess it is ok... that stuff is not good for us anyway

Shirley....as to lawn........... I could have elephants hiding in it... the guys just have not come... I don't know if they forgot I was switched to a 2 week cut or thought I was back to an only call and come cut... I saw them at a red light and almost got out of my car to ask but the light changed!!!!!!!!!! Aughhhhhhh

..as to changing feeders it is the Hummingbird one that needs changing on the 3rd day... if you would not drink it... the birds should not either... actually sugar immediately starts growing bacteria... The info came from a bird expert on my Bluebird site when someone asked why they found a dead Hummer beneath their feeder... and that was his reply... that they drink the old liquid and fly away but get sick probably that fast...

Slimmer...

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Krys - that sounds like a plan. We are happy to hear from you when you drop by. Take care of yourself.

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Good morning! It is quiet here, all the relatives have gone back home following the funeral for my cousin. It was a bittersweet time, nice to see all the family that came from far away and we did share a lot of memories of Laurie. Now I am off to stay with my sons family and spoil my granddaughter a bit! Hope you all have a Blessed day and I will keep on reading everyones news every day even if I don't post a lot, Krys

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Good Morning Everyone -

Gwynlee - Way To Go! I hope you had a good workout.

Cecile - I'm with you - a good day is one that runs smoothly - no problems - smile. *As for forgetting to take meat out of the freezer to thaw, that happens to me often also. Usually I have some frozen meals in the freezer - like a Stouffer's Lasagna, Voila stir fry, or the like. But... like now I don't have my usual backup so must remember to pick up one or two the next time I buy groceries. I haven't had a grilled cheese sandwich in ages, and that sounds really good. *Your new stove sounds so nice. ENJOY! - smile

Marlene - there is cooler weather on the way. I think we are only to reach a high of high 70s today. Yep, unheard of for the end of July in St. Louis. But you know what it really pleases me. We aren't getting much rain however. A brief shower on Friday, and they aren't predicting more rain until this coming Friday, and that's only a 30% chance which is like no chance at all. *Your Saturday outing with your hubby sounded so nice.

Slimmer - I've never heard of changing the food and (of course) washing the feeders more than once a week, but I do know to do that. If the birds were coming - I like them that much - I would gladly go through this ritual. You are correct when you warn us to wash our hands after touching bird baths, feeders, etc. Something I'm careful to do. *You've been able to go 6 weeks without having your lawn cut? WOW! Ours must be cut once a week, and because of the relatively mild summer and quite a bit of rain this year, there have been weeks when it could have been cut more often, and if I had been doing the cutting I would have, but we didn't want to pay for an extra cutting. As for your lawn guy, I think I would start looking for someone else more dependable. Nothing irritates me more than people not returning my calls.

Ellen - about your wrist/hand discomfort using your Nook. I have a small pillow (about the size of a baby pillow) that I put in my lap to support my iPad. As you may remember my husband gave me the latest iPad for my birthday, and it is lighter than my previous one, but still I'd have a hard time holding it for a long period of time. He doesn't seem to have a problem holding his mini or Kindle, and he seems to be reading from it continually, but I think I would. When I post I come to my desk computer for that. *I wish you much success in leading your Bible Study today. Your comment on the subject being adultery, and the fact it has little relevance to the age group in your class. I have an internet friend. From pictures she appears short, quite heavy with beautiful white hair. She is a pretty woman with a lovely smile. She has outlived four husbands - she is late 80s now. A few years back she met a man, they hit it off, and moved in together. They never married. I got an email from her about a month or so ago that he had died too. She was moving in with her daughter. It will be interesting to see if she lands herself another beau - smile. *More Hummingbird talk - when I had them coming to my feeder they'd come off and on all day long. Since my son has more than I've ever had, I will try to remember to ask him your question.

Have a good day and a good week everyone -

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Good evening team sisters.

Today was a good day. Nothing spectacular happened. The kind of day I like.

The only mishap was supper. I forgot to take the meat out of the freezer. I ended up making grilled cheese sandwiches and cream of tomato soup.

Sherry - It must have been disheartening to see your stove abused. I think I would have been very upset. - I`m happy to see you are enjoying Ty. He sounds like an angel.

Irene - You have lived an exciting life with Maurice and the children.

Shirley - Tonight when I made the grilled cheese sandwiches, I burned one side. I put them on then started to do something forgetting this new stove is much faster than the former. I laughed! I simply removed the burned bread, added another slice of cheese and another slice of bread. The burned ended up in the compost pile.

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



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Hello Team Sisters. I may not be posting very long as we are expecting a storm. The last few days were lovely. Today it was close to 90. We didn't go out at all. I walked up to get the newspaper and water my hanging basket. Yesterday we went to an out door art show which was very nice. I saw four of my painting friends plus my instructor who had a booth. The show was in a park and I should have taken my hiking stick because it was not level and tree roots all over. I was careful so did not have any mishaps. However, by the time we reached the far end my knee was really hurting. We sat at a picnic table and DH went and got us sandwiches. We rested quite awhile then walked back to the car.

We stopped outside of Lancaster so I could buy paint and liner brushes. I saw a frozen yogurt shop (Sweet Frog) on the other side of the shopping center and asked DH to go there. I really like the soft serve; I got sugar free Vanilla and Strawberry. Soooo good.

Glad to read that all my "Sisters" are doing well. I read the posts daily just don't get to respond. emoticon

Well the storm seems to be getting closer so I will close. Everyone have a great week.

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Hi All, Looks like rain but just cloudy and supposed to be hottest day ever had here ???

Ellen..... Aughhhhh!!!! on Hummingbird feeders... they have to be changed and cleaned every 2 days!!! Sugar grows bacteria very fast and ... if a bird drinks at you feeder it is said that it very well is dead before it gets to your neighbors feeder
......this is one of the things I learned when doing my Bluebird Monitoring... just like regular bird baths AND seed feeders need to be emptied and washed/lightly bleached/thoroughly dried then refilled... Each week... bird carry a lot of germs... also always wash your hands after touching anything to do with birds
...the changing of the sugar fluid so often is why I never start each year... it is a lot of work to do it right

Just finished reading... The Water-Babies.. a classic... finished The Trial by Kafka... which nobody needs to read. a lot of nothing supposed to e the best work out of Germany hmmm

Went to Holly last night and did tickets and they were sold out! ..a full house for Spam A Lot... soooooooooooo funny they really polished it up from the first show... if you ever get a chance to see this play Go!

I have yet to start the painting I am supposed to be well on my way to doing.. I am going to do Owl Eyes partial face in a Paciasso bright color style... was supposed to pick a picture to go with what we already have done... (or anything actually)

I am so stressed my lawn guys have not come and tomorrow starts week 6... they are not answering my calls... but that is nothing new... so far they usually show up but this is a bit longer than usual...

...I guess I don't have it so bad... some people in the world need food or shelter or money... and my biggest worry is getting my lawn cut at a low price... worse case seniero... is a get someone new and have to pay $10 or $15 more

Not dizzy at all any more... something is out of my system... I did not eat the chicken in the salad...

I try not to use chemicals...no creams lotions dyes and I really watch the food I eat... I only take Extra strength Tylenol a few times a year... I do go out of my way to not put anything not natural or good in me.

Watching NASCAR and washing, reading, and painting eventually after I draw it out.

Cecile... glad they got the stove all level now... I know you will miss your plugs, but that was special.. now you have a stove like most of us...

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I have been reading the posts on my Nook and IPhone, but have found that too much playing with them is causing some hand and wrist pain. So, I decided not to try and post until I could get to my laptop.

I finished one novel and completed another one yesterday (no, I was not on my bike unfortunately). They are all in a series about Elm Creek Quilts and the author writes them so they stand alone. The problem with this, though, is that she repeats the main story lines in each book, so I can skip a great deal making them a fast read. I am promising myself that after I return all of these to the library, I am going to focus on some more serious books that I have in my bookshelves.

Tomorrow I am to facilitate the Bible Study. I HATE the book the group leader picked. I feel like it is in the same level as a very bad romance novel. So, I plan to make the best of my facilitation (probably need to do some deep praying and soul searching) and skip the rest of the sessions unless something really changes my mind. This Bible study group are all in their 60's plus and the subject of my chapter is on adultery. Most of us are just trying to keep our husbands healthy and alive!

Grace - I am reading with interest the tests you are having done on your sciatica since my DH has been suffering with this for almost 14 years. Although, he says he is improving through his work outs at the gym. He has not had any tests for probably at least six to seven years. I do hope they find good ways to treat you.

Cecile - you are so lucky to have such good friends. If we need help, we have to call my son who lives 8 miles away. We try never to have ask anyone for help since our closest neighbors are in worse shape than we are.

I think I should change the food in my hummingbird feeders since they have been up for a week or more. Is there a particular time of the day when they show up?

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Happy Sunday Everyone -

We are having summer here! Hot and Dry! You say, I guess so the end of July - smile. This has been a very mild summer for us. I don't think we've reached 100 this summer which is most unusual. Not complaining, as it has been more than hot enough for me. Just so thankful for air conditioning both in the house and the car.

Irene - thank you for explaining about Maurice's job in the military. We have civilian personnel that work on our US bases, but I've never heard of them working with the guys in overseas bases, but I could be mistaken. Your post has brought up some interesting questions for me about our military and their civilian employees. You've got a family to be proud of. * Interesting where we acquire our friends, isn't it? I have some long time friends who were neighbors, but most of my friends have come from the churches I attended. Like you, my list of face-to-face friends now days is very small. I have my cyber friends - mainly the ones on this team, but a few I've met on other websites over the years. *Yes, the heat is hard on me too, and that is with air conditioning being in most places I go. *This thing about leaving Maurice notes sounds like a good idea. I've seen on TV shows that people who live with people who have Alzheimer's or other dementia problems will have sticky-notes on cabinets, the fridge and all over the house to help the person who has a problem with memory.

Sherry - thank you. You are probably right. I hope so anyway. I had a friend long ago tell me that when we enjoy a party we are hosting that that is a sign that everyone else is doing so too. There was a time when we used to entertain a good bit, but no longer. *My granddaughter has a new colt too - Kruz. He's several months old now and is growing like a weed. He's a big boy and beautiful. She posts pictures of him on Facebook a lot. Through Facebook and my iPhone I'm watching both Kruz and great-grandson Colton grow up. Colton just had his second birthday last week. *About carrying Ty. He and Dmitri are about the same age, and there is no way I could lift Dmitri, much less carry him.

Cecile - you are indeed blessed to have such good neighbors. *You know I don't think I have a plug/outlet on my stove either. And yes, I remember when stoves used to have such. Since I never use them, I have no idea when they stopped putting them on stoves.

Elaine - I have found that when I miss reading posts for a day or so, it is impossible to catch up, so I don't even try. If someone posts something I don't understand, I just ask them to explain - smile.

Peggy - my Hummingbird feeder attracts bees and ants, but unfortunately (as said) no Hummingbirds any longer. I found it interesting what you said about the yellow flowers to go in the holes. My feeder doesn't have them, but the one I bought for my son did. I just thought they were on there to brighten up the feeder. Thanks for sharing that. *I'm thrilled to hear that your back is so good. Unfortunately, my face-to-face friend isn't doing so well. She seems more concerned with the fact that she isn't standing straight. Most of the time I think she is both standing straight and walking well, so I'm having a hard time understanding this part of her problem.

Bonnie - I too would be becoming impatient with not having my car back. I do hope that they put a priority on it, and will get it back to you soon, once that stripping arrives. *It is good to hear you talk about Mystery. Interesting story. Do you think maybe there could have been a snake around, since you couldn't see what was bothering him? *Thank you. I do so hope I'm through problems for awhile. *Hummingbirds, I not only have the Big Geranium plant I mentioned near the feeder, but a hanging basket full of colorful blooms hanging on the shepherd's hooks where the bird feeders are. The Hummingbird feeder is away from the regular feeders, but close by. Other than the fact I don't have trees in my yard, although there are trees on either side of me, I don't have a clue why I can't attract those birds.

Allie - you sleep walking sounds a bit scary to me, especially since you live alone. I was known to sleep walk as a child and my brother did too, but as adults I don't think either of us do this any longer. *Thank you. Yes, I truly did need that nice outing on Friday. *You do work hard. How nice you live in an area where you can walk to places rather than having to drive everywhere. *I hope you slept better last night.

Have a nice day all -

Shirley

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Hello on Sunday, i am still trying to catch up in mail, it's not been a good week very hot weather is draining. No air con but have a fan in living area .
The few hours I had out to meet a friend led me to thinking I can't do that sort of thing again
Maurice had been too and fro to the bus stop waiting for me . He knew I had gone to the city by bus but had forgotten all details and that I had said I would he out for,lunch. He got stressed I wasn't back when he thought I should be, I still need time out but shall stay local , maybe write down where I am and put my phone number on, it's in his diary but he would forget that, he had a phone but can't use it, if I am out longer try to arrange for someone to keep an eye on him.
Then stress this work caused me to have health warnings dizziness and heart racing, so I am trying to sort out my commitments and life style. Talking to one branch of the family today ,it's not often I ask for help but I need to now.
Shirley ! Maurice was a civilian attached to the forces, we lived and travelled with them and had military rank and housing , but no uniform. He planned and let contacts for electrical and engineering work done on bases. We were with army, Air Force and with the diplomatic world for 3 years, a varied and interesting life . A lot to look back on.my children went to military schools ,one joined the army , and one joined the navy. Neither are in forces now. Most of my friends were ones we met on our travels . Now it's mainly cyber friends! All important . Enjoy your day .irene

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Shirley, glad to hear that you had a lovely dining out with your friend. I would bet she enjoyed it as much.

Cecile, glad you have helpers and got the stove set. You will no doubt enjoy the new kitchen appliance. We had to get a new stove for the rental "granny house" I was a little disappointed that the lady tenant didn't keep it immaculate. They used it for at least six months. But, it could have been worse.

Bonnie, I can't wait to ride later in the year when the weather starts getting a bit cooler. Janey Blue had a colt few weeks after my husband passed. This birth certainly brought a smile easing the sadness; as also a rainbow in the sky that week also. Daughter named him Quigley.

Ty went to his Moms' house last night and spent most of the day with her -- going to a friends birthday party. He told me he wanted a swim party for his birthday....OK I said, but his birthday is in February! Hmmm. This might be a bit difficult to pull off! He is back now -- asleep on the sofa from watching dinosaur movie -- maybe he will just stay there tonight. He surely is getting to heavy to carry.

I'm getting weary too. All have a great weekend.


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Good evening team sisters.

Today was cloudy. It was strange to see those gray clouds. I told my husband that we need rain because the grass is starting to turn yellow in some spots.

Guy came today and cut the grass. He then came in and we went downstairs. It turns out that I don`t know my house that well. Where I thought I had neon lights turns out to be a regular light bulb which Guy changed right away. The only neon lights are above the washer/dryer. He took one light down and we are to go shopping next Saturday. He's going to drive. Then he came up to fix the stove but couldn't do it by himself. I certainly couldn't help. Then I thought of Michael next door. I called to ask his help and he was over here in 2 minutes. It took the men that long to fix the wheels and now my stove is nice and solid.

I told them I thought we were well surrounded with friends and that I felt we were spoiled but appreciated them.

Shirley - Now that the stove is solid it will be a joy to use it. Last evening I discovered that I don't have any plugs on it. On my old one I had two. I found that out when I wanted to plug in my Kobo reader to charge it.

Allie - Guy is such a precious gentleman. We have known him for about 4 years and do not know what we would do without him. He is very pleasant and very respectful.

Bonnie - Thank you so much for the update on Mystery. I got kind of lonesome for him. When he stopped maybe it was to admire nature?

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

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Hello everyone
Have a good weekend.
I'm still trying to catch up on everyone's posts.
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Happy Saturday.

I had to take down the hummingbird feeder because it has been a bee feeder with at least twenty bees at a time. The hummers will not go near it. I found bee proof yellow flowers to put in the holes but I have to order them online. Went to Wal-Mart to get them but they only had the feeders. I also checked for the MaraNatha almond/coconut butter but they didn't have it.

Shirley, my back is the best it has been for years. No cane, no limping, nothing to stop me from walking tall. I did do a little of the back stroke yesterday.

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Good Afternoon, Team Sisters.

The sun is out and it is 82 degrees. I was going to walk down to the store but it was so cloudy that I thought it was going to rain. But, with the sun out I guess I can walk now!!

We are still waiting on our Jeep!! DH got an email from the service manager that the weather- stripping should arrive on Monday. We plan to pick it up on Tues. DH said that he thinks the dealer is mad at the painter for removing the weatherstripping. They should have just taped over it. After we get the Jeep back DH wants to buy new tires for it before our trip on Aug. 14. I wonder what a circus that will turn out to be. It seems like everything we have tried to do with the Jeep, except buying it, has been a calamity!! Buying it was a breeze!!

@Grace - The symptoms you describe sound so much like my FIL's symptoms. Maybe an operation like he is having would help you also. He only has to spend one night in the hospital and will only have a titanium clip put in his back to keep the narrowing part of his spine in place. My blacksmith had the operation several years ago when it was first invented. He had to go to Colorado to have it done since no one else was doing it yet. He has been very pleased with the results.

@Cecile - Yes, Mystery is fine. He came out of the Winter looking a tad bit thin, which bothered me since he wore a blanket most of the Winter. I bought a bag of alfalfa hay cubes, mixed them with water and gave them to him. He LOVED them. I'm trying to "wean" him off of them because he really doesn't need them anymore but he keeps "looking" for them and, of course, tenderhearted Mom, I give him a FEW. I rode him out on the trail yesterday and he stopped at a place where we NEVER see any wildlife and he refused to continue on. I couldn't see anything but maybe he smelled something. I let him sit there for a bit and then encouraged him to continue. As we passed the spot I looked all around and still never saw anything. Silly horse!

@Shirley - Sorry you had a bad week. I was having a stomach ache off and on all week. So far today *knock on wood* I've been okay. I have no clue what was going on.
I have a geranium plant hanging from one of those metal crooks. It has several dark pink flowers on it. The other day I saw a hummingbird flying around the plant. He didn't stay long.
I have a friend who puts 4 or 5 hanging flowers across her front porch and also has hummingbird feeders. She usually has at least one hummingbird nest in the flowers each year.

I hope everyone is having a great day.
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Good morning team,

I have been having a rough time sleeping and last night it was better - no sleepwalking. . My siblings and my Mother had a history of sleep walking. The night before last,I caught myself sleep walking. I just went back to bed but I remembered I did it the next day. When I was much younger i tried to go out the front door in the middle of the night. I kept insisting I was going to visit a neighbor. I know I just need to get my stress under control

I mowed my front lawn just before the rain came. I had it all prepped from my yard work yesterday. The grass in my back yard doesn't grow that fast so I don't have to worry about if for awhile. Right now we are having thunder and it might rain off and on for the next couple of days.

Shirley:
I am glad you had such a nice lunch with your friend. It sounds like you really needed it after the rough week you had.

Cecile:
Hopefully your new stove will make life a little easier for you. I have a handyman and I don;t know what I would do without him. He works full time but he still comes over when I need him. His Mother certainly raised him right.

Grace:
Good luck with your test. I have had several of these tests and I know they are very informative.

I am going to walk down to the Y, instead of driving. It takes me awhile to get there but I enjoy the fresh air and it is is good for my frame of mind. I am not enjoying driving so much right now. Luckily I can take a break from driving every now and then and I can walk where I want to go.

Thanks to everyone on the team for being there for me. I hope you all have a good weekend.

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Good Morning Everyone -

I had the most enjoyable lunch with a friend yesterday. I'd taken her to lunch for her birthday. The food and server were great, restaurant relatively quiet, and we just sat and talked all afternoon. Since it was an outing honoring her, I hope she enjoyed it as much as I did. My week hasn't gone well, and it sure was nice to enjoy such a pleasant afternoon.

Cecile - I definitely need a yard/handyman like Guy. You are most fortunate to have him. *That is awful about your new stove. My husband and I would have been furious had we had that to happen. What a day you had yesterday. WHEW!

Grace - that is good news about your cyst too. *You are so right about Hummingbirds. Like your friend, my son has LOTS of Hummingbirds, and even with their 3 big dogs, my son grilling, and Dmitri playing they come around and don't seem to be bothered by the activity at all, so my son tells me. I was getting quite a few when he and his wife lived with us for several months while their house was being built, and he just loved those little birds as I do. I bought him/them a feeder and food for their new house. So glad I did since the birds seem to like that "restaurant" - smile. *You indeed do have some major issues with your back, and with hip problems too - oh my! I'm surprised that you can do what you do too.

Peggy - the friend I had lunch with yesterday is the one who had back surgery before you. I was telling her about your problems. She is much better, but is still having problems and now walks with a cane. She has just had an MRI and they found that she now has a couple of bulging/ruptured discs. I must start carrying my cane with me before one of these days I end up falling.

Gwynlee - I hope your day has started off well.

Have a good day and a good weekend everyone.

Shirley

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she is employed by the state of Minnesota and is giving me a referral to a local non - profit to do the actual work with me -- so that will be good

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Good evening team sisters.

Today was another gorgeous day. It was warm but not overly hot. There was a nice breeze so it was comfortable to sit outside. We sat out this afternoon and again after supper. I told André this afternoon that I was tired of being alone. He seemed pleased when I said that.

This morning André and I felt like we were in a zoo. The nurse came at 8:25, the stove was being delivered between 8 and 9, then my brother-in-law called to say Marie-Paule was coming over to cut hubby`s hair.

To top things off, after the men left I went into the kitchen and discovered that they gave me the wrong stove. I called the store immediately. The men came back within the hour and brought the right one in. I used it to make supper and discovered it is not properly balanced. I`m going to ask Guy tomorrow to come in and help me to correct it. I have wheels under the stove to facilitate the moving to clean behind and it appears that the one on the right is not installed properly. Then he has to come in the basement with me as the two neon lights on the laundry side are burned out. We have to take them down in order for me to know what to buy.

Irene - Nice to see you back. I missed you!

Shirley - I was so happy about the result of the mass that I felt as if a load of bricks had fallen off my shoulders. André told me he was very happy with the news.

Peggy - I`m so happy that your surgery was successful.

Grace - Great news! Maybe the stars are in good alignment for us! - I do intend to spoil André a little. I think he deserves it after all the years he has spoiled me. - Val rarely eats with us or what we have. She prefers to prepare her own meals which is fine with me.

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

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BONNIE, Did you finally get your jeep back?

CECILE, That’s great news that the mass in your kidney is non-cancerous. I went to the gynecologist today and got the same good news about the 5.1 cc cyst in my uterus. It’s also non-cancerous. I got a clean bill of health on my female parts. The cyst is as big as a golf ball but it’s benign.
Enjoy your new stove, but don’t do too much cooking. You’ll spoil Andre and Val. (smile)

IRENE, I’m glad that you got to visit with your old friend and I hope and pray that you get to see her again.

SHIRLEY, Hummingbirds are a funny bunch. When my son gave me a fuchsia for Mother’s Day, we were all standing on the deck when one came up to check on the fuchsia. I got the feeders right out there after that, but I only have about 4 hummers and 2 feeders. All the hummers do is fight all day. I have a friend in Lee MA who has over 20 hummers and she said they don’t fight. She spends a good bit of her time making nectar and cleaning and filling all her feeders. I guess I need more feeders, but I “have a life”. (smile)

ELLEN, That’s great news about the mirror! Have fun with your new scale. Don’t forget- if it isn’t “kind” just boot it back to Amazon.
The doctor diagnosed your DH with bronchitis? I guess that’s better than a lot of other things it could have been. Let’s hope the meds work to lessen his cough.

PEGGY, Thank you for the good news on your back surgery. I have “mild disc bulging” on L1 – L3, with “mild spinal stenosis”. But my L4-S1 have “moderate to severe bone spurs” and “moderate to severe spinal stenosis”. That is why I have sciatica. I’m getting a nerve conduction test next week, to see how extensive the stenosis is. With all that going on plus my severe arthritis in both hips, I’m amazed, but very glad that I can still take my walks.

Have a good evening everybody. emoticon

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Grace, what I can do now after surgery is amazing. I have no trouble walking whatsoever. I use to have to sit down at the grocery store while Tom was checking out. I also dragged my right leg when the pain became unbearable. It felt as if my leg was on fire and tingling in my foot. That is all gone. My right leg is still a little weak but I am working on it. I make sure I go up and down curbs, steps, etc with my left leg first. Would I do it again, I guess so if I felt that bad again. It is just such a long recovery. I cannot do the back stroke yet but practicing floating on my back. I sure hope you find out your problem.

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We just return from obtaining an estimate for the mirror. It was half of what I expected, so I celebrated by taking my DH out for breakfast. We found a senior breakfast that was not that many calories. I really enjoyed it. Then we stopped to buy my DH more cough and cold medication for his bronchitis. A good morning overall.

I was so happy about the lower than expected cost of the car repair that I ordered a new bathroom scale from Amazon. It is one my son bought that he said was very reliable.

I appreciate all the support from the team!

Shirley - I am sorry that you have had a bad week. I hope that your lunch goes very well with your friend.

Cecile - Great news! I am so glad it was nothing serious.

Irene - always good to read your interesting posts!

GwynLee - Sounds like it is time for a change.

Slimmer - I had a friend who became allergic to anything that was not nature. She had to totally buy new natural items. I wonder if you do not have a little of this. Have you had your house checked for mold? That could be the source of the smell and your problems. * I got a chuckle over your kitchen mice comment.

Peggy - I do hope that you just continue to improve!

Yvonne - I put up my hummingbird feeder but so far- not a visitor that I have noticed. I am so glad the move is over. You now have one thing to focus on.

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Good Morning Everyone -

I don't think that I posted yesterday. This has been an awful week. Today I'm taking a friend to lunch for her birthday and she wants to stop by "Body and Bath" for a few things. Hopefully all will go well.

Gwynlee - so sorry to hear that your job counselor was less than helpful.

Irene - even with air conditioning hot and humid weather saps what little energy I have too. I'm glad you had a nice visit with your friend, and I do hope you will have the opportunity to get together again sometime in the future. I guess I hadn't realized until this post that Maurice was in the military, or perhaps it was you. I shouldn't make such assumptions.

Cecile - what wonderful news about that mass. I know you have been worried. *Field mice can always find a way to get into a house unfortunately. But when we've had them come in it has usually been when they were either having trouble finding food or were looking to get out of the cold or whatever. *I know you are looking forward to your new stove. *I'm glad that Chantal's surgery was such a success and that she is healing well. *Sorry to hear that your doors won't accommodate a wheelchair, but you know what - I think this is true of most houses. *That is most reassuring what the paramedics told you.

Bonnie - I know you enjoyed the walk around the lake. *We keep having rain in the forecast, but no rain.

Grace - when it comes to digital scales they can do quirky things. If you want to know if your scales are weighing accurately you can test them using a hand weight, grocery item or whatever that you know the weight is accurate. My digital scale will give me different readings when I step on it. So when I weigh myself, when I get two of the same readings I consider that my weight for the week.

Peggy - over a month ahead of time seems like a long time before surgery for a post-op appointment. I do so hope this fusion corrects your problem.

Slimmer - I hope you are feeling better today. *I buy soda/Coke for my husband. It is rare that I can find it under $1.44 any longer. Thank goodness he doesn't drink as much of it as he once did.

Jay - must be really fit to do all the physical labor that he does. *My son who lives in Wentzville has LOTS of Hummers. I've had my feeder up all summer. A big pot of red Geraniums on the patio table near it, and still no takers. The food just evaporates in time. I used to get them, but for the past 3 or so summers they haven't come. I'm not going to bother with it next year, and I so love seeing those beautiful little birds.

Ellen - sorry to hear about the accident with your car mirror. I'm afraid of doing the same thing every time I back into my garage, as I try to get over to the left as far as I can. So far, so good, and I hope I can keep this up. I hate when mice get in the house. That is one of the pitfalls of living in the country or backing woods. As for your scale, I would say it was time to buy a new one - smile. As for using phones while driving - I do pull over to read my messages or answer it, should it go off while I'm driving. Your husband sounds like a real jewel, and very thoughtful and supportive of you.

Make today a happy and healthy one -

Shirley

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thanks -- but I have come to the concluseion that my counselor is incompetitent

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

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So far so good,no couldn't believe sparks let me stay on longer today,I have missed all my chats and so much to catch up on now. Main news has been hot and humid weather making both M and myself feel tired and listless, I did have a few hours out one day this week . An old friend was passing through Nottingham ona trip. So I went In the city by bus met Pat and we had some time just sitting talking, I felt a bit sad on the way home She and I are the last of a group of friends from army days in Germany in 1970s. I don't know if we will meet up again. She is very heavy and struggles to walk much now. But we chat on e mail .
If sparks is now being kind to me I shall catch up with you all again soon. Have a good weekend , Irene

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Good evening team sisters.

Today I got the best news. The mass they found on the right kidney is not cancerous. It is a cyst. I was so happy I could have danced. I called my sister-in-law to tell her the good news and she was relieved.

Our brother-in-law Marcel came this afternoon for a visit. André was sitting on the front porch and that is where they visited. I took out a glass of cold water for each of them. They seemed to appreciate it. André`s sister Cecile called to ask about her brother. I told her everything we do together and she was pleased that I`m looking after her brother the way I am.

My new stove arrives tomorrow! Yipiiiiii!

Slimmer - I hope you are feeling better. That was a bad experience. - The drivers in the movies can afford to look at the passengers as long as they do because they are not actually driving. I think you know that. The background is just a movie being played.

Ellen - Too bad about the mirror. I`m just glad that you didn`t get hurt. - How awful to have the field mice in the house. Do you know where they come in? I used to have them at the cottage. They would hibernate and I had to clean that filth every Spring. Thank God it`s over as we sold the cottage years ago.

Yvonne - Sounds like you are advancing your unpacking at a good pace. Enjoy your new house. How does your daughter feel about having her parents close by?

Bonnie - How is Mystery? We haven`t heard in a while. Hope he`s okay!

A special hello to everyone else.

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

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Good Evening, Team Sisters.

Rain was forecast for after 4PM, 50%, but it's now after 6PM and no rain. The clouds started rolling in around 1PM!! It has been cooler today which was nice.

DH & I went for a walk around the Lake. Saw a couple "juvenile" Wood ducks & a few "huge" turtles but not much more wildlife.

We hoped to pick up the Jeep today but it isn't ready. The painter took off the weatherstripping to paint the top and now the dealer has to order more! The comedy never ends! Maybe tomorrow.

@Slimmer - I'm glad you are starting to feel better. I've had stomach pains since Monday & have been drinking ginger tea, taking Pepto Bismol, etc. without too much relief. It seems to go away right after I eat--hope it isn't an ulcer.

@Peggy- Glad you are through with your post surgery appointments.

@Ellen - So sorry about your broken mirror. These things happen. Not too long before we gave our Explorer to my SIL, I was backing up about 30 ft. and hit a wooden pole, tearing off a part of the Explorer that was mostly decorative. I felt so stupid. I knew the pole was there but then almost aimed right for it!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful day.
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