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9/1/14 10:47 P

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Good evening everyone,

Thanks for all your input about mums. I guess I have a lot to learn. I am going my mums while I can and then see what happens next year.

I visited a friend of mine today. She lost her DH about 6 months ago and then last week she fell and broke her elbow/arm in 4 places. She is going to have surgery on Thursday. She is living on a very tight budget and it is difficult for her. She was so grateful that I visited her. I walked her dog and did a few things for her around the house. The reason she fell is because her dog tripped her. He didn't mean too and he is very well behaved. My friend doesn't want to give the dog up but it is becoming obvious she is not up to taking care of the dog much longer. I discussed several options with her regarding the dog. I told her she and only she alone can make the decision about what to do about the dog. She has to remember the dogs welfare is important too.

When my friend goes to the hospital on Thursday they are going to have her speak to a case worker. The caseworker will see what they can do to make my friends life easier. Right now I am counting my blessings.

It has been very hot here and is going to be real hot again tomorrow. I am going to bed early to rest up for my gs's tomorrow. I will have the boys for the next two days until school starts on Thursday. I am going to take my gs's to a dairy farm and we will spend the day there.

I hope everyone has a good day tomorrow.

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9/1/14 7:48 P

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MARVIN, You're a hoot! When you get "old" with arthritis, you'll understand. When we don't move, our joints "lock up". I'm not used to sitting around. I'm usually more like you - going and going, like the Ever Ready Bunny.
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SLIMMER, How about a yard sale or donate to a thrift shop or Goodwill.

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Hi All, Good day.. hot...and rain is out there???

Reading and still working on my Craft Closet/Room Ohhhhh I must be a Hoarder I just can't toss anything out... it all looks good to me and most is pretty good. I still have a long table full of things I just don't know where to put.

When I moved my Idea was as this age there is no reason for anything to be put away in a box. If it is something I like then I should SEE it. I found a few things I forgot I had. I will bundle and put away like craft parts but don't have much of that.

I found I have way too many baseball cards and Devil Ray items that I really don't want now but can't just toss they could be worth something.

I also have too many ft size table picture frames. I suppose I could put a painting in them right now I just don't know and they are brand new.

I have at least 85 large size acrylic paint tubes and I need a better way to display them.

I also straightened and did toss a few items in the garage. Past few days I was able to bring in All the picture frames I have been buying the past 4 yrs.. they all fit in the craft closet so that left a lot of room in the garage now.
.......I also fed the mosquitos... I have sooooooooooo many bites ..do I itch!

Shirley... You need to just take one stack of those papers and start going through them... it will go fast... make a toss, keep and I just can't think of that now stack.

Ellen.... good for you on the bags going out of your house... keep it up!

Learning more about Etsy... reading the manual and learning more about paying/credit cards and Paypal

I bought 2 T Shirts from my Nephew whom has a PracticallyRighteous on Etsy ..he does flat material and T's in tie dying.

Grace... yes I did do good not eating the donut and all the other stuff that day... but don't be too proud of me now... I made up for it a couple days later... My sugar is doing really good even cheating as bad as I have... I am amazed but the scales too a leap up... most days eating around 1500 but I can't lose on that.. never have been able too... not having real soda makes a big difference.. At least one bad habit stopped!

Bon... neat about your grandparent being lighthouse keeper!

Sue B... have fun at your new job!... I like to work... I think it fun to make money, but being over 65 I lose too much because they take away from social security ..plus someone else needs the job and I don't feel like taking it away from them. ..also I forgot what town in AL do you live?

Reading... Molak'i... really interesting... Hawaii early 1900's leprosy island.

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"Iím actually STIFF from not moving around enough. "

I have a solution. Just come to my house and I can give you a lot of things to move yourself with. emoticon

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9/1/14 7:21 P

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Good evening team, I did absolutely nothing today, except vacuum. NO walking, gardening, laundry etc. Iím actually STIFF from not moving around enough.
Tomorrow will be one of my ďbusyĒ days with therapy, gym workout, visit special brother and maybe a little shopping. If itís not too hot when I wake up, I may go for a walk. If itís over 70 degrees by 7 a.m., the deal is off! It takes about an hour for my body to be ready to go walking for an hour.

GWYNLEE Ė Until you get that full time job, have fun making the most of your temporarily retirement!

SHIRLEY, I was going through the same thing as you, a few weeks ago, I was ready to go to bed at 8 p.m. every night, for almost a week. Then my sleep pattern went back to ďnormalĒ, going to bed around 10:30 and waking up around 7.

MARLENE, Iím so sorry you have poison oak. Can you and Walt pull up the poison oak so you wonít have to deal with it again? We have a lot of poison ivy, so I have to watch out for it and when I find it, Don pulls it out because he doesnít get a reaction from it.

SUE B., I hope your job orientation goes well for you tomorrow. Do you know how many hours a week you will be working?

BONNIE, Weíre having the muggy 80+ weather today but itís supposed to get into the 90s for a couple of days. I will NOT be going outside for very long, this week.

HI CECILE, Are you, Andre and Val having a good day?

ELLEN, I agree that thereís nothing like the threat of company to get me off my duff and start cleaning. I always feel so good when I see my clean house but the feeling doesnít last long before I get ďlazyĒ again. Don claims that he really doesnít like a house thatís too clean because he canít relax in it.
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9/1/14 4:50 P

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Today I am doing laundry and helping my DH get the guest bedroom ready for our guest who flies in on Wednesday. We laughed and said we need more company because it motivates us to do things that we need to do anyway. I even now have a bag of clothes I will never wear again to give away at a local charity. I also have another stack of books in my car for the library donation. The ones today are on gardening which we are not as interested in now.

An author I like, Gretchen Rubin, posted on her blog about a book by Gary Taubes called, "Why We Get Fat" that she said hit her like a lightning bolt and changed her eating habits. (Gretchen has always been slim), but diabetics runs in her family. I put it on hold at the library. Has anyone else read this book?

We had a major storm last night. My DH said we received 2 inches of rain.

Bonnie - so interesting about your 3rd great grandfather being a lighthouse keeper. Lighthouse always fascinated me as a child in West Texas (no water there). After my DH and I climbed up the stairs in our 3rd East Coast lighthouse, I am not so intrigued by them. *Mums- I think I read once that certain kinds of mums winter over and others do not. I planted some about three years ago and they are still coming back, but not as much. I probably need to separate them next spring if they return as Shirley noted.

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9/1/14 3:52 P

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emoticon everyone!

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

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Happy Labor Day

We went down to the Labor Day Parade (at the bottom of our street). After living here for 41 years we have seen every Labor Day Parade. Usually parades get "bigger and better" every year but I'm afraid that is not the case. It was supposed to last until Noon but ended at about 11:10 AM. There were a couple good bands but a lot of just "people" walking with no indication of what organization they were representing. The quality of the parade has definitely gone downhill.

After the parade we walked over the the Festival where I got another 4 books (for free!). I could have gotten more but I also had to stop in the grocery store and get some groceries so I was limited as to how much the 2 of us could carry home. DH bought us some Pit Turkey sandwiches from one of the vendors and we had those for lunch-yummy.

We are now both doing "inside" things as it is 90 degrees out and very very humid! We had a big thunderstorm last night at about 7PM and another one is due tonight.

@Mary - Thank you so much for the link to the lighthouse. My 3rd great grandfather--William J. Swetman, is listed on the site as the first lighthouse keeper. Even though I've only been to see the lighthouse in person twice in my life- seeing pictures of it brings up very fond memories and I really feel like I have a "connection" to it.

@Grace - My luck with mums sounds like yours. Until last year, they always died after the first year. I bought one 2 years ago that came back last year. I was so surprised to see the tiny shoots!!! But that was it's final hurrah! It didn't come back this year.

@Peggy - Good for you for signing up for the GoodReads giveaways. As for Slimmer & my experience--newbies seem to win a free book very quickly! I'm sure it is so we don't get impatient with it and quit!! So, I hope your first book comes quickly. I try to go through the recently listed books almost every day and pick at least 5--though lately I've been going to the 1st list (those that are expiring).

@Marlene - Good luck with that poison ivy. I haven't been very allergic to it over the years but when I do get it--I hate all the itching!! I have some cream I use to quit the itch.

@Shirley - That's okay about mixing up whose grandfather it was!! The website Mary sent me had lots of pics of the lighthouse and even mentioned my 3rd great grandfather.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.
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9/1/14 2:31 P

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Ok........the grilling is done!!!!! We should have enough hot dogs, hamburgs and chicken to last well over the next week for lunches and suppers. I vacuum sealed all but a couple days worth to keep it fresh. I love my Food Saver. This will help me as I start my new job orientation tomorrow.
I marinated my chicken in Bolton Farms yogurt ranch dressing. The marinater canister that you use with the Food Saver does a great job of tenderizing and infusion the meat.
It is hot hot hot! But we have an awesome breeze today which is a real blessing.
I took the boys to Wally World early this morning-that is their usual routine on Monday morning-almost a ritual it seems. They buy their personal items and snacky foods-a big outing for the one who is blind. No gym this week but maybe I can get a walk in after supper. Next week I'll be working evenings so should get a chance to get to the gym in the morning.
Happy Labor Day!!!

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HOPE EVERYONE IS ENJOYING THE HOLIDAY.

We are having a quiet weekend. Hubby is in the yard (again) and I did laundry, made chicken salad and nursing the poison oak I picked up while weeding the flower bed Thurs. evening. It is itching like crazy. Thankfully it is only on my arms,

Must go fix lunch.

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9/1/14 11:41 A

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emoticon Happy Labor Day.

Grace, the humidity has been high in AZ. The day it was 120 in the sun, the humidity was over 60%. Tom and I planted a cactus and digging through rock and hard ground, I had sweat pouring off me. Now the humidity is in the 20's and feels much better.

Bonnie & Slimmer, I did sign up for free books on Goodread's. Thank you for showing me how.

Doing absolutely nothing special today except to put the flag out.

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Good Morning and Happy Labour Day! I've almost got my 10.000 steps done. I can relax now:)
Bonnie--here is a like to the group that is working to restore the Presqu'ile Lighthouse. There are some old pictures. Are any of the keeper's mentioned on the page about the Keeper's Cottage you ancestors? http://koppla.ca/index.asp

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emoticon HAPPY LABOR DAY EVERYONE! emoticon
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Sue - aren't sleep patterns interesting? I was ready to go to sleep before 8 last night and the night before, but forced myself to stay awake until after 9. Then I sleep in 1-2 hour increments, and then I'm ready to get up anywhere from 5:30 - 6. I've always been an early riser, perhaps not this early, but early, but I always slept well during the night too. I've spent late evenings both playing or making costumes for the kids, cooking or doing other projects until the wee small hours on occasion, but most of the time I've never been a night owl.

Grace - yes it is hard to believe August has come and gone. Even harder to believe is that the summer has come and gone. *Ah... 60 days before you head for Florida. It will be here in no time. *For someone who reads as you do, I agree I see little use for e-readers. But for people like Slimmer, my husband, Bonnie, Ellen and others who read a lot they make lots of sense. My husband thought until about 8 or so years ago that he couldn't live without a newspaper. Now he gets his news off the internet. The only thing I miss about him not subscribing to the newspaper are the Sunday ads. But here they deliver what I call a "throw away paper" for free on Saturdays that has limited ads in it, plus "Parade" magazine. Grocery ads come through the mail. No I don't think your reading is boring at all - quite the contrary. I do like reading novels, mysteries, etc., but the ones I enjoy most are ones where I learn something while being entertained by the story. *Thanks for sharing about feeling hot in temps in the upper 70s or low 80s. Like I wrote about perspiring yesterday, so many people think I'm really weird when I say this. *Interesting about mums - I've grown them for years in my yard, but had never known what you posted. I don't have them here but this is the first yard I've had where I haven't had LOTS. But you know what, I always planted and separated them in the spring usually in a slow rain if possible, And yes, I had beautiful plants that came back year after year.
Cecile - sometimes I wonder who is the boss in your house you or Val emoticon

Allie - Thank you, yes, we had a very nice time and a delicious dinner at our son's house. Dmitri was misbehaving which wasn't pleasant for anyone, I'm sorry to say. We left early as my husband wasn't feeling well, he had a major backache. * I do not like the snow and ice inhibiting me from doing what I must or causing us to lose the satellite, but I am so much more comfortable in the winter than the summer. *My older grandchildren are just 18 months apart in age, and like you I always liked it when I could give one or the other my full attention. They grew up over 600 miles away from me when my body was still able to go and do with them. So I understand well what you are saying. *The house next door to you - when we bought this house all my husband was interested in was one that wouldn't require a lot of work. We were early 70s when we moved here. However, I've always thought that if you could get a house as is for a reasonable or low price that you like, why not buy it and then hire a contractor come in prior to moving in and customize it just the way you want it.

Bonnie - I misspoke or misposted. The interesting thing is that I thought I had posted that wrong, and had meant to scroll down and check my facts but for some reason posted before doing so. I knew it was your great grandfather that was the lighthouse keeper and about the painting. Who knows why I addressed it to Mary. I have a photograph of a lighthouse right across from Mackinaw Island, Michigan that I've planned to paint for years, but never did so. *I hope your shoulder is feeling better today.

Wishing everyone a good day and a good week.

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Hi all, Have a great day!

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thanks everyone -- I actually am not officially retired -- I am in between jobs. I was downsized in February and have been doing a little bit of temp work. I hope to be in a full time job soon

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Had a marvelous afternoon nap. Now it is 12:45 a.m. and I am wide awake!!!!! Oh my goodness. Guess I'll surf the web and try to get sleepy.

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Good evening team! Itís hard to believe that August has come and gone. Weíll be leaving for FL in around 60 days.

IRENE, I hope you and Maurice are doing ok over there on the other side of the ďpondĒ.

SUE B., Thank you for the great idea about grilling up big batches of meat. A few years ago, I researched grills and decided to get a charcoal grill but Iíve only used it a couple of times because it never made much sense to me to waste charcoal for a couple of servings of meat. The strange thing is I already cook up big batches of meat in the oven but never thought to do it on the grill.
Donít get overheated, by standing too close to the grill!

BONNIE, Iím sorry you have a sore shoulder from shifting through all those books. Iíve been to book sales like that and didnít last long. I havenít got the patience to sort through a bunch of books, looking for the ďneedle in a haystackĒ book I really want.

SHIRLEY, Have a great time at your sonís house! About E-readers Ė We have never had one. I donít read books very often anymore and never read fiction. So most of my reading is done on the computer and is usually newspapers or online newsletters etc. I know Ė BORing!

YVONNE, Thank you for explaining where cashmere comes from. Now I understand why itís so precious.

ELLEN, Thank you for the link. It confirms what I and others have said before about how we really donít burn off many calories exercising. I walk around 3 miles in an hour and donít even burn off 250 calories, which is less than one cookie. If we donít cut our food intake, we probably wonít lose weight, even if we exercise for an hour a DAY.

MARY, Youíre really doing great with your weight loss this month! I see a trophy in your future!

GWYNLEE, Youíre being so productive in your retirement. I donít think I could sit still long enough to learn to knit or do any other kind of handiwork.

MARLENE, Good luck with getting blue ribbons for your paintings at the fair! Please keep us posted!
That was good advice you gave Slimmer about her eye problem. Thatís what I love about this team. The members, like you are so supportive and helpful.
Did you pick up a little case of poison ivy, or maybe the rash is from caterpillars. Iíve had both at one time or another. The caterpillar rash is usually a line about an inch or two long, where they might have been crawling on you and then have fallen off.

SLIMMER, Good job passing up that donut. Itís not just the sugar you have to worry about. There are a lot of fat calories in a donut and you donít want that if youíre trying to get the scale to budge. Don calls donuts ďfat pillsĒ.
Meanwhile, I should practice what I preach Ė I had a Ben & Jerryís kiddy cup of ice cream last night. My scale isnít budging either.

PEGGY, How on earth can you stand 120 degree temps?! I know people say itís a ďdryĒ heat so it doesnít feel so bad but thereís got to be a limit. I can feel hot when itís only in the upper 70 degrees, but our humidity is in the 80s.

CECILE, Youíre so accommodating to Val. I hope she appreciates your generous, patient nature. I did some chair squats today and thought about you. I guess I should be doing the kitchen counter pushups as well but I havenít started those. I do need to do something so I can stay strong enough to get up from the floor.

ALLIE, I just bought 6 yellow mums but Iím not planting them in the ground. Iím going to put them in a container. I donít usually buy mums because, even though theyíre suppose to be perennials they always die on me. So I ďgoogledĒ how to keep them alive from year to year. The first thing they said was donít expect any mums that you buy, in the fall, to survive. If you want mums that survive, you must buy very small cuttings early in the spring. For some reason those will get a hardier root system than the ones grown to be sold in the fall.

Good night! emoticon emoticon


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Good evening everyone!

Today Val and I went grocery shopping. I learned that I was going about 5 minutes before we left. I was surprised but she said it was a surprise for her too as she just decided it. Oh well. We had a wonderful time as there was not that many people in the store. It rained while we shopped and then again after we got home and the food in the house. I thought it was very thoughtful of Mother Nature.

I was planning on doing laundry tomorrow but Val commandeered the washer. I`ll do mine on Tuesday.

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

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Hello team,

We are having a thunderstorm right now. Maybe it will help cool things off. I planted some mums and I have 5 different colored ones. I have never planted Mums before but i wanted to try something different. I got the last one in just before the storm hit. The mosquitoes are out now and I got eaten up.

Yvonne: I enjoyed your story about the sheep and your cashmere jacket.
Gwynlee2: I hope you are relaxing and enjoying your day.
Mary: You made my mouth water when I read about your dinner. I love mushrooms.
Shirley: I hope you had good time at the cookout with your son and his family. I am sweating profusely and I didn't think I would say it, but I will be glad when the weather gets a little bit cooler at least.

Bonnie: It sounds like you rooted and looted. Good luck tomorrow and I will keep my fingers crossed for you to get plenty of free books.
Sue B: I hope you enjoyed your nap.


Last Friday I had both my grandsons all day. We had a perfect day together. Yesterday the youngest grandson didn't want to go on a bike ride with his brother so he and I spent the day together. It was nice just having him all to myself for a change.

Some people looked at the house next door on Friday and they were very nice and friendly. I think the wife wanted the house but the husband wasn't too crazy about it. The house needs a lot of work before anyone can move into it and that probably will put some people off.

I hope everyone has a nice evening and a nice Labor Day.

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Bonnie-yes to the heat and exercise. Just going out in it even if I'm exercising at the mall or gym can be taxing. August in Alabama=meltdown!!!
Tonorrrow hubby and I will grill out . I am thawing out a large bag of chicken breasts, a couple packs of wieners and about 5 pounds of hamburger to fix. I will vacuum pack most of it for future eats!! This is what we usually do as I am not willing to have to clean the grill just for a little bit of food. It is the one job I really dislike.
Think I will go take a nap!

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Good Early Afternoon, Team.
I awoke this AM with pain in my left shoulder. I'm sure it is from being at the Labor Day Festival last night and moving boxes of books around. I got 6 books last night and 10 on Friday night. The books are in boxes and in no special order except for categories--like fiction, non-fiction, children's, cookbooks, etc. There are boxes piled on boxes and underneath the tables. So finding the books you want means a lot of bending, moving boxes, reaching, etc. Plus the area is not well lit so you have to carry a flashlight with you after about 7PM in order to even see the titles of the books. On Labor Day the books are usually free as they are trying to get rid of them. So I imagine I'll be doing it all over again tomorrow!!

@Peggy - I hope you'll try out the "giveaways" on GoodReads. Slimmer included about all you need to know. They say if you review the free books you have more chance to get more free ones. I won my 9th book yesterday!!

@Mary - I don't know the name of the artist but my sister might so I'll ask her. The gentleman at the museum took our picture with the paining when we donated it and said they would put some kind of label on the painting that stated that we donated it. It would have the names Bonnie Staughton & Annette Waterman. Of course, I don't know if they did that or not. The pic isn't the best pic of the lighthouse I've seen but it was in my parent's home for many years and I think of it fondly.

@Shirley - It was MY great grandfather who was the lighthouse keeper. Mary lives near the lighthouse.

@Sue B - Congrats on your new job. The "other" Sue on this team also came out of retirement and went back to work. If it makes you happy then I'm glad for you. Personally, I'm DONE in the working world!

My enthusiasm for exercise has waned considerably this Summer. I do a little but not enough to produce any weight loss effect. But that's fine. I'm sure once the cooler weather returns (at the appropriate time), I'll pick it up again.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.
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Happy Sunday Everyone -

Last Day of the Month and Summer is at a close. Yes, I know Autumn doesn't officially begin until September 22nd, but... We are going to our son's for a Labor Day cookout this afternoon.

Mary - You are doing well indeed with your weight loss efforts. Keep up the good work. *Your dinner sounds delicious - lucky guests - smile.

Gwynlee - Relaxing sounds good to me - smile.

Yvonne - What innovative and interesting people you and Jay are. *What a lovely story of the woman in Colorado that you met. Also how interesting that cashmere is a mixture of different types of goat hair. I know it sure is a delightful fabric. *Oh my do I ever understand trying to do things that are practical, need to be done, or is right. If I had my life to do over again, I'm not sure if I'd be any different because of my base nature and upbringing, but as your post suggests I've spent much too much time trying to please others than working on what pleases me. No this isn't a sob story... just saying. I've had a pretty good life. *Thanks for the explanation about your sisters. Have fun!!!

Sue - isn't it amazing how the heat can seem to suck every bit of energy out of a person?

Marlene - I wish you good luck with the paintings you are exhibiting at your State Fair. * Thank you so very much for sharing that you have a sweating problem too, as I sometimes think I'm the only one with this problem. I know perspire sounds nicer, but have stopped using it when I'm talking about my problem, as it just doesn't describe the problem. Yes, it is so embarrassing, especially when people all around me seem not to be having a problem. *I hope you can get your itching problem stopped as that is so maddening. *Your trips to Gettysburg always sound so nice.
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Ellen - Yesterday for some unknown reason my left lower leg started to hurt like you wouldn't believe, even my foot. I'd been sitting in the recliner with my legs elevated for quite awhile, and whether that is what set it off or not, I will never know. I took some Tylenol, and then after dinner stretched out on the couch and finally got relief. *Thanks for the Blog links. I'll check them out. *The Methodist Church - yes, John Wesley was an itinerate preacher as well as a Bishop in the Anglican Church. As I understand it he is buried as an Anglican Bishop. He had a strict way of doing things/observing religious practices and required his followers to do the same, I gather, since his followers were known as methodical, not a term of praise but one of making fun of them. From methodical came the name Methodist. I found an interesting little booklet in the Methodist bookstore where I used to shop a LOT about the history of the Methodist Church. That was before we had the internet that gives us all the information on anything that we'd want to know - smile. It is an interesting read, or at least I found it so, so you may want to check it out -both John Wesley and the church's history.

Slimmer - My-My but you had a very productive day yesterday. Wish I could say the same about the top of my desk as you can your dining room table. Most of what is on that desk top will go in the recyc bin, but first I have to go through all of it since there is stuff to keep among that to pitch. *About the lady and stained glass - there is a saying "it takes money to make money."

Have a nice day everyone -

Shirley

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Good Morning :) It's warm and humid this morning, and rain is threatening. We're off to 'Church in the Park' at 10 and hoping the rain holds off. We're having friends over for dinner later. I'm making Bruschetta Stuffed Mushrooms, a Spark People recipe, for the appetiser. I've made them a couple of times and they are sooo good! Then grilled steak (lentil patty for me), and grilled corn. Better make a salad too. Frozen yogurt for dessert.
I've had a good weight loss this month. Obviously becoming vegetarian was the right thing to do! That, and tripling the amount of walking I was doing!

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thanks -- i am trying to do the things I didn't get to when I was working full time. today I may just relax

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SLIMMER - (Almost called you "Spinner!") No, I didn't weave on a big loom. We made ourselves a loom about the size of a pillow top and used thread small enough to make a tight, fairly fine, weave. We nailed 150,000 nails on top and bottom for the warp threads - that might be a slight exaggeration.-- and had to use correct tension when weaving so as not to pull the sides in. We did use a shuttle, and practiced different designs to the extent we could. There was still a lot to learn, for sure. It wasn't just one class, but went through the length of a semester. I really wanted to continue at some point, but have never gotten back to it.

One of my favorite trips with my husband was to the home of a professional weaver. She grew goats for their cashmere, sent the wool to New York to be cleaned and spun with silk, then wove fabric for jackets of the wool/silk combination. Jay was fixing two of her sewing machines. We were in the hills of Colorado, hummingbirds flying everywhere, three border collies in attendance (my favorite dog), while she explained how she worked. She had both pieces of fabric that she'd woven and yarn with which she knitted a shawl collar onto the jackets. We found out cashmere isn't just a kind of goat, but the soft inner coat of many types of goats. She bought us lunch and traded a cashmere jacket for Jay's services, after we paid her some more money. A very special day in my life. It's still a very vivid memory, and I so appreciate the warm, light-weight beautiful jacket.

ELLEN, I don't really accomplish much; I'm just interested in many handcrafts and skills. I should have started earlier following what I love to do. Wasted many years trying to be an office worker because I thought that was more practical.

SHIRLEY, my sister lives in Tennessee. Love both my sisters and spending time with them. I live between them now, so we are planning a Sisters' Weekend at the Streeter Retreat in Warrenton, Missouri, otherwise known as my house.

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Hi Sparkfriends.
Didn't want to end the day without saying hello.
I was out most of the day in the heat. Very tired so I'll hit the bed. I'll catch up tomorrow!!

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Good Evening Team Sisters. I just finished an online registration of three paintings for the York Interstate Fair which starts Fri. Sept 5 thru the 14th. My neighbor friend and I will go one afternoon. I hope it isn't too hot or rainy.

Shirley like you, I perspire at "the drop of a hat." It is annoying and sometimes embarrassing.

Slimmer about your eye pain, it may well be your sinuses. I had pain behind my eyes for 2 or 3 years and the eye doctor said he thought it was sinus. You may remember I had sinus surgery in January and I no longer have the eye pain. I think you mentioned your nostrils are dry you should try a saline nasal spray. I spray mine twice a day and more if my sinuses feel clogged. There are several brands and they are inexpensive

My right arm itched when I got up this AM. I have what looks like bug bites or poison. There are 10 inflamed spots on my R arm and 3 on my left arm. They itch like crazy. I have prescription strength cortisone cream that I've been applying. I weeded my flower bed Thurs. evening and I probably picked up something out there.

We are having a quiet weekend. I don't think I posted since we went to Gettysburg for our annual picnic on the battlefield. We had a delightful day; we drove to some areas we hadn't been to before and went into the Lutheran Seminary Museum. There are four floors but we stayed on the first floor. Our DD/SIL always want to go to G-burg when they are here so we will go there and do the entire tour which includes the steeple where the Civil War generals/officers used as a lookout. Since it was a weekday it was not so crowded.

Everyone have a nice weekend. Marlene


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

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Hi from Kansas-

First I want to post this link in case you missed this Spark People article. What an eye opener.
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Slimmer - I need to clean up more clutter before our guest arrives, but my knees are giving me fits. I think it may be impacting my back also. I guess I should go see my orthopedic surgeon and discuss replacements. emoticon Keep up your type of activity and watch the sugar and you will make it to below 200.

Gwyn - I am so impressed that you taught yourself to knit. I had a team of women helping me. If fact, there is so much more I want to know how to do that I need to find another group. I can't learn by just watching something on the internet.

Sue B- it is sometimes so tempting to go back to work. It was fun!

Mary and Shirley - I became a Methodist about sixteen years ago. It is my understanding that our roots go back to the Anglican church.

Peggy - I will never move where it is 120 degrees. I love winter and cold weather and do not like summer that much.

Yvonne - it is so easy for me to like so many things that I never accomplish anything. I am amazed at how much you get done.

Must close this since my son is coming over shortly for dinner.

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Hi All 76 very sunny and windy.

Last night I finally finished..... My dinning room table and all around it no longer have any art supplies... it was a hugeeeee mess. Now all the items are in my Craft closet/room.

I put together a 72 inch tall metal by 36 in. rack... Now that was a venture. I wish I had been an octopus, but I got it done. I now need to put more things in that room on that rack... getting there! I was sweating up a storm all day working in there.

Got my book I ordered from Europe... and was half way through it when I realized they Sent Me the Wrong book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aughhhhhhhhh Aughhhhh Aughhhhhhhhhh...aaa!!!!

Hmmm I wonder if they will send what I purchased since it came from Europe and I am not paying to send this kids book back....
,,,,,,oh well .. if this is the worst of my problems I guess things aren't so bad

Sugar was 112 today....hmmm could have handled that donut I wanted... but, my scales are not even fluttering... from all that work I did yesterday... something has to move sometime.

Yvonne... you took weaving lesson on a Big Loom? Weaving is not something you learn how to do in one lesson... so many parts to the loom and all the new terminology... The fun part is just sitting passing the shuttle/bobbin back and forth... or at least I think it will be.

Gwyn... neat on playing the banjo... seems like everyone around this town plays some kind of string instrument... might be fun to try someday... in my spare time

...the lady I was friends with from the Holly moved to the coast 2 yr ago... She just told me she got her Stained Glass in this really classy craft/art shop... It is a Co-Op where she had to pay $200.00 to join and then $12.50 per month and work 3 ..4 hr days per month in the shop ... to sell her glass. Pretty neat to do for selling... but Yikes... everything is so expensive to sell... It is like you have to have money in order to make money.

Reading 101 Dalmatians today Just finished Roald Dahl's Some Like Me

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Good Morning Everyone -

Gwynlee - I'm impressed how productively you use your time. Good for you! Many of us, me being one of them, don't do as well. I have a friend (former neighbor) that liked to say I must do something productive today. That always gave me a chuckle, plus I was impressed. Back then I had more productive days and over productive days than the other way around.

Sue - CONGRATULATIONS! on the new job. I hope you will enjoy it. * Yep... still hot here too, but the highs have dropped about 10 degrees which helps some. This morning the temperature is about the same as yesterday, but it is cool and wonderful outside, where yesterday it was so humid and sticky and you could hardly breathe. We got a late afternoon storm which I think we can thank for this.

Mary - if that artist that painted your grandfather's lighthouse is well known, then he may just have a website. Many artists do, since they can market their wares from there. *I too am Episcopalian, but choose to be called Anglican. The Episcopal Church of the USA has changed the theology of the Church I joined in the mid 1950s. That church's theology and religious practices then fit me like a glove. And before anyone here misunderstands - my objection to today's theology/doctrine goes much deeper than the homosexual issue that has been so publicized about the Episcopal Church. My parents were Methodist, but I grew up Southern Baptist. *Glad your visit to the zoo was a good one - in spite of the disagreeable children. You definitely got lots of walking in.

Slimmer - as said before, my husband is an avid reader. I agree Amazon is a GREAT place to do business. He's had Kindles for many years now - he got one of the first ones, and now uses his mini-iPad although he has the latest Kindle as well. Since our taste in literature is so similar he's got us quite a big library now that I can use. When I find books I think I'd like to read he will buy them for me or I will, and they are there if I Ever get my appetite back for reading. They have free books offered from time to time should anyone be interested. But since you are involved with them, I'm sure you know all of this. I mention it for those who may not know. *About your sinuses - your nasal passages can be clear, and you can still experience pain or discomfort at the bridge of your nose coming from the sinus bone that is above and below your eye, thus making you think your eye is hurting, as sometimes that is what it feels like. I sometimes get relief from massaging (gently since you don't want to hurt the delicate tissue under the eye) the sinuses around the eye. I wish I could show you the technique but of course I can't, but see if this makes sense. Using your two fore fingers, massage the sinus bone all around your eye including the side of the bridge of your nose, as you get to the end of the bone, massage toward the ear, then down the jaw bone to the neck to the shoulder. I sometimes do this several times. Also if you rinse a wash cloth with water as hot as you can stand it, squeeze it out, and then put it on your eye that will help too.

Peggy - for such a pretty picture, that enlarged one wasn't so much so. I hate squiggly, squirmy things. *We haven't been over 100 (that I'm aware of) this year which is unusual for us, but I sure don't envy you that heat.

Yvonne - never fault yourself for having too many interests. That is a very healthy way to be. *I knew you had children in the area. Does your sister live here too? If so how wonderful! *As for the Shaw House - I love hearing history, and as you said seeing how people lived long ago. Suggestion - next time you go to Shaw's Gardens, see if there isn't a tour of the house and do that first - smile.

Have a good day everyone and an enjoyable Labor Day Weekend.

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I have been teaching my self how to knit and play banjo while I am out of work. trying to write and play my flute as well.

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

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Hi Sparkmates! Late post today as I have been gone all day!
I got the job and start next week. Had to go fill out paperwork this morning the was helping a friend all afternoon. Will be gone all day tomorrow as well so probably won't check in.
Remains hot hot hot!!!!! Still no rain but may get some showers tomorrow.

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Bonnie--That is so cool! The lighthouse is still there, but in some disrepair. There is a local group trying to raise funds to refurbish it. I think it would make a great B&B, cafe, tea room...something! I'll have to go to the museum and see if I can find the painting...do you remember the artist's name? If I can find it, I'll take a few pictures for you:)

Shirley--Anglican, through and through for as long as I can remember:) My great (great?) grandfather was one of the first Anglican ministers in New Brunswick. The denomination seems to have stuck :)

I survived the zoo. It was pretty warm, but breezy. The trek up from the Canadian Domain didn't seem as bad as other years, so I guess I'm in better shape this year. There were so many whining, screaming, unhappy children there today...and the parents weren't much happier :( High point of the visit were the flamingos. They were spectacular and have a beautiful pond and island to call their own.

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Peggy ...on goodreads.com look at the top and click Explore and under that there is a topic that says Giveaways

clicking on that will give you lists of books and it is also broken down in 4 sections... those being picked soon and those really wanted by many and famous authors and last those just put on

to the far right you can click on dozens of different types of book like fiction romance historical etc

you just look through the books and if you see something you like then you click on Enter for entering the drawing... it takes you to a second page click on the little square and then also enter... Done... then wait until the drawing... about 8am of that day they will tell you when you go to Giveaways if you were the choosen winner

they also like you to agree to read the book and give a little review but not an absolute thing to be done

It is fun to get something in the mail
On Amazon.com if you have an ereader like Kindle you an get over 7000 books anytime

Hope that helps
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TGIFriday

Shirley, my profile picture is of the white-lined caterpillars that were invading our pool. See if you can get a close-up of them. The neighbors have left them in their pool and they are gross to look at.

Today in the sun it is 120 degrees if anyone if feeling too hot.

I have been to the Botanical Gardens in Phoenix 3 times and still enjoy it.

How are Bonnie and Slimmer winning books on Goodreads?

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Slimmer, you are so tempting me to learn weaving, too. Took a class years ago and just loved to do it. I just have TOO MANY hobbies!

It was supposed to have a high of 87 today, and is already at 89į. My sister will be here this afternoon so we'll have fun talking a mile a minute. She's going to help me in the sewing room, too, which will be most welcome.

SHIRLEY, I have not done a tour of the Shaw house yet. It seems I am tired by the time we think about it, and are ready to go. Love to do those tours, though. The way people lived in the past fascinates me.

Gotta go finish getting the guest room ready! Stay cool, everyone!

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Hi All, Taking a break... It is 90 out!!!!!!!!!! and way too sunny.

Went to the library... then reading... then to this break

I started to put more of the stained glass away and have all the large pieces done and I am sweating and don't want to bend any more right now.

Bon... dawww so it is an ENT that cares about pains in the eye and around the nose... seems my regular Dr could have made that clear.

My nose is real open and clear but it is like it is too dry and will ache or if a cold wind on it it really hurts been doing this for months.

ya think that Eye Dr could have taken a moment to listen and direct me
......... ...to someone who cared!

the cataract I didn't think hurt but I have a lot of muscle pulling in that eye...
........he didn't want to hear that either... when I look around I always feel that eye moving and its not painful just feels like both eyes don't work together.

It's hard being me!

Weaving last night... oh my... tied off the faraway threads to the frame and then threaded 120 threads through all the ..Headels that hang from the Harnesses... all threaded in a pattern as to which thread comes first... Tues we will tie it on to the front of the frame...

this all took lots of stretching from the front to around the side while pulling threads to the front.. stepping on side peddle to release the break AND then cranking from far back right to that back tie off while adding paper middle back.. around it... ALL At The Same Time... it's a real act!

Bon... how did you get so cold when I'm this hot here?... but it is in very low 60's at night here now.

When I went to the library I wanted to buy... an ice cream cone.. or a donut.. maybe potato chips... maybe some pulled pork?... no a hamburger... I drove home FAST and didn't stop!

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Good Morning Everyone -

Bonnie - sorry you are finding your cool weather uncomfortable, believe me I would swap, if I could, in a minute your cool weather for our hot. *What a nice afternoon you had yesterday. I didn't have lunch either, but that was because of shopping in this heat. Not the most nutritious or slimming thing to do, but once I got dried off and my clothes changed - after unloading and putting away groceries and purchases (with the help of hubby) I turned on the fan, got a glass of wine and some Chex Mix to tied me over until dinner. *That's scary about those bees. *Lighthouses - I've always loved them. They are magical to me. I've always thought I'd like to live in one - not do the work of a keeper, which of course is the whole purpose of living there isn't it, but just live there. *Oh how I wish you and Slimmer lived nearby, I'll would happily give you both all the books you would want.

Mary - may I ask if you are Episcopalian or Anglican? Of course Catholics do Morning Prayer too, but I always think of it as an Anglican term/practice. Have a fun time at the zoo. I always loved walking ours which is quite large too, but alas can't do that any longer.
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Yvonne - not a problem about not responding, I'm just thrilled that with your love of flowers and gardening you've found that beautiful and fascinating place. I can understand your love affair with it. I feel the same way. Have you taken the tour of Shaw's home? I've done it several times and enjoy it each time.

Sue - it is wonderful that you still have the stamina and energy to hold down an outside job with all the responsibilities you have at home. My internet friend in Toronto is fighting some major health issues, but she has more energy than 3 people, plus she has never been married and lives alone. Although late 70s she volunteers at a local nursing home teaching crafts, leading singing and whatever else she can think of to entertain the residents and brighten their lives. People like you and her I so admire, and am in awe of your energy. *You live about the same distance from Birmingham as we do from the city of St. Louis, so I do have a point of reference.

Slimmer - thanks for explaining. I do understand indeed now about your yardman's plan for putting down mulch.

Ellen - what a nice thing for your dentist to do. *I wish my husband liked ribs, but he doesn't. Every once in awhile- not often at all - I go to Bandana's and get me some ribs. Think I may have to do that one day soon. *You mentioned about my ankles and knees and walking Walmart - while I seem to handle it well, I think the reason I sweat so in that store is from exertion due to my leg problems, and sometimes a lot of standing in one place. Thank goodness for shopping carts or I don't think I could do it any longer.

Have a GREAT DAY everyone -

Shirley

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Good Morning, Team.

It's 68 degrees here at 10AM-Brrrrrrr. Way too cold for me for August, but supposed to get up to the upper 80's this afternoon.

Had a nice time at the Farm yesterday. My friend Barbara & I snuck in a short ride before the equine dentist arrived. Mystery, as usual, had to be sedated for the dentist. His teeth are doing great for his age. After the dentist left I was able to have a nice talk with my friend Judie. I haven't seen her in ages and it was nice to "catch up". Didn't leave the Farm until after 5PM and I hadn't had lunch yet!!

Our "garage" is made into a laundry room area and behind that a room that DH uses for his "trains". He went in there Weds. night and counted 7 big bees (possibly hornets). Yesterday when I was watering the plants I looked at the window to that room and there were bees going in and out like a "highway" through a small hole in the edge of the window. The window is in bad shape and DH hasn't had much luck trying to find someone who will repair it. He took the bug spray can outside and got the bees as they were coming and going and then patched up the hole. I stayed clear of the whole operation as bees tend to like to sting me!!

@Mary - My 3rd great grandfather and great grand father were both lighthouse keepers at the lighthouse on Presqu'ile Point. My parents took our family there when I was young and commissioned an artist friend to paint a picture of it from pictures that my parents took. The painting was in our home for many years. After my parents died my sister took the painting. She then decided to give it to the lighthouse museum and she and I took it up there a few years ago. It was great to see the lighthouse again.

@Slimmer - Before I went to see the Ophthalmologist last year I was having some pain in my right eye and my sinuses felt swollen near my nose. I told my Ophthalmologist and he gave me a referral to see an Ear, Nose & Throat doctor. I only had 2 episodes of the pain and, of course, after receiving the referral I didn't have it again, so I never did go see the ENT doctor. But, I plan to go see him if the pain returns. What I'm trying to say is that Ophthalmologists and Opticians don't really treat sinus related eye conditions. Maybe an ENT doctor is who you need to see. Just a thought.

I just won my 9th book from GoodReads. I still haven't received my 8th free book after 8 weeks. I contacted GoodReads and the author who offered the book. No word from either so I don't know if I'll ever get that book or not.

We will be going down to the Labor Day Festival tonight. I plan to buy loads of books @ $1/each to hold me for quite some time.

I hope everyone has a great day.
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Good Morning :) Lorne and I are heading for the Toronto Zoo in about an hour. It's a huge zoo, so that means lots of walking. There's also a long steep hill from the Canadian exhibit back to the rest of the world, so some good cardio as well! It's just the two of us since the kids and grand-kids are busy with other things, we can go at our pace and not have to stop at every snack bar along the way :)
I've had three 10,000+ step days this week so far and today should make it four :) And the scale seems to be continuing it's slow-but-sure downward course.
We don't have many plans for the long weekend. Sunday morning is our church's turn to provide the service at Presqu'ile Park, so we will be having Morning Prayer in the woods with the campers. And the mosquitoes *g*
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it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Good evening team! Iím late getting on here again. I just read over the posts and it looks like everyone is doing fine. Iím still going to therapy, the gym and visiting my brother, Melvin, 3xs a week.
I need a few rainy days so I can really reply to everyone.



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SHIRLEY - I'm sorry I didn't respond to you about Botanical Gardens. Jay and I visited it about 10 years ago while we were here at a convention. (Jay just told me it was 14 years ago). We fell in love with it. It must have been around this time of the year, because the water lilies were in bloom. We've been there about 3 more times since. We go to public gardens wherever we are, so we've seen many of them, and St. Louis has every right to be very proud of this facility. It's amazing to me that the property used to be Shaw's "Country house." We saw the same wonderful place in Pennsylvania with Longwood Gardens, which started as an arboretum gifted to the area by one of the DuPont brothers. It was FREE when we first started going and was one dollar admittance when we moved from there. No cheap prices any more!!!

ELLEN, I need to go back to Condoleezza Rice's book. I'd just started it when we moved, and had to return it only partially read. I, too, was struck with the responsibilities and the seriousness with which our leaders shoulder them.

On lawn maintenance: we had our neighbor here keeping it mowed till we moved in. He was leaving it about 1/2" high, which is way too short. We told him we'd call him when we needed it mowed again. We have very little real grass... it's mostly weeds and moss, and I know lawn grasses need to have a little height to have a fighting chance to live. That was 6 weeks ago, and it just now needs mowing.

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-Back from Birmingham-all went well.
-Shirley -it is about an hour from our house-not bad and we didn't run into a lot of traffic.
-ok-I hope no one thinks I'm crazy-but today I put in an application for a job....that's right a job-lol. I answered an ad for a small nursing home looking for R.N.'s-if I get the job it will be only a couple days a week. So I'll see how it goes. Maybe I'm spending too much time on the computer and Kindle. Hmmmmm.
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Shirley... I had to laugh... ... The lawn man does not want to put the mulch on in the rain... Here on the weather forecast it says it is going to rain for like 10 or more days in a row which means he can't mow ALLLL the lawns he is supposed to... but... to do something and make ..some money... he said putting the mulch down then would work ... and you know a lot of times it does not rain long or all day long here, but is enough to mess up using the lawn mower.......No, it is not some New Method... LOL

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It is cooler today which is so nice after 98 degree weather (Heat index of 103 to 106). I picked up pears in the old orchard and then dead headed some plants outside. We are to mow this afternoon with the riding mower since there is a 80% chance of rain tomorrow.

But first we are going to pick up $34 of ribs from an Optimist club charity drive. My dentist sent a thank you to me for being such a good patient ($$$) with the $34 coupon. I hope they are good. We can invite my son over for dinner on Saturday and enjoy them. I may see if the potatoes in the garden are good and use them to make potato salad.

I am definitely going to get my knees fixed. I loved being outside this morning and want to be able to enjoy gardening again.

Shirley - I don't envy you having to go shopping at Wal-Mart considering your knees and ankles. It is a big store.

Slimmer - I agree with Peggy and Shirley. I think the pain would be from your sinuses. I never had pain with my cataracts - just problems seeing at night with rings around lights, plus just seeing period.

Allie - When you get finished with your deck, could you come and do mine? We have been planning to paint our deck for a year. I wish we would had the house painter do it also. But in the past, it was just a one day job for me.

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Hello Again -

Just a few quick responses. I MUST get out in this heat and humidity and go to the grocery store - which will be Walmart since I need filters for the Keurig, greeting cards, pharmaceuticals plus groceries. This will take me all over that big store. I keep procrastinating as I just don't want to do this. That being said ...

Peggy - I just tried clicking on your profile picture, as well as clicking on the button that says "my spark page" and it took me right to your page. I have no earthly idea what could have happened when you did this. I use these two methods all the time for getting to my Spark Page as well as others and have had no problem. *I had the same thought about Slimmer's eye and nose problem, as I've had the same thing to happen many times over the years. If it has been an infection or not I don't know, but it was definitely a sinus problem. *Happy Birthday to Jenna and JD - smile. *What is your profile picture? Interesting.

Allie - wouldn't it be nice if you would get new, nice neighbors soon who will fix that retaining wall as well as take care of their trees that are giving you problems?

Slimmer - thanks for explaining more about your eyes. As for fighting with people, that is something I definitely don't like to do either, and I will avoid doing so any way I can, which some want to take advantage of and do sometimes and get by with it. But that isn't wise with me because if you push me too far, or hit me on a day when I'm short on patience, which isn't often but it happens, they'd better duck or back off. *I know how you feel about your yard. Ours looks so pretty right after it is mowed too. I can't imagine spreading mulch in the rain, but I'm sure your yard man knows what he's doing.

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Happy Thursday to all.

Shirley, I did go to my page under my picture but it took me to a strange place so I did what Bonnie suggested and had no problem.

Slimmer, if you have pain in your eye and nose, you just might have a sinus infection and should check that out. Ellen said she had her catracts done and I have too. I also only need glasses to read.

Today is my DGD Jenna's 10th birthday and my brother JD's 74th birthday so I will be making phone calls this afternoon.

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Good afternoon team:

I think there are going to be quite a few people looking at the house next door. They have cleaned it up and it doesn't look too bad. There are people that wander around without a realtor and they sometimes make me uncomfortable. Overall they have been very polite.

I am going to put a second coat of paint on my deck and I will be done with it until next year.

I can't wait until I get see my grandchildren tomorrow and my son. I know my grandsons will be full of energy and raring to go.

I am so glad it cooled down. It is a beautiful day outside. I guess I am going to call someone and have them tell me what needs to be done about my retaining wall. I did some research on retaining walls and it sounds expensive to fix. I know if I don't get it fixed it can fall over in my driveway and possibly damage my car. So instead of being between a rock and a hard place, I am between a dead tree and a deteriorating retaining wall.

I hope everyone has a good day and you are able to get out and enjoy this wonderful weather.

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Shirley... I was just lazy writing... I went to ophthalmologist this time... he also said whatever I did would not hurt my eyes... yes he had a bit of know it all about him at the end... a glass dr I should have maybe said glasses.. was an optometrist

thinking this Eye DR was really only interested in working with people who wanted the cataract operation... he was not interested in my questions about things that happened to or around my eye... think maybe I should find a Dr who does not do the operation and really cares about the eye

this Dr did say everything about my eye looked real healthy... but then could care less about the pain I told him about in and around it

going to wait a bit before I go for ...Round 2
it just take something out of me to fight some of these people

My yard looks wonderful
he is going to come soon to put down red mulch now... it is going to rain like 10 days straight so he said he can do it on rainy days when he can't mow

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Good Morning Everyone -

I didn't make it here yesterday, so that makes me behind again.

Reminder - on our Team Home Page under the Miscellaneous category we have a small list of frequently used initials that are used by this team, or in texting, and on other websites as well. I mention this since Bonnie asked about PTL. This isn't on that list right now, but will be before long. Things like DH (dear husband) and the like often are confusing to people new to website and texting jargon. I think most of us who've been around here for awhile are familiar with all this by now, but new people might not be.

Sue - how far is Birmingham from you? I hope all goes well at the dermatologist's.

Gwynlee - I'm with you. Time passes so fast, doesn't it? I too am having a problem accepting that Monday is Labor Day, before we know it it will be the Holiday Season.

Cecile - my awful backache was short lived, I hope the same will be true for you. My back, like many on this team, aches off and on all the time, but the one I had that I mentioned was a dozy! *Sorry to hear Val has had the flu. Those darned bugs never hit at a good time, but with school starting this has to have been the worse for her. Glad to hear she is feeling better. And thanks for letting me know her grade this year. *As for the weather it is Very Hot here too.

Slimmer - I know 80 degrees is hot, but you know what... that would be welcome right now. It is only 72 right now, but the humidity makes it hard to breath outside. *Glad to hear your grass cutter will be there today. There is no way we could go 8 weeks without ours being cut. We barely make it a week. *About your eyes - I didn't understand at all about what you called "a glass doctor" etc. An ophthalmologist (an eye specialist) and quite often like other specialist they are hard to deal with as they think they know it all and don't tend to listen well. An optometrist is what you find in places like Lens Crafters (they are comparable to a general practice or primary care doctor in the medical field). This is the reason I asked you what that jerk of an eye doctor that you saw was. I'm no expert when it comes to eyes, far from it, but from what you write about your problems with your eyes and all the reading, computer use, and other things you put your eyes through it sounds like to me that your eyes need far more care and assistance than what OTC glasses can give them. The last thing you want to do is to damage your vision by doing the wrong thing.

Ellen - I really should try to read Condoleezza Rice's book. Believe me when I tell you I don't envy our leaders these tough decisions. But... they should have known what they were getting into before they ran for office or accepted appointments, and it is the toughness of the job that affords them the big bucks and perks while in office for them and their families not only while in office but afterwards. I think some forget this. Yes, I not only pray for them, but for our country regularly as well as our safety. However, I sometimes wonder if God is listening since this country seems to be trying to drive Him out of everything we do. It's when we humans get too cocky and try to prove we know more and are more powerful than He is, that He shows us in no uncertain terms we aren't.

Bonnie - you are welcome. My husband knows lots more about computers than I do, plus he tends to keep up with new stuff - viruses, techniques, etc. that I don't, so I usually run strange things like what happened to you past him in case he knows of a problem. *As it becomes harder and harder to cook, I tend to bring in take-out food, some fast food, but some from restaurants like Applebee's, etc. too. We have a very good Chinese restaurant in a little strip mall just as you enter our subdivision that we use quite a bit. I hope you enjoyed your meal.

Irene - I think you do very well considering age and all you have to deal with. Yes, time does pass so fast, doesn't it? And also, I so agree - hibernating or becoming reclusive is such an easy thing to slip into.

Yvonne - I see you've found the Botanical Gardens. I mentioned them once before, and you didn't respond. As said, it is one of my favorite places to visit. While way in the opposite direction, I think you told us once that you'd visited the Butterfly House, another place I love to go. Be glad you and Jay can still go and get around as well as you can. We tend to take such so for granted, and we can lose that ability overnight it seems sometimes.

Grace - what a scary story about that Raccoon.

Peggy - I'm not on Facebook often, but I did catch a few of the absolutely Beautiful places you visited. Glad you are home now and that we will be hearing from you again. *To answer your question - you get to your Spark Page just by clicking on your picture or "my Spark Page" under it. Also, as Yvonne mentioned the orange bar at the top of the page, "click on the start button." Or on any page if you move your cursor around at the top, an orange drop-down/pop-up box will appear and you can get to start, Spark Mail and other spots from there. As for print, mine is the same size its always been. If your print is too small or too big here, remember you can put your cursor over the print and then press Control and then the +plus sign to make the print bigger, or Control and then the - minus sign to make the print smaller.

Make today a happy and healthy one -

Shirley

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Good Morning, Team.
It's 77 degrees outside and supposed to go to the mid 80's.

The horse dentist is going to be at the Farm today. Before I go there I have to go to the feed store and stock up on my bird feeding supplies.

We just found out that our neighbor across the street is moving to a senior facility. She's about 75 and walks every day (several times), scuba dives, square dances, sells tickets at our local drama theater, rakes her own leaves and shovels her own snow and I don't know what else. She's always busy. Whenever there is an "event" in town, a tree knocks out the electric, etc., Karen is always there! I did notice lately that when she walks she seems more bent over and "hesitant". She told DH that she is having trouble moving around & is wearing a back brace. She "fought a good fight" to stay as active as she could. We are going to miss her.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.
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Hi All 68 at 9:30 sunny out :P

Whoopee! The lawn man is here!

Thinking about women and paperwork... was thinking about GA driver's license renewal for next June... I had a problem when I moved here my Birth Cert says Christine... with an E and my name is Christina with an A.. so license and voters card in GA has to use the E name... but next year they have to give like Super ID checks and my names don't match up .. I called GA license office they said I need a Name Change through the courts... I Don't Think So..

...the squeaky wheel gets the oil.. finally they said drive to that office and ask if it is going to be ok.. I said I would not do a 70 mile round trip for that.. they gave me someone in headquarters and he said... finally there should be no problem and gave his name and personal office number...

I have heard they ..really.. do make people get a name change just for this... Oh I do hope he was telling the truth that it will be ok.. he said he would put a note on my record.

I WON another Goodreads book today!

Started reading War and Peace... it is like 1500 pages.. doing it on my Kindle... odd but my Penguin paperback book does not read the same.. different transcript???

Very happy with my sugar reading... was 130... even with all the bad eating I have done now for a couple of months... it is not going up! I am eating probably as bad as I ever would but I am not in 200's or going as high as high 300's... This is really good!.. my scales are like they are in cement.. not moving a sliver

Worked for some time filling my stained glass case.. might get to work on art supplies today.

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Good morning Sparkpeople! Fixin' to take off to Birmingham as hubby sees the dermatologist!!! Everybody take care.

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can't believe labor day is just around the cornder

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

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Good evening team members.

Today the heat was more tolerable than yesterday. At least I got to sit on the front porch with Andrť for a good while after supper. We don`t say much but enjoy the company.

Val is much better from her flu bug. When she came up from the basement yesterday afternoon around 6, the colour was back in her cheeks and the sparkle was back in her eyes. Today she had class this morning. Since she had a 3 hour break decided to come home for lunch. She received an e-mail from school saying the course this afternoon was cancelled because the teacher had a family emergency.

Last week Shirley said she got up with the granddaddy of backaches. This morning, I got up with his grandson. I took it easy all day and it is better tonight.

Tomorrow, Val and I are going shopping for school supplies. She decided to wait for school to start to see what she really needed. We are going to Wal-Mart as she says things are cheaper there. I need stuff too. We should have fun.

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

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Hi All, Productive day... 80 now and was hot and sunny

Ellen... more and more the Drs put you to sleep like they do for colonostopies... and not bad but when I had that I coughed and coughed... and I can't do that with them working on my eyes... this Dr didn't want to listen to that part... and many aren't going to want to listen to much

my eyes are seeing better and better after those drops... but I still get a lot of pain in the eye and on the side of my nose.... they are just not happy right now...

I looked at the script he gave me... he lessened my good eye.. which gee seems he could add a little or not add so much to the bad eye... it is like he made it so the script might make it so I could not see... .. IF only I could like go to Walmart and try on Distance glasses I Know I would find something that would work for now... aughhhhhhhh it just gets me upset ..it is like they Got Ya...

the other is... when I get the operation... I don't have anyone to drive me to the other town and back... it is all a problem.

Finally I got my lawn guy to call me back... I got kind of huffy on my message to him... like next week would have been 8 weeks!!!! He called and said he would do it tomorrow... actually I can't complain... but 8 wks is toooooo long... getting it for only $30 a cut when I want and no contract and this way for 4 yrs now... it might not look too good but saving lots of money on cuts... paying $100 to $120 a month year round would be more the norm around here or a normal lawn... I've got a lot of lawn too

Then got the neighbor to put my painted bookcase on top of the other bookcase Now I can start filling the spaces with stained glass and pictures and picture frames finally after 4.5 yrs I am working on my craft room.. or is it a large closet.. my little rooms are like 12 ft x 14 ft good size

Ok, did really good... got dressed up in red white and blue and went to Home Depot Ace and our local hardware and asked for the supplies for the Memorial Markers... they didn't blink... I got 200 key rings, 3 cans of paint, 200 nuts, 100 bolts, 5lb of soldier, 3 big paint brushes, 200 wood screws and most likely 100 wood boards, 70 pipes and maybe even glue, and more of the above I need more of..... I did good!

Weaving last night... Oh My Gosh!!!!!! What have I gotten myself into... there is so much to learn about the loom and the length of yarn... I took this huge loom partially apart and had to get on the floor in a 4 by 4 ft area take out 8 in metal pins from the pedals to the loom ..then put the pins in as to when I step on them the way it will make a pattern or lift the Gates... which I made her draw out... WILD!!! then I had to Get Back Off the Floor... OOOOOooooo!

and that has to be done each time one changes the pattern... we have 4 changes on this 64 inches that are required... and 30 inches we have to do our own thing... and this is one little first project!!!!!!!!

Tomorrow we start to put one by one the thread on... we have them on individual nails in groups of 12 threads each... This Is Work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... and learning how to add all these individual pieces of wood to the loom... oh my oh my oh my...... I mean OH MY!!!

I did and everything I need to have up to date done today... I ate bad yesterday... a donut and some ice cream... it was All because that Dr upset me... but my sugar was 133 this AM... amazing... I see a pattern... Eddys Ice Cream does not raise my sugar... I noticed that over 5 yrs ago too... must not have real milk or all real sugar in it but the Drumstick is wonderful, really

ok, that is it... going to watch... Project Runway... where they make a fancy dress for the runway in one day... very interesting.. if they keep the drama down

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Just a quick post since we are trying to get ready for company next week. I am trying hard to get my exercise in this week since I know next week I will be busy with our friend from Texas.

I went to Toastmasters today over the lunch hour, came home and then drove to the library and the post office. I have been going through my bookcases eliminating books I will never use. I donated 6 hard cover textbooks and 11 softcover business and text books. I really went down memory lane as I looked at the books, but my business career is over.

Shirley - both books by Hillary and Condoleeza Rice as Secretary of State are fascinating. Condoleeza Rice also related her time as over National Security and the experience of 9/11. You can imagine how terrible she felt since this happened on her watch. Reading the books, it makes you be more understanding of the terrible burden our leaders face as they try and make the best decisions. We should pray for all of them.

Yvonne - I should follow your example and up my exercise from 30 minutes to 60 minutes. That is a great goal.

Slimmer- I had cataracts removed in both my eyes ten years ago. They did not put me to sleep; they just deadened my eyes and I was awake through the whole thing. It was not horrible and now I don't need glasses at all and I have been near sighted since the 4th grade.
I would highly recommend having it done if you find a good doctor. It is probably better now than when I had it done.

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Hi Sparkbuddies!!! Beautiful day here in Alabama although a little hot.
Bonnie-PTL means Praise the Lord!!!!
Today I have been running around like the proverbial "chicken with its head cut off"-gym early am, then errands and now I have to take my hubby to pick up his car being washed. Then to the grocery and finally back home. Tomorrow we have to go to Birmingham to his dermatologist (which he had as a student in high school)-small world. Thank goodness I have leftovers for supper-hahaha!!! I made the family meatloaf Sunday and so they will finish that. My tortilla maker should be coming this afternoon so I will probably experiment with that and have either a corn or flour tortilla with some kind of topping.
I am looking forward to just spending a little time in the kitchen and seeing what happens so wish me luck.

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Good Afternoon, Team.
I just got off the phone with my dear friend, Margie. She lives in Temple, TX now and we worked together for many years here in MD. We call each other "sisters" because we were both born in Nashville, TN. She is about 4-5 years older than me and I've always thought of her as the "older" sister I never had.

I need to work in the garden today. I bought 3 plants back from my sister's house and I need to get them in the ground.

DH has a doctor's appointment this afternoon and will be bringing some "oriental" food back for dinner so I don't have to worry about what to fix. Love it.

@Yvonne - Thank you so much for pointing out the "Today on SparkPeople". I never saw it!! I have been looking for the "My friend feed" for a few days now and didn't know where it went.
Now I found it.

@Irene - I'm glad you are getting out. My DH is the kind of person who could stay inside the house day in and day out with no problem. I have to "push" him to get us "out of town" and doing fun things.

@Grace - NOW Allie is really going to be scared about raccoons! That story was scary but a very "isolated" case.

@Peggy - You get a lot of "critters" in your pool. Is that common for your area?

@Slimmer - I have cataracts too. Every year I ask my Ophthalmologist if I need anything done with them yet and he always says no. He doesn't do surgery any more but his son, who is in the same office, does.

@Shirley - I'm glad you told your DH about my computer question. I was hoping that you would. My sister told me to just "delete" everything.

@Sue B - What does PTL stand for?

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.
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thanks. it was difficult very difficult at the end

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

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August has flown by and nearly at an end now. It's not been a good month in general for me but we did have a new great grandson arrive. So I will concentrate on the positives,
I have had a real down spell , but trying to,pull my self out of it . I could so easily hibernate .never go out but stay home with my hobbies. I am never bored, but I most start going out more and meeting others, I am going to visit a friend this morning for a good chin wag,
Yvonne , thanks for pointing out the sparks link I will certainly start usng that, I like the clean sharp look to the spark pages.
I don't get much chance to chat a lot on here but I enjoy it when I do, have a good day Irene


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About the website - one new thing that's perhaps NOT new, but I just found it. In the orange bar at the top of the page, far to the right, is "Today on Sparkpeople." Put your cursor on it, and you can go wherever you want to go from there, directly to your spark page, or to your friend feed, featured blogs, etc. It's a great way to navigate around SP.

Also, I'm upping my exercise to 60 minutes a day, trying to make my goal for the month. Making up for those days I didn't feel like exercising. I got an early morning walk in today, as well, before the high temperatures hit. Found a farm to buy organic beef. I'm busy every day this week. Tomorrow it's the Botanical Gardens, one of my favorite places in all of Missouri.

Sleep well, everyone!

Yvonne

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Good afternoon team! Here's another raccoon story:

"An 88-year-old woman was attacked by a rabid raccoon Sunday night when she went to let her cat into the house.
The Hamden, Conn., woman, identified only by her first name, Betty, said the animal followed her cat into her house before she could shut the door on it.
'The thing about it that was so frightening was it's awful strength,' she told reporters. 'When it jumped on me it was on me and I'm pulling on it and everything else, the thing was terribly alive and terribly strong
Betty, 88, said the animal ran into her home following her house cat, who has since disappeared
Fox CT reports Animal Control found the raccoon had rabies after testing it at the Connecticut Public Health Lab.
The animal bit Betty on her elbow, hand, forearm, and face while she struggled to subdue it.
Police euthanized the animal at the scene.
McKernan, her son, said the house was left a disaster as his mother struggled to keep the raccoon at bay."
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Good afternoon everyone!

Today is actually too hot to sit out on the porch. I went for a little while but had to come back in.

Val had her first day yesterday at college. It`s her first year. Poor thing came back not feeling too good. Turns out it`s the stomach flu. She still didn`t feel good today so she stayed home. I just hope and pray that Andrť and I don`t get it.

The nurse was here this morning. She said that it`s the male nurse that is coming on Friday and next week we are back to normal. Julie is coming back.

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



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emoticon To Sue B and emoticon Marvin and to anyone else who is new.

I have been missing in action but am now back. We went to the Navajo Nation Reservation and visited the Four Corners, Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly. I am try to get some pictures off my iPad and onto my Spark Page but I couldn't find it.

We have been cleaning out poisonous Colorado River Toads(Sonoran Desert Toads), white-line sphinx caterpillars and dead mice out of our pool. There are hundreds of the caterpillars.

I am now going to see if I can post some pictures.

Peggy

PS How do I get to my home page to post pictures and why is the print so large that I have trouble reading it?

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Hi All, Just got back from Walmart and library

Shirley... that was an EYE DR out of 7 people I have seen since I moved here first was Eye Dr then 2 Glass DR then back to Sarasota to Glass DR and back to GA to Retina Specialist then to Glass DR then this eye DR... Up here one has to go out of there way to get an eye DR and what I have needed is a new glass script

The last lady glass DR would not give a stronger script and said go to Eye Dr... this guy said what I thought all along... either up the script or get the operation.. but he said do it when I choose not to put up with how I see now.

So if the 4 other glass Dr would just have given me a good script I would not have had to gone to more... 2 glass Dr.. said don't bother with a script actually one glass maker said I won't take your money for this new script and that was when only a slight change had happened...

so if I had gone immediately to eye dr from the glass dr that would not up script... maybe she would have made the glasses with right script... but her glasses are soooo far off and this guys office says they are the same as what I have... oh no they are not but I sure am not successful in telling them that

my eyes today feel swollen and I am having trouble seeing... driving even my good eye is not so good and car in daylight had lights on and wow... looks like flares coming out of them... I never had that... what did these drops do?????

one time when I got drops I was sick and in pain for 3 days... last night I was in pain or hours

Good thing he tells patients he is not comfortable with them... He didn't ask me what I thought of him.

Marvin... I did go read your post... I think most drs work with the time they have and how much money they need to make... if they ..happen to be nice doing that .. I think we are probably lucky... few2 drs... take the time to really listen and try to figure something out... The police can't have ..profiling.. but Dr's sure do... they treat us as to what is the average of happening.. and have little room for those who do not fit the profile.

Not happy... I'm not worried about the operation and better sight but the meds, plastic and the anesthesia.

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ARTY1934,

I hope you are right about a reverse future, but I doubt it. I have no fear of growing old enough to soon be gone from it, but fear the future for our children.

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Good Afternoon Everyone -

Mary - good to see your post. I've been absent a day or so on this thread too. *It sounds like you are doing well with your eating and exercise. About night time eating, try planning you a late night snack - something you really enjoy, but around 100 calories for a certain time. This has worked for me in the past. * How interesting that you make your own soap.

Gwynlee - my goodness but your dad had a rough time. And you are right, your story is a sad one. Cancer is one horrific disease.

Marvin - I couldn't agree with you more about doctors. Unfortunately like lawyers when you need one you usually Really need one, so it would be hard to do without them, wouldn't it? *You inserted that link perfectly. * If I hadn't already decided I liked you, after reading your post about your college class experience I really, Really do like you. Since I try to keep politics out of our discussions here for obvious reasons, I will just say this - I find what is happening in our schools now days to be very scary indeed. I'm so happy that our children, and two older grandchildren already have their educations, and came out of the college system unscathed I think. And I'm hopeful that by the time our littlest grandson (almost 7) and great grandson (2) get to college age, that the pendulum will have swung back and Christianity will again be an accepted and respected practice in our schools. *Thanks for telling us a bit more about yourself, and especially how you came to Spark People and eventually to this team.

Slimmer - re the eye doctor. Was he an ophthalmologist or an optician? From your post I'm thinking he is the former not the latter. I have compassion for doctors of any kind having to listen to people's complaints and arguments all day, BUT... that is all part of their profession. Once I complained to an OB/GYN about doctors not listening (he knew I wasn't referring to him), and he said he didn't know how any doctor could treat a patient without listening carefully to both what they were saying and what they weren't saying. Some doctors have what I call a God complex - think they know it all (whether they do or not) and resent mightily being corrected or questioned. I've often thought that as part of the training to become a doctor of any kind there should be a required course called "bedside manner." The last eye appointment I had the optician was a woman. She never once smiled. She was polite enough, I guess, but that was as far as it went. She too hit me up about cataract surgery, but I couldn't get her to say if it needed it to be done then or that the cataracts were just forming, but I got the idea she was pushing for me to have it done. I'm not one that rushes into any kind of surgery, and when it comes to someone cutting on my eyes it is going to take a lot for me let someone do that. For one thing, I have a real problem with anything coming toward my eyes - this is one of the main reasons I have never tried wearing contacts. My husband thinks that I'd never be able to get them in my eyes. I think you are doing the right thing going to see another eye doctor. He/she may tell you the same thing, but let's hope they won't be such a jerk about it. I'm several years past due for getting my eyes checked, and I know I need a new prescription, but don't want to go back to that Lens Crafters if that woman is still there. *No - getting old isn't fun, but it is manageable - smile.

Bonnie - strange about your "bookmarks" ending up on your sisters computer without you putting them there. I ran this past my husband who is much more computer savvy than I am, and it didn't make sense to him either.

Cecile - I did laundry yesterday too, and am most thankful I didn't have to go up and down steps to accomplish it. *Be sure to let us know how Val's first day of school went. Isn't she a college sophomore this year? *Weather - we are Hot here in Missouri! *Yes, it is nice to have a guy on the team again. Marvin has such a good sense of humor that I think we are all going to enjoy having him with us.

Yvonne and Grace - I agree. They've made some changes to this website that's for sure. I'm not tracking anything other than my weight right now, so I don't know if they've changed the trackers or not. Those red flags disappeared off my page for weeks, and thanks to Yvonne I found out how to get them back.

Okay Folks... I've let myself get so far behind that it is going to be impossible to respond to all of you. You know without doubt that each and every one of you are important to me as is what you have to say. I've been writing this posts in bits and pieces all morning, so I think it is time to get it posted.

Wishing all of you a Very Good Day!

Shirley

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Hi Sparkpeople!!!
Got some mall walking in this morning, now running around doing housework and laundry before hubby and I head out to Auburn University. We are going to be working with the event organizers for all the home football games this fall. War Eagle.
I am so excited that football is finally here. I love baseball as well but the Braves probably won't win the East this year-with a little luck they may be the wild card.
It will be in the mid 80s here today-a bit cooler thankfully.
Doing well tracking food for which I am thankful.

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Good Morning, Team.
Sun is out and temp is 77 degrees. We are due to have a hot one tomorrow at 90 but the rest of the week is supposed to be in the 80's.

@Mary - It is interesting that you make your own soap. I have been buying soap from a vendor at our Farmer's Market "Mystic Waters". I really do love it better than store bought soap.

@Slimmer - Sometimes it takes longer for the eye drops to disappear. I remember one year I had an Ophthalmologist appointment & had to leave work early. My boss told me he wanted me to come back. I told him I was going to get drops put in my eyes and I wouldn't be able to type. He said it would go away shortly. Well, my eyes stayed "hazy" for the entire few hours I was at work. Typing with your eyes not 100% is very annoying.

@Marvin - No, I am not a vegetarian though I have sharply curtailed red meat for the past several years. I do feel that people are "meat eaters" and the few people I have known who were strict vegetarians seemed to be sick a lot. What I don't believe is necessary any more is for MAN to go into the woods and shoot his dinner!! Especially in a heavily populated area where I live--near DC. The owner of the Farm where I board my horse closes off the trails for the entire hunting season so he and his "buddies" can take their beer and go into the woods and shoot all the deer. Then he posts pics on his FB page of his "trophies". God, I hate it.

I am also strongly against, as most of my "friends" here well know, the slaughter of horses. Aside from my "passion"' for horses & my deep love of them, most horses in this country have at one time or another been given Banamine and other drugs which are lethal for humans. This never goes out of the horse's body. The US Government will not pay for health inspectors to check horse meat so that is why horse slaughter plants are not allowed in the US. However, who is to say how well the inspectors in Canada and Mexico check the meat before it is shipped overseas?

Sorry to get on my soapbox.

I hope to take a walk with DH around the Lake today. I've been having a lot of fun with my new camera that I got for my birthday. I just need now to get the connector so I can put the pics on the computer.

I hope everyone has a great day.
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Good Morning All :) I haven't checked in for a few days, but I'm still here. Walking is going well...I get over 10,000 steps three days a week and the rest vary. I managed to shed a pound last week! That's 7 since I started August 2 :) I am still struggling with eating in the evening. I think I should make that my goal for September.
I need to go make breakfast, then set up the kitchen for a soap-making marathon. It's been a while! Our stock ran out several weeks ago and I've been procrastinating and and we've been using 'store-bought' soap. We haven't used store-bought in 15 years. It smells...funny. And I think it's the reason my eyelids have been puffy and itchy for the past few weeks. Sometimes I can be a bit slow...lol

Have a wonderful, healthy day everyone :)


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marvin -- my dad had prostate cancer -- then bladder cancer. then lung cancer that spread to his brain. very sad.



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

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SLIMMER150,

Doctors all make mistakes. Some choose that profession to help people, but many if not most are only there for money.

You might like to read this article. It shows the variety of doctors, and is written by one.

I am not sure how to post this link, but I will try. If that does not work, you can search google with this title: Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System.

www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/08/19/
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What I always remember is my health is from my decisions and behavior, not whatever a doctor tells me. If I believed doctors I would have already been dead three times. But their mistakes assumed correct is why the cost of medical malpractice insurance is a lot of the price we pay for them.

marvin

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SLIMMER, I thought my ortho doc in FL was rude, but your eye doctor tops him. You should fire that arrogant &#%$ and go to your friend's eye doc instead.


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Wow Slimmer-what an experience. I've not had a doc relate to me in that manner as a patient at least. Now when I was working some of them were real buggers but we just had to dish it back to them.
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Hi All, cool 74 at 8pm but it did get hot today no rain but got real cloudy

Grace.. I also go to Start and I use the setting for the look where my wheel and flags are right there. I guess we get these new dialogue boxes now.

Went to eye doctor and my friend was right a LONG wait to get to him... everyone was complaining so it is about a 3 hr process I went before 2 and got out at 5

Well, well well... ok... he gave me a script but said it really would not do me any good and he also said I certainly could get cataract surgery... he said 85 percent of people at my stage do get it... and had to face it sometime now or in 5 yrs didn't matter it was coming

but... the more I tried to tell him what was happening with my eye the less he really wanted to hear and didn't believe me on some.. just would not believe if I look through the curl of my hand the distance is totally clear and when I told how I can now see the patterns on my birdbath ... well he pretty much had had it with me and didn't want to listen.

when I told him how I react to anesthesia well... he is one of those people who believe we say things like that because we complain... he said look nobody dies from getting this done and I have all kinds of people.. he didn't like me to bring it up..

then he started to walk out cause we really were done... but he said look you go to a dr and check them out it is ok to do research and check out the internet and read and compare what you find and to ask all kinds of questions, but there comes a time when you have to believe I just know more than you do and you will never understand all the whys and just have to accept what I say.... while you are checking me out to I do the same to my patients and from what I am hearing from you I am not so sure I want you for a patient because of the things you say... even with an operation like this things go wrong... and if I think you are going to be dissatisfied to begin with you probably will be after etc etc etc... IF you choose me to do this operation You need to come to an understanding etcetc...

hmmm he said he didn't mean to be mean but just had to speak up...

I am glad he did... I would have liked it better if he said .. I have no problem in doing this operation and that it should have a great out come like it usually does. And he could have also said gee normally eyes do not get better like you are describing... let me know what happens in the months to come since you are not getting the operation now. Then when the time comes lets talk more on the anesthesia and eye drops and their reactions and all then. And .. I don't think this new script will really help you but since you think it might and is a step higher than you had see how it goes. .. and bottom line one of these days you will just know you need the operation.

Instead of the way he did... hmmm deep down I don't feel I am the problem but he is not...secure enough in himself to make me feel ok.

I got the script and what is what with the shape of my cateract... I also found out he is not who I want doing the operation even though I am sure he does a fine job.

((I will say people in waiting room were there because of after problems...hmmm))

tonight I went back to school and finished off what I had to do in school and on the way home I noticed that I have Terrible stars around the car lights... I did Not have that before I hope that goes away... and it is like my good eye has a haze to it now... they put 3 different types of drops in my eyes ???

I didn't need this... I do know of an eye dr who did my old friend here and she says she was doing fine the next day

getting old is not all that fun... I don't have much wrong with me period... I just am selfish? and want nothing wrong with me.

I also picked up my books for the classes starting next month at the art center... and bad news so far nobody else signed up for the business course etc

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Then I presume you are a vegetarian because you do not want to kill chickens, cows, pigs, fish, or even mosquitoes. Right?

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Good Evening, Team.

Not an exceptionally HOT day today with high at 81 degrees. But, I got really tired being out with Mystery for a couple hours. We "flushed" 3 baby deer out of hiding (one was with it's mother). I'm wondering if deer births were late this year. These 3 are very tiny. Bow & Arrow season starts Sept. 1 around here. I'd so hate if the mothers get killed and leave the babies orphans. I try not to think about it. We only have one person who hunts with B&A at the Farm and in my 13 years of being there I don't think he has ever killed a deer! Shotgun season is another sorry story!

Has anyone ever used someone else's computer and some of their information has ended up on your computer?? I used my sister's computer while we were at her house last week and now all of my BookMarks are HERS!! I emailed her this AM and she was amazed.

The Labor Day Festivities are starting with the vendor booths being set-up. I read that the carnival was going to start setting up today but I didn't see any evidence of it. Maybe it's coming in tonight. This is a BIG DEAL in our town!

I hope everyone had a great day.
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We probably all check into SP differently. I always hit "start" first. Accumulated daily spark points are always at the top right hand side of the page. Attribution of points has changed. I think we used to get points by writing a message like this one. I'm not sure we get points for that any more. We do, however, get points for commenting on people's spark pages.

Yvonne

P.S. And I'm wrong.... I got 3 pts. for this message. See how nice it is to post as much as this group does?
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SLIMMER, Something has changed, today, about where we go to see our sparkpoints, unless it's just my imagination. I had a hard time just locating this feature to add my morning walk in. I don't know what else has changed.
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I'm leaving for my PT and gym workout now.
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Good afternoon team members.

It dawned on me right now that I can`t use sisters anymore. Marvin it`s nice to have you join us.

It laundry time today. It is up and down the stairs. Good for the hips.

Val started school today. I`m anxious to hear all about it when she comes back. Her schedule says class is over at 5. She should be here around 5.30.

It is a very nice day. Sunny but not too warm. At least it`s not raining. I used to hate that when school started in the rain.

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

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I get credits for a degree, but do not really need it. Yes, it might help me get a job, but that is not very important. I am paid for each class a little more than my cost of traveling there and books I have to buy. Thank you taxpayers! This does help me pay my bills and eat better food. (Several years ago for three years I had to limit my meals to one dollar each, not including my garden. I ate a lot of beans and rice.)

I tend to park furtherest away beyond other cars. That makes it easier to find mine. I also climb stairs two or three each to save my time. That is the advantage of long legs. emoticon

I had one class on speech where I refused to show pictures of the person I was quoting. When the professor saw what I wrote that I planned speak about, as soon as she saw "Holy Bible" on it, she threw it on the floor. But later she forgot and allow me to speak. I quoted Job, Solomon, and Jesus. It was impossible to show pictures because there was no camera in those days, but I did show pictures of storms and light that represented them. At the end was a picture of two pears, one pretty as you would find in a grocery store, another ugly and spotted that no one would likely pick up. These represent pears I get each year to can, except one tree has the ugly one I just eat because it is the most delicious an highest nutrition! When I was able to show this I told the class "Never judge by appearance!"

She absolutely hated all of this, but could not make me stop while the class approved and thanked me for it. My objective was accomplished. The professor completely removed me from the class, but I was paid the expenses anyway.

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MARVIN, I think your teacher is trying to prove a point, and that is that it takes a whole lot of miles to burn off even one lb. In fact it would take a 150 lb person approximately 35 miles to burn off one lousy lb.
It's great the way you have meshed your exercise into your every day activities. You're not one of those crazy people who try to get the closest parking spot, at the gym, so they can go in and walk on a treadmill. Or, come back from a walk and climb on their rider mower to cut their grass.
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Why doesn't your grade matter? Are you auditing the class and not collecting any credits for it?

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