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8/24/15 2:16 P

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True.

Joe has enjoyed meeting my SparkPeople friends.

Jean from Texas
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8/24/15 1:24 P

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I understand about travel...and even when you are right near by, stopping to visit may not be easy or well timed...and probably not of interest to Joe, though the guys did get along and we enjoyed meeting him.

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8/24/15 11:46 A

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Road trips are not as easy for us anymore, but maybe someday we can return.

Sending hugs

Jean from Texas
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8/20/15 8:46 A

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I am glad we got to meet in person. That was fun! You two make a great couple!!

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8/20/15 8:16 A

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Thank you!

He is a winner. How blessed we are to know love and tenderness throughout our lifetimes. He'll always tease me and make me laugh. I sure can't take myself too seriously, and he fills our lives with joy and acceptance. That's love.

Thank you!

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
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8/20/15 8:10 A

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emoticon Wising you a Very HAPPY 60th Anniversary! emoticon

Wishing you Love, Laughter and Joy. What a landmark anniversary!


Joe really did it up right..what a lovely gift. emoticon

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8/19/15 5:55 P

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Sharing a photo of my birthday gift from Joe. He had the poster from the Woodlands Waterway Art Festival professionally matted and framed for me. I do love it. Such a thoughtful gift.



Tomorrow is our 60th wedding anniversary. We're going out to eat. Replacing the AC became our anniversary gift to each other. We already enjoyed a marvelous trip to Michigan this summer, so nothing big was anticipated.

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
. . . . Vivian Greene


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8/14/15 4:46 P

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Well, got my sewing machine back last week on Thursday. Finally got it set up again. Today I finally started working on the back up of so much stuff to do...yikes..I had no idea!

emoticon I got bogged down with a problem about a year ago..and my mind revolted. NO sewing though I did finally finish that project. Now, after so long, I can hardly remember how to work my sewing machine. I did start on the mending and repair work...so that's a start. Also worked on my piles of fabric (won't all fit in my cabinet) and began sorting out all the stuff that has accumulated! I have several class projects accumulated, plus fabric and directions for more that I really do want to make. I have ONE class project up on the design board so as soon as I get some of this other sewing stuff accomplished, THAT is what I want to do next., Maybe. LOL Anyway, finally back to the machine AND the housecleaning and sorting to get my workspace workable..I hope. No storage here is an ongoing issue. I used to use lots of plastic tubs..some of which are so old now that the plastic cracks when you try to move it! There HAS to be some way to make all this workable. Wish all this mental work counted as exercise!

We just had some unexpected storm rain...I think all is calm now. NO mowing in the wet emoticon , so guess I had better get out there and finish my walking. emoticon

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8/12/15 5:24 P

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Fifi must be the quintessential name for a French Poodle. Thanks for the tale of your DIL's Fifi.
Glad you all enjoyed your family time despite the wild weather.

Beautiful day today. I still have a bit of walking to finish before mtg. tonight. Lower humidity has made it feel so much better.


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8/12/15 5:12 P

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Everyone who hears Fifi's name chuckles. DIL always wanted a poodle named Fifi growing up, and is delighted she finally got a rescue one. She signed up for one, and got her little girl in about 3 months time from an elderly lady who couldn't care for her anymore. Very fortunate for both both Fifi and MaryAnn. She's had her sweet little dog for over 12 years, a fantastic match. No apology necessary or expected.

Our car thermometer registered 106 yesterday on the way to son's home for the August birthday party bash. Delightful day. A terrific wind, thunder, lightning, and driving rain blew through just before cooking outdoors time. So we played a table game and waited out the storm. Swimming pool plans were shelved bc the pool was coated with pine needle debris from the storm. Pool service guy comes today, so their pool will be properly cleaned from the storm.

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
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8/11/15 3:02 P

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Sorry if I sounded like I was making fun of her name. It is wonderful that she is so loved and cared for. Fifi is just such a classic poodle name I guess...though I have never actually met a dog named that.

Beautiful day here, but on the warm side. I hear it is too cool down some..but will wait to see. I still have one large chunk of mowing to finish the yard. Fitbit is not counting flights of stairs correctly...only showing one when I know I have made AT LEAST 3 so far. Aggravating, but I will still get the stepping count...and will do extra flights till they add up on fitbit I guess.

Daughter and family finally got moved (again) to new-to-them house in Denver. What a weekend they put in. Wish I could have gone to help.

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8/11/15 2:21 P

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Fifi is a very very old toy poodle, maybe all of 4 pounds, no teeth, and spindly as all get out. She is happy here. I give her dog food mixed with quinoa or rice cooked in chicken broth, and she eats it right up. DIL puts water over her dry dog food, and leaves it out all day for her to nibble on. I cannot leave any food stuffs where Kiwi can reach it, or he'll devour it in. So this works very well.

I am still recovering from my 3AM wake up for the airport run. Fell asleep yesterday afternoon, and then could not settle down last night. I cannot sleep during the day and still sleep at night. Hope today is better.

We're celebrating August family birthdays today at son's home. Looking forward to swimming and fun. It's 101F here, so the pool will be delightful.

Happy Tuesday all.

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
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8/10/15 1:42 P

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Fifi??? Really? How funny.

Heard we were to have stormy morning, but the sprinkles came and went and sun it out. Accompanied a friend to a Dr. app't this morning so am way behind on walking. Will mow some this evening, but probably must get out and WALK at least part of what I have yet to do. Now that the machine is back, I want to get sewing and a ton of other stuff is taking precedence. I'll get there eventually.


Hope everyone is having a good day and making good choices.

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8/10/15 11:48 A

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Thanks

Son and wife arrived safely this morning in Orlando.
Little Fifi is doing fine.

All good

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

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I got almost half my walking done this morning...will be mowing a little later and hope to finish out the steps I need. Not much in the mood to mow! At least it is not sweltering. I do find it satisfying to mow since you can see what you've accomplished.

Good idea to take a dry run to the airport...sure wouldn't want to get lost in the wee morning hours! Little by little our plans for Sept. visit to DH's parents are getting sorted out. Last time I went up there, I walked daily with my eldest niece...and we did a LOT of walking. This time I will be keeping track with the Fitbit.

Hope you enjoy the pup sitting. Hope all goes well with the diving competition.

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8/9/15 1:45 P

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Morning
Beautiful Sunday morning. Loved church service that focused on Mary, Lazarus' sister who poured nard on Jesus feet and wiped them with her tears. Wonderful story of devotion, gratitude, and worship.

Walked in the mall after a home cooked brunch. Probably have a relaxing Sunday knitting or reading.

Yesterday we made a dry run to Houston's Hobby International Airport. Our son and wife fly out of there at 6:00AM tomorrow heading to Orlando. (Grandson Aaron is diving in Orlando this week) So alarm set for 3:00AM here since they live an hour from airport. Her best tickets were on SouthWest Airlines which flies out of Hobby. Airport is under going $52 million renovation so Joe needed to check out departure and arrival spaces. We'll return to pick them up August 17th. I'll have her little 4 pound toy poodle while they're gone. Wishing Aaron great success. Know he's delighted his folks can watch a USA diving meet. All of them are staying after the meet to enjoy Universal and Disney adventures.

Wishing all of you Sunday blessings.

Jean from Texas
Co-Team Leader 50's 60's 70's and Older Team

I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
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8/7/15 6:03 P

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Yes, if you knit the parts separately, you have to hand sew them together when done. As it turned out, the sweater was knit from a Summer 2014 Interweave magazine, and they didn't have that back issue. Instead I bought yarn for the "No Purl Sweater" that I have knit before, and already own the pattern. So I have new pink yarn to make another sweater when I'm ready for a new project. A bit disappointing when I was ready to stretch with something new. It's OK. I fell in love with several more skeins of yarn, but limited myself to just the pink yarn for the new sweater. Yarn is so gorgeous, just yummy.

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
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8/7/15 1:14 P

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It was not easy to look at the fabric in the shops...most of that shops stuff is really not to my taste, and I need fabric right now like a hole in the head...but how much fun it is to look..at fabric and thread and patterns etc! I hope you have fun with the yarn shop!!! Must the front/back sweater be joined by hand sewing?

My friend that went shopping with me yesterday began the beginner's quilt class with me two autumns ago...she dropped out when it got too costly at the time. Then she was in a horrific car accident and she is still struggling with ramifications from those injuries...including vision issues which are making all her favorite sewing, knitting and other needlework projects very difficult. Some years ago I saw a sweater she was making for a granddaughter...and it was SO beautiful. Her situation reminds me to be grateful for what I CAN do with good health and enough of everything. I learned from her how things can change in an instant...literally.

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Oh-h-h-h I have yardage laid out with a pattern in the sewing room to entice me to get up there. Not working so far.

Hit my goal of 10,000 steps already this morning. I walked the mall and quit at 9:55 before the crowds arrived. Watered the back yard plants. Blew off and picked up the debris from the front deck, driveway and street. Chicken and rice 13" x 9" casserole is in the oven. I'll warm up a small portion for dinner. Feels good, very good.

Joe went for his mid-day siesta, so I told him I am heading for the local yarn shop. Yeah, me!! Color me happy. I am taking a pattern with me of a pullover short sleeved sweater, but I saw a very interesting sweater in the shop and may opt to do that one instead. The downside of their pattern is that the front and back are knit separate and then sewed up because it has a triangle of specialty stitches on the left side hemline front and back. Sewing up knit work is not my first choice. I love sweaters that knit round and round and round with no side seams.

Stay comfy today, and keep your smile and sense of humor.

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

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8/7/15 10:32 A

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Well, that thorough soaking may run up your water bill, but the plants will surely thrive on it. You probably won't have to water for up to a week now.

We had some wild storms come through with wind and rolling thunder etc, but did get a good soaking over two days. I can already see the grass responding! That will be my exercise in upcoming days I am sure.

Yesterday I redeemed my prize from the FabShopHop..fun to be selected randomly to win at my favorite local shop! Also picked up my sewing machine after its repair/cleaning etc. SO now I really MUST get with it and SEW! I have quilting projects to tackle and clothing repair to stop avoiding.

Hope everyone is thriving and making great choices.



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8/7/15 8:35 A

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Morning Asta

So nice to hear from you on Fitbit, too. I cherish our friendship.

Today and all week will be Texas August weather. We'll spend a lot of time indoors, but the plants will need water to thrive, so I'll be out part-time. I set my front yard sprinkler in the dark when I finished Kiwi's final walk last night confident it would turn off in 30 minutes. Yikes! I heard the water running at 5:30AM, and went out to the faucet and manually turned it off. Oh, dear! The plants, deck and driveway are thoroughly soaked.

Time for my shower. I am enjoying iced coffee made by pouring my hot Keurig coffee over a tumbler of ice. Turns out quite nice.

This is Texas Tax-Free weekend in time for kids back to school clothes and supplies. I have to get to the mall early to avoid the crowds.

Hugs for you!

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8/4/15 5:24 P

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I suspected. lol...it was cute!
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8/4/15 3:13 P

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Nope. Just a funny joke my daughter sent me

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8/4/15 2:02 P

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emoticon Did you REALLY? emoticon

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emoticon

Lost Keys

They weren't in my pockets. Suddenly I realized I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot. My husband has scolded me many times for leaving my keys in the car's ignition. He's afraid that the car could be stolen. As I looked around the parking lot, I realized he was right. The parking lot was empty.
I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen.

Then I made the most difficult call of all to my husband: "I left my keys in the car and it's been stolen."

There was a moment of silence. I thought the call had been disconnected, but then I heard his voice.
"Are you kidding me?" he barked, "I dropped you off!"

Now it was my turn to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, "Well, come and get me."

He retorted, "I will, as soon as I convince this cop that I didn't steal your damn car!"

Welcome to the golden years

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Jean you were right..I was exhausted when I finally got to bed. MET my goals yesterday though not over by much! Slept like a log last night and..rare for me..had a sluggish start this morning. The weather is still hot but we have a nice northerly breeze and low humidity..a VERY welcome change. I have plenty of walking ahead of me today.

I loved reading your advice to Lisa...good reminders for all of us.
I know I get stuck at certain levels for ages..and then something simple gets changed..for example...when I bumped up my steps from 10000 a day to 5 miles a day...roughly 11500 steps..I suddenly dropped two more pounds! Look for ways to change ONE thing at a time so you can see what works...and maintain that change if it helps you.

Hope everyone has a good day..and makes good choices.

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Yes, Walking should burn up any excess energy ad help you sleep well. The exhaustion of hospital waiting rooms eats up more than we think. Glad your vigil is over for now. I called Joe's mother, Mom, too. She was precious to me, and loved me, making a beautiful difference in my life.

Lisa
Activity and portion control helped me reach my goal. The extra spurt to hit goal was when I gave up sugar and artificial sweeteners for a month. Very difficult for me, but it changed the game completely. I currently walk about 15,000 steps a day, and am eating less than 1200 calories a day. I eat lots of vegetables and fresh fruit, and drink 74 ounces of water each day. I have 24 ounce tumblers I fill three times to hit my mark of plain chilled water. I fix food my DH enjoys, and eat what he eats, only in controlled portions. I track my food daily, and wear a Fitbit to motivate me to keep on moving. Being on diets didn't work for me, I had to change my lifestyle.

I do wish you well, but know that wishing won't help you hit your mark. Make a plan of little changes, and when you accomplish one, start the next change. That's what works.

Thinking of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Finally home. What a long day. Bess came through her surgery well. I only need about 600 more steps to meet my goals. Not bad at 5:30 PM considering where I spent the day! I did all my walking carrying a fairly heavy backpack..and most of the day, also my MOM's bag with her clothing. (MOM=my other mother). Heading out again shortly for Kingdom Hall this evening. I ought to sleep well tonight considering how early I woke up this morning. emoticon

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Jean, that's emoticon that you've hit your goal! emoticon Maybe you could give me a few pointers. I've been gaining for 3 years and just can't seem to get it to stop. emoticon
Love your 4-leggeds! Glad they're getting along; we tried to adopt a year old lab but our old dog was having none of that so she had to go back. Didn't want Cappy beating her up too bad.


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emoticon Walking in AC is the best on hot summer days. Pleased you could do this. Sorry your MIL is needing cancer intervention. Great that things have gone well.

I just got a phone call from the private school where I substitute asking if I'm interested in staying on the sub list. Yeah!!! I said "Yes!" and am continuing on their list now. Awesome.

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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

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Well done, Jean!

Am sitting in waiting area following step-mother's third cancer surgery. She lost part of a lung and part of the airway...that had to be reconstructed. All went well.

We got to hospital around 6 a.m. I've been walking laps of a circuit....9577 steps before noon....the ac is very nice, the noise not so much.

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Thinking of you!

I've hit my goal weight again this morning. Yeah! me. Pam and Megan came over after work and we walked in the mall for a bit. The extra evening walk sure helps me out. This morning I already have my 10,000 steps and will work on getting more before bedtime. I knew I had to shed the vacation weight quickly or it would find a permanent home with me. Glad it's kicked to the curb.

Little Bella keeps Kiwi on his toes. She is so excited to see us every time we return, so he has to crawl out of his sleepy pattern and come for some affection, too. She's good for him even though he refuses to play with her.

Another warm Texas day has started. Wishing you a happy day filled with things you love to do.

Jean from Texas
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Our little visiting four legged is adjusting to our lives. Bella continually tries to get Kiwi to play, but he's just not interested. They do walk with me cooperatively, and that is good.



I discovered yesterday while watering my flowers that Bella LOVES my watering hose. Such a little clown. She was jumping up and excitedly barking into the water spray. I finally laid the hose down and she attacked the water with her face right in the stream. She certainly got soaked, and cooled down. She just couldn't get enough of water play. So funny. Kiwi does not like water or his baths, so Bella was a complete surprise with her water play.


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I'm working now with the yarn I bought in Royal Oak Michigan. When this one is finished, I plan to put the needles aside to sew an open vest with the "hand-painted" striped rayon I bought a few weeks ago on a road trip with DH, son and DIL.



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LIKE!


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Well, here is my much loved daughter-in-law Delores' Bermuda shawl. I knit for hours on end to get this one completed on time. They fly to Michigan this afternoon, and it was important for me to send this with her. She's seen photos of the completed shawl, and loves it. Of course, she picked out the yarn, so had an idea what it would look like when finished. This is the second shawl for her Birthday bc the first one was knit in a heavier weight yarn that came out super sized, more like a blanket. She loves them both, so it's all good.



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Was up early today and out walking. It is not as cool as yesterday. Was so surprised to see my paper delivery folks driving up my driveway at 5:30! Their routing has changed and my walking has been a bit later, so we hadn't crossed paths in a while...and he just wanted to say "Hello" We had a nice visit and then off they went to finish the route. I have 3765 steps in so far...came in to alert my son that we have a cow limping badly this morning. Heading back out to walk...it is going to be HOT here today...so the more walking I do early, the better. Back later. emoticon

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Sending warm good wishes to you.

Take care of yourself.

Hope this heat doesn't do us all in.

Watering flowers seems necessary for a while.

Sending hugs.

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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
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We spent two days of the last three at our annual Regional Convention. We commute each year if we can because of the farm. We alternate travel days over two weekend conventions so as to break up all the sitting and driving. It is exactly 2 hrs from our house to convention site. On Friday we went out to dinner with friends and got home at 9 pm...I had gotten in plenty of stairs, but surprisingly little walking..so I braved the fireworks and heat lightening and walked from 9 pm to 10:30 in the dark (used a flashlight as need to get over electric fence/cattle guard etc.). I was SO tired that night. Sunday, the convention let out earlier (to allow people travel time to go home). Not sure what time we got home after dinner this time, but it was still light, so I tended the chickens and then mowed for 40 min till it was too dark to see what I was doing. Then did two and half laps of the driveway to finish out my five miles. Grass is getting long faster than I can keep up..we had 5 inches of rain over the last few days...add heat and things GROW! So, today I will mow as soon as things are dry enough.

Jean, I am glad you have fans and can deal with the heat w/o AC working properly. It is harder in modern homes. You are right, though, that it needs to be maintained. We had house pretty much closed up while we were gone. In the winter it is not a problem, but in the summer when it is hot and so humid, the house stinks of "old house" (it IS over 200 yrs old) and we are eager to get the doors opened and the air moving.

Hope everyone is well and making good choices.


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Still hot and hotter here

Our AC went out Saturday afternoon. Joe wouldn't call the guy on the holiday. He left him a message Sunday to call us Monday. Hopefully we'll hear back today. By evening it's hotter in here than outside. This morning early I opened the windows upstairs to cool that down. I'll close them soon. It was 90 up there, so needed to cool it down some when rain was not in the horizon.

We are well the ceiling fan over the bed gave us a delicious night's sleep. We set our home at 82, so it hasn't been that hard on us.

I know you cool your home down naturally, so you understand how we can tolerate the difference also. AC needs to be fixed so mold and mildew do not become a problem especially while we're gone. We'll leave it set at 85, but at least it will come on occasionally to keep the dampness under control.

I finished the large shawl for my DIL. It's way too big. Blocked it once stretched out, but then did it again scrunched up to hopefully reduce the size. Sadly it's an afghan and not a shawl as planned, I fear. If she wants, I can rip it back to a more desirable shawl size. We'll see. I think she should accept the afghan and let me knit her the same pattern in a true sock yarn. There really isn't much I can do to salvage her birthday gift shawl. She loves the color, but it's certainly not a Texas shawl.


I learn with each new endeavor.

Sending hugs to you and yours

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

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Congrats on "aging well"! Can't ask for more than that...and at a good weight for such a little bit as you are, too! emoticon That's wonderful.

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Meant to share: My doctor told me this morning that I am "aging well." Wow!! Very happy with that evaluation from him. I expected him to crab at me for losing weight this year. Instead he asked if I've been sick, or did this on purpose. I reminded him his nurse called after my last check-up to let me know I had high blood sugar. And that changing my diet to eliminate as much sugar as possible resulted in this dramatic weight loss. He was happy with that. BUT he said I am not to lose any more. I can live with that.

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Ouch
Bad dilemma. I have a little 1945 Singer Featherweight for emergencies like that. It's old, but tuned up and works just fine. DIL bought a little 11 pound Jenome (I think) for emergencies, and to take to sewing gatherings. She hauls her Quilting Bernina for special classes. I gave my older Bernina to DIL before she bought her Bernina. Don't know where that is now. She had the old one at their lake house for a while, but since they are living there for weeks at a time, her good machine is at the lake house.

DIL started knitting and crocheting now. She took her first knitting class yesterday and loved it (one on one) and started a small throw with six different colored yarns. That should be pretty. I taught her to knit a dishcloth after she crocheted a dozen or more.

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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
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Dripping here now. Got 6000 plus steps in this morning, then went to grocery hoping I could mow when I got home, but grass is just wet enough that it would not be good for grass or mower.

I keep thinking I am going to get my sewing machine back in for tune up, thus don't want to unpack it etc, but I DO want to be sewing. This is not a good arrangement. lol I need new elastic in a ton of things...from slips to skirts...just can't give up some of my favorite clothing when I think I can help them fit..at least for a while longer. Have my slip held with safety pins to keep it on...must redo the elastic!!! Soon!


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I am busily knitting on my THIRD Bermuda shawl. This one is the right weight for sure. It's wool, silk, mohair and some polyester. Not sure if I'll keep it but wanted to try the silk blended yarn for the shawl. Going smoothly.

We are getting unusual rains also. Things growing like mad.

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I love that you get all these wonderful projects done, Jean. Right now all my stuff is on hold...wanted to take sewing machine in for tune up..but shop was closed (I didn't know!) the Monday I took my car in for it's check up. Then DH brought the machine all the way back upstairs. I need to make another jaunt out to the area where my Bernina dealer is...usually I wait till I have a reason to drive that far in addition to dropping off the machine.

Our weather was SO hot and humid last week...now it is milder and I am so glad. Grass is growing at a rate..I had planned to mow today but it rained just before we got home, so now everything is wet...thus, no mowing for now. Hope it doesn't get away from me..poor lawn mower when the grass gets too tall!

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Today my Joe and I are getting our wills notarized. The final step. Our lawyer spent time with us getting things sorted out the way we want. Now they'll be ready to put in the safety deposit box. We plan to give each of our four children a copy of the will since they'll get everything anyway. For us it's just peace of mind to have that little chore done.

The yard looks fresh and inviting. Now it's just keeping it tended. Things got away from me for a few years, but I think I'm mostly caught up.

I finished my DIL's shawl through the 3rd skein. A fourth skein is on its way. What a conundrum. The yarn was mislabeled "sport" when it is actually "aran," a much heavier thicker yarn. So instead of taking 2 skeins to complete, it's four. I feel dumb about not realizing the yarn was just too darn thick, but the pattern said "sock or sport" so I thought it must be OK. The shawl is lovely, but certainly will be much heavier and bigger than needed in Texas summers. The DIL loves it anyway and will use it when she travels to northern Michigan, and on cruises where the temperatures dip drastically.

Have a marvelous week. Keep smiling and giving the world your very best.

Special hugs for you

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Our weather stayed breezy all day...I had thought I would mow this afternoon, but got enough steps in that I decided to just walk the last two laps on the driveway and skip the mowing. I'll be sorry if we get enough rain to prevent mowing in the next few days. emoticon I didn't sleep all that well last night either..and no naps today, so hopefully tonight will be better. I am looking forward to heading in that direction! emoticon

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Best to walk early for me, too. I head for the mall after breakfast, and try for 3 miles minimum. That works well for me to get my steps going. Tonight I have 7.15 miles, and that is probably all I'll get. Kiwi has had his evening walk already.

I'm tired, but didn't sleep well, so that is to be expected.

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New week. Today started out with my reg. routine but it started to rain lightly as I walked first round of the driveway...so I came in and checked the weatherbug radar...looked like more coming so I waited...all we got was a tiny bit of light drizzle. So, now breakfast is done, I did another "lap" and picked up the paper...and in a few min. I will get back on track. I try to get at least half my walking in during the early morning..and right now, the weather is cool and breezy...good time to walk!

Hope everyone is feeling well and will enjoy these last two days of June. Make good choices! emoticon

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Morning
More hard rain this weekend, but all is well here.

The plants love it.

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We are zone 6. Can sometimes get some of the in-ground things through the winter, but not always. Our large pots are on wheels now so I can move them (most of the time). Our winters have mostly been milder but we get streaks of really cold for a week or so...or a very, very late hard frost that totally upsets everything.

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