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2/6/16 8:43 A

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Jean...everything OK? Just checking on you.

My eldest daughter LOVES most things French, and of course, that includes the Eiffel tower. Keepsake Quilting offered a kit built around a panel showing the Eiffel tower..done in colors that my daughter loves. I debated about the kit or just doing it on my own,purchasing the fabrics separately, but decided to go ahead with the kit. It came earlier this week...and when I opened the pkg, I loved the fabrics, but couldn't find the directions. Emailed the company. Then last night, I went to copy the cover pic of the completed project and discovered the directions start on the back and carry on to another page (wouldn't go through the copier that way is how I found it..they were snuggly fitting together!). Shot off an email to tell Keepsake I had found the directions..so now...I have to get going. I have put off a lot of quilting stuff to try to force myself to tackle some non-quilt related sewing. Soon I must finish all that up. The Paris Rendezvous kit will have to wait a little bit...but daughter is about to launch her own business...and that would be a great time to present her with this gift.

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1/30/16 5:31 P

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That IS cute. Have fun. I realized last night that I had ordered a kit by mail from Keepsake Quilting...their website was impossible! But I don't remember when I mailed the order...sure am hoping it got to them. The charge info was on the order form..I hope it didn't go elsewhere for there has been no charge yet. I suppose they get lots of orders by mail, so maybe that is why it seems tardy to have not heard a thing yet...but also there was that snow storm which may have interfered with the mail delivery.


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1/30/16 5:21 P

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Visited the "Quilter's Crossing" shop in Tomball, TX, for "Meet the Teachers" and signed up for the fabric box class. When I got home I found this tutorial to make the same boxes. I'll still take the class. Feel a little duped, but should have tried goggling it while I was in the shop. The class will push me to make the first one quickly, then see if I want to make extras. Really cute idea.







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1/29/16 2:29 P

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We ARE! It is gorgeous out although not exactly warm @ almost 50. I will take it!
DH surprised me this morning by saying he wanted to go to neighboring town to visit an antique (read JUNK) store we had been to before. It is a huge old place on the square. So, we went and walked in only to discover that the antique store had closed when the owner died some yrs ago. So we visited several other antique stores on the square..there more like antique malls. I was happy when we had gone through all that was open. At the last stop, he bought an old iron kettle...it will replace the modern one that is disintegrating on our wood stove....and he did well with finding one at a good price....more than half the price of the new one! lol Then we headed homeward, stopping for lunch at Outback. Now I will get out there and do the roughly 9000 steps I have yet to go.

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1/29/16 12:14 P

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Gorgeous sunshine here today. Hope you get some of this, too.

Jean from Texas
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1/28/16 2:39 P

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The Conroe overnight temp was about the same as ours. It is warming slowly but the big warm up will be tomorrow and the next few days. I am about to head out to walk...even with all the errands I did this morning, I still have a LOT of walking to do.

Hubby was about to go up to the rental trailer to do some work..but his van won't start. He gets so frustrated over things like that...hope he can figure out what to do. I sure can't help in that dept.

Despite the chilly air, it is a beautiful afternoon. I also like that it is getting light earlier each morning and staying light a wee bit longer each afternoon. I like winter clothes..sweaters and jackets etc but I much prefer wearing sandals and I don't like getting cold. Spring will be quite welcome when it gets here.

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1/28/16 1:07 P

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I was so pleased at the new price quote from the Apple Store. While it wasn't cheap, it was far more affordable than an upgrade. Today I had a new screen protector installed in the Apple Store. So now even if I continue to drop the thing, it should survive.

Kiwi does his business quickly in this chilly weather. I layer, and top it all off with a down filled jacket. Joe snickers at me, but I get chilled waiting for Kiwi to smell around and find his perfect spots. Just North of us a half hour, Conroe, TX, dropped to 29F overnight. Not us, but it is chilly now for our winter weather. Only lasts 6 weeks or so, I can do this.

Proud of you for walking so much.

Thanks you for the personal hand written letter. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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1/27/16 3:40 P

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Glad the phone was fixable and for such a much better price than the AT&T guy told you!!

I was not expecting the weather to take so long to warm up this morning..and was relieved it had gotten up to low 40s when I launched to do a LONG walk to get my steps in. 3500 to 11500 done...so the last bit will be easy. The sunshine makes it so nice to be outside even when it is chilly. I do bundle up...layers are adjustable. I will welcome being able to get out and walk EARLY in the mornings as I do during the summer.

Have fun with your classes, Jean! Proud of you being considered such a reliable and well loved teacher.

Hope everyone is having a good day. Make good choices!


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1/27/16 2:46 P

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Changed my profile photo for another thread I'm on. That's me at three years old. Happy little soul, for sure.

I stopped in the Apple store to seek professional advice about the phone. It was fixable!! AT&T clerk was just pushing his sale, not the truth. I left the phone with the technician in Apple Store, and picked it up at the end of my walk. The screen was replaced (90 day guarantee) for $137 - - a far cry from the $683 for an upgrade from AT&T. When I got home I looked for the package of screen savers we have. Alas! they are for the 3G, not my 5C. BUT I found my 5C phone protective cover I had removed when I switched wallet type purses where I carry my personal stuff including the phone. The protective cover fits in my newer Vera Bradley wallet type thingy. So now I have my protective cover back on the phone. That would've saved my phone when I dropped it. I will purchase a packet of screen savers tomorrow when I return to the mall.

Joe's reaction? He just grinned at my silliness of dropping the dang thing again. Glad he was amused instead of put out.

This morning I received a call to take 9th and 12th grade English classes for February 1st. Yeah!! This happened last year too. Hardly any calls in the first semester, then a good number of assignments in the second half of the year. Happy to be needed. Since I've taught 7th through 12th grade in my career, it's super fun to be where I can really use my knowledge.

Monday I reviewed my 9th graders on Compound and Complex sentences when I handed out their homework assignment. I loved that.

Chilly weather again today. Kiwi trotted along happily in 42F degrees, but he was ready to come back in at the end of his walk.


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1/25/16 9:17 P

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Check out Batteries Plus. I hear they repair cracked glass on tablets and phones...havn't had to try it but have been to them for other stuff.


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I have cracked my iPhone 5C. Haven't even told Joe yet. I drop the thing several times a week, but now I've cracked the screen. It's not a cheap fix. I stopped at the AT&T vendor Sunday and I have "earned" an upgrade on my phone. Yikes! When I went through their rotten math, it is $683. $53 gives me the phone, BUT it adds $21 a month for 30 months to my cell phone plan. Do the math. Are they kidding me? Holy cow. I have to check it out a couple of different ways. That just can't be right. Claim that an iPhone can't have just the screen replaced bc it wraps behind the screen too. Not sure I understand. I'm not talking to Joe until I have a better handle on it.

Today was marvelous. Always is great to teach. I did love it.

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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1/25/16 8:08 A

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Not complaining about not going out and about. Roasted a chicken yesterday along with butternut squash. Have been out walking, getting indoor chores done. Probably will get to chiro this afternoon...but not in a hurry to get on the roads just yet. Temps will be getting up to 50 this afternoon and much warmer by the weekend! I've been loving watching all the activity..much more than usual...at the bird feeders and where we have put out more seed than usual.

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I need to do that, too. I have clothing that someone else might wear.

Sorry the winter is keeping you housebound. Stay safe.

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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1/24/16 12:30 P

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We have sparkling sunshine today too..but temps are still low. Some melting going on even though it is only 28 right now. HUGE chunks of ice/snow crashed off the south facing metal roof a little while ago...now it sounds like rain on the porch roof. We walked up to son's house to feed the cats and give them warm water...then went on to the road and walked up the hill. It is all packed snow and patches of solid ice...and mostly in the shade so it will have a hard time thawing at all. SO glad not to have to go anywhere..our worship/mtg was cancelled. People have been told to stay off the roads as much as possible. I haven't done my Bible study yet for today, but did get some deep cleaning done in the kitchen...sunshine is a great motivator. Yesterday I mended three dresses..one of my own that needed a new bar for the hook at the waist, two evening gowns (OLD!) that I am passing on to a friend who hopes one will be suitable for her daughter's upcoming wedding. They have hung in a closet here for years...I always thought I might take them apart and make skirts or something from the fabric...but obviously, I was in no hurry. lol Would be lovely if she can wear them, but if not, her next daughter is a budding seamstress, so they will be able to use them. Little by little I am getting some of this fix-me pile done...want to get on with my quilting fun.

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1/24/16 11:54 A

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Gorgeous sunny, bright Sunday weather here. 58 degrees climbing to the high 60's.

Church was encouraging. Reminding us that God is in control through all the unrest in our society and in the world. The plummeting gasoline prices do impact Houston's economy. We are more diversified than in precious busts, and that will help. Of course since Joe and I are retired, the financial impact in our lives is more the out reaching spread unease. Today was the annual funding pledge for our church, so it was important to remind all of us how God watched over His followers throughout history. Lots of Biblical history - all of which I've known since childhood. Still good to be reminded.

One of his interesting sermon points was to develop and nurture friendships that can share confidences, and prayer. Thank you for being one of those dear friends.

Have a great Sunday. God bless you in every way.

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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1/22/16 7:55 P

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Huge grins!! So happy to see you all decked out for the winter chill. So much snow all around, and still you're getting out there to walk. Yeah!

Today besides walking, I spent over two hours deep cleaning here. Some steps got added, but mostly just hard grunt work. I know I burned extra calories today - moving furniture, crawling up the 6' ladder to reach the top shelves for dusting. Some areas needed more than dry dusting, so I was washing, and Windexing as needed, too. No easy job in this house. Furniture is moved back and decorations, photos, knick knacks put back in place. Fresh and clean. Yeah!!

I've received lesson plans and my schedule for the 9th and 11th grade English substitute teaching assignment for Monday, and am super pleased. I taught those subjects for decades, and love returning to the English classrooms. Color me happy!

Hugs for you

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"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
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1/22/16 2:38 P

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Glad you are feeling better and that you have work you love lined up for Monday, Jean.
We are having snow today. I am loving looking at it but have only ventured out to put out feed for the critters and for the one trip down the driveway (missed the mail for outgoing letters!) to get mail and paper. Our mailbox and looking up the street...I walk to the top of that little hill and turn right into the church parking lot for much of my walking...safer to be off the road and more comfortable on a paved surface. Looking back up the driveway from the end...we had about a half inch of snow at the time. Probably more like two and still coming now. Guess who? Had the baseball cap on first, but had to switch to cover my ears in the wind.

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Yeah! I just accepted an English subbing assignment for Monday. Way to go!

My mall walk is done, grocery shopping accomplished, and picked up three Debbie Macomber books from the library. I like her writing and Fern Michaels too.

I'm finding that I can enjoy several books a second time through after a space of several years bc I don't remember all the details. I own a large number of Fern Michaels "revenge" series. Good mysteries. I gave away most of my Debbie Macomber books a few years back. So now I am borrowing them to read again. I do have several books on my iPad, but not all by my special authors. I've archived an assortment of over 500 books on my Kindle app, so I surely will not run out of good books to read. They're a variety of genres by a multitude of authors, not just my favorite ones. The Fern Michaels and Debbie Macomber books rarely go on sale, so I borrow the ones I no longer own.

I'm feeling better today. Not sure why, but pleased that the "blues" have dissipated. We have sunshine and Texas winter weather back, hovering in the 40's. No good freeze yet.

Yesterday I worked several rows on my Bermuda shawl. It's coming along nicely now. Then I read for a while. I really need to dust today. Knitting and reading should come after the dusting. Grins.

Maybe I'll get a new hat on the needles bc they are so portable, and easy to pick up and put down again.

We'll see.


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"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
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1/21/16 3:36 P

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Today seems to be a "down" day for a lot of folks. Just above freezing here...grey and gloomy looking outside. I still have about half of my walking to do.Rain moving in later and then snow tomorrow. I have several friends and a husband who don't feel good today.

Hope you find something to satisfy your need to DO. I need to put my shoes on and get going. Went and did a few errands this morning...the lady I am studying the Bible with did not have her study today...son is in a nursing home and their reg. visit on Tues. found him still in bed at noon and sitting in a mess of his own feces. They were, understandably, furious. Tomorrow is their next usual visiting day, but they decided to go a day early and see what they find. Wish she had called me to cancel, but oh well. No harm done to me. Took my used laptop, now repaired and with a new battery to my homebound friend. Now we can't seem to get it to work on her wifi. Ack..always something!!

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It's raining here today. Temperatures will drop steadily all day now.

I'm a bit down today, but haven't figured out why. My energy is low, but I did start towards my 10,000 steps. Needed more, but didn't feel like going more than the one hour. My walking buddies no longer come to the mall. How sad! They didn't want to exchange contact information, so I only walk with them when they show up. I sure do miss them. Haven't seen either of them since before Christmas.

Today I need to accomplish something. Not sure what I'll tackle. I have fabric for sewing, yarn for knitting, and books to read. Some cleaning would not be out of order either. Grins.

Warm hugs for you. emoticon

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1/20/16 2:42 P

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I think streaks and challenges are the main thing that SparkPeople has taught me that serve as self motivation. I may have saved my life from heart issues when I accepted a challenge to just walk ONE mile a day. That was years ago! I didn't even realize how sedentary I had become. Now I walk five+ miles a day...using the Fitbit to track which is easier than using the minutes and trying to calculate my speed! My weight has changed so slowly that I barely notice, but my health has certainly improved. I look at what others have accomplished and am amazed. Thanks so much for the kind words, Jean. I think you have been at goal since I met you here on SP! It is so encouraging to know that people GET to goal, Get healthy, and are inspired by the steps others take.

Glad you are having fun with Delores. So wish I had a "playmate" like her..or you! Am about to start teaching a young adult friend to use a sewing machine and learn to sew (if we can EVER schedule time together.) I figured an easy way to practice sewing straight seams would be to begin piecing simple squares for a quilt top..so perhaps I will be teaching her to quilt, too. We will have to take pics to document THAT journey!


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All is well here. I had fun walking around Old Towne Spring and shopping in the two remarkable quilt stores there. My DIL, Delores, invited me to meet her there. We have grand times together. We both bought more stuff to sew for our baby coming in April - her grandson, my great grandson.

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Asta
You inspire me. I wish you every success in keeping your streak going.

I did well today, but sometimes fall behind.

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1/19/16 8:30 P

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I really thought I was going to have to break my streak...haven't missed a day of my 12000 step/10 flights of stairs since I upped my steps on Sept. 1st. Really thought the cold would stop me, but not yet. I kept remembering when I posted photos of my steps in the ice/snow last winter. So far so good. Snow/ice mix expected tomorrow.

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I had to finish my walking in the almost dark tonight. Temps were in mid 30s but no wind. I wore a safety vest to be seen while I was on the road. Glad to be done for today. Dreading tomorrow mornings temps...and Tues will be even lower. Challenges ahead.

Glad you had a nice time, Jean.

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It stayed above 40 today. After church I walked in the mall (before it opened) for a while. Our son and DIL called and invited us to take a nature walk and enjoy a picnic lunch in Huntsville State Park which is about an hour drive from here. We accepted and had a lovely time. We dressed warm, and kept our pace slow enough for Joe. There were a few park benches along the way, and he rested a bit at each one. He ended up super stiff, but seemed to enjoy himself. They took their little dog Bella with them, but we left Kiwi at home.

A really great Sunday experience.

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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1/16/16 9:12 P

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It is amazing how one temp can feel so different with sun, wind, dampness etc. Only got to 40 today, but I had not trouble getting out to walk. The next few days are going to get challenging...it may get down to single digit temps on Tues. morning.

Hope everyone is doing well and making good choices!

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Ouch!
To kill your own computer would not be nice at all.

Chilly and damp here. Only 51, but it crawls right inside your clothes.

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I keep a record of all my passwords. Still, one goof in set up and your are doomed! Friend set up password on her computer, forgot the password and never got in again so far as I know! Had to borrow a computer to pay her bills etc.


Glad you had a nice day. Rain stopped this afternoon and I got my steps done. Still have a couple of flights of stairs to do. Got so sleepy on this grey afternoon.I am going to have to improvise on dinner since I napped instead of prepping!

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Computers and techie things with pass words can be so rotten. Glad you figured out the error. How treacherous to input a password wrong when trying to set it up. I have a computer generated PAGE of passwords, and the tiniest character can throw them off. Some folks use the same password for everything. I am terrified that some hacker could figure out one password and then destroy everything for me. No confidence with technology.

School went well. We watched "The Sound of Music" and loved it.

Beautiful warm weather still. We do know that we must have 20 degree temperatures at some point this winter to kill off the bugs. Bugs indoors are not fun.

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Hope things go well and you will enjoy the day.

Yesterday, I was delivering a laptop to a disabled friend and as we set up her password to the computer (to keep the grandchildren off of it!), we set up the password with an error in the process..and then couldn't get in ourselves! i FINALLY figured it out last night. Had to bring the computer home with me. I must have tried that password a zillion times. Then, at home, something went wrong with MY laptop...and all I got was a machine turned on but a black screen. When I was heading to bed, I got the idea to unplug it and let the battery run down. That worked, too. What a relief.

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I received an emergency request last night to substitute for a different teacher for today. I've haven't had a request since Thanksgiving and then two for today.

Music will be fun. Looking forward to being with the kids.

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Our weather stays very comfortable. Bella is with us today. She stayed overnight bc our Delores needed to be with her daughter out of town for a glucose test that takes most of the day. Bella is happy here, so it is a grand doggie solution.

I'm teaching music tomorrow. It will be awesome and I'm pleased to be filling in.

Yesterday I worked hard to get some great cleaning done here, and feel good about it.

Breakfast and doggie walk is over, so I'm heading to the mall to start my day.

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You are doing well, Jean. I am only at about 2700 after two trips down the driveway (and not walking to the stop sign). 17 degrees the first trip, 29 with a breeze the second trip. ..and I think the 2nd trip felt colder. It is supposed to eventually warm up to 40...hope that I can get most of my walking done before that, but at least then if nothing else.
This morning seems to be flying by. Nearly noon already!


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Too cold. I bundled up and walked Kiwi at 34 degrees, and was fine. Then I removed the excess outer wear, drove to the mall and walked for an hour. I am at 8,000 steps bc we grocery shopped after my walk.

Today I have a vet appointment for Kiwi, and will get him bathed and ready for that. I declined taking him for a fasting appointment so he could have blood work done. He's not sick, and I just don't like the idea of padding the expenses at the vet's clinic.

More house cleaning is on my to do list, too. All is well.

Not easy for you to get your walks in with those low temperatures.

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I thought so until I read all my daughter did this morning! Wow. Anyway, I was really glad for the early start...it was 26 degrees as we came home this afternoon. Hubby said morning temp is expected to be 16. Not exactly walking weather for me! I won't be starting early in THAT! emoticon I have walked in very cold weather...but not quite as much as I am walking now..so I will have to figure out how to make it work.

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You're a high energy lady today.

Way to go!

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I got off to a great start this morning. I heard our temps were going to sink to a high of 31 degrees today..so I started walking as soon as I got up, dressed and feed put out. ^:20 to 7:40 got me through over 9000 steps. It was spitting tiny snow bits..looks like ground white pepper. I got bread started, wash moved to dryer, dishwasher loaded and running and the stuff soaking in the sink finally washed. Made biscuits to go with DH's eggs and sausage and mushroom/onion. Kitchen under control, Sparkpeople checked in and am nearly done with study lesson for mtg this afternoon (four congregation share our building so mtg time changes Jan. 1 of each year. We just moved to the 2:30 pm slot.

Hope everyone is safe and warm...exercising and making good choices! emoticon

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LIKE! emoticon

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Deal!

Joe loves barbecue, so he'll be a happy camper.

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Congrats on the long walk today! I have my 12000 in and need just two more flights of stairs. I am content with that. Your dinner out place sounds yummy. If you and Joe come through here again, we'd like to take you to the new barbecue place very close to home. The guy was raised around here, but apparently has lived in Texas and his heart is still there.

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We were planning on spaghetti for dinner tonight, but our DIL called and asked us to join them at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant which features a salad bar, soup bar, potato bar, pasta bar, fruit bar and soft ice cream. So we'll go out for dinner instead. Friday night they always serve a yummy clam chowder in the soup bar, and that's our son's favorite.

Yes, my sleep has been really good for a long time. Just a glitch that worked its way out already.

I have over 17,000 steps today; an hour walk in the mall this morning, and took Kiwi on the nature trail this afternoon. I can eat a bit now, you see. Grins.

My grand daughter loves some of my fail safe dinners, too.

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So far, so good, except that it is raining..lightly but still wet for walking. Two grandsons here for a few hours...Kid friendly spaghetti for lunch...I love hearing one say to the other: "Dawson, you'll like this!"

Sorry you had a not-enough-sleep night, too, Jean. Hope things are back to normal for you by now.

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I didn't get enough sleep Wednesday, so didn't walk the mall. Some nights just don't bring restful sleep.

Hope you pull through this.

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Awake at 4 am today...gave up and got up by 4:30. that is about 6.5 hrs of "sleep" which is not enough...esp as some of that sleep time was not sleep. It is going to be a long day I guess.

Hope everyone is doing well and making good choices.

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Son JUST posted on FB that he has checked into a hotel in Stillwater OK...his destination.

Glad you got home safely...most of the nutcakes were still waiting for midnight when you got home.

It was pretty chilly this morning, but has warmed enough this afternoon with the sun that finally came out. I have my walking done...still want to do more stairs though.

Will have two grandsons here tonight while parents go to an adults only kareoke party tonight. This will be interesting.

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We watched the Alabama/Michigan State Football bowl game at our son's home last night with Aaron and family. Wow! A shut out against Michigan State. Really not expected.

We had lovely snacks, and a good time.

We left there and drove home after the game, so it was close to 11:00PM. Traffic was light and the crazy folks were not on the road.

Glad your son will drive safely, too.

Yes, It's cold here, too.Only 50 degrees at 12:44. I did walk in the mall this morning. Very busy with the stores offering special deals. I went without a purse on purpose. I need to buy less, and save more. Not exactly a New Year's Resolution, but a determination at least.
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Thanks. I told him the same thing...but he said he is not going to drive straight through..will stop for the night along the way. He has to be wherever it is on Sat. morning, so he has plenty of time to take his time.

Cold weather moving in. We'll have a chilly start to a new year!

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Wishing him safe travels

Lots of crazy people on the road this evening.

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He called a little while ago...not driving that rig after all...driving a pick-up (fancy one owned by the company) and pulling a generator/trailer. He is en route..between Dixon and Memphis at the moment.

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Wow! That is a huge rig. Nice that he can sleep in his truck. I think he must be more comfortable protecting it from the inside on his travels. I used to be so uneasy leaving our car outside a motel room. We've traveled enough now that I am more comfortable. It would be horrendous to have a vehicle disappear especially when far away from home.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Wishing you all the best. I walked inside the mall this morning. Quite chilly here for Kiwi's morning walk. It's a more comfy 57 now. For whatever reason he was really moving on his this morning on his walk. Sometimes I have to practically drag him along.

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Glad you are home safely and had a nice time in your travel. I hear my son is off to Oklahoma today..probably driving a big rig for his company. Hope he will be OK getting over the Mississippi River just past Memphis!

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Afternoon

Hope you got a good walk in. This will be a low day for me.

Rudy was fantastic on his car ride home. I walked both dogs, fed them, and instead of putting Rudy in his kennel while I walked the mall, took him to the car, and gave him a treat. He slept for the first hour, fussed, and then returned to sleep until we stopped at the mid-way point. I walked both dogs, gave them another treat, and we continued on. Utterly amazing difference from our horrible trip bringing him home with us.

Of course this time around, Rudy was very comfortable with us. He was excited to finally go home again, and see Charlotte. He whimpered, danced, and carried on showing her how very important she is to his happiness. Of course she was all smiles and hugs and pleased to have him home again, too.

We did stay overnight and had fun at a neighborhood holiday gathering with her. Lots of food and fun for all of us.

Today Rudy was ready to come back with us, but Charlotte picked him up and held him while we left.

Charlotte's Parkinson's disease is affecting her mobility more, but her doctor is pleased with her progress on her prescribed medicine.

Great to have dear friends.
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Jean, I honestly don't know about the uncharged battery if it sits unopened. Never occurred to me to even wonder!

Have a LOT of walking to do this afternoon. Need to get going but just skipping it is so appealing. Won't do that, though. Hope you have a pleasant drive and return home safely ...whether tonight or tomorrow. Guess I had better get going. We were out all morning...and time is going to get away from me!


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Are you keeping the new unused Fitbit charged? Will it lose its capabilities if it just sits unopened? I guess they sit a long time in the store, so perhaps it doesn't matter. Glad you have a sparkly new back-up. emoticon

I see you shot past my weekly counts. Good for you. Today will probably be slow bc I think we'll just pack up and head for Canyon Lake with Rudy. I could go walk the mall early, but I think we should just get on the road. Joe is ambivalent about staying over night. If we're going to drive there and back today, we need a decent start this morning.

He's a good driver, but it'll be a long day if we return home tonight.

Happy New Year. Hugs for you.

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Glad you are happy with the new vacuum. Hope you have a safe and enjoyable drive today.

We didn't get severe weather as in tornadoes or anything, but did have lots of wind all day and wild rainstorm when the front went through. Our temps have cooled down some overnight. The wind has stopped.

I was annoyed at the Fitbit messing up the stair count when it skipped one flight of stairs. I walked nearly all my steps in during the morning trying to beat the weird weather coming. I walked the half mile up to the church and back several times. I was very surprised to find Fitbit had awarded me 22 flights of stairs! Sometimes I wonder if it saves up all the missed numbers and then adds them all at once. So ultimately, I think I climbed the stairs ten times yesterday...but can't be sure. When I first fot this Fitbit, I notified them that it wasn't counting right and they did send me a newer new one. Haven't set it up though...the steps are the more important count and I think it is OK there..so I will continue with this one for now.

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