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2/27/15 5:40 P

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Glad you're walking regularly. Great habit.

I got my steps in at school again today. I'll still walk later in the mall. Very chilly here.

We do airport runs with our kids too. We enjoy it.

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2/26/15 9:18 P

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So long as the weather permits, I am hiking the driveway...and have gotten my full five miles etc. in each day since I began the new goal. We are about to get another blast of cold...so I don't know how I will manage tomorrow and Sat. Am going to go to help DD with final packing, clearing out stuff and cleaning. Sat her husband and BIL will be packing the last Pod, then heading back to Denver with the two dogs. DD and Andrew will be coming to my house...and then flying out Monday (EARLY, early, early monday!) I hope I will get enough steps to not hae to be pacing before bedtime each day to get the 5 mile goal.

Hope everyone is staying warm enough, getting to sew or quilt or whatever you choose during the days you can't be out and about. emoticon Eager for Spring!

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2/26/15 8:09 P

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This morning before school it was 29 when I walked Kiwi. 35 when I took my students out for recess. They were delighted but surprised we gave them recess. When I saw them shivering, I told them to run and get active. Most of them had a super time outdoors. I walked the perimeter of the playground over and over. So I got my steps, and supervised at the same time.

Great day again. Tomorrow is my last day with these kids. I've made some new friends in 3rd grade. I'll see them again next week bc I'll have them in choir Monday and Tuesday. How sweet is that.

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“I’m 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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2/23/15 11:28 A

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Enjoy your quilting day. Sorry about the frigid weather, but it's nice you can take advantage of it for some fun in the sewing room.
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2/23/15 10:39 A

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Yesterday day and last night freezing rain and sleet. My work place closed due to weather till 10 a.m. Tuesday. Translation free quilting day! emoticon

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2/20/15 3:07 P

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Roads are mostly passable if not totally clear. I drove (55 min) to my daughters house to assist with some packing and to deliver things she will borrow for the week after her stuff is all loaded ..hopefully tomorrow. Snow/ice/freezing rain and finally rain predicted to start soon. I came home earlier than I would have liked...but safety first seemed the wiser course. I hope the folks who are lined up to help tomorrow will show up...80% chance of rain...at least it will be above freezing...but still, COLD in the upper 40s. This is why folks don't plan to move in February!!

I love that you are so adventuresome in trying different techniques and patterns. I desire to be, but am so slow to finish things that sometimes I can't even remember what I learned when I started.

DH is doing a fine job of keeping us warm enough. We don't keep the whole house open in cold seasons...so only heat the rooms we use. Much as I hate them, a kerosene heater is a great help when needed.

Hope everyone is making good choices and having a warm and safe weekend (or cool and safe if you are in the heat zones!) emoticon

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2/20/15 1:07 P

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New Profile shows rag quilt. It's the chenille effect on the seams and outer edges that make it a rag quilt. All new unwashed material until it was completed. Final steps included clipping the seams and outer edges, and then laundering in a commercial machine twice.

Autumn colors. Not sure where this one will go, but happy to have tried the idea and finished it.

Oh, dear. Sorry to hear about your friend. Glad you are cautious and staying safe. I bet it's hard to keep your house toasty warm with the open planning you enjoy. Keeping winter out must be an adventure.

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Jean from Texas
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2/19/15 8:57 P

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GOOD for you both with the walking regime and the meal planning/preparation for work days ahead.

The temp met but did not beat the standing record for cold for this date in February here...and set a new one...the lowest HIGH temp for this date...I think it was 20 F. It was warmer than that at my house...by about 6 degrees I think. Another cold night ahead and then another storm...snow first, then sleet, then freezing rain and then finally temps above freezing so just rain. My daughter is supposed to be loading (on Saturday)all her belongings into PODS to be shipped to a new home in Denver CO. Temps will be almost 50, but it is to rain all day. That will clear off the ice..we hope.

After the fall I took just over a month ago, I have been more careful than usual about getting out with all the ice cover that remains. Today I made two treks down the driveway (about 1000 steps each time) and it really was fine....I was, of course, cautious. A friend of mine took a terrible fall a few months ago...pulled muscle and ligaments from the bone and required serious surgery and then full leg cast and NO MOVING for weeks. She has healed well, but her daughter took a fall in the parking lot today as she was retrieving a wheelchair for her mother. Nothing broken but some severely wrenched muscles.

As you say, falls can be life changing. I try to be careful...but it doesn't take ice to cause falls. Be wary!

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2/19/15 8:44 P

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Today I walked 8.73 miles, partially with the dogs, and of course in the mall.

I got my hair washed, cut and styled today I haven't splurged like that in decades. Usually just get a cut, but wanted to see if she could do anything with my fine hair. Very pleased. She cut it differently. It's still extremely short, but she used a flat iron to lift it and tip it into place. Not sure I can do anything close to that, but I have an idea of how to try.

Baked pork chops with a slice of onion over them and then stuffing on that. They turned out tasty, so I have yet another dinner in the freezer now. Feel very good about the dinners frozen ahead for the coming teaching days.

So concerned about your icy conditions. Do be careful. Falls for us now can be life changing.

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“I’m drinking from my saucer ‘cause my cup has overflowed.” -- John P.Moore

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2/18/15 9:55 P

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Well, our 4 inches of snow by morning turned out to be a day of ice...freezing rain, sleet, and cold...everything was totally coated. It is now Wed night and we are still pretty much iced in. Most schools have closed for the entire week. Tonight we are to set records for cold in Feb.

Jean, happy to hear of your successful endeavor. DO hope to see pix. I keep saying I want to get going on my projects, but I still am just sitting on them. Perhaps tomorrow will be the day that I get going on at least ONE of them!

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2/18/15 8:36 P

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Finished sewing and clipping the rag quilt.
Took it to the laundromat and washed it twice and then dried it.
Still lots of threads to trim off, but I like it. If I get it all sorted out, I'll take a photo soon.

Hope you warm up again.

Jean from Texas
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“I’m 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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2/14/15 8:32 P

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How wonderful to grow a volunteer tomato. A true gift.

Jean from Texas
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I think it was 45 last time I checked. Wind is picking up gradually...and we are to have deep (for TN) cold by morning. THEN they are saying we will get snow...up to 4+ inches overnight and into Monday!!! We have a cold week ahead. I washed sheets today and hung them on the line...and while there, noticed large buds on my double bloom daffodils.

Today I picked a beautiful little tomato...and shared it with Hubby for our lunch. At the end of the season as I was cleaning out pots etc, I pulled up a tomato plant volunteer from a planter pot. I stuck it in a plastic jar with only a tiny bit of soil...and gave it water. It has thrived in a window just like that all of late fall and winter. I was very surprised when it bloomed..and even more astonished when a small tomato began to form....and grow...and grow...and finally ripen! It was perfect...and beautiful...and delicious and meaty albeit, only the size of a large cherry tomato. Nice surprise for our winter season!!!

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Spring is getting nearer.

Kiwi, Bella and I had a grand nature walk (3 miles) and met lots of other friendly dogs, cyclers, and walking families. Very enjoyable. I walked the mall for an hour after breakfast this morning and now have over 14,000 steps. Feels gratifying. I'm resting up here while the laundry is running. The day's chores are not over.

Hope our comfortable weather comes to you soon.

Jean from Texas
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“I’m 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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2/12/15 11:37 P

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Thanks.

Just have to come down off this exuberance and fall asleep now. 5:30 comes early.

Jean from Texas
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2/12/15 10:08 P

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And you'll be walking, walking, walking..... emoticon

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2/12/15 9:18 P

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My new Fitbit One is here and operational. Yeah! Color me Happy, ecstatic, pumped up, thrilled, and all that good stuff.
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“I’m drinking from my saucer ‘cause my cup has overflowed.” -- John P.Moore

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2/12/15 7:37 A

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Teaching Thursday and Friday.

Have fun today

Hugs for you

Jean from Texas
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“I’m drinking from my saucer ‘cause my cup has overflowed.” -- John P.Moore

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I was good with eating plan at school yesterday. Now to keep up the mental thoughts that get me through for two more days of school this week. Since we don't have desserts at home any longer, the school specialties look very enticing.

Today is sewing and knitting. Again I had a great walk at the mall this morning, and will walk again there after dinner. I'll be thrilled when my new Fitbit One arrives, but in the meantime I am manually entering the steps my current Fitbit One tracks.

I ordered two Word Search books which are supposed to be delivered today. That's great for my down time at school. I have an exceptionally long break once this week when the 5th grade choir does their jump rope for heart charity. I am not a monitor for that, so I'll have great free time to play.

Enjoy exceptional break in our winter weather.

Jean from Texas
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“I’m 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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Just don't let it get to be TOO WHEW! It is terrific that you can DO all the subbing...I am sure the kids love it! Good for your mind and body as well. emoticon

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Called in to teach Tuesday (Today) Had a grand time.

While there got a four day assignment for Feb 24-27,

Already committed for March 2nd and 3rd.

I'll have six teaching days in a row. Whew! emoticon emoticon

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“I’m drinking from my saucer ‘cause my cup has overflowed.” -- John P.Moore

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2/9/15 7:38 P

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Thanks.

It's really good news for me.

Jean from Texas
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2/9/15 3:39 P

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FANTASTIC about the FitBit!!! Whoo hoo!!!! emoticon

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Color me happy where my Fitbit is concerned.
Talked to Fitbit person this morning. She tested my Fitbit on line, and affirmed that it is defective, AND Fitbit is replacing it. Wow!! Way to go! Never saw that coming.

So sorry your printer is not talking to your computer. My techie skills are so lacking, I get really frustrated. Glad your sons can eventually help.

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While I know that is so, Jean, it is just another layer of annoyance and stress to what I am sure is an overload already.

I am having printer troubles today...not the printer itself but the wifi connection. Had to call Comcast last night for help when all the internet disappeared. When we got things set back up, I told her my printer runs off the wifi and I thought we addressed it, but printer and computer are NOT communicating and I have tried EVERYthing I know to do. So, now must wait till son and/or son-in-law (in Colorado) can help. The worst of this is that it is not MY stuff to be printed, but inventory sheets of literature at the Kingdom Hall...my computer ignorant spouse gets annoyed everytime ANY computer related thing goes wrong...and this is very wrong today. He just went out on the tractor. I have been at this for a couple of hrs now. Phooey. Still, it will be fixable and is NOT the end of the world. Perspective, as Jean said.

Grey skies here and wind...temps were very mild at 6 a.m. but it is sliding down. We may set record for cold on Sunday...so the whole week is in a cold slide I guess. Sun is supposed to come out again tomorrow, and I will like that, cold or not.

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Thanks.
Phill's cancer keeps the disappointment of the crashed Fitbit in perspective.

Gorgeous sunny day here. Reprieve from Texas winter Today climbing into the 70's again.
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Jean from Texas
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Wow...no peace for him!!! Glad it turned out not to be heart issues. Sorry for all the health scare stuff, though. Thinking of you.


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Yes, it is the same youngest brother, Phill. He called me Tuesday night, and in the middle of the night he was rushed to emergency room fearing a heart attack.

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Is this the same man diagnosed with stage 4 cancer? I am a little confused. Either way, very glad for Phill that he is feeling better and got medical attention appropriate to the need...Yow.


Almost ready to head out to walk more..and of course, like yesterday...the kids (my family) next door have dragged out the 4-wheelers. I don't mind them driving them...but the NOISE...EeekI In dry periods, they also stir up tremendous amts. of dust. I simply can't love living next door to all that commotion...and worse yet, they use my driveway to get out to the cow field. Phooey. I don't like the racket while I am inside...sure don't want to walk outside while they are racing around. Think I will wait a while. Less than 5000 steps to go.


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Phill's update. He was in the hospital for 5 days after he talked to me. Symptoms of a heart attack that turned out to be a crushed cervical vertebrae which caused the extreme pain in his arm that radiated across his chest. Heart checked out, but it took a while to uncover the real cause of his distress. He's home now and sounds normal once again. Whew!!

Thanks for your prayers.

Started knitting again on the shawl. I need to finish it and not just put it aside. I don't need a pile of unfinished projects. The rag quilt is calling me, but I feel strongly that I need to finish one project before I turn to the other.

Meanwhile, my house work is falling behind, and yesterday we had two unexpected visits. Jeepers! Got to catch up the vacuuming, dusting, and little things that make a home sparkle. Such chagrin!

Walking continues strong, but maybe could be replaced with cleaning. Tee hee hee

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Dear Jean, what devastating news to receive! Please know you and your family will certainly be in our thoughts and prayers.

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My youngest brother (72 yrs) just confirmed that he has stage four liver cancer, cirrhosis. He is devastated partially bc he's the caregiver for his dear wife who has complicated health issues. I told him about the stages of grief and reassured him about the emotions that have rocked his world.
He goes to his church's prayer meeting tonight, and his small group Bible study Friday. I know those wonderful people will hold him close, pray with him, and keep him and his dear wife close through all of this. Phill is a non-drinker, but a diabetic. The diabetes allowed this to occur. Phill will have the rubber band treatment on the fat nodules of his liver. He has lost 10 pounds, but needs to lose more. He's removed the salt from his diet, and will follow his doctor's orders for the best quality of life available to him now.

Deeply saddened by this news. Praying for his body and emotions.

I have started piecing the flannel rag quilt together. I am teaching Thursday and Friday, so will be working on the quilt intermittently.

Sending warm thoughts and hugs for all of you. emoticon emoticon

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Thanks. I'll check her out.

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You may want to google natural supplements to improve immune system. There are a variety of things folks use. I also follow a blog by a friend who has researched SO many natural ways of doing things...from laundry to making toothpaste. She uses many natural ways to stay healthy or deal with illnesses. https://raising6kids.wordpress.com/

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Hand washing is my defense mechanism so far. This week with pre-K kiddos, it will be an adventure to try and keep the germs away. I do tie their shoes, help them whenever and wherever needed. They are so adorable.

I rely mostly on indoor mall walking but do venture out on the trails when the temps allow. Kiwi and I love our outdoor walks.

I'll have to look for elderberry capsules. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Jean, try (if you aren't doing so already) to build up your immune system. There are herbs etc. you can take which will help you protect yourself. I have been taking elderberry capsules for several years and have managed to avoid both colds and flu. That and lots of hand washing and trying to be careful have really paid off thus far.

Beautiful day today...am heading out shortly to get the rest of my 10000 steps in (about 7000 to go I think). Got home after five yesterday and it was FREEZING but I got it all in. Whew. Will be easier today.

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Teaching Thursday and Friday this week and next week again. So far it is working well. I do not want to get sick from the kiddos, but so far, so good.

We ran errands yesterday which ate up most of the day. Essential, and glad they are done.

Today is laundry and cleaning Never ending stuff, but always feels satisfying.

Hope you both are well. Sending warm throughts and hugs,

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It is lovely that you can take charge of so many diverse classes, Jean! I admire that!

Beautiful day yesterday...surprisingly nice day today, too, though very windy. Now the cold front has gone through and winter is back at least for a few days. February is usually our coldest, worst weather month...so we are almost there and then it will be behind us. I am eager for Spring. I hope the squirrels haven't found ALL my spring and summer bulbs!

Need to take my sewing machine in for it's annual cleaning/tuneup. Should have taken it in September!!!

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Teaching music today and tomorrow. Delightful. day was 4 sections of 4th grade. tomorrow is the 5th grade choir (53 singers) and one section of 3rd grade and I see one section of 4th grade a second time. I love singing, so It's easy to lead them. Today we enjoyed "This Land Is our Land!" Then we played music bingo.

Weather still gorgeous here, but Texas winter returning this weekend. Nice break.

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I assisted in Kindergarten today. Loved it. Assistant called at 6:50am to tell me her daughter had a fever of 101, and she needed to take her to the doctor. All 16 kids were present, full of life, and eager to learn.

I helped a great deal with a boy who recently came to our country. His Mom speaks Spanish, and his Dad Portuguese. He is doing remarkably well, and only speaks English in school. He was awesome with the mathematics problems. He is writing a short narrative about himself that includes his favorite things. It's fill in the blank. We read the original sentences, and then he gave me his answers. Next he copied the whole sentences.

Recesses were grand bc our temperatures rose from the 50's into the high 70's. Great to be outside running around.

We finished our last 1,000 piece puzzle. I think I'll have Joe glue this one together onto the foam board so I can hang it upstairs in my craft area.

Stay safe and warm.

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Finger continues to heal. Changed bandaid last night and am pleased with wound's appearance.

Great walks today for me, too.

Temperature hit low 70's. Maybe some of it will come your way.

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Glad the finger is doing OK. Glad you are having fun with the jigsaw puzzles. We used to do them at inlaw's cottage in NH many years ago.

AM walking...am over 10000 for today but still have five flights of stairs to do yet.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. We woke up to snow this morning, but an afternoon of sunshine and temps (normal) in the 40s. Nice for walking outside. emoticon

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No, I'm not on blood thinners. Just took a small chunk out of my index finger. It is still doing well. I'm not checking it daily. The stretch bandaid is still in place from the doctor's office. It throbs when I walk an hour if I forget to keep it at heart level. As soon as it begins to pulse, I raise it up. Still sore when bumped, but that's all.

Joe and I finished another jigsaw puzzle today - - - a 1,000 piece colorful one. I bought two on sale at Barnes and Noble this week. Great challenge!

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Beautiful afternoon in middle TN. In the 40's which is normal for us this time of year. We had light snow overnight which was pretty this morning. I so appreciate the sunshine after a day like yesterday...it was wet, dreary...kind of sapped any interest in doing anything all day. Yea for sunshine!! emoticon Am half way through my 10000 steps, but only have two flights of stairs so far. It is just chilly enough that I came in to warm up...but will go back out shortly. SP goals and streaks...and friends...do help me stay accountable and make me reach a bit further to reach goals. THANKS friends and SP!

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Jean, are you on any blood thinners or aspirin? Sometimes that makes us bleed worse and have trouble getting it to stop. Hope it heals fast. Hope everyone has an awesome Saturday! It's supposed to be pretty here in Texas next week. Cant wait. But will get cold again. Guess we are lucky not to have cold all winter long. emoticon . Keep Sparking.

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Saw my doctor this afternoon bc of my anxiety over this slice. He carefully looked over the wound and the nick to my finger nail (which saved the finger from worse damage) and said it is doing well without intervention. He cleaned the finger, put on a stretch bandaid, and let me know that healing will take a long time. So all is well - - - just tender.

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emoticon Jean, I am so sorry for the hiccup, The only time I ever got cut, PTL, was when I was getting out of the package.

I have been busy complaining lately but today I am having a better day. I may even do something creative today other than worry about breathing. LOL

It is sunny out but still cold out, supposed to be nice tomorrow.


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Remember to hold it UP when it is bleeding so as to slow the flow. So sorry you had such an accident.
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I went to Girl Friend Sew meeting last night and cut out the 8-1/2" flannel squares for a rag quilt. I had a quilter's klutzy accident with my rotary cutter. On my left hand index finger, I sliced a tiny piece of flesh off (next to my fingernail). Blood everywhere. So embarrassing! Dumb mistake from losing concentration while gabbing with friends. It isn't big, but really bleeds. My wonderful DIL helped me get it covered tightly with gauze and tape so I could drive myself home (40 minutes). She wanted to drive me but that wasn't necessary. I unwrapped it at home to show Joe and get antibiotic cream on it. More blood. After I walked this morning, the gauze was drenched again. So now it's a butterfly bandaid, plus gauze and a rubber finger over that. Will see the doctor if things don't improve.

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The dogs are puppies...half grown and still teething I suspect. They have a doggy door arrangement and should prob. lock them outside (they have dog houses with heated beds) when they aren't there. Daughter is headed home now..may post pics on FB to show what damage was done. I figured, one less piece of furniture to move to CO.

Jean, I am sorry for the loss of your friend. It is always hard to say good bye.

We are having beautiful weather here and we are loving both the abundance of sunshine AND the moderate temperatures (though that will not last long of course). DH and I walked our fenceline looking for a short..we found a few problems and fixed them. I have my 10000 steps in early today..and only need four more flights of stairs, too.

Hope all are making good choices and staying as active as you can! emoticon

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Goodness! Bad Dogs. Crate them. Have to contain them somehow.

Glad you can enjoy the grandsons. Such a treasure, especially since you know their time to move may come soon. I hope their house sells. Selling climate is good in our area, but I know it can be treacherous elsewhere.

Walking is good. Arthritis is acting up, so knitting is limited.

Very dear artist friend lost his battle to liver cancer this weekend. We dearly loved the man, and he made the world a better place. Such an honor to be his friend.

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My youngest daughter and youngest grandson have been here since Friday. Son-in-law started a new job last Monday...in DENVER CO! She will follow when they either buy a house in Denver or sell the house in TN. Andrew has had a grand time with his Papa and his cousin (Kaleb lives next door), I've done some mending for them....they have two half grown pups who are chewing up EVERYthing...including clothing. I won't be able to mend the two corners of the living room couch that they chewed up this morning! THAT certainly isn't going to help sell the house! The mild weather has been very welcome,,,,especially the bright sunshine! I find it hard to believe that January is more than halfway over!

Hope everyone is well and had a good weekend!

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No school germs took root So thankful.

Gorgeous sunny day today. Hope you can get outside for a bit.

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I feel fine. Hope I managed to avoid the germs. We'll see.

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Enjoyed looking at your lovely embroidery work. Thanks for sharing.

I was called in to assist the fourth grade teachers late last night. Their assistant has a fever. Hope I can stay well in this germ tank. The kids are awesome, but many of them are battling colds and recovering or coming down with something.

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A gal on the Texas thread finds some gems, and I copy hers. Loved the last two.

Glad you liked them.

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emoticon I love these.

I just posted a couple of my embroidery objects

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Those are....funny? Interesting? Impossible? lol. I don't even know what to say! Thanks for sharing. Where are you getting this stuff?

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Here's another one! emoticon

Lexophile" is a word used to describe those who have a love for words, such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish" (one of my favorites), or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless." A competition to see who can come up with the best lexphillies is held every year in an undisclosed location. This year's winning submission is posted at the very end.

.. When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.
.. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
.. When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.
.. The batteries were given out free of charge.
.. A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.
.. A will is a dead giveaway.
.. With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
.. A boiled egg is hard to beat.
.. When you've seen one shopping center, you've seen a mall.
.. Police were called to a day care center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
. Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.
.. A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.
.. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
.. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.
.. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
.. When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she'd dye.
.. Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it.

And the cream of the wretched crop: .. Those who get too big for their pants will be exposed in the end.


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emoticon Hi I just really enjoyed your trivia, I needed that. LOL Made my day/

The sun is shining today and the snow is melting, mud puddles all around. LOL

I am feeling peaceful today, listening to old hymns and Christian songs. I am embroidering some peacock pillow cases, the old fashioned ones. It is going to be so colorful. What a glorious day it is.

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I have a vet appt for Kiwi to get his nails cut. They grow so fast, and he won't let me cut them. We'll go at 3:00PM today when the vet and techs are out of surgery. Kiwi loves their chewy things, too. They look like rawhide, but are a noodle concoction. Kiwi takes a while to chew them down so he can swallow them. Bella introduced Kiwi to them; same vet. Need a new supply here. Ours are gone now.

My son, DIL and grandson are safely home again from the Michigan funeral. They shared the happy coincidences, and blessings they experienced surrounding DIL's Mom's death. Tremendous sadness, but there were some rainbows, too. DIL's Dad is overwhelmed, and grieving. Immediate plans are for him to stay with each of three Michigan sons for two weeks each. Won't happen bc he's such an angry curmudgeon, but everyone will give it their best shot. After his visits with his sons, our DIL Delores will return to Michigan to help him sort out his home, and her Mom's things. They did what he'd allow while they were up there in Michigan.

Very chilly here in low 30's and raining for two days. Br-r-r-r-r Not like you true Northerners, but cold for Texas.

Sending hugs, and warm thoughts.

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You are getting a much greater arctic blast than we are.

Interesting facts

Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be
recycled an infinite amount of times!

Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of
years.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst
mechanism shuts off.

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.

The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the
world to bring in the new year.

Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.

Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn't smoke unless it's heated above 450F.

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of
blood surging through the veins in the ear.

Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.

The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.

Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.

The University of Alaska spans four time zones.

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

In ancient Greece , tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant
she accepted.

Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

A comet's tail always points away from the sun.

The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.

Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.

The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their
visors to reveal their identity.

If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle
of the day.

When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.

In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.

Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.

Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.

The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy .

Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be
sufficient to knock the bridge down.

Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off.

The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.

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It can be difficult indeed to cope with the loss of one's mother. DH and I were living with Mom when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor..that on Friday evening. Put her on a plane the next day to go for medical treatment..and never saw her again. She died in the hospital 6 weeks later...most of the family had been able to come to her. We couldn't leave all her animals and other responsibilities. Our strong hope for the future carried us through.

GOOD for Megan! Sounds like she has made a very wise choice.

Happy you aren't as frigid as expected today. It was 30 here when I went outside at 6 am...I opened the chicken coop, put out feed and then started walking. Had 5000+ steps done before 7 am. Temps have been dropping steadily...getting close to 20 now if it isn't there already...and the wind is howling. I am so glad to have most of my steps in...I made sure to walk a lot in the grocery store this morning, too. Have less than 2000 steps to finish, but probably 8 flights of stairs yet to do. Our low tomorrow is to be 4 degrees plus windchill. I will have to find a way to get those steps done inside at home!!

Hope everyone is doing well. Make good choices and keep moving!!! emoticon

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Glad you can help out with the grand kids. Our youngest here in Texas is our 20 year old Megan. Our great grand sons in Michigan are 6, and 7 with birthdays next month. Sweet little boys.

Megan has done well with her decision to break her engagement. She is happier and feeling better about the world. She starts on line college classes this week while continuing to work part time at Bed, Bath and Beyond. We thought the socialization of attending classes would be great for her, but she doesn't want to go that route. She lives at home with her single Mom who will pay her living and college expenses as long as she passes her classes. That's their deal.

We're at 49 degrees this morning instead of the drop to freezing that was predicted.

Thanks for your kind thoughts about the loss of DIL's Mom. Delores is a strong gal, so I'm hoping she continues to handle her world in a healthy way. I'm so proud of her as a person and friend. I had a horrible emotional time with my own Mom's death in 1978. It can be devastating.

Jean from Texas
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“I’m drinking from my saucer ‘cause my cup has overflowed.” -- John P.Moore

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it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
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1/6/15 9:06 P

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Loss of a loved one is always sad for those saying "goodbye" It sounds like she "fought the fine fight" for a long time.

Glad you are able to enjoy walking outside. I walked outside today also..dreading the cold coming in tomorrow and last for several days. They are predicting a morning low of 4 degrees on Thursday.

Looks like we will have two of our grandsons here Friday...Mom has to work in Atlanta. We will have Dylan (homeschooled) all day and his younger brother after school. Having Dawson after school will also mean, I am sure, we will also have Kaleb. All three of these guys live on either side of us here on the farm.

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1/6/15 7:45 P

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Puzzle #8 is coming along nicely. I am watching my posture and avoiding the leaning, stretching over the table.. Back is feeling better already. Yesterday I took Aleve, but nothing today.

Today I only walked 1/2 hour in the mall. We picked up our son and grandson and dropped them at the airport for their flight to Michigan. My quilting DIL's 73 year old Mom died yesterday. Funeral tomorrow. DIL has been up there a few days already. Very sad as all deaths are. DIL's Mom has been on dialysis three times a week for five years with oxygen 24/7 also for the five years. She's had many close calls, but always fought her way back until this time. She stopped breathing at home, and was unresponsive when hospitalized. Medical intervention could not bring her back, so the machines were disconnected.

This afternoon I had a 3 mile walk on the nature trail with my Kiwi and DIL's dog, Bella. It was warm and felt awesome to be outside.

Sending warm thoughts and hugs.


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

“I’m 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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1/4/15 8:57 P

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Finally completed the 7th puzzle. Tons of pale pink and yellow made it extremely difficult. I believe I stayed with it far too long. We work on the puzzles in the middle of the dining room table, so I was leaning over the puzzle for hours at a stretch. My back is quite uneasy, and I sincerely hope that bending over for long periods is the only issue. I have done so well since my cortisone shot. I just don't want to travel that road again. We do enjoy working the puzzles, but perhaps I need to be careful about the amount of time I stress my back. Didn't put cause and effect together soon enough.



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

“I’m 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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1/4/15 8:44 P

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I can't remember who I was chatting with about long arm quilting...but if it was here, there is a free class on Craftsy you might be interested in seeing: www.craftsy.com/class/a-new-look-at-
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1/2/15 2:11 P

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Afternoon
I'm walking in mall. Doing OK there. Daughter Pam not walking after work until her cold is gone, so no evening walks.

Paid bills today. Necessary chore.

Working on 7th puzzle. Frustrating at times Spent over an hour on outside frame of pieces, still not done. Put some internal parts together. Nice pastime if I don't get too grumpy with results. This puzzle has 1/3 light colors - - both the sky and the water are the same color. Challenging. The 10th puzzle in the box will be super hard as it's mostly windows. Usually windows help us organize the scene, but not for number 10.

Drippy, chilly weather.

Alabama lost to Ohio last night. So sad, but we had fun with the family anyway. Joe and I left the gathering at half time bc it was already 10PM.

Sending hugs

Jean from Texas
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“I’m 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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1/2/15 8:15 A

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Well, am getting new year off to strange start...exercised and am meeting SP goals...that's good...ate strangely...not good....worked on getting paper stuff sorted and gone...good...still have multiple quilting projects left undone...not good....I am feeling well...good...husband still not sleeping well and is grumpy and still itchy from shingles...not good. Guess all that is really pretty normal. That is OK.

Hope everyone is doing well, making good choices and finding themselves in stitches! emoticon

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1/1/15 8:31 A

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

Jean from Texas
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“I’m 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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