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5/24/17 2:41 P

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Got my 12000 done by noon..dodging showers. Some were HEAVY pelting rain! Just need a few more flights of stairs to be done.

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5/24/17 11:58 A

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Hit my 10,000 goal. Yeah! Walked Kiwi on the nature trail. Walked a bit in the mall, then went to WalMart and walked to find a few items. All good!

We have sunshine and forecast 84 today. I need to get out of my jeans and long sleeved sweater now. It's going to be a comfortable day for shorts and tee shirt. Started out with high 50's and dressed accordingly.

Energy level acceptable so I'll get moving here.

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5/23/17 5:11 P

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Very nice!!


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5/23/17 4:10 P

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Completed now, even the dowel inserted in the back sleeve. So I can give it to Emmett the next time I see him. Very happy with it. The craft circle was pleased with the quick sale. One gal told me after it was shown that she had her eye on it, and wanted it for her new grand daughter.

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5/22/17 6:15 P

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I did my first walk today without my Fitbit which was home charging. Ack. Oh well, it is done.
Only need about 1000 more to meet my goals. Weather has been mild and pretty lovely all day though cloudy off and on. Probably helped to keep temps moderate.

Glad you enjoyed the article about the 91 yr old Mr. Frank.

Be patient with yourself as you heal from your surgery experience. Your health comes first..then you adjust what you must. Feeling well and being as active as practical is ultimately better for our health than pushing so hard we make ourselves ill trying to get there. Be patient. You'll be back on track before you know it. Enjoy your crafting time!!

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5/22/17 10:33 A

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Walked Kiwi without my Fitbit. Ar-g-g-g-h-h-h-h, Oh, well. Gentle rain here.

I'm trying to conserve my energy by focusing on projects here at home. Eliminating the mall walks is not good for my weight goal but satisfying to see projects getting done.

Hope I find equilibrium soon. This is worth a try, though.

I so enjoyed the article about the 91 year old sub teacher. I even posted it on my Facebook page. He is an inspiration. I know his elementary darlings love him. Mine do, too.

Hugs and smiles for your boundless energy.

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...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
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5/21/17 11:47 A

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Overcast here, but cooler than it has been Thunderstorms rolled through in late afternoon. Then it rained much of the night...gently soaking rain. We may get more rain today. Tomorrow will ge gorgeous. OK by me. I am still gradually trying to move plants around, weed, mow etc. Because of the possible rain later, I started walking early. Lack less than 600 steps to meet 12000 step goal. that was done before 10:00 am.

Hope your Sunday is lovely all the way!

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5/21/17 11:29 A

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Happy Sunday

We had delightful rain last night. Supposed to enjoy a few more days of scattered rain.

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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5/20/17 5:42 P

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Hubby is just not interested in much garden this year. I am appalled at how little he has chosen to plant..which means most of the garden is barren this year, yet I suspect he will continue to till it etc. Oh well, I had to abdicate when he decided to do it. I think he has only put in tomatoes and beans. I started tomatoes from seed last year with good success..from an heirloom tomato. Did the same this year, but started later and he planted too early...so most if not all of those are gone or going I suspect. He has planted a lettuce blend and it appears to be doing fine.

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5/20/17 3:14 P

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Thanks. I do know better. I have handled weight in parts before, but just didn't go to that much bother this time. I need to remember how bad it feels even when I think I have to do things myself. Bless Joe, he did dig for me when I asked him.

My steps will be low this week bc they are low today.

Daughter Pam's friend sent new potatoes and squash over for me. Yummy. I'll love it when he has way too many ripe tomatoes.

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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...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
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5/20/17 3:11 P

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Here is the link regarding the NPR story. I didn't realize Mr. Frank is here in Nashville! nashvillepublicradio.org/post/meet-m
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5/20/17 3:10 P

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GOOD JOB getting the phone stuff cared for. I need to figure out and deal with all this cloud storage junk that started when I got my iPhone last Oct. It started posting same stuff across all my electronics so of course that is eating up cloud space. I will need someone to explain it to me I think. Son-in-law is a computer whiz...just laid off so he has time, but he is in CO. Wish I could just drop in to visit! He may already have next job lined up. won't know till next week at the earliest..

We must have been posting at the same time!! emoticon

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5/20/17 3:06 P

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Well, sorry you hurt yourself, You sure don't want to risk serious damage! When the bags are that heavy, I get them loaded and at home, open the bag and transfer some of the contents into wheel barrow, garbage bag or something else and move just part of it at a time. So far, have not had to do that often. OK by me. Please do be careful, my friend!!

Very warm here, but we haven't had the storms that have been nearby...flooding this week just north of Nashville, but we barely had even a stray drop! I am gradually getting flowers planted but now have to water them, too. Waited till after six pm to mow yesterday...trying to not get too active in the heat of the day. Walking up to my son's home to feed the critters 2X a day is good for the walking totals.

MIL will be here in two weeks...and I am trying to guess when I need to cook (and what) and when she may want to be out and about. She is 79. She walks daily at home, so I am guessing she will want to continue here, too. I hope we can visit the greenway...there is a lot of greenway trail in this county and I have not been on any of it except yrs ago on one park.

Hope things are going well for you this weekend. Heard a piece on NPR yesterday about a 91 or 92 yr old man who is still working as a substitute teacher. MUCH loved by the school and all the kids. He can't understand why more folks aren't doing what he does!
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5/20/17 3:00 P

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Took two hours to get the data overage off my ATT bill. Went to ATT store and waited for help. Then they had me call ATT and waited for help. Got the over charge deleted, but they claimed it was a glitch on my iPhone software that created the mess. So I went to the Apple store to have my phone reprogrammed. Waited and then a tech person cleaned off my phone (literally with alcohol swab) and then cleaned off the operating system by re-setting everything. A long frustrating experience. But phone is fixed and all is well. Maddeningly ATT was only interested in selling me a newer iPhone (mine's 5C) stating mine was obsolete bc they don't sell those anymore. Apple store disagreed saying as long as phone accepts updates, it isn't obsolete.

Oh-h-h-h-h, I don't appreciate folks trying to mess with my head. I told ATT I was not buying a new phone. I do not consider mine out-dated.

Sometimes I wonder if I am wearing a sign that says I don't have a brain anymore.

Didn't walk the mall again today. I'm a bit sore, and want to get steps doing other things for now.

Happy Saturday. Sending smiles and warm thoughts.



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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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5/19/17 10:42 P

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Tried a very light application of Mederma. Comfortable day.
Raked up 4 big black bags of leaves in the back privacy area. Hardly made a dent. Watered the part I cleaned up.

Joe dug holes for me in front and I planted all 12 of my begonias. Lots of stooping and lifting today, but quit when my back hurt.

Home Depot clerk told me to pull my car around and the shrubbery guy would load my dirt, but I had other plants, too. So after I got the plants in the car, I did it myself. Then at home I had to get it out of the trunk. When I finished what I could handle, I carried that awful bag of dirt into the garage. Joe is not that much better off than me, and it was my idea to get dirt and plants, so I just took care of it. Stubborn lady.

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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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5/19/17 8:17 A

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Sorry the med is causing discomfort. You might try vitamin E oil.

Neighborhood picnic sounds fun. Nice to know your neighbors.

Home Depot guys should have loaded your car for you. Yikes...please be careful of your back. I know so many folks with back issues!!

I was tired yesterday all day due to short night (up late pm/up am usual time - early) but got my walking and mowing done. I'd like to be out mowing now..cooler and dry, but have to be out for errands a little later and don't feel like getting all sweaty and then having to shower etc. before I am out the door. If we don't get rain, I will mow this afternoon and just take it in stages.

Enjoy your picnic party! two weeks from yesterday my MIL arrives.

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5/18/17 10:47 P

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Skipped the Mederma today. Too uncomfortable, so maybe it's too soon for my skin. I'll try again.

Made good progress in the yard. Not even 1/4 of the way done. I bought some flowering plants for the little flower bed I have between the driveways. Got some of them in, but quit bc my back was sore from lifting the soil bags from Home Depot into the car and out, and then digging with the shovel to get plants in the ground. Hoping Joe will help with the digging tomorrow. Twisting his arm. emoticon

Picked up several arm loads of branches from the back yard for kindling for our cul de sac hot dog roast tomorrow afternoon. Should be fun. We have a fire pit and wooden benches in the center of our cul de sac. It's a great place to mingle with our nearby neighbors. Tomorrow's picnic is to welcome the new couple who just bought a home on our cul de sac.

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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5/17/17 2:27 P

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I have heard of Mederma...sorry it is uncomfortable, but maybe it will be worth it with good results.

Today would have been fabulous to start mowing early..but I took my polychromatic lights to a friend for them to use this morning, then went to pick up elderly friend to take her to her Dr app.t Then after that, did same round in reverse. Got home around noon and immediately went to walk so I got at least half of my steps done. Need to study for mtg tonight..then will walk or mow, I hope, and then nap.

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5/17/17 12:18 P

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At least you are trying to stay current with them. Good for you.

Temps climbing here, too.

Started Mederma for scar healing. I can feel it constantly now. Not hurting but very conscious of it. Burns a bit, and itches, and pulses.

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

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5/16/17 4:07 P

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Hubby and I are both wearing hats, too. Sun is HOT. Temp 91 degrees...with humidity building as the week progresses. At least the temps won't keep going up higher and higher!

Have been dealing with sweat bees as I mowed. Tried to mostly mow in shady areas. Hubby is weed whacking right now. He was painting earlier. Both are never ending jobs around here!

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5/16/17 3:57 P

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Energized and inspired at Craft Circle today. A great way to boost my mood.

Hot weather here. I' m wearing a hat when outdoors now to protect my scar tissue.

Time to start dinner.

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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5/15/17 8:58 P

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GOOD!

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5/15/17 6:19 P

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Happy to have had a glorious day teaching 6th grade English.

A good tired for me.

Lovely day all around.

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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5/14/17 9:24 P

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Yikes. What a day for all of them. Hope everyone is now home safely and things are calm. I bet they all sleep well tonight! Kiwi will, too.


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Excited, happy, bouncy Bella is gone! Kiwi is napping by my computer. Too funny!

The kids had a grand time, but a terrible finish today. First 24 year old son Matt's credit card was cancelled bc his ship bill was over $400. and it was "an unusual amount" So they had to leave their precious 5th place in line to depart and go back to the desk. Delores paid her son's credit card account. Then they got off the ship, and she didn't have her suitcase. They would not let her back on until everyone was off. So they drove home to Tomball from Galveston so their sons could go home - - - Addison and McKinney, Texas near Dallas. Then Delores and Kelly returned to Galveston for her suitcase. By the time they came to pick up Bella, their sons were already home near Dallas. Delores and Kelly were beyond tired from getting up so early to be number 5 off the ship, and then go back track twice before they could finally head home. Goodness gracious.

Kelly told his son to cancel that credit card. Especially since it was his son's only credit card, and he would've been stranded had he been traveling alone. So Matt will be finding a new bank to deal with. Surely not fun for him. He straightened it out by phone at his parent's home before leaving, so he wouldn't be on the road with no credit card.



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5/14/17 2:58 P

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When we first moved out to the farm in 1980, I had never encountered ANYthing like the mildew problem here. Of course, houses in TN turn green..esp on the north side, from the mildew and stuff growing on the siding. But the front of this house had not been lived in for a long time...and I discovered to my dismay...some kind of mold was growing on every surface. I bought bottles and bottles of spray Lysol and went to town on everything I saw. All these years later, there are still spores apparently, but nothing like it was back then. I keep checking, too, to try to stay ahead of it. I don't like and no longer just Lysol, but vinegar works just fine. When our sons lived in the front parlor for several years, I don't recall any mold issues. First David was in there, then when he got married, Adam moved into that room. Whatever the case, it is a chronic problem in warm climates. Fought mold and mildew in the islands, too.

Day is beautiful here. Glad you enjoyed your evening out last night. I had forgotten that I think you've told me of Kiwi being more of a laid back kind of guy. You are probably right...he'll be happy to be king of his domain once Bella goes home.
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Great that you handled the mildew proactively. It caught me unawares, and sick at heart. I tried to get information on dealing with it, but that didn't happen either. I may try the bleach solution again this summer when it's oppressively hot out so it will dry completely. Our chairs are over 50 years old, and beautiful except for the discoloration. We can buy new covers, but those are terribly expensive, and the mildew may be a problem with new ones anyway.

Chinese dinner was wonderful, and then he took me to our frozen custard place for dessert. Very special. We did have a lovely evening.

Today Bella will go home soon. Their cruise docked at 7:00AM and we've texted back and forth already. Kiwi tolerates her energy, but will probably be relieved to have his place to himself again. He really is an old man at eleven years old. He was never a fun loving, toy chasing little guy - - - always super laid back watching the world go by.

Happy Mother's Day. Love to you

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5/13/17 1:52 P

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Our eldest daughter stored her whole house in our front rooms while she rented her home out during the year she went back to school Fortunately, I paid attention...and had to spray down her leather couch with vinegar several times to stop it from turning black. No permanent damage done. My fathers leather office chair ..one of those ones on wheels (it weighs a ton!) is struggling down there, too...I spray it with vinegar periodically...AND treat the leather from time to time. It is OLD and not in the greatest condition (like that when I got it). It is very comfortable though. I would like to use it at my desk but need someone with plenty of muscle to get it upstairs. I have 5 or 6 office chairs on wheels...all hand me downs. None are wonderful.

Kiwi is going to miss Bella I am sure!

Gorgeous here today. We got over an inch and a half or rain...most over night Thursday night and just occasional showers Friday. Today is breezy and mild...I love it! Tomorrow will be warmer and without the breeze...and then the following days heat up.

Hope you enjoy your Chinese food dinner tonight. I got some steaks recently with the intention of guests for dinner (which didn't work out) so today they are getting grilled and we will be having them for lunch today (Actually, several meals worth so for the next few days!). It will be lovely to dine on the L-porch today. Still lots of porch cleaning to do out there. We always are battling the dirt and dust..construction, traffic including big trucks, the gravel driveway and nearby highways. I got about half of it washed down on the first effort. No hose and the pressure washer was not working. So, I hauled buckets of water and scrubbed with a broom. Most of my plants got moved outside that weekend. This afternoon, I plant the first batch that we have purchased for this year. There really wasn't much that interested me other than some of the things I buy every year because I know they will survive our gardens!

Oops..gotta scoot! Love to you.


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Mildew and mold are treacherous. We only cool our home to 80 degrees, and the mildew has discolored our beautiful Knoll Bertoia Bird chair, the Diamond chair, and ottoman. From their soft beige coverings, they went green around the edges, and now they are mottled pink even. Yes, I did call the representative two yeas ago when it started, and tried a mild bleach solution and dried them in the sun. That didn't work. Our leather Ikea couch has no problem, but our lovely chairs are ruined. I'm not sure how to make a quilted covering to fit them.

Bella's family returns tomorrow,and she'll go home. Apparently they've had a wonderful time.

Kiwi Bella and I had a chilly 64 walk this morning, but it's 77 now. Very sunny and bright. I'm wearing sunscreen and a baseball cap when I walk or leave the house. Doesn't make for attractive hair, but my skin needs protection.

Joe told me this morning he is taking me out for Chinese this evening for my Mother's Day gift from him. Wow! He doesn't care for Chinese, but will order pork fried rice. He takes me there for special occasions. Very loving. I always order the Special Wonton soup bc it has shrimp, chicken, beef, and chicken plus yummy Chinese vegetables.

Hope your Mother's Day is special in every way. Hugs for you both.

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It WAS good that you didn't get that message. And good that she didn't cancel when you called her! Three weeks is such a short time really.

We got over an inch of rain last night. Went for plants and mulch today...I need to do some sprucing up before my mother-in-law arrives. Just don't know what I WANT...and you never know what you will find at the garden shops. So, got some basics and it will be a start. now to get it all planted and start figuring out the next round.

Most of my walking done, though am only half way on the stairs. Weather still looking rather ominous, but no showers at the moment.

Nice re: library. I recently got a new card, but didn't really have time to look for much. They have moved all the stuff DH is interested in (rearranged a lot of stuff!) so he was not too happy with the empty shelves in the area he was investigating. We will go back, I am sure. I have been rereading a lot of the books I have on Kindle. I reread a lot of my print collection, too, and weed out books I am no longer interested in. Wish I had a library in my home...lots of books and a comfy chair with a good reading light! Would do that in the front of the house if I could keep it mildew/mold free in the summer months! It is better than when we moved here in 1980, but still an annual effort!

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Kathryn left me a phone message that I didn't read until this morning. She told me she just wasn't ready to accept our dinner invite. So glad I never got it. I wouldn't have pushed had I known she wanted to cancel, but when I called and asked her if she was ready for me to come get her, she said , "Well, I guess so." Beautiful grace of God that I never got her cancellation. We had a chatty, smiling four hours together, and she thanked us over and over for having her. He died three weeks ago, and of course she's having bouts of wanting the world to go away. She just isn't ready to put herself out there to live again. I hope to draw her out with love and acceptance more in the coming weeks.

Sleep isn't always easy, I know. I have times of wakefulness, too. Sometimes reading in the middle of the night works, sometimes warm milk.

Hope you get that rain. We aren't supposed to have rain for this whole coming week.

Joe and I visited the other library in The Woodlands after lunch. We both found some good books to read.

Take care. God bless you in all you do. Hugs

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You certainly demonstrate the essence of Christian Love. How lovely for your friend to get a night out during such a tough time. Losing a spouse, even after such debilitating illness, can't be easy. We were created to live forever...not to lose our loved ones to death.

Sometimes, though, death is a release, for the person him/herself and for the family. Have a friend in So. Africa whose husband was difficult when in good health, but now he has severe dementia...and is physically violent. They have NO financial resources (though they finally are not living way out in the country) and have moved in with their daughter..the only income earner they have. They tried to get him into some government program/institution but that has not been successful thus far. Talk about stressful situations!

Didn't get enough sleep last night, but have been out walking (started early!) and am getting close to done. Rain predicted for tonight and tomorrow. Took a short nap. Don't want to sleep so much in the afternoon that I can't sleep tonight.

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I finished the sixth dish both before bed. Didn't get much past 12,000 steps, but was happy with my day's accomplishments.

Today I am fixing a spaghetti dinner for a wonderful friend from church. She's been a care giver for her dear husband for years. He recently had a serious stroke, and died in the hospital. He lost the ability to communicate verbally plus his entire right side, so life would've been a challenge she could not handle at home. His frustration with the loss of quality of life was difficult for his family. They brought him a device to type our what he was trying to say, but even that was too much. So death, in a sense, was a relief. She's trying to find her way without him. Some real adjustments for her. They are marvelous Christians and true believers, so she has that peace, but learning to live without his love isn't easy.

We visited in their home for years bc they no longer could come to ours. Tonight I'll pick her up for a home cooked meal in our home. She's pleased with the invite, and I feel it will lift her spirits. They quit driving months ago. She knows how to drive, but is relying on her family for everything. I'm hoping she'll find the courage to get behind the wheel for the freedom it will bring. I think just getting out of the house is important. We do love her.

Blessings wished for you. Hugs and warm thoughts coming your way.

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Hope you will get rested..sounds like a very busy day for you. I know the troubles of scratching without realizing it. I do it all the time which makes healing anything a challenge.

got the mowing done. Am about 300 steps from 12000 goal. We have mtg tonight and leave in about 20 minutes. I came up to turn off computer. Hope you have a good night tonight. I got in an hour nap..interrupted just as I fell asleep by a phone call and the guy left a lengthy message. Then slept like I was dead and was awakened by our local murder of crows...probably chasing the hawk considering the amount of noise they made. I am grateful for that flock since they protect the chickens..whether they know it or not.


Sleep well my friend. Chat again tomorrow. emoticon

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I am whacked. Kept going even though I wanted to crash. Cleaned refrigerator in garage that only holds beverages - mostly water.

Emptied and cleaned garden window over sink. Both were a struggle, but satisfaction was enormous. Fixed hash browns and cheese omelet for dinner. Easy peasy.

I started the sixth dish cloth and knit 12 rows of 40. Oh, well. It was sitting time.

Kiwi and Bela have had three walks, and I am just barely over 10,000 steps. Yeah for 10,000.

I scratched my incision absent mindedly. Ouch!!

It's healing.

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I didn't sleep soundly last night, but have been up and running this morning. Laundry processed, been to grocery and back and most of the groceries are now stowed. Only have one more chunk of mowing to finish...can't decide whether to tackle it now (in full sun) or wait till later when part of it will be shaded, but it will be pushing the get-ready-for-meeting schedule. I have to get out and walk either way...maybe I should just mow and get it over with.

Glad YOU had a good night. I never was adept at knitting...my mother-in-law is amazing in her skills. She said I was knitting backwards when I tried to learn by doing...trying to follow the directions. I did much better with crochet. Have barely touched either one for years and years except briefly when I was working as Andrew's nanny...made a hat for him and a few props for newborn photos or my then-professional-photographer Amanda. May take it up again some day.

Hope things continue to improve (I am sure they will) as you heal. Beautiful weather here today..though definitely warming up! Bruce is back to painting.Hope it is gorgeous for you folks, too. emoticon

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Slept better last night. That should help energy level throughout today. Keeping my chin up and striving for better results. Changed vitamins today also.

Hope your mowing gets caught up. I have no plans for today. I did get laundry done yesterday, and some easy straightening around here.

I've knit five dishcloths in my decreased energy state. That's something, but not my normal output.

Thanks for your good thoughts.

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I told the boss he could read the "paper" online..but he will have none of that. What a crazy mess. Guess there is always something.

Hope you will find your energy boosts back up. Hard when you don't feel like doing anything. sometimes I don't FEEL like doing something..would rather nap, but I make myself get up and going and then the energy surges to keep up. Speaking of napping...it is time for me to conk out for the night. emoticon

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When you're used to getting your information from a newspaper, it's rotten when it doesn't show up. We stopped our papers years ago. Now we get our updates on the internet or TV. Joe reads newspapers on line. He loves the Detroit News especially. Not sure why. We moved here in 1981. I watch the news on TV occasionally, but not even regularly.

I'm hoping my energy returns soon. I still am not motivated to sew, quilt, or knit. Sure, I keep the place picked up and clean, but heavier chores fall behind. Windows need washing again. Not a fun chore. Yard needs some tender love, and debris removal.

Not sure I should blame it on the whole skin cancer thing. It shut me down for a while but is over now, and I need to just buck up.

I'll go back to my regular vitamins tomorrow, and maybe that's part of it. I switched to a vitamin without any "E". The new one doesn't have nearly the stuff my regular one had. If it's mental, I just have to kick myself in the rear and get serious.

Thanks for your constant encouragement.

Hugs for you, too.

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Well, we got a paper today...but not the right one! Geesh. We are wondering if the reg. delivery guy quit and they haven't got a replacement so this is a sub. I don't know.

Beautiful weather here. I did a ton of mowing yesterday. More to go, but it is much warmer today. Still need to walk more, too.No where near half way yet. Got nearly 18000 steps yesterday...had met MY goals but DIL had taken a challenge to walk 10 miles in one day...so I walked the last leg with her (at dusk..was worried about that!)...and she DID it and won the challenge among those participating..getting there first. Proud of her!

I agree with your commending Kiwi for coming when you call. Positive reinforcement works MUCH better!

Glad your healing is going so well. Hope that keeps going well.

Well, back to work for me. Much love to you. emoticon


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Not good if you met him and he's not dependable. Sad.

Stitches are out. No bandaging, no medication over stitches for a week. Then I'm to use Mederma on the healing scar to facilitate quicker healing. Good report on the healing so far. The nerves are trying to reconnect which brings some occasional shooting pain, but nothing intolerable. Sunscreen and hats mandatory for months to come. I'll live with it.

Kiwi and Bella are doing fine. I let Kiwi off leash for a while today. He ran, but I was able to go partway to meet him and coax him back. No punishment bc I want him to come when I call. Baby steps since he hates the leash so much.

All is well here.

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I met our current delivery person. Nice guy...but obviously undependable. I don't know what to make of it. No papers yesterday...and none today, either!!

Half way through walking and stairs. Lawn mower is waiting for me to come back out after serving lunch. Wish we could have weather like this most of the time.

I keep thinking about MIL coming in a few weeks. We haven't purchased ANY annuals this year...yet. I often start seed packets early...but haven't done that either. Probably better get myself going soon before all the good stuff is gone. Don't like so many empty spots and empty pots!!

Well, back to work for me. emoticon


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Good day yesterday. I think I made up the shortfall for the couple of days I didn't hit 10,000. All good.

Glad your weather is beautiful. Ours, too. I know the heat will come soon, but am enjoying this gift now.

Delivery that stops being dependable is not good. Perhaps you have a new person.

Have a pleasant day.

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WELL DONE on your early walking. emoticon I am in briefly in the midst of mowing to complain to the newspaper that the papers..which are supposed to be delivered by 7:30 am are STILL not here at 1:30. Hubby getting increasingly annoyed. Looks like we will soon be ending our long subscription. Am only at 7100+ steps. Will have to quit mowing by 3 so need to get back out there. Need to bathe and dress for Kingdom Hall. We leave at 4:10. Mtg starts at 5.

Weather is gorgeous here. LIKE!

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I took both dogs out twice already. The second time we had a one mile walk. Very good. Add that to church walking and I got in two miles before I headed to the mall. I met Megan as she was coming off her shift, and we walked the mall together catching up on our chats. Now I've hit my 10,000 goal. Feels good to be done so early in the day.

Megan is bringing her new guy friend over to meet us tonight. His father is the pastor of a cowboy church in Magnolia. Very encouraged that she has met a fine young man. Meg just turned 23, and Bryce turns 25 in a few weeks. He's a used car salesman, has an apartment with another young man and sounds settled.

Meg and Sheldon broke up a couple of months ago when he went out bar hopping with his single brother. Meg voiced her opinion on that choice, and he ended their relationship. She was quite broken up for a while, but is over that now.

Meg needs to get serious about her college degree, but she has to figure that out. Her Mom has talked to her, and both Grandpa and I have added our thoughts.

I'll get more medical advice when the surgeon pulls out my stitches Tuesday.

I know you'll hit your goal today. Happy walking.

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Interesting about the blood flow thing. In the class I just took regarding light therapy...polychromatic light is used to increase blood flow to help with healing. The blood carries the nitric oxide that is the healing factor. Well, you should be about done with that slow down or activity I suppose. I am so glad for you that things are going well.

I got off to a slow start with walking today. Once we got home from our morning activities, I still had 9000+ steps to do! It took a while..with a few breaks along the way, but today being Saturday, traffic wasn't bad. I still have a few stairs to do, but am yawning now and ready to head to bed with a book soon. I could have mowed for hours today...grass is leaping out! I will need to mow again the part I just did and then move on around the yard. Exercise for the next few days unless it rains more.

Off the computer for me. Good night!



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Because the increased heart rate would bring blood pumping through the wound, they recommended NO exercise for 48 hours, and then gentle until the stitches are pulled out May 9th. My wound is healing nicely. Swelling minimal, bruises gone, and all looks healthy. I'm pleased with the progress. It itches, but that could be the Vaseline coating on it, or the teflon coated gauze sticking and unsticking to the stitches. Tickling the gauze seems to help a little. The tape made my skin raw near my nose, so I'm only taping on the cheek side, and then a piece across the nose and over to the cheek. Looks weird, but works for me.

Oldest son and Dil brought us a fully cooked pork roast dinner with the trimmings. Early mothers day treat and get well gift. Very appreciative for such kindness.

Bella has joined us for the week while her family goes on a week long cruise tomorrow to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Bella didn't even fuss when they left. She's happy here.

Glad you found a walking alternative, and didn't need new glasses. I love the mall before it opens. It's quiet, and only walkers are pacing themselves around the corridors. It's pleasant.

No fun once the stores are open and all the shoppers are hurrying and scurrying getting in my way.

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Dollar Tree has reading glasses for $1.00 a pair....wish that was all I needed. Some of my friends on FB mentioned how they get cheap prices on glasses, some online! Anyway, I didn't buy glasses after all, just had a repair done on the ones I am wearing. The guy in LensCrafters offered to order the new stem and after I had the eye exam...with only a small change in the Rx, I agreed to fix these rather than buy new ones. The Rx is good for a year I think, so if I change my mind (and I would wait for a sale or deal offer!) I have plenty of time.

I walked a lot at the mall. Loved not having to dodge traffic..but I didn't like all the piped in music noise. There are sidewalks all around the outside...it was drizzly weather but not cold...so I walked outside mostly. I can see why folks like mall walking though. Mall is not close to home or I might be more tempted.

Glad you are working your way back up with the walking. I have never heard of a restriction on getting your heart rate up after a facial surgery. Curious. Still, you are obeying Drs orders and healing nicely...just what we want!

Hope you folks have a lovely weekend. Sun is out this morning and it is to warm back up. OK by me!

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I walked in the mall this morning for just over an hour and got my steps going again. I walked slow bc Im not supposed to get my heart rate up until these stitches come out. So finally I hit my 10,000 steps in one day. Been hard to do bc of my restrictions.

Face is healing. Twinges now and then, but not real pain anymore. That's good. I put extra vaseline on it tonight bc they felt stretched. Soothes them somehow.

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I can get away with bargain store reading glasses. I must have a dozen pairs around the house. I buy them cheap. When I had astigmatism, I needed prescription glasses. When my eyes aged, that was corrected, so now it's just cheap glasses.

Sorry yours have to be expensive. That's not fun.

I don't like the bothersome ad bc I cannot see a way to "x" it out.

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Usually, there is a tiny X somewhere on the ad....often in the upper right corner or one of the other corners. Maybe you will see that. If you click the X it should close the ad.

Rain has just started up again. I got 4000+ steps done before breakfast...was about to head out again. Thought it was supposed to be dry till about lunchtime, but evidently not. I amgoing to have a challenge to do it today I guess.
the one arm of my glasses is all catty-wonky...am wearing a cord to keep the glasses on but it looks stupid...Hubby wants me to go see about it. Waiting for LensCrafters to open as I will need eye exam, too. DON'T want to go through purchasing glasses again, but I confess to being way over due. Guess I can walk in the mall. Maybe I should just go and walk while waiting for the store to open, though I have no app't.

Hope you are still healing and your energy is picking back up. emoticon


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It pops up as an ad. If I touch it, it seems it will scan my computer. I don't want it to do anything.

When my DIL comes over, I'll ask her to look at it and see if there is a way to block pop-ups. I think that will interfere with Spark People, but I may try that anyway.

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Can you move it to Junk mail and then block it?

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I don't have much energy, but that's OK as i need to lay low while this first week of healing gets going.

I took Kiwi on a slow long walk. Still avoiding the mall walks. 8,000 steps so far. Won't push it as my first priority is healing.

I have an ugly pop-up that is giving me fits. It is demanding that I scan and clean my computer. Not going to happen. I used the malware finder and remover that the Apple store put on my computer. So the pop-up is not malware, but I refuse to open it. It's there every time I pull up my Safari to access the internet.

Another quiet day here. I took stuffed green peppers out of the freezer for dinner tonight. Easy home-cooked supper for us.

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Computer is being difficult today...I suspect cable service is at a snail's pace today. It was working fine until I was leaving for grocery and left Hubby do do his inventory stuff. Don't know if it his something he did or what. Anyway...Got grocery shopping done..a big shopping trip using a bunch of coupons, shopping the sale stuff and taking my time. Right after unloading, putting stuff away and feeding the boss lunch, I headed out to walk. Have 10000+ steps done. Rain has stopped and it looks like a wee bit of sun trying to peek through the clouds. I need to walk more.

I am SO very happy that the healing is going so well. Rest and good care will go a long way...though the reversed day/night stuff is not fun. emoticon

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I am very pleased with how my cheek looks already. My pressure bandaging came off at the end of the 48 hours. I cleaned up the wound, and dressed it again. I am without pain. Feels great to know the icing helped so much.

Now I'll work at getting my night and day turned around. Sleeping so much yesterday made sleeping through the night a challenge.

It's wonderful you could help out Glenda. I know she appreciates all you can do for her.

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Took my friend Glenda home from rehab today. She had a difficult time getting into the car this time. I was grateful for the male tech who helped us get out to the car. That rehab place has been great fro several other friends who have been there, but poor Glenda really had a struggle...and being a nurse before she became disabled, she really knew the errors in meds, timing, treatment that were occurring! Anyway, now she is home.

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Continual icing feels wonderful. I'm hopeful it is working already to keep the bruising and swelling to a minimum.

Laying low still today on doctor's orders.

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The purple pink Bermuda shawl with much of the brown yarn removed from the skein while knitting. A portion of shawl towards the top was ripped out to remove brown yarn. I just didn't like the brown yarn included. It is in the lower part of the shawl, but not near my face.

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Thanks. it was good. We went over her latest quilt top for little Emmett. She's satisfied now, and ready to put on her borders and quilt it. Then we both got some sitting done. A good day.

Megan came over for her stuffed green pepper dinner. She had lunch at 2Pm so wasn't all that hungry at 5:30. I sent two stuffed green peppers home with her for meals later this week. She's studying for finals this week, and said those meals would be good brain food.

My shawl is finished, washed, and is now laid out in a good shape to dry for 48 hours. Then I'll tuck in the yarn ends where I switched yarns to avoid the brown yuck. I like the colors. It's quite heavy, but may be a nice cover up for cool places. Summer's heat is coming so not sure how much use I'll get from it until fall. Last year I made a heavy one for Delores and she loves it for cruises and airplanes. So I hope to find good times to use mine, too.

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Walking and stairs done by 11 am. wind continues to pick up. Haven't checked to see how storm forecast looks. Kingdom Hall at 5 pm Weather is very warm and very windy right now.

Hope you and Delores have a lovely afternoon together...and the pups, too!

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Apparently real estate is hopping. Son has two more showings of his lovely home today 11:00 and 2:00. We offered to pick up Bella after church this morning, so they could do something without their four legged darling.

Son is studying for an exam to keep his certification for his career with Cisco. His exam will be in June, but apparently it's an in-depth survey of his skills. They leave for a cruise May 7th, so he is working studying into his schedule as much as possible even now. So they are heading our way. Delores and I will work in the sewing room while Kelly finds a suitable place to hunker down with his studying.

Delores and I will walk our two dogs, but today may have to be on leash for Kiwi. He had a short walk off leash before church, and just wanted to scurry back home after tinkling. So I put on his leash until he cooperated better. Once he did his due diligence, he headed home even with the leash on So I undid him and let him head for home. He does like his freedom.

As long as he's moving, I'm happy.

Hope your day goes well. It's still in the low 60's here. Br-r-r-r-r-r-r

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I think dogs understand way more than most humans think they do. Yrs ago, my sister had been in school in England. By I think Mid-March, she was really sick and began planning to return home...and wrote our mother of her plans. Our miniature poodle was in the bed with Mom when she read the letter. Mom said: "Penny, Ceacy is coming home." Penny leaped off the bed and practically flew down the stairs to station herself by the back door to wait for Ceacy! Mom had not raised her voice or spoken with any kind of inflection that would excite a dog. Penny understood perfectly. I have seen things like this understanding with our pets over the years as well.

Nice family time you folks enjoyed. My mother had once thought about taking the whole clan on a cruise together..but when I researched it...the cost was out of sight. I think then, too, it would have been impossible to get everyone pried loose from responsibilities and jobs to do such a thing. That was many years ago. Mom died in 2004. We are about to have a visit from DH's mother (step) who is finally free to travel again..her husband (hubby's father) died at age 90 last October. She hasn't been here in years. I am hoping to arrange some one-on-one time for her with each of our TN families here before she goes on to her brother's home in Kingsport TN We've figured out where she will stay during her days here...now to work out meals and some kind of tentative schedule. She always manages to turn anything I plan upside down..but not planning causes confusion, too.

Hope your shawl comes out beautifully.

Half of walking done this morning. Warm and humid this morning. Breeze finally picking up. Will go try to finish walking shortly. May have storms this afternoon.

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Kiwi had three off leash walks today. One very long one. He ran like the wind when I told him Oli was home and wanted to walk. When he heard, "Oli" he took off and even ran up on their balcony deck to their door wall. Pretty amazing he understood how to get Oli even. Tonight Kiwi walked on the leash bc Bella was here to walk with him.

Son's home was being shown, so they brought Bella here and we four went out to dinner. The dogs stayed home, but we walked them after dinner on leash. Bella will come here for the week of May 6th to May 14th. Son Kelly and his dear wife Delores are taking their two grown sons on a cruise to Cozumel, Jamaica and the Grand Caymen Island. Their daughter Tara won't go bc little one year old Emmett is too young. Beside the two parents would have a hard time getting the time off and would risk losing their jobs. Not an option.

Still working o the shawl. Three border seed stitch rows are left and then binding off.

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Well, yesterday never did warm up as predicted, nor did the storms develop...ok by me. Today I am getting a very late start on walking, but will probably just walk rather than mow. I mowed again in the afternoon yesterday and got a lot done. Walking may depend some on traffic. It is 89 degrees and very breezy...and sunny though there are clouds (moving in?) Will be warm walking.

Glad Kiwi is finding some fun and joy in walking. Have a friend who has a dog that has gained
WAY too much weight. Wish I could take her walking or something. She is a beautiful dog though getting older...but her owners are elderly and the dog is getting fat, fat, fat. Makes me sad, but I can't fix it.

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Kiwi's morning walk was off leash once I got him to the golf course path. He was a bit tentative without Oli to chase around, but enjoyed his freedom. We'll try again later with Oli.

We have serious clouds, but no rain. Our high is expected to be 85. It was 74 already when I walked Kiwi at 8:15. Pretty warm for so early in the day.

I'm almost finished with my purple/pink shawl. It's definitely a warmed shawl. When I've tucked in the stray strands and blocked it, I'll take a photo - - - hopefully before the weekend is over.

Great mowing and walking for you. Yeah!

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We are expecting 89...90 would match the record. At the moment, though, it is just overcast and breezy...very pleasant. I did an hr of mowing and passed half way of my walking. Yay!

I am sure the school is definitely feeling the effects of being so close to the end of the year. Glad your classroom was peaceful.

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All sorts of sports team are playing their final event today, so absents are high especially for the seniors. I only had 6 kiddos for my first class. Everyone used their time wisely getting right down to business, so it was a quiet classroom.

All is great.

Our feels like temperature today is going to hit 90. Ouch. That's hot.

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We begin hot and humid weather today. Started off in the fifties. I am eager to get out and mow but grass is still pretty wet. Early mowing should help beat the heat but still get some work done.

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Morning!

Happy I found an off leash solution for Kiwi. I hope to get him out in the open more often if that what it takes. It was joyful to watch him take off racing with his little friend. We visited the tennis courts in the evening and he could romp around the outskirts while staying off the actual courts. He loved both ventures off leash.

Teaching today and Monday. Today is our seniors last day in regular classes. Some have AP course exams coming up still, but they'll be in rare form today. I don't blame them.

Have an awesome day. Keep your fluids up. The heat is coming.

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Silver Sneakers was great. So many muscles got into action. Yikes. Really enjoyed my time with the group. Everyone is so friendly. I need to make the effort when not subbing.

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Jean, I love hearing about your many crafts and talents. How lovely that you and DIL can go play together...shopping for goodies! I miss my youngest daughter who now lives in Denver...it was fun doing things like occasionally shopping together with her.

Pleasant weather here today...still overcast and breezy..rain last night. The heat and humidity move in tomorrow and stay for the weekend. I put of grocery expedition to tomorrow..maybe can get some walking done in the AC...Kroger is huge. Today I will walk, but also am working on weeding and may take on mowing again..starting again at the beginning...if it dries out enough.

Hope you and Kiwi enjoy your walking. Your comment reminded me of when son had a half grown puppy that they took on a long walk on the greenway. David ended up carrying his very heavy puppy about two miles back to the car. She was exhausted and would not walk one more step!!! I ended up with that pup...she lived with us for many years..and I loved her dearly though she was somewhat of a scamp. Black lab mix.

Well, back to work for me. HUGS.

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Congrats MissHartung1 on reaching Onederland!!! Proud of you!! emoticon

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Yesterday I ripped back past the brown yarn I don't like, and knit in red and purple. That looks so much better. The purple blends to green in this colorway, so I'm getting into the green now. I pulled the brown yarn out of the new skein until I got to the green in it, so I can continue on knitting in green until it gradually blends back into purple again. I'll be pleased with the colors of this shawl when it's done. It's a heavier shawl than the others because of the thickness of the yarn when it goes from thin to thick. It's interesting, but really makes a difference. This probably will not be the last time I knit this pattern bc I really like it. I'll just be more careful in selecting sock yarn to avoid getting a thick/thin weave.

I saw some other pretty shawls in the yarn shop when I visited. I just have too many projects going to start another shawl now.

My DIL asked me to go with her to JoAnn Fabrics, HobbyLobby, and Cupcake Quilts yesterday. Lots of fun. I bought cotton yarn for more dishcloths, some kitchen towels which take machine embroidery, and another type of embroidery stabilizer in our adventure.

Cool again this morning. Very nice.

May check out Silver Sneakers this morning. See how the morning goes.

I practically dragged Kiwi on a two mile walk yesterday, and then another 1/2 mile walk in the evening. He has to move more. The vet said can have his celery, carrot, and apple treats, and canned pumpkin for a snack, bc those are basically fiber. Kiwi has to be forced back into a more active life style. He was never one to play with toys, so walking has to do it.

Guess I'll be walking more, too. Grins. emoticon

Enjoy this cool weather. Yummy

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Happy for you that you found what you needed. I am impressed that you can work around the color you don't want...I don't blame you for preferring things to suit your coloring. That's not vain, that's smart.

Waiting on a return phone call is holding me up..need to walk (not going to try mowing this afternoon I guess). Hate when someone says "I'll call you right back!" and then doesn't. May have a good reason...but I will be out walking if the call doesn't come soon.

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Yeah me!

The Twisted Yarn shop still had the Noro Silk Garden yarn out on the main floor, and I was able to get their very LAST skein of the peach, pink, purple, color way. So relieved. This skein I bought today has lots of the dreaded brown in it, but I don't need a full skein, so I'll still remove it as I go without knitting it in. I am going to rip my shawl back beyond the last brown yarn, and then finish it without the brown so close to the top of the shawl. The sweet clerk thought it looked just fine in there, but I really do not like it, so it's coming out. The top of the shawl will be closest to my face, and I do not wear brown bc it isn't kind to my complexion's coloring. Let's face it, I am vain enough to avoid colors that do not look good on me.

Today's clerk told me this Silk Garden by Noro has less yardage than the thinner sock yarn. Well, I figured that out, just didn't read it in the store to be aware that I'd need a third skein.

I did look at the photo of the challenge shawl for May from the yarn shop, but will not knit that. They had several loosely knit lacey summer shawls on display that are very attractive. I may consider one of those in time.

I may return to knitting hats for a while after this shawl is finished. Not sure.

I went directly to my church's craft circle from the yarn store. Today I finished the little top of the wall hanging I am making there, and picked up the batting and backing material so I can work on that at home.

I'll miss next Tuesday bc of my skin surgery. I told our group leader I'd miss next week and why. When we had our devotional prayer for the entire group (over 125 ladies) they prayed for my surgery. I was humbled and surprised bc I had no idea my group leader would do that. Several ladies came up to me afterwards and told me about their experiences with skin cancer. Very comforting that so many ladies care. Lots of appreciated hugs. God is faithful.

Hugs for you.

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Is that yarn something that can be located/purchased online? Hope you can get what you need/want w/o having to go to extraordinary lengths to obtain it.

Beautiful here today. I was out in the ministry this morning so only have about 2000 steps done. Can't decide whether to mow first and then finish steps or visa versa. At least I have time to break it up and won't have to push like crazy to get it all done in a very short time.

emoticon Walk, walk, walk!!

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So very true. Looking at how you are doing does inspire me daily. Way to go!

Today I am going to "Twisted Yarns" knit shop in Old Towne Spring. I actually do not have enough of the Silk Garden by Noro to finish my shawl. Very disappointing. The yarn is a bit heavier than normal sock yarn and two skeins did not finish the shawl. Besides that I do not like the brown in the color changes, and pulled some of it out. In the end I left all of it in and still did not have enough yarn to finish. I am a bit uneasy because I purchased the yarn a few months back, AND according to their web site, they are starting a new challenge in May with the Silk Garden by Noro yarn. So they may not let me have just one skein to finish my shawl. I hope they'll be kind, but I procrastinated on starting my shawl so it's my fault. Besides I did not read that the shawl required more than the two skeins held. I've used other Noro sock yarns that were sufficient with just two skeins. What a conundrum.

Time to go. Hugs for you

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Have just met goals of 1200+ steps and ten flights of stairs. Will accumulate a few more of both before bed tonight. Temps were mild today but will be in low 80s tomorrow..with sunshine.

Am glad steps etc are not a competition..though it can inspire us to work harder...but just meeting whatever goal is right for US is the key. After all, all we really need/want is good health and a reasonable number on the scale. emoticon

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If you get weather from our way, then good things are coming. It's in the high 70's now with bright sunshine.

My steps today are over goal which is good for me. I'm consistently trailing you bc I don't walk enough most days.

Sending warm thoughts and hugs,

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Kelly seems to think the virus folks use your address, and send you a virus from someone who they think you will trust. The idea, of course, is to get you to open their nasty virus.

Anyway it was not in my "sent folder" which led him to believe they just used an address they thought you might trust.

The evil folks are without conscience.

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Glad you have personal tech support. Hope all they got was the email addy though I think it did address me by name so they've gotten into your contacts. Oh well, these days it is very hard to keep up with all the tech stuff.

Dreary looking day here today. We ran errands mid day and had lunch out at Olive Garden. I never can finish my meal...this time we both brought home a box. I was awake at 2 am this morning..up at 3. Went back to bed around 6:30 but obviously have not had a full night's sleep! Still have 6000 or so steps to go. At least the rain stopped yesterday...over 5 inches over the weekend! Walking was a challenge.Today it is overcast and at times looks ominous..but no rain.

Just checking in online before I head out to tackle the rest of my walking. Hope you are having a good day. Love to you.



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Not this time. We've seen him a few times already this year, so I'm sure there'll be more opportunities. We'll have to take photos again soon.

There were no messages in my "sent" folder that are not legit. So that means someone stole my account name and used it to send viruses. I am sorry that you were chosen, but pleased you did not click on the link.

Son Kelly ad DIL Delores came over yesterday and he walked me through checking a credit report for me and one for my Joe. Everything is clean so far. I have bookmarked the legitimate site so I do not get onto a phone baloney site to get scammed with something more dire. So far, so good.

Beautiful cool weather still here. So pleasant to be sitting at 75. Yummy.

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Hope you got pictures!!

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Yes! Grins
Great Grandparents: (us)
Grandparents: (son Kelly, and DIL Delores)
Parents: Tara Jean and Laramy Boyd
Great grandson: Emmett Kelly Boyd

Very special indeed, especially since I got to hold him this time. My cold is gone. Allergies remain, but aren't contagious.

He's walking now, and will be moved up tomorrow to "older" classmates away from the babies. Emmett should like little friends to play and interact with. Happy for the little guy.

Thanks for reporting my email foul up. Nasty business.

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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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4/22/17 10:06 P

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It was five minutes to six pm before the rain finally stopped enough so I could walk. Was done by 7:30ish. Walked about 10000 steps in one session...a lot for me! I am at 12909 right now with a few more flights of stairs to finish.

The heavy rain this morning cleared all the leaves out of the drainage ditch along the roadside. At some point, the culvert under the driveway couldn't hold all the water flow and water ran across the driveway leaving some sticks and clumps of leaves and washing some of the surface gravel. There are flood warnings until tomorrow afternoon...everything is running high..creeks, streams, rivers, lake.

How lovely to have some fabulous family time. So that was a 4 generation gathering? Fantastic!

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4/22/17 9:45 P

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4 inches is a powerful lot of rain. Hope nothing was washed away or damaged.

Good day all around.

Had dinner with newest Texas great grandson, his mommy and daddy and of course the grandparents. I even got to hold him tonight bc my cold is better. He is a chunky one year old and of course cute as a button. Grins.

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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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We got over 4 inches of rain during the early morning hours. It is raining again...I wish I could have been home during the brief period between downpours. Hoping for more chances to walk later.

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Morning

I'm up and have my day started. Time for Kiwi's walk.

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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I've passed 10000 steps this morning..mostly with mowing. Rain is coming. We are invited out to lunch so will be heading out shortly. Looks like LOTS of rain for the next few days. Getting the lawn mowed has helped yesterday and today. Still have a big chunk to mow...but not today. We will have two of our grandsons tomorrow..their parents are running in the Warrior Dash...I can't remember details about that run..guess I had better look it up. Associated with MTSU I think.

We have had temps way above normal but will have at least one early morning temp dip soon...can't remember which day. Everything is so GREEN here now...I am loving it.

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Got my early walk done in the mall.
Won't be walking the mall tomorrow.

IronMan is here in The Woodlands, Texas, Saturday from 7:00AM to 7:00PM. We live right in the midst of all those road block diversions. So we'll hunker down for the day.

Great weather here. Sunday we get a cool down for several days of morning temperatures in the 40's to start our day. Wow!



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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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4/20/17 6:08 P

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Thanks

Feeling better every day.

School was great.

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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We have meeting for Bible study etc. on Wednesday nights...and it always means a night much later than I would be up other nights...but my body says we need to wake up/get up at the usual time...around 5:30 am. Last night I only got 6 hrs and a few min. of sleep...so I will be dragging much of today. Still thinking an early nap might be in order. It is gorgeous here this morning...and I plan to walk and mow this morning as much as I can since it is supposed to be hot later this afternoon...close to record setting in the 80s.

Saw first hummer of the season yesterday. Yay..they are back!

DH at what is probably his last PT session for his knee. That is good.

Hope YOU are well and perking along today. emoticon

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Wishing you a successful day.

Hugs

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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My first graders put a book together today on symbols in America. Very impressive work. We did about a half hour working with clocks. I'd show them a digital time and they had to replicate it on their white erasable boards. They are getting very good with analog clocks. Throughout the school the clocks are digital, but they are learning to tell time both ways. Today we worked on relating time in "quarter past, 8:15, etc., and half past or 3:30 etc. Some pages were done in their math workbooks, too. They enjoyed science and art class rooms away from us, and had one indoor recess bc of morning rain, but then were able to blow off steam outside this afternoon. So a productive and fun filled day for all of us.

Tomorrow I am back to the 9th and 12th grade English classes. A teacher's little daughter is sick. I covered for him on Tuesday, and now his little girl is sick. So I'm returning to his classroom. Great day since the kiddos are wrapping up research papers and will be very industrious getting things ready to turn in on Friday. I'll get some knitting done IN school Yeah me.

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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...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
. . . . Vivian Greene


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Half my walking done so far. Did my grocery shopping..though that meant two grocery stores. Then took car to dealership for two things..and was literally IN and OUT in two minutes!! Amazed at how easy that was!

Weather is warm and mostly sunny. Saw first hummmingbird just a little while ago. YEA! They are back.

Glad you are having a fun day today.

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