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11/23/14 3:00 P

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Me, too!

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Jean from Texas
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11/22/14 7:48 P

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So sorry you are still down for the count, Jean. Hope things perk up soon!!!
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11/22/14 6:59 P

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Jolette
Very happy for you and Arnie. Many blessings wished for both of you as you mark this new milestone.
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Not through this mess yet. I hoped it was over yesterday, but not so. I am still nauseated, and my head ache comes and goes. I couldn't keep ibuprofen down this morning. Didn't expect that at all. I'm not exerting myself, just laying low for another day. I had my flu shot, but. I know the flu shot does not protect us from all strains of flu.

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"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
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11/22/14 6:14 P

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55 years for you and Arnie on the 26th isn't it? Wishing you JOY as you mark this milestone!!!
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11/22/14 4:42 P

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emoticon I hope by now you are feeling better. I just HATE to be inconvenienced by illness. I sure hope you have short bout with the flu.

My anniversary is Wed., or Thurs., my choice. I got married on Thanksgiving but celebrate the day most of the time. It is always a time to rejoice and give more thanks .

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11/21/14 8:08 P

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Oh Jean, I am so sorry. I hope you are, indeed, through the worst. Sleep well tonight and hopefully, tomorrow will be better.

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11/21/14 7:48 P

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Thanks Asta! It was just the beginning.

Very ill throughout the night and this morning. The nausea and splitting head ache were ferocious. Much, much better now. I got some coke to stay down at 2:00PM this afternoon. I've had some ibuprofen and chicken soup. I think I am through this mess.

No walking or cleaning today. Just huddled under the covers all day.

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!"
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11/20/14 9:19 P

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I hate the draggy-all-day feeling when you don't sleep. Hope you sleep well tonight and feel great tomorrow!

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11/20/14 8:36 P

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I didn't sleep well last night and am feeling a bit under the weather today. I'm ready for bed and will turn in shortly.
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11/16/14 7:41 P

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A card just for online use is a very good idea. We used to have a Hubby card and a Wifey (me) card...till Hubby retired. I will have to think about that idea, Jolette.

Sorry to hear your health is not doing well. Hope you find resources that make you feel better. HUGS, my friend.

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Jolette
That's a great idea. At least in a breach you'll know whether it was an on line purchase or not.

Your work is beautiful. I'm sure your family cherishes your beautiful gifts.

I am so sorry to hear that you are ill here on earth. God bless you as you persevere. Only joy awaits you if He chooses to call you home.

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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11/16/14 6:20 P

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emoticon emoticon brrr, it is cold here although it is supposed to get warmer this week. I have been staying offline a lot lately. It just seems too hard to keep up, I finally finished up my three pillowcases for the granddaughters. They are really nice, now one to do for ME.

We keep one card for the internet and one we use out of the home. I am trying so hard to keep track of my spending, although spending too much. Amazon is my favorite place in the whole world. I even got my pillowcases from Amazon. (even my toilet paper,lol)

My health is still going down hill, but I look at it as one day closer to visiting my Lord and I will be able to sing songs, all the way through, not part of the song, and no pain. What GLORY is going to be.

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11/15/14 3:51 P

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Since I had to start over, I changed to a larger circular needle. It was already apparent that my needle was getting too crowded with the shawl in progress. I didn't have a longer #6 needle, so I went through my needles to find a longer circular needle. I had a regular #9, and a much longer #9, so that solved my dilemma. Since it's a shawl, the size of the garment is not crucial. The pattern called for 320 yards of yarn, and I have 540 yards, so I won't run out.

Problem solved.

It's coming along satisfactorily now.

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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11/15/14 3:34 P

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Jean, that must have been very upsetting to have the card denied when you were out of the country!!! I alerted Discover when we went to STX and we had no problems. We don't travel all that much anyway, but as you say, things have changed from the days of cash only.

Glad Kiwi is ok...that could have really been trouble. Sorry your project is back to start, though.

Hope everyone is ok. So much crazy weather these days..rain, snow, cold, hot! Good times for quilting!

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A few years back Discover card called us after a person tried to charge over $300.00 in a Toys R Us store. Discover asked us to verify all our recent charges. A $1 on-line charge that went through prompted the attempt at the toy store. Discover caught that one and cancelled our card, but sent a new one in surface mail.

While we were in Paris in 2005 VISA canceled our card when we tried to charge rail fare. We were in serious trouble with that one bc we only had that one card. My brothers were traveling with us and covered our expenses until we could get back to Berlin and a phone that didn't require a credit card to place a call. VISA had failed to put an alert on our card to indicate we were traveling. We were really upset with them and cancelled that account permanently after we returned home. After that I made sure our cards knew we were traveling, and flagged our accounts. I check before we depart bc it was awful to have that happen so far from home.

We, too, have become a part of the cash free society. Quite a change from our younger carefree days.

An incident with Kiwi:
Unbelievable!
My darling dachshund got into my knitting while we were grocery shopping after dinner last night. My knitting was on the table next to my chair he cannot get up on, but there was an ottoman close enough to the chair to help him get there. I had a piece of wrapped candy in my knitting bag from teaching that enticed him. When I walked into our living room, the yarn was in a pile in the middle of the floor. I shrieked!

Gracious! I removed the circular needle, and carefully untangled the two yarn ends into separate balls. Then I wound the yarn back onto my swifter and re-wound the yarn.

So today I can start again. Whew!

Have a wonderful fulfilling weekend.
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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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11/13/14 5:54 P

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There were two charges last Dec. both made in Atlantic City NJ. Discover denied the two attempted charges. We went through all the close the account/ issue new one stuff. I don't know if these went through. One was from BestBuy.com...the other, a small charge, from someplace I have never heard of. I am thinking that they probably denied the second charge...but I forgot to ask.

I pay many bills online, use my card for shopping online and in stores, and when we go to restaurants. I use it for groceries and for gas. I earn a percentage back for use. I also end up with a record of where my money is going. I don't think ANY means of paying for things is absolutely safe. Same for any use of electronic communications. All you can do is the best you can, and be alert. It is a big nuisance. At least it hasn't proven to be an identity theft situation (yet)

The first time I heard of anyone's account being stolen was when a friend of mine used her card to pay for a meal at Toot's. She SAW her waiter use his cell phone to take a photo of her credit card! She immediately reported it to the restaurant AND then went home and canceled her card. Skimming at point of sale can happen anywhere....or if someone has access to your card, anyone can take the number and go shopping online. Discover did ask us if anyone had access to our cards AND whether we had the cards in our possession.

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11/13/14 5:38 P

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I am so sorry. What a terrible, terrible thing to have happen. Thank goodness the card company will absorb the loss instead of you. Horrible. It's even worse not knowing which place you actually used your card is the one responsible for "selling" your account, or at least not protecting your financial security.

We are fearful of being scammed here, too. Yes, I pay things online, and sweat gumdrops sometimes waiting for the other shoe to fall. I do check our card balances, but still know we can be victims.

Bless you as you do your best to sort things out.

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!"
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Credit card hacked again. Last yr, Dec. 25th, we got an early morning phone call asking about two charges...fortunately I knew my last charge had been online the night before..I knew the company and the amts. Long story but the card was canceled and we were given an whole new account.
Fast forward to today. I used the card to buy groceries yesterday. We tried to charge our lunch today and the card was denied. I KNEW it was not for being above our credit limit..we aren't any where NEAR it. Had hubby try his and it also was denied. Called from cell phone immediately. Learned someone tried to?(did?) charge $990 and change to my credit card account...at an online electronics store. I KNOW we didn't make that charge or another $12.00 one at a store I have never heard of.
SO, now I have to learn a NEW card number, set up new passwords etc, notify my automatic charges...and I don't know what else..for the second time in less than a year.

The card company asked if we have the cards in hand..we do. Do we have any idea who might have access to the card. In person...no one. BUT, we use this card constantly so the number could have been lifted ANYwhere...online, at someplace like the grocery or gas station or any of a number of restaurants. What a hassle!!!!


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We've dipped into the 40's here. I'm sneezing my head off.

I had a wonderful productive day with the kindergarteners. Lesson plans were awesome from a very organized veteran teacher. Such a joy to work for her.

Friday I teach music to 3rd - 5th graders. Then I have zero assignments until February 12th & 13th.



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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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11/8/14 11:00 A

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I can see why you would be concerned about all the forgetful episodes. Scary when our minds won't cooperate. I am glad you had helpers that day!!

I am so happy you have a quilting buddy to shop with. The gals I know who are interested in quilting at all are definitely not available to play like that. Oh well. I can't fix that at the moment.

Trying to do some major clean and sort around here...making better storage choices I hope. There is just NO storage in this big old house...and I have been a pack rat for too many years. It hasn't helped that the kids have moved in and out a number of times (all for valid reasons...and all staying longer than expected/intended) AND used us as a storage dump. But truly, it is my own mess I need to work on.

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I see the difference. DIL Delores won a gift certificate and returned and picked out something. Always fun to win something. When we were on the shop hop, I won a tee shirt from a shop when they pulled my name in a draw. We were still in the shop, and I was pleased to get something She loved my tee shirt, and bought one for herself. We wore them for the rest of the shop hop.

Now that we have found a tremendous shop in Blanco, TX. I'm not sure we will shop hop again. It is fun, and inspiring to see new samples hanging in the shops. We enjoy our days together, eating lunch out, and having a girly time. So glad she loves quilting like I do.

Yesterday was grand in the classroom. My air head behavior is disturbing: I must've accidentally knocked my ID badge off when I pulled a heavy sweater over my head at home. I called Joe and he brought it to school during my morning break. In the cafeteria, I left my room key at the cash register, and the clerk brought it to my table. Then I left my phone in the teacher's lounge at the end of the day, so on the way to dinner, he drove me back to get that. So many issues in one short day- - - not tuned in to my surroundings. I wasn't tired, so I have no real excuse for being careless.

I do "lose" things at home and retrace my steps, but it's horribly disturbing to me that I did that at school.

Cool weather is comforting here. Enjoy your sweaters.

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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...
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11/7/14 9:43 P

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These prize pks come in the mail...nothing to select. With the gift certificates, I have to select.

did you mean SP gave you a not working msg? I had some trouble with another major website earlier this evening. I am guessing that one was for maintenance.

Glad you had a good day at school. I had to pick up 1st grader grandson today. He came in, sat at the table, had his snack and conked out. Slept in the chair for several hrs till his Dad came to get him. I had been afraid Dawson would slide right out of the chair, but he turned himself sideways...and I put a light blanket over him. Then I fixed dinner right there in the kitchen but he never stirred. When his mom works, I get Dawson between 6:10 and 6:30...delivered to my house..and he has breakfast here, then I take him to school, leaving my house at 7:15. No wonder he is so tired after school at the end of the week.

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Tried to reply and got a URL not valid reply. Crazy. Now it works.

My DIL got one after our Blue Bonnet Shop Hop last year. Very nice. Glad you won. Have the best fun picking out new fabric. Woo Hoo!

Good School day for me.

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!"
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Just found email notification that I have won a prize pkg from Sept. FabShopHop. It will be approx $25. value...I think Fabric!!! Whoo hoo.

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Investigating a therapy...went to a seminar for thyroid at the request of a friend who won't drive after dark. SHE can't afford the program since it is not covered by insurance. I asked about blood sugars and other things like heart. Today I went to find out more and have preliminary testing. Apparently this is common in Europe but considered pseudo science here. Of course, ANYthing that big-pharma can't control is not real medicine...anything that helps the patient get well does not benefit the insurance industry. So...we shall see if I get any results. I go for the next round of info gathering about my body on Monday. Will keep you posted.

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Off to teach. Several kiddos this week have remarked how really old I am.

I am seriously thinking this will be my last year to sub It's getting more difficult for me to keep the lovelies on task. I knew I would know when it was time to go, and I think the time is ripe.

Frigid weather is on its way apparently. 51 here, with the high in the 60's Feels good, of course.

Stay healthy. Sending 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...
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Memory lapses Not being able to "find" the word I want to say are frustrating. But essentially I have it together.

I know younger folks have some of those lapses, too, but they bother me more than they did when I was younger.

I am still walking, knitting, quilting, beading, while taking care of our home, yard, meals, dog and bill paying. So I don't beg off on things that keep my mind stimulated.

Thanks for your encouragement. Dementia is downright scary. Hopefully I can avoid that pit of darkness.

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...
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Staying so active keeps your mind AND body going. Good job, Jean!!!

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Teaching Wednesday - 1/2 day
Thursday and Friday - full days.

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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New profile shows Charlotte, Rudy's owner, and I at quilt show. Charlotte is modeling her new leopard dog walking hat, and I am showing off my new purchase of the colorful silk vest.

Wonderful chilly weather here.

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10/31/14 8:58 P

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Fantastic quilt show. Bought new tools, patterns, fabric and yarn. Not a lot, but great inspiration.

We went Wednesday, Thursday and today. Three days in a row, but for us it is over. Great experience.

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!"
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Quilt Festival starts Wednesday.
Rudy arrives today to play and stay with Kiwi while Charlotte visits her old neighbor, attends the Quilt Festival Soiree at Julie's house, and shops, drools, and visits at the quilt show.

So happy Charlotte will join us again this year. Her husband's death this Spring has been hard on her, and she's making major adjustments. Financially she's a millionaire, but she's battling Parkinsons and would love to have him around for day to day comfort, and support. Eventually she'll move to California closer to her daughter's family. While she can handle life alone, she'll stay in Texas. She has great neighbors and dear quilting and tennis friends in Canyon Lake.

All is well here.

Time to start my day.
Kiwi is bathed. His day bed and sleep bed are freshly laundered so he'll be an excellent host for his brother.

Jean from Texas
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Anthony is a whiz kid. He graduated 3rd from the top in high school class of 800. He stepped into Cisco with a starting salary of $85,000 plus bonuses. He was the only white man in a team of 12 Indian fellows, and doesn't make friends easily. He found some folks to do laundry and work out with outside of work, but missed Texas and returned. He immediately found friends in Lockheed International and that was a good fit. But he decided to go for his gaming dream. The money will not be as good anywhere else bc Cisco is a great place for $$$, but happiness and satisfaction make a difference in the quality of life. He did save a ton of money from his Cisco employment, and that is helping him now. He's met a girlfriend from the gaming program, too. Grins.

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Actually, SIL left the gaming industry. He now works for Nissan. He has done a number of other computer related jobs..though I am not sure I could BEGIN to tell you what he did. Each job change has been a move up...and very challenging for him. He, too, went to college for the computer ..gaming I don't know...and apparently he is VERY good at whatever it is that he does.


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One of our grandsons is currently in Dallas working on his master's degree in gaming. He worked for Cisco (just like his Dad), but was unhappy in California, and left that job to return to Texas and work for Lockheed International. But his dream since 2nd grade was to create computer games. So after using his computer engineering degree from Texas A&M University for two years, he applied and was accepted into the SMU's master in gaming program just this summer. It's extremely difficult to get into, and expensive. (I think it's $120,000 for the two years.) Anthony is paying his own way from savings plus he borrowed money. He told his folks this was the BEST decision he's ever made. When he completes this two year program he will have created (with a team of five students) and sold multiple games. Anthony tried earnestly in California to be hired into a gaming company. He could get to the interview, but the obstacle was that he'd never SOLD a game. He feels he's on the way now to the career he's always wanted.

I bet your SIL is a happy camper to work in the game industry.

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When this daughter first married, she moved to Carson City NV where he worked in the business of designing games for Play Station and Play Station 2. I never played them. Eventually...that company folded and they moved to TN. She was happy to be home..we were delighted. Many things have happened over the years here...and now HE is craving the mountains and snow and the sports involved in the Mtn climate. PLUS, he may be able to transfer from his very good job here, to the same very good job there.

Shortly after she married and moved, DH and I moved to the US Virgin Islands to be near my mother in her later years...never dreaming she would be gone two yrs after we arrived and we would move back to TN. During the time we were there, I could get on the computer after lunch and "meet up" with DD on her computer around her breakfast time, thanks to the different time zones. We chatted online every day. The electronic communications kept me at peace with the huge changes we had wrought in our lives. I often reflected on what it must have been like before telegraph, telephone etc Now we are so used to it, we can hardly imagine what it must have been like to wave good-bye never expecting to SEE or talk to your loved ones again. Imagine sailing to the "new world" or leaving on a wagon train to cross the continent.

Since I love the adventure of moving and widening our horizons, I can't hold my young ones from wanting to do the same. Our situation doesn't really permit US to do the same. But, now that we are pet-free (hard on me!) we are free to travel...if I can get Hubby pried loose to go! Their move will entice us to visit.


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I do understand. We have one son who moved back to Michigan several hers ago. Since then his daughter married and has two lovely sons. A son is engaged, and our son has a good career going. So now there is little hope of that family ever joining us in Texas. Life happens. Getting together is tough. Yes, we go there every summer, but our son's family cannot afford to come this way. They all were coming for Megan's wedding, but cancelled their plans when Megan cancelled her wedding. Joe and I have no business trying to bring all nine of them here. We can live, and enjoy some discretionary spending, but cannot be generous in that way.

It's hard when a child moves so far away. You and I know that, but our kids do not seem to understand at first. After a while it sinks in. Career opportunities entice folks to move for their best future. You have to support them in their decision, and not rain on their parade. Just be there for them. Visit when you can swing it, and treasure the years you lived close.

A quilt festival in Colorado would be an awesome time to visit. Think positive.
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My daughter and son-in-law are thinking of moving to Denver CO area...and I checked last night..Denver has a quilt show!!! In April/May. I'd rather have my daughter stay here, though.

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Oh, if we lived closer, we'd have a wonderful time exploring and drooling over the quilts, gadgets, fabrics, yarn and beads.

I love going with my DIL bc she is so excited about everything now that she has the "bug."
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I loved the AQS show in Nashville the two years I got to go before it moved. But I also had a partner to go with. Maybe I will make the trek to another city some time. Who knows.

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Thanks. I do look forward to the quilt show for months ahead of time. The quilts on display are fantastic. The winners of the $10,000, $7.500, and $5,000 competitions are truly unbelievable. Such artists, dedication, and talent blows me away year after year. I stand in awe.

This year we're getting our scissors sharpened as a first commitment, and then just ogling and shopping around. So many treasures to see, and so little time to take it all in.

Teachers from all over the world come to inspire folks. We're not taking classes again this year. Each year we say maybe next year.

Jolette
Sorry you had to sit through such a long meeting. That must have been very difficult for you.

We're in terrific chilly morning temperatures this week. Still only 63F degrees here. Yummy!!

Have a wonderful weekend.

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My sister-in-law and niece are at quilt market...busy time for them as they shop for their business. Then YOU go, Jean! What an adventure for you every year. I thought about going to the show in Chattanooga this year, but couldn't swing it (that is only 2 hrs away).

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It was wonderful today, as warm as toast. I am still a little tired but feel better. I am almost done doing the hand binding on the owls. They are so cute.

We had a business meeting today that lasted 4 1/2 hrs. today. I got so tired and bored. emoticon

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Houston's International Quilt Festival next week. Feeling great about that.

One DIL will go with me to the soiree before preview night at 1:30PM on Wednesday (preview is from 7-9pm), and then again Friday all day and half day on Sunday.

We're exchanging burlap craft items at the soiree, and enjoying a light lunch together. Terrific friends who we basically see once a year.

Other DIL will join us just for Friday all day.

I'll have Rudy (Kiwi's brother) from Tuesday to Sunday. Charlotte (Rudy's owner) will stay with Julie who's hosting the soiree. They were neighbors until Charlotte moved to Canyon Lake. Charlotte is friends with DIL Delores who has a 2nd home at Canyon Lake, and she introduced Delores to Julie, last year at the quilt festival. Thus Delores is invited to the soiree, too. Complicated, but not really.
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So sorry to hear of your illnesses...hope all is well now. Don't get so giddy that you take a tumble!!! Nice that you are back to your needlework. So happy to see you posting! emoticon emoticon

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Jolette
We have missed you.
Welcome back.
Your new photos are lovely.
What an adorable photo of Scruffy.

Hope you can stay healthy now.

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emoticon I have managed to go t the emergency hospital three times in the last 5 weeks. Too much blood loss, this weekend I had to have two units of blood transfusion. I thought I was dying and just about gave up but decided to try one more time. I am feeling oh so much better, even able to try embroidery, I was unable to even embroider, it took too much energy. Today, I feel so much better that I am almost giddy, well... a lot giddy. LOL I am even hungry, that is unusual for me and my appetite is better.

Hope every one is recovering and feeling better. POsted a couple of pictures on my page.

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Backed off some steps while picking up calories. Not a good combination. emoticon

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Wonderful day being needed and knowing what to do. Enjoyed every minute.

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Teaching 7th grade English today.

Feels great to be in familiar territory.

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Kiwi was very cooperative, so I got in 14,000 steps even though Pam decided not to swing by tonight to walk with me. Pam is a busy gal, and sometimes it just isn't convenient for her to walk after work. She got all her steps in today, so would only have come if I needed more.

Sweet daughter for sure.

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Starting early is the key for sure. In St. Croix I was out the door within minutes of rising each morning and got about 5000 steps in by breakfast (at 7 a.m) each day. That made it much easier as the day warmed up. emoticon

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Thanks. It's a real effort sometimes. This morning I headed to the mall before my American Sewing Guild meeting just so I could get some of my steps and flights in.

I need to back off and clean house. Grins. Like that will happen anytime soon.

Right now Kiwi needs his walk. I hope Pam comes over soon.

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You really do amaze me with the amt. of walking you get in each day!


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I have 15 flights of stairs. So far I have 10,783 steps. If Pam comes by after work, I'll add to that in our mall walk. Kiwi needs a walk now and one at bedtime, so I'll add a bit more either way.

Tomorrow I teach 7th grade English, so the step count may fall way, way down. We'll see how things go. I am supposed to review the kiddos for their Short Story test.

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DH does seem to be on the mend...more so as the day wears on. Hope both he and Joe continue to improve.

Sun still hasn't come out (3:40 pm) but I am getting my walking in....hiking up and down the driveway. One more circuit will get the bulk of it done. I have done 15 flights of stairs so far.

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Great fun, affordable scarves and dyes, too. American Sewing Guild is good for me. I so appreciate being with gals who sew and create. I dyed three normal sized scarves and one extra large. So neat. They have to "dry" 48 hours before I can heat set the dyes.

Joe headed to bed as soon as I walked in the door. Guess he stayed up while I was gone- not sure. Still sniffling but seems happier today. Yeah!!

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He SAYS he feels better this morning..but he said that yesterday, too. Sounds awful. I take elderberry capsules every day..and so far, haven't had colds or flu...did have a few sniffles once or twice, but not SICK with it. Hope I can keep THAT going.

Your projects sound like fun. Glad you have those activites to enjoy.

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Morning

I understand. Joe is still sniffling, but he is taking his medication and eating 3 meals a day. That's an improvement for sure. He spent most of the day in bed yesterday and went down for the night at 7pm when I left for my Girl Friend Sew gathering at the local quilt shop.

I have an American Sewing Guild meeting today We are dying ready made scarves that one of our gals orders in bulk. She orders special tissue paper in bulk on the internet that gives its dye to things. So it will be a fun adventure for me The scarves and tissue are inexpensive, so I plan to try a few different colors.

Hope Bruce can get better soon. Try to stay well yourself. I have avoided Joe's cold to this point.

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Not so sure this one is on the mend. Throat is not sore, but he sounds like he has an awful cold. We'll see.


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Agreed. It's a guy thing for sure. Some males we know will go to the doctor for help with anything and everything. Just not my guy.

They're on the mend. That's what counts for both of them.

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Sometimes I think it is just stubbornness....not wanting to take anything to help themselves! Last time it was a rash (we never did figure out the source) and he was miserable...finally I gave up trying to encourage him to detox, red light, take natural meds etc. I guess he finally got tired of feeling wretched...but by then, whatever he had was firmly entrenched. Once he began working on it...the rash cleared up...perhaps on its own, perhaps because we pushed it out...I don't know. His mood lightened very much which made him much easier to be around!

Today He feels better than yesterday, but is still very congested and still not feeling well. He IS taking lots of vitamin C, zinc, l-Lysine etc. Hope we can get through this without it getting worse. The red lighting helps.


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Men!! Guys don't like to admit being sick. Do they think it's weakness? Just means they need intervention sometimes. Hope Bruce is on his feet again soon. Try to stay healthy.

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I don't know the numbers, but I seem to remember that my father, once he had quadruple bypass before possibly having a heart attack, got working on getting healthy and had a very low heart rate. Hope Joe will last many more years...and you, too!!

My hubby seems to have developed cold and sore throat..he is blaming it on the plane travel. He didn't tell me yesterday or Sunday...so we didn't get a head start at getting this undercontrol quickly. Hope we can get it stopped. It is that time of year again when allergies, colds and flu are making the rounds. I don't need any of that stuff!!!



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Joe's cold escalated again. He had breakfast and returned to bed. This time I made a doctor's appointment for him. I told him it has been long enough. He didn't want me to go along so I went grocery shopping instead. Doc listened to him. Checked him out. It is NOT pneumonia. Joe's on antibiotics now for ten days. Doc said Joe is the first person he's ever known to have such a low and erratic heart beat that is not on a pacemaker. Joe's cardiologist ruled against it. Heart Rate of 35 to 85 just is not normal. What's wrong with this picture? We know he does not black out, or faint, but such a low rate is not anywhere near acceptable in my mind.

Joe told the Doc that he and I have this running debate about who will go first. Doc said to have me check out the old folks' homes, all women, so Joe says, "You lose; I go first!" My DH uses that argument whenever I want him to do something healthy. He just declares, "I'm going first!!" Nut case.

Pam told me Joe confided in her that he doesn't know what he'd do without me. That's sweet, but I'd still like him to eat his fruits & veggies, take vitamins, and be more active. I simply cannot imagine my life without him in it. He teases the snot out of me, and makes life fun. We're a good team.

Take care. Appreciate the good folks you have as long as you have them. Be sure you tell them.

Maudlin! Sorry!


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Welcome Home! Glad it was a break from routine.

Joe and I had a delightful breakfast this morning at cafe type. BUT when it was time to leave, I could not find my car key anywhere. Joe was truly disgusted. He decided to walk home to get his key, but I could not leave my beautiful car for someone else to drive off with my key, so I stayed. I asked the manager to please ask everyone if they had found my car key and returned to the parking lot to stand sentry over my car.

Guess what? The key was found before going through the dishwasher ON the tray that we used to collect our plates and utensils. So we actually were both at fault. Me, for not stopping immediately and putting it in my purse after paying for our meals at the cash register; and Joe for placing the tray in the pick up spot without seeing my key on it. Not sure how he could do that.

Such a disaster when we had planned a nice treat after church. Our kids gave Joe a birthday gift card to the restaurant, so it was fun to use it. At least until I couldn't find my key.

All is forgiven. All is peaceful once more.

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We're home and the DD, SIL and Andrew (5 yr old grandson) are headed on home now too. We got home just before 1 a.m. Will be TIRED today, Left the sunny Caribbean to come home to gray skies and a farm sodden from the storms that came through while we were gone.

We stayed at an all-inclusive resort on St. Croix...it keeps you tied to being THERE rather than encouraging you to go out and about. SIL rented the car so we were kind of entangled with their choices....and how much a five yr old could/would do. We did manage a morning of shopping in Christiansted, visits to my mother's/our former home, a full day at our country club beach...much nicer than at the resort. SIL had a scuba diving lesson. we did Whim Museum and greathouse, and a little bit of driving through the rain forest etc. It was a short/long week! We hit a pretty good stride by the end of the week.

The food was OK...but the menu had little daily variation...and the serving sizes were huge. It was difficult to eat lightly and make wise choices. Personally, I think it encourages a huge amount of waste.

Our week was pleasant. The resort was filling up with incoming folks just about the time we were wrapping things up...we were glad to have missed all that crowd. We are told that the season starts in two weeks and the resort will be at capacity until next spring. SO glad to have missed THAT!

Now we try to get rested and back onto a healthy eating and exercise routine. My Fitbit worked through the entire week though I had no way to connect it to my computer (which was at home). I was worried it wouldn't stay charged. I got over 10000 steps a day...partly be getting out early and walking 4-5000 steps along the beachfront of the bldgs or in the parking lot (one circuit = about 1000 steps. I wanted as much done as early as possible before the sun warmed everything up! Wish it were that easy and pleasant here! I guess having no schedule and no responsibilities does make it easier.

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Welcome home!

Sweet little Bella went home yesterday afternoon. College son returned home yesterday to greet his parents from their vacation in Hawaii. We have the early airport run this morning to pick up the weary travelers. They flew overnight to come home. Bet they'll be blurry eyed cause they don't sleep on the plane.

Bella was so much fun to walk with. She races on the trail, so cute. I will miss her terribly, and return to mall walking I suppose. Kiwi is not that excited about 2-1/2 mile nature walks. Bella loved them and sat at the back door when I finished my shower to be sure I'd take her. Such a doll.

My weight took a hit from Joe's birthday celebration of chicken fajitas at Chili's and dessert at Culvers frozen custard. I can't resist salted caramel pumpkin concrete. It's just frozen custard with pumpkin and syrup, no milk added. Rich!! Oh, dear. I ate half on his birthday, and finished it yesterday. Bad! Bad!! A big splurge, but I'm over it now. I can wait until Autumn 2015 to hit that stuff again, but I do enjoy it.

I have pumpkin spice coffee K-cups for my Keurig and pumpkin spice non-dairy creamer for my morning coffee for this autumn season. Yummy!!

Take care. Enjoy your splurges, but work them off again before they settle in.

Sending huge hugs

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Aw-w-w-w-w-w Sorry your fun has to end. So glad you could go, though.

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Heading home tomorrow from our tropical (almost) paradise.

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Today was Joe's 80th birthday. He still has his terrible cold. He drove me to the cancer center in downtown Houston so I could donate the 10 chemo caps this morning. We stopped on the way back and I bought pink yarn to knit and felt a purse for the MaryKay gal I met with this week.

Tonight we had birthday dinner with Pam and Megan, and then went by Culver's for dessert. All yummy! A busy full day for him.

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Thanks.

Our granddaughter Megan came over after work. The dogs were restless, so we returned to the nature trail. Sun was shining and we had a great walk. Then daughter Pam came over after her work, and the three of us went to the mall to walk. Such fun. I'm over 20,000 steps for the day. I did take a nap this afternoon before Megan came over. Hopefully I'll keep Joe's cold at bay.

All is well.

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Hope the drenching does not make you susceptible to Joe's cold. Get well, Joe!

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The two fur balls and I got soaked on the nature trail this morning. Sky darkened, wind blew huge branches across the trail, and the rain came in sheets. So often the rain scoots around us, so the first drizzles didn't faze me. When we were returning from our furthest point, things really picked up. There was no way to outrun the fury, so we just kept trudging along. We're toweled off, and my outfit is warm from the dryer. No need to chill the clothes this time. The temperatures dropped 10 degrees on us. I was chilled. Now I've had warm soup and hot decaf tea.

Joe is doing better, but still not himself. Hopefully this rain experience will not allow me to succumb to his nasty cold. Jeepers.

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Afternoon
Kiwi refused to come out of hiding for a second walk this morning, so I took Bella without him. We had a lovely walk on the nature trail. With the cooler temperatures, the trail was lively with walkers, bikers, scooters, strollers and joggers. A very friendly place to exercise on a Saturday morning.
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tummy surplus doesn't show when we have clothing on...at least not much when we are close to goal.

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Walking is still good.

Garage door is fixend. Technician replaced broken door spring, and snapped cable. All is well.

Our temperatures dipped back into the 70's overnight. Cool and energizing.

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Thanks!

In my dreams, my tummy would magically disappear with the pounds. Of course that didn't happen, but I am still pleased.

To keep my momentum going, I took the dogs out for a 2-1/2 mile walk on the nature trail. So I now have 3.35 miles today.

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LOVE your announcement...though can't in MY wildest dreams see you needing to scoot down those few more pounds. You look TERRIFIC to me!!

Your breakdowns have been dramatic! Things often happen in threes (no I am not superstitious) so be on the look out. Glad the cars are only trapped and not damaged in the latest upset!


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Yesterday the spring and the cable in our garage door opener broke. Both cars are trapped inside the garage. The company we use is short handed bc one of its employees broke his leg recently and cannot go on calls. So tomorrow we'll be free again, but not today. Not early tomorrow either bc we'll get a call between 8AM & 10AM for the mechanic to give us a two hour window of when he can come. It's not an emergency, so we opted not to pay for an emergency appointment.

Last week our garbage disposal broke spraying water all underneath the sink. Thankfully this past weekend Pam's friend could come out and replace that. Now the garage door makes Two inconveniences close together.

I have a wonderful announcement! I managed to break 120 pounds finally. I have not been below 120 in several years. My extreme walking has paid off. I am beyond thrilled. Oh I still have a tummy, and sagging parts, but the weight is going in the right direction. My goal is 115 - - - so 4-1/2 pounds more to reach goal.
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Your farm is an oasis of wonderfulness. So grateful we could visit in person. Harvest is essential for productivity, but I guess it can be annoying when you have to listen to the drone of machinery hour after hour. Hope you got your Bible Study ready on time to share.

Our sermon today was on the Peace Christians are to bring into their world like Christ. We read in Matthew about Jesus calming the storm in the boat with his disciples. Then going ashore to confront the two demon possessed men whose demons recognized the Son of God and begged to be allowed to enter the herd of pigs. (Of course the pigs dove down the cliff into the water and their ultimate deaths.) The Peace He brought to two such troubled situations is the calm love we need to confront relationships and situations in our lives. Good message.

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The gang went to family day..lines longer than they used to be, Kaleb was astounded that they didn't have to PAY for the rides (he goes to the county fair every year). All three kids were out cold when they got back here...so tired!

I've got my steps and my stairs done for today...still have to finish study of Bible lesson for tomorrow (I am almost half way through) "You will be Witnesses of Me"

Still no rain here...things are really, really dry. Nice for whatever is being harvested up the road, though I am so tired of the drone of the machinery. My country farm is now in the middle of suburbia (traffic and people and lots of houses) with only small areas still devoted to farming...we have cattle and chickens...there are crops in some fields near us. Sounds like perhaps the tractor is going home for the night...it is dark out but they CAN work with lights. I hope not tonight!!!

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Very cute. I know you are kidding.

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At six am. I would have loved to use a spray bottle on them. (just kidding).
Looks like Aunt Amanda and Uncle Ted are going to try to take the two extras as part of their family to the Family Day activities. They loved the factory tour. They are all going to roast in the sunshine..beautiful day but HOT in the sun. Andrew chose to stay with his cousins...if they can't go with him, he doesn't want to go. Both of the cousins WANT to go..so they are all going. Otherwise, they would have played the day away here on the farm...also OK so long as parents are keeping things under control. They can do the farm any time, though...Family Day is only once a year.


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Terrific!
I hope your weather is gorgeous, and your time fabulous. Very exciting.

Perhaps your grandkids were noisier than this one little yapper. I went upstairs and got my spray bottle for her. Not sure DIL ever used such a thing, but the dog quieted down. Amazing. That's good.

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Early start for you folks!

We had daughter and son-in-law decide to come spend the night before going to Nissan Family day (expected an early start today and we live closer). Everyone was up till late last night...5 yr old Andrew so excited to be with his cousins (who live next door to me). They invited him to camp out in the tent in the backyard. I thought they would never go to sleep! Then this morning when I went out at six to open the chicken coop I hear: "HI NANA!" in the dark! They were making so much noise they were told they couldn't come in next door..so all three trooped over here to set up Legos in my family room..and of course, it got noisy fast! It has been a wild morning. Papa and Daddy took the three kids (ages 5,7 and 13) for the tour of the Nissan factory. It is wonderful to have some quiet, much as I love them all. Daughter and DIL are doing essential oil and Bars Treatment on DIL...that is good, too. My morning plans are turned upside down, but in a good way.

This time next week, we will be landing in Miami prior to connecting flight to St. Croix, USVI. THAT will be an early morning start, too.
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Morning
At 6:30AM we picked up our son and DIL and drove them to the airport, then returned to their house and picked up her dog, Bella. So Bella is here with us now for two weeks while they vacation in Hawaii. She certainly is a yappy dog. Goodness! Hope she settles down.

We are without sunshine, so perhaps we'll get a drop or two of rain, too.


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Thanks.

I found the white plastic part I needed to finish the pale blue eyeglass holder necklace at Hobby Lobby and finished it this afternoon. It's been on my "to-to" list for months. Good to cross it off.

I just opened my lesson plans for tomorrow. Looks like a fun day with the music students. I have to take 3rd graders to the elementary school lunch room which means I have to eat there, too. The 25 minute lunch break doesn't really give me enough time to walk across campus for the Upper School cafeteria. Small sacrifice. Both lunch offerings are adequate, but I love the salad bar in the Upper School.

All is well here. Well, Joe has a bad cold, but other than that, we're doing great.

Have a great day yourself.

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Sounds like doggie adventures ahead! Love hearing what you are up to.

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Got a pale blue eyeglass holder necklace put together yesterday only to find I didn't have the findings to finish it. So today I shopped both Michael's, and Hobby Lobby looking for the white plastic do-thingy that grips the glasses. Hobby Lobby had them, so the search is over, and I can finish off the job.

I'm knitting a black chemo cap, and a brown one. Black is so difficult for me to see, it can only be done here at home in good light. The brown one I can take to school tomorrow to play with if I have a period without students. I'll take my iPad, too, in case I get bored without kiddos. Not likely to happen my first day back.

I get my DIL's little Brussels Griffin year old dog Saturday for 14 days while they visit Hawaii. They came over last night with a BOX of food and treats, a BOX of toys, her Day bed, a spare leash, and special dishes. Oh, wow! Can you say high maintenance? After we drop them at the airport, we'll return to their home to pick up the dog, her leash, her sleep cage with bedding, her travel cage, more toys, and more snacks. She's a cute dog, and barks in your face to get attention. You have to figure out what she "needs" by process of elimination. Joe told DIL she may have a "different tempered" dog when they return for her. Tee-hee-hee.

I have nine and a half substituting days scheduled between now and March 3rd. Pleased about that. Perhaps more will come once I show up in the building and the teachers realize I am still on the approved list. emoticon

I need to lay everything out tonight before I go to bed, so I can get my head on straight so early in the morning.

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