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5/25/13 11:54 A

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Hi All,

So glad to hear from you Cathy. Was wondering how things were going with school. Sounds like you will be busy with all you need to do. Know you will do well. What is the name of your school?

We also have had rain all week and will have rain all weekend Yeah

Must go for now Have a great weekend Deni emoticon

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5/25/13 10:13 A

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Morning all
I haven't gotten any notices for our group this week and have been so busy with homework, I never came in to check. Have a lot of catching up to do.

It has been raining here off and on all week and now it has been steadily coming down since yesterday. A little bit of thunder and lightning too. It's only 48 degrees right now!

I had my classes this week, on Mon and Thurs. Both teachers are great but what a lot of work getting things up and running and figuring out how it all works. We have to submit homework, quizzes and other work online. Quite a few frustrating days with the work...my memory is not what it used to be.

With medical terminology, each chapter takes about 3 hours to read and then you do the questions which takes another hour, then they have practice quizzes online and then the actual quiz. I have to look up each answer after reading the chapter...we not only have to remember the meanings to all the new words but how to spell them and with all the vowel combinations, root words, prefixes and suffixes, its very confusing. One girl in my class said it only takes her a 1/2 hour to read the chapters and then after talking to her, I realized she is like my nephew, has aspbergers syndrome which is a very high functioning form of autism, sort of like Rainman. So she can remember the info quickly and easily! The other 2 ladies in the class haven't even bought their books yet and are far behind. The teacher did say it does take about the amount of time I'm spending on each chapter.

I also had an appointment with Health and Human services this week to see if I could get some assistance with my medical bills...to help me cover what insurance doesn't. But I'm not eligible because of the 1 life insurance policy and my IRA. They see them as assets I could cash in which I'm not going to do anyway as they are too important. The IRA can't be touched till I'm 65 or they penalize you for taking it early.

So I just have to hang in there till next year when I'll be eligible for Medicare. I just don't know how much my premiums are going to go up once Obamacare kicks in.

Anyway, lots to do today so better get moving. Enjoy your Saturday!
Cathy


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DENIPARKER Posts: 1,150
5/24/13 9:36 A

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Good Morning All.

Not a good morning. Could not sleep last night. Its very humid and I always have a hard time at night when its humid. We had plans on putting the air conditioner in this weekend but with all the rain we are going to get not sure that will happen.

Dorothy so sorry you are so sick. As always you are in my prayers.

Melissa your kids get out of school early. Is that because it is so hot down there? Hope you and your family have a great summer.

Must close for now. Hope everyone has a good day Deni emoticon

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5/24/13 9:02 A

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Hi all,

Dorothy...wish I could wave a magic wand so you could feel better. Prayers are better anyway so will keep the prayers going for you.
Deni...prayers for you too. Hang in there with this flare. I never know if mine will last a few weeks or 6 months. Keep resting and focused on the things you CAN do.
Rick...I am going to do more obedience training with Rosie before we do any agility work. She had basic obedience with me as a pup, but she is so intent on herding that it was hard for her to heel for very long. Also longer sit/stays are hard for her too. I am hoping that now that she has calmed down a bit she will accept the training and retain it.
I didn't know you played ukulele! Is it similar to guitar? Sounds busy but fun!

We had a good party for my daughter's class yesterday. It was outside so we were all hot but the kids still had a good time. I brought my kids home from school and we all just flopped...tired and hot! I ended up with a migraine last night but it was bedtime anyway so I took my meds and just went to bed and I'm fine today.
Lots to do today to get caught up here at home. Yesterday I saw a copperhead snake in the driveway which is a second sighting so I have to make a couple of calls this morning to find out who can come and get rid of it...and find the nest to see if there are babies. Non-venomous snakes I don't mind, but copperheads are pretty dangerous so I want to get rid of them if we can.

Last day of school today so I know the kids are having fun. No special plans for the weekend just a lot of outdoor work, my son is going to a bday party, and I'm hoping to meet up with a sparkfriend on Monday who is visiting family in the area.

Take care everyone!
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5/24/13 12:14 A

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Still feel like crap and it is in the head and face area and that makes me miserable.

Rick glad that the horse is doing fine

Deni that happens allot and your in good company on that

Melissa have fun with school being out soon!



Dorothy

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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DENIPARKER Posts: 1,150
5/23/13 2:20 P

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Hi All,

I wrote a message earlier and guess I forgot to click on post message. Bummer!!

Melissa I have done some work from the book but have been sick. Had a bad flare (the doc says its the worst she has seen) I do the CD most for now its gentle. Will talk later about the book.

Rick glad the horse is getting better.

Dorothy that is a big OH BOY!! hope you feel better fast.

Hope everyone has a great day Deni emoticon

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5/23/13 11:16 A

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Morning all,

Sunny and cool here this morning and will be about 72 today.
A number of things to try to accomplish today. After exercise, clean the barn, mow the yard and go down the hill to pick up a load of hay. And I need to take down the 10 x 10 canopy I purchased thee other day. I put it up to make sure there were no problems with it before trying it out at the dog trial. The smaller one we had got messed up during a big gust of wind.

I'm also going through all my cookbooks and boxing them up, most anyway. I don't see any need to keep them anymore. With the internet I can get just about any recipe I need and the books take up a lot of space. Boxing up all the diet books as well. It's amazing how many of those I have collected

Melissa, I don't think 4 y.o. is too old to start. especially if he/she has any obedience training. .It is still possible if they don't but you'll need to give her some obedience first. And Aussies make great agility dogs. They're smart and catch on fast. We have been training our daughters 5 y.o. Black Lab. We first had to get her calmed down. She was very excitable and liked to jump on you. After that we started getting her to jump over small jumps, then through the tunnel. Still needs work on the jumps but she's getting it, then we'll probably go to the weaves and maybe the teeter.

This evening I have worship practice. We have been learning some new songs. A couple of them I am going to play drums to. and one I'm going to play a ukelele. The rest I will play guitar.

Gotta run,

Have a good day all

Rick

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5/23/13 9:42 A

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Oh no Dorothy! Rest when you can and I'm praying for a fast recovery for you.

Rick, so sorry about your horse...glad to hear of improvements. Do you think it's too late to start our 4yr old Australian Shepherd with Agility Training?

Only 2 more days left of school here. I'm helping out with my daughter's class party today and I've created a container garden for her teacher as a gift from the class. She is also getting a cool personalized art print that the other room mom made and had all the kids sign the matte, and some gift cards. I'll be wiped out afterward, but then I don't have anything else going on today so I can rest.

Deni...how did that class go for you...the one with the book/workbook you recommended? I have only read through the first couple of chapters so I need to pick that up again.

Have a great day all...take good care,
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5/23/13 12:02 A

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The cold that I got from my doctor is now in my head and it hurts too,. Next time I go to the doctor I will be taking a mask and will find out if he has a cold and then wear it. It is really messing my thinking up as if I needed more stuff to mess up my thinking.

Dorothy

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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5/22/13 1:39 P

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Morning all,

Just got back from the dealer form picking up my truck. It is running o.k. now but unfortunately they found a couple of other things wrong that need attention,(don't they always). Anyway, my bank account is a lot lighter.

I turtled (stayed the same weight)at TOPS this week. Overall we had a good loss. No meeting next week because of the holiday.

We have a dog trial over the weekend as well. we are going Sat and Sun. The trial is 4 days but it's hard enough just doing one.

Next weekend we have our SRD ( State Recognition Days). Myself and one other member is going. Doesn't look like much is going on on Friday but there is a lot going on on Sat. It seems since we went from ARD's( Area Recognition Days) to SRD''s They don't do as much. Of course we're looking at a much larger attendance so I guess it's harder to do some of the stuff they use to do.

My horse is doing much better. The hole in her head is slowly getting smaller. We have stopped giving the antibiotics but still keeping her confined.

Hands are still sore but they are getting less tender.

We had one day of rain here but it was nothing compared to what you all get. In fact for the little we got it was more of a nuisance and probably just made it worse for our fire season by encouraging weed growth.

Gotta get out and take care of the horses and mow the yard.

Have a good day all!

Rick

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DENIPARKER Posts: 1,150
5/22/13 5:17 A

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Good Morning All,

Boy what a night!! Thunder storms and lighting all night. We were lucky did not lose power. The rain that came with it was also bad. Its still raining. We need the rain but does it have to come all at once?

Today will br my rest day. After yesterday I need it. Yes Dorothy we need to learn to listen to our bodies and stop when we need to. A hard lesson to learn. For me any way.

Must say bye for now Deni emoticon

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5/22/13 12:25 A

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It rained again here most of the day and they say it will rain all this week. I think that I caught the cold that my doctor has and now it seems like it is in my chest. Will have to keep an eye on it.

Melissa welcome back and it sounds like you have a very busy time

Rick how is the horse doing? How are your hands doing too?

Deni as you know that we need rest with this lupus

Dorothy

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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DENIPARKER Posts: 1,150
5/21/13 7:37 P

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Hi All,

Checking in late due to work and errands I was so wiped out the rest of the day. Just had some supper and setteling down to watch some TV.

Hope everyone hsd a good day. My prayers to the folks in OK.

See you tommorow. Deni emoticon

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DENIPARKER Posts: 1,150
5/20/13 12:27 P

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Hi Melissa

Was so glad to see you have come back. Have missed you also. Sounds like you have a busy summer coming up. I remember when the kids were school age was very busy taking the kids here and there. Its funny when I was doing it it seemed like so much work. Now I would give anything for those days back again. Miss having my kids around.

Well take care and again so glad to hear from you Deni emoticon

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5/20/13 12:03 P

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Hi all,
I am still alive and kicking!
So sorry I have not been sparking this month. I've had my piano recital, my inlaws here, then my daughter's two ballet recitals plus end of season soccer games/party, and all the end of the year stuff for the school! Plus I've been doing piano consults for a number of new students wanting to start this summer. So phew! I've had no time to be on the computer except to reply to emails.

I will go back and read up to see what all I've missed. This is the last week of school for kids here in the Atlanta area. I can't say that I'm ready for summer, but we'll be fine...the kids have 3 acres of woods to play on, a garden to help tend, and we have our association pool to go to whenever we want. In June they have several camps going on so I know summer will go fast here.

We've had a lot of rain here in the past month...almost every weekend and several weekdays we've had steady rain. Everything is lush but some of the azaleas just got 'drowned' this year. Also I will have to replant most of my herbs as they have not done well either.

Just had both dogs into the vet and we are putting Ginger (10 yr. old lab) back on Rimadyl now for her arthritis and hip pain. Spent $750 on all her lab testing, meds and exam last week. She has an infection in her elbow but it is not cancer so she's on antibiotics for that now. Rick...I was wondering if it is too late to start Rosie (4yr old Australian Shepherd) on agility training. The vet knows someone local who does trials so I may look into training if she's not too old to break bad habits and learn some new tricks ;)

I've been awful about workouts and eating this month. I haven't had time to track anything and I've just had too much going on. Time to change that! I'm hoping to meet up with a spark friend over the Memorial weekend...will be good to see each other again!

I'll try to stay in touch a little more now...in the meantime I'll go back and read older posts.
Take care everyone...I've missed you all!

Melissa

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5/20/13 11:17 A

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Hi All,

A quick check in to say hi. I'm thinking of you Cathy. Hope your first day of school is going well.

Dorothy glad to hear you are getting out. Must be feeling better.

Gotta run. Have a good day everyone Deni emoticon

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5/19/13 9:41 P

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Woke up to rain pouring down like crazy and it did not end until about noon and then my daughter came over and took me to BJ's and we shopped for food there.

Dorothy

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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5/19/13 9:42 A

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Good Morning All,

Thanks for getting us started Cathy. I was getting ready to start the week off when Dale came in and said breakfast is ready. Closed things down and went out in the kitchen and there was raspberry pancakes. emoticon Boy they were good !!

We need to change the oil in the lawn mower and a few things around the house.

Rick I will send my prayers your way. Things will come together. Hope the horse is getting better.

Have a good day everyone Deni emoticon

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5/19/13 8:51 A

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Morning all!
It is cloudy and in the 50's here. I don't think it's supposed to rain today but we can always use it as it's been so dry.

I did homework most of the day yesterday till my head was spinning. I took a break and went out for awhile and also bought more ink for the printer. I had to print out the handouts for 1 class...it looked like a slide show, each picture took up 1 page and it was 30 pages long, so I shrunk it down to fit 6 pictures on a page and printed out the 5 pages. Trying to save on ink and paper! Then realized the handout has exactly the same info and pics as the 1st chapter in my book. That's such a waste! I'm not printing out anymore till after the 1st class and find out if that is necessary. We also have a CD that goes along with the book and a website to explore so there are plenty of other ways to learn the material.

I'm feeling anxious, nervous and excited about starting classes but I know I'll be fine once we get settled into our classes and get all the preliminary stuff set up and learn how to navigate all the new websites for doing tests and assignments etc.

I never got to the grocery store so need to do that today and pick up a few things at Walmart.

Did anyone play the Powerball yesterday? One of the winners bought a ticket at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, FL...that's where I shopped every week when I lived in FL!! Oh man!!

Have a great Sunday!
Cathy
PS... has anyone heard from Melissa?

Edited by: CAPISTRANO at: 5/19/2013 (08:52)

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