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4/21/15 2:20 A

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Understanding the seller wouldn't fix the major items, I canceled the contract. House was gorgeous inside, but needed a new roof and some electrical fixes. Back to the drawing board.

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4/20/15 8:22 P

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Telling yourself to be patient? So frustrating.

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4/17/15 10:42 P

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Sticking to my guns. Kind of. Sent a list of needed repairs to the seller. Now he has five days to answer. If he'll fix them, I will go forward. Otherwise, I'll withdraw and start searching again.

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4/17/15 10:16 P

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Realizing q and y can be difficult letters. When ideas desert you go on to the next letter. Are you still buying the house?

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4/16/15 5:06 P

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Questioning everything is interesting. Hmmm, not really, but it was the first Q-ing word to come to mind. :D

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4/16/15 4:33 P

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Pricing on those "fixes" does sound really high. They could come back to you by dropping the price of the house instead of making the repairs. I'm not sure that would be better.

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4/15/15 6:19 P

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Overwhelming -- the inspector's report on my potential home seemed overwhelming to me. Fortunately, my realtor is very calm and level-headed and helped me sort through the issues in meaningful order. We submitted my list of disapproved items and required repairs to the seller today. We'll see what seller says -- love the house, but I can un-love it if it's going to cost me an extra 20-30k to get everything fixed.

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4/15/15 5:34 P

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Nothing like moving to help unclutter your life! I confess to having the same difficulty. I managed to go through most of it on the last move, though. After seven years I've noticed that the collecton is growing again. I have a secret stash--I've saved every Christmas card we've received for 41 years. I have used some as gift cards, which is why I saved them. I need to just throw them out. Maybe . . .

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4/13/15 9:26 A

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Making the decision to donate items to charity, so I have less to take. However, I do find it hard to let go of books, albums, and CDs.

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4/12/15 1:50 P

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Loving that I've forgotten packing. Either it was very boring or very traumatic (or both).

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4/10/15 10:10 A

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Keeping up with the packing is challenging! I've been spending my spare time filling boxes. Apparently, I own too many books. :D

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Jumping through all the hoops-whoopie. Then comes the heavy lifting. You've moved before though so that's no surprise.

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Inking my name on numerous documents lately!

(Actually, signing many electronically, but that didn't start with I)

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4/9/15 4:55 P

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Hitting the housing market just right isn't easy! Magic indeed.

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4/8/15 10:43 A

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Going into this so quickly is a little intimidating! I'm sure I want to do it and I'm sure it is the right house, it just all came together rather magically!

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4/8/15 10:01 A

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Finding the perfect house is fantastic! I'm thrilled for you. One more month to go.

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4/7/15 3:38 P

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Everything I wanted in one house! Yes, I made an offer, owner countered, I countered back and he accepted. Tentative closing date is May 4.

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4/7/15 2:24 P

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Daring! That was fast. So did you make the offer? Are you buying the house?

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4/3/15 6:36 P

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Considering making an offer this evening! Saw one I love-love-love this morning. Beautiful, affordable, right-size, and near hiking trails from our local mountain parks.

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Buying a house? That's fantastic! Hope you find exactly what you're looking for.

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4/2/15 10:36 P

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Analyzing the best place to buy a house, right now. Best place in Phoenix, that is. My landlord sold my house to an investor. At first, I was upset, but now I'm happy. It lit a needed fire under me to encourage me to apply for a mortgage and buy my own place instead of being a perpetual tenant.

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Yeahing (please just roll with it) because we caught the problem before all the food in the freezer defrosted. Also, my son and his wife live one mile away and gladly made room in their fridge for our stuff. Whew! Refrigerator shopping is like car shopping! Who knew? Everything is back to normal now. My husband realized he can fix the old fridge. We put it in the garage. Hoefully the replacement part will be in next week.

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Waking up to a dead refrigerator is frustrating! Quick! Buy ice, get ice chests out, see if neighbors have room in their fridge!

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Vexing weekend! Our refrigerator died. Big day ahead.

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Understanding begins to dawn on how persistent a squirrel can be! We should be more squirrel-like, eh? emoticon

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Training the squirrels to stay out of the feeders would be a neat trick! The problem is that they destroy the feeders. They chew through the plastic. I've even seen them dismantle a wooden feeder.

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Seeing the squirrels be so industrious must be enjoyable, even though you need to defeat their efforts for the sake of the birds!

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3/26/15 8:32 P

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Rescuing the bird feeders from the squirrels is our next concern. They're fun to watch, though.

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3/25/15 9:23 P

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Questing after the right book can be a challenge. I prefer a book to the internet for something like birds or butterflies, because you can leaf through to look at the photos much more easily!

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Perusing the internet didn't help me. In fact, I think it confused me even more. A bird book would be better. Now that really shows my age, doesn't it? Ha! Where we used to live, I had a butterfly garden and my favorite wren and blue bird families, as well as a couple of hummingbirds. I miss that. Don't get me wrong, I wanted to move. It's just that each time we've moved there are always a few things I wish I could take with me.

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Opening a birding book might answer your bird questions! When I saw many butterflies in my Florida garden (years ago, Arizona now), I purchased a guide for gardening for butterflies in the south. Still have it, even though I don't live there any more.

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3/23/15 9:55 A

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Noshing on my breakfast fresh fruit salad (yum) while watching the finches, sparrows, and cardinals eat sunflower seeds from our bird feeders. Wish I knew more about birds. I just read that goldfinches have winter color and are brighter in the summer. Who knew? We've got dozens of them.

Marching! lol

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Marching onward, aren't we!? All our March celebrations add up. Wise of you to celebrate all on one day.

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Looking like March is pretty much the same here. My husband's birthday is March 6, our anniversary is in there, too. My grandson's birthday is March 14, my son's is March 15. We've moved all the celebrations to one day. Makes it so much easier and it's fewer calories.

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Keeping busy with March celebrations, myself! My younger daughter was also born on St. Patrick's Day. She chose to celebrate on 3/18 this year, though, as she just moved and was receiving deliveries on her birthday. My older daughter's birthday is Sunday, March 22 and her fiance's birthday is March 24! March is the month that keeps on giving (or costing) for me!

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Joining the celebration by ordering cake at the Spark Cybercafe. I'm thinking three layer chocolate cake with hazelnut cream filling, vanilla buttercream, and raspberry sauce. Good thing you have Oliver. Except for St. Patrick's Day there's not much to celebrate in March. We used to hope for snow so we could have a day off in March!

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Instigating a celebration at work today. The owner's Great Pyrenees puppy is one year old. We're having cake for the humans and Oliver gets a dog bone.

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Hoping traffic isn't horrible up ahead. Why can't I go shopping in the morning instead of getting caught in rush hour traffic? I'm not driving, don't worry!

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Getting ready for work, or rather - pausing in my "get ready routine" to enjoy a smoothie and cup of tea while sparking. :D

It's also been warm here, this week. Mid 80s most days. A little early for this warm, though!

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Feeling sleepy as I sit here watching the rain. It was a beautiful sunny day around 81 degrees. Perfect. Now we've got rain, but that's okay, too.

Oh, I love eggs, yum. There are quite a few people that sell them around here. Of course, this is chicken country. There's a neighbor at the end of our street that sells eggs.

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Eating "homegrown" eggs for dinner last night. One of my co-workers has hens in his yard and brought me a dozen. They had so much more taste than even the organic, free range eggs from the store.

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Doing an extra workout is a great idea, good for you! I love watching the hummingbirds. I haven't seen any here. We don't have flowers that they would be interested in.

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Challenging myself to an extra workout at the gym every week. I really want to get stronger, so I can do more of the positions and moves in my aerials class! It must be so fun to watch the squirrels and birds from your window. We have hummingbirds here. They love my hibiscus and some of the other bushes.

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Beginning to track again. Just having to write it down tends to limit what I eat. I'll see how it goes. My smart squirrel has figured out how to hang upside down from a branch in order to steal sunflower seeds from the bird feeder. The dumb squirrel sits watching him in awe. Too funny.

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Analyzing what to eat can make one feel a little overwhelmed or even OCD! However, tracking both food and exercise really helps me stay on target!

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Yo-yo-ing up and down on the weight loss front. I'm going to have to start getting more serious and stop coasting. I really need to track nutrition, but I become OCD when I do. It's not a place I want to be. There's got to be a way to track without making myself crazy.

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Wondering how I got so lucky with my job/firm. Took a lot of years to get lucky. I've worked for world-wide firms in the past, think ING.

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Vexing, yes, that's what it is. Sometimes it's so difficult to start a sentence with an ing word! You are fortunate to have a job like yours.

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Understanding I work for a small, caring firm might help you imagine that universe (grin). I just have to choose an appropriate time for the request and it's got a decent chance. Right now is not the time, though!

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Trying to imagine a universe where that could happen.

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Sitting is the new smoking. That's what the article said. Recommended stand-up desks, or at least making sure one stands up and walks around hourly. I wonder if my firm will buy me the $1,000 up-desk?

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Resisting the urge to eat a brownie. I made some and put them in the freezer for Alex. Sometimes it makes me crazy to know they're there and other times I really don't care. (Hey, that rhymes.)

We record TV shows, too. Sometimes there are so many of them I just delete them. Don't tell.

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Quitting work a little early tonight, because I came in a little early this morning. It will be nice to get home and just relax this evening. I need to catch up on watching a couple shows I've recorded. :D

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Putting up two bird feeders in the backyard. We have four in the front yard. They'll come down at the end of May or so. We couldn't have bird feeders where we used to live because the bears would go after them. So would the deer. They would eat right through the plastic and dump the seed. Plus, we had pheasants at the feeder. But then the bears started coming in and it got too dangerous to feed the birds.

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Observing wildlife is always enjoyable. When I took the grandkids to the park, we saw a desert rabbit. :D

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Nothing better than cooking together! We all love to do that. I'm watching the birds at the feeders. It's icy and cold today and they're enjoying the sunflower seeds.

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2/15/15 1:28 P

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Making pancakes this morning was fun, with two grandkids helping!

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2/14/15 7:28 P

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Looking at the weather forecast this week--gee, we might have snow! Even though I've been cold, our winter here has been mild. I'd like to see snow flying around a time or two.

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2/10/15 2:42 P

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Keeping on keeping on. That's what we're doing!

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2/10/15 12:48 P

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Jumping for joy! I'm finally beginning to feel better. Now I can start the Spark Challenge I joined in order to get myself exercising more regularly.

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2/10/15 9:26 A

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Inquiring minds want to know. (Not sure what they want to know, yet apparently they do. Everyone says so!)

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2/9/15 11:40 P

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Having to go to the grocery store when you're sick is not fun (but essential). Fortunately, the pharmacy is in the grocery store. Yeah, one stop shopping. Then we went to Panera Bread, next door to the grocery store. I had one of their new broth bowls--the one with lentils. Yum! I got $5.00 off the price, so it was worth it. So I'm done with the 5 day z-pack and the bacterial infection is gone, but I still have this stupid cold virus. It just doesn't want to go away. I started using my allergy nasal spray, hoping that will help.

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2/9/15 9:21 A

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Going to the doctor and the grocery is important when you're ill! And possibly to the pharmacy, as well.

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Fitting your exercise into your schedule must be challenging. I have to work at getting out more. I'm still really sick, so last week included a trip to the doctor and the grocery store. wow.

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Enjoying my weekend by spending most of it at home. Seems I'm always on the go. Only out once yesterday, and have planned just once today -- to my aerials class.

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Doing my sparking before I go to sleep. Alex was great, but Tim and I are still sick with this cold/flu thing we caught. I fell asleep this afternoon and now I'm not tired. I didn't mean to take a nap but I sat down in my comfy chair and was out. Alex was so patient with us today!

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