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8/23/15 12:43 A

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Knowing you did the humane thing doesn't make it easier. Sorry for your loss. Some people say there are no animals in heaven. I feel the same way Will Rogers did--I want to go where they (pets) go.

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8/20/15 5:34 P

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Journeying into the next life (if there is one!) is what Jade did on Saturday night. The slight limp became an "I'm never using my leg again limp." The pain meds didn't give her any relief and she was losing her appetite. I'm quite sad, though I know helping her with humane euthanasia was the right choice. I will forever miss my most out-going, softest, and silliest little girl greyhound. She was only 8.

I'm thankful though, for my other little girl's very calm, sweet presence. Rio, who is 9, is my calm in the storm. She went with us to the emergency clinic and comforted Jade on her final journey.

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8/18/15 6:17 P

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Imagining the perfect day for a wedding! Always nice to have things go well.

Sorry to hear about your fur baby. You had said she had bruising on her leg. A tumor. Went through that with my cat, Harley. She had a brain tumor. I can understand how you feel. My heart goes out to you.

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Hoping to be caught up on everything soon! The wedding was absolutely perfect. The DC weather was unseasonably cool (low 80s) and I didn't get rained on. :D Everything went wonderfully.

I was happy to come home to my hounds, though. One of them is terminally ill with hemangiosarcoma (blood vessel cancer) and I was terrified she would die while I was away. Thankfully, she didn't. However, I don't expect her to make it much longer. I won't let her suffer, knowing she's going soon and she did start limping sporadically last night. Did not limp on her morning walk, though. I talked to her vet and the theory is when she lies still, the tumor probably presses on her sciatic nerve. (It is in her thigh muscle.) Once she's up and moving, it lets up.

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8/3/15 7:52 P

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Getting to be a really busy and exciting year for you! New house, new grand baby, and a wedding. Can't top that! Going to work and getting almost anything else done can be difficult sometimes. I hope your daughter has good weather and a wonderful wedding.

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Finding time to Spark is becoming more challenging as I prepare to head to DC for my daughter's wedding.

Edited by: DESERTJULZ at: 8/3/2015 (19:03)
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7/30/15 7:48 P

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Experiencing my new, quiet environment since Alex started school! It feels so different, I miss him. Well, I don't miss the constant noise. Seven year boys make so much noise. Susan (his mom) asked me how long that would last. Poor thing, it's going to be a while. But tomorrow is Friday and Alex's day off (that's what he calls it) starts at 3:45 in the afternoon when we pick him up for Taekwondo and ends on Saturday evening.

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Debating the exact date Stella had "last day of kindergarten." As I recall, it was the last weekday in May, so summer break officially started at the beginning of June.

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7/27/15 10:28 A

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Concurring that school starts earlier than I remember! My grandnieces and grandnephews in New Jersey still start after labor day. The traditional public schools here in Union County start August 24. My grandson goes to a year-round public school. His is a charter school requiring a minimum of 185 days or 1025 hours of instruction. They get 6 1/2 weeks off for summer, but they have more time off during the school year. Enrollment is by lottery. The school is much smaller than the regular public school with two classes per grade instead of nine or ten classes per grade.

August 10th is very early! Does this mean they get out of school in May?

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7/23/15 3:03 P

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Beginning school in July. Yikes! I thought it was bad here, with my granddaughter starting on August 10. Ahh, the good old days, when school started after Labor Day.

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7/22/15 7:09 P

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Admitting that my worst sleep issue is that I like to stay up and read all night. So bad! Big day today--tomorrow is the last garbage day of the summer before Alex goes back to school. He likes to take out the garbage for me on Garbage Eve (today). I am going to miss his help. Alex starts school on Monday.

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Yearning for a good night's sleep. (I'll leave it at that!)

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7/20/15 11:10 P

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Waking up in the middle of the night is a killer for me. Not much of a drinker, but I do find darkness makes a difference. I know two of my biggest problems are that I sometimes get muscle spasms in my back and I have food issues. I'm finding that I can't eat after 7 pm and I have to make sure I eat low fat, otherwise I'm up in the middle of night feeling miserable.

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Verifying my own battles with insomnia. It is frustrating!

Sometimes, if I count down from 100 to 0, I will fall asleep while doing so. I have to have a black room. Any light coming in triggers wakefulness. Alcohol makes me fall asleep, though only for a short while. After about two hours of sleep, alcohol interferes with the sleep patterns and makes it worse. Therefore, less or no alcohol is best for me. Hope some or any of my experiences may help you, too.

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7/18/15 2:20 P

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Using an s-ing word would be my choice now! Sleeping has become an issue lately. I'm tired, I go to bed, and then I'm wide awake. Grrr. Last night I was doing great and then the phone rang at 3:00 am. Hello? Wrong number. I'm awake and I can't get back to sleep. Finally fell back asleep after 6:00 am and slept for another two and a half hours. I'm turning the phone off tonight and going to bed early again.

Aw, gee, love those double points. ;-)

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Tingling nets me double points, so I'm certain springing netted you double-points, too!

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Quibbling about Q? I couldn't find anything to say with a Q-ing word! So onto R it was . . .well, S now.

Springing (do I get extra points for a inging word?) up from my chair now because Alex is insisting that I play Liverpool with him. Liverpool is a progressive rummy game, but with Alex we only play the three sets hand. I'll finish the other Spark games later. Promise.

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Questioning why you had a hard time? Skipping Q perhaps? (big grin)

Thank you! I am excited about the wedding. You're on to S now.

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7/12/15 5:27 P

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Rewarding to have your children find happiness and fulfillment. (Gee I had a really hard time with this one. I don't know why.) Have a wonderful time at the wedding!

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Planning a trip to Washington, DC, for my older daughter's wedding. So happy for her that she's found a wonderful man to share her life. :D

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7/7/15 11:22 A

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Overwhelming fireworks! It's all that noise and the crowds. In Monroe, they set the fireworks off in the park, which is below the town, so many people go downtown to watch the fireworks. There are terraces and benches making it a good place to watch without the big noise. I can understand how Hunter feels. I feel the same way. That's why I stay home!

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Needing to mow the teeny bit of grass in my back yard, too! I think it can wait, though. :D

It's good your husband was able to help out. I spent most of Friday up at my daughters, and a good bit of Saturday too. Her husband went to Chicago with one of his brothers to see one of the very last Grateful Dead Concerts. My daughter was happy I could come over, play with the kids and be there to help with her husband gone. We did go to fireworks last night. My granddaughter loved them, but my almost-3 grandson was frightened.

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7/5/15 2:20 P

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Mowing the lawn proved impossible for my son today because he sprained his ankle hiking up Grandfather Mountain on Friday, so my husband went over to mow his lawn. It's been a quiet weekend. Alex came on Friday and Saturday, but he didn't stay over. The guys always go downtown to Monroe to watch the fireworks. I got to stay home and read (loved that).

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7/4/15 12:11 P

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Liking the 3-day weekend. Yesterday, I met up with a friend at the Desert Botanical Garden at 7:15 a.m. It was very overcast and humid, though not hot. We walked the garden for over an hour, then went out for a leisurely breakfast. Followed it up by spending the rest of the day with my daughter & grandkids. Her hubby is in Chicago, so she really appreciated having another adult there. :D

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7/2/15 1:50 P

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Knowing nothing about horses I can't even imagine. Although I have noticed, when watching the races, that those are some very large high-strung horses. We used to have neighbors with horses that would occasionally come over to eat our crab apples. They were so sweet (the horses, not the apples). I would bribe them with carrots so they would follow me back to their stable.

I bought some fresh mandarin oranges, too. I made a fruit salad with the oranges and plums for breakfast this morning. Yum!

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Jockeying a horse to the Triple Crown must be so incredible.

The cantaloup was quite yummy! I want another... Plums sound good, too!

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7/1/15 4:55 P

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Imagining eating some cantaloupe with you. I almost bought one at the store, but I got the plums instead. They looked so good. Maybe I'll have some of them with my salad. Eek, I'd better get started on dinner. The days go by so fast.

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Having cantaloupe as a dinner-appetizer. Yum!

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6/29/15 7:17 P

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Going to get hotter, so replacing the windows is a good idea! My washing machine is dying and the repair part costs $400 (and that's with my husband replacing the part himself). Guess it's time to get a new one. I really liked this washing machine, too. Oh, well.

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6/29/15 10:34 A

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Finding new repairs or renovations I need to do to my new home. The summer heat is leaking right into the old single-pane windows. Most of the house seems okay, but two rooms seem to really bring in too much heat. Now, I'll be getting a quote on replacing at least those two windows.

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6/28/15 9:24 P

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Exasperating! It's so much easier to have a definitive diagnosis with a specific plan of action. At least Jade is doing just fine and that's wonderful.

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Doubting there is a single thing wrong with my hound. All her lab tests are final and all are normal. The vet is now calling it "idiopathic coagulapathy," meaning unknown, random, bleeding or bruising. She did some research and says she found older greyhounds sometimes present temporary, non-threatening coagulapathy (or lack of coagulation after getting banged up, resulting in bruising or bleeding). As long as it doesn't continue or recur often, then we just ignore - though she is getting vitamin K for two weeks, as a safety measure. If it recurs, then we will readdress - perhaps with a specialist.

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Coming up with no new ideas here. How on earth did Jade do this? If she fell she would indeed be limping. Huh. Certainly this has been an exercise in frustration!

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Beginning to think the issue with Jade (hound) is an exercise in unnecessary spending! So far, all lab tests have come back with either normal readings (blood counts, etc) or with negative results (tick fevers). We still have some of the tick tests outstanding as it takes 2-3 days to obtain a result. Her crotch-to-ankle bruise is much faded and the swelling is gone. If she hurt herself badly enough to have a 16 inch long bruise, why wasn't she limping????

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Admitting that I always hated it when my fur babies were sick. I'm such a wimp. Hopefully your dog will have something benign that can easily be treated. Keep me posted.

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Waiting for lab results from my vet. One of my dogs has a humongous bruise on her leg, yet no limping and no sign of an injury. Vet said she may have low platelets, and that could mean a variety of illnesses. We'll have the initial results tonight, but the tick titers will take 3-4 days.

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Vowing to never have another house without central air! When Susan, my daughter-in-law, visited her parents in Maine, she said she hated being without central air conditioning. She said the temperature was in the 90's and humid and the window air conditioners in the upstairs bedrooms couldn't cool down the rooms. I can imagine. Her parents don't have air conditioners in the downstairs, they just open all the windows and doors. Yikes! Of course, it's not over 90 degrees for months at time in Maine, either.

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Using central air conditioning in the house, a/c in the car, and working in a building with a/c, keeps me from suffering too terribly in the summers! I just back off my normal outdoor activities.

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Trying to get used to the heat in the summer took a while. I can't be out in the sun too much, but I've gotten used to it. I love the warmer winters and spring and fall are really nice here, as well. My daughter-in-law, who's from Rhode Island, loves it here. She says she's never moving back to those cold winters. And, hey, we've got central air conditioning, so I can't complain.

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Seeing triple digit highs every day now. Oh well. I love living in Phoenix for many reasons, so I have chosen to put up with our summers, even though the summer heat is NOT one of my many reasons!

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Reporting record high temperatures here for the last week or so. We're 10 to 15 degrees warmer than normal, but the humidity has been well below 50%. August here is hot and humid. I'm not looking forward to the humidity--every day is a bad hair day then. I saw where Phoenix has been having higher than normal temperatures, as well. I could go for cooler weather. When does fall start? Sigh.

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Questioning my sanity is what you'd need to do if I were walking about in the heat of the day! Oh no! The dogs and I get out for our morning walks about 5:30 a.m. and are done by 6:00 a.m. This time of year, we keep them short, sweet, and cool. It's dry and low 80s before 6:00 a.m. Later in the summer, I'll probably give up the outside walks for a bit (August) as it won't even cool down to 80.

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Prancing around the neighborhood in 115 degree heat does not sound fun! That's a whole lot of hot. We're having temperatures in the high 90's. It cooled off to 90 degrees before with a passing storm. Rained somewhere close by but not here. We need rain.

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Observing the nice parts of my neighborhood and snapping photos. I may have to blog about the hounds' favorite new walks. :D

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Nothing makes a room look better than a fresh coat of paint. Yellow is not my favorite color. I'd have to repaint all of it. Soft green sounds great. My husband likes beige, but there are so many shades of beige! My bedroom is a green beige, but the rest of the house is the same color beige the builder used. My husband matched the color. I would love something different.

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Making plans left and right! I don't really love the wall colors, so I picked up paint sample charts at Home Depot yesterday. The walls are now all a light golden-yellow. Maybe okay for some rooms, though I want the living room to be a soft green. I'll get some sample sizes and try a little paint here & there, though I'm not in a hurry to do so. Unpacking is more critical. :D

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Looking like you've got a good plan for the backyard. Don't thyme and parsley do okay in the heat? My basil didn't come up this year. I think the seeds were old. I'm going to steal some from my son. I found that I can't buy fresh basil at the store in the summer, so I need to transplant some soon. I don't have a garden--I have big planters. Where we used to live I couldn't keep up with the critters, so I went to container gardening in our 50 foot square pool area. The rabbits could still hop into the containers, but we made enough noise to keep them out (most of the time). We moved some to Monroe, but not many, still it's enough for some tomatoes and herbs.

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6/14/15 12:32 A

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Keeping summer in mind as I plan the landscape. The sod website says I can put in the type I want - St. Augustine - in summer. It does take watering 4-5 times a day for the first week, then 2-3 for a week, then 2 for another two weeks. Loads of water! First thing is to have the yard plan laid out, then the walls built, then the sprinkler system, I believe. I have drip irrigation now, so I think they can probably use the same timing system to run a sprinkler.

Whether I can do the grass now, or not, I will do the walls and the sprinkler system so we can grass ASAP. I want 2.5 to 3 foot walls along the sides (a few feet in from the 6-foot fence). Then I want a divider along the back which is level or near level with the grass. Veggies & herbs will go on the sides and decorative plants in the back. Fruit trees scattered about. I believe this far into the heat, the *only* plants I can probably put in are the grass and a few heat-lovers, like basil. The trees and other plants will have to wait for autumn.

Your commute stories do sound terrifying! I cannot imagine seeing the auto so foolishly going on the tracks.

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6/12/15 10:37 P

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Joking about the commute--I used to have a commute like that. The most dangerous thing I had to contend with? The school bus driver who didn't stop at the stop signs! Scared the daylights out of me one icy day on one of the 90 degree turns. Although the day I saw the bear on the side of the road startled me. Oh, and one time I watched a car cross over the railroad tracks in front of a train. That train came within three or four feet of the car. I shook all morning and my boss said he'd never seen anyone turn so white.

Must be tough to get grass in this time of year with the heat. I think it would be easier in cooler weather.

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Investing in a house which my dogs also enjoy was important. Although they won't truly love it until I get the back yard grassed in! No, it is not a walk to the office anymore. I used to be 0.7 miles, door to door. Now I have a horrendously long commute of 5.1 miles. (just kidding!)

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Having a walking path and walkway along the canal is an incredible bonus! Wow, you chose a house. Can you walk to work from there, too?

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