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6/23/16 5:02 P

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Making sure the ceiling fans are running does help, but with the high humidity and dew point here, we run the air conditioning non-stop. Even though it's cooler at night, it's also more humid. I wouldn't open the windows anyway because of my allergies.

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6/18/16 11:35 A

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Lazing about indoors this morning. Woke up too late to walk the dogs before the heat kicked on outside. Will do chores shortly. Ceiling fans in most rooms help circulate the air and keep it cooler without running the A/C non-stop.

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6/17/16 9:49 P

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Keeping cool?

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6/16/16 12:27 P

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Juicing citrus is a common activity this time of year.

Phoenix has a dry heat. Our humidity is often in the single digits. 110 here is approximately equivalent to 92-93 in Tampa, FL, in the way it feels and impacts you physically.

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6/15/16 8:25 P

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Imagining 120 degrees is difficult for me. Our normal summer temperatures are in the 90's. What makes it so uncomfortable is that dew point is often above 70 degrees.

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Hoping the 120 forecast is wrong wrong wrong! I do remember the hottest day on record as being 122. Beyond YIKES!

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6/12/16 11:38 A

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Going to be 100 degrees today, that's out of my comfort zone. Jumping out of airplanes is not on my to do list, either. I suffer from vertigo and heights make me want to pass out. I saw the weather forecast for Phoenix. The temperature is 120 degrees for next Sunday. Yikes!

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Finding a new way to step out of my comfort zone is rather a regular occurrence for me. However, I doubt I'll do what my older daughter chose to do. I AM NOT jumping out of an airplane!

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6/6/16 7:22 A

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Entertaining thought. You first, me never.

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Deciding to step out of one's comfort zone sometimes comes with a certain risk.

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6/5/16 3:40 P

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Counting on me being banned from Spark? In fact, I might be banned from the internet completely!

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Begging to hear you try (to yodel). You could post a recording! Hahaha!

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6/2/16 7:38 P

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Admitting that I can't yodel.

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Yodeling is what my friend does well.

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6/1/16 10:39 P

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Worrying about the spider on the ceiling at the moment. Maybe my husband can save me. I don't like spiders. Sort of sounds like the song -- I don't like spiders and snakes . . .

We are funny. He he.

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Viewing our message string in the LY game had me giggling.

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5/31/16 7:56 P

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Using Google to look up some veggie recipes. I've made eggplant, stuffed peppers, bean salad, and brussels sprouts recently. My husband would have me make the same thing week after week, but I like variety. Usually, I just go to the store, buy what looks good, and go from there. I know I saw a stuffed onion recipe somewhere. Sweet onions are in right now. I haven't made broccoli and cauliflower recently. I like them raw in salads or roasted.

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Taking three days off was nice. Back at work today, well.

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5/29/16 4:56 P

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Stopping by would be quite difficult! Got together with family yesterday. It's been a quiet, rainy day., today.

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Resting is what I'm doing today. If we lived closer, I might stop by for some of your eggplant. It's quite a trip, however!

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Quarreling with myself regarding freezing cooked eggplant. I'm wondering if I can cut the eggplant, dip it in my homemade balsamic vinaigrette, then pre-cook it in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, then build my casserole or freeze it to use later. I don't want to cook the cheese twice (or for too long) because then it gets tough.

There's plenty to share, just stop by for dinner anytime. Finding a q-ing word is really hard!

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Pleading to come eat at your house! Eggplant Romano and Bean Salad would be completely LOVELY!

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Outstanding meals on the menu this week! I made eggplant parmigiana (actually eggplant Romano) and my favorite bean salad. Yum! The recipes make a lot, but I don't mind leftovers.

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Nothing I know of works to whiten yellowed whites. I've tried bleach, tried baking soda. Is this what "bluing" is supposed to be used to accomplish? I've never gotten "bluing," so I have no idea.

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Mentioning something posted from awhile back--I'm wondering if the chlorine that's added to my water makes white clothes yellow. I don't use bleach or detergent with dyes or frangrace. I know some of the shower soaps can stain white washcloths. It's annoying when my whites yellow. I wonder how people get their laundry so white. Is it obvious I spent the day doing laundry?

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Letting my chosen window company make me wait 8 weeks is okay. They have a lifetime guarantee. The other places do not have such good guarantees. Still, I am not even going to schedule until I make the final payment on the credit card I used to pay for my poor Jade's illness.

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Knowing tthe wait time on your window replacement is eight weeks must be frustrating. Is there anyone who could do it sooner? Gee, single pane windows! Yikes!

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Justifying the expense of new windows is much easier, when you realize how much the old (1950's era) single-pane windows leak heat in mid-summer!

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Investing in new windows is a great idea, but having to wait two months is a long time!

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Holding off on new windows for my house may make my electric bills rather high during our hot summer! I was going to get them last year, then one of my greyhounds was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer and I spent entirely too much on vet bills. Just about done paying it off, though, so I'll be ordering my windows soon. Last time I checked, though, the company I want to go with has an 8-10 week wait list, so I likely won't get them installed before August!

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Going to start getting hot here soon with all that hair-frizzing humidity. I see you already have temperatures over 100 in this week's forecast. Yikes! Today was more humid than it's been in awhile, but I don't have the bad summer hair, yet. However, the honeysuckle is in bloom and driving me crazy with my watery eyes, runny nose, and itchy throat. Hope that antihistamine kicks in soon!

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Finding the older I get, the harder it is to get by on inadequate sleep.

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Ending the day trying to watch tv with my husband, but I had a migraine last night and didn't sleep well. I'm not sure I can stay awake.

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Dining at the Columbia is FUN! Yes, I've eaten there a number of times and enjoyed it. Love the Ybor City part of Tampa.

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Crushing humidity in Florida in the summer! You would be going from one extreme to the other! Did you ever eat at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City? It's a favorite of ours. When my sister, Nina, lived in Angola, Africa, she helped organize an ESL program for their schools. She went to Tampa for an international teachers conference with a group of teachers from Angola. I suggested they go to the Columbia Restaurant. My parents thought we were crazy (Nina was staying with my parents in Fort Myers). Everyone was delighted with the restaurant. While Angola is Portuguese, the Spanish food they serve is similar. In fact, the restaurant seems to have a Cuban influence.

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Beginning to wonder when & where I'll take that vacation! I'm also missing Tampa, Florida (lived there for 15 years, 1980-1995). This is not the time to go though! Maybe October.

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Amazing scenery in Hawaii. Never been there, though. You could hike through the rain forest. I went to San Diego with my husband on a business trip. We stayed on at the Hilton Hotel near Sea World, but you could stay at Del Coronado on Coronado Island. Gorgeous place. (Except their bird alarms gave me vertigo.) The Del is right on the beach.

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Yearning to do some wandering, myself! Last trip was short & sweet, for my older daughter's wedding in Washington, DC. Trip before that was also to DC, though she and I split town and hung out at Shenandoah National Park instead. Got in a nice load of hiking, which made for a very healthy vacation. And it was Shenandoah the year before, also. I need to go somewhere different! Hawaii? Or even San Diego! :D

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Wandering around the world is more my sister's idea of fun. Having spent every vacation and holiday traveling to see family over 32 years out of the 42 years I've been married has turned me off to traveling. I'd rather stay home. Although I have to admit, Austria and Hungary were pretty spectacular. I like Toronto, San Francisco, San Diego, and Chicago. Camden, Maine was lovely. Oh, and Newport, Rhode Island and Cape May, New Jersey were great fun. And I loved Washington, D.C. We always had a great time there. The Outer Banks of North Carolina are nice,too. I guess it just depends who you're with.

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Vacationing is going to be wonderful. I keep dreaming of where I might go, yet haven't set any specific plans or times in place, yet.

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Using this time to Spark while the very loud game of hide and seek continues. Apparently, Grand Dad thinks it's a game of hide and scare and Alex disagrees. (Until Alex does the scaring.)

Thanks for your concern. Just working at getting through each day, while finding some laughter to share and some beauty to appreciate. Today's a good day. Must be the muscle relaxers.

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Telling someone should help. I'd be depressed if one of my family was nearing death, too! Hugs across the bytes & states, Linda!

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Sparking works great when you use the site! I log my exercise and leave encouraging messages for friends, but that's not enough. I don't want to post negative things--nobody wants to hear it and besides, one of my daughter-in-laws best friends is on Spark and I'm not comfortable discussing the fact that I'm horribly depressed and that my dad is dying. See, you didn't need to know all that either. I'm hanging in here because I know I can work through this. It's hard and I admit I'd rather not face reality.

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Resisting the urge to beg you to stay. What about Spark worked for you in the past? Why do you believe it stopped working? And last, what might make it work again?

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Questioning whether to continue Sparking. All I'm doing is logging in. Still gaining weight. I'm having problems with my back. I exercise for three days and then spend the rest of the week recuperating and in pain. As far as dieting goes. . . I make plans and then don't keep them.

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Proffering my thanks for your kind wishes. Yes, I'm over it, though it was lingering too long!

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Offering my sympathy. Hope you're feeling better. Since it's been three weeks I'm assuming that you are.

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Needing motivation? Me too. I've been fighting a nasty cold this week, though, so at least I have a decent excuse for not getting moving.

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Moving is so hard today. It's one of those rainy days where I can't seem to wake up! I think I need to challenge myself again. January was not a good month for me.

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Lessening time spent on SP is sometimes a necessity! Is it more important to walk a mile or spark? I pick the walk. Took me a while to reply back, now, didn't it!

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Knowing it's been a while since I've posted and am feeling guilty. Did you think I got lost? I've barely been Sparking, which is really amazing when you notice that I've been at the top of the leader board in Spark points. That's just from logging in and reading two or three emails.

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Justifying your move as saving drive time is reasonable. However, you also get to see your family much more often since you're close, so it's a double-win.

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Imagining a ten to twelve hour drive for every holiday motivated us to move!

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Having him close enough to bring the clutter is wonderful, though! :-D

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Getting rid of the clutter in his bedroom is easy for my grandson. He just brings it to my house.

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Finding the time to eradicate the clutter is another issue entirely!

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12/16/15 9:11 P

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Eradicating clutter is impossible! Stuff has a way of expanding to fill the space you have.

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12/11/15 2:36 P

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Deciding which old clothes to get rid of is a challenge. I have two closets full, plus an entire dresser. I took one bag to the thrift store last week, yet still have much more culling to do myself!

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12/10/15 4:37 A

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Culling my husband's collection of Kellco shirts is impossible. They're nice polo shirts from where he used to work. He won't let me throw them out. They're 10 to 15 years old. Then again, I noticed as I was folding his laundry yesterday, that the shirts he's been wearing are 20 years old. Sigh. He does have newer cloths, but he keeps these to work around the house in. Sounds valid, except for the fact that he has 25 Kellco shirts and about 30 old "work shirts." Yes, I counted. He removes them from the garbage if I throw them out!

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12/7/15 9:25 A

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Battling yellowed whites in my house isn't a bleach issue. I rarely wash with bleach, since it is such a caustic chemical. Maybe my whites are just too old. :D

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12/5/15 4:45 P

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According to Dan Eisen at tcpalm.com, bleach can yellow whites! I googled it. Neat article from 2007.

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12/3/15 12:34 P

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Yellowing whites all got thrown in the trash last week. Why do some of my white clothes get a yellowish tinge? I've never figured out the cause.

In other news, I'm yelling hoorah that you joined the challenge! I was supposed to tell three people, so I told you and two co-workers. One of them wants to sign up, but not until she moves in two weeks.

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12/3/15 9:25 A

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Walking and strength training--the perfect challenge for me right now. It fits with my December Challenge. Thanks for the suggestion. I checked it out and joined the challenge, too. I won't be doing any lunges, though. I saw them on the calendar. When we get to that day, I'll have to do some alternative exercise, but otherwise it looks good to me!

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12/1/15 9:30 A

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Valuing time with family is priority for you and me!

Maybe you want to try SparkPeople's "Walk This Way" Challenge? I just joined it today. Here's a link: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/calendar
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Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.

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11/30/15 9:09 P

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Untying my sneakers as I type this. I have got to start walking in the morning!

We were fortunate to be able to retire and move close to our son. It's worked out really well for all of us.

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11/29/15 1:10 P

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Taking time with the grandkids is wonderful. Your son & daughter-in-law are lucky you are close and can help out with your grandson!

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11/29/15 12:54 P

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Spending more time with my grandson, is what happens with a four day weekend. His parents work. My son works at a bank and has to do month end accounting and his wife has a jewelry business that keeps her especially busy this time of year.

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11/28/15 10:04 P

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Relishing the four-day weekend that Thanksgiving brings. Nice to catch up on chores and even nicer to catch up on reading!

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11/28/15 3:26 P

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Questing for the perfect menu for Christmas Eve. Something that's easy and not too big. I've served pizza before. Tim suggests lasagna. Alex wants chicken nuggets--yuck.

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11/24/15 11:52 A

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Presenting a single gift to cover both Christmas and a Christmastime birthday is unthinkable, yet so many choose to do so.

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11/24/15 7:00 A

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Opening birthday presents on Christmas would be horrible!

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11/22/15 9:41 P

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Noting my two daughters were also born in March. However, my younger daughter married a man born in November, then proceeded to have her firstborn also in November. At least we don't have any December birthdays!

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11/20/15 2:31 P

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Mentioning this now, although it's a little late--couldn't you have planned this better? My son was born March 15th and my grandson was born March 14th. See? Easy to remember and not near Christmas. Ha, wouldn't it be nice if you could actually plan that stuff out? And, no, I didn't consider this when I was pregnant and I had absolutely no input on when my grandson was born! But, gee, if you were OCD . . .

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