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6/17/18 9:03 A

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Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers out there. I hope everyone will spend time with their fathers and that it will be enjoyable for you. It's days like this I miss my dad so much.

Have a great day to all. G

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Hello everyone! Good to see you all on here.

G - happy to hear that your daughter got all settled in - that has to be exciting.
It is quite the process building a new home and the time involved. Sorry that all the events will be at your house, but that can be good/bad.... bad for the cleaning, but you can share the food prep with others. I know that is what we do when we have bunco... if someone can't host it at their home they might use another persons house. So they bring all the snacks and so forth - house host doesn't have to do any of that.

L - sorry to hear about your f-i-l. It is so hard when our parents become older. You want to make sure they have all their needs met and you always hope that it is you/siblings that provide it. I know here in Oregon that if someone - such as my dad - comes out of surgery or a big UTI - if he can't care for himself and he has no one to care for his daily needs - he would have to go to a Rehab/Nursing facility for a specified amount of time. He would have no choice in the matter - no matter how angry he would become - he would have to go. Its hard to say no. It seems selfish when you create boundaries with the care of your parents - but it is not - trust me - it is not. My brother once told me "pace yourself Kathy... you are in this for the long haul". I wish I heeded his words earlier in the process. It is ok to say no. It is ok to have someone care for his needs when you can't. My sister said no and I was very upset with her - felt like it was all on my plate, but she was right. I have worn myself down and gained back all my weight all while saying "I'm fine".

I found that when my dad would become unbearably nasty - it was easier to let others care for him, but when he was sweet - it made me feel guilty for not caring for his physical needs. In the meanwhile I was destroying myself and then I was no help to anyone - not me - not my husband - not my children. I know that everyone needs to deal with things in their own way - I just wanted to give you a little insight and let you know that it is ok to say no.

So on to something happy... your first trip to Yellowstone!!! How exciting for you!!! You are going to fall in love with it! Have the best time - drive a lot - picnic a lot - keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife (bison are plentiful - its the bears/moose that are harder to find). The East part of the park is wonderful - and of course ol' faithful is fantastic!

Well ladies - I hope your days and weeks are blessed. Forgive & love often. Life is not promised. I have recently suffered a huge loss - actually both my kids and I have - a 27 year old friend died in a truck accident on his grandfathers farm. It was truly tragic - his wife of only 3 years tried to get him out of the truck but he was pinned in. His head injury was so severe and then the truck caught fire. It was horrible - please keep the Ryan family in your prayers.



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Hello ladies and happy summer.

My father in law had another bladder procedure yesterday. As long as he’s in the hospital, he’s fine. Problems occur with his recovery, but they wouldn’t force a medical facility recovery, and he wouldn’t agree to one, so he’s on his own at home. The kids have been advised to stop enabling him, however, that’s tough on them. All of us had lunch with him on Sunday, and he was not pleasant, but we endured. The story continues, I guess.

I think my son is doing okay, but I fear for his marriage. His wife is so untrusting now, and he’s given her plenty of reason to be so, but it has taken a path that is destructive, as she questions and checks his every, and I mean every, move. It is wearing on her, and her mental health. I’ve told her again and again that if he screws up again, he pays the price, and if he’s going to, none of her tracking/checking will prevent him from doing so. He is still looking for different employment, which may help, but it won’t fix all the damage that has occurred in their marriage. She asks for my advice all of the time, but doesn’t act on it, so until she, or they, get some help, this is just how it will be. UGH!!

We leave for our vacation in a couple of days. Looking forward to seeing Yellowstone National Park as we’ve never been there before.

You know G, I always think new home construction is an exciting process, but it certainly isn’t without it’s stresses. Hopefully your family members will be in their new place soon, and the moving woes will be resolved. You sadness and tears concern me, and sounds like maybe some medical attention is necessary to address that.

MK, I hope all is well in Oregon/WA.

My adventure this morning was killing a baby snake that found it’s way into our garage. Thankfully, I had a hoe nearby, so the snake met its demise. I surely hope that was the only one. It was a very cool morning, so I suspect it was looking for a warm place to reside until the day warmed up. If I have a nest of them in my garage doorway, I will not be happy. Maybe I need to invest in some moth balls so that we don’t have a snake invasion in our garage when we return from vacation. That would be icky!!

I need to get on with my day. Still fighting the battle here, I lose a lb. or two here and there, but haven’t gained any for a long time.

Until we check in again, enjoy these summer days.



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6/9/18 3:18 P

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I've not been here for a while. I get on Facebook almost every day but don't post much. My days are slow lately and at times I've been depressed and cry for no reason. Those times pass though and I start thinking how blessed I've been in my life.

My daughter finally got her house and was able to move in before the rent was due for the house they rented. It's a nice little house with a big back yard and a deck on the back. It's all wood floors which should be easier for her to keep clean. We went over the week before Memorial weekend to celebrate my granddaughter's Sadie's Birthday. It was fun time for all.

Don's mom and sisters still trying to get moved and we have had several weekends helping them. Unfortunately they had to sell their present house so they can get the funds to build a new one. This has left them homeless until it's built so now they are moving into an apartment until that happens. They just had the closing this week for their house so next week they'll move into the apartment then. I think it's such a mess. They won't even have the new one finished for a while and maybe not until late fall.

We are fine but not much going on here except all the drama around the move. It looks like we'll be hosting all the summer holidays and maybe even Thanksgiving and Christmas. We still have Summer Birthdays, the fourth of July to look forward to this summer. I wish we had a deck or a pool to make the celebrations more fun.

Lisa take care and I know it's difficult dealing with addiction, but just be as supportive as you can and remember to take care of you. Mk, sorry for all problems at work. It sounds like this boss doesn't want to be fair and has a problem with you for some reason. She needs to grow up and look at what's best person for the job and keep her own prejudices out of the picture.

Everyone take care and have a wonderful summer.

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5/24/18 9:33 A

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Good morning - going to start tracking my food/exercise here again. 2 days down and keeping away from bad things - well food still needs work - but I'm staying committed to not smoking (yes that nasty habit). I think its going to be easy getting back into not smoking. I was never really a hard core smoker... just a once every couple of years kinda thing... then it just got out of hand.

Any who.... I haven't told my husband - figured I would just get to my 30 day and surprise him.

I've been walking every day as well - so I feel like it will be a very long slow road back, but I'm worth it!!

Have a superb day ladies!!

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Hello! Well looks like I'm the only one who has been on here in a while.... all is good. Dad is back home and he has his power chair back but if he doesn't keep it slow and respectful then it will be gone. His last UTI was so bad that it was affecting his brain - wasn't thinking straight at all. Anyway he is all better.

Well I'm 24 hours in - day 1 is under my belt. I'm jumping off the bad habit wagon - it has been a fun ride - but I can feel myself sliding into the gutter. I'm back to walking at lunch - ok one day does not mean I'm back - more like I've started. So today is a new day and a new opportunity to pull my sh*t together. This time it is for me and me alone.

I hope everyone is feeling well and I'll talk to you all later.



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Hello - sorry it has been so long since I've been on here.

Georgie, happy belated birthday. I think I wished you happy birthday on facebook, but my memory lately.... Anyway I hope your day of celebration was wonderful with the family.

Lisa - what your son is going through with addiction is perfectly normal. You want the help, but the addiction makes you think you still want to use. Your happy in that "using" spot - its carried you through tough feelings/emotions - you don't want to let it go. Then there is the side of you that sees what it is doing to yourself and family and you want that help. It takes time. Time clean, time sober, this is why there is the mantra... "One day at a time" some times its even by the hour.... and its vital that you get support from other addicts. They are the only ones who know what your going through. Believe me - they don't want to be supported by other addicts - not at first - spilling all that nastiness and detail of your life - but once they hear it from others and go "wow that's how I feel" - "I'm not alone" then the healing can begin. Best of luck to him and his wife. Oh its very important that his wife, heck even you and your husband attend your own AA meetings. They have meetings for family/friends who don't use, but it helps you understand what the addict is going through. Also its helpful to know your not alone in this either. Its vital to learn things so the enabler can stop as well.

Easter was good. We brought my dad over for dinner. Both the kids came, but their significant others had to work. Just really a relaxed day. My daughter and I attended a special service the night before that was wonderful - had all kinds of readings and so forth.

Currently my dad is back in the hospital with another really bad UTI. He'll be there for 3 days and we hope he can return to the assisted living facility. I'm thinking that they might ramp him up to skilled nursing, but I don't want to make that decision - I'll leave it to my brothers.

On the job front - they still haven't told me yes or no. I'm really angry about how this whole process has gone. Two weeks prior to completion of the interview process the boss was already saying I wasn't going to get the job. She was stupid enough to say it to my union rep - so I will be filing an action against her for that. Another action against her will be discrimination. Not hiring because someone doesn't have a degree in higher education is wrong. I qualified for the job, I am doing the job currently and being paid work out of class, and the rumor has it that she won't hire me because of no degree. There is also age discrimination. So far the boss is avoiding me. Basically I am the only candidate left on the list - the other one she wanted to hire lives in India - INDIA - what the heck?? So I'm doing the work, busting my behind to do what you've asked and now you want to hire someone from INDIA?? The fact that the state won't sponsor work visa is what made them not go with him... that leaves me.

Needless to say I'm not a happy camper that this apparently is such a hard decision for her. Why is it so hard? What have I done that is so bad that you don't want to hire me in that position?? I work circles around the PhD's here in the office. I'm one of the highest producers of work out of this office - she even said it herself - so what is the problem?

Argh.... Oh well - this isn't going to get swept under the rug. I'm sure that there are many more women/men in my position that get passed over because of education snobs.

Please don't get me wrong - I love people who have worked their behinds off for their degrees. This whole situation is why I work so hard to make sure both my kids have their degrees. I don't want them to go through what I've gone through. It is through others that have degree's that I learn - so I'm not discounting that at all... I just want them to recognize that there are people who's life wouldn't allow higher education and they have worked through the ranks and honed their skill set without it - we are not less than them. That is how I feel - like somehow I'm less than them. This has got to stop!

Ok - wow - what a soap box I've been on today... addiction and education all in one fell swoop.

Take care ladies - work is calling my name!!

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Well, what a change a week can make. It's been quite an emotional and agonizing week around here.

Last week Sunday, we found out our middle son has been struggling with his PTSD and using once again. Anyway, that resulted in a variety of events that unfolded because of his lies and efforts to cover this up. He wants help, but doesn't want to "get" help. That doesn't make sense to me, but for now, he and his wife (thankfully she's still sticking with him), are taking one step at a time to help him get turned around. We so want him to find another job; one that allows him to be home every night, and I'm confident that will occur, but for now, he's got to remain employed there until he finds another job, which won't be hard, but replacing the income will be. Helping him to see that he can earn less and they will be fine, has been tough.

But then, on a more positive note, my oldest son and his wife appear to be reconciling. We are trying our best to stay out of it, in both cases, but it's been tough. For now, though, we've got the grandkids, and we are having a fantastic weekend.

Traditional Easter meal tomorrow--ham, cheesy potatoes, corn, buns, and the rest of the fixins'. Church in the morning, and then dinner, then transporting grands back to meet their folks. Thankful for Monday off to do a bit of work.

Wishing you both a very Happy Easter.



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Thanks for the Birthday wishes Lisa. We had everyone over on Palm Sunday to celebrate Easter and the March Birthdays. We have 5 of them during March. It was a fun day and my daughter and her family finally was able to see my son's new daughter. She has grown so much and I was able to get her to smile at me while I held her. She's beautiful. We had a full house with the 6 grand kids, my son's family, my Daughter's family, Don's mom and sisters, and 3 dogs.

Don's sister's decided to sell their home and build a smaller one so it's up for sale. I told them if they need a place to go to come here during any visits or open houses. I think the are nuts moving at their age, but it's what they want so we wish them luck on the sale and the new place. This means that any family gatherings will be at our house so we'll have to plan for that. We usually do one summer one and of course any holidays during the time they are building and the time they move. into the new place.

My Daughter finally bought a house of her own, and she will be moving in late April or early May. The house the are renting, the owners want to put up for sale. They offered for them to purchase it, but it needs a lot of work and they were able to find one in move-in condition just around the corner from the rental. They have to be out April 30th so are on a deadline to close and for the other family to leave the house they bought.

We have had nothing but rain and will continue through next week. Today however we did see some sun but the temps will stay in the 40's all week, but the nights and mornings will stay cold. Most of the mornings will be low 30's. I'm waiting for the warm weather and the sun any day now. I'm so tired of rain and the cold too.

I've been fighting a cold because of the constant changing temps. Mostly it's in the head with a slight cough. Right now I can't tell if it's the end of the cold of just sinus.

I just wanted to touch base and wish everyone a wonder Easter Weekend. Happy Easter and May God send his Blessings your way. Happy Easter, G. emoticon emoticon

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Weekend greetings. We got another few inches of snow yesterday and overnight. I'm grateful for the moisture, but would prefer it in rain. Oh well, the robins are out, the geese are migrating, and despite the snow, those are the true signs of spring.

I had a 4th grade teacher resign this past week. She was excellent, but her fiance' was unable to find a suitable job around here, so she's going to follow him. I suspected this might occur, just hoped it wouldn't. I'm happy for her, and know I will find a suitable replacement. I think I'll have a 5th grade teacher leaving as well--but won't know about her other opportunity for a few weeks yet.

Let's see--oh, my husband has begun losing weight again. He's now down below 240, (started at 285'ish), so he's looking for that 235 on the scale, and that will be 50 lbs. He plans to get down to 220, and I think he'll do it. He's motivated, and he feels so much better. This journey began about 16 months ago for him, so it's not been fast, but when he gained 10 lbs, he decided to get back at it. I'm very proud of him.

We pulled up a picture of us from early Sept., and we've both obviously dropped weight since then. I've probably lost 10-12 lbs, and have another 15-20 to go. We just keep at it.

I finally took action to figure out how to manage my sleep issues, and my increasing hot flashes. I will not go on hormone therapy, so I found a supplement that was recommended. I've had some hot flashes over the past few years, but they were manageable; just kind of a nuisance. Now they are more frequent and intense, so much so that I've had to excuse myself from a couple of meetings to cool off. It can take 2-4 weeks to notice a difference, but I'm willing to be patient.

Exercise today at the gym was full body with emphasis on upper body--back and shoulders. I also did a plank series--standard planks and side planks--4 times. That felt good.

Palm Sunday brunch after church tomorrow. I'm making sausage gravy to have over biscuits. It's a favorite of many church members, so I make it every year. I think we'll have the grandkids for Easter weekend, and then their parents will join us on Easter Sunday. My oldest son may have to work, but that's how it has to be. He and his wife remain separated, but no action on a divorce yet. They are getting along well, and talking daily, but I don't think it's to repair or work on their marriage.

My sciatica has settled down for now. I use Biofreeze and it has really helped to give me some relief.

I suppose I best get a few more chores done before our local Div II college team plays for the National Championship. It's even going to be televised on CBS, which is pretty darn exciting. Go NSU Wolves.

Happy Birthday G, have a fantastic day.







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Hello! Happy Wednesday to you both. We are at freezing in the mornings and reach the mid-60's in the afternoon - it is definitely important to dress in layers!

Seems like work is backed up big time right now. Data errors have made the entire system lose rows of claims.... millions of rows.

Keep making attempts at eating healthy - doesn't always work, but I'm getting there.

Well I have to go - take care ladies!!

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Happy Friday. Spring break for us, just yesterday and today, but I'm grateful for the break. I worked yesterday and got so much done. I have to trade out a day in June, as I'll be presenting at a new teacher conference in Sioux Falls.

We are just getting ready to leave for a concert tonight--REO Speedwagon and Styx, of course, that tells our age for sure! So excited, as we'll be meeting up with some friends.

More and more of our friends are now retiring. I always wonder how they will manage their insurance, but in all likelihood, they've saved up over the years in preparation. We are both 55, and I plan to work for some time yet, as does my husband. I guess we'll know when we are ready.

G, I am so glad you are feeling better, and the medical attention you are getting is helping to alleviate some of your issues. I surely hope that dishwasher is finally fixed too.

The sun is shining, but it's rather breezy today, so it feels colder than it is. Our snow continues to melt, and I'm getting anxious to get my bike out. Occasionally in April I can ride, but usually it's early May before it warms up enough.

I'm sure you'll appreciate that money coming your way, MK. Are you putting it towards the wedding? I hope the plans continue to come along. Enjoy your sunshine. I'm sure your landscaping business is busy in these early spring days.



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Hello! Well my food and mood has improved with the sunshine. Nice to have a couple of nice days to dry out and warm up. Love having fresh food season start up again!

There are times though I get caught up in my thoughts and miss my sister and think about my parents and their pending passing. Its been hard with dad - it seems like congestive heart failure is catching up to him. Lungs continue to get fluid and I think his oxygen is really low at night, but because he is on Medicaid there are specific criteria he has to meet before they prescribe oxygen. So I believe the on-site nurse is handling some of the testing.

I now have my sit/stand ergo computer stand. This will get me up and not sitting all day. I also got my work out of class papers through and I should see that on my next check. It is post-dated to October so the check should be huge - which it couldn't have happened at a better time with taxes coming up. I'm still in the process of applying for the promotion job and I've entered into the 1st interview - which is via video recruiting (VidCruiter). I need to get that done this week.

Hope all is well with both of you. Georgie - good news that the tests all went well. I don't think I'd like the medicine stress test. I'm so sensitive to that stuff so I do the treadmill.

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Hello and a good Saturday to you both. My tests went well and instead of a stress test on the treadmill, they gave me a chemical stress test. I did well with that and the ultrasounds went well too. I'm still going to the cardiologist for now, he has managed to get my swelling under control. It's like I have normal legs back. Even my shoes are to loose to wear any more. He adjusted my blood pressure meds taking 2 away and increasing the strength of the one we kept. The blood pressure is still a little high but the swelling is gone.

My sugars are staying the same, however I've lost 15 lbs. I think it's mostly water because I've been the same weight for over a week. I've been off by only 1lb. I've cut back on the salt intake and am watching my carbs and sugar. I feel better now and am happy to be maintaining the weight and my skinny calves. Looking for a food plan that can work with my situation.

Home today doing chores and laundry. Washing all my dishes by hand, Don replace the dishwasher last weekend and couldn't even do a leak test because the latch would not connect to do that. We can't get it fixed until the 13th so have been washing dishes like I did when in my younger days. We received the part needed on Friday and hope they can get it running this Tuesday. It's under warranty so there shouldn't be a problem. Here's hoping all will be good then.

Good luck on your interview MK, hope you get the promotion you want. Lisa, sorry to here about your son's divorce but from what you've said I could be for the best. I just hope both will keep to the joint agreement for his child.

Hope this weekend finds all doing fine. I keep hoping for warm weather but we'll have it for a day or so than it'll drop down to below freezing again. A few day with hazard weather conditions of late so worry for Don being on the road when it's like that. Now we're in the 40's which is about average for this time of year, but the birds are back now so I think spring is around the corner.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. I'll try to catch all later. G

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Hello! Well we finally are drying out a bit around here. Seems like the rain was never going to stop - and the spitting snow just kept coming. Right now when I look out the window it is blue sky, whispy white clouds and there is a nip in the air. We have hoar frost in the morning with temps in the 20's, but by the afternoon we are in the upper 40's.

Another round at the ER with dad. Looks like congestive heart failure is what he is battling. He is at home, but I have no doubt that there will be more visits.

I'm dealing with a very sore right eye. Lately I've been experiencing very sharp pains in my eye. Two days ago I felt a lump of some sort and today it is substantially larger. I think my tear duct is plugged or something. I go to see the eye doctor tomorrow. So we shall see.

I've applied for a promotional job here in my same office. I was told at one point that they were only going to do internal searches, but they went world wide. They have a couple of Research Analyst 4 positions to fill and I guess they can fill from the same list. I'm hoping I get the promotion, but I've been turned down so many times it I have my doubts. Anyway - now I have to get prepped for an interview. Its been way too long since I've had to do that.

Well my data finished running - got to go on to the next task.

Take care!! Stay warm!!

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Snow day today. I need the catch up time.

Still fighting the battle, things are about the same, other than I'm feeling incredibly stressed with work, deadlines, and stuff that just needs to occur this time of year.

I hope you are both well.



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Saturday greetings. We now have several inches of snow on the ground, with a few more expected later today. At this time of year, it melts pretty rapidly. The trees look gorgeous this morning, as they are covered with hoar frost. Thankfully, the wind is calms, and the temps in the 20s.

My son and his wife are proceeding with the divorce. He is looking at apartments in the town in which he works. He's been commuting an hour one way, but it's still near enough to his son that he can travel there as needed. Because of his job on the railroad, his schedule is all over the place, so they've agreed to joint custody, with his son living with mom most of the time. They are in agreement over most things, and they both have agreed to not hire attorneys.

I took hubby out for a birthday breakfast, as his birthday is Monday. He is at his dad's today, preparing him for a move into assisted living, hopefully this week. His dad wants nursing home, but right now, there's only an opening in the assisted living section of the facility he wants. Once there, he can move into the nursing home portion when there's an opening. He's in bad shape physically, has been for awhile, but we've just had to be patient. It will be a relief to have him somewhere with full time care.

I exercised at the gym last night, so today's workout will be at home with a full body strength video. Later this afternoon, I'll be working our PTA Fun Night at school--the kids have a great time. It's kind of like a school carnival.

Time to get busy with the usual weekend tasks. I hope you are both well and working towards your goals. I'm staying about the same--just need to get some extra "oomph" to move forward once again.



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Hello! Lisa - I think all of us benefit from a good dose of humility. Sorry that you have to work on a holiday to catch up... I've been having to do the same lately.

Weather has been crazy the past week. Between Spring like weather (60's) to freezing temperatures to snow. Portland got hit with snow over night - Salem was sitting in a nice little frozen pocket - roads were dry but any moisture was frozen. We are supposed to not be so lucky by tomorrow night (Thursday). I think they are predicting 4" of snow to the valley floor.

Packing my lunches more these days - along with my breakfast and snacks. My sugar intake has dropped considerably and I feel better. Now if I could only get my knees to cooperate - I'd be golden! ha

Having to foam roll the back side of my leg every day just so I can walk. I try very hard to not walk with a limp because that will just mess up the other half of me. So it is slow moving for me.

Well just got to work from my dental appointment - so I best be working.

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Hello and happy weekend. No school on Monday, but I'll be enjoying the day at work, because I need to catch up.

We are leaving shortly to visit my parents in MN. It's just a quick trip down today, back tomorrow.

I read both of your posts, so much going on right now. Take care of yourselves. Thanks so much for the support of my son. He is not what I'd call the victim in all of this, he could use a good dose of humility, and they may have problems anyway--it's just that her parents' involvement don't let the two of them figure it out. Anyway, it is what it is.

Wishing you both relaxation and enjoyment this weekend.



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Hello. It has been super busy here at work. We are now down 5 staff positions and working on getting people hired. All of us are so overloaded with all that work being dispersed among us, plus we have new business intelligence that is in the process of trying to be built - so lots of learning and flying by the seat of our pants!!

I found out that the punishment that HR was going to do. They wanted to dock my pay one step for 3 months. I was shocked - that is like over the top - thanks to my manager that didn't happen - I owe her big time.

So Lisa - I'm sorry to hear about your son's situation. I think the only thing that can happen is for his wife to stand up to her parents - no matter the consequences. I know that that won't happen because she sounds very weak, but that would be the only way their marriage would work. I have real issues with people like her parents - thinking that money is the end all; using it to control people - its shameful. They should be ashamed of themselves - and for that matter your son's wife should be ashamed for not standing up for the man she supposedly loves. I've always believed that God's hands and will are always at work in everything we do - including this. I'm not saying your son is perfect, but no one deserves to have people say to their face the things her family has. My situation 36 years ago was similar - I walked out of my parents house and left them behind. The same for my brother who wouldn't invite my husband to Christmas, but I was invited - I said "if he isn't invited then neither am I - who are you to judge me and my decisions - where were you through my hard times?"

Standing up for the ones we love is, I believe, the greatest gift you can give them. It is something I never had from my family, but I have it with my own family. Knowing people have your back is so important. Even my daughter has had to deal with this and she told her now fiance - either you back me to your mom or we are done. He did and he apologized for not doing it earlier. That is what love and marriage are. Ok stepping down from my soap box!

So happy they found the diagnosis for your niece! That must be comforting to hear. Now they know what to do.

Georgie - I hope your stress test went well and your heart is doing well. Let us know how your doing. And I agree with Lisa - the picture you had on facebook of you and Don was so cute!! you both looked fantastic!

Great job on the smaller size Lisa. I'm going to put my focus on my food intake for now. Both of my knees are shot because of the increased weight - so I need to focus on my food. I'm still walking and doing, but the food needs more control. I've worked hard cutting out the sugar, in fact the cravings have all but gone. There is a lot of that stuff around the house - my husband is a sweet junkie - but I've stayed away. I just hate the fact that he can eat whatever he wants and still loses weight. I eat like a bird and gain weight... ugh its crazy.

Well work work work.... data data data....

Take care! Oh and Happy Valentines Day!

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MK, Glad the decision was a good one. You probably won't ever know what was said to the other party in this decision but just concentrate on what you need to do about it and that should do it. Sorry I missed wishing you a Happy Birthday I hope you had a wonderful one.

Well I finally got into see a cardiologist. My regular doctor thought it might be necessary and see if the swelling and shortness of breath might be heart related. The cardiologist change some of the meds around and wants me to monitor the BP every day in the morning and evening, and weigh myself every day. I'm taking 3 water pills a day so I've been taking lots of trips to the bathroom. My weight is dropping fast, BP staying the same. More tests on Wednesday. A stress test, a heart ultra sound and other such tests to go with the stress test. I'm a little scared with the stress test walking very fast on a treadmill with an incline will be hard for me. That's the Valentines Day activity. Wow I just hope it turns out fine.

I'm trying to work on a painting of a woman for someone, and he offered to pay for it. I've never done a painting for money and I hope it will be a good one. I met this guy Shawn a Fridays and we started talking, I told him about the pictures I did of the bartenders and he wanted me to do one of his girlfriend. I said ok but we both had a few to drink and I didn't think anything would come from it. That night he sent me here picture. I asked back about the size and when he wanted it, but never got a response. I then text him on the 10th and ask for a response. He did so I guess I'm doing it. I have no idea what the charge for a 16x20 painting. I think when we first spoke he was thinking Valentines Day. Now it's whenever I can get it done. I scared that it's not going to be good enough. I've not worked on that size and so I'm worried. So much going on now with all the doctors and tests, I hope I can get the painting finished this week.

Lisa sorry about your son's troubles. It sounds like he has his hands full with his wife and her family. I can see his point though, and I wish him the best of luck solving the issues. I've never heard of Wagener's Galumadosis. I hope your niece recovers and will soon be better.

Doing house work today, laundry dusting dishes etc. I also was able to finally get a sketch of the woman I'll attempt to paint on canvas. We'll see how it goes. Hope this note finds everyone in good health. Have a great day, and Week. G.

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MK, it is tough to accept not knowing about what happened to the other person. I deal with this occasionally, and I do not update both parties on the action I took with regard to their situation. After doing an investigation into the matter, I have to make some decisions and judgments, and it is so tough when I follow up with those involved and they ask about the other party. I simply say I've addressed it with the other party--that's it. Just keep working on you. So glad it turned out well.

Busy beyond busy here these days. My oldest and his wife are done, I guess. What a mess. Her parents came down last week and encouraged her to have him move out, and her parents own the house they are living in. She wanted that particular house, he didn't, so her parents bought her what she wanted, yet again. They pay rent/utilities and care for the place, but her parents really hold the cards, and that has been their leverage with her for quite some time. Not that he's doing everything right, not by any means. He hasn't gone with her to see her family for quite some time. When we asked why, our son said that her mother told him, in front of both boys, that her daughter could've done so much better. So my son told her that it can't be both ways--your parents treat me decent, they don't have to like me, or I'm not going. Her dad said fine, her mom would not commit to being civil to him. I believe this is partly why their marriage is in the tank. Her parents have lots of money, and she won't stand up to them--when she tries, they always put conditions on what they'll do for her. I almost think they've put her in the position of "him or us" without really saying it. Enough on that, though.

My 22 year old niece was fighting a nasty, painful, ear infection that would not go away. It started about the second week of January. Yesterday, they diagnosed her with early stage Wegener's Galumadosis--which is a type of vasculitis. All conditions are favorable for a remission and a normal life, but until then, and treatment plan. She was going to begin her job as an RN in a week, but that will be delayed, probably just for a month or so. It has been an agonizing process for my sister. It mystified the medical team, so they referred her to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, which is only about 70 miles from their home. She was nearly diagnosed in one day, they just had to wait for test results the following day, which verified the Dr.'s diagnosis. My sister was elated, because at last they had an answer to what should have been an easy condition to resolve--an ear infection. God's hands, their faith, and the consistent prayers for them led to an answer, and we are thankful to Him for providing one.

Down another 1/4" on my waist. I've been holding steady at 37" for about 3 weeks. Today, it was clearly down, and that makes me happy. I really don't weigh myself anymore. I just want my middle to decrease in size another 2". Based on what I've read, a waist measurement of below 35" is healthy for females my age.

And work, work, work. It doesn't relent. I don't have any teachers retiring or leaving this year--at this time, anyway. I have one aide and one reading tutor retiring, but those shouldn't be too problematic to fill.

G, I saw the picture of you and Don on facebook. What a happy looking couple you are. I hope all is well out your way.

Off to school I go--it's just easier to work out there.



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Well the results are in - no discipline action. Need to review the professionalism in the work place policy. I need to let the rest go - still not happy about the manager and not knowing what happens with her.... but I need to focus on me and what I need to change in me - not her - that's not my job.

My manager actually had a pretty good hand in me not getting disciplinary action - I thanked her for that. I'll move on now.

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Hello! Well I find out later this afternoon about the investigation. They have scheduled a Fact Finding Discussion... not sure why that wording, but at least this thing will be over. My guess is that they will just talk to me about not swearing at people - well duh - wonder if the other person will have a discussion about her role in all of this... probably not because she is a manager - an HR manager at that. Doesn't matter - I want it done and move on.

So for some strange reason my dad had a doctor appointment scheduled for yesterday. I think it was just his quarterly check up, but we had just seen the doc in January, but I think it was the 7-14 days after an ER visit... so confusing. Well it turned out good that he did have an appointment. Last Friday my dad ran into a wall in his power chair and tried to turn away from it once he was smashed up to the wall - well this caused his left foot to turn and I think he broke it. He swears it doesn't hurt, but when the doctor touched it he was in pain... so off to x-ray. I tell you it is no feat to get a very angry man with atrophied leg muscles to put his foot in specific positions. Even if it is not broke he has to be in a boot that goes clear up to his knee... that is not going to be easy for staff at the facility. I'm just hoping that he doesn't have to go to a rehab facility. The doc will let us know if its broke.

Will the fun every end? hahaha.... well I have to get to work. Still getting up and doing some exercise in the morning. Lately it has been step in my garage - killer on the inner thighs.

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Ahhh,Saturday night. I am tired! I did a bunch of errands this morning, and worked for about 4 hours this afternoon, made some really great chicken and rice soup for dinner, and did laundry--not all folded yet, but that can wait.

I am willing myself not to get sick, but I'm worried--so tired, and excessively achy, and kind of chilly. I sat by the fireplace for about 15 minutes to warm up. Hoping it's nothing.

Still fighting the battle around here, exercise good most of the time, food choices inconsistent. Overall, though, making progress in getting the weight down.

I hope this finds you both well and ready to enjoy the Super Bowl tomorrow.



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Lisa, hope the teacher gets the message. It's always hard to have the talk but at times a necessary point especially for you as an administrator.

Mk, hope you will have good news after the investigation is finished. Just hang in there with the exercise. It's good to gradually work up to your goal.

Still trying to follow a plan and taking one day at a time. I weighed myself and have not loss anything but did stay the same. I'll take time to change old habit and establish new ones. Hope I see results soon though. I'll be taking a blood test next week so we'll see.

Hope the rest of the week and the weekend find everyone doing great. Keep up the progress. Bye for now, G.

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G, congratulations on your new granddaughter. How many is that now?

MK, today I had to have a very difficult chat with one of my teachers. He forgot something that was highly important--and did not recognize it until I texted him and inquired. At any rate, his forgetfulness is beginning to impact his job, and while he understood, and handled it well, it was a hard conversation to have. I tried very hard to be kind, yet honest. I hope you were treated well by those who were finding out the facts.

It's been a tiring week, lots of illness at school, kids and teachers. Hoping the illness season is short.

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Hello! Well I'm working my way up... time on the spin bike. last week was 12 minutes and I did 14 min today. I know it doesn't sound like much, but in a month or so I'll be ready for a spin class. I also put time in on the treadmill today as well. It is a really slow process getting myself back, but its very doable. When you've been away for so long it seems easier to just not make the effort. Once you go and continue to go - it seems easier to just go. 10 min - 20 min - 30 min - doesn't matter - I'm trying to give myself that tiny bit of time.

Georgie - CONGRATS on the new baby!!!! How exciting! My daughters best friend is due in February - we are all very excited!

Well work is calling my name... the data has run and I must keep going.

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Hello! Well Lisa I have always believed in honesty and that is exactly how I like to live my life. No looking over your shoulders, no trying to remember what you told someone else. I learned it at a young age when I was called out for lying... since then it is how it should be!!

The Fact Finding Investigation went well. I told the truth, answered the questions she had for me and was able to explain my mind set that morning. At the end I said "now if she had come into the elevator and said 'Hey can you push the 4 button?' my response would have been very different". Her attempting to force me to comply with her "have a nice day" was unacceptable - and if she was a manager - it is shameful. I do know that she is a manager - well a director - but they never told me exactly who filed the complaint. I'm ok with that. I would not - nor could I ever - retaliate against this person. Moving forward I should find out this week what the results of the investigation are. I just hope that it is explained to her about her behavior as well... probably won't, but I can always hope.

I continue to the gym at least 4 mornings a week. My legs are moving better, but still having some issues in my left hip. Knees are always bad, but I can tell that my quads are getting stronger - thus making it a bit easier on my knees.

Food is another thing. I think I'm doing pretty good. I haven't been on the scale nor do I want to. Like you Lisa - my clothes are fitting better and that is how I'm gaging things.

Georgie - I hope all is well with you & your family.

Weather is very wet and windy. Lots of snow in the mountains.

I heard from my sister through FB that Alaska had an 8.0 Mag earthquake today (I think it was today). Tsunami warnings have been issued for the pacific coast lines. I don't think a tsunami will happen, but it is nice to be prepared.

Take care ladies!!

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Went over to see my new granddaughter on Sunday. She is beautiful and was born on Thursday. 5lbs12oz 18 inches long, tiny for full term. She was fussy but they are still working on establishing a routine. My son is great pitching in whenever he can. He was making chili for them while we were there. He also ran up and down the stairs so he could help his wife with the baby. His wife did join us downstairs after feeding time was over. It was a great day. Long but wonderful. They named her Vivian Elaine and I just love it.

My changes are slow this January. I'm trying to eat at regular times and adding healthy snack between meals. It's hard but trying to stick with it for 5 weeks straight. Using as a guide Blast Out the sugar book, and meals from the Bill Phillips book. Combining the two to make my own plan that works for me. Staying with fish, chicken, and turkey. Once a week but no more than 2 I'm having lean beef meal. More fruit and veggies as snacks and with meals. Good carbs and fat in the proper % .

Hope things will work out for you MK and the meeting will go well. Lisa keep up your exercising and loos of inches is great. Wishing you both a great week. G

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MK, I think your attitude will serve you well in the fact finding situation. I've had to call staff members in before and discuss their behavior in certain incidences, and I always try to put the best spin or construction on the situation. Honesty is always best. Who gets to demand that someone tells them to have a good day--wow, why couldn't she ask you how your day was going?

I'm keeping at it as well, and really, I'm only monitoring my waist and hip measurements. I've lost about 2 1/4 inches off my waist, need to decrease it that much more, but it's slowing down more now.

Snowstorm in much of the state, but it is missing us. We have had some mild January weather lately, which is nice.

Need to finish folding my laundry, and watch the Vikings game. Wishing you all the best this week.



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Hello! Well I continue my partnership with Gym. I'm getting there 4-5x a week. I walked the hills with the dogs on Sunday and that was really hard on the ol' knees, but I did it!!

Food is better and I'm also passing the sweet stuff up for fruit. Any type of red meat is killing my stomach so I've cut that way down - maybe 2-3x month. Most of my choices for protein are lentils, chicken, salmon, & eggs. I've tried increasing my veggie intake as well - that is what I use to munch on at my desk with hummus. I'm far from perfect on this, but I feel better and I'm sleeping sounder.

Lately though I've had a rough emotional time. I can't believe its been 2 years since my sisters passing. I actually forgot... when I woke up on January 12th I realized that I had forgotten and I felt horrible. Some say it is a blessing to forget about the death and only remember the life that they lived. I agree, but when I realized that the day had come and gone I became very emotional and a bit angry at myself.

I'm also going through a "Fact Finding Investigation" about my professionalism here at work. I haven't been told what its about, but I think I know. There was a lady on the elevator who took it upon herself to chastise me for not asking her what floor she wanted.... I pushed my button and went to the back of the elevator - my mind was somewhere else. Well she made a huge deal out of it and then she blocked the doors from closing when she got to her floor and said I'm not moving until you tell me to have a nice day. What? are you kidding me? after what you just said... well I wasn't kind and I cursed at her. I didn't know who she was - and frankly it didn't matter. Who are you to tell me what to say at 6:30 in the morning. This happened the morning of January 12th - the morning I realized I had forgotten about my sister. The bad part... apparently she is the Human Resource director. Wow! If I knew who she was I would have apologized for swearing at her, but not for being angry. She had no right to chastise me or force me into saying anything to her. Talk about a delusion of grandeur. Well now I'm being called in. I'm ok with that - I own it - I shouldn't have swore - but what right does she have to say what she said? Anyway - it should all be ok. I have my union steward going in with me and apparently my manager is also coming in.

So it seems like stress is the topic of the day, but yet I feel really happy about it. I'm super happy that I'm being called into this fact finding.

Well ladies - take care - I hope your days are warm, loved, & happy!

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I'm doing well, but had an interesting week at work. My secretary was gone all week, unexpectedly, due to a family crisis. I wasn't able to find a sub for her, so I had to cover from within, so that plan varied daily, with me providing some of the coverage, which then set me behind with my work, so I shall catch up over the weekend, I hope! I think she'll be back on Monday, but I am not certain. We've had some communication. I always find it hard to make the "worried about you" calls with these personal and sensitive situations.

Well, I'm down a few more pounds, I think my total since Nov. 30 is 7. I've decreased my waist measurement by 2", which excites me far more than the pounds. Progress is progress, but man, it is slow! Still working to eliminate processed sugar. I do well for several days, and then take a step back for a few days. Overall, though, my choices are more sound, and I'm saying no to treats far more frequently than before.

Meeting a friend at our local university's bb game later today. Other than that, chores, food prep for the week, and school work.

My middle son and his family closed on a house yesterday. It is an acreage, so they can have their horses and dog breeding operation. It is a great place for them, but my granddaughter will have to switch schools again, so she's not too happy. She's a first grader, and she makes friends easily, but two schools in one school year isn't fun for any child.

My oldest son and his wife are still together, and at last report, were making progress on their relationship, but that tends to swing the other way rapidly. For now, I'm grateful they are attempting to work on this, and I surely pray they continue.

MK, keep your commitment to going to the gym! It's tough when you are tired in the morning, but I'll bet you always feel great afterwards. Stay warm and dry. Spring will arrive soon!







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Hello! I hope everyone is doing well and are healthy.

Day 3 at the gym. My husband is getting up and making sure I go - I appreciate it, but I must admit - I do wait for him to say "to tired today....lets not go" (Hahahahaha) He actually goes 2x to the gym - once in the morning with me and once after he's done with his work for the day. Maybe one day when I'm retired....

The flu outbreak is putting a lot of people down here at work - so far nothing for me or our household.

No changes with my parents - still hanging in there. Mom is still 100% care and dad is needing more care, but refuses. Stubborn.

Well back to work. Take care everyone!

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Hello! Well 2 weeks off work (kinda - had to go on-line at the beginning of each week and run a couple reports) and now I'm back at my desk.

Getting back to the gym has been sporadic, but this morning I got up and so did my husband - and off to the gym we went. Its only a 30 minute workout, but at least I've started.

Food is being re-evaluated and working on keeping it lean where possible.

I have not gotten the flu in a long time... "knock on wood"... I do NOT get the flu shot. I think I've had it once many years ago when I was in a hospital setting, but I feel that building my own immunity is best... so far so good... again knock on wood!! I'm sorry to hear that you were so sick Lisa - but very happy that you are better.

My son's work (nursing/rehab facility) is all locked down with flu breakout. Masks and lots of handwashing required. No family visits allowed.

The Christmas Burritos was a great success. Though I noticed many more of the homeless suffering from mental illness this year. Lots of new volunteers and we were very lucky that the weather was only cold - not wet.

Christmas and New Years was very quiet. Kids were over for Christmas but not a word during NYE.

well got to get to work...

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The flu nailed me. I am better,and my energy is finally returning, but this one hit me hard. While I was feeling better Tuesday afternoon, I had a major relapse on Wednesday and was even worse than I was on Tuesday. I seldom get sick, and when I do, I pride myself on bouncing back quickly. I did not bounce back quickly from this one. My colleagues continually asked how I was. One honest colleague flat out said "you don't look good, are you sure you should be here?" Mostly, I was tired and had a major lack of energy, once I stopped vomiting. I have to admit one of two things--this is a nasty bug that hit me extra hard, OR I'm getting older and don't recover as quickly from these bugs. I prefer the former, even though I suspect the latter.

Today is quiet. I'll wash the bedding in the guest rooms, prep meals for next week, and work on my "second" job. I've contracted with the state once again to provide support for teachers in a special project--this is statewide, so it'll be fun to connect with teachers from across the state. I've got a partner, but we've got lots to do to develop this new model, and she lives on the other side of the state, so our communication is via phone and e-mail.

As far as progress, well, that's been on hold this week. I'm hanging in there, will weigh tomorrow and see where I'm at.

G, it is warming up here. The last few days have been above zero, and today we could reach the 30s, which will be welcomed. We are used to this, but I surely feel sorry for those folks who've have extreme weather that they aren't accustomed to.

Anything exciting your way, MK? I hope the holidays treated you and your family well.

Make sure you find some joy in today.



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Sorry your not feeling well Lisa. It's been 12 days of below freezing here and in the minus temps in the morning. It's only getting to single degrees during the day or low teens. Furnace is struggling to heat our house no matter what it's set at. Woke up to 68 in the house today and it's just now made it to 75 the set temp.

Trying to eat better since the beginning of the NY I've added veggies and even had just veggies for lunch. Cutting down on the bread and carbs every meal. I'm doing fine so far, just hope to keep it going.

Have a great weekend and try to stay warm. We too will be near 30's next week but expecting a winter snow on Sunday. Take care, and rest. Catch all better, G.

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Home with the flu. Was going to work in the PM but got my work with teachers covered by another principal, and I'm grateful to him for covering for me. Love working in this district. I am feeling better now, just tired.

Hubby came down with this New Year's Eve, I got hit yesterday afternoon, although not as bad as him. Thankfully, it only lasts about 18 hours. No clue where we caught it.

Cold snap abating, hit a record of 80 consecutive hours below zero. Predicting in the 30's next week, which will be welcomed.

Hope you are both well and warm. Take care.



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Quick post, as things are about to get busy in this house. Happy New Year, a bit early. Stay warm and safe in these extreme temps.

My NY challenge (not resolution) is to begin every day standing at my desk at work. I have an arm attached to my desk with which I can raise and lower my laptop. I use it, but not as much as I should. I've got to make a couple of adjustments, but I'll figure it out.

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Merry Christmas. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with you family. Hope you're not snowed in today. We had some snow but only 1 inch or so and it's a white Christmas Day. Mk I hope your operation burrito was a success. You're so great to do this every year and I'm sure it's appreciated by all. We are having a quiet Christmas at home. Don finished up the tile and we'll grout next weekend. Thinking of you all and wishing you a blessed Christmas. Again Merry Christmas to everyone. G. emoticon

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Merry Christmas. May the wonder of the Christ child dwell in your hearts throughout the coming year.

We celebrated with my father-in-law on Saturday, with my sis-in-law and her family, my youngest, and my middle son and his girls. My oldest arrived yesterday, but his family is in FL with her parents. We will all be together next Friday night and Saturday at my house. Today will be very quiet around here.

Ham is ready to go in the oven, and I'm keeping it simple for dinner since it will just be the four of us. I'll go to church here in town, and then I might finish wrapping gifts. I still have a bit of shopping to do, but since we aren't celebrating until next Friday night, that's okay.

I do hope you are both enjoying this Christmas holiday with your families.



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Hello! Last weekend before Christmas and I'm very excited. I'll be taking vacation for the next 2 weeks. I don't believe that I have ever taken 2 whole weeks of vacation... I'm not sure what to do with myself! hahaha

I think I'll get a lot of stuff done around the house and will probably spend time at the beach... I'll see if I can get a room over there. It will be nice.

So it is 28* outside with freezing fog... yuck! I don't think we will warm up past 35*... if we are lucky. I think there might be snow down to the valley floor come Sunday/Monday - might have a white Christmas. I know that the mountains have been hit with 30" or more.

Not much else going on. Had the last hemorrhoid appointment - oh the thrills... NOT. Now I can actually do some healing. I've gone 3 weeks in a row and each one is more painful than the last. So happy its over for now.

Well I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful & happy New Years.

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Welcome to the weekend before Christmas. I hope you all are doing well, and staying true to your goals this holiday season.

I continue to make progress, although I don't weigh again until tomorrow. My goal was 7 lbs. before Christmas, and I know I'm not there yet. I'm fighting a cold right now, which is just inconvenient. Hopefully it won't knock me down--Sudafed is my friend for now. I just about had to give up my firstborn to purchase it, which tells you how often I buy that stuff. They had to run my name through a national database because I wasn't in Wal-Mart's system. Interesting for sure.

I got a good full body strength workout in at home today--didn't want to share my cough, runny nose, and sneezes with other gym members. It felt better than expected, even though I got a slow start.

Still no snow here, we could get some late next week. White Christmases are nice, but a no snow Christmas every few years is welcome as well.

Off to make progress on weekend chores, and do some baking. Take care of yourselves while enjoying this season.





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Hi Jackson! So where are you all from?

I'm in Oregon.

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Hello! Well things are doing ok here. I twisted my knee up on Thanksgiving and I've put a knee brace on and that is helping a lot!

We will start wedding venue hunting this weekend. Have a couple places lined up to go look at. Hope it won't cost me an arm and a leg.

Food has been good most days and bad a few other days. I haven't stepped on a scale in quite some time... I guess I'm avoiding. Figure when I lose it things will fit better. I know that I feel better cutting the sugar down - it really does help with my sleeping.

My dad is doing well. He had an anxiety attack and thats what landed him in the ER last Friday. He's better and seems happy.

Well got to get ready for a telephone conference call meeting... don't really care for them, but they have to be done.

Take care.

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I love to get acquainted so if you'd care to respond I'd like to hear from you, God Bless . Jackson

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Good morning. Blizzard coming--should see the early effects by 10 AM, thus no school today. I'm at work, though, as this is fantastic work/catch up time. A few teachers have been in early as well. It feels good to be in sweats at work.

Still feeling good, and in control most of the time. I wasn't on my eating plan yesterday--but I'm back at it today with some butternut squash soup for lunch, made from squash I froze earlier this fall. My husband is working graveyard shift this week, as he is training two new custodians, so evening meals will be simple for me, most likely green lettuce salad with a protein.

After I finish a couple of work tasks, I'll be planning, and possibly shopping for the Christmas meal I prepare for my staff members. I guess that's a work task too, but I usually have to do it after hours.

Oh, and just a quick update--my son and his wife are doing a bit better these days, although there is still much work to be done. I'm still wary, as I suspect that could change quickly. Thanks for your prayers and support.

I'll bet that tiling job is looking wonderful, G. I need to get on my bathrooms, and get them updated. I'd love to tile the tubs and the floors, add new lighting and such. I'd hire Don if he lived closer, sounds like he's talented in that area.

And, I hope all is well out west, MK.



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Lisa, Happy Belated Birthday. I wished you one on Facebook, but wanted to let you know I hadn't forgot. Glad you had a great day. Congrats on the loss. It's really hard to lose during the holidays with all the snacks and food everybody brings to work or share at home too.

My food has been way off lately. I don't even try to weigh in anymore. I'm not planning very well and have gone back to fixing some of the old standbys for lunch and dinner. I need to get back to less carbs an stick with more veggies and less baked foods. I just seem to grab what's in the house and not always thinking about what I eat when I do.

Don is working on the tile in our master bath and it's looking nice, but it's taking a lot of time for him to get it done. He can only work on the weekends although he has done some when he gets home during the week. I'm trying to have dinner ready so he can eat and still have time to work if he wants. It's making me plan meals better by doing this, but doing a lot of soups, stews and slow cooked meals because I can't think of anything else to eat.

We didn't run errands today because Don need the time to do the tile. We hope to get an early start tomorrow and do them then. Today while he works I'm dusting, doing laundry, and mopping the floors in the front of the house, I'm going over lightly because he's tracking things through to house to the garage while he works. I'll do a deep cleaning for the bathroom. hall and entry when he's finished..

I guess I need to get back to my cleaning and other chores now so will catch all later. Have a wonderful weekend, G.

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Just a quick, but exciting, check in. I lost 4.2 lbs. this week, so I'm more than halfway towards my goal of losing 7 by Christmas. My sleep has improved greatly, though, and I can only attribute that to the dietary changes I made this week. I tried to stick mostly to natural carbs, and I really cut back on processed foods--I didn't eliminate them, just cut way back.

Need to get to the gym. Have a fantastic weekend.



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I had such a nice birthday today. It is just fun to celebrate with my students and co-workers. My husband took me out for dinner, my youngest joined us as well. I am now officially closer to 60 than 50.

I am working really hard to make good food choices this week. In three days of no sugar (except for fruit), I have noticed that I am more alert, less tired, and my energy level has increased as well. I've also been really limiting the processed carbs. I noticed a change in how I felt after a day, and I'm confident I've already dropped a couple of pounds. It's not easy, but it feels good to be back in control of what I put in my mouth.



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Hello everyone! Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas decorations have yet to come out, but will get done soon (I hope). We are busy for the next couple weekends, but I'm hoping we might find time to go cut a tree and rearrange the furniture.

Thanksgiving was good. We had my dad over - that is quite the feat because he just doesn't "do" stairs - so the boys literally carried him up and put him in his wheelchair. He enjoyed coming and having a home cooked meal. Last year we all fixed our plates and went to his place and ate together.

The boys think this might be the last time they can get him into the house. It was quite the struggle because we have such an older home and very narrow doors it becomes difficult to navigate. Not sure about Christmas - might end up over at the assisted living place to celebrate that.

Of course during Thanksgiving I 'tweeked' my knee real good. I think the patella popped out of place and then back in. It left a bruise around it. I'm able to walk now, but still have pain. I've been walking to help keep some strength in it.

Well it is now my lunch time - so I think I'm going to go walk or something... not sure. Take care ladies! Don't forget to take a moment or two for yourselves!!

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Happy Cyber Monday. I had a message almost typed out and lost it all when it stopped working. I hate when that happens. Anyway we had a busy Thanksgiving weekend. Don was off for 4 days and it was nice to have him around. We had thanksgiving at his mom's place and enjoyed the family time. My son and family came but my daughter had made plans with her Husband family and couldn't make it. We'll see them all on December 17th though, when we'll celebrate with Christmas dinner and present exchange.

I had made 2 apple pies and a Meringue pie, his mom made the pumpkin. Dinner was great. I was able to have a heart to heart talk with my oldest granddaughter just the 2 of us which I loved. She getting so grown up and it was like talking to a friend. She told me what was going on in her life and her plans for the future an so much more. It was really nice.

Don wants to tile around the top of the shower, behind the toilet, and under the vanity by the 17th. We went out Friday and bought what we needed. It's an undertaking which I hope will be ready as planed. It's only weekend jobs and we only have 2 full weekends and the Saturday before everybody comes here. We also will need to paint before it's all done. He thinks he'll get it done though.

Saturday we did the outside decorations and Sunday the tree. I still have a few things to finish up inside though before it's finished. We didn't do as much outdoors this year but it still looks pretty. I love all the Christmas lights and the joy this season brings. It's a time to share with family and reflect on our blessings. Thanks to God for all of it.

I still have cleaning, and laundry to do today, and I need to store the out side furniture for the winter. We are both over the colds, but my cough will take a little longer to leave. Not as bad though which I'm thankful for.

Hope your week is filled with happiness and joy. I'll catch everybody later, G.

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Happy Thanksgiving evening. We had a fun day, just 9 of us, but it was a gorgeous day, so the grandkids and I played outside--we drew with sidewalk chalk, and then later went to a park and played for almost an hour. I'm especially thankful for today's mild weather that allowed us to play outdoors.

I packed up a meal for my father-in-law; he's just not able to manage the steps into our house anymore. We found out yesterday that he has a compression fracture in one of his veterbra in his back, so he'll be having a procedure on Monday to get that fixed. I hope it helps him become more comfortable.

Time to drag out the Christmas stuff. I'll do the basics, but not going to tear it up with decorating this year. I should also get a workout in--took a mile walk this morning, but wouldn't hurt to get another one in.

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Hello. Very stormy here in Willamette Valley - wind/rain and just ugliness. I'm not happy that I have to be here at work today, but it is a holiday week and I only have to work 2 days this week.

I think that we are bringing my dad to the house for Thanksgiving. My husband told him that Thanksgiving was coming up and it should be a good day... he just said really? Whats good about it? - Well your coming to our house!! I guess his face lit up like a kid at Christmas! That was nice to hear, but no other family steps up to make him included in family. It makes me sad, but I can't dwell on that - their choice - their loss.

I'm down in the dumps lately - I really hate this feeling. Hard to come to work where most people don't care for me... one lady even said she couldn't stand the sound of my voice. I really don't feel very appreciated from my peers. Many of them hate the fact that I don't have a college degree under my belt - so they do not want to take any instruction from me on programs that I'm very proficient in. But coming here every day with that shroud of dislike is very emotionally taxing.

Well I have to get back to working...

A very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!

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I lost 1 lb. this week. Boy, did I have to work hard for that pound. This is going to be really, really tough. I increased exercise, cut out my evening snacks all but two nights, and only lost a lb. UGH!! 14 lbs to go to get back where I was.

I need to draw up a better plan and stick to it, and the holidays--oh my!



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Ahh, the weekend. This has been quite the week, again! Just lots and lots of stuff going on at school. Got my behind chewed after school today by a parent, but I simply told her I'd turn the situation over to our School Resource Officer on Monday if she didn't take care of it and settle down. I asked her why she was yelling, and yes, she was yelling, when I had not caused this problem; I was only trying to help resolve it. Her life must be really, really, sad.

Tomorrow I am going to our local nursery for a Winter Arrangement class. I am so excited. I tried to find a friend to go with me, but they all had plans. I'm going to try to attend more of their classes, as I've heard they are really good.

Then it is shopping for Thanksgiving. I think it will just be the boys and grandkids. One daughter-in-law is not coming, as she wants the day alone to finish up her craft fair projects, and the other one is a maybe. I'm okay with a small group of us.

Time to get busy with chores--then a bite to eat, and then exercise. I'm improving with my food choices, but I need to start logging my food, which is a task I detest, even though I know it works.

MK, I just saw your post about your phone--it was a great laugh, but I can only imagine how frustrating that whole situation was. Glad it all worked out.

So sorry you and Don both got so sick, G. I surely hope you recover quickly, and are fully healthy again by Thanksgiving.

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Sorry I've not been on here for a while, I just don't get on this sight as much anymore. I do get on Facebook, play stupid games and such and do catch up on some of the posts you two have there.

Don was sick all last week and he looked and sounded so bad by Friday I called the doctor and we found out he had a biracial infection. cough so bad and was running a fever too. they put him on antibiotics and this week he's better. However, he gave it to me so I've been sick all this week. I didn't wait to call the doctor though and got my antibodies and other meds on Monday. Mine however was more sinus infection plus chest so have be trying to rest as much as I can. I feel better, but it seems to be hanging on a long time.

We had a shower for my daughter-in-law on the 11th, and all the family got together and Don and I went too, although we probably shouldn't have but we told everyone we're sick so they knew. It was at Don's moms so all we needed to do is show up. We enjoyed seeing everyone and the new mommy to be is doing great. Everything is going to plan. We'll see them again on Thanksgiving.

That's about all we have had going this week, I'm not hungry and have actually lost weight when I weighed in on Monday. It's about 3# less than when I saw the doctor a few months ago. I hope I can keep it off. Lucky I've been able to maintain most of the loss from the Jenny plan with only about 5#'s gain form that loss. I just hope I can continue to keep it under control.

I hope all Is well with everybody, I'll try to get here more often. Have a great weekend, G.

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Hello! I hope everyone had a good weekend of remembering and celebrating our veterans.

It was a difficult week last week. Boss was being condescending and that just put me in a super bad mood. I've been overloaded with work - which I don't mind having lots to do, but this is a bit ridiculous. I really need to get paid for working out of class - that is for sure!!

Still getting to the gym. I've begun weight lifting again - only on the machines and not free weights yet, but I'm getting there.

Spent Saturday afternoon/evening with my daughter. She actually wanted to go somewhere with me. So we drove over to the coast and hit the outlet mall. It was fun. We had dinner/drinks at the casino before heading back. I swear they have the best food!!

I'm still at work right now (PST 5:06 p.m.). I should head out pretty soon, but thought I'd take some time to say howdy.

Take care everyone!!

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Veteran's Day greetings. I'm especially proud of my 3 boys, two of whom are no longer active, but served overseas, and one who is still in the National Guard.

I had a tough, tough week at school. For the first time in my educational career, I've really wondered whether I want to continue in this profession--not that I dreaded going to work, I didn't, but I've really questioned my effectiveness as an administrator this work, as I feel I keep heaping on responsibilities to teachers in certain situations, and it is just getting to me. And this is all due to a few highly behavioral students in which I have to coordinate services with other agencies who don't always want to follow our plans when they are in our building.

Leaving for a conference in the Black Hills tomorrow. I need the rejuvenation for sure.

My son and grandson are here for the weekend. He and his wife are still struggling in their relationship--it's better for a few days, then she gets mad at him and wants to end it, at least that's my son's take on all of this. He says she just can't seem to cope with any type of conflict, or adversity. Neither one will go to counseling--together or on their own, but I continue to implore him to do so.

I've had a pretty good week in terms of eating and exercise, but far from perfect and spot-on. I've been exhausted at night, due to some late days at work, but I need to quit with the excuses.

I best get to the gym and get on with my day--lots to do--grocery shopping, laundry packing, grandson time, and an hour at work to make sure all is finished before I leave tomorrow. And, 50s this week--a rare occurrence in SD in Nov., but I'm okay with those temps. No snow on the ground, what we had melted, so that's great too.

Have a healthy and enjoyable weekend.




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Hello. Well let me just say Lisa that your "damage" is small next to mine. I put 50# back on... yes - there it is for all to see. All that work I did for 2 years went all to heck in a hand-basket of depression, stress, comfort, and lack of motivation. I'm not sure at what point I just gave up - but I think it was somewhere around the 20# mark.

So here's to looking forward and moving towards healthier ways. I'm terrified actually - terrified that I'll do good and lose the weight only to have some other catastrophic event(s) occur and I slide back into that hand-basket of old ways. So one of the things that I'm doing to help is going back to my AA books. It is not just for drinking, but for life in general... its called the Big Book and I love it.

Its also been super helpful having my daughter in the building - she gets me out walking and making better choices for food.

Wedding planning is slow. I've been compiling a list of venues that we need to go research and finding the time to go out to visit sights is very limited. Its been fun looking at all the places - but oh the cost is crazy!!

Well take care!

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Just thought I'd report the damages. I am currently 15 pounds higher than my lowest weight of the last 10 years, which was at the time of my oldest son's wedding, just over 4 years ago. I've put most of that on over the past two years, but I can't allow this weight gain to continue. Hard work ahead.

My son and his wife are getting along better these days, but I know they still have some unresolved issues that they need to address. Hopefully they'll do this sooner than later.

I need to do some work, have a wonderful week.



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Good Saturday morning. Just doing a quick post here before I hit the gym.

Still struggling with the planning. It seems more and more unexpected events have come up lately, and I've had several night events that I'm willing to sacrifice my plans for. Anyway, still plugging away at it.

Got some snow yesterday, the kids were sure excited, but not me. Much of it melted, and then it froze last night, so it was slick out for sure. I've got to get my boots out.

Today is chores and meal planning and prep. Tomorrow we celebrate my grandson's 6th birthday, so we'll drive up to their place to celebrate. It'll be a quick trip. We had the grands last weekend and went to a Halloween party sponsored by my husband's work. It was a lot of fun.

MK, I hope you get your gym motivation back. How goes wedding planning?

Haven't heard from you in awhile here, G. I hope all is well in OH.



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Hello! Still hitting the gym in the wee hours of the morning. Yesterday I didn't go, but my daughter and I walked about 70 minutes while doing errands. It was a great walk.

Today I went, but I was not feeling motivated one bit.

Food is still up and down, but not as bad as its been. Sugar is way down and protein is up.

Well the rains are here - we had a really beautiful week last week, but we knew it was short lived. Probably going to be wet until next year.

Well take care everyone.

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Hello! Welcome to hump day!!

Its taken me a long time, but I'm in the gym in the mornings! Not a lot of workout, but 15 min on the elliptical and about 2-5 min on the rower. My focus is getting my rear out of bed and showing up... only been 2 days, but I'm liking the energy I have. I attempted this a few months back without success - so send good thoughts my way!!!

I think what has really helped is some naturopathic meds for my anxiety/stress. He gave me a Mood Tincture with adrenals. From the first eye dropper full I could feel the difference. Took about another 3-4 weeks before I really started wanting to get out and do things, but here I am.

Lisa - love your list of changes. I think my list would look very similar. The sugar is the most important (to me). I haven't been craving it - even with all the sweets my husband has around the house - so I just don't start... once I start all bets can be off. Anyway I think your going to do great with your list!!

Georgie - haven't seen you here. Hope all is well.

Well no changes in my work - no promotions, no lead worker pay - thank heavens I wasn't holding my breath for that. They just keep piling the work on - so I have a union rep who sits next to me and I think I'll be filing for a desk audit. Can go a couple of ways... give me a promotion - or remove work. I'm good either way.

So wedding planning continues. I'm in charge of scheduling a venue road trip. Once I have some open weekends I will be making the calls and we will set up the route and go forth!!

Take care

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Saturday greetings. Excellent workout this morning--mostly upper body and cardio, some ab work.

I bought some new pants. They don't fit. I don't think I'd keep them if they did, as the waist is really high--but again, they did not fit in my normal size. This makes me sad, mad, and frustrated. Why do I do this to myself?

Change number 1: I HAVE to plan my evening meals. I do great for breakfast and lunch, but when I get home I'm tired and hungry, so I begin to eat. The last thing I want to do is figure out what to have for dinner. I then snack all evening. DONE!

Change #2: Efficient workouts--my outdoor workouts are done for the season, so I got back to my bodyweight workout videos that I love, and I'll do my cardio at the gym 3x per week, 6:30 PM.

Change #3: Sugar--it just has to go, it is all over at school, and will continue to be as the next two months give us lots of reasons to celebrate.

Change #4: I will spend my evenings in the basement, so I'm not tempted to walk the few steps to the kitchen to get a "snack".

Change #5: Commitment--this might be the toughest--to remain committed when I'm tempted, tired, and feeling like I need a feeding frenzy.

Today: Officiate last VB match. I have been either coaching volleyball, officiating volleyball, or both, since 1994. That's 23 years. Celebrate with chili-lime shrimp fajitas for dinner, and low cal pumpkin cupcakes for dessert.

I think I've shared this before, but my pumpkin cupcakes rock. I use a yellow cake mix, add a can of pumpkin and about 2 T. of water, mix together, and put into cupcake liners, bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. Do not over bake. I usually make a glaze or put some mini choc chips in the batter. I prefer these cold, so I keep them in the frig, but they also freeze well. My whole family loves them, and the cake mixes that work best are yellow, white, chocolate, and spice. We probably like the yellow best.

May you both have a relaxing and productive weekend.



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Hello! Happy Wednesday!

You guys just have the best time with your grandchildren - I can't wait until I have some!

Fall weather is definitely here. Supposed to be rainy with thunder/lightening showers this week. Happy that Northern California is going to be getting rain - douse out those fires. Such devastation. I have a friend who was on the get ready to evacuate orders. Her aunt - thankfully - had neighbors wake her up and get out of her mobile home because fire was bearing down. She is fine - and actually her home survived. It was one of about 10 that survived out of about 200 mobile homes. Saw an aerial view of the park and 98% was burnt to the ground. They say its over 6,000 homes lost - doesn't count the businesses/industrial buildings. The fires in Oregon were also devastating, but most were in very rural areas - historical parks/buildings.

Take care ladies! have a great rest of the week.

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My sympathy on the loss of your co-worker, MK. It surely sounds like her memory and work will live on. Great news too that you are feeling a bit better.

Had the grandgirls this weekend. What a treat. We went to the new library in town and had just a wonderful time. The first grader is a huge reader, and I think her sister will be too when the time comes.

I was gifted some squash at church today. I'm pretty sure I'll be making a butternut squash soup, and I plan to freeze some of it-hopefully it will freeze well.

Well, the week ahead is a busy one. I have a meeting out of town on Thursday, and then we have conferences Thursday night, and until 1 on Friday. I've got a bit of outside work to do as well, although now this week is supposed to be very nice, but that could quickly change this time of year.

Time to do some prep and get that soup going. Take care.




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Happy Friday!
I hope everyone is well. I've been taking the naturopathic meds and feel a bit better emotionally. I've been getting out and walking more which really helped boost the mood. My food is better - though there are times - but we are all familiar with that.

We lost a very kind and loving co-worker yesterday. We are all shocked and mourn her passing. She apparently fell and broke her ankle. Well in the fall she tore her stomach and this caused and infection... she was in ICU for about 2 weeks when sepsis took her life. She was in her 70's and still going strong. A single mom/grandmother who made a huge impact on Oregonians being part of the HealthyKids program and many more. So today is a very somber day.

Mom/Dad are still doing well. Had mom's care coordination meeting yesterday. So far she is holding steady at 120# (she went from 136 to 119 in a month). Even with an Aortic Anyurism (sp?) anyway she is holding steady. Dad is the same as well.

Well I have to get to work... I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Good Monday morning. No school today due to the Native American/Columbus Day holiday. I am going in to work, though. Love the quiet time to catch up on some things.

My sis-in-law took my f-i-l to his cardiologist appt. in Sioux Falls, and she called last night; he can't get into the bed in the motel room, nor can he get into the recliner. He has some pretty severe back pain, and has been sleeping in his lift recliner at home for the past two weeks. While we knew he had some back pain, we did not know the extent of it. Last week, he told my husband that he is considering two nursing homes, both in Aberdeen, where we live. She managed to rig up a wheelchair with pillows to provide him some comfort so he could relax and sleep. We remain worried about him, but I'm grateful he's finally considering long-term care. To that end, my siblings and I are scheduling a meeting with my parents to talk about what needs to be in place for their care when the time comes.

I cleaned up my flower bed a bit yesterday, as it is going to freeze tonight, so I'm going to let everything go, except for my mums. I'll finish the clean out later in the week. The leaves are so pretty right now, but falling quickly.

Today's task is to prepare salads for my lunches this week. I'm doing the salad in a jar system, but I didn't have enough jars here, so went to Wal-Mart to get some, and they were out of the pint jars--had jelly jars and quart, but no pint sized ones, of course. I'll have to check out other places today.

I think I probably took my last bike ride for the season yesterday. If I don't get another one in this week, I'll put my bike away until spring. There is no indoor biking experience that brings the level of joy I experience when I'm riding outside, but alas, I'll ride at the gym a few times per week.

G, I am so sorry about the loss of your dog. Thinking of you today.

MK, glad to hear your heart problem was easy to resolve. Congrats to your daughter, any date set yet?

I need to get ready for the day. Have a blessed Monday.



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Hello. Lisa it is a sad day when you see your children go through difficult times. Marriage is not to be taken lightly and I think your son sees that... I think his wife might also see that, but probably is overwhelmed with whatever is going on in her mind. I will put you to the list of prayers I have going. In this day and age it is way to easy to just toss things aside - I hope that they will find their way.

Congratulations for 21 years as coach/officiating!!! It will be nice to have that rest, but I've no doubt that you will miss it - and they will miss you!!

So I finally saw the doctor about the heart issue I had in August... yeah it took that long to get in to see him. He doesn't believe that it was heart related (no incidents since), but that it can be a rib out of place or even colon problems. So he has me on the liver cleanse (started today 10/3/17) and gave me some natural mood tincture along with some adrenals. That really seems to work quickly... put it under my tongue and in a couple hours I'm feeling pretty even mood wise.

My daughter and I are going to be doing meal prepping on Sundays. Will get our food ready for the week. She is now working in my building (probably already told you, but she got the state job). I think it is going to be really good. She is also engaged now... probably already told you that as well... I'm just so proud and happy for her.... now if I could only regain my memory!! HAHAHA

My sister & her family from Georgia buzzed through Oregon last week. She was kinda stuck here until the military processed the travel check - and apparently that came through and she left without a word to me. I was not a happy person about that. I mean - who does that? Just leaves and you find out through a facebook post that she is 'on the road again'.

Well big boss just walked by and saw me posting.... so I best get back to work - even though I've been busting out work already.

Take care.

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It's a sad day here. My oldest son and his wife are struggling mightily in their marriage, and he says he doesn't know why. She can't seem to decide if she's better of with him or without him, and it's really taking a toll on him. He tells us he keeps asking her to go to counseling, and she won't. He's going tomorrow without her. He drove down here today, as he said he just couldn't be in the house because she was being so mean to him, mostly by ignoring him when he'd ask her a question, or just something simple. We noticed it to some degree when we visited them last weekend. She is not being nice to him, not even faking it. She was cordial to us, but the tension was great. Anyway, he flat out said he wants to make this marriage work, but she doesn't know if she wants to try anymore. I just feel like there's something more to this, but if our son knows what that is, he's not sharing it.

It's just sad, and I know it's breaking our grandson's heart. Whether the marriage can be preserved or not, it deserves the attempt, from both of them. I guess that's what makes me the angriest over this, they both have work to do, and need help beyond family and friends.

Well, I have one VB match left to officiate, on the 21st, and then I'm done, for good. I am so excited to "retire" from something. 21 years I've been officiating at some level. I think I coached for 12--but I was officiating while I was coaching as well. A friend of ours lost his job in a restructuring at his business, and he's very lost. He says he's too old to start something new, but too young to not work. I think that's sad--my husband tried to encourage him to try something new and different, as there are plenty of jobs to be had around here, which is true.

Well, I've managed to have a pretty healthy weekend. I've got some lunches ready to go for the week, and plenty of options for dinners. I just need to keep planning and preparing, so I don't get lazy with my choices.

Sorry to be such a downer--I know there are people rebuilding from the hurricanes, fires and other tragedies. I just need to remember to take all of my woes and worries and kneel at the Cross.

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Hi not much going on but will be going to my 50th high school reunion this weekend. it'll start with a social tonight than the reunion get together on Saturday night and a brunch on Sunday. Looking forward to it. I think it will be interesting to see how all have changed. Some of those I hung out with then are gone though, which will be sad. I'm waiting for Don so this will be short.

Hope all are doing great. I'll get back to you after this weekend. Have a great one. G.

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Hello! It was like someone closed the door on summer and fall was on the other side.... we finally got some rain - a torrential downpour at one point - but rain non-the-less!! So the fires are finally getting contained (thank heavens). The big fire in the gorge is about 40-50% contained and they have to to aerial shots to see where there are still hot spots. The large fire to the south of us - I haven't heard much so they much be at least 50% contained. Evacuation orders have been called off so people can return home and assess the damage.

The weather will be warming back up this week, but eventually our temperature highs will be in the 70's. So yippee!!!

I'm still lacking that same commitment to my food. I try and will continue to keep trying. My lack of exercise has become worse... even walking is a chore. I'm really not sure whats happened with the commitment to myself.

My sister is in town (from Georgia) - her and her family are on their way to live in Anchorage Alaska where she has a military job waiting for her. The military has messed up her orders though... so she is stuck here in "boring" Salem until the end of the week. We had a good visit, but we are on such opposite ends of the spectrum that we've had enough "visit". hahahaha.

Well got to get to work... take care!!

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Sunday blessings. It been a rainy weekend here, and the week ahead looks to be very fall-ish, cooling down, and boy, are those leaves quickly turning.

We are going to ND today (just two hours up the road) to see my son and his family. Yesterday, we celebrated Paige's 7th birthday here. She is a reader, which warms my heart, of course. The few books I got her for her birthday, while she enjoyed the stories, did not challenge her at all in terms of reading. It was fun to listen to her, and wonderful to see the family.

My best friend has been diagnosed with breast cancer. I knew she was having some follow-up mammograms, but she did not reveal to me the high level of concern surrounding all of this. I suspect part of it was that her daughter was the one in the pageant, so she didn't want to take any attention away from that experience. Now what do I say or do? Her husband told my husband; she's out of town through tomorrow. I know they have an appointment on Tues. to discuss treatment.

I got my new 2017 Terrain yesterday, pretty exciting. It is quite similar to my old one, but a much prettier sapphire blue color. I thought about going with a 2018, but the discounts on 17s were much better, of course.

Food, food, food. I have been so off lately with my food choices, still lacking commitment, I guess. Exercise was tough to get in this past week, just because I had so many evening events. I'll get back to it this week though.

I hope you are both faring well this autumn. MK, any resolution to the fires, or are you still having to stay inside? And G, I hope you are enjoying the cooler autumn temps as well.




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Happy early autumn. It has cooled down some here and today is to be downright chilly. On my walk last night, I noticed some leaves on the ground, so to me, that's the first sign of fall.

Made my early morning Wal-Mart trip. I'm doing some baking for the local film festival this week--one of my favorite things: bake and share. And then I volunteered to work the VIP event next Friday, even though I have no clue what I'll be doing. This film festival is kind of big deal around here, not to me, but thought I'd give it a shot.

Time for the gym--rowing and upper body and abs today. Then it's some chores and baking, then my niece's college VB match here in town, and then more chores and baking and putting up my fall wreath on the front door.

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Hello. Our son is doing much much better. He still feels sore in the lower abdomen, but he is taking 2 different antibiotics and pain pills. Today will be his first day without pain meds because he has the long commute. He will get into the GI doc soon and have a lower GI/colonoscopy done to find out whats up. Diverticula is usually found in older adults, but it can happen in adults his age. Our family... well my side of the family... has a lot of gastro issues. Not happy that he has to suffer the same fate - hopefully it won't be so bad for him.

Fires everywhere. Smoke filled the valley again yesterday due to a few local field fires... darn smokers that toss their cigarettes out the windows!!! It was a 4 alarm fire surrounding homes - thankfully the local farmers had large water trucks and drove around wetting the ground to keep it from getting too big. It was close to the local prison - boy would I hate to see them have to deal with evacuating that - its quite large. Then we had a house down the street from us catch on fire. There was also a car fire on the interstate just outside of Salem - so needless to say there was LOTS of smoke.

I cannot wait until the rain comes. Hopefully by the end of the week.

I'm doing ok. My food has been slipping lately - so I'm trying to get back on top of it again. Must get better at packing my lunch... or go home to eat - since I'm close enough.

My sister was in the path of Irma (Claxton, GA), but thankfully she is on an elevated lot and they really only had power outages - no flooding (that I know of) and lots of wind causing downed trees.

Well I have to get back to work - just taking a few minute break.

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I'm finally catching up on the posts here. It's been a while, but we're doing fine here in OH. We did get some of the rain and winds here from Harvey though only lasted a day then moved on. We'll probably get more rain and maybe high winds from Irma. Thinking of all those effected by the Hurricanes. We have friends that live in Florida, although further north in the state. I pray they will not have much damage from the storms sure to follow if the path continues through the center of the state.

The weather is cooler here, and is around 73 degrees but the sun is out, and the weather is becoming fall like. I do like this weather, and can open up and still be comfortable. We did get out last weekend and get the garden in shape and harvested the rest of the tomatoes and peppers.

Last Saturday we celebrated my grandson and granddaughter's Birthday in Columbus. It was a wonderful day, and the weather was perfect for an outside party. Both were thrilled with all the presents and cake.

They are doing great and excited about starting school. I'm very proud of Moira, the oldest girl for my daughter. She took aptitude tests and was in the 97% range in both language and math. She is very smart and is in enrichment classes again this year. Sadie, just started in 1st grade and is so happy she can go on the bus with her older sister to school. their brother cried when they started school and fussed when he wasn't allowed to go with them. He's settled down now, but still misses not having them home all day. It' will be better when he starts preschool for a few days a week.

Making stew today and will watch the Seattle Game at 4:30 later. I'm just catching up on some chore and emails today while I wait.

MK, praying for your son and hope for a fast recovery. Lisa, Maybe after the new teacher will gets to know her class better, she will not be so hard on herself and might surprise you later in the year. I remember the first year of teaching is the hardest. I don't really think you're as prepared for the real thing. I always felt that what was taught was a lot of theory, and projected the ideal situation not the reality of teaching day to day. Hoping for the best for her.

I'm so tired today, not sure why, I'm just dragging through the day. I just hope I'll find energy somewhere soon. Wishing everyone a great Sunday and a wonderful week. Take care, G.

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Ahhh, Saturday. It is a pretty day out this morning. I'm thankful that we aren't impacted by the hurricanes and fires, yet I know we are not spared from blizzards and tornados in season. Sometimes I think the good Lord is sending this natural disasters to remind our world that He is in charge of all things.

Workout done, laundry in progress, husband working (he goes to the 8-4 shift on Monday, so happy!) and I need to get showered and cleaned up for the day. Quiet weekend here, but tomorrow night, it's all about watching Miss America. Miss Louisiana is probably at the top after prelims, as she's won prelim talent and swimsuit. She is also the roommate of our dear friend Miranda, Miss SD. Isn't that cool? Miranda's family say she's been competing very well, and no matter what, we are incredibly proud of her.

For the past three nights, they've had prelims. The girls are divided into 3 groups, one night they do the on stage question, one night they do evening gown and swimsuit, and one night they do talent, and each night they choose a talent and swimsuit winner. They've also been giving scholarships to candidates in certain career fields. There is so much more to this event than what is shown on TV.

I'll have to work for a bit today or tomorrow, but right now, I'm going to search for a chicken fajita recipe I can make in the crock pot.

Thinking of your son MK, and I hope all is well in OH, G.



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Hurricanes, fires and floods, oh my! Our nation is truly being ravaged by these weather related events. Praying for everyone's safety and comfort. MK, thinking of you and praying that relief comes soon. We've seen some hazy skies here, but otherwise, we are doing fine.

Teaching and administrating is challenging no matter the day, but today even moreso as a newer teacher cried and cried in my office as she just feels she's not good enough--not teaching "right" enough, students not learning "enough" and two students struggling mightily, not because of her, but because of their life circumstances, and she's so darn tough on herself. That was hard, because she feels so responsible for every aspect of their lives, and trying to help her get that back into perspective was not easy. She has great potential, but I doubt she'll be teaching next year. I asked her which of her teachers she loved the most and why, after she told me, I reminded her that not one of her comments had to do with the knowledge they imparted, but rather how they helped her and made her feel. If the relationships are strong, the procedures in place, and the management sound, learning will occur. Breaks my heart that she feels inadequate when she's far from it.





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Hello! I hope everyone had a great labor day. We pretty much have to stay indoors due to the unhealthy air quality due to the wild fires. The entire states of Oregon and Washington are under a health advisory for "Unhealthy Air Quality". The ash that is falling from the fires is much like when Mt. St. Helens blew back in 1980. We even have to keep the dogs inside while we are at work (and not the outside kennel).

Our son works up in the Gresham area at a nursing/rehab facility, which is East of Portland and very close to the fires. The facility is set to evacuate all 200 or so patients when and if they get labeled a Level 1. He stayed up in the area last night because the fire is moving really fast. When it started on Saturday (I believe) it was a mere 50 acres and in less than 12-16 hours it was 3,000 acres, then 4,500 and yesterday was 10,000 acres. This morning it doubled in size (20,000) because it connected with another Columbia Gorge fire. It is really frightening seeing the massive flames and seeing how fast it is moving. It would be a God sent if we could have a couple days of rain and the heat would ease up a bit... 100 degree days are not helping the fire situation.

I've been feeling pretty good lately. Faltered a bit on food over the weekend, but I'm picking it back up. I can't get out and walk because of the smoke.

Well take care - enjoy your week. I'll talk to you all later.

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Happy Labor Day. I am actually going to work for awhile today, and I'm happy to do so.

Other than that, I've got myself a dandy cold; so far manageable, just irritating.

I need to get a roast in the slow cooker, we aren't going to grill--and this will give me some leftover options for the week.

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Happy Saturday everyone.. Make it GREAT!! : )

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Greetings gals. Just doing the usual things around here, only plans for the weekend are to attend the state fair on Sunday.

I injured my big toenail last week, and man, has it been painful. I knew I was going to lose the toenail--just a standard pressure injury, but on Monday, I accidentally bumped it, and it bled all over, and has been really, really sore ever since. I finally got a tennis shoe on today, but it was still not comfy. I may have to go in next week and see about having the nail removed before it falls off on its own. I managed to ride my bike a few times in sandals, but I really had to adjust my exercises to the shoe-not-necessary variety.

School is good. All has been pretty standard for the beginning of the school year.

So happy to hear about your daughter's pending proposal, MK. Glad you are happy about it as well. Exciting times for sure.

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Hello. Well the heat continues here in Oregon. Lots of prayers going out to the lives lost in Texas and praying for the rain to cease! Oregon could use some of that rain to put out the fires all around us. The largest fire won't even be fully contained until October. Thanks and prayers to all those who put their lives on the line for others... firefighters, police, military, and all those who volunteer.

Still watching the food intake and getting my walks in. Saturday my son introduced me to disc golf... now that was fun! We were on a level 5 course located in a forest. Now that was interesting. Very well kept course, but so many trees, ferns, & wild grasses meander through and lose your disc in! It is an 18 hole course, but we only played 9 holes... and then we got a bit lost trying to find our way back to the car. Easy to get turned around in the woods.

Supposed to be another 90* day - yesterday reached 100*. I was actually able to float in the pool well into the 6 o'clock hour.

Well our daughters boyfriend told us he plans on proposing to our daughter sometime in September. I'm so over the moon about this!! Just brings a huge smile to my face when I think about my baby getting married. Our daughter also has landed a job with the state and will be working in the same building as me! I'm so happy for her! She will be doubling her pay with this job. She was so happy she was crying on the phone when she called to tell me... I thought for a moment that she was turned down - so happy I was wrong! So proud of her accomplishments.

Well got to get to work... take care ladies!

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Good Morning. It's hard to believe that we're only a week away from Labor Day. Where has the summer gone. It's been a few busy days of late and today is catch up time for things around the house and yard.

Harvested another large bowl and a small bowl of tomatoes. And an even larger bowl of mini Roma ones. I did give some to my daughter again yesterday when we traveled over to Columbus for my grandson and granddaughter birthdays. They are only a couple of weeks apart so they celebrated them together on Saturday. It was a beautiful day and she held it outside.

We've had mild weather these past few days and only getting around 75 with lows around 56. No rain, so it's been very dry. Today we'll get to only 76 so it'll be a good time to clean the gardens and take down the last of the tomato plants. Things are turning a bit brown, and the weeds are to big. We'll probably do a autumn clean up too. This will be the first weekend without rain or blistering heat.

Waiting on our DNA kit and will be interested on the results. They had a sale so were able to get them for only 69.99 per kit. My daughter said she'll know hers too because when we get the results it will tell what she's made of as well. We were kidding her yesterday because she's has red hair and blue eyes. I know it's a trait that goes back to the Ancestry, we had red hair and blue eyes on both sides. We kidded saying it was the Fed-Ex man.

Lisa, sounds like you have had a great 17-18 year start at school, and I'm sure once your in the swing again the energy will return. I'm happy your husband is doing well at his job. Everything sounds like you'll have a great year.

Mk, it must have been so cool being in the area to see the total eclipse. On TV they followed it's path and the closes to us was Kelly, KY. We did have 80% though. I was out back try to get pictures but didn't have the right filters. However it did get very gray and it was so strange not to see or hear birds of even anything moving outside. My dog went out with me and was barking more than usual almost like she was effected by the silence.

Today we'll do yard work and relax. We were gone all day Friday, and half the day Saturday so we have been going for two days. I'm really tired today but still would like to take the time to get things done around here.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday and a great week. Take care, G.

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All staff members at my school, and all students, survived week 1 of the 17-18 school year. Thought I should share that!!

Went out to dinner with hubby last night, early, to a renovated place that had been damaged by a fire last winter. Oh my, was it good. New look, new menu, and just a wonderful dining experience. Quite reasonable as well. By 7 I was asleep in the chair, woke up at 9:15, stayed up for about an hour and a half, went to bed. Yes, I'm rested, but realized that first week exhaustion had set in. I'll adjust quickly.

Two loads of laundry done, workout done, dishwasher loaded, baked some eggs in muffin tins with broccoli for the week, now it is time to scrub the master bathroom and get showered. We got a nice rain last night, could get more today. I think we are officially out of drought status, but still dry. Household chores and a few errands today, nothing too exciting.

It is official--hubby starts 8-4 on Sept. 11. The company he works for loves him, and they plan to change up his job a bit. He'll be more in charge of maintenance, supplies, and grounds, and then supervising the custodial staff, but it sounds like that change will be gradual. He did his "official" weigh in today, and he's put on 6.5 lbs. since he quit training with his trainer. We talked about meals, healthy choices, and what we need to have around when he changes shifts. That overnight shift does a number on the eating schedule as well.

The shower is calling, so I best get at it. Thinking of all who will be impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and praying for their safety.





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I am doing well. Kids came to school Tuesday, so we are underway. We won't have all of our Kindergarten students until Monday, but then it's rocking and rolling time. I've already had some significant student behaviors to deal with, but that's my job, I guess.

I'm trying to find one hour per day to close my door and work. It won't be perfect, but with my door open all the time, I tend to have people stop by just to tell me that one thing, and I can't get any amount of sustained work done. I do shut it sometimes, but I'd like to try to schedule a consistent time every day.

Good news: My husband starts working 8-4 on Sept. 11th. I am so happy. He's made the midnight-8 work, but it doesn't work well, that's for sure. They've been talking about creating more of a position for him; he doesn't care as long as it doesn't involve a huge amount of responsibility and stress.

Exercise has taken a hit this week, as I've been tired. Always happens the first week of school. Once I get settled in with the routine, I'll be back at it.

We got an estimate on repairing/replacing our garage doors. $3K to repair, $4500 to replace, so replace it is. We had lots of trouble last winter, so really need to do something.

I've been really good with my food choices lately, pretty proud of that, but tonight I am having cravings for something dessert-like. I'll figure something out, don't have much junk in the house at all.

MK, I surely hope you get your chest pain figured out. So glad it isn't ongoing, but that really had to be scary. I had to watch the eclipse online--too cloudy here to see anything. What an amazing event.

Well, G, how are you? I hope all is well your way.



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Hello! How is everyone these days? I'm feeling much better - I have yet to schedule my appointment with my doctor, but will get that done today.

I've been sticking to my good food and turning away all things fatty, sugary & salty. I've been making my own breakfast and if I run out of time I have oatmeal from our cafeteria downstairs. Today is a protein shake of frozen peaches, blueberry yogurt, vanilla protein powder & a splash of orange juice.... quite tasty this morning.

Even when I met up with my lunchtime friend at our regular dive bar I did have a grilled chicken salad and really no dressing. I was mainly interested in the chicken.

It feels good to get back on track where I was two years ago... seems like a lifetime ago. Today my lunch is my slow cooked chicken breast, brown rice, black beans & salsa on it... my own version of a rice bowl. I also have some humus for snack time and some watermelon for when I crave sweets. My brain is feeling better - with the exception of my lack of sleep - too tired to get up and get my melatonin last night - hahaha a bit of irony in that statement! Anyway I was up and down all night.

Well ladies - take care of yourselves.

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Hello! Well the eclipse was phenomenal to see... when totality came you could hear the screams and shouts from neighbors along with some fireworks. Totality lasted almost 2 minutes (1:58 to be exact). NASA & OMSI (science) were at the fairgrounds just down the road from us. The fairgrounds was actually really smart about the traffic and routed them down the commercial roads and not the residential area (yippee). Traffic leading up to the eclipse was not bad at all.. most people got to their destinations early and all the rest area's along the interstate were packed. Now the drive home... that is still working itself out even this morning! The only big traffic problem before the eclipse was in Eastern Oregon going into Prineville and Madras - 30 mile backup... yup 30 miles!

I was able to sit in my backyard along the fence and view the eclipse with my husband. Our son was up in the Portland area - so they did not get totality. Our daughter was in South Salem so she was able to see totality. It is pretty cool - you can take the special glasses off when your in complete totality - so amazing.

Well I had a little scare the other day. Very bad pains in my chest that radiated out my left breast. The pressure was like being put in a vice grip. I was at my desk and got up and walked around a bit. The pain eased and went away. I'm scheduling an appointment with the doc, but I know that all my bad habits are coming to bite me in the a**! So I'm not just going to "try" anymore... I'm doing!! I've prepped my lunches for the week and I'm doing more walking. I will work the gym back into my lunches again.

The combination of stress, no sleep, smoking on and off (yes), and a very poor diet have hit me hard. So the smoking has stopped - it was never really a habit - just a stress thing I did - so not hard to quit that thank heavens!! practicing some yoga & stretching and prepping my meals. I'm also taking some melatonin to help me sleep better - not much - just enough to help me rest more. Getting more exercise will also help me get better sleep - so I'm working on that one.

My doctor will run me through the tests to see where I'm at and if we can reverse some of the damage done.

Well I have to get back to work. Take care of yourselves!! Have a great week!

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My husband and I both had heart health screenings at the county fair this morning. For $25 and 20 minutes of time, we had our cholesterol tested, blood pressure taken, had an EKG, and a cat scan of the heart. My total cholesterol was a smidge high, but my good cholesterol and ratio were fantastic. The EKG will be read by a cardiologist and the results sent to me, but I expect that to be fine. The cat scan looks at plaque build-up in arteries; my score was zero, my husband's was 6. Anything between 0-10 is considered minimal risk for heart attack in the next 10 years. What that doesn't measure though, is stress level. I need to lose 20 more pounds to get in the normal/avg. range for BMI, and my coffee (caffeine) intake is pretty high, but apparently I drink enough water to offset the coffee addiction. What an enlightening process. We will both get vascular screenings as well, which looks more at the risk factors for a stroke. So glad we did this.

I'm just relaxing and reading, doing a few chores here and there. Sometime before I go to bed tonight, I will mop my kitchen and dining room floors.

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Good afternoon. I'm at work physically, but not mentally. It's been a hard day.

My father-in-law was released from the hospital on Tuesday, with the recommendation to get care; he didn't, said he can make it alone at home. Well, it's not good at all at home, Russ is down there now cleaning up his urinary messes and prepping his house. He had a Dr. appt. today and the doc said again "you need a higher level of care." Of course, he still refuses. The kids aren't forcing it yet, but discussed that possibility.

We get kids on Tuesday--I'm close to ready. We've had great fluctuations in our enrollment, netting a decrease of about 20 students. Hopefully this lull will be short-term.

My middle son thinks he has found a job that won't keep him away from his family during the week, and it is a 4 day 12 hour shift schedule that thrills him. He has become very well versed and skilled in welding and robotics, and he loves both. Even though he's not degreed, his experience and knowledge are becoming assets for him. I'm proud of him. He clearly admits this type of work never appealed to him until he got a job in that area.

Have a good weekend. Happy eclips-ing, MK!



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Hello! It was a good weekend of bunco & relaxing! With the bunco we ended up 2 short on it, but it all worked out. The nice thing about having the ladies to my house is that the house gets extremely cleaned! It felt good to get a lot of stuff done.

Solar Eclipse - Solar Eclipse - Solar Eclipse.... the endless talk about the eclipse is driving me crazy... we are going to be gridlocked here in good ol' Salem Oregon. We have people coming in as far away as France. The funny thing... it might be overcast that day.... hahahahaha

Me and my husband were going to drive out to the fields where we run the dogs, but are afraid other people might follow us up the property and we don't want that. The grass fields are extremely dry and the hot mufflers can set them on fire.

It is going to be so scary with the dry conditions & high fire danger, then adding so many - literally thousands of people descend upon our town. The coast will be the worse. People are already making sure they have the provisions they need so they don't have to travel even to the store.

We are directly in the path of totality - as is the coastal town of Lincoln City - we are the beginning so this is why we will be bombarded with tourists.

The fire danger is so high that we can't even have backyard charcoal BBQ's - that happens to be what we use. We were thinking about doing a pop-up food site at the house because we are right next to the fairgrounds and the open fields used for parking will be filled with people. Just need to get a food handlers license and we would be good to go.

Well everyone take care. Oh and Lisa I'm thinking about your father-in-law... hopefully a rehabilitative/nursing facility would be the way to go with him. They will be able to give him PT and 24 hr care to strengthen him. My dad was in that type of facility for a few weeks and it was good for him... the schedule and activity really improved his mood - however it wasn't always nice... there is an adjustment to a new place and people telling him what to do, but in the long run it was good.
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Happy, happy Saturday. I hope this day finds you both energized and encouraged.

I just returned from our annual joint convention (admins and school board members). They have such great speakers, and I was glad I went. I did leave a bit early, as my father-in-law is once again struggling with his health and is in the hospital. The kids are making a decision tomorrow, but it sounds like they are pursuing a 2-4 week stay at an assisted living facility. He is incredibly weak. If he can gain some strength back, he can probably go back home, but for now, he cannot be left at home alone. It's been a tough week for my husband.

Got a great workout in this morning at the gym. Lots of shoulder/back and abs work. We've had a couple of brief showers this morning, and more is predicted, which we would welcome.

Need to tend to laundry and a few other chores. I've got some round steak that I want to cook up for dinner tonight, but I'm just wondering how best to do it. Maybe a steak sandwich of some type, or maybe a steak salad?? That sounds really good.

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MK, and Lisa, I know what you mean by underwear saga. I rarely can find what I want. Bras especially hard to find a good fit.

I'm in a tomato saga right now. We finally harvested the plants and I now have a huge bowl full. I did peel and freeze some for sauce, and gave some away, but I still have a lot left. They are smaller Roma so are mainly good for soups and sauces. The bigger ones haven't ripened yet. We also were able to get a couple good sized peppers. I'll probably freeze them too for the Italian dishes we fix later in the year. I looked out today and we have even more ripe tomatoes on the vine. I'll pick those later this evening.

I am waiting for Don to get home because I have a Doctors appointment at 3:15 I need to go to. It's with my lady doctor for a follow up check.

Our weather is nice here. the high will only be 74 today and will stay that way all week. Lows are around 58. It's almost early spring or early fall temps right now. However we had pop-up rain too the past few days.

Things around here not to bad, but I never know if I want the air on or off. I turn it off and open up in the morning but late afternoon it's back on again. It's to cool to keep it running all day but Don likes it on all the time because he's always warm.

I just wanted to check in and catch up here, so I'll need to get off now, and get ready for the doctors appointment. I'll talk to all later. Have a great day, and Mk, Hope it cools down for you and that you'll get your air fixed soon. Bye for now, G.

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Hello! Hope everyone is doing well. The panty saga got me down to the store and find my fav's - 3 for $39!! Even found a new dress to wear.

Well our A/C is gone... it died a slow agonizing death and sadness fell upon the house... (hahahaha) The whir of fans then began and the struggle to open 50+ year old windows tested my strength. Back to the cycle of open windows throughout the night - closing up when we leave for work. The smoke that is in the valley from the forest fires makes having windows open very difficult, but having a cooler home usually prevails. If I can't get cool enough I go sit in my truck with the A/C on.

Very fortunate that we have a repairman for a neighbor. He came to fix our refrigerator in the garage and was able to tell us that the compressor in the A/C is shot. So we are looking at having to buy a new unit... not happy about that.

Well as you can see on my Facebook page - my walks in the hills are still happening and I'm still getting around the downtown area. Lately its been hard because the temperatures have been triple digits - like 105-108* So happy we are finally back in the 80-90's for now.

I hope the weather has been kind to both of you. Take care!!

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I love Wacoal B-Smooth briefs.... they are comfortable and don't ride. They are also seemless. They are about $15/pair, but you can get 3 for $39 sometimes.

Always good to find good fitting panties.

The heat is so extreme even the A/C isn't enough at home. I think we need to have it serviced because its basically been running 24/7 for 3 almost 4 days. I usually wake up at about 2 or 3 a.m. and open up all the windows and hope there is a cross breeze. *108 is hard on Oregonians - well any 3-digit temps are hard - we are all about the rain... and wishing we had a little here. During the last winter though it was months of rain... so the extremes are really hitting us hard. Good news is that the pool is getting LOTS of use. Today we are back into the 90's for the next 10 days, but those 3-4 days of over 100 basically shut the town down.

The difficulty with the high temps was the smoke from the Canada fires and other local mountain fires. Looks like smog sitting over us, but its smoke.

Well my son's car broke down on the 205 Wednesday morning. He was very fortunate to be able to pull to the side of the highway. The drive belt broke and took out the wire harness causing the car engine to spark and shut down. So happy that he was safe and no accidents from his sudden slow down. He was also happy he ended up in the shade.

Well back to work - my data has pulled. I'm exhausted today from the lack of sleep - only have had about 6 hours in the past couple days.... ***yawn****

Take care!!



If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation... 2 Corinthians 5:17

1/2/2009: 248 lb
6/12/2013: 218.8 lb
9/25/2013: 210.8 lb


 Pounds lost: 51.6 
0
12.9
25.8
38.7
51.6
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