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5/22/18 3:39 P

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Hi Sue! So nice to see you back! Enjoy getting your hair done! That is always such a treat to get the pampering.

Mary, it is such good news that you are in only a splint now. What a difference it makes in sleeping and energy-wise. I hope to can catch up on all that lost sleep now!

Donna, I love your new work hours. Now that's the kind of job schedule I could work with. I love your bathrobe story. Good for you in being cozy.

Pam, the day will go fast with being crazy busy! Glad to see you popping in on a break!

Kerry, 10 min on the DVD is a start. That's about as long as I last on my bike when I start up on it again! Don't forget to do it another 10 min, and then another! You'll have a 30 exercise to record!

Pat, welcome back home! My niece and her DH and baby live in Kearney. Went there for their wedding and always through there when traveling east. My first trip to Mt. Rushmore was when I was about 12 yr old. My Dad had movie pictures of us there. I even had pink, cushioned rollers in my hair on that trip. I was quite the stylist in my youth.

The next 2 weeks are esp. busy. I have to keep checking my calendar to see what is happening next. I'm busy with GD all day today. So far she's won our loooong game of Trouble and she's calling me to color with her now. She is such a sweetheart, I am really enjoying this time with her.

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Yay for the new cast Mary!

Can't stay, but I thought I would just pop in and say "hi!" LOL! I am SO CRAZY BUSY today!!

God bless,

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Donna, I'm laughing because at my old gym, almost everyone wore a bathrobe when we got out of the water after water aerobics! You aren't alone! Yes, I am hoping for a good night' s sleep. At least I won't be hitting myself in the head or eye with the hard cast!! My skin is flaking off and looks so ugly. Can't wait to scrub down in the shower! I had another sprinkler guy come give me an estimate and the dishwasher repair guy from my home warranty is on the way. Every time I open my 1 yr. old dishwasher, it pulls out of the hole it should be anchored in! I plan on doing fixing up things around here in the next few weeks. This smaller splint is making me feel so much more energized...although I would love a nap!

Way to go, Donna, on the part time job. You can get up and take care of the dogs then go to the job and still have more time to yourself!!

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Mary: Freedom at last and maybe a full nights sleep.

I start a 4 day stint on the job starting tomorrow. It is just 10-2 every day.

AHHHH, the pool felt good even with the wind. I have turned into my mom. I promised I would NEVER wear a fuzzy warm bathrobe out of the pool. Uh Huh, I knew it would be cold with the wind getting out, and since I was the only one there, I put on my robe and drove the .5 mile home.

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5/22/18 11:50 A

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Yea for the new splint!



 
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5/22/18 11:42 A

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Good morning, friends! I just got back from my doctor's appointment. I now have just a wrist splint...about 3 inches shorter than the hard cast and it feels SO much better!! I can even take it off to shower! The doctor said washing my hair with both hands will be good therapy! I will wear this for at least another month, then we'll see how the bone is healing. So far, so good!

Pam, that was so nice of you to call the guy about his part on your day off. Maybe your website can put a message when it's a holiday...one the phone, too. Hope it all works out for the best.

Donna, don't you start the new part time job soon? I hope that goes well, too.

Sue, Cherilyn said she really enjoyed the trip even with the bad weather. She helped the friend with her dyslexic son, too. I need to quit eating so much. I am tired of salads and just want the 'old me' to be staring back in the mirror! Can't wait to get my hair cut. I'm planning that this week if I can get an appointment! Enjoy your day.

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5/22/18 9:30 A

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Good Morning, 2 days in a row, that's pretty good for me. But I'm going to work hard to stick to this, I need you all more than you will ever know.

Pat, I'm sure you are anxious to get home. Your trip sounds interesting. I've been dragging my feet on this one. D, who seldom comments on anything, has talked about going to Mt Rushmore and the Badlands for years and years. I never had much interest in it, I guess I've seen enough picture to satisfy me. But he's actively planning there, I'm not sure when or who's going with him. Time will tell. I'll admit Pat, you have made it sound more interesting than I would have imagined. Maybe someday I'll make that trip.

Mary, I knew you said Cherylin was coming here but I didn't realize it was this past weekend. I hope she had a good time. At least Sunday and Monday were nice days. This morning is back to dark and gray with rain clouds getting ready to dump.

Today is Hair Day, not much to be cut off but lots of color to put on. Oh to be young again.

Today is my daughter's 19th Anniversary. Where did the time go? Birthdays, Anniversaries, they just keep piling up. I guess that's good.

Heading out early for my hair appointment. There is a nice park nearby and I hope to get in a walk around the small lake before the rain sets in. Small goals, but at least it's exercise and fresh air. Have a good day ladies

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Pam: That was nice of you to call on your day off.
I played pickle ball 3 days in a row and as fun as it was my body is talking to me. I am going to swim later this morning for something different. Grace and I will meet up with our friends shortly for a long walk with their dogs. Outside of that I just have cards this evening.
Kerry, I have a ton of DVD's and they just collect dust. I figure I get enough exercise outside.
Our weather has been perfect except for some wind. High in the 70's and it is in the 50's when I walk early with Grace.


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Pam, I'm glad you were able to ease his mind.

I got up early and popped a DVD into the laptop but only managed 10 minutes because my left hip was really feeling it rather painfully. I guess it's a start and I can do another 10 minutes in about an hour. emoticon



 
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Well howdy there Sue! I've wondered often if you were going to return to the fold. LOL! So glad to "see" you. ((hugs))

It has been a quiet weekend, but peaceful.

I'm glad everyone had a good weekend! I had a customer from Pennsylvania leaving messages on my phone about something he ordered. He called yesterday and I tried to send him an email saying we were closed but it bounced back to me. Then he called again today sounding a bit more frantic, so I phoned him and told him we were closed for the holiday weekend and someone would get back to him tomorrow. Some customers, when they order online, panic if they don't hear back really soon. I think they worry they've ordered from a fake company or something. LOL! Ah well - he was happy as a hyena when I called him. I can honestly say that after 10 years of this business, I've shipped to every state in the USA. LOL!

Time to get back "on the wagon" tomorrow. I've pigged out quite a bit this weekend, and need to STOP!!!!!

Catch y'all tomorrow!

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You were right near our old stomping grounds of North Platte. I've been to My. Rushmore several times-once as a child with our parents, once with two of our kids but neither of them remembers-gosh they were 1 and 3. lol. Our last trip was with Shane Allen and Cheyenne.



 
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We;come back, Sue! You always have interesting things to comment on! I love your vacation commentaries. Hope you can dry out! Cherilyn was in the DC area over the weekend and said there was rain for Friday and Saturday, then yesterday and today were great! She really enjoyed herself.

Kerry, I saw on FB where Trish said Aaliyah was tearing the house up! Glad it's not YOUR house!

Pat, you have had interesting trips, too! I know it will be hard with Decklan not around all the time. You'll have to plan some more trips to go see the family. I'm sure you'll do FaceTime with him. Don't worry!

I have my doctor's appointment tomorrow. I really want this cast off! It did rain a little this afternoon. Not enough to really give a lot of help, but some!!

Mary
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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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Good evening from Kearney Nebraska. Our last night in a hotel. We will wake up early and head home tomorrow. We should be home before noon, yea. Not sure if any of you have been in the badlands and seen Mt. Rushmore but it was actually pretty cool. All we saw for miles and miles was flat green land then all of a sudden there was the bad lands and the first part was just like a mini grand cannon. Then the spires that shot up and the other parts that were down in the ground it was just very interesting to see. Our first impression of Mt. Rushmore was a little disappointing until we actually went into the memorial, viewed a movie on the story of it and saw them up close. It also was very interesting. I am glad we went but have no desire to go again. Then today we went to a place called Pioneer Village. That was a huge collection of memorabilia from yesteryear. It was interesting too. But now I am ready to go home. It will be a very emotional time for me and I am hoping I can stay away from the comfort food.
I read all the posts and glad to hear about all of your news. Sounds like everyone is doing well for the most part.

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Sue, I have been wondering where you disappeared to. Welcome back. I need to get one of my dvds out in their morning while Larry is donating blood then I need to check out the free problems the Y has for seniors.

Mary, the only time I converse with Trish is when she texts or is on Facebook. Today I was able to actually see 'THE' wedding dress and it was really nice/ classy.



 
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Good Morning Spark Friends. I think of this group so often and just never get around to joining in. I keep thinking I can lose the weight all by myself, but that's is not true. Group support always helps.

I've been reading thru past posts trying to catch up with all of you. Life has been busy for everyone.

Like Pam and Mary, I hate seeing all these stores closing. It seems so impersonal to spend all our time alone Internet shopping. Plus so many things I like to see up close and personal or with clothing I like to see and feel the fabric or have to try things on. You have to do so much guessing on the Internet. We still have our Joann Fabrics and a few specialty quilt shops. I love to sew, but just don't need anything and knits and spandex have been my wardrobe of choice lately. It is nice to see the stores filled with dresses again, in all styles and shapes. I like seeing the variation in our fashions.

We are getting our 2nd day in a row with no rain. What a great treat. We have to enjoy it today, rain is due back tomorrow.

Along with trying to check in with you all each day, I"m also pulling out my Walk aerobics dvds. Leslie and I need to get re-acquainted. It's cool in my basement rec room and I won't have to walk in the rain or heat and humidity. Hope I can stick with it. I can really feel myself stiffening up in this damp weather.

Have a good day.

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I didn't mean it in a bad way, Donna. You cram so much into a day and keep going! I hope you and the 90 year old have a great time!

I had fun at line dancing but came home to messages about our 85 year old neighbor who was taken to the hospital yesterday. Her daughter will keep us informed. It's always someone here, sad to say.

Mary
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I don't find my life frantic at all. Without activities during the day I'd just be sitting in my rocker getting old, fatter, and stiff. Life is for the living and I intend to do what I can for as long as I can as the day will come when I can do nothing but sit. I really believe active seniors live longer and are healthier.
This week I will be a companion to a 90 year old who does 30 minutes on the treadmill every day. More power to her!!!!!!


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Happy Monday, friends. I saw a cute play put on with a kids only cast yesterday. Some of them had fabulous voices and such potential! Sadly, one of the mothers of one of the kids was playing on her cell phone pretty much the whole time! They asked us, as it SHOULD be, to turn phones off. It was disheartening to see her typing away or playing games. These kids were really talented.

This morning I have line dancing. My neighbor is back from her repositioning cruise on the same ship out of Galveston that some of us were on in April! She said she will drive me...I don't want to go back to walking yet...at least, not alone on that path!'

I did sleep better last night. I quit looking at the clock around 2:00 and woke up at 6:20. Progress? I do hope the cast will get changed tomorrow.

Rita, how great to have your daughter come visit. And congrats to Rex---and YOU! That's a lot of dedication. A friend's husband years ago became a deacon and the wives are right there, too.

Donna, I do think our stamina just goes when we are inactive for even a while. I get tired so easily...more than normally. You are such an active person and I'm glad you are back to your normal frantic pace of exercising and 'doing!'

Kerry, I guess thinks will fall into place for Trish and Aaron when it's meant to be. Any baby news yet? I didn't think you were counting money any more either!

Pam, I get frustrated when stores disappear, too. My Walmart still has patterns and fabric and we still have Joann's. But it's down to 3 in the whole Houston area and none near me now. I haven't sewn in years but bought a cute dress pattern last spring and some fabric. Maybe that will happen this summer! Hope you can find something. I love going through the pattern books!

Hope everyone has a great day/week.

Mary
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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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Evening ladies.

Mary, that is completely maddening when you're typing and the letters show up 5 seconds later. My cellphone does that occasionally when I'm texting. I have no idea what causes it. It usually only lasts a few minutes and then everything is fine again. I hope you get the cast off and have a good sleep for a few nights straight! I truly don't do well on low-sleep. I get really cranky and emotional. Not a good combination. LOL!

Donna, I'm glad you got back into the pickleball. It sounds like it's going to be good exercise sessions for you from now on.

Rita, that's great that your DD came to visit, especially when it's your mini-you. LOL! Our weather is up and down like a yo-yo, but at least it stays in the double digits.

Kerry, I thought you finished that counting job at the church? Are you back at it?

Since I don't have a telly provider, I watched the bits I wanted to see and hear on the computer yesterday. The dress was really Meagan, I think. It was lovely, but then I'm a very plain jane myself. I absolutely hated Diana's dress. I nearly gagged when she got out of the car at the church and she was just one big silk and satin fluffball from head to toe - ghastly. I liked Kate's dress as well as Meagan's. I'm a "simple line" kind of gal. LOL! I think Meagan's veil made up for the "lack" of dress. That was really the finishing touch.

I've been going around closing the windows because the temp is getting rather chilly out there tonight.

I am so cross. I drove into Woodstock today to do some shopping, and when I was finished, I thought I would head on down to the Fabricland shop and see what kind of patterns they had. They were GONE!!! Up and left. Our so-called SuperWalmart got rid of their sewing department so they don't have any patterns. So now I either have to drive into Stratford or London to find something. I'm so ticked off... emoticon

Tomorrow is another holiday day for Canada - We tend to call it May two-four, but the old name was Victoria Day. When May 24 comes mid-week, it's always the weekend before, which is stupid, because the weather is always better the weekend after!

Anyway, everyone have a wonderful week!

God bless,

Pam from SW Ontario

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Rita: Enjoy your DD when she comes.
Sorry for your bad weather. Hope it warms up soon. We have wind again the PM. It will be this way until June.
I played PB hard and long. . . 1 hour and 15 min. That is a long time to play with only a 5 min break. I don't have the stamina other's have . Of course I spent a month sitting on my kiester while my toe healed. It will take time to build up some stamina.
I think my exercise class and circuit training are working. I have been belting that ball. Need to dial it back a bit.

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Our springtime didn't last long. The last 2 days the highs have been in the 40's. After lovely weather it's feeling cold! We've had rain and hail as well. I had been enjoying sitting in the backyard/patio/tiki hut so much I am hoping spring returns this week.

You wedding watchers did better than I did. I missed it all on TV but I've been reading all the articles about it. My question is how do those wild fascinators stay on the women's heads? With my first glimpse of the dress I was disappointed at how plain and simple it was. I had loved Kate's dress. However after awhile I decided it was such a Megan dress. It was elegant with style on the dropped shoulders. She did look beautiful.

Our daughter in MN is coming for a quick visit on Thurs. Rex is celebrating his 30 yr Deacon Ordination Anniv Fri morning. The parish is honoring him and a dear retired priest celebrating 55 yr as a priest with 8:30 a.m. Mass and a reception of coffee and pastries. DD will fly home Sat. morning. I am consoled about her having to go home since she and her family plan to come to our family reunion in June. I miss her a lot! She's my mini-me.

Have a great Sunday!

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Maybe that's a slow time on Sunday? Enjoy



 
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Good Morning. Hope everyone is doing well. Did everyone watch the wedding? I fast forwarded the first hour of people arriving. I loved her dress. I thought it was simple elegance. I wonder what the queen thought about all the African influence, the animated pastor, the black choir, the black cellist, and the black soul music. So many changes for their tradition.

I have walked both dogs and get to play pickle ball at 9. Can't wait. I also found another friendly group to play with. DD and GS went to a PB class yesterday and DD liked the game. YEA!!!! Maybe, just maybe, one day she will play with us.

Today is our once a month dinner. We are going to Olive Garden at 2:30. I have no idea why the weird time. I will have soup and salad.

Mary, glad you are getting back into some of your old routine. Maybe the cast will come off this week.

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Well, Kerry, the good thing is that with the hard cast, my fingers are less constricted, so I can type on my computer better. Still have trouble with corrections, though!

I had a good 40 minute walk, then sweet Linda walked home iwth me and changed my sheets!! I usually change them every week but since I broke my wrist, I've had to have my daughter, son, and sister give me help. I don't have the hand strength to pull and twist and can't put the pillow cases on without really straining my swollen fingers. Ah....maybe I will sleep tonight!

I was wide away night before last after 2am so I decided to turn on the TV and watch the wedding. As soon as Meghan stepped out of the Rolls, my power went off! Too many people tuning in , I guess! It took 13 minutes for my UVerse to reboot so she and Harry were already up at the altar by the time my TV worked again. I was disappointed in her dress. It was so plain and didn't even seem to fit well. Oh, well, what do I know? My own dress was $110 and 2 sisters wore it after me!!

Mary
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I'm glad you're getting around so well, Mary. I think the computer slow downs happen when they get overloaded with too many people on at the same time. It is a pain to type a few letters then sit back and wait for them to appear.

Well, I'm sitting in the Sunday School office but need to go pick up offering envelopes and get my job done.



 
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I'm really having iPad issues. Like Pat, when I start typing, there is a delay and the words show up way after I type them. It's hard to see what I'm doing. Then there is the issue of the whole page jumping around and again, I can't see what I'm doing. It's very frustrating. Earlier in the week I had a nice long post and when I hit 'post message' it gave me an error message and the whole post disappeared.

I did more exercise than I normally do last week! I walked every day and did line dancing 2 days. I am moving around the house and out and about a lot. I'm still not sleeping well. That;s SO hard. I need to crash and get several good sleeps in a row. I do see the doctor on Tuesday and hope I can get a soft cast and maybe start PT.

The Red Hats have a play this afternoon. We went to Galveston on Wednesday and saw the dolphins on a small boat outing. That was fun but SO hot! I colored my hair one handed yesterday....very difficult, but at least my way overgrown roots aren't showing any more. My hair is still unstyled, though, and I hate that. One of these days I will be the 'me' I'm used to !!

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Pam, the shop I go to are a Vietnamese daughter and mom (daughter has the license but mom is also trained but no license). It does get irritating but it can also nearly put me to sleep. I had to do my own nails yesterday which means no polish. Oh well.



 
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Good Saturday ladies.

Kerry, I would definitely call the people who spray the yard. THEY should be the ones who are pulling up the weeds, not you.

Rita, you are funny.

Donna, I'm glad that you are getting better now and hopefully your toe will be healed up in no time! I'm also glad you found a new pickle-ball group that isn't so competitive. You're even sounding more cheerful than in the past week or so. LOL!

Mary, you never did post after losing the last one you did. Come on girl, you have to keep us updated. LOL!

And yes, I did enjoy my manicure. It was very soothing. However, there was one thing that drove me nuts. It was an all Asian staff (most of them seem to be), and they kept yik-yakking in whatever language back and forth and laughing with each other. I personally found that to be very rude, especially as all their customers were NOT Asian and obviously didn't understand them. For all we knew, they could have been making fun of all of us. I wouldn't go back there now. It was in London anyway, and I wouldn't go all that way just to be talked around. LOL! There's an excellent spa in Woodstock, (with English speaking staff) so I'll start going there, if I can get an appointment. They are always booked solid for months in advance...sigh.

Anyway, I'm off to do the weekly crossword. LOL!

Have a wonderful weekend (I'm having a long weekend - Victoria Day weekend).

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Pam, I hope you enjoyed your gift!



 
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Glad you're feeling better, Donna, and getting exercise. I need to get more of that. We just got home from a funeral-someone we met when we moved to Florida back in '85. He was a great guy, substituted for the minister if needed and led Sunday school classes as well as other Bible studies as well as being chaplain at the hospital.

My yard desperately needs some mowing and weeds pulled-I tried. one and it was about impossible so I guess I need some weed killer. Note-call the folks who spray the yard.



 
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Goofy Rita: Kerry has been holding the fort down all by herself.
I am feeling better about giving up pickle ball with the local mean people because I have been able to replace playing time elsewhere. So I am happy again.

I took Grace swimming at the lake and then took DD and GS to play pickle ball. DD never played before and is not athletic but they plan on playing when they are on vacation. Hope she will play again.

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Am I missing something or has no one posted in 2 days? Wondering if it's just me going goofy!

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We got to the doctor office at 7:30 and I think there were only 2 employees there but they started trickling in. The echo didn't take long and I watched it. Don't know what all the red and blue meant but she didn't seem worried about anything. Larry and I stopped for breakfast then Lowe's to get the girls each a rocking chair so they can rock with geandma.

Shane Allen picked up his cap and gown today. How fast the years go by.
Rita good luck to your DIL on the new job. Thanks for the 'ControlZ' info. I'm sure it will come in handy.




 
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Emma is not leashed trained. It takes my full attention just to walk her and not get tripped up with her walking between my feet sometimes.

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Pam, I hope you are pleasantly surprised with your manicure. Enjoy being pampered.

Donna, nice to hear you enjoyed the kayaking. What a fun thing to do. I was so ungraceful getting in and out of my friend's kayak but I wanted to do it so badly I was willing to embarrass myself. Pictures of Emma are beautiful!

Pat, I don't like change either. When I thought there was a possibility of my live-in kids going to MN I started grieving my Lindsey before my son decided to withdrawn his application. He even went as far as going to MN for an in person interview. I totally get what you are going through! My youngest GD is in MN and she turned 4 this week. I miss her so!

Kerry, I hope your Echo test went well. My DH had one and I was relieved to see it's not a invasive or hard test to endure. They let me stay in the room with him. I sure hope all the custody confusion can get settled. It's got to affect the older kids in some way.

Mary, when a post disappears have you tried "Control Z"? I've been able to save many posts using that. I don't always have success but often it has worked for me. I sure don't know the logistics that go with it though.

My DIL started her new full-time teaching job this week, until June 9th. So, I'm on total GD sitting. She is a busy non-stop little gal. She loves sports so she has me outside trying to convince me to play everything from soccer to "hockey" to basketball to games she makes up. She also does board games, books, workbooks and things to color. Everything she does she wants Gigi to participate. By dinner time I'm so tired! After getting my own 5 raised, I didn't think I'd be back on child duty. I'd rather be doing this than lots of other things though...haha. Life would be easier if the other 3 adults in the house did better at cleaning up after themselves. Last night my fake flowers on the granite picnic table got watered....so puddles of water brimmed on the flower pots and decorative placemat under them, then dripped on to the table. Sigh. Luckily most of the emptied water evaporated off the patio. I'll see how I get through today!

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Good morning my lovelies! emoticon

Wow - Thursday already. I am always so shocked at how fast time is flying by as I'm getting older.

Donna, is there a reason why you walk Grace and Emma separately? Just curious.

Mary, it is SO annoying when your post just disappears like that. It doesn't happen to me often, and when it does, I'm usually to blame, like last week when I accidentally hit the top right "x" on the page. LOL!

Pat, I know it's going to be hard sans Decklan, but the one thing you can always count on is "change". You may not like it, but it's gonna happen regardless. Take a deep breath, love the little guy like crazy all next week when you have him to yourself, and then hand him back to his parents. It's not like you're never going to see him again. I'm sure they will come and visit you and you can go and visit them reasonably often. ((hugs))

Kerry, it sounds like Trish's situation is getting a bit silly. If they are trying to get custody of Aaron's kids, then they need to be mature and calm about the whole thing. Being hot-headed will not help at all.

Anyway, the second part of my mother's day gift is this afternoon. Leah is taking me for a manicure while she has a pedicure, and then we're meeting Becky at a restaurant afterwards for supper. I'm cringing a bit at the manicure (never had one in my life), because my nails are all nearly down to the quick, because they break, snap and shred regularly. What the heck is a manicurist going to do with them? Sheesh! Oh well, we'll see. LOL!

Everyone have a great day!

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Pat: One day at a time. Just live in the moment for now. I know how much you are going to miss your little boy.

I went kayaking yesterday. It was an adventure for sure. I do want to go again but this new boat is very tippy. There is a learning curve for sure and I got pretty good on the lake. Getting out of the boat was another story. It tipped over on the shoreline. Another lesson learned. Don't wear jean shorts and try to strip them off when they are soaking wet. I was trying to change in the car but I couldn't get this second wet skin off me and I couldn't push the car seat back because the kayak was in there. SIGH It was still fun. I definitely will go again.
Today I will walk Grace with her dog friends, walk Emma separately, and play PB with the friendly group this morning. That's it for the day.

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Kerry I hope all turns out well with the echo. Does this test take a long time? My friends husband is having some heart issues mostly caused by him doing too much. My friend is so frustrated with him.
Today I spend every minute I can with Decklan. As soon as he wakes up his daddy will bring him over. Jerry and I have a dermatology appointment this afternoon so that will cut into my Decklan time. Tomorrow we leave for Mt. Rushmore returning on Tuesday. Then next Thursday is the day Wyatt and Steph move to Colorado. We will be keeping Decklan for a week while they get the apartment set up. The apartment they found is north west part of Colorado Springs. Have I mentioned how much I don’t,t like change!

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Good evening. I have to get off here so I can get up for a 7:30 DR visit in the morning for an ECHO.

I was pleasantly surprised by how well the kids handled being apart also happy their parents are home to take care of them.



 
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Donna, the pups are cute. My post was about our daughter and her husband dealing with a custody suit. I think both sides re too stubborn and hot headed to ever agree about anything. They are back home which means my house is finally quiet again.



 
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The dogs get along very well. Grace has become her momma.

I had a crdazy day. Most of my plans fell through but in the end I had 1.5 hours of exercise so will go to cards for the evening and not feel guilty sitting all evening.

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What a beautiful dog Donna! How do the two dogs get along together?
Not going to post much because once again my IPad typing is messing up. I type a sentence then watch it appear a few seconds later. Very frustrating.

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GRRR. I posted and got an error message and the whole thing is lost. Later, friends.

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Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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Kerry I can't make heads or tails of what you just said but that is ok.
I think it is a great idea to separate the girls from time to time. It lets each be their own person.



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Good morning! No new from Trish other than about Erika and the 2 kids. They hadn't moved too far away and she gave Aaron the address when told what the lawyer said. Of course, she had the kids crying and not wanting to go with Aaron and Trish so Aaron left them with their mom. I think they aren't still there so can spend a little time with them. I don't know if anything will get resolved with all these hotheads emoticon

Adalynn seemed to really enjoy a day with just grandma and grandpa and I'm sure Aaliyah. I've been up for 2 hours, brought in the newspaper, fixed my coffee and have spent the hour in my rocking chair, reading the paper and listening to the news. All alone-no grabby hands, no fussing, no noise other than what I want. I'm sure it will end soon. Uh oh, Adalynn is awake grabbed my water bottle and ran to the bathroom



 
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That's great, Kerry. I'm sure it's wonderful to have some well needed support for the girls. Any official new baby news? It will probably be born before we know for sure, lol!! Hope today is an equally good one for you!

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emoticon I've enjoyed a pretty quiet day since Sarah took Aaliyah home this morning. Adalynn was pretty quiet until after dinner. What is it about evenings that winds kids up?!! She did get tired so while grandpa got her to sleep and bed I cleaned up and am now posting in peace and quiet. Sarah sent a video of Shane Allen playing a driving game with Aaliyah beside him and she looks like a backseat driver pointing which way to go.



 
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I'm over my mad. It was just the first Mother's Day in my whole time as a mother that absolutely nothing was done. Cherilyn will take me to breakfast tomorrow. I'm okay...sorry for my downer attitude yesterday. It just Hirt me a lot.

I did several errands and drove okay..it sure is hard to go from park to reverse with the wrong hand.cthogh! I'm doing dishes and laundry tonight and will probably turn in early.

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Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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Pat: You are right, it is not a day, it is how they treat us day after day.

Our pool opens tomorrow. I hope they turned the heater on in it. One more thing I get to do for exercise. Choices, choices.

I am amazed at how fast my days fill up.


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I guess I had a busy day too. Went to Y, then to WalMart, out two lunch with a couple friends, shopped at Penny's for a baby gift, stopped at a woman’s house to pick up fresh lettuce from her garden and now I am working on stripping the wax off the kitchen floor. We are only doing little sections at a time. I am hoping he is done now cause I would like to chill a little before I have to fix dinner.
My kids do not make any big deal over Mother's Day. Stephanie will make me something if they can afford it, which is usually never. But she tells me every day how much she loves me and how much she appreciates me so that is better than any gift anyway. Jeff,'s wife always sends a card one from them and one from the grandkids. And Jeff sometimes calls on Mother's Day. Greg is mostly focused on himself, but he does tell me how much I am appreciated after I have listened to his woo's for an hour or so, lol.

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Pam, glad you had a nice day. Love the nickname Nuggle James. Kids do the best names.
Donna, Hopefully some rest time will have you feeling good as new.
Rita, how nice to have the at work done.




 
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I love it when a computer things it knows what I'm typing. We had what I think was the last 2 Runzas. Hopefully when I push the button it stays that way.

I didn't see any kids on Mother's day but did come home to find some beautiful flowers from Sarah and family. I got a text from Dawn, Christopher and Trish. Right now I'm trying to get Adalynn down for a nap because I need one. Sarah took Aaliyah home this morning and sent a pic of her backseat driving cousin Shane on his video game. lol



 
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You have a busy day today, Donna! I'm sure once you do get back into some kind of routine it will all settle down. Not having to be somewhere at a certain time is wonderful, though. That's a plus for me.

I had a great time at Line Dancing but Fitbit only gave me 20 minutes!! I need to adjust that. We do take a 5 minute break but I should get more credit than that! My daughter called when I got home and we will go to breakfast tomorrow and she has a gift. So different from all the other years. I need to adjust my thinking, I guess!

I will get out and drive around and do a few errands today. I need to practice driving!!

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Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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Happy Monday. Enjoy a new week.

I have found myself to be very discombobulated since retiring. I keep misplacing things and get so upset when I can't find it. I have found everything but I am out of sync. I think once I get back from Hawaii and get a permanent job placement, I can then organize my free time and develop a routine. I really do need a routine to function.

Today I will walk Grace with friends for 45 minutes then take Emma out by herself. Silver Sneakers at 9 AM. I then have nothing until 2 when I have a hair appointment at the mall and afterwards a meet and greet for the new client I will take care of at the end of the month.

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I was pretty gripey yesterday. Is that a word? My younger son called after I got home from church but the middle one, not until last night. My daughter never did. No cards. I was bummed. My neighbors invited me to a Chinese buffet and we enjoyed ourselves. I think next year if none of my kids invite me anywhere, I will invite neighbors who have no where to go.

Rita, it's fabulous that your kids got together and fixed up your porch! I'd asked for another 'work day' but that certainly didn't happen. You have wonderful kids!

Pat, I saw the FB pictures of the get-together . I didn't realize that the Texas clan was going to be with you. So glad everyone got along. I know it's hard to think of Decklan being gone but it's certainly a step in the right direction for the family. Enjoy your wonderful trip!

Donna, I have been sidelined for almost a month now and the restrictions have made me realize that as much as I have loved being SO involved in many things, it IS tiring! I am reevaluating my activities and will not run myself ragged from now on! I'm sure you will find a balance and listen to your body, too. Remember, you are still working on a foot/toe recovery!

Pam, I saw the picture of Ali on FB....she has grown so much! I'm glad you had everyone together and equally glad that they helped pick up. I have only had 2 big dinners here for the family in a year but one DIL wants to clean and pick up right away....I guess so they can leave, lol! But I want to go visit and enjoy their company. I spend 30 minutes telling her where to put things, so it can go both ways! Peace and quiet now that the big weekend is over!

I will go to line dancing, then run at least 2 errands. I've only ventured out to Walmart and I really need to start being more active away from home.

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I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day.

Donna, there is nothing wrong in resting! It does make one feel better!

Pam, too bad we can't sit around your 3 boxes of chocolate with cups of coffee to chat and help you out with those treats! Ali sounds adorable, she is at such a cute age. Glad Landon was calmer for all of you. Boys are boys!

Kerry, I don't know what 2 Runs is? A restaurant? You deserve a nice Mother's Day!

Pat, you have big changes going on. I'm hoping perhaps we can figure out how to meet up for a coffee and chat now that you'll be coming to Colorado sometimes! Enjoy your trip to Mt. Rushmore!

Mary, it's amazing it's been a whole year since your moved in to your new place. I hope you heard from your kids today.

Even though it was a big chilly and cloudy, threatening rain, 2 of my boys totally redid the patio cover today for me. It was leaking and boards were coming apart and if the guys walked on it to do things on the roof, they would come close to falling through. So shingles and rotten boards were all taken down and a nice corrogated, colored (red barn color?) top was put down on the cross bars that were still good. They replaced any other boards that needed it. It looks great. The mess on the ground is almost all cleaned up but it goes out in another truckload once the full one is dumped tomorrow. I am amazed at what my boys can accomplish when they get on it. We brought home food for the 2 guys after eating at Ruby Tuesday. They were wiped out after almost 7 hrs of work! One son stepped on a nail and brother had to pull it out. Tonight he went to the Urgent Care, even though he was up to date on his tetanus shot. He was given a prescription for an antibiotic to make sure all will be okay. I'm glad he went.

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I think I figured out my problem. I am over tired. Even though I slept 8.5 hours I have played pickle ball 6 out of 7 days and I think my body it protesting. I took a hard 2 hour nap and soaked in the tub after planting the garden. I have decided to dial back my physical activity a little. I bet that will help. Or at least not try to do everything every day.

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All over, and I am left with 3 boxes of chocolates to work through. Ugh...LOL! Landon wasn't quite so hyper as he usually is, so that was a bonus. Ali, bless her heart, is at an absolutely adorable stage - she picked up the tv remote next to me, pressed a few buttons, then held it up to her ear and said "hello?" She kept us giggling for most of the day. It's funny. Her most favourite person in the whole family is Leah's boyfriend. Her "Nuggle James" LOL! Fortunately he adores her too. She could be anywhere and with anyone, and she'll suddenly stop, say "Nuggle James!" and run all over until she finds him and gets a good cuddle. Then she's off again. Too sweet. She's 20 months old and seems mucher old than that.

Well I don't think I'll be having a late night tonight. As little as I did - I'm pooped!

Chat to you all tomorrow!

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We had a pretty good day-they love having fun in the nursery and the service was good. We had lunch on the way home then, instead of trying to get out for dinner Larry dug out of the freezer the last ( I think) bag of 2 Runs as for dinner. I need to find something for Adalynn who just woke from a nap.



 
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My day has been very quiet, sad to say. I heard from all my kids, Jeff and family made it back to Texas Steph and family are safe in Colorado and found a hotel near a WalMart. Tomorrow they start the house searching. Then Greg called to wish me a happy Mother’s Day.
Pam and Donna I am right there with you both in hating to be hostess even if it is family. My family usually does not help so I do all the work p,us our family does not get a long great either. Too many aggressive personalities that have no filters. Sometimes I have held my breath hoping there would not be an explosion.
Donna sorry you are feeling down. Maybe it is the you inside feeling guilty for having so much fun. Hope your spirits raise tomorrow.
I have been eating so much food the past few days and I know it is stress related. I have to regain my control soon! Why can't our lives be stress free so we can always be in control, lol!

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Pam: I am totally not comfortable with people over. But you have your girls that run the show and take care of everything. That is just great. I have been in a very BIATCHY mood today. I don't even know why. We all slept 8.5 hours last night. Everything is irritating to me. Go figure. It is what it is. Maybe I need a nap anyway.



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Happy Momma's Day to all my momma buddies! emoticon

I've got all 3 of my lot + partners and grandkids coming this afternoon. Apparently they all decided to come here and then do a take-out. Indian food. Yum. I know this will sound funny to you, but I find having the mob here very stressful. Oddly enough, there is no stress involved. Leah and Becky always take over the chores, do the work, even keep up the socializing, and they all get along very well together. So why am I stressed? Who knows? I'm a nutcase and don't like my "routine" disrupted. How pathetic is that? LOL! Oh well, it's only for a couple or three hours, so I'll survive. emoticon

Lovely, warm and sunny today - not hot. Everyone have a great day!

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Thanks for the tip Kerry. I will remember that when we go this coming Friday.
Steph Wyatt and Decklan left at 8:30 this morning. I am wishing them all the luck in finding the perfect fit house to rent quickly. As soon as they find one they will come back home and I would love to see Decklan before we leave on Friday.
We got to see Jeff and family an additional 9 hours because Jill was sick most of Sat, starting at about 2 am. She thinks she got food poisoning. She slept until about 2:30pm then decided she could travel so they left around 3 to drive as far as they could so all of Sunday would not be driving. This allowed the boys to play all morning and part of the afternoon. So one of my kids went south and the other went west. So I am pretending Friday was Mother's Day since I had all my kids together.
Now I will spend the next few days resting a little and getting some things organized. I will try to keep busy so I am not thinking too much about the big changes about to happen in my life.

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Pat: LOVED ,LOVED,LOVED the FB pictures of your family together and the precious 4 yr olds playing nice together. Must have been a great day for you.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL OF YOU. Hope you all have a great day.

My DD that makes a big day for Mother's Day is in CA. She sent me 50 roses!!! My DD here doesn't "do" holidays ,birthdays, etc. She did invite me over for a BBQ last night and we will have hot dogs ( my request) today. We did the presents last night because her DH was home. I'm hoping to play pickle ball with Noah but he hasn't woken up yet and mom won't wake him. It will be too hot before long. GRRRR!!!

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Enjoy your trip, Pat, and I know getting your kids settled will be a double edged 'blessing.' I'm glad you aren't going to have to deal with the bus on your property, too. I wondered about that.

I have no plans for today. Cherilyn called me on Friday and when I asked if she had Mother's Day plans, she said she was working in the toddler nursery at her church and that she didn't think Steven even realized it was Mother's Day. The boys haven't called in weeks. Oh, well....I had all my furniture moved in one year ago today!! I guess I have to start figuring out the Rest of My Life. I had really thought I would see more of my kids but that hasn't happened. I hope each of you has plans for today!!

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Enjoy My. Rushmore, Pat,. Don't miss the walk behind the carvings. I did that on our trip with the older grandkids several years ago.



 
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Pam the kids would of driven the bus but it no longer runs and would cost way to much to repair. Plus it is a really old bus and parts are impossible to find. They will be leaving for Colorado in the morning to try to find a place to live. They will be taking Decklan with them since they plan to stay until they find something. We are leaving for Mt Rushmore on Friday for for four nights. Then they will be coming back home packing up all their stuff and tow the bus to a storage unit then leave on May 26th We will be keeping Decklan this time while they get settled then we will take him out to them on May 31. We plan to stay a few days out there then.

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Pam: You didn't upset me. I am just riled up about the whole thing. Life goes on.

Rita: So glad the MD is happy with your progress. Good for you.



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I think I saw one of your boys on FB recently...yes, they are huge!! Maybe that guy thought one was a bobcat or something similar, lol! Good 'watch cats!'

We all just left the friend's driveway for Happy Hour! There is a big meeting about dissolving the golf course mgt. company tomorrow and several of us decided to go together. We always 'solve the problems of the world,; and learn so much!!

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Great work Rita! So proud of you. It makes you almost wiggle with pleasure when the doctor is so happy with your results, doesn't it? LOL!

Sorry if I upset you with my comments about pickle ball Donna. I really didn't mean to. I don't even know what pickle ball is! I should look up a video of it or something.

Mary, my boys are just big boys. They have very large frames. I think both of them have some definite Maine Coon in them. Jack's frame is a bit bigger than Jenson's, but Jenson is definitely "fatter" than Jack. LOL! But they're both the kind of cat that makes our customers' eyes widen and say "good grief, is that a cat?" LOL! One of our customers, who came in the house to use the washroom, actually left in terror because Jenson, who was startled, looked up and hissed, and he is a very scary looking cat when he does that, even though he's the biggest wuss you've ever run across. LOL!

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Knocking is definitely the Bri e way. They can keep thinkinv about their next move that way.



 
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Thank you, all, for the words of comfort and wisdom! I know it will only be another week or two with the hard cast. I get comfy one way and sleep an hour, then wake up numb...I have slept with a sling but ended up sooo hot! I will just keep trying!!

Pam, those are huge cats! Do they eat a lot or are just sort of old and lazy?! I guess I didn't realize that pets can have people diseases so much!

Donna, I'm not competitive at all so not being great at something has never been an issue, lol. I know I will not be an asset to anyone as a bridge partner and that's fine with me. With your 'drive' for pickle ball, I guess you will just have to figure out how far you are willing to drive! I'm sure you will figure something out.

Rita, congrats on the great doctor report! I am thrilled that your lab results are good and that the doctor is so pleased with you!

I need to rest up before Happy Hour...we hope to hae some of the ones who have been missing the last few weeks show up today! I had a nice Olive Garden lunch with my friend but they didn't have your $5 take home meal, Donna.

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Donna, if you want to really enjoy pickleball I suggest you do the 10 min. drive and go where you can have FUN! It's not fun to always lose and not have others wanting to be your partner. You deserve much better than that! I drive 15-20 min to my TOPS mtg because it's a lovely group, although there are closer ones! Be good to yourself!

Mary, I sympathize with your numb arm and trouble sleeping. With my bad shoulders I often can't get comfortable and then I either find my arm numb or I tweak it and it hurts. Luckily you won't have your cast on forever. Sleep/nap when you can!

My MIL was a top level bridge player and one to contend with. Wow, she carried that over to any game she was playing even with the kids. Do other people knock on the table when they are done with their turn instead of saying something? I had never seen that before! I was never a card player except UNO and now Go Fish or Old Maid with the wee ones.

I'm thinking, the Lord willing, I might be living a while yet. I saw my Dr. today and she was so happy with my lab results and weight loss she drew a smiley face on my paper work and shook my hand. Everything was perfectly in the normal range except a bit of a low "iron stores" which eating spinach, etc and taking a different iron pill will most likely fix. Wow, losing that weight so far is making a difference. Hope I can keep going.

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The game is much easier than tennis but as with all sports there are skill levels. It's like putting a person who played tennis for 2 years with Serena Williams. What is that person going to learn doing that? She needs an opponent that will challenge her but not wipe the court with her on every play. Just saying.

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Donna, you make pickleball sound more like an olympic sport to me! I thought it was supposed to be an "easier" game for the old gals and guys. Oh well. LOL!

And as for cards? I've never played Bridge in my life. I don't even know anyone who plays it either, thank goodness. My favourite game? Euchre. I could play euchre for hours and hours and still keep going. I just love that game. I don't get to play it often anymore though, just when our good friends show up who live everywhere else but here... emoticon There are euchre groups in a town not far from me, but the games are always during the day (for retirees) and guess what? doh!

Well, I took Jenson to the vet this morning. Now I have two big cats who look more like poodles than cats. LOL! Jenson still weighed almost 23 pounds. With his diabetes, I'm trying to get his weight down, but he's like me - it doesn't seem to matter what I/we do, it just ain't comin' off! LOL! With both cats shaved, Jack looks positively skinny next to Jenson, yet in bone structure, Jack's definitely the bigger cat. What a goofy looking pair. (but it's their own fault for lying in burr bushes all the time and getting totally lumpy and disgusting.)

Mary, I hope you sleep well tonight. Even without a cast, I wake up sometimes with my arm totally numb. I lie there waiting for the "pain" to hit when the feeling starts to come back. It's horrible. Would strapping it in a body sling help you at all. Perhaps putting on a shirt with your bad hand tucked inside the shirt might help. I might be talking out the top of my hat because I've never broken anything, but I'm trying. LOL!

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I hear that bridge is a cut throat game and they eat their "young".

What I'd love to do is leave my local group and work hard and really improve and then come back one day when I can give them a run for their money. Of course that is just dreaming but I like how it sounds.

The other group that sometimes plays pickle ball won't post more times to play because only the leader can post and he doesn't want to commit personally to any more times. If he posts an activity, he has to be there.

I'll figure it out eventually.

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Kerry, the 3 friends I was learning with were the line dancing teacher I walk with...also our Red Hat leader, the good friend who took me to all my doctors appointments, and my across the street neighbor, so they were/are wonderful friends! But they caught on, understood so much, and I was sooo far behind. I looked at it like taking a Friday afternoon math test. They all enjoyed it and I was never comfortable. I don't have card sense!! My parents never played cards and never entertained, although my grandparents played all the time. It's interesting how that all turned out!!

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Donna, I think I would move to the friendly group and build my skills then move up to the other team.
Mary, I pretty much quit playing cards and never had a desire to learn bridge because my mother was a cut throat player. She loved winning more than anything. As kids we played with her and had to learn by losing because she never 'just let us win). Z d she couldn't understand why I didn't play cards and still don't play anything other than solitaire.



 
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Donna, I quit trying to learn bridge because the other players were SO much better and caught on so quickly. Could you ask 3 of the nicer ones to play a game a few times a week so that you can improve? It wouldn't hurt? OR, join the other group more on your level and learn that way, improve, and continue with the local group after a few lessons. You may have to pay a little to get lessons but if you enjoy it that much, it might be worth it.

I am going to lunch with a new friend. I walked with Linda but I'm so very tired. I had another terrible night. I tossed and turned and am just exhausted. I don't know what I can do to ind a good spot for my arm! At one point when I DID fall asleep, my whole upper arm and shoulder were numb when I 'came to.' That's not good! I slept on it and it took a while for the feeling to come back. I never take sleeping pills and don't know if even Tylenol would interact with the Xeralto. But I need to sleep!!

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I have a dilemma I could use some input on. I LOVE playing pickle ball and do like that the courts are right here in my subdivision. Here is the problem that was the same reason I quit 3 years ago. THose that play on our courts all learned together and improved together to a very high skill level. I am not there and so when we play they play that skilled with me too.
Now I get that I will lose most games but when I lose most games 11 to 1 it is sad. They know if they want to win the point they can off of me. Also when we get out on the court no one wants to be my partner because they know they will lose. So it comes down to how many times can I take being humiliated in an hour to get playing time and improve myself. I don't suck and I can volley with the best of them. They play hot and heavy and hit the ball hard and fast.

My other group that plays more at my level is out of commission until next Thursday and only meets twice a week. The only way I can improve is to play, play play. I am going to a pickle ball clinic tomorrow to learn better techniques.

There is another association I can play with but because I don't live in their subdivision I will have to pay to play but I hear they are kinder to newbies. It is also about 10 minutes away. SIGH Maybe I'll give my group one more week and see if I can come in with a different perspective.

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Then I guess it's a demand for a ride-on mower!

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We did have a yard maintenance group come out for a while but nice as it was coming home to a nice neat yard until the day I noticed they were cutting learn down go the dirt and didnt change when asked to.



 
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Rita, we do a huge variety of songs in line dancing. We even are doing a Charleston to Yes, Sir, That's My Baby~ and I Feel Like a Woman, so it's one extreme to another! So much fun. I was very tired after the hour today but so glad I was able to do the whole lesson!

I'm off to the women's discussion group. I rested but didn't sleep. I truly feel better and better. But am not chomping at the bit to get out and drive anywhere! Little by little, day by day! And a new line dancing friend has asked me to go to lunch tomorrow. Broadening my horizons!

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Pam, sorry that the firemen were so noisy! We don't live near a fire station but we hear sirens loud and clear. I also have an app on my phone that alerts me to traffic accidents, fires, medical emergencies, hazard waste 911 calls. So esp. when I hear lots of sirens I look to see what's happening. I know what intersections are the dangerous ones for accidents around here! Hope you get good sleep tonight!

Mary, I would love line dancing if I was up for it. Do you do mostly country? Things like Cotton Eye Joe stuff? It sounds like you are really perking up now.

Donna, I love sitting in the backyard reading a book! Funny thing is when I sit and rock in my rocking chair my Fitbit records it as steps. I'm doubling what I really walk that way. haha If you find the name of some great books, let us know!

Sat, Sun, Mon we are to have thunderstorms and rain. With the high today heading towards 86 I had better soak up the sunshine these next 2 days. Was already out cruising with Rex for some errands today. It does revive me when I can ride with the top down!



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Fi loved the whole Outlander series, too, Pam!

Donna. Try Jonathan and Faye kellerman, James Patterson, Sue grafton, Janet evonovich to start!

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Donna, I'd recommend any of the books by Diana Gabaldon. (her Outlander series). They're not necessarily "mysteries", but oh my goodness she is a fantastic writer, and each of her books are now being produced as a season series by the Starz network. The first book is "Outlander". Give it a try and see if you like it, there are about 7 or 8 more in the series, each one as good as the first.

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I need author's names again. I am tired of Fern Michaels, Nora Roberts, John Grisham. Any other suggestions. Mystery is my favorite.

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