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1/15/20 10:40 P

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Happy New Year ....I sure do miss everyone !!!!

I’m jumping back on my weight loss journey again ...wish I’d learn not to let it get out of control !!!

Hope everyone is doing well

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Hello and Happy Friiiiiiiday ...

We had a nice Thanksgiving yesterday ..it was different not having Austin with us but we got to FaceTime so that was nice and they’ll be here for Christmas 🎄

Kare ...how was your visit with Meghan? How’s Dwayne doing transitioning with the meds? Did you get to see your Dad while Meghan was home ?

I can’t believe Christmas is 26 days away ... I’ve started shopping but have a lot to do yet !!

Hello to anyone else checking in I sure miss everyone !!!

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11/2/19 8:54 P

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Brenda, I think I should send Dwayne to you, he's been singing Christmas carols all day. He could entertain you all while you decorate!

We saw the psychiatrist yesterday and I think it went well This won't be a quick fix as we need to wean Dwayne off one drug and start another. He did have a better week, so that's a plus. We went out for lunch afterwards and did some shopping. All in all it was one of the better days we've had in the last few weeks.

Meaghan is coming home on November 15th so I've been trying to clean up the house and I am so looking forward to seeing her! I;m hoping to take an extra day off so I can take her to see my parents, as my dad's health is not good and I worry this may be the last time she can see her grandpa. My plan is to leave Dwayne at day program, but we will see how that goes.

Had snow a few times in the last few weeks, but it doesn't stay. Brian is trying to convince me to go in the hot tub tonight, but I don't want to get cold. Guess I might have to suck it up and give it a try...

Hope you are all well. OFf to do some dishes.
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11/1/19 5:43 P

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Hello & happy November to you all .....

Getting ready to decorate for Christmas & we’re going to a huge cabin in Gatlinburg next weekend ...can’t wait !!!!

Kare ....oh my Gosh I had seen you were without power ...never realized it was messing up the dinner ... so sad I know that’s a ton of work to organize! How’s Dwayne doing now ? Any improvement after seeing the doctor ?

Everyone have a fabulous weekend ...
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10/25/19 8:48 P

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The last 2 weeks have been unreal! We were getting ready for our turkey lunch on the 11th when we got hit by a storm. We decided to postpone our dinner and froze the turkey. Unfortunately we as in the whole city lost power for days. We were without power at home for 43 hours. Luckily the temperatures were around zero so it wasn't too bad.

We got back to school after Thanksgiving and all our food had thawed and we had to throw out 200 pounds of turkey. We ended up cancelling the meal for this year.

We've been having a lot of issues with Dwayne, he has been very agitated and it manifests in meltdowns and destroying stuff.Thankfully we now have aa psychiatrist appointment next Friday so we can get Dwayne feeling better. I ended up taking last week off work as my stress levels were off the chart! Feeling a bit better today, but so tired of dealing with this everyday.

Got my Willow spayed yesterday, so she's not feeling that great today. Sure nice to have her home though...
I hpoe you are all doing well.
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10/10/19 3:04 P

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Happy October!!!! Hope you’re all doing well ...we’re off to Texas tomorrow until Wed ...looking forward to a great time !!!!

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Unbelievably it is September ....I know we don’t all check in here but I will continue to post once in a while in case other previous group members come looking for us ...hope you’re all fabulous !!!! We leave for Hilton Head & Myrtle Beach tomorrow :)

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Hi Brenda, hope you are doing well! Looks like you are having a busy summer with all the grand babies.
Not too much going on here, pretty busy with the new puppy - she is a busy little girl but I love her so much. Willow and Elvis are getting along fine and love to play together.so that is making things a little better.
It has been very dry here this summer, so my garden in not that great.
Back to work on the 3rd of September.

Take care everyone!

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8/12/19 10:34 A

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August already !!!!!! Almost time for back to school !! We have SO much going on in the next few months ...crazy busy ....Myrtle Beach ...Ohio...Hilton Head ...Dallas !!!

Hope you’re all doing well...maybe the winter months we’ll all be able to check in more !!!

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I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your summer! It's been crazy hot here the last few days with temps right now sitting at 42C with the humidity which is 108 F! We had some wicked storms last night and tonight is supposed to be more of the same.

been pretty busy with the new addition to our family! We got a corgi puppy at the beginning of June so my days are pretty busy. Loving Willow, she is a real character.

Stay cool my friends!
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Happy July my friends ....sure do miss our daily check in’s ....love to all of you 🤗😘

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6/18/19 6:55 A

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Hello and Happy Tuesday to you all..

Hard to believe we’re half way through June already !!!

We’ve been having beautiful weather ..I’m loving it !!!

Sadly Austin & Sam have decided to move back to Ohio :( my heart hurts ..I’m SO used to having Brynlee & Thomas everyday ..I’ll adjust in time but it sure hurts right now :(

I’ve been doing good dropping the weight I gained over the winter/Jim’s job stress !! Still want to lose 20 more !

Cori ...I’m so excited that Florida is working out for you !!! And how exciting Amelia is coming !!!!!

Hope everyone is doing great

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6/5/19 8:43 P

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Hi girls. Summer heat has arrived early and we are definitely getting the full Florida life experience the last couple of weeks. No rain and temps in high 90s. But I will still take that over snow and below freezing temps any day.

We've been getting the house ready for our annual 4th of July party and we just found out last week that Amelia and Josh will be spending the last full week of June here with us. We are really looking forward to that!

Kare, such sad news. I can't imagine.

Brenda, I know you are loving life with Jim being able to be home most of the time now.
I think about Jeanette often. Please tell her hello for me and let her know she is missed.

It will probably be after the holiday before I can check in again, so happy 4th a little early! emoticon

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5/28/19 8:00 A

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Good morning & happy Tuesday to you all..

We had a nice weekend ...just stayed around the house & relaxed :)

Kare ...glad the weather is starting to improve for you :) so sorry for all the loss at work ...how very sad :( How’s Meghann & Dwayne doing ?? Brian started a different job right? How’s he liking it ?

Hello to everyone else checking in :)

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Sounds like nice weather for you Brenda! Glad you had a good time in Ohio..

Starting to warm up slowly but still close to freezing overnight. I planted my lettuce, kale and spinach and hopefully will get some more veggies planted this week. I'll have to wait a week or two before I plant anything above ground.
Busy working on drama costumes this week, have a workshop for drama this week and track and field . Another 5 weeks and school will be done!
It was a rough week at work, we lost 3 former staff members to cancer in less than a week. It was a pretty sad place all week as people grieved for their friends.
I hope you are all doing well. Just going to clean up from our BBQ and put the last of the laundry away.
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Hello & Happy Monday to you all ...

Had a nice time in Ohio ...got our apartment all set up there for Jim to use when he’s up there for work !!

This past weekend we went to the NASCAR Allstar Race ..always a great time !!!

We have a hot forecast coming up low to high 90’s and no rain ...thinking a beach trip is coming :)

Hope you’re all doing great

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Happy Mother's Day! I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful day with your family!

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💐🌸Happy Mother’s Day 🌸💐
Love you all 😘🤗

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Hello and happy Friiiiday to you all ...

We had a fabulous time in San Antonio..much needed !!!!! The rest of the family is heading to Pigeon Forge this weekend but Jim & I are staying home ...I see some Harley time in our plans !!!

Cori ...bummer about Mike’s job ...I hope he finds the perfect replacement job !!

Kare ...that’s horrible about Brian’s job ..very happy he found a new one...hope it’s working out well for him:) I’m glad your weather is warming up ... we’re in the 80’s now & lots of sunshine !! I’ll be soaking up some vitamin D tomorrow since I have no kids to watch :)

Jeanette...sure do miss you checking in here ..glad we stay in touch via texting though

Dianne ...bet the farm is starting to get active ...any trips for you coming up ??

Hello to anyone else who might pop in !!

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4/22/19 9:45 P

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Cori, so nice to see you here! Sorry to hear that Mike has to look for another job. It's hard as we get older to have to change careers.

Brenda, looks like you are having a nice vacay...

Weather is finally warming up and the farmers are getting out in the fields. Brian founda job at the day program where Dwayne goes everyday. He works with a gentleman in his residence. I'm hoping he's going to enjoy it,,he just has to learn it isn't the same as looking after his son.

Work is going well, won't be long and we will be done for the summer. Washed and put winter coats away today as I had to stay home with Dwayne today as it is a government holiday and his day program was closed. Looking forward to perhaps getting my pots etc out for flowers although we are still about a month away from being able to put stuff out. Dwayne and I enjoyed a wonderful evening on Friday at a Michael Buble concert - he's still talking about it

I hope you are all doing well. Off to make lunches for Dwayne and I and then a warm bath. Take care my friends...

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Hi girls. Just wanted to pop in and say hi. All is well here and life is progressing along. Staying busy with work and home projects. Mike learned last week that his company is likely to close or relocate to Mexico in a few months so he is stepping up his job search even tho his back is still not as well as it should be. Hopefully the job he gets will be day shift.

Brenda, good to see you are enjoying some time away with Jim. You both deserve it!

Kare, how did Brian's interviews go? Hope it was good news.

I will check in again in a couple weeks.


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4/3/19 9:51 P

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Glad to see that everything is falling in place for you and Jim, Brenda. I'm sure it's nice having him home more.

Brian is on his second week of stress leave. The store he manages has a new owner and after 2 weeks, he told Brian he was no longer the manager and he was bringing in someone new and he expected Brian to train her. Turns out she is an immigrant who the owner gets subsidized to employ. She knows less than Brian and lies through her teeth. Brian is understandably upset and is now looking for a new job. He's had a couple of interviews, so I'm hoping he'll hear something soon.

Spring is here but flurries yesterday and rain and snow tomorrow..sure is nice to have some sunshine. Been heading to the gym at least 3 times a week and it sure helps my knees. Missed today but I'll head there after work tomorrow when Claire gets here to hang out with Dwayne.

I hope you are all doing well. Going for a bath, my ankle is aching which I think is a precursor to the unsettled weather coming tomorrow.

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Hello & Happy Wednesday ..

Jim is back home and working in Rock Hill ...he’s so excited ..we have had to figure out our new normal with morning schedules & all the craziness of the babies ..Papa isn’t used to the commotion😂

Our old apartment complex in Ohio has a 1 bedroom for rent that Jim’s company has ageeed to rent for him so he can have some place to call home up there ...so excited that we’ll always have a place in Gville for all of our trips :) we’ll look for some furniture to get it set up in May when we go up for Adams graduation :)

Hope you’re all doing well ...
Sure do miss our daily check ins :)

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Hello and happy Monday to you all ...

Jim was home for the weekend ....never long enough but he’ll be home on the 28th and then he’ll start his 3 weeks in SC and only 1 week in Ohio ...can’t wait !!!

Cori ...how’s Bella ?? Jim was floored by my surprise trip ..it was wonderful !!!

Kare...hope your weather is finally warming up !!!!! Ours has been much better !!

Jim and I are going to San Antonio over Easter ..can’t wait !!!

Dianne ..hope the snow lets up eventually 😂😂

Jeanette..hope you’re enjoying Texas warmth !!

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Hi girls. Warming back up here but still haven't made it to the beach yet. Snowbirds, the cooler weather and being sick have kept us away.

Still keeping busy trying to keep Bella eating and taking her meds. She seems to have gained a slight bit of muscle mass back but she is still very bony and her belly is extremely bloated. She doesn't seem to be in pain and still runs and plays with her toys so that is encouraging.

Brenda, how did your surprise visit go? I'm sure Jim was very happy to see you.

Kare, hope your days calm down soon.

Will check in again soon.

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Hi Brenda, glad to hear you are doing well. Sounds like it is spring where you are..

Still cold here but the promise of weather is coming in the next few days. It's been a long winter and I'll be glad to see the back of the cold weather. Forecasts for flooding around here due to all the snow down where Dianne lives but we are usually ok in our community..

Been a rough day, I have a young man that has chosen me as his trusted adult at school and I love him, but he's been having some bad days and needing lots of support and pep talks. It was also a day of boys fighting and pushing and being lippy and not going to lie,it makes me think I need to take a sick day and leave it behind for a day. I won't because I have kids that depend on me to be there but so tired of the crap from the grade 7 boys.

Having a relaxing evening, watching Gray's Anatomy and drinking water. I gave up my favorite specialty coffee for Lent and it's going to be a long 40 days but I need to break the sugar cycle. Not to mention it will save money.

Hope you are all doing well

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Hi girls & Happy Wednesday...

We’ve had a ton of rain and now finally a dry beautiful day but chilly 🥶

Jim comes home on the 14th ...can’t wait !!!!

Hope you’re all doing well ...this is our crazy month for birthdays so it’s keeping us busy


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Hi Girls & Happy Sunday to you all ...

I made a sneak trip to Ohio this weekend to surprise Jim ...he was SHOCKED ..no one knows I’m up here like friends & family ...just really needed a quiet weekend for just Jim & me!!! I got here Friday and will go home Tuesday morning :).

Jim’s old company that he has been consulting for here in Ohio offered him a full time position but they are renting an office space in Rock Hill so he’ll work 3 weeks from SC and only 1 week in Ohio ...they offered him a good salary and we think 3 weeks vacation. They’ll also rent him an apartment in Garrettsville so he won’t have to keep staying at the hotel. Not the perfect job but blessed for the opportunity!!!

Cori ...hope you made it to the beach ...I want to get to Myrtle soon :)

Kare ...I’m glad they shut that trucking company down & they should sentence that guy to the fullest extent !!!

Jeannette ..we miss you here :)

Dianne ...you’ve got to be SO ready for snow to be gone !!!!!

Hope you all are having a great weekend

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Hi ladies. Just checking in. Doing okay. Chugging along. Hoping to make it to the beach this weekend. Haven't been for quite a while with the red tide and everything else going on. Red tide is finally gone and it's in the 80s here so will try to go Sunday maybe. Got a Daith piercing tonight after work. Have had a migraine for 4 days this week and my meds aren't helping. Hoping this will work in due time.

Brenda, hope the time goes by quickly till Jim makes it back home again. Has he had any new leads on jobs? Hope he gets an offer soon.

I'll check in again soon.


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Brenda, your temps look a lot warmer than ours, although the polar vortex has lifted and we actually got to -15C today. Expecting about 5cm of snow tonight and about the same tomorrow.

I went back to the Dr today as I'm still not feeling better so he put me on a different/stronger antibiotic. Hoping I will feel better soon.

I'm glad you and Jim get a long weekend together. It's hard when he's commuting. Brian andI did that for about 6 months and it was hard. It didn't help that we had a 2 year old at the time too.

The trucking company I was talking about was forced to close after the accident and the driver is waiting for sentencing and will probably be deported back to India. The owner faces several charges too. This accident has meant that drivers will know receive more training before being allowed to drive these huge trucks.

I hope you all have a nice week and a special Valentine's with the one you love!

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Hello and Happy Sunday to you all...

Been a chilly weekend for down here ..ready for the temps to rise a little next week !!!

Jim is coming home for a long weekend Thursday to Monday ..I’m excited !!

Kare ...oh my I hope you get feeling better soon!!! That is tragic for that bus/truck accident ...that company should be shut down !!!!!!

Hello to anyone else checking in :)

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It's so cold here and I have been so sick. I'm pretty tired of winter right now. Last week our daytime temps were in the high -40C and this week we are in the high -30C. I'm on the second week of a wicked chest cold so this cold air is making it hard to breathe.

Brenda, that is so wrong to forge logs. I'm sure you heard of the bus of minor hockey players here in Canada that got hit by a trucker. Out of 29 people on the bus, 13 people were killed and the rest were injured and some are now paralyzed. This trucker plead guilty but it was found he had 72 infractions on his log and if people like his employer had done their job, he would not have been on the road that day. It's a horrible price everyone in this tragedy has to endure. His employer will be facing charges as well.

I hope you are all doing well. Just heading for a nice hot bath and going to bed. It's almost the weekend!

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Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all

Things are good here ...the weather has been wonderful..close to 80 tomorrow but then back to the 40’s for the weekend and then back into the 60’s next week.

Jim passed on the job offer because the guy wanted him to do illegal log records...that’s so immoral !!! In Dec the guy will have to switch to electric logs and then he might bring Jim in legally ...so we’ll see :/ He’s still working in Ohio and they want him to work for them and are trying to figure out away to make it happen from down here ..he’s still has applications in other places but no calls yet ...we’re just hanging out and praying !!

Kare ...so sorry your Dad is struggling ...my Dad passed away from congestive heart failure ..scary stuff for sure !!! (((HUGS)))

Cori ...hope you’re doing great !!! Any Anniversary plans ??

Dianne ...are you surviving the snow & cold ?

Jeanette ...how are you ?? Missing your posts here ..hope you’ll pop in soon :)

Hello to anyone else checking in

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Tomorrow morning's temperature is supposed to be -52C! It's not letting up at all for the next 2 days! We might actually have school cancelled if we reach -50. It's been over 12 years since that has happened. Not going to lie,if it's going to be that cold then it needs to be cold enough to closed everything. I would love an extra day to get rid of my sinus infection.

Brenda, how did the job interview go? I hope good news.

My dad is home but has been back to the ER every few days. Bascially this will be the new normal for him. He has heart failure and retains too much fluid which is also affecting his kidneys. He's been a diabetic for over 45 years which doesn't help. I really feel that he is ready to go and he has requested a DNR order. It's not easy to accept but I understand and will support his decision.

Guess I should go do supper dishes and put the laundry away. Hope you ladies have a warm evening.

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Hello and Happy Monday to you all...

Yeah CORI so glad you popped back in !!! Not many of us here anymore but we keep plugging along :) I’m so glad your job is going well & Mike is healed so well ...2019 will be awesome I’m sure !! Once Jim finds his new job and we see what vacation he has maybe we can come down :)

Kare ....Ohio is in for a brutal few days of cold temps ...are you guys a part of that system too ?? How’s your Dad ??

Jeanette ....anymore trips coming up ??

Dianne ....how are your girls doing ...loving married life ? I see you’ve had more snow again too ...stay warm !!

Hello to anyone else checking in :)

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Hello ladies. I cant believe a year has gone by since I was here last. I apologize for the long absence. 2018 was not the greatest year for us. Many ups and downs.

Just to highlight; I got a new great paying job at a medical supplier company at the end of April. They seemed like a great, growing company, so I was very excited. The training was better than I have experienced down here, so that was even better. On my 90th day, at my review, they informed me I was doing such a great job that they decided to move me to another position and gave me a raise. The bad news was that I was being moved to the new position the next day and I would get no training. The manager that had hired me was on pregnancy leave and her boss was making these decisions. I hated the new position and I was told to just fake it until I made it or move on. So I started looking for another job. Good news: in October I got a job with the county here. I had been applying for the county since we moved here in 2015. So 3 years later, I finally got it. I had to take a $2 an hour pay cut but the benefits are so amazing, it was worth it. This job is much better and I have already been told by my new managers that they plan to put me on the path to management. So that is such a blessing.

Mike has been having back issues for 3-4years, but it greatly increased the last 2 years. Long story short, he had to have back surgery which he had on December 5th. The great news is, he has had a fabulous recovery and is back to work now. He is going to start the job search process now as he was passed over for a promotion (day shift position) in July because they told him he is doing too great of a job in his current position. Whatever!!! He is looking for a day shift position because we are so over being on different shifts. We figured it up and we have worked different shifts for 1/3 of our 38 years of marriage. Time for a change!

So many other things have transpired throughout the year but no time to go into. Just glad for a new year and new opportunities!

Brenda, I am sorry I did not know about Jims job loss. When I saw on Facebook that he was self-employed I had assumed it was his choice to start his own consulting company. It sounds like he got screwed over just as Mike did back in 2009 when he lost his job. Very scary I know. I pray he gets a great offer soon that he can feel great about accepting. You guys are always welcome to come here if you need a stress-free getaway!

Jeanette, Kare, and Dianne so glad to see you are all still here! I have missed you all!

With the stressful past year, and the desk jobs, sitting all day and no exercise, I am sad to say I have gained all my weight back, plus an additional 20lbs. emoticon emoticon
My new job offers a lot of health-centered benefits and I have discussed a plan with the dietician to get back in shape, get the weight off and live healthier again. One of my goals is to be more active here and be accountable to you girls.

Sorry for the long post, just trying to explain things. Love to you all! Youll hear from me again soon. emoticon


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That would be so nice for you guys to have Jim closer to home. I hope the interview goes well.

I hear you on losing some weight. I have had some regain and lost 20 lbs before Christmas but right now I am stuck. Haven't been going to the gym regularly which isn't helping. Battling a sinus infection right now but once I'm feeling better I'm going back. I feel so much better when I go to the gym - so no excuses!

Under blowing snow adivsories today but nothing started yet but they are saying anytime. I stayed home today as I am so tired physically and emotionally. Dwayne is very agitated over something and he worries about it non stop. He tired himself out last night and slept 13 hours! My dad is in and out of the hospital right now and it's been too cold to drive to see him as he would worry about me being on the highway.

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Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all !!

Hope everyone is doing well ... we’re doing good ..Jim is coming home tomorrow until Sun...he has a job interview for Friday so fingers crossed he gets the job down here so he can be done in Ohio soon !!!!

Kids are all doing great ...growing like weeds !!!

Working on dropping some weight !! Adam graduates college in May so shooting for that as a goal :)

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🎉🎉🍾🍾Happy 2019🎉🎉🍾🍾

Hope you all have a fabulous year ..full of love, laughter, happiness & blessings ...you’re all such a blessing in my life !!!

Kare ...oh my that’s cold !!!! Stay warm !!!!

We’re in Myrtle for New Years ..it was 76 yesterday ..only 62 today but it’s still very nice !!!

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Just wanted to take a minute this New Years Eve to wish you all the best in 2019. I hope it brings everything you want!

Frigid cold here -40C here all day and through tonight so basically staying indoors and keeping warm. Hoping to go see my parents on Wednesday as I am still off this week.

Take care everyone!

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Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas 🎄 ...hard to believe we’re heading into 2019🍾🎉

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Hello & Happy Thursday ...

Can’t believe we’re 5 days from Christmas!!! Are you all ready ??? I’m going to wrap stuff today hopefully have it all done :)

Make it a great day !!!

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Hello & Happy Wednesday to you all..

It’s was a chilly 26 here this morning but will hit the mid 50’s here later so that’s better!!!

Jim was home for the weekend ..it was a wonderful visit !! He’s back in Ohio until the 21st ..he was contacted by a headhunter for a safety job here in Charlotte area so fingers crossed !!!

We’ve all been fighting a cold/virus of some sort ...I’ll be glad when it’s gone !!!

Kare... Glad to hear Dwayne is doing well and enjoyed his party !! Sounds like you’ve got Christmas prep well under way ..I still have a little shopping to do and wrapping ..them I’m done :)

I’m working I’m the office today and our computer is giving me fits !! We ordered a new one and it’s here but not set up :/

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We've had a cold snap here with daytime temps around -24C and about -35 at night. Thankfully it was warmer today but it is winter so no use complaining.

Got a new tree today so it's set up but not decorated today. That's tomorrow's job. Have most of my gifts bought but not wrapped.

Meaghan won't be home this year so we had a friend drop them off to her when they drove through Calgary. Guess it will be just the 3 of us this year. My parents may come but they don't commit until the day of because Dad may not be well.

Dwayne had his Christmas party at day program yesterday and had a blast but he is exhausted today. It's not even 8pm and he is fast asleep.

I have a viral infection, headache, sore throat, fever and tired but feeling better today than yesterday.. Got checked for strep and it was negative so that's a blessing.

I hope you are all doing well. Watching Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby and then heading to bed.
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Hello and Happy Friday to you all ...

Again where did the time go ????? Between watching grandbabies & working in the office my days just slip on by!!

Jim still hasn’t found a job here so he’s still spending 2 weeks at a time in Ohio and comes home for long weekends...he’ll be home longer around Christmas & New Years !!

I’m just about done Christmas shopping ..need to get it organized and wrapped :)

Ready to get back to healthy eating after the first of the year !! If Jim is still working in Ohio around his Birthday 1/13 I’ll probably go up for a long weekend & start my weight drop when I come back home :)

Kare....we’re in for a little snow this weekend into Monday...how’s your weather been? What’s Dwayne excited about for Christmas? How’s Meghann?

Cori...we miss you checking in🤗

Dianne....are you ready for Christmas??

Jeanette...glad your cruise was amazing ...might have to do one of those some day :)

Hello to anyone else who might pop in ...miss our daily check ins .

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Brenda, the pics of your house look beautiful. I never seem to be able to pull the decorations together for Christmas.

Snowy here, ground is totally white but if you drive less than 10 minutes east, not a trace of snow. Getting lots of flurries off the lake, which adds up the snow. Supposed to be a little warmer the next couple of days.

Not much else going on here, Dwayne is doing much better with the med increase. It's busy at work and I've been trying to get to the gym more often.

Hope you are all doing well.

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Hello & Happy Tuesday to you all ..

Hope you’re all doing well ... we’re doing good .. Jim is doing some consulting in Ohio until next Tues and then again most of Dec .. not loving being apart but it’s work for now :)

Got all decorated for Christmas.. can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week already !!

Time to watch the babies ..have a great day !!

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Hello and Happy Thursday to you all ...

It’s been a good week ..Aiyden got his cast off Tues ...he was SO excited !!

Jim & I are heading to Ohio Saturday.. Dan one of my best friends from high school’s father died unexpectedly yesterday so I’m heading up for the funeral but not letting him know want to just show up :) Jim’s old job has asked him to do some consulting so we might stay a few days to get that figured out ..it’s just until they get back on track but will help financially until a better job comes along !

Kare ..so sorry you’ve had so much stress with Dwayne ..has to be frustrating for all of you ..wanting to help and not knowing for sure what needs done :( I pray you find a good groove again soon :)

Dianne ....crops finished ??

Jeanette...are you back from Texas ??

Hope everyone else checking in is doing great!!

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Hi Brenda, sorry I haven't been on in a while, life has just been crazy busy.

Still dealing with the aftermath of Dwayne's meltdown at the end of September. Been to the psychiatrist for a new prescription and next week we have a meeting with the behavior pyschologist to set up a behavior plan. Still trying to file a complaint over the behavior of the director of the respite house. It's a huge can of worms as the home and the director are being investigated for abuse, fraud etc. It''s terrifying to think of what Dwayne's 2 friends were going through in that house and the worry if something happened when Dwayne was there. Hoping things will settle down soon.
I hope Jim finds a job soon - it is worrisome . I'm glad you have your family around to support you.
Just having a quiet evening after doing a couple of loads of laundry, supper, meals etc.

Have a nice evening

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Hello and Happy Thursday...

Just popping in to see who might have stopped by to say hi ...sure miss our busy, chatty group but I know life just gets crazy !!

Jim is still on the job search ..couple of leads but one is 2 months out so little scary with the holidays coming :/

The kids are all good ...Aiyden hopefully gets his cast off Tues ..he’s beyond ready !!

We have our fall festival here on Saturday ...hoping the weather cooperates!

I hope you’re all doing great !!! I’ve started another dropping round and am down 11 lbs ..more to go but making progress!!

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Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all ..
Gosh where does the time go???? I’m SO sorry to have been MIA ..

We had a great time in Ohio ..got to see lots of friends & family 😊 I had a nice birthday the big 50 ...I think all
of our group is now officially out of their 40’s lol

We are waiting for tropical storm Michael to get here in the morning ...supposed to get pretty windy & lots of rain 🌧 but then beautiful this weekend.

Jim still hasn’t found a job ..he did get a call today that he’ll call back tomorrow..he’s been making decent
money ubering ..but it’s not quite enough ..he’s been pretty stressed.

Kare ....Ohhhh my that whole situation sounds awful ...I’m so sorry for Dwayne & you ..so glad you were able to get the picture removed online ..people are so rude :( It’s been a while since you posted that .. how’s he doing now ? How are you ? Is it still snowing ?

Jeanette ...how’s the puppy? What did you name it ?

Dianne ...ughhh the snow you’re getting ...I’m thankful we only get a couple inches here all year.

Cori ...did you get much rain from the hurricane ?

Hello to anyone else that might check in ..miss our gang :)

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Brenda, I hope the interviews being Jim a job. Goodluck! Have fun in Ohio.

It's been raining and snowing here for the last 10 days. Today the sun is shining and it is so cold. They are forecasting warmer temperatures after the weekend.

Had a rough day yesterday. Dwayne had a huge meltdown yesterday at his day program and we had to call the police to assist with getting him to the hospital. Some idiot standing across the street decided to take pictures and send them to a local online newssite. So while I'm dealing with all the stress of watching Dwayne being handcuffed and put in a police care while he is crying for me, I'm having to try and get this post off the website. The people were very rude and showed no compassion - quite simply it was news. The picture showed me surrounded by 3 officers so I had to explain the whole situation to my employer. After 2 hours and several phone calls, they finally removed the post but I have now sent letters of complaint.

Dwayne had a fair bit of sedation yesterday and was still off today, so we kept him home. He seems better this afternoon and will go back to day program tomorrow. We have a meeting next week with the mental health nurse next week to review his medications.

I;m an emotional wreck today but I think writing the letter helped me to put things into perspective. Thanks for listening...


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Hello & Happy Tuesday to you all ...

We made it the hurricane weather with no issues ...other areas were not so lucky and are still in the flood threat zone with rivers rising and rain coming this weekend.

Jim & I are going to Ohio Thursday night until Monday ...one of my dear friends will be 90 tomorrow and they’re having his party Saturday so we’re going up to surprise him !!

Jim has a lead on 2 jobs ..one wants a phone interview this week and the other he has an interview next Tues ..so fingers crossed 🤞

Kare ..sorry about your cousin..how sad :( How did Dwayne do for you ? Did his infection get all cleared up from his teeth removal?

Jeanette ...how’s the puppy ??

Dianne ....the wedding looked nice ..looking forward to more pics :)

I hope everyone is doing well ...my weight too has gone up with the job stress but I’m going to do another Omni round in October to get it back in control & can start walking soon too :)

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Brenda, I hope the weather doesn't get too severe. Stay safe. We had some wicked thunderstorms the other night and lost of tired kids and staff the next day.

Went to the gym this morning had lunch out with Brian and have spent the rest of the day trying to keep Dwayne from having a meltdown. He has a infection from the tooth extraction and has been feeling pretty bad all week. I know the antibiotics are working because the swelling has come down but I guess he still isn't feeling great.

Hopefully Dwayne will behave tomorrow for Brian as I am taking my parents to my cousin's Celebration of Life. My cousin Tanis overdosed on drugs laced with Fentanyl a couple of weeks ago. My cousin Nicole had to drive to Vancouver to claim her body, get the toxicology results and have her cremated before returning home. She has custody of Tanis' daughter as well. I feel so bad for my aunt as this is her second of 4 children who have died. I am just thankful that they found Tanis and the family has her and she wasn't a Jane Doe..

I really need to clean up my garden but we have had so much rain this past week that everything is mud. Perhaps after tomorrow, it will stop raining so I can get that job done.

I hope you are all doing well. Going to to remake my bed and put laundry away.

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Hello & Happy Saturday to you all

We’re all hunkered down ..prepared and waiting for the heavy rain to move in ..the next 24-36 hours are supposed to be the worst for us.

Jim had a few job leads yesterday so hoping one of those pans out !!

Kare ..glad Dwayne is doing well. Hope this is a great school year for you !! How’s Meghann doing ??

Jeanette ...Hope Texas is treating you well ...when do you head home ?

Dianne ...how was the wedding ???

Cori,Lisa,Denise, Tina, Nettie ..we miss you

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Happy Sunday everyone! Been a cloudy humid day here but I won't complain as another few weeks and I'll be whining about the cold. Already had a couple of nights with frost warnings.

Brenda, that sucks that Jim hasn't found a job yet. We don't have Uber here, it's just starting up in Winnipeg. We used Lyfft drivers when we were in Vegas and they were great, even helped load Dwayne's wheelchair for us.
I hope you are safe from the hurricane...

I survived my first week of school. I'm still doing speech and the breakfast program and any time left will be in the grade 6 room I was in last year. I quite enjoy working with this teacher and he and I have similar expectations for the students.

Dwayne has recovered nicely from his dental surgery, although he was pretty miserable for about a week. He lost weight and we have figured out he has a gluten intolerance. Since cutting back on his gluten intake, the rash hasn't developed again, his tummy isn't bloated and he isn't so gassy.

I hope everything is going well for the rest of you ladies. Take care and have a good week.

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Hello and Happy Thursday to you all...
We had a good time in Ohio for the fair ..it’s a lot of work getting camp all set up but it’s worth it :)

Jim hasn’t had any luck finding a job :( he’s driving for Uber to help make ends meet but praying something opens up soon!!!

Kare ...did Dwayne have a nice birthday ? Is he back to himself from surgery ?

Dianne ...when is the next wedding ??? I know you told us but I can’t remember :)

Jeanette ...how’s your trip going ?? Seeing any sites ?

Hope you’re all doing great !!! Hugs to all

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Happy Birthday Dianne emoticon

Happy early anniversary Jeanette emoticon

Super hot today but at least no smoke which is nice. I wwas out painting fence boards a while ago and the flies are so bad and now the wasps are out too..

Jeanette, I too have gained some weight and am struggling to find motivation to do anything. I've had a few days of just sitting and crying and not sure why. I think the stresses of caring for 2 people who have so many health problems just gets to me. When I had the weight loss surgery I made time for me and gradually I have slipped back to not taking time for me. I joined the gym at the end of July and except for the last week when Dwayne hasn't been well. I find that this helps my mental well being as well as physical health. Enjoy your trip and find some happiness time for you...


Dwayne has really struggled on getting back on his feet after his surgery last week. He went to day program Monday and Tuesday for a couple of hours each day and I kept him home today as they were going on a day trip to the beach and I didn't feel he was up to that. He woke up after a 13 hour sleep and looks so much better! Swelling has gone done and he seems happier. Going to try a full day tomorrow as it is a light day.


Brenda, looked like everyone had a good first day at school - time sure flies.


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Kare....Happy belated anniversary!! Sounds like you had a nice peaceful evening!
How is Dwayne recovering from his wisdom teeth extraction? Hope he is doing better every day. Can you believe summer is nearing an end? went way faster than I was prepared for.
Al and I will celebrate 38 years in a couple weeks. he will be here and I will be elsewhere, wasn't what we planned but its what works this year. We don't do gifts either, never have.


Dianne,,how are you doing? Know it has been a tough month for you guys! Has Dona Jean started a treatment plan , praying that goes well for her. that field you sent me a pic of is unbelievable, we work so hard to get our fields clean, that would drive Al and I bonkers

Brenda....Hope Aiyden had a great first day of kindergarten! Luke starts Thursday, wish I could be a mouse in the corner! Saying an extra prayer for you guys that all works out and Jim finds a great job he loves. I hate bad things happening to good people, and you guys are the best.

Nothing too exciting here, had Luke a few days last week, went to state fair.
We are struggling a bit this summer with our place in life. Al's dad is not doing well and that is putting an extra strain on us, he refuses to take care of himself or do anything in the way to get better. Refuses to go to a care center. If we try to get away for a day, his mom calls complaining of this and that so throws us right back in it. Just can't get away from it.

I have gained 20 pounds since last July, so that ticks me off, just can't find the motivation to jump back in. Blood pressure is crazy high, that scares me but I just can't seem to put a string of good days together. Al is driving me to Texas and I will probably stay 3-4 weeks, he will fly back and I will keep car there. He thinks that will help my stress and get my health back on track. I don't know anymore, just can't find my "happy" spot. It has been a really long year for our family. Not complaining cause know you guys are all dealing with stuff too.

Love you girls and hope September is a great month for all of us!
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Been a pretty busy week here. Dwayne had his wisdom teeth out on WEdnesday and is still recovering. They had a problem on the left side and he is all swollen and bruised. Still not eating anything but soft foods. Seems to be doing a bit better today although his mood are all over the place. Going to send him to work for the morning tomorrow and see how tired he is.
It was our 31st anniversary on Wednesday too but other than exchanging cards we didn't do anything. We shared a sub at 9pm after getting Dwayne home and settled. Brian's birthday was the next day but we are waiting to go out and celebrate until Dwayne is eating better.
Been super hot here and lots of smoke from the forest fires in BC. We've been working on our fence and hoping to finish the third section tonight. Caught my thumb between the rail and post the other night and it's pretty bruised and numb still.
Brenda, I bet Aiyden is very excited. I go back to work on September 4th and the kids come on the 5th. Looking forward to having a paycheck again.
I hope you all have a nice Sunday. I'm enjoying a cup of coffee and then going to put laundry away

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Hello and Happy Saturday to you all ...

We have been just kind of laying low and saving our pennies ...Jim has applied for a couple of jobs so fingers crossed that something comes along !!

Getting ready for Aiyden to start kindergarten on Monday ..his Dad came down for the weekend and to be here for his first day :)

Savannah is excited to start school & make some friends!

I’ve been busy with office stuff at work ...have had several evictions ..one last and her Mom are CRAZY!! The law will be here Monday at 9:30 to set there stuff out ...they haven’t paid rent since March and can’t believe we’re evicting them ...lol !!! She claiming racism and ridiculous stuff !!!

Kare ...how was Brian’s Birthday?? When do you start back to work ?

Jeanette ....when does Luke start kindergarten? Can’t even believe our boys are that old !!!

Dianne ...did you find another truck ??
How’s the harvest going ?

Cori ...hope you’re doing well ...can’t wait to be able to come visit :)

Hope everyone is doing fabulous...

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Brenda, I am so sorry to hear about Jim's job - seems to be the way things go in today's work world. I hope he is able to find something else.

Been very hot here, in fact it's supposed to be in the high 30C before the humidity all week. Means being inside most of the afternoon until it starts to cool down in the evening. Lots o storms the other night including a huge tornado that touched down north of here. 1 man lost his life and his brother and sister in law were injured. Luckily it hit in a rural area but it caused a lot of damage. Brian's new employee is the grand daughter of the man who died so he is short staffed this week.

I went back to the gym last week, as I've been feeling really down and I know that exercise helps me. Feeling kind of stiff in the legs tonight but it's a good feeling.I always find the summer hard as I am pretty much alone, I don't have any friends here and I don't see any co workers or the kids while we re off.

Been eating beans and peppers from our garden and I brought home huge zucchini to do something with as well. My apples are almost ready too.

I hope you are all doing well - take care of yourselves

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Hello & Happy Tuesday to you all ...

Been in a tropical rain pattern ...nice most of the day and then a storm pops up. We really needed the rain though !!

We hit a little bump in the road ...Jim got let go from his job Thursday ..the guy they brought in after Jim was hired is an egotistical ass and steps on whoever necessary to make himself look better ...sad thing is that guy only plans on staying 4 years and Jim planned on retiring from this company :( Ed the guy who hired Jim LOVED him but now the new hired guy is his boss too so I worry that Ed will be next to go! He’s handling it ok so far ..he knows it’s the bosses issue not his bit still a tough pill to swallow!!

Just wanted to touch base ...miss everyone checking in more often:(

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Hello & Happy Thursday to you all ...

What a crazy couple of weeks ...we had friends from Ohio stop on their way to and from Ohio to Florida and then 2 more friends were here camping near by from Wed-Mon ...then Andrea’s friend came Sunday and left today ...whew ...ready for some down time !!!! The friends that were camping I graduated with Dan
he moved to AZ 6 years ago and then decided to move so they were in Ohio for 3 months then TN for a week ..then FL ...they’ve decided to settle here in Rock Hill for now they’re renting an apartment by us for a year and then might buy a house if they still love the area :) he was one of my best friends in school helped me a lot when my brother died ...our spouses get along great and blend right into our friendship!!

Kare ...happy Dwayne is having a great summer !!! How’s Meghann doing ??

Dianne ...everything good your way ??

Jeanette ...how are you doing ???

Cori ...is the dead fish area effecting your area ???

Hello to anyone else checking in ...hope you’re doing great !!!

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Hi everyone, sorry for being away for so long. I have read posts but just haven't felt like posting anything.

Brian is doing well. The angiogram showed that he had angina so that is better than a heart attack. I really feel that these episodes are anxiety driven and he needs to learn to control this. I found I was very stressed this time and ended up getting a little run down. Feeling better now..

Dwayne is having an excellent summer. He's been sailing, gone to a ball game and this week they are heading to the zoo. Another month and he is having surgery to remove his wisdom teeth.

Been busy working in the yard and veggie garden. Had a run in with a weed yesterday that has left me with a rash on my wrists and ankles, so just got home from grabbing some ointment at the drugstore.

Hoping you are all doing well...

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Hello & Happy Sunday to you all ...

The trip to Ohio went well ..kind of felt
Like a waste of time they only spent 6 mins in the courtroom ..she was given probation & community service suspended because she lives here .

We had friends from Ohio here Fri & Sat night we had a great time ..they’re headed to Fl so they’ll stop on their way back next weekend. One of my best friends from high school & his wife are coming Wednesday to Saturday they are traveling campers so they’ll be at a campground 15 mins from us ..can’t wait !!!!

We took a great motorcycle ride today ..one of my friends who grew up where I did but moved to SC 32 years ago recognized Jim from our Facebook pics and followed him outside to find me to say hello ..it was awesome !! They ride too so we’ll be getting together soon !!

I hope you’re all doing well...check in soon 🤗😘

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Hello & Happy Friiiiiday to you all :)

We had a great time in Myrtle Beach Sat-Tues ... saw some friends from Ohio :) I worked Wed & Today ...tomorrow we don’t have anything planned and then Sunday I have to go to Ohio until Tuesday morning ... keeping it on the down low just a few friends know I’m coming ... Savannah has a court hearing on Monday at 10AM so I’ll leave Sunday morning ..spend just 2 nights and head back Tuesday morning ... I’ll take Aiyden up to his Dad and Andrea will get him the following weekend when she goes up for a wedding :) I’ll get my nails done since I’ll be up there :)

Kare... how is Brian doing ? Are you hanging in there ?

Dianne ..looks like a fun trip ..where all have you been?

Jeanette ..how was Texas?

Cori .. we miss you 😘

Hello to anyone else checking in ..

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Brenda, hope the colonoscopy goes well. Never pleasant but better to be safe then sorry. My mom goes every year as my grandma had colon cancer. Didn't stop her though. I think she was in her 60's when diagnosed and died at 98!

Jeanette, thank you for your message. We had a lot of storms yesterday and still hot and humid. I'm hoping to get out to my garden tomorrow while Dwayne goes to his day program.

Brian is doing well. Still in the hospital but really just because he will get for an angiogram quicker than if he goes home. Hopefully he will hear something tomorrow.. DWayne is doing the best he can which means he is very rigid in changing his routine and doesn't want me out of his sight. I went to take the garbage out last evening and was talking to a neighbour and came inside and he was in tears because he thought I'd left. So I guess we are attached until Dad comes home. He will go to day program tomorrow and hopefully stay for a few hours so I can get a break.

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Hello & Happy Monday to you all ....GOSH did time get away from me ...June was crazy busy !!!

We had a great trip to Ohio for Summerfest ..my oldest granddaughter came back to SC to live with us ...she has a court date we didn’t know about so I have to go back to Ohio 7/15 just for 2 days!
We are going to Myrtle Saturday until Tues ...will be nice to have a few days to enjoy !
I’m sitting in the waiting room checking in ...Jim has his colonoscopy this morning ...the joys of getting older ..I’ll get mine in October!

Kare ...OMG..how scary ..how’s Brian doing ?? How’s Dwayne handling
the change of Dad not being home ? (((HUGS))) to you my friend !!

Jeanette...are you surviving the heat ? What are you doing for the 4th?

Dianne ... getting any riding in ? What are you doing for the holiday ?

Cori ...hope you’re doing well

Hello to anyone else checking in ...
Have a safe & happy 4th of July !!

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Officially the last day of work until September! Didn't turn out how I had planned, Brian had a small heart attack this morning and is in the hospital until he can go to the city for an angiogram .He's doing ok but it's always hard with DWayne as he doesn't understand and then I have to deal with behavior. Doesn't help that I have no respite this weekend so I'm totally on my own.

Jeanette, super hot and humid here too for the last couple of weeks. I'm sure glad we got out AC fixed because we were dying. Lots of storms and rain last night ad calling for them again tonight.I was hoping to get out to weed my garden but I might have to wait until Dwayne goes back to work on Tuesday.


We were going to go to an early Canada Day celebration tomorrow but I won't be able to manage it without Brian so I might see if Dwayne wants to go swimming for a treat.


I hope you are all doing well. Off to do laundry


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Hey girls!
Unwinding a bit before bed, been a busy week! We finished spraying our crops today, got more rain and had a water pump go out this week so made for a few daylight to dawn days to get done but we got there! Beans are getting tall and blooming so we needed to finish before Sunday
Tomorrow is predicted to be 100 degrees so would of had to shut down because of heat!
Hope everyone is doing great
Any mini goals for July?
Anything fun planned?
Have a great Friday..enjoy last couple days of June

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Hello and happy Monday to you all ...

We had a nice time in Myrtle Beach on Saturday..Adam flew in so it was nice for Jim & him to catch up ...we took Aiyden for some fun before I had to take him to meet his Dad yesterday morning :) we had a nice steak dinner with everyone here yesterday for Father’s Day :) We are heading to Ohio late Wednesday night ..driving over night and meeting Jim’s Dad for breakfast Thursday morning..then heading to the house we sold to be sure we have everything out of it ..we’ll be in Garrettsville all weekend for Summerfest to catch up with friends & family and head back Monday morning :)

Jeanette...SO good seeing you here ..we sure miss you when you’re away ..hope you’ll pop back in soon !! Hope you’ll do something fun the 4th:)

Dianne ...how’s planting going ? What are your plans for the 4th?

Kare ...how’s your summer going ..what’s Dwayne up to these days ?

Cori ...we miss you 😘

Nettie ...pop back in ..we miss you too

Hello to anyone else checking in ...Lisa ...Denise ...Tina ...

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Hi girls!
taking a break from yardwork, so just sitting for 10. Have been cutting trees/branches mowing and spraying at other properties and here... Got a little warmer than predicted and I am overheated
Can't believe how long since I have checked in, honestly just do not know where the days are going.

Kare,,,hope you had an awesome birthday! Did you enjoy your evening out with Brian and Dwayne? Know you are looking forward to school being out for summer. Do you have something fun planned? Gardening? I planted a few pumpkins, tomatoes, peppers, arugula and sunflowers. That is it this year. Pumpkins and sunflowers mostly for grandkids although I love them as well. Need to do some canning this fall, so will probably buy tomatoes at market. Want to make more kraut this fall too.

Brenda... Have a great weekend away! sounds like you have been busy busy with grandbabies and apartments office. that's a great deal they gave Jim. good for you guys!Hope the sale of house in Ohio goes quickly, and all goes smoothly with grand daughter coming to stay with you. Is Aiyden ready for kindergarten? Luke is ready to go, he "can't believe he gets playtime at recess, thought he was just going to have to work all the time"
he is such a little sh** !!

Dianne.....colors for the wedding sound very cool! Hopefully life will settle a bit for you guys by then. enjoy Deadwood!! I love that area!! Was thinking of you when I was at Bryce Canyon and Zion.....you would love it there, so beautiful.....
We were supposed to do family vacation over the 4th, but that is not gonna happen. Have some work schedules that the kids can't wiggle, and then a son who just does not like to travel, 2 hours is far enough for him. agggghhhhh. Think some of us will still go somewhere, just not sure where. Maybe Breckenridge and white water raft! or maybe Texas and build a deck!

Nettie....Oh my goodness...my heart jumped when I saw your post! How are you???
pop back here and catch us up! How is that beautiful family of yours doing? and you??
I miss you so much and think of you soooo often!

Cori....hope things are well in Florida! have a great summer, hope you and Mike are getting in some premium beach time! pop in and let us know how you are doing!!

better run, have to take the trailer and 4 wheeler to DS. 2 more yards to mow and edge and hopefully done for day. Wanted to get flowers to cemetery today but not sure I have the mental energy left.

Have an awesome evening!
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Brenda, have a great getaway this weekend. I'm hoping to get some yard work done and getting my hair cut in the afternoon.

Drama was a big job this year but I think the production will be smaller next year. 3 weeks and school will be done until September! Looking forward to having some time to rest and take care of myself.

Jeanette, thank you for the birthday wishes! The boys gave me some gift cards to buy some clothes and took me out for supper.

Guess I should go put my laundry in the dryer and get Dwayne to bed. Have a good weekend!
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Hello and Happy Friiiiiiday to you all....

It’s been a good week ...worked in the office all day yesterday & today...it’s nice being able to get out and interact with our residents:)

We are going to TN for the weekend for a family reunion ..taking Aiyden & Adalyn with us we got a hotel for tomorrow night so they can swim and have some fun :)

I’ve been doing great losing some weight that I had put back on ..love knowing just what to do to rope myself in to better habits !!

Kare ...sounds like you were definitely busy at the school will you take that project on again next year ?

Dianne ...hope you get some riding in this weekend !!

Jeanette ...hope your birthday in Vegas has been wonderful!!!

Cori ...we miss you

Hello to anyone else who might pop in !!

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Hi all! Brian and I were out tonight planting our vegetable garden and now I'm relaxing. I wanted to get everything in tonight as it's supposed to rain tonight and into tomorrow. I still have room for a pumpkin plant and some more carrots so I will do that later t his week.

Finally done drama for the year and I'm glad. It was fun and so worth it to see the kids perform but it was a lot of time to make the costumes this year.We took Dwayne yesterday and he loved it!

Brenda, that is good that you are able to give your grand daughter a home when she needs it. You are a wonderful lady!

One more load of laundry to go and it's bed time for me~ Have a good night

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Hello ...helllo.....anyone here ???

We FINALLY are out of the rainy pattern we’ve been stuck in !!! SO ready for sunshine ☀️

We went for a bike ride Saturday near the rain home !! Sunday Mom & I went to a baby shower for my friends daughter ..it was nice :)

This weekend we’re going over to TN for a family reunion on Andy’s side of the family ..always nice seeing everyone!!

I think our oldest granddaughter is coming to live with us when we go to Ohio the end of the month ..she’s had such a rough year I think this will be great for her so hopefully her Dad doesn’t change his mind!!!!

I hope you’re all doing great ...have a fabulous day!!

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Hello & Happy Friiiiday to you all ...

Been busy watching all the grandbabies all week ...Andrea had extra clas this week for work & Sam has been busy painting & cleaning apartments..makes for a tired Mom Mom ..but I love having them here ..but some days I’m BEAT when they all go home !

Kare ...how scary all the drug activity everywhere :( That fire sounds horrible like the one we had back in Ohio that burned down a whole block of historic buildings & family businesses ...so tragic !!!

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend ..

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Brenda, that is so scary! We've had some huge drug related shootings, machete attacks etc here and it seems to be related to Meth. One reserve here has declared a state of emergency as so many of the tribal members are dealing with Meth addiction.

There was a huge fire in my hometown that took out several old buildings. In total I believe 4 historic buildings are gone. Sadly one f those buildings had been made into apartments for low income/disadvantaged people and now almost 100 people are without homes. Not sure at this time if the building can be repaired. Thankfully there was not one imjury or death with all that devastation.

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Hello & Happy Monday to you all ....

We had a scary situation here last Thursday night ... we had just gone to bed ..Jim & Aiyden were asleep I hadn’t dozed off yet when I heard 5 or 6 loud pops in the parking lot .. it woke Jim up .. one of our tenants got shot his 2 roommates fled the scene temporarily.. they claim a break in but we KNOW it was drug related the kid survived the shooting but is still in the hospital... of course the residents were all in panic mode .. we got everyone settled but the next day we had several phone calls & concerns ..I went into the apartment the next morning with our maintenance man ..there were 3 or 4 shots fired in the apartment & then the 5 we heard out front ... the bullet inside went through the wall thru the back of the dishwasher out the front of the dishwasher & hit the fridge ...unbelievable!!! There were over 40 police cars .. marked & unmarked .. csi vehicles ..looked like a war zone !!! We were told the shooter was identified but then today told they didn’t know ...scary !!!!! So we’ve been a little guarded but not letting it mess with us too much .. I know it was targeted at that tenant!!

Kare ...great seeing you here ...missed you :) the race was great !! Sounds like you’re ready for summer break !!

Jeanette..hope you’re doing great !!

Dianne ...are you dress shopping yet ??

Hello to anyone else checking in

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So sorry to be gone for so long - life has been crazy busy.

I've been working night and day on costumes for the school play and I still have a couple to go. It should have been a job for 2 people but my partner has done nothing but give advice and that doesn't really get the job done.

Been working on my flowers as well this weekend. got some planters done.The city is opening a community garden so I will find out on Thursday if I get a plot. I want to plant some bigger veggies there and keep my boxes at home for salad stuff.

Brenda, looked like a nice day at the races!

Just having a small glass of wine and heading to bed. I promise to check in more often

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Hello & Happy Wednesday to you all ...

We had a FABULOUS time In Myrtle Beach last weekend ..much needed R & R !!! This weekend we’re going to the NASCAR all star race ..that’s always a great time ..they’re call for some rain but not a wash out so fingers crossed we get to see the race !!

Kare ...how’s your school year going ? How much longer ? How’s Dwayne doing at the library?

Jeanette ...how are you doing ..busy in the fields?

Dianne ...nice new bike !!!! Time to plan a bike trip to SC 😉

Cori ...we miss you 😘

Denise, Tina, Nettie & Lisa ..wish you’d pop in to say hi

Hope everyone has a fabulous day.

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💐🌸Happy Mother’s Day....💐🌸 Love you all ....enjoy your day !!!!

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Brenda - mixture of tulips, can't wait until they bloom! Sounds like you have a good weekend planned. We are getting rain today so if it dries up I'm pretty sure we'll be back in the field this weekend...but things are going good there. Our 2 new guys are working out great....we say we have 2 1/2 men because Mike is only here half the time!

Enjoy the week girls!

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Kare - sounds like a good place for you parents and good that your dad can still go for coffee! .hiring movers is a good idea! I always said if I moved again I'd sell everything instead of moving it! Twitching eyes can be caused by stress also - mine do that occasionally also..usually when i have too much going on!

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