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I don't have Grand children and, my Son likes to stay on computer all the time.. emoticon

glad your slept good...I did too... emoticon emoticon
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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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My body has told me that the holidays have to be over. I haven't done very well since Christmas and dread the scale. I may skip it this week.
The dog is sad the kids are gone but boy did he sleep well. He stayed in his bed and didn't try to sneak in bed with me.
I slept great too and am still a little worn out. It's time to get back to the normal routine if there is such a thing.
Off to clean the house and then hopefully treadmill. My alma mater is playing in a bowl game against Arkansas. I'm not too optimistic. They are not the most talented team but try hard.
Glad everyone is ok and made it through the holidays.
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emoticon back to you Eliza. No plans for me today other than to enjoy the day.

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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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Bonnie, I keep thinking today is Sunday and trying to get my mind to remember I am going to the dentist Monday morning at 11 for a deep cleaning. Holiday's really get me all screwed up and glad they are over.

Someday I will buy myself a new coat.

Janie made lunch for us again today. Beef stew, cornbread and brownies. She worries about the elders getting a hot meal and is always cooking something. I still have two servings of her soup from the last two lunches. There will be another soup lunch (ham and bean) on Tuesday by Faith from the Christmas ham. There is no one starving around here for sure.

I'm glad you are a responsible drinker and waited until later to drive home.

My oldest son has called me twice this evening, drunk. He had forgotten he called me earlier. He said he is moving to a new place tomorrow, a house with a huge apartment. His drunk friends will be driving the Uhaul truck and his van. He has no license or insurance for the last several years.

He didn't have my new phone number since I changed it and I didn't have his so I sent him a Christmas card with my number. Now I think I am sorry I did. He is 54 (55 in April) and has been drunk most of his life. In and out of many treatment places and jail for driving. I don't know why he still has a liver.

I told him not to call me in the middle of the night because I won't answer the phone. I know many of you have heard this story before.

Have a good rest when you figure out when.

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BRENDA

It is cold here too.

I finally pulled out the new coat that I bought to wear last night to the party.

ELAINE

Enjoy your well deserved time to yourself.

ELIZA

Enjoy your massage

MICHELE

Glad you have a day to take it easy.

I had a very nice time at the party last night. Did a bit of drinking early in the evening, so I was sober by the time I went home,. The party began at 7:00pm, and I finally left about 2:30am

Good visits with all.

Today, I think that my mind and my body said, "You are done". LOL

I went to sleep about 6:30am, and awoke at 2:40pm. I am well rested.

I enjoyed the holidays, and all of the hustle and bustle, but I am ready to have things a bit back to normal.

I have to go to the store in the morning, but not much else planned for the day.

I was talking to my mom today, and I thought it was Monday. Well, it was nice to get those 2 days back. LOL

Enjoy your weekend.

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I have no plans for today other than staying inside and keeping warm. The sun is out but it is still very cold.

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Howdy from Texas... emoticon

Michele I am in Texas and glad your enjoying your new year..

sooo...Happy New Year everyone!! emoticon

I am scheduled for a massage soon.. emoticon

I took a bath and went to bed early... emoticon
looks cloudy and might rain today.. emoticon


Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
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Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
I live in El Paso, TX


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ELAINE I hope that you are having a good time! You sound very busy!

I have no plans this Saturday morning!

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Happy New Year!! emoticon
I'm sorry i haven't been on much. I've had both my mother and daughter's family here for Christmas and have been helping out with the grandchildren. 5 of them are here tonight and they are having a hard time settling down.
I've tried to read your posts and sounds like snow, cold and busy, busy.....
Tomorrow we will deliver the children home and watch football and nap.
Take care and I will try and get on more in the new year.
I envy that massage and wish I had scheduled one for Saturday!!
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DALE enjoy your massage.

BRENDA I neverr thought of it like that---a tip! now that is a good thought!

BONNIE enjoy your party!

I am going to eat my usual breakfast of natto ( fermented soy beans) & yogurt!

Happy New year, all!

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DALE

I hope that your 90 minute massage is helpful for your "almost a cold". That may just cure you.

Enjoy.


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Wishing you all wonderful end to 2015,and a great beginning to 2016.

God Bless and keep all of you dear people



Bonnie

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"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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Free money is always good. I would just consider the No Shows a tip.

The trees outside my window are very pretty with frost all over the bare branches. I think it is still in the 20's. I can feel the chill in here. It is 73F in my apartment and my arms are cold.

No big celebrations here for New Years. All people want to do here is eat anyway. I am going to be watching the world welcome in the New Year on TV. The fireworks are amazing.

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emoticon emoticon DECEMBER 31st, Thursday: emoticon 156.0

MICHELE,
When I had clients not show and be obligated to pay regardless it was sweet, I remember! Why I don't pick up clients again is revisited. I don't have to be fully retired. I think I will rethink my closed mind on this.

So! We say goodbye to 2015 tonight. A mere technicality to be sure. Time is relative, remember? As wise women crones, how do we not know?

I'm off for a second mammogram plus sonogram right now. Yeah, get their concern over with. I'm sure it's just a weak first mamo and no problem.

At 3pm I have scheduled a 90 minute MASSAGE for myself. Yes I did!

Meanwhile a cold keeps me on the verge of being sick. I have been warding it off for a full week so far, and still hope it will evaporate rather than decide to strengthen.

I will try to return today.

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I had another 17 year old high school student who also did not show up for her 5 pm lesson; at this rate, I am going to get rich doing nothing!

Happy New year All

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

Bonnie

Toledo, Ohio, USA TIMEZONE 0. we do go on daylight savings time in the summer.



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I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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Have a good new years! Are you going to go to a party or celebrate other ways?

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12/29/15 11:13 P

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MICHELE

GLad you are benefiting from all of the cancellations. Extra time, and extra cash.

Had Gracee for the day today. It was great day.

Tomorrow will have Ellee.

Have enjoyed so much having the time with each of the 4 of them individually.

Have a great day tomorrow.

Bonnie

Toledo, Ohio, USA TIMEZONE 0. we do go on daylight savings time in the summer.



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I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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I hope you had a good day at home! I love the look of your house! It looks so Amish to me---like the Amish houses I have visited in the past.

A lot of my students have been cancelling before the New Years holiday here ( the big holiday like Christmas in the U.S. ) so I have been making some free $! emoticon

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MICHELE

Hope your day was good. Enjoy your New Year's holiday. Hope the students do not wear you out before the holiday. Enjoy.

It is rainy and windy here today. I will be staying home today.



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BONNIE
That is a beautiful profile pic! It is warmer there than it is here in Yokohama----very UNUSUAL!
I am glad that you have had such a good time with your friends & family.

I have to teach English today (monday) nearly straight through, from 8 am. to 5 pm My weeks' worth of students all want their lessons today before the new year holiday (the big holiday over here like Christmaas in the U.S. ) so I will be quite busy. No time for exercise, unless I had gotten up very early ( 4 am) & walked in the dark, which I don't like to do anymore.

ELIZA where do you live? I thought it was Texas? Is there snow there?!

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BETTY

Sorry DH is still sick. He probably rallied for Christmas. Hope he is better by your New Year's party.

I am home from having brunch with Trish and her new boyfriend. He lives here, and she would really like to live here, but she has a very good well paying job in Florida. Our economy here is not very good, and getting a job is tough. We had a nice visit and she paid for my breakfast. Merry Christmas to me again. LOL

We went to a local restaurant where her son, Landon, works. I met both of them last January when we all did a show together at the theater, Village Players, where I work some.

We became very close. In fact, if she could have gotten a job here in January, she would not have gone back to Florida, but she would have come to live with me. That would have been good. Well, I think it would have. I do believe that things happen for a reason. So, I am waiting until God sends the person who is supposed to come and live with me. I always become a bit impatient before it happens. I have to work on my faith when money becomes tight. It will be as it is supposed to be.

ELIZA

Sorry you are having so much snow. I am suspecting that you are in one of the areas of the country where the snow is unusual. Is that accurate?

We have having rain. It is about in the 40's, I think, so I have taken to wearing shoes, giving up my sandals for now. Still just wearing a heavy sweater. I bought two new coats last summer, a short one and a longer one. Not very expensive. I don't think I will even care if I don't get to wear them. LOL I suppose we will have some colder weather.

I hate coats, scarves, boots and gloves. Bought a new pair of gloves too. That's ok, I can use them all next winter.

I hope you all have a nice New Year's Eve and day. I do have a party to go to. It is at my friend's Chris and Jake's house. They live maybe 2 miles from me, and it is all back roads. So, won't be on the roads much.

Usually Chris and Jake have a Christmas party, and Laura and Derek have the New Year's party. This year Laura has been working out of town so much, that they could not have the NY's party, so Chris and Jake switched and are having it.

This is my group of younger friends. They are mostly in their 30's and 40's. Laura is 10 years younger than I am, but her husband Derek is about 38. His birthday is the 30th of December, and Chris is getting him a birthday cake this year as a surprise. I will get him a card. That is a tough time for a birthday. Laura knew how to do it, she found a younger husband. They have a great relationship, so it was meant to be.

I love this crowd, I am treated like a queen. LOVE IT! Looking forward the the party.

Enjoy the rest of this year, it is very quickly leaving us. Hard to believe.

God Bless all of you and may the year ahead bring only joy and happiness.


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Eliza, you are right about people drinking and driving. Now we have to worry about drugs and cell phones as well. I have not driven the freeway since 2008. I can go anywhere I need to on the back roads.

New Years Eve is a good time to stay home and off the roads. I don't drive at night unless I absolutely have to.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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We had lots and lots of snow.. emoticon

cold out and I am staying inside today... emoticon
Michele hope you enjoy your day...

Betty so sorry about your DH.. emoticon

Brenda wish we lived closer too.. emoticon

almost end of another year... emoticon

my Dh has plans to go see his Mom in Juarez, MX.. I of course will be with Mom at her house.. or maybe not...she makes her plans and might go out to another friends house.. emoticon

To me it is a dangerous night...people drink and drive.. emoticon emoticon


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Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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BRENDA I too, wish that you lived closer! We would celebrate together!

BETTY I am so sorry to hear that your DH is sick again, but good that he was at least able to celebrate Christmas! It sounds so busy for you! How do you celebrate the new years?



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Betty, thanks for thinking of me. Actually I am invited to my friends house in the next town over for New Years but I don't drive at night. Here we will have a get together downstairs but it is over at 8 pm because everyone goes home and goes to bed.

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Just a note before I retire for bed. DH was feeling pretty good yesterday so he did go to our daughters for Christmas.All the family there so had to be a little over 20 people. Lots of fun. Took pictures,bur as usual I hate pictures of myself as not photogenic. But in next few days, I will post some of them anyhow. Daughter had fixed Lamb, which I love, ham and duck. Her girls fixed the vegetables and all of us took desert. Her girls planned this, and they had too much desert.Half of mine cam back home, not good as I am eating them!

Today DH sick again. He would be up an hour, then back to bed. I fixed him another pot of soup, this time chicken rice. It has lots of veggies in, so thought it would be good for him. Hope he is better tomorrow. We have a New Years party at our house coming up & he has to pick up his brother in King of Prussia on Wed.which is an hour away or better.

Brenda, wish you lived closer. I would invite you. So sorry your Christmas was spent alone.

ok, I need off here. Good Night everyone. God Bless.

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Had a very quiet day today I was very tired. Slept in and then have just rested all day long.

Will be seeing two friends from out of state tomorrow, one for brunch, and on for dinner.

Will be glad to see them, and to get out of the house.

God Bless you all my friends.

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Today, Sunday I have to teach English as I was in Sano yesterday, picking up the rest of FIL's things from the nsg home & brought them all to Tokyo.

Busy day!

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I read the posts and, you all are so amazing and, sounds like you all had a nice time.. emoticon

I went to church, wish Mom would go with me but, she won't..my Son did.. emoticon

I see the Nativity and realize it is all about the Baby Jesus...

Just happy to be healthy and, have spark friends, trying to be active and exercise and eat right..Michele your head is in the right place..school and helping educate people is what it is all about to me too..those veggies sound good.. have a nice weekend and, enjoy your last days of 2015.. emoticon emoticon


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Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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BONNIE it sounds like you had a very good time with your family & friends. That is good.

BRENDA how wonderful that you made it downstairs! Good foryou! CHristmas is not about presents anyhow. I received oatmeal, the big box kind that has 2 bags in it. There is an "international" grocery store here that sells it. All of the other stuff, my kids or DH received.

I have to take down the Christmas stuff b/c we have to get ready for new years here. I have students tomorrow ( Sunday ) to make up for today, Saturday not working. We had to drive up to Sano ( 2 hours north of Tokyo where FIL was in the nursing home ) to retrieve FIL's leftover stuff that was there, including furniture, when we moved him to a closer nsg home in Tokyo earlier this month. We rented a van, a long with the family car, to bring back futons, a couch that DH insisted we buy & other stuff. We stopped by to visit DH's relatives in the countryside, & they made us a lot of their local foods. It was just too much & I couldn't eat very much of it. Then, before we left to come home, they gave us a lot of their locally grown vegetables. I am still trying to finish the chinese cabbage & big white radish called "daikon" here that they had given us last time! My diet has beenmore or less vegetables that have come from the relatives, recently!

Well I am off to bed. I do have to work tomorrow. Good night all! emoticon

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I am glad Christmas is over. I took my cards off my door before I went down for dinner. I never get anything for Christmas or my birthday since my husband's stroke 9 years ago and then it was only a gift from him. There are several of us here that happens to. I guess that's what happens when our family abandons us and we end up in these low rent places. Oh well, I have plenty and can buy what I want for the most part.

Bonnie, I am so glad you had such a nice get together with everyone. I know what you mean when you say you were glad when they went home.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS Night.

Hope you all had a lovely day. I did.

Natalie, Beau, Zac and Missy all came about 5pm, and we spent time in the kitchen putting the last minute things together. Natalie brought a nice green bean casserole, and some rolls. So, we were all in the kitchen while she was doing that in the oven, and I was mashing potatoes, my Kitchenaide makes easy work of that. I just let them mash while I was taking the roast out to rest, and making the gravy. One of the kids put water from the pitcher into the snowflake glasses, my idea of decorating, lol, and then we all fixed our plates and went to the table to eat.


Everyone enjoyed the roast and mashed potatoes and gravy. I put butter and sour cream in the mashed potatoes for a little treat for the holiday.

Zac and Missy had eaten at her brother's earlier, but they ate some tonight too

We had a lovely visit, and then they all went home. The holidays are always so tiring. I was not sorry to see them go after a nice time.

I have my kitchen cleaned up and the dishes are clean in the dishwasher. I have the potato pan soaking and will clean that either tonight or tomorrow.

I love my kitchen, but it is very narrow, so I would just as soon do it myself.

Had a nice time with my family last night. So, Christmas is done.

I have 2 friends here for the holidays, I have made plans with Trish for Sunday,and hoping that Nancy can do Sat or Monday. She is not good at making plans ahead, so we will see.

I hope all of the husbands get well soon. Poor babies.

BETTY, I think it is very sweet of your granddaughters to send you something special. It is a treat for them to be able to, I know

Zac and Missy gave me a $50 gift master card. Natalie and Beau don't have as much money as Nat is in college, so I am glad that they did not get me anything.

It will be nice to have $50 to spend on me though. I know those two can afford it.

My nieces always get mom and dad and me a gift certificate for a local restaurant, and then we go out in January with them for dinner. We generally celebrate mom's birthday and their anniversary

The little kids got mom and I cute necklaces from their store at the school.

Dad got a plaque that says Grandpa.

I am very tired, but feeling very blessed. We all dealt well with my brother not being with us anymore. For many years before his death, he was really kind of away from the family.

There was a feeling of loss, but we all did well with it.

MICHELE
So glad that your family dinner was good.

BRENDA

Hope your dinner was nice. Sounded like it would be, and glad you had a visit earlier in the day.

SAMMI

Good to see you here, and hoping that your husband is feeling some better. God Bless dear.


God Bless and keep all of you.

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Merry Christmas to all.

Before I forget thank you for all the lovely cards.

Doris, I think the reason our hubbies are sick is because of this warm weather. When the winter weather is here less sickness. I really do want the cold weather. All the tornado's around are due to this crazy weather. I really feel sorry for people that lose their homes, etc. The news this morning was not good.

Tomorrow we will go to my daughter's in North Wilmington, De. for our Christmas. I just had to make a desert so I made a new one. Hope it's ok. Sometimes when I use a recipe from the internet it isn't as good as I thought it would be. This one is blackberry cheese bars. It was easy, so we'll see. I did end up baking 2 batches of cookies., only because it doesn't seem like Christmas If I don't make some.

Hubby & I opened up our gift this evening as we always do, since tomorrow means packing everything up, etc. Our two older GD sent us a package this afternoon from Omaha Steaks! They are both in college and working besides. I really wish they wouldn't do things like this, but they do something like this every year!

ok, I will say goodnight. Wishing all of you a happy, healthy, Christmas.

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Michele,

It took about a week and a half for my card to reach you. I didn't realize the mail to Japan was so slow, They must have put it on a boat instead of an airplane. It was mailed on the 15th in the afternoon. Next year I will mail it earlier but at least you got it before Christmas.

I spent the afternoon downstairs in front of the gas fire place in the Community room visiting with Alma, Faith and Darlene. We were waiting for Faith's brother to bring her grandson to visit but he never showed up. She called him and he told her he could not find our place. She is only a block away from where she used to live. Oh well, we had a nice visit anyway. It would have been nice to play with a baby for a little while.

I think i am actually going to go down for dinner tomorrow. Faith is cooking the ham and borrowing my small roasting pan. It is one of those spiral hams that Laurie bought. They are hard to get off the bone and sliced so thin the slices dry out. Barbara is making a raisin sauce to baste it with. Sounds good. It just needs to be heated up so she will wrap it in foil.

I will make a coleslaw and maybe a pot of baked beans. There will only be about 10 for dinner. Everyone else is going somewhere or already gone.

Bonnie,

The landslides here are along the bottom of the cliffs and the Puget Sound is on the other side. We have had so much rain the ground is saturated so there are constant mudslides along the tracks. No houses at the top.

Houses are sliding down on Whidby Island, Camano Island and a couple other islands near Seattle. Not here in our area. We are in the flood zone but no flooding so far this year. Our last big one was '09.

I woke up at 3 and couldn't go back to sleep so read until 4, then finally got up at 5:30. I took a 45 minute nap in my chair just before noon.

Bonnie, have a good time with your friends and family.

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what a wonderful Christmas gift that you could reconnect with Max! I'm so glad for you that you had a wonderful time! What a deal on those books! I too, love to read & hopefrully when I get this kindle going ( I received it as my 55th b-day present on the 18th this month ) I'll have even more to read!

BRENDA good that you got to the food bank! I just got your lovely card today----On Christmas Eve! Thank you so much! It is sitting on my piano!

BETTY I am sorry to hear that your Dh is feeling poorly . So is mine. He also has been fighting a cold all week, & now it has turned into his stomach. He didn't eat all day yesterday (christmas eve day) until we went to his chinese friend's restaurant in Tokyo after the Christmas eve mass. My whole family was at the restaurant so it was a nice Chritmas gift for me!

I can't keep from crying everytime I hear either "Silent Night" or "O Come All YE Faithful" song, as those were 2 of dad's favorites. He always sang so loud off key in church---everyone said it was obnoxious, but I am told that I sing just like him now! What a compliment. If I could only hear his voice one more time....

Merry Christmas dear friends!

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Have done a little cleaning in the kitchen and bathroom this afternoon. Since I did not get out of bed until about 12:15n, it was afternoon. LOL Feel pretty rested.

I am having Natalie, Beau, Zachary, and Missy for dinner tomorrow. The house has been very neglected since I have been baking so many cookies. So, going to do a bit today and a bit tomorrow to clean up some.

Amy has to work, so we will have another Christmas in January. I did not know that Zach and Missy were going to come until a couple of days ago. They will have her family at their house during the day. I am happy that they want to be here.

I will put a couple of roasts in the crock pot tonight, and then make mashed potatoes, and gravy from the meat tomorrow.

I have cookies and Natalie is bringing a salad. It will be nice. Natalie and Zac are more like my niece and nephew.

I am going to do things a bit at a time so my back doesn't get too tired. I can do that.

Have a lovely holiday my friends

BETTY

So sorry that your hubs is feeling so badly. I hope your chicken soup cures him for Christmas.

BRENDA

Glad you made it to the food bank. The mudslides sound dangerous.



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We have a rainy one. It has been raining here all week. It also is extremely warm, which is not good for this time of year. It alway brings a lot of sickness. Now my DH is sick. He has been fighting a cold all week and it just keeps getting worse. He really felt bad yesterday. I can see him too sick to go to our daughter's tomorrow, and wanting me to go alone. Also he won't want to spread his germs around. I made him a pot of chickens noodle soup yesterday. He had it for lunch & dinner. I know he isn't feeling well when he doesn't want to eat. He has been taking NyQuil at night to sleep. It does help him, but not me! I had a very restless night as he just snored all night, loudly I may add! He has put a couple lbs back on this past month and that is also contributing, as when he starts to gain, now he starts to snore. I'm sure most of you have heard about the "My pillow" Well i ordered 2 last week as they were giving one free. We need new pillows so thought I'd try these. Before now, I didn't want to spend $99.00 on one pillow! But with one free & also the shipping, thought I'd order them. Hopefully they will help.
Yesterday, I finished up making the 6 loaves of raisin bread for gifts. Today I have to make a desert to take tomorrow. I am going to try a new recipe I got off the internet called raspberry cheese bars. Sounds fairly easy. I also have cookie dough in frig. to bake some cookies. I have a butternut cookie which is different and good. I bake a butternut pound cake sometimes which is good & one of my girls favorites, so thought I'd do the cookies instead. Then I'll make a few other batches of cookies. Should be tired by evening.
I got my DH some flannel shirts and an all weather jacket for Christmas, things he needs.
Got my hair cut yesterday. Don't think I'll color it today as gray no bad yet! LOL I now have my hair lighter, a golden blonde, & it when the gray grows in, it blends in better. Besides the dark hair I used to have makes me look older as I age! LOL

ok, I am leaving here now and won't be back till after Christmas. All of you take care and God bless. Fondly, Betty


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Nora and I went to the food bank just as soon as she came home from the Senior Center. She goes there for lunch Mon thru Fri and gets Meals on Wheels for the weekend. I don't know why she always wants to go to the food bank with me because she does not cook and ends up giving most of the food to the residents here. She is 85 or so and just likes to go places. She has her own car and drives herself back and forth to the Sr Center but likes someone else to take her shopping. She's a funny lady.

When we left for the Food Bank it was raining pretty hard but when we got there it was stopping. They were not busy at all and we were in and out of there in 10 minutes. We got two huge boxes of food so I shared some of mine with Elinor and took some frozen veggies down to the community freezer. It is only a four mile round trip.

The rain is supposed to stop on Christmas day. The mountain passes going to Eastern WA keep closing and people have to wait hours to get across while they clear the snow off the roads.

Pauline took Janie to get the train to Tacoma that was supposed to leave at 4 but there was a landslide along the way from Portland so I guess she had to sit at the station and wait until about 7. Pauline couldn't wait with her because she had to go to church for the Christmas bell rehearsal.

I had a good day. Got my calendar from Betty Crocker today. It has some great recipes in it. They sent it to me free because I voted on their recipes for the calendar.

So far I have enough Christmas cards and made a tree on my door. I thought I might have to use some of last years.

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Kinda sounds as though we are having about the same kind of weather. It is in the mid 60's here, which is quite unusual. I think we are going to break a record going back to 1889 for the warmest Dec. Only fair, because the last few winters we have been breaking records for cold and snow. My heating bills have been so high. Not bad now. We had a lot of rain this evening, but it was NOT snow.

I am tired. It was Max's day to be with me. Ronnie brought him over at noon, and Brielle came with him because Ronnie did a few chores around the house for me.

After they left, Max and I went to the library. I found about 8 books that fit into a bag, and they were selling a bag for $5. What a deal. I got the three James Harriot books, "All Creatures Great and Small" and the other two Not sure I spelled his name right, but too tired to get up and look.

Max spent quite a bit of time in the stacks looking for books. He brought two home, on my library card, and then we went to lunch.

It was more like "Linner". We went to Bob Evans and both had the 3 course meal of broasted chicken. He had soup,and I had a nice salad. We both took food home, and ate it later.

We came back here, and he did not want to go home. He wanted to spend the night. He said that he forgot "how it was here". LOL It has been a while since he has been here, and when I ask him at home, he doesn't want to leave all of his own "stuff", I think.

it is Brielle's 9th birthday tomorrow, and they always do her birthday in the morning, so he could not stay, but it made me glad that he decided he wanted to.

We both sat around and read this afternoon, me in my chair, and him on the bed. I have an electric bed, and he thought that was just "sweet".

Then he turned the tv on to watch "American Pickers". It was a marathon, so we watched several shows. It was fun. He found that he was interested in what I had to say, and we have decided that we will go to a flea market or garage sales in the spring.

I am really thrilled about this. He and Ellee have kind of gotten away from me as they have gotten older, so this was a really good reconnect. Elle is already 12, and he will be twelve in February.

Hoping the my days with Ellee and Gracee go as well as my days with Max and Brielle. It is so nice to have them one on one. They are so busy, we don't get to do that very much.

Anyway, I am exhausted. Took him home about 9:00pm

Going to sleep in tomorrow, and just take it easy. Going to mom's tomorrow about 4:00pm to have our Christmas with the my nieces and their families. so will see them all again tomorrow.

God Bless my friends and have a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas.

ELIZA

Prayers that your car will be fixed easily and not cost too much.

BRENDA

Your party sounds like it was fun and you got good gifts.

MICHELE

I guess you are done until the new year with your swimming, right? I hope your rain slows down at least so it is not so uncomfortable to get around.









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The storm is here and it is very dark and raining hard. Have not been to the food bank yet, it is just 1 pm. There's a big pileup on the freeway south bound so the back roads will have a lot of extra traffic. I am only about three miles from the food bank so not a bad drive on the back roads.

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BRENDA did you get to the food bank? I hope your rain stops
Ours is still coming down---it is unusual to have rain on Christmas Eve or day


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Soup is a good way to clean out the refrigerator. I have never made it the same way twice. it is time to make another pot.

I am going to the Food Bank this afternoon. I hope Nora remembers we are going when she gets home from the Senior Center. She goes there Monday thru Friday for lunch and gets Meals on Wheels delivered for the weekends. She doesn't cook so I don't know why she wants to go to the food bank every month. She is 85 so I humor her. She ends up giving most of her food that needs cooking away so it does get used.

Our Secret Santa Christmas party was yesterday and it was very nice and well attended. There was lots of sweets so I took a big bag of potato chips and that was gone too. I got a Christmas cup and a set of four washcloths. Then later the Assembly of God Church members came to sing for us in the Community Room and then went around the halls singing to the shut ins.

We are supposed to have thunder showers and storms this afternoon so I hope it holds off until later.

Last night I slept like a log, the whole night until 7:30 am. The night before was a different story so I was really tired yesterday.

Have a good day everyone.

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Cold but not raining yet...supposed to have a 60 degree day later... emoticon

Winter storm coming Saturday ... emoticon

I am not a winter person... emoticon
Car went to get a diagnostic and, waiting for the news.. emoticon


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BONNIE how psychological it all is, eh? emoticon I throw most anything into soup, too.
Off to take a nap. It is a perfect day for one---dreary & rainy outside!

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I too use peas in soup. Actually, if I am making soup, I might put just about anything in it. Whatever I have around the house. LOL I had a boyfriend years ago, and he used to tell me. I would make something and it would be really good, and then when I made it the next time, not so good. LOL

I like to experiment!

Sending all of you good wishes for a great week.
God Bless my friends.

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I have never put peas in soup before. I usually put in beans. But I am goling to try the bean! emoticon

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emoticon Let's hear it for peas in soup!

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I too just have to have peas in my soups.. emoticon

chilly mornings...Happy Winter friends.. emoticon

I went to Lab to have blood drawn for normal blood tests.. emoticon

Enjoy your day friends.. emoticon emoticon



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Bonnie,

I only have one picture on here and that is the little dogs that are now 8 years old. I put that on here myself. It is actually very easy once you start. The problem is it is all logical and there stands my problems emoticon One of these days I will stop what I am doing and work on that. I have many pictures in my camera.

I had a can of chicken noodle soup made by Progresso. I added some frozen peas because there was only sliced carrots in it. As far as I'm concerned it is not soup until the peas are added. I finally convinced Janie to put peas in her soups.

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BONNIE when I was little, mom used to let us lick the bowls when she finished the cookies & cakes. I still like to do that! The batter is so good! Your cookies sound wonderful!

BETTY good for you for sticking with your low carb! I am also doing low carb, I think? I eat a lot of veggies for b-fast rather than other kinds of starch. I haven't checked my wt this week. I also love Kenny Rogers! I grew up with him! Glad you had a good time!

BRENDA & BETTY I neither, know how to put pics on. I can barely figure out my new kindle. Will have to have DH help me with that one, but he is not good with electroinics, either! He is a plumber!

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Great, you have done a wonderful job of getting your weight down. I think that was a very good use of your day. Sounds great.

MICHELE

I bake sugar cookies, and today I baked chocolate, peanut butter oatmeal as well. I generally make those for my nieces as they like them.

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so glad you had such a great trip. I am sure that was a really wonderful concert. Fun to see the one of the artists at breakfast. Yay.

BRENDA and BETTY

I used to be able to get pictures on the computer, but I have forgotten Silly me.

Have a lovey evening. I am back in my chair resting again tonight.

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I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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Betty, I don't know how to do those things either. I barely know how to copy and paste. I have been trying to get the spark wheel to spin and it said I needed to install Micromedia,com and I did that but it still won't spin. It just tells me to click the spin button and everyday I only get 2 points.

I downloaded Microsoft 10 and my laptop now has a mind of its' own. I am about to uninstall it and go back to 'Windows 8

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PINKLACEHAT, how did you get that Santa picture on here? It is so cute. I am not smart enough at this computer to figure out things like that. I have Kenny roger Pictures on my tablet & cannot figure if or how to put them on my spark page. emoticon

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I have had a busy week with our trip to Hagerstown, Md. this week. The Kenny Rogers Christmas Tour show was awesome. Had a great dinner at one of the restaurants(oh, my, french fries were on the appetizer with crab meat & a sauce. Sounds awful but was soo good. Then my serving of smoked meatloaf would have fed 4 people! Besides that mashed potatos and A garden salad. Now I managed to step on scales and lose 2 lb this morning by going back on a low carb diet. Today is my 5th day. I am on a 90 day challenge with another low carb group which keeps me going. At least so far. BUT Christmas day, I am going to eat whatever I want as will be at daughter's. When I come home, back on track. Tomorrow I have to bake raisin bread for gifts so it's a busy week. I need 6 loaves! I can only do 2 at a time. Went to store today, forgot raisins!

Oh ?Bonnie, send me some cookies! Just kidding. This will be the first year ever that I don't bake them-but I may just make some molasses cookies as they are lower calories, just not low carb. Then comes New Years Eve when we have a party for family & friends. Deal with that next week.

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emoticon all!

BONNIE I hope you enjoyed your peace in your chair! What kind of cookies didyou make?
I no longer bake cookies as no one eats them.

DALE Peace to you, too! emoticon

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Monday DEC 21st: emoticon 155.5

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LIFE LOVES ME
is playing on my computer now, thanks to the LOUISE HAY'S (Hay House publications) website.

All throughout, others I have read or studied are quoted. This is one of dozens: "I trust the intelligence within me."

I am listening to a full day of an audio book that has no pause bar I can find. It's 4 hours and still on. Good use of today.

emoticon I love you all,
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regard and live happy, joyous and free!

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I did sleep well last night. I find that when I am busy all day long, I have trouble sleeping that night. I guess I just get too wound up.

Hope you all slept well too.

Had Christmas party at my friend's Debbie's house with her family today. Had a good time.

Home now sitting in the chair. I have 2 double batches of cookies I made before I went to her house that I keep thinking I should get up and bake some, but I am thinking about how I slept on Friday because I was busy too late, so I guess I will just sit in the chair. Tomorrow is soon enough.

ELAINE

Be careful going to get your mom. Hope she feels well enough to enjoy being with you all.

Happy Monday tomorrow

Bonnie

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"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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BONNIE I hope that you slept better, too!

ELAINE what a wonderful daughter you are! Have a good Christmas & do be careful driving!

I am off to the pool this cloudy, cold Monday !

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Bonnie, I hope you sleep better. I didn't sleep last night either. I've been so busy today that I should sleep well. Took the 10 year old birthday shopping, came home to do laundry and grocery shop. Then made Peanut clusters and cookies.
I'm tired!!
I had better sleep well. I am driving across Kansas to get my mother. We will see how that works out as she said her back is bothering her. At first she wasn't coming and then my brother convinced her that she might as well sit in a chair with us with her heating pad. I hope this isn't a mistake.
Would love to see a picture of your fleece hats. They sound nice.
I will check in later this week. I don't have the app on my phone as it was taking up too much space.
Merry Christmas to my friends who celebrate.
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Hi..

Mom is ok...we had breakfast and a little lunch today..

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I like fish too sounds good! emoticon

Have a nice weekend members of the 50 plus group .. emoticon


Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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BONNIE I hope you do get some rest!
DH & I went out to b-fast this morning, like we do on most sundays I always eat the fish & miso soup b-fast. So good!

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I skimmed the posts, and wish you all well, but I did not sleep last night, so my thoughts are too scattered to try to respond. LOL

I will sleep well tonight.

Went to breakfast with Laura and Derek this morning. That is about all I will be doing.

I worked too hard making cookies yesterday, and they was too wound up to sleep last night.

Glad I have no obligations today.

Will read, watch TV, play my game and rest.

God Bless all.

Bonnie

Toledo, Ohio, USA TIMEZONE 0. we do go on daylight savings time in the summer.



"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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I am finally back here. I have been so busy with FIL these past few weeks that I have only posted on 1 site.

BRENDA I would love to see your fleece hats! Are you done with them allnow?

ELIZA how is your mom today?


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So much has been going on with me, I called everyone and told them don't be surprised if your gifts come after Christmas, today I am going to finish shopping! Have a good weekend everyone.

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!



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