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Time for our December Cafe!
Becky, so glad that you lost a pound even after Thanksgiving dinner!

We'll catch up in the new thread!

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good news!!

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Thanks, Georgia. I dropped 1 pound by the next morning and didn't gain anymore since then, even though we made our Thanksgiving dinner last night, so I think it was water weight from eating at my brother's house.

I hope you have a great week!

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Becky glad you got through the day without any dramas. I hope by Monday all that excess weight has dropped off. It is the time of year for excess in food etc. Being careful is the key.

We simplified Christmas years ago by putting a limit ($value) on gifts. That way everyone got similar gifts and no dramas of the usual "he got - She got"

Now it is even more simple as they all get cash in their cards. They are all older and buy their own everything and always wanting to buy bigger better things so they pool the funds and it is easier for me.

After all it is not about the gifts but the birth of Christ and we are all good with that.

Very still this morning. So not sure if the predicted thunderstorm is on its way ....

Happy Saturday to all.

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Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.


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Happy day after Thanksgiving! (Do you avoid Black Friday like I do, or do you embrace it?) We had a nice time at my brother's, which was a blessing since Ev doesn't like this brother at all. (Feeling is mutual.) But all went smoothly. I was able to control my portions quite well, but my brother puts 2 sticks of butter under the skin of his turkey and Lord knows what he put into the mashed potatoes and stuffing - up 2.2 pounds this morning. :( Hopefully that's just water weight due to sodium, and drinking water and going for a walk today will help that disappear.

We are severely limiting Christmas gifts (number of people and dollar amount for those remaining on the list) this year. We have been tucking away gifts since early October, so we are almost done. :) Not sure when we will be able to get the last items - depends on when the local theater pays Ev the royalties for running his Christmas musical again this year. Not worried, though - so happy we made the decision to simplify months ago.

I hope everyone has a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend!

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Miss you, too, Vicky, but we understand being crazy busy.

Georgia, so glad you got a good sleep.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating today!

Hugs to everyone!

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Hugs to all celebrating today.

First day back at work was hectic and crashed into bed last night with the deepest of sleeps. Wow!!! felt fantastic to sleep right through.


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Sorry been MIA. Miss you guys

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Blessings....

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Hugs to all!

Just a little more preparation to do tonight for tomorrow - breakfast casserole, coffee cake (ingredients out), brownies. Mum will make the rudebega just before we head to my brother's for dinner. We love watching the Macy's parade in the morning. It looks like Punkin Chunkin is not on until Friday - odd, since it usually played on Thanksgiving evening.

Wishing all who celebrate a wonderful, relaxed, happy Thanksgiving! To everyone else, have a terrific Thursday!

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11/24/15 2:51 P

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Went for my walk and it was threatening rain and just as I got home it had a shower. Nothing too much to even talk about.

Have a good day.

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Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.


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Ouch but correct thinking. :)

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All good but a few surprises. 2 new tyres, 4 new brakes and he regular service. A bit dearer than budgeted but hey life is more important......

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Thanks, Cathy. :)

Georgia, I hope all is ok with your car.

Where did the last couple of days go?! I don't want the boys' break to be over too quickly, but darn, it has already flown by.

Hugs to all!

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Car service today then we shall see. My break is coming to an end and back to work on Thursday.....

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Sending hugs and good thoughts to all!

We don't have much planned for the holidays as it will just be the 5 of us, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. No family stress!

Dee, that has to be so hard working through the holidays and getting your schedule so late. I hope you are able to have a wonderful time with family when you do have the time to celebrate.

Becky, so glad you are slowly getting to do more. So good that you had the surgery and are so pleased with the results. I am so glad that it has given you a better image of yourself. We all think you are amazing and beautiful just as you are!

Georgia, hope you are having a good day indoors! Sounds way too hot for my comfort.

Sending hugs and prayers to all, Cathy

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Dee, at my Mum's hospital, they had to do the schedule a month in advance. But at my sister-in-law's hospital, she often doesn't know her schedule until the week or so before. My BIL used to get his by texting his boss on Saturday night for the schedule starting Sunday. The more notice,mother better, in my opinion. So sorry you can't plan your holiday celebration yet.

Georgia, enjoy the brief cooling. :)

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Dee I do not understand why you do not have 2 weeks rosters up in advance. That is what we are required to do here and sometimes I even have 3 weeks up. Would make planning so much easier for you.

Becky good news about the driving. I am glad this operation has given you so much confidence. Woo hoo!!!

Overcast and windy today but that is nice for a change. Back to heatwave conditions tomorrow.

Take care everyone

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Georgia, we are supposed to reach 85 here today. Ugh! But it's pretty. Stay cool indoors.

I am feeling much better. I actually started driving locally this week. I haven't tried the freeway yet or long distances, but it is nice to be able to drive the boys to & from school again. I still can't lift anything with much weight or reach out too far, so I must have someone with me when I go shopping or to do most housework - I can start easing back in after this coming week. Thanks for asking! And, yes, best decision ever - I see a "normal" person in the mirror now, I don't hide from cameras, and I don't hide at home because I am so embarrassed to be seen. :)

Wishing everyone a relaxing weekend!

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Morning All, hope you have a great day and enjoy the weekend.

Sending thoughts, prayers, HUGS and emoticon and healing to all who need them.

me, hanging in there. busy at work preparing for the upcoming Thanksgiving/Black Friday sales. have to work both days so probably won't have our holiday dinner til the Sat/Sun afterwards depending on my work schedule.

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Not long now till you are all celebrating Thanksgiving. I am sure it will be fun.

Becky now that you are almost healed - how do you feel? Best decision???

Today it is going to be a scorching hot day again going to get to at least 95F......
Nothing much planned - too hot to do things outside. Our sun is a killer here and best to stay out of it during the daytime.

Hugs to all.

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Yay for almost being Thanksgiving break! Use it for re-energizing yourself, too - not just studying - Vicky.

So glad your back is feeling better, Georgia.

Hugs to all! Wishes for a wonderful weekend.

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Sending study bunnies to make it all easier for you.

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Theres only a few seeks left in the semester so I will get a small break. Since its my Masters thesis I will still be working over the holiday break but of a bit of an easier schedule.

Works been hectic. New students are a handful! But trying to settle things down. Looking forward to only having to work 3 days next week!



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Yes Becky it has. My back i8s improving daily although I think stress had a lot to do with it going out.

Having a look around as to where I can go next year. He reiterated again today I must make myself happy and go on breaks on my own. Alas that is my lot...

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Oh no, Georgia! I'm so sorry - about your back, about your trip being cut short, about your decision about future trips - well, maybe not that last one, as it sounds like it is essential and has been a long time coming.

Sending hugs to all. Hoping things are going better.

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Vicki praying things turn better for you soon.

Dee it is a bummer that they cannot close the stores for families to celebrate the reason for Thanksgiving. I know he feeling all too well. Praying that you can do something on the weekend.

Becky so sorry that all this is happening at once. I shall pray for things to turn out well for you.

Yesterday morning as we were packing to go further into our adventure I bent down to pick up a bag and heard my back crack. I pulled some back muscles and was in agony - decision to come home.

He was not having a good time so it is for the best.

Now I shall spend today catching up around here and then making arrangements for lots of catch ups with people I have not seen in a while and some day trips.

I am disappointed but from now on I will be going on trips on my own.

I have some photos and will post them soon enough.

hugs and prayers to us and to the people of Paris. It is getting toxic in the world and there is absolutely nowhere to hide any more.

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Thanks, Vicky.

Autoland found the exact car we want in my top choice color - they are delivering it to the credit union tomorrow for us to look at and buy if we want. The car we want holds its value so well that a used version is only a couple thousand dollars less - and the credit union will not finance it over as many months - so a used car would actually cost us more per month and could have problems. We keep our cars 10 years or so, so a new one seems worth it. If Ev's publisher ever pays him what he is owed for the second book in his series, we can use that to pay off a bit or put in savings for a few months' payments. We looked at less expensive cars (new & used), but we really want a safe car, and many of those don't rate nearly as highly as we want. One good thing - we don't have to make our first payment for 90 days, so that gets us past the holidays. :) Perhaps by then, Ev will have found at least a part-time job to help out. Sadly, the multimillion dollar deals that looked so promising after his NYC and DC trip have fallen through as of last week. Time for him to find a steady-paying job, even if it is only a little bit (even $500 per month would be a huge help). Sorry to be such a downer today - too much hit at once - but I will be back to my normal self very soon.

Hugs to everyone. You are the best pals I could ask for!

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Ugh!!!! Hope things turn around for you Becky. That always stinks when things pile up like that.

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Ev took our car to the mechanic today, and it did not turn out well. The car is 10 years old and only worth $3000 or so - which is the cost of replacing the transmission. Ev and I just got home from the bank. Good news: We qualify for a car loan that would get us a decent car. Bad news: It would be about $400 per month for the payment and our insurance would go up, so we could be out $500 or more per month starting very soon (and that is not in our budget, but we don't yet see any other option). My stomach is killing me right now and I want to cry. Hopefully something will seem better soon. On top of that, our new mini-digital boxes (which cable made us use) are not working, our ice maker in our freezer died (which means the fridge, which is ancient, is probably not far behind), and our internet is wonky.

Wishing everyone a better Monday than I am having!

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Hugs to all for a wonderful week!

I feel up to taking back some of the "duties" that Ev has covered since my surgery, but he says to take one more week off of making school lunches, driving, etc. Driving might be easy to stay out of - our car died today (won't go into gear at first, then has no guts on acceleration). Not what we needed to spend money on right now. Ugh. Oh well, deep breath - maybe it's an easy fix?!

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Thank you all. Still plugging away. Been dragging ass lately. Thanks for all the positive comments.

Shirt post since I'm still really tired. Hugs to all

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Georgia, safe travels for you and dh. Enjoy the Outback!

Cathy, keeping you my prayers.

Becky, glad to hear those you know in Paris are ok. Such a tragedy.

Everyone Else, hope all is well.

Me, hanging in there. Expecting quiet holidays here too as just got my schedule and have to work Thanksgiving and the day after. So holiday meal may have to wait till the weekend providing I'm off at least one of those days. Won't know till next Saturday when that schedule comes out.


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Travel safely and enjoy the trip, Georgia!

Happy Saturday, everyone!

So sad & sickened about what happened in Paris. One of my Irish "daughters" had just left 2 days earlier after performing in Paris for 3 weeks - I was so glad I knew that she is now in Brazil so that I didn't have to worry about her. All of my university's study abroad students are safe. How about everyone you all know in Paris? Sending prayers.

We are taking it easy this weekend - some shopping (needed a new Keurig), some cleaning (raking pine needles in the back yard), but not much more. :) It's nice. We plan a very quiet Thanksgiving, too - not traveling to Ev's parents' house for a change (his mom had another knee replacement yesterday), maybe not even to my siblings' nearby. In fact, we plan to spend the rest of 2015 being quiet. :) How about all of you?

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Break the sleep chain once and then trouble sleeping...UGHHH

Well today is my last work day. I will have internet with me and shall do my best to keep up with everyone. Be safe and I shall talk to you soon.

Love you all. DH wants to get on the road at about 1-2 am.....another ughh but we have a long long day ahead of us in the morning. Will take about 12 hours to get to our destination and some stretches of road can be rather long and boring.

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Hugs to all! Wishes for good vacations, healing, and strength to everyone.

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Dee, feel better! Sending lots of chicken soup (I wish I really could!) and prayers for healing!

Georgia, the trip to the outback sounds peaceful and amazing! I bet you'll get a lot of good pictures. Hope you find rest and relaxation!

Becky, hugs. Hope you are continuing to take it easy and are healing well.

Vicky, you know in your heart what happened. That is what matters. People say things in all the wrong ways these days. Boy, do I know! I would've been insulted as well, but it isn't worth your letting it fester. Your going back and making the paper right shows a lot of strength and what your really intention is. I agree with Georgia, move on and let it go. You can do this!!

Sending hugs, prayers and peace to all!

Hugs, Cathy

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Speedy recovery Dee.
Looks like only one sleep left and then journey in to the outback. Looking forward to the break.
I am taking internet so shall keep up with you all.

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sending healing chicken soup.

I sneak in reading wherever possible. Just love it.

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I am lurking and reading on my kindle....

HUGS to All!

Me, hanging in there. Left work early due to not feeling well, cold, cough, chills, etc., etc. Not sure if I will try and go in tomorrow or not. Coughing my guts out or so it seems at times. Ugh! I dislike being ill.

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Vicki it happened - you explained now let it go before it becomes something that weighs you down. Be careful for next time and I hope the teacher understands that it was an oversight. I am praying you just relax and give yourself the kudos for going back to finish something that is important. I remember my sons last year in university and how much stress he went through trying to keep up with it all. Do Not Make Yourself Sick. Georgia's orders.

3 more sleeps and away we shall go. Packing 3/4 done just need to finish with work now.

Hope everyone is well.


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Hugs to all. So much going on - hoping it all calms down.

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Cathy so sorry that happened to you that is crazy!

Had to do a rewrite on one of my papers. I was rushing and didnt edit it correctly and forgot to change some of the sentences and it looked like plagiarism. I can;t believe she even brought it up like that. I would NEVER plagiarize a paper. It was just an over site on my part, a mistake! Feel so much like giving up. But I have struggled so hard to get my butt back to school I could have been finished 2 yrs ago but stayed out so I could get things back on track at home with the divorce and everything. I got out of the habit of writing like a research writer. So down about this. She said if it happened again that she would report it. I sent her an email explaining to her it was NOT intentional. Hope it helps.

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Oh Cathy I am so sorry this is happening. Why are people in the world becoming so ridiculous. I shall pray that these people decide to leave. I cannot understand the County saying they know it is not you but still sending you the mail?????

This is why I am so looking forward to going out west. No or limited communication and some peace from the craziness.

Hugs to all.

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Georgia, hope you have a good trip.

Becky, we went to Medieval Times many years ago and it was amazing. So glad you had a chance to go and enjoyed it so much.

Vicky, hugs and prayers that Bryan makes the team!

I am staying very busy with school. Trouble with the people at the end of our dead end block is driving me crazy. These guys leveled all the trees and set it up for hunting. We got a violation letter that we were grading and clearing in a wetlands area. I checked it out and called the County to inform them that it wasn't us and it wasn't our land! They said they knew that, but had to send notice to someone! Wow! Do I have a bullseye on my head? But it gets worse. The guy that is responsible decided he was really mad and assumed we called on him. So he caused damage to some of our property (huge deep ruts) that is the common parkway that we maintain for the county. So the county sent us another violation and they won't take it back until we fix the ruts! Yup, I am definitely cursed!

My youngest cat who is a year old lost total coordination in his back legs. He is a very special cat to me and so it was just heartbreaking. The vet was wonderful and ran some tests, but didn't find anything. They charged us very little. They felt he either had a stroke (don't think so) or a neuro disconnect for some reason. He is perfectly fine otherwise except for not being able to coordinate the back legs. So we are given him the chance he deserves and he purrs and seems very happy and healthy in every other respect. Any further tests would be most likely inconclusive and not worth the crazy cost. He is happy for now.

Lots of other stuff going on, but will share more later.

Hugs to all of you! I am doing my best to take it a step at a time and just be thankful for the blessings.

Cathy

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Lest we forget 11/11/18

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We are going on a holiday. Short notice quick decision and praying it does not rain too much more to flood the roads out there.

Going out west to the outback. bags are nearly packed (as I am working all week) and now for a few smaller things to organise.

Becky look forward to your pics....sounds like you had a good time.

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Good luck to Bryan, Vicky!

Georgia, glad you found that tick quickly.

We had a blast at Medieval Times. If any of my pix came out, I will post them later in the week.

Have a wonderful week, everyone. Hugs!

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Fingers crossed Vicki.

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Cooler here too. Lazy Sunday here. Just laundry cleaning watching football.

Bryan is trying out for the high school jv basketball team tomorrow. He wants this so bad. I'm really hoping he makes it. I mean he's a 6'5 freshman that's gotta count for something

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Cooler morning which is great after the hot hot days we had. Yesterday I found Barry had picked up a tick from our Saturday outing. Dr Georgia removed it quite safely.

Today going shopping and some other errands to get ready for our trip on Sunday. Cannot wait to go out west....

Have a great day everyone.

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Good morning from an overcast Brissy. What an amazing thunderstorm yesterday afternoon. The works - wind, hail, lightning, and thunder and so much rain.
Scary as it was coming from all directions and the hail on the windows was frightening.

Luckily so far as I can see no damage but have to check the car outside yet.

Becky the medieval outing sounds perfectly up my alley. You and the boys are going to have so much fun. Look forward to hearing all about it.

Happy Sunday to all.

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Happy Friday! Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

I agree - cyber space means we can have holidays with our dear Spark buddies. :)

Like most everyone here, Ev and I have so little "extra" in our budget. We haven't gone on a vacation (except for camping no-frills 2 years ago) in almost 9 years, we rarely go to the movies, and we no longer have Disneyland passes. But we recently received a good tax refund (we did taxes late) - we were able to pay off/down a lot of things. Guess what? We decided to take a little portion of the refund and take the family to Medieval Times tomorrow - I had a BOGO coupon, so we got 6 tickets for the price of 3. (We will take Mum & the student who is living with us.) So excited! I worked at Medieval Times for a short time when I was in high school - my riding instructor trained their horses, and her boyfriend was a knight. I groomed and saddled horses before the show, then "caught" them when they "threw" their knights and ran to the backstage arena during the show and prepped them for their next knight (changed saddles, etc.). The last time we were there, Caddy was not even 2 1/2. Liam has never been, and he has been asking to go for years. If I get any good pix, I will post a blog later this weekend.

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Cyber space.....it can happen in spirit Cathy. emoticon

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Georgia, we will be there for each other for the holidays. How awesome would it be if we lived close and could actually get together!
Becky, in time you will heal and feel no more pain. And the surgery was so well worth it for you! Hope the time off with the boys is wonderful! Sounds like a great plan!

Hugs to all, Cathy

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Cathy I hear you. This year I am not having my son as he is going to the in-laws so will be very quiet with just mum and my cousin visiting us for Christmas....as least I think they are.

So I am not even going to decorate as no one else is going to be around. I will try and do the usual Christmas fare but so far my Christmas spirit is lacking.

Becky the pain will ease as it is all joining and healing on the inside too. We changed a couple of public holidays a few years ago to fall on the actual day and not the Monday. It takes getting used to.

Sending hugs to all and pray for a beautiful day.

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Hugs to all! Hoping all are doing well.

Feeling better and stronger - still tire very easily and have some new "pulling" (stiffness?) around the incisions, but all looks ok. Getting grading done today finally. Then the boys are off tomorrow - teacher inservice day. Yay! They will also be off next Wed. for Veterans Day - still strange to me for them to have off on the actual holiday (totally understand why it was changed) instead of Monday of that week like it was for so many years. We plan to have some fun - probably pizza and rent a movie at home, but we will do it for lunch instead of having to wait until dinner. :) I know - we're wild & crazy people.

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Vicky, so sorry you went through that with Bryan. I am glad he is doing better, you too! Our kids have such a hard time and we feel every bit with them.

Georgia, I am glad you take time for you. You are always so encouraging to all of us and so giving to others. You deserve some me time! You all do!

Becky, so glad you were able to get out and get things done. Continued prayers for your healing, strength and energy.

Dee, hugs my friend!

I am trying to brace myself for the upcoming holidays. It is always such a struggle. My older two sons probably won't be here at all. The younger ones and I want a magical Christmas as we are tired of all the junk others deal out. We will do our best!

I am tired, but keep on going! Need the me time as well. Working on that...

Hugs to all, Cathy

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Cathy you are so right we always meet everyone elses needs not our own.

Andi you have to occasionally put yourself first. Sometimes all it takes is an hour or two alone doing your own thing.

Becky I did not like public things as they use to show the kids the ugly side of life. There is a lot of time for them to suffer the ugliness as adults. Private family fun things away from useless and inane people.

Vicki I am so sorry had such a meltdown. Maybe the handcuffs will be enough to frighten him not to do this again. Sometimes the reality can put a perspective on things that we can never explain enough to them. Sending hugs.

I have begun putting some of my needs up front. It is hard to say no to some request being put forth but every now and then I cannot take things and say now is not a good time, I need a break. Sometimes it is just 5 minutes alone. Or an hour or two to sit and watch something on tv.

The batteries do run down and need positive recharging. We must look after oursleves as no one else will.

hugs to all.

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Sending HUGS, prayers, healing thoughts to all you need them!!

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Great idea! I wish I could do this more. I try to but the kids just don't see why I need help. Then i don't want to ask for help.

Last week Bryan had a bad week. He blew a gasket and started scratching his wrists with his keys, which he has done before. Well I called a crisis unit and they said they couldn't help me so they recommended 911. The police came and when they saw what he did and asked him, he said " I wanted to hurt my wrists" due to that they said protocol said they had to send him to a psychiatric unit at the hospital. And they did it in hand cuffs, also protocol. It was horrible.
We were released within n a couple hours but still. Was terrible.

So yes I need help. My neighbor took Rianna but I felt so scared. Ugh

Thing have been better since then. Let's hope it stays that way



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A very nice reminder!

These past 3 weeks since my surgery have really made me slow down and have shown me that Ev can step up (I knew he could, but I hate to ask him to do it with his crazy, long days and stress level) and that my boys can take care of themselves a lot of the time, too. I will need to remember that when I can return to "mommy duty" and allow them to do for themselves. :)

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I can definitely relate to your post and often wonder what would happen to my family if I dont address my health needs. Nice reminder for us all.

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Welcome to our Needs in November Cafe.
I don't know about you, but I sometimes feel so exhausted from taking care of everyone's needs all the time, but not getting my own needs met.
This month I thought we could focus on getting on our needs met by taking better care of ourselves and asking for help from others when we need it.
This can be hard for me as I am always feeling like I don't have anyone that will do for my kids if I don't.
We need to take care of our own needs so that we can be at our best for ourselves and our kids.
I am exhausted and overwhelmed these days with so much going on. I am sure you all understand!
We can do this together!
Here we roll into holiday season. Oh joy!

Hugs, Cathy

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