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Hi everyone - we have switched to the pool for the summer/fall - so hop out of here and jump in the pool - the water's great!

HI BECCA -- I was wondering if you were still around...Yay you are!!
Hi Donna - I've been busy in my herb garden today. Picked alot and intend to try my new dehydrator tomorrow. We shall see!!

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Becca, I have never been to New York but it is on my bucket list. Have fun and good for you for getting your exercise in.
I am just catching up on emails then I am off to do my workout too. It is suppose to be lovely here today so I want to get out and enjoy that too....

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50 points for the team!

Am currently in NY, @ a hotel, so already did pool aerobics and yoga.

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Pretty quiet here today isn't it? Had gym this morning, then to cancer clinic then home to do lots of housework. I am just taking a break for a,few minutes
Have a good day

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I am actually doing some better. Thanks for all of the kind words everyone. I guess most of us have been around someone who has been through depression so I'm sure you know the feelings of hopelessness and the dark days. I just want my life back. My dh and I never argue and we have been doing that more and more, he tries to understand and support me but he just doesn't get it.

I have been on an antidepressant since the first of Dec. from my primary Dr. but things have only gotten worse and worse since then and they won't try anything else so that's why I have to see a psychiatrist now.

Everyone at work has been very supportive and understanding. That has helped a lot, especially my boss, she has been very concerned about me. I'm lucky to work in a small office with people who actually care.

Well... next week starts the long 10 hour days. I am already counting the weeks until this ends the end of July. With the promotion, being shorthanded and whatever the boss finds us to do this summer I'm hoping it will fly by. I know there are two schools we need to go help. One is just opening up in the fall and so that is going to be a big task, thankfully one of our co-ordinators is going to be the librarian so it will go smoothly. Just means another person gone from our office. Her and another person leaving this summer yet! So many changes!

Another busy weekend, lots of stuff I want to get done. DH is having a procedure Monday morning so I will miss the first 10 hour day. AWWW, I was just so disappointed when I found that out. NOT! LOL!

Moving on! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Shirley, so sorry to hear all you are dealing with. I hope the meds work very quickly for you. I do understand that it can be a process finding what works for you.
Golfed today and we were so lucky ....no rain and actually got quite nice. That was a plus. Got lots of steps in so,I am a happy girl.

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It's only when you have the courage to step off the ledge that you'll realize you've had wings all along. Gail Lynne Goodwin
From my friend Besshale.....maintenance is as much work as losing but we get to do it in cuter clothes.


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Shirley- that is a shame. I was on antidepressants years ago and the therapist I saw at the time prescribed them....or maybe she had the dr whom she worked under do so. But I didn't have to see him at all. Different places do different things I guess - what about your family dr. Surely they could prescribe them as well.....just a thought.

It has gone from cool spring into very warm summer here. It's days like this that I wished I still had a pool.....I haven't gone back to aqua zumba yet but after my trip next week I hope to start again. Dh said he's given up on me on it....but with what all was going on and the way my blood pressure kept dropping...I just didn't want to pass out again in the pool!

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So sorry to hear of your struggle, Shirley. Living in northeastern Wisconsin, my sister had a hard time keeping the same psychiatrist. The new grads would move up there to get experience then move on after a couple years. And every time she got a new doc, they'd try her off her meds and she'd end up in the hospital again. Those were dark years. She got much better care in Georgia, believe it or not.

Lynn, it's been a very difficult transition. The cold and snow weren't the worst things about winter, it was the dark, dreary, short days. I'm so enjoying the longer, brighter days. I think I'm slowly adjusting to the drastic changes in my life, though. And we are working on our plans for a cruise for next February emoticon


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Went to see a counselor today about the depression and anxiety. After an hour of questions and talking she decided I didn't need counseling (thank goodness) but I do need meds. Big problem - the first appt. I can get with a psychiatrist is July 11th! That's the pits. My boss asked me what they expect me to do until then and I told her I guess manage as best I can, which lately hasn't been well at all. Just upsetting. The office staff explained to me the Drs. take a lot of time off during the summer, the Dr. I'm seeing only sees patients on Mondays and Tuesdays during the summer. It must be nice. DH wants me to find someone else, I don't want to go through the same hassle and explaining everything yet again plus trying to find a new Dr.! Guess it's a good thing I'm not suicidal, but really what do they expect you to do in the mean time? Then after I do get the meds, I have to give them time to kick in and get the right dosage. I'm sure dh is just groaning, I think he thought this was a quick fix. I just hope they give me something I can afford. I hate taking drugs, was so glad when I was able to get it down to just 3 prescriptions. My boss told me to take the day off if I wanted to but I have plenty to keep me busy at work so I figured I might as well come here instead of sitting at home stressing and getting even more depressed. Just hanging on! At least I'm not crying nonstop like before.

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Sad and disappointing news yesterday. Really sent me over the edge. My boss talked to HR yesterday morning and asked them what this new position would really mean and pay, well it's a lateral move and my pitiful raise isn't even $400.00 a year. I was so hoping on more. I figure after they take taxes out on it that it probably won't amount to more then a couple of dollars more on my paycheck, so disappointing. I'm not sure I even want it, so much more responsibility and stress. My dh thinks I should take it. Job security. Doesn't mean much around here since they could close us down next year. All employees are supposed to get a 3 percent raise this year but my boss said if I take the job and get that raise that I might not get the 3 percent. She's going to check on it. In the mean time I'm doing 3 peoples jobs with no extra pay. I'm kind of mad too.

I forgot to tell you all that you all will be very proud of me, I couldn't believe it actually. When we went to the B&B the only room left was upstairs and of course no elevator. I just don't do stairs well, but guess what I was able to go and down like a "normal person" does 99 percent of the time. I was just amazed. I also didn't get winded. I held on to the railing for dear life of course but I did rather well. I usually go up and down on one foot at a time.

Lynn, you don't even know how much I've had going on, May has been a total zoo at work. Retirement parties, farewell lunches, bosses birthday and breakfast yesterday for them.
We went to Florida for 3 days because my dil got her white coat from vet school. Drs. appts., the list goes on. And I'm glad it's over with. My mom moved and found out my dad and stepmom or moving from Florida back to Ohio. Worried about my stepmom, she's so frail and I'm afraid this move will kill her. She turned 88 yesterday. I'm so thankful they are going back though. My stepbrother insisted so he could keep an eye on them and they need that. She keeps falling and has a heart condition.

Today is my dh's and mine wedding anniversary and we ended up fighting again. We never ever argue and this is twice in a week. He's just not understanding the depression and anxiety. His words to me were you have to go to work so get your act together. He has never dealt with it. I told him to look it up. I hate that we fought this morning. I'm at work trying to hold it together. Found out when the other secretary showed up that everyone else is out at meetings the next two days. No one told me, I had no idea. Going to be really quiet, since the other two retired yesterday. I have to find a psychiatrist today and get an appt. ASAP. I'm tired of feeling like this.

Well I have plenty to keep me busy at work, so going to see what I can get done.
Shirley

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Hi Laurie and Shirley - good to hear fom you too! As I said I know I will be in and out b/c I go to dr. appt. every 3 months and all the labwork entailed with that. That's for 2 of my dr....and then the others I see every 6 months...so I feel like a guinea pig.

Shirley - you HAVE had a lot going on...my goodness girl! Congrats on the promotion - I think -- but if it's going to cause that much stress??.....I have no doubt in my mind that you can do it....and as you said...just do the best you can do...and that's all that can be expected of you. The powers that be know that you are still in the learning phase....so don't be quite so hard on yourself. You're not supposed to know it all at once...just b/c you've worked there for awhile...Those new responsibilities you'll have were not yours before and will take awhile to adjust and have a learning curve.
I WILL go to your page in a bit to look at your pics...I have a couple to post of Ezra and I as well. I hope to see him next Tues b/c they are going to the zoo and I might drive down to go with them. But that's also the same week we leave for a trip (on Fri) and I'm just not one to do alot in one week anymore! So we shall see... Happy anniversary to you too (on June 1) Dh and I just celebrated our 8th anniversary but we didn't do anything special other than go out to eat. Maybe on our 10th....

Laurie - I've wondered how your 1st winter in Wisconsin went....we had a mild winter for the most part. DH only used the snowblower 2 or 3x....we had a bit more snow than that but could easily be swept or shoveled off. Ouch a root canal - I don't even want to think about that!!

Hope everyone has a great day or at least what's left of it.


P.S. Donna - I've been meaning to tell you I love your new picture of you and dh....you both look so good and I just think it's sweet!


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Oh my goodness, went away for the weekend and didn't check in at all and missed so much!

Lynn, Lynn, Lynn, you just made my day! I am so excited to see you back among us. I've missed you so much. The whole team has actually, so good to hear from you and Maryann! So sorry you have so many health issues to deal with, but it's sounding like things are starting to even out for you. I've been praying for you and you've been in my thoughts a lot. So so glad you're back my dear friend!
Sounds like you have had a lot going on and some of it fun. I'm so glad you got to go to Florida. Sounds like fun! Post a picture of the grandbaby soon. Go to my profile to see my recent pictures too of my granddaughter! She's almost 15 months old now! Such a joy and blessing to our family.

Well where do I start? I've been suffering from severe depression even though I've been on antidepressants since Dec. It just seems to be getting worse. This whole month has been so bad. Last week was just horrible. Took all I had to just get through the day at work without losing it. My Dr. wants me to see a psychiatrist now. I have been saying I'm not depressed but am coming to terms that I am. I think a lot of it is just the stress from work. Severe anxiety too. So, need to get on the phone this week and find someone who can help me. Friday I finally went to my boss and explained to her what was going on, she was so sweet and understanding. She made me go home plus my dh was home on a comp day and I didn't know it but he was trying to surprise me with a weekend away at a B & B not too far from us. We got the last room and it turned out to be really nice. Very romantic and just so relaxing! He had a bad week too and we hadn't seen each other the whole week. Tuesday because of elections he worked an 18 hour day. Anyway, the main reason we went is because tomorrow is our 5th wedding anniversary.

Today is the last day for the two secretaries, one of them is my supervisor. It's a bittersweet day. Our little family is breaking up, just sad. So now just waiting to see when the job is posted so that I can apply. Lynn, you missed that I will probably be getting a promotion. Hopefully with more money! Just been very stressed. I still don't feel prepared for this job. Just do the best I can I guess. Sounds like we will have a busy summer, I have a lot to do here making some changes and we will be going out to schools (what's left of us that is) I will survive, just very anxious.

Hope everyone had a fun holiday. My dh had to work yesterday, not sure why but Memorial Day is not a holiday for him. I just piddled around home, prepped food for week and made cookies for the girls at work and got caught up on the laundry. Nothing exciting. Next week starts 10 hour days, oh joy! Is summer over yet? I'm off on Monday, dh is having a small procedure done and I have to drive him to the hospital. I'm not sad to be missing the first day. LOL!

Need to get some work done. School is out so it's pretty quiet.
Shirley

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Quiet here so I guess everyone has had a good long weekend.
Nothing exciting here just trying to figure out how I am going to get my steps I today. Will have to work on that for sure with only a little housework and shopping on the agenda. Sometimes a quiet day is good but I don't like to sit too much.
Charlotte, maybe I could come and help you in your yard!!!

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Laurie glad to,hear your long weekend is working out well.
The rain has stopped and there is a little sun today for us which is,nice. I am just back from a good workout at the gym and now into some chores around the house. Nothing exciting for sure!

Donna from Surrey, BC, Canada
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an art, but a habit. - Aristotle

It's only when you have the courage to step off the ledge that you'll realize you've had wings all along. Gail Lynne Goodwin
From my friend Besshale.....maintenance is as much work as losing but we get to do it in cuter clothes.


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Lynn, welcome back to the hot tub! (Almost time to switch to the summer pool emoticon ) It's very good to hear from you. And you, too, Maryanne. emoticon

Seni, we are across the Bay emoticon We are officially out of cherries but won't make a Door County run until next month.

It was a rainy drive up on Friday and traffic south of Oshkosh was horrible. But yesterday it turned into a beautiful day and we went out to the cemetery to plant flowers on my dad's and grandparents' graves. Today my nephews and family will be here for a cookout. The skin is out and it looks like we'll have another pretty day.

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Lynn, yes we did head south again last winter and are planning to again this year but we are cutting back to just three months. That is just fine with me. Also, yes DH is having 7 weeks of radiation for prostate cancer. We are very hopeful that all will be fine. This is not unusual for men to have this and they sure know ,how to look after the patients better than they did 10 years ago. The important thing is to catch it early. I suppose just like women and breast cancer.
It is really raining here quite hard today and a carryover from yesterday. We have hunkered down for the day.

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Lynn-glad to see you. Hope things continue to stay on an even keel for you!

Laurie-Glad the root canal went well, have fun up here this weekend! I'd avoid Door County and the construction nightmare if I possibly could. emoticon

Got another 50 point spin today, yay! And another market is DONE. I'm actually doing ok working alone. I think a LOT of it was just being afraid. And I did cut back on the amount of stuff I take. I'm getting much better about letting things be good enough with what I can manage and not beating myself up over it.

We may get some more rough weather during the night, but hoping for clear skies for the morning market up in Bailey's Harbor tomorrow. Next week is even more hectic with son's graduation on Sunday. I sure hope Hubs makes it home early! (He was supposed to be here last week, but freight happened and son was ok with missing birthday. Graduation is a "better be here" emoticon )


Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday weekend. Don't forget our veterans in your prayers emoticon emoticon

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Good morning! It's a cloudy warm day here today but I've got some work to do in my herb garden and also pull a few weeds in my tomatoes - we only grow 3 plants but the weeds just seem to take it over! The herb garden is easy -- it's in a veg-truk that is waist high so NO bending -- I love it!

Hi Maryann and Donna - thanks for the warm welcome back....not sure for how long but I will as often as I can. Donna - did you go to your winter place this winter? (sorry can't remember the name of it) And did I see somewhere in my reading posts that your dh is having radiation? How is he doing?

Well off to work a bit...talk more later...

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It is absolutely wonderful to hear from both of our leaders!!! We missed you....and love it when you can drop by even for a quick visit!

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Lynn --- good to have you back in the hot tub!!!

For all of you who do know Lynn, as well as those who do not ..... let me tell you, she is one remarkable lady. We (my daughter and I) got together with Lynn for lunch. Considering all that she's been through and continues to go through, she has handled it all with grace and has not hidden from what her body is experiencing, but has become informed and is always looking for answers.

I'm looking forward to seeing her very soon .....

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. God bless all our military and their families, and remember those who gave their lives for our freedom!!



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I don't want any of you who know who I am to faint from shock -- but I thought I'd stop by for a visit. I know it's a holiday this weekend here in the US ....so lots might be traveling and visiting. It has been a rough several months but I am coming to terms with what life has been....and am ready to try to return some normalcy to my world. In years past my normalcy would have been work/school but since retiring can't do that anymore so as I've been thinking what would make me feel like I'm getting back to normal. Well, #1 was to think about exercise again....which I haven't done alot since last November! The #2 thing was to think about SP.-- which brings me here....so without going into alot of detail here is the short version of where I am now....

1. I have chronic kidney disease - cause unknown at this point but most likely from the beginnings of multiple myeloma. No treatment at this point.
2. I've had some arthritic episodes - mostly in my hands and may be looking at surgery to replace a bone in my thumb. (so typing etc is painful but we're working on it.
3. And mostly I just plain miss you guys!!!!

Maryann and I have kept in touch albeit not too often recently but I think I"ve had some depression as well from all that was going on and I am finally feeling like I"m coming out of the fog...
So there I think that catches you up some....I have for the most part kept my weight off...except for about 6 or 7 pounds....so what my ticker says isn't completely accurate but it's going to get back there...I've been having some fluid retention and I think that is the reason for the gain (ok maybe a few of my Christmas cookies in Dec might have contributed to it as well!!!)
I have had a lot of little things going wrong as well, (boils, infections,)so it's just not been a pleasant past few months....

On the positive side -- my grandson turned 1 in January and is prob. the cutest fella in the whole wide world!! (LOL -- according to me of course) I got a new car in April - 2015 Chevy Malibu w/ all kinds of things I've never had on a car....OnStar, hands free phone, sirius radio, a heating/cooling system that took awhile to figure out! But it's getting easier. My dh and I celebrated our 8th anniversary on May 19th.....so see, it's not all been bad!! OH yes...and in April I went to Disney with my daughter and SIL and enjoyed the flower and garden festival at Epcot -- they went to the parks everyday we were there (5 days) but I only went to parks on 2 days and I enjoyed the WARMTH -- that has been a real issue with me -- I am always - and I do mean always -- COLD.

So that's what's up with me....I"ll go back a few days/weeks and read posts but please, let me know what's new with all of you......and if you're new here and don't know who I am...(I"m Lynn, the missing co-leader) so nice to meet you if you're around!!

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Hi al, very quiet her today so I am assuming you are all into your long weekend. Enjoy.......its just an ordinary weekend here and not so nice out but hey, we can use the rain too.
It is nice to,have a break for,DH with no radiation for a few days. I think his body will enjoy the break.


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Laurie, so glad the root canal went smoothly! You deserve a nice restful weekend, I know you will enjoy spending it with your family.

Donna, the weather does look like it's supposed to be nice this weekend. I hadn't even looked since we don't do anything. I use to make hamburgers on the grill, and deviled eggs, etc. when the kids were home. Can't grill anymore so just have to make do with hamburgers fried inside.

A manicure sounds wonderful and I noticed mine is starting to look bad. I had it done Mother's Day weekend and ended up with long nails and a french manicure. So not me anymore. I was hoping to wait a few more weeks until I'm off on a Friday but they're not going to last that long. Maybe I will do that Sunday afternoon. Sounds so relaxing just thinking about it.

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Root canal went very well yesterday. No cracks, no complications. Just the way I like it!

We are heading up to northeastern Wisc. tomorrow after work to visit my brother and his family. Hoping for a relatively relaxed weekend.

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Shirley that is what you have to do to make this new job your own. It will all work out I am sure.
I hope you all have a good long weekend whatever your plans. It sounds like most of you are going to have nice weather.
It is rainy here today so I am going to cancel my golf and maybe get my nails done. Sounds like a nice me thing to do.......DH has a late radiation appointment so I think it will work out.

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Nothing new here. My brain is on overload from my supervisor telling me everything. The boss made her make up a notebook with the more technical information "just in case I'm ever out" well the information is on the licensing for all of this equipment and where everything is located that no one would ever need to know. I didn't know any of this until this year and I've been here 9 years. She had more information in there then she had told me! When I move to her desk I plan to move files around and things so I will have to redo the book, she has everything precisely spelled out. This info is in the purple folder in the upper cabinet etc. I have plans to do a lot of re-organizing.

Today is the last day of school for everyone, yippee! Less traffic to deal with and don't have to fight with students to get a parking place. They always park up in the staff parking and they're not supposed to. After tomorrow there won't be any teachers here either.

3 day weekend coming up, of course dh has to work on Monday, when you're in the newspaper business I have found out there are no set hours or holidays off and lots of late nights. This week has been the pits with the election on Tuesday. I eat dinner alone most nights, he hardly ever gets home before 8:00. Too bad they don't pay him for all of the over time he works. We would be rich! LOL!
I think my "adopted daughter" is going to come over in the afternoon and we are going to bake cookies. She remembers doing that when I knew her as a child and she would get to come spend the weekend with me. I didn't even remember that until she reminded me of it. I would always give her a big tin of cookies and tell her she had to share with the rest of the family. She told me recently she took that tin home and hid it and ate all the cookies herself. I hate that we missed so many years together.

Hope your oral surgery went well yesterday Laurie! You've been in my thoughts.
Off to work!
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Such a busy day that I am just stopping by to say hello,

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50 team points! yay.

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Shirley, you are right it is not the same but for the little ones it does keep the connection going. They will be a lot more tech savy than us as they grow.
Still cloudy here today but not raining so that is good. Suppose to rain tomorrow....my golf day....figures
Laurie I hope the dental appointment goes well. Yes the antibiotic is important

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I did Facetime with them twice, but it's not the same. The bad thing is we only live one hour away! It just seemed like every weekend we had something going on or they did. One weekend we were supposed to see them but my dh hurt his back and they didn't want to come in to see us.

I start compressed work weeks soon and will be off on Fridays. My dil is too so I might meet up with them a few times. My Fridays during the summer seem to get filled fast trying to have lunch with old friends and getting caught up. My dh still has quite a few days of vacation he needs to use before the middle of August, so he will be taking a few Fridays off too.

Laurie, sorry you have to have a root canal. Hope all goes well. My dh had to have one once, he was in so much pain before the procedure he was ready to get it over with too. Good luck, will keep you in my thoughts.

Supposed to be getting hotter here. We have had a spectacular spring really, I can't complain. The humidity hasn't been too bad at all. But I think it's getting ready to change. It was nice while it lasted anyway.

Today is the boss's 60th birthday. We are throwing a surprise party, of course by now she has probably figured out that's what we are doing since we started doing this a few years ago for everyone that turned 60. We did one for my supervisor in January, and have another one to do next month. No one will be around to do it for my 60th and that suits me just fine.

Need to get busy and see if my supervisor can sit down and go over some things with me. All of the sudden the boss decided yesterday out of the blue that she needed to make a notebook of everything. That will take all week and probably still won't get done. She said it was "in case I was ever out" I thought does she think I'm just going to get up and quit or what? This job isn't that crucial. I taught the new secretary what she needs to do if I'm ever out just in case. It's pretty simple really. What is hard is all the complex stuff of the server going down, placing orders, helping teachers, renewing licenses and all that. I will survive!

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Saw the endodontist and scheduled a root canal for Weds. No big surprise there. I'm glad to get it done with so quickly. He's not a believer in pre-medicating for dental work, so I had to call my ortho in Texas to get a prescription before the procedure.

Shirley, my sister and bil routinely Skype with their grandkids since they live so far away. They read to them and my bil sings to them. It really does keep them connected.

I think we've turned the corner from winter around here. I'm not going to call it summer quite yet, but I'm definitely wearing sandals again. Whoopee!

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Shirley, like I said before you really need to do Skype with your granddaughter.
It is cool and cloudy so far today so we will see what the day brings. It is Monday of our long weekend so we will be staying off the highways for sure. Not much planned other than a walk to the store as long as it is not going to rain.
Have a good week everyone....

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Donna, I say that every week, how does a house where only two people live and gone most of the week get so dirty? And how do we make this much laundry?

Got to see my granddaughter yesterday for a few hours, I started counting up and it has been 6 weeks since I saw her last. She has gotten so big and starting to stand up and walk around the furniture, she has some bruises from falling, poor baby. She grew so much. I just kept thinking she's not a baby anymore, where did the time go? I was afraid she had forgotten who my dh and me were but she reached for us and gave us a big smile and wanted to be held. She even gave us both a hug. It totally melted my heart. Tried to get a good picture of her but she wouldn't sit still long enough. I offered to babysit for an entire weekend so my ds and dil could have some time together. They said they couldn't remember the last time they went out alone. I wish I lived closer so I could help more. They took me up on my offer. I have a feeling I may regret it. :) We are going to have to do some child proofing, I need to get some toys for my house. I got a used high chair, I feel like a real grandma now.

This is the last week before my supervisor and other secretary retire. I just can't believe it. Need to really buckle down this week and learn the rest of this stuff and get questions answered. I'm not ready to be in charge.

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Laurie, I am really sorry to hear about your dentist problems. You are right about being concerned that the infection would spread to your knee. That is the very last thing we want to have to deal with. Yeah for the lilacs!!!!
Housecleaning, washing and just those type of things around the house today. Jim is napping after his radiation treatment so I am waiting to tuen on the vacuum..how can a house get so dirty with just two people living here......
The sun is shining...nice....
It is a long weekend here for us.

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Donna, my supervisor's last day is May 31st. After that I'm on my own and all that knowledge of being here for 16 years will be gone. So I'm trying to soak it all up now.

Laurie, we absolutely hate the 4 - 10 hour days. We would rather work the 8 hour days and not be off on Fridays. We don't get a lunch break so it just makes the day even longer. It would be okay if we were busy but with teachers gone it is soooo boring and is just unbearable. All I want to do is sit here and eat to stay awake. I think this summer we will be going out to a school to get it ready for next year, that helps. By the time I get home I'm too tired to exercise, still have to cook dinner, do dishes and pack lunches. On Fridays I'm just too tired to do anything. I do manage to get a good start on the laundry and that's helpful. I haven't met a single person that works these hours for the school district that likes it. So I'm wondering who likes it so much to convince the superintendent to do it. The reasoning is everything is supposed to be closed on Fridays and saves energy, we all want proof. It's just 7 weeks of misery and I spend the whole summer wishing for it to be over with.
Sorry I guess I needed to vent. I really could take the whole month of June off and not miss anything. July is a little busier, getting ready for school to start and that's when I do my inventory.

Sorry about the dental woes. That's terrible about your abscess Laurie, I hope that infection didn't go down into your knee, that would be awful.

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Sorry to hear about your dental & dentist problems, Laurie. Good that you were able to find another dentist. I'm in a similar situation, although not as bad as yours. Will be seeing a specialist next week though.

Lovely spring day here - crabapple and wild plum trees in full bloom, the lawn is a jungle - I'm still scratching in the garden, waiting for dh to finish seeding to get the riding mower & the garden tiller going.

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I'd love to do 4 10-hour days instead of 5 8-hour days. I used to do that when I worked nights as a nurse and loved having the extra day off.

I have friends from Texas stopping for dinner tonight. It will be so good to see them. I really, really miss my Texas friends!

I'm dealing with a dental mess. The dentist we picked when we moved here is just incompetent, that's the only adjective I can choose. I switched dentists and went to see her on Monday. I have a big whopping abscess around a tooth that had a root canal. I have bone loss already, so the guy should have picked up on that when I saw him in October. One of my knees is feeling tight and I'm just hoping that infection hasn't traveled down to the implant. No wonder I'm have muscle spasms in my back this week!

OK, enough complaining. It's finally getting sunny and warmer here. Lilacs are blooming--they are my favorite flower. It's so good to finally see everything green and growing. After the snow last weekend I had doubts that we'd ever get summer! Oops, back to complaining. I better stop...

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Shirley, I am thinking when you go on your 10 hour days that might give you the opportunity to learn all these things when you are not so busy....
Off the the Cancer Clinic this morning with DH then home to clean. Exciting day, huh?

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Laurie, I shall remember that! We are supposed to get rain later today maybe I will go out and play in it, then maybe I will have a good loss when I weigh tomorrow. LOL! Wish it was that easy.

Spent all day yesterday taking all of the little pieces of papers and the tablet I have been using and typing up notes of things my supervisor has been telling me. I am making up a notebook to refer to. By 4:30 my head was throbbing and spinning. I guess I am feeling a little better about things. Just a little! Feeling overwhelmed for sure. Just so much to learn, I have one more week to get it together. She's been the go-to copyright guru for years for the schools, now my boss is hinting that I will be doing it too. I hope not, I have no idea how to even find out the answers, plus it takes lots of research, I'm trying to figure out when I will have time to add that on to everything else I have to do. I think copyright questions should go to the legal dept. and not me. I don't want to get involved.

Guess I better go and figure out what else I need to learn. Blah! So looking forward to the 3 day holiday coming up. DH has to work that day as usual. I think my "adopted daughter" is going to come over in the afternoon when she gets off work and we are going to make cookies. We use to do that when I knew her as a child, I didn't even remember it and that's all she has talked about wanting to do ever since we re-connected last year. I love having her in my life again. This is funny she went to church with us on Mother's Day and she brought me a beautiful purple orchid. Three days later I go to Florida and my son gives me the same exact orchid even the color is the same for a Mother's Day gift! So now I have two to try and keep alive. Yikes! I don't have much luck with plants.
Have a great day everyone!
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Hopefully going to see my grandbaby on Sunday I haven't seen her in about 5 weeks. Missing my baby!

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Good reasoning Laurie.....I will stick with that one!!! emoticon

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Donna, I vote yes--the rain makes you heavier and moving more weight burns more calories emoticon

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Off to golf in the rain today. Mi am playing team so we have no choice but to play. I am sure I will look like a drowned rat when I am done. Do you burn more calories in the rain?

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Yep all the pages changed. Not sure I like it or not.

Donna sorry to hear that Jim started his radiation, I will keep you both in my prayers. Hoping he gets good results from it.

Not much new here, raining. Going to be a quiet day, my supervisor took the day off. Can't imagine what it will be like in two weeks when she will be gone. Wish I was retiring with her. I hope they post her job soon so we can get moving on that. Ready to just get into a new norm. After I get promoted I will have to move to her desk. Right now I kind of sit in a corner by myself and I've enjoyed it. I'm moving my computer, I sure don't want hers, she has problems with it everyday. I don't have that many problems, thank goodness. On June 6th we start our compressed work weeks and 10 hour days. So depressing!

Guess I should see what I can get accomplished today. Trying to learn everything and clarify others. I need to make sure I understand everything, which I don't and probably never will. Feeling overwhelmed right now is an understatement.

Have a great day everyone!
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Senimmo, all our pages changed today so we will just have to get use to it.
Charlotte, it does make one wonder how these guys can eat so much and stay so slim. Sometimes life is just not fair.
Jim started his radiation today so we have 6-8 weeks, 5 days a week to look forward too. Life will be a lot different for awhile.

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Just popped in for a minute to see if anyone else's sparkpage has changed again? My whole layout and everything is totally different and I know I didn't make any changes! If anyone knows how I can get the old one back PLEASE email me!!! I don't have time to learn how to navigate this site all over again :-((


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Just a quick emoticon as I'm off to town to do some errands & grocery shopping after a morning of cooking. Dh is halfway through seeding and eating everything in sight - don't know why sitting on a tractor gives him such an appetite - but it sure keeps me busy peeling and roasting and baking. And he never gains an ounce - life is not fair! emoticon
Long weekend coming up here in Canada - we're expecting an old friend from Toronto to stop by for a visit. That's not the only reason I was cleaning up a storm yesterday, but it was a good incentive.

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Karen, you are so right about courses being beautiful. We have been to some pretty amazing places.
Becca, things are looking up with so few dishes to retrieve!
Shirley, you will love Thai food. I like it better than Chinese and it is healthier as long as you order the right things.
No specific plans for today just getting back to normal with the usual daily chores and. Little more exercise that I have had in the last few days.

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Glad you had such a great trip Donna, sounds relaxing. I felt like on our vacation that we were either in the car driving to the next place or on the run somewhere. It wasn't very relaxing at all. The time at the beach was nice but way too short. I told dh we just need to go and spend a few days and really soak up the sand and relax.

My blood work came back from the Dr. and my A1c went from 6.9 to 6.0! That's fantastic! The rest of my blood work came back great too, even my cholesterol. We have been doing Atkins or sort of like it, mostly just eating very low carb and lots of vegetables for the last two months plus I had lost 11 pounds! Then we got totally off track during vacation but getting back on it, it's hard to do I found out.

My dad called me last week too and told me him and my stepmom (who is 88 and in poor health) are moving back to Ohio. I was just floored, he told me once he wanted to go back but she was opposed to it. But her son is insisting so he can keep an eye on them. I'm so relieved. I wanted to hug his neck and thank him. They live in Florida all alone. I'm the closest family to them and I have been really worried about them. So this is great news. I asked dad about selling the house, he told me they put it up for sale last week and it sold the very next day. I couldn't believe it. It's a cute house though so I'm not surprised.

Today is the farewell lunch for the two people retiring. We are going to a Thai restaurant, I've never ate Thai before, so this will be an experience for me. I'm taking extra tissues, I'm sure there will be a few tears from several of us. I finished their scrapbooks yesterday, they turned out so nice in the end. They are going to be surprised. I cross stitched them bookmarks as my gift.

I guess I should try and get some work done. Yesterday and last Tuesday were total wastes for me, I spent the whole two days working on the scrapbooks. Not much going on here, trying to get everything back, that's always a challenge. Things are sure going to be different in two weeks.
Have a good day everyone!
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Donna, I envy your golf habit!

I've never played or even been around anyone who does but golf courses are some of the most beautiful outdoor places in the world. And they are all over the world. I want an international pass to hike through every golf course, everywhere!

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Good morning, sunshine. I am up way too early again, but figured I could use the extra minute to read in the tub, then clean out some of the old piles of paper on the bottom shelf of the desk. Went into Nick's room to look for stray dishes, and only found one cup and 3 pieces of silverware, which is surprising.

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Hi everyone, we are now back home and it feels really good to be in our own place. Had a great weekend with our friends, enjoyed a 9 hole,golf game and did some wine tastings at the local wineries which was fun. All in all it was a good weekend and a nice drive. Now back to reality. This will be a busy week so it was nice to,have a break.

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Judy what wonderful news that is! What a blessing that something so simple (I'm sure it wasn't) has worked so well. I'm so happy for you. Just keep up the exercising!

Back from vacation and all, and welcome back to reality as soon as we hit home, in the door was stuck a letter from the leasing office that our rent will be going up $117.00 a month! I just can't believe it. That's a lot and we just moved in 9 months ago. We will be able to make the monthly payment for this coming year but my dh said if they are going to go up this much every year we will need to start looking and possibly moving somewhere else next year! I really like this new apt. it's not perfect but no place is but to have to pay that much is ridiculous. DH is calling this morning we were supposed to sign the lease on Friday to get the "early bird special" and we were gone. Just crazy. So I've been really depressed since we got home, coming home was bad enough. I just don't want to do all of the searching, packing and unpacking again so soon. It nearly killed me last year. I don't even feel like we have gotten settled in good yet.

Vacation was nice, the weather was beautiful, didn't get to spend as much time at the beach as we had hoped, got there too late in the afternoon. We did get up at 6 am and caught the sunrise which was nice. Then we left and went to Gainesville spent the afternoon with my son and his wife. Her mom and dad came up and their best friends from college came down from North Carolina. On Friday she got her white coat from the vet school, that was nice, then we had a big BBQ that evening. It was fun. I'm just so proud of her. Two more years to go!

Before we left home my dad called me, they live in Kissimmee and my stepmom is 88 years old and in very poor health. I've been worrying about them because they live down there alone with no family. Well apparently my oldest stepbrother has insisted they move back to Ohio and live close to him so he can watch out for them. I'm so relieved! My dad has wanted to go back but she didn't. They put their house on the market two weeks ago and sold it the very next day! I was stunned. They have to be out by the middle of June. Their house is just full of Disney stuff, knick knacks and glassware and lots of dust. I just dreaded having to pack that all up, but now I don't have to! It kind of sounds like they are taking it all with them! My stepbrother is just going to freak out when he has to unpack all of this. I talked to her for just a minute and she was really out of it. I'm afraid this move might just do her in.

So that's it, lots to tell. Now back to work, just two weeks until my supervisor and the secretary retire. I noticed she cleaned a lot of stuff out of her cubicle. Made me sad. It's going to be a hard two weeks. I hate saying good bye! I don't do change well at all.
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Hi all, we are away right now so not doing many emails. Read your posts and will comment later.

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Happy Weekend!
I just don't know what to do with myself today... therapy is closed on the weekends, so I have to find a way to exercise without them. Going every day has become a habit... I miss it.

There has been vast improvement over the past week and a half, since the manipulation. I am beginning to feel hope again, that I will be able to walk normally. I can bend... to 100 degrees, without help, the swelling is down, and so is the pain. I still have aches, but greatly diminished.

Seems like that manipulation was a small miracle that I needed desperately.

Hope everyone is doing well here.

Judy from Henderson, NV (near Las Vegas) had a Total Right Knee Replacement 10/5/2010.
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Got the mess with the gym straightened out. We got charged for the upcoming month even tho' we had gone in Monday to cancel the PT sessions. We went to the tech we had originally talked to and he looked up my info. I guess he 'forgot' to complete the paperwork, so it didn't go thru'. I don't like it when I can't tell if a person is outright lying to me, or if he did actually forget to finish it up. Anyhow, we should be getting out $200 back within a couple of days. And I have 30 days to use up the sessions that are owed to me, that I've already paid for, so I'll have to double up in the next couple of weeks.

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You were right about Fogerty!

Joe and I were in San Antonio last night at the Majestic Theater to see John Fogerty.
Fogerty and every single member of his band was fantastic! How can a 71 yr. old man jump up and down for 5 minutes straight while playing a guitar and then go right back into singing? They played almost every song I ever heard from Credence Clearwater Revival. The drummer, Kenny Aronoff, played a stupendous drum solo! Fogerty's son Shane played guitar alongside his dad. Really great guitarist himself. And John Fogerty's voice still sounds the same! Great concert. Lots of fun!

Afterwards, we found a great little bar at street level above the River Walk, called SoHo, and listened to some live blues from a small band that was really good. A few martinis improved the acoustics, lol. This was a strange little dark bar that I was a bit hesitant about entering, but we had followed the blues from down on the river walk, up an unlabeled elevator to street level, then across a dark road and couldn't resist going in. It was worth it. I always follow Joe. Sometimes he leads me to strange places but I'm always glad we found them.

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We went to a John Fogerty concert a few years a go while in the desert and it was awesome. I know you will love it! He is so talented.
Have fun!

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Shirley, sounds like you have a great boss!

Joe and I will be in San Antonio tonight. John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame is in concert there, very close to the River Walk where we will be staying. He's playing at The Majestic.

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Hi everyone,

Kren, how awesome is that? I just loved your story about the fox family!

Charlotte, so sorry you are having problems, always seems to be something doesn't it. I'm sure you're glad the dinner theater is done for another year and that all went well.

Laurie, it's nice and pleasant here in Georgia! Just had to rub that in. LOL!

Donna, that's neat about the bald eagles. We would never see anything like that around here, too busy and loud!

Judy, keep plugging along! You'll get there, it's fantastic that you are seeing some progress finally. Hang in there.

I am exhausted! Started setting up for the retirement party at 1:30 and got home at 7 pm yesterday. I've never been at work for 12 hours before, it was a very long day. I was on my feet most of the time. I was hurting all over when I got home, but the party was a huge success and they were pleased. Our boss who wanted everything to be perfect got her wish. It all came together in the end. We had great help though, a part of our department is Textbooks and the secretary there does a lot of event planning for the school system, so she had access to table cloths and centerpieces and some other things we needed. It turned out beautiful. We had a ton of food left over and the cake turned out fantastic. There were some tears from several of us. Things are sure going to be different in a couple of weeks. They will be missed!

Then today when I got to work I redid my resume AGAIN! I'm finally happy with it. I think it looks great and is easy to read, the resume I had was just too wordy. I also found out yesterday that I was going to have to send it electronically so I had to get it saved on my desktop at work anyway to do that. I thought I could just hand in a paper one like I did the last time. Foolish me, I should have known better. LOL! It ended up being easier to just do it at work anyway instead of messing with the cranky computer at home.

I also worked the rest of the day on the scrapbooks, they came together very nice. The boss was pleased again. Hoping they can get some pictures printed that a photographer took so that I can stick them in their books on Monday, then do a few finishing touches and still waiting for farewell letters from the administrators in the office so I can stick those in. I got everyone's but theirs. Tuesday we are taking them out to lunch and going to present the books to them then. I'm sure there will be some tears again. I will be one of them I'm afraid. My supervisor and I are alike in that way, we are both very emotional. It's going to be a tough two weeks. I have their cross-stitched bookmarks wrapped and ready to go that day too. Checking stuff off my list.

I asked my boss if I could work through lunch and leave an hour early so I could go home and pack and she told me to take 2 hours then she told me to take 3 hours! I was thrilled! I left two hours early and will take the other hour one day next week. Apparently she told the other secretary to take 2 hours but I didn't get that message. So I was able to get home and am nearly all packed, just a few last things. What a good feeling! Waiting on DH to get home so he can pack, he is frantically trying to wrap up things in his office. He won't be here for production day so everything needs to be ready before then. So looking forward to putting my feet in the sand, watching the waves and just relaxing for a bit, and spending time with my hubby. Then the next day it's off to my son's. Looking forward to seeing them.

So I'm off and I'm sure I won't be on here much the next few days. But I will be thinking of all of you!
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Karen we had the same experience a few years ago with bald eagles outside our balcony and of course a little ways away. We watched them build the next, sit on the eggs, saw the new burns being fed then watched as Mo. And Dad taught them to fly and then hunt. It wa amazing. They have come back but our foliage has grown so much we cannot see as well but we can sure hear them. We do see them when they are flying. We felt very special to be part of it.

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It is definitely the growing season here in Central Texas and has been for some time, so all our markets are full of fresh veggies.



Last year I had a Mama Fox move in under my deck and have a litter of three! I was not happy about all the excavation she did of my flower bed, moving the rubber border around it, digging up the crossvine and honeysuckle and making mounds of dirt. My deck sits right on the ground but evidently she made room under it with her burrowing.

I had put wire mesh around the edges of the deck when I saw that she was digging test spots, trying to get in. No matter. She just dug deeper.

Now once she was there, I was treated to a display each morning about 5 a.m. as she sat on the far edge of the deck and her babies ran and wrestled. Extreme cuteness! I had really large flower pots there with nothing in them but dirt - this was late Feb and early March, and the babies used them as testing ground to hone their burrowing skills. They turned the pots on the side and then dug in. It was a rainy time and consequently there was mud all over the deck.

I had a small round trampoline/rebounder out there and there were cute tiny little fox pawprints all over it. So although I tried hard to keep her out, I felt pretty privileged to see them. Who gets to watch a wild fox family play every morning?

This year I placed some heavy landscaping stones around the deck. Well wasn't that nice, lol, but it did not deter her at all. She's back! This year she has only one baby.

She sits on the far edge of the deck and I stand behind my glass door and we stare at each other while baby plays. Joe was there the other night and as soon as he walked up to the window, she left and took baby with her. I'm the only human she allows.

It was good to hear the sounds she made to warn her baby. Sort of like a fussy squirrel. I've heard her bark at me before during the day, a completely different sound. Wild animals make all sorts of sounds we aren't familiar with and don't recognize in addition to the more familiar sounds we do know. It's pretty neat to have an observatory where you can study some of them, right outside your window.

My son suggested that next year I put a dog house in the corner of the house, so she can burrow under it and I can get my deck back to looking like it's for a human instead of being a playpen for baby fox.

My suburban neighborhood has always had a fox family or two. I've seen them when I walk very early in the morning. One crossed the road right in front of me and levitated right over the six foot privacy fence like it wasn't there. These are grey fox and are beautiful to watch. Of course, I'm just a sucker for all critters, lol.

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Our local farmer's market opened on Saturday, but there were mostly plants and arts & crafts. It's a little early to put plants out, so those mostly stayed at the market. We might have frost one night this week--blech! We did put out some hardy flower last weekend, and my muscles complained about that.

We need to go to a new dentist. The one we've been seeing since we moved here isn't terribly impressive. And I may have a root canal in my near future as well, Charlotte.

Judy, making noise isn't so bad. Have you ever been around weight-lifters :) Don't be afraid to really crank on that knee, slow and steady, though, no jerking.

One year ago we came up here to scope out the lay of the land. It was wet and cold, just like today. Summer MUST be coming soon!

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Ugg, Charlotre in the root canal problem. Sorry to hear that you are having problems. Enjoy your lunch with the Parks retirees. It's great that you keep in touch. Yes, I feel,the same way about my TKR. I was just thinking yesterday it will be six years this June since I had it done. It totally changed my life and I don't have one minute of regret. I sure hope it lasts longer that they say. Apparently knees don't last as long as hips......
Nice to hear dorm you Karen. I too love Farmers Markets and they are just starting around here.
It is halibut season here and I went to the fish store yesterday and ordered a whole halibut which wi will split with my son. Halibut is very expensive but when you buy it like this it is half the price. I won't get it for about a month. Yum...can't wait.we live right by the ocean so our seafood is very fresh.

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My knee rehab is still progressing... slowly.
Therapist keeps saying how great I'm doing... Well sure compared to before the manipulation, but I am still lagging in my timetable. Going to therapy every day,,, for about 2.5 to 3 hours... I managed to get the bike pedals to turn!!!! emoticon
I let out a scream when that happened. Of course it isn't like normal bike riding... I still start and stop to get them to go around, but with a few grunts I can do it...
Making a lot more noise at therapy... many ugh's and ow's...

But at least things are progressing this time around.

Judy from Henderson, NV (near Las Vegas) had a Total Right Knee Replacement 10/5/2010.
Left Knee Replacement 2/23/2016.
Now I hope knee surgeries are over!

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Charlotte, it's always so good to hear about success after a THR! Good for you!

It's that time of the year for Farmers Markets. It's one of my favorite summer pastimes, visiting many different ones.

I'm driving to Sun City near Georgetown, Tx today. Going with a friend to their farmers market which is usually really spectacular. We'll see how it is this year.

I visited my local farmers market Saturday and bought some purple onions, cucumbers and tomatoes. They were short on stalls of veggies and long on arts and crafts. Lots of jewelry, birdhouses, etc.

I'll be back this afternoon to tell you my Mama Fox tale, lol.

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emoticon I feel like sending my hip surgeon a thank you card - I got through 8 dinner theatre shows spread over 2 weekends plus a month of intensive rehearsals beforehand with nary a twinge in my artificial hip! Wish I could say the same for my lower back, but even that was not too bad. Now back to real life, with getting my garden in & the lawn mowed at the top of the to do list. Everything is green and growing finally. Today's rain will make it even more so.

Good to catch up with everyone's activities. Judy - exercising is the best thing you can do for your new joint although not very appealing when it hurts. I slacked off on my hip exercises once everything healed (mistake!) everything stiffened up big time so am back to aquacize, walking and stretching.

Shirley - hope the retirement party went well & that everyone appreciated all the work you put into it. Have a great time on your holiday.

Hi to Donna & Karen. What are you up to today? I'm going to the final lunch of the season for my Parks Canada retirees group, then some shopping. Still feeling the effects of nearly 2 hours in the dentist's chair yesterday getting a root canal done or partly done. One root was not cooperating, so now I have to see a specialist next week. emoticon So it's soup and soft foods in the meantime.

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Hi all, off to the gym then home and out the door for some errands. I really need to walk more today. I was a lump yesterday!!! Did not get my walk in but had a lovely evening with the kids with a very yummy dinner.
Hope you all had a great Mothers Day.

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Happy Mother's Day everyone! I know I'm late, mine was no big deal, still did laundry, cooked and did dishes. But my dh finished helping me work on my resume and he made the corrections for me while I made dinner. So glad to have that off my shoulders. He said he would cook but he does better with my cranky computer then I do. Now I just need to print it on resume paper at work and I will have it ready.
We went to church, my sweet "adopted daughter" went with us and brought me a beautiful orchid, which I will probably kill! It made my day that she went with us. One son called me, the other one sent me a text but said he would call later, I told him it was ok since I was going to be busy and I will be seeing him on Thursday anyway.

Today is the retirement party at work, will be so glad when this day is over with, it's going to be a very long day and exhausting. We also got some stuff packed for vacation, we leave on Wed. morning. So excited to stick my toes in the sand, only for one day but better then nothing. I love the ocean!

Judy, so glad to hear that things are going better with your knee. You sure have had a time with it. Keep doing the exercises at home and going to therapy, you will get there, it's a slow process.

Well trying to clean my desk off before I leave on vacation, so I need to get to work, we start setting up for the party at 1:30. It's going to be a very long day!

Donna, 17,000 steps, are you kidding me? I wouldn't be able to walk after that many steps. Oh my goodness! Good for you. I feel lucky if I get over 5000 a day. I might make it to 10,000 some day. Doubt if I will ever be able to do 17,000 though! That's a lot of steps. I figure I will get close to 10,000 today though. Love my Fitbit!

Hope everyone has a great day!
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Therapy went well all week. I finally got those darn bike pedals to go around... it was difficult, and slow, but they turned!

The CPM machine is very weird. I have it only to 101 degrees... I need to get to 120... Slow and steady right. At least now I feel as if there is some hope. Knee bends somewhat, they got it to 125 during the manipulation... I can only get about 93 degrees, But that is way better than the 76 degrees I had before.

Now I am paranoid about it stiffening up. Therapy is closed on the weekends, so I have to do stuff myself at home... not my forte. I do the exercises once and feel like I'm done. I need to do more, but something/chores always seems to get in the way. I am very ready for this rehab to be finished! 73 days and counting...


Judy from Henderson, NV (near Las Vegas) had a Total Right Knee Replacement 10/5/2010.
Left Knee Replacement 2/23/2016.
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Very quiet here this weekend. Wishing everyone a happy Mothers Day. We are off to our sons for dinner so that's wonderful especially when he told me he is cooking Greek. Yum!!!

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Had a lovely day yesterday for golf.....the game not so much. But that is how it works sometimes so I have to just enjoy being out there. Lots of exercise though....almost 17,000 steps so that is a plus.
It is going to be very nice here today but I have to much to do so probably won't get out much. I have my annual physical, errands and housework.
Enjoy your day everyone!

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Donna from Surrey, BC, Canada
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an art, but a habit. - Aristotle

It's only when you have the courage to step off the ledge that you'll realize you've had wings all along. Gail Lynne Goodwin
From my friend Besshale.....maintenance is as much work as losing but we get to do it in cuter clothes.


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Where is everyone at? Too quiet on here lately!

I had my annual physical and mammogram yesterday. So glad that is all over. I have hit every Dr. so far this year except the ortho and I need to go see him. I got good news at the Dr. I have lost 11 pounds since I was last there in Feb. Low carbing is going well. I was thrilled and so was the Dr. She sat down and we had a long talk and I got some answers. So it went well. Now to get the results of the blood work, hoping my A1c and cholesterol have come down with this way of eating.

Yay for Fridays! I got to work and got some stuff that needs to be cataloged so that will take up part of my day. Monday is the big retirement party for the two people in my office, it has turned into this big circus and I'm just to the point of wanting it over with. It's going to be a crazy and a very long day. Just dreading it. Tuesday I will recuperate and work on finishing up their scrapbooks. Then Wed. morning dh and I are leaving for Florida, one day at the beach, then on to Gainesville to see my ds and dil. She gets her white coat on Friday for vet school. So excited to be going and to get to see ds for more then a few hours as he passes through town.

Nothing big planned for this weekend, dh has an appt. to take his car in to get the airbag fixed, run to the grocery store to get a few things for the few days we will be home and the trip. I have an appt. to get a mani/pedi in the afternoon and I think we are going to the movies. Sat. is church and lunch out. Rest of day I don't know. My kids unfortunately don't do anything for me. I feel lucky if I get a phone call from them. Just the way it has always been, I think they got that from their dad who always down played everything. It was just another day to him. I'm thankful I have my wonderful dh who makes the day special for me even though I'm not the mother of his children.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Shirley

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