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Hi girls!

Yes, I'm still alive. So sorry I haven't checked in in so long. I have been mostly away from my pc as my mother in law is in the spare room where my pc is. We were supposed to move the pc but the spot I want it in is too far away from the electrical outlet and phone line so that's out. NO other space available at this time so I've just spent a few minutes checking my personal emails every week and that's about it.

Weight wise I am not much different (but at least I haven't gained a big wack of weight). Made it thru Christmas and my birthday and still on track and that's a first for me. I joined a local "healthy support" group, which was really helping me but they decided to cancel the group, so that's a bit disappointing. Maybe I'll find something.

Hope you are all well and sticking with the program. I just skimmed this page and I can see some healthy losses have happened since I last posted so congratulations to you losers!! Way to go and keep going!

Big large huge hug to everyone

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We have moved to a new topic. This tread has over 6000 posts. The new one will load easier and faster.

Above on this page,

Click: Team: A Lifeline of Sparkies.

On next page,

Click: 12/6/07 New General Discussion.



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Mary, what a brilliant idea!! I have my mirco word and am typing right beside your picture now. Hope your cold goes. I do vit c when it is continuing.
Susie, I hope you can find a way to celebrate even with the job problems. I am so sorry to hear you lost. My son and grandchildren will be with me this year, and his about to be ex wife will have the kids Christmas Day. I will go to see Charlie on Christmas day,and so he will be alone. I feel bad. I am hoping his paperwork to visit Charlie will come through so he can go with me. My sister is going.
Sandie, I did see Charlie yesterday. It is a five hour round trip, but yesterday I ran into “weather” and it took an hour and a half more going home. No parole in Maine. We are just leaving it up to God. He can get Charlie out. Corrections is a very political thing. So many of the guards like Charlie, and hope he gets a break, but…. Try this thing that Mary suggested, it is great.

Mary Sue, hope the stitches came out ok and you are not too sore. Don’t exercise too fast….
Cheri, I thought you were disabled or something. I wish I was as able as you to do all you do!! Have a good celebration. We are all waiting to hear.
Maggie, I know about the unsettling, but with little kids it really was on days with storms coming in. We always felt it was the low pressure somehow affecting them. I HATED marking and am glad you are doing it. I could never decide how to take everything into consideration…..
Well, my dearest news is that Charlie had sent me his savings a long time ago, to use on something. I had it sitting. He told me he wanted me to get a ring with it. I did that yesterday, on the way home. I took a picture of it so he can see it, but I will post it. He has a job that pays $1.70 an hour and saved for years. He is so good to me. Can you tell I am in love??

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It has been brought to my attention that one reason it takes a long time to load our message board is that it is so long and starting a new shorter discussion topic may take a shorter time to load on our computers. The discussion topic we have now is very long, over 6000 posts.

I started a new topic. It is labeled:

12/6/07 New General Discussion

Just click on: Team: A Lifeline of Sparkies, above, and then click: 12/6/07 New General Discussion

I will be checking this topic and the new one to see if everyone wants to switch over to the new one.

Mary

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Susie, sorry that your job is not a good place to work. Where I worked, how ling you had worked there meant nothing. It had more to do with who the married supervisor was dating or wanted to date.

That is a nice way to say it.



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Twana, sorry that you are leaving. Enjoy your other team. You can come back anytime.

Mary Sue , hope you are feeling better. A backache is so annoying.

My cold keeps hanging on. I have slept most of the day.

Cheri, you would have to laugh at Elwin. We took him in to have his teeth cleaned. He is drunk right now. He jumped thru the pet dorr beofre we could stop him and
Alan ran out the door to see what happened to him. He was on the porch half standing and half sitting. He then layed down and looked up at Alan, says I'll just stay here for a while. Of course he got up and roamed around the yard. He is now finall laying down. Alan is cooking hambuger and rice for him to eat. The vet said that he needs soft food for a few days, his gums are inflamed.

Lizzie, get to feeling better. Are you done moving?

Sandie, I write my post on wordpad. I make it little so it will go on the side as I read everyone post. When I am ready, I highlight it and copy it to the reply page. That way if spark losses it, I still have it on wordpad. I don't delete it until I see that it is posted. Hope that helps.

Tracy, you are missed. Come back.

There is a story about the shoppers at the mall that were shot. Why does someone that is going to kill themselves decide to take others with them. If they want to die, go alone.

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Hi everyone! It was cold this morning 9 degrees. No I did not forgot a number when I posted the temperature this morning it was in the single digits. I was a busy day today. Our secretary(temp boss) just got a promotion to supervisor of our department. It looks like my regular boss might not be back. Well the job title has went to her head. I had my grievance meeting today and it was horrible. I just wanted to cry after leaving the meeting. My job title and seniority at work mean nothing to them. I will never do them another favor again. I didn't win my grievances. I still have to work christmas eve late shift. even though I'm on vacation that week.

Mary Sue- I'm planning on having lap band surgery. why do think I should have the gastric bypass done?

Cheri- Enjoy your German Christmas. You need to slow down and take a break.

Sandie- You can have my snow and cold temperatures. Have a good day at work. I wish it was my last day of work. Just think its your last day.

Anyone heard from Susan?

Lizzie- Where are you?

well I have to get some work done.

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Hi Ladies,

I will try this again. Although I will never remember what I wrote yesterday. I just dropped Sara off at the beauty parlor. It won't do much for the pain, but I feel sure it will help lift her spirits.

Mary Sue, sure hope things go well with you. Just think, all of year is behind you and you will soon embark on a new year and a new you.

Kay I trust you are feeling better. Do you get to visit Charlie this weekend? I forget how long of a drive it is, was it five hours? How long before a parole hearing? I don't understand the system, but I do see where fairness isn't involved.

Cheri, I don't see how you can do all you do. If I just had a fraction of your get up and go I would already have everything packed. I know your German Christmas tonight will be all that you want it to be and then some.

Susie, Your four inches of snow sounds wonderful. We do good to get one snow a year. It was 29 this morning. Next week it is to be in the 70's. We have weird weather,

Teresa, My lab work was not very good. Especially the A1`c and the Lipid Panel. It all went way up since May. I know it is because since being here in July I haven't exercised or eaten the right foods. Too many 2/1, sausage biscuits from McDonalds. I have been getting cheap foods and not cooking. Things will change. Beginning Dec 14th. You gals may need to remind me and keep me doing right.

Mary, So pleased you got some medication for that pink eye. It can be rather painful as well a nuisance. Tomorrow is my last day at work.

Maggie, Do you get two weeks off for Christmas? I heard a guy on Fox News this morning say that Americans ought to be like the Canadians when it comes to managing and investing their money. I didn't hear all of it, but he sounded like he knew what he was talking about.

Lizzie, Are you unpacked? I think I would rather unpack than pack. I have done so much of it this year. It will be nice to be in a new place for Christmas.

Susan, I know that love bug has bitten, but we would like to hear from you. You didn't go off and elope now did you?

Kathy, Are you baking lots these days. This year I am doing nothing at all. I did tell Summer I would make her some more fudge. I use the Eagle Brand recipe. Itjust takes five minutes and is so good, filled with lots of pecans.

I feel like I have missed someone and I am sorry. I can't think any more.

Have a great day. Hugs, Sandie

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12/6/07 11:15 A

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Good Morning All,
I am off to get the stitches out of my breast today. Hopefully I can get back to using my eliptical as I need to get going on an exercise program.
Susie, Our snow is all gone. We get Chinook winds and temps in the 50's and it took it all. We have more cold and snow coming though so hopefull not the mess it left last time!!!! Are you having lap band or by pass? From your posts, I hope you have the by pass as I don't think you would do well with the band.
Lizzie, I miss you. I haven't had time to be on line much and you aren't posting.
Cheri, I am cancelling Christmas at my house this year. I HAVE NO SPIRIT. OH--I have a better idea, you could come decorate my house!!!!
This has been my hell year.
We did foster care for a short while, but when I had to send the children back to the same BAD situations they came from, it broke my heart and WE QUIT!!!
We had planned to adopt 2 children, but after David, we came to the conclusion that 1 was enough!!!! He was a tough one!!!
Sandie, I hate it when I lose a post that I have worked hard on, but be reassured, you are not alone!!!
Katy, Fostering is one of the hardest jobs out there.
Mary, I hope you and your hubbie have time to slow down.
Maggie, It is nice to hear that your son is on the right path. It is so hard when they take the wrong road. I just pray that David makes the right choices and when he makes the wrong ones he learns quickly.
Hugs to all, Mary Sue

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Hello ladies it is midnight and I have been working since 7am ! I am still not done at least I did take a break to post my Christmas cards today.Al put the lights on the upstairs Christmas tree for me .I have the dog tree up but not all the decorations on yet ,The one in the loo is up but no decorations on yet .Say a prayer for me I will be calling on all the angels and every lucky star I can think of to let me get it done on time.Sorry I haven't posted much today .I will write more after the festivities tomorrow .love and hugs,Cheri

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Susie, you are fortunate to be in a unionized place. There have been many accidents in the area this week, but tonight was clear driving home. This morning was slippery.

The students were very unsettled today. Too much time off and too much catching up to do.

Katy, I admire you for the fostering and child-raising that you did. I don't understand the night terrors/ charges connection.

I will go for now and do some marking.

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Hi Everyone! We got more snow 4 inches of it. emoticon the roads were pretty good when I came home today. A lot of accidents today. A school bus ran of the road and down over a enbankment near my parents house. They sent 10 kids to the hospital this afternoon. My mom saw the news van on its way there. I heard sirens a little while ago. My mom shoveled my driveway for me before I got home.

Well I thought everything at work was getting better boy was I wrong. Our new schedule for the holidays was posted and everyone is mad. I have to file a grievance with the union over my vacation schedule. I was supposed to be off the week of christmas well I'm scheduled to work christmas eve and of course its a late shift so there goes any plans I had. I also am filing one for today. Our temporary boss decided to thave someone with less seniority then me cook today. I should have been cooking today. The job is a higher pay scale. So I will be typing those up tonight.

My christmas tree isn't up yet. I ordered a new tree top and hoping it will be here soon so I can put it up. I checked and it was shipped already. I will take pictures of my tree and post them when I get it up.

Mary Sue- Have you checked with the surgeon to see why your back hurts?

Cheri- You will have to let me know what German christmas is like. I'm curious.

Sandie- Isn't awful when you lose your message. Its happened to me a few times.

Susan- Where are you?

Lizzie- are you still busy unpacking?
Tracey- I miss seeing you on here.

Maggie- Did you get more snow?

well I have to type my letters.

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Ladies, I am not realy pleased at the moment. I spent lots of time posting...I addressed everyone and when I went to send it, something happened. All that work (more like trying to think) was gone. I will try again later tonight. How disappointing! Trust all is well with everyone...until later, Sandie

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Mary Sue I do need a rest !How is your back today?I am praying the pain has let up.Lizzie you too ,we are all a mess with our backs.
Kay sexual abuse is shocking but the fact that so many people overcome it and go on to live giving caring lives is wonderful.You are an earth angel for all your work .I admire you tremendously.The shed is amazing and so are you for keeping it going!I can imagine the amount of time and effort you put into it.
Well much as I'd love to stay and visit with you all I am not stopping .I have to get the decorating done ! Back later.love and hugs,Cheri

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12/5/07 12:17 P

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Susie, let me know if you like the snow shovel. I love it.
Mary, glad you are back and on the mend.
Mary Sue, hope you are better.
Twana, good bye...
Cheri, when you come to Maine, I will not let you near my closet with the shovel in it. Besides, I will move it to the cellar in summer. Thanks for the encouragement about the book. I am redoing chapters now. Major rewrite, directions of editor. When I get chapter 3 done, I can send that much to them.....When you are talking temperatures, do you mean Fahrenheit or centigrade? You better slow down!!
Lizzie, hope your back is better. I hate aches and pains and I am getting old...
Susan, where are you??
Kathy, the stories are heartfelt. It is hard to see innocent kids the victims of all the adults. I see it all the time here at my Shed. Most people in prison have a background of sexual abuse. I know Charlie does. And so do I, but not as severe as him.

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12/5/07 11:56 A

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Cheri, It sounds like you need a REST!!!!!
Teresa,I had my lap band surgury on November 6th and YES my back has hurt since then. Last night I went to bed with flexeril, pain pills and a heating pad and it feels better this morning.
I will try and post more later.
Fr Donna, HEAVEN HELP THE Scissors!!!!
Huggs, Mary Sue

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Teresa , 60 degrees sounds heavenly to me I believe it is a bone chilling minus 27 at the moment .Not sure if that is with windchill or without .I still have tons to do by Thursday then I am going paws up in the air!!!!Actually I can't I have guests on Friday ,Al's work Christmas party Saturday and more guests on Sunday ! Then I have till the next Friday and another party!
Donna how are you today?
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Hello Ladies,

Wow what one day not posting does. So much has been going on. I feel so blessed that I have not had to deal with any snow. It is inthe 60's here and we could see 70 degrees by the end of the week. I brought my plants all inside yesterday it got down to 29 degrees, but poof it's warmer now. That's the unpredictable Texas weather. If you don't like it, just wait, it changes suddenly at times.

Kay all I can do is keep on keeping on. I hope all is well with you and also that your weight starts moving down.

Mary Sue, I hope your back gets better. I know about back pain. I'm no stranger to it. When did you have the lapband surgery? Is that what has caused your back pain?

Twana, God is good! I'm glad your friend is doing better.Good luck being team leader. You will be missed. You can drop in once and awhile and say hello.

Cheri, You do so much. I could not keep up with you. You need to get some much needed rest. My prayers are that you do.

Sandie I hope your labwork comes back good. I'm still waiting on other results.

Truckingon, I wish you could have gotten some meds for your throid. I'm feeling some better but am hoping to feel ALOT better.

Well ladies you all have a goodnight. Take care, Teresa

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Maggie,
Yes I was a foster mother, an adoptive mother and a bio mother. 4 born to us--4 adopted by us--5 fostered and some extras thrown into the mix. We had to quit foster parenting, when it became impossible to do any form of discipline with some children who were very disturbed.. at one point we had 3 foster children who had be sexually abused...one by her father, who did it because it was just between her, him and God (sick!)...the other 2 were very badly abused by mother's boyfriend...a boy and a girl. They were also diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome and basically had no conscience...it was only bad if they got caught stealing.

There were 3 others before these and they also were children from awful backgrounds. The same was pretty much true of our adoptive children...I believe our adopted son is also one of those people described by Kay and as an adult...he was diagnosed with night terrors which got him a jail sentence for something he did...even though he turned himself in...he was in training to be come a Portland police officer and we were so proud of him, then this happened. Not good.


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Susie It is Nikolaus tag on Thursday .I will tell you all about it after the festivities ,I am way behind in getting ready normally I would just be filling the boots now .However this year I am still decorating cleaning and cooking !Kayleigh has her favourite dishes .love and hugs,Cheri

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Mary ,You would be more than welcome to come visit here in the frozen North!Glad to hear your cold is almost gone .I hope your pink eye vanishes quickly.
Maggie it sounds like all of Canada is suffering from one big snowday!
I am in massive decorate tidy mode trying to right everything after my guests .Kathy you are oh so right it is strenuous work being the Good Samaritan!
Sandie ,it won't be long now and you will be officially retired.Susan and I are going to whip up a house selling potion!
Mary Sue I am sorry to hear you are suffering with the back ache .I have great sympathy .My apologies ladies I left Mary Sue's last name off the Christmas card list (actually Mary Sue I was thinking you are like Cher too famous for a last name LOL!)I won't post it here as it is open forum but I will email it to you and eat humble pie ,it wasn't intentional just what happens when two extra dogs a baby and her parents are roaming about my house!
Susie your electric shovel sounds good but I wouldn't be allowed to play with it too much metal in my legs so I am not supposed to participate in outdoor sports of any kind LOL!
Kay I am still praying for good weather for your visit to Charlie .I am itching to get hold of your book I am sure it will be fascinating.
Okay Susan we have allowed you enough time incommunicado with Edwin come back we miss you!
Lizzie I am so sorry your back gave out .Look after yourself .
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Sorry to see you go Twana ,you can always come back if you get more time !love and hugs,Cheri

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Hey guys! I am going to have to leave the team. I just became the team leader of another team. I am in too manyteams right now. I think it is best for me to leave a few teams in order to do what is right for my team. Im so sorry I have to leave. I was a very hard decision. I wish you all the best of luck on all of your goals!
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Huggs to all, I have a horrible back ache, have had since my lap band surgury. The must have stood me on my head and twisted life he77!!! I am headed home with a new heating pad, pain pills and flexeril.
Hope to be better tomorrow.
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Alan and I went to DFW and picked up his mother returning from her criuse. We got home at 2am. Got up and stocked at 7am and was at the doctors at 9:30. Yes, I do have pink eye. I came home and have put antibiotic drops in twice and my eye is almost clear. My eye was hurting by this morning and now has stopped. I have to put in the drop for a week.

Cheri, as I was waiting for Alan mother a plane load of people came in from Calgary. I thought to myself, " see, Cheri, Lizzie, and Maggie are just a flight away."

I can't imagine having to deal with mounds of snow.

I will have to face the scales tomorrow. I haven't been to the Y this last week since I felt so bad with this cold. It is almost gone now.

Have a good evening.

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Hi Everyone! I should never answer the phone when it rings early in the morning. I did this morning and of course it was work they needed me to come in early as soon as possible. I asked if it was still snowing and decided I would take my time and I made it there a 6 am. I only live 15 mins from the hospital and I managed to get ready and be there is 45 minutes. What a mess I should have stayed home. I had to work the grill in the cafeteria today and boy was it busy today. I think everyone left early and ate breakfast at work. I stayed and got my 8 hours. I was temp boss fault. She forgot to call me and switch me to grill. My regular boss is still off and for how long no one knows. We got 2 inches of snow now. Some of the roads were bad this morning. My street wasn't even touched when I left this morning or the other street I travel. The main road I travel to work was clear in one lane only until I got part way to work then both lanes were clear. The hopital maintence was out salting but our parking lot wasn't touched yet. The sidewalks were done.

Kay- I'm going to tell Santa (my parents) to get me an electric shovel for christmas. My mom was asking me for ideas the other day. My sister and I got refrigerators last year for christmas. I don't think it will be anything big this year. My dad retired last year and my mom is going to retire next year. My mom and dad only have my sister and I. They spend exactly the same on us each year. I don't really need anything this year.

Maggie- How's the snow and the roads? I bet Neil will take the cell phone next time.

Mary Sue- Are you snowed in?

Susan- Where are you?

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Sandie- Are you counting down the days til you retire?

well my stomach is growling I need to get something for dinner.

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Hi Everyone.

Mary Sue, Here is the site of the lady who taught me.

www.attachment.org/

What about me. Well, I am a newly wed, sort of. I married Charlie who is in prison. That was two years ago. I have known him since 2002. Writing a book about it. If you pray, please pray for him to come home. I have 5 kids, all married and 8 lovely grandkids, two of whom are Canadians. I am a missionary, right now to my drug infested neighborhood. I work with a lot of kids who were destined for prison, and Charlie coaches me. I was in many war countries working with war traumatized kids and was in India last summer. I work in a US war zone, the drug area of town. Hmmm.... used to teach school- primary grades.

I have had a life long battle with food. Went on my first diet in 3rd grade, and pictures of me are skinny. But my family was always dieting, so I guess I believed I needed to. So am still not a normal weight....

Love to knit, sew and crochet/live in Maine, so lots of time for that in the cold months. Garden in summer.

Twana- hi

Maggie, sounds so familiar!! I had one of the kids who hung out with me years ago self diagnose. He was telling me that he loved his job in a home, and it was mainly RAD. Then he said, "Kay, am I attachment disorder?" I told him (22 at the time) I thought so, and he was relieved that he knew. I told him about some adult help available, but he was done in by my description of what they do to help....

Cheri, I will wish everyone online greetings. I Just sent out 170 or so cards to my Newsletter people. Hey, I was in the hospital and hated it. But I was never long term. Babies and stuff. Just hate being alone and that is almost as alone as you can get with people all around you.

Susie- I love the shovel. I picked it up at a pawn shop last spring, and then this summer a friend called me from a yard sale to ask if I wanted one in working order for $10 usd. I did not get it, but if this one goes, I will get it fixed. I could not use a snowblower- my son took me shopping, and I could not use even the lightest one. This thing is perfect. One thing tho, it is easier if you do it every 6 inches or so. Let me know if you get one.

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Just a quick visit before I toddle off to work .I have a ton of things to put right in the house before Thursday when we celebrate the German Christmas .I will address everyone individually later but I just wanted to pop in and say hello since I am in overdrive now !love and hugs,Cheri

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Hello all.
another snow day in the land of ice and snow.

Neil was very late last night--languishing in a snow bank. Yes, their car went into the ditch on the way home from work. I advised him to take the cell phone on his way out yesterday, but oh no, he did not have it. The driver had to walk for a phone because Neil couldn't get out of the car due to all the snow. We shovelled more today for us and my parents. We went into town to get a few things for my parents, and the roads are terrible.

Twama nice of you to visit a friend in the hospital. Time can go slowly when one can't do too much.

Sandie, enjoy the last of your time.

Good to see you again Kathy. Were you a foster mother?

Cheri, I can well imagine that you are happy to get your home back. Where did the crew live? Must be tricky flying with two dogs and a baby? Is the husband deployed?

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good morning SPARKIES i hope everyone is'nt snowed in like i am but i hope to burn calories while i shovel
looks like i missed a lot of chatten sorry i haven't been here for a couple of days but you are all still in my thoughts. and prayers.
MARY SUE sorry to hear about your mom .. i don't know what i'd do if something happened to my mom she is 77 and volenteers at the hospital 2 days a week and just loving it.
i am glad the thyroid pills are working for you TERESA i just wish i could get on some but the dr says it is just borderline..

SUSYQ i wish you luck on the surgery i was contiplating it but have chickened out but it is always in the back of my mind

CHERI you are brave taking in company that have dogs with them .... we have one dog and she is a handfull ....... oh well now the house can be sterilized again .... injoy the peace and quiet now

TWANA so glad your friend pulled through and made it ..... you and his family will be glad of the miracle for him .... hope to chat later i have to get to the gym but first i have to get dressed and shovel me way out and i am hoping the snow plows have been down the road 's already or it will be hectic as we got a couple of inches last nite and it is still coming down
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Good Morning Ladies, Just a quickie. I need to leave for work early. I am having lab work done as it is free as long as I work at the hospital. They write off what the insurance doesn't pay for those with longer service. I will soon have more time. May you all have a fine Tuesday. Hugs, Sandie


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Cheri...I'm so glad that your company is gone...it's hard being a Good Samaritan sometimes isn't it? Having 4 big dogs in the house when 2 are ill-mannered is stressful isn't it?

I am thinking that some of my "kids" suffered from that form of mental problem...I'm sure that 1 in particular was suffering rage...he was extremely bright...140+ IQ, but angry at the world and had a right to be that way. If he started to succeed, he would do something to fail badly. We had to give him up, because it wasn't safe for our other children... my heart aches for him sometimes and I wonder if he is dead or alive...he was always good for me and we had a bond of sorts...wasn't so good anywhere else.

We've lots of rain and wind here, with quite a bit of flooding in parts of the state.


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Susie I have heard from tracy she has been busy but is fine and I just sent an email to Lizzie .I will let you know when I hear .
Maggie yes all is quiet here tonight ,Much to my relief.
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Good Evening Ladies,Driving to the airport was rough but our guests have gone .I have to tidy the house now the dogs were terrors and I love dogs .They were lovable enough dogs just not very well trained they managed to polish off some of the German chocolates for the December 6th festivities much to kayleigh's chagrin.I am still shattered this evening but it is at least quieter .True and Kira are snoozing at my feet .Twana having been in a bad accident I can tell you your friend will be so pleased to see you.Nothing worse than being stuck in a hospital room.
Susie I hope you are soon feeling better .
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Hi all!! Just wanted to stop by and say hi! Hope yall have a Happy Tueday tomorrow! I have been cleaning all day! I went to Curves today and got my exercise in for the day. My baby have been sick with a runny nose, nothing real bad. Tomorrow I will go visit my friend in the hospital. He was in a bad car accident a few weeks ago. We did not think he was going to make it. But God preformed a miracle and now he is in a room of his own and awake!
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Hi Everyone! I took a nap and hoped I would feel better. I going to try to eat something for dinner. I did eat a few pretzels. I drank some diet 7up. This would have been a great day to bake cookies instead I have been sick. I didn't even get my tree up yet. I work in the cafeteria tomorrow so I hope to feel better. Its still snowing outside.

Maggie- That is the name of the color its made by herbal essence. Becareful driving in the snow.

Anyone heard from Lizzie or Tracey?

Mary- How's retirement going?

Cheri- Not much shopping done today. We would have went to the thrift store if I felt better.

Kay- Do like your electric shovel? I looked at one. a snow blower is too big for me to handle and too hard to start. I thought the electric shovel looked good for me. I only have to do my driveway. I used to have a neighbor a few years ago that shoveled my driveway and all the neighbors. He needed something to do. I always tried to pay him since it saved my back. I even made brownies for them when he wouldn't accept money. I miss having them next door to me now. The house they lived in was torn down this year.
Be careful driving on the roads. I'm glad you are feeling better.

Well I have clothes to fold.

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Hello all,
Kay, I am glad that you are posting again. We have such a storm here, no electric shovel. I am taking the dog out shortly.

Yes, I have heard of attachment disorder, and have known of children who have it. I suspect that might be a factor with David, Mary Sue. Our VP has two adopted children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Attachment Disorder. Initially, they thought love and stability would be enough, but it has not worked out that way. Her children were in a Russian orphanage for several years, the oldest of the two boys is the worst. They had to institionalize him when he was about 13. He would be 15 now.

A woman in Manitoba was able to turn one Russian orphan with attachment disorder around, by having his relive infancy and taking him through the development stages that he missed. Now an adult, he remembers his early years as being filled with rage.
Some of the orphans have been taken back to Russia.

I must brave the elements and take out the whimpering Roxie. We will both be whimpering shortly out in the wild weather. UGH.

Did your guests leave, Cheri?

Susie, I did get a laugh out of the Brazen Raisin colour. That is very funny!
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Kay I am so glad to hear you are feeling better , I will pray the roads are good for you on Friday so you can go see Charlie .KAy if you would like to be on our Christmas card list just sparkmail me your home address .It is not obligatory some people prefer email but some of us tenaciously hold on to regular post for Christmas cards ! love and hugs,Cheri

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No-we haven't met. I have been away from the boards for a long while---a lot of things in my life kept me really busy.
I live in Montana on a ranch. I have six children--3 grown and flown--well I guess 4 now. Two girls left at home, a Freshman and a Sophomore.
I recently had lap band surgery and that is helping me with a 17 year problem with morbid obesity.
I am down from 266 to 234 and hope to be at 225 by the end of the year and under 200 by my birthday in April--just hopes, if it doesn't happen then it will soon after.
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HI Everyone. Just came in from shoveling with my electric shovel.Don't laugh. It is a size I can handle, and it is better than a shovel. Only thing it will not do is really high snow, so I went out early too.

Susie and Teresa, like me, just keep truckin. I keep coming and reading and posting when I can and I go up and down with the weight right now. I guess I will get back on a good thing sometime.... We will see.

Mary Sue, I don't think we met yet, but I have been reading the posts lately. (was a time I could not do that, and I am feeling better today) I agree with Maggie. Have you both ever heard of Attachment Disorder? It helped me to recognize some kids I have had over the years that seemed to respond to nothing- no love was enough. I have had several in my path because I love kids with problems. I had some teaching on it from Nancy Thomas, and she is an expert. Basically the kids are so angry that they do not dare go toward love because it has meant hurt in the past. It can come from something as simple as a child right after birth and Mom is sick and cannot hold them all the time, so they get into a rage. And the rage gets them nowhere, so they continue in the pattern trying to work it out. If you are interested I can sparkmail where to get info on it. Sounds like you have both made good decisions. I have one friend who read a book I have. Her son is in prison. She said it was him all over, and she was just relieved to know what it was.

Cheri, I am praying about the snow. I cannot go see my love if the roads are bad. I pray it will go for you now, for the airports. Pray that I can see Charlie on Friday. It is stressful enough right now with this bad health. ug.

Maggie, I remember driving on not snow days. I was a little bit of trouble to those around me. I called the superintendent and told it was snowing in our part of the district. I dared him to drive up. (There were 12 inches by that time, and none in the southern part.)

Sandie, I must have missed about your living situation. What happened?

Well, I did it. Major. Shoveled snow and did a post....Feeling better. kay

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Hi Everyone! Its snowing here today. I went for my appointment at the baratric place. I was bad and gained 1.5 pounds. I know it was probably the pizza I ate yesterday. Today I have been feeling sick and didn't feel like doing much shopping. we went to sam's club and then went to eat. I keep getting the diarrhea today. I also have stomach pains. I'm glad I didn't have to work today. My lapband surgery will be in March 2008. That is my eatimated time. I still have 2 more classes to go. Today we learned a bout fats. I have not had any diet mountain dew in 2 days.

In my class only a few were having lapband surgery everyone else was having gastric bypass. I have 2 of my tests scheduled and have to schedule my pysch evalution yet.

Mary Sue- You can keep the snow. I like the snow when it lays in the grass and not on the roads. How are you doing since your lap band surgery?

I hope everyone has a great week.

I go back to the bariatric place Jan 14 to weigh in again.

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Thank you all for your support and friendship. It means so much. I am looking forward to 2008 as 2007 has been a bugger!!!!
Our cold snap has broken and we are up to 40 with chinook winds blowing so the snow will be gone soon. We got stuck going into our driveway last night as the ruts had drifted in. Lennie and the girls were able to push us out so it wasn't all that bad. Lennie went out ahead of me this morning so I wouldn't get stuck on the way to work.
I am feeling much better this morning. I spent a lot of time with Mom over the weekend and got caught up at home. I cleaned David's room and washed everything and put it back together. I have about an hour left in there and it is back to good.
I plan on starting to decorate a bit for Christmas tonight. If I do a bit at a time, it won't be so overwhelming.
Susie, Are you planning to have lap band surgery??
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Maggie pray for me that the snow doesn't close the airports here ! I am ready to have my home back! I am glad you have a snow day though I hate to think of you driving in the dreadful weather .love and hugs,Cheri

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Good Morning ladies ,Maggie Kayleigh's major is in political science not my cup of tea but she likes it .
Teresa you should feel good about yourself you have done a world of good ,look at Bridgette you rescued her ,dogs in situations like that often have a hard time finding a home and you have nice caring ways!Apart from that I still think you are pretty but some wise old lady once said "Pretty is as pretty does" and your kindness and cheer makes you all the more special.
Sandie we must have got the snow you wanted ,it is coning down in huge fluffy flakes ,wish I could send you some!
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Sandie, you are really counting down the hours now. Must be bittersweet all the same.

Snow day here! Most of the schools in our board are closed. Usually they keep some open for 'study purposes' but the weather is bad enough to just close everything. I am so glad that I do not have to drive today.

Good for Kaleigh getting her Masters! What is her major?

Susie, do you have a storm today? Sally, what is the weather like there?

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Good Morning Ladies, I will soon be off to work. After today it will one down and three days to go. After having 12 days off I am sure not wanting to be going to work this morning. May you all have a wonderful Monday. Take some time for just you!

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Hello Ladies!

I tried to go to bed early and I've woken up and can't go back to sleep so I thought I'd stop in and say hello.

Mary Sue I'm sorry to hear about your mom. This time last year I was going through the same thing. God Bless you girl.

Susie good luck with your weighin tomorrow. I bet you lost and just don't realize it.

Cheri, Thank You. Your sweet and you always make me feel good. I need to start feeling good about myself again.

Mary, I've been taking the thyroid pills for only 3 days counting today and I can really tell a difference. My hands and feet were cold and freezing all the time and it don't seem as bad now. I hate to admit it but it seemes over night I gained 16 pounds. I weighed this morning and I have lost 8 lbs with no effort so I went and put my current weight and I'm starting fresh today. I feel like the thyroid pills may actually help me regulate and lose weight. I need to lose so bad. I hope you don't have the pinkeye. It can jump from eye to eye and is very contagious. When I have the pinkeye my eye seems so scratchy and irritated. Hope yours gets better.

Well I'm going to try to get some shut eye. I;m going to try to start getting up earlier and tomorrow I'm going to start exercising. Have a Blessed Day! Hugs! Teresa

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Good Evening Ladies ! Maggie I would say you hit the nail on the head sometimes the greater good for a family has to be considered .Mary Sue has two lovely daughters and David can't be allowed to make life difficult for the whole family as you said he will likely have an epiphany Mary Sue is an excellent caring Mum and he was lucky to have her .
Susie I hope you have a great day at work .
Twana glad to see you.You will have to tell us all about your lovely children.My Kayleigh has just come home I am still finding it hard to believe she will graduate from university in the spring .Thank heavens she is going to get her masters that way I can say she is still in University!
Sandie I hope tomorrow goes quickly for you it is the final countdown now not long till retirement !
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Hello everyone,

MarySue, I am very very sorry to hear about your mother. How heartbreaking that time frame will be, fortunately,you will have opportunities to say what you need to say. My dear aunt was given three months several years ago, and my sister came from BC, and we could visit her frequently during one two week period when she was "at her best" (doctor's words). Cancer is just an awful thing.

I didn't know that you had an adopted son, MarySue. I will say, that there are some behaviours and conditions that require a team to manage. There are some people who simply need more than an individual, couple or family. Will he be supervised by someone in his new place? Sometimes one individual can create a toxic environment for the rest of the family. Considering the greater good is acceptable, MarySue. My son had to do two stints of incarceration to get a real-life reality check on his behaviour. By David's age, he had already had a couple of arrests. Oddly, he did not steal from us, but he would engage in other behaviour that was really awful. I know exactly who he resembles in terms of looks, attitude and addictions, and I often think that nature trumps nurture many times. But, all behaviour can be improved. My son is currently doing well. He makes his mortgage payments and utility payments on time, and is striving to be a productive citizen. True, the utilities are in my name, but he puts a set amount in my account every Monday, and he is ahead. He has always been a hard worker, and forced inactivity drove him batty. All the harping from me was nowhere as effective as spending 24/7 with thieves and dopers. Perhaps David will have an epiphany when he is in his 20's; perhaps it will be later, but only he will be able to look back on his life and determine that the first ten years were traumatic, but he had eight good years with your family. He will know the difference, and he will come to terms with the reasons why he had to leave at 18. There could be any number of reasons why he behaves the way he does, but the fact remains that the rest of the family has to survive and thrive!

My son always lived with the same family--us! I was a single parent until he was six, but we stayed in the same place, and he wasn't moved from home to home, school to school, etc. We weren't affluent, but he had his needs fulfilled. The alcohol addictions go back generations on his father's side, and there is some on my side, too.

In your case, you would not know all the history on David's family. You may have some. With my son, I can get a historical view very easily, and know exactly where history is repeating.

Perhaps home will look far more attractive from a distance. That is the case with my son. I enjoy visiting with him, but I sure don't want him under my roof again.

You made the right decision, I would say.

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Mary if you get to Montana it isn't that much farther north to Edmonton ! We do have the largest Mall in the world .I almost forgot pink eye doesn't have to hurt it is easliy spread and while irritating not always sore.Sandie you can come anytime for the snow you love so much!I am trying to take it a bit easier today I am sore all over and I don't want to be ill for the German Christmas on the 6th.love and hugs,Cheri

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12/2/07 5:49 P

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Teresa, It will proably take at least two weeks for you to feel a difference with the thyroid meds.

I have taken them for many years.

Mary Sue, so glad to hear the good news on your biopsy. Sorry to hear about your mother. Thanks for the invite.

It now looks like I have pink eye. It doesn't hurt and I thought it was suppose to. Maybe it is just red for some other reason.

Have a good day.

Mary

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Hi Ladies,

Time is getting away from me this afternoon. The Home Health Nurse dressed Sara's arm yesterday. Today Summer watched her. I think tomororow they will ask Summer to do it. They say they will do it two times a week, the DR one time and Summer the other times.

Yesterday when we down sized the storage building, I found my Christmas cards. I always buy them after Christmas for the next year. Now to get them addressed.

I trust all who are under the weather will feel better real soon. Mary Sue, so sorry to hear about the news of your Mom. You and the family are in my prayers during this most difficult time.

Enjoy your evening ladies. I work tomorrow...just four more work days. Saturday will be my last.

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Sandie

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Good After noon Ladies just a quick post before I get supper going .Mary Sue I am sorry to hear about your Mum and David will definitely say a prayer for him.You have given him a good chance and you stepped in when many others wouldn't have you have accomplished much I know you are a wonderful Mum.
Kay you look after yourself Sorry you are facing such a rough time.
Susie enjoy having your Mum and Dad over.
Teresa you are such a pretty woman I don't think the weight makes that much difference we all want to lose weight but you have a lovely caring nature and it shows in your face.
Twana have you been busy this weekend?
Donna how is the weather in Winnipeg?
love and hugs,Cheri

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Hi Everyone! I stayed up late watching tv so I slept in today. Its raining out today. Atleast it warmed up it was freezing rain and sleet last night. I rented the movie shrek the 3rd today to watch. I bought a pizza and my mom and dad are coming in later to watch it. I need to get working on putting up my tree and decorations. I go to weigh in tomorrow and I'm really nervous I don't think I lost any weight this month.

Well I better get started on my decorating.

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Good Morning,
Today is my 17th anniversary!! Wow have these years gone fast. I now have spent as many years with my second husband as I did my first!!
Good News everyone, my lump in my breast (now gone) was benign so some of the stress is out of my life.
I saw my Mother yesterday and they have given her 2 months to live. She has developed lung cancer and isn't strong enough for them to treat it. It is so sad and hard to watch her struggling for every breath. I am going in again this morning after I get my ducks in a row. I want the girls to go with me as any day could be her last.
David has moved out again. This is the last time. I will not play emotional yo yo with him. He was 18 in May and if he won't go by our rules--to bad. I will not live with disrespect and blatant lying, st ealing and so lazy he was peeing in bottles instead of coming down to the bathroom. I pray he finds his path before he ends up in trouble. I pray he finishes high school. He is moving into a low income complex and has enough in the bank to get him through graduation. After that he plans to join the Navy. I feel that will be a good move for him.
Maggie, send me some wisdom. I know you have struggled with your son. David had been in 10 homes in 4 years before we adopted him. We had him for 8 so I guess we succeeded in a small way. He is almost through high school and not in Juvie and that was where he was headed when we got him at 10. He has been a challenge, but we expected that as he was in the therapeudic foster system for difficult children.
We have been soooo cold here. -10 the other morning when I ran to town. My house is freezing as the blower went out of the stove in the basement and all we have is the wood stove to heat the house.
I have invited my in-laws over today for supper and will send some homemade ham and bean soup home with them as she is still not motivating well after heart surjury.
I guess it is no wonder my blood pressure is higher than it has ever been. TO MUCH GOING ON IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW.
I need to work on the ranch books and get ready for church. I NEED TO GO TODAY. I have some heavy duty praying to do.
Mistress Mary, Slow down and enjoy your retirement.
and if you ever want a trip to Montana, I know this gal with a cabin on a little lake!!!!!
HUGS TO ALL, Mary Sue

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Well, that is weird. I thought I posted. Thanks for all the caring comments. As you can tell, I am still out of it, but want at least read what you are saying. Love, k

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