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5/28/18 1:30 A

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Hello on Monday itís still a holiday for most of us. Thank you for yiur cincern for me, I am not ill but have little energy, I am on a week of daily injections to give my immune system a boost .my daily dies them for me . I hope they are starting to kick in today. I am not ill in pain or anything but have very little energy
I am really grateful for my son Mike who lives with me, heís divorced with grown up kids, Every other weekend he goes to see his family, heís here this weekend,. Heís the chef when heís here at weekends. He knows what food we need so he does the food buying too, I go with him if I feel well enough
Thanks to those who knew it would have been my wedding anniversary in 26th May , I had many happy memories to think of.. have a good day . Irene

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Good evening team sisters!

Today it remained bright and sunny. The body had a hard time co-operating though. Val came home a little early. She said she was having problems too. I told her it was her arthritis.

I made chicken a la king for supper. Val said she like it very much. We both have enough for lunch tomorrow. For supper I'm making a salad. Val said she was going to make herself a sandwich. I may have one myself. We'll see.

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God bless and keep us safe! May His angels watch over us and protect us!
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Hola... looked like rain today and did for a few minutes in my town.. just gray out

Grace.. actually I have never been to Calloway Gardens or even over to the East Coast.. jut that one time a few years ago to Augusta to drop off art. .. I have heard prices are out of sight.. we have a fairly private place some miles from my house that wants $20 just to look at hundreds of Daffodils.. Guess I won't be going.

Bon.. I liked your pictures.. keep them coming!

Marlene.. good on all the planting.. I am not moving fast enough.. .. my hanging Fusha looked like it already died.. in only a few days looks terrible.

I finished painting the whole front gutters and soffits.. about 35 ft... Today I thought I would do about 6 ft around another window.. and also trimabout 15 ft of bushes which would have gone fast.. but I had NO energy just didn't feel so good.. finally took half an allergy pill.. got a little more ump.. but I figures I can take a whole day to rest.. have not felt so hot all day.. then broke down and went out for ice cream and 2 more treats.. I had some.. and they did nothing for me... lately they never do...and still feel bad

I guess tomorrow the storm will reach up to my area.. so goes the painting and yard work .. and my TV also will go out from the rain.. but I have my DVD player now to watch.

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Hello Team Sisters. We just watched the concert from the National Capital. It was spectacular. However, it had adverse effects on DH. There are some experiences from war that never go away.

Walt watched most of the Indie 500 race.

Bonnie, I hope you are safe. I saw on the Weather channel that your area was getting the terrible rain that flooded Ellicott City.

Grace, you probably getting bad weather from Alberto. Good luck preparing to return to CT.

We went up to Barbara and Tom's yesterday. She needed help with something. After that was done she and I went to a nearby plant nursery. I got a flat of different plants.

I planted six containers this morning. After my shower and shampoo we went to Perkins for something to eat. Then we went to Walmart for potting soil and five germanium plants. Hopefully I will finish the containers tomorrow.

Miller, you are making remarkable progress recuperating. ūü§ó

Cheri, good luck with your surgery on Tuesday.

Allie, I hope your kitty gets better soon.

Irene, hope you get some relief from the cough. Glad Mike is with you this weekend. I'm sure he is taking good care of you.

Guess I had better get to bed.

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Good evening team, Today, around 5 pm. I got home from my trip to GA, where I went to watch my GS graduate from H.S.
SLIMMER, Yesterday, we went to Calloway Gardens with the intention of going to the Butterfly House. Because there was an international water skiing event going on, they were going to charge us almost $200 for 7 of us to get in, so we just left and went to the village of Pine Mountain. I know you're familiar with these areas. The village looked just like Mystic CT and also a street up in Lake Tahoe, CA, with the same little quaint shops.

Now, I have to "hit the ground running" tomorrow morning to finish the yard work and start packing. We leave for CT midday on Thursday.
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We are having a very quiet Sunday. I think my DH is going to call his brother who is single. We worry about him. He is a great guy with COPD. He has a married daughter in the area but she can no longer drive a car. She has fluid on the brain which has caused her to be confused and have wrecks. Her DH works all he can since she can no longer work. Thank goodness his daughter has no children.
I usually talk to my widowed sister on Sunday afternoonís but she is busy with company today. So, I thought I would post now in case she calls later.

Allie- I am glad you are having cooler weather! There is no way I could survive our weather without A/C. It is just too hot and humid. I am amazed you were able to work outside yesterday for 3 hours! *I am so sorry to hear about Storm. I hope they straighten her out quickly. *Do you think the horrible traffic was due to it being a holiday week-end?

Cecile- my DH loves banana bread so if we have a banana that is getting too ripe, I mash it up and freeze it in a container. When I get enough, I make banana bread. Today, I am going to mix up a batch of snickerdoodle cookie dough. I also freeze the dough for later.

Irene- I am so sorry you are having this horrible cough and you canít take medication for it. But it is good that you are sleeping a lot. That is often the best medication.

Peggy- my ex DH loved to watch the Indy 500 but I have never seen my current DH watch it. He only likes football. However, we both enjoy the Tour de France in July because of being able to see the French countryside.

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Good afternoon team:

I am back again. I thought I would call the vet and take Storm in for a checkup. They were open today so I took her in. She has tape worm and the vet thinks she has probably had them since I adopted her. I was able to bring them a sample so they didn't have to do more expensive testing.

The traffic was unbelievable. I was glad to get home safe and sound.

I don't have central air and I have all the windows open. The heat was really bothering me yesterday, today is such a relief.

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.

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Happy Sunday

Watching the Indy 500. Grew up in Indiana and never made it to the race.

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Good afternoon everyone!

I slept in this morning. I felt very tired for some reason. I wonder if it's the weather. My body sure knows it.

It is a bright day at the moment. I hope it stays that way.

Have a happy and healthy Sunday!

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Good morning team:

Irene: The color of your new sofa sounds lovely. I like the color gray, very classy.

I hope your cough starts to ebb soon. It is wonderful your son is there with you.

It is raining cats and dogs here. I was supposed to go to a dear friends home today. She lives 60 miles away and I am not too sure I want to drive in this weather.

My kitten has taken to lying at my feet like a dog while I am watching tv. I didn't get much sleep.

Storm - the kitten - likes to run at top speed around my bedroom while I am sleeping. She includes me in her path. She jumps on the bed, leaps over me then jumps back down and repeats her exercise. The only thing that keeps me from getting mad at her is she is keeping the mice away. She also makes me laugh.

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend. This storm cooled my house down so that is a bonus.

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5/27/18 2:02 A

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Hello on Sunday , One day is much the same as another lately. My cough is a lot looser thank you. It was difficult to get cough medicine .The local pharmacist said because of me being on chemo and having many drugs he couldnít sell me most cough medicines. Oniy one was a herbal one . Itís pleasant and soothing but isnít giving me fast relief. No I did not go to my own doctor, they would have the same problem. Re giving me medications.
For the past two days I have done little but sleep. Itís like being drugged ,I would wake for a few mins. Get a drink .go the bathroom etc,then lie down again to sleep.i couldnít do anything else. My son Mikes here this weekend so he sees I get drinks and snacks, I seldom want food but know I have to eat something, This sleep is seen as a good thing ,itís part of the body trying to recover and preserve what energy I do have . So I have to go with it.
I can lie on my new settee which is pale grey by the way. My dh liked his recliner chair he slept a lot in that.
It was our wedding anniversary yesterday. I tried to concentrate on our happy times .
Have a good day friends . Irene



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5/26/18 10:54 P

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Good evening team sisters!

It rained again today. I never even noticed. I made another banana bread today. I think I'll ask Val to not buy bananas for a while.

Val said she had a good day at work. She came home in very good humour.

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God bless and keep us safe! May His angels watch over us and protect us!
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Good afternoon team:

I went to the swim club last night and picked up my membership card. The managers made sure to thank me for all the cleaning I did. They opened the pool today but I knew the water would be too cold so I didn't go.

I mowed the lawn instead I wasn't looking forward to it but I knew it needed to be done. I spent three hours outside, weeding, gardening and mowing.

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend.

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It is 92 here but it feels like 100 degrees! This morning my DH and I tried to do a little in the yard, but it soon became too humid and hot. It felt like a sauna outside because of the humidity. I ran out of potting soil, so I was ready to quit.

Cherie- My goodness! Was your sister in the hospital after her knee surgery? I know I had to have two blood transfusions with my knee replacements and I have heard of someone dying on the operating table, but not the day after the surgery. I am so sorry about this. I will be thinking of you on Tuesday.

Cecile- on Thursday we had cloudy skies for much of the day and both my DH and I were hurting all day. Weather most certainly impacts those with arthritis!

Peggy- we have blue birds in this area, but they are so difficult to attract that I leave that up to the experts. I have a couple of baskets that robins always seem to want to make a nest in. *Your cookbook sounds like so much fun!

Slimmer- that is great news about your sugar! I was happy with my six months test- my glucose level was 89 so way below the area where doctors get concerned. Diabetes runs in both sides of my family.

Bonnie- I like the sound of crows, especially in the fall. I have a distant memories of being on a farm somewhere with my ex one crisp fall day and one could hear the sound of crows. I have a bird feeder that if something lands on it that is too heavy, it closes up. But we have some kind of big black birds that are not as big as crows that just are the right weight and they hog the bird feeder. I quit putting food in it.

Miller- I am so glad you are able to start doing some light housework. It sounds like you made it through your operation with flying colors! *That was good advice you gave Cherie about remembering her sister. It reminded me of the small iron table and chairs I bought after my great-aunt died. I couldnít go to her funeral because it was so far away even though she was so special to me. Now every time I look at the table outside, I remember her.

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Hello to all.

GRACE, I hope you have safe travels and enjoy your GSís graduation.

CECILE, I hope it got warm enough for you to sit on your porch.

ELLEN, Iím sorry your Emerald Ash tree is dying, but itís good you found out. *You know, I could have probably done what your sister did and just given Randy an old card from me - Iím positive he wouldnít have realized he had been given it before. LOL

MARLENE, Iím glad you got some relief from the medication(s) for your back. *Your swiss steak and cucumbers and onions sounds so delicious!

IRENE, I hope your cough is better. Iíve had laryngitis a fews times and the doctor said to rest my voice completely - no talking - which is hard to do.

ALLIE, Storm sounds so sweet. *It was good of you to volunteer for clean up at the pool. Back to Pool Night sounds like fun.

PEGGY, Wow - you really are creative to be working on three writing projects at once - I am impressed!!

SLIMMMER, my father used to make bluebird houses and gave all of us (my siblings and me some). Unfortunately, we didnít bring them with us when we moved to the house weíre currently living in. I used to love to see the little babies.

CHERIE, I hope your hiatal hernia surgery goes well on Tuesday. *I was sorry to hear about your sister. I remember you saying there would be no funeral. I wish there was some way you could remember her by planting something in her memory or something like that. Of course, you will always have your memories.
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BONNIE, nice photos. I especially like the little Canadian goose!



Nothing much going on with me. Just physical therapy and icing and trying to do some chores in between. I've just gotten to the point where I feel able to do a bit of housework again.

Katie is at an anime convention that is held in nearby Raleigh every Memorial Day weekend. She loves all things Japanese.

Randy is at his mother's taking care of her weekly needs. He took her out to eat and then picked up her prescriptions and groceries.

The lawn man came to mow the grass today and I was glad, as all this rain we've had lately made the yard look long and shaggy.

Well, it's time for PT again, so I'll log off. I hope everyone has a good weekend. emoticon

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Good Afternoon, Team Sisters,
Hot out today and afternoon showers are expected. Sunny out right now.

I had 5 plants to plant in my garden yesterday and only managed getting 3 of them in before my energy left. This is after I walked down to the grocery store and back. So, I need to get the other 2 in before it rains. One is my tomato plant which I will plant in a container. My experiment with it worked fine last year. Using a different type of tomato this year that is disease resistant.

@Cherie - Sorry to hear about your sister's passing.


One of the 2 baby Canada Geese that were born on the Farm this year. It is about 2 weeks old.


Crow that has been visiting our yard this year. Likes my bird feeder and may be the reason my feeder is shorter now than it was!! DH thinks crow landed on it and pushed it into the wet ground. Crows really are big birds.

Not much going on. I had a great visit with my 2 friends who I used to work with. It was non-stop conversation.

I hope everyone is enjoying this Memorial Day Week-End.
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Hola.. gray out.. so is it going to rain or not?

Peggy... if you read more about having two boxes you will see Why they talk ever about having 2 boxes. You really only need 1 box for Bluebirds (BBs) In the North there is a big competition in boxes with Swallows.. they want the box first... and usually always get it or drive BBs out. So they found if you have two boxes the Swallows get one and then they don't care if BBs get another. After the first breeding the Swallows are done and then both boxes are available, but unless there is a shortage on boxes BBs like to be.. so they say 300 ft apart.. but I've see many nesting every 2 fence posts away.

Gee, now if you get 3 more boxes that you monitor you can say you have a BB Trail.. which is 5 boxes on up. Of course the more boxes you have up the more chances you have to attract a BB. Back in FL some people had to wait years to get a BB into their box. I have had one here in my backyard, but usually a Titmouse gets it first.. and I only have 1 box.. but now that I am fixing things.. I'd like to put more boxes out around the property because lots of birds are breeding around me.

I'm glad that you did attract one.. put a pox up far away from the one that had the BBs in it.. because it is the habit of the male BBs to ..stay.. around where they hatched.. so those males will need a box to breed in and if you put it up now they will know where to find one for next year.

Read up to see if you have those Swallows in your area.. to see if you need double boxing... but now I find I will take any and all types of birds using a nesting box. The 2 boxes I have on my porch were from a festival for $5 and are like Chinese and very open pieces of wood but they are used every year...

I need to change how BB boxes are made for up North.. down in FL they needed a bit more space .5 in. and a lot of ventilation because of the heat, but up here I need to change my plans to take out that ventilation.. also down in FL they would breed even up to 3 times a yer and here at most 2 times.

On my BB web page I do have plans for a box.. but you can find dozens and dozens of plans.. just make sure you can open the box to clean it.. and 6 in. down from the hole and 3 in. up from the hole for space.

Today.. I think I am going to go get another gallon of paint.. it is $10 off. Then off to the library they are closed Monday...

My scales actually moved down to where I have not been for a LONG time.. sugar is holding..

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Happy Saturday

Slimmer, my DH Tom built me a bluebird house when we lived in Michigan. Did not get any bluebirds. I went back online to see why and read that you must have at least 2 houses about 10 feet apart. Tom built another one and that very day that he put it up we had a bluebird. They never used the second house so the wrens moved in. I'll see if I can find my picture.

Ellen, my cookbook is also going to contain some humor. Like a cake I baked for my DD Christina for her birthday years ago. August 11th and no A/C. Frosted the cake and all of a sudden the top layer slid off onto the counter. Ice cream cakes after that.

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Good morning everyone!

Another dull gray day. It's supposed to rain again.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy Saturday.

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Good evening team sisters.

Fingers are not working too well tonight. The gloomy day I spoke about this morning turned into rain showers this afternoon. It's doing a number on Mr. Arthur Itis! Let's hope tomorrow will be better. I didn't listen to the 6 o'clock news therefore I don't know what is happening.

The laundry is all done! Val got up late but did the wash. I thought I had 3 loads and she said there were only 2.

I asked my partner to pick up supper for tomorrow. She said no problem. It's Shawarma, her favourite.

She is working tomorrow and Sunday. I have stuff to do so the days may go fast.

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Hi everyone!

Its been a while.
I haven't been on this site .
Miss you all. I'm going to have hiatal hernia surgery on tues. its pushing my stomach into my esophagus. Then the day before Mothers day, my sister died. Emotional. she had had her knee replaced the day before, so we don't know what happened yet. So no funeral,

Been eating too many sweets, I'll lose some pounds with the surgery. Then I hope to start doing a PiYo work-out. New for me. looks good.

Have a good weekend all!

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There was a storm that moved through the south and east of the KC Metro. We are on the far west side and only received some showers. Now I am unsure if that was a bad or good thing. Parts of the city had 3.5 inches and creeks were flooding businesses. So, perhaps it is good that we just had showers. I did some quick shopping this morning and I could tell that people are preparing for the Memorial Day week-end.

Marlene- I think I finished up buying plants for all my containers this morning. I will go out early tomorrow and do my containers if I have enough potting soil. I will need to be careful though. I saw a interesting looking snake wiggling through the bushes when I put my plants on the picnic table. *My DH and I have been hurting the last two days. His is sciatica and mine is most likely inflammation from arthritis.

Cecile- I may in the future suggest to my DH that his allergies would be better if we replaced the carpet with wood. Of course, right now I am focused on some other expensive items to be done around here.

Irene- have you talked to your doctor about your cough? I do hope it gets better soon. *I saw your new couch on Facebook and it is really nice. We have to have a big sofa in our living area because my DH often sleeps there in the afternoon. *It is like summer here already this year.

Allie- I love how you are finding so many social, fun and rewarding things to do! I think activities like that are what keep one young. * I wish I had taken advantage of this morning and sat in our front swing while it was still nice.

Peggy- your writing class sounds fascinating. I wrote my motherís stories that she told me about her childhood several years ago and I am so glad I did that while I could still call her and verify things. I also did a cookbook in 1992 of family recipes that people sent to me. Unfortunately I was still working and had a deadline and did not compare the recipes to what was written down. I had some typos which made for some bad dishes.

Slimmer- I should try audio books while I am working on things. The library has so many. Thanks for reminding me. *Calling the experts in is such a good idea for some things!

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Hola.. looks like it is going to rain.. have a storm headed up here.. so they say???????

Yesterday I finished painting the ceiling on the porch.. all is done on the Front.. except the 2 windows of the side bedroom!!!!!!!!!! Looks so good!

This AM I had a gutter guy that had fixed the bend in my front gutter come out to see why the water is pouring off in front of my French Doors..

He put in screws in places to pull the gutters to the house tighter.. and then started to unclog places.. Then asked is he charged $75 he would go around the Whole.. house and clean the gutters and screwed down where needed and also told me the condition of my down spouts.. one he found clogged bad and told me what to fix next... also said I had maybe 5 yrs left on my roof... where some said now others up to 15 yrs.. he said I should only pay $6000 and I've mostly been prices 10 to 12 thousand.. aughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Allie.. glad you are enjoying your kitty so much.. they had a BIG black cat at the shelter.. it was huge and sooooooooo fluffy.. if I was not allergic.. I think I would have gotten it. I would like a cat.. but my nose said No.

Peggy.. that is neat that you are writing two books.. just do a story etc a day...That is pretty neat to do!

Just finished listening to Bonefire of the Vanities by Wolf... that was a good story.. entertaining... probably a movie.. I will have to look

Ellen.. that is what I wanted to tell you.. when you get a book.. don't read it.. use the part that reads it to you.. I went through 3/4th of a book just working on my porch.. so I am killing two birds with one stone... usually the listening comes free when you buy.. but when from the library.. get the audio books!!!!!!

Talking about birds.. on my porch.. I have 2 birdhouses.. I looked in one that birds standing on it.. but I saw one baby bird but looked like it was dead.. then parents quit coming around.. I looked again a couple of days later and I see what looks like 2 dead babies but no parents around.. but I hear the parents off.. and upset.. I believe the babies ARE alive! This same bird comes every year to this house.

Maybe in my spare time I will build more bird houses and get them set out... ((I was your Southwest FL Bluebird Lady.. check out Christy's Bluebird Project online)) now I have saws that will cut wood.. oh well.. in my spare time.

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Happy Friday

Going to my writing group this morning. I am trying to write my memoirs, a book and a cook book. Not getting very far.

My tomato plant has 3 tomatoes that are turning red. Can hardly wait to eat them.

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Good morning everyone!

It's not raining but I've seen sunnier days!

Not much planned today. Val is still in bed therefore I don't know if she'll be washing today.

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Good morning team:

Irene: Enjoy your weekend. What color is your new couch? I love getting new furniture.

I sat outside for a little bit this morning. I love just sitting out there when it is quiet.

My kitten is now 6 months old. She is such a baby. I wake up in the mornings and she is curled up next to me sleeping. She is gaining weight and enjoying sitting in my many windows. I bought a cat brush and I brush her fur. I am going to attempt to cut her nails again this morning. I can get the front ones cut pretty easily but the back ones are a whole different story.

I go to a swim club in the summer. I volunteered for clean up last night. I was there for 3 hours and there were quite a few volunteers. I am going back this evening for "Back to Pool Night". Some of the members to to pick up their pool tags and to just socialize. It is a nice event.

I want to plant flowers and mow the lawn. I will see how perky I am after my workout at the Y.

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Itís a holiday weekend .it used to be Whitsuntide but ..... now itís Spring holiday. Itís raining! I had no plans really ,I wait and see how I feel. ,
The cough I had is hanging on and my voice is vanishing now. Oh no I love to talk.
Yesterday my new couch arrived .i love it, itís small but fits well in the space . Thereís two big reclining chairs in the room too and generally only two of us here,
It was to be a gardening weekend but the weather is not corperating,
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Good evening team sisters!

My back was talking to me big time today. I guess it didn't like going down then upstairs yesterday. I took it easy today. I had two laundry basket of clothes to put away which I did.

Val was not a happy camper when she came back from her outing with her step-mom. She left around 10 and came back at 5. Needless to say the laundry did not get done. Maybe tomorrow.

Ellen - Carpets are the home of germs and allergens. I was told to change my floors because I was congested all the time. Between here and at work, I didn't have any breaks.

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Hello Everyone. It is a beautiful warm day here. I've been busy this morning. I prepared Swiss steak for dinner; it's simmering on the back burner. I sliced cucumber and onions for salad. Then I discovered I am out of cider vinegar so I used balsamic instead. It tastes good but is brown dressing. It will be interesting to see what Walt has to say.

I've got a load of darks in the washer. Will lights later. Now I must clean up the kitchen then I'm going to clear the leaves out of the flower beds. We'll buy plants tomorrow.

I'm taking Prednisone for my back until I see the orothpeadic doctor on Tuesday. I have some relief from the meds.

I will try to get back later today to comment on posts.

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This morning the Arbor and Landscaping representative came by and it was a great visit! My DH was opened to all the work I wanted and he added to it. We are getting this place where it will be easier to maintain. They also pointed out an Emerald Ash tree we have that is dying. It is a huge tree so if it fell it could kill someone. It has the famous Emerald Ash bore. As someone on this team is always saying, ďItís only money!Ē Actually with the tree being taken out, it is less than I expected.

Well, I scheduled most likely my last colonoscopy unless they find something. I started not to do it because they have never found anything, but I remembered my father died at 73 with colon cancer in 1980. So, I would rather be safe than sorry.

Cecile- thank you for telling me you have wood floors. I love wood floors and wish I had that throughout the entire house. I think carpet is harbor for allergies and germs. I am glad Val is so good about helping you. That is one thing I love about this house. Once you are in the main floor of our house, everything is here. *I can usually tell when my feet will not allow me to do something. I started to go downstairs one day and it was like, nope, that is not going to happen! An hour later, I was fine.

Bonnie- we never go to the movie theater but I have heard about those like you talked about. I donít think I would like that. * I always love it that you hang your clothes out! It is Great exercise and a wonderful energy saver.

Miller- I have to tell you a funny thing my older sister did one year for Valentine. She had forgotten to get her DH a card, but she saved cards. So, she just gave him one she had given him before. He never knew! *I really like my new cane. I used it today when we walked the acre today with the man from the Arbor company.

Grace- wishing you the best on your trip!

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Good morning everyone!

A beautiful day today!

Good news! Val told me today that she will be doing the rest of the laundry. At the moment she is making my bed. I feel spoiled! She needs to go out with her step-mom so I told Val to tell her that she is doing my laundry which is true.

Have a happy and healthy Thursday!

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Happy Thursday

Bonnie, I hope the theaters here don't start having reserved seats. I do want to see the movie "Book Club".

Nothing much happening in AZ except the heat.

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Good evening team sisters!

Miller - Thank you for your comment. I did feel better after I got off here last evening. Today things are back to normal for Val and I.

I did start the laundry today. I did 4 loads and brought up 3. When I brought up the 3rd I discovered my legs were not co-operating normally. I didn't dare go down again because I didn't know if I could come back up. Val had gone to her dad's to help our with a project. When she came home I asked her to please get the load out of the dryer and bring it up. My jammies were in that load. She did and said it was her pleasure to help. I still have 3 more loads to do but they are waiting until either Friday or Saturday or even next week. It will depend if Mother Nature has good intentions towards my legs.

It's supposed to warm up tomorrow. I hope it's a warm enough day to sit on the porch. Wouldn't that be wonderful?! I hope so!

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Good evening Team!

I'll be off Spark from later tonight until Sunday night because I'll be visiting my DD and her family in GA for my GS's HS graduation. I have to leave for the airport at 8 am tomorrow.
I can log in to Spark every day and I can read posts but can't reply to them.

MILLER, Thanks for the great news about your followup! I'll follow yours and Ellen's fine examples when I have my TKR this summer!

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Hello to all. Thanks so much for all the anniversary wishes. I appreciate each one!!
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GRACE, I completely forgot about logging in my physical therapy exercises - good idea!

BETTY, Iím sorry to hear about your occipital neuralgia. Sounds very painful! Do you think something like Gabapentin would help? *Iím glad Beau is doing better!

ALLIE, I agree with you - fresh seafood is awesome - I love flounder, too!

IRENE, I hope you are getting some good rest this week between your medical issues.

LAURA, what fun to have a hair appointment with your sister!

PEGGY, that was smart of Tom to use a mirror so he could watch the game with his head down.

SLIMMER, Way to Go on fixing up your house! I used to be able to paint (and go up and down ladders), but not in recent years.

ELLEN, smart idea to get a second cane so one is always accessible. Iím glad you called for help with your yard. After a while, it just gets to be too much, even for avid gardeners. This way, you can still do what you want out there, but also have extra help when you need it.

CECILE, please feel free to vent - this is a safe place for it. You and Val are so close that youíre bound to have times of disagreement occasionally. I think everyone who lives together does.

BONNIE, that movie sounds really good, though I donít think Iíd like those type of theatre changes, either. I hope you have fun at the dinner tonight.

SHIRLEY, you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I was so happy when you posted, as it was really good to hear from you and to know things went as well as possible under the circumstances.
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GRACE, thanks for asking about my follow-up doctor appointment. I saw my surgeon today and had the stitches removed and he was so pleased with my progress. He said to keep up the good work and come see him again in a month. He also gave me an order for six more weeks of outpatient physical therapy. In a way, I will miss having the PT come to my home, but I know I need to get out and about. Just going to the doctor today made me shaky and nervous because itís the first time Iíve left the house since coming home from the hospital. I still need to build up more strength and more PT is an excellent way to do that. I imagine theyíll still have me doing PT three times a day at home, as well. Iím so grateful things have gone as well as they have.

Thanks again for the anniversary wishes. Randy bought me a sweet card and a bar of chocolate and he also brought home take-out Japanese food. It was a good anniversary. Iím afraid he didnít get a card from me, as I still canít drive. The doctor told me today it will probably be six weeks before I can drive myself. I guess that means in four weeks since two weeks have already passed.

Our weather vacillates between rain and sun, but itís sunny right now and I love it.

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Good Morning, Team Sisters,
It's wet outside from a rain storm we had around 6PM yesterday but the sun is shining and it feels hot and humid. I'm washing a load of clothes to hang outside on the line.

@Miller - Sorry I missed your anniversary. emoticon I hope it was FUN.

@Shirley - So happy to see your post. Things seemed to have turned out well, considering the circumstances. I'm glad you have so many family members nearby.

Last night DH & I went to the movies and saw "The Book Club". It was funny and well played. Nice to see for those of our ages. All 4 ladies were great but particularly liked Diane Keaton's role.

I don't know if this is happening with movie theaters near you, but ours are going to "Reserved Seating" and the seats are "loungers" with table top you can swing out of the way. DH was not happy. He really hates change and also uncomfortable sitting near someone he doesn't know. He told the ticket person that we wanted 2 seats on the end of the row. Unfortunately, she gave us seats 11 and 12 but there was also a 13! We hoped no one would take that seat as it was a Tuesday early evening and the theater was not crowded at all. A large group of people came in and took up almost the rest of the row. So, I told DH to take seat #13 and we just moved down. Well, shortly after the movie started, a woman came to claim #13. Seat #11 beside me was empty and I asked her if she could please take that one. She hesitated and started to show me her ticket but I just pointed to the seat and she got the message. There were other empty seats in the theater and if things got too uncomfortable for DH we could have moved. Also, we are both short so if we didn't want to use the foot rest feature of the seat, our feet wouldn't have touched the floor. DH didn't like that either. I just let him keep grumbling and didn't comment. Nothing we can do about it.
I was glad that at least DH did like the movie!! I can understand where reserved seating may be good for the week-ends and when the movie theater is full but on a week day early evening movie, there are always plenty of seats.

I'm having dinner tonight at a local restaurant with 2 of the ladies I used to work with. We do this once a year and it is great fun. The one who arranges it lives in Delaware now but still has some of her doctors still in this area. So, we have the dinner after she has come down for an appointment. Sometimes she spends the night in a hotel and sometimes she drives back to Delaware.

I hope everyone has a great day.
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Good morning everyone!

Today is another beautiful day. I have started the laundry. It should help pass the day.

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Happy Wednesday

Shirley, Whit really had everyone with him which is one thing that I wish all people will have. Thank you for taking time to post. Prayers for you upon your return.

Ellen, it took me 7 years to decide to have the second surgery. But now I wonder why I waited so long.

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Good morning Team!

Just dropping by to wish MILLER good luck with the follow-up appointment for your TKR today. Please let us know how things went with it!

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Ellen - You asked me a question about my floors last week and I didn't answer. I have wood floors all through the upstairs. I use Murphy soap because as well as clean it oils the wood. It helps to condition the wood. emoticon

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Good evening team sisters!

Last evening when I sounded off about Val and her tablet, I guess I was at my ropes end. I don't dare talk to her because she always manages to turn things around and make me feel like I'm a villain. It does grate on my nerves at time. Thank you for letting me let off some steam!

Shirley - I was happy to see your post. I am hoping and praying you find peace and tranquility in your life. It takes time but I'm sure your family will hold you in their embrace to help you! emoticon emoticon

This morning I threw the clothes downstairs to sort the clothes and soak the whites. I was a bit smarter than usual. I brought my cane with me. I found it a good idea and it helped me a great deal. As they say it's better late than never.

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I wanted to do my normal post since my earlier one was just in response to Shirleyís post.
It is a warm, humid, sunny day here in the KC metro. I did some yard work (cutting down volunteer trees and bushes in the woodland garden) but it became too humid for me. I need to get up earlier to do this. My DH wanted to go to the gym and he is not crazy about me outside while he is gone anyway, so I went inside. I did call a tree and lawn place just around the corner to come and give us an estimate to do some items that need to be done and we canít do them anymore. If they do a good job they will be on my frequent caller list. Then we went to Panera Bread for lunch and then the Habit for Humanity Restore place. My DH refuses to give up on this broken celling fan piece. Of course we did not find anything. I had forgotten my cane so we stopped at Walgreens and purchased a second one to keep in the van before we went to the store. I still had to sit in their chairs for sell while my DH looked.

Miller- emoticon Happy Anniversary to you and Randy! I like your anniversary plans! emoticon

Grace- I wrote down Preen Weed Preventer to see if I can buy some to sprinkle over our vegetable garden since we donít raise anything put weeds there. I just canít move it with the push mower anymore. I keep telling my DH he should have married someone 6 feet tall and able to pass the Army fitness test. I feel old and broken. *I donít think I could handle your schedule of flying so much.

Cecile- I am too attached to my iPad. Especially since I can download books from the library to it. I need to walk and do more housework.

Betty- I think I need to look for new clothes for summer. I have worn the same outfits year after year and they are starting to look like it. If I give anything anyway I will have nothing to wear. *Your shooting pain across the back of the head reminds me of the rare times I have had (since I was 20 years old), a sharp pain go down one of my temples. It use to scare me, but now I blow it off since it happens so unfrequently and has been going on for years.

Allie- If I could have handled hot weather better, I think I would have liked being a forest ranger. I love nature and thought my DH loved it as much as me but now he doesnít seem to want to go outside.

Irene- Your comment about you and Shirley snoring in unison gave me a chuckle. My sister tells me that after her husband died she had a terrible time sleeping. It reached a point where the doctor prescribed something for her. *I will be thinking of you tomorrow when you get your scan. I so pray and hope it all goes well and you get good news. emoticon

Laura- when I told my DH that I was going to call the tree and lawn place, I said we either have to move to another place which will probably mean adding $100K to our selling price of this place for a smaller house or just let a jungle grow up around or hire more help. The other option would be paying out $2K a month for an apartment. Our place is paid for and around us are $300K to $1.5M homes. It was country when we moved here.

Peggy- I was so happy when the doctor told me that my neuropathy was not a pinched nerve. Back surgery sounds so scary to me.

Shirley- Again, my deepest concern and sympathy. emoticon

Slimmer- You reminded me of another project I need to call about. Our back porch will need painting again this fall. I can do it but for the past two years when I painted it, the paint started flaking off immediately. I think I must have painted over oil based paint or something. Now I am unsure how to handle it. *I have to agree with you about mountains. If you have seen the 14 footers coming out of the Eisenhower tunnel in Colorado, the Eastern Mountains just donít inspire anymore. Saying that, now I am missing Colorado. As a child, my family would camp out there. We had a huge tent for the seven of us.

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Hi Shirley ...so good to see you post.. and to give us the update of happenings. I just got in from the library and took a look at the site.. and see we were posting at the same time earlier.
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Shirley- it was so great to see your post and know that you have been surrounded by such wonderful, caring friends and family. I am so glad that Whit could communicate and be at home and tell everyone good-bye. That was the prayer I had for my father when he was dying of cancer and God also answered my prayer for him to be at home.

We will always be here when you are ready to return. I can never give the team what you do, but I will try my best.




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Shirley, it's so good to hear from you. It's wonderful that God worked in and through everything to give you all what you needed when you needed it. How comforting it must have been to have Whit be talking and alert and able to say his goodbyes to everyone. It's a true blessing that he was able to be home with you and little Murphy and family all around.

I think of you daily and pray for you, too, as well as your family. I hope you are finding peace and comfort for each and every day and I hope that your nights will soon be restful, as well.

We love you and miss you, but understand that you can't be here for now. May God bless you in every way.

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Dear Shirley, I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes. It is SO GOOD to see your post. Thank you for sharing Whit's final days with us. It was wonderful that he was able to say goodbye to all the important people in his life. It must be comforting to you to know that this was able to happen. I'm sure being close to Murphy was a help to him as well. We all understand that it will be some time before you feel like posting. Meanwhile, Ellen is taking good care of things.
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Hola.. it is raining ??????????? It was not supposed to. It is just popping up out of nowhere.

HAPPY ANIVERSARY! Miller and Randy emoticon

Yesterday I kept painting the ceiling of my porch and now down to 1.5 sections out of 7..!!
.. You can't tell the difference too much in this pic.. because I roll my roller over the unpainted to get the paint out of it.

I had to go get another gallon.. and get $10 off for Memorial Day!!!!!!.. might go get another gallon.. They are like $27 with tax these days.

I also found Splash Guards to put at the end of my gutter fixings.. they didn't have them a week or so ago. Also got more plants and PVC wood to make a box for above ground planting of my new plants. This is a pic of my corner area that has just grown up over the years.. right now I am finding it hard to pic up the dirt bags


So plans for painting is put off until it dries up. I got about 10 more DVDs at the Library and waiting on 9 books but I still have The Mormon Bible and The Power of One to finish reading in paper.. and Listening to Devil in White City.. to finish.

My sugar is Only 42 point away from what the Dr said my high should be.. That is the lowest for months and months!!!! Yesterday I stopped at Wendy's and got a Baconnador.. I tore off most all of the bread.. just enough for my fingers to touch and to keep the cheese also got a half avocado chicken salad for special dinner to watch the Finals of The Voice and Dancing of the Stars... My weight is holding at 210.5.. That is not so bad.. but the sugar going down is Fantastic for me! I am surprised it did.. usually having any bread would make it rise.. plus, I did have 2 Berry Non Sugar added Apple Sauce containors.. and it still went down!!!!!!!!! Having usually any fruit makes it go up. This is really good to see happen.

Allie.. you mentioned the view on my mountain top.. in the winter I can see a good part of our mtn ridge.. that is about 14 miles away.. and in summer I see just one hump of that mtn.. in back in winter I see across the street mtn humps but in summer nothing but the open sky which a lot of people never get to see up and out because they are on the low parts of the mtn hills.. Plus these mtns are not like Rocky Mountain and more like Smoky mtn.. and actually are the Smoky Mtn Foothills.. so not really like mtns at all but lots of ups and downs. I am glad I can look out straight and see the sky.. very open... and I have no fear of flooding up here! I do have a fear of fire.. there is only one way down off this mtn.. but with all the ups and down here.. fire in the woods just does not seem to happen.. thank heaven

Betty.... Good Going on getting out 25 T-Shirts!!!! Hmmm maybe now you will start gathering up something else... You might be on a roll... Go Girl!!!!!!!!!!!

Ellen ...on taxes.. you are better person than I.. I believe in taxes, but it made a difference when I went to buy.. what the taxes were. Like I could never live up north.. with the thousands people pay on their property.. My house in FL worth was like $300,000.00 but I only paid about $850.00 a year.. but up here house worth $160.00 was $2100.00. That does not seem right.. so I could handle paying for 5 years the high fee knowing that it would be cut to almost nothing after that.. so it balances out. I also after thinking.. here in town.. money goes for County Board people.. when they retire.. they get paid for life... Dawwww this is a dinky little county.. Why should they get paid for life? .. oh and it is not the whole state of GA that does this.. only a few counties do it.

Grace... do you have Don's bike sent up North.. or does he have one in each place?

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Shirley, It's so good to hear from you. We miss you, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers everyday.

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Good Morning Everyone,

I want to thank all of you for your posts, emails, sparkmails, Goodies, and cards during this difficult time. They have meant more to me than I will ever be able to tell you.

What happened with Whit was something most unexpected, even for his oncologist. He told us heíd seen such happen before, but it was most rare. All of our prayers were answered however, as he was kept comfortable to the end, and he spent his last few days at home as he wished. I would have never been able to have done this on my own as he could move only minimally and required quite a bit of care. My children, grandchildren, plus 2 young women who are regarded as family, but whom we hadnít seen since they were small children came back into our lives from Oklahoma when needed Ė one is an occupational therapist. I credit all of this to God in Heaven as he answered all of our prayers. The most miraculous thing happened in the hospital when he was taken off life support. We were told he would be gone within about 4 hours. As you may remember our family is scattered all over the country, the majority were here. When the apparatus was removed he wasnít hoarse at all but spoke clearly with a strong voice, was coherent, and articulate. He got to say his goodbyes to everyone and express his wishes. He lived better than a week after this. He told everyone from out of town to go home and be with their families - they'd been here the better part of a week by this time. He knew he was dying and said that he didnít want to die in the hospital. So thanks to hospice, my children, grandchildren and the two friends/family Iíve mentioned before, one of whom is an occupational therapist, and my daughter who is an RN with years of experience he got his wish, and got to home with family and his little dog that he loved so much. As said, God was present all along this journey and sent us what we needed when we needed it.

I will return to the team at some point. I haven't turned my computer on in weeks. Know Iím wishing all of you well, and want to thank Ellen for all she is doing as well as Grace to look after the team and the Challenge..

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Marlene, my Tom had 9 tears in his left retina and had emergency surgery. The surgeon put a gas bubble in his eye and he had to keep his head down for 2 weeks. So he put a mirror on the floor so he could watch the Packers and Michigan State Spartans.

I use to have severe back pain and the epidurals didn't work so I have had 2 back surgeries. Much better now.

Shirley, I wish you well.

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Good morning everyone!

Another gorgeous day! Have not started laundry yet but I will soon. Today is sorting and soaking whites. Tomorrow we wash.

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It is strange being alone after having Val here for 2 days. I hope she has a good day at work.

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Miller - Happy Anniversary!!! May God bless you with many more!!!

Grace - I can't work in the garden like I used to either, especially when it gets hot and humid. My garden is pretty small now, so it's not to hard to keep up with it. My biggest challenge is keeping the chipmunks out of it...an on going battle.

Ellen - We went tent camping on our honeymoon too. And we went on a motorcycle, so the tent was not very large. But then, who needs a large tent when you're on your honeymoon!

It's rainy and foggy this morning. It's suppose to clear later this morning. Wish we could send some of this rain to those of you who haven't had much. Planting season is late for the farmers around here.
I have a hair appointment this morning. My sister has a hair salon in her home. So this gives us a chance for some sister talk. Then this afternoon one of my grandsons is going to hang out with me while his mom goes shopping. He's 4, and my daughter didn't want to take him into stores with no carts. I wonder why! lol

Have a great day!
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Popping in again to say I am ok. But itís my medical week. Blood work yesterday , chemo for four hours today mri Scan tomorrow I rest between these, I do not want to only write of medical matters but mostly thatís all thatís happening.
Two grand daughters visited me together with two greats , it was lovely to see them and have a girlie talk, They are Mikes daughters but say he just tells them I am alright when they ask about me . Typical man, I will try and chat to them more with updates . One of the grands 9 year old Jess doted on her great grand dad and he on her, it reminded her of him , visiting me here, I had given her Mauriceís pet soft toy dog to look after, Alfie , she brought it with her and sat hugging it all the time she was here and was very quiet . Sad really . It made me feel sad too little things set us off .
Shrley and I are in communication but I told her I wonít ask questions and wonít ask how are you.? Thereís no real answer to that ! Latest topic between us is insomnia we both suffer from it, wakeful nights seem endless .we canít chat then as we are on different time zones . I told her if we matched up we could snore in unison when we did sleep.
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Good evening team:

Miller: I love flounder. My ex and I often had flounder that he caught fishing when we lived in North Carolina. Nothing compares to fresh seafood.

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Ellen: That was a great story about your honeymoon. The first time I went camping, I was in my 30's and I was with the Boy Scouts. The scoutmaster wasn't doing a very good job and I decided to help. I think the scoutmaster thought I would play a minor role in the Scouts. I stayed with the scouts for 3 years and loved every minute of it.

Marlene: I think Greyhounds are a very interesting breed of dogs. The only greyhounds I have seen were rescued.

Peggy: I am glad you are back to your art class.

I went to my Alanon meeting this morning then I went grocery shopping. I was still worn out from the weekend so I came home and took PB out for a bit.

I got so sleepy I took a long nap this afternoon. Now of course I can't sleep.

I hope everyone has a good night.

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Good evening Ladies!

Today was more productive than others! This morning I folded up over twenty-five tops to give to my sister. How on earth did I accumulate so much?! Don't answer that! Ha! Now I can move the rest of my clothes across the closet rod! (you know what packed tight is!).

Finally broke down and called the doctor. Seems I have a new companion to annoy me...occipital neuralgia. It's like a mini-migraine. I have self-diagnosed myself. It's not life-threatening, and nothing really can be done (short of cutting the nerve?! No thanks!). It's an intermittent sharp, shooting pain across the back of my scalp... similar to hitting your "funny bone" the wrong way! It smarts like the dickens, but all is well when the pain lets loose. Taking ibuprofen for inflammation. I guess I need the doc to check for arthritis or whip lash! Ha! nope, it's not funny. Just something else to make life interesting!

Anyway, I feel good about getting a start on closet-cleaning. I'm doing better about getting-going on things now. I think it's the weather -- summer coming has inspired me! Gosh, I feel like a bear coming out of her hibernation! It's exhilarating!

Beau is doing so much better. The antibiotics must be doing the job. I guess that means, though, he does have dental issues needing addressing. I am sure that will cost a wad, but he's my fur-baby, and I owe it to him! He gives me such joy!

I am going to bed early tonight. This day has worn me to a frazzle. Have a good night everyone!

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Good evening team sisters!

Ellen - Apart from being a national holiday and lots of places closed, there is no celebration. It just gives people a long week-end.

Val has finally finished her laundry. It takes her so long to do things. If I could I would smash her tablet. I bought her that to thank her for her help when my husband passed away. I just wish she wasn't attached to it so much.

She goes back to work tomorrow and I am doing my laundry at long last. It's huge compared to my usual wash. It will just keep me busy and out of trouble!

Shirley- I am thinking of you very much! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

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God bless and keep us safe! May His angels watch over us and protect us!
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Good evening team! I knocked off a few more outside jobs today, in 5-10 minutes intervals. I only can do so many ďbend oversĒ in a given amount of time and then I need to take a break. I used to be able to garden as long as I wanted to, but no more. Plus, itís very hot and muggy out there now.

SHIRLEY, Iím sending hugs and prayers your way. I think of you constantly. emoticon emoticon

ELLEN, Itís like a ďrain forestĒ in our neighborhood in FL all summer. They get rain almost every afternoon and itís very hot (upper 90s) and humid. I have to cover my 16í long tomato box and my 3ísquare pocket gardens with 3 layers of landscape fabric to keep the weeds from growing in the fertile soil. One year I didnít do a very good job and when we came back in the fall, I had a 10í ďtreeĒ with a 2í trunk growing in the box. In other gardens, I just sprinkle Preen weed preventer around.
Iím glad you had a chance to visit with your GS before he headed back to Texas.

ALLIE, What makes your eyes swell shut? When I was little, I had that problem. I couldnít open my eyes until I put a wet washcloth on them for a few minutes. When I moved away the problem stopped.
I admire your ability to have the energy to have your GS all day. Iím exhausted after a couple of hours. I want to take my late grandsonís little girl on ďoutingsĒ this summer. Sheíll be 2 years old in November. I couldnít pick her up last summer so I canít imagine how Iíll do it without someone helping me.
Do you live near Pittsburg? I had a GS get his Masters from Carnegie Melon last Saturday.

MARLENE, Iím sorry your back is bothering you. Itís hard to function when that happens. An epidural might help you have more ďquality of lifeĒ. A few years ago I had ďRadio Frequency AblationĒ in my spine and it has provided me with many pain-free years. The ďtheoryĒ is that if they canít fix the spine, they can at least kill the pain so we can function better. But I canít overdo it, doing stuff like picking up my 22 lb GD.
Iím glad that you got a pretty good report on your physical exam and that your doctor is trying to keep your BP low and take care of your back issue. I take Felodipine and Lisinopril and my systolic BP is still in the 130s most of the time

BONNIE, How did you carry plants AND produce home from the Farmerís Market? I wish we lived near one but thereís none near us. It must be so nice to be within walking distance of so many things and to have your lake to walk around. I love reading about the wildlife you see on your walks. There is a supermarket about a mile away from here and Iíve seen people walking home with their bags. Iím too lazy to do that.

MILLER, You sure are making fantastic progress with your knee. Keep up the good work. You could be tracking all those fitness minutes and get some credit for them!

Iíve got a hectic week coming up. Early Thursday morning, I have to fly to GA for another GSís HS graduation. Then Iím all done with graduations. I donít go to the college graduations. When I come back on Sunday afternoon, Iíve got to do some serious packing for CT, since weíre leaving on May 31. On May 29th we have to spend the day taking Don to a ďfollow-upĒ for his heart procedure, an hour away.

Have a good evening!

Grace


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Hello to all.

MARLENE, I'm sorry to hear about Tom's retinal tears. Randy has had those several times and has to go for surgery to get them repaired. It's definitely worth it, as it saved his eyesight. I hope Tom's treatment goes very well. *And I very much hope the epidural injection will help you and your back. I'm glad your EKG was good.

ELLEN, no, you never complained of much pain to me regarding your knee replacements. You were always very positive in your description and comments. The reason I got so worried and scared is because of the comments of people on the Facebook TKR support group. I promise it had nothing to do with you. You always made me feel TKR would be wonderfully life changing.


Randy is picking up some take-out for us tonight. Fried flounder and shrimp. Not low cal by any means, but I'm looking forward to it. We may have take-out tomorrow night as well since it's our 42nd anniversary. I haven't cooked since surgery.
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The sun is now shining and I can hear the grass growing after all the rain we received. But this will also be great for the farmers and gardeners. Our city now has a Farmersí Market on Saturday that we have yet to manage to check out.

Marlene- I think back pain is the worse ever! I am so sorry that you are dealing with this. My idiopathic neuropathy does not hurt at all. I am glad I have that and not back pain.

Cecile- I noticed on my calendar that this was a Canadian holiday for Queen Victoria and wondered how it was celebrated there. I think I will make a cup of tea and drink it from my Grandmother Middletonís china teacup. She collected a set and I was lucky to receive one cup and saucer out of her 40 grandchildren. She was born in 1884 and had 11 children.

Miller- I am now wondering if I did not add to your worries about your knee replacement. I have to come to realize that probably I had twice the pain of most people since I had two done at the same time. It sounds like you are doing awesome. I would encourage you to take the pain medication until you donít need it any longer. (I noticed it making me feel light headed when I decided not to take it any more). neurol

Grace- donít worry about your yard work- everything will just keep growing while you are gone to CT.

Peggy- isnít it amazing and scary how quickly time goes by? I am trying to focus on knowing that I will never live this moment again.

Slimmer- we pay over $2K in property taxes every year. Unless you make like $15K in annual income and are over 65 years old, you have to pay taxes in our state. Your state seems to care more about seniors, but I have to agree that seniors should pay their fair share of taxes unless they are really struggling.

Allie- I loved camping until I become too old to enjoy sleeping on the ground. When I met my DH I told him that I would not marry anyone unless they took me camping in a tent on our honeymoon. We went camping in New Mexico and Colorado on our honeymoon. Some nights we did sleep in cabins when it was raining. I am determine to stop playing with my electronic devices so much. I am glad they are not letting your gs have any on his camping trip.

Bonnie- I have no doubt after all this rain that the humidity is going to be high now that the sun is out. We are going to be close to 90 later in the week. *That was funny about the bird feeder.

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Hello Team Sisters. A beautiful sunny day. We've had a mixed up day. I had an appointment with our family doctor at 10:00. The purpose was my back and neropothy. My DD went with me. The doctor gave me a thorough exam. She studied the MRI results from October 2016. Her theory is that there is a lot going on with my spine and causing my pain and numbness. She sent a request for consultation with a Orthopedic doctor. She thinks an epidural injection will give me relief. .

Additionally she is concerned about my blood pressure. I take two different meds daily and it still runs high. She did an electrocardiogram. It was good. And my BP#s were pretty good.

While we were at the doctor our SIL was here helping Walt fix a chain on the kitchen fan. They were going to do other things but Tom had blurry vision and floaters in his left eye. Barbara got him an appointment with our eye doctor. She called to let us know he has retinal tears. They sent him to the local Retna Center for treatment. We are waiting to hear from Barbara. It sounds like it will be a long healing time.

In the meantime I am dogsitting their two Greyhounds. Walt had an appointment so it is just the dogs and me.

That's my day. Hope all of you are having a great day.

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Hello to all.

ELLEN, thank you. *Iím am like you and not as interested in the royal family as others. I remember watching Charles and Dianaís marriage years ago and being excited about it and then being crestfallen when it turned out he was only in love with Camilla. Thatís when I gave up watching royal weddings, though I do wish Dianaís sons all the very best. *Iíve been deep into novels lately, too.

PEGGY, thank you. *Iím glad the pain from your fall is gone now. Falls are scary. *Iím sorry Catherineís heart is still only functioning at 40%, but itís a blessing that the cardiologist says she is the most improved patient he has ever seen!

BETTY, I hope the medications will work for Beau and he wonít have to have teeth pulled. A Spark friendís dog, Lucy, (on another team) had to have some teeth pulled recently and it took her about a week to bounce back from it, but sheís fine now. The doctor said she still has plenty of teeth to eat with.

GRACE, thank you. You asked now that I look back, was knee replacement as bad or worse than I thought it would be? Honestly, it was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I thought the recovery was going to be like living in hell. That said, I still have to say that I believe TKR is not something a person should do unless they have to. Itís not easy.

CHERIE, Iím so sorry about your sister. I wish you comfort and peace in the days and weeks ahead.
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BONNIE, thank you. Yes, I do wish I hadnít spent so much time worrying. *I hope the antibiotics work well for Cinder (what a great name!).

SLIMMER, thank you. *I love your closet - so big! *Congrats on doing so much work on your house!

LAURA, thank you. *I sure wish eating pizza would help me lose weight!

ALLIE, it sounds like you have been really busy. Well done on getting your grass mowed even in the rain. *Iím sure Hardy is so glad you spend time with him and give him treats. *What a wonderful time with your youngest grandson! *I hope your oldest grandson enjoys camping!

IRENE, I hope the fidget sleeves and muffs for Hannahís patients are well received.

MARLENE, thank you - yes, I am continuing to make progress. *I hope your back and other issues soon get much better. Hugs.

CECILE, itís nice that you have such a beautiful day for your National holiday.




I am still progressing with my physical therapy. The PT has added more to my regimen. Iím to warm up by walking with my cane up and down my driveway several times, then do all my regular PT exercises, then use a little bike peddler for 5 minutes - three times a day. My bend got up to 119 today and my extension is 1. I think the goal is 120 and 0, but Iím not sure. I see the surgeon on Wednesday and I think they will take the stitches out. He gave me less pain medicine on my refill, so I am trying to do without, but it is hard, as itís only been two weeks since surgery and I still have pain.

Like all of you, I miss Shirley. I still pray for her and her family. I imagine she feels the floor has been pulled out from under her. I think I would feel really lost if Randy passed away and itís only 42 years for us. I can only imagine what sheís going through after all the years she and Whit had together. I wish there was something we could do to help.

Itís been raining here for days, except we got some brief sunshine yesterday afternoon. Iím looking forward to the sunny days returning.

I hope everyone has a good week. Hugs to all. emoticon

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Good morning everyone!

It's a beautiful day today. It's also a national holiday. It is Queen Victoria's birthday. Val was very happy to learn that last week. She's still asleep. I hope she gets things done. She has a list on the table.

Hope you have a healthy and happy Monday!

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Happy Monday

I can hardly believe it was a week ago today that I was at a funeral in Indiana.

Art class today.

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A beautiful Monday morning to all of you! I never made it here yesterday because 1) we meet our Texas grandson for a 8 oíclock breakfast before he headed home. He was visiting friends south of us on Saturday. But we got to see him although we had to leave the house early to get there. And 2) I was caught up on a novel on my iPad all evening. I MUST stop reading novels unless I am riding my stationary bike. That use to be my motto.

I will catch up with everyone after Bible Study.

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God bless and keep us safe! May His angels watch over us and protect us!
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Good evening team:

Marlene: I think of Shirley often myself. I hope your mood improves. We all have our ups and downs on this team. Don't worry about being a downer.

Bonnie: That is so exciting that you went to the Preakness at Pimlico.

My 7 year old gs came over early this morning and we spent most of the day together again. I love it when he and his brother visit me.

My oldest gs came over for about an hour then left to go camping with his classmates from school. He will be gone for three days but it will be good for him. They are not letting the boys have any electronics with them. I fully support that idea.

I was still pretty tired from having my gs all day yesterday but I was still happy to see him. I took my gs shopping for a birthday present for him. He never asks for anything too expensive. I figure his parents can get him the big gifts. I believe my gs appreciates the time I spend with him more then a bunch of presents.

Storm is getting more used to the boys and they had a ball playing with her.

I hope everyone sleeps well.

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Good Afternoon, Team Sisters,
The SUN is finally out!! Everything outside is wet but at least it isn't raining. I walked down to the Farmer's Market and it felt so nice to feel sun on my skin. But, it is also very humid. I was "dripping" when I walked home. I bought some mixed greens, apples, apple sauce, and a bag of coffee. I thought there might be some strawberries for sale but none of the vendors had any. I also bought a couple plants for my garden.

Looks like we have a shot for another triple crown winner this year with Justify. The race track was so foggy. That is always exciting. One year DH & I went with some friends to the in-field party for the Preakness at Pimlico.

I went outside to refill my bird feeder and when I reached up for the part that the seed goes in, it was at eye level. I always have to reach up a little bit for it. I thought "Surely, I didn't grow during the night"!! Somehow part of the pole slipped down. DH is going to look at it later.

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Good Morning Team Sisters. I read your posts daily. It is good to know that everyone is dealing with life's "hic ups" positively. I've been having back and other issues which have me in a slump. emoticon

We've had rain off and on for a week. Right now the sun is shining however it is to rain later. I haven't been able to work on my flower bed at all.

Sorry for such a downer. I am hoping for brighter days ahead.

Am glad that Grace's DH procedure went well.

Miller hope you are continuing to make progress.

Irene good luck with your chemo this week. You certainly are an inspiration to all of us.

I think of Shirley daily and hope she is coping with the loss of Whit. Hugs and prayers to her.

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Good morning everyone!

Bright and sunny today. Yesterday we had rain.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Sunday!

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Good evening team:

Irene: I hope you got some much needed rest.

Cecile: I am glad you enjoyed watching the wedding.

Peggy: I am pleased to hear your dd received a good report from her doctor.

Ellen: I agree with you. I am not much interested in the royals either.

Slimmer: I would think you must have a beautiful view living on top of a mountain.

Bonnie: I hope you enjoyed watching the horse race.

Grace: I still have weeding to do and I am not looking forward to it at all.

I had my youngest gs with me today, from 9AM to 7PM. We played cards, made hot chocolate, played with Storm and watched tv. I am worn out but I loved every minute of it.

My eyes were swollen shot twice last night while I was sleeping. I hope I fare better tonight.

I hope everyone has a good day.

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God bless and keep us safe! May His angels watch over us and protect us!
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Good afternoon team, Iíve been trying to work in the yard but itís 87 degrees with a ďfeels likeĒ of 92 and now weíre having a thunderstorm. So my yard work is intermittent at best.

ELLEN, I miss Shirley very much as well. I love the way she always replies to all the posters and, like you said, she always knows exactly what to say to make each and every one of us feel good about ourselves. I donít expect to see her on here for quite a while but I hope she finds out, somehow, how much we all care about her. I also agree that Irene, Cecile and some of the widows on her other team can be much more helpful to her than those of us who have never walked in their shoes. All we can do is try.
I love your post to Cherie. I hope it helps lift her spirits a little.


BONNIE, I hope that Cinder starts to feel better ASAP. It must be frustrating when the ďfur babiesĒ canít communicate how theyíre feeling.

BETTY, I hope your Beau is feeling better soon as well. I guess getting older isnít much easier on our 4 legged family members than it is on us.

SLIMMER, Wow! Thatís WAY much more clothes than I could ever handle. Iíve read that people where 10% of their clothes 90% of the time and that sure is true for me. I also have 6íx8í walk in closet but I share it with DH, 50/50. Iím a ďminimalistĒ who hates shopping so I only have the bare essentials, including my wardrobe. I was in a clothing store for exactly 1 hour last night and couldnít find anything I liked, again. This happens every time I try to shop. The only problem is when an ďeventĒ comes up and I seriously canít find anything to wear.

LAURA, Donít we wish we could lose weight eating pizza?! Iíll bet that research was paid for by the pizza ďindustryĒ LOL

ALLIE, Iím glad you posted. I was starting to worry about you. Thatís great news that youíre getting to the Y so frequently! Keep up the good work!

IRENE, Enjoy your quiet day! Maybe you can catch up on your resting time or reading time! Youíre alone but know that family would be there in a heartbeat, if they found out that you needed them. (smile)

CECILE, I didnít watch the wedding. I know that weíll get to see plenty of it on tonightís news. Also, our educational TV station has a special show tomorrow afternoon with wedding coverage.

PEGGY, Catherine is truly amazing with only 40% of her heart functioning. Modern medicine can perform miracles. Don just had an aortic valve replaced through a catheter in his leg with only 2 days in the hospital.

MILLER, How are you feeling with your therapy today?

I'm sorry I didn't get to everybody. Have a good evening!

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Good Afternoon, Team Sisters,
It is--YES--raining again today. We drove around yesterday doing some errands and saw high water in the streams but no flooding near us.

@Slimmer - I LOVE your closet. I wish I had a walk-in closet. Mine are so small and you have to fight to get your clothes out. If or when we ever move again, I'm making a list of my wants: 2 bathrooms (one can be partial) and a walk-in closet!!

@Irene - You have been doing so well after your chemotherapy treatments. I hope you won't have to postpone your last one. I know you want them DONE.

@ Ellen - Glad to hear you finally got some rain.

I didn't see the "wedding" today but I'm waiting for the Preakness race to start. I can't imagine how "sloppy" the track is going to be after all this rain. I hope none of the horses or jockeys get hurt.

I've been doing a lot of reading lately. I have always like historical fiction and time travel but now I'm thinking I'm really enjoying magic and sorcery. I've just finished book #l in Nora Roberts's Circle Trilogy and started on book #2. I just can't put them down!!



I hope all of you have a wonderful day.
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Hola.. sunny .. a break ..no rain???

So, I decided to start painting the ceiling of my porch.. it has 7 sections of 4 ft x 8? ft I now have 1.5 sections done. It is a little bit much having to look up but I can stand on the ground to paint. I had to quit for now ..it is tooooooooo hot!

My closet is one of the reasons I bought this house! The house is only 1725 ft. ..that closet is like 6 ft x 8 ft.. that is about 1 ft less wide than the old wood house bedroom .. I lived in downtown Sarasota.. That house I rented for 10 yrs at $85 a month included utilites.. I just said live that this and I will Never.. have to go back to living like this.. I just move up..

This house really was very unusual.. the master bath is the same size on the other side of it.. then the bedroom is like 17 ft by 20? Ft lots of room

The other bedrooms are like 11 x 15 ft... I knew when I saw that closet space this was it and then when he opened up the French doors I knew this was the one.

on top of this mtn.. are like 20 homes and this is the next to the cheapest house up here. Last year it was apprased at $157 thousand.. this year they raised that evaluation to like $189 thousand.. so all the others really increased a lot up here. But best thing is senior citizens ..pay next to no property tax!!!!!!!!!! This year mine will be $107.00 3 yrs ago it was $20.00.. those that are widows or veterans are wayyyyyyyyy less than what I pay... I hope they never change it back to paying.. when I moved here I paid like $2100.00 a year.

Been watching DVDs saw a fantastic behind the scenes of the Atlanta Zoo.. just amazing what they have to do every day for all the fishes... Never said how they get water there.. over 300,000 gallons.. nor how to refresh it.

Then saw Birds of Gods.. unreal birds in Amazon.

Watched all the way through Black Swan.. strange.. very strange.. now sure how that ending worked out ..or not

Did not see a lot of wedding.. lovely simple dress.. He seems to really love her.. and will go well together in all their helping they want to do.

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We had at least three hours of rain this morning!! It may have been a little off and on because I was sleeping through some of it, but it was a long refreshing one! Something we have not had this spring. It certainly made my spirits go up!
I have been busy reconciling bank accounts and paying bills this morning. I did do my physical therapy. Now I just need to do some walking for neuropathy.

Slimmer- WHAT A HUGE CLOSET!! That is more room than we have in our entire house and wow, you do have a lot of clothes! We have one nice closet in the Master and two tiny closets in the other two bedrooms. From what I have seen from photos of your house, you have a really nice one.

Laura- I agree with you- if only pizza would help us lose weight!!

Allie- I have a stationary bike downstairs that I can use. I have been really, really bad the past year about doing the routine I did for years- weights on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday and my bike or Jane Fonda dance tape on the off day. Now, that I know my spine is ok, I am going back to my old routine. I will have to work up to what I was doing a year ago.

Irene- I miss Shirley so much! Her comments were always so right on and assuring. I wish I could do something for her through this dark time. I know from what my great aunt told me that until you lose a spouse, you really donít know how it feels. That is why I am so glad you are there for her. *I was going to knit a fidget blanket for my aunt but my sister told me that she is too far gone. I may do it anyway and maybe her roommate might enjoy it.

Cecile- my sisters love to follow the royal family but I am not as interested.

Peggy- what great news about your DD Catherine! Itís scary that her heart is at 40% but it appears she is making great progress! *Books are so great when your plane is delayed!

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Happy Saturday

When I was in Chicago last weekend it rained most of the time with thunder storms and lightening. O'Hare had 268 cancellations and my plane was delayed on Tuesday. My flight was delayed an hour and didn't have enough flight attendants. You would think with the delay the attendants would have been there on time.

My DD Catherine had an appointment with her cardio Monday before the funeral in Indiana. He told her she is the most improved patient he has ever had even though her heart is still only functioning at 40%.

Cherie, so sorry to hear about your sister. You can have a memorial service at the cemetery if your nephew has a place or even in his home.

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Good morning everyone!

I just finished watching the royal wedding. The bride was radiant. I loved her dress. It was simple but beautiful. Her train was something else. I loved the different fashions.

Now it is breakfast and there is work to be done!

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I only missed one day but we are such a chatty lot thereís always a lot to read on here, I am not complaining I am glad we are all keeping the team going until Shirley feels ready to do so. Thereís no rush. We want it to be the right time for her ,
Itís wedding day of course ,I will watch the wedding but do not want it on for hours I do wish them well but have a slight feeling of unease
. Itís been on since 5 am Uk time . I will watch later to see the fashions ., it looks to be a beautiful day for it, people slept out last night to claim their watching spot . I prefer to watch from home in comfort .
I need a restful weekend
, i am on my own today Mikes gone to see his kids and grands, he will be back tomorrow , he stays with his son and partner Hannah when heís there in Staffordshire .
Hannah is a senior nurse in a hospital she works with dementia patients, I sent a few fidget sleeves / muffs for her patients, I knit tubes and add fiddle items to them. They slip over one arm. I make lap blankets too but thought the blankets may be a bit warm in summer . I will be interested to see how they are accepted,
itís medical week from Monday. I will take it one thing at a time . Enjoy your weekend. Irene

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Good evening team:

Peggy, Betty, and Laura hello.

Grace: Thanks for the update on your dh, wonderful news.

Cherie: My condolences for the loss of your sister. Good luck with your upcoming surgery.

Bonnie: My grandsons Mother has a 15 year old cat named Hardy. When I take PB out for her walk I visit Hardy. I make sure I spend a little time with him every visit and I give him special treats that he doesn't get very often.

Ellen: I would think it would be difficult for you to do aerobics with your neuropathy. Do you have a plan?

Slimmer: I have closet envy after you posted your pix.

Cecile: I hope you sleep well and enjoy viewing the wedding.

I have been having the same rain as Bonnie. My grass was getting too high so I had to mow the front yard last night and the back yard this morning. I was mowing in the rain this morning and it was quite a challenge.

I have had a very busy week. I spent the this past Tuesday at the polls. I managed to go to the Y three days in a row after a two week absence. The mayor had a forum last night and I attended that.

I hope everyone has a good weekend.

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I plan on getting up early for the royal wedding so I will say...

Good night, sweet dreams and sleep tight! emoticon emoticon emoticon

God bless and keep us safe! May His angels watch over us and protect us!
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Good Evening!

Miller - glad to hear from you, and glad you are progressing ahead of schedule!

Cherie - So sorry to hear about your sister. Praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

Just saw a post on Facebook today that said "Study Proves Eating Pizza Could Help You Lose Weight." If only... emoticon

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Hola.. few seconds of hard rain.. it is out there?

Man working across the street who knocked down my mailbox.. put it back up and ALSO planted like 12 orange flowers and then put a big square of big rocks around my box.

Today he asked I how I liked it.. and then HAD... to look at my yard and told me ALL the things he could do... He really is working up for business... he actually only charges $20 to $25 per hour.. I like better when they tell What for the whole job.. then he can work at his pace.. but I might use him.. especially for painting the soffets???

Sending a picture of MY Clothes closet but I still have 2 more racks of clothes that are full ... and then I took a picture of the drain I put in.

Got a LOT of artist films to look at from the library.. Walmart.. got more salad.. it was on sale!!! .. and got new numbers to put on the mail box... and dark red for my pagoda statue.

Moving along.. cooked ground chicken, mushrooms, an onion, with a little pesto Alfredo sauce. Had 2 eggs for breakfast. Sugar went up 26 pts from yesterday.. but still kind of holding for a low to me.. I am working on it!

Found a free Cornwall Scarpetta book at the library!!!!

Miller... See .. 1 week Ahead of schedule.. WOW! You are doing so good!

Cherie... I am very sorry to hear about your sister.. sounds like she had a hard life. As to funerals.. nobody in my family has had a funeral.. not really about cost.. but who would go to them I guess. I actually do not attend them.. I did go to one about 40 yrs ago... Even Mom is buried on top of her Mom at Hollywood Forever.. they would not allow... even thought it was.. our whole cemetery... and also I heard that I guess family of long ago they did not believe in marking a grave for a year..??? Anyway nobody among relatives ever talks about ..if anything after passing.. Grace is right you can have a time later to celebrate her life.

Kry.. can't believe how big the twins are growing up!

Bon... didn't great picture of the baby horse... that is neat there is one there now. I like to see pictures!

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