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OK Team! The lightbulb just went off in that upper region I call my head -- I need to go from 144.2 to 140 in the next 6 days! Yes, I know it's unrealistic but follow my blogs and see how close I can get. I'm cutting back on the food and revving up on the exercise! Wish me luck -- go give me a swift kick in the rear, whatever you deem necessary!

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I am now super glad I am retired. I have a frozen shoulder and will have another 4 weeks of therapy. Plus I hurt my back trying to kill all of the boxelder bugs. Its no big deal when I am not working. I can relax and take it easy. I am cutting back more calories on the days I am not walking or in water exercise class. Plus I have really found some good buys with coupons. That way I can go to the casino with the left over money!

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The daughter of one of my friends works in a fancy hotel. She told us that one of the retirement homes in their area puts several of their mobile clients in their hotel for a week or so every little bit. It's supposed to be cheaper than keeping them in the home all the time.

"A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity." Robert Frost

"...you pay in time and in yourself, as well as in money, for what you want to do." Sarah A. Hoyt

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Did you ever see the email that is circulating that tells how a senior citizen is going to retire to the cruise ship? The person that wrote it had it all figured out that it was cheaper than living at home and with all the amenities furnished. Who knows, if you figured your utilities, rent/house payment, plus all the other odds and ends you've got -- it could work out. You'd really get to know the staff, wouldn't you? You'd have to change ships every now and then though because who'd want to keep seeing the same old ports week after week?

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Hubby says that every day except Sunday is Saturday since we retired. :-D

The cruise descriptions (except for the sick thing) sounds really neat. My sister went on one last December. She enjoyed it so much that said she would like to retire to a cruise ship and live there forever - if she had the money.

"A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity." Robert Frost

"...you pay in time and in yourself, as well as in money, for what you want to do." Sarah A. Hoyt

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I went on a cruise to Europe...on the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship...many, many years ago. You can imagine how many years ago it was..because the round trip was only $380.00!!!!! Came back on an Italian cruise ship. I think it was called the Leonardo DiVinci (SP?). Came back in December..and the weather back was stormy and rough. On the worse day of the storm..the dinner included squid. Talk about instant diet!!! I think I didn't eat for 3 days. But...inspite of that one unfortunate meal, it was an enjoyable experience. The Italian liner was so beautiful, the accommodations pleasant, and the personnel so nice. If you have the time, a cruise is definitely the way to go. You'll be in the "lap of luxury". I know you will have a great time.

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I'm retired too, of course, but when I go on a trip or get to go somewhere special, it is a "vacation" away from my normal life.

I'm basically a homebody, so to go on a trip it is definitely out of the ordinary for me. This cruise is being treated like a vacation, and next spring we are going to Peru, and that will be a vacation too!

But I do like the relaxed feeling of being "retired" with no 9 to 5 job (mine was 8 to 5) and the only time I have to make an "appointment" is for the Dr. or the dentist, things like that. Otherwise I do most of my stuff on impulse.

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I'm retired...after 34++++++ years...so everyday is like a vacation!!!


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The flower beds are in and ready to go! But as this is now the middle of September and we are going on a cruise the first part of October I see no reason to fill the space with blooms at this late date. Here in Yarnell the cold weather will be moving in and the first frost will be right around the corner. We will be spending less time here and more time in our home in the Phoenix area. But it will be there and ready in the spring and as soon as it is looking good I will be posting photo's.

In the meantime we will find other projects to occupy our time and energy.

Tell us about what your fall projects are -- or do you have an upcoming vacation? Let us know about it.

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Thanks, Barb. Hubby and I have decided that if we don't exercise regularly and a lot, we will not live a full life. It really helps to get reinforcement by seeing measurable improvements. Bragging rights are also naughty, but fun incentives.
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"...you pay in time and in yourself, as well as in money, for what you want to do." Sarah A. Hoyt

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Oooh, I just have to share this.

Hubby and I joined a gym and started seriously exercising about 5 months ago. This last weekend, he participated in an outdoor match with a couple of his (mid 40s aged) buddies. At the end, he was still going strong and his friends were totally bushed. The exercise is paying some nice bragging rights dividends to the old fart vs his buddies. It gives encouragement to keep doing it, too!
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"...you pay in time and in yourself, as well as in money, for what you want to do." Sarah A. Hoyt

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Hubby and I love to listen to audio books when we travel. We have a doodad that connects an mp3 player (with the audio book loaded) to the car radio. We listen to our audio books on our separate mp3 players when we are exercising, too.

My sister has a Nook and a couple of my friends have Sony readers. I use a net book for my e-reader. It's convenient to have a bunch of books in a small electronic doodad, but it will never replace reading a hard copy for me - at least for now.
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"A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity." Robert Frost

"...you pay in time and in yourself, as well as in money, for what you want to do." Sarah A. Hoyt

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My husband and I went to Charles town racetrack and slots yesterday afternoon, www.hollywoodcasinocharlestown.com/ spent the night and just got back this morning. It was okay but the quality of horses wasn't very good and my stomach didn't appear to get along with their buffet that well and I was tired.

But I took my new Barnes and Noble Nook reader along and read aloud on the drive to/from and that was very successful and I had other books on there that I was reading myself and I didn't even miss my computer.

I'm hoping I can wean myself from the computer so much and onto the audio book feature of the Nook, walking while I listen.


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#4 reminds me of when my brother decided to use a real egg on top of my head to "pretend" to smash it (by slapping the top of his hand, holding it while the egg and fingertips rested on top of my head) and it broke. My stepmother decided, as punishment, he should have to wash my hair; never ask an angry 8 year old boy to wash his little sister's hair!


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Cute one Barb -- I especially like #5

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GREAT TRUTHS THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED:
1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats..
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food..
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair..
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandma's lap.


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lol -- you're right, I guess it was impressive that HE found the recipe. He probably figured if I would only cook healthy stuff, then he needed to find some healthy stuff that sounded good to him. The burgers are cooking on the grill right now (he's not eating a bun with his) -- and the fries are crisping up in the oven. Yum!

I just got back from my evening meal, and I'm ready for a bit of relaxation. Oh, and by the way, today at 9:00 it was only 60 degrees up here! Wow!

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9/9/10 4:59 P

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I have tried the french fries made that way and they are yummy. You are going to have a great meal. I don't actually make them very often as I try to limit the times I eat potatoes and I usually eat them in soup where I can enjoy them with no added fat.

I am impressed that your BF found the recipe. What a wise thing to do.

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Tonight I'm trying a new recipe that my BF found. He is a big fan of burgers and fries. I'm NOT! But the recipe says that by mixing in 2/3 93% lean ground beef with 1/3 ground turkey it will make a big diff.

And on the fries you simply cut a peeled potato in long chunky strips, season with your favorites for potatoes (I use garlic powder, salt, pepper, and a bit of basil) then sprinkle the potatoes with olive oil and bake in a 400 degree oven until lightly browned and tender.

We've tried the potatoes already and they are YUMMY!

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The apple butter was a success, but never having made it before -- I think I will try another batch and not sweeten it quite as much, it was just too sweet for my taste. Also wondering if adding another fruit to the mix might be a good idea. I remember one place I lived and had a peach tree, I added some pineapple to the jam -- delicious!

Also, have any of you tried baking apples and sweet potatoes together? You cut them into chunks, add a bit of brown sugar. Can't remember if you add any liquid. Of course you could put in a few pecans and perhaps some raisins too.

By the way, my music (online) class is going great, my quiz scores have been between 95 and 100%, there is a little chart that you can view that shows where you are compared to the rest of the class -- I'm way above average, which makes an old woman feel pretty darn proud of herself. lol

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When we lived in Virginia we would go into the valley to get apples fresh from the trees. For me they are like a completely different fruit from the stuff they put to sleep. It is one thing I miss.

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The 1940 census will be released in April 2012; there's a law about when they can be available, have to make sure most people are dead or something :-) so no privacy issues. That's neat you were able to use your library to find your grandfather and great grandmother.

I can see you surrounded by all those apples, Eve! We had that problem in Florida with my father-in-law and grapefruit one year, but hard to make much besides marmalade from grapefruit; he gave most of them away to a senior center I believed.

Of course there was no room for an apple pie in the refrigerator either so you had to eat it to make more room. . . emoticon

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9/7/10 3:33 P

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When I finally got my library card after moving here to MN...I found they have a program where you can find and search the Census records online. So far, their Census records only go up to the 1930 Census..BUT I did find a record of my Grandfather who was born in 1865 listed as a student in elementary school, and my Great-grandmother, listed as a housekeeper in Washington, DC. It was all free. Other libraries also probably have this Census search available. It was easy. I only had to put in the first and last names. It's worth a check to see if your local library provides this service online.

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Of course my weight went up just a bit with all these apples around and me experimenting with some apple recipes. Our kitchen looked like an apple factory on Monday -- BF heard you need to rinse them in very mild bleach water, then dry them and store them in the refrigerator. With 80 to 100 apples laying out to dry, I looked at him sarcastically and said, "And do you think you'll get all of those in the refrigerator?" -- it's always full as it is.

So..... of course our friends will make out like bandits cause most of them will be given away. Like I wrote in my blog, I made the small apple pie and it was delicious. Now that we're back in Glendale where I had my big crock pot, I'm trying my hand at apple butter. My Mom and Grandma used to make that and I buy it once in awhile at the store. The recipe said to cook in the crock pot for 10-12 hours!! So that was overnight. I put only the apples in, saw later I should have added the spices and sugar too! DUH! Another senior moment. But even after mashing it was to cook another 2 hours on low, so that will give the flavors time to meld. Can't wait to try it.

Reading about your genealogy, my BF does that for a hobby (almost a business) so perhaps he can scout out some of my ancestors for me -- it doesn't seem like I have any relatives who are still alive - at least no one closer than distant cousins, other than my own kids.

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Thanks Barb; my son was just telling me about that last night (but I have a subscription to Ancestry, so. . .).

My SparkCalendar fell on the floor and I finally picked it up and threw the rest of this year in the trash :-) it was taking up too much space on my "table" (a tall dining chair turned sideways) so I have to look at the bottom of my computer screen to see what day it is.

I just got a second degree, online, a couple years ago and sometimes take U. Illinois computer courses through O'Reilly www.oreillyschool.com/ I love classes.


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I live in Florida and because I am a "senior citizen" I can take any college class free. I must register after the paying students so my selection of classes is limited to those that are not full. Also I have to buy the book. I took a math class and enjoyed it very much.

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After reading SCOTTMAMA's blog about taking a course, I wondered how many other folks on this team study and/or take courses. I've taken short courses recently on every subject from state taxes for the small business person to creative writing. I've also been through some free on-line art classes.

So, what about you folks?

"A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity." Robert Frost

"...you pay in time and in yourself, as well as in money, for what you want to do." Sarah A. Hoyt

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I have a calendar on the front of my fridge. I put everything there and I look at it frequently. I need to be up and out for pickleball on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday so I must know what day of the week it is. Then we have church on Sunday. So I stay on top of both the day of the week and the date.

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Do y'all have trouble remembering what day it is? I've always had some trouble with it, even when I was in school. These days, I sometimes have to look it up on the computer. Thank goodness for those reminder programs.
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EVERYONE -- please go to "Monthly Weigh In" and record your weight for the beginning of the month.

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I think what you wanted to spell was CURVES -- at least if you meant the exercise place.

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I have to make the change and get started to Carves (spell check say this is a word but don't think its what I wanted to spell) ??

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Ann, thanks so much for getting us started on the September Chat -- with this move I don't know if I'm coming or going as yet.

Hugs to you! Eve

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My blog post today says a lot about my philosophy of life. Enjoy.

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