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1/13/12 5:28 P

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I did a blog on the kitchen, and another one on my first completed acrylic painting. I appreciate all suggestions and comments.

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1/11/12 1:08 P

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Today is my 1st wedding anniversary -- I can hardly believe a whole year has passed already, and it's also the day they are installing my granite counters in the kitchen and master bath! Wow! It's no wonder I'm super hyped today! And when DH saw how excited and pleased I was with it -- he told me I could do the other bathroom also, plus top off (with granite) a low divider wall between the hallway and living room. It's 8 feet long and about 18 inches wide. So that will be the next little project. Won't be bad though as the kitchen was the biggest and had the most stuff to move.

I did find out yesterday, as I was trying to unhook the sinks by myself that I definitely would not want to be a plumber. Darn hard work. I got part of it unhooked, but we had to call a guy in to finish up the job. Tired me out and stressed me out, so I over-ate and gain back nearly a pound of what was so hard to get off. Well, tomorrow will be back to my "right choices" way of eating! Tonight we're eating out as we have no sinks with water, and also because it's our anniversary!

Have a great day everyone! Eve

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1/6/12 5:49 P

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Wouldn't you know that you get all exciting waiting for some certain event to happen (for me it's getting the granite counters) and then they call and delay it. Awwggghhh! I didn't want to hear that they wanted to reschedule! I finally had the plumber lined up for a certain day and time, and now it all has to be changed. Apparently there was too big of a color variation in the two slabs of granite and they have to get in a third slab, which will not arrive to them until Mon. and Monday is when they were supposed to already be here. I suppose once they get it there is still the final cutting to make it the right size for my kitchen. So finally after talking to the plumber (who happens to be my son, but lives nearly 1-1/2 hours away) and the granite guys, and we've decided it will be installed on Wednesday, January 11th.

Another thing that's different as we start off the new year is that suddenly my DH has decided he is going to lose weight and get fit. That news really thrills me. But he says he will do his own cooking for dinners because he knows what works for him. Hey! gals, news like that is never hard to take, is it?

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1/2/12 9:39 P

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Can you believe it? In a group this big, and no one has signed up that say they have a birthday in January!

But I'd just like to take this opportunity to say "HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!"

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12/14/11 12:55 P

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Just checked our birthday list and darn, I should have done this sooner! I missed one birthday by 2 days, and another member is having a birthday TODAY!

GIVEUP30 celebrated her birthday on Dec. 12th -- Happy Belated Birthday! Hope you got all you wished for!

BSRBBF has her birthday today - Dec. 14th. Happy Birthday Barb! Enjoy all those lunches and dinners -- but don't over eat. lol

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12/13/11 8:57 P

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I am pleased with my walking program but I really want to do strength training. Read Spark's article on it. I just cannot seem to get going. I do a bit, then stop.

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12/13/11 4:24 P

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Yes, I know what you mean -- getting back to the weight we were as young adults would not be suitable now. I weighed 105 -- I'd look like warmed over death at that weight.

While calories have a lot to do with maintaining a healthy weight, exercise enters into it also. It is just impossible to eat in restaurants with any regularity and keep your weight down, as they load their food down with fat and salt. At least make sure you drink 8 glasses of liquid per day to help wash the sodium through and OUT of your system.

At 5'6 weighing 145 is not a bad weight, but yes, even that can hurt your knees. Especially when you multiply it by 4 and figure that's how much pressure is exerted against your knees each time you walk up and down a stairs. Do what you can during December, then perhaps in January ask for the advice of one of the coaches.

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12/13/11 12:43 P

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I always had a very fast metabolism and I could eat huge amounts, and not gain weight. Now that I am older, that has changed. In order to lose weight, I would have to eat 1500-1800 calories and that has me feeling really hungry unless I plan those calories very very carefully.

I am 5, 6 and at the edge of the BMI. So, I am not as motivated as I should be. I know my knees would feel so much better if I could lose ten to fifteen pounds. I doubt I could ever be the 130 of my youth. I have given up on that.

When my husband just disappeared the way he did, after 35 years of marriage, well, let me tell you, I sure lost weight then. I was in so much grief I could not eat, and I see how calories are really the answer. Reduce the calories and you will lose. Very simple. It was a very bad way to lose weight and I gained it back when I met another man and started eating out with him all the time.

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12/11/11 2:55 P

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Carol, I cannot even imagine eating 2000 calories in a single day! I know that our weight is not too different -- you're about 10 pounds heavier than me, and I'm probably shorter. I'm 5'2. My total calories for the day is generally around 1250. I'd be as big as a house if I ate in your caloric range. But each person is different. -- Just posted this and looked at your weight and I was wrong -- we are very close, I'm at about 144.6 today. So I am sure if you are eating that much, you'd have to be working out like an Amazon not to be putting on pounds.

The cold weather tends to make my right hip hurt. Don't know exactly what is wrong, but I do recall that before making the trip to Peru I had my hip X-rayed, then went to see a surgeon and he gave me a cortizone shot in it. It gave me much less trouble after that for about a year and now I feel it acting up again -- especially in cold weather. Maybe time for the needle again -- I hate the way the shot feels, but if it helps my hip for close to a year it's worth it.



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12/11/11 9:44 A

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The weather does have a big effect on whether I want to exercise or not. Hard to walk if it is really cold, but it is fun to bundle up and get out there.

I cannot seem to stay in my calorie range and I am almost ready to give up. It seems impossible for me to eat under 2000 calories.

I had a very nice Christmas party of three people for my mom last night. I made tortilla soup and chicken enchiladas, all of which were fairly healthy eats.

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In this season of celebrating the birth of Christ -- I guess I will stay off the subject of crossing out names in my address book. On a bit lighter side, have you ever noticed how the weather can affect your mood? Or your level of motivation for exercise? It actually even affects the type of food you are hungry for. Rainy, cold weather = fireplaces, popcorn, cocoa and naps, probably could throw in reading too! Just-right temps, sunny and clear = high energy, as you plan on taking a walk/run or even cleaning the whole house! Is this true of your moods?

I could not weigh in on Friday as I took my scale to the mountains with me. Then when my DH discovered he had forgotten an important part of his CPAP (for sleep apnea) machine, we decided to drive back down, spend the night, and come back again the next morning. But I didn't not think twice about the scale -- until weight in time! Without it I just assumed I was doing OK, and when my DH made spaghetti with meatball and a sauce heavy in Italian sausage I enjoyed every mouthful. But the real truth hit me Saturday morning -- all those things were high cal and my weight was up 1.4 pounds. Sabatoge? Maybe!

The thermometer has slowly crept up from a freezing 28F this morning to a not-too-bad 55F now, so I think I'll slip on my tennis shoes and venture out for my walk with Amber. Otherwise there is very little exercise to be had. I try to talk myself into doing things as I watch TV but with the cold, cold weather outside, my heart just isn't in it.

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Yes, indeed, "they are practically all crossed out" is very real, and very sad. More and more of my relatives are getting crossed out. Of course, Christmas really reminds me of this!!! I mean, there are the ornaments that my mother in law bought one Christmas, the special candy box my dad always liked, I mean Christmas is just full of memories of the past. It is a double edged sword.

Glad to hear you are doing well with Spark. I am doing the 5% challenge and so far cannot stay in my calorie range, but I have been walking a lot.

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If you haven't gone to the Monthly Weigh In yet -- you could still do it, preferably with your December 1st weight, but if you don't know it, just put down your current weight. Come on! It's what this site is all about, right?

And here we are in December. Some of you probably look forward to the end of the year, others think of it sadly as "another year gone by." I'm somewhere in the middle on my thinking as I love to put up my Christmas tree and decorate a bit around the house. But I'm saddened by the fact that now that I have the money to shop for Christmas presents, I do not have as many loved ones left to shop for. I remember a dear man that I once knew, looking at his address book and smiling sadly, telling me "they're practically all crossed out." I'm beginning to realize how he felt, as I have now started that process myself. That's probably the saddest part of growing old -- crossing the names out of the address book.

The good news is that I'm on a big challenge to reach a certain number on the scale by the big Christmas day (yes, the 25th) and the number is getting closer all the time. Now if I can just keep up the momentum I'll be in great shape. I know a couple of you on here have gotten to your goal weight, hope I can add my name to that list soon!

May you all have a wonderful December with even greater things in store for 2012!

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11/30/11 10:41 A

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Want to remind all the members that tomorrow is December 1st -- please record your weight on our "Monthly Weigh In" it would be so nice if more members participated. After all, most of us are here to get a healthy lifestyle, that's what SP is all about.

November showed a very slight weight loss for me, travel took up probably half of the month and that's usually a difficult time to monitor one's eating habits, especially with eating in restaurants all the time. December will be difficult also with all the goodies around, but little by little I'm treating the holidays as 'just another day' food-wise.

I agree with you Carol - we are in deep doo-doo. I heard via some financial connections that Europe will be claiming bankruptcy in a couple of weeks, and the USA will follow. Also heard that Obama recently loaned/gave Europe $11 trillion dollars. Where did he get it? Print it???

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11/28/11 9:04 A

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How interesting that the doctor in Peru found a medicine that helped you, when our doctors here could not!!! My sister in law is from Peru and she and my niece are going there for Christmas. My mom has some kind of allergy, with her nose running and coughing, but really it is not that serious, although she complains all the time about it. I have a referral to a ENT doctor for her, but I hesitate to go because taking a frail 94 year old to the doctor can cause more problems than the visit warrants. When she started taking Zyrtec (you mentioned it worked for you) she seemed to get better.

I do not agree with any of the politicians, and I think we are in deep doo doo in this country. Everything is about profit, all those horrible imports from China, the goods we have to buy break almost immediately, they are so poorly constructed, even screws are not machined properly. And what about the food? They are now importing food from places that have very low standards and no one even tells us. And people get sick from it.

None of the programs any of the administrations have set up have worked. There is now a subculture of people who simply do not work, do not know anyone who works, their parents do not work, it is crazy.... And bad for them, but they don't know it. Work is important for people. It gives them self esteem.

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Carol, it is so nice of you to think of me and be concerned. I know that I often read of one of our members on SP about something absolutely dreadful they are facing, or are going through, and it always makes me feel that my little problems are just that -- LITTLE! Yes, about 3 years ago when the tongue swelling first began to occur, I decided it was time the doctors found a way to cure or prevent what was happening to me, and I went to the specialist in our medical group (Cigna) which was an allergist. I told them of 2 or 3 things that I thought could possibly be the culprit. They checked literally hundreds of different things from food groups to pollen to animal to the environment. They do this by doing a tiny little scratch type of shot on the inner part of your arm and cover your entire back, if necessary. The things they thought were most likely to be the cause they will not test this way for fear you will have a more severe reaction, for these they take blood samples from me and test it directly on my blood. Alas! The good news (or bad) was that I am NOT allergic to anything. They said the ONLY thing that I could possibly be allergic to would be the mold that gets into some homes when there are damp conditions, etc. I have not lived in older homes for years as our home in Sedona was remodeled from the ceiling to the flooring, including new walls and everything--it was almost like a new house! But they recommended I take Zertec and I did not even need a prescription as it was available OTC. It seemed to work for a few months but then I noticed finally that evidently my body became immune as the swelling started up again. Sometimes it goes for 2 or 3 months, but at other times I may have 2 or 3 occurences in a week -- not consistent at all. When the doctor in Peru prescribed the new one, it worked. I asked the pharmacist at Cigna what it was and she said it was the very latest drug to combat allergies. It has worked quite well for perhaps 7 months. During that time I may have had 1 occurence, plus maybe 1 that started to materialize then went away. Now with the trip to Mexico I had problems 3 days in a row. Thanksgiving the right jaw, moving over to include the left jaw. Friday the upper lip all the way across. Saturday the worst with the tongue, which lasted until about 3:00 p.m. -- so a total of 12 hours. Perhaps the body does become immune to these drugs. And of course the doctors said they seldom find the "cause" they are lucky if they find something that will most of the time "prevent" it from happening.

The Italians and Mexicans have that in common, love of family. I think it is wonderful to see a close-knit, loving family group. I can see it in a few of my friends, but don't have it for my immediate family. With my mother and father and siblings, we all seemed to be very close, and I do not remember any real squabbling going on. How things change, and in today's world for a family to be close and not have at least one family member who is addicted to drugs in a minor miracle.

The protestors for wall street are not in Arizona as far as I know -- that was in Mexico City. I cannot say that I agree with them -- I think that is the kind of BS that Obama is trying to push for I believe if you earn the money, you are entitled to it. You should not have to give it up to other people just because they may be poorer than you. So many of our people are not working, and while I know that jobs are scarce, they could still be doing "something." We really need to "clean house" within our government before anything will improve. But we will see what the elections in 2012 will bring -- I'm almost afraid of the results.



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I just had another thought about your swelling, but I am sure the doctors have looked into it. It sounds like an allergic reaction. I recall a neighbor's face swelling up when she came into our house because of our cat. I mean, it was almost instantaneously. I woke up this morning worried about you. It sounds so utterly awful. Have all allergy sources been checked out? How often does this swelling happen?

Five hours sounds like a long time for the freeway to be blocked. What was the protest? I did not know the wall street protest had gone to Arizona. Market Street in San Francisco was blocked the other day, but it was way down by the embarcadero. There were hundreds of police, I think they outnumbered the protesters. It is too bad this protest does not have more focus. The top 1% of our population has all the wealth and all the laws are designed to protect them. But these protests don't seem to be very effective.

My background is Italian and family is very important. I put all my energy into nurturing and protecting it. My happiest times were when all four of us were together on vacation or for Sunday morning breakfasts. As the children grew up, at least we had the holidays together. Now it is all gone, and it makes me very sad.

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It seems like when family gets together for a holiday there are always some sparks flying for one reason or another. It certainly was that way in my family -- I don't think any of my kids get along. I remember the last Thanksgiving that I was trying to have all 3 of them together, it was in 2004. When I told the middle child (a boy) that his sister was coming from Las Vegas, he announced that he would not be coming then! It seems they were always bickering at one another. Even today they are probably lucky if they even know one another's phone numbers.

My vacation WAS NOT stressful at all. Not that I would call stressful. Things happened, like things have a way of doing, but I wasn't upset by them. For example the freeway was blocked by protestors for a period of 5 hours. That was annoying, but thank God I didn't have to go to the bathroom, and we had no appointments that we missed. Why my body reacted to something by facial swelling is more than I can understand. Today was much worse though, as about 3:00 a.m. my tongue started to swell. Can't swallow, can't talk, can't eat -- I worry that some day it will be so bad I won't be able to breathe.

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In what way was your vacation stressful? Has your facial swelling gone down?

My Thanksgiving was mixed. My daughter cancelled the last minute (and she was supposed to bring appetizers!!) due to her depression problems. It was very sad to have the holiday without her and her husband. Very sad, indeed. Her sister has a 2 year old and is expecting another one soon, and it is just too much for her. She feels a failure because her depression prevents her from having any children herself. She did not want to be around the gayiety. (how do you spell that) gaiety??? Depression is contagious and so the holiday was just okay for me.



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You are very philosophical about it all, Carol, and perhaps that is the only way a person can accept some things. Many times there is no real explanation behind it.

Well, tomorrow we leave, and I definitely want to come back. Mexico City has changed my outlook on what Mexico is all about. I don't believe I'd want to live here, but it is a great place to vacation and visit.

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The body is indeed strange. If it started when you watched your husband dying of cancer, then, I am sure it is all related. When my mom fell the first time five years ago, and we went through this hysterical period in and out of the hospital, emergency room, and rehab centers, and then her ranting when we hired in home help, well, my legs developed this incredible rash. It has never gone away to this day, so I cannot wear shorts. However, your bodily reaction to serious serious emotional stuff is much worse than mine. I really feel for you. Even if you are on vacation, and not really stressed now, well, these things just pop up. Like my legs get better for awhile and then they get worse.

In a similar vein, when my husband just disappeared on me like that, well, HIS father did that to HIS mother, in the same way, and in fact, the grandfather did it to the grandmother. My husband never explained his behavior to me, and my lawyer told me, "he does not know himself". It has taken me a long time to accept that. We all have underlying sides in our pysches that are simply unknown. I feel like we are all lucky to do as well as we are doing!!

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No, it's not a bite of any type -- this has been happening to me for years. It started in 2001 as I watched my husband dying of cancer; so I think the cause is stress. I thought this last doctor in Peru had hit upon the right medication as it hasn't happened for quite some time now, but perhaps my body has become immune to that medicine, so yesterday it was my jaw mostly on the right side. Today it is my upper lip. Looks like I've had botax shots. lol

When it really bothers me is when it is my tongue -- then I won't go out in public as I can't talk, eat and can barely swallow.

Alas! Our vacation is coming to an end -- tomorrow afternoon we will start home. I hate the wait time at the airport, the flight isn't so bad, it's just the waiting that gets to me.

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Oh, my, I am so sorry to hear about your jaw. It sounds horrible. Do you think you got bit by a spider?

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Haven't found the time for the chat room since being on vacation -- which sounds funny, as you should have more time then. My hubby likes to fill up the day with things to do, and when I think of his condition health-wise, I wonder where he comes up with his energy. Generally I am the one with unlimited energy, but certain things wear me out quicker than others. When our walking involves a lot of climbing up and down, especially if it is in bright sunshine I wear out rather quickly.

I've felt wonderful for the vacation so far but today my luck ran out and I woke up with the lower portion of my jaw swollen up. I've been tested for absolutely EVERYTHING -- and the results all came back OK. There is also the possibility that the problem is caused by stress. I thought I'd been fairly happy on this vacation, but who knows what your body really thinks. I do know it is disgusting to have ANY part of my face swollen when on vacation. When I'm home I generally just stay home, but when on vacation who wants to do that? It did seem to be not as severe later in the afternoon, but I still look a bit weird!

Thanksgiving will be a regular day for us, then Friday afternoon we start back home.

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Yes, teaching is ridiculous nowadays. Do you know parents would come in to complain about a B plus????? I think they were called "helicopter parents". We had two extremes, over involved and then not involved. Besides that, just managing a squirmy group of children is hard. It took me years to learn how to do it, and no one helps you. I feel so sorry for teachers nowadays, getting blamed for everything, it is ridiculous.

I was lucky because I was in a good school, so I really loved my job, but even then, it was not easy.

I did my own taxes with turbo tax, but now doing my parents taxes is much more complicated. I hired a guy but he spelled their name wrong and wrote the wrong address (I told him to change it to mine) so I wonder how careful he was!!!

I loved hearing about the ways the government needs artists. I do know an artist who makes the flowers for museum exhibits and she met her boyfriend who worked in the rocks department. People never stop to think what is behind those exhibits we see.

Glad to join the chat room. Carol

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You know, Carol, it's not unusual for a person to get more done when they are working than when they retire. It's completely true that the busier the person, the more they get done. Since I have retired I realize I "have all the time in the world" to get whatever it is done, so I don't set aside special time for it, I don't hurry -- you just find yourself getting lazy and procrastinating. The only chore I stick with and spend hours and hours on it, uninterrupted until I've finished, is if I'm painting a room or doing wallpaper. That used to be a hobby of mine when I worked, and it still is. More like interior decorating -- love doing it.

That's too bad that your dream of substitute teacher didn't pan out, Barbara. It's a shame that parents send their kids to school when they should be home sick -- and it's also rude, not to think of the teachers and the other kids. But I'm not surprised in the least.

I haven't ever been paid to do tax preparation, except in my roll as Bookkeeper for the company I was working for, but I've done my own taxes for years and years. Now that I have just remarried, I guess a tax person will be doing my taxes this year, as I'll be filing with my husband -- but I always look it over with an eagle eye. lol

Glad to see you joined our chat room, Carol, hope more of the members will do it -- it's such an easy, friendly way to become better acquainted.

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Happy to see another Senior visiting the Chat Room. The US Government hires artist to design exhibits, publications, and all sorts of visual information. The series was called "Visual Information Specialist" (VIS). I think there were only about 639 positions in the whole series. The Smithsonian where I first worked hired VIS to design exhibits. They also had Illustrators and Architects and well as Industrial Designers and cabinet makers who worked to build exhibits and technicians to run the Silk-screen labs. The persons who actually put the exhibits together were called Exhibits Technicians. A lot goes into making a museum exhibit. There were also curators, writers, restorers, researchers, historians. I worked as an exhibits designer for 10 years. Married, had child. ..stayed home as long as I could and but had to go back to work. The National Park Service and DoD and most government agencies also hire Visual Information Specialists. I found it interesting when I worked at the National Park Service, that the National Park Service has on staff a group of Landscape Architects..who design the parks and byways all over the USA.

Carolee..you mentioned that you were a teacher. I decided that I'd do substitute teaching after I retired. I lasted one day. That was the hardest job I ever had. I was really depressed to see parents bring their children in who were obviously sick with fevers and serious colds (green mucous running out of their nose). I was the first grade Sub..and the children were so needy. I was totally unprepared for that. Some of them clung to me whenever they could. I came out of that one day with the utmost (renewed) respect for teachers. I couldn't do it. I ended up spending what I was paid for that one day to see a Doctor for what seemed to be the flu..and the rest on medication. So..I went to one of the Tax Preparation classes that a friend told me about..and ended up doing tax preparation for 3 years..just during the tax season.

Barbara

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Barbf, (by the way, what is your name, Barbara???) how fascinating, I had no idea the federal government had artists!!! What exactly did you do? I love art, and live near lots of museums, but don't get to them as much as I thought I would when I retired. Odd, isn't it?

Right now I have a room full of beads. Somehow since I retired, I am not doing my hobby as much as when I worked. Well, when I worked, I got all this wonderful feedback my co-workers who liked my bracelets and necklaces and earrings so much that they wanted to buy them from me. I was a teacher and the little girls loved my creations and I integrated what I was wearing into the lesson.

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I would love to have the natural talent that you obviously possess. The canvas that I use is the type that is stretched across a wooden frame. My smallest size was 11x14, and the other day when they were on sale I bought four of the 12x12 because I thought it might be a handy size to find a spot to hang them. We only have so much wall space -- so that's a problem. I'm not sure just who might want art that was done by me. My sister would be gracious enough to say she loved it -- but her husband is an artist...... so that let's her out.

Weaving would be a terrific hobby -- I've been fascinated watching them do it in some of the foreign countries we have visited. Good luck on getting into that, you probably have a lot of natural "artistic" talent and would do well with it.

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Yesterday..I washed clothes, packaged some returns for UPS pickup that were one size too large!! Did some exercises my physical therapists gave me ( I fell and broke a toe and messed up a knee some moths ago). Ordered vegetarian Chinese food for dinner. Played with my cat..who I named "most Precious". Listened to one of the Old Time Radio Stations, did SparkPeople, answered e-mails, looked at some of the PBS programs I'd TIVOed some months ago. Cut and trimmed flowers that Daughter came home with.

I worked as a artist for 33++years in the Federal government. Since I retired, I have had no desire to do any artwork. My Daughter purchased some oil paints and canvas boards as a surprise gift for me. I think I hurt her feelings...as I had no desire to use them. I only used stretched canvas when I painted years ago. I might try some painting this winter when it's too cold and icy to go outside. What I would really like to do is some weaving. I had a 4-harness loom some years ago..until husband convinced me to loan it to a museum where he worked. I never saw it again. Anyway, I don't remember any longer how to set up the loom to do weaving if I had one now.

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So how did everyone spend their day yesterday? I did a few errands, went to the gym with my hubby, and worked on a new painting. I think I'm going to like the acrylic painting that I've just taken up as another hobby -- although I doubt if I'll be pleased with all the results. They do not always come out the way I have them pictured in my mind.

Also had my eyes opened to the fact that my "after dinner" snacking is why I gain weight or just maintain so much of the time. God only knows how many calories get added on to my tally of a daily total -- all due to a bite of this and a bite of that. Those extra little bites DO COUNT! I tried to ignore that fact, but I'm afraid I'll have to acknowledge that they do.

Have a good day everyone! And do please come and chat soon!

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Hello..nice idea of just dropping by to chat. I was doing OK this morning..until I read that Romney is supporting and has joined the "invade Iran" crowd. I had hoped to be able to support him..but have definitely crossed him off my list.

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It would be really nice if we could get a group of people to come to this posting every day, just as a regular thing -- like brushing your teeth. Just tell us what's going on in your life, how your goals are progressing, are you sick or well -- stuff like that. Senior Life. What do you do with your time.

Yesterday I asked my DH if he'd like to go out to lunch. I thought I would test out the theory that if I ate that amount of food at lunch instead of for dinner, perhaps it would not cause me to gain weight -- I'd have a chance to work it off. I know they have been saying that even if you eat after 7:00 p.m. it gets digested the same as any other time, but I'm having a hard time accepting that theory. Guess what! I didn't gain, in fact I lost .4 of a pound. So if you HAVE to eat in a restaurant do it at lunch time!

I've started on my second oil (actually acrylic) painting and have incorporated in a few little tips I learned on my first one -- so we'll see how this one turns out. If I finally get one that looks decent, I'll photograph it and show it to all of you -- but don't hold your breath! lol

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