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11/11/17 10:38 P

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Yeah well, I thought I did real well yesterday, but GAINED 2 lbs.

Deep Breath.

I WILL survive this. I will. I WILL!
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That was meant to be a DETERMINED face.

Sometimes I wish someone ELSE can do this for me.

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11/11/17 10:34 P

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The church I go to bible study at has a work day every year. I don't know if it is just outside clean-up or not. Of course their clean-up is that neighborhood and I am 9 miles from there. I don't know anything about the churches near me. They are big, rich people churches.

I figured out one thing that I need to do to help with my IBS and maybe that will help me to lose some weight. I will find out. The lactose might be a little to do with it, but I didn't even have any of that today and got sick. So the nice smoked sausage I like to have sometimes is no more.



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11/11/17 1:02 A

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yes, some companies put in bids for the lowest price , and sometimes they don't do quality jobs. My husband had to fix many, many things at my aunts house, that the 'helpful' company put in.
So that's frustrating.

In our town we have church communities that join together called The C.O.O.L. project. They would offer to fix up houses around town. Don't know if it was just outside or also inside.

Always check with Churches, because they are often wanting to help but don't know WHO might want the help.

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11/10/17 8:51 P

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I forgot about some of those programs. There is one where they "winterize" homes, but they only do insulation and it is only once in something like 15 years. I had them here once and they said they were going to do the walls and attic. They took out the insulation in the attic that my dad had put in and put about half as much in there, then left and refused to do the walls. There is nothing like windows or heater. I have had to have the heater worked on twice, but the 2nd time our associate pastor's (at the time) son was able to fix it. Also had to have the connection to the thermostat fixed and called my mechanic on it because he works for the company that makes the thermostats, though I think he works for the security part. (He's a home mechanic, but has done better fixing my truck than garages around here) No way will they replace a window unless it is completely broken to have a big hole in it. Won't replace a cracked one that is letting air through.

When I had the insulation stuff done was not long after I had my cancer surgery (a year or two) and I couldn't move the really heavy furniture, but I told them the wall where I couldn't move the furniture not to do, but then they wouldn't do any of it, even where I had moved the furniture to where they said it had to be moved to and a little farther.

I did get the house painted a couple years ago so it didn't look too bad. Some people from church had started doing that for me one year, but got it less than half done and quit, so when I saw that they were painting houses I applied for that.

I tried to put my curtain up in the back bedroom and found that the curtain rod wouldn't go through the holes (like large buttonholes), so had to get some shower curtain rings to use. I'll get that put up tonight or tomorrow.



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11/9/17 10:30 P

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Well, in our state there was/is a program for such things. They would come to your house and assess your situation. Depending on the greatest need, a homeowner could get either a new furnace or insulation. We ended up getting a brand new high efficiency furnace. It cut our gas bill almost in half. Which was a good thing, because the next thing we know the gas prices skyrocketed and we were just about back to the same price. sigh.

Currently, our gas man told us that there are gobs of programs out there for folks like us. He said we could even get free windows. The problem with that was, that we owed property taxes. Now that we paid those off a couple of weeks ago, my husband is going to call the fella up and look into it deeper.
I hope we can, because we want to paint next year, and it just makes sense to do the windows first.

Even though our house is very, very old, our windows aren't that bad. Zero rattling, and THAT'S different from our other house, lol

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11/8/17 10:05 P

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I had forgotten about the bubble wrap until just a few days before I wrote that, even though I still have a little. The post I saw said to spray water on the window and then stick the bubble wrap to it. There was a comment after that it shouldn't be put in direct sun so the back room would work fine.

I do get LEAP, but some months it still ends up more than I can really handle. I will try to get the insulation better, though, and I should be okay.



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11/8/17 1:16 P

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I use bubble wrap, but never heard of spraying it. I have always used duck tape till last year when I used packing tape, I think it held better

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11/8/17 12:25 P

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OH boy the cold in the house reminds me of a rental we were in a couple years ago. Wind blew through every crack and crevice, including the switchplates and outlets. I taped everything. I took clear packing tape and taped them: the switch plates, outlets, windows, doors. Everywhere I felt a draft it got taped! It works wonderful.

I'm sorry to hear the bubble wrap didn't work for you. I've put that on windows too and when it started to curl, spray water on the window and just pressed the bubble wrap against the window again. But I'd tape it in place if necessary, because it really is the cheapest alternative. Otherwise, buying heavy curtains. And curtain prices have sky rocketed! I found some for my sons room at walmart for $10 a panel and that's the cheapest I've found near me. (his room is an iceberg)

Do you have a freecycle in your area? Or free items on craigslist? Check for professional moving blankets too. Those things are amazing.

Depending on the size of your house and the use of rooms, I close all vents for unused rooms so the heat is concentrated in select rooms.

I could never afford the door snakes, so I rolled up thick towels and used those instead. They work great.

Depending on how sunny the day was too, I'd open the curtains in the morning to let the sun in, but this rarely happens in the winter.

All this talk of winterizing has made me more aware of how cold my room is! LOL It dawned on me that most utility companies have money to help those in need during the winter. Have you looked into that?

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11/8/17 12:09 A

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Find a way to display an old family quilt (crocheted afghan?) over a window or a cold wall. Just don't let it touch moisture, since it will get moldy.

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11/8/17 12:06 A

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I have been trying to figure out how to insulate this house more. I put up some material for a drape in the back bathroom, which is always cold. Found out I have a blind thing in the kitchen, so I pulled that down. I have some other curtains to put up, but I need to cut them (or maybe not) and they will go up on the side windows. Got those all at Goodwill. Two curtains and one that turned out to be a tablecloth, which is what I put in the bathroom, for $4.50.

I am wondering if I have enough bubble wrap to insulate the bathroom more. I did that in the living room one year, but it didn't stay put. The center window has window film over it. I also have window film over the front bedroom window and the back bedroom window center windows, but the sides not because they are the ones that open. I put a "snake" covered with a towel by the front door and there is also a storm door there. I need to somehow get a piece of plexiglass over the back garage door. Anyone got any other ideas?



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11/7/17 12:56 A

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Yep, when utilities are hard to pay, first thing to do is use LESS real quick. It makes the next month's bill a happier surprise when it's less than the last one!

Currently, our oldest 5 children (not counting the Marine who is out of the house) each work and contribute to a utility bill. Each one basically gets one utility. Hubby can then pay for such things like car insurance for all the cars and things like that. Our kids were always helpful growing up, each trying to contribute with the snow shoveling or leaf raking money. Cute. Now things are really different around here!
I feel like we just dug ourselves out of an avalanche!

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11/6/17 11:06 P

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Susan, I'm glad your husband was able to find a job he can handle and likes. It's great that you were able to get everything paid off now.

You're mention of utilities just remembered I need to turn my thermostat back down. Then I'll just have to wear a hoodie over my sweaters and blankets while I'm sitting here. That I have to do in the winter anyway.

Today I was finally able to get my toilet fixed. At least I hope so. It doesn't sound like the water keeps running now.



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11/5/17 10:20 P

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I deal with stress by acknowledging that God is in control.
If you fear what the future will bring, I've learned to remember that God is already IN the future.

My husband and I have dealt with several issues in our lives which made STRESS a regular feature in our household. The main cause of this was his health (back) issues, which sometimes interfered with our financial situation. You wanna talk stress? Try having your utilities shut off several times a year. Hospitals threatening to take you to court over money you DON'T owe. Employers trying to fire him behind his back while he was off work. Social Security Disability turning him down time and time again, even while admitting they can't think of job he COULD do.
So yeah, we've had stress.

It is this year, that we were able to pay down ALL our debt. Yesterday my hubby paid the last couple of bills, one being city taxes that he insists he already paid. For some reason our town makes an awful lot of mistakes in this area. Even the county tax guy says that our city is known for tax problems. Grr. Anyway, instead of fighting and arguing over it, he just paid it off (again.) and kept the PROOF.

He's been walking on air all weekend, because he is finally, not only debt-free, but has money IN the bank. He has a new job that suits him perfectly (working with troubled teen boys) and his back health has been REALLY SUPER good this past year.

So we are not stressing right now, we are rejoicing.
Feels good.

Always remember, this too shall pass.
(We knew this, but we didn't see how it could be possible in our case.)

If you need help with your bills, be honest with the people around you. Give them a chance to help you.
One thing I learned, like it was carved into my skin, is this:
"ALWAYS go without SOMETHING, before someone ELSE, goes without EVERYTHING."

If you only knew how much it hurt us, to be at home, with hardly any utilities on, while knowing our friends or family went on vacation, sometimes their 2nd or 3rd vacation. It was mind-boggling and heart-rending.
One way to put our country back on track, is to get OURSELVES back on track and help those around us in need.
A HOPEFUL nation is a happy nation. And we individuals can bring that hope by doing the simplest things for one another.

Friends don't let friends curl up and die from stress. Reach out.

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11/5/17 9:18 P

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My stress is not having enough to pay bills and my IBS. So far nothing helps.



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Between work and my health issues I'm under a lot of stress. Then to top it off this morning we had to take our mother to the ER She was walking to the car and fell flat on her face. Amazingly she didn't break anything.

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My problem seem not to be stress but insomnia; I awaken too frequently during the night. '

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I'm under a lot of stress.
Right now I'm using prayer and exercise,

HOPE: Holding On, Praying Earnestly...from Guidepost Magazine

I'm working my way back to the size I want to be.
On a journey for strength and good health.

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Not too much stresses me - I'm getting too old for that. For awhile I stressed over having to drive 3 60-mile round trips in a row for Hubby's chemo. But he is doing better, there will only be two more of those cycles. My other stress is erratic sleep patterns, which I definitely feel contribute to weight gain. This whole cancer/chemo business has added 5 pounds to my body in spite of my best efforts to keep it under control. Oh yes, I then try to manage my stress with gratitude - that it is only 5 pounds and that Hubby is in remission.

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For me at this time family medical issues are my big stress.
I make sure I take "me" time and exercise. I'm no help to anyone if I don't take care of myself. What do you do to keep yourself healthy?
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11/5/17 10:43 A

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My biggest stress right now is going from an accounting job that paid pretty good to SS. well we all know how that pays. I go for long walks and let nature take my mind or get lost in a SIFI/Fantacy. I have to make sure there are no bad foods in the house, I'll eat.

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Wow the last week seemed to flly. I hope everyone is doing well with the goals they set in October.

This week is about stress. How do you deal with it? How do you keep it at bay or under control? Do you ride the stress wave or try and fight it?

What is the biggest stress in your life and do you think it contributes to weight gain?

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