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12/27/14 10:25 P

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Thanks Beulah!.

We really did have a lovely time, although it's been very chaotic to say the least. Apparently the kids have all decided that we're all going out for lunch before our younger son and his girlfriend head back to the States tomorrow afternoon.



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Glad you are enjoying your family Kathy.

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Pattie - Don't beat yourself up over what has been, instead focus on what can happen in the future!

We had the whole family - minus offspring #3 here for Christmas Day. It was loud, wild, tiring, but still GREAT fun! He flew in from the U.S today, with his girlfriend - whom we've never met, and is spending the night at offspring #1's home. We had dinner with them this evening and were very impressed with his girlfriend. She is really lovely and they seem a perfect match for each other - both very educated (Ph.D.s each) and kind of "nerdy" about the same kinds of things.

Tomorrow we are having our official Christmas Day feast - and it's the first time in 3 years the whole family will be together under the same roof at the same time! Shawn and Jenny will be heading back to the U.S. early afternoon on the 28th - much too short a visit for me, that's for sure! I miss him a lot.

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After being pretty much away from SP for about 2 weeks, my focus is to get my nose back to the grind stone and start back on my weight loss. I gained 6lbs. over the holidays and I feel really bad about myself. Oh well, I can't cry over spilled milk, I just need to clean up my act and head back down the right path. Have a Great day!

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12/21/14 11:47 P

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Dee - It's so good to see you again, I know how busy you are all the time! What a great adventure you had in New York! That must have been really exciting seeing everything all done up for Christmas on such a grand scale! emoticon on the 35 lbs gone from your life!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Dee sounds like you had fun.

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Hello Team,
I hope all is well. It's been a busy time ....as usual. Miss checking in with all of you. Shopping done. Gifts wrapped. My daughter surprised me yesterday and took me to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular! The tree at Rockefeller Center, the window at Saks and all the beautiful decorations in NYC meant that got some walking in! Today I'm going to my grand-niece's second birthday party. Still losing weight... emoticon 3.2 this week for a total of 35.4 lbs since Labor Day! Feeling merry & bright! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Merry Christmas to all!

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12/18/14 11:40 P

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Thanks Beulah! I think it's more that I am really frustrated with all the different companies out there who never return calls, or deliver their estimates as promised, etc.

Do they really NOT want the jobs or the good referrals that they could have upon completion of the work?

I keep hearing how many people are unemployed, and businesses that can't stay open - maybe I just expect people/companies to have the kind of work ethics that were the norm years ago....

It's much colder here than it has been lately, and we have not seen the sun for days. All we've had is the odd bit of snow flurry activity, lots of rain/drizzle/dampness. Everything is still almost as green as it was in the summer. Where is my beautiful Christmas snow???

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A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

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Kathy, sorry you are stressed about the roof. It has to be hard with family coming.

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12/18/14 12:00 A

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emoticon to both of you!! This is a great team of caring, sharing, giving, and loving people. Looking forward to getting to know each of you!

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We got some errands done today - took hubby to pick up his uniforms from the new company he starts with on Jan.1st. I think he's finally starting to " deal " with the change this involves, but I know he's still worried about it.

We still do NOT have an estimated start date for the roof repairs, which I'm finding extremely frustrating, nor have we had any more feedback from the company rep that we've been dealing with. He told us he would be here on December 5th to put a couple of temporary patches on the roof, and to hopefully scare off the critters who are making their home up there - but we haven"t heard from him at all, not even to arrange to pick up our cheque fro the required deposit.

I'm at least 2 weeks behind in my Christmas preparations, so starting to feel somewhat overwhelmed by it all, which means not paying attention to what I need to do for me......

Edited by: KATHYSCOLLIES at: 12/18/2014 (23:32)
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A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

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12/17/14 11:33 P

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Hi Sunwyn! I recently came back too. Welcome back!

I want to let everyone know that I am now exactly 100 pounds overweight!! This is really cool! As you know, It is hard to be over 100 pounds overweight. Hopefully with my next weigh in I will have less than 100 to lose.

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Hi, i've rejoined after being away for a year. Severe health problems just made SP seem like a useless nag so I quit rather than be guilty. I'm better now and can function again so here I am.

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Pattie - Don't give up on yourself my friend. Take a deep breath, relax a bit and then start getting back on track with one small baby step at a time! If you need to, break things down into extra small increments - like half hours, five or ten minutes - even one minute if that is what you need right now.

I think we all struggle too much over the holidays - accept what slips you have as just that, a slip, and not something that is the end of the world!

It does not matter how many times you fall down, it only matters that you continue to get back up again!!!

Kathy
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A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened!

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I have had a hard time keeping on track for the past couple of weeks. I am holding my own, but this is a difficult time of the year. I guess I will be very happy if I can at least maintain my weight until the holidays are over. Any weight loss would be a blessing to me!!!

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Beulah - Sorry to hear about your calf issue. I can only imagine how painful it must be. That was really good news from your GP! It must make you feel really proud that all the things you have been doing to improve your health are having such a positive effect!!! Well done!

DH went in to meet the boss at the new company this afternoon, and was pretty positive about it when he came out, thank goodness. This is a person who simply cannot handle any changes in his life with any kind of ease. His cup hardly ever even gets to the "half-full" stage. The older he gets, the worse it gets.

Our 2nd youngest, DS, who lives in the USA will only be home from approximately mid - afternoon on the 26th until about noon on the 28th. The last 4 05 5 years, Christmas is the only time we see him.

This year he is bringing his girlfriend with him, who we've never met. I feel like I should be painting walls, installing all new carpeting, having a cleaner come in to doo all the walls, etc - or better yet.... moving to a bigger, nicer brand spanking new house before they get here. Talk about over reacting!! Oh, and did I mention she does NOT like dogs.......

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A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

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I am going back to see my ortho again Thursday. They think that I pulled my glute muscle on my left leg and boy does it hurt. My gp yesterday said all my test were good for my check up yesterday and that I am healthy that is a blessing.

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Thanks Beulah! I will survive - I always do.

Pattie - It sounds like you and your granddaughter had a great time! Baking and Christmas singing - what could be better!!!

Well, we did not get the bank loan because of recently tightened up government restrictions on how much you can owe versus the equity in your home, so while we were at the bank this afternoon we made arrangements to cash in the small investment DH has.

They withhold 26% right off the top, and then the rest of the money is added to his income for the year, so I can hardly wait to see what that will cost us come income tax time. The roof and insulation will still get done, but we won't be able to fix any of the ceiling damage at all. It really sticnks that we will still be paying out close to $20,000 for the new roof, but the inside of the house will still look as if the roof has kept on leaking. Oh well, I guess that I should be grateful we can at least manage to do the roof repairs.

My DD Meaganne and I have finally got most of the Christmas decorations up. Most of what is left is the "easy" stuff, but it's finding the energy to do it that's the problem this year. It WILL get done in the next couple of days though, or I quit! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Kathy sounds like you are going through a hard time. I hope every thing works out for you soon. Glad you and your daughter are working out together.

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I really did have a great day.

I have my 13 yr old granddaughter today. We are going to make a Christmas cake that my grandmother used to make. It's time for Zoie to learn how to make it, even tho she can't have any...Bourbon cake. The cake wouldn't be so bad, but it gets wrapped in a bourbon cloth . You keep the cake moist by adding more bourbon to the cloth. The longer the cake sets, the better it gets. No.............I'm not a drinker, it's just tradition!

We will also be singing Christmas carols!!!!!



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Pattie - That sounds like you had a great day!

My youngest offspring Meaganne and I have been doing a lot of running around lately. I know we really are accomplishing stuff, but I'm feeling slightly overwhelmed with Christmas coming up so quickly. Usually I have everything decorated and most of the gifts I want to give, all looked after way before now.

Our roof saga still continues - we go back to the bank on MOnday afternoon to see how much, if anything they are prepared to lend us. Dh signed the proposal from the roofing company a couple of days ago, but they are so backed up right now that they won't be able to get to us before the Holidays.

Dh's company lost the contract for the location hje works at, so he's switching to the new company as of January 1st - something that has him so stressed that he wasn't well enough to go to work Wednesday or Thursday nights this week . Both days are unpaid, because he had already used up his 5 paid sick days for this year. The new company does NOT have any kind of benefit plan, so we lose most of our drug and dental benefits at the end of this month. We do pay into a military plan, so at least we will still have some benefits which will help!

Dealing with him and the way he does not handle any kind of stress is wearing on me for sure, which is probably whiy I'm feeling overwhelmed at the moment about Christmas. I haven't stepped on the scales for a while because I don't want to know what the numbers will indicate.

Tomorrow is the start of a new week, a really busy one, but hopefully one that has some nice sunny days in it. Sunshine always makes me feel better!!!

Kathy
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A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

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12/6/14 8:09 P

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I met up with friends from a church I used to attend. We had lunch and caught up on old times!

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Looking forward to getting to know you both! This is a great group of caring, sharing, loving and non- judgmental people. Hope you like us as much as we like ourselves emoticon emoticon

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I am glad everyone had a good holiday and now we are working on getting things done.

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Hi Daina! I am just getting back too! Just keep walking and sitting and walking and sitting some more and soon you won't believe how far you have come. You got this!!

My name is Jenny and I am 51 and have 106 pounds to lose as of this morning. I started SparkPeople in August of 2009, and lost 70 pounds in about 2 years. Then I gained back most of it (all but 6 pounds) after my Dad died in 2011.

I really need to lose this weight because it will kill me if I don't. There is still so much that I want to do in life, and I want to be healthy doing it. My ankles and feet are having a terrible time supporting this weight.

On a brighter note... I am doing a Christmas show with my daughter. We are both in the radio play of It's a Wonderful Life. She is 18, and just graduated from HS this past June. I also have a 15 year old son.

I look forward to getting to know everyone!
Peace and Blessings!


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Hello.
My name is Daina Sprague and I have been among the missing for well over a year. Sorry. I am back though.

In the last 9 months I have managed to lose 62 lbs. I have been going to Weight Watchers. My problem is I don't exercise as much as I should. I have signed up to do a 5 k in May but my problem is I don't walk very long before I have to sit down. I am much better than I was 62 lbs. ago but I need to be pushed.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Mine was wonderful. My youngest daughter took it over this year. HOORAY

Hugs to all,

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Beulah - Glad that you had a nice Thanksgiving! Ours was lovely too, just way back at the beginning of October, which is when Canada celebrates it.

We went to the bank today to see what - if anything - they will loan us to help with the roof / interior damage / carport structural damage. I thought everything was pretty much instantaneous in these days of all the technology out there, but apparently we won't have any answers until a week from today.

The roofing company is coming tomorrow afternoon so that we can sign all the paperwork to get things started. I'm not sure how they will handle us not having the financing all in place, but I know they can do 'in - house' - you give them 12 postdated cheques in equal amounts......

Hard to believe, but if my Dad was still here he would have been 104 years old today! We always used to share our birthdays - mine was the 20th of November. Now I get to share with my precious wee Emily instead - her birthday was Friday (Nov. 28th) and she is all of 3 whole years old now. How the time has flown since my oldest DD had her!

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I had a good day Thanksgiving now it is off to getting ready for Christmas.

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