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1/28/15 10:29 P

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Another full day of horrendous banging, hammering, stomping feet overhead, plus a generator running non - stop as well as their radio which was blaring over the generator noise... and the roof is still NOT finished,,,, the stellite dish is hooked up again, but is not working, so after more than a whole hour on the phone with the server - most of which I spent on HOLD - they agreed to come out between 8:30 am - 5:00 pm tomorrow to fix it and to NOT charge us the automatic $75 service fee for a house call.

Barring the snow that the weather gurus have been forecasting for overnight / daytime or major problems with the structural repairs to the carport, the roofers think they may be able to finish up tomorrow. I'll believe it when I stop hearing all the loud noises above me!!!

The 2 younger dogs are coping fairly well with all this sounding like there are big monsters trying to come through the ceilings, but poor old Phoenix is not doing quite so well, even with the medications we've been giving him every day. Today I thought I was going to have to give him an extra dose, just to keep him from shaking so badly. He was so stressed by all the noise, but so far so good with him - touch wood - NO seizures!!!

To make this whole experience even better, I've been suffering with a major bout of "grumpy gut / butt" since the weekend. Try dashing for the bathroom with at least one 70+ pound Collie "helping" you, sometimes all three of the darn beasties. You almost need to an Olympic caliber Hurdler to get past them! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I know you will be glad when it is over.

The rabbit lost the race, but the turtle won because he was slow and kept moving.
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1/27/15 11:22 P

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Beulah - Massage therapy sounds wonderfully relaxing! A friend whose car was rear-ended on the highway almost 2 years ago has now undergone shoulder surgery on both shoulders, with a 2nd one needing to be done on the first shoulder. Part of her rehabilitation therapy has included massages lately and she says it almost always makes her feel a whole lot better afterward. I hope this works as well for you too!!

Day 3 of the roofing repairs today, and they still aren't finished. I don't think any of the new shingles are on as yet, and I don't think they've even started work on the carport structural repairs either. Who knows how many more days of non-stop noise overhead before everything is all finished! I wouldn't mind having the option of watching tv if I feel like it either. Hopefully they will reattach the satellite dish sooner rather than later! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Books are good things to do when you don't have anything else to do. Went to see my orthro today for the muscle I pulled in the back of my leg. He has put me in what is called massage therapy.

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1/26/15 9:30 P

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Thanks Beulah! So far so good with the dogs. The roofers did NOT show up this morning which was really annoying, but I think we have things all straightened out now. They are supposed to be here about 8:30 in the morning, so instead of hopefully having been all finished by tomorrow, things will be dragged out for at least a couple more days.

They still don't know how much time the structural repairs to the carport will take - apparently the sheathing on the area of the roof where they adjoin has to come off first...... I'm afraid this will take until the weekend to be completely over and done with.

The roofers unhooked the sattelite dish for the TV on Friday afternoon, so there has been no television watching since then, nor is there likely to be until the job is done. DH is just about going insane because if he's not either sleeping or at work, he is permanently attached to the darn tube. DD is only upset about shows she had programmed to pvr won't work without the sattelite working. As for me, well I ALWAYS have a good book that needs to be read or re-read!

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Sounds like you had a rough day. I hope your dogs are doing ok.

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1/25/15 11:45 P

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Hey where is everyone???

Can't believe the most recent post here was me - almost 2 whole weeks ago!

The roof repairs are FINALLY underway - they started on Thursday afternoon, worked all day long Friday, and with any luck will be finished by Tuesday late afternoon. The noise on Friday was horrendous. We had to give all 3 beasties some Benadryl to take the edge off their stress, and the oldest Phoenix also got some gravol which finished putting him in his "happy place". It's not my fave thing to do to them, but if keeping everyone as calm as possible with all that pounding, thumping, banging and stomping feet going on overhead, helps to prevent Phoenix from having any seizures, then it is worthwhile.

We sure can't afford to do any of the interior repairs - ceiling damage in living room, hallway and master bedroom - but with all new insulation, sheathing and shingles on the roof, at least we shouldn't have to worry any more about not being water tight!!!!! The interior, after all is really only cosmetic and while I wish it could all be fixed right now, it's not the important part of this whole affair.

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1/12/15 9:33 P

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Beulah - Great to hear that your knee is doing better!!!!! Recovery time can seem to last forever, sometimes, can't it.

We got more snow today, not a whole lot this time, just enough to make all the roads messy and slippery. We still don't have any word about when the roofers are going to be here - I', almost at the point of not caring, I just want to not have to worry about leakage inside any more!!

Little Emily came through the surgery pretty well, although she was definitely pukey for the first couple of hours after she started "coming to " which she found very upsetting, poor wee kid. Her bottom lip is all swollen and bruising is starting, the top lip is not so swollen - yet..... Now it's just a wait and see thing, until we get word on the biopsy in a couple of weeks.

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1/12/15 9:14 P

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Kathy my knee is doing better it is just the recovery that is taking the longest. Yes my son is very frustrated.

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1/12/15 12:08 A

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Pattie - I'm so sorry to hear about your sister. I hope that you all find the peace you will need to get through this difficult time. emoticon emoticon

Beulah - Are you feeling any better since the knee surgery? I know your knees have given you a lot of pain, so I really hope this has improved for you!!! I'm sorry that they could not find an actual reason for all your son's pain - he must be so frustrated, and then to lose his job as well. Poor guy! How old is he? My youngest, Meaganne, graduated from University in June of 2011 and is still unemployed after putting out nearly 4,000 resumes! It's so hard for the young people today, isn't it.

Meaganne and I are meeting my oldest DD and my precious wee Emily at the hospital at 6:15 in the morning. Emily is undergoing oral surgery to remove a large cyst that has encroached into the roots of one of her salivary glands. They can't just "pop" it because of the dangers of toxic fluids and bacteria that will have built up in the cyst, so are having to remove the whole thing surgically with general anesthesia. The thought of her going through something so invasive when she is still so young is scary. She just turned 3 at the end of November.

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1/10/15 9:12 P

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I have been using a walker since my knee surgery. The hospital sent one home with me. I just use it when I have to walk a lot. My son did not find out what was causing him so much pain but he is fighting through it. He lost his job in October due to lack of business and now he is looking for a job where he can do desk work as he cannot stand or do a lot of walking due to his legs. Yes pushing things through the snow is a work out. Good for you Kathy.

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1/10/15 8:00 A

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Please keep my sister in your prayers today. She is VERY close to going home to heaven. Pray for a peaceful passing.

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1/9/15 10:19 P

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Beulah - I didn't know you were using a walker - is this a new thing for you because of all the troubles you have been having with your knees? How is your son doing now - did he ever get an actual reason for all the pain he was having?

It was really cold here again today, but at least there was no more snow and the sun was out!!! I got a bunch of errands done while I was out and about, including walking almost 2ce around Costco trying to find stuff. Pushing the shopping cart through all the snow in the parking lot gave me one heck of a workout, that's for sure!

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

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1/9/15 9:30 P

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First week back to work after being off for Christmas break for 17 days. With in-service this week with a lot of walking between buildings has been hard with using a walker but it is Friday and can rest some this week end.

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1/8/15 11:30 P

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David - It's great to see you again! How is life with the little one in the house? My 3 year GD has a new favourite saying for everything under the sun.... she is " Not never, ever " doing, eating, having, going "AGAIN "!! Such a fun age!

My advice is take a deep breath, and focus on something that can make you smile, if only for a moment at a time - a giggle or a laugh would be even better!

What type of work do you do that management wants you to cook / bake something for a competition? They must believe in your skills, knowledge and talents if they are pushing you to enter.

We got a lot more snow today, but thankfully I did not have to go out in it!! The dogs were all out less than 1/2 hour ago and all signs of them having been out in the yard are totally covered over, with a little more expected overnight and then about another 4 - 5 inches during the day tomorrow. It is really, really BRRRR out there!

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1/8/15 10:03 A

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Hi everyone. Woke up to a temp of 33. LOVE IT!.
Coffee and bagel with fat free cream cheese and small plain yogart.
Off today. Need to have oil changed on both our vans. Will be challenge as ill be out most of day and will have to eat out today. Planning ahead to go to jasons deli for salad bar.
My son returned back to his post on Monday. Now is the waiting game for his deployment.
A bit more stress at work as we are doing a contest against our other store on making up best recipe. Winner goes to corporate headquarters to cook for chefs at our culenairy institute. Main ingredient is bread.
My store mgrs are pushing me and want to see me win and go.... Ugh....more stress with more chances to want to "stress eat". This with all else going on is going to push me thin this month to try and stay on " the wagon".
Got to go . Everyone have a great day. David.

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1/8/15 12:02 A

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Well, the first week of the New Year is almost over and I too have much to do in order to get to a healthier state.

I have been trying to eat less, which I think is actually coming along nicely so far. Better food choices are also improving, step by step.

We've now handed over a cheque to the roofing company we've chosen - a deposit of $4,400 was required up front but we still don't have an exact date for the start of the job. While I do understand that at this time of year in particular weather is an important factor, I still find this very frustrating!

What has floored me the most throughout the whole saga of getting our roof and structural damage repaired is just how many businesses do NOT return phone calls, or follow up with their promised estimates..... I wonder does this have something major to do with high unemployment rates, or personal and business bankruptcys?

My big rant for today is this..... Why, when I live in an area considered to be a snowbelt, did we not only just have a green Christmas, but also the warmest one I can remember in my whole life AND now there is over a foot of snow on the ground in less than 24 hours with more expected overnight as well as tomorrow afternoon, evening and into Friday??????? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1/4/15 6:49 P

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As of this morning I am no longer over 100# overweight. I am down 15# and have 98# to go! This is a good day!

Peace and Many Blessings!



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I am getting back in the habit of tracking my food, but I really need to concentrate on getting enough water and doing something for fitness.

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Hope the new year is bringing everyone's hopes and dreams.
I continue to struggle along with the possibility added of shingles. I've been breaking out in hives. Hasn't been going away. Seems to shift from one area to the other.
I continue to stress about everything. Want to continue this blog but have to punch in for work. Will be back later on lunch break.

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I think I am falling behind my workout schedule. Day 3 and I haven't done anything so far to start out the new year. I can't get myself motivated. I will start again today and make myself get out and get moving. It has been so foggy and rainy here for almost 2 weeks. We live on a mountain and it stays foggy here a lot during the winter months. I guess I am just feeling sorry for myself, again!

Proverbs 15:13 A happy heart makes a face happy.


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1/1/15 6:07 P

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For the first time in many years, I slept through the 'ball drop', but rose early, got lots done and have my 'house' in order-now to begin the 'slow & steady' race that will carry me along a healthier journey... emoticon

Healthy habits take 80 days to hold!


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emoticon Happy New Year!

Abundant Blessings, Dee


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Happy New Year to all my dear Sparkfriends /family, from Southwestern Ontario, Canada!

Is anyone doing anything exciting to ring in the New Year?

We aren't - DH is just leaving for work, so as usual it will just be youngest offspring DD Meaganne and I here by ourselves along with the 3 beasties....

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12/31/14 11:31 A

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Happy New Year Team!

Here's to winning the race (achieving our goals) because we are steady, not necessarily the fastest contestant.

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One day, one meal, one choice, one step to a new me! Go D-Dub!


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Tomorrow is January 1, 2015 Happy New Year to everyone.

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