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Hi Team

Great news for Daniel, very positive news that the surgery will take care of his ear aches and clear the congestion.

Candy bars all sold and more needed, wow, way to go!!

Your candy scenes will be a wonderland !!

My alfalfa sprouts turned out okay, I am working on the second batch





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Hi Team,

Whew! That is a busy week for you, Deb. Glad that all went well with the surgery for Daniel today. It will be wonderful for him not have ear pain all the time. Sounds like the flu has hit your area hard.

I am about to call it a day. Make it a great weekend!

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Hi girls! Well, this has been a week! Not a bad week, just quite eventful. County schools announced Wednesday that they would be closed Thursday through Monday. Everyone at City schools were on edge just wondering when and if our absentee would go up to a rate that was high enough to close. Ellie drove Wed. morning. She wasn't well. My transportation director drove that afternoon, and said several others were driving, but were not well and were going to the doctor. By Thursday morning, he was still driving and had more drivers out..absentee numbers were up to enough where they could justify closing, so the announcement was made on Thursday to close Friday and Monday. Funny, he told me before the kids got on and said they would not officially announce until 4pm when most buses were in or at least close to being finished for the day. Of course, we had a couple kids come on the bus telling us that we were closed. lol I guess good news travels fast, too.

I am still feeling like the last man standing with so many around sick with the flu and stomach virus. I was so worried that Daniel would get the flu shortly before his procedure, especially after some coughing and sneezing yesterday. He had his outpatient procedure today, and all went well. They flushed out a bunch of gunk and dilated the sinus passage. I'm sure there was lots more to it, and it could be told to where I sound a little more educated, but that's what I understood, and I am giving it to y'all in laymen's terms.

My boy was 'dunk' as he called it after he was finished. He kept hollering, "Doctor! Doctor!" while in the recovery room as he was coming off the anesthesia. Hubby had driven separately, and we went in shifts beforehand since he wasn't scheduled till 2 pm and was to have no food or drink 8 hours prior. I didn't want it to be too much for Melissa, me, or hubby to keep him from eating or drinking(just because it's so routine) Melissa had him early on. I met her at 11:30, then met hubby about 1:15 at the Doctor's office. Caleb was with me, so hubby took Daniel after it was over, and I had Caleb. Hubby called me and was laughing hysterically. I could hear Daniel in the background yelling, "Pease, momma, pizza, eat...pease?"Hubby said he was hollering for him to slow down, then he'd just laugh. He wouldn't hush. He got home, ate well, took a nap, ate again, and now he is asleep again. They said his throat will probably be sore for a day or two, but should be back to normal by Monday. The doctor said this was definitely an issue and should help, if not alleviate his pain completely. If he is still having issues, they will do more extensive tests on the muscles around the neck.

So now I am off three Mondays straight. It did not dawn on me that Superbowl was this Sunday until a couple days ago. It falls so early this year. February has crept up on us! That being said, I guess we need to start a new cafe soon.

Not much else going on. Excited to have Monday off from the bus. We are sold out of candy bars again so we may take that evening to pick up some more.

Y'all be good.

Deb

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Thanks, June, for you input. I have been playing around trying different things. I tried a makeshift sandbag(corn hole bags)which will work to keep the base up, but now my candy canes are leaning over because the styrofoam is giving and breaking away where the cane is inserted...so, the whole thing is standing up with the candy canes, but the candy canes are leaning over and crooked. One issue down and one more to go....I will get there!! lol I can't wait till the weather warms up a bit, and I can go dig around in the building and get more ideas for our party.

I also have some plastic flower pots...some old, some smaller new one that I plan to spray paint with a frosted or glitter paint, then flip them over with open side down to make gum drops. We will have a Gumdrop Mountain as one of our places. I know the places on the original Candyland Game changed over the years, but we will have a combination of old and new depending on what we can find. I do know Cupcake Commons and Lollipop Woods will be two other places, and since I have a lot of pit balls from our Human Hungry Hippo Game a few years ago, we will put those in a small pool and have Gumdrop Lake(or Pond) as well. We can even have extra places that do not necessarily have to be part of the game board, but can be food tables(Cupcake Commons) Chocolate Mountain etc. I'm excited about this year's event, but I do wish I had more time at the actual venue to get it all put together. I need a big open space to set all this stuff up beforehand to see what works, what doesn't and why. Sometimes it's the little things that you just don't think about until you realize you've screwed up or it won't work.

Sue and I have been walking the past couple nights. Our Special Kids Race is early March, so that's not too far off. I will have the Monday after the Night to Shine Prom off from the bus for a stockpile day.(think they did that because of the Superbowl that Sunday. emoticon ) I will have the following Monday off for President's Day. We now also have a neighboring county that has closed due to flu and other related absentees. This is the county where I used to go to church. There are several counties now closed due to the flu outbreak.

Not much going on here. Life is good. Lots to look forward to with events and spring coming soon...just not soon enough. lol...Lots of Facebook friends posting pictures of buttercups/daffodils blooming already....Not sure how...It has been cold, just not below freezing lately.

Y'all be good...thanks again for listening to me ramble and giving suggestions to my party issues.

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Deb, I was thinking about your candy canes. You need something heavy on top of the bases, I thought of sandbags, or bean bags, or something like that. You might be able to make them with your charges at the Joy Centre. What kind of a bag to use, you probably would think of something appropriate. Like the bigger plastic bags with zip lock tops, or sew some cloth bags with zippers. My 2 cents worth.

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Hi girls! Sounds like y'all are staying busy during the winter weather. June, I have a weighted vest....somewhere. lol...Or maybe we sold it in a yard sale. I am not sure, but it is amazing what I find when I dig through closets and all. Always a surprise waiting. Y'all have stayed busy throughout the weekend. Me, I work Monday through Friday just being busy, busy, busy, then on Saturday, you would think I was a sloth. lol...I am NOT like this in the spring, fall, and summer months. Yesterday was cold and rainy again. I began staying busy, disinfecting the house with all the viruses going around. Knock on wood, we have been safe with the exception of the cold hubby and I both had a few weeks ago, and the one day thing that went on with Daniel that Saturday. After I cleaned for a few hours, the couch and I had our normal Saturday date. I watched Little House, Matlock, and Dateline Secrets Uncovered.

Monica, yay for softball. When I was a kid, life wasn't year to year, it seemed season to season...basketball, softball, summer break, etc. Always good to have activities to look forward to, especially when the weather is not cooperative.

June, the alfalfa sprouts sounds interesting. I'm sure you'll be a master. I bought one miniature strawberry pod Friday at Walmart. Not even sure why I bought it, but it looked interesting. I've seen the hanging pots before, but this was 97c so why not.

I need to learn more about the Green Party and environmental issues. I do know we are polluting the air, but I also think some of the pollution is inevitable unless we all converted to solar energy. Always good to be knowledgeable and open minded to issues, listening without getting defensive and sharing thoughts without being condescending or judgmental.

I think Daniel is fine about his surgery. He is more excited than worried, thankfully. His sleep med has worked wonders and allows us all to get a good night's sleep when he is in one of his super excited moods when he would normally be up all night. He does usually get up most nights to use the restroom. Sometimes it is hard for me to go back to sleep because he pushes the door open, announces really loudly, "PEE, MOMMA!!" I immediately jump because it startles me..He always sounds like the house is on fire with the way he hits the door, hollers, and is in such a hurry. He wears diapers at night, so I get him a fresh diaper..Most of the time, he's already telling me he's going back to, "bed, momma' before I finish his diaper. I usually turn the TV back on and fall asleep watching one of my favorites shows I've recorded.

I am so excited about the upcoming weeks/events....Let's get this procedure over with, prom the following week, Valentines Day, then March is right around the corner, which has always been the beginning of spring for me...Sometimes it is cold, but it usually brings in spring storms, which I love, and the first signs of spring...blooms and blossoms toward the end of March and the grass starts to turn green again. We have been known to have our biggest snows in March, too, but regardless spring is on its way and we know it won't be long.

Ok, ladies..I've got a random question for y'all. You know we're doing Christmas in Candyland for our Christmas in July this year. I have bought a lot of the plastic candy canes that people line their sidewalk in that just poke in the ground. They were 75% off after Christmas, and I couldn't resist since one of my 'places' in this party will be the Peppermint Forest. I was so thrilled to find them and have so many, but then it hit me...Duh...How am I going to keep these candy canes standing up since it is an indoor event. I don't want to spend lots of money on decorations. I want to be thrifty and use the money wisely, especially since some of it is not my money, but money trusted to me for the party. (Kid's gift fund, the gofundme is not touched until we have enough for all the VIP gifts)

I first thought I could get large pieces of styrofoam from large appliances like refrigerators and stuff and poke them in that, then cover the styrofoam with white sheets or plastic table cloths. Well, the styrofoam is not sturdy enough and the candy canes end up falling over. I asked hubby if he could take some scrap wood and drill me some holes spaced out, and I could use wood glue to keep them in, then cover the wood like I would the styrofoam. Now I am wondering if the wood glue will hold the plastic candy cane??

Monica, I think it was you that came up with a solution to a dilemma at a previous party. June, any ideas? It has been too wet and rainy to have hubby try anything yet. We shall see. I am determined that I do not have 25 candy canes in my spare room for no reason. lol

Not much else happening. I think we will be running to GFS later, then to Sam's Club...candy bars and just leisure shopping at Sam's Club while we're there since it is only about 5-10 minutes away.

Y'all be good.

Deb

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Hi Team,

Everyone has been busy! I just caught up on the thread. I had a few extra obligations to complete for work and that kept me from having as much time for my home routine. June, I have all the ingredients for the black bean burgers. Intended to try them this past week (making them alongside hamburgers so the rest of the family could have a choice) and then got too busy to try a new recipe. I am looking for an opportunity to squeeze them into this week's menu plan.

Deb, it so good that Daniel's surgery is scheduled. How puzzling for him to try and figure out what it all means. I hope he is sleeping well and not worrying too much about it.

Open gym started for softball this Saturday. This is a time where the girls can come in and work on skills. We have a program director who is exceptionally knowledgeable about softball and is a gifted teacher who can break the movements needed for any skill into small and manageable chunks, followed by fun drills to practice them. This will be a fun thing for younger DD and me to do on Saturday morning to stay active while it is still cold and snowy outside. I come along to help with any stations that need an adult and set-up/tear-down.

Make it a great day!

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Hi Team !!

Deb - Daniel rocks at selling candy bars, good idea to keep them as a fundraiser. He might develop a clientele who will be wanting to buy from him regularly. It must be confusing to him, what the upcoming surgery is all about, he has been through some things similar, hope he doesn't get too worried.

Last week when we had wind, snow, ice, low temperatures, I stayed home most of the week but found some things I don't usually do to get exercise minutes. One is a weighted vest I can wear for a period of time, usually the morning or half of the afternoon. I wear it with 10 pounds weight for about 4 hours. Other than that, I try to walk close to home even if the weather is harsh, I bundle up to the max. This week the snow has all melted and I went to my regular exercise sessions, swimming, Tai Chi, - actually didn't go hiking because the trail was slippery with packed snow that hadn't melted yet, but did some wandering around down by the creek on the flat land to find some paths to walk on next time the conditions are not friendly for going up the trail. Today I biked into town to go to a Green party meeting. My snow shoeing friend is passionate about climate change mitigation and while I don't agree with some of their positions, I do want to know what current technology and suggestions to reduce energy use and carbon emissions for our farm. Dairy and beef farms have been targeted by the Greens as a big source of carbon emissions. There were games and teams and we competed for fun and learned about Green party concerns and solutions. There were gifts for participants and I got a sprout jar with instructions and alfalfa seeds. I have never cultivated sprouts before, it looks pretty easy.




Edited by: JUNEPA at: 1/26/2020 (01:28)
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Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
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It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Hi girls! Hope y'all are having an amazing day and looking forward to the weekend. We have had a great few days here. Daniel's ear has seemed to feel quite a bit better lately. He still complains, but still manageable with Tylenol and Ibuprofen. Alicia has worked respite hours with him since Melissa is out with the flu. She messaged me today, and she said she is feeling some better, but just has no energy. She also said she has the cough that her daughter had toward the end of her flu illness, so she is hoping that is a good sign. So far so good here, but another student out today with symptoms of both stomach bug and/or flu. We had three or four counties in Tennessee that closed a couple days ago and will be closed through Monday due to sickness. So far they are not counties that border us, but I am looking for that to change.

Daniel has had the best time...usually he complains when he is with his sister, but he has really seemed to enjoy hanging out with her this week. They went a few times to sell candy bars, and he is now sold out again. He was so excited because several people were buying 10 and 20 at a time. We have cleared $131 toward our Christmas in July Campaign, and we are already at a total of $1001 on our campaign page!! I like a back up plan, though, rather than relying on a gofundme, so this is encouraging and much less stressful and exhausting than yard sales. It is still early, and this is so much more than I expected for so soon after Christmas.

Daniel was so funny the other day. He was asking about his surgery. He's heard the doctors call it 'balloon sinuplasty' , but all he hears is 'balloon.' I will be sitting on the couch or cooking supper, and all of a sudden, I feel a finger in my ear with my boy making grinding sounds say, "Mama, bloooon, ear...pop?" lol...Sometimes he seems a little concerned about the surgery asking if it would hurt. I thought I was doing a mighty fine job by asking him if he remembered when he was having a bad toothache and it would hurt so bad...then he would go to the dentist, and they would either pull it or fill it, and then, although it would still hurt from the procedure, that it was getting better and eventually the pain would go away and it would be nothing like the toothache originally had been. EPIC FAIL...now the poor kid is trying to figure out what they're trying to pull out of his ear. I tried, again with no success, to explain that they weren't pulling anything...(Finger in ear again emoticon ) I was simply comparing it to his toothache, but in more simple terms than how I explained to y'all. Finally I followed my gut instinct and just shut up. lol I don't think I would be a very good teacher. Hats off to you, Monica, and you took it even farther and are a professor at a college! Maybe you need to explain to my kid about this procedure. emoticon

Not much else happening. June, have you been enjoying outdoor activities? Do either of y'all have snow now? We are expecting a few flurries with no accumulation here, but mainly in a few counties to our east. It has just been cold, rainy and dreary today. But it is Friday, so all is good.

Y'all be good.
Deb



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Hi girls! Hope you're all well and enjoying life. Sounds like a productive day, June. I have to tell myself things like, "Okay, just think...after you clean this closet, you can go watch that episode of Little House on the Prairie." lol...yes, it's the little things for me. I am constantly bargaining with myself about trade-offs. Of course, many times I don't clean the closet and still watch Little House. haha

Well, Melissa has Type A Flu. We are drinking our juices and spraying down with Lysol. She was fine yesterday when she left, so it must have hit all of a sudden. I had three out sick today. One with the stomach virus, one with bad headache and cough, and another whose mother had the flu yesterday, so I'm unsure about whether the child is sick now or not. I'm not sure if the absentee is more than usual or not with the teachers and other staff, but there are more children out, at least on our bus.

Not much else going on...I am looking forward to Dan's surgery being over, prepping for Night to Shine, having all this flu/virus mess behind us and then looking forward to spring and organizing my building...uh,..well, our building.

Guess I'll go for now. Every time I say I am going to call it an early night, I stay up later than usual.

Y'all be good!

Deb

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Hi Team !!

Great news for Daniel!!

Thanks Deb for your encouraging and understanding words, you and Monica are the best teamies:)

Today I put some effort into my procrastinated issues. I am thinking of a non-food reward for completing these projects, I know just having them done will be very rewarding on the satisfaction and happiness charts.

Another rainy day. Today I organized an ad for a local race that I help with. Plus went swimming with my bro and another friend. Plus with DH, contacted the phone company for our land line which is not working since the stormy winter weather - that was a huge exercise in patience between waiting on the (cell) phone and trying to tell them what the problem was, good thing we took turns dealing with the company reps, they were being very not-understanding. After a few hours an explaining at least 4 times, they agreed to come out and take a look tomorrow morning.

In the afternoon I spent a few hours volunteering at the teen homeless shelter, a nice warm place for the teens that dropped by to get out of the cold and rain and for a hot meal - pork chops, mashed potatoes and creamed corn today plus pastries and cookies day-old from the bakery for dessert. Now I am going home to make supper and to prepare the meal I make for my mall friends for Thursday noon.

Keep moving, make it a great day, y'all be good!!


Edited by: JUNEPA at: 1/23/2020 (02:25)
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A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Hi girls! Hope you're both well and enjoying life. June, now this sounds more like retired life...things you enjoy! I tried staying at home a couple different times, both very short-lived..The thing I didn't like about it was that people assumed since you didn't work outside the home, you were available for babysitting, errand running, etc. In the end, though, it was my own upbringing that had me thinking there was so much else I could be doing, so I would always begin with substituting on 'my own schedule', which usually turned in to filling in for someone who had just had surgery or was down in their back or something, and that ended up being a daily basis for several weeks. I felt if I wasn't bringing in some money, I wasn't contributing...HOWEVER, now that I am older, my mindset has changed!! lol I think I could really enjoy the retired life now. I joke with hubby all the time that he can just work more, and I can stay home. I think I could find plenty to entertain myself and enjoy my time....To everything there is a season, though. June, you've contributed your time, now do what you want!

Well, girls, I told y'all if I didn't hear from the doctor's office today, I was starting over. I was getting ready to get off the bus this afternoon when I got a call. I was expecting one from Daniel's physical therapy, so I picked up. It was the doctor's office!! I was elated! Surgery is scheduled for Jan. 31. So, hopefully surgery on the 31st, a week to heal and Tim Tebow prom on Feb. 7. I don't think he'll need the week to heal, just saying that he will have a full week. So excited!

Melissa must messaged me a few minutes ago. She has never called in because she was sick. She has texted me the night before when her daughter wasn't feeling well to see if we could make other arrangements and has always been willing to come and quarantine her daughter if necessary to not put us in a bind. Thankfully, we have always been able to find a back up, even though it's only happened a few times in the almost 7 years. She feels like she is coming down with something. Hopefully, she will be okay in the morning, but I am wondering if she has what Daniel had...or what her daughter had..(Flu B for her daughter) These viruses just keep rearing their ugly head right when you think they're dying down.

Not much else happening....it is cold here!! We had a few flurries yesterday and this morning. Nothing really stuck, just kept blowing off the roads as the cars went by.

Y'all be good. I gotta get Daniel's meds, and then I'm headed to bed early.

Deb

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Hi Team,

Rain, rain, rain today. Most of the snow is gone, the roads are driveable, I went swimming today at the pool. Then I went to French class, ah retired life. Then I did some errands in town. Then I came home, cooked lunch, played cards with DH after lunch. Then I worked on some of my backlogged issues. Thanks Monica for the unique and sweet way you have with words, I feel encouraged, thanks again.


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It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Hi Team,

We are going to cheer for the Chiefs in the Superbowl. It was fun to watch the Titans as they progressed through the playoffs. The Chiefs are somewhat local and many Iowans claim them as "their" team. I enjoy watching their style of play. We were hoping the Packers would win the second game so that the midwest would be represented on both sides. It is fun to follow along with football and it helps offset the coldest part of winter.

I had success with the zipper! I watched a few YouTube videos to figure out what I had done wrong last weekend. Now I know how use the zipper foot on the sewing machine and I would consider other simple projects that include a zipper.

Glad Daniel is feeling better and got caught up on his rest. Deb, hope you are feeling more at ease now, too.

June, I hope you have some inspiration to get some of those less enjoyable tasks started. Maybe once you get one of the projects started, it will not be so bad. I am pretty good about putting things off when I do not want to do them or I am unsure about how to get started. I can relate to the awful guilt that builds up. I am always working on self-improvement in this area. It helps to know that I am not the only one who struggles with this.

Make it a great week!

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Hi Team

Those Titans, nice early lead -- those Chiefs, can come back big. In the SuperBowl the Chiefs will be taking a huge risk if they let the '9ers get ahead early like they did this week and last week. I don't know who to cheer for, I guess I will just enjoy the game and hope to see good football, a close well-fought game and not a blowout. DH thinks the '9ers are more likely to win. The official odds are that the Chiefs will win.

That's great Daniel is feeling better, everyone must feel down when he is suffering. We are warming up now, I am hoping to go swimming at the pool tomorrow. Settlers of Catan, I googled it, lots of strategy involved but takes about 2 hours. From the initial description I thought it might take days. Sounds interesting and fun. Thoughts on semi-retired life - DH is adjusting better than me because he is keeping pretty much to the same schedule, going out every morning although not as early as before, going out after lunch for a few hours. He doesn't actually do much, but he is around moving and doing little things here and there. I stopped going to the barn at all unless Silvia and Carson were taking time off so have only been back a few evenings for night check and 2 Sundays. The thing about being retired is that I have things to do, but they are things I don't enjoy (office work, some estate planning, some organizing of health records, etc) so I used to feel like I was contributing to the family because I was still working on the farm, now my defense has been dismantled and I should put time into the office work, but I haven't done much yet, so I feel kind of awful and guilty and the feelings one gets when one procrastinates with the anticipation that at some point the chickens will come home to roost. So I need to give myself a kick in the pants and get going, then those things that need to get done will get done, and I will feel good about contributing to family success again. Monica, your girls must be really happy about a 4 day weekend with MLK day tomorrow and Friday off due to the weather. Do you still have more wintery weather in the forecast?

Cheers for a great week, keep moving, drink your water and y'all be good !!

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Oh well....it looked like they were in for a great game early on, but fell short afterwards. I moved about during the game, even going to the Dollar Store during the 3rd quarter. Hubby was a little disappointed, and I would have loved to see them go to the Superbowl, but that's life, and we're still glad they made it that far.

Daniel seems much better today. He slept most of the day in between eating, but I figured I would just let him sleep. I know when I have had the stomach bug, all I want to do is sleep the following day. He got up about 10 this morning, ate, and went back to bed till about 1...he ate again,then went back to bed until about 3. He has eaten very well and seems to be back to normal with the occasional complaint of his throat hurting, but says it is hurting 'little' and not 'big.'

Super cold here today. I am so ready for spring!! I am noticing the days are getting a little longer...not much, but gradually, I will be enjoying my outdoor evening walks again, even on the nights Sue and I don't typically walk.

Not much going on...Thankful for a much better day than yesterday.

Y'all be good!

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Looking forward to the Oh Henry show

Titans vs Chiefs !!

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Hi girls!
Glad your girls are getting a prolonged weekend. I am off, as well, but we are having Joy Center. Caleb and I will also be delivering candy bars afterwards, so a laid back day that is not so rushed on time for me to get to one place to another. When I was younger, I enjoyed the rush, but now it stresses me out if I think I'm going to be late. So thankful for these days and the caregiver position that allows for flexibility.

Daniel seemed good last night, constantly wanting to eat, but shortly before bedtime, he complained of his throat hurting. I'm sure that was from the constant heaving. I was also concerned by his blood pressure. Top number was 170!! It has been slightly elevated before, but usually only when he is excited. I bought a monitor to keep a check on it, and it was always at a healthy rate. It was digital kind, too, so there were no worries about me not doing it correctly. Hubby goes to Walmart each Sunday morning, so he is going to pick up another one as I am not sure what has happened to the original one. It may be at Joy Center, but it won't hurt to have two. He is sleeping now after sleeping all night without waking or coughing that I have heard.

I have never heard of that game, Monica. I will have to google it. It may be a fun game for some of our Joy Center kids. I'm sure you will catch on, and by the next game or two, you will have a strategy that will have them shaking in their shoes. lol

Oh my...snow!! There are about half of those here who are ready for some snow, then there are others who love the winters with no snow here and consider SNOW a four letter word. I have the opinion that if it is going to be really cold, then it might as well snow. At least it is pretty. Most agree that they want one really good snow, then we are ready for spring. I can't imagine having to shovel it...getting out on cold days and putting all the winter gear on to shovel snow...sounds like a wonderful workout, though.

I am actually looking forward to the game today. I will not sit and watch the whole thing, but it will give me a chance to piddle, organize my party supplies, then come in and check occasionally to see the score, sit for a while and ask hubby a hundred questions to annoy him, then piddle some more. lol

June, how is the semi-retired life? Hoping you are as busy as you wanna be on your own schedule. Excited for you and your husband! Enjoy!

Not much else happening here. Life is good.

Y'all be good!

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Hi Team,

Deb, how has Daniel been since that episode? How concerning for you and I am sure it must be awful for Daniel to experience that, too. You said it best -- he deserves some smooth sailing for a change.

June, yesterday my assignment was to shovel the end of our driveway, where it meets the street. That's the spot where the snow falls off the city snow plow. It is always a bit deeper and heaver from all the street snow that gets pushed around. I got a good, intense workout burst from that small area. You must be feeling strong after all the snow shoveling work you put in this past week.

I am looking forward to the NFL games today. Tomorrow both the schools and the university are closed to observe Martin Luther King day. With the girls having the snow day on Friday, that means a 4-day break from routine for them. Last night we had a family game night. We played Settlers of Catan. I am new to the game. The others have been playing it longer and have their strategies down. So I am struggling to earn the things I need to build up my settlements while they are earning, then building and trading. Fun times.

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Hi girls! Monica, I hope you're enjoying your down day. They're the best!! June, I hope the pipe situation is still holding its own with your hubby's modifications.

I had planned on a lazy day, but Daniel got sick yesterday evening after supper. He got food hung, which happens quite often when he is congested as he has been. This went on until bedtime. He doesn't choke...he still talks and coughs, but feels like it is still hung. He usually is able to relieve it and then goes back to normal after a few minutes. This time he continued going to the rest room up until he went to bed. It worried me,but with all his congestion, plus the stomach virus going around, I was able to ease my mind after checking on him a few times after he went to bed.

This morning he was better until he took his meds. After about ten minutes of him playing in his room after his medicine, I thought we were good. Nope. He heaved and gagged half the morning before I told him to get ready to go see the doctor. They checked him for flu, and it was negative, thankfully. He ran no temp, but continued to gag inside the office. Lungs, throat, ears, and everything was good. She seems to think he had a virus of some sort. She said there was a virus that was going around that seemed to be a cross between the flu and the stomach virus. She gave him meds for nausea while in the office, and within minutes, he was better. He has since eaten a 10 piece nugget and half of a large fry and medium coke.

My general concern was the food he originally ate seemed to be hung, and that seemed where his troubles began. She gave me orders to get a chest X Ray for him if I felt we needed it, but suggested we monitor him and keep the papers handy just in case. We did not have to go, but in case I felt the need later, it would be available. She said typically people who had food aspiration have trouble breathing and you can hear wheezing in lungs, but his sounded completely clear. For now, we are playing it by ear. He's been in his room playing since about noon, so hopefully it was just a virus. Still a little nervous, but with clear lungs and no issues breathing, it doesn't seem urgent. This child has had such a rough time for the past couple years. Ready for some smooth sailing!

Stomach bug went crazy on my bus...We even had one child who had it, came back two days later, seemed fine, then got sick again the following night. You just never know with these kids.

It is cold and rainy today here. We had no plans anyway, so it is the perfect day to stay indoors.

Life is good here. Our troubles are minor compared to some. Hopefully, everything will be back to normal soon. Still no word on surgery. I called again Thursday, and told my husband if I hadn't heard anything by Tuesday, I was going to start over.

Hope y'all have a great weekend.

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Hi Team,

We are on the end run of the winter storm. No more snow falling. The wind is blowing hard and moving the snow around with it.

Thanks for the explanation about the pepper. I wondered about that when I viewed the recipe and looked at the amounts of pepper. Great tip to start with chilled ingredients. I would not have thought to do that otherwise. Eager to try this in the next week or so.

Not much planned for today and I love it. I am going to get out and get our weekly groceries this morning and then spend the rest of day on the home routine. Oh, and I need to resume the cushion (zipper!) project.

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Monica, the burger was pretty good, way better than any non-beef burger I have tried yet.
Regarding the pepper, just to let you know, I didn't have jalapeno so I put 1 teaspoon of cayenne and 1 teaspoon of black pepper instead of just 1/8 of each, and I found out it is too much pepper. In case you are thinking of cutting back on the pepper because I said I will put less in next time. Another thing I did, which may have helped, was to cook the quinoa and cook and mash the black beans the night before and put them in the fridge. (I cooked black beans from dry beans, it may be easier to use a 15 ounce can.) Because they were in the fridge over night, the patties were very easy to shape, everything stuck together well. I mixed the ingredients together and shaped the patties the day after I cooked the quinoa and beans. Hope that is not too confusing. I hope your family likes it and you will not end up eating lots yourself, but it could be a good thing, and make for a very nutritious lunch.

Cheers June

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Hi Team,

Yikes, frozen pipes are never good. We got a good amount of snow today. Maybe 4 inches? It has all blown into drifts and that makes it hard to estimate. All the local schools were closed for the day. Our school sent the announcement last night at bed time. The girls were happy to know the situation before heading to bed. The snow started around 10 am and really came down hard. When I commuted home from work on the bus, the snow had stopped. It is so pretty outside now. And so cozy here inside.

The black bean burger recipe looks interesting. I am going to consider trying it. I saw the tips about freezing the extra. This could definitely be one of those recipes where I am the only person who eats them. So the freezing option is great to have.

Deb, you have a good thing going there with the candy bar fundraiser. Of course, Daniel is an excellent salesman. Did that lift his spirits to be back in business with sales?

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Hi girls! Thanks for the encouragement, ladies...I sure didn't feel like I was making progress the other day, but I guess that just allows me to look more forward to holidays and enjoy my time off. lol

Oh June...the frozen pipe. Glad you have a solution for now, even if it is temporary, it is getting the job done. Glad your hubby is pretty handy and able to find a solution.

Monica, that's cute about the girls asking you to split their time. I have never been a morning person, so ever since I was little, I would sleep until I almost made myself late. Just can't seem to get to moving. Even now, hubby gets tickled at me, saying, "Alexa...5 more minutes, 10 more minutes, etc." One day he told me I had better get up...that I was going to be late, and I told him that I didn't have to wash my hair or shave my legs, so I could sleep a little longer. It's a good thing I'm married. lol Not too many men would find sloth like morning behavior cute.

Well, guess what I bought today? Caleb, Daniel, and I are back in business with our World's Finest Chocolates. I announced it on FB today, and within minutes, I had $60 worth of bars that I would either take on the bus to the school for the teachers or leave on my porch for pickup. So, ten minutes into my sales, I had sold over a box. Ellie ended up buying 5 more bars, and another neighbor messaged me and bought 6. Daniel conned me into buying him 3, so we are well on our way again. This time we are selling for our Christmas in July Party. We have a gofundme which usually raises the goal amount, but I couldn't resist the urge when I saw the bars today and also had people asking if we would be selling any more.

Not much else happening. Computer is super sensitive today jumping and scrolling as I try to type. Gotta go...Zelda Louise is in.

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Hi Team


We have a deep freeze going on here too, Monica. No trouble in the barns until this morning when the pipe that takes the manure to the pit froze. DH came out of retirement and to the rescue with a temporary solution, he cut the pipe where it was frozen, only at the end where it comes out of the ground from the barn to go into the pit. The end is repaired for now, but there needs to be a way to prevent this from happening again.

Deb, you are amazing with the bus kids, they are lucky to have you looking over and looking out for them, even if it is a rodeo sometimes.

I have been trying to come up with healthier meals as we eat a lot of meat because it is not expensive for us. DH doesn't like beans or lentils or any of those vegetable proteins, he likes the foods he is used to which includes white rice for risotto, pasta, etc. I found a quinoa - black bean patty recipe and made it today, I didn't tell him what was in it, he had to try it first. He guessed there must be cauliflower and probably some of that green stuff, broccoli in it. He liked it okay. It had a lot of pepper in it. I have tried some of the vegetable hamburgers that the fast food places are offering now, they all have a lot of pepper in them. The combination of quinoa, black beans, oat flour was quite nice. I think I will add less pepper next time. Yay, to find a nutritious, healthy alternative to meat !! I am already thinking I could probably substitute riced cauliflower for the oat flour.
Here is the recipe, in case you are interested

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Hi Team,

Oh my. You always need to stay a few steps ahead with that group, don't you Deb?

The girls like to sleep in one extra hour and then use the extra hour to be awake and enjoying the extra time at home. I thought it was cute how they came up with that request a few years ago about when to wake them up on a morning there is a delay. So grateful for DH being home with them. Some kids do not get the benefit of the delay, since both of their parents work outside the home and therefore they need to get up and go about their day as usual. We are now waiting to see if tomorrow will be a snow day. Even at work today, everyone was making contingency plans for tomorrow. I doubt that this will be enough to close the university for the day. I am fortunate that I can ride the bus to campus and not have to contend with bad driving conditions on my own.

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Hi girls! Thanks for the encouraging words, Monica. They are a challenging group, for sure...thankfully, not in a mean-spirited way, just a needy type way. They came running out to the bus today...I sent the runners back to start over. I had a parent of a former student stop me, so I instructed the kids to get on the bus without pushing or shoving, and to go sit in the seat they sat in this morning. They're all sharp enough to know where they sat, so I wasn't asking anything they didn't understand.

JUST SHOOT ME ALREADY...lol...What was I thinking??!! They did good getting on the bus, up the steps, then about a minute later when I got on the bus, they were stalled at the top of the steps. One is literally crying...someone is in his seat. Another is trying to explain why they don't want to sit in that seat(but they want to sit in the seat directly behind it exactly the same) One is crying cause they got in trouble at school. Another is crying trying to explain to me that they are sitting in someone else's seat because someone else took their seat. Y'all...every...single...day. I have index cards now and am going to tape them to the carseat. They can all recognize their printed name, so they have no excuse. If they can't sit in their seat, they're not getting a Friday treat. I might even make that a song. Whew! Patience is a virtual, and I think I may be failing in that department. lol

Monica, glad your girls enjoyed a delay. Do they like to sleep in? I enjoyed the late days before I began working with Caleb, but now it just throws my day off completely, making me work later to make up for the time. Our colleges usually close down almost as quickly as the schools here. I guess they're not quite as hard on the snow days since many of them can walk from the dorms and their apartments close by, but icy conditions will completely close everything here, even grocery stores, banks, and government offices if it's too bad.

We are actually expecting cold weather in a few days. Ellie is ecstatic. I am depressed. lol I told her that it could just be the snow everyone has been hoping for, though. Highs in upper 30s, lows in the upper teens and lower 20s. That's usually when we get a chance of snow. I haven't heard it yet, but we will see. It would be good to help kill off all the viruses going around and maybe a snow day to extend our days off(if any other thank MLK Day)

Not much else happening here. Life is good!

Y'all be good!

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Hi Team,

Deb, you are a blessing for the students on your bus. How lucky the students and families are to have you and Ellie running the "short" bus.

I am enjoying the start of the spring term. We have icy road conditions this morning and the local schools have a 2-hour delay. It will be interesting to see how this affects attendance at the class I am teaching. The university rarely cancels classes due to weather.

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Hi girls! Glad you're not discouraged over the zipper long term, Monica..lol...I really do need to touch up on the basic sewing skills. I've got a beautiful turquoise rain jacket that I got for Christmas in July that the zipper has separated. It is one of my favorites, so I will pay to have it repaired.

Sorry about the hike, June. I know how you look forward to these group activities. As we get older, though, I think we learn to roll with the flow a bit more and just make other plans...or none at all. lol

We're supposed to have more storms tomorrow with a high of 70. Anytime we have a high of 70 in January, we know things will eventually turn to stormy skies. Nothing too severe, but strong winds, chance of hail, but seemed like isolated tornadoes were not a big threat with this system.

Daniel has been a live wire lately. He's been out of sorts because although Melissa thought she would be back at work today, her daughter got sick again this morning. She was going to take her in to the doctor later and said she was willing to work, but would have to bring her with her. Since she was diagnosed with Flu type B and strep last week, we made arrangements with Alicia again. Melissa's little girl ended up getting a release from the doctor to go back to school, and the culprit this time was just allergies. Hopefully, we have missed this round of illnesses, although there is still stomach bugs, colds, a few other cases of the flu going around on the bus.

Cute story...I have one little boy on my bus who I originally thought would be the death of me..lol...He was a behavioral student from a gen. ed. classroom, and he was originally put on ours as a type of last resort if he didn't behave...almost like a punishment I guess because he didn't want to ride the 'short' bus. So, it backfired on him, but in a good way. He ended up liking our bus and although I have to stay on him constantly to sit still in his seat, he has turned out to be a pretty neat kid who has really grown on me over the past several months.

He got on the bus this afternoon and was trying to get situated in his seat. Since we have few enough to sit one per seat, I allow them to sit with their backs propped against the window side with their feet across the seat as long as they're not dangling out blocking the aisle. As he's putting his backpack up for cushion to prop against the window, his backpack slips and he hits his head on the window. He hollered (over dramatic) but settled down quickly after I checked him.

I'm getting everyone strapped in, and a few minutes later, he calls me up front telling me he has something to tell me. I get up front, and he said, "Mrs. Debbie, I've got something to tell you. I had a bad day today." I asked him what happened, and he hesitated and said he didn't know. So I pried a little more. I said, "You don't remember? Think really hard. That's really something you should be able to remember since it happened today. " So I asked again and told him that I bet his teacher remembered and maybe I could ask her to refresh his memory. He said just as seriously as he could, "Well, you remember a few minutes ago when I hit my head on the window? Well, I think I lost my memory and have...uh, what's that word?" I think he was trying to tell me he had amnesia, however, his memory was quite selective as to what he could and could not remember. emoticon So, since he had amnesia, I just told him that I knew he could do better. I told him he can't change what he's already done(even if he can't remember) but he can make it better tomorrow by apologizing to his teacher and acting like he's supposed to and setting an example. We will see.

I have really been studying some of these kids, though, and they are starving for approval. Not that I don't think they get it at home..They all seem to have parents who love them..maybe it's missing from school or not having many friends, so I am really trying to seek out the positive and tell them something they have done that makes me proud each day. As soon as I tell one that I'm proud of them, I have ten more, "what about me?" " Are you proud of me?" "Look what I made today." "Come sit by me." This is one of the neediest bunches of students I have ever had. Maybe they just feed off each other and get jealous when I give one more attention..Not sure, just a different group.

Not much else happening. Life is good. I really don't realize I type so much until I hit post. lol

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Hi Team,

That is too bad that the weather did not allow for a hike. You have a dedicated group, June, so I know the conditions must have been poor.

Deb, that will be a happy day when you celebrate Daniel's birthday with go-karts...maybe you should let him bowl, too, since he has been through so much lately. I bet he would be up for it. emoticon

I am ready to try again with the zipper. It will be good to add this skill to list of things I can tackle with a sewing machine. I do remember when DH had a jacket he was really fond of and the zipper failed. He took it to a tailor and got it mended. Good as new and he is still enjoying that jacket every season.

Make it a great evening!

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Hi Team

It is cold out here, snow and wind, no hiking today, everyone gave it a pass.

The Chiefs sure did come back, the Seahawks didn't make it.

I am still thinking learning to sew zippers would be a good skill, which I don't have, and it seems like jackets and coveralls end their lives too early when just the zipper goes.

Hope Daniel will be all good with surgery in the rear view mirror soon and he can celebrate his birthday in full form.

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Hi Team,

The games yesterday were more entertaining. I got a lot of meal prep done during the games. Hoping that helps with a busy week ahead.

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June, the Chiefs surely did bounce back and make it a game, didn't they? Hubby was gone, and I had it on the game...sorta watching on and off between housework, computer, researching for Christmas in July party ideas, etc...couldn't believe the turnaround.

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Hi girls! Definitely cheering on the hometown team to go all the way despite not being a huge fan of watching the games..It is definitely exciting, especially after so many poor seasons, to see them doing well. Hopefully, all the way to the Superbowl! Waiting to see how this pans out. Hubby had it on the game last night, and I caught myself sitting down occasionally to see how the game went.

Monica, sounds like a fun way to end the basketball season. We had planned to take Daniel to the gokart track in Kentucky for his birthday, then plans were once again postponed until his surgery and give him time to feel better. I asked him what he would like to do for his birthday, and he said, "bowl." I then gave him options, thinking he was saying that because the kid at Joy Center sometimes talk about the next Special Olympics sport, and several of them bowl. He never changed his mind, but I am still waiting till after his surgery and give him the choices again. Bowling would be easier, closer, and probably less expensive, but I want it to be his choice when he's feeling his best.

Monica, you're doing great with your project....Mine are still in a drawer or closet somewhere...Live and learn, I guess. The zipper will get fixed, but sometimes good to put it away for a bit, especially after a bit of frustration.

Hubby is helping his brother move. This is the brother who lost his wife about a year and half ago. He now has a steady girlfriend...a girl who grew up with them. They seem happy, so I am happy for them. They bought a house together in a neighboring county...the country where I grew up for the most part. It is a more rural county, and the nearest town, Carthage, is much smaller than Lebanon. That also means real estate is considerably cheaper, as well as property taxes.

Not much else happening. I have said I was going to join in team exercise threads, and I have not done so yet. I am today. I will take it slow as I slack during the winter and don't want to set unrealistic goals for myself. Winter...ugghhh...Not a fan, but in another 6 or 8 weeks, we should at least see signs of spring. Today was cool and dreary after a beautiful stormy day yesterday. :)

Y'all be good. Enjoy the games!

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Yesterday's games weren't as exciting as last week's. Last week the winner wasn't sure until the last minutes of the game. Saturday, the winning teams built an early leads and cruised on to win.

I am watching the Texans vs the Chiefs now, with a surprise early lead by the Texans. Hopefully the Chiefs will bounce back and make it a game.

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Hi Team,

It will be interesting to see which teams win today. I had hoped to watch more of the games yesterday. We had recorded them because I was out in the late afternoon/early evening with the basketball team. We treated them to bowling and pizza to celebrate the end of a fun season. I scurried home, fixed supper and then sat down to catch up on the games. I got so drowsy that I snoozed most of the evening away. So funny. Serves me right for sitting down.

This afternoon I started sewing for the cushions I am making for youngest DD's room. The cushions have a zipper along the side. My first time working with a zipper. I got "practice" in today. I sewed too close to the zipper and therefore it does not open properly. I put everything away and will try again next weekend, starting with ripping out the seams to start over. It is good (and humbling) to learn new things.

Exciting news about the Night to Shine event and bummer of a story about the field ruts.

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Woo Hoo, Titans - they made it look easy

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Hi y'all! June, I usually like watching Paranormal Witness, a Haunting, or Famously Afraid, but with hubby gone and the weather being as it was, I settled for Twilight Zone. This episode was not eerie as some are...Rod Serling had an amazing imagination, I think. How did he come up with so many off the wall stories? Oh well, this one was about an older man who had inherited a grandfather clock(family heirloom)...He was given the clock the day he was born, and he was convinced that when the clock stopped, he would die. It wasn't one of the best episodes, but I always enjoy the different scenarios he came up with.

I like your analogy of football, June! I don't enjoy watching it much, but now it sounds more appealing! lol

I am sorry about the ruts in your land....that is so odd because I have heard complaints from farmers before and on facebook just a few days ago...yesterday, I asked Ellie what the damages were specifically...in other words, how does it damage the land...I've never done much more than a garden, so I was asking out of plain curiosity. I understand it is rude, disrespectful and downright trashy for someone to destroy someone's land. I really didn't realize how badly it damaged the land other than making it look unappealing....now I know. I googled and read the consequences and understand a little better that it is so much more than it looking bad. I'd be fuming, too. Maybe it was just non-farm kids who are ignorant, as I was, and y'all can give them a very informative lesson! But yes, if they think it's no big deal, they should've stayed in their field. So thank you for your post. I meant to google the other day and forgot till I saw your post. It is good to be informed. Now I know.

HOpe your hubby's injury heals quickly...yes, I'd much rather have an injury occasionally than any of the severe consequences mentioned. Small, but sometimes painful, price to pay to stay healthy and fit.

Tim Tebow...oh, be still my heart! His future wife will be one lucky lady if he's as genuine as he seems. I love that his passion is for individuals with disabilities. Currently, there are over 600 churches all over the world who will be hosting the event on Friday, Feb. 7! I am planning to talk with a couple area churches about hosting this event next year. There are several that are plenty large enough. The college kids needing extra community service hours would be great ones to buddy and volunteer, especially those wanting to go into special education or similar major. I've got it all figured out, don't I? lol...I do know there's a lot more to consider, but it can't hurt to ask....I'm not asking for money...I'm asking for a service for the community that would benefit so many more than just the special needs individual. Won't know till I ask.

Oh, I have so enjoyed this day!!! It has stormed on and off, heavy rain occasionally, and I loved hearing the wind howling. Perfect day in my book, especially for winter. It was really warm today for this time of year...about 70, and I'm sure that helped the storms to build. I had my front door open and the screen up on the inside door. Of course, when Daniel got up, he kept shutting it.

Enjoy your weekend, ladies!! Be blessed!

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Hi Team !!

Deb, I love Tim Tebow, remembering his unconventional heroics with the Denver Broncos, and just the passionate and committed person he is. That's great Daniel and Caleb will be going to a Night to Shine with him. Yikes, watching Twilight Zone by yourself with the dog, sounds kind of scary, good thing it is morning and not late at night. Hope Daniel will get his surgery soon.

Monica, this year the NFL playoffs are especially exciting. I think the playoffs are almost better than the final Superbowl event. Football, really a treat for spectators, you never know what strategy, play, rush, pass, is going to happen next. I think a well-flighted ball that drops into a receiver's hands as he is running full speed down the field is pure poetry in motion.

Today is my stay-at-home day to catch up on housekeeping and chill. DH went to the doctor for an achilles tendon injury, he is taking a rest from running now. The non-exercisers could comment that being active leads to injuries, in my opinion, they are annoying, but small potatoes compared to dealing with heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, or other degenerative diseases that involve major organs.

Yesterday I went for a walk in the snow with the dogs to the field behind the dike and there were some motorcyclists zooming around in the snow tearing the field up, grass and dirt skids. It is a field we grow grass for hay. I was furious, of course when they saw me, they didn't stick around to discuss the situation. At first I thought it might be my neighbours as they came through the gap in their fence, and I thought, tear up your own fields, how dare you. DH says he thinks it is the kids that live further down the road. That makes more sense, those kids aren't farm kids, it would be a double insult if farm kids who realize the damage were in our fields would go to our fields and not theirs (if they think the damage is minimal and no big deal, they could stay in their fields). I tried phoning the neighbours to find out if they know the motorcyclists, but they weren't home last night, gave me some time to cool down. DH is going to follow up and find out who the motorcyclists are, and we are going to put up No Trespassing signs on our property line.

Frida and Denver - walk through fields behind the dike





Duck Blind - part of the same area - the blind is in the neighbours field
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I'm having a day - I can't believe those photos came out sideways. Usually the desktop computer posts the photos correctly but if I post from my phone or laptop they come out rotated and beyond my control to get right. I will blame Eric for updating the software. No time now to figure it out.


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A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Hi girls! Good to see you both active in home activities and enjoying life in general. Life is good here. I am so enjoying this day so far!! We have storm warnings out, and the wind is howling! We had a hard time opening the door earlier because the wind was blowing it back. Zelda Louise was a little nervous outside(she usually whines to go back out), so for now it is just me and her sitting on the couch with the door screen up watching The Twilight Zone. Hubby had to work and Daniel is still asleep.

The Tim Tebow will be hosting the Night to Shine event again this year for special needs individuals 14 and up. There were a few churches within 40 miles or so hosting, but the one we usually attend was not, so no emails went out to remind the previous attendees of the prom. I was worried I wouldn't be able to get Daniel in because most had already reached capacity, but we found one in Cookeville, which is a little over 50 miles, but it is east of Lebanon, which is far less traffic, and it is pretty much all interstate with fewer merges on the interstate. Unless there is an accident or construction, even though it is farther, it will probably take about the same amount of time to get there. Sue signed up Caleb, too, so she will pick me up after my route that day. She will come a bit early and help get the boys ready, then we will leave as soon as I get home so they can get their shoes shined and receive the special VIP pre-party treatment. :)

Seriously hoping to hear from the doctor about his surgery. I am getting downright frustrated, and I am about ready to see about transferring him to a different doctor. It would be a shame, though, to start all over and it take even longer for his procedure. Therapy has helped quite a bit, making it tolerable...much better right after therapy for a few days, but now he is down to one day a week to extend his time. After he has his session, he tells me that his ear is 'popping' ...not sure what it is doing, but it definitely seems to help.

Not much else happening...just a lazy day...until my boy wakes up.

Y'all be good!

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Hi Team,

Same here, being back into the regular routine. I enjoyed that this week was about getting back to the regular school and work day routine. Then next week the semester at the university begins and more routines start.

I am looking forward to catching some more of the NFL playoff games this weekend.

Make it a great day!

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Hi Team!!

Monica, good for you with the closets, cupboards and drawers reorganization during the holidays. I think I should do some decluttering and home reorganizing for a retirement project, not sure if it will happen because there are other things I much prefer doing, but would be good.

Deb, you must be so happy your home improvements are at a good stage. Can't wait to see your photos !!

Life goes on, back in the post-holiday more regular routine.

Life is good, keep moving, drink your water, y'all be good and make it a great rest-of-the-week

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Yay!! Yes, June, Derrick Henry was on it! Hubby had it on the game...I was mainly on the computer, and I kept seeing Derrick Henry's name pop up. Hubby was yelling and jumping up clapping his hands every now and then, so I knew they were playing well. I did watch the last few nerve wrecking minutes at the end. Maybe...just maybe, they will continue this streak!

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Woo Hoo, Deb -- How about those Titans !!

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A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
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Hi girls! I see you're all busy with life and family!! Dinners, museum visits, cleaning/organizing, hiking and gardening in January!! Love it!

I really didn't realize that it had been so long since I have posted..long for me, anyway. First of all, the dinner went really well. It was warm, but unfortunately, we had flood watches out that day, so the rain prevented us from dining outside at all. My husband picked up my mom and dad and took them back home afterwards. It was also dark, so we all crowded in my little house and enjoyed the coziness of it all. It was so much fun watching the little ones open their gifts and squeal with excitement. My niece and her hubby are expecting her third child(biological) and then they are still hoping to adopt Bentley, but for now, are just granted permanent custody. Nothing like babies and little ones to brighten anyone's mood.

My floors are now(as of two days ago) are 99.9% complete. He just has to finish the last few pieces that are against the wall on the front side of the living room on one wall. Those are the hardest pieces because he had to cut them longways?? I guess that's a word? lol It got dark before he could cut them on Wednesday, then he returned to work yesterday. We have two boxes left over, and we should be able to do the little square area that we have instead of a hallway. We should still have one extra box to take back for credit. The painting is done, too. I am happy! Can't wait to post pics.

You girls are just showing out with your bread making!! emoticon That's something I have never done, other than friendship bread that you begin with the 'starter' bag. Glad it turned out well and you found a good recipe that works.

Monica, have y'all started any more puzzles? I seriously just need to go buy one and get started on it to give me another project during the winter months.

I enjoyed reading about your trip, June. I loved Social Studies in school and learning about different cultures and religions. I don't remember having a particular favorite one to study, but as a whole, I always thought it was very interesting.

Well, my party is almost over!! We go back on Monday, the 6th. It has been real!! It has been fun! and now it will be OVER!! emoticon Oh well, I like that paycheck, so I guess I will be back to setting alarms.

Not much else happening. Sue, Margaret, and I have signed up for the Special Kids Race the first week of March. Sounds like a long way off, but it will be here soon. I need motivation!! Not so much for the healthy eating, but just something to get me off my butt and exercise regularly again. Winter is such a struggle for me.

Y'all be good. I know I'm missing something, but duty(Daniel) calls. lol

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Hi Team,

June, I enjoyed reading about your new journey into retirement. Also about all the near and extended family happenings and relationships that are strengthening. Enjoy your family Christmas gathering tomorrow.

Congratulations on the bread baking success! I always struggled to make a good loaf of bread. We got a bread machine 11 years ago and I have enjoyed it for making sandwich bread, french bread, pizza dough, and for special times, dough for cinnamon rolls and soft pretzels. Whatever happens in that machine, it makes a light dough that bakes into bread that we enjoy.

Deb, we have missed your updates this week. Hope you are doing well. Did school start up on January 2 for you? Ours starts January 6.

I have spent the last two afternoons organizing with my daughters. One afternoon for each child's bedroom. It was mostly the closets, with craft items, games, toys, and treasures. Lots of treasures! Earlier in the break, I re-organized our kitchen drawers and our bathroom drawers and cupboards. We still have a few other areas that need attention. I find it best to take on just one of this kind of project per day.

Make it a great evening!

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Cheers, team !!

It is my 3rd day of retirement. I have read quite a few journeys of Sparkers readying for and then stepping into retirement. It is good to know something about it, as there is quite a few things common about the process. On this team, I am the vanguard among you young'uns. Truthfully, I am underage for retirement too, but it is the way things are going that the next generation wants to work on the farm and it is good they are keen and that we can make adjustments to suit everyone.

This morning I made bread, I finally learned to make bread. I used to use the breadmaker to make the dough and then I shaped the buns and baked them in the oven. My breadmaker broke after more than 10 years service, and it has been spot-welded fixed once already. I tried in the past to make bread and it always came out hard and unappealling. This time around I found a cook book with better instructions and finally, my home-made bread is a success.

I am going to do some house cleaning and then go for a walk with Frida. Ollie is with Eric and Molly, as Molly is working from home, she went to my sister's place with the faster computer internet connection. That is nice, my sister is happy to spend some time with them, and it is all part of being family. When I go for my walk, I take my pruning shears as a path in the bush that goes along the river has grown over, and I do 15-30 minutes work on it each time I walk there, hopefully it about a week the trail will be clear. I track it on my fitness tracker as gardening activity minutes, probably my friend feed who sees that wonders what kind of gardening is going on in January.

I spent some time looking over past posts of mine on this team and I see I post every time I have all the kids at home. So tomorrow will be another of those days, Marina is arriving in the morning, Eric and Molly have been here for 2 days, and Silvia and Carson are next door, so we will have our family dinner and gift exchange tomorrow. That reminds me, I still have a few gifts to wrap before Eric and Molly get home.

Hope all is well with you, I expect you have some more days off before school starts again, enjoy !!

Cheers

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Happy New Year NEW team !!


Good plan with your exercise videos, Monica. That give you something sequential to go to, which is easier to keep going than thinking every day, what should I do today. Your kids have reached the age when they are able to make it to midnight, I remember mine when they were young wanted to, but it took a few years before they made it, and then after that, every year that was a highlight of the holidays.

How did you survive the family dinner, Deb? Are you still recuperating?

December 30, we had a great day going to the museum. It is such a pleasure to spend time with thriving niece. She invited her dad to Christmas with her boyfriend's family and they had a good time. I feel bad that we don't invite him, he is my brother, but because of what he has done that has been offensive to us, DH does not want to be around him. Then thriving niece's mom told thriving niece that he wasn't welcome at her place and she doesn't want him to show up there. This year thriving niece for the first time didn't go to her mom's place for Christmas. Thriving niece is working through her childhood traumas, until now she just did what she needed to survive but didn't process how she felt, her boyfriend and her boyfriend's father talked a lot with her to help her through. So she didn't want to see her mom, and her mom didn't want to see her dad and my DH didn't want to see her dad .. sigh.. but her boyfriend's family welcomed her dad and now he has a warm place to go for family occasions. I previously felt sad that he didn't have a warm family place to go for family events, now that thriving niece is grown up, she is looking out for him. And I can step back and just concern myself with being friendly to him when I see him and making sure he is provided for with living expenses.

The museum exhibit was very well done, I spent 2 solid hours looking over and reading about Mayan culture and history. While the Egyptian hieroglyphics were deciphered in 1822, the Mayan glyphics in the 1980s. Their way of living, their art, their architecture, their knowledge of math and astronomy, their accurate calenders are amazing.

Today is my second day of retirement. I am going to Tai Chi today, but didn't have to get up for barn chores this morning. DH is busy with bargaining for a tractor we need, he asked Silvia and Carson their opinion, Silvia asked first if we have the money, we haven't told Silvia anything about the money side of the farm yet. There will come a time for that.

Life is good, make it a great day, keep moving, drink your water, y'all be good !!

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It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Happy New Year, N.E.W. Team!

Look forward to continuing the healthy lifestyle journey with you in 2020.

We stayed up late and had fun. Now all is quiet here this morning. I did an exercise video and now I am trying to quietly putter around so that the others can sleep longer.

Make it a great day!

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