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wanted to share this tip . vinegar & baby oil . we just got a new floor .

• One of the best cleansers for vinyl flooring is apple cider vinegar. The acidity in the vinegar helps remove dirt and grime without leaving a buildup of soap or wax. Simply mix one cup of cider vinegar with a gallon of hot water and use a damp mop to clean, rinsing the mop frequently with hot water. Substitute white vinegar for cider vinegar if you want to disinfect as you clean. If your floor is especially dirty, try adding a few drops of liquid dishwashing soap to the mixture before mopping once with the soap mixture, a second time with vinegar and water. To add shine to your vinyl floor, add a few drops of baby oil to the vinegar and water solution

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emoticon and snow flurries we are at 34
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roy is emoticon has a cold. I feel lazy on this new years day

I dont make new years resolutions. well johnnies mother ??? hummmmmmm
maybe a small mobile home . some people live in Rv

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emoticon Happy New Year!

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KATHARINEBRAY1, thanks for the insight. It's not easy watching loved ones self destruct. The spending is not my problem, but the house loss might be because she'd need somewhere to go and Johnny is her only living relative in the area. I already know that living with her long term would be disastrous. My standards are not even in the same galaxy as hers. Maybe I shouldn't borrow trouble? :)

I tossed out a key lime pie yesterday and half a bag of chocolate covered chips from the 'once a day' basket. Once I opened that bag, it was on!

Friday I have an apt with my GP to check on the ole gall bladder. My plan is to have it out before any job moves so that I'm at least under the same insurance. My doctor should be able to make this happen within 30 days, if it is indeed gall stones. They got my blood samples yesterday. Poor gal, I was her challenge of the day and I was there early!

We went to visit my sister who lives in a group home for mentally challenged adults. Overall it was a good day. We stopped by Double T diner for lunch and then a trip through Boscov's before the 2.5 hour drive home. Long day.

Yesterday my company called to see if I could come over to the corporate office and interview with one of their project managers. I'll know next week what day. Xing fingers here. I'm working on several angles to try and get this resolved ASAP.

Overall I'm in a positive mood today and after today I'm off until Monday, sweet vacation :)

Does anyone have New Years resolutions they'd like to share? I had one, but forgot now what it was. I will have to think up another.

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emoticon lets chat !!!!

Nancy - glad you have returned . that was the first step of motivation . i think in your case
I would take my time and add everything in stages . I had my gun hoe days . stationary bike
then walk the boys and then 30 minutes of yoga . burned my own self out. so I would exercise if i were you . 10 minutes a day . small goals . never set yourself up for failure . I have been there .
busybee

I would think about . what is the worst that can happen to me . In the career move ???
you still are employed . and is johnny mothers bills and hoarding your problem
I dont mean in a nasty way . my sister ann . is a spendacholic too . its horrible,
they are heading for chapter 13 . she keeps on buying . large items or expensive ones . they are charged. and her hubby needs both his knees surgery. and oh My she has lots of medical problems . she runs a day care, she lost some children but keeps on spending.
we filed chapter 7 in 2012 . its not fun . over back taxes and medical bills.
so life choices is so important .
I have a famous line I say !!!!!

its not my problem!!!!!
now I sleep better .



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Started tossing the sweets out the past few days. Mostly because I just won't leave them alone. Grrrrrrr. So off they went. I'm working on the cabinets next!

Chris, I hope things resolve quickly for you.

I've had a bit of unsettling dynamics in our house. My job is in jeopardy and definitely changing because of contracts. Either I am unemployed at January's end, I work somewhere else for my company, or work for another company. Then Johnny's mom is unable to manage her finances and put her home in jeopardy plus she is a spendaholic and hoarder (like on the TV show) and keeps sending that crap over to us. QVC=crack for hoarders. Add in holidays and other stuff and I know all about what stress can do to a person. Ulcers anyone? Oh, lets not forget my gall bladder is starting to go on me. I'm to the point where there cannot be anymore stress for awhile!

The only thing I want to do is hide and ignore it all. Sigh, I'm definitely getting depressed. Hints and tips for getting through this would be GREATLY appreciated. I don't know what to do or where to turn.

Sorry to be the downer poster today. Just needed to get it off my chest.

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12/28/14 3:40 P

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I am back on track now that Christmas is over. Sent all the leftover goodies to my neighbor.

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It's been quite awhile since I've posted here... quite awhile since I've been active on Spark. I've been doing badly - haven't been on the scale in awhile, but I have to be close to my all-time high weight. Even though I've yo-yo'd the last several years, I haven't been at the all time high since '05. emoticon Apparently, I just didn't want the accountability of Spark... But as I don't want to keep climbing, I'm back now even though I'm still not exercising or eating well. Looking for inspiration and motivation...

Katherine, sounds like you've had some good days with "thinking thin" - keep it going! emoticon

Teri - not having enough clothes small enough is a better problem than not having enough clothes large enough! emoticon Good that DD has what you need. Have a great cruise - you've probably said, but where is it you're going?

Justyna - enjoyed hearing/reading about the hula hooping and trying new things.

Sounds like a number of us have challenges with family members and/or family members with their own challenges. I experience that as well - it seems that I hardly know anyone who doesn't. Keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers.

Christmas was... different this year. It seems as though I've said that for the last few years! Last year was our first in our little vacation home in Arizona. We picked up a tabletop Xmas tree and a few other decorations, but we don't have a lot there. Our son lives nearby in AZ, so we had his company for Xmas. This year, we celebrated with DH's two DD's, and some of their families on the afternoon of the 24th. We went to candlelight service that evening (the one constant during the season - my requirement!), then had a quiet day home alone on Xmas day. We did go out for a brief walk at the beach (we're back in the Pacific NW this year); I'm thinking this might make a nice new tradition. But then there are those years that it rains... might have to re-think that!

The DD we share (!) came over early (20th) with her BF and stayed a couple of days, so we did get to celebrate with her at least. Then they headed south (Portland and Salem OR) to celebrate with his family.

Since Xmas day, I've had a bad cold - horrible congestion - haven't had a cold this bad in quite awhile!

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- Nancy -

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12/27/14 3:17 P

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emoticon lets chat !!!
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terri i have never made a ginger bread house . they are adorable . thats going on my bucket list .
opening presents on News yeARS . That gives you more time . I like that idea terri
your really busy .
I hope Chris has a great recovery .its stressful to have issues with your children , age doesnt matter .

I am very tired . I put all the decorations away from inside the home . And Tim removed all
the outside decorations . Except lights . and our door wreath.
emoticon Idea came to me . I got rid of a lot of stuff . all the outside decorations . some are smALL . I just want to get 3 huge items for out front. forget the rain deer & forest .

same with inside. too too much small stuff . I am going less is best .

emoticon 61 today . very cold this am . walking the boys burrrr!!!! we had a freeze warning .
I have done very well on thinking thin!!!! emoticon
I took lots of chocolates to Tim .for his room . and there is no ice cream in the house ,
cookies are put away where I cant see them . on the bar is fruit !!!!
that's thinking thin . emoticon
from the brays home to your home happy hoildays

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Glad to hear everyone is back on line. I have internet on my phone I don't like replying on it but I do read the chats sometimes.

I had a good long chat with Chris last night she is sounding pretty optimistic and she is making the right decision to deal with her daughters problems right now. Keep them in your prayers but I told Chris she has to worry about her recovery right now. She can't over do it with her shoulder. I had a friend that had shoulder surgery but didn't listen to the doctors and started using it to soon and the surgery was not a success. There is a reason the doctors tell people how long to stay off not use or whatever the case may be. I had 2 TKR's and I am the poster person for knee replacements my surgeon says. My leg was paralyzed from the first surgery I persevered through horrible physio and everything went back to better than normal for me. Some people have not had the same success but a lot didn't do the exercise required.

I hope everyone has a great holiday season whether you are working or one of the lucky ones that has the time off. This is the first year DH has to work over the holidays.

I better go get some more done around here. Today is a family dinner 2 1/2 hours away. I have to pick up DH 1 hour away. The 3 gchildren 1 1/2 hours away then on to the dinner. Then drop them off again in the opposite order LOL and then come home. I have so much to do on Sunday. I want to get all the gifts wrapped and ready for my gchildren to take on Monday we do our gift exchange on New Years Day. They spend New Years Eve with me every year they decided it was a tradition so it has been on going. Apparently we make a gingerbread house. I fall asleep and they stay away until midnight. Teri

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I lost my computer for over a week . internet was down . Horrible
you got nice gifts . your blessed sandra

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Just got back on line today 7 days without a computer is for the birds. Had a wonderful Christmas my youngest son got me a Samsung tablet and my oldest son got me a blue - ray player.

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emoticon wow terri have a great trip.

busybee I am with you on getting sweets out of my life . re set my tracker this morning .
we went to see the hobbit . I fell asleep . but roy and daniel enjoyed it.
hoping each and every one of the team had a great day .


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It has been awhile but my life is crazy busy and finally finished my Christmas shopping last night. I think I am done for the kids as well. We do our family Christmas on New Years day so I have time to let my DD upstairs wrap that stuff.
I actually have all my summer clothes on my bed and some from my DD's because I have to see what I am taking on my cruise on the 4th of January. I am down from a 24 to 18 and so my clothes don't fit so well but my DD is an 18 and she has lots of clothes. I brought down about 8 pairs of capris to try on and plan my outfits.
I am going to call Chris shortly to see how things are going with her. Her DDs situation is a little stressful but Chris is doing what she has to to help her DD. Some times toughlove is the only way. Justyna hopefully your daughter will come around and be some help maybe she just needs to see it in person. Some people just don't get it. It is good your DH and others are there for your help. I hope you have a speedy recovery. Keep us updated. I am not sure how often I will be on here as I leave on the 3rd and won't be back until the 19th. It is too expensive to have internet on the ship. You never know I might have some access in the ports.

Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and PROSPEROUS AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR. I will get on as often as possible before I leave. You know what it is like this time of year so many places to go and not enough time. Teri

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Saw the Hobbit today. It was good. I must admit that I liked the first two better, but that's because this was mostly fighting scenes. The kid loved it, and that's what matters.

I'm heading out to the midnight mass in a few and am on call with the rescue squad tonight. After that, I get to sleep in until the 29th. Yay Me!

Tomorrow we will celebrate our little Christmas, just the 3 of us. Then the kid goes back to his mother. Bitter sweet. He's so darned excited that he probably won't sleep a wink, plus we will be keeping him up late in hopes that he will sleep in past 5 LOL.

I need to lay off the sweets, they are so good though. I'm thinking a big pot of vegetable beef soup and lots of fruits n veggies will get me on the right track again. I don't have to think about exercise because I've been getting plenty of it lately with all the running around and getting decorated and all the fixings for guests.

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BUSY BEE

now its a toss up at the movies hobbit or Exodus emoticon emoticon

emoticon boys got walked .Oh My !!!! it was 43 degrees not to bad. today we will
hit 64.
emoticon thinking thin !!!!! Yesterday I wanted that Christmas emoticon candy !!!
I took it and gave it to Roy . Then it became his problem lol.

so all in all no sugary stuff . today i am going to think thin !!! I weighed 146.5 YIKES
I know How I put it on and I know how to take it off.
emoticon 48 minutes emoticon another 15 to 20 minutes
oh wait ! I am not done !!!! I will get in a yoga session .
feeling energy today !!!!
Roy gets off today at 3 pm
I got to make a cheese cake later . emoticon but its not for me .
i have a apple waiting .
happy Christmas Eve !!!!!
From the Brays home

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KATHARINEBRAY1 we're going to see the Hobbit tomorrow. We've seen it Christmas Eve the last two years. our own little tradition. Have fun visiting with your peeps!

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busybee !!! meltdowns and stress . oh I understand that . but at the end of the day
it doesn't do us one bit of good . so i am going with the flow . if it doesnt happen . our way . then I will adjust and make the best of it,
I hurt my ankle yesterday too emoticon . buts its okay just blue .Life is full of surprises . I called ann DS
this morning she had a x-mas eve dinner plan . only my brother is ill with the flu bug.
so now its planned again for x-mas day . They all live in cailf.
Roy went to work even though its his day off . he worked about 5 hours . his hours are really short now .
Christmas Day roys son will be here . and we plan on going to see the Exodus. and have ham. I dont know what i will have . ????
Max emoticon is doing good . his gums are healing .
the Broncos played last night . so today we will see it.
I have went stupid for at least 3 days on sweets,!!!!so I reset my tracker. to see how many days. I go with with the sugary stuff. its been months with out candy, pies or cakes an adding cookies .I had them all emoticon I weigh 145. 5 emoticon
I just had some spinach dip On 5 chips . lowering my carbs this week and sugar .going for the emoticon

have a great day count down to X-Mas
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We did our Christmas gift exchange Sunday with my daughters and it was a very good day. My Mom & Dad came over too. We invited Johnny's Mom, but she declined. Oldest brought her Lab, Brady, with her. He's a good pup, but boy doesn't his tail beat you up! The youngest asked for a FitBit, so that was her gift and she was excitedly setting it up yesterday to take it on a run. My little fitness nut :)

Yesterday we had Johnny's nephews and mom over for gift exchanges before the boys went to SC to visit their grandmother down there. It was utter and total chaos in my house! LOL, they had fun. It looked like Toys R Us exploded in the living room. There are some issues with the oldest nephew and he will be staying in SC for a while. It's distressing, this situation, and we're praying that he can get the counseling he needs.

The job hunt is still on. Since I'm a key player, the new company wants to pick me up, but with a non-compete, it might be an issue :( My company is looking and hoping to have something to put me in. Ugh! I hate this! STRESS BE GONE! I had a melt down combined with insomnia last night. it was not pretty. Need to be mindful that my tongue is a bit sharp when I'm feeling anxious.

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yesterday was to be the big day for our dinner and Christmas celebration . I was awoken
with the news to go to the Estella Hospital. Lilly daves wife was admitted to have emergency
surgery for her appendix. we all was at the Hospital. Roy & I left . her family was there.
any way I opened my home to every one . So here Roy & Tim & myself finally ate .
after 7 pm came one of the girls over to eat & stay awhile. later Dave came to pick up Leah.
so I gave the presents for everyone . Put them in the Car . no opening them as planned .
This am she was to be discharged . the girls will be leaving for their place a 2 hour drive .
this morning I went to the ENT and did the blood work for the zolar shot .
emoticon yesterday was very disappointing .I seen blood drops all over the kitchen floor I went in search for the Boys ( dogs ) I found max he had blood all in his beard & his paws
and legs . I checked his mouth . he had got a piece of a bone in between his teeth. I pulled it out . his gums are cut . so I had groomed him the prior day . for the dinner party . what can I say . ??? emoticon just glad he didnt need a vet . just a partial bath.
claiming a good Christmas day !!!

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

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I was thinking about a resolution I made a few years back to try something new every year and how that has become part of me now. I know I get bored exercising so it really works to try new things. I have now had 3 hula hooping classes and it is wonderful to walk into the main room, see a hoop and pick it up and try to work on a few tricks. They are just small and light weight ones (the type from the dollar store and wrapped with hockey tape) but they are perfect for off body hooping (arms). I have figured out several tricks now over my head, in front of me, changing arms, and some "body rolls" where you roll the hoop over your back or arm. Hurray! It's quick and good exercise. Tomorrow is my surgery date so I want to eat light. I have errands. Like Chris I am having some issues with my daughter as she has asked to have the car boxing day to New Year's (since I won't be driving) to go visit friends. I am so hurt as I helped her get through University while she was having pancreatitis, making meals and all kinds of things, and she is not thinking about how to help me post surgery. Hmm. Well, I am letting the "team" work it out and I do have others to support me. I have been showing them how to use the cooling/pressure machine that I will have on my leg when I get home and getting them to go through notes I have about food. Everyone seems as shocked as I am that she is not offering to help but perhaps she will do her share after the new year. This will not be a short recovery. I am so blessed to have my other daughters and husband to help. At least the gifts are done and things are so simple with us all on budgets and just doing the one gift each. I DID splurge on some Christmas Santa gifts... some crafts and crosswords they will enjoy and find under the tree. I also bought a video to watch as a family. I think that means I am done. Well... after the last grocery shopping today... and packing... and showering ... Merry Christmas everyone and I'll see you in 2015 if not sooner! Thank you for all your support this year. I am so grateful for finding this team.

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emoticon I went to the Doctor I am up to 145.5 YIKes !!!! emoticon
Monday I will do blood work for the zolar program for asthma .so here its Christmas season.
i have been to the doctors 3 times in 2 weeks, and still need to go to the lab. Yesterday I went grocery shopping . I spent 133 . for odds & ends and still need a few things Roy's boss gave him a 100 gift certificate for wal mart.
today its 64 with clouds .
I want to get in a workout. emoticon these days getting out of bed is a workout emoticon
I am making X-mas dinner this Sunday for Dave & his family . we work around Dave step daughters . They live 2 hours away .
hummmmmmmmmm senator Elizabeth warren . may run for president . I love to hear her speak.I just need to get past a woman leader .
have a good day
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A little further ahead did some shopping today no pool didn't have time for both debating the pool tomorrow as well. I have to get the kids Friday morning need to get all the stuff out of sight before they get here. I also have to get everything together that I am sending to their house for them from Santa so the parents can get it all ready while they are at my house. That is the reason they are coming from Friday to Sunday. I am having the 6 year old Casandra as well Friday night. If you have been on the team for awhile you will know Casandra is a little girl I babysat when she was 3 months to 3 years and she calls me grandma.

I am going to try and get a few more things accomplished tonight. I need to get my daughter to call me and discuss anything else we need to take.

The bank doesn't look like they are going to give me the ipad mini the error on the insurance company but it is up to each banks decision. The guy that I am working with is off until Saturday so hopefully he will say ok and give it to me. I was giving it to my gdaughter for Christmas. If it falls through we will give her a blackberry playbook both my DD and I have one and don't use them.

I take all my gifts upstairs for DD to wrap so going to get some more stuff together and take it up there. That will help me sort things out.

Took stuff up and one of my gifts was in the living room. It was hidden so still a surprise. LOL Talk soon. Teri

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Don't be too hard on yourselves it is that time of year and hopefully the urge to splurge will disappear soon. Don't groan at my pun.

I am so crazy busy and getting the kids again on Friday so have to really get my act in gear so no gifts are around. I bought the gifts for the parents to give from Santa so have to get those to DD without the kids seeing. I have them in a box they aren't very big so that is good.

I want to do a bit of baking and other stuff. I might not get everything done before I have the kids most of next week is free so I can stuff done then.

I have my tracker working again and I was so excited but now the battery is reading empty and red and yesterday it was full and green so don't know what that means. I put a new battery in and still red. I will have to watch the stats and see what happens. I am just not destined to have any luck with the trackers. This is the 3rd one the last one they replaced it was my computer. I think I have the computer fixed now should be they spent about 10 hours on it over the last few days.

I am getting tired and it has been a long day. Take care. Teri

Well just went to check to see if the tracker synced and it did add my steps and the battery level is back up to fully green. Go figure but it didn't get my exercise in the pool.

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Justyn your not alone !!! I have been eating away . I will stop !!!! emoticon
I had mac & cheese 2 servings . the killer is I had cake & put banana pudding on as a side dish .
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I have done really well in other areas .
under control now over a month .
no candy, no ice cream . thats huge . 3 days out of the month once pie and cake once thats not bad . I will get the job done emoticon

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Argh. I NEED this team. I am sabatoging in the evenings and it has to stop! Surgery approaching way too fast. I fainted and a few minutes after my MIL called asking if we are OK. It was the wee hours of the morning where she lives on the west coast and she woke up my FIL saying something was wrong. Weird but kind of cool. I seem fine. I think it is a new medication I'm on which can cause dizziness and light headedness. Took my BP and blood sugars and everything was hunky dory. I had my harp Christmas party yesterday and it was fun. My meatball dish was a real hit and I noticed emails this morning asking for it. It's in yestereday's blog if anyone is interested. Turkey, apple, spinach with a maple apple glaze.

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boy I got started on my house yesterday . I had tim my son take down a hutch that divided
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the old fashion crystal look . Lots of glass figures in it. any way Now i have the open kitchen. what a difference . cost no money . what a deal. I can sit here enjoy a modern look. I have a built in book case in the living room . thats more than enough . lots of hard work taking it down ,
emoticon today .have a great Lords Day

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On my phone with Chris right now. The pain is less than she thought it would be. So that is good. She is on a lot of different medications so she is sleeping a lot. Her daughter is back she had to go home for appts. and now she is back. Recuperation is 4-6 weeks so she can't do anything at all.

My computer has been down for the last three days and it has been very frustrating I have been on the phone for at least 4 hours the last 3 days to get it up and running again. I have my tracker working again so that is great. My computer is all cleaned up and working faster. I pay a lot for internet and had to get a new more expensive modem.

Have a great weekend. I will update later this week. I have had a lot of stress lady with my gson and DH and Christmas etc. I couldn't do much while gson was here as far as Christmas was concerned. I have a lot of plans whether it happens or not remains to be seen. Teri


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justna I gave up the pet grooming emoticon after I got out of the hoisptal . Roy didn't want me to groom . too much hair . its not good at all for asthma .

I too have a plan . I have a eraser board . its in my bathroom . large .I keep notes on it. especially my fitness program .

sandra I bet you pet emoticon is staying warm AND out of the rain . i sure would .

I so want to see exodus kings & Gods cant wait to see it. its out today .

we are at 79 high humidity
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The rain is pounding my can't is no where to be found I hope is under something to keep dry.

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I've been trying to use my journal as a "gate keeper" for my kitchen to stop the prowling food monster from entering. It just sits on my counter saying "sure you can come in... but first you must answer the 4 questions".
1. Are you really hungry?
2. Is this what you really want to eat?
3. Do you really want to eat this NOW?
4. Is there a better choice... perhaps something ON your food plan?

Hooping last night again. My knee is sore today which is good. I got the appointment for preassessment for tomorrow which is right before my daughter's neurology appointment at the same hospital. Fingers crossed everything goes well.

Sandra,bBiggest snow fall yet is happening as I type. I have to go out to an appointment this afternoon and not looking forward to it. I hope your rain storm does not do much damage.

Terri, Thanks for calling Chris. Glad she is doing OK. And I'm glad you don't have your GS long term. What a gift that you can help in the short term though. I guess you are having snow too.

Hurray for the pet grooming business succeeding. Seems like just yesterday you were asking for names and wondering if it would be a "go".



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terri put his Underwear on top his pillow or under it . I would collect it all save it. let him run out.MEn

emoticon I saw the news this am . A Kevin Ross was on. He made the glade commercial . He sings Let there be Peace I love that song. His interview he said . He wrote the song sent it to Glade and he was chosen . they asked him how did this all happen
He Said it was God . If you would like to hear the full song . Its on Glade .com
he making a album soon to be released . He said the song is perfect timing . and his back up who plays the emoticon is a white man . simple .

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Yes it is a good price we used to pay $50 but then Megan the groomer just a young girl the sister of one of the boys grandson played football with. Her aunt opened a grooming place for her her mother then quit Pet Smart and they work together it is really busy now. I am so happy when a small place makes it.

I wish my DH could learn from yours he leaves his underwear on the floor in the bathroom as well. If I left mine he would just pile them on top. He is a janitor so if I took it to his workplace he would just do whatever he normally does there. He doesn't care I could leave stuff for days and he won't touch it. I have given up and just go about doing what I have to do.

I better get off the computer and get ready for the pool today. I am going to try to get there as much as possible. I made it twice last week and this week going for 4. Taking my gson home on Thursday. I will have time for me to get stuff done. Teri

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Terri that's good cost on the Yorkie for grooming .
Bonnie emoticon I totally agree . I don't pick up much after Roy . I told him one day
I will take all your messes s down to your Job on your work area. dump all your dirty close
for all to see . I have my time . Its not to be the merry maid .
I left my under ware on the bathroom floor just like he does . I told him why haven't you
picked them up ?????
so now Roy does pick up after his self.I have to pick up after me & the boys (dogs ) thats enough . Roy works . so I consider the home my work area. I asked him do you think I would take your messes to your job & dumped them in the garbage. he works in a stall . mechanic . he said he wasn't going to find out LOL .
we all get depressed at times . I pull myself out. by helping another .
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Katherine, yes, Johnny is depressed, has been for several years and is on meds and has a counselor, but quite frankly, I'm tired of it being his 'go to' excuse for doing nothing. It's frustrating, so I'm doing my own thing and he will have to just sit there by himself. I've put my foot down on his messiness and he can no longer leave things lying around when he's done. I'm done with that.

Teri, I have hit up the chocolates too. The baking chips to be exact. There were some left over and I've had to put them out of sight. Putting them away works amazingly well for me. I tend to be a visual person, so if I see them, then I want them, but if they are hidden, all is well (most of the time)

Sis and I had a grand time at the Harrisburg craft fair. Wow, is that place huge! She filled me in on some not so good things my niece (23) has been up to and it's so heartbreaking. She's been stealing, lying, etc. For no good reason! Sis would give her money if she needed it, but niece has been pawning some irreplaceable valuables of Sis's instead and the trust has eroded, she won't talk to Sis, etc. So sad. We were wondering if the niece has been doing drugs, but she doesn't exhibit the signs of that, except the stealing. She was not working at the time. UGH! Why!

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Katherine thanks for coming on regularly and sharing your news.

I have a few minutes my gson has a new game that was supposed to be a Christmas gift but wasn't put away. So he is putting it together right now hopefully it will keep him busy for awhile.

I still don't have my tracker figured out even the new one won't sync. I have a sparkfriend on another team that worked for spark when the tracker first came out to help customers. I am going to get in touch with her after my gson goes home then I can focus on what has to be done with no time constraints. He played outside today and I went through all the bags and and sorted that area so he can come in with no issues.

A question you asked a few days ago we pay $35-$40 for the yorkie she does his teeth, ears and baths and cuts his hair. The pug only goes occasionally for a bath he gets his nails done every month. That costs $20 she does his teeth and ears at the same time. He doesn't have any rolls yet and hopefully he won't get any I am really watching how much and what I feed him. My groomers are really good and notice changes in the dogs when they go in and tell me.

I am eating chocolate today and lots. They are tiny little santas but still the same not good I have stayed away from it for a long time. I have been eating some of the sweets I made for the cookie exchange as well. I need to get back on track and detox the sugar out of my system. I will do my detox tea tomorrow. I am still doing the DE flour to debug the stomach. I sold some to a lady with MS that swears by it working for her. I am not sure what has helped me with my energy and pain I am going with a combination of everything.

I wasn't going to go out today but took gson to girlfriends so took a few gifts back to get other things they really want. Then went to visit a friend that really wanted me to stop by. Younger gson helped her with some of her Christmas decorating. I don't do Christmas. LOL
I spend a lot and give a lot but that is about it. I bought a air popcorn popper I saw a guy buying one at a store yesterday and thought wow haven't seen those in awhile. So I checked while in Walmart later and pop one. $17 the other store was $23 so good deal. My one gson when he was here last asked me to get the plain popcorn so he could add his own seasoning. I don't buy popcorn usually but when they want it I go upstairs and get the buttery microwave from DD. Not the best but better than nothing at the time. So now I will get different seasonings and we will make our own. I also bought a new Ninja machine with 2 cups for separate smoothies was going to give it to gson for Christmas but might keep it for myself and let him continue using my big ninja machine.

OK I should end this novel now and go check things out sounds like my baby (Frank) the pug is driving my DD crazy while she is sitting on the floor wrapping. I had his Santa suit on him a little while ago. He looks so cute I have to figure out how to put pictures on here someday. He was born on Christmas Day so we dress him as santa only on Christmas day. My daughter wanted to show me how he didn't fit in his outfit from last year they said it was way too small. Her and my gson are idiots it fits him good and he still has extra room don't know what they were doing.

Have a good week and I hope to at least come on for a minute a few times this week to check in. I will call Chris again later this week. Teri



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emoticon The boys woke me up early . fighting and growling . Then tims pet
a very tiny cockpoo . was in the kitchen eating dry food that i left down . crunch crunch so i got up. to make coffee
emoticon so now i am watching doug with amazing facts . . i love my minsters on tv. our home church has over 2000 people . they advise to join a group . to have contact . so I rather not. I use to have several groups being single.
emoticon Its the cardinals against the chiefs today . Daniel my step son will be over .
emoticon I have to sew up Buddys emoticon rag toy emoticon its a lion . and he rips off his tail every so often . its his favorite .
emoticon emoticon home made . tonight . easy .I dont eat them.
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I read the posts . every one is busy . justyna . take it easy . for
that knee surgery. hoola hooping is so good to lose waist & belly fat . years since I did it.

terri I understand , not being able to post. its amazing that you post at all.

made devil eggs this morning tried a different recipe really tasty . If anyone is making them . its so much easier . to cut the large end off & the bottom also. the top larger end . i place the white cap on it. I dont cut in Half . just bottom & ends . I fill them up . so much easier .
its 73 hear and rain is due in .
thank you terri for sharing your news on chris .

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I called Chris today she sounded groggy I think she was napping a bit. She was in the lazy boy she said. Her daughter is there and some days she is a help and others not so much. She is on a few different pills for different things and she sees the doctor again in 2 weeks. She sounded up and she is staying on top of the pain. I told her I would keep in touch. I will update on here when I talk to her.

I won't be on here as often as I would like because of the time I have to devote to my grandson right now.

Justyna that was such a positive post. I used to like hoola hooping in my younger days. Have tried it in the past few years with little success keep us posted you never know I might decide to try it again after your story. I am glad your girls had a positive outcome from the visit that night.

I am so busy with my grandson I don't have time for anything. I am going to be crazy busy for a few days when I take him home on Thursday. I have to go through my computer room and get all the gifts together and then decide what I still need to get. It is mostly for the kids stockings. I have pretty good size ones I fill every year with underwear, socks and few little things. I hate wrapping and this works out great for everyone.

I am a little upset today my funeral planning place screwed up the payments and I needed the money to come out of one bank so I could get the Ipad mini free it was going to be a gift for my granddaughter. I am hoping I can get everything straightened out by Monday or that is going to really put a wrench in my Christmas plans. So now the money came out of the other account and now that account has a lot less money for the bills etc. DAH DAH



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Glad you are here Sandra. Very scary BP's!

No one is sick here, knock on wood. And... everyone seems motivated. I had my harp "thing" for the seniors lunch at church and it went really well. I also was asked to give my testimony. The person who asked me to do that also reminded me last week that these people are in their 80's. ??? And then the night before she called to make sure I was talking about something happy because they have had several of their group pass away in the past weeks. I know there were many things I could have talked about but I was pretty confident God would provide the right thing... and that is exactly what happened. I think I mentioned that at our family meeting, because everyone is on a tight budget we would all draw names and have only one gift under the tree. Sop that is what I talked about:

We will still do our gifts for charities but no stockings. Then the kids asked what I wanted and I said... a hoola hoop! Good exercise and fun and there are on line insructions for how to make your own. Then the next day I felt grumpy. Where had that idea come from? I'm have had no success with the dollar store varieties and I'm having knee surgery December 22. Really? Do I really need for my one gift under the tree to be a hoola hoop? My DD won a 3 month membership at a local martial arts club so she went to find out what they offer. She came home excited because they have hoola hooping classes! I took that as a sign. Then on the Tuesday I had done lots of errands, was tired and sore so I said to my DD with Asperger's "I don't think I want to go to hoola hooping tonight". She is not against exercise but she avoids it. I expected her to say "then don't", but instead she said "Mom, what do you say to do when you don't want to exercise?" and I answered glumly, "put on your shoes, take the first step and God will do the rest". I put my shoes by the door. Then when my DH came home I asked if he would come with me and he said "sure" and to my surprise my other DD who has anxiety and depression and was studying for an exam (which usually means she will not come out of her room) said she would like to come too! So the three of us went. Good thing because the other student had cancelled and we were there on our own with the teacher. It would have been so awkward for me by myself. The first lesson was the "fabulous fail". She said we would drop our hoop a LOT and many people might grumble and say "not again" and then stomp over to the hoop to pick it up and stomp back into their space. But she said instead we should have "fabulous fails", take a dramatic pose and say "ta da" and then dance or twirl into the hoop and raise it over our head in triumph... or magically flip it up with a foot to catch it and again strike a pose. She said "there is no self judgement in this class". And my daughter HEARD this. With her illness she judges herself on her failures but that night all she had were fabulous fails. We had a great time. Fun, laughter. We even had successes. And as we drove home DD and DH suggested maybe there could be 2 hoola hoops under the tree.... and it might be the best Christmas ever. Then when I drove my DD to the bus to go to Kingston where she would write her exam the next day, she said "Mom, I am going to be OK". This, the kid who would be asking if I could drive her... and usually be listing all the what if's for when she failed. She was going to be OK. So... I guess... I do need a hoola hoop.

Sniff. Well, I also need this team. Despite a great day yesterday I turned to chocolate in the evening. Groan. Three steps forward and a little one back. Today will be better. I did have a good workout yesterday and did a stetching video.

Chris, thinking of you! Hope the surgery went well yesterday and you are not in too much pain!

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emoticon Terri your always busy . I expect that in your posts . Its a good thing .
my grooming is coming along. how much do you pay for the Yorkie ???
on the pug Terri . suggestion. you probably do it . Check deep in his wrinkles .

emoticon good morning sandra
emoticon I too busy bee get annoyed at any one that doesnt have motivation.
think Johnny is depressed ????
your right focus on yourself . emoticon . Roy has a few annoying habits . I am sure i do too .
emoticon its 73 today with showers .
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Good Morning have some errands to run want to get them done while it is not raining.

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Good Morning Everyone!

Well, Johnny has the head crud and is desperately trying to elicit sympathy from me, but I won't go anywhere near him. Poor guy. I'm going to a craft show in Harrisburg PA on Friday with my sis and don't have time to be sick. I've been downing the vitamin C and doing the nasal flush to try and avoid the entire crud bug.

So now that I'm back, what's up? I kind of wandered off into left field for awhile and have just now found my way back.

You know, I feel kind of bad for having the thoughts I do about Johnny and his lack of motivation, over eating, and sitting on the sofa all evening. I've gotten to the point where he's got to make his own way and I'll do what's best for me and he'll just have to deal with it. It sure would be nice if he were on board, but he's not. Last night we discovered pumpkin roll and several cakes in the community fridge for anyone to enjoy. He fixed us plates and I asked for a slice of the pumpkin roll, he brings the roll AND a piece of cake on top of it. I ate the roll and maybe 2 bites of the cake, which was one of those processed things that taste like chemicals. Was supposed to be cookies n cream. He gave me a strange look when I didn't eat the cake. Oh well.

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I found out something interesting at the naturopath the other day. I drink a lot of water at least 8 glasses a day and everytime I go to the naturopath the test that measures all your body stuff not sure what it is says I am dehydrated. Apparently my cells aren't absorbing the water and I pee it all out. I am working on trying to find out why. I am supposed to have lemon in all my water now to increase my electrolyds not sure how to spell that. I am on lots of Vit C and D.

I want to call Chris and see how she is doing maybe tomorrow and I will update everyone. It is a little late now. I have been crazy busy I have my 12 year old grandson he has emotional issues and was giving DD a hard time. I am trying to get him on track with his supplements to help with his brain and eating disorder. I am also trying to get his school work all caught up he is homeschooled. It has really put a damper on my life not getting to the pool everyday. I am not sure when he will go home I might keep him one more week. That will be 3 weeks that I had him. I had him and his brother last week from Tues. to Saturday. Then got the call if I would come back and pick the older boy up and take him home with me.

Tomorrow is my cookie exchange and I have just finished baking. I have one more thing to make in the morning. He is going to work with DD. I have his work all set out for him and all his food. I am having a massage after the cookie exchange. Then I will pick him up.
I don't have a lot of patience with him he dilly dallies around instead of doing what he is supposed. He is a lot like my DH and I don't have a lot of patience with him either. LOL

I am in a lot of pain right now from standing and baking so I am off to bed. I hope you start to feel better soon Sandra.

Justyna you are a busy lady and with the holidays and your surgery coming up.

Katherine How is your grooming business coming along? What time did you come up?
I had the yorkie groomed today he goes every 3 weeks like clockwork or as my gson says he starts to look homeless. He didn't get a haircut today as his groomer was off sick and her mother doesn't do yorkies well. He goes back on Christmas Eve. The pug gets his nails clipped once a month and goes for a bath etc a couple times a year. He doesn't need it anymore than that. Take care and I will try to be on as often as I can. Keep up chatting until Chris gets back. Teri

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Katharine... I was on vacation in Las Vegas and out of the blue I got really sick My B/P dropped to 50/40 and I woke up in the hospital. Was there for my whole vacation. I had every test known to man but nothing was wrong. The only thing the Dr could think of was that I was so dehydrated. ( I don't like water ) but I sure am drinking it now!!!!

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justnay public recital "Mary Did You Know. I love that song. emoticon do you sing as well . a harp . reminds me of King David in the bible , It will be emoticon .

Sandra what happened ?? if you cont mind asking .I was in the Hospital with asthma about 3 weeks ago . My blood p /b went down like yours . I know if it gets to low . they will give meds for it . Like you said scary .

we are at 79 today just beautiful . The owner to the lost dog I found . I had to call the animal control . yesterday . the Owners came and claimed him . I burst out out crying . so happy . he is mastfi & pit bull . he has his shots . treated for the cuts and neutered. My x_mas gift
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I have been so weak since I got out of the hospital. Getting stronger though and trying to walk very slow. My Dr is waiting for my hospital records from Las Vegas and than will go from there.I was on vacation in Las Vegas last week and got very sick spent my vacation in the hospital. B/P got down to 50/40 very scary.

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Hurray for swimming and the pool. We have had only small amounts of snow and this morning it was grass again. I had a long lovely walk with the dog. She only fell once and when I stood her up and she off and running again. Hurray! I have a chart as a countdown before surgery and have been successful doing some kind of activity every day so far. 3 weeks down and 3 to go. The food has been less good. I recognize the problem, trying to DIET which is such a no for me. Sigh. When will I learn? So the scale I'm sure is up but I have not weighed in today. I shared on the accountability thread the good things I'm doing today to stay on track and that is what matters. No sugar and no white flour, eating regularly with lots of water. I am playing harp Thursday for the senior's lunch at church, so my first public recital (I won't count my little open house last year here). I have "Mary Did You Know" down pat and am trying to remember some of the simpler Christmas songs to play while they are having dessert.

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My daughter's BF is making the turkey and just about everything else! What a treat for me!
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I don't understand "pooh poohs" it ???????
I dont care for parades .

i kept my portions in range .most people eat over 2000 calories . on turkey day
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I got to the pool this morning. First time ever going on a holiday. Six of us were there--usually more than 20 in a class. It was great fun. emoticon

I cooked 2 turkey legs and acorn squash, sweet potatoes, stuffing in a pan, and pecan pie for desert. I had some of everything but not over do it. I drank lots of water today.

Only DH and me today. DD and her BF will come Fri. night and we will have a real turkey Sat. with all the trimmings. Her BF likes to cook. He is actually a much better cook that she is. I learned from my mother but I guess I did not pass the skills on to my daughter. She was a cook in a big city woman's shelter for a few years. I guess the ladies liked her cooking. Oh--even here when we have only 3 or 4 people she makes huge pots of soups ! She can't seem to realize we need lots less food.

I called my sister (near Buffalo) and DH's brother called us. I described the move we will be making next summer (2015).

I actually got most of the dishes in the dishwasher and the food put away. Often I don't have energy to do that. I am very glad I won't wake up to all that work!

Hubby got weird when the Macy's parade came on. I wanted to watch it. It doesn't[t seem like Thanksgiving if I miss it. The people there were all smiley and "up." He reacts badly to that. Weird , I know. He went in to the bedroom to watch the small TV. Later he came and watched with me.

He is wired wrong somehow. When anyone is enthusiastic about something, he usually "pooh poohs" it. I have come to expect it so I can roll with it. We had "words." But it was mostly bluster.

Buffalo is seeing green grass! Amazing! The mountains of snow are still there though.

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my favorite on thankful day is stuffing .yummy . we wanted to see the new movie its 2.hours 7 50 minutes . then have dinner in the evening .

good for you chris !!!!

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Pool class Thanksgiving morning! I definitely will go!

Holidays are actually not my favorite thing--especially 4 day week ends. I end up very bored and keep picking at food more and more as the time wears on.

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How To Observe Thanksgiving

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

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we went shopping . Oh i am tired . we found a Turkey Roaster. its really nice only 29,00 . we bought some X-mas . happy shopping to all

emoticon we got a really nice calendar its the Pitts burg Steelers Lilly favorite football team . and i got David a packers Clock . both only under 25.00 NFL stuff can be costly , roys son got a cardinals shirt .and we got a few other things .

emoticon have you ever had a member of the family . that has to do every thing bigger and better than you????? I heard about my sister ann , roaster oven that cooks a turkey in a hour . any way . i heard about it for weeks now. any way I called to tell her I got a electric Roaster . well I didnt get to talk about it. I heard all about hers . she came out here when chris was hurt. she wanted My dinning room Cross its rare . it s plain . i love it, I told her No .when she went home . i got a call . she purchase a cross some kind of glass over 300 her oven with pots over 500. I bought a conventional oven she bought one too out here .
today I said with out thinking . Ann there is allways some one that has bigger & better lol


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These days will be crazy for most of us! I just rearranged the chest freezer-yet again. I still have many loaves of bread that won't fit in there. I was counting on the weather being below freezing. But it is 70 degrees today! I took the frozen turkey out . I need to thaw it and get it back into the refrigerator.

emoticon Happy Holidays , Everyone! Be sure to do the things YOU NEED to keep yourself healthy!

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Teri, I bet your "lazy day" has 10 times as much in it as mine. I am glad you get to have such a day sometimes! You are not sick , are you? That would be a different story.

DH last night did not want to get into bed from his motorized wheelchair. He told me to go to bed. Very weird. This morning I had to put him in bed while I cleaned him up. I slept very soundly all night!

My mental fog seems better right now. I was able to clean off my desk. "Clean" is a relative word of course. I have been leaving it for weeks. I could not make the decisions of where to put stuff or how to handle the paperwork. I hope my brain stays clear for tomorrow, too.

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I hope someone comes to claim the dog if not maybe you could find a good home for him.
It has been really cold here we have about 6 inches of snow. It is warming up and today the whole province has a freezing rain warning for the morning. I was supposed to take granddaughter home pick up boys and take them all swimming. Not going to risk it don't know what I will run into in the drive. She will go home on Tuesday now. I have an appt. with the naturopath by their place and I will give DD the girl and take the boys until Saturday.
I didn't make it to the pool much this week the one pool has a broken pump not sure if it has been fixed or not. Maybe next week I can get there but with the boys it will be day by day again. I haven't walked the dogs either so not much exercise around here.

I started Dr. Oz 3 day fat flush today. Hopefully it will kickstart my weight loss again. A sparkfriend is doing it every Mon-Wed. I think I might do that maybe not the same days. She lost 3 lbs. her DH lost 5. She has lost another pound during days between the flush.

I am having a lazy day tv and now the computer and a little cleaning. 1 laundry load and dishes etc.

Chris and Justyna everything will fall into place it is hard for women to let others help or take the reins for us. Chris it is a bit difference for you as your DH can't do anything for himself I hope your DD is a help for you.

As far as the Spirit of Christmas I don't usually have it since I have no kids around. I like the social aspect of the season but I find too much commercialism and it is taking away from the spirit. Kids expect everything and know they are getting all they want so it has lost its appeal for me. People are stressed about money but still overspend every year. See who says Scrooge is dead..... LOL I feel so bad for kids today they don't look happy they don't have any surprises at birthday or Christmas. We had the gift of fun and surprise because we just hoped we might get at least one of the things we asked for. Now they are upset if they don't get all they ask for. I am around kids and parents a lot because of my job and the kids rule the world now. Parents are only there to jump for the kids. My 20 year old grandson is very spoiled and doesn't get it. He has been out of school for 2 years in January and has done nothing really. His mother is getting fed up but always ends up just letting him slide. I stay out of it even though I get the blame for spoiling him. I don't give in when I say NO it is NO.
The other 3 are really good kids down to earth and know there isn't much money so they don't ask for much. As a family they always make each others gifts for Christmas. They usually make the gifts for everyone else as well. I see more and more people trying to go back to basics and hopefully more people will get on the bandwagon they will be much happier. They won't have to worry about where/how to pay the bills because they will start to live within their means. OK off my high horse now. Have a great weekend. I am going to go back to the tv or maybe a bath and read or housework. Teri

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thank you chris . i do one thing at a time through out the house . one day dust , next day mop
emoticon viki had left once before . and came back . I feel like you Wanda & dieter , she is focusing on her husband ,
emoticon we are at 75 and tonight 46 its perfect for walking
emoticon emoticon weighed in at 144 . i just working on no sweets , doing good on no cookies . eating lots of fruit. no meats . or processed . watching the GI Load
emoticon had to go grocery shopping . i think i walked forever . got what we needed .prices are high , but fry's put out an add on tv for lower prices. They are . plus you get the gas saving 10 cents. i but kroger products ( they really are made from safeway )
emoticon emoticon there has been this dog running around for at least a week every time I go out there My boys scare him. I caught him this morning . too too sad bones are exposed some . he is a brindle pit & boxer ??? may be no pit ?????
he is so lovable. my boys thinks he is here for grooming LOl . i have posted every where we are not allowed to have any more & he weighs too much . so heart breaking . prayin for someone to come . he loves attention .

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Sorry, KAT, I only declutter as much as I can do and I never even come close to finishing. Cleaning? Well I do laundry and dishes and "pick up." Growing up I would clean our house every Saturday. I did one room at a time and moved on to the next room. I depend on someone to actually clean every 2 weeks. And at the 2 week mark, it really needs attention. I have such limited energy that this is the only way I can make the place liveable.

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emoticon I have a question ???? when you clean . is it one room taking your cleaning products or it dust the whole house , next vacuum the whole house or wipe all windows ect . curios , i do the . I will dust whole house . not room to room . I wonder which one is faster or easier ??

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emoticon I have never shed tears before over nascar. it was so emotional. men of the team were shedding tears of Joy.

I had to change my thinking to Chris . I use to be all or nothing .If I ate a cookie my thoughts were . I blew it . and go on a binge . now If I break my diet. I say to myself . the rest of the day will be great . !!!! done with sweets.
yesterday I was sweet free woo hoo !!

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KAT, you gave me lots to think about. You cried for #4 winning. Wow!

One limb of my family tree is "into" car racing. I never got interested. Maybe I should when I eventually live near family next year.

Thanks for all the info,.KAT.

I will try to change my thinking. Today is actually a pretty good day.

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emoticon emoticon Chris i never think about a holiday Spirit . Its how your thinking . So change your thinking. Isn't moving to a condo a better life??? . we had to down size to move here in the community . we had a brand new mobile . this one is like 1999 or less . I was so grateful . I love our home more important. its going to be paid off next year . the best of the best locations . and we are happier. so i dont have any suggestions . be grateful.
emoticon Its 72 today love it. tonigh its 43 not so loving

emoticon I am thinking thin this morning , eating healthy for this one day

emoticon emoticon i did the bike early before 6 am . left is the yoga .

emoticon emoticon I saw # 4 win . I think his name is Kevin. I saw his wife crying and the team . I rooted for him . 13 years for him!!! his first championship . next thing I knew I was shedding tears . what a way to see the season end for nascar

emoticon now the cardinals won again For the state of Arizona looking good !!!
I still want my Broncos and they are looking good !!!! exciting . the super bowl will be held here in Arizona

emoticon amnesty for 5 million people . that's Obama. does he have that power ???

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Can anyone help me get in to the holiday spirit. I honestly have no spirit at all. Selling the condo weighs on my mind. chris

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Thanks for the shakshuka recipe. That is a new one for me. chris

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Justyna, wishing you the best for your surgery. 6 months from now you and I will be pain free-hopefully! chris

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Justyna I think it is normal to be a little apprehensive about surgery and being the mother we worry if things are going to get done and if everyone else will be ok while we are out of commission.

I get my coconut oil at Costco I find bulk barn really expensive. I used the $3 off coupon today to get my oatmeal and a chocolate bar. A healthy one which I usually eat a little bit at a time but today I ate the whole bar. I am out of control right now so nothing like that comes in for awhile.

A sparkfriend is doing Dr. Oz 3 day fat buster or something like that she has lost 3 lbs and her husband 5. I am going to try it. I have the information but not sure when I will start I have to pick up a few things for the broth.

I had a massage booked for tomorrow but change of plans I have to go take my grandchildren to swimming lessons. The weather is not the greatest and I am not letting my SIL work 8-4 and then back in at 12-8 and then take the kids swimming and watch them during the day and then back to work at 12 tomorrow night. I said I will come and take them swimming. I bought coats and sweaters today for all the dogs. Now they will all be warm for the winter. By all the dogs I mean my DD's too. Her one dog has a bunch of them I get them for my pug and he outgrows them so Oliver gets them. The little yorkie has quit a collection. He is not easy to get dressed though he hates it. The pug is better this year I wonder if any of them will let me put booties on them. Dogs have come a long way since I was a kid. I never had dogs but they ran free and didn't wear coats or shoes and they sure didn't have all the fancy food and treats they have now.

Have a great weekend. I will come back tomorrow if I get wifi somewhere. Teri

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We go though a LOT of coconut oil in our household. It is the oil of choice for us for massage workshops and I use it on my legs after shaving and my arms after showers. And we eat it... I use it in a lot of my recipes. Just have to not cook on high. I get mine when it is on sale at bulk barn and there is often a $3 coupon in the paper to make it even more reasonable.

I did a LOT today. 2 stretch videos this morning and then 4 hours of yard work. It was pretty cold and I am so tired now but we got a lot done. DH has a long weekend and then starts his new job Monday. I'd hoped he would have a bit more time before starting but hopefully we will get a lot done this weekend with the kids helping. I've made a 6 week chart countdown for my surgery and every day am trying to do something good. I have not been snacking at night.... really great motivation. I'm down 2 pounds this week since Monday... don't know if I can keep that going but I'm trying. No sugar as much as possible. I'm trying to watch my portions. I'm excited and scared for the surgery.

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That recipe looks good I think DH would like it, Thanks Kat

I think my pug took the new shower cap I picked up for a friend out of my pool bag then the yorkie took it from the pug and when I took it from the yorkie he bit me really good my finger is still bleeding I have like a little puncture wound. OMG see no good deed goes unpunished. I picked it up for a friend and then I get hurt before she gets it. LOL

I don't know about the states but in Canada Walmart has a cheap one in a tin called British Isles $3 a can. I have the more expensive for my cooking etc. but I figure just rubbing it on the skin I don't need the best. My massage therapist who grew up in Barbados says coconut oil is coconut oil. Anyway it is very healthy alternative to creams and lotions with so many different chemicals and additives. It is also helps with the sun killing the free radicals not a sunscreen per se but better than nothing if you don't use sunscreen. I can't believe the difference in my skin in just a couple of days.


I made it to the pool 5 times this week hoping for 6 have to leave early from the pool this afternoon both my dogs are getting groomed. I am hoping to get to the pool in the morning. I have a massage right afterwards then thought instead of coming home and cleaning etc. I will go see my mother.

This morning we woke up to our first light snowfall and people not remembering how to drive in it. Slow longer trips to work and cars in the ditches, highways closed and just lots of idiots hitting each other. The roads were really slick but it only takes slowing down and that would solve the issues. Every year the same thing. DH was planning on going to London for the weekend not sure now. He is another person that doesn't drive much not like me who is always on the road somewhere going someplace. Teri


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Good Morning team emoticon up before the sun !!!

its going to be 79 today .
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I seen the news . the Man is camping out 2 weeks ahead of time for Black Friday wanting a 55 inch tv.
i love Christmas . I keep it simple . busy days . ahead . i need to get some grocery shopping done. happy chris for your extra time .david DS has hired a woman to clean his home. daves wife works & school at night . david works & is on the football board & coach. I am happy for them they have 3500 home & a loft and 3 bathrooms . its worth it to them . we do what we have to do . to save our selves !!!!! from stress and the need of rest . I posted a Jewish recipe . calling my sister ann . she will love it . too
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shakshuka thank you I will share with my team
INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 medium brown or white onion, peeled and diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium green or red bell pepper, chopped
4 cups ripe diced tomatoes, or 2 cans (14 oz. each) diced tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp chili powder (mild)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
Pinch of cayenne pepper (or more to taste-- spicy!)
Pinch of sugar (optional, to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste
5-6 eggs
1/2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley (optional, for garnish)
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 30 - 40 Minutes
Servings: 5-6
Kosher Key: Pareve, Kosher for Passover
Heat a deep, large skillet or sauté pan on medium. Slowly warm olive oil in the pan. Add chopped onion, sauté for a few minutes until the onion begins to soften. Add garlic and continue to sauté till mixture is fragrant.
Add the bell pepper, sauté for 5-7 minutes over medium until softened.
Add tomatoes and tomato paste to pan, stir till blended. Add spices and sugar, stir well, and allow mixture to simmer over medium heat for 5-7 minutes till it starts to reduce. At this point, you can taste the mixture and spice it according to your preferences. Add salt and pepper to taste, more sugar for a sweeter sauce, or more cayenne pepper for a spicier shakshuka (be careful with the cayenne... it is extremely spicy!).
Crack the eggs, one at a time, directly over the tomato mixture, making sure to space them evenly over the sauce. I usually place 4-5 eggs around the outer edge and 1 in the center. The eggs will cook "over easy" style on top of the tomato sauce.
Cover the pan. Allow mixture to simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked and the sauce has slightly reduced. Keep an eye on the skillet to make sure that the sauce doesn't reduce too much, which can lead to burning.
Garnish with the chopped parsley, if desired. Shakshuka can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. For breakfast, serve with warm crusty bread or pita that can be dipped into the sauce (if you’re gluten-intolerant or celebrating Passover, skip the bread). For dinner, serve with a green side salad for a light, easy meal.
Some people prefer their shakshuka eggs more runny. If this is your preference, let the sauce reduce for a few minutes before cracking the eggs on top-- then, cover the pan and cook the eggs to taste.
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I think my cousin told me to read the outlander series my heritage is Scottish. I can't remember what all she said.

I went to the eye doctor but my appt. is tomorrow and that is what I have on my phone calendar so even putting it down I get it wrong. I asked some questions talked to the dispensary lady so already after my appt. tomorrow to order my glasses. DH's glasses were ready and a nice surprise they fixed all of them under warranty. Went in expecting to pay $196 for the repair.

So the boots and shoes I bought myself today is covered by the money I saved on his glasses. I am not sure about the boots yet going to wear them around the house a bit and see what I think. I am wearing the shoes now and I think they will be fine just black walking shoes that will be warm for the winter because my other shoes are the mesh material a little cold in this weather. We are in a cold spell for the next 7 days. We had light flurries today nothing major or staying on the ground so no big deal.

I was going to a heart health seminar tonight but have decided to stay home. I am a little uncomfortable right now when I sit down so going to have an Epsom salt bath and read.

Justyna my youngest daughter they have been making homemade gifts for each other and family for years. They all knit and sew and my youngest grandson the 10 year old made his brother and sister both shelves for their bedrooms for their birthdays this year. I have been saying to anyone that wants to listen to me. I feel so sorry for the kids today they don't appear happy and the teenagers and young adults you can really see the sour looks on the faces. They have no surprises or anything exciting to look forward to at Christmas or anytime because they know they are going to get whatever they ask for. I think the Christmas morning surprise waking up and running to the tree to see if by any chance you got what you wanted was the best part of the day. The smiles and happiness on the faces now if it isn't what they want you see disappointment on the faces. I am really lucky my grandchildren are so easy to please. Even the 20 year old has never really known what he has wanted so everything is always a surprise. The younger ones are always happy with whatever they get. This year is going to be a tight Christmas around here and I like you Justyna enjoy the social aspect of it and the time spent with family and friends. Gifts aren't important and I never know what I want. I told my DD American money for my cruise in January she won't listen when you say don't buy anything. I got invited to a cookie exchange which I have never been invited to before. I am excited and they are excited to taste my gluten free treats. I would have made normal ones but they want the gluten free ones. They were concerned about me and not being able to eat all the other treats but I said the rest of my family can and I can give them out as gifts because this year I am going back to my homemade gift baskets and tins for people. I am hoping I can go to the actual exchange but it is the same time as my moms doctors appt. I hope my sister can take her but her husband has been sick for almost 2 months and they are going to doctors and appts. trying to figure it out. She will take her I am sure if they are finished with his appts. I can't ask my brother because I just don't think she would be comfortable with him it is an ob/gyn appt. My other sister won't be driving soon if they say could rain, snow or anything she isn't driving anywhere.
I should end my novel now have a good night. I have another busy day tomorrow. Eye doctor and then aquafit and then the groomer for both dogs. Teri

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KAT, I just read the Outlander. I have now read 2 books in the series. It is about the 1700s in Scotland. Scottish kilts and wars with the crude, old fashioned weapons. "Claire" somehow is transported from the 1950's to the 1750's. It is really a good story. It has made me somewhat interested in that era of history in Scotland and England. This is a tv movie or series. I have not seen that yet.

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Justyna, I know what you mean about giving an d getting gifts. I need nothing--no "stuff" anyway. My Mom used to say don't buy her anything. Now I understand. My husband keeps telling me to get myself a parka from him. I keep saying I have a parka. But he wants to get me something. I have not figured out what he might get me that I actually want.

I really should be writing out some Christmas cards. I feel so guilty when I get them and have not sent any.

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Today is the day I have an aide come here to do hubby's hygiene and take him outside and do some laundry, etc. I have her come twice a week for 3 hours. It is about $100 a week but I feel freed up when she comes. It is worth it for my piece of mind. Often I leave the house--well go to the pool and do errands after that. I don't have to worry about his lunch and him being alone too long. This is in addition to the aide I pay to get him up and ready for the day. (6 days a week). I do the evenings with him and getting him to bed.

This aide is so loveable. She can't do heavy things like transferring him. But she does my laundry and dishes. She will do pretty much anything she can. The aides from agencies strictly do his stuff. It is very frustrating for me. The one I get for the morning has plenty of "his" stuff to do .

This afternoon person is tiny and Jamaican. I laugh about her and love her to death. She is Jamaican and wears very bright outfits. Today she had on a light green sweat suit with a big, fancy hat. I get a chuckle whenever I see her outfits. There is always a huge , colorful purse to complete the outfit.

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Coconut oil-- this is funny. At the pool this morning, one friend joined us and I told her she smelled like coconut. She said she is eating quite a bit of it. I thought that was pretty funny. I really expected her to say she used it on her skin. chris

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I love the idea of kids learning to make gifts. We have a tradition that one gift must be home made... but this year the kids decided we would all draw names and just have one gift for Christmas each. It is such a relief. We have to still buy for Bob's paents and my parents I think we are rebuilding their pontoon boat amongst the five families that share the cottage... then there are gift exchanges over he holidays... but while I love giving gifts I just don't want things I don't need any more and doin't want to give gifts that will be clutter for someone else. I would much rather spend time together. I'm sure we will help the kids out with their loans for school. I had my first preop apt. this morning. Where has the day gone? I had a raincheck for an item for at the grocery store and I have been on the computer... and here it is early afternoon! Yikes! I need to practice harp, write and exercise and get some cleaning done.

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Good Morning.
yesterday I was doing projects small ones and then !!!! I spilled a cup of rice . !!!!!in the floor.
I get all my ingredients out in the am . for what i will cook .
'we took the boys out to the park and let them run !!!! I think I enjoy it as much as they do !!!

then My project for today . I cleaned all the vents . we have the floor vents . so i vacuum them and scrub them . got all the rugs cleaned .

today we will be at 81. whAT that's our state .
this am I saw that Obama wants to allow 4 million of the illegals to be here in USA .
i am speechless .

we have been talking about family dinner for thankful day . Since plans are up in the air. about my son & wife . so we are planning . like I did another year . for me to make a small cozy
dinner . simple for his wife's girls . Its complicated . they live with thier Grammy half the time and with my son other times they have to share the girls. So as it is they dont get them this year.
I have been watching the Queen of Scotland series .and now also
Borgia s like in the 1400 hundreds . any way I have seen king Henry the 8th every chance I get . I loved the tutral's ( cant spell ) it wAS a wonderful series . all of these are on net flex
and Roy loves them too
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to hoping those mitts show up !!! and thats good FYI on the coconut oil . I use olive oil when needed . and when the family bickers its so senseless. WE have some in the family
that loves the drama. My sister Ann . Yet a heart of Gold . she is way to opinionated
I am to a point . she is not open minded . politics I told her several times . dont talk it !!!!!
she does every time .
chris & justnay both facing surgery .gets lots of rest

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Teri, I just bought baby oil for my skin--mostly after the pool. I never thought of coconut oil. Thanks for that information! chris

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My surgery date is Dec. 2, Justyna. I just had my pre op doctor's appointment. He is a new doctor to me and really he is thorough and very nice. And he is Polish--like me.

Congratulations Justyna on your husband's new job. Let's hope it is even better than the other one.

These weeks are flying by. I can't believe tomorrow is Thursday already. Today We had 3 big appointments, But now they are done! Maybe it is OK having 3 in one day. It was hard, however. I had to take DH with me for my deep tissue massage. He sat in his wheelchair in the van. Then I drove him to get his baclofen pump filled. I brought him home and gave him lunch and then I went to my pre-op appointment. I still have to get the fasting blood test done.

I feel like I did "Teri" day today. But probably I did about half as much.

I am very tired now. It led me to eat chips and fat free sour cream as a dip. I bought the chips for the "kids" when they visit for thanksgiving. Can a bag of chips be frozen????

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Good news Justyna a little faith goes a long way. You will definitely feel better after the surgery. I am surprised they are doing surgery that close to the holidays most doctors are off. It is a good time in a sense because most families have people around at that time to help out as well.

I am so disappointed right now I lost the mitts DD made me. I really liked them the colour was really nice. I will have to tell her and get her the wool and ask her to make me another pair. I am pretty sure I am not going to find them I can't imagine where they would be I have pretty much sorted all the boxes, cupboards etc. haven't come across them.

I can really feel the difference in my skin the last few days I am rubbing coconut oil on my legs and arms and neck area. I have dry skin and it gets itchy. I had a shower last night and I could still feel the softness afterwards. Two days now I have been putting it on at the pool while I am getting dressed.

Today is another late day for me the little boy has skating, his mother has physio so I will take him she will meet us there. Last week I took him myself she was in too much pain and I also didn't want her to get cold in her back to make it worse. I usually take the boy and we go to his grandma's before skating. The mother and grandmother aren't talking right now. I am friends with both and trying to stay out of the middle. I will listen to both but don't tell the negative things the other said. I will tell the daughter your mom asked how you were doing etc. Unfortunately I have figured out as a mother she is an all about her person and the things she says and does reminds me so much of my mother. I really feel and can relate to the daughter.

I went to the pool did a couple errands on the way home. I cut up some veggies and cleaned up the kitchen. Most of the time the mess from the night before waits to get done until the next day I just can't get the energy to do it at night. It is so dark when I get home and I just want to rest.

I better go and see if I can accomplish some more stuff I am trying to get one room done at a time. I have quit a few boxes of papers etc. to sort and that takes time. I go for my eye exam tomorrow and can get new glasses. I think I will get the progressive bifocals this time I only really need the magnification but it is a pain taking the glasses up and down when I am not reading.

I hope everyone is having a great week. I did really well yesterday the chocolate was there but I didn't touch any not a one. YAY me. Today has been good so far. I am eating at night not bad choices but need to get that under control. Teri

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justnay its just great your DH got a Job . It seems a lot of people I know are having knee problems .

terri for a child to knit wow !!!! I walk my boys once a day too .
what a treat going out to eat !!! well deserved .

yesterday finally I open my new yoga tape !!! purchased before chris accident .
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I am grateful to report that DH has accepted a job offer. Huge relief because I just got my knee surgery date and the benefits from his last job would have ended right before surgery. So, you and I both Chris. I'm scheduled for Dec. 22. For the news letter I suppose I could send one out one week to the team. What is your surgery date? The Christmas week of course I will be no use to anyone.

Terri I know what you mean about those halloween candies. I had some too. So, back to clean eating.

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I was just saying to someone today our bodies are like our homes or vehicles. You get one thing fixed and something else goes. Sorry about your axle Chris.

I went to Boston Pizza for lunch with my friend that is her favourite place and I was so impressed they had a whole gluten free menu. I will go again with the lady I babysit for she is taking me to dinner when she is feeling a bit better for all the help I did with her last week. Taking her to physio etc. I am going to try the pizza. Hope it is good.

Today I made it to the pool and walked the dogs once. I think it is going to be once a day pretty much from now on. It is dark when I get home in the evening. I can't see to clean up after them. I will take them during the day when possible they love their walks.

I didn't get home until 7 she had physio after work and then our little chat. I came home and got her some pain pills so she didn't have to go out and buy any. I get mine at Costco and I don't use them hardly at all anymore. And we all know the size of the Costco bottles.

I made some red lentil soup today. I finished off my Curried Cauliflower Soup. I just made some salmon fillets. I ate quit a few small Halloween chocolate bars not really in my eating plan but I couldn't control myself. I finally did stop myself after I think 6 of them. It is the soy lecithin in them I don't want to eat plus all the other bad stuff. I will get myself back on track.

I am going to try to do one room at a time for the next few days. Once I have that done then I will start my sewing projects for Christmas. I am paying my grandchildren to do some projects for me. My 10 year old grandson is going to knit me a baby hat for a gift. My 12 year old granddaughter will make me one of my towel wrap things for another friends gift. The other 12 year old that doesn't really stay focused on anything I am going to get to make one of the knitted dishcloths. He is supposed to knit me one as my Christmas gift so getting him to make 2 by Christmas could be a challenge. The 10 year knit himself a sweater and socks and hats. He is a very talented young man. He is also a perfectionist and like quit a few of us in the family OCD to a degree.

I better go and get my dishes done and watch some tv and call it an early night. Teri

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I am really stuck home today! The van is in the shop. It needs a new axle! That is something I never thought I'd need.

I did not sleep at all last night. I say every hour on the hour even till 4:00 am! I am not sure why I am awake now. I got out of bed at 8:00am. Well that is 4 hours of sleep. Maybe my illness of last week gave me so much sleep that I don't need it today.

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yesterday the cardinals won !!! representing Arizona . that's Roy's team . emoticon
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Roy is home today . to sign up for Social Security . get his hair cut emoticon
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I think chris we all need to be mindful & grateful for what we have .so many people have lost their jobs . homes so forth , I stay thankful for my home & car & roys job .
well its Sunday

today shopping was done. boys walked . now its nascar & football .
we have the race going on about 15 miles from here & the football about 2 miles
so the traffic will be bumper to bumper .
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I need to get my mind on gratitude. Several years I kept a gratitude journal. Each one was done with one of my classes. I have those journals. I know those were stress filled years but if you read the journal the year looks fantastic! chris

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Thanks Kat and others for your ideas and support for my surgery dilemma. chris

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