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9/2/20 8:29 A

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Ohhhh.... Lori, that's so nice that you get to enjoy some time off before school. Enjoy it!

I desperately need to focus on some housework here... and your purging is VERY encouraging! Maybe, when I am able to take some time off work, since I'll be home by myself, I will try to do a couple of hours each vacation day. We did a big purge a few years ago but it is definitely time for another.

I asked for an update today that would let me know when vacation days might be a possibility. No response yet. Ugh. It should be a very quick, easy answer... if the answer was "soon", so I am not feeling very optimistic. We are not able to carry-over vacation days, so it is a use-it-or-lose-it scenario that I do not want to happen!

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9/1/20 11:05 A

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Hello ladies. Boy this past week went by fast. I was still servícing a co workers stores and did a revision to another. I worked like crazy so I could have Friday off as my hubby is still on vacation. This is his last week and returns this Saturday. With all vacations taken and everyone back to work this week I have a measly 6 hours to work. It's nice cause I will work tomorrow and enjoy the rest of the week off before our girl heads back to school and hubby back to work. I will get some much needed housework done in the coming weeks with service calls being at a minimum again. I feel another fall purge coming on. After spending so much time at the lake, dragging this back and forth I've been keeping a list of this that would make lake life easier. Somethings I'll bring from here and some things will be bought for Christmas. Good god, that's where this is going. Ugh!!! I love Christmas but I'm hanging on to every last lake day we can get. Lol

JoJo I'm so glad to hear that you are coming along nicely and things are not as bad as you thought. Just be careful not to push too hard. Slow and steady.

Glenda, I could only dream of seeing an orca. How spectacular that would be. You are keeping busy and that's wonderful to hear. Hope all is well with your family.

Faith, how are things in your neck of the woods. Have you heard any more about getting extra long weekends. I feel for. You having to put in all this extra time.

Well I must run and get a bite before we head out.
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8/31/20 9:31 A

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Oh Glenda, I hope you see Orcas soon!! I have always wanted to see one!! When my husband and I lived on the west coast, we used to take the passenger ferry from Seattle to Victoria and I always hoped I'd get a glimpse... but never did.

When I was growing up, my parents' house was (still is) located in the Bay of Fundy and we could frequently sit on our back deck and watch the whales, seals and porpoises. I could even hear the whales breaching if I slept with my window open. Ahhhh... the salt air... Anyway, I love whales (and lighthouses, but that's beside the point).

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Jo,, so glad your knee is coming along nicely.... Hugs.....

So I missed seeing the Orcas again.... I have been trying to see them but I just miss them every time. Some day I will capture them with my camera.... I swear.....

The nights are getting a little chillier here now... Have to close the window a bit, not all the way though. I still like my fresh air...

Still sparking everyday...

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8/28/20 10:46 A

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I had physio for the knee last night, and my knee is stronger than I think it is. I can bend it further than I thought. Today, it's no brace, no crutches, and only cane as a stand-by. I've managed to walk 250 steps in the 9am hour, which is huge for me right now.

HOORAY for healing body parts!!

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8/27/20 12:32 P

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That's an AWESOME update Jo!! I hope the pain is more manageable now too.

(Wish we could "like" these posts lol.)

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8/27/20 12:07 P

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Hey Sparkers!

Great news today! I'm down to one crutch with the knee brace, and possibly just the cane by the weekend.

Physio tonight, so we'll see how that goes. My knee still looks gross, from having things pop out and in to place.

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8/27/20 7:49 A

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Wow... can't believe you can't get an x-ray without specialist approval now! Glad you're getting referred and getting physio in place, but I really hope you won't need surgery.

Lori, hope you're getting through all the pros/cons of your potential vehicle investment! That is one of the most stressful things. I will never understand why/how some people enjoy vehicle shopping. I always find that first payment the hardest because you know there are so many payments after that...but, after the first one is done, you realize it's not the end of the world and it's all fine lol.

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8/25/20 4:12 P

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Hey hey!!

So fill-in Doc is referring me to an orthopaedic doctor, because the next time it pops, it will need surgery. I'd like to avoid that, if possible. She's also recommending physio, since the specialist will ask for that too. No xrays or MRI's, those are now approved by specialists.

Another hour of OT done... and I'm done. Time to watch the hummingbirds at the feeder.

Spark On!

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8/25/20 8:14 A

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Good morning ladies thank for you stories about leasing. I'll tell you where my head is at.
I have only ever owned pre owned vehicles and they were all lemons with the exception of my Mazda 626. I loved that car but with a new baby in tow it was killing my already injured neck. I needed something higher. So we decided to buy brand new and got our van. I said I would drive it into the ground and I did. We have been payment free for 7 years. I think we lucked out cause we only did the regular run of the mill maintenance on it. My parents leased their last 3 vehicles and love it. However what they did was did a buy out at the end of the lease and kept the vehicle for another 2 years and then sold it. Their mileage is super low cause they are seniors that only drive to appointments and grocery store and 1 trip to NL a year. Dads vehicle is 5 years old and only has 28,000 km lol. They don't go anywhere
I don't care about having a brand new vehicle. I'm all about the low payment. Leasing brings the payment down. And mileage is not an issue for me. My van is 2008 and I just rolled over 132,000. And that is with 1 summer trip every year to PEI, NB and 1 trip NL. I am literally less than 2.5 km from my stores and now I don't work everyday. My intension is to do a buy out when the lease is up provided it's a good vehicle. I'm just trying to get my head around going brand new. But the more time passes the more undecided I get. I almost bought the brand new Rav 4 last month and now I'm not sure what to do. I'm so indecisive. I just don't want to go second hand and buy someone else's problem.
Thanks again for sharing. It's nice to see someone else's side.

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8/25/20 7:11 A

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I had to cut my reply short last night to respond to work "stuff"... so I'm back...

Lori, my experience with leasing is similar to Jo's. I did it once and I probably wouldn't do it again unless I knew for sure I would want another new vehicle in 2-3 years. Keeping the mileage low is really tough for us. However, the worst part for me was that all of the money put towards lease payments was gone and I was forced to look for a new vehicle (with no trade-in) immediately, even though I was perfectly happy with the 3 year old vehicle I was driving. I think my husband and I are not really car people, we don't care about having a new one every few years and prefer getting them paid off and having a few years with no payments. I have an aunt and uncle who always lease because they love having new vehicles and don't mind always having payments. So leasing works fine for them. It is such a big decision!

I hope your daughter's anxiety lessons (and yours too) with the return to school. It is stressful enough without having any underlying conditions to think of, but if you throw something else in the mix, it has to be such a worry. I just hope that with our low number of cases in the Atlantic provinces, that the return to school won't cause the same results that have happened elsewhere. It seems like most of the schools are putting a lot of precautions in place and hopefully they are enough to allow the kids to stay in school for the year and keep everyone healthy.

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8/24/20 6:15 P

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Oh my gosh, Jo...you have so much happening and going on with your health and life right now!! You need another vacation...seriously. I hope the trip to the doctor was a successful one, you definitely need some positive news. I hope they can do something to help you recover soon and deal with the pain and emotions.

We had a similar meal tonight...a chicken cashew stirfry and roasted zucchini (and carrots done the boring way on the stove because that’s how my son will eat them).

No rest for the wicked here it seems. The next 2-3 weeks are going to be crazy and it might extend to end of September. Then, I hope, really, really hope that I can have some vacation.

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8/23/20 5:05 P

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Hi ladies,

Welcome to CanadianIvory! Did I see you're from the Moncton area? Those are my old stomping grounds.

Good to see everyone is still busy, even the retired ones ;-)

So while on vacation, I twisted my knee pretty bad, to the point where I've been on crutches since the sprain. I think it's a sprain, but there's a really good chance that some of the shock-absorbing soft tissues have torn, and there's still a fair amount of swelling. Tomorrow, I go to the Doc's office so she can see it. Well, it's not my doc, it's one of the ones in that clinic. It's been 17 days, and I still can't walk on it. I can put about half my weight on it, but there's no bending it to walk. If the fill-in Doc says to go home and let it heal, I'm ready for a fight. I need an MRI and probably an xray, although I doubt it's bone at all. The back of my knee is swelled up, so that's not making it easier. I twisted the left outside of my knee, and it's been a while since I'd been in pain like that. 6x Tylenol for arthritis, and 3x extra strength advil per day until I got home, then I switched the advil for the prescription naproxen. Sometimes I feel good enough to stand and wash dishes, but it's not often. Laundry has been my sit-down activity... and setting the table. :-) I have my office chair at home, which has wheels. so I haven't needed a wheelchair yet.

Because of this added stress, and a Rx renewal was coming, I asked the doc to increase my dosage of Zyban, since it's getting harder to not fall apart. It's the only med that seems to put my brain in the right gear, so I'm ok with that.

And because we were at the cottage when this happened, apparently my incontinence has become more obvious. Since the hysterectomy, I have to pee often, and I can't make it through the night since the New Year at least. So now I have Poise pads for daytime and Tena underwear for night, and I'll often go through 2 of those a night. My Doc would like to try me on some pelvic floor physio, because I've been doing kegels at least 6 times a day, and it's not working.

I'm going to need another vacation after September. I worked over 10 hrs OT this weekend, and early October is always hard for me, since that's when My Guy had passed away. And this year, we'll won't get to celebrate Dad's birthday in October, neither. Yep, October is turning into a bad month for me, generally speaking.

Wifey is writing the VTNE (Vet Tech National Exam) on Tuesday afternoon, so she's been cramming like crazy. And because we can't be in the same room when she studies, she gets to sit on the deck all day. I haven't figured out how to move my computer equipment out there yet, but it's coming. :-)

Lori, you mentioned leasing vs buying a vehicle. Having been down that road before, I will never lease a car again, unless I know I'll be done with it in 2-4 years, and I won't drive more than 20,000km in a year. I average about 25000 per year, and Wifey even more, so that would not have worked for us. The distance we drive decided which way for us to go.

Faith, Glenda, (I'm missing someone), I hope you're doing ok. We can get through Wave 2, even if the travel industry has still tanked. In September, I'm going to start up the travel agent thing again, I have one person who wants to go on a cruise for March Break 2021. I'm still leery about that one.

Roasted chicken and fresh veggies for supper - gotta go!

Spark on!

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8/23/20 8:55 A

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Ok so I'm not sure where the time is going but I'm try to slow these next few weeks down. Holy moly in less than two weeks the kids will be back to school. I'm trying to be optimistic about the whole situation for my kids sake but to tell you the truth it scares me to death. September is always a hard month for us. It's the time of year where we have to be extra careful because of her genetic disorder. It was so easy when covid came because they went on march break and never went back but to think she has to go to school with covid concerns on top of her own health concerns got my brain fried. She is starting to express nervousness as well so I just trying to keep reassuring her and stressing the numbers in hopes that her stress levels stay down. I just keep praying that this year will be the year she grows out of it.

In other news this week has been crazy busy. One of my colleagues is on 2 week vacation so I am servicing her stores. 2 of my stores had inventory and all stores are in a seasonal changeover. It was the most amount of hours I have work since I started this job. Since I just came back of vacation I was exhausted. Hopefully this week goes a little smoother.

And it looks like a car payment will be in our very new future. The van is being pushed to her limits and now the front end is making some weird noises. She is good around the city but she don't like high speeds so no more highway driving. And more recently the second door handle gave away. If your inside, getting out is no problem but you have to open the sliding doors from the front seat. That alone is killing my next trying to reach around my seat to let someone in.
She tired so the push is on.... I think the Rav is where we will go. Trying to decide to lease or not. .... I so am NOT looking forward to a car payment.

I'm joining the biggest loser challenge again for the fall. Hoping to have better success this time. I always seem to go off the rail more in the summer. I exercise less but eat better, in the fall I exercise more but eat worst. Lol need to get a handle on that. At least I lost 10 pounds in 10 weeks. I was hoping to be in a better position but that's it. Looking forward not back.

Jo I'm glad you and your gal got a vacation. Had me a little worried... But then I saw a post of Facebook and I was like... Phew!!!

Glenda, being antisocial is hard but it's for the best. One never can be too careful. Glad you are doing well and Sir Marty is keeping you busy. Your pictures you posted were beautiful.

@canadianivory welcome aboard. Looks like you also have come along as well as our other 2. You gals are amazing. Keep up the great work. Your drive is inspiring.

Spark on ladies. emoticon

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8/20/20 10:53 P

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Hello from NB. We did a staycation for the most part this year.
We did visit St George though. Stopped at the water area at Oven Head Rd for the day.
Then back home near the Moncton area.
For me there is lots of August left. I plan to enjoy the remaining 11 days as much as possible. I prefer the cooler days. I can get more done :) And Orange is my fave color. Oct will be pretty.

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8/20/20 5:21 P

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Hi Jo, so happy you got on a vacation.. You’ve had a tough time lately my friend and the break probably was what was needed.... Hugs my friend.
I am staying close to home for the most part and when I venture into the necessity shops I am masked. My anxiety spikes and I sweat but that’s become the norm now. I avoid large clusters of people and basically have become antisocial...
I was expecting some relatives to come out for a visit but that is put on hold indefinitely now.
The thought of the second wave coming is also making me start to stockpile a few things.
So other than all of the Covid life is just peachy.... lol....
I walk everyday and continue to track my food so I guess all in all I am Sparking my way through August...
Hang in there ladies... we got this covered....
Hugs....

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8/20/20 12:32 P

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Hey Jo! Glad you were missing for a good reason, like vacation!!

You are right, no vacation time for me until fall. Even then, I'm not sure I'll get to take a couple of full weeks off, or if I'll just take Fridays/Mondays to have long weekends. That could be nice for an extended number of weeks.

I go back and forth on missing my normal office environment. I am loving working from home and the extra time I have without the commute. I'm with you on saving gas money as well!! I could see myself continuing to WFH several days a week even after this all gets under control. I just really, really miss seeing my coworkers in person and sharing more conversations about what's going on with everyone. I miss our occasional lunches together and other things we could do spontaneously when we were working in the same room together.

NOT ready for wave 2. I hope when wave 2 begins, I see more people wearing masks around here. I just started getting "brave" and venturing into grocery stores myself and now I'm seeing people let their guards down... and it is too soon for that! I have been trying to keep the pantry and freezer stocked up while it's easy to get everything right now.. and then if we have to self-isolate for a couple of weeks at any point, we will be fine.


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8/20/20 11:09 A

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Hey East Coasters!

I'm sorry for not getting the August Check-In Thread. We left for vacation on Aug 1, and I totally forgot.

So, other than Lori who came back from The Rock, and myself who spent a dozen days at the family cottage in PEI, has anyone else had a vacation this summer? I remember Faith saying that she wouldn't get one until well into the fall season.

And are we ready for another round of COVID this fall? I am so ready to self-isolate at home to work for good. I miss driving to the little mall and getting stuff every day, but I don't miss spending the gas money. I've been saving nearly $300 on gas per month... mind you, that money gets soaked up elsewhere, but I don't mind not driving in daily.

Spark On!

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