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1/2/15 1:20 P

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a new thread has been started - so this one is ending -

Our theme for the year has been voted on a the winner is--

NEW YEAR - NEW ME

let's say goodbye to the old year with lots of love and forgiveness - kind thoughts and motivating directions - 2015 is waiting to hear our new voices as we let go of last year and march on with energy and enthusiasm into a new year of hope and joy !!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!


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HAPPY NEW YEAR - my oh my - last night poor Bailey (my golden) had a time of it - all the noise from fireworks ( which are illegal here for individuals) had him panting and drooling and frightened beyond words - I had the
TV loud - the bathroom fans on - blankets wrapped around him - holding him - singing to him - I was surprised that so many had fireworks and were really going at it - I saw a huge display in the grocery store parking lot - last year there was nothing - myabe they changed the law??

It is going to be the best of years even though this one is starting off with frigid temps - I am freezing !

GRAND - would love to see a new team pci up for the new year - Lucky looks so cute in his hat - or with the glasses etc - We should change the pic for each celebration or season - what do you think?
OHIOMOM - here's to a new year of not itching and being bumpy !
AJ -= what's up?
KAYWEB - how are you and the pups
WHIMSY - it's been a while - check in and let us know what the new year holds for you
BOG - excited about what the new year is bringing to you !

to everyone - know I am wishing you all a wonderful new year - filled with possibilities - new beginnings - happy thoughts and all your wishes come true !



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12/31/14 12:36 P

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For our Shekirk - We miss you, amigo. I miss you. I miss hearing from you. . about school, about the boys...just about life. You always gave me such good advice about it all. It is so sad . . you not being here to brainstorm our new theme for the year & start the thread . . but I know you ARE here with us in spirit. .it was way back in 2006 when we found each other on this SP site. . seems like just yesterday sometimes & seems so far back at others. We will continue our tradition of a new theme to give us focus and a new word from our Baba to help us stay focused. We hope to make you proud! The turtle train will keep chuggin' along till we reach our health & happiness goals. You never gave up. . and neither will any of us! Some days are better than others...some meals are worse than others . .but that is life. .and we will continue to live it . . and to never, ever forget you & the wonderful friendship you shared with us all. We love you. We miss you. It gives me comfort to know you are looking down on us . .probably smiling . .laughing at us at times...cursing us at others for the bad choices that we make . .but always looking out for us . . . love ya, amigo!

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2009 Miles 885 miles
2010 Miles 440 miles
2011 Miles Less than 100
2012 Miles Less than 100
2013 Miles Less than 100
2014 Miles - more than 2000 - doing zumba & 5ks
2015 . . .doing 5ks, 10ks my first half marathon . .so I am good to go, so far, with my 2015 miles


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12/31/14 12:23 P

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Hey, all. Happy New Year to All! With the exceptions of my parents' health & losing Shekirk - 2014 has been the best year I have had in many years. .I am excited to see what 2015 holds! Hope everyone eats, drinks, and makes merry! Be safe & have fun. I have a 5K in the morning, so Lucky & I won't party too hard tonight! lol

Baba- my daddy has to cook Rufus (my brother's basset) chicken & vegetables every day .. he eats nothing else due to stomach issues (bad breeder I think) . .since he was a pup..he eats no dog food & eats very few other people food things. I would continue the pumpkin; I mentioned it to my dad & read about it myself after you told me about trying it. .he's going to try it.

AJ, Whimsy, Bog, Kay and all else - new year . .new start . .hope everyone starts checking in & we get this train a movin' along!!!

Happy New Year! Have a great weekend. Good luck. Take care! Find your shekirk of joy each & every day, my friends! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Love ya! Grand, Lucky & the gang


2015 - Remember the serenity prayer

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2007 Miles 1, 923.50
2008 Miles 1, 772.75
2009 Miles 885 miles
2010 Miles 440 miles
2011 Miles Less than 100
2012 Miles Less than 100
2013 Miles Less than 100
2014 Miles - more than 2000 - doing zumba & 5ks
2015 . . .doing 5ks, 10ks my first half marathon . .so I am good to go, so far, with my 2015 miles


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12/31/14 12:01 P

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Sasha up all night sick - a mess and I simply don't know what else to do - excpet try a new vet and of course they are all closed for 2 days - might make some rice and see if that will settle things down a little - I tried the pumpkin that I read so much about and thought it worked untiil the threw it all up - so...back to the beginning and starting again - She will be 12 in Feb and maybe her system is changing -

any thoughts form anyone ???? Please pray that we will get to the bottom of all this - It has been months - thanks


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12/30/14 12:24 P

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the new year is fast approaching - finished teaching for the week so am free til next week - Since it is school break I could get all the kids coming on one day - during the day - it was good -

anyone making resolutions that will actually stick?? I think I need an image to look at and remind me - I have not made a vision board for a few years but just might do that this year -

wish you all a great day - send in those yearly theme ideas !!


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12/27/14 2:42 P

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Hey, all! Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all! Love Baba's ideas for new theme! We need a fresh start . . summer bodies are made in the winter months! 6 months from now we will regret not starting now! I have done well with exercise, but I have overindulged...I don't regret it, though. I have had my family together for first time in years with mom making candy & friends I rarely get to see where they live out of state making merry with them...so I happily chose to eat all these goodies...now I will choose to get back on track. I have a 5K on Jan 1!!! Lucky has loved this holiday season...bless his heart he doesn't have any clothes or toys . .so he was so happy to get so much for Christmas! LOL . .. spoiled rotten he is!!! lol

Hope everyone is happy & ready to return on our journey of being healthy....the turtle train will pulling out once again soon! Get ready to hop on board everyone!!

Good luck! Take care! Find your shekirk of joy each & every day! Love ya! Grand emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

2015 - Remember the serenity prayer

...Nothing ever changes, if nothing ever changes

2007 Miles 1, 923.50
2008 Miles 1, 772.75
2009 Miles 885 miles
2010 Miles 440 miles
2011 Miles Less than 100
2012 Miles Less than 100
2013 Miles Less than 100
2014 Miles - more than 2000 - doing zumba & 5ks
2015 . . .doing 5ks, 10ks my first half marathon . .so I am good to go, so far, with my 2015 miles


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12/27/14 1:47 P

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the NEW YEAR is fast approaching - and time for our new theme !!

so far I have been sent the following ideas

NEW YEAR - NEW ME

ME LEAN - 2015


I will post the voting at the end of this month - so get your theme names in or decide which of these you would like !! They both sound great to me -


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12/23/14 12:42 P

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Have all my piano students coming today - then the rest of the week off. "they" say we might have snow this weekend - but I have heard that before and saw nothing but rain - Can't believe my grass is still green !

Hope you all are healthy and happy -


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12/19/14 3:12 P

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cookie baking today with a few of the grandkids - half day school so this afternoon it is baking time - I am doing it liked the TV show CHOPPED - I have supplies and ingredients - and decorations and all kinds of stuff - even to make Royal Frosting if they want - It will be interesting to see what the little kids do - probably just sugar cookies and toppings - bWhen they leave I will finish up with what is left - I am not eating sugar so these will just be for family and fun -

THEN - making myself a small turkey dinner - got a turkey breast for $5 - and have a ton of veggies from my Bountiful Basket last week - then turkey leftovers - guess I will be doing a version of CHOPPED as well with what I have on hand

Hope you all are enjoying the season - are happy - and not too stressed - Not much stress here since I am focusing on time spent together and not gifts - just simple and fun -

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12/18/14 1:15 P

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checking in to see if anyone is also checking in - LOL

another rainy and overcast day - I wonder if there is even a slight chance of a white Christmas - or even a day or 2 when I can be a kid and make a snow angel in the lawn -

time is ticking by - can't seem to get the kids over to bake cookies - everyone is so busy - I just like to do some traditional things once in a while -

Great day to all !!


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12/17/14 11:57 A

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such a cute Santa pic !!!! Can't wait to hear your progress reports !!

I am putting together a "card" to email out for the holidays - just pics of most of my family - My east coast family has never seen some of the grandkids and not all of them are on FACEBOOK to get a glimpse in case someone posts one - Not the best looking card but I hope it makes everyone feel a little togetherness -

I do not like eggplant - but I have one - so today I am making meatballs out of it - we shall see !

Great and wonderful day to all !


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12/17/14 4:45 A

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I'm 8 weeks now so I'm just focusing on getting some vegetables in and trying not toI gain weight in the first trimester. I'm starting out overweight so that is not an unrealistic goal. I hope to stay around 175 until at least week 14.

The mighty oak was once a little nut that managed to hold it's ground.


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12/15/14 3:02 P

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beautiful white morning - but - alas - it was just frost and now is gone -

lost 2 pounds but will reset tracker end of week - I am finally back on track - things went sideways after DD and wee ones moved and I ate BAD - so now I am back on track and being held accountable by that same DD via texts -

how are you all ??


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12/13/14 12:45 P

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Have a full day ahead o me - and so excited to be doing what I am doing - colder today and very overcast but for some reason I feel the energy I get when it is bright - sunny - snowing - etc

I have not had one idea about our new year theme will be - so nothing to report there -

Was up in the dark this morning to get ready to go get my food order - any of you using Bountiful Baskets - they are in many states but not all - It is a coop and you pay for what you order but the main basket is always a surprise - 50% veg and 50% fruit - but you don;t know til that day what you will get - Today was very very bountiful ! BUT a few veggies in there I will need to figure out - which is one reason I like it - it challenges me to eat better and eat stuff that is not usually or never on my grocery list - PLUS - it saves me a ton of money !

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12/11/14 1:08 P

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Hi all -
yup it is that time of year when we start thinking of our next stop on the turtle train - What will our theme be? Or-- what is our word --??

Every year I think of my word for the year - it has not reached me yet - but it will - all of a sudden - there it will be and I will know it is the right one - We could have a theme or a word - I know I will work on some awesome actions this year - and be more determined - I never found that JUST DO IT worked for me - although some people swear by it -

so--- let's go ! let's do ! let's take the next step into the new year with a great theme or word or expression ---

so here is the deal - everyone send their idea and we will put them all in a bag and pick one out and that will be it - starting NOW

oh - and no need to feel you have to write a note -- just write down your idea - and if you want to add what is happening in your world - love to hear it !




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12/10/14 10:38 P

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Hey, all. Busy week here - didn't get to weigh-in . . last week I was up 3 1/2 after Thanksgiving & I had my trip to Tennessee this past weekend, so I am probably up even more... I have 2 more 5Ks lined up before the end of the year & one on January 1.

....so, let's start thinking about our new THEME for this year??? Let's start throwing out some ideas.

Hope all is well with everybody! Take care! Love ya! Good luck!

2015 - Remember the serenity prayer

...Nothing ever changes, if nothing ever changes

2007 Miles 1, 923.50
2008 Miles 1, 772.75
2009 Miles 885 miles
2010 Miles 440 miles
2011 Miles Less than 100
2012 Miles Less than 100
2013 Miles Less than 100
2014 Miles - more than 2000 - doing zumba & 5ks
2015 . . .doing 5ks, 10ks my first half marathon . .so I am good to go, so far, with my 2015 miles


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12/8/14 4:07 P

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a wonderful chilly - sunny day here today - house smells good - making broth for freezer - and have a few candles burning - It is a day of activity -

This is the start of a new week and wondering what you all are doing ????



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12/3/14 1:35 P

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cold morning - waiting for my hair to dry before going out with the dogs on my walks -

found some great recipes - need to re-boot this system of mine - also going to do a bit of shopping today -

Hope everyone is having a great day - would love to hear from some of you !

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12/2/14 11:21 A

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KAYWEB - so glad to see your post -

I think Sasha is on the mend - spoke with the vet last night and we have changed the plan a bit and in another 10 days I will add a different food slowly and see what happens - but so far I think we are making progress - and Fergie was only sick that one day - so happy days here at the home infirmary -

I am as decorated as I am going to be - so nice not to care much anymore about a magazine look - just keeping it real and easy

Hope you all have a good day - healthy and happy


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11/30/14 9:24 P

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Hello Boston Lovers

Will have to find some time to catch up on my reading. Hope that everyone had a grand Thanksgiving. Whitney was a sick little guy and so we stayed home for the holiday and so there was no goodies to be had. Now that is the way to stay on the healthy eating plan.
Missed the family get together not wanting to have Whitney share what he had with the other pups in the family who would be at Thanksgiving Dinner. Been away from the computer due to a family friend who was taken to the cleaners by her hired health care aid. Having to deal with lawyers and police to get things settled. I truly believe that there will be a place for the people that steal from the elderly. All she wanted was to be able to live out her final years in her home in peace and quiet. Now she is facing all of this crazy stuff at 88 years old.
God bless you all during the up coming Christmas Season.

"Slow and steady each step of the way, guided by strength and healthy living each day! "kayweb555


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11/30/14 1:33 P

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Just have the mantle to do - can't match all of Grand's trees - but I do have one up - and after finding beads that I used years ago and loved - and then putting them on the tree - I realized that it is not such a good idea with cats - they wait until night and I am in bed - then the playing begins and I wake up to beads on the floor and have to re-do - makes me laugh really - glad they are having fun -

COLD today - last night in the minus numbers - but I LOVE it - last night when walking the dogs - each one had their own walk - I realized that my body felt like it did after skiing - which I have been unable to do in many years - I felt so good I started to run - up and down a hill - with the standard poodle - It was dark - I felt alive - really it was more of a jog since I have not even done that in years and with a new hip not sure about even doing that - but it felt wonderful - I will do is slow tonight as well - I love the cold !

cleaning out kitchen today - getting rid of junk - beginning a new year on a good footing - also have decided to do more of my art and writing - It has been a while since I had the wee ones with me for over 8 months but this morning the yearn is back so I am setting up my studio to once again have an art space - I sent most of my supplies with DD to use with kids - so today I will go to art store and get a few things -

Shekirks of joy all over today !!!!! Hope you are finding yours -




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Hey, all. .hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend . 3 trees up . . one to go. Stopping for the night. . got Lucky on my lap & watching Christmas movies . .drinking hot chocolate . . drove him around the local park earlier - they decorate it so beautifully. . . still stuffed from all the goodies & got another Tennessee trip coming the latter part of the week ahead . . just enjoying the time with my baby tonight . . he is just the sweetest & most loving dog . .he's my world truly...

Have a great Sunday! Good luck! Take care! New week ahead - new start. Find your shekirk of joy each day. . .

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...Nothing ever changes, if nothing ever changes

2007 Miles 1, 923.50
2008 Miles 1, 772.75
2009 Miles 885 miles
2010 Miles 440 miles
2011 Miles Less than 100
2012 Miles Less than 100
2013 Miles Less than 100
2014 Miles - more than 2000 - doing zumba & 5ks
2015 . . .doing 5ks, 10ks my first half marathon . .so I am good to go, so far, with my 2015 miles


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11/29/14 2:30 P

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The seasons go so fast - I feel as if I am rushing through all of them and not taking time to simply enjoy - so that is my intention today - funny but I miss FL and all that we would do during each season even though the weather did not change dramatically -

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Hey, all. Sorry, I have been MIA . . computer issues since the 6th . . laptop had to go to Staples . . big PC bit the dust . .cable/internet service basically zero . . had it out with them, of course. . so it has been 'fixed' as of Nov. 25 . . bet I won't be paying my bill . .they better pro-rate it!

Doing poorly with food & exercise - only zumba 2 in 2 weeks and only 5K practice 2 in 2 weeks . .work has been crazy & with no working computer at home.. . I am so, so behind.

I got dumped before I was dated by the guy I had been talking to for over a year on the computer - long story, but basically I thought everything was fine . . 5 or 6 dates . . got blind sided . .he said I was 'too nice' and we were 'too different' . . so I am back hating men for a bit! lol

I have been on the road a lot . .KY football game, Marshall football game, Tenn to the ChiliFest . . love it . . just beyond broke . . need to stop spending. . .

Lucky just had his Santa pics made . . he will see Santa again when we return to Tenn next week. I put his tree up already . .going to work on the rest over break . .

My mother is home for tonight - I have made peace with her . .more for me than her . .
we will all be eating Thanksgiving dinner together to emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon morrow. .very happy about this . .

I haven't started shopping yet . .

I am missing Shekirk . . . trying to find my shekirk of joy is often so hard . . but I will continue to try each & every day in her honor & memory . .

Much love to all! Happy Thanksgiving! Eat, drink, and be merry! Good luck, try hard, take care, and find your shekirk of joy each & every day.

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2015 - Remember the serenity prayer

...Nothing ever changes, if nothing ever changes

2007 Miles 1, 923.50
2008 Miles 1, 772.75
2009 Miles 885 miles
2010 Miles 440 miles
2011 Miles Less than 100
2012 Miles Less than 100
2013 Miles Less than 100
2014 Miles - more than 2000 - doing zumba & 5ks
2015 . . .doing 5ks, 10ks my first half marathon . .so I am good to go, so far, with my 2015 miles


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11/26/14 12:35 P

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foggy - wet and 36 degrees - I was hoping for snow - I love the brightness it brings and for some reason it gives me energy-

Sasha is the same - I have an appt on Tuesday for another check - nothing has changed - Last night I heard quite a bit of banging on the tile floor - I ran up so see and Sasha was on the ground- I did not see anything but it reminded me of the first time I saw my don's husky have a seizure - I hope that is not the case - but there is something wrong other than the intestinal mess that has been going on for weeks - She chokes at night as if she has reflux and then snorts and can't get her breath - anyone have any thoughts?

I am missing Shekirk so much these days - her messages here and our emails - at time we take things for granted - that people will still be here - that our furry ones will be with us forever - so today I need to treasure each moment

tomorrow is Thanksgiving - I am not cooking but going to my son's in-laws - My oldest DD is down with the youngest DD who just moved with her family to AZ - How I miss those wee ones waking me up and our days together - I am thrilled that DD number 1 is down there with them just for the day - then she will head to Las Vegas for a soccer tournament where my grandson is playing and then back here - with all the rain and muck -

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I have been in the mood to cook lately - AJ where are you with your recipes????

Today and I getting started on my end of year project of making a New Year notebook - I have to catch up on this years since I have not had the time to write much or do the art stuff - today seems like a good day to begin -

I invited my oldest DD over to watch a movie and just relax - Her birthday is Monday and she is going to Las Vegas with her family for some soccer meet that my grandson is in - They will rent a car and drive over to AZ to see my youngest DD and those sweet wee ones who moved out a few weeks ago - It is still an adjustment - but I am regaining myself and getting busy on things that I put off for the last 8 months while I was enjoying them -

I am so impressed and in awe of animals and what they give us - I saw a video this morning of a reporter who was sitting on some beach and there were BIB baby seals of some kind - the big kind ! - he was sitting and one came over and snuggled with him and then another - It was so unexpected and wonderful - I also saw a clip of a fish coming back over and over again to let a man pet him - amazing -

so today have fun with your furry ones and any other animal critter you know - They give us so much !


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snow is all gone - rain and more rain -
The house smells good as I am making soup for the freezer today -might just sneak a bowel for lunch -

Sasha is still being treated for whatever is wrong with her digestive tract - I have to call next week and make an appointment to have her weighed - They fear a weight loss - she is always hungry tho and peppy - just wish this could all be fixed - sweet little thing will be 12 in FEB -

Can't believe so many houses are already decked out for the holidays - I mean the Christmas season - son't think I will do much this year -

hope you all are doing great !


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a dusting of snow and hundreds of birds swooping gracefully - landing on roof tops and the ground - singing and flying in such community- I sttod my my window and watched for such a long time - so marvelous

snow will not stay as rain is coming this afternoon - and it is really just a dusting but I love snow and how it makes me feel -not sure I would think that if living in NY right now tho - hope you are all safe -

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The weather has finally changed a bit - very cold and quite pretty - I love the cold - makes walking easy and I feel energized -

Had to get both laptop and PC repaired again - I actually like it when they are not working at times because it makes me do other things - I am so attached to my PC for writing etc that it makes it difficult but am glad for the extra time I find on my hands for other things when the computers are down -

another case of shingles - can't believe it - I have a reaction to the meds so my remedy is to sit still and relieve any stress that might be hiding or brewing !! sure had made me think about health and relationships to how I live -

Sasha still is under the vets care but doing better - She amazes me at how happy she has always been even through some horrific illnesses - I am taking a lesson from her on living in the moment and enjoying it -

Hope you are all well - Is winter hitting anyone hard - now snow here yet but I know my brother in NJ had quite a bit -

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Hi all -

Prayers for Roxy and all who are involved in the surgery and recovery - It is so rough - so glad I opened my mail today and saw your post - please let us know how it all goes -

also please pray for my Sasha - I have had her to the vet - had a ton of tests done and still they cannot figure out what is wrong - At vet again yesterday - Today I start a new plan to see if that works - It is some type of intestinal/stomach thing - at least that is the thought - and after 2 weeks we still cannot get a grip on how to fix I or what to do - She remains peppy and happy tho - I am doing laundry several times a day as well as cleaning carpets more than ever - hope we figure this out soon -

My DD has moved - Her hubby was here for a day after being gone for 8 months and then they left to be stationed in AZ - They have been gone 2 weeks - since then Sasha became ill and I got shingles - wondering if it is all stress for both of us -

- once again computer was gone and today is the first time I am really checking all my mail in quite some time - glad to be back once again -

Have a wonderful day - spend a few minutes praying and sending positive energy to our team members - their families and furry ones -:)


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Hi guys! Please say some prayers for Roxy. She has a lump on her paw - vet isn't sure if a splinter, etc is in it or if it is a Mast Cell Tumor :( She has been on antibiotic and inflamatories for 1 1/2 weeks and it hasn't gone down. An xray won't show splinters, ingrown hair, etc so I have opted to get it removed tomorrow. If it is cancer, she is going to lose a couple toes :(


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I am back ! - computer is up and running -
sasha is actually on my lap - the days are no longer near 100 and down in the 60's and low 70's - I see a little color on the trees -

today is a gathering of some of my family to say goodbye to DD and the wee ones - The will be on the road this time next week headed to their new location. Her hubby flies in Friday night and they will leave Sat morning - It will be the first time in 2 years that they will actually be together in their own place - Then there will be a deployment with the year - I tell her to make roots and friends and support since she will no longer be close to family - not just a drive away across a state etc - praying hard for this family of 5 - I will miss my little ones - the 4 yr old has been around me forever and lived with me a great deal of her life - she is old enough to feel the distance - I have never been far away from this DD - she is my laughter and support and friend - so I am giving the same advise to me - make roots of my own where I am - find groups - do things and find support - a challenge for us all - a new beginning can be exciting and fearful and sorrowful and so many things -

GRAND - I will be back on FACEBOOK soon - still praying for your family and by the way I think you look fantastic !! skinny !! I have more weight on - but have my plans in order starting next week - Love ya amigo - I am just a phone call away

KAYWEB - sure do miss the trees changing color in masses - so many evergreens here that I am simply grateful for the few I do see - still I sense fall and love it

to everyone else - sorry I was MIA for so long - the computer was in and out of the shop and I am spending every last second I can with my sweet ones-

take care all and have a great day !!


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Hey, all . . don't even know where to start . . the positives . . I am down in lbs (but I had been sick with vomit & diaherrea) just before my last weigh-in. I have done a couple more 5Ks since I checked in here. . . let's see . . my bday (and my dad's) weekend Sept 20. . he was taken to the hospital that Sunday . . two stents, pacemaker, and he has to have triple bypass open heart surgery once he is somewhat over this . . . that was a Sunday . .my mother was taken to the same hospital that Tuesday . . stent for her, also . . life has been a blur since...Daddy's dog got sick that same week . .and had to have surgery on his ear. So, it has been bad eating & not much zumba. .just couple of 5Ks that I had already registered & paid for . . I don't even have Lucky a Halloween costume yet . .if that tells you anything & I usually have him 2 or 3 by this time. .so stressed, worried, and scared for my dad. . I can't think clearly. At the same time at work .. my school scored well on last year's testing..my scores were up . . but we had a walk-through by district officials (some teachers & some not ) . . they said not so nice things about me . . so life is just pure hell right now in many ways...I am trying to look for a happy each day .. a shekirk of joy each day . .but it has been beyond hard. Please pray for my family.

Hope all is well with each of you. Miss you all. Take care. Good luck. Have a great week ahead & find your shekirk of joy each & every day.

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2015 . . .doing 5ks, 10ks my first half marathon . .so I am good to go, so far, with my 2015 miles


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The leaves are starting to come down and Whitney thinks that every leaf is a new toy to play with. Little stinker has taken an interest in my Magnolia tree that is only 4 feet now. I have a fence around it and he now wants to start chewing on the tree. He has made a nice whole in the fencing and now I'm going to have to keep an eye on it for his next move. He is a handful!

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I have proven over and over that I can exercise all I want and not lose weight. So I need to focus on eating. I struggled all September to get over the pleasure trap I was in. I managed to lose 4 pounds. I'm hitting October running.

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Hello Everyone !!! I have missed sharing with you all, but sitting at the computer just hasn't been something that I could do without much pain. So glad that the pain is in the past and that I'm feeling so much better. Have started walking the pups again, but for only a 15 min walk for now.
So here is a Zoe & Whitney story: On Sat. last, it hit me that I needed to use up puppy energy, constructively ! My family brought over a new recliner for my sore body and a large ball come out of their car. Right, I would get out and get a large ball for the pups. Weekend went quickly, and Monday came rolling into action. It was a very windy day and I let the pups out to play when into the yard came this wonderful purple ball. Right into the middle of the back yard. Zoe knew what to do with this gift ! She played and played till she just couldn't play any longer. Whitney the one that needs to use up his puppy energy, just ran from the purple gift. He didn't want anything to do with the ball. Shaking whenever Zoe would send the play his way. It wasn't until dinner time that I found Whitney going near the purple thing in his yard. After dinner, I put the pups out and Zoe was taking the ball over to Whitney and trying to show him what to do with the ball. Fast forward to the next day ! Whitney and Zoe have been playing with the ball. Zoe gets the ball out of the plants by pulling it out with her front legs and then Whitney pushes it around the yard. It is 1:45pm and both pups are sleeping soundly! I'm thinking that this will be the answer to wearing Whitney out so that he won't pick on my sofa anymore ! Which I had a video of the two pups playing with this wonderful purple gift. Zoe will chase after the ball and go right over the top of it, Just so funny !
Sure hope everyone is doing well.

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computer down - have to check in now and then here and there - in fact so much electrical is also an issue in my house right now - so I will not be consistent in posts until I get all under control

slowly getting cooler - but still hit high 80's this week - but it seems different -

entire garage is packed with DD stuff - movers coming Oct 8 but she and kids will be here until 17th when her hubby gets here - then they will all pull out together on the 18th - It will be a really eerie feeling with no noise and laughter - We are making the most of each day - I will probably sleep for a week once they are gone LOL

gaining and gaining - will not look at scale for a while - - Hip doc says I need to go back in a few months - probably have MRI on back -

hope all is well with everyone - I will check in as I can - finding joy each day is such a priority for us all - I hope you are finding it

OH - I received a message from the Boston senior center that we sent our donations to - Shekirk will now be part of their memory garden - I was thrilled to get the news !

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Hey, all. Sorry I have been MIA . . I have really struggled with food lately. I was up 5 . .got back even . .gained 1 lb this week. This time of year is tough on me . . school, some personal memories of things that have happened this time of year . . .seasonal depression kicks in . . and stress from work . . just a blaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh time . . . I did do another 5K this past Saturday & I have one this coming Saturday. . I am turning 29 again . . lol . . so, it is my bday & Daddy's too . .so more bad eating coming up . .

Hope all is well with everybody . . I will catch up soon.

Have a great week. Good luck. Take care. Find your shekirk of joy every day!

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2013 Miles Less than 100
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2015 . . .doing 5ks, 10ks my first half marathon . .so I am good to go, so far, with my 2015 miles


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A friend passed this recipe along. I'm trying it this week.

tastykitchen.com/recipes/special-die
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Here's a recipe I found for the Chili Cook-off last year. It's a traditional activity...we have a chili cook-off for the adults and then a trunk or treat for the kids. Anyway, I made this chili and it was totally gone by the time we went home.

www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/vegetaria
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Things are going here. My tendons are doing better, but I'm afraid to push them too much yet. I'm going to wait until spring to try walking again. In the meantime, I'll keep biking and then figure something out for the winter time.

My elbow has been acting up. The first day out with my friend for biking, I toppled over and landed on my elbow. I didn't think anything of it at the time because it didn't hurt. Since then if I grabbed my handle bars hard to go over a big bump I would feel shooting pain. Or when I tried to open a door and twisted the door knob. Or tried to lift something the wrong way.

So the naturopath told me I should see a chiropractor. I'm like..."Dude, you're already getting all my money." ha ha. We went to church Sunday and who is there? Our chiropractor friend. Tom mentioned that I was having trouble with my elbow, and after church we met him in the parking lot. He adjusted my elbow and told me what to do to relax the muscles. I hope it works because I still can't afford an office visit. It is feeling better, though, so I'll give it more time.

Ten days ago I snagged my foot on my daughter's kick stand. I was surprised it didn't bleed a whole bunch. Well, yesterday I was wondering why my foot hurt when I was scratching an itch. I have all kinds of bruising on that foot. I guess it was bleeding...just inside. It's pretty wild looking.

Last, but not least...our grandbaby is WALKING! She's 10 1/2 months old. Her dad walked at 9 months so she's actually a little slow. ha ha! Can't wait to see her on Halloween.

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BABA: Congratulations on the new Grandson !!! Praying was one of the only thing that I have been able to do since July 30th ! Hope that DD and little guy are doing better everyday. So sorry that you are having to pack her and the family up for their move. You can do this !

GRAND: So it is back to the lucky students that have you for a grand teacher. So glad to see that you turned that gain into a loss ! Good going! It just doesn't seem that it has been a year since we lost our beloved furbabies! I dragged around July 20th all day thinking of just how much I still miss my Bizzie Boy. Whitney does make me LOL, and there are many things that he does that Bizz did. Will be keeping you in prayer that your depression won't get any worse.
You are doing so well even if you had a gain, you took hold and turned things around !!!
Just keep those sweet things out of the way. I have finally done it, I only see the outside of the store as I walk from the veggies to the dairy, fish, meat and don't see the bad foods that set me off.

All the rest kept those feet moving in the right direction !

Sorry that I have been MIA, When I told you all way back on July 30th that I'd hurt my back, well it isn't my back. I have an intrapped nerve behind my butt. Or as the doc said I have
PIMA syndrome. Pain in my As- !!! It sure seemed like a hip going at first. Anyway I have been doing Ph therapy and we have been having to do things very slowly. Seems that my body doesn't do so well with the ultra sound or the electric stimulation. So I only get one treatment a week and then do the exercises that he wants me doing. Seems that all the gardening tightened my bum and entrapped the nerve. So I have been laying in bed most of the time due to the fact that sitting isn't the right place and they wanted me to stay off the left leg for a time. Sleepless in NY, I was only getting about 2 hours of sleep each night due to the pain. I'm starting to sleep again and I don't have as much on going pain as I was. I tried using the computer but that just wasn't something that I could do. When I get back on my feet I have so much work to do. Richard has been wonderful doing all the lawn care and even fixed the mower after my sister broke the pull cord. She has been great at stopping by once a week to run a quick vac of the house. The ones that are paying for my being laid up are the pups. They have not had a walk since the end of July as far as I can remember. Hope that you are all having a great end of Summer fling. We have been having August weather here in Sept. and Aug was more like Oct. weather.
Hope to be back sooner. God Bless you all, I will be keeping one and all on the team in prayer .

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Hey, all. I lost 3 lbs - yahoo! I am thrilled. I will catch up on posts later. Have a great week! Good luck! Take care! Find your Shekirk of Joy each & every day. . .Wednesday makes one year since Casey died..so I am trying to prepare for a tough week.

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Hey, all. Struggling . . up 2 more lbs this week for a total of 5 . . .very depressing. I've been to zumba three times this week. I am staying swollen from being on my feet at work. I know I am drinking more diet coke than I was. I am eating more in the evening. Work is crazy right now. It just gets harder & harder for me to deal with, the older I get. .and I stress eat. It has rained every day for I don't know how long . . very depressing, too. I am trying to hold on to positives as much as I can. I signed up for another 5K for Sept. 6 - organization founded by a couple who lost their child to cancer - they help families with $ for travel related to medical emergencies/terminal situations. I am reading the 3rd book in Divergent series - called Allegiant. It is a down pour here right now. . I am praying no flooding at my place.

Have a great weekend. I think I may go to the gym. Take care. Good luck. Find your Shekirk of joy each & every day.

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2009 Miles 885 miles
2010 Miles 440 miles
2011 Miles Less than 100
2012 Miles Less than 100
2013 Miles Less than 100
2014 Miles - more than 2000 - doing zumba & 5ks
2015 . . .doing 5ks, 10ks my first half marathon . .so I am good to go, so far, with my 2015 miles


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sad sad sad - gained 5 pounds - with all this exercising and running around with the wee ones - helping pack for DD to move - something is not right ! Had Mexican chicken with rice last night - corn salsa - maybe too much salt? I never use slat but perhaps I should start looking at labels - mmm - not sure what to do -

AJ - start posting your meals again - they were so good and not much meat - since DD is here meat is back on the plate -

GRAND - great going on your run ! you are such an inspiration

Hi to everyone - thunder and rain today out west by me -


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Hope you all are having a great day !

Things are progressing here - thank you for your [prayers and positive thoughts - The baby is now over the 6 pound mark and doing fine - His coloring (oddest I have ever seen) is looking more "human" - DD is doing way too much but feels there is no choice since she will be moving in 7 weeks - I am already wondering how I will do without her close - and not being able to see the wee ones - I am not seeing this as a good thing for me at all - I am trying to prepare myself now - I am lucky that she has been so close for so long -

gradually getting a bit cooler - thank goodness -

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We are finally done with the wedding stuff. It was a mess. The bride had things she wanted, but didn't tell anyone. Her parents still didn't know what they were doing two weeks before. They were looking to me for direction. I told them to talk to their daughter. Last week I had to make adjustments to three of the dresses (I sewed the bridesmaid dresses and moms' dresses), make a trip to Rexburg to help the kids move across the state, and help with a dinner after a funeral. Saturday our son and his father in law arrived at the church 3 1/2 hours later than they said, and in the end most of the set up was done by me, my sister in law, the decorator and the decorator's mom.

I'm just glad it's over. I won't be doing anything I don't have to do this week.

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Baba - hope the baby is continuing to improve, keep us posted as you can.

Grand - I am so sorry that things are rough for you right now - sending good vibes and thoughts your way. We have had little showers but not enough to do any good. think I will have to break down and water soon. A trip to Lexington sounds like a wonderful idea!

We are heading down to the Smokies right after Labor Day to meet with a bunch of people and ask a ton of questions. We are to meet with a soil engineer, excavator, well driller. Hopefully we will have questions answered and make another step closer to the retirement dream.

We had a mama skunk living under our deck. She sprayed Vincent on Sunday - but then was killed on Monday. We thought yeah our yard is ours again - but, no, a baby got Vincent on Tuesday and this morning my DH saw three little skunks under our birdfeeder. So critter control will come tomorrow to start trying to trap them. So far skunks 2 - Vincent 0! My house smells, my garage smells, Vincent smells, his invisible fence collar may be toast. Not a good week!

Best wishes to all - summer is winding down way to soon for me.

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Hey, all. I gained a 1 lb. . so I have gained 3 consecutive weeks. . .up about 3 1/2 lbs. ..really struggling with getting back into the work groove, struggling with sweets, not handling my depression well right now....but I am NOT & will NOT give up and go backwards. My neighbor's dog was hit & died- the red golden retriever Buddy that I have talked about from time to time . . heartsick over it. Work is stressful as always. Lucky has been anxious with me back to work. Daddy's back is out right now. My brother is really busy with coaching. Just feeling really alone & lonely too often. I am still doing zumba. I am walking a 5K in Shekirk's memory on Saturday....Colors of Courage is the name.

Baba - I hope you are getting some rest, amigo. I hope the baby is doing better. We can do this. .we have to do this. . .we must do this. We are worth it! Our happiness & health are worth it. Not our circus, not our monkeys!!

Whimsy - nothing but rain here for days & days...please send me some sun! We must plan a Lexington trip at some point.

AJ - You did amazing at Olive Garden...I couldn't have done it...I always get the huge Tour of Italy platter. . .and the bread...and the salad...yummy!

Kay - I use white vinegar for lots of stuff, too. I have had several Dairy Queen vanilla cones lately - and I am not really an ice cream person...just caving to my sweet cravings & buying whatever I am close to.

Have a great rest of the week. Good luck. Take care. Positive Turtle Vibes to all. Find your Shekirk of Joy each & every day.



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2008 Miles 1, 772.75
2009 Miles 885 miles
2010 Miles 440 miles
2011 Miles Less than 100
2012 Miles Less than 100
2013 Miles Less than 100
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2015 . . .doing 5ks, 10ks my first half marathon . .so I am good to go, so far, with my 2015 miles


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things are progressing - The baby had a doc apt - His skin is still deep red/purple/orange - never seen anything like it ! and he is 5 1/2 pounds - but other than that he is doing well - DD is trying to get all things done that need her DH while he is here - Thank goodness the Navy worked so he is here until Friday - then he will be gone for 8 weeks back again and moving to Arizona for 4 years - but from what I am told he will only be there a few weeks before heading out overseas -so praying that baby will be WELL and read to go -

thank you all for your prayers and positive thoughts -


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Thinking of you and your family Baba - keep us posted! A new baby, aww

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Congrats on the baby! I hope he thrives. Keep us informed.

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a quick note - DD had baby - very small - complications with birth and health - DD blood pressure dangerously low - plus some kind of infection that needed medication so the baby would not get it - kept checking baby for diabetes - He is reddish/purple and so small - yet they are home - going back to doc tomorrow and hope he gained weight - they sure push you right out even when the circumstances are not perfect - we are all tired - taking care of the other 2 is especially since I am not up to snuff - exhausted and overwhelmed - please keep praying -


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I wasn't going to step on the scale again so soon, but I decided I needed the motivation after goofing off yesterday. I was down again. I'll make the official report on Monday, but my son's birthday pizza party gain is gone now. Next I'm working on the holiday gain...just in time to not gain again this year, hopefully. I sure hope I don't hit a plateau in the next couple months.

Yesterday we had birthday cupcakes for our daughter's birthday. She is 18 now. I can't believe my baby is 18. Anyway, I also went out to eat at Olive Garden with my friends. I think I did rather well. I asked for the low fat dressing and the three of us ate one large bowl of salad. I didn't use all the dressing they brought. It was very vinegary. A little went a long way. I ordered penne with pomodoro sauce because I'd done my homework and knew they were the lowest calorie and lowest fat. I passed on the cheese with the salad and the pasta. I ate two breadsticks. I could cut that to one next time and be fine. And then I only ate half my pasta because I was too full to finish. I think I'll go back to eating the sauce that has veggies in it. It may have a bit more fat, but it has veggies.

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Hey, all. I gained point 2 lbs at WW. I worked Fri, Mon, and the kids came today. It was bus duty as well...long day. My bad leg & foot are killing me this evening. I went to zumba because I missed zumba yesterday due to a dr appt. I am praying for a good year.

AJ - good job on the weight loss.
Whimsy - good job on making the changes.
Baba - thank you for your text & messages, amigo. I appreciate the support. How is the daughter & baby? Any more storms/damage? It is much cooler here . . .giving rain the next 7 days.
Kay - hope all is well with you.

Have a great week. Good luck. Take care. Find your Shekirk of Joy each & every day.

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Lost another 2 pounds this week!

I'm working hard on the bridesmaid and mother dresses for Tim's reception. It is on August 16. I'll be glad when it's over.


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stopping by - Doc says be in hospital again - baby will get here one way or another but tomorrow should be the day - hope all goes OK and both are healthy - the 4 year old going to an aunts house until this is over - the 1 yr old will be with me and another granddaughter who will really take care of him - He is a bear and heavy and angry and cutting teeth and and and and-----you name it - I think the kids sense something is going on that is not quite right -

tried to fix a chair I just bought - It was a GREAT sale - about 75% off and it is new - EXCEPT sitting on it a few times made all the webbing come apart - so today I tired to put new webbing - stapler did not work so trying tacks - I could not take the chair apart enough to get the webbing in between the wood parts and inside the leather parts - hope it lasts a while - don't know how else to fix it unless I hire someone -

another horrible storm yesterday - power out gain - all night - trees down - things blowing all over - more roof shingles here and there on lawns - and hail the size of large ice cubes - and it was all over in 30 min but left damage behind - this time I could not even open the door to attempt to get my things - wind too strong - today is once again around 100 - never seen a summer like this - odd -

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just a quick note - more going on with DD - her hubby flying in tonight - trying to figure things out - so if I am MIA for a few days you will know why

HOT HOT HOT - this really zaps the spirit and energy
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Prayer for all who are working so hard to regain control over their food. Pray for DD and all those working on her case. Prayers for cool breezes during heat waves.

I am so happy to have the joy of my gardens. Even if working on it today made my backache worse. So wonderful to hear from Grand, BABA, AJ, Whimysie.
The week is now 1/2 over and we are starting a new Month real soon. Must tomorrow get blood work done, and get Zoe Girl and Baron von Whitney legal .

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All I can say is thank goodness we are out of school finally. Now to get the two kids out on their own. Son#1 is doing well. Son#2 finally got a job and his wife did, too. Things will be better with both working. They are off school for the next five months.

I actually weighed in on Monday because it had been exactly one week since I had started again. I had a loss of 2.4 pounds. Not bad at all.

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4 AM - can't sleep - thought I would get up and do a few things before the 100 degree heat hits again - summers are getting worse here and winters milder -

WHIMSY - I too need to change a few things in my diet - sugar - caffeine are the 2 big ones - I find I need accountability and it is tough for me to just do it on my own - When I was on a 5 day sugar detox online - I did great - then it was over and - well - that was that - so I am going to use this main message thread to report daily on not having all that sugar and caffeine -and no processed food - I know it will help me to stay on task - so today will be DAY 1 - so I am joining you on this quest

GRAND - read a wonderful devotion a few minutes ago - falls right into place with the Shekirk of Joy - a woman had to leave her home and go to an "facility" in the city - she did not want to go and thought it would be like living in a prison - When her pastor went to visit her, he found her sleeping so sat by her side - When she awoke - she sat up and told him to look out the window - there were all these trees and she marveled at how many colors of green there were - so even in less than favorable conditions - there is joy to be found - we just have to be open to seeing it - :)

tonight the 2 wee ones will be going to relatives for the night - I will be taking DD to hospital at 6 AM - not sure what will happen or if she will want me to stay - usually she does not since when she sees the pain I feel for her - it makes her feel worse - I do know that her doula will be with her - thank you all for your prayers -

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Baba - sending prayers and positive thoughts your way! I feel so bad for everyone who has been having such awful weather, our summer has been wonderful. Right now it is partly cloudy with a breeze and high 70's! Usually we are baking in heat. Plenty of rain to keep the grass growing - but flowers look great this year.

Have been feeling so blah lately - decided I needed to shake things up diet wise. Eating too much junk and suffering too much heartburn. So have done my best to eliminate gluten, sugar, processed foods, acidic fruit and most caffeine from diet. Will gradually add more yogurt, fruit and plant based protein into diet. Body is slowly adjusting - but the heartburn is gone so must be on the right track. Hopefully a few pounds disappear too!

Grand- I love the joyful days thread. I think we all need to emphasize the positives in our life, it is way too easy to lose sight of all the wonderful things this life has to offer. I try to remind myself that sometimes what I think I want isn't what I am supposed to have - so stop whining and pouting and embrace what I have been given. (Sometimes easier to say than do but I salute your efforts).

Take care everyone!!

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another 100 degree day - and is going to stay that way for the week - catching up on paper work and my correspondence -
Am concerned about my DD who is going in the hospital for complications of a high risk pregnancy - so much going on here - so little help - and so many people who think they know everything and put so much pressure on her - then there are the 2 little ones to take care of - I would appreciate prayers - thank you

had a free movie rental so going to watch NOAH

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Yes, I enjoyed the ice cream. Have learned that I have to get just a small bowl at the store otherwise I have no control and even when I share with the pups I still more than I should.
This week, I may have worked out but it didn't show on the scale. Sure the body now will need a little time here to stabilize.

Can't believe that children will be going back to school. Our little ones have only been out of school for 35 days. Thankfully they don't have to return until Sept 4th ! So they still have a better part of the summer left to enjoy and live it up !

I will be praying for your back Grand. I know those falls, but you had a little help from the fluids you enjoyed. I wouldn't even be out on the dance floor unless I was on it the way you ended up !

I'm sending you some of the Adirondack Sun that we have been having. Hope that you get to see it today ! Bless Lord the Bostons and their owners !

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Hey, all. I gained 2 lbs at WW. I had my class reunion this weekend -so, I was eating, drinking and making merry...I fell dancing (yep, I was tipsy & I have no balance) . . so I am scared I have hurt my back more....I stayed in bed yesterday & today...skipped zumba this evening. Pray for me you all! We were under a tornado watch this weekend...rain, wind, hail.... sun tried to peek out for just a few minutes today....but clouds took over.... I hope to see the sun tomorrow. My back was hurting already a little bit due to weather before my epic spill on the dance floor.

Baba - I am glad you are safe. I am glad there wasn't even more damage. I loved that pic you sent me of the view from your porch. I am glad you are enjoying your day in your jammies & with the kiddos. Happiness & joy are all around us. I feel like we are all doing a better job of cherishing it.

Kay - seems like once the 4th of July gets here...this month flies..I go back to work this Friday..ugggh! A little ice cream is good for all of us!

AJ - Hope all is well with you.

Whimsy - if you have the sun...please send him my way!

Have a great week. Good luck. Take care. Find your Shekirk of Joy each & every day!!!

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Sorry about your tree. Whitney has been trimming the bottoms of all my bushes. I'm hoping that he doesn't start going for roots.
Good to hear from you AJ ! Thankfully it has been too many years for me to remember the fire that hit the area here when I was a child. Yet there are spaces that I drive at times that you can still see the damage. Hope that all are doing better with fires under control once again.
The first 1/2 of July seemed to be dragging along, and then suddenly the month is racing away. Fearful for weigh-in tomorrow. Just had to have some ice cream the other day . Yet the blood sugars stayed in control. Hope everyone has a great week ahead.

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wonderful day - not even getting dressed and really digging into the house - shampooed sofa and love seat - laundry - cleaning - catching up -

enjoying DD and wee ones - They will be gone in a few months and it will be quite depressing to be alone again - so I am making the most of each day -

my special front yard tree is dying tried to put some stuff in the water - still dying - It will have to be dug out and replaced by something - It is the focal point of front year - so that is not happy
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Baba, I hope things settle down for you soon.
Grand, WhooHooo!




We had some fires in our area and the air quality was awful for a few days. It finally cleared out and things are better now. Even the temps have been cooler than they were for a bit. My official weigh in is Tuesday. Dh and I have been trying to eat really well this week to get back on track. I'll let you know.

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such a long day - It got a bit hot today after 2 days of cool due to the storm - was gone all day walking and enjoying the company of my family -

BUT tonight I am ordering dinner - too tired to cook -

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So glad that you are okay and the pups are doing well. Hope that you didn't have any damage to that new deck that you have been working on. Fire, wind, what next for you folks ? Hope that all your family and friends are okay !
Company from Tenn came today for a visit. I'm so very excited.

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What a night ! wind like a hurricane - sheared off tops of trees - strait line across like with a saw - other trees pulled up from roots - my flowers lifted out of the pot - soild and all and went flying - patio table air born and leg taken off - no electricity all night - and to top that off - most of the homes in my neighborhood have damaged roofs - shingles flying all over - peeling off - I can't see all of my house - but I am hoping it is OK -0 downed power lines all over and of course trees falling into houses - 3 houses down a huge tree uprooted and across the fron of another home - AND all this in about 30 min - I was out running down the street after the garbage cans and my flowers and patio stuff - had to bring garbage cans back in but could not open the garage so I put them in between cars - It is chilly and very windy today - glad electric is back on -

I do love the wind but honestly even with the hurricanes in FL I never saw anything ike this - so fast and furios - sparked fires all over - bells ringing - whistles blowing - what a night !

Hope you all have a great evening - I am grateful and HAPPY that it is over !


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we are having hot & humid time here in Adirondacks. Just looked at the inside temp and it is 80 so I'm going to have to put the air on !

What a great day it has been. Company to keep the pups active. And a card game for me !
It has been years since I have played cards of any kind.

Hope that everyone had a great day also !

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Hey, all. I lost 3 lbs - don't know how....I think it is what I should have lost last week when I gained!!! I had a day in the sun today - first day in many days. I went to zumba. I saw my aunt for a bit. A good day!!

Baba - I use vinegar a lot, too, for cleaning....makes things 'shine'!!! lol Great job on the 10 min activity daily! Proud of you. You are right ....a week of giving...being thankful...being grateful.. Stay safe from the smoke & fire, amigo.

Kay - Good job on the loss! Zumba is like fitness dancing....tons of videos on youtube...we used to do it for a full hour...now, we do 1/2 class zumba and the other 1/2...we do HIIT (high intensity interval training) - we use weights and do things on the mat for the abs, too. I am soaking wet literally from head to toe when I get out.

Whimsy - how is weather your way? I saw the sun today for the first time in days. I'd like to go to Tenn tax-free weekend, but I probably won't be able to swing it this year. Are you going?

Have a great week! Good luck! Take care! Find your shekirk of joy each & every day!


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good morning !

KAYWEB - I live in WA - it sure is a mess right now - I have not looked at the news this morning - I am hoping that some progress has been made into containing the
wildfire - apparently is was 4 fires that combined - started with lightening - the breezes have been strong - not helping - we sure do need prayers out here - CONGRATS on the loss - I am weighing in today and resetting my tracker - so that will be my fresh start after the sugar detox -

I need to get my 10 min challenge done before DD leaves - I will have 4 yr old all day today as DD has so many things to take care of before the new baby - The 1 yr old is going to a sitter - My body does not do well with watching him - a 30 pound 1 yr old that is very needy - no lifting - I did way too much yesterday with him and am paying price today -

Let's make this a week filled with happiness - gratitude - love - compassion - finding joy in even the smallest of tasks - for that matter - even in the stuff we really don't want to do - mmm that is a challenge especially if I want to do something else instead ! I am working on that one -

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Good day everyone !
I'm so happy that once again I have found that a pound has left me and gone someplace. I'm hoping that I have been leaving them on the road side as I walk the pups early in the morning. Will have to change my path so that I don't run into any of those 6 pounds. TeeHee

Where do you live Baba? I was just watching the news and I'm seeing that Washington State is on fire. Are there fires in Cal. also? I don't watch much of the News with all the stuff that has been going on once again. I have been praying that they get a handle on these fires that are giving you and the pups breathless moments.

I don't know much about Zumba, Grand. It sounds as if you really enjoy yourself. What kind of exercise is it? Did you start out slowly and work your way up? You just keep those feet of yours moving !

Everyone else, hope that you are doing well with your plans.

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Yes, vinegar is great for many thing, but I love how it cleans up after the dogs.
Sorry that you are being smoked out ! Hope that they find a way to get those fires under control.
Grand That is way to soon to have to be going back to school !!!!! I wouldn't give it another thought, until you have to go to bed the night before so that you set the alarm.
I'm fighting the desire to run down to the corner store for ice cream this evening. I have this thing that I will not take the car out of the garage just to get something that I should not have. So far it works well. By tomorrow when I have to go out I'm hoping that I will not be crazy for the ice cream.
Have a great week ahead and stick to your plans and keep in touch !!

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Hi all - real smoky here today - worse than yesterday and they can't get a handle on it - praying for those who have lost their homes and businesses -

cleaned the carpets yesterday and feeling it today - only used water and vinegar since I was out of anything else - I read that vinegar is better than the soap anyway - My standard poodle was sick all over the place so I had no choice but to clean them - I wonder if it is all the smoke - My golden is having a tough time breathing - wow -

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Hey, all. I've not done well this week with food...trying to do better this weekend. Zumba was cancelled yesterday. Had a night out with one of friends for the night - nothing but 20somethings.... Rain & much milder temps here...I miss my sun!!

Baba - Woo Hoo on the 5 lbs & the 10 min exercise challenge!! Good for you. Send your warm temps my way.

Kay - I work 2 days next week...and Aug 1 is my first day! I DREAD it!

Whimsy - has it cooled down your way? Feels like Sept & it makes me so sad.

Have a great weekend. Good luck. Take care. Find your Shekirk of Joy each & every day.

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2011 Miles Less than 100
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2013 Miles Less than 100
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2015 . . .doing 5ks, 10ks my first half marathon . .so I am good to go, so far, with my 2015 miles


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Hi all - smoky day here with all the fires - spoke to a neighbor whose dog will not even leave the house to go in the yard due to the smoke - My one dog is shaking all the time -we figure they must sense the danger-

Day 1 on 10 min challenge - Did it first thing this morning - if I wait I get too busy and too tired -

also staying on the sugar detox even tho the challenge is over -

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Baba: Spaghetti Suash is so wonderful. I'm not a real fan of the afgredo sauce, like my usual marinara sauce with some ground beef. I have not had regular spaghetti in so long I don't think that I'd like the taste. You did a wonderful job with the detox ! You can always stop in here and tell how your doing and I'm sure someone will be around to encourage you.
Keep up the good eating plans that you have been doing over the last 5 days !

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well- lost 5 pounds in 5 days while on the sugar detox - and intend to stay on it - but it was the daily accountability that helped me - I had to report in all meals and snacks and everyone got to see it - I got some good ideas from others as well -

Weird out today - fires are heading this way even tho they are not that near - but the breeze has the skies filled with smoke and it is so overcast - It makes the temperatures seem a bit cooler since the sun is not beating down -

having spaghetti squash chicken with light alfredo tonight - low cal - low sugar and we'll see how it works - who knows - it might be good -

have a great day everyone - keep moving -KAYWEB - sounds like you are running a race with the pups !





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Baba: Good for you, I think about snacking at night due to a built in snack ! Most of the time I don't think about eating as much as I have in the past. Keep active with this puppy. He goes a mile a min. and keeps both myself and Zoe on our toes.

Grand: Was talking with a friend who lives in Tn. She was taking the grands out shopping for school clothes next weekend due to the fact that school is starting Aug. 5th. I'm hoping that your school isn't starting that soon !

AJ, Whimsy, always so nice to hear from you. Enjoy the weekend everyone !

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weather change - It is overcast and breezy - never thought I would say that 88 was a cool break !

Day 5 of detox and feeling much better - I forgot all about snacking last night and that is a HUGE step forward - today is the last day of the program with all its accountability so hope I can keep going it alone -

hope you all have something good in store this weekend ! find the joy -


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Hi all -
sitting with a really sick 4 yr old and a 1 year old who thinks he is a sumo wrestler - had to cancel my lessons this morning -

KAYWEB - great job ! keep it up !

AJ - glad to read your post -

GRAND - I should watch a zumba on you tube or something - but I like seeing people since I am home so much with the wee ones -

Day 3 of sugar detox and I will say I am feeling quite horrible - headache - and very tired - only 2 more days to go and I hope I can continue - I really like checking in online and seeing what others are eating and how they prepare etc - wish it was more than 5 days -

well - I am off to check in on the sick on who is watching tv - have a great day to all - Hope you are not as hot as we are out here !!


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Well, I got rid of the vacation gain. I knew it was mostly water, but needed to get rid of it before it became more permanent.

Temps have been way hot here. Yesterday was a nice balmy 96 degrees...after temps over 100 for a few days. I've been riding my bike three times a week for exercise since I'm nursing tendonitis. Darn these overuse injuries. I love riding my bike, but I miss walking with my friend, too.

Our kids in Rexburg lucked out. There was a huge storm (rain/hail) yesterday, followed by flash flooding. My kids were on the right side of the hill and didn't get flooded. Several buildings at BYU-I got flooded as well as a number of homes and businesses. John sent a video of water spouting up from the ground like a fountain. We learned later that the water had overwhelmed the drainage system and the water had blown the manholes off and was gushing from under the road. Crazy!

Baba, You can do it!

Grand, I agree. That could be water or new muscle. Weight loss is never linear. The important thing is to go in a downward direction.

Kayweb, yay! Way to go!

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Well here we are a week later. I didn't want to get on the scale this wonderful day. For I was sure that there would be a gain. Finally this afternoon I was able to deal with the news. I have broken the glass on the 260's. Today I was at 259 ! Yes I'm going in the right direction. Now to stay under the 260 figure.

Thank You everyone for all the encouragement ! It is working and I want to stick with the train ride. Do we have an exercise car on this train? Sure hope so ! Moving on down the rails ! Enjoying every stop that we make.

Good going

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GRAND - you look so good and that 1/2 pound has to be muscle or a bit of water weight?? no way is it a real gain !

I lost 1 pound - and so far the sugar detox is great - It is on FB - under Vanessa Weir - I think that is her name - it is a private group that you can join so only the select few see it - It is great but only lasts for 5 days - she keeps you accountable so when it ends I will need to find another way -

nice day here - dogs outside for a bit til the heat hits

I found out this morning that my insurance will not cover any more PT - even tho I am improving and need more - makes me sick - so I will do what I can at home

Have a great day and find your shekirk of joy in places you might not even look !!!


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Hey, all. Very aggravated....I was up 1/2 lb at weigh-in...I know that isn't much, but I really worked it last week...zumba 5 days...back off diet coke....I feel lighter... so, I am drinking a diet coke right now...

Baba - you can do it! Thank you for the text.


Have a great week all! Good luck! Take care! Find your Shekirk of Joy each & every day!

2015 - Remember the serenity prayer

...Nothing ever changes, if nothing ever changes

2007 Miles 1, 923.50
2008 Miles 1, 772.75
2009 Miles 885 miles
2010 Miles 440 miles
2011 Miles Less than 100
2012 Miles Less than 100
2013 Miles Less than 100
2014 Miles - more than 2000 - doing zumba & 5ks
2015 . . .doing 5ks, 10ks my first half marathon . .so I am good to go, so far, with my 2015 miles


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so here I go - a 5 day sugar detox - I reach for sugar when I am tired and feel I need a boost - bad thing - I also will go for bread - bad thing - so today is the start of no sugar for 5 days - only an apple and berries for fruit - lean meat - veggies - water - green tea - Let's see how I do - If I can kick the sugar then I am on my way !!

might rain - thunder - lightening today - poor Baily - the golden- will not be a happy camper -

hope you all have a great day - find the joy - live in the moment for it will not come again !


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Shower over - What a great job my DIL did on food and games - house all decorated in nautical theme - food way too good and my discipline disappeared -

looks like we will be in the 100's all week - pretty darn hot when the air cannot keep up and house remains in the 80's even when air is set for 72 -

smoke detectors in house screaming all night - never hear anything like it - no small beeps - just long - loud - clanging - it is now down to beeping - no ladder to get to the vaulted ceiling where I think the faulty one is - They are all hooked up to the electric system but even when turning off the breaker the beeping remains - Sasha is shaking and panting - she is usually not afraid of noises - so I guess this is my to-do lit for the day - figure out how to remedy this situation - might need to go buy a very tall ladder -

KAYWEB - what a great deal - so glad you have friends like that !
GRAND - you are an inspiration -wonder my body would allow me to do zumba ----

Great day to all - remember that life is sweet - find the joy !


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The car is back on the road. It is just great to have friends who know how to fix cars. The part was $70 and all he wanted was $100 for the whole thing. It didn't hurt seeing that I wasn't paying someone $85 / hour.

Going to get humid once again and so I have put the central air on and it is just wonderful in the house. Both pups ask to go out and spend about 5 mins. out and want right back in. They didn't even stay out while I was doing my gardening. If you call weeding gardening.
I just don't believe how much the weeds are growing. If only the flowers would grow as well !

Have a great weekend everyone !

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Howdy - boy at 8 this morning t was already 80 degrees !

Watched a few grandkids this morning as well as the 2 who are already here - now cleaning and getting ready for shower tomorrow -

going to be over 100 and stay that way going into next week according to the local weather -yuck !

WELL - with all this running around - and always being on the go - I GAINED 12 pounds - makes no sense at all - not sure how to tackle this gain - so disappointing - and all along I kept thinking that I would be happy when I weighed in -

GRAND - you are doing so great
KAYWEB you too !

Whimsy -hope the lot works out - moving is such a bear but I get excited about it every time - I think I am in my last house -I bought it with that in mind - and it still makes sense - but I would not mind one more move - enjoy those grandkids -

have a great day to all ! Have a super happy day !


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Daughter and son-in-law coming for a few days with the grandbaby - well grand toddler I guess, almost two! Then a two week break before another child is coming into town to visit.

Need to try and get back into the exercise routine - had been doing so well until June. Not eating as well either and notice the acid reflux is acting up a lot - so time to reign that in too.

Grand - we know we want to retire in Tennessee. Unless we win the lottery we won't be moving for another 5 years probably. But we'd love to buy soon so that we can do some of the prep work over the next few years - since most of the area has wells and septics as opposed to city water and sewer. We have found a couple of lots that we really like and have lined up someone to do an initial soil mapping for a septic and a builder to give us an idea of how easy or hard it will be to build on these lots. Hope we can get down there soon and make a decision. Tired of the limbo. If I could move tomorrow I would be packing right now!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

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emoticon nearly daily we have been getting this storms. Zoe is starting to take it all in stride and has stopped shaking. That is the only good thing about the thunder storms. Trying to keep track of what I am eating daily, but it is so hard to get back to the computer to enter things. Congratulation AJ on the wedding. I'm sure that it was just awesome.

Enjoy the shower BABA.
Grand, it has to be so hard to come back from vacation, but it is great that tall & handsome has been calling !

Have a great day everyone !

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I haven't been getting the notices again...or maybe I did and missed it in my email.

I lost all track of reality the minute we hit Hwy 16A in South Dakota and it's been a crazy transition back to real life. Three days after we returned I visited with the naturopath. I had to make an extra trip to his office because I forgot to take inventory of my supplements so I could get more. We (my mom and I) spent the week getting ready for my son's wedding. We sewed on bridesmaid dresses and planned the family meal for after the ceremony. My sister asked when church was and I instinctively said "9 am." My husband said, "No, it's at 11 am." I had to check the website to make sure! I was to teach Relief Society on July 6 so I had to be there on time. ha ha!

July 5 was the wedding day and it was great! Son #2 married and we have another daughter!

And now I'm working on getting rid of the vacation gain.

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great morning - a little breeze and not too humid or warm - got up real early to bake a banana pumpkin bread - those bananas needed to either be used or tossed - It will hit 100 today or so they say - so no oven or cooking later in the day -

came across a neat saying today - just a different way of saying NOT MY ISSUE

"every time you feel yourself being pulled into other people's nonsense, repeat these words - NOT MY CIRCUS- NOT MY MONKEYS" Polish proverb

have a great day - I am off to PT and then so many things to get ready for the shower - front porch is wonderful -so amazed that it turned out at all

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