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Wow. I don't have a lot to say, I am simply astounded by what is taking place in society today.

I am holed up and have been for a couple of weeks. I haven't been able to concentrate very well as anxiety is high, so I haven't been reading nearly as much lately even though I have more free time. Might try some graphic novels instead of big thick books for a change. I just don't know; there are so many things I just don't know.

I hope you all stay safe and healthy wherever you are at, however you are dealing with our crisis.

Doug
West Michigan

“My only wish is that we leave room for hope. There is good and bad in all things. We find what we expect to find. We see what we expect to see. I have learned that if I tilt my head just right and squint, the world outside is beautiful. The future is bright. There are good things to come.” -- Hugh Howey, Dust


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I understand about the CFS/ME. That's what they told me I had back in 1994 or so, until I went to the neurologist in 2019. It stopped me from working. It was the last thing I expected, as I always figured I would work until I got much older.

I understand about the motivation thing too. Major depressive disorder with PTSD and generalized anxiety. Life can be rough, but it is so worth it. I had forgotten to take my Ritalin for a while and went into a deep depression. My therapist helps me quite a bit, and we figured it out together. The Ritalin is for my ADD, but it also amps my antidepressant. Sunlight helps a lot, too. Winter time is not fun.

I think it is great that you love reading, and you read such great books, too. I wish I had the focus to do that again. I try my best, as I still like reading.

I am sorry your friend is so ill. emoticon

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2/10/20 7:30 P

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I have a friend with myalgic encephalomyelitis, which is very extreme in his case and he is dying of it. Diet has helped him a lot with treatment, but there is no FDA treatment or cure. He can barely function at all, can't work, and has been fighting to get Disability since 2017. Because this is an autoimmune disorder with no biometric markers it is difficult to prove his impairment, if you google it it says Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which a lot of people say they have. This is different than being tired a lot. His mother and sister both have M.S. so it may have a similar component genetically. There isn't enough known about M.E.

I'm sorry you are having trouble with the M.S. and hope that your eating habits help with the condition.

Myself, I have enough to handle with bipolar depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder, plus panic disorder. I'm trying to get exercise 3-4 times per week but without motivation it is hard. Exercise helps though, and sunlight (which has been scarce here), keeping a good dietary regimen and a daily routine of getting enough sleep, etc. This winter has been long and hard for me.

I do read a lot of books but have slowed down in 2020. I'll perk up in a few weeks or be seeing my doctor for medication changes, and I assume that I'll be back to my old self.

Doug
West Michigan

“My only wish is that we leave room for hope. There is good and bad in all things. We find what we expect to find. We see what we expect to see. I have learned that if I tilt my head just right and squint, the world outside is beautiful. The future is bright. There are good things to come.” -- Hugh Howey, Dust


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Hope you had a good holiday and New year!

I only got on Facebook last year to reconnect with an old friend. I am very selective which groups I belong to. If any group starts to be too negative, or I witness the group bully others, I am out of there!

Can't say I like facebook that much but some teams are really informative. I don't blame u for coming off Facebook.

I am reading "The Wahls Protocol," by Terry Wahls, MD. It is about how to improve autoimmune conditions, especially MS. That's what my neurologist thinks I most likely have. It takes my normal clean eating, no gluten, no processed foods diet, low carb diet, along with daily intermittent fasting, and has me eat many cups of free veggies per day.

Already, it has helped my blood glucose immensely and quickly! It reminds me of the diet WW did in the early 80s which was based on the diabetic exchange program.

I am having a lot of symptoms with the MS, and that is why I am on Spark People sporadically.

Wahls is supposed to lower cholesterol too. Sure hope it does.

I have been doing well on my eating. I take it meal by meal.

I will probably be reading this book for a while, and then will read her recipe book. I got an actual physical book as I can mark it up like I did on my school books. It helps me learn. Also, my sleep hygiene is better when I don't have my face in a screen.

Have a good February!

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Gluten free is working for me!

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12/21/19 1:50 A

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Where is the "like" button on a thread? No, seriously I don't do Facebook, I quit after 8 years before the 2016 election. I'll never go back... so negative, and manipulative, and unsecure with personal information.

As for breaks from electronics, what are those? LOL. My current login streak here on Sparkpeople is 1,022 days! That is in a row!

Thank you for your kind words. I hope you have a very great holiday season, however you celebrate.

Doug
West Michigan

“My only wish is that we leave room for hope. There is good and bad in all things. We find what we expect to find. We see what we expect to see. I have learned that if I tilt my head just right and squint, the world outside is beautiful. The future is bright. There are good things to come.” -- Hugh Howey, Dust


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You have been very busy! Good for you!

I think a lot of teams have the problem. Perhaps more ppl are turning to facebook. I am on a dr fung team on facebook which is pretty active, unlike the fung team here where I am a co-leader.

I don't sweat it either!

I have made some nice online pals. I have one team where only one person is active, and that is ok by me.

The sp function being broken doesn't help much either.

I go through times when I am not as active on SP, too. Sometimes, I just need a break from the electronics.

Anyhow, I think you are pretty cool, and enjoy this team. Thanks for leading it!

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

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Hey you too! Even if you aren't reading come stop by and say hi. This forum has fallen off drastically in participation. We need some regular members (other than me, although I know that in most of the forums I post to I am talking to myself only...) It isn't just this forum here, I posted in the Fitbit forum with 136,000 members and it was just like I am not there.

Is it forums in general (the lack of motivation to participate in message boards anymore because everyone is in Facebook groups instead?), this one specifically (I know we don't have a large membership), Sparkpeople in general? I guess I don't lose sleep over it.

I cannot see who has even visited the forum in the past 30 days anymore, that feature has been broken for months and months (like 9?) I'd give out participation awards if there was any way to know who even stopped by.


Anyway, I am still out here alive and kicking. I got a new fitbit yesterday, my three year old Charge 2 was no longer counting my steps. I successfully repaired our broken treadmill with an electronic fuse switch I bought on the 'net, it worked for me today. I also hooked up a sound system in the basement to go with the Television so I would have something to do while exercising. I'm going into the New Year on a positive foot, no need to wait for Resolutions.

I hope you're doing ok and meeting goals as well. Thanks for saying hi.

Doug
West Michigan

“My only wish is that we leave room for hope. There is good and bad in all things. We find what we expect to find. We see what we expect to see. I have learned that if I tilt my head just right and squint, the world outside is beautiful. The future is bright. There are good things to come.” -- Hugh Howey, Dust


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Have a good holiday season, Doug! emoticon

Hope to read more in the new year.

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Gluten free is working for me!

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Yes, reading is very important for the mind. I will be in a great book, then forget I am reading it! Frustrating. May have to revisit some old fashioned books and lay it on my bedside. The library doesn't always have my book again!

Tubi is great. Crackle has some good 70 s shows. Pluto, also free, plays wonderful holiday music with a crackling fireplace.

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." Thomas Edison


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I have been watching Tubi.tv a lot lately, I found the 80s sitcom Alf on there. I don't really mind the ads, I just hit the mute button on my remote for 90 seconds and don't pay attention to them. They don't have too many anyway.

I have been watching more hulu, Amazon Prime stuff, and shows lately, but I am still reading along. Not as voraciously as before though. I have no idea how I got that many pages in one month but it pushed my grand total of pages for the year into 2nd place behind 2018, according to Goodreads.

I hope you all are reading some, it keeps the mind sharp.

Doug
West Michigan

“My only wish is that we leave room for hope. There is good and bad in all things. We find what we expect to find. We see what we expect to see. I have learned that if I tilt my head just right and squint, the world outside is beautiful. The future is bright. There are good things to come.” -- Hugh Howey, Dust


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emoticon on reading 8800! emoticon

You can stream Tubi through fire. I think u will like what they offer.

I am still able to access Kanopy on my roku which is part of my LA county library, and my sister has no problem accessing my account through her kindle. So, I will just use her kindle to order books!

I have my library card in FL. We got out for hurricane season. I can probably just re-enter my card # through my kindle when I get back to FL. I am never without my library card, but I switched to another purse to travel.

I watched "For the Love of Spock" today, and loved it. Andrew Nimoy (leonard nimoy's son) did the film.





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Hello. No, gluten free didn't improve my symptoms so I quit. Much more convenient with sharing meals and less expensive all around. The problem is that I still have symptoms, lactose hurts, I figured that out. Lactaid helps.

Last month I read 8800 pages! Never in my life have I read so much. I am far behind this month, I got a new 4K television. I've been streaming through Fire TV device but only get 4K occasionally with Amazon, I don't quite have enough bandwidth for it. The internet company is coming Tuesday to troubleshoot why, because we pay for the speed and aren't getting it consistently. I also have Netflix but not 4K, I don't have very much in Ultra High Definition to watch but the regular HD looks great too. My blu-ray player upconverts regular blu-ray to 4K and also plays 4K UHD discs. They look fantastic but are too expensive. Since we dumped DirecTV I have been watching the over-the-air channels more and I can record to my Amazon DVR. I like old 70s sit-coms (Archie Bunker and the like) and some 80s stuff that is played on the secondary OTA channels. Too much to watch and read, it is an entertainment golden age.

What system does your library use, what is it called? I use Overdrive but my library is rural and dinky, so I belong to Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Houston too (they all use Overdrive). Those allow out of state memberships but cost a yearly fee. I read enough that I save a lot of money on Kindle e-books (most are very expensive, $10 and up). I also get audio book materials from them. I have legitimate memberships with them so I don't think they would kick me off. My local library and Philadelphia also have Hoopla, and Brooklyn and Houston have RBdigital. None of those apps give me problems. I'm sorry your library is being a hassle. You could look into a remote library card, Brooklyn is the best value. Wait lists can be long though...



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“My only wish is that we leave room for hope. There is good and bad in all things. We find what we expect to find. We see what we expect to see. I have learned that if I tilt my head just right and squint, the world outside is beautiful. The future is bright. There are good things to come.” -- Hugh Howey, Dust


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How are u doing, Doug? Are u still gluten free?

I am still watching films. My main love is classic films from the 1940s. Tubi has lots of them. It is a free channel I get through my fire TV or my Roku. It has commercials, but short commercials so they don't bother me.

My library told me I wasn't in their area and cut me off. Frustrating as I still pay taxes in that state. I guess they have a new tracking program and see that I was accessing it from a different state. I am still a resident of that state though. They want me to show up in person the next time I am out there to renew. What a pain.



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Gluten free is working for me!

"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." Thomas Edison


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It is a difficult transition, but gets easier in time.

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

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Week one Gluten Free down. It "seems" to be helping, but I have read all kinds of different anecdotal stories on the internet about how long it takes to work. Between 1 week and infinity seems to be the consensus. Had a rough time with cramping this evening but that might be because the gluten free pizza had cheese and I didn't take a lactaid. Otherwise no issues for a week!

This is going to be difficult to keep up if it works. I am on a fixed Disability income and will need to relearn how to cook as the food is EXPENSIVE. Well the convenience type stuff that is. I can manage it for a few weeks but I'm going to a Detroit Tigers baseball game on the 13th and disappointed in the gluten free offerings at the ballpark. Bacon on a stick? Come on. A hamburger with no bun? What am I supposed to eat it on my hand? Gross. I'm going to have to bring in my own sandwiches to the game, they allow soft sided coolers and individual packages of food. Half the fun of going to the ballpark is the food and drinks though, it's a part of the experience. I won't be able to do that this time (no gluten free beer).

I'll give it a good 3 weeks and re-evaluate. I think I can manage to afford the food for that long before making major adjustments. This is hard on my folks too, they are used to me making so many of the meals and now I am selfishly cooking for only myself. I'm kinda half hoping the diet doesn't work, but I don't want to see a GI specialist or an allergy specialist for expensive testing.

Doug
West Michigan

“My only wish is that we leave room for hope. There is good and bad in all things. We find what we expect to find. We see what we expect to see. I have learned that if I tilt my head just right and squint, the world outside is beautiful. The future is bright. There are good things to come.” -- Hugh Howey, Dust


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Stouffers has stuffed bell peppers which don't have gluten. Yummy!

Amy's also has a gluten free lasagna.

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." Thomas Edison


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Ugh, I hate it when that happens to posts...

Right before taking the plunge I typically prepared meal for my 2 parents and myself as a group. We shared in costs for food from the grocery store and I made probably 2/3rds of the meals we shared together. Some nights were convenience foods (Stouffer's meals, frozen pizza, etc.) and some were spaghetti night or taco night. My father hunts so venison is an occasional meal, like a roast or steaks, and sometimes chicken roasted with potatoes. It is gardening season so I've been eating a lot of salad, lettuce and such from the garden.

I've been on my own for breakfast and most lunches, and breakfast is easy to prepare: eggs or gluten free cereal or whatever is readily available. I found Amy's gluten free soups and they, or leftovers from the previous night's dinner, plus salad, are a good lunch. Maybe tuna or cheese sandwiches on gluten free bread would work also. I found some tiny loaves of gluten free bread on sale for $4 a loaf and bought two, for a start. Also gluten free pasta, a couple gluten free pizzas, and an Amy's gluten free frozen skillet meal, a recipe (unstuffed peppers) for the instant pot, and a roasted chicken with potatoes and veggies to go along with salad should last me a couple of weeks I think.

I don't have a large grocery selection of gluten free food here in rural West Michigan but there is some. I may have to look at Whole Foods from Amazon. My goal is to make it 3-4 weeks gluten free and re-evaluate what I need to do with my diet.

Thanks for the tips!

Doug
West Michigan

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For eating out: order burger protein style, served wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun

When eating pizza out, I order a salad and then take the toppings off the gluten pizza slice to eat them.

I get Ezekial bread which is sprouted wheat. I can eat that, and the bread tastes decent. It is a few dollars cheaper than gluten free bread which can be $7 to $10!

I don't eat much bread, just one slice a day with my breakfast.

Almond rice thins are a good gluten free cracker and the price is decent. Most gluten free crackers are expensive and taste terrible.

I do a lot of crock pot cooking, with chicken, pork, beef, fish. I put in a little chicken broth and dried garlic and onion. I then serve frozen veggies in the steamer bag (microwave) and serve a potato, sweet potato, brown rice, or quinoa.

I eat a lot of unprocessed whole foods. Anything processed likely has gluten in it. Eat pure ice cream, no ice cream sandwiches.

Going gluten free fixed a lot of my health issues. Gluten intolerance is a real thing and they diagnosis it based on symptoms. I had GERD, IBS, itchy inflamed back rash, etc which went away after I stopped gluten. I also lost a lot of weight.

Gravies have gluten. I fix my own gravy with butter, bisquick gluten free pancake mix, and chicken broth. Meatloaf has gluten, meatballs...I fix my own. I use either gluten free bread or steel cut oats to mix with the meat.

I hope this helps.

Let me know if u need anything.

I also eat a few fruit a day and plain kefir.

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I wrote u a long response which just disappeared. :(

I will try again after my evening chores. What is your typical eating plan now before trying to make the change?

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I finally "pulled the trigger" and went Gluten Free this week. I'm tired of the symptoms, so I am giving it 3-4 weeks and then re-introducing wheat to see what it does. I discussed it with my doctor at my annual checkup today. This is the cheapest and easiest way for me to test for gluten intolerance, otherwise it is to see an allergy specialist and my insurance, well it isn't very good for stuff like that. I can't believe how much going gluten free costs though, I spent a lot at the grocery on Monday. If it works and I stay that way I'll have to figure out ways to lower costs by doing a lot more of my own cooking and baking. I was just boggled by $6 for a frozen pizza, but really, that feeds me twice so it isn't outrageous for a convenience food.

How do you keep costs in check while doing gluten free, BeccaBoo?

Doug
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“My only wish is that we leave room for hope. There is good and bad in all things. We find what we expect to find. We see what we expect to see. I have learned that if I tilt my head just right and squint, the world outside is beautiful. The future is bright. There are good things to come.” -- Hugh Howey, Dust


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Found out cable cut some of our channels tonight! It is always something. Lost tbs and hgtv.

You will save a lot of money.

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Gluten free is working for me!

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We finally "cut the cable" so I guess I will be reading more. DirecTV was up to $180/month for our family; we decided television isn't worth $6 per day. I will miss watching the Tigers lose 5 out of every 7 games though.

Doug
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“My only wish is that we leave room for hope. There is good and bad in all things. We find what we expect to find. We see what we expect to see. I have learned that if I tilt my head just right and squint, the world outside is beautiful. The future is bright. There are good things to come.” -- Hugh Howey, Dust


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Still working my way through Saga. Best graphic novel series ever!

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My goal was to read more, and I certainly did that!!

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Thanks. My total stats for the year ended up being 167 books for 63,000 pages. Although reading isn't a race, I am much behind that number this year so far and don't think it will happen again.

How did you do, did you meet your reading goals?

Doug
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“My only wish is that we leave room for hope. There is good and bad in all things. We find what we expect to find. We see what we expect to see. I have learned that if I tilt my head just right and squint, the world outside is beautiful. The future is bright. There are good things to come.” -- Hugh Howey, Dust


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emoticon on 155+ books, Doug!

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I love Lee Child! Great books, Doug!

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Interesting books. Enjoy

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Wow, great deals on Kindle e-books today! I bought $25 worth, I'm looking forward to reading:
Grant (biography) by Ron Chernow
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Night School by Lee Child
Blood Communion by Anne Rice
Fire by Kristin Cashore
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

One of the better sales I have seen in a while on Amazon for e-books that I am interested in. Not a lot of indie publishers or Kindle Unlimited books in this sale list, these are all bestsellers.

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“My only wish is that we leave room for hope. There is good and bad in all things. We find what we expect to find. We see what we expect to see. I have learned that if I tilt my head just right and squint, the world outside is beautiful. The future is bright. There are good things to come.” -- Hugh Howey, Dust


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Wow the last time I posted in this topic was October?

I have been sick since then. I saw the doctor for sinus infection #3 recently and he put me on a very strong antibiotic for 14 days and steroids. I'm turning the corner finally. I want to get more active physically, my health hasn't permitted it.

I've done a lot of reading though this year. 155 books and counting, my biggest year ever.

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I had to give in an see a Dr. on Wednesday for the sinusitis that won't go away. Another round of antibiotics... It has been a drag. I want to be active but I cannot breathe, my sinuses are so congested (still) and the Dr. said no more Sudafed (raises blood pressure and dries me out too much which isn't what I need). She also wanted me to use a humidifier in my bedroom with distilled water to raise the humidity to 50%. It is currently 30%, and I would need a truck-load of distilled water (at 89 cents a gallon) and 3 humidifiers to actually do that... So it isn't happening. I tried one humidifier last winter with regular tap water and it drank 3 gallons of water per day and did not raise the humidity significantly. No Sudafed is the killer though, I can't get rid of the sinus headache.

How long have I been sick with respiratory issues? June I got the grippe. This is sinus infection #2.

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I am still not 100% but I have had so many doctor appointments lately of various kinds that I am putting off going back to the General Practitioner because of cost primarily. It's not quite bad enough yet. I'll know when it's time, if this is allergies or a virus it will go away, or if it isn't it will get worse and I'll go back... again. Supposed to hard freeze tonight so weed pollen will no longer be an issue at all. It probably isn't by this point anyway.

I have a coat but don't own any boots. Not a bad idea to get a pair instead of relying on my older pair of shoes that get wet in the weather. I have a better pair I don't wear outside, but since I wear them indoors all day they break down in less than six months and become the outdoor pair at that point. Boots would be a good idea this year.

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Oh no! I hope you feel better by now! Sinus infections suck.

The whiplash weather is making me pay, unfortunately. We went from 80 to 50 and then back up to 80 and now down to high 40s low 50s. Yesterday I left home (fortunately to go to a friend's house, where I was able to borrow a sweater) without a coat--just forgot to grab one--and the high was 45! I have now successfully purchased both shoes and boots to get me through this colder weather... I realized when the temps crashed that the only shoes I had that didn't hurt my feet (I have a lot of inflammation in my toes) were my sandals! So now I have some footwear that is more seasonally appropriate that don't hurt my feet.

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Supposed to be 80 degrees by me tomorrow here in West Michigan, who knows what the weather is going to do? It was cold and rainy today for sure.

I am working on sinus infection number 2 for this allergy season, waiting on the frost to kill the weeds. I haven't gone back to the doctor for more antibiotics yet, trying my best to avoid that. Laying low and reading is a plan.

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Oh the weather outside is frightful,
My books are so delightful
And since I've no place to go...
Let it rain, let it hail, let it snow....
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(Not snowing here--give it a month or so, lol--but the weather outside has been... tempestuous. And fickle. And lots of grey and bleak thrown in. But hey, at least it's good weather for reading!)

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I haven't been around for awhile. First I was away on vacation and didn't have internet access, and then came down with a sinus infection turned cold turned bronchitis (so much fun) so I lost a lot of time being sick. I'm finally starting to feel better and trying to dig my life back out, LOL.

Doug, ragweed season is killing me, too. This time year until the first real frost is one of the worst times of years for me (the other being May through early June). My preferred entertainment when I'm home is usually either reading or playing video games (depending on mood, how I'm feeling, etc. Weirdly, I can't read when I have a migraine and but I can play games.) I've never been a big tv watcher; it's hard to justify paying for it for me when I might not watch anything for months. But when I do watch tv, I'm usually crafting which means I tend to binge watch on shows that I can "watch" more by listening than watching. I've considered listening to audio books instead, but I haven't really gotten into them. It's mostly hard because I have friends who are always encouraging to watch this show or that one (Game of Thrones being a good example, actually. Even though I never finished the first book, LOL) and even if I watched tv regularly I would be able to keep up with them all, LOL.

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Yes, the ragweed is bad. My sinusitis is mostly healed but blended with allergies so I still have respiratory issues. Today we canned two 5-gallon pails of tomatoes from the garden, 20 quarts. I think they all sealed (fingers crossed). We aren't going to can any more so the rest will be for giving away and making fresh salsa, or they will rot on the vine. Canning takes the entire day. The tomatoes are sooo good though compared to the grocery store tomatoes, these actually have flavor!

We have gotten some rain lately but for a while there all of it was splitting and going around the area where I live, so the lawn grass was all dead. The field corn was being stressed, but it is recovering now. We kept the garden well watered, tomorrow I might process more green beans. Freezing them is so much easier than canning.

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Hope u feel better! I hear your state has a drought. Probably doesn't help with the ragweed.



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Fighting with sinusitis here, just got off the steroids for that yesterday but still on antibiotics. Today was a gardening day, picked 2.5 pounds of beans and processed for the freezer, plus made 4 loaves of zucchini bread (for the freezer). I only have 10 more zucchini to use up, big ones, ha ha. I'm getting zucchinied out.

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How is everyone?

I am watching Saint Martin's Lane with Charles Laughton today, but downloaded some good library YA books to start!

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Amazon better start competing with Netflix for content. Amazon was offering a series under Prime, and then taking away the prime seasons by changing them to having to pay. It would be funny if it wasn't so frustrating.

Hulu used to be the best, beating out Netflix. Netflix upped their game. My sis has Amazon Prime, and I am on her family account. Netflix I enjoy. Watching "River" right now which is a great detective story where the lead detective gets his leads from the supernatural. I think they only made one season though.

I'd get rid of hulu if I hadn't opted to get their live TV over Sling from Amazon, as the channels are so much better, and I get to watch my local channels too.

I go through cycles of binge reading and binge watching. Sometimes I go out and have fun. :)

I did start the dead series, book 1, but have paused it for now. I like it but went into a cycle of binge watching again. Thankfully, my library has them so I can check them out whenever I want.

I am glad that I have my books and tv series for when I feel punk.

Thank goodness we are readers! Not everyone is a reader. I've always loved to read.

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The Oasis is a great e-reader, I am liking it and Kindle Unlimited (so far). I use the audio books to immersion read and many of the KU books come with Audible audio which syncs on my Fire tablet, when I can get that to work. That is the trick, it is buggy which is frustrating. I have to kill the Kindle app on my Fire tablet and empty the cache and retry the download after syncing to get the audio to link with the e-book, sometimes more than once--seriously annoying. But I also have the library for e-books and audiobooks, so I am flush with content at the moment. That makes it hard to get to the physical books in my library. I am reading one now, but prefer to read on my e-reader so I checked and it was in at the library for e-reader checkout. I can get rid of another physical copy after I read this one.

As far as TV goes, I would be content to watch bluray and dvd discs of things I previously purchased, but Amazon announced that they are going to try and compete with Netflix for content and I have both of those services. Others in the house like the DVR and DirecTV, which I only use to watch Tigers games. For local programming I only care about the weather forecast and can watch that online too. I am just not very interested in watching most television when I could be reading instead. Entertainment costs dollars per hour, it comes down to how much you value whatever you are doing. Fishermen buy $10,000 bass boats to fish on weekends. Everything costs something, I have found books to be a good value in dollars per hour. Others of my friends would rather watch visual media during free time and pay for that instead, that is okay too. I am getting pressured to watch Game of Thrones but I am hesitant because I have not read the book series yet. I have no doubt it is a great show but I'd rather read the books first at least, so as not to spoil my imagination with a director's interpretation. I read Altered Carbon so I could watch the Netflix show, but I haven't gotten around to that yet.

It really is a golden age for entertainment with so many choices in television, movies, music, and books on demand. Sometimes I just need to take a break on it all and spend time out-of-doors, however allergy season is kicking into gear here and I am going to be stationed in front of the air filter in air conditioning very soon. Ragweed season is the pits for me.

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Doug sounds like you made out well with Prime day! I completely missed it because I had so much other stuff going on. I'm glad that you are liking your Oasis. I'm sorry to hear that the garage sale was a bust, though. At least living in the city, we have options.

We theoretically have cut all but internet for now now but we need to take the cable boxes etc. in and I keep forgetting to do that. The options we are looking at are all variations over the internet--we don't watch anything localish except for sports; most of what we watch, when we do watch, is on a handful of channels. It's a pity we can't just pick the channels we want from our cable company for a fraction of the cost, LOL!

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Thanks for the update, Zannachan. No, the garage sale was a dud. I sold a couple of books but at 50 cents each, maybe half a dozen? I packed my boxes of books back in the attic and intend to accumulate a bit more discards before I pursue doing something about them.

The Oasis is a wonderful device, I finished my first book on it tonight. Oh, Prime Day on Amazon was evil for me, I bought a book (-$5 Prime Day Deal), plus the Oasis set me back a bit, and then they offered me Kindle Unlimited for a year at a great deal price I couldn't refuse. I figure if I read 2-3 k.u. books per month it makes it worth the money, and I can easily do that. Several of the authors I like, such as Jeff Wheeler, are available through k.u. and often audio books are included at no extra charge. I am listening/reading his newest book right now.

And my mother broke my blood pressure monitor, which I was loaning to her. It is a wrist model and they had a Prime Day special on those also! Good grief, I spent my birthday money and then some.

I'm glad you have been able to read, read, read while you get better. I hope you are doing better... So sorry to hear about your friend passing at such a young age.

I haven't watched much TV in a while now, other than a few sit-coms to break the periods between books (MASH, Arrested Development). I have even been neglecting to watch the Tigers play (well, lose) because a team that wins less than 1 out of 3 games is boring to watch. I'd much rather read. Good luck with cutting the cord; we tried that for a while but out here in the rural place we live we couldn't get even local channels with an antenna, we'd need to invest in a super giant one to pull in Grand Rapids or Lansing. And then you can't record either... It gets some use here but not justifying the price in my opinion.

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So I disappeared for awhile--high pain levels, having acute asthma issues that lasted for almost 2 months (finally resolved with a combination of more steroids, an additional inhaler, and nebulizer treatments) followed up with one of my friends going into hospice and then passing away last week at the age of 33. So it's been kind of rough I didn't have the energy to be on line.

We have eliminated cable for now--I rarely watch it, and while my husband watches more than I do, he isn't a huge tv watcher either. We are considering other options but probably won't decide on anything until fall; too much on our plate now.

But I have been reading, extensively (it was something I could do when I couldn't breathe and was struggling to walk even around the house). Most of the books I read were re-reads, which is good for my budget, but I did indulge in some new fiction--some by authors I had already read (for example, Frogkisser by Garth Nix which is a fun YA fantasy novel about a young princess who goes on a quest to undo a curse and defeat an evil sorcerer) and others by new to me authors.

In particular, I really enjoyed Cindy Baldwin's Where the Watermelons grow which is a YA novel about a girl who's mother suffers from schizophrenia.

Doug, I hope you garage sale works for you. I know my mom gave up on garage sales for books because she couldn't get people to pay $.25 for a book and she could sell them at the used bookstore in town for something like $1 or a $1.50 (I think) in-store credit. I have mostly rehomed books I didn't want to keep by giving them to friends and family. I still haven't gotten around to selling the stacks of books we set aside to get rid of (in part because I have to sit down and recheck them as my husband stacked a bunch of books my mom gave me in whith the ones to be gotten rid of--d'oh) so I am not sure how well I will like it. We will probably rehome at least some of them to friends/family anyway.

Doug, I'm sorry to hear that your source for audio books is shutting down. I hope you enjoy your oasis! That sounds like a pretty impressive device. And early Happy birthday! I'm a big believer in birthday month, LOL.

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Yes, I love my library overdrive and I get ten free films per month on Kanopy.

Great b day present!! emoticon

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I went ahead and bought a Lightning Deal on a Kindle Oasis today. I've wanted one for a looong time. This one is gold (graphite color was sold out), with 32 Gb of storage (vs 4 Gb on the regular kindle), Audible audio book playback via bluetooth, 16 led lights inside for backlighting (vs 4 on the paperwhite) and is adaptive adjustable lighting to suit conditions, touch screen plus actual page turn buttons, 300 dot per inch resolution on a 7 inch screen, and it is waterproof! I got $60 off the regular price, but removed the special offer advertising and added a case, so it was kind of an expensive early birthday present to myself (my birthday is the 23rd). This will be a really cool upgrade since I use one of my kindles every day just about.

I can then let my dad use the Voyage I have with my library of about 500 titles. They would have let me trade in my Voyage but only for $50 (really bad trade in price). I have an ancient kindle I could have gotten $15 in trade for, but not worth it. I'll use it as a backup, it still works fine.

Kindles plus library cards are the best! With Overdrive so much expensive content is available if you have access to a good library.

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Whew! Way to rich for my blood! emoticon

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Yeah, check out the prices for audiobook CDs on Amazon and you'll think Audible is a deal. Most start at $30, some sell as high as $60 retail. Brandon Sanderson's newest book Oathbringer is $62 plus tax for the book on CD, for one book on CD. That was why I liked the $6 deals on Audiobookstand. Of course, I would rather get them for free from the library by checkout (not exactly free because I pay to access the e-libraries I am a member of, but still...) My local town of about 350 people has a tiny library but the selection is lacking to put it mildly. I could drive to the city and use my library card there to check out physical materials, but two round trips isn't very economical either.

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Sorry to hear.... emoticon

Glad u got some new books. Audible's price is ridiculous! Sometimes my library has books I can listen to. Sometimes I prefer it and sometimes not.

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I was sorry to get an email that audiobookstand.com is closing July 31. They sell Brilliance publishing (Amazon brand) CDs and mp3 discs of a lot of good stuff, much cheaper than a credit at Audible. I have spent a lot of money on audiobooks there (generally $6 each, rather than an $11.50 Audible credit). Since I need the audiobook to go along with the print or ebook copy (for my bad memory and concentration), and Brilliance audio titles aren't available from library websites anymore, series like J.D. Robb's "In Death" which were all done by Brilliance were a better deal at that site.

As a final farewell I bought "In Death" books 11-19 for $4 each on mp3 CD. They are selling the entire series including the latest book for $200, but that is too steep for me. I have read the first five books in the series and already own 6-10, so these new ones should keep me busy for a while. Doubt I will ever make it through the entire series though... not if I need to buy them individually from Audible for a credit a piece.

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Happy mom's day!

I'm a mum to two wonderful pooches!

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You can donate to the library and then I can re-read ur books!

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I live in a pretty much rural area so I'd need to drive into the city to find a used bookstore, I am unaware of any though and will have to internet search them. There must be some in Lansing or somewhere if you have several around you, Zanna, that buy books. I am simply unaware and ignorant on that subject, or what they would give me for a used book in very good condition. I was going to try $1 each at the garage sale, with certain series (if they are complete book series) being not-separable. I would find it of less value to have somebody buy book 1 of a series and leave books 2-4 for example, than just keeping the 4 book set myself, so I will rubber band those together and price them higher. I don't expect many to move and I'm primarily doing the sale to help my mom and sister out, they have the most stuff to sell and the most to gain from a sale. Not my idea, but I'll help. They used to do well in the past on a dirt road, now their house is on a paved road so more traffic! Depending on weather that weekend it could get busy?

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They have an option where u can pick specific teams and they will record it for u, up to 50 hrs in the cloud. I don't know exactly how it works as I am not into sports.

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Oooh.. He would be interested in Detroit sports--The Red Wings being the biggest, but also the Tigers, Lions, Pistons (he also enjoys the women's teams, but they are more rarely televised.) I will have to look into that as an option, thank you.

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Hulu live has sports channels. :).

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Sadly, we are currently paying (and way too much) for cable (my husband loves sports) and I do like TV--just not as much as reading. So invariably unless I'm in a crafting mood (and physically able to craft, which hasn't been a lot in the last few years due to joint pain) our DDR fills up with tv shows we want to watch eventually as we don't watch them as fast as they are released. I have a feeling that we will be cutting the cable soon and only paying for internet unless we can get a good deal. And then we need to decide if we want to both paying for something like Netflix or CBS or whatever, or not. Or maybe just eventually invest in the shows that we watch so that when I'm in the mood we can watch them... on our own time table.

I just know that reading on a daily basis is a must for my happiness and well-being. Watching TV is not. And we are busy enough--days, evenings, weekends--that a lot of time something has to be cut, and more often than not, that's watching tv. We've gone without tv before--for me, I didn't tend to miss it overly so long as I have dvds (and now downloadable/streaming content such as Amazon prime or Netflix, so long as they have shows I want to watch). My husband missed it more because he missed his sports.

Doug, I confess I'm the same way with books. We do periodically thin our collection out--I need to go through our books again--I had started when we first moved to the house 3 years ago but in the basement remodeling (which is where the bulk of our library is) my husband accidentally mixed the "books to be shelved" and "books to get rid of" piles so now I have to resort those out--but we own thousands of books and probably only get rid of a couple of hundred at a time every 5 years or so. I feel less guilty about it since both my husband and I are readers and we both re-read books--typically half or more of any books I read in a given year are re-reads--so having a home library is practical. But we only have so much space, and we still buy new books too (more e-books now than print, but we still buy print) so we need to create space somehow. But I hate hate hate throwing out books unless they are unreadable for some reason. And I don't know that I will ever both with a garage sale again--they are tons of work for not a lot of money. So anything still readable/usable tends to be either given to friends/family, sold (we have a number of used bookstores in the area, for example) or donated to a charity.

My entire extended family are predominantly readers, but my parents don't tend to hold onto books like we do (my in-laws more than my parents but less than we do, probably because my mother-in-law abhors clutter and likes checking books out of the library more than I do. I am big supporter of libraries, don't get me wrong--but I prefer reading books on my timetable, not someone else's, and being able to re-read them later. Libraries put time limits on how long you have to read a specific book and often sell books I want to come back and re-read). My mother very rarely re-reads books, so she doesn't have any interest in keeping them. She tends to buy books used and then pass them around to family who want to read it, and then eventually either gives them to me or resells them at the used book store for credit to spend on more books.

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My father likes his DirecTV with DVR and pays $150 a month for that. I can't see paying that much for tv myself.

I have also read 50 books this year (exactly). I spend a fair amount on audio books or access to them through libraries I should say, since I like the immersion reading experience. I've almost stopped buying print books though, since I can get most from libraries in e-book format instead.

We're going to have a garage sale and I'm going to try (again) to put out some already read books, but I know that is a waste of time since the people who frequent garage sales are generally not readers, or at least readers of the types of books I like to read. I have gotten many books from garage sales, but have run several with books and the book section gets almost no traffic at all, much less than piles and piles (and piles) of old clothes which is big sale turn-off to me. I only have four bankers boxes full though, so I will put them out since we are having the sale anyway.

Because of my tendencies to hoard books and no good way to purge them to make up any of the money I spent on them, and my unwillingness to just throw them away, I have donated boxes and boxes to Better World Books before, which is just dumb because they turn around and resell them for $4+ each. But they have the infrastructure to do that and I don't. Better than Goodwill I suppose. When my grandmother passed and I helped to clean out her house we had about 15 big boxes of books, as she was a book hoarder too (I must have it in my genes). We had estate sales for three weekends and almost zero of her books were even looked at, they were all donated to a lady at the end who took them for nothing to get them off our hands. I had first dibs and took whatever I wanted as I was the one cleaning them out, so I didn't care at that point, saved me the trips and trips to Goodwill with them.

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emoticon Sorry you are going through that!

I bought some real (paper) books of fairy tales for my comfort reading.

I started reading the Rain Pryor book again. She is a good writer.

I love watching movies and old British shows. I have Hulu but signed up for Hulu live TV to watch the derby tomorrow. It is only five bucks more expensive than sling blue, and we get a lot more channels. I'm not counting the $11.99 I paid for Hulu no commercial streaming, as I already had that. It is a decent deal for one who cut the cord on cable. The total cost is about $44 per month. Then, I got BritBox for 7.99 per month for my British shows.

I miss the days when my standard cable had lots of channels for only $25 per month. In the end, cable was charging me at least $150 per month for almost no channels.

You are lucky you prefer to read. lol!

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I realized I hadn't updated my reading list in awhile, so I did that, and in the process realized that I have already read 50 books this year. I am amused, since last year I set a reading goal of 100 books and then was getting really stressed out (ironic, since I read to relax) that I wasn't going to meet my goal so I ended up changing it at the last minute to I think 90 books. I almost didn't sign up for another challenge this year, even though it's a convenient and easy way to track the books I read in a year, but in the end decided to set a goal, but make it a goal that I know I can easily hit, 80 books.

So it's barely May and I have already read 50 books this year. Its amazing how much reading I can do when I can't do much because I can't breathe, especially since I'm not one to watch much television (not a moral statement or anything, I just prefer reading to watching tv). I usually am pretty busy, which limits my reading time, so it's nice to be able to sit and read, though not so nice to struggle to breathe.

I have been revisiting some old favorites for the most part, which has kept it affordable but also are books that I know make me happy, which is comforting when I don't feel well. And asthma is exhausting, so I don't have tons of focus right now for anything new, especially new and mentally challenging.

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So I'm it is finally beautiful here and I'm still wheezing and coughing something furious. I did see both my GP and allergist and have some new medications--hopefully they will work as I'm getting tired of this. I was supposed to be spending tomorrow outside with friends and instead I'm staying home because I breathe better inside.

Doug, that sounds miserable! I hope it heals faster rather than slower.

Becca, your glasses sound fun! It was really nice of you to give the frames you liked the best to your sister.

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