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Kay - it sounds wonderful.

I did not do well. I ate way too much. The homemade, warm challah was just delicious and had to go back for another piece. Had salad, no dressing, turkey, green beans, potato latkes (pancakes) and stuffing. Not too terrible. Then the dreaded dessert. Had way too many brownies. they did have fruit and I took some cantaloupe but it was hard and not very good.

On a positive note I was going to stop at the supermarket on the way home and get the apples I so need and then the thought crept in - maybe some ice cream. I talked myself out of stopping at all. Can get the apples tomorrow. I knew if I stopped that would be a full fledged binge.

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The tea was lovely. It wasn't as formal as I thought as far as apparel.
The Marlow House looked like something out of a magazine. It's a place where they have wedding receptions, parties, and etc.
My niece gave them her name, and we were seated. A lady came to the table to take our order for drinks. I had lemonade with my niece-then tea. The had mini sandwiches as my 5 year old great niece said to me. I ate one sandwich, one mini pizza and one cookie. They had chocolate covered strawberries, but I didn't eat one.
A princess walked around and talked to each child. She was beautiful. Then Santa came in and walked around. My SIL got a hug. I don't think I've been good. I didn't get one.
Then Santa had all the children come into another room, and he read them a story. Then each child sat on his lap, and told him what they wanted for Christmas. Sophie wanted pencils and sharpeners. None of her pencils are sharpened. "Poor child." Her aunt would have taken care of that. Then she got a goodie bag, and we left. She looked so pretty.

Naomi, have fun at your dinner. Let us know what all you had to eat. There are so many dishes that I would like to learn to make that my Jewish friends eat at special occasions.

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Good Afternoon to all.
Just checking in and reading up on everyone's Chit/Chat.

Kay, I have never been to a Formal Tea. Let us know what it was like.

Roz, Glad that you are home. Hope that your rehabilitation goes well.

Very warm here in Florida. I wish we could get some of the cooler air and less Humidity. Hoping that Christmas will be cool.

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Kay - the tea sounds lovely. Looking forward to hearing about it.

I'm going to Chanukah dinner at my synagogue.

Have a good day!

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I just read Rosalyn's blog, and am thankful that she is home. It was so good to hear from her. She still needs our prayers.

I am on my way to early church this morning.

Then, I am going to a formal tea with my 5 year great niece. Her mother and grandmother (my SIL) are also going. I'm glad they included me in mother/daughter tea. My problem is what to wear.

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How delightful to see a blog from Rosalyn!

I am tired of winter already! My thermostat is set at 74 but my house feels cold and drafty. I'm under the electric blanket right now! I went to the store for my Mom this afternoon to get some basics she needed. Otherwise I have been fairly lazy today.

I hope you are all warm and cozy as this Saturday comes to a close.

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Sounds like everyone is busy - guess it's just that time of the year!

We went to OKC today for a Christmas get-together with my husband's family. Just 18 there - but had a good time and good food and got home before dark. WOO HOO!

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Doing okay so far. This time of day, when I come home from a day out is tough for me. I can do it.

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Yesterday I got my first letter from my g-son in Texas. So far he's enjoying the Air Force and meeting lots of people from all over. He's never been away from home before.

It was 14 & very frosty this morning. Don't think we'll be able to work on the book shelves today. Will try & get more of the quilt done. we've decided not to make a wall quilt out of the top as it's too big & I don't want to take it apart.

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Good morning all. DITTO WHAT JUDY SAID!!! I was just going to post about my not spending a lot of time here (to chit chat) & saw what she said. So I don't feel so bad now :) :) BUT, I am using the site. That's the important thing for me right now.

emoticon Waves to all & everyone have a GREAT weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Judy - I know what you mean about not having time for spark. I was pretty much off for a while as it was taking too much time.

Kay - you are having some day. My heart goes out to your friend - also make me put my life in prospective. Enjoy.

I'm going to an early movie and then out to lunch. Will divide my food immediately and take the rest home.




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Good morning everyone. Sorry I have not been involved in Chit/Chat the past couple of days.
I have just been logging food and exercise. Not a lot of time for anything else. My husband and I have been busy with family and getting things organized around here.
All have a good weekend.

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This is going to be a busy day, if any of you are bored. I could use some help.
This morning we are taking breakfast and some Christmas goodies to a friend. He has helped out with my friend Mary that died in September. Meanwhile, he is having knee surgery on the 20th, and his wife is under Hospice care in their home.
Then we are going grocery shopping again.
Then I will be back to cleaning house. My niece called yesterday. She wants me to go with her to take her daughter on Sunday, my great niece, to a play. I am so exited. Sophie is a doll. We will go to early church. At 12:00, we are going to the play. My house is a disaster after all the baking. Now I need to clean and decorate some more.
My door is open if you are free.

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Have a good evening!

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GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE;

Kay and Mo thankyou for your ideas. I am thinking that maybe my accent is the cause of some of the story time disinterest. In an effort to improve the situation I have been pre reading the books with my Spanish tutor. Many of the stories are very simple and short, but there are few books of rhyme that I have found in Spanish ( I buy rhe books in the US where there is a section for books in other languages).

I wish I had more books wiiith lessons or simple truths or morals. But many of the books stress learning colors, numbers up to 10, animal names and seasons. I have to be very careful in selecting books that show intact families with a mother, father, brothers and sisters, as this only points out to the children what they are lacking. Therefore I tend to buy more books with animals as the protagonists than children and families. I have also found it hard to find books with children of color raither than the little blond kids which they can not relate to. So animals it is.

Today started off with my spending quality time with the deaf girl. I took her into another room and gave her blocks to play with. When she put them up to her mouth I put my finger in front of her mouth and we continued playing. Rather than have her on my lap I put her where she could see my face and my smile to reinforce when she was playing with the toys in an acceptable manner. Later I gave her the simplest puzzle and she was putting the shapes in the right spots, and I sat on the floor where she could see my pleasure when she got them in the right spots. Before I said goodbye to the children in the cafeteria, she rose up out of her chair to kiss me. That was the most encouraging kiss I have ever had from a child.

This afternoon I leave for a weekend t Lake Atilan, a mountain lake ringed by three dormant volcanoes. Hope the weather is sunny and warm. Hasta la Lunes!

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A sticky topic is one that always stays at the top - each forum can have up to 3 sticky topics. The other (non-sticky) topics move up when they have a message posted so the more active forums tend to be nearer the top and inactive ones stay nearer the bottom of the forum. I think that only team captains can denote a sticky topic....

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Thanks for the good wishes Kay

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Naomi, I hope that your granddaughter is alright. Keep us updated.

Mo, now is not the time to get sick. Eat some chicken soup and rest.

Ruth, these children are not visual or auditory learners. They lean more toward the kinestic and tactile learning styles. Listening to stories is so important for them. Try using some of their names in the stories, and hold up the pictures as much as possible. Start with very simple rhymes and then very simple humorous stories. They need to identify with the story as much as possible at first. Have you tried silly stories or even some nursery rhymes.
These are just suggestions. I taught reading for 30 years, but not knowing the children is a disadvantage. Good luck. You will be surprised that some of your reading is sinking in with some of the children.

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Enjoy a great day!

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Hi
Back home.

GD is doing better and will be going back to school tomorrow.

Today she had a scheduled appt. with a endocrinologist. She is not growing as she should. The dr. was watching but it is time to see what is really going on. We are a short family but she is really very petit.

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It is so interesting to read of your Guatemalan adventure, Ruth. Are the children interested in crayons and drawing? I wish I could send you a box of supplies for them! How very sad that the family must be separated so the father can make enough to support his family.

Tomorrow is Friday! How can that be? This week (and month) is just flying by! I slept t he afternoon away – it feels like I am fighting off the bug my Mom was down with last week. I’ve cut back on shopping and parties this year. Listening to my body and it says “more rest right now.

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Hello Everyone?¿ Where are you?

Did a bomb drop on the US today and I haven´t heard about it yet?

Two or three days ago I brought sand in large wash basins into the play yard of the Hogar. Well, you would not believe how much fun these kids have playing with scoops, buckets, funnels and sieves. They all squat on the ground, some times as many as five kids around a 2 feet wide basin. When the little kids are playing the big kids gather round, some of them adding their ¨dos centavos¨ and telling the little ones how to pack the sand to make castle walls. Of course with five little ones and sometimes as many as seven or eight older kids huddled around I have to sometimes shoo the older ones off. There must be lots of young engineers out there because they all want to play in the sand, haul it from one place to another, although that is quite impossible. I often wonder if any of these kids had ever though of playing in sand or dirt, or perhaps have never had the opportunity or the imagination to do it. I can bet that most of them have never been to the ocean or a beach, and while Guatemala has both a Caribbean and Pacific coast, these children are from families who probably have never traveled outside their village or city barrio.

I wish they would be as interested in the children´s books I bring as they are in the Play Doh and sand. They will not stay seated for a story, and quite often they will stand up to see the pictures which I will show to them, but they want to see them while I am reading. Then they start hitting and I have to break up the group and stop reading. I am discovering with children this young that one on one reading is best. They can sit on my lap and look at the pictures while I read. Sometimes I just show them pictures and ask them questions to see if they understand what they are looking at. For the pre-verbal kids pictures are best.

I think it is my interest in literature and maybe not quite understanding their culture and the lack of reading materials in their former homes that breeds such disinterest. I think stories are wonderful and they think they are something to be endured to get to the Play Doh. Yet strangely enough, when I read to one many others will gather around, and when I tell them they will have to wait their turn they are annoyingly eager, which they are not when I try to read to them as a group. Any suggestions how I can get story time started without the pop-ups and fights?

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Ruth, I think we sometimes take things for granted. Guess it's just life.

I knew my grandmother's uncle & rememeber both of my mother's grandfathers. My family is on the werid side. My mom & dad had 5 kids together. Then my mom had another child by my stepfather (7 yrs older than me) who is 4 yrs older than my olderst child. My dad had 3 more kids by my stepmother (4 yrs younger than me) with the oldest born the Sept before my youngest was born in May. There are 2 more children after her. My stepmother remarried & had a son born after the sister, born in Sept, had 2 sons & before she had her 3 rd son. So my 3 youngest brother & 2 sisters are more like my kids. I'm still close to my stepmother & adore her youngest son. Both my parents are gone now. They were 14 & 18 when they got married & was married 2 years before us kids came along There's 30 years between Dad's oldest (I'm the 2nd) & his youngest. I'm the only one of the original 5 that have anthing to do with the younger 3. When my dad died we had pictures taken & my older brother & I look like the younger 3's parents. They like to hear about the "old" times as they have no memories of our grandparents at all. I sometimes think that they beleive that I grew up during the Little House days!

Anyway, Bill is building me some more book shelves.

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Ruth, what an amazing experience! I love hearing about what you are doing.

Naomi, hope your granddaughter enjoyed her day with you and that she is feeling better (and that YOU don't catch it!)

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Hello Everyone;

Thank you for your comments and encouragement.

I want to tell you a little about my host family.

There is the mother, and four girls, ages 15, 14 and twins age 11. The father is living in the Us and working as an undocumented worker. Once he crossed the border and was sent back, then crossed the desert a second time, only to be locked up in a center in Los Angeles. He was really deperate to get to the US to provide a better life for his wife and children. He lives with legals in the S and sends money faithfully every month. He has not seen his wife and three of his daughters for 10 years. One daughter, the oldest participated in an international karate competition in Canada last year and had a 1 1/2 HOUR LAYOVER IN fLORIDA AND SÇGOT TO SEE HER FATHER THEN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 10 YEARS.

The home is standard, entrance through the garage (which is a storage area as they have no car), cement floors covered with tile throughout. There is a litchen with makeshift cabinets, a sink and a stove. The refridge is small and usually jam packed, as the shelves have fallen off the doors.

My room on the second floor has a bed with a small matress on top of another sized box spring. The sheet that covers the matress does not fit, and there is no second sheet, just an old discolored bedspread. On top of that is a worn bedspread. The room has a closet with shelves and a bare lightbulb on the ceiling. There is no chair, desk, nightable or other amenity. But when I choose to come here I come with the idea that I will learn of these people and their way of life. I must sound like a really rich person to them, although I live quite modestly.

The four girls could not be nicer, they are not spoiled with anything, except attention from their mother who must do double duty as mother and father. Grandpapernt are not present, and only an aunt and her husband and four children live nearby. The girls are all competent althletes, two take karate, one competes internationally, while the twins compete in on line skating, and just came home two weeks ago with three gold medals, three silver and one bronze. The other night we were playing cards and they had a great time competing with each other in One, Two Three Spit.

Food is quite common, very few vegetable or fruits. Beans and eggs and tortillas are de rigeur at at least one meal a day. Whenever the electricity goes out for a long time, as it did on Sunday, I invite them to eat at a restaurant with me, a treat for them all.

They are also great helps in correcting my Spanish and I love them for that. They are on vacation now (and have been since November) but will return to school in January. They spend lots of time just relaxing in front of the telly and the computer and visiting with their cousin.

This weekend I am going away (to eat vegetables and fruits) and visit Lake Atilan. Hope to be on the internet tomorrow.

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Just a quick hi.
I am unexpectedly babysitting. My daughter called last night asking if I could possibly come. My GD is sick and daughter could not take off from work.
Staying over as it is raining and up by me will be some snow. Don't want to drive in that.

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Margo, strange you should bring up WWII. We (in my office) were just talking yesterday about the role our fathers played in that war. Several were heros; all were patriots. Mine helped clean up after Pearl Harbor (never would talk about it) before going out to war on a navy ship. My older brother was born while he was away at war. (I was born 9 months after the war ended...smile).

My Dad died just a month before my parents' 50th wedding anniversary, and I was always sad that the party we'd been planning for them never really took shape. Mom lost all interest in it and actually went down hill pretty fast after that. Strange how you always feel like a child when you discuss your parents. I miss them still, even after all these years.

What kind of a liver disease does your BIL have? My youngest daughter, Kelli, was born with liver dysfunction and finally got a liver transplant when she was 25 (after YEARS of ill health). She still suffers with lots of illness, but not at all like it used to be. Livers are vital to life and health.

Kay, I will share my grandkids with you, since I have the very best ones in the world!

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MARGOMCP, your BIL will be in my prayers. Spending time with family is special. Be safe in your travels, especially if you have snow.

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This would have been my parents 71st wedding anniversary :-) I can't believe it has been 70 years since Pearl Harbor, all almost in our lifetimes. I use to feel special listening to my stepmother's mother talk about her uncle who had been in the Civil War. . .

We went up to Philadelphia yesterday to party with my husband's three brothers, one has serious liver disease and the two of them live in California so we are all unsure when we'll ever get together again; but we're probably going back up to Philly the 26th to see that brother, sister-in-law and niece and nephew. Two of my three stepsons were able to make it also.

We are having rain down here in Baltimore too; I opened my balcony door around 6:00 a.m., it is still pretty warm, in the 50's (was in 60's yesterday) but temps going down for the next 3-4 days such that this rain is supposed to mix with snow by this time tomorrow morning.

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Grandchildren must be a joy. I've never seen an unhappy grandmother.
We do enjoy our great nieces/nephews, but it's not quite the same.

Make precious memories and many photos.

Jeanne, I am so glad that you have some peace now. Maybe someone will buy the rental, and renters will need to move.

It's really raining in Georgia. I'm going to work inside today. It really needs it. I'm cooling down from the treadmill. I'm going at a faster speed, and it really gets your heart rate up.


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I spent the day at my son's with the almost 3 year old grandson. He is a delight and loves the fact that he has Grandma to himself for the whole day. The traffic coming home was horrendous and I'm not sure I'll stay with him again until the Tuesday after Christmas.

Jeanne - I hope this ordeal is over soon and you can get the mobile sold and off your mind.

I always loved Play Doh when my kids were playing with it. And new crayons and Christmas coloring books. I still have Christmas coloring books that I get out every year....

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It's snowing right now and very cold. Bill has to go get some cracked corn as they didn't have any at MFA feed store yesterday.

The house really looks alot better with less. I'll be glad when we get the craft room done. But, dispite all the health issues, we did get alot done.

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Just dropping in to say hello. Hope everyone is having a great, healthy week.

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Hi to all! It has been a busy week for me. But, the highlight was spending the weekend with our son and family--especially our 2 grandsons. We celebrated their birthdays. The oldest turned 15 and the younger turned 12. I have to brag a bit!!! Nathan is in 9th grade and made the varsity bowling team! (only 6 kids get chosen!)
I did get the team leaders for November posted so check out the November Team Leader thread.

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12/6/11 8:30 A

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Ruth, Glad you were able to post. Did miss your chat the other day. Play dough is the best stuff for kids. They will play with it longer than most any other activity. Even if a child has a short attention span, they will play with it longer. I think that any time you stimulate creativity you get the best result.

Hope to finish up most of my Christmas shopping today. There will always be a last minute gift, but at least everything else will be wrapped and ready for the great kids day.

Have a good day and make someone happy.

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12/6/11 8:29 A

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Good Morning

Jeanne – can’t believe such a horror story. Hopefully they won’t call you.

Hope everyone enjoys the day.

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Ruth, your blogs are so interesting. I'm glad that you are finding some quiet activities.
Play Dough is a fun activity for children.

When we keep foster children during a foster parent meeting, the play dough center is the most popular. I did have some come to the puzzle center and others went to craft centers. We have about 6 centers going on at the same time. But there is only one of you. At least you have enough to rotate them.
I know you were happy to get a hot shower.

My name is Kay, and I live in Northwest Georgia.


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12/5/11 7:29 P

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Hello Everyone;

So nice to catch up on two days worth of chit chat.

Yesterday we had a blackout and I didn´t want to shower in cold water, so I dressed, did what I could with my bed head, and headed to the Internet. But it was closed for the same reason, no electricity.

Before I left the house I invited my host family to join me for almuerzo near the central square, but when I got there the restaurant was closed, so we ended up eating at a nearby restaurant, but not the Dos Tejanos that has such excellent Tex-Mex, Guat and American food.

Blackouts are quite common in third world countries, but I´ve been through months of them before in Colombia, so this was just a minor convenience. Still it felt good to take a hot shower this morning. In that respect we Americans are very spoiled.

Introduced Play Dough to the kids today and I have never had such concentrated creative quiet little artists. No fights, just pure enjoyment. I think I have found a peace potion.

After Spanish class today I picked up a bucket of sand and carried it (it must have been 50 lbs) to the Hogar. Along the way a woman came by and helped me carry it. It was so nice that this Guatemalan lady would help me, a total stranger. Tomorrow I plan to take in the castle building toys, buckets, shovels, sieves, funnels and sundry toys for playing in the sand. I am hoping this will be another quiet creative time. I need these breaks because all morning it seems like I am mediating small fights, smoothing ruffled feathers and wiping noses. It´s nice when the kids have something creative to do that involves all their attention.

Saludos to all.

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Someone asked about sugar tracking. I found this article on the message boards: hope it helps!


Why can't I track sugar on my SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker?
While you can add a large variety of vitamins and nutrients to your SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker (click here to learn how), sugar is not one of them. There are several reasons why you can't track sugars.

First, sugars are a newer addition to nutrition labels. Like fiber, you'll find sugars listed underneath carbohydrates on the nutrition facts label, but sugars are not required to be listed on all food labels. Only products that make a claim about sugar or sugar alcohols on their package (such as "sugar free" or "reduced sugar") must list the sugar content (in grams) on the nutrition facts label. Foods and products that contain sugars but do not make any sugar-related claims do NOT have to list sugars on their label. Because of this, it is impossible to get an accurate picture of what you're really eating.

In addition, SparkPeople's nutrition experts do not recommend tracking this particular nutrient because it is misleading. Most carbohydrate-containing foods contain sugar. But the sugars listed on a nutrition facts label are NOT added sugars, as one might think. For example, fruit naturally contains the sugar fructose. Milk and other dairy products naturally contain lactose, which contributes 12 grams of sugar per cup of milk. None of this is added sugar, yet it is treated the same way on a nutrition facts label as table sugar or corn syrup.

If you are concerned about your total sugar intake, Registered Dietitian Becky Hand usually suggests that you track total carbohydrates and keep those in a healthy level, as indicated by your nutrition plan. And everyone should make a conscious effort to limit sweets, candy, pie, cookies, syrup, jams, soda and other refined sugars.


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Congratulations to Sue and Donna for their weight loss.
Kay

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Nov. 28 to Dec.4 weight loss:

DONNAEDA - Donna - minus 1.5 pounds
SOUPY18 -Sue - minus .1/2 pound
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At goal and maintaining:
JKURJACK1944 -Judy
KAYYVAUGHN - Kay

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Well...

I had it out with my renters this weekend. It was very unnerving and just plain unbelievable that people act out like that, but I told them in no uncertain terms that the next time either of them called me for anything other than for something I needed to fix in the place, they were BOTH out! And I meant it. I told them I wanted them to MAIL the rent and I would no longer pick it up, and If it was late, the late fee would apply, so allow plenty of time for mail. I warned each of them to avoid the other until one found another place to live.

My DH went with me to try to work out an amicable agreement, but he, too, was wide-eyed at how out of control the 2 sisters are. In Washington (where I live), all laws favor tenants, so to get them out legally takes much time and much money (attorney said upwards of $2,000 is average), but if that is my only out, so be it.

When we left (after they fought in front of us, almost came to physical blows, called one another every name in the book, accused eachother of being druggies and each stormed out twice), as we got in the car, my DH said "I feel like I need a shower!" We couldn't believe anyone would behave that way, and especially in front of a relative stranger! We hoped to get one to agree to move without holding them legally liable for the lease. Needless to say that didn't even come CLOSE to working. It was like Jerry Springer on steroids.

The rental is now on the market to be sold. I NEVER want to go through anything like that again. People really live that way? How very unfortunate for everyone in their path.

One sister's husband (who also lives there) came outside as we were leaving to apologize. He said how embarrassed he was at the behavior and told us he WOULD be leaving as he couldn't live with them, either. Sorry for him. Sorry for us. The other two need to be in jail.

My name is Jeanne (pronounced Jean ee); I live in eastern Washington State.


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Today's looking like we could get a snow storm. I'm doing the wash & hanging the tops on the back porch to dry & will use the dryer. Then I have to vaccume the house. Just don't feel like doing anything as my throats hurting.

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Good Morning
Today is monday so I'm visiting with Lydia. Hope she is doing better today.
Meeting a friend for dinner.
Have a good one!

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Good morning All.

It's the start of a new week. Let's make it a good one. Have to talk myself into it today. I told you yesterday that I was making a favorite Hungarian dish for the family. When I went to input my food in the tracker, I found that the Torhunua alone was more calories than I had eaten in one meal since April. It was quite an eyeopener. By the way, that was only one half cup. I was not going to exercise yesterday, but after eating I took an hour walk.



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Good Morning to all Sparkers!

My prayers are with those facing health challenges. Sometimes we can't control health problems.

Naomi. I'm glad that the party was fun. I'm sure that you worked really hard to make sure it was a success.



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Hi Everyone,
A lot going on here.
As for me - My son’s party was wonderful. He had a great time. It was so nice to meet his friends. What a varied age group, some older than me, his age, and some younger. The little ones behaved. My son said it was the best birthday present he has ever received.

Naomi a/k/a Nomi
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