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4/8/19 9:30 A

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Today will be busy. Golf from 8am to noon. A quick lunch after golf followed by a 1 pm Golf Committee Meeting followed at 2 pm for a Clubhouse Food and Beverage Meeting. After that I need to get home to present the photos of the wake, funeral home, burial ceremony, etc to my deceased friend's wife. She has been so deeply involved in the "arrangements" of her husbands final parting and hosting so many family members at her home. I do not think she has had time to grieve. It seems that there was "closure" for the family and friends.... but not for the wife. We love her dearly and will keep an eye on her.... she is just across the street.

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4/8/19 9:19 A

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LOL to the grass seed comment, Ruth. I've found that the subscriptions for online papers aren't that much cheaper than paper. Go figure.

Up early to get morning tasks done before my eye appointment.



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4/7/19 7:58 P

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Welcome Joy.

So far I have managed to miss all the games of the March Madness. The other night in a restaurant they had a game on, but I was more interested in eating and talking with others than watching the screen. About the only sports I will turn the TV on for is the Olympics.

After fellowship ad lunch I cam home to bake a Zero points cheesecake (my go to dessert) and pull leaves out of a spruce and continue clearing beds for the spring awakening.

This week I want to do some weed and feed applications of the lawn before sowing grass seed. (Dennis: That's the ground cover we northerners use in place of sand and succulents).

And now on to reading the Sunday paper, which has just gone up $1.95 for non delivered editions on Sunday....now a whopping $4.95. Sure makes you think about getting the news online.

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Dennis, I like the thought of that way to spread your ashes.

Church lesson today was about how we interact with others and family, especially. Needed that!

Then we went out with a couple we have not eaten out with before and it was so very pleasant. Then I took a nap and will probably be up late tonight.

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Another working day for me (still at it 6 days a week), but thought I would pop in. Another overcast, drizzly day in NorCal, but hopefully will clear later and I can get in a badly needed walk.

Dennis: So sorry for your loss. I am an EMU grad and although I haven't been to Ypsi in years, I do remember the area fondly. (Still do visit MI regularly, just don't have family in the Ypsilanti area anymore.)


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Ruth-I've never heard of an e-bike; it sounds intriguing. I'll have to check it out.

Dennis-I'm with you in regards to what to do with my ashes. Since I'm on the Puget Sound, I've got lots of waterways. In fact, when my sister-in-law passed, her family invited my brother to bring her ashes to the tribal ground on the shore. In the manner of their traditions, they didn't have a "formal" ritual but it was a family gathering with kids playing around. When it was time, they gathered at a small riverlet that fed into the bay, wrapped a handmade blanket around my brother as an honorary member, and sent the ashes down the riverlet as the kids sprinkled flower blossoms along its way.

Ret/Sue- enjoy your first neighborhood walk.

Dennis and Nell--enjoy the games.

Quiet day today, some extra tasks since I have an eye appointment tomorrow.



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Michigan State did not..................... nufff said.

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Virginia made it to the Big Game! It was an ugly win, but Monday night will be mayhem around here.

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Tried out an e-bike this morning Those things are very easy to ride and extremely accommodating of senior abilities. I was having such a great time trying out the four different power modes and the gears, that I completely lost track of time. When I was within a block of returning the salesman in the store came out on a bike looking for me. (Maybe he thought I was in trouble or had run away with the bike. (they''re quite pricey, $2699) and didn't care about my credit card or license I'd left with him for security. I think that would be a great bike to get me through Denmark and Bermuda. I ended up just buying a helmet. I know Walmart has them for 1/3 the price, but I wanted to support the bike store. If I have a problem with my bike no one at Walmart is going to fix it, for that you need people dedicating to cycling customers.

After lunch I continued raking leaves out of the bed in the front of the house. Now if I can just get my mower started I can mulch the rest of the leaves that are hanging out on the lawn.
Gardening is the most enjoyable non-exercise I do that burns calories.

Have a great weekend.

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4/6/19 1:29 P

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Ruth - That does sound like a great performance and having good seats probably made it even more enjoyable. Glad that you had a good time.

Sue - Enjoy your day without the grandsons. They're fun but they can be tiring and lots of work!

Dennis - it's always hard to say good bye but good when you can have some kind of closure which the service and burial provide - at least that's what I find, Both my in-laws were cremated but my FIL sat in his "box" on the mantel until my MIL passed almost two years ago. I always thought that strange and felt like we (and our kids) didn't really get proper closure since there was no service of any kind and not even much of a family gathering. After my MIL passed, we buried them together - no public service - just the family gathered around the gravesite. It was different but obviously what they wanted, but did provide the closure that we needed.

Linda - Great that the diet is working and the weight is disappearing. I wouldn't mind going vegetarian for some meals but hubby sure wouldn't go for it! And he does the cooking - at least for dinner. We each look after our own breakfast and lunch.

Off to a slow start today but that might be a good thing. i didn't wake up until just after 10 am! however the day is looking nice - sun is trying to shine and the temps are definitely on the rise - already up to 7 C (just about 45F) and are supposed to hit 10 (50 F). Looks like it could be a good day to head out for my first neighbourhood walk of the season. Beats working out in the basement when the weather is so nice!

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4/6/19 11:45 A

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So...................... we have laid my dear friend Tony down in his permanent resting place, It is a very nice cemetery plot with a grand view of the Catalina Mountains, Tucson's closest range and kind of it's most familiar "view" from all parts of the valley. As for me, my wish is to be cremated with my ashes scattered in a brook near Ypsilanti, MI. I was born in Ypsilanti and from there I made my "marks" (some good, some not so good) across the land. That brook in Ypsi is the start of a long journey for my ashes..... that will eventually end in the Golf of Mexico as it merges with the earth's oceans.. Then I will be with all others who have migrated in a similar way, carried by the rains to the oceans. What a party that will be!!!

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4/6/19 11:43 A

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Ruth, that performance sounds amazing. I'm going to look up JUNK and see what I can find.

Dennis, I'm sure the family is grateful for your help at their celebration.

Linda, I'm glad the change in diet is working for you.

Ret-Sue, I'm with you about the challenges. I don't always make goal but at least I stay more focused.

Fingers crossed for the kitty. I suspect the peeing was due to the stressful environment and hopefully it will find a caring home.

No watching the grandsons today, so enjoying my free time.



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Ruth, the performance experience sounds fantastic!

Sue, I was in Vancouver in the summer. It is a beautiful city, so I look forward to seeing more of Canada. Summer is the perfect time for us because it is so hot here in Texas at that time. Oh, yes, I want to see Quebec too.

Roz, blessings on your little granddaughter.

Nell, I hope all the repairs and carpeting aren't too costly.

I feel great today, got a good night's sleep and have lost another pound. So far, due to the gout, I am basically eating a vegetarian diet until the pain is gone. Maybe I will keep it up, but cannot eat beans. Eggs and cheese are OK, so I can get my protein.

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Sue, when I am ready to leave my house, I'll go into a rental retirement place. I learned from experience with Mom that by the time you have to have more care, if you own you still have to go through a real estate transaction at just the time when you are no longer capable of doing it. I had to sell Mom's condo, and my MIL's house in Arkansas, when neither understood the process.

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4/5/19 11:20 P

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Haven't done much exercise wise these two days but I was walking around the yard with my granddaughter who has Cp. She loves walking in the yard but I have to watch her because she puts anything in her mouth. Even though she babbles she is non verbal ,I believe the words form in her brain but they come out like a babble, She has all the intonations and tones but no fluent words .You may get "more' when she likes something she has drunk or eaten, and 'my mom' when she wants you to call her mom on the phone . She calls me' gramo' and of course she loves to give big hugs and sloppy kisses!
Today I went to my medical clinic appointment for my routine check up and thank God all seems to e well. BP stable and within normal limits.
I saw so many other persons with so many different ailments that I'm not ever going to complain when I do have minor aches. I'm forever grateful. Thank you Lord!
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The Sergei Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet "ballet" was the most amazing thing I've seen (not heard) at the Philadelphia Orchestra. JUNK is a Philadelphia Fringe company that fuses ballet, acrobatics and circus acts. Sitting in the conductor's circle above and behind the orchestra I was just ten feet away from the stage where this fantastic company performed their aerial ballet love scenes, fights, murders and death scenes. We couldn't have had better seats. Some of the maneuvers struck fear in the hearts of many an oldster who feared for Juliet as she did daredevil aerials with out a net. Needless to say Yannick Nezet-Seguin did a superb job with the orchestra. I was blown away!





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4/5/19 4:49 P

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Linda - maybe you'll make it to the "north" sometime but summer is the time to travel - or June or September. Ottawa is a city we've visited just twice and the first time was for the Grey Cup (our CFL championship game) so we didn't do too much "touristy" stuff". We were there for a couple of days last September on our way home from Quebec. Should try to go sometime in May when the tulips are in full bloom. There's a story behind that but I won't get into it here.
I was actually born in Toronto and lived in the "burbs" until I was almost 11 years old. Our DD and her family live in the north part of the city and we have made many a trip down there for various reasons over the years. We haven't made it "down east" yet, but it was one of my parents favourite places to visit.
Glad that you're feeling better, Hope that the right diet clears up the gout quickly and helps you get rid of some unwanted pounds.


Nell - I hope that those new windows won't set you back too much. Hubby was looking online at a unit for sale newer condo not long ago but I'm really not ready for that yet and the condo fees were pricey in my opinion although it did include an exercise room, pool/hot tub and there was underground parking. I may get to the point where I'm ready for condo living but it's going to be a while, however it is a good solution for many.

Ruth - Apparently we'll have double digit (celsius) temps for about four days beginning tomorrow. It's been a bit cooler again the past couple of days although I haven't been out so I'm not sure how cool, but the temp has been barely above freezing. I enjoy doing word games on the computer but I agree that it sure can take up way too much of one's time. Haven't done WWF but I used to do a computer version of Scrabble on my old computer. My mom of course played the "real" version and often played against herself if there wasn't someone else to partner with.

It's been a quiet couple of days. One of the things I like about being retired is not having to go out if I don't have something scheduled and don't have to go out. I'm far more of a homebody. I'll be jumping in to another 5% challenge tomorrow - need them to help me stay on track better.

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Dennis, I completely understand that the family wants a celebration of life and.not the mourning of it's loss. A few years ago I went to a Plan Your Own Funeral class that encouraged those left behind to celebrate as the deceased would wish
I still haven't done it but I think about it whenever I hear music I like or see a dance or read a quote that reflects my sentiments. As a UU I tend to think nothing is verboten. I personally want to leave a letter to those celebrants that will encourage them to go for their goals and leave nothing undone, to live life fully finding the riches in every occasion, even the bad and sad ones.

Linda: be well.

Nell, ah the joys of owning a condo.

All:. Have a good rest of the day and a Fab weekend.

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I hope you feel better!

Yesterday we got rid of DS's cat that was peeing all over. New carpets go down in 2 weeks. Then two kitchen window springs broke, the panes crashed down and broke. Now I have to replace them. They are all old and broken, too late to try to fix them. In a condo I have to buy windows that match the rest of the property, so they will be expensive.

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Dennis, it seems weird to me too, but some people do that. I had rather remember what they looked like in life.

Last night I got really sick, started with stomach ache and got much worse. Today all better. Dh said it is stress. Our crisis is still going on... I am not sure. Corpus Christi week after next cannot come soon enough.

The maids come today, so happy for that!



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DW and I will be attending my friend's Celebration of Life and then a meal at the church followed by the burial at the Cemetery. Dear friend;s wife has asked me to take photos of everything. Last night at the funeral home I was a bit uncomfortable..... photographing grieving family members, etc. They also requested that I photograph the coffin and it's contents of family placed mementos before the coffin was sealed. Never done that before. My job is to follow the wishes of the family, so I need to be ready for anything. I was told to dress "lively" for the Celebration of Life and to stay away from mourning dress. Seems a bit weird, since there is a burial that will close out the day's events. Dorthy, this is not Kansas.

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Ruth-Enjoy the symphony! Which version of Romeo and Juliet are they playing--Prokoviev or Tchaikovsky? Either one, you're in for a treat.

Errand in the rain today. Oh, joy. LOL



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Just getting in here at 8 pm. It was a busy day with WW, a walk in the park, a movie and dinner with a friend. Movie was "Transit" a modern day Casablanca with eminent war or government crackdown in Europe and people vying to get out while they can.

Dennis, I am so sorry that your friend has died. It is difficult to lose such a dear friend.

Linda: What a terrible diagnosis; but at least you know how to treat it, and by eating the right foods and avoiding the ones that give you trouble you may be on the road to the weight loss you have elusively been pursuing.

Nell: Hope the day went better than you anticipated.

Sue in Canada: I hope spring comes soon to you. It has been elusive here as well, but I always expect a snow storm in April and am not much surprised if we get one. I have photos of daffodils in the snow and ice damaging the cherry blossoms. My father, who was a florist prior to global warming, always used to say you could not plant outdoors until Mother's Day. Those old adages may still be true in Philadelphia area. Jack Frost doesn't leave without slamming the door.

Nanasue: The beauty of solo travel is that you go where the wind blows you, without itinerary that need be followed. Land in a beautiful spot, stay over until you get tired of it, or stay and fall in love with a place or its people. Trust that people are good. Learn to live outside yourself and learn to see inside yourself. It is the most rewarding type of travel.

Roz: Thanks for the description of Words With Friends. I could do that, but it might be one more thing that could contribute to my time being frittered away. I already do that with Free Cell; and I had to give up Facebook because I wasted too much time on it.

Have a great night and a great Friday. For Friday it is bowling as usual then a trip into Philadelphia to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra's rendition of Romeo and Juliet, as well as Brian Sander's JUNK. Hasta manana.

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Thank you for the well wishes and support. I am off to the viewing this afternoon. Funeral is tomorrow.

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Dennis, I'm sorry to hear about your friend.

Nell, hopefully things won't be as bad as you think. Fingers crossed.

I do play some word games just for the mental exercise but they're not my forte. I'm a numbers gal so Sudoku is my go-to game. Laundries today then odds and ends.



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Nell, hoping today is better.

Dennis, so sorry about your friend. My brother passed away at age 62, also, of a heart attack in his sleep. It has been 15 years now and I miss him still, and my mom who passed the year before.

Ruth, I have heard of solo adventures. You can always meet and make new friends.

Rose, I love my word game, Wordscapes. It is jumbled up letters and you find the words for a certain theme.

Sue the Nana, have a great day transferring files.

Sue the Retired, Canada is truly lovely, but the only part I have seen is B.C. I would love to visit Nova Scotia, Toronto and Ottowa. I have always lived in Texas and parts of the southwest.

Doctor visit was good and bad. Kidney function is better, but I have gout. I knew my foot hurt, but not as bad as when I had it several years ago. I just thought I was getting a bunion. NOPE! I cannot take gout meds, so I am now on a low purine diet. I can't eat mushrooms, asparagus, cauliflower, beans, spinach, certain fish (tuna is the one I like). The other "don't eat" foods, I don't eat anyway... like organ meats and wild game. Yuck. I CAN eat the other veggies and all fruit. So I will be eating a lot of that.

Yesterday I did a frustration blog about gaining a pound and today I am down 4 pounds. Well, what I have been doing is paying off after all, now to avoid the purine... another landmine, since I love all the veggies I cannot eat.

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Tough day today, back later when it's done.

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Have not reached today's goal as yet but I did over 9,000 steps. I actually went walking at 530AM, then drove to the beach by 6,05 and was back home by 700.

Some of the regulars at the beach welcomed me back. Although the tide was low there were some really big waves so I didn't swim,

Came home feeling very energetic, did a load of laundry and went to get extra stuff as the grands were expected/

Made them a large pot of splitpea soup which they both enjoyed especially the 10 year old who is a picky eater emoticon

Ruth-----WWF is similar to Scrabble.
You are given a blank board with about 7 letters and you form a word your opponent does likewise and it goes back and forth until there is a winner . You score points with every word formed.. I've been playing with some regular opponents for more than 3 years some off and on and some almost every day.. We also chat.

All in all it has been a good day
Have a blessed time of day everyone!
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Nell - Rest assured that most of us in Canada don't "rough it" like your friends did with their summer cabin! emoticon Actually we don't have to go too far north of here to find some areas that might be less accessible and lack some amenities. The district just to the north of us is a big cottage and resort area so unless cottagers prefer to "rough it" most have all the amenities they wish to have.

Ruth I'm not sure I'd relish the idea of solo travel - much more fun with a friend or spouse I find. Hope that you find the kind of trip that you're looking for though,

Sue - I'm sure that keeping up with two boys, 6 and 9 does leave you hopping and tired at the end of the day! One 6 year old, as I mentioned earlier, can be enough for us at times! Hope that the babysitting went well for you!

Dennis - So sorry to hear of the passing of your good friend and neighbour. It's always hard to lose good friends and he sure wasn't very old.

We had crazy winds today - just about got blown away when we went out to Costco later this afternoon. I had been out earlier to just walk up the street to sing and it wasn't quite as bad although it was still very windy. Not only did we have the wind, but we also had a couple of periods of very heavy snow flurries - so heavy for a few minutes this morning that we could barely see across the street. A while later the sun was shining! emoticon At least it didn't result in the "winter wonderland" that greeted me Sunday morning! That dump of white stuff has pretty much all disappeared again leaving us with the dirty old snow banks that we already had. Hopefully it's all gone by the end of the weekend - temps are supposed to be 50F + for 3-4 days, emoticon
It's been a rather busy week with book club on Monday, knitting yesterday and singing/directing today. At least the remainder of my week is free of extra activity, Next week will be a bit busy again with two luncheons to attend in addition to our couple of days of singing,

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Got in an early round of golf and recorded my best score in over three months! ... an 80.
Will play again tomorrow morning since all three of us regulars have something to do on Friday.
I will be attending the funeral Friday of my dear friend and neighbor ............. it all starts tomorrow night with a two hour "viewing" from 5 pm to 7 pm. There will be a memorial, Celebration of Life on Friday morning at 10:30 am at the church with lunch after, then off to the burial at 1:30 pm at the cemetery. Not the usual schedule that I have been accustomed to, but for each their own. Tony died suddenly, but not unexpectedly a week ago Monday. He has been out of the hospital almost a year but his recovery recently stalled. His "nervous system" disease was never fully diagnosed and will remain a bit of a mystery since the family does not want an autopsy. I knew him for less than two years but we grew very close and I consider him one of my dearest best friends, certainly the closest in Tucson. He was 62.

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Roz: I'm really into Word Games. How do you play Words with Friends? I try to take the train into Philly and walk everywhere from the station. I am much too cheap to pay those $16 an hour parking fees on weekdays during working hours.. I never drive into NYC where the fees are even higher. I see now that the New York City Council is trying to limit Manhattan traffic by excluding resident drivers on weekdays. (I'm guessing if that passes all the millionaires will have to register their limos in New Jersey.)

Again I went to Physical Therapy today for my torn ligament problem. We are working on trying to find the right exercises to strengthen the muscles and eliminate the pain. More exercises and the need for a pillow to take the pressure off my knees when I sleep on my side.

This morning I began collecting leaves from under the bushes at the front of the property. Now the wind is kicking up and depositing leaves from other parts to the areas I just tidied. I am thinking that I may have to trim the bottoms of many bushes so that leaves will not collect there. But if I do that, do I eliminate their winter "blanket" that keeps them safe and warm and ready to bloom for me in the spring? Nature has her way; and I have thought that many times I try to correct nature and she just won't be tamed. Foolish old fart that I am.



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Roz, good to hear from you again. Time does have a way of slipping by when we're busy.

Ruth, maybe you can't travel as freely as before, but I bet with some research and guidance from a pro, you could find a destination that would fill your need. Keep looking; it's a worthy goal.

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I have never travelled solo either, but would consider it.

Dennis, good that you can get back to normal, now, but having company is nice, too.

Still having family stress going on.

Dr. visit today and I weighed heavier this morning, oy ve!

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I have never been on a solo trip. When I was working I had fellow employees with me, then it's always been with DH. He can't travel anymore, but I can't imagine having a good time without him. All I'd do is worry.

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Good Afternoon Everyone,
I think being lazy and procrastination is the honest reason why I have not been on Spark for a while, but I do remember and think about you all
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I'm also so addicted to playing "Words With Friends" as well even though I have been having a loosing streak lately I just LOVE that game!

Hope everyone is keeping as well as can be expected.

Walked 5900 steps yesterday just by going into the city which is a3 hour bus ride away .
I park my car locally and have to take two buses but it was worth it. I also met with my daughter whom I see every week but she works in the city and we do live far apart.

This morning I did some yard work off and on for about two hours. I forked up two strips of land at the back and side of the house , applied some manure but have not decided what I'm going to plant as yet may do some corn and peas and some seasoning parsley celery(cilantro) but we'll see.

Ruth------Solo travel seems very intriguing and brave. I'm sure you will achieve your goal.

Have a blessed time of day everyone!
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Thanks for your input, NanaSue. It's takes another perspective to help understand our defective or faulty thinking. Trends are a very trendy way of predicting the future. As attitudes change so do we, and even though we may not accept new thinking, it changes things around us. All of history, I think, is recycled change.

I need to go on a solo discovery tour. It has been many years since I traveled solo. I always found it exhilarating because it forced me to get "outside myself" and look, really look and see and observe new surroundings. Solo travel is also a time for reflection and I feel the need for that, even though at my age ( it (solo travel) might not be advisable.

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Lots of errands to do today after two weeks of hosting guests things pile up. Haircut is at the top of my list, then I need to have my cell phone screen protector replaced as it is cracked in a thousand pieces. House cleaning will have to wait until Thursday.

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I know the forms are annoying but they do make the physician slow down and ask them. Those questions can become important as a trend indicator and may alert the doctor to changes that are subtle but suspicious. As a big picture, I'm glad for them.

Sounds like you've had something on your mind, Ruth, that is getting flushed out in your dreams.

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I don't know about the dream, Ruth. I also hate Medicare and am suspicious, as well.

Dennis, agree, many places, not a lot of work goes on. The engineering firm I had a brief stint with was an exception. They all seemed to be working, and it was a pleasant place to work with lots of perks. I was let go because I did not want to work full time, I was hired part time.

Right now, even though I am 68, I am not on it, but will be when dh retires. I am on his insurance. He will still get the county benefits, but the insurance with be in the form of a supplement to Medicare.

Making mugs. I have more coming in April 8th. We are going to Corpus Christi for a class for dh mid-April. He doesn't need the class, just a break from the office. I will be on my own during the day, however.

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Ruth, I have to fill out that stupid form, too. Medicare didn't used to pay for annual physicals, when they added it once a year (and it's to the day), they required that form in order for the doc to be allowed to use the code for them to pay. They are stupid questions, like have I ever thought of suicide, but if I don't fill it out Medicare won't pay.

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Mook, sorry, can't help you with any thoughts on your work/non work dream. Sounds like normal business today. They say that the average office worker spends 3 hours a day on non business/work related web sites like face book, twitter, dating and gambling, etc. sites.

I am following March madness (NCAA Basketball) and am glad to see that Michigan State has made it to the FINAL FOUR (with Texas Tech, Auburn and Virginia). I root for both University of Michigan and Michigan State University as I have children, brother, sister and numerous friends that have attended each school. My first grandchild will be choosing a higher educational institution this fall to attend. As for me??? I attended Michigan Tech University - go Huskies!!!




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Went to my required health screening by a nurse practitioner today. Three quarters of an hour spent answering questions that the insurance company could have known about if it would read my PCP's report. Now, here is the kicker, for attending and answering these questions I am going to get a $50 gift card to a store of my choice. I am paying for this additional health insurance and they are giving it back to me in the form of a gift card. Kinda makes me wonder if the monthly payments are superfluous, or is my health information so important to have that they would pay to get it. What other information can I refuse to give them that they will "reimburse" my monthly payments? Hmmmmm. I am generally suspicious of the health "care" industry, and its motives and concern for Medicare patients. But that is a rant I dare not get into here.

I dreamt this morning after I turned off the 7 am news. It is the first time in a long time that I had a dream I could remember. I dreamt that I was "working" for a company that paid me to look busy but not to work. Then I got busy helping some other employee and ended up having to make a list of all the non-chores that I did not do and would have to do the next day. Kinda sounds like retirement. Does anybody know anything about dream interpretations and can tell me what this might signify? Guesses accepted. Go wild, I'd like to hear them all.

Heard from my daughter-in-law. Her operation went smoothly and she is now recovering . Apparently no cancer spread to other organs. She will be back in the US in two weeks.

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Staying down low. Not a fan of April Fool's. Glad I'm retired and don't have to go to an office where there's always some idiot who thinks he's the kind of comedy and pranks.



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Thanks Nell. That helps.

Dh is back at his mom's house today. Helping with finances. He needs a mini vacation.

I plan to craft for the upcoming show.

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I had neck surgery, a friend had lower back surgery from the same doc. He is now back riding his motorcycle and playing golf.

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Oh, I hope the sedum are not rabbit candy! We have wild cottontails around here.

I love where I live, except the summer months of July and August for the weather. We are far enough inland that we are not as humid as Houston. I would not recommend going there in the summer.

Nell, that is not my idea of fun, either!

Has anyone had lower back surgery? Results?



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Ruth-smart idea about practicing ahead of time with the electric bike. And I get what you mean about distinct seasons. Gardening all year long would not be my idea of fun.

RetSue-I have 2 grandsons, ages 6 and 9. They can be a handful. They both want to wrestle with Nana but Nana can't do it anymore. They're just too big now and I can't get back off the floor. LOL

Dennis-Now I see. The tables are turned as you become the guest traveler. LOL

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Will be taking son, his partner and his partner's biological son back to the airport for their flight back to San Fran in a few hours. It has been great having them here, but getting back to our normal, neutral lifestyle will be nice too. That is the last of our "seasonal" guests. Our next hosting will be sometime around the holidays. We will turn into guests when we take a road trip back to Michigan to see our first grandchild graduate from high school in May. Will also fit in some golf for a weekend with my golf buddies in northern Michigan. Not a prettier place to golf!

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