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3/22/19 12:05 P

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Have fun, Dennis! Golf every day--that's is true retirement!

Linda, that walk sounds wonderful! I love birds and butterflies.

Ruth and Nell, stay dry.

Nothing planned for today and I'm not grand-sitting tomorrow, so 2 days to call my own. Almost don't know what to do with myself! Kidding--I'm already thinking of things to do.




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Hello, Sue of Seattle!

We had another glorious day yesterday and today is also beautiful.

I had a friend over yesterday. we did not even drink coffee, just water. We had a walk looking at butterflies and birds. We saw a kestrel, too! Here at the house we did some crafting and a lot of talking! Good day!

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Dh went out of town last night to file court papers for his mother today. Family problems go on, but we're believing for the best.

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Quick post before I head to the course to play two rounds of golf. Beautiful weather for the day!

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We got 2 1/2 inches of rain yesterday! Fortunately it's dry this morning. I have to take a bunch of old electronics to the dump to the electronic recycling center, and that place is best when it isn't raining.

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Today, as in Virginia where Nell lives, we are getting a downpour...so much for trying to preserve the snow. I guess yesterday was my last visit to Blue Mountain. It's time to change my photo on Spark.

Today has been a lazy day for me. I skipped the WW meeting and had a leisurely points conscious breakfast. I am waiting for my house beautiful people to visit later this afternoon.




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Doing a little shopping, dining and hanging with my golf buddy

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3/21/19 10:48 A

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The carpeting will make a big difference, Nell.

Sorry, Ruth, but I'm not a snow-person but I like the mountains begin close enough for easy access to the slopes. The last time I skied, in 1973, I was carried down on a stretcher--tore my ACL. Oops.

Laundries for me today. Then I'm clear for a couple days.



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Enjoy the refurbishing, Nell.

Sue, what do you sing?

I have some spark buddies that I want to meet. One invites me to Branson every year and I have not been able to go and meet her. Another lives on Long Island. Another in Minnesota.

Ruth, sorry about the snow going away. It hardly ever snows here and when I have been skiing, I was a total klutz, took my skis off the last time down and walked down. That was the last time. It wasn't easy in ski boots either. Had lessons and was the worst in the class. After that, when the group went skiing, I went along and they dropped me off in Santa Fe and I spent the day there while they skied, usually someone would spend the day with me and we had a blast. Only one bad thing happened in Santa Fe, this was long ago, my camera was lifted off my shoulder and I did not notice until later. It was probably in a pawn shop that day.

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It's pouring rain today, a good thing I did my shopping yesterday. I bought paint for the condo, and ordered new carpet and vinyl flooring for the kitchen.

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Weighing in on the side of Spring - and I live in NorCal so not even dealing with snow. Born and raised in the stuff, moved away 40 years ago. Liked to visit it a few times when my kids were young, but totally over it now. Do moan and groan when I visit family in snow country in the winter - HA! Loving the brighter days, especially with the time change.


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Ruth - What is welcome for most of us is not for those like yourself who enjoy winter sports. Personally I'll be happy to see the piles of snow disappear. Our temps are on the plus side of 0C (32 F) these days but there is wind that isn't too spring-like so the "feels like" temp is about 5 degrees C lower than the actual temp. I can get away with my light down jacket but still need my gloves and boots - depending on where I'm going.

Dennis - Enjoy the time golfing with your Spark buddy!

Linda - I've been wearing corrective lenses since my early teens - contacts as I mentioned for close to 42 years. The reading glasses were needed about 20 years ago. I had to set up the whole library at the last school where I was teacher librarian as the location in the school had been changed. Trying to read all those Dewey numbers made me realize that I needed some help with the print. I still have and use the original reading glasses but I also have a few pairs of "cheaters" around the house and a pair in my purse in a couple of other strengths as sometimes I need more magnification depending on the size of print or the task - like hand sewing. emoticon for the new washer! When our last one quit on us I couldn't get a new one fast enough! I dislike treks to the laundromat although there are a couple very close by but it just isn't convenient.

Had a nice quiet day since our group didn't have to sing so I wasn't out and I have a similar day scheduled for tomorrow. Lots of time (or should be) to get in the workout on the treadmill!

Happy Spring everyone! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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While you are all cheering the entrance of spring I am lamenting the exit of winter and all those carefree, fun days on the slopes. Today I went with another ski club member who began skiing at age 64, five years ago. I don't think I took up anything new but a sedentary lifestyle at that age. Anyway, she was a slow cautious skier and one I enjoyed skiing with, as the guys from my ski club are hellbent to get to the bottom of the mountain as fast as they can. I, on the other hand, like the snow carving S's and delight in perfecting my form instead of seeing who can get back up on the lift first.

It was 57 degrees F on the way back home. If we get some cold weather this week there might be another day on the slopes in Pennsylvania.

I bought a washer yesterday, so no more treks to the east wing with the laundry
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Dennis: So nice that you still maintain a friendship with a friend met on Spark. Many of the Spark people whom I met years ago are no longer on the site or have moved, died, or disappeared from Spark People.


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We are having a beautiful spring day and I spontaneously took a walk.

Ruth, I get the question too. I did fall in the shower last year and it was bad, but nothing broke. Now I have a mat, lol. I was black and blue for a long time on a large portion of my anatomy.

Retired Sue... I have cataracts, but they tell me they are beginning stages, I am 68. Did not have to wear glasses except reading at all until age 64... then I had to get trifocals! Maybe I needed them before then, but I had been to the eye doctors!

Dennis, great that you are enjoying your friend!

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Yay Spring time! It was a long time coming!

Sounds like lots of fun plans are in the works!

Today will be quieter; prepping salmon for the freezer.




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Goodbye Winter! So long snow! It's time to watch the flowers grow!! It all starts at 5:58 EDT this evening - woohoo!!!



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I have a SPARK BUDDY is staying at my home and joining me this week for several rounds of golf. He is from Baltimore. We met on Spark about 10 years ago!!!!

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Today is the Equinox!! emoticon

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Going to see the Day Time Emmy Awards in May ; )



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Thanks for the warm emoticon I have to say that I'm in my mid 60s (government is finally paying me! emoticon ) but have no issues with cataracts. I don't know if the fact that I wear sunglasses virtually all the time when I'm outdoors (doesn't even have to be sunny) makes a difference but it was suggested by my optometrist when I began wearing contacts in my 20s so I've worn them consistently ever since. I still wear the contacts too. Guess that's my pride there Ruth! My mom didn't have cataract surgery until she was in her early 80s although she probably should have had it a bit sooner but she was busy looking after my dad so didn't try to have it done while he was still living. Neither of my siblings - both older have had any issues to my knowledge either.
I know that it's helpful for mom to have someone with her at appointments - usually my sister who lives in the same house - since she is hard of hearing and often misses things even with her hearing aids in, Having a second person is often a good idea so good for you Dennis to be present and take notes. Even the most alert person can miss things or forget things (not suggesting that your DW isn't alert of course) when there's a lot of information to take in.

Ruth - Fortunately I don't have a problem with falling but you're right, it can be hard on the body regardless of when or how one takes a tumble. That's one of the reasons why my DS and BIL don't like to go away overnight without someone there to stay with mom in case she takes a fall since she's not too steady on her feet although she does use a walker all the time now.

Took a walk down to knitting group today and it is beginning to feel a bit spring like. Temp was +2 C (about mid to maybe high 30s) although it did feel a bit cooler according to our weather station (minus 3 C or somewhere in the 20s for my southern friends). It was much warmer when the sun wasn't hiding behind a cloud, Had a bit of panic as I couldn't find my phone when I got to the library but assumed I'd left it at home. When I got home, my perusal of the places where I thought it would be turned up a blank so the panic (very mild) set in. I found it hard to believe that it would fall out of my pocket while I was walking and I wouldn't notice but that seemed to be what we thought happened. Finally my hubby said "Are you sure it isn't upstairs?" so we both went up and he called my phone and there it was in a housecoat pocket where I'd put it after my shower. Totally forgot to get it out when I was getting ready to go to knitting! Ah senior moments - but much better than the alternative which was a missing cell phone. I'd already gone in and locked it and unlocking it was a bit of a hassle but all's well now. I couldn't imagine being without my phone since we don't have a land line any more so anyone wanting to contact me needs to call my cell. Guess that was our excitement for the day.
Must go call a couple of my Drifters who haven't acknowledged my email notifying them of our cancellation for tomorrow and call my children to make plans for hubby's birthday this weekend.
Take care everyone!

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Sue; Welcome back.

I found that I have lied to myself about my health. At my age doctors generally ask if I have fallen. "My typical answer, "Only on the ski slopes," is a form of a lie. It may be true that I will cross my tips or get into some granular snow that causes me to fall. But somehow I lie to myself that if I fall while I am participating in sports, it doesn't count. All falls count, and all falls could potentially cause damage to any part of the body. A fall is a fall is a fall. My stupid false pride is more dangerous to me, especially if I have more than bruised pride as a result of a fall. How do you lie to yourself about your health?

This morning I got in four miles, three in the mall, and another doing chores. I have to go back out this afternoon to continue looking for a washer.

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Hi, Retired Sue! Welcome back.

I am just concentrating on my eating plan this week and taking photos of my mugs. I will be doing a craft show on April 27. I posted to Facebook for feedback, got good feedback, so I should be selling.

Ruth, love the photo and the ski suit.

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Good pic, Ruth!

Welcome back, Retired Sue!

It's good you're with DH on his visits, Nell. I've had cataract surgery in both eyes and am very glad. Nell, you take care of your Mom and DH. Who takes care of you? Hugs.

Regular grocery shopping today. Costco run was a bit disappointing yesterday. They're not carrying as much as they used to.



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I started going with my wife to her doctors. It started with our move here to Tucson. She appreciates the back up I provide. I also take notes during each visit. I try to stay out of the conversation..... only speak if my wife asks me to comment. I am also the "records holder" with typed Health History, vaccinations, prescription list/changes, etc. DW sees six different health professionals, not counting eye and dental.

DW and I both had cataract surgery on both eyes in 2016. Odds are if you are in your late 60's you will need the procedure.

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Good morning. The eye doc visit was interesting, it was the first time I accompanied DH to this doc. We both need cataract surgery, DH's is more urgent than mine. He has eye damage from his diabetes, something he never mentioned to me before. I go with him to cardiology, neurology and endocrinology visits because he was always lying both to me and the docs, it never occurred to me he'd lie about his eyes.

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Hi all! I've been MIA for months - no particular reason aside from being a bit busy at times and not always feeling like trying to keep up with all my team - not that there are that many.
Anyway life has been fine aside from a winter that doesn't seem to want to quit. I'm tired of cold and snow but I think it should be improving over the remainder of the week.
I did go back and read comments over the past week. Can't say that I'm a fan of DST especially as it's currently constructed. I really dislike the "spring forward" time when it isn't even spring officially yet. I much preferred the end of April as it was years ago or even the beginning of April. It really doesn't make any sense to have it at all but some think we're saving energy which I can't buy into. Anyway, unless I want to move to Saskatchewan where they refuse to change their clocks (because as we were told by one lady out there "We're not crazy like the rest of you") I'll have to live with the changes until someone decides it's no longer needed.
Yes Big Brother is watching all the time. Can't say that it bothers me and I do see more good than bad in that at least for now.
It seems to be flu season in the nursing homes around here this month. The choir that I direct which visits five different homes each month has been to 1 of three only so far and the fourth one is out for this week. Hopefully the fifth one which was closed to us last month due to an outbreak will be healthy so we can visit and practice there next week. We get a little "rusty" in our performances when we have long layoffs in between.
Nice to see that everyone seems to be doing well. I won't go on and on after such a long absence but I will try to get back to keep up with everyone again very soon.


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On the slopes/lift

I am not skiing today, but spending some time with the computer tech guru at the Library who is helping me to navigate my computer and showing me how to get photos off my phone and onto the internet.

I promise I won't bore you with photos Facebook style of my food and my granddaughter and great grandchildren.



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I'm back from Wegman's, DH and I have doc appts this afternoon.

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Hello all and have a great day!

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Sounds like everyone had a great St Pat's Day!

Costco run today. I've been postponing it too long.



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Will be playing seven rounds of golf this week. Hope I survive! Golf buddy from Baltimore will be staying with us for the week. I will be MIA with DW - she is on her own.

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Hello Team:

Just returned from center city where I saw August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean." There is a talk back with the actors after the play, which enances the theater experience. Te audience gets to ask the questions and the actors give us their professional acting wisdom. I have never been disappointed in an August Wilson play and I was quite impressed with this play set 40 years after emancipation. One of the actors said he considered Wilson as the black Shakespeare, and I think I might agree. His voice is authentic of the black experience in America, even the cast agrees that these experiences coincided with Wilson's voice.

Dennis: The Norteno meal sound great. We don't get much C &W up here in Pennsylvania, although there are several radio stations that broadcast it, but for me it's NPR all day.

I don't think I have a drop of Irish blood in me either, but I know so many people who have had DNA tests who discover there's surprising DNA that they never knew about. Whatever. St. Patty's Day is a great excuse to drink green beer.

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You don't have to be Irish ...
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Sorry about the concert. We never go and I want to. We are planning to see a concert pianist the end of March. That should not be too loud. Dh also wears hearing aids.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Are you Irish? I qualify since I have an Irish grandmother, mom's side and an Irish great grandmother, dad's side.

I know pumpkin is in the squash family... just don't like it.. or butternut, either. Zucchini and yellow squash, I love.

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Went downtown (Tucson) to meet friends for Mexican fare at the oldest (surviving) Mexican restaurant in Tucson, it opened in 1922, eight years before Arizona became the nations 48th state. It serves traditional Sonoran Mexican food.... with some slight upgraded additions..... like the Fajita's DW and I shared. After dinner we went to a Brett Young (country singer) concert. I love Brett Young but the sound system was very loud and not balanced very well.... it hurt DW's ears... as the sound vibrated thru her hearing aids. I guess that type of music and maybe concerts in general will be history for me and DW.

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Happy St. Pat's Day! I'm having brunch with a friend today.



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3/17/19 6:37 A

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I don't like "pumpkin pie spice" much either, it uses too much clove. A little clove goes a long way.

Off to church soon, it's the best way to celebrate St Patrick's Day. I have not one drop of Irish blood, though.

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Linda: Pumpkin is in the squash family....just another species. I like pumpkin pie and pumpkin soup, but I am not a fan of pumpkin spice cookies, coffee, chai, and gasoline. (In the fall the marketers will come up with many odd pumpkin flavored products, just a ploy for you to depart with your money.

Following the memorial service and the mini feast reception, I did assorted chores. Had to fill up the gas tank, because even hybrids don't run 100 per cent on electric power. Sunday I will be going into Philly to see August Wilson "Gem of the Ocean." That man is an amazing play wright and I don't remember ever seeing anything by him that I did not like).

Nell: Sometimes we are most compassionate when we just allow nature to take her course.


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Dh is going to deal with family crisis today. It is hard on us all, even though it is his immediate family. I had nightmares last night, dh said it was because of crisis... probably so.

Dementia is hard. My 90 year old FIL has it, vascular dementia. He is in a nursing home. It is a good one. The best I have seen. His "ward" is for memory patients. However, there is a lot of laughter and kindness. So glad he has his own room. He has long term care insurance, but it does not cover all of the costs, which have risen exponentially since he got his policy.

Nell, I agree, just let her be happy.

Well, sad to say pumpkin soup is not for me. I am not a fan of pumpkin. I do like squash, however.

Ruth, I cannot help but marvel at your activities. I walk, at least.

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Pumpkin soup! Haven't had that in a long time! Shame we can't keep winter in the mountains and spring in the valleys. Then, people like Ruth can ski all they want while the rest of us get our warmth.

No easy answers here, Nell. As you are already doing, all you can do is help your Mom stay on a relative even keel. If you feel she should be taking the BP meds, then maybe put them in a different container like an old vitamin container. Whatever you decide, pills vs no pills, you're choosing from the heart.

I wasn't needed to grand-sit, so will do the apartment cleaning today and be set for the week. Another week of errands and food prep.




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Mom started out in independent. After two years she was in assisted. Assisted lasted a year. Memory care lasted 8 months. The nice thing about the facility is that all the interior finishes were consistent, including the drapes, furniture, artwork, etc. It was hard for a resident to realize that they were in a different care area. In independent living you could sign up for a staff member to remind the resident that it was time for their medications. In assisted living certain care givers were allowed to administer medications to the residents. Our primary reason for the decision to upgrade was security. Mom was a "wanderer". There was a regional indoor mall with a JC Penny that mom would terrorize. lol

I agree...... that most meds were a waste of time once she went into assisted living and regressed rather rapidly. The only "real meds" that mom took were blood pressure and cholesterol management pills. The rest were over the counter supplements. She died rather healthy, except for the Alzheimer's.

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Mom does have high blood pressure, a real problem with her having constant little strokes. But my son, who has a much better attitude toward this stuff than I do, asked how far we want to go to keep her alive? The Mom we knew is long gone, disappeared into dementia, and is getting worse. She thinks she is fine, we are just criticizing her, why would we disabuse her of that fiction? She's 92 and won't be getting better no matter what we do. She carefully puts her vitamins and laxatives in her little weekly pill container, just forgets what the blood pressure pills are. I guess a prescription bottle is too scary to contemplate anymore. She really needs to be in memory care, but that change would terrify her too much.

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Bowled this morning then walked three miles afterward. I made a pot of pumpkin soup which i shared with my walking friend.

It was so warm out today that I had to take my jacket off while walking. I hope it doesn't melt all the snow in the mountains I want to get in one more ski day before its officially spring.

Saturday I will be attending a memorial service for an acquaintance from my fellowship.

Nell, stop buying medicine for your mom. She is obviously doing okay without it. Buy her candy pills, they'll be as effective as those she doesn't take.

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I agree the internet is a catch-22. I wouldn't want to go back to the old days but we do have to be vigilant and accepting at the same time.

Nell, it's not easy. I'm sure anything I could suggest you have already thought about it. At least now you know to check her meds each time you visit. Hang in there.

Making it a light day today since I'm probably grand-sitting tomorrow. Feels nice to have a day with no specific plans.




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Sorry about your mom, Nell. Yikes, that is expensive!

Ruth that is true. How would we keep up?

I am slowly getting through the days of the Beck Solution, we are on Day 14 and finally choosing our foods. I know I will have to go through it again and again to truly get it to "stick", but I am doing pretty well. I fail on the part you need to sit while eating. While preparing dinner, I will eat a baby carrot or a bite of something. Being aware helps.

Dh and SIL going to visit his mom tomorrow and do a mini intervention to get her to kick out BIL. APS finally paid a visit and recommended this, as well. The report was filed mid January. I guess they have quite a case load?

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When I was at Mom's I checked her BP medication supply, she should be down to her last month and I'd need to refill. She has all of the last two 90 day bottles still full. She isn't taking her pills. She takes a vitamin and a laxative pill every day, but evidently not her prescription. The caregiver isn't allowed to do meds at all (you have to be a licensed medication aide to even touch a pill or point it out). I fear that if we try to put her in assisted living, the intake nurse will insist on a memory care floor, about $12,000/mo rather than $6000. As long as this place lets her stay, it's probably best to keep her there. She's happy.

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Nell, your mom is so lucky to have such a nice daughter. It does not get easier............... but the alternative is much worse. I remember my mom's smile the most - even in the worse of Alzheimer's I saw a smile once in awhile.

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My son didn't get here in time to corral the cats so I had to cancel the vet appt.

I went out to Mom's to take her some of my stash of makeup since she was having an emergency. Turns out she has a ton of stuff. She had about 5 jars of cream, but one was empty so she went into a panic. She has about 5 of everything, it would take me years to use it all.

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A pleasant time of day to everyone.
I am alive and well thank God.

Exercise seems to be evading me these past few weeks but that too shall pass.
We are having quite sunny days but was glad that there were a few drizzles yesterday.

Have been spending a lot of time visiting both daughters and the grands.

Ruth-----You are so very right we are being watched -----the price of- progress? ?? emoticon emoticon

Hope everyone is doing as well as can be expected.
Stay blessed.
Much Love,
Roz.


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Nothing, and I mean NOTHING is private anymore. Even discreet brown paper wrappers or envelopes with no return address are tracked by someone, something. All our buying habits are fodder for the data miners. From the day we are born and given a social security number to the day we die (and our social security payments are cut off to the minute) we are being watched.

We pay for our internet and it spies on us, keeping cookies on everything we do. I suppose we could all return to another era, but then how would we stay in touch with people from Tuscon, Reston, Seattle, Trinidad and Tobago and Austin?

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Linda, yes, the web is chasing us with adds of things we have looked up. They know what we are shopping and will show us more on other sites. I was looking for a new flag for my mailbox in late Feb. I still see adds for mailboxes on every site I visit. Don't they know I bought what I needed????? Guess they think I need lots more mailbox flags????



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